Inthestands.co.uk Archives for January 2011

Were Sunderland Right To Sack Steve Bruce So Soon?

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Sunderland have sacked manager Steve Bruce after a string of poor results the club have confirmed Wednesday evening. The news has come somewhat as a shock to many Sunderland fans as well as fans from across the country as the first Premier League managerial casualty this season is claimed. After a bad run of results [.

Euro 2012 Draw: Preview

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In The Stands looks ahead to the draw for Euro 2012 which takes place on Friday in Kyiv, Ukraine with England situated in Pot 2. The long awaited draw for next summer's European Championship finally takes place at the Palace of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine on Friday 2 December at 18.00CET (19.00 GMT time). With [.

Napoli 3-3 Juventus – Juve Stay Top After San Paolo Draw

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Juventus came from 3-1 down to grab an unlikely 3-3 draw with Napoli at the San Paolo to remain top of Serie A and preserve their unbeaten start to the season. In a match which smashed all the stereotypes about ‘boring Italian football', two of Serie A's high flying sides put on a thrilling display [.

VIDEO: Barcelona 4-0 Rayo Vallecano – Alexis Sanchez Lights Up The Camp Nou

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Spanish champions Barcelona got back to winning ways after a superb 4-0 win over Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou with Alexis Sanchez the star of the show. The young Chilean forward bagged a brace and further goals from David Villa and another sublime run-come-finish by Lionel Messi sealed a fine 4-0 win for La [.

Highlights Carling Cup Quarter-Final: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

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Chelsea's poor form came back to haunt them once again as they crashed out of the Carling Cup thanks to a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. In risk of breaking all forms of ‘copyright laws', In The Stands brings forth highlights of the game which could well turn out to be one of [...] Related posts:
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EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Ready To Sack Andre Villas-Boas

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In The Stands can confirm that Chelsea are ready to cut their losses with beleaguered boss Andre Villas-Boas sooner rather than later after a poor 2-0 Carling Cup quarter-final defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday. Villas-Boas' fate was sealed after Liverpool's second win at Stamford Bridge in nine days saw the Blues crash out of this [.

Manchester City Outsmarts Arsenal in Carling Cup Quarterfinal

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The pre-match hype was all about squad rotation. Who of those gracing the benches of these deep squads was going to make their rare first team appearance tonight? For Manchester City, players like Nigel de Jong, Kolo Toure, and Adam Johnson were looking for a rare place in the side. For Arsenal, the troop of [.

Wag Of The Week – Amanda Harrington from Desperate Scousewives

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Tonight saw the first episode of Desperate Scousewives, the latest dose of regional reality drama hitting our screens in Britain. One of the stars of the show is Amanda Harrington, the former WAG of Everton's Jose Baxter as well as Joey Barton (reportedly)...  No prizes for guessing what the day job is for the young lady.

VIDEO: Gary Speed’s Final Appearance For The BBC On Football Focus

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Gary Speed's last ever television appearance was as a guest on BBC 1s popular Football Focus programme on Saturday 26, November, 2011 with host Dan Walker. The late Wales boss was found dead at his house on Sunday morning with police deeming the cause of death as suicide. Shocked friends, relatives, players and anybody who [.

Gary Speed Death or Suicide A Sad Day For Wales

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Welsh manager Gary Speed was found dead at his home in Chester on Sunday morning in an apparent suicide leaving a black mark for Welsh football. Police were called to the former Everton, Bolton, Newcastle and Sheffield United ace's house in Chester on Sunday morning with news of his death emerging soon after.

VIDEO: Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid – Real March On

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Real Madrid recorded a fine 4-1 win over neighbours Atletico Madrid as they continue their La Liga title push. Elsewhere Barcelona lost 1-0 at Getafe. This year's Madrid derby produced an early shock when Adrian shot Atletico ahead as early as the 15th minute. However Los Blancos rallied back and earned a penalty when Atletico [.

Lazio 0-1 Juventus; Juve Move Top Of Serie A

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Juventus moved back to the top of Serie A after a well deserved 1-0 win over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to Pepe's first-half strike. In what was dubbed a potential early 'title decider', it was Antonio Conte's men who grabbed the honours although hosts Lazio will feel a tad unlucky having twice struck [.

