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Everton's moving tribute to the Hillsborough 96

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A moving tribute by the Toffees to remember the 96 fallen before the Newcastle game. To the Everton fans who made this day about fans no matter where and what stripe they support. And David Moyes showing that he's not just a manager but a class act through and through:

"I applaud the families who continued to fight for the ones they loved.

Messi off the bench scores a brace as Barca beat Getafe, 4-1

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Adriano gets the Blaugranas started after Cesc Fabregas does all the brilliant spadework. Well into the second half, Pedro is brought down in the box and Messi who comes off the bench scores from the spot. The little maestro is at the right place at the right time to sweep into goal Montoya's cross for his brace.

Real Madrid lose again this time to Sevilla, 0-1

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Piotr Trochowski's majestically swept in half volley following a corner in the 2nd minute was the game winner. "Sad" Ronaldo did not do much. It was a bad tempered match and after losing Real are in 10th position. Not exactly keeping up with Barca are they? Mourinho was quite blunt:

"I worry about my team.

Manchester City held to a standstill by Stoke, 1-1

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Peter Crouch must have committed about five handballs before scoring but the referee failed to spot even a single one. There was nothing dodgy however about Asimir Begovic's goalkeeping. He brought off at least three spectacular saves. However, he could not keep out Javi Garcia, who made his City debut as did Maicon and Scott Sinclair.

Queens Park Rangers hold off Chelsea, 0-0

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Not exactly Chelsea's best match. There was no Juan Mata but there was plenty of Frank Lampard which does not make for pretty viewing. There were two close penalty calls, the first when John Terry seemed to be gang tackled by Ryan Nelsen and then Eden Hazard was brought down by Shaun Wright- Phillips.

Anton Ferdinand vs John Terry (and Ashley Cole): No handshake

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He won in court and now he wants his handshake too? Anton Ferdinand snubbed John Terry and a bit later Ashley Cole, his co-conspirator declining to shake their hands. Lip reading Terry, he appears to say, "My handshake is better than yours, damn right!"

Utd's old and new post an impressive victory over Wigan, 4-0

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Danny Welbeck is a diver. His acting abilities earned Utd an penalty. So it was justice served when Chicharito Hernandez's soft spot kick was saved. Sir Alex Ferguson started Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes who was making his 700th appearance. The most intriguing change was 23 year old Alexander Buttner's appearance in place of Patrice Evra.

Six gun salute for the Gunners as they sweep Saints, 6-1

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szólj hozzá: Arsenal vs Southampton 6:1 MOTD

The only imperfection in an otherwise perfect outing for the Gunners was the display of Wojciech Szczesny who could not preserve a clean sheet. A minor detail it would appear but an irritating one nevertheless. The rest was quite stellar.

Four Arsenal legends found Southampton a lucky charm: Will Oliver Giroud?

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It took Thierry Henry eight matches to open his scoring account for Arsenal, a period so fraught with self doubt that the winger turned striker admitted he had to be "re-taught everything about the art of striking." The drought ended on 18 September 1999 against Southampton, as Henry losing his marker, finds a sliver of space and curls his shot without any further elaboration.

An oldie but a goodie: David Brent on football management

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Being: Liverpool is a FSC documentary with the first episode to be aired this Sunday, the 16th. There are enough examples to show Brendan Rodgers channels David Brent in his interviews. He also has a self portrait hanging on a wall in his living room. So without further ado, above a clip of Brent on football management.

Abou Diaby will not play Saints, Sagna and Wenger patch up

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Arsene Wenger has opted for caution following Abou Diaby's niggling hip injury sustained against Finland last Friday. He most likely will not feature in Arsenal's home game this Saturday against the Saints as a precautionary measure. Which given Diaby's extensive history of being crocked is probably a wise thing to do.

Barcelona's 2013-14 away kit to sport colours of Catalonian flag

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The Bars of Aragon, part of the Catalonian flag will feature in the 2013-14 kit

Two days ago, a million and a half Catalonians demonstrated in Barcelona in an unmistakably fervent call for independence from Spain. The president of Barcelona, Sandro Rosell attended that demonstration with his family as a private citizen, not representing the club.

Ivan Gazidis redefines Arsenal success

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There are many ways one can define success, especially in this football era which clearly divides the haves from the have nots. That is what one gets after reading Ivan Gazidis's Telegraph interview.

Gazidis is the CEO of Arsenal, and a marketing and PR man by profession who was hired to develop the commercial interests of the club.

The Sun's Dominic Mohan apologizes for "The Truth"

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The editor of The Sun, Dominic Mohan says, "we're deeply ashamed and profoundly sorry". At the background you can read a banner with the self anointed, "THE GREATEST PAPER IN THE WORLD." You can't get more alternate reality.

