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Backpage Roundup: Dzagoev, Kalou, van Persie and More

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English: Alan Dzagoev with the Russia national football team in 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wenger Keen to Recruit Dzagoev

Coach Arsene Wenger is keen to sign Russia's in-form attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who is lightening up the European Championship these days with his goal scoring exploits.

Report: Johnson let go by Puebla due to lack of fitness

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Eddie Johnson's quest to revive his playing career appears to have hit a major snag after he was reportedly dumped by Mexican club Puebla because he was out of shape.

According to Medio Tiempo, Johnson showed up for Puebla training camp before the New Year, but he failed to meet the team's expectations of fitness and sharpness and was let go.

English Premier League

Fulham target still on Spurs radar

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Transfer speculation surrounding Tottenham has hit something of a media frenzy in recent days and the name of Moussa Dembele has appeared in the press once again this morning.

The 24 year old Belgian international has been at the heart of some good Fulham performances under Martin Jol but that has only served to put the midfielder back under the transfer spotlight.

Spurs face crucial Utd test

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Winning the title at White Hart Lane may seem a distant memory for Arsenal fans, but they can at least reflect that Sunday's win put paid to any slim hopes Spurs harboured of claiming their first championship since 1961.

The 5-2 demolition leaves Spurs ten points adrift of Manchester City and eight behind Manchester United.

City v United in the FA Cup: It's the worst draw possible for Ferguson...

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Bet 365 - Click here for £200 of Free Bets now Manchester United haven't been the same team since the derby. The early season swagger, attacking play and flair that saw the champions serge to the summit of the Premier League seems like a distant memory. City currently lead United by five points, that and a massive goal difference.

Arsenal

The Wenger Years: An Infographic You know how the President ages...

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The Wenger Years: An Infographic

You know how the President ages in an exponential manner over four years? Well, we need not look further than Arsene Wenger (or José Mourinho) to see that the day-to-day pressure of being a football manager has a very similar effect.

CHELSEA PLAYERS SPEAK OUT!!

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It's always nice to hear from all members of our squad rather than the main established players such as JT, Lamps, Cech and Didier. Don't get me wrong, it's important that these four have their say during pre season and the season, but at times it's nice to hear from the others.



Today I get to blog about comments made by Branislav Ivanovic, John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou.

Liverpool

Liverpool show a packed midfield is how to beat Manchester City | David Pleat

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Liverpool show a packed midfield is how to beat Manchester City | David Pleat

Kenny Dalglish's five men in the middle of the park worked hard to snuff out the threat of City's main threat, David Silva Manchester City started brightly, with the Champions League defeat to Napoli last week a distant memory but Liverpool were powerful opponents, who slowly wrestled control with a thoroughly organised, hard‑running and skilful performance.

Swansea Looked Like Barcelona Against Liverpool

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Once again, Liverpool flattered to deceive. At Anfield, against a Swansea that does not travel well, the mighty Reds laboured to a disappointing draw. An out-of-sorts Liverpool performance was made worse because of a superb goalkeeping display by the Swans' Michel Vorm. His two saves from Suarez highlighted his sterling performance.

The Forgotten Story of … the English Super Cup | Jacob Steinberg

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The Forgotten Story of ... the English Super Cup | Jacob Steinberg

After English clubs were banned from Europe in 1985, the Football League created a consolation competition for them Have you heard the one about the English Super League featuring Liverpool and Manchester United?

Pragmatic United defend stoutly but look far from perfect

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Musa Okwonga, author of A Cultured Left Foot, noted that games between Manchester United and Liverpool are "to be endured, not enjoyed" and he could hardly have been more right; for this unsightly affair was not so much in preserving the image of the beautiful game, rather dig deep, fight hard and play if necessary for three points.

Pragmatic United defend stoutly but look far from perfect

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Musa Okwonga, author of A Cultured Left Foot, noted that games between Manchester United and Liverpool are "to be endured, not enjoyed" and he could hardly have been more right; for this unsightly affair was not so much in preserving the image of the beautiful game, rather dig deep, fight hard and play if necessary for three points.

Harry hails ‘complete’ performance

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Tottenham's poor start to the season is almost becoming a distant memory and yesterday's emphatic win over Liverpool underlined the potential that this side has. Suddenly, two new arrivals have transformed the team and with most of the deadwood out of the club, the win could herald some very promising times.

Match Report: Spurs 4-0 Liverpool

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THFC1882′s Stuart Watts presents guest writer Ciaran Griggs match report of Sunday's game:

"Can we play you every week"

Spurs: Friedel, Walker, King (Bassong 83), Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Parker, Modric, Kranjcar (Van der Vaart 45), Defoe (Giovanni 83), Adebayor
Liverpool: Reina, Skrtel, Agger (Coates 27), Carragher, Enrique, Henderson, Adam, Lucas, Downing (Spearing 70), Carroll, Suarez (Bellamy 70)

Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it?

Robbie Keane: The legend that could have been

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So Spurs fans have finally discovered David Beckham's reasons for training with Spurs. We were all of the opinion that he was teaching Aaron Lennon how to hit the perfect cross, whilst explaining to David Bentley that looks alone won't win competitive matches.

