Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2010

A defender short, a midfielder short, a striker short

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No, this isn't the entry list for the Cannes Film festival short production section or an assessment of the Juventus squad. It's just the scenario facing Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea. Respectively, Arsenal are a defender short, Manchester Untied a central midfielder and Chelsea a striker.

Ronaldo out for three weeks

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Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo injured his ankle in his team's opening Spanish league match and will be out for three weeks. Madrid said Monday on its web site that the Portugal international was hurt in the 0-0 draw with Mallorca on Sunday.

The injury means that Ronaldo will miss Portugal's upcoming 2012 European Championship qualifiers against Cyprus and Norway.

Arjen Robben May Miss Entire Bundesliga Season

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Last season's Bundesliga superstar Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich is expected to miss this entire season due to a significant hamstring injury that was suffered this summer during the World Cup. Robben tweaked his hamstring on a hotdog move during a blowout friendly heading into the World Cup, but the star midfielder/forward was able to shake off the injury and finished the tournament strong playing regular minutes and aiding his side to the final match.

La Liga And Serie A Weekend League Round Up

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This weekend the Spanish and Italian leagues commenced with more excitement than has been witnessed in the last few seasons. There were some very big surprises from the respective league giants as well as enthralling matches that inspired hope for numerous fans across the two countries.

In Spain, the most shocking result was Real Madrid's barren draw at Mallorca.

Premier League Winners and Losers – Week 3

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A look at the winners and losers in week three of the English Premier League.

Wigan Athletic

It had been a terrible start to the season for Roberto Martinez. Two hammerings and a trip to White Hart Lane, scene of last years 9-1 thrashing. Not many Latics fans would have approached Saturday's game with confidence, but Wigan put on their best away performance in years and thoroughly deserved their 1-0 victory.

Mission Accomplished!

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AC Milan completed the signing of Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Spanish champions Barcelona on Saturday. The 28 year old will sign a 4 year contract with the Rossoneri and will undergo a medical at the club on Monday.

Ibra is now back in Italy this time playing for a different top four side.

Bent sends Manchester City askew

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Thanks to a 94th minute goal all those who had tipped Manchester City to fall flat on their faces and fail this season can now rest easy. The first couple of rounds, a draw at Tottenham Hotspur and a convincing home win against Liverpool, had made those doubters a little apprehensive.

Klinsmann Interested In Coaching USA National Team

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The United States soccer federation has reportedly talked to former Germany national team star and 2006 World Cup head coach Juergen Klinsmann recently and the German former footballer is apparently interested in the potential coaching vacancy. And it is fitting this story would come out now that Bob Bradley has met with the soccer federation earlier this week to discuss his own future with the organization.

A quick soccer Saturday super round up covering all you need to know about the game in Europe this weekend

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A Saturday round up covering all the major football stories in England, Germany, Italy and Spain.

In the English Premiership Arsenal won away at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers, one of the tougher fixtures in the domestic season. They did so largely thanks to Theo Walcott who continued the fine form he displayed last week, when he scored a hat trick against Blackpool, scoring today with a cracking finish to open the scoring.

Liverpool sell Mascherano and immediately sign a £10.7 million replacement

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Liverpool have agreed to sell Javier Mascherano to Barcelona for a fee rumoured to be £18 million.

Almost immediately after the deal was announced rumours started to surface in reputable places that Raul Meireles, of Porto, is close to signing as a replacement for around £10.

UEFA President Doesn’t Support Goal Line Technology

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UEFA president Michel Platini has zero faith in video instant replay or goal line technology. And to divert the topic the head of European soccer is instead praising his newest solution to the blown call being the recently installed five-official system.

The president went as far as to say that the new, unproven system that applies two extra officials for each match is "the only solution" to the problem.

World Cup Ref Admits To Crucial Mistake, Credits Instant Replay

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Well better late then never.

World Cup final referee Howard Webb recently admitted that he blew a call in the World Cup's final match of Spain verses the Netherlands. The official is now saying that he would have given Dutch defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong a direct red card for his Chuck Norris-style kung fu kick he landed on Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso‘s chest in the first half of regulation.

Mascherano’s Move To Barcelona Creates Opportunity For Milan To Sign Robinho

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In my previous post Gourcuff Pens Five Year Deal With Lyon, i mentioned the former Bordeaux player as one of the people who would feature in my top ten list of over rated players. Well, another would be Mascherano. No disrespect to any Liverpool fans but in all honesty the Argentine is given more credit than he is worth at least in my view.

