Retro Football: River Plate Send The Great Enzo Francescoli Off Into Retirement With Emotional Testimonial, 1999 (Video)

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Enzo Francescoli is unquestionably one of the most refined players to have ever graced a football pitch, and yet his name is rarely mentioned in relevant discussions.

This may be because El Principe ('The Prince') did his finest work at River Plate and for the Uruguayan national side, far away from European eyes, in an era when cross-continental coverage was nowhere near as immediate and accessible as it is today.

Romelu Lukaku Bids Fond Farewell To Everton With Little Bit Of Help From 10cc’s Graham Gouldman (Video)

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With his big £75million move to Manchester United pretty much a formality from this point on, Romelu Lukaku has used Instagram to say a fond farewell to everybody at Everton.

Currently out in Los Angeles, the 24-year-old Belgian striker took the time to thank everybody who helped him on his way at Goodison during the four goal-laden seasons he spent with the Toffees.

Chelsea: John Terry Subbed Off After 26 Minutes Of Final Appearance, Given Mid-Match Guard Of Honour (Photo & Video)

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Many a tear was shed at Stamford Bridge this afternoon as Chelsea said their farewells to a club legend, one John Terry.

The Blues' captain started against Sunderland, making his 717th and final appearance for his beloved club.

The run-out lasted just 26 minutes (his squad number), whereupon the substitute's board was raised and Terry exited the pitch to a standing ovation, hugging his teammates asthey gave him a mid-match guard of honour.

I hate goodbyes – so this isn’t one

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Goodbye? More like hello.

Yes, a new day awaits us all. By now you are well aware of the latest development in the brief but cracking existence of Chelsea Offside. In short, this space, in just a few hours, will be no more. A redirect and a lovely archive at our new home, We Ain't Got No History will be all that's left of this small slice of the web I called home for a good long time.

Euro 2012: Four Ways To Enjoy Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Acrobatic Corker Against France

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By Chris Wright

Allow us to ply you with four wonderful ways to enjoy Zlatan's farewell scissorstonker against France last night, starting with 'good old-fashioned photo'...

Glorious real time...

Infinite repeat...

Richard Swarbrick-ised (via @RikkiLeaks).

King Henry signs off in style! Arsenal 2 Sunderland 1

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Legend. Arsenal true blue. Competitor. Finisher extraordinaire.

You couldn't write a better script for Thierry Henry to end his England return. An added time goal for the winner against Sunderland. A bookend to the bookend he installed with his instant winner against Leeds. Both Wenger's subs made massive contributions to the victory as Aaron Ramsey scored the equalizer and Andrey Arshavin sent in a pinpoint cross to Henry lurking in front of goal to elevate his leg and guide the ball past Simon Mignolet.


Chivas USA memories

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We had joy
Guess which player is still in MLS?

we had fun
The ChivaGirls!

We had seasons in the sun.

Chivas USA memories

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We had joy
Guess which player is still in MLS?

we had fun
The ChivaGirls!

We had seasons in the sun.

Transfer Talk

Arsenal ready for Bernard move after final scouting mission, Spurs cool interest

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Arsenal look set to bid for Brazil star Bernand after scouting him in last night's Copa Libertadores final second-leg. The 20-year-old helped his Atletico Mineiro side to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Paraguay's Olimpia to win South America's equivalent of the Champions League on penalties.

Norwich striker Grant Holt moves to Wigan: a pie-eating match made in heaven

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Wigan have completed the £2million signing of big-boned Norwich striker Grant Holt. Having had his fill of mustard and Delia's cooking, Holt has moved to Wigan, where residents are known as 'pie-eaters'. Latics boss Owen Coyle said: "This is a fantastic piece of business for us at a really good price.

English Premier League

Robin Van Persie Farewell

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Movie Score: 4 / five

Podolski Strikes Close To Home

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The Prince takes a bow

Today, we'll take a break from the series looking at each position within the team. Instead, we've got a match concentrate on. While it's only a friendly, it does bring a lot of talking points that merits discussions. The last of the known pre season friendly and it was a repeat of the same visit to Cologne as we did in the previous pre season.

AC Milan

Julio Cesar bids a very tearful farewell to Inter

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Julio Cesar terminated his contract with Inter by mutual consent and signed a deal with QPR, bringing an end to his very successful seven years in Milan. Prior to the second leg of Inter's Europa League qualifier against Vaslui at the San Siro, he stepped out on the pitch and said goodbye and, as he's known to do, he got a bit emotional.

POTD : Ricardo Kaka Meets UFC Champ Anderson Silva’s Kids In Las Vegas

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No, we do not get Kaka's sudden change in style either just when did the Brazilian midfielder morph into the clan leader of the "Soho Hipsters"?! Come back to football and bad fashion Ricardo, maybe AC Milan still cares enough to give you a fantastic farewell before they ship you to your final destination : The MLS.

Italian giants in MLS doubleheader

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Thursday afternoon, it was announced that Italian club AC Milan will face off against Brazilian powerhouse Cruziero as part of a special doubleheader being held at Gillette Stadium.

