International football

Sweden Players Absolutely Destroy Pitchside Commentary Desk After Securing World Cup Qualification At Italy’s Expense (Video)

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After successfully keeping Italy at bay to reach the 2018 World Cup last night, Sweden celebrated hard after the final whistle at the San Siro.

As head coachJanne Andersson was being grilled by Eurosport at pitchside, the team came rampaging over to hijack the interview and quickly reduced the analysts' table to a pile of flimsy plastic rubble.

Brazil: Neymar, Dani Alves, Marcelo & Thiago Silva Enjoy Lively Game Of ‘Foot-Table-Head-Tennis-Ball’ In Dressing Room (Video)

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The Brazilian national team are currently congregated at the Beira Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, where the Selecao are limbering up for a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Friday evening.

After their morning session, several of the squad kept things ticking over by pairing off to take part in a little impromptu skill challenge in the dressing room.


Arsenal’s spending is totally unacceptable!

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Back in 1978, I was taken to game at Highbury. I was only seven, so please forgive my memory but I seem to remember us losing to West Brom. Basically, I've been a fan of Arsenal for longer than I can remember. I ended up being a season ticket holder for 13 years.

Blackburn were appalling but Arsenal are on their way back up the table

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That 7-1 win was needed, that's for sure. On the back of three losses and a draw, Arsenal had to get a win now or our hopes for Champions league football would be too far away to catch. This positivity of the result was also compounded by the draws of the other big clubs. All [...]

Szczesny – Arsenal MUST finish above Tottenham this season!

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The Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says that the only ambition he has for this season is to make sure that the Gunners finish above their great rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Since Arsenal's terrible start to the season Tottenham have taken a lead and are currently five points ahead after yesterday's results, and also have a game [.

Walcott – We’ve had our bad spell and Arsenal are moving up the table

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The Gunners winger Theo Walcott is feeling pretty good right now (and playing pretty good football too!) and says he knew it was only a matter of time before Arsenal started winning again after their bad start to the season. He knew that Arsene Wenger's new signing would need a settling in period but the [.

Wenger – Arsenal are improving and the teams above are catchable

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It is always good to see Arsene Wenger in a good mood after an Arsenal game, and you find him more satisfied that when the Gunners totally dominate a match, score three goals AND keep a clean sheet. It has given him further confidence that his team are still heading to challenge for a top [...]

Critical issues pile up for Arsenal and Wenger

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LONDON, England Less than three months ago Arsenal were in sight of an unprecedented quadruple. Now that number – four – is again within sight but with an entirely different connotation. If Manchester City win at Bolton on Sunday they will finish third, even if Arsenal win, simultaneously, against Fulham.

Football ‘rich list’ hails Real for 6th successive year

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CHAMONIX/LONDON Real Madrid won nothing last year yet they continue to top the table of the world's richest clubs in the annual revenue assessment undertaken by accountant Deloitte. This is the sixth successive year the record nine-times former champions of Europe have led the list. Spanish champions Barcelona are second followed by Manchester United [.


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Pedro Proenca of Portugal has been taken to ref the Euro 2012 last between Spain and Italy on Sunday. We here at have all the news

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GIOVANNI Trapattoni has played back at titles that he was too patriotic to his fourth-year men during the Republic of Ireland's unsatisfying Euro 2012 run.

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English Premier League

Little Lille Leading Ligue 1

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What's one to do until the highly anticipated Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United (Saturday May 28 btw)? Â All the big European league winners have been virtually decided over the past couple weekends, and in each case there's been little drama the champions have each been atop their respective tables for some time.

Holloway looks to cement Premier League status

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At the final whistle of Blackpool's third round FA Cup tie against League One highfliers Southampton, the home fans were ecstatic after all they had just managed to beat one of the Premier League's form teams when it comes to playing away from home, and book their place in the next round. But amid [.

Breathing space for Man United

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MANCHESTER, England — Javier Hernandez and Nani scored either side of Dean Whitehead's effort as Manchester United moved three points clear at the top of the English Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Stoke at Old Trafford here on Tuesday. A much-changed United made hard work of defeating a team they had beaten in [.

