Video: Pay-to-play Macclesfield fan nearly scores against Stoke

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And when we say 'nearly scores' we mean 'flings himself in the general direction of a cross'. Macclesfield Town supporter Jomes Gorfin became the first person to take advantage of the club's pay-to-play initiative. The 40-year-old stumped up £10,000 to train with the first-team squad for a week ahead of a substitute appearance against the [.

Video: Anton Ferdinand doesn’t shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole (QPR 0-0 Chelsea)

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It was the worst possible set of circumstances: a handshake stand-off between Anton Ferdinand, John Terry and Ashley Cole, coupled with a lack of goals to take the attention away from it. Loftus Road might not seem like the natural setting for a philosophical debate about whether respect should be earned or whether it's a [.

Hong Kong Police Arrest 10-Year Old Boy For Astonishingly Brutal ‘Tackle’ At School Football Match (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Police have arrested and since bailed a 10-year old boy for delivering a brutal kick to a prone opponent's head during a school football match between ESF Lions and Kitchee Escola in Hong Kong on Monday afternoon.

The 'ESF' in the Lions' name stands for the 'English Schools Foundation,' which is a initiative set up to educate the children of ex-pats around the world and as the child responsible was white and his 12-year old victim was Asian it should come as little surprise that the parents of the latter filed a police complaint after the game which has led to the ESF Lions being branded as 'white bullies' in certain circles.


Spurs offer Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Livermore or Huddlestone to land Christian Benteke

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Tottenham will offer Aston Villa a choice of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore or Tom Huddlestone, plus cash, as they battle for Christian Benteke. Spurs are aiming to take the initiative in the race for the young Belgian striker by dangling one or more proven Premier League player in exchange, according to reports in [.

Soler: Agudelo pushed for trade

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When the time came to pull a trigger on a trade sending away Juan Agudelo, the ultimate push to make a trade happen came from none other than Agudelo himself.

That is the contention of team General Manager Erik Soler as he discussed the details of the young striker's trade to Chivas USA for defender Heath Pearce, allocation money and future considerations.


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Liverpool came within milli-metres of drawing with Chelsea in today's FA Cup Final.

However, it was the negative team selection and tactics in the first half that handed the initiative to Chelsea and they duly took advantage with Ramires easily beating Pepe Reina after mistakes by young Jay Spearing and the out-of-form Jose Reina.

English Premier League

Can Manchester United regain the initiative?

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Can Manchester United regain the initiative? - originally posted on

The events in the final game of last season had a suitably momentous feeling to them, as Manchester City snatched victory – and the Premier League title – from United in the dying seconds of the season. There could hardly be a more wounding way for United to lose their crown, with the combination of the fact that it was surrendered to their local rivals and in such dramatic fashion, making the pain all the harder to bear for supporters of the Old Trafford club.

Gunners star stresses communication

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is confident of the club's future prospects as long as the players continue to give each other feedback with complete transparency rather than holding back on important communication.

Vermaelen sat down with Arsenal Player to reflect on the club's chemistry off the field and in the dressing room, which has been praised in recent weeks by the likes of Andre Santos and Mikel Arteta.

Liverpool FC to use Seeing is Believing Logo on Shirts for Chelsea Game

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Liverpool FC will change its adidas 2010/12 home jersey logo from sponsor Standard Chartered to anti-blindness initiative Seeing is Believing for Tuesday's final home match of the season. According to...

Is Fergie in for a £100m Summer spending spree?

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Sir Alex Ferguson will launch a £100million summer spending bonanza in a bid to prevent Manchester United being replaced by neighbours City as the dominant force in the Premier League. United could finish the season empty handed for only the fifth time in 23 years following Monday's derby defeat, which handed the title initiative to City.

Manchester City: Show Us You’re Witty

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Yuppers, it's another Manchester City post. They've got a lot of creative energy to output, doncha know.

In this case, five first teamers were recruited by Umbro to help promote an initiative that involves fans in the club's 2012/13 kit launch.

