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The Tyne-Wear Derby By Kristan Heneage Paolo Di Canio is an...

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The Tyne-Wear Derby

By Kristan Heneage

Paolo Di Canio is an insatiable reader. The Italian ingests books at a frightening rate, and when he moved to the north east of England to take up the manager's chair at Sunderland, he made a point of collecting a variety of history books reflecting the local area.

Let’s Talk Orc …

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Firstly, congratulations to Stoke for improving upon their average goal tally at Reading. They scored one whereas last season they managed less than one goal a game, scoring 36 goals in 38 games. And guess what the majority were from set plays (58% !!)

I must confess to liking Tony Pulis as a man, he is passionate, committed and honest (though deluded!

Let’s Talk Orc …

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Firstly, congratulations to Stoke for improving upon their average goal tally at Reading. They scored one whereas last season they managed less than one goal a game, scoring 36 goals in 38 games. And guess what the majority were from set plays (58% !!)

I must confess to liking Tony Pulis as a man, he is passionate, committed and honest (though deluded!

City ace: United are front-runners

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Joe Hart believes that Manchester United will once again be the toughest contenders for his Manchester City side's Premier League crown.

Hart and City won the 2011-12 title dramatically on goal difference but the England goalkeeper admits that the famous triumph was too nerve-wrecking.

While the 25-year old is ready to fight for a successful title defense, he is aware that City will be once again be challenged seriously by their bitter cross-town rivals.

Houston Dynamo

Playoff Week

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This weekend MLS returns to action. After taking this past weekend off for the international break, Kansas City, Houston, Salt Lake, and Portland will all get back to action this weekend with a trip to MLS Cup on the line.

Sporting and Houston get things kicked off on Saturday at Sporting Park, where a "fire marshal" capacity crowd will be on hand.

KC's Rivalry Week

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It's rivalry week in MLS this weekend. Many of the leagues marquee rivalries will be taking place this weekend, including Seattle vs Portland and New York vs DC. Both of those games will be on the NBC family of channels this weekend. Sandwiched between these two matches is another rivalry match between Kansas City and Chicago.

Can't Miss September MLS Match-ups

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From a national perspective, only so many MLS teams are rocking their stadiums and showing off fun talent with highlight style goals.

It's hard to replicate the aura involved with rivalry matches. But, there needs to be a sufficient amount of marquee matches to rally around from week to week.

Chelsea

Barcelona linked with Chelsea’s Juan Mata

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Chelsea star Juan Mata is reportedly a transfer target for Barcelona but Jose Mourinho may block any move because of his ongoing feud with the Catalan club. Mourinho and Barca enjoyed a less than friendly rivalry during his time as Real Madrid manager and even during his first stint at Stamford Bridge.

Video: Jose Mourinho points to Chelsea crest, threatens to leave press conference

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho threatened to walk out of his Super Cup press conference after being asked about his record against Pep Guardiola during their Real Madrid and Barcelona days. The Special One reignites his rivalry with Guardiola in tonight's match against Bayern Munich, but is clearly not happy with the match being viewed in [.

Man Utd’s Rio Ferdinand: Chelsea match not as big as Liverpool or Man City

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has played down the rivalry with fellow title contenders Chelsea, saying beating them doesn't mean as much as winning against Liverpool or Manchester City. The two sides meet in the Premier League on Monday in David Moyes' first competitive game in charge of United.

Why Tottenham have always hated Arsenal – The origins……

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Even when we lose, we win over Tottenham! by Gunner G

Probably nobody here was alive to recall the stoppage that took place in English football due to some silly sod named Franz Ferdinand being assassinated, however, it is after the ensuing war that the FA would unknowingly help to fuel one of the greatest rivalries on Earth.

Tottenham and Andre Villas-Boas Prepare for Return to Stamford Bridge

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As Wednesday quickly approaches, Andre Villas-Boas continues to play down his return to Stamford Bridge. In a match with massive implications both Chelsea and Tottenham should come out of the gate firing on all cylinders in this hotly contested match; however, the Spurs manager insists that his return "means nothing.

Gerrard: Fergie Wanted Me

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Steven Gerrard has claimed that he could have played for Chelsea, United and Real Madrid, but instead opted to stay at Liverpool.

"That sort of thing has been going on for the last 10 years. People only really heard about it with Mourinho and Chelsea in 2004 and 2005. But it has happened a few times," said Gerrard.

Vancouver Whitecaps Scouting Report: No Excuses Not To Dominate

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As the Seattle Sounders prepare for this weekend's match with the Whitecaps, it feels as if we've transitioned into a new phase of the season. For one thing, the team is coming back from the first full week break since after the Chelsea friendly in mid-July. The relatively long rest has given the team and the fans time to mentally prepare for the stretch run.

