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Video: Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates Europa League goal with a dummy

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ليون 2 : 1 سبارتا براغ by kooralive There was no shortage of clubs naming some very young players in the starting line-ups for last night's round of Europa League games, but Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis took it too far. The France international whipped a baby's dummy as in a dummy that would ordinarily [.

Premier League 2011/2012 to 2012/2013 player changes

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The close season is traditionally a time where clubs jettison their weak players, replacing them with footballers with the skill to take the club one step further, whether that be to qualify or European competition or avoid another year's relegation struggle. With that in mind I thought it would be interesting to see which clubs decided a wholesale change would be preferable to keeping faith with the players who toiled their way through the 2011/2012 season.

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids Links and Match Thread [7:30 PM]

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Fresh off their first win in a long time, the Portland Timbers remain at home this week to take on Western Conference rival the Colorado Rapids in a two game, home and away series. While the Timbers are still sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference table, last week's win has offered them a gleam of hope that they don't have to stay down there.

Live Text: UEFA Supercup – Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid

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Hello everyone! Welcome to BFZ's first ever live text. Honestly, we have no idea how this will turn out but hey, we're here to try! Glad you're here to follow all the action from tonight's game.

This page will auto-update whenever we get around to typing something that's worthy of a live text.

Arsenal Analysis – Best midfield combinations without Alex Song?

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Sahin at Arsenal without Song. by KJ As it's becoming ever more likely that Alex Song will leave Arsenal for Barcelona, Wenger must plan life without him. The player closest to signing for us this very moment is Nuri Sahin on loan from Madrid. I want to look at possible line-ups next season without Song [.

Time to Experiment?

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Should Diego Fagundez see more time on Saturday? (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

The New England Revolution's (6-12-5, 23 points) playoff hopes are all but dead, even if the team manages to win Saturday night against the Chicago Fire (11-7-5, 38 points) at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. The Revolution have scored just twice in their last six games and haven't won since July 7.

Portland Timbers vs. ASton Villa Match Thread [7:30 PM]

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Regular season got you down? Tired of seeing yet another three points slip away from a team that continues to disappoint? I'm right there with you. Which is why I'm actually kind of excited about tonight's exhibition match. Were the Portland Timbers setting the league on fire, I would see it as a nuisance.

How Portland's will get their first road win

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After the LA game William and I were talking on the way down to the post game conference with Gavin Wilkinson and I asked him this question: "More negatives or positives to take away from that game?" His response was "2 positives and 3 negatives." Which is probably an apt description for the LA game but now their is a new LA opponent and one who has a home record that is worse than their road record.

Who played for Arsenal in the Markus Liebherr Cup games, and what it tells us for their future.

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Arsenal have now played their opening friendlies of the 2012/13 season. So what do the line ups tell us of what is to come?

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In one sense we can readily say that the line ups don't really teach us much at all, since the players who were involved in the Uefa [...

Let’s Get Bendy.

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Now what I mean by "bendy" is "rubbery", "elastic" or "flexible".

You see, shit happens. Last term, we had Santos/Gibbs at LB, Verm, Kos, JD and Mert for the two CB slots and Sagna/Jenks at RB. And yet, within seven minutes of the season kicking off, we had the Assistant Groundsman at RB.

Also, I'm convinced Arteta was bought as a Nasri/Cesc AM replacement.

Let’s Get Bendy.

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Now what I mean by "bendy" is "rubbery", "elastic" or "flexible".

You see, shit happens. Last term, we had Santos/Gibbs at LB, Verm, Kos, JD and Mert for the two CB slots and Sagna/Jenks at RB. And yet, within seven minutes of the season kicking off, we had the Assistant Groundsman at RB.

Also, I'm convinced Arteta was bought as a Nasri/Cesc AM replacement.

Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Match Thread [7:30 PM]

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Tonight, the Portland Timbers take on the best team in the league: the San Jose Earthquakes. While it would be easy to walk into tonight's game with visions of doom and gloom for the Timbers, remember that it was just over a week ago that many of us were feeling the same way about the Seattle Sounders game.

