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Women's U20 World Cup final: USA beats Germany, 1-0 to lift third title

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Kealia Ohai scores the game winner in the 44th minute following great work down the right flank by full back Crystal Dunn and then celebrates a la Megan Rapinoe.

Congratulations, girls, that was a sweet victory against a formidable opponent who had beaten the USA, 3-0 in the group stage.

World Cup qualifiers: Messi and Argentina overcome Paraguay, 3-1

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Leo Messi continues his incandescent national form which can only be good for Argentina's World Cup chances. The little maestro unleashed a free kick that swerved past the wall and lodged into goal. The Albiceleste's Real Madrid contingent also contributed with Angel Di Maria opening his country's account and Gonzalo Higuain adding to that tally.

World Cup qualifiers: Messi and Argentina overcome Paraguay, 3-1

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Leo Messi continues his incandescent national form which can only be good for Argentina's World Cup chances. The little maestro unleashed a free kick that swerved past the wall and lodged into goal. The Albiceleste's Real Madrid contingent also contributed with Angel Di Maria opening his country's account and Gonzalo Higuain adding to that tally.

World Cup qualifiers: Belgium's big men beat Wales, 2-0

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Vincent Kompany's inch perfect header and Jan Vertonghen's sizzling free kick provided the scoring highlights.

This might be the best Belgian side since the Enzo Scifo- Jan Cuelemans- Nico Claesen- Eric Gerets era. The present squad can choose between the goalkeeping abilities of Simone Mignolet and Thibaut Courtois.

World Cup qualifiers: Jamaica beat USA for the first time, 2-1

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The USA celebrated a historical win over Mexico beating them for the first time in Mexico about three weeks ago. Today, it was the Reggae Boyz recording their first win ever against the USA in nineteen meetings as they took advantage of a midfield without Michael Bradley and his potential link up with the men on top.

World Cup qualifiers: England crush hapless Moldova, 5-0

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Frank Lampard collects a brace from a spot kick and a header. Jermain Defoe combines with Alex Oxlade - Chamberlain in an Arsenal- Spurs hook up to score a third. James Milner collects a fourth after a clever interchange involving Tom Cleverley and Theo Walcott. And Leighton Baines finishes off hapless Moldova with a deflected free kick.

World Cup qualifiers: USA with key absences take on Jamaica

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No Landon Donovan or Michael Bradley

The USA return to World Cup qualifications today with their match against Jamaica at Kingston. They are without Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley who are out with injuries. Amongst the midfielders, Bradley has an established reputation for his box to box contribution and link up with the strikers up top.

Wayne Rooney slows down

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He doesn't have hair, he's fat, he doesn't score

" Then I remember - I drank a few bevvies while I was away. I'm stocky. I'm not like Ryan Giggs, all bone and lean muscle."

So writes Wayne Rooney in his new book, My Decade in the Premier League. He now has problems walking for at least a half hour the morning after a game.

Cristiano Ronaldo: I, Narcissus

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"You'll never stop loving me, will you, oh beautiful reflection?"

'Tis not about the money. Cristiano Ronaldo feels unloved by his club, his manager, his locker room, and his fans.

" In regard to the Santiago Bernabéu faithful, he still lays the blame on the fans for not unanimously defending him on the day he was booed and for not worshiping him every time he scores a goal.

Roma serves notice dismantling Inter, 3-1

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Antonio Cassano scored his debut goal for Inter but it was not enough to keep Zdenek Zeman's Roma team plundering three in return. Check out Marquinho's goal from the tightest of angles. A sliver of daylight and that is all that was needed.

Michael Bradley is out with a quadriceps injury and will not feature in the US national side's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Jamaica.

Liverpool in crisis: Stop piling on Brendan Rodgers

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Damn Yankees: Gillett and Hicks followed by Henry and Werner

It's not been two months since Brendan Rodgers came on board and already fans are slating him for Liverpool's worst start since 1968. Is he responsible for Martin Skrtel's bone headed giveaway to City? Or Steven Gerrard's ill advised pass?

Van Persie's hat trick bails out Man Utd against Southampton, 3-2

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Is it possible to be a legend in two clubs within two consecutive seasons? Robin Van Persie may just be on his way to being that. This like the other two previous matches was not Utd at its best. They are leaking goals, getting bossed in the midfield, and coincidentally like Arsenal last season, over reliant on Van Persie for their scoring.

Nuri Sahin's wages scuppered Clint Dempsey's Liverpool move

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The Guardian has an article detailing how a cash strapped Liverpool could only offer a feeble £5m for the American. Now, to be fair, the article's emphasis is on the club's criminal waste of money on transfers made under Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli. But herein lies the rub.

FSG offered up £20m as a transfer budget plus whatever player sales they could generate which went in acquiring Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Oussama Assaidi, Samed Yesil, and Nuri Sahin (£3m in loan fees) which added up to £30m.

