West Ham

‘If It Doesn’t Work Out Then I’ll Go Elsewhere’ – David Moyes Is Already Working His Motivational Magic At West Ham

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Sunderland were rock bottom of the table when David Moyes drew deep from the well of his warrior ancestors to send a blood-curdling battle cry across the neighbouring valleys of the Premier League last January.

Knowing only a Herculean expenditure of gutturalbrawn would be enough to stave off the drop, Moyes stood astride a mighty windswept tor, undaunted, genitals exposed by flapping kilt, and roared forth unto his troops:

I'll be finding ways to try to balance the books the best I can.

West Ham weighing up Oscar Cardozo move

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West Ham will bid for Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo if they can shift some players from their wage bill, reports The Sun. The Paraguay international is said to be unsettled at Benfica and looking for a move away from the club. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen to add a proven goalscorer to his squad, [.

Manchester United

Cresswell: West Ham don’t need motivation

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Cresswell: West Ham don't need motivation

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell has insisted that his side will need no motivation ahead of the game against Manchester United this weekend.

Man United currently sit third in the Premier League table, while West Ham are eighth following a good start to the campaign.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Sunderland fan on O’Shea, the poznan and McClean

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As the final whistle was blown on our 1-0 victory over Sunderland on the final day of the season, we were top of the league, waiting for the game at the Etihad to end. News came through at the Stadium of Light that City had scored two late goals and had won the league, leading Sunderland fans to do their best poznan celebration.


Photo: Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner’s interesting new training gear

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Frimpong and Jesus. #Bendtner Arsenal FC (@FFArsenal) August 15, 2013 We're not saying that a series of attempts to flog him to anyone who will even consider buying him have entirely dwindled Nicklas Bendtner's motivation at Arsenal... but he has taken to training while dressed as a Greek fisherman.

AVB and Adebayor believe Wigan can beat Arsenal

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Tottenham nabbed a last minute winner against Stoke yesterday to keep themselves in with a chance of nicking the last Champions League position from Arsenal, and believe that Wigan are in the perfect frame of mind to cause an upset at the Emirates tomorrow evening.

Wigan may have won the FA Cup, but now they are fighting for their Premiership survival, and the Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas thinks that they are primed and ready for tomorrow.

It is time for us to get behind the Arsenal team! (plus inspirational video)

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Time to Support or Disappear in Shadows by KA

From time to time we have all seen us demanding various Arsenal players to be sacked our our great manager to be sacked. We say "This player is not good, That player is not good" and to a certain extent our demands are not without justification.

Do Arsenal fans still have faith in Wenger?

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Wenger Knows......What? by BN

After yesterday's dire performance, yet another one this season, for me it's time for change, I want Arsene out.

You must question his motivational skills for the team to continually start games as slow as we do . We need to get into teams from the first whistle put them under pressure make them scared to come to the Emirates, but we tap the ball around from side to side with no threat or penetration and allow visiting teams to settle their nerves and enjoy their surroundings.

A comedy of errors sends Arsenal out of the FA Cup

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Arsenal 0 – 1 Blackburn, how did this happen? BY kj

I'm still in disarray after that result. How did we manage to get knocked out in both domestic cup competitions against lower league opposition?

We started the game off sluggishly and were just playing safe passes in the neutral areas of the pitch.

Arsenal players lack the motivation to succeed….

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Is Arsene Wenger Being Prudent or Selfish? by DM

I feel one of the key reasons we keep getting the wrong result regardless of who we sign is that our players are not motivated.

When Arsenal buys a player for peanuts and makes a fortune from his sale a few years after, we all get on the blogs and hail an excellent business model that earns profit for the club.

Was Na$ri Right?.

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We will play in the Champions League 2012-3 Tournament, but wow, it was close.

We were limping down the final straight, and had it not been for a stunning turn of pace from Mr Gibbs, we would have probably ended up in the next race.

Sure we recovered from a dreadful start, and this was followed by a few truly memorable games against the likes of Chelsea, Spurs and City.

Was Na$ri Right?.

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We will play in the Champions League 2012-3 Tournament, but wow, it was close.

We were limping down the final straight, and had it not been for a stunning turn of pace from Mr Gibbs, we would have probably ended up in the next race.

Sure we recovered from a dreadful start, and this was followed by a few truly memorable games against the likes of Chelsea, Spurs and City.

Champions League

Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas is jealous of Chelsea’s fixture pile-up

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Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas says Chelsea's fixture pile-up is actually an advantage for the Blues. AVB reckons the prospect of reaching the Europa League final will give Rafa Benitez and his squad a boost. And he says he would rather his side had as many games left to play this season. He said: "It's [.

