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Same As The Old Boss: Another Investor Sets Its Eyes On Portsmouth

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Considering so many of the events of the last three or four years or so, yesterday was an altogether satisfactory day for Portsmouth Football Club. A win by three goals to nil at Crawley Town lifted the team out of the relegation places at the foot of League One, whilst supporters were able to keep themselves entertained with rumours of another bidder to rescue the club from administration.

Nike Maxim footballs for 2012/2013 season of Premier League, La Liga & Serie A

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Nike Maxim footballs for 2012/2013 season of Premier League, La Liga & Serie A - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Nike football to be used in the 2012/2013 European leagues is called the Nike Maxim. The Premier League, La Liga and Serie A will have distinct colors for their footballs.

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Manchester United

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Here we go again, then. This has been a summer of discontent at Old Trafford, with any activities in the transfer market comfortably overshadowed by the issuance of and reaction to a highly controversial IPO which has further divided supporters of a club which has seldom seemed 'United' in any sense other than in the continuing and relentless pursuit of success.

Was Arsenal leaving Highbury a mistake?

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In the 1940's many of us Avenell Road boys used to play football using the Avenell Road gate into Highbury as a goal.

We played with rag footballs (made by my Mum) and each of us took on the name of one of our heroes (I was Jimmy Logie), it was a great time in my life, we were so very poor monetarily but so very rich in friends, family and of course – football.

Was Arsenal leaving Highbury a mistake?

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In the 1940's many of us Avenell Road boys used to play football using the Avenell Road gate into Highbury as a goal.

We played with rag footballs (made by my Mum) and each of us took on the name of one of our heroes (I was Jimmy Logie), it was a great time in my life, we were so very poor monetarily but so very rich in friends, family and of course – football.

Sir Alex Ferguson, The Glazers & The Future Of Manchester United

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The silly season is well and truly upon us, and with football now demanding twenty-four hour, three hundred and sixty-five day a year media coverage the next few weeks seem likely to bring more stories to the back pages of newspapers that might otherwise not have been deemed worthy of such coverage.

Match Of The Past: Norwich City

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As regular readers of this site will be aware, we are delving back into the past over the course of this summer so bring you collections of videos from English footballs history. This week we're featuring Norwich City, and we kick-off with a compilation from the clubs FA Cup run of 1959, when they reached the semi-finals of the competition as a Third Division South side.

Match Of The Past: Part Two – Everton

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Everton Football Club is one of English footballs great institutions. Founder members of the Football League in 1888, they are second only to Arsenal in terms of their unbroken record in the top flight they will celebrate their sixtieth consecutive season next year and have won a clutch of trophies along the way as well.

Manchester United & DHL: World Hope Community Project

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Where Manchester United found the time in their hectic EPL campaign to allow four key players to kick footballs into a van, we have no clue. But they did, and the faces of the Kenyan kids who eventually received those balls gave us almost as much pleasure as Nani's did when he realised he was getting out-tricked by a guy he believed to be a van driver.

Brittania Revisited

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A third trip to the Britannia in three seasons brought with it some mixed emotions. The 2009/10 game was played in February, a month after being beaten by the Stokies in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Ramsey's leg snapped like a twig but the team responded magnificently to record a fine 3-1 victory.

Brittania Revisited

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A third trip to the Britannia in three seasons brought with it some mixed emotions. The 2009/10 game was played in February, a month after being beaten by the Stokies in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Ramsey's leg snapped like a twig but the team responded magnificently to record a fine 3-1 victory.

Should Celtic Play in the Premier League?

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Celtic football club has been a cornerstone of British football. Becoming the first British team to lift the European Cup, and dominating with Rangers in the Scottish Premier League for decades, how would this club fair in arguably the most watched league in the world?

The uncompetitive nature of the SPL has been noted more evidently in recent times, with the financial instability of Rangers, and the crowning of Celtic's 43rd league title.

Is Gorgeous George Making Eyes At Bradford City?

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There are some things that politics and football have in common, not least of which is the feeling that, in order to survive and thrive at the top table, you need a big ego. It should probably come, therefore, as no great surprise to hear that the new Member of Parliament for Bradford West, George Galloway, has marked his first week as the elected representative for his new seat by making soothing noises in the direction of Bradford City Football Club and its supporters.

Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos made a 53-yard field goal at a Philadelphia Eagles game

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Real Madrid are in Philadelphia for a friendly against Celtic on Saturday. While there, they've been training at the Philadelphia Eagles' complex and several Madrid players were special guests at the Eagles' preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

To help promote Saturday's match, the Madrid players attempted field goals with American footballs at halftime (after practicing earlier in the day) and Sergio Ramos caught the commentators' attention by making a 53-yarder (for a point of reference, the longest field goal in NFL history is 63 yards).

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Online Football Fans: A Live Football Skills Challenge

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Cristiano Ronaldo vs Online Football Fans: A Live Football Skills Challenge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last year Castrol EDGE presented Ronaldo Tested to the Limit, an award-winning documentary that showed the Portugal and Real Madrid forward showcase his strengths in a series of captivating challenges in the most scientific examination of a player ever undertaken.

Manchester United

David Beckham arrives at the London Olympics opening ceremony…on a speedboat

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Blending the look of Milk Tray Man and James Bond, a tuxedo wearing David Beckham transported the Olympic torch to last night's opening ceremony in London via a flashy speedboat a super-slick looking journey that included whizzing under Tower Bridge with spectacular fireworks leading his way. Everybody predicted that Ex-England captain David Beckham would [.

