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Arsenal

Will bogey team Bayern Munich destroy Arsenal again today?

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Even though the pre-season training and friendly games are mostly about gaining fitness and getting the players up to speed while getting any new transfer additions settled in, Arsenal and most other clubs would rather not lose any of their games. Next up for the Gunners, however, is Bayern Munich, in the first of our [.

Natural Nelson set to be next new Arsenal star?

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There is usually at least one young player who grabs the chances handed to them by Arsene Wenger during the annual Arsenal pre-season training and friendly games, impressing both the fans and more importantly the manager with their ability. The most recent young Gunner to do this and then break into the Arsenal first team [.

Five Arsenal predictions for the start of the new season

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In ten days time, we will be licking our lips at the imminent prospect of live premier league football.

I have really enjoyed watching Arsenal in the friendly games: not the results, which are meaningless anyway, but the individual performances of our players.

It was great to see Diaby and Arteta again.

Five Arsenal predictions for the start of the new season

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In ten days time, we will be licking our lips at the imminent prospect of live premier league football.

I have really enjoyed watching Arsenal in the friendly games: not the results, which are meaningless anyway, but the individual performances of our players.

It was great to see Diaby and Arteta again.

Norwich v Arsenal betting tips for this weekend

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The international week is over (thank whichever God you want!) and even though we've had almost only friendly games, it was an exciting one nevertheless, even though I found it hard to drag myself away from InstantPokerMoney.com to watch it! Arsenal's midfielder Thomas Rosicky managed to snatch the qualification to the EURO 2012 with the [.

What is the impact of pre-season games? When should we experiment?

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Untold Arsenal on Twitter @UntoldArsenal By Walter Broeckx I was going to write an article about how much pre season friendly games have an impact on the season. Of course as the season is not yet underway we cannot know what the impact will be of those games we have been playing so far. Looking [...

What is the impact of pre-season games? When should we experiment?

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Untold Arsenal on Twitter @UntoldArsenal By Walter Broeckx I was going to write an article about how much pre season friendly games have an impact on the season. Of course as the season is not yet underway we cannot know what the impact will be of those games we have been playing so far. Looking [...

Arsene Wenger reveals injuries to Robin van Persie, Kieran Gibbs and Thomas Vermaelen

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Arsenal ended their set of pre-season friendly games with a 2-1 defeat against Benfica and plenty of injury concerns ahead of next week's first Premier League game of the season. Speaking after the defeat, manager Arsene ...

Real Madrid

REAL MADRID PRE-SEASON CALENDAR | AUSTRALIA - CHINA

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LLL : Sami Khedira’s Funny Fluke Goal Sees Real Madrid Defeat Santos Laguna, Ronaldo Talks Up MLS

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Real Madrid defeated Mexico's Santos Laguna 2-1 in the middle of the scorching Las Vegas desert heat a few hours ago and because it was so unbearably hot, Sami Khedira's forehead lurched forward to score from Karim Benzema's volley!

Spanish Football

FC BARCELONA PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE - CALENDAR 2013

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REAL MADRID PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE - CALENDAR 2013

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REAL MADRID PRE-SEASON 2013 SCHEDULE | USA VISIT

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VIDEO GOALS | FC BARCELONA - REAL MADRID FRIENDLY GAMES

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The SPANISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE – LA LIGA – kicks off next Saturday 18 th of August for season 2012 – 2013. The favourites beforehand are as always FC BARCELONA & REAL MADRID with all the rest of the Clubs working hard & attempting to lift in level. To get a glimpse at the Football levels of the favourites so early into the season, Real Madrid & FC Barcelona will be fighting it out for the

REAL MADRID 5 AC MILAN 1 - VIDEO | PRE- SEASON 2012 FRIENDLY

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Spanish Football Club REAL MADRID continues with its US Tour & series of friendly games, this time against AC MILAN & won 5 - 1. Below are the highlights of all the goals of the match, which I remind is pre-season. Goals: 1-0 (23'): Di Maria. 1-1 (32'): Robinho. 2-1 (48'): Cristiano. 3-1 (65'): Cristiano, from a  Kaká pass.

