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Yaya Toure and the Typecast Roles of Soccer

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Several months ago, Awful Announcing had a great post about the "code words" used to describe most white NBA players. What's most interesting about these terms is not that they are per se inaccurate, but rather that they gloss over and take for granted societal perceptions and assumptions. One was to ask: why do we focus on certain traits as exhibited by one race of athlete and ignore others?

Dortmund vs Arsenal & Liverpool vs Ludogorets; UEFA Champions League TV Times & Open Thread

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It's been months since Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League final. And now the competition starts all over again, in the group stage, to determine which team will eventually become the 2014/15 champion.

For viewers in theUnited States, the games will be shown across several channels.

Possible Chelsea Starting XI Against Schalke

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Possible Chelsea Starting XI Against Schalke - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea get their Champions League season off with a potentially-tricky home tie against German side Schalke on Wednesday. Jose Mourinho's men will be keen to avoid an opening day defeat like last season, when the Blues were shocked at Stamford Bridge by Swiss outfit Basel.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Examining The Top 11 Contenders For The Title

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Europe's club competition is back on our screens this week, as 32 teams go in search of UEFA Champions League glory.

So on the cusp of the showpiece, lets take a closer look at some of the main contenders for the European Cup, their likely starting XI's and the men most likely to make the difference.

Do Liverpool and Real Madrid have an easy route to the second round?

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Do Liverpool and Real Madrid have an easy route to the second round? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last season's Premier League runners-up and UEFA Champions League winners have been drawn in the same group of this season's elite European club competition.

Liverpool do not face Real Madrid until Wednesday 22 October when the European football giants meet head-to-head at Anfield.

Why Arsenal must NOT drop Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal need to stick with Ozil by Sam P I am not going to sit here and tell you that Mesut Ozil has not been a bit disappointing for Arsenal at times, or that his performance against Man City at the Emirates on Saturday was another one of those frustrating days for the fans. But [...]

Champions League Returns This Week

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The best club tournament in the world returns this week, as Real Madrid will begin defence of their Champions League trophy on Tuesday.

The competition kicks off with an array of enticing fixtures, including Arsenal's trip to Borussia Dortmund, the first of three showdowns between the Premier League and Bundesliga, as Manchester City also play Bayern Munich and Chelsea meet Schalke.

Newcastle United

Group’s Protests Against Pardew On Saturday Could Backfire

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The Chronicle is reporting that a group of Newcastle United supporters will protest during Saturday's league match against Hull City so the atmosphere will certainly not be conducive to Newcastle winning the game but maybe that's the point. Alan Pardew protests against him on Saturday during game We have mentioned before how [.

Manchester United Want Top Newcastle Star In January

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There's news that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to sign Newcastle United's Dutch International goalkeeper Tim Krul in the January transfer window. Tim Krul - in action at Aston Villa And it seems there are a number of clubs interested in the Newcastle 26 year-old goalkeeper, who was a hero for Holland in [.

Manager Takes Responsibility – Explains Horror Show

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Even AlanPardew knows that he must be close to the sack at Newcastle, if he cannot get some good results on the board in the next game or two particularly the next game against Hull at home on Saturday. Alan Pardew getting close to the sack The 53 year-old Londoner has been close [...]

This Man Would Jump At Chance To Manage Newcastle

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Journal columnist Don Hutchison talked yesterday about Tim Sherwood being very interested in the Newcastle manager job, should it become available in the near future, and Alan Pardew is fired. Tim Sherwood would jump at chance of managing Magpies Who wouldn't? This is what Don Hutchison said in the Journal yesterday: "I was working [.

Why Alan Pardew Will Never Quit Newcastle

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We don't expect Alan Pardew to step down as Newcastle manager and resign, and there are at least a couple of good reasons for that. Alan Pardew will never resign from Newcastle First of all on a personal level, you never want to quit a job just give up and walk away and [...]

More Bad News On Injury Front For Newcastle

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It certainly seems the Gods are against us at the moment, as the news today is that Rolando Aarons will be out for six weeks with his hamstring injury, and when the news was announced last week we thought it may be quite a few weeks out for the 18 year-old. Rolando Aarons in action [...]

