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Everton: David Unsworth Receives Standing Ovation At Goodison Park After Final Match As Caretaker Manager (Video)

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It hasn't exactly been plain sailing, but David Unsworth brought his stint as Everton caretaker manager to a close with a rousing win over West Ham on Wednesday evening.

With Sam Allardyce watching on, Unsworth's side shook off a couple of dreadful results against Atalanta and Southampton as a Wayne Rooney hat-trick provided the catalyst in an redemptive 4-0 victory against the Hammers.

Alessandro Del Piero: Juve legend plays his last match against Atalanta

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What a bittersweet final day for Juve fans as their side got to lift the Scudetto and beat Atalanta, 3-1 in the season's last match. It was also the last day for Alessandro Del Piero, their talismanic striker, who spent almost his entire career at the Old Lady, spanning 19 years.

Del Piero made 704 appearances and scored 298 goals becoming the club's top scorer.

Snapshot: Fabrice Muamba Makes Tearjerking Reebok Return

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By Chris Wright

Six weeks after collapsing and actually dying for 78 minutes, Fab Muamba was back on the pitch at the Reebok Stadium last night, entering to a standing ovation and thanking the fans for their support during his convalescence from a cardiac arrest.

What a chief.

The King is back: Thierry Henry's celestial return to Arsenal

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The stage was set after 68 minutes of frustrating football with Arsenal brought to a standstill by a Leeds Utd team that parked the bus. The moment everyone was waiting for with bated breath. Number 12 strode in to a standing ovation - Thierry Henry had arrived home to a flood of good time memories.

Franck Ribery Gives Nayef Al-Khater Impromptu Piggyback Ride During Friendly (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which, during Bayern Munich's mid-season friendly against Al-Wakrah in Qatar last Saturday, Franck Ribery struggles to shrug off a bit of (very) close attention from Nayef al-Khater and ends up giving the defender a piggyback down the touchline much to the delight of Al-Wakrah coach Adnan Dirjal, who gave the pair a standing ovation.

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Dybala hat-trick helps Juventus maintain perfect record

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Milan (AFP) – A Paulo Dybala hat-trick lifted Juventus back to the summit of Serie A alongside Inter Milan with a 3-1 victory at Sassuolo on Sunday making it four wins out of four for the champions.

The Argentina forward left the pitch ten minutes from the end to a standing ovation from the crowd at the Mapei Stadium following a masterclass performance by the 23-year-old who has now scored eight goals in four games.

Dybala hat-trick helps Juventus maintain perfect record

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Milan (AFP) – A Paulo Dybala hat-trick lifted Juventus back to the summit of Serie A alongside Inter Milan with a 3-1 victory at Sassuolo on Sunday making it four wins out of four for the champions.

The Argentina forward left the pitch ten minutes from the end to a standing ovation from the crowd at the Mapei Stadium following a masterclass performance by the 23-year-old who has now scored eight goals in four games.

New recruit Payet unable to save Marseille

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Metz (France) (AFP) Dimitri Payet made his Ligue 1 debut for Marseille on Friday but the star West Ham recruit's appearance failed to pay off as his new employers lost 1-0 at Metz.

The 29-year-old midfielder had come on to a standing ovation in Tuesday's Cup tie against Lyon after 94 minutes with the game deadlocked 1-1 and heading into extra-time.

Real Madrid

Andres Iniesta Recalls The Time Ronaldinho Tricked The Entire Barcelona Team Into Winning The Clasico

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There's a fantastic little passage in Andres Iniesta's new autobiography, 'The Move of My Life', wherein the Barcelona stalwart recalls the time Ronaldinho pulled a mass ruse on the entire squad in the interest of stoking team morale.

We join the story in 2005, shortly before Barca were set to take on Real Madrid in the Clasico having trailed their table-topping rivals for the first few months of the season.

The Champions League returns alongside the best footy-loving...

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The Champions League returns alongside the best footy-loving bride ever.

The Champions League is back, but what happened in the past week? Liverpool lost to Wigan at Anfield. Real Madrid let Barcelona back into the La Liga race. Claudio Ranieri got fired at Inter. Arsenal overtook Spurs.

