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Antonio Conte

Kante confounds Conte as Chelsea sink West Ham

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte joked he is struggling to find ways to improve N’Golo Kante after the France midfielder starred in his side’s 2-1 win at West Ham United.

Kante’s interception laid the foundation stone for Eden Hazard’s 25th-minute opener at London Stadium on Monday and he harried his opponents from first minute to last.

Kante confounds Conte as Chelsea sink West Ham

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte joked he is struggling to find ways to improve N’Golo Kante after the France midfielder starred in his side’s 2-1 win at West Ham United.

Kante’s interception laid the foundation stone for Eden Hazard’s 25th-minute opener at London Stadium on Monday and he harried his opponents from first minute to last.

Julian

Player Ratings: New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC

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Clyde Simms put in a solid performance in the Revs loss. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the New England Revolution players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection).

Nuremberg extends winning run to 4 games

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NUREMBERG, Germany — Nuremberg extended its winning run in the Bundesliga to four games on Friday, when goals from Julian Schieber, Robert Mak and Almog Cohen earned a 3-0 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Frankfurt has yet to win in the Bundesliga in 2011, and has been outscored by 11 goals to none since the [.

Arsenal

Euro 2012 Day 7 & 8: Walcott Stars, France Display Parallels With Arsenal, Spain, Italy

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He went to the 2006 World Cup as a teenager but came back without getting on the pitch. Let's just forget Euro 2008. They didn't take him to the 2010 World Cup. So it's now, in 2012, over six years after his debut for the senior side that Theo Walcott is finally seeing some action in the major tournaments for his country.

Swansea 3 – 2 Arsenal: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

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A family event at a nearby city took me out of town for the last couple of days and is the cause for the lateness of this post. It really was unavoidable but I don't want to trouble you with the details.

The result of the game, more so the manner in which the goals were conceded, was quite upsetting but after having a day to think it over I find there were a lot of talking points from the game.

Arsenal 1 – 0 QPR: Like Wolves, But With Three Points To Show

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New Years Eve brought Queens Park Rangers to the Emirates for the final match of the 2011 calendar year, and van Persie's last chance to match or break Shearer's record.

Wenger rang in the changes to the starting line up from the disappointing draw versus Wolves on Tuesday, with Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and a surprising Andrei Arshavin getting starts.

Arsenal 2 – 1 Sunderland: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

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There's Robin van Persie. And then there's the rest.

As expected, it was a hard fought game with diligent opponents crowding the midfield and the space in front of their defence. And they hardly offered any threat from open play.

The start was a bit of a pleasant surprise though. Van Persie put Arsenal ahead within 30 seconds of the start.

Gervinho Off As Arsenal Held – Match Report

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Gervinho's Arsenal debut ended in disgrace as he was sent off in a goalless Premier League draw at Newcastle United.

With a quarter of an hour left the striker, bought for £12 million from Lille and Arsenal's only major summer signing so far, was shown a straight red card for a slap on Joey Barton, who had become incensed with the Ivorian after he took a blatant dive in the box.

Liverpool

Converting Defense Into Attack

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That goal-scoring has been one of Liverpool's greatest problems is no great secret. But Liverpool's first two goals last night – more specifically, how Liverpool scored those goals with quick transitions from defense to attack – shows the promise in this side. If Liverpool play a certain way.

The first was an archetypal break from defense.

Charlie Adam, Holding Midfielder

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For many, there has been a belief that in order to get the most out of Charlie Adam he must be played as part of a three-man midfield, alongside players who will be able to cover for his shortcomings and in doing so allow him to do what he does best—break down tough opponents and create scoring opportunities.

van Persie

A good performance, but Arsenal are still in a precarious situation

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It's easy to trot out cliches about yesterday's game - it was a great advert for the premier league, etc. - but the fact of the matter is that we lost. We may have lost heroically, and we can be proud of the performance, but we're still three further behind in terms of the race for Champions League spots.

