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Video: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s post-match bikini posing

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When you're Zlatan Ibrahimovic, enormous levels of self-confidence come with the territory. Still, wandering round a football pitch in what appears to be a bikini is brave even by the Swedish striker's standards. This video comes from PSG's friendly against Real Madrid. After the final whistle, Zlatan stripped down to a heart rate monitor and [.

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick breaks 11-year-old Bournemouth fan’s arm

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An 11-year-old Bournemouth fan had his arm broken by a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick during last weekend's pre-season friendly against Real Madrid. The Portuguese superstar fired his set-piece against Charlie Silverwood arm, breaking it in two places. The schoolboy waited until the final whistle before heading to hospital where he needed an operation.

Libya Players Miffed After Losing To Late Goal, Attack Algeria Players For Daring To Celebrate (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Algeria snaffled a late 1-0 away win against neighbouring Libya on Sunday evening in their African Cup of Nations qualifier played on neutral soil in Casablanca, with substitute El Arbi Hillel Soudani scoring a minute from time to give the Algerian's the advantage going in to the second leg in October which didn't go down particularly well with the Libyans, as it happens.

Libya Players Miffed After Losing To Late Goal, Attack Algeria Players For Daring To Celebrate (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Algeria snaffled a late 1-0 away win against neighbouring Libya on Sunday evening in their African Cup of Nations qualifier played on neutral soil in Casablanca, with substitute El Arbi Hillel Soudani scoring a minute from time to give the Algerian's the advantage going in to the second leg in October which didn't go down particularly well with the Libyans, as it happens.

Blanked: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo pretend they can’t see each other (Real Madrid v Barcelona)

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Sometimes supposed rivalries between sporting icons are played out in the newspapers and nowhere else. But relations between the two best footballers on the planet looked decidedly frosty after the final whistle in last night's Spanish Super Cup second-leg. Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were keen to shake hands with various opponents and the [.

VIdeo: Roy Hodgson bangs his head at the Wankdorf (Italy 1-2 England)

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Roy Hodgson experienced a painful start to an ultimately satisfying night as England defeated Italy. The Three Lions boss bumped his head on the dugout during the pre-match formalities, but had probably forgotten all about his headache by the time the final whistle blew on a 1-2 win for England. The new Wankdorf stadium in [.

English Premier League

The Great British transfer saga

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The English transfer window is well and truly upon us and, despite only officially opening at the start of July, newspapers, websites and social media have been rife with transfer gossip since the final whistle of last season. With most clubs, especially those in the top four, still holding their cards close to their chest [.

Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini sends gloating text messages following their play-off defeat

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Ex-Watford owner Laurence Bassini sent text messages to a local newspaper revelling in the club's failure to win promotion to the Premier League. Bassini, ousted when current owners the Pozzo family took over, hit the send button to text Watford Observer deputy group sports editor Frank Smith after the final whistle in the Hornets' defeat [.

Gunners boss hails transfer business

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed his delight at the club's transfer business this summer, implying that the doubters are already being proven wrong by the likes of Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla.

Podolski and Cazorla both scored impressive goals in the Gunners' 2-0 win at Liverpool yesterday while third signing Olivier Giroud also came close.

Where to put your money vs Southampton

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United travel to St Mary's to take on Southampton this weekend, and are 1.57 with Betfred to come away with all three points. They have won on their last four visits in all competitions, and having got back on track with a 3-2 win over Fulham following their opening game defeat at the hands of Everton and in reality should prove far too strong for The Saints.

Cups Half Empty & Half Full At Goodison Park Last Night

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In some respects, the fixture compilers had been a little unkind to Alex Ferguson. A trip to Goodison Park seldom feels like a guaranteed three points, and this year's Everton vintage is one that looks upwardly mobile rather than one beset by the shadow of stagnation for the first time in several years, after all.

What United Should Expect In 2012-2013

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When the final whistle blew at the Stadium of Light on the 13th of May 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson applauded his players, and waited for the news. The news was not good. Manchester City had scored at the death against QPR, and snatched the title on goal difference. Phil Jones wore a look of utter distress; Dimitar Berbatov put his hand behind his head and stared into the distance.

Mario Balotelli pranked Man City’s photographer by swiping her lens and walking away

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Despite some good chances, Mario Balotelli failed to score in his brief appearance as a second-half substitute during Man City's 3-2 comeback win against Southampton to start the Premier League season. Balotelli is recovering from conjunctivitis, so a bit of rust on the pitch is understandable, but he showed that his pranking is already in midseason form.

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GIF It: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez’s men with long hair fetish

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Winning a cup competition can bring out strong emotions. In the case of Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez, a dramatic victory in tonight's Europe League final appeared to stimulate a fetish for men with long hair. His first port of call after the final whistle was to approach Benfica manager Jorge Jesus from behind and [.

