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Simon Mignolet: ‘Friendship and French are the reason for the solid Liverpool defence’

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he burgeoning friendship with Kolo Toure and the fact that they both speak French as their first language is behind the Reds' solid defensive record so far this season. Brendan Rodgers' side have conceded just three goals in the league so far this season and two of [.

Newcastle fans angered as Hatem Ben Arfa dons PSG shirt

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Gym members at Tyneside health club were left furious on Monday night after Hatem Ben Arfa turned up to do his workout in a PSG kit. Just two days after the Newcastle winger came on as a sub during the 6-0 hammering at home to Liverpool, he opted for the unfortunate choice of outfit as [...]

Arsenal

Nicklas Bendtner hails ‘emotional’ Arsenal return

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Nicklas Bendtner managed an assist and converted a penalty as he made his return to the Arsenal first-team. The Dane scored from the spot during a shoot-out win for the Gunners against West Brom in last night's Capital One Cup tie. And the striker said he had been moved by the reception he received from [.

Tony Adams makes bizarre pitch to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager

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Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has thrown his hat into the ring to be the club's next manager and indicated that he thinks Arsene Wenger's days are numbered. The ex-England international might have done Wenger a favour by pointing out to his critics within the club's supporters that the grass might not necessarily be [.

Video: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker skins Didier Drogba with his silky skills

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Watching Per Mertesacker play, it often appears like a constant challenge for the lanky German to remain upright. But it turns out he's got all kinds of crazy skills in his locker he just doesn't risk them when he's at the heart of the Arsenal defence. A charity match organised by Michael Ballack was [.

Radamel Falcao pins his Monaco move on Arsenal legend Thierry Henry

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Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao had his pick of Europe's top clubs this summer. The Colombia international has opted to move to Moneyco. The French side are not currently established among Europe's elite, but they do happen to have a lot of dosh. Cynics have been suggesting that could be the motivating factor in Falcao's [.

Sahin transfer: This is not a Liverpool coup

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Brendan Rodgers: Salesman extraordinaire

Brendan Rodgers is broadcasting the Nuri Sahin loan transfer as a sales pitch that swayed the Turkish midfielder in Liverpool's direction. Nothing can be more untrue.

Sahin had set his heart on coming to Arsenal and it was the club's insistence on a provision to buy him out that became a deal breaker.

Abou Diaby – I am optimistic this season……as usual!

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There are a lot of Arsenal fans that will have given up on Abou Diaby ever returning to his brilliant form from his younger days, but we could take heart from the fact that a certain Robin Van Persie was also injured for seven years in a row before he finally turned into a top-class [...]

Song is on his way to Barcelona

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Is that tiki taka on his mind?

Arsene Wenger pretty much admits it. The negotiations are in the advanced stage with the arrival of Josep Maria Bartomeu and Raul Sanllehí to London two days ago to discuss terms of his transfer. There is just haggling over money.

It's amazing how Barca get behind a transfer when they want one.

Videos

Video: Everton’s Kevin Mirallas scores (Scotland 0-2 Belgium)

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Everton's Kevin Mirallas scored a late goal to help Belgium to a 2-0 away win over Scotland in their World Cup qualifier. Steven Defour had given the Belgians the lead, but they had to wait until the 88th minute to add to that when Mirallas' neat turn aided by some slack defending left [...]

Video: Builder hides Portsmouth shirt inside Southampton’s training ground

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Video has emerged of a Portsmouth-supporting builder hiding a Portsmouth shirt and scarf within the walls of Southampton's new training ground. The multi-million pound training complex is currently being built at Staplewood. But despite the painstaking attention to detail that has gone into the project, it appears that Saints or Scum as they're known [.

Beer-soaked Franck Ribery vows never to talk to Bayern Munich team-mate Jerome Boateng again

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Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery says he will never talk to team-mate Jerome Boateng again after the Germany international soaked him with beer during the club's title celebrations. The devout Muslim took Boateng's actions to heart, believing he should have known the soaking would not sit well with Ribery's religious beliefs.

