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Video: Ashley Cole praises Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard ahead of his 100th England cap

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Ashley Cole has paid tribute to his international and Chelsea colleague Frank Lampard, who will join him in England's 100-cap club this evening. The left-back reached the milestone at the end of last season and is now delighted to see his team-mate become a centurion. Cole said: "It's a great achievement, I think he was [.

The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Event, Group Stage Round Three

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Anything the Team GB women's team can do, the men can do too, if with a good deal less style. After his side's 1-0 win over Uruguay yesterday, the Hope Powell of men's football, Stuart Pearce, declared that they had played some "outstanding football" to clinch a quarter-final place. Pearce's eyesight must be a good deal better than mine, but however hard it was to watch as a football match, Britain's win – of both match and group – was worthy and deserved.

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Man Utd boss David Moyes says it’s a plus that Wayne Rooney is playing for England

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says it is a plus for him that Wayne Rooney is playing for England against Scotland this evening. Rooney has not featured in any of United's official pre-season matches, but Moyes claims it is good for him that his wantaway striker can build his match fitness while playing for his [.

Rodgers - Skrtel Not At Fault

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Brendan Rodgers does not blame Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel for his costly error which allowed Manchester City to equalize in Sunday's Anfield stalemate.
The Slovakian played a blind backpass towards Pepe Reina which City striker Carlos Tevez pounced on and slotted home for 2-2.
The Reds went ahead early on when Skrtel converted his header but was then involved in a defensive mix-up with Martin Kelly as Yaya Toure capitalized to level the score.

Canada v United States – Match Preview – Friendly – 3 June 2012

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Canada continues their centennial celebrations with a friendly match against the United States. The match will take place at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada on June 3, 2012 with kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM USA Eastern.

USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann

"Canada is always a team that can score a goal out of nothing, let's say with a set play or with a counter-break.

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Arsenal finally have a big-game player in Aaron Ramsey

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Aaron Ramsey has not had an easy run of it. After showing so much early promise at Arsenal he missed almost a year of football thanks to Ryan Shawcross. On his return, Ramsey struggled to win over Gooners with some varied performances. However, the absence of Jack Wilshere and the sale of Alex Song this season has meant that Arsene Wenger has had to rely on the young Welshman more and more, and he is finally starting to reap consistent rewards.

Mertesacker – Poldi defended well against Holland but you will see him attack soon

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The big game between Germany and Holland (two of the pre-tournament favourites) saw the Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie come up against the Gunners newest striker Lukas Podolski and Arsenal's centre-back Per Mertesacker. Due to the nature of the game, and the presence of strikers like Mario Gomez, Podolski was deployed out on the wing [.

Newcastle United

TORRES: "The confidence is back because I'm playing more."

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After three goals in four games this season already (including the Community Shield), Fernando Torres has begun to receive plaudits from the press compared to the "battering" they have given him ever since he signed for Chelsea.

I have been saying ever since he signed for Chelsea, all he needs is the right service and we will literally see him fly in a Chelsea shirt.

Alan Pardew Thanks Brilliant Newcastle Fans

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It's a big game this Thursday night in the Europa League against Greek side Atromitos, and also on Sunday afternoon at St. James' Park against Aston Villa, and with so many top teams dropping points in their first two league games, a Newcastle win would see us with 6 points from our three games, and well positioned [.

Alan Pardew Thanks Brilliant Newcastle Fans

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It's a big game this Thursday night in the Europa League against Greek side Atromitos, and also on Sunday afternoon at St. James' Park against Aston Villa, and with so many top teams dropping points in their first two league games, a Newcastle win would see us with 6 points from our three games, and well positioned [.

Pick the team/formation for Chelsea v Newcastle tomorrow.

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Come on Chelsea fans I want to hear from as many as possible on this. With no disrespect to Wigan or Reading, Newcastle is our first of the bigger games this season especially as we still have what happened at the Bridge towards the end of last season fresh in our minds.

Chelsea have started with two wins from two and will be looking to take another three points against Alan Pardew's good Newcastle side and as we all know, this is far from being a home banker!

Pick the team/formation for Chelsea v Newcastle tomorrow.

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Come on Chelsea fans I want to hear from as many as possible on this. With no disrespect to Wigan or Reading, Newcastle is our first of the bigger games this season especially as we still have what happened at the Bridge towards the end of last season fresh in our minds.

