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Real Madrid

Tuesday Kickoff: Liga MX, Courtois, Can and more

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Following this past weekend's strike, Liga MX referees are set to return after a satisfying punishment was handed out to the players that caused the dispute by threatening officials.

Liga MX handed one-year suspensions toToluca's Enrique Triverio and Club America's Pablo Aguilar, ending the referee's strike that saw this past weekend's games postponed.

Lionel Messi takes lead in ESM Golden Shoe

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LONDON, England Lionel Messi has pushed clear of Cristiano Ronaldo in the ESM Golden Shoe rankings after Barcelona's Argentina star scored a further goal at the weekend while his Portuguese rival from Real Madrid drew a blank. The Spanish league is the only one with three representatives in the top 11 Barcelona's David Villa [.

Bayern Munich

Report: Bobby Wood day-to-day with thigh injury

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Ahead of this past weekend's match against Freiburg, Bobby Wood was suddenly removed from the Hamburg lineup due to a pre-game injury.

Luckily for Hamburg, and the U.S. Men's National Team, that injury doesn't appear to be too serious.

According to reports out of Germany, Wood's thigh injury likely isn't one that will keep him out for a significant period of time.

Hoffenheim stumble in Bayern pursuit

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Berlin (AFP) – Hoffenheim stumbled to a 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg on Sunday as all five clubs chasing Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga lost over the weekend.

Daniel Didavi came off the bench after the break to inspire Wolfsburg’s second-half fight back as Hoffenheim suffered only their second defeat this season.

Hoffenheim stumble in Bayern pursuit

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Berlin (AFP) – Hoffenheim stumbled to a 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg on Sunday as all five clubs chasing Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga lost over the weekend.

Daniel Didavi came off the bench after the break to inspire Wolfsburg’s second-half fight back as Hoffenheim suffered only their second defeat this season.

Arsenal

High Fives: Things we learned this Premier League weekend

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Abhinav CJ's Note: The Cynical Jerk returns from another hiatus having rejected offers from the likes of Blidarzz, 95 Minutes (includes Fergie Time) and Four-Four-Three (includes refs) while he was out – much to the chagrin of the readers of this website and the relief of one particular fellow writer.

Everton vs Arsenal Preview, Line-up, and score prediction

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Everton v Arsenal Preview by KJ This weekend has felt so empty without Arsenal playing. It just shows how grossly dependent I am on them for my fix. Anyway, Arsenal returns to Merseyside to play the blue side of Liverpool. Everton have been on a decent run and thanks to them, Arsenal have closed the [.

Critical issues pile up for Arsenal and Wenger

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LONDON, England Less than three months ago Arsenal were in sight of an unprecedented quadruple. Now that number – four – is again within sight but with an entirely different connotation. If Manchester City win at Bolton on Sunday they will finish third, even if Arsenal win, simultaneously, against Fulham.

English Premier League

EPL Weekend Fixtures Previews

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Ferguson manager and Vidic player of the year

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LONDON, England Sir Alex Ferguson has been named Barclays Manager of the Season, with Nemanja Vidic taking the player's prize. Manchester United clinched the Premier League title with last weekend's draw at Blackburn and will receive the trophy at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Red Devils have also made it through to the final [.

Man Utd could face Arsenal next

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LONDON, England Manchester United will face the winners of the tie between Arsenal and Leyton Orient in the FA Cup quarter-finals, throwing up the possibility that the Premier League's top two sides could clash at Old Trafford. The two great rivals last met in the competition when United defeated Arsenal 4-0 in the fifth [.

Manchester United aim to out-gun Man City

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LONDON, England  Last August, at the start of the most eagerly-awaited Manchester season in years, the respective strengths of dominant United and big-spending City were personalised in the talents of one-time Old Trafford team-mates Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez. Since then both icons of their respective clubs have endured the turbulence of contract disputes [.

Sunderland ‘good enough for Europe’

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Sunderland new signing Sulley Muntari reckons the Black Cats need to bounce back from a disappointing few weeks if they want to finish in the Premier League top six. The former Portsmouth midfielder arrived in the north-east on loan from Inter Milan during January and made his debut in Sunderland's disappointing defeat to Stoke City [.

