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Arsenal

DON’T BLAME VAN PERSIE – BLAME KROENKE!

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WE CANNOT BLAME RVP! AND HERES WHY: by (a very angry!) VP COMMON OPINION AMONGST THE FANS IS THAT THE NEW SIGNINGS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH TO CONVINCE RVP THAT THE CLUB WERE SERIOUS ABOUT CHALLENGING. THIS NO LONGER HOLDS TRUE AFTER WENGER ADMITTING TODAY THAT PODOLSKI AND GIROUD WERE BROUGHT IN AS PROSPECTIVE REPLACEMENTS.

Juventus coached banned for 10 months, clubs relegated, points deducted, fines. Another day in Italian football.

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By Tony Attwood

What chance of Robin VP to Juve?

From the moment it was first mooted I thought it unlikely (although as many correspondents to this blog point out, what do I know?), and followed Mr Wenger's vision that RVP would not fancy Italy. He didn't say, "too much corruption" but he sort [.

Arsenal better with or without Van Persie ?

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The answer to this question seems obvious to me. But I have heard enough contrary opinions here and elsewhere.  Of course, this is all out of our hands, we can only give our opinions but that's what we all do here.

With the  recent addition of Santi Cazorla, on top of Podolski and Giroud deals, the media and vultures on the internet and print are making up stories about a van Persie u-turn and re-sign.

Half of Arsenal’s mid-field and attack will be different next season

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By Tony Attwood

It has been interesting to read comments on blogs which but a short while ago were calling for "glass ankles" Van Persie to be set aside, and yet without a blink (or an admission that they were wrong) are now blaming the Arsenal management for not having tied the same VP [..

Major League Soccer

Footiebusiness Vault: Marketing in Portland

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On the road tonight...so here is a post from the vault featuring Timbers' VP of Marketing Cory Dolich. We completed this chat just weeks before thei Timbers kicked off their inaugural campaign in MLS.

Over the last couple of years, we have conducted interviews with a number of marketing professionals throughout MLS.

Ballack Close To Signing With MLS?

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Michael Ballack could be coming to a MLS side near you. (Getty Images)

German international midfielder Michael Ballack could be close to joining a Major League Soccer team. Sources close to Goal.com say the midfielder is in "deep negotiations" with the league.

Sources from both sides have confirmed that MLS Executive VP Todd Durbin initiated talks that would bring the former Germany captain and current Bayer Leverkusen midfielder to North America.

Marketing in Chicago: Interview with Fire VP Emigdio Gamboa

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On the road tonight, so we thought we would revisit an interview we did from the start of the 2011 MLS season. Back then, Emigidio Gamboa of the Chicago Fire was kind enough to answer a few questions about the Fire's promotional efforts for 2011, the team's use of social media and more. Now as the season comes to a close, it makes sense to take a look back to see how some of these efforts succeeded.

Mid-Week Thoughts

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Fabian Castillo
This week brought about a plethora of talking points. The new Designated Player rules for 2012 and what that might mean for the league's future, the impending arrival of Robbie Keane and of course what that means for Juan Pablo Angel. Both the Sounders and the Galaxy made statements in the CONCACAF Champion's League as well.

Will The Revolution Include The Coach?

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Despite on and off field struggles that are frustrating New England Revolution fans, players and administrators alike, there's a belief that one ray of hope exists in that the team has MLS stalwart coach Steve Nicol.

Steve Nicol is the MLS coach with the most storied playing career and has become the longest tenured MLS coach around with this time in New England, most of which was rather successful.

Feilhaber To Revs Is Official

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With rumors that the New England Revolution planned on trading US National Team midfielder Benny Feilhaber after picking him up through the allocation process, Feilhaber will be joining the Revolution the club announced on Wednesday. "We're very pleased that Benny was available to us through the Allocation Process," VP of player personnel Michael Burns said.

Wayne Rooney

Optastuff

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Oooh, this is interesting. Colin Baker was onto this kind of thing a while ago (and his stats in the Fulham Review already consider factors such as shot difficulty) but here's a good look at how number work is growing.

Here's a bit I like:

The image below shows the location and goal probability of the goals conceded by De Gea (red) and Robinson (blue).

Optastuff

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Oooh, this is interesting. Colin Baker was onto this kind of thing a while ago (and his stats in the Fulham Review already consider factors such as shot difficulty) but here's a good look at how number work is growing.

Here's a bit I like:

The image below shows the location and goal probability of the goals conceded by De Gea (red) and Robinson (blue).

Friday's Upside: Change

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Their Words This is an iconic group of players who all passionately play our game, and we are excited to have them speak to fans around the world about their own personal experiences playing the best sports game on the planet. EA Sports VP and GM of soccer Matt Bilbey, on announcing the cover for FIFA 12 that will feature Wayne Rooney on the North American cover.

Jack Warner

Nowak on fans: “We need them more than anything”

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Photo: Paul Rudderow

Philadelphia Union

Like it or not, everyone with any knowledge of the Union going into Saturday's game against Vancouver will be watching to see how the fans at PPL Park react to the return of Sebastien Le Toux. The Inquirer's Marc Narducci reports that Peter Nowak says, "I hope and believe that the fans will support and stand behind our team and help us to win the game because we need them more than anything right now.

Bribery Keeps Giving

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FIFA's case against some 15 Caribbean countries began yesterday in the whole bin Hammam/Warner bribery for votes. Caribbean Football Union VP Klass has already been banned for 26mo and slapped on the wrist and been told he was naughty. And by naughty, I mean fined $5000, but when you receive nearly $40,000 in bribes that you never account for, what is $5000?

