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Five more managers shown the door in March as clubs look to beat the drop

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Panic has set in among many boardrooms over the past few weeks as chairmen roll the dice for the last time in the hope that a change in manager will be enough to turn fortunes around in the latter stages of the football season and in most cases, avoid relegation! March saw a total of [...]

England Announce Nike Kit Deal

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England have announced a new sponsorship deal with leading sports giant Nike, who will feature on the first England Nike design in spring of next year, ending the associations partnership with Umbro.

Nike will become just the third shirt designers for the England national team having also wore Admiral shirts in the past.

English kits to bear the Nike Swoosh

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Nike and The Football Association have announced a new partnership that will see the world's leading sports company design and create the kits for men and women's England teams at every level.

The first England kits to bear the Nike Swoosh will be launched in Spring 2013.

English Premier League

New Tottenham Hotspur Home Kit 2012-13

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Under Armour, the clothing giant, famed principally for their moisture-wicking running apparel and sports accessories have broken their football duck by producing the new Tottenham Hotspur home kit for the 2012-2013 season.

Radio Cuju: Episode 13

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Radio Cuju returns during a relatively slow week in the football world and yet find plenty to talk about. John Terry's racism trial, new accusations of match fixing in the Premier League and MLS's credibility problems. We also go off on a tangent about the Tour de France, doping, the USADA and Hope Solo.

Rodgers In Reds Admission

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New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned the club's fans there is no quick-fix at Anfield, describing the challenge as 'immense'.
Rodgers was brought into Liverpool to replace club icon Kenny Dalglish after the Reds finished a disappointing eighth in the Premier League.
Dalglish did win the Carling Cup last season and reached the FA Cup final, but failed to deliver a top four finish and a sought-after return to the UEFA Champions League.

RVP statement: take your pick

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Robin van Persie (Wikipedia)

The news that Robin van Persie has rejected a new contract at Arsenal has everyone up in arms. And, as always, there are thousands of opinions floating around in cyberspace and beyond.

Obviously, there are two trains of thought here. Good riddance RVP, we're fine without you, and on the other side of the argument, Arsenal are doomed.

Champions League

Super Cup : Fernando Torres Faces Atletico Madrid Duel With Boyhood Nostalgia – Plus Falcao & Eden Hazard

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Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup tonight in a soap opera centred on the DRAMATIC theme of Fernando Torres' bittersweet return to his boyhood club. The last time these two teams met was in the group stages of the Champions League in 2009, when Fernando's English was relatively terrible ("scisson"/season) as he wrote his autobiography at Liverpool.

In Case Your Cable Goes Out – Links!

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Enough teasing and worthless banter. You. Soccer. Like. Writing. Read. Good. Now. Links.

Kissing the badge has never meant so little. (The Classical)

Mexican homecomings are seldom happy. (The Classical)

Eddie Johnson's return to MLS & form. (IBWM)

1940′s era Argentine players & classic pics.

Make or break season for Arsene Wenger

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It seems to some Arsenal supporters that the club is stuck in some sort of time warp and the year is still 2005. Or perhaps it's more similar to the Hollywood film "Groundhog Day" where the same thing keeps happening day after day. But with the Gunners it's the same thing year after year. They fail to win any silverware, but consistently finish in the top four and make the Champions League, where they ultimately get knocked out at various stages of the tournament.

Spaniard: ‘Adam moment’ was an influence

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Sergio Ramos admits that his disastrous Champions League semifinal penalty miss inspired him to step up and convert the spot-kick that propelled Spain to the Euro 2012 final at Portugal's expense last night.

Ramos, 26, was representing Real Madrid when he skied his penalty kick against Bayern Munich in April.


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I have to say Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board have surprised me this week, they really have!.

Now I know with Euro 2012 coming up, the Top European clubs will be looking to get their summer signings done and dusted before the competition starts or shortly after if deals are already in place, but the fact that Chelsea have acted quickly has surprised me.


La Liga shocker: Getafe deflate Real Madrid, 2-1

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Paging Nuri Sahin. Please return immediately to Real Madrid, do not stop at duty free to pick up chocolate bonbons, board the next flight. We have a problem. Only one point against the also rans. Luka may not do it.

