Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2010

EUROPA League Thursday round up

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The EUROPA League, formerly known as the UEFA Cup, took place around Europe on Thursday. Some matches were played in the afternoon, some in the evening whereas others even started during the night. From early kick offs in Russia to late kick offs in Portugal, Thursday saw plenty of European football played and a number of high profile clubs were involved, including Liverpool, AEK Athens, Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart, Juventus, Sampdoria, Sevilla, Paris SG and even reigning champions Atletico Madrid.

Harry Redknapp tells Real Madrid to leave Bale alone

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It is relatively well documented that Real Madrid need a new left back, a position that has not been adequatey filled since Roberto Carlos lost his form and left the club. Over the past few seasons since that happened the Spanish giants have tried to replace the legendary Brazilian left back with an assorted combination of players.

Some new faces in U.S. squad for International friendlies

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U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley has included Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones, Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj and FC Dallas winger Brek Shea in his 20 man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Poland (Oct. 9th in Chicago) and Colombia (Oct. 12 in Chester, Pa.).

With the fixture dates falling during the MLS playoff race, Bradley has decided to with a largely European-based roster so as not to impact the MLS playoffs.

Holden Agrees To Extension With Bolton

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Stuart Holden is proof of yet another Yank that has successfully made the transition to the English Premier League.Â

The Bolton midfielder moved over to the EPL from the MLS last January and the Texan just extended his deal with the English club through the 2012/2013 season. The former Houston Dynamo man had the terrible break last year (pun intended) of suffering a season ending leg fracture in that final international friendly match against Holland in March and the injury resulted in Holden only playing in a few matches for Bolton before the incident happened against the Flying Dutchmen.

Man City and Juventus draw in Europa League

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Adam Johnson's first European goal for Manchester City arned Roberto Mancini's side a point from their Europa League home meeting with Italian giants Juventus.

Luigi Delneri's visitors took an early lead through Vincenzo Iaquinta's long-range effort but Johnson levelled 26 minutes later.

FIFA 11 Available to the Public

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FIFA 11 hit stores earlier this week, so if you own a video game console and you love soccer go out and buy the new game.

I did myself last night and have played around with the new game design a bit in the past day. And let me tell you this. These video games are becoming so real that I wouldn't be surprised if pretty soon they replaced actual football.

Messi Wins Europe’s Golden Boot

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Lionel Messi was honored with the Golden Boot earlier today which is awarded to last season's highest goal scorer in any major European league. The Barcelona man scored 34 regular season goals for the La Liga champs not to mention 8 in the UEFA Champions League although those goals do not count towards the prestigious award.

Champions League Match Day 2 Winners And Losers

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Matchday 2 of the Uefa Champions League provided some remarkable results as well as a few disappointments for some of the clubs. I'll start with the Winners. Of course the biggest winners on the day were Inter Milan, Tottenham, Schalke.

Making their debut in the tournament, nobody expected Tottenham to produce such a stelar display.

The Newest Franchise in the WPS?

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Women's Professional Soccer just wrapped up their second season of action last weekend and they also recently announced the potential expansion of the league with a new eighth team to add to the league. The WPS lent out conditional approval to a new club that will be located in western New York as long as everything works out.

Manchester United defeat Valencia 1-0 in Spain thanks to Chicharito

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The biggest game of the night was Manchester United against Valencia. Although neither club is domestic champion both clubs have formidable squads and fielded as strong a line up as possible for the clash. Manchester United had to make do without Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney, all out due to injury.

Champions League Wednesday round up

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On Wednesday evening the UEFA Champions League completed its second round of fixtures in the group stage. Current holders of the prestigious trophy Internazionale Milan were involved, as were one of the biggest clubs in the world Manchester United. Other clubs playing in the round included Catalan giants Barcelona, German Werder Bremen and French Lyon.

FIFA Becomes Robotic

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FIFA is installing a new online monitoring system that is used to regulate international soccer transfers. Sepp Blatter the organization's president said that the revolutionary monitoring system "is a historic moment for football."

The reason why this new system will be so important for the game is because it keeps a documented record of every global soccer transaction that happens.

Big Champions League Matches Being Played Today

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Why aren't you sitting down in front of your television? Because today has plenty of wonderful football action on the TV. Like right now for example Manchester United is about to battle hosting side Valencia on FSN at 2:45 PM. And if you missed it earlier today Barcelona dropped points against FC Rubin Kazan in a 1-1 draw proving that any result is possible in the UEFA Champions League.

