World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2015

Juan Agudelo’s MLS return is the latest cautionary tale about Americans playing overseas

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Juan Agudelo is back in Major League Soccer, and there are lessons to be learned (or re-learned) from what we'll call "a close shave." We are talking, after all, about a guy who flirted briefly with a career death tumble into the Freddy Adu zone.

Even if you aren't 100 percent sure what the "Freddy Adu zone" is, you can probably guess that it's not a good place to be.

Real Madrid reach agreement to sign Argentina u-20 goalkeeper Augusto Batalla

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Real Madrid have reached an agreement with River Plate for Argentina under-20 goalkeeper Augusto Batalla, according to the Spanish publication AS. Batalla is rated the best goalkeeping prospect in the country and an official announcement from both clubs is expected before the Spanish transfer window closes.

Predicted lineups for Manchester United vs Leicester City

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Manchester United will be seeking revenge when they face Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday after they were humbled 5-3 at the King Power stadium back in September.

A lot has happened to both sides since then, with the Foxes winning just two of their subsequent 17 matches to drop into the relegation zone while United have moved up to forth, just two points behind third-placed Southampton going into this weekend's games.

Arda Turan celebrates birthday with “boot cake” following dust up with linesman

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan celebrated his 28th birthday last night and was presented with a "boot cake"by family and friends.

The celebratory dessert was decorated in the club's colors and was an obvious reference to the controversial incident fromWednesday night's Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Barcelona when the Turkish player hurled his boot at a linesman.

Garry Monk pleasantly surprised by signing of Jack Cork from Southampton

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Swansea manager Garry Monk has expressed surprise that he has been able to capture Jack Cork from Southampton.

Cork has completedhis move to Swansea afterpassing hismedical on Friday afternoon in south Wales to put the finishing touches on the £3million deal.

Swansea head to Southampton on Sunday for a Barclays Premier League game but Cork's signing will come too late for the 25-year-old to make his debut for the club at St Mary's.

Watch Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich live at 2:30pm ET with a free trial of fuboTV PRO

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After no games for 45 days due to the Bundesliga winter break, Bayern Munich returns to action today with its match against Wolfsburg, which will be shown live for viewers in the United States on GolTV.

If you don't get GolTV, you can watch the game live on your computer, smartphone, tablet or Roku with fuboTV PRO with their free 14-day trial.

Predicted lineups for Chelsea vs Manchester City

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In the biggest match of the season, and one that could go a long way in determining this season's title winners, the league's top two clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (live at 12:30pm ET on NBC for viewers in the United States).

Chelsea come into the match with a five point advantage and could go eight points clear with a win, something that would be very damaging to City's title bid.

Juan Cuadrado has joined Chelsea according to Fiorentina coach

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Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has confirmed that Juan Guillermo Cuadrado will not play for the Viola on Saturday, with the Colombian winger finalizing his permanent move to Chelsea.

Cuadrado is expected to undergo a medical in London on Friday with Fiorentina's permission after both clubs agreed a transfer fee for the 26-year-old.

Australia vs South Korea: AFC Asian Cup Final preview and prediction

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So after 30 games, 257 shots on target, 178 saves and 77 goals, we're down to one final meaningful game in the AFC Asian Cup — Australia against South Korea (live on One World Sports and DishWorld at 4am ET/1am PT on Saturday).

South Korea, aka the Taeguk Warriors, have progressed through to the final without having conceding a goal whilst the Socceroos have powered through playing an energetic, intense brand of soccer.

Argentina’s Giovanni Simeone following in his father’s footsteps

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Argentina U-20 forward Giovanni 'Cholito' Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, is proving to be a chip off the old block.

The eldest Simeone made his name as a hard-nosed midfielder for numerous European clubs, as well aswith Argentinawith whomhemade 112 international appearances.

Darren Fletcher is at West Ham United to complete move says Louis Van Gaal

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Darren Fletcher looks set to sign for West Ham after Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confirmed the midfielder is in London for talks with the club.

Fletcher was named United vice-captain at the start of the season, but has been unable to break into Van Gaal's first team and now looks set to move to the London side.

FA ban Diego Costa for 3 matches; Will miss Chelsea-Manchester City game

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Diego Costa has been banned for three matches after the Chelsea striker was found guilty of violent conduct.

The Football Association has announced that an independent regulatory commission ruled that Costa deliberately stamped on the ankle of Liverpool's Emre Can in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.

Roberto Mancini wants to sign Yaya Toure at Inter Milan

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Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has expressed an interest in signing midfielder Yaya Toure for his current club Inter Milan.

Toure was hugely influential for Mancini's side during the Italian's spell in charge at the Etihad Stadium from 2009-13.

Ivory Coast international Toure won the FA Cup and the Barclays Premier League under Mancini after joining the club for £24million from Barcelona in 2010.

Stoke City have enough quality to cope without the loss of Spanish star Bojan

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When Stoke City's Bojan Krkic fell unchallenged and was subbed off in the FA Cup game at League One's Rochdale on Monday night, one could easily imagine the groans from the away support in the stands. His fourth minute stunner of a goal a volley from outside the 18-yard box that curved just beyond the keeper's fingertips was enough proof that losing such a player as Bojan would hurt any team.

Bayern Munich will not sign Real Madrid target Marco Reus, says report

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Bayern Munich have confirmed that they will not be in the running for the services of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, according to the publicationBILD.

The German internationalhas been the reported transfer target of numerous European club including: Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool; but the BVB player has been heavily linked with a move to the reigning Club World Cup and European champions Real Madrid.

Martin Odegaard trains with first team ahead of Real Madrid Castilla debut

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Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard took part in his first training session with Real Madrid's first team on Thursday.

The Norway international chose Madrid over a host of big namedsuitors because he believed the ten-time champions of Europe were the best option for his career development.

How Juan Cuadrado can transform Chelsea into a more lethal threat

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There are few players in European soccerthat have both the ingenuity and industry to immediately improve this current Chelsea team. After all, Jose Mourinho is a manager who boasts very bespoke principles and for the Blues to stumble across a talent of that calibre in January is something of a rarity.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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The top two sides in the Premier League and the Bundesliga will go head-to-head this weekend in their respective divisions, providing a perfect beginning to what should be an engrossing weekend of soccer.

German top flight football gets back underway after the festive hiatus and the league leaders visiting the team in second place represents the best possible start to the weekend.

Wolfsburg on the verge of completing deal for Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle

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Wolfsburg are on the verge of completing a deal for Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle. Once the German international's return to the Bundesliga is completed, the London club will officially announce the transfer acquisition of Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina.

It was reported earlier today that Fiorentina had reached an agreement with Chelsea for the Colombian winger after the Blues satisfied the player's £27 million release clause part of the Cuadrado agreement will see Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah be sent to the Serie A club on-loan for the remainder of the season, with the Premier League side paying his wages.

How to watch Bundesliga games online with fuboTV PRO

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With news that fuboTV recently added the GolTV channel to its lineup, the Internet streaming servicenow offers all Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund games as well as all Bundesliga games that are shown on GolTV throughout the 2014/15 season.

If you're a fan of the Bundesliga and your TV provider doesn't offer GolTV, or if you're a cord cutter, fuboTV PRO offers a high quality, reliable and affordable way of watching the best of German club soccer.

FA’s threat of punishing Diego Costa reeks of inconsistency and bias

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In response to The FAretrospectively charging Diego Costa for violent conduct from the Chelsea-Liverpool League Cup semi-final on Tuesday, Costa has decided to contest the decisionwith the full backingof Chelsea Football Club. The charge is a result of the perceived intentionalstamp by Costa on Liverpool's Emre Can.

Sam Allardyce criticizes Senegal over Diafra Sakho controversy

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Sam Allardyce has continued a bitter war of words with Senegal football officials and insists West Ham did nothing wrong in playing Diafra Sakho last weekend.

The Hammers striker came off the bench to score the only goal in their FA Cup fourth-round victory over Bristol City on Sunday, despite having been ruled out of Senegal's African Cup of Nations squad with a back injury.

Crystal Palace sign Jordon Mutch and Shola Ameobi

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Crystal Palace have completed the signings of QPR midfielder Jordon Mutch and former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

Mutch has penned a four-and-a-half year contract with the Eagles after spending just 25 weeks at Loftus Road, while Ameobi was a free agent after leaving Turkish side Gaziantep in December.

Lucas Silva to be included in Real Madrid squad this weekend

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Manager Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out the possibility of new-signee Lucas Silva making his full debut this weekend against Real Sociedad. But the Real Madrid boss has confirmed that the Brasileiro league defensive midfielder of the year will be included in his 18-man match day squad at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Chelsea agree £27 million deal with Fiorentina for Juan Cuadrado, say reports

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Chelsea have agreed a deal worth £27 million for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, according to reports emanating from Italy and England. Part of the transfer will see Mohamed Salah join the Serie A club on-loan for the remainder of the season, with the Premier League side paying the player's wages.

Diego Costa to contest FA charge of violent conduct

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa is contesting the Football Association's charge for violent conduct a move which has the full support of the club.

The Spain international is facing an immediate three-match ban for his apparent stamp on the Liverpool's Emre Can during Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Can Luis Figo and co smash the Blatter system?

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So for a few months at least, FIFA will become a multi-party democracy.

After former Portugal international Luis Figo joined the list of those challenging incumbent Sepp Blatter, there is now a broad range of candidates offering change.

The big question is whether FIFA's member associations will truly embrace the opportunity to listen to the alternatives and choose the best candidate for the future of the game, or whether the Blatter electoral machine will simply churn out a depressingly predictable outcome.

Questions arise about the growth of foreign ownership in US soccer

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The recent events regarding Frank Lampard have brought the question of foreign ownership in the U.S. professional soccer leagues back into the spotlight. The Lampard saga has highlighted a growing trend of investment from foreign owners into theUnited States professional game.

New York City FC (NYCFC) is the most extreme and perhaps dangerous example yet of foreign ownership in American professional soccer.

Diego Simeone credits Barcelona’s recent form to arrival of Luis Suarez

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone admitted it was his decision to play "with less ambition" during the second half of yesterday's Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg at the Vicente Calderon. The Argentine boss acknowledged that his side were second-best to Barcelona who won the match 3-2 (4-2 on aggregate) and credited his opponent's recent run of form to their heightened intensity, as well as the arrival of Luis Suarez.

Santiago Bernabéu set to be renamed the ‘Abu Dhabi Bernabéu’, says report

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The Santiago Bernabéu will soon be renamed the Abu Dhabi Bernabéu, according to various reports emanating from Spain. The Bernabeu is, of course, home to Real Madrid the reigning Club World Cup and European champions.

In November, club president Florentino Perez was overheard by a television company saying: "We'll call it IPIC Bernabéu or whatever they want.

Watch Chile 3-2 US Men’s National Team match highlights [VIDEO]

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The scoreline wasn't what USA soccer fans or the USMNT wanted, but there were positives to take away from the 3-2 loss against Chile on Wednesday night.

Jozy Altidore got his first goal for the USA Men's National Team after returning to North America from his time at Sunderland in the English Premier League.

Tactical lessons learned from Chile 3-2 US Men’s National Team

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Rumors had been spreading throughout January that Jurgen Klinsmann wouldimplement a 3-5-2 formation when the US took on Chile in Rancagua. The lineup that was sent out Wednesday validated those rumors. Klinsmann has always been a fan of pushing players out of their comfort zones, whether it be positionally, tactically, or who they are playing.

Pochettino: Killer touch from Christian Eriksen was the difference against Sheffield United

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accepted his side almost paid the price for failing to kill off Sheffield United early in their Capital One Cup semi-final.

Christian Eriksen struck just two minutes from the end of a pulsating second leg at Bramall Lane as Spurs snuffed out a dramatic late Blades comeback to secure a 3-2 aggregate win.

Paul Pogba will leave Juventus this year or the next, says player’s agent

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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will likely leave the Italian champions this year or the next, according to the player's agent Mino Raiola.

The 21-year-old recently signed an extension with the Turin club which runs until June 2019. But Raiola feels it is unlikely the young France international will see out the full length of his contract with the Italian side.

Frank Lampard in numbers; Ahead of return to Chelsea in City colors

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Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is poised to return to Stamford Bridge for the first time in opposition with Manchester City on Saturday. Here Press Association Sport looks at Lampard's career in numbers.

11,000,000 the fee, in pounds, paid to West Ham for the midfielder's signature in 2001.

Roberto Martinez expects Arouna Kone to fill the void left by Samuel Eto’o

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez is not looking to sign a replacement for Samuel Eto'o during the January transfer window.

The veteran striker's move to Sampdoria was confirmed on Tuesday and Martinez sees Arouna Kone, who is fit again after a long-term knee injury, as the player to step into the breach.

Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi blocks £19 million move to Athletic Bilbao

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Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi has blocked a potential £19 million move to Athletic Bilbao.

With the signing of Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro completed last week, Madrid officials were reportedly ready to sit down with Illarramendi to discuss his future at the club. Athletic Bilbao had made it clear that they wanted Carlo Ancelotti's second-choice midfielder to return to Basque County, but this time in the red-and-white half of the region the player began his career with Real Sociedad.

Chile vs US Men’s National Team (friendly): TV times and open thread

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Tonight's friendly between Chile and the US Men's National Team represents a pair of firsts. It's the first USMNT's game of 2015. And second, it's the first USA men's game televised by FOX Sports as part of their new 7-year TV deal with US Soccer (alongside ESPN and Univision).

The action begins in Rancagua, Chile on Wednesday (6:00 PM ET) with a 30-minute pregame show at 5:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

Luis Figo announces intention to run against Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency

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Luis Figo has announced his intention to stand against Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA. The legendary Portuguese footballer joins Jerome Champagne, Dutch FA chief Michael van Pragg and former France international David Ginola as a challenger to the current FIFA boss who has been in office for the past seventeen years.

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona and Sheffield United vs Spurs: TV times and open thread

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

Sheffield United vs Tottenham(League Cup semi-final 2nd leg), 2:45pm,beIN SPORTS Connect(also on tape delay at 10pm ET on beIN SPORTS)

Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona (Copa del Rey), 2:55pm,beIN SPORTS,beIN SPORTS Español & DishWorld

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

Gabriel Paulista ready to take game to next level after joining Arsenal

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Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista is confident he can take his game to the next level at Arsenal and help deliver more silverware to the Emirates Stadium.

The 24-year-old's permanent transfer from Villarreal, said to be worth around £15million, was finally confirmed by Arsenal on Wednesday evening following completion of international clearance.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa charged with violent conduct after clash with Liverpool

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Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following his clash with Emre Can in Chelsea's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg win over Liverpool.

The striker's apparent stamp on the Liverpool defender was missed by match officials and reviewed on video on Wednesday.

It’s time we start seeing the results of Jurgen Klinsmann’s golden plan coming together

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Bold experimentation has been a cornerstone of Jurgen Klinsmann's time in charge of the national team. It fits, too; the man has always been a free spirit, the blessedness of trial and error hard-wired into his DNA.

As ahead coach, Klinsmann delights in nudging individuals from their comfy zones, which you cannot do unless experimentation, a.

How to watch Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona on US TV and Internet

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Barcelona plays Atletico Madrid today in the second leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final, holding a 1-0 aggregate lead from last Wednesday's match. Kickoff time is 3pm ET/Noon PT, and this match —just like yesterday's Chelsea-Liverpool game —promises to go down to the wire to determine which club will make it into the semi-final.

Cristiano Ronaldo handed two-match ban for violent conduct

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a two-match ban by the LFP Disciplinary Committee andis set tomiss Real Madrid's games against Real Sociedad and Sevilla in the coming weeks. Since the Portuguese forward avoided a sterner penalty from the panel, he will be eligible for selection in manager Carlo Ancelotti's side for the Madrid derby on February 7.

Atletico Madrid attempt to reverse history against Barcelona

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Atletico Madrid heads into the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final against Barcelona today trailing 1-0. Los Colchoneros have never beaten the Catalan club over a two-legged tie after losing the initial away match.

The timing of tonight's game couldn't come at a worse time for Diego Simeone's side.

Gareth Bale says he doesn’t see himself at Manchester United

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Gareth Bale has brushed aside reports he is unhappy at Real Madrid and has no thoughts of leaving the European champions any time soon.

The Wales forward, who has scored 10 league goals in 16 La Liga appearances for Real this season, is under contract with the Merengue outfit until June 2019.

Jose Mourinho fined £25,000 for his ‘clear campaign’ against Chelsea comments

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Jose Mourinho has been fined £25,000 and warned over his future conduct by the Football Association for claiming there was a "clear campaign" against Chelsea.

The Blues boss' complaints following the draw at Southampton on December 28 were found to be improper and brought the game into disrepute.

FA awaits referee report on Diego Costa stamping incidents

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Referee Michael Oliver will make the decision on whether Diego Costa should be charged with violent conduct over either of this two apparent stamps during Chelsea's 1-0 win against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.

The Football Association is aware of the controversy at the match and is waiting for Oliver's report.

Arsenal making inroads in US with youth soccer summer camps

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Arsenal has made an increasing commitment to the American market in recent years. The club toured the United States for the first time in almost 25 yearsin 2013 and has notably increased its marketing presence recently. Stan Kroenke, the club's American owner, and Ivan Gazidis, the club's chief executive, both have extensive knowledge and understanding of the US market.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is undoubtedly in the world-class category

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Fresh off another brilliant performance on Sunday, Paul Pogba's value continues to rise and soon he may be the most expensive player of all-time.

"I need to keep on working and doing what I'm doing for the fans and the club. I'm more clinical this year. I'm fortunate enough to get off a few more shots and thankfully the ball is going in," said Pogba after Juventus' 2-0 victory over Chievo.

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko would consider move to Paris Saint-Germain

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Moussa Sissoko has reiterated his desire to play for "a very big club" as speculation continues to mount over the future of the Newcastle midfielder.

Paris St Germain have reportedly expressed an interest in the France international but Sissoko says he would prefer a future in the Premier League.

Watch Jose Mourinho’s post-match interview where he credits Brendan Rodgers [VIDEO]

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Jose Mourinho was humble in victory by crediting Brendan Rodgers for changing Liverpool's season around even though the Reds lost in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup.

The Special One credited his Chelsea players and the strong performance his team gave where they controlled the game. Mourinho also discussed the controversial decisions during the game, but avoided going into detail regarding those in order not to get into trouble with The FA.

Ivanovic header sends Chelsea through to League Cup Final

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Branislav Ivanovic kept his head as Chelsea edged a frenetic, ill-tempered clash with Liverpool to advance to the Capital One Cup final.

An Ivanovic header in the fourth minute of extra-time proved the difference as Chelsea responded from the humiliating FA Cup defeat to League One Bradford to advance to a first final of Jose Mourinho's second spell as boss.

Chelsea vs Liverpool League Cup semi-final: Starting lineups, TV times and open thread

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Today will determine whether Chelsea or Liverpool will play in the League Cup Final at Wembley on March 1 after the completion of today's semi-final, second leg.

The first leg ended 1-1 at Anfield, so there's everything still to play for tonight. Plus for those of you who are US residents,today's Capital One Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Chelseais being televised live on US television and Internet at 2:45pm ET/11:45am PT on beIN SPORTS.

Stoke striker Bojan Krkic ruled out for the rest of the season

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Stoke forward Bojan Krkic has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

The 24-year-old suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in Monday's 4-1 FA Cup fourth-round win at Rochdale, after scoring the opener.

Scans have revealed he suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left knee and will have to undergo surgery.

Chile vs USA preview: US faces first tough test of 2015

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This year is going to be one of the busiest years ever for US Soccer. There are severalfriendlies against difficult opponents. Plus, there's the Gold Cup, the Women's World Cup, and the start of World Cup Qualifying for Russia 2018. And for the US Men's National Team, it all starts on Wednesday when the US plays Chile in a friendly atEstadio El Teniente in Rancagua (televised on FOX Sports 1 at 6pm ET).

