Man Utd fan vandalises Cesc Fabregas’ Wikipedia page to troll Arsenal

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One Manchester United fan wasted no time in winding up Arsenal supporters following the news that the club have made a bid for Cesc Fabregas. The Barcelona midfielder's Wikipedia page was updated with a new Manchester United section added. The passage quoted Fabregas as saying: "It is good to be playing for a team in [.

Michael Essien to Arsenal? Yes, Please…

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With less than 24 hours remaining in the European football's summer transfer window, reports have emerged in the British press that Arsene Wenger is trying to sign Chelsea's Michael Essien on a season-long-loan deal.

English: Michael Essien, football (soccer) player (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arsenal's recent goal-scoring troubles have overshadowed the fact that there is a big Alex Song-sized hole in the central defensive midfield for Wenger to fill before today's 11pm deadline.

Cazorla & Giroud & Podolski, OH MY!

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Quite the transfer market for our gunners huh!? Obviously by now we are all well aware of our latest signing, Santi Cazorla from Malaga. To be perfectly honest, even though I had only heard of the guy in passing prior to the rumor mill starting to turn, this most recent signing is the one that excites me the most.

Santi Cazorla’s coming to town

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Santi Cazorla. (Wikipedia)

It's official. Santiago Cazorla González, best known to his mates as Santi Cazorla, is now an Arsenal player. The ambidextrous 27-year-old midfielder has been capped 45 times for his country, and that's no mean feat when your national side, Spain, is the reigning European and world champion.

Usmanov the mark

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Alisher Usmanov. (Wikipedia)

Another week, another negative Arsenal article.

And, again, it revolves around the comments of shareholder Alisher Usmanov, who gave an interview to Forbes magazine critical of the board. He told the publication that decision making is holding the team back, stating, "We do not consider just qualifying for the Champions League to be the chief ambition of the club, and with all our hearts we support the team and wish them well for the new season.

Good news – but one more please

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Santi Cazorla. (Wikipedia)

If, as is widely being reported, Santi Cazorla is the latest high-profile signing for Arsenal in the off season, it does signal an intent to make some quality signings of international players with undoubted skills that complement the squad. Cazorla should be able to make the transition to the Premier League, and should allow the new look forward line to flourish.

Backpage roundup: Sahin and Cazorla deals close, Giroud confident about winning silverware, Busquets likes Song and more

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Olivier Giroud (Wikipedia)

Sahin on the Verge of Joining Arsenal

Arsenal are reportedly close to acquiring Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin's services on a season-long loan deal. (

Recent media reports suggested that Real offered Sahin to Tottenham as part of their bid to bring Luka Modric to Santiago Bernabeu, but that hasn't deterred Arsene Wenger from making a move for the Turkish playmaker.

Taxi for Mr. van Persie?

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Robin van Persie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It now seems clear that Robin van Persie has played his last game for Arsenal.

News that the Dutchman will not be involved in the club's pre-season tour of the Far East leaves little room for doubt that he is on his way out of The Emirates.

It is being reported that Arsenal have turned down an offer from Manchester United and will only entertain bids in excess of £20 million although, they are hoping to hold out for between £25 and £30 million.

Nick Powell at Manchester United: Expect nothing and everything

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The universe demands that every young player serious about a successful career with the big boys have their moment first; the one tabloid writers can reference as the time they burst onto the scene, almost in ignorance to the wider picture, forgetting that they are where they are not solely because of this moment, but because of the hard work that preceded it.

RVP statement: take your pick

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Robin van Persie (Wikipedia)

The news that Robin van Persie has rejected a new contract at Arsenal has everyone up in arms. And, as always, there are thousands of opinions floating around in cyberspace and beyond.

Obviously, there are two trains of thought here. Good riddance RVP, we're fine without you, and on the other side of the argument, Arsenal are doomed.

Giroud. Who?

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Olivier Giroud (Wikipedia)

With the signing of Olivier Giroud, Arsenal can now claim to have three of the top international strikers in Europe on their books. Of course, that's simply 'for now,' as rumours continue to swirl around the long-term future of Robin van Persie.

But just who is Olivier Giroud?

D.C. United

Luciano Emilio's Golf Cart

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Odd photo choice to accompany the Supporters' Shield entry on Wikipedia.

Is this supposed to imply some twisted version of the "he put the team on his back and carried them" sports cliché? "Luciano Emilio put the team on his golf cart and drove them to back-to-back Supporters' Shields.

As Stephen Goff reported earlier today, DC United traded Danny Cruz to Philadelphia, and as you can...

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As Stephen Goff reported earlier today, DC United traded Danny Cruz to Philadelphia, and as you can see from this excerpt of Danny's Wikipedia page (since, unfortunately, altered), not everyone was happy about this.

Personally, I think this is something wonderful, like ill-considered Tweets, the gifts that the Internet just keeps on giving us.