Is the Champions League group stage a waste of time?

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Introduced originally as a way of guaranteeing, to some degree, an extra income, besides that received from domestic competition, the group stages of the Champions League have, for the most part, been considered a success. Occasionally there has been a yearning, a semblance of nostalgia, for that which was before, namely an absolute knock out competition, from the earliest stages to the final match.

Inter Dominates UEFA Champions League Awards Ceremony

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Inter Milan, last years treble winners, dominated the UEFA Champions League Awards ceremony by having a representative win every single award given out for last year's title winning effort.

Julio Cesar was awarded the tournament's Best Goal Keeper, Maicon won the award for Best Defender, Wesley Sneijder was honored with Best Midfielder, and Diego Milito was a dual winner of Best Forward and Most Valuable Player.

Diego Milito Named UEFA Player of the Year

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Inter Milan achieved a clean sweep of the 2010 UEFA Club Football Awards in Monaco, the first time such a feat has been achieved since the awards' inception in 1998.

Diego Milito, who scored both goals in Inter's 2-0 UEFA Champions League final defeat of FC Bayern Munich in Madrid in May, secured the overall prize as UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, voted for, like all these accolades, by the coaches of the teams that reached the round of 16 last season.

Gourcuff Pens Five Year Contract With Lyon

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If there was ever a list of over rated players, then Johann Gourcuff would definitely make the cut. The 24 year old former Milan and Bordeaux player was yesterday revealed as the Stade Gerland as a Lyon player after completing his 22 million Euro transfer.

After impressing fans with his silky smooth style of play, the opportunity to join Italian side AC Milan presented itself in 2006.

Tottenham win by four, and they might now sign two more

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Tottenham won 4-0 against Young Boys of Switzerland, confirming their place in the Champions League group stage, and Peter Crouch called for his team to rise to the challenge of meeting the likes of Real Madrid and Internazionale Milan. In fact, Peter Crouch did a little more than that.

Brazil Scolded By President For World Cup Building Issues

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Now that the 2010 South African hosted FIFA World Cup is over, the time has come to look to 2014 when the world's most popular sports event will be played in Brazil.

And the elite Brazilian football nation is projected to invest around $20 billion in infrastructure preparing for the upcoming World Cup and the president of the nation is worried about the lethargic start the country has experienced due to several national disputes regarding the mega-huge event.

Bradley Set to Meet With USA Officials This Week

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USA national team coach and Aston Villa head coaching candidate Bob Bradley is set to meet with USA soccer federation officials this week in a meeting designed to "simply discuss the future" of the two parties. Bradley will meet with federation president Sunil Gulati and secretary general Dan Flynn for the private discussion.

Mourinho: It’s Capello’s Fault!

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When Mourinho talks, you most certainly know that he is going to say something that annoys his most vocal opponents. Never been the one to sugar coat things, Mourinho speaks his mind clearly without fear or favour. Just yesterday, Mourinho was at it again, this time he was speaking his mind about the England national team and the reason why he thinks they will never win any trophies with Capello as their manager.

Mourinho Admits Man City Is the Place To Be

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Jose Mourinho has won more consecutive trophies then just about any coach in any league in any sport for that matter.

The Special One moved to Real Madrid this summer and the spend-happy team from a summer ago was expected to continue to blow away the competition by bringing in even more stars.

Braga knocks Sevilla out of Champions League

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Brago shocked Sevilla in the Champions League play-offs as a hat-trick from Lima allowed Braga to win 4-3 against Sevilla in Spain and progress 5-3 on aggregate.

Braga held a 1-0 lead following the first leg and goals from Matheus after 31 minutes and Lima after 58 minutes, three minutes after he came on as a substitute, put the visitors 3-0 up on aggregate.

Milan close to signing Ibrahimovic and linked with Robinho

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AC Milan have confirmed that they are in negotiations with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and there are also rumours suggesting the club is pursuing an interest in Robinho. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, formerly of Internazionale Milan, is available for a fee purported to be £25 million. Considering he cost, effectively, more than double that just twelve months ago indicates just what type of a good deal AC Milan believe they would be getting.