How to watch Chelsea vs Liverpool League Cup semi-final on US TV and Internet

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Today's League Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool promises to be a tense encounter with a chance that it could even go to extra time and penalty kicks given how close the margins are between both sides.

Programming note: If you live in the United States, the game is being televised on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Español as well as being streamed live on DishWorld.

Manchester United tell Darren Fletcher he can leave on a free transfer

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Manchester United have told vice-captain Darren Fletcher he can leave on a free transfer.

Fletcher was a regular in Louis van Gaal's starting XI on the pre-season tour, but the arrival of Angel di Maria and Daley Blind has restricted the Scot's playing time.

Fletcher, 30, has only started four Barclays Premier League games this season and Press Association Sport understands the midfielder has been informed he is free to end his 20-year spell with the club this month if he wants to.

Start to 2015 MLS season hinges on solving the free agency dilemma

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Lost in the news of major DP signings and the Frank Lampard fiasco is MLS' ongoing CBA negotiations. Now as teams begin preparations for the 2015 season, the war of words has begun on both sides. MLS' current structure is by no means perfect, even if the discussion on single-entity is avoided entirely.

Capital One Cup semi-final second leg; Chelsea vs Liverpool predicted lineups

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Chelsea host Liverpool in the second leg of their semifinal encounter on Tuesday after playing out a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week.

The Blues were knocked out of the FA Cup after suffering a 'disgraceful' 4-2 loss at home to Bradford in the FA Cup on Saturday despite going two goals up in the first half.

Louis van Gaal blocks Adnan Januzaj move to PSG and labels him an ‘important player’

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has blocked a move by Paris Saint-Germain for teenage wingerAdnan Januzaj, according to the player's agent Dirk de Vriese.

The 19-year-old has been the subject of transfer speculation asthe Belgian has foundit difficult to earn a spot in Van Gaal's starting eleven.

Cristiano Ronaldo likely to see further suspension following red card

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Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to seeaddition matchsuspensions following his straight red card offense in thedying minutes of Real Madrid's hard-fought 2-1 victory this past weekend.

The reigning Ballon d'Or winner was seen to have kicked Cordoba defender Edimar after a tussle in the box.

FC Barcelona Announces USA/Mexico Summer Tour

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Barcelona is coming to America. Or, rather the Americas, as the Catalan club announced they will tour the United States and Mexico this summer.

The Blaugrana have been down this road before with preseason trips across the Atlantic in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2011, visiting the likes of Seattle, Monterrey, Los Angeles, Miami and Boston.

PSG losing patience with Laurent Blanc and eyeing up possible replacements

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Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is losing patience with Laurent Blanc and wants the manager to take a tougher line towards the players in his dressing room. The Qatari reportedly feels that Blanc has lost control of the squad and outbreaks of indiscipline are seen as a direct resultof the manager's lack of authority in the dressing room.

Juan Cuadrado’s Chelsea move dependent on the futures of Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah

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Over the past week, much has been written about the imminent futures of Fiorentina wingerJuan Cuadradoand Chelsea players Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah, with eachplayer'sfortuneunwittingly tied together.

Chelsea need to offload salary before they can bring in another player, and Schurrle and Salah arethe players Jose Mourinho is willing to let depart from Stamford Bridge in order to complete the deal for Cuadrado.

Robin van Persie says that Manchester United contract extension is not up to him

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Robin van Persie admits he has no idea whether he will sign a contract extension at Manchester United.

Van Persie enjoyed a successful World Cup with Holland under United boss Louis van Gaal but he has yet to replicate that kind of form at club level.

Van Persie scored 30 goals in his debut year at Old Trafford, but last season he struggled for fitness and form and this term he has found the net eight times.

Newcastle United settle on John Carver as head coach for rest of the season

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Newcastle have confirmed John Carver has been appointed head coach for the rest of the season.

The 50-year-old is still searching for his first win since assuming the role in a caretaker capacity in the wake of Alan Pardew's departure.

Carver will now get a chance to stake a claim for the job on a longer term basis after the Magpies' hopes of a quick appointment were met with frustration.

Arsenal closing in on officially announcing Gabriel Paulista deal

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Arsenal are putting the finishing touches to the signing of Villarreal's Gabriel Paulista after the Brazilian defender was granted a work permit.

Gabriel has received formal approval from the Home Office and will undergo a medical at Arsenal's London Colney training ground on Monday while waiting for a visa application to be processed.

FIFA confirms investigation into Real Madrid’s signing of youth players

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FIFA have confirmed that Real Madrid is currently under investigation for irregularities in their signing of youth players. Should it be deemed that the Spanish club have breached the governing body's regulations, the reigning Club World Cup and European champions could face similar sanctions to those which were handed down on Barcelona the Catalan side was barred from signing players for two transfer windows.

FA Cup 5th Round Draw revealed; Bradford will face Sunderland or Fulham

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The draw for the FA Cup 5th Round has been announced with Bradford City being awarded for their defeat of Chelsea with a home tie against the winner of Sunderland and Fulham in the FA Cup 4th Round replay.

Given the way that the draw has been made, Derby or Reading will guarantee there's lower league teams in the quarter-finals.

Rochdale vs Stoke City, FA Cup 4th Round: TV times and open thread

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Now that the draw for the FA Cup 5th Round has been announced, we know that the winner of today's match will play away against Blackburn Rovers on the weekend of March 14-15.

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

Rochdale vs Stoke (FA Cup), 3pm FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

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

Watch the FA Cup 5th Round Draw live at 2:15pm ET/11:15am PT [VIDEO]

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The draw for the 5th Round of the FA Cup will be streamed live at 2:15pm ET/11:15am PT today. You can watch it live via the video below.

BBC and NBCSN presenter Gary Lineker will be picking the balls out of the hat alongside talent from UK's The One Show.

There are several surprise names in the draw for this round after Bradford beat Chelsea, Middlesbrough knocked out Manchester City, Blackburn defeated Swansea, as well as other surprises.

Real Madrid and Manchester United preparing for summer battle over Aymeric Laporte

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Real Madrid and Manchester United are preparing themselves fora summerbattleover Athletic Bilbao center-back Aymeric Laporte. The France international is one of the hottest defensive properties in Europe and has reportedly been targeted by the world's two richest clubs.

United manager Louis van Gaal has made the 20-year-old defender one of his two main targets for this summer's transfer window the other being Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels.

Australia vs United Arab Emirates Asian Cup semi-final: Preview and prediction

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Australia and South Korea are the favorites to meet in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final but Australia mustdismiss the United Arab Emiratesto book a place in the final against the Korea team that defeated Iraq 2-0 earlier on Monday.

Of the four quarter-finals,only Australia came through their match without the need for extra-time.

Watch Bert Trautmann’s heroic goalkeeping to help Manchester City win the 1956 FA Cup [VIDEO]

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When supporters lambast the unrelentingly tiresome antics of modern day footballers, Manchester City's legendary goalkeeper Bert Trautmann is held up as a pillar of spirit and resilience.

During the 1956 FA Cup final City and Birmingham City, Trautmann was involved in a sickening collision with opposing forward Peter Murphy with the score at 3-1 in the favor of the Manchesterclub.

Wigan fire sale sees Shaun Maloney and Ben Watson exit plus medical for Callum McManaman

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With the news that Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman will have a medical tomorrow ahead of a move to West Bromwich Albion, the exodus from the 2013 FA Cup winning side has begun.

In my weekly Good Buys/Bad Buys column, there are surprisingly no bad buys in the most recent transfer dealings, so here's my review of the good signings made in the past 7 days:

Shaun Maloney, Wigan Athletic to Chicago Fire; undisclosed fee

Wigan lost Shaun Maloney this week.

Who will be the first £100 million footballer?

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Deloitte's annual investigation into the world's wealthiest soccer teams revealed those lucky enough to be at the pinnacle of the game are making more money than ever. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all secured revenues in excess of €450 million, tangible monetary gains that will surely be invested into the club a little further down the line.

Jordan Henderson: Chelsea will not bully Liverpool in League Cup

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Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson insists they will not be bullied by Chelsea in a potentially-explosive Capital One Cup semi-final second legon Tuesday.

A 1-1 draw at Anfield leaves the tie finely-balanced but there will be a number of sub-plots when the teams take to the field at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Didier Drogba eager to stay with Chelsea after receiving Football Writers’ Association tribute

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Didier Drogba wants to remain part of the Chelsea "family" beyond the end of the season.

The Ivory Coast forward received the 2015 Football Writers' Association Tribute Award at a gala dinner in London on Sunday night.

Drogba returned to Stamford Bridge during the summer following spells with Shanghai and Galatasaray, but as yet there is nothing confirmed when his current one-year deal expires.

Giant Killers (FA Cup weekend review show)

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It was arguably the biggest FA Cup shock of all time as Bradford bounced back from being 2-0 down against Stamford Bridge to defeat Chelsea 4-2 in an unbelievable match. On top of that, Cambridge United held a full-strength Manchester United team to a 0-0 draw, Middlesbrough knocked out Premier League champions Manchester City, Blackburn beat Swansea, Southampton were surprised to Crystal Palace, and that's just the beginning of a weekend where 10 Premier League clubs were knocked out of the tournament.

Chelsea pursuing the signature of Colombian international Juan Cuadrado

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With a week left in the January transfer window, teams are running out of time to improve their rosters. Chelsea seem keen on adding Fiorentina utilityman Juan Cuadrado to help them maintain their lead in the Premier League table.

Two of the Blues main rivals in England have each already made a signing to add more quality to their side.

What is Manchester United’s best starting XI and formation?

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Manchester United's 0-0 drawn with Cambridge United of League 2 was the latest in a string of disappointing performances which have plagued Louis van Gaal's team since the Christmas period. Fans are outwardly displaying their discontent at Van Gaal's use of a 5-3-2 formation with the players still not looking entirely comfortable in the new system.

West Brom edge closer to signing Wigan’s Callum McManaman

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West Brom are edging closer to sealing a deal for Wigan winger Callum McManaman.

The Baggies made a third bid for the 23-year-old over the weekend and talks between the two clubs are continuing, Press Association Sport understands.

Albion have had two bids rejected by the Latics as head coach Tony Pulis looks to overhaul his squad in the January transfer window.

Lambert says Fabian Delph is irreplaceable after player extends Aston Villa contract

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Paul Lambert insisted Fabian Delph is irreplaceable at Aston Villa after the England star penned a new deal.

The midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half year contract, which was announced just before Villa's 2-1 FA Cup win over Bournemouth on Sunday.

Delph, who missed the game with an Achilles injury, was due to be out of contract at the end of the season and had been linked with Liverpool.

Watch Bristol City 0-1 West Ham FA Cup 4th Round match highlights [VIDEO]

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Sam Allardyce admitted he was relieved after West Ham beat Bristol City 1-0 to avoid joining the list of big-name FA Cup fourth-round casualties.

Substitute Diafra Sakho broke City hearts with an 81st-minute winner, rising at the far post to beat goalkeeper Frank Fielding after Andy Carroll had done well to cross from the right.

Watch Brighton 2-3 Arsenal FA Cup 4th Round match highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal are "one of the favorites" to win the FA Cup after the Gunners bucked the trend of fourth-round shocks at Brighton.

Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Tomas Rosicky scored as Arsenal edged out Brighton 3-2 at the Amex Stadium, heeding the warnings of fourth-round defeats for Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham on Saturday.

Watch Chelsea 2-4 Bradford City FA Cup match highlights [VIDEO]

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It was one of the biggest FA Cup upsets in years as Bradford City came back from two goals down to beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge. Yet, the shame of the matter was that the game wasn't televised.

Luckily, we have highlights from the match (see below).

The Premier League leaders led 2-0 before being astonishingly beaten 4-2 by League Two side Bradford, while Manuel Pellegrini's men lost 2-0 at home to Middlesbrough.

Manchester United nearing deal for Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksandar Dragovic, say reports

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Manchester United are nearing a deal for Dynamo Kiev centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic, according to various news outlets.

On Friday, rumors went into overdrive afterThe Guardianreported that United were considering making an offer of £13 million for the 23-year-old Austrian defender.

FA Cup Sunday, Fourth Round: TV times and open thread

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

Bristol City vs West Ham (FA Cup), 9am, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Aston Villa vs Bournemouth (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal (FA Cup), 11am, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

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

Watch one of the greatest FA Cup giant-killings of all time; Wrexham vs Arsenal [VIDEO]

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Those teamslooking to spring more surprises in this weekend's FA Cup matches will draw on the array of upsets that this tournament has long been revered for. But amongst all of the shocks that have occurred down the years, there are few more unexpected that Wrexham's 2-1 win over Arsenal back in 1992.

Watch Liverpool 0-0 Bolton FA Cup match highlights [VIDEO]

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Liverpool avoided an FA Cup upset at home to Bolton but even on a day of shocks it was not much of an achievement after a toothless display and 0-0 draw against Championship opponents Bolton.

There was a distinct absence of the vigor and verve of their exhilarating second-half performance against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup in midweek as Neil Lennon succeeded where Jose Mourinho had failed in keeping a clean sheet at Anfield.

Liverpool tell Mario Balotelli he needs to shape up if he wants to be selected for squad

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told striker Mario Balotelli he will not get picked for the squad unless he improves in training.

The £16million summer signing did not make the matchday 18 for the goalless FA Cup fourth round draw at home to Bolton despite being fit after illness.

Rodgers said he spent an hour on Friday telling the Italy international exactly what he had to do in order to be considered.

Arsenal agree £11million deal for center-back Gabriel Paulista

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Villarreal have announced they have reached agreement in principle with Arsenal for the sale of center-back Gabriel Paulista, with Gunners forward Joel Campbell heading to the Spanish club on loan for the rest of the season.

The Yellow Submarine confirmed on Twitter that a deal had been agreed on Saturday evening, shortly before their Primera Division match against Levante kicked off at El Madrigal.

Watch Manchester City 0-2 Middlesbrough FA Cup match highlights [VIDEO]

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Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford and Kike struck in the second half as Championship side Middlesbrough produced a shock 2-0 win over Premier League champions Manchester City in the FA Cup.

England Under-21 international Bamford pounced on a defensive misunderstanding early in the second half and substitute Kike settled a thrilling fourth-round tie in injury time at the Etihad Stadium.

Mourinho calls Chelsea FA Cup defeat a disgrace

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Embarrassed Jose Mourinho branded Chelsea's FA Cup fourth-round exit to Bradford "unacceptable" and a "disgrace" as the League One side's giant-killing exploits continued with a phenomenal come-from-behind victory at Stamford Bridge.

League One City brilliantly responded from 2-0 down after 38 minutes to win 4-2 and dump the Barclays Premier League leaders out of the FA Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo shown a straight red card shortly before Real Madrid victory

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Cristiano Ronaldo was shown a straight red card only minutes beforeGareth Bale slotted home a match-winning penalty against Cordoba today.

The three-time Ballon d'Or winner had endured a frustrating day and clearly lost his composure in the 82nd minute of the contest. With the match tied at 1-1, Ronaldo was seen to have kicked Cordoba defender Edimar before taking a backhand swipe at Crespo only seconds later.

Villarreal head coach confirms negotiations between Gabriel Paulista and Arsenal

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Villarreal head coach Marcelino has confirmed that negotiations betweendefender Gabriel Paulista and Arsenal are currently underway. The centre-back has been left out of the club's lineup for today's match against Levante, further fueling speculation that the 24-year-old Brazilian is about to switch from the La Liga side in order to sign with the Gunners.

FA Cup Saturday, Fourth Round: TV times and open thread

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

Manchester City vs Middlesbrough (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Birmingham vs West Brom (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Liverpool vs Bolton (FA Cup), 12:30pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Games not being televised in the US, but where the action can be followed via online radio (talkSPORT, BBC 5 Live and regional BBC stations) are:

Blackburn vs Swansea, 7:45am ET
Southampton vs Crystal Palace, 10am ET
Chelsea vs Bradford, 10am ET
Derby vs Chesterfield, 10am ET
Preston vs Sheffield United, 10am ET
Cardiff vs Reading, 10am ET
Spurs vs Leicester, 10am ET
Sunderland vs Fulham, 10am ET

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

Mesut Ozil will be stronger when he returns to regular action for Arsenal, says Wenger

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Arsenal can expect to see a stronger Mesut Ozil when the German playmaker gets back into full-on action, according to manager Arsene Wenger.

Ozil has just returned to the Gunners squad since suffering a knee injury in the defeat at Chelsea in early October, and made a cameo substitute appearance for the closing stages of the Barclays Premier League win over Stoke on January 11.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino reveals Ossie Ardiles has been an inspiration

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Ossie Ardiles could soon inspire Tottenham to yet more glory, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino saying his countryman is a "very important" sounding board for him.

The diminutive midfielder is one of the greatest players to have ever donned the lilywhite shirt, helping the club win the UEFA Cup in 1984 and two FA Cups.

Watch Louis Van Gaal’s interview after 0-0 draw against Cambridge [VIDEO]

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal complained "every aspect" of the match went against his team after Cambridge deservedly earned a FA Cup fourth-round replay at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal and his distinguished visiting side endured an uncomfortable evening at the R Costings Abbey Stadium in a goalless draw which will live long in the memory for Cambridge, the lowest ranked side remaining in the competition.

Manchester City ready for challenge against Middlesbrough in FA Cup

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims his team will be refreshed and ready for the challenge of Middlesbrough after a week in Abu Dhabi.

The Barclays Premier League champions flew to the United Arab Emirates for a five-day warm-weather training camp straight after last week's frustrating loss to Arsenal.

Southampton vs Crystal Palace FA Cup fourth round predicted lineups

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Southampton host Crystal Palace in the FA Cup's first all Premier League tie on Saturday.

The two sides come into the match in good form with the Saints unbeaten in last eight outings in all competitions and winning six of those, while Palace are enjoying a good start to life under Alan Pardew having won all three matches since he came on board at the start of January.

Real Madrid officially announce the signing of Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva

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Real Madrid have officially announced the signing of Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva. The Brazilian has penned an agreement which will see him remain with the ten-time champions of Europe until June 30, 2020.

Silva will be unveiled in the Santiago Bernabeu presidential box on Monday afternoon (1pm CET), before stepping on the pitch for the first time in a Real Madrid shirt.

Chelsea vs Bradford FA Cup fourth round predicted lineups

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League One side Bradford travel to Premier League leaders Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup fourth round clash.

The Bantams will looking to cause one of the biggest upsets at Stamford Bridge against the seven-time winners of the competition.

Manager Phil Parkinson has told his players to enjoy the extra attention and make the most of the game.

Asamoah Gyan’s late winner against Algeria keeps Ghana’s AFCON dream alive (VIDEO)

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In a hard-fought match, Ghana's captain and striker Asamoah Gyan scored in the 92ndminute for the Black Stars to defeat Algeria 1-0 in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Before the game, the status of Gyan, also known as "Baby Jet", was doubtful due him suffering from a small case of malaria.

Tottenham vs Leicester City FA Cup fourth round predicted lineups

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The second of two all Premier League ties in the forth round of the FA Cup takes centre stage at White Hart Lane as Tottenham Hotspur host Leicester City on Saturday.

This is the second meeting between the two sides in less than a month, when Spurs claimed a 2-1 victory at the King Power stadium on Boxing Day and condemned Leicester to their sixth consecutive defeat.