VIDEO: Getafe 1-0 Barcelona – Barca Fall Six Points Behind Real Madrid

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Barcelona's hopes of winning a fourth-successive La Liga crown took another blow after suffering a surprise 1-0 defeat to Getafe. Shock horror! Certainly that is the feeling encapsulating the Spanish press this Sunday morning as champions Barcelona suffered a totally unforeseen 1-0 loss at mid-table Getafe thanks to a 67th minute header by midfielder Juan [.

Me versus Lawro

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I'm sure we all come across Lawro's predictions each and every week:Â http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/football_focus/15861497.stm So if it's good enough for Lawro (that formerly 'tached demigod), then it's good enough for me... it's time for my weekend predictions that will inevitably fall completely flat.

Was Renaming St James’ Park A Step Too Far?..

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Tomorrow I get to see my two favourite clubs play at Old Trafford, Manchester United and Newcastle United. After losing their unbeaten record last weekend at Manchester City, it looks more than likely that the Geordies will double their loss tally for the season on their return to Manchester... During the next 3 fixtures the [.

Threatening Weeks Ahead For Manchester City

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Manchester City have become a proud club. Their foreign owners, AKA daddies, have invested a multitude of their fortunes into the Blue clad section of Manchester. They have run the club an annual debt of nearly 200 million pounds to restore order in their town. Fancy foreign men from far off lands grace the sidelines [.

Jobless, Unemployed And Down The Pecking Order

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 Just why are so many managers in football unemployed and out of work at the moment. Could be that the financial crisis is effecting managers too? Or is it simply because they are bidding their time, before going back into the big time job. This article is going to look at all these reasons and [...

Goal of The Week: Kevin Prince Boateng Goal vs Barcelona

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Kevin Prince Boateng is the winner of the In The Stands Goal of The Week for his superb flick and strike against Barcelona in a pulsating Group H UEFA Champions League match at the San Siro. Although Milan went on to lose 3-2 to the European Cup holders, Kevin Prince Boateng's moment of magic was [..

VIDEO: Angry Chelsea Fan Demands Abramovich Sacks Andre Villas-Boas!

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A frustrated Chelsea fan has demanded that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich sack coach Andre Villas-Boas with immediate effect in a belated YouTube video. The Blues crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night and with their qualification into the last 16 yet to be confirmed, Andre Villas-Boas' men face a nervous qualification [.

VIDEO: Valencia 7-0 Genk: UEFA Champions League Group E

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Valencia racked up the second biggest ever UEFA Champions League victory as they thrashed Genk 7-0 at the Mestalla to go level on points with Chelsea in Group E. Goals by Jonas, Tino Costa, Pablo Hernandez, Adruiz and a Soldado hat-trick did the damage as Genk were given the proverbial ‘bath' in a European night [.

Five Things ITS Learnt From UEFA Champions League Matchday 5

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PHEW! What a sizzler! Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League churned out some truly epic matches, tons of goals and five more valuable insights which In The Stands lists below. After watching on hawkishly during the week's action, the In The Stands team gathered around our panoptical-style office and drew up a list of [.

Its Official Andre Villas-Boas’ Chelsea Are In Crisis

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Manuel Friedrich headed home an injury-time winner as Bayer Leverkusen defeated Chelsea 2-1 at the Bay Arena and prove that Andre Villas-Boas' Chelsea side are in a crisis. There is a virus sweeping through London at the moment. The origins of the virus are somewhat unknown although its undiscriminatory nature and effects are clear and [.

VIDEO: Valencia 7-0 Genk

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Valencia racked up the second biggest ever UEFA Champions League win as they thrashed Genk 7-0 at the Mestalla to go level with Chelsea in Group E. Goals by Jonas, Tino Costa, Pablo Hernandez, Adruiz and a Soldado hat-trick did the damage as Genk were given the proverbial ‘bath' in a European night to forget.

VIDEO: AC Milan 2-3 Barcelona: UEFA Champions League Group H

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Holders Barcelona ensured that they will going into the last 16 as group winners after a grabbing a well deserved 3-2 win over AC Milan at the San Siro. In what can only be described as a utterly pulsating clash between two of the most decorated sides in European history, it was Pep Guardiola's men [.

Real Madrid Are The UEFA Champions League Favourites And Must Be Avoided!

