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Video: Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

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Chelsea continued their winning start under Jose Mourinho with victory over Aston Villa in a spiky encounter. The Blues took an early lead when Villa's Antonio Luna was unfortunate to deflect Eden Hazard's effort in to his own net. The Spanish defender had scored a debut goal against Arsenal on Saturday, but scored at the [.

Video: New Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola gives Arjen Robben a kick up the backside. Literally

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Throughout his career, Arjen Robben has been singled out as a player in need of a metaphorical kick up the backside. New Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola opted for a more literal approach, swinging his boot into Robben's behind during a pre-season training session. Fortunately, the notoriously temperamental Dutchman appeared to be all smiles after [.

Video: Ref Mark Clattenburg forgets his cards (Reading 0-0 Liverpool)

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Referee Mark Clattenburg suffered an embarrassing moment during yesterday's encounter between Reading and Liverpool when he realised he had forgotten his cards. Clattenburg forgot to bring his notepad and yellow and red cards out for the second-half of the match. He only realised he had left the items in his dressing room when he attempted [.

Black cat curse dooms Toronto as they lose to Santos, 1-3

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With the clubs poised at a tantalizing 1-1 in the 83rd minute, a black cat streaks across the Toronto FC half of the field just in front of goal. In the next 10 minutes, Toronto concedes two more goals to lose the match, a CONCACAF Champions League group encounter, 1-3, to Santos Laguna at home.

Chelsea Vs Newcastle United Match Preview

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Venue: Stamford Bridge, London. Date: Saturday 25th August, 2012. Kick-Off: 5:30pm. Referee: Phil Dowd. UK TV: ESPN / HD. Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea await the Magpies this Saturday, as Newcastle United return to Premier League action in the capital for another live ESPN scheduled encounter. Alan Pardew will look to build on last weeks 2-1 [.

Chelsea Vs Newcastle United Match Preview

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Venue: Stamford Bridge, London. Date: Saturday 25th August, 2012. Kick-Off: 5:30pm. Referee: Phil Dowd. UK TV: ESPN / HD. Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea await the Magpies this Saturday, as Newcastle United return to Premier League action in the capital for another live ESPN scheduled encounter. Alan Pardew will look to build on last weeks 2-1 [.

Man City 3-2 Southampton – Samir Saves City As Saints Shine At The Etihad (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 3-2 Southampton Premier League August 19 2012

You can have your modern pentathlon and your feckin' rowing, give me a decent game of football any day of the week. And on Sunday at the Etihad, champions City and new-boys Southampton produced a fantastic encounter.

Denmark aim to send Portugal tumbling out of Euro 2012

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The Danes could cause an upset and book their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 should they beat Portugal in the Group B encounter.

Portugal star Ronaldo and his team-mates face the prospect of an early end to their tournament should they lose to the Danes following their defeat to Germany in their opening match.

Football tipping: Euros – England v Sweden (Friday)

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England need to win to edge towards a quarter-final place against a Sweden side who disappointed against Ukraine in the opener. James Milton looks at the best bet in this encounter.

Video: Fat France fan falls asleep at the match

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Granted, last night's encounter between France and England probably wasn't a source of great entertainment for the neutral, but you would have expected the partisan members of the crowd to be able to keep their eyes open. No such luck for this mustachioed gentlemen, who drifted off to dream of a Karim Benzema winner.

Video: Fat France fan falls asleep at the match

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Granted, last night's encounter between France and England probably wasn't a source of great entertainment for the neutral, but you would have expected the partisan members of the crowd to be able to keep their eyes open. No such luck for this mustachioed gentlemen, who drifted off to dream of a Karim Benzema winner.

Loew not bothered by criticism ahead of Dutch clash

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Germany manager Joachim Loew has dismissed press and public negativity as his German side prepare for their eagerly awaited encounter with the Netherlands in Group B of Euro 2012.

Nautico deny Botofogo in five-goal stunner

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Nautico managed to secure a thrilling 3-2 win over Botafogo 3-2 in the Campeonato Brasileiro encounter. Derley's late goal secured Nautico's first top-flight win since November 2009.

