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Aston Villa send personalised replica kit to William and Kate for the Royal baby

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Aston Villa have sent a kid's kit with 'HRH 1′ on the back to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their newborn son. William is a self-confessed Villa supporter, so the club didn't want to miss the opportunity to snap-up the next generation of the Royal Family while also scoring some decent PR. The [.

Former Aston Villa boss John Gregory sings emotional tribute to Stiliyan Petrov

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The idea of John Gregory singing at all, let alone a Bruce Springsteen song, should sound like a very special story indeed. And it certainly is for all the right reasons surprisingly enough. The former Aston Villa manager who is still remembered fondly by the Villa faithful chose a charity fundraising gig [.

Aston Villa Home and Away Shirts for 2012-13 Season [PHOTO]

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Aston Villa has unveiled their home and away shirts for the 2012-13 season. Designed and manufactured by Macron, Aston Villa's new home shirt, according to the club website, "remains faithful to the classic claret and blue tradition." The shirt...

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Real Salt Lake

MLS Rankings: Week 15

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Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Sean Donahue and Brian O'Connell contributed rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team.

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MLS Rankings: Week 4

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Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Brian O'Connell, Sean Donahue, Julian Cardillo and Ryan Lanigan contributed rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team.

Questions: Names, Ratings, Moyes, Wanderers, Roster

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition, Tony looks at nicknames in MLS, Everton's 'Cup or league' debate, and how Tim Ream's Bolton Wanderers are doing. Can we stop with the nicknames in MLS? Blue Collar Boys. The Black and Red. The Hoops. Rojiblancos.

Revs 2, RSL 1: Revolution Win Third Straight in Desert Diamond Cup, Will Play In Championship Match

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When I wrote the last match recap after we played the Red Bulls, I said that the Revs had guaranteed a spot in the Diamond Desert Cup championship game. Well, I was mistaken, and that actually wasn't true at the time. It is true now, however.

With the 2-1 win against Real Salt Lake tonight, the Revs officially advance to the championship match on Saturday night with a 3-0-0 Desert DiamondCup record.

MLS Legend - Andy Williams to Retire, Join RSL Staff

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Andy Williams, the last remaining original member of the expansion Real Salt Lake's inaugural 2004 season, announced his retirement today. The 14-year veteran will join RSL as a member of its technical staff.


From MLSoccer.com:
Williams, 34, was the last remaining member of the original RSL team, joining the club with the first pick of the 2004 MLS Expansion Draft and spending the rest of his playing days representing the Claret and Cobalt.

MLS Playoffs: Sounders at Real Salt Lake Leg One - Five Questions

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In Major League Soccer's odd playoff format this is the only two leg series (tie, whatever). In order to grant the higher seed an actual advantage it hosts the second leg and a potential for overtime on its own soil. Overtime is reached if the scoreline over the two matches in the series are tied with no regard away goals.

Videos

Long Ball Ma Fangul

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I was born under a bad sign with a claret and blue moon in my eyes, but Lordy a-things ain't been the same since Big Sam walked in-a town...

"I've got the world by the balls and yet I can't stop feeling that I'm still the mortadella," confesses Sam Allardyce. "It's the nagging feeling that I came in at the end; that the best is over.

Boca Juniors Striker Dario Cvitanich Goes Through Pain Barrier In Training…Quite Literally (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which, during a training session yesterday, Boca Juniors striker Dario Cvitanich runs into and then through the pain barrier in quite the most literal sense largely courtesy of a helpful shove from an over-zealous teammate.

(Warning: there's a wee bit of spilt claret in the video, so if you're of a squeamish disposition it's perhaps better to stare at this picture of kittens for the next few minutes instead.

Serves Ewe Right: Sivasspor Sacrifice Live Lamb On The Pitch Before Friendly (Video)

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By Chris Wright

What we have here is grizzly footage from before Sivasspor's recent friendly with FK Rad Belgrade, in which the Turks kick off preceedings by getting a tarpaulin down on the touch line and slitting a live lambs throat (to a ripple of warm applause) before smearing the claret all over their boots.

