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Euro 2012

100-Cap Irish Winger Damien Duff Retires From International Football

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By Alan Duffy

A terrific little player, Damien Duff has decided to hang up his boots for the Republic of Ireland after picking up his 100th cap at Euro 2012. The move by the 33-year-old comes hot on the heels of Shay Given's decision to do the same.

The gifted wideman has enjoyed a fantastic club career with Blackburn, Chelsea, Newcastle and his current club, Fulham, although it's probably fair to say that he never quite hit the heights that his talent, back at the turn of the millennium, hinted at.

Competition heats up for Golden Foot

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The prestigious 2012 Golden Foot award to honor the career accomplishments of a player within European football will be handed out later this summer and the list of nominees for the award has already been finalized.

This year's competition boasts of an exciting group of candidates, from world-class goalkeepers all the way to prolific strikers.

Giorgos Karagounis: The name to remember from day nine of Euro 2012

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Part of the reason why you should remember Giorgos Karagounis' performance on day nine of Euro 2012 is because, even though Greece again mocked prognosticators by advancing to the quarterfinals, it might have been his last appearance in a European Championship. The 35-year-old captain, who is suspended for Greece's quarterfinal match due to a dubious yellow card for diving -- a fate similar, yet completely incomparable to when he was held out of Greece's memorable win in the Euro 2004 final -- scored the only goal in Greece's final group match against Russia just before the ref blew for halftime.

Backpage Roundup: Gazidis on RVP, Biglia, M’Vila and More

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No Rushing RVP, Says Gazidis

Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis has said that the club is not putting any pressure on Robin van Persie to resolve his contract situation as soon as possible and insisted that the club understands that their talisman needs to concentrate on the upcoming European Championship.

Video of Evra’s disgraceful action

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Patrice Evra has seen his international career dip to an all-time low after being caught on camera wiping his backside with teammate Mathieu Valbuena's shirt. Evra has had a rough twelve months after seeing his club career with Manchester United finally questioned, and now his international popularity has crashed to an all time low.

Euro 2012: Laying Odds for the Azzurri’s Success

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Even more than a Real Madrid-Barcelona Champions League final, EURO 2012 is what every European and football enthusiast is waiting for in the coming months. We are now exactly 10 weeks away from this Summer's 2nd-greatest sporting event (for all the love I have for soccer, even I have to admit that the Olympics come before the Euros) and on paper, Italy's path to qualification has been nothing short of excellent.

Euro 2012: Laying Odds for the Azzurri’s Success

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Even more than a Real Madrid-Barcelona Champions League final, EURO 2012 is what every European and football enthusiast is waiting for in the coming months. We are now exactly 10 weeks away from this Summer's 2nd-greatest sporting event (for all the love I have for soccer, even I have to admit that the Olympics come before the Euros) and on paper, Italy's path to qualification has been nothing short of excellent.

International Goal

Ricketts' goal sparks Canada's victory

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Tosaint Ricketts (UW-Green Bay) has had a tough time with his club career recently, but he continues to progress with the Canadian national team.

Ricketts scored his fourth international goal to open the scoring as Canada went on to a 2-0 victory over CONCACAF rival Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly Wednesday night in Lauderhill, Fla.

Richard Dunne considering Ireland international future

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Ireland international defender Richard Dunne has consulted Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert for advice about whether to retire from international football to focus on his club career.


Asked if he'd considered retirement, Dunne, who is entering the final year of his Villa contract, replied: "Yes, it has a few times.

striker

Will Ibrahimovic Make His PSG Debut Against D.C. United?

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The answer to that question appears to be yes, as high-profile signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut against D.C. United on Saturday night.

"He will start to train this afternoon," said PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti of Ibrahimovic in a media conference call on Tuesday.

POSSIBLE TEAM AGAINST SUNDERLAND

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Its very hard to predict a Liverpool team these days under Kenny Dalglish as he does have a number of options open to him from the squad (apart from a quality Striker).

But thats my stab at it, I chose Spearing instead of Henderson as Sunderland have become a very dogged team under Martin O'Neill.

Arsenal On Red Alert After Podolski Promises To Quit Cologne

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Very interesting reports emerging from Germany this weekend. Cologne striker Lukas Podolski has threatened to quit the club at the end of the season after the club failed to honour their promises to him.

Last summer, the 26 year old was linked with a move away from the Bundesliga with Arsenal emerging as his most probable destination.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Boyd discusses transfer to Rapid Vienna

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Terrence Boyd's career arc has been nothing if not unusual.

With no first-team club appearances to his name, Boyd has emerged as a favorite of U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and a cornerstone to build around for the future. After a 20-goal season for Borussia Dortmund's reserve team and multiple appearances for the United States -- including the all-important cap-tying appearance on Friday -- Boyd is set for the next step in his club career.

Castillo seals full transfer to Tijuana

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Edgar Castillo made a solid impression during his clausura campaign while on loan with Club Tijuana, so much so that he won't be leaving the club anytime soon.

Tijuana completed a full transfer for Castillo, purchasing his rights from Club America on Thursday. Castillo enjoyed a standout clausura season while on loan for Xolos, becoming a fixture in the lineup and earning his way back into the national team picture.

Olympic Team

Välkommen to Sweden

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Carli, Heather, Amy and Rachel look pretty chipper despite the long trip to Sweden

The U.S. Women's National Team has arrived in Sweden in preparation for a 10-day training camp leading into matches against Sweden on June 16 and Japan on June 18, both in Halmstad, Sweden, about 90 miles south of Gothenburg, where the USA will set up its training base.

