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English Premier League

Andrey Arshavin delights but his enigma is no closer to being solved

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Russia's 4-1 win over Czech Republic was exhilarating, exhibiting the kind of exuberance they showed in 2008 when they finally captured – after nearly two decades of obscurity – their total footballing heritage. They passed the ball quickly, poured forward in numbers and punished the Czechs when it mattered.

Sunny Times Are Here Again

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In the course of Sundays blog discussion re the Toon debacle, a committed fan who unlike me, regularly attends games and who felt totally let down by what she saw as a capitulation by the team that day, advanced the opinion that I was too sunny in my acceptance of the team's performance.

Now leaving aside the fact (if you will forgive the cliché) that I am viewed, rightly or wrongly, it matters not really, as a cup half full man, a Wenger apologist who can see no wrong with the great man and a purveyor of stories of times gone by.

Wenger’s Number One Apologist.

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Being Arsene's number one apologist there is a question that has been floating around out there that has been bothering me for a while: why did Wenger play a weakened side against Shakhtar and Braga away? His critics accuse him of arrogance and obstinacy; the fall out of these decisions being that we came runners up and now, unnecessarily, have to face Barcelona.

WCR Top 25 Clubs in the World - Kuala Lumpur Edition

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Just like the Petronas Twin Towers were once the tallest buildings in the world, Chelsea has been sitting atop the rankings, looking down at everybody. Then two losses and a draw later in Premier League play and Chelsea is now looking up at a handful of clubs that rise well above it in the rankings just as various Asian skylines have added buildings that tower over Petronas – or at least are a little bigger.

Liverpool 1, Wigan 1: Regression to the Mean

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The rage. It returns.

Let's talk about the excuses that everyone will make, and then discount them.

The players in squad were tired. Yes, they were. But rotation is a no-no, it's something to be scoffed at, something RAFA did. But it's also a necessity when there's three matches in six days.

Round-up: Fernando Torres has recovered his soul

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Goals of the Week

A few GotW round-ups for you. First off we have Romain Poyet (2:06) with a stunner of a volley for Brest. 101greatgoals.com has a top ten list, with the goal of the week going to Pavlyuchenko for being on the receiving end of Gareth Bale magic against Inter.

Too Much, Too Young

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"Bloody foreigners, eh? Coming over here, taking our jobs. Disgusting, innit mate?" The sort of xenophobic nonsense you'd expect to be spouted from the spittle-flecked lips of an "I'm-not-racist-but..." Griffin apologist in a Dagenham boozer - not by a Premier League footballer. And yet Spurs midfielder John Bostock has decided to make public his gripe that the club's "foreign contingent" are

The Curious Case of Rafa Benitez

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Four straight losses in all competitions. One goal in nearly a month. Injuries to four of the first-choice eleven. Fading chances (in October, no less) both domestically and in Europe. Now's as good a time as any to start listening to the Cure.

Already introduced by Rob on the Premier League Offside, the issue of Rafa's job security is one that has gained momentum of late, and if results don't start to go Liverpool's way it's a discussion that will be increasingly serious.

Major League Soccer

MLS Rankings: Week 3

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Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Brian O'Connell, Sean Donahue and Ryan Lanigan contributed rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team.

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What the L.A. Sol demise can teach us about MLS

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I never want to come across as an MLS apologist when I write about the business of soccer.

At times, it may seem that I'm going easy on Major League Soccer. On the other hand, there are times when I've blistered the league bosses or taken the whuppin' stick to individual clubs.

Clark Suspension Debate

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As we all know by now Ricardo Clark received a hefty fine (10k) and a lengthy suspension for his kick to Carlos Ruiz in last Sunday's contest between the Dynamo and the Hoops. First off the suspension and the fine is justifiable to a degree. MLS Commissioner Don Garber is taking a page out of the [...]

Liverpool

Why Mark Hughes deserves another chance at a big club, plus is Szczesny as good as he thinks he is?

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Why Mark Hughes deserves another chance at a big club, plus is Szczesny as good as he thinks he is?

Mark Hughes cuts a sad, sombre, figure these days. He has never really recovered from his ­sacking by Manchester City. His departure from Fulham was strange. It posed questions, and delivered few ­answers.

Analyzing the Liverpool Midfield

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It's not even August, and Kenny Dalglish has been busier than the Pitt-Jolie's au pair brigade when it comes to restocking the barren midfield corps that awaited him last January. Well, it's perhaps disingenuous to call it barren; more like, not stocked particularly well. Like if a $30 dish at a fine dining establishment boasted signature ingredients like soap, anchovies, a box of Rice-A-Roni, and a plunger.

Tie the rope and find some razor blades

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It's no better a day later. Nothing will happen until the end of the season, but I'm afraid nothing's going to change either.

The list of parties responsible for Liverpool's poor season is overwhelmingly long, and includes any of the scapegoats you'd imagine. The manager, the owners, nearly every player who's pulled on the shirt, referees, and general misfortune.

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If You Booed After Yesterday’s Game Please Don’t Ever Come Back To The Emirates Again

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A pre-season friendly.

Substantial team changes for the starting 11. Even more substantial changes at half time and subsequently.

Young, up-and-coming Arsenal players like Bartley and Afobe getting a run out.

Nobody wanting to get injured before the serious stuff starts in a couple of weeks.

