The Man Who Saw Too Much: Lionel Messi Simply Gets Up And Walks Out After Watching Spain Score Sixth Goal Against Argentina (Video)

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Spain made mincemeat of Argentina in a friendly at Atletico Madrid's Metropolitano gaff on Tuesday night, with Isco in particular shining in a shock 6-1 demolition job.

Diego Costa opened the floodgates in the 12th minute with the home side surgically unpicking their hosts and running up a massive winning margin in the process.

Portugal Pip Egypt As Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Two Injury Time Headers To Steal Mohamed Salah’s Thunder (Photo & Video)

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Out in Zurich, Cristiano Ronaldo left it until the last possible moment to steal Mohamed Salah's thunder as two stoppage time goals from the Real Madrid goliath saw Portugal wrest a 2-1 victory over Egypt from the very gaping maw of defeat.

Salah broke the deadlock in the 55th minute with his 12th goal in his last 10 games, clipping a precise finish past Beto from the edge of the Portuguese box.

Honours Even: Germany’s Thomas Muller Secures 1-1 Draw Against Spain With Explosive 25-Yard Equaliser (Video)

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Germany welcomed Spain to the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf in one of the more high falutin' international friendlies to take place on Friday evening.

Somewhat quashing the expectant atmosphere,Spain nudged themselves into an early lead (6′) when Rodrigo slipped in behind Mats Hummels and lifted a finish over Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Retro Football: Bobby Robson’s England Hammer Non-League Aylesbury United In Preparation For 1988 European Championships (Photos & Video)

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In his infinite, delightfully discombobulated wisdom, Bobby Robson hatched a foolproof plan in the weeks running up to the 1988 European Championships in order to prepare his England team for the rigours of international tournament football.

Indeed, with Russia, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland laying in wait in the group stages, Robson decided that the most practical warm-up would be to have his team thrash a non-league side to help spike their confidence.

Brass Neck: Veteran Brazil Winger Denilson Lights Up Friendly Game With Cheeky Improvised Dribble (Video)

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A player who famously never quite lived up to his 1998 billing as the world's most expensive player when he signed for Real Betis, Denilson was still a fantastic player.

Now 40, the 2002 World Cup winner is still a wizard with the ball, as shown by some dazzling skills during a recent star-studded Brazilian friendly game.

Record Breaker: Romelu Lukaku Moves Clear As Belgium’s New All-Time Top Scorer By Nodding In Goal No. 31 Against Japan (Video)

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After drawing level with a couple of poacher's goals against Mexico on Saturday, Romelu Lukaku took 72 minutes of Tuesday night's friendly against Japan to move clear as Belgium's all-time record goalscorer.

Lukaku notched the 31st goal of his international career (on his 65th appearance) when he nodded home Nacer Chadli's far-post cross from approximately 30 centimetres out.

Rinky Dinky L’il Kosovo Demonstrate Simple Joy Of International Friendlies By Snaffling Historic 4-3 Win Over Latvia (Photo & Video)

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While it's easy to grow despondent, borderline catatonic when it comes to international football, it would appear that there are still countries out there who actually ruddy enjoy themselves when it comes to chugging through friendlies.

Kosovo only registered as a FIFA nation in May of 2016, so all this is still pretty new to them.

Aged Just 24, Romelu Lukaku Equals Belgium All-Time Goalscoring Record With Poacher’s Double Against Mexico (Photo & Videos)

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At the tender age of just 24, Romelu Lukaku scored the necessary two goals in last night's 3-3 draw against Mexico to become one of Belgium's three joint-highest goalscorers.

Lukaku prodded in his 29th and 30th goals for the Red Devils (in just 64 appearances) to equal the international tallies of both Bernard Voorhoof and Paul van Himst, both of whom formerly co-owned the record.

Moron: Colombia Midfielder Edwin Cardona Aims Racist Gesture At South Korean Opponent During Suwon Friendly (Video)

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Two goals from Tottenham's Son Heung-Min saw South Korea register a 2-1 win over Colombia on Friday, but the friendly in Suwon has become a point of discussion for an altogether different reason.

Indeed, Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona is at the epicentre after the substitute was caught making a moronic "slant eye" gesture at South Korean right-back Choi Chul-Soon behind the referee's back.

Set-Piece Pioneers: Non-League Boreham Wood Trick Arsenal With The Old Freekick Switcheroo, 2013 (Video)

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The annual pre-season friendly between Boreham Wood FC and Arsenal has become something of along-standing staple over the past couple of decades, with both clubs using the meeting as a chance to test their respective mettle before getting into the real nitty-gritty of the new campaign.

As it bloomin' well happens, the 2013 encounter was a vintage affair.

Joan Gamper Trophy: Standing Ovations All Round As Barcelona Beat Chapecoense In Incredibly Emotional Friendly (Photos & Video)

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Chapecoense defender Neto (centre) weeps before the Joan Gamper Trophy friendly against Barcelona

Monday evening saw Barcelona play host to Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy, just nine months after the tragic plane crash that near-destroyed the Brazilian club.

