Real Madrid

Arsenal vs Tottenham: A Yank investigates the North London Derby

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I am in north London talking about Gareth Bale's penis. It's huge, according to the three Tottenham Hotspur supporters seated across from me. We are in a vintage clothing shop recording a football podcast, even though I'm woefully under-qualified to talk football. I appreciate the game but I'm American: tactics are lost on me.

Ben Arfa's trickery sinks Spurs at St James Park, 2-1

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szólj hozzá: Newcastle 2-1 Tottenham

Spurs, overwhelmingly the better team in the first half, paid dearly through two bits of individual brilliance from the Toons. First, came Demba Ba's scintillating goal and then Van Der Vaart and Aaron Lennon were left defending Hatem Ben Arfa who was in the mood to make both pay when he made his run to the edge of the box.

Euro 2012: Did playing for losing clubs doom the Netherlands?

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Bad karma chameleons

The remarkable thing about yesterday's match was the Dutch's utter lack of self belief. After that great start by Rafael Van Der Vaart, they faded away and the Portugese started bossing the ball around. Only in the last 10 minutes when the result was moot did they perk up and play with some assurance with Van Der Vaart providing one more spark.

Expect the expected from UEFA

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They might call it a draw, but the picture drawn in Nyon last week left nothing to the imagination. If anything, it was permeated with a feeling of inevitability, an inevitability that would make a bookmaker smile; well, them and UEFA, obviously! Savvy punters would possibly have used their free bets on Real Madrid avoiding [.

The Mastermind of the Smallest of Margins?

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By Joe Milord

With La Liga having resumed, Jose Mourinho finds himself in a familiar situation. After all, in some ways, he has been here before; back against the wall, protecting a lead, against the same opposition as well, but in a much different context.

Cuatro, Cinco, Seis

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It was Inevitable - Kim Jong Il thought so soo - hahahah.
. In a way, even after Adrian scored the opening goal in last night's El Derbi Madrileno, Madridistas the world over (and perhaps even Rojoblanco supporters) didn't feel too rattled (or euphoric in the case for Atleti supporters).

English Premier League

Pardew the Premier League sack race favourite ahead of new season

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With summer seemingly behind us, that can only mean one thing: the new Premier League season is upon us. Fans of top flight clubs across the country are itching for the new campaign to get underway but with the optimism that most fans will be filled with comes the trepidation that others will feel ahead [.

Barnes Backs Villas-Boas For Liverpool Post

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Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Andre Villas-Boas would be a "fantastic" replacement for Kenny Dalglish, and thinks whoever becomes the next Reds manager will be helped by the foundations laid by the outgoing Scot.
Dalglish was sacked by the club's owners on Tuesday after guiding Liverpool to their worst Premier League finish in 18 years and the speculation about who will replace him has begun in earnest.

Sit Down, Shut Up: Blackburn Rovers Supporters & The Stewardship Of Their Club

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With an air of the inevitability that has accompanied much of their season and more than a hint of black comedy, Blackburn Rovers slipped from the Premier League last night. It was managed, as these matters so frequently are, by a very thin margin, with only a goal from Wigan Athletic's Antolin Alcaraz three minutes from time being enough to separate the two sides on the night.

Doncaster Rovers’ Blip Cannot Mask A Miraculous Ten Years

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It had been a long time coming and there will be those who believe that there was an air of inevitability about it, but when the relegation of Doncaster Rovers from the Championship last weekend, it came with a degree of controversy that only the end of the domestic football season can bring. The battle for Doncaster last weekend was already an uphill one rooted to the bottom of the table, they needed to win all of their remaining matches in order to secure a fifth season of football in England's second division, but a questionable red card and two goals in stoppage time meant that Portsmouth (who went into the match in an identical situation to them) managed to keep their season alive for another week while the home side fell through the trapdoor.

The Dynamics of Relegation in the Premier League: Early Warning Signs and Seeing the Forest for the Trees

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(c) 2011
In hindsight, relegation often seems inevitable. If you had asked the pundits, Blackpool's demotion to the Championship last year was all but a done deal in August. But do the data agree? And what can they tell us about the inevitability and predictability of relegation ahead of time, rather than after the fact?

Old-school methods can rid AVB of Roman’s shadow

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It is hard to imagine two more unlikely Premier League bed-fellows than Mick McCarthy and Andre Villas-Boas. One a sophisticated, multi-lingual wine connoisseur; the other a former bruising Millwall centre half, born and raised in Barnsley.

