Manchester United

Who is Mourinho calling a clown?

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Jose Mourinho was taking no prisoners in this press conference this afternoon, where he point blank denied reports in the papers that he was considering his future at Manchester United.

He was also questioned about his passion, now that he is quieter on the touchline than he used to be. Mourinho has claimed he doesn't need to behave like a clown to prove he is passionate.

Video: Noel Hunt takes a break on his way off the pitch (Manchester United 2-1 Reading)

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OTP presumes that Reading striker Noel Hunt was receiving conflicting messages about whether to make his way to the touchline or stay on the pitch to receive treatment for his head injury during last night's FA Cup defeat to Manchester United. Or perhaps the blow to the head had made the Irishman a bit confused.

Real Madrid

Spanish FA Slaps Diego Simeone With An 8 Match Touchline Ban For Super Cup Antics

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has been handed an eight-match by the Spanish Football Association.

The Argentinian boss was facing three separate charges and had been anticipating a lengthy spell away from the touchline. He was already banned from the touchline for today's La Liga opener against Rayo Vallecano and admitted during his pre-match press conference that he needed to pay for his indiscretions.

Jose Mourinho to retain first-team coach Steve Holland when he returns to Chelsea

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Chelsea first-team coach Steve Holland will keep his job when, as widely expected, Jose Mourinho returns to the club. The Special One is due to seal his Stamford Bridge second coming in the next few days. You don't have to be into soccer betting to realise that the odds of 1/50 mean he is now [...]

‘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.

Barcelona Open Up Two Point Gap Over Real Madrid

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Tito Vilanova's reign at Barcelona began with a commanding 5-1 victory against Real Sociedad, while champions Real Madrid were held 1-1 at home by Valencia.

There might be a different manager on the touchline, but it is the same players on the pitch, still playing their traditional short passing game.

Real Madrid Held While Barca Score Five

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Tito Vilanova's reign at Barcelona began with a commanding 5-1 victory against Real Sociedad, while champions Real Madrid were held 1-1 at home by Valencia.

There might be a different manager on the touchline, but it is the same players on the pitch, still playing their traditional short passing game.

Vilanova puts Mourinho eye-poke in the past

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Barcelona's new coach Tito Vilanova refused to contribute to the controversy over the lifting of Jose Mourinho's and his bans after last year's infamous eye-poke incident as he started work at the Nou Camp.

Pep Guardiola's former assistant, who has since stepped up to the top job, was deliberately poked in the eye by Real Madrid boss Mourinho during a melee on the touchline at the end of last season's Spanish Super Cup between the sides.

English Premier League


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Jose Mourinho was charged yesterday by the FA for improper conduct in relation to the game at Villa Park last Saturday evening. Although he will not face a touchline ban for his sending off, he has been charged for re-entering the field of play and will more than likely face a fine of around £8,000 - £12,000.

GIF It: Ian Holloway’s celebration dance (Crystal Palace 3-1 Sunderland)

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The joy of recording a first Premier League win of the season was too much for Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway to contain. After his side scored a third goal late on in yesterday's 3-1 win over Sunderland, the rhythm got to him and he burst into an impromptu touchline dance routine. Of course, it's [.

Arsenal 0 – 0 Sunderland: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

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Arsenal started the new season much like they'd done the previous one, with a goalless draw. Oddly enough, they've done so on only 5 occasions in 109 years...

Today was only the fifth time in 109 league seasons that Arsenal have kicked off with a goalless draw-
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Juventus coach Antonio Conte Has Plea Bargain Denied

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In a surprising move the tribunal of judges that are part of the Italian football federation (FIGC) who are overseeing the latest match fixing scandal to hit Italy, today denied Juventus coach Antonio Conte's request for a three-month ban in an attempt. Conte has been accused of failing to report match-fixing while he was coach of Siena.

City ace: Mancini can emulate Fergie

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has backed manager Roberto Mancini to continue building a winning formula at Eastlands, much like Sir Alex Ferguson has done over a very long period of time at cross-town rivals United.

Toure has expressed his delight at Mancini's decision to sign a new five-year deal with last season's Premier League winners and hopes that the foundation has been laid for further success under the Italian.

Spurs candidate drops another hint

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As Andre Villas-Boas moves closer to being unveiled as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager, the club's faithful continue to check periodically to see whether there is a confirmation regarding his arrival.

While AVB recently cooled down reports confirming his as the Spurs' replacement for Harry Redknapp, all signs point to his selection being nearly completed by chairman Daniel Levy.

