Photos: Mamadou Sakho, Tiago Ilori, Victor Moses and Steven Gerrard in Liverpool training

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Mamadou Sakho trains at Melwood on Friday afternoon #LFC Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 13, 2013 Some of Liverpool's new signings and one or two old timers have been in training at Melwood today. Victor Moses trains with his new teammates at Melwood #LFC Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 13, 2013 [.

Video: Dietmar Hamann reveals he’s cleared the air with Joey Barton, refuses to unfollow him

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If you thought the end of last week was all about Lance Armstrong's warts 'n' all confession to Oprah, you would be wrong for this side of the Atlantic there was a one-on-one interview with someone equally forlorn and desperate for people to hear his side of the story. We're talking about Dietmar Hamann [.


Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse explains Wonga U-turn

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Papiss Cisse has been explaining his decision to back down in his row over Newcastle's shirt sponsorship deal with Wonga. The Senegal international refused to wear the logo of the payday loan company, saying it was against his faith as a Muslim. But after talking to those close to him including Islamic teachers [.

Cassano and Pazzini swap lives in Milan?

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By Jared Mercer

Amongst all the transfers this summer, it was the Milan clubs who swapped strikers, which has been the most surprising and well planned by Internazionale. Inter's 28-year-old Italian striker Giampoalo Pazzini suffered a poor year with the Nerazurri, playing in 33 matches and only notching 5 goals.

Scouting Eidur Gudjohnsen: 'Big Man Who Had Fantastic Feet'

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With Iceland international and longtime European club standout Eidur Gudjohnsen set to join the Seattle Sounders in training this week, we figured it would be good to ask someone who was a little more familiar with his skill set than us. Ryan Rosenblatt, the editor of the new United States soccer blog Stars and Stripes FC, is very familiar with Gudjohnsen and had this to say about the soon-to-be-34-year-old:

Eidur Gudjohnsen became a constant wanderer of late, but not because he couldn't find a home.

Frustrated Colorado Rapids Will Look to Avoid Falling Further

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Wow, what a busy week! The FO have announced season tickets would remain flat, the field would be widened, TicketMaster would be fired and Caleb Porter would be hired.

What's that? We have two games in six days against the Colorado Rapids? Oh ... right.

When Stumptown Footy previewed the Colorado Rapids ahead of their first match this year against the Portland Timbers, the Rapids weren't in great shape.

Bengtson to build off Olympic success

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Since being acquired by the Revolution in early July, Revs striker Jerry Bengtson has traveled back to his home in Honduras, made trips to Chicago and Miami, and made the long trek to London to represent his country at the Olympics.

All that travel has undoubtedly taken a toll on the Honduran striker, but Bengtson believes with all that in the rear-view mirror, he can finally settle in with the Revs and start producing at Gillette Stadium.

Clint Dempsey

Joseph Only Sporting International to Play Friday

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Three of Sporting Kansas City's four players on international duty had games scheduled last night, but only one of those 3 saw the field. Roger Espinoza's Honduras teammates were in Cuba for a mid-day kick off in their World Cup qualifier. Espinoza had to sit out the game due to his red card against Brazil in the Olympics.

Dempsey gets back to work as USMNT continues preparations for qualifiers

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Preparations for two World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica continue for the U.S. men's national team, and according to U.S. Soccer, all 23 players had arrived in Miami (Nick Rimando will replace Sean Johnson in camp after the first match) ahead of Tuesday's training session.

Liverpool v Arsenal preview

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Anfield - still a fortress or an opportunity for three valuable away points? (Photo: Not forgotten)

Liverpool v Arsenal   Anfield, Sunday, September 2 1:30 p.m.

Liverpool won't be including Clint Dempsey in their side to face Arsenal on Sunday, mainly because they drew the wrath of their fans more than Arsenal did after the debacle that saw him end up at Spurs.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Player Ratings: So That Happened Edition

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I went into Wednesday's game with a slight ray of optimism and hope that f the Portland Timbers were able to focus and win on the road -- for the first time this season -- that they would then be in a decent position and shape to make a daring late-season play off run. As slight a chance that might be, it was there prior to the game against the Colorado Rapids.

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids Player Ratings: No Longer Last Edition

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Well what do we have here? Could it be... should I say it? Oh what the hell, I'll say it. Could it be that the Portland Timbers have found themselves in the midst of a winning streak? I don't want tog et everybody's hopes up being that it's only two wins, both of which were at home, but I think it's safe to say that the Timbers' performance during those two games were markedly better than they were in the months since John Spencer left.

SUB WATCH: Week 24

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I'm Sorry, You Were Saying Something About My Substitution Strategy?Last Saturday saw the lowly Portland Timbers visit Red Bull Arena for a match that was highly anticipated by many Red Bull fans who had to endure a horrible performance at Houston and a not-entirely-convincing win at home against the same team in previous weeks.

