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Manchester United

Samuel Eto’o claims Chelsea and Man Utd are both interested in him

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Former Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o claims that Manchester United want to sign him. Like all of Anzhi's players, the Cameroon international finds himself on the transfer list at the Russian club. He has already made it clear that he would love a reunion with Jose Mourinho, under whom he won the Champions League at Inter [.

Ronaldo Says Its Not About The Money, But It Is

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at suggestions his recent declaration that he was unhappy at Real Madrid was part of a ploy to earn a lucrative new contract.

After the game on Sunday Ronaldo said:

'I'm sad when I don't celebrate goals it's because I'm not happy.

Liverpool finally work out how to nip a crisis in the bud (just a shame it had to take so long)

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Since we have been critical of Liverpool's handling of the Luis Suarez/Patrice Evra racism row (here, here and here), it makes sense to also point that they have eventually worked out the sort of response these situations require. The club, Kenny Dalglish and Luis Suarez all issued apologies for events at Old Trafford on Saturday, [.

Tottenham Hotspur

Ben Arfa Injury A Ruse – Magpies To Field Strong Side In Athens

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We were shocked when Ben Arfa made the starting line up yesterday, although very happy too, but it seems it was a deliberate ploy by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew to catch Spurs off-guard, and of course Ben Arfa was ultimately the match winner for Newcastle yesterday, Â with an excellent performance out on the wing.

Is Gylfi Sigurdsson really going to snub Liverpool for manager-less Spurs?

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Sigurdsson had looked set to join the reds following a successful loan spell under Rodgers at Swansea last season.

However reports in Germany claim a deal has been agreed between Hoffenheim and Tottenham for a fee around 10m euros.

BBC Sport journalist Ben Smith wrote on twitter this morning "Hoffenheim had an agent in England yesterday, he flew back to Germany pm.

Video: Morten Gamst Pedersen falls victim to some inappropriate touching (Tottenham 2-0 Blackburn)

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Rory Delap can consider himself very lucky that this tactic hasn't been adopted by teams up and down the country. Tottenham quelled the threat posed by Morten Gamst Pedersen's long throw during today's match against Blackburn by getting their fans to touch his backside during his run-up. The statistics for Blackburn's shots on goal suggest [.

Any future in the wing back system?

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Tottenham's ploy of playing two wing backs in the 0-0 draw on Sunday was negated somewhat by the state of the Stevenage pitch but could this be a useful formation for Harry to consider in the future?

It marked an odd departure for a squad that seems to play 4-5-1 whenever Rafael van der Vaart is fit and 4-4-2 otherwise and it may have been influenced by the injury to BAE.

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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Arsenal fan on Van Persie, 8-2 and backing Wenger

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It's been a while since Arsenal mounted a serious title challenge and their fans have become increasingly frustrated at Arsene Wenger's seeming refusal to be competitive in the transfer market. This summer, at long last, Arsenal have been splashing the cash, but it looks as though as it may be too late to convince captain Robin van Persie that the club is ambitious enough to win trophies.

Source: Backroom Finger Pointing As Chivas USA, Union Blame Each Other For Uncompleted Califf Trade

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The Danny Califf trade saga has not yet come to a close, which has caused a backroom war of finger pointing between the Philadelphia Union and Chivas USA.

A source told the Brotherly Game that the deal was no longer official, as the two sides were blaming one another for the reasons why the team had stalled.

English Premier League

Stoke City Break Exciting New Ground, Become First Club To Use Two Rows Of Advertising Boards

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By Chris Wright

Like this, only... better!

Stoke City have pioneered their way to a few footballing firsts of late; famously becoming the first side to openly field a gibbon in their first team a few years back and, in the process, also finding themselves ahead of the curve by providing said gibbon with a cutting-edge smock to wipe his balls off on.

Ji Sung Park to join QPR

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In what could be a briliant piece of business by QPR manager Mark Hughes, it looks as if Man United´s Ji Sung Park will be heading to the London team in their quest to push up the Premier League table come the 2012/2013 season.

Park has been a very faithful servant of United, featuring in many of their big games, putting in some ever reliable performances.

Plan Needs To Go On Regardless

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Anyone remember me?

Hello and I hope you're having a good start to the week. I haven't missed anything these past 2 days, have I? Yeah, I know West Ham and Fat Sam are back in the Premier League. Was there anything else that happened?

Fine. We can't hide for it forever but you won't find me congratulating Chelsea for picking up the Champions League trophy.

Top 10 players you forgot joined the Premier League last summer

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With the Premier League season drawing to a close, OTP reflects on the players who were ready to set the Premier League alight last summer... but have hardly been seen since. 1. Park Chu-Young (Arsenal) Park's summer transfer looks increasingly like a marketing ploy on the evidence of his first season at the Emirates Stadium.

Top 10 players you forgot joined the Premier League last summer

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With the Premier League season drawing to a close, OTP reflects on the players who were ready to set the Premier League alight last summer... but have hardly been seen since. 1. Park Chu-Young (Arsenal) Park's summer transfer looks increasingly like a marketing ploy on the evidence of his first season at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal

Robin Van Persie might have overplayed his hand

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So RVP apparently slunk back to training camp on the first day, two weeks after dropping that bombshell where he refused to sign a new contract citing differences with the club's future ambitions. Now, he wants to resolve his future at the club as soon as possible over a future meeting. No date has been set.

Van Persie running out of serious options

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Although Arsenal and Robin Van Persie have got a pact not to speak about his future in public this summer, it is looking to me that this is just a ploy to wind up the Arsenal fans for the duration of the transfer window! The Dutchman has been variously linked with Juventus (can't beat Arsenal's [...]

