Top five conclusions: Montenegro 1-1 England

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1. Crowd trouble at an England match and the English supporters are nothing but bewildered spectators. How times have changed. 2. Nothing signifies an ultimately disappointing draw is on the horizon quite like an early England goal. 3. Given Joe Hart's propensity to find touch with such regularity, he might have been the man to [.

The Goal Line #6 — England draw, Shevchenko scores twice, more Kev & ‘Pole of the Day’

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It's the day after England foiled the French in Donetsk and Andrey Shevchenko rolled back the years with a brace against Sweden.

If Roy Hodgson's men kept their cool, then Les Bleus were practically sub zero after using 'Cryo Jackets' in training. Nope, we're not convinced either.

We take a look at Greece, who must beat the Czechs to keep their quarter final hopes alive, while Russia could be first through to the last eight with a win over Poland.


Wenger says Arsenal have no imminent transfers

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Arsenal have been linked with a massive number of players this summer but until a deal is agreed then Arsene Wenger will not want to discuss it. That is why we should not be too concerned with his denial of any transfers on the horizon. When asked directly if Arsenal were close to signings he [...]

Arsenal finally start clearing the deadwood

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Carlos Vela finally leaves Arsenal. The Exodus is on the horizon. by KJ Finally, Arsenal have shifted their first "deadwood" player of the summer. Carlos Vela was a youngster who promised so much to the Arsenal faithful. He was and actually still is an extremely talented individual who unfortunately, failed to adapt to the Premier [.

Euro Injury Updates, Likely Transfers, & 2012/2013 Fixtures Released!

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Felegy gave a good summary of possible transfers that could be on the horizon for the Gunners, and with that we are stepping closer to sealing a few deals. The latest news being from M'Villa himself that he's highly interested in joining with a club from the Premier League, and guess what? It just so happens he mentioned Arsenal as his desired destination.

All the players who will join Arsenal next season – Yanga-Mbiwa and the rest.

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By Tony Attwood

The normal process for Arsenal recruiting new players in the summer is that we all go around talking about the big names on the horizon and then Mr Wenger goes and signs a Peruvian left back we have never heard of and plays him at centre forward. Or puts him out on [...]

Hello from Perry S.

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Look a new post! Fellow AOs, I know it has been a long time coming, but I wanted to extend an appreciation to all of you for sticking by this blog. I, like most of you, was yearning for new posts over the past month, and like most of you, I watched this blog daily for new threads to no avail. We kept the banter alive in the Wigan thread hoping and waiting for news to come, and then sadly the day came when JG stepped up to let us know that he and the rest of the blogging team needed to call it quits due to various real life activities.

Champions League

Cordell Cato Chat - Man On Fire

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Not all of the Sounder at Heart nicknames stick, and this one hasn't, but Cordell Cato still offers some of Katniss. He's speed is so notable (the fire) that many overlook his other skill sets. Cato's passing is best demonstrated by his low, quick crosses at about 20 yards out. His dribble is good enough that he isn't going to give it up often and he reads the game well enough that he generally doesn't push himself past his skill set.

Chelsea 2-1 Blackburn – Under-Strength Blues Warm Up For Munich With Win At The Bridge (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Chelsea 2-1 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 20th May 2012

With nothing really to play for in this game for either side, Chelsea fielded a rather under-strength side against Blackburn with the Champions League final on the horizon.


The Black-And-White Years: 15 Fantastic Vintage Olympic Football Photos

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By Chris Wright

With the London Olympics beginning to crown over the horizon, we thought we'd plunder the archives for some brilliant vintage photos of Olympic football tournaments past (in no particular order, click through for full-size images)...

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The 1908 Great Britain team that won gold by beating Denmark 2-0 in the final

Photos: PA

Two years after World Cup triumph, Spain's dominance still reigns

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Spain's dominance on the international stage is now four years and running, a period that began with La Furia Roja's triumph at the 2008 European championship and one that was punctuated at the beginning of this month, with their second consecutive continental title.Â

In between that, Spain had its greatest moment -- capturing the 2010 World Cup, an event that happened two years ago today.

