Attacking Soccer Archives for January 2010

The Most Boring Day of the 20th Century

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Spotted this one over on NPR - the most boring day of the 20th century was April 11th 1954. I am not sure who has the time to work things out like this but now I am interested in trying to uncover what was happening in the world of soccer that day!

"Lots of things happened on April 11, 1954.

Win a pair of Nike CR7 Safari

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That's right! We have secured a brand new pair of Nike CR7 Safari soccer boots for one lucky AttackingSoccer winner. This is something we had been intending to do for a while but now seems to be a great time for a giveaway, right before the holiday season.

The pair up for grabs come in a size 10, but we are willing to try trade them in for the a size of the winners choosing.

Cheryl Cole Talks About Ashley Cole

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This interview is from earlier this year top of our WAG list Cheryl Cole talks about her relationship with ex-husband and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole, and her love for Newcastle. This girl is stunning Ashley Cole is crazy.

Team Can’t Catch Ref After Slapping Player

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This Thailand team must be ashamed of themselves after been out run by a referee.

United Thumped by Hammers 4-0

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Spector who grabbed a brace

Manchester United went to Upton Park tonight on back of a 7-1 stuffing handed out to Blackburn at the week-end. But it was United who were on the receiving end of this stuffing as West Ham opened the United defence like Moses parted the Red Sea.

Vancouver Whitecaps Ready to Swoop for Robbie Keane

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Vancouver Whitecaps are the latest club to be linked with ending Ireland and Tottenham striker Robbie Keanes nightmare second stint at White Hart Lane. And it wouldn't surprise me if he did join the MLS, His Missus has told how she would love a move Stateside already this year.

Aston Villa are still favourites for his signature in January but the Whitecaps could be able to use Chief Executive Paul Barber who spent five years at Tottenham as a director to make the deal.

Scumbag Ramos Tackle on Messi in 5-0 Barca Rout

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 Scum-Bag Real Madrid defender tried to end superstar Argentine Maestro Lionel Messi's career last night as Barcelona destroyed Madrid 5-0, with a tackle not fit for a Cage fight. The incident sparked a row with all player's coming to join the melee but most just to calm things down. Ramos was shown a straight red card but surely he deserves more than a slap on the wrist.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Highlights – Barca Dominate

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Barcelona dominate El Clasico and come away with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Real Madrid. It was billed the battle of superstars Messi and Ronaldo but it turned into the Barcelona show.

David Villa bagged 2 goals, Xavi, Pedro and Effran with the other strikes.

Golfer Loses Half A Million on Flip of Coin

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Golfer Ian Poulter lost over half a million Dollars yesterday and 20 ranking points which would have seen him leapfrog Lee Westwood into third place in the Race to Dubai after dropping his ball onto the edge of his Platinum marker, the coin flipped and European Referee Andy McFee told him of his dropped shot for the incident leaving Robert Karlsson with two shots to sink a four foot putt to claim the Title.

FA Cup Draw ‘Fix’

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The FA Cup Third Round draw was made yesterday and you would be forgiven if you thought it was fixed.

Rockstar's Noel Gallagher and Serge Pizzorno made the Live draw and both men picked their own teams to play one another. Serge pulled out his beloved Leicester City, while Noel pulled out Manchester City.

A/S Sunday Newspaper Gossip (Nov 28)

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Another exciting week-end of EPL action which saw under-fire United striker Dimitar Berbatov bang in 5 Goals to silence many of his critics, Arsenal also bounced back from their Disastrous Week to beat Aston Villa 4-2 to keep their EPL title challenge alive, below are some of the EPL gossip from today's Sunday Newspapers.

Reina Fears Liverpool Exodus

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Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina has revealed his worst fears and they have nothing to do with facing Gareth Bale and Tottenham tomorrow, but maybe they should.

Reina fears there maybe an exodus of top player's at the club should they miss out on Champions League football for a second season in a row.

Villa versus Arsenal Highlights

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Arsenal take 3 points at Villa Park and manage to hold on to a lead for once! Following the result, Arsenal went back top of the Premier League for a few hours.

Manchester United Blackburn 1st half Highlights

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Berbatov ended up bagging 5 goals in a 7-1 win for Man Utd versus Blackburn on Saturday. First half highlights that saw United enter the break 3-0.

Call Him Peter ‘Snow’

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Nigeria and West Brom striker Peter Odemwinkie believes the recent snowfall can help him and his team-mates extinguish Everton's fire today as before his move from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow he was nicknamed Peter 'Snow' after playing outstandingly in -8 degree weather in Russia.

The Russian born striker hopes the current cold snap can help West Brom gain their first win in five EPL games.

