World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2015

Seeing the Spurs-West Ham derby through the eyes of an American soccer fan

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If you tryto buy tickets for a Tottenham Hotspur Premier League match at White Hart Lane, you'llnotice that each game is priced into one of three categories based on the levelof the opponent. The category with the highest ticket prices contains many of the top teams in the league — notably Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Adam Johnson bailed in child sex probe after Sunderland suspended him

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Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

The England international was questioned by police on Monday following the allegation involving a girl who is believed to be 15 years old.

He has been suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Swansea dreaming of Europa League qualification

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Swansea manager Garry Monk admits he would love another taste of European soccer after moving into qualification contention.

Back-to-back wins over Manchester United and Burnley have taken Swansea into eighth place and to the 40-point mark in the quickest time in their Barclays Premier League history.

Police investigating another case of alleged racist abuse by Chelsea fans

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Police are examining mobile phone footage following reports of racist and abusive behavior by Chelsea fans on a train on Sunday night.

British Transport Police (BTP) said they were called to meet the London to Manchester train as it entered Stoke station, and asked four men to leave. Four others left of their own accord.

Real Madrid continuing to struggle against La Liga’s top clubs this season

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Earlier this season, Real Madrid were running past opponents at a record pace, as Carlo Ancelotti's side went on a 22-match winning streak in all competitions from October to December.

But lately the Spanish giants have been dealt some adversity. Player unrest, lackluster performances and injuries have taken a toll on the squad since the team returned from its winter break.

Soccer Morning (3.2.15) with guests Kris Heneage and Chris Kamrani

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests Kris Heneage and Chris Kamrani.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Sunderland’s Adam Johnson arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a minor

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Sunderland attacking midfielder Adam Johnson has been arrested in England on suspicion of sexual activity with a minor. The girl, not named, is a 15-year-old.

Police searched Johnson's property today, where they also found a loaded firearm at Johnson's £1.85 million mansion. However, it's understood that he has a permit to own the gun.

Villarreal motivated by recent results and ready for Barcelona clash on Wednesday

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Villarreal have continued to be one of the more entertaining teams in Spain this season.

Following a sixth place finish in 2013-14, second year coach Marcelino has targeted Champions League qualificationfor the Yellow Submarine, and his side are currently battling it out with Valencia and Sevilla for the coveted fourthposition in Spain.

Barcelona home shirt for 2015 leaked featuring ‘revolutionary’ hoops [PHOTOS]

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A photograph of Barcelona's revolutionary home shirt for the 2015/16 season has been leaked on the Internet.

At no time during the 115-year history of the club have Barcelona worn hoops. The club's shirt with its classic vertical scarlet and blue stripes is one of the most iconic jerseys in all of sports.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11am ET with Kris Heneage and Chris Kamrani

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests Kris Heneage and Chris Kamrani.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Criticism of Manuel Pellegrini unfair following defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini's tactics are once again being called in to question after his side suffered back-to-back defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool.

Fans and pundits have dissected the Chilean boss' formation choices against his past two opponents, with most agreeing the 61-year-old manager got his tactics wrong during both contests.

Brendan Rodgers’ transfer policy beginning to bear fruit for Liverpool

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For all his tactical nous and man-management skills, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is often criticized quite openly for his transfer market moves.

Luis Suarez, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling, who were all so impressive last season during Liverpool's ultimately-futile title charge, were all brought in before the current manager's appointment.

Tottenham Hotspur have cause for optimism despite League Cup final defeat

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The Capital One Cup final was revenge for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, as they almost totally neutered Tottenham's few advances and took advantage of their mental errors and injuries while cruising to a 2-0 win. Chelsea showed their experience, nous, and cutting edge that Spurs simply lacked. Maybe they'll gain those attributes one day, but in this match Chelsea showed that they are still one step above their London rivals.

PSG defender Marquinhos confirms interest from Barcelona and Manchester United

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Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has confirmed Barcelona and Manchester United tried to sign him last summer.

The Brazilian centre-back has been linked with both clubs with reports claiming Barcelona had a big-money bid rejected, while United had a £30 million offer turned down by the French champions.

Watch Arsenal 2-0 Everton match highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his side answered the critics by getting 'back to basics' after their midweek European nightmare to grind out a 2-0 victory over Everton and move back to third in the Barclays Premier League.

Wenger had slammed Arsenal's "suicidal defending" which cost them in a 3-1 home defeat by Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday.

Watch Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers savored "two wonderful moments" after long-range strikes from Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho earned a 2-1 win over Manchester City at Anfield.

Henderson rifled in an early opener and Coutinho, making a habit of scoring outstanding goals, provided the winner in the 75th minute after Edin Dzeko had brought City level.

Jose Mourinho elated to end Chelsea trophy wait against Spurs in League Cup Final

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Jose Mourinho was overjoyed to satisfy his hunger for silverware with a first trophy of his second spell as Chelsea boss following a 2-0 Capital One Cup final defeat of Tottenham at Wembley.

Captain John Terry's first cup final goal and a second-half own goal by Kyle Walker which Diego Costa is likely to claim saw the Blues prevail and Mourinho secure a third League Cup.

Barcelona official blasts current and former players; reveals club secrets

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During an interview with the Catalan NewspaperRegio 7, Carles Rexach criticized the eating habits of Lionel Messi, the managerial skills of Luis Enrique, passed judgement on current and former Barcelona players while revealingsome club secrets.

The interview took place last year, but the quotes have only now surfaced and were published earlier today by the Catalan dailySPORT.

Chelsea vs Spurs, Capital One Cup Final: TV times and open thread

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

League Cup Final (Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur), 11am, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Español,DishWorld, Sling TVandKlowdTV

SEE ALSO:

• Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

• Top 5 must-see soccer games this weekend.

Where to find Chelsea vs Spurs (Capital One Cup Final) on US TV and Internet

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If you're asking yourself "Where can I find the Capital One Cup Final between Chelsea and Spurs on television or Internet in the United States," here are all of the details you need.

There's only one TV network in the United States that has the rights to show the game live on television, and that's beIN SPORTS.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 27: TV times and open thread

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

Liverpool vs Manchester City, 7am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
Arsenal vs Everton, 9:05am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Jon Champion & Danny Higginbotham

READ— How to use NBC Sports Live Extra

SEE ALSO:

• Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

• Top 5 must-see soccer games this weekend.

Watch Burnley 0-1 Swansea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Swansea boss Garry Monk hailed his side's march to the magical 40-point barrier after their gruelling 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

Kieran Trippier's chaotic 54th-minute own goal proved enough for Monk's men to hit the mark with 11 games to spare and now he has his side's previous Premier League best of 47 in his sights.

Watch West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace match highlights [VIDEO]

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Alan Pardew hailed the "terrific" Glenn Murray after the Crystal Palace striker scored a brace in a convincing win at West Ham.

The 31-year-old scored two headers either side of a Scott Dann goal before being sent off for two bookable offenses.

Enner Valencia's first Barclays Premier League goal in four months reduced the deficit for West Ham but the 3-1 defeat means Sam Allardyce has now only seen his side win one of their last 10 league outings.

Watch Stoke 1-0 Hull City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes has accused Maynor Figueroa of making an "horrendous tackle" on Stephen Ireland during Saturday's 1-0 win over Hull, rating the challenge as worse than Ashley Barnes' on Nemanja Matic last weekend and hitting out at the officials for taking no action.

Hughes had to take Ireland off at half-time of the Barclays Premier League contest at the Britannia Stadium due to a calf injury the Potters midfielder sustained when being tackled by Tigers defender Figueroa just before the break.

Watch WBA 1-0 Southampton match highlights [VIDEO]

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West Brom took a giant leap towards safety after Saido Berahino condemned stuttering Southampton to a 1-0 defeat.

The striker scored his 17th goal of the season with a brilliant half-volley after just 70 seconds to settle the game.

The Saints dominated possession but rarely threatened the Albion goal as the Baggies kept their seventh clean sheet in 10 games under head coach Tony Pulis.

Watch Newcastle United 1-0 Aston Villa match highlights [VIDEO]

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Head coach John Carver was grateful for Newcastle's decision not to sell striker Papiss Cisse in January after he fired the club to their first home win of 2015 against Aston Villa.

The Senegal international was the subject of interest from the Middle East during the winter transfer window, but the Magpies hierarchy supported Carver's desire to keep him and were rewarded when he struck to secure a 1-0 victory at St James' Park with his 11th goal of the season.

Watch Manchester United 2-0 Sunderland match highlights [VIDEO]

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Wayne Rooney scored his first league goals in over two months to give Manchester United a 2-0 victory over 10-man Sunderland.

But while it was a good day for the United captain, referee Roger East had a Saturday afternoon to forget.

East faced post-match criticism for his decision to dismiss Sunderland's Wes Brown after awarding the spot-kick from which Rooney broke the deadlock.

Diego Simeone credits Fernando Torres for improving Atletico Madrid’s attack

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Diego Simeone has heaped praise on Fernando Torres by saying the striker's presence has improved the performances of forwards Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic.

Torres arrived in January and quickly settled back into his boyhood club, scoring a brace at the Santiago Bernabeu which helped knock Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey.

Luka Modric will not be in Real Madrid’s squad against Villarreal

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed midfielder Luka Modric will not be included in the match day squad against Villarreal on Sunday.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the league match, Ancelotti expressed that even though the Croatian has been training well with the first team, the game on Sunday is too soon for the influential playmaker.

Orlando City fans hope Charleston journey is first of many away trips in next several weeks

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Lastweekend, Orlando City's supporters made their first road trip to a match since the club made the jump from third division USL PRO to Major League Soccer, following the conclusion of the 2014 campaign. The preseason trip to Charleston for the Carolina Challenge Cup was actually the shortest road trip the Lions will make this season to face another MLS opponent.

Chelsea vs Spurs, Capital One Cup Final: Predicted lineups and team news

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Chelsea and Tottenham clash for the third time this season in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley on Sundayat 11am ET, live on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld in the United States.

Both sides have won one game apiece with the Blues pummeling their rivals 3-0 at Stamford Bridge before they were blown away 5-3 at White Hart Lane on New Year's Day.

Chelsea vs Spurs, Capital One Cup Final preview

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The last time Tottenham hoisted a trophy, it was just a shade more than 7 years ago. Their opponent: Chelsea. A 2-1 win in extra time in the 2008 League Cup Final was a crowning moment for Juande Ramos (who would have few others at the Lane), and turned out to be the club's only major honor in the 2000's.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 27: 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 Crystal Palace, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin
Man United vs Sunderland, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Andy Hinchcliffe
Burnley vs Swansea, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Garry Birtles
Newcastle vs Aston Villa, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Andy Walker
Stoke vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Trevor Francis
West Brom vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Tony Gale

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

SEE ALSO:

• Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

• Top 5 must-see soccer games this weekend.

Which soccer streaming service is best for you? fubo, Sling, DishWorld, KlowdTV or FOX Soccer 2Go

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For years, soccer fans in the United States have demanded the opportunity to watch what you want, when you want and how you want it. Instead of being tied to contracts with satellite TV providers or stuck with cable, now soccer fans have more choices than ever before to watch the greatest soccer games from around the world streamed to our computers, TV sets, smartphones, set top boxes or tablets.

Commentators for Premier League matches on NBC Sports, Gameweek 27

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

Saturday, February 28:

West Ham vs Crystal Palace, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin
Burnley vs Swansea, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Garry Birtles
Man United vs Sunderland, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Andy Hinchcliffe
Newcastle vs Aston Villa, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Andy Walker
Stoke vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Trevor Francis
West Brom vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Tony Gale

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

Sunday, March 1:

Liverpool vs Manchester City, 7am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
Arsenal vs Everton, 9:05am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Jon Champion & Danny Higginbotham

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

MLS rosters simply not good enough in CONCACAF Champions League

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MLS dreams of Champions League glory are about to go kablooey. Again.

Montreal remains alive in the ongoing CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, having played to a worthy draw at Pachuca earlier this week. A return leg against the Mexican club is set for next week.

But given the relative strength of the MLS clubs and based on 2014 performance, we all gave D.

David de Gea dismisses reports regarding a fractured relationship with Louis van Gaal

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea hasdismissed reports from earlier this week that claimed Louis van Gaal had not spoken to him"for months".

A story surfaced in the Spanish publication AS stating the Spain international's contract negotiations were in question due to a fractured relationship between the United manager and his number one.

Soccer Morning (2.27.15) on topics of MLS strike, Houston Dynamo & DC United

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests Darrell Lovell, Thomas Floyd and Dave Zirin.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Luis Enrique defends Dani Alves’ outburst after getting substituted versus Manchester City

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has defended right-back Dani Alves' emotional outburst following the player's second half substitution against Manchester City on Tuesday night.

TV cameras showed the Brazilian kicking a water bottle in anger splashing several people including a police officer as he made his way to the Barcelona bench upon being removed by Enrique.

Leaked photos of MLS team jerseys for 2015 season

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With just one weekto go until the start of the 20th MLS season, several high-profile kits have been leaked on social media for expectant fans to pour over, analyze and dissect.

World Soccer Talk gives you the run-down, and our take on each one of these jerseys which will be worn by the likes of Kaka, David Villa and (maybe) Frank Lampard.

How much do you pay for your cable or satellite bill?

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Cable and satellite bills are likeplane tickets. You could be sitting in Economy class as your plane is taxi-ingdown the runway, but the majority of passengers in the plane have paid a variety of prices for their seat — some more than you, some far less. But all of the Economy passengers are getting the same service, no matter what price they paid.

Europa League Round of 16: Draw, preview and predictions

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The UEFA Europa League is a competition that gets a lot of stick, but the last-32 of the tournamentdid plenty to endear itself to the watching soccer stratosphere. And the draw for the last-16 of the tournament has stirred anticipation once again, with some intriguing ties plucked out of the hat in Nyon, Switzerland earlier today.

Why the Premier League needs to fix deteriorating atmospheres in English stadiums

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One thing that stood out when tuning into the UEFA Champions League matches over the last couple of weeks was the thunderous atmosphere conjured by a plethora of sides involved.

Teams like Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus, Schalke, Paris Saint-Germain and Shakhtar Donetsk—at a stadium that wasn't even their own, no less—were afforded a stellar backdrop to some gripping matches as the fans looked to give their team the nudge needed to qualify for the next stage.

Romelu Lukaku’s goalscoring record makes criticism of the forward extremely harsh

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When it comes to Romelu Lukaku, the narrative amongst many supporters and pundits reads thathe isn't having a good time of things at Everton since his £28 million move from Chelsea last summer.

On the back of a disappointing World Cup for the burly Belgian, in the early stages of the Premier League season Lukaku resembled a ponderous presence at the point of the Toffees attack.

Barcelona move for Paul Pogba despite FIFA-imposed transfer ban, says report

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Barcelona have made contact with the agent of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba regarding a future move to the Catalan club, according to the Spanish publication Marca.

The newspaper reports under-fire club president Josep Bartomeu has made signing the France international a priority in an attempt towin favor with supporters, thus enhancing his chances for re-election this summer.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11am ET with Darrell Lovell, Thomas Floyd & Dave Zirin

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests Darrell Lovell, Thomas Floyd & Dave Zirin. Darrell Lovell is the Houston Dynamo beat writer for MLSSoccer.com, Thomas Floyd is the editor of Goal.com USA, and Dave Zirin is the sports editor for The Nation.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s potential is in danger of fizzling out at Arsenal

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In amongst the carnage of Arsenal's loss to Monaco in the UEFA Champions League, one curious facet of their display was the cameo appearance of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The England midfielder was brought on in place of Francis Coquelin at the base of the Gunners' midfield with the Gunners chasing the game.

Watch Besiktas 1-0 Liverpool match highlights (5-4 on penalties) [VIDEO]

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers did not look for excuses after his side lost to Besiktas on penalties on their return to the Ataturk Stadium.

The Istanbul stadium was the venue for their famous 2005 Champions League victory, also on penalties, but there was no repeat this time as Dejan Lovren missed the decisive last kick as the hosts won the shoot-out 5-4 after Tolgay Arslan had leveled the aggregate score in normal time.

Watch Fiorentina 2-0 Spurs match highlights [VIDEO]

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Roberto Soldado's embarrassing mistake was the "key" moment in Tottenham's Europa League exit, but Mauricio Pochettino had no regrets about playing the misfiring striker ahead of Harry Kane.

Having arrived in Florence with the last-32 clash level at 1-1, the Spurs head coach made seven changes with Sunday's Capital One Cup final against Chelsea (live on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld for viewers in the US at 11am ET) in mind.

Watch Everton 3-1 Young Boys match highlights [VIDEO]

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez hailed the quality of striker Romelu Lukaku who starred with two goals to help his side cruise into the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-1 win over Young Boys a 7-2 victory on aggregate.

Lukaku had proved the scourge of the Swiss side during the first leg of the last-32 tie in Bern last Thursday, the Toffees' £28million club record signing netting three times in their 4-1 victory.

Arsenal players more to blame for AS Monaco loss than Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal was dealt a major blow in the knockout phase of the Champions League on Wednesday night, as the Gunners were thoroughly beaten by Monaco 3-1 in London. With the Arsenal team not looking right the entire night, who is to blame for the massive letdown at the Emirates?

Since the loss, there has been an overwhelming amount of responsibility for the defeat on the shoulders of the Gunner manager, Arsene Wenger.

Reasons why the English Premier League teams are suffering in Europe

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The Premier League is regarded by so many as the best league in world soccer. But why then do Premier League teams struggle so much when they take their game to the continent? The English flag is being flown the highest by Everton, who are currently 12thin the Premier League table. Why can a team like Manchester City look so dominant on a Saturday and look so poor three days later?

7 reasons Manchester City keeps getting exposed in the Champions League

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Manchester City's defeat to Barcelonain the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesdaywas deja vu for most City supporters.

Here are7 reasons why Manchester City keeps getting exposed in the Champions League:

1- Tactical Naivety

Manchester City has built a deep squad to compete on multiple fronts in domestic competition.

Weekend betting preview for Capital One Cup Final and Premier League

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As the Premier League roars on toward its conclusion, this weekend also brings the small matter of 2015's first Cup Final to feast upon. Enhancing the excitement of the big games with a few wagers is an age old practice, and we're here to give you the ins and outs of where the money is hiding this weekend.

Luis Suarez says English media should show him more respect

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Luis Suarez hashit out atthe English media claiming they are out to get him and further stated they should show him some respect.

The Barcelona striker was speaking after his side's 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League Round of 16, a match which saw the Uruguayan score both of his club's goals.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke expected to return this weekend

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has resumed training and is set to return to Diego Simeone's lineupthis weekend against Sevilla.

The 23-year-old's last appearance was February 7th when he was substituted during the opening minutes of the Madrid derby after picking up a muscle injury.

Initially, it was expected Koke would be sidelined for up to fourweeks.

Robin van Persie expected to be sidelined one month with ankle ligament damage

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According to various reports out of England, Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is set to miss one month after suffering ankle ligament damage during last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Swansea.

Last Saturday, the 31-year-old forward left the Liberty Stadium on crutches while wearing a protective boot.

9 reasons why Premier League needs NBC for 2016-19 TV rights deal

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In the last year and a half, the Premier League has reached a new level of recognition and marketability in the United States. While to some it might appear this is simply part of a natural evolution toward more interest in the European club game, the reality is this push has come from the remarkable and unprecedented commitment that the NBC Sports Group has made toward aggressively promoting the Barclays Premier League.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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The destination of the first piece of domestic silverware in English soccerwill be decided this weekend with the League Cup final set to be played at Wembley on Sunday. That clash between two local rivals is just one of a surfeit of cracking games to savor this weekend.

In Italy, the top two sides go head-to-head, while in Spain the league leaders face a tricky task on home soil.

FOX scores biggest viewing audience ever for Champions League Round of 16 game

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FOX Sports scored its biggest viewing audience ever for a UEFA Champions League game on FOX Sports 1 when an average viewing audience of 779,000tuned in to watch Manchester City versus Barcelona match on Tuesday from 2:30pm-5pm ET.

The Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona game was the fifth most-watched sports event on cable on Tuesday, and achieved a 0.

Manchester United target Danilo given £30 million price tag by Porto president

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Porto president Pinto da Costa has slapped a £30 million price tag on right-back Danilo, according to the Spanish publicationAS.

The 23-year-old full-back is one of the most sought after defenders in Europe; with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain all expressing their interest in the talentedBrazilian.

Soccer Morning (2.26.15) with Stefan Szymanski and Andres Cordero

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests Stefan Szymanski and Andres Cordero.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Europa League Round of 32 2nd leg: TV schedule and open thread

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Here we go. Today's matches in the Europa League will decide which teams will make it into the Round of 16.There's a lot on the line for a number of clubs all of whom are dreaming of winning silverware with the added bonus of getting an automatic qualification into the UEFA Champions League for the winner of the tournament.

fuboTV adds beIN SPORTS to its online soccer streaming coverage

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fuboTV has announced that they've expanded their sportsportfolio to include beIN SPORTS to its online soccer streaming package.

beIN SPORTS is one of the leading sports networks in the United States for fans of the beautiful game. beIN has the exclusive TV and Internet rights to La Liga, Serie A, Ligue Un, Copa America 2015, Capital One Cup, Championship and more.

Why a long and bitter MLS strike is unlikely

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With eight days until the start of the Major League Soccer season and no sign of a deal between the players union and the league over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, MLS clearly risks a work stoppage at the opening of its 20th season.

All reports indicate that the issue of free agency is going to be the stumbling block that could lead to a player strike with the union insisting this is a right they are ready to fight for and the league adamant that they won't budge on the issue.

