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Arsenal tour of Asia has proved valuable for lots of reasons

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Was Arsenal's preseason Asia tour a success? by KJ

Arsenal finished their final match of the Asia tour against Urawa Red Diamonds with a win and will now return to England to prepare for the Emirates cup next week. My question is though, was this pre-season tour a success? For me, it's a resounding yes.

Rumour Mongering: Managerial Soap Opera Edition

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FSG are genius saviours returning the club to glory, they have a plan in place, and the slightest doubt or skepticism means you're a fool for daring to question them. Just never mind they've been at the club for eighteen months now and are currently looking to sort their second managerial and director of football hires, while the man presumed to have the most sway in the matter will be overseeing a move to his fourth manager in two years.

Real Madrid

Mourinho Embraces Financial Fair Play

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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho supports UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, and he  has warned the new breed of cash-rich clubs that difficult times lie ahead.

Mourinho believes that it is Real Madrid's heritage, and that of other European giants, that will protect them club from any negative repercussions when the new regulations are applied.

Champions League Final Preview: Five Reasons Why Bayern Munich Will Beat Chelsea

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Bayern Munich have a date with destiny this Saturday as they face Chelsea in the Champions League final. The Bavarian side have been eyeing this year's tournament since the venue of the Allianz Arena was decided, and smart football betting tips have the Germans as favourites. Despite a determined opponent in the form of Roberto Di Matteo's men, here are five reasons why the Bundesliga giants should be victorious.

Reports: Raul To Qatar, Philly Never A Real Option

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When the Philadelphia Union hosted FC Schalke 04 in an international friendly on Wednesday night, the talk was centered around a player, but it wasn't the one who had scored 48 goals in 49 games in 2011-2012.

Instead the hype surrounded Raul, who was supposed to be playing in his last game for Schalke.

Man United Named World’s Most Valuable Club

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Manchester United have been named the most valuable football club in the world for the eight consecutive year by Forbes.

United are also ranked as the most valuable team in any sport, worth $2.24billion (£1.4bn), $385million more than baseball's New York Yankees and the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

Manchester United Once Again Named World’s Most Valuable Club

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Manchester United have been named the most valuable football club in the world for the eight consecutive year by Forbes.

United are also ranked as the most valuable team in any sport, worth $2.24billion (£1.4bn), $385million more than baseball's New York Yankees and the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

Peter Nowak

Match #25 Preview: Philadelphia Union At New England Revolution

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Setting: Saturday, September 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.; kickoff scheduled for 7:36:30 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (JP Dellacamera, Bob Rigby), with coverage beginning at 7:00 PM Eastern with a pre-game show / Comcast SportsNet New England and The Sports Hub 98.

Report: Nowak out as Union coach

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The Philadelphia Union's tumultuous season has reportedly reached its breaking point.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Peter Nowak is out as coach of the Union. Club CEO Nick Sakiewicz is expected to officially announce the decision at a press conference at PPL Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Califf: “They were looking to get rid of me”

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At Wednesday's press conference in which Peter Nowak announced that a deal was in place to trade Danny Califf, the spin was that the former Union captain was ready to go "home" to Southern California. Kerith Gabriel reports Califf's reaction when listening to the press conference was, "It made me want to throw up.

INterim Coach

Porter named Timbers coach, will take over after conclusion of college season

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Caleb Porter is making the jump to the professional ranks, but not until December.Â

Porter was named the new coach of the Portland Timbers Wednesday, where he will take over full-time duties from interim coach and general manager Gavin Wilkinson, who took over for the ousted John Spencer.

Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire - Three Questions

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The Chicago Fire are transitioning from a team with significant issues to one with some hope of the playoffs. There move last year to have Frank Klopas as an interim coach and technical director is now permanent. While the rebuild isn't complete this fairly unique in MLS structure means that one man is purely in charge.

Chivas

Club Tijuana Wins in Azteca, Suazo Leads Monterrey to Win

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We are six weeks into the Apertura 2012 in Liga MX, and we're finally starting to see a few teams separate themselves in the league table. While some have risen, others have fallen and now we're starting to see the normal carousel of managers Mexican fans are accustomed too. Three managers are out of work and there are a few more that are walking thin lines.

Closing Arguments

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Below are some of the responses that I received on Twitter and in the comments of my post on the opening arguments on the question of whether Sporting KC fans are becoming cocky and over confident in the team. Seems a lot of people believe I am overreacting in ways, but there were quite a few that have agreed with me that there are fans that are starting to get over confident in the team.

Arsenal

Leave the criticism to the media – Arsenal fans should be loyal to Wenger

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Fair Comment VS Unfair Criticsm Where do we draw the line by CS Over the last couple of Seasons, the ambitions of Arsenal Football Club has been attacked from ALL Quarters The Media, (Online, Printed Press, TV Pundits) unhappy / disloyal departing Players AND Large Parts of its OWN Fanbase. Personally, I couldn't [.

Koscielny, can he become even better?

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By Walter Broeckx

Who can still remember the laughter and angry reactions in some parts of the Arsenal fanbase when Wenger paid a nice sum of money for Laurent Koscielny now two summers ago. Another unknown and unproven young Frenchman. He was too short, too small, too thin, too not good at all.

Major League Soccer

I Want Shiny Things

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This started out with different intent. I was going to push myself into a kind of humorous hyperbolic demand for huge name Designated Players signed in this Summer Transfer Window. The set-up was going to be an either/or situation revolving around shiny DPs or shiny trophies.