Rooney warns United against relaxing about 10-point lead over champions

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POSTED: February 2nd 2011 NewsUpdate LONDON, Feb 02: Wayne Rooney has warned Manchester United to beware Chelsea even though they dealt more efficiently than either the champions or Arsenal in disposing of Aston Villa 3-1. Arsenal are five points adrift and Chelsea 10 points adrift behind but strengthened in attack and defence by the £70m [.

Chelsea back in with a shout of league glory

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Chelsea may not have fully overcome the chinks in their armour that threatened to derail their assault on multiple trophies and titles this season, with defensive lapses still a feature of their game against Sunderland earlier this week, but the signs are that the Blues' slump is coming to a timely end.

Lots of upsets in FA Cup, but Man United escapes

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LONDON, England Holders Chelsea needed a late equalizer by Salomon Kalou to snatch a 1-1 draw that kept it in the FA Cup after a Louis Saha header had put Everton on course for a fourth-round upset at Goodison Park. In another of the weekend's five all-Premier League ties Aston Villa beat Blackburn Rovers [.

Alan Smith faces another lengthy lay-off

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NEWCASTLE, England Newcastle manager Alan Pardew fears Alan Smith could be out for the season with the ankle injury he sustained in last weekend's derby against Sunderland. The midfielder had a scan on the joint on Wednesday and complications from a previous injury mean his absence is likely to be far longer than first [.

Kuyt saves the day for Liverpool and King Kenny

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LIVERPOOL, England Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is still searching for a first victory since his return to Anfield and needed Dirk Kuyt's penalty to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw Sunday in the Merseyside derby with Everton in the Premier League. Dalglish took over from Roy Hodgson last weekend and has since lost [.

City are now genuine rivals for United

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Manchester United have been very guarded about how they view rivals City, so it s good to see Ryan Giggs finally coming out and admitting Roberto Mancini's side are genuine title rivals, something that has been reflected in the odds for Premier League winner for a while now. The Blue half of Manchester have made [.

Liverpool fans finally find perfect formula

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As Kenny Dalglish dons the red and white tracksuit once more for his first Anfield training session since 1991 the feeling of relief among the supporters is palpable. Whether justified or not the supporters angst and anger towards Roy Hodgson had reached unsustainable levels, meaning his all to inevitable departure was the only way to [.

Landon Donovan

Weekend Wrap: ‘Quakes do it again, Donovan dominates vs. Chivas

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Lille secure first French title after 57 years

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PARIS, France — Lille claimed their first French league title since 1954 despite being held to a 2-2 draw at French Cup final victims Paris Saint-Germain in a heated encounter here on Saturday. Victors over PSG in last weekend's cup showdown, Lille required just a point to complete the second league and cup double in [.

Lyon deliver message to Real with Nancy stroll

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PARIS, France — Lyon gave themselves the perfect morale boost for next Tuesday's Champions League home clash with Real Madrid on Friday as they eased to a 4-0 victory over Nancy. However, while goals from Yoann Gourcuff, Jeremy Pied, Miralem Pjanic and the outstanding Jimmy Briand saw them move into provisional second in the league [.

Nuremberg extends winning run to 4 games

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NUREMBERG, Germany — Nuremberg extended its winning run in the Bundesliga to four games on Friday, when goals from Julian Schieber, Robert Mak and Almog Cohen earned a 3-0 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Frankfurt has yet to win in the Bundesliga in 2011, and has been outscored by 11 goals to none since the [.

Arsenal see off Ipswich to reach Wembley

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LONDON, England Arsenal secured their place in the League Cup final after sweeping aside Ipswich with a 3-0 win in the semi-final second leg at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. Ipswich had an upset in their sights when the Championship side reached half-time at 0-0, but second half goals from Nicklas Bendtner, Laurent Koscielny [.