Manchester United

David Moyes: ‘Everybody tells me Man Utd vs Liverpool is a big rivalry’

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says everybody tells him there is a big rivalry with Liverpool, but appeared to be reserving judgement until he had witnessed it for himself. Asked about the rivalry, Moyes said: "Well, I didn't know yet because I've not been involved in it yet. I know everybody tells me [about] the [.

Henry Fires Reds Warning

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John W Henry believes Liverpool have a long way to go to make up for the mismanagement of the club by their previous owners.
Henry claims there is still much work to be done, both on and off the pitch, to get the Reds heading in the right direction following the buyout by The Fenway Sports Group (FSG) in October 2010.

Arsenal come out on top as Robin Van Persie sold to Man Utd

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£23m is a nifty piece of business for a semi to permanently crocked striker who when he can play healthy scores. The good thing too is that this bit of business was resolved so quickly before it became a major drag on the season's start.

Truth be told, RVP has been a peripheral figure in Arsenal's recent existence which explains why his departure doesn't have the same gut wrenching quality as say Cesc Fabregas last year.

FC Barcelona

Dogs dressed in Real Madrid and Barcelona kits play their very own El Clásico

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Sure the El Clásico games are full of immense skill, but the constant match-ups in the league, Copa del Rey and Champions League have started to take the shine off the event. Familiarity can breed contempt. In contrast, circus performer Davide Zimmari can breed footballer dogs. The eccentric showman has re-injected some sense of spontaneity [.

SPANISH SUPER CUP 1º ST LEG | FC BARCELONA - REAL MADRID | POSSIBLE LINE-UPS

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The SPANISH FOOTBALL 2012 - 2013 season is just days in & we already have already a FC BARCELONA - REAL MADRID CF clash tonight at 22.30 local time. The reason is the 1ºst leg of the SPANISH SUPER CUP title. Both teams have played down the importance of the match &, in some respects, the actual title, but with these two Clubs & the rivalry between both I don´t believe it.

Real Madrid and Barcelona set to renew rivalry in Spanish Super Cup Clash

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Real Madrid and Barcelona are ready to resume what many soccer fans consider the most entertaining rivalry in the game when they clash today in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup (4pm, ESPN3.com)

Real Madrid will be facing their rival for the first time since beating them at the Camp Nou to all but clinch the Spanish League title.

Will Iniesta pull the strings in tonight’s ‘El...

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Will Iniesta pull the strings in tonight's ‘El Clásico'?

It's probably the most spoken about rivalry in modern football, Real Madrid vs Barcelona, simply known as El Clásico. Nike have launched a new video promoting their latest CTR360 boot featuring the visionary Andres Iniesta.

Major League Soccer

Cascadia Rivalry Unique, Unreplicable

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Cascadia Cup week means national attention. This trivalry is big enough that NBC will be airing their first ever MLS broadcast game Saturday at 12:30 when the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers face off for the 78th time in their various forms over the decades. The history, the vibrancy, the passion and the quality of play will attract national attention again.

Kicking & Screening Soccer/Football Film Festival comes to Portland to celebrate the love of film, soccer and more

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Before the big rivalry match at JELD-WEN Field this weekend, a film festival with a soccer centric theme visits the Rose City with plenty of attention put towards some of the most influential derbies in the world. The Kicking and Screening Festival starts on Wednesday, September 12 at Bazi Bierbrasseire with a literary event then moves to Urban Studios for two days of film dedicated to various stories of soccer.

Three For Three: MLSR Predictions

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The playoff races continue to heat up as the remaining games slip away. D.C. United need to recover from the severe thrashing they received at the hands of the Impact, but the second place Red Bulls should prove quite the challenge. The Galaxy are back to their winning ways as the struggling Whitecaps come limping into the Home Depot Center.

Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution - MLS #24 - Preview

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The rivalry between the Fire and Revolution has been gaining strength the past few years, and there is never a shortage for action and intrigue when these two teams meet. Tomorrow night shouldn't be any different. Although the Fire come into the matchup without their captain Logan Pause, the Men in Red are definitely heading in the right direction.

2012 MLS, Week 24: Predictions

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Seattle and Vancouver renew their rivalry this weekend. (Getty Images)

Are you ready? That's probably a question a lot of coaches will be asking this weekend of their players mainly the ones that will be pulling double duty this week.

MLS heads into a busy, busy weekend with nine games spread out over two days.

D.C. United

Union Freekicks - Tuesday, August 21

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Union Notebook: Carroll's uncanny form continues vs. DC

Carrol only has six goals in his career, and three of them have come against D.C. on the road.

Fan Voting for 24 under 24 series.

