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Courtney Meppen-Walter: Driving School Success Story?

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Image: Rochdale Driving School. H/T Popbitch. On Rochdale Driving School's website, a few of its brightest students along with their achievements are showcased as a testament to its "great value driving lessons". If you scroll to the fifth satisfied customer down, you might even recognise Manchester City's Courtney Meppen-Walter standing in front one of [.

Gerrard Excited By Lucas Return

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Steven Gerrard has backed the returning Lucas Leiva to once again underline his class to Liverpool fans.
The 25-year-old was displaying his most consistent form since joining the Reds in 2007 when he damaged his cruciate ligament at the tail end of last year.
Lucas, though, has now recovered from the injury and is poised to start the 2012/13 campaign at the heart of Liverpool's midfield.

Bruce: Giggs and Scholes Stand Out From All The Rest

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Steve Bruce has claimed that of all the players to have graced the Premier League, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes stand out from the rest.

"The achievement of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, to play 900 and 700-odd games respectively for Manchester United is remarkable," he said. "To still have the hunger and desire to be as good as they are is remarkable.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Wigan Fan On Cleverley, Survival and Rooney’s Elbow

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Alan from This Northern Soul has talked in detail about Wigan's hopes and aspirations for this season after retaining their place in the Premier League for yet another year.

Scott the Red: Were you happy with your team's performance last season?

Alan: After six (yes six, count them) full seasons in the Premier League we would have ideally progressed from perennial relegation battlers to.

Shelvey Enjoying Dalglish Effect

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Jonjo Shelvey believes the fact that Liverpool are in contention for a place in Europe is a testament to the work of Kenny Dalglish.
A defeat to Tottenham last weekend means that Liverpool will go into their final game of the season requiring a win at Aston Villa to have a chance of finishing fifth in the Premier League.

Seattle Sounders

State of the MLS Run In: 9 Weeks to Go

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Previous Week

We've been pointing out for a couple weeks that it would take some real work for the roster of playoff teams to be shaken up from the 10 teams who've held the projected playoff spots for some time. Part of that work would be an extended run of bad play from the teams closest to the edge: the Vancouver Whitecaps in the West and DC United in the East.

Bryan Meredith Will Make First Career MLS Start Vs. Union

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As you've probably heard by now, Bryan Meredith is going to start for the Seattle Sounders on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union. Michael Gspurning has what the team has only called a "right hip injury" and is going to be out for 2-3 weeks.

Chances are, most of you have not seen much of Meredith.

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Milan Must Adjust to Win Next Season

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Milan's quest to repeat as champions of Serie A fell short due to a number of reasons, in particular the injuries which affected the squad and the demands of European football which drained the players.

The Rossoneri must address the following key concerns in order to be successful next season in Italy and Europe:

a) Ibrahimovic Factor: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been in fine form since his move from Barcelona prior to the beginning of last season.

Some time to rest, then to get going again

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It does seem odd that this weekend will be entirely Arsenal free, but due to Everton's FA Cup commitments that's the way it'll be.

Funnily enough, they play Sunderland who knocked us out, and I guess the best we can hope for is a rough, tough, energy sapping scrap on Saturday. It's at Goodison Park so the scorched earth, no-man's land pitch at the Stadium of Light won't play a part, but while some might worry our momentum is interrupted I think it's no bad thing that we have a couple of days off.

Some time to rest, then to get going again

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It does seem odd that this weekend will be entirely Arsenal free, but due to Everton's FA Cup commitments that's the way it'll be.

Funnily enough, they play Sunderland who knocked us out, and I guess the best we can hope for is a rough, tough, energy sapping scrap on Saturday. It's at Goodison Park so the scorched earth, no-man's land pitch at the Stadium of Light won't play a part, but while some might worry our momentum is interrupted I think it's no bad thing that we have a couple of days off.

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Demba Ba Could Be The Key Man For Newcastle On Sunday

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Newcastle goalkeeper  Tim Krul, who didn't have to make many saves against Chelsea, such was the fine work on Wednesday of the Newcastle defense, has been on  interview duty today. Demba Ba with those bottles of Strawberry Syrup key for Sunday In that second half with Chelsea pressing forward so much, it was testament to Newcastle that Tim didn't really have to make any top saves [.

Post-Game Quotes from USA-Panama

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U.S. Men's National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN On the game against Panama:
"I think we saw a very close game, a very tight game which we luckily won because Panama didn't finish off the chances that they had.

The Upside

Upside: Chinaglia

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Their Words Giorgio Chinaglia was one of the most exceptional soccer players to ever play in the United States and the New York Cosmos' greatest player ever. from the New York Cosmos's official site. Other Sources Giorgio Chinaglia, Cosmos and Lazio Star, Dies at 65 - from The NY Times' Jack Bell: Chinaglia was elected to the U.

Upside: Coaches, Schedules, And Goal Scoring Keepers

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Their Words "We are incredibly proud of Oscar Pareja. He is a living testament of this organization's commitment to developing home grown talent. We are happy for him and wish him the best in this new stage in his career." FC Dallas president and CEO Doug Quinn on Pareja, Dallas's reserve team coach and academy director, on being named head coach of the Colorado Rapids.