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The possibility of Manchester United facing off against Real Madrid in the last 16 has increased and In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu warns that it is one match United will want to avoid! After Manchester United's game with Benfica had ended, the typical post-match analysis focused upon the previously un-thought of possibility that last season's [.

Manchester United 2-2 Benfica: Highlights

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Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw by Benfica at Old Trafford leaving last season's runners-up battling with FC Basel in a Matchday 6 qualification decider. A Phil Jones own goal within the opening 2 minutes got the hosts off to the worst possible start, but they were soon level when Dimitar Berbatov struck [.

Highlights: Napoli 2-1 Manchester City

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Manchester City are on the brink of early UEFA Champions League qualification after crashing to a 2-1 defeat at Napoli in a night to forget in Naples. In The Stands is on hand to bring you the best of the highlights. A brace by the highly impressive Edison Cavani did the damage as Napoli moved [...] No related posts.

Check Out Samir Nasri Pants Against Napoli!

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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri stole the headlines during his sides 2-1 defeat to Napoli n Tuesday night by sporting a pair of brightly coloured underpants! N/H The image immediately went viral as the Frenchman prepared to make his appearance from the City bench. Just who wears pants or, better still 'boxers' like those worn [.

Highlights: Napoli 2-1 Manchester City

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Manchester City are on the brink of an early UEFA Champions League qualification after crashing to a 2-1 defeat at Napoli in a night to forget in Naples. In The Stands is on hand to bring you the best of the highlights. A brace by the highly impressive Edison Cavani did the damage as Napoli [...] Related posts:
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AC Milan vs Barcelona: Classic Matches At The San Siro

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AC Milan host Barcelona in the best of the week's UEFA Champions League matches with memories of the pair's last few clashes at the San Siro flooding back. Almost 5,000 Barca fans have travelled to the world's fashion capital in eager anticipation as the two sides seek to play out a potential Group H decider [.

Emmanuel Eboue Pelted With Missiles By Angry Besiktas Fans!

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Galatasary defender Emmanuel Eboue was on the receiving end of a hail of missiles by rumbustious Besiktas fans at the weekend. The former Arsenal defender cowed and ducked in terror as Turkish football – mired in a cloud of disappointment after the national team failed to qualify for Euro 2012 – once again showed its [.

Napoli vs Manchester City: Preview & Possible Outcomes

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Napoli host Manchester City at the Stadio San Paolo in a match which will be crucial in deciding who joins Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. In what has come to be defined as the 'Group of Death', both Napoli and Manchester City are left to fight it out for [...] Related posts:
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UEFA Champions League Matchday 5: Pick of The Matches

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The UEFA Champions League group stages is drawing to a close as In The Stands identifies the pick of the rounds matches. In the words of Sir Alex Ferguson, it is ‘squeaky bum time' for the those teams still harbouring ambitions about progressing in Europe's elite cup competition, let alone winning it.

Will Robinho’s Son Be A Future Superstar?

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AC Milan striker Robinho has left football scouts and coaches around the world drooling after he innocuously showcased his son's rather impressive football skills! Have a look for yourselves and play the part of a hopeful scout looking for 'the next big thing'. Ok, so he might not necessarily be 'big', but he is certainly [.

Andre Villas-Boas Begs For Mercy

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has urged owner Roman Abramovich to be patient with him as he seeks to drag the Blues out of their slump. The Blues crashed to a 2-1 defeat at home to rivals Liverpool in Sunday's big match with further questions being asked about the future of beleaguered boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Juventus 3-0 Palermo; Antonio Conte’s Men Go Top of Serie A

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Juventus powered themselves to the top of Serie A after a superb 3-0 win over Palermo thanks to goals by Simone Pepe, Alessandro Matri and Claudio Marchisio. Playing with the conviction of potential champions, Juve tore into visitors Palermo before recording a fine 3-0 win. The victory puts Antonio Conte's men at the summit of [.

Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid; Barcelona 4-0 Real Zaragoza

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Real Madrid grabbed a priceless 3-2 win over Valencia at the Mestalla to stay top of La Liga three points ahead of Barcelona who thumped Real Zaragoza 4-0. Goals by Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and a neat finish by Cristiano Ronaldo proved decisive although Jose Mourinho's men where pushed to the limit by an otherwise [.

