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Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger working 24 hours a day to sign players, doesn’t know who

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims he and his staff are working 24 hours a day to sign new players. But he also seemed to suggest that he didn't know who they should be trying to sign. The Gunners boss was responding to vociferous criticism aimed at him following a 1-3 home defeat to Aston Villa [.

Saturday round-up, AW on NB

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Good day to you. This fine Saturday begins with a most fulsome *boilk* and not being able to find flip-flops thus having to walk on the stones to retrieve the dog who from time to time thinks he produces enormous lumps of hot food from his arse. Not pleasant.

Still, it's Saturday and this is a good thing.

R.I.P. to the Man you used to be

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So we finally had some news about where we are with regards to the club's contract negotiations for RvP. Van Persie said: "I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract."

Well, that is fine with me, I can live with that.

R.I.P. to the Man you used to be

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So we finally had some news about where we are with regards to the club's contract negotiations for RvP. Van Persie said: "I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract."

Well, that is fine with me, I can live with that.

Tottenham Hotspur

Al-Qaeda wades in on Gareth Bale transfer with anti-semitic attack on Spurs

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Al-Qaeda have become involved in the transfer rumours linking Gareth Bale with a switch to Real Madrid by launching an anti-semitic attack on Tottenham. Reports in the Italian media claim that the leader of a Yemeni Al-Qaeda cell, Ahmed Al Dossari, has used Spurs' negotiations with Real as an excuse for a rant about Jews.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Spurs fan on signing Rooney, losing to United and AVB

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Nothing is certain but death and taxes... and not losing to Spurs. They may score from the half way line in the last minute, plain for all to see, but it won't be given. They may be 3-0 up at half-time, but we'll score five in the second half. They may believe they have a freekick after one of our players blatantly handballs it, but the ref will play advantage and we will score a goal regardless.

Brendan Rodgers Blames Sigurdsson Wage Demands For Deal Not Happening

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson's increased wage demands scuppered his move to Anfield.

A deal had been struck with the Iceland international for him to return to Swansea – where he had spent the latter half of last season on loan – but when Rodgers moved to Anfield that move hit the rocks.

Videos

Video: Carlos Tevez teaches Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli to wrap Christmas presents

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And people say footballers have no grounding in the real world. Here's Mario Balotelli proving the stereotype... and Carlos Tevez disproving it. The Argentine striker and present-wrapper extraordinaire teaches his fellow Manchester City striker how to wrap gifts for Christmas. Balotelli's face when Tevez refuses to do his for him is a picture.

Video: Santos midfielder Adriano’s brutal attack on a ball boy

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Now, Brazilian ball boys can be troublesome characters at the best of time. But that doesn't excuse this sort of behaviour. Santos midfielder Adriano saw the ball going out of play as his side chased a deficit against Corinthians. Fearing that the ball boy was about to demonstrate his disappearing ball magic trick, Adriano decided [.

Steven Gerrard

England Prepares For World Cup Qualifier and The Case Of Moldova’s Unfortunate Pitch

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The Moldovan pitch at the Zimbru stadium may be in an inadequate state at the moment, but that's still no excuse for England when they play their World Cup qualifier against a country ranked 141th in the world by FIFA tonight.

Sure, the 10,400-capacity venue isn't as polished as Wembley, but then again, not every football team gets to play in a multimillion airline-sponsored stadium.

Captain: Liverpool need to think bigger

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Steven Gerrard believes that Liverpool's failure to finish in the top four in each of the last three seasons is due to the club being instructed to play with a smaller mentality than is justified.

The Reds suffered a disappointing eighth-place finish to their domestic campaign last season but will return to the UEFA Europa League courtesy of their Carling Cup triumph.

Gerrard Eyes Top Four Finish

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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has backed new boss Brendan Rodgers to lead the club back into the UEFA Champions League next season.
The Reds have missed out on Europe's premier competition for the last three seasons after finishing outside the top four.
Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish paid the price for the club's by being sacked earlier this summer, although Liverpool owners John W Henry and Tom Werner insist Rodgers is under no pressure to deliver the Champions League in his first season in charge.

Major League Soccer

Dynamo at Chicago Fire: Is The Ship Sinking?

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There are eight games left in the Dynamo's 2012 MLS regular season. Eight games to get enough points to stay in fifth place or better and avoid missing the playoffs for the second time in three years. The odds are in the team's favor with several games left against non-playoff teams but after last night's 3-1 loss at Chicago, everyone is right to at least be a little concerned.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution vs. Fire

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Set piece defense was a problem for the Revolution on Saturday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Editor's Note:Â With Brian O'Connell out of town over the weekend, Sean Donahue is filling in for this week's "Five Things We Learned".

