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South Africa

South African football icon Tovey ‘slightly improved’

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Johannesburg (AFP) South African football legend Neil Tovey was "slightly improved" Monday after suffering a heart attack the previous afternoon while training in Durban for a charity cycle race.

"Neil is slightly improved, but remains in a critical condition," said brother Mark, himself a former professional footballer.

South African football icon Tovey ‘slightly improved’

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Johannesburg (AFP) South African football legend Neil Tovey was "slightly improved" Monday after suffering a heart attack the previous afternoon while training in Durban for a charity cycle race.

"Neil is slightly improved, but remains in a critical condition," said brother Mark, himself a former professional footballer.

Atletico Madrid

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres on trying to combine being a footballer AND an economics student

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Fernando Torres has been discussing combining life as a professional footballer with studying for an economics degree. Apparently, it's not really feasible. The Chelsea striker tried to go to university while already a member of the Atletico Madrid first-team. He stuck at his degree for six months before deciding he had taken on too much.

Young Atletico Madrid player learns not to shop at the Real Madrid store

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There is a lot young footballers must learn, especially coming up at a big club in a big city like Atletico Madrid, but one lesson that should go without saying is not to shop in your local rival's club store. And if you do, just don't stop to take pictures while you're still inside it.

Highly touted 17-year-old Atletico Madrid midfielder Oliver Torres did both of those things when he stopped by the Santiago Bernabeu to buy a pair of boots at the Real Madrid shop days after making his first team debut for Atletico.

Manchester City

Manchester City new boy Jesus Navas scores the winning penalty (Spain vs Italy)

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New Manchester City signing Jesus Navas got the moment of glory by tucking away the winning penalty in last night Confederations Cup semi-final shootout between Spain and Italy. The spot-kicks had been a masterclass in penalty-taking until Italy's Bonucci skied his side's seventh kick over the bar. Former Sevilla player Navas converted the decisive penalty [.

He’s Fleetwood Back! Joey Barton Plays 45 Mins For League Two New-Boys Without Punching Anybody

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By Alan Duffy

Ahead of his 12-game suspension for acting the gobshite against Man City last season, philosopher, intellectual, puncher of things and professional footballer, Joey Barton, is keeping himself fit by training with Football League newcomers Fleetwood Town.

Carlos Tevez Caddies for Argentinian Golfer at British Open; Plus Today’s Other EPL News

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Carlos Tevez looks like he's enjoying being a caddie for the day at the British Open. If the Manchester City striker is having fun, then that's what matters. But personally, I think it's unbecoming of a professional footballer to be ...

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City ace calls for composure and humility

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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has emphasized the importance of composure and humility during the most successful period of his career, both with the team and individually.

Hart won his second consecutive Barclays Golden Glove award en route to City's thrilling title win earlier this month and the young stopper continues to hear praises after linking up with his international teammates during England's Euro 2012 training camp.

Pies’ Alternative Six-Man ‘Player Of The Year’ Shortlist

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By Chris Wright

As you may or may not have heard, the PFA got around to naming their six-man shortlist for the 2011/12 Players' Player of the Year award earlier this week; with Manchester City boasting a triumvirate of nominees in Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Joe Hart while goal-glutton Robin Van Persie and the ubiquitous names of Wayne Rooney and Scott Parker fill the latter three spaces on the ballot.

Italy

Juan Mata says Jose Mourinho is welcome at Chelsea

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Chelsea star Juan Mata says Jose Mourinho would be welcome at the club because he is one of the best managers. Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and is widely expected to return to Stamford Bridge. Mata said: "Well, obviously Jose is one of the best. He won everything in [...]

Robert Feczesin & Regina Dukai: A+ For Effort

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Robert Feczesin is a Hungarian professional footballer currently playing for Brescia Calcio in Italy's Serie B league. This would not usually qualify him for coverage on our selective site, but Robert has a secret weapon or two worth mentioning.

First up, he has a hot girlfriend by the name of Regina Dukai, and he's not afraid to pose with her at Champions League quarter-final ties to gain more exposure.

5 reasons why football needs Antonio Cassano

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5 reasons why football needs Antonio Cassano is a post from: Just Football

Football has had some difficult and distressing issues to deal with recently, from Villa Park to Somalia to White Hart Lane, but there was at least some encouraging news this week after it emerged that AC Milan striker and everyone's favourite croissant eater Antonio Cassano has been given the all-clear to resume playing football.

Arsenal

Arsenal’s £80,000-a-week Andrey Arshavin loves his McDonald’s discount vouchers

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Dining in swanky over-priced restaurants seems a natural by-product of having a grotesquely large disposable income. But true to his delightfully unconventional nature, Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin bucks this trend quite dramatically. According to McDonald's workers in the Hampstead branch of the ‘restaurant' chain, the diminutive Russian is a regular.

