World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2014

Topsy Turvy (Premier League Weekend Review Podcast)

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This week's episode of the World Soccer Talk Podcast features Tottenham Hotspur supporter Nicky Holender, Liverpool's secret weapon on the west coast (Nate Abaurrea) and Arsenal fan (and host) Nick Webster dissecting the weekend's Premier League matches from throughout England.

Plus, for World Soccer Talk Podcast listeners, we'll be announcing a brand-new contest to give away one copy of Football Manager 2015 (courtesy of Sega and Sports Interactive).

Pellegrini Open to Frank Lampard Stay at Manchester City

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Frank Lampard will struggle to tear himself away from Manchester City's Premier League title battle with former club Chelsea to join New York City FC, admits Manuel Pellegrini.

Former England midfielder Lampard is due to end his Etihad Stadium loan stint in January and link up with new club New York, after leaving Chelsea last summer.

Watch Tottenham 2-1 Everton Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Jan Vertonghen hailed a complete team performance after Tottenham came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at White Hart Lane.

A stunning strike from Kevin Mirallas put Everton in front, but Christian Eriksen leveled before a rare goal from Roberto Soldado gave Tottenham a lead they kept to the final whistle.

Watch Southampton 0-3 Manchester City Goal Highlights [VIDEO]

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Yaya Toure and Frank Lampard's strikes took Manchester City up to second in the Barclays Premier League table and handed Southampton an ominous start to a daunting run of festive fixtures coming up.

Toure and Lampard provided the crucial calm finishes before Gael Clichy blasted home his first City goal in a 3-0 win at St Mary's which lifted the defending champions above Saints in the league standings.

Deportivo La Coruna Fan Dies Following Pre-Match Violence In Madrid

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A 43-year-old Deportivo La Coruna supporter has died after being injured during violence between rival fans outside of Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid. The Spanish Professional Football League (LFP) had attempted to suspend Sunday's match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo following news of the violent incidents outside of the stadium, but according to the Spanish publicationAS,LFP officials were unable to locate any representatives of the Spanish Football Federation (FEF) who have the authority to issue the order to the match referee to stop the contest.

Tottenham vs Everton: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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It's been almost two months since Tottenham Hotspur has won a league match at White Hart Lane, so today will be a big test of whether the Spurs supporters will be on the back of the Tottenham players and how they'll cope.

Everton, meanwhile, have an opportunity to move into 7th place in the Premier League with a win today.

Watch New England Revolution 2-2 New York Red Bulls Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Congratulations to New England Revolution who advanced to the 2014 MLS Cup final after defeating New York Red Bulls on aggregate.

After beating New York Red Bulls 2-1 in Harrison, New Jersey last week, the Revs had the advantage playing at home this evening, but it ended up being a very nervy end to the match where RBNY just needed one more goal to guarantee qualification to the MLS Cup.

Jose Mourinho: No Way Diego Costa is a Problem

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho leapt to the defense of striker Diego Costa after a hard-fought encounter with Sunderland.

The in-form hitman failed to add to his 11 goals for the season at the Stadium of Light but escaped punishment after appearing to kick out at John O'Shea, before picking up his fifth yellow card of the season for catching fellow defender Wes Brown with a flailing arm during a 0-0 draw for the Barclays Premier League leaders.

Tottenham Boss Pochettino Gives Backing to Roberto Soldado

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Misfiring Roberto Soldado retains the confidence of Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, whose staff are creating training exercises to help get the Spaniard scoring again.

Having arrived last year to much fanfare, the 29-year-old has struggled to find the form which saw Spurs fork out B£26million for his services.

Sam Allardyce Enjoys Hammers Victory Against Newcastle United

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce hailed a "massive victory" after Aaron Cresswell's first goal for the club proved enough to end Newcastle's winning streak at Upton Park.

The Irons moved back up to fifth place in the Barclays Premier League after a neat finish from left-back Cresswell, signed from Ipswich in the summer, proved enough to beat Newcastle 1-0, a side which came to east London full of confidence having won six successive league matches.

Southampton vs Manchester City: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Today's match between Southampton and Manchester City featuresa duel between second and third in the Premier League table with a lot on the line. A win for City will see them leapfrog Southampton into second place, six points behind Chelsea. But a win for Southampton will see the Saints close the gap with the Blues to just four points.

Watch Manchester United 3-0 Hull City Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reflected on the most satisfactory performance of his Old Trafford reign after a comfortable 3-0 defeat of Hull.

United completely outplayed the visiting Tigers as they eased to three Barclays Premier League points with goals from Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

Watch WBA 0-1 Arsenal Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Danny Welbeck bagged a crucial winner for Arsenal as the Gunners clinched a comfortable 1-0 win at West Brom.

In front of watching England boss Roy Hodgson the striker nodded in to condemn the Baggies to a third straight defeat as the Gunners hit back from last week's defeat to Manchester United.

David Beckham And Eldest Son Escape Injury After Car Crash In England

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David Beckham and his oldest son Brooklyn escaped serious injury after they were involved in a car crash earlier today.

Beckham, 39, had just picked uphis 15-year-old son when his car was involved in a collision outside of the London Colney training centre. Both were spared serious injuries because the car's airbags deployed and were able to walk away from the incident.

Moussa Sissoko Has Been Key to Newcastle United’s Upturn in Fortunes

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When Moussa Sissoko burst into the English Premier League in January of 2013, it seemed the competition had welcomed a new superstar. A powerhouse display in his second outing for the club – scoring the equalizing and winning goals in a 3-2 win over Chelsea – announced his arrival in English football.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 13: TV Times & Open Thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

West Brom vs Arsenal, 7:45am, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & David Pleat
Manchester Unitedvs Hull City, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Don Goodman
Liverpool vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Ray Houghton
West Ham vs Newcastle, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Dean Sturridge
Swansea vsCrystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Barry Horne
Burnley vsAston Villa, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Brian Little
QPR vs Leicester, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Tony Gale
Sunderland vs Chelsea, 12:30pm, NBCand NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Commentators for Premier League Matches On NBC Sports, Gameweek 13

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After 12 days of the international break, club soccer finally returns across Europe this weekend much to the relief of soccer fans worldwide.

Here's the line-up of commentatorsfor this weekend's Premier League matches:

Saturday, November 29:

West Brom vs Arsenal, 7:45am, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & David Pleat
Manchester United vs Hull City, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Don Goodman
Liverpool vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Ray Houghton
West Ham vs Newcastle, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Dean Sturridge
Swansea vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Barry Horne
Burnley vs Aston Villa, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Brian Little
QPR vs Leicester, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Tony Gale
Sunderland vs Chelsea, 12:30pm, NBCand NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Read more: Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

Sunday, November 30:

Southampton vs Man City, 8:30am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon
Spurs vs Everton, 11am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra; Jon Champion & Clive Allen

Read more: Top 5 soccer games to watch on TV this weekend.

Tottenham Charged by UEFA Over Pitch Invaders

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Tottenham have been charged by UEFA for the pitch invasions that caused their Europa League tie with Partizan Belgrade to be temporarily suspended.

