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Tottenham Hotspur

Are we nearly there yet? The ongoing journey of Tottenham Hotspur

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For all the excitement surrounding Tottenham in the last three or four years, in some aspects they've really not made much progress. A go at the title in 2011/12, along with what now seems a souvenir appearance in the Champions League, is little to shout about in the long term. And when they were pipped [.

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez admits Manchester United clash will be ‘very difficult’

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Rafa Benitez says he knows his Chelsea side face a "very difficult" task when they face champions Manchester United on Sunday. The Spaniard is keen to keep up the Blues' winning ways as the battle a packed fixture list to try to finish in the top four. Chelsea need to avoid defeat against United before [.

Is VDV’s future still in the balance?

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Prior to Euro 2012, rumours started to surface linking Rafael van der Vaart with a move back to Germany. Initially, Schalke 04 were put in the frame before Rafa's old team Hamburg stepped in and declared their interest.

The player was preparing for the Euros at the time but after Holland's early exit, the stories started to gather momentum.

Spurs look set to lose out on Uruguayan international

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The name of Gaston Ramirez has appeared already on this site but it seems that the race to sign the 21 year old has gathered momentum in the last 24 hours.

It's now being reported that Spurs have made a firm offer to Bologna for the player's services but claims are that the bid has been rejected as Ramirez may be holding out for a move to Liverpool where the big appeal must lie in the presence of his national team mates Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates.

M’Vila rumour gathers pace

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Over the course of the weekend, reports gathered momentum linking Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila with a move to the Premiership after his club claimed that they had received a concrete bid from England. Those reports continued to claim that the bid was from Spurs and not from Arsenal, who are thought to have tracked the player for some time.

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Arsenal must keep the momentum going – and continue digging deep!

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Arsenal must dig deep in the transfer window by AK

Arsenal should dig deep off the pitch and the time is now, in the transfer market. We all know about that extra effort, the extra skill, and the extra energy that wins tough games. It always sounds good to say after the match that ‘we had to dig deep' especially if the team is losing or drawing a match they need to win.

Arsenal MUST score first – says Wenger

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This weekends game against Norwich is Arsenal's big chance to finally leapfrog Tottenham and Chelsea into Third Place in the Premier League, and Arsene Wenger will be using all his psychology to galvanise the players to give it their best shot.

Wenger knows that Arsenal have not lost one of the 18 games they have scored in first this season, winning 16 of them, and another quick staert against Norwich will give them the impetus to go on and take the points.

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Poetry Corner Kicks: Dynamo 3 - Union 1

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Well, apparently the international break was too long for the Union. Any momentum that may have been gained from the previous wins was lost and they reverted back to their Nowak-ian ways. On a night with little highlights for the Union, the one bright spot has to be McInerney’s scoring. He’s no Wondo, DeRo or even LeToux yet, but he is still quite young.

MMCB: Fighting Back and Looking Forward

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Welcome to another edition of Monday Morning Centre Back

The Dynamo drew 2-2 with the Columbus Crew last night, coming back from a goal down late to equalize and then holding on late as the Crew came close to becoming the first MLS team to win at BBVA Compass Stadium. It wasn't the reaction match I was hoping for after last week's loss to New York, but it's a point and the Dynamo offense looked sharp, especially in the first half.

Dynamo v Columbus Crew: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

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So I went to bed shortly after the final whistle, and I woke up this morning trying to recall whether the game I am certain I witnessed last night was real. On the one hand, the entire team has periods of absolute inconsistency with passing and finishing, and then on the other they nailed home two astonishingly impressive goals.

Liverpool

Match Preview: Liverpool vs Stoke City

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Liverpool will hope their mini-revival has not lost any momentum when they host Stoke City on Sunday afternoon.
The Anfield club hammered Norwich City 5-2 in the Premier League last weekend but then threw away the lead to lose at home to Udinese in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Manager Brendan Rodgers was very critical of his players after the midweek defeat, describing them as making 'lazy' errors, and he will be demanding improvements.

Are Spurs really after this Manchester duo?

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While it's still hard to sort the real stories from the gossip, most of the players mentioned in connection with a move to White Hart Lane would be welcomed by fans into the club. There are exceptions however, and it was particularly worrying to see Charlie Adam's odds shorten to 6/4 on a move from Liverpool.

English Premier League

Chelsea have too much momentum for all-changed QPR

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Chelsea have too much momentum for all-changed QPR - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are 1.83 withbet365to beat QPR at Loftus Road this weekend in what promises to be a real battle. The Blues had two players sent off in their last visit, and their opponents ended last season with more red cards (9) than any other team in the top flight.