Did one mistake or two mistakes cost the New England Revolution points on Saturday?

Bruce Arena On The Unbalanced Schedule

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Tell us how you really feel Bruce. Seriously though, he has a point. But then again so does the league with how they schedule as well. MLS Commissioner Don Garber said a few times earlier this year that it was pretty much impossible for them to do a 36-game schedule with international dates and climate concerns at each end of the calendar.

Portland Timbers vs. Aston Villa FC (video and photos)

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The visit of Aston Villa of the Barclays Premiers League for an exhibition match against the Portland Timbers was a good excuse to forget about the problems in the league, relax and enjoy a warm Portland evening.

Corner: Red Card

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Playing a man down doesn't necessarily turn into a travesty. There are enough examples of teams winning games they weren't leading when one of their own had no choice but to make an early exit. It can be done, short-handed isn't just for ice hockey. That doesn't mean it's easy. Then again, it's also not a built-in excuse for capitulating.

La Liga

Mourinho criticises Supercopa refereeing

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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was unhappy with Barcelona's equaliser as it appeared to him that Pedro had wandered into an offside position.

Pedro latched onto Javier Mascherano's pass and scored the equaliser but the referee had no problems with the winger's positioning before the pass.

Shit Football Kits: Recreativo De Huelva Fans Protest Over Horrendous New ‘Minnie Mouse’ Away Strip

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By Chris Wright

Since it leaked on Twitter a fortnight or so ago, Recreativo de Huelva fans have been up in arms about the club's new 2012/13 Hummel away kit, and quite rightly so being as it is absolutely bloody awful.

As has been pointed out several times by rival supporters, the kit appears to be made from offcuts of the material Disneyland Paris use to deck out their Minnie Mouse costumes, with the Recreativo supporters' club describing it as 'the ugliest shirt they'd seen in years'.

Manchester United

This, really really, has to be Anderson’s last ‘make or break’ season

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With United's season kicking off later than everyone else, we have one more day to sneak in a quick player preview. And yes, for once my article does not feature Arsenal! Well, at least I'll try my best not to mention them. It is hard to do that but I think it's safe to say when you're talking about Anderson, there are plenty of easy jokes to go around without having to resort to a trip to the Emirates or Anfield for easy ones.

This, really seriously, should be Anderson’s last “make or break season”!

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Yes, for once my article does not feature Arsenal! Well, at least I'll try my best not to mention them. It is hard to do that but I think it's safe to say when you're talking about Anderson, there are plenty of easy jokes to go around without having to resort to a trip to the Emirates or Anfield for easy ones.

LA Galaxy

Galaxy Notes: Dunivant nears return, Buddle held from reserve match & more

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By KAYLA KNAPP

The Los Angeles Galaxy saw their five-game unbeaten streak snapped on Sunday in a crushing 4-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders, and not only did L.A. fail to score, but their defensive performance left a lot to be desired.

While the club continued to be without Todd Dunivant at left back, who has been sidelined with a calf injury since July 19, that was no excuse for how poorly they played against Seattle.

Portland Timbers @ LA Galaxy Preview and Match Thread [4:00 PM]

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It's been a long time coming and truly this international break has seemingly gone on for forever but the wait is now over! As of 4:00 PM this evening we will, once again, see our Portland Timbers take the field against the LA Galaxy, a team they don't have a great record against away from home. But now is another chance to remedy that.

Three Reasons Why the Portland Timbers Can Beat the LA Galaxy on Sunday

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On Sunday, the Portland Timbers will, once again, head down to Los Angeles to play against the LA Galaxy. This will be the second time this season where the Timbers are playing away from home. Such is the way of life under an unbalanced, conferenced league. But I'm not really here to complain about that, I'm here to make the case for why the Timbers have absolutely no reason to not come back home with three points.

philosophy

5 Simple Words Stagnating Your Soccer Development

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I'm serious. You must go nuclear with this.

If you want to get closer to excellence you must eliminate the following from your vocabulary:

  1. Pace
  2. Unlucky
  3. Target [forward]
  4. Obviously
  5. [I, You, They, He, She, We] Deserve it

These are the words of the status quo.

Michael Laudrup Appointed As Swansea Manager – Huw Jenkins Completes Herculean Overhaul

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By Chris Wright

The word on the wire is that, after a few days of rumbling, Swansea have appointed Michael Laudrup as their new manager with the Dane signing a three-year deal at the Liberty.