Some D.C. United fans weren't happy with the Danny Cruz-Lionard Pajoy trade. Mischief was played on...

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Some D.C. United fans weren't happy with the Danny Cruz-Lionard Pajoy trade. Mischief was played on Cruz's Wikipedia page. (via ‏@Philanova06)

Network Shows

Total Soccer Show 156 now available @ CSRN

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We review Liverpool vs Man City and touch on Geoff Cameron's Stoke debut, Michael Bradley's assist for Roma and the big hole in Wayne Rooney's thigh. We also welcome Ted Meyer from Around the League into the studio to play some Wikipedia Game with us.

Total Soccer Show #152 is back and now available @ CSRN

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We're back! We look ahead to the return of European soccer by highlighting our things to look forward to, such as: Michael Bradley at Roma, USMNT in Mexico, the arrival of BeINSports, PSG's megamoney and Wolves signing players with unpronouncable names.

We close, of course, with the Wikipedia Game.

This weeks Total Soccer Show Wiki game is now available on CSRN

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After his odds-defying back to back victories, Josh is hosting the second of our Wikipedia Game summer specials. Categories are "He's Just A Little Guy" (soccer players uner 5'7″) and "Teams Who Have Beaten Spain Since 2006." We also play the Guess the MLS Salary Game. Warning: contains four swears!

Total Soccer Show Wikipedia game special now available @ CSRN

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In the first of our summer Wikipedia Game specials, Taylor hosts as Daryl, Josh and Peyton compete to prove they know the most. Categories include: naming team from major tournaments, players who were free agents this summer and managers who Taylor "could think of this morning.

Total Soccer Show disects

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We review Spain's 4-0 win over Italy in the Euro 2012 final, look back on the tournament by picking the best player in each position, try to assess Andres Iniesta's trophy cabinet plans and, finally, consider this Spain team's place in the history of soccer.

We also play some European Championship winners-themed Wikipedia Game.

This weeks Total Soccer Show Extra now available on CSRN

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We review England's dramatic win over Sweden, ask if and where Wayne Rooney fits into the team versus Ukraine, do an autopsy on the Euro 2012 Group of Death and close with some Wikipedia Game.

New England Revolution

The Shalrie Trade in Tweets

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And thus ended the career of New England Revolution stalwart Shalrie Joseph, not with a bang but with a whimper.

Regardless of if you felt Shalrie was worth his new DP contract (I didn't), he is one of the greatest Revolution players ever and one of the top defensive midfielders to ever play in MLS.

Transfer Rumors 2012: Revolution Taking Davide Zoboli On Trial?

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With two roster slots still wide open and at least one (possibly two) open international spots, the New England Revolution have a lot of options to play around with in their search for mid-season reinforcements. It can be agreed all around that defensive help and striker depth are the areas of greatest concern for the Revs, and if rumors on twitter and in the Italian media are to be believed, they may be about to address the former.


A-League Side Adelaide United Hoaxed, Take Non-Existent American Wünderkind On Trial

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By Chris Wright

A-League side Adelaide United have been forced into making a particularly embarrassing admission after the prodigious trialist they hyped to high heaven, one 25-year old Dexter Rosales, turned out to be completely fictional.

Having scoured the internet for potential gems the world over, Adelaide announced that two players were to be handed trials at the club former Chelsea reserve striker Fabio Ferreira and Rosales, who was billed as having represented Ajax, Valencia, River Plate and Club Atletico Junior as well as the US national side at U17, U20 and U23 level.

Adelaide United offer trial to the new Ali Dia: Dexter Rosales

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A-League side Adelaide United have fallen victim to a prankster as they desperately attempted to bolster their squad. Their recruitment process seemingly followed the dubious process of scouring the internet for potential leads... and then proudly inviting them for trials at the club. Adelaide's extensive Googling threw up two names.

Adelaide Utd offer trial to player who doesn’t exist

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Following an extensive search for homegrown talent, Australian A-League side Adelaide Utd announced last week that they were handing trials to two new overseas prospects. The first was Portuguese striker Fabio Ferreira, who made a few appearances for Chelsea's second string in 2008/09.

The second was a promising 25-year-old American named Dexter Rosales, whose resume includes Ajax, Valencia, River Plate, Club Atletico Junior and the US at Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 levels.

soccer fans

Scottish club soccer loses control

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 17, 2012) US Soccer Players – Scottish club soccer cedes control If you checked the Wikipedia page for Scotland's Third Division shortly after it was announced that Rangers would be playing there this season, you would've seen them listed as "Cheaters." For enough Scottish soccer fans, that's the carryover from the Rangers fall from the top of the club game to the bottom.

Cascadia Cup: Like Euro, But Way More Awesome

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Soccer fans in the Pacific Northwest have gathered over the past few weeks in bars and cafes, or hooked up their ESPN3-streaming computers to their television sets, to watch the impressive quality of soccer being played in Poland and Ukraine. From Greece's unlikely upset of Russia to squeak into the knockout stage, to the calm confidence Germany exerted over their "Group of Death," Euro has not disappointed this year.