FRIENDLY GAMES | PSG 2 FC BARCELONA 2 | BARÇA WINS 4 - 1 IN PENALTY SHOOT OUT

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The Spanish Football Clubs are playing diverse pre-season friendly games locally & around the World. One of the more interesting games was played yesterday in Paris when PARIS ST GERMAIN hosted FC BARCELONA. The end result was 2 - 2 full time, but FC Barcelona won the penalty shoot-out 1 - 4 with goalie Pinto making two saves during the shoot-out.

SPANISH FOOTBALL NATIONAL TEAM LIST FOR UPCOMING EURO 2012 WARM-UPS

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SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM Selector & Coach Vicente del Bosque has handed in his "second last" list of 21 players to make up the Spanish National Team for the upcoming Friendly Internationales between SERBIA (26th of May) & SOUTH KOREA (30th of May) to be played in Switzerland. Both are warm-up games for the upcoming EUROPEAN NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS.

United States

SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM USA JUNE FRIENDLY GAMES DATES

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More from 'Mr. Europe'

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We mentioned in an earlier post that Steve Cherundolo has played the most games for the United States on European soil of any player on the roster. ussoccer.com spoke to Steve about his experiences playing on the continent...

Cherundolo has come up big for the U.S. in Europe

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Newcastle United

Surprise Newcastle Call-Ups For August Internationals

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There are a number of Newcastle players named in International squads for the upcoming friendly games in August, and there are a couple of surprises- Fab Coloccini has finally been called up again by Argentina, and Ben Arfa has been named in Didier Deschamps' first French squad. Fabricio Coloccini Argentine call up The news [.

Chemnitzer vs Newcastle United match highlights

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Highlights of the first of Newcastle United's first pre season friendly games, this one against German third string side Chemnitzer, at their place, Der Stadion an der Gellertstraße, Chemnitz. A mostly second string Magpies eleven (with a few big names coming on before the end) succumbed to a solitary goal from Chemnitzer's Anton Fink in [.

Santon Set For A Month Out

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Disappointing news arrives from Newcastle United's camp as the club revealed that one of their new summer signings, Davide Santon is set to take a month rest from the playing field as the ex-Inter Milan player will be facing a surgery to his knee.

The bad news was reported by the club's manager, Alan Pardew, who looked very worried with his new player's condition revealing that Santon might be facing a cartilage problem.

Manchester United

MLS All-Stars v Chelsea – Match Preview – MLS All-Star Game – 25 July 2012

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The Major League All-Stars face Chelsea, the reigning European champions, in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game. The match will take place at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 pm local time (USA Eastern).

Match Outlook

The MLS All-Stars look to improve on disappointing and lop-sided losses to Manchester United in the 2010 and 2011 MLS All-Star games.

Rosell Fires Shots At FIFA And UEFA

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Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was in a pretty combative mood Tuesday at a conference in Doha as he took aim at both FIFA and UEFA.

Rosell was asked whether clubs would ask FIFA and UEFA to pay players during the World Cup or European Championship and he replied:

"This is what we are discussing with both institutions.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Rooney Red, South Africa Red-Faced

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In this week's review section, we look back at stories from the African Natios Cup qualifying groups as well as at England striker Wane Rooney. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast and can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below, or highlighted in blue.

Euro 2012

Mid-Day Ticker: Forlan signs in Brazil, FIFA defends rankings & more

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Any hopes of Diego Forlan coming to MLS in the near future have been dashed.

The Golden Ball winner at the 2010 World Cup has signed with Brazilian club Internacional, the team announced. The deal will keep the 33-year-old Uruguay veteran with the club through July 2015.

The striker had played with Inter Milan since transferring from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Chiellini: I'll be Ready at the Right Time

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Juventus defender, Giorgio Chiellini, insists that he will have recovered from a thigh injury in time for the start of Euro 2012, but accepts that he will have to sit out the pre-tournament friendlies against Luxembourg and Russia.

The 27-year-old sustained a right thigh strain in Juve's final game of the Serie A season, on 13th May, and was told that he would be facing up to three weeks on the sidelines.

Fabio Capello Resigns: The End Of A Loveless Marriage

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By Chris Wright

You turn you're back for one second and what happens? Just three months and three friendly games before Euro 2012 gets under way in June, Fabio Capello resigned as England manager last night after spending the afternoon bickering with FA chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne at Wembley over his comments made to the Italian media vis-a-vis the FA's premature decision to strip John Terry of the national captaincy.

Midfielder: Spain dominated negative England

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Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has mocked England by suggesting that the only way the Three Lions could score against his Spain side was from a set piece and that the visitors dominated throughout the 90 minutes at Wembley on Saturday evening.

