Bits and Pieces


Cascadia Cup: A Win Against the Seattle Sounders Would Go a Long Way This Season

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With the upcoming Cascadia Cup match against the Portland Timbers arch rivals the Seattle Sounders just over a week away, there are undoubtedly a lot of fans who are placing their remaining hopes of the season on winning the regional trophy. After all, with the chances of making the play offs all but mathematically ruled out, there's little else for Timbers fans to get excited for.

No fear in Munich!

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I have spent most of the day on here catching up with bits and pieces that had been said in recent weeks leading up to the Champions League final and in this post I want to concentrate on Bobby Di Matteo's comments at the Player of the Year awards night last week.

People outside of the club would have just taken what he said with a pinch of salt, but for Chelsea players and supporters it was important to listen.

Arsene Wenger

It’s almost time

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Hello, and happy last day of the working week. Today finds me in fettle less than fine, but that's a story for another day, or better yet, never. Let's just say it was late when I got to bed last night, and I could do with more sleep. Yes, that's it. Sleep is what I need most. And possibly a drip.

Hello, and happy last day of the working week. Today finds me in fettle less tha

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Hello, and happy last day of the working week. Today finds me in fettle less than fine, but that's a story for another day, or better yet, never. Let's just say it was late when I got to bed last night, and I could do with more sleep. Yes, that's it. Sleep is what I need most. And possibly a drip.

Wenger, Wilshere and Santos is a dude

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Morning all. A few bits and pieces from yesterday's press conference and beyond to get us going.

We'll start with Arsene Wenger declaring football to be too conservative when it comes to introducing video technology. The manager reckons it's high time we sorted this out to provide an aid to referees who, due to the fact they're not robots, will make mistakes and miss things.



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How is it that you can wake up with hiccups? I thought you had to have been drinking too quickly, or something, to get a case of hiccups. It seems entirely unreasonable that you could suddenly find yourself waking up hiccuping, but that's what's happened to me today. Perhaps I was dreaming about drinking too much or perhaps my body's just objecting to getting up at this time of day and is finding passive aggressive ways of registering its displeasure.

Just ten more minutes!

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You know those mornings where you lie in bed and doze through the alarm, but it doesn't matter because you've not really got anything to do anyway, so you just snooze and snooze, in your warm comfy bed until you're entirely ready to wake up? I love those days.

Today is not one of them. I woke up at half past four, was much more awake than anyone should ever be at half past four, but decided to go back to sleep until my alarm went off at six, and now I really do want to doze and doze all day, but instead of that I have some meetings with some people, pretty much all day long, which means I won't get any proper work done.

Djourou know the solution?

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Good morning to you. It's another scorcher in Edinburgh.

Thanks to all for the kind messages re: Mrs Blogs and the marathon running. I can think of a million things to do on a hot day like that, running 26 miles is really not one of them. Sitting in the park supportively drinking cold beer before going to finish line to see a sunburnt Mrs Blogs arrive was one of them.

Jack needs a cripplectomy + Arsecast 242

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Morning all,

another week comes to an end as we push further forward into the "summer" and there are a few bits and pieces going on this morning.

Firstly, Jack Wilshere is off to Sweden to have a 'minor procedure' on his knee which the club say shouldn't significantly delay his comeback next season.

Theo, the salary game, and more

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Good morning from the windiest place on earth (besides an old folks on home on semolina night).

A few bits and pieces going on this morning as we head into a kind of natural lull considering we don't play again until Monday. A report in the Telegraph this morning says that Arsenal have had informal meetings with Theo Walcott over his future.

Fabianski unhappy – Wenger on strange ground

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Good morning. I woke up late and I have somewhere to be this morning. Funny how you never wake up late when you have nowhere to be. And it's all my alarm's fault.

I don't know about you but I need to change the sound every so often, otherwise I just get used to it and I'll sleep through it.

Interlull ahoy

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Good morning from the wesht of Ireland again.

To the people who emailed me yesterday asking why there was no Arshavin content in the blog despite the title, well, I just meant it was a little short. As you might imagine there is a similar dearth of material today, just like yesterday, and today's blog could be Time Bandit sized.

Udinese preview – Nasri’s departure

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Morning all,

there's a rather important game this evening so before we think about players who don't want to be here any more and who might replace them, we'll focus on that.

The team news is that Johan Djourou travels, as do Armand Traore and Tomas Rosicky. The latter is still not a definite starter and will have further fitness tests pre-game to see if he can take part.

Butt’s Brain: Thursday

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As Premier League teams have begun their summer training camps this week, we have quite a few links and bits and pieces of news to report from around the footie world. Here's what's going on in Butt's Brain: Samir Nasri ... Continue reading →

The change Arsenal needs to make above all else

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I get the feeling this could be a long week.

A pattern has emerged recently that after major disappointment the club goes into a kind of lockdown, a media silence ensues and we're drip fed bits and pieces via In some ways this isn't a bad thing. I know I wasn't alone in finding the timing of some articles a bit hard to take.

