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David Moyes: ‘I’m still learning at Man Utd’

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David Moyes says he is still learning what it takes to be Manchester United manager but he thinks predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson was still learning until the moment he retired from the job. The Scot says he has learnt something new every week since taking over at Old Trafford. He said: "I've been learning [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘Luis Suarez ran himself into the ground’

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Brendan Rodgers praised Luis Suarez's performances as he returned to the Liverpool team from his 10-match biting ban. The Reds boss was pleased with what he saw, and he is expecting even more from the Uruguay international in the coming weeks. Rodgers said: "I thought he was excellent. "I thought, considering he's been out for [.

Video: Chelsea’s Frank Lampard waiting to hear if he will earn his 100th England cap

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Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard says he hasn't been told yet whether he will win his 100th cap for England in tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. The 35-year-old is set for the milestone it once appeared he might fall just short of reaching. Asked if manager Roy Hodgson had told him whether he would be [.

Video: Swansea’s ‘we thought your were dead’ chant to Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie

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Swansea fans delivered a chant of "we thought you were dead" to Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie during Saturday's match. The song was a reference to comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson last season. The former United boss claimed that Van Persie was lucky to be alive after Swans defender Ashley Williams kicked the [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes refuses to comment on Rooney after Kitchee win

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Manchester United manager David Moyes stayed tight-lipped on Wayne Rooney's future after his side's 5-2 win over Hong Kong outfit Kitchee. Moyes indicated that there were no further developments since the champions had told the media that Rooney is not for sale. He said: "I couldn't give you any more update than already I've said [.

Vincent Kompany senses that Manchester City are hungry

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The problem with relocating Manchester City away from Rusholme's Curry Mile is that good food just isn't as easy to come by as it once was for the club's players. That's the verdict of captain Vincent Kompany, who's detected some hunger among the squad. We jest, of course. Vinny is merely making the requisite pre-season [.

Video: Tottenham defender Michael Dawson shows off his cricket skills

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Spurs centre-back Michael Dawson showed he's not too shabby with a cricket bat after a session in the nets with England bowler Stuart Broad. Dawson said: "It's been a long time since I've had a game of cricket. "When I put the pads on and the glove and what have you, get down and then [...]


Man Utd set to offer Wayne Rooney a new long-term contract

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Manchester United are hoping to tie Wayne Rooney down to a new contract that would keep him at the club "well into his thirties", according to a club source. The England striker's future has been uncertain since he reportedly asked for a transfer at the end of last season. He was linked with moves to [.

Tony Adams makes bizarre pitch to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager

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Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has thrown his hat into the ring to be the club's next manager and indicated that he thinks Arsene Wenger's days are numbered. The ex-England international might have done Wenger a favour by pointing out to his critics within the club's supporters that the grass might not necessarily be [.

Love-struck Lukas Podolski wants an Arsenal tattoo after just five dates

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Lukas Podolski has only just ended his on-off 17-year relationship with FC Cologne and he's already plotting a tattoo in honour of his new flame. But the Germany international isn't going to rush any decision to mark his affection for new club Arsenal in ink. Asked whether a Gunners' tattoo to match his Cologne one [.

Transfer Window Review – is our team better than previous years?

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Due to the fact that for the close of the transfer window we had a game following up a few short days later, we didn't get much of a chance to have a good look at what Arsenal achieved during the window. Sure, at the moment the team is looking pretty solid defensively, and that just goes to show that the key to success does not revolve around signing expensive, world-class players whenever we lose some games.

Arsenal Debate: Jack Wilshere is a better player than Cesc Fabregas?

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Jack Wilshere (The new Paul Gascoigne) by JC (This is a Guest Post from our Arsenal Fans Blog Hello fellow gooners. Today I would like to talk about one of the finest talents to come out of England in a long time. But first to people that will come on here and say don't put [...]

Talking (and Tweeting) balls

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Well, it's Thursday and you have to think preparations for this weekend's game against Stoke are well and truly underway on the training ground. With that in mind, those anxiously awaiting the arrival of Nuri Sahin, or indeed anyone else, might need to consider the fact that should anything go through it's happening so late that their participation on Sunday would have to be in doubt.

Who should be the Arsenal captain?

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I think that we can all agree, that regardless of whether we keep Van Persie or not, he probably won't be captain this season.

This leads us to the question, who should be our captain this season?

In an earlier blog, I expressed my concerns about Thomas Vermaelen receiving the armband.

