Video: Cristiano Ronaldo goes in studs-up on Spurs old boy Gareth Bale

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Welcome to Madrid. Gareth Bale has been given a warm welcome to Real Madrid by the man he's overtaken as the world's most expensive footballer. Cristiano Ronaldo went in studs-up on the former Tottenham player in what appeared to be a harmless game of piggy in the middle. Bale skins Ronaldo with a cheeky nutmeg [.

Swansea 2-2 Sunderland – Fletcher On The Double As Black Cats Hold Swans At The Liberty (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Swansea City 2-2 Sunderland Premier League 1st September 2012

Steven Fletcher celebrated his debut for Sunderland with a fine brace which would ultimately earn the Black Cats a creditable share of the points at the Liberty Stadium.

Wayne Rooney out for a month with a gashed knee

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Hugo Rodallega came down inadvertently on Wayne Rooney and his studs opened up a nasty gash just above the knee. The injury happened in stoppage time and it came following a Fulham free kick which was blocked. The Utd striker will be out for a month or more and he will also miss out on England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine next month.

Euro 2012: Group C: Spain ease fears through Navas against Croatia, 1-0

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The 88th minute Jesus Navas goal was legitimate. The key is Iniesta receiving Cesc Fabregas's perfectly measured chip in an onside position, chesting it and side-footing it to Navas who was free to move because he was not the primary target.

Sport Recife’s Tifo Shown Red Card, Moonwalks Toward Referee In Protest (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which Sport Recife defender Tifo is shown a second yellow for barrelling through the back of Santa Cruz striker Flavio. The ref then asks Tifo to show his shirt number and the centre-half duly obliges only with a little bit of a flourish, choosing to moonwalk back toward the official in protest at the incredulity of it all.


GIF It: Manchester United fans and Nani might wonder why Javi Martinez wasn’t sent-off against Arsenal

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Nani's red card against Real Madrid prompted much debate as to whether or not it was merited. Most Manchester United fans protested that it was an incorrect decision. And Roy Keane gleefully took up the case for the referee. As if to rub salt into the wounds, United supporters watching last night's match between Bayern [.

The Charlie Adam Tackle

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The third World War which is currently brewing over the Great Charlie Adam Tackle of 2012 is quite something, because if you'd read the reports, with Charlie being called a "coward," you'd think ol' Charlie came into the challenge with an arsenal of medieval weaponry and a dancing street gang.

Andrey Arshavin celebrates goal by standing on injured team-mate (Zenit v CSKA Moscow)

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International Man of Mystery, Andrey Arshavin, celebrated his assist for Zenit St Petersburg team-mate Vladimir Bystrov to score against CSKA Moscow by standing on his torso. Shortly after his goal, Bystrov hit the deck with an injury. On-loan Arsenal flop Arshavin took the opportunity to deliberately trample all over him.

Super Mario?

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As Mario Balotelli trotted around Arsenal's pristine Emirates pitch last Sunday, floating lazily through the game, only making his mark on proceedings when driving his studs into various areas of the opposition, it makes you wonder what a horrible job Prandelli sometimes has.

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Balotelli Decision Reveals Inefficiencies in FA Post-Match Disciplinary Process

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If you haven't heard or seen it by now, Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli kept his boot up and his studs exposed as he lunged at Arsenal's Alex Song in a 1-0 defeat for City against Arsenal on Sunday that ...

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Balotelli escapes further punishment for Song tackle

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It doesn't happen all that often, but Mario Balotelli caught a break.

Balotelli will not be disciplined any further for his studs-up stomp on Arsenal midfielder Alex Song's knee in their match over the weekend, The FA announced on Tuesday. It appears that Balotelli has escaped further punishment -- which reports said could have been up to nine games -- because of a technicality.

Is Balotelli worth the trouble?

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Mario Balotelli is once again in the headlines for the wrong reasons, and once again the question being asked is if he is worth all the trouble.

For Manchester City head coach Roberto Mancini, the answer appears to be "not anymore".

