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Liverpool

Video: Brendan Rodgers delighted with Liverpool players after Aston Villa win

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is delighted with his players after a 1-0 away win at Aston Villa continued their 100 per cent start to the season. The Reds secured a second successive 1-0 win of the campaign in which Daniel Sturridge has scored the only goal of the game. Rodgers said: "Tactically we [.

Rodgers Eyeing Top Four

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants his team to embrace the challenge of breaking back into the top four.
The Reds have not qualified for the UEFA Champions League since 2009 but after several disappointing seasons new boss Rodgers is confident they can make a better attempt at rejoining Europe's elite.

Who is the best supported club in England?

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Rightmove surveyed over 13,000 football fans from around the country, including 9,351 fans of Premiership clubs, and recorded the team they support and their full postcode to establish the average distance each fan lives from their club, and what proportion of each club's fans are local to their home stadium.

Luis Suarez Signs New Long Term Contract With Liverpool

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Good news for Liverpool fans today as Luis Suarez has signed a new contract with the club.

Moments after signing the deal, Suarez told Liverpoolfc.com:

"To sign a new contract with Liverpool is unbelievable for me because I am so happy here at both the club and also in the city.

Rodgers Backs Borini To Shine

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes that the club's fans will "love" new signing Fabio Borini.
The Reds and Roma have finalised a deal, which will see Borini put pen to paper on a long-term contract at Anfield, worth approximately £7.9 million.
"Fabio fits the model of what we're trying to do in building not only for now, but also for the future," Rodgers told Liverpool's website.

Rodgers brings Borini to Liverpool

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After agreeing terms and passing a medical, Fabio Borini is manager Brendan Rodgers' first signing at Anfield.

Rodgers had announced this past week that he intended to sign a player by the end of the week. The Reds' manager was looking for a player that would fit his football ideology and also provide much needed firepower in attack.

Benitez and Houllier in the Premier League [Infographic]

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I've been trying to come up with different ways to visually represent results. I like this one.




That both Benitez and Houllier were in charge for six seasons allows for a straightforward comparison, even if we don't count the first 12 games of 1998-99 because of the ill-fated Evans/Houllier managerial pairing.

Arsenal

Montpellier boss rues mad five minutes despite dominating Arsenal

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Arsenal could consider themselves lucky to come away from Montpellier with all three points last night after the French side launched a second hlaf onslaught on Vito Mannone's goal, especially when Younes Belhanda, who had early scored a cool penalty, froze with the ball at his feet just two yards from the goal-line.

Who Should Be The Captain Of Arsenal, If And When van P€r$i€ Leaves?

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When Henry was made captain, everyone agreed. He was our best player, at the time and arguably ever. When Fabregas was made captain, almost everyone agreed. He was our best player at the time. When van Persie was made captain, people didn't really know what to think, and personally, I still don't know what to think.

Who Should Be The Captain Of Arsenal, If And When van P€r$i€ Leaves?

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When Henry was made captain, everyone agreed. He was our best player, at the time and arguably ever. When Fabregas was made captain, almost everyone agreed. He was our best player at the time. When van Persie was made captain, people didn't really know what to think, and personally, I still don't know what to think.

Centre Is The Only Position

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Directions from an experts

Yesterday, we talked about the goalkeeping situation. Today, we'll touch on the centre back position. I won't be the first one to say it but I won't be the last either. Goals wins matches but clean sheets or a tight defence wins championships. We conceded 49 goals in the league last season, a number too high to even think about challenging for the title.

Was Na$ri Right?.

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We will play in the Champions League 2012-3 Tournament, but wow, it was close.

We were limping down the final straight, and had it not been for a stunning turn of pace from Mr Gibbs, we would have probably ended up in the next race.

Sure we recovered from a dreadful start, and this was followed by a few truly memorable games against the likes of Chelsea, Spurs and City.

Was Na$ri Right?.

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We will play in the Champions League 2012-3 Tournament, but wow, it was close.

We were limping down the final straight, and had it not been for a stunning turn of pace from Mr Gibbs, we would have probably ended up in the next race.

Sure we recovered from a dreadful start, and this was followed by a few truly memorable games against the likes of Chelsea, Spurs and City.

The season unravels again

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I'm pretty fed up of having to write posts after a miserable game.

Miserable game or miserable result?

Definitely a miserable result. This was a must win game together with all the other must win games that we haven't won in the last four since we lost to Wigan.

The season unravels again

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I'm pretty fed up of having to write posts after a miserable game.

Miserable game or miserable result?

Definitely a miserable result. This was a must win game together with all the other must win games that we haven't won in the last four since we lost to Wigan.

The season unravels again

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I'm pretty fed up of having to write posts after a miserable game.

Miserable game or miserable result?

Definitely a miserable result. This was a must win game together with all the other must win games that we haven't won in the last four since we lost to Wigan.

Arsenal at Wolves… Liveblog!

