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English Premier League

Sunderland lose behind-close-doors friendly to their Under-21 side

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is said to be furious with his players after they lost a behind-closed-doors friendly to the club's Under-21 side. The Italian boss organised a private practice match against the development squad to keep up the first-team's fitness levels during the international break.

Was Arsenal leaving Highbury a mistake?

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In the 1940's many of us Avenell Road boys used to play football using the Avenell Road gate into Highbury as a goal.

We played with rag footballs (made by my Mum) and each of us took on the name of one of our heroes (I was Jimmy Logie), it was a great time in my life, we were so very poor monetarily but so very rich in friends, family and of course – football.

Was Arsenal leaving Highbury a mistake?

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In the 1940's many of us Avenell Road boys used to play football using the Avenell Road gate into Highbury as a goal.

We played with rag footballs (made by my Mum) and each of us took on the name of one of our heroes (I was Jimmy Logie), it was a great time in my life, we were so very poor monetarily but so very rich in friends, family and of course – football.

The problem with refereeing – A SIMPLE SOLUTION

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I have read countless commentaries, posts, even complete blogs dedicated to finding a way to ¨fix¨ what is ¨wrong¨ with modern Football. Apparently many of the proposed solutions all have one thing in common and that is their requirement to either change or adapt the Laws of the Game in order to ¨improve¨ the likelihood of fairness and ¨eliminate¨ the hazards of referee incompetence,bias or poor form and to promote a more ¨level¨playing field.

Spector Starting in Crucial Match for Birmingham City

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U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants his players competing in high-pressure, big-time matches. Sometimes that's a championship final. Other times it can mean a relegation fight. And for Jonathan Spector today, it means a chance at perhaps the biggest single pay day any club can receive in football.

Blackburn Caped Chicken

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Blackburn fans release a chicken at Ewood Park during Blackburn's relegation battle with Wigan as they protest against the Venky chicken group who own the club who incidentally lost the game 1-0 a result which see's Blackburn finally relegated to the Championship.

Chelsea v QPR - Who should start for Chelsea?

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OK people, time to get back to the reality of the Premier League and the situation we find ourselves in, chasing for fourth place.

This Sunday, Chelsea take on QPR at Stamford Bridge and will be looking for a massive three points to keep the pressure on Tottenham and Newcastle above us with Newcastle coming to the Bridge next Wednesday.

Liverpool

Liverpool 1-1 Hearts Highlights

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szólj hozzá: Liverpool vs Hearts 1:1 MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Another Pepe Reina howler nearly cost Liverpool their place in tomorrow's Europa League draw but thankfully for them Luis Suarez finally found his scoring boots to level the game 1-1, with Liverpool going through virtue of their 1-0 win at Thynecastle last week.

Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers Thanks Fans For Travelling To Belarus, Writes Personal Letter Of Gratitude

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By Alan Duffy

(Yes, it's yet another Liverpool piece but hey, that's the way the footballing cookie crumbles sometimes!)

Showing the kind of charm and people-skills which his predecessor Kenny Dalglish struggled to master, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has thanked the Reds' fans who followed their team to Belarus for Thursday evening's Europa league clash with FC Gomel.

Arsenal

Impact of Santi Cazorla

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Santi Cazorla moved to Málaga at the beginning of the 2011-12 season. The fortunes of Villarreal nose-dived culminating in relegation. Exactly the opposite happened at Málaga. Relegation candidates in 2010-11, Málaga finished fourth in 2011-12, qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in the history of the club.

Stoke 0-0 Arsenal: Post-Match Notes

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-> Defend while they settle: There's no doubt that players new to England need time to settle in, some of course lesser than the others. Sergio Aguero took 9 minutes, Andriy Shevchenko meanwhile, couldn't settle in his three years at Chelsea. With three new players in attack, Arsenal surely have changed the way they look up front.

Bosnian side NK Sloga Ljubuski perfect Arsenal’s Henry/Pires penalty cock-up

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Players from NK Sloga Ljubuski, a second division side from Bosnia and Herzegovina, have recreated Thierry Henry and Robert Pires' infamous penalty routine but they managed to score. Whether they did so while keeping within the laws of the game is difficult to tell from the camera angle in the video above.

Montreal Impact

Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union - MLS #23 - Three Questions

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It's that time again, and I am here to serve up a hearty helping of 3 questions exchange. Not to mention a couple of bonus questions to boot. I visited again with Scott Kessler over at Brotherly Game ahead of Sunday's game. I'll keep this short, you all know the drill. First question is below, the rest is after the break.

