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Disgraceful Jan Vertonghen Dive Against Dnipro Last Night (Vine)

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Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen went down several notches in my estimation with this blatant dive during Tottenham's 3-1 win over Dnipro last night in the Europa Cup. Should be banned for it?

Benfica’s Nocolas Gaitan’s Delightful Free-Kick Against PAOK (Vine)

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Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan scores a delightful free-kick against Greek side PAOK in the Europa Cup last night in which the Portuguese side ran out 3-0 winners.

Stunning Paul Pogba Goal Against Trabzonspor

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Juventus Trabzonspor 2 -0 All Goals UEFA Europa League 20/02/2014 by Lance esporte

Former Manchester United team-mates Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba combine to put Juventus 2-0 up against Turkish outfit Trabzonspor in their Europa Cup tie in Italy tonight with Pogba coolly passing the ball into the top corner with pace.

English Premier League

Europa Cup. What’s the point?

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"Come on you Spurs" was a comment I made a few minutes ago. Why? Because I'd love them to have a fixture on the Thursday before we play them in the league on Sunday March 16.

Crikey, it then dawned on me that the only point I see in The Europa is to create fixture congestion for domestic rivals.

Europa Cup. What’s the point?

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"Come on you Spurs" was a comment I made a few minutes ago. Why? Because I'd love them to have a fixture on the Thursday before we play them in the league on Sunday March 16.

Crikey, it then dawned on me that the only point I see in The Europa is to create fixture congestion for domestic rivals.

Scudamore The Psychopath

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In the old days, there was humour about the state of corruption within Italian football.

Now the tittering is about the rampant corruption in ScudamoreWorld - the Premier League Theme Park.

Serie A, Serie B, the Bundesliga, La Primera Liga (to an extent), the Dutch Eredivisie, the Champions League, the Europa Cup, the leagues in Portugal, Denmark, Sweden and even Russia have taken institutional actions that target the match-fixers.

News of Roy Hodgson as England manager a month too late

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Roy Hodgson Courtesy Wikipedia

When I read about Roy Hodgson's appointment as the new England manager I was hoping my calendar said April 1st not May 1st. This news would have been ideal on April Fool's Day. Now, I have nothing against senior citizens. I believe they're a major reason why Britain is prefixed by the word Great.

What An Incredible Fluke XXI!

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Two seasons ago, the English Premier League declared war on UEFA both over financial fair play and the programming of EPL matches to coincide with ones from the Champions League.

The bookmakers, as ever, were most grateful for such impact as the success of the English teams over the previous four seasons had been immensely poor for the bottom line.

Soccer Culture

European Super Cup: Atletico tears Chelsea a new one, 4-1

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If you every hypothesized that the Europa Cup last season was the competition with the talent, the passion, and the more compelling matches, then you had your proof today. It was Atletico at the end looking as if it could have played another 90 minutes while Chelsea looked like it wanted back those 90 minutes, each minute more painful than the one before.

The Nuri Sahin twist and turn now favours Liverpool

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Finally the M57 to Liverpool to end all this in-sahinity

Reports from Spain, the Guardian, and the Beeb indicate that Arsenal were unwilling to budge from their position to keep Nuri Sahin on just a year long loan move seeking instead a provision to make him permanent. This did not find favour with Real Madrid.

Contrary to reports Marcelo Bielsa stays on at Athletic

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Marcelo "El Loco" Bielsa has had a rocky couple of weeks

After meeting with Athletic Bilbao president Jose Urrutia, the volatile Argentinian who had shockingly resigned over the club allegedly dragging their feet in opening a new training center has re-considered that decision and decided to stay on for the present.

Euro 2012: Did playing for losing clubs doom the Netherlands?

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Bad karma chameleons

The remarkable thing about yesterday's match was the Dutch's utter lack of self belief. After that great start by Rafael Van Der Vaart, they faded away and the Portugese started bossing the ball around. Only in the last 10 minutes when the result was moot did they perk up and play with some assurance with Van Der Vaart providing one more spark.

Pep Guardiola's swansong: Copa Del Rey finals today

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The world saw the genius of Leo Messi flower under Guardiola

And so the coach of the Blaugrana, the one who won in his four years every title that needed to be won, appears in his final match, the Copa Del Rey finals against Athletic Bilbao today. Josep "Pep" Guardiola comes full circle against a team whose 4-1 defeat gave Barcelona a triple crown and capped an extra-ordinary coaching debut for the 37 year old.

Europa Cup final: Falcao shines in Atletico's 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao

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szólj hozzá: ATL. MADRID 3-0 ATHL. BILBAO

Athletic Bilbao with 60% of the possession was the better team but Atletico with Radamel Falcao and Diego had all the individual brilliance. The Colombian was virtually unstoppable in front of goal proving too strong and too quick for the Atletico defense.

Europa Cup semi-finals: Llorente fires Athletic past Sporting Lisbon, 3-1 (agg 4-3)

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szólj hozzá: Athletic Bilbao - Sporting 3-1

This was a hugely entertaining match. End to end breathless action at the San Mames as each team went at each other. There was no let up in the second half. Athletic took an early lead through Mikael Susaeta as the Basques pulled level on aggregate.

