Friday, March 30, 2012
Aston Villa captain Stilian Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, the club have said. The condition was diagnosed following tests after the Bulgaria international, 32, developed a fever following last Saturday's defeat to Arsenal.
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Manchester City vs. Sunderland: Preview
Premier League Spotlight
Paul Merson's Predictions
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Shall we? Remember, it's '1' for a home win, 'X' for a draw and '2' for an away win.
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Everton's Leighton Baines winning the race ahead of Chelsea's Ashley Cole to be England's best left-back
After all it’s been a difficult campaign for Cole and for Chelsea and, with voting under way among the players, he is not in his best form. What could be interesting, however, is that Cole could lose out to an Englishman in the Premier League's select XI for the first time since 2001-02 when Wayne Bridge, then of Southampton, was chosen ahead of him.
Fabrice Muamba pictured in hospital sitting up and smiling as recovery from cardiac arrest continues
"I pray that we see Fabrice Muamba smile again" said Arsene Wenger two weeks ago. Today, Wenger got his wish as the Bolton midfielder was pictured sitting up in hospital smiling for a photograph.
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I had a few beers and a bratwurst, I applauded good moves and shook my head at bad ones while squinting against the sun. Then the final whistle blew, we all went home and, all things considered, the world was not a bad place to be. There's no point in telling you who played whom and who scored - suffice it to say that I had a stunning conversation with the groundskeeper, who is an old pal of Otto Rehhagel and owns the very ball with which Bremen's Uwe Reinders scored from a throw-in against Bayern Munich. It was a game in the Schleswig-Holstein-Liga, one of the 11 regional divisions that currently make up the fifth level of German football. Despite the presence of some well-known clubs at this tier - former German champions VfR Mannheim and former cup winners Schwarz-Weiss Essen, for example - this is what we call amateur football.
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The Forecast ponders Sébastien Le Toux's visit to Philadelphia and sorts through all of the Week 4 fixtures.
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Nobody will admit it now, of course, but he was actually doing a good job.
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"Milan fans, choose which side you are on," writes Luigi Garlando in Thursday's Gazzetta dello Sport. "Those with regrets, or those who are satisfied." A goalless draw at home to Barcelona has given the team at least a hope of progressing to the Champions League semi-finals – meaning that a score draw at the Camp Nou next week would be enough. But missed opportunities for both Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the opening minutes have left many observers wondering what might have been.
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Thursday, March 29, 2012
|Chelsea celebrate their 1970 win in style...|
Welcome back, FA Cup. Good to see you again. We’ve missed you. Where have you been? Hiding in the corner of the English playground, bullied by those gorged on the rich treats of the Premier League and Champions League? Not now. After the quarter-finals were completed in such pulsating fashion on Tuesday, a vintage FA Cup semi-final weekend awaits.
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Football is full of inaccurate cliches. "It's a game of two halves" becomes redundant in games which go to extra time. "There are no easy games at this level," as trotted out by international managers everywhere rather forgets the fact that San Marino and Liechenstein are potential opponents. Perhaps most incorrect is the reliably solemn pronouncement so often heard whenever we see fisticuffs on a football pitch: "We don't want to see that." Yes we do.
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Liverpool will play an exhibition against Italian side Roma at Boston's Fenway Park on July 25 as the American-owned Premier League club attempts to increase its exposure in the United States. The match will be part of the ballpark's 100th anniversary celebrations and one of two confirmed games Liverpool will play on its 12-day tour of North America this summer.
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The lower house of Brazil's Congress on Wednesday finally passed a bill giving FIFA the guarantees needed to organize the 2014 World Cup. The Congress approved the bill after several delays which had raised concerns about whether Brazil could fulfill the commitments it made to FIFA when it accepted hosting rights for the tournament. The bill will now go to the upper house, the Senate, before reaching President Dilma Rousseff for her signature. Among the controversial issues was the sale of alcohol inside stadiums, currently against the law in Brazil but demanded by FIFA. The approved legislation doesn't specifically authorize alcohol sales, but the government says other articles in the legislation mean it can meet FIFA's requirement. Opposition lawmakers tried to veto the sale of alcohol at venues but were defeated.
