World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2015

fuboTV has ambitious plans to corner the market for online soccer streaming

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In the United States,fuboTV has seemingly come out of nowhere to offer a solid platform of online soccer streaming services that rivals or exceeds those offered by competing companies.

But where did fuboTV come from? What are their future plans, and what does their name mean? While in Miami,I recently sat down with David Gandler, co-founder and CEO of fuboTV, to learn more.

Louis van Gaal bringing the best out of Marouane Fellaini

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His ragged mane, flailing arms and rangy somatotype make Marouane Fellaini one of the most outwardly complex-looking players around. But—those sharp elbows aside—there's something fundamentally endearing about the manner in which the Manchester United midfielder plays the game.

The Belgian has been central to the Red Devils' emphatic victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool as of late, before building on that form with a brace for his national team.

Newcastle’s record profits raise more questions than answers among fans

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Newcastle have announced record profits of £18.7million for last season but fans say the figures have provoked more questions than answers.

The club have not released the full annual report, only selected highlights with no detailed explanation as to how £28.5million of extra costs have been incurred.

Mexico striker Chicharito admits he’s frustrated at Real Madrid

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Javier Hernandez has voiced his disappointment over a lack of playing time at Real Madrid.

The Mexico international, nicknamed Chicharito, joined the European champions last summer on a season-long loan from Manchester United and has made just one Primera Division start since.

Real have an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season but the 26-year-old forward is unlikely to remain at the Bernabeu stadium.

Johan Cruyff slams current state of Dutch national team

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Legendary Dutch international Johan Cruyff has slammed the current state of Holland's national team in the wake of their 1-1 draw against Turkey this weekend.

On Saturday, Netherlands were saved blushes in front of their home supporters after a shot by Wesley Sneijder deflected off striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar into the back of the net to level their Euro 2016 qualifier with Turkey in injury-time.

10 things we learned from gameweek 4 of MLS

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Here are the 10 things we learned from gameweek 4of MLS.

1. Why did we play this weekend?

MLS has consistently played through FIFA international breaks. That was the case this weekend too, with the likes of Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Nick Rimando, Robbie Keane and others absent and on international duty instead of playing for their club teams.

Soccer Morning (3.30.15) Thomas Rongen and David Amoyal

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestThomas Rongen and David Amoyal.

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.

Jason kicks off today's show with David Amoyal as they look back at Italy's 2-2 draw with Bulgaria in EURO 2016 qualifying.

Bob Bradley offers struggling MLS teams a better coaching alternative

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Funny how history changes the way we look at things.

Where some fans and media once lamented the Plain Jane, highly vanilla ways under former U.S. manager Bob Bradley, you wonder if some of those very same people are longing for the stability and general predictability of Bob Bradley?

Time will tell if Jurgen Klinsmann's quirky ways will displace the American effort from its comfort zone or if his time in charge will finish as "something different, but not a step forward?

Klinsmann may not be the right person for USMNT job, says Thomas Rongen

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Tampa Bay Rowdies Head Coach Thomas Rongen says that Jurgen Klinsmann may not be the right person for the US Men's National Team Head Coach position.

In an exclusive interview with Soccer Morning, Rongen said "On the highest level, I'm not so sure that Jurgen Klinsmann is the right person for the job, quite frankly.

MLS attendances for gameweek 4 of the 2015 season

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From the weekend action in MLS during the international break, New England's attendance was hampered by snow and hail.

New York CityFC's ownership, meanwhile, is hoping its 27,000+ will be the norm after the excitement of its home opener (43,000+).

Montreal opened its home season in Olympic Stadium.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Thomas Rongen and David Amoyal live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestThomas Rongen and David Amoyal.

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.

Jason kicks off today's show with David Amoyal as they look back at Italy's 2-2 draw with Bulgaria in EURO 2016 qualifying.

Manchester United target Mats Hummels considering his future at Borussia Dortmund

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German international Mats Hummels has admitted he is considering a future away from Borussia Dortmund.

Since the summer, Hummelshas been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United. But the defender has always denied any interest in leaving Dortmund, where he won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2012 and 2012 and reached the 2013 Champions League final.

Euro 2016 qualifying rounds are captivating to watch

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With the Euros expanded to 24 for the next tournament in France, this was the cue for many to call out qualifying for the tournament, with some calling it "academic" and "boring". To the surprise of so many, not only has it not been boring, it's been intensely captivating. The stories emerging as Europe's middle class gets its long due chance at making it to a tournament they'd otherwise have little hope of getting too has created some fascinating storylines.

Jurgen Klinsmann should be sacked if USMNT fail to win Gold Cup

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When Bob Bradley got sacked as US manager after the 2011 Gold Cup, it was the right move. The US needed a new voice. Fresh ideas. Different energy. Bradley did a good job, but it was time for both parties to move on.

A 4-2 loss to Mexico in the tournament finale at the Rose Bowl was the final straw.

Official MLS game balls from 1996-2015 [PHOTOS]

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Heading into the 2015 season (their 20th campaign), Major League Soccer made two significant changes to their brand: first, they overhauled the MLS logo from the usual ball and boot square logo to a fresh minimalistic crest logo (which had mixed reviews). Secondly, the American soccer league updated the official game ball.

Match preview – USA vs. Switzerland

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A depressingly and alarmingly familiar pattern has begun to show for the USMNT. A fast start and late collapse has been the norm since the World Cup (one could even argue that it dates back to before the World Cup to when the US played Turkey). In five of the eight games since the World Cup, the US has jumped out to a first half lead only to surrender it in the second half.

River Plate goalkeeper Augusto Batalla edging closer to Real Madrid move

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River Plate goalkeeper Augusto Batalla is edging closer to a move to Real Madrid, according to theArgentineclub's president.

Batalla, a member of Argentina's under-2o side, was the subject of an approach from Real Madrid during the dying hours of the January transfer window. But the La Liga club were unable to complete the deal in time and the goalkeeper remained with River Plate.

Zinedine Zidane says he would coach Real Madrid if offered the job

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Zinedine Zidane says he would coach Real Madrid if he was offered the job. However, the former France international went on to say the club already has a manager in charge who is doing a good job.

In recent weeks, Zidane has been tipped to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the season.

Brazil 1-0 Chile: Brazil improving under Dunga but still searching for their swagger

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As far as recoveries go, on the back of a humiliation at your home World Cup, Brazil's has been rather emphatic.

After re-appointing iconic World Cup-winningskipper Dunga as boss—not a popular choice for all, it must said—they've won eight games in succession since that humbling at the hands of Germany in Belo Horizonte.

Netherlands away shirt for 2015 [PHOTOS]

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Nike captured the spirit and distinctly Dutch style of the Holland National Team with the debut of the federation's 2015-16 away jersey. The white jersey with orange highlights is evocative of the speed, boundless energy and total football that's made Holland one of the most-watched and influential teams in the world.

Premier League ball for 2015-16 season will be red: Leaked [PHOTO]

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For the first time since the 2008-09 season, the official ball that will be used in the Premier Leagueduring the 2015-16 season will be a red and white gradient.

The leaked photo of the ball (see above) shows a unique panel design from Nike that features a crimson and white gradient. The ball, named Nike Ordem, will officially be revealed in July, 2015.

Portugal away shirt for 2015 continues trend of colorful jerseys

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One fact that cannot be denied regarding Portugal's choice of away jerseys in recent years is that they're always colorful and innovative.

The same can be said about Portugal's away jersey for 2015, which features a splash of electric green and vivid red light in a graphic that's splashed across the chest.

Scotland’s 19-year-old Real Madrid footballer Jack Harper at center of controversy

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It's easy to feel a measure of sympathy for Jack Harper, the Spanish-born Scotland footballercurrently on the books at Real Madrid. Through no fault of his own, the 19-year has set off a debate in Scottish soccerthat has seen the likes of Craig Brown, Ian Cathro, Kevin Gallacher and Graham Hunter all weigh in with their opinions.

FC Dallas stays atop MLS despite red card and draw against Seattle Sounders

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Saturday night in Frisco, Texas marked the first meeting between FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders FC since the teams' intense two-legged clash in the 2014 Western Conference Semifinals. The 1-1 aggregate score last November saw Dallas eliminated and Seattle advance via the away goals rule. Last night the teams picked up where they left off, drawing 0-0 in a scrappy match, though the story at kickoff was dominated by the number of key players missing from both sides due to injury or international duty.

Toni Kroos says Spanish media changes direction like a flag in the wind

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has compared the Spanish press to a flag that changes direction as the wind blows.

This season, Kroos and his teammates have reached magnificent heights in Madrid, winning 22-straight matches in all competitions while taking home the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Bayern Munich eager to sign 15-year-old Croatian wonderkid Toni Trograncic

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Fifteen-year-old Croatian wonderkid Toni Trograncic has takenpart in a first-team training session with Bayern Munich.

The club has been monitoring the young Croatian for quite some time and are eager to sign the midfielder after losing out to Real Madrid in the race to acquire teenage sensation, Martin Odegaard.

Argentina defeats El Salvador 2-0 in front of 54,000 fans in Maryland

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Nearly 54,000 supporters battled the freezing cold of FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland Saturday afternoon to watch Argentina beatEl Salvador 2-0 in an exhibition match.

Some Argentina supporters were disappointed because even though there was a brief glimpse of Messi, he was relegated to the bench along with Sergio Aguero.

Paul Lambert has no hard feelings about Aston Villa sacking

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Paul Lambert has only "good things" to say about Aston Villa, the club he left last month after a disappointing run of games.

The 45-year-old replaced Alex McLeish at the helm of the Premier League club in June 2012 but following a poor run of results, which left Villa in the bottom three, the club parted company with the Scot and later appointed Tim Sherwood as his successor.

Netherlands score late equalizer against Turkey [VIDEO]

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Southampton home and away shirts for 2015-16 season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Traditionalists, neutrals and Southampton supporters will be glad to know that Southampton's home jersey for the 2015/16 season will retain the club's famous red and white stripes.

After Southampton designed and manufactured its own kits for the 2014/15 season, the Saints have returned to adidas as the kit supplier.

GolTV acquires Scottish Cup TV rights through 2015-16 season

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USTVnetwork GolTV has acquired rights to air Scottish Cup matches effective immediately. The bilingual soccer network will start by broadcasting the upcoming semi-finals of the prestigious Scottish competition on April 18 when Hibernian faces off against Falkirk, and one day later with Inverness CT playing Scottish giants Celtic.

ESPN Deportes continues focus on covering variety of soccer leagues

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During the busy Sportel America industry conference last week in Miami,ESPN Deportes General Manager Lino Garcia took time out of his busy day to update the readers of World Soccer Talk regarding the most recent developments at ESPN Deportes.

Asked about important developments during the last six months at ESPN Deportes, Garcia said, "The big news was reconnecting with UEFA Champions League, which we did in the Fall.

Manchester City home shirt for 2015-16 season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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For most Manchester City supporters, the quality and design of the club's jerseys have been disappointing particularly when compared to the much more appealing Umbro shirts that preceded the Nike kit sponsorship deal.

But depending onyour opinion, Nike may have finally offered a ray of hope with its shirt designs for the 2015-16 season based on the leaked photos shown above and below.

West Brom to pay tribute to Jeff Astle on April 11

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The 11thof April boasts some intriguing Premier League fixtures but there's one game where football will be part of a larger tribute. That fixture is at the Hawthorns and it sees West Bromwich Albion face Leicester City.

The day and the game will be an emotional fare for every person connected to the Baggies as the club will honor a legend known to them simply as ‘the King'.

Watch England 4-0 Lithuania match highlights [VIDEO]

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Newcastle United considering US summer tour

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Premier League club Newcastle United is said to be considering a United States tour during the upcoming summer. While no specific cities or dates have been revealed just yet, it is thought that the club from northeast England are assessing their options for where to play their summer friendlies, and America appears to be at or near the top of their list.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores bizarre goal for Sweden [VIDEO]

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi photograpped in Qatar ahead of reported move

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On Friday,Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez was photographedtaking pictures with fans inQatar,just a day after news broke of his summer move to the Qatari side Al Sadd.

It is not yet known why the former Spain international was in the sovereign Arab country, and an announcement of his decision to join Al Sadd is still not expected to take place until the summer.

Pepe set to sign contract extension with Real Madrid until June 2018

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Pepe is set to sign a contract extension with Real Madrid until June 2018, according to a report from the Spanish newspaper AS.

The Portuguese defender has been in talks with the club for several months, with earlier reports believing the centre-back would be offered a one-year extension in Madrid his current deal is set to expire in June 2016.

Atletico Madrid defender Miranda reluctant to discuss future plans

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Atletico Madrid defender Miranda has refused to confirm whether or not he leave the club in the near future.

Last month, the Brazilian center-back waslinked with a move away from the La Liga champions this summer.

In recent years, Miranda has formed one of the best defensive partnerships in Europe with teammate Diego Godin.

Barcelona’s Jordi Alba ruled out for 10 days after suffering hamstring injury

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Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has been ruled out for ten days after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty for Spain.

The injury took place during theEuro 2016 Qualifierbetween Spain and Ukraine on Friday which Spain won by a score of 1-0.

The left-backwas substituted in the 76th minute after feeling pain during a run down the left wing.

It’s time to destroy the myth that MLS is a retirement league

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With Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard set to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham and Thierry Henry, by spending their final years as footballers in the United States, MLS has unfairly developed a reputation as a retirement leaguefor finished players. It's much more than that.

As a soccer fan living in the United Kingdom, I've heardfirst-hand the ignorant comments that MLS is commonly perceived as nothing more than a league for players past their prime — a place where former stars go to top up their pension fund and promote their image, before hanging up their boots for the final time.

Problems in Peru create opportunities for players to flock to MLS

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When you travel around a continent such as South America, you see boys playing soccer in the streets just like they did when their fathers were kids. All they really need is a ball. But for professionals these days, all they really need is a paycheck, which has been hard to come by in Peru.

In South America, many clubs havea large dependency on the Copa Libertadores tournament, which is a cash cow for South American teams.

AS Roma defender Leandro Castan nearing return following brain surgery

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AS Roma defender Leandro Castan is nearing a return to first team action after undergoing brain surgery in December.

The 28-year-old Brazilian center-back made his last appearance for Roma on September 13th against Empoli. Castan was substituted at halftime of that match after suffering from dizziness.

Gareth Bale scores exquisite free kick for Wales against Israel [VIDEO]

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Arsenal home and away shirts for 2015-16 season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Arsenal's home and away jerseys for the 2015-16 season have been leaked on the Internet.

While the home shirt for Arsenal (see below) is a traditional shirt design with a classy collar, the away shirt is dramatically different than what Gunners fans are accustomed to seeing.

For the second season of its contract with Arsenal, Puma has created two clean designs for the Gunners.

Watch Denmark 3-2 USA match highlights [VIDEO]

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Klinsmann has changed US philosophy for away friendlies; By Steve Davis

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There's an interesting, subtle change at work within the U.S. National Team's way of doing things. And we didn't even need to see the disappointing result (3-2 loss on two more late goals ... grrrr!) play out today in Denmark to spot that changing reality.

For a decade or more, as U.

Sami Khedira confirms he will leave Real Madrid in the summer

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Sami Khedira has confirmed he will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season when his five-year contract with the club comes to an end.

The announcement will come as no surprise for those who have followed theplayer's saga in Spain over the past two seasons.

In November it was learned Madrid refused to renew the midfielder's contractsince the club felt slighted afterKhedira's refusal to accept a new deal last season.

Copa del Rey final to be held in the Camp Nou on May 30

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The Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will be held in the Camp Nou on May 30.

It had been reported both finalists favored the Santiago Bernabeu as the final's site. But Real Madrid were against the match being played intheir home stadiumand informed the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) the venue would not be available onthe scheduled date.

Soccer Morning (3.25.15) George Quraishi and Brian Sciaretta

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestsGeorge Quraishi and Brian Sciaretta.

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.

Jason kicks off today's show with Howler Magazine's George Quraishi as they discuss soccer media in the United States.

Raphael Varane determined to leave his mark with Real Madrid

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is determined to leave his mark within the team despite a lack of playing time under manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The France international is preparing for tomorrow's friendly against Brazil and is expected to start in Didier Deschamps starting eleven.

Although the 21-year-old has been a regular with the French national team, he has struggledfor first-team football withReal Madrid due to the presence of veteran defenders, Pepe and Sergio Ramos.

USA debuts new Nike away soccer jersey for 2015

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The US National Team debuted its brand-new away jersey for 2015 featuring a unique blue and white design.

As usual, Nike pushes the envelope with a stark design that will be worn by both the US Men's National Team and Women's National Team throughout 2015 including the Gold Cup, Women's World Cup and other competitions.

Bundesliga is excited and ready to help FOX Sports’ TV coverage beginning next season

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The 2015-16 Bundesliga season will be the first of a five-year deal to show the top flight German league on US television. The new rights holder, FOX Sports, hasn't released any details yet regarding its coverage plans, but World Soccer Talk recently sat down withDFL Sports Enterprises Managing Director Jörg Daubitzer to discuss howthe Bundesliga will help FOX, as well as what soccer fans can look forward to.

How faith and hard work paid off for Minnesota’s soccer supporters

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Minnesota is perhaps the most deserving market for MLSthat has joined the league since Portland was announced in April 2009.

The region, which has played host to a team in a professional league since 1990 — the longest such streak for any American market — has been through itsups and down of the "wild wild west" of lower division soccer.

Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas is the best goalkeeper in the world, says Gerard Pique

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes Iker Casillas is the standard at Real Madrid andhas been the best goalkeeper in the world for many years.

Pique is currently with the Spanish national team at Las Rozas as they prepare for their upcoming EURO 2016 qualifier against Ukraine.

Speaking to the radio program El Larguero,the Barcelona centre-back heaped praise on Casillas, who has been criticized heavily by a section of fans and the Spanish press in recent weeks.

