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Video: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defends Daniel Sturridge

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Brendan Rodgers has defended Daniel Sturridge after it emerged that he will play in Liverpool's match against Swansea on Monday evening despite having missed England's recent World Cup qualifiers. The Reds boss said it was medical experts, not the player himself, who ruled him out of the games against Moldova and Ukraine.

Top five Manchester United vs Chelsea betting tips

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The first big match of the Premier League season takes place tomorrow evening when Manchester United and Chelsea meet (even if United boss David Moyes can't believe the fixture computer dared to throw this one up so early in the new campaign). So, we'll scour the major betting sites looking for the best bets ahead [.

Video: Singha All Star XI 1-0 Manchester United

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Manchester United suffered a shock defeat in David Moyes' first game in charge as they lost 1-0 to a Singha All Star XI. Teeratep Winothai scored a 50th minute winner, beating Ben Amos at his near post. Moyes said he wasn't overly disappointed with the loss. He said: "Well, it wasn't a brilliant result but [.

Premier League 2011/2012 to 2012/2013 player changes

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The close season is traditionally a time where clubs jettison their weak players, replacing them with footballers with the skill to take the club one step further, whether that be to qualify or European competition or avoid another year's relegation struggle. With that in mind I thought it would be interesting to see which clubs decided a wholesale change would be preferable to keeping faith with the players who toiled their way through the 2011/2012 season.

Nemanja Vidic hails ‘great’ signing

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is full of praise for summer signing Robin van Persie, insisting that the heroic showing of the former Arsenal captain has compensated for the club's poor defensive form.

Vidic struggled with make-shift defensive partner Michael Carrick as United conceded three goals in their opening two matches.

The Tactics Board- MUFC 3-2 Fulham: A Tale of Two Halves

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Manchester United recovered from an opening day loss to Everton with a 3-2 win over visiting Fulham. Sir Alex Ferguson made changes after the disappointing first game, including dropping Wayne Rooney to the bench, while Van Persie gets his first club start. Meanwhile, Fulham came into the game after beating Norwich City 5-0 to open [.

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger says Thomas Vermaelen is in contention for Arsenal vs Sunderland

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Unfortunately, due to a back injury I can't join my team mates on the Asia Tour the next few weeks. I will be staying in London...1/2 Thomas Vermaelen (@T_Vermaelen05) July 11, 2013 Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen could make his return from injury in tomorrow's game against Sunderland, according to Arsene Wenger.

Mathieu Flamini says it feels like he never left Arsenal

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Arsenal signing Mathieu Flamini says he feels like he's come home after returning for a second stint with the Gunners. The Frenchman, snapped up on a free transfer this summer, made his second debut in last weekend's north London derby win over Spurs. And after Jack Wilshere's illness pushed him into the team perhaps a [.

Should Arsenal go for want-away Fellaini in January?

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It seems that Belgian players have taken the Premiership by storm this season, and although Eden Hazard and Thomas Vermaelen have been extremely impressive in the first few games, neither were quite as imperious as Marouane Fellaini when Everton beat Man United in the first game of this campaign. The Belgium international has been steadily [.

English Premier League

Video: West Ham dresses as Andy Carroll for Cardiff match after losing bet

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Andy Carroll might have been absent from the West Ham team for yesterday's Premier League opener against Cardiff, but he was in the stands. Sort of. This fan lost a bet and as a forfeit had to attend the first game of the season in Carroll fancy dress. That meant a 'Carroll 9′ replica kit [...]

Liverpool new boy Iago Aspas says pre-season is tougher than in Spain

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Liverpool striker Iago Aspas says pre-season training has been tougher than he's used to in Spain but he's determined to put the work in to start the season in the team. The £7m signing from Celta Vigo has faced the most difficult training sessions of his career since moving to Anfield. He hopes that [.

Premier League to use Hawkeye goal-line technology from next season

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All Premier League matches will use goal-line technology from the start of next season. Representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs ratified a decision to implement Hawkeye technology from next season. The Community Shield at Wembley is likely to be the first game in English football to use the technology.

Scholes: We’re Lucky To Have Kagawa

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Paul Scholes, who has been used sparingly so far this season, has sung the praises of the quality of our squad and is happy with the competition for places.

"You always like to see new players come in even if they're in your position because it's healthy for the team and exciting to play with the new players," he told ManUtd.

