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Americans Abroad Spotlight: Gatt fights off injuries to continue shining for Molde

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Photo courtesy of Molde FK

By FRANCO PANIZO

Josh Gatt has been a shining star for Molde FK this year, helping the Norwegian club in its quest to repeat as league champions with six goals in the first six months of the Tippeligaen campaign.

Ever Banega Injured For Six Months After Running Himself Over With His Own Car

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By Chris Wright

"Shiiiiit, what the hell is that thing?"

After getting flayed by Barcelona last night (5-1), Valencia have yet more ignominy to deal with this morning by having to announce to the waking world that defensive midfielder Ever Banega is now set to miss the next six months after fracturing his leg/ankle in a bizarre incident at a petrol station.

Videos

RVP debut goal as Man Utd hang on to win against Fulham, 3-2

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Robin Van Persie starting for the first time for Utd was on target with a characteristic left footed half volley against Fulham. His goal drew Utd level after Damien Duff showed some fine improvisation off a set piece to lean his left leg onto the ball and guide it through a thicket of defenders past De Gea.

Video: Sven Kums scores penis goal

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Heerenveen star Sven Kums gave the statisticians something to worry about in his side's match against Utrecht. The 'left leg', 'right leg' and 'header' columns were all left blank as Kums fired in from 17 yards with his penis. The gang at 101GG inform us that in Holland this is called a "snikkelgoal".

FC Barcelona

OW : Ronaldo’s Buggy Show, Messi’s Last Days Of Vacation, Irina Shayk, Caroline Celico & Espanyol’s Tribute

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It's Offbeat Wednesday, although summer is officially over and there's only a few days left for our Futbolitos before the new season starts all over again! This week, read about Ronaldo's 'buggy show' in the USA, Irina Shayk chopping wood at her gran's, Messi's garden tranquility, Espanyol's tribute and more.

Iniesta and the Other Earth: Whatever happened to Cristiano and Fernando?

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By Jordan Brown, who imagines an alternative world for our protagonist. Â

Andres Iniesta woke to a familiar pounding of his heart and a tense anticipation. It was a foreboding sense that came from a basic and instinctual part of himself, the same way someone might know, as they walk back to their just momentarily parked car, that they have just been given a parking ticket.

XI Conclusions: Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona

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By Chris Wright

1. One shot, one goal. It don't get more efficient than that boyo!

2. The heady mix of Chelsea's deep-set tactics and Barca's penchant for swarming on the edge of their opponent's penalty area pretty much forced John Terry and Gary Cahill into putting in colossal displays in central defence and boy did they do just that.

XI Conclusions: Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona

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By Chris Wright

1. One shot, one goal. It don't get more efficient than that boyo!

2. The heady mix of Chelsea's deep-set tactics and Barca's penchant for swarming on the edge of their opponent's penalty area pretty much forced John Terry and Gary Cahill into putting in colossal displays in central defence and boy did they do just that.

David Villa Has Successful Operation

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Barcelona have announced that striker David Villa has underwent successful surgery, on his broken left leg on Monday and doctors said it would take him four to five months to recover. Quick question on that. Has any club every announced unsuccessful surgery?

"The surgery went fantastically well," Barca doctor Ricard Pruna said.

Barca wins, but Loses David Villa; FC Barcelona - 4, Al Sadd - 0

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FC Barcelona booked a place in the final of this year's World Club Championship final against Santos courtesy of an easy 4-0 drubbing of Qatari Club Al Sadd. It was a mismatch from the beginning and the only question was by what margin FC Barcelona will emerge victorious. But the match didn't end up so well for us, with David Villa being substituted midway due to injury.

Barcelona’s Iniesta out for a month

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Barcelona's Andres Iniesta will be out for around four weeks after he damaged a leg muscle in the holders' Champions League Group H 2-2 draw with AC Milan.

Iniesta was replaced by Cesc Fabregas shortly before halftime at the Nou Camp, before Barca conceded a stoppage-time goal to draw 2-2 with the seven-times European champions.

Euro 2012

Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny has disastrous start to Euro 2012

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had a nightmare start for Poland at Euro 2012 after being sent off with a straight red card in the 68th minute of a 1-1 game. The co-host nation had gotten off to a fine start with striker Robert Lewandowski of German champion Borussia Dortmund giving them the lead in the 17th minute.

Spain's Villa ruled out for Euro 2012

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David Villa will not be playing for Spain at this summer's European championship.

The injured Barcelona striker has been ruled out of contention for the defending world and European champions, according to a statement released by the Spanish federation on Tuesday.

For Villa, who broke his left leg in the FIFA Club World Cup in December and has not played since, it was always an uncertainty that he would be fit in time for this summer's tournament.

Tuesday Kickoff: UEFA agrees to cut fixture dates, Gomez set to start and more

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European clubs and UEFA have come to an agreement that would alter the international calendar significantly.

Under the new agreement, which has yet to be approved by FIFA, the number of international matches would be reduced from 12 a year to an average of nine per year over the course of a two-year period.

Euro 2012 Top Goalscorer Betting

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With world champions Spain firm favourites to retain their European crown, it's probably no surprise that their record scorer David Villa features heavily in the betting to be Euro 2012′s leading marksman.
The Barcelona striker is 10/1 to be the tournament's top scorer but will the 30-year-old be in Vicente del Bosque's squad?

Newcastle United

Ben Arfa To Get Better As He Starts To Understand Football

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Hatem Ben Arfa has been training at France's top Football Academy Clairefontaine for many years now. Ben Arfa in action for France recently And indeed he completed most of his rehabilitation from the double fracture of his left leg there, from October of 2010 through April of the next year, before rejoining Newcastle.