Watch Minnesota United-MLS press conference to announce new MLS team [LIVESTREAM]

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Beginning at Noon ET/11am CT, watch a livestream of the press conference to officially announce Minnesota United as the latest team to be awarded a MLS franchise.

Minnesota United, who currently play in NASL, will become MLS team number 23.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Dr. McGuire, the owner of Minnesota United FC of the second-division North American Soccer League, will "make an important announcement on the future of soccer in Minnesota," according to a league advisory.

Frank Lampard has no regrets about how his final Premier League season has developed

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Frank Lampard has no regrets over how his final Premier League season has developed but is eagerly awaiting the next chapter of his career in the United States.

Former England midfielder Lampard is playing out the season with Manchester City before joining their sister club New York City, the Major League Soccer newcomers, in the summer.

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

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestsGeorge Quraishi and Brian Sciaretta.

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.

Jason kicks off today's show with Howler Magazine's George Quraishi as they discuss soccer media in the United States.

FA suspend Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel for 3 games after appeal is rejected

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has failed in his bid to overturn a three-match suspension for standing on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

The Slovakia international appealed to an independent panel sitting in judgement on the matter on the basis his action was accidental and not intentional.

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United are moving in the right direction [VIDEO]

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believesthe team has startedto fulfillits potential and is confident they are moving in the right direction.

Since their surprising 5-3 defeat to Leicester City on September 21st, United have lost only three times in 25 league matches leaving them in fourth place in the BPL with nine games to play.

Olivier Giroud is proving why he’s among best strikers in Premier League

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Following an extremely underwhelming Champions League performance against Monaco on February 25th (a match that could have been Olivier Giroud's worst match in an Arsenal kit), Arsenal have gone on an absolute tear, winning six straight games in all competitions.

A significant chunk of the reason why the Gunners are firing on all cylinders at the moment boils down to Giroud's superb play up front since the disappointing match at home to Monaco.

The 2004 AS Monaco Champions League underdog story

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AS Monaco's surprise aggregate victory against Arsenal last week makes this the ideal time to reminisce on another side from the royal principality that defied all odds in the Champions League.

It's time to put our nostalgic hats on and head to 2004 when the Monaco side led by Didier Deschamps reached the Champions League final to face José Mourinho's Porto.

Juventus admit it will be hard keeping Paul Pogba if he wants to leave

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Juventusdirector generalGiuseppe "Beppe" Marotta has admitted it will be difficult keeping Paul Pogba if the midfielder decides he wants to leave the club.

Pogba has continually been linked with a move away from Juventus despite signing a contract extension with the Turin club in October a deal which ties him to the Serie A side until June 2019.

Simon Evans is doing a Reddit AMA to answer your soccer-related questions

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World Soccer Talk featured columnistSimon Evans will be hosting a Reddit AMA this Thursday (3/26) at 6:00pm EST to talk all things Major League Soccer, U.S. National Team, and what it's like to write for Reuters and The Guardian.

This AMA comes at a time when several narratives are running through these topics.

Bidding on US TV rights to Premier League expected to begin later this Spring

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Although a date hasn't been completely finalized, the bidding for the US TV rights to the Premier League for seasons 2016-2019 isexpected to take place this May or June.

TV and Internet rights for the Premier League are currently owned by NBC Sports. Given the critically claimed coverage by NBC, which has given the league a ratings boost in the United States during the past 2 years, NBC's hard work could end up being itsown worst enemy as the TV rightsare expected to dramatically exceed the $240 million that NBC paid for Premier League rights for 2013-2016.

TV viewing numbers for soccer games on US television; March 16-22, 2015

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Looking at the viewing datafor soccer games shown on US television during the past week, these are sobering numbers. There'sa lot of insight that you can read into these numbers, such as:

• How much of an impact el Clasico has on beIN SPORTS' overall viewing figures,

•NBCSN's impressive 950,000 figure that tuned in to Liverpool against Manchester United — the third most-watched Premier League match ever on US cable,

• How little interest there is in Serie A,

• Even worse, how much little interest there is in the CONCACAF Champions League.

James Rodriguez returns to Real Madrid training after suffering broken foot

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James Rodriguez has begun the process of returning to the Real Madrid lineupafter the midfielder took part in training earlier today.

Back in February, the Colombian was ruled out of action for two months after scans revealeda break in the fifth metatarsal of the right foot. The injury occurred during the 26th minute of Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Sevilla at the Bernabeu.

Manchester City deny they’ve approached Diego Simeone

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Manchester City have denied making an offer to, or being interested in, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.

With City looking set to go trophyless this season, there has been plenty of talk of late about the prospect of manager Manuel Pellegrini being replaced in the summer.

Simeone who Atletico on Tuesday confirmed had signed a new contract with them through to 2020 had been among those mentioned as a potential successor.

Soccer Morning (3.24.15) David Cartlidge and Kris Heneage

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Jason kicks off today's show with David Cartlidge (BeIN Sports) as they look back at the weekend's El Clasico and the latest headlines out of Spain.

ITV's Kristan Heneage then comes on the show to discuss the weekend Premier League results & a proposal to limit number of foreign players on Premier League club rosters.

Martin Skrtel denies FA charge of violent conduct from Liverpool-Man United match

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has denied a Football Association charge of violent conduct for standing on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Video evidence was used to charge the center-back, currently away on international duty with Slovakia, after television pictures highlighted the incident missed by referee Martin Atkinson in the last seconds of Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Anfield.

Martin Odegaard preparing for Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia

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Martin Odegaard istraining with the Norway national team ahead of this weekend's Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia.

Despite not featuring for Real Madrid since his signing in January, Odegaard is expected to feature for Norway in Zagreb on Saturday.

The 16-year-old prodigyalready has three capsafter making hisinternational debut for Norway in August 2014.

MLS should not play through FIFA dates; By Steve Davis

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A lot of us in soccer media have said this already. For years, in fact. But we keep saying it because ... well, because it deserves to be said. Again and again until something changes.

MLS is about to plow through a FIFA fixture window, and every time it happens we mark it down under "bad policy.

Louis Van Gaal’s symbiosis of system and philosophy is working at Man United

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Louis van Gaal, on his appointment as manager of Manchester United, claimed that the system – that is, the formation or what he himself often refers to as "shape" – is basically unimportant. What matters, Van Gaal said, was the philosophy.

This, I would argue, is a load of rubbish – and deep down the Dutchman knows this, too.

More than 2 million soccer fans watched el Clasico on beIN SPORTS in US

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More than 2 million soccer fans watched the first 2015 edition of el Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid on Sunday across beIN SPORTS.

The impressive number combines the 1.353 million who watched the game live on beIN SPORTS en Espańol and the 767,000 who watched the game on the English-language broadcast on beIN SPORTS.

Diego Simeone pleased with Atletico Madrid’s commitment to growth

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Diego Simeone is excited about the future of Atletico Madrid and is happy with the club's continued commitment to growth.

Earlier this morning, news broke of Simeone's contract renewal with the Spanish champions. The deal will see the 44-year-old remain with Atletico Madrid until June 2020, and makes him the highest paid member of the squad.

Karim Benzema says Real Madrid are still confident despite El Clasico defeat

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Karim Benzemasays Real Madrid has regained its confidence despite this weekend's defeat in El Clasico.

The France internationalwent on to sayMadrid have not thrown in the towel, and is maintaining belief they can catch league leading Barcelona with ten matches to play.

La Blaugrana now hold a four point advantage over Madrid afterSunday's 2-1 victory at the Camp Nou.

Listen to Soccer Morning with David Cartlidge from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestsDavid Cartlidge.

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.

David Cartlidge will be on-air to discuss el Clasico as well as Diego Simeone signing a new contract at Atletico Madrid, in addition to the latest news and gossip from La Liga.

Radamel Falcao wants consistent playing time next season wherever he plays

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Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is looking for consistent playing time next season. Whether or not it will happen with Manchester United is yet to be seen.

The Colombia internationalhas struggled in recent months for continuity under manager Louis van Gaal.

Just last week, Falcao's former agent Silvano Espindola told a Colombian newspaper the striker's disappointing spell at United has reduced the player to tears this season.

Pep Guardiola’s trip to Barcelona to blame for Bayern Munich’s shock loss

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Soccer often throws up surprises and one at the weekend in the Bundesliga was no exception. Tongues will wag and an inquest will be opened after Bayern Munich were left shell shocked after losing 2-0 at home to Borussia Mochengladbach.

It was only Bayern's seconddefeat of the season, and Arjen Robben's return was soured by yet another injury after tearing a stomach muscle and is set to miss at least two weeks.

Match preview – USA vs. Denmark

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A very busy 2015 rolls on for the US. Games against Chile and Panama are behind them, and games against Denmark and Switzerland lay directly ahead. It's the first chance of the year for Jurgen Klinsmann to get a look at most of his European based players in the national team setting. It also looks like Klinsmann will have his strongest squad since the World Cup, with 11 of the players on that World Cup team called into this camp.

Juan Mata showcases why he’s becoming a necessity for Manchester United

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It cost Manchester United £37.1 million to buy Juan Mata from Chelsea in January of last year. He didn't fit in well in the tactical system of David Moyes, and he has mainly been on the periphery of Louis Van Gaal's team for Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, and lately even Marouane Fellaini. He was given another chance to prove his mettle against Tottenham after Di Maria's red card against Arsenal in the FA Cup.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 3

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week three of MLS.

1. New beginnings in San Jose

Thanks in large part to MLS' generous hand in scheduling the Chicago Fire as the opposition on opening day at the new Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes' big day went off without a hitch.

Diego Simeone signs contract extension with Atletico Madrid until 2020

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has extended his current deal with the club until 2020. An official announcement is expected later today.

The agreement includes the Argentine himself and his entire staff, made up of assistants German 'Mono' Burgos and Juan Vizcaino; physios Oscar Ortega, Carlos Menedez and Ivan Rafael Dian Infante; goalkeeper coach Pablo Vercellone and his personal spokesperson Jose Luis Pasques.

Diego Costa removed from Spain squad due to hamstring injury

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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have issued a statement confirming striker Diego Costa has left the national team squad due to injury.

The Chelseaplayer was assessed by the RFEF's medical staff and it was determined the striker has suffered a level 1 hamstring tear on the biceps femoris of the left thigh, which was previously noted by the Premier League club's medical staff.

Real Madrid identify abusive fans, suspend one individual

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Real Madrid has identified the three individuals who shouted abuse and attacked player's cars during the early morning hours today.

The club says they plan to pass information to theSpanish National Anti-Violence Commission on two men who were seen on video. Madrid has also identified the other individual seen in the images as a "Real Madrid member", and the club is beginning the process of havingthat man expelled.

Bidding for La Liga US TV rights to begin shortly for 2015-18 deal

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Discussions will begin to take place this week to determine who will be the next rights holder in the United Statesfor La Liga,Spain's top flight soccer league.

The current US TV rights deal for La Liga expires at the end of the 2014/15 seasonin late May. Representatives from La Liga were in Miami last week to begin preliminary talks.

Soccer Morning (3.23.15) Robert Andrew Powell and Charlie Boehm

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Jason kicks off today's show with Charles Boehm (SoccerWire) as they look back at the weekend's Major League Soccer headlines and results. Author Robert Andrew Powell then comes on the show to discuss his Howler Magazine piece on Marcelo Claure and David Beckham's efforts to bring a Major League Soccer franchise back to Miami.

I won’t criticize Steven Gerrard, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers refused to criticize Steven Gerrard despite his senseless dismissal in Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Gerrard ensured his final meeting against United would be remembered for all the wrong reasons as he was sent off just 43 seconds after his half-time introduction from the substitutes' bench.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel charged with violent conduct by FA

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The Football Association has charged Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel with violent conduct following his clash with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea during Sunday's Barclays Premier League match.

Skrtel appeared to step on the Spaniard in the 95th minute of the match at Anfield, which Liverpool lost 2-1.

Steven Gerrard’s red card caps off career that promised so much more

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The celebration of Steven Gerrard's career will be a main area of focusover the player's final weeks as a Liverpool player. However, for many, Steven Gerrard is exiting his career in Europe as a figure of tragedy. While Liverpool fans and Gerrard backers will point to his trophy haul and one May 2005 night in Istanbul, the truth is more often than not Gerrard has been the nearly man.

Luis Suarez’s el Clasico performance praised by Barcelona manager

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It seems like ages ago whenfans and the media were questioningBarcelona's acquisition of Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan striker has had the support of his teammates and manager since his arrival from Liverpool this summer even during a stretch which saw the goalscorer struggle to find the back of the net for his new club.

Real Madrid fans and Spanish press are pushing Gareth Bale out of Spain

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The abuse Gareth Bale has received from Real Madrid fans and the Spanish press has steadily increased since his arrival in September 2013.

Over the past few months, the criticism has increased significantly with the player's every move and decision on and off the pitch being scrutinized by the masses in Spain.

NBC Sports raises the bar by sending broadcast team to England for Premier League TV coverage

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The best just got better.

NBC Sports will be sending its entire US-based crew to the UK for three Premier League matches, so the likes of Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe, Kyle Martino and Robbie Earle will broadcast from stadiums in England from April 11-13, bringing the best soccer coverage to homes across the United States of America.

MLS attendances from gameweek 3 of the 2015 season

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New England Revolution's home opener was nothing to speak of, with only 14,189 in attendance to watch the 0-0 draw with Montreal Impact.

Philadelphia may have suffered from a game day switch due to weather, with their Friday night match being postponed due to snow but rescheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Robert Andrew Powell and Charlie Boehm live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestsRobert Andrew Powell and Charlie Boehm.

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.

Robert Andrew Powell is the author of an eyeopening piece about Marcelo Claure, one of the main investors trying to bring a MLS team to Miami.

Gone in 60 seconds (Premier League Weekend Review Show)

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On a weekend filled with the Liverpool-Manchester United derby drama with Steven Gerrard losing his mind and getting sent off within 41 seconds, the World Soccer Talk have lots to talk about.

World Soccer Talk Podcast crew Nick Webster, Nate Abaurreau and Robin Burt tackle the tough topics from the weekend of the Premier League.

Real Madrid players confronted by angry supporters after El Clasico defeat

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Real Madrid supporters have never been shy of voicing their displeasure when the team has failed to meet their high expectations.

Over the past few weeks, manager Carlo Ancelotti and his players have been consistently jeered and whistled during home matches with the pinnacle of fan disapproval hitting its peakduring Madrid's 4-3 Champions League defeat to Schalke 04.

Watch Hull 2-3 Chelsea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Loic Remy came off the bench to spare Chelsea's blushes at Hull, with goalkeeper Thibault Courtois a relieved man after his first-half howler.

A thrilling 3-2 victory restored the Blues' six-point lead at the Barclays Premier League summit but the Tigers were desperately unlucky not to take something from a rousing encounter.

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

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hailed one of the most important wins of his career after a 2-1 victory over 10-man Liverpool at Anfield opened up a five-point cushion in the race for Champions League football.

Juan Mata scored in each half, either side of Reds captain Steven Gerrard getting sent off just 43 seconds after coming on as a substitute at the interval, and although Daniel Sturridge pulled a goal back United could still afford to miss an added-time Wayne Rooney penalty.

el Clasico featuring Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Starting lineups, TV times and open thread

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The biggest club match of the season thus far kicks off today at Camp Nou as Barcelona plays Real Madrid in el Clasico.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, Barcelona vs Real Madrid is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld.

Carlo Ancelotti believes El Clasico will not be decisive towards title

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti believes today's El Clasico will not be thedetermining factor as to who will finish on top of La Liga at the end of the season.

However, Ancelotti says the attitude of the players in the dressing room has been very serious during the build-up of theshowdown againstBarcelona.

Exclusive interview with Guillem Balague about el Clasico

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With today's momentous el Clasico looming, I had the distinct pleasure of discussing the gamewith esteemed pundit and writer Guillem Balague.

Guillem has penned some superb books on some iconic figures in the Spanish game and opened up about how he feels both sides are shaping up ahead of the showdown at the Nou Camp this weekend.

Everything you need to know about el Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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The first el Clasico of 2015will be watched by a global viewing audience of more than 400 million. It is, without a doubt, the biggest club game in all of soccer.

Here's everything you need to know about el Clasico — from the history of el Clasico to everything else:

Predicted lineups and team news

Videos of iconic el Clasico moments:

• Fans throw pig's head at Luis Figo in Camp Nou,
• Alfredo di Stefano shows Barcelona what they missed out on,
• Ronaldinho bewitches the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ask your el Clasico, La Liga and soccer questions to Pete Quinn at 1pm ET today

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World Soccer Talk writer and La Liga expert Pete Quinn will answer your el Clasico, La Liga and any other soccer questionsat 1pm ET / 11am PT today in a Twitter takeover at @worldsoccertalk.

To post your questions to Pete Quinn, log in to your Twitter account, and then tweet your question to @worldsoccertalkand be sure to use the #AskPeteQuinn hashtag.

Hull vs Chelsea & QPR vs Everton, Premier League gameweek 30: TV times and open thread

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

Hull vs Chelsea, 12pm, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
QPR vs Everton, 12pm, NBC Sports Live Extra & Premier League Extra Time

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.

Watch West Ham 1-0 Sunderland match highlights [VIDEO]

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West Ham striker Diafra Sakho scored a late winner to inflict defeat on new Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat in his first match in charge and finally bring some cheer back to Upton Park.

The Irons were in contention for the European places earlier in the season but have slipped down the Barclays Premier League with a terrible run of form in 2015.

Liverpool vs. Manchester United; predicted lineups and team news

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In one of the biggest rivalries in English soccer, Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday as they attempt to usurp the Red Devils from the final Champions League spot.

The Reds are in magnificent form having avoided defeat in the league since losing to United in December when they were blown away 3-0 at Old Trafford.

Liverpool vs Manchester United, Gameweek 30: 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 United, 9:30am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra

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.

Watch Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace match highlights [VIDEO]

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes claimed his side had had a penalty wrongly given against them and been denied a clear one themselves in their 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.