Xabi Alonso & Nagore Aramburu: Your Football Power Couple Of The Year 2011

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Congrats (and Happy Belated B-day to the most Gingerific man in La Liga) you crazy kids! Image Credit: Vanitatis.com.

While the global footy community is full of hot and heavy, high profile relationships, not all of them are as wonderful and easy going for us to cover as Xabi and Nagore's is.

Offbeat Wednesday : Beckhams To Paris, Kaka’s Daughter & Neymar’s Boxer Ad

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Every Wednesday, we feature some of the offbeat stories making their rounds in the football world. Today, read about the Beckhams as they prepare to move to Paris, Neymar's underwear ad & Kaka's adorable daughter!

Say what you will, but Victoria Beckham deserves a standing ovation for being able to parade in those Louboutins while she was pregnant at seven months!

English Premier League

Watch Steven Gerrard’s Standing Ovation At Liverpool For His Testimonial Match [VIDEO]

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Liverpool are playing Olympiacos FC today in a friendly that is Steven Gerrard's testimonial match after 15 years at Anfield.

For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown on beIN SPORT Espanol today on delay beginning at 10am ET. But here's video of the reception he received from the crowd at Anfield when he walked on to the pitch with his children.

Resilient Real beat Barca to Super Cup

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Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo struck within eight first half minutes to guide Spanish champions Real Madrid to a famous Super Cup win on away goals.

Copa Del Rey holders Barcelona came into Wednesday's second leg holding a 3-2 advantage from the first leg at Camp Nou, but their lead quickly turned into deficit at the Bernabeu.

QPR Report Monday: Derry?...Hoilett Wait..Asia Tour Ends..Flashbacks: Nygaard Joins QPR..QPR Beat Iran...Bye: Rodnee. Hello Stanley!

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- Seven Year Flashback: Marc Nygaard Joining QPR as QPR Beat Iran



- See the Truly-Brilliant Bushman Photo Archives of Old QPR
- Follow QPR REPORT on TWITTER!
- QPR REPORT MESSAGEBOARD - Visit the cutting-edge, football-only, QPR Report messageboard (and see items you won't usually read elsewhere
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- QPR Asia Tour Concludes Tonight




- Flashback: Bushman's Compilation of Former Michael Wale Report Profiles of and Interviews with QPR Stars



- Flashback article re Clubs and Finances "Foreign Fans the Way to Go"


- Flashback: Transfer Leak Infuriates QPR Chairman as Transfer Falls Through


- Two Year Flashback: Alberti Goes Out on Loan




- "John Terry Gets Standing Ovation.

QPR Report Monday: Derry?...Hoilett Wait..Asia Tour Ends..Flashbacks: Nygaard Joins QPR..QPR Beat Iran...Bye: Rodnee. Hello Stanley!

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- Seven Year Flashback: Marc Nygaard Joining QPR as QPR Beat Iran



- See the Truly-Brilliant Bushman Photo Archives of Old QPR
- Follow QPR REPORT on TWITTER!
- QPR REPORT MESSAGEBOARD - Visit the cutting-edge, football-only, QPR Report messageboard (and see items you won't usually read elsewhere
__________________________________________________________________________


- QPR Asia Tour Concludes Tonight




- Flashback: Bushman's Compilation of Former Michael Wale Report Profiles of and Interviews with QPR Stars



- Flashback article re Clubs and Finances "Foreign Fans the Way to Go"


- Flashback: Transfer Leak Infuriates QPR Chairman as Transfer Falls Through


- Two Year Flashback: Alberti Goes Out on Loan




- "John Terry Gets Standing Ovation.

Sounders Vs. Chelsea | Recap, Stats, Quotes

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Last night's game against Chelsea FC was sold as a celebration of soccer. And it sure felt like it. With the pressure off, the Sounders' offense showed the same spark against Chelsea that they have when they have been at their best this season. Fredy Montero scored two very well-taken goals, showing a striker's determination to get on the score sheet.

