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European Roundup: 10 countries in 10 minutes or less!

This leg of our European tour starts in France where Bordeaux revived their Ligue 1 title hopes when Pierre Ducasse’s stunning 25-metre strike in stoppage time earned them a 2-1 win at Olympique Marseille on the weekend. Second-placed Bordeaux, on 71 points with two games left, are two points behind […]

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List of Pundits at Setanta Continues to Grow

Pat Dolan (pictured) has decided to continue as a Setanta Sports pundit instead of becoming manager of Derry City, according to BBC Sport. That means that the Setanta Sports crew for next season will feature Dolan, Paul Dempsey, Steve McManaman, Les Ferdinand, Angus Young, Steve Bower and Tim Sherwood (the […]

Jose Mourinho: The Master of Mind Tricks

If you’re a football manager in 2006, how do you increase Chelsea’s chances of winning? If you’re Jose Mourinho, you use mind tricks. Step one: “I know the number of penalties they get at home. I know how often they play against 10 men.” Step two: “It’s a bit surprising, […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 24

The Week 24 numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   Week 24 186 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2006   14,880     6   15,348     15,129     159   2007   17,987   20.88%   8   16,659   8.54%   16,118   6.54%   159   2008   16,016   -10.95%   7   16,450   -1.26%  […]

Manchester Derby – Two Days On: Deconstructing the Wreckage

For “Collymore closing in…” in 1996, you can read “It’s Michael Owen…” in 2009. Both games were littered with brilliant goals, pathetic defending and some of the most exciting football the Premier League has seen. Now though, two days on from “The Greatest Manchester Derby in the History of Anything […]

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MLS conference finals: Top seeds Dallas, New York hope for turnarounds at home

FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls seek home triumphs Sunday in second-leg semifinal matches for a chance to launch themselves into next week’s Major League Soccer Cup final. The Portland Timbers beat Dallas 3-1 in last Sunday’s Western Conference semifinal opening leg while the Red Bulls fell 2-0 […]