Mertesacker, Podolski & Sagna Do The ‘Malta Guinness Low Sugar Workout’ Dance (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Oh, to be a professional footballer...

Slick, but hardly Per's finest moves...

(Video and GIF via @arseblog)

The 200% Pre-Season Previews – Arsenal

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Welcome to the first of our annual pre-season previews, this year starting with the Premier League and therefore, Arsenal. For those of you stopping by for the first time, there'll be no in-depth tactical analysis here, and no hard and fast predictions for how teams will do over the next nine months.

Holding Out For A Brighter Future

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Any chance there's a monster of a player waiting to come out?

Still pissed over the RvP thing? Yeah, well so am I. But if you're on any social network, this topic probably has been discussed to the death and all points exhausted. Thus I'm not going to touch it on here. Whatever happens, happens.

Is Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner running out of money???

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So you have a professional footballer that plays for Arsenal (or Sunderland if you prefer) in the Premier League, and is rumoured to be earning at least 50,000 GBP every single week of his professional life, but is he a bit short of extra cash? It would seem so, because the Danish international has obviously [.

Gunners starlet inspired by Spain’s finest

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did not look as though he would be given a schoolboy contract by Southampton because he was told that he was too small for the game.

A year later, when he was 15, he was looking around sixth-form colleges to consider what career he might pursue if he could not become a professional footballer.

Freddie Ljungberg Pays The Price Of Bikini Fame

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Freddie's lived the dreams of every professional footballer. Well, he got to play for Arsenal for a long time anyway what follows thereafter is a world tour of twilight and glancing eyes on catwalks.

But still, the man got to be a Calvin Klein model, ascending to a plateau well below Becks levels of fame, but notoriety well beyond his playing level.

Footballers, injuries and the strangest rehabilitation methods

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Footballers, injuries and the strangest rehabilitation methods - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For a professional footballer there is nothing worse than being injured, but with the physical nature of the sport, injuries are always going to happen. Despite the modern day footballer honing his body to become a complete athlete, knocks, niggles and ailments can take their toll.

Robin van Persie Named PFA Player of The Year; Kyle Walker Wins Young Player of the Year Award

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Robin van Persie has been named PFA Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season by the Professional Footballer's Association. The Dutch striker has scored 27 goals in the Premier League this season, playing a key role in keeping Arsenal ...

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Talking about diving is overrated

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Note: This piece first appeared on Set Piece Goal

Just out of curiosity I opened Google and typed "Cristiano Ronaldo is a" to see what results the search engine would give. Needless to say, it completed the sentence by suggesting the words "cheat" or "prick". Google suggested the same for Ashley Young, Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry et.

Arsenal ‘Keeper Wojciech Szczesny Picks Up Tab For Children’s Party In North London Restaurant

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By Alan Duffy


The likes of John Terry, Nile Ranger and well, many many more eejits haven't done much for the image of the professional footballer in recent months. However, Arsenal's Polish goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczeny, showed a rather better side of his profession recently in a north London restaurant.

New England Revolution

Musket Rounds: Revs vs. Fire, USMNT, Feilhaber, Alston, And More

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I'm at work and I'm running short on time, so no filler to be had here.

Revolution Links

Feilhaber Finds His Form - New England Soccer Today
Benny Feilhaber collected his first goal and assist in Saturday's win over Chicago. Julian Cardillo talked to Benny and to Jay Heaps about how important getting on the scoresheet was for the creative midfielder.

Angulo, Arteaga among four trialists signed by Red Bulls

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

The New York Red Bulls put the finishing touches on their roster ahead of this Sunday's season opener against FC Dallas, adding four trialists to the first team.

Jose Angulo, Jhonny Arteaga, Brandon Barklage and Tyler Ruthven were all signed to MLS contracts after impressing the team during pre-season.

Bolton Wanderers

On Mortality And Football

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The culture of association football is sometimes best regarded as a blank canvas onto which we can project just about any value system. Over the years, it has come to take on its own ecosystem as a world of its own. It has clearly defined seasons, its own judiciary which mirrors but seldom matches that of the outside world and it demands its own autonomy, free from what it haughtily describes as "outside interference.

Fabrice Muamba

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Shortly before 6.15 yesterday evening, White Hart Lane began to fall silent. As the possible scale of what had happened started to disseminate, first around the ground itself and then out, through cathode ray tubes and broadband connections, a respectful hush descended over English football. The FA Cup took last place last night, as our thoughts turned to the stricken player and his family.

Call Yourself A Professional Footballer?