English Premier League

Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea - Where did it go wrong?

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We lost last night after being a goal up at the Etihad and I am gutted to say the least.

As you know I have been unable to watch any of the games so was following bits and pieces on Twitter and by all accounts was a pretty drab affair in the first half?

We got the goal and again looked ok with Torres working hard again but one he came off it went wrong?

Coleman credits GAA background for Toffees progress

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Ireland international Seamus Coleman believes his background in Gaelic football has put him in good stead for life in the Premier League with Everton.

The 23-year-old tasted success with underage Donegal teams and well as his club side Killybegs before opting to pursue a career in soccer when former Sligo Rovers manager Sean Connor saw enough of the St Catherine's defender to offer him a contract in the League of Ireland.

Major League Soccer

Introducing The Revolution’s Love Doctor

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I don't much like Mark Willis.

It makes no difference to me that his New England Revolution rebranding effort and his recent post about "The Revs in the Age of Mutual Love" are good. Really good. (Though, just in case, perhaps you should go check them out.)

Now, please don't misunderstand, I've not met him or spoken to him and only recently found his work online.

Vancouver, Montreal to do battle on opening day of 2012 MLS season

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The opening weekend of the 2012 MLS season will feature a Canadian derby.

The Vancouver Whitecaps will host the Montreal Impact at BC Place on March 10 as part of MLS First Kick, the league announced on Tuesday, as bits and pieces of next season's schedule begin to be released.

What We Learned: MLS Week 15

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Mike Magee became the unlikely goalkeeper hero for LA in SJ this weekend. (Getty Images)

I don't honestly think I'll tak about the US-Mexico game. I watched bits and pieces of it during the FC Dallas-Portland Timbers game on Saturday. Either way you spill it the US got sucked into a black hole once Jonathan Bornstein came onto the pitch.

‘Beckham Will Be At Tottenham By Sunday’ – Harry Redknapp

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By Chris Wright

"Hello there old friend"

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed to BBC Sport that he expects David Beckham to finalise his loan move from LA Galaxy to White Hart Lane at some point over the weekend.

Portland, DC Swap Keepers

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Well so much for that. Last winter D.C. United went out a bit to get Troy Perkins back in MLS from Europe and today it seems as though that experiment is over.

D.C. United traded the veteran goalkeeper to Portland on Friday in exchange for Timbers goalkeeper Steve Cronin and allocation money.

Tim Howard

A reflection on the USMNT loss to Belgium

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Well, the last couple of days have been one of those stretches. First, the match yesterday gets switched to ESPN2. No worries I think to myself. I pull out my handy DirecTV phone app and DVR the game on ESPN2 just as the match is set to start. I was only able to catch bits and pieces of the game at work, so I planned on settling down to watch the full match last night and provide a full writeup.

U.S. Beats Canada in Gold Cup Opener; So What?

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Having watched bits and pieces of last night's Gold Cup opener for the United States men's national team against Canada, there were several striking observations about our beloved national side:
  • The pace and tactical imagination of last night's game was miles beneath Saturday's friendly against Spain.

The Rest

Arseblog launches in Chinese

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After much discussion and some rather tricky fiddling with WordPress, I am delighted to announce that Arseblog and Arseblog News are now both available in Chinese!

From now on every single post on both sites will be available on our Chinese sites and http://news.arseblog.

Hibs Join The Football Nation

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It's been another bad week for Hibs.

So I'm happy to share some good news.

Seven years ago Hibs awarded their exclusive merchandise rights to themselves.

That meant the club shop at Easter Road was the only place fans could buy official club merchandise.

This had its benefits.

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There is one new name appearing in the transfer gossip columns this morning and it's that of Celtic winger James Forrest. Unlike many of the stories we've seen over the last few months, manager Harry Redknapp has declared an interest in the 20 year old, but admits things haven't progressed any further.

Kuyt and Suarez Score, News on the Asian Tour, and Other Thursday Notes

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Liverpool-related action slows down remarkably today, as the round of internationals grinds to a halt and transfer murmurings, at least for the time being, fade to white noise. There is some CONCACAF Gold Cup action to watch, as well as a friendly between Poland and France later in the day, but otherwise we're left to the few bits and pieces of news that we can scrounge up.

One More Site!

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I'm delighted to announce that in response to absolutely nobody asking I have added one more site to my little corner of cyber space.
Asian Football Memorabilia is a look at some of the wacky and fascinating bits and pieces I have accumulated over the years since I started Jakarta Casual.
No text, it's just gonna be images of tickets, programmes, brochures and souvenirs from South East Asian clubs; a cornucopia of football memorabilia that has, as far as I'm aware, never previously been made available before in one place.

Smalling: Manchester Is More Chilled Out Than London

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Chris Smalling has revealed how easily he has settled in to life at Manchester United and how playing in more games helps him feel like he belongs.

"A lot of the young lads have been here for a long time," he said. "I only came here in the summer and I wasn't at Fulham for too long, so I have surprised myself how settled I have become.