It all seems to fit rather nicely: Laudrup was as luxuriously silky-a-player as you're ever likely to see (if 'finesseful' were a word, he'd be very finesseful) and pushes his teams to play in a similar vein a style and philosophy that Brendan Rodgers also championed at the Swans, so hopefully we can expect a seamless continuation next season.

apology

A dormant site is a rubbish site – we apologize

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You may be wondering why The CO has been largely comatose for nearly two months. It's a good question.

A lot of it could be traced to lethargy. Both Devin and I work full time; we also have lives to attend to. Not really a fitting excuse (at least from my perspective), but it's true to an extent.

Amare Stoudemire Twitter: Fined For Homophobic Slur

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Amare Stoudemire needs to learn how to use Twitter. When you're famous and people take shots at you, your best bet is to just ignore that person. If they really bother you, go ahead and block the person. But you don't curse at them or call them derogatory names even on a direct message. Amare Stoudemire found that out the hard way recently.

Euro 2012

Spain Have Become One Of Football’s Greatest Ever Teams

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TweetSpain became the first ever side to retain the European Cup with In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu arguing that this Spanish side are now in the football hall of fame. Forget the criticism of boring tiki-taka football, ignore the haters, excuse Vicente Del Bosque's often bizarre decisions to line up his team with no striker, [.

Euro 2012 Semifinals: Moderately Sweaty, Barely Surviving

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Image Credit: Stephen Wong of Wong Wong. For once, we have a proper excuse as to why our coverage of a vitally important international fixture has been useless.We didn't sleep through Spain vs. Portugal. Nor were we out shopping, out of cellphone battery and/or range or still drunk from an editorial meeting that took place [.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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Image: The Mirror. Sorry we've been slow on the gossip cheat sheet uptake lately, Kickettes. We truly have no excuse. But we will provide one example of the type of day we've been having: this morning on the tube, we saw a delectable Nemanja Vidic-type lookalike. When he stood up to get off, he swung [.

home game

Dynamo v Impact: Player Grades - Do Not Want!

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I'm sure everybody was curious why I have been so quiet, especially after making it clear I was going to do player grades after every game. It comes down to simply running my own form of personal protest against the load of horse dung the team displayed on Sunday. It may mean little in the grand scheme of things, but honestly, I feel tons better.

Rare Good News For Persija Fans

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Following discussions yesterday, Jakarta police have given permission for Persija's home game with newly crowned champions Sriwijaya to go ahead at the Bung Karno Stadium on Sunday with spectators present.

Let's hope the game passes off peacefully.

Persija striker Bambang Pamungkas won't be lining up for the home team.

The Rest

Matt Jarvis Now Plays For West Ham (Like That Even Matters To Us)

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News of this former Wolverhampton player's transfer merely affords another excuse to share his finely toned torso again.

Union Freekicks - Tuesday, August 21

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Union Notebook: Carroll's uncanny form continues vs. DC

Carrol only has six goals in his career, and three of them have come against D.C. on the road.

Fan Voting for 24 under 24 series.

I posted yesterday, but here is where you can actually vote for the players. You can vote as many times as you want it looks like.

Reactions to defeat against Everton

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1. So there we go, this season starts in the same fashion that last season ended. Not playing very well, some nice moments, no defenders and disappointment. In the newsletter ahead of the game I said dropping points at Everton wasn't the end of the world. I imagined we could draw there, with a defeat a possibility, so a 1-0 defeat isn't a big shock.

LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES FOOTBALL | SPAIN 0 - JAPAN 1

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Unexpected start for the SPANISH OLYMPIC FOOTBALL TEAM this afternoon against JAPAN after losing 0 - 1 in their Group London 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES match opener. Yes, the direct red card given in the 41st min to IÑIGO MARTINEZ was maybe harsh in its interpretation & left Spain down with 10 men for the rest of the game.

A Horrible Week Comes To A Lousy End

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More of the same from the Rapids. Boneheaded defending combined with a complete lack of creativity led to a 2-0 loss and the loss of the Rocky Mountain Cup, again. I won't discuss the Rapids offense because there was none. 0 shots on goal in the game. On the defense things were relatively solid until Wynne brain-locked again.

Sometimes There Are No Easy Solutions

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This sucks. There's no easy way to put it, but that's a pretty simple way to explain the Seattle Sounders' current seven-game winless streak.

There are no shortage of possible explanations for the suckiness. The midfield has turned to crap. The fullbacks aren't providing the needed support.

Winner 2010 Don’t Tread Challenge: USA 2, Spain 0

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Never need an excuse, or any excuse, to show the first winner of the TSG Don't Tread Challenge Video Contest.

Still a keeper for many USMNT fans.

Three years ago today the US "flips the script and takes a pass at calling 'Uncle'"

Always a fine video.