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Retired Arsenal legend Thierry Henry showered with praise by ex-Spurs star Gary Lineker

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Congratulations to @ThierryHenry on a truly wonderful career. One of the great footballers of our time and a top bloke. Bonne chance. Gary...

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Gary Lineker mocks Spurs record against Chelsea

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Gary Lineker has mocked Tottenham's miserable record against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge by playfully reminding everyone that he was the last...

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Gary Lineker last man to score winner for Spurs against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

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"@premierleague: .@GaryLineker scored the winner when @SpursOfficial last won away at @chelseafc in 1990 pic.twitter.com/kEQaQjuWEQ" < Pre PL! —...

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Ex-Spurs striker Gary Lineker leaps to defence of Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli

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Ex-Tottenham striker Gary Lineker has leapt to the defence of Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli after he allegedly made anti-Semitic comments on his...

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What is Manchester United’s Strongest XI? Select Your Best Team Now

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Manchester United is in the rare position of having a few key players available from injuries to play in their match this weekend. The opponent is Tottenham Hotspur, usually a team that is threatening at home, but when Spurs are away in the confines of Old Trafford, they're woeful. The last time Tottenham beat United at Old Trafford in the league was December 1989.

Where to put your money vs Spurs

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United play host to Spurs this weekend and look worthy favourites at 1.57 with bet365 and Betfred to bag another three points.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side have a terrific record against the Londoners and come into the game unbeaten in their last 6 matches in all competitions despite not playing at their best.

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Nicklas Bendtner Scores First Two Goals For Wolfsburg Before Being Sarcastically Mocked By Gary Lineker For Doing So

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It's taken him a few months, but Nicklas Bendtner finally got himself off the mark for Wolfsburg last night, scoring his first and second goals for the German club despite only coming on for the last 15 minutes of the Europa League tie against Krasnodar.

BBC To Auction Off Entire ‘Match Of The Day’ Studio Set, Could Be Yours For Just £10,000

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By Chris Wright

You can tell it's getting on a bit by the Derby badge

In a bid to raise a bit of cash, the BBC are auctioning off the Match of the Day studio set which was used from the beginning of the 2007/08 season right up until the point that the programme was relocated from London to Salford Media Cityin 2011.

FA Accuse Qatar Of Setting Up Fake Football Blog In Order To Praise Themselves And Deride Their Critics

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By Chris Wright

The head of the FA, Greg Dyke, has condemned Qatar after an investigation conducted by Channel 4 News found that they may have used extremely suspect PR chicanery in their attempts to quell the tidal wave of criticism that has been directed at the country since they were handed the 2022 World Cup hosting duties by FIFA.

‘We’re Bucking The Trend’ – Gary Lineker Has Pop At ‘Match Of The Day’ Critics, Claims Alan Shearer Is ‘Really Good’

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By Chris Wright

The general consensus seems to be that Match of the Day (and especially Match of the Day 2) is growing ever more tedious and nonessential by the week, with increasing numbers of unmoved viewers lining up to voice their discontent at the "expert" punditry provided on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Gary Lineker Refers To Muslim Prayer Goal Celebration As ‘Eating Grass’ On Al Jazeera TV (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Summing up the midweek Champions League action for Al Jazeera we'll say that again, AL JAZEERA host Gary Lineker was suddenly struck by the compulsion to refer to Montpellier pairKarim Ait-Fana and Younes Belhanda's Muslim prayer goal celebration made popular over here by the likes of Demba Ba as 'eating grass'.

English Premier League

Watch the Arsene Wenger Interview That Labeled Him Arrogant and Patronizing [VIDEO]

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After Arsenal's 2-2 draw against Hull City on Saturday, BBC reporter Jacqui Oatley interviewed Arsene Wenger and asked him some point-blank questions about why he believes Arsenal are not winning as many matches as they should.

While the questions were pretty straightforward, Wenger was on the defensive and didn't like the manner of the questions.

Newcastle Well Represented In Gary Lineker’s All Time Greatest Side

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The BBC Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker, who also has a weekly spot on NBC Sports Network to review the results of Premier League matches every Sunday, has come out and picked the best side of players he played with in his excellent career. Gary Linekar - picked four Geordies in side Here [...]

Liverpool vs Manchester City, 25th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster: Open Thread

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It's going to be an emotional day on Merseyside today and around the world as soccer fans come together to share their respect and remembrance for the 96 innocent soccer fans who died at the Hillsborough Disaster 25 years ago. Plus, there's an English football match to be played as Liverpool takes on Manchester City in the biggest Premier League match of the season thus far.

NBC Makes 3 Important Announcements About This Weekend’s Premier League Games

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With the continued increase in TV ratings for Premier League matches on NBC Sports in its debut season, the network has announced three key changes for this weekend's coverage:

1. Tim Howard will return to the booth as co-commentator for NBCSN, this time for the Manchester United versus Liverpool match that will be shown live on Sunday at 9:30am ET on NBCSN.

