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Looking back to look forward: EURO 2012 A powerful duality is...

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Looking back to look forward: EURO 2012

A powerful duality is encoded in the story of every international tournament. While each lives uniquely—moldedsui generisby its hosts, its champions, its famous haircuts—the emotions and feelings that grip a tournament remain starkly similar year-on-year.

Top 10 candidates to become the new Manchester United manager

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With Sir Alex Ferguson retiring as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, OTP looks at some of the runners and riders who could replace him. 1. David Moyes The Everton manager has long been thought of as being Fergie's preferred successor and is already favourite for the post with the bookmakers.

Pep Guardiola: Spain’s First Football Missionary

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After long months of speculation that kept the fans of teams like Inter Milan and Chelsea hoping, Bayern Munich announced on their official website last week that the club had appointed Pep Guardiola on a three-year contract. The former Barcelona manager will begin his new mission in Bavaria on the July 1, 2013, as Bayern's current manager Jupp Heynckes announced that he would retire after his contract expires in June.

Cabaye Turned Down Summer Move To Spurs

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The Mag and Mark Jensen have had a Canal+ interview with Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye translated from the French, and Yohan has revealed that he had an offer to join Tottenham in the summer to replace Luka Modric, who went to Real Madrid, but he turned it down and preferred to stay at Newcastle [.

A Slap in the Face (Getafe 2 – Real Madrid 1)

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"I like the [Getafe] coach Luis Garcia. I like how organised his teams are and how he puts them into practice. I admire his work." said Mourinho before the game. My wife and I have started to teach our 15-month old son the nursery rhymes: "The wheels on the bus go.... Round and round (3x).

Andrea Pirlo

Video: Everton youngster John Stones is cooler than Andrea Pirlo

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Everton's John Stones managed to out-Pirlo Andrea Pirlo in last night's penalty shootout against Juventus. The usually ice cool Italian broke England's nerve with a classy Panenka penalty at Euro 2012. But last night he put his spot-kick wide of the post. It was left to 19-year-old Stones to show him how it should be [.

Where’s your Panenka now? Andrea Pirlo executes truly abysmal penalty for Juventus

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When you have a resplendent beard fit for a deity, pass the ball around effortlessly like adivine Leonardo da Vinci brushstroke and score one of the most delicious spot-kicks of all time, you have every right to forget you are human. Alas, the mercurial Andrea Pirlo fell back to Earth at the weekend after launching [.

The survivalist adventures of bearded Andrea Pirlo

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Awake.

Bearded Pirlo's eyes burn and every part of his body not encased in dense bearding feels filthy under the blast of stale air pumping out of the airplane vent above him. Rest has escaped him since three nights before Italy's loss to Spain in the Euro 2012 final. Silva then Alba then Torres then Mata.

RvP: I don’t know what I was thinking about with the penalty

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With United 2-1 down away at Southampton today, Robin van Persie won a penalty thanks to a reckless challenge from behind. The Dutchman stepped up to score his second equalising goal of the game but then took a bizarre penalty, a poor attempt at an Andrea Pirlo from this summer's Euro 2012, and the keeper saved it.

English Premier League

Who Are Ya? Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Emanuele Giaccherini Age: 28 Position: Winger Signed from: Juventus Fee: £6.8m Did you know? Giaccherini scored the fastest goal in Italy's international history when he netted against Haiti after 19 seconds... What's the deal? Juve were keen to sell Giaccherini to raise funds for some [.

Alan Pardew Talks About Depression

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It can be a deadly problem and depression was brought up at Alan Pardew's press conference yesterday, and Alan reminded everybody that it taken Gary Speed from us less than two years ago. Yohan Cabaye - it was not a deep depression Yohan Cabaye had courageously told everybody earlier in the week that he had [.

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye: Jonny Wilkinson helped me through depression

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Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson helped Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye to battle depression, the Frenchman has admitted. Cabaye revealed he turned to Wilkinson's book for advice as he struggled with depression after Euro 2012. The 27-year-old said: said: "Depression? I am not afraid to say that.

Courageous Yohan Cabaye Reveals Personal Problems

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It's sometimes hard for personalities in the public spotlight to talk about having depression, which is often a difficult thing to overcome and it seems to affect us all at some point in our lives. Yohan Cabaye in French colors last summer So we think Yohan Cabaye has shown great courageand openness [.

