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English Premier League

Pep Guardiola to leave FC Barcelona at the end of the season

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It was announced on Friday, April 27, 2012 that Pep Guardiola will not be returning as manager of FC Barcelona for next season. There were rumors recently of Guardiola possibly moving to Chelsea or another team in the EPL.

The decision by Guardiola is right after a couple disappointments in Barcelona's season.

Arsenal End Man City’s Title Hopes

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In front of a loud and passionate Emirates crowd, Arsenal beat Manchester City 1-0 to end City's title hopes and move Arsenal three points clear of Spurs for third place.

Some thoughts on the game

  • Oliver Kay from the Times tweeted this stat after the game: Since that drubbing at Old Trafford in late August, Arsenal have won as many Premier League games (19) as Manchester City and and picked up 2 fewer points.

English Premier League Weekend Recap – 8 April 2012

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Manchester United won their 8th straight match and Manchester City's title hopes took a hit in the English Premier League on April 8, 2012.

Manchester United 2-0 Queens Park Rangers

The Red Devils moved a step closer towards another league title with a methodical win. QPR's Shaun Derry was given a red card in the 14th minute and Wayne Rooney converted the ensuing penalty.

Scholes desperately rolling back the years as United sink QPR

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Manchester United opened an eight-point gap at the top of the table following a 2-0 win against 10-man QPR, as Manchester City's title hopes were dealt a huge blow after they were defeated at Arsenal. United benefited of a good amount of luck as referee Lee Mason awarded a penalty with the game only 14 [.

Stip Club Partying Balotelli Answers Critics And Gets £250,000 Fine

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Man City striker Mario Balotelli once again answered his critics by scoring in their 2-0 home win over Bolton yesterday. Of course, yesterday's victory was very important not only for City and their title hopes but for Balotelli who reportedly was out early Saturday morning partying at a strip club despite coach Mancini's strict 48 hour curfew on game day.

United Reel In City A Top Premier League

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Manchester United took a big step towards their 20th league title by moving level on points with leaders Manchester City, who were held 0-0 at West Brom, following a 5-0 victory against Wigan.

United, who thrashed Fulham 5-0 five days ago and Wigan suffered the same fate with the help of Dimitar Berbatov's hat-trick (41, 58, 78).

Anselotti Rules Out Chelsea And Arsenal’s Chances In The Champions League

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Former Chelsea Coach Carlo Ancelotti believes that English sides Arsenal and Chelsea will struggle against Italian opponents AC Milan and Napoli. The 52 year old further went on to say that state of the game in England is 'unwell'.

These are very interesting remarks coming from a coach who helped led the Blues to the Premier League title in 2009/2010.

Blues boss: Title hopes are disappearing

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has conceded that his side must return to winning ways quickly as their title hopes are quickly vanishing with each unsuccessful outing.

The Blues have lost four of their last seven matches in all competitions and according to reports, Villas-Boas was forced to call an extended dressing room meeting to urge for unity in these difficult times.

Erik Ian Larsen: Arsenal become 6.5% less awesome

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I'm starting to wonder if Arsenal actually employs a public relations team. Just hours after beating Manchester United 1-0 and retaining a faint glimmer of title hopes in the Premier League this season, Arsenal announced ...

Academy Football: Michael Ngoo’s Penalty Earns Point And Keeps Liverpool’s Title Hopes Alive

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Michael Ngoo's penalty earned Liverpool under-18s a point at Sheffield United and kept up their hopes of finishing top of the Group C table in the Barclays Premier League.
Rodolfo Borrell's youngsters are now five points behind Everton and must win both their final two matches to go ahead of Everton at the top.

Photo Essay - 2011 Dallas Cup

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Every Easter week, Dallas plays host to one of the largest and more prominent youth tournaments in the nation (and the world). This year we had the opportunity to travel north from FBM HQ in Austin to take in the thirty-second edition of the Dallas Cup. Hundred of teams, thousands of players, and tens of thousands of fans took in a week's worth of action.

Will United Bounce Back From Derby Defeat With Newcastle Win?

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Were I a more bitter and short-sighted person, I'd point a finger at the FA for being responsible for United's FA Cup semifinal defeat to City, given that an available and in-form Wayne Rooney could have greatly changed the outcome of the proceedings.

But that'd just be silly, so I'm not going to go there.

Rooney Hat Trick Extends United’s Lead At Top

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Wayne Rooney scored a second-half hat-trick as Manchester United came from 2-0 down at half-time to beat West Ham United 4-2 and stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

The London side led 2-0 at the break thanks to a pair of Mark Noble penalties, but Rooney got United back into the game on 65 minutes.

