Arsenal Debate: Have Arsenal lost their Identity by moving to the Emirates?

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Arsenal Cup Glory Ambitions by K. McD

Let us just presume that Arsenal fail to make it back into the Champions League this season. That's not really too far beyond the realms of reality of things, with the Manchester duo, along with London rivals Spurs and Chelsea all in contention for the top top four spots in the Premier League.

Orient to celebrate replay jackpot in Vegas

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LEYTON, England Leyton Orient's players will be jetting off to Las Vegas after hitting the FA Cup jackpot by securing a £1 million replay against Arsenal. Jonathan Tehoue grabbed a dramatic 89th-minute equaliser for the East London club to give Orient a 1-1 draw with Arsenal that earns them a replay against Arsene Wenger's [.

Man Utd could face Arsenal next

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LONDON, England Manchester United will face the winners of the tie between Arsenal and Leyton Orient in the FA Cup quarter-finals, throwing up the possibility that the Premier League's top two sides could clash at Old Trafford. The two great rivals last met in the competition when United defeated Arsenal 4-0 in the fifth [.

Babel tweets altered photo of Webb in United shirt

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LIVERPOOL, England — The Football Association will open an investigation after Liverpool winger Ryan Babel posted a digitally altered picture on Twitter of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt. Webb awarded a penalty against Liverpool and later sent off its captain Steven Gerrard as Man United won 1-0 in the third round of [.


Schalke fan slaps Neuer in the face during cup celebration

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GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's unwillingness to commit his future to the club has angered fans for a while now and during the celebration in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday after Saturday's DFB Pokal win, one supporter made his slappy feelings very clear to Neuer's face. The Bayern Munich and Manchester United target rode in [.

Draw fourth round FA Cup

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LONDON, England Giant-killers Stevenage have been rewarded with a home tie against Reading in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Graham Westley's Stevenage take on Championship Reading looking for a repeat of their famous victory over Newcastle on Saturday. Manchester United, fresh from their home win over Liverpool, face a tough trip to [.


CSKA Moscow edge Alania 2-1 to win Russian Cup

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MOSCOW, Russia Seydou Doumbia struck in each half to secure CSKA Moscow a 2-1 win over second division side Alania Vladikavkaz in the Russian Cup final on Sunday. The Ivory Coast striker opened the scoring with a low shot following good work by Brazilian forward Vagner Love in the 13th minute but Love's compatriot [.

Cole hammers Burnley FA Cup hopes

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 LONDON, England — A double by England striker Carlton Cole inspired Premier League strugglers West Ham to a 5-1 thrashing of Championship side Burnley and earn them a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals here on Monday. The 27-year-old struck in the 48th and 50th minutes to add to German Thomas Hitzlsperger's opener on his [.

Klasnic fires Bolton into FA Cup fifth round

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WIGAN, England — Ivan Klasnic fired Bolton Wanderers to a 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at the DW Stadium on Wednesday. Owen Coyle's side can look forward to a fifth-round trip to Fulham this weekend thanks to Croatian striker Klasnic's second-half winner. While Wanderers' Wembley bid remains alive, Wigan [.

Barcelona and Real Madrid in for a classic final

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BARCELONA, Spain It's not like it was a gigantic to surprise to any experts who bet on soccer or any soccer fans in general, but it's still worth noting: Barcelona has advanced to the Copa del Rey final. Barcelona already had an astounding 5-0 lead over Almeria after the first leg between the teams [.

Adebayor nets first goal as Real reach Kings Cup final

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MADRID, Spain — Real Madrid will face arch rivals Barcelona in a mouthwatering Kings Cup final after Jose Mourinho's Madrid side defeated holders Sevilla 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday to reach their first final since 2004. Togo forward Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first Real goal deep in stoppage time to add to an [.

Man City held as Tottenham crushed in FA Cup

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LONDON, England — Edin Dzeko opened his goalscoring account for Manchester City to salvage a 1-1 draw with Notts County as Tottenham were sent crashing out of the FA Cup in a humiliating 4-0 rout by Fulham on Sunday. Bosnian striker Dzeko netted in the 80th minute to rescue City, who were left staring down [.

Lots of upsets in FA Cup, but Man United escapes

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LONDON, England Holders Chelsea needed a late equalizer by Salomon Kalou to snatch a 1-1 draw that kept it in the FA Cup after a Louis Saha header had put Everton on course for a fourth-round upset at Goodison Park. In another of the weekend's five all-Premier League ties Aston Villa beat Blackburn Rovers [.