Mayday, mayday – Arsenal catch fire

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Arsenal 1-0 Manchester United

Well, that was fun.

Fresh out of the title race and with the handbrake well and truly off, Arsenal put in the kind of shift and performance that had they happened more frequently this season would have been the benchmark.

That our benchmark has in fact been drawing or losing from winning positions, or not taking our chance to edge ahead even when the opportunity is presented to us on a silver salver, makes yesterday all the more frustrating.

The Rest

Denmark 1-2 Germany

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Goals:
Podolski 19'
Krohn-Dehli 24'
Bender 80'

So the pre-tournament favorites stroll to another 2-1 win, eliminating Denmark after Portugal's win over the Netherlands. And, in the process, prove that they can succeed with possession football.

Against Portugal, Germany had 57% possession and attempted 463 passes, completing 394.

Serie A: Just Football’s Team of the Season 2011-2012

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Serie A: Just Football's Team of the Season 2011-2012 is a post from: Just Football

by Nico H

In 4-3-3 formation....

GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

A relatively easy call to make. 'Superman' has been back to his best form in Serie A this season and won his fair share of points for La Vecchia Signora with some outstanding personal performances.

Sergio Aguero Has Solo Wondergoal Scotched By Edin Dzeko’s Heroic Last-Ditch Tackle (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Seems like it was a bit of a rough old night for Sergio Aguero at the DW. Not only was he robbed of a clear goal-scoring opportunity by a flailing Honduran, Kun also saw a bobbing, weaving solo wondergoal nipped in the bud ten minutes from time.

After flitting his way past three Wigan defenders, Aguero finally set himself to pull the trigger before the crucial block was made, courtesy of a last-ditch interception by a big, awkward Bosnian lummox by the name of Edin Dzeko a man, it should be pointed out, who is also employed by City.

Philadelphia Union's Dany Califf and Sebastian Le Toux Can (Foot)Ball

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Just four guys. Having a bunch of skyward moments together.What's a Major League Soccer player to do now that it's the off-season? Well if Jurgen's not sending you abroad then you've got some time to kill.

For the Philadelphia Union's Danny Califf and Sebastian Le Toux it was hanging out with the other football's Eagles and their punter and kicker for "Eagle's Confidential".

Player Of The Year: Marvell Wynne

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Two small pieces of news before we get on with the Player Of The Year discussion:
*Steve Nicol turned down the Rapids interview request. There was some talk about him being uncomfortable with the environment here, but all along I thought getting Nicol out of Boston, where he's been for 13 years, would be a long shot.

Extremely Mini USA vs. Slovenia Preview

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Setting expectations, time constraints prevent our customary official preview format.

The USA plays Slovenia Tuesday in a rematch of the US World Cup group stage second match. No doubt there will be review of that match in depth across the US soccer media outlets. Here's one piece from us back then.

Sporting KC knock off Crew to take control of East

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By GARRETT DAVEY

The first time Sporting Kansas City walked off the field after a match at Livestrong Sporting Park, back on June 9th, the club was mired in a ten-match winless streak and buried in last place in the Eastern Conference.

On Tuesday night, with those rough early days firmly in the rearview mirror, Sporting KC completed a 15-week climb up the standings, into sole possession of first place.

Punctured Lung, Broken Rib for Tony Romo

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An MRI showed good news and bad news for Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys. The good news: he has only one broken rib (it was originally thought he had two broken ribs). The bad news: Romo has a punctured lung.

While a punctured lung is nothing to joke about, it sounds as if the Cowboys expect Romo to play in Week 3.

Tom Cleverley has all the attributes for midfield success

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With the greatest respect to Manchester United's US tour opponents, it would difficult to draw any incisive conclusions from their four successive wins pre-Barcelona friendly where they tallied an impressive 18 goals because the opposition were simply abject and below standard. However, a match up against the side that they had been routinely beaten by in the Wembley final in May would be far more educative and despite both teams not opting for full-strength, the level of quality on the pitch would have considerably improved to United's previous games.