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Manchester United

Everton reject new £36m bid from Man Utd for Baines and Fellaini

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Everton have turned down an improved offer from Manchester United for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. The Daily Express claims that a £36m joint-bid for the pair was tabled by the champions earlier this week, but has now been rejected. The new bid valued Belgium international Fellaini at £23.

Colorado Rapids Scouting Report: Back To Attack

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Tomorrow's match between the Sounders and Colorado Rapids is ripe with the kind of drama that catches national attention and it's no surprise that NBC dispatched Arlo White and crew to broadcast this one.

Sigi has been coy about the availability of Steve Zakuani, who had a tantalizing appearance on the bench versus Sporting Kansas City but has not appeared on a gameday roster since.

Fergie: QPR Need To Do An Aberdeen

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If Manchester United get a better result than City at the weekend, they will retain the title. Chances of this happening are unlikely though, considering City have QPR at home and United have Sunderland away.

What works in our favour is that QPR are fighting a relegation battle so will be desperate for even one point.

Videos

Video: Slurry Arsenal benchwarmer Andrey Arshavin tries to pick a fight

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Andrey Arshavin's time at Arsenal has generally been a bit of an embarrassment but this might be a new low. Footage has emerged of a drunk-looking Arshavin staggering around outside a London nightclub, seemingly trying to pick a fight. It appears Arshavin wants to get back into the club to track down a fellow [.

Someone put a scratch on the national anthem CD at Andorra v Hungary

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Playing semi-pro football and taking regularly batterings on international duty doesn't give Andorra's players much opportunity to act like prima donnas. But they managed it during the World Cup qualifier against Hungary at the weekend, when they got to shake their heads in dismay that their FA couldn't even play the national anthems properly.

Manchester City mix-up: BBC reporter confuses Roberto Mancini with Mario Balotelli

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It is an easy mistake to make. A lot is made of the father-son relationship between Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli, which perhaps explains why Match of the Day reporter Damian Johnson got the two confused on Saturday. Johnson thought he was talking to the 'son' when he was actually with the 'dad'.

Manchester City mix-up: BBC reporter confuses Roberto Mancini with Mario Balotelli

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It is an easy mistake to make. A lot is made of the father-son relationship between Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli, which perhaps explains why Match of the Day reporter Damian Johnson got the two confused on Saturday. Johnson thought he was talking to the 'son' when he was actually with the 'dad'.

Facebook

Ashley Cole’s mother reveals on Facebook that her son is set to leave Chelsea for PSG

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Just knowing your parents are on Facebook is cause for embarrassment for many and things can soon toboggan down to the realms of pure rage when an errant comment backfires. Spare a thought for Ashley Cole then (we know that's easier said than done). Keeping dopey social networking gaffes in the family, Mama Cole has [.

Ronaldinho Throws Party Birthday, Expels Two Fighting Guests And Slams Flamengo’s ‘Rule Book’

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Ronaldinho threw a birthday party over the weekend at his mansion in Barra da Tijuca, which is quite typical of the Brazilian star since he arrived back at home last year. Brazil's "O Dia" reported the fact that two women were thrown out of the party (which ended at 7am the next day) for talking loudly and subsequently throwing punches at one another.

Arsene Wenger

The Wenger Bus is coming

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The Gunners travel to Manchester with memories of last years embarrassment in the back of their mind, last seasons match at Old Trafford was one to forget for Arsene Wenger whose team was outplayed at the Theatre of Dreams. The result, 8-2 in United's favour, was a shocker for both sets of fans. United fans [.

Arsenal lose grip on 3rd place

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With five games to go, 3rd place was in Arsenal's hands. It wasn't the season we'd hoped for, but considering how badly we started, we looked like saving some dignity. Four games later, we are looking at another typical end-of-season collapse.

Of course, it's nothing like last season, where the prize we'd lost was far greater.

Arsenal vs Newcastle preview

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Fortunately, Arsenal get an extra day of rest after their heroic efforts against AC Milan, with a crucial Monday night fixture at home to Newcastle United.

The players were visibly exhausted by the end of Tuesday night's game at the Emirates, a match in which they had truly given their all, but ultimately come away with nothing, saying goodbye to the Champions League for another year.

The backlash to Andre Villa Boas departure begins

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Welcome to Chelsea Football Club

Big Phil Scolari says working under Roman Abramovich will be "hell" for the next Chelsea manager. Scolari was the club's coach for seven months before he was unceremoniously shown the door.

