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Revs Get New Turf at Gillette

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Less than four months after it was replaced, a new artificial surface will be installed at Gillette Stadium while the Revolution embark on back-to-back road matches.

Installation of the new surface began shortly after the Revolution's 1-0 win over Montreal on Saturday. The change was made after the previous surface did not meet the organization's standards, according to reports.

Pitch (Not So) Perfect

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. When Union coach Jim Curtin pondered his lineup for Saturday's match against the Revolution, he wasn't just thinking about next week's Open Cup final.

Yes, the opportunity to lift a trophy was at the forefront of the club's preparation for their last MLS game before Wednesday's final.

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT - Toronto v Colorado... or OMGWTFDannyNoooooo...

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Dude, that was horriffic. Can we blame the turf? Gillette Stadium? Unfair. Poor Danny K out for the season with a torn ACL. Just when it was OK to put away the umbrellas, here we are on the cusp of another sh*tstorm.

Strangely enough, Toronto did hold off New England long enough to take all the points and are in the midst of a 2 game win streak.

Ronaldo

GIF It: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho’s amazing knee slide celebration after winner against Manchester City

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Cristiano Ronaldo might be sad at the minute, but look at the joy he brings to those around him. The Portuguese star's late winner against Manchester City in last night's Champions League clash encouraged Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to throw caution to the wind, risk some stubborn grass stains and slide across the turf [.

Euro 2012: Ronaldo puts Portugal into semifinals with late goal

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So much for Cristiano Ronaldo disappearing in big tournaments.

The Real Madrid superstar scored his third goal of the tournament as Portugal booked the first place in the semifinals with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. Ronaldo found space inside the box with just over 10 minutes left in the game and sent Joao Moutinho's cross rocketing off the turf and into the roof of the net.

English League Championship

Football Results for English League Championship for Saturday 1st September 2012

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17:20 Swansea (-) Blackpool at The King Power Stadium15:00 Hull (3-1) Bolton at The KC Stadium15:00 Leeds (3-3) Blackburn at Elland Road15:00 Ipswich (2-2) Huddersfield Town at Portman Road15:00 Derby (5-1) Watford at Pride Park Stadium15:00 Burnley (1-3) Brighton at Turf Moor15:00 Crystal Palace (2-1) Sheffield Weds at Selhurst Park15:00 Birmingham (1-0) Peterboro at St [.

English League Championship Fixtures for Saturday 1st September 2012

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17:20 Swansea v Blackpool at The King Power Stadium15:00 Hull v Bolton at The KC Stadium15:00 Leeds v Blackburn at Elland Road15:00 Ipswich v Huddersfield Town at Portman Road15:00 Derby v Watford at Pride Park Stadium15:00 Burnley v Brighton at Turf Moor15:00 Crystal Palace v Sheffield Weds at Selhurst Park15:00 Birmingham v Peterboro at St [.

Results for English League Championship for Saturday 18th August 2012

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15:00 Hull (1-0) Brighton at The KC Stadium15:00 Ipswich (1-1) Blackburn at Portman Road15:00 Derby (2-2) Sheffield Weds at Pride Park Stadium15:00 Swansea (-) Peterboro at The King Power Stadium15:00 Burnley (2-0) Bolton at Turf Moor15:00 Crystal Palace (2-3) Watford at Selhurst Park15:00 Millwall (0-2) Blackpool at The Den15:00 Birmingham (1-1) Charlton at St Andrews [.

English League Championship Fixtures for Saturday 18th August 2012

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15:00 Hull v Brighton at The KC Stadium15:00 Ipswich v Blackburn at Portman Road15:00 Derby v Sheffield Weds at Pride Park Stadium15:00 Swansea v Peterboro at The King Power Stadium15:00 Burnley v Bolton at Turf Moor15:00 Crystal Palace v Watford at Selhurst Park15:00 Millwall v Blackpool at The Den15:00 Birmingham v Charlton at St Andrews [.

English League Championship Fixtures for Saturday 18th August 2012

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15:00 Hull v Brighton at The KC Stadium15:00 Ipswich v Blackburn at Portman Road15:00 Derby v Sheffield Weds at Pride Park Stadium15:00 Swansea v Peterboro at The King Power Stadium15:00 Burnley v Bolton at Turf Moor15:00 Crystal Palace v Watford at Selhurst Park15:00 Millwall v Blackpool at The Den15:00 Birmingham v Charlton at St Andrews [.

English League Championship Fixtures for Saturday 18th August 2012

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15:00 Hull v Brighton at The KC Stadium15:00 Ipswich v Blackburn at Portman Road15:00 Derby v Sheffield Weds at Pride Park Stadium15:00 Swansea v Peterboro at The King Power Stadium15:00 Burnley v Bolton at Turf Moor15:00 Crystal Palace v Watford at Selhurst Park15:00 Millwall v Blackpool at The Den15:00 Birmingham v Charlton at St Andrews [.

