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 [.

Video: Hulk Hogan takes in some Asian Champions League action

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Wrestler Hulk Hogan was a surprise spectator for the AFC Champions League match between Al Jazira and Al Shabab. Hogan was in Abu Dhabi to see the game, with home side Al Jazira being held to a 1-1 draw by Saudi Arabian champions Al Shabab.

Video: David Beckham trains with PSG

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David Beckham has taken part in his first training session since joining Paris St Germain. The former England skipper was a spectator for his new team's Champions League tie with Valencia. He's now hoping to play a part in PSG's match against Sochaux this weekend.



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Joe Allen is at Anfield as a spectator for the Liverpool v Gomel Europa League qualifier second leg.

This must surely mean that the Swansea man's transfer is nearing a completion.

Liverpool have met the £15 million buy-out clause in his contract with the Welsh outfit and it is now only a matter of Liverpool and Joe Allen agreeing personal terms to seal the deal.

Video: Doni Has Played Goalkeeper Before

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With Pepe Reina receiving a straight red for nuzzling up to James Perch late in yesterday's match, the club will be without their first-choice keeper for the next three matches home with Aston Villa, away to Blackburn, and, crucially, the semi-final tie at Wembley with Everton. Given that Reina's played every minute of competitive action so far this season, a fair bit of hand-wringing is to be expected as they approach life without him.

Man Utd Fan Wears Rooney Shirt to Liverpool Practice, Escapes Alive

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Liverpool, currently on tour in Malaysia, had an interesting and — thankfully for one spectator — non-violent incident in the stands involving a brave soul and his choice of fashion. The fan wearing a Wayne Rooney Manchester United shirt was booed,...

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Asia’s Last Stop

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About time we get to enjoy this tour from the spectator standpoint

Hello and hope you're having a good day. Olympics, if that's your thing but if not, there's some Arsenal today as well. That's in a little less than 3 hours now. Arsene Wenger will rather be more focused on the match than the constant questioning over a Dutchman.

Will Ryo Miyaichi’s exclusion from the Olympics help or hinder his development?

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It surprised many football fans when 21-year-olf Ryo Miyaichi's name was left off of the roster when Japan's Olympic team was announced, especially since he was named to the Japanese national team in May. The Olympics, with their 23-year-old age limit, seem to be tailor made for somebody like him.

Liverpool Enter Into Negotiations With Juventus Winger

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping to land his first signing of the summer after entering into negotiations with Juventus misfit Milos Krasic.
The Serbia international was merely a spectator last season as he was forced to watch from the bench as Juventus went unbeaten for the entire season to win the league.

Championship Table Looking Like Early Premier League

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After today's fixtures, the top of the NPower Championship table has a very familiar look to it, with every team having spent time in the Premier League at some point recently! In fact, 4 of the top 8 were part of the inaugural EPL season (Southampton, Crystal Palace, Middlesbro' and Leeds.

Defender speaks for Arsenal duo

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After signing a new deal at the Emirates Stadium, Thomas Vermaelen just cannot wait to return to the pitch, where Arsenal began their recovery from a poor start with a 2-1 home win over Sunderland.

Vermaelen may not enjoy being a spectator after spending so much time on the sidelines in the last year but on Sunday afternoon, he was delighted to see two of his teammates respond brilliantly to their doubters.

Cole Ready For Liverpool Fight

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Joe Cole claims he is ready to prove himself at Liverpool after a season of torment.
Cole arrived at Anfield last year on a free transfer from Chelsea, but he struggled to make an impact at a time when Liverpool was at a low ebb.
Kenny Dalglish was brought in to steady the ship and Liverpool surged up the table, but Cole was largely left a frustrated spectator.

Cole Ready For Liverpool Fight

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Joe Cole claims he is ready to prove himself at Liverpool after a season of torment.
Cole arrived at Anfield last year on a free transfer from Chelsea, but he struggled to make an impact at a time when Liverpool was at a low ebb.
Kenny Dalglish was brought in to steady the ship and Liverpool surged up the table, but Cole was largely left a frustrated spectator.

