Minnows

FA Cup

Watford, Minnows & Days of Yore.

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An away draw at Sutton Utd . A win takes us into the 6th round a loss is unthinkable

Back in the Days of Yore, I went with AFC to Yeovil for an away Cup game.

In order to get tickets one had to check in the program, find out when the tickets went on sale and then arrive at Highbury at least 4 hours before the sale time.

OTP Podcast: Episode 26 – Wheeler Dealin’

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Scuba Steve Bould Ep.26 Wheeler Dealin' by Off The Post on Mixcloud Ah, the magic of the FA Cup. A weekend when we all remember the glory days of football. Hazy, sepia-tinged days when plucky minnows would score ludicrous own goals at Anfield and take it on the chin with good grace and a cheeky [...]


Top 10 FA Cup third round weekend

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1. Poor old Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy probably had another busy Sunday explaining that he's not a referee to irate Manchester City fans. 2. Great to see Paolo Di Canio at the centre of the biggest shock of the weekend as Swindon saw off Wigan. He might be left disappointed by his hopes to [.

Wigan Knocked Out Of FA Cup

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In a day of very few shocks, two Premier League sides Bolton and Wigan were surprised by lower league opponents in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

Wigan's troubled season took another turn for the worse as they crashed out 2-1 too League Two side Swindon Town. Calum McManaman had put Wigan 1-0 up but Swindon, managed by Italian Paolo Di Canio, struck back to claim a famous win with goals coming from Alan Connell and Paul Benson.

World Cup

Adopt-A-Cup Minnow 2014

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Facepalm!
Way, way back in the olden days of 2010, The Yorkies decided to adopt a World Cup Minnow to become our "Official World Cup Team". After a grueling process of elimination, we adopted the mighty All Whites (still not racist) of New Zealand.

What happened next was nothing short of almost-miraculous.

Main Listening Report: European Minnows

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This week's main listening report focuses on the international minnows of the game.

Podcast

2012-13 Languagecaster Podcast: 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

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On this week's football podcast for learners of English, Damon and Damian look forward to some more World Cup qualifiers taking place this week.

Meet the youngest international manager in the world

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Watson for England By the age of 25, it's normally time to settle down in a job, accept that Phil Collins does indeed have a few catchy numbers and limber up for a begrudging jog towards reproduction and sensible haircuts. Certainly, the fantasy of becoming a respected figure on the global footballing stage is over.

English Premier League

QPR could clinch Brazilian keeper

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Premier League minnows Queens Park Rangers could be set to complete an unlikely swoop for Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar. The Brazilian is one of the most experienced goalkeepers around Europe, and his experience would give QPR a strong duo of goalkeepers following the summer signing of former England international Robert Green.

Lukas Podolski : Lot to Offer, Much to Prove

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On Monday, Arsenal announced the deal to sign Lukas Podolski from FC Cologne on a long term contract to bring a long running saga to its official conclusion. Some see this as an early signing and a sign of intent, going so far as to infer that lessons have been learnt. Others might say it's a late signing and should have been wrapped up in January itself.

Lukas Podolski : Lot to Offer, Much to Prove

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On Monday, Arsenal announced the deal to sign Lukas Podolski from FC Cologne on a long term contract to bring a long running saga to its official conclusion. Some see this as an early signing and a sign of intent, going so far as to infer that lessons have been learnt. Others might say it's a late signing and should have been wrapped up in January itself.

Lu Lu Lu

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Getting the feel for it

That's what Gooners will be chanting come August 2012. Arsenal yesterday announced the signing of Lukas Podolski from Cologne. Let's be honest, we knew this was coming for weeks but it is still good to hear about it officially. One of the reasons muted online for the delayed announcement was that Cologne didn't want the news to affect their relegation scrap.

OTP Podcast – Episode 34: Goal-whine Tecnology

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Ep.34 Goal-Whine Technology by Off The Post on Mixcloud Ghost goals? Dodgy penalties? Andy Carrol scoring two goals in two games? The world of football has gone mad (again)! So to help you make sense of it, the Off The Post Podcast will be gathering up all the weekend's Premier League and FA Cup madness, [.

Defeat Man United or Forget Champions League?

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The time has finally come to play out the reverse fixture of the 8-2 defeat that Arsenal suffered at the hands of Manchester United on that horrific August evening at Old Trafford. The memories of that mauling are fresh on the minds of not only the Gunners fans but also European bookies like Champions League betting, which is why Arsenal have been priced as the underdogs even though this Sunday's match is taking place in the North Londoners' own backyard.

