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English Premier League

The Street Pharmacists Guide To Football: I Can Give It Up Any Time I Like

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The excellent weekly radio football show Cafe Calcio returns to the air next Friday, and for this series one of its regular features will be the Street Pharmacists Guide To Football. Here's co-host Chris Roberts on the more-ish effects of the Premier League for the supporter of a newly-promoted club.

Mixed emotions on Sunday after what's been a crap league season!.

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On Sunday, as Chelsea take on Blackburn in the final Premier League game of the season at the Bridge, and as the final whistle blows, the harsh reality of our failings in the league will hit home to all of us.

Forget the FA Cup win and the Champions League final next week for a moment and take a look at where we find ourselves and it isn't enjoyable reading.

Arsenal can move to within a single point of Spurs

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After Tuesday's terrific but ultimately futile victory over Il Rossoneri it's back to the bread and butter of the Barclays Premier League. Only now there is a realistic chance of some jam to go on the bread.

With an unbeaten run of Premiership games stretching back to the February 1st goalless draw with Bolton, wins over Blackburn (7 1), Sunderland (1 2), Totteringham (5 2) and Liverpool (1 2) Arsenal have moved into the top four, three points clear of fifth placed and stuttering Chelsea, ten points clear of seventh placed Liverpool and five points clear of tonight's opponents sixth placed Newcastle United.

Match Of The Week 2: Arsenal 1-0 Leeds United

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There remains a sense of great expectations surrounding Leeds United. To get a feel for the root cause for this, we only need to spin back four decades, when Don Revie's team lost out on the Football League Championship to Derby County but managed a little solace in winning the FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley.

Thoughts On Tactics And Starting Eleven Against Stoke

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After two steps forward, the next one should not go backwards. That is the mantra for Arsene and his players this Sunday as they welcome, perhaps reluctantly, Stoke City to the Emirates.

At home the Gunners have generally done well against the Potters. But Arsene probably played his best eleven against Marseille while Stoke were able to rest a number of players for their European adventure.

Opta users now more likely to wear a manager’s jacket than an anorak

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Opta users now more likely to wear a manager's jacket than an anorak

Premier League clubs are increasingly relying on statistics to shape their transfer policy Here is something you probably did not know: only 13 players across Europe's top five divisions created more goal-scoring chances last season than Chris Brunt, with the West Bromwich Albion midfielder's tally of 86 putting him 11 clear of Barcelona's tormentor-in-chief, Xavi.

Europa League Afterthought

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By William Taylor
With Manchester City and Liverpool dominating the transfer window in the Premier League this season, it would appear unlikely that Spurs will be considered favourites among bookmakers to win the title.

However, it appears as though manager, Harry Redknapp has the title in his sights, with a return to the Champions League a must for the club.

Slow Start Shocks Hughes

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Mark Hughes was at a loss to explain Fulham's performance following Monday night's 5-2 defeat at home to Liverpool.
The Cottagers have been in fine form over the past couple of months to consolidate a position in mid-table and Hughes was expecting another positive display against Kenny Dalglish's Reds.


Snapshot: The World Of American Sport According To Martin Keown…

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By Chris Wright

The world of Yank sport (according to Martin Keown)...

If you're sat there wondering what the hell is going on, it's a reference to this little humdinger a pure nugget of gilded Keown co-commentary from the Portugal-Czech Republic game t'other night.

Champions League: Legendary Football With Heineken

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Champions League: Legendary Football With Heineken - originally posted on

The Champions League (sponsored by Heineken) represents competition between the finest football sides in Europe (and the best footballers in the world). Winning the domestic league is undoubtedly important, and it is the bread and butter of any football club but participating in the most prestigious, world-renowned and toughest club competition in the world is another matter entirely.


Danone Nations Cup: Second Day of Competition. [Coach Notes]

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Last Minute Talk

Orlando, Fl Today's objective. Get back to our team identity of possession and pressure. During yesterday's victories the standard of play left a lot to be desired. I don't do excuses so the message is clear, refocus and get back to our bread and butter.

We will be playing El Temporal Azul.

This Arsenal week: Nice to meet you, Mr. Momentum

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Even with the sticks-and-stones footballing knowledge at my disposal, I can confidently opine that winning runs are good for a team. The warm, fuzzy feeling that you get after pocketing three points slowly snowballs into a huge-ass bear hug as it is superseded by more and more victories. Arsenal aren't quite in bear hug territory yet, but a 3-0 over Bolton and the 2-1 usurping of Olympiakos means that the warm, happy tumour is definitely throbbing and eager to grow.

Major League Soccer

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Mr. Cosmo Edition

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The Portland Timbers returned to a closed practice at Jeld-Wen Field today after taking the day off on Wednesday. With the reserves in attendance and several players returning to practice, training was a more spirited affair than it was earlier in the week.

Eric Brunner and Eric Alexander both practiced with the team today after missing Tuesday's practice.

Houston defeat Philly, Take the Series

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The Houston Dynamo took a 1 goal aggregate advantage home to Robertson Stadium to face the Philadelphia Union in front of an Orange clad 24,749 fans in what was the final MLS match ever at Robertson Stadium.

The Philadelphia Union made some head scratching line-up changes for the second match in a row that left many question Peter Nowak's strategy.

No Place Like Home

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Oct 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As the saying goes, home is where the heart is. When applied to Major League Soccer, taking advantage of home stands is the bread and butter of successful teams. Win at home and settle for a draw on the road. Obtain the magic combination of those two ideals and you have the makings of a productive season.

