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U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage has decided to return home to pursue opportunities in Sweden.


Pia Sundhage: Homeward Bound

The likeable and laid-back Pia has spent nearly five full years as the head coach of the WNT, after taking over in November 2007. In that time she's compiled an 88-6-10 record while taking the team to 3 major tournament finals.

Alan Pardew is sorry he shoved the linesman and got sent to the stands

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With Newcastle up 1-0 on Spurs in the 54th minute of their first Premier League match of the season, Magpies manager Alan Pardew get a little overexcited and shoved a linesman. Pardew was reacting to the ball going out off a Spurs player, which the linesman apparently didn't see as played continued, so Pardew gave him a shove from behind.

Drunk Soccer Bitches

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Okay, what's more offensive: the title of this blog, or the "controversy"--instigated by the precious soul that is U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has never been in the center of a controversy before, ever--regarding some of the U.S. women's national team members being drunk on live television after having won gold in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing?

Manchester City

Roberto Mancini And David Platt Show They Still Have It

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Manchester City proved they had the best team in the Premier League last season, and their coaches show that they are not bad themselves.

Filmed at an open training session in the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur ahead of Manchester City's game against a Malaysia XI. The Blue's coaching staff are involved in a 5-a-side game where assistant coach David Platt rolls back the years with an exquisite overhead bicycle kick.

Roberto Mancini Pulls Off Lovely Little Backheel Pass In Man City Training (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Short and sweet: A couple of days after his assistant, David Platt, defied the years and the flab to score a magnificent overhead kick, slick fox Roberto Mancini continued the theme yesterday by pulling off a nifty little backheeled volley pass during a one-touch drill at a Man City training session in Beijing.

Wenger: Injured winger needs more time

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that the fitness concerns that bothered winger Ryo Miyaichi during the club's pre-season tour of Asia will keep the youngster away from full fitness for at least a few more weeks.

The 19-year old Miyaichi, who is a Japan international was unable to prove himself ready for the Gunners' 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in Beijing and despite returning for yesterday's 2-2 draw to Kitchee, he looked a bit rusty.

A Far Eastern farce?

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How has the Far Eastern tour helped in our pre-season preparation?

The bald facts are: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 1, Drawn 1. Hardly an inspiring set of results. The matches were played in dense humidity (Kuala Lumpur), pouring rain (Beijing) and dense humidity (Hong Kong). Not the sort of climatic conditions to be expected in our first three Premiership matches of the fast approaching new season: The Emirates, Stoke-on-Trent and Liverpool.

Asia’s Last Stop

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About time we get to enjoy this tour from the spectator standpoint

Hello and hope you're having a good day. Olympics, if that's your thing but if not, there's some Arsenal today as well. That's in a little less than 3 hours now. Arsene Wenger will rather be more focused on the match than the constant questioning over a Dutchman.

Arsenal’s Vermaelen Gets Intimate With Official Sian Massey

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen get's straight to the point during Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City yesterday in Beijing. What would Andy Gray say about this?

Gunners boss defiant after City loss

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed any apprehensions regarding his squad's potential following a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in Beijing yesterday.

The Gunners appeared to be in control during the first half before goals from Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure condemned them to a two-goal deficit at the interval.

Raining in Beijing

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Second game and still no injury.

Playing in the rain. That was a fun game when we're younger, or could still be if you're young now. Or not, if your parents are overly protective of you and thinks a every drop of rain on you would kill one cell in your body. Playing football in the rain is especially fun when you're in a hot climate and that is your once in a blue moon fix for a little cold weather.

Man City reaction : Sahin : Cazorla

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Morning all, Saturday round-up for you starting with yesterday's 2-0 defeat by Man City in Beijing. Certainly the four Man City fans in attendance will have been happy at the result, but one or two shoddy defensive moments aside I thought there were some encouraging things from an Arsenal point of view.

Pre-Season Friendly:Man City 2-0 Arsenal

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Goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta ensured Manchester City got their pre-season up and running as they beat Premier League rivals 2-0 in Beijing earlier today.

Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen Gets Intimate With Assistant Referee Sian Massey (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Many a woman and, indeed, gay man will have fantasised about having strapping Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen launching himself at them. However, for assistant ref Sian Massey, the Arsenal man's attentions rather caught her off guard during the Gunners' Beijing friendly with Man City.

Arsenal vs Manchester City: Free Live Streaming Links

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Arsenal and Manchester City will clash in Beijing today for a warm up, pre-season friendly match. You can catch all the action, live and for free directly in your browser by following the links given below:

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Arsenal vs Manchester City: Free Live Streaming Links

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Arsenal and Manchester City will clash in Beijing today for a warm up, pre-season friendly match. You can catch all the action, live and for free directly in your browser by following the links given below:

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Returning Gunner looks to ‘crucial’ year

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Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is aware that the 2012-13 is critical for him if he is to finally put his injury-prone past behind him.

