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Super fly to victory

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SUPERFLY 3-0 WIGSTON UNITED Sunday 9th September 2012 Alliance Football League Division 3 Bosworth Academy, Leicester Lane, Desford
With it being another glorious sunny day and the wife at work this morning, I took advantage of this to take in another game in the Alliance Football League.


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Couple of days back I did a post on young Barça & Spanish Football talent Gerard Deulofeu. This time around & continuing with Spanish Football promises, here is another name to list. OLIVER TORRES of just 17 years of age & crowned U-19 European Champions with Spain last Sunday. Oliver The "kid" is a midfielder & admires Xavi & Iniesta, so much so, that the player moves & pushes the ball like


Arsenal could lose Diaby through Deschamps’ risk.

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Abou Diaby continues to stride for the French National Team by AH Abou Diaby had yet another man of the match performance for France in their 1-0 victory over Finland, following his world class performance for Arsenal against Liverpool last Sunday. The midfielder scored the only goal of the game and manager Dider Deschamps praised [.

Lucas Out For Three Months

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has suffered a new fitness nightmare after being ruled out for up to three months with a thigh injury.
The Brazilian sustained the problem in the warm-up before last Sunday's draw with Manchester City and limped out of the game after just five minutes at Anfield.

Toronto FC

A Must Win for the Supporters' Shield

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With 8 games left in the season, Sporting KC is currently 3 points out of the race for the Supporters' Shield. Behind San Jose, KC doesn't have many games that you can immediately look at and say "oh yeah that should be a win," but tomorrow night at Livestrong Sporting Park, KC has one of those games.

MLS re-schedules Columbus-Toronto FC match to let Crew attend Urso's funeral

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Just five days after the death of Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso, Major League Soccer announced on Thursday night that the Crew's match against Toronto FC, originally set for Saturday, has been postponed until Aug. 22nd.

The re-scheduling of the match will allow the Crew to attend Urso's funeral.

Revolution Vs. Toronto: Know Thy Enemy Part 2

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It seems like just yesterday that the New England Revolution earned a last-gasp draw against Toronto FC at BMO Field. In fact it was only about three weeks ago, but who's counting? The Revs are going to welcome the Reds to Gillette Stadium on Saturday night with the hopes of winning big over the Eastern Conference basement dwellers.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Who Is That Masked Man? Edition

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The Portland Timbers practiced today at Jeld-Wen Field ahead of their Cascadia Cup match up with the Vancouver Whitecaps tomorrow night. While the Whitecaps are still in a strong position to compete for a playoff berth, the Timbers only remaining chance at glory this season is a victory over their Cascadian rivals in Vancouver and Seattle.

Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Offense Edition

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Pardon us for being a day tardy with our usual Man of the Match series as we aim to return to full power after the four of us have taken turns going on vacations, etc. It's a busy job keeping track of the Portland Timbers, and some weeks we just need a break, ya know?

Last Sunday saw the Portland Timbers take on the New York Red Bulls in what would be a thrilling offensive affair from both sides.

Recap: Timbers U23s returns favor, end Pumas title defense

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The Portland Timbers U23s celebrate Mark Sherrod's 3rd minute goal. Photo by Jeremiah Mitchell Braeback.

GLADSTONE, ORE - Same teams, different results. With a spot in the PDL Western Conference Semifinals on the line, the Portland Timbers U23s proved to be the strong side as they move on following their 2-1 victory over a familiar foe in the Kitsap Pumas.

UPDATED: Portland Timbers U23s host Kitsap Pumas with sights set on playoff run

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Portland Timbers U23s to Host Kitsap Pumas Sunday

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The 2010 PDL Champions will host the 2011 PDL Champions on Sunday, July 15 as the Portland Timbers U23s (10-4-2, 32pts) host the Kitsap Pumas (10-4-2, 32pts) at Gladstone High School, following the Portland Rain v. Eugene Metros FC match at 3:00pm.

UPDATE: The match is scheduled for 6:30 PM.

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Preview and Match Thread [6:00 PM]

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Last Sunday the Portland Timbers faced a huge test against their northern rivals the Seattle Sounders and they came out on top. It wasn't a pretty game. It wasn't an overtly dominant performance by the Timbers, but they dragged out a 2-1 victory... and that's what really matters, especially against a rival such as Seattle.

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Preview Interview and Pre-Game Chat

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While the Portland Timbers faced off against a tough opponent and came out the better side last Sunday, their true test will be tomorrow night when they go on the road, once again, to take on Western Conference rival the Colorado Rapids. As we all know, the Timbers don't have the bets record against Colorado so far since joining MLS and, with the Rapids now returning to full strength after a series of injuries, Spencer's side will truly be tested.