Beckham’s rebirth continues in Galaxy win

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CARSON, Calif. – After four long and often frustrating years, David Beckham has learned to bend it once again. That famous right foot, so effective and prolific that it spawned the title of a movie, has been quiet for much of his Los Angeles Galaxy career, but its effectiveness has returned with a vengeance this [.

FA Cup

Gerrard: This Is Our Year 2005-2012

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July 10th 2005: "It was great to get the shirt back on and hopefully in the coming season I can hit top form and deliver a trophy. Hopefully I can go on and win that medal that I'm craving for, which is the Premiership, because that's the one I'm missing. Hopefully it will be this year, but if not it will happen in the four years that I've signed for.

GIF It: Luis Suarez rediscovers his taste for human neck (Liverpool 6-1 Brighton)

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Before Luis Suarez graduated to racism rows, his bread-and-butter controversy was biting people. The recently returned Uruguay international has served his ban for abusing Patrice Evra, but back in 2010 he served a similarly lengthy ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otmann Bakkal. During yesterday's FA Cup win over Brighton, Suarez drew a nice correlation between [.

Cup Football, Through The Prism Of The Hampshire Senior Cup

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Earlier this month, Neil Cotton visited the Hampshire Senior Cup final, and used the match as an opportunity to reflect upon the peculiar pleasures of cup football in general.

It's almost customary to refer to romance when it comes to cup competitions. There's just something about the winner takes all simplicity which makes for Roy of the Rovers style story-lines.


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We've talked a fair bit about Steven Caulker this week but it's worth looking at the player's most recent comments as to where he feels his future lies. It's been a big week for our centre half, currently on loan at Swansea and he marked his 4th under 21 cap with his first goal for England in the week.

Looking forward (to Everton), not back in anger (at England)

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Another international break has come and gone, time to focus on the bread and butter stuff. If you watched England labour to three points against Wales at Wembley this week, as a Villa fan, the line-up may have looked a lot like the image below. It probably stung quite a bit for most of us.

The Rest

New football prediction website Betegy helps you plan your betting

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A new prediction website has been launched which aims to help you plot your football betting. Betegy uses an algorithm to determine the most likely outcome of the top European leagues. OTP took a look at the Premier League predictions for last weekend... and at first we were only partially impressed.

The 2012 Olympic Games: France & Japan Light Up Wembley

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There has been quite a lot written over the last few days on the subject of the Olympic Games and its various interactions with association football. A lot of this in particular the hand- wringing chip wrapper fodder about how the behaviour of competitors over last couple of weeks has somehow 'shamed' our national game but there is perhaps a grain of a point to be made about the different feeling that Olympic football has had about it in comparison with the standard, bread and butter that we usually imbibe to the point of intoxication.

U11s in Danone Nations Cup Group Phase

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Orlando, FL My day began early. Â Scouting the entire field was my number one objective so I was at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at 7:45 am to see group A matches. Â Barcelona-USA was scheduled to play at 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. Â There were games at every hour and a half intervals with the last game ending at 7:30 pm.

Dynamo v Portland Timbers: Houston Fails to Solve Troy Perkins in Scoreless Draw

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Well that was not a match to write home about. It happens in every sport, not every game is great and while last night's nil-nil draw between the Houston Dynamo and the Portland Timbers will not make any highlight reels, it wasn't the worst match we've ever seen. It's a little disappointing to leave points on the table against a struggling Timbers side but considering the lineup changes and the insanely busy schedule the Dynamo are facing right now, a point is a point.

'Ball Boys' Television Show Premieres on ABC

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Ball Boys is a reality Tv show based on a sports memorabilia shop's (Robbie's First Base) haggling with its customers. The shop owners and employees are in the business of getting deals done or rejecting offers.

Arsenal 5-2 Sp*rs: Demolition derby

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Match report By the numbers Video

So, after the couple of weeks we've had we find ourselves 2-0 down at home. To them. Not a good place to be at any time, least of all following our cup exits and so on.

The Saha goal was a bit worrying, so much space for him to run into, but the finish was pure luck.

Le Toux And The Union Learn The Lesson Of Sharing

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[Editor's Note: Nice look into Le Toux's goal scoring history with the Union.]

Now that Sebastien Le Toux has been on a red hot scoring streak we have seen many goals over the past few weeks and I noticed a pattern of how Le Toux has been scoring his goals. I thought I would dive into his history with the Philadelphia Union.

Frimpong On His Injury Hell

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Arsenal and injuries go together like bread and butter and over the years we do seem to have suffered more than most. One of the players to suffer is Emmanuel Frimpong who missed all of last season due to a anterior cruciate ligament injury that he picked up in training. He has been speaking about [.

SLeague Update

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I have been overlooking the bread and butter over the last week; time now for an SLeague update!
Young Lions v Hougang United 2-0Balestier Khalsa v Home United 0-4Etoile v SAFFC 1-0Tampines Rovers v Geylang United 0-2Albirex Niigata v Tanjong Pagar 1-0Home United v Gombak United 2-1Balestier Khalsa v Tampines Rovers 0-1
1 - Home United 22 16 2 4 56-21 502 - Tampines 22 15 3 4 42-18 483 - Albirex Niigata 22 14 1 7 49-22 43
18 - Mislav Karoglan (SAFFC), Aleksander Duric (Tampines Rovers)16 - Frederic Mendy (Home United)14 - Qiu Li (Home United)

Do you remember the time when Liverpool were good?

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July 1986. Liverpool's Ian Rush is sold to Juventus. Player-manager Kenny Dalglish responds buys John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley and John Barnes to replace the out-going, Welsh goal machine. 1987 wasn't a great year for the Reds losing their title to ‘noisy neighbours' Everton and despite Rush remaining for a season on-loan.