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Juventus and Galatasaray to battle for Liverpool target Lacina Traore in January

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Liverpool will battle Turkish side Galatasaray and Italian giants Juventus for the signing of Anzhi striker Lacina Traore. The Russian side is clearing out all its well-paid foreign players, and Traore could follow former team-mates Samuel Eto'o and Willian to the Premier League. The Daily Express reports that the Ivory Coast international is a long-term [.

Leyton Orient sign player after Twitter approach

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Leyton Orient have signed Shaun Batt after opening discussions about a possible transfer on Twitter. Former O's loanee Batt tweeted some polite well wishes to his former team-mates for their forthcoming campaign. But Orient owner Barry Hearn jumped in to ask the striker to return to the club on a permanent basis.

In Praise of Almunia

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It's not so much the fact of players leaving that riles fans, it's more the manner of their leaving.

Which is why I want to single out Manuel Almunia for a round of virtual applause (more of him later).

Not all players can guarantee the affection of supporters once they have moved, but they can guarantee a degree of respect.

In Praise of Almunia

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It's not so much the fact of players leaving that riles fans, it's more the manner of their leaving.

Which is why I want to single out Manuel Almunia for a round of virtual applause (more of him later).

Not all players can guarantee the affection of supporters once they have moved, but they can guarantee a degree of respect.

Wife found him with rope round his neck

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Ex-Norwich City player Darren Eadie is planning to open a seaside retreat for depressed footballers after some informal enquiries revealed at least six of his former team-mates are battling mental illness. Eadie too has suffered with depression and, after reaching ... Continue reading →

Former Norwich player’s wife found him with rope round his neck

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Ex-Norwich City player Darren Eadie is planning to open a seaside retreat for depressed footballers after a straw poll revealed at least six of his former team-mates are battling mental illness. Eadie too has suffered with depression and, after reaching out to other former Canaries, discovered that he was not alone and there would be [.

Euro 2012: Portugal coach Paulo Bento denies rift with Cristiano Ronaldo

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Portugal coach Paulo Bento denies rift with Cristiano Ronaldo" was written by Stuart James in Lviv, for The Guardian on Tuesday 12th June 2012 18.43 UTC

All is not well inside the Portugal camp. Paulo Bento, the Portugal coach, has seen his tactics questioned by two of his former team-mates, Luis Figo and Rui Costa, Cristiano Ronaldo's behaviour has come under the microscope after he stomped off the pitch against Germany on Saturday at the final whistle and Helder Postiga was cross-examined at Tuesday's press conference about his credentials to lead the line against Denmark on Wednesday evening.

Euro 2012: Slaven Bilic seeking one last hurrah from Croatia

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Slaven Bilic seeking one last hurrah from Croatia" was written by Kevin McCarra, for guardian.co.uk on Saturday 9th June 2012 23.17 UTC

A major tournament is often a point of departure. Lives can change with either a culmination or a moment of despair, but there are managers who insist on deciding their own fate.

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Samuel Eto’o signs for Chelsea

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We are delighted to announce the signing of Samuel Eto'o... http://t.co/zHxoRj4TLq #CFC pic.twitter.com/0qj8GoTkMZ Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) August 29, 2013 Chelsea have completed the signing of Samuel Eto'o from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. The former Barcelona and Inter Milan follows former team-mate Willian from the Russian outfit, which transfer listed all of its players in [.

Jamie Carragher: Luis Suarez is too good for Liverpool (and Arsenal)

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says the club's wantaway star Luis Suarez is too good for them. Carra, Suarez's team-mate until his retirement at the end of last season, claims that the 26-year-old striker is one of the best players in the world, while his former team can no longer claim to be one of the [.

Jack Wilshere fondly remembers former Arsenal team-mate Emmanuel Eboue

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been reminiscing about former team-team Emmanuel Eboue ahead of a reunion this weekend. The Gunners face Eboue's Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup on Sunday. The Ivory Coast international was a firm favourite with colleagues and fans alike before leaving for Turkey in 2011.

Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick’s interesting choice of formal footwear

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First-time visit for @carras16 as the players touch down in Hong Kong. #mutour pic.twitter.com/rDf61qMtwH Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 27, 2013 Michael Carrick has obviously found a loophole in his Manchester United contract that says that the need to wear a club suit doesn't extend to donning matching footwear.

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher confirms his next move

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Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher will join Sky Sports from the start of next season. The veteran defender had previously announced that he would retire at the end of the current campaign, although the rumour mill had suggested he was thinking of performing a U-turn and staying on for one more season.

