English Premier League

Mourinho Admits Title Race is Over After Derby Defeat

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has given up hope of winning the Premier League title following his side's 2-1 by arch-rivals City at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Two goals, that had their whit of fortune, from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi was enough to win the Manchester derby after Marcus Rashford had levelled for the hosts.

Klopp Disputes Everton Penalty In Merseyside Draw

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp disputed the decision to award Everton a penalty which led to their equaliser in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Liverpool were denied three points as Wayne Rooney's 77th-minute spot kick cancelled out Mohamed Salah's first-half opener.

The Liverpool technical bench were incensed when referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot for Everton's penalty after Dejan Lovren clumsily bundled down Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Wenger Still Hoping Sanchez And Ozil Sign New Deals

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez want to stay at the club despite both players being out of contract in the summer.

Sanchez scored in the Gunners' 2-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday, while Ozil was named man of the match.

"I am convinced they love the club and love the team, but all the rest will be decided when?

Liverpool and Manchester United Rivalry: Longtime Football Foes

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The Liverpool F.C. and Manchester United F.C. rivalry is one of the oldest and most intense football battles in England. These are two of the most successful football clubs in the English Premier League. Their first derby was held on 28 April 1894. Since then, Liverpool and Manchester United have played one another 191 more times with the United winning 77, the Reds 64, and 51 resulting in draws.

Will non-Chelsea Fans Put Aside Partisanship and Choose an English Club over Bayern Munich?

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In American college football, the Southeastern Conference has some of the fiercest and most legendary rivalries in the land;  fueled by factors familiar to the Premier League – proximity, history, regional pride, high stakes, top talent, and, above...

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Where did it all go wrong for Kean and Blackburn?

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Yesterday's defeat against Wigan confirmed that the 1995 Premier League champions have once again been relegated to the second tier of English football, after 11 years back in the top flight.

So where did it all go wrong for Rovers? I think it is fair to say that neither the owners Venky's nor manager Steve Kean have been fans' favourites since they took over at the end of 2010 and the plight has been clear for all to see.

The Top 20 Derbies In Europe By Attendance

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The Top 20 Derbies In Europe By Attendance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Watched by a global TV audience of around 650 million, it's been described as 'the mother of all derbies' and the second most important game in the world (after El Clasico) but is the Manchester derby the biggest derby in Europe?

Serie A

Handanovic Stars As Inter Get Point In Turin

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Inter remain in top spot in Serie A after holding Juventus to a goalless draw in Turin on Saturday night and then seeing Napoli held to the same score at home to Fiorentina on Sunday.

Inter left Turin with a point due to the heroics of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who single-handily kept Inter in the game with Juve having 19 shots to just six from Inter, only one of which was on target.

Derby della Madonnina Talking Points

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The season's first Derby della Madonnina promises fireworks as the underwhelming Rossoneri take on Inter Milan at the San Siro on Monday morning.

Luciano Spaletti has taken Inter under his wing and up the Serie A table with a fantastic start to their campaign. Inter are sitting third and seven points clear of their bitter rivals ahead of the Derby.

Italy Bids Final Farewell To Livorno’s Piermario Morosini As 5,000 Fans Gather Outside Church

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You've read Serie A Sister's tribute to Livorno's Permario Morosini, where we told you how the family, friends and fans of the player have been coming to terms with his passing after he collapsed during a Serie B game on Sunday. His funeral took place in Bergamo this morning and more than 5,000 fans from his former teams, Atlanta and Udinese, gathered last night to bid farewell to their beloved player.


The Black-And-White Years: 15 Brilliant Vintage Photos Of England’s Age Auld Rivalry With Scotland

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In deepest, darkest November of 1872, England played Scotland in the first ever official international football match at the Hamilton Crescent cricket ground in Partick.

A crowd of 4,000 spectators paid a shilling apiece to watch the match finish goalless.There's more here.

The two nations had actually played each other fives time previous, but FIFA refuse to acknowledge those early games as full internationals as all five of the Scotland teams were merely made up of players draftedfrom the London area.

MLS Predictions: Cascadia…Take Me Away & SuperClasico

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Someone call a plumber because this backline sh*t stinks! (Leonardo returns for the Galaxy)

... and so it begins, rivalries in full flow, television screen packed with pomp and circumstance as the familiar elevens gather to do battle on the grassy field. This week we explore some rivalries, talk about Cascadia and the battle for Los Angeles, and discuss trades that were.

