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AC Milan

Roma Continue to Grow Under Zeman's Rule

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After a disappointing summer transfer window for the Serie A, looking around at the possible contenders for the scudetto, it's evident that this season's race will have a few surprises in store. Teams like AC Milan, have lost many key players and weren't able to replace them properly, and others like Juventus and Inter just weren't able to clinch that world class player signing which could've helped set them definitively above the rest.

Arsenal & AC Milan look to recapture past European glory

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The Arsenal and AC Milan teams that will take the field today will be much different ones than the versions that matched up in an epic UEFA Champions League battle in 2008.

Both clubs are in a state of flux - only one player from Arsenal's starting XI in that 2008 match-up, Bacary Sagna, will be in Arsene Wenger's lineup this time.

New England Revolution

Toja Party?

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Their record and recent form may not suggest it, but the soccer gods must be smiling upon the Revolution.

Two months ago, the Revolution inherited the to spot in the Allocation Process after Vancouver traded first dibs to Philadelphia, which used it to select Bakary Soumare. And during those two months, the Revolution held the trump card tight, as names like Maurice Edu, Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra and Luis Robles were floated from Framingham to Farmington.

Revolution vs. Fire: Postgame Quotes And Highlights

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Well, that wasn't fun. The New England Revolution went to Toyota Park insisting that they were going to cut out the defensive mistakes, and instead made two major errors on the way to a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire. The first goal was a penalty, no question; Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey can babble and bluster all they want about it being a bad call, but that was a good call by the ref, who had a pretty good game overall.

Musket Rounds: MLS Road Trips, Boxing Matches, Lee Nguyen's luck, Kaka and more

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Been a bit since we had a Musket Round, but with the All-Star game over - despite Lee Nguyen's and Clyde Simms' snubs - there is news in Revolution land.

Revolution Links

Revs aim to mesh defensive grit, attacking creativity | Revolution Soccer

This seems like an easy enough plan, hopefully we can see some progress in it.

Heaps vs Nicol: What Do The Stats Say?

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Shortly after accepting his new position at New England Revolution Head Coach, Jay Heaps expressed his desire to change the style of play completely. Heaps stressed a more attacking, better passing with a focus on maintaining possession. We're through six games of the 2012 season the New England Revolution find themselves with six points at a record of 2-4.

Week Four Rankings

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This wasn't exactly a defining week; can't have that until a little bit later in the season. However, there were some teams who showed more than they have been, for both good and bad, and that will reflect in my latest rankings.

1. Sporting KC. If they're not number one in every single power ranking across the web, then something is wrong.

Euro 2012

Bradley moves to Roma

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The Serie A has always been considered the gold standard for tactics, midfield play, and team defending. Those were all on display as Italy raced on to advance to the Euro 2012 Final, with the vision of Pirlo and grit of DeRossi on display.

That only highlights the significance of Michael Bradley joining DeRossi at Roma, and is a watershed moment for US Soccer.

Former Reds ace defends Azzurri

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Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa firmly believes that Spain's glorious Euro 2012 final win should not undermine Italy's achievements as worthy finalists throughout the tournament.

Like the Spaniards, Cesare Prandelli's Italians arrived in Kiev unbeaten ahead of last night's title decider.

UEFA Euro 2012: The journey begins

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After a four-year wait, the European Championship returns with perhaps more interest level and excitement than ever before. The defending champion Spain is tipped to go all the way once again but there are 15 competitors ready to give the Spaniards a run for their money.

One of the brilliant aspects of Euro 2012 is the balance within each of the four groups that will battle it out from today (June 8) to the tournament final in Kiev on July 1.

Forget Euro 2012 Jack!

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Being young and enthusiastic Jack Wilshere will be itching to play football again.
The enthusiasm to get back out there on the pitch is all well and good but he must not rush his return to action because he could suffer repercussions in the future. Deadly serious repercussions.
Of course he want's to play for England this summer.

Arsenal

Fundamentals of Football

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I have decided to write this piece in a bid to react to what really makes a good football player (Reactionary to "is this the time to sell Walcott?") particularly when it comes to delivering in the required playing position. I believe the knowledge of the facts of an issue will result in better formulation of opinions.

Fundamentals of Football

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I have decided to write this piece in a bid to react to what really makes a good football player (Reactionary to "is this the time to sell Walcott?") particularly when it comes to delivering in the required playing position. I believe the knowledge of the facts of an issue will result in better formulation of opinions.

Toon manager talks up chances

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Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has praised his side for their recent form, and is confident about their chances in the coming weeks. The impressive Magpies have been boosted by the return of Senegal striker Demba Ba, and is thrilled with his side's performance during the African Cup of Nations.

Swansea v Arsenal: a team to dream about, a team to die for

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By Billy Le Dog McGraw

My preview for the Leeds game was such a stunning success that I have been asked to write again on the subject. You will recall then we were playing the Yorkshire Grit (which is, as you will now know, made up of coarse sand grains and small stones).

Against such [.

Five things we learned from the Fulham game

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Sebastien Squillaci: Flumm-oxed

1. There are no free passes in the Premiership: Even the so called lesser teams have their moments under the sun. You underestimate them at your own peril. Teams that got bitten badly this past weekend: United, City, Chelsea, and Spurs.

Chicago Fire

CJ Brown: Fire Legend, Ring of Fire Inductee

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During halftime of last night's 0-0 draw against Real Salt Lake, Chicago Fire legend and current RSL assistant coach CJ Brown was the seventh member inducted into the Ring of Fire. Holder of the club record for all-time appearances and minutes played, CJ Brown and the Chicago Fire are practically synonymous.

