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Another season of FA Cup magic

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By J Hutcherson (Jan 9, 2018) US Soccer Players - Credit USMNT player Eric Lichaj for adding something extra to the Third Round of the FA Cup. Lichaj's two-goal performance in Nottingham Forest's win over Arsenal wasn't enough. As he told the broadcast team following the game, he needed a hat-trick to convince his wife that their house needs a dog.

Karanka walked away to save Middlesbrough says owner

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London (AFP) – Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson claims Aitor Karanka agreed to part company with the Premier League strugglers in a bid to save them from relegation.

Karanka left Middlesbrough on Thursday, but Gibson insists he didn’t sack the Spaniard because he was willing to leave of his own accord.

Karanka walked away to save Middlesbrough says owner

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London (AFP) – Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson claims Aitor Karanka agreed to part company with the Premier League strugglers in a bid to save them from relegation.

Karanka left Middlesbrough on Thursday, but Gibson insists he didn’t sack the Spaniard because he was willing to leave of his own accord.

Middlesbrough vs. Manchester United

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Middlesbrough vs. Manchester United

Premier League

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Riverside Stadium

Europa League quarter-finalists Manchester United will refocus their attention on the Premier League this weekend when they travel to struggling Middlesbrough, who sacked head coach Aitor Karanka on Thursday afternoon.

Struggling Middlesbrough axe Karanka

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London (AFP) – Aitor Karanka was sacked as Middlesbrough manager on Thursday as the Premier League strugglers made a last-ditch bid to avoid relegation.

Karanka paid the price for Middlesbrough’s slump into the relegation zone after a miserable run of 10 league games without a win.

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Karanka appointed Nottingham Forest manager

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London (AFP) – Nottingham Forest have appointed Aitor Karanka as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract, the English Championship club announced on Monday.

The Spaniard succeeds Mark Warburton, who was sacked at the end of last month, and takes over with two-time European Cup winners Forest currently 14th in the second tier.

Negredo on target but Middlesbrough held

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) Alvaro Negredo rescued Middlesbrough as the Spanish striker's penalty secured a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.

Aitor Karanka's side fell behind when their former midfielder James Morrison lashed home from 20 yards early on at the Riverside Stadium.

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Official: Middlesborough Sack Aitor Karanka As Spectre Of Relegation Looms Large

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Somewhatunsurprisingly, Middlesbrough have relieved Aitor Karanka of his duties following the team's slide into the Premier League relegation zone.

The news was broken today, with Karankaultimately paying the price for having not mustered a win in the league since mid-December.

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Official: Alvaro Negredo Joins Middlesbrough On Season-Long Loan Deal (Photo)

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Middlesbrough have pulled off a relatively huge coup this afternoon with the news that the newly-promoted Premier League side have secured the services of Alvaro Negredo.

The 30-year-old striker, brieflyof Man City, arrives from Valencia on a season-long loan deal.

CONFIRMED | The club has agreed a deal with @valenciacf to bring @AlvaroNegredo_7 to #Boro https://t.

Jordan Rhodes late show lifts promotion chasers Middlesbrough

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Jordan Rhodes fired Middlesbrough a step closer to the Premier League as the Scotland striker's dramatic double sealed a 2-1 win over already-relegated Bolton on Saturday.

Aitor Karanka's side fell behind to Josh Vela's 61st-minute goal, but former Blackburn star Rhodes leveled in the 73rd minute and struck again in stoppage-time at the Macron Stadium.

Jordan Rhodes late show lifts promotion chasers Middlesbrough

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Jordan Rhodes fired Middlesbrough a step closer to the Premier League as the Scotland striker's dramatic double sealed a 2-1 win over already-relegated Bolton on Saturday.

Aitor Karanka's side fell behind to Josh Vela's 61st-minute goal, but former Blackburn star Rhodes leveled in the 73rd minute and struck again in stoppage-time at the Macron Stadium.

Karanka returns to Middlesbrough after turbulent week

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Aitor Karanka resumed his role as Middlesbrough manager on Monday after the Spaniard had appeared on the verge of quitting the Championship club.

Karanka's future was shrouded in doubt over the weekend after he stormed away from showdown talks with his under-performing squad on Friday.

The 42-year-old questioned the players' desire to win promotion to the Premier League following their midweek loss at lowly Rotherham and was said to have told them he no longer wanted to manage them during the heated training ground meeting.

Karanka returns to Middlesbrough after turbulent week

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Aitor Karanka resumed his role as Middlesbrough manager on Monday after the Spaniard had appeared on the verge of quitting the Championship club.

