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Champions League

Will Smith is not good at penalty kicks

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Will Smith and his son Jaden are in London to promote their new film (and hold a mini Fresh Prince reunion), and their trip happens to coincide with the city hosting this year's Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. So before the match, the Smiths stopped by the UEFA Champions Festival on the International Quarter to attempt a few penalty kicks against former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

Villarreal 2011-12 – Breaking down a failed season

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Villarreal had a disastrous 2011-12 ending in an agonizing relegation to the 2nd division in the dying minutes of the season. In 2010-11 Villarreal reached the semifinals of the Europa League and finished 4th in La Liga to qualify for the Champions League. I focus on the performance of Villarreal in the attacking third of the pitch in 2011 and compare it with that of 2010.

Zinedine Zidane

Video: Venezuela U17 player executes a spectacular ‘Redondo’

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While Zinedine Zidane's 'roulette' move and Ronaldinho's 'flip-flap' are increasingly prominent skills to grace the game, the 'Redondo' made famous by Fernando Rodondo in Real Madrid's dismantling of Manchester United in 2000 is a pretty rare animal indeed. Yet, here is a Redondo spotted in the wilds of the South American Under-17 Championships [.

The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football – The Quarter-Finals

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Those pesky quarter-finals do their worst yet again. By the time Hope Powell's Team GB got any cohesion into their game against Canada, they were already a (terrific) goal down and the initiative had flown across the Atlantic, never to return.It was a sad, slightly flat way for Team GB's otherwise impressive campaign to end, tempered by the fact that the Canadians ended it with an excellent display.

Major League Soccer

Chivas USA Unlucky against Colorado Rapids

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Riding an undefeated streak for the first time in four years, Chivas USA looked for more good times against a Colorado Rapids squad that was 1-3-2 heading into Saturday night's match.

Unfortunately for Chivas, the bad luck that had plauged the squad the previous three seasons came back to rear its ugly head on Saturday night, whether it was missing chances in the penalty box, or conceding a penalty, then missing one themselves later in the match.

Galaxy spoil Joseph’s Chivas Debut with a 4-0 Rout

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Chivas USA had hoped the arrival of newly acquired holding midfielder Shalrie Joseph in time for Sunday's final installment of the Superclasico with the Los Angeles Galaxy for this season would help propel them back into the playoff race.

The Galaxy however had other ideas. Bolsters by two goals from Juninho, Robbie Keane's 10th of the season and the first by Omar Gonzalez, the Galaxy sans David Beckham, had their way with their in-stadium rivals once again, romping to a 4-0 win at the Home Depot Center.

Galaxy spoil Joseph’s Chivas Debut with 4-0 Rout

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Chivas USA had hoped the arrival of newly acquired holding midfielder Shalrie Joseph in time for Sunday's final installment of the Superclasico with the Los Angeles Galaxy for this season would help propel them back into the playoff race.

The Galaxy however had other ideas. Bolsters by two goals from Juninho, Robbie Keane's 10th of the season and the first by Omar Gonzalez, the Galaxy sans David Beckham, had their way with their in-stadium rivals once again, romping to a 4-0 win at the Home Depot Center.

Revolution Winless Streak Continues As They Lose 1-0 To Montreal

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The Montreal Impact beat the New England Revolution 1-0 at Gillette Stadium tonight thanks to a brilliant goal by Sanna Nyassi in the 61st minute.

It was a pretty drab first half with New England coming closest to scoring as first Tierney and then Sene rattled the woodwork.

Montreal set the tome for the game early when Patrice Bernier was lucky not to be given a straight red card for a brutal tackle on Benny Feilhaber inside the first ten minutes.

Lopes scores in Galaxy defeat to Real Madrid

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David Junior Lopes has developed a knack lately for scoring against big time European clubs.

A little more than a week after scoring an equalizer against Tottenham Hotspur, the 6-4 Center Back was at it again against Spanish power Real Madrid on Thursday. This time, Lopes cashed in a goal off a David Beckham set piece in the 24rd minute, but even that was not enough to prevent Madrid from once again outclassing the Galaxy for a third straight year courtesy of a 5-1 win over LA at the Home Depot Center.

Galaxy draw with Tottenham,

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In a match that featured the likes of Robbie Keane, Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart, and Jermain Defoe, just to name a few, it was a player that not too many speak about that would find his way onto the score sheet.

Bale did his part, opening up the scoring early in the first half of Tottenham Hotspur's friendly match against the Los Angeles Galaxy, but the Galaxy found its response in an unlikely source, as David Junior Lopes' equalizer paved the way for an eventual 1-1 draw with the Spurs at the Home Depot Center on Tuesday night.

Chelsea Give Sounders A Lesson In Clinical Finishing

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Forward Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as European champions Chelsea beat Seattle Sounders 4-2 on Wednesday night at Century Field.