Videos

Shite Air Shot & Panenka Botch – Big Bad Double Scoop Of FAIL! From Udinese vs Braga (Videos)

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By Chris Wright

Anyone who sat through Braga's penalty win over Udinese in the second leg of their Champions League play-off last night will no doubt already be aware just what an inept performance the Italian side put in a performance perfectly encapsulated by these two fantastic moments of highly-refined FAIL.

Shite Air Shot & Panenka Botch – Big Bad Double Scoop Of FAIL! From Udinese vs Braga (Videos)

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By Chris Wright

Anyone who sat through Braga's penalty win over Udinese in the second leg of their Champions League play-off last night will no doubt already be aware just what an inept performance the Italian side put in a performance perfectly encapsulated by these two fantastic moments of highly-refined FAIL.

Cameraman Goes Arse-Over-Tit At Russian Match, Players Burst Into Laughter! (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which, as spellcheck-decimating Russian second division sides Yenisey Krasnoyarsk and Shinnik Yaroslavl line up to observe the national anthem before their game, an over eager cameraman hurtles onto the pitch to capture the line-up, trips on the edge of the turf and promptly goes arse over tit much to the amusement of several of the players.

Video: Russian cameraman’s painful camera faceplant

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This hilarious footage comes from the Russian second division clash between Yenisey Krasnoyarsk and Shinnik Yaroslavl. The teams are about to start the pre-match rituals when the anthem starts booming over the PA system. The cameraman, not yet in position for the traditional walk along the line, starts to run, slips on the grass and [.

Brazilian Linesman Gets Ideas Above Station, Goes Doolally With Spray Paint (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Why it was ever considered a good idea is beyond us, but down Brazil way the linesmen come equipped with a little can of temporary spray paint to mark the pitch in the event of of a foul. The paint is most commonly used to mark out 'yards' on the turf so players have a clear indication as to where the wall should line up if a free-kick is given, as counting out ten strides is obviously considered a bit 'old hat'.

Brazilian Linesman Gets Ideas Above Station, Goes Doolally With Spray Paint (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Why it was ever considered a good idea is beyond us, but down Brazil way the linesmen come equipped with a little can of temporary spray paint to mark the pitch in the event of of a foul. The paint is most commonly used to mark out 'yards' on the turf so players have a clear indication as to where the wall should line up if a free-kick is given, as counting out ten strides is obviously considered a bit 'old hat'.

Manchester United

Everton Stun Man United

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Well that is not what Manchester United fans expected. After the excitement of signing Robin van Persie, United went out and were second best to an Everton side that won every 50-50 challenge all over the pitch.

United had no answer to Marouane Fellaini all night, am it was Fellaini who was finally rewarded for an outstanding display with the winning goal in the 57th minute.

Howard led U.S. by ‘embracing the fear’

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Last night served as an historic moment for US soccer as the Americans defeated Mexico 1-0. The victory will be remembered as the first time they defeated El Tri on Mexican turf in 75 years.

With many of the USMNT veterans absent from the roster, 'keeper Tim Howard  was called upon to lead the youthful side into the hostile territory known as Estadio Azteca.

Howard led U.S. by ‘embracing the fear’

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Last night served as an historic moment for US soccer as the Americans defeated Mexico 1-0. The victory will be remembered as the first time they defeated El Tri on Mexican turf in 75 years.

With many of the USMNT veterans absent from the roster, 'keeper Tim Howard  was called upon to lead the youthful side into the hostile territory known as Estadio Azteca.

Sorry Fergie, not this time

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I used to spend summers avidly reading every bit of transfer gossip containing the words "Manchester United", wondering which player would make the step from a smaller English club to M16 or which footballer would bring his continental flair and panache onto the Old Trafford turf. These days, even though my journalism internship requires me [.

United forward glad to be back

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Manchester United forward Federico Macheda realizes that spending loan spells at other clubs reminds him of how much he wants to remain a Red Devil in the long run.

Macheda, 20, arrived at United as a teenager in 2008 but has since been sent out on loan at Sampdoria and Queens Park Rangers.

Brazil

Mexico Stun Brazil to Claim Gold

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Oribe Peralta grabbed a brace as Mexico as Mexico stunned Brazil in today's Olympic mens final, in front of 86,162 fans at Wembley's hollowed turf.

Peralta took less than half a minute to put the Mexican's in front after he took advantage of a horrendous mix-up in the Brazilian defence before grabbing his second 15 minutes from time with a bullet header.