The match will take place on August 4th, with the clubs kicking off at 4:30 EST. Following this match will be the previously-scheduled game between the New England Revolution and Sporting KC.

Serie A Week 38: Top Five Goals of The Week

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Tears were shed from grown men on the weekend as we bid farewell to some fantastic players who have graced Serie A. Alessandro Del Piero, Marco Di Vaio, Kaka Kaladze, Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta, Pippo Inzaghi, Rino Gattuso and Gianluca Zambrotta played their last games for Juventus, Bologna, Genoa and AC Milan.

Alessandro Del Piero Bows Out With Goal And Scudetto In Final Juventus Game (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

On a weekend that saw several venerable insitutions of Italian football moving on (AC Milan waved off Pippo Inzaghi, Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso, Gianluca Zambrotta and Mark van Bommel), one man's final game for his club was just that little bit more grandiose than the rest with Alessandro Del Piero laying down his sword at Juventus after 19 years of service, signing off with a goal (his 289th for the club) on his last appearance for the Old Lady against Atalanta before being subbed off in the 58th-minute to a rapturous ovation.

The Guts And Glory of Milan – Farewell Rino Farewell Pipo

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Gennaro Gattuso and Filippo Inzaghi two very iconic players for AC Milan will be leaving the club this summer and today the Milanchannel have released farewell video interviews with the players for fans. We wish you well and play this Sunday, a 300th appearance for club in football is outstanding and for you well deserved, ciao ciao Pipo!

Champions League: Thierry Henry Trains With Arsenal For Last Time Ahead Of Milan Clash (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Just a few photos of Arsenal going through their paces at London Colney ahead of their Champions League  - Oh sweet, sweet Champions League, how I've missed thee so last 16 tie against AC Milan at the San Siro on Wednesday night.

The training session will likely be Thierry Henry's last with the club (barring a future third stint, of course) before he's due to scuttle back to New York on February 16th after nabbing three goals in something like 96 minutes during his second spell up the Arse though, of course, there's always the prospect of a possible fourth in Milano tomorrow evening.

Henry: Momentum precedes emotion

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Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has admitted that being a part of the Arsenal family is always an emotional experience for him but despite riding high with a goal in each of his last Premier League outings for the Gunners, the Frenchman is focused on taking the success a step further.

Henry left Arsenal for Barcelona in the summer of 2007 in pursuit of Champions League glory, which he claimed two years later with the Catalans.

Euro 2012

‘You Write Crap Stories, Go F**k Yourself!’ – Samir Nasri Erupts At French Journalist After Spain Defeat

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By Chris Wright

With France having just wibbled out of Euro 2012 after failing to locate their collective testes amid 90 minutes of tawdry Spanish attrition, Samir Nasri bid bidded bade the tournament farewell by sounding off on a French journalist who had the temerity to ask the midfielder for his opinions on the Gallic merde-fest he had just been part of.

Total Soccer Show #144 now available @CSRN

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Plenty of questions answered in our Euro 2012 Group D preview. What is England's best ever export? (FOOTBALL!) Who is Sweden's most important player? (NOT ZLATAN!) Who is France's best ever player? (ZIZOU!) and is Ukrainian the same as Russian? (NO!) Also on this show, we bid Albert a heartfelt farewell (sob!

Euro 2012 Kitman: England

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Home: Farewell, trusty blue. It's red and white all the way for England's home kit this time. The most recent batch of Umbro home kits have been quite interesting: fairly stylish in the detail, pretty simple in the broader picture. This one's no exception. Away: OTP said when this kit was released that it reminded [.

Alessandro Del Piero

Juventus Season Review 2011-12

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As we wave goodbye to another season of Serie A, Juventus can reminisce a wonderful campaign in which they claimed Scudetto glory and lost just once in all competitions. It may have ended on a sad note with the farewell of Alessandro Del Piero and the Coppa Italia final defeat to Napoli, but the work of Antonio Conte and all involved is to be commended.

Coppa Italia: Napoli spoil Juve's double dream, 2-0

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szólj hozzá: Nap

This well maybe Edinson Cavani's last match for Napoli. If it is, he made sure the fans remember him fondly. He made that penalty happen heading on a long throw into the path of the cutting Ezeqiel Lavezzi who was upended by Marco Storari. The Uruguayan striker was on the mark with the spot kick.

Bayern Munich

German giants leap to winger’s defense

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Bayern Munich have responded to Wesley Sneijder's accusations that the club has not been supportive of Arjen Robben following his penalty miss in the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea, particularly since the winger was jeered by some fans in a home friendly against Netherlands.

Tuesday night's exhibition match saw Bayern's Robben don his national team colors and every time he touched the ball, sections of the crowd voiced their disapproval by whistling at him.

Bayern Maintain Pressure On Dortmund

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The German Bundesliga this Saturday saw the table open up amongst the top four after Borussia Mochengladbach thrashed Schalke 3-0 at Borussia-Park Saturday to keep them in the running for the title while giving a huge dent to Schalke's title hopes.