Hull City vs West Ham United, TV Times and Open Thread

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce has a perfect opportunity today to put himself more into the "shop window" for his chances of becoming the next manager at Newcastle United. Of course, this is all conjecture, but if Hull City beats West Ham United today and then defeats Newcastle this weekend, Bruce could end up being the favorite to replace Alan Pardew if the manager is sacked.

Why Newcastle Should Be Doing Lots Of Planning Right Now

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Newcastle have not made a good start to the seasonin the first four games, and we are currently bottom of the league, tied with three other clubs but of course we hit rock bottom because our goal difference is already -6, and it looks like that figurewill not be good for the third season [...

Pardew – It’s Very, Very Difficult To Bounce Back

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It looks like Alan Pardew will still be in charge for the Hull City game on Saturday, but we expect Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley to be sorting out who Alan's replacement will be,in case we lose the Hull City game too. Carver and Pardew on the bench on Saturday Dropping points like this at [...]

Tottenham Hotspur

Erik Lamela: Building a Star at White Hart Lane

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We are just four matches into the Premier League season, so the words sample size must be kept in mind, but Erik Lamela has been a revelation for Maurice Pochettino's men so far. After a lost season last year under the bumbling management of Andre Villa-Boas and Tim Sherwood, in addition to a difficult transition to England and flagging health, the future was not looking bright for Lamela, who was supposed to be the biggest and brightest of the players purchased with the Gareth Bale windfall.

Tottenham Confirm Club Shares as Potential Sale Lingers

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Tottenham Hotspur have revealed a statement illustrating the amount of shares in the club's portfolio. The north London club announced, "In accordance with Rule 2.10 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code"), THFC confirms that, as at the close of business on 12 September 2014, it had 213,102,209 ordinary shares of 5 pence each in issue.

Manchester United

Manchester United Supporters Are Owed An Apology From Rio Ferdinand Following His Latest Confessions

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Excerpts fromQueens Park Rangersdefender Rio Ferdinand's new book titled "#2Sides", serialized in The Sun this week, have been making the rounds in the press.

The former Manchester United captain'sthoughts on his and his teammates' experience of working under David Moyes last season have made headlines onnumerous back pages.

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 4

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Liverpool has not learned the lesson thatJose Mourinho taught it, while Louis van Gaal ended his affair with the three-center back system.

The Stagnant Reds Go Marching In

Staring at screens around the world and sitting in the Kop, Liverpool fans will think back to ‘that' Sunday in late April.

Wilshere, Blind, Hazard…. Names of the Premier League, week 4

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Wilshere, Blind, Hazard.... Names of the Premier League, week 4 is a post from: Just Football

Theinterminable international break has mercifully ended marking the return ofPremier League.And with it, so too, doesNames of thePremier League- a weekly column onJust Footballwhere we offer you the best performers of the week.

Sunday European Rewind: Manchester United rout QPR; AC Milan win thriller over Parma; and more

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For the first time this season, Manchester United appeared to resemble ateam capable of living up to the history and tradition of the club.

The Red Devils surged past Queens Park Rangers Sunday by a 4-0 scoreline, as Man United picked up their first English Premier League victory of the 2014-15 season.

Louis van Gaal Sets Sights On Premier League Goal Scoring Record

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Louis van Gaal hailed a "new start" for Manchester United and said they are only going to get better.

United, inspired by record £59.7million singing Angel Di Maria, blitzed visitors Queens Park Rangers to secure their first win under new manager Van Gaal.

Van Gaal said he wanted to put the fear factor back into Old Trafford and his United side did just that to kick-start their season.

Video: Radamel Falcao’s wife records her husband’s Man Utd debut

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Radamel Falcao's wife Lorelei Taron did her bit to infringe Premier League broadcast rights in order to capture her husband's Manchester...

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Why Louis Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 Was Never Going To Work At United

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Why Louis Van Gaal's 3-5-2 Was Never Going To Work At United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

At the beginning of the season, all eyes were on the hot seat at Manchester United. A turbulent 2013-14 season had seen the Red Devils go from Champions to 7th-placed finishers in less than a year.

What if we “picked” EPL clubs like American ones?

