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  • Video: How Atlanta Stadium Will Transform For MLS - MLS Blog
    Drew Epperley
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    We’ve heard for weeks how the new Falcons Stadium in Atlanta will transform into a MLS venue in 2017. It appears we finally have a glimpse of what the $1.2 billion stadium will do when it does indeed transform from a NFL venue to a MLS venue. The new team, which was officially announced last week and will be owned by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, has released a video showing how the upper sections will be closed off to give the stadium an ‘intimate soccer environment’ similar to BC Place, home of the Vancouver Whitecaps. I don’t know about you but I assumed all…
  • Jurgen Klinsmann critique on U.S. sports culture is astute Feed
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    Coach may be judged less on World Cup results than on how he affects soccer culture in U.S.
  • Ancelotti get Real Madrid fans out of Guardiola’s phobia

    Sky Goal
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    The Italian coach get Real Madrid fans out of the case of horror that was experienced in each visit of the philosopher to the team Stadium.Yesterday the match in the Champions League between Real Madrid and Spain giant European champions Bayern Munich in the last version has been meeting ended in favor of the Royal Spanish by a single goal by Karim Benzema .And ended with this win, talk about the specter of Guardiola , who has always thinner masses royal every time he visited their court Santiago Bernabeu with his former club Barcelona , where it has incurred Spanish coach…
  • Magista Obra Hits NikeiD April 29th

    Footy Boots
    Kyle Elliot
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Nike's revolutionary new football boots will be available on Nike iD from the same day pre-orders open on the retail boot - see what they'll offer, here. Magista Obra Hits NikeiD April 29th is a post from: Footy Boots
  • Financial Fair Play and The Football Fuzz

    Sent to the Stands
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Manchester City have been snatched up by the UEFA Football Police, allegedly for breach of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and are currently awaiting their verdict, along with 75 other clubs, to see if and what sanctions they might face. But what really is FFP? What rules have been allegedly broken? And how might […] The post Financial Fair Play and The Football Fuzz appeared first on Sent to the Stands.
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    World Soccer on Yahoo Sports

  • Americans Abroad Preview: Onyewu and Ream clash with eye toward World Cup camp

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Oguchi Onyewu and Tim Ream are both on the radar for places in the U.S. national team pre-World Cup camp, and they will face each other this weekend in league Championship action.
  • Moyes left all at sea by scale of United job, says former coach

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    (Reuters) - David Moyes lost his job as Manchester United manager because he ignored advice and failed to appreciate the scale of the job, said Rene Meulensteen, a former coach at the Premier League club. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after a disastrous 10-month spell in charge, with United now certain to finish outside the Premier League's top four for the first time. Midfielder and assistant coach Ryan Giggs placed in temporary control for the final four league matches of the season while United search for a permanent successor. Meulensteen, among a group of trusted lieutenants of former…
  • Soccer-Moyes left all at sea by scale of United job, says former coach

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    David Moyes lost his job as Manchester United manager because he ignored advice and failed to appreciate the scale of the job, said Rene Meulensteen, a former coach at the Premier League club. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after a disastrous 10-month spell in charge, with United now certain to finish outside the Premier League's top four for the first time. Midfielder and assistant coach Ryan Giggs placed in temporary control for the final four league matches of the season while United search for a permanent successor. Meulensteen, among a group of trusted lieutenants of former boss Alex…
  • Motor racing-Senna had so much to offer, says sister

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO, April 25 (Reuters) - For Brazilians of a certain generation, the death of Ayrton Senna is not unlike September 11 or the assassination of John F. Kennedy. "It's funny, it doesn't seem like it was 20 years ago," his sister Viviane Senna said of the Formula One great's fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Even though two decades have passed, Senna still casts a mighty shadow over both his sport and Brazil. During Senna's peak years between the first title with McLaren in 1988 and his death in a Williams in 1994, Formula One almost rivaled football as…
  • Emery: Sevilla is now the favorite

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The coach felt his side were good value for their victory at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan but acknowledges that they will most likely be made to "suffer" at Mestalla next week
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    BBC Sport - Football

  • Giggs must 'be himself', says Monk

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Swansea head coach Garry Monk offers his advice to fellow fledgling boss Ryan Giggs as the Welshman takes charge of Manchester United.
  • Sevilla 2-0 Valencia CF

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Sevilla take control of their Europa League semi-final against Valencia through goals from Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca.
  • Benfica 2-1 Juventus

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Lima's late strike gives Benfica a narrow advantage over Juventus in a high-quality Europa League semi-final first leg.
  • Rangers great Jardine dies aged 65

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Former Rangers, Hearts and Scotland defender Sandy Jardine dies aged 65 following a battle with cancer.
  • Lawro's predictions v Zac Efron

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on actor Zac Efron in this week's predictions
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    BigSoccer Forum


    25 Apr 2014 | 12:26 am
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  • NWSL Fantasy League- Season 2

    25 Apr 2014 | 12:26 am
    Is anyone else going to do Fantasy League this season? I know I am. One big change from last season- changing formations. We aren't going to be stuck with just the 442.
  • Eliminating throw in rules

    25 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    The game would benefit if FIFA eliminated throw in rules and just let players throw the ball in. IMO throw-ins slow down the game because a player must set his feet then must struggle to find a team-mate because the throw in mechanism limits how far he can throw the ball. Allowing players to throw the ball in however they liked (think basketball) would speed up the game and result in more open play and more goals because 1. A one handed throw can go much further which means teams could use it... Eliminating throw in rules
  • World Cup Ticket Exchange: ONLY FOR TRADING, NOT FOR SELLING

    25 Apr 2014 | 12:24 am
    Congratulations to all the members that were able to get tickets for this upcoming World Cup. Purpose of this thread is to inform all members about available World Cup tickets for trade or sell. If you have extra tickets or tickets for trade, please post here.
  • Who deserves a chance to play with the Mexico national team?

    25 Apr 2014 | 12:23 am
    Hello all I am Tareq from Jordan and I love Mexico national team from WC1998 , whoever , I want to ask you which player who deserves a chance to play with the Mexico national team Of these players : Paul Aguilar Julio César Domínguez Enrique Esqueda Juan Carlos Silva Edgar Pacheco Patricio Araujo Marco Fabián Omar... Who deserves a chance to play with the Mexico national team?
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    BBC Sport - Football

  • Giggs must 'be himself', says Monk

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Swansea head coach Garry Monk offers his advice to fellow fledgling boss Ryan Giggs as the Welshman takes charge of Manchester United.
  • VIDEO: Adams expects Giggs 'reaction'

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Norwich manager Neil Adams expects a "reaction" from the Old Trafford crowd as Ryan Giggs takes charge of Manchester United on Sunday.
  • Sevilla 2-0 Valencia CF

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Sevilla take control of their Europa League semi-final against Valencia through goals from Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca.
  • Benfica 2-1 Juventus

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Lima's late strike gives Benfica a narrow advantage over Juventus in a high-quality Europa League semi-final first leg.
  • Rangers great Jardine dies aged 65

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Former Rangers, Hearts and Scotland defender Sandy Jardine dies aged 65 following a battle with cancer.
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    du Nord

  • du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 93

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Episode 93 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is right here, right now.dNOn this episode Bruce and Wes review the following topics of interest: Moyes Out!, MLS Week 7, NASL Week 2, Loons Gone Wild! and so much more.dNYour two very handsome co-hosts Bruce McGuire and Wes Burdine hope you enjoy listening.We also look forward to your questions and comments.dNDownload or listen via iTunes here.Listen to or download the MP3 version here.Subscribe to the RSS feed here.Listen on SoundCloud!.We are proudly available on Stitcher now too, for your mobile devices..dNFind us on Facebook at the du Nord…
  • du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 92

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Episode 92 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is right here, right now.dNOn this episode Bruce and Wes talk about MLS Wk 6, Loons Win, Garber diagnosed with Cancer, NASL Wk 1, POWER RANKINGS + more.dNYour two very handsome co-hosts Bruce McGuire and Wes Burdine hope you enjoy listening.We also look forward to your questions and comments.dNDownload or listen via iTunes here.Listen to or download the MP3 version here.Subscribe to the RSS feed here.Listen on SoundCloud!.We are proudly available on Stitcher now too, for your mobile devices..dNFind us on Facebook at the du Nord Futbol ShowTalk to…
  • du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 91

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Episode 91 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is right here, right now.dNOn this episode Bruce and Wes talk about MLS Week 5 and possibly the best MLS game ever played, USA v Mexico review, the fall of Bayern, NASL + Minnesota United FC season preview and more.dNYour two very handsome co-hosts Bruce McGuire and Wes Burdine hope you enjoy listening.We also look forward to your questions and comments.dNDownload or listen via iTunes here.Listen to or download the MP3 version here.Subscribe to the RSS feed here.Listen on SoundCloud!.We are proudly available on Stitcher now too, for your mobile…
  • du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 90b - SPECIAL EDITION: Nick Rogers

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Episode 90b of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is right here, right now.dNOn this episode Bruce and Wes sit down to talk turkey with Minnesota United FC President Nick Rogers. Its already 1 year since they took over the team.dNYour two very handsome co-hosts Bruce McGuire and Wes Burdine hope you enjoy listening.We also look forward to your questions and comments.dNDownload or listen via iTunes here.Listen to or download the MP3 version here.Subscribe to the RSS feed here.Listen on SoundCloud!.We are proudly available on Stitcher now too, for your mobile devices..dNFind us on Facebook at the…
  • du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 90

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Episode 90 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is right here, right now.dNOn this episode Bruce and Wes talk about MLS Week 4, USA v Mexico pre-game, Bob Bradley's Stabaek debut, NASL online viewing package and more.dNYour two very handsome co-hosts Bruce McGuire and Wes Burdine hope you enjoy listening.We also look forward to your questions and comments.dNDownload or listen via iTunes here.Listen to or download the MP3 version here.Subscribe to the RSS feed here.Listen on SoundCloud!.We are proudly available on Stitcher now too, for your mobile devices..dNFind us on Facebook at the du Nord…
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  • Hatem Ben Arfa wants out of Newcastle and is in the viewfinder of Roma [Il Sussidiario]

    Arthur Antunes Coimbra
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Italian website are reporting that Hatem Ben Arfa, fed up with life at Newcastle, is angling for a move to Roma this summer. Ben Arfa’s contract at Newcastle expires in 2015, however the French midfielder has reportedly let it be known that he wants out of St James’ Park when the season closes. According to Il Sussidiario, whilst Inter milan and Arsenal are also looking at the Newcastle player, Roma is the likeliest next stop for the 27-year-old. Il Sussidiario suggest that while the Magpies would want 12 million euros for Ben Arfa, the deal, they suspect, can…
  • Steven Gerrard promises Liverpool’s U13s a slap up meal at McDonald’s if the Reds beat Chelsea on Sunday

    Arthur Antunes Coimbra
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Bet on Liverpool to win the Premier League. Former Liverpool defender Rob Jones uploaded a sweet picture onto Twitter on Thursday. Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool’s under-13s squad a treat by turning up to watch them train. After spending time with the young lads Gerrard lined up to take a group photo with the youngsters, and according to the former Reds full-back, the Liverpool captain also promised to treat the whole U13 squad if Liverpool beat Chelsea on Sunday. See Rob Jones’ tweets saying Steven Gerrard has promised to take Liverpool’s U13s out for slap up meal at…
  • Hillsborough insults were updated on Wikipedia from government computers [Liverpool Echo]

    Arthur Antunes Coimbra
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The front page of Friday’s Liverpool Echo draws a fresh set of embarrassing questions on the government. Helping strengthen the belief that their is institutional hatred towards Liverpool FC from members of the British government, fresh revelations have come to light showing that government computers have been used to insert insulting references into Wikipedia entries for the Hillsborough disaster. The Echo has gone about listing many of the upsetting Wikipedia entries, which have been going on since 2009. Including in the offences are the following distressing comments on the…
  • Juventus boss Antonio Conte has emerged as a contender for the Man United manager’s job [Telegraph]

    Arthur Antunes Coimbra
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Matt Law, the journalist signed by the Daily Telegraph from the Daily Mail earlier this year, has lived up to his tabloid reputation on Friday claiming a new name in the frame for the vacant Manchester United post. The Telegraph’s resident gossip merchant reports that Juventus boss Antonio Conte has emerged as a contender for the Man United manager’s job. Called a “dark horse” the “exclusive” in the broadsheet claims “Juventus’s Antonio Conte is emerging as a rival to Louis van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone as Manchester United seek…
  • Glazers vow to ‘weed out’ Manchester United ‘trouble-makers’ in wake of David Moyes’ sacking [Star Sport]

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The Glazers are in town, and they’re on the rampage, apparently. According to tomorrow’s Star, the Manchester United owners are on a mission to weed out the rebels who led revolt against David Moyes, and have vowed to conduct a post-mortem into the source of David Moyes’ loss of the dressing room. Just one problem with that, Joel and Malcolm: the current interim manager probably falls under your definition of ‘rebel’ in this case…
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    Yanks Abroad

  • Agudelo set for second UK appeal

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    After having Juan Agudelo's British work permit appeal denied in November, Stoke City will make a second attempt in the coming weeks.
  • Hopkins riding 'Sirius' run

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:41 pm
    It's easy to understand why Americans might not follow the Swedish second tier but an American is in the middle of a Cinderella run in Scandinavia.
  • Recap: Weekend English action

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Tim Howard and Everton clinched their first league sweep over Manchester United since 1969, while Oguchi Onyewu and 10-man Sheffield Wednesday sealed safety with a win.
  • Recap: Nantes 6-2 Valenciennes

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Alejandro Bedoya helped lead FC Nantes to a big win over Valenciennes in Ligue 1 this weekend.
  • Howard inks Everton Extension

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    United States national team goalkeeper Tim Howard has signed a two-year contract extension with English Premier League side Everton, the team announced on their official website on Thursday.
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  • Video: How Atlanta Stadium Will Transform For MLS

    Drew Epperley
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    We’ve heard for weeks how the new Falcons Stadium in Atlanta will transform into a MLS venue in 2017. It appears we finally have a glimpse of what the $1.2 billion stadium will do when it does indeed transform from a NFL venue to a MLS venue. The new team, which was officially announced last week and will be owned by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, has released a video showing how the upper sections will be closed off to give the stadium an ‘intimate soccer environment’ similar to BC Place, home of the Vancouver Whitecaps. I don’t know about you but I assumed all…
  • 2014 MLS Season, Week 7: Five Up, Three Down

    Drew Epperley
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    I didn’t get around to posting a weekend recap from this past weekend, apologizes for that. Monday was a day off for me and that meant time to enjoy some free time and not be on a blog all that much. Anyways, it is time for my latest Five Up, Three Down here as we move forward into the final weekend of April. Again, there is no meaning to the order on these two lists. Five Up 1. FC Dallas – Dominated an exhausted Toronto side at home over the weekend. Their defense is still a cause for concern as they have yet to earn a shutout on the season. But that offense continues to click at…
  • Jersey Review: Spain Home 2014

    Drew Epperley
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    I mentioned earlier today how I had two jersey reviews to do, click here to see the US away kit review. Now it is time for another one. Soccerloco sent me the new Spain home jersey to view for the upcoming World Cup. The defending champions kit is a beautiful adidas kit that is simple and fits perfectly. I love the rich red and gold colors used in this kit. Spain fans will also love seeing the gold star above their crest as well as the badge indicating that they are the defending champions on the right side of the chest. One thing I’ve always loved about adidas jerseys is how most of…
  • Jersey Review: USMNT 2014 Away Kit

    Drew Epperley
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Soccerloco is at it again. They were kind enough to send me not only one but two new kits to review for you all. (Other kit review will be posted later) Up first is a look at the new United States national team away kit for this year’s World Cup. Now when this puppy was being rumored, a lot of us laughed at it. Claimed it looked like a Bomb Pop. Which it totally does in some ways. But the more I’ve worn this new kit over the last week or so, the more I have grown to liking it. Sure, the look reminds me of a jersey Russia would wear. But when you compare it to the plain white home…
  • 2014 MLS Season, Week 7: TV Listing

    Drew Epperley
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Here is your Easter weekend MLS viewing guide. Saturday, April 19 MATCH NATIONAL LOCAL ONLINE Philadelphia vs. Houston 4:00 PM ET Direct Kick PHI: The Comcast Network HOU: CSN-Houston+ MLS LIVE Blackout: None Chicago vs. New England 4:00 PM ET NBC SPORTS MLS LIVE Blackout: USA Colorado vs. San Jose 6:00 PM ET Direct Kick COL: Altitude SJ: CSN-Bay Area MLS LIVE Blackout: COL Vancouver vs. LA Galaxy 7:00 PM ET Direct Kick Blackout: LA VAN: TSN2 LA: TWCSN-LA MLS LIVE Blackout: CAN, LA Columbus vs. D.C. United 7:30 PM ET Direct Kick Blackout: CLB CLB: TWCSC-Ohio MLS LIVE Blackout: CLB FC…
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    Sideline Views

  • Xolos - Cruz Azul: CONCACAF Champions League Semis

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Let's go, let's go! Well, actually, there's a bit of time to go yet, because it's still the second half of Toluca - Alajuelense. I lived in Alajuela for six months, so sorry, Toluca, go Alajuelense! Anyway, it's scoreless in that match. Prediction for Xolos - Cruz Azul? I say 2-0, Joe Corona and Dario Benedetto score. Put any predictions you have in the comments. Alajuela - Jonathan MacDonald, misses a PK in the 65th minute. He fired over the top. Poor. And now Toluca makes them pay. 0:1 Da Silva pushed a header in. Everybody on the bench looks miserable. Costa Rican teams hate…
  • DWTS - Second Night

    24 Mar 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Double elimination jeopardy! And Drew and Cheryl are safe right off the bat! Way to vote, Sounders fans! Oh, and they're dancing first this time. Ok, a short night of blogging for me. Drew is happy about not being eliminated. Cheryl is also cool with dancing first. Drew actually picks the jive first. Yikes. That's a fast dance for a not-young guy. He's frustrated in the dance rehearsals.Drew jumps off the stage and tears his jacket off! Faster foot flicks, Drew. He gets off-beat a couple of times, too, but he's smiling and jiving through the dance.Len congratulates the content,…
  • Xolos - Puebla, Liga MX Running Blog

    21 Mar 2014 | 8:39 pm
    This game is slightly delayed on the Azteca America channel I'm watching, but hey, I'll survive. 1 - Benedetto and Pellerano attack, earn a Xolos corner, than another.2 - Beasley is backed up by ref - too close to corner. Benedetto scores!3 - Dude is a scoring machine. I think Arce sent the ball in. Benedetto scored via header near post.4 - I think Orozco should have been marking Benedetto. Ooops.5 - Announcers review the success of Mexican teams in the CCL - complete annihilation of the MLS teams, basically. Fun.6 - Announcers review the merits of Beas and Castillo, both World Cup…
  • Cruz Azul - Sporting KC _ CONCACAF Champions League Running Blog

    19 Mar 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Ok, here we go, folks. I'm missing Jeopardy for this, so it had better be good. I have to confess that before I had to go journalistically objective, Cruz Azul was my favorite team in Mexico growing up. I mean, Cle Kooiman! Who wouldn't love that squad? He was a local hero. Sporting Kansas City: Kronberg, Ellis, Opara, Besler, Gardner, Rosell, Nagamura, Feilhaber, Zusi, Bieler y Peterson.Cruz Azul: Corona, Flores, Domínguez, Perea, Nápoles, Torrado, Giménez, Fabián, Formica, Rojas y Pavone. 1 - They kick off! Both teams are in blue, which is a little confusing.2 - OH, dude!
  • Xolos - Galaxy CCL Quarterfinal, Running Blog

    18 Mar 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Tijuana XI: Saucedo; Nunez Castro Gandolfi Garza; H.Pellerano Guemez C.Pellerano Corona; Ayovi Benedetto LA Galaxy XI: Penedo; DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Riley; Zardes, Sarvas, Juninho, Donovan; Keane, SamuelOk, lineups are in, predictions? I say, 2-2, because I want an exciting game. Probably wishful thinking.Pre-game quotes here. I'd say that this should be a pretty even game, given how the teams looked comparable in StubHub, but the truth is, the Xolos go into beast mode when playing in Estadio Caliente. They really own the place and their home record is no joke. Cesar Farias was…
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    The Zambian

  • Peter Ravensdale

    The Zambian Editor
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    There’s a petition going on to free a gentleman by the name of Peter Ravensdale. Would you consider reviewing the Free Peter Ravensdale site and helping in whatever capacity you can? It will be the greatest joy for many to see Peter receive the help he needs. For a number of you, stumbling on this post on the various sites where we have a presence, e.g. Twitter, Facebook etc. may be a surprise. Why sign a petition for someone you may never have heard of? Well, if you still visit The Zambian, one of the reasons this site continues, even though life’s continuous demands limit the…
  • Push The Rock

    The Zambian Editor
    11 Feb 2014 | 5:34 am
    Push The Rock (PTR) is a non-profit ministry organization that uses sports and athletic instruction as a platform to share the love and message of Jesus Christ. Based in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, our goal is to partner with local churches and organizations to use sports as a means to positively impact the lives of children and by teaching them whole-life values such as sportsmanship, character, and discipline; therefore changing local communities as a whole. PTR is expanding its full time ministry beyond the USA and currently has overseas offices open in Costa Rica, Zambia , and plans for an…
  • Bantu Babel – Zambian Language Translation

    The Zambian Editor
    23 Jan 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Bantu Babel is an African Language Translation app. Translate words and get translations of useful survival phrases in popular African languages, on your mobile phone. Bantu Babel has a collection of useful travel/survival phrases for the most common situations, conveniently organized into different categories. Available in: Bemba, Kikaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Mambwe, Nyanja, Tonga, Tumbuka Bantu Babel – Zambian Language Translation Download the Bantu Babel Android application for free from the Google Playstore.
  • Lusaka Markets Video

