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He scores! Liverpool’s Stewart Downing stakes claim for a move to right-back

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Under-fire Liverpool man Stewart Downing hushed a few of his critics in the Kop with a stunning winning goal against Anzhi in last night's Europa League match. Ironically, the England international derided his team-mates over his new role as a makeshift left-back had been shunted to left-back at the time he scored the [.

Why has England boss Roy Hodgson called up Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling?

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The video above should tell you exactly why. The Liverpool winger has made a flying start to the season, as demonstrated by his highlights reel from Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Manchester City. He was arguably the Reds' best player in that match. After not exactly getting off on the right foot with manager Brendan Rodgers, [.

Euro 2012: Quarter-finals: England get found out as Italy win on penalties (4-2)

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szólj hozzá: England vs Italy FULL HIGHLIGHTS + PENALTIES

Two observations. How on earth did England survive for 120 + minutes? And Andrea Pirlo has more creativity in the nail of his right foot's little toe than the entire England squad. That was the nail he used to execute that breath taking panenka to level the penalties, 2-2 en route to Alessandro Diamanti's game winning spot kick.


To the Ends of the Earth; and Sydney

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By Max Grieve

The men in the studio in Sydney were waiting to cross to Turin for the press conference, but Del Piero hadn't arrived yet, so they spoke about him for half an hour. There were no ad breaks; no montages; just three sports presenters sitting behind a desk talking about a man who none of them seemed to know that much about beyond what they had on papers in front of them.

Euro 2012: Early strikes give Czech Republic upper hand over Greece

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Early strikes give Czech Republic upper hand over Greece" was written by Sid Lowe at Municipal Stadium, for The Guardian on Tuesday 12th June 2012 18.23 UTC

This time there was no comeback. Greece went into the half-time interval trailing again and came out of it a side transformed again, just as they had in their opening game against Poland.

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Van der Vaart ‘Mania’ Strikes Hamburg, Mario Balotelli’s Smoking Therapy – Plus Carol Celico, Alex Gerrard

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Welcome to Offbeat Wednesday! This week, read about Van der Vaart Mania in Hamburg Mario Balotelli's 'Hypnosis' Therapy, Caroline Celico's funky editorial and Alex Gerrard's thoughts on the hilarious David Beckham- Katherine Jenkin affair rumour.

The Van der Vaarts have made their descent into Hamburg and what better way for the city to celebrate it than with a life-sized cardboard version of both Sylvie and Rafael?

Acclaimed defender hails United signing

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Germany defender Mats Hummels believes that the reigning Bundesliga champions are at a loss following the departure of Shinji Kagawa, who will finalize his move to Manchester United in the coming weeks.

Kagawaka, 23, recently agreed the transfer after filling in tremendously for the injured Mario Gotze during a 2011-12 campaign that many had tipped Bayern Munich's star-studded squad to win.

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Schellas Hyndman: Jackson Not a Player Who Will Score From Outside Area

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In the first half of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas midfielder Jackson delivered another goal for his side, the equalizer after the visitors had gone ahead thanks to a nice sequence from Seattle's Steve Zakuani and Mauro Rosales in the 20th minute. Jackson's tally was clearly a case of him being in the right place at the right time and capitalizing on the opportunity, something he's done quite well during his time with Dallas.

Warshaw Out of Boot, Now Walking with Limp

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During a reserve game at Sporting Kansas City on May 1, Bobby Warshaw suffered a fractured right foot. The FC Dallas midfielder and occasional defender was on crutches the following day before his prognosis became official-that after surgery, he would be out for an undetermined period of time.

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Pardew – Ben Arfa Is Always The Best Player In Training

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It took another piece of magic from Hatem Ben Arfa yesterday after 58 minutes, when he rifled the ball in from just outside the penalty box, and we'll have to stop calling him a one-footed player, because he hit the ball so beautifully with his right foot the one he usually just uses for balance.

