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Video: David Beckham plays last PSG home match

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An emotional David Beckham played his final home match for PSG and his first match since announcing his decision to retire at the end of the season. Asked if there had been any tears, Becks said: "I expected to have them a little bit, you know it was hard. You try to fight it back [...]

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Cup First Qualifying Round

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The FA Cup reached its First Qualifyng Round last weekend, which meant the introduction of the clubs of the Premier Divisions of the Isthmian, Southern and Northern Premier Leagues, and we have highlights from six matches from this round of the competition for you this morning. First up is the match between Cambridge City of the Southern League Premier Division and Huntingdon Town, and this is followed up by a match between two sides from the Northern League, between Durham City and Shildon, whilst our third match sees another Southern League club, St Albans City, travel to Middlesex to play Harrow Borough.

Match Of The Past: Crystal Palace

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The more eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that we're slowing down on this series now that the new season is properly under way. We'll work our way through the rest of the Football League over the next few weeks and months, but tonight we continue with Crystal Palace and we have six matches from the years between 1971 and 1990.

Match Of The Past: Blackburn Rovers

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This morning, we return to our series of videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship with another of those relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn Rovers is a club whose initial decline arguably started with the advent of television, which makes archive footage of them a little difficult to find, but we do have six matches for you today from the years between 1968 and 1994, kicking off with a trip to Craven Cottage to play Fulham in 1968, and this is followed with a home match against Sheffield United from the 1969/70 season.

Match Of The Past: Brighton & Hove Albion

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Regular readers of this site will by now be fully aware of the fact that our Match Of The Past series has now finished with the Premier League and is now ploughing its way through the Football League Championship, and those of you that have been keeping tabs on this series may well scroll down this page with a little surprise to find that we have seven videos rather than the usual six this morning.

Match Of The Past: Bolton Wanderers

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We continue our series of the Football League Championship clubs' matches of the past this morning with Bolton Wanderers, and six matches from the years between 1954 and 2003. The first match comes from 1954, and sees Bolton travel to the Manor Ground to play Headington United, who were of course to later become Oxford United, on a snow covered pitch in the FA Cup.

Match Of The Past: Blackpool FC

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We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship this morning with Blackpool. Amongst the giants of the immediate post-war era, Blackpool entered a steady decline in the 1970s before recovering their composure and eventually finding their way back into the Premier League, and last season they were only narrowly beaten in the play-off final for a place back in the top division by West Ham United.

Match Of The Past: Aston Villa

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And so we reach the end of the current run of Match Of The Past, our summer series covering some of the great matches in the history of the clubs that will be making up the coming seasons Premier League. Our last club and these haven't been done in any particular order, in case you were wondering is one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888, Aston Villa, and we have six matches from the years between 1972 and 1994.

Match Of The Past: West Ham United

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We are nearly at the end of our summer long series of videos featuring matches involving the clubs of this seasons Premier League, and the latest in this series features the club that scrambled into the Premier League via last seasons play-offs, West Ham United. West Ham have a long history of bouncing between the top two divisions the club has never played below the top two divisions of English football since joining the Football League in 1919 and our six matches for you come from the period between 1971 and 1986.

Match Of The Past: Fulham FC

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At their picturesque home on the banks of the River Thames Fulham have long been a favourite of the television broadcasters, and today we have six matches from their archive, from the 1960s, the 1970s and the 1980s. The sixties began with the club having just been promoted to the First Division for only the second time in its history, and our first match is home match against Nottingham Forest from November 1967.

Match Of The Past: Wigan Athletic

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Having been elected into the Football League in 1978 and spending the next quarter of a century in the bottom two divisions, finding inclusions for Wigan Athletics turn on our Match Of The Past series hasn't necessarily been easy. However, we have managed to find six matches from the years between 1982 and 1997 for you this evening, starting off with their last home match from the 1981/82 promotion season, when the cameras of Granada Television (and a young Martin Tyler) were persuaded to Springfield Park for a match against Mansfield Town, and next up is a trip to Wembley from 1985, as Wigan take on Brentford in front of a crowd of almost 40,000 people in the final of the Football League Trophy.

Match Of The Past: Stoke City

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The next in our series of Match Of The Past which will have covered all twenty Premier League clubs soon and will be moving onto the Football League thereafter focusses on Stoke City, and six matches covering the years between 1970 and 1996. The 1970s were a happy decade for the club. In 1972 they won their first major trophy, and there was a hint of what was to come year before, when they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup before losing to Arsenal.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders: Gudjohnsen trial ‘out of the blue’

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Seattle, currently third in the Western Conference and poised for a stretch run towards the MLS Cup, could be on the verge of adding another piece of the championship puzzle to their roster.

Eidur Gudjohnsen, formerly playing with European giants Barcelona and Chelsea, recently joined the Sounders on a trial and began training with the club on Wednesday.

