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West Ham agree deal with 29-yr-old, Star looking forward to playing for the Hammers

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West Ham have agreed to a new long-term deal with the New Zealand international Winston Reid.

The experienced centre back has committed his future to the Hammers until 2023 by signing a new six-year contract.

The West Ham fans and Slaven Bilic will be delighted with the news of Reid’s extension.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers tells Roy Hodgson to look after Raheem Sterling

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has used the club's official warning to send a reminder to England boss Roy Hodgson that he needs to take good care of Raheem Sterling. The 18-year-old was in scintillating form at the start of last season and has started to show glimpses of his potential again this term.

Rodgers Wants To Protect Raheem Sterling

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to shield Raheem Sterling from the hype which has proved a millstone for other potential stars in the Premier League.
The 17-year-old has been earning rave reviews as the positive spark in his club's otherwise poor start to the new season and he has been tipped for a bright future.

Spotlight on Geoff Cameron

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Geoff Cameron continued to solidify his starting role with new club Stoke City, playing 90 minutes in the Potters' 2-2 draw at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

It has been a whirlwind few months, and an unforgettable year for the 27-year old, who has made the transition to the English Premier League, as well as the U.

Welbeck’s new United contract cast doubts over Hernandez’s future

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Undoubtedly the transfer story of the summer so far has been Robin van Persie's protracted switch from Arsenal to Manchester United, who are seemingly on the offensive in their bid to win back the Premier League title.

Malaga Exodus Begins As Rondon And Cazorla Leave

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The exodus from Malaga has begun as Venezuelan striker Jose Salomon Rondon has gone to Russia's Rubin Kazan, while Spain international Santi Cazorla has joined England's Arsenal.

Rondon, who became the club's highest scorer after arriving two seasons ago from Las Palmas, has signed a four-year contract, Rubin announced on their website.

Why Spurs should sign Benitez

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With reports in the media that Andre Villas-Boas is the man Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to sign as manager I feel now is a good time to put forward my views as to why I believe that Rafa Benitez would be a more suited match than AVB.

Benitez has been out of a job for almost two years and has said in the press many times that he is waiting for the right job to along.

English starlet looks to future

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Manchester United starlet Tom Cleverley insists he is ready to get over the nightmare of last season as he strives to regain fitness over the summer.

The young midfielder appeared set for a pivotal role in the Premier League giants' season, but injuries forced him to miss most of the season and potentially forced Paul Scholes out of retirement in a bid to save the Red Devils' season.

Bubbas & ‘Ballers: Leo, Fernando & Nora Torres

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Fernando Torres' son, Leo, looked like he has a bright future ahead of him, while daughter Nora's piggies were showing early signs of promise themselves during yesterday's End of Season Bubbas & 'Ballers Parade following Chelsea's 2-1 win over Blackburn.

Three players who could leave Liverpool this summer

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Dirk Kuyt

The Flying Dutchman has struggled to nail down a regular starting place in Dalglish's first XI with summer recruit Jordan Henderson taking his position on the right-side of midfield. Kuyt has featured in only 29 games in all competitions this season, finding the back of the net four times, while Liverpool struggle in seventh place on the Premier League table.

Ryo Miyaichi making big impression at Bolton

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Japanese teenager Ryo Miyaichi has earned the respect of Bolton fans and manager Owen Colye since heading there on loan from Arsenal on the last day of the January transfer window. Miyaichi capped off an excellent February by being named Bolton's player of the month by the club's fans. He was also called up to the Japanese national team for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier, but unfortunately didn't get off the bench in a 1-0 loss to Uzbekistan.

Ghanaian Midfielder Set For Trial

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Ghana youth midfielder Mumuni Abubakar is set for a two-week trial with Liverpool.
The 18-year-old was recently voted the Sport Writers Association's Ghana Premier League Player of the Year for 2011, and is tipped for a bright future.
Abubakar caught the eye of Liverpool scouts playing for Ghana's U20 side in Italy back in November, and Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is keen to take a closer look at the African ace, inviting him to spend some time at Anfield with the club's reserve and Academy sides.


Cameroon toast unlikely Africa Cup of Nations triumph

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Libreville (AFP) – Cameroon celebrated the most improbable of victories at the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday which coach Hugo Broos hoped would pave the way towards a bright future for his team.

