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English Premier League

The new Invincibles – a look at Juventus vs Arsenal

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It has passed without too much attention that Arsenal's 'Invincibles' of 2003/04 were last week named the best team of the Premier League 20-year awards. A fine achievement considering some strong opposition down the years, but also very much deserved, with the team of Vieira, Pires, Bergkamp and Henry playing possibly the finest football this land has seen on the way to their unbeaten title triumph that year.

Fergie: Never Discussed Who Will Replace Me

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today claimed in an interview with Radio 5 Live that he has never discussed which manager will replace him when he's ready to retire.

"Never discussed it it is a dangerous game," said Ferguson. "At this moment in time there are about half-a-dozen managers doing very well in the Premier League, all the others are fighting for their lives.

Clint Dempsey would be a great addition to Man Utd’s midfield

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Much has been made in many circles over the past month or so about Man Utd's lack of talent and depth in their central midfield, and with their "reincarnation" of veteran retiree Paul Scholes, it appears that there are people at the club who agree with that opinion. Despite the January transfer window, it appears that Sir Alex Ferguson's pledge to not add to his playing staff "unless the right man becomes available" will come to fruition.

Spurs Defeated In Russia, Stoke City Continue Winning Run

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Tottenham Hotspurs failed to present a gift for their coach, Harry Redknapp, who has just had an operation, after the Lilywhites' second string got beaten by Rubin Kazan in the latest Europa League group stage tie.

Meanwhile, Stoke City continues their excellent run in Europe by picking up another victory against Macabi Tel Aviv, proving their ability to compete with foreign teams in the competition yet still pretty competitive in the league.

Noisy neighbors building dynasty of their own

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To start, declarations that Manchester City are now guaranteed to win the league or triumph in Europe come as extremely premature overreactions.

But the possible reverberations concerning Manchester City's potential future conquests in the wake of their clinical 6-1 destruction over England's most dominant team and Europe's runner-up only to a seemingly invincible Barca do tend to evoke the sense that Roberto Mancini is on the verge of pushing their "noisy neighbors" tag into oblivion by reaching the stratosphere of the world's clubs.

Time is running out at Goodison Park

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When I was a boy, the Merseyside Derby ranked up with those Old Firm games from North of The Border in passion and sheer entertainment. At that time, Everton were no better a team than they are now, and I'll grant you that in those days, Liverpool were the dominant team, not only in England but across the whole of Europe.

FC Dallas

Texas Tough

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The New England Revolution may have braved the tornado, but playing FC Dallas is a different challenge altogether. Picking up momentum after winning two consecutive games, the Revolution (2-2-0, 6 points) have an opportunity to collect their third win of the season against Dallas (1-2-1, 4 points) on Thursday night.

Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas - Three Questions US Open Cup Edition

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Are you familiar enough with FC Dallas yet? If not, here's some more info about who they are and how they will play as they enter Fortress Starfire and attempt to make history. These two sides have met in the US Open Cup before with the USL Seattle Sounders being the team that came up short, but that match was at then Qwest Field.

MLS Team Colors Lack Uniformity

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Watching Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas the last 2 nights (1st night got cancelled because of lightning strikes close to the stadium) compete in CONCACAF Champions League took some time to get used to. Usually, FC Dallas plays in red, but last night, they were dressed in blue.
Toronto's main theme color is red.

Major Link Soccer - Streak Breaking Edition

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Great weekend for the Seattle Sounders. They fought through fatigue, heat, humidity and a goal deficit to end Sporting Kansas City's 14 game unbeaten streak in MLS. The 2-1 victory marks the second time the Sounders have come from behind in overtime to defeat the Sporks. To be fair, the Sporks outplayed the Sounders for the majority of the match even after designated player Omar Bravo was sent of for a reckless challenge.

Real Madrid

UCL Rewind: Chelsea rally past Napoli, Real Madrid routs CSKA

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Chelsea are through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League following a thrilling comeback victory over Napoli at Stamford Bridge.

Branislov Ivanovic fired home a winner at the end of the first half of stoppage time as Chelsea won 4-1 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate

Napoli carried a 3-1 advantage into the second leg but the two-goal lead was erased by goals from Didier Drogba and John Terry.

Messi’s Goal Conquer Brave Atletico

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Lionel Messi once again acted as Barcelona's savior as the Blaurgana successfully edged out Atletico Madrid in a very tough game which saw the defending champion continuously troubled by the home side.

The victory obviously preserved the Catalan side's hope in catching their rival, Real Madrid, who in a few hours earlier already pulled up 13 points lead ahead, which eventually cut back to 10 again thanks to the three points against Atletico.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Chelsea, Real Madrid face tough road games

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If Real Madrid and Chelsea are to end Champions League heartbreak this season, getting off to a good start in difficult environments is crucial.

Real Madrid travel east to face off with CSKA Moscow in freezing temperatures. Jose Mourinho's men have been dominant in the Champions League this season but the weather combined with Moscow's infamous plastic pitch and a few key injuries makes the result far from predetermined.

What ‘Beckham effect’ can do for PSG

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In light of the recent economic and fiscal policies that have been employed in Europe to stop the massive financial crisis, there is no time like the present to be reminded how much business affects the football world.

Manchester City's endless flow of capital has given them the ability to buy the best products, and chase the success every club desires, bringing glory to the club and its supporters, and higher profits which can be spent as self-generated revenue.

