Manchester United

Fergie: We’ll always remember the ‘Welcome to Hell’ banners

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Sir Alex Ferguson has tonight reacted to our Champions League draw, with United being handed a relatively easy group.

"We have the experience of playing against Galatasaray in the past and we will always remember the 'Welcome to Hell' banners," he told the official site. "So it's always a difficult type of match.

American in Manchester

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Writer Mike Manson remembers his initial English football experience in the cauldron of a 1986 Manchester derby.

Cool Heads Will Prevail When Manchester United take on Liverpool

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Sir Alex is determined United will keep calm in the Anfield cauldron on Saturday and finish the game with 11 men on the pitch. Sendings off have seriously hindered the Reds' hopes in recent years.

"In my time, we've had about nine players sent off in games there which is unusual for Manchester United," declared the boss.


USA vs. Mexico - International Friendly - Gamethread - 7:00 PM CST - ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision

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The day is finally here for a soccer rivalry that is always full of fight, intrigue, and normally hostile play. When the US and Mexico butt heads, it's usually not pretty. It also doesn't help that the Americans will be playing tonight in Aztec Stadium, which has been an impenetrable fortress for the Yanks.

Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew - MLS #15 - Gamethread - 7:30 PM CST - NBC Nonstop (Chicago)

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It's that time again folks. Fire gamedays are always fun, but it's even better when we are facing the Crew. With the game only a few hours away, the cauldron of hate should be bubbling for many Fire fans. Not only are we playing a rivalry match, but we get to do it at home in front of Section 8 and our wonderful fans.

SPL: Wednesday Wonders

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The SPL works off the turkey and mince pies with a full Wednesday evening fixture. The eyes of the world upon us once more. Or at least the eyes of those Sky viewers not tempted by the tungsten superheroes at the Ally Pally.

Celtic v Rangers
Apparently recent form has left some Celtic supporters confident about this one.

Sporting Kansas City

It's Game Day

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At the start of the season I posted this open letter to the players of Sporting Kansas City pouring a bit of my heart into how I felt heading into the season. Today, the day of the US Open Cup final my feelings haven't changed. As Robb said last night, I'm one of those that endured the empty cavern, the poor sight lines and screamed about the name change.

Open Cup Ticket Update

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Today, Sporting KC season ticket holders had the opportunity to purchase even more tickets to August 8th's US Open Cup final against Seattle. This was the second release phase of tickets for the finals. The first had allowed season ticket holders to purchase their existing ticket(s) for the game. Today, KC season ticket holders were able to purchase ones in addition to their existing tickets.

Montpellier Instead of PSG?

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Since posted that Paris Saint-Germain would be playing Sporting KC in a friendly on their summer tour, there's been little other word about KC playing PSG. In fact, the lack of announcement, with the rest of the Herbalife World Football Challenge being announced had me wondering if KC would actually play Paris Saint-Germain.

Sporting KC to Learn Open Cup Opponent Tonight

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Down in Orlando tonight, the KC Athletics meet Orlando City SC at 6:30pm in their 2nd round US Open Cup match. The winner will make a trip to Livestrong Sporting Park to take on Sporting KC in the 3rd round on the 29th. The Athletics are the heavy underdog against the defending USL Pro champions, who are 3-0 in the year's young season.

Sporting KC Deal with Boulevard but NOT for Jersey Sponsor

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Today, Sporting KC announced the partnership that the vast majority of the fan base has wanted since Livestrong Sporting Park opened last year. That partnership, that would see Boulevard beer being served inside the stadium. The announcement brings the most popular local beer into LSP for fans to be able to buy and enjoy during games.

Taking a Look at the Sanctions to the Dynamo Supporters

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I don't particularly like the Houston Dynamo. Outside of them beating Sporting KC in last year's Eastern Conference finals, I even don't really like them. Their fans as well aren't my favorite MLS fans in the league. A couple of KC fans who went down there for the Western Conference finals a few years ago were told to stay away from their supporters because they didn't really get along with opposing supporters.

Date of 2012 Home Opener Announced

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Today MLS announced the dates for all teams' home openers for the 2012 season. Sporting Kansas City will have their first home game on March 17th, St. Patrick's Day. That's certainly going to make for a fun day for the Cauldron enjoying St. Patrick's Day and a game at the same time. KC will open home season the same weekend as 3 other teams, Montreal, Salt Lake, and Philadelphia, which means that any of the other 15 other teams could be KC's first opponent.

MLS 2011 Average Attendance

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photo courtesy of Jarred Donalson

It's amazing what a new stadium, with a capacity over 10,385 can do for a team's average attendance. Combine that with a team that is doing well on the field and an atmosphere that has vaulted the Cauldron up into the upper echelon of supporters' groups and you'll see a massive increase in attendance.

English Premier League

Video: Evidence of why Man City midfielder Nigel De Jong breaks more legs than he scores goals

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Yes, our top Premier League players are skilled athletes but even they are susceptible to the odd mistake. Especially in those high-pressure training sessions. You know, the ones that take place in a cauldron of atmosphere with the defenders hounding you for possession. And you're desperately trying to get your shot away before somebody closes [.