No Scholes, no Giggs, no Rooney… will Manchester United cope?

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Manchester United are playing Valencia on Wednesday evening (GMT 19.45 kick off) but they will play the crunch Champions League clash without three of their msot important players. Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney all have minor injuries. None are long term worries and all are expected to return to first team action within a matter of weeks but in the next fortnight none of the trio are expected to feature, meaning Manchester United have to cope, at the very least, against Valencia on Wednesday and Sunderland on the weekend without them.

Champions League Tuesday round up

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8 matches took place on Tuesday afternoon in the second round of the Champions League group stage. Real Madrid, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Arsenal and AC Milan were some of the big clubs in action as the typically exciting UEFA Champions League took place.

In Italy AS Roma defeated Romanians CFR Cluj 2-1 thanks to goals from Phillipe Mexes and Marco Borrielo.

Togo Keeper Obilale Receives Helping Hand From Blatter & FIFA

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In the darkest hour of the sport of soccer this calender year, Togo national team keeper Kodjovi Obilale lay face down on the floor of his team's travel coach bleeding from multiple gun shot wounds to his back as bullets continued to whiz through the windows of the team's bus.

The Togo national team was on a trip to the African Cup of Nations and we all have heard of the tragedy those players faced.

Champions League Football Set To Be Played This Week

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This week is that special time of the football season when we get to see a World Cup of European league teams battle. And this week will be the second fixture of matches in this year's first round and many fascinating questions remain unanswered at the moment. But hopefully by the end of tomorrow many of these issues will in fact begin to slowly be revealed and the fun all starts today at 2:45 PM (eastern US time) on FSN and FSC.

Chelsea Star Drogba Could Leave The Bridge

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There are some players who are just meant to stay with a certain club all through out their career. The thought of them leaving, is well, just unthinkable. We have seen it in the past with Shevchenko, Henry and most recently Kaka where these players after leaving failed to make an impact in their new clubs.

Injuries Worries For Clubs Ahead Of European Fixtures

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The injury list across many European teams this week will be worrying for their fans as these players do not just make up the numbers in the squad but rather for many are where their hope lies.

In England, the top two teams Chelsea and Manchester United will be without their two star players Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney respectively.

Torres wants to stay – according to Kuyt

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Dutch international Dirk Kuyt says Fernando Torres is committed to the club and not going to leave any time soon. The Spanish World Cup winner has consistently been linked with a move away from Liverpool for a long period of time but proposed moves to Chelsea and Internazionale Milan have not materialised.

Rooney to not travel with Manchester United squad to Valencia

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Manchester United play Valencia in the Mestalla on Wednesday evening in the Champions League. The Spanish side top their Champions League group with 3 points, Manchester Untied and Rangers each have 1 and Bursaspor, the Turkish team, have 0. Valencia comfortably defeated Bursaspor in Turkey whilst Rangers and Manchester Untied shared the spoils after a goalless draw in Manchester.

Champions League Match Of The Day Ajax V AC Milan

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Match day 2 of the Uefa Champions League continues tomorrow with a couple of entertaining fixtures worth watching. However, of keen interest will be the match between Ajax Amsterdam and Italian giants AC Milan at the Amsterdam Arena.

These two teams combined have won an impressive 11 Champions League titles between them and were once two of the most dominant teams in European club football.

The different moods in Manchester this weekend

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One drew, one lost. One walked off the pitch with a foreboding sense of dread. The other walked off the pitch knowing this was just another step in the right direction. Where one club has money problems another has as much as it needs. Manchester United and Manchester City are in completely different scenarios, on different points and their respective fans will wake up in evidently different moods on Monday morning.

City Give Chelsea Their First Defeat Of The Season

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Chelsea tasted defeat for the first time this season when they were beaten by Manchester City yesterday. A Carlos Tevez goal-the only one on the day, was enough to sink the blues and give them something to think about ahead of European action this week.

After losing their midweek Carling Cup Match to Newcastle, Ancelotti was quick to point out that the tournament was never their priority this season.

Gascoigne to manage Garforth Town

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Paul Gascoigne, one of the best English players of the last three decades, has been appointed the coach of Garforth Town. Garforth Town are a non-league club but have appointed Gascoigne, affectionately known as Gazza, as manager in the hope that he can lead them, eventually, to league football.