Worst Team In World Football Make History Twice In One Game – Seal First Ever Win, Field Transgender Defender

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By Alan Duffy


Ranked joint-bottom of FIFA's world rankings (204th), with a score of zero points to their name, American Samoa went in to a World Cup Qualifying clash against Tonga (ranked 202nd) as underdogs. However, defensive player Johnny 'Jayieh' Saelua, making his debut, would help make history for the most minnowy of all minnows for two reasons.

Worst Team In World Football Make History Twice In One Game – Seal First Ever Win, Field Transgender Defender

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By Alan Duffy


Ranked joint-bottom of FIFA's world rankings (204th), with a score of zero points to their name, American Samoa went in to a World Cup Qualifying clash against Tonga (ranked 202nd) as underdogs. However, defensive player Johnny 'Jayieh' Saelua, making his debut, would help make history for the most minnowy of all minnows for two reasons.

Can Croatia make an impact at Euro 2012?

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Croatia, or formerly known as Yugoslavia, have been quite a force in the history of the World Cup and the European Cup respectively. Although they have never quite made it to a final, they still remain to be a team of which other national sides fear. In the qualification group stages Croatia – nicknamed The Blazers – finished 2nd in Group F narrowly missing out on 1st position by a mere 2 points.

Videos

Malaysian Wonder-Strike Shocks Arsenal At Start Of Asian Tour

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By Alan Duffy

It may be around a day old now, but this superb strike by one Mohamad Azmi Muslim which shocked Arsenal at the start of their pre-season tour in Kuala Lumpar is well worth a look. Facing a Malaysian XI, a mix and match Gunners side struggled against the minnows and were a goal down on the stroke of half-time,, courtesy of this wonder-strike.

French minnows Quevilly score injury time winner to reach French Cup final

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French third division outfit Quevilly pulled off a massive shock as they defeated Rennes to reach the Coupe de France final. The side from the Haute-Normandy region will now face Lyon at the Stade De France for the chance to win the competition. The underdogs not to be confused with Manchester United midfielder Tom [.

French Part-Timers Quevilly Stun Rennes With 93rd-Minute Winner To Reach Coupe De France Final

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By Chris Wright

After putting out Marseille in the quarters, third-tier part-timers Quevilly have once again defied the odds to keep their enchanted cup run going sinking Ligue 1 opponents Rennes with a 92nd-minute winner (above) from Anthony Laup to reach the final of the Coupe de France.

Video: Karim Benzema’s incredible miss (Apoel Nicosia v Real Madrid)

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Real Madrid did eventually manager a comfortable away victory against Champions League minnows Apoel Nicosia, but they must have wondered if it was going to be their day when this happened. Karim Benzema, arguably Europe's most in-form striker, managed to miss an open goal against the Cypriots. The Frenchman just had to tap-in after the [.

2012 Africa Cup Of Nations: The Final – Zambia In Rapture After 19 Years Of Heartache

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By Greg Evans

If recent, handshake-centric events in this country had ruined your faith in football, then the exploits of Zambia over the past fortnight-and-a-bit may just restore it for you. Last night, the rank outsiders and the most 'under' of all the underdogs climbed the proverbial mountain and won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

L’Hospitalet 0-1 Barcelona: Iniesta Scores Corking Winner, Fabregas Fluffs Open-Goal Sitter (Videos)

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By Chris Wright

Barcelona narrowly beat third-tier minnows L'Hospitalet 1-0 in the first-leg of their Copa del Rey (the second-leg isn't until December 21st!) thanks to a rather splendid 25ish-yard plum from Andres Iniesta...

However, in a bit of a mirror for Barca's performance, Cesc Fabregas had what's known in the business as an 'off night' starting with a couple of botched first-touches before culminating in the complete shanking of an open-goal during the second-half.

Euro 2012

England vs Italy – Euro2012 preview

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Whenever these two countries lock horns on the football field, it is always has an extra level of importance no matter what the circumstances are, and tomorrow, in Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, they meet in the Quarter Final of Euro 2012. I can hardly believe that it is eleven years since they last played each other, and historically, the series is close with Italy winning nine, England seven with seven draws.

Acropolis Now

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By Max Grieve

Angela Merkel frowned, probably. Here was Giorgos Karagounis, a Greek man with a Greek name, taking the plaudits for something that they had both done; though not together. The Germans have kept the Greek economy alive - just - but it was Karagounis who bailed out the Greeks against Russia on Saturday.

Euro 2012 Group B Predictions: Group of Death--and Destiny

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Death depresses me. I hate funerals; good Lord wakes are the most morbid of human ceremonies. How undignified is it to go out wearing pancake makeup lying flat on your back under pink lighting that looks like a heat lamp at a bad diner. Death sucks.

My people So why do we insist on Groups of Death for our big tournaments.