Inter Milan 2-1 Cagliari; Ranieri’s Men Back On Track

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Goals by Thiago Motta and a superb strike by Coutinho helped Inter Milan bag a much needed 2-1 win over Cagliari. The win was the former champions' first victory in three matches and moves Claudio Ranieiri's men up to 16th in the Serie A table on 11 points; ten behind neighbours AC Milan (who were [.

John Terry Your Club Chelsea Needs You!

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Mired in an ugly and equally damaging episode of racist allegations, Chelsea defender John Terry is a man needing to turn sour headlines into positive performances starting with Sunday's match with Liverpool. All this is happening while Chelsea's form continues to be patchy and Terry's performance at the heart of the Blues defence in recent [.

An Ode To Robin Van Persie

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Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie was the hero (yet again) as his brace gave the Gunners a crucial 2-1 win at Norwich their fifth successive Premier League win. To say that the prolific Dutchman is in a rich vein of form would be an understatement of biblical proportions. 13 league goals in 12 matches, [.

Team GB: Who would you pick?

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With the 2012 olympics drawing ever closer we thought It would be great to explain a few of the rules before picking the squad we would take to the games. Â Â So first some of the rules explained to you via ticket company Get Me In Separate nations The Welsh, Scottish and Irish [...] Related posts:
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The Escapist Parallax that is Match of the Day

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Parallax is a displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight. The same scientific practice can be applied to Match of the Day as James Shaw will vividly discuss. Entertainment is, and can certainly be construed, as simplistic. As one theoretical term alludes to; entertainment is a form of escapism.

Various XI’s: Football Kings

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Various XI's isn't there for us to pick out our favourite footballers of all time, it's there make us struggle. This week we set ourselves the task of picking eleven footballers with the surname 'King' to fill out a team sheet. GK:Bryan King Thought by most Millwall fans as The Lions best-ever goalkeeper .

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s WAG : Izabel Goulart

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Despite being a 7 million pound bench warmer in a painfully thin squad, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has bagged himself a fine looking lady who does by the name of Izabel Goulart. Izabel Goulart is a Brazilian model best known as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels since 2005. Most recently, she has also headed the Armani Exchange and was ranked number 100 in FHM magazine's [.

England Claims Massive Victory Without Key Thugs

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Without their trusted larger-swigging trouble makers, England managed to pull off an emphatic victory against the World Champions, writes Nicholas Spiller The stereotype of the English footballer has become that of the pub brawler, a man who can out-drink anyone and can rough you up on the pitch too.

Appleton Joins Pompey and Growing Trend

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Following the departure of Steve Cotterill to Championship rivals Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth have finally confirmed the latest appointment on the managerial merry-go round by naming West Brom First Team Coach Michael Appleton as Cotterill's successor. The 35 year old Appleton has signed a three and a half year deal at Fratton Park to secure his [.

England vs Spain: Preview

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England host Spain at Wembley in a mouthwatering friendly match designed to see exactly where Fabio Capello's men stand on the International stage. An acid test, or quite simply a glorified friendly fixture? Some say the former whilst others stress the latter. Neither in agreement nor in disagreement, the English media have themselves been keen [.

Spain Unveil New Euro 2012 Kit Ahead of England Match

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Spain have warmed up nicely ahead of their friendly clash with England at Wembley by revealing a brand new strip for Euro 2012. The outstanding feature of the new kit is its tightly-fitted nature; meaning that opponents will find it harder to tug at the European and World champions an attribute which Spanish striker [.

Bosnia vs Portugal leads exciting EURO 2012 Playoff Matches

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For those who came second in their Euro 2012 qualifying group, the play-off's await. Nicholas Spiller picks out a potentially thrilling match between Portugal and Bosnia taking place this Friday (11/11/11)...spooky! The two locking horns in the World Cup 2012 Play-offs Revenge is a dish best served cold.

The Rise of Luis Suarez

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From pipe-dreams in his room in Salto, to a leading role in Liverpool's future: the rise of Luis Suarez has been a meteoric one. Craig Richie puts fingers to keyboard to sing his praises... Hailing from Uruguay's second city, Salto, Luis Suarez could have ended up as just another face in the crowd amongst the [.