Spurs 1-1 Chelsea: Make Sense of That If You Will

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Dashed confusing from start to finish. Two points lost or one point gained? What the devil is Gomes playing at? And what the dickens inspired BAE to perform thus?

First Things First: Two Lost or One Gained?

Oh that I were more technically savvy, and had the faintest blinking idea how to set up some sort of voting contraption to gauge popular opinion on whether this was two points dropped or one gained.

United States

Know When To Fold 'Em

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Bob Bradley's out, and tomorrow, in all likelihood, we learn the replacement1.

I'm not a Bradley hater or apologist. I think he's a fine coach, even if he's tactically limited/cautious, too attached to "trusted" players"2, and lacks the appropriate personality for the grandest stage3. He'll probably pop up somewhere in MLS next year and have a fine career to follow, maybe even fine enough that he gets a second chance at the adult table someday.

Tuesday's Daily: Tough Luck

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With J Hutcherson -- Yesterday, the United States opened group play in the Under-17 World Cup. They also opened themselves up to the expected criticism that comes with giving up two short-handed goals and losing the game. It's hard to come around on a 2-1 loss. At the same time, you don't have to be an apologist to opt against putting this squarely on the team.

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A Catholic replies

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As a Catholic I know full well that the church is a long way from being perfect...the abuse scandals and they way they weren't dealt with immediately are as heart-breaking as they are unforgivable. This piece isn't an apologist rant saying they've all got it in for us...it isn't evangelising and holding Catholicism up above all others it is just a plea for people to call a spade a spade and instead of taking immense glee in screaming about paedos and smugly, superciliously writing off believers as deluded just take things on their merits.

A Catholic replies

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As a Catholic I know full well that the Church is a long way from being perfect...the abuse scandals and they way they weren't dealt with immediately are as heart-breaking as they are unforgivable. This piece isn't an apologist rant saying they've all got it in for us...it isn't evangelising and holding Catholicism up above all others it is just a plea for people to call a spade a spade and instead of taking immense glee in screaming about paedos and smugly, superciliously writing off believers as deluded just take things on their merits.

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CONCACAF: MLS Teams Are Not “Failing.”

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I've read a great deal about perceived MLS failures in CONCACAF over the last week. As many of our readers know, I am not defender or apologist for MLS. But, calling two loses to FMF sides," failures" again show many MLS fans live in an alternate reality. If anything Columbus and DC United should be applauded for competing against the best this hemisphere has to offer.

Monday Morning Positivity

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If you're from the tri-state area, and your name isn't Jerseyeppe Rossi, you probably enjoyed a fairly nice weekend of soccer action. Not only did the US Mens National Team advance to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup, but the Red Bulls actually took part in a fairly exciting back and forth game this weekend against the Seattle Sounders.

The Rest

Top 5 Woody Allen movies

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I am an unabashed Woody Allen apologist, so you won't find a "Top 5 Worst" list from me. Only the good stuff. He's missed on a few, though none badly, and despite his age he continues to churn out brilliant dialogue, thought-provoking themes and lush backdrops in his movies, which he still dutifully produces at a clip of one a year.

Dimitar Berbatov and the criticisms that don’t quite add up

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"You say what?"

No wonder he frowns all the time. Dimitar Berbatov must be wondering what he's done so wrong in his Manchester United career; while he isn't flawless nor is he immune from criticism there is something that sets Berbatov apart from the rest. He is the darling of the aesthetes and rather unorthodox for a forward, meaning he will not be appreciated by all corners as, say, Javier Hernandez.

QPR Report Update: Lakshmi Mittal and QPR....QPR FC Chairman Gianni Paladini: Another Critical Assessment

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There was a time when Ben Kosky and I were on opposite sides of the QPR fence and he was the placid one.

Soccer puritanism and the sin of "entertainment"

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There is a feeling in the air, a sort of sea change, following Sunday's final. You mostly find it on apologist message boards and blog comment sections, but some have written long form posts on it. It's the idea that "entertaining football" is a crass Americanization, a romantic revision born in Mexico 1970.

New Football Is Fixed Twittering Blog Launched

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This week we introduce for your delight and detestation "Trichotomous Triptychities" - omnispectric occultations and notes from the underground world of football.

You might find this blog at: http://trichotomoustriptychities.blogspot.com.

To aid you on your route to participatory revelations, we list our first six days of twittering for you below.

Hughton no puppet manager.

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Chris Hughton claims he will fight to improve Newcastle United's squad in the January transfer window. Since being made permanent manager it seems many people think he'll just be a 'yes man' a puppet and apologist for Ashley's regime but Hughton was keen to dispel such rumours, indicating that he's strong enough to get [.

To all the Frankie Hejduk haters…

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While watching the US defeat Mexico (again) on Wednesday, I was keeping an eye on Ives Galarcep's running commentary. One of his halftime thoughts kind of struck me:

Will the "Frank Hejduk is awful" people finally relax? He's not Dani Alves but he can step up and play well when needed.

Adu's Grace Kelly Moment

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So, after beginning his career in a strange little federal district, Freddy Adu continues it in a strange little principality. From DC to Salt Lake to Lisbon to Monaco: one of the more unusual soccer career paths, even today. I'm a little puzzled as to why Adu's Benfica performance gets such bland reviews; 21 appearances, five goals and an established role as a super-sub seem like worthy accomplishments for a 19-year-old playing in Europe for the first time.