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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.

World Cup qualifiers: Mexico qualify for the hex beating Costa Rica, 1-0

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Mexico at the Azteca Stadium beat Costa Rica through a Javier Hernandez header in the 60th minute. With a flawless record, a full nine points from three matches, El Tri coast to the hexagonal part of the CONCACAF qualifying round.

Five other countries will join them in this last round to decide the first three World Cup spots with a fourth that could be added potentially if they beat the top team of the Oceania Football Confederation which in this case is most likely to be New Zealand.

World Cup qualifiers: Even Andy Murray can't lift Scotland over Macedonia, 1-1

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The giddy highs of Andy Murray winning yesterday at the US Open gave way to the more familiar struggle of Scotland trying to qualify for a World Cup now going on its 14th year.

This time against an enterprising Macedonian side which was fortunate to get on the scoreboard through what looked like an offside goal scored by Nikolche Noveski.

World Cup qualifiers: England leave it late against Ukraine, 1-1

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Yevhen Konoplianka at 22 years of age is a marked man. Marked by bigger clubs who sat up and took note of the winger who had his way with Glen Johnson at will and scored Ukraine's goal with a beautifully curling shot from 20 yards out. A little bit of yevhen.

He was a notch above his better known team mate Andriy Yarmalenko whose biggest contribution was two bits of play acting that resulted in Jermain Defoe's goal being annulled as well inadvertently creating the break away that resulted in Konoplianka's strike.

World Cup qualifiers: USA face a must win situation against Jamaica

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Clint Dempsey once again will lead the attacking

The USA sit behind Jamaica in Group A, tied for second with Guatemala. The Americans meet Jamaica today, for the second time in four days after their first match resulted in a historic victory for the Reggae Boyz. The Guatemalans travel to Antigua and Barbuda where they hope Carlos Ruiz and Dwight Pezzarossi, their in form strikers will continue to find their goalscoring touch.

Women's U20 World Cup final: USA beats Germany, 1-0 to lift third title

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Kealia Ohai scores the game winner in the 44th minute following great work down the right flank by full back Crystal Dunn and then celebrates a la Megan Rapinoe.

Congratulations, girls, that was a sweet victory against a formidable opponent who had beaten the USA, 3-0 in the group stage.

World Cup qualifiers: Messi and Argentina overcome Paraguay, 3-1

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Leo Messi continues his incandescent national form which can only be good for Argentina's World Cup chances. The little maestro unleashed a free kick that swerved past the wall and lodged into goal. The Albiceleste's Real Madrid contingent also contributed with Angel Di Maria opening his country's account and Gonzalo Higuain adding to that tally.

World Cup qualifiers: Mexico ease past Costa Rica, 2-0

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Veteran Carlos Salcido and Jesus Zavala take advantage of some shoddy defending on set pieces to send the Ticos to a two nothing defeat.

World Cup qualifiers: England crush hapless Moldova, 5-0

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Frank Lampard collects a brace from a spot kick and a header. Jermain Defoe combines with Alex Oxlade - Chamberlain in an Arsenal- Spurs hook up to score a third. James Milner collects a fourth after a clever interchange involving Tom Cleverley and Theo Walcott. And Leighton Baines finishes off hapless Moldova with a deflected free kick.

World Cup qualifiers: USA with key absences take on Jamaica

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No Landon Donovan or Michael Bradley

The USA return to World Cup qualifications today with their match against Jamaica at Kingston. They are without Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley who are out with injuries. Amongst the midfielders, Bradley has an established reputation for his box to box contribution and link up with the strikers up top.

Pia Sundhage steps down from US Women's national team

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Pia Sundhage returns to Sweden

Caught in the midst of angst and anxiety of Arsenal getting on board with scoring, comes the news of Pia Sundhage's stepping down as US Women's national team coach over the weekend. She joined in 2007 in one the lowest points in team history, the 4-0 loss to Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals following a huge conflagration between Greg Ryan and Hope Solo which resulted in the US goalie's dismissal.

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.

AC Milan falls to Sampdoria, 0-1

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Newly promoted Sampdoria delivered a message for AC Milan and it wasn't a good one. Christian Abbiati could not move a muscle as Andrea Costa powered in his header to give Sampdoria the winner. In another disturbing sign, the San Siro was half empty as the fans stayed away, disillusioned by the club's failure to sign quality replacements for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

Real finally get Luka Modric as Spurs bid for Yann M'Vila

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The little Croatian finally lands up in the Bernabeu after Daniel Levy made life miserable for Florentino Perez. He could not have arrived sooner to help reverse Real's faltering start to the Liga.