Martin Odegaard likely to debut for Real Madrid Castilla on February 1st

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Norway international Martin Odegaard will not be making his debut for Real Madrid Castilla this weekend. Coach Zinedine Zidane has not named the 16-year-old prodigy in his squad for the local derby against Fuenlabrada at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano. Officials at the Spanish club feel it is too soon for the new-signee to play with the reserves and have pointed towards Castilla's February 1st match against Trival Vanderas Alcorcon as his likely debut match.

With Silva and Odegaard deals done, Real Madrid ready to sort out future of Asier Illarramendi

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Now that Real Madrid have completed the signings of Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset and Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, the club's next step is sorting out the future of reserve midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

The 24-year-old has found it difficult to crack manager Carlo Ancelotti's starting eleven and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Spanish capital in recent days.

Cambridge Earn FA Cup Replay Against Manchester United [VIDEO]

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League Two Cambridge earned a FA Cup fourth-round replay at Old Trafford after Louis van Gaal and his Manchester United side endured an uncomfortable evening at the R Costings Abbey Stadium.

Cambridge, the lowest ranked team remaining in the competition, were rewarded for their endeavor with a return in Manchester which will provide a significant boost to their finances.

Watch highlights of the game where Wolves were proclaimed ‘Champions of the World’ [VIDEO]

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As difficult as it may seem with Hungary currently on the periphery of European soccer's elite, during the 1950s the country produced one of the finest teams in the rich annals of footballhistory, "The Golden Team."

In 1954, the leading domestic side in Hungarian football was Budapest Honved and onDecember 13 that year, they rocked up to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Cambridge United vs Manchester United, FA Cup 4th Round: TV times and open thread

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The fourth round of the 2014/15 FA Cup kicks off today with a rare treat — Manchester United playing against lower league opposition on a Friday night.

League Two club Cambridge hosts United at their 8,127 capacity Abbey Stadium. While the match will likely see Manchester United storm to victory, miracles can happen especially against manager Louis van Gaal who has come under a lot of pressure of late due to his tactical decisions.

Highlights of China PR vs Australia and South Korea vs Uzbekistan games [VIDEO]

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The 2015 AFC Asian Cup witnessed a unique event. That's right, for the first time since the tournament kicked off, there was a game that didn't have a conclusive result after 90 minutes. South Korea versus Uzbekistan has the ‘honor' of being that match as it finished 0-0 in normal time. However the 0-0 score line does not begin to indicate the action and the goalmouth drama witnessed in this game as the pair kicked off the knock-out phase of the competition.

West Ham United are keen on signing Darren Fletcher from Manchester United

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Sam Allardyce has confirmed West Ham are one of the clubs chasing Darren Fletcher but claims the Hammers are yet to speak to the Manchester United midfielder.

Fletcher, who has made 342 appearances for the Red Devils, has only six months left on his contract at Old Trafford and is struggling to establish himself under new boss Louis van Gaal.

Arsenal’s strength in depth pleases Arsene Wenger

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Manager Arsene Wenger believes having the likes of Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott itching to get off the bench can only make Arsenal stronger for the challenges ahead.

The Gunners battled to a 2-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday, which saw them close back up on the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

Barcelona want new shirt design to sell more than Real Madrid and Manchester United

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Barcelonaare hoping that their new Nike kits with hoopswill help the club out-sell rivals Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Photoswere leakedin December showing a controversial new jersey designthat would dispense with the club's 115-year history of wearing stripes at the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

Manchester City is dangerously close to losing its soul as a playing club

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Manchester City is veering dangerously close to completely losing its soul as a playing club despite the stated "holistic" approach of management. An English club that once upon a time fielded players almost entirely from the British Isles, the Blues are close to completing a transition to an entirely foreign squad.

MLS holding Beckham to a downtown Miami-only stadium location makes zero sense

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Rumors continue to swirl both in South Florida and nationally about David Beckham's plans regarding his proposed MLS team in Miami. The global superstar has run into numerous hurdles to build a stadium in the desired downtown location. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has made it clear that he wants a new Miami team to play in downtown.

5 observations from stunning Iraq-Iran Asian Cup Quarter-Final match [VIDEO]

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The quarterfinal between Iraq versus Iran was never going to be a run-of-the-mill affair.

Coming into the match, Iraq had only beaten their arch rivals once in their previous five AFC Asian Cup meetings losing the other four.

Iran, on the other hand, had exited the AFC Asian Cup at the quarterfinal stage in 2011 and 2007, so something had to give.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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The FA Cup fourth round will see the Premier League temporarily put on hold, but there are some tantalizing ties to savor from this weekend's games.

Two of our selections come from the world's oldest soccer competition; in addition we've got Dutch football's biggest rivals coming head-to-head, a clash between two giants of Italian soccerand an enticing game between two teams looking to skew the natural order at the top of La Liga.

Garry Monk remaining calm over comments made by Swansea striker Gomis

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Swansea manager Garry Monk has spoken to Bafetimbi Gomis over his comments about possibly leaving the club but admits he understands the French striker's frustration over his lack of action.

Gomis raised fresh doubts over his future when he gave an interview to French television station Canal Plus last weekend, the 12-times capped France international saying he might leave Swansea in January because the Barclays Premier League club reneged on promises made to him about the game-time he would receive.

Louis van Gaal admits that playing 4-4-2 has made his a** twitch [VIDEO]

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Over the course of his managerial career, Louis van Gaal has never shiedaway from expressing his opinion and the Dutchman has continued that trend since his arrival at Old Trafford last summer.

While former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson gained recognitionfor banning journalists from his press conferences, Van Gaal has not backed down from members of the media who challenge his tactics, team selection and/or man-management skills.

Deloitte Football Money League – Real Madrid top, Manchester United get richer

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Real Madrid was named the top dog in the Deloitte football money league for the 10th consecutive year matching their La Decima triumph a few months ago.

The Los Blancos raked in a hefty €549.5m in revenues in 2013-14 and are joined by Manchester United and Bayern Munich who take the second and third spots after recording €92.

The Greatest Teams – FC Porto 2002-2004

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In hindsight, seeing the success of FC Porto under Jose Mourinho doesn't seem as great as it should, looking at the likes of Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Maniche in the side. Yet when Mourinho took over at FC Porto in January of 2002, the team was going through a tough period. Porto was fifth in the Liga Portuguesa, was in last place in the second stage group of the Champions League, and had been eliminated from the Portuguese Cup.

African giants Algeria and Ghana face each other in pivotal AFCON match

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With their tournament lives on the line, Ghana plays Algeria in the biggest match so far in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The two nations are in Group C along with Senegal and South Africa. Before the event began, many pundits predicted this cluster of teams to be the 'group of death' due to the amount of talent on each team.

Pardew happy to give Wilfried Zaha a platform at Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew believes on-loan winger Wilfried Zaha is "lucky" that the club are giving him the chance to shine in the Barclays Premier League.

The England international is currently halfway through a season-long loan at Selhurst Park having struggled to break through at parent club Manchester United.

Koeman issues ultimatum to Southampton midfielder Jack Cork

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Ronald Koeman has given Jack Cork one week to sign a new contract at Southampton.

The 25-year-old midfielder arrived at St Mary's in 2011 and has played an important role in the club's rise from Championship to Champions League contenders.

Cork, who also spent a loan spell with Saints in 2008, could now, though, be set for an exit with his contract expiring in the summer.

Spurs defender Kyle Naughton completes £5 million transfer to Swansea City

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Swansea have confirmed the signing of Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton.

The 26-year-old full-back, who can operate on either the right or the left-side of defence, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract in a deal understood to be worth £5million and could make his debut in Swansea's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Blackburn on Saturday.

Gary Neville contemplating future as manager

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Gary Neville will decide in the next 18 months whether he wants to quit his job as a television pundit and go into management.

Neville has become a popular and respected pundit since he retired from football and signed with Sky four years ago.

His views have been so well-received that he has been tipped to go into management and he already has a coaching role within the England set-up.

Liverpool ready to challenge for Premier League title next season, says Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers thinks his team will be ready to challenge for the title again next season.

Having run Manchester City a close second in May their chances of repeating the feat dipped after the sale of Luis Suarez, the introduction of half-a-dozen new players and injury to Daniel Sturridge.

Martin Odegaard says Real Madrid was the best option for his career development

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Real Madrid unveiled its latest signing today as Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard was presented to theworld at the club's training ground. The 16-year-old prodigy told the assembledmedia that the Spanish giant was the best option for the development of his career.

Los Blancos completed the signing of the Norway international and announced his transfer from Stromsgodset late Wednesday evening.

Which team would you most love to beat in a final?

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With the fourth round of the FA Cup scheduled to kick off tomorrow with Cambridge United hosting Manchester United, as well as the Asian Cup and Africa Cup of Nations going strong, now's the perfect time to consider the following question for you...

If your favorite team could face anyone in a cup final, and you'd love to see your team beat them to win a trophy, who would be the opponent and why?

FOX Sports hires John Strong as commentator to boost its soccer coverage

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FOX Sports has hired John Strong as a full-time commentator to beef up its soccer coverage in 2015 and beyond.

Strong, who has been unanimously heralded by experts as one of the most talented American presenters and commentators on soccer, has been given the position after expertappearances in recent years on NBC Sports and FOX Sports.

Miami catching up with New York and Los Angeles as media HQ for soccer in US

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The Miami area has in the past few years quickly emerged as the third soccer media hub in the United States rivaling Los Angeles and New York. For a long time, the area hostedGolTV, which was the first national 24-hour soccer network on cable and satellite TV. But following the contraction of MLS' Fort Lauderdale-based Miami Fusion club in 2001 and a long absence of major friendlies from 2003 to 2010, the area became seen as somewhat of a soccer wasteland.

Mohamed Salah representatives in talks with Chelsea and AS Roma over move to Italy

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Various reports from Italy and England are stating that representatives of AS Roma, Chelsea and Blues midfielder Mohamed Salah are in talks over a proposed move to Italy.

Manager Jose Mourinho is rumored to be attempting to orchestrate deals which would send Salah to Roma on-loan or permanently, with Andre Schurrle also being dealt to the German club Wolfsburg.

Lionel Messi on fire since being benched against Real Sociedad

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Luis Enrique started an enormous storm when he decided to start Lionel Messi on the bench against Real Sociedad during Barcelona's match following the winter break. The manager was already being questioned about his decision-making and tactics during the club's first half. But his decision to benchthe club'sstar player against David Moyes side -and the subsequent 1-0 loss at the Anoeta stadium -sparked fury from Barcelona supporters and led to an inquisition from the Spanish press.

‘The Big Three’ era has arrived in MLS – I hope it doesn’t last

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In the space of a week, Toronto FC have gone from the laughing stock of Major League Soccer to headline makers. The club, which has failed to reach the playoffs in any of their eight seasons, has committed a reported $70 million in wages over the next five years to bring in Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco as designated players.

Real Madrid preparing to announce the signing of Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva

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The on-going transfer saga between Real Madrid andBrasileiro league winnersCruzeiro appears to be coming to a conclusion.

According to numerous reports from Spain, the two clubs are finalizing an agreement which will see the Brazilian league's defensive midfielder of the year officially join the reigning Club World Cup and European championsnext week.

Tim Cahill scores spectacular bicycle kick to put Australia in Asian Cup semi-final [VIDEO]

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Striker Tim Cahill scored a spectacular bicycle kick earlier this morning to book Australia a place in the 2015 Asian Cup semi-final.

Cahill's superb goal helped Australia go on to a 2-0 victory against China. The New York Red Bulls striker saw a loose ball that had been floated into the box, and then served up a sensational piece of skill to hit the ball first-time on a bicycle kick into the net.

Troublesome U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo suspended for 30 days

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After recently being cleared of domestic assault charges, USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo was handed a 30-day suspension from U.S. Soccer last night.

The federation would not cite the specifics of the suspension, but the order comes after an incident in which Solo's husband, Jeremy Stevens, was arrested on DUI charges Monday night in Los Angeles.

Daley Blind pleads with Manchester United fans for patience

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Daley Blind has told Manchester United fans they must keep faith with Louis van Gaal.

Although United are fourth in the Barclays Premier League, they have not provided their supporters with the thrilling expansive play they became accustomed to under Sir Alex Ferguson.

During last Saturday's 2-0 win at QPR, fans started questioning Van Gaal's tactics and demanded he ditch the 3-5-2 system which some feel makes United too slow and predictable.

Raheem Sterling adapting to new role as Liverpool striker

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Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling admits he has had to rein in some of his youthful exuberance in order to become a serious striker.

The 20-year-old has scored four goals in eight matches since he was given the responsibility of leading the line against Manchester United in mid-December.

His equalizer against Chelsea in the 1-1 Capital One Cup semi-final first leg was his seventh of the campaign and he is closing in on the career-best tally of 10 he registered in Liverpool's remarkable goalscoring spree last season.

Andrei Kanchelskis Says Manchester United Won’t Win a Title in 10 Years With Louis van Gaal

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In a report published by the Manchester Evening News, former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis blasted Louis van Gaal and his style of football and even went as far to suggest the Premier League title will not return to Old Trafford as long as the 63-year-old Dutchman is in charge at the club.

Reasons Why Ghana Cannot Win The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

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For the first time ever, Ghana lost an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) group match after taking the lead. They suffered a 2-1 defeat to Senegal and things don't seem to be improving anytime soon as they face Algeria next.

"It was a difficult match for us. We were playing against experienced and very physical players.

Real Madrid Announce the Signing of Norwegian Wonderkid Martin Odegaard

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Real Madrid have officially announced the signing of Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard.

The 16-year-old attacking midfielder is one of the most sought-after talents in the sport and over the past six months had been the VIP guest of numerous European clubsas they attempted to lure the talented Norway international to their teams.

Pochettino Defends Decision to Name Adebayor Spurs Captain in League Cup Win

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Mauricio Pochettino admitted his Tottenham side labored to victory in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Sheffield United and defended his decision to name Emmanuel Adebayor as his skipper.

A second-half Andros Townsend penalty was all that separated Spurs and their League One visitors, with the tie very much still alive heading into next Wednesday's second leg at Bramall Lane.

Injury scare for Frank Lampard as Manchester City midfielder substituted off in friendly

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Frank Lampard sparked injury fears after playing just the first 20 minutes of Manchester City's friendly victory over Hamburg in Abu Dhabi.

The former England midfielder showed no clear signs of injury but was withdrawn at an early stage of the 2-0 win at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in front of only 5,000 spectators.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, Copa del Rey Quarter-Final 1st leg: TV times and open thread

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The stage is set for what could be a classic encounter between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final. This one promises to be a must-see match!

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

Barcelonavs. Atletico de Madrid, 4pm,beIN SPORTS,beIN SPORTS Español, DishWorld

Starting lineups:

Barcelona:Ter Stegen; Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Atletico:Oblak; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Siqueira; M.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Sheffield United, League Cup Semi-Final: TV Times and Open Thread

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Today's Capital One Cup semifinal between Tottenham and Sheffield Unitedis being televised live on US television and Internet.

Due to a delay in the Sheffield United bus arriving at White Hart Lane, the match will kick off at 3pm ET instead of 2:45pm ET.

Interestingly (or bizarrely, depending on what you believe), Emmanuel Adebayor has been named captain today despite the fact that he was booed by the Spurs supporters when he was brought on as a substitute against

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

Spurs vs Sheffield United, 3pm ET, beIN SPORTS Connect; no TV

To access beIN SPORTS Connect, you need a current TV subscription to one of the following TV providers.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: How to watch the Copa del Rey Quarter-Final on TV and online

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Today'sCopa del Rey quarterfinal between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid promises to be a fascinating game in a match that could easily have been an amazing final. Whichever team emerges victorious from the two legs will become the favorites to win the tournament, and with Atletico Madrid knocking out Real Madrid in the previous round, Barcelona will have to be at its best to defeat Diego Simeone's side.

Hull City reach agreement to sign Tom Ince for £2.3 million

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Hull will pay up to £2.3million for Tom Ince after they reached a compensation agreement with Blackpool over the winger.

Ince, 22, joined the Tigers during the summer after his deal with the Seasiders expired but, due to his age, Blackpool were entitled to recoup a fee for the England Under-21 international.

AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Finals Preview and Predictions

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The group stage of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup is over and there wasn't a single draw at all. There have been 24 definitive results in 24 matches, which is quite remarkable.

The knockouts have a lot to live up to and there are some tasty fixtures to look forward to.

In total there are eight more matches left in the AFC Asian Cup so say hello to the business end of the tournament.

Jurgen Klopp confident Borussia Dortmund will stay up and that star players will remain

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Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has expressed his confidence in his current side's ability tostay in the Bundesliga and also conveyed that he believes his star players will remain at the club next season, in an interview with the German publication Sport BILD.

Dortmund are currently in the Bundesliga's relegation zone after only accumulating 15 points in the opening seventeen matches of the league campaign.

Arsenal targeting defender Gabriel Paulista after completing signing of Krystian Bielik

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Arsenal are expected to press ahead with their interest in Valencia centre-back Gabriel Paulista following the completion of a deal for teenage midfielder Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw.

However, the Gunners are likely to have to overcome a work permit hearing before the uncapped Brazilian would be allowed to play in England.

Rene Meulensteen Sees Bright Future Ahead For US Soccer But Improvements Needed

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Rene Meulensteen played an integral part in four Premier League titlewinning teams at Manchester United during his tenure as Sir AlexFerguson's assistant manager from 2007 to 2013. He briefly served as Head Coach ofFulham during the 2013-14 season and achieved some notable resultsincluding a draw at Old Trafford.

Fernando Torres Set To Start For Atleti vs Barcelona With Mario Mandzukic On The Bench

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Prior to today's Copa del Rey quarter-final against Barcelona (4pm ET on beIN SPORTS in the USA), manager Diego Simeone had been reportedly been training his squad with an attacking trident formed by Fernando Torres, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic. But it has been learned that the Argentine boss has elected to start Fernando Torres up front, with Griezmann playing just behind the striker, while Mandzukic will be begin the match as a substitute.

Inter Milan: Dreams of Glory Amid Dreary Results

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By Mauro Ruini and Luca Speranzioso

It was only five years ago that Inter Milan, with José Mourinho managing the likes of Javier Zanetti, Wesley Sneijder, Samuel Eto'o, Dejan Stanković, and Maicon, won the UEFA Champions League. Since then, they've gone from Serie A powerhouses and continental competitors to mid-table and Europa League afterthoughts.

3 Things We Learned From The Capital One Cup Semi-Final First Leg: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

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Chelsea held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg tie at Anfield on Tuesday.

The Blues took the lead through an Eden Hazard penalty in the 18th minute before a sensational run by Raheem Sterling produced the equalizer for the Reds in the second half.

Brendan Rodgers' side pressed on for the winner but their attempts were denied by some superb goalkeeping from Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea to keep things all square.

The Search for a New American Hero in European Soccer

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The exodus of the United States' best players from Europe to the homeland continued this winter, with Mix Diskerud and possibly Sacha Kljestan signing with MLS clubs. We have written a novel's worth of stories about its impact on the U.S. national team, whether it is good for this country's soccer development and how concerned we should be about its long-term impact.

Atletico Madrid Centre-Back Diego Godin Deserves More Credit

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More than a few eyebrows were raised as David Luiz was selected at center-back as part of the FIFPro World XI at the Balon d'Or event last week. People were shocked to see Luiz ahead of better center-backs, including the likes of Mats Hummels, Thiago Silva, and Diego Godin. In truth, this shouldn't even be a question.

Celtic Defender Virgil van Dijk Would be an Ideal Signing for Arsenal

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Although the Gunners are coming off a massive victory against Manchester City at the weekend, a match that the team's much scrutinized defense was impeccable, the north London club is still in need of an additional defender to add to the squad.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it perfectly clear that he wishes to sign a defender (specifically a center-back) during this month's transfer window.

