Real Madrid

Gareth Bale’s parents spotted heading to Spurs meeting

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Tottenham star Gareth Bale's parents have been seen visiting the club's training ground for showdown talks with chairman Daniel Levy, according to reports in The Sun. Bale and his representatives reportedly met Levy to reiterate his desire to leave White Hart Lane to join Real Madrid this summer. But onlookers were surprised when the 24-year-old's [.

Milan transfer news update (June 28): Flamini stays, Kaka to return, Diarra to arrive

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While Euro 2012 has rolled on, so too has the rumour mill. One wonders how the players still involved in the championships can remain focused while their futures are contemplated by the media, their agents, their parents and/or their siblings. The big news reported in our last transfer update here concerned the possible return of [.

The Champions League’s best skills came from Carlos Darwin...

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The Champions League's best skills came from Carlos Darwin Quintero.

After Bayern Munich dueled with Real Madrid, there was another match in the Champions League. It was the 2nd match of the CONCACAF Champions League final between Mexican sides Santos Laguna and Monterrey. Santos Laguna lost 3-2 on aggregate, but Carlos Darwin Quintero produced an amazing flick over two Monterrey defenders that should have resulted in a penalty kick for Santos.


Letter From A Volunteer Coach

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This letter has apparently made the rounds of Little League the past few years, but I only recently came across it as a soccer coach. The best I can tell, it was written by Brian Gotta, the President of CoachDeck. It's an open letter to his parents on his little league baseball team. But the sentiments are felt by youth sports coaches across all sports.

Ten Questions For Soccer Parents

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For youth soccer coaches who 'get it' and try to focus on player development over wins, it can be a difficult sell for team parents. Stan Baker recently published a list of ten questions for parents to help them judge if their children and team are doing well:

Parents who understand what the team is trying to accomplish and what our style of play looks like, will be more likely to lend support and back what the coach is attempting to do.

Soccer Players

Williams optimistic, but pragmatic about Reggae Boyz

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 29, 2012) US Soccer Players -- With the clock ticking down towards next month's USA - Jamaica World Cup qualifiers, I sought out the perspectives of one person with as much knowledge of the two nations' footballing fortunes as anyone: retired Jamaican midfielder Andy Williams.

Hillcrest Hornets 2nd Annual Alumni Game Friday July 20th

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The Hillcrest Alumni will be holding their 2nd Annual Game on Friday July 20th this year. The game will be played at the Hillcrest Hornets pitch. It's open to all former Hillcrest soccer players and will start at 6:30 pm.

Come join us at Hillcrest soccer field as the current squad takes on the alumni team for what promises to be a great event.

Manchester United

Video: Gary and Phil Neville’s on-screen chemistry (Everton 1-0 Manchester United)

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Those Sunday lunches back at the Neville family home must really drag if this exchange is par for the course. Sky Sports pundit Gary and Everton skipper Phil negotiated the awkward we grew up together, were employed together for most of our careers and share the same parents... but now I'm interviewing you territory with [.

Video: Gary and Phil Neville’s on-screen chemistry (Everton 1-0 Manchester United)

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Those Sunday lunches back at the Neville family home must really drag if this exchange is par for the course. Sky Sports pundit Gary and Everton skipper Phil negotiated the awkward we grew up together, were employed together for most of our careers and share the same parents... but now I'm interviewing you territory with [.

São Paulo turn down Inter Milan and Anzhi offers for Lucas Moura – player wants Manchester United move

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According to reports in ESPN Brasil, São Paulo have said ‘no' to an official €25 million (£19.6 million) offer from Inter Milan for Lucas Moura. The bid is less than that offered by Manchester United and was immediately turned down. ESPN Brasil also say that Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala are willing to top United's offer but that the player and his parents are set on a move to Old Trafford.

São Paulo may open up contract talks with Lucas Moura

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São Paulo director of football, Adalberto Baptista, has said the club are considering talking to Manchester United target, Lucas Moura, about an extension to his current contract.
"It may be that [we] change the contract. [It is] for four years. But we can call him, or any other player, anytime, to renegotiate, [or] extend.


FA Charge Rio Ferdinand

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The FA have today announced that Rio Ferdinand has been charged for comments he made on Twitter in reference to Ashley Cole, who gave evidence in defence of John Terry in his trial following allegations of racism towards Rio's brother, Anton.

"The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.

Udinese & Antonio Di Natale Make A Gesture

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The weekend's tragic death of Piermario Morosini, which saw football in Italy cancelled, has permeated the sport.

