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Luis Suarez

Photo Of The Day : Luis Suarez Shines In 3-0 Win Over Man United

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Captain Steven Gerrard may have scored two penalties for Liverpool in their 3-1 win over Man United on Sunday, but it was Luis Suarez who was grinning ear to ear after scoring the third goal of the game. He has now made it 63 goals in 101 Premier League appearances and has apparently joined Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan and Peter Beardsley as one of the club's greats.

Halloween Special : Watch This Artist Carve Luis Suarez’s Face Into A Pumpkin

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In the spirit of Halloween, and quite possibly to accompany you through the night as you sew your costumes of Maradona, Mario Balotelli or even hot favourite, Peter Crouch, here a few pumpkin carvings of the world's scariest footballers! We reckon they didn't get the whole list down, though, where on earth is Gennaro Gattuso?

POTD : Luis Suarez’s Daughter Proves To Be Liverpool’s Good Luck Charm In 3-1 Palace Win

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Luis Suarez introduced his adorable daughter and newborn child to the Anfield pitch early this afternoon and the girls proved to be more than a good luck charm! The Uruguayan firecracker promptly opened the scoring in the 13th minute against Crystal Palace in Liverpool's 3-1 win from 12 yards, much to the delight of the home fans.

FC Barcelona

POTD : Barcelona Pose In “Tchakap” Dressing Room Shot After Sealing Copa del Rey Final Spot

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To celebrate Barca's progression to the final of the Copa del Rey, this group photo was posted up on the social accounts of Dani Alves, Alex Song and Neymar (aka the club's new 'Tchakap' clique, as termed by Song) According to Song, "Tchakap" is a way of life, similar to the Rastafarian values of being happy and laughing freely.

Picture of the Day : Messi and the Anti Madridista Fan

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts on the bench as a fan behind him holds a scarf and a doll wearing a jersey of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo before their Spanish first division soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

We'd like to apologize for our irregular posting schedule this week, it'll get better from now!

POTD : Barca Fans Campaign For Voting Rights In Champions League Game

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In yet another indication that football is one of the many platforms for political discourse, the Barcelona-Celtic Champions League meeting was dominated by election talk yesterday.

Separatist parties in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region on Thursday agreed the wording of an independence referendum on November 9, 2014, as Catalonia has long recognized itself as an autonomous and independent state from Spain.

POTD : Barcelona Midfielder Jonathan dos Santos Post Candids From Operation Room

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Barcelona midfielder Jonathan dos Santos received potentially devastating news recently that he would be ruled out of football for up to six months after a cruciate ligament injury. But it was all smiles and sunshine for the midfielder, who underwent surgery this morning and even found the time to snap "before" and "after" photos.

POTD : Barcelona vs Real Madrid – The Calm Before The Storm

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Madrid daily, 'Marca', featured an interesting assessment of the sporting headlines today, ahead of this weekend's highly-anticipated El Clasico. And with perfect reason it is the first clasico being contested in Spain since the arrival of Gareth Bale, Isco, Neymar and the departure of Mesut Ozil and David Villa(among the more high profile names).

POTD : Barca’s Cesc Fabregas Poses In A Candid With Stepchildren

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Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas posted this photo with his stepchildren, Joseph and Maria, in their Barcelona home recently with the caption : "With two incredible people I adore @mariataktouk @josephtaktouk4."

The two children are from model Daniella Semaan's first marriage to her Lebanese husband, millionaire businessman Elie Taktout.

POTD : Israeli Female Footballers Unperturbed By Leo Messi In Barcelona’s Peace Tour

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You've gotta love the facial expression of the chica on the right side of this photo ("Leo Messi? Meh...")She was unfazed by skills displayed by the World Football Star at a clinic last Saturday, but she was probably trying to figure out how Messi's dribbling was going to help her team win the domestic championship this season.

POTD : Cheery Neymar Returns From Tonsil Operation In Basketball Get-Up

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What do you do when you've just won the Confederations Cup with Brazil and signed a deal with Barcelona? You dress up as a Brazilian basketball player and board your private jet, of course! The craziness that is the 21st century starlet, Neymar, has arrived.

