Spurs boss Andre Villas Boss: ‘I expect great things from Christian Eriksen’

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Andre Villas Boas says it is time to move on from Gareth Bale and start expecting to see brilliance from Christian Eriksen instead. The Tottenham manager made it clear that he sees Eriksen as someone who can develop into a player who is equally important to the club as the recently departed Welshman.

The MLS Grinder: A Clasico to remember

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Wondo, your MVP frontrunner at the turn. Game of the Week San Jose 4, LA Galaxy 3 There have been moments in the brief flash of light that has been MLS' existence that the league makes you stop for a moment and marvel. Goals, transfers and individual bits of skill often fill this void, though these moments of tempestuous brilliance are often kept at a reasonably low rate of return so as

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TweetArgentina edged Brazil 4-3 in a thrilling friendly match with Lionel Messi grabbing the games seventh and decisive goal. The only problem here was that the whole of Europe was watching the Germany vs Portugal game, so sadly Messi's brilliance escaped our radars. It's a God damn shame! But as ever we at In The [.

English Premier League

Blues striker targets ‘magic’ season

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Fernando Torres endured a frustrating evening as he failed to make an impact in Chelsea's shocking 4-1 defeat to his former club Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Friday but the striker is determined to guide the Blues to a magical 2012-13 campaign.

Torres endured a difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge but despite being unable to replicate the individual brilliance that he demonstrated during his Liverpool days, he won the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League double last season.

Arsenal Bring ‘A’ Game To Anfield With Stunning 2-0 Win- Plus Man United, The Evolution Of Santi Cazorla

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Santi Cazorla's brilliance for Arsenal may have finally caught up with the Premier League Pack during their 2-0 victory over Liverpool yesterday, but the Spaniard was already a 'crack' at Villarreal, where he fed Giuseppe Rossi with many of the best assists in La Liga.

Virtuoso three-minute sub display earns Everton’s Johnny Heitinga a spot in the Mirror’s team of the day

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To the uninitiated, Johnny Heitinga's 87th minute substitute appearance against Aston Villa appeared to serve the dual purpose of wasting a few seconds as the Toffees wound down time towards a 3-1 victory while also bolstering the defensive ranks. Despite David Moyes' side having done most of their good work prior to the last three [.

Defensive midfielder ….going once, going twice …. SOLD

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I've had a seriously topical and brilliant idea, and it concerns the transfer window.

While there has been talk about it being open too long, there are also specific concerns over certain aspects of the system, chief among these is the influence of Agents.

Two things popped into my mind.

Defensive midfielder ….going once, going twice …. SOLD

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I've had a seriously topical and brilliant idea, and it concerns the transfer window.

While there has been talk about it being open too long, there are also specific concerns over certain aspects of the system, chief among these is the influence of Agents.

Two things popped into my mind.

Wenger’s Finest Grooming

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Reunited with Cesc

Hello there. Start of another week. A start that has been made better/worse for you depending on where you stand after our first game of the season. I have no authority for speak for you but personally, I'm can't be in better mood. Arsenal is back, win or lose is part of the game, what is there not to enjoy?

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.

Chelsea ace: Signing can create history

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Frank Lampard believes that Chelsea's summer signing Eden Hazard can go down as one of the top players in the history of the club when all is said and done in the young Belgian's career.

Lampard, 34, has only trained for a few days with the 21-year old Hazard but has seen enough glimpses of brilliance to feel that the starlet has very bright prospects ahead.

Where would Liverpool target Clint Dempsey fit into the Reds’ setup?

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his first signings as Reds boss are not too far away, with the team's attack in need of a revamp. With Andy Carroll looking surplus to requirements in the Northern Irishman's thoughts, sprightly Roma striker Fabio Borini has been identified as a more agile replacement.


Santi strike seals points

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Santi Cazorla (Photo: Ronnie Macdonald)

Liverpool 0 – 2 Arsenal

A determined counter-attacking Arsenal side produced occasional flashes of brilliance to steal three points at Anfield and extend their run of not having conceded a goal this season to three games.

Frustrated DC United still looking for answers

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DC United has drifted into a deep malaise over the past two months. Only sporadically does the team seem to be in sync. Play is unfocused and only moments of individual brilliance have allowed the team to salvage as many points as they have.

Frustration is the spirit of the day and Sunday's game saw it come out.

"Off The Bench" Episode 22: Guest Kristi Colvin (Women's United FC), MLS Reactions, Referees and What Makes a Beard Manly

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In this episode Pedro and Luke discuss the weekend's best talking points. The San Jose Earthquakes are still league leaders, but with SKC, NYRB and RSL at their heels, can they hold on? Dramatic referee decisions in New York, woe for Portland, a solid match between Houston and Columbus, plus is Montreal a playoff contender?

