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Manchester United

Man City fan vows to get Man Utd tattoo for charity

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A Manchester City supporter has promised to get a Manchester United tattoo if he manages to raise £1,500 for charity. Chris Worthington, of Macclesfield, is raising funds for the When You Wish Upon Star charity, which helped his seven-year-old daughter Poppy during her battle with a brain tumour. If he reaches his target, Chris will [.

Video: ‘Injured’ Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney trains with England

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Wayne Rooney made a mockery of Manchester United's suggestions that he is injured and out-of-shape with an impressive showing in England's training session ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Scotland. The striker, supposedly injured as recently as Sunday's Community Shield clash with Wigan, took part in a full session with Roy Hodgson's squad and showed little [.

Xavi: ‘We’ll see what happens’ on Cesc Fabregas to Manchester United

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi says "we'll have to see" whether team-mate Cesc Fabregas will move to Manchester United this summer. But he sees him as an important part of the Barcelona team and expects that to continue for the forthcoming campaign. He dismissed much of the talk about Fabregas' future as media rumours, but indicated that [.

Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season

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Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as Manchester United manager at the end of the season and become a director at the club. A club statement confirmed rumours that Fergie was planning to announce his decision to bow out ahead of Sunday's match against Swansea. Sir Alex said: "The decision to retire is one I [.

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney admits he ‘puts on weight easily’

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Wayne Rooney has revealed how he battles against his weight to keep himself in shape for football. The England and Manchester United striker says he always puts on weight when he's not staying. Several pundits had suggested that Rooney didn't look fit in the opening matches of this season and was carrying a few extra [.

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta: ‘Manchester United will force us to be at our best’

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Barcelona star Andres Iniesta says Manchester United will bring out the very best in his side when the two teams meet in Gothenburg tonight. But the midfield maestro is only interested in how United can help Barca get back to their very high standards ahead of their return to competitive action. He said: "This club [.

Arsenal

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny: ‘Arsene Wenger was right to drop me’

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And another BIG thank you to Audi Whetstone for making one of my dreams cone true today pic.twitter.com/6OX6OOw0 Wojciech Szczesny (@13Szczesny13) October 10, 2011 Wojciech Szczesny says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was right to leave him out of the team last season. The Poland international was dropped in favour of compatriot Lukasz Fabianski, with [.

The reason why Arsenal will be much better defensively this season….

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The Influences of Steve Bould: by SV At the end of last season, Arsenal waved goodbye to one of its most dedicated servants in Pat Rice. Pat spent a total of 42 years of the club, which included 14 playing years and 28 years coaching. He was, as you might say, an Arsenal man through [...]

Still cooking on Fabregas?

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Watching Italy against Croatia on Thursday, I could only admire the silky skills of Pirlo, the Italian Playmaker. Especially in the first half, Pirlo gave a demonstration of what the Conductor role is all about. He always makes himself available by cleverly, and constantly, finding space. As soon as he gets the ball, he already knows what he wants to do next.

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Chelsea’s Fernando Torres battles to catch-up with ‘much fitter’ team-mates

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says he is striving to improve his fitness because he is currently lagging behind many of his team-mates. The Spain international says the extra time-off he and five team-mates were given after competing in the Confederations Cup has left them all fighting for first-team spots with players who are currently in [.

THE FERNANDO TORRES DEBATE

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Where do you stand on Fernando Torres?

It's a simple question but judging by some of the comments on my website in recent days, one that will divide opinion.

Now I get criticised by some for my opinion but that's exactly what it is. I give it and have the freedom to do so.

DI MATTEO CONFIRMS WHAT WE ALL THOUGHT ANYWAY!

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Roberto Di Matteo speaking in the Official Magazine and featured on the Official Website, has given a clear indication of the way he wants his Chelsea team to play football this season and personally, I can't wait for the season to get started!.

As we all know with the signings we have made, Chelsea's style looks to be changing with the likes of Hazard, Marin and Oscar signing this summer in addition to our player of the year, Juan Mata to play in the attacking positions behind the striker.

Spurs in new Real player link

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It may be that the real stumbling block in the Luka Modric deal lies in finding a player suitable or willing to come the other way as part of the transfer. In recent weeks, at least three players – Nuri Sahin, Karim Benzema and Ricardo Carvalho have been touted as possible candidates but nothing has yet materialised.

