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Will Arsène ever be able to complete his vision?

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"Alas", said the mouse, "the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into.

Will Arsène ever be able to complete his vision?

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"Alas", said the mouse, "the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into.

Will Arsène ever be able to complete his vision?

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"Alas", said the mouse, "the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into.

Spirit Of Shankly Group Hit Back At FSG

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This is starting to get really messy. A day after Liverpool owner John Henry penned a letter trying to pacify the criticism of Liverpool's summer transfer dealings, the Supporters' group Spirit of Shankly have fired back, calling for Liverpool chairman Tom Werner to be held accountable for the way the club is being run.

Manager: Toffees best in a “long time”

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Following two successive victories to start the season, Everton manager David Moyes has hailed his current squad as one of the best he's seen at Goodison Park in quite some time. The blue half of Merseyside can be thrilled with their side's rampant start to the season, including an opening day win against giants Manchester United.

It’s all change at the Lane as Levy looks to elevate Spurs to the next level

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In January of this year Tottenham sat third in the table, and as the winter window opened, the opportunity for the club to make a real statement of intent presented itself. Manager Harry Redknapp was keen to strengthen the squad as consolidation at the top of the table was at the forefront of his mind.

Werner - Rodgers Is Perfect Fit

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Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has branded new manager Brendan Rodgers the 'perfect person' to take the club forward.
The Reds officially unveiled Rodgers as Kenny Dalglish's successor on Friday morning after securing the manager from Swansea.
The Northern Irish boss impressed while at the helm of the Swans; guiding them into the Premier League and earning plaudits for establishing a brand of attractive attacking football.

Andy Carroll: Help Us Help You

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Oh Andy. The sight of that pony flapping in backdraft of a successful header was one we thought we'd never see again. Image:Â Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.

Let's focus on Andy Carroll's celebration last night that occurred moments after he scored a last minute winner vs. Blackburn Rovers.

Aston Villa v Chelsea - Who plays?

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After a fantastic result against Benfica with a team selection that surprised us beforehand, the question remains who will Roberto Di Matteo decide to go with in this one and who do you think he should start?.

We saw for Benfica the main focus was on players who were fresh for the game and hadn't featured beforehand.

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Columbus 4, Revs 3: Offense Shines Early, Defense Falters Often

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On a night that began with so much promise, the New England Revolution found a way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. Given an early two goal lead, the Revs squandered their opportunity for an impressive result on the road, and dropped the decision on Saturday night, 4-3 to the Columbus Crew.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Fabian Espindola

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With a pair of Fabian Espindola goals at the forefront, Real Salt Lake put the rest of MLS on notice on Saturday night with a dominanting showing against Chivas USA.

Espindola was a threat each time that he touched the ball on Saturday and ended the match with two goals in RSL's 3-0 victory over the Rojiblancos to earn SBI MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 15.

New faces, new results for Chivas USA

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When Chivas USA defeated the rival Galaxy 1-0 on Saturday night, a few new faces donned their signature Red & White.

This past Thursday, the club announced two deals, acquiring US international Juan Agudelo from the Red Bulls and finally completing the Danny Califf trade with the Philadelphia Union, which had been at the forefront of the rumor mill the few days prior to the trade.

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More top clubs sign up for 2012 NextGen series

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There is little doubt that anything which can improve the technical skills of young English footballers at youth level is something to be welcomed, and thus the announcement that Arsenal and Chelsea will be joining up with the NextGen series this year is encouraging news for fans of the England team.

If it’s not to be Ade then who?

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If the reports from earlier today are true, then Spurs could be scrapping any thoughts of negotiating a permanent deal for Emmanuel Adebayor and turning their attentions elsewhere. Ade's wages have been reported as being between £170,000 and £200,000 a week and that has always been the likely stumbling block for any permanent transfer.

Chelsea Team News

It’s official: Oscar joins Chelsea, finally

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Talk about worst kept secrets.

Chelsea have finally announced that the club has completed the signing of Oscar from Internacional for a fee widely being reported to be around £25 million. The 20-year-old, a Brazilian international, adds even more creativity to a side that has been bolstered by the likes of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin already this summer.

CL Recap: Chelsea Hold On To Claim First Round Knockout

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By the skin of our teeth, we're walking away victorious. More, after the jump:

You already know

Just like that, we're heading to Spain with a 1-0 lead. Yeah, that actually happened. If you witnessed the match, you might have lost your mind. Barcelona did precisely what they came to accomplish- they knocked it about, made our defense chase the triangles, and altogether dominated the ball for extended stretches.

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High Intensity Training, Fitness and Training Time

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Most coaches will argue that training time is a valuable commodity. This is especially true for college programs. In the US, the amount of time spent training is strictly regulated by the NCAA. In addition, college coaches must compete with the academic demands placed on student athletes. So, a question that is at the forefront of training is, how best to use limited training time to improve

Post-Match Chalkboard: Running On Fumes

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Last week I said that I would write a double post covering the Dallas and Columbus matches. Unfortunately, the Columbus match is too much in the forefront of my mind right now than the Dallas one. I was expecting to get three points out of Columbus, and I'm really bothered that we didn't. I just can't shake it, so I've obsessed over it this past week.

