European Soccer

Wednesday Kickoff: Bale frustrated with Real Madrid, Draxler angry at PSG tactics and more

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Following Real Madrid's win over Paris Saint-Germain, there's a bit of fallout involving two top stars.

After not featuring in the UCL clash with PSG, Gareth Bale reportedly wants out at Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Julian Draxler says he was"surprised and a bit sour" at Unai Emery's tactics in PSG's loss to Real Madrid.

Tuesday Kickoff: Costa likely to miss UCL Final; Toure could leave Man City; and more

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Atletico Madrid will be without arguably their most important player when they take the field Saturday against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon.

After being forced off early in Atletico's stunning 1-1 draw last Saturday that earned them the La Liga crown, Atletico's medical staff diagnosed Diego Costa with a grade one hamstring strain, all but ruling him out for this weekend's action.

Monday Kickoff: Messi to be offered new deal; Roma qualify for UCL; and more

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With all of Barcelona's off the field problems, current president Josep Maria Bartomeu is doing his best to ensure that the club's next piece of breaking news is a positive one.

Speaking to Esport3 Television in Barcelona, Bartomeu said that the club is in talks to give Lionel Messi an improved contract.

Champions League

Champions League Quarter-Final Draw: Leicester City Avoid Bayern Munich And Barcelona, Face Challenging Trip To Atletico Madrid

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The balls are out of the pots and inreward for seeing off Sevilla in the last 16, Leicester City will be facing further, stiffer Spanish competition in the quarter-finals of the Champions League namely, Atletico Madrid.

According to the odds at Betway, the reigning Premier League championsare unsurprisingly massive 33/1 outsiders to win the whole thing outright, largely because they'd have to dispatch several of Europe's elite clubs to get their hands on the big cup.

Odds on Arsenal´s side for UCL draw – Barca or Bayern then?

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Well Arsenal fans, it is the Champions League group stage draw today and after the Gunners got one of the worst possible draws in the Capital One Cup earlier this week, we could do with better luck this evening. When you look at our possible opponents, there is a good chance that, even though the [..

Fox Hunting, The Draw, and Our Pony’s First Big Race

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What a long two weeks it has been. Let's go ahead and get the depressing news out of the way. Last Sunday, Lord Attenborough, Chelsea's Life President, died at the age of 90. What a great, complete life he lived. Aside from his greatest honor, he also starred in Jurassic..

Real Madrid’s 2014/15 Black Third Kit Reviewed: [PHOTOS]

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The 2014/15 Real Madrid third kit, to be officially released on August 26, is eye-catching to say the least.

This new alternate uniform was created specially by award-winning Japanese fashion designer, Yohji Yamamoto, and unsurprisingly, it looks nothing like your average football kit.

The jersey, all black with white details, features two intertwined dragons sprawled across the torso.

UEFA Champions League

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Two years ago, the two sides made for an instant classic. On Saturday, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid will go at it again.

The San Siro in Milan will be the stage for a Madrid derby this weekend as the two Spanish powerhouses battle for the UEFA Champions League crown again after Los Blancos defeated Atleti, 4-1, in extra time to claim La Décima — their 10th European title— in Lisbon in 2014.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Juventus will all try to secure their positions in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 today.

United play host to PSV Eindhoven in Group B, while Atletico have the more daunting task of hosting Galatasaray in Group C to lock up a spot in the knockout round.

UCL Preview: Ibrahimovic returns to Malmo; clubs seek to clinch; and more

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's nomadic career has brought him to many different places, but on Wednesday, he's going back to where it all started.

The Swedish superstar began his professional career with Malmö FF in 1999, and now, some 16 years later, he will return to the city where he was born with Paris Saint-Germain — his sixthteam since leaving there —as the UEFA Champions League resumes with Matchday 5 action.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The 2015-16 UEFA Champions League wraps up its Matchday 4 action today with fixtures featuring clubs from Groups E through H. Mexico, meanwhile, will crown a new CopaMX Apertura winner in a nightcap.

Five clubs in Champions League action today could potentially punch their tickets to the knockout phases with wins, joining the likes of Zenit St.

UCL Rewind: Real Madrid edges PSG, Man City advances to last 16; and more

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Real Madrid secured a place among the final 16 on Tuesday with a victory, but it had to survive a relentless attacking effort from Paris Saint-Germain to pull out the 1-0 win at home.

After coming on as a substitute for an injured Marcelo in just the 33rd minute, Nacho Fernandez put Real Madrid uptwo minutes later as he volleyed a cross from just inside the left edge of the box that happened to curve into goal.

UCL Preview: Real Madrid, PSG look for separation; Bayern seeks revenge; and more

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The UEFA Champions League rolls into the second half of its group stage this week and every fixture will be a return game fromMatchday 3 action.