Toronto FC

Schellas Hyndman: David Ferreira Getting Fouled Excessively is Something That Could Change

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When David Ferreira returned to the field for FC Dallas on July 4 against Toronto FC, it was a welcome sight for FCD fans on several fronts. Not only was it great to see "El Torito" back on the field after a 14-month absence due to injury, but his return sparked his teammates to up their own level of play.

MOTM: 2 Away Goals edition

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For the first time in their brief MLS History Portland has scored 2 away goals and not only have did they score two but one of them was a late equalizer. With all that said there were not that many players to choose from for Man of the Match honors as quite a few players had pretty poor performances, so let's see who the writers thought was their MOTM.

Real Madrid

Fabio Coentrao Joins Real Madrid’s Ferrari Club

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Real Madrid and Portuguese national Fabio Coentrao has joined his teammates Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo, by adding a Ferrari California 4.3 (for the geeks, this model runs at 4,300CC with speeds of up to 193 MPH!) to his car collection. With Coentrao's four-match ban coming into effect soon, the defender will have plenty of time to drive around Madrid!

‘It Could Be Brilliant’ – Sir Alex Hints Usain Bolt Could Make Man Utd Debut Against Real Madrid

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By Chris Wright

It would seem that, if you have designs on turning out for Manchester United, then persistence is key.

After spending the last few years relentlessly pestering Sir Alex Ferguson, badgering him for a kick-about, it now appears that the United overlord has buckled and is seriously considering allowing Usain Bolt to represent the club in a friendly against the Real Madrid Legends pencilled in for next summer.

Cristiano Ronaldo too sad to celebrate his goals, is upset with Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo did not celebrate either of his first two goals of the season in Real Madrid's 3-0 win against Granada (video of the first here). After the match he made it clear that he did this with purpose, but he also left a bit of mystery about it all as he refrained from getting too specific.


Selecao Bootcamp : David Luiz Reunites With Brazil National Team – Plus Dani Alves, Lucas Moura

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David Luiz may have performed poorly against Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup last Friday, but now that he is with his irmãos in the Selecao, he can fully focus on pulling off the best pranks in expense of his teammates. The Chelsea jokester was called up for Brazil's upcoming friendly matches against South Africa (in Sao Paulo) and China (in Recife) on Friday and Monday respectively.

Return to basics yields 4-2 victory for United

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Throughout the season DC United has pursued a team identity with limited success. Through some extraordinary individual efforts and occasional combination play by a few players at a time, United won a good share of points, but never quite seemed as solid as they could be. A certain confidence was lacking.

English Premier League

RvP credits substitution for Man Utd win

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Manchester United forward Robin van Persie believes that the introduction of Paul Scholes and not his hat-trick was the main reason why the Red Devils came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 yesterday.

Van Persie scored United's first equalizer minutes following Rickie Lambert's early opening goal and even after Morgan Schneiderlin restored the Saints' advantage, the Dutchman added two late goals to secure all three points for Sir Alex Ferguson's men.

Gerrard Eyes Suarez-Torres Partnership

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Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres became Liverpool teammates for a mere matter of hours before the latter joined Chelsea on deadline day in January of last year.
But the forward duo will finally have the opportunity to play alongside each other - well at least in the imagination of Steven Gerrard, after the Reds captain revealed he had picked both players for his fantasy football team.

Ipswich Town denies making Edu offer

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Maurice Edu's transfer saga has taken a bit of an odd turn.

Two days after Rangers manager Ally McCoist claimed that League Championship side Ipswich Town had made an offer for the U.S. international, the club's manager, Paul Jewell, denied that his club had done such a thing.

McCoist alludes to potential Stoke City move for Edu

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Maurice Edu and Geoff Cameron teamed together in central defense to do their part in the U.S. men's national team's first-ever win on Mexican soil last week. It appears as if the two may be joining forces much more frequently for the foreseeable future.

According to Rangers manager Ally McCoist, Edu's representation alerted him to a potential transfer to Stoke City, a move that would facilitate his transfer out of the fourth-tier Scottish club and into the English Premier League where he would be teammates with Cameron.

Joe Hart recalls “15-minute nightmare”

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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has urged his teammates to fight successfully for silverware every season but admits that the roller-coaster 2011-12 title race left him sweating on the final match-day.

City, who controlled their destiny going into the last game of the season at home to QPR, needed to match Manchester United's result to lift the title at the Red Devils' expense.

Geoff Cameron thanks Dynamo fans in open letter

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U.S. national team center back Geoff Cameron, who recently left the Dynamo to sign with Stoke City of the English Premier League, has written an open letter to his Dynamo fans and former teammates and coaches. My Dear Houston Dynamo family, I would like to thank the Houston Dynamo for a wonderful four years.