Cascadia Cup: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders Preview and Match Thread [2:00 PM]

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Big day. Big match. Big EVERYTHING. There's really not much I can say about the rivalry today that most of you don't already know. But if this IS your first time heading to a match between these two sides, all I will say is be prepared. There's nothing timid about a Portland Timbers - Seattle Sounders match.

Portland Timbers Defender Hanyer Mosquera Fined and Suspended 3 Games

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Ouch. This is certainly going to hurt the Portland Timbers back line over the next three matches, as Hanyer Mosquera is often the one doing the most to stop oncoming attacks. His absence will surely be felt.

For those that don't know, Mosqo is being fined and suspended for punching LA Galaxy player Jack McBean (yes that's his real name) in the late part of last Sunday's game.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Counting Down the Days Edition

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With their Cascadia Cup clash against the Seattle Sounders only two days away, the Portland Timbers held a closed training session at Jeld-Wen Field this morning. Returning from a day off yesterday, the Timbers held a full practice session today, not wrapping things up until after 11:30.

Eric Brunner and Rodney Wallace continued to miss practice as both are still recovering from their respective injuries.

John Terry

MLS All Stars beat Chelsea on Eddie Johnson's last minute strike

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The MLS All Stars seem to have Chelsea's number and just like he did six years ago, Dwayne De Rosario proved to be a pivotal player in this years win too. The DC United midfielder set up Chris Pontius for the equalizer.

Before that two Chelsea veterans had sent their side ahead as John Terry scored from a header and then Frank Lampard batted the ball with his leg past Dan Kennedy after the goalie completely missed collecting a cross.

Police force provide superb crime-related twitter commentary during England v Italy quarter-final

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After hearing that Ashley Cole and Ashley Young were racially abused on Twitter after England were knocked out of Euro 2012, you could be forgiven for re-evaluating the worth of the popular social networking platform. Thankfully, our 140-character  faith was restored when we heard this story. On the night of the England v Italy quarter-final, [.

New York Red Bulls

Cahill’s potential impact on the Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls have long been on the hunt for an attacking midfielder. The last steady offensive distributor for the team left in 2006. His name? Amado Guevara.

Since the Honduran's departure, many have attempted to fill in the role for New York with little success to show for it.

Matchday @Red Bull Arena: Red Bulls vs Union

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It's matchday again @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita)! This time, our glorious club takes on its I-95 rival Philadelphia Union (2:30pm ET, ESPN, match notes here). Let's look at how both teams come into this one.

The Union are in the midst of a resurgence, as it has won the three MLS games played in the month of July.

Ten-man Fire hang on to edge Whitecaps

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After perhaps their worst performance of the season last Sunday, the pressure was on the Chicago Fire to turn things around.

The Men in Red responded.

A Pavel Pardo goal off a free kick early in the first half was the difference as the Fire were able to overcome a late red card to Arne Friedrich to knock off the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 in front of 16,820 fans at Toyota Park.

Matchday @BMO: Toronto FC vs Red Bulls

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Good afternoon! It's matchday again and our glorious club has traveled north of the border, to face a resurgent Toronto FC (7:00pm ET, MSG, Galavision, match notes here). Let's look at how both teams come into this one.

Toronto has come on strong, since Andy Dick's doppleganger (Paul Mariner) took over.

Match #15 Preview: Crew v. Fire - Round 2

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Last Sunday, the Chicago Fire ended the 6 game unbeaten streak of the New York Red Bulls. This Saturday, another team with a 6 game unbeaten streak comes to Toyota Park, where unbeaten streaks come to die. Yes, you read that right, the Columbus Crew are riding a 6 game unbeaten streak. Their streak is not as impressive as the one the Red Bulls had, but it is an unbeaten streak none the less.

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Columbus Crew will test DC United’s maturity

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Tonight's game at Columbus is not a season defining game, but it may well demonstrate whether the first 17 minutes of last Sunday's match at Houston or the 73 that followed were. Coherence and a small degree of dominance broke down when Bill Hamid was ejected and DC United failed to survive the loss of one player.

Robin van Persie – one of the best No. 10′s

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"Because he[RvP] is one of the best no10's in the world" Van Marwijk.

The Dutch national manager Bert van Marwijk opted to play RvP behind the striker, in the no10 position, against Portugal last Sunday. He was desperate to turn things round and for once he gave in to the strong calls in Holland to play Huntelaar, the Bundeslega top scorer, and RvP, the PL top scorer, together up front.

Robin van Persie – one of the best No. 10′s

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"Because he[RvP] is one of the best no10's in the world" Van Marwijk.