5 Observations From Japan’s 2-0 Victory Against Jordan at the AFC Asian Cup

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Japan have been efficient if not spectacular in their defense of the Asian Cup. They dealt with Palestine easily and eased past Iraq. Against Jordan the Japanese had a chance to finish Group D on top with a 100% record and set themselves up for a mouthwatering with the technically proficient United Arab Emirates.

Chinese Businessman Wang Jianlin Now Owns 20% Stake In Atletico Madrid

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What has been rumored for the past few days has come to fruition. Chinese businessman Wang Jianlin, owner of the Dalian Wanda Group, now owns 20% of Atletico Madrid shares after investing a reported 45 million euros (£35 million) in the reigning champions of Spain. With his investment, the owner of the Wanda Groupbecomes the club's third-largest shareholder and his group becomes the first Chinese company to invest in a top European football club.

Raheem Sterling Secures Draw for Liverpool Against Chelsea in League Cup

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho still has not won a semi-final against Liverpool after Raheem Sterling's flash of brilliance earned the Reds a deserved 1-1 draw in the opening leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.

During his first spell in charge, the Stamford Bridge boss came off second best in last-four clashes against the Merseysiders in the Champions League, twice, and FA Cup.

Newcastle to Wait Until Summer to Appoint Alan Pardew Replacement, Says Exec

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Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has insisted the club will wait until the summer if it has to to get the right replacement for Alan Pardew.

Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr have spent the last 2 weeks or so assessing potential candidates for the vacancy, but there has been a growing feeling on Tyneside that the Magpies could make an interim appointment with several of the names at the top of their list currently in employment and unwilling or unable to move before the close-season.

Barcelona Believes It Has Found Loopholes to Circumvent Transfer Ban

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Barcelona officials are currently examining options thatwould allow the La Ligagiant to sign players this year, despite a FIFA-imposed embargo that prevents the club from buying players until January 2016.

The Catalan daily SPORT claimsthat Barcelona lawyers have uncovered two options.

Liverpool vs Chelsea Capital One Cup Semi-Final: TV Times and Open Thread

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Today's Capital One Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Chelseais being televised live on US television and Internet.

The tournament provides the two Premier League teamswith their first opportunity to win silverware during the 2014/15 season. And for viewers in the United States, the game is being televisedonly on beIN SPORTS.

Spurs Defender Kyle Naughton Nears £5 Million Move to Swansea

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Kyle Naughton is set to miss Tottenham's Capital One Cup semi-final against boyhood club Sheffield United as a move to Swansea edges closer.

The 26-year-old full-back came through the ranks at Bramall Lane, making 50 appearances for the Blades before moving to north London in 2009.

Naughton arrived at White Hart Lane at the same time as Kyle Walker, although has struggled to make the same impact as the England right-back.

Cristiano Ronaldo Admits Rivalry With Messi Plays A Role In His Motivation

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Cristiano Ronaldo admitted today that the personal competition between himself and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi plays a role in his desire to become the best player in the history of the sport, per an articlepublished in France Football.

During the extensive interview with the bi-weekly French magazine, the Real Madrid forward confessed that he is seeking "perfection" in every aspect of his game whether it's his diet, training or inrecoveringfrom games.

Watch the ‘Lost Tapes’ Of Men In Blazers Before They Were MIB [VIDEO]

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Many listeners to Men In Blazers may not know but Roger Bennett and Michael Davies had their own soccer podcast before they were Men In Blazers, which ran from 2010-11.

The 'Off The Ball' podcast, starring Davies and Bennett, was released on ESPN. Unfortunately, all of the episodes are no longer online and the pages where they were housed on ESPN now only display 404 error messages.

Diego Simeone Says He Will Stay At Atletico Madrid Provided The Club Keeps Growing

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During a recent interview with Radio America 1190, manager Diego Simeone was asked about the speculation concerning his future with Atletico Madrid.

The Argentine boss is perhaps the hottest managerial property in worldsoccerand speculation has been that the 44-year-old could potentially move to another European club at the end of his current contract with the reigning Spanish champions.

Real Madrid To Finalize Deal For Norwegian Wonderkid Martin Odegaard This Week

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Two weeks ago, Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard began training with Real Madrid. The 16-year-old traveled with his father and agent to the Spain capital in order to tour the club's facilities and to take part in sessions with Castilla (Real Madrid's reserve side). The teenager also spent time with members of the first-team coaching staff and as well as some senior squad players.

Sign Up For a Free 48-Hour Trial of DishWorld and Watch Liverpool-Chelsea Today

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For soccer fans in the United States, DishWorld is offering a free 48-hour trial of its online HD streaming service so you can watch today's Capital One Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Chelsea.

The match will be shown live exclusively on beIN SPORTS. But even if you don't get beIN SPORTS on your TV, you can watch it live (or on demand) with DishWorld, the legal service that you can stream to your desktop, smartphone, tablet or set top box.

Toxic Toffees Sleepwalking Towards a Relegation Fight

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On Monday night, the Goodison Park crowd roared as a couple of excitable figures on the field put in an effervescent effort. It was a noise befitting of the old stadium's revered atmosphere and arguably the loudest din to emit from the fans in attendance in what's been an unrelentingly moribund season for Everton.

Gary Neville Analyzes Arsenal’s 2-0 Win Against Manchester City [VIDEO]

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Who better than Gary Neville to discuss and analyze how Arsenal were able to defeat Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Neville, joined by Jamie Carragher, broke down the tactical analysis on Sunday's show, and showed why they're at the top of their game (as well as Arsenal in this victory).

The Greatest Teams – AS Roma 2000-2001

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As part of a series of the greatest team of the 2000s, the first team to start the list will be the Scudetto winning AS Roma side of the 2000-2001 season. As the last Roma side to win the Scudetto, they had a superb tactician in Fabio Capello leading the side and had players hitting their highest form.

Sebastian Giovinco is Arguably The Most Important MLS Signing in Recent History

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Today quite possibly the most important player signing in MLS' recent history was unveiled in Toronto. La formica atomica, Sebastian Giovinco was introduced as another marquee signing for the flagging Toronto FC. Last year it was a "bloody big deal" when Jermain Defoe was introduced, and it turned out to be a "bloody big flop".

Capital One Cup Semi-Final; Liverpool vs. Chelsea Predicted Lineups

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Premier League leaders Chelsea travel to Anfield to play Liverpool in Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg fixture.

The Blues come into the game on the back of a 5-0 win away to Swansea and will be keen on getting one over Liverpool at Anfield once again after beating them twice in 2014.

Reviewing Games From AFC Asian Cup Group C

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This is a group that featured one dead rubber and a game that would determine who would finish on top.

Iran eventually came up trumps against an impressive United Arab Emirates in a tense match. Indeed if the UAE were more clinical in front of goal they could have topped Group C but instead it was Iran who dug deep and conjured up a winner in the dying moments of the game.

Roberto Martinez Tries to Diffuse Kevin Mirallas Penalty Controversy

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists there is no issue with Kevin Mirallas missing a penalty which should have been taken by Leighton Baines.

Baines has missed just one of his 16 spot-kicks for the Toffees but allowed Mirallas to have the honor against West Brom and watched as the Belgium international hit the outside of the post a minute before half-time.

Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin Finds Perfect Time to Add Defensive Steel to Gunners

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Despite putting together a string of impressive performances over the last month, Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin faced his first major test of the season on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. The 23-year-old defensive midfielder not only held his own during the massive match in Manchester, but Coquelin passed the test with flying colors and was arguably the second best player on the pitch during the 2-0 victory for the Gunners.

Manchester United’s Defense Lacks Control Says Gary Neville

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Gary Neville thinks Manchester United's defense lacks "control" and consistency.

United may be on course for Champions League qualification, their defensive vulnerabilities have been exposed on many occasions this season and they have relied heavily on the excellent form of goalkeeper David de Gea.

West Ham United’s David Sullivan Targets European Glory

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David Sullivan has astonishingly laid out his ambition for West Ham to be English and European champions within five years.

The Hammers are enjoying a fine campaign, easing the pre-season pressure on manager Sam Allardyce with a run to seventh in the Barclays Premier League and at one point having been as high as third.

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Everton supporter Sylvester Stallone will be making a guest appearance at half-time of today's Everton-WBA match to film a segment for his upcoming film, as well as to give some words of encouragement to the Everton club who are badly in need of some wins to lift them up from their unlikely position of 13th in the table — just three points above relegation.

Messi, Neymar and Suarez Are Beginning To Fire On All Cylinders at Barcelona

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There was great anticipation around the Camp Nou heading into the this season. Barcelona's summer signing of Luis Suarez from Liverpool meantthe Catalan club had a potentialstarting eleven which could boast the talents of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez all at the front of its attack. The La Liga side's 'Big Three' would be one of the most feared offensive forces in world soccer.

FOX Sports Debuts First 2015 Women’s World Cup Ad [VIDEO]

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FOX Sports has released its first video to promote the 2015 Women's World Cup, and it's typical FOX.

Twenty four teams from around the world will compete in the tournament hosted in Canada this summer, but after watching FOX's video to promote the tournament, you would think there's only one team participating.

Why Rescuing Jermain Defoe From MLS Is Good Business for Sunderland

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With the January transfer window open, here's my column to sort through all of the good buys and bad buys in this calendar month as clubs across Europe attempt to add depth to their squad while others look for a way to offload excess weight or to make a sizable profit.

For this week's column, I have two good buys and twobad busy.

Manchester United Still Searching For Balance In Team Full Of Stars

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At the start of the 2011-2012 season, Manchester United were running rampant over their opponents. Beginning with their US Tour, the club were not only beating the competition, at times they were displaying an attacking flair which wasrarely seen in soccer.

The highlights of the early campaignwere: a 3-0 win over Spurs, a 5-0 defeat of Bolton, a 3-1 victoryover Chelsea and an astounding 8-2 defeat of Arsenal.

2015 AFC Asian Cup Weekend Wrap-Up: Australia Feeling the Pressure

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The 2015 AFC Asian Cup has written itself in the history books. How so? Well after this weekend's results, the tournament has seen 20 straight games with a winner. That's right there have been no draws in this tournament thus far. No major football tournament — be it the World Cup, European Championships, African Cup of Nations, Copa América — have seen this number of consecutive results.

Watch Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger felt his team had produced a fine response to their critics after claiming a fine victory at champions Manchester City.

Goals from the impressive Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud gave the Gunners an unexpected 2-0 success at the Etihad Stadium and considerably enhanced their Barclays Premier League top-four prospects.

Jose Mourinho Regrets Failing to Sign Steven Gerrard to Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho says failing to sign Steven Gerrard remains one of his greatest transfer disappointments and admits he does not like Chelsea fans poking fun at the Liverpool captain.

Mourinho was on the verge of signing Gerrard in his first spell as Chelsea manager in 2005 before the former England captain chose to stay at Anfield.

Harry Redknapp Laughs Off Rumors He’ll Be Sacked at QPR

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Harry Redknapp defiantly maintains he will spearhead QPR's January recruitment drive and Premier League survival fight, despite persistent rumors he faces the sack.

The Rangers boss has targeted another forward, claiming "I've only got two strikers" despite adding Mauro Zarate on loan to front men Bobby Zamora, Charlie Austin and Eduardo Vargas.

Fever Pitch (Premier League Weekend Review Show)

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It was a weekend of surprises in the Premier League with Arsenal showing class against a big club, Chelsea thrashing Swansea 5-0 in Wales, Fabio Borini scoring for Liverpool, Crystal Palace mounting the comeback of the weekend, Manchester United sputtering against QPR and much more.

The podcast crew also discuss a myriad of topics this week including LVG 442, memories of Filbert Street, which Premier League manager will be sacked next, the player from Spain who's making it happen on a cold, windy night in Stoke and much more.

Raphael Varane Dismisses Transfer Speculation And Commits Future To Real Madrid

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has been linked with a host of Europe's top clubs over the past season and a half. TheFrance international has found playing time hard to come by under manager Carlo Ancelotti since suffering lingering knee injuries throughout the 2013-14 campaign.

This season, the 21-year-old Frenchman has made six La Liga starts for Los Blancos while his main competitor in central defense, Pepe, has been named to the starting eleven fourteen times.

Elia Grateful for Southampton Chance

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Match-winner Eljero Elia has thanked Southampton boss Ronald Koeman for handing him a chance to prove himself all over again.

The 27-year-old Dutchman played in the 2010 World Cup final for Holland, but has rather lost his way since having failed to impress in two spells in Germany with Hamburg and Werder Bremen, and landing himself in trouble with a speeding offence and a social media storm.

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey Aiming High After Win Against Manchester City

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Aaron Ramsey hopes Arsenal can enjoy a strong second half of the season after they consigned Manchester City to a 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners, who beat City to lift the Community Shield in August and drew against Manuel Pellegrini's men at the Emirates a month later, thoroughly deserved all three points and the margin of victory could have been greater.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 22: TV Times and Open Thread

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

West Ham vs Hull, 8:30am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Manchester City vs Arsenal, 11am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

READ — Where to find Premier League Extra Time and how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting lineups

West Ham:Adrian; Jenkinson, Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell; Song, Noble, Nolan, Downing; Carroll, Valencia.

Southampton Manager Ronald Koeman Winning Newfound Respect in England

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The search for the managerial surprise package of this Premier League season surely has to start and end with Southampton managerRonald Koeman.

To be sure, the Dutchman took over the St Mary's club in adverse circumstances. After losing manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham, the summer of 2014 was marked by a mass player exodus.

Wenger Has Stumbled Across A System That Can Abate Arsenal’s Big Away Day Blues

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For all the discussion that's raged in perpetuity when it comes to Arsene Wenger, there's little denying that in the most recent years of his distinguished tenure, the Arsenal boss has point-blank refused to learn from his mistakes.

The club finally ended their silverware hiatus last season after winning the FA Cup, but that was on the back of a league campaign in which pertinent concerns remained an obvious hindrance.

Listen to the 2 Robbies Football Show at 5pm ET Today With Ian Joy

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Today's episode of The 2 Robbies Football Show features one of our favorite soccer analysts from beIN SPORTS, the one and only Ian Joy. The former St Pauli footballer is a familiar voice on beIN SPORTS commentary as well as their Express show.

Listen live to The 2 Robbies Football Show beginning at 5pm ET on www.

Watch Coach Ted Lasso Bonus Footage [VIDEO]

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This one flew under the radar and we only just came across it, but NBC Sports recently found some bonus footage of Coach Ted Lasso from the cutting room floor, which you can see below.

Ted Lasso, who famously coached Tottenham Hotspur for one day, stars in the video alongside Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 22: TV Times and Open Thread

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

QPR vs Man United, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Tony Gale
Swansea vs Chelsea, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Barry Horne
Aston Villa vs Liverpool, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Garry Birtles
Burnley vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Dean Sturridge
Leicester City vs Stoke City, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Trevor Francis
Spurs vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Ray Houghton
Newcastle vs Southampton, 12:30pm, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

READ — Where to find Premier League Extra Time and how to use 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.

Africa Cup of Nations Preview, TV Schedule and Predictions

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Amidst a build-up of confusion and controversy, the 2015 African Cup of Nations is set to begin in earnest this weekend in Equatorial Guinea.

The revised host nation stepped in in November to take over the mantle from Morocco after fears surrounding the spread of the Ebola virus. But the convoluted preparation period and hurried organization have yielded fears regarding safety, the conditions of the pitches and potentially poor attendances.

Watch Men In Blazers’ Appearance on the Dan Patrick Show [VIDEO]

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Love them or hate them, Men In Blazers are taking America by storm and are becoming the face and voices of Premier League entertainment in the United States.

Today, the duo appeared on the Dan Patrick Show to discuss a host of different topics including how they started the show, who Dan Patrick should support, what their goal is with the Men In Blazers TV show as well as how Michael Davies screwed Dan Patrick out of a job as host of the Who Wants to be a Millionaire TV show.

Catching Up On Latest Games Played in AFC Asian Cup Group C

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We're starting to see the knock-out phase of the AFC Asian Cup take shape as two more teams qualified for the quarterfinals.

Both the United Arab Emirates and Iran extended their stay in the competition at the expense of Bahrain and Qatar respectively. The pair face-off in their final Group C match to determine who'll top the table with the winners in all likelihood avoiding a clash with defending champions Japan in the quarters.

Commentators for Premier League Matches On NBC Sports, Gameweek 22

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

Saturday, January 17:

QPR vs Man United, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Tony Gale
Swansea vs Chelsea, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Barry Horne
Aston Villa vs Liverpool, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Garry Birtles
Burnley vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Dean Sturridge
Leicester City vs Stoke City, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Trevor Francis
Spurs vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Ray Houghton
Newcastle vs Southampton, 12:30pm, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

Sunday, January 18:

West Ham vs Hull, 8:30am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Jon Champion & David Pleat
Manchester City vs Arsenal, 11am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

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

Monday, January 19:

Everton vs West Brom, 3pm,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Martin Tyler & TBD

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

5 Observations From Jordan-Palestine Game in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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Both Jordan and Palestine needed a result Friday morning to give themselves a chance of qualification for the knockout phase.

Of the pair the Jordanians came in with pressure on their shoulders. They had lost their previous six international matches and had not won in 11.

If that wasn't enough in the Jordanians were involved in a spat with the tournament's drug testers accusing them of mistreating striker Ahmad Hayel claiming that the player suffered from hypothermia as a result their actions when they tried to obtain a sample.

Vancouver Whitecaps Home Shirt for 2015 From adidas: Leaked [PHOTO]

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One of the first MLS shirts for the 2015 seasontobe leaked online goes to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Caps will be wearing a white shirt for the 2015 MLS season with navy blue trim. The design is a retro adidas shirt with rounded collar and three stripes down the sleeves, while the front of the shirt features a very unique blue and white design that features the mountain top motif found on the club's logo.

Pepe Sidelined 2-3 Weeks With Rib Injury, Raphael Varane Set To Step In

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Real Madrid defender Pepe has been ruled out for two to three weeks after bruising his ribs during yesterday's 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid. The Portugal international suffered in the injury while battling Raul Garcia for a 50/50 ball early on in the contest.

After the match, Pepe was taken to the hospital where he underwent a series of tests and x-rays before being placed under observation for 48 hours.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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The league leaders from France feature in the best five of the weekend for the very first time this season. And while they may be playing a team struggling for form, such is the quality possessed by this vibrant young side, they fit firmly into the bracket of "must watch".

In addition, the Premier League's title race is set to hot up with both of the division's realistic contenders for glory facing difficult games this week.

Shaun Wright-Phillips Is Happier Sitting On the Bench Than Playing Says Harry Redknapp

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Shaun Wright-Phillips is happier sitting on a "fantastic contract" than leaving QPR for first-team football, according to boss Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp rejected complaints from Wright-Phillips he is in the dark over why he has featured just once at Rangers this season.

The QPR manager revealed the 33-year-old has rejected numerous chances to leave Loftus Road, despite Redknapp telling him he "needs to move on".

Southampton to Debut Third Shirt Against Newcastle [PHOTO]

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Southampton will debut the club's third shirt in its weekend match against Newcastle United.

The yellow shirt from Southampton will be worn for the first time this season when the Saints play Newcastle United at St James' Park (kickoff time is 12:30pm ET on Saturday; live on NBC & NBC Sports Live Extra in the United States).

NBC Sports Launches MatchMaker App to Connect Premier League Soccer Fans

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NBC Sports have launched a brand-new app for Premier League soccer fans in the United States. The NBC Sports MatchMaker app helps EPL fans locate, chat and meet up with each other to enjoy watching matches with fellow supporters.

At game time, the app activates an interactive map that shows at which venues fans of a specific club are meeting, and the best bars and restaurants to watch socceras voted on by other fans.