There were impressive debuts from two of Chelsea's high-profile summer signings, Marko Marin and Eden Hazard, who also scored as all the goals came in an explosive first half.

Becks has no regrets after suspension

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After an incident in the Galaxy's loss to San Jose on June 30th, the MLS Disciplinary Committee decided to suspend Galaxy ace David Beckham for his actions.

Late in the match, Becks was frustrated with the time-wasting antics of the Earthquakes. He displayed his anger by kicking the ball at a San Jose player down in the Earthquakes' penalty box.

Galaxy fall to Union at Last Minute

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The Los Angeles Galaxy welcomed a big piece of last year's championship squad into its backline for its Independence Day matchup against the Philadelphia Union.

The Galaxy had hoped the return of 6-5 Center Back and reigning Defensive Player of the Yea Omar Gonzalez could provide a spark to a backline that not only has been makeshift but has surprisingly leaked in goals at an alarming rate.

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Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Left Back Edition

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Today's practice at the team's Beaverton training facility saw the Timbers' starters return to action for the first time since their loss to Colorado on Wednesday. The starters practiced separately from the rest of the team, undergoing a lighter workout as they regen from last week's game before splitting into two teams and playing a game of 6v6 with Gavin Wilkinson and Jose Adolfo Valencia rounding out the sides.

Galaxy open up CCL play with a win

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The Los Angeles Galaxy's opening match of the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League tournament had just about everything one could ask for.

The Galaxy got goals from its star players, but had to weather some questionable officiating late in the second half which featured a red card to Robbie Keane and a yellow card right in the midst of a substitution.

Arsenal

Mixed Bags

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Complete focus on one player for today

One round of international completed and we're safe. Safe in the sense that there are no reports of any of our players look to have suffered any injuries. In fact, it was a successful night of football for some of our players. Getting on the scoresheet and so on.

Backpage Roundup: Ian Wright Wants Defoe at Emirates, Arteta Says RVP Is Irreplaceable, Vermaelen Wants Positive Thinking, Lansbury Sold and Niang Gone

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Wenger Should Sign Defoe, Says Wright

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that Arsene Wenger should sign Jermaine Defoe from fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur as recently-departed striker Robin van Persie's replacement.

Thoughts On Tactics And Starting Eleven Against Stoke

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So it's Stoke on a warm Sunday afternoon. Will it be any different? The scenario might not match the cliche but the football most certainly will. This is a classic battle between two diametrically opposite philosophies where both sides understand the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition. It just boils down to the execution on a given day.

A Burden Shared

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Baton passed over to them

This is the last of the look at the squad and we're at the forward line now. On the official website, there are 9 players listed there. One, we would not talk about because at this point, he's probably looking at what's the best route to got to Old Trafford. There's another 2 more which also doesn't warrant mention because just like the one before, they are on the verge (in the loosest sense) of leaving the club.

Fabianski’s The Key

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All depends on him staying or going

As we gear up towards the new season, we all do our personal assessment of how the team is shaping up for the upcoming season. Whether we have enough in our tanks to mount assaults on all four fronts or whether we are a little light and should be looking to focussed our energy on on front only.

Newcastle United

Pardew – Ben Arfa Is Always The Best Player In Training

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It took another piece of magic from Hatem Ben Arfa yesterday after 58 minutes, when he rifled the ball in from just outside the penalty box, and we'll have to stop calling him a one-footed player, because he hit the ball so beautifully with his right foot the one he usually just uses for balance.

Pardew – Torres Made A Complete Meal Of Anita’s Challenge

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We thought  it was a bit silly when Torres propelled himself forward when Anita barely toughed his knee with a challenge just inside the penalty box after 21 minutes in yesterday's game at Stamford Bridge do they practice this stuff in training but it got Chelsea a soft penalty and they went on from that to win the game 2-0, with a good goal from [.

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Chalkboards!

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Hallelujah, the Chalkboards are back!

Well, sort of...Go get your hands on FourFourTwo's Stats Zone app. The chalkboard functionality is free for UK users, while US users need to pay a paltry $2.99.

Below is the chart of both club's passing.. Note that Norwich didn't have too bad a passing stinker (or, otherwise known as "Pull a Stoke"), but, Fulham managed attempt nearly 600 passes.

Chalkboards!

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Hallelujah, the Chalkboards are back!

Well, sort of...Go get your hands on FourFourTwo's Stats Zone app. The chalkboard functionality is free for UK users, while US users need to pay a paltry $2.99.

Below is the chart of both club's passing.. Note that Norwich didn't have too bad a passing stinker (or, otherwise known as "Pull a Stoke"), but, Fulham managed attempt nearly 600 passes.