Chelsea have started with two wins from two and will be looking to take another three points against Alan Pardew's good Newcastle side and as we all know, this is far from being a home banker!

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US to debut new center back duo against El Tri

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With many of the US national team regulars left off the roster for the friendly on Wednesday against Mexico, Klinsmann was left with the difficult task of compiling a back line from a list of inexperienced and unfamiliar faces.

As the last line of defense in front of keeper Tim Howard, Klinsmann has opted to go with the duo of Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu as the two center backs.

Sporting KC v Seattle Sounders – Match Preview – US Open Cup – 8 August 2012

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The Seattle Sounders are looking for a record fourth straight US Open Cup title as they travel to face Sporting Kansas City in the final. The match will take place at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.

Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes

"We don't have to approach it from the perspective we're at home.

2012 MLS, Week 22: Power Rankings

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After another full week of games and some upsets you'd expect some movement in this week's rankings. Well, you thought wrong. Only a couple teams made some noise in the rankings. I nearly made a new number one and almost moved a club back into the top tier but in the end decided against it.

Also, we have a new addition to the bottom tier as the four groups begin to get a little more evenly laid out.

Saturday Orange Slices: Dynamo Look to Complete 9 Points Week

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Dynamo News

  • Match preview for tonight's Montreal game. 3 points tonight would mean a perfect 9 points in 3 games. (Houston Dynamo)
  • Hainault passed on a chance to return home (Montreal), stating that he "didn't have any desire to go back" and decided to stay in Houston.

Chivas USA Saturday Gameday: Vancouver Whitecaps visit Carson

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Live at 7:30 p.m. on KDOC (English), KWHY (Spanish) This is a big game in Carson as the standings suggest and Staff Writer Phil Collin points out in his game preview even if the likely dismal attendance won't reflect its status, which I suspect has a lot to do with

Match #16 Preview - Chicago Fire @ Sporting KC

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There has to be a little bit of concern heading into this match. The Fire haven't been all too impressive on the road, and Sporting has to be dying for the chance at redemption after getting completely turned out in Philadelphia last weekend. To top it off, all of this is going down at Sporting StrongPark Live.

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Visiting Europe’s football cathedrals

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If you're taking a holiday in Europe, the chances are that there will be a game of football happening somewhere near you. It's a great opportunity to experience the atmosphere at some of sport's most iconic grounds.

Football is Europe's most popular game. The season generally starts in August and ends in May, but there are still international games and tournaments such as the European Championships and World Cup.

On Dirk Kuyt

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Expected, but out of the blue. Kuyt to Fenerbahce is official, not long after initial reports surfaced early this morning.

So, what will you remember most? His hat-trick against United probably leads the list, and rightfully so, but we're not wanting for choices. There's his five strikes against Everton, including two game-winners.

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Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes Preview Interview and Pre-Game Chat

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Remember when I said this week was gonna be hectic? Well here's your proof. It's a few hours from game day and I'm just not putting up my preview interview form earlier this week. This also means that tonight we'll use an abbreviated match thread.

In any case, I was lucky enough to interview Robert Jonas of fellow SB Nation blog: Quake, Rattle and Goal to help us figure out exactly who this San Jose side is, and why they're so damn good right now.

Inside Reading: Game day

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Photos: Kyle McCarthy

(Editor's Note: Our series of posts from Reading United and Villanova defender Kyle McCarthy continues as he gives an inside look at what game day is like on one of the top Premier Development League teams in the country.)

As a player, nothing is more exciting than the day of a big game.

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Spain Advance To Euros Final On Penalties

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Spain remain on course to become the first country to win three titles in succession after they beat Portugal 4-2 on penalties last night after a drab 0-0 semi-final.

The World Cup holders will defend their Euro title against Germany or Italy on Sunday after a dramatic penalty shootout triumph over Portugal.

Spain Beats Portugal On Penalties

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Spain remain on course to become the first country to win three titles in succession after they beat Portugal 4-2 on penalties last night after a drab 0-0 semi-final.

The World Cup holders will defend their Euro title against Germany or Italy on Sunday after a dramatic penalty shootout triumph over Portugal.

Spain v France Preview

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Spain and France meet in the Euro quarter-finals on Saturday and to help preview the game I have brought in two experts on Spanish football, Ben Crump and Jon.

