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The Sweeper: 11 Soccer Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Before we throttle into another action-packed weekend, let The Sweeper, a new World Soccer Talk feature, take you back through the week that was for some of the stories from around the web that you may have missed.

1. “Christmas in August.”

The transfers are flying fast and furious as the September 1st deadline nears which means plenty of opportunities for players to awkwardly hold up new shirts and scarves. Revel in the Telegraph’s round-up of this summer’s goofiest signing photos.

2. “You Never Give Me Your Money.”

Italy’s Bufala News captured this exclusive pic of Mario Balotelli arriving in England.

3. “Heating up in Hotlanta”

Atlanta, deep in the heart of SEC country, has a rep for not supporting its pro teams. But on Wednesday, Home Depot honcho Arthur Blank announced that his new ATL MLS club, which won’t even begin play until 2017, has already sold 14,000 season tickets. That’s already as good as the Atlanta Hawks’ average home crowd last season.

4. “The Aussies Rule.”

When Saturday Comes reports on the encouraging success of Australia’s all-tiers, nationwide FFA Cup competition.

5. “The World Class Wreckin’ Cru.”

Ominous news out of the heart of Ohio, as Columbus announced that they’ll unveil a new brand on October 8th.  Hank, Bruce, and Alphonse, as I like to call the three hard-hat wearing tough guys in the Crew’s logo, could soon be trading their blue collars for pink slips in yet another sign of America’s manufacturing class decline. If the club must don a new look then they should look no further than graphic designer M. Willis’ slick proposal.

6. “When Men Were Men.”

Travel back to a time of feathered hair, mutton chops, flared trousers, and Beatle boots in this Guardian collection of Awkward football family photos from the 1970s.

7. “Don’t tell Edward Snowden.” 

On this site, Chris Moore walks you through how to use a VPN to access the BBC’s Match of the Day, which is simply the best highlight show of any sport.

8. “Know the Ledge.”

Don’t be Gus Johnson, step up your understanding of what’s happening on the pitch with Alex Fairchild’s Premier League tactical review

9. “I did not care for the Godfather.

Find the Criterion Collection pretentious and bloated? Try the Michael Owen Anthology. The England and Liverpool legend admits that he’s seen only five films in his entire life; Rocky, Jurassic Park, Cool Runnings, Ghost, and Heat. In fairness, those five flicks efficiently run the entire gamut of human emotions. After all, when you’re the artist behind such works as St. Etienne ’98, all free time must be devoted to honing your craft. Owen’s admission, along with his fascinating insights on cheese, can be found in this revealing Guardian interview.

10. “Are you Ready for Some Football!!! (Explosion Sound).”

“Monday Night Football” means something very different across the pond as Peter Quinn explains in this WST piece.

11. Finally, a tip for those Time Warner Cable customers and Mac users finally getting to enjoy NBC Sports Live Extra.

Use Google’s Chrome instead of Safari. I had to endure endless repeats of that “Hi there, I’m J.J. Watt. SHUT YOU DOWN!” ad as I was forced to reload the crashing stream every other minute before it dawned on me to try a different browser.

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