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Video: Liverpool youngster Andre Wisdom sent-off for kicking out (Finland U21 1-1 England U21

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http://youtu.be/QGDusbmCoew?t=3m35s Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom was shown a red card while captaining England Under-21s last night. The Reds right-back kicked out at a Finnish opponent right in front of the referee with 16 minutes remaining in last night's 1-1 draw. A free-kick had already been awarded against Wisdom when showing that his surname might [.

Video: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini throttles an opponent

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We told you about this incident this morning, but now video footage has emerged. Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini was sent-off after clashing with Rui Caetano during the Magpies' 1-1 draw with Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira. Caetano was also sent-off for his troubles, though we're not sure his involvement was on the scale of Coloccini's.

Video: Bosnia-Herzegovina youngster Nermin Zolotić suffers horrific dangly broken leg

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FK Željezničar Sarajevo midfielder Nermin Zolotić suffered the sort of broken leg destined to sicken millions of YouTube viewers during this week's Bosnia-Herzegovina Premier League match with HK Zrinjski Mostar. The 19-year-old ended up with the lower section of his leg trapped underneath the boot of an opponent, with the remainder of his leg at [.

Video: Former Chelsea man Didier Drogba knocks out opponent, visits him in hospital

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Didier Drogba might have left behind the physicality of the Premier League, but it's now defenders in Turkey who have to contend with his brute force. A good case in point: on Monday night the Galatasaray striker hospitalised Orduspor's David Barral in an accidental clash of heads. In his efforts to get a trademark Drogba [.

Video: Al Nasr keeper Abdallah Al Enizi tries every penalty shootout trick he can think of

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Last Friday saw the final of the Saudi Crown Prince Cup Saudi Arabia's equivalent of the the FA Cup being played between bitter rivals Al Hilal and Al Nasr. The match went to penalties, at which point Al Nasr goalkeeper Abdallah Al Enizi decided to unleash just about any form of gamesmanship that [..

Like father, like son: Real Madrid U18s’ Enzo Zidane sent-off for petulant attack

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Enzo Zidane can expect to get a bit of grief after being shown a red card after just nine minutes on the pitch for Real Madrid under 18s but at least he knows his dad will have to keep his mouth shut! In a petulant act reminiscent of Zinedine, the 17-year-old kicked out at [...]

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos sent-off for kicking opponent in the face

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The thing with a winter break in football is that it forces a hardened card addict like Sergio Ramos to go cold turkey. Let them loose on a football pitch again in January and they're bound to overdose. The Real Madrid defender got his fix during last night's victory over Celta Vigo. He satisfied his [.

Video: Real Madrid defender Pepe delivers backheel to opponent’s balls

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Everybody's favourite violent psychopath masquerading as a centre-back, Pepe, has been relatively speaking a reformed character of late. But the Portugal international couldn't resist a return to his former ways during Real Madrid's Copa Del Rey clash with Celta Vigo last night. Pepe kicked opponent Roberto Lago in the Bernabeus during the match.

Women's U20 World Cup final: USA beats Germany, 1-0 to lift third title

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Kealia Ohai scores the game winner in the 44th minute following great work down the right flank by full back Crystal Dunn and then celebrates a la Megan Rapinoe.

Congratulations, girls, that was a sweet victory against a formidable opponent who had beaten the USA, 3-0 in the group stage.

Scotland 0-0 Serbia – Hampden Playes Host To Disappointing Draw (photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Craig Levein and his Scottish charges failed to secure a vital home win against Serbia on Saturday.

Both sides huffed and puffed, but in truth they game lacked a real spark. Man City defender Aleksandar Kolarov was key to the majority of the Serbs' good play while new Stoke man, Charlie Adam, did his best to make things happen for the Scots.

International Champions Cup

International Champions Cup Preview: Valencia C.F.

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Valencia C.F. are the third most successful club in Spain, rich in history and hungry to match former glory. They will be joining compatriots Real Madrid in United States later this month to compete in the 2013 International Champions Cup.

Here's a preview:

Schedule

July 27, 2013: Milan vs Valencia C.

International Champions Cup Preview: Inter Milan

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Inter Milan, a Serie A powerhouse that has fallen on hard times recently, is a team with everything to prove and will be coming to the United States later this month to compete in the 2013 International Champions Cup.

Here's a preview:

Schedule

August 1, 2013: Chelsea vs Inter, Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium) 8:00pm ET

August 4, 2013:Loser ofChelsea vs Inter will play loser of AC Milan vs Valencia or winner of Chelsea vs Inter will play winner of AC Milan vs Valencia , New York (MetLife Stadium) 4:00pm ET or 6:30pm ET

August 6, 2013: Opponent to be determined, Miami (Sun Life Stadium), 6:30pm ET or 9pm ET

August 7, 2013:Opponent to be determined, Miami (Sun Life Stadium), 6:30pm ET or 9pm ET

What to Expect

Inter Milan may not be at their mightiest at the moment, but with new manager Walter Mazzarri at the helm, Inter hope to correct last season's 9th place finish.

