English Premier League

Yaya Toure wary of Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool signings

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he hopes his side will be fine in the new Premier League season, but is worried about the risk posed by the likes of champions Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool strengthening their squads this summer. The Ivory Coast international also expressed concern about the possibility of a Chelsea resurgence [.

Chelsea target £30million AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy

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AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy is a £30million target for Chelsea, according to media reports. The Express suggests the Italy international could become the first major signing of Jose Mourinho's second spell at Stamford Bridge, while talkSPORT believe Fernando Torres will be offered to the Italian side in a part-exchange deal.

Hammers ace pleads for Carroll move

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West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan has hoped to re-ignite the Andy Carroll transfer saga, insisting that he would be "delighted" to team up with the Liverpool striker once again.

Nolan and Carroll became close friends during the pair's time at Newcastle United, with their camaraderie also resulting in a strong on-field showing during the resurgence of the Magpies following relegation.

Hammers ace pleads for Carroll move

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West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan has hoped to re-ignite the Andy Carroll transfer saga, insisting that he would be "delighted" to team up with the Liverpool striker once again.

Nolan and Carroll became close friends during the pair's time at Newcastle United, with their camaraderie also resulting in a strong on-field showing during the resurgence of the Magpies following relegation.

Cole Wants To Make Reds Impact

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Joe Cole is determined to prove he can be a success at Liverpool and is delighted to be back with the Premier League club.
The midfielder joined Liverpool on a free transfer in 2010 from Chelsea, but he made just nine Premier League starts in his debut season before spending last term on loan in France with Lille.

Midfielder hopes to help ‘great’ Liverpool

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Joe Cole hopes that he can use the 2012-13 campaign to help Liverpool reach their potential and prove that he belongs at the "great" Merseyside club.

Former West Ham and Chelsea star Cole arrived at Anfield in a high-profile move two years ago but after a disappointing first campaign, he was sent out on loan at French side Lille.

France v England – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 11 June 2012

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Group D favorites England and France meet in their opening match of the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament. The match will take place at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 18:00 local time.

France manager Laurent Blanc

"We've had our own problems too. Don't worry, the English will show up ready for us.

How the Bundesliga Is Having an Impact On the English Premier League

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One question that often pops up in the English football themed chatter that I have with my mates in the pub is "Which country should we go to, to watch a football game?" Whenever this has been posed in the past, the answer that we usually settle on before our plans ultimately fizzle out due to lack of funds or the inability to get the time off work, is Germany.

My 2011-12 Premier League MVPs

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This list might very well create some controversy (hopefully positive) and that is fine. Choosing this list is much like choosing who England should take to Euro 2012, everyone will have an opinion and this opinion can be debated down at the pub until closing time. But I do want to set a list of ground rules for my Premier League MVP XI.

Sunday Bloody Sunday

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After a campaign of both joy and despair, it has come to this. Spurs are within touching distance of an automatic Champions League spot and although I would have been devastated by the prospect had you told me this is where would would end up back in January, it is only thanks to a resurgence in the last few games that we have any chance of playing against Europe's elite next season.

Chelsea’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

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Chelsea's Summer 2012 Transfer Targets - originally posted on

Chelsea resurgence under Roberto Di-Matteo has been truly impressive this season. However, he has inherited a squad whose quality and age has been questioned. Providing the Italian manager keeps the Chelsea job on a permanent basis, I'm sure he'll make quite a few changes in summer to re-invent the team as ‘his' side.

Gunners held in controversial thriller

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A late goal from Steve Morison helped Norwich secure a hard-fought 3-3 draw away to Arsenal, condemning the hosts to two costly dropped points in Arsene Wenger's 900th match in charge.

Yossi Benayoun opened the scoring in the second minute to celebrate his 32nd birthday in style but 10 minutes later, Wes Hoolahan punished Wojciech Szczesny's sloppiness to equalize for the Canaries.

Chelsea, Newcastle and Tottenham’s top four hopes to be decided today?

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With as tight a race for Champions League qualification as in the recent memory, Chelsea, Newcastle and Tottenham all have three games left to play to ensure a top-four finish. The Blues have the FA Cup final on Saturday and their Champions League finale clash with Bayern Munich coming up, but are the form side of the three.

