Champions League

Sampaoli wants ‘desire, passion’ from Sevilla

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli wants "desire and passion" from his players as the Europa League champions look to kickstart their Champions League campaign by ending Juventus' impressive home record in Europe Wednesday.

"We have to go out and play with a lot of desire and passion because we're facing a team that has the potential to win the competition," Sampaoli told media at Juventus Stadium on Tuesday.

Falcao beats Chelsea for UEFA Super Cup, Ashley Cole apologizes

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Radamel Falcao picked up where he left off in the Europa League last season to win and won the UEFA Super Cup for Atletico Madrid, scoring a first-half hat trick in their 4-1 win over Chelsea. It was an abysmal performance from the Champions League winners, but Falcao -- who has led the Europa League in scoring the last two seasons in a row -- once again showed that he can beat any team all by himself.

QPR Sign Julio Cesar

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The Rob Green experiment is over already at Queens Park Rangers and the club today announced the signing of Brazilian international, and Champions League winner, Julio Cesar.

Green was signed over the summer from West Ham, and was expected to be the club's number one goalkeeper this season.


Where is Arsenal’s passion and desire to win?

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Arsenal Change by Sean Gallagher Arsenal are at a pivotal point in the season where success can either be seized upon or it escapes the grasp. It seems that Deja vu has struck again and Arsenal's Achilles heel (Imploding under pressure) has come back to haunt and infuriate expectant fans. Has Arsenal's attitude and philosophy [.

Liverpool want Arsenal target Abel Hernandez

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Liverpool are plotting a January swoop that would see Palermo striker Abel Hernandez link-up with Uruguay international team-mate Luis Suarez at Anfield. The Daily Express claims the Reds are keen to sign Hernandez, linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer, in a £4m deal. The 23-year-old is known to be unhappy in Italy, [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: ‘I was reluctant to sign Mathieu Flamini’

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Arsene Wenger admits he has doubts about re-signing Mathieu Flamini following his decision to leave Arsenal in 2008. The former AC Milan man managed to convince Wenger to give him another chance through his attitude, Wenger claims. He told the club's official website: "First of all I believe that he realised what he had here.

Arsenal and Liverpool linked with Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan

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Arsenal and Liverpool are both reported to be targeting Arda Turan, with the Turkey international's agent saying he will probably move to the Premier League before the end of the transfer window. Chelsea were linked with Arda earlier this summer, but Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers are now the frontrunners for his signature.

Liverpool boss Rodgers blasts Luis Suarez for ‘total disrespect’, forces him to train alone

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Brendan Rodgers has accused Liverpool star Luis Suarez of showing 'total disrespect' for the club and has told him to train alone. He also rejected Suarez's suggestions that a promise to sell him this summer if the club failed to reach the Champions League had been broken. He said: "There were no promises made [.

Cesc Fabregas ‘agrees to join’ Manchester United

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has told Manchester United that he wants to join them. The Daily Express reports that a secret meeting between the ex-Arsenal captain's agent Darren Dein and United vice-chairman Ed Woodward resulted in assurances that Fabregas did want to make the move. Woodward flew home from United's tour of Asia to handle [.

Video: Arsenal run football clinic in Vietnam, Theo Walcott predicts title challenge

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Arsenal have continued their Asian tour by running a football clinic with local children in Vietnam. Players such as Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Olivier Giroud put youngsters in Hanoi through their paces before taking part in a training session of their own. The Gunners are preparing for a pre-season match againstVietnam XI at the [.

Video: Arsenal arrive in Indonesia, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott get funky necklaces

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Arsenal have arrived in Indonesia for their pre-season tour and their first job was to praise the locals' enthusiastic social media support for the them. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis spoke of the huge numbers of Arsenal Facebook fans from Indonesia, while midfielder Jack Wilshere gave some anecdotal evidence from his own Twitter account.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez ‘laughs’ at Chelsea links, welcomes Arsenal interest

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Luis Suarez says he laughs at reports linking him with a move to Chelsea. The Liverpool striker reiterated his desire to leave the club and suggested that he was flattered by a reported bid from Arsenal. He told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890: "There have been no offers yet, but Liverpool know exactly what is [.

Liverpool reject £30m offer from Arsenal for Luis Suarez

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Arsenal have had a club record £30 million bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez rejected. As we reported last week, some bookies have stopped taking bets on the Emirates being Suarez's destination this summer. It has now emerged that one of the reasons for a flurry of bets on that happening was an audacious offer [.

Higuain’s agent not happy with treatment from Real Madrid

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No deal in place for Higuain by AH

Gonzalo Higuain seems to be one of the biggest Arsenal transfer sagas of the summer alongside Stevan Jovetic. Higuain has had a busy summer already if you are to believe everything you read because it's understood from the media that Real Madrid firstly agreed to sell him but nothing under £25 million.