International Champions Cup Preview: Juventus

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Juventus, reigning Serie A champions, are one of the biggest names in world football and will be coming to the United States later this month to compete in the 2013 International Champions Cup.

Here's a preview of Italy's reigning champs:

Schedule

July 31, 2013:Juventus vs Everton F.

Liverpool

Who Are Ya? Iago Aspas (Liverpool)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Iago Aspas Age: 25 Position: Striker Signed from: Celta Vigo Fee: £7m Did you know? If, as seems likely, Aspas is a direct replacement for Luis Suarez then this seems like a sensible move. As well as being a great goalscorer, the striker was also [.

Arsenal v. Liverpool: Match Review & Player Grades

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Well, three games into the season and still not a single goal. Not a single goal conceded that is! For the third straight game Arsenal has held its opponent goalless. At this point last season, we had conceded ten I believe. Okay, so maybe we don't really need Alex Song in the midfield. I must say, I was impressed by how solid the team looked against what should have been a tougher opponent in Liverpool.

Carroll Absence Explained

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Brendan Rodgers has revealed Andy Carroll missed Liverpool's Europa League win over Hearts with a hamstring problem.
Carroll failed to make the squad for the play-off first leg in Edinburgh - despite his presence at the stadium - with the £35million striker linked with a return to Newcastle.
However, Rodgers says the forward was set to start against Hearts and he remains hopeful he will be fit for Sunday's Premier League visit of champions Manchester City.

Aston Villa

GIF It: Ian Harte’s incredible fall (Reading 1-2 Aston Villa)

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As Reading battle against relegation this season, left-back Ian Harte proved he's fighting an individual battle to stay up. The former Leeds man some how managed to fall over during Saturday's defeat to Aston Villa. Under very little pressure, with no opponent near him and without appearing to perform any fancy footwork, Harte just fell [.

GIF It: Branislav Ivanovic’s double balls-up (Chelsea 0-2 Swansea)

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Things are really hotting up in the Crappyteam Won Cup, the competition no self-respecting team wants to win. After Premier League side Aston Villa attempted to give League Two Bradford a bye to to the final in their semi-final first-leg on Tuesday night, last night it was the turn of European champions Chelsea to give [.

Major League Soccer

NASL To Go Split-Seasons In 2013

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Oh boy. This could be the start of something or at least some start of mass craziness today on Twitter.

The North American Soccer League or NASL has announced that in 2013 they will go to a split-season format.

Beginning in 2013, the NASL's regular season will feature two separate and distinct round-robin competitions with the winners of each competition meeting in a single game on the weekend following the conclusion of the second competition.

Return to basics yields 4-2 victory for United

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Throughout the season DC United has pursued a team identity with limited success. Through some extraordinary individual efforts and occasional combination play by a few players at a time, United won a good share of points, but never quite seemed as solid as they could be. A certain confidence was lacking.

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Il Duce’s New Suit

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In League One this weekend a goalkeeping stalwart kicked a ball directly to an opponent – an error which resulted in a goal, faced the first public criticism of his long standing spell between the sticks and was dispatched to the bench. I am, of course, talking about Carlisle United's Adam Collin, whose unbroken run in the Cumbrians goal ended at 149 appearances in this week's JPT clash with Preston North End.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Deja Vu Edition

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The Timbers held a short, early practice today before flying to Colorado this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's game against the Rapids. Practice was closed after a brief warm up as the travel squad broke off to prepare for the game while the rest of the team played a game of 5v5.

Trialist Pablo Di Fiori and practice player Cam Vickers were the only non-roster players with the team today.

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Revolution vs. Union II: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Steve Stoehr, Corey Major, and Brendan Schimmel.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Union @ Revs

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10 games without a win. It's the easiest stat to dwell on. And it should be dwelled on. I think you know why.

But there are other stats from the match that are worth noting as well. From the run of play, for example, the Revolution and the Philadelphia Union were almost even in all categories except for two that stand out: Attempts on goal and possession.

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.

Real Madrid

(Not So) Routine Win (Real Madrid 3 - Granada 0)

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It was only by the time Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score his second goal for the night, to make it 2-0 for Real Madrid that I finally managed a sigh of relief. ‘This wasn't going to end up like those matches' – I thought, recalling our slip-ups against Valencia and Getafe. There would be no freakish, frantic comeback for the opponent and no moments of panic for our boys – just absolute control of the match and further questions if we can manage a 3rd , 4th, 5th goal and so on.