Ironically, that is what most of us are led to believe.

POTD : Leo Messi Poses With Possibly The World’s Luckiest Barber

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It's probably the dream of every Argentinean barber to lay their hands on the crowning glory that is Leo Messi's head (aside from Maradona's, of course!) In this new photo, the Super Human and Part-Time striker showed off his new hair while clearly wearing a colourful outfit that would make both André Leon Talley and Lady Gaga envious!

POTD : Brazil’s Neymar Officially Unveiled As Barcelona Player

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If there was ever a phenomenon such as an eight-hour Bridal Shower in Football, Neymar's Official presentation ceremony in Barcelona today is the closest thing to it! The 21-year-old striker the hottest property in Brazilian football at the moment- has been spending the day getting acquainted with his new city.

Real Madrid

POTD : Ballon d’Or Winner Cristiano Ronaldo Picks Up Another Honourary Award

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It's been quite a week for Ballon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, who posed with Real Madrid's President Florentino Perez (R) after receiving the Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique in Lisbon this week! Parabens, Ronaldo. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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POTD : Gareth Bale Has A ‘Short-Tugger’ In Real Madrid’s 2-1 Win Over Malaga

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Gareth Bale has been branded everything from the Fluke Transfer of the Summer to Madrid'sMachismo victim.

When Madrid failed to get their man last year, they made it a 'Do or Die' mission this summer- even if it meant tugging at his shorts which if you need reminding are worth£85.

Gareth Bale’s €100?million Real Madrid Deal May Be Sabotaged By Mystery ‘Outbidder’ – Could It Be PSG?

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The €100?million (£86?million) man at the epicenter of the World's Biggest Football Transfer, Gareth Bale, was spotted in at a luxurious Malaga mansion owned by his agents over the weekend. Sure, because that's what you do when you're "injured" and getting ready to experience the Madrid lifestyle.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

POTD : Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic Prepare To Face Off In Crucial World Cup Qualifier

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It's crunch time for Portugal as they prepare to take on Sweden in the first leg of the World Cup Qualifiers tonight. Interestingly, it's a "do or die" mission for both sides, especially with Sweden's reputation for being fully-focused on the task at hand. Portugal also called up an uncapped player from Sporting, William Carvalho, whose tall stature (1.

POTD : Meet ‘Le Zlatan’ – The 600g French Burger Of Epic Proportions

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Edinson Cavani may be a huge fan of fishing (and seafood in general), but perhaps he can pop down to Doddy's Cafe in the Parisian suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt to try a new burger named after his teammate 'Le Zlatan'. Yes, according to a report in The Guardian, the burger is actually 600 grams of minced beef with "onions, bacon and three types of cheese including cheddar, Emmental and Auvergne blue", all squeezed into a giant bun that has been specially made for the restaurant.

South America

POTD: Colombia’s Atletico Nacional Mourns Death Of Fan After He Is Shot By Rival Fan From Millonarios

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Funerals and deaths as a result of violent football attacks in South America can be a very painful and tragic event.

However, it happened in Colombia over the weekend, when Atletico Nacional fan Dumar Baquero was shot dead by a woman wearing the jersey of rival team, Millionarios.

RIP Chucho: Tributes Pour In After Death Of Promising Ecuador Striker Cristian Benitez – Watch Video

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It's always tragic to hear of a death on the field of play and all of yesterday and today, the world of football mourned the loss of leading Ecuadorian striker Cristian Benitez. The 27-year-old passed away after suffering from a cardiorespiratory arrest in Qatar, where he was playing a match for his club side Al Jaish SC.

Arsenal

Picture Of The Day : There’s The Arsenal Fans… And Then There’s Giroud

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Olivier Giroud is like the guy we're all still quite confused about. Arsenal fans still can't decide whether they love or hate him, the fashion lovers can't quite make out his Hamptons-inspired hairstyle (let's go, Frat Boy?!) and spectators all want to kill and hug him at the same time when he misses clear-cut opportunities in front of goal.