North American Soccer League

"Off The Bench" Episode 27: Guest Grant Wahl (SI), Daniel Paladini (Chicago Fire), the new NASL season and our MLS Predictions

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In this episode Luke is joined by Sports Illustrated journalist Grant Wahl to discuss the state of US Soccer in both the men's and women's game. Wahl shares his views on Donovan, Dempsey, Solo and the possibilities of a fourth DP in Major League Soccer. Daniel Paladini of the Chicago Fire also drops in to talk about his resurgence in the line up, battling for a playing spot and the team aspirations for the year.

NASL Week 15 Recap

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Article by Doak Gips

Storylines, storylines everywhere! Where do I start? We could start with the standings of the NASL, in which the top four teams are all separated one point each? We could talk about the resurgence of the Atlanta Silverbacks, who, despite having a whopping -14 goal differential, have moved out of the cellar and have pushed Edmonton down into the bottom.

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Colombian duo Ferreira and Castillo lead surging FC Dallas to victory in Vancouver

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FC Dallas is starting to think about a playoff push, something that would have been unthinkable a month ago, before a dynamic Colombian duo stepped forward to revive a struggling Dallas offense.

The Colombian connection of David Ferreira and Fabian Castillo have been the leading drivers of an FC Dallas resurgence, and they were at it again on Wednesday night in Vancouver, manufacturing both goals as FC Dallas posted an impressive 2-0 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Vancouver.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Philadelphia Union

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Five goals scored. One against. Two big wins.

The Philadelphia Union continued their resurgence this past week by picking up a pair of victories that has brought them within striking distance of other teams in the Eastern Conference. The Union first grabbed a surprise 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center on Independence Day before thoroughly beating Toronto FC, 3-0, at PPL Park on Sunday.

Portland Timbers @ LA Galaxy preview Interview with LAG Confidential

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A little later than usual, but the information contained within is still just as relevant. As we all know, the Portland Timbers' season has not gotten off to a great start. While things were bright and cheery for the first couple games, things have gone decidedly sour since the New England Revolution match.

New York Red Bulls

SUB WATCH: The Wayback Machine

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Thanks to Mr. Peabody and Sherman for the Assist this Week
Can you believe that it has been nearly an entire month since SUB WATCH graced the pages of The Viper's Nest? Oppressive summer heat, weekday games, a cross-country business venture and a top secret diversion into the depths of the Marianas Trench are all to blame for this long absence.

Matchday @Red Bull Arena: Red Bulls vs Union

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It's matchday again @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita)! This time, our glorious club takes on its I-95 rival Philadelphia Union (2:30pm ET, ESPN, match notes here). Let's look at how both teams come into this one.

The Union are in the midst of a resurgence, as it has won the three MLS games played in the month of July.

Red Bulls, TFC exchange early goals in draw

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Toronto FC's resurgence continues and the New York Red Bulls were the latest team to find that out.

Toronto extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a 1-1 draw against the Red Bulls at BMO Field on Saturday night.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Chris Wondolowski

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The San Jose Earthquakes are no longer a one-man show, but that hardly means that their go-to guy is not doing his part in the club's resurgence.

Chris Wondolowski's prolific season continued in April, as he scored four goals and had two assists in helping lead the Earthquakes to a 3-0-1 record in the month and a place atop the Western Conference standings to earn SBI MLS Player of the Month honors.

Pontius shows ‘scary’ potential at striker

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D.C. United are riding high on a six-game unbeaten streak following a 4-1 victory over the New York  Red Bulls Sunday night.

Converted forward Chris Pontius is largely responsible for the resurgence in D.C., scoring four goals, including a hat trick Sunday night, since being moved up top to provide the finishing touch his club had been lacking.

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Three for Three: MLSR Predictions

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The writers of MLSR take their picks in what we think will be the three most important matches of the upcoming week. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments below.

PhiladelphiaUnion (5-9-2) vs. Sporting Kansas City (10-5-3) Lamar Hunt U.

MLS Official Ruins Game, Shocking No One

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In an unprecedented twist, an asshat with a whistle made a mistake that drastically altered the outcome of an MLS match, stretching the limits of fans' credulity and threatening any sense of subtlety in online sarcasm. The incident put a damper on the Union's dramatic resurgence in recent weeks, adding another loss to their shaky record, now standing at 3-9-2.