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Italians Surprised, Not Really

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Nonchalant

Let me say this up front first. I only started watching the match from the 73rd minute onwards. Time difference and work in the morning plus a tiring day before, all combined to ensure that my body doesn't respond to the alarm ringing at 2:30am for the start of the match.

How relevant are national stereotypes in football?

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We all know about the various stereotyped images that are attached to the people of different European countries, some of which can seem positive, others less so; but it is often football that brings these stereotypes to the forefront. Something about the passionate nature of international football rivalries seems to inspire vaguely xenophobic stereotyping of [.

Real Madrid

Schweini: Bayern wary of booking concerns

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As Bayern Munich prepare for an intense second leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal away to Real Madrid, star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has warned his teammates to avoid getting yellow cards that would jeopardize their involvement in a potential final appearance at the Allianz Arena.

Real Madrid unveils plans for $1 billion resort island in United Arab Emirates

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Real Madrid has been known to push the envelope, whether it be with luring the world's top players, or signing expressive coaches in an effort to remain at the forefront of world soccer. What the club has up its sleeve now certainly ups the ante in that regard.

The Spanish power unveiled plans for a $1 billion island resort in the United Arab Emirates that is due to open in January, 2015.

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beIN Sport acquires television rights to USMNT road World Cup qualifiers

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Fans in the United States will no longer have to worry about U.S. men's national team World Cup qualifiers being shown on pay-per-view.

New sports network beIN Sport announced in a press release Wednesday that it has acquired exclusive rights to televise the national team's road qualifiers for the remainder of the 2014 World Cup cycle, starting with the final two matches of this round, Sept.

Revolution 1, Union 2: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Corey Major, Matty Jollie, Abram Chamberlain, and Brendan Schimmel.

Which Way Now For Scottish Football?

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While the European Championships have been chugging along neatly in the forefront of most peoples minds over the last couple of weeks or so, football in Scotland has reached a crossroads, the ramifications of which could be felt for many years. The saga of Rangers FC and the debate some might even say argument over where The Rangers, the club that has emerged from the ashes of perhaps the biggest financial collapse in the entire history of British football, will start next season is now set to drag into July, with the distinct possibility of reaching a conclusion that will satisfy absolutely nobody whatsoever.

ItalJuve at the forefront for the Azzurri

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ItalJuve at the forefront for the Azzurri is a post from: Serie A Weekly ItalJuve at the forefront for the Azzurri is a post from: Serie A Weekly When Juventus are strong so too are the Italian national team, as the old calcio legend goes. And when reviewing past tournaments it is hard to argue with that.

Should Jerry Sandusky Still Be Called 'Coach'?

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During serial child molester Jerry Sandusky's trial, former Penn St. quarterback and current asst. coach Mike McQueary was called to testify on what he saw the day he witnessed Sandusky molesting a boy in the Penn State locker room showers.

In referencing Sandusky, McQueary used the direct term 'Coach Sandusky.

U.S. Soccer’s First Awards Program Dedicated Solely To Excellence & Achievement In Social Media Is Here!

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Following on from the success of the #GrowTheGame pilot which was held in San Diego on April 14 & 15 and saw over 500 people participate in a weekend of soccer related activities, it was only a matter of time before #GrowTheGame picked up its organizing kit and headed to a new host city to act as a catalyst for grassroots change and new conversations between tits local soccer community.

Ayre - We Got Our Man

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Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre is adamant the Reds got the manager they wanted in Brendan Rodgers, insisting the ex-Swansea boss was the only candidate they made an offer to.
The club's search for Kenny Dalglish's successor attracted criticism from some quarters for being too wide-ranging, but Ayre was satisfied with how they dealt with filling the vacancy after Rodgers was unveiled on Friday.

Donovan hat-trick inspires USMNT to rout over Scotland

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photo by John Todd/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann talked earlier in the week about starting this jampacked summer by defeating Scotland in an exciting manner.

Klinsmann got just what he asked for.

Soccer Support Announces New 2012/13 Membership Options

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Soccer Support is happy to announce its range of membership options which are aimed at providing clubs with the support, advice and assistance to grow while providing these great services at the most affordable price.

INTRODUCTION

Soccer Support offers attractive membership packages to grassroots clubs across the country with a primary focus on modernizing clubs for the 21st century.

Staff Predictions For 2012: The Team

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Predictions and power rankings are both a somewhat foolish endeavour. So much can go wrong. Sometimes a player quits mere moments before a season, or an injury can happen, or an unknown can spring to the forefront as a difference maker. And yet, they also carry meaning. They show the thought process and when a survey of a relatively intelligent group thinks similarly they may capture some essence of truth or expectation.