Hope Solo Set To Miss Six Months

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The world's sexiest goal keeper is set to miss 5 to 6 months of football action due to a nagging shoulder injury, but Hope Solo is expected to return in plenty of time for the 2011 World Cup in June. Of course due to Solo going under the knife sometime in the next week that means the team will have to qualify without their star keeper this upcoming year, but if Solo were to have the surgery sometime this week or next, she would be expected to return to action by the end of March at the latest.

Henry Ruled Out Of Red Bulls-Galaxy Match Tonight

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New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry will miss his new side's big match tonight against David Beckham's LA Galaxy. On paper weeks back the match looked to be the biggest left on the MLS schedule, but Henry will not dress due to sprained right knee that the Frenchman aggravated a few weeks back and Beckham is certainly not a guarantee to play 90 minutes tonight either.

Bayern Munich linked with Pepe Reina

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Pepe Reina, widely acknowledged as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, is being chased by Bayern Munich according to reports in Germany and England. The Spaniard is seemingly frustrated, and quite understandably so, at Liverpool. The club are no closer to competing for trophies despite a variety of promises and intimations that things are going to be resolved and Pepe Reina has apparently reached the end of his tether and is contemplating a move away.

Neymar Axed From Brazil Squad

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After his indecent behavior toward former Santos coach Dorival, Brazil's national team coach Mano Menzes has dropped the axe on the country's talented 18 year old star ahead of next month's friendly games. Also omitted from the 23 man squad were Inter duo Lucio and Maicon

Neymar angrily confronted Dorival hurling insults at him and his team mates after he was denied the opportunity to take a penalty he had won in a league match against Atletico GO.

FIFA Praises World Cup Despite Stinging Criticism

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For some it was a good tournament and to others, it was the worst FIFA World Cup ever staged. Sure South Africa 2010 had its fair share of blunders, however, what many people fail to understand is that South Africa was not responsible for the Jabulani or the incompetent refereeing. It is only unfortunate that on its maiden appearance on the Continent of Africa, many will remember the World Cup for all the wrong reasons.

Mexico Suspends Two Players For Post Match Party

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Carlos Vela and Efrain Juarez have both been suspended by Mexico's national soccer federation for six months of action and eleven other players were fined by the organization. The players apparently were punished for throwing a party in their Monterrey hotel after an exhibition match against Colombia on Sept.

Wayne Rooney is struggling says Sir Alex Ferguson

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Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has conceded his star striker is struggling. He did not specifically mention his form on the field, rather the Scotsman mentioned the emotional strain the young English forward, Wayne Rooney, is having to endure. Wayne Rooney has scored only one goal for his club Manchester United this season, having played five matches.

Santos Fires Coach Over Benching of Neymar

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Santos fired coach Dorival Junior yesterday because of what the organization's officials would refer to as a "break in trust." Junior had previously agreed with club officials to suspend Brazilian teenage sensation Neymar for just one match following a curse-laden tirade that the eighteen year old launched at his coach and teammates last week, but when Junior later admitted to the staff that he would bench Neymar for yet another match this Wednesday against Corinthians the side decided to let the coach go rather then agreeing with the one extra game suspension.

Klinsmann Speaks

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Jurgen Klinsmann recently admitted that he was the one that ended talks with the US Soccer Federation and the former German national team coach claimed that the reason why was because both parties could not mutually agree to the terms of the deal in writing.

Klinsmann has been a popular target for the post since he left Die Mannschaft in 2006.

Milan’s Misery Compounded

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With some of the world's best talent in their squad, many would expect AC Milan to dominate this season in the Serie A. However, after last night's draw with Lazio in Rome, the Italian giants find themselves in 8th place with only 5 points.

Arch rivals Inter Milan have already opened up a 5 point lead over the Rossoneri with only 4 games played.

Shock Defeat – Liverpool lose to Northampton!

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Liverpool, one of the biggest football clubs in Europe and one of the most fearsome in the English Premiership, lost a Carling Cup encounter with lowly Northampton on Wednesday night. Liverpool did rest a plethora of players (Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina, Jamie Carragher) but they still chose a starting eleven including a South American player of the year, a Dutch prodigy, the best Greek defender, the best Danish defender and one of the stars of the Spanish national youth teams.

Manchester United score five against Scunthorpe United

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Manchester United returned to winning ways away from home against Scunthorpe United on Wednesday evening. Manchester United have been in relatively good form at Old Trafford this season, winning three of their four matches defeating Liverpool, Newcastle and West Ham United in the English Premiership but drawing with Rangers in the Champions League however their form away from the theatre of dreams has been quite disappointing.

