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English Premier League

The Versatile Arsenal

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Firstly let's look at what ‘versatile' means:

"Capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavour"

Arsène Wenger is a well-known for being a visionary and a game changer; we've all heard the stories about how he changed certain aspects of the team when he first arrived.

The Versatile Arsenal

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Firstly let's look at what ‘versatile' means:

"Capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavour"

Arsène Wenger is a well-known for being a visionary and a game changer; we've all heard the stories about how he changed certain aspects of the team when he first arrived.

Liverpool Keen On Uruguayan Talent Gaston Ramirez

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Sources in Italy have confirmed that Liverpool is interested in Bologna's attacking midfielder Gaston Ramirez.
Indeed, the Reds are thought to have indicated that they would pay €10M to take the 20-year-old to Anfield, though Bologna's cooperation in the matter cannot be assumed.
Ramirez has impressed in Serie A since landing at Bologna last summer, being brought to the Rossoblu from Uruguayan outfit Penarol.

Liverpool Keen On Uruguayan Talent Gaston Ramirez

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Sources in Italy have confirmed that Liverpool is interested in Bologna's attacking midfielder Gaston Ramirez.
Indeed, the Reds are thought to have indicated that they would pay €10M to take the 20-year-old to Anfield, though Bologna's cooperation in the matter cannot be assumed.
Ramirez has impressed in Serie A since landing at Bologna last summer, being brought to the Rossoblu from Uruguayan outfit Penarol.

Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones: Great Business by the North West Giants

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The two prized England Under 21 internationals Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones have recently moved from their respective clubs to two North West giants separated by the East Lancs road. As Liverpool were busy tying up a deal for Sunderland midfield all rounder Jordan Henderson, Manchester United were seemingly busy beating other Premier League heavyweights, including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, to the signing of Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones.

The Alternative Transfer Update: The Lost Souls

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a target for manchester city and lyon?

I'll try and avoid writing up speculation pieces on players for the time being, as the maelstrom that is the January transfer window starts to shift into gear. Naturally we're being linked with a new player every day so it's hard to sort out the wheat from the chaff for the most part.

World Football

How Denmark can Escape the Group of Death

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A ‘Group of Death' is ascribed to every major football championships, and Euro 2012 is no different, with Group B hosting prospective champions, the Netherlands and Germany, and perennial under-achievers, Portugal, leaving poor Denmark to sweep up last place.

Denmark will be seen as the whipping boys for nations looking further than simple group qualification.

How Denmark can Escape the Group of Death

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A ‘Group of Death' is ascribed to every major football championships, and Euro 2012 is no different, with Group B hosting prospective champions, the Netherlands and Germany, and perennial under-achievers, Portugal, leaving poor Denmark to sweep up last place.

Denmark will be seen as the whipping boys for nations looking further than simple group qualification.

Is This the Soccer Ball of the Future?

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Every time one of the big sports manufacturers releases a new football, it's overhyped as some sort scientific wonder. The adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 match ball for example, was pitched as being rounder than any football that came before. We're really only talking about small cosmetic changes here though.

Predator

Adidas Predator Lethal Zones Football Boot

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Adidas Predator Lethal Zones Football Boot - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Earlier this week, adidas finally launched the Predator® Lethal Zones boot after weeks of teasers and sneak previews. The new Predator® Lethal Zones boot, designed to be a complete ball control boot for shooting, passing and dribbling, is composed of five, super-light (SL) rubber and memory foam 3-D zones, each designed to support perfect ball control.

2010 MLS Combine: Matchday Three (Live Commentary)

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The last day of the 2010 MLS Combine is underway and this morning should help solidify draft places for many of the top spots in the draft.

I will be providing some live commentary (and sharing some of the good tidbits of info) throughout the morning (power supply permitting).

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Time for NBA to Change Its Playoff Format

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The NBA playoffs are a couple of weeks away from starting, yet more than a month away from knowing who wins in the first round.

Playoff games every night of the week for weeks can be cool and for many years it worked out well.

Time for NFL to Eliminate Playoff Byes

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It is overdue. It doesn't make sense, either. Sure, the argument is that 1 and 2 seeds don't often make appearances together in the AFC, NFC championship games, but this is not the point.

There's nothing wrong with having 1 and 2 seeds play a first round game.

Major League Soccer

Union Are Prepared To Sell Le Toux To Bolton "For A Fair Price"

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The Sebastien Le Toux has taken another turn, as the striker is apparently once again available to Bolton Wanderers if a bid is tabled.

The Bolton News is reporting that the Philadelphia Union are open to selling Le Toux to the Wanderers, but only "for a fair price." Bolton has been rumored to be waiting for other transfers to finalize before moving onto a transfer for Le Toux.

For your reading pleasure, an Orange-tinted link dump

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So, sitting here this afternoon thoroughly enjoying the Bundesliga back in action after an interminable winter break, I have come across a series of stories that might just warm the hearts of us Houston Dynamo supporters near and far.

First comes this excellent piece from Soccer America about Geoff Cameron in USMNT camp.

Garey Traded To Houston

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Jason Garey is headed to Houston. (Getty Images)

To some this won't be a big deal, to others it could be. Hours before the league dives into it's brand new offseason free agency draft of sorts known as the Re-Entry Draft, a trade went down.

The Columbus Crew have sent forward Jason Garey to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for 4th round MLS SuperDraft pick in 2015 (yes you read that date correctly).

Luis Gil traded

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The Kansas City Wizards won the weighted lottery for US U-17 National Team player Luis Gil yesterday but he was not around for long. Gil had signed a contract with MLS to play for either Real Salt Lake or Seattle Sounders FC. Wizards president Robb Heineman made an effort to talk to him about staying but ended up trading him to Real Salt Lake today for a portion of transfer fee, a 2nd rounder and

TFC hopes for miracle (Mo)ves at draft

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While on his way to Philadelphia to attend this year's SuperDraft, TFC Director of Football Mo Johnston will likely be stopping by a leper colony to do some healing as well as turning some water into wine on the flight. That is the level of miracle many TFC supporters are expecting before the draft begins as hopes are high that the ever humble Scot will be able to deal for a high pick.

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Chicago Fire v Philadelphia Union in photos

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The Philly Soccer Page's photographer Nate Monahan had a tough first assignment: Follow the Union to Chicago and show us what they look like on the road following a tough home loss. Nate's photo essay shows an anxious side trying to find their identity with the head coach missing and leading scorer gone.

Player ratings: Union friendlies

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In-depth analysis is probably not warranted after a pair of European friendlies that saw the visitors in lame form. Everton mailed it in like a cereal box UPC for a free beanie and if you looked at Real Madrid's second half formation from a blimp, it spells out "aburrido."

But let the follies of others take nothing away from a stouthearted, spirited and plucky (oh hey thesaurus!

Jacobson traded to Dallas (not for Seitz)

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The Philadelphia Union traded midfielder Andrew Jacobson to FC Dallas in exchange for a 2nd round draft pick in 2013.

Jacobson started 13 games for the U in 2010, logging 18 shots, 8 on goal. He became extra parts when The Union acquired Brian Carroll as their 18th center midfielder (kidding!

Manchester United

The perils of collecting football stickers in late 80s West Germany

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When I was growing up my father was in the military, therefore we moved around quite a lot. In the late 80s we lived in Germany and I went to a forces school alongside other British kids. As we lived in a long forgotten era before the internet we were starved of any sort of British culture (including football).

Chris Smalling excels in Golf, Tennis, Judo and Table tennis but plays Football for Man United

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Chris Smalling is known as a promising defender who plays for Manchester United, but football isn't the only sport he excels at. During an interview with manutd.com, Smalling proved to be an all-rounder as he revealed his interests apart from football. Here's some Q & A with Chris Smalling. What are your interests away from the pitch?

Exciting youngster Zezinho still has a steep learning curve ahead

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Brazilian football expert Roberticus runs the rule on Arsenal's potential new recruit, Juventude's Zezinho.
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When approached by The Arsenal Column to give a profile of new Arsenal youth recruit, Wellington and the potential transfer Zezinho, I was aware that my insight would be hindered by that common gripe of domestic Brazilian supporters; namely that the players, like 17-year old Wellington, simply leave the country before fans have had a chance to enjoy their performances for the club.

