six years


Spurs ‘agree to sell Gareth Bale for £86m’

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This stage has been positioned at The Bernabeu Gareth Bale's arrival is edging closer #thfc #rmfc Speaking Sport (@BTSportBreaking) August 23, 2013 Spurs have agreed to let Gareth Bale join Real Madrid for a world record £86m fee, reports the Daily Mail. The reports claim that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy signed off [.

Spain mourns passing of Manuel Preciado

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Manuel Preciado died aged 54

Manuel Preciado, who only yesterday signed on with Villarreal CF to become their new coach from next season, has sadly died from a heart attack today, aged 54.

Preciado was mainly associated as a player with Racing Santander but also featured for clubs such as Real Mallorca and Deportivo Alaves.

New England Revolution

Tottenham’s Clint Dempsey signs for Seattle Sounders

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Clint Dempsey has left Spurs to return to the MLS with Seattle Sounders. The USA international has gone back to his homeland in a deal believed to be roughly the same as the £6m Spurs paid to sign him from Tottenham 12 months ago. The 30-year-old said: "I am very excited about coming back to [...]

MLS All-Star Game 2012: MLS vs. Chelsea Live Blog

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It's midsummer, and you know what that means: MLS All-Star season! This year the best (or most famous, depending on your viewpoint) in MLS are all set to take on European champions Chelsea FC. It isn't the first time that Chelsea has clashed with league XI on these shores; the 2006 All-Star game was a match-up between the two sides that ended in a 1-0 victory for MLS.

Five Questions: Revolution vs. Crew

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Revolution center back A.J. Soares will be key in the Revolution's defensive efforts this weekend. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

It's been six years since the Revolution beat the Crew at home. Six years. Think about that for a second.

When the Revolution claimed a 3-2 win over Columbus on Oct.

Clint Dempsey was one year off from predicting his career trajectory in high school

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U.S. international Clint Dempsey is coming off the best year of his career, scoring 23 goals in all competitions for Fulham and finishing as the Premier League's joint fourth best scorer (17 goals). It's a good time for reflection on all he's accomplished in his 29 years and a Twitter user helped him remember back to the days before he was an internationally known footballer by sharing an old yearbook picture and quote.


David Beckham to quit LA Galaxy next month. Do you want him?

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David Beckham has confirmed he will leave LA Galaxy next month after six years in the MLS. The 37-year-old said: "I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career." All the rumours are linking the former England skipper with a move to Australia to steal some of Emile Heskey's thunder, [.

Christian Vieri Awarded €1m Damages After Having Phone Tapped By Inter Milan

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By Chris Wright

Italy's former battering ram of a striker, Christian Vieri has been awarded €1 million (£800,000) in damages after it was found that former employers Inter Milan and Italian communications company Telecom Italia conspired to tap the player's phone during his six years at the club.


Martinez Rejected Reds Offer

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Wigan boss Roberto Martinez claims he turned down the Liverpool job because of his "unique" chairman.
The Spaniard was heavily linked with the vacant manager's role at Anfield this summer before the job eventually went to Brendan Rodgers.
The 39-year-old boss also reportedly turned down Aston Villa last year, opting to sign a new three-year deal with the Latics instead.

Suarez pens new Liverpool deal

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The Uruguay forward has ended all speculation about his future by penning a new Long term contract with the club.

Suarez has been frequently linked with a move to Juventus since the end of last season, but the 25 year old committed to a new deal with the Reds on his first day back at training .

Luis Suarez Signs New Long Term Contract With Liverpool

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Good news for Liverpool fans today as Luis Suarez has signed a new contract with the club.

Moments after signing the deal, Suarez told

"To sign a new contract with Liverpool is unbelievable for me because I am so happy here at both the club and also in the city.

Benitez and Houllier in the Premier League [Infographic]

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I've been trying to come up with different ways to visually represent results. I like this one.

That both Benitez and Houllier were in charge for six seasons allows for a straightforward comparison, even if we don't count the first 12 games of 1998-99 because of the ill-fated Evans/Houllier managerial pairing.

New ‘Baller In Town: Dirk Kuyt to Fenerbahce

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Image: After six years of never having to walk alone, Dirk Kuyt has left Liverpool for pastures new. A tough season at Anfield prompted rumours aplenty about Dirk invoking a clause in his contract that would see him leave the Reds for as little as a million pounds, and just a few days after [.