Brazilian Prodigy Neymar Punished for Petulant Display

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Brazil's new wonder kid Neymar is set to miss tonight's Sao Paolo Clasico against Corinthians as coach Dorival Junior aims to teach the teen star a lesson for his petulant display against him during their 4-2 victory over Atletico GO a week ago.

Neymar was furious when Dorival denied him the chance to take a penalty which he had earned choosing team mate Marcel over him.

Arsenal smash Tottenham 4-1 at White Hart Lane

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As the article title states, Arsenal smashed Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night at White Hart Lane. Granted the match was contested in the Carling Cup and both sides fielded, for the most part, fringe teams full of reserve players and youthful prospects without experience but the result will still send many into joyful delirium and others into tears in North London.

Will Chelsea’s Impressive Run End At Eastlands?

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If there was ever a great start by Chelsea to a season, it has to be this one. The Blues have won all their 5 league games convincingly creating a huge goal difference over their nearest challengers Arsenal and Manchester United.

Chelsea prepare to face Manchester City on Saturday at Eastlands in a highly entertaining fixture that could end the Blue's reign of terror.

What reception will Gallas face when Arsenal play Tottenham this week?

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Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, has already said signing Gallas on a free transfer was an excellent piece of business for Tottenham Hotspur. Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, today conceded that he could understand why Gallas chose to move to Tottenham. Obviously there are logistical issues.

Ferguson states Torres is a cheat

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The wording was precise. It was not that Torres had cheated, or had tried to cheat. It was categorical. Fernando Torres is a cheat. The Manchetser United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, avoiding all the existential implications such a statement obviously raises, merely wanted to belittle his most hated rivals.

Former UEFA President Believes Soccer Is For “Humans and Not Robots”

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Former UEFA president Lennart Johansson adamantly believes that goal-line technology has no place in the Champions League football, claiming that the game is for "humans and not for robots."

The former president of the world's biggest European soccer tournament expressed his support of his successor's, Michel Platini, decision to ignore the calls for video replay in UEFA soccer in 2007 and the 80 year old Swede, who ran the UEFA for 17 years prior,  believes that referee mistakes are part of the sport because of the notion that the officials are human and, therefore, can make mistakes.

Eto’o: Messi Did Not Want Me To Leave

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Inter's hero of the day yesterday Samuel Eto'o has for the first time shed some light on his infamous departure from Spanish giants Barcelona. According to Eto'o, Lionel Messi tried to persuade Guardiola not to sell him.

Immediately after the 2007/2008 season, the then Barcelona president Joan Laporta had marked the Cameroonian along with Ronaldinho and Deco as the players who were to leave the club as they were the main reason for the raging disquiet in the dressing room.

Rumours abound that O’Neill to take over at Anfield

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After last nights defeat at Old Trafford against their most hated rivals Liverpool fans awoke today to read some surprising news. Roy Hodgson, only appointed in July, is seemingly about to be replaced by Martin O'Neill who left Aston Villa on the eve of the new season. The story is a little shocking.

The Premiership is tougher than La Liga, according to Carvalho

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Ricardo Carvalho, the Portuguese defender, has said the Premiership is tougher than La Liga. The player has the credentials to speak about the Premiership, he played there for 6 seasons, but his views on La Liga, and therefore the actual comparison, is based on his first 3 matches in La Liga.

Moratti To Start Kaka Talks In November

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Inter Milan are lining up what could possibly be the biggest shock transfer ever in modern day footballing circles. According to Inter president Massimo Moratti, he is prepared to begin negotiations with Real Madrid for their out of favour attcking midfielder Kaka in November.

This is of course good news if you are an Inter fan but hard to swallow if you support their arch rivals Milan.

Will The Real Togo National Team Please Stand Up?

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This summer I was shocked by the newsstory coming out of North Korea that the nation's soccer federation had hired Chinese actors to portray Korea DPR fans and the acting troupe was paid to travel to South Africa and support the underdog soccer country at the World Cup as if the side was their own.

Liverpool ownership saga not over yet as one American continues negotiations

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Tom Hicks and George Gillett, the Americans who own Liverpool Football Club, were publicly told they had to meet their finance repayment obligations at the end of September or the Royal Bank of Scotland would take control of the club. The Royal Bank of Scotland are the bank owed the majority of the Liverpool debt.