You've probably not heard of him, but Liverpool's new winger Assaidi is a player who the Kop will grow to enjoy

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By Mohamed Moallim

Most managers in the Eredivisie, adhering to the unwritten code, would stop short of describing a player as 'world class' or remotely anywhere near the reason being as it would be interpreted as overhyping a talent nowhere near the finished article.

World Cup

Team Building With Minute to Win It

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Yup, the 'ole get the cookie from the forehead into the mouth game*

Two nights before the opening game of the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup, the U.S. U-20 WNT used part of their evening to engage in some team building exercises modeled around the Minute to Win It games.

To no one's surprise, when you put a group of highly competitive individuals into a room with some funny games to play some serious competition will ensue.

Hope Solo's Paradox (a book review)

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Solo: A Memoir of Hope is the story of a deeply charismatic outsider. She is a lone wolf, but she was also a prom queen. That's the paradox of Solo's persona: she's the outcast in the middle of every drama, the anti-social social phenomenon. Solo might be an independent spirt, but this book is centered on her relationships with other people.

The Rest

El Shaarawy reveals that being Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s teammate similar to caring for a Mogwai

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Now that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left Milan to score all of PSG's goals, Stephan El Shaarawy has spoken about the delicate care he requires from his teammates. Much like a Mogwai that can't be fed after midnight or get wet, a Zlatan requires certains things in order to keep him from turning into a gremlin.

The Midfield General

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Shalrie Joseph helped tilt the midfield battle on Wednesday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

For 21 minutes, the New England Revolution played and looked like the team  Jay Heaps envisioned. New England pressed. It attacked. The ball moved quickly and players whipped in early crosses.

Happy Birthday Kelly

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Kelly blows out the candles and serves her teammates some cake

Yes, Kelly Cobb is not longer a teenager. The Duke striker out of Chugiak, Alaska, turned 20 today and she can hardly believe it.

But you can't stay young forever, right?

And she did get to celebrate with her teammates with a fantastic cake provided by our Japanese hosts.

Bus Medley

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Samantha Mewis takes requests...

The U.S. U-20 WNT had must have been energized by their walk-through at Miyagi Stadium on Saturday evening as the bus ride home got a bit rowdy. In the sense that the team sang songs all the way back to the hotel.

Seems there is a game where one players sings a few lines from a song, then if another player hears a word in that song that reminds her of another song she starts singing that song and the rest of her teammates join in.

Banned Item: Fishing Pole?

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U.S. forward Katie Stengel was nice enough to get her brother a gift while the team was in Hiroshima, purchasing for him a small fishing pole. The only issue is that when Stengel tried to bring it on the plane to Sendai here in the Miyagi prefecture for the USA's third group match, she found out that apparently one can't bring a fishing pole on a plane (even though it was a small one).

SBI College Preview: UNC's Lopez takes starring role for defending champions

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With all of the talent that Mikey Lopez had around him last season, it was understandable for the U.S. Under-20 midfielder's contributions to get a bit lost in the shuffle at the University of North Carolina.

Büttner: Best Day Of My Life

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The club has announced the signing of Alexander Büttner from Vitesse Arnhem after a Dutch newspaper broke the finalisation of the deal this morning.

"Joining Manchester United is one of the best days of my life," said the player. "It's a team I have admired for many years now and I can't wait to join my teammates and play my part in helping the club be successful.

Chelsea youngsters compete in dance off, swim against Chad Le Clos

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As it turns out, being a young footballer for the European champions has its odd points. First, we have Chelsea's annual Academy dance-off. One by one, the club's youth players were thrust into a small room lined with the entire senior squad and told to dance while the audience films and laughs.

It's Tradition

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For many years, the U.S. Women's National Teams playing in world championships have painted their nails in various patriotic colors and designs and this year's U-20s are keeping up the tradition.

Fortunately, midfielder Mandy Laddish is a talented nail painting artist and she has turned her hotel room into a de facto Salon, with teammates making appointments to come by and get their nails done.

POTD : Alex Song Joins Barcelona In Reported €19 Million Deal – To Be Unveiled On Monday

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Former Arsenal defender Alex Song finalised terms for his move to Barcelona today a five-year contract worth €19 million (according to El Mundo Deportivo) with a buy-out clause of €80 million. The Cameroon international is expected to arrive in the city tomorrow, and will be revealed as an official Barcelona player on Monday at 9:30am, right before the customary medical at the Barcelona Hospital at 10am.

Union deal Pajoy for DC’s Danny Cruz

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Danny Cruz rejoins former USMNT U-17 teammates Sheanon Williams, Zac MacMath and Amobi Okugo after being traded for Lionard Pajoy and an international roster spot.