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English Premier League

Who Are Ya? Jose Campana (Crystal Palace)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Jose Campana Age: 20 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Sevilla Fee: Undisclosed (reported £1.7m) Did you know? It's nice for the Eagles to make an exotic signing, but his name translates as Joseph Campaign. So perhaps he's up for the Premier League battle ahead.

Put yourself in Arsène Wenger’s position ……… select the Arsenal 1st team squad for 2012/13

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It would take a lengthy surf of my memory banks to find a transfer window where Arsenal have added more maturity and strength to the team, pre-season games have shown that in Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla we have added three outstanding international players to our squad.

Of course it would not be Arsenal if we did not have a summer saga to contend with, I think that Tony Adams must have left a curse on the Captains arm band as yet another Captain has decided to do his gardening elsewhere.

Put yourself in Arsène Wenger’s position ……… select the Arsenal 1st team squad for 2012/13

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This post was submitted before the news broke last night that Kyle Bartley is off to Swansea so ignore him.

It would take a lengthy surf of my memory banks to find a transfer window where Arsenal have added more maturity and strength to the team, pre-season games have shown that in Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla we have added three outstanding international players to our squad.

First Photos: Santi Cazorla In An Arsenal Shirt – The Deal Is Done!

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By Alan Duffy

It's official, Santi Cazorla has joined Arsenal for a fee believed to be somewhere in the £15 million range. In short, it's a bit of a bloody bargain. As we've already noted, we're super, super excited to see him take to a Premier League pitch.

First Photos: Santi Cazorla In An Arsenal Shirt – The Deal Is Done!

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By Alan Duffy

It's official, Santi Cazorla has joined Arsenal for a fee believed to be somewhere in the £15 million range. In short, it's a bit of a bloody bargain. As we've already noted, we're super, super excited to see him take to a Premier League pitch.

Eddie Johnson Is All Grownsed Up

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Over the last four years, it has sometimes become a little too easy to forget that there was a reason Eddie Johnson was once considered to be the player that would lead United States soccer to the next level. Blessed with speed, athleticism and some impressive soccer skills, he had all the tools to succeed.

Gibson's Everton move crucial for Ireland future

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Darron Gibson's move to Everton has helped to bolster his international credentials, according to Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

The 24-year-old Derryman impressed his experienced Italian manager as he shone during Ireland's 1-0 Euro 2012 warm-up win over Bosnia last Saturday.

Sagna: Walcott responded to critics

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Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna believes that club teammate Theo Walcott has taken criticism in his stride properly to mature into a very important player for the club.

Walcott went through a turbulent campaign last season, performing inconsistently through February to hear the jeers from both outside the club and within some sections of the Gunners faithful.

Sad Spurs Are The Ghosts Of Their Former Selves

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Plenty of Spurs places on the web where you can find anger as we slip down the table. I'm fond of describing the significance not of individual matches but sequences that crop up as the season plays out. A combination of computer predetermination and evolving circumstances throws up intriguing little sets of fixtures.

Looking At Older Heads

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Experienced heads to the fore

The league table makes for good reading this morning. In third place and building up a healthy 5 points gap over our closest rival. I'm not saying this is a position that Arsenal should be aspiring over the course of any season but in the context of this, it's the best we can achieve.

Looking At Older Heads

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Experienced heads to the fore

The league table makes for good reading this morning. In third place and building up a healthy 5 points gap over our closest rival. I'm not saying this is a position that Arsenal should be aspiring over the course of any season but in the context of this, it's the best we can achieve.

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Quotes, Stats and Links: Moving on up Edition

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Portland moved up to 14th out of 19 teams and are no longer at the bottom of the west. Here is what everyone said after the game and the official stats.

Quotes

Portland Timbers Quotes

Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson

On winning back-to-back games for the first time this season:
"It feels good.

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.

Philadelphia Union

Zac MacMath: Leadership and emotions

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On his 21st birthday, Zac MacMath has to learn that sometimes maturity means knowing when to ignore that carefully cultivated self-control.

Fan’s view: The work of a fan

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Photo: Earl Gardner

EDITOR'S NOTE: We asked you for people interested in writing about local fans' experiences, and so many of you responded that we decided to run one fan post a day during the MLS break and then make this a regular weekly feature. We're starting with this great piece from Chris Rudderow.

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Blues Record Opening Round Knockout

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It wasn't perfect, and there's still plenty of work to be done. But for the moment, Chelsea appear to be on the verge of identifying themselves as a new-look counter-attacking side with plenty of pace and trickery. More, after the jump:

Flair

Preseason friendlies are hard to judge.

The Hero Article

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After 8 years and 10 trophies The Drogs forever has a place in my football hall of fame. So much so that I placed an order for his No. 11 jersey at the Chelsea Megastore soon after the final whistle in Munich.

Drogba is a top striker in almost all ways strong in the air, good feand the only thing people can call him out for is his temperament, but my biased self has always supported him simply for delivering moments of outstanding class.

Arsenal

Van Persie Breaks the Silence (with the utmost respect…?)

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What a prick! Even though I saw it coming it still hurts. Like I said, I am not surprised that he has decided to leave. What I am kind of surprised at, is how he has chosen to go about it! The statement on his website makes me want to vomit more and more after each read. I've gone back to read it a few times in hopes of catching something positive to use to stick up for our former captain.

