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Chelsea star Juan Mata wants your travel tips

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Juan Mata has appealed for help to plan his next holiday. The Chelsea midfielder has revealed that he is a keen traveller. He is disappointed that he doesn't get to explore the many places that he visits with Chelsea, so he loves nothing better than discovering new places over the summer. And now he wants [.

Preview: Manchester City v Chelsea - A marker for the season?

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This afternoon Chelsea travel to Villa Park to take on Manchester City in the Community Shield - the traditional curtain raiser for the new season.

Some people are saying that this game alone could show everyone where we are at compared to City and last season but I am not so sure.

For me, it's all about our performance today.


Top five conclusions: Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

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1. You can play no strikers or three strikers and be equally bereft of any attacking potency. 2. It's not a great game if the highlight of it is the visiting manager looking for a pen. Try to find anything to top it in the video above you'll struggle. 3. The award for most [...]

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka excused from Everton match on ‘compassionate grounds’

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West Brom have confirmed that veteran striker Nicolas Anelka has been excused from this weekend's game against Everton for compassionate reasons. A statement on the club's website reads: "West Bromwich Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will not be involved in Saturday's game at Everton. "The club have excused the striker from club duty on [.

Gareth Bale unlikely to play in Spurs’ Premier League opener, says Andre Villas Boas

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says his wantaway star Gareth Bale is not likely to feature in next weekend's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace. The Spurs boss was left answering awkward questions following his side's 1-1 draw with Espanyol yesterday. Bale did not feature in the match and was not even in attendance.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes puts himself on eBay

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Paul Scholes has listed himself on eBay to raise funds for his son's team. The recently retired Manchester United midfielder is taking to the field one last time to play for Stalybridge Celtic Juniors. The club are auctioning the chance to line-up alongside Scholes for that match and bidding is already up to £4,100.

Kevin Strootman not keen to talk about Manchester United move

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Manchester United are widely expected to sign Kevin Strootman this morning or tomorrow at the very latest. And it looks like they have found a player with some common sense as he refused to comment on a potential move while representing Holland Under-21s. Betting on the PSV Eindhoven youngster moving to Old Trafford was suspended [.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio claims he won’t watch Wigan vs Swansea, calls himself Pinocchio

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio said he would not be watching tonight's Premier League match between relegation rivals Wigan and Swansea but then admitted he was telling porkies. After his side's 1-1 draw with Stoke last night, Di Canio was asked in his interview with Sky Sports whether he would be settling down in [.

Southampton’s Jason Puncheon answers a ‘call of nature’ during Everton match

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Southampton's Jason Puncheon left the field for unusual circumstances against Everton tonight... as he had to use the toilet. The Saints were left with 10 men on the field while their winger left the field to use the club's facilities. He was welcomed back rather amusingly by chants of: "Jason Puncheon, he went for a [.


Everton manager Roberto Martinez explains how to pronounce Gerard Deulofeu

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez gave the media a pronunciation lesson on how to say new signing Gerard Deulofeu's name. The on-loan Barcelona star's surname was proving tricky for reporters. Martinez noted: "You're struggling with that surname, huh?" The former Wigan manager then delivered the correct pronunication.

Remember the last time Stoke City new boy Michael Owen couldn’t stop scoring at the Britannia Stadium?

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Michael Owen is set to make his Stoke debut at home to Manchester City on Saturday. Goals are unlikely to come as easily as last time he put in a decent shift at the Brit, but at least he won't have Neville Southall to contend with this time. The Potters' stadium was the setting for [...]

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Spanish newspaper AS claim a Gareth Bale shirt has been found at Real Madrid

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A shirt featuring Gareth Bale's name and number has been found at the Bernabeu, according to Spanish newspaper AS. In one of the more tenuous transfer rumours you're likely to see this summer, the newspaper's front page splash contains a suggestion that a 'Bale 11′ shirt has been found inside Real Madrid's stadium.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Spurs fan on signing Rooney, losing to United and AVB

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Nothing is certain but death and taxes... and not losing to Spurs. They may score from the half way line in the last minute, plain for all to see, but it won't be given. They may be 3-0 up at half-time, but we'll score five in the second half. They may believe they have a freekick after one of our players blatantly handballs it, but the ref will play advantage and we will score a goal regardless.

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The press is full of reports surrounding Charlie Adam's tackle on Gareth Bale at the weekend which left the Spurs midfielder on crutches. However, thorough examination of the stories has found nothing relating to the extent of the injury itself.

Spurs fans instantly recalled another horror challenge by the same player on Gareth when Adam was at Blackpool,

"There are pictures on the internet of what he did before when he snapped all my ankle ligaments.


Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel becomes a tattoo artist

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has got plenty of experience of going under the needle to get tattoos and now he's got experience of being, erm, above the needle. The Slovakian centre-back tried his hand as a tattoo artist as part of a fund-raising effort for the Hillsborough families. Some 96 Reds fans decided to [.