USOC preview: Union at DC United

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

What: US Open Cup Fourth Round

Who: Union at DC United

Where: Maryland SoccerPlex

When: 7:30 pm EST

The Philadelphia Union have had chances to prove they are better than their record.


More Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Arshavin out – Dzagoev in!

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Arsenal are about to sell their Russian midfielder-and then buy a Russian midfielder! by BA Andrey Arshavin had a great start to Euro 2012 and has made Arsene Wenger's job of recouping some of his transfer fee a lot easier. He has been on loan at his old club Zenit St. Petersburg and his resurgence [.

Five reasons underdogs Chelsea can beat Bayern at the Allianz Arena

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It has been quite the Champions League campaign this season, with a number of shocks, surprises and upsets, none more so than the fact that Chelsea ousted Barcelona in the semi-finals to set up a final against Bayern Munich.

Would you be the Chelsea manager for this?

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On the eve of arguably their most important match of the season, Chelsea have strangely shown no signs of any turmoil in Europe. With AVB, they set a new record in the 'least time with one manager' category, and his memory seems to have lasted even less than the man himself. Of course, that might have to do with the sudden resurgence in domestic form, Torres scoring again, John Terry back to managing the team playing through pain and of course the minor matter of having beaten Barcelona.

Some Chelsea players called Andre Villas-Boas ‘DVD’

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Now that Andre Villas-Boas' brief and confrontational reign at Chelsea has been mercifully end, giving way to the club's resurgence under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo, all the little details about how AVB and Chelsea just weren't a good fit for each other are coming out.

According to the London Evening Standard, some in the dressing room came up with a nickname for Villas-Boas, who served as Jose Mourinho's opposition scouting video compiler in his first stint at Chelsea.

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Captain Fantastic: Steven Gerrard – the quiet force behind Liverpol’s resurgence

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Steven Gerrard initially broke into the senior team at Liverpool as a right-back and then a holding midfield. He spent his best years as a second striker or an attacking midfielder. He was very effective in the role as he spread the ball well, used his great passing range to provide a lot of assists [.

Around The League brings the full gang together to look at all this weeks action from MLS

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The gang is all here this week as we take a close look at all the controversial referee decisions with none other than Shawn. We also have a full list of correspondents to talk about the wild draw in Philadelphia, Dallas and Columbus' resurgence, and the wilting Chivas USA. Correspondents include: DC, New York, Columbus, Dallas, Colorado, and Seattle

Previewing Cameroon WNT

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CAMEROON: "The Indomitable Lionesses"

FIFA Ranking: 50 (as of July, 2012)
CAF Ranking: 2nd
Coach: Enow Nagatchu
Number of Olympics Appearances: This will be Cameroon's first time participating in women's soccer at an Olympics.

Blanc has created a new-look France

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France were a laughing stock at the World Cup in 2010 but Laurent Blanc has come in and stabilised the ship, meaning the French are now a dark horse to win the Euro 2012 tournament.

Roll back the clock two years to South Africa, and Raymond Domenech's squad was blighted by in-fighting and other problems that saw them limp out in the group stages amid a mutiny led by full-back Patrice Evra.

Arsenal Season Review Part II: Grading the Midfield

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So our journey through the season (belatedly) continues. It's time to grade the midfield. I've followed the club's definition of "midfielder for this – see the link here. So you'll have to wait another day or two for the
Anyway, here goes.
Abou Diaby: F
I'm not going to lie, I find it hard to muster too much sympathy for anyone who has become a member of a Premier League football squad.

Magpies’ Defender – The Newcastle Dream Still Alive

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Mike Williamson came in for the injured Steven Taylor in December and has fully played his part in Newcastle's resurgence this season. Mike Williamson challenges Pablo Zabaleta on Sunday Mike was a little rusty when he came back into the side, which was to be expected after being injured in the Carling Cup tie at Scunthorpe United last August, but he quickly regained form and [.

Benny sets the bit-part benchmark

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Wolves 0-3 Arsenal

A fine win, but one I followed only via the Opta messages on the notification screen of my phone. I like to experience new matchday experiences, you see. It was a bit underwhelming if I'm honest.

Unlike the game itself, which from an Arsenal perspective at least was entirely whelming.