last game


Arsenal ready for Bernard move after final scouting mission, Spurs cool interest

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Arsenal look set to bid for Brazil star Bernand after scouting him in last night's Copa Libertadores final second-leg. The 20-year-old helped his Atletico Mineiro side to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Paraguay's Olimpia to win South America's equivalent of the Champions League on penalties.

Arsenal Tribute – Goodbye and Good Luck Bacary!

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Thank You Sagna! by Dan S

It was never going to be a world news story like David Beckham, sentimental like saying goodbye to Sir Alex or mentioned in the same breath as Jamie Carragher or Michael Owen's retirement but there is a high chance that after six solid years Bacary Sagna may very well have played his last game for Arsenal yesterday.

Premier League 2011/2012 to 2012/2013 player changes

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The close season is traditionally a time where clubs jettison their weak players, replacing them with footballers with the skill to take the club one step further, whether that be to qualify or European competition or avoid another year's relegation struggle. With that in mind I thought it would be interesting to see which clubs decided a wholesale change would be preferable to keeping faith with the players who toiled their way through the 2011/2012 season.

Alex Song vs Andre Santos Arsenal penalty shoot-out

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When your club hasn't won a trophy for seven seasons, as a squad you could be excused for feeling the pressure going into the new campaign. But that certainly isn't the case at Arsenal despite the barren run of silverware, as Gunners defender Andre Santos and midfielder Alex Song enjoyed a relaxed game of penalties [.

Sir Alex Ferguson

West Brom fans cashing in on Fergie’s retirement ahead of Manchester United match

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West Brom fans are receiving an unexpected windfall following Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire at the end of the season. The Baggies' final match of the season is at home to Manchester United, which means it is also Fergie's last game in the dugout. With United fans desperate to be there to see him [.

Reading turn down chance to buy AC Milan legend and offside king Filippo Inzaghi

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Italian poacher extraordinaire Fillipo Inzaghi has several fine accomplishments to his name, including the record for most hat-tricks scored in Serie A, and is the second most prolific scorer in European club competitions. But that fine pedigree was not quite enough to turn the shiny head of Reading manager Brian McDermott, who passed up the [.

World Cup

The Road To Brazil Begins For Spain This Week

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Spain begins it's World Cup qualifying campaign this week in Georgia and Iker Casillas feels it is vital that the defending champions get this new qualifying campaign off to a winning start.

"We need to get the three points because we have some important games coming up, so we have to beat Georgia as they have already got a win under their belt and we must hit the ground running" said Casillas.

Reggae Boyz II Men: the USMNT Runs Dry against Jamaica

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Tactics. Injuries. Luck. I tried to make sense of the US loss to Jamaica in Kingston, but this was the best I could come up with. I promise no Beach Boys if the US advances on the last game away to Antigua.


English Premier League

DEBATE: What's Chelsea's strongest back four?

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So we would have had two weeks since Chelsea's last game against Atletico Madrid by the time we are ready to face QPR on Saturday. We all know what happened in Monaco and have our concerns with the way we were ripped apart defensively.

I just want to know what you people think is Chelsea's strongest back four now at the club and for the hostile atmosphere this weekend at Loftus Road?

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David Bentley's Tottenham misery is prolonged until January at least with the news that the 28 year old has joined Russian Premier League outfit FC Rostov on a short term loan.

Bentley had suggested at the start of the season that new head coach Andre Villas-Boas had given him a clean slate and asked the winger to prove that he still has a future at the club.

Liverpool v Arsenal Preview : Pass and Pass

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Unleash the Ox

Anfield. Arsenal do have plenty of memories at this ground. As with many things in this world, there are good memories and bad memories. Whether we were old enough to remember the 1989 game or know about it via watching old videos or reading articles about it, that last game of the season has to go down as one of the best moments in Arsenal's history.

The Tactics Board – United catch Merseyside Blues

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The Premier League season opened for Manchester United this season with a challenging visit to Goodison Park to face a tough Everton squad. Many Red fans will remember our last game against Everton, a 4-4 draw that seemed to cost the Red Devils their 20th league championship. This game was highly anticipated by most people [.

Joe Hart recalls “15-minute nightmare”

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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has urged his teammates to fight successfully for silverware every season but admits that the roller-coaster 2011-12 title race left him sweating on the final match-day.

City, who controlled their destiny going into the last game of the season at home to QPR, needed to match Manchester United's result to lift the title at the Red Devils' expense.


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I am shocked and surprised by our performance yesterday and can't believe what happened with our defending.