Black Cats revaluate aims

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After the surprisingly impressive first half of the season Sunderland have enjoyed, the club may be revaluating their goals for this term. Steve Bruce's side have stormed to sixth place in the league and now face the very real possibility of European football coming to the Stadium of Light next season.


New life for Marseille and Lyon in Ligue 1

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PARIS, France — Marseille and Lyon both came from behind to breathe new life into their title challenges on Saturday, with OM beating Sochaux 2-1 and OL overpowering derby rivals Saint-Etienne 4-1. Andre-Pierre Gignac was the match-winner for Marseille at Sochaux, as the defending champions secured a victory that took them up to second place [.

Ribery, Robben are Bayern’s Messi, Xavi: van Gaal

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BERLIN, Germany — Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal insisted Saturday Holland's Arjen Robben and France's Franck Ribery are just as important to the German champions as Lionel Messi and Xavi are to Barcelona. Dutch star Robben netted twice as he combined with Ribery to inspire Bayern's 4-0 win over Hoffenheim at Munich's Allianz Arena [.

Comfortable win Arsenal, Spurs in top four

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LONDON, England At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal kept the pressure on United with a comfortable win against Wolves. Van Persie put Arsene Wenger's team ahead in the 16th minute with an emphatic volley from a Cesc Fabregas cross. Wolves had ended United's 29-match unbeaten run last week, but they are back at the bottom [.

Ronaldo brace as Real keep up pursuit of Barcelona

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MADRID, Spain — Real Madrid responded in style to Barcelona's record breaking 16th consecutive victory with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way in a 4-1 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday. Ronaldo was charged up for the game after receiving criticism for not scoring in four games and having seen Leo Messi hit a hat-trick in [.

Zigic goal sees Blues inflict Hammer blow

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BIRMINGHAM, England — Nikola Zigic gave Birmingham City a 1-0 away to West Ham on Sunday that moved the Blues out of the relegation zone and dropped their fellow strugglers to the foot of the Premier League table. The giant Zigic secured a precious three points for the Blues, now 16th in the standings, when [.

Palerma too beat off-track Juventus

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PALERMO, Italy Palermo put a huge dent in Juventus' Champions League qualification hopes after beating the Turin giants 2-1 at Stadio Renzo Barbera in Serie A. In doing so Palermo leap-frog Juventus in the table and look a good bet for European football next season. With this loss Juventus' winless streak reached four matches.

Resilient Montpellier beat Nancy, Marseille held

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PARIS, France — Marseille boss Didier Deschamps admitted his team flopped in front of Sir Alex Ferguson on Sunday as the Manchester United boss scouted his Champions League opponents. Marseille drew 0-0 at relegation-haunted Monaco, a result which left the French champions in fifth place in the table.

Marseille misfit Gignac finally hits target

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PARIS, France — French international striker Andre-Pierre Gignac finally justified his 18-million-euro transfer fee on Sunday when he scored his first home league goal for champions Marseille in a 2-1 victory over Bordeaux. It was only Gignac's second league strike of the season his first was at St Etienne in October although he [.

Bridge to West Ham on loan from Man City

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MANCHESTER, England Wayne Bridge has joined bottom of the table West Ham on loan from fellow Premier League side Manchester City until the end of the season, the Hammers announced Wednesday. The 30-year-old former England international has found himself out of first team reckoning at title-chasers City following the pre-season arrival of both Aleksandar [.

Syria stun Saudi Arabia in Asian Cup

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DOHA, Qatar — Syria shocked 2007 finalists and three-time champions Saudi Arabia 2-1 at the Asian Cup on Sunday in Group B, piling yet more pressure on their underfire coach Jose Peseiro. Syria, who had to hold on for grim life in the end and survived several scares, had Abdulrazak Al Husein to thank for [.

Fulham sign midfielder Sidwell from Aston Villa

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LONDON, England — Fulham has signed Steve Sidwell from Premier League rival Aston Villa on a six-month contract as it tries to shore up its midfield in the January transfer window. Fulham announced the deal on its website Friday but did not disclose financial details. The club said the initial deal expires at the end [.

