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English Premier League

Watch ‘Mike Bassett England Manager,’ the Hilarious Mockumentary [VIDEO]

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It's every Englishman's dream to be the person who leads their country to World Cup success from the pitfalls of despair to the tears of joy and open-top bus parade around Central London. If you aren't one of the managers of the big boys this dream will also be an impossible reality. However for Mike Bassett, this becomes his reality.

Agent: Arsenal interested in signing Croatia’s World Cup midfielder

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Agent: Arsenal interested in signing Croatia's World Cup midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The agent of Marcelo Brozovic has confirmed Arsenal's interest in Dinamo Zagreb midfielder and also says he will open talks with several Premier League clubs in November.

Brozovic's impressive form for the club has seen him receive a call from the national team and was part of Croatia's squad during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

All-Time Top Goalscorers In Europe and International Football

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All-Time Top Goalscorers In Europe and International Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Here is a look at the all-time top goalscorers from the biggest leagues in the World, as well as the UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup and European Championships.

English Premier League

Starting with the English Premier League top scorers that dates back to 1992 when the league pulled away from the Football League.

Former Star – Pardew Still The Right Man For The Job

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Dietmar Hamann had a good World Cup for Germany in the summer of 1998 in France, and he was signed by Newcastle for £5.5M in that summer by then manager Kenny Dalglish, but he stayed only for one season before joining Liverpool during the following summer for £8M. Didi Hamann while at Newcastle And the [.

Would a Winter Break Benefit the Premier League?

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Former FA and Arsenal F.C. vice-chairman David Dein has called on the Barclays Premier League to implement a winter break halfway through its season. Dein also suggested at the Soccerex Global Convention this week that the Premier League should enforce the break as soon as possible. Debate of a potential winter break from league matches comes with news that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will most likely be held in the winter, because you know, it's usually pretty hot in Qatar during the summer (the average high in the middle eastern country during July is 106 degrees Fahrenheit).

Blatter, Terry and Suarez Make GQ Magazine’s ’25 Biggest Sleazebags In Sports’ List

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter, FC Barcelona striker Luis Suárez and Chelsea captain are the footballing [...]

Soccer News Roundup

Soccer News: Problems for Germany

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Joachim Low responds after Germany loses and ties during the October Euro 2016 qualifiers in Tuesday's soccer news roundup. Read More

Joachim Low says coaches have to communicate with players

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Germany National Team coach Joachim Low describes how to communicate with top level players in Tuesday's soccer news. Read More

Opinion

The Third Party Ownership Double Standard

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This past weekend, the Brazilian national team beat Argentina 2-0 in a friendly in Beijing. With players based in Europe and South America, why on Earth did they travel so far to play one another? After all, the two countries are neighbors on the same continent. The simple answer is, of course, money.

Yet Another FIFA Fail Post

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FIFA has this odd balancing act: on the one hand, they want to closely control major tournaments and host countries so that they can make a ton of money. On the other hand, when problems arise in world football, they want to shrug their shoulders and say it's not their business or responsibility. Basically, FIFA can't fix a problem if it doesn't want to.

Major League Soccer

Landon Donovan’s Final USMNT Game Will Celebrate a Legend

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Since Landon Donovan's final USMNT game is Friday night in East Hartford, CT, it's time to talk about legacies. Yes, the well will certainly run dry on this topic in short order, but before it goes as bare as the Aral Sea, examining Landon's legacy is important. Whether he is the best player to ever represent the Stars and Stripes is debatable.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and FIFA World Cup links for September 23

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Today's Freedom Kicks play fast and loose with the definition of "news."

Good morning, United fans. I'm running late this morning, so let's jump right into the links.

D.C. United Managing Partner Jason Levien | The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Yesterday, we brought you news from Kojo's interview with D.

FIFA

Women’s World Cup Players Submit Lawsuit Over Turf Issues

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It wasn't an empty threat. And it certainly wasn't a joke. 40 of the top international world players have made good on a threat to take legal action against FIFA for its use of artificial turf in next year's Women's World Cup.

FIFA can no longer ignore the campaign of Abby Wambach and other women's players from across the soccer landscape, as the group filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Ontario tribunal court against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA).

German Agency Declares Vanishing Spray a Health Hazard

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A German inspection agency has come to the conclusion that the now famous vanishing spray used during 2014 World Cup matches contains parabens, a chemical linked with health issues. The agency, Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (TueV), issued a statement on the concern saying, "In its present form, the product is not usable in Germany and the European Union.

Gulati pressuring FIFA to release ethics report regarding 2018, 2022 World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

FIFAhas rarely been known for its transparency, which is something U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is hoping to change.

