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Classic Football Adverts: Eric Cantona Shills For Eurostar In His Own Inimitable Style, 1997 (Video)

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At the end of the 1996/97 season, Eric Cantona shocked Manchester United by bringing his professional career to a premature end when he reached the conclusion that, at the age of 30, he was pig soddin' sick of being told what time he had to go to bed.

I loved the game but I no longer had the passion to go to bed early, not to go out with my friends, not to drink, and not to do a lot of other things, the things I like in life.

Slovakian Amateur Team Forced To Contend With Rather Unusual Distraction During Home Games (Video)

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We urge you to spare a sympathetic thought for TJ Tatran Čierny Balog for not only do they have to contend with being a lowlySlovakian amateurteam, they also have to put up with this nonsense over on the sidelines during their home games...

Take The Field We have never seen anything like this.

Video: Arsenal train ahead of Marseille clash

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Arsenal have been training ahead of tomorrow's Champions League clash with Marseille. Unsurprisingly, there were plenty of eyes on record signing Mesut Ozil during today's session at London Colney.

Video: Man Utd train ahead of Bayer Leverkusen match

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Manchester United have been in training ahead of their Champions League opener against Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow. The club has released a short video clip of the squad running through cones under the watchful eye of the media.

Video: Real Madrid train ahead of Chelsea match

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Spanish giants Real Madrid have been in training ahead of their International Champions Cup final match against Chelsea. The sides meet in Miami tomorrow. Real Madrid trained at Barry University in Miami Shores.

England squad train on the Copacabana

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There was a time when beach sessions involving the England squad were between the players, the young lady in question and perhaps one amateur cameraman. These days it is a full blown media event, with all members of the national team setup performing awkward stretching routines while the FA's director of communications, Adrian Bevington, faces [.

Valencia’s Adil Rami misses match with blisters caused by Gangnam Style

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Adil Rami missed Valencia's recent match against Espanyol with blisters sustained in a performance of Gangnam Style. The France international returned to Lille on April 8 to attend a charity concert organised by former team-mate Rio Mavuba. During the event, Rami was brought onto the stage for an impromptu rendition of 2012 most nauseating novelty [.

Julio Cesar Bursts Into Inconsolable Tears After Realising He’s Joined QPR (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Champions League-winning Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar (a man prone to boughts of acute melodrama) became the latest player to sign up for QPR's OAP revolution (they currently have no players in and around the first team under the age of 22 and have signed seven over-30s so far this summer), moving to Loftus Road from Inter Milan on a four-year deal.

Newcastle United

‘The Worst Advice I’ve Ever Received’ – Newcastle Fan Buys 56 Train Tickets To Cut Cost Of Journey To Oxford United (Photo)

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One thrifty Newcastle fan took evasive action in adesperate attempt to pare down the price of watching his side play Oxford United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Staring down the barrel of a 500-mile round rail trip, Johnny Haywood sought the council of a friend, who advised him to book the whole thing in 'split' tickets to save money.

Boyband One Direction train with Real Madrid

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Pop band One Direction appear to be making plans for careers in football when the bubble bursts on their music careers. After recently training with Newcastle, the group have now taken part in a Real Madrid training session. Jose Mourinho handed out personalised shirts to the lads, before they lined up in a wall to [.

Boyband One Direction train with Newcastle

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Surprise arrivals at Newcastle's training ground are usually of the French persuasion. But they upped their English (and Irish) quota by parachuting in boyband One Direction for a training session. A veteran Magpies five-a-side team of manager Alan Pardew and coaching staff John Carver, Andy Woodman, Steve Stone and Peter Beardsley defeated the poptastic triallists, [.

Tottenham Hotspur

Photos: Spurs (including new hero Christian Eriksen) train ahead of Cardiff match

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Fresh from scoring a gem last night, @ChrisEriksen8 is back in training today #THFC pic.twitter.com/JsoQGoTBQa Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 20, 2013 Tottenham were straight back into training after last night's Europa League win over Tromso. All the players were in for a light recovery session.

Photos: Spurs train ahead of Tromso clash

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Birthday boy, @LewisHoltby, receives an embrace from @sandroraniere! Surely, there's no better birthday gift pic.twitter.com/FICdf3Wzh2 Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 18, 2013 Tottenham's players have been training ahead of their Europa League clash against Tromso. In training today, @YounsKabs4 shares a joke with Erik Lamela #THFC pic.