Europa Cup semi-finals: Sporting Lisbon comes back against Athletic, 2-1

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szólj hozzá: Sporting - Athletic Bilbao 2:1

The all Iberian showdown between the Lusos and the Basques kept up the Europa Cup's fast growing reputation of put whatever you're doing down and enjoin (an amalgam of join + enjoy) the thrill a minute, eyeballs to the wall, non stop, box to box action on display by some of the world's best talent.

Europa Cup: Sporting Lisbon ride their luck with Metalist, 1-1 (agg 3-2)

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szólj hozzá: SPO

A penalty miss by Cleiton Xavier in the 64th minute made all the difference to Sporting Lisbon who squeaked out a draw to edge Metalist on aggregate. Metalist were the much better team this evening and Rui Patricio was a busy man under the bar.

However, it was the Portugese side against the run of play going ahead through Rip Van Winkle .

Europa Cup QF: Athletic Bilbao edge past Schalke, 2-2 (agg 6-4)

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szólj hozzá: ATH

Probably the most entertaining quarter-final on display with a plethora of attack minded players on both sides. Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Raul, Jose Manual Jurado for Schalke while the Basques had Fernando Llorente, Oscar De Marcos, and Iker Munian.

It was Huntelaar in great form this season lashing a shot past Gorka Iraizoz who raised Schalke's hopes for an upset win at San Mames.

Europa Cup QF: Valencia crush AZ Alkmaar, 4-0 (agg 5-2)

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szólj hozzá: VAL

Valencia became the first of three Spanish clubs to march to the Europa Cup semi-finals. The semi-finals will be an all Iberian affair with Sporting Lisbon joining Valencia, Athletic Bilbao, and Atletico Madrid.

Los Che swamped AZ Alkmaar. Adil Rami scored a brace with Jordi Alba and Pablo Hernandez adding to the tally.

Europa Cup: Atletico Madrid 2 Hannover 1

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szólj hozzá: Atletico 2-1 Hannover (HD)

It's easy to see why Radamel Falcao is a Chelsea target. He can score at will unlike all the huffing and puffing that goes on in that English club at present.

Falcao rock me I'm a deuce gave Atletico a very early lead at the Vicente Calderon as he headed in a set piece for his 22nd goal in 23 Europa Cup appearances, the top goalscorer.

Europa Cup: Atletico Madrid 2 Hannover 1

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szólj hozzá: Atletico 2-1 Hannover (HD)

It's easy to see why Radamel Falcao is a Chelsea target. He can score at will unlike all the huffing and puffing that goes on in that English club at present.

Falcao rock me I'm a deuce gave Atletico a very early lead at the Vicente Calderon as he headed in a set piece for his 22nd goal in 23 Europa Cup appearances, the top goalscorer.

Europa Cup: Atletico Madrid 2 Hannover 1

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szólj hozzá: Atletico 2-1 Hannover (HD)

It's easy to see why Radamel Falcao is a Chelsea target. He can score at will unlike all the huffing and puffing that goes on in that English club at present.

Falcao rock me I'm a deuce gave Atletico a very early lead at the Vicente Calderon as he headed in a set piece for his 22nd goal in 23 Europa Cup appearances, the top goalscorer.

Europa Cup: Atletico Madrid 2 Hannover 1

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szólj hozzá: Atletico 2-1 Hannover (HD)

It's easy to see why Radamel Falcao is a Chelsea target. He can score at will unlike all the huffing and puffing that goes on in that English club at present.

Falcao rock me I'm a deuce gave Atletico a very early lead at the Vicente Calderon as he headed in a set piece for his 22nd goal in 23 Europa Cup appearances, the top goalscorer.

Europa Cup: Athletic Bilbao come from behind beating Schalke, 4-2

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szólj hozzá: Schalke Athletic 2:4 ALL GOALS

Many commentators have concluded that the heart and soul of European football lies in the Europa Cup and those who saw this match will have little to disagree with that statement. Schalke at home at the Veltins got another scintillating display from Raul, who is probably secretly relieved he's not part of the Real Madrid circus anymore.

Derby D'Italia: Juventus beat Inter, 2-0

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The Old Lady was helped immensely by their grey beards. Gigi Buffon brought off spectacular save after another, Andrea Pirlo created most of the movement from deep within midfield, and Alessandro Del Piero scored Juve's second goal to help keep the Derby D'Italia in their hands.

It was an enthralling match and Inter managed to give Juve some very anxious moments in the first half through Diego Milito and Diego Forlan.

Brilliant Athletic Bilbao send Man Utd packing, 2-1 (5-3 agg)

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So yet another Spanish side had Utd's number for the second year in a row. Admittedly there was no shame losing to Barca last year in the Champions League but surely they could do better against Athletic Bilbao? But the Basques were absolutely phenomenal and in Fernando Llorente they have a striker who is everything a striker needs to be plus has huge brass balls.