As you might expect, emotions ran high throughout with the only three players to survive the disaster Jackson Follman, Neto and Alan Ruschel (all seen above) invited out onto the Camp Nou pitch before the match to perform a ceremonial kick-off.

Chelsea Confirm Pedro Suffered ‘Multiple Fractures’ After Being Poleaxed By David Ospina During Recent Arsenal Friendly (Video)

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Chelsea have confirmed that Pedro suffered "multiple fractures" after being turned inside-out by Arsenal 'keeper David Ospina during a friendly encounter between the two sides in Beijing on Saturday.

Pedro was flattened when Ospina came charging out to punch a ball clear only to inadvertently poleaxe the Spanish forward in the process.

Friendly: Lukaku And Rashford Notch Nifty Goals As Man Utd Beat Man City In Houston (Photos & Video)

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Houston's NRG Stadium played host to the first ever Manchester derby to be played on foreign soil on Thursday night, with the two sides squaring off in the International Champions Cup apropos of nothing.

For what little it's worth, United emerged victorious in front of over 67,000 fans as Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford both registered smart goals in a 2-0 win for Jose Mourinho's mob.

Friendly: Jay Rodriguez Opens West Brom Account By Locating Top Corner From 20 Yards Against Leicester (Video)

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As you're no doubt aware, the prestigious Premier League Asia Trophy got underway in Hong Kong this morning, with West Brom taking on Leicester City.

The opening goal of the tournament was scored after just 10 minutes, when West Brom new boy Jay Rodriguez cracked a sweet shot into the top corner from 20-yards out.

Friendly: Romelu Lukaku Gets Off The Mark For Man Utd In Routine 2-1 Win Over Real Salt Lake (Photos & Video)

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After pasting LA Galaxy at the weekend, Manchester United maintained their 100% pre-season tour record with a routine 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Monday evening.

United actually fell behind in the 20th minute, only for Henrikh Mikhitaryan to restore parity eight minutes later following a burst of snappy interplay between Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaka on the edge of the box.

Back With A Bang: Wayne Rooney Scores Powerful 25-Yard Drive On Second Everton Debut (Video)

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Wayne Rooney made his second debut for Everton this afternoon, starting in a pre-season friendly against Tanzania's Gor Mahia FC.

Looking slightly trimmer than he has done of late, Rooney collected the ball some 25 yards out, took a couple

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Where to find England vs. Italy friendly on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch England vs. Italy friendly, you’ve come to the right place.

Two of the biggest national teams in Europe clash on Tuesday in a friendly that’ll be shown live on US television and streaming. With England defeating Holland 1-0 on Friday while Italy lost to Argentina, Tuesday’s match should be an eyeopening one to determine how strong both sides are.

Where to find England vs. Italy friendly on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch England vs. Italy friendly, you’ve come to the right place.

Two of the biggest national teams in Europe clash on Tuesday in a friendly that’ll be shown live on US television and streaming. With England defeating Holland 1-0 on Friday while Italy lost to Argentina, Tuesday’s match should be an eyeopening one to determine how strong both sides are.

England Train At St George’s Park As Three Lions Limber Up For Netherlands Friendly (Photos)

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Nothing more, nothing less just a big dump of photos from England's midweek training session at St. George's Park ahead of their dual friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy coming up in the next fortnight.

The big/only news out of the Three Lions camp is that Trent Alexander-Arnold was invited to train with the senior team for the morning session.

Reports: Burnley Duo Nick Pope & James Tarkowski Receive First England Call-Ups For Friendlies Against Netherlands And Italy

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While the official squad isn't due to be released until 2pm this afternoon, it's already been leaked that Gareth Southgate a raft of new faces have been called into the England fold for the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.

According to myriad embargo-breaking whispers, Burnley duo Nick Pope and James Tarkowski have both been handed their first England nods having never previously represented their country at any level.

England Squad: Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek And Joe Gomez Receive First Senior Call-Ups For Germany And Brazil Friendlies

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While the full squad isn't due to be announced until 2pm (BST) this afternoon, England have gone ahead and confirmed that Tammy Abraham, Joe Gomez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all been called up to the senior side for their upcoming November friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

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Mourinho blasts England over Jones injections

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has strongly rebuked England manager Gareth Southgate and his medical staff for playing Manchester United defender Phil Jones in a recent friendly after he received six pain-killing injections.

Jones, whose six-year United career has been plagued by injuries, was forced off in the first half of England’s 0-0 draw with Germany last week after aggravating a thigh injury.

Retro Football: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Scores Against Non-League Heaton Stannington On A Pitch Behind The Local Fish & Chip Shop, 2012 (Photo)

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Today he may be on the verge of a €70million move between Dortmund and PSG, but just five short years ago Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found himself in altogether less salubrious circumstances.

Indeed, on 22nd July, 2012, Aubameyang travelled to the suburbs of Newcastle with the rest of his Gabon teammates to play a friendly against non-league opposition on a pitch tucked behind a chip shop and a Chinese takeaway.

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Chapecoense To Wear Special Shirt With 71 Stars, One For Each Victim Of Tragic Air Crash, In Upcoming Friendly Against Barcelona

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As part of their collective rehabilitation, Chapecoense are due to play Barcelona in a friendly next Monday evening.