Unfortunately, his life was equally as tragic as his death, losing both of his parents as a teenager, his brother to suicide a couple of years ago, and he was responsible for taking care of his physically disabled elder sister.

Gone Too Soon: Piermario Morosini, Livorno

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As we are sure you must be aware by now, Livorno's Piermario Morosini collapsed on the pitch on Saturday during his side's Serie B game vs. Pescara. Despite efforts to revive him, he passed away.

At 25-years-old Morosini had already suffered terribly in his life, losing both his parents before he was eighteen and his disabled brother shortly after.

Antonio Di Natale And Udinese Vow To Care For Piermario Morosini’s Disabled Sister

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By Chris Wright

Immense stuff from Udinese hero Antonio Di Natale, who has vowed to take guardianship and provide both financial and emotional support to the sister of former teammate Piermario Morosini the Zebrette midfielder on loan at Livorno midfielder who died at the tragically young age of 25 after collapsing on the pitch in Serie B this weekend.

David Villa: Hot ‘Baller Presents Bronzed Book Cover

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Earlier today David Villa presented the eighth edition of the book "Relatos Solidarios" a compilation of short stories written by 42 journos with Villa contributing as well. The book was dedicated to Dani Montesinos, a journalist who tragically died in an accident but was represented in spirit by his parents, widow and brother (L-R, above) at Thursday's launch.

English Premier League

Arsenal in Malaysia 2012 : Day 1

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A smile goes a long way

Hello all. It's been a long, hectic and draining day but it's only the first day of Arsenal's arrival for 2012 version of their tour to Asia. Early morning showers did not dampen the spirits of Arsenal fans here in Kuala Lumpur as they all came out in droves to welcome the team.

Hollie Cavanagh: You’ll Never Sing Alone

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Click here to view the embedded video.

Hollie Cavanagh's bid for the title of American Idol got a huge boost last night, when Jamie Carragher and his teammates sent her a good luck message from across the pond.

Hollie, who lived in Allerton, Liverpool before her parents moved to Texas ten years ago, was seemingly overwhelmed when Ryan Seacrest introduced Carra before her performance, although it's not entirely clear whether the majority of the audience understood what he said.


Michael Bradley: the tactical implications of a Roma move

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I've been a Roma fan since the fourth grade. In the midst of an enthralling elementary school history class, my parents whisked me away to Rome for a 10-day jaunt in the Eternal City, and something in me never left. While visiting the piazzas and the ancient landmarks and being doted on by accommodating Italian restauranteurs and doing whatever else it is that 10-year-olds do in European

Falling back in love

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It made perfect sense in 1994. About a year ago my parents sold my childhood home and moved. Riveting way to start a blog post, naturally. Somewhere in the move, I sincerely hope a crudely-made sign I made as a 13-year-old survived. It read, "Forza Italia" with a picture of a blue jersey on it. Also think I wrote, in magic marker, "Goooooalll" and the words "Baggio.

Meet Euro 2012 star Mario Barwuah Balotelli (the artist formerly known as Mario Balotelli)

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Mario Balotelli is out of Euro 2012. But Mario Barwuah Balotelli is very much part of the Italy squad. The Manchester City striker has registered both his family names for the tournament, meaning his shirt will read 'Barwuah Balotelli'. The 21-year-old was born Mario Barwuah, but swapped the surname of his Ghanaian parents for that [.

FC Barcelona

Gerard Pique Released From Hospital, Can’t Remember Playing Against Chelsea

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By Chris Wright

Barcelona centre-half Gerard Pique was discharged from hospital yesterday afternoon following an evening under observation after getting knocked out sparko in a collision with Victor Valdes at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

However, according to Catalunya Radio, Pique cannot remember playing against Chelsea at all despite making it through 18 minutes of the match before being carted off to hospital with a pretty serious case of concussion which is either extremely worrying or extremely convenient.

Don’t Let Your Club Miss This Unique Opportunity!

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The past couple weeks have been crazy!

With the release of our U11 video showcasing unseen before soccer in the States, and the subsequent chronicling of our younger U10s and those U11s competing in Barcelona, I've been bombarded with emails from coaches, DOCs, and parents from across the country (internationally even).


Leo Messi & Antonella Roccuzzo: Pitter Patter?

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Spotted on Of Headbands and Heartbreak.

Leo Messi and his girlfriend/wife who is of pretty hair and round rump are supposedly going to be parents.

All we've got by way of a confirmation is a screen grab from Twitter and a bunch of articles we can't read. We're told, however, that the news first broke on an Argentine radio program and has since been confirmed by multiple media sources.

