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Richard Williams: Ancien regime of Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand holds England back

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Persisting with a tired old guard and a refusal to make major changes have left England's future looking less-than bright.

Leander Schaerlaeckens: The Future of U.S. Soccer

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It behooves any country with serious aspirations on the world soccer scene to entrust the development of its young players to the pros. To the country's professional clubs, that is. Like in most endeavors, privatization tends to lead to more efficiency, and Major League Soccer's nascent academies are slowly but very concertedly wresting youth soccer away from the traditional avenues.

Wayne Rooney posts slightly disturbing picture of his hair transplant on Twitter

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There's often a dearth of exciting football news during the off-season, but Wayne Rooney is on a one-man mission to keep fans sated with up-to-the-minute updates on his recent hair transplant.

Footballer Wayne Rooney has confirmed he has had a hair transplant at a top London clinic in a bid to restore his receding locks to their former glory.

The Mill +

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UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying Wrap, Reports & Analyses

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England drew 2-2 at home to Switzerland to jeopardize its hopes of making next year's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine and Portugal climbed to the top of Group H by beating Norway 1-0 on Saturday.


England 2 - 2 Switzerland: Kevin McCarra at Wembley

Henry Winter: England's isolation almost complete after abject showing against Switzerland

Macedonia 0 - 2 Ireland: Keane's double wins in Skopje
Italy 3 - 0 Estonia: Front line on fire for Azurri

Portugal lead Group H with 1-0 win over cautious Norway

Five things we learned from the international fixtures this weekend

USA vs. Spain: U.S. delivers uninspiring result in match not worth scheduling

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USA 0 - 4 Spain

Maybe the big discussion from Saturday's clinic inside Gillette Stadium shouldn't be about starting lineups and the wisdom of U.S. coach Bob Bradley deploying a "B team" in a match that bumps up against an important tournament -- although there is certainly a hardy debate there.

2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Preview

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CONCACAF Gold Cup: Mexico cruise, Chicharito stars

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Mexico cruised past El Salvador with a comfortable 5-0 win to begin their Gold Cup title defence in Texas. Also in Group A's opening fixtures, Costa Rica enjoyed a similarly emphatic start with victory over their Caribbean neighbours Cuba, winning 5-0 at the Cowboys Stadium.

Good Day!

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Good Day SSNers!!

Sid Lowe in Spain with The Sids, previews for the weekend's Euro 2012 qualifiers, the U.S. host Spain in Foxboro tomorrow, more on FIFA, Jonathan Wilson in Eastern Europe, Friedel goes to Spurs, Mark Hughes leaves Fulham but does not go to Villa, Dale Johnson is Off The Ball, Barcelona sign 10-year-old American and much more!

Sir Alex Ferguson banks on Michael Owen to pass on wealth of experience to Manchester United young guns

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Eyebrows were raised at Manchester United's decision to hand Michael Owen a new one-year contract earlier this week, but the former England forward can credit Sir Alex Ferguson's admiration of AC Milan for his extended stay at Old Trafford.

Sid Lowe in Spain

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From an amazing managerial achievement to perhaps the greatest assist ever, it's time for the annual end-of-season Spanish football awards.

It's the Sids 2011! The complete review of the past La Liga season.

International Friendly Previews: United States vs. Spain

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Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, MA.

June 4, 2011, 4:30 p.m. EDT

U.S. TV:
ESPN & Univision

Reigning World Cup champions Spain will bring a star-studded squad that includes six players from Champions League winners Barcelona into a Saturday friendly against the United States.

UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying Previews

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Germany will need to stay cool under pressure when they make an end-of-season push for a perfect six wins out of six in Euro 2012 qualifying against Austria on Friday. Runners-up to Spain in 2008, the Germans are one of several heavyweight teams in action following the season finale in major domestic leagues.

Jonathan Wilson in Eastern Europe

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Having been suspended from international competition in April, Bosnia-Herzegovina are back and stronger than before.

Bosnia-Herzegovina's united return to international football.

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