    The Zambian Editor
    28 Nov 2013 | 7:05 am
    Zambia is an untold story. Help fill the white space in this picture, by helping with the Kickstarter project to fund this short video of Lusaka’s bustling market scene.
  • 7 Reasons to Go to Zambia

    The Zambian Editor
    27 Nov 2013 | 6:29 am
    What makes Zambia great? Elizabeth Gordon shares 7 reasons to go to Zambia: Great game-viewing Walking safaris The Quality of the Guiding The Variety of Activities Small properties Diverse and Beautiful Scenery Value for Money We think there are lots more reasons, and obviously, top of the list should be the Zambian people.
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    Arseblog ... an Arsenal blog

  • Arsene’s style counsel (Arseblogger)
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    The book of Arsenal’s injury martyrs is, by now, a well-thumbed document (rumour has it that Abou Diaby picked up a particularly nasty paper cut leafing through his own chapter of woe). It is well acknowledged that, yet again, the optimism of a promising looking season has been pin pricked by the sting of long term absences. We all knew this was the case prior to the match at Hull on Sunday, but with Mesut Özil making the play and Aaron Ramsey prowling the opponent’s penalty area, we were given a stark demonstration of it anyway. However, I don’t think injuries are the sole factor in…
  • Transfer Transfer Transfer Badger Badger Badger (Arseblogger)
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    “It’s a quiet week, boss.” “I don’t care. I have space to fill. I need some Arsenal stories.” “But there aren’t any.” “That’s not my problem.” “Right then, transfers it is then!” Can’t be coincidence that in the quietest week since the last Interlull we’re being bombarded this morning with stories about who we’re going to buy this summer. I mean, we still haven’t secured a top four place and the FA Cup final is yet to be played – two things which could have a huge impact on who is…
  • Diaby returns for U21s and that’s about it (Arseblogger)
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:44 am
    Told you this was going to be a quiet week. I was playing football late last night and had that thing where you can’t sleep afterwards, but when I did I was dreaming about FA Cup final tickets. All of the tickets for Arsenal fans were being sold from a kiosk in space and you had to take this weird shuttle craft to get there. However, for some reason they located the kiosk in the middle of an asteroid belt so loads of the shuttles were being smashed by space rocks and people were spinning off in the vast expanses like they were Sandra Bullock in Gravity. The club defended this by saying…
  • It’d make you think (Arseblogger)
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Right, well that’s all the bank holiday nonsense out of the way and now we’re going to go into a week that I predict will be interminably quiet and dull because we don’t play Newcastle until next Monday. There’s no crisis, as such. No drama, nobody seeking explanations about what went wrong against Hull, and although there are still things in the season overall which are not great when you think about them, they’ve been done to death over the last couple of months and only the most masochistic would insist on doing it all again. I mean, we could, but what’s…
  • Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil add intelligence to Arsenal’s tireless running (Arseblogger)
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Arsenal fans pondering “what might have been” had Aaron Ramsey been fit for most of the season got their answer when he burst through on goal with one of his trademark runs to open the scoring. Asked whether he too harboured regrets whilst spending three months out injured, the Welshman answered with a knowing smile: “Absolutely, of course”, he said with the brazenness that permeates his game at the moment. It might seem a bit delusional to suggest that Arsenal would be challenging for the title had Ramsey, and indeed, Mesut Ozil, been fit for the second part of the season but then…
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    Sky Sports | Football News

  • Giggs set to face the media

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Ryan Giggs will meet the media on Friday morning for the first time since taking over as interim Manchester United manager.
  • Liverpool surprise Suarez

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Luis Suarez says he is surprised at Liverpool's success this season and admits he did not think they would be in position to compete for the title.
  • Kane hoping to emulate Teddy

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Harry Kane hopes he can follow in the footsteps of boyhood hero Teddy Sheringham and cement his place as a regular starter up front for Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Rangers legend Jardine dies

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Former Scotland and Rangers defender Sandy Jardine has died at the age of 65.
  • Benfica snatch the advantage

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Benfica substitute Lima struck late to give the newly-crowned Portuguese champions a 2-1 win over Juventus in the Europa League semi-final first-leg.
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    World Soccer

  • Quote of the day: even Luis Suarez can’t believe how well Liverpool are doing

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Liverpool's emergence as title contenders has surprised most people, not least their star striker Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez “It [winning the Premier League] would be something that no one would believe. We have good players but if you look at the complete roster, we don’t have [players] to be up there. The truth is that we are surprised ourselves at how well we’re playing. “We have good players who are demonstrating why they are in Liverpool and it would be something amazing even to England because of the investment made by Chelsea, [Manchester] City and Arsenal.
  • Clubs given green light to continue spending as Michel Platini confirms that none will be thrown out of European competition

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Financial Fair Play turns out to be a damp squib as UEFA president walks away from confrontation with big-spending clubs. UEFA president Michel Platini has confirmed that no clubs will be kicked out of European competition next season for breaking financial fair play rules. UEFA’s financial fair play (FFP) policy intended to stop clubs spending more than they earn, comes into effect next season. However, the ultimate sanction of excluding clubs who fail to comply will not be enforced for the 2014-15 season. The sighs of relief emanating from Paris, Monaco and Manchester will only be…
  • Ademilson scores amazing bicycle kick in Sao Paulo defeat

    Jamie Rainbow
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    Sao Paulo were beaten 2-1 by Serie C side CRB in the second round first leg of the Brazilian Cup last night, but took the lead through this amazing bicycle kick by Ademilson in the 25th minute.
  • Hillsborough article an insult to football fans

    Jamie Rainbow
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:04 am
    The suggestion that we all share responsibility for the spread of misinformation that followed in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, is wide of the mark. Liverpool fans mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Under the maudlin headline “We all share in the shame of Hillsborough,” the Daily Telegraph columnist Matthew Norman has written a column as cheaply facile as it is misleading. “We are all guilty!” is too often the misleading cry of the self-appointed moralist. But here, sentimentality is compounded by sheer careless ignorance. Norman appears to take it for…
  • FIFA cannot be trusted without independent scrutiny – report

    Jamie Rainbow
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    FIFA must continue with its reform process and be prepared to take new ideas on board. FIFA once again under the spotlight. FIFA cannot be trusted to see through its reform process without the presence of an independent overseer to guard against a return to the bad old days of corruption and scandal. This is the cautionary conclusion of the 15-page final report of Independence Governance Committee which was set up in the autumn of 2011 after the worst crisis in the history of the world football federation. Basel governance specialist Prof. Mark Pieth had been commissioned to lead the reform…
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    24 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    European Football continues with its festival this week with the turn of the UEFA Europa League semi-final. While Benfica hosted Juventus in Lisbon, Spanish Football Clubs Sevilla FC & Valencia CF played out their 1ºst leg away semi-final match. The final result a convincing 2 - 0 win by Sevilla FC over Valencia CF. Fabulous atmosphere at the "Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium" filled with Sevilla

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    Spanish Football Club FC Barcelona has received the "temporary" lifting of the FIFA no Ban on signing with joy & relief. The World Football governing body will now further investigate if Barça infringed with "under-aged" signings, & while this long process occurs they have "freed-up" the Spanish Club to be able to sign new players for next season. This has made FC Barcelona "Football Director"

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The final result of the UEFA Champions League 1ºst leg away semi-final between Real Madrid & Bayern Munich finished in a 1 - 0 victory to the Spaniards. Intense game between two giants of European Football with differing styles, at least shown tonight.  After days of debate Cristiano Ronaldo started while Bale was left on the bench. This allowed Isco to start which seem to indicate that Real

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    More European Football today with the huge UEFA Champions League 1º leg semi-final between Real Madrid & Bayern Munich. Unfortunate that both had to meet at this stage as perhaps a Final would have been more appropriate.The Germans are clear favourites although they transmit that they are the "underdogs", good tactic as Real Madrid are quietly optimistic & historically that has not helped them in

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The first semi-final of the 1º leg away match in the UEFA Champions League between Spanish Football Club Atletico de Madrid & English Premier League Club Chelsea FC finished with a final 0-0 draw result. The match also had some "collateral damage" for Chelsea FC losing their habitual goalie Peter Cech with a dislocated shoulder & their Captain John Terry, plus Frank Lampard received a yellow card
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    Footy Boots

  • Christian Eriksen on Nike Magista, Favourite Mercurials and Free-Kicks

    Kyle Elliot
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the most exciting talents to come to English shores this summer, we chat to Christian Erikson about his switch to the Magista, past favourites and his lethal set-pieces.Christian Eriksen on Nike Magista, Favourite Mercurials and Free-Kicks is a post from: Footy Boots
  • Mizuno Morelia Neo Gets Brazil-Inspired Blue/Yellow Update

    Kyle Elliot
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Mizuno mark their strong ties to this year's World Cup host country with the Brazil-themed Morelia Neo in Blue / Yellow. Check 'em out, here!Mizuno Morelia Neo Gets Brazil-Inspired Blue/Yellow Update is a post from: Footy Boots
  • Mesut Ozil Tests Brand New adidas Prototype

    Kyle Elliot
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Arsenal's German international is breaking in some new football boots for the Three Stripes - but what are those distinctive dots about? We ponder the possibilities, here.Mesut Ozil Tests Brand New adidas Prototype is a post from: Footy Boots
  • Magista Obra Hits NikeiD April 29th

    Kyle Elliot
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Nike's revolutionary new football boots will be available on Nike iD from the same day pre-orders open on the retail boot - see what they'll offer, here. Magista Obra Hits NikeiD April 29th is a post from: Footy Boots
  • adidas Call on Stars to ‘Unlock the Game’ in New Film

    Kyle Elliot
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    adidas' end-of-season call to arms comes in the form of this brilliantly shot new ad, starring some of their biggest Premier League players.adidas Call on Stars to ‘Unlock the Game’ in New Film is a post from: Footy Boots
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    World Soccer Talk

  • Nike Unveils New Images of World Cup Shirts: Soccer Eye-Candy [PHOTOS]

    Alex Muller
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Nike has released several new images of the national team shirts for World Cup 2014 that are beautifully photographed and look like they belong in an art gallery more than a soccer shop. The photography, some of it verging on modern art, features the national team shirts for Brazil, Netherlands, England, Portugal and France. For the latest World Cup shirts and merchandise, visit the World Soccer Talk shop. Scroll through the following images for some Nike eye-candy: Nike Unveils New Images of World Cup Shirts: Soccer Eye-Candy [PHOTOS] is a post from World Soccer Talk.
  • Ask Your Questions to Kartik Krishnaiyer Via Twitter Beginning at 6pm ET

    Christopher Harris
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer will be answering questions via Twitter today beginning at 6pm ET. Kartik will be taking over the @worldsoccertalk Twitter account. You can tweet your questions about Manchester City, Liverpool, David Moyes, NASL, USMNT, his Blue With Envy book, the Premier League or any other soccer-related topic to @worldsoccertalk. Also be sure to use the #AskKartik hashtag. Thanks in advance for your questions. Ask Your Questions to Kartik Krishnaiyer Via Twitter Beginning at 6pm ET is a post from World Soccer Talk.
  • WATCH Kobe Bryant In New World Cup TV Commercial, Wearing a USMNT Jersey [VIDEO]

    Christopher Harris
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant stars in a brand-new World Cup TV commercial, and proudly wears the USMNT World Cup jersey. The video takes Bryant back to his days growing up in Italy learning the game of soccer, and how those skills translate to his success on the basketball court. It’s the first of three videos from Panini to promote its World Cup 2014 sticker collection that’s now available in stores nationwide. According to Panini, the goal of the video is to highlight the excitement and affinity fans and collectors have for the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA World Cup Sticker…
  • So This Is What Jose Mourinho’s ‘Weakened’ Chelsea Team Will Look Like Against Liverpool [PHOTO]

    Alex Muller
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has toyed with the idea of fielding a weakened team against Liverpool in the biggest Premier League match of the season. If Liverpool wins the match at Anfield on Sunday and Manchester City drop points against Crystal Palace that same day, the Reds can clinch its first-ever Premier League title on May 5 against Crystal Palace. But while there’s been a lot of fuss about Mourinho fielding a weakened side this Sunday, the fact of the matter is that even a weakened Chelsea side has a total cost of £123.7million, which dwarfs most other Premier League sides.
  • What a Difference One Year Makes In Coverage of the Premier League On US TV

    Christopher Harris
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    This is by no means scientific, but it’s a few true anecdotes that have happened to me in the past several weeks that point to the rapid growth in interest of the Premier League in the United States. For the past 12 months, I’ve been taking my daughter to soccer practices and games for her travel team. It’s a relatively busy social setting with parents speaking to one another as they wait for their children to finish up practices, and it’s easy to eavesdrop on nearby conversations. Like you, my life is consumed by soccer. For me, it’s literally 7 days a week, 365…
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    Football Italiano

  • Why Juventus should prioritise Europa League triumph

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:57 am
    It might sound strange to suggest that the Serie A leaders should focus their attention away from domestic fixtures but there is more than one reason why Juventus should prioritise the Europa League during the run in to the end of the season. The Turin based side are coasting towards their thirtieth national title but why should they focus so intently on a Europe wide competition that is seen as a poor relation to the Champions League? With nine games left in the regular league campaign, Juve had built up a 14 point gap over their nearest rivals Roma. The second p
  • The Odds For Coppa Italia Contenders

    7 Feb 2014 | 3:24 am
    The first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals is behind us and there are just two more matches to go before the final is set. So now it's time to take stock of the remaining clubs and who looks to be the favourite among the contenders. This past week saw two closely contested matches: Udinese defended their home ground and earned a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina while AS Roma did the same with a 3-2 win over Napoli. But can the first leg's winners maintain their advantages through the coming week's matches? Here's a quick look at each team's status heading into the second leg. Udi
  • Can Milan represent Italy and reach the final

    28 Jan 2014 | 2:42 am
    AC Milan are one of the most recognised names in world football. With a history full of trophies, great players and success, their current position in Serie A will be a big disappointment to fans used to seeing great things from their team. After a change in manager, Milan hired former-player Clarence Seedorf in the hope of changing the fortunes of the club. Seedorf got off to a good start in his first game with a 1-0 win over Verona, and will have all the latest updates from Seedorf’s new role. Although they are all but out of the hunt f
  • Week 18 Serie A Predictions - Juventus to edge out Roma in crunch clash

    4 Jan 2014 | 3:40 am
    Serie A recommences this weekend after the winter break, so the players should be fresh for a much anticipated second half of the season. Some teams will be looking to continue on where they left off, whilst others will be hoping a new year brings new fortunes. The undoubted game of the weekend is a huge one, leaders Juventus take on Roma, in a battle between the top two. Juve are five points clear going into the new year and are favourites to claim another title this time around. Their domestic form has been impeccable all season dropping just seven points all se
  • Week 17 Serie A Predictions - Allegri to triumph in Derby della Madonnina

    20 Dec 2013 | 7:20 am
    After last week's results the division started to look a little clearer at the top and bottom, but I'm predicting another weekend of shocks that will turn the division on its head again. The game of the weekend is obviously the Milan derby. Although both teams aren't what they used to be this season, it's still a Milan derby and you can't help but look forward to the two famous sides going at each other for 90 minutes. Inter are the better of the two sides this season but are still well off the pace by their standards. I Nerazzurri lie in fifth position after a de
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - Soccerama - Bloggin' La Vida Soccer

  • Student-Athletes or Athlete-Students?

    28 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    Student-Athletes or Athlete-Students
  • Coach Gianni - The Importance of Coachability in Success!

    1 Jul 2013 | 7:19 am
    In reorganizing my soccer material (I have tons of articles and notes) I found an important note. Strangely, even if I'm very organized, this time I don't have the source of this material. So, if a coach in reading this article, recognizes his concepts, please don't be angry at me. If you let me know, I'll give you all the credit, by publishing your name and references. Coachability. What a weird word. In my note I wrote: Is this player coachable? Want to listen and learn? Why waste time on an uncooperative individual no matter what his age is ? Very often we give too much importance to…
  • Coach Gianni - Talent is inborn. A champion you become, through hard work!

    10 May 2013 | 10:27 am
    Very often we make the common mistake of thinking that champions are born that way. Sure, talent is an important component, but it's only that. One of the components in the 'recipe' for making a champion. More often than we believe, those who became outstanding champions, were kids with grave physical problems. Sports history clearly shows this. Do you remember the great Johnny Weissmuller who, a long time ago, made all of us go crazy for his interpretation of Tarzan? He was the first man to go under a minute (that's 60 seconds!) in the 100 meter free style. Looking at him in the movies, it…
  • Coach Gianni - A consideration and 2 suggestions about modern soccer/football.

    18 Apr 2013 | 2:01 pm
    Dear soccer/football Brothers,  For all my soccer/football life, more than 58 years on the field, I had a clear concept in mind: first thing.....don't lose......if we can win.....better! Besides the depressing performance at the last World Cup, with this assumption Italy won 4 World Cups and almost another 2 if we were a little more focused in kicking penalty kicks! We lost a Semi-final with Argentina and a Final with Brazil in the penalty shoot-out after extra-time.  So, with a little luck (and more practices in shooting PK !!!) we could have won 6 World Cups and Brazil would…
  • All City First Team: Aidan Weir

    david weir
    29 Nov 2012 | 2:47 pm
    There he is. My 18-year-old soccer player in his senior season of high school. It's hard to believe how fast this has happened and that now it is all over. He was a co-captain of his team this year; they had a great season and made the playoffs for the third time in his four seasons. He was the only player who played virtually every minute of every game during those four years, except when sidelined a few games by injuries. He had some pretty serious injuries this year as well, none worse than a head-to-head collision with an opponent as they both went for the ball. I was in New York at the…
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    BoxofficeFootball Soccer Highlights Video News online

  • Thong Thursday goes with any shirt

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    It’s a traditional Thursday celebration, so here we go one for all the fans well worth a like! Remember this summer your in for a right treat, plenty of football and this. Thongtastic !
  • Steven Gerrard best goals 1998-2014

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:26 am
    Captain Fantastic has been nominated for PFA Player of the Year and after this seasons performance you can understand why. Liverpool host Chelsea at home this weekend which could be the title decider,the reds last won the title back in 1990. Liverpool have already qualified for the Champions League scoring a whooping 96 goals so far this season. Gerrard has played his part with 13 goals and 10 assists Ferguson claimed Gerrard is not a ‘Top, top” player and Liverpool are “eight players short of becoming genuine title contenders”. Well after retiring United have there…
  • Fit Football Selfies: Crystals Sophie shines

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:44 pm
    One for all the palace fans and just about everyone! here is the lovley Sophie-Marie Clegg working her magic wit woo!. via @SophsClegg
  • Liverpool stadium expansion looks awesome

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Here is a nice montage of images of the proposed new Liverpool stadium expansion. Liverpool have revealed plans to increase Anfield from 45,500 to around 59,000. Part of the development would see the memorial to the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough moved into the new expansion. Read more on the official website here via @102greatgoals
  • Skills in Heels: How attractive is this goal

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Who would think a brunette in pink woolly socks and heels would look this fit!. The perfect goalkeeper in more ways than one.
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    World Football Commentaries by Steve Amoia

  • "World in Motion: The Morality of Changing National Identity in International Sport" by Rowan Tibbs

    Steve Amoia
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    by Rowan Tibbs for World Football CommentariesPhoto credit: AndhikaMPPP.Vicente Del Bosque, manager of Spain: "I'm not going to hide the fact that he is a special case. He has never played for us before,and he was born in Brazil." {Marca, 28 Feb. 2014} Editor's Note:Rowan was kind enough to provide a synopsis of his dissertation, "World in Motion: The Morality of Changing National Identity in International Sport". I am very pleased to have this important topic discussed in such detail. Please enjoy this excellent synopsis.The paper adopted a case study approach…
  • Book Review: 100 Years of Soccer in America by the U.S. Soccer Federation

    Steve Amoia
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Image credit: U.S. Soccer Federation."American interest in soccer began with a brief flirtation with the game by college teams in the late 1860s and early 1870s, but that ended in 1876 when, following Harvard's lead, they gave up association football in favor of rugby football. Despite that decision, soccer experienced surprising growth in America during the 1880s. Among the first areas where association football spread into British working classes were the textile regions of Lancanshire and Scotland's Clyde Valley. In the 1870s and '80s, a tremendous number of people immigrated from those…
  • 2014 World Cup City Travel Guides by Ella Moss

    Steve Amoia
    2 Feb 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Image credit: Ella Moss for World Football Commentaries Publisher's NoteWith the World Cup on the horizon (12 June 2014) from Brazil, please enjoy this helpful article about guides to all of the host cities.Thirty-two nations of the world expect; none of them more so than Brazil. England, not so much, but hope is building among many countries and not just the favourites; Brazil, Germany, Holland, Argentina, Italy and France, but also Colombia (if Radamel Falcao recovers) and Chile, respectively.Image credit: FIFA. Not since Roberto Baggio’s skyward penalty kick in 1994 has a World…
  • Product Review: adidas Real Madrid Anthem Track Top by SoccerPro

    Steve Amoia
    13 Dec 2013 | 9:00 pm
    Image credit: SoccerPro.,The adidas Real Madrid Anthem Track Top inAir Force Blue by SoccerPro.Please click the image to learn more aboutthis jacket. I liked the clean lines, blend of colors and elegant look of this beautiful jacket. You could utilize it as part of your daily training gear or as a unique fashion accessory. You will likely stand out in a crowd with the adidas Real Madrid Anthem Track Top in Air Force Blue by SoccerProThis garment is manufactured by adidas in China and is comprised of 100 percent double knit polyester that feels like a cotton blend. This is an…
  • English Teams in Europe – Slim Pickings and Fat Chance