Arsenal

AC Milan – Arsenal Preview

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AC Milan

Position 1st, 14-5-4 (47 points, +25 goal differential)

Home Record: 7-3-1, +19 goal differential

Recent Form: WWLDW

Last Meeting: AC Milan 0 Arsenal 2 (March 4, 2008)

Tomorrow brings a trip to one of Europe's great venues to play one of the greatest, if not the greatest, clubs, historically, in all of European football.

Wenger must play Arsenal’s reserves – and a win would be a bonus!

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When the Carling Cup draw pitched Arsenal against Manchester City, Arsenal fans were already anticipating a tough, nearly impossible to win match against the dominant team in the League at present. Indeed, there is reason to believe so. The Manchester City squad is a very deep one with immense quality – even players like Nigel [.

Comets

Baltimore Blast vs. Missouri Comets Preview 12/9/2011

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By Joel Greenwaldt

Baltimore Blast (5-1) vs. Missouri Comets (5-3)

Game Time: 12/9/2011 7:35PM

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What needs to go right for the Blast:


  • Stop the recent skid at home: Dating back to the last season's MISL Championship Game, the Baltimore Blast have lost their last two games at home.

Week 6 MISL Power Rankings

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By Joel Greenwaldt


Each week during the season I'll post an updated MISL Power Ranking which will be based off the cumulative results and current strength of each team. Here's my rankings heading into Week 6.





#1 Milwaukee Wave (5-0, 1st Place MISL Central Division)


While the Baltimore Blast are making a compelling argument for why they should be ranked #1 in the power rankings, the Milwaukee Wave are still the top team in the league at this moment.

College Soccer

Big Ten Tournament Preview

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It's no seceret that the Big Ten has been underperforming in 2011 but the lack of a dominant team should make for an interesting tournament as the Big Ten Tournament kicks off at the University of Michigan.

Indiana is the lone ranked team in the Big Ten but a loss against Wisconsin and draws against Northwestern and Michigan State has relegated the Hoosiers to the No.

NCAA Preview: Defending champions Akron re-loaded and ready to repeat

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

In many ways, Akron is a victim of its own success.

There was hardly a more dominant team than the Zips last season, amassing a 22-1-2 record with a plus-48 goal differential on their way to Akron's first-ever national championship in any sport.

group stage

AEK to travel to Georgia………

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AEK will begin their European sojourns in the capital of Georgia this year against Dynamo Tbilisi,in the knockout stage of the Europa League.The first match will be played at the Boris Paichadze Stadium on the 18th of August with the return leg at the OAKA,1 week later on the 25th.
AEK will be expected to start favourites for the tie,however the Georgians have a rich history and should prove no 'push over'.

Major Link Soccer - Reserves Rock Edition

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The Seattle Sounders have a big weekend as they head down to Portland to take on the Timbers. This is the make or break game for the Cascadia Cup and the Sounders need the win to secure their place as the dominant team in the Pacific Northwest. It will be a tough game as Jeld-Wen field will be packed with fervent Timbers supports.

The Rest

West Brom sweep aside Everton for their best start, 2-0

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The clash of two unbeaten teams playing attractive, attacking soccer and it was the Baggies walking away with the full three points. Deservedly so. They were the dominant team bossing Everton in the midfield because of the excellent Youssuf Mulumbu. And a constant threat down the flanks through Peter Odemwingie and Liam Ridgewell.

You're Sigi - How Do You Fix It?

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Seattle is in a very tough patch of MLS play. In their last five league games a 0-3-2 record with a negative six goal differential have watched them fall from a clear first tier team in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings with an average ranking of 2.26 to one that could be out of the top six. Once the dominant team in Sagarin they are now ranked 8th.

Well-timed personnel changes carry DC United to 3-2 win

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The New England Revolution might seem to have been the dominant team in Saturday's contest at RFK, but the score line said otherwise at 3-2. Despite being outperformed marginally on the statistics sheet, DC United only seemed uncomfortable for the first ten minutes of the second half. One need only look at Coach Ben Olsen's excellent personnel decisions to see the reason why.

Italian Serie A Weekend Preview – 28 April 2012

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Cagliari hosts Chievo, Palermo hosts Catania, and Napoli travels to Roma in the Italian Serie A on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Cagliari v Chievo Verona

Both teams are several points above the relegation zone and not much left to play for this season. Cagliari are a strong home side and will be favored.

Epic game settled by Bellamy who leads Liverpool into League Cup final

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Craig Bellamy once again starred for Liverpool as they booked their place in the League Cup final with a 2-2 draw against Manchester City. This resulted in Liverpool winning the semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.

Liverpool were the dominant team in the second leg of the semi-final and if it wasn't for the heroics of Joe Hart Liverpool could quiet easily run away with the game.

A Look Into the US U-17 National Team

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[Editor's note: Nice write up about what went on during the u-17 game today]

The U-17 team resides in Brandenton, Fl. at the IMG Training Academy. The system used at IMG is similar to the youth academies of Europe, where students receive an education at the local school while intensively practicing soccer.

Singapore Cup Final

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Tomorrow sees the Singapore Cup Final taking place at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Home United will look to complete the first leg of a domestic double when they take on League Cup winners Albirex Niigata.
Last year's affair saw Bangkok Glass defeat Tampines Rovers 1-0 (programme cover left) while I got shitfaced in an infamous bar district with persons unknown and returned home with just a toy bus for my son.

NASL Week 23: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINIÂ

The Carolina Railhawks have been, without question, the most dominant team in the inaugural NASL season, but they had to wait until Wednesday to make it official.

The Railhawks wrapped up the regular-season title despite a 1-0 loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.