Spurs' progress to the knockout stages was overshadowed on Thursday night by the teams being led off in the 41st minute after a third individual managed to slip onto the White Hart Lane pitch.

Southampton Manager Ronald Koeman Focused on Crucial Period

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Ronald Koeman believes "something special" can be achieved at Southampton this season if they can prove their mettle in the coming weeks, starting this weekend against Manchester City.

An unparalleled talent drain in the summer led to much doom and gloom around St Mary's, yet the response has been nothing short of astonishing.

Arsenal Waits On Danny Welbeck Fitness

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Arsenal have doubts over several players for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to West Brom, including England forward Danny Welbeck, who has a swollen knee and a hamstring problem.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip) and striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) will be assessed, but forward Olivier Giroud could come back in having been ineligible for the midweek Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, along with fit-again defender Laurent Koscielny.

A Holiday Gift Guide For Soccer Fans

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If you're looking for ideas for soccer presents for you or your loved ones, you've come to the right place.

We've scoured the Internet to find an assortment of quality presents that would be a worthy addition to any soccer fan's home. Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Soccer Fans includes the best books, shirts, collectibles, video games, movies and technology.

Tottenham Boss Mauricio Pochettino Reveals Safety Fears

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Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino was concerned for his players' safety during the pitch invasions which leave the north London club facing the prospect of UEFA sanctions.

Spurs progressed to the Europa League knockout stages with a 1-0 win against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday, although that feat was overshadowed by a temporary suspension of play in the first half.

Top 5 Premier League Bets, 29-30 November

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The Premier League is looking more and more like it will be in the grasp of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea once more this season, but what does this gameweek have in store? Tipster for Easyodds.com Ross Casey has been scouring the betting markets for all ten fixtures and has five of his best bets to offer.

English Premier League Would be Better if ‘Smaller’ Teams Could Win Titles

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Admittedly I am a newer soccer fan. The 2006 World Cup helped me truly fall in love with the beautiful game to the point where I began to actively follow it online and on TV. Since that World Cup, I have become a fanatic, following multiple teams on multiple continents while writing for this site, starting a manuscript, and spending way more than I should on memorabilia.

Roy Keane Leaves Assistant Manager Role At Aston Villa

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Assistant manager Roy Keane has left Aston Villa with immediate effect.

The 43-year-old Irishman confessed that he had been struggling to combine his position with the Premier League club with the job he holds with the Republic of Ireland; Keane was hired as Martin O'Neill's number two in November 2013.

Alan Pardew Thanks His Good Fortune For Signing Ayoze Perez

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Speaking ahead ofSaturday's matchagainst West Ham, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admitted his sidewere fortunate to find striker Ayoze Perez. The English clubwere able to beat out the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona for the young forward's signature this summer.

The Magpies boss went on to praise the £1.

Brazilian Striker Brandao Handed One-Month Jail Sentence For Headbutting Thiago Motta

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Brazilian striker Brandao has been handed a one-month jail sentence along with a £16,000 fine for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta.

The Bastia player had already been given a six-month ban by the Ligue de Football Professionnel for an incident which took place at the Parc des Princes on August 16th.

Brazil Legend Pele In Sao Paulo Special Care Unit

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Pele, the Brazilian legend and humanitarian, has been transferred to a special care unit at the Albert Einstein hospital after having treatment for a urinary infection.

The 74-year-old was admitted to the hospital on Monday and is said to be "completely fine" and in "stable" condition.

The football great had previously been discharged on November 13th after having surgery to remove kidney stones.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Sundays are typically the best day of the week for soccer supporters. You can lay on the couch sampling a string of engrossing games with thoughts of the Monday morning alarm locked away at the back of your mind. And for those who love a lazy Sunday, this might just be the best weekend of the entire campaign.

Crystal Palace Manager Neil Warnock Adamant Yannick Bolasie Will Stay

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Manager Neil Warnock has vowed Yannick Bolasie will be staying at Crystal Palace after his eye-catching performances this season.

The enigmatic Congo winger dazzled in Palace's 3-1 defeat of Liverpool last Sunday which saw Warnock's men climb out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone ahead of this week's trip to Swansea.

Brendan Rodgers Refuses to Blame Simon Mignolet

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers refused to blame goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for another error which could have ended their Champions League dream.

The Belgium international has come in for criticism this season for a number of unconvincing performances and when he fumbled, Dani Abalo gave Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets a third-minute lead.

Jack Wilshere Out for 3 Months After Undergoing Surgery

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for around three months after successfully undergoing surgery on his left ankle, the Gunners have announced.

The England international was substituted during the second half of Saturday's defeat to Manchester United after damaging ankle ligaments and was subsequently sent to a specialist to be assessed.

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Analyzing 4 Former Premier League Players’ Serie A Form

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There were four players that arrived from Premier League clubs with big reputations and expectation at the beginning of the Serie A season. Despite their potential Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Ferando Torres have been underwhelming for their new clubs.

Here's an in-depth look at how each player has stacked up thus far.

Happy Thanksgiving From World Soccer Talk

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On behalf of everyone at World Soccer Talk, we'd like to wish you a warm and sincere Happy Thanksgiving!

We're thankful for so many things. First of all, you! For being a loyal reader, listener and follower. Without you, World Soccer Talk wouldn't be anything, so we appreciate your comments as well as letting other people know about the site.

Christian Eriksen Confident that Spurs Can Qualify for Champions League

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Christian Eriksen is confident Tottenham can qualify for the Champions League this season, one way or another.

Life at White Hart Lane has been tumultuous over recent years, thanks largely to the club's desperation to make a return to the continent's premier competition.

It is more than three-and-a-half years since they last competed in the Champions League, but Mauricio Pochettino does not appear to be under the same pressure as others at the helm in recent years.

Rickie Lambert Hails Improved Liverpool Display

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Rickie Lambert admitted a late equalizer for Ludogorets had left Liverpool "devastated" in Bulgaria but claimed their performance in the 2-2 draw ought to be enough to silence their critics.

A Simon Mignolet error gifted the hosts an early lead through Dani Abola, but Lambert's first Champions League goal leveled it before Jordan Henderson put Liverpool ahead eight minutes before the break.

In-form Cesc Fabregas Hails Chelsea Team-mates

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Cesc Fabregas believes he is playing the best football of his career and puts his scintillating form down to the quality of his Chelsea team-mates.

The Spain midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona in the summer, insisting he had 'unfinished business' in the Premier League having previously spent eight years at Arsenal.

Watch Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Liverpool's Champions League hopes remain alive after their first goals in the competition since mid-September but a late Ludogorets equaliser saw them leave Bulgaria disappointed.

A dogged performance with few of the hallmarks of manager Brendan Rodgers' preferred way of playing brought an end to a four-match losing run and would have repaired some badly damaged confidence had it not been for that late lapse in the Vasil Levski National Stadium, their hosts' home from home due to their own ground not meeting UEFA criteria,

They did, however, show resilience to recover from goalkeeper Simon Mignolet's third-minute blunder as Rickie Lambert scored his second in as many games before Jordan Henderson scored the vital second just before half-time, only for Georgi Terziev to nick an equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw at the death.