    Steve Amoia
    23 Nov 2013 | 9:00 pm
    by Sam at for World Football CommentariesAll images in this article are courtesy of and copyrighted by AndhikaMPPP.Once upon a time, Britannia ruled the waves. Not so long ago, her football clubs ruled the Champions League. As recently as 2012, Chelsea took the biggest prize in club football.But Chelsea's, let's be honest, more than fortunate defeat of Bayern Munich papered over the cracks of English dominance in Europe.Most years of the early 21st century contained Champions League semi-finals involving at least one English team. Manchester United, Chelsea,…
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    The Free Kicks Report

  • New ESPN commercial for the World Cup

    1 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
  • Why Raleigh Deserves Consideration as MLS Moves Southeast

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    Check out this story - hope one day their are actual headlines announcing the Raleigh MLS team -
  • Daily Soccer Links - 3/27

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:49 am posted an exclusive interview with MLS Commish Don Garber on a wide range of league topics. takes a stab at predicting the US starting line-up for the World Cup. The guys over at look in the chances of Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin making the World Cup roster. Interesting story outside of the US, as UEFA has approved the 'Nations League' which will replace Euro qualifying and see nations placed in a promotion / relegation system. Stadium news is always interesting reading (if even it may all be rumors), and Roma looks to grab headlines…
  • Daily Soccer Links - 3/26

    26 Mar 2014 | 3:39 pm
    There is a new #1 on top of the MLS Power Rankings this week. Even though they are still a year away from seeing action NYC FC has started the marketing campaign around town with their new badge. Great news for the US Men's National Team as FIFA has approved Julian Green's switch to the US. The Toronto v. DC match-up from this past weekend set a new MLS ratings record for Canadian sports channel TSN. Shakira has released a new soccer track in time for World Cup 2014. Simon Borg is back for a look at week 3's questionable calls and plays in Instant Replay. MLS…
  • Daily Soccer Links - 3/25

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:33 am
    Here are the updated standings after week 3 action. We have a three way tie across the top of the east - and all three teams have only played two games. FC Dallas holds the current Western Conference lead, as well as the overall table at 7 points after 3 games. Stadium News - Images have 'leaked' of the proposed stadium for Beckham's Miami team. We aren't sure how accurate these will be, or if he will even got that land, but if these images do come to be reality it will be great for the league. Big sponsorship news as Etihad Airways, the airline connected to sponsoring Manchester…
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    A Cultured Left Foot

  • Feeling Fine & Summer Sprees

    Yogi's Warrior
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    Hopes that FFP might be effectively implemented were given the footballing equivalent of a wet fish being slapped across the face with FIFA readmitting Barcelona to the transfer circus. Despite holding a ticket that clearly stated, “Strictly No Readmittance“, the Catalan club managed to finagle their way back with a well-timed appeal which left world football’s governing body with insufficient time to play out the legal process to its fullest extent. Of course it is not FFP but highlights the lengths to which clubs can go to secure their best interests. The summer was…
  • Ramsey Is Back But Walcott Has Been More Sorely Missed

    Yogi's Warrior
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:53 pm
    If a week is a long time in politics, it’s a lifetime in football. Arsenal’s world has turned once more, three consecutive wins with injury striking Everton’s forward line changing the complexion of the battle for fourth place. There are more twists and turns to be had, defeat at St Mary’s on Saturday might see The Toffees come unstuck, especially if Newcastle remain true to form on Monday night at The Emirates. What was a close run race can become a canter in the blink of an eye. As Everton’s woes begin, Arsenal’s ease. The weekend saw the return of…
  • REVIEW: Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life by Alex Bellos

    Yogi's Warrior
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life by Alex Bellos Published by Bloomsbury Reprinted and updated ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals, Futebol: The Brazilian Way Of Life remains the ideal introduction to the country and its love affair with football. The preface by Socrates offers all the testament and recommendation you require to add the book to your collection, “Alex Bellos, with the characteristic patience of a sage and the charmed curiosity of a scientist, shows us, with irrefutable clarity, our face and our soul…with discernment and rare sensibility.” To cover a nation’s…
  • Managing Change

    Yogi's Warrior
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    In days of old, the cigar smoke would have filled the oak-panelled room. The fate of the manager decided as the brandy slid down the throats of the local great and good. The decision on whether (or perhaps when is a better word) to replace David Moyes would not have been so convivial nor based on solely on footballing reasons. Manchester United is a business first and foremost; their board concerned with the implications for the brand as much as the squad. That decision, according to reports this morning, was taken as long ago as February. There may be financial reasons for not acting then…
  • Monday

    Yogi's Warrior
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hull City 0 – 3 Arsenal A late post today, courtesy of the nation’s northern favourite car park. Curiously enough, the result of a weekend’s football tournament not much further north than Hull itself. Close enough for them to be considered the local team. If Hull thought winning this fixture would accrue some psychological advantage for the FA Cup final, what will the manner of this defeat bring? They huffed as the wind puffed but Arsenal blew the home defences away with two stunning first half goals from Aaron Ramsey and Lukas Podolski. The German sealed victory with his…
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    All About FC Barcelona

  • FC Barcelona Transfermarkt - Will Barca Sell Mascherano this Summer?

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:37 pm
    With the temporary lifting of transfer ban imposed on Barca, there are too much speculation going on. The latest we have heard is the potential sale of Javier Mascherano. A few months ago all the fans could be up in arms against such a move. But at the current moment there sure will be conflicting ideas on their minds about this possibility. In any case this all will happen if our management does the stuff they are supposed to do - sign quality central defenders. Going by their track record, we could expect them to make a lot of noise about the possibility of signing a number of players,…
  • FC Barcelona Transfermarkt - Barca identifies Cuadrado as Dani Alves Replacement

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Dani Alves future at Barca has been under constant speculation for the past one year. Some expect the club to cash in on a player who was the main stay to Barca's success but also is approaching 30. There is a school of thought that if we are going to make money out of Alves, then that moment would be right now. Barca fans are totally split on Alves. His form may have been bit patchy lately and his crosses has failed to reach the targets. But they do realize that his defensive fragility is due to the fact that he is getting stretched on the right with make shift central defenders alongside…
  • FC Barcelona Transfer News - Barca reached Agreement with Mats Hummels?

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Latest reports emerging in Catalan media outlets suggest Barca reaching an agreement with Mats Hummels. The Borussia Dortmund defender, Hummels has been in Barca's radar for sometime. He has constantly emerged as the preferred choice for Barca fans in every poll. His lack of pace did worry some, but there is no doubt about his ability. It's not only Barca who has been after the highly rated defender. Both Manchester City and Juventus were looking at the option to sign him. Barca's transfer ban had put City in the prime spot. Now with ban lifted temporarily, everyone expect Barca to sign the…
  • Messi vs Neymar - Why Cruyff is the only one Smiling?

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Every time one watched Messi playing against Bilbao last week, one would left to wonder whether he prefer playing alongside Pedro rather than Neymar. It's not the first time it has happened this season. There were pundits who pointed out why Pedro needs to come ahead of Neymar, especially in order to get the best out of Messi. I myself believed that it's not the presence of Neymar; it's the combination of Neymar and Cesc which is working against Barca and also Messi. But lately it has become very clear that to make these two great players work together will take some effort, something which…
  • Thiago Messi and Antonella Offers their Support to Papa Messi

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    This cute little photo posted by Antonella Messi on her instagram page has gone viral across footballing world. The picture has both Thiago and Antonella wearing Barcelona shirts with Messi's No.10 shirt. One has to admit that the personalized shirt on Thiago Messi with name "Papi" looks so adorable. Regardless of the club treating him shabbly, Lionel Andres Messsi can always count on the support of these two people; in the end that should be the only thing which matters to him.© 2013-2014 All About FC Barcelona | Rights Reserved : Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5Visit All About…
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    Arsenal Watch

  • Arsenal Ladies trio up for PFA Awards

    William Hallahan
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Jordan nominated for two PFA Awards Arsenal Ladies trio Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter and Siobhan Chamberlain are all nominated for this year’s Women’s PFA awards. England international Nobbs has been nominated for both Women’s Player and Young Player of the Year after scoring 13 goals last season and producing a string of impressive performances at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield. Carter has also been nominated for the Young Player award after netting 14 times last campaign which earned her a  first call-up for England’s senior side. Chamberlain produced a…
  • Per “Mesut is fantastic footballer and will be a success”

    William Hallahan
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    Mesut will be a success, says Per Per Mertesacker agrees with Arsene Wenger’s assessment that we will see the best of  Mesut Ozil next season. “It’s very important to understand the differences between the leagues,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “Mesut came from La Liga and it’s quite difficult to play there. I think he has adapted well but there is more to come from him. I think the second season will be much better for him because he’s a fantastic player. “He has shown some great skills but he needs to be more consistent, which makes a difference at the end.
  • Yaya on first goal “I think about it. It’s normal as I’m a striker”

    William Hallahan
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:50 am
    Yaya craves first Gunners goal Yaya Sanogo says he set his heart set on joining Arsenal after meeting Arsene Wenger. Yaya joined the  Gunners from French club Auxerre last summer and claims he rejected interest from “a few other clubs” in the process. Yaya has made 11 appearances for Arsenal this season – including starts in crucial games against Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Wigan and Everton – and he says Wenger has been a huge influence. “I have so much respect for him,” Sanogo told Arsenal’s Official Magazine. “I will never forget the first time we met. It was last season in…
  • Nacho predicts bright Gunners future for Spanish trio

    William Hallahan
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:48 am
    Predicting big things for Spanish youngsters Nacho Monreal has described young Spanish trio Julio Pleguezuelo, Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin as “the best of their age group” at Arsenal. Defender Bellerin is the only one of the teenage trio to have made his first team debut already, but all three have impressed in the youth teams at the Emirates. Pleguezuelo, Toral and Bellerin all joined Arsenal from Barcelona, and fellow Spaniard Monreal says they have adapted swiftly to the Arsenal “philosophy”. Asked if he talks to the trio regularly, Monreal told Arsenal’s official website:…
  • Abou plays 45 minutes on Gunners return for U21s

    William Hallahan
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:43 am
    Abou back for Gunners Abou Diaby completed 45 minutes of action as Arsenal Under-21s were beaten by Chelsea at Emirates Stadium in their penultimate game of the season. The Frenchman looked tidy in the early stages of the game before fading towards the end of the first half. Hector Bellerin playing as a right winger this evening, fired Arsenal in front on 32 minutes before Lewis Baker pulled Chelsea level just after the hour. John Swift headed a late winner for Chelsea which, on the balance of play, was harsh on Arsenal. What do you think can Abou play a part in run-in.
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  • Bundesliga winning manager rules himself out of Manchester United job

    Nino Dulyachinda
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Current Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp reveals that there have been no offers for him from Manchester United regarding their managerial role as he also admits that he has no intentions of leaving his current post. Klopp has been one of the prime candidates for the United job ever since the sacking of David Moyes early Tuesday morning but claims there have been no solid offers as he admits the job opening hasn’t even crossed his mind. The German manager told SkySports ”I really do think that Manchester United is a great club, but it is also the case that as long as things…
  • Arsenal star set to leave at the end of this season

    Nino Dulyachinda
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Bacary Sagna has decided to leave Arsenal at the end of the season after failed contract talks with a number of clubs lining up to snap up the want away right back, Daily Star reports. The Arsenal star will be out of contract at the end of this season as a majority of high profile teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Galatasaray are all monitoring his situation despite the French player declaring his interest to remain in the Premier League. Sagna, who wanted a three year deal with £100,000 wages was only offered a two year deal of £75,000 instead, as he seems to now be…
  • Chelsea’s Brazilian star to miss rest of season

    Nino Dulyachinda
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Chelsea midfielder Ramires will now miss the rest of this season after being charged with violent conduct picking up a four game ban in all domestic competitions, according to TalkSPORT. The 27-year-old player was handed a three game ban for striking Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson in the face despite referee Mike Dean missing the incident as well as another one match ban for his red card during a meeting with Aston Villa. The Brazilian will now miss the final three games of the Premier League as well as another domestic match at the beginning of next season. However, with news of…
  • David Moyes lost support from former Manchester United boss

    Nino Dulyachinda
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Recently sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes believed that during the weeks before his removal, he lost the support of Sir Alex Ferguson, Mirror reports. With United’s performance on rapid decline, Moyes felt that Sir Alex was giving him less and less support to a point where the board had to question his capabilities as manager before deciding to let him go. Having only completed ten months on his proposed six year deal, the former Everton manager was relieved of his services at the helm of the club despite Sir Alex being the one to name him as his successor. The now former…
  • Liverpool will get even better, says Suarez

    Alex Hams
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Luis Suarez believes that his Liverpool side have the “potential” to get even better next season. The Reds currently lead the Premier League by five points with three games to go and have widely been described as English football’s most exciting team thanks to their 96 goals – the highest tally in the division. As well as possessing established and talented players such as Suarez himself, Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel, the Merseysiders can currently call on a crop of exciting youngsters who have, for the most part, been key in their title push. Despite there being 270 minutes of…
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  • Ramires ‘Accepts’ Four Game Ban For Violent Conduct

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    ~~  Was just a matter of time for this announcement to go public… You knew the second after seeing that replay that Ramires was going to have a vacation waiting for him ahead of the World Cup. via TheFA Chelsea midfielder Ramires has accepted a charge of violent conduct following an off-the-ball incident that was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. The incident occurred during Chelsea’s Premier League fixture against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 19 April. Ramires receives a four match ban which will start with immediate effect. The ban includes three…
  • Video :: President Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    ~~  Love that ‘WTF have I gotten myself into right now’ look on President Obama… Dude is athletic though.  And on another note, how realistic are these robots getting?!?!  How long until Cherry 2000 becomes real life?  <- If you get that reference, we can definitely be friends. ‘President Obama briefly played soccer with a robot during his visit to Japan on Thursday. The President has been emphasizing technology along with security concerns during his visit.’ If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash…
  • Bumpy Pitch In GQ Magazine – May 2014

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    When we first started Bumpy Pitch, Dunny and I would talk about one day getting in @GQ Magazine…. What that would mean to us personally and what it would mean for the sport to have a true soccer inspired clothing company in the pre-eminent men’s fashion magazine. Well, that just happened in the new May issue on Page 76 and it is more than just a little meaningful for us. Much respect and many thanks to all those that have supported and held us down even when people questioned the idea of a clothing company inspired by the lifestyle of soccer. Continue The Movement :: Bumpy…
  • Soccer Around The World – A Photographic Journey

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:29 pm
    The streets of Madrid were deserted during the#ChampionsLeague match tonight. #realmadrid vs #bayernmunich ~~ Bumpy Pitch on Instagram To submit your photos for Soccer Around The World – A Photographic Journey, e-mail
  • Jeremih :: Ahh Shit featuring Fabolous

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    ~~  For those that travel and find themselves coming across a random song during shuffle…. This is one of those. If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it's missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe.
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  • Here’s Why Lewis Baker Should Be in Chelsea’s “Weakened” Team against Liverpool

    Bharath Ram
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    There have been plenty of discussions about Chelsea’s weakened team for Sunday’s visit to Anfield. Jose Mourinho, if he is not playing any mind games on this occasion, is expected to pick a couple of Chelsea U-21 players for the starting eleven. Players like Nathan Ake and Tomas Kalas could feature if that is the ...
  • Is Mourinho Right to Prioritise the Champions League?

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    A team’s season can often be decided by one or two pivotal games. These matches may be spaced months apart but the results are ultimately crucial to whether a team is celebrating success come May or thinking about what could have been. These games may gain importance in hindsight after a season has finished, an ...
  • Liverpool vs Chelsea 2014: Match Preview & Betting Tips

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    Chelsea’s feint title hopes take them to Anfield, with the Blues in desperate need of a win if they have any chance of overhauling Liverpool. After Sunderland ended Jose Mourinho’s amazing 77 game unbeaten Premier League home record, Chelsea find themselves five points behind Liverpool with just three matches remaining. Mourinho is expected to heavily ...
  • Mourinho Threatens to Use Weakened Team against Liverpool

    Bharath Ram
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    Jose Mourinho has threatened to field a weakened team for the visit to Liverpool after criticising the Premier League for not shifting the match to a Saturday. The match will be on Sunday evening, which is Chelsea just two days of recovery time before the second leg of the Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid. ...
  • Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea 2014: Highlights & Reaction

    Bharath Ram
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    Chelsea put in a gutsy defensive display to get a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals 2014. Jose Mourinho decided to put every player, apart from Fernando Torres, behind the ball and there was a distinct lack of ambition from the team. Things improved in the second half, but it was ...
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    Soccer Mastermind

  • Soccer Dreams Never Die

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Parents sometimes ask me, “Don’t you feel guilty encouraging children to pursue their soccer dreams?” When the odds are so heavily stacked against them. When the odds of success are so overwhelming. When the likelihood of playing for Liverpool, Barcelona or Milan disintegrates with every heartbeat. However… My answer will always remain the same. Fist clenched… “You’re asking the wrong question!” Of course the odds are against us… You and I are probably not going to win a World Cup or a Premiership now. We’re not even going to play second division. We may count ourselves…
  • Soccer Indoctrination and The Need For Change

    9 Jun 2013 | 4:17 am
    When you grow up you tend to look back and remember your best friends. You remember occasions and incidents that only you will take to the grave. My youth was spent watching Fred Savage grow up playing the character Kevin Arnold in the Wonder Years. Do you remember the Wonder Years? In one particular episode, Kevin went to work with his father, Jack (Dan Lauria) to see what his dad actually did for a living. The scene started with him sitting in his father’s chair at Norcom. While looking through the draws he noticed a difference in his father’s attitude when dealing with both his boss…
  • Kids Soccer: The Dirty Dozen

    21 Apr 2013 | 4:28 am
    I’d like to start off with “every child is extraordinary”. Every child on this planet has something important to say and do. No matter how small their contribution may seem, there is a place for them in the soccer world, in the stadium of champions. The word “champion” is synonymous with excellence, winning and being the best. Champions are those individuals at the top of their game, the absolute best and are labeled “winners”. This is where I draw the line. To define champions as winners implies that everyone else is a loser. A champion is not necessarily someone who plays…
  • Kids Soccer: The Sweet Smell of Failure

    19 Mar 2013 | 3:51 am
      My philosophy, as a soccer parent is simple. “Soccer is a metaphor for life” Soccer offers the opportunity to learn in a team environment and allows children to cope with winning, losing and is one of many great workout programs. But my philosophy fails to acknowledge something that haunts the majority of kids. I’ve referred to it as the struggle previously but will call it the bogey man for this post. The Fear of Failure When kids play with fear they tend to be scared and find refuge outside of the spotlight. My question has always been this, can these players improve by…
  • Soccer Success: Addicted to Flow

    2 Nov 2012 | 4:22 am
    Each year, hundreds of soccer books are published with some great advice and insights. While these books may help a reader in the short term, most books (if you’re a published author do not send hate mail, the word “most” was used and you can place yourself in the minority if it makes you feel better) offer no advice on how to enjoy the game. Soccer books published for kids fail to ask the right questions. What really makes children feel alive? What makes them happy? What are the experiences that make soccer worthwhile? “More than anything else, men and women seek happiness”…
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  • David Moyes gets a farewell party

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
  • World Cup memory: 2002 – Ronaldinho free kick against England

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
    48 days and 14 hours to go… Ronaldinho – then at the height of his powers – leaves David Seaman wondering what the hell happened .
  • Real Madrid 1 Bayern Munich 0

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:53 pm
    In the two first leg semi final games the four best teams in Europe managed one goal between them. Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich by a solitary early Benzema goal. The rest of the game was not as dull as ditchwater as the other semifinal between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. There Mourinho played his classic […]
  • How England are going to win the World Cup….

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:05 am
    …they are going to rely on tactical instructions from random people in the audience eating mars bars. (No more wasting money on expensive coaches and managers who have not been able to do the job since 1966 anyway.) The mars bar is going to do the trick..!
  • World Cup Memory: Zidane’s moment of madness

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    49 days and 14 hours to go…. World Cup Final 2006. Zidane tragic exit.
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    Barrie's View

  • 10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 35

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    1 – For the first time in their fifth Premier League season, Crystal Palace have avoided relegation. Tony Pulis’ side were 1-0 winners at West Ham on Saturday to ensure the Eagles avoided relegation back to the Championship after winning last season’s playoffs. Palace had been relegated in all four of their previous seasons in […]
  • 10 Interesting Stats from Premier League Matchday 34

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    2 – Harry Kane has scored as many Premier League goals in open play as Roberto Soldado this season. The young English striker has made 6 appearances (2 starts) compared to the Spaniard’s 26 (22 starts). Soldado has also scored 4 penalties. 6 – Sunderland have scored 6 own goals in the Premier League this […]
  • Arsenal with and without Patrick Vieira

    12 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today Arsenal take on Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final. With only the in-form Championship side standing between them and a place in the final to face either Hull City or Sheffield United, bookmakers and many an Arsenal fan are confident Arsène Wenger’s side will lift the trophy in May. Winning the FA Cup […]
  • 3 familiar names in Champions League semi-finals

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The UEFA Champions League hasn’t thrown up many surprises this season. Galatasaray finishing above Juventus in the group stage was certainly the biggest. But that had its own controversy. A postponed match that was played in freezing temperatures saw Galatasaray beat Juventus 1-0. And even then, the Italian side were eliminated into the Europa League […]
  • 10 Interesting Stats from Champions League Quarter-Finals

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    1 – Barcelona have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight Champions League matches. 4 – English sides have won the last 4 Champions League knockout ties vs French opponents. Chelsea left it late before Demba Ba’s dramatic late winner to see Chelsea reach the semi-finals at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain. 4 […]
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    The Dribbler Sports & Fitness Blog

  • How will the new hybrid engines cope with the heat in Bahrain?