David Cameron's Hillsborough disaster statement and apology

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  • The panel finds that a total of 41 people out of 96 "had the potential to be saved" beyond the 1515 time determined by the original inquest.
This was the most chilling part of the whole report. There were many who had reversible signs and symptoms of asphyxia and their lives could have been saved if the coroner had conducted a thorough inquest and not stuck to an arbitrary cut off.

World Cup qualifiers: Gomez's free kick secures USA's must win over Jamaica, 1-0

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The first half was a virtual lockdown of Jamaica in their own half as the USA created a blistering barrage of scoring chances that met either structural failure (upright, crossbar), Dwayne Millers's spectacular saves, or Nyron Nosworthy's blocks. In all, the USA could have easily gone up at least three up and made this a no contest.

World Cup qualifiers: Belgium's big men beat Wales, 2-0

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Vincent Kompany's inch perfect header and Jan Vertonghen's sizzling free kick provided the scoring highlights.

This might be the best Belgian side since the Enzo Scifo- Jan Cuelemans- Nico Claesen- Eric Gerets era. The present squad can choose between the goalkeeping abilities of Simone Mignolet and Thibaut Courtois.

World Cup qualifiers: Jamaica beat USA for the first time, 2-1

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The USA celebrated a historical win over Mexico beating them for the first time in Mexico about three weeks ago. Today, it was the Reggae Boyz recording their first win ever against the USA in nineteen meetings as they took advantage of a midfield without Michael Bradley and his potential link up with the men on top.

Salary cap restrictions on the table for the Premiership

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There seems to be for the first time a serious debate on introducing salary cap restrictions a la NFL into the Premiership. This comes on the heels of a strengthened TV deal that would generate £3bn to be shared by all 20 clubs towards player transfers and wages.

The bottom line is that increasing and out of control wage demands have eaten into that pie leaving clubs with less to spend.

More Viggo Mortensen: Simeone would give Mourinho a good kicking

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Lets face it. The actor who played Aragorn is not a fan of the Real Madrid manager. He was in Madrid to promote his new film and he took time off to say what he thought of Jose Mourinho who has had his share of run ins with the milder mannered Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova but would never do the same with Diego Simeone.

Bacary Sagna prepares the ground for his final year

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More proof that Alex Song's departure was not because he was a disruptive locker room presence but governed by an economic imperative. And it comes from Bacary Sagna, probably one of the calmest presences in the Arsenal locker room and not given to hyperbole. In an interview with L'Equipe:

" Everyone was expecting Robin van Persie to leave, but Alex Song, that was a surprise.

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.

Third party ownership casts a shadow over failed Moutinho deal

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When is a deal between two clubs not a straight deal? When it involves a third party.

Spurs found out Joao Moutinho's economic interests were not just owned by Porto but a third party investor who wanted to be paid his share of the transfer fee. It's all quite complex and the Guardian has the goods.

Cristiano Ronaldo: I, Narcissus

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"You'll never stop loving me, will you, oh beautiful reflection?"

'Tis not about the money. Cristiano Ronaldo feels unloved by his club, his manager, his locker room, and his fans.

" In regard to the Santiago Bernabéu faithful, he still lays the blame on the fans for not unanimously defending him on the day he was booed and for not worshiping him every time he scores a goal.

Roma serves notice dismantling Inter, 3-1

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Antonio Cassano scored his debut goal for Inter but it was not enough to keep Zdenek Zeman's Roma team plundering three in return. Check out Marquinho's goal from the tightest of angles. A sliver of daylight and that is all that was needed.

Michael Bradley is out with a quadriceps injury and will not feature in the US national side's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Jamaica.

Adriano's blazing goal separates Barca from Valencia, 1-0

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Beautiful goal by Adriano Correia who was panned just last week for that mindless challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo earning him a red card. Ten man Barca went on to lose the Spanish Super Cup on Real's away goal advantage.

But the story is the plummeting form and minutes of Cesc Fabregas under Tito Vilanova.

Cristiano Ronaldo does not celebrate his brace as Real beat Granada, 3-0

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This was a muted Cristiano Ronaldo. No extravagant fist pumping, sliding on the pitch, he did not even look at the monitor to check out his goals as his wont. He scored his 150th and 151st goal for the club before being taken off after picking up an injury. Gonzalo Higuain scored the third and final goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo is "sad"

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No one would be caught dead with Irina Shayk. Putting up with her is just sad.

