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An era ends: Park Ji Sung leaves Utd for QPR

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An unsung gem and a trailblazer for Asian footballers

The hardest working player in the business has a new home at Loftus Road. He will be missed at Old Trafford where for seven years he could be depended on to give a 110% every time he came on the pitch.

Park Ji Sung joined Utd in 2005 for £4m from PSV Eindhoven and in doing so became the most decorated Asian player, helping Utd win four Premiership titles.

FA Cup match abandoned, players pray after Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba collapses

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Bolton's 23-year-old midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed in the 42nd minute of his side's FA Cup match against Tottenham on Saturday, prompting resuscitation efforts on the pitch as both teams and every fan at White Hart Lane looked on in horror. After Muamba, a husband and father of one, was carried off while still undergoing treatment, the match was abandoned.

Euro 2012

Rewriting the rules

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Today I have a relatively short train journey taking me from Lviv to Kiev, only nine hours.

So I thought I could use the time to understand the rules UEFA have issued to decide how group placings are decided in the event of teams finishing level on points.



a) Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question.

Euro 2012 News: Racism, John Terry, Ireland’s stroll in the park and the next psychic

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Euro 2012 News: Racism, John Terry, Ireland's stroll in the park and the next psychic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After weeks of waiting, squad announcements, international friendlies and travel plans being sorted, Euro 2012 is finally here! The first day of this three week-long journey sees the co-hosts Poland in action against Greece and Russia take on Czech Republic, as a tight Group A will look to take shape.

English Premier League

Blues pair lavishes praise at owner

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Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard and departing striker Didier Drogba have both paid a glowing tribute to the contributions of often-criticized Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, emphasizing that the Russian billionaire's drive to succeed is often overlooked due to the negative connotation associated with money and power.

Purslow Says Liverpool Were One Day From Going Into Administration

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Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow says that the club was one day away from administration before being sold to current owners Fenway Sports Group.

Purslow said on Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme:

"People have short memories, it's only 15-16 months ago we were a day away from being in administration.

Liverpool Were On The Brink

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Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has revealed the Reds were one day away from administration before the takeover of current owners Fenway Sports Group.
Purslow, a Liverpool season ticket holder, negotiated the sale to Fenway chief John W Henry and has cautioned criticism of that regime's first year and a half in charge at Anfield.

Traffic Update : Parked Bus causes congestion in N5

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At the final whistle Arsene turned to shake Di Matteo's hand and you could feel the disdain, as has been commented many times before Arsene is an artisan, he expects both teams to at least try to win the game, Chelsea to his surprise didn't or at least didn't try by playing attacking football. Why it was a surprise I am not so sure, Chelsea have a history of coming to our place shutting up shop and trying to nick a goal on the counter.

Traffic Update : Parked Bus causes congestion in N5

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At the final whistle Arsène turned to shake Di Matteo's hand and you could feel the disdain, as has been commented many times before Arsène is an artisan, he expects both teams to at least try to win the game, Chelsea to his surprise didn't or at least didn't try by playing attacking football. Why it was a surprise I am not so sure, Chelsea have a history of coming to our place shutting up shop and trying to nick a goal on the counter.

American soccer

Inside Reading: Life in the PDL

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Photo: Glenn Riegel, courtesy of Reading United AC

(Editor's Note: Over the next three months, PSP will give readers an unprecedented look inside one of the nation's top minor league soccer clubs, Reading United AC, which plays in the Premier Development League, the fourth tier of American soccer, and draws its players from colleges around the country.

VIDEO - LADUMA Official Trailer

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Relive the 2010 World Cup through this amazing documentary by One Goal. Their film project followed the American Outlaws (and other American soccer fans) to South Africa. Their footage shows the amazing passion for soccer in the United States and the future for the sport in this country.

relegation

Darlington FC: Saved, But At A Price

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As has happened before in the recent history of the club, the battle to save Darlington FC went to the wire. Another deadline was hanging over the club this week with the a threat of liquidation waiting on the other side of it, but yesterday afternoon it was confirmed that the Darlington 1883Â group, which has been battling to keep the club alive in this incarnation since the beginning to the year.

Match Of The Week: Sunderland 1-1 Middlesbrough

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The tripartite nature of footballing rivalry in the north-east of England means that this afternoons FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough has a hint of being a local derby about it without fully appearing to be the real thing.

Still, supporters of both of these clubs have cause to give a wry smile this afternoon.

three games

The Week That Was in Major League Soccer: Round 6

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D.C. United takes on Montreal tomorrow at 6:30 PM CST and Sporting KC squares off against Vancouver at 9:00 PM CST. Before moving onto those games, let's rewind to the 6th round of 2012 MLS action. The theme of this past week was corner kicks as three games this were decided by goals off of this nature.

Managerial contracts are a complete waste of time!

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Already this season there have been two sackings, two resignations and two departures by mutual consent in the Football League alone, including two ex-England managers; Steve McClaren and most recently Sven Goran-Eriksson.

Following numerous reports of the costs of sacking a manager in the press recently you would have thought club owners would think twice about sending their current choice on their way.

New York Red Bulls

Angulo, Arteaga among four trialists signed by Red Bulls

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

The New York Red Bulls put the finishing touches on their roster ahead of this Sunday's season opener against FC Dallas, adding four trialists to the first team.

