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  • Arsenal players attempt to speak with New York accents ahead of preseason visit

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle18 hrs ago

    Arsenal will visit the U.S. for the first time in 25 years for one match only in an attempt to get retribution against the New York Red Bulls, who won the 2011 Emirates Cup at Arsenal's home ground. To prepare for the trip, the club made a few players attempt to say famous phrases in a New York accent. The results were varied.

    Englishmen Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs, German Serge Gnabry, and Frenchman Matheiu Flamini all made their attempts at sounding like characters in a Scorsese film. Jenkinson probably did the best job of it, while Flamini just sounded like a Frenchman mocking New Yorkers.

    The Red Bulls' Thierry Henry will welcome his former club to Harrison, New Jersey on July 26.

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  • Philipp Lahm's international retirement reveals the true plan behind his journey

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle3 days ago

    Germany captain Philipp Lahm has announced his retirement from international football. This was an unexpected announcement given that Lahm is only 30 years old and still very much at the top of his game, but a desire to end his international career after pulling off the ultimate achievement — captaining his country to a World Cup title — is understandable.

    However, in Lahm's open letter about the decision, he explains that he made up his mind before this World Cup even began. Which brings us back to the question of why. And the answer is because he knew he would win the World Cup.

    Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has described Lahm as "the most intelligent player I have managed in my career." So it's well within reason to assume that at the age of eight (maybe eight and a half), Lahm mapped out his international career and then executed that plan to perfection. But winning the World Cup was not the ultimate goal. No — that would come after.

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