MLS success in Champions League would be great but not a game-changer; By Steve Davis

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Wouldn't it be just swell if D.C. United or Montreal, now halfway through their respective CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series, could actually advance and eventually win the thing?

Generally speaking, an MLS supporter wants to see MLS teams prosper in CONCACAF Champions League – even if that means holding their nose and rooting for rival clubs.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11am ET with Stefan Szymanski & Andres Cordero

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests Stefan Szymanski and Andres Cordero.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Francesco Totti expects reaction from AS Roma during a season-defining period

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AS Roma captain Francesco Totti says he expects a reaction from his team during what could be a season-defining periodfor the Serie A club.

Roma are preparing to take on Feyenoord in the second leg of the Europa League later today, with a showdown against Italian champions Juventus loomingonMonday.

FOX Sports names Rob Stone as presenter of Women’s World Cup coverage

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First, let me congratulate Rob Stone who has been named the primetime presenter for this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup, which will be televised by FOX Sports.

Second, sometimes you can't make this stuff up, but did David Neal, executive producer for FOX Sports' FIFA Women's World Cup coverage call Rob Stone a "little traffic cop" in the official press release to announce the news?

Video of couple having sex on Charlton’s pitch goes viral (NSFW)

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Charlton Athletic are investigating footage that appears to show two people having sex in the center circle of their Valley Parade pitch.

The footage, which has been leaked on Vine (see video below; warning it's NSFW), shows a couple engaging in sex on the halfway line.

The couple allegedly broke into the stadium of theChampionship club in south east London at night-time, with their actions being caught on closed-circuit TV.

Luis Suarez admits early anxiety during Barcelona goal drought

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Luis Suarez has admitted he suffered from anxiety as he struggled to score goals for Barcelona earlier this season.

Suarez had come under criticism for his lack of production in front of goal, with a section of fans and the media demanding more from the striker who Barcelona paid a reported £75 million for this summer.

FIFA’s Qatar decision will face backlash of growing club power

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FIFA's pending announcement to officially announce that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be moved to November-December has already caused shockwaves throughout the sport. Most importantly perhaps is its impact on the European club calendar and the knock-on impact the move of the World Cup will have on three different club seasons.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has never played in a competitive penalty shoot-out

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed he has never played in a competitive penalty shoot-out ahead of Sunday's Capital One Cup final against Tottenham.

Courtois is aiming to lift his first English trophy at Wembley, which would add to an already impressive collection that includes Primera Division, Copa del Rey and Europa League titles.

Brendan Rodgers confident ahead of Besiktas-Liverpool game despite injuries

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers may have left eight players at home but he remains confident what remains of his squad can get the job done against Besiktas in the Europa League.

The Reds return to the Ataturk Stadium, venue for their famous 2005 Champions League victory, holding a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie against the Turkish League leaders.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson in a precarious position with the club

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Would it come as a surprise if you were managing a small team of people in a large, multi-million pound company who had performed very poorly this year, so the owners decided to fire you? Probably not. What if they then re-hired you that very same evening, immediately after having informed all interested parties of the fact that your performance was unsatisfactory?

Palermo president reportedly threatened to kill Sampdoria’s president over player inquiry

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Sampdoria's president Massimo Ferrero has revealed to Sky Sport Italia that his Palermo counterpart, Maurizio Zamparini, recently threatened his life. The threat supposedly occurred over the potential transfer of Palermo midfielder (and captain) Edgar Barreto.

On the subject, Ferrero has stated, "Zamparini insulted me, made death threats and now he is frankly going over the line.

Watch Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Atletico Madrid match highlights [VIDEO]

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Speaking ahead of his Champions League Round of 16 tie, Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt said his side would have to play on another level to beat the reigning champions of Spain. But was confident his players would be able to execute his game plan tonight at the BayArena.

And so it became true in a closely fought match that Leverkusen won 1-0.

Watch Arsenal 1-3 Monaco match highlights [VIDEO]

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Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov returned to haunt Arsenal as Monaco secured a 3-1 win in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie at the Emirates Stadium.

The French side, whom Gunners boss Arsene Wenger guided to the Ligue 1 title in 1988, had been viewed as one of the weaker seeds for the knockout stages, but proved anything but as Arsenal failed to get out of first gear and were punished as Olivier Giroud had a night to forget, missing several good chances.

Luka Modric may be included in Real Madrid squad against Villarreal this Sunday

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is contemplating the re-introduction of Luka Modric into his match day squad on Sunday, when his team hosts sixth-place Villarreal.

Modric has been sidelined since November after picking up a hip injury on international duty with Croatia. The playmaker recently returned to full training, with the goal of a steady re-introduction to Ancelotti's match day squad.

Arsenal vs Monaco and Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid: TV times and open thread

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After two entertaining 2-1 matches in the UEFA Champions League yesterday, we have two more matches in store today with Arsenal hosting Monaco, while Atletico Madrid travels to Bayer Leverkusen.

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

Arsenal vs Monaco, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go

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—Get a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO to watch Champions League and Europa League matches.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez hits back at critics

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has hit back at what he feels has been some "cheap talk" about his players' efforts of late.

After pulling off a fine 4-1 Europa League last-32 first-leg victory over Young Boys in Bern last Thursday, Martinez's men returned to less-than-impressive Barclays Premier League form on Sunday, scraping a 2-2 home draw against bottom side Leicester.

Soccer Morning (2.25.15) with Peter Wilt and Leander Schaerlaeckens

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests Peter Wilt and Leander Schaerlaeckens.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morningfeatures interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Bayer Leverkusen coach says team must play on another level to beat Atletico Madrid

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Much has been made about Diego Simeone's tactics since the Argentine took control of Atletico Madrid three years ago. The club's playing style under Simeone has been called "barbaric" and "violent" by opposing fans and some members ofthe media.

Regardless of those opinions, what can't be questioned is the Spanish club's rise domestically and in Europe over the past three seasons.

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira could be heading to Schalke 04

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The future of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has been the subject of transfer speculation since it was learned the Spanish club will not renew the German international's contract.

Khedira's current deal is set to expire at the end of the season, and the player has been linked with moves to Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Liverpool over the past several months.

Concerns about switching World Cup 2022 to winter are overblown

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I don't like the idea of a World Cup in Qatar any more than ... well, any more than about 99 percent of the globe's soccer fans, as far as I can tell.

This apparent shift to a winter event is a tourniquet that stops the bleeding on one wound opened by FIFA's controversial choice; at least we won't remember the 2022 World Cup as the one where some poor player actually bursts into flames on the field.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET with guests Peter Wilt and Leander Schaerlaeckens

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests Peter Wilt and Leander Schaerlaeckens.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Diego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid are prepared for their latest challenge

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Diego Simeonebelieves Atletico Madrid's consistency and ability to accept new challenges will benefit the team during the knockout stages of the European tournament, speaking ahead of his side's Champions League Round of 16 encounteragainstBayer Leverkusen,

Simeone has always preached to his players to playevery match like it is a cup final, and the Argentine has not wavered from his philosophy and his team continually reflectthat ideology on the pitch.

FOX Sports trying to get Ian Darke for its World Cup 2018 coverage, says report

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FOX Sports tried to hire Ian Darke to be one of its commentators for the FIFA World Cup 2018, according to a report in The Big Lead.

The Big Lead reports that several sources confirmed that FOX Sports tried to do a swap with ESPN to procure Darke for the World Cup 2018. The website reported that "Between May and the announcement of [Katie Nolan's] new show a couple weeks ago, multiple sources tell The Big Lead that Simmons' attempt to acquire Nolan sparked trade talks.

talkSPORT plans to launch second radio station; What soccer fans can expect

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Popular UK-based sports radio station talkSPORT is planningon expanding itscoverage with the launch of a second sports channel.

talkSPORT has confirmed it is involved in one of the bids for a new UKdigital radio license. Ofcom, the UK government-approved regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal industries, hasasked the publicfor their feedback before making a decision on the outcome of talkSPORT's application.

Real Madrid midfielder Isco flourishing during Luka Modric absence

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Real Madrid supporters collectively held their breath when midfielder Luka Modric was ruled out for three to four months after suffering a hip injury on international duty in November.

The Croatian was vital to manager Carlo Ancelotti's side, providing a creative playmaking presence and tactical awareness in the center of the pitch for a team which would go on to win a Copa del Rey and Champions League title last season.

Clive Allen backs Harry Kane to hurt Chelsea in Capital One Cup Final

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Harry Kane can cement his place as a firm favorite among Tottenham fans by shooting down Chelsea in the Capital One Cup final, according to Clive Allen.

The 21-year-old striker has been in scintillating form for Mauricio Pochettino's side and their hopes of beating their London rivals for a first trophy since these two met in the same competition in 2008 arguably hang on the shoulders of the local boy.

The Greatest Teams: Chelsea FC 2004-2006

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Chelsea FC (4-3-3) Cech, Ferreira, Carvalho, Terry, Gallas, Makelele, Essien/Tiago, Lampard, Robben, Duff, Drogba/Gudjohnsen

Jose Mourinho made his name by winning the 2004 Champions League with FC Porto. The next step in his career would come at Chelsea, where he would win various domestic crowns, creating the greatest team in the club's history.

An England team for the future that will give supporters hope: Our dream starting XI

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After the umpteenth woeful soccer international tournament this summer in Brazil, the English media had a field day. No one and nothing survived the public's and journalists' scathing attacks in the papers, radio, television and internet; the Amazonian climate, the foreign players' influx into the Premier league, Roy Hodgson's methods, foreign managers, WAGs, the lack of proper training facilities, injuries, luck, the FA, the lack of a proper reserves' league, the British Government.

The curious case of Rafael and his increasingly uncertain future at Manchester United

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"Rafael is one of the club's brightest young prospects. He has no fear of playing and has great belief in himself. Rafael has all the attributes to become one of the best fullbacks in the world".

Those were the words of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2012 when Rafael signed a new contract securing his services till 2016.

Monaco will not be an easy ride for Arsenal, says Wenger

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Manager Arsene Wenger does not expect an easy ride as Arsenal aim to get past former club Monaco and secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in four seasons.

The Gunners found themselves unseeded for the knockout stages having finished behind Borussia Dortmund in Group D on goal difference, and so could have again faced one of Europe's big guns, as they did when coming up against German giants Bayern Munich who ended their hopes in the past two seasons.

Arsenal vs AS Monaco: Predicted lineups and team news

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Arsenal will attempt to end a run on four successive round of 16 defeats when they play host to Monaco in the first leg of their knockout tie on Wednesday (at 2:45pm ET on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2GO for viewers in the United States).

The Gunners finished second in Group D, level on points with leaders Borussia Dortmund albeit with an inferior goal difference while Monaco topped Group C with 11 points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, Zenit St Petersburg and Benfica.

Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini made familiar errors in naive display against Barcelona

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Manchester City looked as though they'd turned a corner in the Stadio Olimpico during their 2-0 win against AS Roma. Manuel Pellegrini and his team were happy to relinquish some initiative against a fine Giallorossi side, remained compact and when their opportunities arose, they seized them with a forensic incision; it was a long overdue, classic European performance from the men in sky blue.

Watch Juventus 2-1 Borussia Dortmund match highlights [VIDEO]

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Serie A league leaders Juventus took a vital 2-1 home win against Dortmund in the first leg of its Round of 16 match.

The teams will play again in two weeks, with Dortmund hanging on to the knowledge that its all-important away goal could make a difference in the return leg.

When the draw for the UEFA Champions League last-16 was made, the tie between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund was one that immediately stood out for a plethora of reasons.

Watch Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona match highlights [VIDEO]

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Luis Suarez struck twice on his return to England as Barcelona taught Manchester City another Champions League lesson with a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

But after being swept aside by a masterful Barca display in the first half, City at least gave themselves hope for the second leg of the last-16 tie as Sergio Aguero produced a brilliant reply.

Swansea director calls Louis van Gaal an arrogant bastard

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Swansea could take internal action against club director John van Zweden over remarks he reportedly made against Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Van Zweden is alleged to have insulted Van Gaal following Swansea's 2-1 victory over United at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, calling his fellow Dutchman an "arrogant b******".

Gary Neville: Louis Van Gaal shouldn’t be sacked if United don’t qualify for Champions League

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville expects the club to stand by manager Louis van Gaal even if they miss out on Champions League qualification.

The Dutchman succeeded David Moyes as United's permanent manager in the summer and despite an uneven campaign, they have put themselves in position to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

Manchester City vs Barcelona and Juventus vs Dortmund: TV times and open thread

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Today features one of the most mouthwatering days of Champions League Round of 16 matches with Manchester City looking for revenge on Barcelona, while Serie A giants Juventus takes on Borussia Dortmund.

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

Manchester City vs Barcelona, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Juventus vs Dortmund, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

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—Get a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO to watch the FA Cup and Champions League matches.

Mourinho vs Dyche; Burnley manager responds to Jose Mourinho claims

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The fall-out from Chelsea's draw with Burnley continued on Monday night as Sean Dyche responded to criticism of one of his players.

The Burnley manager was moved to film a 10-minute video interview which was published on his club's YouTube channel and was named 'Dyche brings balance to Stamford Bridge events'.

Chelsea appalled by FA’s decision to reduce Nemanja Matic ban to 2 games

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic's suspension has been reduced from three matches to two, the Football Association has announced.

Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker had caught the Blues midfielder high on his shin with a late tackle during Saturday's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.

Soccer Morning (2.24.15) with Dom Dwyer, Jeff Carlisle and Jamie Goldberg

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Today's Soccer Morning is a big, big show featuring special guests Dom Dwyer, Jeff Carlisle and Jamie Goldberg.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morningfeatures interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

The Sporting Kansas City striker, who also played for Orlando City and Norwich City, discussed the upcoming MLS season, last week's marriage to Sydney Leroux, and much more.

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique cautious of threat posed by Manchester City

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is leery of the threat poised by the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City and warned his side needs to change its mentality in the wake of their weekend defeat to Malaga, speaking ahead of today's Champions LeagueRound of 16first legagainst Manchester City,

"Things didn't come off against Malaga," Enrique said during his pre-match press conference.

Fernando Torres excited about Champions League debut for his boyhood club

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While Fernando Torres has previous UEFA Champions League experience with Liverpool and Chelsea making 53 appearances between both Premier League sides -Wednesday night will be the first time the Spanish forward will step on the European stage as a member of his boyhood club, Atletico Madrid.

Torres began his career with Los Colchoneros making his first team debut in 2001 at the age of seventeen.

Start your 7-Day free trial to FOX Soccer 2GO

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FOX Sportsis offering a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO so you can watch all of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League action and get a chance to give the streaming service a test drive.

With FOX Soccer 2GO, you don't need a TV subscription, so it's the perfect solution for soccer fans who (1) don't get FOX Soccer Plus or (2) are cord cutters.

Sky Sports will televise 2 MLS games per week to viewers in United Kingdom

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Sky Sports, the UK sports TV juggernaut, will televise two MLS games per week beginning with the 2015 season, revealed ESPN's MLS analyst and co-commentator Taylor Twellman.

No details have been announced yet by Major League Soccer or Sky Sports, but the move by Sky Sports and MLS will certainly help give the American top flight league more exposure and credibility in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland where the public has little awareness or respect for the league.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET with guests Dom Dwyer, Jeff Carlisle & Jamie Goldberg

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Today's Soccer Morning is going to be a big, big show featuring special guests Dom Dwyer, Jeff Carlisle and Jamie Goldberg.

The Sporting Kansas City striker, who also played for Orlando City and Norwich City, Dwyer will discuss the upcoming MLS season, last week's marriage to Sydney Leroux, and much more.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez returns to England a different player

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Luis Suarez's last appearance in England was during Liverpool's 2-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield, as the Premier League title race with Manchester City went down to the final day of the season.

City would go onto be crowned champions of England afterdefeating West Ham United 2-0 at the Etihad, while Liverpool and Suarez were left to rue the mistakes thathad cost them their first league title in 14 years.

Tottenham condemn vile anti-Semitic chanting by West Ham fans

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Tottenham have called for tough action against fans who were shown on a video clip chanting a "vile" anti-Semitic song.

The video (NSFW), filmed by a passenger on the London Underground, appears to show West Ham supporters chanting anti-Semitic songs before Sunday's 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.

Manchester City vs. Barcelona predicted lineups and team news

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Manchester City host Barcelona at the Etihad in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie for the second year in a row with the English champions looking for a favorable outcome this time around.

The Citizens are coming into this match with two wins on the bounce including the 5-0 demolition of Newcastle United at the weekend.

Moussa Dembélé is failing to fulfil his full potential with Tottenham Hotspur

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Mousa Dembélé's removal at halftime from the thrilling 2-2 draw between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United on Sunday was not surprising. His first half performance bordered on dismal. He failed to contribute meaningfully to attack and regularly conceded possession, most notably in the build up to Cheikhou Kouyaté's opening goal.

Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez set to play in Steven Gerrard’s testimonial match

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Former Liverpool strikers Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez have been tipped to return to Anfield next month to feature in Steven Gerrard's scheduled testimonial according to Spanish newspaper AS.

Torres in particular, enjoyed a fantastic partnership with Gerrard in his Liverpool days before his £50million transfer to Chelsea, a move that was said to have broken Gerrard's heart.

It’s time for Manchester City to stand up and deliver in Europe

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When Manuel Pellegrini was hired by Manchester City, he was charged with bringing stability to a squad that had little of it, and take the Etihad club to new heights. In his first season, he won a double, which included his team's amazing comeback from a substantial deficit to win the Premier League title and also helping City capture the Capital One Cup.

Watch Stuttgart fans console the players after loss to Borussia Dortmund [VIDEO]

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Bundesliga side Stuttgart slumped to a 3-2 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund with young defender Timo Baumgartl making the decisive error that cost Die Roten.

Dortmund's Marco Reus pounced on the 18-year-old's under-hit backpass in the 89th minute to score the decisive goal of the game that condemned Stuttgart to the very bottom of the table.

Rating three former Atletico Madrid strikers who play in the Premier League

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LaLigachampionsAtleticoMadridchurn out thefinestgoalscorers in world soccer year after year. Ever since Fernando Torres captained the club in 2007, the standard of strikers being produced has beenof the highest quality; far superior compared to other teams around the globe.

Three of these forwards arethe most feared in world soccer, andnow plying their trade in England they are competing againsteach other to become Premier League champions.

VfL Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost is one of Europe’s most clinical strikers

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There have been an array of top players to ply their trade in the top tier of Dutch soccer. Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, Zlatan Imrahimovic, Luis Suarez and Wilfried Bony, just to name a few. While the formerly mentioned Eredivisie top scorers went off to impress on bigger stages almost immediately, another former Golden Boot winner seemed to struggle in his first few seasons away from Holland, but is now raising plenty of eyebrows.

Bob Bradley is a fine coach and capable of securing a big European role

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Bob Bradley cuts an imposing figure on a touchline.

Booming voice. Chiseled features. Wilting stare. And you'd kill for his posture.

On Sunday afternoon, it was Bradley standing ramrod straight for 90 minutes on a clear, chilly Portland day, coaching his Norwegian outfit Stabaek in a friendly against the Chicago Fire.

Bayern Munich playmaker Arjen Robben is arguably the world’s third best soccer player

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When most athletes get to 30, they understand their athletic peak is coming to an end. Most teams in all sports leagues around the world start looking for successors to their superstars once they hit that benchmark. Or they sever ties with them similar to how A.C. Milan got rid of Andrea Pirlo. Arjen Robben won't go through that treatment anytime soon because he's currently playing better than he's ever been and has solidified himself as the third best soccer player in the world at the moment.

World Cup 2022 in Qatar edges closer to November and December

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World Cup 2022 in Qatar has taken a step closer to being held in late November and late December after a FIFA task force recommended shifting the global event from summertime to winter.

The task force's recommendations will be taken to FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich on March 19 and 20 for a final decision as to dates of the tournament.

No FA action against Burnley’s Ashley Barnes for Nemanja Matic foul

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Burnley's Ashley Barnes will face no disciplinary action for his challenge on Nemanja Matic, the Football Association has confirmed.

Barnes put in a full-blooded tackle on the Blues midfielder during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, leaving his foot up and studs showing as he made contact with Matic's leg.

Juventus looking to banish memories of 1997 match with Borussia Dortmund

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When the draw for the UEFA Champions League last-16 was made, the tie between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund is one that immediately stood out for a plethora of reasons.

Not only is this a game that harbors some historical significance—these two teams contested the 1997 European Cup final—but both sides are in intriguing predicaments coming into this two-legged affair.

Borussia Dortmund relishing return to UEFA Champions League competition

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The last time Borussia Dortmund appeared in the UEFA Champions League, they were in the midst of a horrifying run of form domestically. Jurgen Klopp's side were hovering slightly above the relegation zone in the Bundesliga,with injuries and poor performances the major reasons behind the team'sdemise.

Manuel Pellegrini believes Manchester City are better prepared for Barcelona

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team is "fresher" and performing at a higher level than they were at the same point last season, speaking ahead of his side's Champions League Round of 16 first leg,

A year ago, Barcelona advanced to the quarter-final of the European competition after dispensing with Manchester City by an aggregate score of 4-1 (including a 2-0 victory at the Etihad).

Chelsea make £5.5m profit after selling Thorgan Hazard to Monchengladbach

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Chelsea have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Borussia Monchengladbach for the transfer of attacking midfielder Thorgan Hazard on a permanent deal for a fee of around £5.8 million.