Brazilian Ballboy To The Rescue

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The Brazilian clubs Guaranay, green, and Sergpipe, red, aside from the excellent names, join the many legions of clubs in lower tiers who will gain infamy through something other than their football. The former, down 1-0 in the dying moments, threw caution and the goalkeeper into the latter's box, leaving open the net down the other end, where the attacker would find.

The Rest

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere contacts BBC to ask his parents when his washing will be done

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@bbc5live When will my washing be done? We have a game tomorrow I need my slips!!! Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) August 23, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere found a roundabout way of checking on the progress of his laundry by getting the BBC to ask his parents when his washing would be done. Wilshere's folks [.

‘Do Are Ya? Paulo Gazzaniga’s rat-tail (Southampton)

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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is currently playing a game of pin the rat-tail on your first-choice keeper. And the buck has currently stopped with young Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga. Parents along the south coast will be hoping that Gazzaniga is back on the bench before the craze catches on.

DTotD: Off the post, off the young goalkeeper’s face and in

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No, this isn't an old home video sent in by Pepe Reina's parents, but it is evidence that bad days for goalkeepers start at a young age.

A shot that bounces off the post, hits the keeper in the face and then back into the goal, giving the grey team's No. 10 a reason to celebrate and the keeper in red a sore nose.

Special Game for Chioma

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The semifinal win over Nigeria in the 2012 Under-20 Women's World Cup was just a bit special for U.S. stiker Chioma Ubogagu. Both of her parents were born in Nigeria, before emigrating to England and then Texas, and she still has relatives there. The Nigerian players certainly took note of her ancestry and several players chatted with her after the game.

Sean Johnson's Reggae Roots

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Chicago Fire 'keeper Sean Johnson will likely top the list of most tickets needed for the game at "The Office". Born to Jamaican parents and holding dual passports, Johnson has loads of family on the island and even participated in a training camp for the Reggae Boyz at the U-17 and U-20 levels.

A pensive photoshoot with Aston Villa signing Joe Bennett

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Aston Villa completed the transfer of 22-year-old defender Joe Bennett from Middlesbrough and instead of a standardly joyous and exuberant photoshoot of the England U-21 international at his new home, the club opted for a more restrained and thoughtful portrayal.

This is how it was produced.

The Best Travel Soccer Club in Virginia?

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As the 2012 fall travel soccer season approaches, Virginia Online Soccer News is reaching out to the travel soccer community asking parents, coaches, and players:
Vote Now: Which travel soccer club is the best in the state of Virginia?
When voting please consider the overall club experience including quality of coaching, cost, player development, etc.

Catching Up With the US National Amputee Soccer Team

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During three days of demonstrations at the Schwann's USA Cup, the American Amputee Soccer Association had hundreds of players, parents, and soccer fans stop by and take in the fastest game on one leg demonstrated by players on the US National Amputee Soccer Team. On Thursday the AASA hosted a two hour clinic meant to [.

Recap: Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy

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Quick Recap:

The Portland Timbers pass the ball well side to side, backwards, and sometimes even forward but never threatens except for one long range shot from Kris Boyd. The a few dangerous chances and get the lone goal. 1-0 loss.

First and Second Half:

Both halves are pretty much the same so I will sum it up with the following paragraph:

Portland passes the ball down the wing to (insert outside player name) who then passes it back to the outside back.

The Most Popular MNT Player in Orlando

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Today was media day for the local press to interview the National Team, and the number request besides Jurgen Klinsmann?
Graham Zusi.
The Sporting KC midfielder grew up in Longwood, just east of Orlando. He played at Lake Brantley High School, where he earned Central Florida Player of the Year honors and reached the final four of Class 6A in his junior year.

Bravo Padres

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The crowds are of course usually small at the CONCACAF qualifying events for youth women, but the parents of this current U.S. U-17 team deserve some kudos for making it not seem that way.

Although the majority of the parents didn't arrive until the USA's third group game, they brought with them American flags, horns, face paint, loud voices, tons of energy and some serious coordinated cheering.

Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy donated a defibrillator to his old youth club

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Following the death of Italian footballer Piermario Morosini during a Serie B match less than two weeks ago, there have been increased calls to have defibrillators on standby at matches across all levels of the sport. And though it will take time to bring about widespread changes, individuals like 19-year-old Milan striker Stephan El Sharaawy are doing what they can to help on a smaller scale.

Referee Suspended for In-Game Phone Call

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It's never easy refereeing young kids playing sports uncoordinated, sloppy, and that one overweight kid who makes a fool of himself tripping over his own calf. Not to mention the parents who often treat such outings as a hall pass to act like immature college students looking for fights.