Agger Considers Red Card Appeal

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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is considering appealing his red card in the opening day defeat to West Brom.
Agger was shown a straight red card by referee Phil Dowd for giving away a penalty after appearing to push Shane Long inside the box.
The Danish international was unhappy with the decision and insists he made no contact with Long.

RUMOUR: Chelsea have their eye on Chicharito!

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With Robin Van Persie signing for United joining the likes of Wayne Rooney and the emergence of Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez must be wondering what's going to happen to him this season?

Now this is only rumour and there is no concrete truth in the story as yet but this is something that could gather momentum right up until transfer deadline day.

Lucas Impressed By Allen

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Lucas Leiva has revealed how Joe Allen is already impressing his new Liverpool team-mates in training.
The Wales international joined the Reds for a reported fee of £15million earlier this month and comes with a reputation for his excellent technique and ball retention skills.
Lucas admits that is already shining through at the club's Melwood training base.

New York Red Bulls

Cahill scores in World Cup qualifying tune-up for Australia

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New York Red Bulls Designated Player Tim Cahill has not taken long to find his form in MLS, accounting for a goal and two assists in five matches since joining the league and giving opposing defenders problems with his trademark aerial ability and runs into the area. It was more of the same on the international level for Cahill Thursday night.

Kamara goal helps Sporting KC beat Toronto FC for third straight victory

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By BRYAN ROBISON

With Sporting Kansas City sporting a top lineup, the Eastern Conference leading squad proved why they sit at the top of the standings, defeating Toronto FC, 1-0, at BMO Field on Saturday.

Despite not taking the lead until the final ten minutes of the match, there was no question who the better squad was on the day.

Nagbe goal gives Timbers tie on road with TFC

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The Portland Timbers may not have won their first road game of the season on Wednesday night, but they did manage to get a result that surely felt like a victory.

The Timbers drew Toronto FC, 2-2, at BMO Field on Wednesday after a late headed goal from Darlington Nagbe. The Timbers attacker took advantage of some poor defending by TFC to get open and equalize in the 82nd minute after Portland had relinquished a 1-0 lead earlier.

Zusi, Sporting KC down DC United to retake top spot in East

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Just days after capturing the US Open Cup title over the Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City carried that momentum back into MLS play and earned three huge points on Saturday.

Graham Zusi and Teal Bunbury each got their names on the scoresheet as Kansas City defeated DC United, 2-1, at Livestrong Sporting Park to put KC back in first place in the Eastern Conference.

Major League Soccer

MLS: Wins for Revs and Rapids

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In Major League Soccer, assumptions count for very little. That was the lesson from Wednesday when the League's newest favorite contender was shutout in New England. Columbus has the two-time Player of the Week and the momentum, but it was New England getting the result in the 2-0 win. Dimitry Imbongo opened the scoring in the 53rd minute with a Columbus own-goal doubling that lead in the 74th.

Revs vs. Union in a Nutshell

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The Union midfield did well to silence Fernando Cardenas and the Revolution's midfielders. (Photo: Walter Silva)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. A game to forget for the both the New England Revolution and the Philadelphia Union. A dour 0-0 draw where neither team really showed a desire to score a goal or put the opponent on the back foot.

Shalrie Shines In Return

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Revolution fans honored Shalrie Joseph during his return to Foxborough. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Down 3-0 just 21 minutes into the match, Shalrie Joseph's first return trip to New England with Chivas USA on Wednesday night looked headed for disappointment.

Howard led U.S. by ‘embracing the fear’

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Last night served as an historic moment for US soccer as the Americans defeated Mexico 1-0. The victory will be remembered as the first time they defeated El Tri on Mexican turf in 75 years.

With many of the USMNT veterans absent from the roster, 'keeper Tim Howard  was called upon to lead the youthful side into the hostile territory known as Estadio Azteca.

Howard led U.S. by ‘embracing the fear’

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Last night served as an historic moment for US soccer as the Americans defeated Mexico 1-0. The victory will be remembered as the first time they defeated El Tri on Mexican turf in 75 years.

With many of the USMNT veterans absent from the roster, 'keeper Tim Howard  was called upon to lead the youthful side into the hostile territory known as Estadio Azteca.

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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.

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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.

Preview: Battle for the wooden spoon in Toronto!

