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Manchester United

GIF It: Paul Scholes’ trademark booking (Manchester United vs West Ham)

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He's still got it. Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes showed he's still mistiming tackles just as well as he was doing a decade ago during last night's FA Cup third round replay victory over West Ham. Classic Scholesy. Via 101GG

Nike Grooms Mario Balotelli in New Ad

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This dynamic striker's rep just grew by leaps and bounds.

Already a major up and comer, playing for Manchester City and the Italian National team, Mario Balotelli is gifted with charisma and Soccer talent.

English Premier League

10 years to the day: Wayne Rooney scores his first Premier League goal (Everton vs Arsenal)

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of Wayne Rooney bursting onto the scene with a stunning first Premier League goal against Arsenal in 2002. A decade later Wazza is arguably still the most gifted player at England's disposal but continues to attract criticism for his form and fitness. Has Rooney lived up to his early promise [.

Rooney: I Love Being The Playmaker

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Wayne Rooney has suggested that as he gets older and loses some of his pace, he plans to play in central midfield. Having played there a few times last season when United were hit by injuries, Rooney grew to enjoy the role, although would still prefer to play up front for the time being.

"I did my bit by dropping into a central midfield role when the team got hit by injuries last season," Rooney said in My Decade in the Premier League, which is being serialised by the Daily Mirror.

Wayne Rooney slows down

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He doesn't have hair, he's fat, he doesn't score

" Then I remember - I drank a few bevvies while I was away. I'm stocky. I'm not like Ryan Giggs, all bone and lean muscle."

So writes Wayne Rooney in his new book, My Decade in the Premier League. He now has problems walking for at least a half hour the morning after a game.

Brendan Rodgers Furious At Liverpool’s Transfer Dealings

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The Mirror is reporting that Brendan Rodgers loaned Andy Carroll to West Ham, because he had been promised by the board that they will bring in a ­replacement.

Rodgers obviously wanted Clint Dempsey, but that didn't happen as Fulham revealed they had rejected an offer of JUST £3million for him, and he went to Spurs for £5million.

Last Man Standing Free Entry to Win €10,000

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Moyes Admires Rodgers

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David Moyes has drawn parallels between his arrival at Everton a decade ago and the appointment of Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool this summer.
Rather than going for a marquee name to replace the outgoing Kenny Dalglish, the five-time European Cup winners opted to give Rodgers a chance.
Last season his Swansea team captivated the Premier League with their version of tiki-taka football.

England v Scotland At Wembley In 2013

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For the first time in more than a decade, England will play Scotland next year in a revival of the game's oldest international fixture.

The two nations will meet on Wednesday August 14, 2013 in a friendly at Wembley to mark the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations. It will be the 111th time the two countries have faced each other.

Thursday Kickoff: Spurs eyeing Moyes, Ronaldo rips Messi, and more

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With the surprising departure of Harry Redknapp shaking things up in the English Premier League, a clear front-runner has emerged to replace Redknapp and it's none other than Everton manager David Moyes.

One of the most well-respected managers in Europe for his consistent ability to produce results with a team that doesn't have the financial strength of its opponents, Moyes has spent a decade at the Liverpool club, but with a year remaining on his contract, he could be tempted to make the move to the big-spending London club.

Not Another Mata Saga Please Arsene!

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Here we go again. Its that time again when we hope, wish and cross our fingers that Arsene buys new players, but we have learned from past experiences to not expect much from Arsenal when it comes to the transfer market.

Which in it's self is not good for any fan. Because Arsenal is a big club and we have two Billionaire Majority share holders, One of them seems willing to invest heavily and the Other one seems to only be interested in making a profit.

Euro 2012: The Runners And Riders – Poland

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With slightly less than a month to go until the start of the 2012 European Championships, it's time for us to kick off our previews of the sixteen nations that will be competing at this summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine. We're doing this in order of the groups drawn, so we'll start with everything you probably don't need to know about one of this summer's co-hosts, Poland.

Germany

U-20 Women’s World Cup : Germany And Japan To Meet In Semi-Finals

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Title holders Germany are through to the next round of the U-20 Women's World Cup and boy, oh boy, will they be facing an opponent worthy of the final match-up itself : Japan! The German girls thrashed Norway 4-0 in Saitama, a squad that has been trying to replicate their 1995 Women's World Cup success for more than a decade.