CONCACAF's civil war continues

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The infighting within CONCACAF headquarters continued this morning with the news that interim president Lisle Austin has been suspended indefinitely by the confederation's Executive Committee. The charge is that Austin violated CONCACAF Statutes by attempting to fire general secretary Chuck Blazer early this week.

News from the CONCACAF Congress

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The CONCACAF Congress has been taking place in Miami this week, and the proceedings have been dominated by the CONCACAF executive elections and the impending FIFA elections. To the surprise of no one, Jack Warner ran unopposed for a sixth term as CONCACAF President, and he was elected unaminously. The other positions on the executive committee were contested, and here are the results: CONCACAF VP North America: Justino Compeán (Mexico) CONCACAF VP Central America: Ariel Alvarado (Panama) CONCACAF VP Caribbean: Lisle Austin (Barbados) FIFA Executive Committee, Central American region: Rafael Salguero (Guatemala) The Executive Committee also approved its own expansion.

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Portland Timbers @ New England Revolution Preview Interview with the Bent Musket

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New week, new preview material for you to read. Before we begin, i you haven't noticed, we're jumping on this week's preview material a little earlier than usual. This is something we are planning on doing more frequently (especially with these week long breaks) so as to allow you guys to digest the material better rather than cramming 3-4 articles at you within a couple days.

KC to Host Olympic Qualifying?

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This coming March and April, the US U23 team will attempt to qualify for the 2012 summer Olympics in London. And if Caleb Porter, the team's coach is to be believed, the semifinals and finals would seem to be in KC. On The Best Soccer Show, Porter said that the tournament would start in Tennessee before moving to KC, with the semifinals being on April 2nd.

Manchester City

Pato’s Winner Leaves Galliani Red In The Face

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Call it luck or destiny, one thing is for sure Alexandre Pato's 100th minute winner for AC Milan against Novara in the Coppa Italia yesterday definitely left Milan VP Adriano Galliani red in the face.

After trying to sell Pato against his wishes to French club PSG in order to sign Man City want away striker Carlos Tevez failed, the 67 year old has taken a rather low key approach to the club's functions in the past couple of days.

Liverpool Closing In On Uruguay’s Young Taleng, Sebastian Coates

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Liverpool's buying mode in this summer transfer market apparently isn't done yet as latest reports suggested that they are very close to sign another Uruguayan talent, Sebastian Coates from Nacional.

The young defender, who was part of the national team that won the Copa America this year along with Luis Suarez, reportedly is set to join his colleague at Anfield after the player and his current club's vice president hinted at the deal.

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Kamara's International Situation

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photo courtesy of Jarred Donalson

Last week when Sporting KC announced that 5 players would be representing their respective national teams in games this coming weekend, one name was absent from the list of players, Sierra Leone striker, Kei Kamara. Sierra Leone play a must win qualifier in South Africa against the Bafana Bafana on Saturday.

£17m move doesn’t leave Villa fans angry

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The big news of the day is that Ashley Young has left Aston Villa for Manchester United for the hearty sum of £15-17M. The English winger has signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford in a move that had been expected over recent days.

What shocked me most about the move of Young, who scored just nine goals in 39 appearances this past season for Villa, was the lacking of anger and bitterness from Villa fans.

MLB

MLB.com Makes Ozzie Guillen Error

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Ozzie Guillen wrote a blog post for MLB.com that was supposed to be published after he was officially hired by the Florida Marlins. However, MLB.com posted it right away.

Why?

Call it a baseball error.

Said Dinn Mann, the VP of MLB: "[Ozzie Guillen] put something together and submitted it, but it wasn't supposed to go up.

The Crew attendance crater

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Although I'm mellow when it comes to attendance, I want to take a brief look at what's going on in Columbus. Crappy weather, too many early home dates, and season ticket holder base in revolt over the Championship Purge have undoubtedly played a big role in some miserable announced attendances and even worse turnouts.

The Rest

MLS VP on Osvaldo Alonso’s tackle, and on retroactive suspensions | ProSoccerTalk

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MLS VP on Osvaldo Alonso's tackle, and on retroactive suspensions | ProSoccerTalk
Back to the committee's job: All five members must agree that a singular action deserves a red card in order to deserve a retroactive suspension. Rodriguez noted a baseline rule here: " ‘Reckless' is red, ‘careless' is yellow.

virtual piano keyboard

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Digital pianos are the ideal solution to get a true piano audio brief of carrying around an actual piano. While quite a few choose the all in one particular workstation keyboards, in the event you usually do not thoughts bringing along a laptop computer, as well as your Midi controller or keyboard, you'll be able to get the very best probable piano sound from a digital piano, and all of it comes down to one particular simple element.

Time To Face Facts, CenturyLink May Never Have Permanent Grass

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There seems to be little debate: A perfect grass pitch is almost always preferable to an artificial one. There are plenty of studies that suggest that's ridiculous and some of the newer surfaces may actually be superior to grass, but the perception is there. Here's the thing, though: As long as the Seattle Sounders play at CenturyLink Field, we should expect them to play on some sort of artificial turf.

Mike Burns: Maybe Not Who You Think He Is

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I'm certainly not the first one to look at possible replacements for Steve Nicol since his departure two days ago. Several of our fellow Revs outlets (most of which are listed on our blogroll to the left) have already put some names out there, some good, some bad, and some baffling.

I'll get to that.

Wednesday Orange Slices: It's Time to Get a Road Victory

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  • MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week...Brian Ching Makes the Team! [MLS Soccer]
  • Dynamo aim for first road win tonight [MLS Soccer]
  • Dynamo gearing up for final 10 games [MLS Soccer]
  • For Dynamo, it's time to put up or shut up [Houston Chronicle]
  • Spark lacking in Revolution game [Boston.