Ben writes for Inside Spanish Football The Home of La Liga. Inside Spanish Football offers all the latest news, gossip, results, blogs, opinion and highlights from La Liga, Segunda and the Spanish national team.

Spain v France Preview

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Spain and France meet in the Euro quarter-finals on Saturday and to help preview the game I have brought in two experts on Spanish football, Ben Crup and Jon.

Ben writes for Inside Spanish Football The Home of La Liga. Inside Spanish Football offers all the latest news, gossip, results, blogs, opinion and highlights from La Liga, Segunda and the Spanish national team.

Euro 2012

Euro 2012: Moving on to Poland, Russia, and Matchday Five

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Monday gave us the final two games of the first group stage round, and for Liverpool fans the main attraction was France versus England, where two of the club's players started and another four were available from the bench. We took an extended look at England's draw yesterday, which means it's time now for a quick look back at the exciting Ukraine-Sweden match and a look ahead to the start of the second set of group games, including the dominant Russians taking on hosts Poland, desperate for a result to keep any hopes of advancing alive.

German fans used Messi chant outside Portugal’s hotel before (and during) win

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Germany beat Portugal 1-0 in their Euro 2012 opener on Saturday, frustrating Cristiano Ronaldo in the process -- something the German fans tried to lay the seeds for well before the match even started.

From Marca:

In the hours leading up to the big game between Germany and Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo is once again the focus of attention.

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NASL Week 21 Recap

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Article by Doak Gips

I thought coming into this week, we would be talking a little more about how the NASL playoff picture would be a little clearer. Of course, every team did everything possible to not move away from each other. Well, thats a bit of an over statement, as the bottom of the table became a little clearer, but that doesn't help many people.

Helsingborg loses and Championship results

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Alejandro Bedoya got the start on a tough night for Helsingborg in the playoff stage of the UEFA Champions League. Celtic opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and doubled their lead in the 75th at Olympic Stadium. They now carry that advantage back to Celtic Park for the second leg. "The job is only half done," Celtic manager Neil Lennon said.

Why Isn't Collin Cowherd Talking Seattle Sounders?

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What's the deal with Collin Cowherd? He's one of the most influential sports talkers in the biz, he's from Seattle, he talks about Seattle sports all the time, but he never mentions what is happening with the Sounders.

They had more than 55,000 people attend over the weekend to see Seattle stamp out the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0.

SPL Preview: Dundee United v Hibs

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A nice quiet Scottish football summer draws to an close. A pleasant couple of months they've been, devoted to considered reflection, removed from the hurly-burly, the hysteria and the rancour of the season.

And now it's over. Time for the (fun and) games to begin.

The new season dawns with a TV deal in place, a 12 team SPL, a 30 team SFL, mixed European results and Neil Doncaster and Stewart Regan continuing to career through the corridors of Hampden like the Chuckle Brothers with ADHD.

Revolution 0, Toronto 1: Player Ratings

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Steve Stoehr, Matty Jollie, and Abram Chamberlain.

In for a Bit of a Let Down?

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Wednesday, Sporting KC advanced to their first final since 2004, now tomorrow, Sporting KC will be back on the field again taking on the Columbus Crew in Columbus. With the team having qualified for the final, this game appears ripe for a let down by the team. Mainly because they have the high of the cup final still in their minds.

Scholes: Frustrating Waiting For Monday Kick-Off

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Manchester United kick off the season on a Monday night, after our game against Everton has been moved so it can be shown live on television.

Paul Scholes, who this time last year was planning what he was going to do in retirement, has said it's frustrating having to wait to start the season.

The Other 'Game' Last Night

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'Did you see the game last night?', he said.

The watercooler talk at offices around the country and national sports talk radio all centers around the 'game' from last night. The one between the OKC Thunder and the Miami Heat.

But, there was another big 'game' last night. The U.

Barcelona-USA U11s Fall to Weston FC in Danone Nations Cup Final

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Orlando, FL Following the overtime, pk's, post game celebrations, and the long journey out of the complex we reached our hotel at 10:30 am. The boys had one hour to rest. Instructions were crystal clear. Rest your bodies with legs elevated, hydrate with plenty of gatorade, and eat fruit and power bars to refuel before the final.