Real Madrid agree to $52 million transfer fee for Luka Modric

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Real Madrid have agreed to a transfer fee for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric reportedly for around $52 million or £33 million.

It's a move that should benefit both sides as Spurs get money to rebuild their squad and Real Madrid add depth with a highly regarded attacking midfielder.

Q&A with Homey!

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Most of the current writers are quite busy at the moment, so luckily one of the blog legends has agreed to help out and contribute in the form of a Q&A type interview. For those of you who don't remember Homey, around this time last season, he was one of the four writers, and specifically was the writer who was pushing for Arsene Wenger to be replaced as Arsenal manager.

Arsenal

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud delighted to resume Santi Cazorla bromance

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Olivier Giroud has been doing his bit to ensure Santi Cazorla stays at Arsenal with this Instagram tribute. Cazorla has only just resumed training with the Gunners after being given extra time off following the Confederations Cup. That meant he missed the pre-season tour of Asia and Giroud has been quick to let him [.

Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom says his hand is hurting from signing autographs

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Arsenal's Chuba Akpom has learned the true cost of being involved with the first-team: an aching hand from signing all the autographs. The youngster has played a key role in the Gunners' pre-season tour of Asia. And he says he's discovered a lot about what being an Arsenal player involves. He told the club's official [.

Holding Out For A Brighter Future

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Any chance there's a monster of a player waiting to come out?

Still pissed over the RvP thing? Yeah, well so am I. But if you're on any social network, this topic probably has been discussed to the death and all points exhausted. Thus I'm not going to touch it on here. Whatever happens, happens.

Schellas Hyndman

Jair Benitez & Andrew Jacobson Missing Practice on Thursday Little Cause for Concern

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Left back Jair Benitez and central midfielder Andrew Jacobson both didn't train for FC Dallas on Thursday morning, but according to FCD gaffer Schellas Hyndman this is hardly cause for concern as both starters picked up small knocks in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Los Angeles and were held out of training as a precautionary measure heading into Sunday's road match at Portland.

Scattershooting with Schellas – June 11, 2012 Edition

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Caught up with FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman after training on Monday morning and here's what he had to say: What is the latest on Brek Shea, who didn't train last week? Hyndman: Don't know.

Olympics

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Black and Beattie train with Gers

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BBC Scotland learns that former Hearts duo Ian Black and Craig Beattie are preparation with Rangers newco. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/61773000/jpg/_61773448_6162055.jpg

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Japanese goalkeepers train with ‘rice balls’

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Japan have emanate up with a fiction style of preparing themselves for this twelvemonth's London Olympic men's soccer tourney grooming with funny-ricochetting trilateral 'rice globes.'

Major League Soccer

Michael Gspurning Injury Update: GK Will Travel, Could Play Vs. Red bulls

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Michael Gspurning may not play against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, but the fact that he's travelling has to be seen as good news for the Seattle Sounders. The Austrian goalkeeper has missed the Sounders' last 15 games -- including four in the U.S. Open Cup -- and says he's finally ready to get back onto the pitch.

MLS news and notes

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Couple tidbits from MLS this fine Thursday to pry you away from your rapturous Michael Bradley appetite, which I'd hope NSC satisfied in one way or the other this week. Glad to welcome any and all takers for the Roma train at this station. — DPs are on the move this week as Alessandro Nesta beds down in Montreal, Oscar Garcia is now practicing with his Houston teammates and today New England

Weekly Column: Euro 2012 Kings of Soccer Coverage

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The Galaxy and MLS want to sell you tickets to watch an EPL club train -- yes, train -- for $50 to $99 and the second U.S. World Cup qualifier today against a Guatemala team that hasn't beaten the U.S. in a generation is available only on pay per view

Euro 2012

Rodgers Invited To Watch Spain Train

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been invited to watch Spain train and discuss coaching methods with Vicente del Bosque, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 39-year-old, who was brought in at Anfield to replace Kenny Dalglish last month, was due to watch Spain's training camp before Euro 2012 in May but had to pull out because of his move to Liverpool.

Euro 2012 Qualification – Euro 2012: Richard Dunne and Darron Gibson train in countdown to vital Spain clash

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RICHARD Dunne was back in preparation today as the Republic of Ireland kept their formulations for Thursday dark's Euro 2012 showdown with Spain.

Saturday Sightseeing in Warsaw

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Spent Saturday sightseeing mainly around the old town in Warsaw. Here it is very much a case of what you see is what you get, a point highlighted by a beggar outside the Central Station with a sign "Money for Beer".

