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Champions League

Guardiola accepts City ‘far away’ from Champions League

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City are “far away” from challenging for European club football’s biggest prize.

The manager of the world’s self-styled wealthiest football club has been in the unusual position of watching the Champions League quarter-finals from a distance this week.

Frank Lampard: ‘Chelsea have grown to love the Europa League’

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says the club have gradually grown to love the Europa League after the initial disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League. After winning Europe's showpiece tournament last season, Lampard and his team-mates were not initially pleased to find themselves in the less prestigious Europa League this campaign.

Shite Air Shot & Panenka Botch – Big Bad Double Scoop Of FAIL! From Udinese vs Braga (Videos)

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By Chris Wright

Anyone who sat through Braga's penalty win over Udinese in the second leg of their Champions League play-off last night will no doubt already be aware just what an inept performance the Italian side put in a performance perfectly encapsulated by these two fantastic moments of highly-refined FAIL.

Shite Air Shot & Panenka Botch – Big Bad Double Scoop Of FAIL! From Udinese vs Braga (Videos)

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By Chris Wright

Anyone who sat through Braga's penalty win over Udinese in the second leg of their Champions League play-off last night will no doubt already be aware just what an inept performance the Italian side put in a performance perfectly encapsulated by these two fantastic moments of highly-refined FAIL.

Brazil

Kazim-Richards wanderlust takes him to Brazil from Celtic

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Glasgow (AFP) Much-travelled Turkish international striker Colin Kazim-Richards joined Brazilian side Coritiba from Scottish champions Celtic on Thursday, the Scottish Premiership team announced.

The 29-year-old England-born forward, for whom Coritiba will be his 12th team and Brazil the seventh country in which he has played club football, had only been at Celtic since February 1 when he signed a two-and-a-half year contract.

Kazim-Richards wanderlust takes him to Brazil from Celtic

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Glasgow (AFP) Much-travelled Turkish international striker Colin Kazim-Richards joined Brazilian side Coritiba from Scottish champions Celtic on Thursday, the Scottish Premiership team announced.

The 29-year-old England-born forward, for whom Coritiba will be his 12th team and Brazil the seventh country in which he has played club football, had only been at Celtic since February 1 when he signed a two-and-a-half year contract.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Superstar on Her Second Cap

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Not bad for Brazil's Amanda, who scored what could arguably be considered one of the best goals of the tournament thus far. And then I learn that the game versus Italy was her second time on the pitch representing Brazil. And then she and FIFA gets all cute in their interview, with "'Well, it's the kind of goal that just comes naturally," joked the 19-year-old, smiling from ear to ear.

English Premier League

Fulham’s Age Old Problem

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Note: For those older readers, the use of ‘old' in this article is purely in a footballing context

With club football finally about to get back underway after yet another asinine international break, I thought I would investigate one of the less heralded issues that Fulham currently have at the moment – the age of the squad.

Fulham’s Age Old Problem

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Note: For those older readers, the use of ‘old' in this article is purely in a footballing context

With club football finally about to get back underway after yet another asinine international break, I thought I would investigate one of the less heralded issues that Fulham currently have at the moment – the age of the squad.

Following Kevin Campbell’s Footsteps

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Next hotshot

Good day to everyone. Only 3 days in and we already have our first concern of the international break. Let it be known that none of our players have even played a match yet, not one that is classified as competitive anyway. Yet, it didn't stop an alarm from going off yesterday.

Classification During International Break

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Don't tell me this doesn't make you smile

The international break is finally kicking in the front door. 2 days on from the last meaningful action and the break is already tiresome. As any club football fans would attest to. The idea of international football does not appeal to many with their allegiance strongly tied as mentioned earlier.

Arsenal As Gatsby: At War with the Ideal?

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By Jordan BrownÂ

"The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty.

Win Chelsea FC – Champions of Europe 2012 DVD

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To celebrate the release of the Chelsea FC Champions of Europe 2012 DVD we are offering three readers the chance to win a copy.

In May 2012, Chelsea FC lifted the coveted Champions League trophy after an unforgettable campaign. Chelsea fans will always remember their route to victory the comeback against Napoli, the tense win against Benfica, defeating the mighty Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, the heroics in the Nou Camp and the famous night in Munich where they secured the greatest prize in European club football.

Red & White Army Sets Off Again

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Time to flock back to the stadiums

Arsenal returns to action today as we take part in the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup with 2 matches of 45 minutes action. First against Anderlecht, then against Southampton. It will be a chance to see some emerging talents and Steve Bould sitting beside Arsene Wenger, delivering messages to the boys.

