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Leeds was on the ropes until Alex Mowatt’s scored the equalizer in the 76th minute to earn the one all draw against Birmingham.  The Guardian “Neil Redfearn’s prospects of becoming the new full-time manager at Elland Road remain in the balance. Leeds were heading to a narrow defeat following a 37th-minute strike from Birmingham’s Wes Thomas but a late surge earned Leeds a valuable away point following teenager Alex Mowatt’s equaliser on 76 minutes.

Redfearn, who expects to still be in charge for Tuesday’s trip to Bournemouth, said of Massimo Cellino: “The owner knows I am capable and our respect is mutual. He will make his decision when he needs to make a decision. Hopefully, if I can keep nicking points it will put the club in a better position.”

The caretaker head coach was pleased with his side’s battling performance after the interval. “When I made the changes in the second half I thought we needed a little bit of power and pace,” he said. “We played some good football, although we lacked a little finish. The really pleasing thing was that we were brave enough to get on the ball for the 90 minutes.

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“There were a lot of pleasing performances and there is no doubt that the side is going to get better the longer they play together. It was a stirring second half. We never looked like scoring in the first half and our play which turned on fans in the Bolton game was missing. The tempo and pressure didn’t come until the second half.

“The changes helped in the second half and it gave us a different dimension and if we had taken the lead Birmingham could not have had any complaints. It is a long process but there are a lot of encouraging signs and to be honest there was only one side tried to play football.

“Birmingham are a dangerous side and very direct. But overall we deserved something from the game. Mowatt’s goal displayed a great finish. I thought he really came into the game in the second half and showed great awareness.”

Birmingham were well in control of the game in the first half with new on-loan signing Brek Shea from Stoke City making an impressive first appearance.

The American international created the opening goal from Thomas, who earlier in the morning had taken his wife to hospital after she had gone into labour.

Birmingham’s manager, Lee Clark, admitted he was frustrated by the failure of his side to win and expressed his disappointment that his young player Demarai Gray had collected a yellow card and been denied a penalty late in the second half following an incident involving Giuseppe Bellusci.

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Even Redfearn later admitted that he thought it was a penalty but added that his side should have been leading 3-1 at the time. Clark said: “It has been unfortunate because we should have won all three home games.

“We certainly deserved to be one up at half-time. Leeds came more into the game as an attacking force in the second half. But the controversial incident near the end was frustrating – I know Phil Caddis would have scored as he’s ruthless from the spot. I’ve seen it again. It was a penalty. The defender didn’t touch the ball. The only way Gray could not connect with the player is if he was to jump 10 feet.”

Clark added: “Do we encourage young players to take on players or pass the ball.

I know the lad well. He gets from pillar to post by the senior players when he is running at them because he is unstoppable. He doesn’t go to ground easily. He is a tough little cookie. He was outstanding when he came on but it frustrates me he got a yellow card because it could take away his natural game of taking on people.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/sep/13/birmingham-city-leeds-united-championship-match-report

 

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Flamengo stopped the bleeding. Mengao had a two match losing streak and we were in danger of the voce vai zone. Wallace scored the match winner in 64th minute. O Dia described the goal as irregular but it was good enough to push Rubro-Negro into tenth place 28 points.

O Dia-“No dia em que reencontrou Mano Menezes e Elias, o Flamengo contou justamente com um ex-Corinthians para vencer o rival, neste domingo, no Maracanã, por 1 a 0. O zagueiro Wallace foi o herói. Em jogada irregular, ele fez o gol da vitória. Eduardo da Silva, impedido, participou do lance do gol. O atacante perdeu pênalti no segundo tempo. O Rubro-Negro volta a ganhar após duas derrotas seguidas e se afasta da “confusão”.

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Com a vitória, o Flamengo pulou para 28 pontos e abriu, no momento, oito pontos para a zona de rebaixamento. A vantagem pode diminuir no complemento da rodada. O Corinthians tem 36 pontos. Na próxima rodada, nesta quarta-feira, o Flamengo encara o Palmeiras, às 22h, no Pacaembu. O Corinthians entra em campo na quinta-feira, às 19h30, e recebe a Chapecoense na Arena Corinthians.

O Flamengo entrou em campo com uma novidade: Chicão na vaga de Marcelo. Curiosamente, uma zaga, com Wallace, ex-Corinthians. O Rubro-Negro foi superior, mas novamente teve dificuldades ofensivas. Ainda perdeu um pênalti e alguns contra-ataques. Porém, voltou a vencer e terá mais tranquilidade.

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O Flamengo tinha mais posse de bola e tentava pressionar o Corinthians. A alternativa rubro-negra para ameaçar o Corithians foi as jogadas pela ponta esquerda. Na primeira, Alecsandro, impedido, serviu Márcio Araújo. O volante chutou com perigo, à esquerda de Cássio. Depois foi a vez de o Fla usar a velocidade de Everton, novamente pela esquerda. Em duas oportunidades, o meia apareceu e finalizou, mas sem direção e sem força. Depois, Eduardo da Silva, em cabeçada, obrigou Cássio a defender.

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O Corinthians buscava o contra-ataque, mas errava no último passe. O jeito foi arriscar de fora da área. Ex-Flamengo, Elias isolou a primeira tentativa. Depois, Paulo Victor defendeu sem problemas o chute do ex-companheiro. O Fla foi superior na etapa inicial, mas criou pouco e não caprichou nas finalizações.

O segundo tempo começou com panorama semelhante ao primeiro. O Flamengo tinha mais posse de bola, mas encontrava dificuldade para criar. O Rubro-Negro chegou a balançar a rede, mas o gol foi corretamente anulado. Everton, impedido, cabeceou. No rebote, Eduardo da Silva marcou, mas o lance estava invalidado. O Corithians finalmente teve uma oportunidade. Guerrero lançou Luciano, cara a cara com Paulo Victor, mas a finalização foi para fora.

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A resposta do Flamengo foi um chute de fora da área de Márcio Araújo. Cássio voou para espalmar para escanteio. Na sequência, Léo Moura cruzou, Eduardo da Silva, impedido, dominou, e Wallace fuzilou: 1 a 0. Everton teve a chance de ampliar. Ele passou por três e ficou cara a cara com Cássio, mas o goleiro corintiano tirou o ângulo. Everton cruzou, mas, na continuação da jogada, a zaga desviou o chute de Léo Moura.

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Depois, Elton, que entrou no lugar de Alecsandro, recebeu passe de Eduardo da Silva e obrigou Cássio a defender. A melhor chance para ampliar foi com Eduardo da Silva. O árbitro Sandro Meira Ricci viu pênalti em toque no braço de Fagner. O lateral estava com o braço colado ao corpo. Eduardo da Silva pegou a bola, mas Cássio defendeu. Poucos minutos após, Eduardo da Silva saiu livre, mas adiantou a bola e viu Cássio abafar.

O Corinthians tentou partir para o abafa, mas dava contra-ataques para o Flamengo. O time, porém, não ampliou. Pelo menos, conseguiu se segurar e voltou a vencer no Brasileiro.

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/flamengo/2014-09-14/com-um-gol-irregular-flamengo-bate-o-corinthians-e-volta-a-vencer.html

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Man U finally got off the schnid with a huge 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. Can you say-this was about time for Louis Van Gaal and the Red Devils. All three Red Devils newcomers and the old man of the lot the Rooney man led the way to rout QPR. Angel Di Maria  started off the hit parade in the 24th minute. Buda bing buda boom his curling free kick was squeezed inside the left post. Twelve minutes later Ander Herrera 36th minute parked it into the back of the net for the two nil lead.  Eight minutes later the Rooney man found the mark in the 44th minute for a three nil lead. Juan Mata completed the goal parade for Man U in the 58th minute for the final tally of 4-0.

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Van Gaal started newcomers Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao and this paid huge dividends. The Red Devils ceased control of the match from the outset. Two goal in the first thirty minutes showed that Van Gaal’s system is beginning to work. He did change to the 4-4-2. Man U was more clinical. This diamond approach result in three first half goals.

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The change in formation allowed Man U to have crisper passes and this put a ton of pressure on former Man U defender Rio Ferdinand.

With win Man U is in ninth place five points. Queens Park Rangers is parked in 16th place three points. The top three have not changed Chelsea, Aston Villa, and Swansea City. The bottom three are stuck in reverse. Newcastle is whale dung two points. Nineteenth place is West Brom two points and one step outta the voce vai zone seventeenth place Burnley two points.

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Daniel Taylor The Guardian nailed it- “It has taken longer than they would have liked but, finally, there is the sense that Manchester United have turned up. They have taken their time and the margin of victory has to be put into context when the opponents are so desperately anaemic but it is a start and even a man of Louis van Gaal’s cavernous self-belief will be relieved to have his first Premier League win.

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His team had played at times as though they had suddenly remembered what is expected of a United side once they pull on those red shirts. They were quick, incisive and demonstrated a speed of thought that was simply too much for a team with QPR’s limitations. Van Gaal described it as a “new start” and talked of his intention to return the league championship to Old Trafford. If that sounds farfetched for this season, this was at least a performance to encourage the belief that maybe the club are now back on an upward curve.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/sep/14/manchester-united-qpr-premier-league-match-report

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Van Gaal did  shout to anyone that would listen that it would take time for Man U to get better. The Red Devils cupboard was bare. These fruits we are seeing was sown by dismantling the club.  Now Man U is sowing seeds of growth that will take some time. The harvest was shown with this win over QPR.