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    Bahrain a hot circuit, for hot cars, these new hybrids are growing on me, generally change needs time for all of us to digest, it’s just change we all feel apprehensive about, it’s human nature I suppose. Next year we’ll all be use to them and the teams will have gained vast experience by then, I’m sure they wont seem that bad to the pessimist. At Bahrain this year, we will see these 1,6 litre V6 turbos rip the track up, the new hybrids weight are slightly heavier 690kg to the former 642kg V8s, the power the new cars give out is obviously not as much as the V8′s…
  • How Does US Open Tennis Qualifying Work?

    26 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    The US Open is one of the grandest stages in the game of Tennis. Before 2010 the US open technically wasn’t an “open” tournament since it had no system in place to allow any player to qualify. In the past it was the top 32 internationally ranked players that got a spot, and invites were only extended to proven professionals to fill out the bracket. According to, this all changed in 2010 when the US Open debuted the US Open National Playoffs, a tournament that allows players to compete for the chance to qualify for a chance to play in this grand slam event.
  • Goal line technology for the 2014 World Cup?

    28 Oct 2013 | 2:19 pm
      The upcoming World Cup will include an unprecedented new feature in the goal line technology that FIFA has decided to implement. After a contentious World Cup match in 2010 that left many fans complaining of unfairness, FIFA has finally decided to put to use technology that has been possible for years, but many have protested its implementation and use. Goal line technology systems determine whether a goal is scored in a soccer match in a much more standardized way than simply relying on the calls of referees. Such systems are run through the use of either cameras or magnetic fields.
  • How to become a sports writer

    30 Sep 2013 | 2:14 pm
    As one of the most popular subjects in the world, sport is frequently written about both on and offline. Who writes that content? This is the job of a sports writer. Sports writers write content about the most popular sports in the world, often this is with the intention of driving traffic to news sites or online gaming platforms. They are employed either as full-time staff, or in many cases, as freelancers, working for several different outlets at the same time. So how do you find work as a sports writer? Read on for some pointers. Start a blog Starting a blog is ridiculously easy, and…
  • The best sports injury clinic in London?

    11 Sep 2013 | 2:13 pm
    If you are in need of medical treatment for a sports-related injury, Highgate Sports Injury Clinic in London is one of the best centres in the UK, if not the world. Opened in 1980, the hospital, which is located in Highgate, North London aims to provide first-class independent healthcare for the local community. They offer a range of medical services, including treatment in most specialties, diagnostic imaging, health screening, physiotherapy, GP services and also an onsite pharmacy. They can accommodate all types of surgery from tonsillectomy to hip replacement and work with over 130 of…
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    Nuke Soccer

  • ACC 2014: A Scoreless Affair In Ottawa-Edmonton First Leg

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Another passionate crowd filled the seats at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium as hometown club Ottawa Fury FC made history for the second consecutive match, making their Amway Canadian Championship debut against fellow NASL outfit FC Edmonton. Both teams were looking to bounce back in the domestic cup match after dropping their respective NASL home openers on Saturday. The match was an absolute thriller, with chances at both ends and bookings aplenty. The hosts had the first offensive breakthrough of the match in the 2nd minute, when striker Vini Dantas’ run was stopped…
  • MLS 2014: Week 7 Recap

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    CARSON, CA — Leading assist man Obafemi Martins set up one for himself, scoring in the 81st minute to propel Seattle Sounders FC to a 2-1 comeback victory against Chivas USA on Saturday night at StubHub Center. Full Story Game Highlights SANDY, UT — It was hardly the goalfest typical of the series, but the result of Saturday’s Real Salt Lake-Portland Timbers showdown was familiar to anyone who’s paid attention to the two teams’ budding rivalry – Real claimed points for the 10th consecutive time against their Western Conference rivals with a 1-0 victory. Full Story…
  • TFCtv: Dallas-Toronto Highlights

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
  • Toronto FC Loses To Dallas

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    FRISCO, TX — After two weeks of rest Blas Perez picked the best time to get his third goal of the season. In the 88th minute FC Dallas (5-1-1, 16 points) defender Stephen Keel headed down a long ball from Michel in the penalty box, Perez pounced on the loose ball to net giving FC Dallas a 2-1 win Saturday night over Toronto FC (3-3-0, 9 points). The goal was Dallas’ ninth goal of the season scored in the last 30 minutes of the match. Dallas put Toronto on their heels for the majority of the game as they earned a team-record 16 corner kicks. Issey Nakajima-Farran put the visitors on…
  • Whitecapstv: Vancouver- Los Angeles Highlights

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
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    The Famous 'Manny Road'

  • Dougie Freedman and the Great Bolton Con Job

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    As the football season winds to a close, it appears that Bolton Wanderers have at last hit form.  This is in marked contrast to what was the club’s poorest start since before the Easter Bunny started doing his rounds. In the thirteen games since losing to Burnley,  Bolton have won 7, drawn five and lost one – comfortably promotion form.  The PR spin emanating from the Reebok Stadium, is that Dougie Freedman’s master plan has at last come together, but just not soon enough. “The most important thing is that it has clicked,” said goalkeeper Adam Bogdan to Greater…
  • Don’t Like Zat Knight? How Dare You!

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    When Is A Fan Not A Fan? Quentin X asks the question. Since I started writing about Bolton Wanderers, back in the heady days of 2008, I have been called a few things by people who have disagreed with my stance on certain Wanderers related topics. Some people think that having a £150 million (and rising) accounting black hole is a good thing because the chairman is a fan. I do not. Some people thought that Gary Megson was a messiah. I did not. And some people called me pond life. And the last time I looked, I didn’t have gills. However, I have never been lumped into the same bracket of…
  • We Love You Doncaster. We Do. Oh Yes.

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Manny Road doesn’t usually lavish affection on opposing teams, but for Doncaster Rovers an exception can be made.  It’s the results you see.  There haven’t been many competitive fixtures between the two clubs, just nine in the history of the World, but in the most recent games, Bolton have scored lots of goals and Donny nonny, sorry none. In January 2007, the Whites, then in the Premier League, journeyed to South Yorkshire for an FA Cup tie, with Rovers keen to show off their shiny new stadium.  Radio Five Live pitched up sensing an upset.  It didn’t happen.  With…
  • And Here We Are at the Reebok. Oh, Hold On

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Bolton fans trundling up the M62 to the game at Huddersfield today, may find themselves in surroundings that look familiar, for the much re-named John Smith’s Stadium bears a striking resemblance to the Reebok with its curly roof and overhead metal structure holding the place together. The similarities don’t stop there.  The 1920s was a golden period for the Wanderers with three FA Cup wins. The same applies to Huddersfield who secured three successive league championships – a feat that has never been bettered. The two clubs have notable individuals in common as well.  Former…
  • In Faint Praise of…..Zat Knight?

    31 Mar 2014 | 4:19 am
    Over the years, Bolton Wanderers have had some very capable captains. Nat Lofthouse, Roy Greaves, Gudni Bergsson and Kevin Davies to name but a few. Dammit, Harry Goslin led his team into an actual war and not a made up one where we all boo Jens Lehmann. So, when Dougie Freedman named Zat “Bag of” Knight as team captain in July, a few eyebrows were raised. First of all, and most importantly, over the past few seasons Knight has been the most consistently under performing player this side of Mario Jardel. Best known for regularly being beaten in the air by players more than a foot…
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    Howay the Toon

  • NUFC Suffer Another Heavy Defeat Against Man Utd

    5 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    It’s as you were for Alan Pardew and Newcastle United, as the Toon suffered yet another 4-0 defeat (take a look at all the heavy defeats NUFC have suffered under Pardew’s management), this time against Manchester United at St. James’s Park. I thought we started off well, seeing a lot of the ball and pressing […]
  • We’re NUFC, and We’re Used to Taking Hammerings

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:23 pm
    *UPDATED: Included April 5th game against Manchester United. A quote from Alan Pardew after the wretched display from his team against Southampton this weekend: “When we turn to the fans, what can we say? They left at half past five this morning and they’ve come to watch a performance that isn’t ‘us’. Far be it […]
  • Pardew’s Fails to Make Positive Impact (for Newcastle)

    29 Mar 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Prior to the game against Southampton, NUFC manager Alan Pardew stated that his return to the stadium would have a positive impact. Unfortunately, for the 2,100 fans who traveled to the South Coast to see Newcastle play, it was anything but, as the Toon were absolutely hammered by Southampton 4-0. The scoreline didn’t flatter Southampton […]
  • Pardew Allowed Back In Against Southampton

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Alan Pardew makes a comeback of sorts on Saturday. He’s actually allowed into a football stadium after sticking a nut on some bloke at Hull. Pardew’s touchline ban however remains intact, and will do so for another four games. After being trounced by Everton, and not giving a rats arse, Newcastle’s players are looking like […]
  • Newcastle 0 West Ham 0

    24 Aug 2013 | 10:16 am
    Earlier this week Alan Pardew asked the Toon faithful to judge the team after the games against West Ham and Fulham, well, that’s one game down and it’s not looking good. To put it mildly, Newcastle United were quite simply woeful against West Ham, and the decisions from Pardew (bringing on Sammy to replace Marveaux, […]
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    BigSoccer - Featured Soccer Blogs

  • Will Man United repeat last summer’s transfer failings?

    David Bolt
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    And so it ends. Today, Manchester United announced the firing of David Moyes, after nine months in charge. Moyes and Manchester United have had an awful season, with Man United looking likely to finish in seventh place and miss out on Champions League football for the first time next season. Some Man United fans were opposed to Moyes from the beginning. They were wondering why he had been hired, a decision largely based on the recommendation of Sir Alex Ferguson, rather than one of European football’s bigger names. Others were prepared to give him a chance, but his popularity plummeted with…
  • Cardiff accuse Crystal Palace of ‘spying’

    David Bolt
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    On April 5th, Cardiff City lost a home game to Crystal Palace 0-3. This game was what’s termed a ‘six pointer’, meaning that the winning team not only gains three points, but they also stop a relegation rival getting three points. While this result was seen as a good win for Palace and a bad defeat for Cardiff, it was otherwise unremarkable. Except for what has happened in the aftermath. A few days after the game, there were accusations from Cardiff that someone from the club had fed information about the Cardiff team, including the starting XI, to Crystal Palace a day before the game.
  • Hillsborough

    Bill Archer
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Daniel Gordon’s 30 for 30 film on the Hillsborough disaster will re-air Sunday night at 10:00 pm on ESPN2. If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth a little space on your DVR. Keep reading this post at
  • Mexico 2026?

    John Jagou
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    SKIMMING TWITTER the other night, killing time before the Purple Wedding, Glenn Davis posted a link to an interesting article about the 2026 World Cup. Should Mexico host its third World Cup in 2026? Funny thing, it just so happened that UDN was broadcasting the official film of 1986 World Cup. You know the one – the one with the Michael Caine narration and the Rick Wakeman soundtrack. It turned out it was a rather poor account if the tournament. It spent a lot of time on some Argentine whose name escapes me at the moment (I kid). What really stood out, though, is that 9 of the 12…
  • Stuff I’m Not Writing About

    Bill Archer
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Work on another omnibus “FIFA Is a Den of Rats and Weasels” post having been slowed by the need to comply with our beloved government’s edict that it be fed lest it devour us all, a number of topics are herewith being tossed to the curb due to lack of time, interest and/or energy. Beginning with the ESPN 30 for 30 film on the Hillsborough disaster which aired last night. If you missed it, figure out when it will air again and force yourself to watch. As American soccer fans, even those of us who have labored mightily to grasp the issues and emotions involved, there’s…
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    Barca Blaugranes - All Posts

  • Report: FC Barcelona Agree Deal To Sign Mats Hummels

    Arron Duckling
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Reports from Diario AS suggest that FC Barcelona's search for a centre-half is over, as the Blaugrana reportedly agree a deal to bring German international Mats Hummels to the Camp Nou from Borussia Dortmund Could it be? Is the wait finally over? If reports from Madrid-based newspaper Diario AS are anything to go by, Culés may soon be celebrating as it has been rumoured that FC Barcelona’s search for a central defender has come to an end. The result? Remember, this is just speculation, but reports suggest that Barcelona have reached an agreement to bring German international Mats Hummels…
  • FC Barcelona News: 24 April 2014; Rumors Aplenty for Barça, Players Celebrate Day of Sant Jordi

    Bostjan Cernensek
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    FC Barcelona's last 10 goals at Villarreal | FC BarcelonaThis Sunday FC Barcelona will take on Villarreal with the hope of keeping their La Liga title aspirations alive. So, in order to whet your appetite ahead of the match, we offer you Barça’s last ten goals scored away to Villarreal. The video picks up in the 2005/06 season with goals from Deco, Bojan, Messi and Piqué Czibor and Kocsis, FC Barcelona's Mighty Magyars | FC BarcelonaThis fascinating video looks at the story of Zoltan Czibor and Sandor Kocsis, including interviews with the players' own sons as they explain how they escaped…
  • Report: FC Barcelona Line Up Audacious £30 Million Swoop for Arsenal Star

    Arron Duckling
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    Reports from Spain and England rather oddly suggest that FC Barcelona are preparing a £30 million bid for Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil You hear that sound? Yep, it’s the FC Barcelona transfer rumour generator whirring ominously back into life after a brief FIFA-enforced hiatus. Perhaps it’s the only downside to yesterday’s well-received news that FIFA are suspending the proposed transfer ban pending the outcome of Barcelona’s appeal? Now we actually have to live with this drama, wait, live though this drama for the next few months. However, while the Barca transfer rumour generator is…
  • Barça Transfer Ban Suspended: Time For Redemption For The FCB Board?

    Xoel Cardenas
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    On Wednesday, some good news finally came to FC Barcelona as the transfer ban imposed by FIFA on April 2nd has been suspended. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas tells you what should be Barça's signing priorities, who needs to be signed first, and why this is the time for the FCB board to redeem themselves. On Wednesday morning, my alarm woke me up and everything seemed routine. I did what most people do every morning: check my phone-yes, before going to the bathroom. To my delight, I had tweets from many Twitter followers telling me the good news: FIFA has suspended the transfer ban that was…
  • Barcelona Transfer Ban Suspended, Time to Act on Targets

    Luis Mazariegos
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    Barcelona will be allowed to sign players this summer as their appeal is taken under consideration. That doesn't mean Barca are in the clear though - so it's time to act quickly. The ban has not been lifted, but sensibly, it's been suspended. Barcelona were given a two-window ban from transferring in new players by FIFA due to cases involving the transfer of U18 players. The front office submitted an appeal that argued that the minors were taken care of correctly, and thus, the ban was unfair. While FIFA has not accepted this argument, they are suspending the ban pending a final decision.
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  • Joe Girardi is upset about ESPN following Michael Pineda

    Joe Lucia
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    During Wednesday night’s Yankees-Red Sox game on ESPN, Michael Pineda of the Yankees was ejected for having a large glob of pine tar on his neck. It was the second time that Pineda had a pine tar incident against the Red Sox this year, and the common sentiment among baseball fans and analysts is that Pineda should have done a better job at mucking up the ball if he was going to cheat. Enter Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who according to the New York Post, shifted the blame from Pineda or the Yankees onto… ESPN? “What frustrated me is that the camera is meant for the dugout and…
  • Michael Pineda suspended ten games for pine tar incident

    Joe Lucia
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda has earned a ten game suspension after his ejection on Wednesday for having pine tar on his neck. There’s no immediate word on whether or not Pineda will appeal the suspension. This is funny to me, because using a foreign substance on the ball is something that seems to be widely accepted throughout the game. However, being as obvious as Pineda was about it is apparently a no-no, and earned him the suspension and the scorn of everyone around the league. It’s also funny to me that MLB hands Pineda a ten game suspension, which actually matters…
  • The best defensive plays for the week ending April 23rd

    Joe Lucia
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    This week’s list of defense lacks some of the usual names we see on here – there’s no Trout, Simmons, or Tulowitzki, but that doesn’t mean that the plays won’t stand up to some of the best that those guys have made. April 17th, Yankees vs Rays – triple your pleasure. The legend of Yangervis Solarte continues to grow – an around the horn triple play? You’ve gotta love it. April 17th, Red Sox vs White Sox – YEEEEEEEES! Adam Eaton’s defense was lauded when he came to the White Sox from the Diamondbacks this offseason. This play…
  • The best of T-Bob Hebert’s Reddit AMA

    Kevin Causey
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Reddit was one of the sites that I featured on our list of favorite college football sites and one of my favorite things they do is their AMA (Ask Me Anything) series. If you missed the one they did with Kliff Kingsbury, you can catch up on that here. This week they had former LSU Tigers offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert. He was a part of the 2007 National Championship team (although he red-shirted) and he was also on the 2011 team that lost to Bama in the Championship Game. Here’s the best of his Reddit AMA (click here for the entire AMA). Question: What really happened the night before…
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame should find a unique way to honor Pat Tillman

    Brad Gagnon
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    It’s hard to believe Pat Tillman has been dead 10 years. Feels like just yesterday he was in Afghanistan fighting for freedom and the American way of life. But I guess that’s the idea behind never forgetting the sacrifice Tillman made when he stepped away from a seven-figure NFL salary to join the U.S. Army. Regardless, it’s important that we continue to find ways to ensure that future generations won’t lose sight of Tillman’s initial sacrifice, as well the ultimate sacrifice which is so hard for many of us to swallow. On the 10th anniversary of Tillman’s…
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    Setanta Sports Football News

  • Martinez hoping for Arsenal slip-up

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Victory over Arsenal saw Everton move into fourth spot in the Premier League table, but a shock defeat to Crystal Palace helped the Gunners reclaim the final Champions League place. On paper Arsene Wenger's men appear to have the easier-looking run-in with games against Newcastle, West Brom and Norwich, while Everton have to prepare for games against Southampton, Manchester City and Hull. However, with nine points to play for, Martinez is refusing to give up and is confident his side can finish in the top four. "I think it is fair to say, just looking at the last 15 years or so, fourth place…
  • Platini: No European ban for City

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    UEFA's Club Financial Control Board (CFCB) are currently investigating 76 clubs for breaching the FFP rules with the sanctions for those found guilty set to be announced on May 5. Despite losing £149million in the past two seasons, City, who have the biggest wage bill in sport, will not be expelled from European competitions. "The first decisions will be announced in early May, but you will be disappointed if you are looking for blood and tears. There will be tough sanctions, but no teams will be excluded from European competitions," Platini told Le Parisien. "It's not my job to talk about…
  • Allardyce wants to move to the next level

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    The Hammers have struggled at times during the campaign but they would appear to be safe as they are seven points clear of the relegation zone heading into the final three games. Having had to contend with rumours about his future, Allardyce is busy preparing for next season and believes he must take the team onto the next level after a disappointing campaign. "Last season (finishing 10th) was an overachievement and I think this season has been an underachievement up to now," Allardyce told reporters. "There are certain circumstance as to why that's been the case, as we all know. They've all…
  • Pardew planning for the future

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    Pardew's position at St James' Park has come under scrutiny in recent weeks following a run of five successive defeats, which have left the club fighting for a top ten finish. Supporters have called for him to walk away but the 52-year-old has no intention to stepping down and has already identified players he wants to bring in over the summer. Indeed, he has been finalising the club's transfer strategy with owner Mike Ashley, managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr and is hopeful he can strengthen the squad during the off-season. "We’ve looked at a couple things last…
  • Martinez tips Moyes to bounce back

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    Moyes spent 11 years at Goodison Park before leaving at the end of last season to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, but he was sacked after just ten months in charge. Sunday's loss to his former side proved to be the final straw for the United board and following a meeting of club directors, Moyes was relieved of his duties. Martinez succeeded Moyes at Goodison Park and he believes the Scot will have little trouble finding a new managerial position. "It is not a nice situation when a manager loses his job, especially someone who has such strong links with our club," Martinez…
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    Football Rascal

  • Arsenal must win the FA Cup and finish fourth

    Guest Blogger
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    For years now, Arsenal fans have been presented with the question that has almost become embodied with the club, despite being widely adopted as some sort of butt joke by opposing fans. Would, the dilemma goes, Arsenal fans swap the … Read more...
  • Moyes of old is needed if United are to go through

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    In a season where lows have succeeded themselves with impeccable regularity and always managed to outdo their predecessors, Manchester United have one last glimmer of hope to cling onto at a time of they year when they’d normally be busy … Read more...
  • Tim Sherwood: His dream, our nightmare.

    5 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Eye-patch wearing singer Gabrielle coined the phrase “dreams, can come true” in her 1993 hit single “Dreams”, a song that must be the background track to Tim Sherwood’s life since becoming Spurs manager. Unfortunately for everyone else connected to Spurs, … Read more...
  • Chelsea need a striker, but Mourinho can only blame himself

    Guest Blogger
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    “I’m not happy with my strikers’ performances, so I have to try things. And with André [Schurrle] at least I know we have one more player to have the ball, one more player to associate with the other players, and … Read more...
  • Moyes goes back to basics to undo Bayern

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    More than 70% of possession. 754 passes to 231. And yet, goals, the only statistic that ultimately matters in football, were even at Old Trafford last night. After eight months during which humiliations and abject performances had become as common … Read more...
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    Friends of Liverpool FC


    19 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Liverpool face Norwich City Sunday morning at Carrow road, knowing that a victory there will leave the Reds within touching distance of the Premier League title.With Sunderland having taken 4 points off our closest rivals Man City (draw) and a huge win at Chelsea on Saturday, surely the title is ours to lose now. TEAMPLDWONDRAWNLOSTDIFFPOINTSLIVERPOOL3525555280CHELSEA3523664175MAN CITY3423565674 I recall the sentence uttered by one Alex Ferguson a few years ago when he said: "To win the title, you cannot lose more than five games.Well old whiskey-nose was right as going into the final…

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:14 pm
                                   Norwich City v Liverpool Having over-come the giant hurdle that was Man City last Sunday afternoon, Liverpool now have their Title Destiny in their own hands.With just four games remaining for the Reds, four wins will see them win their first-ever Premier League title thus ending a 24 year wait for a League since 1990. Brendan Rodgers has done a remarkable job in turning us into a table-topping…

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Liverpool play West Ham today in another must-win game.Man City and Chelsea both won on Saturday, though neither team looked convincing in their victories.As it currently stands, Liverpool are second behind Chelsea and in front of City on 71 points.All that will change if the Reds can beat West Ham at Upton Park today:Prediction: 3-1 Liverpool

    29 Mar 2014 | 8:34 pm
    After Chelsea's surprise defeat to Crystal Palace and Man City's draw at the Emerites with Arsenal, the door is now wide open for Liverpool to go top of the League on their own if the beat Spurs at Anfield today. As it stands Liverpool are 1 point behind Chelsea with a game in-hand against Tim Sherwood's team and 2 ahead of City who still have to face Liverpool before the Season's end. Hard to believe but, with seven games to go, Liverpool's Title destiny is now in our own hands. Win our remaining games and we win the League. It will be remarkable if it happens, but we…

    22 Mar 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Liverpool, once more proved their Title Ambitions by beating a stubborn Cardiff City 6-3 to go clear in second place with a game in hand on leaders Chelsea, who remain 4 points clear of the chasing pack. With such a great result how would you rate the Liverpool Players. Mignolet 7/10: Was not at fault for any of the goals, still doesn't have a commanding presence at the back.Johnson 7/10: Back to his best after injury, did well.Skrtel 8/10: Defended well & got two crucial goals for the team.Agger 6/10: Was at fault for 2 of the Cardiff goals, place under threat.Flanagan…
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    Soccer Classroom

  • What Items Do Soccer Coaches Need for their Teams?