Seattle Sounders

Meet Goliath - He's Like David, But Bigger, Badder, Better and More Ass Kicky

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David vs. Goliath* is a great story. The tale is part of Jewish, Christian and Islamic lore, but moves beyond that into common Western legend and is a reference to any contest between the small and the large. In the tale Goliath is only contested by David because every other soldier in Saul's force is scared.

Final 2011 US Open Cup Pickem Winner and Standings

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Hey, remember that? Yeah, I was a little slack in updating our pickem game results after the final. It's possible that I only just recovered from celebrating Osvaldo Alonso's cherry-on-top goal. But there's no time like the offseason. . wait, what's that? The season still isn't over yet? Whatever.

Champions League

Khedira Ready for Complicated Clash Against APOEL Even Without Alonso

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Ahead of their Champions League tie against APOEL, Real Madrid's midfielder, Sami Khedira spoke about his team's chances especially with the absent of important midfielder, Xabi Alonso, who is suspended for the first leg.

Although admitting that Alonso's presence is huge for Los Blancos, Khedira believes that his team have an adequate replacement for the Spanish international, adding his confident in getting a positive result in Cyprus.

Evra Embarrassed To Play In Europa League

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When the draw for the group stages of the Champions League was done a couple of months ago everybody expected Group D to be a clear path to the next stage for Manchester United and Benfica. The tables however turned last night when minnows Basel clinched the last qualification spot in Group C.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Apoel, Al Badd, and a big away win

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This week - it\'s not all good for ACL finalists, Al Sadd: and, minnows on the brink and Leeds humbled at home.

league leaders

Don't rule El Masri out for the April poach!!

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(This entry is formulated based the media release issued by the Football Association of Singapore)

Early this evening, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) issued a press statement to the media pertaining the possible recruitment of players from the S.League clubs to beef up the injury-hit "Lions XII" squad in their commitment across the causeway during the transfer window in April.

Preview: Midweek Danish Cup action

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Conor O'Brien will hope to be on the field for SonderjyskE in their Cup game against minnows Naesby BK while Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland face a tough test against league leaders Copenhagen.

Copa del Rey

#AupaMirandes (Come on Mirandés!) Miracle is the word that comes...

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#AupaMirandes (Come on Mirandés!)

Miracle is the word that comes to mind as Mirandes go to Bilbao in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final. Marcelo Bielsa's Athletic Bilbao won 2-1 at Mirandes' Estadio Anduva last week, and the odds are overwhelming leaning towards them to reach the final, where they'll play Barcelona or Valencia.

Athletic Bilbao Takes First Leg Advantage In Cup

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Two goals from Fernando Llorente has given Athletic Bilbao a 2-1 first-leg advantage in their Copa del Rey semi-final against giant-killers Mirandes, and seriously dented the Cinderella dreams of the third division team.

Llorente scored twice in the first half to seemingly put Athletic firmly in control of this tie.

The Rest

Swedish Fan’s Find Something Amusing to do While Their Team Trail 9-1

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This is the moment Langholmen FC fan's turned agony into amusement with their team trailing 9-1 against Swedish giants IFK Gothenburg the Swedish minnows fans started to do a bit of linesman mocking much to the amusement of the fans and us to be honest.

Liverpool Join Tottenham In Chase For Porto Winger

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Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are hunting Porto's Christian Atsu, as both clubs seek to provide depth to their wide areas.
It was Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas who originally promoted the lively winger to Porto's first team during his tenure at the Portuguese club, and the former Chelsea boss is interested in bringing the rapid wide man to north London, following an impressive spell out on loan to Rio Ave last campaign, Metro report.

Monday musings

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Hello and welcome to a shiny, brand new week on Arseblog. Aren't you reinvigorated and ready for five more days of work? I know I am, which is lucky because I'm off on my own short break at the end of this week so won't be doing five days of work. I probably won't be doing four days of work either, but that's another story.

Scotland in 1996: Auld enemies, familiar feelings

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Having become the first Scotland manager to take the country to the European championships in 1992 the nation eagerly awaited Andy Roxburgh's encore.

Sadly his next trick was to bring to an end the proud World Cup qualification run.

He failed with a certain style. The campaign started with a 3-1 defeat away to Switzerland in a match that saw Richard Gough sent off for catching the ball after being deceived by its flight.

Don't Get Apocalyptic About Football in 2012

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If this is the apocalypse, gimme some It's been almost five months since I've posted something fresh to my blog. That's downright apocalyptic, which is apropos given it's after all 2012. Kinda sad for footie fans if the Mayans are right. After all, we're stuck with 2010 as the last World Cup--aside from Spain establishing itself as the best national team in a generation, the Mundial didn't give us much more.