Watch Arsenal 2-0 Borussia Dortmund Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal put their recent troubles behind them to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a match to spare.

The Gunners have endured their worst start to a domestic campaign for 30 years, and are eighth in the Barclays Premier League following Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Manchester United.

UEFA Champions League, Wednesday Matchday 5: TV Times and Open Thread

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For viewers in theUnited States, today's UEFA Champions League games will be shown across several channels. Don't forget, you can also see live highlights of the matches onFOX Soccer Plus's MultiMatch 90service.

Zenit St Petersburg vs Benfica, Noon,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund, 2:45pm,FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Ludogorets vs Liverpool, 2:45pm,FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Basel vs Real Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net &FOX Soccer 2GO
Anderlecht vs Galatasaray, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Atletico Madrid vs Olympiakos, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Malmo vs Juventus, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Bayer Leverkusen vs AS Monaco, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around theworld.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Selects His “Dream” Starting Eleven [VIDEO]

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Paris Saint-Germain has released a video of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic selectinghis "dream" starting elevenon the club's official YouTube channel.

The Sweden international uses an adjective for each player in his squad, giving a little insight into what he thinks of his Dream Team teammates.

Arsenal Photos From 1930s-1950s Colorized In Amazing Detail [PHOTOS]

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As a soccer fan and history buff, I love being able to see relics and old pictures of the beautiful game from generations past. Learning about the history of the sport, and also the specific team in which one roots for, is an extremely important thing in my mind. Putting a considerable amount of time and energy into a club without knowing much about their past successes and failures seems a bit senseless.

Watch Gary Neville Analyze Arsenal’s Defensive Deficiencies Against Man Utd [VIDEO]

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On this week's episode of Monday Night Football, Sky Sports soccer analyst Gary Neville analyzed Arsenal's defensive deficiencies they displayed against Manchester United where the Red Devils won 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

Neville illustrated why he was staggered by the way that Arsenal tried to play so desperately, and lacked the naivety to defend and attack.

Research Shows EA’s FIFA Soccer Video Game Has Huge Impact in US [INFOGRAPHIC]

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New research shows that EA's FIFA soccer game is a "gateway drug" to attract new soccer fans in the United States according to data released by EA Sports.

Not only is the video game loved and played by soccer fans both young and old, but it proves to be an ideal way to introduce sports fans to the passion of the beautiful game, so they can see on television how these footballers play in real life (as well as hopefully encouraging fans to go see these players in person).

Carlo Ancelotti Deserves More Credit For Real Madrid’s Accomplishments

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"Real Madridshould win La Liga and the Champions League every year with the talent in their squad."

"Anyone couldwin gameswith a squad full of players like that."

Football fans have either made or heard statements like these regarding Real Madrid since the time president Florentino Perezre-opened the club's"galacticos" policy during the early 2000′s.

8 Fantastic Facts About Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero

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Sergio Aguero commanded the headlines after scoring a stunning hat-trick for Manchester City against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Here, Press Association Sport shares eight interesting facts about a player rated among the best in the world.

1. Aguero is known widely by his nickname 'Kun', a moniker that has stuck since childhood.

Alessio Cerci Finding Out About Life At Atletico Madrid

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Midfielder Alessio Cerci has been finding life at Atletico Madrid difficultsince he arrived in the Spanish capital from Torino in late August.

The Italian came to La Liga with expectations of being a major component in Diego Simeone's championship side. The 27-year-old was so excited about his imminent move to Spain that he prematurelytweeted news of his transfertwo weeks before it was officially announced by the Spanish champions.

Premier League Tactics Corner; Analyzing Louis van Gaal’s Use of Pressing Tactics

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When talking about tactics, it's easy to get caught up in the hype over a formation and entirely ignore the system. There is a lot more thought put into the intricacies of how a team functions on a pitch than how it lines up.

Tactical thinkers, Louis van Gaal especially, are always quick to point out that the same formation can be played in many different ways.

Premier League Could be Set to Introduce Friday Night Matches

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With the battle for the new Barclays Premier League television rights set to begin at the start of the New Year, it is understood that the competing networks are keen on producing Friday night matches in the near future. BT Sport and Sky Sports are thought to be bidding up to an astounding £5 billion to secure the rights to air Premier League matches starting in 2016.

Top 3 Players of Serie A Gameweek 12

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Juventus midfielder Paul Poba is back to his best after a stunning display against Lazio in his side's 3-0 away win. AS Roma were able to grind out a victory that keeps them in the title picture with Juve, after Adem Ljaic starred for the team. However, the best player of the gameweek assured his place in Italian soccer folklore with another super display.

Bayern Munich President Says Xherdan Shaqiri Can Go To Another Club In January

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Honorary Bayern Munich President Franz Beckenbauer informed the mediathat midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri can go to another club in January because the German giants only want players who want to stay with the Bundesliga champions.

Rumors have been mounting for weeks regarding the out-of-favor midfielder afterthe player told the Swiss German-language tabloidBlickthat he wanted to leave Bayern during the summer.

Uruguay Football Association Wants Luis Suarez International Ban Reduced Before Copa America

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The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) is planning to talk with FIFA in order to have Luis Suarez's international ban reduced. Although the Barcelona striker can now play for his club, Suarez still has eight matches remaining on hisinternational ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Arsene Wenger Will Not Change Jack Wilshere

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere would not be the same player if you took away the determination which played a part in him suffering another injury blow.

The 22-year-old England international is set to see a specialist after damaging his ankle ligaments following a sliding challenge by Manchester United defender Paddy McNair on Saturday.

Criticism of Steven Gerrard is Unfair, Says Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts captain Steven Gerrard is no longer the driving force he was but insists it is wrong to write him off entirely.

And despite Gerrard's former team-mate Jamie Carragher suggesting it was time for the 34-year-old to be released from the defensive role which he believes he is unsuitable for, Rodgers has no intention of doing so.

Watch Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Sergio Aguero struck twice in the closing minutes to complete a hat-trick and revive Manchester City's Champions League hopes with a 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich.

City's challenge had looked all but over after Aguero's early penalty was cancelled out by quickfire goals from Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski before half-time.

Watch Schalke 0-5 Chelsea Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Roberto Di Matteo played down the talk of a revenge mission as Chelsea visited Gelsenkirchen to take on his Schalke side but it was embarrassment that greeted the Italian as the Blues eased into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insisted in the build-up to this clash that his side needed to keep up their good form to avoid blowing their place at the head of Group G and ending up playing in the Europa League.

New Challenges Remain for Record-Breaking Messi

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Not content with the landmarks and trophies already scooped up in a 10-year Barcelona career, Lionel Messi this week reached twomilestones,breaking the records for the most number of goals in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga.

The Argentina captain shows no sign of letting up just yet.

Win a Chance to See Arsenal in Training With Vitality

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A usual day at the Arsenal F.C. training centre consists of a strict regime of shuttle runs, stretching and ball skills but at a recent shoot for official wellness partners of Arsenal FC Vitality the players took the opportunity to take a breather from training with a few casual selfies on an unguarded smartphone.

