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Mathieu Flamini says it feels like he never left Arsenal

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Arsenal signing Mathieu Flamini says he feels like he's come home after returning for a second stint with the Gunners. The Frenchman, snapped up on a free transfer this summer, made his second debut in last weekend's north London derby win over Spurs. And after Jack Wilshere's illness pushed him into the team perhaps a [.

Love-struck Lukas Podolski wants an Arsenal tattoo after just five dates

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Lukas Podolski has only just ended his on-off 17-year relationship with FC Cologne and he's already plotting a tattoo in honour of his new flame. But the Germany international isn't going to rush any decision to mark his affection for new club Arsenal in ink. Asked whether a Gunners' tattoo to match his Cologne one [.

Ex-BBC pundit Lee Dixon and other former Arsenal stars’ sofa performances rated

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Ex-Arsenal right-back-turned-pundit Lee Dixon tweeted earlier this week that he was to leave the BBC after an encouraging couple of seasons on the sofa with Gary Lineker and Co. Dixon posted a message saying: "Sad to be leaving BBC. Nothing lasts forever. New challenges ahead. Loved my time there. Wonderful people", about his relationship with [.

Is This The Time To Sell Walcott?

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Let me start by saying, Stewart Robson is a man of courage. I'm not just saying that because I agree mostly with his recent comments deriding Theo Walcott. I sometimes disagree with his opinions during matches and on talksport and Arsenal World. I say it because he is employed by Arsenal, and I'm sure they were not pleased with his outspoken opinion against a current player.

Is This The Time To Sell Walcott?

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Let me start by saying, Stewart Robson is a man of courage. I'm not just saying that because I agree mostly with his recent comments deriding Theo Walcott. I sometimes disagree with his opinions during matches and on talksport and Arsenal World. I say it because he is employed by Arsenal, and I'm sure they were not pleased with his outspoken opinion against a current player.

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Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas expecting players to be sold

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas had admitted that he expects his squad to be 'trimmed' before the end of the transfer window. But the Portuguese boss is also expecting new arrivals at White Hart Lane and indicated that his side's transfer dealings are by no means finished for the summer. He said: "We are moving [.

Everton manager David Moyes ready to take his relationship with Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio to the next level

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Everton manager David Moyes appeared to hint that he's ready to become increasingly intimate with Sunderland counterpart Paolo Di Canio. Moyes was caught off-guard by some surprise physical contact from the Italian ahead of Saturday's match at the Stadium of Light. The Toffees boss appeared to hint that he was impressed by Di Canio's hugging [.

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Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse pulls out of pre-season tour over Wonga sponsorship row

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Papiss Cisse has not travelled on Newcastle's pre-season tour to Portugal due to his ongoing row over Wonga's shirt sponsorship deal. The Senegal striker refuses to where the payday loan company's logo, saying it is against his Muslim beliefs. The 28-year-old has been training alone since returning to pre-season last week.

Henriquez: I Am Fulfilling A Dream

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Angelo Henriquez, who passed his Manchester United medical yesterday, has revealed he will talk to Sir Alex Ferguson today about his future at the club.

It is likely that the 18-year-old striker will remain with Universidad de Chile on loan from United.

"I am fulfilling a dream that I have had for a long time and I will be able to realise it soon," he told La Tercera.

Chelsea

Real Madrid confirm Jose Mourinho exit, pave way for Chelsea return

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The worst kept secret in football has been officially confirmed: Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. The Special One has been dropping hints for weeks and he is known to be short of allies at the Bernabeu, so the news that he's leaving by mutual consent comes as no [...]

Disillusioned Premier League referees consider ‘boycotting Chelsea games’

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That's according to ex-Premier League referee Clive Wilkes anyway. Drawing on chats he has had with the current crop of officials, Wilkes believes that Chelsea's complaint against Mark Clattenberg could irrevocably damage referees relationship with the West London club and have a devastating knock-on effect for the top-tier itself.

'Soccer City, USA': A Short Film Starring Sounders

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Remember that video I recently shared of the two goals the Sounder scored against the Whitecaps? Apparently, that was just the tip of the iceberg of offerings from LEVYfilms. The masterpiece of their Seattle Sounders collection is this short film titled "Soccer City, USA: A Glimpse of What is Possible.

The Beautiful Game returns to Yankee Stadium. We’re deeply...

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The Beautiful Game returns to Yankee Stadium.

We're deeply entrenched in the few weeks when "superclubs" either go to Asia or America and take part in a few friendlies to promote themselves as global "brands." Tomorrow, world class football will be played in the new Yankee Stadium, as Chelsea and Paris St-Germain face off.

