Final game

Real Madrid

Michael Essien and Jose Mourinho celebrated Real Madrid goal by joking about Chelsea pre-season

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Jose Mourino and Michael Essien joked about reporting for Chelsea pre-season training together even as the midfielder celebrated scoring in Real Madrid's final game of last season. Already well aware that he was heading for Stamford Bridge before the new season, then Real Madrid boss Mourinho whispered to Essien that he would see him on [.

In pictures: Real Madrid 2–0 Celtic

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Saturday's final game of the World Football Challenge 2012 as Real Madrid CF took on Celtic FC. On a sweltering afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field both teams played hard but Madrid came out with the 2-0 victory.

Olympics: Marcelo’s Son Visits Brazil Camp, Plays With Pato and Neymar Ahead Of South Korea Meeting

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The Selecao Bootcamp is back in time for the Olympic semi-final showdown between Brazil and South Korea in Manchester tonight. Oh, haven't you heard? The backdrop happens to be Lucas Moura's new home city!


Arsenal set to miss out on Bernard as Hulk recommends Porto

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Arsenal risk losing out on the signing of Brazil international Bernard, according to the player's father. The Gunners are known to have a strong interest in the Atletico Mineiro player, but that has yet to turn into a firm transfer bid. Meanwhile, Bernard's international team-mate Hulk has advised the 20-year-old to join his former club [.

Sao Paulo’s Lucas Moura Works Out At Gym, Possibly Over-thinking Man United Medical

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It's that time of the year again when transfer gossip heats up faster than an Oprah-written telenovela episode! Brazil's Lucas Moura, who was furiously working out at the gym yesterday, is one of the better-balanced and geekier Brazilian players in the squad (think Kaka's mentality, love for Morrissey and a little bit of Neymar's Pagode influence).

English Premier League

Video: Jordan Ibe scores first Liverpool goal

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Jordon Ibe Goal vs Preston by lfmostar Liverpool youngster Jordan Ibe scored his first goal for the club in a 4-0 friendly win over Preston North End. The 17-year-old made his Premier League debut in the Reds' final game of last season against QPR. He will be hoping to build on that and feature more [.

Can Manchester United regain the initiative?

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Can Manchester United regain the initiative? - originally posted on

The events in the final game of last season had a suitably momentous feeling to them, as Manchester City snatched victory – and the Premier League title – from United in the dying seconds of the season. There could hardly be a more wounding way for United to lose their crown, with the combination of the fact that it was surrendered to their local rivals and in such dramatic fashion, making the pain all the harder to bear for supporters of the Old Trafford club.

QPR Report: Barton Obstacle?...The Original "How QPR Lost Its Apostrophe!"...5 Year Flashback: "Club Not for Sale" (3 Consortiums Interested

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- Flashback: How and Why the QPR "Apostrophe" in Queens Park Rangers was Dropped

- See the Truly-Brilliant Bushman Photo Archives for more Old QPR
- Visit the Football-Only QPR REPORT MESSAGEBOARD
- When QPR Messageboard Founders "Conflict"

- Flashback: How and Why the QPR "Apostrophe" in Queens Park Rangers was Dropped

- Clint Hill Q and A - "The Hard Tackle"

- Ex-QPR Birthdays Today: Ready, Allen, King, Metchick

- Five Year Flashback: QPR Holdings Chairman Antonio Caliendo: "Club Not for Sale.

Early Sunday football + news/transfer round-up

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This morning sees the final game of the Asia tour as we take on Kitchee FC in Hong Kong. It comes less than 48 hours after the Man City game and with the squad feeling the effects of all the traveling I don't expect this to much more than a training game, to be honest.

We might see more time given to the younger/fringe members of the squad as the senior players played most of the game on Friday and with, I'm sure, all due care and attention being paid to their fitness the last thing we want to do is pick up silly injuries by asking too much of players when there's still a good three weeks until the first game of the Premier League season.

A Look at Montpellier

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This comes courtesy of Matt Demlein, who offered to give a bit of a look at Montpellier, ahead of tomorrow's friendly.

On Tuesday night, Sporting Kansas City plays the French Champions, Montpellier. Montpellier were a surprise this past season, holding off Paris Saint-Germain during the second half of the season despite having a budget that was smaller than the transfer fee PSG paid for Javier Pastore.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes Match Thread and Preview Interview [3:30 pm]

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The final game. After this there's nothing left for the Portland Timbers, at least in terms of on-the-field glory. So it's with that in mind that I really hope the Timbers are able to eek out a win. Sure, it wouldn't amount to anything, but it's always best to go out on a high note rather than a low.

Portland Timbers @ Seattle Sounders Player Ratings: It Still Stings Edition

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What can you say about last Sunday's game that we haven't already heard ad nauseum? It was a brutal, unforgiving account of what Portland Timbers fans have had to put up with all year. The only thing that could have possibly made it worse was if it was the final game of the season. At least with the current situation the Timbers have two more games to redeem themselves heading into what will probably be a long, cold off season for many of the players.

Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire vs. DC United - MLS #34 - Gamethread - 3:00 PM CST - NBC Sports/97.5 FM

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And then there was one. Although all 33 MLS games thus far have contributed to where the Fire currently are in the standings, our playoff lives all come down to this one final game of the season. And what a wild one it could potentially be. Depending on the result of the NY/Philly game, the standings could certainly be much different by the end of tonight.

MLS Match Night: Your Running Commentary

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Three matches unfold across Major League Soccer tonight, each with its own playoff implications as the regular season's stretch run continues.

In the Eastern Conference, a matchup between two teams currently occupying playoff spots sees the Chicago Fire host the Houston Dynamo with just one point separating the two teams.

Exclusive Hot Time In Old Town Conversation with Chicago Fire President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon: Part 2

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About a week ago, Chicago Fire Director of Communications Brendan Hannan contacted Hot Time In Old Town to have an open conversation with Javier Leon, who is the Managing Director of Andell Sports Group and President of Soccer Operations for the Chicago Fire. It's not every day that the Fire Front Office reaches out to us over here at HTIOT, so we definitely didn't want to pass up this opportunity.

Game Preview

Houston, This Is Colorado. Signing Off.

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Unfortunately, failure was an option this year
One last game to wrap up the 2012 season tomorrow. Houston is in town for our only look at them this year. They have playoff positioning to play for, while the Rapids will need a win if Portland wins earlier in the day to avoid being passed for 7th in the West (though getting passed would give us a better draft pick).

Rapids Face Own Battle Of New Orleans

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Andrew Jackson and Company take on the British
200 years ago this year the War of 1812 started. On Christmas Eve 1814 the Treaty of Ghent, ending hostilities, was signed. Due to the slow pace of communication in the 1800's New Orleans didn't find out about the treaty until after the Americans defended the city from the British on January 8th, 1815.

Sporting Kansas City

TV News and What We Want to Happen Today 10/17

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A bit of news that might have been missed due to the US game yesterday. Sporting announced that NBC Sports has picked up the team's final game of the season, October 24th at home against Philadelphia. The game will still be shown on KSMO in Kansas City, and the NBC Sports broadcast will be blacked out locally.

Heineman Statement on Armstrong (and some Espinoza News

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In a follow up to the news that came out last night regarding Lance Armstrong and him giving up his battle against the USADA, Sporting's CEO, Robb Heineman made a statement today.

Here is Robb's statement: "The naming rights partnership between our stadium and LIVESTRONG provides an opportunity to spread health and wellness messages that emphasizes the spirit of cancer survivorship.


And We’re Back…

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It's been several weeks since we've had a new post here on Two Touch Pass, and I've spent a week or so contemplating my first post back. I suppose the reason we went away for awhile had to do with our busy lives, full of new adventures, big moves, and the many distractions we have in life. But, I'll be completely honest, my absence has been due to a post-Olympic hangover that has required me to catch my breath (weeks later) after stressing for 3 weeks.

FC Koln preview, RVP to play 45, Bould’s defensive work

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Good morning to you,

it's a pretty quiet Sunday so a very quick round-up ahead of our final game before the new season kicks off in less than a week's time (hold me). Again, this is just a pre-season game so conditioning and fitness are paramount, but it's also the first (and last) chance the manager has to use his new players and give them some match practice before Sunderland.

Tottenham Hotspur

Sid Lowe brings more embarrassment to The Guardian

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You remember our run in with Sachin Nakrani a few months ago. He posted that well known picture from years ago of a Chelsea fan doing the Nazi salute with his daughter in his arms and claimed that it was from Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final game against Spurs that day. Nakrani is a Liverpool fan and obviously had taken offence to Chelsea fans singing "murderers" during the minute's silence for Hillsborough, and fair enough.

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Any concerns over Gareth Bale disappeared for now with news that there is no serious injury following the Charlie Adam tackle at the weekend and he may even feature in our final game of the US tour tonight.

"Needless to say, we are extremely relieved Gareth has not been seriously injured," said Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas.

Spurs And Liverpool Draw In USA

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Liverpool played out a drab draw with Tottenham in the final game of their USA pre-season tour at the M&T Stadium in Baltimore.
Aaron Lennon missed the best chance of the first half when he hit the post when it seemed easier to score, as Spurs marginally shaded the opening period.
A flurry of substitutes after the interval saw Steven Gerrard and Liverpool's new signing Fabio Borini enter the fray.

Joey Barton

Joey Barton Trains With Fleetwood Town As Twelve-Game Exile Looms

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By Chris Wright

Silly old Joey Barton is currently staring down the barrel of a twelve, count 'em, twelve! -game ban for general dickery on the final game of last season and, with QPR's patience reserves dwindling, it looks like English football's preeminent copy-and-paste philosopher is going to be keeping the chub at bay by training with League Two side Fleetwood Town.

Joey Barton Trains With Fleetwood Town As Twelve-Game Exile Looms

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By Chris Wright

Silly old Joey Barton is currently staring down the barrel of a twelve, count 'em, twelve! -game ban for general dickery on the final game of last season and, with QPR's patience reserves dwindling, it looks like English football's preeminent copy-and-paste philosopher is going to be keeping the chub at bay by training with League Two side Fleetwood Town.

