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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.

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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The Street Pharmacists Guide To Football: I Can Give It Up Any Time I Like

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The excellent weekly radio football show Cafe Calcio returns to the air next Friday, and for this series one of its regular features will be the Street Pharmacists Guide To Football. Here's co-host Chris Roberts on the more-ish effects of the Premier League for the supporter of a newly-promoted club.

Wayne Rooney

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.

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.

WW: German National Team Flies Home, Joe Hart and Andy Caroll Head To Ibiza, Falcao In Miami

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The last thing you'd want to do after getting unexpectedly booted out of Euro 2012 is to stay within the confines of your hotel room or see the city. So naturally, the German national team scheduled the earliest flight out of Poland yesterday morning their wives and girlfriends in tow and arrived at the Frankfurt airport to be greeted by rain and smiling men carrying umbrellas.

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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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La canción de Three Lions Inglaterra vs Alemania Euro y copa mundial

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En la copa mundial de Alemania 2006 una de las canciones mas tocadas y vitoreadas por todos los aficionados fue la de Three Lions mejor conocida como ¨Football it´s coming home¨ en español algo así como ¨El fútbol regresa a casa¨ en referencia a la copa del mundo y del país que invento el fútbol soccer.

Euro 2012: Clive and kicking

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England expects. Again. To an extent.

The last quarter final of Euro 2012 sees the heroes of Albion face Italy in Kiev this evening.

A strange tournament for England, the late appointment of Roy Hodgson robbing the build-up of the normal outpouring of patriotic fantasising.

So the team has quietly progressed, the odd flirtation with ineptitude covered by a general attainment of underwhelming competence.

Top five memorable England vs Sweden moments

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Ahead of tonight's big match, here are a few England vs Sweden moments from yesteryear that you'll probably recall. 1. Brolin-Dahlin-Brolin (1992) This well worked one-two has come to be one of the snapshots that represents England failures over the years. Swedish pie fan Tomas Brolin put paid to England's Euro 92 hopes with this [.

‘That’s Sick!’ – Gary Lineker Dabbles In Yoof Culture, Immediately Regrets It (Video)

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By Chris Wright

After coming back to the studio after a gritty, urban-tinged England promo at half-time during the Italy-Croatia match, BBC MotD anchor Gary Lineker attempted a little bit of street parlance calling it 'sick' like the yoofs do these days, only to immediately regret it.

‘That’s Sick!’ – Gary Lineker Dabbles In Yoof Culture, Immediately Regrets It (Video)

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By Chris Wright

After coming back to the studio after a gritty, urban-tinged England promo at half-time during the Italy-Croatia match, BBC MotD anchor Gary Lineker attempted a little bit of street parlance calling it 'sick' like the yoofs do these days, only to immediately regret it.

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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 [.

Ex-BBC pundit Lee Dixon and other former Arsenal stars’ sofa performances rated

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Ex-Arsenal right-back-turned-pundit Lee Dixon tweeted earlier this week that he was to leave the BBC after an encouraging couple of seasons on the sofa with Gary Lineker and Co. Dixon posted a message saying: "Sad to be leaving BBC. Nothing lasts forever. New challenges ahead. Loved my time there. Wonderful people", about his relationship with [.

BBC desperately trying to get MOTD team to say something career-ending on air

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A BBC insider has revealed the lengths the corporation has gone to entrap the Match of the Day team- into uttering something so heinous that they have an excuse to sack them immediately.

The Match of the Day team are known to have long-term contracts with a variety of cast-iron clauses preventing them from being moved on for otherwise career-ending misdemeanours, including traffic offences, affairs, comparing a tackle to rape or not knowing anything about Hatem Ben Arfa.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Euro 2012: The Semi-Finals – Spain 0-0 Portugal (Spain Win 4-2 On Penalty Kicks)

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So it was all about Cristiano Ronaldo doing nothing. And I pilloried BBC commentators for fawning over him even while he was doing nothing, when they'd actually spotted the defining moment of Portugal's tournament. "Look at Ronaldo, just waiting for his opportunity" said Steve Wilson, midway through the stultifying second half against Spain.

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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'.

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 [.

The Rest

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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 [.

In the words of the immortal Joaquin Andujar: "Chu-neba-kno"

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It's not that uncommon to see a famous face on the streets of Amsterdam; in the past, I've run across the likes of Nelly Furtado, Gary Lineker, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Tisdale (though I had no earthly clue who she was at the time). Still, it was quite a surprise just now to happen upon none other than USMNT youth technical director Claudio Reyna out for a stroll down Leidsestraat during my

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli records the biggest ever bill Gary Lineker’s brother’s Ibiza club

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Mario Balotelli has made a record-breaking start to the new season by totting up the biggest bar bill ever seen at an Ibiza bar. The Manchester City striker hit the Ocean Beach Club, owned by Gary Lineker's brother Wayne, for a holiday night out. The venue has hosted the likes of Joe Hart, Andy [..