English Premier League

Brian Kidd: New signings won’t mean a sluggish start for Man City

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Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd has rejected suggestions that a raft of new signings will result in a slow start to the new Premier League season. Kidd reckons manager Manuel Pellegrini's new arrivals will be able to gel before the new campaign gets underway. Speaking as City arrived in Hong Kong on Monday to [.

Wayne Rooney slows down

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He doesn't have hair, he's fat, he doesn't score

" Then I remember - I drank a few bevvies while I was away. I'm stocky. I'm not like Ryan Giggs, all bone and lean muscle."

So writes Wayne Rooney in his new book, My Decade in the Premier League. He now has problems walking for at least a half hour the morning after a game.

Arsenal In Defending

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Has been a revelation so far

As the players depart for the international sojourn, we have an early break from the club matches. Not particularly ideal considering we are only into the third week of competition. Perhaps the bigger impact of the break is our form as the team seemed to be building up nicely and becoming more and more as a unit.

Wigan 0-2 Chelsea - THREE POINTS BUT MUST DO BETTER.

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I may be speaking out of turn here and I apologise to be people if I am, but to me the game yesterday wasn't great was it. Don't get me wrong it was a good start to the campaign with three points but apart from a couple of glimpses of magic, Chelsea could have been better overall.

Wigan are a hard working side and caused us plenty of problems.

Liverpool

Kitman: New Liverpool home kit 2013/14

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Liverpool have revealed their home kit for next season. It's the second shirt to be made by American kit supplier Warrior. Given its nods to the kit of the 1983/84 European Cup-winning shirts in the shape of the collar and white trim, we're guessing this will probably be a hit with Reds supporters. And even [.

Cole Back In Training

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Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is happy with his fitness after returning to training following an injury sustained in the Europa League clash with Gomel.
Cole picked up a hamstring problem in the first leg of the qualifying round tie earlier this month and had to be withdrawn midway through the first half as a precaution.

Eddie Johnson

Sounders Use Unbalanced Shape To Open Passing Lanes

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During the last meeting with Chivas USA the Seattle Sounders had trouble defending them within the 18. That problem did not occur Saturday, in fact the defense held the Goats to just six shots and or passes in the penalty area. That defensive improvement held Chivas to just one goal. What may have gone unnoticed is that in the previous match with six goals for the Sounders they had 11 Key Passes plus Assists.

Sounders End Winless Streak, Steve Zakuani Plays

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Too many narratives from which to choose this evening, none of these are forced. Quite simple the play on the field was strong for the majority of the match. The Seattle Sounders managed to carry their strong play to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. Goals from Eddie Johnson and Alvaro Fernandez were overshadowed by the appearance of Steve Zakuani.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Player Ratings: So That Happened Edition

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I went into Wednesday's game with a slight ray of optimism and hope that f the Portland Timbers were able to focus and win on the road -- for the first time this season -- that they would then be in a decent position and shape to make a daring late-season play off run. As slight a chance that might be, it was there prior to the game against the Colorado Rapids.

Looking back to look forward: Is the elusive road win in sight?

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Thank you for the feed back on the last preview and with that feed back I will do my best to try to have the same format.

With the win last Friday the Portland Timbers finally climbed out of the cellar and now they need to get a result on the road to stay out of it. Colorado has not been a place Portland has looked forward to traveling to with each game they have played at the Dick ending in 3-0 losses.

Portland at Chivas USA: Quotes, stats, and Links

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After 10 hours of scoreless road soccer here is what everyone had to say.

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Portland Timbers Quotes

Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson

Thoughts on the game:
"I think in the first half we lacked a little bit of energy, we lacked imagination, we lacked creativity - our ball speed was a little bit poor and individual areas cost us the goal.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: See You Next Week Edition

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The Portland Timbers held their last training session before embarking this afternoon on a five day, two game road trip through Carson and Frisco. Today's per-game preparations necessitated a closed but short practice before the team heads off to the airport this afternoon.

The Timbers' line up was unchanged from yesterday with Eric Brunner, Chris Taylor, and Rodney Wallace all missing practice due to injury, while Jake Gleeson is still abroad with the New Zealand Olympic team.

Major League Soccer

Defensive Lessons From Blowout Win? Jeff Parke Says Yes

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In Seattle's thrashing of Chivas USA the Sounders defense gave the Goats opportunities. On shots from within the 18 (MLS average ~20% conversion rate) Chivas converted only one of their sixteen attempts. Those attempts are somewhat evenly scattered throughout the match timeline. Things could have been different.

