Derby Day

Manchester City

Robin Van Persie out of Man Utd’s game against Liverpool

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Robin Van Persie has been ruled out of tomorrow's Capital One Cup clash with Liverpool and is a doubt for Saturday's game against West Brom. The Manchester United striker missed his side's derby day defeat to Manchester City on Sunday and will not feature against the Reds. United boss David Moyes said: "I don't think [.

Man Utd skipper Nemanja Vidic: ‘Man City defeat hurt’

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic says the derby day thrashing at the hands of rivals Manchester City hurt. The Serbia international said the champions had the experience to bounce back from the 4-1 reverse, but acknowledged that questions would be asked of the squad and of new manager David Moyes.

You may have won the battle, but you have not won the war plus a mini bonus post

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Disappointment that was the only feeling in the red half of Manchester after a boring 1-0 derby day defeat. Manchester City's team sheet suggested that they wanted it more than their rivals just to prove that the oft shunned Mancunian step brother is fast rising and will be a challenger for a few years from now.

Who Would Win In A Fight Between Alex Ferguson & Roberto Mancini?

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TweetManchester City boss Roberto Mancini and his Man United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson were involved in an amazing second-half bust-up during City's 1-0 derby day win! Of course, the more prim football fan would argue that the dramatic confrontational scenes between Fergie and Mancini has, er hem, 'no place in football', but let's face it, [.

This is Manchester- the big derby game

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Derby day is finally here, this weekend by far has been the blah-est of the season. After watching the Stoke vs. Arsenal game I felt watching ten golf was a better option. Then I saw this 50 yard screamer by Mr. I won't shake your hand and the following day a saw a lady boy come back to form. These were supposed to be good footballing moments for the neutral but not for me.

Derby Day: Manchester City v Manchester United

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Derby Day: Manchester City v Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A week ago, I spoke of the significance of Manchester United's draw with Everton and how much the title race had been affected. The impact has been huge; this has been made clear throughout the footballing world for the last 7 days.

Not and Arsenal-Tottenham Preview

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Ducky's Note: A BFZ introduction is due to Chambo, our latest writer who we presume thinks he is a combination of Chamakh and Ramsey. From that you must have figured that he's now the 1325th Arsenal writer we have got, leading us very close to becoming Big-Arsenal-and-a-few-others-Za.

A reminder for Tottenham fans

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Most of the time I'm not one for animalistic rivalry. I prefer to put my bias aside and keep a rational head; to see football for what it is. But as derby day edges closer, I'm afraid instincts are kicking in.

Firstly, congratulations to Tottenham. After a LOT of waiting, they finally have a very good team.

A reminder for Tottenham fans

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Most of the time I'm not one for animalistic rivalry. I prefer to put my bias aside and keep a rational head; to see football for what it is. But as derby day edges closer, I'm afraid instincts are kicking in.

Firstly, congratulations to Tottenham. After a LOT of waiting, they finally have a very good team.

Manchester Derby is a season finale

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In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.

Vincent Kompany Announces Twitter Comp, Asks Fans To Write His FA Cup Derby Team Talk

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By Alan Duffy

Unquestionably one of the players of the season so far, Manchester City's Belgian captain Vincent Kompany has decided to use the medium du jour Twitter to launch a new competition which is sure to get the blue half of Manchester rather excited.

Kent Bonfire Society Plan To Burn 30ft Mario Balotelli Effigy (Photos)

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Last year it was a Shrek-eared Wayne Rooney, but this time round the Kent-based Edenbridge Bonfire Society, a bonfire society with their fingers on the pulse, have chosen to burn a 30-foot tall effigy of man-of-the-moment Mario Balotelli as their annual celebrity Guy.

Best Football Jokes and Banter for Manchester City Fans

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Warning: Man United fans who don't want to know the score please look away now! :-P

After what has been surely already been nothing short of an incredible week in the life of all the Manchester City fans out there following your superb 1-6 win at Old Trafford on Sunday, as we move towards day 3 of the working week you may now sadly be running short of new and exciting ways of ribbing all your United supporting work colleagues - now that all the viral email jokes have already done the rounds.

Picture of the Day: City humiliated United at their our backyard

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Sir Alex Ferguson described Man United's incredible 6-1 derby day demolition at...

