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Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tells Serge Gnabry to take his big chance

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Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal youngster to take advantage of the "fantastic opportunity" to establish himself as a first-team regular. Injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain have presented the 18-year-old with the chance to get some game-time under his belt. The German youngster featured in last weekend's victory against Stoke, and Wenger wants [.

Gervinho: Ivorian cobra, sometimes fang-less

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We've all done it. Screamed at Gervinho, I mean. When the match is firmly encamped in the tenterhooks phase; both teams engaging in thrust and cautious counter-thrust; the tension so palpable that you could cut it with the switch-blade Steve Bould undoubtedly carries around in his back-pocket: Gervinho gets the ball, attempts a dribble, jinks impressively past his man, and tonks it woefully out of play.

Cazorla Brings Much Needed Balance And Versatility To The Squad

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Transfer rumours are usually a waste of time but occasionally they come true. And when stories about the arrival of a world class player turn to reality it's difficult to contain the excitement. When Arsenal officially confirmed the arrival of Santi Cazorla I felt a big hole in the squad had been plugged.

Videos

Video: Barcelona star Neymar takes a dive at Nike promo

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Barcelona new boy Neymar ended up in a heap in the floor after falling over during a Nike promotional event in Bangkok. Proving that Jermaine Jenas didn't know he was born when he complained about being in a goldfish bowl, the Brazilian star was expected to dribble round in circles at full speed on a [.

Video: Chelsea keeper Ross Turnbull’s son Josh scores magnificent solo effort

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Roman Abramovich has long envisaged a time when Chelsea bring through homegrown talent, so you can imagine his was delighted to see Josh Turnbull, son of Blues keeper Ross, score at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The toddler picked the ball up on the edge of the box, dribbled into the area, stopped to literally pick [.

Video: Hulk signs off at Porto with shameful Fair Play FAIL

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Hulk has now left Porto to join Zenit St Petersburg. Before completing his transfer, he decided his parting gift to the club could be a final goal and winding up every non-Porto fan in Portugal. With Porto trailing 1-0 in Hulk's final match, a drop-ball restart after an injury which usually protocol dictates should [.

Victor Valdes keeps Real alive as Barca beats them, 3-2

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Horrible, horrible mistake by Victor Valdes. What was he thinking? With the match in the bag for the Catalans by a mile, Valdes's bad first touch on a back pass allows Angel Di Maria to swoop down on him and as the goalie tries to clumsily dribble the ball away, loses his nerve and balance, falls and a predatory Di Maria gratefully finishes off.

Ajax 2-2 Jozy FT

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A brace from Altidore was good for a point at the ArenA. He had the equalizer and the go-ahead in the 48th and 50th minutes to give the Cheese Farmers an opening-day draw against the defending champs. His first came after he collected a long diagonal ball down the left, beat Toby Alderweireld off the dribble, held off Gregory Van Der Wiel and shelfed his shot from the six like it was his job.

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Juan Toja Arrives: How Will He Be Utilized?

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The New England Revolution tweeted and later reported in their weekly update that Juan Toja joined the Revolution for his first training session since signing with the squad a couple weeks ago. The former MLS All-Star arrived in the States on Sunday and it looks like promising for him to be available on Saturday against D.

Why the hell is Nani so bloody frustrating?

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If I was asked to describe Nani in a word, then I would say 'Frustrating'. Forget about me, I think almost every United fan would say that and I don't think I need to tell any of you why we think so. The game against Everton itself was a perfect example of a typical Nani performance so irritating at times that I was ready to hurl every solid object that was within my reach at the telly.

Tactics Talk: Would Michael Farfan in Freddy Adu’s Role Improve the Offense?

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As I touched upon in an article on Saturday, Freddy Adu has not lived up to his role as a playmaking winger enough this year. A few games, specifically his pre-second yellow card play against the New York Red Bulls, have shown that he has the mindset and ability to properly adjust to the role he thrust himself into this offseason, but Adu has disappointed routinely out of a high spot in the Philadelphia Union's offense.

Cordell Cato Chat - Man On Fire

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Not all of the Sounder at Heart nicknames stick, and this one hasn't, but Cordell Cato still offers some of Katniss. He's speed is so notable (the fire) that many overlook his other skill sets. Cato's passing is best demonstrated by his low, quick crosses at about 20 yards out. His dribble is good enough that he isn't going to give it up often and he reads the game well enough that he generally doesn't push himself past his skill set.