Match Of The Past: Tottenham Hotspur

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There may not have been any league championships for Tottenham Hotspur since 1961, but the club has had its fair share of excitement in both cup competitions and the league since then. This evening, we have six matches from Europe, the FA Cup, the First Division and the Second Division. First up, we're going back to 1972 and a semi-final of the UEFA Cup against Milan.

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Unexpected Rivalries 3: Reading, Swindon, Oxford and London Irish

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The police presence outside Oxford station on Wednesday night was illuminating. As a semicircle of rozzers stood to attention outside the entrance to Coco – a small citywide chain better known as a place for students to take mums and dads at the onset of the imminent academic year – Swindon Town fans began to pile off the trains and down the steps into enemy territory.

Video: OTP interviews Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola

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Two weeks ago OTP had a chat with Premier League icon Gianfanco Zola. Today we finally have the video of the encounter in our excitable mitts. The key cornerstone of the video interview revolved around the most important issue of all – did Zola take part in Bonnie Tyler's famous music video ‘Total eclipse of the heart.

Arsenal

Champions League – Arsenal are favourites but Wenger expecting some challenges

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On the face of it, Arsenal's Champions League Group of Montpellier, Olympiacos and Schalke may not look very daunting, but the fact is that an away game at any of those grounds is going to be a difficult encounter, and Arsenal will probably have to win all three home matches to ensure that they top [.

Backpage Roundup: Wenger Fed Up Of RVP Saga, Malaga Want More for Cazorla, Saints Target Walcott Reunion and More

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Wenger Fed Up Of Answering RVP Questions

Arsene Wenger has said that he is tired of answering media questions about Robin van Persie's future and added that there is no fresh news regarding the club captain's potential summer exit.

Arsenal recently lost out to Manchester City in a pre-season friendly encounter in China, after which the French trainer once again faced questions about van Persie's future at the club.

Ton-up Podolski’s pledge to Arsenal fans

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NEW Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski plays his 100th game for Germany against Denmark tonight as he edges close to Franz Beckenbauer's 103 appearances. That is some going for a player who has just turned 27.

And the frontman, played wide by Germany boss Joachim Löw so far in the finals, says he is keen to prove his ability when he pitches up at Arsenal come later July.

Spain

Alonso Critical Of Spain Schedule

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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has criticised the timing of Spain's friendly against Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

The encounter takes place in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, just over a week before the first leg of their Super Cup clash against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on August 22. It is a long and needless trip for Spain to make so close to the start of the Spanish season.

Euro 2012 Qualifying – Walters counts his blessings with Ireland

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Forward Jon Walters feels no force as the Republic of Ireland encounter Spain, telling: "I experience blessed to be in the place I am, and as footballers we all should." post.tv have all the games

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FIFA make a royal mess of the rankings

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The Three Lions sit pretty in 4th position despite disappointing performances

England rises to number 4 and raises eyebrows. They are two spots above Italy, the 2012 Euro runners up. Brazil falls to 11th because they don't have to play any qualifying matches having already qualified for the 2014 World Cup as hosts.

Blaszczykowski stunner seals deserved point for Poland

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Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski's fantastic strike earned his side a share of the spoils against Russia in the lively Group A encounter in Warsaw.

The draw means the co-hosts keep their hopes of progressing to the knock-out stages alive after Russia had taken the lead through Alan Dzagoev.

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Euro 2012 Fan Photo Special : Italy, Germany, Portugal and Spain

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Football is best described as a game of emotions and we've definitely seen some of them on show at the Euro 2012. From tears in Germany to euphoria in Madrid, exasperation in Lisbon to anticipation in Milan (they made it!), here's our pick of some of the most unforgettable moments from the semi-finals this week.

England v Italy predictions: OTP talks to Graeme Le Saux

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Former England left-back Graeme Le Saux might be best remembered for giving Blackburn teammate David Batty a swift left hook to the chops and being invited to penetrate Robbie Fowler mid-match, but he's also renowned as being somewhat of an intellectual. Speaking exclusively to OTP, he came up with a few articulate thoughts on England's [.

Walcott Doubt For Ukraine Game With Hamstring Injury

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England winger Theo Walcott is a doubt for Tuesday's Euro 2012 clash with Ukraine after he pulled out of training following a tightness in his hamstring.

Manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the news on Sunday afternoon and while it is not thought the damage is too serious, it may mean Walcott is not available to face the co-hosts.

