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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Wigan fan on rivalling Barca, selling Moses and the importance of fans

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Whilst it was the 4-4 game against Everton that really cost us the title last season, the 1-0 defeat to Wigan when they were enjoying top form, certainly didn't help. What was usually a guaranteed three points, often after a 4-0 win, was a game that saw our grip on the title loosen.

Alan Moore from This Northern Soul has shared his thoughts ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Wigan fan on rivalling Barca, selling Moses and the importance of fans

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Whilst it was the 4-4 game against Everton that really cost us the title last season, the 1-0 defeat to Wigan when they were enjoying top form, certainly didn't help. What was usually a guaranteed three points, often after a 4-0 win, was a game that saw our grip on the title loosen.

Alan Moore from This Northern Soul has shared his thoughts ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

Pep Guardiola on Spanish Referees

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Pep Guardiola: "Did the referees decide the league? The season has been very long, and a lot of things have happened. We've kept quiet, but the images are there."

Our Referee Bias Index judges the tilt for and against teams based on sendings off and penalties (for and against) and foul per booking ratio (plus miscellanea like ghost goals etc).


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According to reports in Spain, Liverpool are looking at signing David Villa of Barcelona and Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain in January.

The report by Spanish radio station Cadena Ser claims that Liverpool is concerned at the lack of goals by Andy Carroll, Dirk Kuyt among others so far, this season and are preparing big bids to land the top-class striking duo in the January transfer window in order to push for a tilt at the title.


Dubstep Re-Mix

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I can tell you that Rosenborg are getting quite close to a deal for Mikkel Diskerud - but there's a catch. If they cannot complete the transfer by Sunday, I'm told Stabæk will dress the midfielder for their important league survival tilt against Sandnes. If that happens, Mix will be ineligible to transfer to another Tippeligaen side until the season has ended this winter.

This just in...

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I can confirm last night's Sport 10 report that Borussia Dortmund II ace Terrence Boyd will complete a move to Rapid Vienna after the USMNT tilt in Guatemala. I won't say more for now, but we can definitely stick this in the "on like a jambon" file for a few days.- Greg Seltzer

Champions League

NASL Week 18 Recap

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Article by Doak Gips

Hmph. Well, shows how much I know. I spend all last week gushing about the Scorpions, and how they are clearly the best team in the NASL, and they can't be beat, and blah, gush, gasp, ooh and aah, and what do you know? I went into that game giving Puerto Rico a roughly 1% chance of winning after coming off a mid-week tilt in CONCACAF Champions League play, a game in which they played away to Isidro Metapan, and guess what?

Carragher: Liverpool Must Be Patient In Pursuit Of Premier League Title

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Jamie Carragher has told Liverpool's fans and owners that whoever replaces Kenny Dalglish the club are in no position to challenge for the Premier league title.
It is now 22 years since Liverpool won their 18th, and last title, and the club has just endured its equal lowest finish in that time, eighth.

Kaboul and Bassong set sights on top four spot

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Our current defensive pairing have been talking about our aims for this season and while Younes Kaboul is gearing up for a tilt at the top four, Sebastien Bassong admits it will be tougher than ever to get back into the Champions League.

Speaking on Talksport, Kaboul said: "We're doing quite well this season and for us our target, most importantly, is to get back into the Champions League next season.

Quick News Roundup – Walcott, van Persie, etc.

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There's not a whole lot of major stuff to talk about right now, as we're still enjoying a nice win, while looking forward to what should hopefully be our easiest Champions League match of the group stages.

The first news item is a rare piece of good news on the injury front. Walcott's knee injury has been described as minor, and he's supposedly available for the match on Wednesday.


Boyd, Cherundolo set to kick off UEFA Europa League quest

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Steve Cherundolo has been on this stage before, but for Terrence Boyd, like most experiences for him on the club level, this one is entirely new.

Boyd's Rapid Vienna and Cherundolo's Hannover 96 enter UEFA Europa League qualifying Thursday, with the two U.S. national team players and their teams kicking off their respective two-leg qualifying ties among 58 sides eyeing the final qualifying round for the group stage.

Snapshot: Fernando Torres Finally Scores After 152 Goal-Free Days

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By Alan Duffy

Sweet Relief!!!

The poor chap (well, £50million pounds of poor chap, that is) has become the but of many jokes this season, but finally, Fernando Torres got on the scoresheet for Chelsea, not once but twice in their comfortable demolition of Leicester City in the Cup.