The Dutch national manager Bert van Marwijk opted to play RvP behind the striker, in the no10 position, against Portugal last Sunday. He was desperate to turn things round and for once he gave in to the strong calls in Holland to play Huntelaar, the Bundeslega top scorer, and RvP, the PL top scorer, together up front.

Transfer Rumors

Newcastle To Ramp Up Efforts This Week For Debuchy

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Last Sunday at this time we were hoping by now that Newcastle could have brought one of their top three targets Mathieu Debuchy, Luuk de Jong and Douglas to Tyneside, but the only real successes last week was selling Leon Best and Fraser Forster, to Blackburn and Celtic respectively for a total of £5M, bringing in top 18 year old Gael Bigirimana from [.

Hoilett Prices Himself Out Of A Deal At Newcastle

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Newcastle have been interested in the 22 year-old for over a year now, and he became a free agent last Sunday. Junior Hoilett wage demands scare off the Magpies Blackburn's Canadian winger Junior Hoilett has refused to sign a new contract at Blackburn for a year now, and it seems that he is no longer on Newcastle's radar screen either.

The Rest

Athletic v Athletic

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Friday 7th September 2012
Alliance Football League Division 4
Kirkby Road, Desford, Leicestershire

A glorious day weather wise convinced me to make a fifteen minute drive to Desford, this for a Sunday League match being played on a Friday evening.

Swiss ‘Keeper Absolutely Larrups One In From 80-Odd Yards Without Bouncing (Video)

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By Chris Wright

This dates from last Sunday so it's getting on a bit in internet years and there's a good chance you may have already seen it, but here's Dardania Lausanne 'keeper Dominique Niederhauser absolutely larruping one in from well over 70 (pushing 80) yards in their 1-6 away tonking of Genolier-Begnins in the Swiss sixth tier.

Carlos Tevez for Manchester City (v Chelsea), 12 August 2012

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So, the Olympics was great. We got to cheer a wide range of people we'd never heard of in sports that we could barely identify. From loudly encouraging a Welsh teenager to kick someone hard in the head to praying that a small Chinese man would hit his noggin on a diving platform, it was a fortnight of memorable sporting moments.

Not a concern even as Duric scored double

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"He's only 42, he's better than Zizou!"Two goals from the man who just celebrated his 42nd birthday days ago may have brought some cheers to national coach Raddy Avramovic, who made no secret of his frustration of the lengthy win-less streak prior to this game against Hong Kong at "Wild Wild West" - Jurong West Stadium.

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.

First Training in Glasgow

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The notorious Glasgow weather reared its soggy head today for the USA's first training in the city that will host its first two Olympics matches. It never rained too hard, and while the field was a bit soggy, it held up well, making for some seriously fast-paced training drills and scrimmages.

Tactical Preview – Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps

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1. Are we too predictable? Time for a formation change?

When asked about whether fatigue was a factor in last Sunday's loss to the LA Galaxy, Frank Klopas was having none of it. "They have four days to recover, if you can't recover in four days then maybe you should retire," stated Klopas.

Rangers: Crime, Punishment & Consequence

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Last Sunday's website statement from the Hibernian Supporters Club ("Hibs Club") and the Rangers Supporters Trust response to it exposed a chasm in thinking on Scottish football's current problems. Supporters appear split down the middle between those who see Rangers as persecuted victims (Rangers fans) and those who see them as having taken Scottish football to the brink through their own poor financial management over the last 20 years (everyone else).

Preview: Reading United vs. Bermuda Hogges

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Photo: Courtesy of Glenn Riegel/Reading United

Rested and ready for the business end of their season, Reading United return to Premier Development League action on Friday with a match at Albright College's Shirk Stadium. Winless in their last three matches and clinging to the Mid-Atlantic Division's final playoff spot, United welcome the Bermuda Hogges to town for a 7pm kickoff.

Who has the Best Defense in the League? Portland

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I know you are sitting there trying to figure out what I am smoking and how I am going to justify that statement. Well you will just have to read on to find out how I do justify that statement. So let's start with a minor tweak and add a couple of words to the statement, it really should read "Portland has the league's best defense over the last 2 months of the season.

Will Ronaldo prove he’s the worlds greatest player?

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Time for a Semi.

After the heartbreak of last Sunday night, I have finally dragged myself back to the computer to trudge out a few lines with the tears still streaming down my face, I should be used to it by now but it still hurts. Fair play to Italy, they deserved it, the 3 Lions didn't, we were 2nd best and Roy obviously didn't take note of my blueprint to stifle the Azzurri but I'm sure he was a bit busy (more on this next week).