After Mame Biram Diouf's close-range finish had put the Potters a goal up early on in the Barclays Premier League contest at the Britannia Stadium, they suffered what Hughes deemed the first injustice when Palace equalized in the 41st minute.

Watch Southampton 2-0 Burnley match highlights [VIDEO]

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Ronald Koeman was full of praise for stand-in goalkeeper Kelvin Davis after the Southampton stalwart stepped in following an early injury to Fraser Forster.

England international Forster was carried off on a stretcher in the early moments of Saturday's 2-0 win over Burnley with Koeman confirming the 27-year-old was taken to hospital for a scan on his knee.

Watch Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Swansea boss Garry Monk insisted Bafetimbi Gomis is unstoppable after the striker's late winner at Aston Villa.

The forward pounced with just three minutes left to seal a 1-0 victory and leave the Swans eighth in the Barclays Premier League.

It was his first strike since collapsing at Tottenham earlier this month the result of a vasovagal condition which causes low blood pressure and Monk believes the six-goal striker has fully recovered.

Watch Manchester City 3-0 West Brom match highlights [VIDEO]

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis called for the greater use of technology after defender Gareth McAuley was mistakenly sent off in his side's 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.

McAuley was a victim of mistaken identity when he was shown a red card by referee Neil Swarbrick in the second minute at the Etihad Stadium after Craig Dawson fouled Wilfried Bony.

Watch Spurs 4-3 Leicester match highlights [VIDEO]

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Leicester manager Nigel Pearson labeled referee Mike Dean "one of the most arrogant men" he has ever met after awarding a game-changing penalty against Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham.

White Hart Lane bore witness to a thrilling, end-to-end encounter on Saturday, with star turn Kane capping a wonderful week with his first Premier League hat-trick as Spurs ran out 4-3 victors.

Watch Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal match highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsene Wenger refused to be drawn into a discussion of Arsenal's Barclays Premier League title chances after seeing them hold out to claim a hard-fought victory at Newcastle.

The Gunners' sixth successive league win left them just four points behind leaders Chelsea, who have two games in hand, but Wenger is adopting a one-game-at-a-time approach to the closing stages of the campaign.

Watch Ray Hudson visiting Barcelona’s Camp Nou for the first time [VIDEO]

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Love him or hate him, there are few soccer announcers in the United States who care as much about his art than Ray Hudson. That is, the art of soccer commentary.

There's no doubt that Hudson loves the game of soccer. It's his life, so it's quite fitting that he gets to commentate on some of the most beautiful soccer every weekend —for La Liga games, featuring Real Madrid, Barcelona and other teams —on beIN SPORTS.

Iconic el Clasico Moments: Fans throw pig’s head at Luis Figo in Camp Nou [VIDEO]

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Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid, November 23, 2002

For a supporter, there aren't manygreater acts of treachery a player can commit than leaving for a massive rival. But there are few more high profile than when Luis Figo swapped the iconic Blaugrana jersey for the all white of their eternal rivals Real Madrid.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid predicted lineups and team news for el Clasico

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Its the second Clasico of the season, Barcelona hosts Real Madrid on Sunday (4pm ET kickoff) in completely different circumstances to the previous fixture last October.

On that occasion, Real were the in form side and despite Neymar's early goal, they dominated the Catalans thoroughly and claimed a 3-1 win after ninety minutes.

Real Madrid must stop Lionel Messi to defeat Barcelona

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It's notexactly a groundbreakingdeclaration to say: "If you can stop Lionel Messi, you can stop Barcelona."

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner is arguably one of the best players of all-time whose trophy haul includes numerous individual and team awards throughout his domestic and international career.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: How to watch el Clasico online

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Sunday'sel Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid promises to be a scintillatinggame featuring the best players in the world on one pitch — Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Suarez and others.

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

Referee sends off wrong WBA player in game against Manchester City [VIDEO]

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The standard of refereeing in English socceris getting lower every season and today's shocking decision to send off West Brom's Gareth McAuley for a foul committed by Craig Dawson on Wilfried Bony supports that claim.

Referee Neil Swarbrick is the culprit this time around but it's not the first time we are having this sort of scenario.

Arsene Wenger’s sour grapes will not help Arsenal in the long run

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Less than 48 hours after Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League to Monaco manager Arsene Wenger spoke out.

Instead of saying how well Monaco had played at the Emirates in the first leg, a match the French team won 3-1, Wenger was more adamant to divert the situation.

He pointed out to the fact that Arsenal had lost on the away goals rule, something that also haunted them as recently as 2012.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 30: TV times and open thread

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

Manchester City vs West Brom, 8:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin

Aston Villa vs Swansea, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver &Dean Sturridge

Newcastle vs Arsenal, 11am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Andy Walker

Southampton vs Burnley, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Iain Dowie

Stoke vs Crystal Palace, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Trevor Francis

Spurs vs Leicester, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Tony Gale

West Ham United vs Sunderland, 1:30pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim
Proudfoot & Danny Murphy

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)

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

Commentators for Premier League matches on NBC Sports, gameweek 30

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

Saturday, March 21:

Manchester City vs West Brom, 8:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin
Aston Villa vs Swansea, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver &Dean Sturridge
Newcastle vs Arsenal, 11am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Andy Walker
Southampton vs Burnley, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Iain Dowie
Stoke vs Crystal Palace, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Trevor Francis
Spurs vs Leicester, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Tony Gale
West Ham United vs Sunderland, 1:30pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Danny Murphy

SEE ALSO — Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

Sunday, March 22:

Liverpool vs Manchester United, 9:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
Hull vs Chelsea, 12pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Phil Neville
QPR vs Everton, 12pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Ray Houghton

SEE ALSO —
Top 5 soccer games to watch on TV this weekend.

Who will win the El Clasico? Barcelona or Real Madrid?

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The two biggest clubs in Spanish soccer face off once again in one of the most anticipated soccer matches on the planet.

Barcelona are top of the league and could go four points clear with a victory while Real Madrid are in second place and would overthrow their rivals if they manage a win.

Roberto Martinez blames EPL’s struggles in Europe on fixture congestion

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists it is no major surprise that English clubs have struggled in Europe this season because of the domestic demands of the Barclays Premier League.

The Toffees were the country's last hope on the continent before a 5-2 loss to Dynamo Kiev in Europe on Thursday night meant they followed Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City in crashing out at the last 16 stage.

Raheem Sterling’s contract talks on hold with Liverpool

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Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling and his agent have put contract talks on hold until the end of the season as speculation about his future continues to grow.

The club have been in negotiations over a new deal to replace the 20-year-old's existing contract which expires in the summer of 2017 for several months now.

Pelé salutes ‘excellent’ Spurs striker Harry Kane

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Pele has joined Harry Kane's growing list of admirers as the Brazilian great says he has been impressed by the "excellent" Tottenham striker.

The 21-year-old's Roy of the Rovers rise shows no signs of abating, with the Spurs forward being rewarded for his exceptional form with a first senior international call-up on Thursday.

Michael Carrick signs new contract at Manchester United

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Michael Carrick has signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester United.

Carrick has been one of Louis van Gaal's best players since he returned from an ankle injury he suffered last summer.

The 33-year-old's contract was due to run out in June, but the club confirmed at a press conference on Friday that the midfielder had extended his current deal by 12 months.

Iconic el Clasico Moments: Barcelona humiliate Real Madrid to set up 2009 treble glory [VIDEO]

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Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona, May 2, 2009

Throughout the storied history of Clasico matches, the number five is symbolic. There's a host of occasions when one of the sides has scored an quintuple of goals—a manita—in a show of resounding dominance against the other. So you can imagine how significant it was when in 2009, Barcelona scored six times at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Soccer Morning (3.20.15) Jake Edwards and Matthew Rappo

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Jason kicks off today's show with USL President Jake Edwards as they discuss USL's opening weekend and the league's continued expansion. Matthew Rappo of Red Bull Out then comes on the show to discuss his group and their on-going campaign.

Listen to the episode above or here.

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

The dangers of FOX Sports putting too much emphasis on Premier League teams

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Although they may not admit it publicly, FOX Sports will be most disappointed that the English Premier League teams have been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Round of 16 stages.

After all, for years,European tournament matches involving Premier League teams have often been showcased as "the main event" on FOX Sports 1 while "lesser important" teams from other leagues are often shown live on FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus.

Where to find Barcelona vs Real Madrid on US TV and Internet: el Clasico

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If you're asking yourself "Where can I find el Clasico on TVor 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.

beIN SPORTS is unfortunately unavailable on manysatellite and cable systems.

El Clasico showdown could be La Liga title decider, says Gerard Pique

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believesSunday's El Clasico could be thetitle deciding moment in La Ligawith ten games left in the campaign.

La Blaugrana currently hold a one point advantage over their Madrid rivals, and a victory this weekend would increase their gap to four points.

"The 'Clasico' is a very importantstep forward," Pique told the club's official website.

Listen to Soccer Morning with USL President Jake Edwards and Matthew Rappo live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestsUSL President Jake Edwards and Matthew Rappo.

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.

USL President Jake Edwards takes over from Tim Holt, who recently stepped down.

Real Madrid will need ‘luck’ to beat Barcelona, says Karim Benzema

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema believes his side are on "great form" right now, but will need "a bit of luck" to secure all three points against Barcelona this weekend.

Whilethe majority of his teammateshave refusedto talk to the media this week, Benzema shared his thoughts on the upcoming El Clasico showdown in an interview with Bwin.

Draw for UEFA Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals revealed

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The draw for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals has been completed in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday, generating several interesting matchups including a Madrid derby.

The draw for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals is:

PSG v Barcelona
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
Porto v Bayern
Juventus v Monaco

The draw for the UEFA Europa League is:

Sevilla v Zenit
Dnipro v Club Brugge
Dynamo Kiev v Fiorentina
Wolfsburg v Napoli

In the Europa League, the Ukraine teams were kept apart from Russian Premier League side Zenit.

fuboTV adds Chromecast support to soccer streaming service

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fuboTV,the leadingdedicated soccer streaming service in the US, is now integrated with Chromecast.

Using a Google Chromecast stick (less than $35) and a subscription to fuboTV (which costs $6.99 per month), fuboTV subscribers can stream live matches on to their TV from iPhone, Android or computer.

el Clasico preview: Barcelona-Real Madrid prepare to battle for honors of best team in world

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When Barcelona and Real Madrid meet, the football world stops to observe the internal plots of the two biggest clubs in the world intertwining on the global stage. But when the latest El Clasico gets underway on Sunday night, the narratives on either side of the divide will represent polar opposites.

Why the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup isn’t “March Madness” yet

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Even if you haven't filled out your NCAA Tournament bracket (or five) yet, you are probably still aware that there's some big college basketball tournament about to explode onto several networks today. Colloquially it is known as "March Madness".

In recent years there have been articles written about the Lamar Hunt U.

Major talking points; Liverpool vs. Manchester United

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It seems as if it was eons ago when Liverpool lost 3-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford back in December. Manchester United (as has been the story of their season), were clinical with their chances, while Liverpool had large segments of the game when they dominated play, but could not put anything past David De Gea.

Louis van Gaal declares Manchester United as his last job

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has promised to quit soccer after his job at Old Trafford is done.

The 63-year-old only took control of affairs last summer but believes he won't be in soccer management after United. He has already managed at Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich, as well as leading his national side to third at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

PokerStars hoping to score from sports betting

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For well over a decade, PokerStars have been the Barcelona of the poker world. Negreanu being the Lionel Messi of the game. Liv Boeree the Romario. Ronaldo the, well, Ronaldo. So it's no surprise that the world renowned brand are all set to make their way into another market – sports betting.

The sports betting market is worth between an estimated $700billion and $1trillion, and PokerStars are looking to take a chunk of that by rolling out their sports book globally in 2015.

Europa League Round of 16 2nd leg: Match highlights [VIDEOS]

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Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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There are some soccer rivalries that go beyond what occurs on the field. The needle between some of the game's most illustrious names spans across various cultural and historical demographics, with deep-rooted factors contributing to the angst between those out on the pitch and the supporters in the stands.

Paul Pogba’s agent says Real Madrid throw away players like used towels

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Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has continued his verbal assault on Real Madrid bydeclaring the La Liga club buys players "like you buy a facecloth and then throws them away like a facecloth."

Despite signing a contract extension with Juventus, Pogba has still been linked with a move away from the Serie A side.

Soccer Morning (3.19.15) Leander Schaerlaeckens and David Cartlidge

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Welcome to today's episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis.

Jason kicks off today's show with Leander Schaerlaeckens as they look back at Wednesday's UEFA Champions League results & discuss Gedion Zelalem's international future.

David Cartlidge (BeIN Sports) then comes on the show to preview this weekend's El Clasico and discuss Diego Simeone's new long-term contract extension with Atlético Madrid.

FIFA announce date for 2022 World Cup Final

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FIFAhasdisclosed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Winter, with the Final coming on December 18, which is also Qatar National Day.

The reasoning for such an unprecedented move from the traditional Summer schedule to a Winter one is essentially focused on the climate in Qatar.

Sam Allardyce dismisses reports linking him with Sunderland job

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has dismissed reports linking him with the Sunderland job as "pure speculation".

The 60-year-old emerged as an early favorite to be appointed at the Stadium of Light in the summer after the struggling Black Cats sacked Gus Poyet and installed Dick Advocaat on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Real Madrid players close ranks ahead of El Clasico showdown

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Real Madrid havedecided to circle the wagons and close ranksafter weeks of being battered by the media and theirown supporters.

The reigning European and world champions have not been able to replicate the form thatsaw them win 22 straight matches in all competitions prior to the New Year.

Europa League Round of 16 2nd leg: TV schedule and open thread

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

Dinamo Moscow vs Napoli, 1pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Roma vs Fiorentina, 2pm, FOX Sports 2 &FOX Soccer 2Go
Dynamo Kiev vs Everton, 2pm, FOX Sports 1 &FOX Soccer 2Go
Sevilla vs Villareal, 4:05pm, FOX Sports 2,FOX Soccer 2Go& ESPN Deportes
Torino vs Zenit, 4:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Ajax vs Dnipro, 4:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Inter Milan vs Wolfsburg, 4:05pm, FOX Sports 1 &FOX Soccer 2Go
Besiktas vs Club Brugge, 4:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

SEE ALSO:Read our UEFA Europa League preview.

Bayern Munich legend says patience in Louis van Gaal’s model will pay off

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World Cup winner and five-time Bundesliga champion Paul Breitner believes Louis van Gaal's previous success with Bayern Munich will be repeated at Manchester United provided the club maintains patience withthe Dutchman'smodel.

Van Gaal was appointed Bayern Munich manager in 2009and immediately won the Bundesliga title and German Cup.

Time for MLS to pull the plug on Miami debacle

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The time has come for MLS to pull the plug on the Miami debacle. The league, which has begun its 20th season in a strong position, now has the ability to pick and choose expansion markets. David Beckham's commitment to Miami and to MLS is admirable, but the market is too fraught with risk at a time when other geographic locations represent an almost sure thing.

Premier League’s Euro-flop is no real cause for alarm

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So much for the ‘Greatest League in the World' eh?

For the second time in three seasons, no Premier League club has made it into the last 16 of the Champions League. All the millions spent by Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool counted for little when it came to the crunch. England's elite just weren't good enough.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning discusses the latest stories including Barcelona beating Manchester City with relative ease, Montreal taking the lead in the CONCACAF Champions League and more

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.

Atletico Madrid dealt triple injury blow; Miranda handed 2-game ban

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It has been an eventful few days for the reigning champions of Spain.

Last Saturday, during the second half of their 0-0 draw with Espanyol, centre-back Miranda was sent off for a vicious elbow on Abraham. That result coupled with Valencia's 2-0 win over Deportivo -saw Atletico drop from third to fourth place in La Liga.

Wenger says away goals rule outdated in European matches

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not believe English football is suffering a European crisis with no teams in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but has called for the "outdated" away goals rule to be changed.

Manchester City followed the Gunners and Chelsea out of the elite club competition when beaten by Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Messi hails ‘phenomenal’ Joe Hart

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Lionel Messi called Joe Hart's performance "phenomenal" after the Manchester City goalkeeper prevented defeat becoming humiliation against Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Barca won 1-0 in the Nou Camp to complete a 3-1 aggregate win over City, but the scoreline would have been much greater but for a string of saves from Hart.

Iconic el Clasico moments: Di Stefano shows Barcelona what they missed out on [VIDEO]

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Real Madrid 5-0 Barcelona, 5 October 1953

The transfer wrangle between Barcelona and Real Madrid for the signature of Alfredo di Stefano was one of the most complex in the history of the game. Indeed, both of the illustrious Spanish clubs thought they'd signed the man nicknamed as the "blonde arrow" at one point.

Watch Dortmund 0-3 Juventus match highlights [VIDEO]

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Watch Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Lionel Messi and Barcelona turned on the style to dump Manchester City and their inspired goalkeeper Joe Hart out of the Champions League.

It was thanks to Hart's heroics that Barcelona could manage only a 1-0 win at the Nou Camp.

Ivan Rakitic scored the only goal of another one-sided encounter between the two sides, completing a 3-1 aggregate win to secure the Catalan giants' place in the quarter-finals.

Luis Suarez says Barcelona must take advantage of Real Madrid’s defensive weaknesses

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While his teammates and manager were fully focused on today's Champions League return leg against Manchester City, Luis Suarezalready had hissights seton this weekend's El Clasico showdown with Real Madrid.

The Uruguayan striker told GolTV this Sunday's clash between the La Liga rivals will be played like a final, and Barcelona need to take advantage of Real Madrid's defensive weaknesses.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman content despite Barcelona ambitions

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Ronald Koeman is ready to coach one of the biggest clubs in Europe, but his only focus right now is continuing Southampton's scarcely-believable season.

The Dutch great's arrival during a summer of discontent at St Mary's surprised many so too has his remarkable impact since taking the reins.