Richard Bevan, the CEO of the League Manager's Association stated categorically Chelsea had become an "embarrassment.

English Premier League

Man City’s Roberto Mancini: Rich in embarrassment

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Man City's Roberto Mancini: Rich in embarrassment - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When one thinks of Manchester City these days the first thing that comes into mind is the wealth associated with its billionaire owner, Sheikh Mansour, and thus their almost unrivaled spending power.

There's also the label that is attached to it ‘nuveau riche' or simply ‘newly rich'.

Embarrassment & More Embarrassments For PSSI

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The last couple of times Indonesia have hosted Malaysia the Bung Karno Stadium has been an uncomfortable sell out. Over 90,000 for the AFF Cup Final and the SEA Games Final.

Last night's friendly between the respective Under 22 teams saw an all but empty stadium.

Further embarrassment for the PSSI came at the national games being held in Riau when their officials were sent home!

Harte’s Euro dream fading

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With the European Championships getting closer by the day, Reading full-back Ian Harte believes his hopes of playing for the Republic of Ireland again are drifting away.
The 34-year-old has been a loyal servant to his country over the years, since his glory days with Leeds United, playing football in the Champions League a decade ago.

Liverpool Set to Face “Embarrassed” Chelsea

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In the end, Chelsea demolished Tottenham 5-1, though it took a series of horrible refereeing decisions by Martin Atkinson while the game was still close to tilt what had been a largely even game in their favour. No matter the help they received along the way, it sets up an FA Cup final in three weeks that will see them face Liverpool for the third time this season, with a fourth match to come between the cup final and the end of the campaign.

Liverpool Look To Escape The Rut

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McLeish's needs a win as much as Dalglish...Aston Villa are the visitors to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds look to readdress their form in the league. Dalglish's side have only had some joy of late when they beat Everton but results against the likes of Newcastle, QPR and Wigan have brought Liverpool back to a cruel reality.

Man United Bow Out of Europa League After Another Defeat Against Bilbao

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Manchester United unsurprisingly failed to advance into the next round of Europa League after they suffered another defeat against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, giving the Spanish team a passage with a convincing 5-3 aggregate.

In a rather similar fashion as United's defeat in the first leg, the scoreline was indeed rather flattering for the English champion as they were once again outplayed by the Bilbao young guns and could've faced an embarrassment on the night if it wasn't for the Basque's based team's poor finishing.

Video: Premier League chairman Dave Richards falls into a water fountain while fully-clothed

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Dave Richards caused a bit of a stir yesterday with comments he made at a conference in Qatar. If his controversial views were likely to cause embarrassment for the Premier League, he ensured that he personally was even more red-faced by falling into a water fountain. The suited and booted Premier League chairman failed to [.

goalkeeper

Who should be Tottenham’s number One?

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While it was a mixed day as far as transfer deals were concerned, Tottenham did secure one of their long term targets as French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made the move from Lyon to a life at White Hart Lane.

At a £12m fee and with 38 international caps to his name, Lloris sounds like a perfect long term replacement between the posts but Andre Villas-Boas maintains that Brad Friedel is still his first choice.

Hibs: Starting over

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This time last week Hibs were looking forward to a once in a lifetime Scottish Cup final.

Harold Wilson was a Huddersfield Town supporter so he probably knew that if a week is a long time in politics it can be an eternity in football.

A fairly miserable eternity at that.

The Hibs team that turned up at Hampden lacked belief and lacked desire.

Hibs: Starting over

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This time last week Hibs were looking forward to a once in a lifetime Scottish Cup final.

Harold Wilson was a Huddersfield Town supporter so he probably knew that if a week is a long time in politics it can be an eternity in football.

A fairly miserable eternity at that.

The Hibs team that turned up at Hampden lacked belief and lacked desire.

New England Revolution

MLS Rankings: Week 20

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Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Brian O'Connell and Sean Donahue contributed rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team.

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Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

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Fire forward Dominic Oduro is one player the Revolution defense will have to keep tabs on come Saturday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

(Editor's note: Prior to each Revolution match, New England Soccer Today will invite a reporter who covers the Revolution's upcoming opponent to provide greater insight on what to expect on gameday.