Six (more) things we learnt from the Fulham game

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While we have already gone over the Fulham game in quite some exhausting detail, there were some finer points that I felt got missed in the general excitement of the 'Ohmigood RvP, ohmigoood Kagawa, ohmigoood, Rooneeey, not funnyyy, blood-uh' moments that the match is primarily remembered for. So here is your dose of the more nuanced, previously-unnoticed points from the game on Saturday:

Ashley Young falls in every penalty box

I am getting really pissed with Ashley Young.

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Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1 – Ben Arfa Brilliance Rescues Magpies

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Newcastle overcame a lackadaisical first half today when they went one goal down after 22 minutes, but came back strongly in the second half and another simply magnificent Ben Arfa goal this time with his right foot got the point for Newcastle but we pressed so much after the goal that the lads were unlucky not to get all 3 [.

To the Dynamo tape: Saturday highlights showcase good, and some bad

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As we all know, the Houston Dynamo defeated Toronto FC 2-0 Saturday night at BMO Field, to notch the Orange's fourth win in a row and pull them within a point of New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference. The highlights above tell the tale, but also put on display both good and point points to take from the win.

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Arsenal get a monkey off beating Liverpool for season's first win, 2-0

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Whoo! Hat tip to a wonderful collective effort by Arsenal on their trip to Anfield. Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski delivered the attacking goods while Abou Diaby was simply outstanding in centre midfield pushing up. The defense orchestrated by Thomas Vermaelen fell back in numbers keeping their shape as Liverpool recycled the ball repeatedly to try and crack them open.

The Biggest Thing the Timbers Have to Change? Change Itself.

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In the 16th minute of the Portland Timbers' match against the Houston Dynamo, Rodney Wallace cut the ball inward from the left flank, creating space in front of himself for a right-footed cross into the box. Kris Boyd saw Wallace free himself in space but didn't appear to expect a cross -- at least, not one from Wallace's right foot.

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MLS Recap Week 26

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Don't look now, but it's not even September and these games have all the fire and excitement of the playoffs. Montreal and Columbus didn't get the memo about being rollovers and Seattle hasn't taken kindly to being labeled inconsistent at the beginning of the season. Real Salt Lake is losing hold on the second place position in the West and Kei Kamara scores for two teams in the same game.

Sounders Score 4 Goals, Lose 4-2 to Chelsea

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For the regular fan a "big club" like Chelsea or Barcelona come to town it is an exciting event. In the Sounders inaugural MLS season there were three extra matches for season ticket holders, one was for the MLS Cup, the other two were later announced to be Barcelona & Chelsea.

Obviously the appeal of successful European sides is compelling enough for Seattle fans to fight mid-week traffic and it helps to build the relevance of MLS and helps gain exposure for the league and for players that may be looking to leave MLS for Europe.


Not another early season crisis ……..

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......... Don't worry! We survived it once and we can do it again, and this time, oh how we are in a better position!

Think back to this god awful time last year. Bye-bye Fabregas and Nasri. Now think about the situation we are in now. Bye-bye Van Persie and Song. Ask yourself, which two players would you prefer to have?

Malaga want Nicklas Bendtner

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Malaga are reportedly preparing an offer for Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner.

The 24-year-old Denmark international, who has two years remaining on his Gunners contract, is looking to move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer after Arsenal signed forwards Lukas Podoski and Olivier Giroud this summer.

A closer look at Olivier Giroud, the new Arsenal man

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The first thing that leaps out is that he's another left footed striker. Now we already have RVP and Lukas Podolski, so the attack is heavily weighted on that foot and on that flank.

We've seen RVP lose precious seconds and opportunities instinctually switch the ball to his stronger left foot.

Anderson Lifts Phoenix In Waning Minutes

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WORCESTER, Mass. Portland striker Eric Alexander couldn't stop running.

Seconds after scoring the his second goal in the waning moments to lift the Phoenix to a 3-2 comeback win over the Hydra on Wednesday, the 6-4 striker raced up the field looking for his keeper, Terrance Dieterich who waited to embrace him.

Defender excited for Arsenal trio

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German defender Per Mertesacker has offered his support to Arsenal teammates Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, and Laurent Koscielny during a Euro 2012 campaign that has been somewhat of a roller-coaster ride for all the said players.