Beckham Remains Highest Paid In the MLS

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David Beckham has yet to play a single minute this MLS season, but the former Manchester United midfielder is still the highest paid player in the American league this season.

Sir Goldenballs topped the annual list with an estimated total contract worth of $6.5 million and the LA Galaxy man hopes to return to the pitch soon enough for a postseason MLS Cup run following that painful knee injury the Englishman suffered on a non-contact play last Serie A season while on loan with AC Milan.

Man City Hammer Liverpool 3-0

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For the second week running, Liverpool FC has realised less than impressive results in the Premier League. The Reds were last night hammered 3-0 by a confident Manchester City who were for the first time playing in front of their owner Sheikh Mansour.

The hosts proved to be more than what Liverpool could handle even in the absence of star players like Shay Given, Emmanuel Adebayor, David Silva and Mario Balotelli.

The case of the Manchester United defence

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In 2006-07 Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic finally settled into the Manchester United side and Sir Alex Ferguson's men won the club its first league title for four seasons. The following season in 2007-08 Manchester United won the league on the back of a superb defensively display allied to an incredible offensive performance from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Liverpool in triple trouble

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Liverpool fans are in a state of bother.

Firstly, earlier in the week the Chinese consortium which had lodged an official bid to takeover the club withdrew its offer. The representative and leader of the Chinese consortium cited various reasons but the main one was the fact that everything associated with the takeover was dragging along so slowly.

Bob Bradley Admits Interest In Aston Villa Job

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USA national team coach Bob Bradley apparently has bigger dreams then continuing to coach the United States in international play. The American coach hopes to be the first of note to manage a top European club. Â

And recently the coach was linked to a a potential hiring by Premier League club Fulham, but the club opted to go another route.

Toronto FC v NY Red Bulls Report

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Saturday the New York Red Bulls visited Toronto and it was my annual trip to with my dad to watch a TFC game. Last season we saw TFC v Real Madrid. I was looking forward to game as it would give me a chance to see Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez play.

We arrived at BMO Field and as we got nearer the stadium we could hear the sound of the fans singing.

Ibrahimovic Does Not Deserve All This Attention

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After stating categorically that Milan will not be spending any more on new players in this transfer window, Milan Vice President seems to have gone back on his word. The Rossoneri executive was quoted earlier this month as saying that the club will not be landing any new players unless, they offload some of their current players.

Week 2: Premier League Winners and Losers

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A look at the winners and losers in week two of the 2010-2011 Premier League Season

Gareth Bale

Another brilliant performance by the best left footed player in the Premier League.

Played two, won two. Scored twelve and conceded none.

Bayern Munich Start Season With Win

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It was billed as the clash of the titans. This weekend provided two of the biggest matches to kick start the Bundesliga season. Bayern Munich v Wolfsburg and Hamburg v Schalke.

The Allianz Arena was the centre of attention on Friday as champions Bayern Munich got off to a rousing start beating Wolfsburg 2-1.

Newcastle win by six goals but a Man Utd draw makes the headlines

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The story is quite remarkable. Newcastle United defeated Aston Villa 6-0. Yes, newly promoted Newcastle, generally expected to struggle all season because of a lack of offensive fire power, managed to score six goals in one match against one of the better sides in the division.

Arsenal and Chelsea each score six

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On afternoons like this, Arsenal defeating Blackpool 6-0 and Chelsea doing the same to Wigan, you will naturally query the claim that the English Premiership is the best in the world. Indeed the abilities of the elite clubs, namely Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, are rarely questioned, at least not at a domestic level, but some of the teams in the lower echelons of the league truly do leave plenty to be desired.

Is This The End Of Robinho?

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Brazilian forward Robinho's club career seems to be taking new dimensions as he is reported to have agreed to join Turkish club Besiktas. Robinho has never really looked like the player we all came to love since his move from Real Madrid 2 years ago. In fact, after an amazing debut season, Robinho's momentum fizzled out as injuries started taking a toll on him.

Arsenal close to signing Squillaci

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Sebastien Squillaci, of Sevilla, is almost an Arsenal player. Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal coach, has confirmed that his club are in negotiations with Sevilla to sign the centre back but has insisted the two clubs are still some distance apart in their respective valuations. It appears Sevilla are holding out for close to £6.

Manchester City sign Milner but is he worth £26 million?