Fire original C.J. Brown to be inducted into the Ring of Fire

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Fire original C.J. Brown to be inducted into the Ring of Fire

A well deserved honor to a man who embodies the Ring of Fire. Congratulations C.J. Brown!

"CHICAGO, IL (Feb. 14, 2012) – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Tuesday that former Fire defender and Fire Original C.J. Brown will be inducted into the club's Hall of Fame, known as the Ring of Fire, during halftime of the team's match against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, May 9 at Toyota Park.

FC Barcelona

CL Recap: Chelsea Hold On To Claim First Round Knockout

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By the skin of our teeth, we're walking away victorious. More, after the jump:

You already know

Just like that, we're heading to Spain with a 1-0 lead. Yeah, that actually happened. If you witnessed the match, you might have lost your mind. Barcelona did precisely what they came to accomplish- they knocked it about, made our defense chase the triangles, and altogether dominated the ball for extended stretches.

Barca stun Madrid in El Clasico, Real Madrid - 1, Barca - 3

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FC Barcelona got the league back on track with a thrilling 1-3 comeback win at Santiago Bernebeu. The match started with a disaster as far as Barca were concerened. We went a goal down in the very first minute following a horrendous mistake by Valdes. But this match was about whether Barca's grit and they dig deep and produced a brilliant comeback.

strikers

Piotr’s Corner: I am unveil the 3-1-7

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In 2011, the Union were having the great defensive domination. Our clean sheets, our goals-against averages and our making-strikers-weep statistics were all in the league's top five. However, we were not scoring the goals. I can only recall seven goals scored, in the full season. Perhaps eight. This only divides to a 0.

Olympic hopeful Arguez enjoying revival

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By FRANCO PANIZO

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. -- Bryan Arguez has a lot to be excited about these days.

In the past two months, Arguez has gone from playing in the NASL with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, to getting signed by the Montreal Impact, to getting called into his first camp in years with the U.

English Premier League

"Never Say Die" Rooney Inspires Man United Fightback

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England striker Wayne Rooney scored 2 penalties and produced an inspiring second half display as Manchester United fought back from a seemingly hopeless position at Stanford Bridge. Trailing by a single goal at half time, even the most die hard of United supporters must have thought all was lost when a disastrous start to the second half saw early goals from Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata (who buried a stunning volley) and a deflected set piece header from centre back David Luiz treble the home side's advantage in a sequence of events that all Chelsea fan's must surely have believed would put the game to bed as a contest.

The 2011 Free Beer Movement "Person of the Year" is...

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Was there really any doubt that Clint Dempsey wasn't going to run away with this award?
As some of our commentors pointed out during the voting, it seemed a bit one-sided. Not just because of their own qualifications, but the over-whelming case that could be made for Sir Deuce.
With nearly 40 goals for Fulham in the English Premier League and counting Clint Dempsey has made the biggest splash of any American aboard, ever.

The Rest

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 20, 2013

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Happy Monday, ladies and gentlemen. We took a little break at the end of the last week after critters got into the server room and chewed up some stuff, but we're back. D.C. United didn't lose this weekend, which is super neat. Draws aren't great, but they're better than losses.

I know, that's the kind of hard-hitting analysis that keeps you coming back.

Great move for "miracle man" Sam!

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Yesterday, Chelsea confirmed that Sam Hutchinson had joined Nottingham Forest on a season long loan deal and despite the fact that we want to have him here and integrated alot more into the first team squad, it is a cracking move for him.

We all know what Sam has been through and the desire and the determination he has shown to get his football career back on track and to have the chance to play regular first team football this season could be just what he needs at this stage in his career.

The losses continue to mount KC 2 TFC 0

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What a mess. TFC played for a new coach tonight , Paul Mariner's debut, but the same old team wore the shirt. A different formation as TFC returned to the traditional 4-4-2, but the players seemed keen on demonstrating that they can be beaten in any formation. The first half was hard to watch.

Sounders Women Sign Kelli Smith

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Kelli Smith (Smitty to her teammates), is no stranger to the Sounders Women. She has played for them for a span of seven years. She started while still a standout player at the University of Washington. While stook 2011 off, to concentrate on coaching her club teams, the draw of the top quality team made it too hard to refuse coming back for a final year.

Sounders Vs. Dynamo: David Estrada Does It Again

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David Estrada did it again. No, he wasn't the Man of the Match -- that was undoubtedly someone on the defensive side of the ball -- but he scored the Sounders' opening goal for the third time this season. He also picked up his third game-winner, this one a strike form the top of the penalty area that was on target, but deflected off a Houston Dynamo defender that put the Sounders up 1-0.

Kickers new logo: Good or Bad?

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In what has become a somewhat regular occurrence for professional and sudo-professional sports clubs, the Richmond Kickers have released a new logo. The launch is part of the celebration of the 20-year history of the Kickers organization.


At first glance I couldn't help notice the "K" (for Kickers obviously) in the center of the new logo looks as if it where made from pinball paddles.

In coaching, Dorothy's approach — like Coach K's — can trump the Almighty Oz MIKE JACOBS COLUMN

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From the Evansville Courier & Press, December 3, 2011



The Thanksgiving holidays offered some important coaching role models, and in some cases, will probably surprise as well as promote thought of the kind of leaders to emulate.

Flipping the channels around on Thanksgiving and seeing 'The Wizard of Oz' brought me back to a story from Joe Ehrmann's outstanding book 'InSideOut Coaching — How Sports Can Transform Lives.