UEFA Champions League, Tuesday Matchday 5: TV Times and Open Thread

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For viewers in theUnited States, today's UEFA Champions League games will be shown across several channels. Don't forget, you can also see live highlights of the matches onFOX Soccer Plus's MultiMatch 90service.

CSKA Moscow vs AS Roma, Noon, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
BATE vs Porto, Noon,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Manchester City vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Schalke vs Chelsea, 2:45pm,FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO &FOX Soccer 2GO
APOEL vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, ESPN Deportes, FOX Sports Net &FOX Soccer 2GO
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Athletic, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Paris Saint-Germain vs Ajax, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Sporting Club vs Maribor, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around theworld.

Premier League Team of the Week – Gameweek 12

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Based on the performances in the 10 matches played during Gameweek 12 of the Premier League, as well as utilizing stats from WhoScored, Squawka and TransferMarkt, here's my team of the weekend:

Goalkeeper

Fabianski [Swansea City] Lukasz Fabianski has been in great form for Swansea City this season.

Barcelona Weathered The Early Storm But Luis Enrique Expects More Struggles

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Heading into his side's Champions League Group F match against APOEL today (live on FOX Soccer 2GOat 2:45pm ET for viewers in the US), manager Luis Enrique has confessed that Barcelonahad a momentary drop in form following their 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in late October.

Questions about the manager's tactics, his man-management and the team's chemistry most notably the relationship on the pitch between Lionel Messi, Neymar and new-signing Luis Suarez -quickly surfaced in the Spanish press following the convincing defeat in El Clasico.

5 Recommended Blogs For Soccer Fans

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We all love perusing the excellent content here on World Soccer Talk—why else would you be here!?—but there are plenty of other wonderful blogs that provide excellent content when it comes to the coverage of the beautiful game.

So while we encourage you continue checking in here to find out the latest thoughts from The Gaffer, Pete Quinn or Kartik Krishnaiyer, here's some of other places on the website where you might get an additional soccer fix.

Brendan Rodgers Calls for More Aggression From Liverpool Players

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on his players to be more tenacious and aggressive in the wake of criticism his side is too soft.

After the 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday, a match in which they took an early lead, former Reds vice-captain Jamie Carragher said they were bullied and mentally weak.

Real Madrid To Participate In 2015 International Champions Cup In Australia

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Victoria sports minister Damien Drum has confirmed that Real Madrid will take part in next summer's edition of the International Champions Cup (ICC) which will be held in Melbourne, Australia fromJuly 18-24. The Spanish giants will be making their debut appearance 'down under' and play their gamesat the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of 100,000.

UEFA Team Of The Year Shortlist Revealed; Bayern Munich Lead With 9 Nominations

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UEFA has revealed the40-man shortlist for its Team of the Year with German champions Bayern Munich leading the way with nine nominations. The nominees were determined based on their overall performances in European club football and international competitions. Thebest elevenwill be determined by fans via an online poll.

Poor Form of Premier League’s Top Clubs Making For The Most Competitive Season In Years

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If you were to ponder the current emotions of supporters from all 20 Premier League teams, only a small proportion would be completely contentwith the start their side has made to this engrossing season.

Chelsea and Southampton have began the campaign in spectacular fashion, while Newcastle United, Swansea City and West Ham United have also enjoyed unexpectedly fast starts.

Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne Will Fight for Top-Four Place

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Nathaniel Clyne has warned Southampton's top-four rivals the Saints are ready to fight for a Champions League spot.

The England defender is confident they can maintain their challenge ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester City at St Mary's.

Clyne scored in the Saints' 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Monday as they extended their unbeaten run to six games.

Paul Lambert Unfazed by Aston Villa’s Poor Attendance

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Boss Paul Lambert defended Aston Villa's fans after their lowest league gate for 15 years.

Just 25,311 watched Villa hold Southampton to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park, where Gabby Agbonlahor's opener following Fraser Forster's gaffe was cancelled out by Nathaniel Clyne.

It was the lowest crowd in the Premier League at Villa Park since a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in 1999, when just 23,885 turned up.

Product Review of Football Manager 2015 and FM 2015 Handheld Games

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In playing Football Manager 15, it's sometimes hard to imagine how Sega and Sports Interactive can still come up with a yearly iterationthat'sfresh and interesting, which is no less true with other annualsports franchises such as Madden and FIFA. Somehow, though, they've pulled it off. I haven't played Football Manager for the last 2 years, so I can really see how it's improved.

Draw for 2015 Copa America Revealed; Mexico Avoids Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

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The draw for the 2015 Copa America has been revealed, so we now know who'll play each other in the opening rounds of the tournament to be played in Chile in June-July, 2015.

The draw is as follows:

Group A

Chile
Mexico
Bolivia
Ecuador

Group B

Argentina
Uruguay
Paraguay
Jamaica

Group C

Brazil
Colombia
Peru
Venezuela

The format of the tournament has the two top teams advancing from each group, as well as the two best third-placed teams.

Two Main Issues That Arsenal Need To Address

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Despite dominating both possession and shots, Arsenal fell to defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Saturday at The Emirates. The 2-1 loss not only saw the Gunners drop down to eighth in the Premier League standings, but it also marked the first league defeat at home for the north London club in 15 months (also Manchester United's first league victory on the road since April).

List Of 9 Other Potential Lawsuits in Light of Valencia And DC Comics Saga

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For 75 years Batman has deftly defended Gotham City from the mass-murderous schemes of such villains as the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, Two-Face, Bane, and Poison Ivy. Now, the Dark Knight must tackle his most terrifying threat yet- an attack on his$11 billion merchandise empire. DC Comics is now battling La Liga's Valencia C.

Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 12

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Jack Wilshere was lucky to escape a red card, let alone a yellow on Saturday against Manchester United at the weekend. The midfielder fouled Marouane Fellaini, then showed dissent towards Mike Dean, in an aggressive manner, which warranted a yellow card I felt. Wilshere then turned to Fellaini and leaned in with his head.

Arsenal Has Dilemma With The Wenger And Klopp Situation

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At 65 years of age, Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger is most likely nearing the end of an outstanding career as a soccer manager. Since going from a relatively little-known manager to being appointed as Arsenal's leader in 1996, Wenger has without a doubt become one of the greatest managers in Premier League history.

New York City FC Away Shirt for 2015 Season Revealed: [PHOTOS]

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New York City FC has unveiled its away shirt for the debut 2015 season.

After unveiling its home shirt in New York 10 days ago to a thumbs down from most bloggers and fans, the new MLS team today revealed its away shirt, which features a black shirt and sky blue trim.

Why, oh why New York City FC didn't decide to use this as their home shirt and relegate the sky blue one to a change shirt, I don't know (well, we do know, and it's because their parent club is Manchester City).

Pellegrini: Manchester City Will Fight in Champions League to the End

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has promised his team will fight to the end to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

City host Bayern Munich in a crucial clash on Tuesday knowing anything but victory could effectively end their hopes for another year.

