Cesc Fabregas’ sorrow over missing Arsenal shirt

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Cesc Fabregas has expressed his sadness that he doesn't have a number 57 shirt from when he broke into Arsenal's first-team. The Barcelona midfielder uploaded a photo of his collection of Arsenal, Barcelona and Spain jerseys to his social networking sites but there's one that's missing. When he made his debut for the Gunners [.

Gunner admits to ‘moments of depression’

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Abou Diaby has opened up about the extent of his sadness during a long spell on the sidelines last season, conceding that there were moments when he was depressed to be out of action.

Diaby, 26, made a total of five appearances across all competitions for Arsenal last season and despite making a successful return to start off the current campaign, the Frenchman has not forgotten his frustrating journey to regaining full fitness.

Now Cesc Fabregas is suffering because he doesn’t play enough for Barcelona

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Before Cesc Fabregas finally forced his move from Arsenal to Barcelona in the summer of 2011, he was in Ibiza and, according to Xavi, he was suffering. In the year since his Barca DNA was mercifully returned home, the 25-year-old Fabregas was a standout performer early on and won the Club World Cup and Copa del Rey, plus another European Championship with Spain.

The Rumour Mill

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I have posted on here before of my amusement at the intensity of fans during the summer break, I know I am in the minority but I simply cannot be bothered to get wound up by the rumour mill and media circus. Thank god this superb Olympics has pulled so many of the scribes away from their dubious fabrications within the football silly season and directed them to a more worthwhile and fulfilling portrayal of fact rather than fiction.

The Rumour Mill

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I have posted on here before of my amusement at the intensity of fans during the summer break, I know I am in the minority but I simply cannot be bothered to get wound up by the rumour mill and media circus. Thank god this superb Olympics has pulled so many of the scribes away from their dubious fabrications within the football silly season and directed them to a more worthwhile and fulfilling portrayal of fact rather than fiction.

Video: Arsenal trio Mertesacker, Podolski and Sagna bust-a-move in Nigeria

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It's fair to suggest that the mood in the Arsenal pre-season camp may not be bubbling, despite the squad having just returned from what looked like a thoroughly enjoyable tour of the Far East. The reasons for that are the on-going Robin Van Persie transfer saga, the recent news that Jack Wilshere may not be [.

Pep: This was not Barca’s year

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Saturday's El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid put Barcelona on the verge of losing their domestic crown and after watching Chelsea also knock them off their Champions League throne last night, manager Pep Guardiola feels that luck evaded the Catalans this season.

Guardiola, typically known for showing humility in his post-match press conferences, lost his cool earlier this week as the Spanish media sought explanation for his usage of youngster Cristian Tello during such a decisive stretch of matches.

What a waste of time

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By Walter Broeckx

Oh the joy but also the sadness at times of being an Arsenal (and more in general) and/or football supporter and in my case a blog writer. Sometimes you can write the victory bulletins and sometimes you have to announce defeat. That is the way it goes. That is the way it [.

‘I Was Left To Rot By Villas-Boas’ – Nicolas Anelka Describes His Painful Final Days At Chelsea

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By Alan Duffy

"You see this smile on my face? It's only for the cameras, ok? I genuinely despise you"

Currently doing a spot of pre-season training in Spain with new club Shanghai Shenhua, Le Sulk, Nicolas Anelka, has described the hell he had to endure during his final days at Chelsea.


Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t sad at Real Madrid anymore!

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The mysterious sadness that inexplicably took hold of Cristiano Ronaldo five months ago has now lifted. So you can blow out the candles for your nightly vigil and resume living a carefree existence as the burden of a sad Ronaldo no longer needs to weigh heavy on your mind.

Way back in September, Ronaldo told the press that he didn't celebrate his first two goals of the season in Madrid's 3-0 win against Granada because "I don't celebrate goals when I am feeling sad and that's the case today.

Video: Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho cheers up ‘sad’ Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been very public in expressing the sadness he is currently experiencing at Real Madrid. But the Portuguese star was able to put that behind him as manager Jose Mourinho reduced him to fits of laughter during a training session. We know the Special One is a miracle worker, but talking round a [.