Gulati revealed Wednesdayin an interview with the New York Times that he plans to address the ethicsreport regarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups during Thursday's FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich.

FIFA Medical Committee proposes new concussion protocol

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After seeing several high-profile incidents at this summer's World Cup, FIFA are finally taking actionregarding the management of concussions.

FIFA announced Tuesday that the organization's Medical Committee has agreed to submit a new proposal to theFIFA Executive Committee in an effort to improve the handling of concussions.

Deal Alert: USA 2014/15 Nike Home Kit for $29.99 + More

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World Soccer Shop has a totally down low deal on the USA 2014/15 Nike home [...]

Monday Evening Ticker: Qatar official responds to critics; Debuchy out three months; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite recent comments from a FIFA official to the contrary, Qatari officials remain firm when it comes to their World Cup preparations.

FIFA executiveTheo Zwanziger voiced his belief that the 2022 World Cup should be held elsewhere due to climate concerns, butQatar 2022 communications director Nasser Al Khater insists that the tournamentwill go on as planned on Qatari soil.

FIFA Official Theo Zwanziger Claims Qatar Will Not Host The 2022 World Cup On ‘Life-Threatening’ Medical Grounds

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By Chris Wright

A member of FIFA's executive committee (ExCo) has gone on record as saying he doesn't believe the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar as scheduled.

German ExCo representativeTheo Zwanziger has stuck his head above the parapet and told Sport Bild that he believes that Qatar's fearsome 40°c summer temperatures will see the tournament nixed and shifted elsewhere on medical grounds.

The Greatest FIFA Quote of All Time

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My apologies for blogging about FIFA twice in the same month and, uggh, consecutively. However, Michel Platini just released a gem of a quote. First, let me fill you in on the background.

During the World Cup in Brazil, the Brazilian Football Federation gifted several valuable watches to important FIFA people.

Fifa World Rankings September 2014

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Fifa's World Rankings for August 2014 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

New world champions Germany remain at the top of the Fifa pile followed by Argentina, Colombia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, and France and Switzerland

England remain in a lowly 18th place up slightly after beating Switzerland away in Euro 2016 qualification.

CONCACAF President Speaks Out Against FIFA And Racism At Soccerex

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At the Soccerex Global Convention held Tuesday September 9th, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb spoke out against FIFA and racism, calling for a complete overhaul of FIFA's governing bodies. Following several controversies after the announcement of Russia and Qatar being selected as future sites for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively, Webb stated "With all due respect, I don't think FIFA has done a great job communicating its message over the years and its image and public perception is affecting the game.

The problem isn’t Sepp Blatter; it’s FIFA Within the...

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The problem isn't Sepp Blatter; it's FIFA

Within the murky waters that surround the FIFA executive committee wherever it roams, there was a bright moment three years ago when Sepp Blatter, in the midst of campaigning for a fourth-term as president of FIFA, vowed that if elected, he would not seek a fifth term.

FIFA To Suggest Two Winter Kick-Off Dates For 2022 World Cup In Qatar

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During a press conference held on Monday, FIFA suggested two alternative dates for a winter kick-off for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar. The official dates suggested are November/December 2022 or January/February 2022. The talks to have a World Cup take place in the winter instead of the traditional June-August format comes from the sweltering heat during Qatar's summer months, where the average temperature reaches 120°F in most places with the lows around 86°F.

women's soccer

USWNT to play in four-team December tournament in Brazil

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Ahead of the next summer'sWorld Cup, the U.S. Women's National Team have scheduled a December tournament to fine-tune their game against some of the world's top teams.

U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that the USWNT will participate in thefour-team International Tournament of Brasilia in December.

Preview: USWNT squad gets last chance to impress Ellis before World Cup qualifying

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

ROCHESTER, N.Y. When the U.S. Women's Nation Team crushed Mexico a few days ago, it was a bit strange. Strange, not for the U.S. women to win 8-0 against a team, but because they hadn't been playing their best.

Artificial turf company endorsement heats up 2015 World Cup debate

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The battle over artificial turf at the 2015 Women's World Cup doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.

FieldTurf, the company providing artificial turf for the tournament in Canada next year, has signed Canadian national team midfielder Kaylyn Kyle to a three-year, $15,000 endorsement deal, according to a report from TSN.

The Rest

Some Quick Tips for Soccer Stadium Etiquette

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After decades of darkness, soccer has grabbed a solid foothold in the US. In recent times, more and more fans have grown enamored of the beautiful game. However, many have only seen the game on TV. They have questions about what to do and what not to do when going to games. Some harbor preconceived stereotypes and prejudices.