Liverpool

Men’s monogamous relationship with football

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Men's monogamous relationship with football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lying and cheating are two of the most prominent reasons why any relationship usually ends up in a separation or divorce. For one reason or the other a whole lot of men and women can't live up to the lofty promises made when they exchanged vows at the altar, or the town hall.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham in for Chelsea players?

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The transfer window closes on Friday night and expect some big money moves to happen right up to the last minute this week.

At the moment, I do not expect Chelsea to make any more signings but our hand could be forced if as being reported, Liverpool and Tottenham come in with big money bids for Danny Sturridge.

Arsenal Beat Liverpool To Sahin

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Arsenal look to have beaten Liverpool to the punch for Nuri Sahin, with the Real Madrid midfielder agreeing a one year loan deal to make the move to the Emirates this summer.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been heavily linked with the unsettled Turkish international, and it appeared as though the Merseyside club had got their man last week thanks to manager Brendan Rodger's relationship with Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who he worked under at Chelsea.

Liverpool Consider Move For Real Madrid Midfielder

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Nuri Sahin's queue of potential suitors continues to grow, as Liverpool prepare to enter the race for the Real Madrid midfielder, Spanish reports suggest.
Marca report that the Anfield club is preparing an offer for the Turkey international that will meet the requirements set out by the La Liga champions.

BORINI: THE DAGGER MAN

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Liverpool's new signing Fabio Borini has joined the Reds on a four-year deal for £7.9 million from Italian club AS Roma.

The 21 year old hotshot is re-united with his former mentor at both Chelsea and Swansea City, Brendan Rodgers, new Liverpool Manager.

He is expected to link-up in attack with mercurial forward, Luis Suarez when the new Season begins.

Rodgers Given Full Transfer Control

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Brendan Rodgers insists he has full control over Liverpool's transfer activities and said he is under no pressure from owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) to sign players.

"That was one of the key points for me coming in," Rodgers told Sky Sports News.

"I believe in communication, which is very important, so I have a really good working relationship with the managing director Ian Ayre, and he and I speak on a daily basis.

Brendan Rodgers Blames Sigurdsson Wage Demands For Deal Not Happening

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson's increased wage demands scuppered his move to Anfield.

A deal had been struck with the Iceland international for him to return to Swansea – where he had spent the latter half of last season on loan – but when Rodgers moved to Anfield that move hit the rocks.

Rodgers Claims Sigurdsson Priced Himself Out Of Liverpool Move

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Brendan Rodgers insists Gylfi Sigurdsson's wage demands scuppered his proposed move to Liverpool.
A deal had been struck with the Iceland international for him to return to Swansea, where he had spent the latter half of last season on loan, but when Rodgers moved to Anfield that move hit the rocks.

Real Madrid

Mendes ‘unsurprised’ by Cristiano Ronaldo Comments

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Jorge Mendes has confirmed his lack of surprise for and total support of Cristiano Ronaldo's statements claiming he was sad at Real Madrid.

The agent was reportedly brought into the Santiago Bernabeu for talks on Monday to try to resolve the situation that the player stated yesterday Real Madrid were aware of.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Wigan fan on rivalling Barca, selling Moses and the importance of fans

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Whilst it was the 4-4 game against Everton that really cost us the title last season, the 1-0 defeat to Wigan when they were enjoying top form, certainly didn't help. What was usually a guaranteed three points, often after a 4-0 win, was a game that saw our grip on the title loosen.

Alan Moore from This Northern Soul has shared his thoughts ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Wigan fan on rivalling Barca, selling Moses and the importance of fans

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Whilst it was the 4-4 game against Everton that really cost us the title last season, the 1-0 defeat to Wigan when they were enjoying top form, certainly didn't help. What was usually a guaranteed three points, often after a 4-0 win, was a game that saw our grip on the title loosen.

Alan Moore from This Northern Soul has shared his thoughts ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

FC Barcelona

RoM Reads

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Beautifully Red has the best GIFs from United's friendly against Barcelona.

Reuters has a good article on the IPO failure.

The Guardian previews 2012-2013 for United.

The Telegraph reports on Rooney's welcoming for Robin van Persie.

By Far The Greatest Team has an interesting article on the history of Ashley Cole's relationship with Arsenal fans.

Alves on Mourinho: “He took his time to say sorry”

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Barcelona's Dani Alves has wasted no time in reacting to José Mourinho's apology for his actions during his infamous touchline clash with Tito Vilanova.

"He took his time to say sorry. I think he showed the right attitude, but I wouldn't have waited so long", the Brazilian told the club's official media.

