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Liverpool scout Lazio’s ice cube prankster Keita Balde Diao

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Liverpool sent scouts to watch former Barcelona youngster Keita Balde Diao in Lazio's Europa League victory over Legia Warsaw last week. Sky Italia reports that the Reds are keeping tabs on the 18-year-old, who joined the Italian side in 2011. He was rated as one of Barca's hottest prospects until he fell out with the [.

Carragher Tips Sterling To Be Reds Star

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Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has declared that winger Raheem Sterling has a "big future" at the club after impressing in the Reds' 1-0 Europa League victory over Hearts.
Sterling, 17, joined the club from QPR's youth set-up in 2010 and has emerged as one of Liverpool's most promising young players in recent years.

Reds To Consider Agger Sale

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Sky Sports understands Liverpool is considering selling Manchester City target Daniel Agger to raise funds for other signings.
As revealed by skysports.com last week, City has seen two bids rebuffed by Liverpool for Denmark international Agger.
City is expected to come back with a third bid with Roberto Mancini keen to bring the central defender to the Etihad Stadium.

Dalglish Angered By Refereeing Decisions

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After another less than impressive result for Liverpool on Saturday, the hangman's noose is slowing tightening around Dalglish's future with the club. Liverpool remain winless in their last 4 matches having lost 3 consecutively prior to yesterday's draw.

Of course, as is the custom nowadays, Reds manager Kenny Dalglish blamed the referee for the result claiming that his were unfairly denied opportunities that could have changed the outcome of the game.


Video: Chelsea stewards employ amazing time-wasting tactics against FC Basel

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Security staff are often unfairly caricatured as lumbering meat-heads. And Chelsea's stewards did little to change that during last night's Europa League victory over FC Basel. Their boss had obviously told them to walk round the pitch without stopping. And walk round the pitch without stopping they did, seemingly oblivious to the fact that they [.

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Chelsea

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It was a penalty shoot-out like no other. In the intensity of the moment, perhaps the longer term significance of Chelseas Champions League victory against Bayern Munich was forgotten, but its ramifications have been felt throughout the Premier League this summer, with the stop-start nature of Chelseas season being swept to one side in those few tumultuous minutes.

When racism rears its ugly head

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Ducky's Note: Krish Prashanth is a Chelsea fan and a student of engineering, fast becoming a regular in the Blue Corner of this blog. In his last post, he looked back at Chelsea's improbable Champions League victory. Here he provides his perspective on what seems to be a never-ending sub-plot to football these days racism.

Seattle Sounders’ Montero on form, but young Chelsea attackers shine too bright

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Seattle Sounders' Montero on form, but young Chelsea attackers shine too bright - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Deep in the furthest Pacific Northwest reaches of Major League Soccer, a fully-engaged Seattle Sounders helped kick off Chelsea's pre-season tour of the United States. Blue versus a light sea foam-ish green was the scene, a decidedly mild color combination on the field to clash nicely with the incredibly energetic vibe in the stands.

In Defense of Defense: Why Chelsea’s Champions League Final Tactics Should Be Lauded

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While reading the article about Chelsea not winning any admirers from their Champions League victory over Bayern, I found it interesting that the author made several points about how Chelsea failed to play with "style," employing "negative tactics"...

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Video: Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel proves that Geoff Shreeves isn’t the world’s most annoying touchline reporter

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Talk about better the devil you know. OTP always assumed that Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves was the world's most annoying touchline reporter. But that was before Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel stole his microphone in the aftermath of the Champions League victory over Bayern Munich. After a brief, erm, piece to camera, the Nigerian star [.

London Up All Night: Chelsea win Champions League; West Ham Promoted

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Premier League legend Didier Drogba sealed Chelsea's Champions League victory in Munich a great escape that saw Cech save former Chelsea star Robben's penalty during extra time, and Lampard, Cole, Luiz and Drogba all score from the spot during ... Continue reading →

Champions League final: Dilemma for Di Matteo as Chelsea look to make history

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The Champions League final is ironically being contested by two sides who are not champions of their own domestic leagues.

Chelsea have finished 6th and Bayern Munich have lost the league for the second year running, compounded by a 5-2 defeat to Dortmund in the German Cup final last weekend.

Video: Fernando Torres gives Gary Neville a werewolf orgasm (Barcelona v Chelsea)

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There were plenty of funny noises, erm, coming from Gary Neville during Chelsea's Champions League victory over Barcelona. Not only did he turn Spanish... he was also turned on by Fernando Torres. Sheer delight for millions of viewers turned to horror as they threw up in their mouths a little. Video via 101GG

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Manchester United add Manchester City advisory to re-run of Aston Villa match

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MUTV, Manchester United's official TV channel, added a cheeky advisory notice to the re-run of the club's title-winning Premier League victory over Aston Villa. Mimicking the film classification certificates displayed before movies, the match received a 'season classifcation' to confirm that it had been a 'title-winning season'.