Now I am normally the first to say "It's only pre season!" and to remind people to not jump to conclusions but after yesterday it's hard not to.

One thing is for sure, Chelsea's 4-3-3 system looks dead in the water now and should be disposed of.

What Is The Correct Level of Analysis After A Pre-Season Friendly?

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I haven't been writing regularly recently and that's mainly because there's very little I have to say right now. Didn't want to read too much into pre-season friendlies and transfer rumours don't excite me anymore. But today I had a good chat with some people on twitter about the game against City and it's given me enough thoughts to write this post and make some points that have been troubling me for a while.

Defender agrees Potters move

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On Tuesday, Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron agreed to terms with Barclays Premier League side Stoke City on a deal that will bring the US international defender to Britannia Stadium.

Talks between Stoke and MLS have been ongoing for weeks, with the two sides finally agreeing to terms on Tuesday.

Taxi for Mr. van Persie?

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Robin van Persie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It now seems clear that Robin van Persie has played his last game for Arsenal.

News that the Dutchman will not be involved in the club's pre-season tour of the Far East leaves little room for doubt that he is on his way out of The Emirates.

It is being reported that Arsenal have turned down an offer from Manchester United and will only entertain bids in excess of £20 million although, they are hoping to hold out for between £25 and £30 million.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders v Chivas USA Again - Gamethread

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If you feel like you've seen enough of Chivas USA imagine being the players and coaches that watch that match tape to get ready for them. In many ways those past performances are not indications of much. Few teams in MLS have added so much talent during the season. It's certain that none have done that while not really getting better.

Report: Namoff suing D.C. United for negligence

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Former D.C. United defender Bryan Namoff had his career end prematurely because of a concussion, and he is reportedly taking legal action against the club for failing to act with the proper care that could have prevented the ongoing medical issues he faces today.

Whitecaps MF Barry Robson Suspended For Game Vs. Sounders

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The already short-handed Vancouver Whitecaps will be a little more so after learning that Designated Player Barry Robson was suspended for Saturday's game against the Seattle Sounders. The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced the punishment for "aggravated dissent against an assistant referee" on Saturday morning, just hours before the scheduled kickoff time.

Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes - Gamethread

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San Jose is an odd team. They actually give up more goals early in the game. They and the Sounders both score more often in the second half, but tonight with Seattle being exhausted from a compact schedule they could push for an early goal well as fresh as they can be and sit back. This kind of cynical tactic is rarely used by Sigi Schmid, but today it makes sense.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Nice While It Lasted Edition [Poll]

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In what has turned into one of the Timbers' longest standing traditions since joining MLS, the team gave up three goals while visiting Colorado's Dicks Sporting Goods Park. In a lackluster effort, standout performances were few and far between, with even the best showings tempered by moments of rashness or lapses in concentration.

Recap: Well, that sucked.

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Quick Recap:

The Portland Timbers once again go to Colorado and get absolutely pasted. The Colorado Rapids did everything they were supposed to do and wanted to do, meanwhile the Timbers looked listless on offense and some of the defenders looked clueless. 3-0 loss and back into the cellar.

Looking back to look forward: Is the elusive road win in sight?

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Thank you for the feed back on the last preview and with that feed back I will do my best to try to have the same format.

With the win last Friday the Portland Timbers finally climbed out of the cellar and now they need to get a result on the road to stay out of it. Colorado has not been a place Portland has looked forward to traveling to with each game they have played at the Dick ending in 3-0 losses.

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids Links and Match Thread [7:30 PM]

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Fresh off their first win in a long time, the Portland Timbers remain at home this week to take on Western Conference rival the Colorado Rapids in a two game, home and away series. While the Timbers are still sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference table, last week's win has offered them a gleam of hope that they don't have to stay down there.

Quotes, stats, and links: FC Dallas Edition

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Portland Timbers Quotes

Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson

Thoughts on the match:
"I thought we deserved to win it. I said that in the last game against Chivas USA. I'll give a lot of credit to the guys. We went down 1-0. It feels that every mistake that we make at the moment we get punished for, and I think that's a valuable lesson for us.

Recap: Oh Captain my Captain! Portland ties FC Dallas on Jewsbury's goal

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The weather made it feel like FC Dallas was at home and the Portland Timbers were on the road but the result was not the same as the last game these teams played. Portland, namely Franck Songo'o, came out strong but were unable to get the opening goal in the first half and were then punished for a defensive mistake.