Arsenal vs Chelsea, Premier League Gameweek 17: Open Thread

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For viewers in the United States, the pre-match television coverage of Arsenal against Chelsea kicks off at 2pm ET on NBCSN featuring the first live studio broadcast of Gary Lineker. Plus he'll be joined by Tim Howard. The match kicks off at 3pm ET on the same channel with Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux commentating.

BBC's Match of the Day Consistently Delivers What is Needed

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BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker
I was never very familiar with BBC's well-known soccer/football show. You see, I grew up with the Serie A and its intensely passionate highlight shows which consistently feature an immense variety of journalists, ex-players, coaches, tacticians, and even comedians all together with a live-studio audience.

BBC's Match of the Day Consistently Delivers What is Needed

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BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker
I was never very familiar with BBC's well-known soccer/football show. You see, I grew up with the Serie A and its intensely passionate highlight shows which consistently feature an immense variety of journalists, ex-players, coaches, tacticians, and even comedians all together with a live-studio audience.

José Mourinho Walks Out of Press Conference Over De Bruyne Omission [VIDEO]: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here's the video of Jose Mourinho walking out of his Chelsea press conference today after getting upset by the questioning of the media regarding Kevin De Bruyne and why the player has been demoted to the u21 squad.

Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • José Mourinho walks out of press conference over De Bruyne omission— The Guardian
  • Manchester United's David Moyes to be backed by Glazer cash in January — The Guardian
  • Gareth Barry becomes tenth member of 500 club — Premier League
  • Sunderland extend Kevin Ball's interim coach term after Di Canio exit — The Guardian
  • Match of the Day still sets the tone for TV coverage, says Gary Lineker — The Guardian
  • Gary Lineker defies Match of the Day critics with a striker's fervour — The Guardian
  • Napoli next for Arsenal as Arsène Wenger contemplates gap on his CV — The Guardian

Football League

  • Steve McClaren named as Derby County head coach — BBC Sport
  • Key Nottingham Forest figure Jim Price may not pass fit and proper test — The Guardian

La Liga

  • Marketing gone mad: Breaking down Gareth Bale's value — The Printsome

International soccer

  • Fifa head of ethics to gather World Cup 2018 and 2022 bid evidence — The Guardian

Turkish Super Lig

  • Roberto Mancini appointed Galatasaray manager on three-year contract — The Guardian

MLS

  • David Beckham to own new MLS franchise in Miami — The Mail

The Nightly Soccer Report is tomorrow's news today.

As the Premier League Season Closes, An Even Better One Beckons Next Season

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And so the end has come once again, the moment every ardent soccer fan dreads; the final kick of the ball, the last high-pitched call of the whistle, and the customary sign-off from FOX Soccer and ESPN (in the States) and Gary Lineker and the boys (in the UK).

It has been a long and eventful season in the Barclays Premier League, a mixed bag of triumphs and tumult, and once again the red side of Manchester is caught up in jubilant victory songs.

EPL UK – VIDEO: Match of the Day

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Gary Lineker presents highlightings from all of Saturday's Premier League lucifers. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/62920000/jpg/_62920090_motdtitles20121330-08-12.jpg

Brazil

Football Art: Micro-Artist Carves Faces Of Various England Players Past And Present Into Brazil Nuts (Photos)

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Created by renowned micro-artist Quentin Devine to help launch a new pre-World Cup series on Dave, 'England's Top 19 Footy Heroes' here's the faces of England stars Paul Gascoigne, David Beckham, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney carved into Brazil (geddit?

Gerrard Leads England To Brazil Win

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Liverpool and England skipper Steven Gerrard spearheaded the Three Lions to only their fourth ever success over the samba stars of Brazil on Wednesday night.
Both the midfielder, who earlier this week was named his country's Player of the Year, and right-back Glen Johnson completed the full 90 minutes as goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard sealed a famous 2-1 win at Wembley.

England

Gary Lineker: Finding his voice?

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It might not have been the tweet "heard around the world" but the impact wasn't bad for a brief bout of sermonising in the aftermath of a nondescript football match.

Thousands of retweets and replies, questions immediately put to the England manager, hundreds of news articles.

In fact it took Gary Lineker more than a tweet to express his dismay at England's performance on Wednesday night.

England Are ‘In The Football Dark Ages’ Blasts Gary Lineker

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England legend Gary Lineker has blasted Roy Hodgson's men after an uninspiring 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland at Wembley last night. The Three Lions struggled to prise open the Irish defence before limping home to a 1-1 draw in a performance which impressed few. Reflecting on the game, Lineker had some choice words [.

FA Logo to Celebrate 150 Years of English Football Association [PHOTO]

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The FA have revealed a logo to celebrate their 150 years in existence. The English Football Association logo features a montage of several iconic faces from the rich 150 year anniversary including Stanley Matthews, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker, John...

