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Fine lines and concentration

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Much has been made of Thomas Vermaelen's performance against QPR on Saturday and I'm quite sure he'd be the first to admit it was not his finest hour. Not for the first time this season he's slipped at a crucial moment, resulting in an opposition goal, so perhaps he ought to be considering a change of footwear (blades v traditional studs, for example).

Champions League Results, Pt II: Traumatic Yet Titillating

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We rather liked the look of Moritz Leitner when he replaced Sven Bender in Arsenal's victory over Dortmund last night. Further investigations confirmed that he is indeed the type of tender, succulent manmeat we thrive on. Anyone else feeling peckish? Image: Getty Images.

Marginally better that Tuesday night's action, if your criteria includes clothing removal, short-tents and potential for sarcasm.

Milan go top of Italian league as Lazio lose again

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ROME, Italy — AC Milan went top of Serie A on Wednesday with a 3-1 victory over Palermo at the San Siro as previous leaders Lazio crashed 1-0 at newly-promoted Cesena. Pato opened the scoring for Milan before Armin Bacinovic equalised for the Sicilians but a Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty and late Robinho third gave the [.

English Premier League

Mancini Has January Concern

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Ahead of the big match against Chelsea on Monday evening, Manchester City's tactician, Roberto Mancini, revealed that aside from focusing heavily in the upcoming difficult matches against the Blues and Arsenal, the Italian tactician is also set his sight on surviving the January fixtures.

Mancini revealed that, the early part of next year could be the most important month that will determine their title chance this season.

Weekend Results: Lairy Monsters & Blooper Beeps

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How fortunate that this man was around to make essential repairs to Malaga CF goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero's Halloween mummy costume. Heaven knows what we would have been exposed to if he hadn't.

We've done our level best to avoid getting embroiled in any 'unpleasant controversies' this week, but events appear to have conspired against us.

Chicharito Breaks Anfield Reds Hearts

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I don't know what Sir Alex Ferguson was thinking, but he showed no respect for Liverpool by fielding an understrength lineup. No Nani, no Rooney, no Hernandez and no Anderson. By playing two defensive midfielders in Fletcher and Jones, Liverpool should and could have done a lot better than just a draw.

The Bubbles Of Drowning Men

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West Ham United continue to blow the bubbles of drowning men, wrote David Lacey in the Guardian. Any relief at having avoided a home defeat by Blackburn Rovers was soon overtaken by the realisation that they now have to win their remaining two matches to have any chance of staying up, and only once this season have Avram Grant's side won back-to-back games in the Premier League.

It’s So Bad, I Look Forward To Crouch Coming On

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We're all the same, football fans. Turn up every week, that familiar and engaging mix of optimism and dedication at kick-off, tinged with the total certainty that the wheels are going to fall off at the earliest opportunity. "Typical insert name of your team here, trust us to have it all go wrong" Really though, is there a team like Spurs?

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Newcastle United 0-3 Chelsea: Blues Leapfrog Magpies Into Top Four After Battling Performance At St James’ Park (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea Premier League December 3rd 2011


Chelsea eased a little bit more of the pressure on their wiry manager Andre Villas-Boas after putting three past the Magpies at St James' Park. A revitalised Didier Drogba but the visitors ahead on 38 minutes, heading home from a Juan Mata cross.

Gyan: second best African footballer? No chance!

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The fact that Asamoah Gyan was voted in second place in the voting for the 2010 African Footballer of the year ahead of Didier Drogba in third suggests that the coaches and captains of the 53 nations that make up the Confederation of African Football (CAF) were caught up in the romance of Ghana's run to the semi-finals of the first World Cup to take place in Africa.

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Hang on to your seat....

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Mr Teo Hock Seng, Tampines chairman hugged by his players
after the 1-0 victory over Home United on an atrocious field. A decent turn out at the Tampines Stadium saw the epic clash between Tampines Rovers and league leaders Home United on a unplayable surface marred by the heavy downpour before the start.

Japan: Kashima and Shimuzu reach Emperor’s Cup final

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The semi-finals of the Emperor's Cup, Japan's equivalent of the FA Cup, were held today and for Kashima Antlers and Shimuzu S-Pulse the dream of lifting silverware on Saturday became one step closer to reality with wins over FC Tokyo and Gamba Osaka respectively.

Kashima Antlers had to come from behind in order to force extra-time in their semi-final match-up.

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Levy: The King Canute of Football

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Thank the deity that doesn't exist it's over. The Modric saga and Harry's inability to pass by a camera without giving an interview meant the last few weeks have been excruciating. Let's get on with it now and play some football. However, here's no denying the backdrop of genuine tension on deadline day.

Football and Accusation

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Last Tuesday Haiti's Under-17 National Football team was sent home from Jamaica after two players and a coach were diagnosed with malaria. The decision was presented as a public health measure the Jamaican public health ministry described the sickness as "imported" and resulted in an effective forfeit for the team from the CONCACAF competition.

The Rest

Reds Fall Short in Debut

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The Rhode Island Reds suffered a hard-fought 1-0 loss to the Brooklyn Italians in their NPSL debut on Saturday.

CRANSTON, R.I. Jakeem Johnson spoiled the Reds' NPSL debut when he scored the game's lone goal to give the Brooklyn Italians a 1-0 win at Cranston Stadium on Saturday.

Johnson spent much of the match knocking on the door before his 74th minute strike.

The Quality Of That Kick

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Before United take on Chelsea tonight (yes, a mouthwatering clash indeed) here's a video of Wayne Rooney talking about that crucial moment strikers face seconds after they come into contact with a ball. When do you know if your kick will lead to a goal? Does the quality of the kick determine where it'll end up?

So This is What Losing Feels Like

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Things would've turned out VERY differently had Ronaldo scored in the couple of chances he had in the first half.It's one thing to lose to team like Barca (regardless of the score), much less THIS Barca... or losing a Champions League tie to a team with some form of European Pedigree.