PREVIEW: Wolves v Chelsea - No matter what - we need three points.

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I think right now as a Chelsea fan we want two things from today. First and foremost we want and desperately need three points and secondly, a performance would be nice!.

No one would have imagined that we would find ourselves in the position we are in at the moment and no one would have predicted the result on Saturday against Aston Villa.

The Unhappy Soccer Crowd

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Time for a bit of the armchair psychoanalysis. Take a depressed crowd and lay them on Dr. Freud's couch. These mobs are suffering from a condition known to shrinks as SimonandGarfunkelitis – symptom – the sound of silence.

December 2011 presented us with an excellent case study in this horrible affliction that curses certain teams.

Chelsea, Newcastle fight for Champions League as Man Utd face must-win situation

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Man United is in danger of slipping to third as Spurs step up their game as Newcastle and Chelsea face-off for the UEFA Champions League spot. The Gunners are expected to cruise to victory in their visit to 19th place Wigan.

Blatter Apologises, but Declines to Step Down

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Earlier this week, FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, caused a stir in the football world, by intimating that racial abuse on the pitch could be fixed in the same way as a foul or a shove; with a simple handshake. Blatter's comments suggested a naivety – or even an outright ignorance to the effects of racism – that prompted calls for his resignation.

Kei Kamara

Live For It

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That's the campaign for Sporting KC this season, "Live for It". The team debuted their commercial last night during the Grammy Awards. The team will be advertising with the commercial (another that will debut during the season opener), along with online, outdoor, print, and radio. The team will be doing billboards around the city, the billboards will include two of Sporting KC's newest national team players, CJ Sapong and Graham Zusi.

2012 Wishes

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Time for another year of wishes for 2012. Here's a look of what I am wanting and wishing to see in 2012.

1. Silverware - Is anything else really that important? I want silverware, as Robb Heineman put it tonight on Twitter, #paintthewall. I want to add more stuff to the wall that shows our accomplishments.

Playoff Rally part 1: Because we got Kei

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Last night the Kansas City Cauldron hosted a playoff rally at Power and Light District. A bunch of fans and most (maybe all) of the Sporting Kansas City players came out. One of the songs that was sung was a new one called because we got Kei. He is a fan favorite in Kansas City. He loves the fans and the fans love him him.

The Rest

Europa League Preview: Liverpool vs FC Gomel

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Brendan Rodgers takes charge of his first home game as Liverpool manager on Thursday night as his side defends a 1-0 first leg advantage against FC Gomel in a Europa League qualifier.
Last week's first encounter saw Stewart Downing earn the Reds a deserved victory against last season's Belarusian Super Cup winners, and quite understandably they're 1/5 favourites to win the second leg too.

Season Ticket Renewal and Transfer Window

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Today season ticket holders started to receive renewal information in the mail for tickets for the 2013 season. Sporting did come up with a unique way of doing season ticket renewal, setting up a new "dating" website for renewals, Love and Sporting a great idea to at least add some spice to the renewal process.

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.

Heroic Gunners crash out of Europe – but we will be back next year

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Knowing that just one Milan goal would effectively end the tie, and despite struggling to contain my pre-match excitement, I entered the game with a little apprehension. However, little did I know, I was about to witness one of the greatest halves of football in my life don't forget, I'm still only 20 years-old.

Wigan ban 17 fans over flares

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That's of the fire kind, not dodgy trousers Wigan's DW Stadium is not exactly renowned as a Turkish-style cauldron of atmosphere, and that's not likely to change any time soon after 17 fans were banned for setting of a flare at their away match at Bolton. A 16-year-old was charged with possession of a flare [.

MLS 2012 Draft photos

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The full gallery from the draft Sporting KC's first round pick. @DDwyer14

Dorrance provides leadership lessons in business and sport

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Who knows more about success than University of North Carolina women's coach Anson Dorrance. A resume that includes 20 NCAA championships in 28 years, a winning percentage of over 93 percent of the team's games and 20 National Players of the Year tend to speak for itself.

Success in sport is often emulated in the business world, and Karl Moore of Forbes Magazine wrote a great article outlining lessons that can be learned from the blueprint of Dorrance.

MLS Playoffs: what to expect in tonight's second leg action

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Home-and-away series in MLS playoffs tend to play out like the company Christmas party: things may start out a little slow, stodgy and cautious. But pretty soon furniture is being tipped over, fights are breaking out, things are gettin' wacky and, by the latter stages, you just don't know what kind of craziness may claim the night.

Seattle and U.S. Open Cup: Deserving champs, but a flawed process

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For the record, the scene at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday was everything you'd want, a cauldron of mean green, awash in Open Cup frenzy. And also for the record, Seattle is a deserving Open Cup champ, a club that takes the competition seriously and now has solid historical evidence to prove it. (The Sounders won their third consecutive Open Cup crown, the first side in 40 years to do so.