West Brom sweep aside Everton for their best start, 2-0

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The clash of two unbeaten teams playing attractive, attacking soccer and it was the Baggies walking away with the full three points. Deservedly so. They were the dominant team bossing Everton in the midfield because of the excellent Youssuf Mulumbu. And a constant threat down the flanks through Peter Odemwingie and Liam Ridgewell.

Andy Carroll's instant impact as West Ham batter Fulham, 3-0

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Andy Carroll was the elephant in the room. The Liverpool striker on loan in the first big moment of the match knocked the ball down straight into the path of Ricardo Vaz Te who found Kevin Nolan steaming down the left to fire a snap shot past Mark Schwarzer.

The match was just a minute old.

Man City made to sweat by QPR again, 3-1

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The scoreline is flattering. This was a QPR side that made its ambition clear enough with its number of signings. It was Man City doing all the early pressing forcing corners and set pieces, one of which Yaya Toure scored from after Carlos Tevez's shot caromed off Bobby Zamora and fell to the big man.

Man City made to sweat by QPR again, 3-1

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The scoreline is flattering. This was a QPR side that made its ambition clear enough with its number of signings. It was Man City doing all the early pressing forcing corners and set pieces, one of which Yaya Toure scored from after Carlos Tevez's shot caromed off Bobby Zamora and fell to the big man.

Spurs uneasy start continues as they draw 1-1 against Norwich

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Moussa Dembele's undoubted moment of genius was the only redeeming feature in an otherwise rather insipid, dull, and lethargic Spurs side that was hard pressed keeping away an industrious and well organized Norwich side.

The former Fulham midfielder scored a goal on debut showing his class in the 68th minute as he used some nifty footwork and a cool finish to frustrate an enterprising Norwich side who had plenty of chances of their own.

Transfer deadline not frustrating considering Arsenal's reality

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Having made a cursory tour of the blogosphere and the attendant media the common emotion one picks up after Arsenal's no show at yesterday's transfer deadline is that of frustration, of disbelief, and a sense of resignation that once again what seems so obvious to us is lost on the manager and the boardroom.

European Super Cup: Atletico tears Chelsea a new one, 4-1

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If you every hypothesized that the Europa Cup last season was the competition with the talent, the passion, and the more compelling matches, then you had your proof today. It was Atletico at the end looking as if it could have played another 90 minutes while Chelsea looked like it wanted back those 90 minutes, each minute more painful than the one before.

Spurs Hugo Lloris and Joao Moutinho deals are in trouble

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No Hugo Lloris but a Slender Loris maybe on its way to the White Hart petting zoo

Who ever does business with Daniel Levy does it at his own risk. Luka Modric's deal was an exercise in hard nosed dealing and used car salesmanship with many twists and turns including one that involved Spurs selling to Chelsea to increase the price.

QPR get very, very ambitious: Esteban Granero and Stephane Mbia

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Esteban Granero can't find work at Real Madrid

Loftus Road phones and faxes have been plenty busy this transfer deadline as Esteban Granero becomes another victim of Real Madrid's proud cantera system, a homegrown lifeline replenishing the club with talent before they went Galactico.

Maicon is Man City bound

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The 31 year old right back will be reunited with Roberto Mancini on a transfer move valued at £3m. City have already signed striker Scott Sinclair for about £8m, Richard Wright joins on a year long move from Preston as back up goalie to Joe Hart and Costel Pantimilion.

The Blues are expected to prise out holding midfielder Javi Garcia from Benfica for approximately £20m.

Dimitar Berbatov finally lands in Fulham

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The hair and now. A hirsute pursuit comes to a end.

The rumour is that Fulham players and personnel still get discounted hair products at Harrods, which is why Dimitar Berbatov spurned Juventus, Fiorentina, and Spurs to land up at Craven Cottage. With improved hair gel, Berbatov will delight the Cottagers with slick moves and celebrate his goals by throwing bottles of Lazartigue into the crowd.

This picture of Nicklas Bendtner proves it all

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Nicklas Bendtner in a suit with no sign of his underwear trying to escape

There you have it. A picture that proves that the Greatest Striker That Ever Was And Will Be has either cleverly bought a house in front of an Italian sign or has actually made the move to Juventus. Finally. A club that wanted him on second thoughts, maybe third.

Charlie Adam goes to Stoke

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The Liverpool legend has been sold to Stoke: Times are tough at Anfield

Charlie Adam who spanked the ball around with authority on the pitch and was mobbed off it as if he was Mick Jagger is departing for Stoke on a four year deal. In his closing statement the gap toothed legend said, " Gareth Bale may run but he cannot hide" and then he was gone.

Ibrahim Affelay departs for Schalke on loan

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Ibrahim Affelay who never really jelled at Barcelona having been injured for long spells in his two seasons departs for FC Schalke on loan with an option to buy. He will reunite with his old PSV Eindhoven coach, Huub Stevens. The German club sent Juan Manuel Jurado to Spartak Moscow which means Affelay is expected to fulfill the attacking midfielder role.