2012 MLS Playoff Race: Hot and Not

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David Ferreira and FC Dallas are putting pressure on the rest of the Western Conference. (Getty Images)

A few weeks ago the MLS playoff races in both the Eastern and Western Conference looked rather boring. Both were just a five team race to determine which team was seeded where and no one from the outside was really threatening to crash the party.

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.

Hackworth shoots down Adu trade rumors

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Philadelphia Union head coach John Hackworth took some time out from helping coach the MLS All-Star Team to address some internet rumors making the rounds that had the Union dealing Freddy Adu.

Adu's absence from Philadelphia's 2-0 loss to New York, and the Union's subsequent refusal to provide details as to why he was absent (saying only that it was an internal matter) helped spark some imaginations and led to the creation of some internet trade rumors, with the most popular being that the Union was going to trade Adu to FC Dallas for Brek Shea, who is out of favor in Dallas after a very public blow-up with head coach Schellas Hyndman.

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Spurs target second Roma midfielder

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Earlier this week it was reported that Spurs were in the market for Roma's Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic. The 22 year old had seemed a viable replacement for Luka Modric but as soon as the stories broke, the player's agent was denying that a deal would take place.

"Tottenham made a move for him, but both Roma and Pjanic thanked them for their interest and politely declined the offer," said Michele Gerbino.

Balotelli Struts His Stuff To Get Italy in Another Final

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Messi? Who? I only want to be better than Bendtner. I can do the underpants thing too.

It's been decided. The winner of the last 2 World Cups will contest the final on Sunday. Italy played the perfect game to see off the challenge of Germany to set up a rematch of their group game against Spain.

Last Time

Preview: Manchester City v Chelsea - A marker for the season?

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This afternoon Chelsea travel to Villa Park to take on Manchester City in the Community Shield - the traditional curtain raiser for the new season.

Some people are saying that this game alone could show everyone where we are at compared to City and last season but I am not so sure.

For me, it's all about our performance today.

Chivas USA: Not Much More to Say

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Geoff hit on it this morning - it's only been ten days since the last time the Timbers played Chivas, and all we had to say about them then was that they were the most boring team in MLS.

Ten days haven't changed that.

In fact, the only thing that has changed for either team in the ten days since is they've both lost another game.

The Rest

20% Off All Full Priced Adidas Running Shoes!

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Now through 9/14, Adidas.com is offering 20% off all full priced running shoes for men and women. Whether you're getting a new pair of shoes to get in shape for the holidays or starting your shopping early for your friends and family, be sure to take advantage of this fantastic sale!

Development Academy Touts New Logo Heading into 2012-13 Season

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With the 2012-13 Development Academy season on the horizon, the program has a fresh look as the Academy has designed a new logo heading into its sixth campaign.

The two stars represent the two Academy mixed-age groups at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. The four stripes – two white and two red – represent the four pillars of the Development Academy: Excellence, Pride, Tradition and Education.

Matias Jara Signing Done with Eye to Future

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Those expecting recent FC Dallas signing Matias Jara to have a big impact right away with his new club figure to be sorely disappointed, especially since according to FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman, his newest addition arrived in Frisco not in the greatest of shape, which means the earliest he could make his Dallas debut could be on Sept.

POTD : Andres Iniesta’s Impromptu Medical Examination

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The newly-married Andres Iniesta is back at Barcelona's Ciutat Esportiva for some fun preseason medical tests (just like a newly-signed player) before the squad whip themselves into shape for the new season and a host of friendlies preceding that!. Well, a Ballon d'Or shoo-in has a lot to do his job!

Analysis & player ratings: Union 2-1 Impact

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The Union lost their shape and again struggled through the midfield, but were saved by Captain Courageous, and 2012 MLS All Star, Carlos Valdes.

Three Days in Utah

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The U.S. WNT trained for just three days in Utah before facing Canada on Saturday, June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kick-off is at Noon MT live on NBC with a 30-minute pre-game show starting at 11:3o a.m. MT.

Two of those trainings were at the Real Salt Lake training field and thanks to those folks from the club for the use of the pitch, which was in fantastic shape.

United settles for draw with Sport Club

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Ahead by two goals in the second half, playing at home against an opponent with 10 men and a field player in goal, things looked pretty good for Madison United on Sunday afternoon.

But Milwaukee Sport Club battled back to earn an impressive point, as B.J. Gottschlich (Germantown/UW-Platteville) scored twice in an 18-minute span in a 3-3 draw on a hot day at Warner Park.