    Nicholas Spiller
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    This article originally appeared at Soccer ClassroomThe ball is the most important necessity in soccer! – (Photo: So you’ve decided to volunteer and be the coach for a youth soccer team!  Congratulations.  You are now on the rewarding path to fulfillment and happy memories with a bunch of young kids as they develop and grow in the game of soccer.  But before you start celebrating goals and victories, you need to think about your new role as coach of a soccer team.  Your position comes with a lot of responsibility, and first and foremost there are several…
  • A Coach With Skill Is An Added Bonus

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    This article originally appeared at Soccer ClassroomImagine walking into an art class where the teacher of the class is showing you some of their work that looks like someone upchucked their cafeteria lunch on a blank canvas.  Hey, but that’s art right?  Maybe that’s a bad example.  How about a safety ed professor who has had multiple accidents, traffic tickets, and has a history of texting while driving?  How can you respect a teacher if they can’t even live by the material they are teaching?  A teacher should be able to demonstrate what they are teaching and lead by…
  • David Moyes Firing Reveals how Important a Strong Coach Really Is

    Nicholas Spiller
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    This article originally appeared at Soccer ClassroomGoodbye David Moyes! – (Photo: While many would assume that outgoing Manchester United manager David Moyes walked into a glorious situation last summer when he joined the “Red Devils”, hot off their most recent English Premier League title, the harsh reality is that he had to fill the immense boots left behind by Sir Alex Ferguson and based on what has transpired, such a responsibility was too great for the long time manager of Everton. Heading a major club like Manchester United is really no easy feat, even with the…
  • How to Handle the Best Kid on Your Soccer Team

    Nicholas Spiller
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    This article originally appeared at Soccer ClassroomA young star soccer player in the making – (Photo: Every team has them.  This is the kid who can single-handedly take over the game and save the day, he or she is the best on the team, and they know it!  While their clever play and visionary skill draws shouts of “Ole!” from the crowd, they can also become quite the pesky creatures when they don’t get whatever they want.  The term Prima Dona comes to mind…  But as a coach of such players, what is the best way in which to handle such a talented…
  • Look Out for Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup

    Nicholas Spiller
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    This article originally appeared at Soccer ClassroomUruguay is ready for battle at the World Cup! – (Photo: While certainly not one of the big name soccer countries we usually associate as World Cup contenders, Uruguay certainly raised a few eyebrows after a strong run to the semifinals in South Africa 2010.  4 years down the road and readying themselves for Brazil, I could actually see this team going even further, potentially winning this tournament!  Perhaps this is crazy, but with the top forward lineup of any country and with history on their side, Uruguay…
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    Foot and Ball

  • Cardiff accuse Crystal Palace of ‘Spying’

    David Bolt
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    On April 5th, Cardiff City lost a home game to Crystal Palace 0-3. This game was what’s termed a ‘six pointer’, meaning that the winning team not only gains three points, but they also stop a relegation rival getting three points. While this result was seen as a good win for Palace and a bad defeat for Cardiff, it was otherwise unremarkable. Except for what has happened in the aftermath. A few days after the game, there were accusations from Cardiff that someone from the club had fed information about the Cardiff team, including the starting XI, to Crystal Palace a day before the game.
  • Nations League approved by UEFA

    David Bolt
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    One of the questions European football has been looking to answer in the past few years is what to do to improve International friendlies. A lot of international friendlies are not competitive enough to be of benefit of teams, as well as being pretty boring to watch for paying fans and TV audiences. Most are setup more as a money-spinning exercise for a national association than as a meaningful way to improve a national team. Last week, UEFA outlined a plan to revamp and hopefully improve international football in Europe, by announcing the creation of the Nations League which will begin in…
  • When Football and Parenting Collide

    Sean Charles
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:40 pm When Football and Parenting Collide is a post from: Foot and Ball The post When Football and Parenting Collide appeared first on Foot and Ball.
  • Leeds United face uncertain future after Football League blocks takeover

    David Bolt
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:18 pm
    It was not so long ago that Leeds United were one of the most exciting teams in English football. Leeds were a team with a seemingly perfect mix of exciting products of the Leeds academy and players signed from other British clubs for what were, at the time at least, sizable fees. They seemed to be poised to be in a position to be challenging for the Premier League title in years to come. In 2001, they even reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. However, it soon became apparent that Leeds’ on-field performances had come at the cost of any sort of financial stability. Leeds were…
  • Tim Sherwood Going Crazy

    Rami El Chamaa
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:11 am
    Tim Sherwood Going Crazy is a post from: Foot and Ball The post Tim Sherwood Going Crazy appeared first on Foot and Ball.
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    Local Soccer News

  • Some Stars Will Be Missed at Brazil 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Brazil 2014 World Cup is only three months away, but unfortunately for football fans some great stars will miss the tournament. Brazil, who will be playing at home, is the favorite to win the Cup for the sixth time in their history. Argentina, Germany, Spain and Belgium follow them as possible winners. At you can see the full list. One of the greatest absences will be Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint Germain. Sweden was eliminated of the World Cup by Portugal in the European playoffs. He won the Puskas Award for best goal of the year, thanks to a…
  • Why Diving Should Stay in Soccer

    28 Oct 2013 | 1:46 pm
      Diving is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of soccer today, as seemingly great players fall to the ground untouched in an attempt at gaining an advantage over an opposing team. This problem is compounded by the fact that officials seem to award penalty kicks to the diver, rather than calling a foul for the act of diving. Despite the negative aspects of diving, however, it does provide some value for the sport as a whole. Separating the Good from the Great No, diving is not representative of greatness, but it is possible to use diving as a method of differentiating good players from…
  • Buying Soccer Cleats: A How To

    14 Oct 2013 | 5:43 am
    Whether you are completely new to the game of soccer or are a seasoned pro, you need to make sure that you have the right soccer cleats to get the most out of the game. The right pair of soccer cleats isn’t going to turn you into Ronaldo, but it is going to help you put in your best performance on the pitch. There are lots of different things to take into consideration when selecting soccer cleats, but if you follow these guidelines, you are going to end up with what you need. Your soccer cleats need to suit your playing style, so you need to think about where you typically play on the…
  • American Celebrity Soccer Fans

    7 Oct 2013 | 5:59 am
    There used to be a time when soccer wasn’t even on the radar when it came to playing sports in America. However, that has all changed. Soccer is now one of the fastest-growing sports in the US, with over 3 million kids registered in local soccer leagues. The arrival of David Beckham at LA Galaxy only increased interest in the sport, and now it has legions of celebrity followers as well. Let’s take a look at some of the most surprising ones. If you think about Drew Carey, you would guess that he is a fanatic for any Cleveland sports team – and he definitely is. However, did you know that…
  • Why Not Have A Soccer Party?

    1 Oct 2013 | 8:53 am
    It used to be that kids growing up in the United States would mostly play Little League baseball, basketball and football. However, there has been a big change in recent years. Now both boys and girls are flocking to soccer in droves, with US Youth Soccer now reporting that it has over 3 million registered players, up from just 100,000 back in 1974. Soccer is a great game for kids. Not only is it an excellent form of exercise, it also improves their coordination and teaches them sportsmanship – and shows them how to be a team player. It also gives them an opportunity to meet new friends,…
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  • Love for the game.

    Kristine Lilly
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    I loved playing soccer. I love the way it made me feel out on the field, I love that it kept me in great shape. I love that it gave me great friendships.  I love that it brought my family together. Yes I love the game however the impact it had on me was greater than just the game. When I stepped out on that soccer field I felt at home.  Soccer game me the ability to express myself. As a young girl, I didn’t know how to express my feelings so I let my feelings out when I played.  I released any pains, happiness, frustrations or problems I was feeling, I let them out on the field.  After…
  • Kristine Lilly Q&A (Topic: Snacks & Hydration)

    Kristina O'Connell
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Q: Kristine, what are some ideas for quick healthy pre and post workout snacks? Give us some of your secrets as it relates to snacks and hydration. When I played on the U.S. Team we were fortunate to have had a great nutritionist come talk to our team. Two things stood out the most to me. 1. The amount of calories I was eating wasn’t enough. 2. The importance of hydration. Female athletes tend to not eat enough food to fuel their bodies to go through the high level workouts. I was one of them. It is so important to have enough fuel (food) in your body to be able to train at high levels. So…
  • Youthee Awards – America’s Top Youth Sports Award (Vote by April 30th)

    Kristina O'Connell
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
      The prestigious Youthees Awards are America’s top youth sports award (started by Youth1 Media in 2012) to honor excellence in sport, community initiative, teamwork, and love of the game.  Now in its third year, Youthees Awards has become the ultimate recognition of individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance in youth athletics. This is a key segment of the sports world, boasting 70 million youth athletes, and Youth1 Media aims at commending those achieving excellence. The Youthees awards consist of 15 categories to recognize the achievements of…
  • Take the next 75 seconds to learn how Korrio works

    Kristina O'Connell
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    We just completed a new intro video that explains how Korrio works. This video demonstrates how admins, coaches, team managers, parents and players benefit from using Korrio. We make it easy, integrated, safe and mobile. Everything you need to run a successful sports organization, in one place. Check it out!
  • UC Berkeley Innovator Spotlight: As Founder and CEO of Korrio, Steve Goldman ‘83 is transforming the youth sports experience

    Kristina O'Connell
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    After a long career helping other founders realize their dreams, Steve combined his passion for technology, business, sports and kids to launch Korrio (derived from a Maori word meaning “to play”). Korrio is a Seattle based technology firm with a young, smart team dedicated to transforming the youth sports experience via its cloud-based service for the 100 million+ Americans who participate. Prior to Korrio, Steve served as CEO of Isilon Systems for four years. He led the company’s revenue growth from $1 million in 2003 to $89 million in 2007 and executed one of the most successful…
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    Premier Soccer Chat

  • Champions League Predictions: Semifinals First Leg Previews

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The 2014 Champions League is now down to four teams. My predictions include quick pick previews for each match. Related posts: Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 36 EPL Picks Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 33 EPL Picks Premier League Predictions: Previews for Week 32 EPL Matches
  • Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 36 EPL Picks

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Week 36 of the Premier League means that there is very little time left for times to stake their places in the table. Who will survive the drop? Who will be relegated? Who will win the title? This weekend’s fixtures will go a long way in defining those positions. Related posts: Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 35 EPL Picks Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 34 EPL Picks Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 33 EPL Picks
  • Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 35 EPL Picks

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    With week 35 of the Premier League upon us, it means that predictions get somewhat more difficult. Teams are starting to get separated which means there are more teams with less to play for. Cardiff City and Fulham both managed to win while Sunderland’s loss means that they are almost certainly doomed for relegation. Norwich […] Related posts: Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 34 EPL Picks Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 33 EPL Picks
  • FA Cup Semifinals Picks and Predictions

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    My FA Cup Semifinals picks and predictions see two Premier League teams facing off against lower league opponents. Arsenal will be looking to get to the final for a chance at their first trophy in eight years. Related posts: Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 33 EPL Picks
  • Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 34 EPL Picks

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    Week 34 of the Premier League takes place on the same weekend as the FA Cup semifinal meaning that, once again, there will be teams playing catch up. There will be three matches in midweek included in my predictions Related posts: Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 35 EPL Picks Premier League Predictions: Todd’s Week 33 EPL Picks
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  • SEVEN Liverpool Players Linked With Summer Exit, But Should They Be Kept On?

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    With Liverpool reaching the Champions League for next season, Brendan Rodgers is set to receive a huge transfer budget for the summer, plus whatever money he makes from sales. According to the reports, the players below are the seven who could get the boot, so I thought that I would take a look whether or not it would be the right decision.
  • Norwich vs Liverpool - Statistical Preview

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    Neil Adams' first game in charge of Norwich City’s didn’t quite go to plan when his side’s Premier League survival hopes took a massive blow last weekend. Fulham came out 1-0 victors over the Canaries in the relegation dogfight, with Hugo Rodallega’s first half winner leaving Norwich hovering just 2 points above the drop zone with only 4 games to go.
  • All Out Attack: How Liverpool Should Line Up vs Tottenham Today

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today is the big one. Should Liverpool beat Tottenham at Anfield this afternoon, then they go top of the Premier League. It would also mean that if we win the rest of our league games, that we would lift the Premier League title. Crazy, isn't it? But if you were Brendan Rodgers, how would you line up your team?
  • THREE Reasons Why Liverpool WILL Beat Tottenham

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Liverpool have done us proud this season. Whether we go on to lift the trophy or we fall away and finish fourth, Brendan Rodgers has served up some of the best football we have seen in years. Let this sink in - if Liverpool win their remaining seven games of the season, they will lift the Premier League trophy. Extraordinary. Today we take on Tottenham, so here are three reasons why we will win this afternoon.
  • FOUR Reasons Why Liverpool Can Win The Premier League This Season

    27 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Liverpool saw off Gus Poyet's Sunderland side last night in a 2-1 win, leaving them second in the Premier League title by just one point. On the back of this, here are four reasons why Liverpool can win the league.
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  • Barcelona To Swoop For Chelsea Defender - 3 Reasons Why Mourinho Should Get Rid

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    According to reports, Barcelona's transfer ban will be lifted, pending appeal, and will swoop for Chelsea defender David Luiz in the summer. The Brazilian is a player who splits opinion of football fans, but here are three reasons why Jose Mourinho should get rid.
  • Why Cole MUST Step Up Against Atletico Madrid This Evening

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Ashley Cole has established himself as one of the most able left-backs in the Premier League in his career, but has found himself warming the bench for the majority of this season. It is unfamiliar territory for the left-back; he has been a major part of every side he has ever played for, but tonight he looks ready to be reinstated into his full-back slot.
  • Chelsea vs Sunderland - Statistical Preview

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    Chelsea remain just two points adrift of Liverpool after beating 10 man Swansea last Sunday.  Chelsea failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage until Ba found the back of the net with just over 20 minutes left on the clock.  The Blues are now 5 points ahead of rivals Manchester City with just four games remaining.   With a run in that includes a visit to Anfield, Chelsea need to seize every opportunity they can and Mourinho will be pleased at the 3 points achieved against the Swans.
  • My Best Bet: How Samuel Eto'o's Hat-Trick vs Manchester United Won Me Money

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Football betting is something that has grown enormously over the last decade or so. For many people it has been engrained into their pre-match ritual. A trip down the bookies provides us with the opportunity to pit our wits against the house and use our self-proclaimed football expertise to pocket a huge amount of profit.
  • THREE Reasons Why Chelsea WILL Beat PSG Tonight

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Chelsea travel to Paris Saint Germain this evening in the Champions League. The French outfit are top of Ligue 1 and are going strong, but here are three reasons why we will beat them.
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  • Tottenham vs Fulham: Statistical Preview

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Tottenham’s Champions League hopes were all but ended last Saturday after a 3-3 draw with West Brom left them 7 points adrift of 4th spot
  • Tottenham CAN Progress - Here's How Spurs Should Line Up vs Benfica

    20 Mar 2014 | 10:11 am
    Tottenham play Benfica this evening having lost the first leg 3-1. Spurs may have a list of unavailable players, a hefty deficit to overturn and a manager who seems more interested in picking spats with others, but I still think we [Spurs] can progress. It will be difficult, but here is how I would line the players up to challenge the Portuguese side.
  • Derby Day Preview: Tottenham vs Arsenal

    16 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    The North London derby this weekend is one the most highly anticipated in years, with Spurs desperate to bolster their hopes of securing top 4 status, and Arsenal looking to get their title chase back on track.
  • No Soldado? How Tottenham Should Line Up Against Chelsea

    8 Mar 2014 | 3:19 am
    In the big London derby today we see Spurs travel to Chelsea which looks to be the tie of the day, but Tottenham have it all to do. So how should Tim Sherwood line his men up at Stamford Bridge?
  • Preview: Tottenham Tackle Solskjaer's Cardiff

    28 Feb 2014 | 9:14 am
    Spurs will be looking to get their Premier League campaign back on track this weekend as they host strugglers Cardiff, still seething after their disappointing home defeat to Hull.
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  • Moyes Out, Mourinho In? Why I Want The Chelsea Boss To Take Over At Old Trafford

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    After 27 years in charge, Sir Alex Ferguson officially left his post at Manchester United last year and left some incredibly big shoes to fill at Old Trafford. David Moyes was the man who stepped into them, but after 10 months in charge he was shown the exit today after a dismal season. United currently sit in seventh place and won't be in the Champions League next season and probably won't be in the Europa League. But who is going to come in? My vote goes for Jose Mourinho.
  • Ryan Giggs Is NOT The Right Choice To Take Over At Manchester United

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Finally the inevitable has happened at Old Trafford. Manchester United have disposed of the services of David Moyes which will come as no surprise to any of us given the shambolic season the Red Devils have endured. However, the intrigue will come in the selection of his successor.
  • Everton vs Manchester United - Statistical Preview

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Everton will be looking to put Wednesday’s disappointing 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace behind them when they welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park this weekend. Despite the defeat to Palace the race for Champions League football is still very much alive for Roberto Martinez’s side, and they will be desperate for all 3 points on Sunday as they attempt to leapfrog Arsenal who currently sit in 4th place.
  • No Cleverley: How Manchester United Should Start vs Bayern Munich Tonight

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    We [Manchester United] have our work cut out this evening. David Moyes leads the team out against Bayern Munich tonight looking for a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League, and although everyone is expecting us to be beaten, I think we can get something out of the game. If I was Moyes, this is how I would set out the team.
  • THREE Reasons Why Manchester United WILL Beat Bayern Munich

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bayern Munich have already won the Bundesliga and are still unbeaten in the league. They are the reigning champions of Europe and everyone expects them to stroll through us this evening. Even a large majority of United fans. But I think we will win the game - here's why.
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  • Copa Del Rey Final - Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

    Azeem Ud Din
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The most popular and top Spanish clubs have qualified for the finals of Copa Del Rey. The battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the finals gives both teams a great opportunity to win the trophy and make a mark. Both of them had close failures last season, 2011, played in Valencia.On 23rd March, the match between Real Madrid and Barcelona was didn’t get enough attention amidst the La Liga in Spain. However, consecutive goals by Andres Iniesta and Leo Messi spelled the doom for Real Madrid and they went down for 3-4 against the Catalan rivals. This match has been amidst many hot…
  • Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City 13 April, 2014

    Azeem Ud Din
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    The reds will really be looking forward to bounce back after the initial humbling. Now that the reigning champions move to Anfield and without their top gun, Sergio Aguero, they will want to continue their winning streak for an eighth Premier League Title.Date: Sunday 13th April 2014 Time: 13:37 (BST-UK) Venue: Anfield - LiverpoolResult: LFC 3-2 MCFC06' 1-0 Sterling26' 2-0 Skrtel51' 2-1 Silva63' 2-2 Johnson (o.g)78' 3-2 CoutinhoManchester City will be playing with the likes of: Hart Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Yaya Toure, Clichy Rodwell, Silva Balotelli and Tevez and. For…
  • Chelsea vs Arsenal 6-0 - Match Preview

    Yousaf Ahsan
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Clash of the Giants : Chelsea vs Arsenal the London DerbyVenue: Stamford Bridge - LondonDate: Saturday 22nd March 2014Time: 12:45 (BST-UK) 8:45 AM (ET-USA)Live On TV: BT Sport 1, beIN Sports 11, StarSports 4Result: CHE 6-0 ARS1-0 Eto'o 05'2-0 Schuerrle 07'3-0 Hazard 17'4-0 Oscar 42'5-0 Oscar 66'6-0 Salah 71'Arsenal will travel to Stamford Bridge this Saturday for a clash with league leaders Chelsea Fc. This match will be Arsene Wenger`s 1000th competitive match as coach of Arsenal.Arsenal is the only team to win more often at Stamford Bridge but in Mourinho`s era they have…
  • Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid 2-2 La Liga

    Azeem Ud Din
    28 Feb 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Real and Atletico Madrid will lock horns this weekend on the LaLiga El Derbi madrileño game this Sunday. It is astonishing to see both the teams just three points separate looking at their recent performances and history. Real Madrid has been enjoying a high time for the last few days, as their win over Elche last weekend also brought with it some defeats for their rivals, Atletico and Barcelona. Hence no doubt that the team was deemed to get to the top of their division.This will be the fourth Madrid Derby this season and this will be a great time for such a match a…
  • Arsenal vs Liverpool 2-1 FA Cup 15-02-2014

