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Mark Hughes asks for patience as he adapts Stoke’s playing style

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New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has asked supporters for patience as he attempts to get the team playing a different style of football. The brand of football deployed by previous boss Tony Pulis was criticised by opposition managers, most notably Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, and often by the Britannia Stadium faithful, too.

Arsenal Ladies Planning Bid For Olympic Boxing Champ Katie Taylor

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By Alan Duffy

After securing the first-ever women's Lightweight boxing gold-medallist, Irish heroine Katie Taylor was rumoured to be on the radar of Women's Super League champions Arsenal.

The Bray-born 26-year-old is an experienced Irish football international, representing the Girls In Green on 40 occasions.

Role Reversal

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It seems like the M.O. for Sporting KC this year has been to employ the high pressure on their opponents, create giveaways and create a number of chances in the game, while limiting the chances that their opponents get. Last night though, Sporting KC reversed that role a little bit. KC still employed some high pressure, but an early goal for Jacob Peterson allowed Sporting KC to sit back a little bit and basically told the Crew "OK come and beat us.

English Premier League

Who Are Ya? Jesus Navas (Manchester City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Jesus Naves Age: 27 Position: Right winger Signed from: Sevilla Fee: £17m Did you know? Navas has previously turned down moves away from Sevilla, including a transfer to Chelsea, because of chronic homesickness. The Spain international has spent his entire career at the club, which [.

Stoke 0 Arsenal 0 : Comfortable In Defence, Sparkless Up Front

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Don Vito would be happy with the clean sheet

Second match of the new season, second draw of the new season. We are still level on the goal difference chart because we've neither scored any goal nor have we conceded any. Not so good for the first one but particularly pleasing for the second one.

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle – Hazard Hot-Streak Continues As Blues Shoot Down Magpies (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle United Premier League 25 August 2012

Man of the moment Eden Hazard produced another match-winning performance for Chelsea in Saturday's tridcy late game against Newcastle.

The Belgian wunderkind scored from the penalty spot on 22 minutes after Fernando Torres was fouled, before setting up the Spaniard himself before half-time.

Ten Man Liverpool Fall To Day One Defeat

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Gera tries to break through the Liverpool midfield...
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It was a poor start for Brendan Rodgers on Saturday as his Liverpool side fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Steve Clarke's West Brom. A contrasting first half for the Reds made it look like a victory was possible even when Gera netted a peach but in the second half things went from bad to worse after Daniel Agger was given his marching orders.

Arsenal 0 – 0 Sunderland: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

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Arsenal started the new season much like they'd done the previous one, with a goalless draw. Oddly enough, they've done so on only 5 occasions in 109 years...

Today was only the fifth time in 109 league seasons that Arsenal have kicked off with a goalless draw-
Josh James (@JoshJJames78) August 18, 2012

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A Burden Shared

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Baton passed over to them

This is the last of the look at the squad and we're at the forward line now. On the official website, there are 9 players listed there. One, we would not talk about because at this point, he's probably looking at what's the best route to got to Old Trafford. There's another 2 more which also doesn't warrant mention because just like the one before, they are on the verge (in the loosest sense) of leaving the club.

Good news – but one more please

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Santi Cazorla. (Wikipedia)

If, as is widely being reported, Santi Cazorla is the latest high-profile signing for Arsenal in the off season, it does signal an intent to make some quality signings of international players with undoubted skills that complement the squad. Cazorla should be able to make the transition to the Premier League, and should allow the new look forward line to flourish.

Arsenal starlet talks up new forwards

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Aaron Ramsey has hailed the quality of Arsenal's summer signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, expressing confidence in the duo's ability to succeed in the Barclays Premier League.

Manager Arsene Wenger introduced Podolski and Giroud a few weeks ago as the duo who could take the Gunners' attacking dimension to a whole new level alongside skipper Robin van Persie.

Newcastle United

This Youngster Has Wasted His Many Talents At Newcastle

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Newcastle's 21 year-old striker Nile Ranger, who has got himself into trouble on a few occasions over the last year with the police, had a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday last season and he played 8 times and scored two goals, and that followed a five game loan spell at Barnsley. Nile Ranger has  wasted his many talents The news in [.

Monaco 0 Newcastle United 1

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Newcastle United continued their pre-season campaign with a hard-earned 1-0 victory of Ligue 2 side Monaco.

Demba Ba, the much rumoured want-away striker, got the only goal of the game in the 36th minute as he out jumped the keeper to head the ball home. There was an appearance for Steve Harper, who made a rare start in goal.

Monaco 0 Newcastle United 1

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Newcastle United continued their pre-season campaign with a hard-earned 1-0 victory of Ligue 2 side Monaco.

