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Ljungberg Severs Finger

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Newly retired Freddie Ljungberg has severed off his middle finger on his right hand. The Arsenal Invincible and former Swedish Captain was treated at the Halmstad Hospital where he tweeted his followers updates on his condition. The 35 year-old who is right-handed still found the time to tweet a thank you to the hospital for saving his hand.

Donovan, Keane, Lampard, & More Out for World Cup Qualifiers

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Landon Donovan is out for the upcoming World Cup Qualifier game after sustaining a knee injury. The US Soccer spokesman said that he will not be replaced on the 24 man roster for the upcoming qualifiers despite not being able to play in the October 13th qualifier against Antigua and Barbuda and the October 16th qualifier against Guatemala.

Ljungberg on Coaching, Arsenal, and more

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Ljungberg went on a media blitz this morning by giving several interviews. The former Arsenal ace who recently retired divulged that he has been offered some coaching opportunities with some lower tier teams. He admits the offers are tempting but right now prefers to enjoy some time with his family. He also said the best part about being retired is not having to wake up early for training.

Pique to be a dad

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Gerard Pique and Shakira announce that they are expecting their first child. The pop star and Barcelona FC player who is currently out with an ankle injury were rumored to be expecting their first child as far back as last June. No word on when the couple are actually due. Hopefully, the will not disappoint us and follow the trend of celebrities who give their babies wacky names.

Brooklyn Beckham wants Condoms?

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In an interview, David Beckham recounted a humorous story about his son. At a recent get together with his LA Galaxy teammates, Brooklyn made and American to British English faux pas. Apparently, Brooklyn was doodling and asked his father for sone rubbers. Beckham's teammates were very puzzled by the child's request for condoms.

Mario Balotellis and Tinchy Stryder form a partnership

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Any one who follows Mario Balotelli's career knows his slogan, "Why Always Me?"Â Well some English rapper was inspired by this and has now penned a song about him. The Italian striker decide to take advantage of this situation by creating a t-shirt with the help of Umbro. The proceeds of the shirt will go to a charity of Balotelli's choice and the song will be featured in an upcoming campaign.

Retro Pic: Dennis Bergkamp & Thierry Henry

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Dennis Bergkamp with his son Mitchell run alongside Thierry Henry at London Colney on August 28, 2003 Lo

Van Persie gets schooled

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This by far is one of my favorite footballer tweets of all time. I liked that Van Persie shared the fact his son Shaq could kick his butt on FIFA 2012. We're  pretty sure its the only way his son can beat him.

Fabregas cuts his hair

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Why do Spanish players insist on letting their hair get so long and stringy? I get that Latin men like long hair, yada, yada, yada. Let's face it: long hair on men only works if you have a thick mop of luxurious hair. There isn't a time where Cesc Fabregas doesn't look awful because of his moppy mess of hair.

For the football fan who has everything

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For the football fan who has everything:That's right a Lego flash drive replica of your favorite World Cup players! We'll take ten please.

Robben wins GQ Man of the Year Award

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Arjen Robben and his wife attended the GQ Germany's Man of the Year Awards. The Dutch player was won the International Sportsman of The Year. The Bayern Munich player attended the ceremonies with his wife pictured above.

Creative LA Galaxy Fans

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One very creative LA Galaxy fan must have gotten the thrill of their life, when Landon Donovan retweeted this. Kudos for their superior jack-o-latern carving skills. Happy Halloween from the 12th Man Blog.

Hidetoshi Nakata for GQ

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Hidetoshi Nakata is getting more press after his retirement than he did during his whole entire career. For those of you who don't know, Nakata is one of Asia's most famous footballers. In 1995, he started his career with Bellmare Hiratsuka, now called Shonan Bellmare. During his time in the J League, he won the Asian Football the Asian Football Confederation Player of the Year award in 1997

Carlos Bocanegra for Pepsi Max

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USMNT player Carlos Bocanegra poses for Pepsi Max campaign. The Californian native posted this via his twitter account.

Hope Solo: ESPN Cover Girl

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Move over Tim Howard, ESPN's new soccer hottie is none other than Hope Solo. Miss Solo has stripped for ESPN Magazine's body issue. I am sure the USWNT is going to get a few more fans after this spread. Enjoy. Hope Solo is the US Women's National Team's goalkeeper.