Stoke City

Mark Hughes asks for patience as he adapts Stoke’s playing style

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New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has asked supporters for patience as he attempts to get the team playing a different style of football. The brand of football deployed by previous boss Tony Pulis was criticised by opposition managers, most notably Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, and often by the Britannia Stadium faithful, too.

The Americanization of Stoke City is Bad for the U.S. National Team

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On Sunday, Geoff Cameron was named man-of-the-match in his first game for his new team, Stoke City. Â After weeks of waiting and paperwork, Cameron was finally able to take the pitch after a transfer that continued the gradual march of ...

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World Cup Qualifiers

England v Ukraine – Match Preview – UEFA WCQ – 11 September 2012

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England looks to remain perfect in 2014 World Cup Qualifying as they host Ukraine on September 11, 2012. The match will take place at Wembley Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 3 PM USA EST.

England manager Roy Hodgson

"They (Olympics) have been such a success for the nation. It is terrific they can come and be paraded at the game tomorrow.

USMNT Notes: Dempsey to be assessed, Klinsmann touches on absences, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. men's national team has a pair of important World Cup qualifiers with Jamaica looming, and just how big of a role Clint Dempsey will have in those matches has yet to be determined.

Espinoza Called Up and Warzycha Loaned Out

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The Roger Espinoza news continues today as Honduras announced their roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers on September 7th and 11th, both against Cuba. Even though he's suspended for their first game on the 7th due to his red card in the Olympics again Brazil, Espinoza has been named to the roster.

CONCACAF

Dempsey: Playing on 9/11 adds special touch to crucial qualifier

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It has been nearly 11 years since the 9/11 tragedy, but the effects from the events that took place that day are still felt by many across the nation each and every year and the U.S. men's national team are no exception.

Just Another Day At The Office? TSG’s USA vs. Jamaica World Cup Qualifer Preview

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Jermaine Jones and the USA tangle with Jamaica again...

(Note: We so wanted to go with "The Beckerman Bowl" as our preview title. Alas, after careful consideration and line-up review, we stepped back from that headline)

Jamaica's Independence Stadium...also known as "The Office.

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Last Time at The Office

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It's been more than eight years since the U.S. MNT took the field inside the picturesque confines of National Stadium, and it was quite the thriller. Grouped together along with Panama and El Salvador, the teams squared off Aug. 18, 2004 in the first game of the semifinal round. The Reggae Boyz snatched the lead off a goal from Iam Goodison - off an assist from current Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore - and seemed to be heading towards their first ever win against the U.

Back the Future for Steve Cherundolo

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Be honest. If we told you that Steve Cherundolo played his first game for the National Team in 1999, would you have believed it?
Well, we've got one better. Not only did he play Sept. 8, 1999, as a 20-year-old, but he did it right here in Kingston. On that day, he went 90 in the USA's 2-2 draw.

Scouting Report: Jamaica

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sept 6, 2012) US Soccer Players – After upsetting Mexico at the Azteca Stadium last month, the United States will try to take that ego boost and refocus its energies on defeating Jamaica in back-to-back World Cup Qualifiers. The USA travels to Kingston on Friday (8pm ET - beIN Sport) for the first game.

Brown Edges URI in Season Opener

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Thomas McNamara converted a 23rd minute penalty to lift 24th-ranked Brown to a 1-0 victory over Rhode Island in the Bears' season opener at Stevenson Field.

The senior midfielder, who also collected a team-high four shots on the night, put it past Adam Blanchard from the spot while Brown's defense did the rest in the first game of the Ocean State Classic.

Newcastle United

Newcastle Midfielder Could Return For Everton Game

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Injury problems are mounting for Newcastle but Cheick Tiote, who has been out since the first game of the season against Tottenham has a good chance to be back for our next game at Everton a week on Monday. Cheick Tiote in action against Spurs Ryan Taylor is presumably out at least six months, [...

Meireles leaves Chelsea - Underrated ?

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I have to say the news that Raul Meireles left Chelsea yesterday wasn't a surprise really was it? The only surprising thing about this was that he never ended up with AVB at White Hart Lane.

Meireles had been a long term target for Chelsea if reports were to be believed as recent summers past.

Alan Pardew Given Two Match Touchline Ban – Fined £20K

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News coming through that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been given a two-match touchline ban and fined £20K for improper conduct during Newcastle's win over Tottenham in the first game of the season. The Football Association put this up on their web-site a short time ago: Following an Independent Regulatory Commission held today [Monday 3 [.

