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Friday Gold Cup Preview: Canada, Honduras square off

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Now that the ridiculousness of the Florent Malouda situation has ended, the focus of Group A can shift to an intense final matchday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

After the French Guiana forfeit became official early Friday morning, Honduras is in prime position to upset Canada's knockout round hopes, while Costa Rica is in great shape to clinch the top position.

Gold Cup Rewind: Canada ties Costa Rica; Honduras, French Guiana level despite controversy

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What should have been a night that celebrated a few heroic results turned into an evening full of controversy at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Canada used a goal from its teenage phenom to challenge Costa Rica, who entered the competition as the favorite to win Group A. But the real drama came in the nightcap, as French Guiana fielded the ineligible Florent Malouda in its starting 11 against Honduras.

Davies double as Canada down French Guiana at CONCACAF Gold Cup

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New York (AFP) – Teenage striker Alphonso Davies scored twice as Canada withstood a fightback from minnows French Guiana to open their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with a 4-2 victory in Group A on Friday.

Vancouver Whitecaps forward Davies, 16, who was born in a refugee camp in Ghana in 2000 as his family fled fighting in Liberia, finished clinically in the 60th and 85th minutes to give Canada all three points at the Red Bull Arena.

French Guinea's Malouda ineligible for Gold Cup, may play anyway

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In an odd twist of events, French Guinea may end up fielding an ineligible player on Friday night against Canada.

Due to FIFA eligibility rules, French Guinean midfielder Florent Malouda is unable to play for his native country due to making 80 appearances at the senior level for France during his career, reports Sports Illustrated.

Former Chelsea winger Malouda to represent French Guiana at Gold Cup

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Former Chelsea and French international winger Florent Malouda will play for French Guiana in the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The native of Cayenne, French Guiana is eligible to play for his native country since, as an overseas department of France, French Guiana are a member of CONCACAF, but are not recognized by FIFA.

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Blasts From The Past: 20 Former Premier League Footballers You Probably Won’t Believe Are Still Playing

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With the shock news today that Alex Manninger has been training with Liverpool with a permanent deal on the cards, we thought we'd scout around and cobble together a list of some of the other ageing ex-Premier League pros that you assumed retired years ago but are in fact still plugging away out there.

Premier League Unveil List Of Players Released By Clubs This Summer: Andrei Arshavin, William Gallas and David Bentley Among the Cast-Offs

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By Alan Duffy

There are 154 names in total in the Premier League's official list of released players, which was published today, with some rather interesting names.

Forgotten men Florent Malouda, Roque Santa Cruz, Denilson and David Bentley all finally shown the door.

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Indian Super League soccer games now available legally in USA via NGSN

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NGSN, the relatively new legal soccer streaming service in the United States, has added the Indian Super League to its growing portfolio of soccer leagues and competitions.

The league is now accessible to soccer fans in the United States who want to watch live and on-demand games from the league that features an array of stars and well-known coaches.

Indian Super League soccer games now available legally in USA via NGSN

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NGSN, the relatively new legal soccer streaming service in the United States, has added the Indian Super League to its growing portfolio of soccer leagues and competitions.

The league is now accessible to soccer fans in the United States who want to watch live and on-demand games from the league that features an array of stars and well-known coaches.

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Remember Matt Eliason? The US College Player Who Scored A Spectacular Overhead Kick In The ‘Messi & Friends’ Charity Game? He’s Just Signed His First Professional Contract…

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By Chris Wright

Does the name 'Matt Eliason' ring any bells? If not, then allow us to refresh your memories.

Eliason was theformer US college player (the Northwestern Wildcats' all-time leading goalscorer, no less) who was one of several amateurs who turned out in the heavily criticised "Messi & Friends" charity game at Soldier Field in Chicago last July.

Twitter Top 10 – Arsenal’s Andre Santos, Thierry Henry and More

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Another week gone and another week of tweets from around the world of football. This week's Twitter Top features the return of Bolton and the US National Team's Stuart Holden, Arsenal's "King", three Boateng brothers, an incredible mustache, a not so-lucky Michael Owen, and more.

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Transfer Window Review: Chelsea

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#PeterisaBluebird pic.twitter.com/OkH5Wz9IRW Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) September 3, 2013 Five word review: Good, but no special striker. In: Willian (Anzhi Makhachkala, £30m), André Schürrle (Bayer Leverkusen, £18m), Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse Arnhem, £9m), Christian Atsu (Porto, £3.5m), Cristian Cuevas (O'Higgins, £3m), Isaiah Brown (WBA, £209,000), Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, Free), Stipe Perica (NK Zadar, Undisclosed), [.

