Players to watch

Philadelphia Union

Player to watch: Jay Simpson

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Jay Simpson's future is cloudy as the Union embark on another season outside of the playoffs.

The pleasant surprises

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Amidst a lost season, the Union had three pleasant surprises you can memorably tuck away for safe keeping.

Players to watch: players we watched, part II

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In 2017, the PSP staff identified several players that would have a key role in the team's success. Now, after a start so slow even an [anecdote about slowness, maybe a turtle?], we check back in on those players' contributions toward the team's success.

Player to watch: Alejandro Bedoya

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We look at Alejandro Bedoya, the final player in the season preview's "Players to watch" series. The U.S. international will be asked to do many things. Where will he excel, where will he struggle, and is he the face of the Philadelphia Union?

Player to watch: Fabian Herbers

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Last year, Herbers gradually worked his way into the lineup and become a key contributor. Where does he fit this year? New PSP writer Zac DeMedio looks at this intriguing second year player.

Player to watch: Oguchi Onyewu

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What can we expect from Oguchi Onyewu in 2017?

Player to watch: Haris Medunjanin

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Our Philadelphia Union season preview kicks off with the first of a weeklong series, Players to Watch, as PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the deep-lying playmaker expected to key the Union's attack this season.

Analysis

Players to watch: players we watched, part III

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Before the season began, the staff at Philly Soccer Page identified a group of players that seemed likely to have a large impact on the 2017 side's success. Halfway through, it's worth taking a look how that group have performed.

2013 UEFA Euro Under-21 Semifinals Preview

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The group stage of the UEFA Euro Under-21 Championships has come to a close and the semifinal matchups that will begin Saturday, June 15th have been set. The matchups were decided based on how each team finished in their groups: the winner of Group A, Italy, will play the team that finished in second in Group B, Netherlands, while the Group B winners, Spain, will play Group A's second-placed side, Norway.

UEFA Champions League Final: Five Borussia Dortmund Players to Watch

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On Saturday, Europe's premier club competition will reach its end when German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund battle for the 2012-13 UEFA Champions Leaguetitle

After Sepp Blatter stated that the Bundesliga was the best domestic league in Europe, the casual football fan would likely have rebuffed his comments, preferring the English Premier League or La Liga, a league dominated by two of the world's best teams.

Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Players to Watch in Crucial Clash for Champions League Qualification

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On Wednesday, Chelsea will host Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in a vital match for both sides. A win for Chelsea could bring them that much closer to second place, while Tottenham could rise to fourth place and a subsequent UEFA Champions League qualifying spot should they get the full three points.

Manchester United vs Chelsea Players to Watch at Old Trafford

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Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday in which should feature plenty of goals for both sets of supporters in attendance at Old Trafford. Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck and captain Nemanja Vidic are all unlikely to feature at the weekend as all are injured, while Young suffered a more severe season ending ankle injury back in the Manchester Derby.

Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich: Players to Watch at the Camp Nou

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On Wednesday, Barcelona will host Bayern Munich in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals. The Catalan giants were thoroughly outplayed by the German side in the first leg, losing 4-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Considering they are at such a disadvantage on aggregate, the Blaugrana will need to score early like they did against AC Milan in this season's quarterfinals in order to even make the tie interesting.

Newcastle vs. Liverpool: Five Players to Watch

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This Saturday, Liverpool will need to avert their attention from the Luis Suarez drama and focus on their match against Newcastle United. The Magpies have not had a good season by any stretch of the imagination- they currently sit in 16th place, just six points above the relegation zone.

Fulham vs. Arsenal: Five Players to Watch

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This Saturday, 10th placed Fulham will host 4th placed Arsenal at Craven Cottage. The Gunners will be looking for maximum points against the home side as they currently sit one point behind Chelsea for third place and the subsequent direct qualification into the UEFA Champions League, though the Blues do have a game in hand.

Stoke City vs Manchester United Players to Watch at the Britannia

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Stoke City will host Premier League leaders Manchester United on Sunday at the Britannia Stadium in what should be a tough encounter for both sides involved. Stoke City are up against it with a powerful Red Devils side who will likely look to finish their 2012/13 campaign on a high note.

Can Malaga Hold Their Own Against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League?

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After a come from behind triumph over FC Porto in the previous round of the Champions League, Spanish side Malaga will face yet another tough task of taking down Borussia Dortmund. Over the past few seasons, Dortmund have made a real case of being one of the most threatening sides both in the Bundesliga and this season's Champions League competition.

Everton vs. Manchester City: Players to Watch in Saturday’s EPL Match

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Everton will host second place Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday. Both teams had good starts to the season, with Everton occupying a spot in the top four early on this campaign. Manchester City have consistently lagged behind league leaders and eternal rivals Manchester United.

Galatasaray vs. FC Schalke 04: Players to Watch in Champions League Round of 16 Clash at Veltins-Arena

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On Tuesday, Champions League action resumesas Turkish giants Galatasaray travel to Veltins-Arena to take on a resurgent FC Schalke 04. The Germans tallied a crucial away goal in the first-leg and will look to build off their success, hoping that new signings Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder produce a few memorable moments.

West Brom vs. Swansea City: Players to Watch

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The 29th round of fixtures in the Premier League is set to begin Saturday and West Brom and Swansea City see themselves level on points, with Swansea sitting one spot ahead in eighth on goal difference. Both clubs have been rather impressive this season and Saturday's match at The Hawthorns should be especially heated given that the two clubs are so close in the standings.

Arsenal vs. West Ham United: Players to Watch for Encounter at the Emirates

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On Wednesday, Arsenal host struggling West Ham United in the Premier League's only mid-week match.

The previous six meetings between the two London sides have largely favored the Gunners, who have won five of the six contents and drawn the other.

Chelsea vs Southampton: Key Players to Watch in Stamford Bridge Encounter

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On Wednesday, Chelsea will play a rescheduled match against Southampton after the initial match was postponed because of the Londoners participation in the Club World Cup.

Chelsea are fourteen points off the pace set by league leaders Manchester United and despite having a game in hand, the odds that they'll pass the Red Devils are very slim.

England

Aston Villa vs. Arsenal: Players to Watch for in the Battle at Villa Park

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Arsenal are on the road this week as they face a struggling Aston Villa side at Villa Park.

Villa are currently riding at the top of the relegation zone, with only nine points from twelve games this season. Arsenal, meanwhile, are fighting their way back to the top after having rough few weeks not too long ago, sitting in sixth place behind an outstanding Everton squad and an overachieving West Brom side.

Chelsea vs. Liverpool: Players to Watch in Stamford Bridge Showdown

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Two of England's most famous clubs square off Sunday as 12th place Liverpool visits Stamford Bridge to face 2nd place Chelsea. While the two clubs have seen very different results this season, their meeting always produces fireworks.

West Ham United vs Manchester City: Players to Watch at Upton Park

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Manchester City will travel to Upton Park Saturday to face a surprising 9th place West Ham United squad. With Manchester City tied on points with cross-town rival Manchester United, the Sky Blues will look to stay near the top of the table as they take on a scrappy West Ham side who have played exceptionally well at home this season.

Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund: Players to Watch in Champions League Clash

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The City of Manchester will be playing host to a hotly-contested match this Wednesday between two league champions. German guests and Bundesliga champions, Borussia Dortmund, will be looking to capitalize on their massive 5-0 win over league foes, BorussiaMönchengladbach, from the weekend.

Top 21 players to watch at the European Under 21 Championships

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With the European Under 21 Championships getting under way in Denmark on Saturday, OTP gives you a rundown of some of the names to watch out for. 1. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) Unlike their English counterparts, the young Swiss stars of the 2-2 draw between England and Switzerland will play in the tournament.

Arsenal

Arsenal vs Schalke 04: Players to Watch in Champions League Group B Clash

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Coming off a disappointing loss at Old Trafford at the weekend, Arsenal will look to change their fortune as they visit Germany on Tuesday to face Schalke 04 in a crucial Champions League clash. While the Gunners currently sit 2nd in Group B with 6 points, Schalke 04 enjoys a spot atop the group. The two sides met not two weeks ago when the visiting Germans blanked the Gunner at the Emirates 2-0, marking the first time since 2003 that Arsenal conceded a home loss to a foreign visitor.