Chelsea gaffer Roberto Di Matteo vs. Spanish manager Vincente Del Bosque for Coach of the Year

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Head Coach Vicente del Bosque of Spain (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)

On Nov. 29 a shortlist of three coaches will be revealed and the best Coach of the Year will be announced. Although who will make No. 3 is not obvious, No. 1 and 2 should be.

In a European Cup year, the coach of the current European champion's, Spain, must be one of the two.

Arsenal Bring ‘A’ Game To Anfield With Stunning 2-0 Win- Plus Man United, The Evolution Of Santi Cazorla

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Santi Cazorla's brilliance for Arsenal may have finally caught up with the Premier League Pack during their 2-0 victory over Liverpool yesterday, but the Spaniard was already a 'crack' at Villarreal, where he fed Giuseppe Rossi with many of the best assists in La Liga.

Arsenal’s transfer window: Big changes at the Emirates for second summer in a row

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Arsenal's transfer window: Big changes at the Emirates for second summer in a row - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Emirates Stadium's revolving door continued to swing this summer, as Arsenal looked to sign attacking quality but also sold two of their most impressive performers from last season.

FIFA

Good News For Newcastle’s French Internationals

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There was some good news for Newcastle players Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy today, and each will start only one game for France during their two match South American tour. Yohan Cabaye - exhausted last summer Alan Pardew would be much happier if both of them were already resting up before pre-season starts in early [.

Europe in 2020: Could Platini’s madcap proposal really work?

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By Saf Hossain

I don't know exactly why, but the heads of football's most prominent organisations – FIFA's Sepp Blatter and UEFA's Michel Platini, respectively – often give the air of a deranged, despotic dictator, bursting at the seams with outspoken controversy and just waiting for a popular revolt to remove them from power.

Spain

SFS FLASHBACK 2012 | SERGIO RAMOS PENATY VS PORTUGAL EURO SEMIS

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Fifa World Rankings September 2012

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Fifa's World Rankings for September 2012 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

Euro 2012 winners Spain kept their position on top of the FIFA rankings followed by Germany, England still in their best ever position of third, Portugal and then Copa America champions Uruguay, Brazil remain out of the top 10 in 12th.

Zero to Hero: Is 4-6-0 the Next Tactical Step?

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When Luciano Spalletti used it, it made Roma one of the most talked about teams in Europe. When Scotland manager Craig Levein used it, he was roundly castigated for even trying it. And when Spain used it in Euro 2012, ...

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World Cup

Peru fans greet Lionel Messi by chanting Cristiano Ronaldo’s name

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During Euro 2012 and the qualifying process that led up to it, groups of opposing fans tried to get under Cristiano Ronaldo's skin by chanting Leo Messi's name at him. This happened at airports, outside hotels and during matches. And now, Peru fans have decided to give Messi himself a taste of Ronaldo's mild annoyance by chanting "Cristiano, Cristiano" at him as he got off the bus and entered Argentina's hotel ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.

Turkey Nike 2012/13 Home Kit

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Following its failure to qualify for EURO 2012, the Turkey national football team will kick off its qualification run for the 2014 World Cup at the Netherlands on Friday. A...

Galaxy sign Swedish veteran Wilhelmsson

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The Los Angeles Galaxy are gearing up for the stretch run of their MLS Cup title defense, and they've added a Swedish international midfielder with valuable experience to help them in the final months of the season.

With 10 days to go until the MLS roster freeze deadline, the Galaxy announced the signing of Christian Wilhelmsson, adding a 32-year-old wide midfielder who was part of the Sweden Euro 2012 team and also played in the 2008 European championship, 2006 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

Scotland

Scottish football fan picked out of the crowd to score equaliser

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Now, I hope that all readers hated the Euro 2012 Mars advert where a man was picked out of the crowd to save some Dutch penalties. It's cheesiness genuinely made me feel ill. But, as ever, real life has gone and been more suprising than fiction. When Scotland Ladies took on their Norwegian counterparts in [.

Scotland: Starting blocks

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What is a good start to a qualifying campaign?

That's been the subject of intense debate this week as Scotland prepare for another tilt at reaching a major championship.

Maybe not much of a debate actually.

First we had Craig Levein's assistant Peter Houston suggesting that four points from six against Serbia and Macedonia would be just swell.

