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English Premier League

Kieran Gibbs: ‘Mesut Ozil can take Arsenal to the next level’

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Mesut Ozil can push Arsenal to the next level, says his new team-mate Kieran Gibbs. The left-back says the club record signing of the Germany international is a statement of intent from the club and says Ozil is the signing that "everyone's been waiting for". He told the club's official website: "I'm very excited, when [.

Crystal Palace tweet message of support for opponents Stoke City

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Crystal Palace are going to have a tough enough challenge staying in the Premier League this season even without their official Twitter account cheering on the opposition. Yet that's exactly what happened for yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Stoke. The person manning the Eagles' account had clearly copied and pasted the Stoke line-up from a Potters [.

Enfield part-timer boasts about nutmegging Spurs new boy Roberto Soldado

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@R9Soldado scored a hat trick but at the end of the day I megged him. #closeyalegs #taxiforsoldado @ETFCOfficial @TalkingTHFC @markkirby10 Tyler Campbell (@TylerRyanC) August 8, 2013 The semi-pros of Enfield Town got an unexpected treat (of sorts) when they were invited to pop along to Spurs' training ground to receive an 11-0 stuffing.

Top 10 conclusions: Sweden 4-2 England

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1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has obviously cleared the paperjam that was stopping him 'performing against English sides'. It's safe to say he performed last night. 2. His spectacular fourth goal was something else. You know that's the case when you see England fans applauding an opposition goal. 3. But it did ruin a thousand Zlat-trick headlines.

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney admits he ‘puts on weight easily’

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Wayne Rooney has revealed how he battles against his weight to keep himself in shape for football. The England and Manchester United striker says he always puts on weight when he's not staying. Several pundits had suggested that Rooney didn't look fit in the opening matches of this season and was carrying a few extra [.

Stoke v Arsenal Preview : Keeper Worry

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All gather around the prayer circle for this man please

The fight continues, probably none the more apt word to be used considering who we are up against today. Stoke City, have made quite a name for themselves (in our minds at least) since their promotion to the Premier League. They've managed to make themselves the scourge of Arsenal fans.

Pick the team/formation for Chelsea v Newcastle tomorrow.

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Come on Chelsea fans I want to hear from as many as possible on this. With no disrespect to Wigan or Reading, Newcastle is our first of the bigger games this season especially as we still have what happened at the Bridge towards the end of last season fresh in our minds.

Chelsea have started with two wins from two and will be looking to take another three points against Alan Pardew's good Newcastle side and as we all know, this is far from being a home banker!

Pick the team/formation for Chelsea v Newcastle tomorrow.

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Come on Chelsea fans I want to hear from as many as possible on this. With no disrespect to Wigan or Reading, Newcastle is our first of the bigger games this season especially as we still have what happened at the Bridge towards the end of last season fresh in our minds.

Chelsea have started with two wins from two and will be looking to take another three points against Alan Pardew's good Newcastle side and as we all know, this is far from being a home banker!

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Arsenal pursue goalkeeping targets Emiliano Viviano and Kiko Casilla

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Arsenal are weighing up moves for Palermo's Emiliano Viviano or Kiko Casilla of Espanyol as Arsene Wenger attempts to bring a new goalkeeper to the Emirates. Wenger's preferred target was thought to be Valencia reserve Vincent Guaita. But with the Spanish side playing hardball over Guaita's £25m release clause, the Gunners are looking at other [.

The Way to Down the Energy Drinks

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As pointed out at NASN by Kelly McClain the Timbers' offensive numbers on average have started to climb in the last few games. A lot of analysts and people who casually follow this league probably look at the schedule and see Portland Timbers at New York and automatically write off Portland's chances.

Tottenham Hotspur

GIF It: Andros Townsend’s breakaway solo goal (Dinamo Tbilisi vs Spurs)

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Tottenham might not miss Gareth Bale at all if Andros Townsend keeps racing through opposition defences and scoring with left-footed shots from the edge of the box. The young winger, back from a loan spell at QPR last season, gave Spurs the lead in their Europa League clash with Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgia this evening.

How should Spurs treat the Europa League?

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In amongst the media frenzy that led up to the closing of the transfer window on Friday, news of the Europa League and Capital One Cup draws was almost lost amongst the gossip and rumour.

As we all know, the club has been drawn away to Carlisle in the Cup while Lazio, Panathinaikos and Maribor await in the Europa League.

Norwich Review, Ratings & Spurs Player Twitter Reaction

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Second match in a row that we have looked devoid of ideas, got a goal out of nothing, and then conceded late on. Long balls, panicky defending, the team looks as scared as a new born lamb walking down Tottenham high road late at night.