Newcastle Star Ben Arfa Has Reached New Level – Laurent Blanc

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The way Newcastle and Alan Pardew have handled Ben Arfa since he arrived on Tyneside, has been fantastic. France manager Lauent Blanc last night big fan of Ben Arfa? And Newcastle and Ben Arfa, and possibly France in Euro2012 will be reaping the benefits of a much more mature and professional young man, who still has those mercurial skills after recovering from a double fracture of his left leg  in October of 2010.

Is Manchester United’s Ashley Young A Cheat?

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For the second time in three games Ashley Young has got a penalty, when the TVÂ replays showed there was minimal contact at best with the opposing player. Ashley Young appealing for another penalty Yesterday Young went down in the penalty area, as he dragged hos left leg against Ciaran Clark, to ensure there was [.

Is Manchester United’s Ashley Young A Cheat?

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For the second time in three games Ashley Young has got a penalty, when the TVÂ replays showed there was minimal contact at best with the opposing player. Ashley Young appealing for another penalty Yesterday Young went down in the penalty area, as he dragged hos left leg against Ciaran Clark, to ensure there was [.

Ben Arfa – I’m Still Full Of Dreams For The Future

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Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa had had a bit of a frustrating season at Newcastle United. Hatem Ben Arfa - while playing for France This is really the french lad's maiden season in England, since he gad that terrible double fracture of his left leg that saw him make only 4 appearances for the Magpies [.

Ben Arfa’s Sublime Skills Will Pay Off For Newcastle United

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Ben Arfa is one of those players Newcastle just love to watch. Ben Arfa scores sublime goal at Bolton And it seems that Newcastle fans have already taken the French international to their hearts, especially after his terrible time over the last year with his double leg fracture, and it's his left leg too the one he uses and [.

Ben Arfa And Sammy Ameobi Start at Manchester City

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Both Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi will start this afternoon at the Etihad Stadium. Ben Arfa gets his very first league start since breaking his left leg in this same fixture last year. Sammy Ameobi makes his first Premier League start ever. Leon Best did not make it so it looks like Sammy will be [...]


A Touch Of Class From Nigel de Jong

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Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong has asked to meet Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa, when Newcastle travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The sad sad sight of Ben Arfa being stretchered off last year Ben Arfa of course suffered a double break of his left leg in the same game last year in early October, after [.

It Will Be An Emotional Day For Hatem Ben Arfa

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It was on October 3rd last year at Manchester City, Â that Ben Arfa broke his left leg in two places, and was out of the game for almost 10 months. Ben Arfa in action against Wigan And it was a rather vicious tackle from Dutchman Nigel De Jong, after only 3 minutes, Â and the [...]


Ben Arfa Back In Training At Newcastle

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Ben Arfa returned to Newcastle to train yesterday with the first team, for the first time since he was injured in America. Ben Arfa returned to Newcastle yesterday for training Ben Arfa was out from early October last year with a double break of his left leg, which he picked up at Manchester City, [.

Ben Arfa Will Be Back Soon To Help Newcastle

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We need some good news today and there is some, surprisingly enough. Hatem Ben Arfa - recovering well from ankle injury Hatem Ben Arfa came back in the summer after suffering a terrible double break of his left leg at Manchester City last October, but was then carried off the filed in the pre-season game [.

goalkeeper

Barcelona Are World Champions

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Barcelona won the FIFA Club World Cup for the second time in three years on Sunday with a commanding victory over Brazilian side Santos.Lionel Messi scored twice to cap a brilliant performance and Cesc Fabregas and Xavi also got on the scoresheet in a one-sided contest in Yokohama.

Barcelona, who were without striker David Villa after he broke the shinbone in his left leg in their 4-0 semi-final victory over Al-Sadd.

Cha Cha Time!

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Hope and Maks take to the dance floor for the third time tonight!

Tonight is Week 3 for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo on Dancing with the Stars. It's sort of like a third group game in a World Cup where you pretty sure you're going through to the next round, but you need a good result to make sure.

The Rest

Chelsea 2-3 Manchester City - Your thoughts on the game?

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As we all know Chelsea lost the Community Shield to Manchester City 2-3 yesterday at Villa Park and I have an important message to the Chelsea faithful - DO NOT JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON!.

We have to remember this is pre season and if you think about our pre season it hasn't gone well has it!

Despite recent scoring outburst, Red Bulls lacking in midfield production

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

When a team scores nine goals in two matches, it is difficult to concentrate on the deficiencies in the attack. New York Red Bulls forwards Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper have certainly stolen headlines as the No. 1 and 2 goal scorers in Major League Soccer, respectively.

Top 5 Blues This Season

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So with the crux of the holiday season around the corner here are the top 5 noise makers for the blues this merry season:

#5 - Romeu

Highly understated. His performances have been amazing, most notably the assurance with he passes the ball around in his position. Very glad to hear that Barca only have a first option to buy him ONLY IF Chelsea decide to release him and not a buy back clause as initially reported!

Andres Iniesta out four weeks with hamstring injury

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Iniesta out four weeks following hamstring tear against AC Milan (Photo: Reuters Pictures)

Last week FC Barcelona lost winger Alexis Sanchez for eight weeks with a thigh injury suffered in their 2-2 league draw against Real Sociedad.

Last night in Barcelona's 2-2 draw against AC Milan in Champions League play they suffered another injury to their starting lineup.