Demba Ba, the much rumoured want-away striker, got the only goal of the game in the 36th minute as he out jumped the keeper to head the ball home. There was an appearance for Steve Harper, who made a rare start in goal.

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Christian Vieri gets €1million damages over Inter Milan phone-tapping

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Former Inter Milan striker Christian Vieri has been awarded €1million in damages after the club allegedly spied on him during his six-year stint at the San Siro. The ex-Italy international was granted the payout after Inter and Italian communications firm Telecom Italia were found to have conspired to keep tabs on Vieri's personal life.

Is Willian next?

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After a period of inactivity, it's been an interesting 24 hours at White Hart Lane. After Sebastien Bassong completed his move to Norwich, the club finally announced the permanent signing of Emmanuel Adebayor before it was confirmed that we had accepted a bid from QPR from Michael Dawson.

The moves have spurred the media to link the club with even more deals this week and one of the names being widely mentioned is that of Brazilian international Willian.

Arrieta double leads Crew past Sporting KC

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Livestrong Sporting Park used to be a fortress where visiting team couldn't realistically think about escaping with a point, let alone three.

That has changed quite a bit in the past month, with Sporting Kansas City suddenly finding victories at home difficult to come by.

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Olympics: USA 4-3 Canada (AET) – Alex Morgan Pops Up In 122nd Minute To Settle Semi-Final Cracker (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

The US Women's side snaffled themselves a place in the Olympic final after eventually coming out on top in a rip-snorting semi-final against Canada at Old Trafford in which they fell behind on no less than three occasions.

Canada's focal point, striker Christine Sinclair scored a hat-trick on the evening, but two goals from Megan Rapinoe (including one directly from a corner) and an Abby Wambach penalty hauled the US level at the 90-minute mark before Alex Morgan nodded home in the 122nd minute of the game to spirit her side into the final and set up a grudge match against the Japanese womens' side that thwarted the Yankettes' World Cup dreams but a year ago.

Olympics: USA 4-3 Canada (AET) – Alex Morgan Pops Up In 122nd Minute To Settle Semi-Final Cracker (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

The US Women's side snaffled themselves a place in the Olympic final after eventually coming out on top in a rip-snorting semi-final against Canada at Old Trafford in which they fell behind on no less than three occasions.

Canada's focal point, striker Christine Sinclair scored a hat-trick on the evening, but two goals from Megan Rapinoe (including one directly from a corner) and an Abby Wambach penalty hauled the US level at the 90-minute mark before Alex Morgan nodded home in the 122nd minute of the game to spirit her side into the final and set up a grudge match against the Japanese womens' side that thwarted the Yankettes' World Cup dreams but a year ago.

USWNT defeat Canada in thriller, set up gold cup medal match with Japan

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The U.S. women's national team needed to come back three separate times against Canada, and ultimately they were the ones that came out victorious in a thrilling match that is already being considered an instant classic.

Alex Morgan netted the winner seconds before penalty kicks were to take place, heading home a cross to give the United States a 4-3 extra-time victory over northern rivals Canada in the semifinals of the Olympics at Old Trafford on Monday.

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Portland Timbers vs Chivas USA: Will the streak continue?

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The Portland Timbers currently have played Chivas USA 4 times in MLS league play and have only won once. In the 4 matches Portland has only scored 2 goals while they have given up 4 goals. On top of all this Portland is riding a 4 game losing streak. None of these stats have instilled me with confidence we will see a Portland win tonight but Portland does have a chance.

Portland Timbers @ FC Dallas Player Ratings: Woeful Edition

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I'm going to make this intro section brief. I have nothing good to say here and, honestly, I would rather just not say anything at all and just get to the player ratings.

Word to the wise though, it's going to be brutal...

Starting XI

Troy Perkins: 1

Lowest score ever for Perkins on this site.

Portland vs LA: What Portland needs to do to win

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In each of Portland's last 2 home games they have come out strong and actually scored the first 2 goals of the game. If the Portland Timbers want to win this game they will need to do so again. Writing that is easier than actually doing it, especially with how inconsistent Portland has been.

Side note: For all those who are hoping to see some changes in the line-up I want to warn you to not get your hopes up.

Liverpool

A Video Every Liverpool Fan Must Watch

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Bill Shankly is arguably the most famous figure in Liverpool Football Club's illustrious history.

A charismatic man who realised his dream of turning us into English football's most dominant force, the Scot's spirit has quite rightly been immortalised in the very foundations of our club.

Keita Not Interested In Liverpool Switch

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Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita has revealed he will not be interested if Liverpool make an approach for his signature.
Keita, 32, has been linked with a switch to Liverpool for some time, but is quoted as telling reporters: "I won't be going to Anfield."
The Mali international has been heavily involved in Barcelona's incredible success over the last four seasons, pulling on the Blaugrana shirt on 188 occasions as they achieved domestic and continental glory.

