Champions League: Basel Speed Freak Dimitri Oberlin Scores Frighteningly Fast Breakaway Goal Against Benfica (Video)

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Basel well and truly did a number on Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday evening and that number was five as in the 5-0 tonking the Swiss team metered out to their Portuguese guests at St Jakob-Park.

Dimitri Oberlin put in a man of the match shift with the pacy winger helping himself to two goals on the night, the first being an incredibly dynamic piece of breakaway play.

Video: Brendan Rodgers delighted with Liverpool players after Aston Villa win

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is delighted with his players after a 1-0 away win at Aston Villa continued their 100 per cent start to the season. The Reds secured a second successive 1-0 win of the campaign in which Daniel Sturridge has scored the only goal of the game. Rodgers said: "Tactically we [.

Video: Pay-to-play Macclesfield fan nearly scores against Stoke

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And when we say 'nearly scores' we mean 'flings himself in the general direction of a cross'. Macclesfield Town supporter Jomes Gorfin became the first person to take advantage of the club's pay-to-play initiative. The 40-year-old stumped up £10,000 to train with the first-team squad for a week ahead of a substitute appearance against the [.

SuperCopa Tales (Real Madrid 2 – Barcelona 1: Real Madrid win Supercopa Espana 4-4 on Away Goals)

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My apologies for posting my thoughts on the match too late – I've only managed 3 hours of sleep since the night of the match (until last night). But, even as the fanfare from our victory dies down in the wake of being drawn with the Champions of Germany, Netherlands and England in the Champions League, I continue to find myself waxing lyrical about last Wednesday's (or in my case, Thursday early morning) match.


The tactics and system Arsenal need to beat Everton

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How should Arsenal approach the game against Everton? by KJ Arsenal have another massive game coming up on Saturday and this is arguably the biggest of the season considering what it means. We are in the midst of a dip at the moment and that has seen us drop to 3rd in the Premier League. [...]

What Arsenal need to DO and NOT DO to win Premier League

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How Arsenal can win title by Big Gun Dear Gooners, As we reach the halfway mark, the race to the title is heating up with 5 teams all capable in their own way of clinching it. With only 7 points separating 5th place Everton with leaders Arsenal, the top of the table is volatile to [...]

Walcott can put Arsenal back on track against Chelsea

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THEO: OUR KEY TO BEATING CHELSEA!! by Madhav The game against Man City has come and gone, we have to move on and look forward to Arsenal's next fixture against our London rivals Chelsea. Bouncing back from our defeat at the Etihad would be the perfect way to show those who doubt our title credentials [.

Video: Theo Walcott equalises (England vs Scotland)

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott grabbed an equaliser for England in tonight's clash with Scotland. He showed a good turn of pace, cut inside a defender before squeezing the ball in at the near post. Good news for Gooners if Arsene Wenger doesn't manage to bring in another striker. Well, sort of good news.

Video: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain mocks Arsenal team-mate Aaron Ramsey over lack of pace

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was ridiculed by team-mates Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Theo Walcott over his lack of pace. The Welshman's post-match interview was hijacked by the Ox, who immediately quizzed him on his failure to get on the end of a long ball from Lukasz Fabianski. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain then took it in turns [.

Has Miyaichi run out of time at Arsenal?

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Will Miyaichi figure next season? by AH

Ryo Miyaichi was a player that I think gave every Arsenal fan a tad of excitement. Maybe not the most skilful or amazing player that would change a game in an instant but his raw speed just gave us the feeling that something amazing could happen at any moment, much like the feel you got when you first saw Theo Walcott play for Arsenal, or Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, even Serge Gnabry.

Top five conclusions: Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

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1. It looks distinctly like Arsenal's last hope of a trophy this season has just slipped away like a Bayern Munich player escaping from an Arsenal defender at a set-piece. 2. Arsenal had to resort to kicking another team off the park as they can't cope with their pace, passing & movement. Presumably even Arsene [.

Liverpool preview: time to produce in the final third

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Good morning all,

I took a kind of day off from Arsenal yesterday. After the intensity of deadline day and all the action we had to cope with, on top of August's mentalness in general, it was quite nice to just not involve myself at all.

However, it's right back into it today as we face the Mugsmashers at Anfield in a game which could lift the mood considerably or tip some folk over the edge entirely.

Liverpool v Arsenal 09.02.12

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8:30am ET, live in the US on FSC

Last four head-to-head:
1-2 Arsenal (h) 03.03.12
2-0 Liverpool (a) 08.20.11
1-1 (a) 04.17.11
1-1 (h) 08.15.10

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 Hearts (h); 2-2 City (h); 1-0 Hearts (a)
Arsenal: 0-0 Stoke (a); 0-0 Sunderland (h)

Referee: Howard Webb

Guess at a line-up:
Kelly Skrtel Agger Johnson
Allen Åžahin
Borini Gerrard Sterling

As long as Åžahin's ready, and I can't see why he wouldn't be, the line-up seems to write itself.