Galaxy Notes: Rivalry match on tap; DPs set for international duty and more

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CARSON, Calif. –- Heading into the first rivalry match of the season, things could be going better for both Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy, but the fact that both teams are struggling in the standings does not take away from one of the MLS' most heated rivalries.

Major League Soccer

Cascadia rivalry should inform expansion

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The Cascadia rivalry could potentially serve as a template for future expansion. PSP's Earl Reed lays out his plan.

Old school MLS rivalries

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Back when Major League Soccer was just a startup, when every team played in someone else's building and the jerseys had the look of Trapper Keeper cover art, a handful of meaningful rivalries formed in the cauldron of the new American soccer League.

DeRo and Draw Dominate Definitive Atlantic Cup Duel

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An Atlantic Cup match is always a show. The dueling cheering sections always cheer a little louder, the players are a bit more physical, and the soccer world is reminded that league rivalries can be just as fierce on the ...

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Attending to a rivalry

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How real are the I-95 rivalries? A look at Sunday's Union against DC United from a red and black perspective.

Alexi Lalas’ idiot’s guide to MLS All-Stars v Chelsea

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Chelsea take on an MLS All-Stars side in Philadelphia on Wednesday. As is customary in American sports, a rag-tag bunch of representatives from the league will come together for one night only. And on this occasion they'll be facing the reigning European champions. OTP doesn't profess to be expert on all matters MLS we [.

How Texas was won

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Kinnear: "When you come here, you kind of learn pretty quickly if your eyes are open." HOUSTON — It was bound to happen. Since the curtain raised on the FC Dallas-Houston Dynamo rivalry, which Houston now owns with a 5-2 record, minor scuffles and dramatic plot twists have been routine. In a league with a number of sterilized rivalries created more out of media necessity than real


Blanked: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo pretend they can’t see each other (Real Madrid v Barcelona)

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Sometimes supposed rivalries between sporting icons are played out in the newspapers and nowhere else. But relations between the two best footballers on the planet looked decidedly frosty after the final whistle in last night's Spanish Super Cup second-leg. Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were keen to shake hands with various opponents and the [.

Ronaldo the father. Myself the gullible?

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By Jordan Brown

There is a small humanity in me when it comes to football. I found it in between the transfer sagas of Robin Van Persie and Jovetic—nestled amongst the endless moneyed sagas of a dozen moneyed clubs, Cristiano Ronaldo—of all the possible people—cried out for a sympathetic ear, and of all the people, this Barcelona fan heard it.

Euro 2012, Quarterfinal Preview: Greece vs. Germany: The Bailout Bowl

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Zack Goldman has your afternoon and lunchtime Cliff Notes right here.

Out of all of the old rivalries and politically-charged matchups that the European Championships have thrown up in recent years, this is one of the most compelling. Let's sink our teeth into the second quarterfinal, Greece against their sugardaddies.

New England Revolution

MLS Recap Week 16

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Article by Pedro Gomes
This weekend was full of early goals, fierce rivalries, and beautiful finishing. The action came fast and strong this weekend as teams all across the league really picked up the pace and the chase for the top of the standings. There is a new leader atop the Western Conference and almost a new team atop the Eastern.

Musket Rounds: Bad Officiating, TFC, CONCACAF, And More

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Happy Thursday and welcome to today's Musket Rounds. On tap this morning is a look at some accomplishments for Michael Parkhurst, an election in CONCACAF, backlash over MLS Rivalries, and a whole lot of really bad officiating. Basically, another day at the office. So, without further ado, the Rounds.

International football

Video: Holland fan pranks Germany’s team bus with orange wheel-clamp

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Germany v Netherlands is one of international football's great rivalries, so fans of both teams will go to great lengths to give their team the edge over their neighbours. Take this enterprising Dutch fan, for example. He sneaked beneath some security gates in order to place an orange wheel-clamp on the German squad's bus!

Keane: Too Many Rivalries In England Squad

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Roy Keane has given a damning verdict of the England set-up and has claimed that as well as wanting to spend more time with his family, Paul Scholes retired from international football because of how things worked behind the scenes.

"England have not done well at big tournaments and everyone is intrigued by it, but the priority for a lot of top players now is not international football," said Keane.

The Rest

Is tonight’s game a rivalry match?

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In the absence of a true regional rivalry, perhaps Union fans can look further afield to find a match worth getting worked up about.

