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English Premier League

Arsenal midfielder comes in for praise

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Mikel Arteta's work-horse attitude and energetic performances at the start of the season have certainly not gone unnoticed, with teammate Carl Jenkinson attributing much of Arsenal's defensive success to the Spaniard's support.

With Alex Song off to Barcelona last month, Arteta took responsibility for much of the Gunners' box-to-box work, winning tackles and creating plays throughout the opening three fixtures.

A Burden Shared

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Baton passed over to them

This is the last of the look at the squad and we're at the forward line now. On the official website, there are 9 players listed there. One, we would not talk about because at this point, he's probably looking at what's the best route to got to Old Trafford. There's another 2 more which also doesn't warrant mention because just like the one before, they are on the verge (in the loosest sense) of leaving the club.

Nuri Sahin set to decide between Arsenal and Liverpool

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Nuri Sahin has been targeted by a lot of clubs across Europe; AC Milan, Lyon, Galatasaray, Besiktas, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal to name a few. In fact Sahin has reportedly rejected a chance to sign up for Besiktas citing his willingness to join English Premier League and especially Arsenal. Jose Mourinho is prepared to let [.

DECISION TIME: GAEL KAKUTA.

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As we all know, Chelsea have to register 25 players and no more ahead of the new season for the Premier League and Champions League competitions but we have a problem. At the moment with our new signings, promotions and returning loan players, we have 31 players in our first team squad.

Remembering that although he is listed as part of our squad, Patrick Van Aanholt has already been loaned out this season with Vitesse again.

Rodgers hints at late summer transfers

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has hinted that despite his cautious approach towards investing in summer signings, he will likely strengthen the current Reds squad with more signings towards the end of the transfer window.

Rodgers was speaking about the club's transfer strategy in an interview regarding his vision for the future and the Northern Irishman offered a thorough explanation for his approach.

Aquilani to Stay—For Now—and Other Midweek Notes

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After twelve straight days of football, a break between the group stages and knockout rounds at Euro 2012 comes as something of a shock to the system—at least if you're not a fan of the Finnish Veikkausliiga and getting set to watch FC Lahti take on Haka Valkeakoski. I does, however, mean that with attention given a chance to focus on something other than the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, all of a sudden there's more Liverpool news leaking out.

City set to lose massive spending battle

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Paris St. Germain are already in talks with AC Milan regarding the sale of Manchester City target Thiago Silva and have also been alerted regarding the availability of Internazionale star Maicon.

Last season's Ligue 1 runners-up are determined to build a massive squad and their large transfer kitty has spoken loudly as Milan are forced to change their previous stance about Thiago.

Major League Soccer

Merritt Paulson: The Mark Cuban of MLS (Poll)

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There has been a lot of talk about Merritt Paulson and affecting the team. People have compared him to Paul Allen and other more hands-on owners. I don't think the comparison to Paul Allen is apt, as there are a lot of differences between Paul and MP -- I would say MP is the Mark Cuban of MLS.

Mark Cuban, as many of us know, is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.

Best Eddie Johnson Ever?

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Numbers can be fun things. So can eating a bit of crow. More fun than that, though, is watching a player that was once seen as the next great thing reach a bit of that potential after so many struggles.Fans of the Seattle Sounders and maybe even of the United States National Team may be watching just that.

Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Tin Can Edition [Poll]

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After a 1-0 loss to the least inspiring team in MLS, it certainly isn't easy to single out any one player for their contributions. The defense gave up numerous soft chances, the attack never got going, and the midfield was culpable all around. Still, the Stumptown Footy editors put our heads together to pluck our picks for Man of the Match out of the morass of the Timbers' performance.

No Country for Klinsmann

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2012) US Soccer Players -- One of the more intriguing, and often overlooked, aspects of Bob Bradley's stint in charge of the National Team was his willingness to help members of his player pool secure opportunities overseas. In several instances, Bradley provided a bit of extra playing time for those being scouted by European clubs, granting timely exposure and lending extra legitimacy for Americans ready to move.