Spurs Maintain Hard-Line Stance Over Modric Transfer

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Spurs are set to continue their hard-line stance against rival clubs as they continue to pursue the signing of their midfield star Luka Modric – in spite on the insistence of the player that Tottenham chairman Levy has now reneged on an agreement made with the Croatian.

Modric insists he struck up a verbal deal with his club's chairman in Dubrovnik during the summer of 2010 that would allow him to leave White Hart Lane, should a higher profile club come in for his services and the North Londoners could agree a suitable fee.

Euro 2012

‘England Were Too Old And Too Defensive’ – 33-Year-Old Defender Rio Ferdinand Blasts England’s Euro Flop

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By Alan Duffy

Veteran defender Rio Ferdinand, a player who made it very clear how unhappy he was at missing out on England's Euro 2012 squad, has criticised manager Roy Hodgson both for not giving the youngsters a chance and for playing too defensively.

The Manchester United defender singles out two young players who he feels should've got more playing time Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones, saying:

"If you take the youngsters to a competition like this, you should get them out there and see what they are made of.

BBC backs Mark Lawrenson over ‘Eric the Eel’ racism row

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The BBC has given its support to co-commentator Mark Lawrenson over what sounded to OTP's ears to be a casual racist comment he made during the match between Germany and Portugal. Spotting a spectator wearing an all-over black lycra outfit, Lawro compared him to celebrated Olympic swimming flop Eric the Eel.

sports fans

Will World Series 2011 Provide Momentum for MLB 2012?

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Last year's incredible comeback win in the World Series by the St. Louis Cardinals over the Texas Rangers was breathtaking. So much so, that it could have won over new fans to the sport.

MLB must capitalize on what transpired to create more momentum for this upcoming season.

Josh Hamilton Should Adopt Son of Firefighter Who Fell to His Death at Rangers Ballpark Last Season

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Could there ever be a better story than Josh Hamilton taking care of this boy?
The truth is Hamilton needs the boy more than the boy needs Hamilton.
As a father figure, Hamilton has something bigger than himself to look after and more meaning in his life.


Arsenal hot favourites to sign Jan Vertonghen after Emirates visit

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It is being reported this morning that the Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen was a spectator at Arsenal's Champions League match against AC Milan in midweek and was very interested to hear all about the Arsenal set-up from his good friend Thomas Vermaelen. The versatile defender has told Ajax that he would not be signing a [.

When Players Play Exactly How You Expect

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Every person has a talent. Some have a talent with numbers; others are incredibly handy and can build whatever their hearts desire. Some people are intellectually gifted, while others are incredible athletes and invariably, the ones we love the most. It's easy to see why too, for an athlete's allure is a visual treat that invokes a sense of wonderment and a slight tinge of jealousy by the spectator.

Arsenal-United no longer a ‘must-see’ game, Arsene

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It's interesting how certain Premier League fixtures come and go as being a ‘must see' or a top of the table clash, but one that has always whet the appetite is whenever Arsenal come up against Manchester United. However this Sunday will mark the first time I've missed the visit of United in nearly 12 years.


The Misconception of One, Two or Three Touch Play; Is U.S. Soccer Getting it Wrong?

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"One, two or three touch play." This is not some abstract speculation. I've heard it; you have heard it. Commentators, and the technical directors [high level coaches] of our U.S soccer federation as well as the layman spectator on the sideline are all using these adages. It's also in print and online in the most [.

Why we struggled to create chances at Craven Cottage

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When James Milner re-joined Villa from Newcastle our side was so conditioned to channel the ball down the left in search of Ashley Young that Milner struggled to get involved and spent far too much time as a spectator. That soon began to change, bit by bit, and it wasn't long before we were finally achieving the balance we'd missed for so long.

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Lletget ready to take next step in development

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SARASOTA, Fla. --Â Sebastian Lletget hasn't had the easiest of times since signing with West Ham United on his 18th birthday, but things are starting to look up for the U.S. Under-23 men's national team midfielder.

N’Tame headed to the Revs?

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Junior N'Tame (left) may be set to join the Revs after trialing with the team in October. (Photo by Art Donahue/artdonahue.com)

Despite trialing under former New England Revolution head coach Steve Nicol in October, Théophile Junior N'Tame may be a part of new head coach Jay Heaps' plans. According to a report on French site MLS-News.

