league campaign

Liverpool

Newcastle vs Liverpool: Magpies and Reds Projected Lineups Include Remy and Suarez

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Liverpool head to St. James' Park joint top of the table with Arsenal and on the best start to a Premier League Campaign in their history on the line. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge continue to only get better and the Newcastle defense will be in for a long early kickoff shift.

Newcastle's central defensive issues with both Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini expected to be ruled out will see Michael Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa likely to be faced with the threat of Liverpool's SAS.

Liverpool at Hearts 08.23.12

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on FSC

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 3-0 Gomel (h), 1-0 Gomel (a)
Hearts: n/a

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-3 West Brom (a); 3-0 Gomel (h); 1-0 Gomel (a)
Hearts: 2-2 Inverness CT (h); 1-1 Hibernian (a); 2-0 St.

On Suarez and Gerrard at West Brom

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"Even if Liverpool gets better production from the supporting cast – and honestly, there's seemingly nowhere to go but up in that category – as [Suarez and Gerrard] go, so goes Liverpool."

I hate being right.

And yesterday, in the first match of the league campaign, Suarez misfired and Gerrard had little influence on proceedings, and Liverpool failed to take advantage when in control then succumbed to a wonder goal followed by multiple defensive errors and a sending-off.

group stage

Manchester United’s Champions League finals

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Another Champions League season group stage gets underway this evening. Premier League champions Manchester United are at home to Bayer Leverkusen. The German side beat United in the 2002 Champions League semi-final, and David Moyes will be hoping they don't cause any such problems as he attempts to make his first Champions League campaign a [.

Newcastle set for great days out

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The city of Newcastle is famed for its vibrant nightlife culture, with clubs, pubs and bars open all hours as thousands flock into the city centre every night. As though Tynesiders were not blessed enough with the fun to have in their own city, they've been given three more excuses for a wild time as Newcastle United enter the group stage of the Europa League.

Game Thread: Dynamo at Olimpia, 2012 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage

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BROADCAST INFORMATION: Fox Soccer - 9 p.m. Univision Deportes Network - 9 p.m. La Ranchera 850 - 9 p.m.
PREVIEW: The Houston Dynamo continue their 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League campaign with a trip to Honduras on Thursday to face domestic champion C.D. Olimpia.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht were on the verge of ending their UEFA Champions League campaign before it ever really got started, but two goals in the final nine minutes of their second leg against AEL changed that.

Anderlecht punched their ticket to the group stage of the Champions League, earning a 3-2 aggregate victory after defeating the Cyprus club, 2-0, at home in the final play-off round on Tuesday.

Game Thread: Dynamo at CD FAS, 2012 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage

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BROADCAST INFORMATION: Fox Soccer - 9 p.m. Univision Deportes 2 - 9 p.m. KPRC 950 - 9 p.m. La Ranchera 850 - 9 p.m.
PREVIEW (via HoustonDynamo.com): The Houston Dynamo begin their 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League campaign on Wednesday at Estadio Cuscatlán, the national stadium of El Salvador, with their opening Group Stage game against C.

English Premier League

Video: Spurs signing Roberto Soldado wants 20 goals and Champions League qualification

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Tottenham new boy Roberto Soldado is targeting 20 goals in his first season in the Premier League and hopes his tally will fire the club into the Champions League. The Spaniard found the net on his debut against Espanyol last weekend and is hoping to carry his goalscoring touch into Spurs' Premier League campaign.

All Arsenal’s international players text Arsene Wenger to say they are OK

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Arsene Wenger's mobile phone was busy last night and this morning as Arsenal's international players text their boss to report that they had come through their respective matches unscathed. The Frenchman would have anxiously awaiting news on his players' fitness with just days to go until the start of the new Premier League season.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini acknowledges defensive problems after Arsenal game

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his side will spend the coming week ironing out problems in their defence ahead of the new Premier League campaign. Last season's runners-up lost 3-1 to Arsenal in a friendly yesterday and their Chilean boss was concerned by his side's defending. He said: "Well, of course, it's not the [.

Transfer Window Assesment

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Douglas McNeill is back with another guest post. Enjoy.

After my July piece on Fulham's finances, I promised a follow-up once the transfer window had closed. So here goes. I see eight key points.

1. There has been a marked reduction in squad size. Eleven players have gone (Dembele, Dempsey, Etuhu, Gecov, Gryhgera, Halliche, Johnson, Murphy, Pogrebnyak, Riise BH, and Sa) and only six have come in (Berbatov, Dejagah, Petric, Richardson, Riether and Rodallega).

