Cack-Footed: Ousmane Dembele Rivals Paulinho For Skill And Trickery While ‘Freestyling’ At Barcelona Unveiling (Video)

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Just as Paulinho recently wowed the crowd with a stunning display of six kick-ups in a row, Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona's new club record signing, decided to seize the chance and show the Barcelona fans exactly what he's all aboutduring his grand unveiling.

Mere days after joining the Catalan club in a £96million deal, the 20-year-old French forward dazzled his audience with a quick burst of fleet-footed magic.

Barcelona: Paulinho Makes Shocking Hash Of Basic Keepy-Uppies At Camp Nou Unveiling (Video)

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It's fairly safe to say that the majority of Barcelona fans are ever so slightly underwhelmed about their club decision to spend €40million of The Neymar Money™ on bringing in his compatriot, Paulinho, from China.

After leaving Tottenham under a cloud, the midfielder spent two years looking comparatively godly in the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande before sealing a shock move to Barca last week.

Summer Of ‘Over-Elaborate Player Unveils’ Continues As Sevilla Stage Fake Kidnapping To Acquire Jesus Navas (Video)

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This could be the very moment that the summer of the 'elaborate player unveiling video' jumps the shark Sevilla have kidnapped Jesus!

Indeed, the Spanish side have announced their re-acquisition of Jesus Navas by having him kidnapped off the street, bundled into the boot of a car and taken to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Video: Watch Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid unveiling live

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Around 50,000 Real Madrid fans are gathered at the Bernabeu to see Gareth Bale being presented. Watch it live in the video above. The 24-year-old has signed his contract and is now officially a Real player. .@GarethBale11 firmando su contrato con el Real Madrid... #WelcomeBale pic.twitter.com/X5TNu0hNYs Real Madrid C.

Video: Liverpool unveil Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure

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Liverpool new boys Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure have faced the press for the first time as Reds at their official unveiling. Goalkeeper Mignolet, signed from Sunderland, says he is looking forward to the competition with Pepe Reina to become Brendan Rodgers' first-choice keeper. He said: "Competition is going to be in every single club.

Thierry Henry Gets All Arty For The New York Red Bulls (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is enjoying life in the Big Apple, and not just on the field of play with the Red Bulls. A bit of a culture vulture, the fleet-footed Frenchman has also been keen to dip his highly-insured toe into the creative scene in Manhattan.

VIDEO: Kagawa and Powell Unveiling

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Manchester City star Mario Balotelli gatecrashes the unveiling of new Inter Milan boss

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New Inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni could have been forgiven for thinking his first press conference in his new post would be his moment. But he hadn't banked on Inter old boy Mario Balotelli returning to his old stomping ground. The Manchester City striker gatecrashed the unveiling to say hello to his former employers.

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‘I Have Never Been Motivated By Money’ – Neymar Holds His New Work Shirt Aloft At PSG Unveiling (Photos)

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PSG have unveiled their new £196million plaything to the world, with Neymar getting his hands on his new work uniform for the first time at an introductory press conference in Paris.

The Brazilian joined PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi for a natter, wittering on about 'new challenges' and the like.

FC Barcelona Nike 2012/13 Prematch Jerseys

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Following May's unveiling of the FC Barcelona 2012/13 home and away kits, technical sponsor Nike has released the Blaugrana's prematch jerseys for the upcoming season. Both kits are expected to...

Barcelona’s new retina-burning away kit

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We saw Barcelona's 2012/13 fuzzy striped home kit before it was officially released, so the real shocker of Tuesday's unveiling was the orange and yellow away kit. Sort of like staring at the sun after squirting alcohol into your eyes, the club's official website describes it as "a veritable array of vibrant colors to celebrate the team's dazzling football.


Alessandro Del Piero Signs Two-Year Deal With A-League Club Sydney FC (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Alessandro Del Piero has signed a two-year, €2 million-a-year contract with Sydney FC, thus making the Australian A-League team only the third club side that the Italian footballing demi-god will have represented throughout his 22-year professional career.

Brendan Rodgers Appointed Liverpool Manager

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As expected, the central and pretty much sole focus of the early presser at Anfield today was the unveiling of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool's new manager. Reactions have trended positively since Rodgers gave his first official interview, and rightly so given the confidence and clarity with which he fielded a range of questions.

Liverpool Consider Move For £26m Striker

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Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia, after the appointment of Kenny Dalglish's successor.
The 24-year-old Ivorian scored 33 goals in 41 appearances for his current employers last season, and has also been linked with a transfer window move to Chelsea.

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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.

Selection fears for England internationals after Hodgson’s arrival

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The arrival of a new manager should bring fear and anxiety to players – but for all the right reasons. Out with the old and in with the new, this is the time for players to impress the new manager.