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It is the best part of half a century since Merseyside's major exports were dubbed 'The Fab Four'. Now, in a city whose global fame owes as much to goals as guitars, another quartet are attracting attention, albeit in unwanted fashion. The gruesome foursome of Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam are more beaten than Beatles. Directly or indirectly, many of Liverpool's failings can be traced back to them.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Milan face Barcelona in this year's Champions League quarter-finals, having already put paid to one Barcelona Dream Team, 18 years ago in Athens. This is how they did it.
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AC Milan vs. Barcelona
The list of Ibrahimovic's insults at Guardiola and Barcelona
Marseille vs. Bayern Munich
Kevin McCarra: How Bayern Munich are making dynamic moves in Europe
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In the wake of a “brutal” setback that rocked United States soccer a day earlier, men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann came out fighting – on behalf of his players, himself and the system he believes can turn this county into an international powerhouse. Klinsmann was at LP Field on Monday night to see the USA under-23s miss out on a place in the London Olympic Games in devastating fashion, when an injury-time goalkeeping meltdown from Sean Johnson allowed El Salvador to grab a 3-3 draw.
Spain will return to the top of UEFA's country ranking for the first time since 2006-07 following a strong performance by La Liga clubs this season and England suffering its worst campaign for seven years.
There is depressing news for Italy as Serie A continues to slip away from the top table of European football and could drop below Portugal, France and possibly even the Netherlands in forthcoming seasons if its performance does not show a marked improvement.
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For most of their intermittent Serie A history, Catania have been known throughout Italy for a catchphrase related to a surprising 1961 win over Inter in their decrepit - then, and now - Stadio Cibali, and not much else. Clamoroso al Cibali ("Shock at the Cibali") became something Italians pretending to be witty would use in everyday life.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Osasuna's bookish goalkeeper has found inner peace and his team have hit their stride to push a club light on resources but strong on youthful organisation towards the European places.
Andrés Fernández gives Osasuna's Champions League bid firm foundations.
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Altidore and Ream were vital to their teams' successes, while it was a mixed weekend for several Americans in Germany.
|Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica|
Benfica vs. Chelsea
Benfica's Five Key Players
APOEL Nicosia vs. Real Madrid
Surprise Package APOEL Ready for Real Madrid Test
Jonathan Wilson: Ivan Jovanovic's devotion to detail takes Apoel into unknown territory
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Angered by a Seattle ball boy who didn't hand him the ball exactly how he wanted before a seventh-minute throw-in against the Sounders on Friday night, Houston's Colin Clark called the kid a "fucking faggot." The gay slur was picked up loud and clear by pitchside microphones for the nationally televised match.
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The Americans had only a handful of seconds left to run out the clock and advance a step closer to the Olympics. With the pressure building with each tick, victory slipped away. Right off their hands. The United States, known for producing top goalkeepers such as Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller and Tim Howard, found themselves done in Monday night when substitute Sean Johnson couldn't handle a long shot from Jaime Alas of El Salvador in stoppage time. The ball bounced off his hands, up over him and into the net, and El Salvador ousted the United States from Olympic qualifying with a 3-3 tie.
Three Thoughts and Player Ratings
Martin Rogers: Costly Error Ends Olympic Hopes (includes video)
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Monday, March 26, 2012
While arguments between Juve and Inter raged off the pitch, the striker showed his enduring class to settle the Derby d'Italia.
Juventus' Alessandro Del Piero rolls back years to see off Inter.
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|It's been a while, old friend...|
In a tight-knit league marked by inconsistency and doubt, it is Schalke, spearheaded by the prolific Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who are making the biggest impact at present.
Schalke find joyous momentum while Bundesliga rivals fret and sweat.
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Inter Milan have sacked coach Claudio Ranieri after only one win in their last 10 league matches. The former Chelsea boss took charge at the San Siro in September, replacing Gian Piero Gasperini, who was dismissed after only five games in charge.