    Azeem Ud Din
    15 Feb 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Arsenal and Liverpool will be facing each other this Sunday and both the sides will be quite excited to get to the top of the table. Arsenal comes into the match after a 5-1 draw with Manchester United on Wednesday and will be looking to leap forward by getting the most out of this one. But things don’t seem too good for the Gunners as the last time Liverpool and Arsenal met, Liverpool gave a good 5-1 beating to the Arsenal. This was probably the worst defeat of the season for Arsenal so Arsene Wenger will be needing a definite victory to overcome the loss he has acquired.On the other…
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  • It’s Important For Arsenal To Be In The Champions League! – Sanogo

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Yaya Sanogo has admitted that Arsenal’s players must clinch Champions League qualification. The France U21 international knows all about Arsenal’s Champions League pedigree. Sanogo told Arsenal Player : “It is very important for such a great club as Arsenal to be in the Champions League. It is a duty,”. “We really want to get qualified. We have been participants for 16 years so we want to be there again. To do that we have to give our best on the pitch, give 100 per cent in every single match.” Related Footy NewsDavid Moyes At Arsenal To See Toni Kroos…
  • Marc Bartra Admits Barcelona Need New Defensive Signings

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:16 pm
    It has been reported that Marc Bartra has no problem with Barcelona seeking new defensive signings. The 23 year old Spain international penned new terms earlier this month. “There’s a lot of talk about new defenders, but that’s the Club’s business,” said Bartra. “The players who are already here have shown what we can do. I think the base of a Barça team has to be the home grown players, as it has been until now, whilst the players we bring in give some added quality, they adapt to our ways and we go forward. We always try and help players coming in to play at their…
  • Chelsea Defender John Terry Set To Be Fit For Atletico Madrid Clash

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:13 pm
    It has been reported that Chelsea captain John Terry is set to make their Champions League semifinal return-leg with Atletico Madrid. The Daily Star claims that the former England international centre-back only tweaked ligaments and could be fit to face the Spanish side in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge. Boss Jose Mourinho stated the Blues would need to reach the Champions League Final on May 24 for skipper Terry, 33, to play again this season. But Mourinho would love to have Terry back to face the La Liga leaders and Spanish champions-elect, following the 0-0 draw…
  • Diaby Deserves To Have A Great Career! – Bacary Sagna

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Reports are out claiming that Arsenal fullback Bacary Sagna hopes Abou Diaby is over his long-term injury problems. The French midfielder made his latest comeback for the U21s this week. “He’s still young, that’s what is amazing because he had so many setbacks and bad news in his life but he’s still fighting, he’s still smiling and that’s what I admire about him,” Sagna told Arsenal Player. “He always wants to give the maximum, he always stays positive and I think that’s why he’s back today. “To me he is one of the best in the…
  • Arsenal On The Way Up! – Mesut Ozil

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Report are out claiming that Mesut Ozil insists Arsenal can finish the season successfully. The German international believes that Arsenal are “on the way up” after a frustrating season has ended with a familiar late-season push for a Champions League berth. Writing on his official Facebook page, the 25 year old said: “I’m still happy about the fact that I was able to play last Sunday for Arsenal and we even won 3-0. I think that we are on the way up after a rather difficult time. “There are only two goals for the rest of the season: to be among the first four of the Premier…
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  • GW36 Preview: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski could offer valuable points in closing weeks

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Now removed of the pressure associated with a title race, Arsenal seem to have gone back to playing attractive, attacking football, at least if the second half against West Ham and the Hull game which followed are anything to go by. Also key to those Gunners victories has been the presence of Lukas Podolski (£7.8m) […]
  • Chelsea back in Champions League action tonight

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Champions League: Semi Final Preview The first match up sees Atletico Madrid host Chelsea… Atletico have never lost at home to an English side, but Mourinho knows a bit about unbeaten home records and will hope to change that. Sadly for them, it looks like Hazard will miss out, after missing training this morning. At […]
  • Off the Mark Special: David Moyes and Manchester United were never right for each other

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    And so it came, with a devastating thump, after a visit to his former stomping ground Goodison Park. Manchester United had taken David Moyes from Everton in the summer because of the good work he had done on that particular patch of Merseyside, stabilising the club and generally making them a nuisance for the bigger […]
  • GW35 Preview: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is facing Norwich. You know what to do.

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    After the drama of last weekend, Liverpool’s title challenge rolls on to Norfolk this time around, and there’ll be at least one man who’ll be pleased it does. Luis Suarez (£13.3m) has scored a staggering 11 goals in his last four matches against the Canaries, including hat-tricks on his only previous two visits to Carrow […]
  • Off the Mark: Demba Ba deserves moments in the spotlight, now he needs to leave Chelsea to find more

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Less is more, some say. It’s why there were only ever 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers and 14 of The Office. As another well-worn saying goes, always leave them laughing. Sometimes though, just leaving them full stop is the best option. Up until the past week, Demba Ba has been Chelsea’s best-paid supporter this season, […]
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  • Madrid show Pep who’s boss and Barcelona ban overturned

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    Real Madrid edged their way into a second leg clash with German powerhouse Bayern Munich with a 1 nil win at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium breaking Guardiola's 100% record against the "merengues". On another note, FIFA have kindly lifted the ban on Barcelona that prohibited the club from signing any new players for a year. More on these two stories
  • Gunners and United could offer Fabregas a lifeline

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:42 am
    26 year old Cesc Fabregàs could be offered a lifeline back to the Premier League by former club Arsenal FC and Manchester United. Fabregàs is not having the best of seasons and the fans are not behind him. Could Fabregas return to the Premier League?
  • Man Utd keen on luring Pedro to Old Trafford

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    Apparently Manchester United are keen on luring Pedro Rodríguez to Old Trafford in the summer as part of their £200 Million rebuilding program. Pedro is frustrated at Barcelona due to his lack of playing time but FIFA's ban on the clubs transfers could mean that he stays put - More on Pedro Rodriguez
  • United to SACK David Moyes

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    Manchester United have finally given up on David Moyes and have decided to sack him after a disastrous first season in charge of the Red Devils. Names touted to replace him include Barcelona target Jurgen Klopp as well as Diego Simeone and Luis van Gaal. More on Moyes' sacking by United
  • Barcelona thrown La Liga lifeline

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Messi once again proved to be decisive last night as Barcelona were thrown a lifeline in the race for the league title. Although Barcelona do not depend on themselves, Xavi said that Barça has to do their job and win the last 4 games. More on this story
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  • Hearts 2014/15 Adidas Home Kit Released

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Today Scottish Premier League side Hearts released their new 2014/15 home kit made by Adidas. Looking To Buy Hearts Football Shirts Online? Look Here To See Our Deals The new Hearts football kit is inspired by the one worn in 1914 where the players were called up to fight in World War One. Seven of […] The post Hearts 2014/15 Adidas Home Kit Released appeared first on Latest Football Shirts News & Buy Official Football Kits Online!. Related posts: Hearts 13/14 Away Shirt Made By Adidas AC Milan 2014/15 Home, Away & Third Adidas Shirts Leaked! Wales 2014 Home Kit Made By Adidas
  • Hearts

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Buy New Official Home, Away, Third & GK Hearts Football Shirt's. Made by Umbro, Admiral & Adidas! Official Hearts kit sponsors over the years have included Strongbow. Below you will see a selection of Hearts shirts from current and past seasons carefully selected by us from trusted sellers so you get the best price when […] The post Hearts appeared first on Latest Football Shirts News & Buy Official Football Kits Online!. Related posts: Belgium Poland Greece
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    21 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Buy New Official Home, Away, Third & GK Burnley Football Shirt's. Made by Umbro, Mitre, Puma & Adidas! Official Burnley kit sponsors over the years have included Premier, Hollands, Cooke and Endsleigh. Below you will see a selection of Burnley shirts from current and past seasons carefully selected by us from trusted sellers so you […] The post Burnley appeared first on Latest Football Shirts News & Buy Official Football Kits Online!. Related posts: Hull City Poland Turkey
  • Hull City Announce New Umbro Kit Deal During Arsenal Match

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Today Hull City revealed that they have agreed a four year deal with Umbro to be their official kit manufacturer. The announcement was made to the Hull fans in the 24th minute of today's game against Arsenal in reference to 1924 the year Umbro were founded. Looking to Buy Hull City Football Kits Online? Check […] The post Hull City Announce New Umbro Kit Deal During Arsenal Match appeared first on Latest Football Shirts News & Buy Official Football Kits Online!. Related posts: Everton Announce Five Year Kit Deal With Umbro Hull City Leaked Manchester City Home Shirt 2013/14 Made By…
  • Hull City

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Buy New Official Home, Away, Third & GK Hull City Football Shirt's. Made by Umbro, Admiral, Matchwinner & Adidas! Official Hull City kit sponsors over the years have included Bonus,, Cash Converters and Karoo. Below you will see a selection of Hull City shirts from current and past seasons carefully selected by us from […] The post Hull City appeared first on Latest Football Shirts News & Buy Official Football Kits Online!. Related posts: Hull City Announce New Umbro Kit Deal During Arsenal Match Manchester City Birmingham City
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  • Sunderland need a miracle this Saturday

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    Sunderland will need to beat in-form Everton at Stadium Of Light on Saturday in order to avoid the Premier League relegation. The Black Cats are desperate for a win into this game as they are currently sit at bottom of the league table, seven points behind from the safety. Sunderland’s Injury: The Irish Goalkeeper Keiren [...]
  • FIFA World Cup 2014 Team Group Table

    7 Dec 2013 | 8:29 pm
    FIFA have announced the Group table of 32 teams which are categorized into 8 groups with 4 teams each. Five times world champions, Brazil is in Group A, whereas defending champions, Spain is in Group B. GROUP A Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon GROUP B Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia GROUP C Colombia, Greece, Cote d’Ivorie, Japan [...]
  • FIFA World Cup 2014 Teams Pots Prediction

    1 Dec 2013 | 8:58 pm
    FIFA have announced 32 teams, who are successfully qualified for the World Cup 2014. So lets talk about Team pots, who are going to which pot. World Cup 2014 Draws Pots FIFA have categorized 4 pots for 32 teams. Each pot has eight teams. According to prediction, In each Pot there will be two [...]
  • Match Preview – Portugal V Sweden, 15-Nov-2013

    6 Nov 2013 | 8:03 pm
    Few matches have been yet to be played for the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualification. Few teams have been successfully qualified for the Brazil World Cup in next year. Portugal & Sweden are the only two sides who are still struggling to get a ticket for World cup of 2014. Both have two chances to [...]
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  • PSG keen on Chelsea star defender

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly preparing a summer swoop for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, according to talkSPORT. It is understood that the French champions have been linked with a couple of Blues stars, with Eden Hazard and Oscar rumoured to be attracting attention and now the Parisians are keen on one of the Londoners’ defensive star Branislav Ivanovic. PSG boss Laurent Blanc is desperate to bolster his defensive squad ahead of a Champions League crown next term and Ivanovic is seems to be the ideal option at Parc des Princes this summer. The 30-year-old…
  • World Cup 2014: Group B Preview

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    With the World Cup approaching fast it’s time to look at the groups and they don’t come much trickier than Group B. Spain, Netherlands, Chile and Australia comprise a prickly group that will see one of the fancied sides drop out at the group stage. Spain The Current World Cup and European champions have a team filled with riches from the finest clubs in Europe. Players such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Fernando Torres and the Brazilian-born Diego Costa should all appear for Spain this summer. Spain qualified for the World Cup by finishing three points ahead of France in Group I…
  • Next Manchester Utd Manager – the Top 3 Contenders

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
    After doubts, rumours, and plenty of lackluster performances, David Moyes finally bit the dust today. So who’s going to replace him at the helm of the once mighty United? We’ve taken a look at the current top three contenders for the Manchester United job and weighed up their chances. If you fancy a flutter on the biggest managerial shuffle this season take a gander at Betfair for the very latest odds and click here to bet online at the site now. Louis van Gaal – Holland – 6/4 (Coral) The current favourite, although Spurs fans won’t be too pleased about that. Tottenham have been…
  • Manchester United boss David Moyes set to be sacked

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    The manager David Moyes is on the verge to be sacked by the defending Premier League champions Manchester United, according to the reports from Sky Sports. With 11th Premier League defeat of the season, it seems impossible for the Red Devils to qualify for next season’s Champions League, especially following United’s defeat 2-0 against Everton on Sunday confirmed their exit to qualify for Europe’s most prestigious competition next season. Sky sources claim that the club doesn’t want to believe that Moyes can be trusted with the £150m overhaul to carry out this summer and want…
  • Arsenal closing in on Bundesliga star Sebastian Jung deal

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Arsenal are closing in on Eintracht Frankfurt defender Sebastian Jung with a view to a summer move, according to reports from Metro. The 23-year-old defender is seen as one of the Bundesliga’s most talented young full-backs, and has been attracting attention from the Gunners for a while. With the Frenchman Bacary Sagna is likely to depart the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season, when his contract expires, it’s understood that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is gearing up to find out for potential replacements ahead of the summer transfer window. Jung’s agent Mino Grillo has…
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  • Transfer Rumours: Roma close in on Tottenham defender

    Sumit Rawat
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Italian club AS Roma are preparing a summer move for unsettled Tottenham centre-back Jan Vertonghen, according to Mirror. The Belgian international has been one of the stars of the 2012/13 Premier League season, but he has struggled this campaign and rumours claim that he is thinking about leaving the White Hart Lane at the end of the season in search of Champions League football and the Italian giants Roma have been alerted. It is understood that, Roma are currently sit second place on the Serie A table, eight points behind Juventus, and are in search for a highly-rated central defender.
  • Transfer Rumours: Manchester City eye Athletic Bilbao midfielder Iker Muniain

    Sumit Rawat
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Manchester City are reportedly planning a £15m summer move for Athletic Bilbao‘s Iker Muniain, according to Goal. Muniain, 21, has established himself as one of La Liga’s top young talents, with 158 first-team appearances for his club since 2009. Despite being a key player at the San Mames, Muniain’s contract is due to expire in June 2015 and there have been such rumours that Athletic are willing to sell their man to cash in if an offer of around £15m received this summer. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been impressed with the Spaniard and is keen to bolster…
  • Chelsea to offer massive £50m to Atletico’s Diego Costa

    Sumit Rawat
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chelsea are ready to offer massive £50m transfer deal for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa in this summer, according to reports from Mirror. The striker is set to agree a contract worth £185,000-a-week salary under Jose Mourinho’s first signing of forward options. The Brazilian-born goalscorer has been in excellent form this season, with 26 goals in 31 Primera Division matches. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone confirmed Mourinho’s interest in the Spaniard this summer. “It will depend on him and what he thinks is best for his future. I will support any decision he makes.
  • Manchester United chase Ajax winger Ricardo Kishna

    Sumit Rawat
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Manchester United are ready to make a move for highly-rated Ajax winger Ricardo Kishna ahead of the summer transfer window, reported in Football Direct News. It is understood Red Devils boss David Moyes is keen to sign young talented stars this summer and priority remains with strengthening up his wide attacking department. The 19-year-old Dutch wonder-kid has established himself as one of the hottest property in Eredivisie League, whose contract will expire at the end of the season. The report claims Moyes has sent their scouts to keep an eye on Kishna and certainly the Red Devils are…
  • Inter Milan wants Man City midfielder Javi Garcia

    Sumit Rawat
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Seria A giants Inter Milan are reportedly planning a summer move for Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia, according to Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri is keen to bring the 27-year-old midfielder at the San Siro this summer in order to strengthen his squad for the 2014-15 Serie A season. The Spain international, who arrived at the Etihad in 2012. But since, the arrival of Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk, Garcia has managed only eight starts under Pellegrini this season, which seems Garcia’s future at City is under threat. The Ex-Benfica star can also play as a…
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  • U21 REPORT: Reading 2-3 Manchester United

    Paul Bienkowski
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Manchester United secured their place in the semi-finals of the Barclays U21 Premier League after a performance the first team would have been proud of because of the dramatic late winner which was scored moments from the end of the match. United are the current holders of the trophy and could retain their title, which […]
  • United still on the hunt for Uruguayan striker?

    Paul Bienkowski
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    The Daily Mail has reported that Edinson Cavani’s brother is playing an important role in the PSG’s move to Manchester United in the summer. Changes in the Uruguayan’s agent has opened the possibility to a move to Old Trafford, after previous suggestions that the striker was annoyed at being played out of position and playing […]
  • The future of Danny Welbeck

    Alex Simmonds
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Danny Welbeck is without doubt a player that draws a mixture of emotions from the Old Trafford faithful. He has the ability to be that world class striker England have been dreaming for on his day, but he can quite easily gobble up and swallow the faith of even his most ardent supporters on occasions. […]
  • Butt welcomes new challenge with United

    Paul Bienkowski
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Nicky Butt is proud to be teaming up with Paul Scholes and Phil Neville in assisting temporary interim manager Ryan Giggs until the end of the season. Having previously spent time as a reserve team manager, Butt will be taking his place on the bench alongside Paul Scholes and Phil Neville for the upcoming game […]
  • Are United going to lose another young star?

    Paul Bienkowski
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The Daily Mail are reporting that United are on the brink of losing yet another young star in what could be the continuation of a worrying trend. In recent years United have seen academy starlets such as Zeki Fryers and Paul Pogba both leaving on a free transfer to Standard Liege and Juventus respectively, as […]
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  • Goal of the day: Dimitar Berbatov (Monaco) vs Nice

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    A wonderfully impudent finish from Dimitar Berbatov was enough to earn AS Monaco a 1-0 victory over Nice and a spot in next year's Champions League. In a magnificent derby atmosphere at the Stade Louis II, the match began with a moment of inspiration. With five minutes gone, João Moutinho found Berbatov on the left, inside the Nice penalty box. The former Manchester United striker controlled
  • Real Betis player asks to be replaced after two errors in first few minutes

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    Real Betis defender Paulão asked to be subbed off just half an hour into into Sunday's 3-1 loss at Rayo Vallecano and left the pitch in tears following his two errors that led to his opponents' first two goals. Real Betis player Paulão reacts after scoring an own goal against Rayo Vallecano Photo: MARCA The Brazilian's horror show on Sunday was one of the main talking points of the
  • Mikel Arteta loses tooth after clash with Hull player

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta faces a trip the dentist after having one of his front teeth knocked out during his side's 3-0 win at Hull City on Sunday. The Spaniard collided with Hull City forward Shane Long in the first half, with cameras caught Arteta's tooth flying into the air. Arsenal teammate Aaron Ramsey and physio Colin Lewin attempted to help Arteta look for the stray tooth while he
  • David Moyes haunted by 'Grim Reaper' on Everton return

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Under-fire Manchester United manager David Moyes found the "Grim Reaper" was following him during the Scot's return to Everton on Sunday. PICTURE: Everton Fan Dressed as Grim Reaper Gets Thrown Out for Taunting David Moyes— James Bond (@BondJ365) April 21, 2014 One fan dressed in a black cloak complete with an inflatable scythe and a wicked
  • Advertising boards invade Hull vs Arsenal match

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    A Premier League match between Hull City and Arsenal was halted on Sunday when a number of advertising boards were blown onto the pitch. There were four minutes on the clock at the KC Stadium when the strong wind which was whistling around the ground dislodged a number of the hoardings and scattered them on the pitch. Referee Jonathan Moss immediately halted play and some of the players helped
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  • Arsene Wenger Lining Up Big Name Summer Signings For Arsenal

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Reports are out claiming that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to spend heavy on new signings this summer. According to reports from The Mirror, the 64 year old French tactician is lining up big transfer targets as he looks to strengthen his squad for a title challenge next season. Arsenal are interested in Bayern […]
  • Arsenal Preparing Bid For Bayer Leverkusen Midfielder Lars Bender

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Reports are out claiming that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to try again for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. The Telegraph reported that the Frenchman’s focus this summer is central midfield and at least one, and possibly two, additional strikers. A renewed bid for Bender, the Bayer Leverkusen holding midfielder, can be expected after […]
  • Arsenal Need Ready Made World Class Players – Sol Campbell

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Reports are out claiming that Sol Campbell believes Arsenal can become genuine challengers once again next season if they buy a couple more world class players. “You have got to get to the stage where teams are frightened of you. You need options and they could do with a few more players who could frighten […]
  • Napoli To Beat Arsenal For Lyon Midfielder Maxime Gonalons

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Reports are out claiming that Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons is close to moving to Napoli. The French international midfielder, who is also a target for Premier League club Arsenal, is preparing to leave Lyon this summer. The player’s agent Frederic Guerra told Radio CRC : “I am in Lyon and will be in Naples tomorrow,”. […]
  • Spurs Attempted To Block Real Madrid From Selling Ozil To Arsenal

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    It has been reported that Tottenham attempted to wreck Arsenal’s deal for Mesut Ozil in the summer when negotiating the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. The Telegraph reported that Spurs are understood to have wanted to insert a binding guarantee as part of the world record £85m deal to sell Bale to the […]
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  • LIVE: AC Milan vs Livorno

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Full Match Download First Half Second half Milan:Abbiati; Abate, Mexes, Rami, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo; Taarabt, Kakà, Robinho; Balotelli Bench:Amelia, Gabriel, Bonera, De Sciglio, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Emanuelson, Muntari, Poli, Saponara, Pazzini
  • LIVE: AC Milan vs Catania

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    OFFICIAL- Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Mexes, Rami, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo; Poli, Kakà, Taarabt; Balotelli Milan bench: Coppola, Gabriel, Abate, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Emanuelson, Birsa, Saponara, Pazzini, Robinho Catania: Andujar; Monzon, Gyomber, Spolli, Rolin; Leto, Lodi, Rinaudo, Plasil; Barrientos, Bergessio Catania bench: Frison, Legrottaglie, Biraghi, Capuano, Fedato, Castro, Boateng, Keko, Petkovic, Izco
  • LIVE: Genoa vs AC Milan

