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Diving in Soccer

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This is one of many posters denouncing that terrible act that is too often encountered in football, diving. Here, Ashley Young, a player for Manchester United is shown in a parody of Bruce Willis's Die Hard in Dive Hard 2. Iain Mcintosh of ESPN Soccernet addressed the prevalence of diving in soccer today with this great piece.

Monday Kickoff: Van Persie voted Player of the Year, Muamba speaks & more

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After carrying Arsenal for much of this season, Robin Van Persie now gets to lift the PFA Player of the Year trophy.

The Dutch striker was given the honor Sunday after scoring an English Premier League-leading 27 goals for the Gunners, who sit in third place with three fixtures remaining.


Toffees hone in on midfielder

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According to reports, Everton have agreed a deal tobring South African midfielder Steven Pienaar back to Goodison Park. Manager David Moyes has admitted his desire to bring Pienaar back to Merseyside, and a deal appears close.

"I think we are much closer to Pienaar and hopefully in time I will have something, but I don't quite have it yet," Moyes was quoted as saying by ESPN Soccernet earlier this week.

United target speaks out

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Manchester United transfer target Leighton Baines has finally broken the silence following a string of rumors linking the left back with a move to Old Trafford. The sought-after defender insists that he won't let transfer rumors distract him from his England duties as Roy Hodgson's men prepare for Euro 2012.

MLS' competitiveness in CONCACAF Champions League

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After Real Salt Lake's run to the CONCACAF Champions League final last season, and the first-ever wins by MLS teams in Mexico this season, there was a lot of misplaced optimism about the chances of Major League Soccer teams to contend for the CCL. That optimism was swiftly dispatched by Mexican clubs in the knockout stages.

Herdling: What position? New USA jersey, yay or nay? More.

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Photo: Courtesy TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Philadelphia Union

The Union confirmed on Monday that they have signed Kai Herdling on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim ahead of the close of the transfer window on Monday night.

Herdling is listed most places—from Wikipedia, to, soccerway.

Chelsea, no Torres, closed doors Reserve game

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Photo: Earl Gardner

Philadelphia Union

The Union issued a press release on Tuesday in which they said team and league officials will be holding a press conference today at 11:30 to discuss "the competitive aspects of the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game," which seems like a fancy way of saying the All-Star Game opponent will be announced.

M’Vila (and Brenton) back in the picture

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So, I'm back. Ish. Baby steps, everyone.

Here's a short, short post to start me back on the road to wellness. The road that will leads to St. Totteringham's Day.

Anyway, here we are, April 2nd, a few short weeks away from the end of the season but three long months away from the transfer window.

ESPN: Chelsea Will Play In Philadelphia This Summer

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Chelsea will play a game in Philadelphia as part of its American summer tour, ESPN Soccernet reported.

The Philadelphia Union have been linked to a friendly with Newcastle United for a summer friendly, and reports out of Costa Rica have said that the team will also host Deportivo Saprissa in the coming months, making Chelsea a possible third friendly this year.

Wingers take central role in Tottenham’s title challenge

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By Richard Nash

Tottenham's victory over Everton last week left them level on points with Manchester United and three points off league leaders Man City, confirming their position as genuine title rivals to the Manchester clubs. Much has been made of the additions of Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor as a reason for the club's success, but the biggest change since last season has been the use of their wingers, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.

Video Preview: Aston Villa v Liverpool

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Reinventing Rio De Janeiro: Rebuilding Brazil for the World Cup

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World Cup season has officially started with teams throwing in their hats to get a chance at a series of qualifying rounds for the mundial in Brazil. However, as footballers fight for a chance to compete and fans slowly build their savings accounts for the trip in 2014, many of Brazil's host cities have yet to prepare for the incredible horde preparing to descend on them.

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  • Niklas Wildhagen recalled his traumatic experience, when Otto Rehagel left Bremen for Bayern. (Regista)
  • Jonny Eyres looked at how Bundesliga promotion hopefuls Fortuna Düsseldorf slowly worked their way back up the divisions. (

Rooney could miss 'weeks'

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Wayne Rooney could miss 'weeks' - ESPN Soccernet Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Wayne Rooney could miss "a few weeks" of Manchester United's season. United served up a surprise at Stoke on Saturday, as they arrived at the Britannia Stadium without their star man. Ferguson told ESPN after the 1-1 draw that the club had endured a "nightmare" training session on Friday.

Hatem Ben Arfa set for Newcastle return

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We're as suprised as anyone. Hatem Ben Arfa set to return to action for Newcastle - ESPN Soccernet Hatem Ben Arfa will finally return to the Newcastle side almost a year after suffering a double leg break against Manchester City. ...Now he will pull on the black and white shirt on Wednesday night as Newcastle travel to struggling Championship side Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup.

Injuries and Suspensions: Week 4

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Premier League team news - ESPN Soccernet: Here is the important news from behind the link along with the fantasy implications that the news implies: Arsenal Song and Gervinho are back from suspension which means a few things: 1) Frimpong and Arshavin will almost definitely head to the bench; 2) The defense will be better with Song in front of Mertesacker and Koscielny (and Rovers doing

Injuries and Suspensions: Week 3

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Premier League team news - ESPN Soccernet: There are a fair number of interesting line-up machinations related to injuries, suspensions, and transfers. Â For all of the fantasy implications for this weekend, here is everything you need to know: Aston Villa: Looks like Gabby and Heskey are very likely to be healthy for the match against Wolves.

Links 17.08.11

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  • Ansgar Löcke recounts his trip to Hanover's first round DFB-Pokal match. (Bundesliga Fanatic)
  • Deutsche Welle takes a look at overlooked late blooming Augsburg striker Sascha Mölders. (Deutsche Welle)
  • Martyn Fisher wrote a fresh batch of tactical match reports of Bundesliga matches.