Pellegrini's men have claimed just two points from four games in Group E and will be eliminated if they fail to beat Bayern and there is a winner in the game between CSKA Moscow and Roma.

Arsene Wenger Needs to Learn From His Mistakes, Says Alisher Usmanov

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Arsenal's second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has told Arsene Wenger to start learning from his mistakes and claims the Gunners need to strengthen the entire team to compete with the best in Europe.

The Russian billionaire, who owns 30 per cent of the club, was keen to emphasize his admiration for Wenger but believes the Frenchman is letting his principles stand in the way of Arsenal's success.

Aston Villa vs Southampton: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Aston Villa celebrates tonight 140 years since the club played its first match in November, 1874.

The Villains will be hoping for a move to get them away from the relegation dropzone, while a win for Southampton will move the Saints within four points of first-placed Chelsea.

For viewers in the United States, here are today's TV times:

Aston Villa vs Southampton, 3pm, NBCSN and mun2 and NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting lineups:

Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho; Sanchez, Westwood, Cleverley, N'Zogbia; Weimann, Agbonlahor.

Ander Herrera Biding His Time While Louis Van Gaal Finds ‘Balance’ At Manchester United

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The lasttime Ander Herreramade an appearancefor Manchester United was against West Bromwich Albion on October 20th. The midfielder started the game but wasreplaced at halftime by Marouane Fellaini. It was learned that Herrera had "tweaked" his rib; an injury that had kept him out of United's lineup for the previous three weeks.

Playacting In Soccer WIll Continue As Long As Authorities Fail to Stamp It Out

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There have been a plethora of occurrences in recent weeks when players have reacted in bad to minor provocation. Christian Benteke and Gaston Ramirez were both sent off in games against Tottenham Hotspur for needless, erratic lapses in concentration. Both of their teams were 1-0 up at the time before going on to lose 2-1 to the Londoners after their respective red cards

And yet, while the two aforementioned players in question have done plenty tocost their team a much needed three points, it's the players on the end of those lapses—Ryan Mason and Jan Vertonghen respectively—that have received the baulk of the criticism for their subsequent reactions.

What’s Your Favorite Soccer Podcast?

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Soccer fans are an opinionated group of people. We know what we like, and there are plenty of choices to choose from.

Based on your opinion, whatsoccer podcasts are your favorite?

It's a broad topic and there are plenty of options available, so feel free to list your favorites! Share your honest opinion in the comments section below or on our social media platforms on Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Reddit.

Book Review of ‘The Game Of Our Lives’ by David Goldblatt

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It is difficult to describe in wordswhat an outstanding storyteller and incomparable researcher David Goldblatt is. Following up on his remarkable works Futebol Nation and The Ball is Round, Goldblatt has tackled a topic few have managed to truly understand. – the emergence of soccerand the Premier League as a global window to the new more urbane and sophisticated (at least in theory) Britain.

Manchester City Manager Pellegrini Dismisses Leo Messi Rumors

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed "rumors" that the club could attempt to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Messi's future at Barca has been the subject of recent speculation despite the Argentinian's hero status at the Nou Camp and his phenomenal goalscoring record.

Timeless Samuel Eto’o Already Proving His Immense Worth To Everton 

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Signing players in the twilight of their career who have sampled illustrious glories always comes with a measure of risk. Having achieved all of their major ambitions, does the desire still linger? Do they still have the class to cut it at the top level? Can they help inspire a supposed lesser side to bigger and better things?

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Aware of His Situation

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Brendan Rodgers knows his position as Liverpool boss could start to come under scrutiny if their current poor form continues.

The Reds lost a fourth consecutive game in all competitions after going down 3-1 to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon and Rodgers' side are now 18 points off the pace of Barclays Premier League pace-setters Chelsea.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen: We Must Do Better at Home

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Christian Eriksen has set his sights on curing Tottenham's White Hart Lane woe after getting the side out of jail at Hull.

Spurs' rocky first season under Mauricio Pochettino appeared to heading for another low ebb at the KC Stadium on Sunday when they went in at half-time 1-0 behind.

A team showing six changes largely injury-enforced were turning in a thoroughly disjointed performance when Tigers forward Gaston Ramirez was dismissed for kicking out at Jan Vertonghen.

Watch LA Galaxy 1-0 Seattle Sounders Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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MLS team LA Galaxy took a narrow advantage in the first leg of the Western Conference Final today with a 1-0 victory at the StubHub Center, outside Los Angeles.

The game, which was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 27,000, featured a goal from Marcelo Sarvas in the 52nd minute to give the LA team the lead.

Manchester City’s Samir Nasri Focused On Bayern Munich

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Samir Nasri welcomed Manchester City's return to winning ways but immediately turned his thoughts to the step up required in the Champions League this week.

French midfielder Nasri shone as City came from behind to edge out Swansea 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League with goals from Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Fallen Hero (Premier League Weekend Review Podcast)

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Arsene Wenger will be breathing a sigh of relief this weekend after Liverpool got demolished 3-1 against Crystal Palace, thus taking away a lot of the discussion about how both Arsenal and Liverpool —two mighty teams in England —are suffering from poor form.

Plus we discuss all of the latest Premier League matches from the weekend.

New York Red Bulls 1-2 New England Revolution: Ref Loses Control Of Game

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Earlier today, fans walked the long drive up to Red Bull Arena. There was no parking near the arena so they walked, most about a quarter mile, to the gates. Some had been coming to games the entire year, more to just a game here and there, and what seemed to be the majority were the fans for the afternoon.

Watch Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Liverpool's season went from bad to worse as they let an early lead slip to lose 3-1 at struggling Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Only twice before have the Reds amassed fewer points at this stage of a Barclays Premier League season, but last year's runners-up are failing to hit the heady heights that saw them push Manchester City all the way and have now lost their last four matches in all competitions.

Manchester United’s Chris Smalling Hopes to Build on Victory Against Arsenal

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Defender Chris Smalling is confident Manchester United's 2-1 win at Arsenal can serve as a platform on which to cement their place back in the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

United recorded their first away win under Louis van Gaal after weathering an early onslaught from the Gunners, when goalkeeper David De Gea saved one-on-one from Jack Wilshere.

Watch Jamie Carragher Slam Liverpool As Mentally Weak [VIDEO]

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Former Liverpool defender and current Sky Sports analyst Jamie Carragher slated the club's performances during 2014 today, labeling the side as having no leadership, showing no progress and being bullied and outclassed by a Crystal Palace side.

Carragher's arguments were televised on Sky Sports after the Palace-Liverpool game.

Watch New York Red Bulls 1-2 New England Revolution Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Fans of New York Red Bulls will feel hard done by in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Final today after Jermaine Jones should have been sent off for a reckless foul in the first half. But the USMNT player only received a yellow card and proceeded to grab a late goal and Man of the Match award to give New England a surprise win at the Red Bull Arena.

Review of Didier Drogba Comic Book, ‘From Tito to Drogba’

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When I first heard that Didier Drogba's story was being told in comic form, I waited in eager anticipation to get my hands on the book. See, I read comic books on a weekly basis and head straight to my local comic store after work each Wednesday to pick up new issues. I do this largely because I think some of the best stories being told right now are in comic books.

