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Liverpool

Video: Liverpool boss Rodgers looking forward to Suarez ‘magic’

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Brendan Rodgers said he was looking forward to having Luis Suarez back from his 10-match ban after Liverpool slipped to a 0-1 home defeat to Southampton. The Reds boss said the returning Uruguayan would add some "magic" to his "lethargic" side. He said: "We never got going from the off. It was a bit lethargic [.

Allen In Line For Reds Debut

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits new signing Joe Allen is in his thoughts for Saturday's Premier League opener against West Brom.
The midfielder has followed Rodgers from Swansea to Anfield this summer, with the Reds putting a big-money deal in place to bring him to Merseyside.
Allen has had a week to find his feet in new surroundings and the Wales international could now make his debut at The Hawthorns.

FC BARCELONA EYES LIVERPOOL AGGAR?

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Been letting this particular transfer rumour slip these days but the intensity is & has  picked up locally. It is said that FC BARCELONA has on its signing agenda LIVERPOOL FC Danish Central Defender DANIEL AGGER. Aggar The rumour grabs strength because Liverpool did not call up the player for yesterdays Europa League qualification game.

Rodgers wants Bellamy stay

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Brendan Rodgers today insisted Craig Bellamy has a big role to play in his new Liverpool era.

The Reds' new manager held talks with the striker earlier this week to discuss his plans for the 2012-13 season and is adamant he has plenty to offer the Reds.

"I had a really positive chat with Craig on Monday," Rodgers said.

Rodgers Rules Out Bellamy Exit

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has ruled out a move away from Anfield for Craig Bellamy, saying he wants to keep the forward at the club.
Bellamy's future at Liverpool has been the subject of speculation with former club Cardiff expressing an interest in re-signing the Welshman.
However, Rodgers has no plans to offload Bellamy after holding talks with the 32-year-old earlier this week
"I had a really positive chat with Craig on Monday," Rodgers said.

Upside: After A Cup Exit

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Their Words "I really don't know why we played as we did for the first 60 minutes. But we didn't turn up and you cannot afford to do that in an FA Cup final." Liverpool's Danie Agger. Other Sources Portland Timbers hope draw is first step toward rebooting season - from The Oregonian's Geoffrey C. Arnold: That intensity was evident throughout the game.

English Premier League

Arsenal youngster Yaya Sanogo: ‘Give me time to toughen up’

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Yaya Sanogo says he will 'toughen up' to be a success in England. Watch the interview: http://t.co/4XZoMpZ2B7 pic.twitter.com/8doid6pIMP Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 10, 2013 Arsenal's summer signing Yaya Sanogo has said it will take him time to adapt to English football but says he will get stronger to ensure he is a success at [.

Gunner admits to ‘moments of depression’

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Abou Diaby has opened up about the extent of his sadness during a long spell on the sidelines last season, conceding that there were moments when he was depressed to be out of action.

Diaby, 26, made a total of five appearances across all competitions for Arsenal last season and despite making a successful return to start off the current campaign, the Frenchman has not forgotten his frustrating journey to regaining full fitness.

Liverpool preview: time to produce in the final third

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Good morning all,

I took a kind of day off from Arsenal yesterday. After the intensity of deadline day and all the action we had to cope with, on top of August's mentalness in general, it was quite nice to just not involve myself at all.

However, it's right back into it today as we face the Mugsmashers at Anfield in a game which could lift the mood considerably or tip some folk over the edge entirely.

Some actual football, Diaby, Koscielny and Malaga need a cuddle

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Good morning to you, another working week draws to a close and given the fact most people will extend their lunch break to watch the game this afternoon, I think it'd be only fair to suggest you all take a half day.

It's an interesting one this afternoon. Any pre-season game against a Premier League team would have some kind of intensity to it, today's game against Manchester City even more so because of what's gone on between us and them in recent times.

Spaniard reveals FA Cup feelings

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is one player who is certainly not buying into suggestions that a Champions League clash with Barcelona next week belittles the significance of Sunday's FA Cup meeting with Tottenham, arguing that the competition is very close to the Premier League in significance.

In an interview with Chelsea's official website, Torres has offered a thorough perspective on his observations of the English cup competitions since arriving in the country nearly half a decade ago.

Manchester City

Everton manager David Moyes plots Germany move

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David Moyes has revealed he would like to manager abroad one day and has singled out Germany as a possible destination. The Everton manager said he was 'fascinated' by the Bundesliga and suggested that he and German football would be a great match for each other. Moyes told France Football, home of the slightly controversial [.

Malaysia beaten, contract talks, Cazorla and Frimpong

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So pre-season began in earnest yesterday with a 2-1 over a Malaysia XI, although it took a couple of late goals to do it.

Having gone ahead in first half injury time with a belter of a goal, the Malaysian side looked fit and determined to cause a 'shock'. We looked very much like a team which was playing its first real game and although we never really clicked we missed a number of very presentable chances.

