Inspiration

Newcastle United

Shola’s Been A Massive Inspiration To Me – Sammy Ameobi

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Sammy Ameobi has come out today and said he plans to let Alan Pardew know just exactly what he can do in a Newcastle United shirt this season, and the 20 year-old has confessed that his older brother Shola has been a massive inspiration to him. Shola Ameobi has been a massive inspiration to younger [.

Carlisle Manager Jealous of Alan Pardew

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The Carlisle United manager has today said that Alan Pardew is an inspiration to him. Greg Abbott Carlisle manager But because of Alan's fantastic success at Newcastle, in what turned out to be a magical season for Newcastle, he also says tongue in cheek that he's  jealous of Pardew. It was a short two years ago  in 2010 when Carlisle were [.

Arsenal

Arsenal lacked the inspiration and leadership to defeat Norwich City

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Kouassi Gervais Gervinho Yao of Arsenal is challeeged by Bradley Johnson of Norwich City (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Arsenal is out of excuses. International matches or not, tired players or not, losing to a team that had yet to win in the Premier League is not justifiable with anything other than the team's own fault.

Manchester United Aiming To Beat Liverpool To Mexico Midfielder

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Manchester United is considering a £10million move for Mexico's Olympic star Hector Herrera.
The 22-year-old midfielder was the inspiration behind Mexico's gold medal victory and has been on United's radar for over a year with Liverpool also very keen.
Pachuca sporting director Andres Fassi has announced they had had a fresh approach from United requesting permission to approach the starlet who is nicknamed 'Zorro'.

Arsenal captain: “I won’t change”

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Thomas Vermaelen has made it clear that he won't change his ways after being awarded the captain's armband, insisting that he will continue to focus on leadership qualities that have taken him thus far.

Vermaelen has steadily grown into one of the Premier League's best defenders in recent years and deputized as the vice-captain to Robin van Persie as the Gunners secured a third-place finish.

A far from comprehensive dictionary of modern football

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A FAR FROM COMPREHENSIVE DICTIONARY OF MODERN FOOTBALL APHORISM, SYNONYMS, TERMS, PERSONALITIES, AND WHATNOTS FOR THE UNINITIATED.

Don McMahon

It all came to me in a flash like a blinding inspiration, but less reliably. Why not create a ¨dictionary¨ or compendium of terms,sayings and common words/names regularly used to describe Arsenal in particular and [.

Striker: Koscielny and I were underdogs

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Arsenal's newest signing Olivier Giroud has shown no inhibitions in reminiscing on a difficult emergence as a youngster and believes that Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny went through similar experiences.

Giroud, 25, arrived in North London yesterday as Ligue 1′s leading goal scorer last season but when it comes to his journey, he insists that the beginnings were humble.

Gunner aims to emulate United duo

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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky believes that being in his thirties and being well aware of his injury-prone past does not stop him from believing that he will enjoy a long playing career like Manchester United veterans Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

Rosicky, 31, was one of the game's most widely renowned playmakers nearly half a decade ago but a series of injuries hindered his progress significantly.

AW: Starlet emulating Lions number one

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the focus of young goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, comparing the Pole's rapid progress to the emergence of England number one Joe Hart.

Hart won the Barclays Golden Glove last season and was voted as the Premier League's goalkeeper of the year for the 2009-10 season and at the age of 24, the Manchester City star was also chosen as the star-studded club's performer of the year last season.

Manchester United

Carrick: You ain’t seen nothing yet

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Michael Carrick, who enjoyed great form for Manchester United last season, claims that he still believes he can improve.

"Hopefully I'm a better player now than I was a couple of years ago," he said. "I feel I have improved and I'm hoping to still improve. I've just turned 31 and the peak time in players' careers seems to be a little bit later so hopefully that carries on and I've still got the best years ahead of me.

Carrick: You ain’t seen nothing yet

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Michael Carrick, who enjoyed great form for Manchester United last season, claims that he still believes he can improve.

"Hopefully I'm a better player now than I was a couple of years ago," he said. "I feel I have improved and I'm hoping to still improve. I've just turned 31 and the peak time in players' careers seems to be a little bit later so hopefully that carries on and I've still got the best years ahead of me.

‘I Had A Message From God’ – Bradley Wiggins Cherishes Text From Robbie Fowler

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By Alan Duffy

Man of the moment and Liverpool fan, Bradley Wiggins, has revealed that a text message from his Kop idol Robbie Fowler meant much more to him than a letter from the Queen.

The Tour De France winner and Olympic record-breaker said:

"The wife was getting ecstatic the Queen had sent us a letter and I kept saying: 'Forget the Queen.