But as McCarthy departed Wolves yesterday, the Portuguese may have sympathised with the muppet-faced plastic Paddy.

Tottenham stay on winners avenue

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It was 2-0 to the home side at White Hart Lane. Tottenham created chances at will. The away side, Aston Villa, scared Tottenham not once. Emmanuel Adebayor scored both the goals and should have had more. Ledley King and Younes Kaboul were imperious in central defence. Luka Modric was exceptional in central midfield.

Champions League

Football Lookalikes: Gerard Pique’s own goal and the Bundesliga logo

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Faced with the inevitability of defeat in the Champions League semi-final, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique paid homage to the rise of German football.

Napoli v Manchester City

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This Is How It Feels
Napoli 2-1 Manchester City (22:11:11)
What's it like, as an away fan, to visit one of the most famous grounds in world football. One that houses fans so passionate and vociferous that the noise from a goal causes a seismic shift in the city? Lifelong Manchester City fan, David Mayor, reveals all.

Euro 2012

15 Nations Fall: The Crests Of Euro 2012

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This is way late to the party, what with Euro 2012 being over near two months and all, but better late than never and all that nonsense. Some wonderful illustrations from "Lee" on the inevitability of any major tournament, compiled into one poster. A few examples of the individual countries tumbling can be seen here.

Euro 2012: Miroslav Klose to start in Germany vs Greece austerity bowl

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The Lazio striker is apparently Jogi Low's first choice over Mario Gomez because of his big match production. He ranks second only to Gerd Muller's 68 goals with 63 scored in 119 national appearances. In Klose, Mesut Oezil will have a partner who can feed off those one-two's. However, the real weapon against the Greece may not be who the Germans have on the pitch or their football tactics.

American Outlaws

Toting The Old Ball ‘N’ Chain: Player Development In America

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About The Author: John Parker is the American Outlaws Atlanta President and Marketing Manager for adidas International Training Program (adidas ITP), the Atlanta based soccer logistics and education company. Parker's views do not necessarily reflect those of adidas ITP or American Outlaws.

Toting The Old Ball ‘N’ Chain: Player Development In America

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About The Author: John Parker is the American Outlaws Atlanta President and Marketing Manager for adidas International Training Program (adidas ITP), the Atlanta based soccer logistics and education company. Parker's views do not necessarily reflect those of adidas ITP or American Outlaws.


Europa League: Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Sporting (4-3 Agg.) – Last Gasp Llorente Lash Books Bilbao Bucharest Berth (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

An 89th minute Fernando Llorente toe poke was enough to see Athletic Bilbao through to the Europa League Final in Bucharest on 6th May, overturning Sporting's 2-1 lead from the first leg in Lisbon last week.

A rip-snorting first half saw Athletic open the proceedings through Markel Susaeta, Llorente bringing down a cross with his chest and stepping aside for the little winger to lash home.

Arsenal 1-2 Man Utd: It wasn’t all about the substitution

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Arsenal 1 (Van Persie 71) Man United 2 (Valencia 45, Welbeck 81)

The bare facts make for grim reading. Defeat to United leaves us fifteen points behind them, and eighteen off the pace set by their city rivals. Our own neighbours remain ten points above us despite their loss earlier in the day, and that critical fourth spot is still an elusive five points away.

Football League

Coventry City’s Relegation Marks A New Low For SISU

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It has been forty-eight years since Coventry City last played in the bottom two divisions of the Football League. Under the managership of Jimmy Hill, they returned to the Second Division for the first time in twelve years as champions of the Third Division, and three years later a further promotion took the club into the First Division for the first time in its history.

The Monday Profile: Paul Cook

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John Coleman's departure from the Accrington Stanley job in January after 12 years in the role reverberated throughout Lancashire. The Liverpudlian had transformed the beleaguered Accies from a name used to market dairy products into a serious footballing concern again, and defeat to Stevenage in the play-off semi-final last May wipes none of the gloss from his striking achievements.

LA Galaxy

Wait, WHO Beat WHOM?!?!

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New England's 2012 season began as we all expected. The Rev's lost their two opening road matches, including a 1-0 loss at San Jose and a whopping 3-0 spanking by Sporting. Things turned around only narrowly with the club's home opener, as the club rode past the absences of Darrius Barnes, John Lozano, Stephen McCarthy, and Benny Feilhaber to find a 1-0 win over Portland.

MLS Cup 2011: Despite a Valiant Effort, Dynamo Fall 1-0 to LA Galaxy

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The morning after losing a championship game is never enjoyable. Despite the fact that you tell yourself ahead of time, it's just great to be here, no one expected us to make this run, we're playing the best team in the league, all the things to try to prepare yourself mentally, it sucks.

