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Bayern Blast Podolski Efforts

Uli Hoeness has told Lukas Podolski he expects an improvement from him after telling the star he has “not achieved anything” at Bayern Munich. The Germany striker currently finds himself behind Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose in the Bayern pecking order but has repeatedly said he has nothing to prove to the club or its…

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Anticipation and Motivation

The team is gearing up for the semi finals. We know Brazil is going to be great. They are possibly the most technical with the ball in the world. We faced them at Giants Stadium a few months ago, and got a good result, but that game has no correlation to the game that we…

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All Eyes on Barca Team Sheet

Barcelona fans could get a clearer indication as to the future of Ronaldinho on Wednesday night when the Catalan giants face Real Zaragoza at the Nou Camp. The Brazil star was left out of the side to face Sevilla on Saturday night with the club citing a calf problem for his absence. However, the Spanish…

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Rest for the Semis

After the huge quarterfinal win against England, we are on to the semi finals! It is unbelievably exciting. After winning on Saturday night, we hung out with our family and friends after the game to celebrate, and then traveled back to Shanghai (our home base here in China!) on Sunday morning after a nice easy…

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Roman To Be More Hands On

Roman Abramovich will reportedly be looking to take a more ‘hands on’ role at Chelski following Jose Mourinho’s departure. Former Israeli national coach and friend of the Russian owner Avram Grant has been appointed Mourinho’s successor at Stamford Bridge. And The Guardian reports that Abramovich will take a more personal role in the running of…

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Keane – Mourinho Raised The Bar

Roy Keane has credited Jose Mourinho with “raising the bar” in the Barclays Premier League. The Sunderland boss, currently making his way in the management game, saw the Portuguese drag Chelsea from the ranks of the pretenders to the pinnacle of the domestic game as his former club Manchester United and Arsenal were muscled aside….

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Wenger: Jose Departure Is Sad

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to the impact former Chelsea rival Jose Mourinho has had on English football, although he expressed surprise the Portuguese did not see his job at Stamford Bridge as a long-term project. Mourinho’s departure from the two-time Premier League champions left Wenger no less shocked than the rest of…

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Mourinho Out at Chelsea

Chelsea have confirmed the stunning news that Jose Mourinho has left the club by “by mutual consent” after just over three years in charge. The Premier League club reacted to speculation over the future of the Portuguese coach by revealing the two parties had agreed to part company by mutual consent. Mourinho is understood to…

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One Goal Accomplished…

Well, we accomplished one of our goals that we set out to achieve; we managed to win our group play and move on to the Quarterfinals! Most people would agree that we had the “group of death.” Coming into the tournament, we were ranked #1 by FIFA World Rankings, Sweden was ranked #3, and North…

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Beasley backs Gers to cause stir

DaMarcus Beasley has backed Rangers to be the surprise package of the Champions League this year – starting on Wednesday night against Stuttgart. The reward for coming through qualifiers against FK Zeta and Red Star Belgrade was being drawn in arguably the toughest group in the tournament. As well as German champions Stuttgart, six-times French…

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U.S. Win Group Of Death

Lori Chalupny opened her World Cup account with a first minute finish and the U.S. women’s national team held on to defeat Nigeria 1-0 on Tuesday at the Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium. The result left the U.S. on top of Group B as Sweden defeated North Korea 2-1 in the other group match. The dream…

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Typhoon in Shanghai

We are back in Shanghai now for our third group game versus Nigeria which kicks off later tonight. Problem is, there is a monster typhoon headed towards the city! As I look out my hotel window, the rain and the wind are absolutely crazy. Game is still scheduled to kick off at 8 PM, and…

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Barca stalemate, Sevilla score four

Barcelona recorded their second 0-0 draw of the Spanish Primera Liga season at Osasuna on Sunday, while Sevilla thrashed Recreativo Huelva 4-1. Catalan giants Barca’s prodigiously talented forward line failed to sparkle once more as Frank Rijkaard’s men lost further ground on leaders, defending champions and arch-rivals Real Madrid, who have a 100% record after…

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Real Admit To Ballack Interest

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has revealed he tried to sign Michael Ballack in the summer and admits a move for the Chelsea midfielder could still be possible. Schuster said that if the Madrid giants could have met Ballack’s salary demands, the Germany captain would have been their player. However according to their coach, Real…

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Owen Hails 'Great Few Days'

Michael Owen believes England blew Russia away tonight after taking his international goal tally to 40 in a 3-0 win at Wembley. The Newcastle striker netted twice in the first half as Steve McClaren’s men took maximum points from their vital Euro 2008 qualification double-header following Saturday’s 3-0 win over Israel. Owen said on BBC1:…