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MLS to become “smart” league: Will better stat tracking affect our view of game?

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MLS to become "smart" league: Will better stat tracking affect our view of game? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Soccer has always been a sport predicated on somewhat subjective measurables; many coaches, scouts and trainers finding the majority of what they need to know from a player's actual play on the field, rather than his respective averages and scores in a spreadsheet.

Euro 2012 Daily: And now, the end is here… (EPL Talk Podcast)

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They say the spectator often sees more of the game- meaning in theory, we've all had more than our fill of European football. We take one final pod to evaluate the tournament- what we've learned, our personal highlights and what ...

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What Are You Talking About?

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Lack of definitions is a huge problem!

In the context of soccer, when one says:

  • "Culture"
  • "Creativity"
  • "Possession"
  • "Attacking Style"
  • "Development"
  • "World Class"
  • "Great Coach"
  • "Great Player"
  • etc ..

Those things can all mean wildly different things, unless you have a proper reference.

Aston Villa 1-1 Spurs: Shooting Boots, & The Walking Calamity That is Danny Rose

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Opportunity lost, as I'm sure all my fellow geniuses have also noticed. Should make for a frightfully exciting final-day finale though, what? As it happens our lot gave a dashed competent showing at Villa, so no particular complaints there. Plenty of intent, flair, movement and opportunity amongst our heroes, with the Lennon-right-and-Bale-left gambit loosely (though not rigidly) employed, creating a pleasing balance, while VDV and Modders crafted their usual array of intelligent triangles, and Sandro had another of his magnificent Chuck Norris days.

U-15 player scores with an overhead kick off a backheel to himself

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(Audio contains a slightly sweary natural reaction.)

In a U-15 match between Hauppauge "Brazil" and Dix Hills "Heat" on Long Island, New York, Dix Hills' Nkosi Burgess put on a lovely display of coordination that's going to get him a bit of attention.

Burgess was on the receiving end of a free kick into the box, which he backheeled over his head to set himself up for a little overhead volley for the goal.

Preview: Weekend Dutch action

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Jozy Altidore and Alkmaar look to continue their roll when NAC Breda come to visit while Charles Kazlauskas will be a spectator as Helmond continue their march up the Eerste Divisie.

2011 Regionals Diary Day Three: Consolation bracket

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Wow, this was an interesting day. Some ups and downs, but mostly ups. My crew worked the consolation bracket today, which, while not exactly glory matches, they are extremely important to the teams and demand no less than our best. And good thing, too - because our first match was a doozy. We had 49 majors called in the bout - not trips to the box (where four minors would get you sent there), but majors - from what I gather (I hadn't thought of it before), a typical bout has something like the low to middle 20s.

Will Carling interviews Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand

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Rugger Rio Unlikely rugby spectator Rio Ferdinand reveals how he is still shocked by the physicality of the game, that he will go on a rugby tour when he retires from football and that he wouldn't have been a rugby player even if he hadn't made it as a football. Tennis would have been more [...]

Wednesday's "ticket nightmare" for Galaxy fan who missed must-see game

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Last night's CONCACAF Champions League game featured one of the most frenzied endings to a game in Carson I can remember.

But at least one fan didn't even see the beginning.

I received the following email last night from frustrated reader Antonio Marquez
who saw an apparent ticket screw-up compounded by the largely unpublicized 7,500-spectator limit imposed at Home Depot Center for the game in an agreement with the neighborhoods around the stadium.

Koln Fans Provide Showers, Golden And Otherwise

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Though football stadiums aren't the safest places on earth, there are certain things one would assume could be stricken from worry would be "pelted with human excrement". One would assume, anyway.

Turns out that wasn't the case in Gelsenkirchen this weekend, where Schalke fans, busy watching their team demolish Koln 5-1, were forced to do so while getting a bodily waste shower.

Woman Cause’s Tour De France Pile-Up

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A Woman spectator caused a massive pile-up at a crucial stage of the Tour De France opening Stage as she got to close to the Riders.