The Spanish media is all atwitter about Cristiano Ronaldo not celebrating his goals against Granada. Reports say he is "sad" at Real Madrid. There is talk he feels unloved in the locker room.

Have you ever noticed how Ronaldo can't tear his eyes away from the monitor when he scores goals as he barely acknowledges team mates jumping on his back, hugging him, pinching his cheeks in celebration?

Liverpool in crisis: Stop piling on Brendan Rodgers

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Damn Yankees: Gillett and Hicks followed by Henry and Werner

It's not been two months since Brendan Rodgers came on board and already fans are slating him for Liverpool's worst start since 1968. Is he responsible for Martin Skrtel's bone headed giveaway to City? Or Steven Gerrard's ill advised pass?

Van Persie's hat trick bails out Man Utd against Southampton, 3-2

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Is it possible to be a legend in two clubs within two consecutive seasons? Robin Van Persie may just be on his way to being that. This like the other two previous matches was not Utd at its best. They are leaking goals, getting bossed in the midfield, and coincidentally like Arsenal last season, over reliant on Van Persie for their scoring.

Arsenal get a monkey off beating Liverpool for season's first win, 2-0

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Whoo! Hat tip to a wonderful collective effort by Arsenal on their trip to Anfield. Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski delivered the attacking goods while Abou Diaby was simply outstanding in centre midfield pushing up. The defense orchestrated by Thomas Vermaelen fell back in numbers keeping their shape as Liverpool recycled the ball repeatedly to try and crack them open.

Nuri Sahin's wages scuppered Clint Dempsey's Liverpool move

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The Guardian has an article detailing how a cash strapped Liverpool could only offer a feeble £5m for the American. Now, to be fair, the article's emphasis is on the club's criminal waste of money on transfers made under Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli. But herein lies the rub.

FSG offered up £20m as a transfer budget plus whatever player sales they could generate which went in acquiring Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Oussama Assaidi, Samed Yesil, and Nuri Sahin (£3m in loan fees) which added up to £30m.

West Brom sweep aside Everton for their best start, 2-0

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The clash of two unbeaten teams playing attractive, attacking soccer and it was the Baggies walking away with the full three points. Deservedly so. They were the dominant team bossing Everton in the midfield because of the excellent Youssuf Mulumbu. And a constant threat down the flanks through Peter Odemwingie and Liam Ridgewell.

Andy Carroll's instant impact as West Ham batter Fulham, 3-0

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Andy Carroll was the elephant in the room. The Liverpool striker on loan in the first big moment of the match knocked the ball down straight into the path of Ricardo Vaz Te who found Kevin Nolan steaming down the left to fire a snap shot past Mark Schwarzer.

The match was just a minute old.

Man City made to sweat by QPR again, 3-1

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The scoreline is flattering. This was a QPR side that made its ambition clear enough with its number of signings. It was Man City doing all the early pressing forcing corners and set pieces, one of which Yaya Toure scored from after Carlos Tevez's shot caromed off Bobby Zamora and fell to the big man.

Man City made to sweat by QPR again, 3-1

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The scoreline is flattering. This was a QPR side that made its ambition clear enough with its number of signings. It was Man City doing all the early pressing forcing corners and set pieces, one of which Yaya Toure scored from after Carlos Tevez's shot caromed off Bobby Zamora and fell to the big man.

Spurs uneasy start continues as they draw 1-1 against Norwich

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Moussa Dembele's undoubted moment of genius was the only redeeming feature in an otherwise rather insipid, dull, and lethargic Spurs side that was hard pressed keeping away an industrious and well organized Norwich side.

The former Fulham midfielder scored a goal on debut showing his class in the 68th minute as he used some nifty footwork and a cool finish to frustrate an enterprising Norwich side who had plenty of chances of their own.

Transfer deadline not frustrating considering Arsenal's reality

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Having made a cursory tour of the blogosphere and the attendant media the common emotion one picks up after Arsenal's no show at yesterday's transfer deadline is that of frustration, of disbelief, and a sense of resignation that once again what seems so obvious to us is lost on the manager and the boardroom.

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Boris Johnson apologizes for his 2004 Spectator hit piece

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The Hillsborough Panel's report exposing a systematic and pernicious police cover up has in its aftermath generated a growing list of personalities apologizing for their part in blaming fans for causing Britain's most horrific peacetime tragedy. As many have put it, this was the mother of all cover ups.

David Cameron apologizes for Hillsborough tragedy cover up

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Kelvin Mackenzie, the editor of The Sun whose infamous "The Truth" laid blame on the fans


Twenty three years later, the Hillsborough tragedy was revealed as resulting from a "failure in police control" and "multiple failures" within other organizations that compromised crowd safety.