Going knife and scalpel on Arsenal vs Wigan

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Nicks' note: Sample, Arsenal man with sound mind and body, delves into the recesses of his mind and brings forth an honest assessment of what went wrong on Monday; when Wigan went veni, vidi, vici on the Emirates turf.

Their first goal...

Was coming the moment Arteta started limping off.

Future News: Mario Balotelli apologizes for things he will probably do in the near future

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After apologizing for getting sent off in Man City's 1-0 loss to Arsenal, Mario Balotelli attempted to further prove his maturity by preemptively saying he is sorry for several incidents that have yet to occur.

"I'm very sorry for running over Kun Aguero with a stolen forklift next week," said Balotelli in a statement read by his agent, Mino Raiola.

Euro 2012

The Best and Worst of UEFA Euro 2012

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The UEFA Euro 2012 is over and Spain are once again the champions. It was a tournament that had some drama, surprises, disappointments, and much more.

Below are various awards for the Best and Worst of Euro 2012 such as Most Surprising Team and Best Goal.

Most Surprising Team

Italy The Azzurri were not expected to contend but made a run to the final.

Reports & reaction to USOC win, Soumare, more

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Photo: Barb Colligon

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Check out PSP's match report on Tuesday night's win over Harrisburg City Islanders in the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup which includes video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and interviews with Bakary Soumare, Ray Gaddis, Brian Carroll, Gabe Farfan and Amobi Okugo.

Euro 2012: Nothing to write home about?

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Great movement by the two Man United strikers up front

Till I heard that line about Welbeck and Rooney in the Ukraine game, in all honesty, the Euros weren't being much of a spectacle. More goals scored at this point than any other Euros is fine, but apart from Spain-Italy and Portugal-Netherlands, it didn't feel much like the second greatest football tournament in the world.

Jogi Low: Prankster Gangster

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This moment of maturity is brought to you by the forty year old manager of one of the world's most prominent national football teams.

Actually, the ball boy seemed to delight in the trick, and it's certainly better than his other favored sideline activities...

All's well.

Euro 2012 : Ronaldo’s Coming Of Age As Portugal Captain

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Portugal vs Denmark
Matchday 2 Group B
Lviv, 18:00

If you were to look back at the international tournaments Cristiano Ronaldo has played in (from the Euro 2004, World Cup '06 to Euro 08′ and beyond), you'd quickly realise that "O capitão" has finally come of age.

Would They Really Suspend Serie A For Two Years

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Pretty shocking comments on Tuesday from Italian Premier Mario Monti who suggested that Italian soccer be suspended for two to three years after the latest match-fixing scandal.

Dawn raids on Monday resulted in 14 arrests, including Lazio captain Stefano Mauri, to bring the total number of suspects arrested in the match-fixing inquiry to about 50 since last year.

Major League Soccer

Mature play brings DC United 3-0 win

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Over the past month, DC United has not looked particularly sharp. The games against Philadelphia and New York were especially pedestrian. The midfield lacked control. Midway through the loss to the Red Bulls, Branko Boskovic showed the way out of United's malaise.

Coach Ben Olsen understood his team's problem, "Knowing that it was going to be a hot day, the fact that we weren't sharp in possession the last two weeks that was something that we needed to have today, and we had it.

Well-timed personnel changes carry DC United to 3-2 win

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The New England Revolution might seem to have been the dominant team in Saturday's contest at RFK, but the score line said otherwise at 3-2. Despite being outperformed marginally on the statistics sheet, DC United only seemed uncomfortable for the first ten minutes of the second half. One need only look at Coach Ben Olsen's excellent personnel decisions to see the reason why.

MLS' competitiveness in CONCACAF Champions League

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After Real Salt Lake's run to the CONCACAF Champions League final last season, and the first-ever wins by MLS teams in Mexico this season, there was a lot of misplaced optimism about the chances of Major League Soccer teams to contend for the CCL. That optimism was swiftly dispatched by Mexican clubs in the knockout stages.

The Rest

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho praises Samuel Eto’o and Eden Hazard

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Jose Mourinho praised the efforts of Samuel Eto'o and Eden Hazard following Chelsea's 1-0 defeat at Everton. The Blues manager bemoaned his side's failure to take their chances, but was pleased to see new signing Eto'o involvement in key areas. He said: "Samuel was a killer all his career and the situations where he was [.

Montero shows his maturity as a super sub | Steve Kelley | The Seattle Times

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Montero shows his maturity as a super sub | Steve Kelley | The Seattle Times

We've given Steve a hard time about some of the articles he's written, but this is really good. Give it a read.

Chicharito: Flashes Of Femur Brilliance

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Image: REUTERS. Manchester United's squad may have its fair share of tweenies, but the ones that do reach maturity certainly know how to give good thigh. No, seriously. We thought Chicharito's appeal was all about his deeply set Bambi eyes and sincerely sweet smile, but this man-boy has layers, Kickettes.

Columbus Crew will test DC United’s maturity

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Tonight's game at Columbus is not a season defining game, but it may well demonstrate whether the first 17 minutes of last Sunday's match at Houston or the 73 that followed were. Coherence and a small degree of dominance broke down when Bill Hamid was ejected and DC United failed to survive the loss of one player.

Sunderland - Spurs Preview: How Many Aaron Lennons Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?

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Just the one Aaron Lennon – he holds the bulb and the universe revolves around him, n'est ce pas? Not to cast aspersions on the young blighter's character you understand, he seems a most charming young fish (now with added maturity – witness the disappearance of his go-faster diagonals in his eyebrows).