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Manchester United 1 - 0 Fulham
Henry Winter at Old Trafford
Daniel Taylor at Old Trafford
Richard Jolly at Old Trafford
Andy Hunter at Old Trafford
Henry Winter at Old Trafford
Daniel Taylor at Old Trafford
Richard Jolly at Old Trafford
Andy Hunter at Old Trafford
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|18||Queens Park Rangers||30||-20||25|
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|This came up for some reason...|
Before you read this piece, please be warned, as they say on English TV before a programme starts, that "this article contains strong language". So look away now if you prefer. While shopping on Saturday morning, I nipped out of the local supermarket to be greeted by the phrase 'Phil! Hijo de puta!' (son of a bitch). Odd though it may seem, even before I managed to get a visual, I knew exactly who the perpetrator was, and what he was implying.
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When Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba, 23, dramatically collapsed last Saturday he came perilously close to death. This is the remarkable story of the team that saved him.
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January signing Tim Ream is feeling at home at Bolton after breaking into Owen Coyle's first team. The USA international made the Premier League switch in the New Year, but he had to wait until late February to make his top-flight debut.
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Timbers vow to rectify the problem after 1-0 defeat to Revolution, plus a look at Colin Clark's potential disciplinary issues and all of the Week 3 action.
|Way to stick a boot in, Ken...!|
Few of us like a Monday morning, but The Fifth Official does, for it brings with it a chance for him to point the finger and laugh. Here he pulls out the pretty, the puzzling and the downright pig-ugly from a week brimming with potential victims.
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Manchester City had to settle for a point at Stoke as Bolton and Wigan boosted their chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League. Tottenham maintained their advantage over Chelsea in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification, while Arsenal kept up their fine form and Newcastle stayed in the hunt for Europe with an impressive win on Sunday.
Chelsea 0 - 0 Tottenham
Richard Williams at Stamford Bridge
Kevin Palmer at Stamford Bridge
Arsenal 3 - 0 Aston Villa
Amy Lawrence at the Emirates Stadium
Liverpool 1 - 2 Wigan
Paul Doyle at Anfield
Bolton 2 - 1 Blackburn
Phil McNulty at the Reebok Stadium
Richard Jolly at the Reebok Stadium
Daniel Taylor at the Reebok Stadium
Stoke City 1 - 1 Manchester City
Mark Ogden at the Britannia Stadium
Joe Lovejoy at the Britannia Stadium
Team of the Week
Garth Crook's Team of the Week
Best of the Weekend
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Doneil Henry and Lucas Cavallini each scored goals as Canada beat the United States 2-0 Saturday night for its first win over the Americans since 1992 in the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament. The Americans could have clinched a berth in the semifinals on March 31 in Kansas City, Kan. Those winners qualify for the London games. Instead, they now must beat El Salvador, a 4-0 winner over Cuba earlier Saturday, on Monday night to advance.
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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Eventually, the theme park becomes more important than England itself and assumes sovereign status while the original declines and depopulates. As you would expect from one of Britain's greatest living novelists, it encompasses some major themes, yet even Barnes' brilliant mind could not have imagined the central conceit of his novel would become, in a way, a precursor of reality.
But then, few of us could have anticipated the breathtaking self-regard of Real Madrid, a club who for some years now have regarded success as simply something that can be bought. Thankfully, hilariously, the grand plans of their president, Florentino Perez, have largely been foiled by the unfortunate coincidence of them colliding with the greatest Barcelona team of all time.
So last week Perez rolled out the master plan. Welcome to Real Madrid Resort Island.
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The footballer gave Julian Coman some of his happiest memories at Manchester United but left him devastated when he abruptly retired at 30. Over coffee in a Paris cafe, the enigmatic star explains why he broke football fans' hearts to pursue a career as an action hero.
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The Manchester United striker shows Carlos Tevez how to bow out of a bad situation gracefully.
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