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GIF It: Liverpool fans get drenched by a sprinkler

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Liverpool supporters paid the price for Brendan Rodgers' attempts to play a slick passing game when a rogue water sprinkler turned on them. The fans were treated to a pre-match soaking after the sprinkler began watering them, rather than the Anfield pitch. Via 101GG


VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chelsea fan on JT’s ban, sacking the manager and Torres

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Last season, Chelsea became one of the worst teams in the history of Champions League football, rivalled by Liverpool, to win the competition. After being outplayed in pretty much every single game, somehow they managed to drag themselves to a penalty shoot-out in the final which they won.

For all their success in the cup competitions, Chelsea fell some way short, finishing 6th, 25 points behind us and City.

Tiki Taka Explained : The new Liverpool Way

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The Tiki Taka Playing style is one of the most attractive and dominating style of playing football, which makes the game of football look even better. New Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers, who has replaced Dalglish as Liverpool's manager would be following the Tiki Taka style, which brought success to his former team, Swansea football club.

English Premier League

A brief review of Premier League teams in August — Part One

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The Linesman takes the international break to look back at how August went for the Premier League teams.

1. Chelsea 9 pts

Di Matteo endured a magical 11/12 season and led Chelsea to the top of the table by nailing 3 out of 3, mostly thanks to new signing Eden Hazard, which the talented attacking midfielder had one goal and six assists and was the star in August.

Liverpool 0 – 2 Arsenal: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

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This game was going to tell us the state of the rebuilding projects at each club and it did just that.

Arsenal have a strong foundation to build on. They've put up a solid defensive show once again and this time against very proactive, technically-oriented, and crafty opponents. The new signings are clicking, slowly but steadily.

Carroll Adapting To Style

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Brendan Rodgers believes he is seeing evidence of his inherited Liverpool squad, including Andy Carroll, adapting to his preferred style of play but he remains determined to sign more players.
The new Anfield boss on Sunday oversaw a 3-1 victory against Bayer Leverkusen on Merseyside as the Premier League club concluded their pre-season with a win.

The Return Of Sexy Football

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Gunners we all have to admit that our football didn't live up to its reputation last season, we weren't as good to watch as we were when we had Fabregas, Nasri and Jack Wilshere in the team.
I'm not complaining but -In My Opinion- our football wasn't as entertaining as before.

Eden endorses ‘the other Hazard’

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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard believes that Thorgan Hazard brings his own unique quality to the club as both brothers prepare for their debut season with the club.

The Blues first signed Eden in a blockbuster deal in June before also unveiling Thorgan earlier this month. While the former has already become a big name at only 21 years of age, the latter, 19, is also tipped to become a major talent.

Adam - Reds Must Be Fearless

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Charlie Adam hopes Brendan Rodgers can get Liverpool playing without fear, with his success at Swansea proving how important confidence can be.
Throughout his time in charge of the Swans, Rodgers never wavered in his belief that football is a passing game and is a sport which should be enjoyed by those fortunate to compete at the highest level.

Fabio Borini : An analysis on where he will fit in with Liverpool

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Fabio Borini has signed for Liverpool for a free rumored to be around £10 million. The Italian International is Brendan Rodger's first signing since he arrived at Anfield. Borini who knew Rodgers from his time at Chelsea has also played under him during his loan spell at Swansea.

He has joined Liverpool on the back of a good season at Roma where he managed to score 10 goals from 26 matches.

Wenger Changes Direction Again.

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A provocative headline designed to grab your attention? Yes, guilty but I believe there is a quite a lot of truth in it.

The change of direction that I am talking about is reflected in the kind of player that Podolski and Giroud are. These footballers are big powerful no nonsense types, they signal a change in style, perhaps even a return to the days when Arsenal fielded big strong powerful teams which included the likes of Vieira, Petit, Adams, Bould and Campbell; when those players took to the field the opposition were scared.

Wenger Changes Direction Again.

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A provocative headline designed to grab your attention? Yes, guilty but I believe there is a quite a lot of truth in it.

