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GIF It: Wilfried Bony scores his first goals for Swansea vs Malmo

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Swansea debutant Wilfried Bony wasted no time in getting among the goals at his new club. The Ivory Coast international a £12m signing from Vitesse Arnhem scored two goals in tonight's Europa League tie against Swedish side Malmo. Bony scored his goalscorer's instinct to head in his first goal for the club, before [.

GIF It: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers pervs on LFCTV host, remembers he’s on camera

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Cracking work from the fine gents at Balls.ie, who've created this GIF of an awkward moment involving Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. The ex-Swansea's boss could be seen visibly fighting his instinct to stare down the top of an LFCTV presenter. Alas, Rodgers succumbed to temptation and had a sneaky peek at his companion.

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THE TACTICS COLUMN: BALANCE DOESN’T MEAN SYMMETRY

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The instinct with football teams and formations has always been to set them out symmetrically. That's normal because you want to make sure every zone is covered without obvious bias or weakness. However, formations are neutral and it's their application that decides their success and failures.

Cazorla signing brings a much-needed buzz

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When the club finally confirmed on Tuesday after weeks of rumours the signing of Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla, it brought about an excitement in me, and seemingly Arsenal fans everywhere, that hasn't been felt for a long time.

Perhaps it is simply because he joins other exciting players, Podolski and Giroud, and because we have not yet sold a big player (emphasis on the 'yet'), in what has been a refreshingly enjoyable summer transfer window.

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U.S. Beat New Zealand 2-0, Advance to Semis

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The U.S. Women's National Team will advance to the Olympic semi-finals after defeating New Zealand 2-0 in Newcastle on Friday.

Goals from Abby Wambach and Sydney LeRoux combined with Hope Solo's third consecutive shutout punched their ticket to the next round, where they will face either Canada or Great Britain.

USOC Third Round Recap: Michigan vs Chicago: ugh

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Early this morning I wrote a "recap" of last night's debacle in Michigan on the way back to Chicago. Due to technological failure on my end, I wasn't able to post it right away. So join me after the jump to relive the emotional horror that was last night.

What the hell happened? I just witnessed the biggest f*****g disgrace in my tenure as a Fire fan.

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Red Bulls Notes: Henry ends scoring drought, Lade makes difference and more

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By DAN MONTESANO

HARRISON, N.J. -- Thierry Henry's goal drought had been approaching three months, with a combination of injuries and ineffective finishing accounting for 11 Red Bulls matches without a goal from the star Frenchman.

Henry ended that drought in spectacular fashion on Wednesday, delivering a game-winning goal in the process.

Rayo Vallecano manager tried to block an Atletico Madrid throw in

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Atletico Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 on Sunday, but Rayo manager Jose Ramon Sandoval didn't go down with out a (strange) fight.

In the 87th minute, with Atletico leading thanks to a Falcao goal, Diego tried to take a quick throw in after the ball went out near the Rayo bench. Well, Sandoval didn't like this and decided to try and block Diego's throw, but the 43-year-old didn't have the hops to get the job done and the throw found its target.

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A closer look at Olivier Giroud, the new Arsenal man

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The first thing that leaps out is that he's another left footed striker. Now we already have RVP and Lukas Podolski, so the attack is heavily weighted on that foot and on that flank.

We've seen RVP lose precious seconds and opportunities instinctually switch the ball to his stronger left foot.

Unbelievable Cheating Save By Sub Keeper – Huracan Las Heras v Club Atletico Union

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Amazing scenes played out in the Argentino B (6th division in Argentina) Group F.

Huracan Las Heras travelled to Club Atletico Union in a clash between the bottom two teams in the group but a win for the home side would have taken them on to the next round.

With the score at 1-1, Club Atletico Union launched an attack, beat the Huracan keeper and the ball appeared to be travelling into the goal.

Video: (Unused) substitute goalkeeper stops certain goal (Huracan Las Heras v Club Atletico Union)

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You often hear commentators saying: "They wouldn't have kept that out of the net if they'd had two goalkeepers." But it turns out sometimes two goalkeepers would come in handy. Take this example from the Argentinian lower leagues, for instance. Huracan Las Heras substitute goalkeeper Fernando Espinoza has left himself open to temptation by positioning [.

Video: Djibril Cisse scores a goal on his Premier League return (QPR 2-2 Aston Villa)

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Aston Villa vs Queens Park Rangers 0-1 by motifoot Djibril Cisse made an instinct impact for new club QPR as he found the net just a day after joining the club. The France international scored just 11mins into his debut, maintaining his record of grabbing a goal on his outing for every Premier League team [.

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Breakfast bonkers! Reading’s Sean Morrison dedicates himself to eating every supermarket cereal

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We all had the instinct that professional footballers have too much on their hands but now we finally have it indisputably confirmed. Step forward Reading centre-back Sean Morrison. For no discernible reason, he's challenging himself to sample every single cereal for sale down his local supermarket. We'll hand it over to Sean himself to [.

Goodbye Luka. Remember The Good Times

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Luka, goodbye and good luck. I'll only remember the good times, and they were rich, plentiful and sweet.

The finest midfielder to wear the shirt since Gascoigne, on his day he made the team hum with energy and purpose. He was the link between defence and attack, taking the ball from the toes of the back four and looking up, always looking up.

An Argentinian 'Jewel' raring to ignite the Serie A for Palermo, Paulo Dybala has arrived!

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By Daniel Colasimone

Paulo Dybala is a footballing Jimmy McNulty. If you are unfamiliar with the HBO series The Wire, the McNulty character is a detective who just happens to have an ingrained talent for what he does. He is possessed of an instinct that sets him apart from the rest of the knuckleheads around him.

Recap: Fire come from behind to beat Toronto FC thanks to Pappa gaff and goal

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MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
After the rains came down like a monsoon two hours before, sky's blued and the weather was perfect-if not a little sticky for kickoff. And that's how it started for the Fire. In the fourth, what turned out to be the best chance at goal in the first half was squandered by the hesitation of new signing ÁlvaroFernandez.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Destiny Depends on His Dominance of Euro 2012

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Despite it being a physical impossibility, Lionel Messi casts a big shadow over the super-sized ego and talents of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona's Messi usually outscores Real Madrid's Ronaldo. Barca is the team of the century largely because of the diminutive Messi's amazing balance, instinct and ability.

Substitute goalkeeper steps on pitch to save goal

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In Argentino B, the fourth tier of Argentinean football, teams are required to field ten outfield players and a goalkeeper. Much like teams in the rest of the world. Huracan Las Heras, however, temporarily flouted this convention during their visit to rivals Club Atletico Union over the weekend.