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Sami Khedira moved to Real Madrid from Stuttgart for a fee rumoured to be £11 million. That was after an impressive 2010 World Cup performance for Germany where he established himself as one of the most promising young midfield enforcers. Mesut Ozil also moved to Real Madrid, from Werder Bremen, for a fee close to £15 million.

Santos To Make Neymar Their Highest Paid Player

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The Neymar transfer saga seems to be ending at least for now. English champions Chelsea are set to withdraw their offer as Santos are bound to make Neymar their highest paid player ever.

Many are not ready to see another rare talent go to waste and that is why there is so much hue and cry surrounding this transfer.

Ribery Promises Fans A Perfect Season

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In spite of his controversial summer, France and Bayern Munich striker Frank Ribery has promised Bayern Fans a phenomenal season. The 27 year old was on Tuesday charged alongside national teammates Nicholas Anelka, Patrice Evra smongst others for their indiscipline towards their coach Raymond Domenech during the World Cup finals in South Africa.

The Joke Is On Anelka

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Nicolas Anelka is "laughing" at the FFF for suspending him eighteen matches. Laughing? Shouldn't he be crying? Or at least feel disappointed? Maybe perturbed or perhaps even embarrassed or ashamed?

It seems as if the Incredible Sulk is quite confused about what actually happened this summer and I don't think the guy understands that he is the punchline.

Sam Allardyce, £100 million, Blackburn Rovers and a new Indian owner

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Blackburn Rovers confirmed on Wednesday evening that they are in discussions with an Indian businessman, Ahsan Ali Syed, who has proposed a takeover of the club. The takeover bid seemingly also includes a hefty transfer war chest. Sam Allardyce, the current Blackburn Rovers manager, has been told he will have £100 million to spend on player transfers with the full support of the new board behind him.

Oezil Signs For Madrid

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After weeks of speculation, Real Madrid have finally signed German starlet Mesut Oezil from Weder Bremen. The 21 year old has been on Madrid's and Mourinho's radar ever since his impressive display with the German national team in the World Cup finals.

Oezil's move comes at a crucial time for Weder Bremen as they are preparing to welcome Italian club Sampdoria for a crucial Champions League first leg play-off tie that will be played today at the Weserstadion.

The Swiss defeat the Spurs

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For those that aren't aware Young Boys defeated Tottenham 3-2 in Switzerland on Tuesday evening in a Champions League qualifier. This won't strictly be a review of the ninety minutes that just passed. At soccerticketsonline we are an empathetic bunch and wouldn't want to aggrieve our Tottenham Hotspur's following on this particular evening.

Nigeria’s Odemwingie Signs For West Brom

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Promoted Premier League club West Bromwich Albion have signed Super Eagles striker Peter Odemwingie from Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow on a three year contract.

Odemwingie revealed that although Greek club Panathinaikos were also interested in him, he opted for West Brom because it has always been his dream to play in the Premier League.

One Argentina Teammate Thinks Messi Is No Leader

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Argentina teammate Martin Palermo called out Lionel Messi on Monday claiming the Barcelona star lacked the leadership mentality of a legendary player like Maradona and even questioned his loyalty to his birth nation.

The thirty six year old Argentine striker was one of the six on the active roster for Maradona's squad this summer, but the old man only saw a few minutes of action in this summer's grand event.

Rooney, You’re As Cold As Ice

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Brrrrrr! Wayne Rooney's cold streak continues and the man who at one time last season couldn't miss the back of the net can't find the once familiar area to save his life right now. Wayne Rooney hasn't scored a single league or national team goal since nearly six months ago in March. And the number of games without a goal for Rooney right now is at unlucky number thirteen.

Monday Night Football means Tuesday Morning Blues for Newcastle (Man Utd 3 – 0 Newcastle)

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Manchester United kicked off their Premiership campaign of 2010-2011 with a convincing victory over Newcastle United. The 3-0 scoreline was a fair reflection of the match although the harshest of critics, or the most virtuous judge, might have claimed that Newcastle were deserving of a goal and Manchester United themselves ought to have scored another.

UEFA player of the year nominees named

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UEFA has announced the 12 nominees for the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year. The award will be presented during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 26 August.

The nominations are decided by the coaches of the 16 teams that reached the knockout stage of the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League.

Premier League Winners and Losers

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The Premier League season kicked off this weekend and that means that it is time for another edition of Premier League Winners and Losers.