Karanka's future was shrouded in doubt over the weekend after he stormed away from showdown talks with his under-performing squad on Friday.

The 42-year-old questioned the players' desire to win promotion to the Premier League following their midweek loss at lowly Rotherham and was said to have told them he no longer wanted to manage them during the heated training ground meeting.

Karanka’s Middlesbrough future shrouded in doubt after refusing to coach next game

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Aitor Karanka's future as Middlesbrough manager is shrouded in doubt after the Championship promotion contenders announced he will not be in charge for Sunday's trip to Charlton.

Karanka is believed to be unhappy with his players after some poor performances in recent weeks and the Spaniard stormed away from Middlesbrough's training ground on Friday following a heated meeting with the squad.

Karanka’s Middlesbrough future shrouded in doubt after refusing to coach next game

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Aitor Karanka's future as Middlesbrough manager is shrouded in doubt after the Championship promotion contenders announced he will not be in charge for Sunday's trip to Charlton.

Karanka is believed to be unhappy with his players after some poor performances in recent weeks and the Spaniard stormed away from Middlesbrough's training ground on Friday following a heated meeting with the squad.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka to miss Charlton game, future in doubt

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Optimism building for Middlesbrough’s Premier League promotion push

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The gruelling pre-season schedule is now in full swing and there is optimism around Teesside, with what promises to be an exciting summer of transfers ahead.

The aim this season is for Aitor Karanka's Boro to try and go one step further than last year's whirlwind campaign, making sure they begin the 2016/17 campaign in the Premier League.

Stewart Downing returns to ‘Boro

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Stewart Downing has finalised his move back to his first professional club by agreeing to a lucrative 5 year deal with Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough.

Statistically Downing was the Hammers most creative player last season, scoring six & assisting eight, reborn in a central attacking midfield role which saw the 30 year old earn a recall to the England squad after an absence of two and-a-half years.

3 to See: Middlesbrough vs Norwich meet in Championship play-off final, plus 2 more

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The crazy Championship title race – Will Bournemouth hold their nerve? Or will Watford, Middlesbrough or others pounce?

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Read Our Progress Report on Middlesbrough’s Performances After 17 Gameweeks

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Many players have impressed this season, with the goalscorers Patrick Bamford, Kike and Lee Tomlin crucial to the team's success. However, there's no doubt about it, skipper and midfield general Grant Leadbitter has been the outstanding player this season, popping up with nine goals in 18 games a stat strikers would be proud of.

Read Our Progress Report on Middlesbrough’s Performances After 17 Gameweeks

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Best Performer:

Many players have impressed this season, with the goalscorers Patrick Bamford, Kike and Lee Tomlin crucial to the team's success. However, there's no doubt about it, skipper and midfield general Grant Leadbitter has been the outstanding player this season, popping up with nine goals in 18 games a stat strikers would be proud of.

Middlesbrough Boss Aitor Karanka Embroiled In Blazing Row Over Photocopying Costs At Doncaster Library

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By Chris Wright

Okay, perhaps not 'blazing', but still...

Anyway, it would appear that Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka recently became embroiled in a bit of a tetchy row about unpaid photocopying debts at a library in Doncaster a week or so ago.

With Boro in town to play Donny two Saturdays back, Karanka had his back-room staff traipse down to the local library to get a few of his tactics sheets copied before the game.

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Patrick Bamford dreaming of Chelsea debut

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Patrick Bamford wants to remain at Chelsea for many years to come and is willing to remain patient to fulfil his dream of playing for the club.

Like so many young players at Stamford Bridge, the 21-year-old has found the pathway to the first-team blocked and has been farmed out on loan.

Bamford spent successful spells at MK Dons and Derby last season, before linking up with Middlesbrough this term a move which has seen the striker's game go up a notch.

Patrick Bamford dreaming of Chelsea debut

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Patrick Bamford wants to remain at Chelsea for many years to come and is willing to remain patient to fulfil his dream of playing for the club.

Like so many young players at Stamford Bridge, the 21-year-old has found the pathway to the first-team blocked and has been farmed out on loan.

Bamford spent successful spells at MK Dons and Derby last season, before linking up with Middlesbrough this term a move which has seen the striker's game go up a notch.

Fabio Coentrao had no idea where he was supposed to be during Espanyol-Real Madrid

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Fabio Coentrao was not selected for the Real Madrid squad that faced Espanyol on Saturday, yet he still took a seat on the bench anyway. When his teammates who were supposed to be there caught on to his mistake, they had Iker Casillas inform him. Coentrao gave him a blank stare before laughing at his error.