Of course, Chape saw their club decimated in November of last year when a plane carrying almost every member of their squad and staff crashed on the approach to Medellin airport in Colombia, killing 71 of the 77 people on board.

Dépêche Mode: Arsene Wenger Wears Funky Custom Arsenal Trainers For Bayern Munich Friendly (Photos)

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This very week, Arsene Wenger officially became the longest-serving manager in Premier League history.

As of Monday, Wenger has outlasted the 7,582 days that Sir Alex Ferguson spent in charge of Manchester United in the Top Flight™, though of course the Scot did spent over five years at the United helm before football began in 1992.

Philadelphia Union

Match preview: Philadelphia Union v. Swansea City AFC

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The Swans are coming and its Game of Thrones night for some reason! Why this international friendly may be worth checking out.

News roundup: BSFC/HCI Friendly rescheduled, Galaxy in trouble for tweet, and more

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Bethlehem/Harrisburg friendly rescheduled, Galaxy tweet makes MLS unhappy, Leicester advances, and the rest of the day's news.


AEK 4-0 Iraklis

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A convincing 4-0 win today for us in what was our last friendly before the start of the season. The match got off to a pretty slow start with little noteworthy action in the first half but that all changed when we scored 4 goals between the 49th and 71st minute.

I only managed to catch the last ten minutes of the match but from what I could see, it looks like we might be in for some good performances from Patito.

Catching Up…

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I was away from my computer for a good week or so last week so I haven't really had the chance to post anything. But, I'm finally back and have a bit of catching up to do, so I'll start with the older news first and make my way to today.

First thing that I should mention is that we officially signed Bakasetas, on his birthday of all days.

Inter 0-0 AEK

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Our final test before the regular season ended with a rather disappointing scoreline, but there were definitely quite a few positives that can be taken from what I saw. I only managed to watch the second half, but from what I read we were also quite solid in the first half, as we were in the second.

Buonanotte Signs for AEK

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Diego Buonanotte has officially signed for AEK, after being greeted by about one or two hundred AEK supporters at the airport. He arrived in Athens at about 8:45 PM Athens time and signed his contract (two years until 2017) this morning.

To see video of the reception as seen from inside the car Diego was driving in, see the bottom of this link.

AEK 1-1 Sevilla

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Well well, it looks like things are starting to come together for the team. Obviously this match was yet another friendly and so there is only so much we can take from it, but our performance something to be proud of regardless. I managed to catch about thirty minutes from the first half and from what I saw, we're definitely starting to play some good football as a team.



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Despite going down in the two matches they play against their much illustrious opponents, many people which included the likes of Stoke City's manager Mark Hughes and his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, lauded the performance of the Singapore Selection in the just concluded Barclays Asia Trophy.

[Barclays Asia Trophy] - Humid worries, No Bus Parking ...

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Everything is ready to get set for the seventh edition of the Barclays Asia Trophy - the gala event that will see three Barclays Premier League teams - Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City to feature alongside a Singapore Selection that comprises of mainly the Singapore national players with a few S.

[Event] Barclays Asia Trophy - Tickets NOW ON SALE!

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Into its seventh edition, the Barclays Asia Trophy will be heading its way to Singapore this coming July.

This pre-season friendly tournament takes place every two years and is the only Premier League-affiliated competition to be held outside England, the past editions saw the tournament in cities like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Hong Kong (who hosted the event thrice in 2007,2011 and 2013).

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Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers Fields His Son In Pre-Season Friendly Against Austrian Side BW Linz

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Many Celtic fans were puzzled to see a new, unfamiliar name on the teamsheet for Wednesday's pre-season friendly against Austrian side BW Linz.

Actually, perhaps 'unfamiliar' isn't an entirely accurate description, as the surname in question was one shared bytheir manager, Brendan Rodgers.

Five MLS players lead Ghana squad against USMNT

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With their Premier League trio out of action, Ghana will turn to several MLS players to lead their roster in the upcoming friendly against the U.S. Men's National Team.

With club objections leaving Ghana without West Ham's Andre Ayew, Swansea City's Jordan Ayew, Leicester City's Daniel Amartey and Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey, a trio of Columbus Crew players and a few others from around the league headline the Black Stars squad.

Children's Mercy Park to Host Liga MX Friendly

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While Sporting Kansas City looks set to not be playing a friendly against a foreign opponent in 2016, there looks like there will be a friendly at Children's Mercy Park this summer. Sporting announced today that Liga MX sides Pachuca and Santos Laguna will be playing a friendly at CMP on Tuesday, June 21st.

Portugal-Greece ’04 Euro ‘Rematch’ in Mass. on 6/12

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A friendly featuring players from the Portugal and Greece squads that met in the 2004 UEFA Euro Final will take place at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Mass. on Jun. 12. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm.

The match, which is billed as "Legends Cup Rematch Battle," will bring a number of notable players from the Final, which Greece won 1-0 at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

Stange remains defiant despite criticism after 2-2 draw against Guam

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With last evening's result, I could not help but recall this article written years ago suggested Singapore should group themselves with Oceania nations for any bid to lift themselves from the doldrums we are facing.