Mid-Day Ticker: Vela turns down Olympic call; veteran pair leave AC Milan & more

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Mexico's Olympic team is not coming together as El Tri might have hoped.

Along with Javier Hernandez being denied a chance to compete this summer by Manchester United, star striker Carlos Vela has turned down a call-up to the Olympic team, leaving El Tri shorthanded on star power that was expected to make the team a serious contender during the Olympic tournament.

Steven Gerrard

Nasri and Torres Are Finally Vindicated!

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And so the season finally ended. It was a season filled with drama, with more ups and downs for all clubs than in any previous season. Who would've scripted a more dramatic end to the Premier League title race? The excitement involved is what makes the Barclays Premier League the best league to watch.

Liverpool v WBA Head-to-Head

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Head-to-head

  • Liverpool have won all five previous Premier League meetings with West Brom at Anfield without conceding a goal.
  • Albion's last victory at Anfield was exactly 45 years before the day of this fixture. They have since gone 24 league and cup visits without success (D6, L18).

Montreal Impact

Streaks at stake for D.C. United, Sporting Kansas City in mid-week action

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D.C. United aims to end one dubious streak Wednesday night, while Sporting Kansas City looks to keep their impressive one intact.

That is what's on the line in two mid-week MLS matches, as D.C. hosts the Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City leaves the confines of Livestrong Sporting Park, heading north to face the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Mid-Day Ticker: Villa talking new deal with Guzan, Henry gets a statue and more

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After three years as a backup, Brad Guzan will make his first Premier League start on Saturday for Aston Villa, and the club is already in the process of trying to extend his stay at Villa Park before his current deal expires this summer.

All I Want For Christmas

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With joy in the air and consumerism driving television right now, my dreams are of big purchases for the Seattle Sounders. A little girl may want two front teeth, I'd rather two amazing fullbacks, possibly one as a youth DP. I know enough that these are just dreams, the reality is more likely a player like Heiner Mora and Ever Alvarado.

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Meola, Reyna Get Call to Hall

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Former U.S. goalkeeper Tony Meola was among four inducted to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Wednesday (Photo: Peter Stuart).

The first time proved to be the charm for former U.S. Men's National Team members Claudio Reyna and Tony Meola on Wednesday after both were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Former U.S. captain Keough, 84, dies

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The U.S. Soccer community lost a legend Tuesday, as Harry Keough, a national team captain during the memorable 1950 World Cup and a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, died at age 84.

Keough was one of the last surviving members of the 1950 team that beat England, 1-0, in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in all of soccer.

England

What to Watch Today: Everton vs Fulham – Donovan vs Dempsey

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There's a whole slate of FA Cup 4th Round matches this weekend, kicked off by a match today that is especially interesting for viewers on this side of the pond. Everton hosts Fulham, which means it's also a faceoff of the two best American players of this generation: Landon Donovan vs. Clint Demspey.

Report: Red Bulls signing Swedish centerback

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The New York Red Bulls have had an awfully quiet offseason, which has been used more to deflect rumors and links to star players as opposed to making improvements to a team that vastly underachieved by its own expectations in 2011.

The Rest

Scotland Option For Shelvey

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Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey admits to having held talks with the Scottish FA about the prospect of turning out for them at international level.
The 20-year-old playmaker was born in England and has represented the Three Lions at youth level.
He could, however, switch allegiance as his grandfather was born in Scotland.

Arsenal legend urges Wenger to sign Spurs striker

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If anybody knows about how to score goals it is the one and only Ian Wright. Wrighty scored 185 goals for the Gunners, a club record only surpassed by King Henry. With 305 goals in his club career, the man was a goal scoring legend, and has turned his attention to the goal scoring problems [...]

Diop Waived

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The infectious smile is now gone from the locker room. Today, Sporting KC announced that they have waived midfielder, Birahim Diop. Diop hadn't been in camp at all this year, instead had been away from the team for personal reasons. The random speculation was that Diop was angling to try to go down to Colombia and join Octavio Zambrano, who Diop has followed around for quite a bit of his club career.

Fire sign German centerback Friedrich

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The Chicago Fire have taken what appears to be a major step in improving their back line.

According to reports out of Germany, the Fire have agreed to a one-year deal with Arne Friedrich, a German national team centerback. Friedrich confirmed the signing on his own website.

THOUSANDS SAID GOOD BYE TO LEGENDARY LEFTER

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Teyyip Erdogan and "Turkey's Chief EU Negotiator Egemen Bagis seen amongst the crowd." PHOTO BY (AA)

Thousands of Fenerbahce fans and fans from several Turkish clubs, bid farewell on Sunday to Lefter Kucukandonyadis, one of Turkey's top football players, who has died at 86.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Another week of former SKC Wizards updates, some extra news this week as well. By now you've heard about Craig Rocastle signing with the Missouri Comets, but there's other news as well. Eddie Johnson's club career continues to spiral down for him, as he's already out at Puebla in Mexico. Apparently the forward failed his physical and was not fit and was released basically 2 days after showing up in Mexico.

Philadelphia Union Announce Signing Of Gabriel Gomez

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In yet another foreign news or Twitter released move, the Philadelphia Union have officially signed Gabriel Gomez. The 27-year-old midfielder/defender will join the team upon receiving his International Transfer Certificate and the acceptance of his application for an American P-1 Visa.

Gomez was rumored to be joining that Union last week, when a Central American news outlet, Presna.