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Henry Winter The Telegraph shared this great insight in his opening three paragraphs about Man U and Queens Park Rangers. “This felt like Manchester United‘s season finally jump-starting, the Louis van Gaal era really being launched. This was more than a win for the Van Gaalacticos. This was a formidable statement of intent by United, a reminder of their newly-stocked resources, and reviving ambition.

In the 66th minute, and leading 4-0, United had a front pair of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie, supported by Ángel Di María, Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera. Quantity and quality.

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Far tougher challenges lie ahead; QPR were compliant guests at the Old Trafford party, inviting United through like absent-minded bouncers, but the message was clear: United had spent big and spent well. The man of the match was comfortably the £59.7m Di María, such an elegant, quick-moving destroyer of defences, scoring the first from a free-kick. Amongst the full house watching Di María was Kevin Pietersen, another expert in driving runs.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/11091908/Manchester-United-4-QPR-0-Radamel-Falcao-makes-debut-but-its-Angel-di-Maria-who-lights-up-Old-Trafford.html

A good win for Man U and now we will see how these seeds sown will be harvested.

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My guys from Arsenal fell behind one nil to Man Shitty when Sergio Aguero rocket found its mark in the 28th minute. It sure looked like a long assed day for Arsenal. Low and behold my Gunners came back to score two second half goals to take a 2-1 lead. only to give up the equalizer in the 83rd off a header by Martin Demichelis to earn the two all draw.

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It sure looked like we would win when Jack Wilshere fired the rock nothing but the bottom of the net in the 63rd minute for the one all tie. Eleven minutes later Alexis Sanchez “sublime volley” 74th minute for the 2-1 lead. The backline gave up the equalizer eleven minutes later and thus we were denied the “W”. Look folks we have a very serious problem  we don’t how to win. We get leads to the likes Shitty, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Man U only find ways to snatch a draw or a loss out of the jaws of victory.

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In the dying embers of the match Man Shitty had three really good opportunities to steal the win. The woodwork came up big twice and an offside call to deny  Samir Nasri  a goal in the 90th minute plus four.

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If my Gunners are wanting to break into the upper ecalons of the EPL we must find ways to win matches like this if not then we will always be an also ran. Arsenal will be stuck settling for a fourth place finish like we have done for the past five seasons. We have seven wins and eighteen losses against the top four these last five seasons.  We still need another striker. We need to work on the back line. The “D” gave up the equalizer and this could bite us in the ass if we are not careful.

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This is not a total disaster. Loss would have been but a tie we can deal with. Yet the culture of losing must be changed. NOW!

Daniel Taylor The Guardian nailed it.  “By the end, Arsenal’s stadium had been engulfed in disappointment about the team’s lapses after those two goals from Jack Wilshere and, brilliantly, Alexis Sánchez had turned the game upside-down in the space of 11 second-half minutes. Yet they will also know it might have been worse on a day when both sides could reflect they might easily have won.

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Martin Demichelis’s header after 83 minutes spared Manchester City a second successive defeat but they still had time to hit the post twice during a wild and chaotic finale. Samir Nasri, facing his former club, was denied a stoppage-time winner because of an offside flag and City were also entitled to be aggrieved that the referee, Mark Clattenburg, did not award them a penalty in the final exchanges for Wilshere’s handball.

Arsenal limped towards the finish when, earlier in the game, they played as thought affronted by all those galling statistics about what happens when they come up against the teams they want to classify as bona fide rivals. Wenger and his players had been reminded all week about their sorry run of results against the leading opposition but there was absolutely no sense here of a side with an inferiority complex and they not only had to play with high skill but with considerable personality after all their early pressure was spoiled by a breakaway goal from Sergio Aguero.

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This, remember, is an Arsenal team that had taken only 26 points out of a possible 90 against the top teams over the last five years. For a good while, Arsenal found it difficult to get any momentum back. Vincent Kompany was a formidable opponent, as he always is in the big games, and David Silva’s nimble ability to create space in the gaps between midfield and attack frequently caused the home side issues. Yet, slowly but surely, Wenger’s team started to pin their opponents back again.

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Wilshere equalised in the 64th minute after running on to Aaron Ramsey’s pass, eluding Gael Clichy and clipping a lovely shot above Joe Hart in the City goal. Then there was the finest moment yet of Sánchez’s brief time at Arsenal, with a majestic volley to give Arsenal the lead. It was just a pity for Arsenal that everything started to unravel from that point and Wenger must have been startled by the carelessness of his team.

It resulted in Demichelis thudding a header past Wojciech Szczesny straight from a corner and enough moments for Manuel Pellegrini to feel his team could have added an even more dramatic twist. ” (The Guardian Daniel Taylor)

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The Daily Mail described the guys this way. “What are we to make of Arsenal? At times they appear a mere adornment in the Premier League, a beautiful decoration undoubtedly adding to overall aesthetic without ever reaching the top of the tree.”  This single sentence sums up what we have been for years, pretenders.  Changing this has to be the order of the day.

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We have some huge matchups later today. My guys from Arsenal battle Man Shitty at our house Emirates. My Gunners have only taken 26 points out of a possible 90 against the top clubs in the last five years. This is sucks big time. No wonder we are relegated to a fourth place finish year in and year out for the past five years or so. If this trend doesn’t change we could be in a world of hurt. One win and two draws sucks.  Danny Welbeck could be the key if we are to beat Shitty. The Daily Mail wrote on Welbeck’s ability, ” The striker looks revitalized by a change of surrounding and new challenge , ready to feed off the ammunition supplied to him by Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, and Mesut Ozil.

In terms of craft and creativity, there are few midfielders in the top flight that can match the one Arsenal now boast-at least on paper.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2753241/Arsenal-collected-meagre-26-points-90-against-Premier-League-big-boys-five-years.html

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The problem is that matches are not played on paper but on the actual pitch. We suck. Look the guys have struggled against the likes of Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Everton and the likes and now we  are supposed to beat Man Shitty even when they have a bad day. What planet do you live on?  In the last thirty matches against the top four we have seven wins and eighteen “L”. This is worse than bad. Look at last season we had road losses to Shitty 6-3, Liverpool 5-1 and a  six zero bagel at the hands of Chelsea.

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In 2012-13 we didn’t beat Shitty, Man U or Chelsea. With results like this no wonder Gunner nation is upset and itching for a change. This recipe for disaster has been going on way too long.  If we are stop the culture of losing against the likes of Shitty, Chelsea and Liverpool it must start today against the Citizens at our house.

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The rest of today’s matches Swansea City-Chelsea, Crystal Palace-Burnley, Southampton-Newcastle, Stoke City-Leicester City, Sunderland-Tottenham, West Brom-Everton, and Liverpool-Aston Villa.

Top dog is Chelsea nine points, Second place has Swansea City nine points. Aston Villa is third seven points and Man Shitty is fourth six points. My Gunners are seventh five points.

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By today’s end we will see how the top five will shake out. Chelsea and number two the Swans duke it out. Third place Aston Villa  and fifth place the Reds have a hot date and my Gunners and Shitty will go at it so the shuffling of the deck could happen after the final results are in later today.

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The guys are getting ready for our huge clash against Man Shitty tomorrow. This is one of the matches that will define my guys from Arsenal season. Win it and we will have established ourselves as a contender. Lose and it is the same old shit. A fourth place finishers at best.

Against the EPL’s best we suck. We haven’t been able to beat the likes of Shitty,Liverpool and Chelsea. Against Spuds, Fulham’s, QPR’s we struggle to get a point let alone the win. This match with the Citizens will set the tone for the season.

This is our fourth match of the season. So far the results are a mixed bag a win and two draws. We opened the season with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. In this sucker we gave up an own goal. We clawed our way back to earn a hard fought 2-1 win over an Eagles club that is complete disarray. My guys squared off against Everton in the second match. The Toffees scored two goals to take a two nil lead.  We had to score two late goals in the final seven minutes to earn a draw against a club we should have beaten at our house. Against newcomer Leicester City we scored first but gave up the equalizer three minutes for a one all draw. The offense sucked. It was down right offensive. The addition of Danny Welbeck should help our pop gun attack.

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Against the Foxes a 15th place club a tie. Everton sits in 17th place a tie. The lone win came  against one step above whale dung Crystal Palace. The Eagles hung in there against us and almost got the win and the tie. Crystal Palace is 19th place with a point.  If this form holds true we should get our asses handed to us by Shitty.

The match against Man Shitty may rest in the hands of Man U addition Danny Welbeck. Theo Walcott fired a salvo at the Red Devils. The Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson wrote “Theo Walcott has predicted that Danny Welbeck will develop into a better player at Arsenal than he was at Manchester United and has told his England team-mate to be “more selfish” as he seeks to establish himself as a central striker.”

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Welbeck reported for training today for the first time at Arsenal and Walcott has already delivered an immediate ringing endorsement.

“He’s going to be better for us than he was at Man United, definitely,” said Walcott. “He’ll get more opportunities and he’s got a point to prove. I know he’s worked hard and he’s still very young, and I think the boss will enjoy working with him. The fans definitely will – he’s very exciting and he’s very strong.