Walcott did not play in England's tournament opener against France but came off the bench to lead the team to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Sweden on Friday.

Spain 1-0 Croatia

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Spain are so very, very Spain.

Restrained, typical tiki-taka. Spain out-passed, Spain out-possessed, but Spain never truly threatened until the very end either. Complete Fernando Torres futility, but instead of replacing Spain's out-and-out striker in a straight swap, Del Bosque sent on an out-and-out winger to play with Silva, then FÃ bregas, as a false nine.

Euro 2012: Talk of death of the striker has been greatly exaggerated

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Talk of death of the striker has been greatly exaggerated" was written by Barney Ronay in Lviv, for guardian.co.uk on Sunday 17th June 2012 13.13 UTC

Welcome back then, strikers. Although, it is quite possible you didn't ever really go away. Perhaps amid all the talk of the death of the traditional centre forward – spurred by the radical tactical progressions of Spain and Barcelona with their attempts to transform football into a sport of midfielders – you were only lurking just outside the door, a mortified eavesdropper, ready to creep back in when things quietened down a bit.

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The 2012 Olympic Games: The Womens Medal Matches

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The winners were predictable long before the first match – arguably since the last kick of the 2011 World Cup Final penalty shoot-out. The United States, fuelled by revenge for a defeat in that match they didn't really deserve, went ahead early in an appropriately entertaining Olympic final and, despite Japan's best performance of the Games, stayed there.

3-for-3: State sides make USASA finals

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Jason Willan (Menomonee Falls) got things started on the right foot Friday on what turned out to be a perfect day for Wisconsin teams at the U.S. Adult Soccer Association National Cups.

Willan's eighth-minute goal gave the Croatian Eagles the early lead in their Men's Open Cup semifinal and they went on to a convincing 4-0 victory over Texas side ASC New Stars in Bridgeview, Ill.

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Aston Villa post friendly victory vs. Union

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CHESTER, Pa. -- The game may mean very little in the long run, but Aston Villa opened their preseason on the right foot at PPL Park on Wednesday night, beating the Philadelphia Union, 1-0.

Nathan Delfouneso was left open on the edge of the penalty area and beat Zac MacMath with a curling shot to give Aston Villa a lead in the 43rd minute.

Euro Crush: Silvestre Varela

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The ball rolled across and substitute Silvestre Varela opened himself up, tried to push it beyond Manuel Neuer and into the net. But Neuer was at his feet in a flash and charged the shot down and away. The chance what a big chance! was gone, and Portugal started the group stage with a defeat.

Euro Crush: Silvestre Varela

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The ball rolled across and substitute Silvestre Varela opened himself up, tried to push it beyond Manuel Neuer and into the net. But Neuer was at his feet in a flash and charged the shot down and away. The chance what a big chance! was gone, and Portugal started the group stage with a defeat.

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State pros: Kazlauskas scores in opener

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Charles Kazlauskas (Milwaukee Thomas More) got his season off on the right foot Friday night.

Kazlauskas scored the first goal of the season for Helmond Sport in the 48th minute, sparking what turned out to be a 3-0 victory over host Telstar in a Jupiler League opener in Velsen, the Netherlands.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution vs. Sporting K.C.

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Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe walks off the pitch after Saturday's 1-0 loss to Sporting K.C. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

So much for starting off the post-Shalrie Era on the right foot.

In a game that the Revolution looked mildly-interested at best, Sporting Kansas City threw their weight around, stole a goal, and pounded their opponent into submission on Saturday night.

Questions: Soccer-Specific Stadiums

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (June 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony joins a Guardian columnist in celebrating Jay DeMerit's play in the 2009 Confederations Cup and tries to draw conclusions from a sobering look at the real cost of an MLS stadium. How long is US U-20 forward Omar Salgado out for after injuring his fifth metatarsal in his right foot?

Last World Cup Qualifying Opener

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When the Men's National Team takes on Antigua and Barbuda on Friday they're looking to start off qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the right foot - just like they did four years ago.

In the USA's last World Cup qualifying opener they played Barbados on June 15, 2008 at the Home Depot Center, finishing with a commanding 8-0 victory.