POTD : Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla Poses In New Fun Candids At London Store

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Here are new candids of Arsenal and Spain's funnyman, Santi Cazorla, who signed a deal with sports brand PUMA today, and was 'unveiled' at their store in London's Carnaby St. Of course, 28-year-old Cazorla is one of the club's friendly faces (he loves a banter or two!) and that's why he's a fan favourite, alongside Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere.

POTD : Forget Glossy Haircuts And Giroud, Arsenal, You Need A Striker Pronto!

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They may have been eager to show off their perfectly-styled "post-summer" haircuts against Aston Villa earlier today, but unfortunately for Arsenal, all they had to their name was a lousy 3-1 loss earlier today.

Indeed, Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere may be hanging their heads in shame after the squad conceded two penalties and had Laurent Koscielny dismissed in the same game.

POTD : Arsenal Play To 3-1 Win Over Wenger’s Former Club, Nagoya Grampus – Plus Preseason Fun!

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Arsenal's preseason tours have always been a lot of fun, even if Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott have bothvehemently denied it on past occasions. Honestly lads, what could be so mind-numbingly terrible about waving to a crowd of passionate fans who are absolutely crazy about you?

POTD : Meet The Spanish National Team Tourists In New York – Cazorla, Iniesta, Villa

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The Spanish national team has been hanging out Stateside ahead of their Confederations Cup campaign in Brazil which kicks off next week. David Villa, Santi Cazorla and Andres Iniesta were spotted walking along the streets of New York while Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique spent their time texting and calling their families back at home.

Brazil

POTD Confeds Cup : Brazil’s Thiago Silva and Neymar ‘Bro’ It Up On The Plane!

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We all know how boring plane rides can get, but with all your good friends in one place (i.e. the selecao), how bad can it be?! Neymar and Thiago Silva posed for a fun photo aboard Brazil's flight to Belo Horizonte for their match against Uruguay yesterday. Here are more photos of the squad making the journey including Dante and a seemingly pensive Lucas Moura!

Confederations Cup : Italy’s National Players Turn Tourists With ‘Christ The Redeemer’

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The Italian national team arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the Confederations Cup four days ago. Naturally, Cesare Prandelli's men have settled in and done the tourist rounds! Their first stop this morning was the city's iconic 'Christ the Redeemer' or 'Cristo Redentor' statue, which is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world.

POTD : Neymar Meets Brazil’s Own ‘Iron Man’, David Luiz & More Epic Fan Candids

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For all the efforts made by this enthusiastic fan at Brazil's open training session yesterday, surely Brazil's answer to 'Iron Man' deserved a photo with the country's biggest star of the moment, Neymar. With that awesome get-up complete with the team crest and colours he certainly deserves a prime spot at the Maracana stadium!

POTD: Chelsea’s Oscar And The Curious Case Of The Brazilian Blood Test

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The Brazilian national team completed another one of their rigorous medical check-ups yesterday, in the form of a blood test (at 8 in the morning anyone? collective eyerolling!)

Of course, a blood test if not done properly will need to be repeated, which can be a painful process.

The Rest

Pictures of the Day: Wigan Stuns Man City, Football Joins #PrayforMH370 Social Campaign

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There was sheer happiness written all over Wigan's James Perch after he scored Wigan's winner in their 2-1 victory which eliminated Man City from the English FA Cup quarter-final last night. Incredible? Quite, considering that Wigan are also managed by former City striker Uwe Rosler. "Is this my greatest day in management?

POTD: Diego Costa Finally Explains Why He Picked Spain Over Brazil

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Spain's Diego Costa is set to make his debut for his "naturalised" country (as they say in Portuguese... uff, Brazil!) against Italy tomorrow.

"It was a complicated decision at the time. But it was a choice that I gave a lot of thought to and I tried to do the right thing," he explained, regarding his decision to pick Spain over Brazil at the World Cup.