Sporting KC Scouting Report: Into the Cauldron

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What most people don't understand is that home field advantage isn't always about where you play. Just as often, it's about what you're playing for. And no matter where the games are played, US Open Cup matches are home matches for the Seattle Sounders, because this is their Cup. It's our Cup. Sounders players have been stomped, cut, mocked, and bruised for it.

Saborio, Johnson finish for RSL

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Colorado Rapids rested a host of regulars on Saturday night hoping to find some new fortune heading into the all star break.

No such luck.

A late strike from Will Johnson sealed a 2-0 Real Salt Lake over the Rapids in Sandy, Utah. With a second win against the Rapids, Salt Lake retains the Rocky Mountain Cup for the sixth straight year.

Steve Zakuani returns from horrific injury, hugs the man who hurt him

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In a scenario that played out exactly how MLS would've scripted it, beloved Seattle Sounders winger Steve Zakuani made his return to the pitch 15 months after an awful challenge from Colorado's Brian Mullan fractured of his tibia and fibula. And he just so happened to make his triumphant return in a home match against Mullan and Colorado.

Colorado Rapids Scouting Report: Back To Attack

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Tomorrow's match between the Sounders and Colorado Rapids is ripe with the kind of drama that catches national attention and it's no surprise that NBC dispatched Arlo White and crew to broadcast this one.

Sigi has been coy about the availability of Steve Zakuani, who had a tantalizing appearance on the bench versus Sporting Kansas City but has not appeared on a gameday roster since.

Final Home Game for the 2012 Sounders Women

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The sun should be shining, and the crowd should be a sellout for the Seattle Sounders Women on this Friday evening. This will be the final home match of the 2012 season. Game time is 7:00pm at the Starfire complex. The FO says there should be an Olympian or two available for autographs, but they will not suit up for the game.

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Hot Cast In Old Town #10: Orange You Glad We Beat Houston?

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Hot Cast In Old Town #10: Orange You Glad We Beat Houston?

In this edition of the Hot Cast, the gang talk about the Fire's 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo, review the MLS Team of the Week, take a look at the playoff picture in the East, and pack in three previews for the friendly against Santos Laguna, the trip to Toronto, the home match against Montreal, and do a quick rundown of the CONCACAF Champions League.

MMCB: Time to Talk Playoffs

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On this edition of Monday Morning Centre Back, we take a look at the looming reality that is the coming MLS Playoffs.

That's right people. Playoffs!

The Dynamo have eight regular season matches left on their 2012 schedule. It seems like only yesterday it was March and the season was kicking off, now we're sitting here roughly five months later staring at the butt end of the season and wondering where the time went.

LA Galaxy

Reserves show their Value for Galaxy in CCL match

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Having won a hard fought match on Sunday against FC Dallas and with another big match against the Vancouver Whitecaps looming on Saturday, Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena sent out the reserves for Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League matchup against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

The move paid off, as goals from four different players enabled the Galaxy to collect three points in its final home match of the competition and thus sit in first place in the group courtesy of a 4-0 win over the Islanders at the Home Depot Center.

Earthquakes Scouting Report: It's Scheduled So We'll Play It

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Today's match against the San Jose Earthquakes was always going to be an unwelcome fixture. The third match in seven days (and fourth in ten) it tags along like an annoying little brother. The priority was, of course, the US Open Cup Final on Wednesday. And between the regular season matches that book-ended the final, you'd prioritize the home match against the LA Galaxy over the away match to San Jose, and so it looks like we did.

Monday After

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The Olympics got started over the weekend and the NBC networks have certainly used the opportunity to promote both Major League Soccer and the NBC Sports Network. Commercials for both have dotted the Olympic landscape during the ongoing coverage. On Sunday , the NBC Sports Network televised the Union/Revolution in prime time opposite the primary Olympic coverage on the main network.

Major League Soccer – Match Recaps – 18 July 2012

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The San Jose Earthquakes avoided a second half collapse, the LA Galaxy fought back for a draw, Houston edged Sporting KC, and much more in Major League Soccer on July 18, 2012.

New York Red Bulls 1-0 Chicago Fire

A Thierry Henry goal was the difference as the Red Bulls moved within one point of Eastern Conference leaders Sporting KC.

Major League Soccer Weekend Match Previews – 14 July 2012

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The Los Angeles Galaxy travel to Portland, Columbus hosts Kansas City, and much more in MLS this weekend. There are seven matches on Saturday including top Western Conference sides San Jose and Real Salt Lake meeting.

Below are Major League Soccer Weekend Match Previews for July 7, 2012.

ESPN

beIN Sport acquires television rights to USMNT road World Cup qualifiers

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Fans in the United States will no longer have to worry about U.S. men's national team World Cup qualifiers being shown on pay-per-view.