Nigel De Jong is off to Milan

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Mark Van Bommel's understudy is taking over at the San Siro

Gazzetta Dello Sport is reporting that Milan shocked off their socks by their weekend defeat to Sampdoria is adding Man City hardman, Nigel De Jong to their roster. With Jack Rodwell brought over from Everton showing signs of promise in the backfield and freeing up Yaya Toure to rove ahead, Roberto Mancini can afford to let go the Dutchman who is in his last year of his contract.

Maroaune Chamakh linked with Fiorentina

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Marouane might go deep purple

The Arsenal striker who was something when Robin Van Persie was sitting out injured is being linked yet again with Besiktas. But he might go to the Violas who have been violated by Dimitar Berbatov who if reports are to be believed made them pay for him and his agent's airfare and then never showed up.

Nicklas Bendtner moves to Juventus on loan

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Nicklas Bendtner

The Greatest Striker That Ever Was And Will Be is moving to Juventus on a €6m loan with a view to a buyout. Juve was spurned by Dimitar Berbatov, left reeling from Fernando Llorente sticker shock, so with just a day left in the transfer market was scrambling to get some firepower to support Diego Milito.

Spanish Super Cup: Real beat Barca to the title on away goals, 2-1 (4-4 agg)

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Nothing went right for Barcelona in the first 30 minutes. Real were rampant running all over Barca not allowing them a whiff of the ball. It took two defensive errors to turn things around at the Bernabeu as Pepe who made his return in this leg volleyed deep into the Barca defense.

One doesn't quite know what Mascherano was thinking but he completely misjudges the trajectory and a lurking Gonzalo Higuain latches onto the ball and clear onto the goal making no mistake.

Spanish Super Cup: Real beat Barca to the title on away goals, 2-1 (4-4 agg)

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Nothing went right for Barcelona in the first 30 minutes. Real were rampant running all over Barca not allowing them a whiff of the ball. It took two defensive errors to turn things around at the Bernabeu as Pepe who made his return in this leg volleyed deep into the Barca defense.

One doesn't quite know what Mascherano was thinking but he completely misjudges the trajectory and a lurking Gonzalo Higuain latches onto the ball and clear onto the goal making no mistake.

Javi Martinez makes his move to Bayern

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Athletic Bilbao's centre back Javi Martinez who can also play as a holding midfielder departs for Bayern Munich as the Bundesliga giants fork out a record €40m for him. He will give instant competition to Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luiz Gustavo, and Anatoli Timoschtschuk in midfield.

League Cup: Swindon shock Stoke at the Britannia in a thriller, 4-3

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James Collins scored a hat trick at the impregnable fortress, the Britannia stadium which saw Arsenal labour to a scoreless draw over the weekend. Seven goals were scored, three in extra time, as Stoke came back twice to level. Collins had the last answer in the 118th minute right after Peter Crouch equalized for the Potters.

Is Arsenal driving away its marquee players deliberately to make money?

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Pimping the players? Its money to Stan the Man and the Arsenal septuagenarians

Is Arsenal breeding a particular type of player mercenary? Those without any loyalty to the club, constantly on the lookout for the big payoff from the next big club? It's so easy to trash them when it appears so black and white.

Radamel Falcao's hat trick as Atletico destroy Athletic Bilbao, 4-0

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That was some terrible defending. Kudos to Falcao but he was made to look sensational by a sleep walking Athletic Bilbao side. One has to say, Falcao seems to be perfecting the art or science of being at the right place and at the right time (see second goal) to take advantage of those errors which is a form of genius.

Nicklas Bendtner to Milan on loan?

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Paddy Power coming to Milan?

This weekend's loss to Sampdoria set off alarm bells ringing at AC Milan with Adriano Galliani putting in a double shift signing Bojan Krkic from Roma and bringing in M'baye Niang from Caen. The latter was also linked strongly to Arsenal in the pre-season.

Arsenal be bold: Offer a one year contract to Didier Drogba

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Reports from China indicate Didier Drogba and his former Chelsea team mate, Nicholas Anelka could leave Shanghai Shenhua because the club is unable to meet its wage commitments because of an escalating shareholder row. Both Drogba and Anelka earn a mind boggling £300,000 per week to play for 10th placed Shenhua.

AC Milan falls to Sampdoria, 0-1

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Newly promoted Sampdoria delivered a message for AC Milan and it wasn't a good one. Christian Abbiati could not move a muscle as Andrea Costa powered in his header to give Sampdoria the winner. In another disturbing sign, the San Siro was half empty as the fans stayed away, disillusioned by the club's failure to sign quality replacements for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

Real finally get Luka Modric as Spurs bid for Yann M'Vila

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The little Croatian finally lands up in the Bernabeu after Daniel Levy made life miserable for Florentino Perez. He could not have arrived sooner to help reverse Real's faltering start to the Liga.

Spurs have tabled a bid for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila who most Arsenal fans have included in their fantasy team but the money offered is supposed to be a wee short of club expectations.