The 21-year-old signed for the Blues in 2012 for £366,539 alongside his brother Eden but was farmed out immediately to Belgian side Zulte Waregem where he spent the following two seasons on loan.

Soccer Morning (2.23.15) with guests Kris Heneage and David Amoyal

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In the Monday morning episode of Soccer Morning, we started the week off on a good note by catching up on the latest news and discussion, as well as a chat with guest Kris Heneage from ESPN FC and David Amoyal.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morningfeatures interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Roberto Martinez is setting dangerous precedent by persisting with Tim Howard

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There seems to be something quite taboo when it comes to dropping high-profile players in the current age. The power players have in the game means the slightest discrepancy or disagreement can prompt some unrest, a few public quotes and eventually maybe even a transfer away.

Throughout his career at Everton, Tim Howard hasn't ever showcased the traitsof a man who would kick up a fuss if he was left out of the XI.

Real Madrid finding their feet and grinding out results following derby defeat

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Real Madrid continued with their recent trend of grinding out results following the 4-0 derby day defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Leading up to the match against their city rivals, the reigning European and world champions' performances were dealing with adversity and had been less than convincing.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET with guests Kris Heneage and David Amoyal

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It's the Monday morning episode of Soccer Morning, so let's start the week off on a good note by catching up on the latest news and discussion, as well as a chat with guest Kris Heneage from ESPN FC and David Amoyal.

Many World Soccer Talk readers and listeners may remember Kris from his appearances on the World Soccer Talk Podcast as well as his articles for this site.

Lionel Messi looks to overcome his poor scoring record in England

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has dominated the vast majority of competition he has faced across the globe. But there is one place where the Argentine hashad a particularly difficult time finding the back of the net England.

Messi has played a total of ten games on English soil, scoring only twice.

Watch FOX Sports’ latest Women’s World Cup commercial [VIDEO]

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FOX Sports has premiered its latest promotional video ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Just like FOX's first Women's World Cup commercial, thenew videofocuses its attention on the US Women's National Team (are they the only sideparticipating in the 24-team tournament?).

The themeof this one is strange.

Watch Everton 2-2 Leicester City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Leicester were denied a vital victory in their push for survival as Everton grabbed a last-gasp equalizer at Goodison Park.

Leicester looked set to register their fifth win of the season when David Nugent and Esteban Cambiasso put them 2-1 up after Steven Naismith had broken the deadlock.

But with less than two minutes left Christian Atsu crossed for Romelu Lukaku, whose diving header flew past Mark Schwarzer after taking a huge deflection off Matthew Upson and the match ended 2-2.

Poor officiating overshadows a weekend of exciting Premier League soccer

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If it wasn't abundantly clear before this weekend, it should be now. The referees of the English Premier League are detracting from an otherwise great season of soccer. Normally when a team like Burnley steals points from a team like Chelsea away from home, that team gets its fair share of plaudits and admiration.

Instant replays not the solution after poor weekend of Premier League officiating

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The case for some sort of instant replay in the Premier League was made by Jose Mourinho on Sunday's surprising appearance on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday program. Following Kevin Friend's shocking first half performance in Southampton's loss at St Mary's to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, Mourinho's calls for replay seemed perfectly timed.

Watch Spurs 2-2 West Ham United match highlights [VIDEO]

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hit out at both the Tottenham players and referee Jon Moss after a late Harry Kane equalizer cost the Hammers another win at White Hart Lane.

The visitors, looking for a third straight win at Tottenham but just a second Premier League victory since Christmas, were deservedly leading 2-0 with just 10 minutes remaining thanks to goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho.

Watch Southampton 0-2 Liverpool match highlights [VIDEO]

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Brendan Rodgers accused Southampton of disrespecting their former players Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert after Liverpool's "outstanding" win at St Mary's.

An exceptional, early Philippe Coutinho strike and Raheem Sterling's second-half effort helped the Reds collect a seventh win in 10 league matches, moving them within two points of the top four.

Referee Kevin Friend faced barrage of criticism after Liverpool win against Southampton

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Referee Kevin Friend faced a barrage of criticism after a controversial display in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Southampton in the Premier League.

The Leicester-based 43-year-old turned down two early appeals from Southampton for penalties, either side of Philippe Coutinho's spectacular goal, after Filip Djuricic went down under Liverpool challenges.

Roberto Martinez defends poor Tim Howard display at Everton

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Roberto Martinez leapt to the defense of Tim Howard after the Everton goalkeeper put in another sub-par performance in the 2-2 draw against Leicester.

Howard was one of the stars of the World Cup last year, but his form has dipped considerably since he returned to England.

The American was dropped for Joel Robles at the turn of the year after making a number of mistakes and he was at fault again at Goodison Park on Sunday as Everton grabbed a lucky point thanks to an 88th-minute equalizer.

Referee horror shows (Premier League Weekend Review Show)

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It was a Premier League weekend filled with poor refereeing decisions as well as the race for the top four heating up with Arsenal and Liverpool winning, Manchester United and Southampton losing, while Spurs and West Ham drew.

In addition to discussing these points, host Nick Webster and guests Nicky Holender, Nate Abaurreau and Kartik Krishnaiyer chat about all 10 Premier League matches from the weekend including the tough times that Everton has been suffering from, Manchester United losing in Wales, and much more.

Carlo Ancelotti not concerned by Real Madrid’s failure to renew his contract

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In recent weeks, much has been made about Real Madrid's failure to extend manager Carlo Ancelotti's contract past June 2016.

Stories have surfaced in the Spanish press stating that the second year boss will not be offered an extension if the club does not win La Liga or a Champions League title.

Martin Odegaard scores first goal for Real Madrid in Castilla victory [VIDEO]

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Martin Odegaard scored his first goal for Real Madrid during the club's B side victory over Barakaldo.

The Norwegian wonderkid, who signed in January after a tremendous tug-of-war with numerous European clubs, has trainedwith both the senior squad and the reserves since his arrival in Spain.

Diego Simeone confirms contract renewal offer from Atletico Madrid

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Diego Simeone has confirmed that Atletico Madrid have begun negotiations to retain their manager past his current contract with the La Liga side, which is set to expire in June 2017.

Although no agreement has been reached between the coach and club, both parties are "excited" about their future together and the consensus is a deal will be finalized in a relatively short amount of time.

Southampton vs. Liverpool predicted lineups and team news

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Southampton host Liverpool on Sunday evening in a match that could have a big influence in the race to secure a top four finish.

The Saints have surprised everyone despite losing five of their best players and manager last summer and are very much in contention for a place in the Champions League after 25 matches.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 26: TV times and open thread

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

Tottenham vs West Ham United, 7am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Lee Dixon
Everton vs Leicester, 9:05am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin
Southampton vs Liverpool, 11:15am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux (international feed is Jim Proudfoot & Martin Keown)

READ— 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.

Jose Mourinho appears on ‘Goals on Sunday’ to discuss refereeing decisions [VIDEO]

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was coy with his comments following yesterday's controversial 1-1 draw with Burnley. During his post-match interviews, the Portuguese tactician would only comment on "four incidents" which took place during minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69 in Saturday's game at Stamford Bridge.

Watch Hull City 2-1 QPR match highlights [VIDEO]

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QPR captain Joey Barton added a red card and another moment of madness to his tainted CV as birthday boy Dame N'Doye delivered a dramatic 2-1 win for Hull.

Barton was dismissed for the ninth time in his career when he aimed a low blow at Tom Huddlestone as players clashed following a foul by QPR debutant Darnell Furlong.

Watch Chelsea 1-1 Burnley match highlights [VIDEO]

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Jose Mourinho launched a thinly-veiled attack on referee Martin Atkinson after Chelsea's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

The turning point of the match unfolded in the 70th minute when Nemanja Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes to the ground in response to a nasty one-footed lunge from the forward.

Watch Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United match highlights [VIDEO]

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Swansea completed their first-ever league double over Manchester United to dent the Red Devils' hopes of finishing in the Champions League places.

The Welsh club had won 2-1 at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season but a repeat looked unlikely when Ander Herrera fired United into a 28th-minute lead.

Watch Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United match highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester City warmed up for Tuesday's visit of Barcelona in style by crushing Newcastle 5-0 on a perfect day for the Barclays Premier League champions.

City led from the second minute as they cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the table to five points by demolishing the Magpies at the Etihad Stadium.

Watch Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal match highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

The Gunners went ahead through an early penalty from Santi Cazorla following a trip by Pape Souare on Danny Welbeck, which the Palace bench protested had been just outside the area.

Referee Mark Clattenburg and his assistant were central to another big call on the stroke of half-time when Welbeck was waved onside and Olivier Giroud netted a second from the rebound after the England forward's shot had been blocked.

Watch Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Stoke dramatically spoiled Tim Sherwood's debut as Aston Villa boss after Victor Moses' injury-time penalty gave them a 2-1 win at Villa Park.

The winger was brought down by Ron Vlaar who was sent off to win it for the Potters at the death.

Scott Sinclair had headed Villa in front only for Mame Biram Diouf to level just before the break.

Watch Jose Mourinho’s 30-33-43-69 interview [VIDEO]

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was furious after his team lost a 1-0 lead against Burnley to tie the match 1-1 in a controversial game where Burnley's Ashley Barnes should have been red carded for a foul on Nemanja Matic.

Instead, Matic retaliated to Barnes's foul and pushed the player over.

Watch Ashley Barnes foul on Nemanja Matic and the subsequent Chelsea red card [VIDEO]

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Chelsea's troubled week ended in further controversy when Nemanja Matic was sent off as Burnley plundered a late 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.

Matic was shown a straight red card by referee Martin Atkinson for pushing over Ashley Barnes after taking exception to a nasty one-footed lunge from the forward.

Carlo Ancelotti targets March return for midfielder Luka Modric

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Speaking ahead of his side's encounter with Almeria on Sunday, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti informed the mediahe is targeting a March return for midfielder Luka Modric.

The Croatia international returned to first-team training this week after being sidelined since November with a hip injury suffered during his country Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.

Real Madrid refused chance to sign Paul Pogba for £22 million last year, says agent

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Despite signing a contract extension with Juventus, midfielder Paul Pogba is still being heavily linked with a move away from the Italian champions. The France international extended his agreement at the Turin club in October in a deal which ties him to the Serie A side until June 2019.

The player's agent, Mino Raiola, would later disappoint Juventus supporterswhen the hetold the Italian publicationGazzetta dello Sportthat Pogba would likely leave the reigning champions of Italy "this year or the next".

What does goalkeeper Shay Given bring to the Irish national team?

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The 38-year-old Aston Villa keeper retired from international duty, following a disappointing Euro 2012 but has since come back to the Irish set up under Martin O'Neill. Many of the Irish supporters were delighted at the prospect of the legendary goalkeeper returning, but does the veteran actually benefit the squad?

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli deserves credit for his upturn in form

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I'm a big big fan of Mario Balotelli. There, I said it!

Having supported Liverpool ever since I can remember, the arrival of the big Italian was extremely pleasing. Still only 24 years of age, Super Mario has experienced plenty of ups and downs throughout his life.

At the age of three, Balotelli's biological parents took the decision to hand their son over to foster parents.

Tim Sherwood’s claim to have a Tottenham Hotspur legacy is laughable

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Tim Sherwood thinks he has a legacy. How cute. Yes, he introduced the world to Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane. For that, we should all be thankful. Yes, he won many games as Tottenham Hotspur manager, but had just as many brain-melting moments on and off the pitch. And just days into his tenure at Villa Park, he's had more.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 26: TV times and open thread

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

Chelsea vs Burnley, 10am, NBCSN, NBC Universo & NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Tony Gale
Swansea vs Man United, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Barry Horne
Aston Villa vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Iain Dowie
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Ray Houghton
Hull vs QPR, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Dean Sturridge
Sunderland vs West Brom, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; David Stowell & Andy Walker
Manchester City vs Newcastle, 12:30pm, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

READ— Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand 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.

Over half a million people watched PSG vs Chelsea on FOX Sports 1

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FOX Sports 1′s coverage of the 1-1 draw between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea on Tuesday was viewed by an average audience of 501,000 people, making it FS1′s most-watched Round of 16 match ever, and the fourth most-watched Champions League match on FOX Sports overall.

The game posted a +27% rise over Manchester City-Barcelona on the same match day in 2014 (395,000).

Commentators for Premier League matches on NBC Sports, Gameweek 26

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

Saturday, January 31:

Chelsea vs Burnley, 10am, NBCSN, NBC Universo & NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Tony Gale
Swansea vs Man United, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Barry Horne
Aston Villa vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Iain Dowie
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Ray Houghton
Hull vs QPR, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Dean Sturridge
Sunderland vs West Brom, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; David Stowell & Andy Walker
Manchester City vs Newcastle, 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, February 1:

Tottenham vs West Ham United, 7am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Lee Dixon
Everton vs Leicester, 9:05am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin
Southampton vs Liverpool, 11:15am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux (international feed is Jim Proudfoot & Martin Keown)

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

Interview with Daniel Nyari, graphic designer and illustrator, about art and soccer

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One of the aspects of soccer that truly makes it the Beautiful Game is the subset of artists, graphic designers and illustrators who create remarkable pieces of art that permeate the sport we love and consume. One such artist is the talented Daniel Nyari, who has added a fresh perspective to the global game through his unique illustrations.

Diego Simeone reiterates Atletico Madrid’s goal is Champions League qualification

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Following their 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo last weekend, experts have all but written off any chance of Atletico Madrid retaining their La Liga title this season.

The setback at the Balaidos left the reigning league champions seven points adrift from first place Real Madrid, with no more matches left to play between the city rivals.

James Milner doubtful for Manchester City-Barcelona game after injuring knee

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Manchester City midfielder James Milner looks doubtful for next week's Champions League clash against Barcelona with a knee injury.

The England international has been ruled out of Saturday's Barclays Premier League date with Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium (live on NBC at 12:30pm ET for viewers in the USA) and will be assessed before Tuesday's glamor encounter.

Soccer Morning (2.20.15) with guest Brian Sciaretta

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It's the Friday episode of Soccer Morning, which means there's more time than usual for listener calls and discussion with guest Brian Sciaretta.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morningfeatures interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Confidence is high at Manchester United insists Louis van Gaal

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Manager Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United are finally starting to get their swagger back.

United face Swansea on Saturday for the first time since they ruined Van Gaal's debut in the home dugout at Old Trafford six months ago.

United went into the opening weekend of the season on the back of a perfect pre-season campaign in which they beat the Los Angeles Galaxy, Inter Milan, Roma, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Valencia.

John Terry on course to secure one-year contract extension at Chelsea

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Chelsea captain John Terry is on course to secure a one-year contract extension, but Jose Mourinho has refused to comment on reports he is close to agreeing fresh terms on his own deal.

Terry stated after Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Paris St Germain that he would like to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge knowing that club policy is to only grant single season deals to players over 30.

Pressure is on Wilfried Bony to make immediate impact against Newcastle and Barcelona

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Wilfried Bony's addition to the Manchester City lineupshould help the Blues improve the rest of the season. But a question that will beg itself from here on out is whether the Ivorian striker is worth £28 millionin January since City appears unlikely to collect any silverware this season.

Sergio Aguero scored twice in the 4-1 rout of Stoke at the Britannia last week.

Luis Enrique coy when asked if he will rest players prior to Manchester City

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique would not tiphis hand when asked if he would rest playersagainst Malaga, prior to his side's Champions League Round of 16 first leg match versus Manchester City next week.

The Barcelona boss, who overlooked first-team training at the newly-named Camp Tito Vilanova this morning, went on to say that he would have to take into account the amount of games his players will be participating in over the next short period of time.

Jose Mourinho couldn’t handle pressure at Real Madrid says former president

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Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon said he believed the pressure to succeed at the Santiago Bernabeu was too much for Jose Mourinho, he revealed during an interview with BBC World Service.

For all his domestic and European successes while coaching in Portugal, England and Italy, the current Chelsea manager found it extremely difficult to reach the expectations of him at the giant Spanish club.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET with guest Brian Sciaretta

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It's the Friday episode of Soccer Morning, which means there's more time than usual for listener calls and discussion with guest Brian Sciaretta.

Sciaretta will discuss Hamburg defender Ashton Gotz (could he play for the USMNT?), the Julian Green situation, and Seb Hines moving to Orlando.

Also, some of the headlines that Soccer Morning will discuss today include:

•Liverpool beats Besiktas 1-0 in Europa League,
•Everton crushes Young Boys 4-1 in Switzerland Romelu Lokaku leads way with hat trick,
•Celtic executes two comebacks to draw Inter 3-3,
•Jack Wilshere set for return from injury this weekend, and
•Chelsea ban three fans in racism probe.

Thierry Henry returns to Arsenal in coaching role

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Arsene Wenger confirmed former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry had been back at the club this week working with the Academy as part of his first steps into a coaching career.

"It is good for our young players to be coached by him, a legend of the club," said Wenger.

Asked if the French World Cup winner could one-day replace him as Arsenal manager, Wenger replied: "That would not be my problem, it would be a problem of the board to make that decision.

Sam Allardyce refuses to listen to suggestions he’ll be replaced at West Ham

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Sam Allardyce insists he is turning a blind eye to any speculation over his future at West Ham and is remaining calm about his contract situation.

The Hammers boss is out of contract at the end of the season but has already said he is happy to wait until then to open talks over extending his four-year tenure at Upton Park.

Watch Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina match highlights [VIDEO]

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Roberto Soldado's best moment in a Tottenham shirt was quickly followed by one to forget as he unnecessarily gave away the free-kick which allowed Fiorentina to secure a draw and what could prove a decisive away goal in this Europa League tie.

This encounter is the first of six vital fixtures Mauricio Pochettino's side face over a testing 17-day period, which includes the mouth-watering prospect of Capital One Cup glory against rivals Chelsea (live on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld on March 1 for viewers in the United States).

West Bromwich Albion refuse to rule out possibility of selling club to right buyer

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West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has refused to rule out selling the Baggies to the right buyer.

The Hawthorns chief remains committed to the Baggies but would be open to offers.

Albion have announced pre-tax profits of £14.7million for the year ending June 30, 2014 and are looking for fresh investment.

Unsavory racist incidents plaguing European soccer demand strict response

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European soccer has a distasteful history of racism from inappropriate comments by high-profile officials, to public displays by fans, to on-field altercations between players. Perhaps more glaring than the incidents themselves is how they no longer seem shocking. A front page featuring prejudiced quotes and incidents of discriminatory behavior seem an inevitability every season.

Complete list of the last English goalscorers for each Premier League club

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Listed below are the last English goalscorers for each Premier League club. Perhaps surprisingly, Aston Villa, Everton, Hull City, Southampton and Chelsea round out the top five clubs that have gone the longest without an English player scoring a league goal.

Arsenal Theo Walcott, February 10th 2015 (nine days).

Europa League Round of 32 leg 1 match report: Celtic 3 Inter Milan 3

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Parkhead played host to a thrilling first leg Europa League tie between Celtic and Inter Milan. John Guidetti was the hero, with the substitute's late goal earning Celtic a more than deserved draw in a match where defending certainly didn't come out on top.

Like many of the fixtures in this season's Europa league the draw stirs up a historical narrative.

The Round of 32 Europa League ties showcase excitement a potential growth of the competition

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With four arguably stale and largely predictable first leg ties in the books in the UEFA Champions League, continental focus shifted to the Europa League on Thursday. What the day threw up in terms of 16 different Round of 32 ties, was great goals, excitement and unpredictable scorelines.

Celtic's late draw with Inter Milan in Glasgow grabbed many of the headlines but several of the other matches were every bit as exciting and dramatic.

Barcelona rename training field ‘Camp Tito Vilanova’ in honor former manager

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FC Barcelona have officially renamed their first team's training field 'Camp Tito Vilanova' in honor of the club legend who passed away in April 2014.

Vilanova began his playing career in Barcelona's youth system before moving on to numerous La Liga clubs during his senior career. The native of Catalonia went on to work as an assistant coach under former Barca boss Pep Guardiola before ultimately taking control of the club in 2012.

Watch Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas match highlights [VIDEO]

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Substitute Mario Balotelli continued his penchant for late interventions with an 85th-minute penalty to give Liverpool a slender advantage to take to Istanbul in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Nine days ago he came off the bench at Anfield to score a crucial winner against Tottenham and did the same against Besiktas, this time at the Kop end after taking the ball away from team-mates Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge to take the spot-kick.

Steven Gerrard accuses Balotelli of disrespect in Liverpool penalty incident

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Steven Gerrard accused Mario Balotelli of showing "disrespect" for taking the penalty which earned Liverpool a 1-0 Europa League win over Besiktas ahead of Reds captain Jordan Henderson.

Balotelli tucked away the spot-kick to earn the hosts' a narrow first-leg lead, but only after an apparent disagreement with Henderson, the captain on the night, and Daniel Sturridge over who would take it.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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The Premier League takes center stage once again this weekend and there are three standout matches to sample.

While the race for the title in England's top flight is becoming increasingly one-sided, there's still an outside chance of a fightback. But the chasing teams face a difficult challenge in front of their own supporters this weekend.

Watch Young Boys 1-4 Everton match highlights [VIDEO]

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Everton look as good as assured of a place in the last 16 of the Europa League after a fine performance against Young Boys on the Swiss outfit's artificial pitch saw Romelu Lukaku notch a hat-trick and the Merseysiders claim a 4-1 first-leg victory.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez had stressed before the game that his players were "ready" for the challenge having prepared by training on a similar surface back home, but it looked as if they might be in for a troubled evening at the Stade de Suisse when the hosts took a 10th-minute lead through Guillaume Hoarau.