Vertonghen eyeing title push

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Our new defensive signing Jan Vertonghen has spoken to the press about his recent move and naturally the Belgian international is targeting Champions League football. Beyond that however, Jan believes that the club is capable of a tilt at the title.

"Over the last years Spurs have become a very big club in England," Jan said on Spurs TV.

Is 66 Game Schedule Better for the NBA than 82?

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With the NBA schedule in fult tilt since Christmas, the season has never seemed this action-packed. The reason is because the games are coming closer together and delivered faster to consumers.

There is more back-to-back scheduling for teams than other years, meaning they play two nights in a row and some back-to-back-to-back, meaning they play three nights in a row at times throughout the season, as well.

New York Red Bulls

SUB WATCH: Week 17 (Game 1)

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"Backe Says He'll Sub You Out in a Few Minutes"Pop quiz, soccer fans: Under what circumstances would you say it is CRITICAL to use three subs:

  1. You've won just 1 game in the last 6
  2. You're playing 3 games in 6 days
  3. There's a heat wave with humidity approaching 90%
  4. Three players are coming back from injury and have seen limited action
  5. Every fan can see that, in the last 10-15 minutes, the team has no energy
If you're almost every Red Bulls fan in existence, your answer was "All of the Above.

Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - MLS #19 - Six Questions

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Heading into a VERY big rebound game for the Fire against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night, I visited with Benjamin Massey over at Eighty Six Forever. Benjamin declined to submit any questions for me to answer, but he was gracious enough to answer extra questions that I submitted. So, the format will be similar to other one way question exchanges, with the first question below and the other 5 after the break.

RBNY's Presence on ESPN Explained

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From Brian Lewis' piece in the New York Post over the weekend on MLS ratings:

"The top-viewed league game on ESPN _ not including World Football matches _ was the Red Bulls' June 26 tilt against Chicago, which drew 622,000 viewers, to edge out the Galaxy's March 15 game vs.

Rafa’s World

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Well, here I am, once again reeling from another disappointment, trying to figure out just how to sum up yet the latest uninspired performance by New York. I swear, with all the talk of how great this team is better on paper, I propose we so all go out and cover RBA in 8 ½ x 11's on Saturday...

Major League Soccer

Monday After

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Another busy weekend in Major League Soccer, highlighted by the opening of beautiful BBV Compass Stadium in Houston. Before we get to MLS, "Survival Sunday" deserves a mention. If anecdotal evidence is any guide, the dramatic Manchester City victory over QPR and the remarkable finish to the EPL season certainly drew interest from mainstream sports fans.

TFC Bunkers At Home – Loses Eighth Straight

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Some plaudits for Julian de Guzman, who played very well Saturday past as TFC lost its eighth straight MLS League tilt, including four shutouts at home. I try and (unsuccessfully) understand Aron Winter's tactics plus I set up Wednesday's key fixture against Montreal in the V-Cup which might turn out to be a watershed moment for this team.

Monday After

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Some quick thoughts before we get to the Major League Soccer attendance. First, I've started to see promotions for MLS during the NBC broadcasts of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As previously noted, the hockey games draw huge eyeballs and regular promotions should drive some traffic to NBSCN telecasts of soccer.

Just to drive you batty...

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The 2011 Generation adidas tour team will be special guests at the key Ajax v Real Madrid Champions League Matchday 6 tilt tomorrow night. I will be talking to a couple of those MLS rising stars before they head down to the game, and then more throughout their stay in the Netherlands.And just to tantalize you a little further, tomorrow's Postcard From Europe subject is none other than white-hot

TFC Ready For The Dallas Showdown

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In this post game video blog I take a look at the "almost perfect" preparations Coach Aron Winter made Saturday evening for the upcoming Champions League tilt in Dallas on Tuesday.
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

AFTER 90: If the Goat horns fit

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Doesn't want to face Pumas eitherTHE BUZZ:
The only real prize for the winner of tonight's match will be for overly optimistic Goats or Robins supporters (yes, we are trying call TFC "The Robins" for sh*ts and giggles) to pretend for one week longer that they have a playoff hope.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer teams already have two wins in Mexico in the last few weeks, but the Los Angeles Galaxy will look to make it a third when it defends its place atop Group A at Morelia in a CONCACAF Champions League group stage match.

The Colorado Rapids also hope to maintain their grip atop their group as they welcome Santos Laguna to their home turf for a Group B tilt after starting their CCL group run with a 1-0-1 record.


