Soccer City FC Archives for January 2011

Can Liverpool finish in the top four?

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Until recently, Liverpool were the most successful English team. Their comprehensive history includes: 18 top tier English football league titles, 7 FA Cups, 7 League Cups, 5 UEFA Champions League titles, and 3 UEFA Cups.

The Reds' most successful season was back in the 1983/84 season where they managed to claim a prestigious treble obtaining the top tier league title, the League Cup, and the European Cup.

Premier League: Who will finish in the top four this season?

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Finishing in a top four position at the end of a Premier League season is what most English teams dream of. The competition endured throughout a Premier League season remains to be at a very high level with few teams containing the ability to be able to finish in a top four position. Finishing in the top four gives each of the teams a chance of playing in one of the most prestigious footballing events, the UEFA Champions League.

Dalglish out to end Reds wait

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There is no doubting manager Kenny Dalglish has made a big impact since his return to his beloved Liverpool and the Scotsman would love nothing better than to secure some silverware in his first full season back in charge at Anfield.

The Merseyside outfit have splashed the cash under Dalglish which in turn has created some strength in depth at Anfield; something that was lacking for a number of years previous under the likes of Rafa Benitez and Roy Hodgson.

Reds to test Blues depth

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The Carling Cup semi-final legs between Liverpool and Manchester City look set to be mouth-watering contests but who will be walking out onto the Wembley turf on February 26?

City have certainly been impressive to watch this season, as they have managed to cut out many of the mistakes against lesser side that made them slip up in the Premier League title race last term.

Soccer Players: Can Ba's form guide Senegal to glory?

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Newcastle Untied's Demba Ba looks to be in the form of his life and with the African Cup of Nations looming it seems like his clubs loss could be Senegal's gain.

The 2012 African Cup of Nations is the 28th renewal of the event and it gets underway on January 21st and given it lasts until February 12th a number of Premier League side could be without their star players for some time.

London sides miss out

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Tottenham failed to close the gap on the top two after a thrilling 1-1 draw with Chelsea at White Hart Lane.
Both sides were chasing victory to keep pace with the runaway leaders, but cancelled each other out in a free-flowing encounter.

Controversial Chelsea skipper John Terry played 24 hours after discovering he was being charged with racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Dyer in fresh injury heartbreak

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Injury-plagued Queens Park Rangers midfielder Kieran Dyer may not feature again this season after breaking down during a reserve team comeback.

The 32-year-old limped off with a recurrence of the foot injury he suffered minutes into his QPR debut against Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the season.

Soccer World: Big sides gear up for FA Cup action

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With the FA Cup third round just around the corner, let's take a look at how the cup was won last season.

Arsenal and Manchester City were given scares by Championship sides on their way to the fourth round. The Gunners needed a late penalty to earn a replay at Elland Road, while City were taken to a replay by Leicester City.

Blow for Barca as Villa breaks leg

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It is a tournament that receives much criticism given its awkward timing and relative unimportance, but I guess the World Club Championship has lost a whole heap more supporters following Barcelona's game with Al-Sadd.

Not that is was anything to do with Barca's Qatari opponents, who worked diligently to try and contain the European Champions.

Soccer Games:Tractor Boys come from behind

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Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell must have feared the worse when he walked into the dressing room at half-time during their game against Barnsley at Oakwell last Saturday.

His side was 2-0 down and staring down the barrel of an eight consecutive league defeat. Incredibly, they hit five goals during the second half as they staged the most unlikely of comebacks.

Top sides set for Champions League misery

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In recent years, qualifying for the Champions League has become an obsession for the top clubs in England.

Although the title is still the main prize, even fourth spot can offer adequate consolation given the amount of cash on offer in Europe's top club competition.

However, only four sides are given the opportunity to play in the tournament, meaning at least one fancied side misses out each season.

Curbs thinks Parker talented has been wasted by England

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Former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley believes England have failed to utlise the talents of midfielder Scott Parker during his career.

The 31-year-old has only just begun to play for England regular after winning his first four caps while with four different clubs across eight years.

Soccer World: Which team will qualify in Group B along with the group winners Inter Milan?

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In the qualification group stage process in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League, the fight to qualify in Group B looks to be quite a difficult task for all teams concerned.

The Italian outfit Inter Milan have won Group B by a achieving a total of 10 points, with no other team being able to catch them.

Bruce departure highlights fine lines of success and failure

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In the end it was not the Sunderland chairman, Ellis Short, who condemned manager Steve Bruce to the sack, it was the Black Cats supporters.

The sheer level of bile and vitriol aimed in his direction following Wigan's last minute winner on Saturday rendered his position untenable.

Bruce looked wounded in his post-match press conference, stressing that he "couldn't help where he was born".