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OTP Rebounds: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s RVP congratulations, Liverpool hit back and Mario Balotelli has more clothing issues

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Antonio Nocerino not impressed at how long it takes AC Milan team-mate Mario Balotelli to get dressed [101GG] Matt Le Tissier makes his Guernsey debut [BBC] Get your custom-made Barnet coffin [Pies] Arsene Wenger's entirely fictional congrulations to Robin Van Persie on winning the title [Dirty Tackle] Liverpool [.

Liverpool Star Interested By Juventus

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Juventus defender Martin Caceres admits his Uruguayan team-mate Luis Suarez has taken an interest in the Serie A Champions but says he is happy to stay at Anfield.
Suarez has been linked with a shock move away from Anfield as uncertainty continues to surround the next Liverpool manager.
Brendan Rodgers appears to be the strong favourite to take over the vacant managerial post and one of his first jobs could be to persuade Suarez to stay at Anfield.

Jenkinson looks to ‘turn tables’ on Reds

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Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has targeted Liverpool's scalp ahead of tomorrow's match between the two sides at Anfield, suggesting that revenge will be on the Gunners' minds as they travel to Merseyside.

An under-strength Arsenal side suffered one of their only two home defeats of the season at the hands of the Reds in August when Kenny Dalglish's men clinically won 2-0 in a toughly contested match.

Champions League

UEFA SUPER CUP: Chelsea v Atletico Madrid

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Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid tonight in Monaco in the UEFA Super Cup and this is one we all want to win. After winning the Champions League last term, we have the Super Cup and the World Club Cup to fight for this season and make no mistake, RDM and the Chelsea boys want both these titles!.

First up tonight is Madrid and they are an impressive side.

Spurs shoot themselves in the foot

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I can't quite understand it myself and most Arsenal fans are feeling pretty good this week with the news that Harry Redknapp has been sacked by Spurs. This is credit to a manager who has made our neighbours a genuine threat for the first time in what feels like forever. And yet, most Spurs fans are happy too!

Jose Mourinho

Real Madrid capture Spanish SuperCopa with win over rival Barcelona

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Real Madrid came out on fire in the second leg of the Spanish SuperCopa Wednesday, then had to hold on as 10-man Barcelona nearly pulled off the unthinkable at Estadio Santiago Bernabeau.

Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo scored early, and Madrid were able to hold on despite a free-kick goal from Lionel Messi to defeat Barcelona 2-1 and win the SuperCopa via the away goals tiebreaker after the teams played to a 4-4 aggregate draw.

Super Cup Not A Big Priority For Mourinho This Season

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Last season Jose Mourinho put all his energy into winning the Spanish 'Supercopa', feeing that it was important that the players get accustomed to winning.

Now after winning the title last season, Mourinho is not willing t settle for anything less than repeating as champions.

The Super Cup throws up an interesting match-up between Real Madrid and Barcelona, as this season the two ties are slotted in between three league games.

Optimism Is Sweeping Through Tottenham Hotspur

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Optimism Is Sweeping Through Tottenham Hotspur - originally posted on

Tottenham's end to last season was thoroughly miserable. A horrible, mean-spirited, heartbreaking ending to a season that at times had promised so much. Think of the The Elephant Man when John Merrick's happy existence is ruined by bastard circus owner Bytes.

Mourinho Hails ‘Historic’ Real Madrid Side

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Jose Mourinho was unsurprisingly full of praise for his Real Madrid team on Sunday as his charges made La Liga history with their outstanding campaign.

The Spanish champions reached the 100-point mark in the league following the weekend's 4-1 victory against Mallorca, breaking the competition's record for the highest number of points in a single season.

3 Goals, 3 Down, 3 To Go (Real Madrid 3 – Sevilla 0)

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A Full Bernabeu beholds a Ronaldo Goal - What a Magnificent Sight!
3 Points down, 3 Points to go: for our 32nd La Liga Title. After Ronaldo's fabulous opener and Benzema's brace last night, we needed a Barca loss to Rayo to get our hands on the Trophy. Last night however, Barca made Rayo ‘pay for the broken plates': thus, we are now left with the arduous task of winning the title at one of Spain's Football Temples, Athletic Bilbao's San Mames – current home of Pep Guardiola's mentor (Marcelo Bielsa) this Wednesday.

Real Madrid Stumble While Valencia Shocked

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It seemed all so easy 10 days ago when Real Madrid were 10 points ahead of their bitter rivals Real Madrid with 12 games to go. The question was when would Madrid win the title, not if they would.

But the pressure of winning the title might be getting to Jose Mourinho and his Real Madrid side as they drew for the second consecutive game tonight, a result that leaves them only six points ahead of Barcelona in the table.

Is The Pressure Getting To Real Madrid?

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It seemed all so easy 10 days ago when Real Madrid were 10 points ahead of their bitter rivals Real Madrid with 12 games to go. The question was when would Madrid win the title, not if they would.

