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Ballon d’Or: Nike May Have Let Proverbial Cat Out Of The Bag With New Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Fifth Triumph’ Mercurial Boots (Leaked Photos)

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Depending on how much you're willing to read into it, a set of leaked images appear to show that Nike may have let the cat out of the bag regarding this year's Ballon d'Or recipient.

It would seem that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to draw level with Lionel Messi by winning his fifth award if his latest batch of custom-made Mercurial boots are anything to go by.

Nike Release Limited Edition Golden Tiempo Boots To Mark Francesco Totti’s 25 Years Of Service To Roma (Photos)

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To mark Francesco Totti's 25 years of dedicated service to Roma, Nike are furnishing the veteran forward with his very own pair of signature Tiempo boots.

The limited edition Nike Tiempo Totti X Roma boot is finished in a demure and understated gold hue, and will be officially unveiled by the man himself at the AS Roma store inPiazza San Lorenzo, Rome, on Wednesday.

Everton Nike 2012/13 Home Kit Unveiled – V-Necks & Cuffs Aplenty! (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

As modeled by Chopper, Gibsy, Tim-Tim and Heitingles, Â here's the brand new Nike kits that Everton will be playing in at Goodison next season, the outfield number being a lovely blue effort with enough cuff to feed a small army (click for full-sized images).

Swansea Unveil New Centenary Home Kit For 2012/13 – Going For Gold (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

To mark their 100 years in the game, Swansea will be channeling Real Madrid (perhaps in an attempt to lure Bernabeu alumni Michael Laudrup Liberty-wards perhap?) and going for gold at home next season and look how bloody happy they are about it!

Also a shade of gold (possibly called 'Antique Lustre Sigh' or 'Bashful Gilt' on the Dulux colour chart) The 'keeper kit is all about Vorm and vunction.

English Premier League

Getting Shirty ……… When Gold isn’t Gold

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It's the international dull.... so what is there to Rant about?

There was a discussion on here the other day about the Arsenal new Gold away kits. Some like it, some think it looks dirty. Peaches thinks it looks 'mean and dirty'. Well she would, wouldn't she :-)

It got me wondering about how these shirts are conceived, designed, agreed upon and then go into production.

Manchester United South America scout John Calvert-Toulmin

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John Calvert-Toulmin is the man that spotted and brought the Brazilian Da Silva twins, Rodrigo Possebon, and now Chilean Angelo Henríquez to Manchester United.  Read my piece on United's South America scout in the  September 2012 World Soccer magazine

EXTRACT Manchester United lost the Premier League title to their big-spending City rivals last term, but defeat has not necessarily forced a major re-think in the transfer policy at Old Trafford .

U of M Women's Soccer

Gophers Notch 5th Win of Season with Shutout of DePaul

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The Minnesota Gopher Women's Soccer team sprang back from their 1-0 overtime defeat on Friday night to win 3-0 on Sunday over DePaul in the teams second match of the Minnesota Gold Classic. It was a dominating performance for both the Gophers and Taylor Uhl. The sophomore forward accounted for all three goals giving Uhl [.

Gophers Drop Heartbreaker in Opening Match of Minnesota Gold Classic

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Falcon Heights, Minn. – 9/7/12 On a chilly Friday night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, the University of Minnesota women's soccer team watched their valiant effort to upset No. 20 San Diego State go down the drain as the Aztecs notched the lone goal of the match in the first minute of overtime.


Manchester United and Liverpool Battle for Mexico’s Hector ‘Zorro’ Herrera: The Daily EPL

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Zorro could be heading to Liverpool or Manchester United! No, not the swashbuckler Zorro, but Pachucha's Hector Herrera — who starred in the Olympics for the gold-winning Mexican team. The 22-year-old midfielder's other nickname isn't quite as...

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Olympics 2012 Soccer – La Primera! Mexico Wins First Gold at related • 0 views
Mexico won it's first-always men's soccer amber medal on Saturday, lurid Brazil 2-1 in the amber medal match. Oribe Peralta scored both goals for Mexico. Hulk scored tardy for Brazil, but it wasn't enough.