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Ferguson intimidating his way to another title

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How much longer can the pathetic footballing authorities allow this to go on? The disgraceful abuse and intimidation dished out to the match officials yesterday at Old Trafford was typical of the bully who has built his success on fear. Even Gary Lineker commented on Ferguson's disgusting behaviour yesterday, although MOTD stopped short of really dealing with the issue properly.

Manchester United v Spurs Betting Preview

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By Ahmed Bilal Spurs face a really tough trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United this weekend, and are a top priced 6.5 with Betfredto upset the odds and come away with all three points. The stats are certainly not good as far Andre Villas-Boas side are concerned.

The Rest

Reports say Valdes return to be announced today, the draw in KC, league results, more

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Union to make player announcement at noon, reports say it's the return of Carlos Valdes. Recaps & reaction to draw in Kansas City. More news.

Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison: Daily Soccer Report

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Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness was sentenced today to 3.5 years in prison for tax evasion.

According to Pro Soccer Talk, "After initially being charged with evading $4.9 million in taxes, Hoeness later admitted to avoiding an additional $20.9 million before the court ultimately determined the 62-year-old owed a grand total of $39,940,000.

STATS: Welbeck’s England goals compared with other top strikers

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Danny Welbeck scored another two goals for England this week, making that eight goals in total, but how does this compare with some well known English strikers?

Gary Lineker 48 (80) 0.6 goals per game.
Wayne Rooney 36 (84) 0.43 goals per game.
Alan Shearer 30 (63) 0.48 goals per game.

Barcelona’s Carles Puyol heads a flower pot in brilliant new Qatar Airways commercial

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This week, Barcelona announced a €100m extension to their lucrative shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways, which will see the Arabic flag carrier advertised outside the Nou Camp, on the seats and within the club museum.

To coincide with the announcement, the airline released a new commercial that features a plane landing in "The Land of FC Barcelona.

Harry Redknapp: Tottenham's Gareth Bale Wants to Go Now

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As if there weren't enough people chiming in about Gareth Bale's potential move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid, former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has now joined the party.

The current QPR boss joins a long list of names to have commented on the saga including Zinedine Zidane, Jamie Redknapp, Gary Lineker, Lord Sugar, Sergio Ramos, Kaka, and of course Carlo Ancelotti.

Famous footballers’ superstitions

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Everyone knows that footballers can be more than a little superstitious when it comes to the world's favourite game – but some of these traditions can seem a little strange, and even downright weird. But then again, it's important to remember that these are all professional athletes achieving a great deal of success at their [.

FFS: Gary Lineker, the Respectable Footballer and Jason Brown [VIDEO]

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In this week's episode of FFS (Friday Football Special), the gang take an exclusive look at Gary Lineker's preparations for Match of the Day next season, the Respectable Footballer takes a moral break during the break, plus Malcolm and Barry analyze Welsh goalkeeper Jason Brown's tweets.

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NBC Sports to Take the Premier League to the Next Level In the United States

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Fans of Premier League clubs in the United States reached the promised land yesterday with the announcementthat NBC Sports plans on showing every single game live, offering 600+ hours of original programming, hiring top talent such as Gary Lineker and having 20 matches shown live on free-to-air NBC in the first season.

Video: Dietmar Hamann reveals he’s cleared the air with Joey Barton, refuses to unfollow him

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If you thought the end of last week was all about Lance Armstrong's warts 'n' all confession to Oprah, you would be wrong for this side of the Atlantic there was a one-on-one interview with someone equally forlorn and desperate for people to hear his side of the story. We're talking about Dietmar Hamann [.

Gary Lineker leaves Twitter after it ‘takes over his life’

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Former England striker and TV personality Gary Lineker has announced his decision to leave Twitter after her admitted becoming obsessed with the social media site. The star sent a tweet to his 1.3million followers to make the announcement: I'm leaving Twitter for personal reasons . Thanks all. Lineker's statement led to media rumours of a [.

BBC presenter apologizes for saying pair of fans were ‘on the Ronaldo diet’

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Dan Walker of the BBC's Football Focus has apologized for commenting that two fans at a Southampton match looked like they were "on the Ronaldo diet" on the program last season. But his apology wasn't directed at any of the people you would suspect.

From the Telegraph:

The BBC One show had just featured a Gary Lineker interview with Ronaldo, the Brazilian footballer who has put on weight since his playing days.

Video: Gary Lineker sparks controversy by referring to Muslim prayer celebration as eating grass

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Gary Lineker has caused outrage after using his broadcasting slot on Al Jazeera's Champions League coverage to compare a Muslim prayer goal celebration to eating grass. Way to play to the Al Jazeera crowd, Gary. Lineker was commentating on highlights of Karim Ait-Fana's goal for Montpellier against Schalke when he said: "A terrific effort from [.