World champions Spain lost 1-0 after Frank Lampard got at the end of a free-kick sequence to nod home the only goal of the match.

Liverpool Want England To Be Careful With Steven Gerrard

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Liverpool will seek assurances from the Football Association that Steven Gerrard's workload will be carefully managed in England's home friendlies against Spain and Sweden next month.
Gerrard only returned to first-team action at Anfield earlier this month after being sidelined since March with a groin injury.

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Mid-Day Ticker: Messi eyes Barca record, Kaiserslautern fires manager and more

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Lionel Messi is set to make Barcelona history yet again.

After some recent adjustments to the total goal-scoring tally, the 24-year-old striker is one goal away from tying Cesar Rodriguez for Barcelona's all-time leading scorer. La Vanguardia newspaper in Spain, in collaboration with Barcelona, revised Rodriguez's total tally down to 232 goals.

Some Soccer News for Wed Sep 28, 2011

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STARTERS

Stuart Holden has suffered an injury setback in his recovery from the badly broken and lacerated knee he incurred last spring. No word on the exact nature of the new injury but it will require surgery and another 6 weeks of rehab. Damn!

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Since its 2011/12 season kicked off in all competitions on Aug 1 Bayern Munich has won 11 and lost 1, and only conceded 1 goal!

England FA

Rooney banned for three Matches

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England striker Wayne Rooney will miss the Euro 2012 group stage after being banned for three matches for his sending off against Montenegro.

Uefa's disciplinary panel, which described the incident as an "assault", decided on the punishment at a meeting on Thursday. The England FA are said to be considering an appeal.

Rooney Banned For Euro 2012 Group Matches

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England striker Wayne Rooney will miss the Euro 2012 group stage after being banned for three matches for his sending off against Montenegro.

Uefa's disciplinary panel, which described the incident as an "assault", decided on the punishment at a meeting on Thursday. The England FA are said to be considering an appeal.

Is it time to stop taking FIFA World Rankings seriously?

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For those of you who missed it, FIFA announced its revised edition of its World Rankings yesterday and I'm sure that many of you will be as surprised as I was when you see the top ten looking like this:

  1. Netherlands
  2. Spain
  3. Germany
  4. England
  5. Uruguay
  6. Brazil
  7. Italy
  8. Portugal
  9. Argentina
  10. Croatia

Before I start my argument, perhaps we should look briefly at how this is worked out:

There are three main categories to decide where points are awarded; firstly, you have to win or draw, no points will be awarded for a loss.

The Rest

FIFA make a royal mess of the rankings

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The Three Lions sit pretty in 4th position despite disappointing performances

England rises to number 4 and raises eyebrows. They are two spots above Italy, the 2012 Euro runners up. Brazil falls to 11th because they don't have to play any qualifying matches having already qualified for the 2014 World Cup as hosts.

Red Bulls Cut the Cord With Kassel and Hot

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Of These Three, Only Hertzog RemainsIn what can only be considered a surprising move, the New York Red Bulls announced today that they have waived homegrown signings Matt Kassel and Sacir Hot. Both players had been signed by RBNY in 2011, though only Kassel managed to get a handful of first team minutes during the course of the regular season.

Rangers’ bean counters offer friendly welcome to Liverpool

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Rangers' bean counters offer friendly welcome to Liverpool

Kenny Dalglish's side head to Ibrox on Tuesday for a friendly that will help both clubs to raise a few much-needed coppers The last time Rangers invited Liverpool to Ibrox for a friendly the home side were left with such a bloody nose that a re-run of the fixture would hardly have been high on their agenda.

Technical Advisor Tim Regan Talks to the YNT Blog

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We talked to Development Academy Technical Advisor Tim Regan as he gears up for the 2011-12 Development Academy season during a recent swing through the Chicago office. Regan is the Technical Advisor for the Frontier Division as well as a few teams in the Great Lakes Division (BTW he watches about 50 games during the year, not including Playoffs and Finals Week!

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Union fight back

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This week's KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast comes on the heels of Wednesday's 4–4 comeback thriller at PPL Park. The Union, facing a 4–1 deficit at halftime, rallied to earn a 4–4 draw against the New England Revolution. The Philadelphia team was powered by two goals from Sebastian Le Toux, who has three tallies in the last two games.