Arteta, we art in heaven

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Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City

One-nil to the Arsenal, and as one goal wins go, that one was as sweet as it was deserved.

Sweet because we needed a win and we needed a performance after that baffling foot-off-the-pedal defeat at QPR. Wenger said it was a blip and that yesterday we'd see the real Arsenal back the one utterly reinvigorated since February and he was right.

Super Sagna, Artful Arteta, and a victory for Arsenal’s ethics

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Arsenal 1 – 0 Manchester City — Quick Passing and Smart Team Pressure Vs. Violent, Undisciplined and Individualistic Footballers by Jason Mario Balotelli eventually had to answer to the force which is "karma", because he should have been sent off for his careless "studs up" challenge on Alex Song.

Mancini: Mario Balotelli to be sold in the summer

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Mario Balotelli not quite taking a good hard look at the mirror

Well, that was quick. Less than an hour after Arsenal buried a stake into City's title hopes, the City manager was on the air talking about Mario Balotelli not playing the rest of the season.

"I am finished.

Fantasy Premier League

Fantasy Premier League 2012/2013 Preview: Defenders

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We've previewed the best FPL goalkeeping studs & duds, so let's preview the best and worst defenders from a Fantasy Premier League perspective. Studs: He's back. Nemanja Vidic [7m] returns to action to Captain Manchester United after injury problems limited ... Continue reading →

Euro 2012 Fantasy vs Reality: Group B

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We've got the best strikers, midfielders, and defenders available for your Euro 2012 Fantasy Football lineups under our belt, as well as a Group A preview, so let's get to Group B The Group of Death. Germany: We've spoken about most of Germany's studs ... Continue reading →

Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 32 Preview

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The gameweeks are coming thick and fast, and the holiday weekend is here, so let's jump right in and preview the Fantasy Premier League studs and duds on offer. Our fantasy midfield of Bale Dempsey Walcott Valencia ... Continue reading →

World Cup

Why I Hate The MLS All Star Game Format

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Tonight the "best" of Major League Soccer will square off against UEFA Champions Chelsea FC in the 2012 edition of the MLS All Star game. Since 2002 (exception 2004) to the present day the MLS All Star Game has featured the league's best against a big name club. It started with the 2002 USMNT, a great chance to capitalize off the success of the 2002 teams World Cup run and since has featured a foreign club from the top leagues in Mexico, Scotland and England.

Is Spain Becoming A Parody Of Itself?

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Spain are through to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals after a tense victory over a hard-working, skilful Croatia side on Monday night. Spain spent most of the match though knowing a goal on the break from Croatia could knock them out the tournament and defensively they looked ropey throughout the evening.

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Flying Studs To The Head

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This is not a yellow card. It's B-movie-style retribution for the wiping out of one's entire family by a criminal enterprise one which can, unthinkably, be taken down by one man with some sweet martial arts skills. Despite modern weaponry and other such advances of modern times.

His name's Dida Valdemar, which is just as excellent, really.

Football GIF: Michael Essien Does Andy Carroll Extreme Physical Discourtesy

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By Chris Wright

Like a lioness bringing down a young gazelle on the plains of the Savannah with a horrendous all-12-studs-in-the-calf challenge, here's Michael Essien doing Andy Carroll an extremely filthy physical discourtesy at Anfield last night...

Deemed worthy of a yellow card only.

Loss to Rapids has FC Dallas ‘seeing red’

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On Sunday night, the Colorado Rapids defeated FC Dallas 2-0 in a penalty-filled affair at FC Dallas Stadium.

FC Dallas lost two men to red cards in the first half, forcing the club to play with nine men for 54 minutes of the match.

Midfielder Daniel Hernandez was the first to be shown a red, after picking up his second yellow card in only the 34th minute.


MLS Western Conference Week 7: Jumping in With Both Feet

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Lots of red cards were handed out in Week 7. Four, to be exact, two each for two teams, RSL and Philadelphia Union. Two of the incidents were quite similar, with the offending players leaving their feet and challenging with both feet, studs up. The referees delivered a consistent message -- there will be none of that.