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

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Incredibly, Manchester City is England's last hope of a Premier League team qualifying for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. At the same time, City faces the toughest task — trying to overturn a 1-2 deficit from the home leg and get a 2-0 win or better at the Camp Nou against an in-form Barcelona.

Pep Guardiola to make Camp Nou return today after three year absence

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Pep Guardiola will return to the Camp Nou later today after a three year absence to watch thereturn legbetween Barcelona and Manchester City.

The Bayern Munich manager is taking advantage of a week without fixtures in order to scout potential Champions League opponents in person.

Programming note:Barcelona vs.

Days of caution in MLS expansion are gone; By Steve Davis

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We know two things about the general policies of expansion in Major League Soccer:

First, caution has always framed the exercise. History's hard lessons of professional soccer taught everyone that slow-and-steady was the prudent path, and MLS leaders always seemed to get it.

And the second thing we know: those days are over.

Soccer Morning (3.18.15) Janusz Michallik and Brian Quarstad

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Jason kicks off today's show with ESPN's Janusz Michallik as they look back at Tuesday's UEFA Champions League results.

Brian Quarstad (NorthernPitch.com) then comes on the show to discuss his new site and reports that Minnesota United will become the next Major League Soccer expansion franchise.

Massimiliano Allegri knows Juventus need to score against Borussia Dortmund

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Juventus enter today's Champions League Round of 16 return leg against Borussia Dortmund holding a 2-1 advantage.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri knows his side can advance to the quarter-finals of the competition with a 0-0 draw. But the Italian boss is not expecting a goalless result and is pushing his team to score against their German opposition.

Sling Demo: Watch live TV, ESPN, soccer, AMC and more online [VIDEO]

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Cord cutters and sports fans can now finally get ESPN without needing a cable or satellite TV subscription. With the launch of Sling TV, residents in the US can sign up for a package at $20/month, which delivers ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, CNN, TBS, Disney Channel and a lot more to your computer, smart phone, tablet and set top box devices.

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson’s bail extended

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England winger Adam Johnson's bail date has been extended by five weeks after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

The suspended Sunderland star had been due to attend a County Durham police station on Wednesday, following his arrest a fortnight ago.

A Durham Police spokesman said the 27-year-old will report back on April 23, while inquiries continued, and is now not required to answer bail on Wednesday.

Barcelona vs Manchester City; predicted lineups and team news

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Manchester City travel to Spain to play Barcelona for the second consecutive season and must score at least two goals to progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time.

Manuel Pellegrini's men are in terrible form after losing three of their last five matches including a shock 1-0 away defeat to Burnley on Saturday.

4 ways Manchester City can give Barcelona a run for its money

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Manchester City's recent league form has resembled the club's constant struggles in Europe lots of meaningless possession punctuated by defensive errors and eventual capitulation. Now Manuel Pellegrini faces Barcelona for the fourth time in thirteen months with his job potentially hanging in the balance.

Barcelona focused on Manchester City despite looming El Clasico showdown

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Barcelona enterthis important week of fixtures in perhaps their best form of the season.

Since their disappointing defeat to Real Sociedad in early January, the Catalan club has now won 16 of seventeen matches in all competitions, while outscoring their opponents, 58-13. They have advanced to the Copa del Rey final and are on the brink of reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after securing a 2-1 victory at Manchester City in late February.

Watch Monaco 0-2 Arsenal match highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal battled to a 2-0 win at Monaco but the victory was not enough to keep them in the Champions League.

The odds had been stacked against the English side following their 3-1 home defeat in the first leg, a deficit from which no team in the Champions League era has recovered when heading into the away second leg.

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

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Iconic el Clasico moments: Ronaldinho bewitches the Santiago Bernabeu [VIDEO]

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Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona, Nov. 19 2005

We've all seen how tough it can be to appease the crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Real Madrid supporters have immaculately high standards for their own players and should they fall short of them, regardless of the opposition, they'll make their feelings unashamedly clear.

Tottenham Hotspur fan’s first-hand account of Old Trafford experience

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Old Trafford, Manchester, England, capacity 75,000. Home to Manchester United Football Club, it is an international tourist destination that attracts visitors from all over the world to the industrial city of Manchester. It is nicknamed "The Theater of Dreams" but for away supporters over the last 25 or so years it can be more appropriately titled "the Theater of Nightmares" as more often than not their teams have been swept aside as Manchester United raced to 13 titles in 21 years.

The Greatest Teams – Bayer Leverkusen 2001- 2002

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Bayer Leverkusen (4-1-4-1): Butt, Sebescen, Nowotny, Lucio, Placente, Ramelow, Schneider, Basturk, Ballack, Ze Roberto, Neuville.

For a team of so much quality, this Leverkusen side ended the 2001-2002 season without a trophy. They completed the treble of second-place finishes, losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, losing the German Cup final to Schalke, and losing the league title on the last day of the season.

Atletico Madrid set to announce the contract renewal of Diego Simeone

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Atletico Madrid are expected to announced the contract renewal of Diego Simeone in a few days, according to the manager's agent.

Last month, both Simeone and the club confirmed negotiations were underway to extend the Argentine boss' current deal in Madrid past its expiration date of June 2017.

Jurgen Klopp never doubted his philosophy despite Dortmund’s early struggles

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Borussia Dortmund's early season struggles in the Bundesliga have been welldocumented.

Despitefinishing on top of their Champions League group, Jurgen Klopp side'scontinued its nosedive in the German league through the winter break.

On February 4, 10-man Augsburg handed BVB a 1-0 defeat athomewhich led to Dortmund playerstaking to the stands to apologize to their disgruntled supporters.

Cristiano Ronaldo considering move to Major League Soccer, says report

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According to Sports Illustrated, Cristiano Ronaldo is contemplating a move to Major League Soccer when his current contract with Real Madrid expires in June 2018.

The 30-year-old forward would prefer to move to one of the bigger cities in the US, with Los Angeles, Miami or New York being considered as his future destinations.

Soccer Morning (3.17.15) Kris Heneage and Jonathan Johnson

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestsKris Heneage andJonathan Johnson.

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.

Jason kicks off today's show with Kristan Heneage as they discuss the latest headlines coming out of the Premier League.

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

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In the first legs, Monaco beat Arsenal 3-1 in London, while Bayer Leverkusen defeated Atletico Madrid 1-0 in Germany. Today is a chance for the defeated sides to turn the tables. Otherwise, it'll be Monaco and Leverkusen advancing to the quarter-finals of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League tournament.

How do you watch Champions League matches at work?

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Soccer fans in Europe have it easy. Midweek games are shown during primetime on television, while those same fans can get a full night's sleep on the weekend knowing that the earliest kickoff isn't going to happen until 12:30pm in the afternoon, local time.

American soccer fans, on the other hand, often have to wake up to watch the early Saturday kickoff anytime between 4:45am and 7:45am.

fuboTV Demo: Soccer streaming service delivers beIN SPORTS, GolTV, Bundesliga and more

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Never before have soccer fans in America had so many choices when it comes to watching quality soccer streamed live to their TV sets, mobile devices, computers, tablets or set top boxes.

One of the new entrants in the space is fuboTV, which offers beIN SPORTS, GolTV, Everton TV, Barca TV, Ajax TV, all Bayern Munich league games, all Borussia Dortmund games, Real Madrid TV and more.

New York Cosmos announce historic game to be played in Cuba

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The New York Cosmos announced they will play a historic friendly against the Cuban national team, which will be played in Havana on June 2.

Only three months after President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro agreed to restore diplomatic ties which were severed 54 years ago, the Cosmos announced plans to be the first professional American sports team since Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles in 1978 to play in Cuba.

Diego Simeone wants 90 mins of deafening noise inside Atletico Madrid stadium

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Todayin Madrid will undoubtedly be a spectacle.

On a normal match day, Atletico's stadium, the Vicente Calderon, is one of the loudest and most intimidating grounds in European soccer. But tonight, the stadium which was inaugurated in 1966 when it was called the Estadio Manzanares will have its foundation shaken to the core by 55,000 supporters as Atletico Madrid attempt to overcome a 1-0 first leg deficit against Bayer Leverkusen.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Kris Heneage and Jonathan Johnson live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestsKris Heneage andJonathan Johnson.

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.

Jason kicks off today's show with Kristan Heneage as they discuss the latest headlines coming out of the Premier League.

AS Monaco vs Arsenal; predicted lineups and team news

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Monaco host Arsenal in the second leg of their last 16 tie and will attempt to consolidate on their 3-1 win from the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

Leonardo Jardim's side are in fine form with four wins and a draw from their last five games but are coming into this match as underdogs given Arsenal's equally impressive run of form.

Bayer Leverkusen expecting Atletico Madrid to “scratch, bite and kick” in order to advance

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Bayer Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade believes Atletico Madrid will do anything in order to advance to the Champions League quarter-final. The general manager said he expects the reigning champions of Spain to "scratch, bite, kick and provoke" during Tuesday's return leg at the Vicente Calderon.

Bayer 04 hold a narrow 1-0 advantage from the first leg in Germany, and are hoping to besecure a positive result in one of Europe's most intimidating venues.

Arsenal, Barcelona and Liverpool in race to sign Hakan Calhanoglu

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While most hardcore Bundesliga fans know who Hakan Calhanoglu is by now, the 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is still under the radar for many casual soccer fans around the globe. The German-born Calhanoglu's stock is rapidly rising since his switch to Leverkusen from Hamburger SV last summer.

Sunderland appoint Dick Advocaat to replace Gus Poyet

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Sunderland have appointed Dick Advocaat as head coach until the end of the season, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

The 67-year-old Dutchman replaces Gus Poyet, who was dismissed on Monday after 17 months in charge.

A Sunderland statement read: "Sunderland AFC has appointed Dick Advocaat as head coach until the end of the current season.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2

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Here are the 10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2:

1. A Little Joy For NYCFC

NYCFC's rollout was rough. It ranged from brutally mismanaged to the deliberately misleadingin the signing of Frank Lampard. The team still doesn't have a stadium plan, the New York Yankees are moaning about their use of Yankee Stadium, and what became painfully obvious over the last year was that MLS saw Manchester City's money, saw the New York City location, and rushed a franchise to debut before it was ready.

Everton’s win bodes well for club’s Europa League chances

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There have been a plethora of faux turning points for Everton this season.

The earliest came after Phil Jagielka's last-minute thunderbolt at Anfield salvaged a 1-1 draw. The wins away against Wolfsburg and Young Boys were also expected to trigger something of a revival and the home draw at Manchester City was a stirring display to prevent a fifth consecutive loss.

Wenger believes Arsenal can get comeback win against Monaco

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his side to believe they can beat the odds to overturn a 3-1 deficit to defeat Monaco on Tuesday night and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Gunners jetted out to the Principality tax haven, famous for its casinos and yacht-lined waterfront, needing to rewrite the history books to become the first team to qualify when heading into the away leg having to score more than one goal to avoid elimination.

Atletico Madrid prepared to fight for Champions League lives against Bayer Leverkusen

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After suffering another setback in their La Liga title defense this weekend, Atletico Madrid are preparing to fight for their Champions League lives against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night.

The reigning Spanish champions slipped to fourth place in La Liga this weekend, and now facethe task of overturning a 1-0 deficit to the fourth-place Bundesligaclubtomorrow.

Soccer Morning (3.16.15) Kyle McCarthy and Rafael Noboa y Rivera

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Kyle McCarthy and Rafael Noboa y Rivera.

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.

Kyle McCarthy discussed all of the MLS action and storylines from the weekend, while Rafael Noboa y Rivera chatted about New York City FC's opening game at Yankee Stadium.

Swansea vs Liverpool and Reading vs Bradford: TV times and open thread

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

Swansea vs Liverpool, 4pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Reading vs Bradford (FA Cup replay), 4pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

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

SEE ALSO:

• Comprehensive guide to watching English soccer on US TV and Internet

• Guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

• Top 5 must-see soccer games this weekend.

MLS attendances for gameweek 2; New York City FC starts out strong

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The attendance figures for gameweek 2 of MLS are in, with New York City FC getting a strong start with an attendance of 43, 507 at Yankee Stadium in its opening home game of the club's history.

Fellow new MLS team Orlando City are still in first place with the biggest attendance of the season thus far.

Watch the KlowdTV Demo: How soccer fans can watch beIN SPORTS, GolTV & more [VIDEO]

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KlowdTV is a new entry in the arena of online streaming services that give soccer fans in the United States more freedoms and ways to watch the Beautiful Game.

In a nutshell, KlowdTV offers beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Espańol, GolTV and GolTV en Espańol for your computer, phone, tablet and Roku.

Why L.A. Galaxy should pass on a Robbie Keane contract extension

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All due respect to Landon Donovan, no man in an L.A. Galaxy uniform has been more responsible in forging a Major League Soccer dynasty than veteran striker Robbie Keane.

I was on the record two years ago saying that the passionate, highly productive Irishman should have been Major League Soccer's MVP for 2013.

Iconic el Clasico moments: Raul silences Barcelona’s Nou Camp in 1999

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While the clutch of the world's best players in situ at both Barcelona and Real Madrid make "El Clasico" the most hotly anticipated match in the globe today, the rivalry between these two illustrious sides has stretched back over various generations and a host ofcultural and political demographics.

Adebayor: Only Harry Kane can save Tottenham’s season

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Emmanuel Adebayor thinks Harry Kane is the only man who can save Tottenham's season but he is ready to do his best too after declaring he is over a "dark moment" in his career.

Adebayor made his first Premier League appearance in almost two months on Sunday when he came off the bench for an 11-minute cameo in Spurs' 3-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Carlo Ancelotti reveals Real Madrid’s starting eleven for El Clasico

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Following yesterday's 2-0 victory over Levante, manager Carlo Ancelotti was clearly pleased and is now turning his full attention towards Sunday's El Clasico showdown against Barcelona.

While the performance on Sunday wasn't perfect, Madrid did play with better movement up front, created morechances and were clearly looking to redeem themselves in front of their home fans.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Kyle McCarthy and Rafael Noboa y Rivera live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Kyle McCarthy and Rafael Noboa y Rivera.

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.

Kyle McCarthy will be on the show to discuss all of the MLS action and storylines from the weekend, while Rafael Noboa y Rivera will discuss New York City FC's opening game at Yankee Stadium.

Sunderland sack manager Gus Poyet, say reports

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Sunderland has sacked manager Gus Poyet according to media reports in the UK.

Poyet took training on Monday morning with the Sunderland team, but he was sacked afterwards in a pre-arranged meeting with club executives, according to reports by ITV and The Daily Mail.

Sunderland have not yet made a statement on its website or social media accounts, but an official announcement is expected soon.

Shakhtar midfielder Douglas Costa wants to move to Chelsea

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Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa has admitted he would like a move to the Premier League with Chelsea being his preferred destination.

The 24-year-old has been tracked by a number of European clubssince he began his playing career for the Brazilian side Gremio in 2008. However, the midfielder ended up signinga five-year contract with Shakhtar Donetsk in January 2010.

Watch Manchester United 3-0 Spurs match highlights [VIDEO]

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Wayne Rooney and Manchester United delivered a bruising knockout performance as Tottenham were blown away at Old Trafford.

Rooney put aside the controversy created by his kitchen sparring session with Phil Bardsley to put in a superb performance in the 3-0 victory.

The England captain, a buzzing nuisance to Spurs all afternoon, scored United's third goal after Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick had done the early damage for Louis van Gaal's men, who moved within one point of third-placed Arsenal after this huge morale-boosting victory.

Watch New York City FC 2-0 New England match highlights [VIDEO]

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Man United show best form at perfect time of the season against Spurs

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Recently, Manchester United had done nothing to inspire confidence. They had been winning games, but winning games in spite of themselves. They were lethargic, slow, lacking ideas in the final third, and the elimination from the FA Cup at the hands of Arsenal seemed to confirm that. Tensions began to rise at Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes most liked person on Facebook

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Despite failing to impress in 2015 so far, Cristiano Ronaldo's popularity on social media has soared as he became the most liked person on Facebook after overcoming Colombian Singer Shakira at the top of the charts on Sunday.

The 30-year-old has totalled over 107 million likes and is now miles ahead of the second most popular footballer on Facebook, Lionel Messi, who has a total of 78 million likes.

Watch Everton 3-0 Newcastle match highlights [VIDEO]

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Everton's season turned a significant corner as a first home league win of 2015 against 10-man Newcastle eased growing worries of a relegation battle.

Midfielder James McCarthy's first goal since May was followed in the second half by Romelu Lukaku's 17th of the campaign, one more than he managed in the whole of last season, before Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off and Ross Barkley made it 3-0 in added time.

Louis van Gaal sets his sights on catching Manchester City

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Louis van Gaal set his sights on catching Manchester City after watching his team rip Tottenham apart with their best display of the season.

For eight months Van Gaal has been promising Manchester United fans everything would soon start to click into place and it finally did on Sunday as United beat Spurs 3-0.

Aymen Abdennour and the brick wall that is Monaco’s defense

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Andre-Pierre Gignac is steaming down on goal. The Marseille hitman who, when his side travelled to Monaco earlier this season, had already reached double figures in his goalscoring tally, sees the Monaco goal gaping in his sights but he has just has one problem — defender Aymen Abdennour.

Abdennour is following almost harassing and cornering Gignac for the ball.

Watch Portland Timbers 2-2 LA Galaxy match highlights [VIDEO]

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Watch Chelsea 1-1 Southampton match highlights [VIDEO]

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes a wrongly-awarded penalty in the 1-1 draw with Southampton denied his side an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

The Blues are six points clear of second-placed Manchester City with a game in-hand, but for the second successive match against Southampton, Mourinho bemoaned decisions by the match officials.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson calls journalist a prick [VIDEO]

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has had a 2014/15 Premier League season to forget. This is the same man who told a Leicester City supporter to "f*** off and die," put an Crystal Palacefootballer into a chokehold, was fired and then re-hired a couple of hours later, and has now called a journalist a "prick" during his post-match press conference after his team could only draw 0-0 against Hull City.