U.S. National Team

Klinsmanns confidence game

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By Charles Boehm - KINGSTON, JAMAICA (Sep 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The office of the President of the United States has a well-documented tendency to speed up the aging process. Those who enter the White House tend to exit with more wrinkles, more gray hair, and a bone-weariness that moderates their subsequent career choices.

Things to do at Azteca

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- It's the week before the Mexico - USA game at Estadio Azteca: Do you know where your loathing is? Just seven days remain until the National Team enters perhaps the most daunting venue in world soccer for their first friendly on Mexican soil since 1984.

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Paolo Di Canio kicks his players, cuts the grass and continues winning

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League One side Swindon Town pulled off a extra-time upset at Stoke in the second round of the Capital One Cup (formerly the Carling Cup). Manager Paolo "I do what I want" Di Canio led Town with his signature intensity and spurred James Collins to a hat trick by celebrating his goals with a kick up the backside.

It’s Unbelievably Difficult to Capture What We Do! A Testimonial.

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Coaching is an art!

How do you capture this art?

People have been asking me for 'curriculum' and things detailing what it is we do. How do we produce our end product they say. Here's a quickie from our State Cup final:

If you can't see the video, click here.

They seem to think there's a cookbook to make this happen, a recipe that can be followed.

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Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico

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Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite the pleasant moniker bestowed upon these contests by FIFA, international "friendlies" between the United States and Mexico are usually about as chummy as a night out with Drake and Chris Brown at a New York City night club.

Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico

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Despite the pleasant moniker bestowed upon these contests by FIFA, international "friendlies" between the United States and Mexico are usually about as chummy as a night out with Drake and Chris Brown at a New York City night club... meaning you're pretty much guaranteed to see more than the necessary share of testy exchanges and hostile attitudes.

Mario Balotelli says he would be a UFC fighter if he wasn’t a footballer

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To mark the release of Man City's new kit, Umbro conducted brief interviews with several of the players and the one with Mario Balotelli was, of course, the best.

He starts by being thoroughly unenthusiastic about the new kit before going on to explain why he wears the No. 45. He then shares his admiration for Drake (who he had dinner with last season) and then with the intensity of a thousand suns (or one Mario Balotelli), he says that if he wasn't a footballer, he would want to be a UFC fighter.

Major League Soccer

Red Bulls ace: ‘Houston still ahead of us’

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Only one week after dropping a 2-0 decision to the Houston Dynamo, the Red Bulls had a chance at revenge as they played host to the Dynamo on Friday night.

A strong overall performance, along with the evolving chemistry between Thierry Henry, Kenny Cooper, and recently acquired Tim Cahill, paced the Red Bulls to a 2-0 victory over Houston at Red Bull Arena.

Will Ibrahimovic Make His PSG Debut Against D.C. United?

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The answer to that question appears to be yes, as high-profile signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut against D.C. United on Saturday night.

"He will start to train this afternoon," said PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti of Ibrahimovic in a media conference call on Tuesday.

Three for Three: MLSR Predictions

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Real Salt Lake (10-6-2) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (7-5-5)
William Schulz: I think this will be a close match, considering neither team is in the best form at the moment. That being said, I think Real Salt Lake are the better team and will claim all the points.

Lenhart brace propels Earthquakes past Union

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By JOEY SAMUEL

He didn't even play half an hour, but Steven Lenhart's physical style of play in the box worked wonders on Saturday night as his two goals led the San Jose Earthquakes to victory over the Philadelphia Union.

After 75 minutes of mostly boring play from both teams, Lenhart broke the deadlock when he headed in a cross from fellow substitute Marvin Chavez.

MLS All-Star Game Will Use adidas micoach

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Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that the 2012 MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park in Chester, PA will be the first professional game to use adidas's micoach system. As explained in the press release, micoach provides "real time performance metrics on the field of play including player position, power output, speed, distance covered, intensity of play, acceleration and GPS heat mapping.

Philadelphia

Player of the week: Jack McInerney

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Oops, he did it again.

Except this time, it came with goals.

After scoring his first goal since August, Jack McInerney liked it so much he did it again 41 minutes later.

The goals set in motion Philadelphia Union's most impressive home win in the team's three-year history, a stunning 4-0 demolition of Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

DC United falls 2-1 to Philadelphia’s tighter play

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To judge from post game comments by DC United coaches and players you might think the team's major problem was that they didn't work hard enough. That description of events doesn't quite capture what really happened. While Philadelphia may have played marginally harder than DC, the real key was execution.

Newcastle United

Alan Pardew – The Intensity Will Be There At Chelsea

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Its seems that Alan Pardew said all the right things in the dressing room before the game at Wigan yesterday. You should have kept the ball Alan And it certainly seems that he has said all the right things after the game, but Newcastle were still pummeled  at the DW Stadium,  because the Wigan players had about twice the intensity the Newcastle players had, at least in the first 45 minutes when they [.

