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Man Utd skipper Nemanja Vidic: ‘Man City defeat hurt’

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic says the derby day thrashing at the hands of rivals Manchester City hurt. The Serbia international said the champions had the experience to bounce back from the 4-1 reverse, but acknowledged that questions would be asked of the squad and of new manager David Moyes.

Video: Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway disappointed with lack of belief against Spurs

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway said he was disappointed by the lack of belief shown by his players during their 1-0 defeat to Spurs in their opening Premier League match. The Eagles never really looked likely to get a result against their London rivals, but in the end only a Roberto Soldado penalty separated the [.

England and France fans happy with draw in Donetsk

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Fans of old rivals England and France settled for a point after Monday's 1-1 draw in Donetsk.

Joleon Lescott put Roy Hodgson's side ahead at the Donbass Arena, before Samir Nasri fired past Manchester City team mate Joe Hart to level before the break.

The Three Lions' next game in Group D is against Sweden on Friday, while Laurent Blanc's men take on co-hosts Ukraine.

Blues defender pleased with schedule

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has revealed his delight at being involved in a fixture list that sees key matches coming thick and fast. The former Bolton star has found his form at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, capped off by an excellent display against close rivals Tottenham on Saturday.

"It's been non-stop the last few weeks playing big, important games, they are coming thick and fast so it's important to rest up as much as possible because it is tough," Cahill told Chelsea's official club website.

Mancini Shifts Focus To Premier League

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has shifted his focus back to the Premier League after his side's Europa League exist yesterday. City who were eliminated from the competition on the away goals rule will now have to wrestle the title from favourites United a task easier said than done.

Arsenal

Video: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t ‘know what to say anymore’ on transfers

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he doesn't know what to say anymore when it comes to the club's transfer plans. The under-fire Gunners boss appeared to be fed-up of rejigging his stock answer about working hard to bring in the right players before the end of the transfer window. The Frenchman finally ran out of [.

David Seaman on Arsenal’s Goalies & Management

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Arsenalinsider got a chance to sit down with Dave Seaman. Here's the scoop:

Question: What do you think about Arsenal's current goalies?

Seaman: Arsenal's goalkeeping situation is good. They have got some young goalkeepers. That's the only problem that they're young. But Szczesny is doing a fantastic job.

Walcott expected to miss Ukraine match with hamstring injury

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott made an explosive entry into England's crucial win against Sweden, but has now been dropped out of training to try and nurse yet another re-occurence of his hamstring injury. James Milner is now expected to start the next game against Ukraine although Roy Hodgson has not ruled out the possibility [.

Thoughts On Tactics And Starting Eleven Against Aston Villa

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I will be surprised if anyone reading this doesn't know Arsenal have now won 6 in a row in the League. Most will also know that only Barcelona can match that winning streak on current form in the top 5 leagues across Europe. That's impressive. And it looks even better if we see that only 5 teams have had better runs throughout the season.

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Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez expects to be blamed for fixture pile-up

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Chelsea's interim manager Rafa Benitez has joked that he expected the club's supporters to blame him for their current fixture congestion. The Blues have a busy run-in. They have been playing fixture catch-up for most of the season after a trip to the Club World Cup and a run to the semi-finals of the Capital [.

AVB praises “new Ledley King”

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Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has praised new signing Jan Vertonghen, likening the Belgian defender to retired captain Ledley King. King made an appearance before the club's clash against West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on Saturday and received rapturous applause, which manager AVB is confident is on the cards for Vertonghen.

Union Notes: Gaddis likely to start again, Mwanga's status up in the air, and more

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By JOEY SAMUEL

Last week, Raymon Gaddis was plugged into the starting lineup on a moment's notice when Philadelphia Union captain Danny Califf aggravated a hamstring injury. As the Union prepare for Saturday's away tilt against Chivas USA, it's becoming likely that Gaddis will get yet another start in his first MLS season.

Newcastle United

Newcastle Midfielder Could Return For Everton Game

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Injury problems are mounting for Newcastle but Cheick Tiote, who has been out since the first game of the season against Tottenham has a good chance to be back for our next game at Everton a week on Monday. Cheick Tiote in action against Spurs Ryan Taylor is presumably out at least six months, [...

Manchester Derby Will Decide Premier League – Nonsense

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Alan Pardew's comments after the 4-0 defeat at Wigan on Saturday, seemed to be aimed at his players. Fab Coloccini - we are still having a good season If you read what Alan said he was talking about when we've had poor results in the past the players have come back big time in the next game, and he will be hoping [.

Manchester Derby Will Decide Premier League – Nonsense

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Alan Pardew's comments after the 4-0 defeat at Wigan on Saturday, seemed to be aimed at his players. Fab Coloccini - we are still having a good season If you read what Alan said he was talking about when we've had poor results in the past the players have come back big time in the next game, and he will be hoping [.

