Sunderland players working 9am-6pm under Paolo Di Canio

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Sunderland's squad are working from 9am until 6pm under manager Paolo Di Canio's gruelling pre-season routine. Black Cats skipper John O'Shea has given an insight into the club's new working hours. And it sounds like the players' shopping and gaming schedules have been severely affected. The squad reports for training at 9am for two morning [.

Ease the Burden of Competitive Play

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Being a parent isn't easy when it comes to what to do, and what not to do on the sidelines. Nixa Soccer club recentlyposted an article on their blog with a few ideas to help soccer parents listen, and maybe make things a little less stressful.

"1.Be your child's fan not coach.

Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa suffers fake broken leg on international duty

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Shinji Kagawa is trending on Twitter after suffering a fake broken leg playing for Japan. A false rumour that the new Manchester United player was facing six months on the sidelines spread around the social networking site, sparking panic among United fans. Anyone doing a quick check on the progress of Japan's match against UAE [.

Mourinho Hints At Kaka And Sahin Departures

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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has admitted both Kaka and Nuri Sahin could be on their way out of the club in the coming weeks.

The 30-year-old Brazilian has found it difficult to nail down a first team spot in Real Madrid since his move in 2009 after a series of injuries.

Kaka was on the sidelines as Real Madrid beat Real Oviedo 5-1 in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday and the fact that he also failed to make the squad for a tour of the United States has fuelled speculation over his future in the Spanish capital.


Irate Bulgarian coach steals referee’s cards and chucks them away

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This has to be one of the most entertaining andunbelievable hissy-fits we have ever witnessed from a football manager. The match in question is a top-tier Bulgarian clash between CSKA Sofia and Botev Vratsa and the madness kicks off when a Botev player concedes a red card for a handball in his own area.

Liverpool Star Admits Return To Anfield Will Be Special

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Liverpool star Lucas Leiva has revealed he can't wait to play at Anfield against FC Gomel as he continues his rehabilitation after a serious knee injury.
The Brazilian midfielder, 25, is likely to play a part in the Reds' Europa League qualifying round second leg clash with the Belarusians on Thursday.


Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Left Back Edition

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Today's practice at the team's Beaverton training facility saw the Timbers' starters return to action for the first time since their loss to Colorado on Wednesday. The starters practiced separately from the rest of the team, undergoing a lighter workout as they regen from last week's game before splitting into two teams and playing a game of 6v6 with Gavin Wilkinson and Jose Adolfo Valencia rounding out the sides.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over Edition

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With two games against Colorado in six days, the Timbers had a light practice session today at the team's Beaverton training center. Friday's starting eleven broke off and took part in a short regen session before heading inside while the rest of the team did their fitness work and played a short field game.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Practice Without Perkins

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After the big news of Troy Perkins' trade today the Timbers still practiced at their Beaverton training facility. Perkins was sighted briefly before practice as he stopped by to say goodbye to his teammates and clean out his locker.

Donovan Ricketts, who was picked up in exchange for Perkins, will practice with the team for the first time on Friday, according to Gavin Wilkinson.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Moving On Edition

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The Timbers held practice today at Jeld-Wen Field for the first time since their 5-0 loss to FC Dallas on Saturday. With only one day of practice between their two game road trip through California and Texas last week and tomorrow's friendly match against Aston Villa, the Timbers kept practice short today, heading inside to watch the tape of Saturday's loss together shortly after eleven.


Rooney: I Didn’t Blame Ronaldo – I Tried To Get Him Booked Too

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In the latest instalment of Wayne Rooney's autobiography, which is currently being printed in The Mirror, our striker reflects on his red card at the World Cup in 2006. Ronaldo was one of five Portuguese players who was complaining to the ref but the press in this country blamed him not only for Rooney's red card, but for England's exit from the tournament, despite the game finishing in a draw and Gerrard, Lampard and Carragher all missing their penalties.

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.

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Despite a change of manager at Spurs it could be another frustrating year on the sidelines for Jermain Defoe, particularly if AVB does back up the rumours and sign two new strikers before the start of the season.

JD has spent much of the last two years in and out of the side and there have been constant rumours of a move away during that time.

New England Revolution

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Crew @ Revs (again)

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A comprehensive, 90-minute performance was just what the doctor ordered for the ailing Revolution, and that's just what went down on Wednesday night against the Columbus Crew. For the first time in a long time (if at all) this season, Jay Heaps' squad not only limited the petty mistakes that have cost them so many points this year, but they also pressed high, played physical, and controlled the tempo.