Set Pieces: Revs Poor Defending Them, Not Scoring Off Them

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Saturday's tilt against Real Salt Lake was an all around great game to watch. It was a match filled with drama, emotion, goals and controversy. The Revs eventually fell 2-1 in what devolved into a 10v10 match. The go ahead goal came off an RSL set piece, where New England defenders again failed to trail their assignments and Alvaro Saborio, unmarked, headed it home.

Prawn sandwich fan / Hip Hip Hooray

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Admission: Tuesday came and went and passed me by entirely. For me, it's a rarety for me not to follow a game in some way. I go to most home games, and watch or listen to most of the others. Those matches I can't go to, see or hear I will follow via Twitter etc, as many of us do. But on Tuesday, as the match kicked off, I was out meeting football-agnostic friends (they do exist, it seems) in a pub with pleasant steak and kidney pies but no telly, and although I briefly toyed with the time-honoured gadget switch-off so I could play the match as live when I got in, I knew my resolve wouldn't last and sure enough, it didn't.

The Rest

Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo - MLS #26 - Fireside Chat with the Dynamo

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Ok, ok. It may be a bad pun but it makes more sense than the "3 Questions" moniker. Why, you may Ask? Well, most exchanges are more than 3 questions, and some are one sided only (like today's). To me, it made more sense to re-name question exchanges rather than using an incorrect title. So, from now on, my questions exchanges will now be Fireside Chats.

Great Football League teams 34: Derby County 1986-7

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Part 34 of our Great Teams series sees us welcome Jonathan Rodgers, a long time fan of Derby County. Here, he recalls one of the great Baseball Ground campaigns - always a fiendishly difficult place to visit as an away fan and a place that simply oozed character, history and tradition. Jonathan can be followed on Twitter at @popsider It's started already.

It's tricky to run around...

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Puebla winger DaMarcus Beasley's first goal of the young season has put the visitors up just three minutes into their tilt at Jaguares (and, subsequently, compelled me to bastardize a Run DMC lyric).- Greg Seltzer

Zlatan, Leader Of Free Men

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Quick name the top ten players who shouldn't become coaches when all is said and done.

Did Zlatan fall on anyone's list? Or maybe...did Zlatan fall on everyone's list? To say he has a prickly personality would be to call the old Ronaldo, now new Ronaldo, a bit chunky.

And yet.

Serie B: 20° giornata, analisi e commento

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Serie B: 20° giornata, analisi e commento Di Stefano Lazzarato Cade il Torino che limita i danni per i tanti pareggi altrui. In coda punti pesanti per Modena e Ascoli mentre il Livorno sconfitto in casa dal Brescia è in tilt. Nell'anticipo, secca sconfitta casalinga del Livorno contro un Brescia altrettanto in crisi.

Will Newcastle ‘do another Carroll’ and cash in on Tiote, Coloccini or Simpson in January?

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Will Newcastle 'do another Carroll' and cash in on Tiote, Coloccini or Simpson in January?

"You can never think you're OK. The Andy Carroll thing brought that home more vividly than most." That's Alan Pardew summing up his feelings on the January transfer window last week.


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I'll begin with a caveat. I'm not a gamer. Not anymore, at least. My one remaining vice in the genre is the Football Manager (née Championship Manager) series, which I shuffle up to the till to purchase every year, a process that has grown increasingly frictionless. Given such a limited gaming habit and the fact that I'm on a Mac, I've never had any use for Steam and have always bought a physical copy of the game.

Pfeffer Makes Debut, Winless Streak Snapped As Union Edge Crew 1-0

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Going into their match against the Columbus Crew, the Philadelphia Union and their supporters talked up tonight as perhaps the most important in club history. The first-place Crew came into Chester leading the Union by five points in the standings, with one match in hand. A Union victory would do two things: snap an eight-match winless streak in MLS play, and put the Union right back in the thick of the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Great Result, No Complaints

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When Harry said he was going to play the kids, I didn't think he meant kids. They did us proud last night, Livermore and Carroll in particular performing with integrity and application helped out towards the end by a goalkeeper old enough to be their dad. Not everything worked but that's only to be expected.

Van Basten: Sneijder best midfielder ever

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While the high lights of the game with San Marino flashed by, Marco van Basten started to talk faster and faster. The ex-team manager and former Top scorer even had a tilt in his voice when he said: "Sneijder is probably the best midfielder Holland has had, ever...."

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