Wednesday Hat Trick and QOTD

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I have been long overdue for a hat trick/QOTD article, so I am pulling one out of the closet, dusting it off, and busting it out. For those unfamiliar with what this is, I pick 3 topics (usually Fire related but not always), do an analysis on each, and then come up with a poll question.

We will have a 3 questions exchange coming up this weekend, as well as our normal game preview and gamethread.

THE SOUTH COUCH REPORT : Montreal v Toronto... or Derby Day is weird when no one has won a game yet

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I love a traditional looking logo. You're welcome.
Game 1. Well, it is really game 4, but unlike the start, right now, the league is the sole focus. No more players out due to suspension or cup ties. Just the usual injury drama.

Montreal are ahead of Toronto in the league standings, however in five attempts, they've got a point.

Major League Soccer

All-Stars to be announced Sunday

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The 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game First XI All-Stars will be announced Sunday live on ESPN during the broadcast of the Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy game (1 p.m.).

LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan has the opportunity to be named an MLS All-Star for the 12th consecutive season, which would make him the outright leader, ahead of Eddie Pope, for most All-Star selections all-time.

DC United extend lead atop East by knocking off Union in Hackworth's debut

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Photo by Howard C. Smith/ISIPhotos.com

By JOEY SAMUEL

CHESTER, Pa. -- They may have a new head coach, but it was the same old story in front of goal for the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night and DC United made them pay.

Chris Ponitus converted a Branko Boskovic free kick in the 78th minute and that was all DC United needed to spoil John Hackworth's first game as interim team manager of the Union, as DC went on to win the game, 1-0 in front of 18,876 fans at PPL Park.

Kick ‘em Back to North Jersey: NYRB Pre-Game

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The stumbling Philadelphia Union welcome a New York Red Bulls team riding a three-game winning streak this Sunday at PPL Park. With the Union playing ugly anti-football and the Red Bulls pressuring the Eastern Conference-leading Wizards in the standings, the Union have three ways to win this game: 1.

Comparing Streaks

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This blog is mainly a place for news regarding Sporting Kansas City, but from time to time I like to throw in a little historical perspective in there as well. With Toronto FC going to 0-7 over the weekend, matching the record of the Kansas City Wizards in 1999 for futility.

So let's take a trip back through KC's history to compare Toronto's 0-7 start to Kansas City's 0-7 start in the 1999 season.

Euro 2012

Where To Put Your Money For Spain vs Portugal

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Spain v Portugal (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1)

The first semi-final of the Euro 2012 pitches the defending champions Spain and their Iberian neighbours Portugal in what promises to be a classic encounter.

Bookmakers heavily favour Spain to come out on top, going 1.95 about them winning in 90 minutes.

Spain v Portugal: Where to put your bets

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Spain v Portugal (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1) The first semi-final of the Euro 2012 pitches the defending champions Spain and their Iberian neighbours Portugal in what promises to be a classic encounter. Bookmakers heavily favour Spain to come out on top, going 1.95 about them winning in 90 minutes.

Russians steamroll Czechs

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What a lot of exciting football we had today! But before that, there were the opening ceremonies.

There was some prancing around, which I honestly didn't mind. Gives a sense of fanfare beyond your regular club get together is what I think. Toward the end of proceedings a clearly geeked pianist was joined in the center circle by a wild-looking, overweight DJ to perform a Chopin – house music mashup that, though I couldn't hear, was probably as good as it looked.

Newcastle Strikers Could Play In Olympic Games

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26-year-old Papiss Cisse captained Senegal to a 1-0 Â win against Morocco on Friday night, Â in a friendly game at the Marrakesh Stadium in Morocco. Papiss Cisse on right, with Senegal's team last Friday A new look Senegal team won that game 1-0, with the goal coming from Pape Moussa Konate in the first half and [.

New England Revolution

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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By Tuesday night's end, the U.S. Open Cup field will be down to four teams.

A three-time defending champion, four other MLS sides and three upstart USL Pro clubs remain in what has been a riveting tournament so far under the new format.Â

The two big questions looming Tuesday are: Will the Sounders' Open Cup reign finally come to an end against an in-form San Jose side?