Pre-Tournament Press Conference

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(L to R): The Group B coaches, Japan's Norio Sasaki, Denmark asst. Danny Jung, Norway head coach Eli Landsem and Pia

Representatives from all 12 teams participating in the Algarve Cup attended a press conference today, and as usual, not much of interest was said. (Coaches never seem to say much around other coaches, right?

Major League Soccer

At the Halfway Point

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At the halfway point on the 2012 MLS season, the Houston Dynamo sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 6-5-6. If the season ended today, that's good enough for a playoff spot. Of course, it would mean an extra game, but it would still be the postseason.

The Dynamo are nine points behind DC United for the top spot in the conference, four points behind the Chicago Fire for the next position in the table (which only proves what a wasted opportunity Tuesday night was).

FC Dallas (Finally) Lands Jersey Sponsor

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The new look for FC Dallas. (Photo via FCDallas.com)

It has been a long time coming for FC Dallas fans. Today the club announced their first ever jersey sponsor with Texas-based health and wellness company AdvoCare.

Dallas will debut the new jersey on July 28 against LA.

The partnership puts AdvoCare on the front of every FC Dallas jersey and all team gear.

2012 MLS, Week 13: Fantasy Recap

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It has been a while since we've been able to examine my fortunes and failures as a MLS Fantasy Manager. Week 13 finally finished up in the fantasy game and the slide for WVH AC continues thankfully it is not as big of a slide as FC Dallas is currently on.

Picking this team nearly two weeks ago may have been the issue with the low 72 points.


Schmeichel Ready to Step in

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Young Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says he would grasp any opportunity given to him during Euro 2012 with both hands.

The Leicester City stopper is third choice in the squad behind Manchester United's Anders Linegaard and Evian's Stephen Andersen, though he insists he is proud to have even made the squad.

Thoughts on the summer and the transfer market

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Morning all.

Moving swiftly on from this weekend and we're now faced with that thing that football fans hate more than anything else in the world – having to have a bit of patience. With Euro 2012 on the horizon we may find that the business we need to do isn't done as quickly as we would like.


An Exercise in Patience

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The weeks that have passed since Kenny Dalglish was dismissed from his role as manager have been filled with anxiety, mostly brought about by the fact that all we've done and really all we can do is wait. We waited to hear for the details of Dalglish's firing (which we never got), we waited to hear what sort of plan the owners were executing in their search for a new manager and Sporting Director (which we never got), and now, with Brendan Rodgers all but appointed, we're still waiting for the club to officially confirm that he's the next Liverpool manager.

Checking Out for the Weekend

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It's a busy weekend from a Liverpool perspective, and that's not even counting any potential action from FSG about the managerial or director roles. One international friendly is already down, and there's plenty more on the horizon to bridge the gap from one week to the next until action in Poland and the Ukraine gets up and running in full.

Poll: Would FA Cup Victory Make Liverpool’s Season a Success?

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When Liverpool won the League Cup in the midst of their worst run of form in the League in over half a century, the topic of exactly what would constitute a successful season for the club began to come up. With a second chance at silverware on the horizon and any chance of Champions League qualification miles back in the rearview mirror, the question seems more relevant than ever.

Does King Kenny’s Fate Lie In The Hands Of Alexander Doni?

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Liverpool are in the midst of their worst run since the 1953-54 season, one that has Liverpool fans asking the unthinkable: 'Is Kenny Dalglish's job safe".

The answer to that question might be answered in the next couple of week, and Kenny Dalglish will be hoping that Alexander Doni, who has not even completed a full friendly for Liverpool, can help get Liverpool into the FA Cup final.