Watch Wayne Rooney’s knockout goal celebration [VIDEO]

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Wayne Rooney poked fun at himself by falling over as if on the end of a knockout blow after scoring in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Tottenham and then said he had no idea how a video taken in his home had found its way to the front pages.

The clip emerged earlier on Sunday showing the United and England skipper being apparently knocked out in his kitchen by former team-mate Phil Bardsley during a mock boxing sparring session.

It’s a knockout (Premier League Weekend Review Show)

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Reviewing another entertaining weekend in the Premier League, the World Soccer Talk Podcast crew dissect the 9 Premier League matches including Manchester United finding their firm, Wayne Rooney's goal celebration, Manchester City crashing out of the title race against Burnley, Everton coming alive and more.

Manchester City’s problems go way beyond Manuel Pellegrini

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Manuel Pellegrini's tenure as Manchester City manager has been called into question after a series of indifferent performances thatculminated in a 1-0 loss against Burnleyon Saturday. The Chilean manager's position, depending on what source you consider, is either safe or in terminal crisis.

Ironically at Turf Moor on Saturday, it could be argued that the two best players on the pitch that had ever suited up for Manchester City were Ben Mee and Kieran Trippier, two defenders the Blues gave up on several years ago.

Iker Casillas will start for Real Madrid in El Clasico

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Earlier this week, the performance of Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas performance against Schalke 04 came under tremendous scrutiny fromfans and the media.

The 33-year-old has started 24 of 26 La Liga games this season, while keeping 11 clean sheets. Casillas has remained Real Madrid's number one despite the club electing to sign the best goalkeeper in La Liga last year, Keylor Navas.

Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur; predicted lineups and team news

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Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur in a crunch clash on Sunday as the race for the Champions League places continues to gather pace.

The Red Devils will be looking to shake the disappointment of losing to Arsenal in the FA Cup last week and they start the game in fourth place, three points ahead of today's opponents Spurs and with a much better goal difference too.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 29: TV times and open thread

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

Chelsea vs Southampton, 9:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

Man United vs Spurs, Noon, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

Everton vs Newcastle, Noon, NBC Sports Live Extra

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.

Watch WBA 1-0 Stoke match highlights [VIDEO]

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Tony Pulis played down West Brom's win over his former side Stoke but insisted the Baggies should have scored more.

Brown Ideye's header his seventh goal of the season earned the hosts a deserved 1-0 win over the poor visitors.

Ideye was denied a second by an offside call and referee Michael Oliver ignored huge claims for a penalty when Geoff Cameron felled Craig Dawson.

Watch Crystal Palace 3-1 QPR match highlights [VIDEO]

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QPR boss Chris Ramsey says there is still belief in the QPR dressing room that they can beat the drop despite falling to yet another defeat at Crystal Palace.

Five points from 12 top-flight matches makes grim reading for all those connected to Rangers, who on Saturday paid the price for their embarrassing first-half capitulation.

Watch Sunderland 0-4 Aston Villa match highlights [VIDEO]

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Under-fire head coach Gus Poyet took full responsibility after Sunderland were trounced 4-0 at home by fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa.

The Uruguayan was swiftly installed as a 1/4 favorite to be the next top-flight manager to lose his job with bookmaker William Hill after a humiliating afternoon at the Stadium of Light, and although he insisted he had not heard from owner Ellis Short in the immediate aftermath of the debacle, he took the criticism on the chin.

Watch Arsenal 3-0 West Ham United match highlights [VIDEO]

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Olivier Giroud's thunderbolt helped Arsenal see off the challenge of West Ham and cement their place in the top four of the Barclays Premier League with a 3-0 victory.

The Gunners recorded an eighth home league success to keep the pressure on second-placed Manchester City after finally seeing off what was a spirited second-half effort from the Hammers.

Watch Burnley 1-0 Manchester City match highlights [VIDEO]

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George Boyd struck a stunning second-half winner as Burnley enhanced their survival hopes by further ravaging Manchester City's fading title quest with a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor.

Boyd scored with a brilliant low strike from the edge of the area after 61 minutes to settle a tight Barclays Premier League contest that had belatedly come to life after a drab first half.

Southampton can renew European dreams with win against Chelsea

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The upcoming clash between Chelsea and Southampton looks set to resemble the final embers of those grueling stages towards the end of the Tour de France.

After the taxing, convoluted mountainous period, the race for home starts in the South-East. But a lot of those riders who have poured endeavor and industry into the mid-section of the campaign can wilt and subsequently, spectators are treated to a bit of slugfest as the competitors vie for the coveted yellow jersey.

Manchester United have already agreed three summer deals, says report

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Manchester United have already agreed to threedeals for the summer, according toThe Daily Mail.

Reporter Mike Keegan tweeted: "Told tonight United have already agreed three deals for the summer. No names mentioned but it's looking like a better structured window."

While the names of the three players are unknown, speculation isthe deals in place are for: Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay and Athletic Bilbao center-back Aymeric Laporte.

Carlo Ancelotti values relationship with Real Madrid players over club president

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says the relationship he has with his players is more important than the one with club president Florentino Perez.

Ancelotti has recently come under-fire for his team's poor run of form, with the criticism of the Italian boss hitting its peak earlier this week after Madrid were defeated at home by Schalke 04 in the Champions League.

Arsenal set to give new contract to Héctor Bellerín

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News surfaced this weekthat 19-year-old right-back Héctor Bellerín has agreed to a contract extension with Arsenal. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger confirmed this rumor during his customary Friday press conference. The deal is expected to keep the young Spaniard at the north London club until the summer of 2019.

Is Miroslav Klose the ticket to the Champions League for Lazio?

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After Monday's 4-0 thrashing of top three rivals Fiorentina, Lazio are now in the last Champions League spot behind Juventus and eternal rivals Roma. Unlike the Spanish La Liga, the German Bundesliga and the English Premier League it's the top THREE not four Italian clubs that make it to the Champions League.

Record-breaker Jose Mourinho is the king of clean sheets

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Chelsea's 1-0 victory over West Ham United marked Jose Mourinho's 100thclean sheet as the Blues boss. He becomes the quickest manager to reach the feat in Premier League history.

The Portuguese is most famous for his mind games off the pitch, however in his time at Stamford Bridge he has proved how successful you can be if you master the basics.

Manchester United vs Spurs: Major talking points

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Tottenham's trip to Manchester United Sunday could be among the most important matches of the season for both teams. Spurs' 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers this past weekend earned them their game-in-hand victory, taking them three points off United's hold of the crucial Champions League earning position of fourth place.

Arsenal and Stoke City to renew rivalry in off-season Barclays Asia Trophy

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Arsenal and Stoke City have been confirmed as participants for the biannual Barclays Asia Trophy scheduled to take place in Singapore during the off-season.

They will be joined in the competition by fellow premier league side Everton and a selected Singapore XI.

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore expressed his joy at taking the Premier League brand to new shores and predicted the most competitive edition of the tournament ever.

Watch Houston 0-1 Orlando City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Mobile app users, watch the match highlights here.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 29: TV times and open thread

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

Crystal Palace vs QPR, 8:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Phil Neville

Arsenal vs West Ham, 11am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale

Leicester vs Hull, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Garry Birtles

Sunderland vs Aston Villa, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Andy Walker

West Brom vs Stoke, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Dean Sturridge

Burnley vs Manchester City, 1:30pm, NBCSN 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

SEE ALSO:

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

• Top 5 must-see soccer games this weekend.

Commentators for Premier League matches on NBC Sports, Gameweek 29

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

Saturday, March 14:

Crystal Palace vs QPR, 8:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Phil Neville
Arsenal vs West Ham, 11am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale
Leicester vs Hull, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Garry Birtles
Sunderland vs Aston Villa, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Andy Walker
West Brom vs Stoke, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Dean Sturridge
Burnley vs Manchester City, 1:30pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

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

Sunday, March 15:

Chelsea vs Southampton, 9:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Lee Dixon
Man United vs Spurs, Noon, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
Everton vs Newcastle, Noon, NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Andy Hinchcliffe

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

Unnamed Real Madrid player says Gareth Bale doesn’t want to defend

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An unnamed Real Madrid player has stated teammate Gareth Bale "doesn't defend because he doesn't want to defend," reports the Spanish publication Marca.

This season, rumorshave swirled around the on-field relationship between Bale and star man Cristiano Ronaldo. The two forwards have apparently had a difference in opinionregarding Bale's failure to pass to his Portuguese teammate during certain games.

Soccer Morning (3.13.15) Dave Martinez and Jeff Kassouf

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Dave Martinez and Jeff Kassouf.

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.

Martinez discussed the latest headlines around New York soccer, while Kassouf reviewed the USWNT's Algarve Cup & looked ahead to the Women's World Cup this summer.

Manuel Pellegrini wants to stay at Manchester City

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has tried to quash speculation over his future by insisting he intends to see out his contract at the Etihad Stadium.

And the Chilean, who led the club to the Barclays Premier League title last season, has said he would like to stay beyond his current deal, which ends in summer 2016.

Everton’s victory in Europa League must be turning point, says Roberto Martinez

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez stressed after his side's 2-1 Europa League win over Dynamo Kiev that the result must be a "turning point" for the Toffees' season.

Martinez's men came from behind at Goodison Park to claim the advantage from the last-16 first leg as they once again produced a continental performance in contrast to their domestic displays.

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere will return to action in April

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Midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere will not be fit for international duty with England later this month, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled up with a hamstring injury during the second half of Arsenal's 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final win at Manchester United on Monday night.

English Championship set for an thrilling finish with top 4 teams tied on points

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As far as supporting acts go, the Championship is just about as good as it gets. English soccer's second tier is ferociously competitive, home to a host of upcoming young players and bristling with sides beset on making it to the promised land of the top flight and all the riches that accompany it.

SmartNews app launches World Soccer Talk channel

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If you're a news junkie like me, you'll want to check out SmartNews, which is honestly the best app I've ever seen for aggregating news.

I've tried Flipboard, BBC News, CNN, Feedly, and others, but none of them gives me the news that interests me in such a beautiful andintuitive way.

Try it.

Atletico Madrid’s poor disciplinary record threatening their season

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Atletico Madrid's poor disciplinary record is threatening the club's domestic and European title charge this season.

Diego Simeone's side have been labeled "violent" by sections of the media. However, while the team's style of play might not be as visually appealing as other clubs, Atletico have been praised by opposing managers for their cohesion and fierce competitiveness since Simeone assumed leadershipatthe club.

Former Chelsea players de Bruyne and Lukaku seize control of their futures

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Neither Kevin de Bruyne or Romelu Lukaku seemed to be under that much pressure to leave Chelsea. The Belgian duo weren't forced out of the Stamford Bridge door, rather it was their own respective willingness to play regular first-team soccerthat prompted the pair to seek pastures new.

And while the achievements of both players in the Europa League this week—accumulating three goals and two assists between them in two games—have been put into sharp context given Chelsea's exit from the Champions League, both players deserve major credit for not resting on the laurels and seizing control of their owndestiny.

Ashley Young trusts Manchester United’s team spirit following FA Cup defeat

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Ashley Young expects Manchester Unitedto bounce back from its disappointing FA Cup defeat earlier this week, and pointsto the character of the players at the club, as well as the "fantastic" team spirit within the squad.

United were reduced to 10-men and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal on Monday night, but Young insists the team has now set it sights on finishing the Premier League season on a high-note.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Dave Martinez and Jeff Kassouf live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Dave Martinez and Jeff Kassouf.

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.

Martinez will discuss the latest headlines around New York soccer, while Kassouf will review the USWNT's Algarve Cup & look ahead to the Women's World Cup this summer.

Fernando Torres not distracted by next week’s Champions League decider

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Heading into this weekend's La Liga fixtures, Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has reiterated he and his teammates are being constantly remindedof the importance of Saturday'sencounter with Espanyol, even though fans may have one eye on the club'simportant Champions League return leg against Bayer Leverkusennext week.

Play the ‘Perfect XI’ fantasy Premier League game for a chance to win an Amazon gift card

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Perfect XI is the innovative new fantasy game launched byToggathis week. Just like Togga'sEPL fantasy draft game, Perfect XI scores Premier League players using 20 different Opta stats. And just like regularToggadraft leagues, there are no restrictions on your squad selection. But Perfect XI is also very different.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says the English media misses him

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Luis Suarez has once again voiced his opinion on the English media, just over two weeks after blasting the British pressfor making false claims against him following Barcelona's 2-1 victory over Manchester City.

Following that contest, several English newspapers reported Suarez attempted to bite City defender Martin Demichelis towards the end of the match.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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While the race for the Premier League title looks dead in the water, there are a host of enticing battles still to be played out in English soccer's top flight. Perhaps most intriguingly, the race to finish amongst the top four spots and secure UEFA Champions League football for next season.

Our selected five games feature two thatinvolve teams vying for those coveted spots, while we've also picked matches from Spain and France that will have major connotations on the potential destination of their respective league titles.

Europa League Round of 16 1st leg match highlights [VIDEO]

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Fiorentina vs AS Roma

Watch Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev match highlights [VIDEO]

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Everton once again produced a Europa League performance in contrast to their domestic displays as Romelu Lukaku's late penalty secured them a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in their last-16 first leg against Dynamo Kiev.

The Toffees started the contest at Goodison Park poorly and fell behind in the 14th minute to an Oleg Gusev finish, but they improved markedly as the first half went on and equalized in the 39th as Lukaku's strength allowed him to set up a Steven Naismith strike.

FC Copenhagen release amazing video from derby win over Brondby [VIDEO]

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FC Copenhagen beat fierce rivals Brondby in a convincing fashion on Sunday in one of the biggest games in Danish soccer.

Not much there you might say but the video the home side produced about the game was absolutely phenomenal and has gone viral in the social media world.

It was a mind blowing experience that resembled a soccer video game intro.

All-star teams named for Steven Gerrard testimonial match; Players include Suarez, Torres and Henry

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Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher revealed the two All-Star teamswhich will featureduring the upcoming Steven Gerrard testimonial matchto be held on March 29.

Tickets for the event went on sale today and immediately sold out.

The proceeds raised from the game will help fund the Liverpool FC Foundation's community programs, which benefit thousands of young people and adults in Liverpool, as well as Alder Hey's new hospital, Claire House, Positive Futures, Centre 56 and Cash for Kids.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche plays down player spats ahead of City game

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes dressing-room spats between players are "a natural occurrence" at the highest level.

Manchester City visit Turf Moor on Saturday at the end of a week where the club have been forced to play down reports that captain Vincent Kompany was dropped following a bust-up with team-mate Fernandinho.

Premier League decline in Europe due to lack of winter breaks, says Sam Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce believes a lack of winter break is hampering Premier League clubs in European competition.

Chelsea were eliminated from the round of 32 in the Champions League by Paris St Germain on away goals on Wednesday night whilst Manchester City and Arsenal both need to turn around first-leg defeats to Barcelona and Monaco, respectively if they are to advance.

John Terry defends Chelsea conduct against PSG

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John Terry has defended Chelsea's conduct during their Champions League elimination after Paris St Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic branded the Blues "babies".

Television pundits Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher led the criticism of Jose Mourinho's players, nine of whom, led by Terry, surrounded Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers before the harsh dismissal of Ibrahimovic for a foul on Oscar after 31 minutes.

Europa League Round of 16 1st leg: TV schedule and open thread

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

Zenit vs Torino (Europa League), 2pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Wolfsburg vs Inter Milan (Europa League), 3pm, FOX Sports 2,FOX Soccer 2Go& ESPN Deportes
Dnipro vs Ajax (Europa League), 3pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Club Brugge vs Besiktas (Europa League), 3pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Mexico vs Costa Rica (CONCACAF U17 Championship), 4:30pm,FOX Soccer 2 Go
Fiorentina vs Roma (Europa League), 5:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Everton vs Dynamo Kiev (Europa League), 5:05pm, FOX Sports 2 &FOX Soccer 2Go
Villarreal vs Sevilla (Europa League), 5:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go& ESPN Deportes
Napoli vs Dinamo Moscow (Europa League), 5:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

SEE ALSO:Read our UEFA Europa League preview.

Soccer Morning (3.12.15) Brad Guzan and Janusz Michallik

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Brad Guzan and Janusz Michallik.

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.

USMNT and Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan was on the show and discussed his club's fight to avoid relegation as well as being the starter for the USMNT as well as looking ahead to the Gold Cup.

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic doesn’t care where he plays, as long as he is playing

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has said he doesn't care where manager Luis Enriquechooses to play him, so long as the Croatian is playing in every match.

Rakitic joinedthe Catalan clubfrom Sevilla last summer and has performed well in his first season with La Blaugrana. The26-year-old midfielder is recognized for his versatility and superior technical ability in the center of the pitch.

Real Madrid president blames media for attempting to destabilize team

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez held an impromptu press conference today where he blamed the media for attempting to "destabilize" the club. Perez also went on to back his under-fire manager Carlo Ancelotti, while calling for fan support during his side's "bad moment".

After weeks of heavy criticism, Perez apparently felt compelled to address the media after his side werecontinually jeered by home supporters during Tuesday night's 4-3 defeat to Schalke 04.

CONCACAF announces USA opponents and schedule for 2015 Gold Cup

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The USA Men's National Team will face Panama, Haitiand the winner of the Honduras-French Guiana playoffin the Group Stage of this summer's 2015 Gold Cup, CONCACAF announced today.

The schedule and stadiumsfor the USA teamin the Group Stage is as follows:

• USA vs Honduras or French Guiana, July 7, 9:30pm ET, Toyota Stadium, Dallas

• USA vs Haiti, July 10, 8:30pm ET, Gillette Stadium, Boston

• USA vs Panama, July 13, 9:30pm ET, Sporting Park, Kansas City

The 2015 CONCACAF is the region's most prestigious international tournament featuring national teams from the CONCACAF region competing to win the Gold Cup.