Spurs’ Gareth Bale’s and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott were the underwear bandits

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Theo Walcott has revealed that he and Spurs star Gareth Bale were the self-styled "underwear bandits" during their Southampton days. That was the name they gave to their bizarre antics, which involved putting pants on their heads and terrorising team-mates in the Saints' academy by rampaging into their rooms and attacking them with pillows.

Valencia’s Adil Rami misses match with blisters caused by Gangnam Style

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Adil Rami missed Valencia's recent match against Espanyol with blisters sustained in a performance of Gangnam Style. The France international returned to Lille on April 8 to attend a charity concert organised by former team-mate Rio Mavuba. During the event, Rami was brought onto the stage for an impromptu rendition of 2012 most nauseating novelty [.

What next for Arsenal?

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Just like last season, Arsenal's squad has been stung by two big name departures in the closing weeks of the transfer window.

Alex Song becomes the latest to jump ship for a deal worth around £16 million, joining former team-mate Cesc Fabregas at Barcelona whilst the shock transfer of Robin van Persie to arch rivals Manchester United will seem all the more real today when he debuts for the Red Devils against Everton.

West Ham Give Up On Carroll Pursuit

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West Ham has informed ESPN that they have given up on trying to sign Andy Carroll after three weeks of chasing the Liverpool striker.
The Hammers were hopeful that an eight-year contract worth £36 million would have tempted Carroll, along with his links to Kevin Nolan and Sam Allardyce, his former team-mate and manager at Newcastle United.

John Terry racism trial: Ashley Cole defends his team mate

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Ashley Cole says that we really shouldn't be having this trial referring to a post match meeting where John Terry met with Anton Ferdinand and both shook hands after agreeing there was nothing more than "handbags".

Ferdinand re-considered his position after his girlfriend replayed You Tube footage of the Terry incident on her cell phone where the Chelsea captain was seen mouthing off using racial epithets which he does not deny using.

Giggs looking forward to Olympics

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After being named as Great Britain's captain for the London Olympics this summer, Ryan Giggs has spoken of his excitement for the tournament.

Those assessing the latest soccer betting guide note how Stuart Pearce described the decision to name Giggs as his skipper as ‘the easy choice' and the Manchester United man is certainly honoured to lead out Team GB as they aim for a gold medal.

Giggs looking forward to Olympics

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After being named as Great Britain's captain for the London Olympics this summer, Ryan Giggs has spoken of his excitement for the tournament.

Those assessing the latest soccer betting guide note how Stuart Pearce described the decision to name Giggs as his skipper as ‘the easy choice' and the Manchester United man is certainly honoured to lead out Team GB as they aim for a gold medal.

Gerrard one of Europe’s best – Voronin

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Ukraine's Euro 2012 match with England will be a reunion of sorts for Andriy Voronin, who spent three seasons with Liverpool.

On Tuesday at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk the blond forward will line up against former team-mate Steven Gerrard, and Voronin made it clear how good he thinks "Stevie G" is!

RUMOR: Timbers Targeting Striker Kenny Miller

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The Rumour Mill: Monday's football news and gossip

Scotsman.com reports that the Timbers are targeting former Celtic and Rangers striker Kenny Miller to pair with Kris Boyd.

Miller target for MLS

Former Celtic and Rangers striker Kenny Miller is being lined up by MLS side Portland Timbers where he could star alongside former team mate Kris Boyd.

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CCL Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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A pair of MLS teams take to the road in CONCACAF Champions League play aiming for results that will help take them one step closer to the knockout stage.

The Seattle Sounders are in Trinidad and Tobago to face Caledonia, a team Seattle handled at CenturyLink Field 3-1 on Aug.

Cascadia Cup: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders Preview and Match Thread [2:00 PM]

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Big day. Big match. Big EVERYTHING. There's really not much I can say about the rivalry today that most of you don't already know. But if this IS your first time heading to a match between these two sides, all I will say is be prepared. There's nothing timid about a Portland Timbers - Seattle Sounders match.

Seattle Sounders v Sporting KC - Gamethread

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In the past few years the Seattle Sounders have taken Sporting Kansas City through a variety of late winners. Games went from well in the hands of the Midwesterners to become talismanic performances by men who become cult heroes. Fucito, Parke, Rosales and Neagle all overcame odds and finished off a challenging side.

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Hope Solo’s New Book Sparks Rampant Controversy: Villain or Victim?

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Hope Solo's New Book Sparks Rampant Controversy: Villain or Victim? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Never one to shy away from publicly exposed quarrels or full on media bouts, Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo (and her newly published memoir) has, yet again, placed herself at the epicenter of a highly scrutinized controversy.