Chicago 2 - 1 New England: MacDonald's First is the Decider in the Revs' 4th Straight Loss

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It was another disappointing road result for the Revs tonight as they fell 2-1 to the Chicago Fire, bringing their 2012 record to 6-13-5 with still only one road win on the season. Meanwhile, with tonight's result the Fire sit comfortably in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference standings and look more than ready to extend their campaign into the post-season.


Arsenal midfielder targets revenge

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Injuries form a brutal reality of football that every player hopes to avoid as much as possible but for Arsenal's Abou Diaby, a background plagued by injuries is now only powering a redemption mission.

The 26-year old Diaby has featured minimally for the Gunners over the last two seasons and recently admitted that an extended period on the sidelines sometimes led him to the shocking lows of depression.

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.

Footballing Side Should Be A Priority

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Wenger assessing the next generation

Hello everyone and good day to you. The clock is ticking furiously away and we're now 40 hours from the end of the transfer window (as I type this). Surprisingly, we were not linked with any new names yesterday. There were no rumours. Absolutely zero. One hopes that this is the calm before the storm but with Arsenal, it is hard to make a guess either way.

Backpage Roundup: Afellay Available, Wenger Wants ‘Special’ Players Only, Wilshere Won’t Be Rushed and More

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Wenger to Be Patient with Wilshere

Arsene Wenger has said that when injured midfielder Jack Wilshere regains full fitness, it will be like a fresh new signing for the club, but has insisted that the England international will not be forced back into action ahead of schedule.

Liverpool Hopes to Wrap Up Loan Deal For Nuri Sahin In Next 24 Hours: The Nightly EPL

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The tug of war between Arsenal and Liverpool over the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin has been excruciating to watch from the sidelines. Arsenal thought they had signed the Turkish maestro earlier this week until the deal seemingly...

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Et tu Alex? Goodbye to Alex Song

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Well, I picked a pretty interesting week to go out of town from an Arsenal perspective. When I left last week there was hope that RvP might be staying put, everyone was jazzed up about the new signings, and there was talk of more to come. I land in San Francisco on Wednesday last week, turn on my phone, and immediately receive 5-10 texts from both Arsenal and ManUre fans about the now confirmed transfer of one Robin Van Persie to Manchester.

Can Arsenal depend on Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky this season?

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With the start of the season quickly creeping up on the calendar and the transfer window being open until the end of August, Arsenal, like most other Premier League teams, aren't sure who will be in the line-up on opening day and who might not be with the club anymore.

One thing looks certain though, and that's that Gunners midfielders Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere won't be ready to play when the season kicks off.

Jack Wilshere

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The Young and talented English man has been out injured for a while now. Just like Aaron Ramsey had been not so long ago, and I have to wonder what his return will be like.

Most gooners would agree that Jack Wilshere , When fit, Should be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Robin Van Persie

Berbatov’s stubbornness could cost him a move

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With the summer arrivals of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa at Manchester United, the already out-of-favour Dimitar Berbatov's time at Old Trafford is up. The Bulgarian frontman was forced to watch-on from the sidelines for the majority of last term, and Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to sell the attacker given the strength in depth at his disposal in attack.

RVP statement confirms the ongoing death of football

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So Robin Van Persie has 'kindly' released an 'update for the fans'. Â The great irony is that he pretends to care for the loyal Arsenal fans who have supported him through the good and the bad times, and in RVP's Arsenal career there have been many more bad times given the massive amount of time he has spent out injured on the sidelines.

Gossip/Trash Talk

La Liga shocker: Getafe deflate Real Madrid, 2-1

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Paging Nuri Sahin. Please return immediately to Real Madrid, do not stop at duty free to pick up chocolate bonbons, board the next flight. We have a problem. Only one point against the also rans. Luka may not do it.

Getafe's heroes were Juan Valera with a superbly placed header and then Abdel Barrada, the pick of the Azulones, in a breakaway with Adrian Colunga, finishing with aplomb.

Player exchange: Pazzini to Milan, Cassano to Inter + €7.5m

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Pazzini and Cassano in a swap between clubs

Giampaolo Pazzini and Antonio Cassano are all set to trade clubs. Pazzini will be moving to Milan as he no longer fits in with Andrea Stramaccioni's plans while Cassano is moving to Inter because he's Cassano and a rolling stone.

Both clubs are strapped for cash but Milan is worse off but are willing to pay €7.