RDM reveals bittersweet Euro 2012 feelings

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Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo was disappointed to see his native Italy lose to Spain in Sunday's Euro 2012 final but has expressed his excitement about the form of Chelsea duo Fernando Torres and Juan Mata.

Torres came off the bench to score Spain's third goal and provide an assist for Mata to make it 4-0, which stood as the emphatic final score line in favor of the reigning world and European champions.

Wayne’s time is up.

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In my own humble opinion Wayne Rooney's days in an England shirt should be numbered. His performance against Italy, showed us all of what we don't want to see in our national team, Rooney showed no desire and utter laziness to what was a head in hands evening for most England supporters, I believe we should look elswhere for striking talent and leave Wayne to focus on club football as he never really performs in the major International tournaments.

Beckham To Get Team GB Olympic Call Up

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Reports out of England say that David Beckham has been named in Stuart Piece's Team GB for the London Olympics. The full squad is scheduled to be announced next week, but by all accounts Beckham will be one of the three over 23-years-old in the GB team.

The 37-year-old Beckham has made no secret of his desire to represent his country in home town and there has been a huge amount of debate around who will be the three over-age players in Pearce's squad.

Is Redknapp On His Way Out Of Spurs?

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has only one year left his current contract, and has been negotiating through the press, saying recently that he does not want to go into next season on the final year of his contract.

Redknapp, despite public denials, has an uneasy relationship with his club chairman Daniel Levy.

France

Thierry Henry: A New Way Of Life

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Is this man still hella good looking and insanely attractive? I think we all know the answer to that question. Image via EQ. Kickettes, we're not sure how to tell you this, but if you stopped paying attention to Thierry Henry after he left European club football in 2010 to play for the MLS, you messed [.

England 1-1 France

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Goals:
Lescott 30'
Nasri 39'

Welcome to the Roy Hodgson Era. A defensive set-up, limited ambition, a set play goal, and two solid lines of four retreating deeper and deeper as the match went on. England's full-backs mostly stayed in their own half, England's wide players rarely got ahead of the two out-and-out attackers, and Gerrard charged forward from deep to join the attack maybe twice.

Mathieu Debuchy

The Great British Olympic dream, the Owen Hargreaves comeback dream and other stories

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We at BFZ have decided that till the start of the season we will be really random and continue the really random posts. So today I bring to you all the happenings from the Olympics, the transfer market and a bit of club football courtesy our globetrotting friends.

The Olympic football matches are like the MLS matches.

Delegation from Newcastle United in Holland

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It is thought that a delegation from Newcastle United, said to contain club secretary Lee Charnley, and Managing Director Derek Llambias, are in Holland this weekend to pursue a double swoop, or maybe even a trio of transfer deals.

Players in the club's radar who play their club football in Holland are Luuk de Jong, Douglas, and Vurnon Anita.

Delegation from Newcastle United in Holland

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It is thought that a delegation from Newcastle United, said to contain club secretary Lee Charnley, and Managing Director Derek Llambias, are in Holland this weekend to pursue a double swoop, or maybe even a trio of transfer deals.

Players in the club's radar who play their club football in Holland are Luuk de Jong, Douglas, and Vurnon Anita.

Euro 2012

du Nord Futbol Show Ep. 1

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The debut episode of the du Nord Futbol Show is now ready for your ears!

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Featured on this show is a look at the first half of the 2012 season in MLS, some leftover items of interest from Euro 2012, trying to unscramble the future of the 3 Americans who play their club football at Glasgow Rangers, and a chat with our Friend In Football from Kick TV Jimmy Conrad.

More England stars fire Balotelli warning

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England goalkeeper Joe Hart has joined midfielder Scott Parker in admitting that Italy striker Mario Balotelli is indeed a major threat when the two teams meet in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals on Sunday.

Hart, who plays club football with Balotelli at Manchester City, has revealed that fellow City and England teammate Joleon Lescott practices marking Mario frequently in club practices an exercise that may eventually benefit the Three Lions but for now only creates apprehensions.

MLS target entertains at the Euros

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German superstar Michael Ballack has been linked repeatedly with a move to MLS outfit Montreal Impact but at the moment, he looks way too comfortable in his role as a Euro 2012 analyst for ESPN.

Ballack recently concluded his second stint with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen after making 35 appearances for them since moving back from Chelsea in 2010.

Ukraine: Shevchenko delivers joy on the pitch but off it problems remain

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by Kane Prior

Ukraine is currently hosting Euro 2012 alongside Poland, with their national team having started excellently with a surprising 2-1 win over Sweden.