Mourinho On Game Against Schalke: It’s Not Me Against Roberto Di Matteo

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Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea versus Schalke on Tuesday night should not be billed as a clash between him and his opposite number Roberto Di Matteo.

The Portuguese, now in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, is a firm fans' favorite in west London, despite having been unable to secure the European crown he won at Porto and Inter Milan.

Arsenal Taking Nothing For Granted Ahead of Tough Champions League Challenge

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Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has warned Arsenal must not take qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League as a formality even though they need just a point from their final two Group D matches.

The Gunners would have already been through along with leaders Borussia Dortmund, whom they host on Wednesday night, had they not thrown away a 3-0 lead against Anderlecht on Matchday Four.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 12: TV Times & Open Thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool, 8:30am, CNBCand NBC Sports Live Extra
Hull City vs Spurs, 11am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

David Moyes Makes A Quiet Debut In Spain

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Former Manchester United manager David Moyes made his debut in Spain yesterday as his new club, Real Sociedad, traveled to Deportivo La Coruna for the late match on the Saturday La Liga schedule.

His Spanish debutdidn't start with a "bang", in fact, he was almost late for his first match with the club because his team's plane had to be re-routed to Santiago De Compostela due to bad weather.

Sound Success Cheers Jose Mourinho After Win Against West Brom

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Jose Mourinho may be sorry for criticizing the Stamford Bridge atmosphere but it appeared to have the desired response, with the Chelsea manager amazed by the difference against West Brom.

At the start of November, the Portuguese risked the ire of his own supporters by saying it felt like the Blues were playing at an "empty stadium" when near neighbours QPR visited.

Watch Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Wayne Rooney hailed a "massive" win for Manchester United as a counter-attacking display earned them a 2-1 win at Arsenal.

A Kieran Gibbs own goal gave United the lead against the run of play and, as the hosts poured forward in search of an equaliser, Rooney took advantage of the acres of space at the back to make it two.

Burnley Manager Sean Dyche Proud After Win at Stoke

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche expressed his pride after the Clarets completed back-to-back victories with a 2-1 triumph at Stoke.

The previous outing for Dyche's men had seen them defeat Hull 1-0 at home the first win of what is the club's comeback Barclays Premier League campaign.

Having followed that by securing another three points at the Britannia Stadium, Burnley are off the bottom of the table and up to 18th, below 17th-placed Leicester on goal difference alone.

Robbie Keane to Appear on The 2 Robbies Show at 5pm ET Today

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Today's episode of The 2 Robbies Football Show features LA Galaxy and Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane.

Listen live to The 2 Robbies Football Show beginning at 5pm ET on www.NBCSportsRadio.com(or via the player below). Both Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe want to make the show as interactive as possible, so this is your chance to call in with your questions to 855-323-4622, or to tweet the guys ahead of the show @The2RobbiesFS.

Cameron Joins NBCSN, McBride Leaving FOX, ESPN Renews Twellman Contract & FOX Announces WWC Draw Details

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It's been a busy week in the world of soccer broadcasting in the United States with several important announcements that will impact the viewing experience Stateside.

Geoff Cameron Joins NBCSN

U.S. Men's National Team and Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron makes his NBC Sports Group debut on Sunday, Nov.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 12: TV Times and Open Thread

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After a two week international break, the Premier League returns with a very busy Saturday of six 10am ET/3pm UK matches as well as the huge 12:30pm ET/5:30pm UK clash between Arsenal and Manchester United. The reason why so many matches are being played today is because of UEFA Champions League commitments, which means that Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea will have a couple days rest before playing mid-week.

Top 5 Premier League Bets, 22-24 November

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Arsenal v Man United is the highlight of this weekend's Premier League betting coupon, while there are sure to be plenty of accumulators involving ‘banker' sides Chelsea (v West Brom) and Man City (v Swansea). Easyodds.com editor Simon Hopper is in great tipping form and has nailed 16/5, 22/5 and 26/5 winners in the last three weeks don't miss his top five bets for this weekend's action below.

Read Our Progress Report on Crystal Palace’s Performances for October-November

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Crystal Palace entered this season in a fragile state. A falling out between last season's heroic manager Tony Pulis fell out with the upper management of the club and Neil Warnock was dragged in as a last minute replacement for his second stint at Selhurst Park. The start of the season, accounting for this, wasn't as bad as expected.

Previewing The Milan Derby – AC Milan vs. Inter Milan

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Serie A matchday 12 pits AC Milan against their fierce rivals FC Internazionale in the eagerly anticipated Milan derby.

Both teams have experienced difficult times of late, however, the latest instalment is very important if either team wants to assert themselves in the fight for Champions League places.

Commentators for Premier League Matches On NBC Sports, Gameweek 12

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After 12 days of the international break, club soccer finally returns across Europe this weekend much to the relief of soccer fans worldwide.

Here's the line-up of commentatorsfor this weekend's Premier League matches:

Saturday, November 22:

Chelsea vs West Brom, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Tony Gale
Manchester City vs Swansea City, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Everton vs West Ham, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Garry Birtles
Newcastle vs QPR, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; TBD & TBD
Stoke vs Burnley, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Alan Curbishley
Leicester vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Andy Hinchcliffe
Arsenal vs Manchester United, 12:30pm, NBC and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Read more: Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

Sunday, November 23:

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool, 8:30am, CNBCand NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Geoff Cameron
Hull City vs Spurs, 11am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Danny Higginbotham

Monday, November 24:

Aston Villa vs Southampton, 3pm, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Martin Tyler & Andy Townsend

Read more: Top 5 soccer games to watch on TV this weekend.

Watch Seth Meyers and Keira Knightley Discussing West Ham On US TV [VIDEO]

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Seth Meyers and Keira Knightley are two of the most unlikely West Ham United supporters. Both are celebrities in the entertainment industry, but while Russell Brand is perhaps the most famous of all West Ham supporters, perhaps it's time for someone more elegant and cerebral to take the thrown away from the awkward Brand.

Paraguay 2015 Home Shirt For Copa America: Leaked [PHOTO]

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Paraguay finally have a new home shirt design for the first time since the 2011 Copa America.

In this leaked photo, you can see that Paraguay will be wearing its familiar red and white striped shirt in the Copa America. But if you look closely at the adidas design, you'll see intricate detail on the red stripes with the Paraguay Football Federation's logo featured.

James Milner Is The Ideal Man To Add Steel To Manchester City’s Central Midfield

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As players fully establish themselves, they're typically filed under a certain criteria. At extreme ends of this spectrum you've got the superstars—Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and the likes—and you've got the parody figures, like Nicklas Bendtner, Kolo Toure, and Marouane Fellaini. But there are a few categories in-between too.

Colombia 2015 Copa America Home And Away Shirts: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet featuring a photo of Colombia's home shirt for 2015′s Copa America.

Given the success of Colombia in the 2014 World Cup as well as their passionate supporters around the world, their 2014 home shirt must have been one of their best sellers ever.