The change of direction that I am talking about is reflected in the kind of player that Podolski and Giroud are. These footballers are big powerful no nonsense types, they signal a change in style, perhaps even a return to the days when Arsenal fielded big strong powerful teams which included the likes of Vieira, Petit, Adams, Bould and Campbell; when those players took to the field the opposition were scared.

Maybe Arsenal should look at Clint Dempsey?

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Fulham's outstanding player and top scorer, 29-year old Clint Dempsey, is nit the sort of player normally associated with Arsenal, but I think he could add something to the Gunners strike force. His tough, combative style, versatility and proven goalscoring in the Premier league could provide Arsene Wenger with an alternative when the passing game [.

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The Tactics Column: Three strikers and you’re out

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Arsène Wenger's latest grand plan of converting his winger into a striker failed to get off to the best starts on Saturday. Lukas Podolski, wearing number 9 for Arsenal, has played much of his early career and for FC Koln last season as the second-striker (in between an unsuccessful stint at Bayern Munich), but it's his reinvention as a goalscoring wide man for Germany (44 goals in 100 appearances) which has gained him the most distinction.

DI MATTEO CONFIRMS WHAT WE ALL THOUGHT ANYWAY!

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Roberto Di Matteo speaking in the Official Magazine and featured on the Official Website, has given a clear indication of the way he wants his Chelsea team to play football this season and personally, I can't wait for the season to get started!.

As we all know with the signings we have made, Chelsea's style looks to be changing with the likes of Hazard, Marin and Oscar signing this summer in addition to our player of the year, Juan Mata to play in the attacking positions behind the striker.

The USA is a non-factor as it draws Canada, 0-0

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The outstanding theme of the USA vs Canada match was how many US players were non-factors for the 90 + minutes. Some by design, some by their own performance. The midfield did not establish a passing game and consequently looked disjointed and rushed. It was low percentage stuff with too much hope, very little reality.

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Barcelona Open Up Two Point Gap Over Real Madrid

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Tito Vilanova's reign at Barcelona began with a commanding 5-1 victory against Real Sociedad, while champions Real Madrid were held 1-1 at home by Valencia.

There might be a different manager on the touchline, but it is the same players on the pitch, still playing their traditional short passing game.

Real Madrid Held While Barca Score Five

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Tito Vilanova's reign at Barcelona began with a commanding 5-1 victory against Real Sociedad, while champions Real Madrid were held 1-1 at home by Valencia.

There might be a different manager on the touchline, but it is the same players on the pitch, still playing their traditional short passing game.

Euro 2012

How the invincible formation could be resolved

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In the world of football, there are no invincible formations. Manchester United's 4-4-2 exposed their deficit in midfield last season, losing the title dramatically to their neighbours Manchester City, whose abundant talents allow them to switch between 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2, but the ultimate champion had also struggled against Stoke City and relegation battlers QPR.

Euro 2012 Final Preview: Spain vs Italy

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Euro 2012 Final Preview: Spain vs Italy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunday night will see the culmination of the Euro 2012 championships, with holders Spain the favourites to retain their crown, as they take on Italy in Kiev. The world champions are 90 minutes away from their third competitive tournament triumph, whilst Italy are looking to win the continent's top tournament for the first time since 1968.

Euro 2012 Final Preview: Spain vs Italy

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Euro 2012 Final Preview: Spain vs Italy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunday night will see the culmination of the Euro 2012 championships, with holders Spain the favourites to retain their crown, as they take on Italy in Kiev. The world champions are 90 minutes away from their third competitive tournament triumph, whilst Italy are looking to win the continent's top tournament for the first time since 1968.

Euro 2012: Portugal 0-0 Spain (2-4 Pens) – No Final For Ronaldo As La Roja Battle To Spot-Kick Victory (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

As Portugal went out on penalties to Iberian rivals Spain in Donetsk, the question on everyone's lips was why the hell was Cristiano Ronaldo no. 5 on the list of penalty takers for Paulo Bento's losing side? In the end, the superstar didn't even get a chance to take one, as Bruno Alves saw his shot crash off the crossbar before Cesc Fabregas netted the deciding spot-kick (going in off the post).

