Honour

Manchester United

Di Maria: I must honour United’s shirt

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Angel di Maria won the free kick and delivered the resultant freekick that lead to Robin van Persie's 94th minute equaliser against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Argentinean has spoken of his delight of signing for Manchester United and insists he will honour wearing the famous number seven shirt.

Henriquez: Thrilled To Join Biggest Club In The World

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Manchester United have today confirmed the signing of 18-year-old Angelo Henriquez. The Chile under-23 striker joins United from Universidad de Chile for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £4m.

"I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. Manchester United is a great team and has a great manager," he said.

Van Persie: It’s An Honour To Sign For United

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After signing a four-year-deal with the club, Robin van Persie claimed it was an honour to play for United.

"It's an honour to sign for Manchester United," he said. "I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger gets ‘YNWA’ knuckle tattoo, immediately linked with transfer

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Daniel Agger is set to be faced with the footballing equivalent of being stuck with his ex's name tattooed on him if today's gossip columns are to be believed. The Danish defender has returned to Liverpool training sporting a 'YNWA' tattoo across his knuckles in honour of the Reds' You'll Never Walk Alone anthem.

Pogba Honour To Play For Racists

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In 2009, Juventus had to play a game behind closed doors after their fans racially abused Mario Balotelli following the goal he scored against them for Inter Milan in a 1-1 draw. This wasn't the first or last occasion that this club has had issues with racism though.

Last October they were fined €10,000 for racist chanting in another game against Inter Milan and were dished out a repeat punishment in January this year after Colombian wing-back Pablo Armero and Cape Verde-born Switzerland midfielder Gelson Fernandes were the victims of racist chanting during both the first and second half in a game against Udinese.

signs

Tottenham’s Clint Dempsey signs for Seattle Sounders

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Clint Dempsey has left Spurs to return to the MLS with Seattle Sounders. The USA international has gone back to his homeland in a deal believed to be roughly the same as the £6m Spurs paid to sign him from Tottenham 12 months ago. The 30-year-old said: "I am very excited about coming back to [...]

A View From The Stands: Ipswich Town vs Blackburn Rovers

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After a divisive season last year and an equally frustrating summer, it was nice to see the Ipswich Town faithful united once more.
For a few hours at least.
We do have a talent for debating and arguing over manager, owner and players outside of match day, but once we cross the threshold of Portman Road all that is left behind and we have one goal - back the boys.

Videos

Video: Liverpool unveil Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure

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Liverpool new boys Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure have faced the press for the first time as Reds at their official unveiling. Goalkeeper Mignolet, signed from Sunderland, says he is looking forward to the competition with Pepe Reina to become Brendan Rodgers' first-choice keeper. He said: "Competition is going to be in every single club.

Video: Mark Schwarzer signs for Chelsea, talks about his move

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Chelsea have snapped up former Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer. The veteran Aussie left Craven Cottage recently after turning down a new contract with Martin Jol's side. Instead, the 40-year-old has signed a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge. He is likely to be on the bench, providing competition for Blues goalie Petr [.

FIFA distances itself from Spain strip poker robbery allegations

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FIFA has refused to be drawn on allegations that members of Spain's Confederations Cup squad were robbed at their team hotel following a game of strip poker. The Spanish Football Federation has denied that the robbery was linked to a party with women following the victory over Uruguay. It admits six players were robbed but [.

Manchester City defender Micah Richards sings Manchester United’s Michael Carrick song

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This bizarre footage comes ahead of Manchester City catching the train to London for yesterday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Defender Micah Richards can clearly be heard strolling along the platform at Stockport station singing Manchester United fans' chant in honour of Michael Carrick. Richards sings: "Hard to believe it's not Scholes, it's Carrick, you [.

Goal of the Year: Former Chelsea youngster Miroslav Stoch wins the 2012 Puskas Award

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This was the goal of 2012, according to the 2012 FIFA Puskas Award. A long-range, controlled volley from Miroslav Stoch for Turkish side Fenerbahce against Genclerbirligi was deemed to be the best strike of last year. The Slovakian beat the likes of Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcao and Neymar to win the honour.

Real Madrid Train With Philadelphia Eagles, Sergio Ramos Kicks 53-Yard Field Goal (Photos & Video)

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By Chris Wright

Real Madrid are in Philadelphia at the moment, gearing up for a pre-season game against Celtic at the Lincoln Financial Field tonight (the game is being shown on ITV4 for anyone who's interested).

In preparation, Jose Mourinho's motley crew have been limbering up at the Philly Eagles' training HQ and, as such, were guests of honour at their friendly against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the Thursday evening a game which saw Sergio Ramos provide the half-time entertainment by hoofing home an impressive 53-yard field goal (the current NFL record is apparently only ten yards further) to the amazement of the American commentators.

Real Madrid Train With Philadelphia Eagles, Sergio Ramos Kicks 53-Yard Field Goal (Photos & Video)

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By Chris Wright

Real Madrid are in Philadelphia at the moment, gearing up for a pre-season game against Celtic at the Lincoln Financial Field tonight (the game is being shown on ITV4 for anyone who's interested).