“One thing I would tell him to do is be a little more selfish because he’s unselfish at times, which isn’t a bad thing but I think he’ll get more goals if he’s more selfish. I’m sure he’ll do well for us.”

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This bravado is cool but we will see if this will bear and fruit. We will find out against a powerhouse call Shitty.  Against Switzerland Welbeck hit the daily double. The cat who set up these goals was former Man U mate the Rooney man. Lets hope Ozil and the rest can set the table for a Man U best.

Wilson added that a few of our missing pieces will be in action against Man Shitty. “Meanwhile, Mesut Özil, Mikel Arteta and David Ospina all returned to full training at Arsenal on Wednesday. Özil missed Germany’s two international games as a precaution following an ankle injury he sustained in the 1-1 draw against Leicester City while Ospina, the Colombia goalkeeper, is expected to come into the Arsenal squad for the first time since his summer move from Nice. Arteta, the Arsenal captain, has been out since injuring his ankle in the Champions League play-off first leg against Besiktas last month but should start against City. “

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Wilson then wrote Santi Cazorla said on Wednesday that Arteta was “born” to be a captain. Arsenal are also awaiting further assessment on Aaron Ramsey, who injured his ankle in Wales’s 2-1 win against Andorra on Tuesday night. The Wales team were extremely happy with the state of the artificial 3G pitch in Andorra, with Gareth Bale describing it as the worst he has ever played on. Uefa will wait for the official report from the match before it decides whether Andorra’s Estadi Nacional should continue staging international matches. “

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/11087593/Theo-Walcott-backs-Danny-Welbeck-to-be-better-player-at-Arsenal-than-he-was-at-Manchester-United.html

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Mengao won five in a row and now has dropped two straight 1-0 losses. Flamengo has 25 points good enough for 12th place. Boo Mengao is still in danger of the voce vai zone. Coritiba is in 17th place 20 points so five points separate Rubro-negro from getting the heave hoe.

O Dia – O Flamengo sofreu a segunda derrota consecutiva nesta quarta-feira, ao perder por 1 a 0 para o Goiás, na Arena Pantanal, pela 20ª rodada do Campeonato Brasileiro. Mesmo com o revés, o time jogou bem e teve condições de ganhar a partida. Um dos melhores em campo, o goleiro Paulo Victor alertou a equipe pela proximidade da zona de rebaixamento.

“É nossa segunda derrota seguida. Temos que começar a abrir o olho, a zona está perto. Claro que o objetivo (para o goleiro) não é trabalhar muito. O Goiás aproveitou a chance que teve. Agora é pensar no Corinthians, no domingo”, disse Paulo Victor.

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O time rubro-negro está na 12ª posição, com 25 pontos, cinco a menos que o primeiro da zona da degola, o Coritiba. O próximo compromisso do Flamengo é neste domingo, contra o Corinthians, no Maracanã, às 16h.

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/flamengo/2014-09-11/paulo-victor-lamenta-reves-do-flamengo-para-o-goias-temos-que-abrir-o-olho.html

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Headman Vanderlei Luxemburgo admits the guys have been struggling and they must nit fail. This could happen after two straight 1-0 defeats. O Dia “Vanderlei Luxemburgo não abandonou o discurso de que a luta do Flamengo no Brasileiro é para não cair nem mesmo quando o time emplacou cinco vitórias consecutivas. Após a segunda derrota seguida, o técnico reforçou as palavras. A meta é se livrar da “confusão”, termo usado por ele desde que assumiu o Rubro-Negro.

Temos de levantar a cabeça e seguir trabalhando. Temos uma equipe para trabalhar e sair da confusão. Temos de criar uma sintonia como no início, de todos nós nessa coisa da confusão. Se acontecer algo para frente, ótimo. O campeonato do Flamengo continua sendo não cair. As pessoas têm de entender isso. Às vezes, não conseguimos criar um situação onde não se consegue caminha mais. Isso não é vergonha. Temos de passar para o torcedor que a luta é para sair da confusão e não cair. Isso não pode mudar. Falamos isso com propriedade e não é demérito saber o que é possível fazer. Temos uma equipe boa, de guerreiros, que trabalha bastante. Se mudarmos o comportamento para buscar algo maior, estaremos no caminho errado. Se acontecer, temos de agradecer a Deus”, disse Luxa após a derrota para o Goiás.

O técnico do Flamengo reconheceu que a derrota na Arena Pantanal foi justa.

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“O Goiás teve mais oportunidade, isso é uma realidade. Mas o Flamengo teve mais posse de bola. Foi um percentual bem alto. Perdemos para uma equipe que jogou buscando o contragolpe, com jogadores rápidos. O Paulo Victor fez uma defesa importante no primeiro tempo e no segundo tempo tomamos o gol em uma jogada que sabíamos que ia acontecer. Foi um resultado justo, jogamos de maneira equivocada. Muito por dentro, sem contundência por fora. Foi um resultado justo”, analisou Luxa.

Com a segunda derrota consecutiva no Brasileiro, o Flamengo estaciona nos 25 pontos e agora está na 12ª colocação, com cinco pontos a mais do que o Coritiba, primeiro clube na zona da degola.

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/flamengo/2014-09-11/luxa-reforca-discurso-e-avisa-nossa-luta-e-para-nao-cair.html

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Danny Welbeck’s daily double led England to a hard fought 2-0 win over Switzerland in the Group stage of the Euro 2016 Qualifying. Both goals came in the second half and both were set up by Wayne Rooney. The Rooney man and Welbeck were the attackers and this worked well for Three Lions. Roy Hodgson abandoned the 4-4-2 and the results were evident. A huge two zero win over the Swiss. Daniel Taylor The Guardian described the change this way- “This is what happens when Hodgson abandons the plodding 4-4-2 system: England immediately look better and modernised. The midfield diamond, with Raheem Sterling at its front tip, was instrumental in making this one of the better performances of the Hodgson era and the level of opposition in Group E is so undistinguished it would need an extraordinary kind of meltdown now for England not to reach the tournament.”

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This was a huge win for England in Basil. Taylor went to write- “England’s next assignments, to put it into context, come against San Marino and Estonia in October. This trip to Basel should, in theory, be as tough as it gets and that layer of insurance may have helped Hodgson’s team to play without feeling too suffocated by external pressures.

For long spells they passed the ball with a confidence and fluency that had seldom been evident in the friendly against Norway last week. They were not flawless and it needed a superb piece of defending, at 1-0, for Gary Cahill to deny Haris Seferovic an equaliser. Yet England were not just the better side in flurries. They dominated large passages and always had the speed of movement in attack to trouble a side that had not lost any of their previous nine home games.

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Sterling’s ability to run with the ball, menacing his opponents, was a prominent feature. Wayne Rooney put in a much improved performance and Welbeck can think of this as the finest moment in his international career.

Taylor summed up the play of Welbeck and Rooney- “Rooney and Welbeck were both looking sharp and Hodgson’s decision to free up Sterling in the middle had paid off. In stoppage time Sterling had the ball at his feet again and England’s opponents were short of numbers at the back. Sterling fed the substitute Rickie Lambert and Welbeck was waiting for the ball on the left, taking a touch to steady himself before picking his spot.”

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http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/sep/08/switzerland-england-european-championship-qualifier

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Henry Winter The Telegraph- opening three paragraphs- Roy Hodgson has always enjoyed Switzerland; their former manager found his England tenure reinvigorated with this gutsy, pacy and deserved victory secured by Danny Welbeck’s second-half brace. Given the ease of Euro 2016 qualifying, England are almost boarding the Eurostar. Thanks to Welbeck.

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Window seat or aisle?

For the fans, many dancing bare-chested by the end, the sight of England going on the front foot, playing a game of risk at times, was a reminder of why they follow England all over the world, enduring countless costs and frustrations, having also to contend with the FA’s new iniquitous “loyalty” scheme that actually punishes “loyalty’’.

Winter added that Welbeck’s play was selfless-” He was selfless here, almost too selfless early on, but he grew in stature during the match, taking more responsibility in the 4-1-2-1-2 system, taking his chances in the second half, then demonstrating his versatility by going wide in a 4-3-3, all the while pushing England towards France. He often ran the channels and has helped England towards crossing a rather bigger channel. “

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Winter  wrote that Hodgson was under heavy criticism due to the clubs style of play and Three Lions stinking the joint out in the World Cup. “This was a huge night for Hodgson, stilling the rising criticism of his England regime. His tactics were vindicated. His choice of personnel paid off. Following his recent outburst, Hodgson has actually been more assertive, and spent large tracts of the game at the edge of the technical area, sharing the emotional sturm and drang with his players.

From early on, England fans were chanting their support of Hodgson and spilling over from the away corner, spreading all around the ground. One group of Crystal Palace fans even took up residency by the halfway line where their “South Croydon” banner will at least have made Hodgson feel at home.

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Hodgson was indebted to strong performances from Joe Hart, who made two superb saves, from Gary Cahill, who made a marvellous sliding clearance to prevent a sure goal, while Rooney was far more effective, working hard, helping create Welbeck’s first goal with Sterling, who excelled as the tip of Hodgson’s midfield diamond.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/euro-2016/11083157/Switzerland-0-England-2-Euro-2016-qualifying-Danny-Welbeck-secures-the-points-in-campaign-opener-in-Basle.html

England played well and we will have to wait and see how this translates as the Euro 2016 Qualifying progresses.