The lack of full fitness has restricted the 26-year old Diaby to merely 26 appearances across all competitions in the last two seasons and as he looks to finally regain full fitness in the coming season, the Frenchman has praised manager Arsene Wenger for supporting him all along.

Creating a Comfortable Nest in Defence

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I'm depending on you two

A very good Friday to you and I hope to find you well. Pre season means that the matches could fall on any day and that's exactly what happens today. Arsenal takes on reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City at the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing later today.

Mancini Upset At Man City’s Lack Of Transfer Activity

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For the second consecutive summer, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is unhappy with the Premier League champions transfer policy.

Asked in Beijing on Thursday whether he was "disappointed" that City haven't signed anyone yet this summer, Mancini immediately shifted responsibility to football administrator Brian Marwood saying:

"For this question, speak to the man in charge," Mancini said, when asked about Van Persie.

And off we go: Arsenal vs The Billionaires. The background, the teams, the complete guesswork

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If you think you know your Arsenal, it is time to think again. Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football.

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By Miles Rackham

On Friday 27th, Arsenal face Manchester City at the Birds Nest Stadium, Beijing. Both teams have already won a pre-season game, Manchester City [.

Arsenal tour: Gunners beat Malaysia XI, 2-1

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Mohamed Azmi Muslim made the match interesting when his 30 yard flyer beat Vito Mannone as the defense went to sleep (eye roll, its Arsenal!) just before the end of the first half. By then the Gunners had missed at least three good chances including one from Andre Dos Santos.

Arsene Wenger made a number of substitutions in the second half and late in the half, Nico Yennaris charged down the right latching onto one of Alex Song's preternatural passes.

Malaysia beaten, contract talks, Cazorla and Frimpong

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So pre-season began in earnest yesterday with a 2-1 over a Malaysia XI, although it took a couple of late goals to do it.

Having gone ahead in first half injury time with a belter of a goal, the Malaysian side looked fit and determined to cause a 'shock'. We looked very much like a team which was playing its first real game and although we never really clicked we missed a number of very presentable chances.

Gunner: Man City “one of the best”

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Despite Manchester City's disappointment in Europe last season, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has described them as one of the best teams in the continent.

City clinched the Premier League title in dramatic fashion two months ago on the last day of the 2011-12 campaign to put an early Champions League elimination well behind them.

Arsenal’s Nigeria trip called off

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It looks like Arsenal won't be touring Nigeria this summer after all. The Premier League club announced on July 5th that they'll be postponing their trip to Africa, which was scheduled for Aug. 5th. They were supposed to meet the country's national team, known as the Super Eagles, on that date at the National Stadium in Abuja.

Arsenal

Backpage roundup: Wenger to sign more players, Hill-Wood’s warning, Walcott’s contract and more

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Wenger to Make More Signings

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal will be signing a few more players before the summer transfer window shuts close at the end of next month. (Guardian)

The Gunners have already secured the signatures of strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud this summer and will likely have the injured midfield duo of Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby fully fit before the start of the new season.

Arsenal in Malaysia 2012 : Day 3

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Another chapter on Arsenal's adventure in Malaysia closes as the journey continues to Beijing. Yesterday saw Arsenal defeating a Malaysia XI side, coming back from a goal down to salvage a win in the closing phase of the second half. Lots of happy fans and lots of happy sponsors. But more importantly, if not the workout, the heat alone would help the players shed a few extra stones picked up in the off season.

The Rest

Colorado signs former Latics midfielder

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Tuesday the Colorado Rapids announced the signing of midfielder Hendry Thomas, who will occupy an international player slot on their roster.

The Honduran international spent his last three seasons with Wigan Athletic of the English Premier League. Thomas appeared in 55 matches for the Latics during the three-year stint with the English side.

Photo: Edison Cavani’s Biggest Fan

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A rather exuberant fan of Edison Cavani, evidenced by the portrait in his fan, is even more exuberant to see his hero. Or is auditioning for a horror flick to be distributed by Tartan Asia Extreme. One or the other. (Yes, this is in Beijing and they're predominantly South Korean films.

MB 90: Looking Beyond the Green Monster

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Jon Levy Four years ago in Beijing, a young midfielder with a contentious last name very nearly led an Olympic team to medal heights, only to have those dreams dashed by a bad piece of goalkeeping on a Holland set piece and the definition of an ill-timed red card by one Michael Orozco a game [...]

Napoli owner threatens to pull his club out of Supercoppa Italiana in China

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It's been well established that Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis will say and do whatever he wants, so it should come as no surprise that the eccentric producer of such films as Christmas in South Africa, Christmas in Miami and, of course, Christmas in India, is now threatening to pull his club out of the Supercoppa Italiana match in Beijing.

Beijing Guoan 0-6 Bayern Munich Goals Highlights

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Beijing Guoan 0-6 Bayern Munich Goals Highlights Claudio Pizarro Arjen Robben Thomas Müller Mario Mandzukic Mario Gomez