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A brief history of Philadelphia Union goalkeeping

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Apropos of nothing really, except the news that Knighton was waived by the Union yesterday, here are Philly's goalkeeper transactions in their just over one full year of existence:

  • Nov 25, 09 - Traded 175K in allocation money and an agreement not to pick an RSL player in the Exp Draft to RSL for backup Chris Seitz
  • Nov 25, 09 - Selected backup Brad Knighton from the New England Revolution in the Expansion Draft
  • Jan 14, 10 - Drafted Seattle Wolves' Brian Perk in Rd 4 of the 2010 SuperDraft
  • Jul 30, 10 - Waived Brian Perk (claimed by the Galaxy)
  • Oct 24, 10 - Finished season with 2nd highest GAA in MLS
  • Nov 21, 10 - Both Knighton and Seitz left off of the expansion draft protected list
  • Nov 24, 10 - Seitz is added to the protected list after Shea Salinas is selected by Vancouver
  • Dec 8, 10 - Declined Seitz' option and left him available for the Re-Entry Draft
  • Nov 15, 10 - Seitz selected by Seattle (and then traded on to FC Dallas)
  • Jan 13, 11 - Drafted consensus late-first-rounder Zac MacMath 5th overall in the 2011 Superdraft
  • Jan 20, 11 - Signed Columbian international Faryd Mondragon (hereafter known as the Moon Dragon) after he was benched by Bundesliga relegation candidates FC Koeln.

2011 MLS SuperDraft: Mid-Season Discussion

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Its getting closer to the end of the year for the college soccer season and as much as I planned earlier this year to discuss college soccer my lack of time got in the way. So I'm playing catch up now. The college soccer season just passed the mid-way point and boy there are some standout teams right now.

Wizards Take Ofori Sarkodie in 4th

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Ofori Sarkodie, an outside defender from Indiana, was our final selection in the 2010 SuperDraft. You see a bit of Ofori above. He is a VERY well spoken individual, similar to 1st rounder Teal Bunbury. Sarkodie's brother Kofi played with Bunbury at Akron. Sarkodie was a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award this year.

THE WORD: Mo looking to s-Teal Bunbury

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------------------------------Like father, like son?

Mo Johnston must have the shakes and the cold sweats right now. The Scot has many detractors but those who do back him use his record in the MLS SuperDraft as a defence. However, with a few days to go before the 2010 draft, where he is supposed to show his wily eye for talent, Johnston and his TFC "backroom" (about two guys and a some NCAA DVD's) do not have a first round pick and only a couple of late choices at their disposal.

The Rest

So About that Conditional Draft Pick

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As everyone and their Mom knows by now, Brian Ching has returned to the Orange, even practicing today with the team, after a semi-lengthy process involving the Montreal L'Impact and the Houston Dynamo. When the deal was announced, speculation was made as to the Draft Pick the L'Impact acquired. Some said it was for a First Rounder, some said a Conditional Draft Pick.

TFC deck the Hall with new defender... leave Borman exposed to Re-Entry Draft

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Soon to be heading in the same directionToronto FC got into the holiday shopping mood on Tuesday with the acquisition of defender Jeremy Hall. The 23-year old Florida native arrives from FC Dallas after previous MLS stops with Portland and New York. Primarily a right back, Hall was the 11th overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and provides The Reds with a little more depth on the corners of their back line.

Herculeez, Herculeez, Herculeeeez (clapclapclap)

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Klump this: Herculez Gomez now has three goals in his last 52 minutes of play for Pachuca. His consolation keeper-rounder from Wednesday night ends this clip...- Greg Seltzer

MLS Draft: Meta-Mock

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So many mocks out there, but here are only those from some of the major writers out there. Listed for your previewing are the two above, the predicted Sounders pick, and the two below that. Hopefully none of these names are new. Oh, and I've made some assumptions on our own Dizzo's work to make his targets into a pseudo mock for these purposes.

MLS Draft: Complicating the First Round

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While things are going to get most complicated for Zac MacGrath, who as a keeper has a history to overcome before he can prove that he's worth a first round pick and getting starts in 2011, General Managers around the league have the challenge of the internationals as well.

It seems that a few players are intriguing first round picks besides the stand GA guys.

Roy Hodgson Is On Borrowed Time At Liverpool

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By Chris Wright

The general consensus in this morning's national press is that Roy Hodgson may just have taken charge of his final game at Liverpool, with Wednesday night's 3-1 defeat to Blackburn proving to be the final nail in his proverbial coffin.

Marshawn Lynch Traded to Seahawks

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The Seattle Seahawks have struggled on the ground this season. To help solve that problem, the Seahawks traded for Marshawn Lynch. According to reports, the Buffalo Bills will receiver a 4th round pick in 2011 and a 6th round pick in 2012. If Lynch plays well in Seahawks, that 6th rounder will become a 5th rounder.