Getafe's heroes were Juan Valera with a superbly placed header and then Abdel Barrada, the pick of the Azulones, in a breakaway with Adrian Colunga, finishing with aplomb.

Match Of The Past: Cardiff City

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We continue our series of archived matches of the clubs of the Football League Championship this morning with six matches from the history of a club that has been generating a large number of headlines over the last few weeks, Cardiff City. Cardiffs position in the Football world as a Welsh club playing in the English league system is not unique but for many years it did allow them a route into European football through the Welsh Cup and our first two matches come from that competition.

Suzanne Vega sings "Luka"

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The song is a haunting elegy to child abuse, a very serious matter. But a different Luka is hogging the football world's headlines at present and he's none too happy either. So here is the re-worded song.


My name is Luka
I work at White Hart Lane
I am on the TV a lot
Yes I think you've seen me before

If you hear something
Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight
Just don't ask me what it was
Just don't ask me what it was
Just don't ask me what it was

I think it's all because of Levy
I try not to talk too loud
Maybe it's because they need me
I try not to act too proud

They want to keep me till I die
After that, you don't ask why
You just don't argue anymore
You just don't argue anymore
You just don't argue anymore

Yes I think it's going to be Real
I was ready to walk out last year
Well, if you insist this is what I'll say
40mil for me is chicken feed, hombre
But Levy, all you do is bitch and moan
With nothing gained, nothing thrown

Just don't ask me how I am [X3]

My name is Luka
I work at White Hart Lane
I am on TV a lot
Yes I think you've seen me before

If you hear something late at night
Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight
Just don't ask me what it was
Just don't ask me what it was
Just don't ask me what it was

And they want to keep me till I die
After that, you don't ask why
You just don't argue anymore

The Luis Suarez racism case still resonates

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Can you hear me now?

Luis Suarez injected himself in the racism debate in the football world, polarized by the reaction to the acquittal of John Terry of racist abuse against Anton Ferdinand. In an interview with on Uruguayan TV, the Liverpool striker cast himself as a tragic victim in the Patrice Evra racism affair accusing Man Utd of using its special place in the sport to exert unprecedented political pressure to ensure an eight match ban.

Two Insanely Sweet Beach Football Bicycle Kicks For Your Delectation (Video)

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By Chris Wright

With the regular grass-based football world powering down for a few months, we've had to go a-searchin' a bit further afield for our fix a search which has seen us stumble upon beach football.

As you may or may not be aware, the European qualifiers for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup are rumbling on at the moment, and the lastest batch of games have produced a flurry of fantastic overhead kicks, beginning with Amarel's (Spain) acrobatic effort against Ukraine.

Manchester United

Match Of The Week: The FA Cup – AFC Sudbury 5-0 Ilford

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The earliest rounds of the FA Cup could, for those participating, be considered to have a small amount of nuisance value about them. Clubs seeking to build a little rhythm to their league seasons find that the cup interjects every two or three weeks or so, and those that are successful can find themselves with a backlog of cancelled fixtures that can cause major headaches later on in the season.

São Paulo turn down new Manchester United offer of £29 million for Lucas Moura

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São Paulo have stunned everybody in the football world by refusing Manchester United`s increased offer for their Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura.
United are reported to have tabled £29 million (€ 38 million) for the player who is with Brazil's Olympic squad in London.

Of Giggsy, Mancini and the overpriced transfer market

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As I said earlier, off season is one of those times when we get very fidgety and so we keep ourselves posted with all the latest gossip from the tabloids and that little birdie everyone is addicted to and keep ourselves happy. Small pleasures in a gloomy time if I can call it that. Anyways there is so much happening outside the football field and it's good to see that so here is a wrap of what has been keep us occupied:

Sir Ryan Giggs and the GB football team

Psycho has been harassed for his decision to drop Beckham and pick Micah Richards ahead of him, from a footballing point of view; Stuart Pearce has shown his authority and dropped one of the main men who brought the Olympics to London in his bid for Olympic glory.

Stamford Bridge

Pardew and Di Matteo: The comeback kings

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In a football world which is used to great turns of fortune, the two protagonists in today's game at Stamford Bridge, Swiss Supremo, Roberto di Matteo, and our own Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, have arguably seen two of the greatest. Firstly, there is the fall and rise of Chelsea manager, Roberto di Matteo.

