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Videos: West Ham vs Man Utd warm ups

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West Ham United and Manchester United have completed their pre-match warm-ups ahead of the final ever game at the Boleyn Ground. Spot of...

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Ups and downs

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Two months into the new campaign, and we're in a position to assess how things are starting to shape up for the six teams either promoted from or relegated to the Championship. Let's begin with last season's champions Reading. Lanterne Rouge's side have recently been the primary subject of an excellent discussion post examining Premier League survival prospects on this very site.

Arsenal

Arsenal and Liverpool linked with £12m Mario Balotelli signing

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Mario Balotelli could be set for a bargain basement move to Arsenal or Liverpool. The Daily Mail claims that the former Manchester City striker will be available for the 'knock down' price of £12m in the January transfer window. The Italian side are said to be running short on patience with Balotelli's regular bust-ups, while [.

Never be afraid of doing the right thing.

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Contented

By Ian Jenkinson

"Life is all about how you handle things. The ups and downs, the decisions you make during those ups and downs. How you keep your focus is what's important to you and your family's future. And how, if you know your goal is true, you should be unwavering in [.

If you can’t take the ups and downs don’t bother with Arsenal

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By Tony Attwood

I spent much of the journey home after the Blackburn game pondering what to write about the game. And given that I live about 80 miles north of the Emirates Stadium the journey takes quite a while a walk up Holloway Road (and it really is a literal "up" in case [...]

Ups And Downs

Liverpool could swoop for PSG midfielder Javier Pastore

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Liverpool are being linked with a move for unsettled PSG midfielder Javier Pastore. The Argentine was briefly the poster-boy of the French side's new spending power when he arrived from Palermo for £36.7m in 2011. But he has not really impressed since then and now faces stiff competition from Marco Veratti and Blaise Matuidi for [.

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny: ‘Arsene Wenger was right to drop me’

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And another BIG thank you to Audi Whetstone for making one of my dreams cone true today pic.twitter.com/6OX6OOw0 Wojciech Szczesny (@13Szczesny13) October 10, 2011 Wojciech Szczesny says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was right to leave him out of the team last season. The Poland international was dropped in favour of compatriot Lukasz Fabianski, with [.

Gervinho relieved to leave ‘ups and downs’ at Arsenal

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Former Arsenal striker Gervinho has admitted he is pleased to be able to put the 'ups and downs' of his Gunners career behind him and make a fresh start at Roma. The Ivory Coach international joined the Serie A side for £8m earlier this summer. He had failed to make a decent impression at the [...]

United States Women defeat Germany 1-0 to win U-20 World Cup

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By BRYAN ROBISON

Just days after falling to the German club 3-0 in the group stage of the tournament, the United States shocked Germany 1-0 on Saturday to win the U-20 World Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Kealia Ohai scored her second goal of the tournament late in the first half, which proved to be the game-winning goal.

Player Ratings: New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew

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After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the New England Revolution players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection). This week Sean Donahue and Ryan Lanigan contributed ratings for the New England Revolution's 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew.

Things At Newcastle Not As Bad As They May Appear

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There's a really good saying that when things are good, they are never as good as they may appear, and on the other side of things when things are bad, they are never as bad as they appear and that's one way to keep things balanced in the ups and downs of life and of [...]


Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham v Chelsea : Predicted line ups - your thoughts?

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I've had a look at the tactical battle between Jose & AVB, I've asked you for your opinion on who should start tomorrow, asked if Michael Essien, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata should all start but now it's time to present my predicted starting line ups and to get your thoughts and opinions on those and of the game in general.

Photos: Tottenham pose for a team photo

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Smile for the camera! @sandroraniere @friedel_b and Hugo during today's team photo-shoot #THFC pic.twitter.com/72HtZ1Pw1p Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 13, 2013 Enjoying the group photo Andre, @YounsKabs4 and @Aaron7Lennon share a joke in the photo-shoot #THFC pic.twitter.com/Nst8CU5ZOU Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 13, 2013 Erik Lamela and @kylewalker2 get ready for their close-ups during [.

Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor: ‘I did not hit Andre Villas Boas’

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Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor says there has been no fall-out with Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas and insists he had no intention of leaving the club over the summer. The Togo international found himself training with the youth team during pre-season and was linked with moves to Schalke or Turkish side Besiktas.