Manchester United And Liverpool Clash At Old Trafford

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Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday. Tuesday's dull draw against Rangers in the Champions League was largely blamed as a mistake in squad selection from Sir Alex Ferguson and the Scot is sure to get it right this time in front of an expected 76,000 capacity crowd.

Ibrahimovic Slams Legendary Milan Coach Sacchi

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AC Milan's new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no stranger to controversy, however, the Swede's actions during a television interview that also included former Italy and Milan coach Arigo Sacchi leaves little to be desired from the Champions League hero.

Not only were Ibra's remarks offensive, but they were also derogatory to a man who's contributions for his club and country far eclipse the 29 year old's achievements.

Liverpool affirm European credentials and N’Gog proves he deserves more than the occasional chance

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Liverpool comfortably defeated Steaua Bucharest despite resting their three most important players, namely, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres. The final score was 4-1, thanks to a David N'Gog double, a Lucas Levia wonder strike and Joe Cole's first goal for Liverpool.

Emerging Talents To Keep an Eye on

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In the late 90s, Ronaldo took the World by storm when he signed for Spanish giants Barcelona. The then 20 year old was the new sensation in European football circles. Scoring an amazing 47 goals in 49 appearances, Ronaldo made headlines for being the youngest player to ever win the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Real Madrid and AC Milan win comfortably

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Real Madrid won 2-0 against Ajax on Wednesday evening. Two of the giants of European football, who have won a plethora of Champions League trophies between them, thirteen in fact, went up against each other in the Santiago Bernabeu but it was Real Madrid who were comfortable winners.

Arsenal look in great shape winning 6-0

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Arsenal beat Braga of Portugal 6-0 on Wednesday evening in the UEFA Champions League. It was a stupendously good performance. It's not that Braga were bereft of ideas or conviction, rather, simply, Arsenal were overwhelmingly good. Cesc Fabregas, who almost moved to Barcelona in the summer, was the pivot controlling the entire teams movement and through him the team created numerous opportunities, six of which they finished.

UEFA Champions League Match Day 1 Review

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Champions League action continues today with Real Madrid, AC Milan, Chelsea, AS Roma, Bayern Munich and Arsenal all playing. After a surprising opening night yesterday, these giants will be looking to avoid defeat at all costs.

One result that was thoroughly not expected was Tottenham's 2 all draw away to Weder Bremen.

Manchester United stumble to draw with Rangers and Valencia breaks his leg

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Manchester United could only draw at home against Glasgow Rangers, the Scottish Champions. The draw was a disappointing result for the English side, who would have expected to achieve a comfortable victory at Old Trafford. The 0-0 draw leaves Rangers and Manchester United on one point in the group.

Ronaldo, The Sports Agent and Marketing Whiz?

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Brazilian World Cup and European football legend Ronaldo is beginning to discuss his post-football career and the all time World Cup leading goal scorer has already announced that he is hanging up the boots in 2011. The man with a tremendous appetite for scoring goals and devouring chili dogs recently admitted that he plans on starting up a sports marketing company and hopes to be directly involved with the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Real Madrid v Ajax Preview

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Another mouth watering Group G encounter takes place tomorrow when Real Madrid host Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. A couple of years back, this would be the match to watch. Real Madrid and Ajax are two of Europe's most successful clubs however, over the years, they have been reduced to just spectators in this tournament.

A team without a captain – Manchester United

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Manchester United are looking for a new captain. The club captain is still Gary Neville, Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester Un ited manager, has confirmed. However Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned just how many minutes Gary Neville will feature this season and so decided that even when he plays it is not appropriate for him to be captain.

Benzema staying at Real Madrid

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Karim Benzema is staying at Real Madrid, according to his agent Karim Djaziri. The French striker, purchased from Lyon in the summer of 2009, has been regularly linked with a number of big European clubs in the past few months. Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus have frequently been linked with him.

Champions League Group Play Begins Tomorrow

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Starting tomorrow Tuesday, September 14th UEFA Champions League football is back! Now sure the tournament technically already began last month when several top four clubs were forced to play in a two match aggregate battle to advance into the group draw stages of the tournament, but the real deal will begin tomorrow and this is exciting news for football fans of any league.

Manchester United v Rangers Champions League Preview

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One of the most anticipated fixtures of the new Champions League season sees 2008 winners Manchester United take on Rangers at the Theatre of Dreams tomorrow night. United are still trying to find their winning formula as is evident by their inconsistent approach to the Premier League season and this should provide for a mouth watering match against a Scottish side who have won all their matches this season.

