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Champions League Group Stage Draw: Debutants Leicester City Pitted Against Porto, Man City Inevitably Face Pep’s Old Team

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As you may be aware, Leicester City won the Premier League title last season.

As a direct result, they found themselves lumped into Pot 1 for the Champions League group stage draw alongside the likes of established heavyweights Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG.

After the obligatory and ever extending period of pre- and mid-draw UEFA guff, the balls wereplucked from the perspex pots of destiny and the Foxes' reward for storming the big boys' tableis a group consisting of themselves and Porto, Club Brugge and Copenhagen.

Video: Jose Mourinho takes responsibility for Chelsea defeat

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refused to blame his players for last night's defeat to Basel. The Blues fell to a 1-2 home defeat in their Champions League opener, but Mourinho would not single anyone out for criticism. He said: "When we lose, I don't speak about players, I don't speak about individuals, I speak about [.

7 Things We Learned from Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen

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FollowEddieon Twitter Here are some points from yesterday's match. Feel free to share your own in the comments!! Rooney is on fire! Wow! Where has this Wayne Rooney been? A glittering...

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Manchester United’s Champions League finals

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Another Champions League season group stage gets underway this evening. Premier League champions Manchester United are at home to Bayer Leverkusen. The German side beat United in the 2002 Champions League semi-final, and David Moyes will be hoping they don't cause any such problems as he attempts to make his first Champions League campaign a [.

Top five Champions League conclusions, 20-21 November

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Some Anglocentric lessons Learned from another bad week for English clubs in the Champions League 1. The European stock of Premier League clubs is falling faster than the BBC's. Nearly. After something of a purple patch for English clubs in Europe which saw two winners, six final appearances and numerous semi-final outings for THE BEST [.

High hopes of Celtic after European draw

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Celtic have been gifted a chance to make the knock-out stage of this season's Champions League after being drawn in a group they are capable of overcoming. Neil Lennon's side will fancy their chances against Benfica and Spartak Moscow, although a scalp over Barcelona may be beyond them.

Nevertheless, Group G looks like it will go down to the wire and Celtic, who beat Helsingborgs 4-0 on aggregate in the play-off round, are in with a chance of progressing to the latter stages.

Jack Will Keep Us Sane

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Hello all. It's Friday and the final day of the transfer window. Ready for the euphoria or the disappointment? Before we get to that, plenty of other things to discussed. No where better to start than the Champions League as the draw was made yesterday.

We are in Group B together with Olympiacos, Montpellier and Shalke.

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Photo: Olivier Giroud and his Arsenal team-mates stroll around Marseille

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Had a walk this morning in Marseille "vieux port" Now go for a nap and focus on this evening... X Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) September 18, 2013 Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has posted a photo of himself and his Arsenal colleagues going for a matchday walk around Marseille.

Video: Arsenal 2-0 Fenerbahce

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Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win over Fenerbahce last night to book their place in the Champions League group stage. Two goals from Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners a 5-0 aggregate win against their Turkish opponents. The Welshman tucked away his first when the ball broke kindly for him in the penalty area. And he added [.

Video and photos: Arsenal training ahead of Fenerbahce match

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While Arsenal's transfer activities dominate the headlines, the current squad has the small matter of ensuring the club makes it to the Champions League group stage to attend to. They've been in training today ahead of tomorrow's first-leg playoff against Fenerbahce. The good news for Gooners is that Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Jack [.

Radio Cuju: Episode 21

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On this week's show we break down Week 3 of the EPL season, discuss the Champions League group stage draw and debate Toto songs. We also spend a few minutes discussing Alan Pardew's cyber stalker, Oksana Andersson's questionable boob job and more.

We would have posted the Alan Pardew cyber-stalker video, but it's been made private on YouTube.

Some Soccer News for Wed Sep 5, 2012

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Here is the du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 10 - Listen Now!


Team USA World Cup Qualifying Viewing In The Twin Cities - Fri Sep 7 at Jamaica - AND - Tue Sep 11 v Jamaica


Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero has signed with Sydney FC in Australia, making him the leagues biggest ever signing.

APOEL FC PUMA 2012/13 Home and Away Kits

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Last season APOEL FC (Greek: ΑΠΟΕΛ) topped their UEFA Champions League group stage pool before making it to the quarter-finals of the tournament. This season the twenty-one time Cypriot First...