FIFA Names Its Players To Watch In 2009

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FIFA, ever one to throw the middle finger to convention (See: World Cup 2010), has named their players to watch in 2009 and done so by listing 13 players, clearly damning them all to a year of unfortunate suckitude. It is, as one would expect, mostly a bunch of young prodigies and players on the cusp [.

Classic Moments: Theo Walcott's debut for Southampton, aged 16 years and 143 days

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Even on this YouTube video, you can hear the oohs and aahs of anticipation from the Southampton fans every time Walcott gets the ball. His feet were clearly faster than his brain, but Arsene Wenger is seeing to it that Walcott turns into a talent England can be proud of.

English Premier League

EPL Players to Watch Out For 2011/12

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What do Javier Hernandez, Scott Parker and Andy Carroll have in common? They were all players we named as players to watch in the EPL last season! Again, we take a look at upcoming stars and several players who we expect to shine in the season ahead.

EPL Players to Watch Out For 2010/11

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Javier Hernandez Manchester United
Alex Ferguson looks set to give the young Mexican a valid chance to prove himself in in the first team this season. Having scored against EPL Champions Chelsea and World Cup Champions Spain in the last week, it seems that he might just bring a different dimension to the Man Utd attack!

Championship

Help save the career (and the life) of Watford's Al Bangura, who faces deportation back to Sierra Leone

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Watford midfielder Al Bangura faces deportation back to his native Sierra Leone after losing his case to stay in the UK at an Asylum and Immigration Tribunal hearing earlier this week. Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd said: 'We have one young man here [he's 19] who pays his taxes, has a fiancée and a newborn son and somebody, somewhere, thinks it's a good decision to send him back to Sierra Leone.

Future Football Star: John Bostock (Crystal Palace)

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Neil Warnock wants to build his Palace team around a 15-year-old midfielder. The prodigy's name is John Bostock. You may have heard of him – the hype wagon is already rolling. Bostock, who hails from Camberwell, made his Palace debut last month against Cardiff, aged 15 years and 289 days.

Funny old game

One to Watch: Chris Gunter (the Cardiff City full-back being shielded from peer pressure by Paul Parker)

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OK, OK we'll come clean. Although we are sure Chris Gunter is a very talented kid, this is more of a dig at Paul Parker than anything else. The ex-Manchester United and England full-back told FourFourTwo Gunter was: "Already being touted as a right-sided Gareth Bale and although that's a lot of pressure to put on an 18 year old, the potential is there for all to see.

Alfonso Alves scores seven goals in a match for Heerenveen vs Heracles. Now with video

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Brazilian striker Alfonso Alves, a reported target for Man Utd and several other Prem clubs, just added a nought or two to his value by scoring SEVEN goals for Heerenveen against SE Heracles this weekend – for the record, Heerenveen won the game 9-0: What's the proper name for a double hat-trick plus one? I don't know, but it's pretty damn rare for a player to score seven goals in one match, especially in one of Europe's main leagues.

The Rest

Player to watch: Keegan Rosenberry

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After a disappointing season, what does the offseason and 2018 hold for Keegan Rosenberry?

Player of the weekend: Elano Blumer, Manchester City

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Who predicted that the most successful transfer of the summer would involve Shakhtar Donetsk and Man City? Not me, for one. But this Sven chap clearly knows his stuff – signing playmaker Elano Blumer has been a masterstroke. The Brazilian put in yet another man-of-the-match performance, in City's 3-1 stroll against Middlesbrough yesterday.

Players To Watch: Cristian Mora & Tony Angelicchia

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Wow, what a player at 7! Cristian can really put it in the back of the net. Now, I don't know if Nike actually developed this or if Yamil, Cristian's father edited this? Regardless, the kid has madd skills and needs to be in a development academy somewhere. Watch his footwork in tight spaces - it's beautiful and amazing that at this age he thinks and acts with such technically precision.