World Cup

adidas Brazuca – 2014 Brazil World Cup match ball name

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FIFA and adidas revealed the name of the Official Match Ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup 'adidas Brazuca'. adidas took inspiration from elements of Brazilian culture to come up with a shortlist of three possible names for the ball.

"Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story" Now on iTunes

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"Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story" continues to serve as a source of inspiration for aspiring soccer players, and now the documentary is available for download on iTunes.

Jay's remarkable journey from backpacker to World Cup veteran was one of the most reported tales during the team's run through South Africa, and the story of how the film got made is almost as impressive as Jay's career path.

US Soccer Introduce New Uniforms

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U.S. Soccer and Nike unveiled the new home jersey for both the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams. The U.S. Men and Women will debut the latest Nike jersey when they play their next domestic matches in late May.

For the first time, Nike has taken a unified approach with the USA's home kits, creating jerseys that feature the same design and concept for both teams.

Announcing XI Quarterly, a North American Soccer Magazine

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It's been a while since I last posted. A long while. I originally started this website shortly after the 2006 World Cup when blogs were relatively new things and soccer coverage, particularly from North America, was just beginning to explode. I kept Culture of Soccer going for close to 2 years continually and loved every minute of it.

Portland Timbers

Footiebusiness Vault: Marketing in Portland

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On the road tonight...so here is a post from the vault featuring Timbers' VP of Marketing Cory Dolich. We completed this chat just weeks before thei Timbers kicked off their inaugural campaign in MLS.

Over the last couple of years, we have conducted interviews with a number of marketing professionals throughout MLS.

Who is Clive Charles?

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Clive Charles is a legend in the Portland area. He's been gone almost 10 years, succumbing in 2003 to prostate cancer.

Charles was a pro Soccer player for West Ham United in England beginning in 1970.

He then played for some other pro teams before making his way to the Portland Timbers in 1978.

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Reyna Family Statement

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The US Soccer Federation released the following statement on behalf of Claudio Reyna and his family. "It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that Jack Reyna lost his battle with cancer today. Jack was so courageous during his two-year fight that he's become a hero and inspiration to many. Surrounded by his entire family, Jack passed peacefully at the age of 13.

Reyna's son, 13, passes away

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Jack Reyna, the son of former U.S. national team great and current U.S. Soccer youth technical director Claudio Reyna, passed away Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 13.

Reyna, his wife Danielle and their family issued a statement through U.S. Soccer on Friday:

"It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that Jack Reyna lost his battle with cancer (Thursday).

La Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo: Debuting ‘The Spray’

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Image:Â AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong. It looks like Cristiano Ronaldo has been taking hair inspiration from a cockatiel. Is that better or worse than taking skin tone tips from a fence? You tell us, Kickettes.

Sell Kun, buy Falcao, and win another Europa League! Atletico...

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Sell Kun, buy Falcao, and win another Europa League!

Atletico Madrid 3- 0 Athletic Bilbao  - A final astutely dominated by the more clinical side. Diego was the maestro, powered by creativity and inspiration, while Radamel Falcao displayed yet another performance we have come to expect from him.

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Kitman: Liverpool’s nasty new purple and tribal pattern third kit

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Like a politician testing the water with a controversial policy, Liverpool wisely leaked a horrific computer-generated version of this kit a while back. The finished version is pretty nasty, but it looks positively stylish in comparison to the draft version. The shade of purple has been toned down in comparison to the leaked version.

Liverpool boss inspired by former gaffer

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Brendan Rodgers insists that despite bringing a fresh approach to the Liverpool hot-seat in the coming season, he will continue to draw inspiration from the legendary Kenny Dalglish.

Dalglish was relieved of his managerial duties at Anfield shortly after the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign last month and the search for a new manager began immediately.

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CHELSEA FANS PLEASE READ - IMPORTANT!

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Chelsea fans all over the world it's time to come together and support two of our supporters in their challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to mark it as "Chelsea Territory" and most importantly of all, to raise money for FOUR tremendous charities: Help a Capital Child, Right to Play International, Association for Suicide prevention and Save the Children.

CHELSEA FANS PLEASE COME AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.

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Chelsea fans all over the world it's time to come together and support two of our supporters in their challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to mark it as "Chelsea Territory" and most importantly of all, to raise money for FOUR tremendous charities: Help a Capital Child, Right to Play International, Association for Suicide prevention and Save the Children.

Euro 2012

Greece bails out as Germans advance

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The markets don't lie. Germany holds the whip-hand over Greece. And despite a heroic comeback straight out of Euripides, Teutonic willpower triumphed and the odyssey ended in Gdansk.