But the pressure of winning the title might be getting to Jose Mourinho and his Real Madrid side as they drew for the second consecutive game tonight, a result that leaves them only six points ahead of Barcelona in the table.

Manchester City

Joe Hart recalls “15-minute nightmare”

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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has urged his teammates to fight successfully for silverware every season but admits that the roller-coaster 2011-12 title race left him sweating on the final match-day.

City, who controlled their destiny going into the last game of the season at home to QPR, needed to match Manchester United's result to lift the title at the Red Devils' expense.

RVP could be the difference in Manchester title race

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Man United's signing of Robin Van Persie looks set to be one of the most crucial that the Premier League has ever seen occurring just as the powers of England's most renowned side had looked to be on the wane.

Man United seemed to be floundering as their nearest rivals spent big and snapped up the latest star names.

Man City To Commemorate Title Win By Turning City Streets Blue – Plan ‘Blue Tarmac’ Tribute

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Something like that anyway

Manchester City Council have announced that the city is to commemorate Manchester City's (are you still following?) first title win for 44 years by quite literally painting the town blue.

The plan is to turn the streets of Moss Side blue by laying coloured tarmac.

Carragher: Liverpool Must Be Patient In Pursuit Of Premier League Title

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Jamie Carragher has told Liverpool's fans and owners that whoever replaces Kenny Dalglish the club are in no position to challenge for the Premier league title.
It is now 22 years since Liverpool won their 18th, and last title, and the club has just endured its equal lowest finish in that time, eighth.

44 Years On: Manchester City’s Last Football League Championship Revisited

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The hard work, the experts will tell you, has been done. Victories against Manchester United and Newcastle United have taken Manchester City to the cusp of their first English league championship in almost four and a half decades and on Sunday afternoon a win against Queens Park Rangers at the City of Manchester Stadium will be enough to return the second part of the dynasty that the club's lavish owners have set their hearts upon since taking control of it in 2008.

If it continued… (Man City v Man United)

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Man City beat Man United 1-0 to gain the advantage in the title race and perhaps a bit more respect from their local rivals. Though Man United couldn't muster a single shot on target during the match, we still must ask that old question we keep coming back to: What if it continued?

97' -- Carlos Tevez stifles a maniacal laugh as his plan to get Man City as close to winning the title as possible before scoring an own goal to lose it in their final match before giving Roberto Mancini the finger and then flying back to Argentina with a jet pack he has stashed behind an advertising board nears completion.

Roberto Mancini Playing Down Derby Importance fo Man City

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Preparing for the all important Manchester derby next Monday, Manchester City's manager, Roberto Mancini, once again tried to take away the pressure out of his players by playing down the importance of getting all three points.

Although it's clear that winning the game means City would be taking Manchester United's place at the top of table, Mancini simply said that next Monday's clash with United is just the same as previous Manchester derby.

Celebrating Easter Sunday: Arsenal-City, Athletic-Sevilla, Madrid-Valencia

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The three matches we chose yesterday weren't the most compelling: Sunderland-Spurs the most dreary, a scoreless draw, while Lazio beat Napoli 3-1 (highlighted by a fantastic chilena goal by Mauri), and Porto beat Sporting Braga 1-0 on their home ground. Â There were other interesting results in Italy, where AC Milan lost to lowly Fiorentina due to a late late goal, and later in the day Juve dispatched Palermo, thus pulling even with Milan on points at the top of the table.

Nasri Wants Manchester Derby as Title Decider

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The title race between Manchester United and Manchester City keeps getting hotter after City's victory in the midweek against Chelsea, this situation could make the two teams upcoming meeting become the final decider.

That scenario is also what City's midfielder, Samir Nasri, would actually want as he believes that winning the title by defeating United in front of the fans at Etihad stadium is something special indeed.

Noticias : Man City Prepare For Chelsea Clash and Fernando Torres’ Birthday Celebrations

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Fernando Torres celebrated his 28th birthday yesterday, and although Didier Drogba didn't offer his commemorative chicken dance, the club's chefs DID bake a glorious cake! Everyone at Chelsea's Cobham training ground enjoyed a generous slice cut by the birthday boy himself.

De Gea: We Must Secure Title Now

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Following Manchester United's exit from the Europa League last night, David de Gea has claimed now the club needs to focus on winning the title.

"It is very important for us now to try and secure the Premier League," he said. "We are first. We are the leaders. Manchester City are in good form but we have the team and the supporters to win the league.

Chicago Fire

Brice Colcombe, FASA Selected to Super-20 All-Tournament Team

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 Brice Colcombe, FASA  Brice Colcombe of Virginia club FASA was named to the Super-20 League All-Tournament team.
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TAMPA, Fla. – The Super-20 League announced its 2012 North American Finals All-Tournament Team today, honoring Chicago Fire midfielder Felipe Cortez as the Finals' Most Valuable Player for leading his side to the championship this past weekend at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

U.S. U-20s rebound at Milk Cup

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The U.S. Under-20 men's national team's trip to Northern Ireland started off with a stumble, but the Americans recovered nicely Monday to save some face at the Milk Cup.