Tottenham Hotspur

Roy Hodgson: Tottenham youngster Tom Carroll is outstanding

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England manager Roy Hodgson has branded Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll as "an outstanding footballer". Hodgson has seen the youngster at close quarters while working with the Under-21 squad. And he singled the 21-year-old out for praise to illustrate a point he was making about Rickie Lambert. The Southampton striker has been misjudged throughout his career [.

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.

£60m price tag slapped on Tottenham’s Gareth Bale… by Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane

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Normally in a transfer saga, it's the selling club that puts a price tag on the player that's in demand. But in the case of Gareth Bale, Zinedine Zidane director of football at Real Madrid, one of Bale's main suitors has done the job for them. Doing his best Antiques Roadshow impression, Zizou [...]

GIF It: Gareth Bale’s stunning solo goal (Norwich 1-1 Tottenham)

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Is this proof that yellow cards that are incorrectly given for diving are good for football? Gareth Bale, a man who has previously claimed that the slightest touch will always send him sprawling when he's running at full pace, opted for the Messi approach against Norwich last night. Despite a blatant foul from the Canaries' [.

GIF It: Tottenham loanee Adam Smith goes head first over the hoardings (Millwall vs Burnley)

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A 2-0 home defeat to Burnley will have hurt Millwall's players but Tottenham loanee Adam Smith felt it worse than most. The 21-year-old discovered the dangers of running at pace towards the edge of the pitch in icy conditions. Smith ended up flying over the advertising hoardings in painful fashion. Thankfully he was able [.

Fernando Torres

Top five conclusions: Chelsea 2-1 Benfica

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1. Chelsea know how to win these trophies against the run of play. They were inferior to Benfica for huge chunks of this match, but Bayern Munich will testify that counts for little. 2. "Winners of Europe's second most prestigious club competition, we know what we are" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Goodbye Sturridge?

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When news broke last night that Andy Carroll had signed for West Ham on loan with an option to make the transfer permanent next summer, I thought to myself "That's Sturridge off then!".

It's a shame really isn't it. RDM even made a point of talking up Sturridge yesterday in his pre match press conference ahead of tonight's Super Cup in Monaco.

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Liverpool want Barcelona’s Cristian Tello in Pepe Reina deal

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Liverpool will attempt to bring talented Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello to Anfield as part of any deal that takes goalkeeper Pepe Reina to the Spanish champions. Barca want to bring 30-year-old Reina to Camp Nou to replace Victor Valdes, who is expected to leave the club this summer. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to [.

Trade Official, Rapids Get Draft Pick

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Here's the official announcement, the Rapids get a conditional draft pick from Chicago in exchange for Wells Thompson.

There's a good deal of consternation in the on-line Rapids fanbase about wells asking to be traded to find playing time, but it doesn't bother me. Look at what's happened this season:

*Wells was on pace for 727 minutes this year, his lowest season total of his career.

English Premier League

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye: Jonny Wilkinson helped me through depression

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Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson helped Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye to battle depression, the Frenchman has admitted. Cabaye revealed he turned to Wilkinson's book for advice as he struggled with depression after Euro 2012. The 27-year-old said: said: "Depression? I am not afraid to say that.

Rooney: I Love Being The Playmaker

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Wayne Rooney has suggested that as he gets older and loses some of his pace, he plans to play in central midfield. Having played there a few times last season when United were hit by injuries, Rooney grew to enjoy the role, although would still prefer to play up front for the time being.

"I did my bit by dropping into a central midfield role when the team got hit by injuries last season," Rooney said in My Decade in the Premier League, which is being serialised by the Daily Mirror.

Six Quick Thoughts on Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2

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Most of the main points from yesterday's game have already been covered, so here are five quick thoughts to chew on:

* The defence remains brilliant, and it's a team effort. Mertesacker made several impeccable interceptions, and continued to disprove the notion that you need huge amounts of pace to be a top defender in the Premier League.


Fulham’s New Balance

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This season has seen some significant changes in personnel and style of football signalling that we really are starting to see Martin Jol's team. One of the most interesting changes has been that this current Fulham side has become a lot more balanced when it comes to attacking. Last season attacks were split like so:

Left 27%

Middle 38%

Right 35%

This shows the influence of Dempsey's consistent cutting in and the impact of Dembele, Ruiz, Diarra, Murphy and Duff who attacked through the middle or on the right.