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I'm going to try this. Having a small baby doesn't lend itself to careful concentration for two hours. (Also, I talk about having a baby a lot now.)

Kick-off is in four hours. This is a game we have to win. Bottom of the table team struggling to score, with a porous backline... yah, if we don't win, we don't deserve 3rd place, I'm thinking.

It’s time for The Gunners to start a new winning run!

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It's another blank mid-week as far as Arsenal are concerned, our next fixture being the clash with Manchester City which kicks off at 4pm on Sunday at The Emirates.

The dust has just about settled after QPR ended our eight match un-beaten run and plenty has been said about that disappointment.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Nice While It Lasted Edition [Poll]

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In what has turned into one of the Timbers' longest standing traditions since joining MLS, the team gave up three goals while visiting Colorado's Dicks Sporting Goods Park. In a lackluster effort, standout performances were few and far between, with even the best showings tempered by moments of rashness or lapses in concentration.

Quotes, Stats, and Links: Sporting Edition

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Quotes:

Portland Timbers Quotes

Head coach John Spencer

On holding onto the lead late in the game:

"It's concentration. We know that. We did that earlier in the year last year, and I look at the game tonight and I think mostly their chances came from mistakes from us again.

second half

Revolution vs. Fire: Postgame Quotes And Highlights

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Well, that wasn't fun. The New England Revolution went to Toyota Park insisting that they were going to cut out the defensive mistakes, and instead made two major errors on the way to a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire. The first goal was a penalty, no question; Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey can babble and bluster all they want about it being a bad call, but that was a good call by the ref, who had a pretty good game overall.

Barca Knocked out by Chelsea; FC Barcelona -2, Chelsea - 2

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Holders FC Barcelona has been knocked out off the Champiosn League by a reselient Chelsea side despite being down to ten man for the majority of the match. A momentary lapse in concentration which lead to the Ramires goal and a missed penalty by Messi in the second half killed Barcalona's comeback hopes.

Euro 2012

Italy v Croatia – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 14 June 2012

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Group C leaders Croatia look to remain unbeaten as they host Italy in round 2 of the group stage. The match will take place at the Poznan National Stadium in Poznan, Poland with kickoff scheduled for 18:00 local time.

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli

"Tomorrow we need to go out and win the game.

One of the Best of all Time! Pierluigi Collina

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I'm sure we can all remember him
I was watching the opening game from Euro 2012 between Poland and Greece and I couldn't help but notice the determination every player had for their national team. Everybody has his own reasons for winning: patriotism, team spirit, recognition, fame, money and so on.

Ireland v Croatia – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 10 June 2012

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The Republic of Ireland begin the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament with a group stage match against Croatia. The match will take place at the Poznan Municipal Arena in Poznan, Poland with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trappotoni

"Every goal I face is a challenge.

Real Madrid

Mourinho Admits Tiredness Was Key for Madrid’s Exit in Champions League

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Jose Mourinho faces disappointment again as his team once again failed advance from Champions League semifinal, this time after suffering a defeat during penalty shoot out against Bayern Munich.

The Portuguese coach refused to blame any of his players, especially those who failed to convert their spot kick as he believes that all of them have give their all in the match, adding that tiredness eventually played a big part on Madrid's failure.

Mourinho Admits Tiredness Was Key for Madrid’s Exit in Champions League

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Jose Mourinho faces disappointment again as his team once again failed advance from Champions League semifinal, this time after suffering a defeat during penalty shoot out against Bayern Munich.

The Portuguese coach refused to blame any of his players, especially those who failed to convert their spot kick as he believes that all of them have give their all in the match, adding that tiredness eventually played a big part on Madrid's failure.

Barca Bottles It

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Barca bottled it. . They needed a 2-0 and they got it. . Then, If they had to choose one player of Chelsea to send off they would've unanimously chosen Terry - and he got sent off for that idiotic knee to Alexis' back. Chelsea not only played with 10 men, they played without their captain and for Chelsea in particular, that's a big thing.

The Rest

Keeping the concentration

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The battle to finish second or at least in the automatic Champions League slots has twisted and turned but with some strange fizzling-outs elsewhere in recent weeks, it's opened up for Arsenal.

United, who were winning without convincing, have slumped at a peculiar time. Liverpool, ditto, though they won't have given up hope yet.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution vs. Impact

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Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen sparked a few chances in Sunday's 1-0 loss against the Impact. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

It's time to can the "one mistake killed us" excuse.

For the last six games, it's been become the go-to phrase when a bad bounce, an unsettling sequence of unwatchable defending, a concentration lapse, or a moment of indifference has cost the Revolution points.

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.

Is Pep Guardiola really that good?

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This is something that's been in OTP's thoughts for a couple of seasons. But it's never really seemed appropriate to bring it up (what with Pep winning all trophies before him and everything). Given that he's announced that he's quitting as Barcelona boss at the end of the season, it suddenly seems more appropriate.