Written off a week ago by many pundits after losing to Manchester United in the Charity Shield, the champions showed the sort of form on Saturday that won them the title last year.

Pele Urges Neymar Not To Join Chelsea

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Arguably one of the greatest players of all time, Edson Arantes do Nascimento aka Pele is the latest to chip in on Brazilian starlet Neymar's transfer saga. The 69 year old legend is apparently trying to persuade the teenager to remain in Brazil at least until his game has matured enough.

After watching one of the country's best talent (Robinho) under perform in Europe, Pele is not prepared to see another talent ruined and neither am i.

The Premiership is back……everything surprises but nothing is different.

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There was action everywhere in the Premiership this opening weekend and Manchester United, the biggest club in the league, haven't even played a game yet. The season promises much. The football on display was as good as ever. All very much the same. As fans, neutral or partisan, it is also the case.

LA Galaxy Beat Red Bulls in MLS Cup Preview

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In front of a sold-out Red Bull Arena, the two best teams in Major League soccer met Saturday night with the LA Galaxy beating the New York Red Bulls 1-0 behind Edson Buddle's 13th goal of the season.

With LA manager Bruce Arena watching from a suite after spending two days in a New Jersey hospital, Buddle's 10th minute strike allowed the Galaxy to extend their lead in the Western Conference to an MLS-best 43 points.

Beckham Will Reject Farewell Match

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David Beckham reportedly plans to reject England national team manager Fabio Capello's offer for a farewell match to say "bye bye" to the Three Lions fans.

A source close to Beckham said that such an offer would make no sense considering Beckham has no plans of retiring from international football and hopes to find a spot back on the roster and consistently play for the squad in future matches.

Sevilla 3 Barcelona 1

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Barcelona experienced their first taste of defeat this season yesterday when they were beaten 3-1 by Sevilla in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup. Playing infront of their home crowd at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Sevilla were cruising to victory in the 73rd minute when Freddie Kanoute put the home team in the lead for the first time.

FIFA Considers Eliminating Ties

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FIFA is looking to change many things this upcoming October board meeting. On the list of potential changes is the addition of instant replay or goal line technology, younger referees to officiate the matches, and the elimination of draws from first round competition.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said earlier today that the potential change would mean that either a sudden death overtime goal rule would be enacted or a penalty shootout following 90 minutes.

Blackpool and Chelsea win in style

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What a day it was for Blackpool fans. After waiting all summer, the team that everyone has tipped to get relegated, went to Wigan and thrashed Wigan 4-0 to move top of the Premier League for a couple of hours.

This was a great performance by Blackpool who were dominant from the start with Gary Taylor-Fletcher on his own at the far post where he tucked home Marlon Harewood's 16th-minute cross.

I’m Here To Stay

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If there is one thing i like about Arsenal fans, it has to be their 'religious fanaticism' especially here in Nairobi. With the Gunners facing a very hard opening match against Liverpool tomorrow at Anfield, there is even more reason to celebrate as their long serving coach Arsene Wenger signed a contract extension yesterday that will see him stay with the London club for another 4 years.

Bob Bradley Has Not Resigned

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Rumors have been running rampant in Britain that USA national coach Bob Bradley has quit his post with the Yanks. And the U.S. Soccer Federation has come forward and announced that these rumors are all false and that the coach is still under contract with the national team.

The organization also claimed that they are still interested in a new deal for the coach and hope that they can "reach a deal" shortly.

I Made The Right Choice

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Former Real Madrid great Raul Gonzales has for the first time spoken out about his decision to join Bundesliga outfit Schalke. The 33 year old former captain and all time club top scorer was quoted as saying he was pleased to join Schalke.

Speaking to the press earlier today, Raul revealed that although he had the choice of finishing his career at Real, he and his family opted for a new adventure.

From the streets of Lisbon to the wonder of Old Trafford – Bebe

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Rarely does a story read better than this. As a young boy Bebe was cared for by a charity in Loures, Portugal. His parents were unable to consistently provide for him and so passed on the responsibilities to a charity that claimed to be able to do just that. Upon maturity Bebe was unemployed and living rough.

Ole, Mascherano, Hleb, Barcelona & Liverpool….is it true?