Draw Leaves Italian Advance On Knife Edge

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Italy were pegged back for the second consecutive match as they drew 1-1 with Croatia in their Euro 2012 Group C encounter in Poznan. A vibrant Italy took command of the opening 45 minutes and were rewarded when Andrea Pirlo curled in a free kick, only for Mario Mandzukic to equalise with 20 minutes remaining.

Italy and Croatia prepare for intriguing encounter

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Italy are looking for their first win at Euro 2012 when they meet Croatia in Group C.

Croatia routed Ireland 3-1 in their opening game, and will be hoping to seal a spot in the quarter-finals with a win at the Municipal Stadium.

Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli will be hoping for more of the same from his side after their convincing display in the draw with Spain on Sunday.

Euro 2012 Thoughts Part 3

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Portugal 3 – Denmark 2: Ronaldo chokes but Portugal Does Not Last night's encounter between the Portuguese and the Danes was for me the most entertaining match among those I've seen all-tournament. Was it a case of both teams eager to ‘go for it'? or was it a case of both teams being too porous when attacked?

Australia

After Thoughts from Last Night's 2-2 game...

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Various schools of thoughts were gathered from last night's Causeway Challenge that saw the Lions drawn 2-2 against Malaysia at Jalan Besar.

"Where is my support?" Agu (11) as depicted"With no disrespect to the Malaysians who we are playing them week in and out, shouldn't we go for some stronger opponents?

Bendtner & Denmark Face Australia In Final Preparation Game

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Nicklas Bendtner is set to start for Denmark this afternoon as Denmark host Australia in an International Friendly in Parken, Copenhagen. Olsen's squad have been training now for 2 weeks in preparation for the Euro 12′. This afternoons friendly is the last game before the squad jet off to Ukraine before their first Group B encounter with The Netherlands.

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Kickers fall to Hammerheads in USLPRO Playoffs

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RICHMOND, VA – (Saturday, August 25, 2012) – The Richmond Kickers were knocked out of the USLPRO playoffs Saturday night in a thrilling five-goal encounter with the visiting Wilmington Hammerheads.
Richmond dominated the early stages of the match, with Matthew Delicâte hitting the crossbar with his headed effort in the third minute.

Juventus Meet Napoli In Fiery Supercoppa Encounter

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Juventus Meet Napoli In Fiery Supercoppa Encounter is a post from: Serie A Weekly Juventus Meet Napoli In Fiery Supercoppa Encounter is a post from: Serie A Weekly Saturday's Italian Super Cup match between Juventus and Napoli saw the Bianconeri emerge as 4-2 winners in a hotly contested match. The most significant absence for the Serie A champions was manager Antonio Conte, who is.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Bryan Gaul

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While some of the more well-known rookies continued to impress this past weekend, it was one who many do not know much about that claimed SBI's MLS Rookie of the Week award.

Los Angeles Galaxy left back Bryan Gaul claimed this week's honors after helping the Galaxy blank FC Dallas, 1-0, on Saturday.

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.

Blues Record Opening Round Knockout

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It wasn't perfect, and there's still plenty of work to be done. But for the moment, Chelsea appear to be on the verge of identifying themselves as a new-look counter-attacking side with plenty of pace and trickery. More, after the jump:

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Back to Azteca

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As you have heard, the U.S. will head south of the border Aug. 15 to resume the rivalry with Mexico. It's the first friendly on Mexican soil between the teams since 1984, but certainly not the last trip to Azteca. Wanna get a feel for what a trip to Mexico City is all about? Have a look at the behind the scenes video from the last visit, a 2-1 loss in World Cup qualifying that took place a little more than three years before the next encounter.

Where To Put Your Money – England vs Sweden

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Sweden v England (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1) England look a good bet at 2.15 with Paddy Power to win this and edge a step closer to qualifying for the quarter-finals. They played well in their opening 1-1 draw against France, looking extremely well organised and solid in defence.

Much ado about something: The "gayness" of Antonio Cassano

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Antonio Cassano is a bit of an exhibitionist actually

Can anyone who does what Antonio Cassano did as the picture above shows be taken seriously? On the face of it, Cassano was baited by a TV personality who apparently had an encounter with a football player in the national team who in turn "outed" another player to him.