Video: Arsenal training ahead of Nagoya Grampus match

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Arsenal held an open training session and coaching clinic ahead of their match against Arsene Wenger's old side Nagoya Grampus on Monday. The highlight of the video is undoubtedly Le Professeur showing off his teaching prowess by convincing a group of very excited Japanese kids to sit down and listen.

Video: David Beckham’s slippery free-kick FAIL

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As part of his ambassadorial trip to China, David Beckham illustrated why he recommends taking free-kicks in football boots rather than formal shoes. The PSG player fell over as he attempted to demonstrate his legendary prowess with a dead ball.

Manchester United

Usain Bolt thinks he has the qualities to play for Manchester United

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Usain Bolt has reasserted his belief that he is capable of playing for Manchester United but he fears Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement might have hurt his prospects of signing for the Premier League champions. The 100m world record holder has previously trained with United in 2009. And last year, he gave a come-and-get-me plea [.

Video: Manchester United’s Robin van Persie performs ball juggling for BT Sport

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It's hard to say exactly how BT Sport's television coverage of the Premier League will fare next season, but one thing is for sure: Manchester United's Robin van Persie will be part of the promotional package. The Dutchman took to Facebook yesterday to say he was "having fun at the BT Sport shoot" and attached [.

Utd undone by Fellaini

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Utd kicked off the new season against Everton last night with a 1-0 loss and a disappointing away performance. We entered the game with a good record, 8 wins out of the last 12 against Everton, but that mattered little as both sides got their campaigns up and running. Well Everton did anyway.

Man Utd star dreams of Euro 2012 final

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Nani believes that Portugal have all that it takes to win their next Euro 2012 match and secure progression to a dream final in Kiev on July 1.

A spirit Portuguese side, powered by the defense of Real Madrid defender Pepe and the attacking prowess of players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, defeated Group A winners Czech Republic 1-0 in the quarterfinals last night.

10 Excellent Photos Of George Best In His Ãœber Cool Pomp

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By Chris Wright

On this day in 1946, one George Best was born in Belfast and a footballing icon was bequeathed unto the world. Happy 66th George!

As seen here in these brilliant archive photos from his late 60s/early 70s pomp, the man defined footballing cool up until it all sadly caught up with and duly got the better of him in later life (click any image for the full-size version).

Sparky Returns as United Look to Continue Title March

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Another season, another second-half charge by Manchester United. United's prowess when it really matters has been proven time and again, and it looks to be another case of the same old, same old this season. United left it late against Blackburn, but the end result was a seventh straight league win and a five-point lead [.

New England Revolution

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Federico Higuain

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Few new signings, let alone Designated Players, have come into MLS and had the immediate impact along the lines of what Federico Higuain has had with the Columbus Crew.Â

Higuain netted three goals and four assists in four matches in his first month in MLS, leading the surging Crew to a 3-0-1 record in that time and making him a natural selection for SBI's MLS Player of the Month for August.

Revolution Player of the Month, July: Lee Nguyen

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The New England Revolution would be very happy if the entire month of July just evaporated into thin air. At this point, I think the Revs could use a do-over. After kicking the month off with a convincing 2-0 win over New York, the Revs didn't win another game (and still haven't), finishing July with a 1-3-1 record.

Jerry Watch London 2012: Bengtson, Honduras Through to Quarter-Finals

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One of the more popular questions after someone produces a standout performance is often times, "well, what will he do for an encore?". After a double in his first match against Morocco, and then scoring the only goal in the match that eliminated Spain, fans across the soccer universe were wondering what the newly-minted Revolution DP striker was going to do against Japan, in a match that Honduras needed a result in to go through.

Five Questions: Revolution at D.C. United

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Ryan Guy will be counted upon to keep Dwayne DeRosario off the scoresheet during Saturday's Revolution-United conference clash. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

Six weeks after D.C. handed them their only home loss of the season, the Revolution get the chance to avenge the 2-1 defeat Saturday at RFK Stadium.

English Premier League

Six Quick Thoughts on Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2

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Most of the main points from yesterday's game have already been covered, so here are five quick thoughts to chew on:

* The defence remains brilliant, and it's a team effort. Mertesacker made several impeccable interceptions, and continued to disprove the notion that you need huge amounts of pace to be a top defender in the Premier League.

Giroud. Who?

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Olivier Giroud (Wikipedia)

With the signing of Olivier Giroud, Arsenal can now claim to have three of the top international strikers in Europe on their books. Of course, that's simply 'for now,' as rumours continue to swirl around the long-term future of Robin van Persie.