Michael Carrick says Everton’s Ross Barkley and Spurs’ Andros Townsend have impressed him

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says he has been impressed by Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend during England training. Everton midfielder Barkley and Tottenham youngster Townsend both received their first call-ups for England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, and Carrick says both players have caught his eye.

Video: Jermain Defoe interviews Spurs team-mate Andros Townsend

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Welcome to The Defoe Show. That's Spurs striker Jermain Defoe self-styled format for interviewing Tottenham team-mate Andros Townsend on his first England call-up. Townsend said: "I've started the last four games but I know I need to continue that now and not rest on my laurels. "I've got rewarded for my fine start to the [.

Who Are Ya? Gary Hooper (Norwich)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Gary Hooper Age: 25 Position: Striker Signed from: Celtic Fee: Undisclosed (reported £5m) Did you know? Former Spurs youngster Hooper has never played for England at any level. Attempted call-ups to the Under-21, and reportedly the senior squad, have always been thwarted by injury.

Premier League 2011/2012 to 2012/2013 player changes

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The close season is traditionally a time where clubs jettison their weak players, replacing them with footballers with the skill to take the club one step further, whether that be to qualify or European competition or avoid another year's relegation struggle. With that in mind I thought it would be interesting to see which clubs decided a wholesale change would be preferable to keeping faith with the players who toiled their way through the 2011/2012 season.

It’s a huge weekend for…Andre Villas-Boas, Paul Lambert, Nuri Sahin and Real Madrid

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Andre Villas-Boas After his rebuilding job was undermined by impatience at Chelsea, there was a feeling that Spurs was a more natural fit for the Portuguese manager, but the problem with following the media's darling is that any slip-ups will be criticised ferociously. There was nothing criminal about losing to a Newcastle side that were [.

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Who Are Ya? Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Marko Arnautovic Age: 24 Position: Winger Signed from: Werder Bremen Fee: £2 million Did you know? Last year, Arnautovic was ruled out with a knee ligament injury sustained while playing with his dog. What's the deal? Mark Hughes has snapped up the 6ft 4in Austrian [.

Ferguson’s retirement caps a crazy season on the Premier League managerial merry-go-round

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It is almost impossible to believe that come June 1, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be the fifth longest serving manager currently working in the Premier League! Rodgers will have been in the Anfield hot seat for one year but given the nature of the modern Premier League, he has overtaken 15 rivals in the [.

West Brom v Chelsea confirmed line ups & match thread

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Some people have called for some rotation in the Chelsea side and ahead of Juventus, RDM has given exactly that with the likes of Oscar, Mata and Ramires all left on the bench for this one.

The confirmed line ups are as follows:

West Brom:

Myhill, Jonas, Tamas, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Odemwingie, Morrison, Gera, Long.

Real Madrid

Dogs dressed in Real Madrid and Barcelona kits play their very own El Clásico

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Sure the El Clásico games are full of immense skill, but the constant match-ups in the league, Copa del Rey and Champions League have started to take the shine off the event. Familiarity can breed contempt. In contrast, circus performer Davide Zimmari can breed footballer dogs. The eccentric showman has re-injected some sense of spontaneity [.

(Not So) Routine Win (Real Madrid 3 - Granada 0)

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It was only by the time Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score his second goal for the night, to make it 2-0 for Real Madrid that I finally managed a sigh of relief. ‘This wasn't going to end up like those matches' – I thought, recalling our slip-ups against Valencia and Getafe. There would be no freakish, frantic comeback for the opponent and no moments of panic for our boys – just absolute control of the match and further questions if we can manage a 3rd , 4th, 5th goal and so on.

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Video: Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates Europa League goal with a dummy

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ليون 2 : 1 سبارتا براغ by kooralive There was no shortage of clubs naming some very young players in the starting line-ups for last night's round of Europa League games, but Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis took it too far. The France international whipped a baby's dummy as in a dummy that would ordinarily [.

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids Links and Match Thread [7:30 PM]

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Fresh off their first win in a long time, the Portland Timbers remain at home this week to take on Western Conference rival the Colorado Rapids in a two game, home and away series. While the Timbers are still sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference table, last week's win has offered them a gleam of hope that they don't have to stay down there.

Live Text: UEFA Supercup – Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid

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Hello everyone! Welcome to BFZ's first ever live text. Honestly, we have no idea how this will turn out but hey, we're here to try! Glad you're here to follow all the action from tonight's game.