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River Plate stayed in first place in the Argentina Apertura after Los Millionarios shut out Tigre 2-0. Ricer Plate has 16 points three points ahead of second place Velez Sarsfield. El Fortin and Newell’s Old Boys tied nil-nil and thus Velez dropped two points that could bit them in the butt.

La Razon -“Puedo equivocarme, tengo todo por delante, nunca me sentí tan bien”. Gustavo Cerati no era hincha de River, tampoco le gustaba el fútbol, pero en una sola frase podía resumir a la perfección todas las sensaciones y expresiones posibles de lo intangible. De eso que se puede ver pero no se puede tocar, de eso, que muchas veces, es tan hermoso que escapa a cualquier interpretación. Este River usa esa Fuerza Natural de la que hablaba Cerati para aplicar su lógica en la cancha y conseguir cada una de sus victorias:presiona, se asocia para jugar, abre la cancha y así llegan los goles. Como esta noche, que el Millonario volvió a brillar y superó 2 a 0 a Tigre, con dos tantos de Rodrigo Mora. Al equipo de Marcelo Gallardo no lo bajan de lo más alto del Campeonato.

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Las formas importan. Mucho. Y los resultados de una idea son consecuencia del trabajo sobre un sistema que potencia a los intérpretes. Porque Funes Mori es mejor que aquel “mellizo de Rogelio”, Mora es superior al uruguayo que llegó hace años en silencio, Sánchez es más que ese mediocampista apresurado que corría más rápido que la pelota, Kranevitter ya no es un pibe, Pisculichi se transformó en un refuerzo de peso y Teo hizo olvidar al goleador Cavenaghi. Así funciona este River, que juega con la misma intensidad de principio a fin.

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En el Monumental, la función comenzó a los 10 minutos con un remate de Kranevitter, siguió a los 20 con un cabezazo de Boyé que tapó García y a los 29 con otro frentazo de Mora que sacó el arquero de Tigre. Y finalmente, llegó el primer grito: jugada colectiva de lado a lado que terminó con un centro de Vangioni al pecho de Sánchez, que le sirvió la pelota al uruguayo para que con un fuerte remate pusiera el 1 a 0. Pero, en su noche, el delantero oriental tenía mucho más para dar y lo confirmó al inicio del segundo tiempo. Otra combinación en velocidad lo dejó solo frente a García y no perdonó. Ventaja de dos goles y mucho tiempo por jugar, eso que hace tan bien el equipo del Muñeco. 12, 23, 30, 37, 39, 42, 45. No es una línea del bingo, son los minutos en los que River sometió a Tigre a su juego. Y si no hubo más goles fue porque el arquero del Matador se hizo gigante y las piernas de los de Nuñez empezaron a acusar el cansancio de la seguidilla de partidos.

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El momento de River ilusiona a los hinchas más viejos y a los más jóvenes. Porque los de más edad vuelven a pellizcarse en la cancha y sienten que de a poco regresa aquella identidad de buen juego que tanto los enorgullecía. Y los más chicos saltan de alegría por saber que está asegurada su diversión cada vez que pisan al templo ubicado en Udaondo y Alcorta.

“Me perdí en el viaje, nunca me sentí tan bien. Todo por delante, todo está hablándome. Está cambiando el aire, nunca me sentí tan bien”.

http://www.larazon.com.ar/deportes/Fuerza-Natural_0_604200029.html

Boca Juniors has won two on a row. Los Xeneize defeated Olimpo 1-0. Boca Juniors sits in eleventh place nine points.

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La Razon- En el Olimpo no había sinfonía ni música celestial para los dioses. Sólo un poco de barro y algunas tomas de catch. Hasta que alguien usó la cabeza. Fernando Gago levantó el bocho, divisó una posibilidad clara de gol y le sirvió la bocha a Emmanuel Gigliotti, que con un testazo le regaló el triunfo a Boca. Sí, cuando todo era silencio en Bahía Blanca, el Puma estampó el 1-0 ante Olimpo, agarró la guitarra eléctrica y distorsionó la nada misma de la noche con su Canción Animal.

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El equipo de Arruabarrena sigue en levantada. Incluso con menos luces que en la victoria ante Vélez y en el empate en Rosario, el elenco xeneize hizo méritos para llevarse los tres puntos. O, en realidad, hizo más méritos que el rival. Con eso, y un poco de puntería, le alcanzó para extender el invicto del Vasco en el elenco de La Ribera. No era tarea sencilla, ya que en Bahía seguían acechando los fantasmas del 3-0 sufrido hace un año, con Bianchi en el banco.

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Pero hubo equipo cazafantasmas, el mismo que implementó Arruabarrena para alejar a otros seres amenazantes hace ya tres partidos: el toque, el cariño por la pelota y la movilidad. Los sacó de la mochila a partir del comienzo del cotejo, pero tras la infantil expulsión de Borja los manejó a su gusto. Igual, apenas se pudo lucir en el primer tramo de la etapa inicial. Después entró en la lucha de Olimpo, que lo supo llevar hacia carriles en los que, tal vez, pudiera dar el golpe en su propia casa: el roce, el pelotazo y un rebote salvador. Ahí no sobresalían Carrizo, Meli y Gago, sino Echeverría y el Cata Díaz. En eso confiaban los bahienses. Era negocio.

La siesta xeneize culminó a los 27 minutos del complemento. Avisó con un remate de Calleri, sin puntería para coronar una linda sucesión de pases. Al toque, un pelotazo de Meli pasó zumbando al lado del palo. Y, a los 33 minutos, Gago miró hacia el área y le cedió la pelota a Gigliotti. Puma, ¿querés gol? Y el Puma dijo que sí. En el Carminatti, donde parecía pintar el candombe (Sills también vio la roja), aún suena su canción.

http://www.larazon.com.ar/deportes/Boca-confirmo-levantada-Bahia_0_604200049.html

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Yeovil Town took apart Bradford City 3-1. The Glovers jumped to safety 12th place eight points. Aaron Martin nailed the daily double 8th and 27th minutes for the quick two nil lead. Bradford City cut the gap to 2-1 when Rory McArdle rocket found the mark in the 26th minute. The Glovers Ajay Leitch-Smith put this sucker to bed in the 72nd minute. Three one  was the final score.

PA Sports wrote “Yeovil secured their second away win of the season in Sky Bet League One with a deserved 3-1 success at Bradford.

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Two goals from defender Aaron Martin, a summer signing from Birmingham City, earned the Glovers a 2-1 half-time lead and another close season signing, midfielder Ajay Leitch-Smith, put the result beyond doubt with a third goal.

The visitors went in front in the eighth minute when Sam Foley’s left-wing corner was headed high into the net from close range by Martin, who doubled his side’s lead after 22 minutes with a headed goal at the far post from Foley’s free-kick.

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Bradford pulled a goal back in the 26th minute when Alan Sheehan’s left-wing corner found Rory McArdle unmarked and the defender scored with a header.

But Yeovil continued to be the more dangerous side and scored a third goal after 73 minutes.

Midfielder Jack Price, on-loan from Wolves, cut the ball back from the left into the path of Leitch-Smith, who scored with a smart left-footed shot into the top corner.

http://www.espnfc.us/english-league-one/match/393823/bradford-city-yeovil-town/report

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Flamengo’s five match winning streak is history. Gremio grabbed the 1-0 win over Boo Mengao at our house Maracanã. Lucan poked home the rock in the 90th minute plus two to knock the guys into 12th place with 25 points.  Tricolor for now sits in 5th place with 31 points. This could all change after the results are in from yesterdays competition.

O Dia Flamengo e Grêmio tinham diversos ingredientes para apresentarem um belo jogo de futebol no Maracanã. A Nação Rubro-Negra já havia esgotado todos os ingressos para a partida, na sexta-feira, e todos esperavam a sexta vitória consecutivas no Brasileirão, que não veio graças ao gol de Luan, aos 45 minutos do segundo tempo, que deu os três pontos para os gaúchos. O jogo marcou também o recorde de público desta edição da competição, com 59.680 torcedores nas arquibancadas.

Na estreia da sua terceira camisa, apelida de ‘Flamengueira’, a Nação aproveitou o encontro com os gremistas para deixar um recado contra o racismo. Diversos cartazes e mensagens no telão do Maracanã foram exibidos contra o preconceito.

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Flamengo entrou em campo com os desfalques de Everton e Wallace, suspensos, e Léo, Paulinho e Luiz Antônio, machucados. Além deles, Víctor Cáceres estava com a seleção paraguaia.

Com o resultado, o Flamengo permaneceu nos 25 pontos, ocupando a 10ª colocação. O Tricolor Gaúcho chegou aos 31, na quinta colocação. Na próxima rodada, o Rubro-Negro enfrenta o Goiás, quarta-feira, na Arena Pantanal. No mesmo dia, Grêmio recebe o Atlético Paranaense.