New sports network beIN Sport announced in a press release Wednesday that it has acquired exclusive rights to televise the national team's road qualifiers for the remainder of the 2014 World Cup cycle, starting with the final two matches of this round, Sept.

Critical Mention Update

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It has been far too long since we have looked at the Critical Mention website for references to MLS. Over the last year or so, we have discussed MLS' efforts to measure the value of its television exposure through various local and national broadcasts. Through the website criticalmention.com, MLS tries to alert media to the "value" of its presence on various television programs.

Monday After

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Another full slate of MLS action with some club friendlies sprinkled in as part of the annual "Summer of Soccer" events. Before we get to the weekend attendance, here is a link to an interview with Commissioner Garber and the accompanying story from the Sporting News. The All-Star Game is always a time filled with league navel gazing and this interview is a prime example.

Spurs opener live on ESPN

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Those waiting for the AVB era to begin at Tottenham will have to delay their excitement just a little longer as our game against Newcastle is now the late kick off on the opening Saturday.

ESPN will be screening this one live and therefore the kick off time has been put back to 5.30pm

Under the opening TV schedules, Sky aren't quite so thrilled about the new regime and anyone not travelling to a game will have to wait until Sunday the 16th of September to watch our away trip to Reading.

England

Win two tickets to England v Ukraine at Wembley in September

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With Euro 2012 all done and dusted and the new 2012-13 season underway, England's players will be starting to look towards the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Three Lions start their World Cup qualifying campaign in September against Moldova, with the side's first home match against Ukraine at Wembley on September 11th.

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.

Portland Timbers

Red Bulls 3 Timbers 2: Three the Hard Way

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The New York Red Bulls should have entered Sunday night's home match against Portland Timbers full of confidence. After a disastrous, listless showing two weeks ago in Houston, they had bounced back with a 2-0 home victory sealed by a late Jan Gunnar Solli goal. Despite intense competition at the top of MLS' Eastern Conference, there's no team in the East (perhaps none in the league) that can match RBNY's roster, on paper at least.

Gavin Out.

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It's time for the Timbers organization to move on and get rid of Gavin Wilkinson. Â The club is in last place and Gavin continues to tarnish our reputation. Â The media won't hold the front office accountable, so it is up to the Timbers Army and Timbers fans.

1. Do not buy concessions at Timbers matches.

The Rest

Uruguayan debacle and Colombian delight

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Uruguay had a horrible Olympic tournament, where they had expected much more. And also, in the South American world cup qualifiers they have looked shaky in their last games. Colombia on the other hand, have been full of expectations with Pekerman, and although winning, the magic formula have eluded them.

Missouri State Bears Soccer Double-Header Friday

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The Missouri State Bear's have a double-header on tap Friday night.

The Lady Bears will lead off at 6:00 pm when they host Nebrask-Omaha. The Maverick's made the move from D2 and the MIAA two years ago and is in the final year of their transition to D1 and the Summit League. Coached by CBC grad Don Klosterman, a win Friday night would be his, and the program's, 200th overall to go with one national title (2005 D2).

Joplin Eagles Will Host Class 3 District 12 Tourney

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Great scrimmage tonight by both squads! Update on districts: 2012 class 3 district 12 host: Joplin. 2013 class 3 district 12 host: Kickapoo

- Kickapoo Soccer (@KickapooSoccer) August 22, 2012

That news came across Twitter late yesterday, courtesy of the Kickapoo Chiefs.

Kettering Towns Torment Continues

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Their brave new world wasn't meant to turn out like this. When Kettering Town moved out of their Rockingham Road ground to the then recently vacated Nene Park, the former home of near rivals Rushden & Diamonds, the aim was surely for a place in the Football League. Last night, however, the club played its first home match of the season in the Premier Division of the Southern League in front of a little under 600 supporters and was beaten by two goals to one by Hemel Hempstead Town.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Terrence Boyd may have just received his first taste of Europa League action, but he is about to get a first-hand account of one of Austria's biggest rivalries.

Rapid Vienna host Austria Vienna in this season's first Vienna derby on Sunday, and Boyd is likely to see just how intense matches between two of the Austrian Bundesliga's top teams can be.

Phoenix Held By Phantoms

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The GPS Portland Phoenix have already clinched one of the USL PDL Northeast Division's two playoff spots, but their hopes of reclaiming first took a blow on Thursday night with a scoreless draw against the Seacoast United Phantoms at in front of a reported 100 fans at Portsmouth High School in New Hampshire on Thursday night.

IMS 2012 NASL Mid-Season MVPs

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The 2012 North American Soccer League season is reaching its halfway point. So far, the league has seen strong play from NASL newcomer the San Antonio Scorpions. The Puerto Rico Islanders picked up where they left off last year and have enjoyed success despite not playing a home match at Juan Ramón Loubriel.