Tottenham 1-1 West Brom – Late Strike From Morrison Keeps AVB Waiting For Win (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 25 August 2012

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas saw a first league win in charge White Hart Lane snatched from his grasp in the dying minutes on Saturday.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto had given the Lilywhites the lead on 74 minutes after the home side had created a decent amount of chances.

Video: Carlos Tevez holds up ‘RIP Fergie’ banner during Manchester City victory parade

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Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has once again courted controversy after displaying a gravestone-style banner proclaiming 'RIP Fergie' during his side's Premier League victory parade this evening. During the open-top bus tour, the Argentine held aloft the jibe at his former manager. While undeniably morbid, the banner is perhaps not quite as sinister as it [.

Papiss Cisse: My Signing of the Season!

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Papiss Cisse: My Signing of the Season! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For me, Newcastle's number nine has been the best transfer for not just this season, but the past few years.

Yesterday evening, Cisse produced two goals of the highest quality to keep Newcastle United firmly in contention for a place in the Premier League's top four with victory at Chelsea.

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Early Chelsea form promises much more

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It may be just three games into the new Premier League season - and plenty of players and teams have failed badly after a bright start in the past - but Chelsea finally look the real deal again and appear to have landed a future world star in Eden Hazard.

The Blues made it three wins out of three with a comfortable 2-0 success over Newcastle and the European champions' impressive start bodes well for not only a sustainable top-four challenge this season (bearing in mind last term's disappointing sixth-place finish) but also an all-out assault on the title.

Injured Frank Lampard Out Of Euro 2012, Jordan Henderson Can’t Believe His Luck

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By Alan Duffy

As great Irish poet Ronan Keating said, life is indeed a rollercoaster, with Chelsea veteran Frankie Lamps the latest poor sod to experience life's ups and downs. Coming only weeks after the midfielder lifted the Champions League trophy with Chelsea, he has now been forced out of England's Euro 2012 squad courtesy of a thigh injury suffered in training.

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Union vs. Real Salt Lake: Match Night Commentary

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Real Salt Lake has made the trip to Pennsylvania for tonight's visit to PPL Park, where they will take on a Philadelphia Union side still holding on to faint hopes of a playoff run (7:30pm, NBC Sports).

RSL got the week off to a good start, posting a 2-0 CONCACAF Champions League victory against Tauro FC.

Beckham Scores 1,000th CONCACAF Champions League Goal, Direct From Corner

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David Beckham helped LA Galaxy to a 5-2 CONCACAF Champions League victory over Salvadorian club Isidro Metapan last night and in doing so recorded the 1,000th CONCACAF Champions League goal ever.

Despite the keeper playing a major role in the goal, Beckham was credited with the strike which was incidently his third goal direct from a corner in his incredible career, last season against Chicago Fire was his second, his first came on-loan at Preston North End in 1995.

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A Huge Weekend For… Rodgers, Hughes, Green and Giroud

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Brendan Rodgers The Hawthorns was always going to be a difficult place to travel to for the first game of your reign, but no Liverpool fans would have thought that a 3-0 defeat was on the cards. Brendan Rodgers needs a league victory to settle the nerves, and settle one fast. This weekend he will [..

Hibs: Another second chance

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It's a strange one: sticking around at a stadium to greet like heroes a squad that has just escaped from the struggle of their lives.

Pat Fenlon called last night's acclaim for his Hibs team "embarrassing," stressing that this was more an opportunity to thank the fans rather than an occasion of unadulterated joy.

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WW: German National Team Flies Home, Joe Hart and Andy Caroll Head To Ibiza, Falcao In Miami

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The last thing you'd want to do after getting unexpectedly booted out of Euro 2012 is to stay within the confines of your hotel room or see the city. So naturally, the German national team scheduled the earliest flight out of Poland yesterday morning their wives and girlfriends in tow and arrived at the Frankfurt airport to be greeted by rain and smiling men carrying umbrellas.

Europa League Winner Falcao Slams Advisors, Says Going To Atletico Madrid Was “No Mistake”

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For the second week in a row, the streets in Madrid will be transformed into a colourful sizzling 'fiesta', after Atletico's Europa League victory last night and Real's La Liga title celebrations last week. If you're looking for the party capital this summer, you know where it is!

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Euro 2012: Did playing for losing clubs doom the Netherlands?

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The remarkable thing about yesterday's match was the Dutch's utter lack of self belief. After that great start by Rafael Van Der Vaart, they faded away and the Portugese started bossing the ball around. Only in the last 10 minutes when the result was moot did they perk up and play with some assurance with Van Der Vaart providing one more spark.