Jones sets out to clean up his game

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Jermaine Jones has earned the reputation of a hard-tackling destroyer in central midfield, play that has made him a bit of a card magnet for both club and country.

More than a decade into his professional career and at age 30, Jones is setting out to clean up his act.

According to reports from Germany, Jermaine Jones is making a bet with Schalke general manager Horst Heldt that he won't get more than five yellow cards this upcoming season.

What Ever Happened To: Zak Ibsen

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Zak Ibsen loves the beach. Always has. He also always loved soccer. It was no surprise that Ibsen combined those two loves a decade ago and used them to overcome a terrible drug addiction. Years earlier, Ibsen used what he learned on those same California beaches to make it as a pro in Germany and later win two MLS Cups.

US Men's National Team

Pregaming: USMNT vs Mexico

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"Es Mas Facil Ganar en Mexico." – Landon Donovan Ladies and Gentlemen, we may well be living in the early days of the Golden Age of Mexican Soccer. El Tri hold every Men's regional title, are Olympic gold medalists, and are headed to the 2013 Confederations Cup.   The fact that they've achieved this with an almost entirely homegrown player pool following a decade of American dominance, and in the midst of a near civil war,.

Beauty in the dirt

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Guts. Glory. Gentleman. "It can't all by Mai Tais and Yahtzee." -- Cameron Poe, "Con Air."Â Do people still buy and watch DVDs anymore? Honest question. About a decade ago, maybe because I was just getting out of college, I'd spend a decent amount of my new bi-weekly paycheck -- the fuck is FICA?

For US Soccer, McBride’s Goal vs. Mexico Changed Everything

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Today is the 10th Anniversary of Brian McBride and the Goal, and Game that Changed Everything For US Soccer. Here is a piece we wrote about that goal in October 2010. Nearly a decade before there was Landon Donovan, Ian Darke and "Goal, Goal USA!", the United States Men's National Team took the field at [.

Youthful Brazil Poses Stern Test For Evolving US Offense: Your TYAC Preview

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Neil W. Blackmon Fresh off the most dominant performance of the Klinsmann era, and perhaps the most dominant display by a U.S. MNT midfield in a decade Saturday against Scotland in Jacksonville, the United States plays game two of what Jurgen Klinsmann last week called a "five game tournament" tonight against a youthful, experimental but [.

Euro 2012

Why England Will Still Not Advance Past the Quarterfinal

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England's win over Sweden was fantastic. No question about it. After arguably their best half of football in a decade (going back to the victory over Argentina in the 2002 World Cup), Roy Hodgson's men showed tremendous resilience in coming back to defeat Sweden and leave Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his..

Keane, Ireland aim to spring surprise at Euro 2012

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By ADAM SERRANO

Faced with the Group of Death in the 2012 European Championships, Ireland captain and Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane knows that his national team is in for a battle -- and that is something that suits Keane and the rest of his Irish side just fine.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Czech Republic

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Not quite the same force but still a decent side. Coach: Michel Bilek Not to be confused with his near-namesake German midfielder, Bilek has been managing for just over a decade after a playing career that included spells with Real Betis [.

Champions League

No Goals Like Own Goals

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Rafael Toloi is one of those names that pops up from time to time, linked to the biggest names in European football, but probably destined for a Europa League-quality team until he can prove he's ready for the big time. Unfortunately, You Tube isn't helping in that respect.

An exceptional finish from Rafael this week.

Is Mourinho the greatest coach of all time?

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The Portuguese claimed his seventh league title in 10 years last week as he led Real Madrid to Liga success over Barcelona. Is he now the best trainer to ever grace the game?

Ben Hayward writes of Mourinho's most recent accomplishments, and tries to gauge where he sits historically now among the world's greatest coaches.

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U.S. MNT To Hold Public Training Session on May 25 at EverBank Field

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Members of the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club watch training from the side of the field

All U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Men's National Team public training session Friday, May 25 from 5-6 p.m. at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.

Admission and parking are free and open to the public.

U.S. MNT To Hold Public Training Session on May 25 at EverBank Field

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Members of the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club watch training from the side of the field

All U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Men's National Team public training session Friday, May 25 from 5-6 p.m. at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.

Admission and parking are free and open to the public.

The Rest

Howard: "I think we feel confident."

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Amid wins and losses, new coaching regimes, and any number of other changes to the US National Team over the past half-decade, goalkeeper Tim Howard remains a constant. A remarkably consistent touchstone for his team, Howard is one of coach Jurgen Klinsmann's few unquestioned starters at this early stage in 2014 World Cup qualifying.