Spot Kick 4 – Manchester Nightmares

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THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE EPISODE OF SIX AND THE CITY

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"In the history of Manchester United, it is another day and we'll recover from this, there's no question about that"- Sir Alex

Few weeks ago it was us who laughed and flexed our muscle and I 8 myself for doing that, so as the old drunk man once said "what goes around, comes around" and yes it is true.

High Fives: Reactions To The Chastising Manchester Derby Loss

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Well, I'm speechless to think up even an introduction. From beating Arsenal 8-2 to getting run over 6-1 by City how things change. So let us just fast forward to the five things I observed from the humiliation this evening. Apologies in case you find your knees jerking after reading this.

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It’s Derby Day!

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One of the few good things that have come from Manchester City's new found wealth, other than their club genuinely aspiring to be and have everything their fans have criticised United for over the past two decades, is Sir Alex Ferguson taking the derby seriously again.

For too long, whilst City were total shite, the manager seemed to lead our players in to that game without the respect required for one of the most important days of the season for the fans.

The biggest Manchester derby in 25 years

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The Manchester derby is here, the second one this season after the community shield clash between the two teams in which De Gea made his debut and Nani foiled the alien in the blue kit Vincent Kompany's plans to take over the world by running rings around him ,finishing beautifully and winning it for the reds.

Massive Or Just Like Any Other Game?

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For years, Manchester City were no threat to us, yet derby day was still the fixture most United fans looked forward to. Fighting it out with your local rivals, knowing anything could happen and form doesn't matter, playing for pride and bragging rights, is one of the best bits about football. You win the derby and you can go on about it for days.

England

Valencia: There’s A Lot Of Pride In Manchester

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Ahead of tonight's game against Fulham, Antonio Valencia has spoken about the pride in the city of having the best two clubs in the country, although is focussed on making sure United have a points advantage ahead of the derby.

"There's a lot of pride in Manchester that our two clubs are the best in England," said Valencia.

What To Watch Today (Besides Spurs-ManUtd): It’s Derby Day

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Most attention and eyes will turn to Spurs-ManUtd today, but it's also quite a derby day. Â A triple-header of hotly contested derbies with long histories, and turns out all of them are consquential to the standings in their respective leagues:

Tyne-Wear Derby:Â Newcastle vs. Sunderland (7amET, FSP): #6 in the Premier League hosts #8.

Arsenal

Arsenal v Newcastle match preview – mission impossible?

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Venue: The Emirates. Date: Mon 12th Mar 2012. Kick-Off: 20:00. Referee: Howard Webb. With the trials and tribulations of derby day behind us, Newcastle United now face a tough fixture away to Arsenal as they try to find their way back to winning ways. Let's face it, it's a tough prospect to go to The [.

Van der Vaart: No chance of Arsenal finishing above us

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It's brave words indeed to suggest that Spurs will finally finish above Arsenal in the Premier League, particularly at this stage of the season.

After Tottenham inflicted a 2-1 Derby Day defeat over The Gunners, the win seems to have produced an unwanted reaction that has seen Wenger's side climb the table and threaten the top four places once again.

Keano On Playing For United Again, The Dressing Room and That Derby

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Roy Keane has spoken to the BBC about his thoughts on the Manchester derby ahead of Sunday.

On playing again

"When football is in your blood or you've played for a great club like Man United, you still have your days where you go 'I'd give anything to go back and play in one of those games, anything.

Controversy escalates over Arsenal captaincy

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Although much of the world's football activity has moved towards the internationals, Arsenal continue to make headlines on the domestic front, with uncertainty over the future of the captain's armband causing more unrest at the Emirates Stadium.

In the aftermath of the Gunners' 2-1 derby day defeat to the Spurs on Sunday, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny told reporters that one day, he is looking forward to the day he assumes the club's captaincy and also hinted at a future move to Barcelona if the opportunity arises.

Spot Kick 2 – Hating Kyle

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Maddy's NoteBaby step number 2 towards making this a regular feature on BigFourZa. Spot Kick is back taking a look back at the weekend's events. What the heck is it with NLDs and long range screamers? Danny Rose, Tom Huddlestone and now Kyle Walker. Being a gooner is hard work.