After the highly anticipated contest between the two sidesended in a 0-0 draw at Parc des Princes, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain will square off again on Tuesdayat Santiago Bernabéu, with both sides looking to create some separation between each other in Group A.

‘Mignolet worse than Dracula’ – Liverpool great Grobbelaar

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'Mignolet worse than Dracula' Liverpool great Grobbelaar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Liverpool great Bruce Grobbelaar has says Simon Mignolet is "worse than Dracula", criticizing the goalkeeper for his poor form this season.

Speaking to the BBC, Grobbelaar was scathing in his assessment of the Belgium international, who has endured a difficult campaign.

Lampard: Manchester City players must help Aguero

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Lampard: Manchester City players must help Aguero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Frank Lampard has called on his Manchester City teammates to aid Sergio Aguero, after the Argentine striker rescued his teammates with a hat-trick in the 3-2 UEFA Champions League win over Bayern Munich.

UCL Matchday 5: Three talking points

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UCL Matchday 5: Three talking points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

1. The importance of winning ugly

The manner of the equalizer conceded against Ludogorets will haunt Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, if his side fail to get out of the UEFA Champions League group stages.

Real Madrid target Liverpool’s “new Xabi Alonso”

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Real Madrid target Liverpool's "new Xabi Alonso" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid are targeting Liverpool youngster Pedro Chirivella, a player being widely dubbed as "the new Xabi Alonso".

Reports in England say Madrid are keen on the 17 year-old Chirivella, who has been part of Liverpool's UEFA Youth League squads.

Basel vs Real Madrid: Preview, Stats and Major Talking points

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Basel vs Real Madrid: Preview, Stats and Major Talking points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Champions League: Basel vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid need to avoid defeat on Wednesday against Basle to guarantee a top spot in their group, and with their current red-hot form, it's hard to imagine anything else other than a win from Ancelotti's men.

Arsenal and Liverpool need to move for PSG’s Yohan Cabaye

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Arsenal and Liverpool need to move for PSG's Yohan Cabaye - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports in France – since picked up in the English press – claim that PSG and France midfielder Yohan Cabaye will be up for sale in January.

Liverpool and Arsenal are said to be circling, whilst there has been token mention of former employers Newcastle United.

UCL Preview: Bayern Munich, Manchester City set to clash yet again as group stage continues

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For the third time in the last four editions of the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich and Manchester City were placed in the same group, and they'll renew their European rivalry today.

Bayern has held the edge so far, winning the group both previous years, but it should be a heated affair once again as both teams will be near full strength when the Bundesliga and Premier League champions meet up at Allianz Arena this afternoon.

UCL Preview: Liverpool makes UCL return as Group Stage begins

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With the UEFA Champions League Group Stage kicking off Tuesday afternoon, one of the winningest teams in UCL history will make its return to the competition after a five-year hiatus.

Five-time Champions League winner Liverpool will host Bulgarian champion Ludogorets later today in one of eight fixtures as Groups A, B, C and D all commence.

UCL Preview: Barcelona put title hopes up against tough Atletico, Man Utd look to avoid elimination in Munich

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Barcelona admittedly struggle to create scoring chances against Atletico Madrid's tough and stingy defense, but they will need to find a way to do just that in order to secure advancement in the UEFA Champions League.

The two Spanish clubs are eyeing a place in the semifinals of the tournament, but only one will make it after they play the decisive leg of their quarterfinals series at Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

English Premier League

Blame It On The Refs – SY 3-12-15

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On this week's Soccer Yanks PodcastDan brings on special co-host Kyle Bennett (@kbjelly)to discuss simulation, swarming the refs, and why English teams under perform on the European stage. Please rate, review, and comment! Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast Here!(Right click, save as) If you like this.

Branislav Ivanovic proves his worth again for Chelsea

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Branislav Ivanovic proves his worth again for Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was big-money signing Diego Costa who got the crucial goal as Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 at the weekend but Branislav Ivanovic again typified his team's resolve and determination under Jose Mourinho.

Don’t blame Balotelli for Liverpool’s struggles

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Don't blame Balotelli for Liverpool's struggles - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Carlo Ancelotti hit the nail on the head this week when he said Mario Balotelli isn't to blame for Liverpool's poor start to the season.

The Real Madrid manager was speaking ahead of his side's UEFA Champions League clash with the Merseyside club.

Carefree Blues: The Swans, Champions League Dream, & Frankie’s Return

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I'm back, and contrary to popular belief: I'm not dead. Actually, no one ever thought that. Instead, I went on vacation in North Carolina, and even picked up a knock while enjoying some cold beverages. But I'm fit to play, so let's get back on the saddle of our little..

