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Hammers set to land Reds ace

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According to a report in the Daily Star, newly promoted West Ham United are set to land Liverpool cast-out Joe Cole. The former England international has been out of the picture at Anfield since making his move to the Reds, and even after a successful loan spell in France last season he's struggled to nail down a spot in Brendan Rodgers' squad.

Newcastle host Man City as United and Tottenham hope for a draw

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Newcastle host Man City as United and Tottenham hope for a draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Manchester derby on Monday was widely dubbed the biggest game of the season but this clash now carries a similar level of importance. Not only is it vital for City to cement their recently gained advantage by claiming three points from the toughest of their two remaining fixtures, the game is huge for the Magpies too.

Wigan’s destruction of Newcastle shows that the Latics belong in the Premier League

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Wigan's destruction of Newcastle shows that the Latics belong in the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wigan put on a show on Saturday to all-but-secure their Premier League status for another year, and delighted the DW Stadium and onlookers in the process. A 4-0 win over Champions League qualification hopefuls Newcastle mixed a determined and dogged defensive approach with sublime attacking play, and Roberto Martinez's men were good value for their comprehensive victory.

Wigan 4-0 Newcastle – Magpies Shoot Down At The DW As Latics Steer Clear Of The Drop-Zone (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Wigan Athletic 4-0 Newcastle United Premier League 28th April 2012


Roberto Martinez orchestrated yet another massive win for Wigan against one of the league's big boys on Saturday, as the Latics thrashed Champions League hopefuls Newcastle at the DW Stadium.

Chelsea 2-1 Wigan – Mata Leaves It Late Against Unlucky Latics (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Chelsea 2-1 Wigan Athletic Premier League 7th April 2012


Spanish schemer Juan Mata was the match-winner for the Blues on Saturday, with his last-gasp winner keeping Chelsea in touch with fellow Champions League hopefuls Tottenhan and Arsenal.

Man City 3-3 Sunderland – Nervy Citizens Rescue A Point Against Impressive Black Cats (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 3-3 Sunderland Premier League 31st March 2012


Faltering title hopefuls Manchester City had to rely on two late goals to salvage a draw at the Etihad on Saturday, against a Sunderland side who produced a superb away performance.

Gomez Ready For Reds Test

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Jordi Gomez claims Wigan will welcome Liverpool to the DW Stadium on Wednesday confident in their ability to pull off another shock result.
The Latics impressed many observers on Saturday evening as they stunned Chelsea with a dramatic late show on home soil.
Gomez's goal two minutes from the end of that contest saw Wigan take what could be a priceless point from the title-chasing Blues.

LA Galaxy

Chivas USA Scouting Report: Turning Out the Lights

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Last week the Sounders helped keep some playoff hopes alive by beating the Vancouver Whitecaps, and in the coming weeks they have a chance to end those hopes with three consecutive games against the two playoff hopefuls left in the West. Today's is the first of two against Chivas USA, a pretty implausible playoff contender.

New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls: Preseason Live Thread

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The New England Revolution are looking to follow-up Wednesday night's positive performance against the Los Angeles Galaxy when they take on the New York Red Bulls tonight in game two of the Desert Diamond Cup on Tucson, AZ. New York is coming off of a 0-0 draw with Pumas UNAM earlier this week at Chase Field.

12 Thoughts For 2012

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We'll see more Portland and Seattle in 2012 but less Houston and Dallas. (Getty Images)

I feel like I am back, at least for the most part. The last month or so I've taken a slight back seat around here to enjoy the holidays, be with family, friends and others but most importantly to take some time for myself.

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Borussia Dortmund Opens 2012-13 Season Against Werder Bremen

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The fixture list for the 2012/13 Bundesliga season was published today and two-time defending Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund will start the 2012-13 season against Werder Bremen

Dortmund and Bremen, two original members of the league, will begin the 50th Bundesliga slate at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund on Aug.

Ex Arsenal Trainee Sent Home

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News from Singapore that one of the ex Arsenal trainees who joined Geylang United has been dropped before he could kick a ball in anger.
Oliver Nicholas came over to Singapore to take part in trials conducted by the Singapore Football Association along with several other hopefuls and Geylang must have seen enough because they signed him up.