EURO 2012 | SPAIN - FRANCE POSSIBLE STARTING 11 LINE-UPS

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SPAIN has never beaten FRANCE in an official Football match. Tonight in the EURO 2012 quarter-final the SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM has another chance to break that record when the meet France. In fact, Spain must break this historical talking piece & win if they are not to pack their bags & fly back home tomorrow.

EURO 2012 | SPAIN - FRANCE POSSIBLE STARTING 11 LINE-UPS

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SPAIN has never beaten FRANCE in an official Football match. Tonight in the EURO 2012 quarter-final the SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM has another chance to break that record when the meet France. In fact, Spain must break this historical talking piece & win if they are not to pack their bags & fly back home tomorrow.

It’s the transfer window so Spurs must be linked with…

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: The Dutch striker has started to re-build his career at Schalke after disappointing stints in Spain and Italy but suggestions are that the German side have said that he can leave if the £17m buy out clause in his contract is met. Needless to say, as an long term ‘target' Spurs are one of the clubs mentioned in the reports.

Inside City: THE RUSHES – Balotelli outtakes and Micah is a mystery guest

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In this episode Sky Sports film their player line-ups, Micah is Question of Sport's mystery guest and Vincent, Joleon and AJ have a special photoshoot at Kippax street.

The Rushes goes back behind the scenes with the Citytv cameras giving old footage a familiar 'Inside City' treatment, from the days before it became a regular fixture in the CityTV schedule.

USA vs. Guatemala: Live Commentary

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Back at it after 2008. Michael Bradley had hair. The US played on the counterattack. They had Heath Pearce at left back and Pablo Mastroeni getting stuck-in centrally.

Big test game for the States.

Line-ups for this one shortly.

Boca circa 2008.


Live Blog: France – England

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16:45 CET (10:45 a.m. Eastern) Friends, I'll throw the starting line-ups on here when they're available, and any last-minute talking points. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. If nothing else, I'll pop in with my expressions of joy or despair at halftime.

Come on you Blues.

The first thing making the rounds is that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will start for England.

Live Commentary: USA vs. Antigua and Barbuda

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Who's on the ball as qualifying starts?

Everything that you want to know about the Antigua & Barbuda side here in our preview.

Also we had two corrections but interesting comparisons of the average age of Euro 2012 starters to USMNT current projected starters here. Check it out.

Starting line-ups shortly.

Kagawa not here to sell shirts while Napoli enters race for Baines

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Despite the fact that England's first game at Euro 2012 is only five days away, the back pages have little time for line-ups and strategies as they continue to focus on the week's big story Rio Ferdinand's omission from the England squad. Robbie Fowler might not be much loved around Old Trafford but, through [.

USA vs. Canada: Live Commentary

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Courtesy James Grossi: USA preps to "leave" Canada with a win......

The French and the Indians started this skirmish. Facebook is bigger in Toronto than any other US city.

Is BC bud better than Humboldt bud? Wait, is that two American teams playing for the Stanley Cup trophy?

Hold on, his nickname is now Blue Jay DeMerit?

SPANISH U-19 FOOTBALL TEAM | SPAIN 2 BELGIUM 1

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SPANISH FOOTBALL U-19 TEAM has defended BELGIUM 2 - 1 & thus finish on top of their Group to go straight into the up coming EUROPEAN U-19 CHAMPIONSHIPS to be held in Estonia between the 3 rd & 15 th of July. Gerard Deulofeu Match details ( line-ups & goalscorers)Spain 2: 13-Kepa Arrizabalaga, 2-Iván López, 3-Jonathan Castro, 4-Jonás Ramalho, 5- Pablo Insua , 6-José Campaña(c) (67´Jesús

Live Commentary: USA vs. Scotland

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Starting line-ups shortly....as well as some Fabian Johnson, Edgar Castillo & Terrence Boyd too?

Will Boyd go Matrix in this series?


