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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher Pick Their Teams of the Premier League Season So Far [VIDEO]

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On this week's episode of Monday Night Football, Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher picked their Premier League team of the 2013/14 season so far.

Surprisingly, both pundits agreed on most of their selections. But the former Liverpool and Manchester United defenders disagreed on a few key players particularly in midfield, goalkeeper and defense.

New Markets Are Challenging MLS Appeal For Europe’s Name Players

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In the beginning, MLS was a little league that merited little notice internationally. Â On occasion an all star went overseas and their previous career was noted by pundits, but MLS itself was paid little heed by the Sky Sports of ...

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Transfer Deadline Day Will Be As Exciting As Ever

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Transfer Deadline Day Will Be As Exciting As Ever - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If there's anything that reflects what's good and bad about modern football, on and off the pitch, it's the last day of the transfer window.

Twice a year, on the last day of August and January, we see many of the worst things in football today.

Transfer Deadline Day Will Be As Exciting As Ever

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Transfer Deadline Day Will Be As Exciting As Ever - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If there's anything that reflects what's good and bad about modern football, on and off the pitch, it's the last day of the transfer window.

Twice a year, on the last day of August and January, we see many of the worst things in football today.

Arsenal

Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Man City and Chelsea fans join forces for #MoyesIn campaign

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Just hope Fergie doesn't come out of his retirement... #MoyesIn Carina Anders (@CarinaAnders) September 28, 2013 Following Manchester United's back-to-back Premier League defeats, it wasn't long before disgruntled United fans and various armchair pundits took to Twitter to call for the new manager to be given the chop.

Video: Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade Chamberlain claims Neymar’s shirt mid-match (Brazil 2-2 England)

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England goalscorer Alex Oxlade Chamberlain came in for some minor criticism during the 2-2 draw with Brazil after being spotted staking a claim for Neymar's shirt during the game. The Arsenal midfielder struck up a shirt-swap deal with Brazil's Barca-bound pin-up boy in the middle of the match. ITV pundits Gareth Southgate and, particularly, Roy [.

Arsenal fans must get behind Olivier Giroud! Show your support!

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Summer signing Oliver Giroud has had a bit of a rough time in the English Premier League so far, by both the fans and the pundits. His performances have deserved some criticism as he hasn't performed to his maximum, but every player takes time to adapt, its different for individual players. There's no doubt that [.

Transfer Merry-Go Round Continues at The Emirates

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The captain's armband at Arsenal is fast turning into the golden ticket to a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

A year after Cesc Fabregas stuck a dagger into all Gunners hearts, Robin Van Persie has now decided to jump ship and join fierce rivals Manchester United for £24 Million pounds.

Arsenal linked with a bid for another Celtic star

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As Arsenal finally secured the signing of Santi Cazorla from Malaga yesterday, many pundits have been predicting that Wenger's next target is Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid or the Celtic defender/midfielder Victor Wanyama, but today it has been revealed by the Daily Mail that the Chief Arsenal scout Steve Rowley is recommending that Wenger moves [.

Deja vu, all over again

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We've been here before, haven't we? Too many times. Star player...club captain...one-man team...selling club. The words have lost all meaning.

Though I have been toughened up by so many recent experiences (or perhaps simly grown numb to the modern running of Arsenal FC) I have to, as ever, express my disappointment at Arsene Wenger and the board for allowing this to happen; to keep happening.

RVP: Time to come clean over Arsenal future

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It's the question STILL on every Arsenal fan's lips as the summer drags on: Will Robin Van Persie stay with the Gunners? I have always thought he will commit to a new deal at the Emirates and I feel slightly more confident in that belief having perused Arsene Wenger's latest assessment of the Dutchman and his contribution to Holland's failed Euro2012 challenge.

M’Vila finally admits Arsenal interest

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The Rennes defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila has been the subject of many Arsenal rumours this summer, with many pundits certain that M'Vila will be Arsenal's third signing of the transfer window after Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud. But up until now the French international has refused to discuss the fact that he could be on [.

Euro 2012

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher confirms his next move

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Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher will join Sky Sports from the start of next season. The veteran defender had previously announced that he would retire at the end of the current campaign, although the rumour mill had suggested he was thinking of performing a U-turn and staying on for one more season.

Can Santi bring Arsenal the presents they crave?

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Latest sport news networks have quoted Santi Cazorla as believing he can help his new club Arsenal finally win some silverware again after becoming the club's latest high-profile summer signing.