England Shearer goal Commentary Competition

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Fancy yourself as the next Clive Tyldesley, Martin Tyler or John Motson? Weill listen up... The England Football Team facebook page is giving you the opportunity to prove it via a new and unique competition. Fans are invited to put their own commentary to Alan Shearer's goal against Portugal at Wembley from 1998 with the [.

Spain 2-0 England – The Night England Were Taught A Spanish Lesson

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Ahead of Saturday's friendly between England and Spain, In The Stands looks back to the pair's last match where goals by David Villa and Fernando Llorente sealed an easy 2-0 win for the hosts. David Villa and Fernando Llorente were the heroes for Spain as they brushed aside a feeble English threat in a resounding [.

Andres Iniesta Goal vs England – 2007

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Remember this? In February 2007 Spanish star Andres Iniesta scored his first ever goal for Spain as they beat England 1-0 in a tight match at Old Trafford. The goal was Andres Iniesta's first ever strike for La Roja Furia but of course would not be his last and his most famous. Iniesta's angled drive [.

‘Forever at Arsenal’ by Jack Wilshere and Arsene Wenger for Robin Van Persie

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Exclusive: We have  intercepted a song Jack Wilshere wrote just before claiming he would be at Arsenal 'Forever'.  Apparently, Arsene Wenger is in on the act, which, as the lyrics suggest, is a ploy to keep key-player and captain Robin Van Persie at the club. Jack Wilshere has aluded to a singing career to compliment [.

AC Milan 4-0 Catania; Brilliant Milan Back To Their Best

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AC Milan produced a marvelous display as Massimo Allegri's men trounced Catania 4-0 at the San Siro to keep up their Serie A charge. Goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho, an own goal by Catania defender Francesco Lodi and a Gianluca Zambrotta strike proved decisive as he reigning champions' fifth consec climbed to third in the [.

Athletic Bilbao 2-2 Barcelona – Lionel Messi Rescues Point For Barca

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Lionel Messi scored an injury-time goal to salvage a point as Barcelona drew 2-2 with Athletic Bilbao Twice the Spanish champions went behind in a match which is traditionally the oldest in La Liga history, and twice they rallied back with goals from Cesc Fabregas and a 91st minute strike from Lionel Messi.

Full England Squad To Face Spain & Sweden

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The Full England squad to face Spain and then Sweden in a testing double dose of international friendlies was announced by Fabio Capello with some surprises in store: Notable absentees include out of favour Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand who just this week was told by Sir Alex Ferguson that his first team spot at [.

Real Madrid 7-1 Osasuna; Cristiano Ronaldo Hits Another Hat-trick

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The first ever La Liga game played at midday resulted in a resounding 7-1 win for Real Madrid as Cristiano Ronaldo smashed home another hat-trick to crush sorry Osasuna. There was no mercy for the visitors at the Santiago Bernabeu as a ruthless Real Madrid side hit Osasuna for 7 in a Ronaldo-inspired goal frenzy.

Mario Gotze Will Be Great Transfer Signing For Arsenal

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Arsenal have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund's attacking midfielder Mario Gotze and the young German is exactly the type of player the Arsene Wenger needs! Elaborate, well-mannered and fabulously named. There is something eerily attractive about young foreign talents who have the world at their feet and know that they will be [.

Newcastle Must Sack Nile Ranger A Disgrace To Football

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Newcastle striker Nile Ranger's future is once again in jeopardy as club officials are set to discuss his future after Ranger was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in October. "The press are a joke" so said a whiter-than-white Nile Ranger on his official twitter page @NilePowerRanger; let it be added without a hint of [.

Why Arsenal Should Do Everything In Their Power To Sign Mario Gotze

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Arsenal have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund's attacking midfielder Mario Gotze and the young German is exactly the type of player the Arsene Wenger needs! Elaborate, well-mannered and fabulously named. There is something eerily attractive about young foreign talents who have the world at their feet and know that they will be [.

Real Madrid Ready To Sign Neymar

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Real Madrid are in the last stages of discussions to bring highly rated Santos star Neymar to the Santiago Bernabeu for an estimated €60 million. Representatives from the Spanish giants will begin finalizing a deal which will see the 19-year-old swap the white of Santos for the famous Los Blancos strip as early as January [.

