‘I Just Liked His Surname’ – Belgian R&B Artiste Name-Checks Chelsea ‘Keeper Thibaut Courtois On Latest Track (Video)

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In what surely must be a first, Thibaut Courtois has hada new R&B track named after him.

However, according to Belgian pop star Shay, the artiste responsible, the link to the Chelsea goalkeeper doesn't really go beyond the title.

Indeed, she only picked Courtois because she heard his name mentioned in conversation and liked the way it sounded.

Sky advert correctly envisages Shay Given’s night against Spain

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This advert for Sky accurately portrays the rate at which Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given was forced to dive around last night, albeit the save ratio is probably slightly higher in the ad than it was during this match. Also, featured is England goalkeeper Joe Hart who's pounding the treadmill and teaching the [.

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The Premier League: the Bradley-est league in the world

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As we all know, the Premier League is the greatest league in the world. The evidence for this has been repeatedly put forward by a host of pundits who don't watch any other leagues by way of comparison. But OTP would like to add a little snippet to the pile of evidence. In which other [...]

Manager: Toffees best in a “long time”

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Following two successive victories to start the season, Everton manager David Moyes has hailed his current squad as one of the best he's seen at Goodison Park in quite some time. The blue half of Merseyside can be thrilled with their side's rampant start to the season, including an opening day win against giants Manchester United.

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Match just over at Villa Park English Premier League Home Team Aston Villa Goals & Scorers 75′: Karim El Ahmadi; Keeper Shay Given Midfield Barry Bannan; Charles N´Zogbia; Chris Herd; Karim El Ahmadi; Forwards Nathan Delfouneso; Darren Bent; Defense Ciaran Clark; Matthew Lowton; Ron Vlaar; Nathan Baker; [.

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Playing at Villa Park English Premier League Home Team Aston Villa Keeper Shay Given Midfield Brett Holman; Stephen Ireland; Charles N´Zogbia; Karim El Ahmadi; Fabian Delph; Forwards Darren Bent; Defense Ciaran Clark; Nathan Baker; Matthew Lowton; Ron Vlaar; Subs Away Team Everton Keeper [.

Hometown Heroes Lichaj and Guzan help Aston Villa knock off Fire

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- They may not have the same draw as the Chicago Fire's marquee international opponent last year (it's kind of hard to top Manchester United), but Aston Villa is a club that has a certain charm to it. The club had been remarkably consistent, typically finishing in the top ten of the English Premier League until a 16th place finish this past season led to some changes.

Guzan ready to challenge for starting spot at Aston Villa

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CHESTER, Pa. -- Brad Guzan has spent four years as a backup goalkeeper at Aston Villa. But this year, as he and his club prepare for a new Premier League season, the starting spot could be within reach.

Earlier this week, Guzan put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at Aston Villa for at least the next three years.

Euro 2012

100-Cap Irish Winger Damien Duff Retires From International Football

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By Alan Duffy

A terrific little player, Damien Duff has decided to hang up his boots for the Republic of Ireland after picking up his 100th cap at Euro 2012. The move by the 33-year-old comes hot on the heels of Shay Given's decision to do the same.

The gifted wideman has enjoyed a fantastic club career with Blackburn, Chelsea, Newcastle and his current club, Fulham, although it's probably fair to say that he never quite hit the heights that his talent, back at the turn of the millennium, hinted at.

Trap Door for Ireland Greats

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Ireland's manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, made a huge decision this week, in announcing his squad for the nation's upcoming friendly match against Serbia in August, which excludes Ireland legends, Shay Given and Robbie Keane.

Accompanying the felled duo out of the national set-up are Richard Dunne – the hero of Ireland's qualifying campaign – and Stephen Hunt.

Monday Kickoff: Guzan re-signs with Villa, Russia to appoint Capello, & more

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If Brad Guzan is going to permanently claim a starting goalkeeping spot in the near future, he will have to do so at the club where he has struggled to breakthrough thus far.

After flirting with free agency, Guzan re-signed with Aston Villa on Monday, the Premiership club announced on its website.

Euro 2012: Group Stage Worst XI

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By Chris Wright

Taking into account both pre-tournament expectations and performances therein, here's our XI of the biggest flops, bumberclarts and turgid let-downs from the group stages of Euro 2012...

Shay Given (Rep. of Ireland): Poor Shay.

An Oral History of Spain's Perfect Goal

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Since 2006, the Spanish national football team has been focused on maximising the greatest strength of its playing staff – midfielders passing the ball quickly over short distances. In the years since then, the numbers of both passes and midfielders have increased greatly in all areas of their game.