Luka Modric returns to Real Madrid first team training

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Luka Modric returned to first team training today during a condensed session thatfollowed Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Schalke 04 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday.

Modric has been missing from the squad ever since the Croatia international picked up a hip injury during his country's Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy in mid-November.

Chelsea suspend three fans for alleged involvement Paris train incident

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Chelsea Football Club have suspended three fans for their alleged involvement in the racial incidentwhich took place in a Paris train station earlier this week.

Following the club's hard-fought 1-1 draw with French champions, Paris Saint-Germain, a shocking video went viral showing a group of Chelsea fans preventing a black man from boarding a train.

Soccer Morning (2.19.15) with James Montague and David Cartlidge

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning featured guests James Montague and David Cartlidge as they discussed the UEFA Champions League results from yesterday, the Palestine national soccer team as well as the turmoil in Egyptian soccer.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morningfeatures interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Europa League Round of 32 1st leg: TV schedule and open thread

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With a UEFA Champions League place available for the first time for the winners of the Europa League this season, the often-ignored tournament has taken on a whole lot more relevance given that the stakes have been raised.

There are so many European heavyweights left in the tournament that it's going to be difficult to find the winner.

Despicable racist comments by Arrigo Sacchi are another sad example of Serie A decline

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Arrigo Sacchi's comments that "there are too many colored players" in Italian youth teams is the latest in a series of racism cases that have emerged in Italian soccerbut it is arguably the most revealing.

The Italian game is in the midst of a dramatic decline and it is sometimes easy to forget that it was not so long ago that Italy's Serie A enjoyed an image as Europe's most stylish and sophisticated league matching the country's global (and self) image.

Luis Figo proposes expanding the World Cup to as many as 48 teams

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Former Ballon d'Or winnerLuis Figo released his manifesto at a Wembley press conference today as he prepares to challenge Prince Ali Bin Hussein, Michael van Pragg and incumbent Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA.

During his press conference, the ex-Barcelona and Real Madrid player stated he would like the World Cup format to be expanded to as many as 48 teams with non-European clubs benefiting from a larger tournament.

Liverpool and Southampton: The numbers behind 2 of the form teams in the Premier League in 2015

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No team has encapsulated the re-energized transformation a new year can bring quite like Liverpool have in recent weeks.

The revitalized Reds are the only unbeaten Premier League team in 2015 and have claimed 14 of a possible 18 points one more than current league leaders Chelsea and five more than second placed Manchester City.

Listen to Soccer Morning at 10am ET with guests James Montague and David Cartlidge

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests David Cartlidge and James Montague to discuss the latest soccer news and talking points.

Cartlidge will discuss Real Madrid's 2-0 win against Schalke in the UEFA Champions League among other topics, while Montague discusses the increase in soccer violence in Egypt, and the mess that the country's top sport is in.

Tim Howard plays down speculation of a move back to MLS this summer

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Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has distanced himself from speculation linking him with a move back to the MLS this summer.

The 35-year-old caught the imagination of American fans and pundits with a series of eye-catching displays for the United States at last year's World Cup.

Howard's heroics were not enough to prevent his side bowing out of the competition at the last-16 stage in Brazil, but they did earn him a phone call from President Barack Obama and ever since he has persistently been linked with a move back to his home country.

PSV admit Memphis Depay will leave this summer; Could he be heading to Manchester United?

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Speaking ahead of his side's Europa League Round of 32 encounter with Zenit St Petersburg, PSV Eindhoven manager Phillip Cocu has admitted that winger Memphis Depay will leave the club this summer.

Depay has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United reportedly being tippedto sign the talented 21-year-old Holland international.

Bundesliga considering schedule changes to compete with Premier League

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Despite the public display of opposition to the television model used by the Premier League by supporters of FC Bayern Munich this past weekend (see below), it now appears thatthe German Bundesliga iscontemplating a scheduling change to compete with England's top flight.

According to a report published by ESPN FC,the Bundesliga are looking at ways they can maximize the value of the league and thus negotiate a lucrative new contract with television companies.

What is Swansea City’s best formation?

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After the departure of top scorer Wilfried Bony to current champions Manchester City, the Swans have struggled to score goals.

In fact, in their last 12 matches, Swansea City have not scored more than one goal during a match, scoring only three times in their last five matches. So who can provide the goals now Bony has gone?

David Moyes leading Premier League clubs in the race for Danny Ings

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Burnley striker Danny Ings is Real Sociedad coach David Moyes' number one transfer target, and the Scottish manageris currently leading the race to sign the talented 22-year-old goalscorer.

According to numerous reports,Ings is being tracked by a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham but Moyes has already flown the striker to San Sebastian in order to hold face-to-face negotiations with the player and his agent.

Fabio Capello defends Atletico Madrid; Says soccer is not for wimps

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Former England boss Fabio Capello defended the tactics used by Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid by saying the reigning La Liga champions were not a "violent" team and that the sport is not for "wimps."

The comments come during an interview with Spanish radio. Capello, who is currently the coach of Russia's national team, has also managed some of Europe's top clubs: AC Milan, AS Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid.

Europa League Round of 32: Preview and TV schedule

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A quick look at the teams involved in the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League this season and you'd be forgiven for thinking this was a Champions League draw.

While the top tier of European soccerwill rightly hog the spotlight in the days to come, the Europa League represents an intriguing sub-plot.

Everton without 8 players for Europa League game against Young Boys

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Leighton Baines and Aiden McGeady are among eight Everton players not to have made the trip to Bern for Thursday's Europa League last-32 first leg against Young Boys.

As well as Baines and McGeady (both knee), the traveling party is also missing Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar and Arouna Kone a trio in action for the under-21s side this week as they worked on their fitness plus Tony Hibbert (unspecified).

Sergio Busquets renews contract with Barcelona until June 2019

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Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has renewed his contract and will remain at the club until June 2019, with an additional year as an option. An official announcement is expected in the coming days.

The deal was completed earlier today, and part of the agreement allows the player to control his image rights which will propel him into the same salary bracket as Lionel Messi, Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta.

How to watch La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and more online with KlowdTV

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If you're like many soccer fans who want to watch La Liga games on beIN SPORTS and Bundesliga matches on GolTV, but can't find the networks anywhere on your television guide, there is now a solution to the problem.GolTV, which has seen its channel removed by both Comcast and DirecTV over the last year or two, and beIN SPORTS —which is difficult for many soccer fans to find on their cable system —has recently come to an agreement withKlowdTVto stream content online.

Soccer Morning (2.18.05) discusses Champions League & Real Salt Lake with Janusz Michallik and Craig Waibel

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning featured guests Janusz Michallik and Craig Waibel as they discussed the UEFA Champions League results from yesterday, the games today as well as the latest developments at Real Salt Lake.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morningfeatures interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Schalke vs Real Madrid and Basel vs Porto, TV times and open thread

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After two draws in yesterday's action in two close encounters, we have another two matches in store today with Basel against Porto and Schalke 04 versus Real Madrid.

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

Schalke 04 vs Real Madrid (Champions League), 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN Deportes
Basel vs Porto, 2:45pm ET, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

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—Get a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO to watch the FA Cup and Champions League matches.

Sling TV FAQ: Streaming HD-quality soccer games to your computer, phone and tablet

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Since the news about Sling TV was announced in January,we've received a lot of questions about the service, what it means for soccer fans and how it works, so instead of continuing to reply to each comment or e-mail individually, we thought it'd be more helpful to share theanswerswith everyone in this public post.

Sling TV offers ESPN and beIN SPORTS to sports fans and cord cutters

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Sling TV, a brand-new online streaming service, is now available that provides sports fans and cord cutters with access to ESPN, beIN SPORTS and more than 20 other network channels.

The service is available in the United States and nocable or TV subscription is required. All you need is an Internet connection, $20 month for the basic package (or $25 for the basic package plus the sports package) and a device to play it on.

Pochettino unfazed by Tottenham’s 6 games in next 17 days

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Tottenham face the unenviable task of playing six vital matches over the next 17 days, but Mauricio Pochettino is confident they have the wherewithal to succeed.

The Argentinian's start to life at White Hart Lane was not straightforward, but the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea on March 1 (live on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld for viewers in the US) offers him the opportunity to end his first season at the helm with silverware.

MLS owners have leverage in CBA talks with resolute Single Entity structure in place

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To hear this disaffected Major League Soccer player tell it, hope is all but lost. Sounds like the gap between what players want in collective bargaining and what the league may be willing to concede is too vast, and some sort of work stoppage creeps toward maddening inevitability.

"We feel like we've made a huge effort to be reasonable, to propose things that are within the confines of the single-entity structure.

UEFA requires Real Madrid to wear pink shirts against Schalke 04 today

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Real Madrid were preparing to have their players wear the club's alternative black kit with a dragon pattern on the shirt for tonight's Champions League Round of 16 first leg against Schalke 04.

But since the away kit is too similar to Schalke's home shirt, UEFA have required the reigning champions of Europe to don their pink kit instead this evening at the Veltins-Arena.

Listen to Soccer Morning live at 10am ET with guests Janusz Michallik and Craig Waibel

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests FOX Sports analyst and commentator Janusz Michallik and Real Salt Lake Technical Director Craig Waibel to discuss the latest soccer news and talking points.

Former USA soccer player Michallik will discuss yesterday's UEFA Champions League results as well as today's matches in Europe.

Paulo Sousa wants Basel on the front foot against high-flying Porto

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Later today, the majority of viewers will likely be tuning into see how the defending European champions, Real Madrid, fare against Schalke 04 during their Champions League Round of 16 first leg in Gelsenkirchen.

But the most entertaining gameof the day will not feature Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, it will be the matchup between Swiss champions Basel and the high-flying Portuguese side, FC Porto.

Carlo Ancelotti confident Real Madrid will return to previous heights

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti believes his team needs to start playing well again and is confident they will take steps towards improving recent performances this evening against Schalke 04.

The Italian boss was speaking ahead of his side's Champions League Round of 16 first leg in Gelsenkirchen.

Download the World Soccer Talk apps for Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets

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World Soccer Talk now has brand-new apps available for Android and Apple iOS devices so you can read the latest news and opinion pieces from us on your smartphones or tablets.

The apps are free. You can download the World Soccer Talk app for Apple iOS devices via the iTunes store.

Of if you have an Android phone or tablet, you can get the World Soccer Talk app for Android devices via the Google Play store.

Chelsea fans stop black man from boarding Paris train; sing racist taunts [VIDEO]

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Unfortunately for the majority of Chelsea fans, tonight may not be remembered for their club's hard-fought 1-1 draw against the French champions, Paris Saint-Germain.

A shocking video has gone viral showing a portion of Chelsea supporters stopping an unidentified black man from boarding a Paris train.

UEFA Champions League isn’t the same without Manchester United

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We all wait eagerly as the Champions League cleans out the cobwebs, wipes off the dust from its boots and prepares to restart after a short break. As any soccer fan will tell you, the yardstick by which we rank Europe's elite is fast becoming the world's premier soccer competition. The search for Champions League glory is one of the main reasons why teams spend incomprehensible amounts of money on players.

Sampdoria’s hopes of European qualification fading after poor run of form

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Sampdoria were Serie A's surprise package team in the early part of the season. However, since the end of January, things have begun to come undone for the Ligurian side

Winless in their last five matches in all competitions, Sampdoria are preparing to face their city rivals Genoa in the Derby della Lanterna this weekend.

Is Tim Sherwood the right man for struggling Aston Villa?

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Following the sacking of Paul Lambert last week, Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has acted quickly and appointed former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood as the new man in charge at Villa Park. Tim Sherwood is known for his slightly unorthodox method of management and his willingness to give youth a chance, in this piece I am going to investigate whether he is the right man for the job at Aston Villa.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to justify MLS’s flawed Single Entity policy

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On Twitter, I have seen more and more MLS pundits sitting firmly behind the MLS Players Union, wanting to see them hold strong and fight for free agency.

This is an interesting position for these pundits, who over the years have been quite staunch in a belief that I would characterize as "MLS Knows Best.

GQ meets Howler: Review of ‘Associated,’ the new soccer magazine

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Soccer in America has forever been the domain of those who enjoy combining philosophy and sport. Until the recent growth of MLS, soccer fans tended to gather in their corners of the internet and often try to create enclaves of sophistication; it was not enough to cheer for the sport as an American football or basketball fan would, but soccer fans needed to assign the game a philosophical meaning.

The case of Ander Herrera playing a more pivotal role for Manchester United

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In the last few years, Manchester United has preferred to play wingers and forwards in center midfield over actual central midfielders. Going back to the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson's era, the legendary Scot famously picked the likes of Rafael, John O' Shea and Ji-Sung Park ahead of Paul Pogba in the center of the park.

The predicament facing Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur as they juggle domestic and European duties

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For Spurs, their Europa League campaign continues Thursday against Fiorentina. For Liverpool, another campaign begins at Anfield against Besiktas. Both are in similar league positions, form, and a similar predicament how seriously do we take the Europa League when we could still finish in the top four?

MLS championships odds are out; See who the books favor

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Since the L.A. Galaxy ushered in the Designated Player era with David Beckham's ballyhooed signing back in 2007, we have all argued about whether spending big for stars was "essential" or merely "helpful" in the MLS title chase?

Oddsmakers have just provided a little more food for thought in the ongoing debate.

Roberto Di Matteo believes Schalke 04 will have a winner’s mentality against Real Madrid

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Schalke 04 coach Roberto Di Matteo says that his side will be going for the win against Real Madridduring tomorrow's Champions League Round of 16 first leg in Gelsenkirchen.

Even though Di Matteo feels that the reigning European champions will be heavy favorites against his German club, he is urging his players to stepon to the pitch at the Veltins Arena with a "winner's mentality".

Watch PSG 1-1 Chelsea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Stubborn resistance and a Branislav Ivanovic header earned Chelsea a 1-1 draw in the Champions League last-16 first leg with Paris St Germain at Parc des Princes.

Jose Mourinho's men are well placed to advance to the quarter-finals after Ivanovic netted a vital away goal, although Edinson Cavani equalized and PSG showed enough for Chelsea to be wary in the second leg on March 11.

PSG vs Chelsea and Shakhtar vs Bayern; TV times and open thread

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After a break of 69 days, the UEFA Champions League returnstoday with the beginning of the Round of 16 featuring Paris Saint-Germain against Chelsea and Shakhtar vs Bayern.

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

Paris Saint-Germain vs Chelsea, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

MORE:

—Get a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO to watch the FA Cup and Champions League matches.

Shakhtar Donetsk coach says his team will be heroes if they beat Bayern Munich

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Shakhtar Donetsk have not played a competitive game since the turn of the New Year. In fact, the Ukrainian champions' last match was on December 14thagainst Porto onmatchday six of the Champions League. Since that time, Shakhtar have competed in venues outside of its war-torn country (Spain, Croatia and Brazil).

Soccer Morning discusses World Cup 2026 TV rights and Liga MX (February 17, 2015)

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning featured guests Eric Gomez and Jonathan Tannenwald as they discussed Liga MX, while Tannenwald chatted about the latest FIFA news regarding FOX Sports being handed the 2026 World Cup TV rights.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morningfeatures interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Lazar Markovic gets 4-match Europe ban

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Lazar Markovic has been handed a four-game ban from European football, Press Association Sport understands.

The Liverpool winger was sent off in the Reds' final Champions League group game against Basle in December for catching Behrang Safari in the face with a flick of his hand.

Markovic has been given an extra game on top of the normal three-match ban for violent conduct because he was sent off playing for Benfica in a Europa League match last May.

Diego Simeone admits starting Griezmann, Mandzukic and Torres was a mistake

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Diego Simeone has admitted that his decision to startthe forward combinationofAntoine Griezmann, Mario Mandzukic and Fernando Torres against Celta Vigo was a mistake.

The Atletico Madrid manager was short on attacking threats for the La Liga contest due to an injury to midfielder Koke, and because of the suspensions of Arda Turan and Raul Garcia.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Chelsea; Predicted lineups and team news

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Chelsea travel to Paris for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie against French outfit Paris Saint-Germain in a repeat of last year's quarter-final.

The Blues were beaten 3-1 at the Parc des Princes on that occasion but went on to qualify after Demba Ba scored a late goal at Stamford Bridge to give Chelsea a 2-0 home win, whichsent the English side through on away goals.

Watch Soccer Morning live at 10am ET with guests Eric Gomez and Jonathan Tannenwald

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features all of the latest news and discussion as well as guests Eric Gomez and Jonathan Tannenwald.

Gomez will discuss Liga MX, while Tannenwald will chat about the latest FIFA news regarding FOX Sports being handed the 2026 World Cup TV rights.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.

UEFA Champions League TV schedule, previews and free streaming links

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Happy Champions League Day! One of the most exciting days in the soccer calendar is today with the Round of 16 kicking off as the best teams in Europe begin their battles to reach the quarter-finals of the world's number club competition.

To make sure you're on top of everything UEFA Champions League related, here's the TV schedule, previews, fantasy soccer game and details on how to watch the games for free on your smartphone, computer or tablet:

UEFA Champions League Round of 16 TV schedule

For viewers in the United States, here's the Champions League TV/Internet schedule as of press time.

Wayne Rooney proves that simulation is more entrenched than ever in English soccer

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England manager Roy Hodgson had a chance to make a stance of sorts on diving during his television appearance for the BBC during Manchester United's 3-1 win over Preston North End in the FA Cup last night.

Granted, not an emphatic, abrasive stance—nobody really expected the England manager to lambast his national teamskipper Wayne Rooney for a blatant act of simulation—but to be as dismissive as Hodgson and indeed Phil Neville both were about Rooney's tumble said plenty.

Martin Odegaard omitted from Real Madrid’s Champions League squad

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has selected his 20-man squad which will travel to Gelsenkirchen for the Champions League Round of 16 first-leg match against Schalke 04, and a surprise omission from the team is Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard.

Odegaard wasa major transfer target this winter, with all of Europe's top clubs attempting to persuade the 16-year-old to join theirsquad.

Swansea could close US investment deal by next month

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Swansea could receive American investment as early as next month, club director Huw Cooze has revealed.

The Barclays Premier League club have been in talks with American businessmen John Jay Moores and Charles Noell since last autumn with the former owners of Major League baseball team the San Diego Padres set to make a significant cash injection in return for a 30 per cent stake in Swansea.

Barcelona sign one-year TV deal with Telefónica worth £104 million

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Earlier today, Barcelona announced they have broken off an eight-year relationship with the Catalan-based multimedia company,Mediapro,and have signed a one-year television deal with Telefónicareportedly worth £104 million (140 million euros).

Telefónicais Spain's largest telephone company and the third biggest operator in the world with divisions in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

MLS is growing at an exceptional rate and bringing it closer to the world’s elite leagues

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Major League Soccer is constantly being lambasted as a retirement league a comfy setting where older players in the twilights of their careers can earn good paychecks, while experiencing famous cities like Seattle, New York and Los Angeles (no bias there, just a Pacific Northwest native writing about football).

Reasons why Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is the best in the world

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Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, and Carlo Ancelotti are considered to be some of the best managers in the world. At the Ballon D'or this year, Joachim Loew won the Coach of the Year Award after leading Germany to the World Cup title. Yet, despite this, it must be remembered that these managers are in control of some of Europe's top clubs with resources available to compete at the very top.

Understated Olivier Giroud giving Arsenal a vital edge to their attacking play

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At first glance, Olivier Giroud's stylistic make-up means he probably shouldn't be flourishing in this Arsenal team.

The Gunners' clutch of elusive, incisive attacking midfield players would typically be suited to a sharp, nippy centre-forward; a player who can loiter on the shoulder of the last defender before latching on to a scything through ball.

Watch Preston 1-3 Manchester United match highlights [VIDEO]

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Wayne Rooney ended his goal drought as Manchester United came from behind to beat Preston and set up a mouth-watering FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.

After watching Bradford take their second Premier League scalp of the competition on Sunday, United were wary of falling victim to another upset and they feared the worst when Scott Laird put Preston ahead.

Arsenal faces winner of Preston-Man United in FA Cup quarter-finals; Full draw of FA Cup 6th Round

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The draw for the 2014/15 FA Cup quarter-finals has concluded, and here's who will be matching up against each other in March for a chance to go to Wembley.

Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers
Bradford City vs Reading
Preston or Manchester United vs Arsenal
Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion

The draw was conducted live on television by England manager Roy Hodgson and Brian Finney, the son of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney, ahead of the Lilywhites' Fifth Round tie against Manchester United.

Win up to $20,000 in the Draft11.com Champions League fantasy game

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After a break of 69 days, the UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday, February 17 with the prospect of several exciting number of Round of 16 1st leg games to be played through February 25. Take your pick from Chelsea against Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona versus Manchester City, Juventus vs Dortmund or any of the other 10 teams who will play across Europe.

Preston North End vs Manchester United, FA Cup 5th Round: TV times and open thread

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The final FA Cup 5th Round match of the weekend kicks off today as Preston North End battle Manchester United at Deepdale. Sir Alex Ferguson will be in attendance, so expect to see a lot of camera shots of him in the crowd.

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

Preston North End vs Manchester United (FA Cup), 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

MORE —Get a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO to watch the FA Cup and Champions League matches.

Soccer Morning featuring guests Paul Tenorio and Stefan Uersfeld (February 16, 2015)

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Today marks the first episode of Soccer Morning that was beamedlive as a podcast as part of our partnership with the leading daily soccer show in the US.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morningfeatures interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Champions League preview, predicted lineups, TV schedule and predictions

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The knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League typically churns out some of the most dramatic soccer matches of the entire campaign and we don't have to wait long until the last-16 gets underway.