The Spaniard is certainly the calibre of player Arsene Wenger needed to add to his squad but does he now have enough quality and strength in depth to challenge the Manchester clubs and Chelsea for the Premier League title in 2012-13?

Oranje Crushed: Why did the Dutch fail at Euro 2012?

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By Jared Mercer

Along with Spain and Germany, the Dutch were pre-tournament favourites, but they went home with three losses out of three games and exit Euro 2012 along with the Irish as the only teams to have gained zero points for their efforts in Poland & Ukraine.

Behind The Scenes With ESPN’s Coverage Of Euro 2012 [VIDEO]

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Now that Euro 2012 is over, many of us in the United States will miss ESPN's excellent coverage of the tournament. Other than the opinions of the pundits who often polarize viewers (and so they should, since they have strong ...

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Despite Being on the Verge of Greatness, Spain is Easy to Root Against

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Back in Euro 2008, the style of play Spain engineered attracted awe and acclaim from pundits and fans all over the world. Their form of free-flowing passes was beautiful to watch as they broke down overwhelmed opponents. As Spain won ...

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Snapshot: The World Of American Sport According To Martin Keown…

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By Chris Wright

The world of Yank sport (according to Martin Keown)...

If you're sat there wondering what the hell is going on, it's a reference to this little humdinger a pure nugget of gilded Keown co-commentary from the Portugal-Czech Republic game t'other night.

Euro 2012: Lee Dixon Unimpressed When Alan Shearer Butts In On Match Of The Day (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

In the aftermath of England's 1-0 win against Ukraine at Euro 2012, Match of the Day's back-slapping, in-joking gaggle of pundits were analysing the Three Lions' lucky win when all of a sudden, Alan Shearer butts in when Lee Dixon is still speaking. Cue a rather pissed off response from the former Arsenal man (around 35 seconds).

WIGAN ATHLETIC SEASON REVIEW 2011/2012

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Pundits appear to agree that Wigan Athletic had a good season. Indeed, they had such a good season that Latics chief Roberto Martinez has become a pundit himself, sitting on sofas alongside Patrik Vieira and Roy Keane on ITV's Euro 2012 coverage.

The below word cloud was generated using all of Wigan Athletic's match reports from the BBC website from the 2011/2012 season.

Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Predictions: Cutting Eight Down to Four

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Seven out of eight is a pretty good run. Winning seven of eight games in any game, any league. Seven of eight rolls at the craps table. Seven of eight PKs scored. Seven hits in eight at-bats (that's baseball, folks). All in all, a pretty good run.

England's Best Hope What am I rambling about?

England fans reward Sol Campbell’s concern for their safety by making him a coffin

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Though there have been significant problems with violence and racism at Euro 2012 (mostly from the now eliminated Russian and Croatian fans), there hasn't exactly been the executions in the streets of Ukraine and Poland and that some foreign commentators seemed so afraid of. Former England defender Sol Campbell was one of those pundits warning against the worst case scenario in the days before the tournament, telling England fans to "stay at home, watch it on TV.

Euros get Tangoed

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One week in, and not much has been said about the football used at this summer's European Championships. While the Jabulani ball of the 2010 World Cup caused controversy for its balloon-like unpredictability, Euro 2012's Tango has been subtly performing to perfection in Ukraine and Poland.

Stunning strikes from Roman Pavlyuchenko, Samir Nasri, and Jakub Blaszczykowski have helped light up this summer's tournament, and, while the stars that hit them have drawn the headlines, credit must also be given to the ball.

English Premier League

The Premier League: the Bradley-est league in the world

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As we all know, the Premier League is the greatest league in the world. The evidence for this has been repeatedly put forward by a host of pundits who don't watch any other leagues by way of comparison. But OTP would like to add a little snippet to the pile of evidence. In which other [...]


Manchester United star Wayne Rooney admits he ‘puts on weight easily’

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Wayne Rooney has revealed how he battles against his weight to keep himself in shape for football. The England and Manchester United striker says he always puts on weight when he's not staying. Several pundits had suggested that Rooney didn't look fit in the opening matches of this season and was carrying a few extra [.

Frank Lampard

International Results: Celebrate Good Times. Come On!

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Frank Lampard scored two while Steven Gerrard was on the pitch on Friday night. According to most pundits, this was a physical impossibility a couple of years ago. No wonder he looks confused. Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe. How did you celebrate the international break? Jumpy claps? Piggy back racing?