A Week is a Long Time in Football Just Look at Arsenal

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A week is a long time in Football, on Saturday Afternoon Arsenal looked to be cruising to a 2-0 victory over London rivals Spurs a result which would have seen them top of the EPL this week. Instead they lie in third spot two points behind Manchester United and Chelsea after Spurs pulled off a Shock 3-2 win over their London Rivals.

Ronaldo’s Girlfriend in Naked Pictures Row

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Real Madrid superstar and former Manchester United attacker Cristiano Ronaldo's Girlfriend Irina Shayk was at the centre of a major row after GQ magazine published photo's of the Model wearing no knickers.

Irina's agents Elite have threatened to sue the magazine over the pictures which they claim were air brushed into showing the Model knicker-less in order to sell more copies and we can see why it would sell more copies!

Mourinho Facing ‘Cheat’ Investigation

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UEFA are to investigate both Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos after both Real Madrid player's were sent-off for time wasting against Ajax on Tuesday night in their 4-0 win over the Dutch side which included Cannibal Luis Suarez.

Manager Jose Mourinho could also be in hot water after been seen talking to sub keeper Jerzy Dudek with his hand over his mouth.

Rooney Not Out of The Woods, Pardon the Pun

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Wayne Rooney scored on his first start for United since his controversial Contract Talks. Rooney scored from the Penalty spot after full-back Fabio was kicked in the head by Ranger's attacker Steven Naismith, albeit by accident with four minutes remaining. Despite this the striker is Not out of the Woods just yet with the fans.

Ajax Captain Banned After Biting Opponent

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Ajax captain Luis Suarez had been banned for two games by the club after biting Otman Bakkal on the shoulder at the weekend during their tie with PSV.

Suarez bite Bakkal after Bakkal stood on his foot after a dust-up in the middle of the park.

But he has now been given a domestic 7 match ban by the Dutch Federation, however he will be allowed to play in the Champions League tie against AC Milan in December.

UCSB versus Cal – Dodgy Referee Decision!

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Try figuring this one out. During the UCSB versus Cal NCAA second round game this past week, UCSB midfielder Luis Silva (blue jersey) went in on a pretty standard 50-50 tackle, winning the ball in the process. The Cal player, Servando Carrasco (white jersey), gets up off the ground and blatantly punches Silva before he goes diving to the ground.

Blaszczykowski Misses Open Net

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Borussia Dortmund's Kuba Blaszczykowski joined the list of misses of the season after knocking the ball over the bar in their Bundesliga clash with Freiburg. Dortmund held on to win the game 2-1 making Kuba's miss less important on the result. But it will certainly go down as one of the worst misses ever!

A/S Sunday Newspaper Gossip (November 21)

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What extraordinary results yesterday in the EPL, Chelsea beaten, Arsenal Defeated, Bolton hammer Newcastle, West Ham destroyed by a Gerrardless Liverpool, oh and not to mention Rooney been Upstaged by a Little Pea.

Derby Day Horror For Arsenal

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Arsenal surrendered a 2 goal lead in Saturdays lunchtime derby with Totthenham Hotspurs, allowing Spurs to score 3 unanswered goals in the second half. The Emirates Stadium was buzzing at halftime as Arsenal fans celebrated a 2-0 lead. But the second half was a different story and people are now wondering if the Spurs squad has finally surpassed the Arsenal team in quality!

Bolton vs Newcastle 5-1 Highlights

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Bolton, who are having a terrific season, pull off a big 5-1 win over Newcastle.

Chicharito Upstages Rooney on United Return

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Wayne Rooney returned to the United team, coming on in the 56th minute against Wigan today, to a generous round of applause from the United faithful, many of which haven't forgiven the striker for his Contract Fiasco.

While Rooney's return was welcoming, it was new signing Javier Hernandez who scored having coming on in the 65th minute with a superb diving header after a wonderful Rafael cross which secured all three points for United with Patrice Evra getting the opener on the stroke of half-time.

Rachel Stevens – Beauty and Soccer

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Rachel Stevens is an English television personality best known for being a part of the band S Club. Stevens once dated Gavin Dein, son of former Arsenal chairman David Dein. She is currently focusing on a variety of fashion, TV, branding and radio projects.

Darren Bent Attacked By Newcastle Fans

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England and Sunderland striker Darren Bent had his car attacked by Newcastle fans who threw glasses and bottles while he was shopping.

Bent revealed that a group of fans singing Newcastle songs attacked his car while he was shopping, and later when the girlfriend of the friend was inside the vehicle.

Robbie Fowler to Sign for MK Dons

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Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is set to join MK Dons as a coach in February.