The first half was utter tosh. From Lennon there were a few successful crosses but more attempted and failed ones, mixed in with some some promising, yet fruitless runs by Bale.

AVB rues sloppy performance

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Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas was honest about the side's performance as we conceded another late goal for a second successive 1-1 home draw. After a busy week of transfer activity, new signing Moussa Dembele grabbed the lead on 68 minutes before a Robert Snodgrass effort ensured that the points were shared.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho opens up on his tactics for the season

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The likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle can expect to do plenty of running this season. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been talking fairly candidly about his tactical plans for the season ahead and it involves a trio of attacking midfielders working very hard as the first line of defence.

Tunisia striker kicks ball into his own face and provides assist for opponents

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Tunisia visited Sierra Leone's National Stadium over the weekend for the third round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Things were gong well for the visitors for approximately seven minutes, at which point Tunisian striker Saber Khelifa demonstrated the correct way to kick the ball into your own face and set up a goal for the opposition.

Videos

Video: Roberto Soldado scores his first goal for Tottenham

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New Spurs signing Roberto Soldado scored his first goal for the club during yesterday's 1-1 draw with Espanyol. After his £26m move to a new country, it was against familiar opposition that the Spaniard opened his account. Playing his first official match for the club he had taken part in a behind-closed-doors friendly earlier [.

Video: Singha All Star XI 0-1 Chelsea

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Chelsea beat a Singha All Star XI 1-0 in a pre-season friendly played in Thailand this afternoon. The Blues secured the win courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku penalty. Hardly a comprehensive victory, but better than Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to the same opposition. The only concerns for new manager Jose Mourinho were a lack of [.

Video: Danny Welbeck’s woeful skills (Singha All Star XI vs Manchester United)

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Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck thought the pressure-free environment of a pre-season friendly against inferior opposition on the other side of the world was the perfect opportunity to show off some silky skills. Indeed, it probably was... just not the way he tried to do it. Not one for the YouTube montage, Danny.

Video: David Beckham plays last PSG home match

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An emotional David Beckham played his final home match for PSG and his first match since announcing his decision to retire at the end of the season. Asked if there had been any tears, Becks said: "I expected to have them a little bit, you know it was hard. You try to fight it back [...]

Video: Italian coach trips opposition winger

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We've seen physios, ball boys and fans run onto the pitch to make decisive tackles or goal-line clearances, but rarely have we seen a coach get involved in the action... and certainly not in a situation so lacking in danger as this. It comes from an Italian amateur match between Corpolò and Rivazzurra.

Video: FIFA 13 finds a way to cheer up disgruntled keepers after they’ve conceded

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The goal celebrations on FIFA 13 have thrown up this rather unusual effort, which seems to show the goalscorer fraternising with the opposition goalkeeper they've just humiliated. Presumably this is where the phrase 'keeping a clean sheet' originates. Via Dirty Tackle


Tito Vilanova era gets a rollout as Barca thump Real Sociedad, 5-1

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A brace from Lionel Messi, and goals from Carles Puyol, Pedro, and David Villa as Barca sauntered through their opening fixture against Real Sociedad. The opposition got a consolation from Chory Castro.

Perhaps no goal was as satisfying as Villa's coming back to the game after an 8th month injury absence.

Manchester City

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal face stern test against Fenerbahce

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Arsene #Wenger and Aaron #Ramsey in the press conf for #AFCvMCFC in Helsinki pic.twitter.com/UECnnZHk0h Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 9, 2013 Arsene Wenger emphasised that Arsenal have been handed a tough draw against Fenerbahce in their Champions League qualifier. Speaking at a press conference ahead of their friendly against Manchester City in Helsinki, the Gunners manager [.

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.

Manchester City fan pranks Manchester United keeper David De Gea with 6-fingered salue

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No, folks, not all Manchester City fans have six fingers on their hands this chap simply uses too hands. It's another one of those moments where an opposition supporter has obviously grovelled for a photo opportunity with a rival team's player only to cruelly prank them as the picture was being taken.

Top five conclusions: Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City

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1. Now Manchester City know what it's like to be on the receiving end of an epic 3-2 comeback. At least no trophies were on the line this time. 2. Roberto Mancini is presumably wishing that all parties had taken his advice about Cristiano Ronaldo taking a six-month sabbatical seriously. 3. Somebody at Channel 5 [.