This page will auto-update whenever we get around to typing something that's worthy of a live text.

CONCACAF

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying: Canada, Mexico, Honduras win & more

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By BRYAN ROBISON

While Jamaica's win over the United States garnered much of the headlines on Friday, there were plenty of other intriguing World Cup qualifying match-ups that took place in CONCACAF.

The most signifcant was Canada's win over Panama at BMO Field in Toronto.

World Cup Qualifying: European teams start their journeys, CONMEBOL action resumes, and more

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World Cup qualifying is set to get back into full swing on Friday and there should be plenty of quality and drama as 66 teams will be in action in an attempt to further solidify their place in Brazil 2014.

Europe will be the site for most of those matches, as UEFA's World Cup qualifying will begin with 22 matches.

Houston Dynamo

Dynamo v RSL: Examining the After-math

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So, that match really happened. I had thought there might be some wild chance it was all just a very odd dream, or perhaps nightmare. After all, we were subjected to the horrors of MLS scheduling which pitted an absolutely drained roster for the Houston Dynamo thanks to International Call-Ups and some kind of flu-like virus making it's rounds amongst the teams in the MIDDLE of the bloody week.

Houston Dynamo Get 1-0 Win Against Real Salt Lake Thanks to Late Penalty

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Between the weird scheduling of the match on a Thursday night, the questionable officiating, depleted rosters, and the rather languid play, last night's match between the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake took the "beautiful" out of the beautiful game. Until the final seconds of the match, it appeared that the score would stay at 0-0 and the Dynamo would have to wait until September 29th to finally pick up their first MLS home win since August 3rd, but then Macoumba Kandji was fouled in the box and Colin Clark converted giving the Dynamo a 1-0 win and breaking their 4 match streak of not winning an MLS match.

The Rest

Di Maria: Sometimes you have ups and downs

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Angel di Maria looked to be worth every penny of the British transfer record Manchester United paid for him when he first came to the club. Our fans hadn't been this excited since Cristiano Ronaldo, with Di Maria picking up the ball in our half and terrifying the opposition defence.

Since then, the Argentinean has gone of the boil, but in an interview with MUTV, has insisted that he is working hard to rediscover his top form.

Red Star Belgrade players reprimanded for eating meat pies before pre-season training

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Who ate all the pies? Red Star Belgrade's players, by the sound of it. The squad have been ticked off by manager Slavisa Stojanovic for their fondness for meat pies and beer. Stojanovic spoke up after his side struggled to a 2-0 Europa League win over Icelandic minnows IBV. After drawing the second leg 0-0, [.

Video: Mario Balotelli has his first training ground scrap at AC Milan

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Training session bust-ups were a key component of Mario Balotelli's time at Manchester City. But he hasn't blotted his AC Milan copybook just yet. His training ground wrestling match with French youngster M'Baye Niang was all in good humour. Balotelli formed a formidable tag-team with Kevin Constant before launching a surprise attack on Niang.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Gavin Returns Edition [Poll]

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Today's practice was a closed session at the Timbers' Beaverton training facility and focused on mixing up line ups and seeing how different players fit into the squad. After the usual warm ups and games of keep away practice was closed, however, when the press were let back on to the pitch, the Timbers were in the middle of a full field, full sided game primarily featuring reserve players but with some of the starters taking part as well.

Introducing SB Nation United and the First Look at the New Stumptown Footy

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It's been an exciting past few months for those of us who write for SB Nation as we've been keeping quite a big secret under our hats. It shouldn't come as a surprise that our current design is a bit dated, to say the least, and as of today we can officially unveil that this tired old design won't be around for too much longer.

Americans Abroad Spotlight: Chandler still open to USMNT despite club focus

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It has been almost a year since Timmy Chandler last played for the U.S. men's national team and although he has turned down a number of recent call-ups due to injuries or fatigue, the talented youngster insists he is still open to representing the United States in the near future.

Champions League Draw: Easy Come, Easy Goes

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Well, well, well. And well. The 2012-13 CL Qualifying Round draw took place shortly ago and there we weren't surprised by most of it at all. Any Kickettes fancy a reactionary debate over the group stage set ups? Name and shame teams that will cake walk through to the next round? And which group would [.