Top 10 Forwards in EURO 2012

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Having a top forward doesn't only ensure that a team will score a ton of goals; it also keeps the squad's supporters happy. As important as a solid defense and a gifted midfield are, they simply don't offer the excitement of a winger beating two defenders off the dribble and slotting the ball into the far post.

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England cruise to a win over Moldova but questions remain

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I have to admit that watching England make easy work of the Moldovan national team on Friday in their opening World Cup Qualifier for Brazil 2014 was a pleasant experience in direct contrast to their previous competitive match in the Euro2012 Quarter Final loss against Italy in the early summer.

POTD : The Euro 2012 Boot Of Steven Gerrard, Van Persie, Xavi And Nani

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If there's one lethal weapon futbolitos will be wearing at the Euro 2012 tournament, it's the brand new Adidas' Predator® Lethal Zones boot, made up of five, unique super-light (SL) rubber and memory foam 3-D zones designed for complete ball control!

Match Recaps

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle United – Match Recap – EPL – 25 August 2012

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Chelsea remained perfect in the 2012-13 English Premier League season with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard had another impressive match and Fernando Torres scored for the second straight match as the Blues are showing they could be title contenders this season.

English Premier League – Match Recaps – 19 August 2012

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Manchester City came from behind to beat Southampton and Chelsea won at Wigan Athletic in the the English Premier League on August 19, 2012.

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea scored two early goals and cruised to a victory in the opening round. The visitors started very quickly as Eden Hazard sent a great pass to Branislav Ivanovic who got behind the defense on a counterattack.

Mexico 0-1 USA – Match Recap – Friendly – 15 August 2012

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The United States defeated Mexico 1-0 in an international friendly on August 15, 2012. It's the Americans first ever win at the Estadio Azteca. Very few gave the USA a realistic chance to get a result, let alone win, as Mexico have been dominant at the Azteca.

Mexico started out with most of the possession but the United States were committed to defending and absorbing pressure.

Major League Soccer – Match Recaps – 12 August 2012

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The Los Angeles Galaxy crushed Chivas USA, Montreal got a rare away win, and Chicago moved up the standings with a win at Philadelphia in Major League Soccer on August 12, 2012.

New England Revolution 0-1 Montreal Impact

Sanna Nyassi would dribble his way for more than half of the field before firing a great shot into the upper right corner.

Greece 1-0 Russia – Match Recap – Euro 2012 – 16 June 2012

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Greece edged Russia with a late first half goal to book their spot in the quarterfinals. It was a surprise result as Russia were major favorites and would have advanced with a draw or win.

Russia were the stronger side to start but Greece were able to keep it scoreless. The lone goal of the match just before halftime as Greece scored following a throw-in.

United States 3-1 Antigua & Barbuda – Match Recap – World Cup Qualifying – 8 June 2012

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The USA opened CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifying with a victory over Antigua & Barbuda on June 8, 2012. It was a 3-1 victory a a much closer match than most expected.

It started out on a positive note for the USA as Carlos Bocanegra pounced on a rebound following a corner kick. Antigua and Barbuda, who are a small country with a small population (about 85,000), were not expected to get anything out of the match and likely were going to struggle to keep the match competitive.

Montreal Impact

Same Old Story

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The Revs midfielders desire to dribble over playing the ball quickly has hurt the team lately. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. It's the same story, just different night for the New England Revolution. The Montreal Impact came into Foxborough and took advantage of the one mistake New England made, while the Revolution didn't have an answer for Montreal's defensive shape.

SUB WATCH: The Wayback Machine

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Thanks to Mr. Peabody and Sherman for the Assist this Week
Can you believe that it has been nearly an entire month since SUB WATCH graced the pages of The Viper's Nest? Oppressive summer heat, weekday games, a cross-country business venture and a top secret diversion into the depths of the Marianas Trench are all to blame for this long absence.

Sounders Crushed 4-1 By Montreal Impact

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One could blame poor refereeing. Or a lack of effort. Or that the Seattle Sounders played without passion. That would be passing off the blame. It wasn't in Seattle's head, or referee Mark Geiger's. Seattle was out played. Poor passing out from the backline compounded by poor passing in the middle.

Manchester United

Lucas Moura Gone and No Progress On RVP

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Sir Alex Ferguson rarely confirms who are transfer targets are so when he opted to tell the media that we were trying to bring in Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo and Robin van Persie, conspiracy theories started to circulate amongst some United fans. Was he under instructions to make the club look more competitive to help with the IPO?