The Rest

Draw in ‘final game’ in Serie A amid Controversies for Both Teams

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Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

In seventy-six editions of SSC Napoli versus Juventus, the most persistent result has been a draw and this weekend's game was no different.

The clash between the Seria A's leading clubs was being promoted as an early final in the league.

Timbers Tid Bits: SJ Edition

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The Timbers' final game of the season is upon us and now that it's almost here, I realize I'm really glad we'll be playing the Earthquakes to close the season. Both of our matches with San Jose have been exciting, even if one was exciting in a way that made me unhappy, and I think these teams have built up some tension between them that will show itself in the game tomorrow.

It Could Always Be Worse for FC Dallas

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Preparing for one final game when you don't have much to play for is a weird and unique position for a team to be in no matter the sport. And that is exactly what the FC Dallas players and coaches have been contending with this week, with Sunday's regular season finale against Chivas USA still remaining on the docket despite FCD being eliminated from playoff contention thanks to a 3-1 loss at Seattle on Sunday.

Monday After

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Major League Soccer took the week off because of the international FIFA fixture dates. On Friday, the United States played its penultimate match of the semi-final round. As was true with the last away match during qualifying, the game was only televised on betIN Sports, the new network from Al JAzeera.

Cambodia Look At Free December

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After getting whalloped 5-1 in their opening qualifying round n Yangon, Cambodia were hoping for a change in fortunes when they met Laos in their second game. Didn't happen, losing 1-0 and almost guaranteeing they won't be lining up in the AFF Cup towards the end of the year.

Myanmar beat Timor Leste 2-1 in the other game to keep their 100% record going in the competition they are hosting.

Virginia Host Nike Soccer Classic

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Cavaliers Return Home to Host Virginia Nike Soccer Classic Virginia welcomes George Mason, James Madison and Richmond to Klöckner Stadium

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 7 Virginia women's soccer team concludes its non-conference schedule this weekend with the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic at Klöckner Stadium.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Are the American Back Line and Midfield Strong and Fit Enough to Hold Off the Germans?

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Unstoppable? Yes.The Nigerians gave the U.S. defense a run for their money today. During their semifinal match, the Super Falcons caught the American defense looking fragile and undisciplined quite a few times, but just couldn't capitalize (this may have something to do with the serious amount of dancing they do in the tunnel prematch, but no, okay, I can't prove that).

Saer Sene Will Miss Rest Of Season With Torn ACL

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New England Revolutionforward Saer Sene tore his left ACL during Wednesday's tie against Chivas USA and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced on Saturday. Sene was having a Newcomer of the Year-caliber season, scoring 11 goals and adding three assists in 25 appearances. That was the most goals a Revolution player had scored since 2007.

Tribe Women Shutout Akron 4-0

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Women's Soccer Dominant in 4-0 Win Over Akron Courtesy
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Behind three first-half goals, the William and Mary women's soccer team cruised past Akron, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon in its final game of the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic.

QPR Report: Three New Chief Scouts...QPR's OSC Website Closing...OTD Flashback: QPR's Promotion Season Began...Terry Venables Made QPR Debut...Birthdays for Giv

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- Don Givens Turns 63...Alejandro Faurlin Turns 26

- See the Truly-Brilliant Bushman Photo Archives of Old QPR
- Visit the Football-Only QPR REPORT MESSAGEBOARD
- On This Day, August 9: QPR's Promotion Season Got Under Way.

The Orange Film Room looks at Geoff Cameron

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With the news that Geoff Cameron's work permit was finally approved and he is now a full-fledged member of Stoke City, it's time to take a look back at the Giraffe's top moments for the Houston Dynamo.

Making the point: I think it's fair to start with this one, Geoff's first goal for the Dynamo against FC Something-or-other at Robertson Stadium on April 6, 2008.

Major Link Soccer: Time of Transfers Edition

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How about that (win/loss) against Caledonia, eh? That game was so (great/terrible). Yes, I wrote this before the game Thursday, but that doesn't make these links any less relevant. I hope.

Week 21 of 90 Plus is up, as is Kick TV's version.

The most stunning news of the week was that of the exchange between Chivas and New England, sending Sharlie Joseph to Southern California.

Wenger hasn’t given up on Arshavin……..yet!

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Arshavin could stay by AH Late last week it was reported Fulham were preparing a £1 million bid for Andrey Arshavin. And then Sunday, when Arsenal played their final game in the Asia pre-season tour, Arséne Wenger once again faced the press. Arséne Wenger spoke about many players, including Arshavin, which he said something different.

Sounders Women Face Pali for Western Conference Championship

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Sounders Women Face Pali for Western Conference Championship

This Sunday, the Sounders Women will take on the Pali Blues for the third time this season. The first meeting found the Pali Blues handing the Sounders their first loss. The second game the Sounders held Pali to only one goal, but have yet to score against them.