This season's competition is packed with quality, as the remaining sides look to plot their path to theBerlin final on June 6.

Luis Enrique poised to break Pep Guardiola’s consecutive win record at Barcelona

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Since falling 1-0 to Real Sociedad, Barcelona have now won 11 straight matches in all competitions and closed the gap on league leaders Real Madrid to a single point.

Following yesterday's 5-0 win over Levante, manager Luis Enrique was informed that he had tied Pep Guardiola's club record for consecutive wins which has stood since the 2008-09 campaign.

Clint Dempsey and Alex Morgan model the new USA away shirt for 2015 [PHOTOS]

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New photographs of USA's away shirt for 2015 have been leaked on the Internet, featuring images of Clint Dempsey and Alex Morgan modeling the blue away kit.

Nike has a penchant for trying new designs for the USA that push the envelope (remember the "Bomb Pop" and sashes?), and this year's away shirt is certainly unlike anything else we've seen in soccer before.

Watch Soccer Morning live at 10am ET with guests Paul Tenorio and Stefan Uersfeld

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Today marks the first episode of Soccer Morning that we're broadcasting live and making available on demand as a podcast as part of our partnership with the leading daily soccer show in the US.

Today and moving forward, you can listen to Soccer Morning live here or via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.

Tim Sherwood says taking the Aston Villa job was a ‘no brainer’

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New boss Tim Sherwood wants Aston Villa to lose the fear factor and called taking the job a "no-brainer".

The 46-year-old was unveiled at Villa Park on Monday after signing a deal until 2018 to replace the sacked Paul Lambert.

Sherwood watched Villa beat Leicester 2-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday and went into the dressing room at half-time to deliver a team-talk with the score 0-0.

AC Milan owner rejects $1.1 billion bid for majority stake in club

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This morning, Thai businessman Bee Taechaunbol of Country Group Development and rights owner of Global Legends Series (GLS) Bangkok confirmed that he had made an offer of one billion euros ($1.1 billion or£741 million) to buy a majority holding in Italian giants AC Milan.

Bee confirmed his move in Bangkok this morning saying he wanted to buy more than a 50% stake in the Serie A side, but not whole ownership of club.

FA Cup upsets and EPL sackings (Premier League Weekend Review Show)

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In another crazy week in English football, we had everything from Paul Lambert being sacked at Aston Villa and replaced by Tim Sherwood to Bradford City knocking Sunderland out of the FA Cup, and much more.

To dissect the week's biggest stories, Nick Webster is joined by Nicky Holender, Nate Abaurreau and Robin Burt.

English giants Manchester United poised for 2015 three-match USA summer tour

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This summer of 2015 Manchester United look set to play in a short three-match tour of America. This summer's trip to the United States looks likely to take place on the East Coast with possible targets in Atlanta, Ohio, and New Jersey.

While talks are still continuing on settling on specific destinations this is a step that should please both fans and Louis van Gaal.

Bayern Munich surpass Real Madrid as Champions League favorites

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Before the start of the season, Real Madrid were joint-favorites with Bayern Munich to win the Champions League.

Once the competition began, Carlo Ancelotti's side attemptedto prove to the bookmakers that they were the clear favorites bysweeping through the group stages and reaching the Round of 16 undefeated while winning 22 straight matches in all competitions.

Manchester United will buy creative midfielder this summer, claims Louis van Gaal

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Louis van Gaal will make signing a creative midfielder his top priority this summer.

Van Gaal has spent more than £150million on seven new players since he took charge of Manchester United just over seven months ago, but he is still not happy with the squad at his disposal.

Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera accounted for over two thirds of United's spending spree last year, but Van Gaal thinks he still lacks a dynamic midfielder to dictate play.

Rejuvenated Lionel Messi leading Barcelona’s title charge

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Since making his debut for Barcelona in October 2004, Lionel Messi has mesmerized fans fromacross the globe with his unearthly skills on the pitch.

His individual performances have earned him four World Player of the Year awards (Ballon d'Or); and his leadership has directed Barcelonato three Champions League titles, two FIFA Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, six Spanish Super Cups, two Copa del Reys and six La Liga titles.

Watch Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Scott Marshall revealed Tim Sherwood's half-time pep talk inspired Aston Villa to the FA Cup quarter finals.

New manager Sherwood made an impromptu appearance during Villa's 2-1 win over Leicester with the score locked at 0-0.

Leandro Bacuna and Scott Sinclair then netted in the second half to send Villa into the last eight for the first time in five years.

Watch Bradford City 2-0 Sunderland match highlights [VIDEO]

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League One Bradford claimed another Premier League scalp to book their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 39 years amid uproarious scenes at Valley Parade on Sunday.

Billy Clarke's deflected third-minute effort which goes down as a John O'Shea own goal and a cool 61st-minute finish from Jon Stead saw the Bantams build on their stunning fourth-round win over Chelsea by dispatching Gus Poyet's Sunderland with embarrassing ease.

Watch Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough match highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsene Wenger praised Olivier Giroud for his match-winning performance as the France striker's brace was enough to beat Middlesbrough in their FA Cup fifth-round meeting.

Giroud, who missed almost three months of the season after breaking his leg in August, reached double figures for the campaign as he struck twice in two first-half minutes as the reigning FA Cup holders eased into the last eight.

MLS’ newest signing is going to be a big star this season

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The 2015 MLS season hasn't even started yet, but the league already has a new signing that we believe is guaranteed to be a winner.

It's not who you think it is. It's a 23-year old girl by the name of Rachel Bonnetta who will be the face of MLS's website MLSsoccer.com this season.

She's energetic, has a wonderful personality, is fantastic in front of the camera and has a sense of humor that should make her a must-see during 2015 and beyond.

Rodgers hails impact of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed the impact of Daniel Sturridge's return after the striker scored in the Reds' 2-1 win at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fifth round.

Sturridge's volley four minutes into the second half cancelled out Fraizer Campbell's opener before Adam Lallana completed the turnaround to book Liverpool's place in the quarter-finals.

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

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

Aston Villa vs Leicester (FA Cup), 7:30am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Bradford City vs Sunderland (FA Cup), 9:30am, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Arsenal vs Middlesbrough (FA Cup), 11am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

MORE —Get a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO to watch the FA Cup and Champions League matches.

Torres, Griezmann and Mandzukic set to start for Atletico Madrid against Celta Vigo

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Due to injuries and suspension, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is set to start Fernando Torres, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic together for the first time this season.

Atletico will be lacking creativity tomorrow against Celta Vigo due to the suspensions of Arda Turan and Raul Garcia, and due to the loss of midfielder Koke to a hamstring injury.

Watch Leverkusen 4-5 Wolfsburg match highlights [VIDEO]

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One of the most entertaining games from the weekend wasn't Bayern Munich 8-0 Hamburg, but Leverkusen's incredible comeback against Wolfsburg, after losing 0-3 at halftime to mount a sensational comeback to tie the match at 4-4. Unfortunately for Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg sealed the 4-5 victory with a late winner in the final minute of stoppage time to crush their hearts.

Watch Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool match highlights [VIDEO]

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Liverpool exorcised some demons at Selhurst Park by reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals with an impressive win against Crystal Palace.

Brendan Rodgers' side returned to south London in Saturday's late kick-off looking to avoid another horror show at the ground where last season's title dreams went up in smoke before then suffering a 3-1 loss this term.

Kevin Davies hopes to write new ending against Manchester United in FA Cup

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Eighteen years after making his name in the FA Cup, Kevin Davies is hoping the competition will help him write a different ending to his not-quite fairytale.

Davies was a teenage striker at Chesterfield when they embarked on a remarkable FA Cup run in 1996-97.

The Spireites thought they had gone 3-1 ahead against Middlesbrough in the semi-finals but officials failed to spot Jonathan Howard's shot had crossed the line and, after a 3-3 draw, Chesterfield lost the replay.

Watch Blackburn 4-1 Stoke match highlights [VIDEO]

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Ten-man Stoke suffered FA Cup embarrassment at Ewood Park as they were torn apart 4-1 by a second-string Blackburn side with Josh King, one of those fringe players, scoring a hat-trick.

The 23-year-old, on only his 14th appearance this season and with just one league goal to his name, terrorized a Potters defense which was severely hampered by the sending off of Geoff Cameron just before half-time.

Big Sam brushes off abuse from West Ham fans after losing 4-0 to West Brom; Match highlights [VIDEO]

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Boss Sam Allardyce brushed off fans' fury after West Ham were dumped out of the FA Cup at West Brom.

The Hammers chief was abused and his substitutions jeered by the traveling supporters during their 4-0 thumping at The Hawthorns.

Brown Ideye scored twice while James Morrison and Saido Berahino also netted as the dominant Baggies romped to the win.

Mario Mandzukic fitting in perfectly at Atletico Madrid

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Afterbreaking Barcelona and Real Madrid's stranglehold on the La Ligato win the league title last season, there was concern from officials at Atletico Madrid that their hard work could be undone by the departures of key personnel last summer.

Standout goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returned to his parent club, Chelsea, and defender Filipe Luisfollowed the big Belgian to Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal receive a welcome boost with Jack Wilshere returning to normal training

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With Aaron Ramsey set to be sidelined for at least another two weeks with his third hamstring injury of the season, the Gunners need someone to step up in the central midfield role. Coinciding with the disappointing injury news about Ramsey, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Friday that fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere has returned to normal training with his teammates after more than two months out because of an ankle injury.

Tim Sherwood appointed new Aston Villa manager

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Aston Villa have confirmed the appointment of Tim Sherwood as the club's new manager. The former Tottenham boss replaces Paul Lambert, who was sacked via the telephone on Wednesday.

Sherwood will not be in charge of Villa on Sunday when they host Leicester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Get a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO to watch Champions League and FA Cup

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FOX Sportsis offering a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO so you can watch the best FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League action and get a chance to give the streaming service a test drive.

With FOX Soccer 2GO, you don't need a TV subscription, so it's the perfect solution for soccer fans who (1) don't get FOX Soccer Plus or (2) are cord cutters.

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson admits that he’s under the spotlight after difficult week

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Leicester manager Nigel Pearson accepts he is now under the full glare of the spotlight after a difficult past week.

But the Foxes boss insists the extra scrutiny will not detract him from his job.

Reports last Sunday claimed Pearson had been sacked only for the club to later deny them.

Tony Pulis reveals clear the air talks between West Ham and West Brom over Carlton Cole

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West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has revealed clear-the-air talks were held between West Ham chairman David Sullivan and Baggies counterpart Jeremy Peace following the recent collapse of a deal for Carlton Cole.

Cole was poised to join Albion on transfer-deadline day having agreed terms and passed a medical, with the Hammers in turn ready to seal a move for another striker in Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham.

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

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

West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Derby County vs Reading (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool (FA Cup), 12:30pm, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes 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.

Jose Mourinho and Diego Simeone have plenty in common, says Diego Costa

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa believesJose Mourinho and Diego Simeone "have plenty of things in common" when it comes to management. The former Atletico Madrid forward gave an interview to Sport Magazine where he discussed the similarities and differences between the two tacticians, while explaining his ambitions since arriving in England.

ESPN and Univision confirm FIFA excluded them from World Cup 2026 bidding

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ESPN and Univision have officially confirmed what World Soccer Talk revealed earlier todaythat neither TV network had been notified that the FIFA TV rights for 2023-2026 (including FIFA World Cup 2026) were being handed to FOX Sports and Telemundo instead of going through the typical closed bidding process.

West Brom looking for new investors to cash in on TV deal

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West Brom are looking for new investment as they assess their options in the wake of the Barclays Premier League's new mammoth TV deal.

The Baggies would welcome fresh backers and are believed to have spoken to contacts in the City.

They are looking at home and abroad with the search not limited to foreign investment, Press Association Sport understands.

Louis van Gaal is unfazed by criticism from Paul Scholes

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Louis van Gaal insists neither he nor his Manchester United players will lose any sleep over the latest barrage of criticism from Paul Scholes.

Scholes won 20 major trophies at United under Sir Alex Ferguson, but it is safe to say he is less than impressed by the man who is currently in charge at Old Trafford.

Parma’s road to ruin and how the once proud Italian club were sold for $1

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During some of my very early interactions with Italian soccerduring the late 1990s and early 2000s, it quickly became clear that Parma was a team well worth watching.

With players like Lilian Thuram, Gianluigi Buffon, Hernan Crespo and Juan Sebastian Veron in situ, the Gialloblu were one of the finest sides around, a tag that was given some emphatic credence when they won a Coppa Italia-UEFA Cup double in 1999.

Barcelona president blames former president for Neymar tax fraud

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Current Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has denied any involvement in the deal that brought Neymar to the Catalan club.

Earlier this month, Bartomeu was named a suspect in a tax fraud probe regarding the signing of the Brazilian superstar. Neymar's transfer fee has been under scrutiny since his arrival at the Camp Nou in June 2013.

Lucas Silva and Martin Odegaard preparing to make Real Madrid debuts

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Lucas Silva and Martin Odegaard are set to make their Real Madrid debuts during the club's next two matches against Deportivo La Coruna and FC Shalke 04, respectively.

The two midfielders were both signed during the January transfer window butneither havefeatured for the first team. While Odegaard has appeared for the club's reserve team, Real Madrid Castilla; Silva has not been named to Carlo Ancelotti's match day squad since completing his signing from Brazilian champions, Cruzeiro.

Like it or not, Wayne Rooney is Manchester United’s best midfield option

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Thequestion of why Louis van Gaal has elected to switch Wayne Rooney into the midfield, as opposed to the England international's most productive position at the head of Manchester United's attack, has been beaten to death for the past several weeks.

There is little debate that Rooney would provide much-needed scoring to United's sputtering attack if he were positioned up front rather thanthe deeper-lying role he hasadopted in recent matches.

Lionel Messi and Luis Enrique had words but are friendly, says Gerard Pique

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique shed some light on the reported rocky relationship between manager Luis Enrique and star man, Lionel Messi, during an interview with the Spanish radio show El Partido de las 12.

The two were understood to have had a major fallout following Enrique's decisionto bench Messi against Real Sociedad, after the Argentine returned to the team late from winter break.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll ruled out for rest of the season with injury

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Andy Carroll is likely to miss the rest of the season after West Ham announced the striker is to undergo surgery on a knee injury.

The 26-year-old was forced off in Wednesday's 0-0 draw at Southampton and Hammers boss Sam Allardyce had hoped Carroll would be sidelined for a maximum of six week.

Palermo striker Paulo Dybala on the radar of Premier League clubs

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When outspoken Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini set a minimum €40 million fee on Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, some didn't bat an eye. The club's owner has been known for making outlandish remarks as he sacked coaches left and right.

However, just over halfway through the season, people are starting to take notice of the 21-year-old dubbed ‘the new Sergio Aguero'.

England vs USA preview: USWNT need answers in critical test

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After a string of poor performances by the US Women's National Team and losing itsnumber one ranking in the world, critics are still calling for more changes to the team, shuffling moreplayers around, and questioningwhetherUSWNT Head Coach Jillian Ellis can find just the right combination to turn this team around.

QPR appoint Chris Ramsey as manager until the end of the season

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Chris Ramsey has been appointed QPR manager until the end of the season.

Ramsey was placed in temporary charge following Harry Redknapp's resignation last week and he led Rangers to their first away points of the campaign with a 2-0 win at Sunderland on Tuesday night.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has been suitably impressed to hand Ramsey the reins until the summer, when the situation is likely to be reviewed.

Carlo Ancelotti refuses to be drawn into Ronaldo birthday party debate

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Speaking ahead of Saturday's match against Deportivo La Coruna, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has refused to be drawn into the debate surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's 30th birthday party following last weekend's 4-0 derby defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo has faced backlash from supporters (with some showing up at training to voice their displeasure), as well as a stern talking to from team captain Iker Casillas and club president Florentino Perez.

Jose Mourinho tips Eden Hazard to become world’s best player

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Jose Mourinho has tipped Eden Hazard to become the world's top player after the Chelsea forward signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract on Thursday.

The Belgium international joined Chelsea from Lille in June 2012 and has since made a total 147 appearances for the Blues, scoring 43 goals.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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The previous round of the FA Cup was fantastic to watch, and supporters across the globe will be on alert again for upsets when the competition gets back underway again this weekend.

There are two intriguing ties to savor from that tournament to look forward to, as well as a pair of fascinating matches to sample from the Bundesliga too.

FIFA sentences USA to 4 more years of FOX World Cup coverage

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Eleven years.

Let that sink in for a second.

Eleven long years of FIFA coverage from FOX Sports.

It's as if a dark cloud has swept across the United States with the knowledge that for the next 11 years, FOX Sports will be bringing World Cup coverage to us in the form of World Cup 2018, World Cup 2022, World Cup 2026 in addition to the Women's World Cup tournaments, Confederation Cups, u-20 World Cups as well as FIFA Club World Cup.

Fabio Coentrao added to Real Madrid’s growing injury list

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Real Madrid have confirmed that defender Fabio Coentrao will miss Saturday's match against Deportivo La Loruna, as well asnext week'sChampions League first leg at FC Shalke o4.

The Portugal international joins Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez, Sami Khedira and Luka Modric on the club's injured list.

Manchester United warn not to expect 70% rise in international Premier League TV rights

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Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has warned that the staggering 70 per cent rise in domestic Premier League TV rights may not be replicated when the international rights are sold.

Woodward also defended United's ticket prices after news of the £5.136billion TV deal with Sky and BT Sport for the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons led to calls for clubs to slash ticket prices.

FOX Sports and Telemundo acquire FIFA World Cup 2026 TV rights

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FIFA has decided to extend the TV rights to FOX Sports and Telemundo through until the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Both FOX and Telemundo already had the TV rights to the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, but FIFA today announced that the rights have been extended through 2026 for the US broadcasters, while CTV/TSN will have the rights in Canada through 2026.

Arsenal handed Alexis Sanchez boost but Aaron Ramsey will miss 2 weeks

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Alexis Sanchez's knee injury is not considered serious and the Arsenal striker is expected to be available for Sunday's FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough.

The news on Aaron Ramsey's latest hamstring strain is, however, less positive with the Gunners midfielder certain to be out for a fortnight at the very least.

How to play Draft11.com, the daily fantasy soccer game

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Fantasy soccer games have proven to be very popular over the years. The chance to pick and manage dream teams and score points has become a hobby and passion amongst millions of people.

As a result of the growth of the Internet, there has been an increase in the popularity of fantasy soccer games due to the fact that there are a good number of fantasy football providers on the web.

Atletico Madrid defender Miranda set to leave in the summer, says report

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Brazilian defender Miranda will leave Atletico Madrid this summer, according to the Spanish publicationMarca.

In recent years, Miranda has formed one of the best centre-back partnerships in Europe alongside teammate Diego Godin. But the defender has slowly seen his playing time reduced due to injuries; as well as the improved play and maturation of 20-year-old Uruguayan centre-back, Jose Gimenez.

Why MLS can be a globalized success story like the EPL; By Simon Evans

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This week's news that the Premier League has sold its three-year domestic television package for a record-shattering $7.7 billion dollars highlighted once again the dominant position the EPL has gained in the global game, which makes Major League Soccer's most recent record deal look like spare change.

Messi, Suarez and Neymar doubling numbers of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema

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Barcelona's front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar (MSN) have doubled the production of Real Madrid forwards Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo (BBC) so far in 2015.

During this latest stretch, Barcelona's MSN have scored 24 goals and added 18 assists; as compared to the1o goals and 6 assists notched by Real Madrid's BBC.

Liverpool wait on Steven Gerrard scan to discover full extent of injury

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Liverpool are awaiting the results of a scan to discover the extent of Steven Gerrard's hamstring injury.

The Reds captain came off in the second half of Tuesday's victory over Tottenham after complaining of tightness.

"Unfortunately he felt his hamstring towards the end of the game and he is having a scan this morning and we are just waiting for results to come back," Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe said.

Mourinho walks out of interview after being asked about Ivanovic headbutt [VIDEO]

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho threatened to walk out of his post-match media conference when asked about an apparent headbutt by Branislav Ivanovic on Everton's James McCarthy in the Premier League leaders' 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

Willian struck a last-minute winner, but the main talking point occurred after Nemanja Matic thought he had scored four minutes from time, only for the deflected strike to be ruled out for offside against Ivanovic, who had blocked the view of Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Louis van Gaal fears he’s losing support of Manchester United fans

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Louis van Gaal fears the public support he has received from Manchester United fans may be ebbing away.

United bounced back from their drab 1-1 draw at West Ham by beating Burnley 3-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Chris Smalling scored twice and Robin van Persie converted from the penalty spot late on, but Burnley, who equalized through Danny Ings in the 12th minute, were right in the match and were very unlucky not to take anything from the game.

Real Sociedad boss David Moyes discusses his new challenge [VIDEO]

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Sky Sports Originalswent behind the scenes at Real Sociedad to find out how former Manchester United manager David Moyes is adjusting to life in La Liga.

During the twenty-two minute segment, Moyes discusses everything from the difference in officiating in the Primera Division as compared to the Premier League, tohis experiences in everyday life within a new culture.

Andy Carroll injury a worry for West Ham after leaving stadium on crutches

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Andy Carroll left St Mary's on crutches after West Ham impressively held out at Southampton despite Adrian's dismissal a red card Sam Allardyce will be appealing.

If the east London side felt robbed by Manchester United on Sunday, it was Saints this time ruing missed opportunities after dominating possession and the shot count.

Watch Stoke 1-4 Manchester City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted he was "not thinking about Chelsea" after seeing his side finally spark back into life.

