Survival

Champions League

MLS – Kick Off: RSL fight for Champions League survival vs. Tauro

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This is it for Real Salt Lake. This is their opportunity to hold throw of at least a tease of their CONCACAF Champions League destiny. On Tuesday night in Panama, they must win a cliché, sure, but motionless accurate nonetheless. Read More

German Bundesliga Weekend Preview – 28 April 2012

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Schalke looks to close in a Champions League spot, Cologne aims to keep survival hopes alive, and much more in the German Bundesliga on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Bayer Leverkusen v Hannover 96

Both teams are fighting for the last Europa League spot with Leverkusen currently having the advantage (3 point lead).

league games

(Not So) Routine Win (Real Madrid 3 - Granada 0)

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It was only by the time Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score his second goal for the night, to make it 2-0 for Real Madrid that I finally managed a sigh of relief. ‘This wasn't going to end up like those matches' – I thought, recalling our slip-ups against Valencia and Getafe. There would be no freakish, frantic comeback for the opponent and no moments of panic for our boys – just absolute control of the match and further questions if we can manage a 3rd , 4th, 5th goal and so on.

No Ticket, No Problem: Stadiums Where You Can Watch Football for Free

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No Ticket, No Problem: Stadiums Where You Can Watch Football for Free - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If you're a fan of a team in a reputable league, seeing your team in person likely doesn't come cheap, at least in relation to the average person's income and budget.

If only it could be free, right?

English Premier League

Survival Of The Hottest: Thorgan Hazard, Chelsea

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Images via twitter, MEHDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/GettyImages. So Eden's baby bro (above right) has just signed for the European Champions as well. Nice pullin' pants, Thorgy! This is obviously great news for fans of our 'Survival of the Hottest' posts, so lets get down to those important questions right away.

United starlet explains loan move

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On an eventful day for both himself and brother Rafael, Manchester United left-back Fabio Da Silva explained that he decided to secure a loan move to Queens Park Rangers to ultimately improve his chances of becoming a regular at Old Trafford.

The 21-year old Fabio has made a total of 53 career appearances for United across all competitions since joining the club in 2008 and despite being happy at his development at a youngster, he is determined to take the next step as a starter in the Premier League.

Supporters Rally shots

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After one of the most unique soccer events that I've ever been a part of (FOX Soccer's Survival Sunday), I'm just now catching-up on organizing the photos that were taken from the weekend of May 13. Spearheaded by our inaugural Supporters Rally, Barclays Premier League fans from six major American supporters groups descended upon Los Angeles to take in all the action from the season's dramatic final day.

Martinez Happy With Links

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Roberto Martinez insists it is a 'compliment' to be linked with bigger jobs after the Wigan Athletic manager was mooted as a candidate to take charge at Liverpool.
The Wigan boss masterminded a stunning closing few weeks of the season as victories over several of the Premier League's leading clubs ensured top-flight survival.

Manchester City wins Premier League with thrilling stoppage time comeback

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The trophy looked lost, but Manchester City never gave up, even as stoppage time ticked away and City needed two goals to lift the Premier League title trophy.

Trailing Queens Park Rangers 2-1, and needing a win to secure their first title in 44 years, City staged a comeback for the ages.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the Premier League final day

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The final Premier League games of the season this weekend, which means two things: 1. The title race, battle for survival and Champions League qualification will be sorted out 2. All we have to look forward to is Euro2012, which will consist of criticising Roy Hodgson's squad selection, tactics, team selection, substitutions, press conferences and [.

Last Minute Cisse Goal Keeps QPR in Hunt for Survival

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Substitute Djibril Cisse boosted QPR's hunt for survival with a last minute goal against Stoke, who deserved nothing from the game having been cramped in their own half for the most part.

Lu Lu Lu

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Getting the feel for it

That's what Gooners will be chanting come August 2012. Arsenal yesterday announced the signing of Lukas Podolski from Cologne. Let's be honest, we knew this was coming for weeks but it is still good to hear about it officially. One of the reasons muted online for the delayed announcement was that Cologne didn't want the news to affect their relegation scrap.