Euro 2012

Where It Went Wrong For England Against Italy

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Although still being very raw in the minds of many England fans, I feel now is a good time to look over where it went wrong for England against Italy in last night's Quarter Finals of the Euro 2012 competition.

Firstly lets begin by stating that England did very well to last as long as they did in the competition, and performed admirably against France, Sweden and the Ukraine.

Is Spain Becoming A Parody Of Itself?

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Is Spain Becoming A Parody Of Itself? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spain are through to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals after a tense victory over a hard-working, skilful Croatia side on Monday night. Spain spent most of the match though knowing a goal on the break from Croatia could knock them out the tournament and defensively they looked ropey throughout the evening.

Is Twitter ruining football?

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A guest post today as Paul Fisher wonders if football isn't more enjoyable when watched far from the maddening crowd of social media:

I may only be 20 years of age but I feel like I have already been through about five decades of life. The way that technology has grown and evolved over the years is something that I have come to despise.

Euro 2012 Ukraine – ‘Spain ripped us apart on a number of occasions’ – Shay Given http://t.co/VXidTp3Q #Euro2012 #football

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Gerrard Will Be Stronger Wearing The England Captain's Armband On Merit

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Steven Gerrard has worn the England armband on numerous occasions, but he will head into Euro 2012 believing, for the first time, he has the authority of a captain.
I know how thrilled he was to receive the phone call from Roy Hodgson confirming he was the choice to lead his country. I also know how desperately disappointed he felt when the caretaker manager, Stuart Pearce, decided he would not be given the captaincy in the England friendly with Holland.

New England Revolution

Mariner's Team

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (June 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For the longest time, you couldn't talk about former New England Revolution head coach Steve Nicol without mentioning his top assistant, Paul Mariner. It was Nicol that made the Revolution the annual contenders that they were, pushing for an MLS Cup title year-after-year, nearly winning one on a handful of occasions, and consistently finishing near the top of the League standings.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Crew @ Revs

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In my humble opinion, Saturday night was one of our better games defensively. And while I would certainly not call it flawless, there definitely more good than bad, which is encouraging. Not only were A.J. Soares and, in particular, Stephen McCarthy on point, but it seemed that the entire team was helping out on defense.

The Rest

Everton confirm David Moyes will leave at the end of the season and that he wants to join Man Utd

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Everton have confirmed that manager David Moyes will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. Moyes has told the club that he wants to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. A Toffees statement reads: "Everton can confirm that David Moyes will leave the club at the end of [.

Dynamo v RSL: Examining the After-math

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So, that match really happened. I had thought there might be some wild chance it was all just a very odd dream, or perhaps nightmare. After all, we were subjected to the horrors of MLS scheduling which pitted an absolutely drained roster for the Houston Dynamo thanks to International Call-Ups and some kind of flu-like virus making it's rounds amongst the teams in the MIDDLE of the bloody week.

Chicago vs DC: ¡Que Horrible!

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Last thing I wanted to do tonight was write this stupid recap. After that horrible game ended I wanted to do anything but this. Honestly I'd rather be working on anything else (including my actual job) than having to write about this game. Instead the me of earlier today said "yes" to the recap.

Steve Zakuani Scores Twice, Mario Martinez Impresses In Reserve League

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Steve Zakuani is not quite ready to reclaim his spot as the Seattle Sounders' starting left midfielder, but on Sunday he showed that he's getting close. Zakuani scored a pair of goals in a Reserve League game, the first he's scored in any match since breaking his leg last May, as the Sounders beat the LA Galaxy 3-2.

Downing Out To Change Opinions

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Stewart Downing is determined to dispel the notion that he is a "confidence player" after his form divided opinion amongst Liverpool fans.
Downing, 28, was an £18million arrival at Anfield last year after Kenny Dalglish lured him to the club from Aston Villa.
From such a lavish acquisition, fans expected more than the two goals and no assists that he returned.

RC Lens adidas 2012/13 Home and Away Kits

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French Ligue 1 champions for the 1997/98 season and runners-up on four occasions, Racing Club de Lens (commonly called RC Lens) has been campaigning in France's second tier of football,...

Capital Football Girls Program - Is there one?

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So where have you been!

You've seen the Capital Football report on communication and it's not pretty is it! The Girls program despite having the wonderful leadership of Canberra United is clearly in disarray.

Hardly worthy of the name High Performance is it.

The girls and there are many of them, the girls and their parents deserve better.

Neymar: Who Throws A Shoe?

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Why, it's Marcelo's bundle of fluffy boy love, Enzo. We have to confess, we've been tempted to do this to Neymar on several occasions. Image: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes.