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World Cup Play-Off: Disciplined Irish Frustrate Denmark, Secure Precious Draw In Copenhagen (Video)

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The Republic of Ireland's hopes of making it to next summer's World Cup remain in tact after a hard-fought goalless draw in Copenhagen.

Prior to the game, the Irish fans were in typical good humour, amusing themselves outside a Victoria's Secret shop by cheering every customer who walked out the door.

World Cup Qualifying: Solitary James McClean Goal Sees Rep. Of Ireland Reach Play-Offs At Wales’ Expense (Photos & Video)

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Republic of Ireland went barnstorming into the World Cup play-offs by beating Wales in Cardiff on Monday evening to thereby quash their opponents' thin hopes of making it to Russia.

The evening kicked-off with a stirringa capella rendition of the Welsh national anthem, Land of Our Fathers, which the home contingent bellowed out in bristling unison.

NEWS FLASH: U.S. Wins the 2027 America’s Cup – Hypotheticals For The Development of the USMNT

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...Neymar's final competitive game for Brazil ended in heartbreak today when the defending champions lost to the Clint Dempsey coached USMNT 3-1 in the final of the 2027 America's Cup.

The USMNT who are starting to find their rhythm against their new regular opposition from South America became the first North American nation to win the revamped competition that saw the Gold Cup and Copa America combine to create a new championship that now rivals the UEFA Cup for the strongest competition outside of the FIFA World Cup.

English Premier League

UEFA give Arsenal another good reason not to settle for 4th

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Interesting details about UEFA qualifications involving English teams this season by G.S. Hello Arsenal fans. I read the UEFA guidelines for qualification for its Champions (UCL) and Europa (UEL) Leagues recently. I had initially read them about a couple of years ago and thought I'd familiarise myself with those terms again.

Match Of The Past: Wigan Athletic

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Having been elected into the Football League in 1978 and spending the next quarter of a century in the bottom two divisions, finding inclusions for Wigan Athletics turn on our Match Of The Past series hasn't necessarily been easy. However, we have managed to find six matches from the years between 1982 and 1997 for you this evening, starting off with their last home match from the 1981/82 promotion season, when the cameras of Granada Television (and a young Martin Tyler) were persuaded to Springfield Park for a match against Mansfield Town, and next up is a trip to Wembley from 1985, as Wigan take on Brentford in front of a crowd of almost 40,000 people in the final of the Football League Trophy.

United boss hints at “one or two” signings

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that the club has not made significant progress toward signing any new player since the transfer of Shinji Kagawa but has indicated that "one or two" deals may be in the pipeline.

The 23-year old Kagawa recently completed a move from German champions Borussia Dortmund but no big name has yet followed him to Old Trafford.

Tottenham Hotspur

Video: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris determined to skipper France to the World Cup through play-offs

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is determined to captain the France national team to next summer's World Cup but realises that will probably mean qualifying through the play-offs. Both Lloris and manager Didier Deschamps appear resigned to finishing behind leaders Spain in Group I. The World Cup holders are three points clear with two games [.

Hearts Learning Lessons

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John McGlynn does not want Hearts to make the same mistakes against Liverpool as were made in the Europa League qualifying rounds last season in a thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur.
The SPL club has drawn English opponents in the play-offs for the second year running, with the first leg at Tynecastle on 30th August and return at Anfield seven days later.

Portland Timbers

LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps, Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo Play-off Match Thread

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While tonight's play-in games aren't really the MLS play offs, I think most fans would consider them as such, especially since they have an immediate and direct impact on how the official play offs play out considering two of these four teams will move on to face the top seed from each the Western and Easter conferences, respectively.

Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United Preview Interview and Pre-Game Chat

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Breath it in guys... this is the last game of the season where the Portland Timbers will be playing against an Eastern Conference side. You know, in many ways, it almost feels like the Eastern Conference is an entirely different league. So many stories from their end go unheard on this side of the country.

Cascadia Cup: A Win Against the Seattle Sounders Would Go a Long Way This Season

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With the upcoming Cascadia Cup match against the Portland Timbers arch rivals the Seattle Sounders just over a week away, there are undoubtedly a lot of fans who are placing their remaining hopes of the season on winning the regional trophy. After all, with the chances of making the play offs all but mathematically ruled out, there's little else for Timbers fans to get excited for.

Portland Timbers Need Road Wins to Salvage the Season

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With the Portland Timbers now on somewhat of a win "streak" there's been a bit of a bump in fan and player morale heading into the final weeks of the season. In fact, while still unlikely, there is even a bit of renewed hope that the Timbers might just maybe make the play offs this year. Truth is, it's not entirely impossible, but in order for them to make it they need road wins.

Portland Timbers: The Epitome of the Sophomore Slump

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As a documented occurrence amongst many facets of western culture, the sophomore slump appears to have nabbed its next victim: our own Portland Timbers. That's not to say that the players, FO and coaching staff aren't responsible for this season, in fact they're the very cause of the these second year woes.

Is the Cascadia Cup All We Have Left? [Poll]

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We've already inundated you guys with previews for tomorrow's match and, having played FC Dallas just a couple weeks before there's simply not much more to say. So instead of rehashing the same content, once again, I figure some light discussion would be in order for this steamy Saturday afternoon.

With the Portland Timbers' Season Out of Control, Should the Young Players Be Given More Minutes? [Poll]

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Last night's game was a lot of fun. No pressure to win, no expectations for three points. Really it was all about having fun and watching our home team challenge a team from one of the best leagues in the world. More than that, though, it was a bit of a revelation watching the Portland Timbers young guns strut their stuff in front of an increasingly lethargic starting XI side.

Portland Timbers vs. ASton Villa Match Thread [7:30 PM]

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Regular season got you down? Tired of seeing yet another three points slip away from a team that continues to disappoint? I'm right there with you. Which is why I'm actually kind of excited about tonight's exhibition match. Were the Portland Timbers setting the league on fire, I would see it as a nuisance.

Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Match Thread [7:30 PM]

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Tonight, the Portland Timbers take on the best team in the league: the San Jose Earthquakes. While it would be easy to walk into tonight's game with visions of doom and gloom for the Timbers, remember that it was just over a week ago that many of us were feeling the same way about the Seattle Sounders game.

Portland Timbers Transfer Season: Editor's Choice

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Today is the last day of June which means tomorrow is the official opening of the International Transfer Window (ITW). While the ITW isn't required to make trades between other MLS teams as we saw with Danny Mwanga and Mike Fucito, most teams typically wait until about this time to make all their big moves, especially if they are planning on using the ITW to bring in a big international player as that usually means they have to move their respective squads around.

Three Reasons Why the Portland Timbers Can Still Win the Cascadia Cup

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It's been depressing few weeks for Portland Timbers fans, no doubt about it. The recent loss to the LA Galaxy was just the latest of a series of ordeals that has been bringing us all down for quite a while now. But the good thing about soccer is that there are multiple ways to bring about a revival of performance and spirits.

How Long Does John Spencer Have to Turn the Portland Timbers Around? [Poll]

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So far this season we have already seen two different coaches sent packing for under-performing during the first third of the season. First Aron Winter was let go for Toronto FC's staggeringly awful start to the season and now, as of just few minutes ago, we saw the Philadelphia Union give Peter Nowak the boot after some incredibly questionable moves on and off the field throughout the season and a disappointing start to the season for a team that made the play-offs last year.

Arsenal

Stuart Pearce wants to take Oxlade-Chamberlain back to the England U21′s

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In a move that is certain to upset Arsene Wenger who is totally against his Arsenal players dropping back down to the U21′s after becoming part of the senior England set-up, Stuart Pearce has revealed that he has asked Roy Hodgson to release Tottenham's Kyle Walker and Arsenal's Oxlade-Chamberlain to play in the play-offs for [.

Sorteo Grupos Champions League 2012/2013

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El cuadro de la fase de grupos de la UEFA Champions League 2012/13 ya está completo, y en él figuran doce ex ganadores de la máxima competición de clubes así como otros tres conjuntos que hacen su debut en la competición.
Once de los equipos que ya levantaron la copa estaban entre los 22 clasificados de forma automática, un número que quedó completado por el pase del Celtic FC en uno de los play-offs de esta semana.

Reina Wants Home Wins

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Pepe Reina has called on his Liverpool team-mates to turn Anfield into a fortress as they prepare for a tough run of home games.
Liverpool will play host to Manchester City, Arsenal and then Manchester United before the end of September and, although it is not possible for a team to win a championship in the first two months of a season, Reina knows it is possible to lose it.

Fulham’s Tough Start

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According to sportingintelligence, we have the sixth hardest starting schedule in the league for the first 7 matches. And it's not like today wasn't already a downer!

From Brian Sears:

Within an objective ‘tough rating' system, the lower the rating, the harder the start.

Fulham’s Tough Start

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According to sportingintelligence, we have the sixth hardest starting schedule in the league for the first 7 matches. And it's not like today wasn't already a downer!

From Brian Sears:

Within an objective ‘tough rating' system, the lower the rating, the harder the start.

Fergie: We Beat Chelsea, City, Arsenal And Everton To Powell

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Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected on how Manchester United went about getting Nick Powell to join us this summer.

"We sent people to see him a few times after he started scoring a few goals," he told the official site. "He actually first came on our radar a few years ago when he played against our youth team.

Fergie: We Beat Chelsea, City, Arsenal And Everton To Powell

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Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected on how Manchester United went about getting Nick Powell to join us this summer.

"We sent people to see him a few times after he started scoring a few goals," he told the official site. "He actually first came on our radar a few years ago when he played against our youth team.

Match Of The Past: West Ham United

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We are nearly at the end of our summer long series of videos featuring matches involving the clubs of this seasons Premier League, and the latest in this series features the club that scrambled into the Premier League via last seasons play-offs, West Ham United. West Ham have a long history of bouncing between the top two divisions the club has never played below the top two divisions of English football since joining the Football League in 1919 and our six matches for you come from the period between 1971 and 1986.

Non-League

Match Of The Week: Lewes 1-2 Enfield Town

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It feels as though the new football season has started a little too soo this afternoon. A summer which had rather looked as if it might not arrive at all has settled to a ninety degree heat from which there is no respite, even in the shade. Even by the coast in Brighton, this is weather that simply makes you want to curl up and fall asleep.

Northwich Victoria’s Summer Of Discontent

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It has been a difficult summer for Northwich Victoria Football Club, two months of ongoing rancour which remains seemingly destined to end in the eventual closure of a club that is two years shy of celebrating its one hundred and fortieth anniversary but has been kicked from pillar to post so much over the last ten years or so that it is difficult to imagine any scenario which doesn't end with the club being put out of its misery as being very remote indeed.

Rangers newco

Rangers newco: Hamilton hit back

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Another day, another statement.

Hamilton this time, again capturing the anger that SFL feel about the position they've been put in. And still no response from the SPL "no to newco" majority that could help allay these fears.

Coupled with the earlier statement from Raith might we be moving to a position where the SFL clubs refuse to take any vote on admitting the Rangers newco?

Rangers newco: A cowardly compromise

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Scottish football has had a sickly pallor for some time. An anaemic game, given to petty squabbles and entrenched self preservation.

A game that at times looked determined to throttle itself to a slow, painful death.

A game with only one real talent: an unerring ability to make a bad situation worse.

The Rest

Episode 114 – Coming Back from Sucking

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Join the guys as they look back at United's play off series with the Red Bulls. The boys talk about each match, address Andy's suspension and look ahead to the series against the Dynamo. The guys also make their conference final predictions and name their MLS best 11.

Campeonato Alemão - 3ª Divisão - 2012/2013

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PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Qualification or relegation 1Arminia Bielefeld6420115+614Promotion to the 2013–14 2. Fußball-Bundesliga2SpVgg Unterhaching6411104+6133VfL Osnabrück641174+313Qualification to the promotion play-offs4Preußen Münster6321127+51151. FC Heidenheim6321129+3116VfB Stuttgart II6312107+3107Chemnitzer FC631286+21081.

MLS 2012 Scheduling Woes: Why I'm Already Sick of the Unbalanced Schedule

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Earlier this year it was announced that MLS would adopt an unbalanced schedule to adapt to the Montreal Impact joining the league. Said announcement was met with groans and sighs from soccer purists all over the country. Fans who enjoy the European leagues seemingly felt the frustration more than the rest of us for the obvious reason that it brings another degree of separation between MLS and the sport standard.

McCreery's New Team

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Sabah are due to host Queens Park Rangers this week in a friendly designed to promote the London team's sponsors' flights to East Malaysia.

It has not been a particularly enjoyable season for the team nicknamed Hawks or Rhinos as they finished 13th in the 14 team Malaysia Super League and must go into play off to avoid the drop.

Top 10 Unfairly Sacked Managers

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Guest Post by Tom Mordey

As Nottingham Forest enter a brave new era under the ownership of the Al-Hasawi family, they enter it without manager Steve Cotterill.

Despite only taking over in October after the sacking of Steve McLaren, the former Notts County man has been removed from his position with immediate effect.

Divisi Utama Play Offs

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Ok so no one knows who, when where or whatever but the play offs in both leagues carry on. The official, less interesting one sees the winners of the three groups play off for the title though I dunno why they bother. Surely it's gonna be Pro Duta?

Mind you the first game yesterday saw Pro Duta held 1-1 by Perseman at Jalak Harupat Stadium.

Euro 2012 Group B: Germany face near-impossible task

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Euro 2012 Group B: Germany face near-impossible task - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of today's first round of Euro 2012 Group B matches, here are our betting tips for who will win Group B and who is most likely to qualify from it to the quarterfinals.

Group B

Netherlands:Â 2.