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Com a torcida apoiando, o Flamengo tentou dominar o jogo desde o início. Mas o Grêmio esteve melhor e assustou primeiro. Fellipe Bastos cobrou falta com força, a bola quicou, e o goleiro Paulo Victor teve problemas para espalmar. O volante tentou em mais dois chutes de fora da área, mas o goleiro rubro-negro evitou o gol em ambas batidas.

Nervosos, os donos da casa esbarravam na marcação gremista. Lucas Mugni e Héctor Canteros estiveram apagados durante boa parte do primeiro tempo. O Flamengo errava passes preciosos na frenta zaga adversária. O Grêmio criava poucas oportunidades e optava pelo contra-ataque.

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Já no fim do primeiro tempo, o Grêmio assustou mais uma vez. Giuliano entrou na área e bateu sem força, de canhota, Paulo Victor espalmou para frente e Dudu pegou o rebote. O atacante tentou encobrir o goleiro, que, com a ponta dos dedos, salvou o gol. A resposta do Flamengo veio com Arthur. O atacante dominou o cruzamento de Márcio Araújo e girou de primeira, a bola passou por cima do travessão do goleiro Marcelo Grohe.

Na volta do intervalo, o jogo continuava sonolento. O Grêmio, em um contra-ataque puxado por Matheus Biteco, tentou com Dudu. O atacante recebeu na velocidade e driblou o goleiro Paulo Victor, mas a bola correu demais e saiu pela linha de fundo.

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O Flamengo acordou e assustou duas vezes. Na primeira, Recife mandou uma bomba de fora da área e o goleiro Marcelo Grohe voou para defender o chute no ângulo. Na cobrança de escanteio, a defesa tricolor afastou mal e a bola sobrou nos pés de Marcelo. O zagueiro tentou, mas o goleiro fez mais uma defesa evitando o gol.

Os donos da casa chegaram mais uma fez com Alecsandro. O atacante recebeu cruzamento de Léo Moura e mandou de cabeça. A bola passou próximo da trave de Marcelo Grohe. Faltava criatividade na armação de jogadas de ataque do Flamengo. As chances surgiam em lances isolados e em penetrações laterais.

A pouco minutos do fim, o Flamengo tentou pressionar o Grêmio. Eduardo da Silva, que entrou no lugar de Arthur, e Canteros desperdiçaram duas chances de marcar. Mas o gol da vitória foi do Grêmio. Aos 45 minutos do segundo tempo, Fernandinho deu bom passe para Luan, que tocou na saída do goleiro Paulo Victor para levar os três pontos para Porto Alegre.

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/flamengo/2014-09-06/gremio-marca-no-fim-e-interrompe-sequencia-positiva-do-flamengo.html

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The FA is stuck in the past. These fools don’t want to change and this is why the English National team is doomed to failure. Harry Redknapp would have been the right choice instead the powers that be chose Roy Hodgson and the results in 2014 World Cup bore out this stupid choice no wins, two losses, and a draw.

Harry Redknapp would have hired Brendan Rodgers. Redknapp saw the style of play that Rodgers employed at Swansea City.  This intrigued Harry and he wanted to explore the possibilities. This didn’t happen and now The English FA is in a mess. This will take years to dig out of. Jason Burt The Telegraph explored the idea of hiring Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers as the new headman of the national team. Burt wrote The “vision thing”. It was three decades ago that the phrase popped into the national psyche: it was apparently used by George W Bush as he contemplated running for the US presidency and was urged by friends to formulate what his political philosophy really was. Fat chance. “Oh, the vision thing,” Bush is said to have replied in exasperation. The phrase stuck to him.

Seguing from American politics into English football might seem a quantum leap but it is fair to say that England lack the “vision thing”. The Football Association appears equally bereft. At a time when the national game is becalmed, lacking in confidence and fearful of making the wrong move – just like the national team on the pitch – there needs to be an injection of belief.

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Who has the “vision thing”? It would appear not to be Roy Hodgson: the England manager would probably prefer to debate away the merits or otherwise of such an approach and attempt to deconstruct the phrase and its origins, rather than offer anything meaningful himself. And it is certainly not Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, who, for all his semi-successful soundbites, still lacks substance regarding what he is trying to achieve. The FA is probably looking towards Dan Ashworth, the director of elite development, but nobody is quite sure.

The FA needs direction, maybe even an evangelical approach. It intends to keep Hodgson in place until the completion of the 2016 European Championship when his contract expires, when he will be close to celebrating his 69th birthday. He is likely to go then, so the clock is ticking as regards his successor.

The answer seems clear: it should be Brendan Rodgers. The FA should be going to Liverpool’s manager and asking him whether he wants the job and, if he turns it down, he should then be asked if he wants to be involved within or around the England set-up, even if he wants to combine it with his duties at Anfield. It may be unworkable – and Rodgers has already stated that international football is something that would appeal to him in 20 years time, not now – but, in management parlance, let’s have the conversation.

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Harry Redknapp hit on something when he identified Rodgers as someone he would have wanted as part of his coaching set-up had he been selected, instead of Hodgson, to take England to Euro 2012. Redknapp was intrigued by Rodgers’s style of play at Swansea City. But there is much more to him than that.

Last February, in an upstairs room at Melwood, Liverpool’s training ground, Rodgers gave a briefing to reporters during which he became very animated when it came to a discussion over international football. “My life’s work is trying to show that British players can play,” he said. “I grew up being told British players weren’t as technically good as European players, which was the biggest load of tosh I’ve ever heard. My methods and ideas are a fusion between British mentality and European ways of working.”

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I was at that briefing and it stuck with me. His life’s work? Fusion of British mentality and European ways? I wanted to hear more, and so should the FA. It is why I kept the transcript. Not least because I had not heard a British coach speak in this way. Rodgers does talk well – eloquence is a fundamental part of modern management – but he was making some intriguing statements. So why not test how far he wants to go with this or whether he simply wants to keep it within a club?

“Spanish players are born the same as British players,” Rodgers continued. “We have an inferiority complex, absolutely. But British players are just as good technically and tactically as their European counterparts. That was always my idea – to put that into a team.

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“There are better people to make a judgment than me. But I know from my career and I’ve worked with kids from five years of age through to some of the biggest players in the world, both British and European.”

Rodgers quit playing at the age of 20, realising he was not good enough to play at the top level. He paid his way around Europe – absorbing what was happening in Spain and Holland – and worked his way up the coaching ladder from the grass roots.

“It has taken me through community schemes at Reading, through academies, through elite year players at Chelsea, through top internationals at Chelsea, and to world-class players here at Liverpool also,” Rodgers added six months ago.
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And there has been a commitment to British players. Despite bolstering the squad this summer, the core at Liverpool has, so far, remained the same: Gerrard, Henderson, Sturridge, Sterling. Rodgers has championed Jon Flanagan and Welshman Joe Allen and among his summer buys were Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

More recently Rodgers has spoken about how young British players have been ruined by being given too much, too soon. And last week he was talking about Mario Balotelli. “I’ve always had it all my life with young kids,” he said. “I’ve worked with children who were given no hope – inner-city kids, with no parents, but who just needed a chance. People write them off in life. That was my background all my life.”

Here is a man who clearly has “ that vision thing”. Not just in an identifiable and entertaining modern style of play – you could put his Liverpool team in any colour shirt and they would be recognisably Liverpool – but in developing players as people. He has both a “holistic” approach, to borrow Manchester City’s phrase, and a much deeper sense of pastoral care and social responsibility.

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It does not matter that Rodgers comes from Northern Ireland. The FA should read his words and call him, to discover if he would want to be involved in finding “that vision thing”. Hodgson should welcome his input. It would not undermine him.

The question might be, why would Rodgers do it? There are certainly plenty of reasons for him to politely decline: at 41, he is the manager of a huge club, leading a vibrant young team into the Champions League, and working for employers who clearly value him highly, having just been granted an improved new contract taking him up until 2018.

Rodgers will have huge ambitions to meet as a club manager in winning trophies and driving forward one of England’s greatest clubs, and he might argue that a secondary role with England would be unfair on Liverpool.

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But maybe – just maybe – a dialogue can be started that might lead somewhere. England and the FA have nothing to lose. After all, Rodgers has stated what his life’s work is. Ask him where he wants to take it.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/11074528/Brendan-Rodgers-should-be-the-next-manager-of-England-once-his-work-at-Liverpool-is-done.html

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My father called this the Pennsylvania Dutch mentality. My father did it this way. His father did it this way so screw you we are not going to change. Close mindedness leads to nothing but failure. Rodgers is doing a  revolution at Liverpool. He is installing an exciting style of futebol.  We will see how this all plays out. My buds in Brasil are stuck in the past tambem.  Both are going in reverse not forward.  The past is great but in the end it is the future that holds the key. Adapt and change by using the past as well as the present. Rodgers summed it up best “I grew up being told British players weren’t as technically good as European players, which was the biggest load of tosh I’ve ever heard. My methods and ideas are a fusion between British mentality and European ways of working.”

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Flamengo sits in ninth place with 25 points. Rubro-negro battles Gremio later today at our house Maracanã. The bad news is the guys will be missing some of our top players. Out for sure are Wallace e Everton (suspensos), Cáceres (seleção paraguaia) e Leo (lesionado).Paulinho e o volante Luiz Antônio  could miss today’s match due to injuries.  Test will be conducted and we sure hope Paulinho and Luiz Antônio can play. Need them badly.