George's Premier Predictions 1 September 2012

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George's predictions are back. Last time out on the final day of the season, George got an amazing 8 results right and three perfect scores. Let's hope he starts this season with a bang.

Saturday 1 September 2012

West Ham United 1 v Fulham 1
Swansea City 2 v Sunderland 1
Wigan Athletic 1 v Stoke City ‎0
Tottenham Hotspur 2 v Norwich City ‎0
West Bromwich Albion 3 v Everton ‎2
Manchester City 3 v Queens Park Rangers 0

Sunday 2 September 2012

Liverpool 0 v Arsenal 0
Southampton 1 v Manchester United ‎ 2
Newcastle United 2 v Aston Villa 0

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Reds Kick Off League Campaign With Trip To Baggies

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Steve looking chuffed with his new job...
Brendan Rodgers faces a relatively kind start to his Premier League season as Liverpool travel to the Midlands on Saturday to face West Bromwich Albion. The pre season friendlies and the start to the Europa League provided some relief to those football withdrawal symptoms but it's safe to say we're very close to being in full swing now.

Brendan's First In Front Of Kop

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Carra played his 700th game in Belarus...Gomel will be the opposition at Anfield on Thursday evening as Brendan Rodgers looks to send Liverpool through to the next round of the Europa League in his first match as manager in front of the Kop.

The first leg ended in a Liverpool win after Stewart Downing found the back of the net but it wasn't an easy victory for the Reds as Gomel provided the defence with several problems.

AVB Fury At Adam's Bale Tackle

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has criticized Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam for a heavy challenge on Gareth Bale in their goalless pre-season friendly in the United States.
Spurs and Liverpool played out a 0-0 draw at the M&T Bank Stadium, home of NFL franchise the Baltimore Ravens.
In a game which marked the Liverpool debut of summer signing Fabio Borini, Villas-Boas was critical of Adam who has previous history with Bale.

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Saturday Soccer: Chivas USA (7-11-7) at Seattle Sounders (12-6-8)

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1 p.m. on Prime and KWHY. Given what happened the last time these two teams met, this could be another ugly game of potentially epic proportions for Chivas USA in what goalkeeper Dan Kennedy called a "brutal" slump. How many of you will dare watch? Here's more from the Sounders

MLS Players Union Releases Updated Salaries

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Not much new to talk about here from our perspective, but the MLS Players Union has released an updated mid-season salary list for all MLS teams, including our own Portland Timbers. While the Timbers haven't been terribly active this mid-season with regards to bringing in new players, specifically new players from outside the league, the two new players, Danny Mwanga and Kosuke Kimura, you probably didn't catch last time salaries released are now there.

Open Cup Final and Player Salaries

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For those of you that don't already have tickets for the US Open Cup final a week from today against the Seattle Sounders, you may want to get them. Today it was announced that the US Open Cup final for this year (and the next two after that) will be shown on Gol TV. The station that most people have to get another tier on their cable provider to be able to watch the game.

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York Call a Halt to the Oxford United Sprint

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Following his analysis of York City's prospects in our Season Preview fortnight, John Dobson was present as the Minstermen put an end to Oxford United's strong start at the weekend. Here are his impressions: The last time Oxford United and York City met was in a downpour at Wembley in a Conference play-off final just over two years ago.


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Paraguayan International forward NELSON VALDEZ is one step away from returning to Spanish Football - La Liga - after playing two seasons with Hercules last time. This time around the 28 year old current RUBIN KAZIN player is about to land in VALENCIA CF with the only prerequisite left of passing the obligatory medical exam.

Soccer In America

ATTN: Columbus

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It's not often the USMNT holds an open training session. Even us scribes usually only get to see about 15 minutes near the end. However, on the morning of September 9th, the fine folks of Columbus get the whole enchilada. In case you forgot or missed it, this is how it went the last time the Nats held one of these.

Examining the USSF pyramid: The Fourth Tier

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USSF series recap - Tier 5: USASA and USCS Last time we waded through the expansive lowlands of the last rung of the American soccer ladder, comprising both the USCS (our club soccer bros) and USASA (basically everything else under the sun). From here, we beginning reaching the borderlands of the fun parts, where developmental gears start clicking together in ways recognizable to the

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Sir Alex Puts Kibosh On Chevrolet Doling Out Free Cars To Man Utd Players Aged 23 And Under

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By Chris Wright

"Get a good look at it you young'ns because it's the last time you'll ever bloody see it!"Â

With Chevrolet coming in as Manchester United's shirt sponsor as of 2014/15, Sir Alex has already put a brisk kibosh on any of his younger players' dreams of milking a gratis high-powered Yank Tank out of the company banning all players under the age of 23 from accepting sweets from strangers anything too sporty from the Chevy range.