Roma see off Juve to book Italian Cup semi spot

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ROME, Italy — AS Roma booked an Italian Cup semi-final against Inter Milan on Thursday after a 2-0 win at Juventus achieved with second-half goals from Montenegrin Mirko Vucinic and Rodrigo Taddei. Vucinic bagged the opener after 65 minutes after taking a pass from Daniele De Rossi in his stride and Taddei then produced an [.

Cassano has last laugh on Sampdoria

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ROME, Italy — Italian football badboy Antonio Cassano celebrated his return to his former club Sampdoria on Wednesday as his new team AC Milan ran out 2-1 winners in their Italian Cup quarter-final. Brazilian striker Pato struck twice Sampdoria's new signing Massimo Maccarone getting the hosts goal to give Cassano some revenge against [.

Cottbuss wreck Babel’s Hoffenheim debut, Munich cruise

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BERLIN, Italy — German Cup holders Bayern Munich booked their semi-final berth on Wednesday with a comfortable 4-0 win at second division Alemannia Aachen as the German giants began life without Mark van Bommel. After their Dutch captain's shock exit on Tuesday, when he signed for AC Milan until the end of the season, Germany [.

Real Madrid edges Sevilla, Barca routs Almeria

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BARCELONA, Spain — Karim Benzema led Real Madrid to a 1-0 win at Sevilla before Barcelona rolled over Almeria 5-0 in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. Benzema, the much-questioned France striker, answered his critics with a valuable away goal in the 17th minute of the first-leg match at Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

Birmingham books League Cup final against Arsenal

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BIRMINGHAM, England  Birmingham's Craig Gardner booked a League Cup final showdown against Arsenal as his extra-time goal sealed a 3-1 victory over West Ham in Wednesday's semi-final second leg that secured a 4-3 aggregate win. Gardner, a boyhood Birmingham fan, capped an impressive fightback from Alex McLeish's side, who can now look forward to [.

Arsenal see off Ipswich to reach Wembley

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LONDON, England Arsenal secured their place in the League Cup final after sweeping aside Ipswich with a 3-0 win in the semi-final second leg at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. Ipswich had an upset in their sights when the Championship side reached half-time at 0-0, but second half goals from Nicklas Bendtner, Laurent Koscielny [.

Bordeaux, Brest join French Cup casualty list

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PARIS, France — Fifth-tier Chambery claimed another major French Cup scalp on Saturday, following up a success over Monaco with a penalty shootout win over another top flight side in Brest to reach the last 16 along with fellow amateurs Drancy. Bordeaux promptly became the 12th first division side to exit the tournament after they [.

Clinical Arsenal beat Leeds in FA Cup

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LEEDS, England — Samir Nasri helped Arsenal overcome a potentially tricky FA Cup third round replay as Arsene Wenger's side defeated Leeds 3-1 on Wednesday to book a fourth round date with Huddersfield. After being held 1-1 by Simon Grayson's Championship team at the Emirates 11 days earlier and losing to Ipswich in the League [.

Giroud puts paid to PSG League Cup hopes

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PARIS, France — Montpellier moved to within one win of their first trophy in over 20 years on Tuesday as they beat 10-man Paris Saint Germain in their French League Cup semi-final. A header by Olivier Giroud four minutes from the end of extra-time handed Montpellier who won the second of their French Cups [.

Priskin secures shock win Ipswich over Arsenal

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IPSWICH, England Tamas Priskin fired Championship strugglers Ipswich to a deserved win over a strong Arsenal side in Wednesday night's Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Portman Road. The Tractors boys had been thrashed 7-0 at Chelsea in their FA Cup third-round tie on Saturday after axing Roy Keane.


Arsenal lift Women’s FA Cup

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LONDON, England Goals from Kim Little and Julie Fleeting saw Arsenal reclaim the FA Women's Cup with a 2-0 victory over Bristol Academy at the Ricoh Arena. The Gunners had lost out to Everton in extra-time in last year's final, but they put that heartache behind them to secure a comfortable win. Saturday's success [.

Chambery amateurs continue dream French Cup run

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PARIS, France — Fifth division amateurs Chambery continued their dream French Cup run on Wednesday, a 2-1 victory over Sochaux seeing them progress into the quarter-finals. Sochaux became Chambery's third first division scalp after they had previously knocked out Monaco and Brest. It is the first time a club as lowly as the Savoyards has [.

Twente beat PSV on penalties in Dutch Cup

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EINDHOVEN, Netherlands FC Twente progressed as the top two in the Eredivisie met in the last eight of the KNVB Beker, securing a 7-6 triumph over PSV Eindhoven in a penalty shootout after the game had ended 1-1. Midfielder Theo Janssen put Twente ahead from the penalty spot after 70 minutes but a last-gasp [.