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UOL- Depois da classificação às quartas de final da Copa do Brasil, o elenco do Flamengo se reapresentou nesta quinta-feira no CT Ninho do Urubu, em Vargem Grande, zona oeste do Rio de Janeiro. E a atividade foi marcada por duas más notícias. O atacante Paulinho e o volante Luiz Antônio passam por exames e estão fora da partida contra o Grêmio, sábado, às 18h30, no Maracanã, pelo Campeonato Brasileiro.

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O atacante sofreu uma entorse no joelho direito, enquanto o volante teve uma luxação no ombro direito. “Os resultados dos exames devem ser divulgados no treino de sexta-feira. Não há previsão de retorno até que saibamos a gravidade das lesões”, explicou o médico Márcio Tannure.

O técnico Vanderlei Luxemburgo tem problemas para escalar o time, já que Wallace e Everton (suspensos), Cáceres (seleção paraguaia) e Leo (lesionado) também estão fora de combate.

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A equipe pode entrar em campo com: Paulo Victor; Leo Moura, Marcelo, Chicão (Samir) e João Paulo; Recife, Márcio Araújo, Canteros e Mugni; Eduardo da Silva e Alecsandro.

A comissão técnica antecipou a concentração para o compromisso. Os jogadores se reúnem a partir da noite desta quinta-feira em um hotel na Barra da Tijuca.

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Com 25 pontos, o Flamengo conseguiu uma sequência de cinco vitórias e saiu da lanterna para a 9ª colocação no Campeonato Brasileiro. Caso vença o Grêmio, o Rubro-negro pode terminar o turno em 7º lugar desde que Sport e Atlético-MG percam os seus jogos.

http://esporte.uol.com.br/futebol/campeonatos/brasileiro/serie-a/ultimas-noticias/2014/09/04/paulinho-e-luiz-antonio-passam-por-exames-e-desfalcam-fla-contra-gremio.htm

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Flamengo was behind the provable eight ball. A miracle happened. Mengao defeated Coritiba 3-0 to force a PK shootout. Rubro-negro won 3-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Copa do Brasil. This results was totally impossible but the guys did it.

O Dai -O Flamengo conseguiu o que parecia impossível! O Maracanã viveu mais uma noite de epopeia rubro-negra. E com final feliz, mas com drama, muito drama. O Fla fez 3 a 0 no Coritiba, nesta quarta-feira, devolvendo o placar do jogo de ida e levando a decisão para os pênaltis. Nas cobranças, Vanderlei bem que tentou estragar a festa carioca, mas o Flamengo estava disposto a escrever mais uma página inesquecível de sua história. E assim o fez. O Rubro-Negro venceu por 3 a 2 e avançou para as quartas de final da Copa do Brasil.

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O atual campeão da Copa do Brasil mostra que não pode ser desprezado. Nem mesmo quando está em baixa. Alecsandro, Eduardo da Silva, Paulo Victor e Canteros: os protagonistas de mais um feito do Flamengo. Nas quartas de final, o Rubro-Negro vai encarar o América-RN, que eliminou o Atlético-PR

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O Flamengo apresentou o velho problema de falta de criatividade, mas compensou, como sempre, com vontade. Com uma pitada de sorte e a estrela de Eduardo da Silva, conseguiu fazer o que parecia improvável. Evidentemente, com o apoio da torcida. Nos pênaltis, completou a saga que muitos duvidavam…

Sábado, o Flamengo volta a campo, pelo Brasileiro, para enfrentar o Grêmio, às 18h30. Além da classificação épica na Copa do Brasil, o time está embalado por cinco vitórias consecutivas no principal torneio do país.

O jogo

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O Flamengo esboçou uma pressão inicial. Após cruzamento da esquerda, Alecsandro não pegou em cheio e facilitou a vida de Vanderlei. O ímpeto rubro-negro não durou muito. Sem criatividade, o clube carioca viu o Coritiba esfriar o jogo. Luxemburgo precisou fazer a primeira mudança logo aos 15 minutos. Luiz Antonio, improvisado na lateral direita, sentiu o ombro direito e deu lugar a Léo Moura.

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O técnico rubro-negro ganhou outro problema 14 minutos depois. Paulinho sentiu o joelho direito. Everton entrou em seu lugar. O Coritiba buscava o contra-ataque e se valeu de um vacilo defensivo do Flamengo. Martinuccio chutou, mas Paulo Victor defendeu. Sem criatividade, o Fla sofria ofensivamente. E chegou ao gol em um lance de sorte. Após cruzamento, Zé Love se enrolou e tropeçou em João Paulo. Pênalti. Alecsandro abriu o placar e deu esperança à torcida carioca.

O Flamengo voltou para o segundo tempo com Eduardo da Silva no lugar de Gabriel. O brasileiro naturalizado croata teve chance de ampliar, mas o chute foi bloqueado pela zaga do Coxa. Eduardo, depois, lançou João Paulo pela esquerda. O lateral cruzou e a bola bateu no braço de Norberto. O árbitro, equivocadamente, marcou pênalti. Norberto não levou vantagem e o braço estava colado ao corpo. Alecsandro cobrou de novo, agora no meio, e fez 2 a 0.

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Pela esquerda, com a velocidade de Everton, o Flamengo chegou ao desejado terceiro gol. O meia cruzou e achou Eduardo da Silva, que estufou a rede do Maracanã. Foi o quarto gol do atacante em sua passagem pelo Rubro-Negro. O Coxa quase estragou a festa. Zé Eduardo obrigou Paulo Victor a se esticar todo para salvar, na melhor chance do time do sul do país. O Rubro-Negro conseguiu a missão e levou a decisão para os pênaltis.

As penalidades

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O Coritiba começou a bater e perdeu a primeira cobrança. Zé Love, que fez de pênalti no jogo de ida, acertou o travessão. Alecsandro, que fez dois no tempo normal, parou em Vanderlei. Paulo Victor defendeu a cobrança de Hélder. Chicão deixou o Flamengo em vantagem. Robinho fez para o Coxa. vanderlei agarrou a batida de João Paulo. Leandro Almeida converteu e colocou o time paranaense pela primeira vez na frente. Eduardo da Silva empatou. Paulo Victor brilhou e evitou o chute de Dudu. Léo Moura teve a chance de decretar a classifacação, mas parou em Vanderlei.

A decisão foi para as cobranças alternadas. Carlinhos acertou a trave logo de cara. Canteros fez (Vanderlei ainda tocou na bola) e pôs o Rubro-Negro nas quartas de final da Copa do Brasil. O Flamengo conseguiu o que parecia impossível.

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/flamengo/2014-09-04/flamengo-consegue-o-que-parecia-impossivel-e-avanca-na-copa-do-brasil.html

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Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town earned a tie against Barnsley. Both the Glovers and Barnsley were sent packing from the English Championship. The tie kept Yeovil Town outta the voce vai zone 19th place five points.

The Western Gazette wrote “BARNSLEY captain Martin Cranie endured a homecoming to forget as his own goal helped Yeovil Town earn a point at Huish Park.

The Yeovil-born and raised defender put past his own keeper with his side rocking in the second half, canceling out Conor Hourihane’s deflected long range opener in Sky Bet League One.

The former Buckler’s Mead Academy student’s unfortunate glancing header brought a wry smile to home fans, who for long periods had again been frustrated by their team enjoying greater attacking possession only to lack the quality themselves to score.

Gary Johnson kept faith in the starting XI that drew with Scunthorpe United seven days earlier, Lewin Nyatanga the only survivor of the Tykes’ 4-1 Championship success earlier in the year.

The Glovers could have been ahead as early as the fourth minute when Sam Foley wastefully blasted over with a first time effort created by Ajay Leitch-Smith after James Hayter had charged down a defensive clearance.

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It was to be an early indicator that Yeovil were yet to solve their attacking problems, so industrious in approach but lacking quality when it really mattered.

On eight minutes Barnsley sprung to life as Reece Brown drove at goal, Sam Winnall getting the final touch and Chris Weale reacting well to push away.

The visitors continued to move through the gears and on 11 minutes could easily have led when Keith Treacey’s fierce angled effort was touched behind.

Winnall brushed past three inexcusably flat-footed hosts after 18 minutes but his strike was cleared by Aaron Martin in the area.

Joe Edwards’ superb diagonal pass on 21 minutes released Foley on the left. He twisted and turned in the box and with three green and white shirts for company he thumped over.
Seven minutes later Barnsley broke the deadlock. Defenders backed off Conor Hourihane, who had already been given too much room in midfield, and the former Plymouth Argyle skipper curled beyond Weale from 25 yards.

Three minutes before the break Jakub Sokolik battled through two tackles to emerge with possession, picking out Hayter. He in turn laid off for Leitch-Smith, but the eventual shot from the edge of the box was easily caught by Adam Davies.

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Moments later the underworked Barnsley keeper produced a sharp save to deny a Leitch-Smith strike that lacked conviction.

Midfielder Simon Gillett was withdrawn through injury on the stroke of half time and when replacement Kieffer Moore failed to pay sufficient attention to opponent Lewin Nyatanga at a corner the one-time Glovers’ trialist’s header was kept out by Weale’s strong left hand.

A high tempo start to the second half saw Davies tested more in five minutes than he had been in the previous 45.