Dynamo Reserves Win 2-0 over Sporting KC Reserves

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There was soccer today at HASP! And the Dynamo won!

Hey, after last Friday, we could all use a pick me up. Unfortunately, I wasn't at the game, so I'll have to offer up the official match report as evidence of the Dynamo 2-0 Reserve League victory over Sporting Kansas City. Cam Weaver continued to annihilate the Reserve League with a brace as the Dynamo moved in to a tie with the Rapids atop the Central/Mountain Division.

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Post Match Chalkboard: Hungry Like The Rolfe

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Sunday was a great win by the Fire and the squad garnered 3 important points in the standings. As per usual, the Fire got the job done after going down a goal early. The Fire have come back so many times this year, that I'm starting to get a little complacent with conceding early goals. Hopefully the player don't start feeling the same.

Olympics : Brazil Women’s Team To Face World Champions Japan In Football Quarter-Finals

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Despite their 0-1 loss to a resilient Great Britain Olympic side yesterday, the 'selecao feminina' (Brasil women's team) have made it to the quarter-finals of the Women's Football tournament. However, the task will not be any easier as they will face current World Champions, Japan.

NASL Recap: Week 16

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Article by Doak Gips

After last weeks news extravaganza, we actually got to (mostly) just enjoy the games this week and get down to work on who will start getting a hold on their spots and most teams begin their push to the playoffs. The top 6 teams in the table get into the playoffs, with only the bottom two feeling all sad and lonely.

Logan Pause

Rolfe Brace Lifts Chicago Over Philadelphia

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Chester, PA - The Chicago Fire made their only trip to PPL Park this Saturday to take on the Philadelphia Union for the second time this season. The Union have been looking like an improved side since firing Piotr Nowak in June, but with Jack McIntery out on suspension and Carlos Valdez out from international duty, this was a game that the Fire should walk away from with three points and nothing less.

Post-Match Chalkboard: Amazing!

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For the past three days, I have been giddy like a school girl. I never once considered that beating Sporting would be a possibility. It was pretty amazing, and it is just a little more proof to show that this team has improved since last season. Last year, I think the Fire would have found a way to conceed a goal late and drop the 3 points.

The Rest

Crystal Palace Promoted

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Kevin Phillips's penalty, 15 minutes into extra time, was enough to see Crystal Palace beat Watford 1-0 at Wembley today, and book their return to the Premier League.

With Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia in inspired form, it looked like this game was heading to penalties. But then Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha was brought down by Marco Cassetti in the box and Phillips smashed home the resulting penalty.

Championship Snapshot: When Craig Mackail-Smith Wins A Penalty, He Does It With Panache…

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By Chris Wright

No messing about: legs buckled, eyes closed, arms stretched heaven-wards, hair delicate and lank, mouth agog and emitting a soft, mournful whelp. Text book stuff from Craig Mackail-Smith against Millwall last night..

Instantly brings to mind...

Makail-Smith's penalty box technique certainly impressed Kazenga Lua-Lua.

Six (more) things we learnt from the Fulham game

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While we have already gone over the Fulham game in quite some exhausting detail, there were some finer points that I felt got missed in the general excitement of the 'Ohmigood RvP, ohmigoood Kagawa, ohmigoood, Rooneeey, not funnyyy, blood-uh' moments that the match is primarily remembered for. So here is your dose of the more nuanced, previously-unnoticed points from the game on Saturday:

Ashley Young falls in every penalty box

I am getting really pissed with Ashley Young.

San Jose Draws Chicago on Lenhart Equalizer

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The Chicago Fire were on the road tonight in Santa Clara, California to take on the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium in front of a crowd of 10,525. This was a very physical match that featured some late on-field dramatics and a bit of a goalie duel between Fire keeper Sean Johnson and Earthquakes keeper, John Busch.

USA 4, France 2: Don’t Call It A Comeback

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In the end, it still was celebratory...

Maura Gladys drops science on the USWNT Olympic opener

Don't call it a comeback. The United States 4-2 victory over France was a comeback in a numeric sense only. The U.S. didn't rally, or swing momentum or shift fortunes or fight back.

All-Time Leading Scorer Delicate Leads Kickers Past Dayton

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RICHMOND, VA – Matthew Delicate became Richmond's all-time leading scorer with a stoppage time penalty kick as the Kickers secured a hard-fought 2-0 victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions.
Entering the match as a 65th minute substitute, Delicate had a number of close calls before scoring his 64th goal in a Richmond uniform.

Spain win Euro 2012 in style

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Spain win Euro 2012 in style - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spain confirmed their place amongst football's greatest all-time teams on Sunday night with an emphatic 4-0 win over Italy in the Euro 2012 final. The triumph means La Roja are the first team to ever retain the European Championships crown, and the first to win three international tournaments consecutively.