Manchester United Travel To Wigan Amidst Latest Takeover Rumors

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Those pesky takeover rumors just won't go away, will they?

The latest round of speculation over Manchester United's present and future has the Qataris coming back with an offer of 1.5 billion after having an offer of 1 billion rejected by the Glazers earlier this month.

The twist in these tidbits is that the prospective bidders are considering partnering with the Red Knights, a step that would do more to endear themselves to the supporters than anything the Glazers have done in their tenure as owners.

The FA Cup is on its death bed

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At what point does something become cliché? How long does a set of sayings or commonly held beliefs have to be around before you grow tired of hearing the same old platitudes over and over again to the point that they are rendered meaningless?

That is the fate of the FA Cup in modern football.

Weekly English for Football Phrase: To Squander a Lead

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Weekly English for Football Phrase: To Squander a Lead

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DROGBA on Chelsea's mood, our title hopes and Torres.

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Didier Drogba is featured in The Guardian today talking about the defeat to Liverpool, the mood at the club, our title hopes and also Fernando Torres. He has said:
"I am finding this bad spell hard to live with – and I am not the only one, The whole squad is suffering because you have to remember that no one at Chelsea is accustomed to losing so many matches.

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0

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King Kenny continues to work his magic as a Raul Meireles goal so Liverpool beat Chelsea 1-0 ay Stamford Bridge. Liverpool are now only six points back of Chelsea for that final Champions League spot as they remarkable revival under Kenny Dalglish continues.

The build-up to the match at Stamford Bridge had focused on the first appearance in a Chelsea shirt of Fernando Torres, but Torres was poor as he was surprisingly substituted by Carlo Ancelotti before Liverpool scored on 69 minutes.

Liverpool Beat Chelsea 1-0

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King Kenny continues to work his magic as a Raul Meireles goal so Liverpool beat Chelsea 1-0 ay Stamford Bridge. Liverpool are now only six points back of Chelsea for that final Champions League spot as they remarkable revival under Kenny Dalglish continues.

The build-up to the match at Stamford Bridge had focused on the first appearance in a Chelsea shirt of Fernando Torres, but Torres was poor as he was surprisingly substituted by Carlo Ancelotti before Liverpool scored on 69 minutes.

Reds halt Chelsea chase

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Chelsea's title hopes were dented earlier this evening when Raul Meireles netted the only goal of the match to hand Liverpool a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

In a toughly contested match, the Blues held their own for the most part but were not able to get through the visitors' defense. It must be noted, though, that they were denied a late opportunity for a penalty when Branislav Ivanovic appeared to be fouled.

Wenger: Shock draw led to ‘psychological damage’

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With Manchester United dropping more points than Arsenal in yesterday's Premier League action, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger realizes that his team's title hopes have not suffered all that much numerically.

However, in his post-match press conference, the Frenchman acknowledged that psychologically, the 4-4 draw against Newcastle having led 4-0 at half-time will be a huge blow for his young squad.

Real Madrid

Osasuna 3-2 Barcelona: La Liga Video Highlights

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Barcelona's La Liga title hopes are in tatters after suffering a 3-2 defeat to Osasuna in Pamplona meaning Real Madrid remain seven points clear with a game in hand In near artic conditions and playing on an icy pitch which denied them the opportunity to play 'tiki-taka' football, the Catalans were unable to see off [.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV (and SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch)

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Two if the best rivalries in the world will be headlining this weekend's soccer action, with 'El Clasico' and the Manchester Derby taking center stage.

Real Madrid takes on Barcelona in La Liga action, in what will be the first of four meetings in 18 days between two of the world's best teams.

La Liga Lowdown, Jornada 21: Resilient Osasuna ruin Real Madrid’s title hopes

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La Liga Lowdown, Jornada 21: Resilient Osasuna ruin Real Madrid's title hopes is a post from: Just Football

"But it's only February," you may be thinking to yourself. How can one result end a team's hopes of winning the league? Well, if one of the teams you're competing against is Barcelona, a single loss can be catastrophic.

Arsenal

Arsenal are out of title race, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal are out of title race, says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger conceded his side's title hopes could be over after their narrow defeat at Manchester City.

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Bolton vs Arsenal 2-1 Highlights 2011 Goals

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Bolton v Arsenal 2011 Reebok Stadium, Bolton @ Home- 24/4/11- 24 April 2011 Final score:- Bolton vs Arsenal 2-1 ( Daniel Sturridge, Tamir Cohen/ Robin Van Persie) Arsenal's title hopes are all but over after they go down 2-1 to Bolton Wanderers. Tamir Cohen nets the winner for Bolton with a late header.