On 46 minutes Moore breezed past Reece Brown’s tackle, racing into the box and forcing the stopper into a good parry.
Five minutes later Barnsley were unable to clear a cross from the leg and Edwards’ exquisite volley stung Davies’s hands.

Although the Glovers were dominating play, their inability to create clear cut chances and poor decision making threatened to see their endeavor go unrewarded.

However, a defensive slip on 76 minutes saw parity restored. Smith’s run and cross on the left created havoc in the Barnsley area and when Sokolik sent the ball back from the opposite flank Cranie had the final touch with an unfortunate diving header.

With the sparse Huish Park crowd now fully behind their side in full attacking flow, Barnsley barely got out of their own half.

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Hourihane came to the rescue on 88 minutes when Moore’s powerful header from a poorly defended corner beat the keeper and was cleared on the line.

Despite Yeovil continuing to play much of the game in the Barnsley area, a rare counter attack almost saw the visitors snatch a late winner, substitute Devante Cole drilling wide.

http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/REPORT-Yeovil-Town-1-Barnsley-1/story-22853017-detail/story.html

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Fulham's Tim Hoogland, right, scored the opening goal against Cardiff in the Championship

Fulham was dropped to the English Championship and now the Cottagers are struggling big time in the English Championship. Zero wins so far. It sure looked like Fulham would the elusive “W” this time. Tim Hoogland scored in the 22nd minute only to see the Birdinhos Cardiff City to get the equalizer in the 55th minute. Kenwyne Jones broke Fulham’s hearts. The Cottagers are stull in search of their fist win after a one draw Cardiff City.

The good news is that Fulham isn’t whale dung. The Cottagers are one step above stink 23rd place one point.

 The Guardian filed this story- “Fulham’s search for a first league win of the season goes on but here was evidence that, contrary to what Mohamed Al Fayed thinks, Felix Magath does know what he is doing. The hosts were impressive against a side also reeling from Premier League relegation and, having taken the lead, looked set for three points. A draw means Fulham are at least off the mark and off the bottom of the Championship.

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The manager, compared to Felix the Cat by Fayed, Fulham’s former owner, last week in an exchange of words that was as bizarre as it was heated, deserves credit. Under pressure after they had lost their opening four fixtures, he clearly had them focused on the job in hand. Buoyed, no doubt, by their midweek victory over Brentford in the Capital One Cup, Fulham struck through Tim Hoogland’s 22nd-minute header and continued to press forward even after Kenwyne Jones secured an equaliser out of n

This was by no means a perfect display by the hosts who, as Magath conceded, ultimately paid for their failure to take a host of first-half chances. But there was much to admire in the fluidity and purpose of their attacking during the early stages and desire to regain and retain possession throughout, with no one in white impressing more than Scott Parker. Deployed as the most advanced central midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 formation, the Fulham captain combined his usual tireless work with clever link-up play until his substitution on 82 minutes. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Cardiff manager, described the 33-year-old as a “fantastic footballer” and on this evidence he will prove fundamental to Fulham’s hopes of climbing from 23rd, having swapped places with Blackpool following their defeat at Millwall.

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For Magath the hope is that Fulham will build on this display after the international break and that the club’s supporters, a smattering of whom booed at the final whistle, remain patient. “I can understand the fans are afraid – last year we were relegated and at the beginning of this season we are at bottom, but it was necessary for the club to start again,” he said. “There are now many young players in the team and I ask people to not only look at the results but at what I am trying to do as a whole.”

Cardiff are also going through much change and it says much about the tumultuous nature of relegation that only three players who started when these sides met here in the Premier League 11 months ago also did so on Saturday. One of them was Parker and, having had the game’s first effort on goal with a long-range drive, he played a part in the breakthrough, directing a first-time pass out to Ross McCormack whose cross was then glanced in by Hoogland for the German’s second goal for Fulham since joining from Schalke in the summer.

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Fulham continued to pour forward, combining crisp passing with clever movement, and McCormack, the former Cardiff player and a striker under scrutiny having scored once since his £11m arrival from Leeds, was also impressing from a wide-left role. He tested David Marshall shortly after the break. At that stage, it looked a matter of time before Fulham scored again. But then Jones struck on 55 minutes after combining neatly with Mats Daehli.

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The contest evened out somewhat after that but the home team kept going and could have won it in stoppage time had Thomas Eisfeld shown more conviction with a close-range header.

“The response in the second half was pleasing,” said Solsjkaer. “We’ve now played five games and only had one defeat, which isn’t bad.”

Fulham would have loved a start like that. There is at least hope now for better to come.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/30/fulham-cardiff-city-championship-football

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Flamengo is now a run. Mengao has won five straight and three straight on the road with a 2-1 win over Vitoria. Rubro-negro has not won five straight since 2007. The guys are now in  ninth place with 25 points.

O Dia wrote-  No reencontro com Ney Franco, melhor para o Flamengo. Diante do Vitória no Barradão, o clube carioca venceu o time baiano por 2 a 1. O resultado foi a quinta vitória seguida do Rubro-Negro do Rio no Brasileirão, algo que não acontecia desde 2007. A vitória contou com uma “ajudinha” do ex-flamenguista Juan, que atua no clube de Salvador. O lateral cometeu um pênalti e perdeu a chance de empatar para os donos da casa ao perder uma penalidade

Na próxima rodada, o Flamengo enfrentar o Grêmio, no Maracanã. A partida acontece no sábado, às 18h30. O Vitória encara o Santos, no Pacaembu, no mesmo dia e horário.

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Atuando fora de casa, o Flamengo começou um pouco acuado no Barradão. Errando muitos passes, o clube carioca foi pressionado nos primeiros minutos. Com apenas dois, o Vitória quase abriu o placar. Caio avançou, entrou na área e a bola sobrou para Dinei, em boas condições, mas o atacante se enrolou com a bola.

Aos poucos, o clube carioca conseguiu se estabilizar na partida e quase saiu na frente aos 14 minutos. Everton recebeu pela esquerda e finalizou, a bola bateu na trave e ficou na mão de Junior Fernández. Um minuto depois, os donos da casa responderam. Caio fez uma grande jogada pela esquerda e tocou para Dinei, que mais uma vez errou, e não conseguiu marcar. Aos 30 minutos, após cruzamento, a bola sobrou para Dinei, que não conseguiu tocar para dentro.

O futebol não perdoou as três falhas de Dinei e aos 32 minutos, o Vitória abriu o placar. Everton cobrou escanteio e Marcelo cabeceou, abrindo o placar para o Flamengo no Barradão. No embalo, o clube carioca quase ampliou. Everton fez boa jogada pela esquerda e rolou para Canteiros, o volante chutou a bola foi desviada pela zaga do Vitória e Marcio Araújo tentou, mas também acabou bloqueado.

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Aos 39 minutos, o vitória chegou ao empate num lance bem inusitado. Após uma cobrança de lateral, Caio dominou, se virou e a zaga do Flamengo chutou a bola em cima do atacante, a jogada não saiu como esperado e a bola foi na direção do gol do clube carioca, encobrindo o goleiro Paulo Victor, deixando o confronto empatado.

O Flamengo voltou contudo para a segundo tempo. Após boa jogada pela esquerda, Márcio Araújo quase marcou. Dois minutos depois, uma jogada bem parecida, porém com melhor conclusão quase deixou o clube carioca em vantagem. Everton fez bela jogada e cruzou de novo para o volante, que finalizou duas vezes, na primeira Fernández fez uma grande defesa e na segunda a trave salvou o clube baiano. Logo depois foi a vez do goleiro Paulo Victor aparecer na partida. Depois de boa jogada pela direita, Caio cabeceou e o arqueiro rubro-negro salvou com o pé.

A partida apresentava um ritmo mais lento, quando o ex-flamenguista Juan resolveu dar uma ajudinha ao clube carioca. Após cruzamento para a área, o lateral-esquerdo colocou a mão dentro da área, pênalti. Na cobrança, Alecsandro recolocou o clube carioca na frente do placar. Depois, o clube baiano teve uma penalidade a seu favor. Juan foi para cobrança e Paulo Victor defendeu, garantindo a vitória do time do Rio.

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/flamengo/2014-08-31/juan-da-ajudinha-e-flamengo-vence-o-vitoria-no-reencontro-com-ney-franco.html

 

 

 

 

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My guys from Arsenal had  chance to stay in the top four instead a goal by the Foxes Leonadro Ulloa in the 22nd minute sent us to a one all draw with Leicester City. Alexis Sanchez started Arsenal off on the right foot in the 20th minute for the one zero lead. Two minutes later the Foxes scored the equalizer and this revealed our need for a striker. Wenger refuse to look at the fact we suck on the offense. Our offense is down right offensive.

The tie drops my Gunners to seventh place. A win and two draws is not very good if we want to compete for the title let alone a top four finish.  We have scored only five goals in three matches.  Compare this with eleven goals scored by Chelsea and six by Swansea City and you can see what we are in the shits. Arsenal has given up four goals for a plus one. Things are bleak but not grim for all we need is to get another striker and this could solve all of our offensive problems.