Florent Malouda scores winner for Trabzonspor after year in exile with Chelsea

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Florent Malouda spent the final season of his Chelsea career as a ghost. He requested a transfer last summer, but none of the offers he received could match his wage demands. So, at the age of 32, he stayed with Chelsea and was forced to spend an entire season training with the U-21 team, away from the first-team squad that voted him Players' Player of the Year in 2009/10.

Petr Cech to rock the drums at Czech music festival

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has come a long way as a drummer. From playing with Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Paulo Ferreira and the club's chef in a hotel on their preseason tour in 2011 to accompanying Czech band Eddie Stoilow at one of the country's largest music festivals. Sadly, he doesn't wear his scrum cap when he's drumming, though.

Big Names Released By Premier League Clubs Today

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Lot of highest-profile names appear on the Premier League free transfer list, which was released today.

Twelve months ago Florent Malouda played for Chelsea in the Champions League Final, but after turing down offers to move elsewhere last summer, he spent the last year training with Chelsea's academy kids.

The Man That Time Forgot – Florent Malouda

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Three years ago, Florent Malouda was voted Chelsea's player of the season in their 2009-10 Premier League title winning season. Now he finds himself seeing out the last month of his contract, having trained all season with the under-21's. But will he have the chance for a second coming in the Premiership next season or will his time in England dwindle to nothingness?

HAZARD: DIFFERENT CLASS & WHAT A SIGNING!

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I would like to go on record now to state that Eden Hazard is different class, World class in fact and it's taken us a number of years to do it but now Chelsea has finally found the natural successor to the likes or Arjen Robben and Damien Duff.

For years we have seen Chelsea try Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres (at times) and Florent Malouda in those positions but have never really been the same or bring the same quality to the wide areas.

Malouda joins the list of unwanted talent in English football

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Malouda joins the list of unwanted talent in English football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We have many instances of good talent being wasted, players failing to reach their potential and club making bad purchases. But when a club fails to harness the talent of any highly experienced player, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Wasted Footballers – good players whose talents were wasted by their clubs

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Wasted Footballers good players whose talents were wasted by their clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We have many instances of good talent being wasted, players failing to reach their potential and club making bad purchases. But when a club fails to harness the talent of any highly experienced player, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Malouda to "expose" Chelsea when he is "free".

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I thought that it wouldn't take long for something like this to happen after Florent Malouda was banished from the first team to train instead with the under 21's and reserves.

He has kept his council up till now ever since the summer but has spoken to a Newspaper recently and has threatened to expose the details of his treatment by the club when his contract expires at the end of the season when he is "free".

Chelsea Transfer Rumor: Florent Malouda Linked to Depart Stamford Bridge for QPR

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As Florent Malouda has not played for Chelsea's first team since mid-September, a transfer to see more game time action may be in order. The aging left-footed midfielder is reportedly linked to a shock move to Harry Redknapp's QPR.

Queens Park Rangers have already signed Loic Remy this January, and are also currently on the hunt for Rennes and French international Yann M'vila.

Arsenal hoping to sign M’Vila before QPR seals the deal

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Arsenal hoping to sign M'Vila before QPR seals the deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are looking to hijack a deal for French midfielder Yann M'Vila right under the nose of Queens Park Rangers as manager Arsene Wenger is looking to bolster the squad in the January transfer window.

Five players you’d forgotten were still in the Premier League

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Florent Malouda In the last year, Chelsea have begun something of an evolution, moving on players such as Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Jose Bosingwa and Raul Meireles. Quite how Florent Malouda failed to be part of this exodus is beyond me, but Malouda has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge to such [.

Chelsea outcast Florent Malouda set for Santos move to reignite career in Brazil

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Florent Malouda of Chelsea (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Florent Malouda looks ready to end his Chelsea exile as soon as possible and a potential move to Santos to join fellow former European veterans in the Brazilian Serie A looks to be his top priority come January.

Although he has been a major part of the Chelsea's successes in the last several seasons, Malouda has been cast aside under the new management of Roberto Di Matteo.

Chelsea Force Florent Malouda To Train With Kids

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In a move reminiscent of how Nicolas Anelka and Alex were treated last season, Florent Malouda has been told that he will train with with the youth. Malouda tweeted this earlier today (@realflorentm) Chelsea basically told Malouda that he could leave this summer, but 32-year-old midfielder could not find anyone willing to meet his current [.

Gunners aim to loan out Chelsea ace

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been tight-lipped about the prospect of signing another midfielder to replace Alex Song but it seems that he can steal a massive bargain in the form of Chelsea star Michael Essien.

Essien, who was once considered one of the Premier League's strongest defensive midfielders, has struggled for a consistent place in the Blues' startling line-up since returning from a serious injury last season and finds himself significantly down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge in this campaign.