Santos: The Bad, The Ugly & The Good

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The bee's knees wish they could be Neymar. He's just phenomenal, even if Pele is serving as his personal hypeman and doing most of the work for him. However, he's also a bit of diver. Quite a bit. And he enjoys flinging himself in the air, even when there's no contact. Which he actually paid for with this little dive by slapping his ankle off the turf.

Quick Thoughts on USA v. Antigua

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Ugly. Uninspiring. Worrying.

Granted, the conditions weren't ideal for slick passing soccer and Antigua packed it in for most of the match, but the USMNT did not look sharp or particularly motivated. What they looked was tired, and if the whispering out of camp is to be believed, that falls squarely on Klinsmann and his over-training.

Chicago Fire

La Garde

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Since my first game in Montréal versus the Chicago Fire on March 17th 2012 I have been struck and moved by the powerful support we get from our fans. It was my second game as a professional, so you might have thought I would have gotten over the nerves of playing in front of a large crowd. Only a week earlier, I had my debut as a second half sub versus the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Goal line technology needed

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Ask Dominic Oduro if goal line technology might change the game in a good way.

On Sunday, Oduro was the latest to be denied a score because the humans officiating on the field could not keep up with a player on a breakaway and a deflected shot. While replays clearly showed that the Chicago Fire striker had netted a goal, a sliding defender's late arrival was credited with keeping the ball from crossing the line.

The Rest

Looks Like Leicester City’s Grounds Staff Are Preparing A True Masterpiece For Next Week’s Game Against Tottenham (Photo)

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Over the course of the last two years, Leicester City's grounds staff have garnered a reputation for going above and beyond in their pitch preparations.

Not only do they provide their side with an absolute carpet to hoik themselves around on, they also take the time and effort to create some truly dazzling designs in the grass.

New turf coming to CenturyLink Field in 2016

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It wasn't exactly unexpected, but the Seattle Sounders had put to rest any fears that they won't have new turf in time for the 2016 season. Sounders Chief Operating Officer Bart Wiley made the announcement at Thursday's Alliance Meeting.

Bart Wiley says Sounders are getting new turf next year.

Ibrahimovic Tackle v China

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If this was any other player I would pass it off as a freak accident, however when it comes to Zlatan Ibrahimovic nothing is accidental.

His Judo style tackle on China's Lu Peng may look a bit clumsy but look how the giant Swede ensures the guy's face get's full impact with the turf.

What's Happened To C+C Goal Factory?

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Full game recap coming, but a post-game discussion got me to do some research. Namely people were asking why Pareja seemed to be unwilling to play Casey and Cummings at the same time. I wondered how much of that was by choice and how much was due to injury so I looked it up.

Only 9 times this season have they both been Probable on the injury report or better, and in each of those games at least one of them was listed as Probable, so they've never been completely healthy (Casey has been on the injury report every game this season).

The Gillette Turf Monster: It's Time for Grass

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As I sit here typing, my left knee elevated, blanketed in ice as I rehab another torn ACL by way of playing soccer on turf, I wonder what it will take before MLS HQ realizes this game needs to be played on grass. I've played soccer for years on grass with no injury. I played one season on indoor turf which was abruptly cut short by a torn ACL.

Nasty Neil Taylor Ankle Fracture v Sunderland

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Swansea' Neil Taylor fracture's his ankle when colliding with a Sunderland player watch how the Welshman's ankle get's stuck in the turf as both players collide, nasty injury.

Six (more) things we learnt from the Fulham game

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While we have already gone over the Fulham game in quite some exhausting detail, there were some finer points that I felt got missed in the general excitement of the 'Ohmigood RvP, ohmigoood Kagawa, ohmigoood, Rooneeey, not funnyyy, blood-uh' moments that the match is primarily remembered for. So here is your dose of the more nuanced, previously-unnoticed points from the game on Saturday:

Ashley Young falls in every penalty box

I am getting really pissed with Ashley Young.

Spurs - West Brom Preview: An Interruption of Transfer Scheming

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At times this week AANP has been reminded of those halcyon days studying for a Philosophy degree through the medium of countless hours (days? weeks?) on Football Manager, when occasionally the inconvenience of a match would interrupt the hours (days? weeks?) spent on the fine art of transfer dealing.

"Matchpix" - June 2012

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The Lions were saved from the skin of defeat with a Qiu Li's stunner in the dying minutes of the match with plenty of questions to be answered by Coach Raddy over his selection policy.

The Rundown: Italy and Spain Trade Blows, Draw 1-1

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A chess game of a match. Italy goes up 1-0 to drop a goal less than three minutes later where it would stay 1-1. Below is the collection of thoughts and observation known as "The Rundown." Agree, disagree and contribute your thoughts in the comment section. Full post match analysis and stats can be found here.