Southampton Manager Ronald Koeman Criticizes Fixture Schedule

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Ronald Koeman is not wasting time and energy fretting about Southampton's mounting injury problems, although his frustration with the fixture scheduling is clear.

Saints are in their best-ever position at this stage of a Premier League season, with the impressive win at Manchester United meaning they enter the weekend sat third.

Louis Van Gaal Confirms Talks With Radamel Falcao About His Future

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed to MUTV that he has spoken to Radamel Falcao about his omission from last week's match day squad against Southampton. The Dutch boss told the club's official television channel that the striker understands what is expected of him and knows what he needs to do in order to be selected to the 18-man game day team.

Toronto FC Signs Jozy Altidore As Designated Player

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The enigma known as Jozy Altidore has left Sunderland and joined Toronto FC as a Designated Player in MLS.

Jermain Defoe's move to Sunderland cleared the way for the two clubs to agree a swap deal with Altidore heading back to North America after playing for several years in Europe for a series of different clubs.

Sunderland Complete Signing of Jermain Defoe From Toronto FC

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Sunderland have completed the signing of England striker Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC with Jozy Altidore heading in the opposite direction.

The Black Cats have confirmed that the 32-year-old former Tottenham frontman has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal after completing a swap with United States international Altidore.

Best of Britain Approach Paying Dividends for Burnley in Premier League

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The best of British is helping Burnley confound expectations in the Premier League, according to manager Sean Dyche.

Aside from third-choice goalkeeper Alex Cisak, the Clarets' squad is entirely made up of players from the British Isles.

And in an era when fielding all foreign teams is more normal than all British ones, Dyche believes traditional British values can still be a major asset.

Analyzing The Story so far From AFC Asian Cup Group B

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The last round of Group B fixtures have thrown up a tasty clash between Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan. Both sides have been beaten by Alain Perrin's resilient China, who in the process have overcome their own mini-hoodoo by securing qualification into the knockout phase after failures in the previous two tournaments.

MLS to Adopt New Technology to Curb Concussions in Soccer

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A mild traumatic brain injury, commonly referred to as a concussion, is most commonly defined as a head injury that results in temporary loss of brain function. Concussions have been quite visible in the press over the last decade, after a number of former American football players have come forward to reveal that they had sustained extensive brain damage after suffering numerous undiagnosed concussions.

Reading Between the Lines to Understand What Jurgen Klinsmann Really Means

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Since it appears that we are going to be stuck with Jurgen Klinsmann as the US Men's National Team manager for the foreseeable future, it seems prudent to get to the bottom of what the boss really means when he unleashes his well-worn contradictions.

If you've followed the USMNT since Klinsmann got the job in 2011, you know that very little of what the manager says can be taken at face value.

Jermain Defoe Will Help Keep Sunderland in the Premier League

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The deal to take Jermain Defoe to Sunderland in exchange for Jozy Altidore is nearing completion with the agreement of terms that will take Altidore to Toronto the only thing holding up official confirmation from the Wearside club. Defoe is expected to sign a two-and-a-half year deal at the Stadium of Light.

Real Madrid Facing Possible FIFA Sanctions For Signing Of Underage Players

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Real Madrid is currently under investigation into how the club conducted itssigning of underage players. Should it be deemed that the Spanish side have breached FIFA regulations, the reigning world and European champions could face similar sanctions to those which werehanded down on Barcelona last year the Catalan club was barred from signing players for two transfer windows.

Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy Feeling ‘Destroyed’ By Injury

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits Mathieu Debuchy is "destroyed" and "embarrassed" after it was confirmed the injured defender would endure a second lengthy spell on the sidelines this season.

Debuchy has started only nine Barclays Premier League games since joining the Gunners from Newcastle in the summer.

Alan Pardew Admits Defeat In Chase to Sign Jermain Defoe for Crystal Palace

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Alan Pardew has admitted he failed to convince Jermain Defoe to sign for Crystal Palace over Sunderland.

Defoe is on the brink of rubber-stamping his move to Wearside from Toronto FC, with Pardew conceding Palace were forced out of the race for the former England striker.

Palace have secured Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo on loan with new Eagles boss Pardew aiming to sign another striker during the January transfer window.

Sunderland Waiting On MLS to Process Paperwork Before Jozy Altidore Swap Is Finalized

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Jermain Defoe is expected to become a Sunderland player on Friday after the final details of his transfer were tied up.

However, the Black Cats are waiting for Jozy Altidore's proposed swap-move to Toronto to be processed before making an announcement.

Press Association Sport understands the Defoe end of the deal is in place, but Altidore only flew to Canada on Thursday to push through his return to the MLS with Toronto five hours behind England.

More Questions Remain Than Answers at Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League made a splash on Wednesday by unveiling Brazilian legend Ronaldo as a part-owner and potential player. The Strikers got an international and national publicity bump out of the announcement. Ronaldo himself was well-spoken and thoughtful in his responses to the assembled media.

Sampdoria Close to Deal to Sign Samuel Eto’o From Everton

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Sampdoria are closing in on the signing of Everton striker Samuel Eto'o, according to reports in Italy.

The Genoa outfit, which sold top scorer Manolo Gabbiadini to Napoli earlier this month, are desperately looking to reinforce their attacking line after negotiations aimed at signing Udinese forward Luis Muriel collapsed on Thursday.

Mathieu Debuchy Expected to be Sidelined for Around 3 Months

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Arsenal duo Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy are both expected to be sidelined for around three months, the club have announced.

Both players have undergone surgery, with Arteta recovering from an ankle injury and Debuchy struggling with a problem to his right shoulder.

Arteta has not played for the Gunners since November 26, when he came off with a calf injury during a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Liverpool Handed Adam Lallana Boost After Midfielder’s Early Return

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Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana's return to training ahead of schedule has given manager Brendan Rodgers a boost as he heads into a potentially season-defining month.

Lallana was expected to be sidelined for a month with a thigh injury sustained against Leicester on New Year's Day, but he along with captain Steven Gerrard will be fit for next week's Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid & Elche vs Barcelona: Starting Lineups & TV Times

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Starting lineups are in for Real Madrid versus Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Round of 16 Copa del Rey match with Atleti holding a 2-0 aggregate lead from the first leg on January 7.

Starting lineups:

Real Madrid: Navas, Marcelo, Ramos, Pepe, Carvajal, Kroos, James, Isco, Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema

Atletico:Oblak, Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira, Mario, Tiago, Koke, Raúl García, Griezmann, Torres

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

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Paul Lambert Urges Aston Villa Fans to Cancel Protest Against Randy Lerner

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has urged frustrated fans to call off a planned protest at the start of Saturday's clash at home to Liverpool.

Three unofficial fans' websites Villa Blog, My Old Man Said and A Villa Fan have called on fellow supporters to boycott the opening eight minutes of the Barclays Premier League clash with the Reds via an open letter entitled 'We Want Our Villa Back'.

Company Fights Eminent Domain Order to Clear Way For Spurs Stadium

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A business standing in the way of Tottenham's £400million stadium redevelopment plans has launched a High Court battle to stay put.

It was agreed on Thursday that the case brought by Archway Sheet Metal Works will be heard on February 17-18 by Mr Justice Dove, who revealed in court he is an Aston Villa fan.

Liverpool Open to Steven Gerrard Return On Loan in January

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Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has left the door open for Steven Gerrard to return on loan once he moves to Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Reds captain will end his 25-year-long association with his boyhood club this summer when he departs for a new challenge in Major League Soccer.

Principal owner John Henry and manager Brendan Rodgers have both said there will always be a role for the midfielder at the club whenever he decides to return from America, but Ayre has not ruled out the possibility of the 34-year-old pulling on the red shirt again.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid: How to Watch the Copa del Rey Derby Online

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Today'sCopa del Rey derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid promises to be a scintillatinggame featuring some of the best players in the world on one pitch — Ronaldo, Bale, Koke, Godin, Mandzukic, Modric and others.

Programming note: If you live in the United States, the game is being televised on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Español as well as being streamed live on DishWorld.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Giants Clash in Copa del Rey Second Leg

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After their pride took a knock in their first-leg defeat, Copa del Rey holders Real Madrid look to overturn Atletico's two goal lead to progress to the quarter-finals at home today at 1:55pm ET on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld (for viewers in the United States).

Last week's defeat to their cross-town rivals marked a mini-slump for the European champions following their 22-game unbeaten run, but they regained their confidence by dispatching Espanyol 3-0 on Saturday, with goals coming from James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Nacho Fernandez.

Fernando Torres Could Start Against Real Madrid As Illness Sidelines Mario Mandzukic

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Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic has been suffering from the flu and missed yesterday's training session with the squad. That means manager Diego Simeone may choose to start Fernando Torres during today's decisive leginthe Copa del Rey Round of 16 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

When asked about his starting eleven during yesterday's pre-match press conference, Simeone responded: "We are still finalizing our plans a few of the lads picked up knocks.

Arsenal Confirm Mikel Arteta Will Miss Another 3 Months Following Surgery

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Arsenal have announced that midfielder Mikel Arteta will miss a further three months after undergoing surgery to repair his ankle.

The Spaniard has not played for the Gunners since the end of November having been sidelined by a calf injury; and later a related ankle problem. Following his most recent surgery, the 32-year-old isn't expected to return to Arsene Wenger's squad until April at the earliest.

Jonas Gutierrez Says Return to Newcastle First-Team Will Be Best Moment of Career

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Jonas Gutierrez admits a return to first-team football with Newcastle after overcoming cancer would trump all his other achievements in the game.

The 31-year-old winger was diagnosed with testicular cancer 15 months ago but, having made a full recovery and featured on several occasions for Newcastle's under-21 team, he is dreaming of a day he thought he would never come a return to St James' Park.

Toronto FC Wins Race to Sign Jozy Altidore, Says Source

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Toronto FC has won the race to sign US international striker Jozy Altidore from Sunderland, according to a report tonight by TSN.

Jermain Defoe reportedly passed a medical on Wednesday afternoon to clear the way for a move to Sunderland. Defoe's transfer back to England is expected to be officially announced by the club in the next 24-48 hours.

Victor Wanyama’s Injury Mars Southampton’s FA Cup Victory

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Victor Wanyama's hamstring injury marred Southampton's FA Cup third-round replay win at Ipswich for manager Ronald Koeman.

Saints arrived at Portman Road riding the crest of a wave following Sunday's impressive victory at Manchester United.

That win came at a cost, though, with influential centre-back Toby Alderweireld sustaining a hamstring strain which will see him miss up to four weeks.

Mauricio Pochettino Gives Praise for Soldado Despite Glaring Miss in FA Cup Win

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Mauricio Pochettino claimed Roberto Soldado did not "need to apologize" for his glaring six-yard miss in Tottenham's 4-2 FA Cup third-round replay victory over Burnley.

Spain striker Soldado unwittingly diverted Ross Wallace's free-kick goalwards as Burnley plundered a two-goal lead in seven minutes at White Hart Lane.

EPL Tactics Corner Gameweek 21; Analyzing Harry Kane’s Role For Tottenham Hotspur

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A few Premier League teams have solid squads, but are just one piece away from reaching their full potential. Arsenal's missing link is thought to be a defensive midfielder. Liverpool have not been the same without Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Keep in mind that soccer teams are like puzzles and have to be arranged and tweaked in certain places until each piece falls into place.

Stats Prove Alexis Sanchez is Premier League’s Most Complete Player

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There were high hopes amongst Arsenal fans when their beloved club bought Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona in the summer for a fee believed to be around £32 million, however, few predicted just how much of an impact the Chile international would have in London during his freshman season at the Emirates.

U.S National Team to Renew Mexico Rivalry This April in San Antonio

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Coming off of surprising Round of 16 appearances in the 2014 World Cup, the United States men's national team will renew its rivalry with Mexico this April, according to an announcement today by the US Soccer Federation. The match will take place Wednesday, April 15 at 8:30 PM ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and UniMas.

Jozy Altidore Flies Out to Toronto to Complete Move to MLS

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Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore was on his way to Toronto on Thursday morning as he and Jermain Defoe prepared to trade places.

Press Association Sport understands the 25-year-old United States international was booked on a flight to Canada after traveling down to London from the north-east on Wednesday evening with Defoe, 32, having headed in the opposite direction.

‘Golden Gloves’ Adrian Recalls Moment of Glory for West Ham United

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Adrian was savoring his "best moment" since joining West Ham after the goalkeeper scored the winning penalty in the Hammers' FA Cup third-round replay win over Everton.

Tuesday night's contest went the distance after the two sides could not be separated in the initial tie at Goodison Park seven days previous.

Roma Seek ‘Huge’ Fee From Manchester United for Kevin Strootman

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Roma president James Pallotta says Manchester United will have to pay a "huge" fee to sign Kevin Strootman.

Despite spending £153million on seven new players, Louis van Gaal still has money to strengthen his squad and defensive midfielder Strootman is one of the players on his shortlist.

The United manager knows Strootman well from his time as Holland coach and is interested in signing the 24-year-old once he makes a full recovery from the cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out of the World Cup.

Fort Lauderdale Strikers Unveil Brazilian Ronaldo as Part-Owner

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NASL team Fort Lauderdale Strikers presented Brazilian World Cup star Ronaldo to the media in South Florida today as part-owner of the club after his affiliation with the club was originally announced in December.

During the press conference, Ronaldo announced that Nike will be the club's first sponsor under his part-ownership, a brand that was Ronaldo's first sponsor when he was a 16-year-old striker.

Carlo Ancelotti Expects Intense Conclusion To The Latest Edition Of The Madrid Derby

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Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Copa del Rey Round of 16 second leg against Atletico Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti gave his thoughts on what he expects to see from both sides in this latest and crucial version of the Madrid derby.

Real Madrid go into the match against their cross-city rivals with a two-goal deficit from last week's first leg at the Vicente Calderon.

Spurs vs Burnley and Ipswich vs Southampton, FA Cup 3rd Round Replays: TV Times & Starting Lineups

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For soccer fans in the United States, FOX Sports has surprisingly decided to show the FA Cup 3rd Round replay between Ipswich Town and Southampton instead of Tottenham versus Burnley, but we've got you covered below with the information you need.

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

Ipswich Town vs Southampton (FA Cup replay), 2:55 PM, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

Commentary of the Tottenham against Burnleymatch can be heard on talkSPORT Radio.

Identifying Areas Where Manchester United Need to Strengthen In Transfer Window

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With Manchester City's £25million signing of Wilfried Bony now complete, the transfer window is finally beginning to excite as we head into the month's 15th day. Many expected Manchester United to be up there with the busiest of teams this month. However, as yet, Louis van Gaal's side have added just one player to their squad — 32-year-old free-agent goalkeeper Victor Valdes following the Spaniard's rehabilitation spell with the club.

Is This Liverpool’s New Home Shirt For 2015/16 From New Balance? Leaked [PHOTO]

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A new photograph of what appears to be Liverpool's new home for the 2015/16 season has been leaked on the Internet. But the mystery remains whether it is in fact the real deal.

It was only last month when a new Liverpool shirt design was reportedly leaked featuring the New Balance and LFC logos, but which one is real?

Diego Simeone Believes Atletico Madrid Players Are ‘Not Afraid Of Death’

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During an interview with Spanish television, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone statedthat he believes his team is "not afraid of death" and understands it has"worse players than other teams on paper." The Argentinian boss is confidentthat this realizationand lack of fear is what makes his side stronger and pulls them together during knockout competitions and other difficultmatches.

Mats Hummels Addresses Latest Rumors Linking Him With Manchester United

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Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels has addressed the latest speculation in the media linking him with a January move to Manchester United.

The 26-year-old defender has been a well-reportedtarget of manager Louis van Gaal, with the latest storiestheorizing that United are preparing a £35 million bid for the German international's services.

How Swansea Will Bounce Back Now That Wilfried Bony Has Joined Manchester City for £28million

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If this was any other club in the Premier League that had just lost their star striker who had scored 9 goals this season (representing 34% of all of Swansea's league goals), the supporters would be in an uproar. But while Swansea City supporters are sad to see Wilfried Bony officially join Manchester City, the realization isthat you're not going to be able to find a better piece of business in all of world football.

Sam Allardyce Praises Magic of FA Cup

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Sam Allardyce described West Ham's penalty shootout victory over 10-man Everton as a fine advertisement for the FA Cup as goalkeeper Adrian's spot-kick sealed victory on a dramatic night at Upton Park.

Enner Valencia gave West Ham the lead with a clinical striker's finish six minutes into the second half, but Kevin Mirallas' sweetly-struck free-kick forced extra-time.

Gerry Francis Steps in as Paul Jewell Leaves West Brom After One Week

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Gerry Francis has teamed up with new West Brom head coach Tony Pulis who has seen Paul Jewell quit just a week after joining the Baggies.

Former Bradford, Wigan, Ipswich and Derby manager Jewell joined Pulis at The Hawthorns last Tuesday as a joint assistant alongside Dave Kemp, ending a two-year coaching hiatus.

Assault Charges Against U.S Women’s Goalkeeper Hope Solo Dropped

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Charges against United States women's goalkeeper Hope Solo weredropped on Tuesday afternoon.

Solo, 33, was facing two counts of fourth degree assault after a June incident in which she allegedly attacked her nephew and half sister while intoxicated at a family party.

Solo initially pleaded not quality stating that she was the victim of the incident where her 6ft 9in, 280 pound nephew used a broomstick to attack Solo.

Sunderland Close to Signing Jermain Defoe While Jozy Altidore Will Return to MLS

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Sunderland are hopeful of concluding a deal to bring striker Jermain Defoe back to the Barclays Premier League as they continue advanced talks with him.

Press Association Sport understands the two parties are close to thrashing out a deal which would see the 32-year-old end an 11-month stay in the MLS with Toronto FC and return to English football.

West Ham United vs Everton, FA Cup 3rd Round Replay: TV Times and Open Thread

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After Everton fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park against West Ham United in the FA Cup Third Round, the Toffees and Hammers battle again in the replay which will be played at the Boleyn Ground.

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

West Ham vs Everton (FA Cup replay), 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO andFOX Soccer 2Go

FOX Sports' coverage begins with the 30-minute FA CUP MATCH DAY pregame show at 2:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

Southampton Hit By Lengthy Lay-Off For Toby Alderweireld

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Southampton have been hit by the news that defender Toby Alderweireld will miss up to four weeks with a hamstring strain.

The 25-year-old has been one of Saints' star performers since arriving on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid, seamlessly replacing Dejan Lovren after he joined Liverpool.

Crystal Palace Clinch Yaya Sanogo Loan From Arsenal

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New Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has signed Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on loan until the end of the season.

The French Under-21 striker is Pardew's first signing since he succeeded Neil Warnock at Selhurst Park.

Pardew told the club's official website: "He's a young player with tremendous promise, somebody that I have tracked personally and this club has too so that fitted well.

Carles Gil Completes £3.2million Move to Aston Villa

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Aston Villa have completed the signing of Carles Gil from Valencia.

The midfielder, who can play on either flank or behind the strikers, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park.

The deal had hit a late snag over agents' fees on Tuesday but Villa have confirmed their first January capture.

Sam Allardyce Believes West Ham are More Tactically Flexible than Everton

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Sam Allardyce believes he is more tactically flexible than Everton boss Roberto Martinez but feels injuries and Europa League commitments are the true cause behind the Toffees' mixed start to the season.

Having replaced David Moyes at Goodison Park before the last campaign, Martinez was praised with the attractive football he encouraged and which led to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League and Europa League qualification.