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Fandom is such a fickle business. The EPL season rages on after a month of action, so we've read yet another glut of "Pick your team" stories and podcast anecdotes. Some say follow your heart. Others say pick a winner. Yet, of course, fans find ways to put other fans down. If you're from the US or another non-England country, then that's a knock against you.

La Liga

The 10 Series 2014/15: Keeping tabs on the best young players in Europe, Week 1: Kovacic cruises, Kane calamity

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The 10 Series 2014/15: Keeping tabs on the best young players in Europe, Week 1: Kovacic cruises, Kane calamity is a post from: Just Football

The 10 Series on Just Football aims to give the inside track on the 60 best young players in Europe, with stars of the future from England, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands picked out.

‘Revista De La Liga’ Discuss Possible Ronaldo Return To Manchester United [VIDEO]

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The rumors of Cristiano Ronaldo'spossible return to Manchester United refuse to die down in England and Spain.

It has beenwell publicized that the Portuguese forward openly questioned the decision of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sell histeammates specifically, Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso before the start of the season.

Aston Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor Form Means An England Recall Could Be On The Cards

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When Gabriel Agbonlahor first stepped on the grass of Goodison Park at the age of 19 for his Aston Villa debut against Everton great things were expected from the Birmingham-born striker. His lightning pace and direct runs coupled with his physique and agility made him a nightmare for opposition defences.

Aston Villa beat Liverpool, Shea debuts for Birmingham City

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Brad Guzan and Aston Villa shutout Liverpool in the Premier League and Brek Shea assists in his first game with Birmingham City. Read More


World class winger set to sign £200,000-per-week contract at Chelsea

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World class winger set to sign £200,000-per-week contract at Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Eden Hazard is set to sign a new £200,000-a-week contract at Chelsea that will make him the highest paid player at the club.

Hazard, who joined from Lille in 2012 for a reported fee of £34m has scored 34 goals for Chelsea so far and has been given the #10 shirt this season, which was vacated by Juan Mata last January.

Chelsea 4-2 Swansea: More goals conceded and it's not all about Costa!

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Diego Costa has taken all the plaudits for his first Chelsea hat-trick this past weekend and deservedly so. However for me, there were two others that deserved the credit and the fact we are conceding goals is a concern.

Costa is different class up front and has really made a difference to last season.

West Ham

Top five conclusions: Hull City 2-2 West Ham

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1. Sam Allardyce is not getting the credit he deserves West Ham have publicly expressed their intent to return to their old ways of playing more...

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Tactical Review: Hull City 2-2 West Ham

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Hull City tactics After a poor first-half when Hull City lost 2-1 against Aston Villa, Steve Bruce had his side start with a high tempo in this game....

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Tom Huddlestone: England’s Untapped Midfield Resource

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With the exception of a fewdie hard soccer fans,most viewerswill not be rushing to the television to watch today's Premier League encounter between Hull City and West Ham.

Under Sam Allardyce, the Hammers have staggeredto the start of the season with two losses in their opening three BPL fixtures.

Preview: Hull City vs West Ham United

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Hull boss Steve Bruce and his squad will have to forget the administrative issues surrounding their club when they take on West Ham tonight. They...

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Manchester City

Manchester City FC to Wear Purple 2014/15 Nike Cup Kit

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Manchester City Football Club today released a purple 2014/15 Nike third kit that will be [...]

Is Ozil causing Arsenal to lose precious points?

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Arsene Wenger: What does he do with Mesut Ozil's insipid displays? by SE Match Review Arsenal played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Manchester City at home in the Premier League last Saturday, as both sides went hammer and tongs at each other, to show for a just a point apiece in the end. Players [.

The Rest

Jordan Henderson: Liverpool’s irreplaceable ‘moral compass’

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Jordan Henderson: Liverpool's irreplaceable 'moral compass' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jordan Henderson has been appointed as Liverpool's vice-captain following the departure of Daniel Agger to Brondby. This extra responsibility bestowed on him only reflects his rising influence for both club and country.

Defence not a priority as Arsenal look to attack

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We didn't have long without football this summer did we? Perhaps that's why it's caught us cold this season and we are only all back on the BackPageBanter sofa now, the first time since that glorious day at Wembley last season. But back we are. Nodeparturesyou'll be pleased to hear, just a few wage increases that have tied our handsin the transfer market.