Euro 2012: Group C: Mario Balotelli's brilliance as Italy wreck Ireland, 2-0

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With John O'Shea draped all over him, Mario Balotelli showed his strength and sublime timing to side volley the ball past Shay Given with his back to goal. Following which Leonardo Bonucci shushed him up as the volatile Italian looked like he was going to go through a stream of consciousness.

Goodbye Bilic

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Third batch of quarter finalist were decided yesterday as juggernauts Spain and Italy advance past their group stage. Tense affairs for both games which still could have ended very differently for at least one team, had Croatia been able to find the equaliser in the dying minutes of their match against Spain.

Ireland and Croatia go out as UEFA score own goal

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Morning all, another interesting night at the Euros and a couple of Arsenal related bits going on, so we'll get straight into it.

Group C was decided last night and unsurprisingly Italy and Spain qualified. That said, it was certainly a lot closer than it seemed in the Croatia v Spain game.

Euro 2012 – Given one in the Face

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Extremely poorly executed and about to end in tears... not just Ireland's whole campaign but also this training exercise. It's Shay Given with the final touch, perhaps mistaking one of the coaches for Roy Keane. One of them had to hit the target eventually.

Spain Hammer Ireland While Italy Struggle Again

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The Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 dreams came to an end last night as they were soundly beaten 4-0 by Spain, while Italy's progression to the knockout stages is in doubt after drawing 1-1 with Croatia.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque went with a more orthodox line-up against the Irish, inserting Fernando Torres into his starting line-up and Torres repaid his coach by scoring two goals, and giving the type of performance that made Chelsea spend all that money on him 18 months ago.

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Fernando Torres: The name to remember from day seven of Euro 2012

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Spain took a chance and started a plucky 28-year-old striker named Fernando Torres in their second Euro 2012 Group C match against Ireland. This was a surprising decision considering his inability to finish several golden scoring chances when he played the final 25 minutes of Spain's 1-1 draw against Italy -- something he's rumored to have done on one or two occasions over the previous year and half for club and country.

Euro 2012: Fernando Torres and Spain end Republic of Ireland hopes

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Fernando Torres and Spain end Republic of Ireland hopes" was written by David Hytner in Gdansk, for The Guardian on Thursday 14th June 2012 20.53 UTC

Anything can happen in 90 minutes, said Giovanni Trapattoni. But when Spain play like this and his Republic of Ireland team see their limitations so painfully exposed, only one thing can happen.

Euro 2012: Fernando Torres calls time on Ireland as Spain’s real No9

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Fernando Torres calls time on Ireland as Spain's real No9″ was written by Sid Lowe in Gdansk, for The Guardian on Thursday 14th June 2012 21.05 UTC

He was gone before Richard Dunne could even react. Before anyone could. Fernando Torres accelerated past the Ireland centre-back, cruised beyond Stephen Ward and sent the ball screeching into the top corner, taking all the doubts and the debates with it.

Euro 2012: Spain 4-0 Ireland – Super Spanish Helped To Victory By Dismal Irish Defending (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

In Gdansk against Spain, Ireland's fans were superb once again, but alas, the 11 men on the pitch failed to perform to the level that had got them to Poland in the first place.

The 4-0 scoreline didn't flatter the Spanish at all, with Fernando Torres opening the scoring after just four minutes, courtesy of some dreadful Irish defending.

Torres brace sends the Irish packing

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Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque reluctantly confirmed the selection of a true striker in Fernando Torres and benched the in-form Cesc Fabregas. Amid scrutiny and doubt, the Chelsea forward quickly rewarded that decision by scoring twice in his nation's 4-0 rout of Ireland.

Torres took advantage of the Republic of Ireland's failure to clear the ball inside a crowded box in the opening minutes and struck powerfully to give the Spaniards a 1-0 advantage in the fourth minute.

Euro 2012: Spain and Italy Draw, Previewing England and Day Four

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Another intriguing day at Euro 2012, with a well-played first match and at least by the standards of the first three days -a high-scoring nightcap to round things off. We'll get our first look at England and its contingent of Liverpool players, which means we'll also be encouraged to collectively lower our expectations because that's the best way forward for the pride of a nation.

Mario Mandzukic Knocks Giovanni Trapattoni On His 73-Year Old Derriere (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Mario Mandzukic did the lion's share of reducing the Republic of Ireland to a pile of sticky green goo last night, scoring an outrageous 'down on one knee' header to open the scoring after a couple of minutes before forcing Shay Given into conceding an incredibly cruel own-goal to finish off the scoring in the second half.

VIdeo: Mario Mandzukic knocks over Giovanni Trapattoni (Republic of Ireland 1-3 Croatia)

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Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic made it his business to make the Republic of Ireland look like mugs last night. First there was his soft 13-yard header for the opening goal, then he forced goalkeeper Shay Given into scoring an own goal, and he also sent manager Giovanni Trapattoni tumbling to the ground.