Win the Liverpool FC Experience Of a Lifetime to Play at Anfield

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In its Join The Greats contest, Carlsberg is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for you and your 2 best mates to visit England for an incredible soccer experience. The Grand Prize is 4 nights in England where you and your friends will see a Liverpool match at Anfield. Plus, you'll get to play on the hallowed Anfield pitch, as well as getting a tour of the stadium and much more.

Former Wolves Owner Sir Jack Hayward Dead Aged 91

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Former Wolverhampton Wanderers owner Sir Jack Hayward has died today at the age of 91.

Hayward, who was also the former chairman and life president of the club, passed away from illnesses in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The businessman was also a property developer in The Bahamas.

Under Hayward's leadership at Wolves, he transformed Molineux from an aging stadium into one of the first modern all-seater stadiums in England.

David De Gea Will Re-Sign With Man United But His Future Lies Away From Old Trafford

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Speculationabout the future of Manchester Unitedgoalkeeper David de Gea has been increasing of late. The Spanish international's current contract is set to run out at the conclusion of the 2015-16 campaign andUnited are actively trying to re-sign their number one to a long-term extension.

As of yet, no agreement has been reached between player and club.

Harry Redknapp’s Excuses and Lack of Tactical Acumen Bringing QPR Down

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Harry Redknapp continues to be in a state of denial about the true shape of his Queen Park Rangers side. The expensively assembled group of players have underachieved and lacked real squad cohesion away from home all season. Having been backed since his appointment in December 2012 by QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes, Redknapp's reckless spending has yielded the R's little in the way of upward progression.

5 Observations From South Korea’s 1-0 Win Against Kuwait in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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South Korea and Kuwait kicked off the second round of matches in the group phase of the AFC Asian Cup at the Canberra Stadium. Kuwait needed a win to keep themselves in the tournament whilst the South Koreans were looking to improve on a nervy performance against Oman.

The form book suggested a win for Korea, especially as Kuwait had lost their previous six AFC Asian Cup final matches.

Why John Carver Deserves the Permanent Newcastle United Manager Job

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John Carver is the perfect person to lead Newcastle United at this tumultuous time. A Geordie who understands the club, worked side-by-side with Sir Bobby Robson and had high-level head coaching experience in Major League Soccer, Carver seems uniquely poised to handle the Magpies hot seat.

Newcastle United's "cockney mafia" plushead scout Graham Carr are likely to envision various candidates both domestically and on the continent as preferable to Carver.

No Change to Merseyside Derby Kick-off Time in February

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The derby clash between Everton and Liverpool next month will kick-off at 1730 UK time as scheduled despite opposition from Merseyside Police and the local council, the Premier League has confirmed.

The fixture on Saturday, February 7 at Goodison Park was moved to a tea-time start in order to be televised by Sky Sports leading to objections from the police, who decided to elevate the game to a Category C fixture, with reference to there being a high risk of disorder.

Ravel Morrison May Struggle to Find Club After Wasting His Chance at Cardiff

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Ravel Morrison may not find himself another club having wasted his chance to prove his credentials at Cardiff, according to West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

The 21-year-old's time at Upton Park appears to be coming to an end as the former Manchester United youngster continues to struggle both on and off the pitch.

Highlights of Weekend AFC Asian Cup Games [VIDEO]

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The AFC Asian Cup got into its groove with five matches played over the weekend.

One of the pre-tournament favorites, Iran, eased their way to victory. The United Arab Emirates enjoyed a comfortable start, Uzbekistan notched up a win whilst China provided the tournament's first real surprise downing Saudi Arabia.

5 Observations From Japan’s 4-0 Win Against Palestine in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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Japan got their defense of the AFC Asian Cup with a run of the mill 4-0 victory against debutants Palestine.

In a windy Newcastle Stadium the Samurai Blue ensured early on that they would not be the victim of any embarrassment let alone upset. In all fairness Javier Aguirre's side didn't need to get out of second gear as put the game out of sight after 25 minutes.

U-20 US National Team Are Extremely Talented But Experiencing Problems

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Friday night I posted here that there is a bright future ahead of US Soccer based on the U-20 team that is attempting to qualify for its World Cup, and that still stands. The talent on that team is miles above any U-20 team in recent memory, and that's without some amazing talent left at home. But why then do they have only one point from two games, and scored only one goal from a set piece?

Harry Kane And His Similarities to The Fernando Torres Career Path of Homegrown Talent

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45,000 people sat in the Estadio Vicente Calderon on the 4th of January awaiting the unveiling of Atlético Madrid's latest acquisition. The day before, in that same stadium, some of those fans witnessed Atlético begin the new year in style, beating Levante 3-1 and ending the day tied for second in La Liga, just one point behind rivals Real Madrid.

Looking at Arsenal’s Defensive Midfield Options in The Transfer Market

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There's no debating the fact that Arsenal are in need of an additional midfielder, as well as a central defender and perhaps a center forward with Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo both being loaned out, but there are questions of whether or not Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko would be the right signing for manager Arsene Wenger.

Analyzing What Fans Can Expect From Tottenham Hotspurs’ DeAndre Yedlin

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It finally happened. DeAndre Yedlin, star right-back for his hometown Seattle Sounders, has finally made his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur permanent. The deal was sealed much earlier in the season, after the soccer world was abuzz with his USMNT World Cup performance and standout appearances for the Sounders.

Dusan Tadic Embodies Southampton’s Class in Premier League

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While Southampton's astonishing rise this season can be attributed to a plethora of different qualities—defensive fortitude, astute management and astounding togetherness, to name but a few—there are few players in the current squad that embody the positive strides made by the club than Dusan Tadic.

Nuno Espirito Santo Extends Contract With Valencia Until June 2018

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Valencia have reached an agreement withcoach Nuno Espirito Santo to extend his current deal with the Spanish club until June 2018.

Nuno replaced former Los Che boss Juan Antonio Pizzi last summer, and his current deal was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign.

Valencia have enjoyed a solid startin La Liga, defeating defending Spanish champions Atletico Madrid and European/Club World Cup champions Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2014 Ballon d’Or Award

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Cristiano Ronaldo has won the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the second year in a row. Ronaldo, aka CR7, defeated Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer to win the top honor, and is now officially recognized as the best player in the world for the year 2014.

The 29-year-old superstar had an incredible 2014 with 60 goals scored in 56 games, and winning 4 trophies (the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the 2013 Ballon d'Or).

Chelsea’s Wage Bill Is Lower than Manchester United and City

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Chelsea may be top of the Premier League but their wage bill is still some way below their two Manchester rivals, according to latest figures.

The London club's annual accounts have been lodged at Companies House and reveal that Chelsea's wage bill for the 2013/14 season was £190.5million, up eight per cent from £176m.

Why Manchester City May Ultimately Regret Signing Wilfried Bony

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With the January transfer window open, here's my column to sort through all of the good buys and bad buys in this calendar month as clubs across Europe attempt to add depth to their squad while others look for a way to offload excess weight or to make a sizable profit.

For this week's column, I have two good buys and one bad buy.

Watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s Amazing Career Moments at Man Utd and Real Madrid [VIDEO]

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Many of Cristiano Ronaldo's amazing career moments at Manchester United and Real Madrid have been designed in this wonderful new sketchbook animation created by artist Richard Swarbrick.

In a slight departure for Swarbrick, the artist combines his sketchbook animations with video from the streets of Manchester and Madrid for an interesting perspective that makes sure there's plenty to see.

Louis Van Gaal vs David Moyes at Manchester United After 21 Games [INFOGRAPHIC]

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He told us to judge him after three months. Well it's now been five, and the fact is that there has been little improvement at Manchester United since Louis van Gaal's arrival at Old Trafford in the summer despite the millions spent by the Dutchman.

If David Moyes' United had failed to produce a single shot on target, as happened on Sunday in United's 1-0 home loss to Southampton, Moyes would have been lambasted by the fans and media alike.

Double Dutch (Premier League Weekend Review Show)

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We have so much to talk about regarding the weekend Premier League matches that just ended, so we start at Old Trafford where Dutch master Ronald Koeman pulled off one of the toughest heists of the season by going to Old Trafford and beating Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United 1-0 in front of the Red Devils.

France Football Prepares Three Ballon d’Or Covers Ahead Of Today’s Announcement

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France Football magazine has prepared three possible front covers ahead of today's 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich which is scheduled to begin at 20:00 CET (2:00pm EST).

Each cover features the three nominees for World Player of the Year: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

Juventus Officials Giving Mixed Signals Regarding Interest In Mario Balotelli

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed his interest in Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, but the club's general manager Giuseppe Marotta has declared that the controversial forward is not a player the Italian champions are willing to buy.

The English newspaperThe Timeshas reported that Allegri has expressed a desire to sign Balotelli who arrived at Anfieldthis summer from AC Milan for a fee of £16 million but the Juventus manager has conceded he is unsure of his club's ability to finalize any deal.

DC United Midfield Enforcer Perry Kitchen is the Next Kyle Beckerman

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Jurgen Klinmann's call-ups for the most recent January camp contained a few names known only to the most knowledgeable MLS fans. One of those was DC United's Perry Kitchen, who may not be famous but has long been the next big name in U.S. soccer and, because of his position, may be a key name in the 2018 World Cup and beyond.

Volatile Allocation Rules Continue to dog MLS in Jozy Altidore Saga

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If you thought by now that Major League Soccer would have eliminated the confusion over American international allocation, you'd be wrong. The truth is, they've thrown us for yet another loop.

Word is that Jozy Altidore is on his way out of Sunderland, and out of all the potential destinations, MLS is the destination offering Altidore the highest salary of all.

Brad Guzan: Blame Aston Villa Players Not Manager Paul Lambert

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Brad Guzan has defended under-fire Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert and urged frustrated fans to blame the players.

The traveling supporters called for Lambert's head for the second straight game as they lost 1-0 at Leicester on Saturday.

Villa have won just twice in 17 Barclays Premier League games and sit three points above the drop zone following Paul Konchesky's winner.

Gary Neville Previews Arsenal’s Chances Against Manchester City [VIDEO]

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After Alexis Sanchez's superb display against Stoke City, Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Glenn Hoddle sat down to discuss the Gunners' chances against Manchester City next week, who Arsenal should buy in the transfer window and what their thoughts were regarding Sanchez's performance.

Watch Manchester United 0-1 Southampton Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Louis van Gaal criticized his star-studded Manchester United team after they failed to muster a single shot on target in their 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

Ronald Koeman got one over his old adversary on Sunday as Southampton beat United at Old Trafford for the first time in 27 years thanks to Dusan Tadic's 69th-minute winner.

Wenger Sings Alexis Sanchez’s Praises; Watch Arsenal 3-0 Stoke Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez can continue to inspire Arsenal towards a successful end to the season after the Chile forward produced another virtuoso display in a 3-0 win over Stoke at the Emirates Stadium.

Sanchez scored twice to help sink the Potters, his first a brilliant individual effort on 33 minutes having earlier set up Laurent Koscielny's opener to continue his superb form following a B£30million summer transfer from Barcelona.

Watch Francesco Totti Take a Selfie After Scoring Acrobatic Goal In Rome Derby [VIDEO]

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Thirty-eight year old soccer legend Francesco Totti scored an acrobatic goal in the Rome derby, and celebrated the moment by taking a selfie.

Totti's goal was the all-important equalizer that helped Roma draw 2-2 with Lazio. It was Totti's second goal of the match (goals in the 48th and 64th minute).

Napoli vs Juventus and Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: TV Times and Starting Lineups

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For viewers in the United States, beIN SPORTS has arguably two of the biggest games on television today, and the matches both will be playedat practically the same time. First, there's Napoli against Juventus at 2:45pm ET on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld. And then, kicking off at 3pm ET is Barcelona against Atletico Madrid on beIN SPORTS Espańol and DishWorld.

How to Watch the 2015 AFC Asian Cup On US TV and Internet

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The 2015 AFC Asian Cup has kicked off with Australia defeatingKuwait 4-1. For fans in America, the tournament can be found exclusively on the ONE World Sports channel. For Dish Network subscribers, the sports station is on channel 9794. ONE World Sports is also in Verizon FiOS's lineup (channel 309) and Cablevision (channel 1159).

Manchester City Agree £28million Fee For Swansea Striker Wilfried Bony

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Manchester City and Swansea have agreed a £28million fee for striker Wilfried Bony.

Press Association Sport understands the deal for the Ivory Coast forward currently on international duty at the African Nations Cup has been settled with an official announcement expected in the early part of next week.

‘Maverick’ Crystal Palace Defeat Spurs In Alan Pardew’s First Game in Charge [VIDEO]

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Alan Pardew heaped praise on his players after making a dream return to Selhurst Park, where organization and a "maverick" spirit saw Crystal Palace comeback against Tottenham to end a long winless run.

After four turbulent years at Newcastle, the former Eagles midfielder last week returned to his old stomping ground as Neil Warnock's successor.

QPR Become First Team to Lose Opening 10 Away Games of Season [VIDEO]

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Harry Redknapp was scathing about QPR's defensive performance as his players were confronted by angry traveling fans at the final whistle

QPR went down 2-1 to Burnley at a freezing Turf Moor to equal a record that has stood for 50 years not since Sunderland in 1965 has a top-flight team lost their first 10 away games of the season.

Arsene Wenger Laments Lack of Leaders in the Game

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Arsene Wenger is in the market for defensive reinforcements but is concerned that there are not as many natural leaders in the game as when he arrived at Arsenal.

The 65-year-old has struggled to name a consistent back four so far this season with the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs all injured at some point.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 21: TV Times and Open Thread

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

Arsenal vs Stoke, 8:30am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Phil Neville (international feed – Jon Champion & Jim Beglin)
Manchester United vs Southampton, 11am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Kevin Kilbane

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

First Public Images Appear Online Of Barcelona’s New Shirt Design With Hoops

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The first public images of Barcelona's controversial new kit design have been seen on Twitter [This photo is creditedto:@jesusmalaga].

In December, the Catalan dailySPORTleaked the news thatNike had decided on a revolutionary design that would radically change from La Blaugrana's traditional striped shirts to a new one which features hoops.

Arsenal’s Ideal Starting XI Now That Players Returning From Injury

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With news that dynamic duo Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey are both returning from injuries this week, the Gunners are finally close to putting together an ideal starting lineup. Assuming every player on the Arsenal roster is fit and available, here's my best 2014-15 starting XI for the Gunners:

Goalkeeper

David Ospina.

Signings Coming Good for Rodgers After Liverpool Defeat Sunderland

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the club's arrivals from last summer are starting to prove their worth after the Reds claimed a 1-0 win at Sunderland.

Rodgers came under pressure earlier in the season due to a run of poor results and a host of summer signings failing to make an impression.

5 Observations From Australia’s 4-1 Win Against Kuwait in 2015 Asian Cup

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The Asian Cup kicked off in Melbourne on Friday with a goal-laden game between hosts Australia and Kuwait. One of the pre-tournament favorites, Australia, eventually ran out 4-1 winners but the scoreline didn't reflect some of the anxiety theSocceroos suffered throughout the 90 minutes.

Ange Postecoglu's side went behind early in the piece and it took the Aussies a little time to recover from the shock.

Commentators for Premier League Matches On NBC Sports, Gameweek 21

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

Saturday, January 10:

Sunderland vs Liverpool, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Chris Waddle
Chelsea vs Newcastle, 10am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Tony Gale
Burnley vs QPR, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Garry Birtles
Everton vs Man City, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Leicester vs Aston Villa, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Andy Hinchcliffe
Swansea vs West Ham, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Barry Horne
West Brom vs Hull, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Brian Little
Crystal Palace vs Spurs, 12:30pm, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

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

Sunday, January 11:

Arsenal vs Stoke, 8:30am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Phil Neville (international feed Jon Champion & Jim Beglin)
Manchester United vs Southampton, 11am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Kevin Kilbane

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

Future of US Soccer Is Bright Based on Strong US U-20 Team

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If there are frustrated fans of the US Men's National Team looking for a beacon of light before the January camp gets underway, look to some younger Yanks in Jamaica. The CONCACAF U-20 qualification tournament for the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand is underway, and if the Yanks on display are any indication, the future for US Soccer is incredibly bright.

Emmanuel Adebayor Could be on His Way to MLS According to Some Reports

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The Times newspaper in England suggested on Thursday that Spurs' Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor could be heading to MLS after been frozen out of the team by the emergence of Harry Kane this season.

The 30-year-old has not made a first team appearance in over two months after heavily criticizing the Tottenham fans after their 2-1 defeat to Stoke City on November 9.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 21: TV Times and Open Thread

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

Sunderland vs Liverpool, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Chris Waddle
Chelsea vs Newcastle, 10am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Tony Gale
Burnley vs QPR, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Garry Birtles
Everton vs Man City, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Leicester vs Aston Villa, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Andy Hinchcliffe
Swansea vs West Ham, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Barry Horne
West Brom vs Hull, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Brian Little
Crystal Palace vs Spurs, 12:30pm, NBC and 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.

Louis Van Gaal Wants Manchester United to Rule the World

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Louis van Gaal wants his Manchester United team to rule the world.

Van Gaal's start to life as United manager may not have gone completely to plan, but his side are third in the Barclays Premier League thanks to a 10-match unbeaten run.

Although some performances under Van Gaal have been far from spectacular, the 63-year-old has gone a long way to restoring the sense of grandeur about the 20-time English champions that was lacking during the failed reign of David Moyes.

Louis Van Gaal Needs to Allow Adnan Januzaj To Go On Loan In January

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After bursting on the Premier League scene last season, Adnan Januzaj has found himself on the outside looking in to Manchester United's starting eleven. In recent weeks, the 19-year-old Belgium international has been selected in Louis van Gaal's 18-man matchday squad but has failed to crack United's starting eleven since October 26 and has only made four starts in20 league matches.

Vincent Tan Backtracks And Gives Cardiff Fans What They Want: Blue Home Shirts

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Ever since Vincent Tan took control of Cardiff City in 2010, the club has been embroiled in several high-profile cases of intrigue including the shock dismissal of Malky Mackay with the club in the Premier League, then the resulting fallout from the Scotsman's dismissal and the reasons behind it.

Similar to Chelsea, Manchester City Now Faces Squad Conundrum

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Manchester City are beginning to run into the same squad limit problems Chelsea has faced for several seasons now. Beginning in the 2010-11 season, the Premier League required all sides to register at least eight homegrown players if they wanted to name a full squad of 25 senior players. Prior to this season, Manchester City has always found eight or more homegrown players to register but now suddenly face a major dilemma.

Frank Lampard Blasts ‘Lies and Nonsense’ About City Contract Nightmare

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Frank Lampard has sought to draw a line under the controversy regarding his extended stay at Manchester City and insisted he will join New York City FC in the summer.

There has been confusion over the precise nature of Lampard's contract status in relation to both clubs since it was announced on New Year's Eve that he would remain with the Barclays Premier League champions until the end of the season.

Lionel Messi Deal to Chelsea Is Impossible Says Premier League Club

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Chelsea have distanced themselves from the prospect of making a £500million move for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

The Barclays Premier League leaders have been linked with Messi following claims in Spain this week that the 27-year-old's relationship with Barca coach Luis Enrique has broken down.

Everton Faces an Ideal Opportunity to Accrue Some Vital Impetus in Clash Against City

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That's right, for Everton—who have lost four consecutive Premier League games—a match against Manchester City—the in-form, reigning champions—is the ideal game to breath some life back into their stuttering campaign.

Still with me? As is obvious already, the aforementioned premise isn't based entirely upon recent tangible evidence.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Barcelona's final day La Liga decider with Atletico Madrid was one of the highlights of 2014 and the two sides will meet again this weekend for the first time since that encapsulating afternoon.

In addition to that enticing clash, we've got two fascinating matches from Italy to savor and a look at both Manchester clubs in the Premier League as they gear up for tricky away matches.