GIF It: Rodolph Austin scores from his own half… but the full-time whistle had been blown (Leeds vs Tottenham)

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[Update: We'd originally credited this to Davide Somma (on account of the commentary sounding like it's Somma, the YouTube video claiming its Somma and even the minute-by-minute live text updates of national newspapers claiming it was Somma). After taking some of the comments left below on board, it looks like it's actually Rodolph Austin.

Champions League

Manchester United fans use Real Madrid match to promote Class A drugs

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Following the final whistle in tonight's Champions League match between Real Madrid and Manchester United, the TV cameras showed this banner. It reads: "MANCHESTER MUFC MDMA BOTH MAGIC." Presumably a reference to the city's ecstasy culture of the early 1990s or perhaps the owner of the banner's personal love of both the [.

Late Toronto goal evens it up against Houston for 1-1 draw

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By BRYAN ROBISON

While Houston extended their 21 match home unbeaten streak, it did not go as they had hoped, as the home Dynamo side let a lead slip away in the final minutes. Toronto FC's Terry Dunfield evened up the score in the closing minutes to tie up the match at 1-1, just five minutes before the final whistle blew.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City Fan On the Tevez turnaround, winning the league and FFP

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Whilst I hope the feeling at the end of last season sticks with our players for a long time, serving as the motivation for them to work even harder, I have spent the past couple of months trying to pretend that 2011-2012 didn't happen. We didn't drop eight points behind then go eight points clear, only to lose it all with the last kick of the game at the Etihad.

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Video: Eunan O’Kane’s bizarre handball to concede a penalty (Walsall vs Bournemouth)

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Bournemouth midfielder Eunan O'Kane was responsible for conceding one of the strangest penalties you will ever see during his side's defeat at Walsall on Saturday. O'Kane thought his side had been awarded a free-kick outside the box, casually flicked the ball up inside the area and caught it. But the ref had not stopped play [.

Liverpool 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

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Goals:
Sterling 3'
Lucas 30'
Carroll 65'
Sam 75'

That was more like it, a much more reassuring friendly than the three in the USA. Which may have had something to do with the stronger XI, not all that different from the one which faced Gomel on Thursday. It was far stronger than expected, with Gerrard, Suarez, and Lucas all surprise starters.

Stoppage Time

Turkey loses opening World Cup qualifier to Holland

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Netherlands 2-0 Turkey

Two new coaches and two young team....

Louis van Gaal, for Dutch team.......

And, Abdullah Avci , for Turkey.....

One, former World class player and second time with Dutch National team ......

The other one, made his name in Turkish football with U-17 National team and Municipal Istanbul team , Buyuk Sehir in the Turkish Super League.

Scottish Premier League – Match Recaps – 26 August 2012

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Motherwell were held at home by St Mirren and Hearts remained unbeaten with a draw at Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League matches on August 26, 2012.

Aberdeen 0-0 Hearts

Hearts continued their unbeaten record in the new season with a clean sheet at the Pittodrie Stadium. Aberdeen were the stronger side in the beginning as Hearts looked a bit lethargic following their loss to Liverpool in the Europa League.

Chicago Fire vs. DC United - MLS #25 - Gamethread - 6:30 PM CST - Comcast SportsNet

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We are just a couple of hours before kickoff in a very big Eastern Conference game. With a win, the Fire would jump up to 44 points along with the Red Bulls. The game figures to be a grind-it-out battle, but I am confident when the whistle blows the Fire will be leaving RFK with all 3 points. We all remember the two goal, stoppage time stunner that the Men in Red pulled off late last fall at RFK.

E.P. Equalizes Late vs. Lusitana

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Ingy Flores lines up a free kick in the 83rd minute that would result in Edgar Lopez's go-ahead goal.

CUMBERLAND, R.I. Justin Kahle's 93rd minute equalizer delivered East Providence from the brink in Saturday's 2-2 draw to Lusitana Sports at Lusitana Field.

Kyle Teixeira scratched the scoresheet first in the 23rd to give the guests a halftime lead.

Major League Soccer

Want To Go To Portland With ECS? Now You Can!

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Tickets are still available.

At Sounder at Heart we like to say that we are supporters of supporters (some of us are actual supporters as well). So we offer this message to you, from the fine folks at the Emerald City Supporters who are opening up their remaining tickets for their trip to see the Seattle Sounders at some local team in Oregon.

Red Bulls 3 Timbers 2: Three the Hard Way

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The New York Red Bulls should have entered Sunday night's home match against Portland Timbers full of confidence. After a disastrous, listless showing two weeks ago in Houston, they had bounced back with a 2-0 home victory sealed by a late Jan Gunnar Solli goal. Despite intense competition at the top of MLS' Eastern Conference, there's no team in the East (perhaps none in the league) that can match RBNY's roster, on paper at least.

USA v MEX: What the hell did we just see?

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Tonight the USA Men's National Team played the Mexican National Team in Stadium Azteca. Most people probably could care less about a friendly, even one in Mexico. I, for one, am always intrigued by these international friendlies, but not so much for the results. I love the opportunities presented to guys who might not normally get the opportunity to get decent minutes against quality competition.