Spurs have tabled a bid for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila who most Arsenal fans have included in their fantasy team but the money offered is supposed to be a wee short of club expectations.

Women's U20 World Cup: USA brush aside Ghana, 4-0

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Looks like the future of US women's soccer is in very capable hands. The U20 World Cup got going in Japan and the USA celebrated a 4-0 thrashing of Ghana in their opening match. Maya Hayes scored a hat trick after Ghana's Linda Addai scored an own goal to get the scoreboard rolling.

The USA face China on Friday, 23rd August, at 5:50 EST.

Spain win 2-1 over Puerto Rico as Cazorla and Fabregas score

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One current Arsenal player and a former one contributed to Spain's 2-1 winning score. Santi Cazorla swung a ball which had all kinds of movement past the Puerto Rican goalie and then Cesc Fabregas hit a full blooded volley to get Spain's second. Marc Cintron scored a consolation for PR.

History created! USA beat Mexico in Mexico for the first time, 1-0

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In the 79th minute Brek Shea squirting free down the left nutmegs his way through and then crosses the ball to Terrence Boyd whose back heel is swept into goal by Michael Orozco Fiscal. In a bit of comeuppance Orozco plays for San Luis in the Mexican Primera.

The goal came after Mexico dominated the proceedings and had the better chances.

What ails Brazilian soccer? Time to bring Dunga back

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The title should actually read what fails Brazilian soccer? Clearly, with all its unsurpassed talent, Brazilian soccer should have no ailment. Jonathan Wilson's article in the Guardian exposes Brazil's fatal flaws when competing against teams which individual talent may find tough to overcome.

2012 Olympics: Tune into USA vs Japan women's soccer final

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As iconic an image: Could the USA top this in the finals?

Yes, all you football/ soccer lovers. This is one of the most anticipated clashes, the USA vs Japan showdown, all year. Destiny had both countries renewing their rivalry in the Olympics women's soccer final. The USA for redemption.

2012 Olympics: Mexico enter men's final beating Japan, 3-1

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szólj hozzá: Mexico vs Japan 3:1 MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Yuki Otsu's magnificent strike in the 12th minute gave the Japanese men hope that they too could emulate their women's team entering the Olympic finals but El Tri happened to be much stronger. Marco Fabian, Oribe Peralta, and Javier Cortes scored to turn things around as Mexico marched to their first Olympic finals.

2012 Olympics: Japan defeat France, 2-1 in semi-final

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Sepp Blatter was around to see his fondest dream of seeing women playing in "tighter shorts". Yes, he really did say that as a way of attracting more male spectators amongst many of his other pearls of wisdom.

The match underscored the importance of having a good goalie and in Miho Fukumoto, the Nadeshiko had theirs.

2012 Olympics: Alex Morgan's ET strike as USA pip Canada, 4-3 in thriller

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An instant classic. Christine Sinclair was a one woman wrecking crew for Canada as she scored a hat trick with the USA having to play catch up with each of her goals. They had a reply each time and then went one better with Alex Morgan's 123rd minute header for the winner as seconds remained in the match.

2012 Olympics: Sturridge magic as Team GB bests UAE, 3-1

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szólj hozzá: GB

There are days when Daniel Sturridge could not hit a barn door even if it meant never having to suffer through a Adam Sandler or a Seth Rogen movie ever again. Yesterday, was not one of them. That was Messi-esque for team GB's final score.

Team GB moved the ball around with ease through Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, Joe Allen, and Tom Cleverley.

2012 Olympics: Honduras's MLS connection send Spain crashing out, 1-0

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The mighty Rojas are done for. Well, at least their U23 team plus Adrian Lopez and Juan Mata.

Los Catrachos, the Olympics version sent Spain crashing out of the tournament with a 1-0 win as Roger Espinoza who plies his trade for Sporting Kansas City mailed in a cross that was met by Jerry Bengtson of the New England Revs for a perfectly placed header past David De Gea.

Sweet revenge: US women overpower unlady like Colombians, 3-0

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You're no lady, Lady Andrade. The Colombian forward threw a nasty right hook at Abby Wambach as the US striker fell onto the pitch clutching her face. Play continued on with the referee unaware of what had just happened and the Colombians continued their unsportswoman like conduct by keeping the ball in play.

Nuri Sahin to Arsenal?

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There is talk as per that the 23 year old Turkish midfielder who has found playing minutes hard to come under Jose Mourinho maybe on his way to the Premier League on loan, possibly Arsenal. Sahin was left out of Real's pre-season match against Benfica sparking transfer rumours.

As the recently concluded pre season match against City demonstrated, Arsenal had plenty of ball but again lacked that killer bit of midfield creativity to unlock the defense.