For its 2015 home shirt that will be worn at the Copa America tournament in the summer, Colombia has returned to a more traditional design with its yellow shirt accompanied by red and navy blue cuffs, a navy blue trim at the bottom of the shirt and a unique navy collar.

Harry Redknapp Praises Mike Ashley Reign at Newcastle United

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes Mike Ashley has been a "fantastic" chairman for Newcastle and claims Alan Pardew would have been sacked by now under a foreign owner.

Ashley has endured a turbulent relationship with Newcastle supporters, who have criticized the billionaire's off-field appointments, the renaming of St James' Park and a lack of investment in new players since he bought the club in 2007.

Jose Mourinho Is Managing Diego Costa’s Fitness Game by Game

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Diego Costa has at last shaken off his nagging injury problems ahead of a fixture marathon Jose Mourinho knows could take its toll on Chelsea's star turn.

Life at Stamford Bridge has got off to quite the start for the 26-year-old, who has already netted 10 goals for the west Londoners despite battling hamstring and groin issues.

Mexico’s Away Shirt For 2015 Looks Like Real Madrid: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Mexico's away shirt for 2015 have been leaked on the Internet.

After Mexico wore its well-designed red away shirt during World Cup 2014, El Tri have returned with an equally impressive shirt for 2015 and the Copa America with a white shirt and fluorescent green trim.

At first glance, Mexico's new home shirt for 2015 looks like a Real Madrid jersey.

Arsenal Striker Olivier Giroud Relishing Danny Welbeck Link-up

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is confident he will return stronger from his three-month injury lay-off and can forge a dynamic strike partnership with England forward Danny Welbeck.

Giroud, 28, has recovered more quickly than expected since suffering a freak broken leg when challenging for the ball in the closing stages of the 2-2 draw against Everton on August 23.

USA-All Blacks Rugby Match Gets More TV Viewers Than Any MLS Game On NBC

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NBC's live broadcast of the USA vs New Zealand rugby game on Saturday, November 1 had a larger viewing audience thanany MLS game on NBC this season.

An average viewing audience of 927,000 people tuned in to watch the New Zealand All Blacks defeat the USA Eagles 74-6 in front of a sold-out crowd at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Argentina 2015 Copa America Home Shirt: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet featuring Argentina's home shirt for the 2015 Copa America.

The World Cup runners-up will be wearing their classic blue and white striped shirt for their matches in Chile next summer. Designed and manufactured by adidas, the 2015 Argentina home shirt is a return to a simpler design.

Read Our Progress Report on Bayern Munich’s Performances After 11 Gameweeks

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With an injury-cursed Borussia Dortmund floundering at the bottom of the 2014 Bundesliga table and with a typically dominant Bayern Munich sitting pretty at the top, Der Klassiker may have lacked some of the drive that it has had in the past few years, as we have seen it determine the winner of the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the 2013 UEFA Champions League, yet watching the match one could have easily been fooled into believing otherwise.

USMNT Must Avoid A Letdown After Their Promising World Cup

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Usually in football when your recent form is two draws and two losses, questions start to be asked of the manager in question. But with the current US National Team, surprisingly that's not the case. In a sport that is usually so trigger happy, Jurgen Klinsmann has skated while his team has suffered.

Read Our Progress Report on Manchester City’s Performances for October-November

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Manchester City had a difficult time between the two most recent international breaks. While on paper the squad looks impressive, the lack of depth especially given the financial outlay on many of these players is quite worrying. Sergio Aguero has begun the season in terrific form, but there's always the fear that an injury might be right around the corner.

Arsenal And Liverpool Among “Eligible” Teams For Rising Belgian Star Praet

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Anderlecht's Dennis Praet is seen as one of the most promising young players in all of Europe. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder jumped onto the scene three years ago during the 2011 AEGON Future Cup in Amsterdam. The 2011 version of the annual under-17 youth competition organized by AFC Ajax featured other clubs such as Bayern Munich, Fluminense, Celtic, D.

Read Our Progress Report on Leicester City’s Performances for October-November

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Our previous progress report on Leicester City's opening to the season left the reader with one resounding message if Leicester continue as they started, they would survive relegation from the Premier League. However, after strong draws against Everton and Arsenal and a thrilling 5-3 encounter with Manchester United, Leicester have gone on to take just a solitary point from their last six Premier League games.

YBIG Vent Anger at Football Association of Ireland With Failures And Lies Banners Against USMNT

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At the recent Republic of Ireland friendly versus the USMNT a banner was erected, representing the outrage of the loyal fans at the Football Association of Ireland. On it was written "Failures and Lies", the "FAI" in failures in bold.

The ongoing battle between the association and the fans of the national team, has heated up to a point where boycotting the team for the 2015/16 season is becoming a real possibility for many fans.

Liverpool Mustn’t Panic When It Comes To Divock Origi

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Soccer has become a game that's very much needs must if you're looking to compete at the sharp end of the spectrum. So at this relatively early stage of the season, if it becomes apparent that a top side needs a forward, the January window presents a fine opportunity to bolster ranks. Typically, they'll splash the cash to make that happen.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Domestic soccer makes its return this weekend, and as is often the case on the back of an international break, some intriguing results will beanticipatedwhen various teams take to the field for a host of enticing matches.

We've got two ties from the Premier League involving teams looking to settle scores from last season, one of European soccer's most iconic derby matches and another intriguing clash from Serie A to savor.

QPR Needs to Move From Loftus Road to Thrive In Premier League, Says Fernandes

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QPR owner Tony Fernandes has stressed the need to move away from their Loftus Road home if the west London club are to continue to thrive in the Barclays Premier League.

However the club look set for a drawn-out legal planning process, with motor dealership Car Giant also determined to redevelop the site QPR have proposed for a new football stadium.

International Break Provides West Ham United With Fresh Injury Worries

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been left counting the cost of the international break as both striker Diafra Sakho and midfielder Stewart Downing are doubts for the Barclays Premier League trip to Everton.

Downing had just earned himself a recall to the England squad following fine form in the Hammers' promising start, but suffered a knee problem in the first half against Scotland at Celtic Park on Tuesday night.

Watch Wayne Rooney’s Amazing Goal Celebrations vs Scotland From 2014 & 2000 [VIDEO]

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There's nothing quite like a wonderful goal celebration especially if it's against your archenemy, Scotland.

England captain Wayne Rooney had particular reason to celebrate after scoring his 46th goal for England, helping the side win 3-1 at Celtic Park. The goal also mirrored his first goal in the Victory Shield against the same opposition, some 14 years ago.

AS Roma Center-Back Leandro Castan To Undergo Brain Surgery

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AS Roma have confirmed that defender Leandro Castan will undergo brain surgery to resolve a malformation.

The 28 year-old Brazilian centre-back made his last appearance for the Serie A club on September 13th against Empoli. Castan was substituted at halftime after reportedly suffering from dizziness.

Watch Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Attempt to Recreate Thierry Henry’s Famous Goal Against Man Utd [VIDEO]

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Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has attempted to recreate one of Thierry Henry's most famous goals —the one he scored against Manchester United at Highbury in October, 2000.