I Can't See This Lukas Podolski Story Being True

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There are 'reports' coming from Germany that Lukas Podolski has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and will join in the summer.
A German newspaper called Bild revealed the story but I don't know if this paper is Germany's equivalent of The Sun so I'd take the story with a pinch of salt at the moment.

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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 Day 5 & 6: RvP, Bendtner Score in Lost Causes; Rosicky Injured; Arshavin inconsistent

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Games from Group B have been a pleasure to watch. It's a shame two of these teams will go out.

Denmark's battle with Portugal was probably the most entertaining game of the tournament and even the technical quality wasn't too far from the level that Italy and Spain have demonstrated. The Selecção took the lead through a set-piece and doubled it before half-time through a well-worked goal by Postiga.

FC Sion’s Geoffrey Serey Slaps Lausanne Ballboy Across Face (Video)

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By Chris Wright

FC Sion midfielder Geoffrey Serey Die is in a whole heap of scheisse after being caught on camera slapping one of the Lausanne ballboys across the face after his side's 2-0 defeat last night...

Lausanne striker Steven Lang (who we think is the chap on the touchline that comforts the child after the slap) gave his account of the incident to Blick:

"Serey has gone to the ball boy and he said something that I can not repeat.

The Rest

Jose Mourinho dons Chelsea shirt for #The2ndComing billboard

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Jose Mourinho has been seen wearing a Chelsea shirt on the streets of London as part of a PR stunt. The Special One appeared in a Blues kit on a digital billboard in Kensington, accompanied by the hashtag slogan #The2ndComing. But the image was just a publicity ploy by the company that owned the billboard.

Great News – Vurnon Anita Having Medical At Newcastle

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I just got back from taking my daughter into Raleigh, and that ploy seems to have worked as intended (laugh),  because the reports are that Vurnon is now having his medical on Tyneside, so we should have an announcement shortly that he has signed for Newcastle United that's great news. Vurnon Anita undergoing medical [.

Los Kickers

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Thankfully Pateadores don't call themselves that. Whenever I see jerseys plastered with an "El" or a "Los" preceding the team's American name, seriously lame vibes are received. I get that it's a marketing ploy, but it always feels forced and kind of cheap. As I said though, the jerseys are not made for me and I am quite capable of getting over it.

FIFA Blocks American Political Advertising; Top 5 Nicknames for a Mitt Romney Soccer Team

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There were so many directions to go with this story when it first broke a couple of days ago.

Originally, many looked at the use of presidential politics on sports uniforms as amusing or satirical, like a Wag the Dog type of funny.

A fourth-tier semi-pro Soccer team running around in 'Vote for Mitt' unis has its irony.

Germany prepare for Italy by watching Spider-Man in 3D

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In between actual training and Philipp Lahm's mole investigation, Germany took some time to watch the new film The Amazing Spider-Man in 3D. Now, this may have just been a ploy to get the players to wear 3D glasses and take their picture, but...yeah, that was probably it.

Here's a couple more.

Spain’s secret weapon: Fernando Torres, goalkeeper

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As this year's Champions League final showed yet again, goalkeepers can be the difference between winning and losing in a tournament like Euro 12. And by reading far too much into pictures taken during Spain's Wednesday training session, we can see that they are so desperate to retain the European championship that they are cultivating a secret weapon: Fernando Torres as goalkeeper.

Friendly: Italy v Russia Highlights

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Oh Italy, how you suck so badly lately... First the bribery/match fixing, the losing to the US 1-0 (or was that vice versa) and now heading into Euros you lose 3-0 to Russia? Wow. I hope this is just a ploy to make other teams think you are really bad, because you sure have me. Russia 3-0 Italy (Friendly) by goalsarena2012-3 Video: Daily Motion

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Pre-Euro Friendlies – Blanc plays down expectations – French public barely aware of summer tournament

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Loic Remy was declared unfit, and out of the French squad today.

France play the first of three pre-tournament friendlies against Iceland in Valenciennes on Sunday, followed by a couple more friendlies on home soil on Thursday, May 31st (Serbia) and Tuesday June 5th (Estonia).

Blanc is scheduled to announce his final 23-man squad on Tuesday, May 29th, according to some article I read.

Review: The NBA on TNT Overtime

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TNT Overtime has been providing live streams of NBA games throughout the 2011-12 season and it continues its coverage throughout the playoffs.

TNT Overtime has decided to give its live stream a completely different view than its regular version on its network television broadcast.

There are multiple camera angles shown on Overtime that are not shown on the regular broadcast.

Lyon will wear the first kit with a 3D design

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Someone at Adidas was desperate for an idea when an ad for Titanic 3D came on and so we have this: The world's first football shirt with a 3D design.

Lyon will be the club wearing it, but only people wearing 3D glasses will see the full effect of the shirt's design. This is either an elaborate ploy to get Lyon's opponents to wear disorienting 3D glasses or a very accommodating gesture to the one Lyon fan who wears 3D glasses and a colander on his head everywhere he goes so Carla Bruni can't extract his thoughts.

Luis Figo: Ludicrous Legwear

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Figo's poor distraction ploy was doomed from the start. Images:Â DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images.

Terrifying trousers on hot footballers is something we've had to get used to in our time, but Luis Figo has confounded us with his late, spectacular entry to the hall of shame. The former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Portugal international sported these spotty monstrosities whilst playing in the Abama Pro-Am Golf Tournament last week, and while golf trousers are notoriously heinous, we're positive that not even serial style offender Ian Poulter would have gone near these things with a nine-iron.