Pardew Worried About The Form Of Cisse And Demba Ba

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Alan Pardew has been talking about the form of his strikers before today's game with Aston Villa at home, a game we have won these last two seasons, but of course we've only had two league games so far, Â and Demba Ba scored that great goal in the first game against Tottenham, and Papiss Cisse [...]


Real Salt Lake

Want to Win a Ticket to the RSL Match? Of Course You Do!

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Dynamo Theory is giving away a ticket in the lower supporters section for tomorrow night's match against Real Salt Lake. If you want to win that ticket, all you'll have to do is answer a trivia question. Simple enough.

Just a couple "ground rules". Please only enter if you really want the ticket and will go to the game, or can give the ticket to someone who will use it.

2012 MLS, Week 25: Power Rankings

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We're quickly coming to the last part of the regular season here in Major League Soccer. August is nearly wrapped up as we head into September. The final stretch of games is truly here.

I had a few changes in this week's rankings. One Western Conference club made a big climb in my book while a couple others continued to stumble.

Montero nets hat trick for Seattle in 6-2 rout over Chivas USA

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By BRYAN ROBISON

Whether it is off the bench or after being introduced in the starting lineup, Fredy Montero is having quite an impact during August. That continued on Saturday night, as the Colombian netted his first career hat trick at Home Depot Center against Chivas USA.

Professional Football

QPR Report Saturday: QPR Return to Scene of Crime: Manchester City!...Sale re Bhatia...Green's Future...OTD: Ecclestone-Briatore Takeover...First Game on Plasti

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Shanghai East Asia FC: A new young hope for football in China

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Shanghai East Asia FC: A new young hope for football in China is a post from: Just Football

These are exciting times for Shanghainese football. Not just because of Shanghai Shenhua's brash, noisy acquisitions of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba but because lower down a division, another team from the city, Shanghai East Asia are within touching distance of promotion to the Chinese Super League.

The Rest

Simon Mignolet: ‘Friendship and French are the reason for the solid Liverpool defence’

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he burgeoning friendship with Kolo Toure and the fact that they both speak French as their first language is behind the Reds' solid defensive record so far this season. Brendan Rodgers' side have conceded just three goals in the league so far this season and two of [.

Video: Individual highlights of Wallace, De Bruyne and Van Ginkel’s Chelsea debuts

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Chelsea handed debuts to some of their summer signings in yesterday's 1-0 victory over a Singha All Star XI. Brazilian midfielder Wallace's individual highlights can be seen in the video above. Kevin De Bruyne also made his bow. And here's the best bits from Marco Van Ginkel's first game. Via 101GG

Late Edmonton Equalizer Delays Minnesota Stars Playoff Berth

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It finally looked as if the Minnesota Stars FC's luck had turned against Canadian rivals FC Edmonton. For the majority of the 90 minutes, the Stars preserved a one goal lead in hopes of winning their first game since July. Not only would then win end the monotony of draws and losses, but it would [.

Homecoming for Abby, First Send-Off for Pia

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Abby Wambach celebrates a goal in front of her hometown crowd
The first game of the Fan Tribute Tour for the U.S. WNT was certainly memorable. It featured a sold out crowd in Rochester, N.Y, two goals for hometown hero Abby Wambach, eight goals total and some real emotion after the announcement that head coach Pia Sundhage was stepping down.

U.S. Internationals Conclude Europa League Playoffs

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Three U.S. internationals are in action today as the second leg of the Europa League playoffs are contested this evening.
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover host Slasz Wroclaw and sit in the pole position of their series after collecting a 5-3 win in the first leg. AZ Alkmaar is down a goal after losing 1-0 at Anzhi Makhachkala, and Jozy Altidore looks to continue his impressive strike rate at home.

Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Player Ratings: Cascadian Glory Edition

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Welcome to yet another player ratings! I'm happy to report that, well, we have something happy to report this week as the Portland Timbers put in an overall valiant effort in securing three much needed points in this year's Cascadian Cup competition. While the regular MLS season remains dismal, at least the Timbers are looking like a strong candidate for taking home the regional cup.

QPR Report: Norwich...Three On-This-Day Season Openers...RIP: Ray Jones (Five Years) and Daphne Biggs (Ten Years) ...Kenny Apologizes and is Fined

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- Five Years Ago Today: QPR Striker, Ray Jones: RIP - Flashback: Reports, Reactions, Comments


- QPR Heading for their First Away Win Since November!