The exception to this may actually be the old town, with its cobbled streets and buildings appearing to date from 1700.

The Rest

Middlesbrough Midfielder Marten De Roon Gets Taxi With Fans After Missing Last Train Home From West Ham Game (Photo)

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Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon was forced to find his own way home after Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Ham after his post-match drug test saw him miss the last train back from London.

As such, the Dutchman was left stranded at the Olympic Stadium until a group of generous Boro fans came riding to his rescue.

Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher train with Liverpool ahead of Steven Gerrard testimonial

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We can reveal that @Robbie9Fowler and Jamie Carragher will both feature for #LFC in #GerrardTestimonial v Olympiacos on Saturday. Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 2, 2013 Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher both trained with the current first-team today to prepare to play in Steven Gerrard's testimonial.

FFA, Capital Football - 2012 means Gender Equity yes even in Futsal!

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Stop laughing, stop it right now.

In Canberra, Capital Football has just completed a course on how to communicate with their customers, clients, volunteers or whatever they call us these days.

So we're expecting after the communications consultant badly criticised the office - you'd expect they'd have learnt something.

Cat Out of The Bag? Is Dempsey Sunderland AFC-bound?

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Dempsey: These transfer rumors have nine lives...

Murmurs buzzed Sunday evening of Clint Dempsey headed to Sunderland.

They've heated today with now news of a price ($12M USD) and that Sunderland midfielder and former Manchester United castoff Keiran Richardson might be sent on the train the other way if Dempsey moves to the Black Cats.

Non-League Kendal Town FC To Travel, Train And Warm-Up In Fake Beards Due To Daft Sponsorship Deal (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Northern Premier League side Kendal Town FC have signed a frankly ridiculous sponsorship deal that will see the players having wear fake beards at all times training, travelling and warming-up.

Kendal have signed a deal with US firm Rosetta Trading, who produce the 'Beard Beanie' a woolly hat with a knitted beard stitched onto it which are apparently massive sellers in the USA according to Rosetta themselves.

Colleges: Vorberg joins Marquette staff

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Longtime Milwaukee Wave goalkeeper Nick Vorberg is getting further involved in Milwaukee-area soccer.

Marquette men's coach Louis Bennett named Vorberg a volunteer assistant on Thursday, with his primary duties to train and mentor the Golden Eagles' goalkeepers and instruct at the program's camps.

Fergie On Where Kagawa And Powell Will Play

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At the unveiling of Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell, Sir Alex Ferguson has discussed what he believes their best position to be. Fergie admits he asked Dario Gradi, Crewe Alexandra director of football, for advice on where Powell was best suited to play.

"I asked Dario if Nick could be a central midfielder," he said.

Marco Pappa to SC Heerenveen of Eredivisie (Netherlands' top football league)? Pasion Roja sure...

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Marco Pappa to SC Heerenveen of Eredivisie (Netherlands' top football league)? Pasion Roja sure thinks so. In addition to running with a confirmation, they even went ahead and photoshopped him in to a new jersey. Pasion Roja covers Marco Pappa's original team Municipal so it's not out of the question that they would have the inside contacts much like Wrong Side of the Pond broke the Chris Rolfe story.

ESPN is, rightfully, beginning their hype train for this weekend's Cascadia Cup match with this new...

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ESPN is, rightfully, beginning their hype train for this weekend's Cascadia Cup match with this new commercial.

U.S. WNT Arrives in Halmstad

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Orjans Vall Stadium in Halmstad, Sweden

After a light morning -- just a pool workout for the field players -- (ok, not so light for the GKs, who did train, of course) -- the U.S. team board a bus after lunch for the short drive (less than two hours) south to Halmstad, a scenic area on the southwest coast of Sweden known as the "Swedish Riviera.

Persija Won't Be Alone In Solo

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Not for the first time in living memory Persija Jakarta are being forced to play home games far from their home town. This time it's their next two home games which have been moved to Manahan Stadium in Solo. The reason? Apparently there are large demonstrations or marches being scheduled in Jakarta to commemorate May Day.

Having a quick one in The Champion of Oxford St

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Our favourite London boozer...always try to have in there whenever we are down.

Yesterday was dead loss in terms of sport but logistically a compkete success...Lime St was hugely busy but really well organised, got interviewed by Sky Sports then shuffled onto the 7:53 train to Euston, zipped along the Metropolitan Line and nipped into a cafe for a cheeky pizza and beer.