Agger Would Welcome New Deal

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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger says he would be open to the offer of a new contract at Anfield and is looking forward to meeting new manager Brendan Rodgers.
Denmark international Agger, whose Euro 2012 exploits ended on Sunday after his country were eliminated, is contracted on Merseyside until 2014 but would welcome the chance to extend his deal.

Agger ready for new contract

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Daniel Agger insists he is happy to stay at Liverpool, would be willing to discuss a new contract at Anfield and is looking forward to meeting new manager Brendan Rodgers.

"It's no secret that I'm happy to be in Liverpool. Otherwise, I would not have been there for six years," he told sporten.

Striker Open To Liverpool Move

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Salomon Kalou would reportedly be open to a summer move to Liverpool, according to his agent Rodger Linse.
The former Chelsea star, who left the club after six years of service, will be available on a free transfer, after failing to agree terms over a new deal.
According to reports on Sky Sports, Kalou's availability is of interest to new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers who worked with the Ivorian during his time coaching at Chelsea.

Liverpool Enter The Race To Sign Kalou

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Liverpool have been named as one of the clubs interested in signing former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou by the manager of German side Schalke.
Huub Stevens has stated that Liverpool are in the running to sign the Ivory Coast international, but he is confident of bringing him to Schalke as he believes he wants to leave the Premier League.

Dirk Kuyt Backs Brendan Rodgers To Succeed At Liverpool

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Dirk Kuyt has backed Brendan Rodgers to be a success at Liverpool, even though he will play no part in the new manager's team at Anfield. The Holland forward has joined Fenerbahce on a three-year deal after finding his first-team opportunities limited last season, ending his six-year stay on Merseyside.

Liverpool Attacker Leaves Club After Six Years At Anfield

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Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt has completed a move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce after six years at Anfield.
As reported by BBC Sport, the Dutchman, who joined Liverpool from Feyenoord in 2006, has signed a three-year deal which could take him to the end of his career.
Kuyt, who made over 250 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 71 times, had become a fan favourite at Anfield, but found his first team opportunities limited last season, with then-club boss Kenny Dalglish opting to play Jordan Henderson instead.

Dirk Kuyt Leaves Liverpool As The Brendan Rodgers Era Begins

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By Alan Duffy

While a number of Liverpool's younger stars have been called up for Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad, one older head at Anfield has packed his bags for good. Dutch attacker Dirk Kuyt is the biggest Liverpool name to leave the club under Brendan Rodgers' new regime, with the hard-working wideman moving to Fenerbahce in a three-year deal.

Newcastle United

Football GIF: Alan Pardew’s Hellacious Clothesline On Linesman vs Tottenham

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By Chris Wright

Pies are well aware that we're a little tardy to the party with this one, but as I was out reveling in Forest managing to score on the opening day of the season for the first time in SIX YEARS on Saturday afternoon, I happened to miss the Newcastle-Tottenham game.

Pardew Humbled To Lead Newcastle Back Into Europe

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Alan Pardew has always been well aware what a fantastic club Newcastle United is, and he has come out today and said he is humbled to take the club, one of the best supported football clubs in the world, back into European competition after an absence of six years. Derek LLambias attended draw in Nyon, Switzerland yesterday Glenn Roeder was the last Newcastle manager to [.

Alan Pardew Full Of Praise For Top Newcastle Youngster

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While Newcastle seem to be struggling this summer to bring in the three senior players they need to bolster the squad for the upcoming season, which will include European competition for the first time in six years, the same cannot be said for the youngsters the club have already brought in this summer.

France Beat Ukraine 2-0 – Cabaye Scores And Runs The Midfield

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In the other Group D tonight in Donetsk, France rather easily beat the Ukraine 2-0, after it had been 0-0 at the half. French players celebrate after great Yohan Cabaye strike And that was France's first win in six years in major tournaments, as they had not won in the South Africa World Cup in the summer [.


Suarez Signs Reds Extension

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Liverpool has confirmed that Luis Suarez has committed his long-term future to the club by penning a contract extension.
Sky Sports revealed earlier that the Uruguay international was poised to agree fresh terms with the Reds.
An agreement has now been thrashed out, just 24 hours after Suarez re-joined the Reds fold following his involvement at the 2012 Olympics.