We Couldn’t Match Wigan’s Intensity And Were In Big Trouble

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Alan Pardew got it right when he said that Newcastle just couldn't match Wigan's intensity today, especially in the first half. Wigan players celebrating Di Santo's superb goal just before half time Wigan started this game like the players'  lives depended on winning it,  and Newcastle were 2-0 down after just 15 minutes, after conceding only one goal in the last six games.

FC Barcelona

Guardiola Set Believes on His Players to Eliminate Chelsea

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Barcelona's coach, Pep Guardiola, acknowledged that his team are facing a tough challenge this Tuesday as they try to overcome Chelsea's challenge at Camp Nou, chasing on the 1-0 aggregate that the Blues' had in the first meeting.

However, Guardiola has a full confidence over his players ability, believing that they will show up in the second leg despite suffering from a rather bad weekend after the home defeat against Real Madrid.

Guardiola Set Believes on His Players to Eliminate Chelsea

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Barcelona's coach, Pep Guardiola, acknowledged that his team are facing a tough challenge this Tuesday as they try to overcome Chelsea's challenge at Camp Nou, chasing on the 1-0 aggregate that the Blues' had in the first meeting.

However, Guardiola has a full confidence over his players ability, believing that they will show up in the second leg despite suffering from a rather bad weekend after the home defeat against Real Madrid.

FC Barcelona Trip: Day 13 Notes

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Little Neymar (Uly) introduction to the club

Woke up nice and early to eat some breakfast and prepare the boys with a tactical walk through. We centered on how we wanted to attack in possession and defend against Soccer Stars USA's 3-4-3 formation.

Boys looked ready and anxious. Got them prepped in our locker room and around 10:15 we took to the field for warm up.

Great 0-0 match

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People who do not know anything about football will often assume that the entertainment level of a match is about the number of goals. This is surely not the case and tonight's match between Real Madrid and Valencia was proof of it. A great and intense match with many great chances, fantastic saves (and a save counts as a goal!

The Rest

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini says he gets better with age ‘like wine’

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Mathieu Flamini says he has got better with age, "like a wine". Full story, with video, here: http://t.co/R5npi19FRT pic.twitter.com/180jHcyQqQ Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 10, 2013 Mathieu Flamini says he's getting better with age like a fine wine following his return to Arsenal. The summer signing has been getting back into the Gunners' training regime [.

The Tree Has Fallen In The Forest, Timbers’ Fans Hear it & The Sound Is Deafening…

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Portland & Gavin: Looking back at what could have been?

This piece by John Nyen written *prior* to the Timbers 5-0 FC Dallas debacle.

In the front room of a schoolhouse for survival training, Gavin Wilkinson gives master classes.

Somehow, one way or another, Wilkinson remains a sole surviving and thriving link between the re-incarnated Timbers of 2001 and the modern MLS Timbers of today.

Chelsea v Paris St-Germain – Match Preview – World Football Challenge – 22 July 2012

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Chelsea play their second match of their 2012 USA pre-season tour against French side Paris St-Germain on July 22, 2012. The match is part of the World Football Challenge featuring teams from across Europa and North America.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo

'The challenge will be to integrate the new players that we have signed for the next years and continue to build on the foundation we laid down last season.

The joys of death: Euros expansion threatens tournament’s identity

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By Max Grieve

Xavi can't be wrong – nearly everything he does is right. "The European Championships are harder than the World Cup; more intense," he said. "There are no Cinderellas. In the Euros, anyone can beat you."

The plastic balls rolled as Marco van Basten dipped his hand down into the bowl and, almost as if by divine intervention, he plucked out the Netherlands.

Analysis and player ratings: Union 2-3 Red Bulls

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian; Video: Daniel Gajdamowicz

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Losing a rivalry game can be devastating. Especially when that rival was thoroughly outplayed for 90 minutes. Yet that is where the Union find themselves.

Playing down a man for 47 minutes, the Union still turned in their best performance of 2012, looking confident on the ball and eager to attack the questionable New York defense.

Sounders Women Sign Kelli Smith

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Kelli Smith (Smitty to her teammates), is no stranger to the Sounders Women. She has played for them for a span of seven years. She started while still a standout player at the University of Washington. While stook 2011 off, to concentrate on coaching her club teams, the draw of the top quality team made it too hard to refuse coming back for a final year.

College Club Sports: Consider as Valuable Alternative to Varsity Play

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Thanks in part to Title IX, opportunities for you to participate in sports as part of your college experience have expanded substantially. Yet when thinking about competing on behalf of your school, you tend to think varsity sports. I'd like to take this opportunity to expand your horizons in case your radar is limited.