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
    Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Rami, Mexes, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo; Honda, Kaka, Taarabt; Pazzini Bench:Amelia, Gabriel, Zapata, Zaccardo, Abate, Urby, Cristante, Poli, Birsa, Saponara, Robinho, Balotelli Genoa: Perin; Burdisso, De Maio, Marchese; Motta, Bertolacci, Sturaro, Antonelli; Fetfatzidis, Gilardino, Sculli Bench: Bizzarri, Donnaruma, Antonini, De Ceglie, Portanova, Gamberini, Cabral, Cofie, Centurion, Konate, Calaiò Full Match Download First […]
  • AC Milan vs Chievo Verona

    29 Mar 2014 | 1:07 am
    Milan:Abbiati, Bonera, Zaccardo, Rami, Emanuelson, De Jong, Muntari, Honda, Kaka, Taarabt; Balotelli Bench:Gabriel, Coppola, Silvestre, Zapata, Essien, Birsa, Poli, Saponara, Robinho, Pazzini Chievo: Agazzi; Sardo, Dramé, Frey, Dainelli, Bernardini; Radovanovic, Bentivoglio Hetemaj; Obinna, Paloschi Bench:Puggioni, Squizzi, Do Santos, Canini, Kupisz, Lazarevic, Cesar, Paredes, Guarente, Stojan, Pellissier, Thereau
  • LIVE: Fiorentina vs AC Milan

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:02 am
    Full Match Download First half Mirror Second Half Mirror Single Full Match download link Mirror OFFICIAL Milan: Abbiati, Bonera, Mexes, Rami, Constant, De Jong, Muntari, Kaka, Honda, Taraabt; Balotelli Bench Amelia, Gabriel, Robinho, Pazzini, Saponara, Birsa, Essien, Zapata, Cristante, Silvestre, Emanuelson , Zaccardo Fiorentina: Neto, Tomovic, Savic, Gonzalo, Pasqual, Ambrosini, Borja Valero, Matias Fernandez, Cuadrado, […]
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  • Matchday Musings: Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich (agg. 1-0)

    Ian Troyan
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Parting the red seaThe visiting German club Bayern Munich were given a wake up call soon after kick-off when Benzema scored the first goal of the night from Fabio Coentrao’s low cross inside the box. A well formulated goal that seemed to come out of the blue for Madrid who were in a possession slump for the entire first half. Bayern’s first half statistics were absolutely miles ahead of Madrid as they kept over 75% of the ball, had more attempts at goal, and completed nearly triple the amount of passes then their opponents. Yet despite the odds being against them, Real Madrid…
  • Matchday Musings: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea

    Rob Byrne
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    John Terry limps offJose gets what he wantsJose Mourinho bought the term ‘park the bus’ into the popular footballing lexicon – and last night it aptly described what his Chelsea team set out to, and succeeding in doing. A battling defensive display meant that they thwarted a fluent Atletico attack that has scored 22 goals in their past ten games – and in doing so gave themselves the advantage going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge.  Mourinho was successful in stifling Diego Costa – deploying David Luiz in front of the back four to cut off any aerial…
  • Matchday Musings: Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Charlie Martin
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Podolski celebrates his secondPodolski tames the TigersLukas Podolski continued his brilliant form with another brace today. Fresh after scoring two on Monday, the German international repeated the feat in today’s fixture. Podolski’s first was a precise volley, rifled past the helpless Steve Harper, finishing off a slick move to double Arsenal’s lead. His second was rather more simple, calmly pouncing on some calamitous defending. Arsene Wenger has continued to show faith in the striker recently, and you would have to say Podolski is repaying his manager, with what seems to…
  • Matchday Musings: Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland

    Ian Troyan
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    A broken MourinhoThe race for the title is getting closer and closer as the weeks pass, and Sunderland have put possibly the biggest wedge in Chelsea’s title chances. Not only did Sunderland pull off an unexpected win at Stamford Bridge, they put an end to Jose Mourinho’s undefeated 78 game streak. During his talks to the press after the match he was not concerned with his record being broken. Only congratulatory marks were given to the Sunderland squad and manager Gus Poyet for being able to outclass his Chelsea side. Samuel Eto’o gives hope to ChelseaThe top scoring…
  • Matchday Musings: Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United

    Charlie Martin
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Podolski continued his great record against West HamLukas downs the HammersAfter failing to find the net in recent weeks, it was important for Lukas Podolski to rediscover his goal-scoring boots as the season reaches its climax. The German international scored two important goals for Arsenal, securing three points that fires the Gunners back in to that all important fourth spot. Podolski has enjoyed an extended run in the side, starting all of the last seven games, a run that has seen him enjoy his longest playing time in over a year. Podolski’s form towards the end of this season could…
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  • Echoes of 2012 for Chelsea Champions League bid

    Harvey Mayson
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Originally posted on Chelsea’s hard-fought 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid may have given them the slight edge in their Champions League semi-final but it came at a high price. Petr Cech is out for the rest of the season after dislocating his shoulder while skipper John Terry is also unlikely to return unless the Blues make the final next month. To make matters worse, both Mikel and Lampard picked up crucial yellow cards that ruled them out of the return leg at Stamford Bridge next week. With Samuel Eto’o also injured and start player Eden Hazard battling for fitness, the…
  • Hillsborough factor fuelling Liverpool title charge

    Harvey Mayson
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Originally posted on Liverpool are now in a position to decide their own destiny after beating Manchester City 3-2 last weekend. The victory wiped out City’s advantage and Liverpool now have to win their remaining four fixtures to secure the Premiership title. The City match proceeded an emotional week for everyone at Anfield as Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster where 96 supporters perished. Whilst acknowledging that a mere football match pales into insignificance alongside such a tragedy, there is no doubt that all associated with Liverpool…
  • Rooney injury a major blow to United

    Harvey Mayson
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Originally posted on The news that striker Wayne Rooney is struggling with a serious toe injury is a devastating blow to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes. The England International did not play in United’s impressive 4-0 win at struggling Newcastle on Saturday and faces a race against time for Wednesday’s second leg in Munich. The news has distinct echoes from the tournament in 2010 when Rooney was declared doubtful by Sir Alex Ferguson after injuring his ankle in the first leg. He did actually play in the return leg but United still lost to Bayern Munich on…
  • Bayern Munich wary of United threat

    Harvey Mayson
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Originally posted on Manchester United’s topsy-turvy season continued with a convincing 4-1 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League at the weekend. Manager David Moyes must have been anxious when United conceded an early goal but Wayne Rooney came to his manager’s rescue and a seventh home defeat of the season was averted. Moyes may have been relieved by the Villa result but he will know that is only temporary as he prepares his side for the visit of holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. United came perilously close to exiting in the previous round when only a…
  • Eleven facts about the Bundesliga you didn’t know

    Ricardo Douglas
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:18 am
    Originally posted on Think you know more about the Bundesliga than the average Bundesliga fan? Ok then, prove it by testing your knowledge with 11 of the most interesting statistical facts about the German top flight pieced together courtesy of The post Eleven facts about the Bundesliga you didn’t know appeared first on Top-soccer.
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  • Gareth Bale Not Actually Human

    Mark Hodge
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Ball kicking dynamo Gareth Bale is not actually a human being, according to a group of Vatican monks tasked with destroying him. Bale, who is in a civil partnership with a Zebra called Helen, has chosen not to comment on the story. However, one of his bible bashing antagonists was happy to attend a press conference which had actually been organised to promote Geri Halliwell and Mo Farah ‘fucking for Sport Relief‘. He said: “When we saw the beast running an eternity and scoring a goal against Barcelona, that was so brilliant is was sinful, we decided rather tenuously that he…
  • Brendan Rodgers: “Good has Triumphed Over Pure Evil”

    Mark Hodge
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Liverpool windbag Brendan Rodgers has accused title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City of being “soulless corporate fuck stains.” The 41-year-old boss delivered the scathing assessment of his title rivals after administering a proverbial kick to City’s title testicles. He said: “We honestly believe that Chelsea and City are involved in the dark arts. “They are Darth Vader to our Luke Skywalker, as we were big in the 80s but haven’t done much since.” Amazingly, Rodgers then produced a loaded hand gun and used it to emphasise points during the rest of…
  • Phil Neville Denies Knowing David Moyes Three Times

    Mark Hodge
    5 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    United spare part Phil Neville reportedly denied knowing managerial buffoon David Moyes three times while on a night out in Manchester. A witness claimed that a group of City fans accosted Neville over United’s poor form and in particular their incompetent manager. The witness said: “A group of drunk lads got quite physical with Phil, one even said ‘we’re gonna shag you to death’. “Neville was obviously fearing for his life, and when the crowd brought up Moyes, Phil screamed ‘I don’t know who you’re talking about’. “He kept…
  • Ronaldo Was Conceived Using A Big Girl’s Blouse As Contraception

    Mark Hodge
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Ego centric footballing genius Ronaldo was conceived after a blouse, acquired from an unnamed big girl, burst mid coitus, according to his family physician. Doctor Pedro Smarti Pants has insisted that this information is correct, despite the fact that he has sold his story to feed his own gigantic crack habit. He said: “Ronaldo’s father was an infamous box jockey who was allergic to the rubber variety of contraceptives. “Therefore he would wrap absolutely anything around his dick trunk before dipping his wife from a standing position. “Does this explain why Ronaldo is…
  • Wenger: “All My Strikers Have Been Castrated”

    Mark Hodge
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    Charismatic loser Arsene Wenger has confirmed all his strikers are to have their dicks burnt off in front of a group of youth players whose enthusiasm for the game is being intentionally drilled out of them. The Arsenal manager insists that everything at the club is geared towards his own twisted perception of normality. He said: “I have no idea how or when I became a sporting deviant obsessed with underachieving. Some people say it’s when I started slamming crystal meth, but I think the origins are far more cerebral than that. “Of course, like any addict I have no real…
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  • Liverpool & Brendon Rodgers Tactical Analysis

    Sam Tighe
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Brendan Rodgers has masterminded a surprise Premier League title challenge this season, and after a weekend of results firmly in the Reds’ favour, Liverpool appear on the cusp of a truly special achievement. For many fans and neutrals, the Merseyside club weren’t even in the conversation for fourth place at the start of the season. Tottenham Hotspur, with £100 million worth of talent and Erik Lamela on board, were set to battle Arsenal for the final Champions League spot; Everton and Liverpool, being propped up by just a few key players each, were leagues behind. But inside the…
  • Attacking Under/ Overloads

    Louis Lancaster
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Attacking under/ overloads are an important part of the modern game. These two fast paced training drills will help to give your team the edge. Drill 1.  Structure: -Set up the area as above suiting the needs of your players and numbers available. Rules: -The 4 blues attack the 3 whites making it an overload 4v3. -If they score they then turn round and try to score in the other goal which is now an under load 4v5. -If the whites win the ball they must try and play the ball to the opposite whites and the blues continue attacking the opposite goal. -This continues for a period of time, turns,…
  • Missing Out/ Playing Through Midfield

    Louis Lancaster
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Turn defence into attack with speed by missing out or playing through the midfield. These attacks can be devastating to teams, as a result these type of training drills are important for the modern coach. Tip: In this training drill you may need to use football bibs to differentiate between the two teams. Drill 1.  Structure: -Set up the area as above suiting the needs of your players and numbers available. Rules: -The two defenders are in the defending third 3v1. -They must deliver the ball direct to the striker. -They can either play a fast pass on the ground or go over the top. -Once…
  • Time for a change at Arsenal?

    Jamie Currie
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Jamie wrote this blog for Discount Football Kits before Arsenal’s crushing 3-0 defeat to Everton. After that result will even more of you agree with the sentiment of this article? It’s coming to the end of Arsene Wenger’s 18th season at the helm of Arsenal, and it feels like his empire he has built up is steadily, year-on-year crumbling at an alarming rate. Yes, it’s well documented the changes that the Frenchman brought with him when arriving from Nagoya Grampus Eight in October 1996. The diets, the outlook on how the game should be played and the interest and bringing through of…
  • The Players’ #1 Session

    Louis Lancaster
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    This training session was inspired by Nick Levett. You can find out more about Nick on his Twitter page @nlevett. Drill 1.  Structure: -Set up the area as above. Vary the size depending on numbers and ability. Rules: -Split your players into two teams. -Once you know the numbers you can design 5 matches as below. Game 1 – Pitch 1 4v7                   Pitch 2 8v5 Game 2 – Pitch 1 6v5                   Pitch 2 6v7 Game 3 – Pitch 1 6v3                   Pitch 2 6v9 Game 4 – Pitch 1…
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  • Part 7 - Les Ferdinand has to go

    Clive Elliott
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Spurs Need To Go Mental - Part 7 In Part 6 of the Spurs Need To Go Mental series last night I looked at Gareth Bale and asked why our players don't have his mental attitude and suggested a mere £20,000 could have prevented the Erik Lamela fiasco. Spurs could do more for their foreign imports and the players could take responsibility themselves.In Part 7 of the Spurs Need To Go Mental series tonight I talk a little about nutrition, suggest Spurs should employ the best staff rather than mates and that I believe Les Ferdinand therefore has to go. The body is a temple, well to a footballer or…
  • Paulinho bid turned down

    Clive Elliott
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
    Il Tempo have revealed that Tottenham have turned down the first bid from Roma for Brazilian Paulinho.There story claims that Roma and Tottenham have been talking for weeks about a possible transfer. Roma initially wanted to loan the player for a season with an option to purchase which was immediately rejected by Spurs.If a move were to take place then only a sale and not a loan would be acceptable, with a loan merely reducing the players value as a year of his contract would have expired.Roma they claim have made an offer which has been rejected and they now say they wish Paulinho to openly…
  • Lloris admits Spurs are mentally weak

    Clive Elliott
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hugo Lloris has been one of the few shining lights in an otherwise disastrous season. Prone to an error a game, as the team have got worse he seems to have got better and is making less mistakes himself then previously, unfortunately the same can not be said for most of his teammates.The mental side of sport is everything and Lloris reveals Spurs are mentally weak in a damming assessment of his teams performances this year. His comments totally back up the theme of the Spurs Need To Go Mental series of which Part 7 will be released tonight.You can read and share the previous articles through…
  • Ex Man U Carlos Queiroz wants Tottenham job

    Clive Elliott
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    We have had a look at one World Cup managerial possibility to take charge at Tottenham after the tournament in Brazil this summer in German manager Joachim Löw so lets extend the net and look at another possibility.LöwWorld Cup Candidate Number 2: Carlos Queiroz (Iran) Age 61 - contract until end of 2014 World CupCarlos Manuel Brito Leal Queiroz is known to English fans as assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson in 2002 and again from 2004 until 2008.Prior to joining Manchester United he had previously managed South Africa, United Arab Emirates and Portugal as well as club sides. In 2003 he…
  • Part 6 - £20,000 would have avoided the Lamela fiasco

    Clive Elliott
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Spurs Need To Go Mental - Part 6 In Part 5 of the Spurs Need To Go Mental series yesterday I looked at Gareth Bale and our current crop of midfielders who by and large do not have his winning mental attitude.In this Part 6 of the Spurs Need To Go Mental series I will take a closer look at buying foreign payers and what more we can do to ensure they are a success as well as asking why more players don't have Gareth Bale's attitude. Everyone, but everyone makes mistakes. Nobody wants to make a mistake, nobody tries to make a mistake, but mistakes happen none the less.A mistake can be made…
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  • Diaby returns for Arsenal – Plays first game in 13 months

    Michael Okeje
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Abou Diaby was able to complete 46 minutes of action as he joined the U-21 side against Chelsea last night. The French midfielder who has not played in over 13 months joined the U-21 side as they faced Chelsea U21 at the Emirates Stadium. The Blues won the match by 2-1. Diaby suffered a knee ligament injury in March 2013. Diaby could well make a surprise appearance in any of the remaining games this season. Arsene Wenger revealed he is back in full training and is ready to play. “He is back in full training now and available to play,” said Wenger. “Physically he is ready to…
  • Karim Benzema To Arsenal?

    Michael Okeje
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:58 pm
    According to reports, Spanish Giants Karim Benzema are prepared to offload Karim Benzema to Arsenal in a bid to raise funds as they hope to bring in Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez was a major target of Arsenal last summer but was denied a move to the Emirates by Liverpool. The decision would however be of advantage to Bredan Rodgers side as Suarez has scored 30 goals so far and on the verge of winning the Premier League with his club. The form of the Uruguayan this season could well mean he could be out of Liverpool for a very good price. Reports suggest Real Madrid’s president, Florentino…
  • Hull City vs Arsenal Team News and Preview – Head to Head

    Michael Okeje
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
    Ahead of Hull City on Sunday, Arsene Wenger revealed the latest team news and very much looks like Mesut Ozil would be back for the trip since the game against Bayern Munich. Arsenal would take on Hull City at the The KC Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Gunners would be hoping to build on important wins to Wigan (FA Cup) and West Ham. With Everton losing to Crystal Palace in midweek and having to face Manchester United on Saturday, Arsene Wenger would be hoping his side can produce another beautiful display against a side, we would face in the FA Cup final. The manager has revealed during his…
  • Arsenal vs West Ham – Team News

    Michael Okeje
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Ahead of the game against West Ham tonight, Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news for the important cracker. With Everton now two points ahead of Arsenal on the table, the game against West Ham would be a must win if we should have any hope of qualifying for the Champions League. Speaking about the Champions League qualification, Wenger insisted he would like to see his side play in the Champions League. Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League consistently for over 15 years and Wenger would like the tradition to  continue. “It’s vital to me to do it [qualify for the…
  • Twitter reacts as Arsenal beats Wigan in the FA Cup

    Michael Okeje
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    It was a great day for Arsenal fans as they watched the team fight hard to beat hard-fighting Wigan at Wembley. It was a game that would have just sent the message of how our season would end. A  loss would have been disastrous, on a day Everton pippe us to fourth in the league but at the end the win was important and might have reawakened the team. Those “twitterains” were not left out in the party as the game was on. See some tweets below.   Although, he did not get to play a part in the game, Emiliano Viviano was full of praise Well done guys…#Gunners to the Final!
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  • 8 Premier League Survivors That Collapsed the Following Season

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Being promoted from the Championship to the Premier League is a huge step up, with most new teams often favourites for relegation at the start of the season. Then there are the teams always tipped to go down that somehow manage to survive. This season, Crystal Palace have surprised many with Tony Pulis’s turnaround leading to a successful campaign in which they could yet finish in the top 10.
  • 10 Reasons Why Gary Barlow Might Have a Say in England's World Cup Fortunes

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    As the World Cup in Brazil draws ever nearer, England boss Roy Hodgson will be carefully scrutinising every minute detail of his preparatory process to ensure his plans for the tournament are watertight. In choosing the right coaches, players and even psychologist, no stone will remain unturned in the pursuit of perfect preparation.
  • Premier League Transfer News: A Round-Up of All the Latest and Greatest Transfer Rumours

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    With the league season quickly drawing to a close, it is almost that time again where Premier League clubs make their early summer moves for a host of players ahead of next season's campaign.Here is a round up of all the rumours circulating around the Premier League recently.
  • Sam Allardyce Admits West Ham Have Underachieved This Season

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Sam Allardyce is sure to have stoked West Ham's fire with his comments to the press today.Big Sam admitted in his pre-match press conference that he was under no illusions and that West Ham's season has been one of under achievement. Allardyce felt that last season the Hammers had somewhat over achieved and the expectations had hence been raised this year, something which their results have not mirrored.
  • 5 Things Southampton Must Do to Qualify for Europe in 2015

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Southampton have won plenty of admirers since returning to the Premier League in 2012, following back to back promotions.A quite remarkable transformation has dragged them from falling short of the League One play-offs to being just shy of a European spot in the space of four years.
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    Football Rants

  • UEFA Europa League- Benfica stuns Juventus

    Roanna Sanelli
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
      A united Benfica squad. Benfica has defeated Juventus 2-1 in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon. The Portuguese side entered the match off the back of their 33rd Primeira Liga title victory, with Miralem Sulejmani and Lazar Markovic starting for the squad. Juventus has not won a European trophy in 17 years and was looking for another good start to add to their impressive tournament campaign. As such, Antonio Conte’s side was mostly unchanged from their match against Bologna on the weekend, with Mirko Vucinic coming in to partner…
  • Could Mauricio Pochettino Be The Next Manchester United Manager?

    Daniel Fraiz Martinez
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
      In the aftermath of the David Moyes sacking by Manchester United, the invariable carousel of names to replace the fiery Scotsman has begun in earnest. And while the list of candidates is quite possibly of sufficient length, and considerable breadth in its variety, there is perhaps one more name that could, and to my mind should, be thrown in to the hat, at the very least. And that is the name of Southampton FC’s Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino. Mauricio Pochettino and Sir Alex Ferguson: Could the Argentine Be The Right Man To Succesfully Replace The Legendary United…
  • Everton and Stroking Egos

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    For what it’s worth, I do hope Liverpool win the title this season. They have played great football and from being candidates (in jest) for relegation two seasons ago, they’ve come a long way. Speaking of Merseyside, I still am aghast that Everton are not getting their due attention this season. And that is primarily why this rant exists.   You know it. Source: Google Images When David Moyes left to join United, the first question that hit my head was, “Are we going to see amongst the most consistent teams in the league fall?” Seriously. But that’s when Roberto Martinez…
  • Was sacking Moyes the right move for Manchester United?