Analyzing The Managerial Revolving Door at Tottenham Hotspur in Recent Times

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Before the players walk out onto the pitch at every Tottenham Hotspur home match at White Hart Lane, a video is played on the big screens at either end of the White Hart Lane pitch. The video alludes to Tottenham's history, of their successes both distant and recent. The video includes two important quotes that help shape what Tottenham Hotspur are all about.

UEFA Team of the Year Revealed; La Liga and Bundesliga Stars Monopolize Honors

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UEFA has revealed its 2014 Team of the Year as voted on by UEFA.com users.

More than 8.6 million votes were tallied and the starting eleven was selected from a 40-man shortlist. The nominees were based on their overall performances in European club football and international competitions.

The team is as follows:

Goalkeeper -Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany)

Defender Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain)

Defender Phillipp Lahm (Bayern Munich/Germany)

Defender David Alaba (Bayern Munich/Austria)

Defender Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/Uruguay)

Midfielder Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/Netherlands)

Midfielder Angel di Maria (Real Madrid/Manchester United/Argentina)

Forward Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)

Forward Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Sweden)

As you can see, an attacking 4-3-3 formation was chosen by the voters (37%).

It’s Official: Manchester United Seal Victor Valdes Deal

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Manchester United have completed the signing of former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer.

Valdes has been training at United since October as part of his bid to recover from a knee injury he suffered in March.

The Spaniard has now regained full fitness and United confirmed he had signed a deal with the 20-time English champions.

Alan Pardew Describes Newcastle Hurt

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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew admits it hurt to watch his best teams being dismantled at Newcastle but claims he is a stronger and more resolute manager after four years in the North East.

Pardew was handed the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year award in 2012 after leading the Magpies to a fifth-place finish and the club threatened the top four again last season before falling away in the second half of the campaign.

Swansea Tell Manchester City They Won’t Budge On £30m Valuation For Wilfried Bony

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Manchester City have been told Wilfried Bony's goals could win them the title and that Swansea will not budge on their valuation of the Ivory Coast striker.

Bony's agent Francis Kacou said on Wednesday that he expects "things will be sorted in the next few days" but the reported £30million deal has been held up with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, who has a track record of being a strong negotiator in such situations, ensuring that his club is fully compensated for the loss of the 26-year-old.

Soccer Fans and Cord Cutters Can Now Stream GolTV With fuboTV PRO

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Following on the heelsof the news that ESPN will soon be available to cord cutters and soccer fans with the soon-to-be-renamed DishWorld service, anothertech company has announced that it's bringing soccer coverage to fans in the US with live streaming of GolTV, the soccer network that owns the rights to the Bundesliga, South American soccer (games from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay), Brazilian club games, Benfica matches and the popular soccer show Futbol Mundial.

Go Back In Time to See What English Soccer Was Like In the 1960s [VIDEO]

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If you ever wanted to see how different the game of soccer is on and off the fieldcompared to yesteryear, the following video (entitled Saturday Fever from The Rank Organization) is a prime example.

Featuring footage of Tottenham against Manchester City in the 1960 season, as well as clips of fans at Manchester United, Cardiff City, Wolves and Celtic, the 9-minute film is fascinating to watch.

Jose Mourinho Charged by FA Over ‘Clear Campaign’ Remarks

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct for comments made about match officials after last month's draw at Southampton, the Football Association has announced.

Mourinho claimed there is a "clear campaign" by "people, pundits, commentators and coaches from other teams" against Chelsea and labeled the booking of Cesc Fabregas for diving at St Mary's on December 28 a "scandal".

NBCSN Posts Record Numbers for New Year’s Day Premier League Coverage

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NBCSN posted record numbers for its Premier League coverage on New Year's Day 2015.

Compared to last year, NBCSN saw a 28% increase in viewers with an average of 446,000 tuning in for the Premier League matches on January 1. The 12:30pm ET match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea averaged 631,000 viewers, which ranks as the most-watched New Year's Premier League game on record for US television.

No Time Frame Set For West Ham Striker Diafra Sakho’s Return From Injury

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West Ham will continue to offer Diafra Sakho the best possible treatment to help the Senegal striker recover fully from his back problem.

Sakho has impressed for the Irons following his B£3.5million summer move from Metz, scoring eight Barclays Premier League goals as the Upton Park club broke into the top four ahead of Christmas.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Ends Steven Gerrard Exit Debate

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has drawn a line under the ongoing debate over whether the club did enough to keep Steven Gerrard at the club.

The Reds captain, whose move to the Los Angeles Galaxy this summer was confirmed on Wednesday, revealed earlier this week he would have signed a new contract had it been offered in pre-season.

Aston Villa Captain Ron Vlaar Ruled Out For Up to 6 Weeks

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Ron Vlaar has been ruled out for up to six weeks with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert expecting his skipper to stay put in January.

The Villa captain limped out of New Year's Day's goalless draw with Crystal Palace with a knee injury and is unlikely to return until the middle of next month.

Holland international Vlaar is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move from Villa Park but his injury has all but ruled out an early exit.

Inter Milan Agree Loan Deal For Bayern Munich Winger Xherdan Shaqiri

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Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri will be joining Inter Milan for the remainder of the season.

The deal reportedly will see the Swiss international join the Serie A side on loan, with a forced redemption clause of 12 million euros (£9.4 million) to take hold at the conclusion of the campaign.

Diego Simeone Should Ignore Temptation And Remain With Atletico Madrid

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Make no mistake about it, Diego 'Cholo' Simeone isthe hottest property in management. What the Argentine has engineered at Atletico Madrid over the past threeyears is staggering and it hasn't gone unnoticed byEurope's bigger clubs.

Last summer, Manchester United inquired about Simeone's availability before ultimately deciding to hire Dutch national team coach, Louis van Gaal.

NBC Sports Releases Premier League Midseason Viewing Figures for 2014/15 Season

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At the 2014-15 season midpoint, NBC Sports Group's average Premier League viewership is up 15% (to 479,000 viewers) from last season, with the Adults 18-49 demographic up 24% (to 284,000 viewers). Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Arsenal on November 22 on NBC averaged 1.4 million viewers to rank as the most-watched live Premier League match in U.

FIFA Vice-President Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein Set to Challenge Sepp Blatter

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"I am seeking the Presidency of FIFA because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport".

FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has announced that he will challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA. Up till now only Jérôme Champagne has publicly thrown his hat into the ring to oppose Blatter for FIFA's top job.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Shrewd Changes Should Ensure Immediate Success in 2015

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have made big changes since the end of the 2014 North American Soccer League season. Coming off a season where the team struggled, new management has quickly made several moves, including a raid on the rival Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who were inches away from winning the NASL title in 2014.

Reasons Why The Copa del Rey Needs a Revamp

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The Copa del Rey has provided some intense moments in recent times, including Gareth Bale's last gasp winner in the 2014 final, and Miranda's header in extra time in the 2013 final. Despite the quality of the latter stages of the competition, a trend has repeated itself over and over again in the competition.

Why Signing Andrej Kramaric Could Keep Leicester City in the Premier League

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It appears we are now awaiting only official confirmation from Leicester City that the club have completed the signing of highly rated 23-year-old forward Andrej Kramaric from Croatian club Rijeka, following various reports that he has signed a deal with the club.

These reports were then substantiated by a leaking of a picture of Kramaric with his representatives at Leicester City's head offices this afternoon uploaded on the website of Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Jermain Defoe to Train With Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham have announced that Jermain Defoe will link up with the club to train and maintain his fitness as a return to the Barclays Premier League remains a possibility.

Defoe left White Hart Lane last January to move to Major League Soccer having penned a deal with Toronto FC , but has been heavily linked with a comeback with the likes of QPR and Leicester believed to be keen on a move for the 32-year-old striker.

Wilfried Bony Likely to Complete His Move to Manchester City In Next Few Days

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Wilfried Bony is likely to complete his move to Manchester City "in the next few days" and the Swansea striker is excited by the prospect of Champions League football.

The 26-year-old has been with the Liberty Stadium side since making a club-record £14million move from Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem in 2013.

DeAndre Yedlin Practices With Tottenham And Impresses In First Training Session

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Having recently swapped Seattle for north London, USA international defenderDeAndre Yedlin practiced with his new Tottenham teammates at the club's Hotspur Way training ground.

Yedlin made an immediate impact by showing his pace in training and scoring a goal. Watch the highlights here.

Spurs signed Yedlin in the summer from Seattle Sounders after his impressive World Cup showing, but the former Sounders man only had his work permit approved in December, seeing out the MLS season in the meantime.

New York Red Bulls Should Have Doubled Down On Mike Petke, Not Fired Him

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Mike Petke got out with his sanity intact. That's a remarkable achievement, considering the club he worked so long and so hard for.

Of course because he is Petke, with a thick New York accent, almost three hundred games played and coached for the MetroStars and Red Bulls, a young family and local roots bridging a deeply and fractured club together through different incarnations and torments, getting fired was the only way he would ever leave.

Martin Odegaard Training With Real Madrid Ahead Of Expected Move

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Late last night, reports began surfacing from Spain that Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard had arrived in Madrid with his father and agent ahead of a suspected move to the ten-time champions of Europe.

It is now understood that the 16-year-old has trained with Real Madrid's reserve squad and has been introduced to a handful of members of the first-team squad.

Luis Enrique Insists He Has Not Been Handed An Ultimatum From Barcelona

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Speaking ahead of his side's Copa del Rey first leg against Elche, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has denied claims that he has been handed an ultimatum by club officials. It has been reported that Enrique was told he needed to win his next two matches against Elche and Atletico Madrid and improve his relationship with players at the club or face the sack.

German International Defender Philipp Wollscheid Joins Stoke City on Loan

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes has completed his first signing of the January transfer window with the capture of Germany international Philipp Wollscheid.

The 25-year-old center-back has joined the Potters on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

The twice-capped defender currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen, although had spent the first few months of the current campaign on loan with Mainz.

Where to Find Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid On US TV and Internet; 3pm ET Kickoff Today

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Today's Copa del Rey game between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is being televised live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld.

Fernando Torres will make his return to the Atleti team since leaving the club in 2007 after coach Diego Simeone confirmed his start in the press conference earlier this week.

Romelu Lukaku’s Rescue Act The First Step On Everton’s Long Road To Recovery

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Gripped by the elation of a late Romelu Lukaku goal, the humdrum of Everton supporters slinking out of Goodison Park at the end of their third round FA Cup tieheralded a significant moment.

It'd be naive to brand it as a turning point and it certainly won't be a recipe for quick fix, but the Belgian's acrobatic finish capped off a display that could be a vital catalyst for the Toffees' recuperation process.

Steven Gerrard Discusses Joining LA Galaxy In New Interview [VIDEO]

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LA Galaxy has confirmed that Steven Gerrard will be its newest Designated Player in July. The Liverpool legend and captain will join the MLS club after Liverpool's 2014/15 season ends.

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy," said Gerrard.

Jesse Marsch to Replace Mike Petke as New York Red Bulls Head Coach, Says Report

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Former Montreal Impact Head Coach Jesse Marsch is set to replace the fired Mike Petke as the new head coach of the New York Red Bulls, according to a report by Empire of Soccer.

In a brief statement released by New York Red Bulls today, the club confirmed that Mike Petke will not return as the club's head coach in 2015.

Victor Valdes Agrees Deal to Join Manchester United on an 18-Month Contract, Say Reports

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Goalkeeper Victor Valdes has agreed a deal to join Manchester United on an 18-month contract, according tothe Manchester Evening News.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper was invited by manager Louis van Gaal to train with his squad while the Spaniard rehabilitated from a cruciate knee injury. The former Barcelona man would be available to United on a free transfer after resolving his contract dispute with AS Monaco.

Chelsea Have Contacted Lionel Messi’s Father Amid Growing Concerns Of His Son’s Happiness At Barcelona

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According to the Catalan radio station RAC1, Chelsea have contact Jorge Messi, father of Lionel Messi, to gain a better understanding of the player's situationat Barcelona.

For the past few months,the speculation has grownthat the relationship between Messi and manager Luis Enrique is fractured and has progressed beyond repair.

Bruce Arena Confirms Steven Gerrard Will Join LA Galaxy In July

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Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has confirmed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join the club in July.

In an interview with the LA Times, Arena revealed what is expected to be officially announced later on Wednesday.

"Steven Gerrard arrives in July and by then we will certainly have a plan available," Arena, who has led the club to three Major League Soccer titles in four years, told the newspaper.

Fernando Torres To Start Against Real Madrid In The Copa Del Rey

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Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone informed the media that he will start on-loan striker Fernando Torres against Real Madrid in Wednesday's Copa del Rey Round of 16 first leg at the Vicente Calderon.

While Simeone has stated that the 30-year-old forward is not in the kind of shape that he demands of his players, the Argentine boss feels that Torres has enough matches under his belt this season to merit a starting role in the Madrid derby.

Manchester City In Talks With Swansea to Sign Wilfried Bony

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Manchester City have contacted Swansea about striker Wilfried Bony, Press Association Sport understands.

But it is also understood that City's initial approach made since the weekend has not included them tabling an offer for the Ivory Coast international.

The Welsh club's record signing joined Swansea from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 for just under £14million.

Leicester City Sign Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer From Chelsea

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Leicester have announced the signing of veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer from Chelsea on a free transfer.

The 42-year-old has joined on a one and a half year deal and is likely to go straight into the team with regular number one with Kasper Schmeichel absent with a foot injury.

Schwarzer was third choice at the Blues behind Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech and had not played for the west London club this season.

Angel di Maria Return Can Help Louis Van Gaal in More Ways Than One

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Despite a laboured performance in parts, Manchester United will come away from the trip to Huish Park on Sunday buoyed not just by the result but also the return of the club's superstar, club record signing Angel Di Maria who marked his return to the first-team with a well taken goal in injury time.

Why Arsenal’s Dan Crowley is a Promising Talent for the Future

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While other Arsenal prospects such as Chuba Akpom, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Gedion Zelalem are beginning to receive playing time with the senior Gunners side, 17-year-old Dan Crowley could very well be the brightest young star out of the whole bunch. The teenage midfielder has drawn comparisons with fellow teammate Jack Wilshere and former Gunner Cesc Fabregas.

Jeff Plush Announced as the Women’s Soccer League Commissioner

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The National Women's Soccer League announced the hiring of Jeff Plush as the league's new commissioner Tuesday afternoon. The hiring comes three month after the league's inaugural commissioner Cheryl Baily, announced she would step down once her replacement was found.

Plush brings considerable experience from the men's side of the game having held several administrative duties across the soccer landscape.

Wesley Sneijder’s Agent Confirms Juventus Interest

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Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder is being strongly linked with a return to Serie A as mounting reports are confirming talks between Italian giants Juventus and the Turkish champions.

Yesterday, coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted his club was looking for a playmaking midfielder and would not rule out a possible move for Sneijder.

Steven Gerrard: No One to Blame Over Exit From Liverpool

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits had the club offered him a new contract last summer he would not be bringing an end to his long association with the Reds at the end of this season.

However, the midfielder insists he does not want to "point the finger" at anyone for his impending departure.

Lukaku Earns Replay for Everton After Draw Against West Ham

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku's added-time equalizer in the FA Cup tie against West Ham eased some of the mounting pressure on his manager Roberto Martinez.

The Belgium striker's smart turn and finish his fourth goal in as many matches for the Toffees against the Hammers earned a 1-1 draw and at the very least postponed another inquest into what is going wrong at Goodison Park.

Crests of Premier League Clubs Reimagined With Rival Team’s Colors

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Shudder the thought, but imagine what the crest of your favorite Premier League club would look like if it featured the colors of your team's closest rival.

Reddit user TheTruth1777has gone ahead and recolored the crests of 19Premier League clubs (except for Burnley; sorry Clarets) in the colors of the team's host hated rival.

Everton vs West Ham United, FA Cup 3rd Round: TV Times and Open Thread

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

Everton vs West Ham (FA Cup), 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go

One game today isnot being televised in the US, but where the action can be followed via online radio:

Scunthorpe United VS Chesterfield, 2:45pm ET

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

Men In Blazers TV Show is a Ratings Rollercoaster on NBCSN

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Depending on which way you look atthe numbers, the soccer cult TV show Men In Blazers is either a ratings disaster or a boost to NBCSN's late night and early morning programming. The truth probably lies someone in between.

After launching in September, the show averaged just 30,000 viewers for its first 3 episodes with a low of 24,000 watching its live September 22 episode.

Cord Cutter Soccer Fans Will Be Able to Get ESPN Soon Without a TV Subscription

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In excellent news for cord cutters, soccer fans will soon be able to get ESPN programming as a streaming service without needing a TV subscription.

For a subscription of $20 per month, customers will be able to receive ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT, ABC Family, CNN and 25-35other channels streamed to their computer, smartphone, tablet or set top box.

Bayern Munich And Real Madrid Leading The Race To Sign Wonderkid Martin Odegaard

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Stromsgodset midfielder Martin Odegaard is the currently most sought-after talent in football. For the past few weeks, the 16-year-oldhas been a guest of some of Europe's biggest clubs as they attempt sell theteenager on the benefits of signing with their side.

Barcelona, Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs haveshown the attacking midfielder their facilities and held training sessions with the starlet.

Barcelona Have Handed Luis Enrique An Ultimatum, Says Report

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Spanish radio stationCadena Copeis reporting that Barcelona have handed manager Luis Enrique an ultimatum following the firing of the club's director of football, Andoni Zubizarreta. This news comes on the heels of long-time servant Carles Puyol's resignation from his role with the club, as well as Barcelona's 1-0 defeat by Real Sociedad on Sunday night.

Arsenal Goalkeeper Szczesny Could be Fined £20,000 For Smoking in Showers, Says Report

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could be fined by the club following reports he smoked in the showers after the 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day.

Former Gunners midfielder John Jensen, a close friend of current assistant boss Steve Bould, alleged during comments made as a media pundit for Danish TV at Sunday's FA Cup third round win over Hull that the Poland international had been involved in a heated bust-up with manager Arsene Wenger and was subsequently dropped in favor of David Ospina as a result, a claim which Arsenal have denied.

Premier League Tactics Corner; Analyzing Liverpool’s Slight Defensive Improvements

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For about 55 minutes of Liverpool's contest with Leicester City on New Years Day, everything was going pretty well for Brendan Rodgers' team, and then Adam Lallana picked up a knock and everything went wrong.

Since a defeat to Manchester United and victory over Bournemouth in the League Cup quarterfinal, Dejan Lovren's place in the team was taken away, and the 3-4-2-1 has been working.

Book Review of ‘The Special One: The Secret World of Jose Mourinho’

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The boy genius gone wrong – this is a familiar theme in the soccer world. The hot-shot young manager slays every challenge he faces until he reaches the summit, the biggest challenge. Then inexplicably he fails, undercutting his genius and showing his soccer mortality. Some, like Brian Clough, bounce back when they find the kind of job they should have and retire geniuses.

Luka Modric Omission From Ballon d’Or Nominations Shows Flaws in The System

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As the Ballon d'Or announcement comes closer and closer, many have debated between Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer for the prestigious award. Looking further back, however, and the 23-man shortlist for the award seems to have its own flaws. A player many felt was unfairly left off the shortlist was Luis Suarez, after his scintillating season with Liverpool, in which he almost single-handedly guided them to the Premier League title.

FC Barcelona Director Andoni Zubizarreta Sacked and Manager Luis Enrique Could be Next

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FC Barcelona has begun this new calendar year in the same way that they ended the previous one: with a large number of questionable tactics and horrendous mistakes. But like many of us, they're doing their best to remedy the errors of the past.

Andoni Zubizarreta started the first full week of the new year in the worst way possible.