Olympique Lyon v Schalke 04 Preview

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The Stade Gerland in Lyon will be the stage for tomorrow's titanic clash between Olympique Lyon and Schalke 04. Both teams finished second in their respective leagues last season earning them direct passage to the Group Stages of the Champions League.

Lyon will be looking to go one better by reaching the final in Wembley.

The Strange & Surprising Return of Becks

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LA Galaxy superstar David Beckham returned to the pitch Saturday night against the Columbus Crew and his arrival back to the MLS made for a few fascinating storylines. First off, it is pretty unbelievable how quickly Sir Golden Balls recovered from that devastating knee injury this spring on loan with AC Milan.

Night Of Woe

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It was not a good day for many of Europe's big teams on Saturday as a number of them received shocking results that left many of their fans stunned beyond words. From Italy to Spain to Germany and England, the big boys were humbled beyond their wildest imaginations.

One result that really surprised and still makes me laugh is, Cagliari's demolition of AS Roma.

The Leon Lett of Soccer

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You may not remember who Leon Lett is and the former defensive tackle of the Dallas Cowboys would likely like to keep it that way. Lett was the man who fell victim to the infamous play in Super Bowl XXVII. Up tons of points in the final quarter of action, the defensive tackle was given the perfect chance to score a rare touchdown when he recovered a fumble on his own side's 45 yard line.

Bayern Munich Demand Payment From Dutch FA

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One of Europe's most talented wingers has been ruled out for the entire first half of the season and his club is willing to fight 'to the bitter end' to endure that they receive every cent they deserve from the player's national side.

Arjen Robben is the man at the centre of this battle as he is yet to recover from the thigh injury sustained just days before the World Cup begun.

Beckham Activated, But Unlikely To Play

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English midfielder and LA Galaxy star David Beckham is finally back.

The former Manchester United man was activated yesterday and is expected to join his MLS side this weekend just in time for the highly anticipated match against Eastern Conference top dogs of Columbus. But don't expect the league's highest paid player to make it out on the pitch.

Ryan Giggs to become Wales manager?

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Fulham manager Mark Hughes has urged Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs to take the position of Wales manager. Rumours persist that Giggs is the favourite for the job after John Toshack, once the Real Madrid manager, resigned from his post as Wales manager on Wednesday evening.

Ryan Giggs and Mark Hughes played together for Manchester United in the early and middle part of the nineties, winning the club it's first Premiership title in 26 years.

Serie A Players To Go on Strike?

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Stunning news from Italy as the Italian Players' Association (AIC) have announced that the players in Italy's top flight will go on strike on the weekend of September 25-26.

A statement issued by AIC said:

"The AIC, in complete agreement with all the Serie A clubs, have decided that these teams will not go out on the pitch for the fifth round of games of Serie A on September 25-26 in order to oppose the (Lega Calcio's) request for the introduction of a new contractual regime.

Liverpool’s American owners told to sell up within a month

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It appears RBS, the Royal Bank of Scotland, which is the holder of much of the debt Liverpool FC currently find themselves in is prepared to wipe off a large majority of it and take control of the club. The bank is about to move the debt to it's toxic assets division, which effectively means they are close to writing it off.

Carlos Queiroz Sacked By Portugal

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In a move that surprised no one Portugal have fired coach Carlos Queiroz. Queiroz has recently been handed a six-month ban for allegedly insulting anti-doping agents before this year's World Cup.

A Portuguese Football federation statement read:

"Given the recent events, and after reviewing the current situation concerning the national coach, the directorate of the FPF decided unanimously [to end] the contract.

Was Maradona The Right Man For Argentina?

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Argentina yesterday Hammered World Champions Spain 4-1 in Buenoa Aires. This result has of course raised questions on whether the country's football legend Diego Maradona was the right man to coach the national team.

Winning their first game under caretaker coach Sergio Batista resoundingly does question the tactics used by former coach Diego Maradona.

Argentina Thrashes Spain

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Well you at least have to credit their timing to lose.

Spain lost for the first time since the World Cup ended in humiliating fashion to a hungrier Argentina squad. The final score of the match was 4-1 in favor of Maradona's former side and La Furia Roja experienced their first loss since that shocking 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in their debut match of the World Cup.

