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Arsenal get a monkey off beating Liverpool for season's first win, 2-0

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Whoo! Hat tip to a wonderful collective effort by Arsenal on their trip to Anfield. Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski delivered the attacking goods while Abou Diaby was simply outstanding in centre midfield pushing up. The defense orchestrated by Thomas Vermaelen fell back in numbers keeping their shape as Liverpool recycled the ball repeatedly to try and crack them open.

Chevrolet pens a 7 year T-shirt deal with Man Utd

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Coming to Old Trafford from 2014, a symbol of the successful US car bailout

Man Utd's US connections payoff again. The commercial behemoths of the Premier League have Chevrolet lined up to take over their jersey sponsorship from 2014 replacing AON for the next seven years. Financial details of the deal are sketchy and it appears to have cost Joel Ewanick, GM's global chief marketing officer his job.

Arsenal's Europe campaign runs afoul against Braga

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(this clip is a loop of the same goals over and over again)

Another frustrating evening as Braga scored two late goals through Matheus, the second one a superb individual effort. The Gunners lost captain Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Eboue to injury, Carlos Vela was booked for a dive when he was clearly brought down in the penalty area, and the London team was unable in a familiar story to convert all that dominant possession into the stat that mattered most: Goals.

Aliko Dangote: Nigeria's richest man linked to Arsenal takeover

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Lady Nina Bracewell's Smith's 16% stake in Arsenal up for sale and Blackstone, the investor group hired to find a buyer has found someone who can pay the $145 million, or at least has the financial clout to do so.

Aliko Dangote is listed as number 463 on the Forbes rich list and is Nigeria's wealthiest man having amassed a fortune with his Dangote group, a business consortium that deals in commodities trading from sugar to oil.

Pompey's debt keeps rising

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It is now estimated at £135 million.

This on a day when the Greece was wracked by violent protests against their Parliament approving of austerity measures that would slash pensions and the pay of government workers to meet an IMF imposed pre-condition to secure a £95 billion bailout. Greece has been living beyond their means and is in essence, bankrupt.

SPL under pressure with nearing Setanta collapse

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As this Times article points out with Setanta's bankruptcy all but inevitable, it is the SPL's smaller clubs that will have to absorb the financial blow.

The EPL's decision to terminate Setanta's £392million contract to broadcast 46 live matches came after the company failed to meet its £10million installment obligation.

Before we go all gooey on Hiddink, there was Grant

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Guus Hiddink's mandate was clear cut. A short term intervention that would halt Chelsea's spiraling fortunes which at one threatened to undermine their CL spot. In that he succeeded magnificently. Instilling discipline, excising self doubt, and getting the best out of players overlooked or playing below par under Scolari.

Before we go all gooey on Hiddink, there was Grant

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Guus Hiddink's mandate was clear cut. A short term intervention that would halt Chelsea's spiraling fortunes which at one threatened to undermine their CL spot. In that he succeeded magnificently. Instilling discipline, excising self doubt, and getting the best out of players overlooked or playing below par under Scolari.

Franck Ribery: Man with long scar much wanted

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What is Man U using? AIG bailout money?

Ribery is definitely not worth £63m.

Great on and off the ball but he is not a goal scorer. You need a 20+ goalscorer to match Ronaldo's production. Rooney, Tevez and Berbatov generate 30-35. The rest of the squad chips in another 15-20. Any less will be fatal to their chances.


Germany Advances to Semi-Finals Of Euros

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It seemed like a monumental shock was on the cards. Against the run of play in the 55th Georgios Samaras had equalized for Greece and the Germans, despite dominating possession found themselves level with 25 minutes to go. Would the Germans cave under the pressure of expectations?

Not a chance!

Euro 2012, Quarterfinal Preview: Greece vs. Germany: The Bailout Bowl

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Zack Goldman has your afternoon and lunchtime Cliff Notes right here.

Out of all of the old rivalries and politically-charged matchups that the European Championships have thrown up in recent years, this is one of the most compelling. Let's sink our teeth into the second quarterfinal, Greece against their sugardaddies.


Preview GER-GRE: Greece Target Semifinals

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Aside from deficits and bailouts, Greece and Germany will be meeting in the third quarterfinal of UEFA Euro 2012 on Friday June 22. Much of the Greek press is highly anxious especially since the elections on Sunday produced a pro-bailout coalition which is sure to please Chancellor Merkel. But in [read more]

Austerity Bowl: Germany vs Greece

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Germany pulls rank over the Euro zone with its GDP

Germany ranks 14th in external debt and will meet Greece which ranks one place below them in the list of world's biggest debtor nations on July 22nd. Angela Merkel who has been talking down to Greece about their debt crisis will attend the match.

Top five conclusions: South Korea 2-0 Greece

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1. Ji-Sung Park's suave new haircut has superpowers. 2. If Greece find themselves without a point at the end of the group stage they can always rely on a points bailout and borrow some from Germany. 3. Way too many empty seats. FIFA needs to reassess its pricing or at least increase the cheaper/freebie allocation for the [.