Michael Essien calls Jose Mourinho ‘daddy’ a lot

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Chelsea loaned out of favor midfielder Michael Essien to Real Madrid, reuniting him with the man who originally signed him for Chelsea in 2005, Jose Mourinho. Though the deadline-day move came as a surprise even to Essien himself, it was a welcomed one since he describes Mourinho as being "like a father" to him.

SPL: Celtic v Hibs

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After they both enjoyed SPL wins last Saturday the week rather diverged for Celtic and Hibs.

Celtic progressed to the Champions League group stage, that promised land where the streets are paved with gold and the couches upholstered with £50 notes.

24 hours earlier Hibs were dumped out of the League Cup by Queen of the South in a display that seems to have flitted between pathetic and miserable.

European Weekend Preview: Arsenal vs. Liverpool, Inter Milan vs. Roma, & more

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Arsenal and Liverpool face off this weekend in one of the marquee match-ups of a loaded weekend of European soccer action, with each club looking for its first victory of the new campaign.

Arsenal have yet to score a goal, while Liverpool will be looking to build off a hard-fought 2-2 draw with title holders Manchester City.

Dynamo at Olimpia: Houston Gets a Big 1-1 Win

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Yep, you read that right, a 1-1 win. Let's be honest, any result in Honduras other than a loss was going to be a tremendous positive. Falling down a goal early, losing Nathan Sturgis to a red card and still pulling off a draw...well that's just epic.

The Dynamo are now in the drivers seat for qualification in to the knockout stages of the tournament.

Barca’s Andrés Iniesta Named Best Player In Europe

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Andrés Iniesta has been named the winner of the 2011/12 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, finishing ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in an extremely close vote.

Iniesta received 19 votes while Messi and Ronaldo both picked up 17 votes.

The Barcelona midfielder, who helped Spain defend their European Championship title this summer, collected his prize following today's UEFA Champions League group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and said:

"I'm very happy to receive such recognition.

UEFA Champions League – Group Stage Draw – 2012/13

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The UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw has been released with Group D featuring Manchester City, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Ajax Amsterdam.

It's clearly the strongest group with each team having a decent chance to make it to the knockout stage. Manchester United probably have the easiest road of the top teams while Barcelona, Chelsea, Barcelona, AC Milan, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich are all favorites to win their respective groups.

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What You Need to Know About Bayer Leverkusen

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FollowEddieon Twitter It's that time of year again! The Champions League group stage and this season should be treated with more excitement from the United faithful than usual. It will be...

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Champions League Returns with Real Madrid & Manchester City

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The most compelling club competition in world football is back as 32 teams set out on their group stage campaigns all harbouring hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley next May. All of the action is on Fox Soccer. UEFA offers previews of all 8 of the group games.

UEFA Europa League

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas plans to use youngsters against Dinamo Tbilisi

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas is hoping to give some of his young players a run-out in tonight's Europa League qualifier against Dinamo Tbilisi. Spurs hold a commanding 5-0 lead from the first leg in Georgia, and AVB is hoping a good start in tonight's match will allow him to bring a couple of youngsters [.

Video: Swansea 5-1 Petrolul Ploiesti

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Swansea pretty much secured their place in the group stage of the Europa League with a 5-1 win against Romania's Petrolul Ploiesti in last night's playoff first-leg. Wayne Routledge gave the Swans the lead a comfortable first-half lead with two goals either side of Michu's effort. Goalkeeper Peterson Pecanha turned the ball into his own [.

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Jurgen Klinsmann tells press the U.S. won’t lose to Jamaica (again)

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Despite Clint Dempsey setting a new U.S. World Cup qualifying record for fastest goal, the U.S. still lost to Jamaica for the first time ever on Friday, making their qualification efforts a bit more difficult. Sitting third, though even with Guatemala on points, in CONCACAF Group A after the loss to Jamaica has caused a bit of doubt to creep in for some U.

USA vs. Jamaica: A Look Ahead

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A visit to Independence Park, otherwise known as ‘The Office,' for a game against the Jamaican national team isn't really an intimidating experience for opposing teams. If anything, the loud reggae music and female dance squads that entertain fans give national team matches a party-like atmosphere.