Wimbledon 1-2 Liverpool: Steven Gerrard is Desperate for FA Cup Glory

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is desperate to lead his side to glory in the FA Cup after inspiring them to victory over a spirited AFC Wimbledon.

The Reds battled into the fourth round of the oldest club cup competition following a 2-1 victory at Kingsmeadow, where their imperious captain scored twice and produced an all-round fantastic performance.

Draw For FA Cup 4th Round Announced; Cambridge Host Man United Among Highlights

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The draw for the Fourth Round of the 2014/15 FA Cup has been announced. The draw is as follows:

Southampton or Ipswich Town vsCrystal Palace
Cambridge United vsManchester United
Blackburn Rovers vsSwansea City
Chelsea vs Millwall or Bradford
Derby County vsScunthorpe United or Chesterfield
Preston North End vsSheffield United
Birmingham City vsWest Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa vsAFC Bournemouth
Cardiff City vsReading
AFC Wimbledon or Liverpool vsBolton Wanderers
Burnley or Tottenham Hotspur vsLeicester City
Brighton & Hove Albion vsArsenal
Rochdale vsStoke City
Sunderland vs Fulham or Wolverhampton Wanderers
Doncaster Rovers or Bristol City vsEverton or West Ham United
Manchester City vsMiddlesbrough

Ties to be played over the weekend of 24 and 25 January 2015.

Watch the Draw for FA Cup Fourth Round Live at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT [VIDEO]

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The draw for the Fourth Round of the FA Cup will be shown live on World Soccer Talk at 2:30pm/11:30am PT today via the video below.

The 2014/15 edition of the FA Cup will feature a string of lower division teams hoping to get plum ties against Premier League clubs. Wimbledon legend Lawrie Sanchez will help make the draw.

Wimbledon vs Liverpool, FA Cup Third Round: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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

Wimbledon vs Liverpool (FA Cup), 2:55pm ET, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go

One game today isnot being televised in the US, but where the action can be followed via online radio (talkSPORT, BBC 5 Live orregional BBC radio stations):

Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspur, 2:45pm ET

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

Liverpool Suffer Injury Blow as Adam Lallana Sidelined for a Month

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Liverpool will be without Adam Lallana for the next month due to a thigh injury, Press Association Sport understands.

The 26-year-old is beginning to produce the kind of performances which led the Reds to pay Southampton a reported £25million for his services in the summer.

Lallana scored a brace as Swansea were seen off 4-1 last Monday and started a sixth successive match in all competitions in the New Year's Day encounter with Leicester at Anfield.

Lukas Podolski Completes Loan Move From Arsenal to Inter Milan

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Arsenal have confirmed German forward Lukas Podolski has completed a loan move to Inter Milan for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.

The 29-year-old, who joined the Gunners from Cologne in the summer of 2012, had become frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities, often used as an impact player from the bench by manager Arsene Wenger.

Watch ‘The Crazy Gang,’ the Full-Length Documentary About Wimbledon FC [VIDEO]

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BT Sport recently premiered a brand-new documentary about Wimbledon FC entitled "The Crazy Gang."

The full-length documentary features exclusive interviews with most of the players who were The Crazy Gang and featured for Wimbledon in their famous FA Cup victory in the 1988 final against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.

MLS Digs a Deeper Hole By Spinning Frank Lampard Fiasco

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MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott dug MLS a deeper hole when he claimed today that he's not sure why the Frank Lampard deal got characterized as a loan and refused to admit that New York City FC fans got duped into buying season tickets despite the MLS club using Lampard as the face of its season ticket drive.

How the Over-Protective US Soccer Media Skews MLS Coverage

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Let me be the first to admit that objective journalism in the world of US soccer is difficult. Those who love the sport in this country and want to see it succeed tend to become cheerleaders for the US men's and women's national teams as well as the nation's top professional league, Major League Soccer.

Allardyce Predicts Winston Reid Departure at West Ham United

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes as things stand there will be "no future" for defender Winston Reid at the club past the end of the season.

The 26-year-old New Zealand international is out of contract in the summer, and as yet has failed to agree new terms with the Irons.

Allardyce, who takes his side to Everton in the third round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night, now feels the player has decided to further his career elsewhere, with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United having been touted as possible destinations.

Pellegrini Hoping James Milner Signs Contract Extension at Manchester City

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Manuel Pellegrini spoke of his desire to keep James Milner at the Etihad Stadium after watching the midfielder save Manchester City's blushes in their narrow FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Milner scored the second goal of his brace in injury time to send City through to the fourth round with a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Sky Bet Championship side on Sunday.

Wenger Happy With Arsenal Display Against Hull

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his side delivered a "serious performance" after the FA Cup holders secured their place in the fourth round with a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium over last season's beaten finalists Hull.

There were the expected sweeping changes for both teams, with England forward Theo Walcott making his first Arsenal start in a year since a serious knee injury, while Hull switched no fewer than 10 players from their Barclays Premier League win over Everton on New Year's Day.

Brendan Rodgers: Time for Others to Step Up Now Gerrard Is Leaving

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned his players they have to start learning to live without Steven Gerrard.

The 34-year-old captain will depart in the summer to pursue a new challenge in Major League Soccer, leaving a huge void behind him.

On so many occasions already he has carried the team but Rodgers said it is time for other players to start realising the responsibility now lies with them.

West Brom Striker Saido Berahino Ignoring Transfer Speculation

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Saido Berahino vowed he will ignore any transfer speculation and insisted he was acting "professionally" by not celebrating his FA Cup goal rush.

The West Brom striker hit four in Albion's 7-0 third round thrashing of Gateshead on Saturday but refused to crack a smile.

He scored an 11 minute hat-trick before grabbing his fourth at the death in Tony Pulis' first game as the Baggies' head coach.

Previewing The 2015 Asian Cup

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There have been 60 games, 258 shots on target, 408 shots off target, 103 goals, 84 saves, 112 yellows and eight reds. Those numbers, statistically at least, paints a picture of the qualification process for Asia's premier international football tournament the AFC Asian Cup.

For trivia fans the first Asian Cup was played in 1956 in Hong Kong and was won by South Korea with Israel as runners-up whilst the tournament itself (like the Africa Cup of Nations and the Copa América) is older than the European Championships.

Bait ‘n Switch (FA Cup and EPL Weekend Review Show)

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It's the busiest time of the English soccer season, and there's plenty to talk about from the past week as we have FA Cup and Premier League matches in the bag as well as the shady Frank Lampard deal, Steven Gerrard coming to America and much more.

But before we get to that, we want to congratulate World Soccer Talk listener Len Livingstone for winning the advance copy of the new book, 'The Special One: The Dark Side of Jose Mourinho.

Frank Lampard/New York City FC Fiasco Clouds MLS Progress Made Under Don Garber

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The past few weeks have been tumultuous ones for America's top professional soccer division. Instead of slowly transitioning the league's marketing to its new superstars and priming the way for its new high-profile clubs, the top office has instead been sidetracked by controversy. The Frank Lampard "will he or won't he" and "was he ever" has again thrust the league into the spotlight as "the retirement league" and not a growing global alternative to the traditional European power leagues.

Chelsea Finish With a Flourish Against Watford in FA Cup

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Chelsea powered into the fourth round of the FA Cup as second-half goals from Willian, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma completed a 3-0 victory over Watford.

The first half finished goalless and, with the Sky Bet Championship visitors enjoying moments of promise, tension was beginning to build on a freezing afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Sunday FA Cup Third Round Matches: TV Times and Open Thread

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After yesterday's debacle on FOX Sports, let's hope today's coverage is better.

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

Dover Athletic vs Crystal Palace (FA Cup), 8am, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester City vs Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Yeovil Town vs Manchester United (FA Cup), 10:30am, Fox Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Arsenal vs Hull (FA Cup), 12:30pm, Fox Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Games not being televised in the US, but where the action can be followed via online radio (talkSPORT, BBC 5 Live and regional BBC radio stations) are:

Sunderland AFC VS Leeds United AFC, 8am
Queens Park Rangers VS Sheffield United, 8am
Southampton VS Ipswich Town, 10am
Stoke City VS Wrexham, 10am
Aston Villa VS Blackpool, 10am
Chelsea VS Watford, 11am

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

FOX Soccer Begins 2015 Just The Way They Did in 2014 With Vast Improvement Needed

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After signing Alexi Lalas to a lucrative contract as the newest addition to FOX Sports, you would have hoped that the addition of the Hall of Famer would have boosted FOX's overallquality of its first soccer broadcast of 2015. Unfortunately, despite Lalas' positive debut, the remainder of the broadcast was classic FOX Sports with little to no insight, plenty of lame inside jokes and lots of missed opportunities to make the broadcast worth watching.

5 Questions For Liverpool FC Supporters About Gerrard, Balotelli, Rodgers and More

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As the calendar turns to 2015, things are not going as planned for Liverpool FC supporters.

Liverpool exited the Champions League after a series of poor performances in group play, Daniel Sturridgehas been injured the majority of the season, the new arrivals – most notably Balotelli – have yet to find their form, and after a disappointing tie with bottom-of-the-table Leicester City on New Year's Day, Liverpool finds itself in eighth place with 29 points.

John Carver Wants Newcastle United Job Despite FA Cup Defeat

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John Carver has publicly declared his interest in the Newcastle job for the first time.

Carver, speaking after the Magpies' 1-0 defeat at Leicester in the FA Cup third round, has been in caretaker charge of first-team affairs for the past two matches, while Alan Pardew's move away to Crystal Palace has been engineered.

Steven Gerrard Confirms He’ll Play in MLS After Liverpool Finale

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Steven Gerrard expects his final days at Liverpool to be "torture" but hopes to be packing his bags for America this summer having helped the Reds win at least one more trophy.

Gerrard announced on Friday he will be calling time on his 17-year Anfield career at the end of the season and he confirmed on Saturday that his next destination will be the United States although he has yet to finalize a deal with any club.

Saturday FA Cup Third Round Matches: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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The 2014/15 FA Cup tournament is the134th year the world's oldest knockout competition is taking place. While most of the mouthwatering FA Cup fixtures happen tomorrow through Tuesday, there are some standout games today where we could have some upsets on our hands.

Plus for viewers in the United States, today features the debut of Alexi Lalas as a pundit for FOX Sports.

Sean Dyche Appreciates Praise for Burnley Team

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Sean Dyche is pleased his Burnley side are beginning to be appreciated for more than just hard work.

The Clarets failed to win any of their first 10 games following promotion but in their subsequent 10 games they have won three times and drawn four more.

Their last two matches have both ended in notable draws, with Burnley fighting back from 2-0 down at Manchester City last Sunday and then coming from behind three times on Thursday in a 3-3 draw at Newcastle.

‘It Is Death or the Gladioli’ Remarks Van Gaal About Manchester United FA Cup Match

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Louis van Gaal dug out a favorite old phrase of his to remind his Manchester United players they will be fighting for their lives when they face Yeovil in the FA Cup on Sunday.

When asked to sum up the third round match against League One's bottom side at Huish Park, the United manager said: "It is death or the gladioli.

Lampard Extension at Manchester City is a Travesty For MLS

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Back in July, I wrote a column praising New York City FC's signing of Frank Lampard.

Except now, more than five months later, it's unclear if NYCFC ever really signed Lampard in the first place.

What we have here is a con for the ages. NYCFC unveiled a player that, in reality, signed with a different club.

FA Cup Third Round Match Previews And Predictions

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It's the third round of English football's most prestigious cup competition and indeed the oldest cup competition in world, the FA Cup. It's that time when the bigger boys in the Premier League are paired with the survivors from the earlier rounds to determine who will move on to the next stage.

I bring to you my picks and predictions for five of the best third round clashes.

Possible Striking Options For Tottenham Hotspur This January Window

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Tottenham Hotspur are coming into this year's January transfer window in a very good moment after a successful festive period where they picked up 10 points out of 12 culminating in that fantastic display against Chelsea on New Year's day.

This season was always going to be one of transition and at the start, there was little expectation of a top four finish from the Spurs fans.

Alan Pardew Excited to Come Home to Crystal Palace

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Alan Pardew wants to restore the spirit of his playing days after coming "home" to take over as Crystal Palace manager.

Pardew was released from his Newcastle contract on Saturday morning and signed a three-and-a-half-year contract to return to the club he served for four years as a player.

Premier League Stars Injured or Dropped For Weekend FA Cup Games

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The timing of this weekend's FA Cup matches couldn't be worse. Most Premier League squads are exhausted after 4 games in 10 days. And while the magic of the FA Cup is greater for lower-league teams, the Third Round of the FA Cup this weekend seems like a necessary evil. To make matters worse, there's also the threat of a FA Cup replay hanging over the teams' heads if they don't get a victory this weekend.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Week

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New year, new you, but still loads and loads of great soccer.

The dawn of a new year brings one of the most exciting weekends of the English football season—even if it is spread over five days this time round—as the FA Cup reaches the third round stage.

La Liga also gets going again this weekend after their domestic hiatus, with both of Spain's biggest sides facing tricky encounters away from home.

Dani Alves Says Barcelona Have Not Offered Him A Contract Renewal

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Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has told the Catalan dailySPORTthat he has not been offered a contract renewal by the club, with the defender's current deal set to expire in the summer.

The 31-year-old arrived back in Barcelona this afternoon after spending his holiday at home in Brazil and was immediately mobbed by reporters.

Winners and Losers of NBC’s Game-Changing Premier League Breakaway Debut

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NBC Sports launched its first-ever Premier League Breakaway Show on Thursday, which ended up being an attack on the senses as goals galore flooded in throughout90 minutes of soccer action.

Even for those soccer fans who were eagerly anticipating the debut of Premier League Breakaway on New Year's Day, few fans were prepared for the sensory overload of NBCSN's 2 hour broadcast.

Comparisons Between Lampard and Gerrard Continue to Run Deep Both On And Off the Field

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It is no small irony that after 24 hours of headlines about Frank Lampardthat the spotlight has passed to Steven Gerrard. After all, it's these two players who are forever inextricably linked in the minds of a generation of fans and journalists alike. Gerrard's decision to retire from the only club he has ever played for knocked the discussion of Frank Lampard's game-winning goal for Manchester City that brought his new club level with his old one atop the table out of the headlines.

Inter Milan Reach Agreement For Arsenal Striker Lukas Podolski, Say Reports

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is on his way to Inter Milan after the clubs reached an agreement which will see the German international join the Serie A side on-loan for the remainder of the season, according to reports from Italy.

Internazionale director Piero Ausilio is understood to have worked the deal out with officials at the North London club, and Podolski has also agreed to a drop in wages in order to expedite the process.

Where Are They Now: Previous Winners of Soccer’s Golden Boy Trophy

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Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling is Europe's latest recipient of the "Golden Boy" award. The award has been given since 2003 to the continent's finest player under 21-years-old.

Sterling inserted himself as a regular presence in both the Liverpool squad and the England team, earning a spot on the team that manager Roy Hodgson took to Brazil in 2014.

Stevan Jovetic Relishing Premier League Title Race Against Chelsea

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Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is relishing the champions' title battle with Chelsea.

City pulled alongside Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a dramatic 3-2 win over Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on New Year's Day.

Chelsea had an eight-point advantage over City in November but the two teams now have identical records, with 46 points and the same goals for and against tallies after 20 games.

Arsene Wenger Haunted By Arsenal Defensive Errors

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Manager Arsene Wenger believes his side must lay to rest their defensive "ghosts" before they can move forward in 2015.

The Gunners begin the defense of their FA Cup crown at home to Hull on Sunday having started the new year with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Southampton, which left them in sixth and three points off the Champions League places.

Building a Winning Team of Galacticos at Manchester United Poses Interesting Problems

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If you had to pin the blame for the current state of the soccer economy on one man, you likely wouldn't get much farther than Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez. He won his first tenure as president of the club on the back of a lopsided season that saw Madrid win the UEFA Champions League but finish a lowly seventh in Spain's La Liga.

Jose Mourinho Complains That Ref Phil Dowd Was Too Slow

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A seething Jose Mourinho invited scrutiny on the performance of referee Phil Dowd after witnessing his Chelsea side lose 5-3 at Tottenham in a result which wiped out their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs ended a 10-match winless run against the Blues, who now share the Premier League lead with a Manchester City side who have erased an eight-point deficit to Mourinho's men.

Watch Tottenham 5-3 Chelsea Match Highlights; Five-Star Spurs Stun Blues [VIDEO]

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Tottenham enjoyed an unforgettable start to 2015 as Chelsea were disposed of in remarkable fashion, with Jose Mourinho's side shipping five goals as the Premier League title race burst wide open.

Spurs have rarely had the bragging rights in this fixture just three times in 45 Premier League encounters, in fact but this was a night those inside White Hart Lane will not forget in a hurry.

Frank Lampard Is Better Off at Manchester City Than New York, Says Pellegrini

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed he could understand the frustration of New York City supporters after his victory in the fight for Frank Lampard's services.

City are set to keep the former England midfielder until the end of the season after deferring his move to their sister club in the United States.

Jose Mourinho’s Mind Games Backfire As Chelsea’s 8-Point Lead Is Erased

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Imparting a culture of victimization in his players is an old Jose Mourinho trick. An equally old trick of The Special One is to use the media to his advantage planting statements that give his side in an edge in upcoming matches. The Chelsea manager has historically said lots of provocative things in post-match that are simply mind games or emotional overreactions.

5 Possible Replacements For Steven Gerrard at Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces a challenge none of his predecessors have had to even consider replacing Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard's departure at the end of the season will leave a hole at Anfield in terms of midfield dynamism and leadership. It will be an opportunity for players such as Jordan Henderson or Joe Allen to step up but there could be other options.

Steven Gerrard to Leave Liverpool at End of Season

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to announce he is to leave his boyhood club at the end of the season, Press Association Sport understands.

The midfielder, who will turn 35 in May, is out of contract in the summer, but, despite being offered a new deal, he appears to have decided the time is right to leave and pursue a fresh challenge.

West Bromwich’s Ability to Hire Tony Pulis as Head Coach is a Coup for Midlands Club

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For years, it has seemed that West Bromwich Albion was content to be either a yo-yo club or barely scraping by to avoid relegation. Steve Clarke raised the club to unseen heights in the Premier League era finishing 8th in the 2012-13 season but was sacked before Christmas when 2013-14 didn't start off quite as well.

US Soccer Fans Reaction to Premier League Breakaway Debut on NBCSN

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NBCSN's launch of Premier League Breakaway has been a hit and a miss according to soccer fans in the US, but one consensus that seems to be unanimous is this: Rebecca Lowe, NO SPOILERS!

NBC Sports launched Premier League Breakaway today to give soccer fans a chance to see live and slightly delayed highlights of all of the action from 8 games across England being played from 10am-Noon ET.

Everything You Need to Know About NBCSN’s Premier League Breakaway

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"What is NBC Sports' Premier League Breakway show and what have they done with my Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool games?"

Have no fear. We're here to explain it all so you get the most out of the temporary new format or making sure you don't miss a minute of your favorite team today.

10 Biggest Soccer Stories of 2014

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The year 2014 included many major soccer stories, talking points and controversies. Here's a list of 10 of the biggest stories to come out of the beautiful game during the past 12 months.

1. Germany Wins Fourth World Cup

The Germans triumph during this summer's World Cup came down to defense.

Premier League New Year’s Day, Gameweek 20: TV Times and Open Thread

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Happy New Year to you and all of our readers and listeners. We trust that 2015 will be an exceptional year for you and your loved ones!

In the meantime, there's a full slate of soccer games on today — 10 in fact. And 8 of them will be played at the same time hence the reason why NBC Sports has decided to do the Premier League Breakaway broadcast.