Real Madrid announces “world record” earnings

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Real Madrid Wednesday announced net profit for the 2009-2010 season jumped 11.5 percent from the previous year on what it said were the highest revenues "of any sports institution in the world."

It said gross revenues for the season were 442.3 million euros, up 8.6% from the previous year.

Gerard Houllier to be named new Aston Villa manager

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Aston Villa are expected to announce later today that Gerard Houllier has been named their new manager replacing Martin O'Neil.

Houllier still needs to find an assistant manager with Gary McAllister and Dietmar Hamann, who both played under Houllier for Liverpool, have been linked with the role.

FIFA Visits the White House

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As reported earlier this week on the STO, FIFA officials are currently here visiting in the States on official business and the voting committee for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup will visit 5 of the 18 select cities that could possibly be involved in hosting World Cup matches for one of those two summers.

Capello to leave in 2012

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Fabio Capello has announced he is going to leave the England post after the EURO 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine. The announcement came as a little bit of a shock but Capello justified his decision with the explanation that he will be "a pensioner and wants to enjoy his old age".

Kaka To Inter?

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Reading David's post over at STO's sister site intermilanfanclub. com about Brazilian forward Kaka's potential exit from Real made me sit down and think what happened to one of the decade's best attacking midfielders.

Ricardo Izecson Dos Santos Leite or Kaka if you like was the toast of the football world just three years ago.

Serie A’s Highest Paid Players

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Its always fascinating to know how much the football stars earn. Not because its of any benefit to their millions of fans but mostly because it can be used as a weapon to criticise them if they fail to deliver on the pitch.

Italian Daily Gazzetta dello Sport released their list of the highest paid players in the Serie A and and if your guess is as good as mine, then you should know who tops the list.

FIFA President Blatter Considers Adding the Golden Goal

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants more exciting finishes to matches. In other words he doesn't want to watch a tournament where both teams are content settling for draws. The FIFA president has often lamented over a serious overhaul of the current World Cup rules and the committee is reportedly considering changing many crucial parts of the tournament for the 2014 installment set to be played in Brazil.

Del Bosque Warns Spain Against Over Confidence

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Tuesday provides a mouth watering friendly clash between two of the games biggest football nations- Argentina v Spain. Spain has dominated world football these past two years. La Furia Roja are not only European champions but also just recently added the biggest title of them all-the FIFA World Champions tag.

FIFA Is Coming To America

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Just like the Neil Diamond hit song, FIFA officials are coming to America. Actually, they already arrived last night in New York City. And following a welcoming reception in the city that never sleeps, today they will visit three local sights considered for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup including the Javits Center which is a convention center proposed as the war room for either or both the qualifying and final World Cup draw.

Karim Benzema linked to Marseille, Liverpool and Manchester United

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There have been a recent prevalence of rumours in the French press, written with a sense of genuine conviction, that Karim Benzema was offered to Marseille on transfer deadline day on a seasons long loan deal. Despite Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho continuously complaining all summer about his lack of options in the centre forward position – his options are limited to Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema, perhaps Cristiano Ronaldo, traditionally a player who prefers attacking from a wide position, on occasion too the Spanish club were still prepared to let Benzema leave.

Arena Attacks U.S. Soccer Federation

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Former U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena recently claimed that the U.S. Soccer Federation deserves much of the blame for the scrutiny that current national team coach Bob Bradley received in recent months for his potential dismissal from the country's post. Arena believes that the organization needed to support their current coach more then they did and he also was quite critical of the officials for interviewing former German national team coach Juergen Klinsmann while they were still dealing with Bradley.

Maradona To Celebrate Landmark Birthday In Napoli

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Arguably the world's best player (depending on which side of the spectrum you choose to see him from), Diego Armando Maradona is set to give Italian football fans especially those in Napoli a surprise on October 3oth.

On that day, the Argentine legend turns 50 and reports in Italy suggest that he will return to former club Napoli to celebrate his birthday.

Ronaldinho To Return To Brazil Squad

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Finally, after ranting and raving for the inclusion of Ronaldinho in the Brazilian national team, coach Mano Menezes had heard the cries of his millions of fans across the globe.

Menezes has given the Milan star a chance for inclusion in his squad if he continues with his remarkable form which helped the Serie A giants finish third in the league last season.

Africa Cup Of Nations Qualifiers Recap

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It was not only a big weekend for European football but also for the continent of Africa. Qualification for Africa's bi-annual football tournament the Africa Cup of Nations continued with some surprising yet exciting results.