Newcastle United

Newcastle United vs Aston Villa match highlights

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Highlights of todays match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park. A fairly uninspiring early performance from the Magpies was punished by a goal from Villa's Andreas Weimann in the 22nd minute. However once again we were saved by a piece of individual brilliance from one of the usual suspects, Hatem Ben [.

Ba’s Scoring Secret – Pardew Worried He’ll Lose Top Players

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Demba Ba was back to his scoring ways again on Saturday, when he put Newcastle ahead in the 53rd minute with a tremendous goal, and although Spurs equalized through Defoe on 76 minutes, Ben Arfa produced some of his brilliance four minutes later, to earn a penalty which he converted, and that helped Newcastle win that first tough league game 2-1, after the Magpies had been second best to Spurs in the first [.


The Tuesday XI: Lost Boys Edition

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By "The Other 87 Minutes" / Senior Unemployed English Major Correspondents

Today we celebrate the return of the school year by thinking of the children. Not just any children, but badass ones – the kids we all wanted to be when we grew up. Some of them might have aged and become either a best-selling author/religious cult leader or a 41-year-old pinch runner or Batman (briefly) or Robin Williams, but each of them did their best work in their childhood or early teenage years.

The Ghost of Ozil Haunts Your Defenses

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For centuries, humans have struggled to prove the existence of ghosts. Every one of us has felt a shiver late at night, heard an odd voice in a poorly lit room, and sensed in our bones a foreign presence. TV shows proliferate in which individuals use the latest technology to try and monitor paranormal activity.


Hassili Now a Robin!

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Nom nom nom nom.

In a move that could be described as "huh? really? that's happening?" and properly reacted to as "yeah, it happened", Eric Hassili, formerly of the Vancouver Whitecaps, has been traded for Toronto for the first round pick of the 2014 SuperDraft.

The Up Side : The man is a game changer who can materialize brilliance out of nothing, as seen here in Exhibit A and Exhibit B.

As big names pour into Brazil, is it time to change the Brasileiro's foreigner rule?

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By Stefan Kelly

Pablo Guiñazu, Andrés D'Alessandro, Mario Bolatti, Jesus Datolo and now Diego Forlán. These are the five non-Brazilians Porto Alegre club Internacional now have on their books in what is an extremely strong squad, including Brazilian internationals Oscar and Leandro Damião.

New England Revolution

A Stern Test

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Stephen McCarthy (concussive-like symptoms) was upgraded to probable in Friday's injury report.

The New England Revolution will be facing a team that is eerily similar to them when they play Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night. Both teams have veteran goalkeepers, capable defenses, and a variety of players that handle the scoring burden.

Back to Business

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Saturday night's Eastern Conference clash between the New England Revolution and Columbus Crew is a critical game for both teams, as just two points — currently the difference between making the playoffs and missing out on the postseason — separates them in the standings.

That the Revolution (5-7-1, 16 points) and Crew (5-4-3, 18 points) are so close in the standings and both mid-table in the East one third of the way through the season shows how inconsistent both teams have been.

New York Red Bulls

RBNY vs Fire: Heat & Magic

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The New York Red Bulls managed to take all three points on offer from this mid-week battle of Eastern Conference Titans (full highlights here). All it took was an unbelievable Thierry Henry golazo (and a Brandon Barklage goal-line cleareance) and, boom, the Red Bulls are within one point of Conference leaders Sporting KC.

Brutally hot homestand taking toll on Red Bulls

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Oppressive heat, turnover in their roster, a cornucopia of injuries; what haven't the Red Bulls fought through during this three game homestand?

Though New York clearly held the better of possession against Chicago, they struggled to find their rhythm with the conditions being what they were.

Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls - MLS #14 - Three Questions

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Man it feels good to be back and posting a 3 questions article again. It seems like it has been months since the Fire last played an MLS match. This losing streak has left a bad taste in my mouth for the last month and it's long past time to wash it away. The task will be tall given the fact that New York has won 4 of their last 5 and are scoring in droves.

Euro 2012

Greatness Beckons

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A deep lying midfielder and a goalkeeper coming off the end of a successful Serie A season where they could not be beaten in any league game. Both and a few more of their team mates are on the verge of adding the European Championship to their honours list. A mad man (as many would like to call him) and the cause of consternation amongst fans, dividing opinions between that and that of a genius.

Euro 2012: Heavyweights remain as semifinals loom

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There has been plenty of quality on display throughout Euro 2012 but there also haven't been many surprises, leaving four of the continent's biggest sides still fighting for the chance to be crowned champions.