Euro 2012

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We mentioned yestesrday about De Rossi sleeves , I found the attached on Wikipedia which clearly shows his tattoos n right arm , hence , one short sleeve and one long. For the good of the game We admire him! Daniele De Rossi is one of those players who is a big man [...]

Jack Jewsbury and Portland Timbers Battle Seattle – Sunday 4pm

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Jack Jewsbury, Portland Timbers vs Chivas, Photo: Gary Sheldon |

The Portland Timbers host the Seattle Sounders in the 3rd Round of the Cascadia Cup this afternoon. The live broadcast comes immediately following the Euro 2012 Quarterfinal match between England and Italy on ESPN.

Euro 2012 Matchday 11: Will Croatia Send the Azzurri Back to Italy?

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Though yesterday's Group of Death final day had the potential to surprise like Group A's did on Saturday, it ultimately worked out according to form. Germany finished off the group with 3 victories, while Portugal showed how pathetic this edition of the Oranje were sending them to their third straight defeat, and back to a very unhappy Holland.

The Rest

Ex-Liverpool and Spurs director of football Damien Commoli says Man Utd need someone in that role

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Manchester United need to appoint a director of football, according to Damien Commoli. The former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football claims the champions' activity during the transfer window indicates that they need to create a similar role at Old Trafford. "If there was a club in need of a director of football to ease [.

Wiki User Updates Le Toux Page With Union Trade, Big Apple Soccer's Source Says Nope

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Wikipedia said Sebastien Le Toux has returned to the Philadlephia Union yesterday.

Except he hadn't.

A user of Wikipedia updated Le Toux's page to include a trade announcement from yesterday that would have sent the French forward back to the Philadelphia Union.

"Le Toux was traded back to the Philadelphia Union at the end of the 2012 MLS season," the update read.

Asian Football Confederation apologises for calling UAE ‘sand monkeys’

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The Asian Football Confederation has apologised to the United Arab Emirates for using an inaccurate nickname taken from Wikipedia on its official website. The UAE's team were nicknamed the 'Sand Monkeys' by the AFC after the moniker was copied blindly from a hacked Wikipedia page. The apology reads: "The AFC apologises for an editorial mistake [.

RIP: Former QPR Defender Pat Woods Dies at Age 79

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Pat Woods RIP

The club announced today that former QPR Defender, Pat Woods has died ""@OfficialQPR: The club is saddened to hear the news of the death of former defender Pat Woods, who made over 300 appearances for #QPR in the 1950s & 60s."

QPR 1960-1961

"Back Row: left to right, Pat Woods, John Collins, Mike Barber, Mike Bottoms, Don Tompkins.

That’s On Point - USMNT vs. Mexico Preview

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I'm taking you kids to the happiest place on Earth -- Tijuana!!!

By Mike Cardillo / That's On Point

"One dog's dead one's on the phone
Just leave a lung or leave it alone
It's that same on song again
I hate it cause it's true" -- Queens of the Stone Age, "Mexicola"

Welp, might as well close of shop.

Video: Real Salt Lake Flubs First MLS Champions League Match

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Real Salt Lake lost 1-0 playing away to club Heredia of Costa Rica Tuesday in its first game of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League tourney.

This was the first match for an MLS side to play, so far. In the coming weeks, Toronto, Los Angeles, Houston and Seattle will all get underway.

Rayados: 67 años, entre glorias y fracasos

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El día de hoy, 28 de junio de 2012, el Glorioso Club de Fútbol Monterrey está cumpliendo 67 años desde su fundación.

Les podría contar TODA la historia pero, ¿de qué servirá? Muchos ya lo saben, además, sería como transcribir Wikipedia para acá. Simplemente diré lo que yo recuerdo de La Pandilla.

Why Ashley Cole’s departure was a watershed moment in Arsenal’s history

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Cole - Plenty of medals since 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ashley Cole is currently in the news for joining a long line of England penalty shoot-out failures, but like him or loathe him, only the most churlish of fans would deny he is a highly talented defender who has shown remarkable consistency over a very successful career.

Tigres UANL: Cerca de cerrar el delantero

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El día de hoy amanececimos con la noticia de que la espera por el delantero de Tigres esta cerca de terminarse. En la columna San Cadilla del diario Cancha se maneja la información que Luis García esta en un 85% de probabilidades de firmar con Tigres. Esto se debe a que no ha habido ningun inconveniente en la negociación y si bien no es un hecho, parece que por ahí pudiera ir la situación.

RIP Alan McDonald

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QPR's Most-capped Player, Alan McDonald RIP

BBC - Former Northern Ireland captain Alan McDonald dies suddenly

Former Northern Ireland and Queen's Park Rangers captain Alan McDonald has died suddenly at the age of 48.