Sivebaek Waived (Maybe)

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Twitter lit up today when it was reported that Christian Sivebaek had been waived by the Sounders. It should be noted that there has been no confirmation on this. Joshua Mayers has reported on Twitter that "the Sounders have no comment, but I didn't see [Sivebaek] at the end of practice" While we wait for confirmation regarding the fate of the big Dane, we can at least analyze the implications of this potential move.

Brazil

"IF I GO TO CHELSEA, IT WOULD BE A DREAM!"

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After looking like a deal has been done and dusted, then with reports of a delay, it's now looking like Chelsea will sign Oscar by the end of the week.

For most of us who haven't seen Oscar play and have only watched clips on YouTube, last Friday we all had the chance to see exactly what he is all about as Brazil played Team GB in a friendly and I have to say I was more than impressed and watch below to see why.

Alves Says Time For Neymar To Move To Europe

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Barcelona defender Daniel Alves says it is time for Brazilian star Neymar to move to Europe this summer,.

The third best player in the world has been linked with moves to either Real Madrid or Barcelona in recent summers, but he has always indicated a willingness to remain at Santos until after the 2014 World Cup before moving abroad.

Thoughts on USA’s 3-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda – 8 June 2012

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The United States defeated Antigua & Barbuda 3-1 in World Cup Qualifying on June 8, 2012 but it hardly a convincing victory. Below are my thoughts on the match.

Important Thing Is The 3 Points

Some may complain about the USA not converting many chances or conceding a goal but they did win the match.

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Looking back at the 8-2

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Sometimes when I'm bored, I look back at the 8-2. As a United fan, it remains my 'I want to watch some football' game, and in these days of so much lack of football that even van Persie is turning up for training at the club that he has already quit, it will do very well indeed. I do not watch it in any schadenfreude sort of way to point and laugh at Arsenal, those days are long gone now.

We only wanted to be your weekend lover

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Morning all,

and welcome to purple Thursday. No doubt many people will have an opinion about our new away kit. I've given up and accepted that there's somebody inside Nike having a huge laugh at this.

"Purple. Haha. They went for it. That's $5 you owe me, Dirk."

Kudos to the club for the 'Purple Reign' bit (I do like a good pun) but apart from that it doesn't look much like any Arsenal kit I've ever seen before or hope to see again.

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Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Songo'o Heals Quickly Edition

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The Timbers held their first practice at Jeld-Wen Field since Gavin Wilkinson assumed the head coach's position. Although today's practice was closed, the press was not booted off the field until almost 10:40, a record in recent weeks. Wilkinson started things off with the usual warm ups before moving to passing drills and games of keep away before practice was closed.

MLS Spotlight: Kitchen settling into demanding midfield role

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Perry Kitchen is no stranger to adversity, having been apart of the U.S. Under-23 men's national team that disappointingly did not qualify for this summer's Olympics in March. But while Kitchen struggled in the U.S. team's failed attempt to reach London, he has had no such problems in his second season in MLS.

Champions League Football

‘Evolution not Revolution’

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Andre Villas-Boas may not have directly used this Alan Partridge based quote but that was essentially the gist of his first press conference as Tottenham's manager.

AVB took the time out to speak about his plans for the club and he also gave an insight into some possible transfer deals into and out of the Lane.

Moving Forward, Like It or Not

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New things are typically exciting. So that's something to look forward to. We wanted different, and now the summer promises to be full of them. There's uncertainty, but that doesn't necessarily mean a future full of doom and gloom. If this seems like forced optimism, that's because it is. We might have asked for change, and shouted about it in some cases, but the fact of the matter is that with Liverpool on the cusp of making absolutely momentous decisions, it's mostly just terrifying.

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AVB Calls Roman Abramovich A Promise-Breaking “Quitter”

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The rivalry between Chelsea and Tottenham just heated up a little as former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas called Roman Abramovich a promise-breaking "quitter" during his introductory press conference as Chelsea manager.

Here are some of AVB's comments:

"It was the owner who dismissed me and the owner who decided to cut short the project.