Ireland tumble to Croatia defeat in Poznan

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Croatia have made winning start to their Euro 2012 campaign after beating Ireland 3-1 in Poznan.

Giovanni Trapattoni's side were a goal down after just three minutes, as Mario Mandzukic beat Aston Villa 'keeper Shay Given.

The Irish pulled level when Sean St Ledger nodded home from Aiden McGeady's cross before Nikica Jelavic pounced on Stephen Ward's error to put Slaven Bilic's men back in front before the break.

Euro 2012: Spain held to tie by Italy, Croatia tops Ireland

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Spain's title defense is off to an underwhelming start.

The reigning Euro champions were held to a 1-1 draw with Italy on Sunday in a Euro 2012 Group C opener that was full of frustration for the Spanish side. Italy scored first through a finish from Antonio Di Natale in the 61st minute, but Spain leveled the scored when Cesc Fabregas netted three minutes later.

Euro 2012: Republic of Ireland 1-3 Croatia – Boys In Green Craic Under Pressure From Classy Croats (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Ireland's famous defensive resolve was nowhere to be seen on Sunday evening in Poznan, as the Boys in Green failed to deal with an impressive Croatian attack.

Star of the show, Mario Mandzukic, had already got on the scoresheet after just three minutes, when his header beat a rather flat-footed Shay Given in the Ireland goal.

Ireland 1-3 Croatia – Match Recap – Euro 2012 – 10 June 2012

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Croatia started the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament with a strong 3-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland. The match was crucial for both sides with Italy and Spain playing to a 1-1 draw earlier in the evening.

Things started out great for Croatia as Mario Mandzukic headed it past Shay Given in the third minute.

Euro 2012: Matchday Three (Group C)

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Spain, the defending European champions and World Cup Champions, will take their first step toward trying to win an unprecedented third straight major title with their Euro 2012 opener against Italy.

For Italy, the match is a stiff test for a team facing plenty of adversity amid the latest match-fixing scandal and a rash of pre-tournament injuries.

Euro 2012: Shay Given declared fit for Ireland opener against Croatia

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Shay Given declared fit for Ireland opener against Croatia" was written by David Hytner in Sopot, for The Guardian on Thursday 7th June 2012 22.11 UTC

Shay Given's ability to stay the course for the Republic of Ireland in Euro 2012 Group C will only become clear after the opening fixture against Croatia on Sunday, according to the team's assistant manager, Marco Tardelli.

Fernando Torres

Luis Suarez- Hitman or Wing-man?

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There has been much debate about where the little Uruguayan should be deployed, up front or down the wings. Suarez has played on the wings before, in fact, he started his career down the right flank, he impressed at FC Groningen from this position, notching up 10 goals in 29 games, impressive, to say the least for a winger.

Euro 2012: Spain 4-0 Republic Of Ireland

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Like they needed the help. Spain were only ever going to be denied victory over Ireland by the sort of rearguard action Giovanni Trapattoni's men produced in the qualifying group game against Russia in Moscow. But whereas in Moscow the ball usually ended up rebounding off centre-back Richard Dunne's arse, in Poznan, centre-back Sean St.

David Silva’s goal sums up Ireland’s invisible day against Spain

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Irish fans' delighful "just happy to be here" attitude was tested when their side played Spain in their second Group C match and it did not go well for Ireland. Fernando Torres opened the scoring just four minutes into what would be a 4-0 exhibition (Torres scored a second in the 70th minute) that didn't stop the large number of Irish supporters from singing the horror away right to the final whistle.

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Leslie Shay – Chicago Fire (3×01)

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Steven Taylor Played In Newcastle’s Last European Game

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Steven Taylor is the only player who is still at Newcastle who played in our last European game at St. James' Park back in Match of 2007, when we beat AZ Alkmaar 4-2, and were three goals up after only 23 minutes of that game. Steve Harper was a sub on the bench with Shay [...]

Mid-Day Ticker: Terry ban reduced, Llorente linked with Juventus, and more

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John Terry is once again back in the headlines, but this time it comes with good news for the Chelsea captain.

Terry's ban for his violent actions in the UEFA Champions League semifinals against Barcelona have been reduced on appeal, meaning the centerback will be able to play from the start of their title defense this upcoming season.

More Blancs and it’s Au Revoir my froggy friends

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France V Spain

Another blinder in the 3rd tie of the of the quarters awaits on Saturday night and I for one will be breaking out the San Miguels and jumping aboard The La Furia Rosa bandwagon. They take on France and from what we are hearing in the media, it could be a walkover.