    Michael Lorenzoni
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    Towards the end of David Moyes’ time at the helm of the Red Devils, it became inevitable that he would eventually be replaced as a result of his disappointing first season in charge. Moyes came to a club on the back of a record-breaking 20th Premier League title. What coach is expected to reciprocate that success in their first year at such a prestigious club, especially after a manager of Sir Alex Ferguson’s stature? In saying that, anything less than a title-winning season would be a downgrade from last year’s results, but that is exactly what cost Moyes his job at…
  • Why I’m proud to support Hull City AFC

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    Some see being born and bred in Hull as some form of disability and can’t wait to rid themselves of the city. Others, well, they fall in love with the City. Myself? I’m of the latter. You can talk for days and weeks on end about the reputation the city has got over the years. From stinking of fish, to being a ‘sh*t town in Grimsby’, there’s rarely been little to celebrate for Hull. The same can be said for the football club. For many years, Hull City AFC lay dormant as a sleeping giant and flirted with relegation from the football league towards the late stages…
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  • Get Your Pump On! – The 5-A-Side Coach Pre-Match Playlist

    Dene Mitchell
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do you listen to music before playing 5-a-side football? What is your favourite pre-match track to get you pumped up for your game? Music is part of the tradition of football.  From crowd chants, to World Cup songs to the dressing room jukebox ahead of game – the role of music is integral in the […]
  • Become the Ultimate Defender

    Dene Mitchell
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Who is the best defensive player of all time? For my money, Paulo Maldini is the ultimate defender.  The AC Milan legend played for 3 decades at the top, winning 5 Champions League medals in the process.  The thing that stood out for me, particularly during his latter years, was that he never got his […]
  • 3 Devious Ways to Find and Create the Space to Attack Your Opposition

    Dene Mitchell
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
      Did you know that you will actually spend more than 90% of any game without touching the ball?   You will most likely be spending this time either defending or supporting your team-mates in attack.  But what specifically are you doing?  Whether you are defending or attacking, what you are trying to do is […]
  • Never Have a Bad Game Again – 3 Psychology Tips Used By Professional Footballers

    Dene Mitchell
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Have you ever been ‘in the zone’? You know, where everything just seems to go right?  Where every pass is a killer through-ball, when every strike on goal is a contender for goal of the season. Can you remember how this felt?  You were relaxed but intense.  Your decisions were spontaneous.  You were in the right place at the […]
  • How to Get Back Into Playing 5-A-Side

    Dene Mitchell
    28 Feb 2014 | 4:21 am
    This week’s post comes about following a question from @Lochrie, and provides advice for on how to get back into playing 5-a-side after a period of time out, especially for those players who are ‘past their prime’ (his words!).  By the end of this post you should have everything you need to avoid injury upon […]
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  • David Moyes accused of underestimating United job

    Alex Morgan
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Ex-Manchester United coach René Meulensteen has slammed David Moyes by claiming the Scot “ignored the advice” of his staff and underestimated his position in charge of Manchester United, saying these faults lead to his sacking on Tuesday.  Meulensteen claimed that Moyes “opted to put his own plans in place” instead of following the advice of his assistant managers, and described the result of that decision, which leaves United in seventh place in the Premier League outside of a European qualification spot, “too crazy for words.” The 50-year-old, who was…
  • MOTD- Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich

    Alex Morgan
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It wasn’t supposed to be this though for Bayern Munich. Pep Guardiola’s side won the German Bundesliga with eight full games to spare, beat Manchester City in their Champions League group this season, and then breezed past Arsenal before coming out on top over Manchester City. Not only that, but at the same stage of the Champions League in which they face Real Madrid this season, the semifinals, they demolished Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate over two legs last campaign. Barcelona – one of only two teams who currently sit above Real in La Liga, and the only team that have stopped…
  • Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea: The Blues grab the initiative in semifinal stalemate

    Darren Ash
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea earned a determined 0-0 draw on his return to Madrid as the West Londoners managed to stifle the attacking talent of hosts Atletico Madrid. The game was a controversial talking point for pundits and journalists alike after UEFA ruled that Atletico’s on loan keeper Thibuait Courtois could play against parent club Chelsea. And the match itself was dominated by the men between the sticks too – all three of them. Chelsea shot stopper and Mr Reliable Petr Cech was replaced in the first half following an awkward fall under pressure at an Atletico corner and…
  • Moyes Out! David Moyes sacked by Manchester United

    Alex Morgan
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Manchester United have finally reached the point which this season has been boiling up to. From being lead what is already guarantee to be their lowest ever finish in the league in over a quarter century, finding themselves knocked out of the FA Cup, League Cup, and Uefa Champions League, and sitting out of a European position in the Premier League, the United board has finally given manager David Moyes that sack. The club officially broke the news via Twitter, tweeting: “Manchester United announces that David Moyes has left the club.” “The club would like to place on record…
  • Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Watford: Match report

    Conor de Smith
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Queens Park Rangers secured an English Championship play-Off place with a 2-1 win over Watford after going a goal behind early in the second-half. Manager Harry Redknapp said in the game’s program notes “Watford have been in good form of late. They have really picked up and are a strong side, so we know today will be difficult,” and how right he was as his Rangers side fell behind six minutes after the interval courtesy of a Mathias Ranegie strike inside of the six yard box. The ever controversial Joey Barton equalised through an acute free-kick twenty-five minutes later before…
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    Soccer Highlights

  • Benfica 2 – 1 Juventus

    Time Soccer
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Watch Benfica vs Juventus Highlights Watch UEFA Europa League soccer match between Benfica vs Juventus match highlights, goals and videos. The post Benfica 2 – 1 Juventus appeared first on Soccer Highlights.
  • Klopp has ‘a thousand reasons’ to stay with Dortmund

    Time Soccer
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The post Klopp has ‘a thousand reasons’ to stay with Dortmund appeared first on Soccer Highlights.
  • Liverpool success unbelievable – Suarez

    Time Soccer
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
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  • Sevilla 2 – 0 Valencia

    Time Soccer
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Watch Sevilla vs Valencia Highlights Watch UEFA Europa League soccer match between Sevilla vs Valencia match highlights, goals and videos. The post Sevilla 2 – 0 Valencia appeared first on Soccer Highlights.
  • Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich 1 – 0 Highlights

    Time Soccer
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Watch Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Highlights Real Madrid take a slender lead to Germany for next Tuesday’s return but will Bayern The post Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich 1 – 0 Highlights appeared first on Soccer Highlights.
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  • Possible Moyes replacements

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
    With Moyes finally leaving the club here are some names circling around to take the United job. (Odds from Paddy Power) Louis Van Gaal: At 9/4 to be the next United manager he seems to be the most likely. He has already said that he will retire unless he gets a job opportunity in the Premier League and he has already been linked with Tottenham. However, after taking a while to decide on where he will go it makes me think that he would prefer United over Tottenham. He is also supposedly going to make the decision on his future this week. In my opinion Van Gaal would be one of the best options…
  • Everton vs Manchester United Review

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Absolutely SHAMBOLIC Player Ratings De Gea: 6- We can’t really blame him as in my opinion he’s been our player of the season. Smalling: 4- I don’t think he did too badly as he got up to attack but at some points he was just a bit too slow. Jones: 3- Not his best game and he gave away a penalty. Evans: 4- Having just come back from injury he had an okay performance, but he should have done better with Everton’s second goal. Buttner: 3- He looked to get forward and attack but he ended up not really doing much. Carrick: 2- What did he actually do? I only saw him get the…
  • Manchester United vs Everton Preview

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    We have the Everton game tomorrow which sees Moyes return to his former club again. The home tie ended up in Everton beating us and Everton are in good form so it is going to be a tough game. If we are to have any chance of top 4 this is a must win game. Here is what team I would play if I was manager. 👇 De Gea is an obvious choice and I wanted to play Jones and Smalling together at CB, but with Rafael injured I couldn’t so I paired Vidic up with Smalling instead. I would play Buttner at LB because with Moyes in charge it looks like Evra will be going and Buttner has been playing…
  • Why sell Cleverley?

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    This might be my most controversial post yet but here is why I would not sell Tom Cleverley. Firstly at the age of 24, Cleverley is still young and can still improve. What I respect most of Cleverley is that every single game he always gives it his all and he always tries his best. Bebe who is currently on loan at F.C. Paços de Ferreira is only 1 year younger than Cleverley and seems to have been far lazier than him as well, yet people still want to give him a chance because he’s done okay on loan. Cleverley did well when he went on loan. Cleverley has also come through the youth system at…
  • Can we really trust him?

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    With Moyes rumoured to be given up to £200 million for the transfer window this summer, the question is can we really trust him with that much money? Moyes has already had two windows to show us what he can do and in my opinion he hasn’t impressed. Where he has gone wrong The Fabregas incident: With weeks of rumours that Fabregas would join United in the end he stayed at Barcelona after saying that he wasn’t interested even when we were offering the money. This to me makes me think that the same thing will happen with Kroos with Dante already being given a new contract after he was…
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    Sent to the Stands

  • Financial Fair Play and The Football Fuzz

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Manchester City have been snatched up by the UEFA Football Police, allegedly for breach of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and are currently awaiting their verdict, along with 75 other clubs, to see if and what sanctions they might face. But what really is FFP? What rules have been allegedly broken? And how might […] The post Financial Fair Play and The Football Fuzz appeared first on Sent to the Stands.
  • Dragons, Tigers and Foreign Investment

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Football Association Council has rejected Hull City chairman Assem Allam’s proposed name change of the club from ‘Hull City AFC’ to ‘Hull Tigers’. The Egyptian business man has been attempting to change the name of the club for while now, claiming that the new name would be more ‘marketable’. A Hull supporters group named […] The post Dragons, Tigers and Foreign Investment appeared first on Sent to the Stands.
  • The Business End of the Season

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    As we approached the final few games of this so-far incredible Premier League season, all attention in focused on the race for the title and with some intriguing fixtures still to be played, it’s shaping up to be a photo finish. Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea all battle it out for the Premier League title. […] The post The Business End of the Season appeared first on Sent to the Stands.
  • Top 5 Hardest Footballers of the 21st Century

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    The ‘street cred’ of football has taken a battering in recent times alongside an increase in ‘play-acting’ and cheating within the game. It hasn’t always been like this though. The sport was once full of its hardmen and even harder tackles, a time before the ‘Klinsmann School of Diving’. Here are the Top 5 Hardest […] The post Top 5 Hardest Footballers of the 21st Century appeared first on Sent to the Stands.
  • A Tale of Two Midfielders

    1 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    It was not long ago that the general consensus towards Jordan Henderson was held in a very different regard. He failed to impress in his first two seasons for Liverpool and was never even close to justifying the £20 million transfer fee paid to Sunderland for his services in 2011. Yet so far this season, […] The post A Tale of Two Midfielders appeared first on Sent to the Stands.
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    The Football Column

  • UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Draw 2014

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    The draw for the Semi-Final stage of the UEFA Champions League 2014 is upon us! The four teams entered into the draw include Chelsea (UK), Real Madrid (Spain), Atletico Madrid (Spain) and the current european champions Bayern Munich (Germany). The Draw.. Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich The Favourites.. Bayern Munich The current holders, Bayern Munich, are this season favourites to win the competition, with the final due to be played at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Lisbon on Saturday the 24th of May. It would be the first time since it was rebranded as the…
  • Brazil World Cup 2014 Wallpapers – High Def

    Nick Patrick
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    We’ve scouted the web for some of the best high res (1920×1080 +) World Cup 2014 wallpapers. How to set as wallpaper: Click Image to see large version Right click image -> ‘Save image as..’ Find your downloaded image. Right click and select ‘Set as desktop background’. Enjoy your new high definition wallpaper! If you’re looking for some other sizes, let us know by commenting below and we’ll try our best to find some for you!
  • Top 7 Biggest Transfer Flops of 2014

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    7. Johan Elmander – Norwich On Loan from Galatasary League Appearances: 14 Goals: 1 Elmander joined Norwich at the time of great striker upheaval at the club affectionately known as the canaries. The Swedish international joined the Carrow Road club on loan in the January 2014 transfer window. He has made 26 appearances for the club scoring only 1 league goal contributing to a poor season at Norwich and the eventual sacking of Chris Hughton. Although Elmander joined on loan, he still makes out our biggest transfer flops of 2014 list as his goal to game ratio has been so poor for an…
  • UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals 1st leg – Game day 2 match reports

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Paris St-Germain 3 – 1 Chelsea PSG started brilliantly and were ahead within minutes, a spectacular half volley from Ezquiel Lavezzi put the home team ahead and shell shocked the English side. However, soon after the home side took their foot off the gas and relaxed into the game. This proved to be their downfall as Chelsea became more dominant, especially on the counter attack. Thiago Silva then made a rash challenge on Oscar which resulted in an “stone-wall” penalty which Eden Hazard calmly slotted into the bottom left corner of the goal. After the half time break, PSG had…
  • Top 7 Best Champions League Goals

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:18 am
    We have picked the best goals from this seasons UEFA Champions League including the sensational strike from Huntelaar in the Schalke vs Real Madrid last 16 match. Gareth Bale and Cristiano both feature with quality individual skills to get Real Madrid into the Quarter finals of the Champions League. A fantastic goal from Diego in last nights Quarter final match at the Camp Nou also makes the cut along with the Brazilian Hulk’s thunderous effort. Comment below and let us know your favourite from the pick of the bunch!
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    Nepali Football News Portal

  • Watch West Ham United vs Liverpool FC – Free Live Streaming and Squad

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Liverpool FC will face West Ham United in an away match which will in turn be a tough game for the reds. The reds that had first planned to chase for the Champions league spot are now the favorites to win the league which keeps them in some pressure when they visit West Ham United. West Ham United will field couple of ex-Liverpool players when they take on Liverpool side which they have defeated only once in their last six matches. Liverpool has won the competition four times in last six clash while one match has been tied up. Watch Live Streaming Click Here Live Liverpool are in the second…
  • Everton vs Arsenal – Watch EPL Football Free Live Streaming

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Everton and Arsenal will play in a heated battle as they are just four points apart in the league table. Arsenal that remained the title favorites at the beginning of the season are now struggling for the top four spot, as a defeat today means Arsenal will only have one points advantage over Everton with Everton having a game advantage in their hand. Watch EPl Football Live Streaming Watch Live Here Everton has played one games lesser than that of forth placed Arsenal and are four points below in the league table with 60 points. With 32 matches played so far, Arsenal remains at the third spot…
  • Sugan Tandukar – Win Against MMC and Machhindra Boosted our Morale

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    African United claimed the title of 16th BudhaSubba gold cup, they defeat Aaha Rara cup champions Sahara FC to claim the title. Sugan Tandukar who has been working long with the African recruits was the head coach of the winning side and bagged ‘The Best Coach’ title in the tournament. He Speaks with about the tournament, his footballing background and presence of African Footballers in Nepalese Football. “We expected to conquer the tournament, everyone comes to participate in order to win the tournament”, he told “We first won against Machhindra and…
  • AFC U16 Championship Draw – Nepal Grouped With Defending Champions

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am
    Nepal U16 team are grouped with DPR Korea, Kuwait and Uzbekistan in the AFC U16 championship tournament to be held on Thailand. Uzbekistan are the defending champions of the tournament. The 16-nation competition will be played from September 6 to 20 with the top four teams will qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be played in Chile next year. Nepal defeated Bahrain and Turkmenistan while a draw with Iraq guided Nepal to the final round as the group winner in the qualifiers. THE GROUPINGS Group A: Thailand, Korea Republic, Oman, Malaysia Group B: Japan, Australia, China, Hong Kong Group C:…
  • African United Claim BudhaSubba gold cup title

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    The assembled foreign recruits team, African United bag 16th BudhaSubba gold cup title as they defeat Sahara FC 4-3 in the penalty shootout. The final of the tournament remained goal less in the regulation time and the extra time of the game. African United started dominating the first half of the tournament; however they failed to scored, thanks to the superb guard from Sagar Gurung, the best goal keeper of the tournament. Sahara FC improved in the second half; however they failed to score any goals leading the game into two halves of five minutes of extra time. The extra time remained goal…
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    Sky Goal

  • Ancelotti get Real Madrid fans out of Guardiola’s phobia

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    The Italian coach get Real Madrid fans out of the case of horror that was experienced in each visit of the philosopher to the team Stadium.Yesterday the match in the Champions League between Real Madrid and Spain giant European champions Bayern Munich in the last version has been meeting ended in favor of the Royal Spanish by a single goal by Karim Benzema .And ended with this win, talk about the specter of Guardiola , who has always thinner masses royal every time he visited their court Santiago Bernabeu with his former club Barcelona , where it has incurred Spanish coach…
  • Chelsea vs Atlético Madrid

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Watch Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea live free online 30 April 2014Costa is the only rescue card for Atletico in the face of Chelsea :Atletico Madrid failed to penetrate the defensive wall of Chelsea will be looking to further scorer Diego Costa when contesting the second leg semi-final of the Champions League football in London next Wednesday .The abundance of goals helped his club Atletico Costa sparkle on both domestic and continental , but this season against Chelsea - who reported that he wants to sign him - he was unable to find the net and finished the first leg in Madrid goalless draw on…
  • Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Watch Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich online live free April 29, 2014Real Madrid signed the resolution of fire in front of Bayern Munich aim for nothing at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the meeting between the two teams within the competition semi-finals of the Champions League first leg , and held the signing of Karim Benzema goal in the first half of the meeting .Came the beginning of the meeting, expected by the Bavarian giants , who completely dominated the meeting since the first minute almost a carbon copy of the performance of Barcelona in the years of splendor , which was under the…
  • FIFA temporarily lifted Barcelona transfer ban

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    "FIFA" lift Barcelona transfer ban while sanction is appealedThe Fédération Internationale de Football Association " FIFA " Wednesday he lifted temporarily stop Barcelona from buying players pending the outcome of a grievance presented by the Catalan club .FIFA confirmed that Barcelona appealed against the death deprived of contracted players during two consecutive transmission for violating regulations for hiring foreign players under 18 years of age .He said FIFA in a statement : " Chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee finds that the complaint made ​​by the club can stop the execution…
  • Messi’s health problem repeat

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Lionel Messi’s health problem repeatLionel Messi Repeated problem Argentine star scorer and team Barcelona health before the last group match against Atletico Bilbao in La Liga.The newspaper «S» Spanish to Argentine player vomited before the game the team the last moments before entering the field.Leo wanted to get on a napkin, but remember the presence of cameras to bend his mouth and licked his shirt before he came down to the stadium in a similar situation to what happened with him in the match against Argentina in front of Romania.Liu had vomited in the friendly match Romania and…
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    A Gunner Abroad

  • West Ham Preview: The ugly monster that is Sam Allardyce

    Gunner Abroad
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Tonight we play against West Ham, a team who are in mid table and really have not much to play for. In normal circumstances it is a game we should win comfortably, but these are far from normal circumstances. A Sam Allardyce team will never lie down, especially against one who actually tries to play […] The post West Ham Preview: The ugly monster that is Sam Allardyce appeared first on A Gunner Abroad.
  • Wigan Review + West Ham preview

    Gunner Abroad
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:56 am
    Arsenal’s win against Wigan on penalties in the Cup was one of those games that are not worth going through in a detailed, minute-by-minute way. It was a horrible game, Arsenal played terribly, yet the only thing that matters is this: Arsenal play Hull in the FA Cup final this season. And that is really […] The post Wigan Review + West Ham preview appeared first on A Gunner Abroad.
  • Wigan Preview: FA Cup Can Do Funny Things

    Gunner Abroad
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Wigan Preview Tomorrow brings what could be the biggest game of the seasons so far. If you had looked at the various competitions we were in at the beginning of the season, the FA Cup looked the best chance of real silverware. Premier League – never sure an Arsenal side can sustain a challenge throughout […] The post Wigan Preview: FA Cup Can Do Funny Things appeared first on A Gunner Abroad.
  • Arsene Wenger: The Verdict

    Gunner Abroad
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Arsene Wenger: The Verdict Last week we looked at the Pro Wenger version of events, as well as the anti Wenger side. Here we weigh up the merits of the two sides, and come to the verdict. The main claim against Wenger is the lack of trophies. In fairness, no-one has won the Premier League without spending […] The post Arsene Wenger: The Verdict appeared first on A Gunner Abroad.
  • Aaron Ramsey: We Need You

    Gunner Abroad
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Aaron Ramsey If I were Aaron Ramsey I would be seriously peeved. When he limped off in our 3-1 win against West Ham with a seemingly innocuous looking injury, we were sitting pretty on top of the table. One point ahead of City, 2 ahead of Chelsea, 3 ahead of Liverpool. Now he comes on […] The post Aaron Ramsey: We Need You appeared first on A Gunner Abroad.
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    The Sports Waffle

  • 2014 NFL Schedule Released

    Karl O&#039;Shaughnessy
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    It may be 5 months until the first ball is kicked, ran back and then thrown in carefully executed plays but in true NFL style the 2014 Schedule was released to an expectant Football public with much fanfare late last night. I’ve already written a little bit on my beloved Denver Broncos schedule on […]
  • The Sports Waffle Web Guide: Ballparks on a Budget

    Karl O&#039;Shaughnessy
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    Welcome to the 2nd instalment of The Sports Waffle Web Guide. This edition, features a blog that I came across via a Twitter suggestion to follow the author, probably due to me following a number of Baseball accounts that the author also follows. ‘Ballparks on a budget’ at is a well written, intelligent and […]
  • The Sports Waffle Web Guide: Football Shirt Culture

    Karl O&#039;Shaughnessy
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    In yet another newly launched regular feature here, I aim to share with you some of the finest and perhaps lesser known gems of the internet that will interest sports fans the world over in The Sports Waffle Web Guide (TSWWG). To start the series off, I am going to a site that has certainly […]
  • FIFA World Cup Fashion – USA 1994

    Karl O&#039;Shaughnessy
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    In the second instalment of my FIFA World Cup Fashion column, I move from the fancy training gear of Ireland in 1990 to the wonders of the USA away kit in 1994. Hosting the tournament wasn’t enough in 1994 for our good friends across the water in the USA it seemed. Not only did they […]
  • FIFA World Cup Fashion – Ireland 1990

    Karl O&#039;Shaughnessy
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
      I kick start a new column today as we all finally start to get excited about the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil this June. But this isn’t just another preview piece discussing the upcoming finals, not at all, this my friends is a….wait for it…fashion column. And not just any fashion column, a […]
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