But just who is Olivier Giroud?

Defender hails new Gunner’s versatility

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has told the club's supporters to closely observe new signing Lukas Podolski's defensive instincts, which are often overlooked due to focus on the Germany international's attacking prowess.

Mertesacker, who watched on as Podolski played an instrumental role in containing Arjen Robben on the flanks during Germany's 2-1 win over the Netherlands last night, has reminder the Gunners that they will benefit tremendously from Podolski's addition.

Andy Carroll: Help Us Help You

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Oh Andy. The sight of that pony flapping in backdraft of a successful header was one we thought we'd never see again. Image:Â Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.

Let's focus on Andy Carroll's celebration last night that occurred moments after he scored a last minute winner vs. Blackburn Rovers.


U.S. Women thump Costa Rica as Sundhage begins unofficial farewell tour

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The same day the news hit that Pia Sundhage was leaving her job as U.S. women's national team head coach, the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women played their first match since the Olympics and treated fans to a showcase of attacking prowess.

Previewing United States WNT

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United States

FIFA Ranking: 1 (as of July, 2012)
Coach: Pia Sundhage
Number of Olympics Appearances: The US has participated in every Olympics where women's soccer has been a sport (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012), with three gold medals (1996, 2004, 2008) and one silver medal (2000).

Thierry Henry

2012 MLS All-Star: Who’s The Hottest Of Them All?

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Image: Beckham aside, who's the best-looking MLS All-Star player, Kickettes? Is it classic Californian Dan Kennedy, wavy-haired Graham Zusi, steel-jawed Jay DeMerit, ab-tastic Heath Pearce, 2010 Cosmo bachelor Chris Pontius, bizarre fashion advisor Aurélien Collin or the perpetually-stylish Thierry Henry?

Leo Messi: The Unstoppable Vex Machine

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Any suggestions as to how opposition teams are going to stop Leo Messi from scoring? He bagged yet another hat-trick against Brazil in a friendly Saturday night, conjuring up GianLuca Vialli's jest about curtailing Thierry Henry's pitch prowess from years ago in our heads (as well as his famed mustached/bearded baby face).

FC Barcelona

Gunner: No issues with Ronaldo’s game

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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky does not see any major drawbacks with Cristiano Ronaldo's playing style and insists that any questions over the Portugal star's defensive work are dismissed by his incredible attacking prowess.

After Ronaldo's brace against the Netherlands on Sunday sent Portugal to the quarterfinals from a tough Group B, debate over his stature as a top footballer has been rampant.

Barca boss commends ‘favorites’ Chelsea

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Pep Guardiola believes that his Barcelona side has lost the tag of this year's UEFA Champions League favorites to Chelsea following their 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge Wednesday evening.

In his typically classy and humble style, Guardiola approached the post-match press conference in London last night with the approach that the current Barca side is strong enough to have no issues congratulating the opposition.

Mata, Torres & Luiz Go Through Pre-Barcelona Warm Up, Lark About With Tennis Ball Keepy Uppies (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Just Chelsea trio Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and David Luiz warming up for Barcelona's visit tonight by mucking around with a tennis ball at Cobham for FATV's Keepy Uppy challenge.

The boy Mata shows some serious prowess...

Video: FATV

Bayern skipper: Ronaldo is unstoppable

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Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm has admitted that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be stopped for the duration of an entire 90-minute match and hopes that his teammates can at least limit the damage that the Portuguese winger can cause.

Unlike Barcelona defender Dani Alves' disrespectful remarks towards Chelsea, there has been a lot of mutual respect exchanged between Real and Bayern players in the last 48 hours.

Champions League Semi-Final Preview: Chelsea Must Engage Barcelona In Demonic Anti-Football

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By Chris Wright

"Juan, does this smell of Marmite to you?"

We are on the eve of a biggy people, leaning and listing lazily toward Chelsea versus Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League tomorrow night; Chelsea are a quite good football team and Barca are quite good also, so the good news is that it should be a good match in theory.

Barca admit to Ibrahimovic fears

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Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol and manager Pep Guardiola have hailed the strength and physical superiority of AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Spanish champions prepare to host the Italian champions at Camp Nou tonight.

The mouth-watering Champions League quarterfinal clash between the two sides started with a goalless draw in the first leg played at the San Siro last week, with Milan widely praised for their ability to stop the Barca goal-scoring machine from appearing on the score-sheet.