Leaders Dortmund were 1-0 winners over Leverkusen to maintain their 2 point lead over Bayern Munich who were also winners after they beat Kaiserslauten 2-0 at the Allianz Arena.


Drogba’s victim makes quick return

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Bayern Munich welcomed back Franck Ribery for a second-half stint in yesterday's 3-2 exhibition win over the Netherlands international team merely three days after the Frenchman had to leave the UEFA Champions League final in extra-time due to a tackle on the ankle from Chelsea's Didier Drogba.

Not only did Ribery come off the bench to participate in the farewell match for some of his departing Bayern teammates, but the Frenchman was also quick on the ball as he entertained the 33,000 attendees throughout the last 20 minutes of the match.

Liverpool 4, Chelsea 1: Going Out in Style

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Liverpool 4 Essien (og) 19′, Henderson 25′, Agger 28′, Shelvey 61′
Chelsea 1 Ramires 50′

Liverpool breeze past a lifeless Chelsea, scoring three first half goals and four for the first time in a league match all season. Chelsea's performance left little doubt as to the outcome, doing more than their share to help Liverpool along the way to one of their only dominant home displays of the season.

The Overrated Jose Mourinho Part III – Mourinho is Napoleon Bonaparte

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TweetPart III of why Jose Mourinho is overrated will look at the Special One's spell in charge of Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid and more importantly what can be learnt from them. ‘Soldiers of my old guard, I bid you farewell.' Those were the exact words of Napoleon Bonaparte as he said goodbye to [.

The Overrated Jose Mourinho Part 3 – Mourinho is Napoleon Bonaparte

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TweetPart III of why Jose Mourinho is overrated will look at the Special One's spell in charge of Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid and more importantly what can be learnt from them. ‘Soldiers of my old guard, I bid you farewell.' Those were the exact words of Napoleon Bonaparte as he said goodbye to [.


FC Köln Relegated From Bundesliga, Fans Proceed To Set Stadium On Fire (Video)

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Weird scenes inside the goldmine RheinEnergieStadion, where the Cologne fans didn't take their relegation down to the 2.Bundesliga yesterday afternoon particularly gracefully throwing smoke bombs, lighting fires and charging the pitch after their side's 1-4 defeat to Bayern Munich.

Five Conclusions from Matchday 33

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Lukas Podolski joins Arsenal, Marko Marin joins Chelsea, Shinji Kagawa doesn't yet join Manchester United and Lucas Barrios ends up in China. There's quite a bit more movement on the transfer market already, than in the Bundesliga table. But here is what happened anyway.

There are many ways to say Auf Wiedersehen.

Bundesliga Bye, Bye: Raul Gonzalez & Family

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It's always a shame to say farewell to an old friend, but we find it so much harder when they're buff as hell and brandishing babies. Raul's cheery send off from Schalke on Saturday s thoroughly traumatic.

Travel with us, if you will, but know this.

Raul’s Moving On, Schalke To Retire His Shirt Indefinitely

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A very standard situation today: with a player's contract running out at the end of the season and with the club's positional placement assured, he announces he's moving on. This happens all the time. Most of the time it doesn't even require a press conference, rather a smashing of letters into the Tweeter box.

The First Ever Bundesliga Goal

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On August 24th, 1963, 17 minutes into the first matchday of the inaugural Bundesliga season, 1860 Munich striker Rudolf Brunnenmeier nutmegged Eintracht Braunschweig keeper Hans Jäcker to give his side a 1-0 lead. It was 1860 Munich's first ever Bundesliga goal. It was the first Bundesliga goal that was caught on camera.

The Rest

Fergie’s Farewell: The Master and one of his greatest apprentices bow out of Old Trafford

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And so, 26 years, 6 months and 7 days after his appointment, Sir Alex Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford looking to oversee his final encounter in the stadium he has made home. A capacity crowd of 75,572 were in attendance to show their appreciation for the work of the greatest club manager the football world has ever seen.

LA LIGA LUNES : Pep Guardiola’s Farewell A Family Affair, Ronaldo’s Quest For Perfectionism

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There's something about saying goodbye in football they're a lot more bittersweet than one could ever expect. On Saturday night, when it was all said and done, Pep Guardiola stayed behind with his entire family to take in the incredible atmosphere of the Nou Camp as Barca coach for the last time.

Italy Bids Final Farewell To Livorno’s Piermario Morosini As 5,000 Fans Gather Outside Church

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You've read Serie A Sister's tribute to Livorno's Permario Morosini, where we told you how the family, friends and fans of the player have been coming to terms with his passing after he collapsed during a Serie B game on Sunday. His funeral took place in Bergamo this morning and more than 5,000 fans from his former teams, Atlanta and Udinese, gathered last night to bid farewell to their beloved player.

Moving On Up...

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Yesterday, when I posted my "Five Takeaways From San Jose" I was in the quiet, cozy, suburban confines of TheIndirectKick.com. It was comparable to a quiet cul-de-sac where mail delivery could be considered the highlight of the day second only to the neighbor's cat rustling through the garbage.

But after a whirlwind day of faux press releases and phony transactions I feel like I'm in the "big city" here at the offices of The Bent Musket.