Kenny Dalglish just upped revisionism of success

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Liverpool: Where a shirt is fungible with points

Arsene Wenger comes in for regular criticism for his re-definition of success. Gems like "if it means coming fourth, I'll take it for the next twenty years" or the simpler "coming fourth is like earning a trophy".

You may disagree with him but at least his premise is within the ballpark of an acceptable milestone.

Stadia, Grounds

Barnton FC

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Date: Tuesday 24th July 2012
Ground:Â Townfield
Comp:Â Pre-Season Friendly
Match: Barnton 0 Clitheroe 2 HT: 0-1

ATT: circa 35
Additional: Entrance £3.00, Programme Free with entry

Townfield in pictures
Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 7, Structures/Terracing 6, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 6
Total 26

After the absurdly early start to the season at Bangor in the Europa Cup, I couldn't then wait a whole month for my next hit of football and new grounds.

Bangor City (Nantporth)

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Date: Thursday July 05 2012
Ground:Â Nantporth
Comp: Europa Cup Qualification Round 1
Match:Â Bangor City 0 Zimbru Chisinau 0Â Â HT: 0-0

ATT:Â 1,012
Additional: Entrance £15.00 Programme £3
Nantporth in pictures

Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 8, Structures/Terracing 8, Hospitality 9, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 8
Total 33

When July arrives you can start to smell the new season.

Athletic Bilbao

Friday Crackovia Club : Marcelo Bielsa Can’t Stop Talking, Casillas And Mourinho’s Breakdown

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Welcome to our Good Friday edition of the Friday Crackovia Club! This week, Real Madrid's Iker Casillas and Jose Mourinho suffer a "communication breakdown" at a press conference. And who better to resolve the problem than a special appearance by horn-blasting Sergio Ramos?

Bilbao Reach Europa Semi’s to End 35 Year Wait

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Athletic Bilbao ended a 35 year wait as they despatched of Schalke 6-4 on aggregate with a 2-2 draw at the San Mames tonight to reach the Euriopa Cup Semi's where they will face Sporting Lisbon who despatched of Metalist Kharkiv 3-2 on aggregate 1-1 on the night.

Sporting Lisbon End Ukranian’s Europa League Bid

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Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon ended Ukranian interest in the Europa Cup tonight with a 1-1 draw in Metalist, 3-2 on aggregate. Sporting's win sets them up with a semi-final tie with Athletic Bilbao who despatched of Schalke in the other quarter-final.

Picture of the Day : Man United’s David de Gea “Zones Out” And Is Tired Of Criticism

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"Honestly, I think I have done more good things than bad things, but perhaps what I have done wrong has been reported on more. Of course I am self-critical. I have to be. Any footballer must learn from his mistakes to improve day after day and know what his weaknesses are." Man United's David de Gea ahead of tonight's Europa Cup match against Athletic Bilbao

Futbolita's note : Hey tipo, the scruffy look is pretty good on most days except today.

The Rest

Super Revnaldo Europa Cup Goal

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Azerbaijan side Qarabag FK had a fabulous 3-0 aggregate win in the Europa Cup against Swedish side Gefle last week with Revnaldo scoring this superb goal in the second leg albeit with a little bit of luck!

Europa Cup, Kiryat Shmona – Olympique Lyonnais : the Israeli job

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Forget the automn CL campaigns of old, Valencia in 2000, Barcelona in 2001 and 2007, Milan in 2002, Glasgow in 2003, Munich in 2008. All the glitter and gold is gone. The old stadium of Haifa, with barely one quarter of the seats occupied : that's what Lyon faces today in this Europa League campaign.

Weekend Results: Happy Hugs, Hairy Chests & Haircut Generators

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ADP with his wife, Sonia and son, Sasha. Image: Reuters.

The season ain't over until the bubbas say it's over.

Fine by us!

La Liga

Real Madrid beat Mallorca 4-1 last night, taking their points tally to a record breaking 100 for the season. Mou's men made sure of the title a couple of weeks ago, which rendered Barca's failure to beat Real Betis inconsequential as far as the table went.

What An Incredible Fluke LVI!

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The PGMOB Select Group of referees for Premier League games features the ludicrously small number of just 18 officials.

This is a structure seemingly primed for corruption.

But the hyperreality is worse still.

Stuart Attwell has been demoted due to the poor standard of his officiating.

Nobody got killed

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It's not the End of the World.We lost a football match. Nobody got killed I expect you're all looking forward to the Cup Semi-Final against Chelsea on Sunday. No? I can't imagine why not. It's what the game is all about: Silverware ,Wembley; Marching Bands; Community Singing., Jumpers for Goalposts, isn't it?

What An Incredible Fluke XXVIII!

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Hail Hail!!
Against all the early season odds, Glasgow Celtic were crowned Scottish Premier League Champions on Saturday.
A true Easter Uprising!

Without going for the Schadenfreude/Fr Ted Crilly/Bjørge Lillelien angle on hyperrealities, the Hun Boys took one hell of a beating.