Newcastle United

GIF It: Dancing Steve Bruce (Newcastle 2-3 Hull City)

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Hull City boss Steve Bruce was so pleased with Sone Aluko's winning goal against Newcastle on Saturday that he unleashed some toddler dance moves on the St James' Park touchline.

Alan Pardew Apologizes For Pushing Official

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Alan Pardew could well get a fine and also a suspension, after he was seen to push the referee's assistant when the assistant didn't flag for the ball being out of play on the touchline, and Spurs made a quick attack with Newcastle short at the back. Alan Pardew pushed official in second half It happened in the second half after about an hour, [.

DTotD: Davide Santon takes down a steward from behind

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Newcastle defender Davide Santon showed that he is already tackling stewards at a midseason level during his side's preseason friendly against Fenerbahce over the weekend. The wet pitch in Austria turned his attempt at a challenge on the ball near the touchline turned into a slide right into the back of a steward with a boot up the rear.


Video: Andre Villas Boas heads the ball (Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham)

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You might have thought the best header of last night's match between Spurs and Dinamo Tbilisi was Paulinho's to score the second goal. Wrong it was actually this lovely cushioned header on the touchline from Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas. He took a hopeful Dinamo long ball out of the air and nodded into [.

Video: Chelsea defender David Luiz listens in to Spurs’ tactical advice

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David Luiz has had a busy week of winding up opposition supporters. The latest installment of the Chelsea defender's exploits involved listening in to tactical instructions being given to Lewis Holtby by Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas. Taking his man-marking duties to the extreme, Luiz followed Holtby to the touchline and eavesdropped on the conversation.

Video: Arjen Robben sells Bayern Munich team-mate Mario Gomez a beautiful dummy during goal celebration

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We're used to seeing jinking, tricky displays from Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben... just not usually in his goal celebrations. Once you've admired this great angle of the move leading to his goal, turn your attention to the recently substituted Mario Gomez, who is keen to celebrate the goal. Robben slides on his knees towards [.

Video: Romanian side uses motorised wheelbarrow as a stretcher, player falls out

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Romanian lower league outfit Timisul Urseni have done away with the traditional stretcher. Instead, their injured players are transported off the pitch in a motorised wheelbarrow. The barrow is clearly a crowd favourite, earning massive cheers as it makes its way onto the pitch. Given the showboating from the 'injured' player as the stretcher heads [.

Video: Venezuela U17 player executes a spectacular ‘Redondo’

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While Zinedine Zidane's 'roulette' move and Ronaldinho's 'flip-flap' are increasingly prominent skills to grace the game, the 'Redondo' made famous by Fernando Rodondo in Real Madrid's dismantling of Manchester United in 2000 is a pretty rare animal indeed. Yet, here is a Redondo spotted in the wilds of the South American Under-17 Championships [.

Video: Axel Witsel’s touchline striptease (Zenit St Petersburg 4-1 Al Hilal)

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Zenit St Petersburg fans don't like saying any of Axel Witsel's non-white skin in their kit. But he treated them to a glimpse of a bit more of his most un-Zenit-like complexion than usual as he prepared to take to the field for the friendly against Al Hilal.

Video: Fans of Polish side Victorii Kaluszyn stalk the linesman

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Polish amateur side Victorii Kaluszyn have become a surprise YouTube hit after their fans were filmed mimicking a linesman during a recent match. The supporters stalked the assistant referee up and down the touchline, copying his every move. Via 101GG

Football Match Interrupted When Touchline Tornado Leaves Technical Area (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which an unidentified football match (high school/amateur?) is interrupted momentarily when a touchline whips up on the touchline then strays outside its technical area....

Not every day you see this happen, which is probably a good thing really.

Marvin Martin Aims Cheeky Pre-Match Pot-Shot At Sara Carbonero (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Pretty much just a flimsy excuse to ogle the lovely Ms. Carbonero for a minute or so. If ogling ain't your thing, skip to the 0:33 mark to see Marvin Martin take a cheeky pot-shot at Iker Casillas' better half as she does her thing on the touchline afore France-Spain the other night.


Has Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers trained Daniel Sturridge’s stupid celebration out of him?

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We all know that Liverpool boss David Brent-an Rodgers is full of little psychological pearls of wisdom. So, has he used some sort of Jedi mind-trick to stop Daniel Sturridge doing his ridiculous dancing goal celebration? After his great long-range strike against Stoke at the weekend, the former Chelsea striker simply stood on the spot [.

Liverpool Reveal New Mascot

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Liverpool will be hoping their new mascot 'Mighty Red' can give them a boost on the commercial front, but he won't be turning up to any matches just yet.
The club's American owners are trying to increase commercial revenue and see the new mascot as a good way to appeal to the younger Liverpool fans.