The Upside: Condolences

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Their Words I, and all of the football family of Wales, am devastated by the news of Gary's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family at this difficult time. Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford. Other Sources Gary Speed: A football man of principle who engendered huge affection - from The Guardian's Richard Williams: Speed's entire record formed a testament to his natural aptitude for the game on the.

Major League Soccer

Friday Free Kicks: Talking Ian Joy, Uniforms and CD9

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In the past few weeks we've two impressive stories of professional soccer players battling off field problems. The first was David Testo who made public the fact that he is gay. That is challenging in and of itself, but it takes that much more courage to come out when you're a professional athlete. As impressive as that story was, I was struck by another.

MLS Cup in Carson is sold out

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The Galaxy put an unspecified number of additional tickets on sale this afternoon primarily in the northeast and southeast corners of the stadium; the $40 tickets sold within 10 minutes.

"Playing for a championship in front of our hometown fans will create an electric atmosphere that has not been seen in our league since 2002," said Galaxy President Tom Payne.

One on One with Graham Zusi

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Graham Zusi has received quite a bit of attention recently. He was just named MLS Player of the Week and has been touted as the next potential national team call up. I spoke to him recently as was impressed by how humble and realistic he is about himself and his situation. Graham shared with us his thoughts on Sporting KC, his future and how he spends his free time.

Videos

Video: Chelsea FIFA 12 Pro Player Tournament

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Six of our boys yes, Bob was in the house participated in EA Sports' official FIFA 12 Pro Player Tournament on Wednesday at Cobham. Cue the inevitable trash talk and the birth of Romelu "I love the silence" Lukaku.

That's right. Our young Belgian enforcer emerged from the wreckage triumphant, topping fellow 18-year-old Josh McEachran by a 4-1 scoreline in the final.

Bastian Schweinsteiger Is Better At Basketball Than German Pro-Basketballer Steffen Hamann (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Hands up, I've got absolutely no idea what state German professional basketball is in at the moment, but the fact that Bastian Schweinsteiger is making their players look pretty damn scheisse is hardly a glowing testament.

Here we see Bayern Munich 'baller Steffen Hamann challenge Schweini to a spot of rock-chucking (or whatever the kids call it these days), only to be soundly thrashed at his own game including a little football/basketball hybrid trickshot to cap the spanking.

Minnesota Stars FC

A Strategic Plan for the 2012 Minnesota Stars Roster; Continuing to Stay Competitive

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On Saturday, NSC Minnesota accomplished what few would have thought possible: win the NASL Championship Series cup. Especially when the club was heading into its final regular season game needing an improbable win against the thought-to-be-invincible Carolina Railhawks just to reach the post-season tournament.

A Strategic Plan for the 2012 Minnesota Stars Roster; Continuing to Stay Competitive

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On Saturday, NSC Minnesota accomplished what few would have thought possible: win the NASL Championship Series cup. Especially when the club was heading into its final regular season game needing an improbable win against the thought-to-be-invincible Carolina Railhawks just to reach the post-season tournament.

Liverpool

Liverpool Tipped To Snare Target From Newcastle

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Jose Enrique has long been a target for Liverpool, and the left back looks to be closer than ever to a move to Merseyside after Alan Pardew admitted Enrique has snubbed a new contract with Newcastle.
"[Enrique] has Champions League aspirations and he is waiting to see whether anyone who has qualified for that competition is willing to come in for him," Pardew revealed.

Six Young Guns Earn England Call

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Frank McParland has today saluted the crop of talent emerging from the club's Academy.
Six players from Liverpool's youth base have been named alongside Jonjo Shelvey in England U19s latest squad - following hot on the heels of the quartet that were originally involved with the U17s at the European Championships.

The Rest

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Caleb Confirmed Edition

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The Portland Timbers held a closed practice today at the team's Beaverton training facility, but like yesterday very little attention was being paid to what was happening on the field. Instead, everyone in attendance was waiting for team owner Merritt Paulson to arrive and make the formal announcement that Caleb Porter had been hired on as the Timbers' new coach, which he did as practice was wrapping up.

Bilbao wasn't built in a day: part four

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Spanish football blogger Chalkontheboots concludes his analysis of the current structure of Athletic Bilbao by assessing the particular transfer policy of the club from the Basque Country. You can read part three of this piece here.

The signing policy of Athletic is well documented although often misconstrued.

Legates Named Interim Mutiny HC

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The Mutiny announced on Tuesday that head coach Tony Horta has taken a leave of absence and will be replaced by assistant coach Chris Legates.

According to a statement issued by the team, Horta has decided to leave for "personal reasons." He guided the club from 2007-09 (25-11-3 overall) before returning to the team prior to the 2012 season.

Tevez sign reveals City obsession

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It was suppose to be a celebration, a joyous moment to forget 44 years of hurt and, more importantly, the entity responsible for that half a century of disappointment and bitterness. It turned out to be a testament of jealousy and envy thanks to a man who no longer than five months ago [...]

Balance

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There's a bit of noise about how the defence isn't so good now.

People are really pleased with AJ's form.

Under Roy Hodgson we never had these problems in defence.

But the forwards really suffered.

All of the above is not a coincidence!

Under Hodgson we rarely committed men ahead of the ball.

Gonzalo Higuain & Neymar: Pitter Patter, The Unplanned(?) Edition

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Image: REUTERS/Felix Ordonez.

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