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  • The Week in Comments: "Poor Bolivilla"

    We revisit a tiny handful of the comments made on the site in the past week.

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  • A troubled fantasy? Looking at Juventus and the Champions League

    The 2013-14 season ended with Juventus breaking records that you don't expect to be beaten again in the foreseeable future. Putting things into context, 2013-14 was Antonio Conte's third season at the helm. In his first, he earned Juve back its position on the top of Italian football after years…

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  • Michael Bradley and biased refs. He's got a point.

    Bradley says Canadian refs make conscious efforts to not show they're not being biased to Canadian teams. Everyone laughs at him. But you know what, he's right. Though opening the Pandora's box by saying it out loud really doesn't help.

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  • Van Gaal wants more from match-winner Di Maria

    Manager Louis van Gaal urged Angel di Maria to give even more after he inspired Manchester United to a 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on his home debut. The Argentina international, United's record signing, upstaged debutant Radamel Falcao in Sunday's game at Old Trafford with a goal, an…

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  • Milan edge nine-goal thriller at Parma to seize top spot

    Milan moved back to the top of the Serie A table on Sunday after a thrilling 5-4 win at Parma where both sides finished with 10 men. Champions Juventus and Roma, both of whom have also won their opening two games, sit second and third respectively with Inter in fourth, two points off the pace. …

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  • Bordeaux defeat allows Lille to go top

    Bordeaux suffered their first defeat of the new Ligue 1 season at Guingamp on Sunday to lose top spot in the table to Lille, who beat Nantes earlier in the day. First-half goals from Moustapha Diallo and Christophe Mandanne, the latter from a penalty, condemned Willy Sagnol's Bordeaux to a 2-1…

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  • Madrid turns sights to retaining Champions League

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Real Madrid ended a 12-year wait for La Decima - a 10th European Cup - by winning the Champions League last season.

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  • Bayern Munich Opposition Form Report | September 13-14, 2014

    Bayern's Champions League opponents overcome adversity as new Hamburg additions make them look even more disorganized than ever. Bundesliga & DFB PokalHannover 96 (2-0) Hamburger SV

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  • Why all hope is not lost for Real Madrid

    Despite ultimately weakening the quality of the squad and undermining the development of Real Madrid’s ‘balance,’ all hope is not lost for the champions of Europe. The sale of key players -- Ángel di María and Xabi Alonso -- who were, for the most part, mainstays in the starting line-up over the…

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  • Timbers Settle for a Point in Back and Forth Road Match

    Portland gives up a halftime lead but battle back in the second half to preserve a point. After a slow "feeling out" period from both squads, the Portland Timbers and Colorado Rapids shifted things into gear and played to a 2-2 draw in Commerce City, Colorado Saturday night. A first half strike…

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  • FC Barcelona News: 14 September 2014; Neymar Brace Leads Barcelona to Victory, Barca B Survive Alaves Comeback

    Athletic Club: Neymar and Messi brilliance sees off brave Bilbao (2-0) | FC Barcelona Two goals in five minutes late on from Neymar gave Barça a deserved win in an exciting game against Bilbao at the Camp Nou this afternoon. The Brazilian came on for Munir, who again gave a solid performance,…

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  • Falcao on bench for Man Utd against QPR

    New signings Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind were handed debuts in Manchester United's Premier League home game with Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, but Radamel Falcao started on the bench. Colombia striker Falcao, a loan signing from Monaco, was joined on the substitutes bench by England left-back…

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  • Disappointed Lovren Looks Forward

    Dejan Lovren cut a disappointed figure after Liverpool's loss yesterday to Aston Villa while underlining the need to move on, but just as important is that the defender finds his own form after yet another subpar display. It's clear that Dejan Lovren is one of Brendan Rodgers' personal favorites. …

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  • Holger Badstuber Injury a Tendon Tear, Needs Another Operation

    The 25-year-old will have to miss another extended period of football, devastating news for both him and Bayern's defense Removed in the 43rd minute of Bayern Munich's 2-0 victory against VfB Stuttgart, Holger Badstuber was diagnosed with a tendon tear in his left thigh, the club website revealed…

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  • Five answers to Real Madrid's problems

    After Real Madrid's disappointing defeat in Anoeta two weeks ago, Ancelotti said some things needed to change and, in fact, that they would. Watching last night's game against Atlético one should think he was not referring to the most immediate future.

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  • Week 27 (pt. II): Philadelphia Union 2-2 New York Red Bulls

    The New York Red Bulls almost clung on to take three points out of a rain-drenched PPL Park, but - in a cruel echo of their last-minute triumph over D.C. United in midweek - a goal conceded in stoppage time let Philadelphia Union claim the draw. Referee Allen Chapman saw a defender stick a leg out…

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  • Revolution 2, Impact 1 - All The Comeback Kids Do Is Nguyen

    After giving up another early goal, Kelyn Rowe and Lee Nguyen scored in rapid succession to give the New England Revolution another come-from-behind win in MLS, this time against the visiting Montreal Impact. For the third consecutive game, the New England Revolution fell behind on an early goal. …

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  • Rodgers promises Sterling recall after Villa defeat

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed Raheem Sterling will be restored to the starting line-up for their next match after he defended his decision to rest the youngster for the majority of a 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa. The Reds were unable to break down the defence of an organised Villa…

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