Jose Mourinho & Aitor Karanka – The Rappers (Video)

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Saints be praised! MARCA have bodged together this video of MC Por Que? and his hype man Krank Money in full flow on the bench...

... though they haven't really explained why.

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Brighten your day with Jose Mourinho rapping and a very surreal Karim Benzema Christmas song

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With poor domestic form and persistent rumors of behind-the-scenes conflict, Real Madrid may not be the most pleasant organization to work for right now, but that hasn't stopped the internetz having some lighthearted LOLZ at their expense.

The folks at Marca have unearthed a ROFL-tastic clip of Jose Mourinho busting out his favorite hip-hop moves with assistant coach Aitor Karanka, while our friends at 101GG have brought a fantastically surreal Christmas song based around Muslim striker Karim Benzema to our attention.

Inside the mind of Jose Mourinho – Tactics and Coaching part III

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In Part III of our detailed insight into the tactics and coaching methods of Jose Mourinho, a look at Mourinho's staff, philosophies and methods. Follow the relevant links for Part I the secrets of Mourinho's success and Part II Mourinho's Real Madrid training sessions, tactics and patterns of play:

One of the many nice surprises on the "NSCAA Jose Mourinho Tactical Thinking Course"was the fact he brought his entire staff along with him for the presentation.

Karanka Hints At Real Madrid Exit For Kaka

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Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka appeared to suggest that Kaka could be on his way out of the Bernabeu following his omission from Jose Mourinho's squad for a pre-season friendly against Oviedo.

Kaka has been regularly linked with a move away from Real over the past 12 months, after struggling to justify the then-world record fee of £50.

Karanka: Ronaldo The Best Player In The World

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It was a long time coming, however, Real Madrid's 2-1 win over arch rivals Barcelona last night was the clearest indication of their desire to win their first league title in 4 years. In fact, the last time Madrid beat Barcelona in the famed El Clasico was when Frank Rijkaard was still Barca coach.

Ronaldo And Messi Set Records As Madrid And Barca Win

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It was a record breaking night in La Liga on Saturday when both Real Madrid and Barcelona won their respective matches to keep their title hopes alive. Madrid were 3-1 winners over Sporting Gijon while Barcelona needed two goals from their sensational forward Lionel Messi to beat Levante 2-1.

Madrid Held By Valencia

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A barren draw against Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu last night has cut Real Madrid's lead at the top of the La Liga table to just 4 points with only 7 games left to play.

Moreover, with fixtures against Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona on the cards within the next 2 weeks, things are bound to get harder for Madrid.

LA LIGA LUNES : Madrid’s ‘Lucky’ Red Kits Help Them To 3-2 Win Over Valencia

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Red is an incredibly Spanish colour to wear, and Madrid chose to don it against Valencia at the Mestalla last night (one of the steepest stadium steps to climb, if you're wearing heels - stop rolling your eyes, hombres!) In Spain, you'd better be wearing red.

¿Se protege más a Messi que a Cristiano Ronaldo?

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Michel Platini hablaba este verano de la protección a los futbolistas que ocupan el olimpo europeo como el argentino Leo Messi. En la gala de la UEFA, el presidente del máximo organismo continental indicaba que "el 'Mejor Jugador de la UEFA en Europa', está más protegido por los árbitros que otros grandes de la historia".

The Football and the Non Football

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.There is much to talk about in lieu of the events from last Wednesday (Thursday 5am Singapore time). But rather than to write about the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, I'd rather speak about the Football and the Non-Football. I do have to say though that it is sad that there's more to talk about in terms of the latter.

Righto then, back to business

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Union

Kaká on the Union: "I was impressed with the Union. They played very well. They gave us a tough match. They're a very good team. It wasn't easy. We were happy to win this match. They played very good in the second half."

Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka played for Colorado Rapids in 2006.

The Rest

Mourinho’s apprentice plots Arsenal downfall

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Not man Arsenal fans would have heard of Aitor Karanka before this week but the up-and-coming Middlesbrough boss learned his trade under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. Jose's Chelsea side's have always had the upper hand over Arsene Wenger, so Karanka was asked if he'd asked his old boss for tips on how to win [.

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is best in world and ended reign of Barca, says Aitor Karanka

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DT Exclusive: Lionel Messi’s post-Clasico berating of Arbeloa and Karanka

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Following the first leg of Real Madrid and Barcelona's Copa del Rey semifinal, Lionel Messi confronted Real Madrid assistant manager Aitor Karanka and defender Alvaro Arbeloa in the parking lot. Upset about an incident during the match in which he was patted on the face by Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso, Messi reportedly berated Arbeloa in front of his pregnant wife and daughter and called Karanka "Mourinho's muppet.