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Brazil hasn't been this nigh to the amber medal in men's soccer since Romario was a bright immature adept in the belated 1980s. It's up to Neymar, the future of Brazilian soccer, to extremity tenners of defeat.

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Sergio Ramos thrashes Kaka in 50m swim-off

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Spain are used to having things there own way in footballing terms, so when the Olympic team got knocked out of the football tournament, Sergio Ramos decided to teach Brazilian Kaka a thing or two, presumably frustrated that Brazil are favourites to win the gold that would have completed the set for Spain.

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Gold-medal favourite Spain was eliminated from men's Olympic soccer Sunday in another 1-0 disturbed surrender after Honduras frontward Jerry Bengtson scored a former goal.

The Ring of Olympic Soccer

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The US women kick off their quest for medals next Wednesday against France. Games follow against Colombia and North Korea. Team USA has played in every Olympic final since 1996, hanging gold around their necks on all but one occasion, says writer Alan Black.

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Striker Neymar feels Brazil's home Olympic bedside could do no better summary before of hosting the 2014 World Cup than by winning amber for the first clip in the state's past.

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Brazil's football squad is making the London Olympics its cap precedence for 2012. The Brazilian football federation president Jose Maria Marin said Wednesday that he won't spare any endeavour to do certain the home squad can postulate for the evasive amber medal in London in less than four months.

The Black-And-White Years: 15 Fantastic Vintage Olympic Football Photos

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By Chris Wright

With the London Olympics beginning to crown over the horizon, we thought we'd plunder the archives for some brilliant vintage photos of Olympic football tournaments past (in no particular order, click through for full-size images)...

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The 1908 Great Britain team that won gold by beating Denmark 2-0 in the final

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Rodriguez goal lifts USWNT to victory over Canada

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The U.S. women's national team will be heading into the 2012 Olympics in winning fashion.

The United States defeated Canada, 2-1, in their send-off match at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday afternoon courtesy of an 85th-minute goal from Amy Rodriguez. The goal came off a rebound after Abby Wambach hit a back-heel shot that was parried by Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod.

Giggs Takes Beckham’s Team GB Place

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Stuart Pearce has named Micah Richards, Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs as the three over-23 players in the 18-man squad for Team GB at the Olympics.

David Beckham, who was part of the team that helped secure the London Olympic bid, has missed out.

"Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me," he said.

David Beckham not selected for UK's Olympic soccer team

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David Beckham has failed to make the British soccer team for the London Olympics.

Becks made Stuart Pearce's shortlist of 35 but was not selected for the final 18-man squad although he had been widely expected to be named as one of the three over-age players in Stuart Pearce's Under-23 squad for the London Games in July and August.


Studio 90: WNT Take Gold with Win against Japan

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Online video Ranking: 4 / 5

US Women’s Soccer Wins Gold, Japan Siver, Canada Bronze

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Video Score: 3 / 5

Hope Solo Kisses, Proposes to Carli Lloyd

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Oh, wait--sorry. I got that wrong.

But guess who won the gold? Oh, you really don't know yet? Ha ha! Lucky media-free bastard!

U.S. tops Japan for soccer gold
The unlikely hero, of course, was Carli Lloyd, who risked having her head taken off by the rising knee and foot of Abby Wambach to ensure she scored the first.

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The USA trounce Japan 2-1 to retaliate their World Cup concluding licking and asseveration a fourth Olympic amber in womanhoods's football. HTTP://


Olympic Football 2012 – Mexico shock Brazil to win gold at related • 1 view
Two goals from Oribe Peralta infect Mexico an amazement 2-1 triumph over Brazil in the Olympic football last. HTTP://

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Team GB beat Brazil in style tonight -Steph Houghton and team delivered and on the road for a Gold!!!