Why Lionel Messi Should Win 2011 Ballon d’Or

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Lionel Messi is the favourite to win the 2011 Ballon d'Or after the shortlist of names was released and In The Stands makes a compelling case for the Barcelona superstar to win it. Who can deny that Lionel Messi deserves to win his third successive Ballon d'Or crown? Throughout the last few years the 23 [.

Our Top 5 Players on Football Manager 2012

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So, we have been playing Football Manager 2012 for a month now and these are the five player who have stood out for us...enjoy. Sime Vrsaljko (RB/ RWB) from Dinamo Purchace for around 1 million Perhaps the best right back on Football Manager 11 who is just as good on Football Manager 12. He reminds [.

For Christmas My True Love Gave Me…Arsenal FC!

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Arsenal are set to celebrate Christmas in style after the club's marketing department released a super cool video starring a host of first team stars showing off the latest Arsenal gear. The likes of Andrei Arshavin, Tomas Rosicky, Ryo Miyaichi, Tomas Vermaelen and Gunners legend Charlie George all star in the short video which is [.

Barcelona Players All Given Brand New Audi Cars!

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The Barcelona first team squad were given a pleasant surprise today as they were each given brand new Audi's at at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan! The gift was in celebration of Audi and FC Barcelona's six-year partnership. The German car manufacturers are the Premium Partners and the Official Vehicle Providers for the European champions all [.

Man City Move Into Qualification Spot After 3-0 Win At Villarreal

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Manchester City shot themselves into the runners-up spot in Group A after a routine 3-0 win over Villarreal thanks to a brace by Yaya Toure and a Mario Balotelli penalty. The 3-0 win put Roberto Mancini's men second in the so-called 'Group of Death' on 7 points, two ahead of third place Napoli who lost [.

Manchester United 2-0 Otelul Galati; Wayne Rooney Shines In Midfield

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Wayne Rooney put on an accomplished display in central midfield as Manchester United overcame Otelul Galati 2-0 to go top of Group C and one step closer to qualification. An early goal by Antonio Valencia followed by an own goal by Cristian Sarghi were decisive with the games main talking point being Wayne Rooney neat [.

100 Goals And Counting For Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo

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Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his 100th goal for the club as Jose Mourinho's men dispatched Olympique Lyon 2-0 at the Stade Gerland to book their place in the last 16. The nine-time winners were never really tested with a rather subdued Gerland crowd forced to acknowledge the prowess, vigour, tenacity and ruthlessness of [.

Arsenal 0-0 Marseille; Gunners Held But Still In Control of Group F

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Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Olympique Marseille but remain top of Group F on 8 points after 4 matches. In what a rather patchy game after the exhilarating 5-3 thrashing of Chelsea just three days previous, Arsene Wenger's men failed to hit their free flowing best against a dogged Marseille [.

Mini Crisis For Chelsea After Being Held 1-1 By Genk

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Chelsea's winless run continued after the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw with Genk in their Group E UEFA Champions League clash courtesy of Genk forward Jelle Vossen's strike. After their 5-3 horror-show against Arsenal on Saturday, Chelsea coach Andre Villas Boas was hoping for a positive reaction from his men but got the [.

2nd Hat-trick In Two Games For Lionel Messi As Barca Crush Plzen 4-0

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Lionel Messi was the star of the show after he bagged his 2nd consecutive hat-trick as Barcelona smashed Viktoria Plzen 4-0 to seal their passage into the last 16. Messi bagged another hat-trick after hitting three against Real Mallorca on the weekend in a 5-0 rout, and the Argentine's gigantic appetite for goals never ceases [.

Fagiano Okayama Star Ryujiro Ueda Scores Header From Own Half!

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The In Stands Goal of The Week goes to Fagiano Okayama Star Ryujiro Ueda who set a new world record by scoring the longest headed goal ever! Yep, its true and almost surreal. Japanese second division star Ryujiro Ueda (pronounced Ryu-Jeeroh Uwe-da) wrote himself into the record books by scoring the worlds furthest ever headed [.

Arsenal a Force on the Mends in the Premier League

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When the dust had settled on Arsenal's tragic summer transfer mess, this team became an enigma. Gone were their two best playmaking midfielders. Gone were two fullbacks and a plethora of their team's depth. As Fabregas, Nasri, Clichy, Eboue, Bendtner, and more players departed, the media vultures gathered round and prepared to strike.