Controversy or not, United reclaim top spot

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BIRMINGHAM, England — Lee Bowyer's controversial late equaliser saw Birmingham City deny Premier League leaders Manchester United victory in a 1-1 draw at St Andrews on Tuesday. It seemed Dimitar Berbatov's 14th league goal of the season had given United, who started this late kick-off match a point behind second-placed Manchester City, victory.

It’s all Manchester in the Premier League

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MANCHESTER, England Manchester United remained two points clear at the top of the English Premier League on Sunday as Manchester City moved up into second place in the table. Dimitar Berbatov's double saw United beat Sunderland 2-0 at Old Trafford while City, who were third on goal difference at the start of the day, [.

Di Maria rescues Real with Sevilla winner in La Liga

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MADRID, Spain — Argentine international winger Angel di Maria scored a vital 77th minute winner as 10-man Real Madrid defeated Sevilla 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday to close to within two points of league leaders Barcelona ahead of the Christmas break. The 22-year-old di Maria, a 25-million-euro summer signing from Benfica, squeezed a [.

Nene named top foreign player in France

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PARIS, France Paris Saint-Germain winger Nene has been voted Ligue 1′s Foreign Player of the Year by France Football magazine. The 29-year old Brazilian has been a huge success since signing from Monaco in July, scoring 11 goals in 17 games and helping the Parisian club to second in the League 1 table.

Park puts United on top of Premier League

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MANCHESTER, England — South Korea international Park Ji-Sung's sixth goal of the season sent Manchester United two points clear at the top of the Premier League table after they beat former leaders Arsenal 1-0 at Old Trafford here on Monday. United, who also have a game in hand over all their title rivals, could even [.

Struggling Almeria stun Sevilla at home

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MADRID, Spain — Lowly Almeria produced an inspired performance to beat Sevilla 3-1 and pile the pressure on the troubled Andalusian side on Saturday. It was the first victory for new coach Jose Luis Oltra on his third attempt after taking charge following Almeria's 8-0 thrashing by Barcelona last month.


Sneijder set tone in Inter thriller

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MILAN, Italy Internazionale continue to close the gap on neighbours AC at the top of the Serie A table after a breathtaking 5-3 defeat of AS Roma at the San Siro. Wesley Sneijder's third minute goal set the tone for a pulsating game with Samuel Eto'o and Fabio Simplicio also on the first half [...]

Barca and Messi breaking all records

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BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona earned a record 16th straight win in the Spanish league by beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 with a Lionel Messi hat-trick on Saturday. The historic win provisionally lifted Barcelona 10 points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table ahead of its fierce rival's match against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

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Pies’ 2017 Christmas Gift Guide, No.1: Official Notts County Coffee Table

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It's that time of year again, when Pies offer you all a timely assist with the oft-perilous task of purchasing Christmas presents for that football-obsessed maniac in your life.

We're kicking off the 2017 edition of our guide with a piece of furniture-based finery, the calibre of which we don't often stumble across when perusing the official football club webstores of the world.

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Languagecaster's football glossary - Table: The table shows the position of the teams in each division. Also used in the cliche 'the table never lies.'

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With most teams having fifteen or fewer matches to play this season, it is far from certain which three teams from the Championship will be playing Premier League football next season. As it stands, the two most obvious candidates are the teams that have led the way for most of the season, current leaders, West [.

Barbie takes on soccer

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NUREMBERG, Germany Barbie dolls modelled on German national women's soccer coach Silvia Neid (L) and German national Birgit Prinz and a Barbie foosball table are presented on the occasion of the 50th birthday of toy company Mattel at the Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany.

Phoenix A-league game moved to Gold Coast

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand The Wellington Phoenix will play their postponed match against the Brisbane Roar on the Gold Coast it was announced today. The match which was set to take place last Sunday night at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium was postponed and moved to January 26 due to flooding in the Brisbane area.