The Indomitable Lions showed remarkable character to come from behind and beat Egypt 2-1 in a brilliant game at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville with Nicolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubakar scoring to spark wild celebrations.

Cameroon toast unlikely Africa Cup of Nations triumph

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Libreville (AFP) – Cameroon celebrated the most improbable of victories at the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday which coach Hugo Broos hoped would pave the way towards a bright future for his team.

The Indomitable Lions showed remarkable character to come from behind and beat Egypt 2-1 in a brilliant game at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville with Nicolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubakar scoring to spark wild celebrations.


Neymar Barca Videos - First Season at Barca

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A brilliant compilation of Neymar's first season at Barca. May not have been spectacular and have been controversial at times. But the video shows the prospect of a very bright future ahead.

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Celtic Bestow Andre Blackman With ‘Tackle Of The Year’ Award For Scything Down Neil Lennon (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Celtic doled out their annual end-of-season awards earlier in the week and the highlight of the night was unquestionably the 'Tackle of the Year' award with 21-year old reserve left-back Andre Blackman taking the honour for his incredible effort earlier in the season, completely cleaning out Neil Lennon on the touchline and leaving his own manager face down in the mud.


Liverpool Eye Up Finland Under 21 Striker

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Liverpool has got their eyes on HJK Helsinki's Joel Pohjanpalo to solve their striking crisis.
Fabio Borini is out for three months and Andy Carroll is on-loan at West Ham United, making Luis Suarez their only fit first-team striker.
Pohjanpalo is only 18-years-old but has been tipped for a bright future outside of his home country.

Liverpool Face Losing Tello Battle

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Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello won't be making a summer move to Liverpool, according to Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague.
In a recent Q&A session, the Spaniard was asked to shed any light on speculation linking the 20-year-old forward with a potential move to Anfield.
Tello is out of contract at the Camp Nou at the end of next season, and has been targeted by several clubs, including Valencia, Malaga and Benfica in La Liga.

New Reds Deal For Gerrard

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has signed a contract extension and set his sights on a bright future for the club he loves.
Gerrard has spent his entire career with the Reds and has now put pen to paper on a new deal that commits him to staying at Anfield long-term.
The news comes less than 24 hours after the midfielder helped Liverpool take a 1-0 lead over Manchester City in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

Major League Soccer

Caleb Porter To Be Portland’s Next Coach?

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I want to open this up with saying I don't like the idea of this move at all, for either side. is reporting this morning that the Portland Timbers are set to offer their head coaching position to Akron head coach and US U-23 national team head coach Caleb Porter.

The Portland Timbers have offered their head coaching job to University of Akron coach Caleb Porter, according to sources.

Soumare eyeing return to MLS

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When centerback Bakary Soumare left MLS in 2009, he was one of the league's top defenders, a young player with a bright future and one who fetched the largest transfer fee for an MLS defender prior to Tim Ream's sale to Bolton. After a few years in Europe, Soumare could be on the verge of returning to the league where he began his professional career.

One on One with Sebastien Le Toux

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The departure of Sebastien Le Toux from Philadelphia to Vancouver is well documented and there have been several perspectives offered. As the pre-season winds down, Le Toux has found success. He played with the team in Arizona and helped them to the final in the Disney Pro Classic. All signs point to a bright future with the Whitecaps.

United sign Woodbridge native Andrew Dykstra

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D.C. United signs goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra 26-year-old a native of Woodbridge, Va.
Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2012) – D.C. United announced today that the club has signed goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. The 26-year-old netminder joins the Black-and-Red having completed preseason camps in Florida and Arizona.

Manchester United

Youngsters to look out for at Euro 2012

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Once again there will be certain names talked about at this year's European Championships, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and the other usual suspects likely to be grabbing the headlines.

However there are some lesser known players who be looking to impress on the big stage and really announce their presence on the international stage.

Tunnicliffe To Stay At Peterborough

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It has been confirmed today that Manchester United youngster, Ryan Tunnicliffe, will remain at Peterborough on loan for the rest of the season. He has made 24 appearances for the club since joining them in the summer.

It has taken several weeks for an extension to be agreed but Barry Fry, the director of football at Peterborough, spoke highly of the teenager when the deal was being talked about.