Didier Drogba leads Chelsea to their first Champions League title

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In what could be his final match with Chelsea, Didier Drogba proved to be Mr. Clutch and brought the London club their first Champions League victory in a game that went to a penalty shootout and included more twists than an M. Night Shyamalan movie. But Drogba was far from the only key performer for Chelsea.

Robben’s Future In Doubt After Dressing Room Bust-up With Ribery

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Dutch Play maker Arjen Robben looks like he could be on his way out of the Allianz Arena. Robben has been at the centre of a protracted contract extension with Bayern Munich after his hesitancy on signing a new deal emerged early last month.

Club president Uli Hoeness yesterday revealed that negotiations with the winger on a new deal broke down and his future with the club is now uncertain.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Kaiserslautern might have been officially relegated, but U.S. Under-23 men's national team forward Andrew Wooten helped the team achieve something it had not done in quite a while.

Wooten scored the winner in the club's 2-1 triumph over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, giving Kaiserslautern their first league victory since October (a span that stretched over 21 games).

Galaxy Notebook: Villarreal returns from injury, Garcia shines with reserves and more

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CARSON, Calif. --The professional career of Los Angeles Galaxy Homegrown product Jose Villarreal may not have begun as he would have liked, but after recovering from an knee injury cut his preseason short, the 18-year-old midfielder is eager to make an impact with the defending MLS Cup champions.

Thursday Kickoff: Coyle rules Holden out, Monterrey reaches CCL final & more

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Stuart Holden won't be making his comeback for Bolton this season.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle made that much clear in comments on the club's official website. Even though six months -- the injury timetable given when cartilage damage in his knee was discovered -- since his last surgery have passed, the relegation-threatened club is not taking any chances and rushing him back.

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas angling for job as Michel Platini’s underling if Spurs doesn’t work out

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Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas knows only too well that a Premier League manager could easily find themselves out of work before the end of the season. We presume that's why he used his post-match press conference after Spurs' 0-0 draw with Lazio to suck-up to Uefa boss Michel Platini. AVB launched his manifesto for [.

Dynamo Reserves Win 2-0 over Sporting KC Reserves

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There was soccer today at HASP! And the Dynamo won!

Hey, after last Friday, we could all use a pick me up. Unfortunately, I wasn't at the game, so I'll have to offer up the official match report as evidence of the Dynamo 2-0 Reserve League victory over Sporting Kansas City. Cam Weaver continued to annihilate the Reserve League with a brace as the Dynamo moved in to a tie with the Rapids atop the Central/Mountain Division.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 3-0 Toronto FC

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In a battle of the cellar-dwellers, the Union earned their second consecutive league victory, pounding Toronto FC in a match that could have been far more lopsided.

Late Fagundez goal gives Revolution draw with Sounders

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Just when the New England Revolution seemed destined for a loss at home, their youngest player came through to prevent that from happening.

Seventeen-year-old forward Diego Fagundez netted a last-gasp equalizer to give the Revolution a 2-2 draw against the Seattle Sounders at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night, marking a second straight week that New England grabbed a result late.

NASL Week 9: RailHawks, Silverbacks Earn First 2012 League Wins

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Week 9 NASL matches was a weekend of firsts as the Carolina RailHawks earned their first league win of the season Saturday over the Puerto Rico Islanders while the Atlanta Silverbacks also gained their first league victory of 2012 Sunday over FC Edmonton, both victors winning by 2-1 scores. Â The Fort Lauderdale Strikers earned their [.

Frank Lampard out of Euro 2012, Liverpool flops get chance of redemption

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Frank Lampard was today ruled out of playing in Euro 2012 after picking up a thigh strain earlier in the week. England have now lost two senior experienced players to injury in the space of a week. Whilst losing Gareth Barry was a potential blessing in disguise, it's hard to see how today's announcement can benefit the [.

Video: Bashed up Eredivisie trophy gets dropped again, lands on Jan Vertonghen’s foot

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The poor old Eredivisie trophy doesn't have much lack. Careless Dutch champions Ajax have dropped it in successive years while celebrating their league victory. This year's assault wasn't quite as bad for the trophy as when Maarten Stekelenburg dropped it off a bus last season. In fact, it was Ajax star Jan Vertonghen who came [.

Requiem For The Guardiola Era

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Pep celebrating with team following 2011 Champions League Victory (Photo: REUTERS/Paul Hanna)

A Fond Farewell to Señor Blaugrana

When Guardiola, earlier this afternoon, confirmed the suspicions that he was stepping down as manager, my mind immediately took me back to May, 2008.