Wambach, Morgan lead USWNT past Sweden

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By ADAM WARNER

You would have expected some nervous jitters from U.S. Women's National Team
Head Coach Pia Sundhage. She was coaching against her former team, Sweden, where she played at both
the professional and national levels. The game was being played in Holmestad, Sweden, which is only
about an hour and half away from where she grew up in Ulricehamn.

Wambach, Morgan lead USWNT past Sweden

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By ADAM WARNER

You would have expected some nervous jitters from U.S. Women's National Team
Head Coach Pia Sundhage. She was coaching against her former team, Sweden, where she played at both
the professional and national levels. The game was being played in Holmestad, Sweden, which is only
about an hour and half away from where she grew up in Ulricehamn.

Gunners

Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland – Different Faces But The Same Frustrations At The Emirates (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland Premier League August 18 2012

With RVP no doubt rolling around naked in wads of Mancunian cash this afternoon, his former team kicked off their 12/13 campaign with a rather trademark frustrating showing at the Emirates.

Lukas Podolski salutes the Gooners

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has hailed the vocal support he received from the club's supporters throughout yesterday afternoon's 4-0 friendly win away to former club FC Cologne.

Podolski scored twice in his first appearance as a Gunner and although his former team did not offer him a warm welcome, the visiting fans loudly cheered on the German international.

FC Koln/Cologne vs Arsenal: Free Live Streaming Links

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After the signing of Santi Cazorla, and the possible move for Nuri Sahin, it seems as though Robin van Persie has done/will do a Rooney since his reasoning regarding the lack of big signings and ambition can now be proven wrong with an example. Will he play today against Koln? Will Lukas Podolski feature for the first time for the Gunners, against his former team?

FC Koln/Cologne vs Arsenal: Free Live Streaming Links

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After the signing of Santi Cazorla, and the possible move for Nuri Sahin, it seems as though Robin van Persie has done/will do a Rooney since his reasoning regarding the lack of big signings and ambition can now be proven wrong with an example. Will he play today against Koln? Will Lukas Podolski feature for the first time for the Gunners, against his former team?

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Earthquakes edge FC Dallas after missed PK

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The San Jose Earthquakes looked well on their way to another home victory on Wednesday night before a late FC Dallas rally threatened to spoil the party at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Dallas couldn't complete the comeback though. Defender Jair Benitez failed to make that happen when he sent a stoppage time penalty kick over the crossbar, dooming FC Dallas to a 2-1 loss.

Five Questions: Revolution at Toronto FC

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In the six seasons of Toronto's existence, there haven't been many must-see games between the Reds and Revolution. Correction. There haven't been any must-see matches between the so-called conference rivals.

Sure, we've seen moments of brilliance unfold. Michael Parkhurst's 55-yard goal in 2007 comes to mind.

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Possible Debut Against Former Team Fitting for Soumare

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Ninety minutes in a reserve league game have prepared Bakary Soumare for a possible debut for the Philadelphia Union. The 6-foot, 4-inch tall central defender has waited a few months to make his first appearance for the Union.

"I've never had to wait so long," Soumare told reporters at a press conference, which included interim head coach John Hackworth, today.

European friendlies: Barcelona top PSG on penalties, Man City impress, and more

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After a wild transfer season that saw Paris Saint-Germain sign the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, the French club appears to be building much-needed chemistry as it prepares for the new season. But they also apparently need more practice from the penalty spot.

On Saturday, PSG battled back from a 2-0 deficit to draw Barcelona, 2-2, in a friendly in Paris.

Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Really? Edition [Poll]

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Some will still point to the Cal FC loss as the worst game in the Timbers history as a Major League Soccer club, but last night's 5-0 loss that knocked the Timbers into last place in the league has got to be up there. Positives were few and far between and even the optimists here at Stumptown Footy had a hard time picking out someone to praise.

Red Bulls DOOP on Philly, Go Top of the East

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David Banner... uh... Kenny Cooper Leads RBNY to VictoryOn a beautiful mid-summer afternoon at the Cathedral of Football, the New York Red Bulls got goals on either side of halftime from Kenny Cooper and defeated their closest geographical rivals - Philadelphia Union - by a 2-0 scoreline. The final wasn't really indicative of the number of chances created in what was a pretty thrilling, high-tempo match that featured opportunities for both sides and lots of good attacking play.

Tiki Taka Explained : The new Liverpool Way

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The Tiki Taka Playing style is one of the most attractive and dominating style of playing football, which makes the game of football look even better. New Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers, who has replaced Dalglish as Liverpool's manager would be following the Tiki Taka style, which brought success to his former team, Swansea football club.