Kicking Off The Cup

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On Tuesday, the New England Revolution will kick off their 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign in Pennsylvania's capital against the Harrisburg City Islanders. For the Revs, it's a chance to finally make another run at the Open Cup Trophy after four years of disappointment.

New England won the 2007 U.

Musket Rounds: Reis, Joseph, Sene, Olympic Failure, And More

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Did anyone watch the USA U-23 match last night? Ugly stuff, that. Almost puts a damper on the spirits after this past weekend's New England Revolution win. Predictably, Monday passed uneventfully in the Revs' world, but the beautiful game marches on, and so does the news! For that reason, we continue with the Rounds.

Liverpool

Liverpool Owners The Fenway Group Jump Gun Over Clint Demspey Signing

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By Alan Duffy

Maybe not a marquee signing but still a very good and very consistent player, Clint 'Deuce' Dempsey found himself in the middle of a bit of a furore today after the Fenway Sports Group, who own Liverpool, stated on their website that the American attacker had joined Reds (see above).

Liverpool’s Glen Johnson struggles to name North American sports teams

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Liverpool FC departed for their North American pre-season tour today, but not before challenging Glen Johnson to name as many US and Canadian sports teams as he could in 60 seconds. The Liverpool official site says the right back is a "big fan of American sports", but his failure to name some of the more famous franchises suggests otherwise.

Euro 2012

DTotD: Swedes use goalkeeper Johan Wiland’s bare backside for target practice

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(Warning: Full moon)

Losing their first Euro 2012 match to co-host nation Ukraine was an embarrassment for Sweden and while they've taken a beating from the press in the days since, it appears they've also taken a beating from themselves. Video of the team trying to keep the mood light in training by firing shots at backup keeper Johan Wiland's exposed rear was released by Swedish paper Expressen and now it's causing the players more problems.

Euro 2012: Russia and Poland Put on a Show, and on to Matchday Six

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Matchday five saw an already strong tournament hit new heights when Russia faced off against hosts Poland, and with Group B afterthoughts Denmark and Portugal fighting for a realistic opportunity to advance while the Netherlands need a win against Germany to keep hope alive after stumbling in the opener, day six promises its share of captivating moments.

France talking points – Enjoy Euro 2012 – France have done well under Blanc regardless of what happens

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That was it for the pre-Euro 2012 period. It is now showtime. Please do us proud, you Blues. You Les Bleus.

France talking points, in order:

At least approximate order:

1. Florent Malouda – This is a story of a deeply troubled individual: Florent Malouda. Unbeknownst to those of us who watch France on a regular basis (and by that, I mean those of us who haven't missed a match in the last 10 years or so), unbeknownst to us, we have a great player in Florent Malouda.

The Rest

Zlatan Ibrahimovic welcomes Paris to Zlatan

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You're here, Paris. This is Zlatan. I...am Zlatan. Your city has finally accomplished something culturally and artistically important. You can thank me later. Right after you thank me now.

I'm pleased you built this large tower behind me in my honor. It's only slightly smaller than me, but I still deem it worthy of being called the Ibraffil Tower.

Sounders, Chelsea Entertain In Six Goal Friendly

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A first half that showed spark and offensive flow as Chelsea beat the Seattle Sounders 4-2. All six goals were finished in that half, while the second half was full of waves of subs for both sides. Both Fredy Montero and Romelu Lukaku slotted two home, while Marko Marin earned a goal and assist. Chelsea's other goal was from signee Eden Hazard.

Expansion Update

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All is quiet on the expansion front with no new team set to join the league in 2013. Nevertheless, there are a number of potential expansion candidates waiting in the wings. Last week, the Minnesota legislature voted in a stadium bill to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. The stadium project is expected to cost almost a billion dollars.

FA Cup Preview: Birmingham v. Chelsea

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So this is where we pick up the pieces and attempt to move forward. Prepare yourselves to be amazed at how well we can play when our merry band of egotistical misfits decide to show up. More, after the jump:

Taking the Throne

This is really becoming 'old hat' isn't it.

On Andre’s Last Days & Roman’s ‘Empire’

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We've made excuses for his hastiness in the past, but the time has come to lay some blame at the feet of our impatient owner. More, after the jump:

Well Hello There

It's been, to put it bluntly, a horrible six weeks for Chelsea. Results have been hard to come by, performances have waned, and speculation regarding the safety of Andre's job spiraled into some black hole of will-he will-he-not get the sack.