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MEN Journos on the Manchester rivalry, best Manchester XI and writing for the MEN

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Rob Dawson and Mike Keegan, football writers at The Manchester Evening News, has given their thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

Scott the Red: United usually end the season so strongly. What went wrong last season?

Rob Dawson: I've still got no idea. I think if United played that sequence of games 100 times, they wouldn't get a lower points tally than they did last season.

MEN Journos on the Manchester rivalry, best Manchester XI and writing for the MEN

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Rob Dawson and Mike Keegan, football writers at The Manchester Evening News, has given their thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

Scott the Red: United usually end the season so strongly. What went wrong last season?

Rob Dawson: I've still got no idea. I think if United played that sequence of games 100 times, they wouldn't get a lower points tally than they did last season.

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Photo: Real Madrid have to dismantle the Bale Box, Gareth Bale still a Spurs player

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Here is the photo to make every Spurs fan smile before the NLD tomorrow. Goodbye stage! (for a day at least) #Levyed pic.twitter.com/9ZGK9vQHTo Spurspanyol (@spurspanyol) August 31, 2013 Real Madrid have been forced to dismantle the presentation stage dubbed the Bale Box. The stage, scaffolding and perspex screens were put in place just over [.

FA Condemns Scenes Of Racism and Violence After England u-21 Match In Serbia [VIDEO]

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Ugly scenes occurred at the end of England's victory against Serbia in an under-21 match today.

As England scored a goal with the last whistle of the game, England footballers were on the receiving end of missiles thrown by the crowd. Plus, England midfielder Danny Rose inferred that he was a victim of racial abuse.

What's Happened To C+C Goal Factory?

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Full game recap coming, but a post-game discussion got me to do some research. Namely people were asking why Pareja seemed to be unwilling to play Casey and Cummings at the same time. I wondered how much of that was by choice and how much was due to injury so I looked it up.

Only 9 times this season have they both been Probable on the injury report or better, and in each of those games at least one of them was listed as Probable, so they've never been completely healthy (Casey has been on the injury report every game this season).

Introducing the Dutch Iniesta, the "dancing butterfly", AZ Alkmaar's Adam Maher

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By Mohamed Moallim

Hearing the full-time whistle Samuel Eto'o knew where to head. Anzhi just beaten AZ 5-0 in Alkmaar, but there was no mood to celebrate, instead he had to see him up close and offer a few words to a talent without limitations that left a huge impression.

The next great football manager?

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I think I've seen the next great football manager. He didn't stop moving, gesticulating or encouraging from the first whistle to the last. He had a strange semi-crouch, as if he was watching just the legs and the feet and ... Continue reading →

AC Milan Shocked As The Serie A Season Gets Underway

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When you sell your two best players during the summer, and let almost all of your most experienced players leave on Bosman's, the fact that AC Milan lost 1-0 at home to newly promoted Sampdoria probably should not be a surprise.

Still nobody gave Sampdoria much of a chance in the San Siro, but the Milan faithful were stunned when
Andrea Costa scored the only goal of the game in the 58th minute from a corner and, although the Rossoneri hit the woodwork twice, their fans made their feelings clear at the final whistle.

Dynamo v Columbus Crew: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

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So I went to bed shortly after the final whistle, and I woke up this morning trying to recall whether the game I am certain I witnessed last night was real. On the one hand, the entire team has periods of absolute inconsistency with passing and finishing, and then on the other they nailed home two astonishingly impressive goals.

Boca Juniors goal celebrations hit 6.4 on the Richter scale

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Nike wanted to know just how powerful the trembles Boca Juniors fans produce so they set up seismographs throughout the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario prior to the Copa Argentina final between Boca and Racing last week. Though the neutral ground only holds a little more than 25,000 people -- far less than the Boca's famously intense La Bombonera (which holds nearly 58,000), Boca fans still got the place shaking and registered a 6.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Sunderland fan on O’Shea, the poznan and McClean

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As the final whistle was blown on our 1-0 victory over Sunderland on the final day of the season, we were top of the league, waiting for the game at the Etihad to end. News came through at the Stadium of Light that City had scored two late goals and had won the league, leading Sunderland fans to do their best poznan celebration.

U.S. win in Mexico for the first time ever

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It was just a friendly, both sides left out key players and the intimidating Estadio Azteca had a lot of empty seats, but the U.S. still beat Mexico 1-0 for a surprising and historic first ever win in Mexico. In 24 previous matches over the course of a bitter and often violent 75-year rivalry, the U.

Mexico Olympics Gold Medal Resonates for Their Fans

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When the final whistle blew at Wembley Stadium Saturday afternoon, a wide range of emotions quickly came and went. First was relief, Oscar's header went wide. Then came incredulity – did I really just see what I just saw? Euphoria followed. Is one allowed to cry when in a euphoric state? I hope so, because I was blubbering – what Oprah calls the "ugly cry.