Tottenham vs Arsenal: Top-four in danger if we lose. Plus favourite line-up

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The Game It is funny how whenever our title hopes are dead and buried, points are dropped by those leading us in the table and suddenly, it's game on. But, as I look at the English Premier ...

Arsenal 0 – Blackburn 0: Arsenal Exposed as Title Pretenders with Failure to Beat 10-Man Blackburn

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Awful. Just awful.

Not to be too dramatic, or to put too fine a point on it, but today was a tale of two teams. One team went down 2-0, on the road, to a team that's been playing quite well lately. How did they respond? They banded together, simply decided to win, and scored 4 goals in a breathtakingly dominant 20-minute span to win 4-2.

Arsenal let four goal lead slip against Newcastle

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Newcastle scored four second half goals to put a dent in Arsenal's title hopes and secure...

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish plays down Manchester United clash as just ‘another game’

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish plays down Manchester United clash as just 'another game'

Scottish boss insists he will only be concerned with getting three points when the champions come to Anfield on Saturday, and says he wants to dent their title hopes

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Do Preseason Predictions Create A Different Perspective On Manchester United’s Current Position?

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It seems like forever ago now, but only a little over two months ago, Manchester United held a 15-point lead over Chelsea in the Premier League table.

Mathematically, Arsenal were United's closest competition at the time, but even though they were fresh off of the most horrendous run of form in the Roman Abramovich era, many in these parts and elsewhere considered only Chelsea as a threat to United's title hopes.

Spain: La Liga Weekend Preview

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Real Madrid head into Saturday's clash with Atletico Madrid in buoyant mood after ending their run of early Champions League exits. Barca, who are unbeaten in 26 league games, will be hoping to defeat Getafe not only for their title hopes but also for defender Eric Abidal, who this week was diagnosed as having a liver tumour.

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French Ligue 1 Weekend Preview – 13 May 2012

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All 20 clubs are in action on the penultimate matchday of the season in the French Ligue 1 on May 13, 2012.

AC Ajaccio v Lyon

The match really has no significance for Lyon but it is vital for Ajaccio. A win would likely guarantee Ajaccio's safety while a loss or draw could put them in the bottom three.

Benfica and FC Porto clash for top of Portugal

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Benfica and Porto face off in Week 21in the Portuguese League with the winner moving three points clear of the other for top spot in Portugal. The two clubs after 20 games sit with the exact same record and a loss by either club would not spell the end of their title hopes but their destiny would be not controlled by them.

Serie A Sister: The New Year Begins With A Bang!

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The Christmas break is over. This can only mean one thing: it's now time to put down the panettone and get back to calcio! The Serie A season resumed this weekend – and no holiday hangovers here; there was no shortage of action!

Perhaps still recovering from jet-setting-induced jet lag, Milan and Juventus, the league's joint leaders, both seemed to be struggling to get back into the swing of things with difficult wins against Atalanta and Lecce, respectively, on Sunday.

Andre Villas Boas Writes Christmas Wish List Letter To Santa Claus!

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After being held to a 1-1 draw by Wigan Chelsea's slim title hopes have all but ended and In The Stands can confirm that coach Andre Villas Boas has written a letter to Santa Claus stating his Xmas wish list! It was then New Labour leader Tony Blair who, upon being elected as Prime Minister [...] Related posts:
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Police practically assured of third title

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SOURCE: REPUBLICAKATHMANDU, July 13: Only a miracle can prevent Nepal Police Club from lifting the title of Martyrs Memorial Red Bull A Division Football League for the third time in a row. Police´s 1-0 win over arch rival Mega Three Star Club on Wednesday at the Dasharath Stadium has practically guaranteed Police the league title with a match remaining.

Morales undergoes ankle surgery; October return a possibility

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Real Salt Lake's MLS Cup title hopes took a bit of a hit after Javier Morales suffered a severe ankle injury, but there's hope that Morales could be back in time for the club's postseason push.

RSL's Argentine playmaker underwent successful ankle surgery and could return to action in October, said Dr.

Ngoo Treble Sinks Wolves

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Liverpool U18s are just one win away from the Premier Academy League Group C title following a 4-0 success at Wolves on Tuesday afternoon.
An early strike from Toni Silva and a second-half hat-trick from substitute Michael Ngoo did the damage as the Reds moved to within two points of leaders Everton.