D.C. United

DC United seeks more strikes

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The 1-1 tie on Wednesday showed yet again that it's parity time in MLS. DC United has barely lost to the extremely hot Kansas City and barely tied expansion Montreal. Even their big win against FC Dallas was not as easy as it looked. Most games this year will be close.

The team that reads its opponent well, devises a good strategy, and then has the discipline to execute it will win more often than not and rise toward the top.

Duh… not winning. Galaxy vs United post-game analysis

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The Galaxy celebrates Mike Magee's 12th minute gol against DC United

Okay, let's just get this out of the way at the top: Charlie Davies dove like a scuba professional searching for treasure in the Caribbean. He dove like the snout of a pig into the muck of the forest on the search for truffles.

Manchester United

Liverpool Premier League 2011-12 team guide

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Liverpool Premier League 2011-12 team guide

After a huge outlay on new players this summer, Kenny Dalglish is hopeful of a Champions League place The club We are Liverpool Still the most successful club in the country, la, although they're having to jump through increasingly elaborate mathematical hoops, and the margin for error is getting tighter by the season.

Gold Cup: Mexico routs Cuba & Costa Rica survive scare

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Note to every team in the Gold Cup: if you play Mexico build a big first half lead if you want to win the match. For the second straight match El Tri played a close first half – this time taking a 1-0 lead over Cuba into the locker room – only to explode in the second half for their second straight 5-0 victory.

United to No Longer Be Sponsored by the American Government

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It has been officially announced that Manchester United have agreed to a new kit sponsor beginning in the 2010-2011 season. United (in the form of David Gill) have put pen to paper with Aon Corporation, the world's leading risk adviser and human capital consultant, on a four year deal believed to be worth £80 million (£20m per season).


Giovanni Trapattoni Accepts €100k Pay Cut To Ease Irish FA Woes

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By Chris Wright

To put it in technical economic terms, Ireland is in a bit of a hole at the moment and the Irish FA (FAI) are far from immune being, as they are, in the red to the tune of somewhere around €50 million.

In a bid to ease the FAI's monetary woes, Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni has agreed to take a recession busting pay-cut of 'in excess of 5%', which is due to come into effect immediately.

Move Your Money

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A New Year's Resolution worth considering:



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At long long last, those people who own our football club with borrowed money, have been given an ultimatum by their creditors Royal Bank Of Scotland and Wachovia to pay off the £250 million owed to them to buy our club in the first place, what was Peter Moores thinking when he sold out to them two years ago?

You Write the Caption: Best of the Liverpool Lovebirds Edition

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Welcome to the latest edition of You Write the Caption. We received more than 70 entries for this photo of Tom Hicks and George Gillet making nice during a recent Liverpool match and some of YWTC entries were very good (and some were great, but not quite family friendly if you know what I mean).

The Rest

OTP’s Howard the Psychic Duck predicts… England v Sweden

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With Paul the Octopus sadly passing away just months after successfully predicting the results of World Cup 2010, a whole new breed of charlatans have attempted to take his visionary mantle for Euro 2012. Nicholas the Llama incorrectly went for an England win against France and Citta the Elephant exposed herself as a fraud after [.

QPR Report Monday: QPR Pre-Season Previews...Taarabt Stay Questioned by Warnock...Rodney Marsh Ban? & QPR's New Strips...Briatore and Other Prem Owner

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- Throughout the day, the QPR Report Messageboard has news updates, comments and perspectives - even links to other board comments of interest re QPR matters (on and off the field) along with football (and ONLY football) topics in general....Also Follow: QPR REPORT ON TWITTER

- For those who missed it this weeekend: QPR's New Shirts "Revealed" and the Rodney Marsh QPR Controversy (Banning Claim)!

Maradona Decision Shows True Power Of Grondona

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This decision handed down by FIFA in Zurich today on Argentine coach Diego Maradona is the reason why people in South America and in Argentine football fear Julio Grondona. He is a picture perfect clone of an old Vito Corleone.

How much influence Grondona? How about the little letter he wrote Blatter.

Obama to take in W.C. festivities?

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Word is our president got a special invite from FIFA boss Sepp Blatter.
Blatter says: "Obama has said: ‘If I can, I will come."'
That was enough to have all the soccer media outlets pick up the story.

But hey, at least FIFA doesn't need a bailout...

Protecting Our Bailout Money

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Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) signed on as a cosponsor on two bills introduced in the House of Representatives that would protect taxpayers from paying for bonuses going to executives in companies receiving bailout money.

"The hardworking people of Western New York, taxpayers across the nation and members of Congress are united in our visceral disgust for AIG's complete disregard for the taxpayer dollars we trusted them to spend prudently" said Congressman Higgins, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Pescara Players, Fans In Revolt

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Do you think bailouts are just for banks and automakers? Think again.

Yesterday, thirteen players of Italian Serie C (Lega Pro) side Pescara have asked the club's board to release them since they have not been paid in months. In fact, they've been paid only once since the season began as the club continues to crumble financially.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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"Monopoly structures (and any state is a monopoly, since it claims a monopoly in the political and social spheres) cannot but secrete a para-political society, a mafia of some sort, to control this form of generalised corruption. It is pure hypocrisy on behalf of the political authorities to fight this mafia, since it is an emanation of those authorities themselves.