Mourinho criticises Supercopa refereeing

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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was unhappy with Barcelona's equaliser as it appeared to him that Pedro had wandered into an offside position.

Pedro latched onto Javier Mascherano's pass and scored the equaliser but the referee had no problems with the winger's positioning before the pass.

San Jose Earthquakes

Earthquakes trounce Chivas USA to extend lead atop Western Conference

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The San Jose Earthquakes just keep on winning and Chivas USA just keeps on bleeding goals and squandering chances to get into the Western Conference playoff race.

In a result that should have been inevitable considering the form of the Earthquakes attack and the sad state of the Chivas USA defense, the Earthquakes rolled to a 4-0 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sunday night.

MLS Disciplinary Committee Suspends Three

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The MLS Disciplinary Committee has handed down some fines and suspension today.

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  • Bernardez
Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Gershon Koffie is suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of his opponent, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Andy Rose, in the 91st minute of the game on Aug.

CCL

Galaxy Notebook: CCL action is back, Donovan injury update and more

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By KAYLA KNAPP

The LA Galaxy will take on reigning Salvadoran champion Isidro Metapan on Thursday night at the Home Depot Center in their opening CONCACAF Champions League game of this campaign.

After a weekend off, the team is recharged, refocused and ready to tackle the next ten days.

Dynamo at CD FAS: The CONCACAF Champions League Campaign Begins

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The Dynamo's return to the CONCACAF Champions League begins tonight with their first group stage match against C.D. FAS. It's the Dynamo's third match ever in El Salvador (0-1-1) and their second match at the Estadio Cuscatlán ( a1-1 draw vs. Luis Angel Firpo in the 2008-09 CCL).

Just in case you aren't familiar the CCL, here's the basics.

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Endangering the safety of an opponent: “intent” and “but I got the ball”

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By Mal Davies

ENDANGERING THE SAFETY OF AN OPPONENT

There has been such a positive response to my article two weeks ago on Nani's red card that, after three incidents in the recent FIFA World Cup qualifiers, here are a few more of my thoughts, with the three incidents that produced [.

French Keeper Lambast’s Opponent

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This is real car crash TV, as during an U-17 friendly between French sides AS Villaret and SOM the goalkeeper receives a back pass and takes on an attacker only to lose control of the ball on the way past the first attacker, before launching himself at the second opponent catching him in the mid drift like a car crash in The Fast and the Furious.

Football betting can be fun – but have you tried online poker?

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Are you bored with having to rely on luck or the performance of others to win money? Football betting can be fun of course and can win you substantial amounts of money, yet you have ultimately have no control over the results. There are many options provided for us with regards to gambling online out [.

Fall River Closes Out Campaign With 4-0 Win

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. Edmundo Juarez scored twice to lead Fall River Sports to a 4-0 win over a short-handed East Providence Sports in Sunday's regular season finale at Riverside Recreation Park.

Juarez, who scored in the 15th and 30th minutes, led the way while Lester Ramirez and Chris Arruda scored in the 26th and 28th minutes, respectively.

Minnesota Stars Tie Again, are Now on 8 Match Winless Streak

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Déjà vu. That may have been what spectators of the Minnesota Stars game may have been thinking after Saturday nights 1-1 tie with NASL league leading San Antonio Scorpions. Just like last weeks match against Edmonton, the Stars had a strong first half, going ahead of their opponent 1-0. And just like last week, Minnesota's [.

Dimitar Berbatov – The Manchester United Eulogy

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There will be plenty of people who are relieved that Dimitar Berbatov has now left United, myself included, but there will be varying reasons behind this feeling. Relieved because he wasn't good enough, relieved because he deserved to play week in week out, relieved not to have to hear the same moronic criticisms or relieved because he was already on borrowed time.

U-20 Women’s World Cup : Germany And Japan To Meet In Semi-Finals

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Title holders Germany are through to the next round of the U-20 Women's World Cup and boy, oh boy, will they be facing an opponent worthy of the final match-up itself : Japan! The German girls thrashed Norway 4-0 in Saitama, a squad that has been trying to replicate their 1995 Women's World Cup success for more than a decade.

Espanyol Reserves Not Coming

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Indonesia will not be be facing a European reserve team.

The PSSI had recently announced the national team would be playing Espanyol reserves in Jakarta on 5th September in a friendly.

When I checked the Espanyol website a few days back there was no mention of this game. Which is odd.

DTotD: Trying to kick the ball through an opponent’s crotch

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During the first leg of a cup semifinal between Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United, Pirates defender Rooi Mahamutsa decided the best way to reach the ball was through his opponent's. He delivered a kick directly between Thabiso Nkoana's legs and was then shown a red card.

The best part, however, is Mahamutsa's astonishment upon being sent off.