Good News – Injury Update For Newcastle

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As we had hoped, it looks like Danny Guthrie will be fit to be in the squad for Newcastle's next game,  at home to Stoke a week on Saturday. Danny Guthrie fit again following calf  problem Danny boy, whose contract runs out in June, missed the two games over the Easter  weekend with a calf problem, but [.

Alan Pardew Asks Newcastle Fans To Be Patient

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Alan Pardew is giving his players a well earned rest before they come back on Saturday,  to prepare for the next game against Stoke City, which is a week come Saturday. Alan Pardew - meticulous in his planning at Newcastle And it just so happens that Newcastle have always failed to win,  after any kind of lengthy break this season, and Alan is well aware of that.

Champions League For Magpies – We Want To Win Next Game

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Newcastle's manager Alan Pardew keeps getting asked if he thinks Newcastle can qualify for the European Champions League this season. Alan Pardew applauding fans before the game on Monday And of course the real answer is that he doesn't know, but the way Alan runs Newcastle, he's only concentrating on the next game,  and try to win it.

FA Cup Results Go Newcastle’s Way

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Jonas Gutierrez has been interviewed today and he is not getting carried away by Newcastle's high position in the league at this fairly late stage of the seaosn. Jonas Gutierrez big game against Liverpool The conventional wisdom in football is not to get carries away by the wins and not to get get too down after a defeat.

Wenger Expect Arsenal to Maintain Focus In Remaining Matches

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Arsenal are making a huge leap in the premier league by finally sitting a third place, which could bring an automatic Champions League ticket for them.

However, despite of their current good run, their manager, Arsene Wenger doesn't want to get his players over their head as the competition is not over yet and they must work hard to even secure a Champions League spot which isn't all save yet at the moment.

Vancouver

Time to get out of the basement!

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The Cellar Dwellar Cup Final is now upon us and the cup is to be decided with a home and away series against the Colorado Rapids. If you look around the league the only team who has been in as bad a free fall as the Portland Timbers have been over the last 10 games has been the Rapids.This season it has felt that any time a team has been in need of a win the Timbers were the next game on their schedule and as of right now Colorado is in need of a win.

Upside: Volley

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Their Words "Alain gave me a great ball, and in practice yesterday I killed some birds, but tonight it was a good goal." Vancouver's Eric Hassli. Other Sources Berhalter's American revolution - from MLSsoccer.com's Greg Seltzer: "we're focusing on the next game." Seeing red sparks Crew on offense - from The Columbus Dispatch's Adam Jardy: Reinforcements are on the way, however.

Portugal

Portugal Euro 2012 Shirts

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Portugal Euro 2012 Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Portugal qualified from Group B in second place but most importantly, they came through the Group of Death with Cristiano Ronaldo hitting goal-scoring form at the right time. They will face Czech Republic (Group A winners) on 21st June, and after having played against tournament favourites Germany and Netherlands, the team will feel confident about taking on any team in the quarters or the semis.

Germany Euro 2012 Shirts

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Germany qualified from Group B in relatively comfortable fashion, only hitting the higher gear when needed to progress in Euro 2012. They're now in the quarter finals where they will face Greece (second place in Group A). So far, Germany have been joined in the quarterfinals by Portugal, who will face the Czech Republic on 21st June.

England

Gerrard “really happy” with England start

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England skipper Steven Gerrard believes that carrying a point into today's Group D meeting with Sweden in Kiev is a start that he is very happy with, particularly since that point was earned against a very strong France side.

Criticism regarding England's second half attacking prowess against the French, or the lack thereof, has been widespread but Gerrard is adamant that the 1-1 draw was a point earned for the Three Lions.

Hodgson: We Are Only Going To Get Better

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England boss Roy Hodgson insists that England will only get better after holding France to a battling draw.

Boss Hodgson, in only his third game in charge, said:

"You don't become a really good team in three matches and 10 training sessions.

"The French have gone 22 games unbeaten and that's not done overnight.

Liverpool Looking At Motherwell’s Chris Humphrey

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Liverpool are one of the clubs reportedly tracking exciting young winger Chris Humphrey, but he is ignoring the speculation.
The Motherwell man has been attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs and one of these is Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool, according to Sky Sports.
The interest comes amidst a spell of good form for the Jamaica-born midfielder and the Reds are reportedly monitoring for a possible move to Anfield, but the 24-year-old is only concentrating on continuing ‘Well's good form.

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Goal hero Antonio Di Natale praised by coach Prandelli

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Antonio Di Natale has been praised by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, after the Udinese forward scored in their Group C opener against Spain.

The veteran former Empoli man opened the scoring against the defending champions at the PGE Arena in Gdansk and almost sealed a win with an audacious volley from Sebastian Giovinco's cross late on.

Turkish Side Eskisehirspor Banned From Lighting Flares, Respond Thusly… (Video)

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By Chris Wright

The spoilsports over at the Turkish FA have recently banned fans from lighting flares in the stands, though fans of Super Lig side Eskisehirspor obviously didn't take to kindly to the memo and, at their very next game, goaded the powers-that-be by unfurling a huge 'troll face' banner (like the one RVP gave Tim Krul the other night) and lighting several flares through the holes in it before rolling the bugger back up, tucking it away and carrying on like nothing had happened.

New England Revolution

Phoenix and Azul Settle for 1-1 Stalemate

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CFC Azul sub Justin Brewer scored the first goal of the game in the 83rd minute, but it wasn't enough as Nano Short scored the equalizer in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw for GPS Portland Phoenix.

Brewer beat Phoenix goalie Terrence Dieterich with less than ten minutes to go in regulation on an assist from former New England player Ryan Kinne.

Galaxy-KC Leftovers

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Some thoughts ahead of the Galaxy's game against Sporting KC on Saturday.

* No Beckham: David Beckham did not travel for the match. This isn't a surprise today but it was a surprise on Wednesday when we found out he wasn't at practice. I hadn't noticed him out there and turns out that was because he didn't train.

Chicago Fire

Breaking Down the competition: Chicago Fire Edition

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Over the last 5 games the Portland Timbers have gained 5 points and this next game is another opportunity to move up the standings. The Chicago Fire come into the game with 10 points in their last 10 games and the last game was a win at Sporting Kansas City. Currently the Fire sit in 4th place in the East with 15 points.

Jalil Anibaba and Frank Klopas will miss Friday's game against Chivas USA

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From the team: "The Chicago Fire learned after Saturday's match against Seattle Sounders FC - via the referee's standard game report - that Fire head coach Frank Klopas was dismissed and defender Jalil Anibaba was red carded for his challenge in the seventh minute of second half stoppage time. They will both be suspended for the next game, at Chivas USA on Friday, May 4.

Rangers Drop Game Vs Houston

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The Swope Park Rangers suffered their first loss of the season today at Swope Park, as the reserves gave up 3 second half goals, falling to the Houston Dynamo 3-0. The first half was interrupted by lightning. In the second half, in a 21 minute stretch, Cam Weaver, Alex Dixon, and Colin Rolfe all scored for Houston to give them the win over the Rangers.

The Rest

Man Utd boss David Moyes ‘shocked’ by Man City defeat

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David Moyes has admitted he was shocked by that nature of Manchester United's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in Sunday's derby match. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Capital One Cup game against Liverpool, Moyes said he had but the City loss behind him. He said: "Well it's gone now so I can't do anything about it.

Tuesday Orange Slices: Dynamo Fall To Red Bulls

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Dynamo News

  • Recap: Houston Loses 2-0 to Red Bulls at RBA. Ending their five-game winning streak. (MLS Soccer)
  • "Tough loss in New York leaves Dynamo wanting more" (MLS Soccer)
  • "NY's Henry: We're ahead in points, but Dynamo are better team" (MLS Soccer)
  • Highlights: Dynamo 0-2 Red Bulls (Houston Dynamo)
  • "Notebook: Defense finally cracks at New York" (Houston Dynamo)
  • "Red Bulls take back 1st place from Dynamo" (Houston Chronicle)
  • The Dynamo drop to third in the Eastern Conference (SB Nation)
  • "Red Bulls get revenge on Dynamo" (New York Post)

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Bellamy Not Thinking Of Medal

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Craig Bellamy is refusing to get carried away and start dreaming of winning an Olympic medal.
Team GB faces South Korea in the quarter-finals on Saturday after going through the group stages unbeaten.
Bellamy, who has been one of the stand-out performers for Stuart Pearce's side, is keeping his feet on his ground after experiencing so many disappointments on the international front with Wales.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto Makes Surprise Visit To Pub, Drinks Little Pink Cocktails, Beats All Comers At Table Football

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By Chris Wright

Despite spending the best part of the week holed up in bed with the dreaded lurgy, Benoit Assou-Ekotto dragged himself from his pit on Saturday night, wandered into an East London pub, ordered himself a little pink cocktail and then completely obliterated all comers over on the table football.

USA-Antigua & Barbuda - Post Game Quotes

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U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann"We discussed prior to the game that it would be difficult to break them down. Antigua did a very good job defending and made it very tight. They made it very difficult for us to create more chances. I think we created quite a few chances and we could have scored a few more goals.

Should KC Appeal Roger Espinoza's Red Card?

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Plenty of discussion has taken place over the calls made in Sporting's 2-1 loss to Chicago last night at Toyota Park. A lot of that discussion has centered on the foul by Roger Espinoza on Sebastian Grazzini when the two went for a 50/50 ball and Espinoza's elbow hit Grazzini in the face. Rookie referee, Jose Carlos Rivero made no hesitation going to his pocket and producing a red card.