Pardew and Di Matteo: The comeback kings

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In a football world which is used to great turns of fortune, the two protagonists in today's game at Stamford Bridge, Swiss Supremo, Roberto di Matteo, and our own Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, have arguably seen two of the greatest. Firstly, there is the fall and rise of Chelsea manager, Roberto di Matteo.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

How Paris Saint Germain’s new Galacticos could line-up next season

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With oil-rich Paris Saint German embarking on a summer spending spree that makes Manchester City look frugal, their Galactico-looking squad looks set to be a major force on domestic and European fronts next season. Having grabbed the attention of the football world with the €62m capture of AC Milan duo Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, [.

Sponsored video: Euros hype on Skype

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This summer's Euro 2012 tournament has already sprung quite a few surprises, from the Greek triumph in Group A to England's heroics in Group D.

As the group stages reach their culmination in the midweek, conversations reminiscing on the action thus far have been rampant across the football world.

Milan transfer update (June 14): The Thiago Silva saga continues as

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One minute it's on, the next minute it's off, the next minute it is back on again. The proposed sale of Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain from Milan has had more twists and turns than John Grisham novel. It has become quite the saga, one that has the whole football world keeping one eye on [...]

Euro 2012

David Beckham misses out on GB Olympic squad

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On a day when there were more important events to report on in the football world, such as Italy's masterful win over Germany to reach Sunday's Euro 2012 final against Spain, one story stood out from all the rest, and once again it involved David Beckham. Unfortunately for him, it appears that GB Team manager Stuart Pearce has left the former England captain out of his squad for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Those Toxic European Threads

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There are due to be hundreds of dodgy replica shirts floating around the consumer industry; those made of various narcotics will filter their way through the seedy underbelly of the football world, as well as an footballers knowing they won't be nabbing a urine test. Some may spontaneously combust in the stands.

The Rest

El Clasico Preview: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

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On Sunday, the whole football world will be glued to events unfolding at Camp Nou when Barcelona welcome Real Madrid for the second El Clasico of the...

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Football’s Founding Fathers: FA Launch Search For Living Descendants Of Eight Men Who Gave Football To The World

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By Chris Wright

As part of their ongoing 150th anniversary celebrations, The FA are launching a search to find the living descendants of the founding fathers of football, i.e, the eight men who together outlined the 13 original "laws" of the game and bound them together to produce association football's first official rule book in the Freemasons' Tavern, London,150 years ago a weighty tome which is now estimated to be worth £1 million!

Pia Sundhage steps down from US Women's national team

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Pia Sundhage returns to Sweden

Caught in the midst of angst and anxiety of Arsenal getting on board with scoring, comes the news of Pia Sundhage's stepping down as US Women's national team coach over the weekend. She joined in 2007 in one the lowest points in team history, the 4-0 loss to Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals following a huge conflagration between Greg Ryan and Hope Solo which resulted in the US goalie's dismissal.

For Tweet’s sake

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Emmanuel Frimpong has been charged by the FA with improper conduct following a comment he made on Twitter.

This would be shocking if it were the first transgression by a sports personality on a social media site. It's pointless listing them all, but making statements in poor taste is quite commonplace among celebrities with an online presence.

Welcome to the new Just Football!

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Welcome to the new Just Football! is a post from: Just Football

Having been created in late 2007, in February 2010 was a simple football blog run on a simple Blogger template, slightly customised and with one of the worst banner header images ever known (why no-one pointed this out to me at the time I'll never know).

QPR Report Sunday: Touring...8 Yr Flashback "Foreign investors step in to keep QPR in business"...Forest Deny Paladini Role...Ex-QPRs: Frank Clarke Tu

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- Ex-QPR Centre Forward Frank Clarke Turns Seventy Today. Happy Birthday

- See the Truly-Brilliant Bushman Photo Archives of Old QPR
- QPR REPORT MESSAGEBOARD - Visit the cutting-edge, football-only, QPR Report messageboard (and see items you won't usually read elsewhere

- Ex-QPR Centre Forward Frank Clarke Turns Seventy Today.

College Football Has a Playoff!

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Finally! College football is officially a real sport now. After years of being stubborn, the bigwigs in the college football world have realized what everyone else on earth has known the whole time: College football needs a playoff system. Beginning in 2014, we will finally get the college football playoff.