Thoughts On Tactics And Starting Eleven Against Manchester City

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Manchester City have not won away to Arsenal since October 1975, scoring just 9 times in 26 subsequent visits. But that will count for nothing when the game kicks off this Sunday. Arsenal have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 meetings with City in all competitions. That is a more relevant stat as it reflects the quality, especially defensive, that the visitors have bought in recent years.

Thoughts On Tactics And Starting Eleven Against Manchester City

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Manchester City have not won away to Arsenal since October 1975, scoring just 9 times in 26 subsequent visits. But that will count for nothing when the game kicks off this Sunday. Arsenal have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 meetings with City in all competitions. That is a more relevant stat as it reflects the quality, especially defensive, that the visitors have bought in recent years.

Jermain Defoe: A Right Royal Show

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After a minor faux-pas when he met British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Jermain Defoe was determined to make a good impression on the dignitaries present at the 15th Anniversary celebrations of the Princes Trust Football Initiative.

Gunner voices controversial technology views

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Arsenal back-up goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has expressed controversial views opposing the introduction of goal-line technology in football, insisting that officiating errors are part of the game.

A number of high-profile errors in recent years have prompted the International Football Association Board to hold a decisive meeting regarding the issue on July 2.

The great title teach-in: City were rocked, the champions fell, so who will seize the initiative?

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The great title teach-in: City were rocked, the champions fell, so who will seize the initiative?

After Manchester City's shock 1-0 defeat at Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League, Sportsmail writers assess the chasing pack's chances of overtaking the leaders and keeping their nerve all the way through to the title in May.


Academy Trio Spread Community Cheer

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Three of Liverpool's promising young players spent a day bringing cheer to children in the community recently when they paid a visit to the Royal School for the Blind and Alder Hey hospital.
Academy trio Henoc Mukendi, Yusuf Mersin and Villyan Bijev were a credit to the club as they firstly visited the pupils at the school in Wavertree before moving on to Alder Hey to hand out some presents to the children on the wards.

Enrique enjoying Reds life

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Sky: Enrique enjoying Reds life

Jose Enrique is relishing the responsibility of using his own initiative under the tactics of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.

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Kop That: A Day In Tweets…

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Disjoint effort after all??

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This morning saw this article online that revealed FAS president Mr Zainudin Nordin's thought of throwing the towel (screengrab below) amid the doldrums facing the local football.

courtesy of Mediacorp TODAYSo much so of listed down of what were achieved during this down time (even if some critics may not be convinced of those positive stuff), one paragraph of the report captured my attention and had me pondering.

[Instant Reaction] Hamstrung (further) for the sake of ROMANCE II

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(P.S: That's precisely why "Instant Reaction" is an essential tag in this blog for cases as such)

The latest roll-out this morning by the league authority informed that fans who purchase two adult tickets at selected S.League matches with entitled a complimentary King George's Stand ticket for the Malaysian Super League (MSL) match between LIONSXII and Perak, 10th April 2012.

Latest Articles

O2 ends Arsenal sponsorship

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O2 is ending its 10 year sponsorship of Arsenal Football Club as it looks to concentrate its efforts on rugby, its Academy venues and the newly-launched Priority Sports initiative.

Sunderland AFC announce pioneering African partnership

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Sunderland AFC has joined forces with Africa's largest independent oil company to kick off an initiative to showcase the continent's capacity for social and business development.

Euro 2012

Manchester United star Ashley Young welcomes Uefa’s new initiative

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Uefa chose last night's Euro 2012 semi-final between Italy and Germany to introduce their new 'Respect Divers' initiative. Michel Platini and co are fed up with the abuse that is being levelled at players such as Ashley Young and Cristiano Ronaldo, and are taking decisive action to allow football's diving community to go about their [.

Spain v France – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 23 June 2012

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Defending champions Spain start the Euro 2012 quarterfinals with a match against Group D runner-up France. The match will take place at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque

"Everybody thinks we're favourites because we won the EUROs four years ago and the World Cup two years ago.

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Countdown to Opening Kick: Community Connection

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The Silverbacks have really put a focus on connecting with the community this year. They've done this through engaging the fans and local area businesses.

"As an organization, we want to continue growing and developing, but we want to achieve that with the community at our side," said Silverbacks Owner Boris Jerkunica.