Jozy Alti-DING! - Part Deux

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Simply to avoid confusion in locating the video, we have a fresh post to relay that Jozy Altidore piled on his second (and earned another Man of the Match prize) near the end of a 3-1 AZ win. Of course, that is his fourth goal of the young season, two above the pack ahead of the last game of the round, NEC v Ajax.

Probing Le Mans’ Anthony Koura – Toon’s double scoring trialist

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In the last game for Newcastle United's Reserves clash against a Hamilton Academical 11, it was a young French trialist (named only as "Trialist" on the team sheet) who undoubtedly stole the show. He scored two goals, narrowly missing out on a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory for the second string Mags. Newcastle United's club [.

three games

Toluca Rises to the Top of Liga MX, Week 3 in Review

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In this installment of Ordinary Orange Fan Talks Mexican, we have much to discuss regarding the most recent week in Liga MX. There were quite a few surprises, a couple great comebacks, and of course incredible goals.

Three weeks into the Apertura 2012, Toluca stands tall at the top of the Mexican table with three victories.

Road Form Not Good Enough

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Just over two weeks ago the New England Revolution looked primed to make a run at the playoffs. The club was in the midst of a five game unbeaten streak, sitting in sixth place in the East and closing in on the fifth and final playoff spot while preparing to face the worst team in the league, Toronto FC, at home.

The Rest

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina set to join Barcelona in the summer

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Pepe Reina seems likely to have played his last game for Liverpool, with media reports in Spain suggesting he has already agreed a deal that will see him join Barcelona next season. The long-serving keeper has been shipped out on loan to Napoli this season after Brendan Rodgers paid £9m to bring Sunderland goalie Simon [.

Top 10 moments of David Beckham career

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Following the news that David Beckham is to hang up his boots at the end of the season, OTP explores some of the standout moments of the ex-England captain's career. 1. The free-kick against Greece Having already ran around like a man possessed to play Greece almost by himself for most of the match, Becks [.

Trade Official, Rapids Get Draft Pick

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Here's the official announcement, the Rapids get a conditional draft pick from Chicago in exchange for Wells Thompson.

There's a good deal of consternation in the on-line Rapids fanbase about wells asking to be traded to find playing time, but it doesn't bother me. Look at what's happened this season:

*Wells was on pace for 727 minutes this year, his lowest season total of his career.

QPR Report Saturday: QPR CEO Philip Beard Talking re QPR Transfers and Premiership Finances/Meeting...On This Day Flashbacks: Crushing John Toshack's Cardiff...

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- QPR History: From the 1880s to the 21st Century: Bushman QPR Photo Archives

Queen's Park Rangers CEO Philip Beard on Sky's Footballers' Football Show this week- and as usual spoke a lot of sense.

QPR's Double Winning (and Tottenham's Double Winning) Les Allen Turns 75 Today

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Happy Birthday to QPR Great, Les Allen, who Turns 75 Today

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- Photos from the Bushman QPR Photo Archives

- Video: Playing in QPR 1967's League Cup Final

QPR's Les Allen Turns Seventy-Five

Les Allen - Ex-QPR player and manager (and father of Clive and Bradley Allen and uncle of martin Les Allen, Turned Seventy-Five : Born September 4, 1937.

USA vs Japan in Gold Medal Match:Game Thread

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After last night, we need a good, successful match without all the drama. Enter the USA National team, going for gold against the Japanese. Is it too much to hope that this game ends well in regulation? Is it too much to ask that the US doesn't wait until the last possible second to win? I don't know.

Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas Player Ratings: Goodbye Perkins Edition

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Last Sunday was yet another game at home and, while we didn't get the result we all wanted, looking back it was a sad occasion for more than just the draw. It was Troy Perkins' last game as a Portland Timber. Of course, we didn't know it at the time, but with the recent trade, it's almost hard to remember the game at all.

Alvaro Fernandez - A bit of analysis

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As you are all now well aware of Alvaro Fernandez has been acquired by the Chicago Fire for allocation money. This can only be described as a huge boost for the Fire organization. Fernandez has been a main stay in the very good Seattle offensive attack over the last few years. His production has fallen off from last season to this season.

Dynamo v Impact: Three games, 9 points? I'll take it

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Houston set out with something to prove at the start of the first of three home games last week. The team needed quality performances, solid defensive effort, and most of all they needed all nine points to put themselves in the mix for the home field advantage in their MLS Cup campaign. After capping two performances where officials graced the Dynamo by awarding two red cards, one for each of the first two home games, thus giving the team a man up advantage.