Chelsea players branded unprofessional over Zlatan Ibrahimovic red card

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Chelsea players have been criticized for their role in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's red card in their Champions League round of 16 clash exit to PSG.

The Swede was sent off in the first half for what appeared to be a hefty challenge on Oscar.

However, replays suggested that the decision was a harsh one but as the Chelsea players surrounded the referee, the red card was brandished much to PSG's horror.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Brad Guzan and Janusz Michallik live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Brad Guzan and Janusz Michallik.

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.

USMNT and Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan will be on the show to discuss his club's fight to avoid relegation as well as the upcoming games for the US Men's National Team, and more.

MLS, NASL and USL soccer pyramid has plenty of opportunity to be successful

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The growth of soccer in the United States is something that can be easily taken for granted. We've seen the disastrous fallout that occurs when leagues overextend themselves, lacking the financial support to reach the lofty strata they desire to attain. Last week's flurry of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations in Major League Soccer brought this mode of thinking back to the forefront, as players and owners faced the real option of postponing the start of the 2015 season over labor costs.

Real Madrid playmaker Isco is on the road to greatness [VIDEO]

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At just 22, Real Madrid's Isco is already rapidly climbing the ladder to become one of the best midfielders on the planet. While his rise certainly isn't a shock considering his €30 million move to Los Blancos in 2013, Isco still seems to be flying under the radar a bit.

Personally, I was a little shocked when I found out that the underrated Spanish star did not make his country's final roster for the 2014 World Cup last summer.

The original voice of U.S. soccer JP Dellacamera should be calling more MLS matches

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The best goal call of the opening MLS weekend – local or national – was JP Dellacamera on Ike Opara's opener for Sporting Kansas City against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday afternoon.

Dellacamera's pop in perfect symphony with a raucous Sporting Park was a sweet sound.

Watch it again, and enjoy it, because since the Philadelphia Union won't be scoring many goals this year, Dellacamera won't be calling many goals this year.

Chelsea’s Champions League exit will overshadow their probable Premier League success

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Chelsea were supposed to be the great English hope for lifting the Champions League trophy in Berlin in June. Now, they've crashed out spectacularly at the hands of the team they sucker punched last year in the quarter-finals. A trophy so many thought was theirs is now further away than it ever has been, and Chelsea only have themselves to blame.

USA women’s team wins Algarve Cup; Watch match highlights vs France [VIDEO]

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Veteran Real Madrid players rallying around Carlo Ancelotti

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Real Madrid's veteran players are rallying around embattled manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti has come under heavy criticism from fans and the media in recent weeks. Madrid have battled adversity and poor form in recent months, after rattling off a 22-match winning streak in all competitions and being crowned world champions in December.

After a feel good MLS opening weekend, get ready for a Yankee Stadium downer this Sunday

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The MLS labor crisis was mercifully averted. Overall quality remains on the rise. Officials are cracking down on persistent infringement, an initiative so long overdue that it hurts.

A lot is moving in the right direction in Major League Soccer. Week 1 has come and gone, and what especially memorable scenes they were in Orlando City (sold out and awash in picturesque purple) and Seattle (teeming as usual with brilliant rave green).

Watch Chelsea 2-2 Paris Saint Germain match highlights [VIDEO]

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Chelsea were eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday night as 10-man Paris St Germain twice came from behind to win an ill-tempered last-16 tie on away goals at Stamford Bridge.

The first leg was drawn 1-1 and Chelsea's advantage grew when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was harshly sent off after 31 minutes.

Soccer Morning (3.11.15) Alejandro Bedoya and Ted Philipakos

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Alejandro Bedoya and Ted Philipakos.

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.

US international Bedoya has been at Nantes in Ligue Un since 2013, and he joined Jason on the show to discuss playing in France as well as other topics.

Watch Bayern Munich 7-0 Shakhtar Donetsk match highlights [VIDEO]

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Chelsea vs PSG & Bayern Munich vs Shakhtar Donetsk; Champions League: TV times and open thread

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After yesterday's goal fest that featured 11 goals in two Champions League matches, something tells me that today will be the opposite with a tense and nervy affair in both games — featuring Chelsea against PSG, and Bayern versus Shakhtar.

Is it a foregone conclusion that Chelsea and Bayern Munich will make it into the quarter-finals, or does Shakhtar and PSG have something up their sleeves?

Neymar expects El Clasico to be like a final and has targeted the treble

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Barcelona forward Neymar expects the upcoming El Clasico to be played like a final, and feels his team is strong enough to win the treble this season.

Barcelona are currently on top of La Liga after overcoming a four-point deficit in the standings to overtake Real Madrid. They also advanced to the Copa del Rey final where they will meet Athletic Bilbao and have one foot in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after defeating Manchester City in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie three weeks ago.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he’s glad he didn’t leave club

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez says he's glad he didn't leave the club this season.

Last summer, the 35-year-old was linked with a move to newMLSfranchiseNew York City FC, as well as the Qatari side Al Arabi.

At the time, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said Xavi had earned the right to decide his future, while teammatesmade personal pleas for the veteran midfielder to remain with the Catalan club.

Play the Warren Barton drinking game

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For those times when you're bored and you end up watching the pre-game, half-time or post-match soccer analysis on FOX Sports, we have a solution to make their analysis more enjoyable —a drinking game.

For readers 21 and older, print out the Warren Barton bingo card below. And every time Warren Barton mentions one of his choice words, have a shot or drink of your favorite beverage.

Iker Casillas battling a broken Real Madrid dressing room

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Tuesdaynight at the Santiago Bernabeu wasn't a pretty scene.

What has been building in the Spanish capitalfor weeks finally reached its boiling point when the final whistle sounded signaling the end of Real Madrid's 4-3 defeat to Schalke 04. Although they were able to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals, Madrid's performance reached a new low for the season against their German opposition.

Chelsea vs PSG; Predicted lineups and team news

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Chelsea host Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions LeagueRound of 16 encounter today after the first leg finished 1-1 at the Parc des Princes.

The French side will attempt to banish memories of last season's quarter-final elimination where a Demba Ba late goal at Stamford Bridge sent Chelsea through to the semis on away goals.

Time for MLS to look beyond Miami for second Florida soccer team

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The time for Major League Soccer to look past Miami and David Beckham has come to pass. Don Garber's 45-day deadline is almost certain to come and go without a resolution in Miami's favor. Thus the time has come to consider other options.

Let me make the case today that despite the success of Sacramento in USL Pro last year, if Miami is going to lose the chance to return to MLS, another Florida market should be given first option on becoming team 24 (presuming Minnesota is team 23).

Criticism of Real Madrid is justified says Carlo Ancelotti

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Speaking after his side's 4-3 defeat to Schalke 04, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said recent criticism of himself and his players is justified.

Real Madrid have been dealing with adversity since the start of the New Year. Lackluster performances, misfiring attackers, unrest in the dressing room and injures to key personnel have lead to Madrid seeing their four-point lead in La Liga evaporate in a few months time.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Alejandro Bedoya and Ted Philipakos live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Alejandro Bedoya and Ted Philipakos.

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.

US international Bedoya has been at Nantes in Ligue Un since 2013, and he'll join Jason on the show to discuss playing in France as well as other topics.

Cristiano Ronaldo will not speak to the media until end of the season

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Following Real Madrid's shock 4-3 defeat to Schalke 04, Cristiano Ronaldo told a French television correspondent he would not speak to the media again until the end of the season.

Ronaldowas visiblyupset with his teammates and wasoverheardadmonishing Real Madrid players about their performances.

Van Gaal’s big buys underwhelm, leaving Manchester United vulnerable

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Louis van Gaal's Manchester United tenure appears to be getting rockier by the day. In hindsight, Monday's 2-1 loss at Old Trafford to Arsenal in the FA Cup Sixth Round seems predictable given the recent performances of the Red Devils. Still, losing to one of the club's great rivals and thus being denied any chance at silverware for the second consecutive year has set off alarm bells.

Background on El Clasico referee assigned to Barcelona-Real Madrid match

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Antonio Mateu Lahoz has been assigned to officiateEl Clasicobetween Barcelona and Real Madrid on March 22nd at the Camp Nou.

The 37-year-old Valencian is recognized for his liberal style and letting play flow during matches.Recently, he wasappointed by FIFA to officiateduring the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Watch Porto 4-0 FC Basel match highlights [VIDEO]

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5 talking points before Chelsea v PSG game

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Premier League leaders Chelsea play Paris St Germain in the Champions League last-16 second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday with the tie level at 1-1.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the talking points.

1. FOCUS ON THE FOOTBALL

The first leg on February 17 was overshadowed by an incident of racism on the Paris Metro, when a black commuter was blocked from boarding a train by Chelsea fans prior to the match.

Watch Real Madrid 3-4 Schalke match highlights [VIDEO]

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It’s all or nothing for Bayern Munich as they prepare for Shakhtar Donetsk

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Bayern Munich enter Wednesday's Champions League return leg against Shakhtar Donetsk knowing victory will ensure their passage to the next round of the competition.

The German giants were held to a 0-0 draw by the Ukrainian champions in the first leg a surprising result considering Shakhtar had not competed in a competitive game for months and needed to relocate its operations due to the Ukrainian conflict.

Soccer Morning (3.10.15) Eric Gomez and David Cartlidge

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Eric Gomez and David Cartlidge to discuss Liga MX and La Liga respectively.

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.

Real Madrid vs Schalke & Porto vs Basel, Champions League: TV times and open thread

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Real Madrid, Schalke, Porto and Basel are all just one step away from qualification to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. However, only 2 of the four teams can advance today.

Will it be Real Madrid or Schalke, and Porto or Basel?

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

Real Madrid vs Schalke, 3:45pm ET, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO andFOX Soccer 2Go
Porto vs Basel, 3:45pm ET, FOX Sports 2,FOX Sports GO andFOX Soccer 2Go

SEE ALSO:

— Read our UEFA Champions League preview.

Paul Pogba showcasing a burgeoning mental strength to complement his immense talent

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Paul Pogba's rumbustious displays sincethe turn of the year have further enamored the young Frenchman to the watching world.

At the heart of a Juventus midfield bristling with immense quality, the young Frenchman has shone brightest for the Bianconeri as of late. His endearing patent for bossing games with a marriage of panache and physicality is incomparable in the soccer stratosphere, and if he isn't already, the tools are there for Pogba to go on and become the very best midfield player in the world.

MLS TV viewing figures are in for opening weekend of games

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The TV viewing figures for the opening weekend of the 2015 MLS season are in. While they're not earth shattering, the numbers were positive for ESPN and UniMas but disappointing for FOX Sports.

An average viewing audience of 539,000 watched Orlando City against New York City on ESPN2 (from 4:30-7:15pm ET).

Zinedine Zidane could succeed Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid

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Zinedine Zidane is being lined up to be Carlo Ancelotti's successor at Real Madrid, according to Sky Sports Spanishsoccerexpert Graham Hunter.

Ancelotti hasbeenunder criticism for the past several months for failing to rotate his squad and being unable to find a solution to his team's attacking problems.

Porto coach Julen Lopetegui targeting elite European status

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Porto coach Julen Lopeteguihas set thetarget ofelite European status as motivation for hisside ahead of their Champions League Round of 16 return leg against FC Basel tonight (live on FOX Sports 2 at 3:45pm ET for viewers in the US).

Portoenter the contest following their 1-1 draw from the first leg in Switzerland, and have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions.

Schalke face unenviable task of overturning 0-2 deficit against Real Madrid

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Schalke 04 coach Roberto Di Matteo understands his side is facing a difficult task trailing Real Madrid by two goals in their return leg of the Champions League Round of 16.

The German side will be buoyed by the fact that Madrid's attacking trio of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have been misfiring since the start of the New Year.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 1

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Here are the 10things we learned from the first week ofMLS' 20th season:

1. The new MLS TV dealgot off to an encouraging start

Not only should the Sunday double-headers on ESPN2 and FOX Sports 1 become destination spots for American soccer fans, but the productions on both networks feel big-time this year.

Univision scores record numbers for MLS match on Spanish-language network

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The opening game of the 2015 MLS season was the most-viewed MLS match ever among non-Hispanics on a Spanish-language network.

UniMás' broadcast of the MLS season opener, LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire, delivered gains of +44% among Total Viewers and +111% among Adults 18-49 compared to last season's MLS opener, Chicago Fire vs.

Arsenal learning new tricks with team’s overdue resilience emerging at right time

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It wasn't a vintage Manchester United team that Arsenal toppled in their 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final win and it wasn't a free-flowing Manchester City side they bested 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium in January. But the men from the Emirates—without a win at an illustrious venue for four years—have conquered two pertinent hurdles since the turn of the year and have done so with an unfamiliar dash of fortitude.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Eric Gomez and David Cartlidge live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Eric Gomez and David Cartlidge to discuss Liga MX and La Liga respectively.

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.

Palermo midfielder Franco Vazquez beginning to make a name for himself

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Franco Vazquez is not necessarily a household name in the soccer world. After all, the 26-year-old midfielder was previously buried in Palermo's depth chart my ex-manager Gennaro Gattuso during last season's Serie B campaign. In fact, Vazquez was not even on the squad list for the first half of the 2013-14 season for the Rosanero.

Manchester United can have no complaints if they fail to make top four

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When Manchester United hired Louis Van Gaal, it seemed like just the right man at just the right time was being brought in to right the rudderless ship that was Manchester United last season. Now more than six months into his Old Trafford stewardship, it seems the rudder is still in cold storage. United are in many respects no better off than they were this time last season, as David Moyes drove United into the abyss.

The malaise of Parma F.C. is a truly saddening Italian soccer story

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During the 90′s and early years of the new millennium the Italian Serie A was undoubtedly the number one league in Europe. Ronaldo, Marco Van Basten, Diego Maradona, Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids, Pavel Nedved, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebastian Veron, Ruud Gullit, Careca and Zinedine Zidane to name but a few.

Desperate Angel di Maria hits rock bottom after tumultuous few weeks

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Following last night's 2-1 FA Cup defeat, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal informed the mediahe would review the video of his team's performance and determinewhether or not there were any positives to be taken from the loss.

What the Dutchman will see when he takes to the game film is better execution of his game plan, mixed with poor individual performances and desperate acts from some players.

Basel must improve record against Portuguese sides to get past Porto

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FC Baselmust improve its record against Portuguese sides in order to get past FC Porto in their UEFA Champions League last 16 return leg on Tuesday night (3:45pm ET on FOX Sports 2 in the US).

The 1-1 first leg draw means Porto are still unbeaten in this season's competition (six wins and three draws), while Basel are without a win in their last three European matches.

Watch Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal match highlights [VIDEO]

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Danny Welbeck came back to haunt Louis van Gaal as the Manchester United manager was subjected to a night of despair and defeat at Old Trafford.

Welbeck sent Arsenal through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 61st-minute winner after Wayne Rooney had equalised Nacho Monreal's opener.

To pile yet more misery on the United boss, he watched Angel di Maria get sent off towards the end of the 2-1 defeat for pulling referee Michael Oliver's shirt as he reacted angrily to being booked for diving.

PSG must show renewed purpose to unravel Chelsea

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There's an ominous aura that accompanies Chelsea and their illustrious manager at this stage of the season.

The Blues' 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup final was quintessential Jose Mourinho, as the Stamford Bridge outfit bolted the back door shut before nicking two scruffy goals.

Manchester United vs Arsenal, FA Cup quarter-final: TV times and open thread

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

Manchester United vs Arsenal (FA Cup), 3:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go

SEE ALSO:

• Watch Man United-Arsenal promo from BBC MOTD

• Juan Mata says Man United-Arsenal is pure English football

• 5 classic Manchester United-Arsenal FA Cup encounters

Starting lineups:

Manchester United:De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Di Maria, Fellaini, Young, Rooney

Arsenal:Szczesny, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck

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

Soccer Morning (3.9.15) with Kyle McCarthy and Paul Tenorio

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning featured guests Kyle McCarthy from FOX Sports and Paul Tenorio from the Orlando Sentinel, as both men were on-air to discuss the talking points from the opening weekend of MLS' 20th season.

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.

Barcelona’s work is far from done says Luis Enrique

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has stressed his team's objective is to be in first place at the end of the season despite leapfroggingReal Madrid on the La Liga table yesterday,

Since their 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, Barcelona has been in scintillating form,winning 15out of 16matches in all competitions, while outscoring opponents 56-13.

Juan Mata says Man United-Arsenal is ‘pure English football’

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Midfielder Juan Mata has described the match-up between Manchester United and Arsenal as 'pure English football,' speaking ahead of today's FA Cup quarter-final.

United and Arsenal are currently joint record holders of the cup with 11 wins apiece.

The Spanish playmaker went on to say he is excited about his third FA Cup quarter-final in four seasons, and is relishing the chance to return to Wembley -Matatook home the trophy as a member of Chelsea in 2012.

MLS attendances for gameweek 1 compared to 2014

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MLS teams LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Sporting KC and Seattle Sounders were the winners for attendances during the opening weekend of the 2015 season this past weekend.

All four teams saw gains in their attendances compared to the opening weekend of the 2014 MLS season.

Vice-versa, the losers in the first weekend this year were DC United, FC Dallas and Philadelphia Union who all saw declines in attendances.

Carlo Ancelotti refuses to change Real Madrid’s lineup against Schalke

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Carlo Ancelotti has stated he will not alter Real Madrid's lineup fortomorrow's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg against Schalke 04, despite a string of recent poor performances.

The lack of goals from Madrid'sattacking trio of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema andCristiano Ronaldo(BBC) has been noticeable since the start of the New Year.

Watch Manchester United vs Arsenal promo from BBC MOTD [VIDEO]

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There's nothing like a short video to get your pulse racing for a big match. BBC's Match of the Day included one in their show this weekend as a teaser for today's FA Cup quarter-final between Manchester United and Arsenal (live on FOX Sports 1 at 3:45pm ET for viewers in the US).