Euro 2012

Euro 2012: Thomas Müller Primed To Start In Goal For Germany In Quarter-Finals? (Video)

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By Chris Wright

With Manuel Neuer playing more and more like renegade sweeper 'keeper Rene Higuita with every passing game at Euro 2012, it looks like Germany are preparing for the worst with Thomas Müller playing in goal at training yesterday, pitting his shot-stopping prowess against some of Die Mannschaft's most fearsome attacking entities Mats Hummels, Sami Khedira and Neuer himself.

Euro 2012: Dutch ball hoggers vs Portugese ball hoggers

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The Dutch have been the poorest shooting team in the Euros averaging almost 14 attempts off target per match. They managed to beat Russia and Aleksandr Kherzakov to second best by about 3 attempts. Against Denmark, the Dutch sprayed the ball all over the place like drunks taking a wiz.

Most of this scoring futility has been the result of leaving the ball at the feet of Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie.

Gerrard “really happy” with England start

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England skipper Steven Gerrard believes that carrying a point into today's Group D meeting with Sweden in Kiev is a start that he is very happy with, particularly since that point was earned against a very strong France side.

Criticism regarding England's second half attacking prowess against the French, or the lack thereof, has been widespread but Gerrard is adamant that the 1-1 draw was a point earned for the Three Lions.

The Rest

Balls of String: Stories to watch as Toronto FC plays out a lost season

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"Today's attendance is 19,575... thank you fans"Getting casual fans to watch TFC matches when times were good... well at least fun.... was a challenge. Now, as yet another season enters the "playing for next year" phase, even getting the most ardent supporters interested grows harder. For those of you who know they are addicted to this club and will be back next year despite 2012, finding a reason to watch a futile string of matches may be frustrating.

A Good (Great) Start For The Magpies On Saturday

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Demba Ba could't have made much of a better start to the season on Saturday, as he showed his prowess in the penalty area, with a wonderfully taken goal against Tottenham Hotspur that put Newcastle on the road to victory, which had looked unlikely in that first half. Demba Ba steering the ball home [.

The MLS Grinder: The Beautiful League

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Ed. note: As we continue to march through the crushing heat of mid-summer, I am continuing with my broad-themed Grinder series. After beginning with a look in on Wondo's goal-mouth prowess (did you see his set-up on Lenhart's tying goal this weekend?) and moving to Martin Rennie's shrewd tactical maneuvers last week, we move on to another biggie this week: the league's forever-morphing identity.

Sounders at Colorado Rapids - Gamethread

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After all the action off the pitch Friday it may be tempting to overlook a Saturday match at the Colorado Rapids. This Western Conference "six-pointer" could effectively limit the Rapids from Playoff contention while raising the Sounders above Vancouver after their loss. Nabbing the win will require a different order of goals than the Sounders typically score.

E.P. Wallops Clube Recordações 10-1

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East Providence's Kyle Teixeira (#17) breaks into the box against the Clube Recordações defense in Sunday's 10-1 rout.

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. Kyle Teixeira scored a season-high five goals to lead East Providence Sports to a walloping 10-1 win over Clube Recordações in LUSA League action on Sunday.

Dynamo roll into third place in East after beating Impact for third straight victory

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The Houston Dynamo winning at home is not a new development, but scoring goals with regularity sure is.

That is what the Dynamo are doing these days, and the latest example of Houston's new-found attacking prowess came on Saturday, as a pair of Mac Kandji goals propelled the Dynamo to a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Impact at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.

Philadelphians Abroad: Hertzog & Noone come up big

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With only one game taking place in the MLS over the past week, it seemed only right to turn our attention to the performance of Philadelphia-area players in this year's edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The third round of the U.S. Open Cup provided plenty of drama across the country, not the least of it involving local players.

Lukas aids Recovery?

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Lukas Podolski likely can't wait to pull on an Arsenal shirt.

His final game for FC Köln saw the team relegated, and his thank-you lap-of-honour was spoiled by scenes of unrest on the terraces. It was far from a fitting end to a career that had seen Podolski break into the Köln side at the tender age of 18, before returning to the club in 2009 after a three-year stint at Champions League finalists Bayern Munich.

Hagen sparks Bayern to German Cup

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Another big match, another big performance by Sarah Hagen (Appleton North/UW-Milwaukee).

Hagen scored the first goal and set up a late insurance goal, both thanks to her prowess in the air, as Bayern Munich surprised 1. FFC Frankfurt 2-0 on Saturday in Cologne to win the German Cup for the first time in the competition's 31-year history.

Liverpool v Everton: Battle Of The Merseyside Midfields

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Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton will contain a fascinating battle between two multi-talented midfields and the outcome is likely to rest on how well those players perform.