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.

Footballers, are their wages fair?

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Footballers wages, fair or not?

You may think that I'm having a rant about footballers wages. However it's the opposite, I'm defending footballers wages. I believe their wages are justified for what they do and how hard they have worked throughout their life to get to where they are.


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After yesterdays post and the fact that Harry Redknapp being linked with Chelsea just doesn't seem to go away, it seems that it may finally be put to bed after Roman Abramovich has seen sense!.

According to reports in the English Media this morning, Roberto Di Matteo will get the job on a full time basis and will finally lose the "Interim" tag.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann tells press the U.S. won’t lose to Jamaica (again)

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Despite Clint Dempsey setting a new U.S. World Cup qualifying record for fastest goal, the U.S. still lost to Jamaica for the first time ever on Friday, making their qualification efforts a bit more difficult. Sitting third, though even with Guatemala on points, in CONCACAF Group A after the loss to Jamaica has caused a bit of doubt to creep in for some U.

If This Doesn't Get You Pumped Up ...

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One of the continuing missions of U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is to bring outside voices into the team help the players grow both on and off the field. This week the focus was on motivation, and trust us when we tell you there was no one better suited the Donnie Moore and his amazing Feats of Strength.


On Andy Carroll and Charlie Adam

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I've said it before. If a manager doesn't like a player, doesn't want a player, it's almost always better to cut bait immediately.

But that doesn't mean I have to like it.

There's little I can add to James Tyler's wonderful piece for ESPN FC on Andy Carroll.
The new Liverpool is one of Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen.

Premier League Press Conferences Highlights – Video

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A new feature on Soccer Tickets Online. He are some of the comments by Andre Villas-Boas, Alan Pardew, Steve Clark, Brendan Rodgers and Brian McDermott ahead of this weekend's Premier League matches.

Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew is optimitic ahead of a week where his side face Tottenham and Chelsea.

Chelsea midfielder hails ‘best’ Ronaldo

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Raul Meireles has dismissed suggestions from Barcelona president Sandro Rosell that Cristiano Ronaldo is not good enough to start at Barca, insisting that the Real Madrid star is the greatest in the world.

Debate surrounding this season's La Liga-winning Portuguese international Ronaldo and Barca's Argentine sensation Lionel Messi has gone on for years but this is the first year that the latter appears to have fallen short.

Cole Set For Reds Chance

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Joe Cole will be given the chance to prove himself at Anfield after a successful loan stint at Lille.
The midfielder was loaned out to the Ligue 1 side by former boss Kenny Dalglish last season after failing to make an impact on Merseyside following his move from Chelsea under Roy Hodgson in 2010.

Henderson Relishes Challenge

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Jordan Henderson insists any criticism that comes his way will only act as motivation as he bids to make his mark on Euro 2012 with England.

The Liverpool midfielder was a late inclusion in the Three Lions squad for the tournament after Frank Lampard was ruled out due to injury. Manchester City's Gareth Barry was also forced to withdraw.

Liverpool boss inspired by former gaffer

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Brendan Rodgers insists that despite bringing a fresh approach to the Liverpool hot-seat in the coming season, he will continue to draw inspiration from the legendary Kenny Dalglish.

Dalglish was relieved of his managerial duties at Anfield shortly after the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign last month and the search for a new manager began immediately.

Rodgers on Liverpool Squad

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Brendan Rodgers today spoke about the quality within Liverpool ranks and believes he has a core group of "world-class" players at his disposal as he sets about returning the Merseyside giants to past glories.

However the boss demand patience from the fans and admits there will be no quick fix at Anfield but believes his job will be made easier by a collection of stars already on the club's books.

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Sporting KC's U.S. Open Cup campaign

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The Seattle Sounders have been a model of U.S. Open Cup success in the last four years, capturing the last three tournament titles and reaching the final for a fourth straight year.

Standing in Seattle's way in 2012 is Sporting Kansas City, a team that has made its intentions for this tournament clear both on the field with its play and off it with a winning bid to host next Wednesday's final in addition to an intense series of promo videos leading up to the anticipated match.

Olympic Soccer: USA vs. France (Your Running Commentary)

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The U.S. Women's National team takes on France today in the opening match of the Women's Olympic Tournament, and arguably the best match of the group stage (Noon, NBC Sports).

The Americans enter the tournament having won the past two Olympic titles, but the lingering disappointment of last year's World Cup Final defeat is serving as motivation for a team considered the favorites to win gold again.