Fulham’s New Balance

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This season has seen some significant changes in personnel and style of football signalling that we really are starting to see Martin Jol's team. One of the most interesting changes has been that this current Fulham side has become a lot more balanced when it comes to attacking. Last season attacks were split like so:

Left 27%

Middle 38%

Right 35%

This shows the influence of Dempsey's consistent cutting in and the impact of Dembele, Ruiz, Diarra, Murphy and Duff who attacked through the middle or on the right.

second half

Game 26 Chicago vs Houston: That was Positive

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So last night was fun wasn't it? When I started writing this I thought the only thing I'd be able to say was "and then that was awesome". So prepare yourselves. Everything below the jump is going to a giant thing of positivity. Well almost everything. The negativity isn't even really that bad.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Revs @ Crew

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Well, at least we scored some goals, right?

Seriously, though, despite the loss, the Revs weren't all that bad in this one. Granted, the defense was clearly the weak link, falling back into old habits and what have you, but at least there were a few bright spots. And, if you've read this segment before, you know I like the bright spots.

FC Dallas

Schellas Hyndman: We Definitely Missed Castillo’s Pace vs. Seattle

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With Fabian Castillo unavailable for Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas was definitely going to miss the young Colombian's pace on the right flank. To his credit, Jackson did a solid job filling in for No. 7 and even delivered the game-tying goal in the 32nd minute but after this one was in the books, FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman admitted he sure could have used Castillo, who ended a string of five straight starts due to a strained right hamstring.

They're likely going to need it. In some ways, it's a bit unlucky for Seattle that two of the...

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They're likely going to need it. In some ways, it's a bit unlucky for Seattle that two of the seasons three meetings come in the late days of the season, as FC Dallas has improved significantly since the first meeting between the two sides. Those are the breaks, unfortunately, and if the Sounders hope to have a run at the top of the standings before the end of the season they'll need to pick up three points in this game.

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Speaking of goalscorers

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The current U.S. squad had two players find the back of the net for their club teams this weekend, bringing a little extra zip in their step heading into training camp.
Jermaine Jones scored the game-winner for Schalke when he finished off a mazy run with a rifle to the far post, the hosts running out 3-1 winners against Augsburg.

PSG stumble out of the blocks

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Big spending Paris St. Germain looked set to make a splash in the world of football this season after signing the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. Les Parisiens were heavy favorites to bring home the Ligue 1 title this season, but this weekend succumbed to a third successive draw as the French league gathers pace.

Sporting Kansas City

Attendance Comparison for the 13th Home Game

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photo courtesy of Jarred Donalson

Here's this week's comparison for home games. Through 13 home games, Kansas City has once again gotten another sellout at Livestrong keeping the 2012 season well ahead of last year's pace for the most well attended season.

1996 - Arrowhead
Thursday August 15, 1996 vs San Jose 4-1 win
Average - 12,762

1997 - Arrowhead
Saturday August 17, 1997 vs New York 3-3(2-0) shootout win
Average - 8,928

1998 - Arrowhead
Wednesday August 26, 1998 vs DC 1-2 loss.

MLS Spotlight: SKC anchor Besler relishes whirlwind summer

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Matt Besler, if nothing else, sure has stayed busy this summer.

The Sporting Kansas City centerback has been there for his team's surge back to first place. He also was a stalwart for the club's run to the U.S. Open Cup title, playing all 120 minutes and converting a penalty kick in the final earlier this month.

The Rest

#cf97 Off-Season Weekly #2: FIFA time and other tidbits

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Fire man Cacha Rios and La Celeste look to be Brasil bound... (photo: BBC Sport)

OTF editor Scott Fenwick muses on the news from Fireland this week...

World Cup qualifying playoffs and international friendlies are in full swing through next week, which means a few Men in Red aren't staying idle.

GIF It: Cameraman captures surprisingly little of Victor Moses’ goal celebration (Chelsea 5-1 Southampton)

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Being a cameraman at top level football can't be easy given the pace of the game. But the situation isn't helped by pesky so-and-so's like Victor Moses who insist on jumping out of shot all the time. The cameraman at Chelsea vs Southampton's FA Cup third round clash thought he was perfectly placed to capture [.

Henriquez: Thrilled To Join Biggest Club In The World

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Manchester United have today confirmed the signing of 18-year-old Angelo Henriquez. The Chile under-23 striker joins United from Universidad de Chile for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £4m.

"I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. Manchester United is a great team and has a great manager," he said.

Andres Iniesta Nike Football CTR360 Maestri III “Take Control” Ad

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Nike Football introduces the CTR360 Maestri III football boot with a new commercial entitled "Take Control" featuring FC Barcelona soccer great Andres Iniesta. The advert showcases Iniesta and the competition as string puppets before reverting to real life footballers.

Ad Credits:
The music in Nike commercial is Zigeunerweisen, Op.

CONCACAF Champions League – Match Recaps – 23 August 2012

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The Los Angeles Galaxy cruised past Isidro Metapan and Municipal won at Chorillo FC in the CONCACAF Champions League on August 23, 2012.

Los Angeles Galaxy 5-2 Isidro Metapan

The Galaxy won their opening Group Stage match in the CONCACAF Champions League despite a red card and being without Landon Donovan.