Coyle words inspires Bolton

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It took some harsh words at half-time from manager Owen Coyle but it did the trick and Bolton secured a vital three points away to struggling Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
The Trotters came from a goal behind in the West Midlands and, having dragged Villa into the relegation fight, now sit just one point off safety with a game in hand over their rivals at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Sunderland 2-2 Bolton – Captain Kevin Davies Rescues Vital Point For Trotters (Photos & Highlights)

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Sunderland 2-2 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 28th Premier League 2012


Once the king of the Reebok, Super Kev Davies has often struggled to secure a starting berth for Bolton this season. However, his brace at the Stadium of Light on Saturday could prove utterly vital to Bolton's fight for survival.

Playing for Premier League Survival

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After Wolves were related against Manchester City it would be easy for the team to just fold and give in the rest of their games this season. But the players however have a lot still to play for, that is their own personal Premiership survival.

Take their most recent game against Swansea (and what a game).

Thoughts On Tactics And Starting Eleven Against Stoke

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Arsenal are visiting Stoke. Normally, there wouldn't be any need to mention Chelsea. Or Newcastle. But this time around we have to, with a passing mention of Spurs thrown in.

The Champions League semi-finals threw up some not entirely unexpected surprises. Roberto Di Matteo, Just a year after being sacked from West Brom where his attacking style put the club's survival at risk, will lead the Chelsea bus to Munich for the Champions League Final.

Thoughts On Tactics And Starting Eleven Against Stoke

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Arsenal are visiting Stoke. Normally, there wouldn't be any need to mention Chelsea. Or Newcastle. But this time around we have to, with a passing mention of Spurs thrown in.

The Champions League semi-finals threw up some not entirely unexpected surprises. Roberto Di Matteo, Just a year after being sacked from West Brom where his attacking style put the club's survival at risk, will lead the Chelsea bus to Munich for the Champions League Final.

Wolves Relegated After 2-0 Defeat To Manchester City

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TweetTerry Connor's Wolves side have been relegated from the Premier League after a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at Molineux. The Black Cats needed a victory to give themselves any chance of survival but were unable to stop title-chasers Manchester City from grabbing a well deserved 2-0 win. Goals from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri [.

Fulham 2-1 Wigan – Latics Not Out Of Danger As Whites Win At The Cottage (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Fulham 2-1 Wigan Atheltic Premier League 21st April 2012


After a couple of magnificent wins against the might of Man Utd and Arsenal in recent weeks, Wigan looked to have scrambled clear of the relegation zone for another season.

Blackburn 2-0 Norwich – Junior Keeps On Growing As Rovers Cage Canaries (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Norwich City Premier League 21st April 2012


What a topsy-turvy season it's been for Blackburn. Admittedly, more turvy than topsy (if that makes any kind of sense), Â Rovers got back to winning ways against Norwich on Saturday afternoon after securing a deserved 2-0 win which keeps them well in the race for survival.

Are relegation six-pointers important?

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A common narrative during the closing stages of football seasons is the importance of matches between the sides at the bottom of the table. I thought I'd take a statistical look at those claims. I've done this by taking a look at the record of clubs in the Premier League over the last fifteen years who have finished in 17th and 18th position.

Tangled up in Blue: Match Preview

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Apart from supporters of the doomed bottom 3 is there a football fan who doesn't want Wigan to escape relegation?  Their PL survival is a mystery given the small ground, low attendances and limited finances - they are the (Leyton) Orient of Manchester. And yet they survive without resorting to hoof ball and dull physical football, maintaining an admirable allegiance to playing attractive football.

Tangled up in Blue: Match Preview

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Apart from supporters of the doomed bottom 3 is there a football fan who doesn't want Wigan to escape relegation?  Their PL survival is a mystery given the small ground, low attendances and limited finances - they are the (Leyton) Orient of Manchester. And yet they survive without resorting to hoof ball and dull physical football, maintaining an admirable allegiance to playing attractive football.

West Brom 1-0 QPR – Travel Sick Hoops Stay In Shadow Of Drop-Zone (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Queens Park Rangers Premier League 14th April


Mark Hughes' side have been impressing at Loftus Road recently, but away from home, the Hoops have been struggling to pick up points.

Most efficient Premier League clubs in the last three seasons (2009 to 2012)

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Building on our previous post about the most efficient football clubs across Europe's top four leagues this season, here we do an historical analysis of the Premier league and the best performing clubs in the last three years (2009/2010 to 2011/2012).

The chart below shows some fascinating visual data about Premier League teams in the last three years from succintly pointing out Arsenal's #1 issue to highlighting the massive statistical improvements United have made this season to why Liverpool and Wigan are at the wrong end of the tables.

