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What's Wrong with Liverpool?

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Sure, it might seem odd to write a post about the demise of Liverpool FC after they booked their place in the FA Cup final, but the win at Wembley and their Carling Cup victory mask how far the once mighty club from Merseyside has fallen.
Currently 8th in the table, one point behind cross-town rivals Everton and 13 points adrift of 4th place Tottenham, Liverpool are staring at their third consecutive season without the lifeblood of modern European soccer clubs - the Champions League.

Three Up, Three Down: Ides of March

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Three Up

1) Arsenal F.C. - Sure Arsenal will not win a trophy for the seventh consecutive year, but the Gunners are on a high. Arsenal have won their last 4 games in the Premier League via the comeback, the first time in the twenty year history of the league. Their last loss came nearly a month ago, and they have seen Spurs' lead in the race for the last automatic Champions League position shrink from 10 to just 1.

Three Up, Three Down: First Take

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Welcome to the first post in what will be a weekly series highlighting those teams/players/ideas whose fortunes are on the rise or fall based on events during the week.

Three Up

1) APOEL F.C. - Everyone loves a Cinderella story, and the 2011-2012 Champions League has one, APOEL F.

Goal Line Technology Long Overdue

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Exciting news out of England as the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body responsible for the laws of the game of soccer, announced that two goal-line technology systems will move forward with testing. The two systems, Hawkeye (already used in tennis and cricket) and GoalRef, will undergo further testing with the goal of introducing the technology no later than the 2014 World Cup.

Thoughts on the Champions League

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The Champions League Round of 16 drawNOTE: Due to a technical snafu, this post wasn't published yesterday morning (despite my scheduling it). The post below was written on Sunday, prior to any of the Champions League games. I must say, I hope I predict the outcomes of today's (Wednesday's) games as well as I did Tuesday's.

The FA Cup Explained

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The FA Cup trophy

A near constant in myconversations with casual soccer fans and non-fans alike is the confusion cupcompetitions cause when trying to understand international soccer. Tomost American sports fans, a cup competition is an alien concept. Most sports(baseball, football, basketball and ice hockey) in America compete againstteams in their league for the league title and that's it.

Kick Off

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Hey everbody, welcome to my new blog, FC Blacklabel. I'm rejoining forces with my buddy over at Blacklabel Tennis to create what I will modestly call a sports network. He focuses on tennis, I focus on all things soccer (football, fútbol, calcio or whatever you call it in your part of the world).

Interview with Carli Lloyd

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Funny things happen when you travel. Sometimes you board the plane and sit on the tarmac for hours. Sometimes you see the plane you are supposed to be on taxiing away from the gate just as you land. Sometimes through sheer serendipity, you encounter Carli Lloyd in the Philadelphia International Airport.

Women's World Cup: French Fried

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Stop me if you've heard this story before - The United States Women's National Team jumps to an early lead in a World Cup match, their opponent equalizes early in the second half, Abby Wambach saves the day. In a match that, through the 78th minute, eerily mirrored Sunday's instant classic (minus the referee miscues), the USWNT was able to alter the script and book their place in the Women's World Cup final (their first since 1999).

Women's World Cup: A Comeback for the Ages

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Abby Wambach celebrates the game tying goal.Highs and lows came at a gut-wrenching pace, but an emotional roller coaster doesn't even begin to capture the Women's World Cup quarterfinal match between the Samba Queens of Brazil and United States Women's National Team was no exception. Fans of the USWNT were ecstatic when Daiane put the ball into her own net off a cross by Shannon Boxx, then livid when Rachel Buehler was sent off in the 65' for a foul in the box on Marta.

Gold Cup 2011: The Final - Mexico vs. USMNT

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This is the final that everyone expected, and virtually everyone wanted to see. While the road to the Rose Bowl hasn't been simple for either team (see the US loss to Panama in the group stage, or Mexico's narrow extra-time victory over Honduras in the semifinal); was their really any doubt that the continent's two juggernauts would be vying for the regional title?

Gold Cup 2011: Jamaica-US Preview

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Thanks to this absolute laser by Jozy Altidore, the US beat Guadeloupe to advance to the knockout round of the 2011 Gold Cup. Despite this victory, the US finished second in their group and drew Jamaica in the quarterfinals. On current form, this could be an extremely tough game for the Yanks.

Gold Cup 2011: USMNT 1 - Panama 2 - The Fallout

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While willing to give Bob Bradley the benefit of the doubt,
the USMNT cannot continue to lose matches to inferior sides.I could start this post, as I am sure many have started (and will start) with a call to have Bob Bradley removed from his position at the helm of the United States Men's National Team.

Champions League Semifinal Preview: Real Madrid - Barcelona

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Yesterday, we previewed the Manchester United-Schalke match, if you missed it check it out. The second semifinal (April 27th at 2:45 Eastern) will be the 3rd edition of El Clásico in 11 days (the first match was a 1-1 draw at the Bernabéu , the 2nd a 1-0 Real Madrid victory in the Copa Del Rey final).

Champions League Semifinal Preview: Manchester United - Schalke

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Schalke, the surprise team of the season, look to continue
their magical run against Manchester United.For soccer fans, the end of April can be a melancholy time. Domestic leagues around Europe are winding down, and the transfer window doesn't open until July 1. But, one thing that makes the end of April exciting is the culmination of the season long UEFA Champions League.