Fortunately for Dynamo fans, the 2011 season which at one point looked on the verge of being a second straight season without playoffs, turned in to a magical run all the way to the brink of a third MLS Cup.

Manifest Destiny

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I can't be the only one who still finds himself humming "This is LA...." every few minutes.

Sunday night was the most thrilling night I have ever spent at the HDC. I don't think I have ever heard the crowd louder. My favorite fans, pictured above, cheered their brains out, as it seems did 20,000 other fans.


Video: Glen Johnson proves a two-footed lunge isn’t always a red card (Manchester City 0-1 Liverpool)

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Glen's in good Kompany terrible tackle by soccermr With a huge degree of inevitability following Vincent Kompany's red card at the weekend, a Manchester City was on the receiving end of a two-footed challenge in last night's match against Liverpool. And it went unpunished. Glen Johnson dived into a challenge with Joleon Lescott.

Some Day, in Some Way, Luis Suarez Has to Pay

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As we prepare to enter this sixth quarter of the ninth three-year plan, we take joy in the chocolate ration being raised to twenty grams and in the continued success of our glorious struggle against East Manchester. And also in the English FA having not yet banned Luis Suarez for displaying his non-regulation incisors in joy or anger whilst in public.

The Rest

USA vs. Jamaica Gold Cup 2017: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USMNT met expectations by getting this far, but their opponent is not who they thought they'd face

The 2017 Gold Cup final had an air of inevitability all along, but a tournament low on good games finally offered up some quality and a surprise in the semifinal round. There, while the United States met their goal by seeing off Costa Rica, Jamaica shocked Mexico via a late Kemar Lawrence free kick goal.

Euro 2012: Group B – The Final Day

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Goodnight, Oranje. The Dutch team arrived at this years European Championships with high hopes, having got to the World Cup final two years ago. This evening, however, they return home with only three consecutive defeats under their belt and a nation wondering how a team with so many talented individuals could have faltered so badly.

Rangers: The CVA Failure

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So farewell then, Rangers' Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and farewell too, Rangers' administrators Duff & Phelps (D&P). The announcement that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are going to oppose D&P's proposals to take Rangers out of administration came as news to many followers of national and local newspapers, TV and radio in Scotland, while it has been flagged as "inevitable" by some bloggers for months on end.

AFTER 90: Real tough to swallow

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The (Stockton) shorts end of the stick

Will Toronto FC leave Utah with as dubious record holders?Remember back in 2007 when RSL a bigger mess than us? Yeah.Can Torsten Frings return balance to the midfield?Do The Reds have the firepower up front to breakdown RSL?

Capital Gains?

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By Chris Lucking (Photograph: Tom Jenkins)

If there is a sense of inevitability on the red side of Manchester about the impact of their local rival's billions, they only need to look towards London for solace. That isn't implying that United will put a halt to City's pursuit of dominance like they did to Chelsea's under Abramovich.

Still Searching

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It was over almost before it started. Just fourteen minutes into the game the New England Revolution found themselves down a man on the road against the top team in the East, Sporting Kansas City. At that point, the 3-0 loss that would be the end result seemed almost an inevitability.

The game changing moment came less than a quarter of an hour into the match when Kansas City's C.

Hopeless Football League Teams 7: Doncaster Rovers, 1997-98

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In Matt's previous house there was a photo on the wall. It was of himself, sat on the grass, legs crossed, head bowed beneath his baseball cap. The picture was taken at Belle Vue as Doncaster Rovers took on Hull City. The date, Saturday 4th April 1998. The time, just after ten past three. The piece of grass on which Matt was sitting, the centre-spot.

Substitutions and Karma: 14 Thoughts on Sunderland 1 Arsenal 2

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At half-time in this game, I have to admit that I was struggling to think about what I would write in my post-match report. However, and thankfully, the game came alive in the second-half, and will probably live long in the memory of Arsenal fans for years to come. My thoughts as follows:

* As I said, it didn't look like it was shaping up to be a classic in the first-half.

Tales From The Deep End: Non-League Football’s Difficult Start To 2012

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This year has been a difficult year so far for several of our non-league clubs. Mike Bayly has a round-up of what has been going on at the foot of football's food chain.Â

By any measure of austerity, it's been a fairly turbulent week in the world of non-league football. On Sunday evening, the main stand at Rossendale United's vacant Dark Lane ground was completely destroyed in what police are treating as a suspected arson attack.