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.

El efecto de la Musica en los Partidos Internacionales

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Como sabemos, el fútbol es un espectáculo internacional.Dos equipos de dos países completamente diferentes comparten una cosa en común: la pasión por el fútbol.Esta pasión trae los equipos juntos parala competencia, donde los países luchan por el orgullo.En muchos casos existe unahistoria entre las dos naciones.

El mundial de 1986 y la mano de dios de Maradona

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Fue el cuarto de final del mundial de 1986. Inglaterra y Argentina se enfrentaban en el Estadio Azteca en la cuidad de México. Ningún equipo había metido un gol en la primera mitad del juego pero ambos tenían la esperanza de ganar e ir a la semifinales. Seis minutos dentro de la segunda mitad del.


Is Hosting the World Cup Worth it?

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Have you ever wondered why the bidding process for hosting the World Cup is so competitive and intense? FIFA has a pretty sophisticated process for compiling bids and ultimately deciding on a destination. The process begins with a simple request form that is sent out, and made available to every member association (MA).

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.


Security at Old Trafford

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Ugly scenes returned to the Theatre of Dreams following the match between United and Liverpool. Scenes that were reminiscent of the bad old hooligan days of the seventies. Some fans, especially...

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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 [.

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.

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Fred el Rojo y el Diablo Azul: Comparando Manchester United y Duke, dos equipos bien amados (y odiados)

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"Oído, adorado, nunca ignorado" una bandera de un fanático de Manchester United ... ¿o fue una de un fanático de Duke? Con el partido famoso del baloncesto entre Duke y UNC-Chapel Hill ocurriendo en pocos días, quiero tomar la oportunidad de examinar por qué se odian algunos equipos. ¿Existen factores comunes entre los diablos azules.

A Brief History of The North London Derby: Arsenal and Tottenham

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Today the North London Derby between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur is known as one of the biggest rivalries in European Football.Emirates Stadium and White Hart Lane, the homes of Arsenal and Tottenham, respectfully, are roughly a 4.5 mile drive apart (seen below). However, this was not always the case.

What is loyalty?

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Since as far back as I can remember, Arsenal has been my team. The team that I would get butterflies in my stomach for before matches, the team that I would find myself whole-heartedly arguing with others in support of, the team that could leave me both endlessly smiling in victory, or absolutely distraught in the face of defeat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Real Madrid

Barcelona, Real Madrid; The politics in the play

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Every time these two soccer heavyweights square up we all love it. This rivalry has been home to the biggest names in soccer and produced some of the most memorable moments in the history of the beautiful game. However, watching the style of play for both teams closely, something stands out.

Just to give you a brief history about the two sides.

A Brief History of El Clasico

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El Clasico is one of the most iconic and ferocious matchups in soccer celebrating the intense rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid two teams, which have historically dominated the La Liga. But El Clasico is more than just an intense Red Sox vs. Yankees like matchup; it's another battle in the never-ending war of Catalonia vs.

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 [.

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 [.

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.


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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

The Rest

The Righteous. Arsenal vs Them

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What do you think when reading the following?

Sheringham, Hoddle, Ginola, Berbatov, Robbie Keane, Perryman, Archibald, Graham Roberts, Paul Allen. I could go on.

I cannot say what you think, but I think ,what a bunch of execrable shitehawks. The very worst of footballing abominations.

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].

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.

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.