Last Train

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Here and ready to go

It's finally been confirmed and Santi Cazorla is now officially an Arsenal player. We don't have to wait any longer and that's a huge sigh of relief. This signing has created a big buzz around the fandom because unlike the ones we've done in previous season, this was a signing of real intent.

I hate goodbyes – so this isn’t one

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Goodbye? More like hello.

Yes, a new day awaits us all. By now you are well aware of the latest development in the brief but cracking existence of Chelsea Offside. In short, this space, in just a few hours, will be no more. A redirect and a lovely archive at our new home, We Ain't Got No History will be all that's left of this small slice of the web I called home for a good long time.

Manchester City

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill defends Man City keeper Joe Hart

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has praised his under-fire England colleague Joe Hart, saying he is "top drawer". Manchester City keeper Hart's form over the past 12 months has been questioned by many critics, not least his new club boss Manuel Pellegrini, who suggested that reserve keeper Costel Pantilimon could challenge for his first-team spot.

Helen Flanagan, WAG of Man City’s Scott Sinclair: ‘He eats like a horse’

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The girlfriend of Manchester City benchwarmer Scott Sinclair has revealed she has to hit the supermarket every single day to keep up with his eating habits. Former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan mentioned her daily shopping trips on behalf of the former Swansea man in her first column for Star magazine.

English Premier League

GIF It: Carlos Puyol stops Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique grassing up Real Madrid fans

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A decent Premier League programme meant last night's Copa Del Rey clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona was Sky Sports' least-hyped El Clasico in a very long time. This humorous moment from the match saw Gerard Pique attempted to complain to the referee that he'd been hit by a lighter thrown by Real Madrid fans.

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan says Sam Allardyce deserves to work at ‘a really top club’

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West Ham captain Kevin Nolan has done his best to bring any Hammers hanging on to the memories of their 'World Cup-winning' squad by saying manager Sam Allardyce deserves to be a top club. The midfielder, who had previously played under Allardyce at Bolton, reckons Big Sam deserves to leave the East London minnows behind [.

Arsenal Officially Confirm Santi Cazorla Signing

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Arsenal have officially confirmed the signing of Spain international Santi Cazorla from Malaga. Transfer fee is expected to be around £16.5million.

Cazorla says he is excited about the prospect of playing for Arsenal after being given a series of glowing recommendations from two former Arsenal players.

Jay Heaps

NESHOF Induction Ceremony Set for 11/4

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Current Revolution head coach Jay Heaps was one of eight inductees honored during last year's New England Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. (Photo: Tony Biscaia/Revsnet.com)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. The New England Soccer Hall of Fame will conduct its 35th annual induction ceremony on Nov.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Crew @ Revs (again)

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A comprehensive, 90-minute performance was just what the doctor ordered for the ailing Revolution, and that's just what went down on Wednesday night against the Columbus Crew. For the first time in a long time (if at all) this season, Jay Heaps' squad not only limited the petty mistakes that have cost them so many points this year, but they also pressed high, played physical, and controlled the tempo.

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The Road To Brazil Begins For Spain This Week

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Spain begins it's World Cup qualifying campaign this week in Georgia and Iker Casillas feels it is vital that the defending champions get this new qualifying campaign off to a winning start.

"We need to get the three points because we have some important games coming up, so we have to beat Georgia as they have already got a win under their belt and we must hit the ground running" said Casillas.

Looking back to look forward: Is the elusive road win in sight?

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Thank you for the feed back on the last preview and with that feed back I will do my best to try to have the same format.

With the win last Friday the Portland Timbers finally climbed out of the cellar and now they need to get a result on the road to stay out of it. Colorado has not been a place Portland has looked forward to traveling to with each game they have played at the Dick ending in 3-0 losses.


Fantasy Premier League Tips: Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 3

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1. Leeds in Norwich: Leeds United haven't been relevant to fantasy football for a long time. Indeed, since their relegation in 2003, United haven't even been relevant to real football. Leeds used to be really good, but now they're managed ...

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Cologne’s Kevin Pezzoni has his contract cancelled after fan threats

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Former Blackburn defender Kevin Pezzoni has had his Cologne contract cancelled by mutual consent after being confronted outside his home by a group of angry fans. Coach Holger Stanislawski said: "A group of people were waiting for him in front of his apartment. They abused him and it is a situation which has been building [.