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Wenger was down right adamant we don’t need another striker. What crock of crap. No wonder we are stuck in fourth place forever. A change is needed. Get a striker fool.  Wenger justified his excuses with this statement “Everybody does that [slip up],” he told Sky Sports. “Manchester City lost yesterday against Stoke and they have strikers. Buying one player doesn’t mean you win the game today. We want to [buy someone] and we are open to it.

“The pressure to buy is always there, whether Olivier Giroud is injured or not. That happens every time you don’t win a game. We have to live with that. We try our best and everybody at the club tries their best to do well.”

http://www.espnfc.us/arsenal/story/2014308/arsenal-manager-arsene-wenger-refuses-to-blame-leicester-draw-on-lack-of-strikers

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Matt Law The Telegraph wrote about Gunner nation scream out about our offensive offense-Arsenal and Arsène Wenger have been here before. In fact, they seem to reach this point on the eve of the closure of every transfer window.

Twelve months ago, frustrated Arsenal fans chanted “spend some f****** money.” Wenger obliged by splashing the cash on Mesut Ozil and also spent big on Alexis Sanchez this summer.

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But the Arsenal supporters who travelled to Leicester City’s King Power Stadium clearly still believe Wenger has work to do during the final 24 hours of this transfer window

Having watched free transfer Yaya Sanogo fail to offer any encouragement that he can effectively step in for the injured Olivier Giroud, Arsenal fans chanted “sign a f****** striker.

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Law reported another Wenger justification “Every time you don’t win a game the solution is to buy somebody,” said Wenger. “We are out there trying our best and you have to trust us to find the best possible solution. “

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/11066654/Leicester-City-1-Arsenal-1-Leonardo-Ulloa-cancels-out-Alexis-Sanchezs-opener-as-Arsene-Wengers-side-are-held.html

This act gets old after a while. Excuse after excuse. Blame it the freaking moon or sun for crying out loud. The truth is we can’t hit a broad side of barn with a machine gun. Until these excuses stop we will always be a fourth place club.

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Stuart James The Guardian nailed it. “It was a performance that did nothing for Arsène Wenger’s dubious claim that Arsenal are well-stocked in the striker department and under no pressure to bring in a replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud before the transfer window shutters come down. Yaya Sanogo was given the job of leading the line but was withdrawn 13 minutes from time, still without a goal in 17 Arsenal appearances and, on this evidence, well short of being the centre-forward his club need.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/31/leicester-city-arsenal-match-report

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Chelsea sits atop he leader board with nine points a plus seven. Swansea City is second with nine points a plus five.  Aston Villa is third seven points. Shitty is fourth six points. My Gunners fell to seventh place five points.

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The match between Chelsea and Everton had it all, fireworks, a ton of goals, an own goal, and a touch of WWF flair however in the end the Blues defeated the Toffees at Everton’s house Goodison park 6-3. Chelsea sits atop the EPL with nine points.  Diego Costa led the Blues attack with the daily double.

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Chelsea scored twice in the first three minutes for a quick two nil Diego Costa first minute, and Branislav Ivanovic third minute. This looked like the rout was on. The Toffees slammed the door shut . Kevin  Mirallas header found its mark in the 45th minute to cut the gap to 2-1. Then all  hell broke loose in the second half as both the Blues and the Toffees six second half goals.

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In a span of twenty one minutes six goals were scored.   After the own goal by Everton’s Seamus Coleman’s in the 67th minute the fun began.  Tim Howard went ballistic after the own was rubbed in his face by Diego Costa. Howard gave Costa a face wash. The Howard could have received a red card but he didn’t. Everton’s Steven Naismith  scored 69th minute to cut the gap to 3-2. Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic 74th minute made 4-2. Samuel Eto’o scored in the 76th minute made 4-3 then the Blues put this sucker to bed with goals from Ramires 77th minute and Diego Costa 90th minute for the final score six three Chelsea.

If you like offensive futebol this match was for you.  Everton has blown two two goal leads and now was shell shocked by Chelsea at Goodison Park  so this doesn’t bode well for the Toffees. I think this will be a long assed season for Everton. a top finish may not be in the cards for Roberto Martinez and company.

The Toffees are in 16th place with two points.

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Chris Bascombe The Telegraph-“Diego Costa did not so much ease Fernando Torres out the door at Chelsea as prepare a farewell video of how it should have been done.

Jose Mourinho described this as the complete centreforward’s performance from the £32 million striker. Full of brooding menace, occasional tantrums and the killer instinct that yielded two goals in a 6-3 win at Everton. At a traditionally inhospitable venue, he provoked the hosts into both scowls and grudging admiration.

Even the managers were at odds over Costa’s on-field demeanour as he did not so much leave his mark as trample over every second of this game. For the first time since Didier Drogba led the line, Chelsea have a striker equally comfortable in a trench war or playing the role of sniper.

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“He gave a fantastic performance in every aspect,” said Mourinho.

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“I remember in the first half he was tackling Coleman in the edge of our box. He was holding balls. He was aggressive. He was face to face. He had three chances and scored two goals. It is not just the final touch, he participates in everything.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/11065918/Everton-3-Chelsea-6-Premier-League-match-report.html

This cat is a match changer.

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Queens Park Rangers got their first win of the season against ten man Sunderland. A 1-0 win for Harry “Me Boy’ Redknapp lifted the Hoops into 12th place three points.  After being shut out in their first two matches by a combined scored of five nil QPR finally dented the scoreboard when Charlie Austin found the mark in the stoppage time in the first half 45th plus two. Queens Park Rangers had gone 315 minutes without scoring a goal no wonder the Hoops were worried. QPR can’t hit the board side of a barn with a machine gun.

Ian Winrow The Telegraph b” Charlie Austin’s first Premier League goal ensured Queens Park Rangers overcame the disruption caused by Loic Remy’s late withdrawal from the squad in anticipation of his imminent move to Chelsea, securing a first win of the season for Harry Redknapp’s side.

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Redknapp, the Rangers manager, revealed he omitted Remy from his plans after receiving a lunchtime phone call informing him the France forward is poised to move after Chelsea agreed to meet player’s £8.5 million get-out clause.

Speaking before the game, the manager said: “He was in the team. I just got a phone call about 12 o’clock to say it looks like he is going to be moving. The deal looks like it has been done, so I had to make a change.

“He didn’t refuse to play, but it’s difficult to go out there to play and get your head around it. As far as I know (it is Chelsea).”

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Remy’s absence leaves a hole that Redknapp will desperately want to fill before Monday’s transfer deadline, but Austin’s well-taken goal in first half added time – the forward’s ninth in his last nine appearances at Loftus Road -brought respite after a testing start to the campaign.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/11065732/Queens-Park-Rangers-1-Sunderland-0.html

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Newcastle and Crystal Palace tied three all. Both Toons and the Eagles ae deep in the shitter. Crystal Palace sits in 19th place one point. Newcastle is  15th place two points. Wilfred’s Zaha’s late goal gave the Eagles the three all draw. Zaha’s goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time broke Toons hearts at St. James Park.

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Chelsea is top dog over Swansea City on goal difference. Both the Blues and the Swans each have six points. Chelsea a plus seven Swansea City a plus five. Spurs is third with sox points. Liverpool and Tottenham will duke it out later today.

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The guys are back at it later today. Chelsea and Man Shitty are showing why they are the best in the EPL. Yes Martha this can change in a heartbeat as the season progesses but for now the Blues and the Citizens are the cream of the crop. Today’s action kicks off with Man U at the Clarets house Turf Moor. The Red Devils have won five out of their last six against Burnley. Head to head Burnley 40 wins. Man U has 48 wins.  The season is slowly slipping away fast so this is a must win for Man U to escape a total disaster in the making.

Man Shitty battles Stoke City at the Etihad. This should be an easy win for Shitty. The Citizens has 38 wins. The Potters 30.

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Newcastle-Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers- Sunderland, Swansea City-West Brom, West Ham-Southampton and the biggie Chelsea- Everton at Stamford Bridge round out the action today.

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The Toffees can’t afford to lose this sucker. If Everton does you can kiss a top five finish Hasta vista baby. The Blues will need to win to stay even with Man Shitty. I don’t think the Citizens will lose against the Potters.  The Swans need to win to keep with the Shitty’s and the Blues. A tie or a loss for Swansea City could drop them out of the top five.

Tottenham and Liverpool battle on Sunday. The Reds can’t afford another road loss at this juncture. White Hart Lane is a tough place to play right now.  Spurs, Chelsea, Man Shitty and Swansea City each have six points.

My Gunners battle Leicester City in the late match on Sunday. Arsenal is in fifth place with four points. We need to win this sucker.

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Harry “Me Boy” Redknapp’s club QPR is winless so far. A loss could send the Hoops into a total recall mode and this could kill Queens Park Rangers season. Redknapp stayed the course and guided Queens Park Rangers back to the EPL after being sent down in 2012-13.

We are only three weeks into the season. Man U, Queens Park Rangers, and Liverpool are behind the eight ball. The class of the EPL is Man Shitty and Chelsea. Swansea City and Tottenham are surprises so far. No one expected Spurs and The Swans to be in the top four.  It is still early but the battle lines are drawn to see who has a real shot at winning the title. So far The Blues and the Citizens appear to be in the drivers seat so far. Let’s remember the EPL is  a long season and there will be many twists and turns in the season. This is just a snap shot of the teams at this point three weeks into the season.

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