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Sandro: ‘Spurs are determined to win against Chelsea’

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Spurs midfielder Sandro says the squad is "determined" to beat Chelsea on Saturday to make amends for last season's home defeat to their London rivals. The Brazil international is aware of just how important the fixture is and says he and his team-mates want to secure a "big win" He told the club's official website: [.

Top five conclusions: Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

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1. You can play no strikers or three strikers and be equally bereft of any attacking potency. 2. It's not a great game if the highlight of it is the visiting manager looking for a pen. Try to find anything to top it in the video above you'll struggle. 3. The award for most [...]

Gianfranco Zola says Mourinho’s Chelsea return ‘should be good’

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola says former manager Jose Mourinho's expected return to the club 'should be good'. Asked about the Special One's imminent return to Stamford Bridge, he said: "Well, it looks like it. He's certainly a great manager, he knows the players, he knows the atmosphere, so... it should be good.

FA CUP FINAL: Chelsea v Liverpool - Something to get you in the mood!

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As we continue to build up to the FA CUP FINAL tomorrow, as usual I have been looking around the Internet to find a promo to get us all in the mood ahead of the game.

So I present to you, even though it seems to be made by a Liverpool fan, the best promo there is out there put together by YOUNGREDCOMPS.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Nice While It Lasted Edition [Poll]

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In what has turned into one of the Timbers' longest standing traditions since joining MLS, the team gave up three goals while visiting Colorado's Dicks Sporting Goods Park. In a lackluster effort, standout performances were few and far between, with even the best showings tempered by moments of rashness or lapses in concentration.

Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire Player Ratings: We're Back Edition

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Finally! It may have only been a handful of games since the Portland Timbers last scored (which is still bad mind you) but it really started to feel like forever since we had a reason to cheer at a game. On Sunday, however, the Timbers and the Fire, I guess, gave us two very solid reasons to cheer.

Portland Timbers vs. Columbus Crew Player Ratings: Draw Edition

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One of my primary complaints heading into the game last Saturday was the fact that I was simply tired of writing the same stuff over and over again. Much to my delight then, the Portland Timbers certainly did not fail to give me what I wanted as they drew Columbus here at home. Unfortunately, a draw is still pretty disappointing, especially from a bottom dwelling Eastern Conference team like Columbus.

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TORRES: "The confidence is back because I'm playing more."

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After three goals in four games this season already (including the Community Shield), Fernando Torres has begun to receive plaudits from the press compared to the "battering" they have given him ever since he signed for Chelsea.

I have been saying ever since he signed for Chelsea, all he needs is the right service and we will literally see him fly in a Chelsea shirt.

Olympique Lyon Defeat Frankfurt To Win Women’s Champions League Second Year In A Row

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Congratulations and "Félicitations!" to the newly-crowned winners of the UEFA Women's Champions League, France's Olympique Lyonnais. They put on an outstanding performance in the final against FFC Frankfurt in Munich yesterday, scoring a penalty and a wondrous volley to win the cup for the second year in a row.

English Premier League

Cameron unavailable for Stoke opener

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Geoff Cameron's Premier League debut will have to wait a week.

According to Stoke City's official website, Cameron won't be able to return to England until early next week while finalizing his visa, and he is unavailable for the club's opener against Reading on Sautrday.

Summer Reading For Spurs Fans. A Harry-Free Zone

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Two e-books worthy of your consideration. And look, we're all busy people, credit crunch and all, so what can I say they're cheap. Very good, mind. Have a look.

Arthur Rowe a Neglected Spurs Legend Whose Legacy Lives On

We become Spurs fans via a variety of routes.

Defender hails new Gunner’s versatility

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has told the club's supporters to closely observe new signing Lukas Podolski's defensive instincts, which are often overlooked due to focus on the Germany international's attacking prowess.

Mertesacker, who watched on as Podolski played an instrumental role in containing Arjen Robben on the flanks during Germany's 2-1 win over the Netherlands last night, has reminder the Gunners that they will benefit tremendously from Podolski's addition.

Arsenal Guessing Game

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Today we throw down a challenge to test your Arsenal knowledge. This was our match report from a game in the 2010/11 season with the names hidden by code numbers. Your task should you choose to accept it, is to identify the game, the opposition and if you're not already bored, the names that correspond to the numbers in red .

Arsenal Guessing Game

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Today we throw down a challenge to test your Arsenal knowledge. This was our match report from a game in the 2010/11 season with the names hidden by code numbers. Your task should you choose to accept it, is to identify the game, the opposition and if you're not already bored, the names that correspond to the numbers in red .