Greece

LVA 1-2 GRE: Greece Rally Late Again

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Nikos Spyropoulos found himself opening the scoring account for Greece as his neatly placed volley curled inside of the post. Two years ago he scored a similar goal to level against Georgia in the opening qualifier heading to Euro 2012. Most Greek fans are probably wondering why Spyropoulos was not [read more]

Preview LVA-GRE: The Journey Begins

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Hello to all Greece fans. It's been a while since my last post covering Greece's incredible journey at Euro 2012. After a full two month summer break the Greek national team begins it's journey to Brazil. Fernando Santos has moved the team in a new direction with the introduction of [read more]

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The weekend off for most league competition continues today, as most leagues are off throughout the weekend with 2014 World Cup qualifying taking place around the globe.

The marquee matchup today for international fans takes place in Glasgow today, as Scotland hosts Serbia, looking to qualify for their first World Cup since 1998.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Leagues around the world take a back seat to the international game, as World Cup qualifying resumes.

The marquee match for U.S. soccer fans is the U.S. men's national team's battle against Jamaica Friday night, where the U.S. can claim sole possession of first place in its qualifying group with a win.

The Rest

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifying Draw

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The qualifying draw for UEFA EURO 2016 was held at Nice's Palais des Congrès Acropolis [...]

Croatia edges Iceland makes it eight out of ten appearances at big tournaments

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An amazing feat for a small country

By Ozren Podnar

Iceland came within inches of becoming the smallest country by population ever represented at a World Cup final tournament when they were drawn against Croatia in the European zone playoffs. With 320,000 citizens, the insular nation in the North Atlantic is three times less populous than the current champions - Trinidad and Tobago.

Noticias : Man City’s Samir Nasri Finally Apologizes For Euro 2012 Incident – Says He “Has A Lot To Learn”

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Like his fellow Premiership colleague Luis Suarez, Man City's Samir Nasri isn't exactly one of the most loved men in football. With a persona compared to that of a spoilt child, Nasri dislikes talking to the press or giving interviews, unless he is feeling particularly Zen or in a Summery mood, which would be now.

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher confirms his next move

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Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher will join Sky Sports from the start of next season. The veteran defender had previously announced that he would retire at the end of the current campaign, although the rumour mill had suggested he was thinking of performing a U-turn and staying on for one more season.

Turkey loses opening World Cup qualifier to Holland

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Netherlands 2-0 Turkey

Two new coaches and two young team....

Louis van Gaal, for Dutch team.......

And, Abdullah Avci , for Turkey.....

One, former World class player and second time with Dutch National team ......

The other one, made his name in Turkish football with U-17 National team and Municipal Istanbul team , Buyuk Sehir in the Turkish Super League.

Preview RUS-NIR: Capello's Russia

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Fabio Capello will receive his first competitive test tomorrow as Russia take on Northern Ireland in Moscow to start their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign. Since taking charge, Fabio Capello has worked to patch the gaps that resulted in the Euro 2012 campaign. Criticism has been wide spread and intense, [read more]

Blackburn manager Steve Kean admits he’s never seen three of his new signings play

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Even before he relieved Blackburn Rovers of the burden of playing Premier League football last year, manager Steve Kean struggled to win the confidence of the Ewood Park faithful. The unpopular Glaswegian is set to go down even further in the estimation of long-suffering Blackburn fans, after he admitted he has never seen three of his deadline day transfers play.

Serie A : Di Matteo Attends Juventus-Udinese Thriller – Plus Pato & Barbara Berlusconi Split Rumours

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Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo was spotted at the Udinese-Juventus game yesterday in a match Sebastien Giovinco the shortest player at Euro 2012 (that needed to be said!)- scored a brace. The Turin side went on to win 4-1, sending them to the top of the Serie A table, despite the fact that Antonio Conte's ten-month ban has forced him to sit out all their upcoming games.

Fergie: Rooney is no Ryan Giggs

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Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about Wayne Rooney's fitness after claiming on Friday that his injury was a "blessing". Following his break after Euro 2012, Rooney returned to the squad overweight and unfit, which has frustrated some fans, given that he's the highest paid player at the club.

Ferguson has compared Rooney to people like Giggs, claiming that Rooney needs game to regain his fitness.

Two Derisory Offers Received For Newcastle’s Top Midfielder

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It appears that Newcastle did receive some offers for their midfield star Yohan Cabaye during the summer, and in the last week the news that Arsenal were after the French International turned out to be true. Yohan Cabaye after scoring for France in Euro 2012 If Arsenal and Arsene Wenger were after Cabaye he much be French.