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Euro 2012

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye: Jonny Wilkinson helped me through depression

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Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson helped Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye to battle depression, the Frenchman has admitted. Cabaye revealed he turned to Wilkinson's book for advice as he struggled with depression after Euro 2012. The 27-year-old said: said: "Depression? I am not afraid to say that.

Becks: England can go all the way

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On Tuesday afternoon England defeated Ukraine 1-0 in a match that will be remembered more for the brave effort of the Ukrainian side than the quality and execution of the Three Lions.

Hours before the match kicked off, former England captain David Beckham shared his thoughts on the chances of his country advancing past the group stage.

Euro 2012: Matchday One

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There's finally a chance to move on from a considerable amount of nothings to a month worth of somethings worth paying attention to, with Euro 2012 kicking off in Poland and continuing throughout the month. There'll be two matches per day for the next week and a half, allowing us a chance to shift our focus from Liverpool to supposedly meaningful international competition.

EURO 2012: It’s Portrait Day For The German National Team feat. Schweinsteiger, Podolski, Mats Hummels

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One of the best parts of coming together and bonding at an international competition is the memories to take with you forever. And the best way to leave a legacy? By taking a team portrait, of course! You can bet that Thomas Mueller wants to dust off the framed photo from 2012 on his mantelpiece in the year 2050 and mutter: "Das beste Team aller Zeiten" ("The Best Team Of All Time) to his eleven grandchildren.

Euro 2012 Betting Guide – Five top bets for the Euros

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Euro 2012 Betting Guide Five top bets for the Euros - originally posted on

With Euro 2012 less than a month away, the participating nations are starting to name their squads for the tournament and the fans' enthusiasm is beginning to build. As with any international competition, games thick and fast allow the punters to gamble on a daily basis in the search of profits, and many will be reaching for the Euro 2012 betting guide to find a bargain price or outside punt.

Steven Gerrard Talks England Future, and Other Wednesday Notes

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Enough with the doom and gloom, it's time for the news and notes. See what I did there? Yeah, I know, sorry. Plus one of the items we've got for today involves "Steven Gerrard," "injuries," and "English national team." Which doesn't bode well for moving on from said doom and gloom, but what the hell.

La Liga blog: How Spain’s staggering strength in depth fired them to the top of the Euro 2012 pile

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La Liga blog: How Spain's staggering strength in depth fired them to the top of the Euro 2012 pile

MirrorFootball has teamed up with some of the blogosphere's best new writers to bring you even more great football reads every single day. Wednesday is La Liga day, and here's www.

Rooney Not Helping England

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Rooney Not Helping England - originally posted on

Last night Wayne Rooney's astonishing moment of stupidity ensures that Manchester United star is set to miss the start of Euro 2012 next year. It remains to be seen whether he is handed more than a single match ban by UEFA for his act of madness.

England eye redemption in Montenegro

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If you were closely following England's Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, particularly as a supporter, it must have been a nightmare watching it all slip away in a bitter finale at Wembley.

It was the month of November in 2007 and Croatia were in town having already qualified themselves but certainly relishing the opportunity to shatter the Lions' dreams.


U.S. women advance to Olympic semifinals with win over New Zealand

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The U.S. women's national team's hopes for another Olympic gold medal are still alive, and so is its shutout streak.

Abby Wambach scored in the first half, and substitute Sydney LeRoux ended all doubt with a late clincher, as the U.S. women held off New Zealand 2-0 and advanced to the semifinals of the Olympic tournament at St.

Dalglish: Player’s Need To Learn How To Deal With Their Frustrations

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It should have been a dream return for Andy Carroll to St. Jame's Park, instead it turned out to be a nightmare as Liverpool lost 2-0 to further complicate their chances of playing in Europe next season. Sunday's loss makes it the third consecutive loss for Dalglish who is starting to feel the heat of the job.

UEFA Champions League

Where should van Persie play this season?

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Time is winding down for Robin van Persie to make a move away from Arsenal, but the question that remains is: Where exactly will he go?

The list of reported interested suitors in the Dutch international are some of the premier clubs in the world. From Manchester United to Manchester City to Juventus, van Persie has attracted a number of top teams who not only have an eye on their respective domestic leagues, but also on the UEFA Champions League.

Weekend Soccer on Television - 10/11 March 2012

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It's a good thing that this weekend is surrounded by two weeks of great matches coming from the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Copa Libertadores because this weekend's action is crap. You know how much I enjoy telling you about all of the great matches coming up every weekend.

World Football

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: Australia's newest, oldest club?

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By James Pennington

A sense of history is always relative, and in Australian sport any team, venue or personality that has been around for more than a couple of decades is venerated as a hallowed asset to society. Australia played a rugby international against Wales at the Sydney Football Stadium in mid-June, a venue that had not seen international competition featuring the Wallabies since 1998.

Switzerland: FC Sion deducted 36 points in Swiss League

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Swiss side FC Sion have been docked 36 points by their national federation, the Schweizer Fussball Verband. The deduction came into force with the club losing three points for every game which featured any of six ineligible players – namely Stefan Glarner, Pascal Feindouno, José Julio Gomes Gonçalves, Billy Ketkeophomphone, Mario Mutsch und Gabriel Garcia de la Tore in the country's Axpo Super League.