Euro 2012: Thomas Müller Primed To Start In Goal For Germany In Quarter-Finals? (Video)

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By Chris Wright

With Manuel Neuer playing more and more like renegade sweeper 'keeper Rene Higuita with every passing game at Euro 2012, it looks like Germany are preparing for the worst with Thomas Müller playing in goal at training yesterday, pitting his shot-stopping prowess against some of Die Mannschaft's most fearsome attacking entities Mats Hummels, Sami Khedira and Neuer himself.

Euro 2012: ESPN misses the mark woefully

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I would rather see Giuseppe Rossi on the pitch than see him as a commentator on ESPN. A zombie would have more animation. ESPN put out a panel of Michael Ballack, Alexei Lalas, Giuseppe Rossi with Bob Ley moderating to discuss the Italy vs Spain match.

Rossi as a US citizen, a NJ native, whose national ambitions saw him switching allegiance to Italy became a polarizing figure.

Reina Welcomes New Manager

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has welcomed the arrival of the club's new manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Spaniard is currently with his international team-mates ahead of Euro 2012, but he took time out of their preparations to voice his appreciation for Rodgers' football philosophy.
Reina is hoping the former Swansea manager can build on Liverpool's Carling Cup triumph last season with further honours.

England’s Euro 2012 Chances

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England's Euro 2012 Chances - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There are always plenty of ‘if's, but's and maybe's' when It comes to England at a major tournament; Euro 2012, though, will take that to a whole new level.

It says a lot about the upheaval surrounding the Three Lions that star man Wayne Rooney's suspension for the first two matches of the competition is almost seen as the least of their worries.

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Talking Tactics: Chivas USA at FC Dallas

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Tiki-taka it was not, but Dallas' very direct style of play Saturday evening did earn the team its first point since May 19th. Spain and Barcelona's short passing game, tiki-taka, focuses on maintaining possession for purposes of both attack and defense. The bevy of quick passes allows the team to simultaneously look for chinks in the opposition's defense while preventing the other side from creating scoring chances.

Post-Match Chalkboard: Improvement In Possession

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I recently read somewhere (I wish I could remember where so that I could link to it) that OPTA uses the amount of passes in a game to determine possession. This surprised me. Basing possession on passing has the potential to produce some skewed results. The most obvious argument against this is that a team that uses the short passing game is going to have a larger portion of possession regardless of the actual amount of time that they truly have possession.

The Rest

Top five Capital One Cup Final conclusions: Bradford City 0-5 Swansea City

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1. This was distinctly the Capital Swan Cup Final. The ginormous Wembley pitch and Swansea's passing game did for Bradford. 2. In the battle of the birds, the Swans were unsurprisingly more powerful than the Bantams. Perhaps Bradford will consider becoming the Ostriches ahead of any future Wembley exploits.

Musket Rounds: Revolution Bartenders, Lots of USMNT News, MLS on NBC, and More

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Hello and welcome to today's Musket Rounds! It's been a while since I've been able to throw these together. Law school's been rough on my time in the mornings, which is when the Rounds are usually written and published. Nevertheless, in a slow news week for the Revs given the free weekend, I will endeavor to bring you your daily dose of relevant New England Revolution and general soccer news!

A View From The Stands: Ipswich Town vs Blackburn Rovers

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After a divisive season last year and an equally frustrating summer, it was nice to see the Ipswich Town faithful united once more.
For a few hours at least.
We do have a talent for debating and arguing over manager, owner and players outside of match day, but once we cross the threshold of Portman Road all that is left behind and we have one goal - back the boys.

Liverpool To Trigger Release Clause For Swansea Midfielder

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is edging closer to making Swansea City's Joe Allen his second signing of the summer by triggering a £15 million release clause in the midfielder's contract.
Details of the clause in the 22-year-old's contract emerged in The Daily Telegraph this morning, whereby if any club from an elite five of Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal or Chelsea meet the valuation of the Welsh midfielder, Swansea are contractually bound to let the player leave.