Arsenal TV gave Oxlade-Chamberlain a camera crew and a mission. In this episode, Alex tries to recreate the goal with the help of Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Examining The Boca Juniors vs. River Plate Rivalry Ahead of Copa Sudamericana Clash

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Derby matches capture the essence of all that's wonderful about soccer, and while there are magnificent examples of these clashes across the globe, there are few more passionate, colorful and hostilethan when Boca Juniors and River Plate meet in ElSuperclasico.

And with the two sides set to add another raucous chapter in their illustrious history when they meet again in the semi-final of the Copa Sudamericana at Boca's La Bombonera stadium (live on FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO at 6:45pm ET tonight for viewers in the USA), what better time to take a brief look at this engrossing and often unfortunate rivalry?

What’s Your Favorite Soccer Shirt of All Time? Photos Please!

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We all have our favorite soccer shirt. The one we wear with pride, or remember with fond memories now that it's bit the dust.

But what's yours?

Club or country, share your favorite soccer shirt from the past or present in the comments section below, and include a link to a photo of it (try Google Images if you get stuck).

Liverpool’s Hopes Of Getting Divock Origi Rely On Lille Releasing Player

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Liverpool's hopes of bringing striker Divock Origi back to Anfield in January rely on former club Lille being prepared to release the Belgium international from his loan spell.

The Reds beat a number of European clubs to sign the highly-rated 19-year-old in the summer but a significant part of the success of that capture was a binding agreement to allow the forward to remain in France for one further season.

NBC Sports Has Televised 100% Of Liverpool Games; See How Your Team Compares

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Out of the entire Premier League season thus far, Liverpool FC is the only club who has been televised 100% of the time on NBC Sports (NBCSN, NBC or CNBC).

Even other clubs in the Premier League haven't been televised as much as Liverpool —including Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and other teams —who have had some of their games shown live on Premier League Extra Time, NBC Sports's overflow channel instead.

Read Our Progress Report on Middlesbrough’s Performances After 17 Gameweeks

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Many players have impressed this season, with the goalscorers Patrick Bamford, Kike and Lee Tomlin crucial to the team's success. However, there's no doubt about it, skipper and midfield general Grant Leadbitter has been the outstanding player this season, popping up with nine goals in 18 games a stat strikers would be proud of.

MLS Eastern Conference Finals Preview – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls

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Boston versus New York. It's a rivalry that goes back more than a century. The Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox carry the honor of their city into battle against the Jets, Rangers and Yankees. Its now time for the Revolution and Red Bulls to throw their names into the mix.

Both teams earned their way into the Eastern Conference Finals, but did so using different paths.

Read Our Progress Report on Stoke City’s Performances for October-November

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The Potters have continued in their inconsistent start to the season and are yet to find their best form so far. In the five Premier League matches played in October and November, they won twice, lost twice and drew once, not forgetting their Capital One Cup misfortune at home to Southampton. The mixed results have seen Stoke go up and down the table, but they are perched in 9th place at the moment.

Read Our Progress Report on Tottenham Hotspur’s Performances for October-November

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It seems that I've written many Tottenham Hotspur progress report pieces since the last one came out on September 19thwithout actually calling it a "progress report". They've more been referendums on the slog at White Hart Lane. But since this one is an official progress report, I'll attempt to transcribe what my soapbox rants have sounded like since the October international break.

Analyzing Who Should Be The Preferred Center-Back Pairing For Liverpool

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Liverpool Football Club have not had a great season so far. Not their worst, but far worse than last season. The club have plenty of time, and a top 4 finish is a reasonable hope if the Reds can work out some of the kinks. Liverpool's toothless attack is one of the biggest issues right now, but a deeper and deadlier problem is the defense.

Read Our Progress Report on Real Madrid’s Performances After 11 Gameweeks

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As the La Liga title gets closer and closer, one squad is beginning to stand apart from the rest. Real Madrid has been firing on all cylinders due to a continued run of superb form from talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. Their best player thus far, the Portuguese international has been absolutely sensational this term, scoring 18 goals already.

Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshere Silencing His Critics With Outstanding Play

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Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere always seems to find himself in the spotlight. The previous teenage soccer prodigy became Arsenal's youngest ever player to feature for the storied club at just 16 years of age. Two seasons later, Wilshere's stretch of outstanding play was good enough to see him win the PFA Young Player of the Year and be included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the 2010-11 season.

Bayern Munich Captain Philipp Lahm Out For Three Months

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This is a disaster. That may sound like hyperbole, but for anyone who has watched Bayern Munich play soccer over the past few months, not to mention the past decade, knows how significant it is for Der FCB to lose captain Philipp Lahm for three months to an ankle injury. Not only is Lahm the team's captain, he is their most versatile and talented defender and is easily one of the best full backs playing right now.

Read Our Progress Report on Fenerbahce’s Performances After 9 Gameweeks

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For a team that was tipped by some in the Turkish media to be champions, the first quarter of the season Fenerbahce have just about lived up to that billing. The team was already making headlines before the season even started, as manager Ersun Yanal was abruptly sacked three weeks before the season kicked off.

Juventus To Announce New Deals For Giorgio Chiellini And Gianluigi Buffon

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Juventus will hold a press conference today where it is expected the Serie A club will announce it has signed new deals with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Giorgio Chiellini. The contracts are expected to keep the players with the Italian champions until 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Various reports believe that Buffon will put pen to paper on a new deal which will keep the 36-year-old shot stopper in Turin until at least 2017, with the possibility of a further extension.

Chelsea Fans Set to Pump Up The Volume at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea supporters expect an overwhelmingly positive response to Jose Mourinho's remarks on the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge this Saturday.

The Premier League leaders play West Brom in their first home match since Mourinho said he felt his side had been "playing in an empty stadium" during the defeat of QPR.

MLS Western Conference Finals Preview – LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

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The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders have been bitter rivals since Seattle was introduced as the leagues newest expansion team in 2007. The Sounders immediately made it known they wanted to be the biggest and most successful soccer team in North America, a designation the Galaxy had adopted when they brought in Landon Donovan and David Beckham and became a legitimate topic of discussion in sports circles around America.

Sami Khedira Has Signed A Pre-Contract Agreement With Bayern Munich, Says Report

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Late yesterday, Spain's premier radio network Cadena SER broke news that Real Madrid would not be offering midfielder Sami Khedira a new contract. Speculation is the club was unhappy with the German international for failing to renew his contract with the Spanish giants last season.

Cadena SER also reported that officials at the La Liga side believed the midfielder has "lost importance in the Real Madrid dressing room", and the club has an agreement in place for next summer with another European clubfora replacement in its midfield.

Arsene Wenger Welcomes Olivier Giroud Return to Arsenal Squad

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Fit-again striker Olivier Giroud can help offer Arsenal "different options", according to manager Arsene Wenger.

The France international has recovered quicker than expected from a fractured leg suffered when challenging for the ball in the closing stages of the 2-2 draw against Everton on August 23.