The U-20s followed up Saturday's 1-0 loss to Denmark with a 1-0 victory over Turkey on Monday in their second match of the tournament.

arch rivals

Europe: 2011-12 Season Review – Part 1

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Anderlecht won the Belgian Jupiler League in 2011-12

It is traditional at this time of year for Stoppage Time International Football Blog to review those leagues that have finished and this year is no exception. In the first of four parts we look at ten of Europe's top flight championships ranging from Albania to Denmark.

Messi Hits 60 Goal Mark With Brace Against Zaragoza

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Lionel Messi reached yet another landmark on Saturday as his two goals helped Barcelona to a 4-1 win over Real Zaragoza. The Argentine has so far netted 60 goals this season and is within touching distance of Gerd Muller's European record of 67 goals in one season.

Muller set the record while playing for Bayern back in the 1972-73 campaign a feat that is yet to be matched to this day.

Manchester United

Celebration Of Our Lives?

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Today is the day we were meant to be lifting the trophy. After City lost 1-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates four weeks ago, we were eight points clear at the top. You'd fancy any club to go on and win the league at that stage but the fact it was United meant it was game over. I had City fans begrudgingly congratulating me on the title and whilst not celebrating too soon, for fear of jinxing us, you couldn't help but feel chuffed in anticipation for another title win.

RoM Reads

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Stretford End looks at why we capitulated.

ManUtd24 says that Rooney's goals don't make him our player of the season.

Here Is The City looks at what happened to Kleberson's career after leaving United.

Dirty Tackle looks at how Fred Done is set to lose £500k for paying out on United winning the title.

Fergie: Hughes Will Remember Unethical City Sacking

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Former Manchester United hero, Mark Hughes, could be our last hope at winning the title, with QPR going to City on the final day of the season.

Fergie has turned to Hughes, who he hasn't had a great relationship with for years, to see where his praise might get him.

After City beat Sunderland in December 2009, Hughes came on to the pitch to applaud the fans, with the press having already revealed that he was going to be sacked after the game.

Fergie: We Have A Small Advantage

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Manchester United are three points clear at the top of the league but Sir Alex Ferguson is very mindful that our advantage can be taken away at any time.

"We all know that football can turn around and bite you," he said. "That's why we make the point about experience. We have a small advantage, not a great advantage, and one that can change in a single game.

The Rest

Scholes: I’d Have Done Whatever Manager Said

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Having come out of retirement half way through the season, Paul Scholes claims his decision to play on in 2012-2013 was entirely dependant on what Sir Alex Ferguson wanted.

"The manager didn't have to twist my arm to play this season," said Scholes. "He just said: 'You're going to play next year, aren't you?

The 100 Most Controversial Football Club Owners Of All-Time: No.95 – Bob Lord (Burnley)

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When we talk of the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers that ran our football clubs as their own fiefdoms for most of the twentieth century, there is perhaps one man that, above all others, has come to be considered the personification of the genre: Bob Lord or, as the football writer Arthur Hopcraft once famously described him, The Khruschev of Burnley.

Ref’s Mistake Gifts City The Title

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Manchester City fans have spent decades complaining about United receiving favourable decisions from the referee. This season, City messageboards were filled with talk of a 'conspiracy', in which the FA and Sky Sports were working against City to help United win the title. Seriously.

The debatable decisions table shows that United would have won the league by five points if the referee had always made the correct decisions in United games.

Rio: No Other Team Would Have Coped As Well

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Rio Ferdinand has talked about how well he believes this current squad have done this season after losing out on the title on goal difference.

"It's a cruel way to have lost it," he said. "But you have to congratulate the other team. Any team that wins it obviously deserves it and they have played well throughout the season.

How Real Madrid Won La Liga

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Barcelona's squad contains a number of talented individuals such as Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas as well as the world's best player in recent years Lionel Messi; however, this season the Spanish league title went to a deserving club: Real Madrid.

There are several reasons as to why Los Blancos triumphed in La Liga following Barca's recent domination on both the domestic and European fronts.

Juventus celebrated Scudetto win by beating up a ceiling in Sardinia

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A 2-0 win against Cagliari gave undefeated Juventus their first Scudetto since being forced down to Serie B after the Calciopoli scandal in 2006. Officially, this is their 28th title (not counting the two they were stripped of), but Juve have made it clear that they consider this to be a historic No.

CdF: PSG vs. Lyon

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Lyon are out of the Champions League and the title race, but they are still in the hunt for some silverware. Today's quarterfinal match against PSG could further revitalize Lyon's campaign or plunge it back into misery.

Wednesday, March 21th, 2012
Parc de Princes, Paris
3:50 PM ET (20:50 CET, 19:50 GMT)

Match Background:

People keep saying that PSG owes its success to money, and that is partially true.