Playing at the Highest Level - MNT All Over European Competition

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U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has consistently repeated his mantra that he wants U.S. players competing on the biggest teams, against the biggest clubs, and in the biggest competitions. When he reviews the group stage tables for the UEFA Champions League and the Europe League, he will certainly like what he sees.

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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.

United States Women defeat Germany 1-0 to win U-20 World Cup

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Just days after falling to the German club 3-0 in the group stage of the tournament, the United States shocked Germany 1-0 on Saturday to win the U-20 World Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Kealia Ohai scored her second goal of the tournament late in the first half, which proved to be the game-winning goal.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Terrence Boyd's start to the season has been better than many could have imagined, and he continued his run of good form by inspiring Rapid Vienna to their latest victory.

Three days after scoring a goal that helped Rapid Vienna advance to the Europa League group stage, the young U.

Tell Me About: Rosenborg

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Mix Diskerud is the latest hero for Rosenborg, pushing the club into the Europa League group stage. With games against fellow American Terrence Boyd's Rapid Vienna, Germany's Bayer Leverkusen, and Ukraine's FC Metalist looming, let's learn a little more about Norway's biggest club. Why Are We Here? After making 81 appearances for Stabaek, Mix Diskerud went on loan to Belgium's Gent in 2012.

Europa groups announced

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The draw for the 2012-13 Europa League group stage was held earlier today in Monaco, with two sets of National Teamer's clubs drawn into the same group. Mix Diskerud's Rosenborg and Terrence Boyd's Rapid Vienna are in Group K, while Steve Cherundolo's Hannover and Alejandro Bedoya's Helsingborg were both drawn into Group L.

Newcastle Given Favorable Group Draw In Europa League

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Newcastle United have been given a favorable draw in Monaca this morning, when the groups were picked for the Europa league. and Newcastle were drawn to face Bordeaux (France), Club Brugge (Belgium) and Maritimo (Portugal) in their Europa League group stage. That's an excellent draw for Newcastle and there's absolutely no reason, Newcastle now cannot [.

Match Report: Liverpool 1 - 1 Hearts

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Luis Suarez spared goalkeeper Jose Reina's blushes - and some of his own - with the late goal that fired the Reds into the Europa League group stage at the expense of Hearts.
Brendan Rodgers' side dominated the second leg of their qualifying round play-off at Anfield but were punished for not adding to their 1-0 aggregate lead when Reina let a David Templeton shot squeeze through late on.

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Winners and Losers: 3rd Round

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Group A Winners:
  • Mexican Defense:They have conceded a single goal in the group stages, and really the goal came when the game and Mexico's spot in the knock out stage was well in hand. Guillermo Ochoa became a star against Brazil. Against Croatia he needed some help from his backline.

Top 10 moments of David Beckham career

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Following the news that David Beckham is to hang up his boots at the end of the season, OTP explores some of the standout moments of the ex-England captain's career. 1. The free-kick against Greece Having already ran around like a man possessed to play Greece almost by himself for most of the match, Becks [.

Some Soccer For Mon Sep 10, 2012

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Team USA World Cup Qualifying Viewing Party In The Twin Cities - Tue Sep 11 v Jamaica


Charleston are the 2012 USL Pro Champions! Huge congrats to them.


The USA U20 Women won the World Cup on Saturday beating heavy favorites Germany 1-0.

FC Anzhi Makhachkala adidas 2012/13 Home, Away and Third Kits

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FC Anzhi Makhachkala (Russian: ФК "Анжи" Махачкала) stormed into the group stage of the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League last week with a 6-0 Play Off round aggregate win over Holland's...

Newcastle set for great days out

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The city of Newcastle is famed for its vibrant nightlife culture, with clubs, pubs and bars open all hours as thousands flock into the city centre every night. As though Tynesiders were not blessed enough with the fun to have in their own city, they've been given three more excuses for a wild time as Newcastle United enter the group stage of the Europa League.

Europa League group stage drawn

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The remaining Americans alive in the Europa League now know their destinations after the group stage draw was held in Monaco on Friday.

Caledonia AIA Vs. Seattle Sounders: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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There was nothing particularly pretty about the Seattle Sounders' 3-1 win in Caledonia. The scoreline may look nice on paper, and it's certainly satisfying to win any game in which you have to deal with that kind of travel, but it was an utter slopfest. The pitch was slow and slippery, the play was generally uninspired and there was an overarching sense that something bad was about to happen.