Carroll Thanks Dalglish

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Liverpool striker Andy Carroll admits he has had a disappointing campaign but has thanked manager Kenny Dalglish for sticking by him.
The England international has scored just nine goals this term in 47 appearances for the Reds, but he has bagged three in his last six games.
And whilst Carroll admits he has not been happy with his form, he is pleased with how Dalglish and the club's fans have stood by him.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders Must Find Delicate Balance With Tonight's Lineup Choice

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Over the past three seasons, Sigi Schmid has masterfully maneuvered the Seattle Sounders lineup. Many times, he's rolled out a lineup that has made more than a few of us want to rip out our hair. But more times than not, it's worked out in his favor.

His willingness to go more than 20-deep on his roster is part of why the Sounders have been able to do so well in multiple competitions.

Seattle it is, and we couldn’t be more proud. Montero, Alonso, Rosales, and the league’s biggest...

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Seattle it is, and we couldn't be more proud. Montero, Alonso, Rosales, and the league's biggest fan base? This isn't a desperation pick. This is destiny.
And if we're wrong – if you show us up, Seattle – there are 18 other teams more than willing to carry this flag. We'll change this up as needed (accuracy is our prime value).

The Rest

Eleven-year-old Brazilian boy with no feet invited to train with Barcelona

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Football, by its very nature, is a game played predominantly with the feet, but 11-year-old Gabriel Muniz is challenging this convention. The Brazilian youngster was born without feet, but has been walking since the age of one and regularly indulges his passion for football. He was donated foot-ankle protheses last year, but chooses to discard them when playing.

AC Milan Offer Season Ticket Refunds After Flogging Zlatan Ibrahimovic And Thiago Silva

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By Alan Duffy

Italian football may not have the most squeaky-clean image, but Serie A giants Milan have shown a decent amount of generosity by agreeing to refund the season tickets of Rossoneri fans disgruntled by the sale of two the club's biggest star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

Liverpool Should Welcome Aquilani And Cole To The Rodgers Revolution

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If two men best represent Liverpool's status as a club still mired in the process of ‘transition' it is Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani.
Both spent last season away from Anfield, loaned out to Lille and Milan respectively, but have signalled their willingness to stay this term should new boss Brendan Rodgers want them.

U.S. women set for Olympic send-off

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For the U.S. women's national team, Saturday afternoon's match against Canada at Rio Tinto Stadium (2 p.m., NBC) provides one last dress rehearsal to get things right ahead of next month's Olympic tournament.

Pia Sundhage's side enters the send-off friendly against its CONCACAF rival in good form, putting the Algarve Cup disappointment in the rear-view mirror and turning things around with a 5-0-1 record since, including two wins over Sweden, a win and a draw against Japan and wins over Brazil and China.

Toronto shows fight and firepower Houston 3 TFC 3

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The early June dawn broke and it was easy to start the day with a touch of heartbreak. No, not the heartbreak from looking at old photos. The Euro 2012 feast of two "top level" international games a day ended yesterday and what do we have to tide us over until the quarterfinals start tomorrow?

United States v Brazil – Match Preview – 30 May 2012

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The United States continues their warm-up for World Cup qualifying with a friendly against Brazil. The match will take place at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 PM USA Eastern time.

USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann

"Tomorrow, it's down the players to suffer and chase these yellow shirts [Brazil] that are pretty good.

Serbian footballer dropped from national team for not singing anthem

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Serbia lost 2-0 in a friendly against Spain on Saturday, but 20-year-old Serbian midfielder Adem Ljajic committed an offense before the match even began that would get him kicked off the team. According to the Football Association of Serbia, Ljajic breached their code of conduct by not singing the national anthem with his teammates prior to kick off due to "personal reasons.

Bradley finding his footing in Egypt

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When soccer riots broke out in Egypt in February, Bob Bradley did not hesitate to speak out despite having only just arrived as the new coach of the national team.

It didn't matter that the American had been in Egypt less than six months or was still coming to terms with the country's post-revolution politics.