World Cup

Mewis Leads Next Generation

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While in Princeton, N.J., for the USA's May training camp, Studio 90 sat down with 21-year-old Kristie Mewis, one of the top young players in the national team programs. Mewis saw quite a bit of training time with the full U.S. team this year, but has yet to earn a cap.

She knows that she has been brought in just to learn and get a taste for the intense level of full international competition, and for the rising senior at Boston College, it's been a soccer experience of a lifetime.

Euro 2012 Predictions

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The Euro's are my favorite international competition. At 16-teams you don't get some of the lightweights that reach the World Cup FInals, which means that every game in the Euros is close, with makes for compelling drama and must-watch TV.

The competition kicks off tomorrow and here is look into my crystal ball to see who will be crowned European Champions.

Déjà Vu for Toshack in Macedonia

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Wales versus Paraguay at the Millennium Stadium, March 2006. A warm up match for Wales' opponents ahead of the World Cup and a match I remember well for typifying John Toshack's Wales. The performance was satisfactory, Wales didn't have as many shots as their opponents, but held possession reasonably well.

Antigua and Barbuda Advance to Semifinal Round of Qualifying for 2014 FIFA World Cup

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In one of the biggest surprises in all of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, the tiny island nation of Antigua and Barbuda have reached the semifinal round for the first time in history after defeating Haiti and capturing the top spot in Group H. They won each of their first five matches in the second round by a combined margin of 25-3.

Taking the Field After Sept. 11

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Oct. 7, 2001, is a day that lives in U.S. Soccer history on many levels. Being the first team to represent the United States in international competition since Sept. 11, the U.S. pulled out a thrilling 2-1 victory against Jamaica, and with the other results in CONCACAF qualifying improbably going their way, the team qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup that day.

Gary Neville: Those ‘monster’ WAGs just had to be stopped

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Gary Neville: Those 'monster' WAGs just had to be stopped

It's gutting to look back on the 2006 World Cup finals as my last international competition, a tournament that will always be remembered more for the wives and girlfriends than football.

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Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Preseason 2.0 Edition

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The Portland Timbers trained as usual at the Timbers' training facility in Beaverton this morning. Players stayed out on the field until well after noon today, taking advantage of the almost-summer sun. We were not allowed to see any of the players' post-training activities, so I don't have anything to report on that footing.

Union to host Aston Villa at PPL on July 18

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The Philadelphia Union announced today that they will host Aston Villa at PPL Park on Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30pm, confirming an earlier announcement on the Premiership club's website.

Tickets for the event are included in full season ticket packages at no additional cost.

"Card-carrying season ticket holders will have the game loaded on their season ticket card and those with printed tickets will have tickets for this match mailed to them by mid-June," said the announcement.

Player Pool

United States unveils Olympics squad

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On Monday, U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach Caleb Porter announced his roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, taking place later this month.

Of the 19 players named to the roster, 13 are currently playing in Major League Soccer.

On Tuesday the 13th, the team will assemble in Nashville to begin training camp.

Kellen Gulley officially signs with the Chicago Fire

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As reported originally on Soccer by Ives a couple of weeks ago, the Chicago Fire have signed 17 year-old striker Kellen Gulley as a Home Grown Player. Gulley comes from the Chicago Fire Juniors - Mississippi and becomes the first player from the three Juniors programs based outside of Chicagoland to sign with the club's first team.

The Rest

The Return of the MLS Western Conference

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The MLS returns to action this evening, now that the FIFA-mandated international break has mostly passed. The European Championships continue, but nearly every other international competition has wrapped up this past week. So that means we're back to MLS soccer. All but one of the Western Conference teams will be in action this weekend, with the San Jose Earthquakes waiting until Wednesday to get their restart.

Aston Villa To Play Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Union announced on Tuesday that they will play Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj's Aston Villa at PPL Park on July 18th. "It's our ongoing commitment to bring world-class international competition to Philadelphia," Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said. "We are very proud to host Aston Villa in what will be a challenge for our club and a treat for our fans.

Mohammed Abou- treika retires after Al Ahly tragedy

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Mohamed Abou-treika whose accomplishments as a humanitarian are as luminous as his accomplishments on the soccer pitch announced his retirement from his beloved Al Ahly club. He was joined by fellow icons Emad Moteab and Mohamed Barakat, all stalwarts of the club as they made their announcement on Ahly TV.

VIDEO - USMNT Highlights vs. Venezuela (With Post Match Quotes)

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Post Match Quotes from

U.S. Men's National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN:
On Jermaine Jones and what went in to decision to make captain:
"It was certainly a difficult situation for Jermaine with the suspension in Germany.

On Brazil 2014, Fifa and The Founding of Corruption

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The English Ramblers were an early challenger and loser to the entity known as "Fifa."

Editor's note: This is the 2nd piece for The Shin Guardian from Joshua Wells. Josh is broadly looking at the administrative side of soccer from legality through business practice here at TSG

Over the course of history, repressive governments tend to have common characteristics that define their operations and their impact on the world.

WCR Monthly International RPI Rankings - September 2011

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Since we're in the throes of international competition and most of the domestic league action is on hiatus (save South America, where we are still getting a full slate of action), this week's Weekly Club Rankings are being postponed a week in order to bring you the WCR International RPI Rankings for September 2011.