English Premier League

Arsenal midfielder targets revenge

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Injuries form a brutal reality of football that every player hopes to avoid as much as possible but for Arsenal's Abou Diaby, a background plagued by injuries is now only powering a redemption mission.

The 26-year old Diaby has featured minimally for the Gunners over the last two seasons and recently admitted that an extended period on the sidelines sometimes led him to the shocking lows of depression.

Euro 2012: Robin van Persie is not the quickest, says Daniel Agger

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Robin van Persie is not the quickest, says Daniel Agger" was written by Marcus Christenson, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 8th June 2012 12.15 UTC

Denmark's Daniel Agger has said he is looking forward to Euro 2012 starting this weekend, especially as he has spent the last three weeks talking about the striker facing him on Saturday night: Holland's Robin van Persie.

How Kenny Dalglish Turned A Six-Game Losing Run Into Glory

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Kenny Dalglish has described Liverpool's current form as the worst run he can remember as a manager, player and supporter.
But the Reds boss would do well to recall a dreadful six-game losing run he oversaw while in charge of Blackburn exactly 20 years ago.
The similarities are striking: Form that crumbled in March, big money signings failing to perform, and back page stories questioning whether 'King Kenny' could still cut it as a manager.

Wilshere rejects Gutierrez views on RvP

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The ugly row between Arsenal's Robin van Persie and Newcastle United's Tim Krul continues after Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere took to Twitter to place all the blame firmly on the shoulders of the Magpies goalkeeper.

Van Persie, who had scored Arsenal's equalizer less than a minute after Hatem Ben Arfa opened the scoring for the visitors at the Emirates Stadium, clashed with Krul several times over the goalkeeper's alleged time wasting.

Hooray for Henry?

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Is everyone delighted with the return of the King?...

I am not so sure. Maybe it is the Gooner DNA in me that requires that I suffer even in triumph, I must temper joy with regret but I just can't forget how we parted...

Do you remember?

AVB: Attacking football is our value

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Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed suggestions that Chelsea need to reconsider their aggressive playing style and insists that attack will remain the best form of defense at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have struggled defensively in recent matches and Villas-Boas was criticized for not being able to control the temper of his players during last weekend's 1-0 defeat at QPR.


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There isn't any football fan on the planet that cannot fail to be impressed (even if they don't want to admit it) with the way United and Wayne Rooney have started this season. He has started the season on fire scoring goals for fun and will no doubt be looking to continue his form against us this Sunday.


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There isn't any football fan on the planet that cannot fail to be impressed (even if they don't want to admit it) with the way United and Wayne Rooney have started this season. He has started the season on fire scoring goals for fun and will no doubt be looking to continue his form against us this Sunday.

Forget Cesc, hail Arsenal’s new boy king Wilshere

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The king is dead. Long live the king. Well, not dead exactly. Rather, removed from the Arsenal. Yes, Cesc Fabregas has finally moved to Barcelona. The news broke last night and he is undergoing a medical in Spain now. The fee is around £35million but the money isn't important because we probably won't spend it.

A surprise contender to one day replace Harry

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Summer; where the heat does something to the minds of everyone and stories spawn from nothing. Well, here's something that isn't the Daily Mail speculating the best way to make Spurs' players looking like they all want to jump ship. And guess what? Not only is it highly speculative, it's not players or even likely to happen this season.

Wayne Rooney

England vs. Italy: Wayne Rooney’s Chance to Transcend Stardom, Embrace Legend

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Wayne Rooney's match-winner against Ukraine seemed to temper a meaningful critical review of his return. Rusty with his first touch and flashing a footballing mind working quicker than his out-of-practice reflexes, the tournament debit showed he...

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Does Rooney Have Anger Management Problem?

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Wayne Rooney is often considered one of England's brightest talents, however, there is one thing that stands in his way of following in the footsteps of fellow legends Allan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne -Â his temper.

After last month's horror lash out on Miodrag Dzudovic during the 2-2 draw with Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier, it became apparent that Rooney has a problem handling his anger.

Is Swearing Worse Than Kicking, FA?

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Last season, Wayne Rooney swore during the celebration of one of his goals against West Ham and was banned.

Rooney broke Law 12 and was charged with using "offensive, insulting and/or abusive language". Despite players directing this language at referees and opponents on a weekly basis and receiving no punishment, the FA banned Rooney for two games.

Champions League

CONCACAF No Longer Likes Underdogs

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Changes to the tournament and a tough draw temper TFC Champions League hopes for 2012-2013
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Total Soccer Show #139 reviews an incredible week for football – more drama than a daytime soap opera in the 70′s

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We review Chelsea's incredible 2-2 result in Barcelona. This is what the Champions League is supposed to look like: Drama, a red card, Bosingwa at center back, Drogba shooting from the halfway line, Messi losing his temper ... this game had it all. It even had a goal from Senor Fernando Torres. We praise Ramires, heckle John Terry and wonder where Leo Messi and Barcelona go from here.

New England Revolution

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections On Revs @ Quakes

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After taking a day of rest to think about everything, I guess the match Saturday night wasn't that bad. After all, that's what we do here at The Bent Musket--find the positives whenever and wherever we can. And if you're going to get the positive juices flowing out of me, then the start of the season is prime-time for it.

Revolution To Name Jay Heaps As New Head Coach?

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UPDATE: Guys, this is real. No official confirmation from the team, but...look, you'll have to trust me. It's real.