English Premier League

Gunner: PL is the “hardest league”

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Olivier Giroud has made it clear that signing for Arsenal has been a dream come true but the Frenchman understands that he will be plying his trade in the most difficult league in the world next season.

Confirmation regarding the transfer of Giroud, 25, from Montpellier to Arsenal has been the worst kept secret around football in recent days but after making his move official, the striker broke his silence by thoroughly sharing his feelings with Arsenal Player.

Arsenal signing hails ‘Arsene’s touch’

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New Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has joined teammate Lukas Podolski in praising the unique philosophy that manager Arsene Wenger brings to the club.

Wenger was criticized heavily after the Gunners endured a poor start to the season and up until February, when Arsenal were confirmed to be headed for another season without a trophy, there were calls for the Frenchman to be sacked.

United starlet reflects on ‘memorable’ day

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Manchester United signing Shinji Kagawa has returned to Tokyo after finalizing his transfer from German champions Borussia Dortmund but the youngster cannot stop reminiscing about his first day at the club.

Kagawa, 23, arrived in Manchester for an unveiling that required the completion of extensive paperwork, a thorough tour of the stadium and the training facility, and discussion regarding his jersey number next season.

Chris Hughton Gets The Norwich City Job As Managerial Merry-Go-Round Keeps On Turning

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By Alan Duffy

Hughton in his pomp versus the Netherlands in a WC Qualifier in 1980

Former Republic of Ireland international full-back Chris Hughton has left Birmingham City for the hot-seat at Carrow Road, where he will replace Villa-bound Paul Lambert.

Arsenal forward confident of silverware

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Arsene Wenger's negotiations to retain the services of skipper Robin van Persie did not go ideally today but the club's new forward Lukas Podolski is confident about the club's silverware prospects in the near future.

Podolski's signing was confirmed towards the end of last month before he was even done playing in the Bundesliga with FC Cologne.

Major League Soccer

A look at BBVA Compass Stadium

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Major League Soccer's newest soccer-specific stadium will officially open Saturday afternoon, as the Houston Dynamo end their season-opening, seven-game road trip to open up BBVA Compass Stadium against D.C. United.

The final touches have been put on the stadium, which Geoff Cameron told the Houston Chronicle is like "an oven" because of the lack of wind that carries through the park.

BBVA Compass Stadium opener sold out

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The newest soccer-specific stadium in MLS is set to open on May 12, and it will be packed to capacity for its unveiling.

The Houston Dynamo announced that BBVA Compass Stadium is already sold out for the club's home opener against D.C. United, which will mark the opening of 13th soccer-specific venue in the league.

Chicago Fire & The Quaker Man Shake Up MLS Sponsorship Game

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Still being several weeks away from the start of a new season for association football in the US, much of the current chatter surrounding Major League Soccer revolves around the announcement of this summer's All-Star Game in Philadelphia and, well, oatmeal. Okay, perhaps not specifically about oatmeal, but rather the unveiling of Quaker as the new shirt sponsor for Chicago Fire SC that begins with this video of a morning bowl of Quaker Oats and has continued by sending these rather special packages to not only sports media but also prominent US football bloggers to spread the word.

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John Carver – Newcastle A Great Place To Be At The Moment

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Newcastle are having the success this season that we last saw when the great Bobby Robson was managing the club. John Carver and Alan Pardew And that's one reason it's very fitting to have a bronze statue, over nine foot tall,  unveiled of Bobby, before our last home game of the season - against Manchester City on My 6th.

Balotelli Storms Stramaccioni Press Conference

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Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli on Monday interrupted Inter's official unveiling of their new coach Andrea Stramaccioni when he walked into the press conference room to welcome Stramaccioni and greet the directors of his old club.

Of course this is not the first time, Balotelli is making news for his controversial behavior, however, you definitely have to what pushes Balotelli to do the things he does.


Major Link Soccer: Ruffneck Scarves Expand To Canada, Jeff Parke And The Long Hard Road

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Good to see that the season is underway and that we're headed down to Mexico with a 2-1 lead going into the second leg. It was a great performance against a team that's in mid-season form. Don't forget the Santos Away Viewing Party, not to mention it will be the unveiling of the 2012 Sounder At Heart Scarf (can't wait to get mine though I'll be waiting for the mail man).

Clash of Colours as Eagles and Jaguars go different way...

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New signing Jozef Kapláň (left) presented the new maroon outfit by coach Mike Wong (picture courtesy of Geylang United's official Facebook page)Fans of Geylang United would have to take some time to get used to see their beloved Eagles trooped out Bedok tunnel in not their usual green outfit.
Instead of the colour that was long associated with the most successful team in the pre S.

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PICTURE: Will Keane promotes Rio Ferdinand’s brand at unveiling

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It was confirmed yesterday that Will Keane will join Preston North End on loan, like David Beckham and Danny Welbeck before him.