Groningen make it through in Dutch cup

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GRONINGEN, Netherlands Eredivisie high-flyers FC Groningen had to come from behind to get past SC Genemuiden and book their place in the quarter-finals of the KNVB Beker. Florencio Cornelia gave the third-tier side a shock lead midway through the first half but Groningen showed their class by turning the game on its head before [.

Foster fumble favours Hammers in semis

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LONDON, England Ben Foster handed under-pressure Avram Grant a lifeline with a huge error to gift 10-man West Ham a narrow 2-1 lead going into the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final against Birmingham. The England stopper, who produced a series of stunning saves in the first half, failed to control Carlton Cole's [.

United ruin Dalglish return; Chelsea hit seven

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MANCHESTER, England Manchester United ruined Kenny Dalglish's first game back in charge of Liverpool with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in the third round of the FA Cup. Manchester United ruined Kenny Dalglish's first game back in charge of Liverpool with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in the third round of the [.

Real Madrid make Spanish Cup final eight despite defeat

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MADRID, Spain Real Madrid, cushioned by an 8-0 first leg lead, secured their place in the Spanish Cup quarterfinals on Thursday despite a 2-0 defeat in the return match at Levante. Levante's two second-half goals by Xisco Nadal and Sergio Gonzalez were not enough to overturn Real's huge advantage secured over the Valencia-based side [.


Ragged United survive Crawley fright

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MANCHESTER, England Richard Brodie might have supplied a dream finale in stoppage time, but his header came back off the United crossbar. Nonetheless, Steve Evans's players deserve enormous credit after defying the 93 league places between the sides with a superb display. Although they did not see the giantkilling they travelled north for, the [.

Sevilla beats Villarreal to reach cup semifinals

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SEVILLE, Spain Sevilla reached the Copa del Rey semifinals for the fourth time in five seasons after beating Villarreal 3-0 on Tuesday and 6-3 on aggregate. Villarreal needed victory at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium but saw its hopes deflated from the 10th minute following Renato's opener. Villarreal created opportunities but the holders put the [.


Johan Cruyff makes Ajax return

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands Johan Cruyff has returned to Ajax on an advisory basis after agreeing to become a member of one of three "sounding board groups". A meeting on Thursday night between general manager Rik van den Boog, Ajax's board of directors and Cruyff confirmed the former Holland playmaker's willingness to advise on technical issues.

Ajax beat NAC 4-1 to reach Dutch Cup semi-final

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands Miralem Sulejmani scored a goal in each half as holders Ajax Amsterdam came from behind to beat NAC Breda 4-1 on Thursday to reach the Dutch Cup semi-finals. Fouad Idabdelhay put Breda ahead after eight minutes when he broke through the Amsterdam defence and beat goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

Emanuelson pens 3,5 year contract AC Milan

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MILAN, Italy Ajax midfielder Urby Emanuelson is going to AC Milan. The Dutch player signed a 3,5 year contract. The 24-year-old can play at left-wing, left-back, wing-back or in midfield. "He was one of our objectives in the transfer market and I am happy for him to come," said coach Massimiliano Allegri.


Morocco handed 2015 Nations Cup; South Africa host 2017

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LUBUMSASHI, DR Congo Morocco and South africa will host the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Nations Cup respectively Morocco have won the right to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations while South Africa will host the 2017 edition. The decision was taken at a meeting of the executive committee of the Confederation [.

Kidiaba stars in Mazembe Super Cup win

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Veteran goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba starred as Club World Cup runners-up TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo collected a seventh African title Saturday. Kidiaba saved a shootout kick against FUS Rabat from Morocco in southern Congolese city Lubumbashi and then converted a penalty to give his team a 9-8 victory [.

CONCACAF wants an extra place at 2014 World Cup

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NEW YORK, NY CONCACAF wants FIFA to award them an extra place at the next World Cup, giving the region four guaranteed places for the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Under the previous qualifying format used for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football was awarded [.

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Copa del Rey: Malaga 4 – Eibar 1

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Oguchi Onyewu's Malaga advance in the Copa del Rey, a tough result for Aston Villa, and Stuart Holden plays for Bolton. Read More

FA to investigate post-match punch at Stevenage

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LONDON, England The Football Association will launch an investigation after a Stevenage player was punched by a fan while celebrating the shock FA Cup victory against Newcastle. Defender Scott Laird was floored by the blow following the final whistle as the League Two side celebrated their 3-1 win over their Premier League opposition.