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Finally a game to break the monotony of the "I hate Gavin" vs "Let's wait and see" argument because that horse hasn't been shot, beaten, dragged behind a car, beaten some more and then left out in 100 degree weather. What a game it is too! A battle for the wooden spoon (for those of you who don't know what that is check this link out).

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Spanish Primera Division – Match Recaps – 25 August 2012

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Sociedad edged Celta Vigo, Zaragoza won at Espanyol, Rayo beat Betis, and Mallorca held Malaga in the Spanish Primera Division (La Liga) on August 25, 2012.

Real Sociedad 2-1 Celta Vigo

Real Sociedad recovered from conceding an early second half goal to win the season opener. Imanol Agirretxe scored both goals for the home side.

Scottish Premier League – Match Recaps – 18 August 2012

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Hibernian, Aberdeen, and Motherwell all won on the road in the Scottish Premier League on August 18, 2012. The other results include Ross County holding Celtic to a draw and Inverness with a second half comeback at Hearts.

Ross County 1-1 Celtic

The home side took an early second half lead before Celtic's Kris Commons leveled in stoppage time.

The Rest

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes says his side have found momentum

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Manchester United manager David Moyes believes recent results will help his side to build up some momentum. He is hoping that the champions' early season inconsistency is now behind them and that their recent wins against Stoke, Real Sociedad and Norwich will bring them into today's clash with Fulham in good form.

Your first look at FIFA 14

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The first sneak previews of FIFA 14 have been released and it promises to be tiki-taka-tastic. Among the new features are four that encourage users to build play through midfield and dictate the tempo of a match. Those features are: Protect The Ball, which will enable players to fend-off and block defenders from the [.

That’s On Point - USMNT vs. Mexico Preview

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Brad Guzan: Cold ... blooded.

By Mike Cardillo / That's On Point

"Momentum? Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher." -- Earl Weaver

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Momentum is a nebulous term once you apply it to the world of sports, as opposed to the realm of physics where, you know, it actually means something what with co-signs, velocity, all that jazz.

All Players Fit – Pardew To Play Strong Side

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Alan Pardew has said today that all his players are fit and that he will send a strong side out against Club Brugge at St. James' Park tonight, in an effort to win the game, and continue the momentum we picked up, with the lads' courageous display at Sunderland last Sunday. Papiss Cisse likely [...

Commerce: have you got your Fulham Review?

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While millions of people the world over are buying things like Fifty Shades of Grey and Coldplay albums just because other people are buying them, the same sort of momentum rarely attaches itself to those of us at the humbler end of the spectrum. But The Fulham Review is just as special in its own way, and contains some wonderful things by some fine writers, so please do have a look if you're in any way tempted.

Jamaica vs. USA: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team will attempt to take a big step toward the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying when it faces Jamaica in the fourth match of the six-game semifinal round (8 p.m., beIN Sport). To get three points, though, the Americans will have to do something they have never done in their history: Win a World Cup qualifier on Jamaican soil (0-0-4 all-time).

Tribe Women Shutout Spiders 3-0

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Three Second-Half Goals Power Tribe Past Spiders Courtesy TribeAthletics.com WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's soccer team defeated Richmond, 3-0, Wednesday night at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. In second-half action, W&M netted three goals in the span of 10 minutes as it distanced itself from the visiting Spiders.

2012/13 Atletico Madrid Shirts

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Atletico Madrid finished the 2011/2012 season of La Liga 5th behind Malaga and earned a place in the Europa League group stage. Fans might not deem it good enough for the quality of players present at the Vicente Calderon. Although, dwarfed by the immense size of their city rivals, Real Madrid, Atletico holds a firm chance for qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

Upside: One thing

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Their Words "I continue to believe that they are a big part of every success we've had here at Rio Tinto Stadium. We couldn't be more happy with the number of fans, and how passionate they are, especially at the beginning of the games. It feels like a big surge of momentum when they're singing the song and it's awesome.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Canadians Move the Ball Like Studs

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Studs like hugs.Everything I said earlier about how fearful the world should be of Japan and how they're securing their positions as a true force in women's soccer--if not one of the forces, a true effing powerhouse, in women's soccer--let me now apply this to the Canadians. It's exciting, I have to admit, as a fan of this game.

Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes - Three Questions

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Saturday night's 7:30 PM KONG televised game between the Seattle Sounders FC and the San Jose Earthquakes could be Seattle's last chance at the top of the Western Conference. With the one game in hand, two games against the 'Quakes and only seven points difference, this is the chance that any team asks for within their season.