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Brendan Rodgers In Despair

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Liverpool failed to fill the void left by Andy Carroll's departure because the club's owners refused to sanction a £7 million deal for the former Fulham player Clint Dempsey.
Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, spent transfer deadline day trying to convince his hierarchy of the need to secure the American international.

All’s Quiet in July Window for FC Dallas

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Maybe it wasn't all that surprising after all, considering that one of FC Dallas' bigger needs in recent history was a quality striker. Of course, FCD addressed that, at least partly, by the offseason signing of veteran Panamanian forward Blas Perez and when he's been on the field, "Super Raton" has been great.

Scottish Cup: Hibs head for the (Irish) hills

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Some consternation among the fourth estate as Hibs announce that their media open day ahead of the Scottish Cup final will be held in Ireland.

An away media open day.

With budgets being squeezed across the land, sports editors might be loathe to send journalists off on a Ryanair adventure.

US Men's National Team

Soccer Science: Thinking Outside the Box

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Its a busy time of the "summer", orange fans. I put sarcastic quotation marks around "summer" because I am starting my fourth week of school, without a shred of sympathy for grade school children bemoaning the end of their breaks. Also, I'm a bit scienced-out for the week, so I'm going to let Opta add the science to the beautiful game as long as everyone is cool with that.

Poetry Corner Kicks: An ode to the USMNT

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I have a new man-crush. Well, it's not really new, it's an old one that keeps coming back. It comes around the time of every USMNT game. Mr. Tim Howard, I salute you and your cat-reflexes. What a game, huh? I understand it was "just" a friendly, we got killed in the stats, and perhaps luck was on our side, but all that aside, the American side won.

World Cup

The 2012 Olympic Games: France & Japan Light Up Wembley

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There has been quite a lot written over the last few days on the subject of the Olympic Games and its various interactions with association football. A lot of this in particular the hand- wringing chip wrapper fodder about how the behaviour of competitors over last couple of weeks has somehow 'shamed' our national game but there is perhaps a grain of a point to be made about the different feeling that Olympic football has had about it in comparison with the standard, bread and butter that we usually imbibe to the point of intoxication.

PPL Park Awaits

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More than 14,000 tickets have been sold for the USA-China match at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. on May 27 (kickoff 7 p.m. ET) so if you haven't got your tickets yet, now might be a good time.

The home to the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer seats 18,500, so with a week to go until the match, the crowd should make for a fantastic atmosphere as the U.


TTU Season Preview 2012-13: A Change in Philosophy at Middlesbrough

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Having kicked off this year's season preview with a rather downbeat post on the state of affairs at Blackburn, we take a more positive turn today as former Smog Blog supremo Mike Baker assesses Middlesbrough's largely brand new squad. Typical. Until April 2012 I ran a small Middlesbrough blog, which was going well until boredom – both with what I was watching and events ‘off the field' – put paid to progress and I killed it.

Former Union Defender Joe Tait On Trial With Cambridge United

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After leaving the Philadelphia Union, Joe Tait traveled around Europe and attempted to find a new job. He spent time in Scandanavia after training with his boyhood club, Middlesbrough, but nothing came of either of those trips.

Now the former Hartlepool United defender has returned to his home country of England to attempt to resume his playing career.

English Premier League

Match Of The Past: Birmingham City

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We continue our series of historical videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship this morning with Birmingham City, and six matches from the years between 1975 and 2007. Our first match is a trip to Hillsborough for an FA Cup semi-final against Fulham in 1975, and our second match is from the following year, a trip to Filbert Street to play Leicester City in a league match from December 1976 which features a devastating performance from Kenny Burns.

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One of the most protracted deals in Spurs' recent history finally came to an end on Sunday as the club announced the signing of Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian defender joins us as the second signing under Andre Villas-Boas' reign and will complete the deal after a medical.

"I am very relieved," he said.

The Childlike Delusions of the Arsène Haters

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There is a strong current of opinion among some Arsenal supporters that our seven year winless streak is a disgrace.

The argument goes like this: "Arsenal are a big club. Big clubs win things. We haven't won anything for seven years. Therefore... our manager isn't good enough; our Board of Directors lack ambition; they're only interested in money.

Euro 2012: England, Interrupted

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For the last decade, the English national team has followed a comfortable and somewhat regular pattern. First, aside from 2008, qualify for an international soccer tournament. Second, assemble a roster of the EPL's top goalscorers. Third, optimistically (or naively or unreasonably) set the bar high.

Fernando Torres Hat Trick Video

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Fernando Torres netted a hat-trick for Chelsea in their 6-1 demolition against QPR, following up with his decisive goal in the Nou Camp to help Chelsea beat Barcelona and book their place in the Champions League final.

So, surely this means the old Torres is back? Not exactly, in my opinion.

Mancini To Give Balotelli A Second Chance

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Following United's shock defeat to Wigan on Wednesday night, City coach Roberto Mancini has said that he will include controversial striker Mario Balotelli will feature in the Premier League decider against United at the Etihad Stadium later on this month.

Mancini who had earlier stated that he would not play the forward again seems to have had a change of heart arising from Wednesday's loss.