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Spanish newspaper Ole is reporting that Javier Mascherano is joining Barcelona for £12 million. Aleksander Hleb, formerly of Arsenal, is also included as part of the deal. Hleb is valued at approximately £9 million, bringing the total value of the deal to £21 million. Not only are the figures a little doubtful but it is uncertain if Liverpool would even be willing to consider losing out on £9 million, in their current financial state, for the sake of a player, Hleb, who failed to make any impression at all at the Nou Camp with Barcelona.

Brazil’s Future Looks Very Bright

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Brazil, the team with the greatest past in World Cup football history, has an awfully bright future in the making under new manager Mano Menezes.

In his debut match as coach of the Brazilian national team, Menezes made a popular move by the roster selections of AC Milan's Pato and Brazilian league young 18 year old sensation Neymar who received his first international cap in the friendly against the USA.

Chelsea Intensify Interest In Neymar

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Santos have reiterated that their star player Neymar will only be leaving Brazil if the Blues can come up with the 28.75 million Pounds release fee. After a good display against the USA on Tuesday, Chelsea have once again shown interest in the teen prodigy.

Neymar and Pato combined well to give Brazil a deserved victory after a rather poor performance from their stars in the World Cup.

Menezes Records First Victory

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If you watched yesterday's international friendly between the USA and Brazil then you know why Neymar is considered one of the selecao's rising stars. A lot has been written about this 18 year old wonder kid and he did not fail to prove just why he is the centre of media attention in his native Brazil.

FIFA Begins Investigation Of North Korea’s Punishment Tactics

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FIFA has begun an investigation into the alleged harsh punishments several North Korean players and their coach received following an early exit from this summers World Cup.

And North Korea had the unfortunate luck of playing in the Group of Death this summer along with three of the top ten ranked teams heading into the tournament: Brazil, Portugal, and the Ivory Coast.

The mystery of the Carvalho signing and why it will change so much at Real Madrid’s Bernabeau

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At the start of the summer Ricardo Carvalho claimed he had an agreement with some important figures at Chelsea that meant he could leave the club this summer. Such an announcement was considered strange but after a couple of weeks with no transfer developments involving him it was considered to be a ploy.

Carvalho Joins Mourinho at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have signed defender Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea, the English Premier League champions announced on their web site.

"Chelsea Football Club can confirm it has agreed terms with Real Madrid for the transfer of Ricardo Carvalho. The transfer is subject to a medical and the player agreeing personal terms.

United States VS Brazil Preview

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Tonight at 8:00 PM (eastern USA time) on ESPN2 the USA will play in their first international action since losing to Ghana in extra time 2-1 this recent World Cup. And the match will have plenty of fresh faces from the recent World Cup and it will also be the beginning of a new coaching era for the most successful football nation in the world.

Bob Bradley Expresses Desire To Coach in Europe

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After Martin O'Neill's shock announcement yesterday that he was resigning as Aston Villa manager, one man has already shown interest in the job. USA coach Bob Bradley has indicated that he would be ready to move to Europe for a coaching role.

The 52 year old who is regarded as one of the USA's most successful coaches is currently head coach of the senior men's national team.

The O’Neill Resignation Will Not Be the Last

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Respected Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill's resignation earlier today was a shocker that few saw coming. And although the coach didn't list a reason why he was moving on from the EPL side I think it was quite obvious why he in fact is. O'Neill, like most professional football managers, is likely unhappy with his front office's interest to make money off of the sale of star footballers rather then the notion of spending money to bring in such stars.

Mascherano set to stay at Anfield

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Javier Mascherano now appears likely to stay at Anfield. The Argentinian defensive midfielder has not suddenly had a change of heart, there was no dramatic last minute reverse to his earlier plea to leave. Javier Mascherano is set to stay at Liverpool Football Club because of money, or more appropriately the lack of it.

Maicon To Stay With Inter Milan

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Inter Milan's Brazilian defender Maicon won't be leaving the Nerazzurri after all. The 29 year old has been the subject of intense interest this summer after impressing towards the latter stages of last season and during the world cup.

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti confirmed this while speaking to Italian daily Corrie Dello Sport.

Martin O’Neill resigns as Aston Villa manager

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In a massive shock, especially this close to the start of the season, Martin O'Neill has resigned as Aston Villa manager with immediate effect. No reason has been given for O'Neill's decision to so suddenly but my only conclusion is that O'Neill had a major disagreement with Villa owner Randy Lerner

In a statement O'Neill said:

"I have enjoyed my time at Aston Villa immensely.