The 35-year-old will first finish his playing stint with Australian side Perth Glory where he has been criticized in recent times for his lack of goals, and in some cases work-rate, but came back with a hat-trick last week in a 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory.

Abagail Clancy – Beauty and Soccer

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Abagail Clancy is the Fiance of England and Spurs striker Peter Couch. Clancy works as a TV presenter and has also done some lingerie and catwalk modeling.

Anders Lindegaard to Sign for Manchester United

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Manchester United are currently being heavily linked with the signature of Danish keeper Anders Lindegaard. We listed Lindegaard as one of the possible keepers to replace current United keeper Edwin Van Der Sar.

The Denmark ­international caught Sir Alex Ferguson's eye at Aalesunds and United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has watched him play five times this season.

Liverpool Fitness Coach Blast’s Incompetent Capello

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Just when you think thing's at Liverpool football club couldn't get any worse their skipper Steven Gerrard gets injured while on England duty and is ruled out for up to 4 weeks with a hamstring injury giving boss Roy Hodgson a major headache as he fights for his managerial life at Anfield with fan's already calling for his sacking this new blow could not have come at a worse time.

Sporting Kansas City is Born

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There will be a new name to watch out for in MLS next season, Sporting Kansas City!

The club, who have been playing as the Kansas City Wizards, released a fresh new look with a new crest and colors on Wednesday in a historic announcement held at KC Live!

T90 Laser Soccer Ball

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Loving how Nike have gone about creating a ball that suits professional players the T90 Tracer. In my opinion it is all about how the ball reacts on the field and in a game rather than in a lab! Tested on the training grounds of Europe's biggest clubs, the T90 Tracer is more than a ball tested to its limit: it's a weapon.

Juan Agudelo Becomes Youngest US Scorer

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I doubt many people actually new his name before the game kicked off, but Juan Agudelo is now in the record books as the youngest player ever to score for the US Men's National team in a competitive game. Agudelo, who plays for New York Red Bulls, came off the bench to score the winning goal in the 85th minute versus South Africa.

Anti-Glazer Supporters Claim Small Victory

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Manchester United's Anti-Glazer fan's have claimed a small victory in their quest to rid the club of their current owners the Glazer Family who they believe are using the club's finances to pay off their other outstanding debts.

The Glazer Family have agreed to pay off over £200m of the club's debt and Duncan Drysdale Chief Executive of the 16,500 strong Manchester United supporters Trust claims the Glazer's were forced to pay this debt to avoid bringing further bad publicity upon themselves.

Top Gear USA Arrives

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The acclaimed English TV show Top Gear is about to make its debut as an American show. The American version won't have but it will have a fresh look geared towards a US specific market. Don't expect to hear the same unique lingo heard on the UK show!

It debuts this Sunday, November 21st at 10/9c on the History Channel.

It Comes From Within – New Spain Jersey

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Warning video is graphic!

This is the latest advertisement for the release of the new Adidas created Spain jersey. Now that Spain are World Champions, they have a lot to live upto on the international stage. With that, they need a jersey that matches their ambitions.

Worst Miss Ever? Quatar vs Uzbekistan

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I'm not sure if I need to say much about this miss. It happened during the 2010 Asian games. Obviously, the kid doesn't have much faith in his right foot!

Robert Pires to Make EPL Return

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Veteran French midfielder Robert Pires (37) is set to make a surprise return to the EPL next week.

The former Arsenal winger has been a free agent since leaving Villareal in July and is set to become the Daddy of Villa Park next week when as expected he joins up with the Villa youngsters who were so unlucky not to beat United at the week-end.

Chelsea Fall to Sunderland 3-0

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In one of the shock results of the English Premier League season, Sunderland left Stanford Bridge the home of the Champions, Chelsea with a 3-0 win! No one expected Sunderland to come away with all 3 points, in fact the odds before the game were 100/1 for them to win 3-0.

Sligo Rovers Keeper Save’s Four Penaties in Cup Final Shoot-Out

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Man of the Match

Last Years beaten finalists Sligo Rovers lifted the FAI Cup this afternoon, after dominating Airtricity League Champions Shamrock Rovers. Neither team could break the deadlock in normal time or extra time so it went to a dreaded penalty shoot-out.

Taylor Defeated on Adams Park Return

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Former Wycombe manager Peter Taylor returned for the first time to Adams Park with his Bradford side looking to claim all three points but they ended up leaving with their tails between their legs after Wycombe midfielder Kevin Betsy secured the points for Wycombe with 8 minutes remaining.