Montpellier slap €100m price tag on Arsenal target Remy Cabella

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Arsenal appear to have been priced out of a move for Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella after the French side announced a €100m (£85.4m) asking price. The 23-year-old was reported to be high on Arsene Wenger's wanted list for the summer transfer window, but Montpellier are not prepared to sell on the cheap (or even at [.

FIVE Excuses that will not wash with Arsenal fans

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5 things Gunners don't want to hear next season by Twig

If the Arsenal board do decide to still suffer with Wenger for next season, then there are a certain number of statements fans definitely don't want to hear Wenger make. Arsene has made these statements over and over again and gunners are weary of hearing them.

Wenger – Arsenal have the desire and will fight Tottenham for Top Four Place

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Arsenal have finally found their true form since Theo Walcott signed his contract extension last month, and they are now fighting hard for every single point as they attempt to close the gap on their great rivals Tottenham Hotspurs.

Although there is still a four point gap, Wenger will take heart that he has always managed to finish above Spurs since his arrival at Arsenal, and when the Independent asked him straight off if he thought he would leapfrog Spurs once again, he replied: "There are many games to go,"

"We are in the fight and the game on Saturday showed that we are ready for a fight.

Biglia to Arsenal was prank by agent!

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Rogue Agent involved in a fake Arsenal bid for Biglia by AM It has been revealed by Belgium newspaper La Derniere Heure that Anderlecht received a fake bid for Lucas Biglia in the summer. The Argentine midfielder made himself available in the summer transfer market after publicly expressing his desire to leave Anderlecht.

Transfer Window Deadline – Arsenal News Roundup

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Given that deadline day is just around the corner, I thought I'd take a quick look at what the ever-reliable papers are telling us about the Arsenal.

Nicklas Bendtner, despite looking certain to leave the club after a decent season at Sunderland and a good performance at the European Championships in June, is still on the roster.

Wenger: “We have a massive squad”

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been quick to move on from Robin van Persie's departure for Manchester United, insisting that he has a "massive" squad at his disposal even after the Dutchman's exit.

Immediately after former skipper van Persie inked a four-year deal at Arsenal's bitter rivals United, Wenger thanked the forward for his contribution over an eight-year period, particularly throughout his brilliant last season.


Atletico Madrid target Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho

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Liverpool face a battle to keep hold of playmaker Philippe Coutinho amid interest from Atletico Madrid. If they are still in Champions League contention come the January transfer window, the Spanish side will reportedly bid for the little Brazilian. Brendan Rodgers side's lack of European football means Coutinho would be eligible to play in the [.

Video: Dietmar Hamann reveals he’s cleared the air with Joey Barton, refuses to unfollow him

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If you thought the end of last week was all about Lance Armstrong's warts 'n' all confession to Oprah, you would be wrong for this side of the Atlantic there was a one-on-one interview with someone equally forlorn and desperate for people to hear his side of the story. We're talking about Dietmar Hamann [.

Rafa Benitez uses Chelsea arrival to criticise former Liverpool owners

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Rafa Benitez is beloved by Liverpool fans. He can't help but tell them exactly what they want to hear, even when he's starting a new job at a completely different club. The Spaniard used his first round of interviews as Chelsea's interim manager to hit out at former Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Jol: Dempsey transfer talks with 'several' clubs continue, Sunderland interested

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Time is running short on Clint Dempsey's hopes at moving clubs before Friday's summer transfer deadline, but Fulham manager Martin Jol revealed that potential for a move is there as the club has ongoing talks with others about a transfer for the U.S. national team star.

Jol used Sunderland by name in his latest comments, marking the second club he has specifically identified as a potential landing spot along with Liverpool.

Carroll Asked To Leave

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Andy Carroll has been asked to consider his future with Liverpool after boss Brendan Rodgers told the big money signing that he will be third choice striker at Anfield.
Rodgers is desperate to offload Carroll to fund a deadline day transfer swoop and he has left Carroll out of the Europa League squad to face Hearts tonight to give him time to consider a move.

Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers Gives Rude Boy Raheem A Sterling Smackdown In Behind The Scenes Doc (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Liverpool fans will no doubt be happy with Brendan Rodgers' desire to get Liverpool playing sexy football. However, the Anfield faithful are also likely to be impressed by the Irishman's no-nonsense approach, which has been perfectly highlighted in a new Fox Sports documentary on the Reds.

Fulham Make Dempsey Complaint

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Fulham have made a formal complaint to the Premier League about the actions of Liverpool FC in relation to Clint Dempsey.
It has emerged that Liverpool, and the club's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG), could be in hot water over their transfer pursuit of Fulham's Clint Dempsey.
The American international was Fulham's top scorer last season but has since expressed a desire to leave Craven Cottage and subsequently refused to play, resulting in a hefty personal fine.