The video includes everything you can hope for – stirring music, clips of classic goals and a hint of what may be to come on Monday night.

Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo could cost Real Madrid the title

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The production of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped off significantly since the start of the season. If the forwards' current form continues, it will undoubtedly effect any chance Real Madrid has of winning the La Liga title this year.

Following yesterday's 6-1 win over Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona leapfrogged Real Madrid in the La Liga table for the first time since Matchweek 10.

Highs and lows of MLS’ opening weekend TV coverage

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Major League Soccer couldn't have picked a better weekend to launch its 20th season after a boring, quiet and uneventful FA Cup weekend in England. Soccer fans were craving goals, and MLS dutifully supplied them with an average of 2.25 goals per game for the 4 nationally televised matches compared to an average of 0.

Luis Suarez is back at his best and relishing supporting role at Barcelona

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From the second he put pen to paper on a bumper contract with Barcelona last summer, Luis Suarez will have been aware that he was going to play a secondary role at the Nou Camp.

The mercurial Lionel Messi is a deistic figure in Catalonia after all and the Uruguayan—nor would any player on this earth—wouldn't be able dislodge the Argentine from that position of eminent privilege.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Kyle McCarthy and Paul Tenorio live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Kyle McCarthy from FOX Sports and Paul Tenorio from the Orlando Sentinel, as both men are on-air to discuss the talking points from the opening weekend of MLS' 20th season.

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.

Orlando City 1-1 New York City FC match report; By Kartik Krishnaiyer

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Florida has been kicked around by critics for years as a place where professional soccer could not thrive. But as I wrote on Thursday, things have changed in three major Florida markets. Foremost among them is Orlando who played its first MLS game Sunday afternoon at asold-outCitrus Bowl. The 62,510 that packed in to the venerable stadium to see Central Florida's newest attraction were treated to aggressive counter-attacking soccer initially from the home team with Kaka pulling strings, while New York City FC's midfield tried to assert themselves.

Pitch invasions and FA Cup duds (Premier League and FA Cup Weekend Review Show)

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The World Soccer Talk Podcast crew are back with Nick Webster, Nicky Holender and Robin Burt discussing the weekend's FA Cup matches, as well as QPR-Spurs and a look back at stories from the past week including the spitting incident, the Capital One Cup Final from last week (where Nicky Holender went to London to watch it in-person with Adam Richman, as well as to discuss Jose Mourinho's claim that this was the biggest trophy he has ever won) and much more.

Parma return to play after being handed lifeline by Serie A clubs

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Parma returned to Serie A competition earlier today after having its two previous league fixtures called off as a result of the club's dire financial situation.

Parma, who are over 100 million euros (£70 million) in debt, are facing a bankruptcy hearing on March 19 and were in danger of having to forfeit their season.

Barcelona show no signs of letting up after Messi-Suarez duo sink Rayo 6-1

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Barcelona continued their fantastic run of form earlier today with a resounding 6-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano. The win, combined with Real Madrid's 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, means Barcelona are nowin sole possession of first place in La Liga.

Since their disappointing 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad in early January, Barcelona have now won fifteen out of sixteen matches in all competitions, while outscoring their opponents,56-13.

5 classic Manchester United-Arsenal FA Cup encounters [VIDEO]

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When it comes to the FA Cup, Manchester United have edged Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal in recent years, winning three of their last five meetings.

This year, the pair have been pitted against each other once again, in the quarter-finals the difference this time being that Sir Alex Ferguson will not be in charge of United.

Manchester City will not replace Manuel Pellegrini next season

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Manchester City will not replace manager Manuel Pellegrini next season, despite the club's disappointing results both domestically and in Europe.

City currently trail league leading Chelsea by five points in the Premier League with ten games left to play (Chelsea have eleven games left having played one less game).

Arsenal wary of Manchester United threat says Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can still hear the celebrations of the Manchester United players following Ryan Giggs' FA Cup wondergoal in their 1999 FA Cup semi-final, but hopes his team can enjoy their own "miracle year" with a result to savor at Old Trafford on Monday night (live on FOX Sports 1 at 3:45pm ET for readers in the US).

Watch Jozy Altidore score on Toronto FC debut [VIDEO]

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Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore scored on his debut for the Canadian side in the first half against Vancouver Whitecaps.

The finishing by Altidore was clinical, but the inch-perfect pass by Sebastian Giovinco was the difference to open the Whitecaps defense and for Altidore to knock the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle.

Watch MLS’ new promo for Soccer Sunday opening weekend [VIDEO]

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It hasn't been a very exciting English soccer weekend by any means, which means that MLS has its best chance ever to make a huge splash this weekend with Sunday's 3 exciting games.

In the build-up to Orlando vs New York City FC, Sporting KC vs New York Red Bulls and Seattle against New England, it's a triple header —with the first game on ESPN2, and then game two and three on FOX Sports 1.

Aston Villa and WBA set for FA investigation after pitch invasion and seats thrown [VIDEO]

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The Football Association are set to launch an investigation after crowd problems at Aston Villa during their FA Cup win over West Brom.

There were two pitch invasions one before the end of the game from home supporters and Albion fans threw seats at the Villa crowd during the game.

The FA are also believed to have had a crowd control advisor at the game who will report back following Villa's 2-0 win, Press Association Sport understands.

Watch Hannover 1-3 Bayern Munich match highlights [VIDEO]

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Bayern Munich took an even greater commanding lead at the top of the Bundesliga table today with a convincing 3-1 away win against Hannover '96.

However, it took one controversial penalty decision to give Bayern the decisive second goal.

With the victory, Bayern Munich went 11 points ahead at the top of the Bundesliga table while Wolfsburg lost 1-0 to Augsberg adding insult to injury for Wolfsburg's chances of trying to challenge Munchen for the title.

Watch LA Galaxy 2-0 Chicago Fire match highlights [VIDEO]

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Robbie Keane got on the scoresheet once again for LA Galaxy to help them earn a 2-0 victory in the opening game of the 2015 MLS season.

The game, which marked the first of the 20th MLS season after threats of a strike, debuted on UniMas to Hispanic viewers around the United States.

In front of an attendance of 27,000, Jose Villarreal and Robbie Keane netted the goals at the Stubhub Center.

Watch Aston Villa 2-0 WBA FA Cup quarter-final match highlights [VIDEO]

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Fabian Delph's first goal in a year helped fire Aston Villa to Wembley as they beat West Brom 2-0 to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

The stand-in skipper scored for the first time since March 2014 as Villa became the first side to bank a last four spot.

Scott Sinclair grabbed a late second after Claudio Yacob was controversially sent off with 10 minutes left and Villa substitute Jack Grealish was also dismissed in stoppage time, picking up a second yellow card for diving.

Manchester United’s Jonny Evans banned for 6 matches for spitting

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Newcastle's Papiss Cisse and Manchester United's Jonny Evans will serve suspensions of seven matches and six matches respectively for spitting, the Football Association has announced.

The duo have been punished following an altercation between the pair during Wednesday's Barclays Premier League clash at at St James' Park.

Louis van Gaal prefers Premier League top four to FA Cup triumph

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has recently declared that he would rather see his club finish in the top four of the Premier League standings, and subsequently qualify for next season's Champions League, than win the FA Cup trophy.

The Dutch managerstated, "I always want to achieve the goals we've set as a club.

Cardiff City’s new badge to be revealed Monday

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Times are changing at Cardiff City. Owner, Vincent Tan, has announced that the Welsh outfit will be returning to a more traditional badge, showing the famous bluebird in all its glory.

Without the fans backing, the badge changed back in 2012 as part of a rebrand and the bluebird made way for a red dragon.

Real Madrid finalizing £22 million deal for Porto defender Danilo, say reports

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According to various reports in Spain, Real Madrid have reached a £22 million agreement for FC Porto defender Danilo. The only things left to finalize the deal are minordetails in the contract and the player's signature.

Just over a week ago, Porto president Pinto da Costa reportedly slapped a £30 million price tag on the right-backafter Danilo informed the club he had no intention of renewing his contract with the Portuguese side, his current deal expires in June 2016.

FA Cup Saturday, Quarter-finals and QPR-Spurs: TV times and open thread

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

Bradford vs Reading (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
QPR vs Spurs, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Aston Villa vs West Brom (FA Cup), 12:30pm, FOX Soccer Plus 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.

Luka Modric returns to Real Madrid squad against Schalke 04; Odegaard ruled out

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed midfielder Luka Modric will be back in his squad against Schalke 04 next week, but went on to reveal that Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard will not be named on the Champions Leagueroster.

Ancelotti has repeatedlystated Modricwould return to the lineup in March well before Real Madrid play Barcelona on March 22nd and the manager has obviously kept his word to fans.

Tim Sherwood calls West Brom “a good little club” ahead of FA Cup game

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists he has no problem with his Aston Villa counterpart Tim Sherwood following the latter's comments about the size of the two midlands club.

Prior to Tuesday's Barclays Premier League clash between the teams, Sherwood a contender to take over as Baggies boss in the recent past described Albion as a "good little club" before expressing his delight at having landed the manager's job at a "massive football club" like Villa.

Pochettino not closing door on Kaboul, Adebayor and Capoue

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Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor and Etienne Capoue have not been involved since January, but Mauricio Pochettino says that does not mean their Tottenham careers are over.

After being appointed head coach at White Hart Lane last summer, the former Argentina international handed experienced defender Kaboul the captain's armband.

Steven Gerrard has no right to be guaranteed Liverpool starter

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Steven Gerrard there is no easy route back into his first-team plans.

The Reds captain has missed the last six matches with a hamstring injury and, although he has returned to training this week, he will be assessed before a decision can be made on whether he is fit to face Blackburn in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final.

Soccer Morning (3.6.15); MLS season preview

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Today's special episode of Soccer Morning featured a gigantic MLS preview featuring 15 or more experts from across the United States including Alexi Lalas, Kyle Martino, Phil Schoen, Brian Dunseth, Jimmy Conrad, Steve Davis and many more.

The complete list of experts who appeared on the show today were:

Alexi Lalas,
Charles Boehm,
George Quraishi,
Phil Schoen,
Steve Davis,
Jonathan Tannenwald,
Andy Edwards,
Brian Dunseth,
Andrew Wiebe,
Matthew Doyle,
Jimmy Conrad,
Kyle Martino,
Will Parchman,
Jeremiah Oshan,
Doug McIntyre.

Valencia manager Nuno downplays his role with rejuvenated team

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Valencia manager Nuno Santo has downplayed the role he has played with the rejuvenated La Liga side this season,stating he is only one part of a team where no one person is more important than the next.

Last year, Valenciamissed out on European qualification for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

Ryan Giggs praises relationship with Louis van Gaal

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Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs has praised the relationship between himself and manager Louis van Gaal.

Immediately after United's 1-0 victory over Newcastle, rumors began to spread regarding Giggs happiness while working under Van Gaal given the reaction of Van Gaal and Giggs mid-week (see below).

MLS and TV networks need to make most of this second chance; By Simon Evans

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So after all the strike threats, tough talking and marathon negotiations, Major League Soccer's 20th season will kick off on time this weekend and the new campaign is in many ways marks a second chance for the league.

With a new television deal and a series of expensive ‘name' signings in the league, along with two new clubs, there is a different feel about this season and a rare opportunity to win over those American soccer fans who are not yet followers of MLS.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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The Premier League takes a backseat this weekend, as the eight remaining teams in the FA Cup look to book their spots at Wembley for the semi-finals.

Some intriguing quarter-final matches were plucked out of the hat too. Two of the most illustrious names in English soccerwill go head-to-head in the tie of the weekend, while two local rivals will also vie for a spot in the last-four.

Listen to Soccer Morning’s MLS Preview with Lalas, Martino, Schoen & more from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's special episode of Soccer Morning features a gigantic MLS preview featuring 15 or more experts from across the United States including Alexi Lalas, Kyle Martino, Phil Schoen, Brian Dunseth, Jimmy Conrad, Steve Davis and many more.

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.

Real Madrid admit signing Chicharito was a mistake

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Real Madrid have admitted signing Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez from Manchester United was a "mistake", according to Spanish journalist Melchor Ruiz.

Ruiz, who works for Cadena COPE, told the Spanish radio programEl Partido de las 12that sources close to Real Madridtold him they regrettedsigning the on-loan Mexican striker.

Atletico Madrid prepared to pay Diego Simeone more than its highest earning player

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Atletico Madrid are prepared to make manager Diego Simeone the highest paid member of its squad, according to the Spanish newspaper Marca.

Simeone is the hottest managerial property in world soccer, with the Argentine being heavily-linked with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool in recent months.

Medical team should be praised for how they handled Bafetimbi Gomis scare

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Tottenham's opening goal against Swansea Citywas beautiful, but that was quickly overshadowed by what happened after they scored. Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis appeared to faint at the edge of the center circle, leading to six nervous minutes when everyone at White Hart Lane had an eerie sense of déj vu.

Much-maligned Mesut Özil is anything but a failure at Arsenal

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Arsenal and German midfielder Mesut Özil certainly has his fair share of doubters. Following a £42 million move from Real Madrid on the final day of the 2013 summer transfer market, many expected the German superstar to take the Premier League by storm.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville was the latest pundit to criticize the Arsenal midfielder (a former United player chastising an Arsenal player?

FIFA’s reluctance to rectify construction working conditions ahead of Qatar 2022 is disgraceful

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FIFA's recent announcement that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place in November/December just undermines what everyone who lives outside of FIFA headquarters knows – that the World Cup never should have been awarded to Qatar in the first place. At this point, the apparent corruption, miscalculations, lack of commonsense judgment, and all-around bloated, cartoonish villainy surrounding FIFA and its Qatar World Cup is so ridiculous that it hardly matters anymore what time of year the tournament takes place.

On-loan Chelsea attacker Mohamed Salah making a big impact for Fiorentina

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The 2013/14 season was tipped to be Fiorentina's return to prominence, and for all intensive purposes it started off that way. Guiseppe Rossi inspired La Viola to an impressive 11 wins and only four losses in their first 18 matches, scoring 14 goals in the process. His subsequent knee injury sidelined him for effectively the remainder of the season, and Fiorentina missed out on a Champions League spot by eight points.

Tottenham Hotspur to face Sydney FC on May 30th in Sydney

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English side Tottenham Hotspur are scheduled to travel to Australia to play an exclusive one-off friendly match against Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium on May 30, just six days after their final Premier League fixture of 2014/15.

Talks have been on-going for a while but the parties involved finally reached an agreement earlier this week with the official announcement aired on Friday.

FOX Sports, ESPN and Univision announce MLS coverage plans for 2015 season

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The 2015 season of MLS will feature a brand-new TV deal with broadcasters FOX Sports, ESPN and Univision Deportes combining forces to provide soccer fans with regularly scheduled games throughout the season.

With new teams Orlando City and New York City FC on board, as well as new signings in the league including Kaka, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and more, 2015 promises to be the most exciting season in the league's history.

Frank de Boer believes Louis Van Gaal will win over his critics

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Ajax manager Frank de Boer has backed fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal to succeed at Manchester United.

De Boer, who won three Eredivisie titles, the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League with Van Gaal at Ajax, as well as a La Liga title at Barcelona in 1998-99, is confident his countryman's methods will eventually come good in Manchester.

Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse will serve 7-match ban for spitting

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Papiss Cisse has accepted a Football Association charge for allegedly spitting at Manchester United's Jonny Evans and will face a seven-match ban.

The Newcastle striker and the Manchester United defender were charged with breaching FA rule E1[a] following an incident in Wednesday night's Barclays Premier League clash between the clubs at St James' Park which was not seen by the match officials.

Excitement for Orlando’s MLS debut embodies renewed passion for soccer throughout Florida

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Florida has often been seen as a soccer backwater, mocked by critics and misunderstood by fans across the United States. However on Sunday, the eyes of the nation will be fixed on Orlando as new MLS entry Orlando City SC makes its league debut in front of a crowd that will be upwards of 62,000.

Just a few weeks ago, the Jacksonville Armada FC began preseason play in the second division North American Soccer League (NASL) in front of nearly 14,000 fans.

Soccer Morning (3.5.15) with Simon Evans and Kyle McCarthy

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Today's Soccer Morning discussed the latest news and headlines as well as the major news of the past 24 hours —that the MLS Players' Union and owners have agreed a deal in principle for a CBA for the next 5 years, which means that the MLS games this weekend will go ahead.

The show featured exclusive interviews with Simon Evans from Reuters and Kyle McCarthy from FOX Sports.

Chelsea medic Eva Carneiro subjected to sexist chants by Manchester United fans [VIDEO]

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Chelsea medicEva Carneiro was subjected to despicable sexist chants and taunts by Manchester United supporters during the Premier League game between the two sides in October, 2014.

The footage, which was shot by a supporter in the ground at Old Trafford, clearly shows United supporters chanting "get your t*** out for the lads" at Carneiro and club officials as they walked along the touchline near the corner of the stadium.

FOX Sports exec shows little understanding of US soccer history

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The same FOX Sports executive who hiredGus Johnson and tried to turn him into a soccer commentator, and who is arguably the most powerful soccer TV exec in the country given that FOX has the rights to the World Cup for the next 11 years, demonstrated this week how out of touch hisnetwork is with the sport of soccer in the United States.

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse apologizes for Jonny Evans bust-up

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Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has apologized to Manchester United defender Jonny Evans as the Football Association carries out an investigation into an alleged spitting incident.

Television replays suggested the pair had spat towards each other during Wednesday night's Barclays Premier League clash between the Magpies and the Red Devils at St James' Park after Cisse had reacted angrily to a tackle by Evans.

Winston Reid commits future to West Ham United

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Winston Reid has signed a new long-term contract with West Ham, the Barclays Premier League side have announced.

The New Zealand international, who had been liked with a move away from Upton Park in recent months, has put pen to paper on a six-and-a-half-year deal, which commits him to the Hammers until the summer of 2021.