Fantasy Forgotten: Florent Malouda

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The transfer window is only open for a few more days, so you know what that means speculation, speculation, speculation. In the media. On Twitter. This player is coming and this one is going. Exciting stuff, surely, for the ... Continue reading →

Chelsea Continue To Get Creative, Sign Brazilian Starlet Oscar For £25m

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By Alan Duffy

Despite picking up a little trophy which goes by the name of the Champions League, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been a busy man this summer, splashing serious amounts of cash in an attempt to match Premier League champions Manchester City.

Chelsea 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Soccer Comes to Yankee Stadium

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On a picture perfect summer night in The Bronx, two of the world's bigger football clubs met at Yankee Stadium as part of this year's edition of the World Football Challenge. In the first soccer match played at the ‘House That Steinbrenner Built,' Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-German battled to a 1-1 draw before 38,000 spectators, of which about 90 percent were cheering for Chelsea.

Chelsea Announces Traveling Party For USA Trip

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Chelsea is bringing a traveling party of 30 players, including John Terry (at least for a part of the trip), to the United States for its series of preseason games that begins Wednesday against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Park. After that, Chelsea will play July 22 against Paris Saint-Germain at Yankee Stadium in New York.

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Turkish Footballer Walks Off The Pitch In Tears After Abuse From Crowd [VIDEO]

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During a recent Turkish soccer match, a footballer walked off the pitch in tears after being on the receiving end of verbal abuse from a small set of supporters of his own team.

The incident happened during last week's match between Trabzonspor and Rizespor in the Turkish Super League. The footballer,Volkan Sen, walked off the pitch in tears after verbal abuse from 1-2 fans of his own club got the better of him.

Florent Malouda Scores Stunning Winner for Trabzonspor After a Year Training With U-21 Squad

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Florent Malouda celebrated this stunning winner for new club Trabzonspor with alot of gusto after spending all of last season with Chelsea training with the U-21 squad following his mediocre fall from grace with the Blue's.

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I'll always support Chelsea FC - Malouda.

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When people ask me about Florent Malouda and his time at Chelsea, I always feel a sense of frustration because at times he was different class but we just never saw it enough did we!

Banished from the first team squad and left to train with the Academy in the final year of his contract last season, Malouda has had to sit and wait and bide his time to leave the club.

A day in exile with Florent Malouda

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Either unwilling or unable to secure a move away from Chelsea, Florent Malouda has spent the season in exile. He hasn't made a single appearance since the preseason and has trained at the club's U-21 facility since September.

In a recent interview with France-Guyane, Malouda said, "The details, I'm going to explode them when I'm free, but the strategy employed is to make me look like a player who wants to be paid a lot.

DECISION TIME: FLORENT MALOUDA.

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As we all know, Chelsea have to register 25 players and no more ahead of the new season for the Premier League and Champions League competitions but we have a problem. At the moment with our new signings, promotions and returning loan players, we have 31 players in our first team squad.

Remembering that although he is listed as part of our squad, Patrick Van Aanholt has already been loaned out this season with Vitesse again.

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Gold Cup Group A time, TV channel, and how to watch online

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Canada goes for revenge against Honduras and Costa Rica play a Florent Malouda less French Guiana. This is your Sounder at Heart Gold Cup gamethread and preview. Watch with us.

Welcome to Sounder at Heart's daily Gold Cup coverage. Again this year during the tournament we will have daily posts with information and commentary about the games.

Major Link Soccer: Playing Florent Malouda was worth the risk

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Seattle Sounders right back Jordy Delem is currently with Martinique for the Gold Cup. ESPN FC did a story about how Delem is a success story for Martinique.

Both Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan started and played all 90 minutes in the United States 3-2 win over Martinique.

CONCACAF has a French Guiana problem

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If anything could make what turned out to be a scoreless draw that much worse, it's that French Guiana might have made it irrelevant as soon as the whistle blew to start the game. That's CONCACAF's conundrum following French Guiana's use of an ineligible player. Ineligible according to CONCACAF's rules and common sense, but technically not FIFA's.

Trabzonspor make a splash with Malouda signing

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Turkish outfit Trabzonspor have signed 33-year-old former Chelsea star Florent Malouda on a free transfer after the winger was released at the end of the season by Chelsea, according to caughtoffside.com.

Malouda had earlier toldSky Sportsthat he wanted to sign with a club that could offer him a large amount of playing time after only making one appearance during his Chelsea "horror" season last year.

Di Matteo Confirms Moses Interest

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Roberto Di Matteo admits that Chelsea are in the hunt to sign unsettled Wigan forward, Victor Moses, but have yet to match the Latics' valuation.
Wigan chairman, Dave Whelan, recently revealed to the news sport on Bet365 that the club had rejected a third bid from the Blues, thought to be £5million, and are holding out for a more substantial fee for the talented 21-year-old.