Fan Initiative Announced Today

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Today the Rapids had a fan event on the 16th St. Mall to announce their new initiative and club slogan. The new slogan is 'One Club' and to celebrate it they announced that anyone who buys season tickets for the 2012 season by March 1st will have their name printed on the authentic home player jerseys in 2013 and 2014 (example above).


The Academy: United 3 -3 Sunderland

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If ever there was a stereotypical 'game of two halves', this was it! United took the initiative and started the better of the two teams, so much so that after 30 minutes United were literally 'dipping their bread' as-and-when they fancied scoring. Within those 30 minutes United took a well deserved and impressive three goal [.

Derby Counted for as United advance in the FAYC

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Renowned for never doing things the easy way, Manchester United's U18′s had to produce a performance of quality and strength to overcome a Derby County side boasting England U17 internationals, in-form strikers and a notable physical advantage not to mention the early initiative with an opening goal on 20 minutes.


Race for Serie A still on despite Juventus draw

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It all started according to plan. Milan took the initiative from the beginning against Juventus, dominating possession and going ahead thanks to another strike from our free scoring midfielder, Antonio Nocerino. Ten minutes later it should have been two. But, it was not. Roberto Romagnoli, the assistant referee, somehow failed to see how Sulley Muntari's [.

Calming it down: wasted goal kicks

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One of the things that's surprised me this year is David Stockdale's distribution. Earlier in his Fulham career he seemed to be clearly better than Mark Schwarzer in this area. Now? Not so sure.

Take yesterday:

Which looks unfortunate: 31 possession concessions there (and I accept that we may have won a bit of second ball there, but on past form, probably not much, and not enough to justify just giving the ball back like that).

The Rest

Up-Close: PUMA Project Pink 2012 Collection

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PUMA's 2012 Project Pink initiative kicked off in July with a brand new collection if  graphic tees and tank tops; a pink hoodie, shorts, capris, and the requisite pink soccer gear including soccer...

POTD : Brazil Through To Olympic Football Semi-Finals Despite Shaky Performance

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The Selecao Brasileira (regardless of the competition they're in) have the inexplicable gift of playing well, simultaneously conceding careless goals and coming away with a win in the end. As such, watching them is the equivalent of watching Die Hard 1,2,3 and the 100 trilogies that Bruce Willis has yet to star in.

Valencia Ease Passed PSV Challenge In Europa League

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Valencia advanced to the next stage of Europa League and simply glad not to pay for their mistakes in throwing away a four goal advantage into only having two for the second leg against PSV Eindhoven.

Adil Rami's goal was obviously the show for El Che on the night as not only he was the one scoring the La Liga side's only goal in a1-1 draw, but the French international also got himself send off, leaving some scarce in the last few minutes for his team.

Keen To #GrowTheGame? Then Check Out New Blog On The Block – Two Touch Pass

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Every week at the conclusion of the weekly #SoccerSpeakUSA Twitter Chat, Soccer Support announces a ‘Tweeter of the Week' – someone who we felt gave the best insights and responses during the hour and embodied what #SoccerSpeakUSA is setting out to achieve.

The winner of this award is then entitled to promote a blog, club or website through the Soccer Support channels.

Examining the state of MLS's youth development, Part 1

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Examining the state of MLS's youth development, Part 1

Heading into Year 4 of Major League Soccer's Homegrown Player Initiative, we are starting to see real signs of progress. Here's part 1 of my look at the state of youth development in MLS.

[Pardon the Interruption]

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Don't normally get all political here (unless it involves public financing of private sporting ventures), but today some* of you may have noticed the black bar over Google's logo today. Or Wikipedia going 'dark'.

That's because today is an U.S.-wide initiative to oppose SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and its sister legislation, PIPA.

Chelsea skipper John Terry appears on Indian cigarette packets

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Blurry JT gets Indian government into bother John Terry is said to be considering legal action after his image was used on cigarette packets as part of an anti-smoking initiative by the Indian government. A blurry image of the Chelsea captain boasting a pair of blackened lungs has appeared on packaging accompanied by the warning: [.