Watch Newcastle vs Man City Online Free

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A huge game today in the importance of this years Premier League race with Man City heading to St James Park to face a Newcastle side who're on top form after a brilliant 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge earlier in the week.

Man City are in bouyant form themselves having beat title rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, moving them to the top of the table on goal difference.

Manchester United

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta: ‘Manchester United will force us to be at our best’

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Barcelona star Andres Iniesta says Manchester United will bring out the very best in his side when the two teams meet in Gothenburg tonight. But the midfield maestro is only interested in how United can help Barca get back to their very high standards ahead of their return to competitive action. He said: "This club [.

Video: The Great Game – old school information film about football

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This classic film produced by the British Council gives a fascinating insight into football in Britain in the 1940s. The film looks at the professionals who go into schools to teach football to youngsters, the amateurs who play at the weekend for their local team and the Cup Final: the absolute pinnacle of the game [.

Olympics

Hermosa Beach's Wambach scores in USWNT Olympic win

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Slinky celebration? Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring the lone goal of the game in a U.S. win over North Korea as group play concludes in the women's tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (Associated Press). Not a great game or a particularly

Rapinoe Named Bud Light Player of the Match

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Megan Rapinoe had yet another great game in the 2012 Olympics. She had one assist and one goal in the match against Colombia today. In a match that was chippy and uneven, Rapinoe was able to focus and carry the match. It seemed as if the Colombian's game plan was to disrupt and slow the game any chance they got.

USWNT Dispatch China With a 4-1 Victory

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With the Olympics quickly approaching, it would seem the USWNT are prepared to take on whoever will be thrown at them when they head to London. Pia Sundhage's squad played a great game of football in front of a sold out crowd at PPL Park on Sunday, coming up with a big win against China. This match also marked the debut of new matching kits for both the USMNT and the USWMNT, who put them to good use.

Major League Soccer

Union Notes: Hackworth sees value in Cup loss, Okugo impresses and more

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By JOEY SAMUEL

The Philadelphia Union's first run into the later rounds of the U.S. Open Cup in team history came to an end Wednesday night, but manager John Hackworth thinks the 2-0 semifinal loss to Sporting Kansas City is a great opportunity for his team to grow.

MLS Monday

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Hopefully you'll forgive me for eschewing a league-wide Grinder this week in favor of Texas Derby coverage. The Grinder is a flexible beast, and this week it bent into BBVA Compass Stadium for a great game and horrible prepackaged media sandwiches. If you want me to come to your town to put down a marker on some MLS action, feel free to send a plane ticket my way.

Euro 2012

Who Scored the Best Goal of Euro 2012? [POLL]

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Goals in football are as few and precious as the days of summer. The sizzlers of Euro 2012 rank up there with the most sumptuous scores in the grand history of this great game. Here are five worthy candidates for ...

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Spaniard: Mario Balotelli is a star

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Cesc Fabregas has identified Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, and Andrea Pirlo as Italy's greatest threats for Spain in the Euro 2012 final but despite describing the latter as the most dangerous, he is most wary of the sudden impact that the Manchester City striker can have on a match.

The secret behind Spain's dominance in recent years lies in their excellent possession game but given how smoothly Pirlo can create chances for Cassano and Balotelli, Fabregas knows that the Azzurri will be difficult to beat.

Buffon Storms Off Pitch After Semi-Final Victory, Admits He Feared Germany Would Win 9-2 In Injury Time (Video)

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By Chris Wright

You may have noticed that Italy 'keeper Gigi Buffon stormed down the tunnel in a furious funk after Italy's Euro 2012 semi-final win over Germany last night, shrugging off the congratulatory advances of his deputy, Morgan de Sanctis, and having to seriously restrain himself from belting the Euro 2012 mascot across it's foam-rubbery face on the way.

Ronaldo Leads Portugal Into The Semi-Finals

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It was probably the most one-sided match of the Euro 2012 tournament so far, but a great header by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 79th minute was enough to send his side into the semi-finals where they will play the winner of Spain v France.

Ronaldo was pilloried for his display against Denmark a little over a week ago when he missed two sitters.

Euro 2012: England v Sweden Highlights

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Great game. We had everything. There was a goofy looking Andy Carroll sighting, several goal lead changes and England came back to win off of perhaps the goal of the tourney, a backheel flick from Walbeck. Video: footyroom

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Euro 2012: Sweden’s Chuck Norris ready to ‘go in hard’ on Steven Gerrard

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Sweden's Chuck Norris ready to 'go in hard' on Steven Gerrard" was written by Marcus Christenson, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 14th June 2012 11.53 UTC

Sweden's hardman Pontus Wernbloom has said he is not intimidated by the "big names" in England's team ahead of Friday's Euro 2012 Group D game in Kiev.