The reigning champions rediscovered their touch after four games without a win in the Barclays Premier League as they recorded a comfortable 4-1 victory at Stoke.

Player Ratings: Chelsea 1 Everton 0

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Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 on Wednesday to maintain a seven-point lead at the top of the table. Here are our player ratings from the match.

Chelsea

Petr Cech 8/10

Was a calming influence and made two spectacular saves one in each half from Romelu Lukaku to prevent his side from falling behind.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas set to be dropped against Deportivo La Coruna

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is set to be dropped from this weekend's starting eleven against Deportivo La Coruna.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has been training with Keylor Navas in front of goal this week, and it's clear that the Costa Rican international is tipped to start at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Aston Villa suffer new low under Randy Lerner as owner finally sacks Lambert

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There was a time, before Alex McLeish and Paul Lambert, when Aston Villa were in the position to dream about the Champions League. To dream about Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Villa Park against the best of Europe that would have reminded a lot of people about 1982 when they won the tournament.

Martin O'Neill was supposed to deliver Villa to this promised land.

Aston Villa sack manager Paul Lambert

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Aston Villa have announced the departure of manager Paul Lambert.

The 45-year-old replaced Alex McLeish in June 2012 but following a poor run of results, which have left Villa in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League, the club announced they have parted company with the Scot.

A statement on the club's official website said: "Aston Villa Football Club has parted company this evening with manager Paul Lambert.

Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 25: TV times and open thread

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Steve Bower, one of the favorite Premier League commentators on NBC Sports, is back on the airwaves today as he announces the Chelsea-Everton game from Stamford Bridge alongside Lee Dixon.

The match kicks off at 2:45pm ET on NBCSN, at the same time that 5 other Premier League matches start.

Villarreal pose a serious threat to Barcelona’s Copa del Rey aspirations; 2pm ET kickoff

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Most fans would assume the winner of the Copa del Rey quarter-final between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona would go on to be the clear favorite for the remainder of the Spanish cup competition. And after Barcelona defeat Atletico over two legs, supporters andexperts penciled in the Catalan club as the tournament's champions.

Diego Godin debuts face mask after suffering nasal fracture in Madrid derby

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The last time fans saw Diego Godin, the defender was celebrating Atletico Madrid's 4-0 defeat of rivals Real Madrid with his teammates.

The Uruguayan played the entire match, even thoughhe took an elbow from midfielder Sami Khedira in the 8th minute which left him on the ground and bleeding profusely from the nose.

Western Conference still strongest in MLS despite new additions in East

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Quick quiz: Which team from the Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference can best compete for the landmark 20thleague title this season?

Answer: It's a trick question, of course. Far more likely that your 2015 title winner comes out of the West.

That would be a re-configured West, one that was already stacked and packed before shedding the dead weight of Chivas USA, exchanging the dumpster fire of a club for powerful Sporting Kansas City and a Houston Dynamo side now guided by the accomplished Owen Coyle.

Who will be the next Miguel Ibarra from NASL to play for USMNT?

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Jürgen Klinsmann's scouting of NASL games and continued selection of Minnesota United's Miguel Ibarra has fueled speculation as to who else in heUS 2nd Division NASL could warrant a call-up to the US Men's National Team squad.

The first name on the lips of many that are knowledgeable about lower-division soccer in the United States is Ibarra's Minnesota United teammate Christian Ramirez.

Chelsea vs Everton predicted lineups and team news

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Everton travel to West London to face League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as they attempt to claim maximum points at the Bridge for the first time since 1994.

The Toffees are 12th in the tableand come into this match having gained a paltry nine points from their last nine matches including a drab 0-0 draw against Liverpool at the weekend.

World Soccer Talk partners with Soccer Morning to bring daily soccer audio/video show to the masses

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World Soccer Talk has partnered with Soccer Morning to distribute the award-winning audio/video show on a live and on-demand basis.

Soccer Morning, hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Espanyol threatens strike over Spanish television money

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Speaking after the announcement of the Premier League's massive new broadcastdeal, Espanyol president Joan Collet has hit out at the uneven split of television money in Spanish football.

The current arrangement in Spain sees each club negotiate their own deal with a broadcasting partner.

Francis Coquelin happy to provide balance at Arsenal

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Arsenal's new midfield enforcer Francis Coquelin will have no problem reining in their attack-minded big-name stars if it means keeping the team into the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners moved back above Tottenham and Manchester United, who host Burnley on Wednesday evening, with an edgy 2-1 victory over bottom club Leicester, which saw both Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez pick up injuries.

Sami Khedira and James Rodriguez to be fined for attending Ronaldo birthday bash

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According to various reports in Spain, Real Madrid are set to fine Sami Khediraand James Rodriguezfor attending Cristiano Ronaldo's 30th birthday party on Saturday night.

Madrid officials are not happythat some players and staff chose to attend thebirthday bash following Real Madrid's4-0 defeatto Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon earlier that day.

Why USL’s quest for US Soccer’s Division 2 status is problematic

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Tuesday's news that USL will apply for Division 2 status shook up the US Soccer community. As the former Director of Communications for the North American Soccer League (NASL) when the league battled USL for D2 status in 2010 and early 2011, it is a bittersweet moment.

The NASL forced a change in US Soccer that raised D2 standards dramatically from 2011 onward when compared to the previous "wild wild west" that characterized lower division soccer in North America.

Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey injuries trouble Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left counting the cost of his side's 2-1 victory over Leicester on Tuesday after both Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey were forced off with injuries.

Sanchez, who has only just returned from a two-week lay-off with a hamstring strain, took a knock to his knee in the first half at the Emirates Stadium and had to be replaced in the 68th minute.

Angel di Maria says Manchester United will be his last club in Europe

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During an interview with FIFA.com, Argentina international Angel di Maria revealed that Manchester United will be the last club he plays for in Europe.

Last summer, Di Maria had been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain while the winger was still signed for Real Madrid. The French champions were holding out hope that a deal for the talented Argentine could happen at some point in the future.

QPR could struggle to hire Michael Laudrup as manager

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QPR may find it difficult to make Michael Laudrup their "dream manager", according to the Dane's agent.

The Hoops, who recorded a first away Barclays Premier League win of the season at Sunderland on Tuesday evening, appear close to appointing Harry Redknapp's successor after chairman Tony Fernandes suggested he has landed his preferred choice.

David Villa scores first goal in New York City FC history

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David Villa scored the first goal in the history of new Major League Soccer side, New York City FC, during a 2-0 friendly win over the Scottish Premier League club, St. Mirren.

The 33-year-old forward broke the scoreless game in the 27th minute after the oppositionmade a mess of a clearance, which led to Villaslotting home a left-footed shot that gave NYCFC a lead, and the striker a historic goal.

Jose Mourinho wants to know why Chelsea are being victimized

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Jose Mourinho wants to know why Chelsea are, in his opinion, treated differently when it comes to disciplinary matters after highlighting an elbow incident involving Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

The Blues boss has questioned the consistency of the Football Association's disciplinary department, suggesting had a Chelsea player used his elbow in the same way Van Persie did at West Ham last Sunday he would have been banned.

Watch Liverpool 3-2 Spurs match highlights [VIDEO]

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Jordan Henderson feels Liverpool are more than a match for any team in the Barclays Premier League after they continued their excellent recent run with a 3-2 win over Tottenham.

The Reds are now firmly in the hunt for a to-four place after extending their unbeaten streak in the league to nine matches.

Swansea open talks to buy Liberty Stadium

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Swansea have opened talks to buy the Liberty Stadium, the city council has confirmed.

The Barclays Premier League club currently share the council-owned stadium with rugby union side Ospreys through a 50-year lease.

Swansea were a third-tier side when the stadium opened in 2005 but they have since established themselves in the top flight and are keen to increase the capacity of the 20,800 venue.

West Ham United hopeful of signing Lassana Diarra

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Sam Allardyce is hopeful of signing former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra after confirming the France international is training with the Hammers.

Diarra, 29, has been without a club since leaving Lokomotiv Moscow in August but is not too far away from match-fitness and could be turning out for West Ham inside a fortnight if the expected deal is completed in the coming days.

Premier League Tuesday, Gameweek 25: TV times and open thread

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For viewers in the United States, today's mouthwatering match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will be announced by Arlo White and Phil Neville. The match kicks off at 3pm ET on NBCSN, while 3 other Premier League matches kick off 15 minutes earlier. Those can be watched on NBC Sports Live Extra and Premier League Extra Time.

Jose Mourinho criticizes FA for not suspending Robin van Persie

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Jose Mourinho has questioned the consistency of the Football Association's disciplinary department, suggesting had a Chelsea player used his elbow in the same way Robin van Persie did at West Ham last Sunday he would have been banned.

The Chelsea boss was fined £25,000 last month for saying there was a "clear campaign" against Chelsea on the day Diego Costa was charged for treading on Liverpool's Emre Can.

Luis Suarez’s workrate pleases Barcelona despite goal drought

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Speaking ahead of his side's Copa del Rey semi-finalagainst Villarreal tomorrow, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has praised under-fire striker Luis Suarezfor his contributions to the team.

The Uruguayan's lack of goals for La Blaugrana has been constant;y harped on by pundits and a section of the club's supporters.

Sky Sports and BT Sport retain Premier League rights in UK for 2016-19

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Sky Sports and BT Sport have retained the UK TV rights to the Premier League for seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19, the Premier League announced today.

Both sports networks were favored to win the bidding for the most-watched sports league in the world, with US-based DiscoveryNetwork (owners of Eurosport) reported to be in discussions with the league about putting in a substantial bid.

Louis van Gaal rejects long ball criticism by handing dossier to press [VIDEO]

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Louis van Gaal pulled out a dossier full of statistics at his press conference as he hit back at Sam Allardyce's claim that Manchester United are long-ball merchants.

West Ham boss Allardyce described Van Gaal's team as "long-ball United" after they scraped a 1-1 draw at Upton Park on Sunday.

Alexis Sanchez can fire Arsenal to glory, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger feels Alexis Sanchez has both the work-rate and the enthusiastic personality to help fire Arsenal to a successful campaign just like former club favorite Ian Wright.

Sanchez has been forced to sit out the last two matches because of a hamstring strain and Wenger admitted the industry of the Chile forward was clearly missed as his side went down 2-1 in Saturday's north London derby at Tottenham.

Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur predicted lineups and team news

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Tottenham Hotspur travel to Anfield on Tuesday evening as the race for the Champions League places heats up.

For viewers in the United States, the match will be shown live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra at 3pm ET/Noon PT.

The Lilywhites are in fifth position, just a point behind fourth placed Manchester United and four ahead of today's opponents Liverpool who are seventh.

Paddy McNair signs new deal with Manchester United

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Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has signed a new contract thatwill keep him at the club until June 2017, with an option to extend for a further year.

The 19-year-old has risen through the ranks at Old Trafford, after first being discovered by United's Northern Ireland based scout Tony Coulter.

Hugo Lloris wants to play in the Capital One Cup Final against Chelsea

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Hugo Lloris would like to don the gloves in the Capital One Cup final, despite not having featured in the competition for Tottenham this season.

After defeating Nottingham Forest, Brighton, Newcastle and then Sheffield United over two legs, the Wembley finale will pit Spurs against rivals Chelsea.

Sami Khedira will not start another match for Real Madrid, says report

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According to the Spanish radio programEl Larguero,midfielder Sami Khedira will not start another match for Real Madrid for the rest of this season.

The German international was already set to miss the next three weeks afterstraining a hamstring during his side's 4-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Marco Reus extends his contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 2019

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus has extended his contract with the Bundesliga club until June 30, 2019.

The German international had been the subject of endless transfer speculation over the past year, with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona rumored to be his future destination.

Ranking MLS’ most popular teams; New research reveals fascinating results

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Thanks to a handful of thriving teams, Major League Soccer enters a 20thseason few thought it would reach back when the San Jose Clash and D.C. United kicked things off on April 6th, 1996. We know which clubs have enjoyed the most on-field success, but can we accurately say which teams are the most popular?

Owen Coyle is an unknown quantity as he tries to improve Houston Dynamo

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The clear trend for hip, successful, front-running MLS clubs – almost always owned by young, heavily engaged owners – is to hire progressive American managers and rely heavily on systems, analytics and attractive soccer.

Gregg Berhalter in Columbus, Caleb Porter in Portland, Peter Vermes in Kansas City, Greg Vanney in Toronto, and even Jesse Marsch and Jason Kreis in New York's backwards MLS world, are all examples of this trend.

Arsenal fans hopeful that midfielder Aaron Ramsey can find his best form again

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Arsenalmidfielder Aaron Ramsey took a significant leap forward in his progress as a player last season. The Wales international scored 16 total goals (10 during Premier League play) from a central midfield role, and not only supplied the Gunners with goals, but he showed up in big matches.

Ramsey started his superb season with three total scores during the two-legged Champions League playoff round with Fenerbahce in August.

Atletico Madrid suffer injury blow as Koke ruled out for four weeks

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has been ruled out for four weeks after straining ahamstring muscle.

The injury occurred in the opening minutes of his side's 4-0 victoryover Real Madrid on Saturday. Koke was attempting to get on the receiving end of a pass from Antoine Griezmann, but the midfielder pulled up lame shortly after accelerating to meet the ball.

Manchester City’s over dependency on Yaya Toure is hurting the club

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For the third time in four seasons, Manchester City has experienced a decline in results during the months of January and February. Not so coincidently, these January/February plummetshave occurred when Yaya Toure has been away on Africa Cup of Nationsduty.

Regardless of whatever statistics are cited by supportersof Manchester City, the reality is that the club — despite an outlay of nearly £1 billion on players — is overly reliant on Toure.

Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos ‘unhappy’ with Ronaldo’s birthday bash following derby defeat

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Following his derby defeat to Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo went ahead with plans for a 30th birthday party. While the Ballon d'Or winner is entitled to do as he pleases in his personal life, the timing and publicity of the birthday bash has not impressed some of histeammates.

Antoine Griezmann reveals why he snubbed Barcelona

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In an interview with French television, Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has revealed why he turned down an offer from Barcelona earlier in his career.

The January player of the month in La Liga toldRTLthat the Catalan club initially approached him when the France international first broke into the squad at Real Sociedad in 2009 (while the Basque club were playing in the Segunda Division).

Raheem Sterling offered ‘incredible’ deal, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Raheem Sterling's agents the club will not be held to ransom over his new contract.

The Reds boss said the 20-year-old has been made an "incredible" offer on a new deal, which has been on the table for over a month.

However, Sterling is yet to sign despite indications previously an agreement was imminent, but Rodgers said the club had been generous in their offer.

Lionel Messi and Luis Enrique harmony benefits Barcelona

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique claims his side's recent form has nothing to do with the reported fall-out between himself and Lionel Messi following La Blaugrana's 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad during the first week of January.

Speaking after La Blaugrana's 5-2 defeat of Athletic Bilbao, Enrique stated he hasn't changed his tactics or approach with his players.

Steve Bruce rubbishes Fulham speculation

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Hull boss Steve Bruce has ridiculed reports linking him with a summer move to Fulham.

Bruce has grown used to hints of his impending departure from the KC Stadium having been strongly tipped to succeed Alan Pardew at Newcastle earlier this season.

And just last week Bruce was fielding questions about his future in charge of the Tigers after a 3-0 home loss to Newcastle dumped them in the relegation zone.

Tim Sherwood is eager to return to management, says QPR’s Chris Ramsey

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Tim Sherwood did a "fantastic" job at Tottenham and is eager to return to work as soon as possible, says QPR caretaker manager Chris Ramsey.

Sherwood took over at White Hart Lane midway through last season but was sacked in the summer, despite achieving the highest win percentage of any Spurs manager in Premier League history.

Wenger confident of top-four finish for Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in no doubt his squad have the necessary experience to win the battle for Champions League qualification once again.

The Gunners find themselves down in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane, where a second-half salvo from Harry Kane secured Tottenham fans the bragging rights around north London.

Details begin to emerge about Nigel Pearson situation at Leicester

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Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has refused to clear up the confusion surrounding his job. However, BBC and NBCSN presenter Gary Lineker has shined some light on the developments.

Reports on Sunday evening claimed the 51-year-old had been sacked, with the Foxes bottom of the Barclays Premier League, but the club issued a statement insisting Pearson remained in charge ahead of Tuesday's trip to Arsenal.

Real Madrid have lost their hunger and are searching for answers

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Those who have followed Real Madrid this season have seen trouble brewing since theclub returned fromits winter break.

In their first match of the new year, Carlo Ancelotti's side saw their 22-match winning streak snapped by a resurgent Valencia. That was immediately followed by a 2-0 defeatat the hands ofAtletico Madrid during the first leg of their Copa del Rey Round of 16 tie.

Atletico Madrid’s emerging dominance is turning them into everyone’s second favorite team

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There was an unmistakeable arrogance about Atletico Madrid as they took apart city rivals Real Madrid 4-0 at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday. It wasn't the kind of flash haughtiness that's associated with Los Blancos either. Instead, Diego Simeone's side showcased a simple, serene assurance throughout the contest.

Ivory Coast wins 2015 AFCON Final; Watch match highlights [VIDEO]

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Just like in 1992, Ivory Coast defeated their neighbor and rival Ghana 9-8 in penalties to win the African Cup of Nations for the second time after a goalless draw. Often touted as the weak-link of the Elephants 'golden generation,' goalkeeper Boubacar Barry made two saves and the game-winning goal to become a hero forever in his country and he was reveling the moment after the match.

Louis van Gaal pondering personnel switch at Manchester United

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal threatened to drop his creative aces for more physical players after having his long-ball tactics questioned by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

A superb goal from Cheikhou Kouyate, the midfielder deployed in defense due to the absences of Winston Reid and James Collins, had looked like giving West Ham a deserved first Barclays Premier League win over United in seven years and at the 13th attempt.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane holds no fear for Martin Skrtel, says Liverpool defender

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Defender Martin Skrtel believes that now Liverpool's back three is fully functioning they do not have to fear Tottenham's in-form striker Harry Kane.

Their rivals in the race for Europe visit Anfield on Tuesday with Kane on a hot streak of 11 goals in his last 14 games, with four in his last two to take his tally to 22 for the season.

Wenger hints at Alexis Sanchez return for Arsenal-Leicester match

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Manager Arsene Wenger is ready to throw Alexis Sanchez straight back into the side as Arsenal look to bounce back from their defeat at Tottenham with victory over Barclays Premier League bottom club Leicester on Tuesday night.

The Gunners went down 2-1 at White Hart Lane on Saturday, hit by a second-half double from Harry Kane to turn the match in Spurs' favor after they had trailed to Mesut Ozil's early volley.

Patience is key with the USMNT given that it’s the start of a new cycle

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Through all of the arguments about fitness, Jurgen Klinsmann himself, his tactics, how the US "should" play soccer, all of it, the popular narrative has missed a critical point: It's February of 2015. It's the beginning of a cycle, the beginning of a new dawn. Why panic now?

The calendar is a friend to Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT.

Hurrikanes, chokeholds and long ball merchants (Premier League Weekend Review Show)

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Harry Kane becoming a Tottenham legend, Nigel Pearson choking a Crystal Palace footballer, Manchester United being called out as long ball merchants by the king of the long ball game —These are just a few of the many talking points from a wacky weekend of Premier League football.

The podcast crew are here to examine the highs and lows of the weekend.

USA 2-0 Panama player ratings after USMNT earns much-needed win

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Back in the sunshine of Carson, California, Jurgen Klinsmann's US national team got a comfortable and much-needed 2-0 win over a meek Panama side to wrap of a January camp full of contention and discord. Here are the player ratings.

Nick Rimando, 5: Rimando came up with one big save, but had several either trying to field or play the ball to his defenders.

Delays in MLS’s streaming partnership with ESPN leads to further disappointment

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When MLS announced the new television carriage deal, one of the most promising aspects was the out-of-market streaming rights. ESPN insisted on procuring those rights, with reported plans to deliver via the ESPN3/WatchESPN platform. This would have been a welcome change from MLS's pay-service, MLS Live, as early reports suggested current ESPN3 subscribers would pay nothing further.

7 facts about Liverpool teenager Jordon Ibe

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Liverpool teenager Jordon Ibe put in a man-of-the-match performance in the Merseyside derby in only his second Premier League start.

Press Association Sport lists seven things about the youngster's career.

1: Born on December 8 1995, Ibe was released by Charlton at the age of 12.

Allardyce suggests it’s time to criticize Manchester United as long ball merchants

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce called for Louis van Gaal's long-ball tactics to be scrutinized after Manchester United rescued a 1-1 draw at Upton Park.

A superb goal from Cheikhou Kouyate, the midfielder deployed in defense due to the absences of Winston Reid and James Collins, had looked like giving West Ham a deserved first Premier League win over United in seven years and at the 13th attempt.

Leicester City insist that Nigel Pearson is still in charge as manager

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Leicester have denied manager Nigel Pearson has been sacked by the club.

Pearson led the Foxes to the Championship title last season, but his team have picked up just 17 points from their opening 24 matches of the current Barclays Premier League campaign and sit at the foot of the table.

Following reports of Pearson being dismissed earlier in the day, Leicester issued a statement to say he remained in charge.

Watch USA 2-0 Panama first half match highlights [VIDEO]

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The US Men's National Team took an early lead against Panama in Sunday's friendly courtesy of goals by Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey.

In a match where there even were signs in the stadium calling for Jurgen Klinsmann to be sacked, the US took a commanding lead in the first half. The first goal was from Michael Bradley who scored directly from the corner kick even though Jozy Altidore claimed the ball went in off his head.