Real Madrid

Spurs demanding £125m from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is demanding Real Madrid smash the world transfer record if they want to sign Gareth Bale. The Welshman's price tag is now £125m, with Levy hoping to scare the Spanish giants off once and for all. Reports in The Sun suggests that Levy has rejected Real's proposals of using players such [.

Gareth Bale’s parents spotted heading to Spurs meeting

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Tottenham star Gareth Bale's parents have been seen visiting the club's training ground for showdown talks with chairman Daniel Levy, according to reports in The Sun. Bale and his representatives reportedly met Levy to reiterate his desire to leave White Hart Lane to join Real Madrid this summer. But onlookers were surprised when the 24-year-old's [.

Cristiano Ronaldo says his sadness has nothing to do with wanting more money

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Since Cristiano Ronaldo told the media that he was too sad to celebrate his goals during Real Madrid's 3-0 win against Granada on Sunday, speculation has been rampant. Since he said that his frowniness was caused by "professional" reasons, the popular theory of Ronaldo wanting more money emerged.

Manchester City

Brian Kidd: New signings won’t mean a sluggish start for Man City

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Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd has rejected suggestions that a raft of new signings will result in a slow start to the new Premier League season. Kidd reckons manager Manuel Pellegrini's new arrivals will be able to gel before the new campaign gets underway. Speaking as City arrived in Hong Kong on Monday to [.

Marseille could still clinch Premier League transfer

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Despite claims this week that Joey Barton's move to Marseille had collapsed, Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes yesterday indicated that the move was not dead yet. Barton had been clear about his desire to join the Ligue 1 side on his official Twitter account, but saw the move in jeopardy earlier this week.

US Women's National Team

Sundhage stepping down as USWNT head coach to return to Sweden

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Pia Sundhage has led the U.S. Women's national team to two Olympic gold medals during her four years in charge, but that wasn't enough to keep her around for another four years.

Sundhage's desire to return to her native Sweden has led her to decide to leave the U.S. teamÂ

"It was an honor to be able to coach these players for five years and I learned a tremendous amount from them," Sundhage said in a statement released by U.

Yeah, Yeah: It's Time for All of Us to Shut the Hell Up About Hope Solo

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Hope Solo: American Keeper in Danger of Becoming Personal Parody

Who cares, fellas? I hope someone wrote a post for about concerns with Ochocinco becoming a self-parody, or Dennis Rodman, or Terrell Ownes, or LeBron James, or some other athlete with a big mouth and huge ego who likes attention on them always.

The Rest

Monday ponderings: Szczesny, Vermaelen and more

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Morning all. Clocks have gone forward, summer is on the way ... allegedly. I do wish it would warm up.

Yesterday's results in the Premier League didn't do us any favours as our next opponents, Everton, won their fifth game in succession. It leaves them 4 points behind us with a game in hand, making Sunday's fixture a massive one in terms of our top four position.

West Brom agree loan deal for Matej Vydra

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West Brom have agreed a deal to take Udinese's Matej Vydra on a season-long loan. Vydra impressed on-loan at Watford last season, prompting interest from a number of Premier League clubs. But it's the Baggies who have landed the 21-year-old. The Birmingham Mail reports that a deal was struck yesterday and that the clubs are [.

Everton confirm David Moyes will leave at the end of the season and that he wants to join Man Utd

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Everton have confirmed that manager David Moyes will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. Moyes has told the club that he wants to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. A Toffees statement reads: "Everton can confirm that David Moyes will leave the club at the end of [.

England v Ukraine – Match Preview – UEFA WCQ – 11 September 2012

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England looks to remain perfect in 2014 World Cup Qualifying as they host Ukraine on September 11, 2012. The match will take place at Wembley Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 3 PM USA EST.

England manager Roy Hodgson

"They (Olympics) have been such a success for the nation. It is terrific they can come and be paraded at the game tomorrow.

Mexico Femenil cae 1 a 0 y queda eliminada

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JAPÓN -- Con gol en el segundo tiempo extra, la selección de Nigeria se impuso 1-0 ante la de México, que pese al esfuerzo realizado y una actuación destacada de la arquera Cecilia Santiago quedó eliminada de la Copa del Mundo de Futbol Femenil Sub 20 Japón 2012.
Luego de que empataron sin anotaciones durante los 90 minutos de tiempo regular, Desire Oparanozie buscó de diversas maneras vencer a la portera azteca, pues había estrellado un balón en el travesaño a los 36 minutos.

Still Hope Magpies Can Get Cabaye’s Best Friend On Tyneside

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Yohan Cabaye has been talking this week, and you woudn't think he had any desire at all, or was even thinking about leaving Newcastle, and he'll still be hoping that his good friend at Lille, French International right-back Mathieu Debuchy, will be a Newcastle player before this Saturday. Cabaye and Debuchy training during Euro 2012 Yohan has been interviewed in the [.