Toni Kroos enjoying positive start to his Real Madrid career

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German international Toni Kroos has settled in quickly at Real Madrid after completing his summer move from Bayern Munich.

In an interview with UEFA.com, the versatile midfielder discussed his new life in Spain, working alongside manager Carlo Ancelotti and his goal to win another Champions League title this time for Real Madrid.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Simon Evans and Kyle McCarthy live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's Soccer Morning will discuss the latest news and headlines as well as the major news of the past 24 hours —that the MLS Players' Union and owners have agreed a deal in principle for a CBA for the next 5 years, which means that the MLS games this weekend will go ahead.

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 manager Gus Poyet charged with improper conduct by FA

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Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after his touchline bust-up with Hull boss Steve Bruce.

The 47-year-old Uruguayan has until 6pm on March 9 to respond to the charge after being sent to the stands for kicking a drinks holder and then arguing with Bruce after seeing midfielder Jack Rodwell booked for diving by referee Mike Dean.

Manchester United and Newcastle subject to FA ‘spitting’ investigation

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The Football Association is to launch an investigation into the alleged spitting incident between Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse.

Press Association Sport understands disciplinary chiefs are awaiting match referee Anthony Taylor's report while at the same time reviewing video footage from Wednesday night's game, which saw United win 1-0 at St James' Park.

Bayern Munich defender Jermone Boateng reveals Barcelona snub

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Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has revealed Barcelona tried to sign him last summer but the German international decided to remain with the Bundesliga champions.

Boateng becomes the second defender in less than a weekto confirm he turned down an offer from the La Liga giants. On Monday, Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos revealed he rejectedsummer bids from Barcelona and Manchester United to remain in the French capital.

Watch Newcastle 0-1 Manchester United match highlights [VIDEO]

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Ashley Young fired Manchester United to a last-minute victory at Newcastle to maintain their charge for a top-four finish.

The game looked to be heading for a draw when Magpies keeper Tim Krul could only stab a hurried clearance straight to the wing-back, who steered the ball past him to secure a precious 1-0 Barclays Premier League win.

Watch QPR 1-2 Arsenal match highlights [VIDEO]

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Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud have the "mental strength" to spearhead Arsenal's charge for Champions League qualification, according to Arsene Wenger.

Chile striker Sanchez claimed his first goal in eight games while Giroud further erased memories of his Monaco nightmare as Arsenal eased past QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road.

Watch Liverpool 2-0 Burnley match highlights [VIDEO]

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Stand-in captain Jordan Henderson led from the front with his second goal in successive matches as Liverpool maintained their pursuit of a top-four place.

With third-placed Arsenal and Manchester United also winning, Brendan Rodgers' side could not afford anything less than three points and a straightforward 2-0 victory over the Premier League strugglers was the achieved with the minimum of fuss.

Watch West Ham United 0-1 Chelsea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Jose Mourinho lauded the battling qualities of his Chelsea side after the Premier League leaders claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win at West Ham.

Eden Hazard's first-half header proved the difference as Chelsea followed their Capital One Cup win with a victory which ensured their five-point lead over Manchester City remained intact.

Sporting KC should not pursue ex-Real Madrid and Tottenham attacker Rafael van der Vaart

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Despite having a mixed record with designated player signings from abroad, Sporting KC is reportedly ready to splash significant cash on Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart.

While the signing would bring in a player that has played at the highest levels – Ajax, Hamburg, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur – it may prove the club has more money than brains or scouting.

Watch Spurs 3-2 Swansea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Tottenham got their top-four tilt back on track by overcoming Swansea 3-2 on a night when Bafetimbi Gomis' collapse had those inside White Hart Lane fearing the worst.

As play was about to restart following Nacer Chadli's wonderful, early opener, paramedics and medical staff raced onto the field to tend to the French striker after he went down.

Watch Manchester City 2-0 Leicester match highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini felt he needed to "refresh the team" and leave out captain Vincent Kompany for his side's much-needed win against Leicester.

Kompany was dropped to the bench along with Pablo Zabaleta and Edin Dzeko, while Samir Nasri and Fernandinho missed out on the squad completely as City beat the Foxes 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

The five-year CBA deal in MLS is an important step to ensuring future growth

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Barely 48 hours before Chicago takes on the LA Galaxy in Carson, MLS and the Major League Soccer Players Association have agreed to a five-year long Collective Bargaining Agreement. Just two days ago, it looked like this deal would never materialize, and the spin being leaked to the media was that a strike was imminent.

Watch Stoke City 2-0 Everton match highlights [VIDEO]

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Everton endured further Barclays Premier League misery as goals from Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Stoke.

Moses headed home superbly in the 32nd minute before Diouf slotted in on the rebound six minutes from time after fellow substitute Marko Arnautovic hit the post to steer the Potters to a third straight win.

NASL could suffer greatly due to MLS and its new CBA deal

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The new MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) appears to be a big victory for MLS players and for the league's management. With four new expansion clubs having paid large fees to join the league and a new TV deal along with several new lucrative sponsorships, Major League Soccer is poised to emerge as one of the global powerhouses in the sport.

Copa del Rey final likely to be staged at the Santiago Bernabeu

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The date of the Copa del Rey final to be played between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona has already been confirmed May 30th. But the location of the event has yet to be determined.

Unlike most European countries, Spain does not boast a national stadium to showcase the prestigious cup competition, and the only prerequisiteset forth by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is forpotential venues to have a seating capacity of 50,000 or more.

Player ratings for West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

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West Ham were beaten 1-0 by title-chasing Chelsea on Wednesday after Eden Hazard's first half goal settled matters at Upton Park.

Here are our player ratings from the game (from a rating of 0 to 10):

West HamUnited

Adrian 7/10

Could do nothing about Hazard's goal but he did make a good stop from Ramires to keep his side in the game.

Real Madrid may give Martin Odegaard his Champions League debut next week

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Real Madrid are once again deciding whether or not they will give Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard his Champions League debut.

After namingOdegaard tohis Champions League squad for the knockout stages, manager Carlo Ancelotti omitted the midfielder from his 20-man squadwhich travelled to Germany just over two weeks ago.

Soccer Morning (3.4.15) with Jeff Carlisle and Brian Blickenstaff

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Today's Soccer Morning is special episode on the topic of the MLS CBA talks featuring an interview with ESPN writer Jeff Carlisle.

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.

Atletico Madrid reject reports linking club to Edinson Cavani

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Atletico Madrid have rejected reports linking theLa Liga sidewith the summer signing of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to club sources.

Earlier today, the French daily L'Equipe reported Atletico manager Diego Simeone had requested the club sign the Uruguayan forward as a stipulation for renewing his contract with the La Liga side.

Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 28: 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 Chelsea, 2:45pm, NBCSN andNBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Jim Beglin
Manchester City vs Burnley, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Andy Hinchcliffe
Newcastle vs Man United, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jon Champion & Chris Waddle
QPR vs Arsenal, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Don Goodman
Stoke vs Everton, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Barry Horne
Spurs vs Swansea, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Ray Houghton
Liverpool vs Burnley, 3pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Davie Provan

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)

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

MLS players should take free agency deal that’s on the table; By Steve Davis

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It may not feel like it, but the players have already "won" in the ongoing labor negotiations, which remain stalled (as of Wednesday mid-day at least; things are moving fast) and now threaten to delay the start of Major League Soccer's 20th season.

They may not love the deal they eventually get.

Manchester United to decide on Radamel Falcao’s future this summer

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Manchester United have not made a decision on the future of Radamel Falcao despite reports to the contrary -and aruling ontheColombia international'sfatewill be determined by manager Louis van Gaal at the end of the season.

United hold a £43 million option to buy the striker from AS Monaco.

Barcelona’s Dani Alves close to signing for another club, says player’s agent

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves is "close to reaching an agreement with another club", according to the player's agent, Dinorah Santana.

Alves has been the subject of ongoing transfer speculation sinceBarcelona have failed to offer the right-back a contractextension.

Last week, during La Blaugrana's Champions League match against Manchester City, the Brazilian defender kicked 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 Barcelona manager Luis Enrique.

Brendan Rodgers’ deserves huge credit for Liverpool’s late-season surges

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Liverpool's thrilling run to the finish line in last season's Premier League was indisputably the highpoint of the campaign.

While the Reds were knocking around in the upper reaches of the table during the early exchanges, their spellbinding streakof victories during the run-in—including a whopping 11-game winning run—took them to within an inch of the championship.

Poll: Do you support the MLS owners or players in talks to prevent a strike?

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In Washington DC, several Major League Soccer owners and representatives from the MLS Players' Union are locked in talks to avert a strike. The first game of the 2015 season is scheduled for Friday night with Chicago Fire playing LA Galaxy in California. But depending on the outcome of the talks today, it's possible that the entire first weekend of the 2015 season may be postponed until further notice.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Jeff Carlisle on MLS strike threat and Brian Blickenstaff live from 10-11am ET

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Today's Soccer Morning features a special episode on the topic of the MLS CBA talks featuring an interview with ESPN writer Jeff Carlisle.

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.

Atletico Madrid want to sign Edinson Cavani, says report

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has requested the signing of Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani as a stipulation for renewing his contract with the La Liga club, according to the French publication L'Equipe.

L'Equipe goes on to claim Atletico defender Diego Godinwas handed the task of recruiting his Uruguay international teammate to the Vicente Calderon.

Villarreal vs Barcelona; Predicted lineups and team news

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Barcelona will attempt to seal their Copa del Rey final spot against Villarreal on Wednesday. The Catalans, who have won the competition a record 26 times, have a 3-1 advantage from the first leg and will attempt to consolidate on their lead at the El Madrigal.

Barca manager Luis Enrique claims his side are in the perfect moment ahead of this tie and insists he will name a strong XI for the game.

Watch Aston Villa 2-1 WBA match highlights [VIDEO]

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Tim Sherwood insists Aston Villa are back "alive and kicking" after their last-gasp derby win over West Brom.

Christian Benteke's injury-time penalty, after Ben Foster brought down Matt Lowton, clinched Sherwood's first success as Villa boss.

The 2-1 result also ended a seven-game losing run for Villa and lifted them out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet play down spat

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Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet both attempted to downplay their touchline spat after an ill-tempered 1-1 draw between Hull and Sunderland.

The rival managers clashed after Poyet was sent to the stands in the first half for reacting to Jack Rodwell's caution for diving by angrily kicking a container of water bottles.

West Ham United vs. Chelsea; predicted lineups and team news

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It's the second London derby for Chelsea in a week as they take the short trip to Upton Park to face West Ham United on Wednesday just three days after their Capital One Cup triumph over Tottenham Hotspur.

Buoyed by that first trophy of the season, the Blues will be keen to strengthen their grasp on the Premier League title after Manchester City slipped again away to Liverpool on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur fan’s first-hand account of Fiorentina away trip

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Earlier in the season, I wrote about my experience supporting Tottenham Hotspur away at Stamford Bridge. This past Thursday, I had the opportunity to watch Tottenham play from the away end in Florence and wow the experiences could not have been any different.

Drawn by the attractiveness of the city and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site, I decided to take the short flight over from London and make a full weekend in Italy out of it.

The conundrum that is German striker Lukas Podolski

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When Lukas Podolski arrived to Arsenal from FC Köln in 2012 there were high hopes surrounding the German international. Following the sale of Robin van Persie in August of 2012 to rivals Manchester United for a fee of around £25 million, Podolski was seen as the heir apparent to the Arsenal front line.

From Scotland to Tottenham; remembering soccer legend Dave Mackay

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Not many people would connect Hearts from the Scottish Premier League and Qatar the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, but Dave Mackay who passed away this week at the age of 80 would be that connection. He started his career for the Edinburgh team and ended his football career life as national coach of Qatar some 42 years later.

Watch Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace match highlights [VIDEO]

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It may not have been pretty but Ronald Koeman believes Southampton's late win against Crystal Palace will prove to be one of the defining moments of their remarkable campaign.

Having confounded the naysayers after a summer of upheaval, things began to tail off recently for Saints as they struggled to turn possession into goals.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi set to join New York City FC in 2016, says report

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According to the Spanish radio show El Larguero, Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is set to join New York City FC in 2016.

Last summer, reports surfaced linking the Spain international with the new Major League Soccer franchise as well as the Qatari club, Al Arabi.

At the time, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said Xavi had earned the right to decide his future.

Tottenham plan to replace Roberto Soldado for Carlos Bacca

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Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to offload misfiring striker Roberto Soldado this summer and have earmarked Sevilla's Carlos Bacca as his replacement.

Soldado was signed from Valencia for a fee of £26 million in August 2013, but the Spanish forward has struggled to find his goalscoring form from previous seasons in La Liga.

MLS labor impasse beginning to look more like a real crisis; By Steve Davis

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As labor negotiations go, the current impasse in Major League Soccer has been kitten play to this point. No one could have reasonably described the proverbial air in the room as "heated" or "contentious."

It was difficult to even sense a genuine threat of delaying this week's important season openers around MLS.

Premier League Tuesday, Gameweek 28: 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 West Brom, 2:45pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Lee Dixon
Hull vs Sunderland, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Garry Birtles
Southampton vs Crystal Palace, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Trevor Francis

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)

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

Soccer Morning (3.3.15) with guests David Amoyal and Jonathan Tannenwald

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests David Amoyal and Jonathan Tannenwald.

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.

Vincent Kompany’s poor form a product of Manchester City’s overall malaise

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The display turned in by Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany against Manchester United during a4-1 win last season at the Etihad Stadium is not one you forget in a hurry.

At the heart of Manuel Pellegrini's back-four, the Belgian was an indomitable presence, shutting out the Red Devils forwards with athleticism, intelligence and an array of expertly implementeddefensive skills.

Luis Enrique aware of Villarreal threat heading into Copa del Rey second leg

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has heaped praise on Villarreal prior to Wednesday night's decisive second legof the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

Villarreal are coming off of an exciting 1-1 draw with league-leaders Real Madrid and have been playing some of the more entertaining football in Spain this season.

Commentators for Premier League midweek matches on NBC Sports, Gameweek 28

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

Tuesday, March 3:

Aston Villa vs West Brom, 2:45pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Lee Dixon
Hull vs Sunderland, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Garry Birtles
Southampton vs Crystal Palace, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Trevor Francis

SEE ALSO — Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

Wednesday, March 4:

West Ham vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, NBCSN andNBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Jim Beglin
Manchester City vs Burnley, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Andy Hinchcliffe
Newcastle vs Man United, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jon Champion & Chris Waddle
QPR vs Arsenal, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Don Goodman
Stoke vs Everton, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Barry Horne
Spurs vs Swansea, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Ray Houghton
Liverpool vs Burnley, 3pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Davie Provan

Saturday, March 7:

QPR vs Spurs, 10am, NBCSN andNBC Sports Live Extra;Jon Champion & Clive Allen

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

Louis van Gaal has no concerns over Angel di Maria’s recent form

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said he had no concerns over the recent form of Angel di Maria and went on to say the Argentina international has the capability to be "the best player in the world" in his next match, speaking ahead of his side's midweek trip to Newcastle.

Di Maria was replaced at half-time against Sunderland this weekend after a disappointing effort in the opening 45 minutes of the contest.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11am ET with David Amoyal and Jonathan Tannenwald

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests David Amoyal and Jonathan Tannenwald.

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.

Was Jose Mourinho being ‘crafty’ opting for a Sky interview rather than with his employers BT Sport?

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Last weekend Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager gave a revealing and exclusive interview to Sky Sports in England, but not everybody was happy with Mourinho's willingness to give the interview with Sky.

Last summer, Mourinho signed a 4 year deal to work with Sky's main rival the broadcaster, BT Sport.

Jose Mourinho guarantees that John Terry will be a Chelsea player next season

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Jose Mourinho says captain John Terry will receive a contract extension to stay at Chelsea beyond the end of this season.

The 34-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the current campaign, but Mourinho believes his form means he will be staying at Stamford Bridge.

"What I can guarantee is he will be a Chelsea player next season," Mourinho said.

The Lost Savior: A Review of “I Am Sam” by James Durose-Rayner

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What if? It's a question fans of history and sports always like to ask, usually at a pub or in the depths of despair. What if this person did this, or a manager made that decision? When authors write about these decisions, they tend to be straightforward historical retellings. However, author James Durose-Rayner takes a different path to share the story of the lost star of his favorite team.

Tottenham legend Dave Mackay dies, aged 80

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Former Tottenham and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay has died aged 80, the Barclays Premier League side have announced.

Mackay, who was part of Spurs' 1961 double-winning team, passed away at hospital in Nottingham on Monday evening.

"We were saddened to hear of the death of our former captain Dave Mackay who passed away at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, this evening (Monday, March 2).

In demand Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette still has a lot to learn

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"Thierry shook me and told me to always question myself, which we tend to forget to do when we're young. It hit me hard. When a player like Thierry Henry speaks to you, you can't ignore what he says. I realised that becoming a great player was a permanent job. When you see a guy like him, who has always sought to progress, and you look at the career he had.

Predicting the race for the Premier League top four

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With less than three months left of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season, time is running out for clubs to climb up the table into one the top four spots in the standings and qualify for next season's Champions League.

Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United currently hold down the Champions League qualification spots heading into the midweek matches.

Atletico Madrid set to announce summer tour of China

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Atletico Madrid are in the process of finalizing the details which will see the reigning champions of Spain embark on a brief summer tour of China this summer.

The confirmed dates for the friendlies are: July 28, August 1 and 4.

The venues and opposition have yet to be confirmed, but it is understood one of the matcheswill take place in the largest city in China, Shanghai.

Leeds United fan group set to approach Russell Crowe over club investment

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Leeds LLP, a group that supports fan ownership of Leeds United, has confirmed they will approach New Zealandactor Russell Crowe in order to hold face-to-face talks regarding his possible investment in the club.

The Oscar-winner has been a life-long Leeds fan and recently caused a social media storm when he asked his 1.

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

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• 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.