USA vs Panama, friendly: TV times and open thread

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After a disappointing 3-2 defeat against Chile last week, the US Men's National Team plays Panama today in another friendly, this time at the Stubhub Center near Los Angeles, California.

The action begins at 4:00 PM ET with the broadcast on ESPN and UniMas. Can the United States show what they have with a more traditional formation instead of the experimental 3-5-2?

Watch West Ham 1-1 Manchester United match highlights [VIDEO]

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West Ham were denied a first Premier League win over Manchester United in seven years and 13 attempts by Daley Blind's stoppage-time strike.

The Hammers had looked like enhancing their European hopes and denting Manchester United's bid for Champions League football when makeshift defender Cheikhou Kouyate twice juggled the ball before, with his third touch, hitting a superb volley on the turn into the net.

Leicester City sack Nigel Pearson, say reports

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Leicester have sacked manager Nigel Pearson with the club at the foot of the Barclays Premier League, according to reports.

Pearson led the Foxes to the Championship title last season, but his team have picked up just 17 points from their opening 24 matches of the current campaign.

Sky Sports News HQ reported he has been dismissed.

How to watch Ghana vs Ivory Coast in AFCON Final on US TV and Internet; 2pm ET kickoff

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Today'sAfrica Cup of Nations final between Ivory Coast and Ghana is being shown live on US TV via beIN SPORTS and online via DishWorld with a Sunday kickoff time of 2pm ET/11am PT.

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.

Mauricio Pochettino deserves immense credit for Tottenham Hotspurs’ emphatic form

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Among all of the hysteria surrounding a derby day win against Arsenal, and the plaudits seemingly going to one man named Harry Kane, there is another who has been shunned from the limelight Mauricio Pochettino.

He deserves as much credit as anyone for the recent turnaround at Tottenham Hotspur.

Ghana vs. Ivory Coast: 2015 African Cup of Nations final preview

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Two of the continent's historic superpowers will face each other in the African Cup of Nations final today at 2pm ET on beIN SPORTS.

They happen to be neighbors and fierce rivals as well. Ghana and Ivory Coast have each put their respective homelands through so much heartache and are always heavily criticized by their fans.

Watch ‘Peep Show’; Must-see Brit TV [VIDEO]

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If you're bored of watching what's on TV or Netflix and you're looking for something that's unique, funny and bizarre, Peep Show is a must-see.

The point-of-view camera effects as well as quirky "inside your head" humor work tremendously well as lead actors David Mitchell and Robert Webb go about their awkward lives in search of love, sex and good times.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson grabs Crystal Palace player by the throat [GIF]

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Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has launched a critical attack on Wigan and former manager Uwe Rosler following a bizarre altercation with former transfer target James McArthur during his side's 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

Pearson was initially bowled over on the touchline by McArthur after a tackle by Marc Albrighton, resulting in what was initially a friendly exchange between the Foxes boss and Palace midfielder.

Watch Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Branislav Ivanovic's rocket gave Chelsea a crucial 2-1 win at Aston Villa despite the hosts ending their 11-hour goal drought.

Defender Ivanovic now has five goals in his last seven games against Villa and handed Chelsea an advantage in the title race.

Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Hull allowed Jose Mourinho's side to move seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 24: TV times and open thread

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

Burnley vs West Brom, 7am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Kevin Kilbane
Newcastle vs Stoke, 9:05am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin
West Ham vs Manchester United, 11:15am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Tim Howard

READ— Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand 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.

Gus Poyet backs Jermain Defoe England recall after 2 goals in 3 starts

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes Jermain Defoe can resurrect his England career after finding his goal-scoring form for the Black Cats.

Defoe headed back to England last month just 11 months into a four-year Major League Soccer contract at Toronto and has immediately hit the goal trail on Wearside.

Comparing Brendan Rodgers win percentage to other Liverpool managers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers's 100th league game in charge of the club ended in goalless in the 224th Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how his record compares to his predecessors who also reached the landmark:

W D L F A Pts % Wins

Tom Watson 42 20 38 147 129 146 42%

George Patterson 38 24 38 176 172 138 38%

David Ashworth 48 35 17 147 77 179 48%

Matt McQueen 42 26 32 130 115 152 42%

George Kay 34 27 39 154 175 129 34%

Don Welsh 30 31 39 137 175 121 30%

Phil Taylor 52 23 25 194 132 179 52%

Bill Shankly 56 22 22 223 123 190 56%

Bob Paisley 54 28 18 154 81 190′ 54%

Kenny Dalglish 61 22 17 200 87 205 61%

Graeme Souness 40 28 32 135 110 148 40%

Roy Evans 48 26 26 156 97 170 48%

Gerard Houllier 49 23 28 165 102 170 49%

Rafael Benitez 56 18 26 146 82 186 56%

Brendan Rodgers 53 25 22 205 120 184 53%

Watch Manchester City 1-1 Hull City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester City's Barclays Premier League title hopes suffered another setback as they needed an stoppage-time equalizer from James Milner to snatch a 1-1 draw at home to struggling Hull.

David Meyler capitalized on poor City defending to fire Steve Bruce's side ahead in the 35th minute, thus condemning City to a fifth match without a win in all competitions.

Watch Spurs 2-1 Arsenal match highlights [VIDEO]

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Harry Kane was on cloud nine after his double earned Tottenham a 2-1 north London derby win over Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

The striker tapped home the equalizer before netting an 86th-minute winner with a superb header as Spurs fought back from conceding an early opener to Mesut Ozil.

Kane, who has now scored 22 goals in all competitions this season, said on BT Sport 1: "That feeling is one I definitely won't forget for the rest of my career.

Pochettino says there’s more to come from Spurs match-winner Harry Kane

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes there is more to come from the "massive potential" of forward Harry Kane after his second-half double helped beat Arsenal 2-1 to win the north London derby at White Hart Lane.

The Gunners went ahead through a fine volley from Mesut Ozil on 11 minutes.

Premier League sees 316% increase in Chelsea-Man City TV audience in 5 years

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While it's not scientific nor is it an apples to apples comparison, the average number of viewers who watched the Chelsea-Manchester City game last weekend on NBC was 316% greater than the number of people who watched the same two teams play in 2010.

Last Saturday, 1.34 million people watched Chelsea-Manchester City on NBC, while 324,000 watched the two teams in 2010 when the game was shown live on ESPN2.

Commentators for Premier League matches on NBC Sports, Gameweek 24

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

Saturday, February 7:

Tottenham vs Arsenal, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Owen Hargreaves
Aston Villa vs Chelsea, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Trevor Francis
Leicester vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Brian Little
Man City vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Andy Hinchcliffe
QPR vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Ray Houghton
Swansea vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; David Stowell & Dean Sturridge
Everton vs Liverpool, 12:30pm, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

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

Sunday, February 8:

Burnley vs West Brom, 7am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Kevin Kilbane
Newcastle vs Stoke, 9:05am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin
West Ham vs Manchester United, 11:15am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Tim Howard

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

Date and time for second El Clasico set for late March

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The Spanish multimedia communications groupMediapro -which owns the television rights to La Liga has announced the date and time for this season's second installment of El Clasico. The company reserves the right to move high-profile matches and adjust kick-off times in order to ensure a greater global audience.

Team news and predicted lineups for Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal

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Arsenal travel to their fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur to contest the 175th edition of the North London derby in Saturday's early kick-off.

Both sides come into this match in good form with the Gunners hammering Aston Villa 5-0 in their last match, while Spurs cruised to a 3-0 victory away to West Bromwich Albion.

Where to find Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid on US TV and Internet; 10am ET kickoff today

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Today's La Liga game between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is being televised live and exclusively on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld.

After watching the derby between Arsenal and Spurs, why not watch the Madrid derby followed by the Merseyside derby for a trio of must-see matches?!

First place Real Madrid will travel across the city to third place Atletico Madrid for what promises to be a mouthwatering clash between two of the best teams in Europe.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 24: TV times and open thread

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

Tottenham vs Arsenal, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Owen Hargreaves
Aston Villa vs Chelsea, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Trevor Francis
Leicester vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Brian Little
Man City vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Andy Hinchcliffe
QPR vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Ray Houghton
Swansea vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; David Stowell & Dean Sturridge
Everton vs Liverpool, 12:30pm, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

READ— Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand 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.

Louis Van Gaal will appeal against FA charge regarding referee comments

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will contest a Football Association disrepute charge over comments he made after last month's FA Cup trip to Cambridge.

Van Gaal was charged by the governing body for remarks which "allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bringing the game into disrepute".

Steven Gerrard looking forward to playing in his final Liverpool-Everton derby

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will run out at Goodison Park for his final Premier League Merseyside derby with a clear message to his Everton detractors: "Bring it on."

Gerrard has been the target of abuse from the blue half of the city from almost the moment he made his debut in 1999.

He even "had some stick" from an Everton supporter earlier this week but confessed he enjoyed the banter with Toffees fans even if dealing with terrace chants and the odd barbed comment will be an issue he leaves behind for his team-mates when he moves to Major League Soccer.

Everton must relish underdogs tag in Merseyside Derby showdown against Liverpool

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Aside from the Merseyside Derby played at Anfield earlier in the season—when both teams involvedwere at an especially low ebb—Everton have gone into these ferocious contestsboasting a degree of rightful expectation.

Last season, the Toffees were vying closely with Liverpool throughout the opening months of the campaign, but a 4-0 win for the Reds at Anfield proved to be the catalyst for their title charge.

Spurs-Arsenal derby could be best in recent history

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Derby games are sometimes cagey affairs with far more interesting events happening in the stands than on the pitch. The last four North London derbies have been like that. Two 1-0 wins for Arsenal, a 2-0 win in the FA Cup, which was far less competitive than the scoreline indicates, and the 1-1 draw from September that was notable for Nacer Chadli telling the Emirates crowd to keep quiet than the game itself.

Sam Allardyce faces defensive dilemma with injuries at West Ham

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Sam Allardyce faces a defensive dilemma ahead of the visit of Manchester United on Sunday.

The West Ham boss was unable to bring in any defenders on loan in the closing days of the winter transfer window and injuries have left him with very few options when Louis van Gaal's side arrive at Upton Park.

Hull boss Steve Bruce plays down sack talk

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Hull boss Steve Bruce has dismissed speculation that his job may be under threat and vowed to fight on in a bid to rescue the Tigers from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Last week's abject 3-0 home defeat to Newcastle was the club's third in succession and left them rooted in the bottom three ahead of Saturday's daunting trip to Manchester City.

MLS investing money in player development instead of goal-line technology

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Goal-line technology will surely provide its high-tech edge to Major League Soccer some day down the road.

But it's not happening anytime soon, and definitely not for 2015, the league's milepost 20th season.

An MLS spokesman confirmed to me this week that, as most of us suspected at this point, 2015 will come and go without the relatively new technology, deployed in last year's World Cup and now in use in England's venerable Premier League.

Spurs primed to move into Champions League spot with win against Arsenal

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There areplenty that have been unyieldingly willing to dismiss Tottenham Hotspur this season.

The club's wonderful patent for turning around games and notching winners late on away from home has been attributed to luck by a lot, while the consistently sparkling formof various players have been branded as elongatedpurple patches.

Alexis Sanchez is determined to be fit to play in Spurs-Arsenal derby

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed leading scorer Alexis Sanchez feels he can defy the doctors and tackle Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but will not risk further injury to his star man.

The 18-goal Chile forward missed last weekend's 5-0 demolition of Aston Villa with a hamstring strain, but has stepped up his rehabilitation.

Jose Mourinho tells media ‘You know why I’m here’ in glum press conference [VIDEO]

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho cut a glum figure in his press conference this morning, telling reporters that "You know why I'm here. So you cannot expect that I'm super happy to be here."

The self-proclaimed "Happy One" wasn't happy at all as his short answers and body language indicated a man who seems frustrated, angry and depressed by the way he's been treated by The FA and media despite his own victimization complex.

Wenger insists that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is not a smoker

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Jack Wilshere is "not a smoker", Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said.

Speaking at the Gunners press conference this morning, Wenger responded to photos of the England midfielder holding a shisha pipe at a nightclub which were posted on social media earlier this week

"I have spoken with him about that.

Diego Simeone opts for Mario Mandzukic over Fernando Torres in the Madrid derby

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will to opt start striker Mario Mandzukic over Fernando Torres for Saturday's showdown with cross-city rivals, Real Madrid.

The decision may come as a surprise to some since Torres scored twice against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu to secure Atletico advancement in the Copa del Rey in January.

Real Madrid dealt second injury blow as Sergio Ramos ruled out for six weeks

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Real Madrid have been dealt a second injury blow within 48 hours. Defender Sergio Ramos has been ruled out for six weeks after tearinga hamstring in his left leg during Madrid's 2-1 victory over Sevilla on Wednesday.

The injury to Ramos was preceded by the announcement that Colombian midfielder James Rodriguezis set to miss the next two months after breaking his right foot during the same match.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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It's not often we get to sample three of European football's most iconic derby matches on the same day, back to back.The North London, Madrid and Merseyside rivalries capture the passion of a local rivalry like few other fixtures in the game. Each club involved has a rich history, longstanding traditions and—aside from bragging rights—their own reasons for needing a vital three points.

Preview of the USA vs. Panama international friendly

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2015 got off to a bad start for the USA as they fell 3-2 on the road in Chile. Overall it was a mixed performance with good showings by Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, but poor showing from Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey. The USA has now lost three in a row, is winless in five straight, and won only once in the last nine games.

Ghana continues stirring run at ACON with a 3-0 semi-final win against Equatorial Guinea

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A 3-0 victory in the semi-final against host nation Equatorial Guinea has put Ghana in the African Cup of Nations final for a record ninth time.

The four-time winners of the tournament were missing captain and the nation's all-time leading scorer Asamoah Gyan. He was a last-minute withdrawal due to a hip injury the 29-year-old sustained in the quarter-final against Guinea.

Ronald Koeman unfazed by Mauricio Pochettino comments

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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has responded light-heartedly to claims from former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino that he inherited a "winning team" when he took over at St Mary's in the summer.

Saints were widely expected to struggle this season having lost Pochettino to Tottenham and a number of their star players to fellow Premier League clubs.

Steve McClaren laughs off speculation linking him with QPR job

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Steve McClaren has laughed off speculation linking him with the vacant managerial post at former club QPR.

The Premier League strugglers are in the market for a new manager after Harry Redknapp resigned this week.

McClaren, also linked with the Newcastle job recently, spent just under three months coaching under Redknapp at Loftus Road prior to becoming head coach at Derby in September 2013.

Everton loan the perfect chance for Aaron Lennon to revive his toiling career

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From an Everton standpoint, the modus operandi in the loitering embers of the winter transfer window was pace. Someone who replace the raw, capricious, direct void left by Gerard Deulofeu. Maybe someone who could add an effective edge to a ponderous attacking line-up. Perhaps someone hungry and willing to prove himself too.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to break silence on Friday

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is scheduled to end his vow of silence on Friday.

The 52-year-old has not spoken publicly in 10 days after avoiding media duties around last weekend's draw with Manchester City.

It is expected he will plan to bite his tongue on controversial topics ahead of Saturday's match at Aston Villa at Friday's pre-match media conference.

Much-criticized Damien Comolli says ‘Judge me on Jordan Henderson signing’

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Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli believes his Anfield legacy should be gauged on the burgeoning career of Jordan Henderson rather than the scars left by the Andy Carroll saga.

Comolli was instrumental in buying Carroll for £35million in the January transfer window of 2011 still the highest fee ever paid for an Englishman only to see the striker score just 11 goals in 58 appearances in all competitions before being offloaded on loan initially and then permanently to West Ham for £15million.

Taking away to-go food; 5 soccer clubs that have clamped down on players’ bad eating habits

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Former Manchester United manager David Moyes admits he put a stop to the players' pre-match ritual of eating chips during his time at Old Trafford because some of his squad were overweight.

Rio Ferdinand criticized the move in his autobiography '£2Sides' last September, after Moyes had been sacked at United following just 10 months in charge.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere hit by fresh smoking storm after getting caught again

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will again be left to deflect questions over off-field issues when he faces the media ahead of Saturday's north-London derby against Tottenham after photos of Jack Wilshere holding a shisha pipe at a nightclub were posted on social media.

The Gunners are to seek clarification from Wilshere, currently recovering from ankle surgery, over the circumstances of the incident, which is understood to have happened during a night out with friends in central London last week.

NBC broadcast of Chelsea-Manchester City delivers huge audience in US

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NBC's live broadcast of Chelseaagainst Manchester Cityregistered as the third most-viewed Premier League game in US television history.

The game scored an average viewing audience of 1.35 million people who watched the January 31 game live on the over-the-air NBC network. The broadcast began at Noon ET with Premier League Live, and the match itself began at 12:30pm ET.

Real Madrid dealing with adversity heading into the Madrid derby

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For the most part it's been pretty smooth sailing for Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti this season. The reigning Club World Cup and European champions ran riot over their opposition heading into the winter break, winning 22 straight matches in all competitions from late September until the end of December.

Barcelona forward Pedro may leave at end of season due to club’s lack of continuity

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During a recent press conference, Barcelona forward Pedro expressed that while he is focused on helping theLa Liga sideuntil the end of the season, the 27-year-old may leave La Blaugrana due to a lack of continuity at the club.

The Spain international was regularly called on by manager Luis Enrique at the start of the season.

Liverpool announce biggest kit deal in their history

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Liverpool have announced the biggest kit supplier deal in their history, having signed a multi-year partnership with New Balance.

The club will switch to current brand Warrior's parent company from next season.

Liverpool signed a six-year deal with Warrior in 2012 which was worth £25million a season, with the club estimating they could make as much again in additional merchandising making the whole package worth a potential £300million.

Don’t blame Klinsmann for US’s shortcomings, by Simon Evans

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Jurgen Klinsmann is under-fire from his critics in the US once again, this time for his comments that some of his players didn't return from the long winter off-season in the shape he expects. Yes, remarkably it is Klinsmann who is being criticized, not the unfit players.

In most countries, statements such as Klinsmann's would lead to questions being asked of the players.

Fernando Torres loan move to Atletico Madrid is the top January transfer deal, says UEFA poll

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UEFA.com asked more than 50 million fans on social media to name who they thought had been the best signing of the January transfer window.

Fans of Facebook and Twitter were invited to make their suggestions using #WinterTransferTop5.

The winner, as voted on by the fans, was Fernando Torres and his return to Atletico Madrid.

Watch Bolton 1-2 Liverpool FA Cup replay match highlights [VIDEO]

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Playmaker Philippe Coutinho celebrated his new five-year contract with an added-time winner as Liverpool kept their FA Cup hopes alive in a dramatic late turnaround at Bolton.

The Brazil international committed his long-term future to the club on Monday and marked the occasion with only his third goal of the season in the second additional minute to seal a 2-1 win.

Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez ruled out for two months with a broken foot

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Real Madrid were dealt a huge blow tonight when it was learned that Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez would be ruled out of action for two months with a broken right foot.

Jamessuffered the injury in the 26th minute of tonight's match against Sevilla Madrid would go on to win the contest 2-1 and extend their lead in La Liga to four points over Barcelona.

Watch Messi, Suarez and Neymar star in new Barcelona commercial [VIDEO]

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Barcelona superstars Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar star in a brand-new commercial from FC Barcelona and Qatar Airways as the trio of players, along with their teammates, travel around the world and get up to a whole lot of high jinks.

The Barcelona players star in the 'FCB Holiday,' where a tiki-taka journey of snapshot moments that visits some of the 140 destinations Qatar Airways now fly to; from Wild West soccer-style shoot-outs in Dallas to kicks, flicks and tricks in Seoul.

Memphis Depay continues to show why he’s one of Holland’s great talents

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With his goal in a 2-0 victory against NAC Breda yesterday, Memphis Depay became the first PSV Eindhoven player since the Brazilian, Ronaldo to score at least 30 league goals for PSV before he turned 21. With the form he's in, that won't be the last record the Netherlands international breaks anytime soon.

English giants Liverpool set to tour Australia in July 2015

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Liverpool Football Club have today announced that the club will take its annual pre-season tour to Australia this summer with matches set in July in both Adelaide and Brisbane, which is the Reds' very first visits to each of these cities.

It will be the first chance to see what is likely to be a new-look Liverpool team with captain Steven Gerrard having left the club by that point, as well as several new faces likely to be included in Brendan Rodgers' pre-season plans.

The field and schedule announced for the 102nd Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup tournament

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U.S. Soccer announced today the field and schedule for the 102nd Lamar Hunt tournament. The big news is the size of the field 91 teams including all 47 professional teams from the top divisions of USSF. The other 44 come from various amateur leagues in the U.S. and include teams such as the Madison Fire, Ocala Stampede, the legendary Brooklyn Italians, and PSA Elites.

The 5 Premier League clubs that are possible destinations for Saido Berahino

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Liverpool and Tottenham are reportedly leading the chase for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who has strongly hinted he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The 21-year-old, who has scored 14 goals and earned his first full international cap, has expressed his desire to move "on to bigger things".

Klinsmann’s complaints about fitness of MLS players has validity but masks his own failings

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US Head Coachand Technical Director Jürgen Klinsmann has made a habit out of challenging the established orthodoxies about Major League Soccer. His latest salvo involves match fitness of several of his US National Team players who ply their trade in the domestic top-flight league. Speaking with MLSSoccer.

Bolton Wanderers vs Liverpool, FA Cup replay: TV times and open thread

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After neither team could score a goal during the January 24 FA Cup encounter at Anfield, both teams will play again today. This time, it's at Bolton's ground formerly known as the Reebok Stadium (and now renamed Macron Stadium).