Manchester United win again

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Chelsea might have started without star striker Didier Drogba, without new Brazilian central midfield signing Ramires, with John Terry in, perhaps, the worst form of his illustrious career, his regular defensive partner Ricardo Carvalho outside of the match day squad and number one goalkeeper Petr Cech ruled out injured but they still started with a strong side.

French Ligue 1 Kicks-off With Shocking Results

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The French Ligue 1 yesterday kick started another 9 months of intense football action across the European scene. Saturday August 7th was d-day for all 20 teams in the league with the most surprising result being Olympique Marseille's 2-1 home defeat to promoted side Caen.

The reigning champions were the biggest casualties of the night as their runners-up last season Olympique Lyon settled for a goalless draw with Monaco at the famous Stade Gerland.

Beckham Expects To Return This MLS Season

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David Beckham's supposed season-ending Achilles tear has now been upgraded to a projected return in October for the LA Galaxy. The MLS regular season closes for the Galaxy on October 24th and the MLS Cup is played on November 21st, so Beckham would likely see little action before the start of the postseason and a potential run at a championship.

Fabio Capello names ‘young and fresh’ England squad

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The England manager Fabio Capello has kept to his post 2010 World Cup word. The Italian promised to rejuvenate the England squad with young, fresh and inexperienced players. The idea was to weed out those who had tried and failed and to bring in those who were untested. England had, more or less, persevered with same squad for 6 years and there had been no success.

Sir Alex Ferguson watches Mesut Ozil

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Ok, the story is nothing new. Manchester United have been linked with Mesut Ozil since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. This time, however, the story appears to have a little more substance. Sir Alex Ferguson was spotted at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon where Fulham were playing Werder Bremen.

Deco To Join Fluminense

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Chelsea's Portuguese midfielder Deco is set to leave the English champions after an unimpressive 2 year stint in London. Deco was part of the trio that included Eto'o and Ronaldinho who were offloaded by former Barcelona president Joan Laporta after the executive claimed that they were the main reason for growing disquiet in the Nou Camp.

Bruno’s Despicable Act

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Brazilian keeper and Flamingo captain Bruno has been charged with the masterminded murder of a former lover yesterday and the twenty five year old victim was trying to prove that the married man was the father of her young son.

Prosecutor Gustavo Fantini filed charges against Bruno and eight accomplices yesterday and among the charged was Bruno's wife, Dayanne Souza, and another woman who police claim is also Bruno's mistress.

Chelsea and Manchester United again

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The Community Shield is upon us again on Sunday. The traditional curtain raiser to the English Premiership season will this time feature Double winners Chelsea playing Manchester United, who will be appearing by virtue of finishing second in the Premiership. Neither of the two teams has strengthened considerably although if pressed consensus would say that it is Manchester United who have, as of this weekend, improved a little more.

Chinese Football Takes a Big Step Backward

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Something is rotten in Chinese football.

Gambling and max fixing surround the nation's biggest soccer league, the Chinese Super League, and the corruption has turned feelings towards the most beautiful game sour in recent months.Â

And the biggest reason why is because the league was state-run by government officials who were directly put into their posts to keep the corruption out of the sport.

Clint Mathis Set To Retire This Weekend

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LA Galaxy forward Clint Mathis has announced that this weekend's friendly against Real Madrid will be the former USA national team player's last match of his organized soccer career. The popular MLS man has suffered several knee injuries in the last few seasons and remaining fit on a weekly basis has become a challenge for the thirty three year old.

Fabregas Not Leaving

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Arsenal's captain and highest earning player Cesc Fabregas might not be leaving the Emirates after all. The 23 year old who has been a major centre of attention this summer could still be a gunner in the new season. This is according to former Arsenal great Kenny Sansom.

Fabregas has been involved in a protracted transfer battle with his former club Barcelona ever since the season ended.

Kaka Faces Another Lengthy Lay Off

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It seems like things are going from bad to worse for Real Madrid's Brazilian play maker Kaka as he is in danger of missing at least two months of the new season after a series of tests confirmed some damage to his meniscus cartilage.

It is not known when or how Kaka sustained this injury, however, it is almost certain to have occurred during the World Cup.