In preparation, Jose Mourinho's motley crew have been limbering up at the Philly Eagles' training HQ and, as such, were guests of honour at their friendly against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the Thursday evening a game which saw Sergio Ramos provide the half-time entertainment by hoofing home an impressive 53-yard field goal (the current NFL record is apparently only ten yards further) to the amazement of the American commentators.

Want To Hear A Finnish Power Ballad About Sami Hyppia? Of Course You Do… (Video)

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By Chris Wright

It's generally accepted that Sami Hyppia was and is the greatest, most effortlessly cool centre-back of his generation, so it's only fitting that the gorgeously lank Finnish defender should have days dedicated in his honour, children named after him and sonnets and power ballads written about him and fellow countrymen 'The Left Foot Company' have done just that, penning the achingly beautiful 'Big Sam (The Great Defender)' as a loving tribute to the flaxen-haired Finn.

Harry Redknapp Back In Work, Shills For Sky Sports – Typing Scene Punches Big Holes In Tax Evasion Defence? (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Harry Redknapp is back in work, shilling for Sky Sports by plugging their new Fantasy Football game in an advert in which he can clearly been seen operating a computer keyboard with impressive dexterity (we estimate a typing rate of approx 70 words a minute your honour) despite trotting out the old 'How could I diddle me taxes?

Valerenga’s Marcus Pedersen In Trouble Over Dumb ‘Oral Sex’ Goal Celebration (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Valerenga forward Marcus Pedersen can expect an angry letter from the Norwegian FA on his doormat any day now after celebrating a goal away against Stabaek on Sunday afternoon by goading the opposition fans with a dumb 'oral sex' gesture...

Pedersen is also alleged to have shouted 'gays' at the Stabaek fans before mimicking the old 'pink trombone' routine a gesture that is reportedly going to cost the 22-year old striker a fair few Norwegian groats once their FA have finished with him.

Valerenga’s Marcus Pedersen In Trouble Over Dumb ‘Oral Sex’ Goal Celebration (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Valerenga forward Marcus Pedersen can expect an angry letter from the Norwegian FA on his doormat any day now after celebrating a goal away against Stabaek on Sunday afternoon by goading the opposition fans with a dumb 'oral sex' gesture...

Pedersen is also alleged to have shouted 'gays' at the Stabaek fans before mimicking the old 'pink trombone' routine a gesture that is reportedly going to cost the 22-year old striker a fair few Norwegian groats once their FA have finished with him.

Arsenal

GIF It: Barcelona’s ex-Arsenal star Alex Song thinks he’s going to lift the league trophy. He’s not

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You can't fail to laugh at this. In the sort of cringe-laughter way that made you enjoy The Office so much. Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song thought that his scintillating performances for Barcelona this season had been noted by his colleagues and that he was to be given the honour of being the first to [.

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez haunted by the ghost of Roberto Di Matteo during Arsenal win

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It all got a bit nervy yesterday at Stamford Bridge when it looked like Chelsea could be on the verge of throwing away a second 2-0 lead in less than a week. As if Rafa Benitez wasn't already feeling the pressure he had the ghost of Roberto Di Matteo breathing down his neck during the [...]

Love-struck Lukas Podolski wants an Arsenal tattoo after just five dates

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Lukas Podolski has only just ended his on-off 17-year relationship with FC Cologne and he's already plotting a tattoo in honour of his new flame. But the Germany international isn't going to rush any decision to mark his affection for new club Arsenal in ink. Asked whether a Gunners' tattoo to match his Cologne one [.

Oxlade-Chamberlain – It will be an honour to play at Wembley but I still have to work hard

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The newest young Arsenal starlet to break into the England team, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, is really looking forward to making his official Wembley debut in this weeks World Cup Qualifier against the Ukraine after playing 45 minutes against Moldova on Friday. Bt he is still keeping his feet on the ground and admits he still has [.

Arsenal chasing a 109 year old record

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By Tony Attwood

If you ever glance at the links we place on the home page of this site or at the foot of some articles you will know that alongside Untold Arsenal I have the honour to edit a second blog: The History of Arsenal blog.

The history site covers all sorts of topics, [...]

Manchester United complete signing of Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie

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Arsenal skipper Robin Van Persie has officially completed his transfer to Manchester United. The 29-year-old passed a medical and has now put pen to paper on a four-year contract. Van Persie told United's website: "It's an honour to sign for Manchester United. I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great [.

If Robin Stays…

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Imagine it's the first home game of the season and, as the Arsenal players emerge from the tunnel wearing the world's best football kit, all the camera lenses are trained on one man.

That man is Robin van Persie – our "want-away Dutchman" who stayed after all. He may even be wearing the captain's armband.

If Robin Stays…

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Imagine it's the first home game of the season and, as the Arsenal players emerge from the tunnel wearing the world's best football kit, all the camera lenses are trained on one man.