The big news before the match kicks off is that Steven Gerrard is making his 700th appearance for Liverpool today.

Atletico Madrid could replace Arda Turan with Fenerbahce’s Alper Potuk

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Atletico Madridare reportedlymonitoring Fenerbahce midfielder Alper Potuk,with the club seeing theyoung Turk as a potential replacement for Arda Turan.

This week, Turan's representative Ahmet Bulut informed the mediathat his clientwould leave the club at the end of the season for one of Europe's top teams.

Why West Ham could overtake Spurs both on and off the pitch in future years

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These are exciting times for West Ham United. Not only is the current crop playing with a new-found gusto, not only are they eyeing up a potential European finish in the Premier League but beyond this encapsulating campaign—regardless of what it may or may not eventually yield—those who blow bubbles at Upton Park should feel as though they're on the cusp of something stirring.

USA’s friendly against Panama will reveal whether team’s best attribute still exists; By Steve Davis

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Generally speaking, journalists should avoid match predictions. We should report, analyze, interpret and attempt to add context. But if we could truly predict results, well, we'd be gamblers living large in Vegas.

Something else journalists shouldn't do: assign real weight to the result of any friendly.

Real Madrid add teenager Martin Odegaard to their Champions League squad

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Real Madrid have officially included teenager Martin Odegaard to their Champions League squad for the knockout stages,which are set to resume later this month.

Odegaard made his official debut for the club's B team, Real Madrid Castilla, yesterday;assisting two goalsduringtheir friendly against Chinese side Beijing Guoan.

Evaluating whether the 3-5-2 is a fad or a crucial facet in formations for the future

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Playing a formation consisting of three central defenders has long been perceived astaboo by your average soccer fan. While fillips of overseas influences have creeped into the English game and wholesomely enhanced it, the comfort in England and the USA of an elementary four-man back-line is something that fans still cling to.

Fact: Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo are La Liga’s best attacking trio

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Real Madrid's attacking trio of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo (BBC) are La Liga's best scoring unit to date.

"BBC" have scored 49 league goals this season, with all three players scoring more than ten goals. Ronaldo leads the way with a staggering 28 goals and nine assists, followed by Benzema (11 and 8) and Bale (10 and 5).

Jorge Mendes says David de Gea will stay at Manchester United

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David de Gea is set to stay with Manchester United next season, according to the player's agent Jorge Mendes.

"He has one year left on his contract and I think that he will stay in Manchester," Mendes said during an interview with the BBC. "The player will decide, but he's happy there, at the moment.

TIm Sherwood named favorite for QPR job after Les Ferdinand takes director of football role

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Tim Sherwood is favorite to be installed as QPR boss in the wake of Harry Redknapp's resignation. Here, Press Association Sport assesses whether the former Tottenham head coach would fit in?

FAMILIAR FACES

Les Ferdinand's appointment as director of football, with Chris Ramsey on the first-team staff, means Sherwood would be among familiar faces were he to join them at Loftus Road.

Barcelona president named in tax fraud probe regarding Neymar signing

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Earlier today, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu was named a suspect in a tax fraud probe regarding the signing of Brazilian striker Neymar.

A national court judge accepted the request of a state prosecutor to include Bartomeu in the ongoing investigation into the Catalan club that began with former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell.

10 of the Premier League’s Most Expensive Teenage Stars [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Watch Manchester United 3-0 Cambridge match highlights [VIDEO]

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Louis van Gaal tipped Manchester United to win the FA Cup after they moved into the fifth round by disposing of Cambridge at the second time of asking.

Eleven days after drawing 0-0 at the Abbey Stadium, United were far more convincing against their League Two opponents at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and James Wilson all found the net in the fourth round replay at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla amongst the Premier League’s midfield elite

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While Chelsea's trio of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar, along with Manchester City's David Siva and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling receive much of the praise among midfielders in the Barclays Premier League, Arsenal's Santi Cazorla possesses the talent to be listed alongside all of the aforementioned playmakers.

Harry Redknapp insists his managerial career isn’t over yet despite failing at QPR

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Harry Redknapp insists his career is not finished following his sudden resignation as QPR manager.

The veteran boss has quit the Barclays Premier League relegation battlers citing his need for double knee replacement surgery in the near future.

His decision on Tuesday came just hours after QPR's failure to land a number of targets on transfer deadline day but Redknapp played down that as a factor and denied a rift with owner Tony Fernandes.

Jorge Mendes believes clubs would pay £300 million for Cristiano Ronaldo [VIDEO]

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During an interview withBBC News,super agent Jorge Mendes said he believes if Real Madrid were to decide to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, today, for £300 million, there would be clubs willing to pay the fee.

Mendes also reiterated that although Ronaldo has great affection for Manchester United and its supporters, he believes the reigning Ballon d'Or winner will finish his career with Real Madrid.

Mike Ashley loans 5 Newcastle players to Rangers to help club’s chances of promotion

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Former Rangers and Newcastle defender Olivier Bernard claims Mike Ashley has just "guaranteed" the Light Blues' return to Scotland's top flight after sending five of his Magpies recruits north on loan.

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete and Haris Vuckic are all due to report for duty at Murray Park on Wednesday after agreeing temporary switches until the end of the season.

Harry Redknapp rejects theories that he left QPR due to lack of new signings

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Harry Redknapp insists he did not resign as QPR manager because of the club's lack of signings in the January transfer window.

Veteran boss Redknapp has quit as boss of the Barclays Premier League strugglers citing imminent knee replacement surgery as his reason.

And his first-team coach Glenn Hoddle, the former England manager, has also confirmed that he has left his position at Loftus Road following Redknapp's departure.

Manchester United vs Cambridge United, FA Cup replay: TV times and open thread

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After Cambridge gave Manchester United a scare in the FA Cup a week ago last Friday, the U'sand Red Devilsbattle again in the replay which will be played at Old Trafford.

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

Manchester United vs Cambridge United (FA Cup replay), 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go

The other FA Cup replay (Fulham against Sunderland) isn't being televised in the US unfortunately.

Harry Redknapp’s timeline at QPR from 2012-2015

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Harry Redknapp resigned as QPR manager on Tuesday, claiming knee replacement surgery would dent the club's Premier League survival fight.

Here, Press Association Sport's Tom Allnutt takes a look back at Redknapp's time at Loftus Road.

November 2012: Takes over from Mark Hughes at QPR.

Manchester United warned off of signing Mats Hummels by Owen Hargreaves

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Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has warned officials at Old Trafford that they should not pursue the signing of Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels.

Hummels is reportedly the number one transfer target of manager Louis van Gaal, but Hargreaves feels the German international is too slow and would prefer the club sign a defender more like former United center-back, Nemanja Vidic.

Towns and cities in the USA that have Premier League club names

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Not since The Beatles first landed in 1964 has a British export enjoyed as much success in the United States as the Premier League.

Beginning with David Beckham's stint with the LA Galaxy and continuing with a Gareth Bale billboard in Times Square, the English game has pervaded American popular culture has become a regular habit for many Americans.

The art of knowing when soccer players should move on in their careers

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Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have been generation defining players. Throughout the course of the Premier League era, they are talents that have embodied the values of their respective clubs and subsequently they will be forever associated with those teams. But there comes a time when even these players choose or are forced to move on despite the synonymity they harbor.

Philippe Coutinho signs contract extension at Liverpool

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Liverpool have announced playmaker Philippe Coutinho has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

It is understood Coutinho, who joined the Reds from Inter Milan for £8.5million in January 2013, is now contracted to the Merseyside outfit until the summer of 2020, having previously been on a deal that was due to end in 2018.

Why Juan Cuadrado may end up being a bad buy for Chelsea

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With the January transfer window now closed,here's my column to sort through all of the good buys and bad buys from the deadline dayas clubs across Europe attempted to add depth to their squad while others looked for a way to offload excess weight or to make a sizable profit.

Bad Buys

Juan Cuadrado, from Fiorentina to Chelsea for £26.

Harry Redknapp resigns as QPR manager

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Harry Redknapp has resigned as manager of Queens Park Rangers.

Second bottom in the Premier League and only one point above Leicester City, Redknapp leaves the club in a position where relegation seems likely unless a proven manager can come in and turn the club around given the players on the squad.

Rafa Benitez has steadied the ship at Napoli after a rough start

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Napoli manager Rafa Benitez is preparing his side for their upcoming Coppa Italia quarter-final against Inter Milan tomorrow.

Despitegetting off to a slow start, the Spaniard has found a way to navigatethe Azzurrito a deep run in the cup and into a Champions League positionin Serie A; theyalso advanced to the Europa League Round of 32 as group winners in December.

West Brom have signed Darren Fletcher from Manchester United

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West Brom have sealed an 11th-hour swoop for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

Fletcher was set to join West Ham last Friday, but talks broke down and West Brom stepped in to take the 31-year-old off United's hands.

Fletcher reported to United's team hotel in Manchester on deadline day, where the squad are staying ahead of their FA Cup replay against Cambridge, but he quickly left after the Baggies came calling.

Catching up on the Championship’s races for promotion, play-offs and avoiding relegation

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This season has proved to be one of the most gripping ever, with nothing between the top six and very little defining the relegation places. As always, managerial dismissals have been a talking point but some of the football being played deserves it's plaudits and is sure to make the dogfight at the bottom and the race to the top more intense than ever before.

Top 5 Brazilians of the English Premier League era

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Brazil. The land of Samba. Home of some of the finest football legends. Pele, Romario, Ronaldo, Socrates, Rivellino, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Dunga, Tostao, Carlos Alberto. The list is endless. A record five World Cup triumphs for the Selecao do justice to a football-mad nation.

On a club-level, Brazilian talent and flair shone bright over the years in the major European leagues with the likes of Kaka, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Dani Alves, Julio Cesar and Roberto Carlos being protagonists in their clubs' Champions League triumphs.

U.S Soccer president Sunil Gulati needs to take a stand against Sepp Blatter and FIFA

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On April 19th, 2013, Sunil Gulati – at least in theory – became one of the most powerful men in soccer.

No one remembers the razor-thin margin of his victory an 18-17 vote victory over Mexican Federation President Justino Compean elected U.S Soccer President Gulati to FIFA's Executive Committee, football's foremost ruling body.

The Edgar Davids and Cosmin Contra spat is one soccer’s great playing rivalries

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Philippe Mexes is known as much for his short temper than for any defensive prowess he may have. The hot tempered Frenchman was recently sent off for the 16thtime in his career, meaning that he has amassed a whopping 47 games missed due to suspensions. This time the 32-year-old defender may have gone too far as rumors are swirling that the outburst against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico may be his last act as a Rossoneri.

Previewing Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich vs. Schalke FC 04

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Today's Bundesliga vocabulary word is Englische Woche, or English week. It refers to any week where the clubs play multiple matches, a fairly frequent occurrence in English soccer but a relative rarity in Germany. With Bayern losing to Wolfsburg this past Friday and Schalke FC 04 taking all three points from Hanover 96 on Saturday, this Englische Woche has already provided plenty of intrigue for both clubs as they prepare for what is consistently one of the best matches of the year.

An in-depth review of a stunning AFC 2015 Asian Cup tournament

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Going into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup there were a number of teams who had a point to prove. After a disappointing showing at the World Cup in Brazil the likes of Japan, South Korea, Iran and Australia had an opportunity to right a few wrongs and rebuild.

As for the other pretenders within the AFC, the tournament provided an opportunity for emerging nations and sleeping giants to upset the natural order and stamp their mark.

Sergio Ramos dispels transfer rumors and commits his future to Real Madrid

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Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has attempted to put an end to the ongoing transfer speculation linking him with a move away from the Spanish capital.

The 28-year-old centre-back had reportedly been at a stand-off with the La Liga club regarding a contract extension Ramos contract runs out in June 2017.

Japan fire coach Javier Aguirre due to Spanish match-fixing implications

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Javier Aguirre has been sackedas Japan's national team coach due toimplications of the Mexican's involvement in possible match-fixing while in charge of Real Zaragoza. The Japanese Football Federation (JFA) announced the terminationof his contract earlier today.

During the build-up to the Asian Cup, Aguirre was cited as part of the Levante-Zaragosa match-fixing case which stems from the 2010-11 season.

Tottenham sign promising midfielder Dele Alli from MK Dons

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Tottenham have announced the signing of midfielder Dele Alli from MK Dons.

The 18-year-old has joined on a five-and-a-half-year contract, and been loaned back to the League One club for the rest of the season.

Alli has scored 12 goals in 27 league appearances this term, and started all four matches in the Dons' Capital One Cup run which included a shock 4-0 second-round win over Manchester United in August.

Why Sebastian Giovinco will be a success for MLS club Toronto FC

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Bringing in a big name player from a top European league is nothing new to the supporters of Toronto FC.

Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley and Julio Cesar all penned deals with the Canadian club last year to stir up understandable hyperbole, but as of yet, a coalescence of factors have hampered this team's quest to reach the post-season playoffs in their nine-year existence.

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon loaned to Everton

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Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon has joined Everton on loan until the end of the season.

Lennon used to be a star of the Spurs team under Harry Redknapp and his successor Andre Villas-Boas, but he has started just three Barclays Premier League matches under current boss Mauricio Pochettino.

And Everton have now given the 27-year-old a chance to revive his career on Merseyside.

Injury blow for David Moyes as Carlos Vela ruled out for two months

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Real Sociedad coach David Moyes has been struck witha major injury blow as striker Carlos Vela has been ruled out for eight weeks.

The Mexico international twisted his knee during Saturday's 5-1 defeat to Real Madrid and was operated on earlier today. The Basque club announced that the surgery went well, but La Real will be without the striker for two months.

Tim Cahill chooses right time to exit New York Red Bulls; By Steve Davis

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It really is a hoot to talk about new arrivals into your favorite club. That's true pretty much across the board, whether your banner flies in MLS, Premier League, Liga MX or for that little team down in Italy's second tier that you adopted during sophomore year abroad.

Fawning over new players is like going starry-eyed over a new girlfriend – only you don't have to worry about what mom or your pals will say.

Wilfried Zaha seals permanent Crystal Palace return in £5m move from Manchester United

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Wilfried Zaha's ill-fated spell at Manchester United is over, with the 22-year-old rejoining Crystal Palace on a permanent deal.

Two years ago the winger's outstanding displays in south London led United to come calling, paying a fee which could have reached up to £15million.

However, Zaha has spent much of that time on loan and has left Old Trafford after just four appearances to rejoin the Eagles for an undisclosed fee, signing a five-and-a-half-year contract.

Newcastle United’s Davide Santon returns to Inter on loan

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Newcastle full-back Davide Santon has completed a loan move back to former club Inter Milan.

The 24-year-old Italian will spend the remainder of the campaign at Inter, who have an option to buy him outright during the summer.

A club statement said: "Newcastle United can confirm that Davide Santon has joined Inter Milan on loan for the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Attacking midfielder Filip Djuricic joins Southampton on loan

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Southampton have completed the deadline-day loan signing of Benfica's Filip Djuricic.

Having added Eljero Elia earlier in the window, manager Ronald Koeman was not planning to bring in any new faces to St Mary's.

However, mounting injury problems and Jack Cork's move to Swansea has led Saints to act, with Serbia international Djuricic arriving on loan until the end of the season.

Official: Chelsea sign Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina for £26.8 million

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Chelsea has officially finalized the signing of Fiorentina and Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado for a fee of £26.8million, making him the top transfer signing of the January Transfer Deadline Day.

The deal for Cuadrado took longer than expected due to the complicated moves of Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg and Mohamed Salah to Fiorentina.

West Ham want FIFA’s case against Diafra Sakho dropped

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West Ham have called for FIFA's "unfounded" disciplinary case against them and Diafra Sakho for a "potential violation" of regulations over the striker playing for his club during Senegal's African Nations Cup campaign to be thrown out.

The world governing body on Monday confirmed proceedings had been opened following a complaint by the Senegal national association after Sakho came off the bench to score the only goal in West Ham's FA Cup fourth-round victory over Bristol City on January 25, despite having been ruled out of international duty with a back injury.

Barcelona’s Dani Alves future still in limbo as player’s agent admits interest from clubs

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Barcelona right-back Dani Alves is out of contract with the Catalanside at the end of the season. The Brazilian full-backwas free to negotiate with other clubs at the start of the January window, but has thus far elected to stay at the Camp Nou.

Following yesterday's 3-2 victory over Villarreal, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu was non-committal on the player's future at the club, while the defender's agent admitted that Alves' time with the La Liga giant may be running down.

FIFA confirm three opponents to Sepp Blatter’s presidency

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FIFA have confirmed the three candidates who will oppose Sepp Blatter's presidency are Portugal legend Luis Figo, Dutch FA chief Michael Van Praag andAsian Football Confederation vice-presidentPrince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.

Former France international David Ginola and ex-FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne have been ruled out of the running process.

Gary Neville shares thoughts on Manchester United’s January business [VIDEO]

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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville shared his thoughts on Manchester United's January business earlier today during the network's Deadline Day coverage.

The former United captain expressed that midfielder Anderson who is finalizing a move to Internacional in Brazil will be "disappointed" when he looks back on his career in England.

Burglars attempt to break into Angel di Maria’s home while family eats dinner

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Shortly after Manchester United's 3-1 victory over Leicester City on Saturday, armed burglarsattempted to break into the home of Angel di Maria while the winger and his family were eating dinner.

The raiders were reportedly armed with scaffolding poles and allegedly tried to break through the patio doors of the Argentina international's home in Cheshire.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan will leave at the end of the season, says agent

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan will leave the Spanish champions at the end of the season, according to the player's agent. With the Turkey international turning 28 last week, Turan's representative Ahmet Bulut believes now is the time for his client to move on and receive a bumper payday.

Bulut says he will only consider a move to one of Europe's top teams, with speculation linking Turanwith a number of Premier League clubs.

Arsenal annihilate a poor Aston Villa outfit to maintain strong Champions League pursuit

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Arsenal annihilated Aston Villa 5-0 at the Emirates. Even without their best player in Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners had no issues defeating their struggling opponents.

The first real chance at goal occurred in the fourth minute when box-to-box midfielder Aaron Ramsey made a nice run into the 18-yard-box but his shot went wide.

Ghana cruise past Guinea to confirm a fifth consecutive AFCON semi-final

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A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how my homeland wouldn't win AFCON 2015 due to captain Asamoah Gyan and other key players being missed and manager Avram Grant switching the team formation to a 3-5-2. Since then, they beat Algeria 1-0 in the last minute thanks to a goal from Gyan and scored two goals in 10 minutes to beat South Africa 2-1.

Victimization Complex (Premier League Weekend Review Show)

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is playing the victimization complex angle again, playing the mind games to make Chelsea players and fans believe that "they're all out to get them" as the Blues chisel their way towards a Premier League title.

The World Soccer Talk Podcast crew dissect the Diego Costa incident, the Chelsea-Manchester City draw, as well as all of the other Premier League matches from the weekend.

Aston Villa are a club without any direction and must sack Paul Lambert

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Aston Villa were pulverized 5-0 at the Emirates stadium on Sunday to extend their scoreless run to six league games a new club record since that 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United in December.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Santi Carzola made sure of the win before Hector Bellerin's stoppage time goal completed Villa's humiliation.

Transfer Deadline Day open thread: Up-to-the minute transfer news and deals

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It's transfer deadline day in Europe today. Instead of scouring through all of the newspapers and websites, you can get all of the up-the-minute breaking news here throughout the day.

The transfer deadline is 6pm ETin England and France tonight. In Germany, the deadline is Noon ET. Italy's deadline is 5pm ET, while the transfer window is already closed in Spain.

Watch ‘The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year’; Must-see Brit TV [VIDEO]

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In a new feature on World Soccer Talk, we're bringing you a selection of must-see Brit TV for those times when you want to mix things up and watch some entertainment instead of reading our soccer news and analysis.

The first TV show that's featured is Channel 4′s 'The Big Fat Quiz of the Year,' where several comedians team up to compete against each other and answer questions about popular culture events from specific years.

Atletico Madrid consider reporting PSG to FIFA for contacting Diego Simeone

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Atletico Madrid are considering reporting Paris Saint-Germain to FIFA for contacting manager Diego Simeone regarding a possible switch to the Frenchclub.

Simeone has been in charge of Atletico for just over three years, and during that time he has engineeredone of the most amazing renaissances in European football.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane eager to surpass his tally of 20 goals

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Harry Kane has no intention of easing up as he continues to plunder the goals for Tottenham.

The hotly-rated 21-year-old took his tally for his increasingly impressive campaign to 20 with a double in Saturday's 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at West Brom.

It ended a run of four games without a goal and Kane is looking for plenty more as Spurs press on in three competitions.

Kevin Strootman ruled out for rest of the season, dashing Manchester United’s hopes of signing

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AS Roma coach Rudi Garia has confirmed that midfielder Kevin Strootman will miss the remainder of the season following his second knee surgery in under a year.

It was learned last week that the Dutch international would go under the knife, with club officials quickly attempting to ease concerns over the severity of the problem.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 23 and Celtic-Rangers: TV times and open thread

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

Arsenal vs Aston Villa, 8:30am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Lee Dixon
Celtic vs Rangers (Scottish League Cup), 8:30am, FOX Sports 1 &FOX Soccer 2Go
Southampton vs Swansea, 11am,NBCSN 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

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Will Arsenal regret not signing a defensive midfielder?

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The January transfer window will close Monday,and while Arsenal have added a central defender and a prospect for the future, they've still neglected signing a great defensive midfielder which could make them improve vastly.

According to Rory Smith's ESPN FC article from last September, "Arsene Wenger's scouting team met in the aftermath of the FA Cup final victory.