Sir Alex Puts Kibosh On Chevrolet Doling Out Free Cars To Man Utd Players Aged 23 And Under

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By Chris Wright

"Get a good look at it you young'ns because it's the last time you'll ever bloody see it!"Â

With Chevrolet coming in as Manchester United's shirt sponsor as of 2014/15, Sir Alex has already put a brisk kibosh on any of his younger players' dreams of milking a gratis high-powered Yank Tank out of the company banning all players under the age of 23 from accepting sweets from strangers anything too sporty from the Chevy range.

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Preview: Cascadia Cup Match # 3

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Well here is the last bastion of hope for any hardware this season and hopefully Portland can play the role of spoiler for the rest of the season. For those of you who don't remember the standings for the Cascadia Cup head here. The question I have been thinking about is can Portland do something it hasn't done since July 3rd?

This weeks Glory Glory Leeds now available

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After the totally frenetic show last time, Twiggs takes it easy this week! Mostly concerned about two Leeds fans in serious need of cheering up. Two games played this past week to report on and thankfully some listener emails fill out this weeks GGL. One email offering a possible new feature for the coming season's shows!

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Coming back to town: Dynamo hoping to be Crew-el to Columbus

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Sunday night, the Houston Dynamo will hope Columbus will be Crew-el to be kind in the right measure to the tune of three points to the Orange. And after last week, I think we're all hoping for a very, very, very good sign that our march to the MLS elite will continue apace.

The Orange face the Crew, hoping to extend our home unbeaten streak to 21 games, at BBVA Compass Stadium Sunday at 8 p.

Five Questions: Revolution at Union

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The Revolution will need Shalrie Joseph to be at his best on Sunday against Philadelphia's stifling defense. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

The last time the Revolution paid a visit to PPL Park, things, shall we say, didn't go so well.

Oh, it looked promising. It definitely looked promising early.


Luna’s Solid Performance Doesn’t Change Hyndman’s Thought Process at Striker

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For the second time in his short yet promising professional career, Ruben Luna went a full 90 minutes for FC Dallas in Saturday's 3-2 win over Colorado. The last time the young striker went the distance was on April 1, 2011 at Columbus. And by all accounts, Luna was solid against the Rapids, displaying some of the same skills-like holding the ball, drawing cards and generally making life difficult on the opposition, that everyone who has seen him play knows he can display at a moment's notice.

Chelsea captain John Terry’s words to opposing player caught on camera again – considerably less controversial than the last time

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Whatever the real meaning behind John Terry's abusive words to Anton Ferdinand last October, we can all agree that the Chelsea captain's verbal salvos towards opposition players are usually somewhat antagonistic to say the least. In a refreshing twist on that consistently fulfilled caricature, the England international was caught on camera (and indeed on mic) [.

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Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 7th September

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Another successful week last time out, with the punt on Robin Van Persie to score two or more goals easily vindicated (and actually frustrating given that we should have predicted a hat-trick). Forest and Sheffield United also came in as a double, meaning that our £30 stake returned over £73. It's easy, I tells ya.

Badgers cruise past Jackrabbits

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Kinley McNicoll wasn't even born the last time the University of Wisconsin women's soccer team posted consecutive shutouts to start the season.

But Sunday afternoon, the freshman midfielder opened the scoring with her first collegiate goal and added her inaugural assist in the second half as the Badgers thumped South Dakota State 5-0 in a non-conference match at the McClimon Complex for their second straight clean sheet.

Portland Timbers at Toronto FC Preview and Match Thread

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It has been ten days since the last time we had a Portland Timbers game to watch, but with the changes that have been made in the interim, it seems like an eternity. Emotions will be running high for the Portland faithful today, as, for the first time since April 2011 -- a run of 51 league matches -- a Timbers game will start without Troy Perkins in goal.

Arsenal are talking to Olympiacos about Mirallas

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Kevin Mirallas Reveals That Talks Are Underway Between Arsenal And Olympiacos by AM The Belgium international Kevin Mirallas has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer. The Olympiacos striker had a wonderful season last time around and was the top scorer in the Greek SuperLeague. With his future at the club being the [.

Examining the USSF pyramid: The Second Tier

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USSF series recap - Tier 3: USL-Pro - Tier 4: NPSL and PDL - Tier 5: USASA and USCS Last time, on the third tier, we skirted the NASL en route to our breakdown of USL-Pro and its many, many roadblocks on the road to its ultimate incarnation. The main reason for those trip wires? You guessed it — the NASL and the defection of its owners.

Philadelphia Union at Montreal Impact - Match #20 - Game Thread

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Philadelphia Union starting XI: MacMath, Williams, Okugo, Valdes, G.Farfan, Carroll, Lahoud, M.Farfan, Adu, Pajoy, McInerney

Philadelphia Union bench: Harrison, Hoppenot, Martinez, Gomez, Gaddis, Albright, Hoffman

Montreal Impact starting XI: Ricketts, Camara, Rivas, Nesta, Ferrari, Bernier, Warner, Mapp, Felipe, Arnaud, Wenger.