Transfer Window Assesment

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Douglas McNeill is back with another guest post. Enjoy.

After my July piece on Fulham's finances, I promised a follow-up once the transfer window had closed. So here goes. I see eight key points.

1. There has been a marked reduction in squad size. Eleven players have gone (Dembele, Dempsey, Etuhu, Gecov, Gryhgera, Halliche, Johnson, Murphy, Pogrebnyak, Riise BH, and Sa) and only six have come in (Berbatov, Dejagah, Petric, Richardson, Riether and Rodallega).

Eastmond, Arshavin and Squillaci named in Arsenal’s official Premier League squad

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There were not many surprises when Arsenal confirmed their official squads for this season's Premier League campaign, except for the inclusion of the midfielder Craig Eastmond, who featured in Arsenal's 3-0 defeat of Everton in the U21 League on Monday. The other surprises for me are Sebastien Squillaci and Andrei Arshavin, who everyone thought would [.

Liverpool v Arsenal: Probable Starting Lineup and Predictions

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Venue : Anfield
Kick-off: 13.30 BST.

Liverpool FC

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is available for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash returning from suspension to replace Sebastian Coates in defence. Nuri Sahin is expected to make his Liverpool debut replacing Injured Lucas (thigh) who is ruled out for up to three months.

Is Criticism of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney Really Justified?

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Since Manchester United's opening game of the Premier League campaign, one player has attracted large pockets of criticism that to my mind is baffling. While it was clear from his lackluster display against Everton, Rooney isn't yet 100%, but can...

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Dynamo Have English Midfielder Giles Barnes In Town

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One of our readers tipped us off to a player walking with Chris Canetti at Saturday's match. We now have confirmation today that it was Giles Barnes, a 24-year-old attacking midfielder/winger who was released from his contract with Doncaster in May.

Brown broke on the scene in 2007 with Derby County, winning the club's Young Player of the Year award.

Here Wigan-O, Here Wigan-O, Here Wigan-O! – The Chelsea Football FanCast #212

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Chidge is joined by the usual suspects to run the rule over Chelsea's first match of the Premier League campaign against Wigan.

So here we are again for our first proper match of the season, or should we say ‘Here Wigan-0, Here Wigan-0, Here Wigan-0!' The boys did all the hard work inside 7 minutes to secure our first 3 points of the season, and away points at that.

Fellaini Header Seals Everton Win

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Last night Manchester United's Premier League campaign got off to the worst possible start following a 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park. Within the opening half hour, Marouane Fellaini had...

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Fellaini Header Seals Everton Win

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Last night Manchester United's Premier League campaign got off to the worst possible start following a 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park. Within the opening half hour, Marouane Fellaini had...

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City ace: United are front-runners

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Joe Hart believes that Manchester United will once again be the toughest contenders for his Manchester City side's Premier League crown.

Hart and City won the 2011-12 title dramatically on goal difference but the England goalkeeper admits that the famous triumph was too nerve-wrecking.

While the 25-year old is ready to fight for a successful title defense, he is aware that City will be once again be challenged seriously by their bitter cross-town rivals.

City repeat dramatic comeback win

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Defending champions Manchester City brought back memorable celebrations of May 13 to Etihad Stadium as they started their new Premier League campaign with a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind win against newly promoted Southampton.

City dramatically came from behind to score two late goals in their 3-2 win over QPR on the last day of the 2011-12 season, sealing a nervy title win at the expense of bitter rivals Manchester United nearly 13 weeks ago.

NUFC Lineup vs Spurs

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Newcastle United kick-off their Premier League campaign at St. James's Park against Tottenham Hotspurs. The official line-up for the first game of the season is as follows: Tim Krul Danny Simpson James Perch Steven Taylor Davide Santon Cheick Tiote Yohan ... Continued

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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Stoke City

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The coming nine season will be the fifth since Stoke City ascended back to the Premier League, and in surviving comfortably in this division they continue to frustrate the game's self-appointed purists. Stoke remain the nearest thing that the division has to an antithesis of the self-image of twenty-first century football.

Arteta: No team better than Arsenal

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Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has rubbished suggestions that his side starts the Premier League campaign this weekend in a weaker position than major rivals such as Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea.

The Gunners looked far from title contenders last season but hammered European champions Blues 5-3 at Stamford Bridge and Arteta scored a sublime goal when they defeated Premier League winners City 1-0 at the Emirates.

Rodgers To Bolster Ranks

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Brendan Rodgers claims to be closing in on a couple of new additions to his Liverpool squad, with movement expected in the next 48 hours.
The Reds have already completed deals for Fabio Borini and Joe Allen this summer, but further strengthening is required if the club is to challenge for a top-four finish.