‘He’s The Worst, Arrogant, Ignorant Athlete I’ve Ever Seen’ – Paolo Di Canio Hauls Swindon Keeper Wes Foderingham Off After 21 Naff Mins vs Preston (V

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After conceding two goals in quick succession during the opening exchanges of their League One game against Preston (the first stemming from a botched clearance), an irate Paolo Di Canio took the express decision to substitute Swindon 'keeper Wes Foderingham off after just 20 short minutes.

English Premier League

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany could be out for a month

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Vincent Kompany could be out of action for a month with the groin injury that forced him off during Monday's Premier League opener against Newcastle. The Manchester City skipper initially said he was hoping to make a quick return from the setback. But more than 24 hours after the injury was sustained, the swelling still [.

Rooney: I Love Being The Playmaker

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Wayne Rooney has suggested that as he gets older and loses some of his pace, he plans to play in central midfield. Having played there a few times last season when United were hit by injuries, Rooney grew to enjoy the role, although would still prefer to play up front for the time being.

"I did my bit by dropping into a central midfield role when the team got hit by injuries last season," Rooney said in My Decade in the Premier League, which is being serialised by the Daily Mirror.

It's Our Birthday, But It's Really About You

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Back when I didn't think there was a blog that was what I wanted in the SounderSphere, and due to the encouragement of Jason Churchill, I decided to start my own little place. The goal then was simple. Write a blog that I wanted to read. Those goals kept expanding. I found that I was granted access and could use that in unique ways, ways that continue to this day, where one could combine original interviews with stats, chalkboards, metaphors and more.

Oddballs

Tottenham signing Roberto Soldado flies in on Ryanair

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New Spurs signing Roberto Saldado has touched down in the UK after arriving at Stansted Airport on a Ryanair flight yesterday evening. The £26m posed for a photo with Stansted worker and Tottenham fan Steve Smith as he made his way off the plane. Perhaps the funniest aspect of the story is the reaction of [.

AIK fans set off fireworks to keep CSKA Moscow players awake

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When competing in knockout football, it is important to gain any advantage possible with such fine margins. Fans of AIK Stockholm took this to heart (and perhaps too far) before their clash with CSKA Moscow on Thursday. On the morning of the game, hooligans met at 4am outside the hotel of the CSKA players.

Manchester United

GIF It: Chelsea’s David Luiz laughs after Man Utd’s Rafael kicked him

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Chelsea defender David Luiz enjoyed a little giggle to himself after Manchester United right-back Rafael kicked him during yesterday's 0-1 win for the Blues at Old Trafford. Luiz earned a place on United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's naughty list for the incident. But given that Fergie has found it in his heart to work alongside [.

Matchday Live: Everton v. Manchester United

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After the heart-wrenching way last season ended for all associated with Manchester United, the new season couldn't get here fast enough. It hasn't been easy to relive the end of last season countless times through adverts, montages, and other unwelcome but unavoidable reminders, and reliving them many more times throughout this season won't be easy [.

Champions League

Top five conclusions: Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (3-4 on agg.)

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1. Another Champions League side has proved that its whole is greater than the some of its parts. Well done to Borussia, who were assembled on a shoestring budget in comparison to Real. 2. The first 70 minutes was essentially watching 11 men in white shirts gradually run out of ideas against the Germans.

Scottish Premier League – Table – 2 September 2012

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Below is the Scottish Premier League table through September 2, 2012.