Here's the thing.

Selling Seattle, MLS To Potential Designated Players

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The Major League Soccer secondary transfer window opens in less than a month (27 June to 27 July). The rumors, speculation and other ideation for potential Designated Players is ramping up. The Montreal Impact seem quite likely to sign Alessandro Del Piero and have already signed Marco Di Vaio. There's speculation that Ronaldhino will re-explore a move to MLS, or that an MLS team should explore bringing him here.

Counterpoint: Is It Really So Bad?

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Article by Luke Lohr

Tuesday's US Open Cup matches brought with them a fantastic set of talking points. Eric Wynalda's Cal FC advancing, the Carolina Railhawks to host the LA Galaxy and the Ventura County Fusion defeating the LA Blues all take deserved headlines.

However there is one issue that seems to be ranking above all others among fans.

Counterpoint: Is It Really So Bad?

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Article by Luke Lohr

Tuesday's US Open Cup matches brought with them a fantastic set of talking points. Eric Wynalda's Cal FC advancing, the Carolina Railhawks to host the LA Galaxy and the Ventura County Fusion defeating the LA Blues all take deserved headlines.

However there is one issue that seems to be ranking above all others among fans.

team selection

Euro 2012 News: Fab to the rescue for Spain and England ready for France test

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Euro 2012 News: Fab to the rescue for Spain and England ready for France test - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England enter the Euro 2012 tournament on Match Day 4, with a mouth-watering clash against old enemies France sure to enthral, whilst co-hosts Ukraine are the last to feature as they entertain Sweden to complete a full round of fixtures.

Liverpool Fire Damien Comolli Along With Head of Medicine, Goalkeeping Coach, and Suarez Lawyer

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A few hours ago, news emerged that Damien Comolli's time at Liverpool had ended by "mutual consent." The only surprising thing about it is the timing. Though some of the more blindly loyal amongst the fanbase had continued to argue that there was a solid plan in place and that the club was on the right track, to most it had become clear that somebody was going to have to take the blame for a thoroughly underwhelming league campaign.

The Rest

Trade Official, Rapids Get Draft Pick

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Here's the official announcement, the Rapids get a conditional draft pick from Chicago in exchange for Wells Thompson.

There's a good deal of consternation in the on-line Rapids fanbase about wells asking to be traded to find playing time, but it doesn't bother me. Look at what's happened this season:

*Wells was on pace for 727 minutes this year, his lowest season total of his career.

Match #22 Preview: Philadelphia Union At D.C. United

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Setting: Sunday, August 19 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.; kickoff scheduled for 5:19 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: NBC Sports Network/TSN2 (Arlo White, Kyle Martino) and RDS2 in the U.S. and Canada, and SportsRadio 610 WIP (Tony Limarzi, Peter Pappas) locally / La Nueva 87.

"Irish" Danny O'Connor To Fight In First-Ever Boxing Match At Gillette Stadium

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The New England Revolution are all about doubleheaders these days.

Sunday's Eastern Conference matchup against the Montreal Impact will be followed up by a three-bout boxing card in the stadium, headlined by an eight-round battle between Framingham native "Irish" Danny O'Connor and Eddie Soto of Pawtucket.

Unexpected Rivalries 2: Shrewsbury, Port Vale and Wrexham

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After Kerry Andrew opened our Unexpected Rivalries series back in March, we are delighted to welcome back Andrew Harding, deviser of an eponymous blog and a man we have invited to muse on those clubs likely to get the goat of the average Shrew. True, Hereford remain the most indelible foe, but in the spirit of the series, Andrew, who can be followed on Twitter here, spreads the net wider, clearly spoiling for disagreement.

And then there was war …

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If you thought that yesterday the dust might settle a bit in the wake of Robin van Persie's statement you couldn't have been more wrong.

There were whispers of a forthcoming statement from Red and White (Alisher Usmanov and that other bloke nobody really cares about) and when it emerged it was really quite extraordinary.

Rangers trying to Bury bad news?

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Rangers' Ibrox home - soon to relocate to Bury?

It has to be one of the strangest stories of the year, if not the decade, buried slightly under the weight of Euro 2012 news but still standing out like a sore thumb. Scottish titans Rangers FC, crippled by debt and forced to continue life as a "newco" (which meant possibly starting life anew in the fourth tier of the league) were supposedly considering buying out League One outfit Bury.

Chicago Fire vs. Seattle Sounders - MLS #6 - Three Questions

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The Seattle Sounders square off against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Saturday at 7:30 PM CST. We turned to Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart for some insider perspective. The answer to the first question in the exchange is below and the rest of the questions in the exchange are after the break.

Five Conclusions from Matchday 30

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Time to sift through the aftermath of that game between Dortmund and Bayern. And since the other 16 teams in the league decided to do nothing particularly unexpected, it'll be in a bit more detail.

The title hasn't been decided yet, but the near future.
Dortmund have apparently been handed the title already by pretty much everybody, who has anything to say about football.

Announcing XI Quarterly, a North American Soccer Magazine

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It's been a while since I last posted. A long while. I originally started this website shortly after the 2006 World Cup when blogs were relatively new things and soccer coverage, particularly from North America, was just beginning to explode. I kept Culture of Soccer going for close to 2 years continually and loved every minute of it.