Germany, Italy, Portugal and reigning champs Spain are the remaining teams who will look to advance to the tournament finale in Kiev on June 1, a chance to be etched into European soccer history looming for all.

Andrea Pirlo’s genius penalty that sparked Italy’s shootout win over England

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(Gif here)

With England leading the penalty shootout 2-1 in their Euro 2012 quarterfinal against Italy, it seemed as if an unlikely upset was about to be pulled off. Italy had all but dominated the previous (and tedious) 120 minutes of play with 68 percent of possession and 36 shots on goal (eight on target) to England's nine (one on target).

Clinical Lahm scores on record evening

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On a day when Germany captain Philipp Lahm matched Thomas Hassler and Jurgen Klinsmann's record of 13 European Championship appearances, he also scored a fantastic opening goal to give his side a deserved 1-0 lead at half-time.

The Germans dominated the proceedings throughout a highly one-sided opening period but were somewhat wasteful in their failure to open the scoring until the 38th minute.

Theo: Gerrard did not steal Alex’s moment

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England winger Theo Walcott has defended skipper Steven Gerrard for an incident that took away what was poised to be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first goal for the Three Lions.

Walcott came off the bench during Friday's 3-2 win over Sweden and in his impressive substitute appearance, he was able to score the equalizer and assist Danny Welbeck's match-winner to help England come from 2-1 behind to claim all three points.

France 1, England 1: Defending the Draw

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France 1 Nasri 39′
England 1 Lescott 30′

England had never won their opener at the European Championships, and France came into the match defending a 21-game unbeaten streak. Ninety largely predictable minutes later, a one-one draw ensured both sides would extend their records by at least one more match, though with Roy Hodgson making time wasting substitutions in the final moments and goalkeeper Joe Hart coming close to seeing yellow for time wasting it was clear which side was happier with the result.

World Cup

Iniesta - Top 10 fase de grupos en The Guardian

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Iniesta aparece en The Guardian dentro de los 10 momentos en imagenes de la fase de grupos de esta Eurocopa. La reseña al pie de foto menciona:

Andres Iniesta's tiki-taka brilliance The midfielder, who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, has been brilliant in Spain's three group games, providing much of the team's cutting thrust

¿Podrá el centrocampista de la selección española continuar con su entrada en el olimpo de los 4 grandes para pasar a ser 5 o la sombra de Messi seguirá siendo demasiado alargada?

Euro 2012: England 3-2 Sweden

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There was a point yesterday when it seemed as if history was deemed to repeat itself yet again. As Olof Mellbergs second goal-ward shot on goal made Joe Harts net swell for the second time in ten minutes, the feeling that England were deflating to expectation was inescapable. We had been here before, of course.

Euro 2012: Russia 4-1 Czech Republic

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There is a school of thought which suggests that part of the reason behind the global success of football lays in its occasionally ruthless depiction of the fallibility of humanity. We watch this game above all others for the brilliance and the horrendous, and all stops in between. The first match of the 2012 European Championships demonstrated this in spades.

Argentine fans actually do something nice for Leo Messi, shower him in rose petals

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For all the accolades, accomplishments and unconditional love Lionel Messi has enjoyed while playing for Barcelona, it's been a bit different for him in his international career with Argentina. Since he has struggled to replicate his club success with his country, he hasn't gotten quite the same reverence that he enjoys in Europe.

The Rest

2012 London Olympics: USWNT Comeback Against France, Win 4-2

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Pia Sundhage promised gold for the USWNT in this summer's Olympic games and who can blame her? She has a squad that has won gold before and like the taste. Yesterday's first match could have been a complete disaster, with France taking an early 2-0 lead. One could say that it was almost a given that the US Women would stage a comeback, but for a few moments during the game, the USWNT looked frazzled.

John Terry: One More Time In Song

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Well, the John Terry Anton Ferdinand class can hang on just a little bit longer through the brilliance of YouTube and this musical, surely to hit the most prestigious theatre districts the world over soon.

And song proclaiming "Ashley Cole is an asshole." can only be sheer genius just surprising it didn't come from Girls Aloud first.

The Bench is Waiting

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Saturday night the Sounders embarrassed themselves. Forget the referee, the crowd, the Montreal Impact. Intensity and focus matter in professional sports and the Sounders did not take the field in Montreal ready to play. There were moments of precision and brilliance from the Sounders. Eddie Johnson's goal was the result of beautiful interplay.

Denmark 2-3 Portugal

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Pepe 24'
Postiga 36'
Bendtner 41' 81'
Varela 87'

It's fitting that an excellent, narrow match was decided by a singular late moment of brilliance. Despite Portugal going two up with ten minutes left in the first half, Denmark diligently fought back, only to go down to Varela's 87th minute strike, just two minutes after he entered the fray.