That man is Robin van Persie – our "want-away Dutchman" who stayed after all. He may even be wearing the captain's armband.

AC Milan

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli vows to honour Balotelli and El Shaarawy with a mohican if they win the World Cup

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Italy manager Cesare Prandelli says he will get a mohican haircut if his side win the 2014 World Cup. The Azzurri boss is obviously pleased with the initial signs after Mario Balotelli left Manchester City to team-up with potential international strike partner and fellow mohawk devotee Stephan El Shaarawy at AC Milan.

‘Do are ya? Chelsea’s David Luiz meets Carlos Valderrama

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Daydreaming about seemingly impossible pairings in football is one of the many pleasures of being a football fan. (We pray every morning for a Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Mario Balotelli striking partnership to one day occur) Happily, fantasies sometimes become a reality. The two most famous permanent perms in the game collided yesterday when Chelsea's David Luiz met [.

English Premier League

In Remission: Stiliyan Petrov

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Aston Villa's Petrov went on record yesterday to confirm he is now in remission from the disease that left his footie career in limbo, acute leukemia. Although the Bulgarian footballer was not able to greet the AV club masseurs who completed a 400-mile charity cycle ride (in honour of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) at the finish [.

Former Premier League Legends sign for FC Wembley!

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Wembley FC play in the English Combined Counties League which is eight divisions below the top-flight have not only gone Stateside thanks to the help of sponsors Budweiser but they have also signed several former Premier League stars in a bid for FA Cup glory or at least qualify for the first round proper at least.

New Season is here! Match Preview: Newcastle Utd vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Newcastle Utd vs Tottenham Hotspur, St James's Park, Saturday 18th August 2012, 5.30pm ko, ESPN & ESPN HD

So the day that excites nearly all football fans the most has finally arrived as we kick off our campaign at the team that most said over achieved last season by finishing 5th level on points with us.

pleasure

U-20 Women’s World Cup: Germany And USA To Meet In Final After Superb Wins Over Japan, Nigeria

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Sunday's U-20 Women's World Cup Final clash has been set and after their splendid semi-final wins yesterday, Germany and USA perennial 'elites' in the women's game will meet in the final. To celebrate their 3-0 win over Japan in Tokyo last night, the German girls took off their socks and boots, went barefoot and did a lap of honour for the supportive Japanese fans.

Upside: Important changes

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Their Words "I'd like to place on record just how much I've enjoyed working at The FA over the past 18 months. It really has been an honour and a pleasure. Hopefully, I have been able to play some part in delivering important changes to the way children play at the youngest levels." Gareth Southgate, announcing he's stepping down as the Football Association's head of elite development.

Sheffield United

Football loses even more of its soul

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Yesterday was a day for strange stand name changes. After the news of Sheffield United naming a stand in honour of Jessica Ennis, that turned out to be the second weirdest one of the day. Because Championship side Burnley have ... Continue reading →

Burnley rename stand, football loses even more of its soul

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Yesterday was a day for strange stand name changes. After we brought you news of Sheffield United naming a stand in honour of Jessica Ennis, that turned out to be the second weirdest one of the day. Because Championship side Burnley have signed a sponsorship deal with Totally Wicked, the makers of a range of [.

Sheffield United To Rename Brammall Lane Stand In Honour Of Jessica Ennis – Def Leppard Cruelly Overlooked Again

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By Chris Wright

Sheffield United have announced that they plan to name a stand at Brammall Lane in honour of Sheffield's very own Olympic heptathlon gold medalist, Jessica Ennis.

The stand in question is the Bramall Lane Stand, which the club will rechristen 'The Jessica Ennis Stand' ("two tickets in the Lower Ennis please")Â before this Saturday's League One game against Bournemouth.

Olympics

Tommy Smith Olympic Player

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Tommy Smith made a welcome return to the Ipswich Town side today after his New Zealand team were knocked out of the Olympics.
The Oly Whites ended their London 2012 experience bottom of the group, but that won't have been too disappointing for the side which also included Chris Wood (BristolCity) and Ryan Nelsen (QPR).

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Hope Solo welcoming love interests?

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Hope Solo is one of the aspects of America these Olympics, and with that honour comes a pretty fussy life-style. But Solo says she hopes to tension her ghetto with some full previous fashion dating and some unexampled worship interestingnesses. Line starts back here, bozoes.

The Rest

Bellamy Will Bounce Back

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Craig Bellamy is confident he will be fit for Team GB's second Olympic fixture despite taking a few knocks during a physical opening encounter with Senegal.
Stuart Pearce's side were held to a 1-1 draw by their Group A rivals on Thursday after putting in a nervy display at Old Trafford.
Their efforts to make a flying start to their gold medal quest were not helped by some rather questionable challenges from the Senegalese.

Could Modric be forced to rot?

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As the first team squad travelled to the US over the weekend, there was only one story dominating the headlines. The key player left behind was Luka Modric who has now incurred fines of £160,000 – one for failing to turn up for training and the other for refusing to travel with the rest of the squad.