Mexico U17s’ Julio Gomez Scores 90th-Minute Winner Against Germany With Bicycle Kick And Gaping Head Wound (Video)

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By Chris Wright

The second semi-final of the U17s World Cup between Germany and Mexico produced one of the games of the tournament, with the South American's pinching a 3-2 victory at the death courtesy of the bruised and bloodied Julio Gomez (he was stretchered off the pitch earlier in the game with claret pouring from a cut on his noggin) and his acrobatic winner.

English Premier League

Invincible? You’re Havin’ A Larf

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I would like to start by congratulating Manchester City FC for producing a resounding victory for football.

By losing to Chelsea last night in the match amusingly referred to by someone on Twitter as "El Cashico," they have helped demonstrate to the world just how amazing Arsenal's achievement in going a season unbeaten really was.

Invincible? You’re Havin’ A Larf

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I would like to start by congratulating Manchester City FC for producing a resounding victory for football.

By losing to Chelsea last night in the match amusingly referred to by someone on Twitter as "El Cashico," they have helped demonstrate to the world just how amazing Arsenal's achievement in going a season unbeaten really was.

Tale of the tape: N’Zogbia vs Downing vs Young vs Albrighton

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It's a pretty rare event that we'll receive official confirmation of an agreement being reached to purchase a player before the actual transfer itself is announced, but that's apparently the situation with Charles N'Zogbia. It's all over bar the shouting.

I'm sure such steps wouldn't have been taken if it wasn't a formality, it's just a shame that the player won't have the chance to hook up with his new team mates in Hong Kong due to a lack of work visa.

Probable contenders for Villa Park hotseat

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Probable contenders for Villa Park hotseat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gerard Houllier's mutual departure from Aston Villa last week has left us all guessing as to who will take over the reins at Villa Park. Normally we would have a fair idea as to who that will be, but at the moment it is anyone's guess who will be implemented by Chairman Randy Lerner.

Man Utd Flops Show That Arsenal Can Dominate English Football

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If you ask Pep Guardiola which team were his most difficult opponents en route to winning the Champions League, I can guarantee that his answer won't be Manchester United.

It will, of course, be Arsenal.

In yesterday's final at Wembley, United were clueless and gutless.

They scored with practically their only attempt on goal and for the rest of the game were chasing shadows.

Alex McLeish

Aston Villa tough test for United

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United may not have had the best of weeks but the bookmakers make them a top priced 1.73 to bounce back and notch an away victory over Aston Villa and the stats suggest they will do just that.

Sir Alex Ferguson's young guns were frustrated in their 1-1 draw with Newcastle last weekend, as Javier Hernandez's opener was cancelled out by Demba Ba following a controversial penalty decision that the gaffer described as "shocking".

Sunderland 2 Aston Villa 2: A draw snatched from the jaws of victory

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It was so nearly a vital three points for Alex McLeish away from home thanks to goals from Stiliyan Petrov and what should have been a late winner from Richard Dunne to cancel out Conor Wickham's first half leveller.

Unfortunately, the familiar sight of a late goal coming from a set piece returned when 5'7″ Stéphane Sessègnon helped himself to a free header with one minute of normal time left on the clock.

Why McLeish needs Scott Parker at Villa

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Why McLeish needs Scott Parker at Villa

Alex McLeish's reign as Aston Villa manager effectively started today when he met his new squad for the first time since crossing the Second City. I think many of us, myself included and some of Villa's players too no doubt, are still coming to terms with his controversial decision to swap blue and white for claret and blue.

Alex McLeish officially unveiled as manager

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I don't know if a player or manager has ever literally been 'unveiled', but I'd love to see it happen once and, given the odd nature of this whole appointment, this would have been an ideal occasion. Can you imagine if a claret & blue chequered sheet was whipped away matador style to reveal the new manager sheepishly sat there waiting for questions?

Has Birmingham owner Carson Yeung hatched a cunning plan to bring down Aston Villa from the inside?

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Claret and Blues start to look very Blue We're beginning to wonder. Not only is ex-Birmingham manager Alex McLeish on the verge of becoming Aston Villa's new manager, but he is set to bring defender Scott Dann with him. This is all getting a bit too suspicious and we can only conclude that Carson Yeung [.