A/S Sunday Newspaper Gossip (Nov 14)

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On a week-end 0f late comebacks, Early goals, own goals and lots of angry fan's letting their teams know exactly what they think of them, most notably Manchester fan's who made it clear they want Mancini out. Below is a look at some of the stories in today's Sunday Newspapers.

Manchester United will receive a £65,000 fine because of boss Sir Alex Ferguson's Refusal to give BBC TV match interviews.

White Horse Lead’s Shamrock Rover’s to Final

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A great Shamrock Rover's tradition will continue tomorrow, as a white horse will lead a march from St. Patrick's Church to theNew Aviva Stadium for Rover's FAI Cup Final tie with Sligo Rovers.

The Hoops tradition originated in the late 1920′s early 1930′s and has been organised by the Ringsend supporters club, who will hope their team can add the FAI Cup to their League Title they won earlier this month for the first time in 16 years.

Brazilian’s Sign Irish Ace

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18 year old Irish teen Ciaran Ryan (18) has become the first ever Irish player to sign for a Brazilian Club.

Brazilian club Alegra FC who are owned by Ronaldinho's brother Robert Asis have snapped up the youngster who only started playing soccer three years ago.

Ciaran who was captain of Armagh's Loughgall Colts is looking forward to the experience and is amazed at how fast the deal was done having only learned of their interest a month ago.

Rooney Ready to Return

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Wayne Rooney's returns from rehab today and according to reports on his stay at Nike HQ in the U.S the United striker has been training Morning, Noon and Night in order to return too his brilliant best.

Rooney may return to the United line-up as early as next week , when United take on EPL strugglers Wigan, who will have to beware of the wounded Lion that is Wayne Rooney.

Liverpool Midfielder Devastated After Birdie Call!

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Liverpool defensive midfielder Christian Poulsen is devastated after being jeered off after being replaced against Napoli by Nathan Eccleston, while also being booed when replacing Dirk Kuyt by Red's fans against Wigan mid-week.

Poulsen a £5m signing from Juventus has struggled to live up to expectations at Anfield, but is determined to silence his critics before the season ends.

Spurs Fans Batter Terry’s Dad

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Shamed Chelsea skipper John Terry was devastated on hearing dad ted was beaten up by so called Spurs fans at the weekend after the thugs recognised him from recent publicity where he got a suspended sentence for Dealing Cocaine.

Thugs travelling back after Spurs defeat to Bolton 4-2 last week-end attacked Ted who was hospitalised with a gashed head which needed stitches, after a thug with a Spurs scarf wrapped around his hand, pushed Ted's head against a metal post causing the injury.

MLS Cup Conference Finals Warm Up

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This weekend see's the MLS Western and Eastern Conference Finals take place. To get warmed up, here is a great video of what has happened so far in the playoffs. Roll on this weekends games!

We Warned You About This Guy

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has threatened to resign his post as Blackpool manager should EPL chiefs fine him or the club for fielding a team with 10 changes from their previous game, like they did last season to Wolves manager Mick McCarthy after he was alleged to have fielded a weakened team in Old Trafford against Manchester United.

Liverpool Still Mis-Firing

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Fernando Torres kept his run of goals going but Liverpool looked short of quality excluding Reina, Gerrard and the Spanish striker.

Torres opened the scoring last night against a team which is shipping goals in like the banks are losing money after a superb through ball by Steven Gerrard, which he toe-poked home, Liverpool failed to capitalise on their superb start and were made pay the penalty in the second half when Hugo Rodellega pounced on a rebound from a Reina save to give the home side a deserved equaliser.

Fabregas Apologises For Shocking Tackle

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Another two-footed challenge goes unpunished

Arsenal kept their title hopes alive with this 2-0 win over Wolves, but it was a Cesc Fabregas lunging tackle that will be remembered in this one.Maybe not Wenger

Maroune Chamakh gave the Gunners the lead scoring the fastest goal in the EPL this season with only 37 seconds on the clock, he also wrapped up the points for Arsenal with the last kick of the game when in injury-time to record a brace.

Barton Faces Ban for Punch

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Newcastle influential midfielder Joey Barton faces a trial by TV from the FA after punching Blackburn winger Gamst Pedersen in the Chest during the Geordie's 2-1 defeat last night.

Barton was seen trying to explain to both referee Michael Jones and Pedersen that it was just an open hand push which it wasn't, had Jones seen the incident Barton would surely have seen red and deservedly so.

