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Major League Soccer

Sporting KC loses key striker to injury

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After leaving the match on Sunday after a collision with Red Bulls 'keeper Bill Gaudette, Sporting KC announced a day later that striker Teal Bunbury will undergo season-ending surgery on Friday.

The injury occured just four minutes into the match, when Bunbury beat Gaudette to a ball just outside the box, crossing the ball to Kei Kamara for an easy goal and 1-0 Sporting lead.

Bunbury out with knee injury

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Teal Bunbury will miss the rest of the 2012 season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against New York on Sunday night. The Sporting Kansas City forward is scheduled for surgery on Friday and will need six to eight months of recovery.

Late reaction to Sat’s win/suspensions. More.

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Philadelphia Union

Peter Nowak says of Saturday's win, "It's a tribute to our boys. Even with two red cards, we didn't give up much. We deserved to win."

ProSoccerTalk says of the game, "Expect multiple suspensions for some late ugliness—and stupidity. Peter Nowak led the charge off his bench and onto the field as several players imposed themselves on a situation that referee Juan Guzman appeared to have in hand.

MLS Spotlight: Ex-TFC defender Gargan right at home with Chicago

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Dan Gargan's path to the Windy City has been anything but a breeze.

First, there was the torn knee ligament that threw a wrench in his promising career. Then, his abrupt 2008 retirement.

Union Head Coach Quits Twitter During Time Of Increasing Fan Criticism

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Peter Nowak joined Twitter to much acclaim last August, with fans and writers seeing the move as a positive one for team and supporter interaction. Eight months later, Nowak left the social networking site at a time of increasing fan criticism.

Nowak had appeared to embrace Twitter prior to the start of the season, tweeting regularly from his iPad.

FC Barcelona

Backpage roundup: Wenger defends strikers, Song blames Arsenal, Tiote not coming but Cabaye might, and Ox wants central role

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Wenger Insists Arsenal Will Find Scoring Touch

Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, and has assured Arsenal fans that his misfiring attackers will soon start scoring goals.

David Villa Is Back In Training, Jose Manuel Pinto Has Bruises To Prove It!

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By Chris Wright

You'd be forgiven for not noticing but both Barcelona and Spain have been without David Villa for the best part of eight months since the forward splintered his shin bone during the Club World Cup semi-final in Yokohama back in December of last year.

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Teenager Villarreal provides key spark for the Galaxy

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BY KAYLA KNAPP

CARSON, Calif.—It has been a wild eight months for rookie Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal.

Since signing a Homegrown contract at the end of 2011, the 18-year-old California native has spent the majority of his playing time in the reserve league, but lately, that has been changing.

David Villa scores in his first La Liga match in eight months, credits his family

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Eight months after David Villa suffered a nasty leg break during Barcelona's Club World Cup semifinal, forcing him to miss the rest of the season and Spain's historic Euro 2012 victory, the prolific striker has returned.

With Barcelona already up 4-1 (two goals from Messi, of course) in the 75th minute of their La Liga opener against Real Sociedad, Villa entered the match and nine minutes after that, he scored after a combination of passes between him and Andres Iniesta.

MLS Spotlight: Johnson repaying Seattle's confidence in him with goals

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By FRANCO PANIZO

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Eddie Johnson may seem like a confident player for the Seattle Sounders these days, but that's only because of the belief his new team has had in him.

After spending eight months without a club and rejoining MLS this past winter, Johnson has shaken off a rough start to the season by finding the scoring touch that made him one of the most lethal forwards in MLS prior to his departure for Europe four years ago.

Rooney ready to roll – England striker set to be unleashed on Ukraine

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Wayne Rooney has had his ups and downs during his time with England but he's now preparing to make his first appearance at Euro 2012 against Ukraine in Donetsk.

The Manchester United star has now served the two-match ban following his sending off against Montenegro eight months ago; he's had his new hair cropped and is raring to go!

English Premier League

Juventus Coach Suspended For 10 Months

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Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months for failing to report alleged match-fixing involving Siena when he managed them in the 2010-11 Serie B season.

Conte had a plea bargain deal rejected by the Italian federation (FIGC) earlier this month, a proposal which would have seen him serve a three-month suspension and pay a fine of 200,000 euros, and the federation have now confirmed the 10-month sanction.

United skipper: We need Barca friendly

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is glad to have made his return to football with yesterday's goalless exhibition match against Norwegian side Valerenga but has hoped for more urgency from his teammates starting with next week's friendly against Barcelona in Sweden.

United and Barca won their respective leagues in 2011 and also squared off in a massive Champions League final at Wembley, with the latter comfortably emerging the winner with a 3-1 score.

Solbakken’s Ethos Fit for Wolves

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New Wolves boss, Ståle Solbakken's, claims that there is a ‘dictatorship' culture in English football should come as a welcome sign for fans of the Championship club.

Looking to start afresh, after their dismal Premier League relegation last term, Wolves Chief Executive, Jez Moxey, was swift in his appointment of Solbakken, paving the way for a new era at Molineux.

Tottenham manager hails his new squad

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Andre Villas-Boas has expressed his delight at the Tottenham Hotspur squad he will inherit in preseason training a few days later, stating that it is a privilege for him to work with the players at White Hart Lane.