Arsene Wenger

Is Wenger grooming Bould to be Arsenal’s next manager?

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Arsene Wenger only promoted Steve Bould to be his assistant this summer, but the defensive coaching certainly seems to have rubbed off on the Arsenal team so far with three clean sheets out of four games, and perhaps Wenger has greater things in mind for his new protegee?

Wenger is (as usual) banned from the touchline for Arsenal's opening Group games in the Champions League, so Steve Bould will take charge of the team on the pitch, and Wenger seems pretty confident that Bouldy will be able to deal with the situation easily.

Malaysia XI 1-2 Arsenal: Report

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Two late, late goals from unlikely sources - Thomas Eisfeld and Chuks Aneke meant that Arsenal snatched victory from a determined and dangerous looking Malaysia XI side, at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The hosts had put themselves one up, and deservedly so, seconds before the half time whistle through a thunderous strike from about 25 yards, from Mohamad Azmi Muslim.

Malaysia XI 1-2 Arsenal: Report

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Two late, late goals from unlikely sources - Thomas Eisfeld and Chuks Aneke meant that Arsenal snatched victory from a determined and dangerous looking Malaysia XI side, at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The hosts had put themselves one up, and deservedly so, seconds before the half time whistle through a thunderous strike from about 25 yards, from Mohamad Azmi Muslim.

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Paolo Di Canio kicks his players, cuts the grass and continues winning

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League One side Swindon Town pulled off a extra-time upset at Stoke in the second round of the Capital One Cup (formerly the Carling Cup). Manager Paolo "I do what I want" Di Canio led Town with his signature intensity and spurred James Collins to a hat trick by celebrating his goals with a kick up the backside.

The 2012 Olympic Games: The Womens Medal Matches

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The winners were predictable long before the first match – arguably since the last kick of the 2011 World Cup Final penalty shoot-out. The United States, fuelled by revenge for a defeat in that match they didn't really deserve, went ahead early in an appropriately entertaining Olympic final and, despite Japan's best performance of the Games, stayed there.

Five Questions: Revolution at Toronto FC

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In the six seasons of Toronto's existence, there haven't been many must-see games between the Reds and Revolution. Correction. There haven't been any must-see matches between the so-called conference rivals.

Sure, we've seen moments of brilliance unfold. Michael Parkhurst's 55-yard goal in 2007 comes to mind.

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Azzurri blitz will worry Spain

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The Italian renaissance.

Last night Germany, a team tipped by so many for glory, succumbed to the blue surge which threatens to run away with the cup itself. Euro 2012 was supposed to end in a Germany v Spain final. The Italians have sneaked in the back door.

Ruthless Germans send Greece packing

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Germany overcame a wasteful first half performance to defeat Greece 4-2 in Gdansk and proceed to the UEFA Euro 2012 semis next week.

A brilliant first-half goal from Deutsch captain Philipp Lahm was somehow the only difference between the two teams at half-time.

The Greeks punished Germany's lack of clinical finishing in the first half by equalizing through a quick counter-attack of their own, which ended with a Georgios Samaras goal in the 55th minute.

The Rest

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood: ‘I’ll be knocking people out on the touchline’

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has revealed that he will be back in the dugout for this evening's game against Sunderland and he's threatening to throw punches. The Spurs boss has been criticised for watching games from the stands in recent weeks, but he plans to return to the touchline against the Black Cats.

Red-hot Juninho leads Galaxy over Whitecaps

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CARSON, Calif.—The Los Angeles Galaxy continued their lifetime series domination of the Vancouver Whitecaps, posting a comfortable 2-0 victory at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night.

The Whitecaps have never beaten the Galaxy, and they never looked close to pulling that off at any point during the game—they only had two shots throughout the 90 minutes.

Bould’s influence apparent as the season starts

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It's back, baby. Whilst the rumblings of the transfer window continue to, errr, rumble, it is very good to have some on pitch action to ruminate over again. Even if the result on the opening day wasn't quite what we wanted, frankly I'm still happier than Andre Santos on half a gram of MDMA. That said, as I alluded in the opening sentence, the spectre of the transfer window still dominates conversation and that's a symptom of our ducks not quite being lined up yet.

Sky Germany’s Jessica Kastrop targeted by pitch sprinklers this time

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Sky Sports Germany's Jessica Kastrop always ends up becoming a target from her place alongside the pitch. First, she was hit in the back of the head by an errant ball. Then she was doused with beer after Borussia Dortmund won the DFB Pokal last season. Now even the sprinklers have turned on her by spraying her and her Sky colleagues before SSV Jahn Regensburg's 4-0 Pokal loss to Bayern Munich.