Ukraine: Shevchenko delivers joy on the pitch but off it problems remain

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by Kane Prior

Ukraine is currently hosting Euro 2012 alongside Poland, with their national team having started excellently with a surprising 2-1 win over Sweden.

Navas: We must attack from the start

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Spain winger Jesus Navas has warned the Republic of Ireland the defending champions will attack from the off when the teams meet on Thursday.

The Spaniards were held to a 1-1 draw by Italy in their Euro 2012 Group C opener on Sunday and take on Giovanni Trapattoni's men in Gdansk before ending the group stage against Croatia.

Euro 2012 Day 3 & 4: Spain-Italy Fascinating, England-France Cagey, Sheva Shines

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I must say the Euros have lived up to expectations thus far. International football is usually not as interesting as club football, especially for those with little emotional involvement towards a single team, but the quality of games hasn't been bad at all.

Not surprisingly, the best of games was played yesterday between Spain and Italy.

The Rest

No Colombia pact, insists Peru’s Tapia

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Lima (AFP) – Peru’s Renato Tapia admitted discussing World Cup qualification with Colombia captain Radamel Falcao during their match on Tuesday night but denied making a pact.

Falcao, who plays his club football for French Ligue 1 side Monaco, was seen in discussion with Peruvian players with his hand covering his mouth towards the end of the 1-1 draw in Lima.

Selangor FA Under Pressure After Malaysia Cup Triumph

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If social media were to run football Olivier Giroud would have long been consigned to the knackers yard, Jurgen Klopp would have been beatified by now and Mehmet Durakovic would have a job for life at Selangor.

The last few years have been pretty barren by Selangor standards as they have seen the likes of Kelantan and Johor Darul Tazim take their turn in dominating Malaysian club football.

Socceroos - are they so crucial to football's growth?

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We've always been told that the national team of Australia and their success is absolutely crucial to footballs growth and the A-League's growth?

But is it?

For the first time in living memory the A-League and domestic football has gone through the roof at precisely the time the Socceroos have had a run of their worst performances and results since 2010.

What can Argentina teach Manchester United?

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Another round of World Cup Qualifiers means that club football takes a back seat and we get a chance to watch international teams and the different tactics they use. Now, on Friday, October 12th, there was a World Cup Qualifier in South America that every Manchester United fan should have taken note of, even though [.

Chelsea Players Who Will Be Kept Busy During The International Break

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Fernando Torres of Chelsea (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

While the October international fixtures offer something of a break from the usual club football, no such rest can be afforded for many of Chelsea stars, with 16 first team names being called upon by their respective nations. This not only reflects of the quality that the Blues possess in their side, but also the great diversity of their current playing squad.

Liverpool Fly-On-The-Wall Documentary Reveals Rodgers' Methods And Philosophy

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Liverpool players could barely contain their laughter as they took part in a meditation and relaxation class to help them "deal with the stresses of club football", a new fly-on-the-wall documentary capturing life behind the scenes at Anfield has shown.
The six-part series, due to be aired in the United States later this month, documents the arrival of manager Brendan Rodgers and sheds light on his methods.

It's Could be a Long, Long Season: 11 Thoughts on Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0

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Are you still awake? If so, thoughts as follows.

* It was an interesting line-up that hinted at the current pecking order within the Arsenal squad. Jenkinson is going to be given a chance at right-back in Sagna's absence, rather than Coquelin or Yennaris being asked to fill in. Gibbs is currently a starter ahead of Santos, and Diaby will probably be preferred to Ramsey, if it comes down to a choice between the two.

In the beginning… the top teams’ games previewed. Man U, Man C, Chelsea, and Arsenal

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Week 1 The Beginning; by Arun

The intro...

After the drama on the last day of the season, club football is back on the cards. Transfer has been the word since last season ended but Euros and then Olympics helped a lot in avoiding the boring, repetitive, non-sense and self-contradictory imaginations of the football [.

Michael Bradley Transfers to Roma

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The long-anticipated deal is now complete: Michael Bradley is officially a member of legendary Seria A side AS Roma. Coming off a fantastic first season in the league with Chievo Verona, the Roman team paid $4.6 million for the services of the 24-year-old U.S. international.
Bradley made 34 appearances for Chievo in his opening year in Italy, earning the nickname "The General" for his work in midfield.

Some Soccer News for Fri Jul 6, 2012

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The debut podcast episode of the du Nord Futbol Show is ready for your listening!

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Marc Stein of ESPN reports that DC United is about to get new investors.

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Montreal made the signing of Italian centerback Alessandro Nesta official today.