Euro 2012

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During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will explain a football headline that has appeared in the English-speaking press. Today's headline is Spain start with Silva and end with gold

Kevin Kilbane Raps Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’ (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Yep. Here's Republic of Ireland legend Kevin Kilbane rapping his way through 'Ice Ice Baby' in a bar in Gdansk check out his hook while his DJ revolves it..

All in all, not nearly as bad as we though it was going to be! Still, we kind of prefer Jim Carrey's version.

The Rest

Coentrao & Pepe’s ‘Moment Of Gold’, Real Madrid vs Ajax – Plus City “Still Improving” In Champions League

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Champions League Matchday 2
Ajax Amsterdam vs Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City

Who is this photographer who has been capturing what can best be described as 'Moments of Gold' from the Champions League?

After Manuel Neuer's show of unabashed Bromance at the Bayern Munich press conference yesterday, Real Madrid teammates Fabio Coentrao and Pepe have followed it up with this gem of a photo ahead of their meeting with Ajax Amsterdam.

Studio 90: WNT Reflects on Gold Medal Game

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Oh the Irony!: Nike's Gold Diggers

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Can Nike come up with an Olympic motto worse than "Greatness has been found?"

YES! Of course, this shirt is only sold in women's sizes.

Nike explains itself:
"Nike has consistently supported female athletes and the position they enjoy as positive role models.

Olympic Soccer: USA vs. France (Your Running Commentary)

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The U.S. Women's National team takes on France today in the opening match of the Women's Olympic Tournament, and arguably the best match of the group stage (Noon, NBC Sports).

The Americans enter the tournament having won the past two Olympic titles, but the lingering disappointment of last year's World Cup Final defeat is serving as motivation for a team considered the favorites to win gold again.

Great Olympic Moments: Michael Johnson Atalanta ’92

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When it came too running technique the rule book was thrown out the window for this Superstar Michael Johnson broke both the 200m and 400m records while grabbing Gold at the 1992 Atalanta Olympic Games with his chest out and lazy looking stride.

Wenn das mal nicht der Favorit auf das olympische Gold ist

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Nach dem Turnier ist vor dem Turnier. So in der Art fühlen wir uns gerade, denn die Europameisterschaft 2012 ist gerade zu Ende gegangen und schon geht es mit großen Schritten auf Olympia 2012 zu. Dort gibt es natürlich auch wieder ein olympisches Fussballturnier und dieses Jahr gibt es dabei einige Schmankerl.

Hope Solo’s July/August Issue of FITNESS Magazine Cover & Feature

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New York, NY — This summer, goalkeeper Hope Solo will be gunning for the gold at the 2012 London Games. In the July/August issue of Fitness, on stands June 26th,...

The new Liverpool 2012-13 Home Shirt

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Liverpool's new kit for the 2012-13 season has been unveiled, with much anticipation over its release due to Warrior Sports taking over the design and manufacture of the strips from Adidas. The home kit has been simplified by the new manufacturer, with the top all red except for the gold LFC badge, Warrior Sports symbol and Standard Chartered sponsor.

Another Day, Another Defeat: Union 0-1 United

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Just as they did for the home game against our other (more hated, less dignified, barely supported) major rival, the Union truly and fully showed up to PPL Park and gave DC United something to think about- for a while at least. Running the pitch and ceaselessly molesting DC's third for long stretches of the game, the Union looked like it might just dig deep enough to unearth some gold for a beleaguered but hopeful.

Swansea City Home Shirt for 2012-13 Season From Adidas [PHOTO]

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Swansea City will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary next season with a brand new home kit, a centenary crest and a new trim color. Instead of their traditional white and black kit, Swansea will be wearing white with gold ...

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Carr First Scouted Papiss Cisse In France

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I'm not the only Newcastle fan who thinks Graham Carr is worth his weight in gold to Newcastle United. Papiss Cisse Carr watched him when he was playing in France The players he has scouted for Newcastle Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse to name but four, cost Newcastle around £18M and how much are these players worth today?