CHANTS ON GOAL: "It's usually quite loud"

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"What do you mean 'no one knows the theme song'?"
From the band who brought you the South Stand's first full-length version of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody (well most of the words at least)... it's time for another sing-along! It's been a while since we've had a midweek hymn sheet, but hey.


I hate goodbyes – so this isn’t one

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Goodbye? More like hello.

Yes, a new day awaits us all. By now you are well aware of the latest development in the brief but cracking existence of Chelsea Offside. In short, this space, in just a few hours, will be no more. A redirect and a lovely archive at our new home, We Ain't Got No History will be all that's left of this small slice of the web I called home for a good long time.

Harry Redknapp Vows To Help Save Portsmouth By Phoning Nwankwo Kanu – The Ironing Is Delicious

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By Chris Wright

Harry Redknapp has vowed to do his utmost to help save Portsmouth from liquidation after it was announced yesterday that the stricken club have until August 10th to get their finances straightened up or face the very real  possibility of being pulped.

Backpage roundup: Graham’s advice, United’s failed RVP bid, Besiktas’ interest in Chamakh, Ganso and Llorente

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Gunners Need To Come Clean, Says Graham

George Graham has said that Arsenal need to explicitly confess that they don't have the financial muscle to battle with some of their super-rich local rivals like the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea.

Deja vu, all over again

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We've been here before, haven't we? Too many times. Star team...selling club. The words have lost all meaning.

Though I have been toughened up by so many recent experiences (or perhaps simly grown numb to the modern running of Arsenal FC) I have to, as ever, express my disappointment at Arsene Wenger and the board for allowing this to happen; to keep happening.

good luck

US Soccer Development Academy Coach Threatens Friendship

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What follows was a text from the head academy coach at a US Soccer Development Academy club who we've known for ... I don't know ... around six years.

I won't say who it is or when this happened, but it gives you insight as to the types of things that go on.

Dear Brian,

Little Johny's father came to practice today and told me his son is leaving to your team.

Kuyt Humbled By Support

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Dirk Kuyt has revealed he has received many messages of support from Liverpool fans after ending his six-year association with the club to join Fenerbahce.
The 31-year-old, who fell down the pecking order at Anfield last season, admits his increasing lack of game time was behind his decision to move on.

Euro 2012

Jesus Navas And ‘San’ Iker Casillas Rescue Spain From Resilient Croats

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Jesus Navas has often been labelled the Spanish National Team's 'underdog'. His anxiety problems in the past led him to snub a move to Chelsea six years ago (he was afraid of being homesick) and the right winger has admitted it's an issue he still struggles with.

Euro 2012: Mario Gomez spins into the hearts of a stunned Germany

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Mario Gomez spins into the hearts of a stunned Germany" was written by Marcus Christenson, for The Guardian on Thursday 14th June 2012 18.41 UTC

There was a moment during Germany's press conference after their win over Holland when Bastian Schweinsteiger suddenly started laughing.

Theo Gebre Selassie: The name to remember from day five of Euro 2012

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Euro 2012 had an awful start for Czech Republic rightback Theodor Gebre Selassie as his side lost 4-1 to Russia in a match where he became the tournament's first player to be racially abused by fans. "I've experienced much worse," said Gebre Selassie of the abuse that is now being investigated by UEFA.

The Rest

FA Community Shield, Chelsea vs Manchester City: Open Thread

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The time has arrived. The traditional fixture to kick off the 2012-13 English football season is upon us, and it's the first FA Community Shield in six years that doesn't feature Manchester United. It's been a wet early afternoon in ...

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Milan’s pursuit of Kaka explains everything

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It was not that long ago that a tall, slight young boy from Brazil arrived at the Milanello. His name was Kaka and the year was 2003. Silvio Berlusconi had departed with just €9 to land the promising starlet and considering what he would go on to achieve in the next six years, it [...]

Time for lift off for Belgium

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About six years ago, Croatia came on to the world stage, could Belgium be set to the do the same. Lead by a talented group of young attacking players, Belgium are ready to take flight. They could be a fun team to watch during the next world cup.