MLS Conference Finals This Weekend

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This weekend we get to see the top 4 teams in Major League Soccer square off for a place in this years MLS final, which will be played at BMO field in Toronto on Sunday November 21st. There have definitely been some upsets in this years playoffs, but here are the details for this weekends games:

Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:30pm ET
Colorado vs San Jose        Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:00pm ET
Los Angeles vs FC Dallas   Home Depot Center

Johnstone Trophy Run Ends For Chairboys

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Rendell who hit Wycombe hat-trick

Wycombe's run in this seasons Johnstones Paint Trophy came to an abrupt end last night as they were crushed 6-3 by Bristol Rovers.

Rover's accuracy in front of goal was far superior than their opponents, which in the end was their catalyst for their win, with possession equally shared throughout the match it was the finishing that counted at the end.

Molde to Unveil Solksjaer as New Manager

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Solksjaer Celebrates Winner in 1999

Last seasons Norwegian Tippeliga runners-up Molde are set to Unveil Manchester United reserve team manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer as their new manager later today with the club only 11th in the league this term


Greatest Manchester Derby Victories

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The Great Busby Babes

With the latest installment of the Manchester Derby less than 24 hours away we take a look back on some of the greatest victories for both these EPL giants, and their have been some classics.

1957 United 4 1 City (Old Trafford)

In what was to be the last Derby meeting between the sides before the Munich Air-Crash, at Old Trafford, United thumped City 4-1 showing what could have been had their faith not been decided in February 1958.

Ronaldo Wins Libel Case

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Real Madrid and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo has won his libel case against newspaper firm the Daily Telegraph who made false claims that the winger was putting his ankle injury at risk in 2008 at a L.A nightclub.

The Daily Telegraph accused Ronaldo who was a Manchester United player at the time of drinking and dancing while at the LA nightclub having thrown away his crutches in doing so.

FIFA Give Measly $100,000 to Wounded Togo Keeper

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FIFA who are making millions every day from soccer have hit a new low in my opinion as they make a big deal out of giving injured Togo keeper Kodjoui Obilale $100,000 after being shot in the back and abdomen when Togo's team bus was attacked in January at the African Nations Cup in Angola.

A/S Sunday Newspaper Gossip (Nov 7)

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Can Tottenham hold on to their star player Gareth Bale who was awesome against Inter but average against Bolton, Spurs fan's will hope they can. Will United midfielder Owen Hargreaves hang up his boots after his LATEST INJURYÂ only time will tell just like the gossip below will tell as we have a glance at the EPL gossip in todays Sunday Newspapers.

Celtic complete Record SPL Victory (Highlights)

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Celtic recorded a SPL record 9-0 defeat to former European Cup 'Winners' Cup Winners Aberdeen, beating their own record of 8-1 which they achieved in 2006 against Dunfermilne, which incidentally Celts manager Neil Lennon was on the score sheet.

Celtic began the rout after Aberdeen were reduced too 10 men when skipperPaul Hartley was sent-off after handling on the goal -line mid way through the first-half.

Ainsworth Rescue’s Wycombe

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Wycombe had skipper Gareth Ainsworth to thank for this FA Cup victory after the midfielder poked home a 94th minute winner for the Chairboys.

Non-League Hayes and Yeading had put up a spirited display with the League Two side and deserved a replay but as we all no Sport is sometimes never fair.

Hargreaves Suffers Another Injury Setback

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Owen Hargreaves suffered another injury setback today, on his comeback against Wolves. Hargreaves inclusion in the starting line-up had raised eyebrows at Old Trafford, but there was definite excitement to see him back on the pitch. But early on Hargreaves looked uncomfortable, and it only took 7 minutes before he left the field clutching his hamstring not a good sign!

Wycombe: Unbeaten on the Road

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Wycombe climbed to fifth in League Two after this stunning 2-0 win away to Gillingham on Wednesday night, their fifth away win on the trot to keep up their impressive unbeaten away record this season.

Skipper Gareth Ainsworth broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute with a drilled shot from outside the Gillingham area.

New Soccer Equipment “Calf Protectors”

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We've heard of shin-guards! Now we have Armadillo's and I don't mean the little leather skinned Mammal. No Armadillo have come out with a revolutionary new calf protector called Armadillo.  These revolutionary new body protectors are the latest equipment to come into the market which can dramatically reduce the risk of impact, stud raking and stud penetration to one of the most exposed part of the body when playing Soccer the calf muscles and the Achilles area.

United Sweat Over Nani Injury

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Manchester United will be sweating over the fitness of Portuguese winger Nani after he had to leave the field early in the first-half of their 3-0 win over Turkish Champions Bursaspur without having to break sweat, Fletcher, Obertan and Bebe with the goals but it was veteran United Midfielder Paul Scholes who pulled the strings showing exactly why Zinedine Zidane revealed that Scholes was the best player he ever played against.