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Ante Razov

A Believer In The Work

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In my life - outside of family - there are three people who have influenced me the most, whom I can point to as being a true role model for me. One was Paul Oberjuerge, my former editor at The San Bernardino Sun, who gave me my start in journalism and allowed me to cover soccer back in 1998. The other was a trainer I had at my local gym, whom you will hear about soon enough.

A Believer In The Work

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In my life - outside of family - there are three people who have influenced me the most, whom I can point to as being a true role model for me. One was Paul Oberjuerge, my former editor at The San Bernardino Sun, who gave me my start in journalism and allowed me to cover soccer back in 1998. The other was a trainer I had at my local gym, whom you will hear about soon enough.

Liverpool

Sunderland Hoping To Wrap Up Deal For David N'Gog

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Liverpool striker David N'Gog was initially thought to be part of a player-plus-cash deal with Sunderland over Jordan Henderson, but the 22-year-old ended up staying with the Reds for the time being.
Sunderland is still keen on N'Gog, who has been deemed surplus by Kenny Dalglish, and are hoping to wrap up a deal soon.

Jonesin’ For Their Phil: United’s Swoop For Blackburn Boy A Worthy Investment

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Coming into the summer transfer window, the expectation among most was that it'd be quite a busy summer at Manchester United, and so far, it looks very much like that will be the case, with United hitting the ground running even with Fergie on a well-earned holiday.

However, what was not expected was that United would shell out eight figures for a young and relatively unproven English center back only a year and a half after shelling out eight figures for another young and relatively unproven English center back.

What’s the point of the Europa League?

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I know that's a bold statement right off the bat, but I'm getting genuinely baffled by a competition that clubs, players and particularly UEFA consistently treat as the Champions League's annoying little brother. So by the end of last night's ‘entertainment' I found myself asking this exact question rhetorically, because there seems to no love left for UEFA's secondary competition.

Major League Soccer

Match Thread: D.C. United @ Portland Timbers [2:00 PM]

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It was nice having the Saturday off from a Portland Timbers game. Not that Timbers games are "work" or any such thing, but I do enjoy getting the chance to watch as many weekend MLS matches as possible as it helps me figure out just how well the Timbers are doing overall, especially in terms of tactics.

Nowak on Hall of Fame ballot, more news

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

Union

Peter Nowak is among the 25 on the Player Ballot for the 2011 class of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Congratulations!

The Brotherly Game quotes a report from Monday in Guatemala-based Prensa Libre that says Carlos Ruiz was in discussion with the Union but terms could not be reached.

Portland Timbers ‘spice up’ ad campaign

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SEATTLE/PORTLAND In September, the Portland Timbers planted a slightly taunting billboard near Qwest Field declaring "PORTLAND, OREGON SOCCER CITY USA 2011." But it didn't look like this. As part of the "There's no pity in the Rose City" marketing campaign, billboards are popping up around Portland featuring attractive women (and men) holding forestry tools.

The Rest

Power Rankings: Why so serious?

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So you've been waiting in unbearable anticipation, I just know it. The time has come once again for "Fuzion does the Power Rankings". I know it's been a long time coming, mostly due to changing jobs, but nevertheless it is here! Can you feel the excitement? This time around I've changed up the process just a little, and if you're interested -- well, you'll just have to jump to join us, now won't you?

No Guts, No Glory ad de-constructed

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Welcome to the blog for today folks.

Righto no small talk, no chit chat, here is the first advertisement for the No Guts, No Glory campaign. It was finally released yesterday afternoon (Perth time). Have a gander:




So what do you think? Love you to throw in your two cents worth in the comments section as well as vote in the poll question in the side bar.

Doyle's Rise to the U-20 MNT

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"Where did this kid come from?"





More than a few American soccer fans asked that question last summer when then 18-year-old striker Conor Doyle signed a professional contract with English Championship side Derby County.

The questions continued as Doyle quickly saw time with the first team.

Arsenal 3 Chelsea 1: Gunners Get Some Post-Christmas Cheer by Beating the Blues

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It's a Christmas miracle! Our boys did it. With all the pressure and expectation, they went out there and beat Chelsea. It was probably our best 90 minutes this season if you look at our consistency and overall play during the match. With the help of some personnel changes, including the beast I call Theo van Nasregas, the players stepped up, worked their socks off, and pulled off the win we all knew they were capable of getting.