Arsenal New-Boys Impress In Köln As Lukas Podolski Bags A Brace (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Only one week ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign, Arsenal new-boys Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud all made their first appearance for the Gunners away at Köln on Sunday.

All three impressed, although Frenchman Giroud did miss a few decent chances.

Match Report: Liverpool 3 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen

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Out-of-favour striker Andy Carroll capped a comfortable 3-1 victory for Liverpool over Bayer Leverkusen in their final pre-season friendly before they kick off their Barclays' Premier League campaign.
It took just three minutes for the home side to break the deadlock at Anfield through youngster Raheem Sterling.

Eau de Cologne – Horse Sh*t and Fried Onions

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Today we take the pitch against Cologne in our last pre season friendly. Arsene's pre season routine has been upset by the tour of the Far East and the games played there excluded a number of first teamers and most importantly our new signings were left at home to settle in to London life, and find their way around London Colney.

Eau de Cologne – Horse Sh*t and Fried Onions

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Today we take the pitch against Cologne in our last pre season friendly. Arsene's pre season routine has been upset by the tour of the Far East and the games played there excluded a number of first teamers and most importantly our new signings were left at home to settle in to London life, and find their way around London Colney.

Manchester City

Video: Manchester City ponder why Ajax’s Siem De Jong couldn’t have been in this form against them

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Ajax hotshot Siem De Jong looked like one of the best strikers in Europe when he bagged two goals at the Etihad Stadium to put one of many nails in the coffin of Manchester City's Champions League campaign. But an entirely different player appeared to turn up for the Dutch side's friendly against Vasco Da [.

Europa Cup Preview: Hearts vs Liverpool

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will take a gamble on his fringe players on Thursday night as he names a weakened side for the Europa League clash at Hearts.
The Reds head to Tynecastle for the first leg of their qualifying clash without the likes of skipper Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson.

Friday Kickoff: Juventus coach banned, Spurs' Parker has surgery and more

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Defending Serie A champion Juventus will have to embark on their quest to repeat with a new coach.

Juventus manager Antonio Conte was banned for 10 months by the Italian soccer federation as part of a widespread match-fixing scandal that dates back to his time as manager of Siena.

Real Salt Lake

CONCACAF Champions League Redux

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Article by Anders Aarhus


Whether or not it's a result of the new format, there's been goals galore so far in the 2012-13 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League. Last week's action saw an average of 3.25 goals per game. Most importantly, all three MLS teams in action recorded victories that put them in command of their groups.

Questions: Quote of the year

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In Thursday's edition, Tony highlights a contender for quote of the year as Salt Lake gets their Champions League campaign back in order, handicaps the race for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, and hangs a corner for Jaime Moreno to drive home. If you have to be missing three center backs, is playing a non-Mexican team at home in the Champions League a good way to regain some confidence?

The Rest

El Clasico: Could victory at Camp Nou be an early title clincher for Barcelona?

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Cristiano Ronaldo (#7) of Real Madrid (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

A title-decider in early October?

It seems improbable, but that is what the Spanish football-related media would have you believe about the first La Liga Clasico of the season, when Real Madrid visit the Camp Nou to play Barcelona on Sunday.

Preview: Wellington - Sydney

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Alex Smith will hope to re-start his A-League campaign with a win as Wellington Pheonix host Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium.

Dynamo at C.D. Olimpia: Houston Faces a Tough Challenge in Honduras

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"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard" -JFK

The Houston Dynamo are in for a real test tonight. Traveling to Central America is hard enough, but a trip to Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino in Tegucigalpa, Honduras is extra tough.

Oxford United Sitting Pretty

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Despite quiet confidence in advance of this season's opening salvos, a tough sequence of fixtures added to the absence through injury of midfield playmaker Peter Leven will have left Oxford United fans cautious before the Capital One Cup visit to Bournemouth on August 14th. But their divisional betters from Dorset were seen off on penalties and the League campaign has started no less auspiciously – two of the favourites, Bristol Rovers and Southend have been vanquished and the performance in the latter game in particular was notable for its ease.

TTU Season Preview 2012-13: A Cautious Welcome to Fleetwood Town

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The new season sees the Football League welcome another previously unfamiliar side to its ranks. Following Crawley's ascension last year, their brethren in red – Fleetwood Town – will compete in the 72 for the very first time this coming season. Fleetwood have been in the news before, their breakneck rise through the non-league pyramid capturing attention, not least when they came up against Blackpool in the FA Cup last season.