The 2012 edition will be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

What Is It With African Footballers?

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Was Roger Milla Right when he lashed out on Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o just before the World Cup for being more committed to his club than his country? I don't know about you but i sometimes question the moral standing of Africa's so called stars. May be Milla crossed the line but hey, being La Liga top scorer on more than one occasion and not replicating that with your country is bound to raise some eyebrows.

France’s New Era Begins Much Like the Last

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France and new coach Laurent Blanc were unsuccessful in their debut match of the European 2012 qualifiers. And Les Bleus new era under the successful former World Cup winning footballer would begin much like their dismal effort this summer in South Africa. With a shock loss.

And considering the fact that the former elite football squad would have the home field advantage factor working in their favor along with the fact that they were playing against lowly Belarus, I think it is safe to say that the result was extremely disappointing for the frustrated club.

John Arne Riise Plans On Moving To the MLS

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Roma defender John Arne Riise recently revealed his next dream destination and it wasn't to an expected destination like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Manchester United, or even big spending Manchester City.

The former Liverpool man desires a move to America and the MLS when his time is up in Serie A.

McBride Set To Retire At End of MLS Season

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Former Fulham forward and current member of the MLS Chicago Fire Brian McBride is set to retire at the end of the 2010 MLS season.

And the former USA national team star is considered one of the best Americans to ever play the game and is currently in third place all time for career goals for the national team side.

France Begins New Era Today Under Blanc

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The French national team will begin their quest for Euro 2012 today under a new coach who hopes to create a new era of football for the beleaguered sports nation from this summer. The team recently was visited by Zinedine Zidane and a few other teammates on the successful 1998 World Cup title winning team during training and the famous midfielder along with a few other past legends stressed the importance for the squad to start anew under the leadership of their former national team teammate and current manger Laurent Blanc.

Euro Action Takes Centre Stage

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League action takes a short break for the upcoming international friendlies, Euro 2012 qualifiers and Africa Nations Cup 2012 qualifiers. Most leagues across Europe have only just begun and this untimely break could be a blessing in disguise for some teams or a breaking point for others.

Across Europe's major leagues, this could provide coaches and teams who did not have the best of starts to the season with some much needed space to analyse their campaigns for the season before things get really out of hand and it could also cut the momentum gained by some teams.

Galaxy v Crew September 11 – The Return of Becks

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David Beckham is expected to make his long-awaited return to the LA Galaxy at home to the Columbus Crew on September 11. Buy LA Galaxy v Columbus Crew Tickets

The 35-year-old, who tore his Achilles tendon while playing for Milan during the winter has not been expected to return to the Galaxy until next week.

No Vuvuzelas Will Be Heard This Champions League

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The UEFA has banned the popular South African horn from entering stadiums this upcoming year. All 53 nations involved in the Champions League and European Championship have been ordered to disallow the blaring musical instrument into their venue's stands this season.

And most sporting events have followed suit this summer including the large majority of Premier League stadiums.

Ibrahimovic Spits Fire

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One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how players often hate on their former clubs soon after transferring. It is a trend i see with most players. They normally go on and on about how switching clubs is the best thing that ever happened to their careers and that they are ready for a fresh start when in reality, we know its all a load of rubbish!

Anti-Glazer Protests Working

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The ongoing anti-Glazer protests by a vocal minority of Manchester United fans seems to be having an effect as Manchester United have announced that they have failed to reach their target of season ticket sales this summer,

On not reaching their goal, Man United's chief executive David Gill tried to spin it like this:

"I'll be clear on that.

Some surprise as Premier League teams announce squads

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For the first time Premier League teams had to name a 25-man squad for the first half of the EPL season and there was a couple of surprises.

All 20 clubs had to submit a squad of up to 25 players containing no more than 17 players who do not qualify as homegrown. Homegrown players are classed as players who "irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday".

AC Milan Sign Brazilian Star Robinho

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AC Milan has completed the signing of Brazilian international Robinho from Manchester City. Robinho joins Ibrahimovic and fellow compatriots Pato and Ronaldinho in what is expected to be a killer attack for the Italian giants.

Milan signed Robinho outright for a figure in the region of 15 million Euros.

MLS Attendance Up over 7%

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MLS Daily ( keeps a running tab of MLS attendance figures, and through this past weekend's games MLS attendance is up 7.03% over this time last season. Considering the economy and the attendance issues that MLB ( is having, Don Garber must be ecstatic with the numbers.