By now I'm sure you've all read the big news. The Boston Globe reports that Jay Heaps is set to be named the next New England Revolution head coach.

Portland Timbers

Timbers Tid Bits: It Begins Edition

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With the New Year come and gone, it's time to start looking forward to the 2012 season. Soon the training camp will open and all of the Timbers players will once again resume training ahead of the 2012 season. More than that, though, there are still more than a few open positions available on the Timbers roster so it will be interesting to see who comes in and who goes (if anybody).

A call for Patience: The Timbers will get there

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I am with you, I totally understand all the frustrations and disgust you are feeling about the 1 win in 10. Sometimes the play has been amazing and sometimes it has been down right horrid. I have felt the same feelings, the sense of bitter disappointment after the loss to Seattle. The frustration with the last road loss after being the better team for a lot of the first half.


Excuses, excuses + Arsecast 221

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Isn't it funny how different people see different things? I know opposing managers will see one incident in very different ways. For one it was a penalty, for the other his defender just got a touch of the ball.

But I'm genuinely curious as to how Alex McLeish thinks Arsenal players 'conned' Alan Hutton into getting sent off the other night.

Five Players With Something to Prove This Upcoming Season

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From arrogant Swedes to bratty Brazilians, there are many players who will have a big spotlight on them in the upcoming season. While some of these players are about to make the biggest move of their career, others will need to solidify their position they hold at their current club. For some, this season could be the last one which they're considered worth looking at.


Andreas Christensen, anyone?

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I'm taking The Mail at face value, even though the whole Seyi Ojo thing blew up in our faces, and saying that this is a done deal. A DONE DEAL. More, after the jump:

Planning for the future

Not much can be reported about the kid. Except that he's a central defender, and will join an already brimming crop of talent at The Bridge, including Jeffrey Bruma, Tomas Kalas, Nathaniel Chalobah, Nathan Ake, et all.


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My SI.com article got quite a bit of response, and I've posted a few emails here that are pretty representative overall.

From M.S.:
C'mon Andrea, everyone knows what a mean and nasty bastard Wynalda is -- he's lucky to still have a job on the air with his bitter criticism of everyone and everything always leaking out all over the place.

World Cup

Colombian Manager Apologises For Punching Woman Twice!

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Colombia international manager Hernan Dario Gomez has apologised for punching a woman "twice", after she critised his work on a Saturday night on the Town.

The woman who was reportedly drunk critised Gomez over his teams quarter-final Copa America exit to Peru last month, which lead to him losing his temper and punching the woman twice.

Game Summary: First Verse, Same as the First

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An early goal by none other than Dynamo Player of the Year candidate Brad Davis was not enough to seal the deal for our beloved Orange. I wish I could honestly start off this column with love for Davis, but all the love I have for Davis right now is overshadowed and engulfed by extreme hatred at the continued incompetence of the officials who referee the MLS matches.

The Rest

Upside: A little bit

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Their Words "I lost my temper a little bit there, lost my head. If there's cameras in here, someone's has to be laughing at me, because I was going crazy." Columbus Crew defender Josh Williams. Other Sources D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls: Dwayne De Rosario scores 100th MLS goal, but Wilman Conde equalizes late - from The Washington Post's Steven Goff: At the top of the box, De Rosario met the ball an.

FIFA 13 With Kinect Demo: Ready To Swear At Referees? [VIDEO]

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FIFA 13 with Kinect enables you to use voice commands to manage your club's line-up and tactics without pausing the game, shout directions on the pitch in Be A Pro, and forces you to temper the way you talk to ...

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: A Word To The Wise

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If you're going to laugh at Ibra's lustrous locks, please ensure you are at least a hundred yards away, preferably astride a powerful motorbike. His hearing, like his temper, can be surprisingly sharp. Image:Â REUTERS/Gleb Garanich.

Tebow Saga Not Over; NFL Draft to Provide More Drama

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Tim Tebow playing for the New York Jets this upcoming NFL season is not a sure thing. There is a lot of time between now and the start of the season for things to transpire.

There just seems like too much of a possibility for some kind of change to happen.

Bravo Leaving KC for Mexico

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The rumors have been around basically since the season ended. The fact that Omar Bravo had only played 5 minutes in Sporting KC's playoff run certainly did nothing to temper those rumors. In the offseason Bravo's been linked with every club in Guadalajara, from Chivas to cash strapped Tecos.

US U-17s Send Twelve Foot Walls Of Water & Wash Out Brazil 3-1

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The U-17ers moved as one on Sunday...

A surfing nod in that title.

As you become older, wiser and more experienced in surfing, you learn that Mother Ocean always wins. So when sets of 12-foot waves are hurdling towards you, you wait until the set of waves subside or you sort of stick-and-move your way out to the line-up, prodding for the little channel that way exist.

Can Ranieri Turn Controversial Red Into Inter’s Rally Point?

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Just a week ago, it all seemed to finally be moving in the right direction. Â After a painful start to the season, including some terrible losses and a coaching change, Inter looked to be turning the corner. Â Claudio Ranieri arrived to take command and seemed to be bringing back the old Inter, winning his first two games.

Have I Mentioned That I Hate Stoke?

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30 shots, six on target, six blocked, zero goals. 76% possession to the opposition's 24%. 400 more passes attempted than the opposition. Statistically, it seems impossible.

Obviously, it's not. Because it's happened twice in three years. The above stats are from when Liverpool met Stoke at Anfield in September 2008.