Portland Timbers

Cal FC Flips the Script on the Portland Timbers

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Article by Luke Lohr



In a tournament already ripe with upsets, the amateur side Cal FC shocked the MLS Portland Timbers with a 1-0 overtime victory in the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

Managed by iconoclast Eric Wynalda, the group of young professional-hopefuls had already taken down two respectable squads in Kitsap Pumas and USL side the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Tuesday's Upside: Portland Fashion

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Their Words One of the greatest strengths of the Timbers is the rich history of the club. With this third kit, we are paying homage to the teams and players that inspired our city to become Soccer City, USA. Portland Timbers president Merritt Paulson. Other Sources U.S. hopefuls get one last chance in January to impress Klinsmann - from SI.

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La Liga Preview: Huge Stakes In Madrid Derby

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Barcelona will be hoping Atletico Madrid will do them a favour in the Madrid derby as La Liga packs in a full round of games midweek.

Atletico host Real Madrid on Wednesday but in bad news for Barcelona, Atletico have failed to defeat their local rivals in 20-straight clashes.

A win for Atletico would be their first since the 1999/2000 season and would give Barcelona a chance to move within one point of Real Madrid at the top of the table.

Some Soccer News for Fri Feb 3, 2012

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STARTERS

USA will play a friendly against Canada on Sun Jun 3 at BMO Field in Toronto. 6pm CT on the new NBC Sports.

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RUMOR: Sat May 26 USA v Scotland - Friendly - EverBank Field, Jacksonville FL - all other info TBD

DISASTER IN EGYPT

Alex Labidou of Goal.

Newcastle United

Match Preview: Liverpool v. Newcastle, 04.01.12

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Liverpool head to the Northeast hoping to duplicate their performance against Newcastle from earlier in the season, when they hit the European hopefuls for three at Anfield in Steven Gerrard's return to action. Alan Pardew's side sit eight points above Liverpool in the table, however, level on points with Chelsea and only five off Spurs in fourth.

Town on look-out for new boss

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League One promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town have sacked manager Lee Clark and his coaching staff.


Clark joined the West Yorkshire club in December 2008 and led them to last season's play-off final at Old Trafford, where they lost 3-0 to Peterborough United.

The 39-year-old leaves the club following a disappointing home defeat to promotion rivals Sheffield United.

Boxing Day

Ferguson: Glory must end our run

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Ian Ferguson will tell his Perth Glory players they must enda wretched run in Queensland against basement club Gold Coast United on Sundayto be taken seriously as Grand Final contenders (Live soccer betting: Gold Coast United 11/4 drawSoccer betting tips: 12/5 Perth Glory evens - bet365 90 minutes).

Hennessey makes Arsenal go ‘FFFFFFFUUUUUU-’

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Well, what an incredibly frustrating ninety minutes that was. Upbeat start, good goal, cavalier flicks, lucky equaliser, chances, chances, CHANCES, saves, saves, more ruddy saves and Wolves rode their luck to a first point against Arsenal in the Premier League era. You couldn't fault the team's effort, apart from a slight easing off in the first half, and I agree with Arsene when he says that we would have won this game 19 times out of 20.

Major League Soccer

Smith - from MLS to FA Cup

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Npower League One promotion hopefuls Stevenage Football Club hosted third place EPL side Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round of the English FA Cup this past weekend in front of a capacity crowd of just over 7,000 at Broadhall Way. Stevenage was led by a familiar face to MLS fans.

Only a few weeks ago, Stevenage announced the arrival of their new manager Gary Smith, formerly of Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids, who has led an impressive opening few weeks in charge already seeing his new club to two wins and a draw in the league and now this Sunday's impressive FA Cup draw against Tottenham.

WVH 2012 MLS Mock Draft: 2.0

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It is the week of the MLS Combine, which means it is time for one final mock draft before things get real interesting here.

I debated long and hard over the New Year weekend on whether or not to post this before the Combine or wait for the Combine to take place. What I decided to do was just to post this now and then have one final mock draft after the Combine.