Bradley & Egypt run unbeaten streak to 8

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Ives Galarcep reports on Egypt's run of success, which sees coach Bob Bradley and the Pharaohs on an eight game unbeaten streak.

On a day when 73 people stood trial for their alleged roles in the deadly riots at a February soccer match in Port Said, Egypt, Bob Bradley was busy doing his part to restore the game in the African nation, guiding the national team in another match while trying to assess his squad before the games start to count in June.

Bradley's Egypt runs unbeaten streak to 8

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On a day when 73 people stood trial for their alleged roles in the deadly riots at a February soccer match in Port Said, Egypt, Bob Bradley was busy doing his part to restore the game in the African nation, guiding the national team in another match while trying to assess his squad before the games start to count in June.


Hollywood beyond

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We're very much in the home straight now. The yellow tape is well in sight on the horizon and we know exactly what we have to do. Pretty much the opposite of what we did at Loftus Road on Saturday to be precise. I sensed we wouldn't win, largely owing to the law of averages. We'd juiced lady luck's teat ever so slightly during the winning run and life being what it is, all sparks burn out in the end.

Borussia Dortmund leave for airport without player who scored winning goal

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Borussia Dortmund advanced to the DFB Pokal final by ending 120 minutes of scoreless play against 2. Bundesliga leaders Greuther Furth with a freak goal from 21-year-old midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. The shot bounced off the post, off the goalkeeper's back and into the net (video here) to make Gundogan the hero for Dortmund.

The Rest

Development Academy Touts New Logo Heading into 2012-13 Season

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With the 2012-13 Development Academy season on the horizon, the program has a fresh look as the Academy has designed a new logo heading into its sixth campaign.

The two stars represent the two Academy mixed-age groups at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. The four stripes – two white and two red – represent the four pillars of the Development Academy: Excellence, Pride, Tradition and Education.

Olympic Disinterest In Football

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Considering the hysteria which surrounded the release of tickets for this summer's Olympic Games last year, we might have expected that sales for the football tournament would be high. After all, this is a country which loves its football and the idea of a tournament of any description and it is of course worth bearing in mind the World Cup won't be coming to these shores any time in our lifetimes and it's not implausible that the European Championships might not either being held in this country is an appealing one.

Amanda Stein On The Montreal Impact

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Pitch Pass is back with an update on the Montreal Impact courtesy of TSN 990's Amanda Stein. The Impact have a new stadium, a new DP, and rumors of another acquisition on the horizon and Amanda gets us in the loop on everything including, whether the new stadium will be ready in time.

Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas - MLS #11 - Three Questions

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I will skip the long preamble for this 3 questions piece because I know how most of you feel about FC Dallas, and it's the same way I feel about them. You don't need my prose to stoke the proverbial fires (pun intended) for "Hate Week". That's right folks, we get not 1 but 2 bitter enemies in the same week.

Summer clearout about to begin?

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As the end of the season approaches there is plenty of deadwood to take care of at White Hart Lane and the first to leave the club could be reserve keeper Heurelho Gomes.

The Brazilian endured a spectacular fall from his number one slot last year and is currently third choice at Spurs behind Brad Friedel and Carlo Cudicini and with no sign of first team action on the horizon, the player is keen on a move back to PSV.

Dollars and Sense

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Over the past year Chicago has made a lot of severe cuts to the squad. For years the Fire were built around longtime team veterans with a few international "stars" mixed in. Almost every player on the pitch was always recognizable. This is a stark contrast to the team that graces our pitch today.

Bas Dost: from promise to nightmare to all time high

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Well, you know the traditional start of these articles by now. "Every couple of seasons a new striker emerges on the horizon, blablabla...". We had Geels, Cruyff, Koolhof, Kist, Kieft, van Basten, Bosman, Gilhaus, Van Loen, Mols, Houtman, Van Nistel, Kluivert, Haisselbaink, Makaay, Huntelaar, Van Persie, Luuk de Jong, [read more]