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Much hype recently about the 'power of social media' with an online clip about an African warlord going viral and many middle class liberals wringing their hands as much at the 'power' they think they now have as the crimes of that particularly despicable; by the way he was not an unknown, anyone who keeps up with current affairs would have been familiar with his evil story.

Fabrice Muamba “Critically Ill” In Hospital After Collapsing On Pitch At White Hart Lane

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By Alan Duffy

Democratic Republic of Congo-born England U21 midfielder Fabrice Muamba remains critically ill in hospital tonight after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack on the pitch in the first half of Bolton's FA Cup clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane (which was abandoned by referee Howard Webb).

The Rest

Depressing Snapshot: Zlatan Shakes Hands With 16-Year-Old Infant Who Also Happens To Be Professional Footballer…

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By Chris Wright

You could be mistaken for thinking he was making his way down the line of mascots, but here's Zlatan shaking hands with 16-year-old... we'll let that sink in for a moment... Alen Halilovic, who made his Champions League debut for Dinamo Zagreb last night despite being little more than a mop-topped foetus.

Adriano Ditches Flamengo Training, Found Drinking In Dangerous Rio De Janeiro Favela (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

What if we told you one of these men is a professional footballer?

There's a strangely inevitable air to this, but the big news of the day down Brazil-way is that, having not turned up at a Flamengo training session just 13 days into his latest stint at his boyhood club, new signing Adriano (remember him?

New Season, New Mungo: S05E01

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It is that time again. The story of Mungo McCrackas and his time with Heart of Clackmannanshire and Primrose Hill Ramblers is too convoluted to go into here (the full Mungo archive can be seen here), but we are delighted to confirm that the worst professional footballer in the world is back for a fifth series, kicking off this morning on 200%.

[Feature] "I fell in love with the CTR 360 Maestri III" Baihakki

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(The entry is formulated from the transcript obtained via Integrated Marketing Solutions Group - IMSG, the PR agency of Nike Singapore)

(P.S: The copyrights of the images depicted in this blog entry belong to Nike, unless stated on the images itself.)

Baihakki (in bib) wearing CTR360 Maestri III"I fell in love with the CTR 360 Maestri III the moment they first launched it.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto Makes Surprise Visit To Pub, Drinks Little Pink Cocktails, Beats All Comers At Table Football

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By Chris Wright

Despite spending the best part of the week holed up in bed with the dreaded lurgy, Benoit Assou-Ekotto dragged himself from his pit on Saturday night, wandered into an East London pub, ordered himself a little pink cocktail and then completely obliterated all comers over on the table football.

St. Pauli, still splattering with creativity… ‘Tis...

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St. Pauli, still splattering with creativity...

‘Tis the season of the kit launch. The big clubs are all trying to outdo one another, but if there is anything I have learned, it's that no matter what the Chelseas and Real Madrids do to promote their new design, St. Pauli will still come out looking like champions.

The Kagawa Kid – Facts and Videos You Won’t Have Seen

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1. Shinji Kagawa 香川真司 means "true ruler" in Japanese.
2. He was born in Kobe on March 17th and turns 24-years-old this season.
3. He will be the 11th smallest player in the Premier League, two inches taller than Shaun Wright-Phillips, one inch taller than Jermaine Defoe and the same height as Juan Mata.

Getting An Early Foot In The Game

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Watch out for those maternal areas. (And any men current in the throes of a sympathetic pregnancy.)

Vadim Evseev is a longtime Russian footballer, stepping down this weekend at the ripe old age of 36. During his testimonial match, he was replaced by a 5 year old, quite thrilled to be partaking in the match, as evidenced by his stomping around upon entering the pitch.

London 2012: Should it be higher on a footballer’s priority list?

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With an exciting end to the Premier League campaign, the Champions League last four and the upcoming Euro 2012 championships in Poland and Ukraine this summer, football fans can be forgiven for forgetting about the Olympic Games and football's involvement at the London event.

Attitudes in football to the Olympics are in stark contrast to how modern sports in general perceive the Olympics.

The Monday Profile: Joe Mason

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[U]nless some misguided King is willing to pay your club say, £35m for the inconvenience, then losing an upwardly mobile, home-grown striker would usually trigger outrage amongst supporters. Yet, when Plymouth Argyle flogged 20 year-old Joe Mason to Cardiff for a cut-price £250,000 last summer, there was hardly a murmur from Devonians worldwide.

Reds Won't Rush Sterling

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Kenny Dalglish is refusing to fast-track Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling into becoming a regular starter for the club.
Sterling, 17, made his debut in Saturday's defeat against Wigan as a late substitute and many fans at the club believe he should have already been introduced this term.
Dalglish has played fellow Academy graduates John Flanagan and Jack Robinson this term but he insists he will not fully unleash Sterling until he is physically ready.