Five Questions: Revolution vs. Fire

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Revolution left back Chris Tierney is going to be counted upon to thwart Chicago's quick-strike counterattack. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Five years and 27 days. That's how long it's been since the Revolution have won a regular season game against the Fire.

Although it's easy to recall the days of Steve Ralston and Taylor Twellman battling Justin Mapp and Cuauhtemoc Blanco, let's not forget one sobering stat: in their last 10 against the Revolution, the Fire own a 7-0-3 record.

oklahoma city thunder

Thunder Smash Lakers in Game 1

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The Oklahoma City Thunder versus the Los Angeles Lakers is the series everyone has been waiting for in the Western Conference. However, despite the hype, Game 1 turned out to be a laugher. The Thunder got up early and then destroyed the Lakers by a final score of 119-90.

Russell Westbrook was the player of the game, scoring 27 points, dishing out nine assists and puling down seven rebounds in only 27 minutes of play.

Video: Kevin Durant Beats Mavs

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The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks were able to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last year in the playoffs. It looked like the Mavs were going to beat the Thunder in Game 1 on Saturday night. However, that was until Kevin Durant hit a shot to once again prove he's one of the best players in the NBA.

Miami Heat

Chris Bosh Injury Update – Ab Strain

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The Miami Heat are the favorites to win the NBA championship. However, their chances took a hit when Chris Bosh got injured in Game 1 of the Heat's series against the Indiana Pacers. Although the Heat were able to win the game, they have lost Bosh to an abdominal strain.

While the team hasn't given a specific timetable yet, they are saying that Bosh is out indefinitely.

Iman Shumpert Injury Update – Torn ACL

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Earlier in the day, Derrick Rose suffered a torn ACL. Iman Shumpert, a rookie guard for the New York Knicks, unfortunately followed in Rose's footsteps later on Saturday. Shumpert tore his ACL in Game 1 between the Knicks and the Miami Heat.

The Knicks, who will be without Shumpert for the rest of the playoffs and maybe even the start of next season, had insult added to injury when they got blown out by the Heat, 100-67.

Derrick Rose Suffers Torn ACL

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Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls had homecourt advantage throughout the 2012 NBA Playoffs. They appeared to have a good chance of winning a championship. However, all those hopes and dreams came crashing down to earth on Saturday when Derrick Rose suffered a torn ACL.

Due to the torn ACL, Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the playoffs and might not be ready to begin next season.

The Rest

Newcastle Linked With French Center-Back

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The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle scouts were at the Montpellier game on Sunday checking on one of their long term targets - Montpelier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - Newcastle still interested Montpellier lost that game 1-0 at home to Marseilles, and it remains to be seen if Newcastle will try to sign the defender, [.

On The Media: Last Night In New England or A Thousand Words of Indignation.

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I was lucky last night. I got to listen to Dan Kelly and Evan Whitfield call a Chicago Fire Soccer Club MLS Regular season match because I live in Chicago and , my cable provider carries NBC 5 Chicago Nonstop. Those of you who didn't were forced to listen to the Revs broadcast consisting of Brad Feldman (the Revolution's only play-by-play guy in their history who isn't (get ready for this) Adrian Healey and Derrick Rae.

Del Bosque happy to meet Italy again

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The two sides had been drawn in Group C early on in the tournament. They played each other in their opening fixture and drew 1-1 and the Azzurri subsequently went on to draw against Croatia in their next game.

This meant that Italy needed a favourable result between Spain and Croatia in the final group game in order to progress.

Euro 2012: Group A, Game 2

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Greece went Sparta and withstood Poland in Game 1.

It was Russia all over the Czech Republic in the nightcap.

Poland v. Russia (and the fun-lowing Arshavin) and the Czech Republic v. Greece coming up.

C'mon, Arshavin is just one of the boys...


Danes Stun Dutch Again

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Denmark stunned the Dutch again following their Euro 1992 win over the same opponents the Danes this time won the game 1-0 following Holland's toothless play in front of goal and two penalty claims turned down, however the Danes must be respected for their resolute defending.

5 Questions from Arsenal 3 Wolves 0

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This is my first attempt at blogging from a smartphone, so it'll be brief and riddled with errors (probably) but here are 5 quick questionable that arise from yesterday's game.

1 - Does the professional foul rule need to be changed when a penalty is awarded? It seemed a bit ridiculous that the game ender after 10 minutes yesterday after the gentlest of tugs on Theo's shirt.