It would appear though that he was actually on a scouting mission for L.

hat trick

Game Recap: Montero Ensures Sounders Remain Undefeated in Reserve League Play

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Ha ha ha. There's no better way to put a skip in your step than to throw a bunch of second- and third-stringers into an away match and get a win anyway. We mostly got tonight's reserve heavy Sounders starting 11 right, but were off on some of the details. Roger Levesque was in the game, but as a right back.

European Weekend Rewind: Bayern rolls again, Serie A begins and more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

Bayern Munich's slow start to the Bundesliga season was only a distant memory Saturday after the Bavarian giants' 7-0 demolition of SC Freiburg. Since opening the year with a 1-0 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach and a last minute defeat of Wolfsburg by the same scoreline, Bayern has been basically unstoppable, winning five straight across all competitions without allowing a single goal.

New York Red Bulls

RBNY vs RSL: We Suck A**hole!

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What else can be said about this debacle. It was yet another must win situation that our team managed not to win. Goalkeeper Frank Rost was probably wishing he was back in Germany (enjoying his retirement), after getting shelled for 3 goals in the 21 opening minutes. Another set piece our team couldn't defend, another classic Tim Ream gaffe and another forward waltzing right through our defenders.

Blowout

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Remember when the MLS All-Stars were undefeated against foreign opposition? Manchester United made sure those days were nothing but a distant memory as they defeated the MLS All-Stars 4-0 in the 2011 MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Wednesday night.

Revs captain Shalrie Joseph got to test himself against Manchester United for the second time in two weeks on Wednesday.

Red Bulls vs San Jose: Bouna Condoul makes another blooper

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Watch Bouna Condoul fumble a run of the mill grab of a corner and gift the ball to Ryan Stephenson for San Jose Earthquakes equalizer. Last weekend he was similarly embarrassed when he completely flubbed Marco Pappa's soft shot on goal.

Condoul's horrifically incompetent goalkeeping is a seamless transition from his predecessor Greg Sutton's equally inept performance.

The Rest

Minnesota Stars FC Continue Pattern Against Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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The Minnesota Stars FC's undefeated streak from earlier this season has become a distant memory during the last few games. The Stars have struggled for consistency, losing just about every other game over the last two months. Unfortunately for the Stars, the team was due for a loss after winning against the Tampa Bay Rowdies [.

TORRES: Watch out Liverpool - He's back!

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Tonight Fernando Torres should make his first appearance at Anfield for Chelsea after leaving Liverpool 15 months ago. Heavily criticised, ridiculed and with footage of their so called fans burning their own shirts (with his name on), Torres will expect to get plenty of stick.

The thing is, the Fernando Torres Liverpool fans have seen since his move is a distant memory ever since Robbie Di Matteo has taken over.

Quotes, Stats, and Links: LA Away Edition

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Even after staying up late and finding things to distract myself the dull ache of this loss continues. Here are the quotes, stats and links about the game.

Quotes

Portland Timbers Quotes

Head coach John Spencer
Overall thoughts on the game:

"I don't think it's a fair reflection but it's what the result is.

Do you agree with Lampard that we aren't as good?

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I cannot believe all the fuss about what Frank Lampard said the other day and the fact that the press are really focusing on it ahead of our crunch game tonight in Lisbon. At the end of the day, Lampard has said just what we all have been thinking so what's wrong with that?. This is what Lampard said on Chelsea TV:
"The fixtures and where we are in the table doesn't lie - we're not as good as we used to be.

African football weekly review 21st February – 27th February 2012

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Herve Renard's cheeky grin, bright white shirts and furious bawls at perenially offside strikers are now a distant memory. Nevertheless, the wheels of African football continue to grind along, domestic leagues are in full swing from Lubumbashi to Nairobi, and the heroes (and villains) of the Cup of Nations are back with their respective European, Asian and African clubs.

The Academy: Stoke City v United – Preview

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With Christmas now a distant memory, United travel to Stoke City's training facility and Academy centre for their second Premier Academy League fixture of 2012 hoping to distance the memory of a poor last performance. Last weekend saw United held to 3-3 draw in an exciting but error packed game against bottom of the league [.

Champions League Results, Pt I: Short On Skin

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Shall we kick off proceedings with a game of 'Guess the Tushie?' Your recently demonstrated prowess in the area implied you like it. PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images.

Apologies for the dearth of flesh in today's round-up, Kickettes; it seems that the weather is closing in across Europe and the nekkid has gone into hibernation.

Darlington’s Future In Doubt – Yet Again

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Over the last few years it has become one of English footballs most instantly recognisable totems of the folly of ego, and now it seems as if The Reynolds Arena currently known as The Northern Echo Arena which has been an albatross around the neck of the club since it moved into it in 2003, may finally be play a significant role in the end of Darlington Football Club.

A Welsh Premier League Odyssey: Part Three – Bangor City vs Carmarthern Town

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With my Welsh Premier League virginity now only a distant memory, I make my way west to Carmarthen for my third match of the season. Carmarthen Town are the perennial mid-table finishers of this league, although recent seasons and form so far suggests they could be in the midst of a relegation battle.

Javaris Crittenton Pictures – Wanted for Murder

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Once upon a time, the Los Angeles Lakers were high on Javaris Crittenton and viewed him as a legit NBA player. In fact, some Lakers fans compared his ability at a young age to one Kobe Bryant. However, those thoughts are a distant memory as the 23-year-old is currently wanted for murder in Atlanta, Georgia.