Euro 2012: Rooney’s understanding with Welbeck makes Hodgson’s choice easy

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There's always an attempt to replicate great moments — particularly goals — in the playground, though any young fan who enjoyed Danny Welbeck's winner against Sweden for England on Friday evening would have difficulty pulling it off. It was an audacious piece of skill; the fact that it was initially seen as lucky, cynically dismissed as a fluke, made it an altogether better goal as the replay showed Welbeck react instinctively to Theo Walcott's cross by turning, then letting the ball gently bounce onto the back of his boot away into the right of Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.

The Rest

Your first look at FIFA 14

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The first sneak previews of FIFA 14 have been released and it promises to be tiki-taka-tastic. Among the new features are four that encourage users to build play through midfield and dictate the tempo of a match. Those features are: Protect The Ball, which will enable players to fend-off and block defenders from the [.

No. 7 UVA Women Shutout UNCW 2-0

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Women's Soccer Tops UNCW 2-0 For Third Straight Win Cavaliers conclude homestand with a 3-1 record

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 8 Virginia women's soccer team concluded its season-opening homestand with a 2-0 victory over UNC Wilmington on Sunday in front of a season-high 1,129 fans at Klöckner Stadium.

Training for Group D Finale

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Crystal Dunn looks to choot as VDB and Chioma Ubogagu try to close

After having Saturday off, the U.S. U-20 WNT hit the field on Sunday for its final training before facing Germany in its Group D finale on Monday, Aug. 27 (ESPN2 & ESPN3 at 2:50 a.m. ET).

The Miyagi prefecture has been much cooler than the USA's stay in Hiroshima -- until today -- when the heat was turned up and the Americans once again trained in hot, humid and sticky weather.

Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid Goals

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Last night saw the first El Clasico of the season, with Barcelona triumphant 3-2 with a second half that exploded with goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a bullet header, however the Madrid lead was shortlived as virtually from the kick-off Pedro raced clear and hit a low shot to the back of the net to level matters.

Is The MLS Season Engine Purring On All Cylinders?

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Passes like laser beams...

Alex Olshansky with a statistical look at the quality of play in MLS. Is the league in midseason form?

They played well ....

poorly despite .... because they are or are not in mid-season form.

We hear a variation of that quite frequently, especially in the context of the European summer barnstorming tours or CONCACAF Champions League matches.

Lancers loose to Tribe 3-1 in Exhibition

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LONGWOOD FALLS TO WILLIAM AND MARY 3-1 IN EXHIBITION
FARMVILLE, Va. -- The Longwood men's soccer team dropped a 3-1 exhibition contest to William and Mary of the Colonial Athletic Association on Monday evening at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. The Lancers' lone goal came in the 61st minute of play when senior Patrick McDaniel|Midlothian (Cosby) found sophomore Anthony Ugorji|Washington, D.

Sporting KC 2-1 DC United – Match Recap – MLS – 11 August 2012

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Sporting KC defeated DC United in 2-1 in Major League Soccer (MLS) on August 11, 2012. It's the first home win for Sporting in their last home matches.

The match started out with Sporting dominating play and taking the lead in the 13th minute. Teal Bunbury would head in a Graham Zusi corner kick to make it 1-0.

Recap: Season on the rocks as Portland can't drink the Chivas

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*Shout out to FNTM for the recap title*

Quick Recap

The Portland Timbers again open the road going down a goal and look listless in the attack. Chivas looks just as bad offensively, except for the ability to exploit the Timbers' LB, but defensively they look miles ahead of Portland. 1-0 loss

First Half

Gavin Wilkinson trotted out the 4-2-3-1 just like the Galaxy game but this time he had Futty Danso in stead of David Horst and Diego Chara in for Palmer.

Sounders Crush Chivas Advance To Fourth Straight Open Cup Final

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Starfire may not be magic, but special moments happen there. Wednesday night's game rarely seemed in doubt, and it was finished off by Sammy Ochoa with goal number 4, a fourth time ejecting Chivas USA from the Open Cup, a fourth time advancing to the Final and an opportunity for a historic #SE4TTLE.

“Stop Bunching!” – Are Tactics All They’re Cracked Up To Be?

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Ex-professional football players occupy a unique position in British society. For anyone else of any other profession or social standing, years having engaged in an activity on a professional basis day-in day-out would afford you with a modicum of respect and a reputation for expertise. You have been there, on the inside.

Barcelona-USA U11s Fall to Weston FC in Danone Nations Cup Final

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Orlando, FL Following the overtime, pk's, post game celebrations, and the long journey out of the complex we reached our hotel at 10:30 am. The boys had one hour to rest. Instructions were crystal clear. Rest your bodies with legs elevated, hydrate with plenty of gatorade, and eat fruit and power bars to refuel before the final.