 OVERALL  HOME  AWAY   POS  TEAM P W D L F A  W D L F A  W D L F A  GD Pts 1 Motherwell 5 2 3 0 8 4 1 2 0 6 3 1 1 0 2 1 4 9 2 Celtic 4 2 2 0 8 5 1 1 0 3 2 1 1 0 5 3 3 8 3 Hibernian 5 2 2 1 7 7 1 1 0 3 1 1 1 1 4 6 0 8 4 Dundee United 4 2 1 1 7 3 2 0 0 6 0 0 1 1 1 3 4 7 5 Ross County 5 1 4 0 2 1 0 3 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 7 6 St Mirren 5 1 3 1 6 5 0 1 1 3 4 1 2 0 3 1 1 6 7 Heart of Midlothian 5 1 3 1 5 4 1 1 1 4 3 0 2 0 1 1 1 6 8 Kilmarnock 5 1 3 1 5 4 1 1 1 4 3 0 2 0 1 1 1 6 9 Aberdeen 5 1 3 1 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 6 10 Dundee 5 1 1 3 1 6 0 0 2 0 3 1 1 1 1 3 -5 4 11 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 5 0 3 2 8 13 0 1 1 3 5 0 2 1 5 8 -5 3 12 St Johnstone 5 0 2 3 2 7 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 1 5 -5 2

Champions League qualifying: 1st , 2nd

Europa League: 3rd , 4th

Relegation: 12th

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2016-17: The Season in Review

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The term ‘Landmark Agreement' is sorely overused but Tuesday's High County judgement to promote Tottenham Hotspur into the Champions League qualifying stages at the expense of Everton has resonated throughout the game. Pity the poor Toffees, also at the heart of a legal wrangle back in 2005 that saw their Merseyside neighbours Liverpool favoured ahead of them after winning the previous season's trophy.

Dunfield Does The Job for TFC

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In this post game video blog I celebrate the heart shown by TFC midfielder Terry Dunfield, the "bedding in" of Darren O'Dea, I take a look at Paul Mariner's surprisingly decent road record as TFC Head Coach and I try and get a grasp on the scale of the task ahead for Toronto on Tuesday as they face Santos Laguna in the return of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Scottish Premier League – Table – 26 August 2012

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Both matches on Sunday ended in draws as Hearts, Motherwell, and St Mirren moved up in the Scottish Premier League table.

Below is the Scottish Premier League table through August 26, 2012.

 OVERALL  HOME  AWAY   POS  TEAM P W D L F A  W D L F A  W D L F A  GD Pts 1 Celtic 3 2 1 0 6 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 5 3 3 7 2 Hibernian 4 2 1 1 5 5 1 1 0 3 1 1 0 1 2 4 0 7 3 Dundee United 3 2 0 1 7 3 2 0 0 6 0 0 0 1 1 3 4 6 4 Heart of Midlothian 4 1 3 0 5 3 1 1 0 4 2 0 2 0 1 1 2 6 5 Motherwell 4 1 3 0 4 3 0 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 6 6 Ross County 4 1 3 0 2 1 0 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 6 7 St Mirren 4 1 2 1 6 5 0 1 1 3 4 1 1 0 3 1 1 5 8 Kilmarnock 4 1 2 1 5 4 1 1 1 4 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 5 9 Aberdeen 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 5 10 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4 0 3 1 7 9 0 1 1 3 5 0 2 0 4 4 -2 3 11 St Johnstone 4 0 1 3 2 7 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 2 1 5 -5 1 12 Dundee 4 0 1 3 0 6 0 0 2 0 3 0 1 1 0 3 -6 1

Champions League qualifying: 1st , 2nd

Europa League: 3rd , 4th

Relegation: 12th

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David Beckham to quit LA Galaxy next month. Do you want him?

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David Beckham has confirmed he will leave LA Galaxy next month after six years in the MLS. The 37-year-old said: "I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career." All the rumours are linking the former England skipper with a move to Australia to steal some of Emile Heskey's thunder, [.

Ding Dong, Buckley's Gone

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It's out with the AFL and in with the NRL at FFA Headquarters, with David Gallop announced as the incoming CEO to take over from Ben Buckley once the new TV deal is negotiated. The transfer merry-go-round also continues, with Richard Garcia set to line up in central defence for Melbourne Heart this season.

Newcastle Have £3M Net Spend So Far This Summer

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It's worked out really well that Curtis Good cost £400K (£0.4M) from Melbourne Heart and Vurnon Anita cost €8.5M from Ajax,  because that converts to £6.6M, and therefore Newcastle got them both in for a nice even £7M, and with just 11 days to go in the transfer window the good news, the very good news, is [.