Villas-Boas, 34, was dismissed as Chelsea manager only eight months into his reign last April amid concerns that he was unable to manage the egos within a highly experienced Blues dressing room.

Spurs finally complete AVB appointment

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Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has confirmed the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as the club's new manager on a three-year contract.

Villas-Boas had been linked aggressively with a move to White Hart Lane following the departure of Harry Redknapp last month and many within English football only considered his appointment to be a matter of time.

AVB not deterred by Chelsea disappointment

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Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas witnessed his multi-year project come to an end with a premature sacking merely eight months into his reign but the Portuguese coach is not deterred by the experience.

Villas-Boas maintained his silence about the disappointing stint with the Blues for weeks after his sacking in the first week of March but has recently re-emerged in the spot light.

Spurs Offer Manager’s Job To AVB

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Various reports in today's newspapers say that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has offered the Spurs job to Andre Villas-Boas and wants him to start on July 1.

Former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas has impressed the Spurs hierarchy with his plans for the club even though he was axed at Stamford Bridge after less than eight months in charge.

Dani Pacheco and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Word

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We've got a few things to get to as the Euros approach, but unfortunately there's only one story anyone seems to be talking about right now, so we'd best get it out of the way right off the top...

* Earlier today, Dani Pacheco Tweeted a message of luck to Glen Johnson, one of his closest friends at the club, ahead of the Euros.

Veteran forward talks up AVB exit

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Departing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has shed light on the manner in which former manager Andre Villas-Boas was dismissed in March, reaffirming that senior players had no involvement in the matter.

Villas-Boas was relieved of his responsibilities merely eight months into what was initially intended to be a long-term project, with the aggressive changes he made to the team selection policy identified as a key factor.

Arsenal boss comments on ‘top-class’ signing

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Many of today's headlines have been dedicated to Arsenal completing the capture of Germany striker Lukas Podolski, who will join the Gunners next season after trying to save his current club Cologne from Bundesliga relegation.

Podolski was linked with a transfer to the North London club a few weeks ago but dismissed the speculation to focus on Cologne's struggles.

Manchester United

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Vidic returns to Man Utd action

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic restitutions from eight months away injured in the 0-0 friendly pull with Valerenga. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/62057000/jpg/_62057653_vidic_manchesterunited.jpg

Fergie Not Quite Ready To Throw Bebe Out With The Bath Water After Forgotten Man Nets For Man Utd (Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Portuguese attacker Bebe still has a future at Manchester United, according to Alex Ferguson, after the forgotten man of Old Trafford popped up to secure a draw for United at the death against Ajax Cape Town.

Making his first appearance for the Red Devils in 17 months, the £7.

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Reds Held In Tour Opener

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Lucas Leiva made his comeback from injury as Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC in Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge.
The appropriately named Rogers Centre was the venue for the start of the new Liverpool manager's reign, and there were plenty of positives to take from an intriguing encounter in Canada.

Roy Expecting Rough Ride

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West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is not expecting a warm welcome when he returns to Anfield on Sunday.
Hodgson makes his first return to Anfield this weekend since being sacked by the Reds last year following an ill-fated spell on Merseyside.
The experienced manager was dismissed in January 2011 after just eight months in charge before returning to management with the Baggies only 37 days later.

The Rest

Strictly incredible: Fabrice Muamba delivers stunning performance on dancing show

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10! 10! 10! Fabrice Muamba received top marks on Christmas Day for making another huge and rather glittery step in his recovery from the cardiac arrest he suffered on the pitch in March. Just nine months on from being seconds from death and being told he can never play football again, the former [.

Juventus Coach Antonio Conte Given 10-Month Ban For His Part In Italian Match-Fixing Scandal

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By Chris Wright

After leading the club to a flawless Serie A victory last season, Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months after being found guilty of failing to report match-fixing that was going on under his nose at former club Siena (then of Serie B) back in 2010/11.

If an octopus (RIP Paul) can do it, so can we: AFR's predictions for Euro 2012

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It's nearly here, and you can't say you didn't see it coming. Eight months ago, Wayne Rooney flicked his boot toward a forgotten Montenegrin, and the Euro-drama carnival clicked into gear. Capello left and Hodgson came, and England was engulfed in a saga that revolved largely around a man who won't be at the Euros.

DTotD: Shakhtar Donetsk manager is miserable about getting wet after winning title

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Shakhtar Donetsk won the Ukrainian Premier League for the third time in row by beating Oleksandria 3-0 on the final day. Immediately after the final whistle sounded and Shakhtar's four-point lead over Dynamo Kiev was cemented, several Shakhatar players celebrated by joyously squirting manager Mircea Lucescu with water bottles.

Book Review: How Soccer Explains the World

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What I enjoy about following soccer is not limited to the actual, physical sport. I find the social, political, and emotional facets of the sport fascinating as well. Franklin Foer covers those aspects in his book, How Soccer Explains the World, under an umbrella of a discussion on globalization.

Klinsmann Conference Call

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On Wednesday, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann spent nearly an hour on a conference discussing a wide range of topics with reporters, covering everything from his review of the Olympic Qualifying process to his plans for the senior team this summer. Here's a quick preview of his responses. Click here for the full transcript, or listen to the podcast.