Man City 4-0 West Brom – Citizens Batter Baggies And Keep Pressure On United (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 4-0 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 11th April 2012


A rather decent win for City at the Etihad here, with a chunky Carlos Tevez starting his first game in yonks and even managing to get on the scoresheet.

Top Soccer Stories Of The Day – 31 March 2012

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A recap of La Liga, Man City drops points at home, Russian side Anzhi's ambitious plans to splash money in the summer transfer window, and much more lead today's top stories. Links for all stories below will open in a new window.

Man City salvages a draw but drops points in EPL title race (ESPNSoccernet.

Weekend Results: A Few Things To Brighten Your Day

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We thought you might need cheering up this morning, and the boys across the European Leagues obviously felt so too.

Don't keep them waiting, Kickettes!

The FA Cup

Aww, he's really pleased about that, isn't he? Image:Â ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images.

Clint, His Haul, & The American Now Caretaking At The Cottage

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Heartbreaker, Record-breaker...

Once again Monday, it was Liverpool.

And given that Liverpool in some ways now represents the "English" hope as the home country Premiership super club, perhaps it was again appropriate.

And again, the conductor was Clint Dempsey with the symphonic high note on a little flick of his be-cleated baton.

Saturday Sundae: Billy Sharp’s standing ovation plus mirror images

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Saturday Sundae: Billy Sharp's standing ovation plus mirror images

Tractor Boys applaud opposition striker's goal; miss of the day contests; historical symmetry; and Wes Brown MOMENT OF THE DAY Ipswich fans giving Doncaster's Billy Sharp a standing ovation after he scored against them, days after the death of his son.

Joe Cole Eyes Permanent Move To Lille

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Joe Cole has admitted he would be happy to make a permanent move to French side Lille at the end of his season-long loan from Liverpool.
Following a frustrating season at Anfield in which the midfielder struggled to make an impact, the 29-year-old moved to the Ligue 1 champions in search of regular football.

Liverpool 2-1 Wolves | Premier League match report

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Liverpool 2-1 Wolves | Premier League match report

His achievements have given Kenny Dalglish a line of credit not available to the likes of UBS or Northern Rock. He could have survived an early exit from the Carling Cup and a home defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers, which so bankrupted Roy Hodgson's regime.

Olympics

Heineman Statement on Armstrong (and some Espinoza News

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In a follow up to the news that came out last night regarding Lance Armstrong and him giving up his battle against the USADA, Sporting's CEO, Robb Heineman made a statement today.

Here is Robb's statement: "The naming rights partnership between our stadium and LIVESTRONG provides an opportunity to spread health and wellness messages that emphasizes the spirit of cancer survivorship.

Espinoza has Monster Game as Honduras Bow Out

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Honduras may be leaving the Olympics today after their 3-2 loss to Brazil in the quarterfinals of the soccer tournament, but they'll leave with their heads high, especially Roger Espinoza. Espinoza had an amazing game and earned himself a standing ovation from the neutral crowd at St. James' Park after he got sent off for his second yellow card in second half stoppage time.

Chelsea

This is it!

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After our 2-0* win against PAOK earlier in the week (it feels like ages since we beat them), its come down to a match-up between PAO and AEK to decide who will be Greece's second team to attempt to make their mark in the Champions League. Thanks to Chelsea's win against Bayern in the final today, whichever team goes on to win the playoffs will be placed in the stronger group for qualifying matches and will play against lower seeded teams (definitely good news!

Carroll Thanks Dalglish

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Liverpool striker Andy Carroll admits he has had a disappointing campaign but has thanked manager Kenny Dalglish for sticking by him.
The England international has scored just nine goals this term in 47 appearances for the Reds, but he has bagged three in his last six games.
And whilst Carroll admits he has not been happy with his form, he is pleased with how Dalglish and the club's fans have stood by him.

Stan’s Standing Ovation. The 19th minute today at Villa...

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Stan's Standing Ovation.