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Changes Coming To Sounder At Heart - A Tale In Three Parts | Part One: The Logo

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The entire network is undergoing changes. Most of these are happening in two parts. The first will be a set of unified logos. This will help SB Nation become a more unified set of blogs, portals, regional sites and straight up news.

It does not mean that the old logo was bad. Honestly sum anon did a damn fine job.

USSDA Adds U13/14 Age Group

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In what is news to fans, but not necessarily to the teams and clubs active in the United States Soccer Development Academy system, US Soccer announced today that they adding the U13/14 age group to the competition for the 2013-14. United States National Team Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in the announcement;

"I am very excited to see this important next step in the process of developing young players in this country.

The Rest

It’s called: “We heart stars!”

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I earned that star on my jersey and so did you.

We watched the countdown clock. We refreshed our screens. We checked our phones. We were excited for a new/old jersey design to recognize our history while celebrating our present as champions.

What we didn't realize was that it would come with an extra victory.

Dani Alves And Lukas Podolski Anger Animal Rights Groups After Posing Holding Cow Hearts For Gory Adidas World Cup Campaign (Photos)

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A new, needlessly graphic Adidas World Cup advertising campaign starring Dani Alves, Arjen Robben and Diego Costa among others has drawn widespread consternation from animal rights groups.

Along with the caption "My heart for my country", Alves posted the above photo up on Instagram yesterday of himself looking all moody and menacing while holding a gelatinous, disembodied cow heart for the new Adidas "All In Or Nothing" promo campaign.

A-League - a line been drawn?

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Four games in and we're getting a feel for the season ahead.

Melbourne Heart,West Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC and probably Wellington Phoenix are my current tips for the bottom four places this year.

The Heart flattered in their first game but have struggled since. Dylan MacAllister got rave reviews in game one.

Say aye tae a football pie

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Pies are close to my heart.

So close in fact that I've fallen under the tyranny of healthy eating fascism to protect said heart.

But all things in moderation. So the treat of a Scotch pie has become a rare and beguiling pleasure.

One that I would ideally enjoy at the football.

Want Tickets? Tell Your Travel Story

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One of our loyal readers has three tickets he's unable to use for Saturday's match as he's out of town. He'd like one of you to get them. All you have to do is share your favorite away travel story. Why away travel to win tickets to a home game? Because in this reader's case all games he attends are away games.

Career Drama: Cristiano Ronaldo Is Sad

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Some things in life make you feel secure. Satellite television. Owning sixteen times the amount of shoes you might ever need. A milky cup of tea. Cristiano Ronaldo and his well-matured thighs stretching wistfully on the practice pitch to our heart's content. We need these things to survive. So when CR7 drops somewhat of a [.

New Season, New Mungo: S05E01

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It is that time again. The story of Mungo McCrackas and his time with Heart of Clackmannanshire and Primrose Hill Ramblers is too convoluted to go into here (the full Mungo archive can be seen here), but we are delighted to confirm that the worst professional footballer in the world is back for a fifth series, kicking off this morning on 200%.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Where the Canadian Studs Fall to Tall Blondes

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That's right, you cover your face!What happened, Team of Choice? Sandra D'Angelo comes up huge with her penalty shot shutdown, and Jenna Richardson follows it up with a beautiful goal. This had the makings of a great victory over the Scandinavians!

Then I see, what, via FIFA.com highlight reel: a defense looking lackluster, a keeper nutmegged--Norway's goal.

MODRIC - Have Chelsea offered Meireles AND Sturridge?

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We all know Luka Modric has got his heart set on a move away from Spurs with last season, Chelsea looking like being his preferred destination.

However that seems to have changed now with Real Madrid looking to take him to La Liga but only at a price that suits them and not Spurs.

I will be honest, I thought that Chelsea had finished their interest in the Croatian until I read this article in The Mirror and it seems that Chelsea had looked to rekindle their interest offering Raul Meireles AND Danny Sturridge as part of the deal!