Champions League Preview – Soccer Yanks 9-10-14

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This Week on the Soccer Yanks Podcast: Dave and Dan take a look at the Champions League groups and do their early predictions on who will advance to the knockouts. They also preview the upcoming EPL weekend. Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast Here! If you like..

Back to Back Eagles

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EAGLES OFCRYSTAL PALACE Saturday marked the return of the English Premier League and along with it, my beloved Arsenal. With the titular match of the opening day, Arsenal played host to Crystal Palace in a similar fashion tolast season's home stand against the Eagles. Arsenal won in what many are.

Chelsea Leaving Their Mark on The Title Race – SY #42

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This Week on the Soccer Yanks Podcast, Dan, in lieu of Dave's absence, has called upon the assistance of SY contributor Kyle (@kbjelly) and a tandem of podcasting brethren in Chris and Jacob from Across The Pond Radio (@atpradio). They tackled a bit of everything: The secondleg of the UCL Semi-Finals set the stage for a Madrid Derby in Lisbon, The EPL's relegation zone seems to be solidifying, United putting on a display for new man in charge Giggs, Arsenal's recent form adding to the supporters questions, Jacob questions Ozil's quality (and Dan defends), City taking control of the race (but is it contingent on a healthy David Silva), Liverpool's frustrating defeat to a defensively stout but toothless Chelsea, and the ever dramatic and pointless Team of the Year.

Shakespearean Tragedy – Half Yanked – SY #39

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On this week's Half Yanked Edition of Soccer Yanks with special guest and SY contributor Kyle Bennett: The UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg results, the misery that is Arsenal, Liverpool's test against City, and the "Dangerzone."

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Liverpool’s League to Lose? – SY #38

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This week on The Soccer Yanks Podcast: A look back at the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg results, Barcelona's off field woes, Liverpool is now in the driver's seat, 'highway to the danger zone', and some lively twitter questions about the USMNT.

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PHOTO: Chelsea’s Brazilian trio on their way to Paris

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PHOTO: Chelsea's Brazilian trio on their way to Paris - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Willian, Ramires and Oscar have all travelled to Paris for Champions League quarter-final first leg against Paris St-Germain.
Chelsea will face french champions Paris Saint-Germain atParc des Princeson Wednesday night.

Sophomoric Tactics – SY#35 – recorded on 3/13/14

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This week on The Soccer Yanks Podcast: Dan is back from Europe, MLS has kicked off, UEFA Champions League is heating up, and the English Premier League is coming down to the wire, focusing on Manchester United hosting Liverpool and the North London Derby.

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Carefree Blues Podcast – Episode 6

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Carefree Blues Podcast Episode 6 Four points since we last spoke, and probably the most anti-climactic four points of the season. In today's episode, Amadi and I discuss the QPR game, an underwhelming performance against Maribor and a fairly extensive preview to the Liverpool game. This week's poll question:.

Carefree Blues Podcast – Episode 1

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Back From the Dead – Carefree Blues Podcast Episode 1.5 Episode One will forever be known as a lost episode. Amadi and I recorded the first episode weeks ago – before I went on vacation. However, I'm an idiot and didn't take precautions to make sure that all of the..

Manchester City’s Mersey Paradise – SY #44

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This Week on the Soccer Yanks Podcast: The Premier League is in the books as so is the Soccer Yanks first full season covering the action. City takes the title, deservedly. Viewership of the Premiership was at an all time high in America. Derby vs QPR for the last promotion spot. Is the Champions League a Truer Test of the Best soccer in the World?

The Gaal of Manchester United – SY #41

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This Week on the Soccer Yanks Podcast: The first leg of the UCL Semi-Finals proved there are two ways to play defensive football, UEFA talks down FFP sanctions and Barcelona transfer ban, Mourinho's home EPL record at Stamford Bridge comes to an end, Moyes breaks various records in his wake, the United manager search is on, Manchester City injury woes, and short lists with for Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.

So Much Football, So Little Time – SY #36

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This week on The Soccer Yanks Podcast: Special guest Kyle Bennett (@kbjelly) joins us for a packed podcast covering: UEFA Champions League Quarter-final teams set, Manchester United trounced by Liverpool, Arsenal wins at White Hart Lane, Chelsea dropping important points, a look at the EPL table, upcoming fixtures and twitter questions.

The Rest

“Am I watching prime Zidane?” – Arsenal fans find a glimmer of light within a poor performance

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While Arsenal's night was largely poor, there was one small positive from the game: Alex...

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Christian Pulisic notches assist in lopsided Borussia Dortmund win

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In the midst of a dominating 6-0 Borussia Dortmund victory over Legia Warsaw, Christian Pulisic marked his first UEFA Champions League start with a big milestone.

Pulisic wrapped up a strong 90 minute performance in his UCL debut by notching his first assist on a beautiful cross from the left wing, which was tapped home by Gonzalo Castro in the 76th minute.