David Villa Returns To Spain Squad Ahead Of Saudi Friendly – Plus Messi Is So ‘Over It’

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In case you just got the memo, it's international week and most of the remaining Euro-zone World Cup 2014 qualifiers and friendly matches will be played throughout Friday and next Tuesday. Members of the Spanish team trickled into the training ground with their signature Jeans and Tee combos at the Ciudad de Futbol in Madrid yesterday, although Per Mertesacker appeared to have accidentally arrived with Santi Cazorla in the same van (behind).

Cristiano Ronaldo says his sadness has nothing to do with wanting more money

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Since Cristiano Ronaldo told the media that he was too sad to celebrate his goals during Real Madrid's 3-0 win against Granada on Sunday, speculation has been rampant. Since he said that his frowniness was caused by "professional" reasons, the popular theory of Ronaldo wanting more money emerged.


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Continuing on from yesterdays post below on CRISTIANO RONALDO & his "sadness", at REAL MADRID CF the below diagram of "Top Football Players Salaries" may shine a light on things. Top Football Wages CR7 is currently the 10th "Best Paid" Footballer in World Football, far from the Nº1 Samuel Eto´o with 20M€ / year.

“You’ve gotta finish”: Roundup of reaction to Union draw, more news

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"Frustration" is the watchword in the Union locker room after Saturday's drab draw. Reaction to announcement that USWNT coach Pia Sundhage will step down. Jurgen Klinsmann announces roster for upcoming WC qualifiers against Jamaica. Ronaldo "feeling sadness." More news.

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Euro 2012: Spanish ayes

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With football looking no closer to breaking out in this strange Scottish summer it's with some sadness that one says "cheerio" to Euro 2012.

Brutal honesty, of course, means conceding that Spain's triumph was as far removed from Scottish football as Craig Whyte is from Andrew Carnegie.

This Spanish team play, to borrow a line from Bobby Jones, a game with which we are not familiar.

A fan’s tribute: I say hello you say goodbye

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Guest writer and die-hard AC Milan fan, Anmol Ali, expresses her sadness to see such greats like Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi depart Milan. Revealing what many Rossoneri fans will be feeling around the world in this week of great change, Ali lays her heart out to bare, especially for her favourite man, Nesta.

English Premier League

Dimitar Berbatov is…The Continental

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Well hello there.

I see you've caught me poignantly looking off into the distance after playing my final match at Old Trafford. Yes, it's a sad moment because another chapter of the Berbography is drawing to a close, but it's also very happy because the next chapter is sure to be just as erotic as the last.

Sad Spurs Are The Ghosts Of Their Former Selves

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Plenty of Spurs places on the web where you can find anger as we slip down the table. I'm fond of describing the significance not of individual matches but sequences that crop up as the season plays out. A combination of computer predetermination and evolving circumstances throws up intriguing little sets of fixtures.

Fernando Torres & Olalla Dominguez: Blond Hair, Don’t Care

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The loveliest of childhood sweethearts were seen hoofing it down Sloanne Street in London yesterday, travelling towards the Dolce & Gabbana boutique.

Upon reflection of this week's jarring transformation, we're beginning to accept the reality for loving the Ferd. We must allow him his hair transgressions.

Tributes Pour In For Forest Owner

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Sad weekend for British football as Nottingham Forest Owner Nigel Doughty was found dead in his home yesterday. He was 54. According to a statement released by the club, Doughty was found dead in his gym.

"It is with enormous sadness that Nottingham Forest announce the death of the club's owner Nigel Doughty, Mr Doughty, who was 54, was found dead earlier today in his gym at his home in Skillington, Lincolnshire.


The demise of the United Season Ticket holder

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In the pub on a Tuesday night watching United v Stoke when one of us mentions "5 years ago, we'd have all been there tonight." A moment's reflection and it's with a sadness that this truth is realised. Sure we didn't all get to sit with each other and not all of us were [...]

ANELKA: "There are no friends in football!"

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I wondered being honest, how long it would take until we heard from either Nico Anelka or Alex after their departures from Chelsea back in last month's transfer window and it hasn't taken long.