Why Iker Casillas Should Not Longer Be Spain’s Number 1

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Why Iker Casillas Should Not Longer Be Spain's Number 1 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Real Madrid sidesince the turn of the milleniumhas seen multiple changes. Big-name managers and players have come and gone, and the glory days have vacillated too. The same can be said for the Spanish national side as well.

You Will Once Again Find My Writing Elsewhere…

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Dearest reader,

You shall once again find my writing far from home the lovely soccer TV show Soccer Gods (Mondays at 10 on the Fusion channel) has a corresponding site which has graciously agreed to host my slightly edited brainfarts on Mexican soccer. This is a regular thing. No, we're not married but we're very canny about our Facebook relationship status.

Bankrupt World Cup-Winner Andreas Brehme Offered Job Cleaning Toilets By Former Teammate

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By Chris Wright

Andreas Brehme was an intrinsic part of the Germany team that won the World Cup in 1990 having scored the winning goal in the final against Argentina, though it would appear that life for the former Bayern Munich left-back is far less salubrious these days.

According to reports in the German press, Brehme got himself into considerable debt after retiring from active duty last working in football during a short, ill-fated stint asGiovanni Trapattoni's assistant at VfB Stuttgart in 2005.

‘He Wanted To Swap Shirts With The Referee’ – Germany Stars Reveal Full Extent Of Christoph Kramer’s World Cup Final Concussion

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By Chris Wright

As you may well recall, Christoph Kramer got himself well and truly knocked into the middle of next week during the World Cup Final after a brutal collision with Argentina'sEzequiel Garay.

Kramer was knocked unconscious for several moments after colliding head-first with Garay's shoulder, though was eventually allowed to play on after being assessed by the medics on duty until being taken off in the 31st minute after his teammates noticed theBorussia Mönchengladbach man was visibly doolally.

FA Accuse Qatar Of Setting Up Fake Football Blog In Order To Praise Themselves And Deride Their Critics

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By Chris Wright

The head of the FA, Greg Dyke, has condemned Qatar after an investigation conducted by Channel 4 News found that they may have used extremely suspect PR chicanery in their attempts to quell the tidal wave of criticism that has been directed at the country since they were handed the 2022 World Cup hosting duties by FIFA.

Where Unrest Fights Regret: A Reflection on Maradona By Kizito...

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Where Unrest Fights Regret: A Reflection on Maradona

ByKizito Madu

The folly of youth is thinking itself invincible; so the adage of not declaring a man as having lived a happy life until he is on his deathbed still holds true mainly because of youth's naïveté.

Long Overdue But Totally Unexpected Paraguayan Football Update

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Every now and then, we like to give you, the reader, an esoteric South American soccer update. In today's news, we looked closely at happenings in Paraguay, your favorite loser from the "War of the Triple Betrayal" err "Alliance." Some pretty hysterical legal happenings have caught the headlines, but a more sobering fact got buried.

Friday Kickoff: 2018, 2022 World Cup decision to come in Spring; Maradona discusses drug regrets; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the 2014 World Cup in the rearview mirror, FIFA will now begin assessing the controversy that surround the tournament's next two incarnations.

FIFA ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert says a decision regarding potential bidding corruption of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is unlikely to come until next spring as the organization will start reviewing the process in the near future.

Poor in the Ruhr

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Borussian Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

A few observations now that the dust of the Dortmund storm is settling (ha!)

World Cup focus?

I offer this as an olive branch to Messrs Mertesacker and (in particular) Ozil, neither of whom has started the season on fire.

Snapshot: Brazilian Fans Stay Behind To Help Tidy Stadium Up After Game…

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By Chris Wright

As modern World Cups go, when the tax-exempt FIFA circus rolls out of town the only lasting legacies afforded seem to a generous studding ofgigantic new stadiums being left to slowly rot as Podunk United are left to play out their games in front of 3,000 fans every week inside their cavernous new 90,000-seater white elephant.

Putting money where the mind is.

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Check out this interesting Forbes bit that reveals how Madison Avenue is waking up to the USMNT in a big way. Can you imagine how hot this attention would get if our boys threatened a final four run, as Klinsi aims to do in 2018?American loves winners. Now, they have finally come to really love the Nats.

Daniel Agger Does A ‘Zlatan’, Pays For Danish Homeless Team To Fly Out To World Cup

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By Chris Wright

Three cheers for Daniel Agger, who has once again proved that almost all Scandinavians are awesome by stumping up the cash to send the Danish homeless national side to the Homeless World Cup in Chile.

The eight members of the Danish side were 20,000 krone (around £2,100) short of the required funds to get themselves to Santiago for the tournament, with Agger hearing of their struggles and agreeing to top up their kitty from his own pocket.