I posted yesterday, but here is where you can actually vote for the players. You can vote as many times as you want it looks like.

Match #22 Preview: Philadelphia Union At D.C. United

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Setting: Sunday, August 19 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.; kickoff scheduled for 5:19 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: NBC Sports Network/TSN2 (Arlo White, Kyle Martino) and RDS2 in the U.S. and Canada, and SportsRadio 610 WIP (Tony Limarzi, Peter Pappas) locally / La Nueva 87.

US Men's National Team

“Their City. Their Stadium. Our Victory.” - USA 1-0...

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"Their City. Their Stadium. Our Victory." - USA 1-0 Mexico.

It's one of the best rivalries in all of sports, so needless to say there is no such thing as a friendly match when the United States take on Mexico. However, there was just one element missing from the US-Mexico rivalry: a US win in Mexico.

USA vs. Mexico - International Friendly - Gamethread - 7:00 PM CST - ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision

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The day is finally here for a soccer rivalry that is always full of fight, intrigue, and normally hostile play. When the US and Mexico butt heads, it's usually not pretty. It also doesn't help that the Americans will be playing tonight in Aztec Stadium, which has been an impenetrable fortress for the Yanks.

The Rest

For Still-Angry Canada, Let’s See Wilkinson Check Leroux into a Goal Post

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Because we all know the story: Leroux was born in Canada and, therefore, could totally play for Canada, but chooses not to because, hey, if you had the choice, wouldn't you play for the U.S., with their flashy Nike uniforms?

Two other good reasons for a good, full-bodied check: (1) Leroux scored the only goal in the teams' last "friendly" match, and how much did that smart for Canada?

Would you like some Sushi..taka? The Japanese style of soccer

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Recently, the Japanese soccer team has been on the rise. They've recovered from the recent criticisms arising from their poor performance in the Confederations Cup. In their most recent matches, the Japanese national team has stood toe-to-toe with both the Netherlands and Belgium.

In the match versus the Netherlands, Japan was not fazed at all by the goals of Van der Vaart and Arjen Robben.

Slavic Rivals: A Brief History

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The historically vicious Belgrade derby took place earlier this month on November 2nd. While Red Star clearly dominated the match, the only goal posted during the game was by Partizan defender Milan Obradovic, who accidentally scored on his own keeper with a header in the 18th minute. Partizan fans took home a loss from Red Star, but not before setting fire to the stands of Red Star's Marakana stadium [1].

Video :: USA vs Mexico Soccer Rivalry, Featuring Alexi Lalas

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This is a great short video, featuring former USMNT player and current soccer analyst Alexi Lalas, recapping the rivalry between the United States and Mexico.



Check out: Mexico vs USA Rivalry Essay Feature from Pipa on Vimeo.

Key Matchups as Juventus and AS Roma resume their old rivalry

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An old rivalry will resume on Saturday, Sept. 29, when Juventus plays AS Roma at home. Roma's coach Zdenek Zeman has accused the Bianconeri of doping in the 90's and Juve's defender Giorgio Chiellini has said Zeman has his last chance with Roma to win a trophy that matters. Such beefs often add to the atmosphere at the stadium, but are rarely decisive in a match.

Some things transcend rivalry. At Goodison Park this evening,...

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Some things transcend rivalry.

At Goodison Park this evening, Everton paid respect to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster with one of classiest gestures we've seen. In 1989,96 Liverpool supporters died as a result of a crush in an overcrowded section of Hillsborough stadium.

United Airlines' Magazine Profiles Sounders-Timbers Rivalry

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United Airlines' Magazine Profiles Sounders-Timbers Rivalry

In stark contrast to the rather comical take on the rivalry that the esteemed Wall Street Journal took last year, this is actually an excellently executed piece about the Sounders-Timbers rivalry. It's largely told through the eyes of Roger Levesque and it really is worth a read.

Premiership preview 12/13 + a few van Persie thoughts

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Our summers are nothing if not dramatic. I've been largely ignoring it for the past few weeks ever since van Persie's original statement I've felt a little jaded by the whole thing, and haven't had the desire to track it, or write about it, on a daily basis. Kudos to those who manage to blog without a break goodness knows I needed one.

Sounders FC produced this video about the Cascadia Cup rivalry with the Vancouver Whitecaps. As is...

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Sounders FC produced this video about the Cascadia Cup rivalry with the Vancouver Whitecaps. As is usually the case these teams are battling for Playoffs spots.

U.S. win in Mexico for the first time ever

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It was just a friendly, both sides left out key players and the intimidating Estadio Azteca had a lot of empty seats, but the U.S. still beat Mexico 1-0 for a surprising and historic first ever win in Mexico. In 24 previous matches over the course of a bitter and often violent 75-year rivalry, the U.