POTD : Juventus Celebrates Derby Win

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Juventus pulled nine points clear at the top of Serie A after an impressive strike from Carlos Tevez sunk their city rivals Torino 1-0. Naturally, they celebrated their derby win by doing a celebratory lap and leaping around the stadium! Who doesn't love a mini festa?

Meanwhile, Milan won 2-0 at Sampdoria with a goal in each half from Adel Taarabt and Adil Rami, while their city rivals Inter needed a Rolando goal to earn a 1-1 home draw with Cagliari, who had led through Mauricio Pinilla's penalty.

POTD : Atletico Madrid Level On Points With Real Madrid, Barca, On La Liga Standings

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After racist remarks by a small group of their fans stirred up controversy last week, Atletico Madrid crashed to their second league defeat of the campaign after losing 0-2 to Almeria. They are now level with Real Madrid and Barcelona on 57 points.

Atletico led La Liga for the first time since their double-winning season in 1995-96 on 2 February, but failed to keep up the points (or the pressure, probably) and finally succumbed to last night's defeat.

POTD : Snow’s The Norm In Moscow For Champions League

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A man was seen removing the snow from the lines on the pitch during half time of the Champions League group D soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich in Moscow this evening (currently, the score reads 3-1 to the German Champions) Due to the time difference and the fact that is winter, Champions League matches in Russia usually kick off two hours than the prescribed time by UEFA.

POTD: Man City Fan Holds Up Sign Calling UEFA ‘Spineless’ For Not Banning CSKA After Toure Racism Row

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Manchester City may have thrashed CSKA Moscow 5-2 in the Champions League at the Etihad stadium last night, but there was another elephant in the room the issue of racism.

A fan held up a banner stating "UEFA Spineless Why No Ban?" in reference to UEFA's decision to fine and partially close CSKA's stadium for their next Champions League home game against European champions Bayern Munich on November 27.

POTD : Fernando Torres Loves This Hilarious Cut-Out Of Himself

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He's a funny fella, that Fernando Torres and luckily, we all (secretly) know that!

"Look who I found in the training ground!" the Chelsea striker posted yesterday, beneath this photo of his awkward cut-out with holes as eyes. Of course, the entire squad was in an excitable mood after their 3-0 win over Schalke and this must've been leftovers from the celebration.

POTD : A Dapper Gareth Bale Appears In Fashion Editorial, Waiting For Tottenham Exit Strategy?

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Tottenham's "going once, going twice... SOLD!" (most probably) star Gareth Bale, 24, recently appeared looking rather dapper in a fashion editorial for Esquire magazine this month.

Come on now lads,apart from that scary front cover above, Bale scrubs up pretty well, doesn't he?

Photos : Isco And Alcantara Inspire Spain To Second Successive U-21 Euro Win Over Italy

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Spain picked up their second Under-21 Euro Championship in three years after a spirited performance in their 4-2 win over Italy in Jerusalem last night.

And if there was a deserving 'Man of the Match', it's none other than Thiago Alcantara, the 'naturalized' Brazilian-turned-Catalan & Spaniard who scored a hat-trick.

Picture of the Day : Italy’s National Team Enjoy A Splash At Rio Beach

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Nothing screams "summer is here!" louder than a visit to one of Brazil's marvelous beaches. And although the Azzurri (Italian national team) will face the Japanese tomorrow in the Confederations Cup, the entire squad including Andrea Pirlo and Stephen El Shaarawy all found the time to hit the beach for some quality BroSurf Time yesterday.

POTD : Meet Wayne Rooney, The Doting Super Dad!

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Wayne Rooney was spotted out and about with his two sons Kai and the newborn Klay at Alderley Edge on Tuesday. And while the adorable Klay may have been born only a few weeks ago, he enjoyed some quality boy time with doting dad Rooney and his brother during the season break.
The 27-year-old Man United striker expertly juggled his two sons with both hands as they strolled past the shops, while his wife Coleen looked on bemusedly.