The Sun over here in the UK leads with an interview Anelka has given about the end of his Chelsea career and claims he was left to rot with the reserves.

The Rest

Spurs coach Ugo Ehiogu dies aged 44

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It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach. Tottenham Hotspur...

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Soccer Science: Mimicry

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Thinking about what to write this week, I wrestled with two potential introductory statements. One would be to take you through the moments leading up to, and after, Chicago's opening goal from my perspective. The other option is similar to the first, except its just a string of unforgivable obscenities punctuated by a tear-soaked laptop.

ISN Contributor Shane Badger has Passed Away

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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Indoor Soccer News contributor Shane Badger. Badger covered the Rochester Lancers for our site and our thoughts and prayers are with his family...

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Milan players at Euro 2012: Ibrahimovic shines in the group stages

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The group stage is over at Euro 2012 and, it has to be said, it was quality entertainment. There were goals, glory, Greek tragedies (and surprises), inconsistent refereeing, blind goal-line referees, stories of legends, teary-eyed sadness and CR7-like tantrums. Nothing you would not expect from the best international tournament in the world.

Canberra astute A-League investors lose less than Facebook shares

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Classy Monterrey give champions Santos a guard of honor after loss in final

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Santos Laguna beat Monterrey 2-1 in the second leg of the Mexican Primera Division final to win the clausura on an aggregate score of 3-2. Last month, it was Monterrey who beat Santos on a 4-3 aggregate score in the CONCACAF Champions League final, so these two sides have played four matches with the titles on the line in about as many weeks.


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SPANISH FOOTBALL & LA LIGA came to an end for season 2011-2012 with mixed emotions of joy for the winners & for the survivors, while sadness crossed over those Clubs which were relegated into the Spanish 2º Division for next season. The main ending points of the season are that REAL MADRID won the Spanish League with runners-up FC Barcelona.

Rest in Peace: Rashidi Yekini

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Whenever a member of the world soccer community passes away it is a sad day, but the passing of former Nigerian World Cup striker Rashidi Yekini at the age of 48 last Friday brought an extra tinge of sadness for a generation of American soccer fans.

Yekini's unforgettable goal celebration during Nigeria's 3-0 win vs.

Moving On Up...

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Yesterday, when I posted my "Five Takeaways From San Jose" I was in the quiet, cozy, suburban confines of It was comparable to a quiet cul-de-sac where mail delivery could be considered the highlight of the day second only to the neighbor's cat rustling through the garbage.

But after a whirlwind day of faux press releases and phony transactions I feel like I'm in the "big city" here at the offices of The Bent Musket.

Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger Plays Basketball, Can’t Control Laughter On Court

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So we've gathered that Bastian Schweinsteiger's basketball fanaticism has scaled to extraordinary heights during his injury recuperation time at Bayern Munich. During this time of sadness (he nearly switched to professional basketball last year!), Bastian discovered that hoop shooting can be rather therapeutic, especially with Euro being less than four months away.

Forever Alone: Solitary Santa Cruz Fan Watches Heavy Defeat To Gremio (Video)

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By Chris Wright

This is so sad it might make your eyes sweat (real men never cry), but try and stave off the tears as you watch the light die in this solitary Santa Cruz fan's eyes as his side go 4-1 down against Gremio while he sits alone in the achingly barren away section.

You're a good man, Bob Bradley

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By Eric Beard

Today, along with his wife Lindsay, Bob Bradley joined the thousands of mourners in Cairo's Sphinx Square to express his sympathy to the victims and families affected by the clash between rival fans of Al-Ahly and Al-Masry in the Egyptian city of Port Said.

Reaction to Seba interview bombshell, Nowak presser, more

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Le Toux talks

It just won't stop.

As suggested by the 130 readers' comments posted on PSP in less then 24 hours since the Le Toux transfer news broke, if the sadness felt by Union fans at the news of Sebastien Le Toux's transfer to Vancouver wasn't enough, subsequent comments from Peter Nowak and Le Toux will, for many, see that sadness turn to anger.