The 19th minute today at Villa Park was special. There were no goals scored, nor were there any red cards given. No, the 19th minute comprised of 60 raw seconds commemorating an excellent career, and an urge to keep fighting. You see, on Friday Aston Villa's captain and #19, Stylian "Stan" Petrov, was diagnosed with acute leukemia, and will retire from the game he loves in an effort to defeat this to defeat this cancer.

Chelsea 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Blues Off To Winning Start As David Luiz Earns Standing Ovation (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Chelsea trundled past Bayer Leverkusen with minimum fuss to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start at Stamford Bridge last night.

Both teams also saw a goal apiece ruled out over the course of the evening, Chelsea for offside and Leverkusen for a somewhat dubious tug as Simon Rofles nodded in a corner at the far post not that it really mattered in the long run.

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Alessandro Del Piero gets a goal and a Scudetto in his last home match with Juventus

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One of the classiest footballers to ever wear a Juventus shirt (or any shirt) got the send-off he deserved at his final home match. Juve finished off their undefeated season -- the first in a 38-match Serie A season, according to Paolo Bandini -- with a 3-1 win over Atalanta in which Del Piero scored Juve's second goal.

Villarreal’s tiki-taka exhibition 15 passes in about 20...

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Villarreal's tiki-taka exhibition

15 passes in about 20 seconds? Barcelona may have mastered the art of tiki-taka, short one and two-touch passing (normally formed in shifting triangles created by three footballers), but Villarreal showed us this past weekend against Valencia that the likes of Borja Valero are on to you, Xavi.

The Rest

Report: Wigan look to land Espinoza

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Roger Espinoza's Olympic performance for Honduras is still lingering in the front offices of clubs in England, and it appears as if one is eager to pry him away from Sporting Kansas City prior to the close of the European summer transfer window.

According to reports from England, Premier League side Wigan Athletic is looking to make a move for Espinoza, who is in the final year of his contract with Sporting KC and MLS.

Noticias: Fernando Llorente To Leave Athletic Bilbao and The Homecoming Of Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski

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After nearly 20 years of service to Athletic Bilbao (he started his youth career with Los Leones in 1996), modern-day football's answer to "The Lion King", Fernando Llorente, has decided to leave the club. His contract expires in June 2013 but he is free to leave San Mames, snap his fingers and yell : "You must take your place in the Circle of Life!

No Sympathy for Steve Kean...

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If there is one thing we love in football, its a villain. Someone to hurl abuse at in such a fashion that it would not be out of fashion at a Pantomime at the Hippodrome in Birmingham. However, in pantomime we all know that anyone booing or hissing is merely in jest and by the end of the evening the actors and actresses all are smiling away as they accept the standing ovation which their performance (just about) deserves.

UCL Rewind: Chelsea routs Valencia, Marseille completes comeback and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

From almost out of the UEFA Champions League to topping Group E, it's been a crazy first campaign for Chelsea manager Andres Villas-Boas.

Talks of crisis at Stamford Bridge seem to be dissipating after Chelsea routed Valencia 3-0 to advance to the knockout round for the ninth consecutive season.

Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew - MLS #34 - 7:30 PM CST - Comcast Sportsnet

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The end of the 2011 season is here. Chicago has been eliminated from the playoffs prior to their last game of the year. This battle is reminiscent of last year's October 8th battle where a down and out Fire squad dispatched a playoff bound Columbus team 2-0 at Toyota Park. Nothing but pride is on the line tonight but that's still a big deal at the end of the day.

Ed Balls tells it like it is while Rory Weal steals the show

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Top speech by Ed Balls (if a little troubled in the delivery possibly because of Ed's stutter). He outlined the problem and gave Labour's answer. Solutions that could get the economy moving again but are getting ignored due to Osborne and Cameron's arrogance.Ed Balls urges VAT cuts for growthJust before that I saw Rory Weal speak at the Labour Party Conference and was so proud to be part of the same party.

Man City back goal hero Owen Hargreaves for England return – Daily Mail

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Owen Hargreaves backed for England return Manchester City | Mail Online.

Over at The Etihad Stadium tonight, one of the feel good stories of the season emerged as former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves scored his first goal for his new club Manchester City in their League Cup tie against Birmingham City.