Euro 2012 Day 2 Roundup: Van Persie, Podolski, Bendtner, and others

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Games in the Group of Death tend to be cagey affairs as teams cancel each other out, especially in the first round of fixtures where no one wants to lose. Today was no different as Denmark upset the Dutch while Germany eked out a win over Portugal with a solitary goal each.

Robin van Persie started for the Oranje amidst some chatter that Huntelaar might get the nod.

Euro 2012 Day 2 Roundup: Van Persie, Podolski, Bendtner, and others

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Games in the Group of Death tend to be cagey affairs as teams cancel each other out, especially in the first round of fixtures where no one wants to lose. Today was no different as Denmark upset the Dutch while Germany eked out a win over Portugal with a solitary goal each.

Robin van Persie started for the Oranje amidst some chatter that Huntelaar might get the nod.

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.

New England Revolution

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections On Whitecaps @ Revs

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I can't sing the praises of this team's Saturday night performance enough. I would never have expected the Revs to just shake off an early Vancouver goal like it was nothing, answer immediately, and then pile on 3 more for the win. If you had told me that last year, I would have laughed in your face.

Set Pieces: Revs Poor Defending Them, Not Scoring Off Them

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Saturday's tilt against Real Salt Lake was an all around great game to watch. It was a match filled with drama, emotion, goals and controversy. The Revs eventually fell 2-1 in what devolved into a 10v10 match. The go ahead goal came off an RSL set piece, where New England defenders again failed to trail their assignments and Alvaro Saborio, unmarked, headed it home.

The Rest

USWNT Coming To Toyota Park

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USWNT Coming To Toyota Park

If you have been wanting to see the Gold Medal winning US Women's National Team, now is your chance. The US women will be coming to Toyota Park on October 20th for an international friendly with Germany. It's a great game for Toyota Park to host, and your chance to see some of the US stars that everyone is familiar with.

Post Cologne FC match Thoughts

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Hey guess who? I was sitting on the ground from a workout and thinking of the Arsenal and what's in store for the season and realized that I really wanted to have a forum to place lay out all my thoughts. This is when I realized I had promised Lachlan that I was going to search for my password to writing blogs here for him and the gang that have dutifully picked up where I and the others left off.

MLS Referee Chris Penso screwed up: let's all admit it so we can improve the league.

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I was ready to let Saturday go. I really was. The breaks are the breaks. Head referee Chris Penso called for 5 minutes of extra time in this past weekend's Chicago Fire vs. San Jose Earthquakes game but Chris Lenhart was able to score a goal in the 98th minute of play anyway. I'm sure somewhere down the line the Chicago Fire will benefit from a time keeping error (perhaps this was even cosmic payback for a mistake in the past).

QPR Report Saturday: "Farewell Rodney" - Michael Wale Flashback...Millwall 's Alan McDonald Tribute Today...Asia Tour Continues

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- --- --- Six Year Flashback: QPR's Pre-season Tour of Italy ---- 13 Year Flashback: Stuart Wardley Joins QPR --- 47 Year Flashback: Les Allen Joins QPR -- Tony Fernandes Tweets| Mackie Stays 3 0 to qpr. Scored by Mackie. And for all QPR fans we have no no no intention to sell him. He's a QPR man" - MILLWALL TIBUTE TO ALAN MCDONALD Millwall Official Site Tribute for McDonald Posted on: Fri 20 Jul 2012 A minute's applause will be observed prior to kick-off tomorrow when Millwall play Glenavon for former Northern Ireland defender Alan McDonald, who died suddenly last month.

Adelaide United - did you see Galekovic's save? Great game

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The hugely talented Nagoya Grampus - loaded with dollars as well - came to Adelaide last night and were beaten 1-0 by United in the last sixteen of the Asian Champions League.

And what a great game of football it was.

Despite the defensive nature of United there was a lot to like about the Aussies performance up against such craftsmen from Nagoya.

Sounders 2 - Dallas 0 | Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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Did the first half happen? Only about one-third of the highlight package of last night's Seattle Sounders 2-0 win are from that first 45 minutes. It includes "highlights" like FC Dallas player Fabian Castillo sprinting by Zach Scott and slamming the ball into the side net. There's Mauro Rosales getting two opportunities on goal from short range and somehow not finishing.