Liverpool

Mickey Thomas and Sammy Mcllroy at United Nights

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The next United Nights is taking place on Friday, February 10th, the day before Liverpool. Mickey Thomas and Sammy Mcllroy will be joining David May at Walkabout bar in Manchester in the upstairs private function room for the event.

Sammy was the last youth player Sir Matt Busby signed for United when he moved from Belfast as a 15-year-old.

Keys and Gray won’t be taking a bow as poor ticket sales see theatre shows cancelled

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Keys and Gray won't be taking a bow as poor ticket sales see theatre shows cancelled

In case you missed it, Sunday was derby day in Manchester. And one pub celebrated with an interesting promotion. Spotted by @BlueM00NRising *** "Richard Keys and Andy Gray need no introduction," begins the advertising blurb for their theatre tour.

Red Mist

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The mist has cleared from derby day. Undoubtedly Jack Rodwells red card has been on everyone's lips.Everyone on the blue half of Merseyside is bemoaning the the sending off, but common sense has prevailed over at Anfield this photo has done the rounds and tell me these challenges aren't worse Foul Play.

Partizan Belgrade

Crvena Zvezda v Partizan Belgrade

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The Belgrade Derby: A World Phenomenon
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The taxi ground to a halt with the floodlights of the Marakana rising in the distance, writes Andy Hudson. A single policeman tried to control the traffic from six different directions; the angles of his hands lost amidst the steam billowing from his mouth.

Crvena Zvezda v Partizan Belgrade

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The Belgrade Derby: A World Phenomenon
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The taxi ground to a halt with the floodlights of the Marakana rising in the distance, writes Andy Hudson. A single policeman tried to control the traffic from six different directions; the angles of his hands lost amidst the steam billowing from his mouth.

Manchester United

Deserved Three, Got One – Why?

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In all honesty, it is not often I can look back on a Manchester United draw in satisfaction. However, following a couple of weeks where attacking play seems like a taboo, United fans anticipated a strong offensive performance when Benfica visited Old Trafford for their Champions League crunch match. After the Derby Day slaughtering at [.

League Cup: Aldershot 0-3 Man Utd – Berba, Micky & Park Do The Business For United (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright


With most of the players involved in the derby-day pasting at the weekend given the night off, Manchester United wafted through to the quarter finals of the Carling Cup with a 3-0 victory over League Two side Aldershot at the Recreation Ground last night with Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Park Ji-Sung doing the honours for United.

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Blogathon: Why I love football

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Here it is then. The end.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed here and on Twitter.

Thanks to everyone who had donated to Alzheimer Scotland and/or the Homeless World Cup.

OK.

It's been quite a 24 hours. I've confused myself with some of the debating angles I've taken.

Blogathon: Happy Hearts

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As I mentioned in the last hour I've been bowled over by the support I've got from tweetsport.co.uk

So it's a real treat to welcome Eilidh Donaldson of that parish as our final guest debater of the Scottish Football Blog blogathon.

Thanks again Eilidh - @tweetsportcouk

What a way to welcome Sunday's daylight.

The Rest

Survival technique

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Following a deeply inconsistent few weeks and a disappointing derby day defeat, Peter Blackburn considers the route to survival for Nottingham Forest. The famous author of the American Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, once wrote ‘on matters of style, swim with the current – on matters of principal, stand like a rock.

The vital Spurs trio we can’t do without

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With games against North London rivals Arsenal and fellow title chasers Manchester United coming up, Tottenham Hotspur will see these fixtures as vitally important matches rather than just a chance to get one over on long running Premier League foes.

In recent seasons, wins for Spurs against Arsenal and United have been all too rare.

Brazil: Corinthians seal fifth title in tight Brasileiro finish (video)

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The Brazilian national championship has made a habit of last day climaxes in recent years and this season's competition is no exception. Corinthians (Played 38, Points 71) won their fifth Brasileiro tonight, their first league title since 2005, following a goalless draw against arch rivals Palmeiras.

Looking back at Week 11 in the Portuguese League

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Week 11 kicked off after a long hiatus due to International play and the Taca de Portugal qualifying. Beira Mar defeated Academica 1-0 to move into sixth place in the league. Saturday was Derby day in the league as Nacional played Martimo to a 2-2 draw in Madeira, while Benfica hosted Sporting at the Luz.