FRIENDLY GAME | KUWAIT 0 REAL MADRID 2

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With the SPANISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE title in one pocket REAL MADRID travelled to the Middle-East to fill the other pocket with 3M€ with a "Friendly-Exhibition" game against the KUWAIT National Football Team. CR7 The Spanish Club took 22 players & all 22 played during the 90th mins with 2 distinct line-ups in each half.

CONFIRMED LINE-UPS: City vs United

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De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Park, Giggs, Rooney, Nani.

City: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Kompany (c), Lescott, Barry, Yaya, Silva, Nasri, Tevez and Aguero.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UPS: City vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes - Match #7 - Game Thread

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Starting line-ups and benches will be announced and posted approximately an hour before kickoff.

Use this space to discuss the game. Please do not use it to post illegal streams, troll, or attack others. San Jose Earthquake fans are more than welcome to join the discussion, but don't be a douche bag.

Real v. Bayern: Counters-A-Plenty

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Kickoff shortly to discover who Chelsea's opponent will be in the Champion's League Final.

Friends and enemies....

This may be as thrilling if not more than yesterday's if merely for the fast the Jose Mourinho's side need to open it up and Bayern's domestic campaign is lost. That and the Champion's League Final is in their backyard.

FA CUP semi final: Torres to start tonight for Chelsea?

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Right up until around 1730 tonight (UK TIME) there will be all sorts of permutations about just who Roberto Di Matteo will select to start for Chelsea tonight against Spurs at Wembley with Wednesday against Barcelona in mind.

I personally think that Chelsea should take both games with the same level of importance and field the strongest possible line ups.

Gallas returns to give Harry more options

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Full team news ahead of the semi final with Chelsea will follow but for the time being, William Gallas has indicated he is fit and ready to return against his former club if needed. For much of this year, the centre back pairing has been an issue but the French international could walk straight back into the side.

You Need More than Money for Success: Thoughts on Arsenal 1 Man City 0

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We left it late, but a richly deserved three points. Thoughts as follows:
* There was a degree of consternation when the line-ups were announced, but it's hard to know who else Arsene could've played. Gervinho was apparently injured, and Ramsey could hardly start after the vitriol he received last week.

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Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City: Post-Match Notes

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Arsenal fell to a 2-0 pre-season friendly at the hands of Manchester City, yesterday evening at a flooded Bird's Nest Stadium. Quick, successive goals right before half time from Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure sealed the win for the defending Premier League champions, as the Gunners wrapped up the Chinese leg of their Asia Tour.

Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City: Post-Match Notes

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Arsenal fell to a 2-0 pre-season friendly at the hands of Manchester City, yesterday evening at a flooded Bird's Nest Stadium. Quick, successive goals right before half time from Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure sealed the win for the defending Premier League champions, as the Gunners wrapped up the Chinese leg of their Asia Tour.

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Sunderland v Liverpool: Preview and Predictions

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Sunderland v Liverpool
Kick-off: 17.30 BST
Venue Stadium of light
Referee: Martin Atkinson

Liverpool FC

The Reds travel to the stadium of light on Saturday hoping to chalk up a first league victory for new boss Brendan Rodgers. Left-back Jose Enrique's knee injury will be assessed ahead of tomorrow's trip to the Stadium of Light.

Deep Dive: Sounders Tactical Options

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Yesterday Dave talked about the fact that the Sounders new roster leaves them with a very flexible Ideal 11. I want to take a moment and drill down into the roster and examine some of the possible line ups and how they might be used.

A Traditional 11

Dave laid out a solid version of the team's obvious Ideal 11.

Copa del Rey Preview: Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona

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Tonight brings down the curtain on the Spanish football season as Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona will meet in the Copa del Rey Final in Madrid, in what will be Pep Guardiola's last game in charge of Barca.

But if Guardiola is going to leave with another winners medal, he is going to have to do it with a injury riddled squad.

A Diary: Portland vs. Chicago

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Article by Brad Snook



With the NATO Summit in town, the Chicago Fire must be pleased to escape the chaos of the Second City (where the protests look like this) for the Pacific Northwest (where protests look a little different). One of the more surprising teams of the season, the Fire are currently sitting 4th in the Eastern Conference with as many 5 games in hand on some teams above them (D.