Serie A

Relegation Battle All But Settled on Final Day

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With Serie A rolling into the last match-day, we are settling into one more scrape for survival. Fiorentina officially achieved salvation with a 1-0 victory over Lecce on Saturday. Novara and Cesena have officially been relegated and will see each other again in Serie B. Both Lecce and Genoa lost last week to Fiorentina and Udinese respectively, meaning there is still a three point gap between.

Serie A 2011/2012: Top Five Goals of Week 37

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Juventus have been crowned as Serie A Champions after a 2-0 away win at Cagliari after Inter 4-2 win over AC Milan which included a wonderful goal by Maicon. Parma has now won six in a row and they are now level on points with Roma. Lecce and Genoa will have to fight on the last day of the season for survival in Serie A.

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Italian Serie A Weekend Recap – 5 May 2012

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Fiorentina won at Lecce and Roma were held by Catania in the Italian Serie A on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Lecce 0-1 Fiorentina

A 35th minute Alessio Cerci goal was the difference as Lecce's survival hopes took a hit. Fiorentina are now guaranteed Serie A status for next season while Lecce will need to win their final match and have Genoa lose to avoid relegation.

Spanish Primera Division (La Liga) Match Predictions – 28 April 2012

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Levante host Granada, Osasuna travels to Villarreal, and much more in the Spanish Primera Division (La Liga) on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Espanyol v Sportin Gijon

Espanyol are still within reach for a Europa League spot while Sporting are six points from getting out of the bottom three.

Spanish Primera Division (La Liga) Recap – 1 April 2012

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Atletico Madrid moved up to 7th, Valencia were held at home by Levante, and Real Sociedad had an impressive home victory in the Spanish Primera Division (La Liga) on April 1, 2012.

Results

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Getafe

Valencia 1-1 Levante

Real Sociedad 4-0 Rayo Vallecano

Villarreal 0-0 Espanyol

Impressive home wins by Atletico and Sociedad

Both Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad had very strong performances at home on Sunday.

Mark Hughes

Fergie: Hughes Will Remember Unethical City Sacking

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Former Manchester United hero, Mark Hughes, could be our last hope at winning the title, with QPR going to City on the final day of the season.

Fergie has turned to Hughes, who he hasn't had a great relationship with for years, to see where his praise might get him.

After City beat Sunderland in December 2009, Hughes came on to the pitch to applaud the fans, with the press having already revealed that he was going to be sacked after the game.

QPR Report Sunday: WBA Reactions...Joey Barton Profile/Interview...QPR Official Site Twitter Followers Up 600 Percent in a Year

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- Compilation of Photos from WBA vs QPR

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- Eight Year Flashback: Gianni Paladini Set to Buy Into QPR
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- All Serie A Games Off in Italy as Player Dies on the Field

- The Answer to the Question: Will There be a QPR Player of the Year Dinner?

The Rest

Watch Holland vs Germany Online Free

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In what is shaping up to be an epic battle in the Euro 2012 competition, Holland face Germany in a battle for survival in group B which has been blown open with Portugal beating Denmark by 3 goals to 2 just a few moments ago.

This means that Holland are bottom of the group having lost their first game to Denmark 1-0, a shock result, and with Portugal winning today and Germany winning their opening game against Portugal 1-0 then Holland need to win here tonight to avoid facing an embarrasing early exit from the Euro's.

TTU Awards 2011-12: Best Fans

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Despite our claims to unbiased coverage on this website, it can be difficult – sometimes – to think independently of our individual hues. Awarding Plymouth Argyle – my own team – with the best fans award this year is such a case, although we'd argue that it's on good grounds. Pretty much everyone, by now, should be cognisant of what a traumatic time it's been for all those attached to the Football League's most westerly club.

Nurnberg smash Schalke

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Timothy Chandler made a return to the right side of the Nurnberg defense with great success on Wednesday evening, as they took a huge step towards securing their survival in a 4-1 domination over FC Schalke 04.

A Gunner’s win tonight will go a long way to consolidating third place.

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With just six more games to play the season's end is fast approaching, our current third place is not looking too bad when the awful start to the campaign is taken into account. There are some tough games coming up and tonight's trip to Molineux is a potential stumbling block which deserves to be taken just as seriously as Saturday's win over the Manchester Oilers.