2011/12 away shirt leaks out amongst the chaos

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I don't think I'd classify this as a good day to bury bad news although your tastes may cause you to disagree, but while we're all wailing and gnashing teeth over the Alex McLeish debacle, it appears that the new 2011/12 away shirt may have found its way on to the internet.

I stress may because unlike the 2011/12 home shirt, which I have very high resolution pictures I obtained myself, I'm not sure of the authenticity of this one.

2011/12 away shirt leaks out amongst the chaos

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I don't think I'd classify this as a good day to bury bad news although your tastes may cause you to disagree, but while we're all wailing and gnashing teeth over the Alex McLeish debacle, it appears that the new 2011/12 away shirt may have found its way on to the internet.

I stress may because unlike the 2011/12 home shirt, which I have very high resolution pictures I obtained myself, I'm not sure of the authenticity of this one.

Manchester United

Jenas and Bentley hope to find permanent homes

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Up until the very last day of the transfer window it had looked as if much of the deadwood was staying at the Lane. However, deals can happen very quickly and Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley will both be lining up in claret and blue this season, and their lack of first team action at Spurs could see both deals becoming permanent.

Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 0: Villa finish 9th and Blues go down

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Wow. What a day! The game wasn't all that thrilling, but Liverpool have been beaten at Villa Park for the first time in 13 years thanks to a superb strike from Stewart Downing and, with the other results today, we end up finishing in 9th place. A top half finish, on top of the Midlands once again despite our worst performance over 38 games for five years.

Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 0: Villa finish 9th and Blues go down

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Wow. What a day! The game wasn't all that thrilling, but Liverpool have been beaten at Villa Park for the first time in 13 years thanks to a superb strike from Stewart Downing and, with the other results today, we end up finishing in 9th place. A top half finish, on top of the Midlands once again despite our worst performance over 38 games for five years.

The Rest

Bradford City Nike 2012/13 Home Kit

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English Football League Two side Bradford City FC has unveiled its Nike 2012/13 home kit. According to The Bantams' website: As fans will notice, the kit consists of alternating claret...

Five Questions: Revolution at Real Salt Lake

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If the Revolution find themselves searching for a late goal against Salt Lake, Bjorn Runstrom may be called upon to deliver. (Photo: Joshua Pearson)

With precious little time to to rest following Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Rapids, the Revolution will enter Saturday's game at Salt Lake with a sizeable chip on their shoulder.

15 Photos Of Bloody Footballers

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By Chris Wright

Footballers bloody footballers. 15 of the blighters to be exact, for no other reason than I got my forehead opened up playing football last night and I want everyone else to suffer.

Warning: All of these photos have spilt claret in them (picture No.

XI Conclusions: England 2-3 Holland

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By Chris Wright

1. A well-oiled and largely established Holland side with a smattering of sporadically world class players beat a pedestrian England side with approximately none. Once again, it became very apparent early on last night that England's only means of scoring at Euro 2012 will be set pieces and corners.

Los Clásicos As Amadeus Redux

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"I never knew that music like that was possible!"

After watching the second half of yesterday's Clasico, I'm beginning to see Mourinho as Salieri to Guardiola's Mozart. When a team of Madrid's caliber gets schooled and forced into errant passes and frantic individual dribbles on offense and desperate tackles on defense, huffing shadow-chasing and hapless outreached hands pleading for offside calls that won't come, the opposition must be touched by the divine; the divine stringing of passes, la pelota always kept just a fleeting inch away from Madrid's lunging cleats, and importantly, the divine total defense, which at one point saw Özil attempting to dribble into the box only to be surrounded by seven (7!

Accidental Exposure

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Only at West Ham United could the much heralded launch of the the new home and away kit- complete with countdown clock scheduled for 9.30 tomorrow morning- be scuppered by an enterprising Hammers fan who had the genius insight to type '2011/12 kit' into the search engine on the new online site. I mean seriously, doesn't every e-commerce package have a fail-safe time and date release mechanism that should make this kind of slip impossible?