The Football League According To Twitter Infographic

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Twitter has had a big impact on the world of football. It's affected the way our clubs interact with us, the way we interact with players and the way journalists get stories about those players. This infographic looks at The Football League According To Twitter, ranking various leagues, players and rivalries based on the number [.

Arsenal vs Tottenham best bets – The derby that’s always a classic

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Tottenham Hotspur make the short trip across north London to the Emirates this Saturday lunchtime for what is recognised as one of the fiercest local rivalries worldwide, and this will be the first selection I make on the Betfred Goals Galore coupon this Saturday, for reasons I'll explain... We have been treated to some spectacular [.

United for You (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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There is great history in Premier League games, many of them come through from old rivalries: born before the premier league was even a glint in our English eyes. So when the Uniteds meet: Manchester and Newcastle it is a ... Continue reading...

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Noticias : The Awkward Mourinho-Vilanova UEFA Portrait, Xavi And Iker Casillas’ Prince Of Asturias Award

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Tito Vilanova knows that there are a few things more terrible than being awkwardly forced to stand next to the man who once poked your eye at an El Clasico game. With the existing bad blood between these two, UEFA took it upon themselves to place Mourinho and Vilanova next to each other during the official photo session at this year's 'Elite Coaches' forum.

Three stages of anger bring enlightenment and a blood feud

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Forget Red Bulls. Montreal and DC are the rivalries upon which traditions are built.

THE MATCHUP: The Auld "Enemy"

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"I can has tazer?"COLUMBUS VS. TORONTO
It's hard for any TFC supporter to think about an away fixture at Columbus without harkening back to that frozen day in 2008 when thousands of hearty Torontonians invaded Crew Stadium.

Longwood Men's Soccer Season Preview

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2012 SEASON PREVIEW – LANCERS OPEN AT COASTAL CAROLINA FRIDAY FARMVILLE, Va. -- After winning the 2011 Atlantic Soccer Conference (ASC) Tournament Championship, the Longwood University men's soccer team returns to action in 2012 as a new member of the Big South Conference.
"We're looking forward to further developing Big South rivalries," said head coach Jon Atkinson.

Unexpected Rivalries 2: Shrewsbury, Port Vale and Wrexham

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After Kerry Andrew opened our Unexpected Rivalries series back in March, we are delighted to welcome back Andrew Harding, deviser of an eponymous blog and a man we have invited to muse on those clubs likely to get the goat of the average Shrew. True, Hereford remain the most indelible foe, but in the spirit of the series, Andrew, who can be followed on Twitter here, spreads the net wider, clearly spoiling for disagreement.

Michael Bradley Transfers to Roma

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The long-anticipated deal is now complete: Michael Bradley is officially a member of legendary Seria A side AS Roma. Coming off a fantastic first season in the league with Chievo Verona, the Roman team paid $4.6 million for the services of the 24-year-old U.S. international.
Bradley made 34 appearances for Chievo in his opening year in Italy, earning the nickname "The General" for his work in midfield.

Rangers FC: A stunning fall to the Scottish third division

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Ibrox: The new home of the newco Rangers

The Scottish Football League voted today, all 30 clubs that is, and the verdict is Rangers FC will begin their lives as the newly reconstituted newco Rangers, in the third division of the SFL. What a stunning fall. The most titled club in the world having won 54 league championships begins life in the lowest echelon of their league.

Letters from Shanghai

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Letters from Shanghai

Yes, they do actually play soccer in China. Yes, it is almost as exciting as it is here. Aging euro-stars that aren't performing up to expectations? Check. Fierce rivalries complete with epic trolling? Check. All-Star team at the bottom of the table? Check. Interestingly enough, they may actually have a hooligan problem.

Colorado Rapids Scouting Report: Back To Attack

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Tomorrow's match between the Sounders and Colorado Rapids is ripe with the kind of drama that catches national attention and it's no surprise that NBC dispatched Arlo White and crew to broadcast this one.

Sigi has been coy about the availability of Steve Zakuani, who had a tantalizing appearance on the bench versus Sporting Kansas City but has not appeared on a gameday roster since.

Sounders at Portland Timbers Cascadia Cup Rd 3 - Three Questions

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Round three of the 2012 Cascadia Cup contest between sees the Seattle Sounders head down south to face the struggling Portland Timbers. In the mini-league standing no team yet stands out as a leader with the two previous matches ending in draws. The Whitecaps sit in first with two points. For the Timbers this is probably their only chance at a Cup.