Sounders v Chelsea FC Friendly - Three Questions

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Chelsea FC arrived in Seattle over the weekend. Some of the world's greatest players will face the Seattle Sounders on a overlaid grass field at CenturyLink. For both teams this is as much about brand extension as anything else. The London club could prepare anywhere, but they chose here through some combination of factors that includes, but isn't limited to, monetary payout, relationship with league, relationship with sponsors, liking Seattle from their last visit, wanting somewhere a bit cool, etc.

Major League Soccer

I Want Shiny Things

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This started out with different intent. I was going to push myself into a kind of humorous hyperbolic demand for huge name Designated Players signed in this Summer Transfer Window. The set-up was going to be an either/or situation revolving around shiny DPs or shiny trophies.

Here's the thing.

Soumare completes long road back to MLS, fills needs for resurgent Union

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Photo by ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

CHESTER, Pa. -- Following the conclusion of the European season, Bakary Soumare was contemplating what to do with his future. His club, French outfit US Boulogne, had just been relegated from the second division and released him due to financial reasons.

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Season Long Loans and Interclub Alliances

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'You're actually rooting for the clothes,' goes the Jerry Seinfeld quip about what it means to be a sports fan. The same person that you once cheered for, he explains, turns into the object of your resentment if he ever has the temerity to face your team in the colours of another side: 'BOO! Different shirt!

Bielsa Says He Is Staying At Athletic Bilbao

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Athletic Bilbao's coach Marcelo Bielsa said Monday he is staying with the club despite earlier reports he was considering resigning in a row with the board.

Bielsa had indicated his intention to resign on Friday after the club refused to support his criticism of the construction company employed to improve the facilities at the club's Lezama training base.

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Soccer During the War-The Dick, Kerr Ladies Perspective

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Sports and war have a complex relationship and even more complex history. We've talked about how even enemies on the battlefield sometimes find it difficult to resist a good game. Sports were also a method whereby the Cold War was waged. However in Gail Newsham's In a League of Their Own: The Dick, Kerr Ladies 1917-1965 were are given another perspective of the what can happen when sports and war interact.

Sunderland suspend Phil Bardsley for mocking their defeat to Fulham

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Sunderland have suspended right-back Phil Bardsley after he mocked their defeat to Fulham at the weekend on a social networking site. The former Manchester United youngster was already a Black Cats outcast. He had been frozen out of the first-team by Paolo Di Canio and not given a squad number for the new season after [.

Video: Roma’s Francesco Totti stars in arty advert about the derby with Lazio

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This short commercial for AS Roma takes football marketing to a deeper level then it usually goes. Francesco Totti is the film noir-style protagonist, captured looking moody in the build-up to the Rome derby against Lazio as he narrates his relationship with a veteran Roma fan.

Pep Guardiola hired a detective agency to spy on his Barcelona stars

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Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola used a private detective agency to keep tabs on his squad, according to reports in the Spanish media. Newspaper El Confidencial claims Guardiola hired Método 3 to see what his players were up to away from the club. Among the firm's targets was Gerard Pique, who came under surveillance after [.

GolTV Goes On The Offensive Against beIN SPORT In Bizarre Announcement

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Twelve days after DirecTV e-mailed many of its customers to announce that GolTV was being dropped from its Sports Pack, GolTV has responded by posting a quite bizarre message on its website. "As a result of DirecTV's new relationship with ...

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Ozarks O-Zone Increases The Ante

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Have you checked out the O-Zone yet? After offering soccer coverage for 7 years in the Ozarks, it's nice to see the local media finally stepping up their coverage of the beautiful game. A check of the Men's Soccer Page on the O-Zone website shows recent game reports, including photos, from Nixa-Greenwood, Central-Greenwood and Ozark-Parkview.

Pictorial Evidence of Chirpy's Decent into Evil

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With the news that beloved Tottenham mascot Chirpy is about to get a makeover in time for our home game against QPR, I thought we'd take a look at that mad bird through the ages

When he was young, he was fresh faced, chubby chopped, happy ChirpyEvent when standing near his arch rival, he was still happyChubby Chopped Chirpy was loved by the ladiesBut then, as he got older.

Olympics 2012 Football – Racist tweet Olympian expelled

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Switzerland's Olympic football squad expels Michel Morganella after racialist comments were posted from his Twitter relationship. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/61913000/jpg/_61913465_morg-getty.jpg

We salute Megan Rapinoe

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Earlier this month Megan Rapinoe came out and discussed her sexuality in Out Magazine. She has been in a relationship with an Australian soccer player for three years.

"I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out," she says.