DC United fire coach

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Last-place D.C. United have fired coach Curt Onalfo and replaced him with assistant coach and former U.S. national team player Ben Olsen.

United have only won three games this season as they have struggled through the worst stretch in the teams history. United failed to make the playoffs the last two seasons, and this year's record is the worst in MLS.

US announces squad for Brazil game

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The US national team will play Brazil on August 10 at the new Meadowlands stadium and today coach Bob Bradley announced his squad for the game.

This will be the U.S.'s first game since the World Cup, and Bradley;s squad has a familiar look to it as 14 of the 18 players named were on the World Cup team.

Say No To Drumettes

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What's the deal with athletes in the off season? Do they spend all of their time at pie eating contests or chugging gravy straight out of the saucer? Athletes, like Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and recently signed Newcastle center back Sol Campbell,  come into training camp in horrible shape and should be ashamed of themselves for putting their team's season in jeopardy due to their love for chicken wings.

Balotelli Demands 180,000 Pounds Per Week

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The Mario Balotelli transfer saga has taken yet another turn after the 19 year old placed fresh demands to his would be employers. Currently on tour with Inter Milan in North America, Balotelli's deal has not been finalised despite his agent Mano Raiola stating that everything was alright and that the transfer fee is was the only contentious issue blocking the move.

Everton Can’t Afford Donovan Transfer

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Landon Donovan is apparently off of his former Premier League side of Everton's current radar and the cash-strapped club can not afford the valuable MLS star via the transfer at the moment.

Everton's manager David Moyes made it clear that he would love to acquire the midfielder and even begged his front office for the chance to do so, but Moyes claims that his club has labeled the former Bayern Munich man too expensive due to his steep MLS price of around $11 million:

Don't you think I've asked my chairman (Bill Kenwright ) to make it happen?

Kaka’s Future In Serious Doubt

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Former world player of the year Kaka could be on his way out of the Bernabeu after only one season. The 28 year old has struggled for fitness since joining Los Blancos last summer and with Jose Mourinho taking over as Madrid's new coach and a host of new acquisitions expected to arrive, the Brazilian might find himself relegated to the bench.

Tottenham need to press on

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Tottenham won a pre season friendly against Benfica on Tuesday evening thanks to a nice goal from Giovanni dos Santos but the result betrayed the true story of Tottenham's summer. Tottenham have stood still.

Thanks to last season's fourth place finish they have finally made the breakthrough into the top four, after many years of trying, but they now appear to be contented.

Are Liverpool Football Club’s financial troubles about to be over?

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It appears Chinese businessman Kenny Huang is close to securing a deal which would put him in charge of Liverpool. It appears the finance making the deal possible is not entirely his own, rather, he is leading a consortium. This suggests the finances in place will be the bare minimum and Liverpool fans should not hope for a benefactor like Manchester City have, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Marquez Signs With New York

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Rafael Marquez, the former Barcelona center back, has signed on with the New York Red Bulls just one day after being released from his contract by the La Liga giants. And Marquez will join Henry in New York in very similar circumstances. Both men irregularly played for the treble winners last season and both are considered to be in the later stages of their careers.

We Don’t Need You!

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Manchester City's Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor might be forced to leave Eastlands after only one season. With Balotelli and Robinho expected to be joining the Citizens this week and Carlos Tevez's impending transfer hitting a snag, it is very likely that Ade will fall down the pecking order once the season starts.

Germany Crowned Champions

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Germany beat Nigeria 2-0 yesterday to win the FIFA'S Women's U-20 World Cup on home soil. Korea also beat Colombia 1-0 to clinch the Bronze in the third attempt at this stage of the competition.

Germany's victory however is the main talking point as the hosts finished the tournament with a perfect record winning all their matches.

The French Connection?

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Frenchman Greg Akcelrod always wanted to be a professional footballer. And the twenty-seven year old went to great lengths to get his shot at his dream too. Many people glorify their past sports career and tons of people also lie on their resume about their past work experience, but few can do it to the brilliant degree that Akcelrod recently did.

D-day For Hosts Germany

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Today another FIFA final will be staged in the city of Bielefeld where Germany will take on surprise finalists Nigeria in the Women's U-20 World Cup. After nearly three weeks of football and 90 goals, the curtains come down on tournament that has largely been billed as a dress rehearsal for next year's senior event.