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Tottenham Hotspur

Dawson’s chance for squad redemption

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Michael Dawson has barely been a fringe figure on the peripheries of Tottenham's squad this season but the centre half looks set to make his first start against Carlisle this evening.

Proposed moves to Sunderland and QPR fell through as the August transfer deadline approached but similar rumours have already started to emerge.

Why Tottenham will NEVER finish above Arsenal

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Arsenal and Tottenham Big club mentality part 2 by KJ Arsenal have had one of the worst starts by their standards in footballing history by only achieving 7 points from the opening 7 games. It was dark times for Wenger. Many of the ficklest fans wanted Wenger out. There was no meaningful redemption for [.

English Premier League

Arsenal midfielder targets revenge

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Injuries form a brutal reality of football that every player hopes to avoid as much as possible but for Arsenal's Abou Diaby, a background plagued by injuries is now only powering a redemption mission.

The 26-year old Diaby has featured minimally for the Gunners over the last two seasons and recently admitted that an extended period on the sidelines sometimes led him to the shocking lows of depression.

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Unlike other games where the implications take time to sink in, losing at Wembley has its particular horrors. As the infernal shuffle towards Wembley Park tube grinds on, there's nowhere to go. Nothing to do except look at the back of the head of the person who will be in front of you for the next half an hour (if you're lucky) and absorb the burden of defeat.

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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Arsenal A tremendous achievement in their resilience last weekend, but the fact remains that Arsenal fans have experienced potential redemption already this season, only to have that hope cruelly removed by further inept displays. This weekend sees the Gunners travel to Anfield in Sky's Saturday lunchtime game.

Blues defender warns Brum and Napoli

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David Luiz has warned Chelsea's FA Cup opponents Birmingham City and Champions League counterparts Napoli that the Blues are ready for redemption and any display reminiscent of Saturday's 3-0 destruction of Bolton will see Chelsea through to the next round of both competitions.

Luiz has been the focus of heavy criticism from the media this season and after scoring the opening goal against the Trotters at Stamford Bridge, he was quick to remind his detractors that he will keep improving no matter what they say.

Arsenal – Blackburn Preview

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Blackburn

Position 18th, 4-6-13 (18 points, -14 goal differential)

Away Record: 1-6-4, -6 goal differential

Recent Form: WLWDL

Last Meeting: Blackburn 4 Arsenal 3 (September 17, 2011)

Back in league action tomorrow as we square off against mighty Blackburn (hey, lately, any team playing against us looks pretty mighty).

second half

Jamaica rallies from early deficit to earn first win over USMNT

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For a second straight month, Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. men's national team made history, but this time the result was not one they wish to remember.

Weeks after beating Mexico for the first time at Azteca Stadium in a friendly, the United States resumed their World Cup qualifying campaign by suffering a 2-1 loss to Jamaica at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday night.

Can we play them every week? MTL 0 TFC 3

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Incredible, unexpected, overdue and overwhelming, Toronto filled the net in the second half in Montreal. They put three past Donovan Ricketts and looked like they owned the place. The Montreal fans sure hated the Toronto treatment. Make that the "incredibly rare in 2012 Toronto treatment".
Although it has taken until the brink of July to see the kind of style and determination that TFC showed us back in March with the two games against LA in the CONCACAF CL, I suppose it is better late than never.

Canada Claims Victory

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Christine Sinclair bagged a brace as the Canadian women outmuscled Brazil 2-1 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

Sinclair's strikes arrived in the 12th and 78th minutes while Gabriella Demoiser's penalty cut the Canadian lead in half in the 88th minute. Karina LaBlanc made a crucial save late to preserve the victory.

Liverpool

STERLING STARS AS LIVERPOOL DOWN BAYERN

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Young Liverpool winger, Raheem Sterling scored his debut goal for Liverpool after just 3 minutes at Anfield on Sunday. Brendan Rodger's new side have embraced the possession and attacking game readily. John Joe Shelvey, in particular, has flourished under the new manager's philosophy of pass and move with the ball.

Spaniard: ‘Adam moment’ was an influence

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Sergio Ramos admits that his disastrous Champions League semifinal penalty miss inspired him to step up and convert the spot-kick that propelled Spain to the Euro 2012 final at Portugal's expense last night.

Ramos, 26, was representing Real Madrid when he skied his penalty kick against Bayern Munich in April.

Top five conclusions: Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea

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1. It was a night for redemption for Liverpool's under-performers, but fate said: "Stewart Downing? You're taking this too far now." 2. John Terry wanted to bring the Spice Boys era back to Anfield. He turned up as Nutmeg Spice last night. At least he resisted any temptation to do a Sol Campbell-style half-time walkout.

FA Cup semi-final Photo Special: Liverpool v Everton

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OTP was fortunate enough to watch the FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Everton at Wembley yesterday, thanks to Budweiser. From Carroll's redemption to Distin's disdain, here is our pictorial portrait of the Merseyside match-up.


Liverpool 2, Everton 1: Redemption at Wembley for Shaky Liverpool

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Liverpool 2 Suarez 62′, Carroll 87′
Everton 1 Jelavic 24′

A match that ends in the joy of victory over their city rivals and a chance at capturing a second domestic cup shouldn't leave quite so many doubts, but no reflection on how well the day ended for Liverpool can ignore quite how poorly it started.

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweeks 32 and 33

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Redemption- These were gameweeks of redemption, and not just for Wigan Athletic. Andy Carroll was absolutely shocking for 91 minutes of Liverpool's 3-2 win at Ewood Park, before springing into life for the final 120 seconds. Joey Barton, too, put...

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Japan

2012 Olympics: Tune into USA vs Japan women's soccer final

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As iconic an image: Could the USA top this in the finals?