Kevin Pezzoni quits Cologne after fans threaten beating outside his home

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Though Cologne manager Holger Stanislawski recently pleaded with the club's fans to have sex in the stands, a group of them has decided they prefer violence instead. Particularly targeted at 23-year-old former Blackburn defender Kevin Pezzoni.

How much do Cologne fans hate Kevin Pezzoni?

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Soccer Stadium Update: Snapshot San Jose

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Over the years we have repeatedly written about efforts to build stadium for the Earthquakes in San Jose. After multiple fits and starts, the team appears to cross the final hurdles and appears ready to start the construction process.  San Jose city officials approved the Planned Development permit for the construction of the proposed Earthquakes stadium a number of months ago.

Espinoza Called Up for Honduras

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Roger Espinoza will be back with his national team midweek next week for an international date. Honduras will be taking on Argentine club side, Boca Juniors in Miami on Wednesday August 15th. Espinoza is one of 6 MLS players that have been called up for the game. The good news for Kansas City is that for the first time in a long time they don't have a midweek game this week so Espinoza is unlikely to miss any games with this call up as he should be back with the team for their game against Toronto on the 18th at BMO Field.

DC Looking to Succeed in KC

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It's been a long time since DC has had success against Sporting Kansas City, but with KC perhaps tired and a little banged up after their midweek penalty kick win over Seattle for the US Open Cup, DC just might find some very valuable points in the playoff hunt. SKC had to go the full [...]

Manchester United

Manager: Toffees best in a “long time”

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Following two successive victories to start the season, Everton manager David Moyes has hailed his current squad as one of the best he's seen at Goodison Park in quite some time. The blue half of Merseyside can be thrilled with their side's rampant start to the season, including an opening day win against giants Manchester United.

Henriquez: I Am Fulfilling A Dream

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Angelo Henriquez, who passed his Manchester United medical yesterday, has revealed he will talk to Sir Alex Ferguson today about his future at the club.

It is likely that the 18-year-old striker will remain with Universidad de Chile on loan from United.

"I am fulfilling a dream that I have had for a long time and I will be able to realise it soon," he told La Tercera.

Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt wants Manchester United trial

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London 2012 sprint champion Usain Bolt has dropped some not-so-subtle hints that he'd like a trial at Manchester United. The Jamaican has been sidling up to United for a long time. As long ago as 2009 he visited their training ground. But he's now stepped it a gear by pretty much begging Sir Alex Ferguson [.

Fergie Statement: I don’t want a rift between myself and United fans

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Following accusations that Sir Alex Ferguson offered his backing to the Glazers because he stood to gain financially from the proposed IPO, the manager has spoken out to deny these rumours.

"Being aware of the media coverage that is currently ongoing I felt, on this occasion, that I should make my position clear to the Manchester United fans," said Ferguson.

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FIFA Tell Si Sa Ket Pay Up

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FIFA have actually made a decision. Nope, it's not April Fool's Day.

Like much of South East Asia, Thai club Si Sa Ket have been dicking FIFA round for a pretty long time. They were ordered to pay former coach David Booth $225,000 back in February but of course they never bothered. (Complete story can be found here).

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City Fan On the Tevez turnaround, winning the league and FFP

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Whilst I hope the feeling at the end of last season sticks with our players for a long time, serving as the motivation for them to work even harder, I have spent the past couple of months trying to pretend that 2011-2012 didn't happen. We didn't drop eight points behind then go eight points clear, only to lose it all with the last kick of the game at the Etihad.

FIFA Inaction Encourages Brinkmanship

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The Indonesia Super League is mumbling about starting up again in November. There was initially talk that a unified league would kick off in January but given the lack of progress on that particular front the ISL seems to want to go it alone placing it on another collision course with FIFA and the AFC.

Liverpool Star Admits Return To Anfield Will Be Special

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Liverpool star Lucas Leiva has revealed he can't wait to play at Anfield against FC Gomel as he continues his rehabilitation after a serious knee injury.
The Brazilian midfielder, 25, is likely to play a part in the Reds' Europa League qualifying round second leg clash with the Belarusians on Thursday.

Are Spurs back in for Dzagoev?

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A few weeks ago, Spurs were linked with a £16m move for highly rated Russian international Alan Dzagoev amidst claims by his agent and father than contact had been made.

"I don't know if he will stay at CSKA. There are offers — from Spurs and other foreign clubs," Dzagoev senior said at the time.