Jose Angulo, Jhonny Arteaga, Brandon Barklage and Tyler Ruthven were all signed to MLS contracts after impressing the team during pre-season.

Monday Orange Slices: Halfway to the Conference Finals

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  • Dynamo escape Philadelphia with win [USA Today]
  • Carr's goal gives Dynamo 2-1 win in playoff opener [Houston Chronicle]
  • Dynamo stun Union at PPL 2-1 for first-leg win [MLS Soccer]
  • Carr's timely goal part of a long journey back [MLS Soccer]
  • Nowak: First-half mistakes doomed Union in 2-1 loss to Dynamo [Philly.

The Rest

Sounders at Caledonia AIA in Champions League - Gamethread

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As the Seattle Sounders took their long journey to Trinidad to continue their quest for the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League title they will be doing it in a small stadium with high humidity, low 80s and partly cloudy weather. They are in foreign lands, nearly as far away as they can be from Seattle as can be in competitive matches.

Jakarta Readies For English Invasion

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With Indonesia hosting Everton and Queens Park Rangers later this month we can maybe expect a few fans from England to make the long journey over to see their teams. QPR of course are also playing a couple of games in Malaysia as are Manchester City and Arsenal.

There will be some late kick offs to look forward to.

Results 22/06

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Indonesia Super League

PSAP v Persib 3-0 (Abu Bakar 2, Camera) 1,500

Good to see several Persib fans make the long journey north for this game. There were banners from Karawang, Palembang and Bogor among others highlighting the support this special football club receives.

Välkommen to Sweden

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Carli, Heather, Amy and Rachel look pretty chipper despite the long trip to Sweden

The U.S. Women's National Team has arrived in Sweden in preparation for a 10-day training camp leading into matches against Sweden on June 16 and Japan on June 18, both in Halmstad, Sweden, about 90 miles south of Gothenburg, where the USA will set up its training base.

Fernando Llorente presented with a large bread upon Spain’s arrival in Poland

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Defending European champions Spain arrived at their hotel in Gniewino, Poland on Tuesday ahead of the start of Euro 12 and they were greeted by a very nice welcome committee. As the band played, a girl in traditional garb presented confused striker Fernando Llorente with a basket containing a large bread as his teammates laughed and applauded.

Return to The Sunshine State

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The Men's National Team is back where it all began - at least as far as this 'Five-Game Tournament' is concerned. The team left Toronto this morning and headed back to Florida where they began this month-long journey almost three weeks ago. The USA is getting the grand tour of the Sunshine State, having trained in Orlando, played a friendly against Scotland in Jacksonville, and now they train in Tampa, which is where it really counts because World Cup Qualifying kicks off Friday!

Not All Fans Are Thugs

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Of course not all Indonesian football fans are thugs. The vast majority are decent folk who just wanna support their team without being teargassed by police, get caught up in a brawl or have ambitious politicians use them for their own nefarious purposes.

Couple of weeks back I saw PSS fans putting on a far better show than their team did against Persipasi.

Barcelona-USA U11s Fall to Weston FC in Danone Nations Cup Final

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Orlando, FL Following the overtime, pk's, post game celebrations, and the long journey out of the complex we reached our hotel at 10:30 am. The boys had one hour to rest. Instructions were crystal clear. Rest your bodies with legs elevated, hydrate with plenty of gatorade, and eat fruit and power bars to refuel before the final.

Liverpool Were One Day From Going Into Administration Says Purslow

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Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow says that the club was one day away from administration before being sold to current owners Fenway Sports Group.

Purslow said on Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme:

"People have short memories, it's only 15-16 months ago we were a day away from being in administration.

Arsenal/Villa. The view from the travelling supporters in a home game

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By Walter Broeckx

Going to the Emirates on our pilgrimage to our spiritual home of football is a long journey for us. But having the sun shining continuously from the early hours in Antwerp till the moment we left London was a very welcomed bonus. I remember April games when we almost froze out of [.

MLS Notes: Nguyen signs with league, Kennedy gets new Chivas deal and more

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Photo by ISIphotos.com

Lee Nguyen's long journey is leading back home.

Nguyen, a Texas native, signed a multi-year deal with MLS on Tuesday, bringing a one-time U.S. attacking prospect to the league after six years overseas. Nguyen appeared three times in 2007 for the U.

By the seaside…

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We couldn't make the long journey down to Brighton, but our correspondent Kevin Sinclair offers up these thoughts on today's game [...] Read the original post on eighteensixtyfive

Worth waiting for

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Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal

We've waited a long, long time for that. To my mind, we've not had a result as fine, and as cathartic, since sinking Barcelona in February. (We did beat Utd 1-0 at home, but that was sandwiched between a thoroughly miserable run of form so I'm not going to include that).

A Phoenix With Trimmed Wings: Farnborough FC’s New Reality

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The fifteenth of May must have felt like a long time ago for the supporters of Farnborough FC on Tuesday night. On that particular day, Farnborough stood at the cusp of a place in the Blue Square Premier. Having finished in second place in the Blue Square South behind champions Braintree Town, they started their play-off final with home advantage and as the favourites to beat Ebbsfleet United.