Yes, all you football/ soccer lovers. This is one of the most anticipated clashes, the USA vs Japan showdown, all year. Destiny had both countries renewing their rivalry in the Olympics women's soccer final. The USA for redemption.

Olympics 2012 Football – Forget Redemption, Legacies Are On The Line

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The U.S. womanhoods's soccer squad is speaking about salvation before of Thursday's amber medal match vs. Japan, but there is much more on the formation. A capitulation would make an unprecedented drouth for the U.S.

Olympic Football 2012 – U.S. Women Eye Redemption

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It's not simply about the amber medal. It's about salvation. Olympic charwomen's soccer couldn't enquire for a better conclusion: United States vs. Japan in the rubric fit on Thursday a 2011 World Cup concluding replay.

Major League Soccer

Real Salt Lake's version of redemption

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Redemption stories require failure to work. It's one of the basic elements need to make the narrative possible. Without failure, there is no redemption. The trick lies in framing just what constitutes failure in the first place. Two years ago, Real Salt Lake came within minutes of winning Major League Soccer's first continental championship in the current tournament format.

Match #16 Preview - Chicago Fire @ Sporting KC

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There has to be a little bit of concern heading into this match. The Fire haven't been all too impressive on the road, and Sporting has to be dying for the chance at redemption after getting completely turned out in Philadelphia last weekend. To top it off, all of this is going down at Sporting StrongPark Live.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire Preview and Match Thread [4:00 PM]

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Another game day, another chance for the Portland Timbers to begin their redemption and earn three points at home. For those of you who paid attention to the rest of MLS instead of that other soccer game that was going on, you'd have seen some favorable outcomes for the Timbers. First, our two main rivals drew with each other.

Five Questions: Revolution vs. Timbers

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Does New Engand have what it will take to beat the Timbers without Benny Feilhaber on Saturday? (Photo: Joshua Pearson)

After opening the season on the road – where the wins and goals have been impossible to come by thus far – the Revolution returns home on Saturday to face the undefeated Portland Timbers.

Record Four Development Academy Alumni Take Same MLS Pitch

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Development Academy alum Zac MacMath of the Philadelphia Union was one of a record four Academy products to take the field in the same match.


The continued growth of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy took another step forward during Monday's Major League Soccer season opener between the Philadelphia Union and host Portland Timbers.

Champions League

Barcelona Run Riots Against Vallecano as Malaga Stunned Valencia

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Barcelona gets themselves back on winning ways with a massive 7-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in the weekend and temporarily held Real Madrid's title celebration at least for the next few matches. Lionel Messi and Pedro bagged a brace for the Catalan while the other goals were scored by Thiago, Seydou Keita along with an own goal from Rober.

It’s back… Who’s ready for another Clásico? We...

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It's back... Who's ready for another Clásico?

We didn't forget. No, these past four months have felt like an El Clásico continuum that has taken over football? The media frenzy has spun entirely out of control, but nevertheless tomorrow is, once again, worth the hype.

UPS

Real v. Bayern: Counters-A-Plenty

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Kickoff shortly to discover who Chelsea's opponent will be in the Champion's League Final.

Friends and enemies....

This may be as thrilling if not more than yesterday's if merely for the fast the Jose Mourinho's side need to open it up and Bayern's domestic campaign is lost. That and the Champion's League Final is in their backyard.

CL Preview: Chelsea v Barcelona

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Since our last encounter with Barcelona, our clubs have headed in very different directions. Theirs, has been on the ascendancy for what seems like four years running. Ours, has seen its fair share of ups and downs along the way. But our paths cross once again, in a semi-final tie no less- which ultimately presents yet another shot at redemption for a Chelsea side that's desperate to set the record straight.

The Rest

Cristiano Ronaldo's True Redemption: A Euro 2012 Championship

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Never one to shy away from being critical of the brightest and best players, I am going to resist temptation to slam one Cristiano Ronaldo. It's so in vogue after all, but I'm no trend follower. And, what's a couple of missed breakaways between friends?

Ronaldo certainly got his redemption Sunday against the dumpy Dutch to lead Portugal out of the Euro 2012 Group of Death and into the quarterfinals.

NASL Rewind: Week 9

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Article by Doak Gips

I think we all learned a lesson this past week. An MLS side putting out a side of reserves against an NASL or USL-PRO team putting out its starters, are probably going to get beat. Everyone wanted to act like this was some big surprise, but when you started looking at the games and the rosters, it honestly wasn't all that surprising.

Kamara's late winner lifts Sporting KC past FCD

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Kei Kamara looked like he might be the player left facing the blame for Sporting Kansas City not keeping their record perfect as Sunday night's match against FC Dallas wound down to a close, but a brilliant sequence and clutch finished changed all that.

Kamara finished off an outstanding passing sequence to deliver the game-winning goal in Sporting KC's 2-1 victory against FC Dallas at Livestrong Sporting Park on Sunday.

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Africa Cup of Nations 2012 – Zambia answer the call of destiny

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Africa Cup of Nations 2012 Zambia answer the call of destiny is a post from: Just Football

In my final Africa Cup of Nations 2012 column for FourFourTwo I took a look at Zambia's triumph on penalties in a final of incredible drama, tension and, ultimately, joy for the Chipolopolo and despair for Côte d'Ivoire:

When he saw the shot sail wide he could take it no more.

Josh Hamilton Should Adopt Son of Firefighter Who Fell to His Death at Rangers Ballpark Last Season

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Could there ever be a better story than Josh Hamilton taking care of this boy?
The truth is Hamilton needs the boy more than the boy needs Hamilton.
As a father figure, Hamilton has something bigger than himself to look after and more meaning in his life.