Fulham 1-1 Chelsea: Somebody get me a stotch

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Christ that made for disturbing viewing. Somebody get me a glass of the good stuff, preferably of Laphroaig 27-year-old. This is going to be a long, rough evening.

On a binge

It's a safe bet that John Terry left Craven Cottage late Monday night wandering what the hell had just happened.


Van Persie statement the culmination of a chain of events

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Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you for all the comments and feedback on yesterday's piece on the Red and White letter, ostensibly sent to the board, but actually written for our 'benefit'. I realise that my opinion may be one that you wholeheartedly disagree with I wish to see Usmanov as far away from the club I love as possible, while many view him as a potential wind of positive change but the debate was a fascinating one.

Still a lot to play for on many fronts

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By Walter Broeckx

We are nearing the end of one of the strangest seasons in our recent history.

If ever the expression the season was like a rollercoaster [.

roberto di matteo

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TweetSome would say it is ironic that, in this most turbulent of seasons in Chelsea's recent history, Roman Abramovich's holy grail of winning the Champions League is finally realised. In Munich last Saturday, Roberto Di Matteo achieved what esteemed figures such as Jose Mourinho, Luis Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti could not.

The Bayern View: The Manager's worried.

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I want to use today to focus on Bayern Munich and the different clips and comments that have come out of their camp this week as we look to build up to Saturday's final. I will use comments from different people in separate posts to discuss them on here in detail as I am keen to get you, the football fan reading, your opinion.

Team News

Match Preview: Liverpool v. Chelsea, 05.05.12

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Liverpool make their third Wembley visit, this time to face Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. The clubs are more than familiar with one another, having played twice already and set for a fourth and final date at Anfield three days after they determine who'll be taking home the FA Cup Trophy. Neither side were overly impressive midweek in their respective losses, but recent history tells us that tomorrow's got the making of a fascinating and potentially volatile cup final.

Chelsea preview: time to respond, again

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Morning all and what better way to kick off your Saturday than a massive game of football?

Make no mistake, today's game is huge. Not just because of the opposition and the recent history we have with them, but because of our need for points in the race for a top four finish, and ideally a third place one.

The Rest


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The second uniform for FC BARCELONA for season 2013 - 2014 has been "leaked" as the below image highlights. For the first time in the Clubs 113 years founded by Swiss , English & local Spaniards, the Club takes literally its "recent history objetive" of representating the "Region of Catalunya". The colours & print are the same as the "Senyera", the name given to the flag of Cataluña.

Champions League Preview: One of Pro Sport's Unlikeliest Battles, Metapan of El Salvador vs. the L.A. Galaxy

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This is the kind of match that only pro Soccer can host. A team representing one of the largest, most modern metro areas in the world, Los Angeles, takes on a team coming from a second-world country of a town of 19,000 people. Metapan of El Salvador would seem like a huge underdog, but they're not.

Metapan (is 30 miles outside of Santa Ana-which has a population of more than 200,000 and their own Soccer team) is a significant underdog, especially playing as a visiting team at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles on Thursday night, starting at 10pm Eastern on Fox Soccer.

Why Do Sounders Fans Distrust USSF?

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After the announcement that the US Open Cup Final rights were awarded to Sporting Kansas City over Seattle fans of the Sounders took to twitter to vent frustration. The lack of transparency, the claims that the bids were tied and USSF's general disinterest in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest fuelded the vitriol.

Benitez Keeping Low Profile after Suspension

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Jair Benitez has to rank as one of the more polarizing FC Dallas players not just this year but in recent history. While some Dallas supporters love his pace and ability to get up and down the left flank at will, an aptitude which comes in handy with the club being coached by someone who likes to see his fullbacks get involved in the attack, others lament his being out of position, hotheadedness and general bonehead plays

Conmebol World Cup qualifying resumes this weekend

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The fifth round of Conmebol World Cup qualifying is set to take place this weekend, and Leo Messi and Argentina are hoping this is the round where they claim first place in the standings.

Argentina will look to overtake Uruguay in the table this weekend, but the albiceleste will need a result at home against Ecuador in arguably the biggest match of the fifth round of Conmebol World Cup qualifying.

Let van Persie leave with our blessing

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Dare I utter the blasphemous words? Has it come to this? Very well, here goes: It's time to allow Robin van Persie to leave the Arsenal for pastures new. And we, the Arsenal masses, should wish him a fond farewell with our blessing.

Before you denounce me with venomous bile, let me clarify my position: I want RVP, our goal-scoring talisman who has spearheaded our ascent to third in the Premier League with his haul of goals, to stay at the Emirates.

Darlington FC: Saved, But At A Price

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As has happened before in the recent history of the club, the battle to save Darlington FC went to the wire. Another deadline was hanging over the club this week with the a threat of liquidation waiting on the other side of it, but yesterday afternoon it was confirmed that the Darlington 1883Â group, which has been battling to keep the club alive in this incarnation since the beginning to the year.


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Fun Fact: The Sub In This Ad Shares Many Features With RBNY's Tyler RuthvenBack safe and sound in the crystal clear waters of the mighty Passaic River, SUB WATCH returns for Week 6 as the New York Red Bulls take on the San Jose Earthquakes' stingy D and their star striker Chris Wondolowski.