Inter lose perfect Leonardo record, Milan stay top

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ROME, Italy – Udinese ended Leonardo's perfect record since taking over as Inter Milan coach with a 3-1 win over the Italian champions on Sunday while city rivals Milan retained their four-point lead at the top. Inter, aiming for a sixth straight win since the Brazilian's arrival in the San Siro dugout, took the lead [.

Italian Serie A rivals stay in title hunt

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ROME, Italy — Lazio, Roma and Juventus all snatched late winners to keep their Serie A title hopes alive on a day of late drama on Sunday. Libor Kozak struck six minutes from time to earn third-placed Lazio a 1-0 win at home to Sampdoria and draw them level on points with second-placed Napoli, who [.

Touch Line

Dallas Green Bowl features four national teams

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DALLAS, Texas The highest level of soccer competition in the world is coming to Dallas for the Green Soccer Bowl tournament, Feb. 26-27 at the Cotton Bowl. The weekend tournament will pit the national teams from Nigeria, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama against each other. Nigeria will be using the tournament as a tune-up [.

Vegas host biggest international youth tournament

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. About 6,000 teen soccer players will be in Las Vegas for a holiday weekend tournament featuring 332 teams from 26 states and seven foreign countries. The Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Showcase runs Friday through Monday for players ages 14 to 19. It's being touted as the largest youth soccer tournament [.

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Klasnic fires Bolton into FA Cup fifth round

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WIGAN, England — Ivan Klasnic fired Bolton Wanderers to a 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at the DW Stadium on Wednesday. Owen Coyle's side can look forward to a fifth-round trip to Fulham this weekend thanks to Croatian striker Klasnic's second-half winner. While Wanderers' Wembley bid remains alive, Wigan [.

New life for Marseille and Lyon in Ligue 1

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PARIS, France — Marseille and Lyon both came from behind to breathe new life into their title challenges on Saturday, with OM beating Sochaux 2-1 and OL overpowering derby rivals Saint-Etienne 4-1. Andre-Pierre Gignac was the match-winner for Marseille at Sochaux, as the defending champions secured a victory that took them up to second place [.

Melbourne Victory captain Muscat banned for 8 weeks

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Melbourne Victory captain Manny Muscat will likely end his career in Australian football's A-League under suspension after being banned for eight weeks for a dangerous tackle. Muscat, a Malta international, was handed the ban for a tackle on the Melbourne Heart's Adrian Zahra during a heated derby last weekend.

Bundesliga

Steve McClaren sacked as coach Wolfsburg

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?WOLFSBURG, Germany — Former England coach Steve McClaren was sacked by Wolfsburg on Monday, with the club battling against relegation from the Bundesliga. "We were no longer convinced that we could finish the season with stability by working together with Steve McClaren," the Wolfsburg general manager Dieter Hoeness said on the club's website.

Neuer saves a point for Schalke at Dortmund

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DORTMUND, Germany — Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer produced an outstanding performance on Friday to earn his side Schalke 04 a point after a goalless draw at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. With Germany set to face Italy in a friendly here at Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday, Neuer boosted his chances of facing the Italians [.

Petric leads Hamburg over Eintracht

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HAMBURG, Germany Substitute Mladen Petric scored in the 65th minute and Hamburg edged Eintracht, 1-0, on Friday at HSH Nordbank Arena to win its third straight Bundesliga match. Hamburg moved up one spot to sixth and level on points with fifth-place Bayern Munich ahead of the weekend matches. Eintracht lost for the third time [.

Sky Sports News

Keys leaves Sky Sports over sexism row

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LONDON, England  - A second key presenter for Sky Sports News left the network Wednesday over a sexism row engulfing the British broadcaster. Anchorman Richard Keys resigned after 20 years with the network, a day after his fellow presenter Andy Gray was fired. The scandal was sparked by off-air footage from Saturday of Keys and [.

Pienaar snubs moves to Tottenham and Chelsea

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Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has snubbed a move to Tottenham Hotspur days after agreeing to join the club. Pienaar had also held talks with Chelsea over a move but instead is said to have agreed to move to a "major European side" according Sky Sports News. The South African has been a long term target [.