We salute Megan Rapinoe

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Earlier this month Megan Rapinoe came out and discussed her sexuality in Out Magazine. She has been in a relationship with an Australian soccer player for three years.

"I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out," she says.

AC Milan offers €13m for Kaka's return

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Adriano Galliani went on the charm offensive talking about Kaka.

"Certain love affairs never end. They go a long way away and then come back"

A day after, the club reportedly put together a €13m offer for Kaka's return to the San Siro after a disappointing number of seasons at Real Madrid.

2012 Olympics: Japan upset heavily favoured Spain, 1-0

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Stop press. Spain finally beaten. In the pecking order of bragging rights, the Olympics may not be such a big deal compared to the World Cup or the Euro, but lets not forget it was not another European giant beating them, it was Japan. A perennial Asian powerhouse but not known for winning results against the big boys of world football.

2012 Olympics: Alex Morgan's brace as USA overcome France, 4-2

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Allez, allez, Alex! Vous êtes parfait

Looks like the IOC have shut down any official highlights and we can only rely on shaky handcams and cell phones to follow the progress of the US women's team. The long and short of it. The USA faced an uphill climb after a very good French side took a 2-0 lead within the first 15 minutes.

Memory lane: Dwayne De Rosario's winner against Chelsea

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Today, the MLS All Stars take on Chelsea. And yes, the All Stars beat the Blues, 1-0 in 2006. The Blues were not too shabby then coached under the Special One and boasting the likes of Didier Drogba but Dwayne De Rosario had other plans in store for them. The Canadian midfielder is this year's All Stars captain and he heads a line up with David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Jay De Merit, and Landon Donovan who have had experience playing against some of Chelsea's squad.

Cazorla, Spain economy, and PSG and Malaga conflict of interest

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" Sold to you Mr Al-Thani for the princely sum of €36 million "

The Spanish media has little to add to the Guardian report that so categorically stated Santi Cazorla's arrival at the Emirates was a done deal. The basic thrust of the report was Cazorla's personal terms had been worked out and now it was left to Malaga to accept Arsenal's €20m offer.

Santi Cazorla to Arsenal

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The Guardian is reporting that Malaga winger, Santi Cazorla will be the next transfer arriving at the Emirates for a reported £16m. Malaga is in serious financial trouble unless the Qatari businessman, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani, bankrolling them does not come up with a last minute cash infusion.

Brazil outclass team GB in Olympic warm up, 2-0

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About half of the Brazilian Olympic squad on display in today's warm up have been linked to Premiership sides.

Remember when Chelsea were gyrating their hips fast and furiously to attract Neymar earlier this year. But it is Olympic team mate, Oscar who has reportedly undergone a medical at Chelsea, in line to be their newest acquisition although the club officially has yet to announce him.

Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu set to leave Rangers

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Rangeramerica no more: Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu seek new homes

As anticipated Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu will not be part of newco Rangers, the entity formerly known as Rangers FC, who will begin their lives in the third division of the SFL.

According to owner Charles Green, the pair would have considered staying on if they had dropped one league below but playing in the basement was always going to be a tough sell for the US internationals.

Abby Wambach in ESPN's Body Issue

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Abby Wambach. Intelligent. Articulate. Toned. Magnificent.

Sepp Blatter sets off German firestorm

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More Sepp Blatter or blather. He is now insinuating that the 2006 World Cup was rigged to favour Germany.

When asked by the Swiss publication Blick about rumors of corruption surrounding the decisions to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively, Blatter responded: "World Cups being purchased.

Leo Messi

World Cup qualifiers: Messi and Argentina overcome Paraguay, 3-1

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Leo Messi continues his incandescent national form which can only be good for Argentina's World Cup chances. The little maestro unleashed a free kick that swerved past the wall and lodged into goal. The Albiceleste's Real Madrid contingent also contributed with Angel Di Maria opening his country's account and Gonzalo Higuain adding to that tally.

Argentina decimate 10 man Germany, 3-1

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Leo Messi's recent national goalscoring is well ahead of his Barca output. He scored his 9th goal in five matches. Unleash the kracken as they say. Sami Khedira got the ball rolling for Argentina with an own goal, Messi followed suit, and then it was the goal of this day's friendlies when Angel Di Maria absolutely belted the ball from 30 yards out.

The Rest

Benfica destroy Real Madrid, 5-2

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szólj hozzá: Benfica vs Real Madrid 5:2 GOALS HIGHLIGHTS

The Special One looked like he had swallowed a bitter pill. Check out Enzo Perez's third goal for Benfica.