Andre Villas-Boas Is Getting The Support He Needs At Tottenham

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Andre Villas-Boas Is Getting The Support He Needs At Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Thomas Jefferson once said "The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers". There must have been times where Andre Villas-Boas during his spell at Chelsea and now his time managing Tottenham was in danger of breaking his neck, so vehemently was he nodding to that quote.

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Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico

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Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite the pleasant moniker bestowed upon these contests by FIFA, international "friendlies" between the United States and Mexico are usually about as chummy as a night out with Drake and Chris Brown at a New York City night club.

Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico

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Despite the pleasant moniker bestowed upon these contests by FIFA, international "friendlies" between the United States and Mexico are usually about as chummy as a night out with Drake and Chris Brown at a New York City night club... meaning you're pretty much guaranteed to see more than the necessary share of testy exchanges and hostile attitudes.

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Timmy’s Season Preview

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Season previews always seem so half empty. Not because the writers are lazy (okay, some are) but because there's always that spectre of "well, shit can get real around the transfer deadline, so, here's some vague material that should be read skeptically. Enjoy!"

With that in mind, here's my preview.

Timmy’s Season Preview

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Season previews always seem so half empty. Not because the writers are lazy (okay, some are) but because there's always that spectre of "well, shit can get real around the transfer deadline, so, here's some vague material that should be read skeptically. Enjoy!"

With that in mind, here's my preview.

A View From The Armchair: Our Final Word On Euro 2012

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During a fine European Championship finals tournament which had its shocks, the revelation that BBC co-commentator Martin Keown once captained England was possibly the most disturbing shock of all. Keown had as bad a tournament as Ashley Young, a player labelled an "international natural" last month by.

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Video: Israeli cop’s two-footed tackle on pitch invader

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Tasked with getting a pitch invader off the field of play during a match between Maccabi Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem, this Israeli policeman might have opted for his truncheon, CS spray or any other number of options to detain the intruder. But he decided 'when in Rome...' and opted for the trusty two-footed tackle instead.

Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers Raps Alan Shearer Over Joe Allen Gibes

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By Alan Duffy

A fine footballer he surely was, but Alan Shearer remains one of the dullest pundits out there. Still entrenched in the game's old school, the former England man has come under fire from forward-thinking Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers over his criticism of Welsh midfielder Joe Allen.

Milan in crisis: Who is to blame?

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After what happenedin the summerallthe punditspredictedthat this was going to be afailedseasonfor Milan. SilvioBerlusconi andAdriano Galliani may have been talking up the team's chances, but, they were just repeating the samebroken record by suggesting that the Rossoneristill hadthe qualitiesto win titles.

Brawl bother down under

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Football Federation Australia today finds itself dealing with an altogether different headlines and an inquiry into an ugly brawl between Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix at Weston, while new A-League chief Damien de Bohun might have hoped for a gentler introduction to life in his new role.

There can be no condoning the nasty exchange that cleared both benches in front of 2,000 fans but a slap on the wrist is all that is required here.

SPL: One horse, week one

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The SPL is back. Games have been played, points have been won. Hibs fans have been depressed all over again.

Robbie Devine takes a look at the weekend:


Saturday August 4 2012 saw the start of a new experiment in world football, the kick off for a top tier championship in which the race for the runner-up spot is the main aim for the majority of sides rather than the mounting of a championship challenge.

Video Highlights: Beckham, Donovan, Keane Chop Down the Timbers 5-3

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David Beckham and Robbie Keane scored twice each, while Landon Donovan scored the other.

Beckham and Donovan assisted too. They each had an integral pass to accomodate Keane's goals.

The 'designated ones' put on a show at a raucous Portland stadium and for a national cable audience on NBC Sports Network.

Is Mitt Romney the 'Last Great White Hope'?

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The phrase 'Last Great White Hope' comes from boxing, first a play and then a movie.

It has been used repeatedly over the last few decades as a metaphor for white up and coming boxers who have the potential to pull off an upset and unseat the string of heavyweight black champions.

The Klitschko brothers from Ukraine have basically quieted many of these 'White Hope' references (though, some sports pundits are still waiting for the American white hope to win the heavyweight boxing crown).

Euro 2012: The Semi-Finals – Spain 0-0 Portugal (Spain Win 4-2 On Penalty Kicks)

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So it was all about Cristiano Ronaldo doing nothing. And I pilloried BBC commentators for fawning over him even while he was doing nothing, when they'd actually spotted the defining moment of Portugal's tournament. "Look at Ronaldo, just waiting for his opportunity" said Steve Wilson, midway through the stultifying second half against Spain.