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USWNT Cruise Past Guatemala, Prepare for Mexico

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It was another easy win for the USWNT tonight as the rolled right on through Guatemala, winning the game 13-0. Unlike the game against the Dominican Republic, the goals didn't come as quickly during this game, as the US tried to feel out their Guatemalan counterparts during the opening five minutes.

Union not shopping Mwanga. SuperDraft reaction. WPS Draft today. More news.

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Are the Union shopping Danny Mwanga, as was reported by Ives Galarcep on Wednesday? "For the record we are not shopping Danny Mwanga," Diego Gutierrez tells Kerith Gabriel. "A lot of teams are finding themselves in a tough spot in the market and are looking within the league to supplement.

The Rest

Transfer Rumour Rumblings

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As more and more time begins to pass and Walcott is still yet to sign, transfer rumours keep picking up pace.

I thought I'd go through some of the proposed targets.

Danny Sturridge:

Sturridge was a player who looked to have a bright future amongst a batch of youngsters looking to lead the next generation at Chelsea under new manager Andre Villas Boas.

Musket Rounds: Rest in Peace, Kirk Urso

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We're a little late to the game, and that's my fault, but I wanted to make sure we at The Bent Musket got a chance to express our deepest condolences to the Columbus Crew and to the family and friends of Kirk Urso, the Crew rookie and former UNC Tar Heel and NCAA champion who passed away early Sunday morning from what are now being called natural causes.

Recap: Portland Timbers and Aston Villa put on a good show

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Aston Villa scored late in the first half, but the Portland Timbers young guns didn't give up. Through hard work and effort the Timbers twice came back from one-goal deficits to tie the game on goals from Sebastian Rincon and Rodney Wallace. In the obligatory shoot out all but Bright Dike scored, and the Timbers lost 2-2 (5-4).

Canouse becomes latest American to sign pro deal at Hoffenheim

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The American influence at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim continues to grow.Â

According to Fox Soccer, 16-year-old U.S. youth national team midfielder Russell Canouse signed a professional deal with the Bundesliga side and will join the club's U-19 side this coming season after spending one year in the club's youth academy.

The Football career of Piermario Morosini

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Piermario Morosino died on April 14, 2012 while playing for Livorno in a match against Pescara. Morosini sufferred cardiac arrest and has sent crosswaves across European football. The news comes not too far from the recent scare with Bolton's Fabrice Muamba, who also had cardiac arrest during a match but survived.

Klinsmann discusses USA's Olympic qualifying disappointment

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U.S. Men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann was in Nashville for last night's Olympic Qualifying debacle and had plenty to say about it, about the U.S. team and the future of the players and head coach Caleb Porter.

Here are Klinsmann's comments from last night (and apologies for spelling mistakes, I'm about to fly out of Nashville and wanted to get this out):

"We all feel really sorry for the guys," Klinsmann said.

Arsenal’s new tactical approach bodes well for the near future

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By 1970's Gooner There were many positive signs that emerged from last night's encounter with Milan. Firstly the Ox gave a performance that was absolutely fantastic. For an 18 year old to have performed at such a high level of quality means that he along with Wilshere, Szczeny, Walcott and Song contain Arsenal's hopes for a very bright future indeed.

Heartbreak for Gabon and Aubamayeng but a bright future awaits…

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Heartbreak for Gabon and Aubamayeng but a bright future awaits... is a post from: Just Football

In my latest column for FourFourTwo I take a look at co-hosts Gabon and their exciting but ultimately heartbreaking Africa Cup of Nations campaign:

After the laughter comes tears.

Chasing The Big Leagues – Southampton and the challengers (English Championship)

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Tales from Tier Two is a series on Just Football in partnership with @tiertwofooty, in which we assess the promotion chances of the clubs in tier two of Europe's major leagues at the midway point of 2011/12.

New England’s Best in the Back

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It wasn't that long ago that Providence product Michael Parkhurst and Attleboro native Geoff Cameron were just two local talents hoping to play their way from the grassy fields of southeastern New England onto the big stage.

Cue the big stage.

On Saturday, the defending duo both of whom played club soccer for Rhode Island-based Bayside FC found themselves paired together in the center of the United States defense for the first time during the squad's 1-0 shutout of Venezuela.