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The Lure of the January Fix: A Data-Based Review of Bolton’s, Everton’s, and QPR’s Transfer Strategies

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By Laban Scott Libby

In a world of unrelenting pressure for results, the January transfer window offers the tempting opportunity for the quick fix. For clubs contending for the championship or Europe, it encourages the hunt for that one piece of the puzzle that will make the club complete; and for clubs fighting relegation, that one special player may seem like the difference between another year among the world's top or a long year of away games at Barnsley and Peterborough.

Chasing The Big Leagues – Southampton and the challengers (English Championship)

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Chasing The Big Leagues Southampton and the challengers (English Championship) is a post from: Just Football

Tales from Tier Two is a series on Just Football in partnership with @tiertwofooty, in which we assess the promotion chances of the clubs in tier two of Europe's major leagues at the midway point of 2011/12.

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Torquay Defender Dives On Ball And Cradles It, Referee Waves Play On (Video)

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By Alan Duffy


Sometimes the world isn't fair. And for League Two Morecambe on Saturday, the world was very very unfair.

After getting the scoreline back to 2-1 in their home clash with Torquay, play-off hopefuls Morecambe pushed for a late equaliser.

Coupe de la Ligue : Lyon vs Lille – If you hear of anyone able to play CB, call 0800-SAVE-JMA

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Stay cool, it may feel like deja vu but you're not in the Matrix. It's just this French invention of adding to the venerable Coupe de France a modern nemesis called Coupe de la Ligue, and programming them at the same period.

This cup is the least respected of the two and many presidents already said it should be abandoned, but it has at least two advantages : First, it is the shortest route to a title, meaning it's an opportunity to salvage your season when you've missed the top spot of the championship (thinking of anyone?

The Rest

UPCC Stage 5 - Breckenridge to Colorado Springs

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A relatively quiet stage today in the UPCC. A small break led by Vincenzo Nibali got away early, but as is pretty typical in these type of stages they were all caught a couple of kilometers, setting up the expected bunch sprint finish. After having a couple of false starts get cut off Garmin's Tyler Farrar found an opening and took his second stage of the week.

Summer football heats up in Japan

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The first week of August means sweltering temperatures in Japan and the action in the J. League is also hotting up. Sanfrecce Hiroshima are the current league leaders just after the halfway point of the campaign, but second-placed Vegalta Sendai are hot on their heels.

Saturday's full round of action sees Sanfrecce host Shimizu S-Pulse in one of the day's highlight fixtures, while Urawa Reds welcome neighbours FC Tokyo to Saitama Stadium.

Starting this afternoon, Sunday, March 25, at 5:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. CT), hopefuls will be able to...

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Starting this afternoon, Sunday, March 25, at 5:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. CT), hopefuls will be able to register via www.SuenoMLS.com for an opportunity to participate in one of three open tryouts. The competition and personal stories will be chronicled by Univision Network's popular weekly sports entertainment program, "República Deportiva" (Sports Republic).

Barry Robson move a "no-brainer"

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New signing Barry Robson has moved to reassure VancouverWhitecaps fans he has not moved to MLS for a cosy end-of-career wind down.

The franchise announced this week they had brought in the former Rangersfavourite as a Designated Player and Robson says he cannot wait to get goingacross the Atlantic and try and transform the Whitecaps into one of the MSL's major soccer betting tips.

Leeds skipper set for Norwich

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Championship side Leeds United have accepted a bid from Norwich City for their club captain Jonny Howson.

The midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, is a product of the Leeds academy and has made 225 for the club. The Leeds skipper is currently on the sidelines through injury, but it is thought he will open contract talks with the Canaries this week.

Major Link Soccer: Draft Day Looms, Ethan Finlay Bags A Treble

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There are only four days left until the 2012 MLS SuperDraft gets underway. It will be televised on ESPN 2 and 3 at 9a or Noon if you happen to be on the East Coast. The next few days will be crucial for draft hopefuls as it's a time when their stock can rise or take a trip to the garbage pit.

In a interesting turn the Guardian over in the UK, decided to let the supporter groups for all 19 MLS sides do the heavy lifting when it comes to this years SuperDraft.

Gulls Four-ked by Hungry Junior Red Devils

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This team is rapidly becoming one of the most technically gifted youth teams the club has ever seen. Under the spotlights at Moss Lane on a cold rainy night, United's young hopefuls made light work of a determined Torquay United side that set up, at times, with 7 men at the back. Goals from van [...]