Euro 2012

Spain 4-0 Italy

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FÃ bregas 14'
Alba 41'
Torres 84'
Matas 88'

The score line may flatter Spain, the by-product of Italy playing with 10 men for the last half an hour, but that's the only thing which flatters Spain. There will be effusive praise, but it's not exaggerated praise.

5 Things I’ve Learnt From Euro 2012

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The first round of the tournament has just come to an end with Poland, Russia, Holland, Denmark, Ireland, Croatia, Sweden and Ukraine all knocked out. Teams through to the Quarter Finals are Greece, Czech Republic, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and England. I've made a few observations from the Euro's so far, and here they are:

Italy know how to defend

This applies to both Croatia and Italy really, and partly Germany too.

Time for Silly Season

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As Euro 2012 moves forward and World Cup qualifying gets underway, we are nearing the time of year when MLS teams become linked to foreign stars and future Designated Players. As the calendar starts to creep towards July, the transfer window begins to open for European based players and some will look to the New World for a roster spot.

Ireland v Croatia – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 10 June 2012

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The Republic of Ireland begin the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament with a group stage match against Croatia. The match will take place at the Poznan Municipal Arena in Poznan, Poland with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trappotoni

"Every goal I face is a challenge.

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Barnes Questions Younger Players' Motivations

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Liverpool legend John Barnes has questioned the motivation for younger players, adding that money could be detrimental to a footballer's success.
The former England international compared his generation to those in England today, with Reds youngster Raheem Sterling reportedly finding it testing to solve his off-field problems while breaking into the first-team squad at Anfield.

PES 2014 Will Feature Unique Heart Motion Effect During Games [VIDEO]

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PES 2014 will feature a new, unique heart motion effect, which will keep track of a player's motivation during a match that can play a decisive role in how well or not the footballer performs to your command.

The concept is pretty simple. If a player does well in a match, his motivation and confidence receives a boost, which will make him more likely to execute tough moves such as a bending free kick, etcetera.

Dempsey: Playing on 9/11 adds special touch to crucial qualifier

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It has been nearly 11 years since the 9/11 tragedy, but the effects from the events that took place that day are still felt by many across the nation each and every year and the U.S. men's national team are no exception.

USMNT vs Jamaica Game Thread

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The US returns to World Cup Qualification to take on their toughest Group A rivals Jamaica. It's the first of a doubleheader against the Reggae Boyz with the return leg in 4 days in Columbus. A win in Kingston would be the most important result in group play as it'd put the US in comfortable position to win the group.

Glory Glory Leeds #250 now available

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Here we go then Glory Glory Leeds Two Five Oh! An extra long show for you all, to celebrate the occasion!
An hour of the latest Leeds United news. reviews and interviews and then an extended extra time, reading out your wonderful listener emails and congratulations!
It has been a long strange trip over the past 5 years of GGL shows.

Cristiano Ronaldo says his sadness has nothing to do with wanting more money

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Since Cristiano Ronaldo told the media that he was too sad to celebrate his goals during Real Madrid's 3-0 win against Granada on Sunday, speculation has been rampant. Since he said that his frowniness was caused by "professional" reasons, the popular theory of Ronaldo wanting more money emerged.

Ex-Red Pedro Mendes Earns NASL Honors

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Former Reds striker Pedro Mendes scored a pair of goals over the weekend to help lead his current team the Atlanta Silverbacks to a 4-2 win over Ft. Lauderdale. (Photo: Rhode Island Reds FC)

Former Rhode Island Reds forward Paulo Mendes earned NASL Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after scoring two goals for the Atlanta Silverbacks in a 4-2 win over Ft.

Sounders Transfer Rumor: Alvaro Fernandez Deal Apparently Falls Through

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It would appear that reports of Alvaro Fernandez's imminent departure may have been a bit premature. While the rumor wire was all abuzz over Fernandez joining Colombian side Deportivo Cali last week, El Pais is now reporting that the deal has fallen through.

It's not entirely clear why this happened, but it does seem to indicate that Fernandez will at least be finishing out the MLS season with the Sounders.

Post-Match Chalkboard: Slamming A Red Bull Does Give You Wings

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Three straight losses against beatable clubs (including the U.S. Open Cup defeat to a USL team) does not do wonders for confidence. Both the Chicago Fire squad and fans had to feel pretty low heading into the international break. Fortunately, the squad found motivation during the two weeks off, and they came out with their best performance of the season, and arguably, their best performance in the last two years.