Pre-Season Classics: Mario Balotelli Tosses It Off With A Backheel Only To Be Immediately Substituted, 2011 (Video)

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Pre-season is a time for experimentation, a time for frivolity, and yet Mario Balotelli famously found himself chastised for both during Man City's meaningless friendly Herbalife World Football Challenge match against LA Galaxy in July of 2011.

Balotelli opened the scoring with an early penalty at the Home Depot Center, then shortly thereafter found himself presented with a routine chance to double both his and City's tally.

Chelsea: John Terry Subbed Off After 26 Minutes Of Final Appearance, Given Mid-Match Guard Of Honour (Photo & Video)

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Many a tear was shed at Stamford Bridge this afternoon as Chelsea said their farewells to a club legend, one John Terry.

The Blues' captain started against Sunderland, making his 717th and final appearance for his beloved club.

The run-out lasted just 26 minutes (his squad number), whereupon the substitute's board was raised and Terry exited the pitch to a standing ovation, hugging his teammates asthey gave him a mid-match guard of honour.

Henry Suspended and New York Tifo Failure

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Not directly related to Sporting KC, but some news from Wednesday night's game against New York.

Henry Suspended

It wasn't in the match highlights, but in second half stoppage time as Kansas City was making a substitution before a New York corner, Thierry Henry started to make a run across goal.

Philadelphia Union

No need to Koef up lead

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We feel your painsh  In a season bereft of feel-good moments, the 86th minute of last Saturday's match against Union was welcome respite for a few of the Toronto FC faithful. After a 10-month lay-off, the club's potent striker and fan favourite Danny Koevermans entered the match to much fanfare and good tidings.

Warren Creavalle on, Brad Davis off. Final Dynamo sub.

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Houston Dynamo use their final substitution bringing on Warren Creavalle for Brad Davis. They still lead 3-1 over the Philadelphia Union. With the Crew losing only minutes ago to DCU, a win tonight means playoffs baby! Let's go Dynamo! CLOSE THIS ONE OUT!


Has Wenger lost the support of Arsenal fans?

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Arsene Wenger has without doubt been Arsenal's most successful manager of all time, but the Gunners decline over the last 8 years into a team that has to fight for 4th place in the League every year has seemingly alienated the fans that have always put the Frenchman on a pedestal.

This was highlighted yet again when the Arsenal fans started chanting "You don't know what you're doing!

SVGunner: Leave Ramsey alone – And Arsenal fans must pull together!

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Greetings all. It has been quite some time since my last post so, naturally, a number of topics have arose, which I would like to comment on. However, this could take several thousand words so I'll try to be selective and condense. There is an obvious topic to start on; and that is, obviously, the [.

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Cacophony: RB Leipzig Forward Timo Werner Requests To Be Subbed Off Due To Excessively Loud Besiktas Fans (Video)

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RB Leipzig slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Besiktas in the nascent German club's first ever away Champions League fixture.

The visitors were perturbed from the off by the cacophonous atmosphere inside the Vodafone Arena, which was directly responsible for Leipzig losing star forward Timo Werner with just half-an-hour played.

‘I Could Not Care Less’ – John Terry Bluntly Dismisses Criticism Of Self-Orchestrated Chelsea Farewell Substitution

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John Terry has dismissed criticism surrounding the manner in which he ended his Chelsea career, insisting he "couldn't care less" what people think of his contrived 'farewell' substitution.

Terry was subbed off in the 26th minute of the Blues' final Premier League game of the season against Sunderland, as his teammates gathered to clap him off with a mid-game guard of honour.

SUB WATCH: And So, It Begins

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Almost as rare at Red Bull Arena as a pre-89' substitution.Welcome to the first installment of the hottest new regular feature of The Viper's Nest: SUB WATCH. Every week I'll be bringing you the latest and greatest news and stats* on Coach Hans Backe's new found love of substitutions. Will he be able to keep it up?

Benzema shows Mourinho he’s still the man

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MADRID, Spain — Misfit striker Karim Benzema reminded Jose Mourinho of his talents on Sunday, scoring the 60th-minute goal in Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Real Mallorca which cut Barcelona's lead back to four points. Mourinho said Benzema, a 35-million euro signing from Lyon, needed to step up his game and the 23-year-old responded as [.