Links 17.08.11

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  • Ansgar Löcke recounts his trip to Hanover's first round DFB-Pokal match. (Bundesliga Fanatic)
  • Deutsche Welle takes a look at overlooked late blooming Augsburg striker Sascha Mölders. (Deutsche Welle)
  • Martyn Fisher wrote a fresh batch of tactical match reports of Bundesliga matches.

Another Forward To Chelsea

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ESPN Soccernet - On The Move: "20.40: Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku has confirmed he will be having his Chelsea medical tomorrow. Just to recap: the clubs have agreed a fee, but he's still to pass his medical or agree personal terms (although reports in Belgium on Friday suggested he may have already agreed terms).

Hiddink Tells Roman Abramovich What Everyone’s Been Saying All Along

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ESPN Soccernet is reporting that Turkish National team manager and former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has told Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich what everyone else has been saying all along: Stability is the key to winning. Abramovich, who has hired...

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Manchester City Sign Stefan Savic

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Man City complete deal for Savic from Partizan - ESPN Soccernet Savic, a center back with the speed and athleticism to play right back, is only 20 and would seem to be one for the future. That being said, the only players between him and first team spot are Kompany, Lescott, Toure (when not banned), Boyata, Richards, Boateng and Zabaleta.

Monday Morning Union Freekicks: What's Being Said This Fourth Of July

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Quick Post-Match Reax: Same Old Song, As United Loses Another Lead (this time against Philly) - Black And Red United
The general reaction tonight is simple: Meet the new D.C. United, same as the old D.C. United.

Chemistry has Ruiz proving his worth to Union | CSN Philly

When Carlos Ruiz was inked in late February, Peter Nowak and the Union wanted a finisher.

"Bishop Magic" Dong-won

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ESPN Soccernet - On the Move - Love for Leighton15.11 South Korea international Ji Dong-won has become Sunderland's second signing in as many days after completing his move from Chunnam Dragons. I don't know much, if anything, about him but I do know that Sunderland need forwards and I'm going to love the nickname (which I should since I just gave it to him - hopefully no one beat me to the punch

It's all crips and bloods in the footblogosphere

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So over the past couple of months, things have maybe gotten a bit hostile on the football blog scene.

I apparently played a part.

A while ago, a certain writer well known to most of you from the entertaining blog Surreal Football, wrote a piece on ESPN Soccernet about the new tactics snobbery.

Gold Cup Quarterfinals – US v. Jamaica: Player Grades

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It's been too long. Not since the last World Cup have my always accurate and enlightening Player Grades graced these pages. Allow me to briefly explain: I take the NYTimes Goal blog and ESPN Soccernet grades as a baseline, and then use a highly complex algorithm to merge them to arrive at perfectly accurate ratings.

The Worst Hair This Side of Trump Coming to the Emirates

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ESPN Soccernet - On The Move15.31 We're hearing that Gervinho's move to Arsenal in a £10.5 million deal from Lille is all but a done deal. Confirmation imminent.With the news that Gervinho is extremely likely to arrive at The Emirates, here are some quick thoughts. The PlayerMy expectations range from "good" to "very good" as a player.

Tottenham Have Not Made Contact With Napoli’s Lavezzi

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According to ESPN Soccernet, Tottenham have not made any contract with Napoli about striker Ezequiel Lavezzi. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentii told Radio Marte,

"Lavezzi? I have never spoken to Tottenham .

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  • Rule the curve, rule the club? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Hamburg 2011/2012: Young Fresh and New. (Deutsche Welle)
  • Plenty of goals and humbas to enjoy during a Bundesliga season. (ESPN Soccernet)
  • Deutsche Welle's Kick Off travels to the heart of German football to meet old people.

Premier League Injuries and Suspensions

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Berbatov battles Tevez, again. Premier League team news - ESPN Soccernet Of course it may all be irrelevant due to the inconvenient timing of "the Rapture" but if we manage to avoid the end of days on Saturday, we will indeed have a final day of the season on Sunday. Honestly, as I looked at the content behind the link above, I don't think I saw anything that moved me to make a change.

Links 19.05.11

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  • Augsburg looking forward to its' first and last Bundesliga season? (Deutsche Welle)
  • The best place for a soy bratwurst in the Bundesliga. (The Local)
  • Some fresh Bundesliga kits to thumb up or down. (DBUK)
  • And some 2. Bundesliga kits for good measure. (DBUK)
  • The tactics behind Hertha's Bundesliga promotion.

Why Asian Football Is So Delicate

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This fantastic article was on the front of ESPN Soccernet today. The title, "Liverpool hoping for Asian tonic", is supremely underwhelming, as it attempts to tie in Liverpool's current form, Manchester United and the Big Four, Asian academies, sponsorship, Barcelona's visit, and selling shirts.

To be honest, the opportunities and current situation of Asian football do encompass all those things, and many more.

On Mind Games

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"This is definitely a battle that is being fought in the mind. Without a shadow of a doubt." Dan Mason, ESPN Soccernet Podcast, April 25, 2011

"Tomorrow at 8:45 we will play a match on the field. Outside of the field, he has won the entire year, the entire season and in the future (it will be the same).

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So, Where’s The League Going Now?

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Another season has come and gone, and LA, who underachieved famously throughout 2012, has taken the cake. So, with MLS entering the offseason, the Beckham Experiment at its close, and the future wide open before us, it seems appropriate to discuss our league's direction.

To begin, I'd direct everyone to this fascinating article from ESPN Soccernet.