Visualized: Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal

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Previous Match Infographics: Manchester City (h)

Well, I promised to do these comprehensive infographics for all the "big" matches. I guess I can't stop after one because the second big match went so comprehensively awful. And no, I still haven't come up with a better title for the series.

Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City

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Goals:
Skrtel 34'
Yaya Toure 63'
Suarez 66'
Tevez 80'

No matter all the differences, the end result is the same. For all of Liverpool's good play, clever tactics, and growing into Rodgers' passing system, it's another season where another two points are dropped at home despite being the far better side because of self-inflicted errors.

Brendan's Boys In Bonnie Scotland

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Could Carroll get a start?...
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Hearts are the opposition for Liverpool on Thursday night as they continue their attempts to proceed through the Europa League rounds. The Reds will look for a result to take back to Anfield and with Manchester City looming at the weekend they will surely want to go about this in the easiest way possible.

Conclusions

Top five conclusions: Brazil 2-2 England

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Brazil 2 2 England Fulltime Highlights by TenMillionSlaves 1. Feed the Ox's insatiable appetite for highly collectible match-worn shirts and he will score. 2. Joe Hart stood up quite well to the little 11 vs one test his team-mates decided to put him through in the first-half. 3. By full-time, Phil Jones' face [.

Top five conclusions: Moldova 0-5 England

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1. A supposedly easy match against eastern European opposition and the referee awards England a penalty after three minutes. He clearly didn't know how these matches are supposed to go. 2. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard can play together... so long as Tom Cleverley is playing the Lampard/Gerrard role.

Top five conclusions: Moldova 0-5 England

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1. A supposedly easy match against eastern European opposition and the referee awards England a penalty after three minutes. He clearly didn't know how these matches are supposed to go. 2. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard can play together... so long as Tom Cleverley is playing the Lampard/Gerrard role.

Liverpool

Luton devise a plan to help Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea to deal with crosses

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Ingenious. Got a keeper who's a bit dubious underneath the high ball? Simply place a sign saying 'CLAIMS SPECIALISTS' behind his goal facing the opposition strikers for the entire match. They won't even bother crossing the ball anymore knowing that the goalie would only claim it from the air like a specialist in any case.

Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal

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Goals:
Podolski 31'
Cazorla 68'

Somehow, that was more demoralizing than the 0-3 loss at West Brom, despite the quality of the opposition and the slightly less embarrassing scoreline.

There were excuses for that first loss, most stemming from the red card. But this script becomes more painful the more we're subjected to the same film.

The Rest

DEBATE: 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 for Chelsea?

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I have taken some stick on my blog over the past day or so because I have changed my opinion. As we all know, Chelsea have played with the tried and trusted 4-3-3 formation ever since Jose Mourinho was manager in 2004. That formation has brought Chelsea major successes as we know.

In recent seasons however, it seems that the opposition had worked out how to defend against the 4-3-3 formation we were using and Chelsea found it very difficult to break down.

Pardew: "Hazard has given Chelsea an extra dimension"

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Speaking after the game on Saturday, Alan Pardew was quick to lavish praise on Eden Hazard and believes that he is bringing Torres back for form and has given Chelsea an extra dimension compared to last season. He said:
"You can see why so many top clubs were chasing Hazard and he has certainly given Chelsea an extra dimension in the first few games of this season.

Saturday round-up: NAMs, Walcott talks and other stuff

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Welcome to Saturday and a quick Saturday round-up.

The only extra team news from yesterday is that Wojciech Szczesny is a 'slight' doubt but 'should be ok', according to the boss. Which is still a bit scary considering who tomorrow's opposition are. It would be reasonable to say that SZCZ is more dominant in his area than the alternatives (Fabianski is fit again, by the way), so fingers crossed there's nothing too badly wrong with him.

23 Goals and 14 Assists! This Player is Legit!

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What a joke!

Don't ever cite to me a player's goals and assists ... as if that were proof of player quality.

Do that, and you expose just how much of a newbie you are!

  • What was the quality of their goals?
  • What was the quality of their assists?
  • How many goals should the player have for instance, what goals has he whiffed?

Op-Ed: Interpreting Di Vaio’s Words On MLS

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DiVaio's debate.

James Grossi writes from Toronto for The Shin Guardian

Bare quotes are always dangerous without context.

In what amounted to a vain attempt at researching the actual source of the attributed quotes, only to discover that the Gazzetta Dello Sport website has a pay-wall – though it must be admitted that comprehension would have been a problem anyways – the problem of what to make of snippets from a player or manager who has been asked for their view on MLS has reared its head again.