Man Utd Stars Hoof 200 Footballs Into Van, Ship Them 4,395 Miles And Hand Them Out To Kenyan Kids (Video)

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By Chris Wright

With charity the theme of the day here on Pies, here's another little yarn to pluck your cockles and warm your heartstrings.

What you are about to see is Manchester United's Nani, Park Ji-Sung, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling humping 200 footballs into the back of the DHL van (with a little help from the tricksy driver) at Carrington.

Football League

Sixteen Days To Save Portsmouth

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The darkest hour, optimists might say, comes before the dawn, to which pessimists might counter by saying that one of English footballs longest-running financial seems to be approaching its inevitable solution. At least, the rest of us may consider, we will at least have an answer, one way or the other.

10 Years Of AFC Wimbledon, Part Three – Gazing At The Stars

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It was a balmy evening at the end of May 2002 and emotions at The Sir Cyril Black Community Centre in Wimbledon were running high. Two days earlier, the unthinkable had happened. A three-man independent commission set up by the Football Association had, by two votes to one, waved through permission for Wimbledon FC to leave Selhurst Park, its unhappy home for the previous eleven years, and decamp sixty miles north to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire.

Ten Years Of AFC Wimbledon: A Prelude

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It was ten years ago yesterday the an independent commission set up by the Football Association reached a final verdict on a case that would, in some unexpected ways, come to change the face of football club ownership in Britain forever. It had happened before and it has happened again since, but the design of that commission to allow Wimbledon FC to move sixty miles north and jettison name, its colours, fan-base and traditions continues to mark a fundamental shift in the politics of football in this country, but how did it happen, how was it allowed to go ahead and what were the implications of English footballs first foray into franchising in living memory?

Italy

AC Milan’s Kevin Prince Boateng and Robinho do pre-season their way: a dance off

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Pre-season is supposed to be tough, right? An unpleasant experience, which mainly involves running around until you're on the verge of throwing up. Well, at AC Milan you can take away their footballs... BUT YOU'LL NEVER TAKE THEIR RHYTHM. Kevin Prince Boateng and Robinho took some time out from whatever they were supposed to be [.

AC Milan’s Kevin Prince Boateng and Robinho do pre-season their way: a dance off

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Pre-season is supposed to be tough, right? An unpleasant experience, which mainly involves running around until you're on the verge of throwing up. Well, at AC Milan you can take away their footballs... BUT YOU'LL NEVER TAKE THEIR RHYTHM. Kevin Prince Boateng and Robinho took some time out from whatever they were supposed to be [.

Euro 2012: Fabregas Whispers To Ball Before Winning Penalty, Tells It To ‘Make History’ (Video & GIFs)

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By Chris Wright

Kind of like horse whispering, but y'know? with footballs instead of horses...

Cesc told the BBC:

"We had to make history. I had a funny feeling about the penalties and I was thinking about them this afternoon. They told me initially to take the second one but I said 'no, give me the fifth' as I had this premonition.

Euro 2012: Gazzetta Dello Sport Depict Mario Balotelli As King Kong, Issue Non-Apologetic Apology

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By Chris Wright

Italian newspaper Gazzetto dello Sport have been backed into issuing a kinda sorta apology after a caricature of Mario Balotelli imagined as King Kong swatting flying footballs away from the top of Big Ben was published in Monday's edition following Italy's win over England the night before.

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Constructing the Perfect Football

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Constructing the Perfect Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It goes without saying, but the footballs of today are miles more advanced than those that were used in the early days of the beautiful game. But as advanced as they are, there are still some kinks with even the best and most advanced soccer balls out there.

adidas Tango 12: Official Euro 2012 Match Ball

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adidas Tango 12: Official Euro 2012 Match Ball - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

adidas Tango 12 is the official Euro 2012 match ball, based on the classic Tango design used during both the FIFA World Cup™ and UEFA EURO™ tournaments during the early 1980s. The adidas Tango 12 features a modern interpretation of the design including bespoke graphics designed to represent the two host countries and link to the key characteristics of football – unity, rivalry and passion.

History of Footballs

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History of Footballs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Given the very modest origins of the football, it's amazing to think about what a modern-day one can do. More often than not, we think and talk about the people using it, which is understandable.

Look at football as art. The footballer is the painter, his body is the paintbrush, the pitch is his expansive canvas, and the football is his paint.

The Rest

World’s Best Soccer Skills Compilation | UEFA Euro Cup Highlights

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Here is really cool soccer highlight video/compilation featuring footballs best players and all set to the music of Aleesia featuring Big Sean and the song "Kiss It Bye Bye."

The video is the work of Patrick's Productions, he makes a lot of soccer/futbol music video's, look for more of his clips to come soon.

Open Training Session In Durban

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This opportunity was definitely not going to be missed. A once-in-a-red-moon chance to see our Manchester United Team in training – in the flesh! Time to perhaps experience our Club at work, rather than the fine veneer ‘on show' in a match. Tickets sold quickly, ours had been bought four weeks ago on the first morning of sales.

Euro Moments: Group C, Day 11 – Ireland

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This mornings cartoon for the run-up to the European Championships from Dotmund features Ireland, and a player that would go on to become one of British footballs most incisive pundits. Only joking. It's Andy Townsend, really. Don't forget, you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant opinions on just about everything here.

The Taiwanese animation of Ashley Young diving is tremendous

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Ashley Young's diving (or failed rocket-boot experiment to those in the know) has become a big story and while that is something no one wants to see, the fact that it's led to Taiwan's NMAtv to put one of their odd videos about it really makes it all worthwhile. I mean, the first two seconds of the video alone -- with Young running around in a Speedo, swim cap and goggles above the title "Ashley Young is a diving wanker" -- is just a tremendous way to start a YouTube video.