At the unveiling, he sported a Rio Ferdinand '5′ t-shirt.

"I'm really excited to be here and I'm looking forward to the new season and the challenge ahead," said Keane.

Transcript from Wednesday’s Fort Worth Vaqueros FC name unveiling

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Since I was in attendance at the Fort Worth Stockyards for the Wednesday announcement of Vaqueros FC as the name of the new NPSL team in the Town of the Cow, here's the full transcript from that announcement. First, here's who spoke at the event:

  • Tobias Xavier Lopez, director of business operations for Vaqueros FC, former soccer writer for Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Mark Snell, head coach of Vaqueros FC who is a former NASL and MISL goalkeeper; also worked for FC Dallas Youth Academy
  • Dennis Shingleton, District 7, Fort Worth City Council
  • Sal Espino, District 2, Fort Worth City Council
  • Michael Hitchcock, Owner, Vaqueros FC and NPSL Commissioner, former FC Dallas president and general manager


"As we begin a new era of sports in the city of Fort Worth, a city as colorful and as large as Fort Worth is long overdue for a soccer club to represent it and its history.

Jose Mourinho signs Chelsea deal

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Jose Mourinho has signed a contract and will become the new Chelsea manager, according to reports in The Sun. The Special One is said to have put pen to paper on the deal during his two-day visit to the UK earlier this week, when he was spotted attending the Championship play-off final. The newspaper quotes [.

Sheffield United To Rename Brammall Lane Stand In Honour Of Jessica Ennis – Def Leppard Cruelly Overlooked Again

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By Chris Wright

Sheffield United have announced that they plan to name a stand at Brammall Lane in honour of Sheffield's very own Olympic heptathlon gold medalist, Jessica Ennis.

The stand in question is the Bramall Lane Stand, which the club will rechristen 'The Jessica Ennis Stand' ("two tickets in the Lower Ennis please")Â before this Saturday's League One game against Bournemouth.

New PSG signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits lack of Ligue 1 knowledge in a very Zlatan Ibrahimovic way

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After days of tedious speculation and negotiation, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finally been unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player. The oil-rich side have reportedly handed AC Milan €20m for the privilege of being graced with Ibra's daily presence, while the Swede is set to personally take home €15m a year after tax for the next three seasons.

Man Utd Boss Sir Alex Ferguson Hints At End Of Darren Fletcher’s Playing Career

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By Alan Duffy

Not the most talented of players to play under Fergie, Scottish midfielder Darren Fletcher still managed to carve out a key role in some of the Red Devils' recent successes. However, last December, Â the tough-tackling star saw his career put on hold courtesy of a case of ulcerative colitis which, according to his manager, may now spell the end of his playing career.

Manuel Preciado dies a day after being named Villarreal manager

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On Wednesday, 54-year-old Manuel "Manolo" Preciado was announced as relegated Villarreal's new manager and the man tasked with getting the club back in La Liga as quickly as possible. A press conference unveiling Preciado was scheduled for Friday, but early Thursday morning Preciado suffered a heart attack and passed away.

Nagore Aranburu: Links of London Lady

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Our girl crush on Nagore is well-documented so bear with us as we gush once again.

The wife of Xabi Alonso, sometime actress, and children's clothing boutique owner has been named the new Spanish ambassador for legendary jeweller, Links of London. Nagore was selected to represent the brand specifically because of her "elegance and good taste.

SBI Reader Poll: Do you love or hate the new U.S. Men's National Team jersey?

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The unveiling of the U.S. Men's National Team home jersey was met with a thorough mix of love and hate. Some fans were excited at the red stripe look, while many fans absolutely despise the new look.

To some, the ode to the American flag is enough to make the new jersey a winner.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Almost There

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Two days before the season opener meant Timbers Army volunteers packed the concourse on the north end of the stadium, working on Monday's tifo display. What it is will of course be shrouded in secrecy until the unveiling after you have finished singing the Star Spangled Banner. I'm sure it will be epic.

"Ace" in the hole

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Right colour, wrong shirtIt's a Chile afternoon in Toronto! Great news for TFC supporters and pun-lovers alike as The Reds officially announced the signing of Chilean international defender Miguel Aceval today. The announcement concludes a signing-process that has been rumoured since December but spent the last few days floating around MLS red-tape limbo.

Bayern Munich Signs The Common Man

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High up on the list of things no to do with football fans is to promise the unveiling of a big new signing and then fail to follow through. Worse is to promise a big signing and then come through with someone who won't even find the end of the bench on the reserves. Like Bayern did this afternoon, requesting their fans tune into an official press conference to unveil the signing, which turned out to be the photo of the fan who'd logged in via facebook.