Tito Vilanova era gets a rollout as Barca thump Real Sociedad, 5-1

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A brace from Lionel Messi, and goals from Carles Puyol, Pedro, and David Villa as Barca sauntered through their opening fixture against Real Sociedad. The opposition got a consolation from Chory Castro.

Perhaps no goal was as satisfying as Villa's coming back to the game after an 8th month injury absence.


Take Your Pick: Treatment Table Totty

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Gimp walkers, fear not. We still have love for you! Image: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/GettyImages. As we head into one of the more exciting parts of the footie season, let's take a moment to think of the many players who can only sit injured and frustrated on the sidelines. From Jack Wilshere to Chris Smalling, through Martin Caceres and [.

Summer Tours Are Tough For Newcastle – Really?

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Alan Pardew has revealed that the summer tours for Newcastle are very difficult for the Newcastle staff, and Alan wants to end the view that it's a walk in the sun for the Newcastle squad. Alan Pardew on the sidelines during Monaco game The squad has only just returned from their games in Germany and Austria and then they will fly out to Portugal on [.


Robinson Glad To Be Back

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Jack Robinson is hoping to put his injury problems behind him and impress new manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Liverpool left-back became the club's youngest ever player when he came on against Hull City as a 16-year-old in May 2010.
Rafa Benitez was the manager in charge then but Robinson has since seen Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish come and go before the appointment of Rodgers earlier this summer.

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Scott Parker has been troubled with an Achilles problem since the final few games of 2011-12 and according to new head coach Andre Villas-Boas, the midfielder may miss the start of the season.

Scott is currently being assessed as to whether he needs surgery ahead of the kick off.

"There might be a small tear on his Achilles," said Villas-Boas.

The Rest

Chelsea’s Marco Van Ginkel out for the season with cruciate ligament injury

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Marco Van Ginkel will miss the rest of the season with the knee injury he sustained during Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash with Swindon. The Dutchman was substituted in the first-half after twisting his knee awkwardly. He immediately looked to be in trouble, but initially tried to play on. But an MRI scan carried out [.

Spurs star Gareth Bale watches Wales vs Republic of Ireland

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Tottenham star Gareth Bale was a besuited spectator for Wales' 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland last night. The Real Madrid target has largely managed to avoid the media glare during his ongoing transfer saga give or take being spotted arriving and leaving training grounds but he was very much in the [.

Who should Klinsmann start vs. Jamaica this time?

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Just two days removed from Friday's disappointing 2-1 loss to Jamaica, Jurgen Klinsmann is left to figure out just which 11 players he can turn to for Tuesday's crucial rematch against the 'Reggae Boyz' in Columbus.

There were few good performances across the board for the Americans, and some that should lead to changes in the lineup.

Logan Pause out 4-6 weeks

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Logan Pause out 4-6 weeks

Chicago Fire Team Writer Jeff Crandall just broke some damaging news regarding a lengthy stay on the sidelines for Logan Pause. Logan is nursing two broken ribs and pneumothorax after a collision with Bakary Soumare in the Philly game. Jeff states the injury occured in the 25th minute, and Logan toughed it out until the 44th minute when Patrick Nyarko replaced him.

Forward explains Reds celebration

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Fabio Borini has explained that the tremendous excitement he felt following his first Liverpool goal last night was the reason behind his dramatic celebration.

Former Roma forward Borini latched on to a poorly cleared ball from the Gomel defense and clinically steered home from the top of the box to open the scoring in yesterday evening's 3-0 win at Anfield.

Sao Paulo Keeper Scores Another Screamer

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We've featured 39 year old Sao Paulo keeper Rogerio Ceni here before scoring his 100th career goal and following six months on the sidelines following shoulder surgery he was back to his very best as he scored another trademark free-kick in just his second game back as Sao Paulo beat Bahia 2-0 in the Copa Sudamericana.

Pros: Concussion sidelines Pyzdrowski

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Matt Pyzdrowski (Marquette) has found a home with Swedish club Ängelholms FF, playing every minute of Superettan play since joining the club in January 2011.

But the goalkeeper was forced to the sidelines for the first time Sunday, coming off at halftime after suffering his third concussion of the year in a 4-1 loss to Trelleborgs FF.

Forgotten Man Wayne Bridge Heads To Brighton To Kick-Start Career

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Bridge practising his 'sitting on the bench' technique

More famous in recent seasons for the whole sorry John Terry shagging-his-ex palavar than his performances on the pitch, ex-England full-back Wayne Bridge has left Manchester City in a loan deal with bright young things of the Championship, Brighton & Hove Albion.