Afghanistan’s Future: Civil War or Soccer Rivalry?

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Soccer symbolizes Afghanistan's choices coming full circle as US forces prepare to withdraw from the Central Asian nation more than a decade after they invaded it, says James Dorsey.

FPL Summer Transfer Window 2012 New Signings: Part I

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As we've done for nearly half a decade on this site, we're going to bring you the latest tips, commentary, analysis and strategy surrounding the official Fantasy Premier League football game all season long. And since the season starts in ... Continue reading →

Tony Hibbert finally scores for Everton, sparks congratulatory pitch invasion

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Right back Tony Hibbert has famously never scored a goal in his 11 years and 308 appearances for Everton. But on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, in a testimonial/preseason friendly against AEK Athens to recognize his decade-plus of service, the 31-year-old actually scored a freaking goal.

Liverpool Shirt Sponsors Accused Of Laundering Money For Iran

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According to the banking regulator of New York state, Liverpool shirt sponsors Standard Chartered hid approximately 60,000 transactions worth over $250 billion that it made on behalf of sanctioned Iranian banks and corporations over the past decade. The bank also sought to keep secret similar but less lucrative schemes with Libya, Sudan, and Burma.

SC Braga Macron 2012/13 Home, Away and Third Kits

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Over the past decade Sporting Clube de Braga, commonly known as Sporting de Braga or just Braga, has established itself as a top five Portuguese Primeira Liga regular. Featuring a...

Yakubu bids farewell to Blackburn with amazing backhanded compliment

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Blackburn striker Yakubu has quit the club to join Chinese outfit Guangzhou Fuli but not before inadvertently wading in on the Ewood Park soap opera. He said: "I thank Blackburn Rovers, the fans, fellow players for making my one season there seem like a decade." OTP thinks Yakubu was attempting to say that he'd [.

Greatest FC Dallas Goals: Carlos Ruiz Bike

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We continue to celebrate 3rd Degree's 15th year with our look back at the greatest goal in FC Dallas history.  Next up, the goal voted MLS Goal of the Decade for the 00's:  Carlos Ruiz's bicycle goal against DC United on 5/28/05.

A Stand For Hope: My Personal Story And A Plea To Donate To Alex's Lemonade Stand

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The Brotherly Game is a soccer site, but it is also where I spend a lot of time throughout the week. Due to the fact that I see this as an extension of myself, I feel it's prudent to post the following. It is post about myself a someone I was lucky to spend almost a decade around. I originally wrote it on Twitter, so I'm slightly ashamed of the lack of length in terms of how much I talked about Max, but it's from the heart and I think that's the most important thing when talking about him.

TTU Awards 2011-12: Crimes against Football

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Of course ‘crime' is an emotive word – not least in the current climate where ‘innocent ‘til proven guilty' is, perhaps rightly, followed to the nth degree as a principle. Hence, events of February 8 proved that a certain Serb is by no means a tax evader although he'll be grateful that no members of our judging panel were called to jury service that day.

Five Veikkausliiga players to keep an eye on in 2012

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Nordic Football News names five leading players for the Veikkausliiga 2012 season. The players represent both established names in the Finnish scene as well as talents who should reap their potential this season and go on to even greater things.

Goalkeeper

Jukka Lehtovaara; Club: TPS; Veikkausliiga appearances/goals: 112/0; Year of birth: 1988

Jukka Lehtovaara has been one of the most highly rated goalkeepers in Finland for the best part of a half a decade and already at 24 is one of the most experienced in the league.

Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake - MLS #8 - Three Questions

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For those of you that are a fan of our weekly 3 questions exchange, you are in for a treat this week. We have not one, but two 3 Questions Exchanges due to our busy game week. For the first exchange, I talked with Denzel Eslinger over at RSL Soapbox ahead of the Fire/RSL matchup tomorrow night. This will of course be an extra special event as Fire legend and favorite CJ Brown will be inducted into the Ring of Fire.

Great Football League Teams 33: Walsall, 2000-1

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The thirty third installment in our Great Teams series sees us remain in the midlands. Nathan Briant has recently blogged on the appointment of Roy Hodgson as England manager but here, he casts his mind back to an entertaining Walsall side from just over a decade ago, one whom one member of the TTU staff remembers with much anguish after an unhappy visit to the Millennium stadium.