Mario Balotelli 9 game ban?- Balotelli’s studs up Song tackle could cost Italian striker dear

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Mario Balotelli 9 game ban?- Balotelli's studs up Song tackle could cost Italian striker dear is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Manchester City's controversial forward Mario Balotelli could now be hit with a nine game ban instead of the three he was originally supposed to serve if referee Martin Atkinson [.

Champions League

Diego Maradona to Mario Balotelli-Yellow Journalism Goes Viral!

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I recently set out to find Diego Maradona's missing synthetic penis. The task looked daunting. Several years ago, when internet still dialed up and you browsed with Netscape Navigator, Diego donated his infamous whizzinator to a local Buenos Aires museum. This artifact's historical significance cannot be overestimated: while playing for Napoli in Italy, he had used the fake appendage to beat random drug tests.

Pepe Warms Up For El Clasico By Kicking A Teammate

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In excellent news, the upcoming Clasico has been bumped up one day. Which means less time waiting on Pepe v Busquets: The World Dreams of Long-term Injuries.

Pepe is getting warmed up nicely with some of his standard antics, although going studs out on the shins of a teammate is probably new.


Nike Mercurial Glide II – Boot Review

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First of all, this is a review for a pair of boots that were given to me by Sports Direct, on the condition that I leave some feedback on the Footy Blog. Thats just incase you thought it was a bit random that I've not posted here for months, before reviewing a pair of purple boots...

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Anyway, secondly, these aren't proper football boots.

Fine lines and concentration

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Much has been made of Thomas Vermaelen's performance against QPR on Saturday and I'm quite sure he'd be the first to admit it was not his finest hour. Not for the first time this season he's slipped at a crucial moment, resulting in an opposition goal, so perhaps he ought to be considering a change of footwear (blades v traditional studs, for example).

The Rest

GIF It: Kyle Walker puts a hole in Eden Hazard’s sock (Tottenham vs Chelsea)

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard was left with a hole in his sock and a sore ankle after this collision with Tottenham's Kyle Walker. The England right-back's studs raked down Hazard's ankle as the pair landed after a challenge in the air. After a bit of treatment, his scruffy appearance seemed to be the only lasting damage [.

Competition: Win a pair of PUMA evoSPEED 1.2 CAMO

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The new PUMA evoSPEED 1.2 CAMO will hit pitches this weekend with Sergio Agüero and Radamel Falcao both wearing these eye catching boots. They're designed for players whose game is based around speed – blink and they'll be gone! The CAMO version will be on sale from May 6, before the new evoSPEED 1.

Cleats: Cutting Edge Technology, Emphasis on Cutting

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Traditionally, soccer shoe soles were adorned with rounded studs. Then came the age of the blade, leathered to the usual manufacturer speak of cutting edge technology.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Canadians Move the Ball Like Studs

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Studs like hugs.Everything I said earlier about how fearful the world should be of Japan and how they're securing their positions as a true force in women's soccer--if not one of the forces, a true effing powerhouse, in women's soccer--let me now apply this to the Canadians. It's exciting, I have to admit, as a fan of this game.

Euro 2012: Group C – The Final Day

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Despite Group C containing three of its best teams, the tension of the final games nearly unravelled the quality with which Spain, Italy and Croatia have sprinkled this tournament to date. Spain's light blue kit was, dare I say it, a bit scruffy, i.e. it suited players such as the Sergios Ramos and Busquets.

MLS suspends Alonso, Jimenez

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A pair of mid-week challenges have led to two more players being suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.Â

Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was suspended two games, and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Hector Jimenez was suspended one for their two-footed, studs-up challenges on Wednesday night.

What makes the perfect football boot?

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The football boot assumes a number of different monikers; a piece of protective footwear, an iconic symbol of the modern player, a performance aid, fashion accessory and weapon.

The number of developers, style, brands and makes of football boot makes it a competitive marketplace, however the latest craze in footballing footwear is the Adidas f50, which is worn by Lionel Messi.