Georgios Samaras' unlikely equaliser came courtesy of a cheeky shirt-pull, an infringement all too visibly unpunished throughout Euro 2012.

Germany v Greece – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 22 June 2012

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UEFA Euro 2012 favorites Germany begin the knockout stage with a quarterfinal match against Group A runner-up Greece. The match will take place at the Arena Gdansk in Gdansk, Poland with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Germany manager Joachim Low

"Playing Greece will be akin to colliding with a rock.

Euro 2012 Kitman: Portugal

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Home: Simple, but effective. OTP can see Eusebio wearing this one. It's in the trademark red with green trim, of course. Away: Perhaps this takes inspiration from a Lisbon metro map. It's not won us over immediately, but it is something a bit different. Perhaps it'll grow on us.


Champions League

Prankster Convinces BBC Radio Five Live That He’s Nabbed Champions League Final Matchball (Video)

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By Chris Wright

On Saturday night, a chap by the name of Robin Cooper made it onto BBC Five Live's 606 phone-in and claimed that he had in his possession the Champions League Final matchball after smuggling out of the Allianz Arena after the game and that he was going to get it home through German customs by labelling it as 'seismology equipment' a yarn that had host Alan Green appearing to believe every word.

Is Di Matteo about to turn to Bertrand?

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It started last night and has gathered pace today. A number of reputable journalists are reporting that Roberto Di Matteo is planning to start Ryan Bertrand at left wing tonight in Munich.


Crazy or insane?

Talk about unearthing something out of left field.

Europa Cup semi-finals: Llorente fires Athletic past Sporting Lisbon, 3-1 (agg 4-3)

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szólj hozzá: Athletic Bilbao - Sporting 3-1

This was a hugely entertaining match. End to end breathless action at the San Mames as each team went at each other. There was no let up in the second half. Athletic took an early lead through Mikael Susaeta as the Basques pulled level on aggregate.

The Rest

GIF It: The Tottenham 2013 summer transfer window GIF

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Tottenham's summer transfer business is the inspiration for the excellent new GIF. Based on a scene from Leonardo Di Caprio's new film The Wolf of Wall Street, the GIF features features Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, technical director Franco Baldini and manager Andre Villas-Boas dancing with Gareth Bale (who the club hope to retain this summer), [.

Rio: Last Season Gave Me Sleepless Nights

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Rio Ferdinand has revealed that the last few weeks of last season left him having sleepless nights.

"At first it was one of those things you couldn't get out of your mind," he told MUTV. "For the first couple of weeks you're waking up in the middle of the night thinking about what happened and how it could have ended differently.

DTotD: CAR goalkeeper beats the tar out of the goalpost

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Central African Republic recorded a major upset by going to Egypt and winning 3-2 in an African Cup of Nations qualifying match. But before that happened and while Egypt still led 2-1 early in the second half, CAR goalkeeper Geoffrey Lembet went briefly insane.

Lembet was receiving treatment on the pitch and when the referee told him to go off so the physio could continue to look him over, Lembet snapped.

DTotD: Cop smashes into pitch invader at U.S.-Brazil friendly

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For many fans in attendance at the Brazil's 4-1 win over the U.S. not wearing yellow and samba dancing while drinking criminally overpriced beer, this was the best moment of the match. After Pato scored the game's final goal in the 87th minute, Richard Simmons' illegitimate step-son ran out to the center of the pitch and slid through the center circle.

Ron Smith training App just $1.99 - great ideas to get your players playing.

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Training started, already devoid of ideas - then check out Ron Smith's great training app. The App is only available for your iphone.

Great for players to visualise the exercise, great for you to prepare the exercises as you walk from the car park or need inspiration when your latest plan isn't working - or a few players don't turn up - then what happens to the plan?

Congrats Dave And Thanks!

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I hope you'll let me divert for a bit to this wonderful article from MLB.com. Dave Cameron was diagnosed with leukemia last July and while he won't be considered cured for another 5 years he's turned a major corner and is seeing very positive signs.

Dave's a few years younger than me but we both grew up in the Seattle area listening to Dave Niehaus (RIP) calling many bad (and a few good) Mariners seasons.

New National Team Jerseys

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The United States Soccer Federation revealed the design for the new National Team home shirts on Monday. In a press release, US Soccer described the design as "The American flag is utilized as the jersey's inspiration, with a shirt that features horizontal red and white stripes and a blue crew neck collar.

New USMNT, USWNT jerseys unveiled

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The red-and-white hooped jersey making the rounds months ago is indeed the U.S. men's national team's new home jersey. It is the U.S. women's national team jersey, too.

For the first time, Nike has unified the jerseys for the United States men's and women's teams, U.S. Soccer revealed on Monday.