Arsenal get a monkey off beating Liverpool for season's first win, 2-0

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Whoo! Hat tip to a wonderful collective effort by Arsenal on their trip to Anfield. Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski delivered the attacking goods while Abou Diaby was simply outstanding in centre midfield pushing up. The defense orchestrated by Thomas Vermaelen fell back in numbers keeping their shape as Liverpool recycled the ball repeatedly to try and crack them open.

Semifinal Preview: Italy vs. Germany

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Italy and Germany are tremendous historic rivals; as two of Europe's most powerful footballing nations, any match between these two squads is intense and there is usually something on the line. Although this match probably won't be as epic as the battle in Dortmund in the 2006 World Cup, it is still highly-anticipated and should be plenty exciting.

Euro 2012

Euro 2012: Laurent Blanc on the dock as Nasri prefers off pitch antics

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After France's disastrous 2008 Euro outing followed in quick succession by the 2010 World Cup debacle which saw France go through a self existential paroxysm as the country re-examined what constitutes being French (see Alain Finkelkraut), getting out of the group stage in the 2012 Euro might constitute improvement.

Euro 2012: Croatia’s Luka Modric will be key to opener against Ireland

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Croatia's Luka Modric will be key to opener against Ireland" was written by David Hytner in Sopot, for The Guardian on Thursday 7th June 2012 20.14 UTC

When Luka Modric demanded to leave Tottenham Hotspur for Chelsea last summer, the club's refusal to sell came from the very top.

The Rest

Santi’s The Main Man When Song Sits

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Prepared to fight

The midfield, where games are normally won or lost. That would be our focus for today. Every time must find the balance between attacking and defending in midfield and the battle could be won. Arsene Wenger has had great midfield partnership in his Arsenal career before, with Patrick Vieira being the fulcrum of it.

Boca Juniors, Corinthians ready to kick off Copa Libertadores final

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The battle for South American supremacy kicks off tonight.

The Copa Libertadores final gets underway at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, with the first leg between Boca Juniors and Corinthians (8:30 p.m., Fox Deportes) as both teams aim to secure the presitigious trophy while reserving a place at December's FIFA Club World Cup along with the likes of Chelsea and Monterrey.