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a player so good he made you smile

Ronaldinho. See? You’re smiling already. Just thinking about the things he did and the way he did them, the way he was, gets you giggling. Look him up on YouTube and maybe you’ll fall for him all over again, a bit like all those defenders. Watch for long enough – it won’t take long – and you might even feel like standing to applaud, just like the Santiago Bernabéu did, an ovation for a Barcelona player, as if for all the rivalry they hadn’t so much been beaten by his genius as shared…


Added by xiaolan on January 18, 2018 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Arsenal confident of signing

Arsenal are increasingly confident http://www.ramsshopsnfl.com/james-laurinaitis-jersey_c-407.html of securing the Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after holding productive talks with the Bundesliga club as they prepare for life after Alexis Sánchez. Youth Bob Feller Authentic Green Majestic Jersey: MLB Cleveland Indians #19 Salute to Service The London club expect to lose the…


Added by xiaolan on January 17, 2018 at 12:32am — No Comments

Ayoze Pérez sinks struggling Stoke

Mark Hughes is on the brink once again after his controversial decision to name a weakened team at Chelsea badly backfired with defeat 48 hours later at the hands of a Newcastle United side who had won only one of their previous 12 matches. Ayoze Pérez scored the goal that piled the pressure on the Stoke manager and prompted loud calls from some of their supporters for the Welshman to be sacked.…


Added by xiaolan on January 2, 2018 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Virgil van Dijk’s arrival could herald

Virgil van Dijk appears delighted his long-projected move to Liverpool will go ahead and everyone else involved in the world-record £75m deal has a reason to be just as http://www.packersnflofficialonlinestore.com/Jordy-Nelson-Jersey happy. Adidas NHL Men's Andrew Ference Orange Home Premier Jersey - #21 Edmonton Oilers Southampton may not have had any particular desire to…


Added by xiaolan on January 1, 2018 at 11:53pm — No Comments

imagine how I’d run with a new arm’

Petrolul Ploiesti are a club in a hurry. The Yellow Wolves’ 3-1 first-round defeat http://www.titansauthenticsofficial.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_DAQUAN_JONES_JERSEY.htmlof Liverpool in the 1966 European Cup is still cherished in the small industrial city 40 miles north of Bucharest where they play. These, though, are harder times. After going bankrupt two years ago and losing their…


Added by xiaolan on December 28, 2017 at 10:43pm — No Comments

offering Kevin De Bruyne new deal

Manchester City are ready to offer Kevin De Bruyne a new contract, with the club adamant he will not be sold to Real Madrid, Barcelona or any other rival, even if an astronomical offer is received. Game Nike Women's Dan Orlovsky Light Blue Home Jersey: NFL #8 Detroit Lions De Bruyne is enjoying the best form of his career and, along with David Silva, the 26-year-old has been the driving force in Pep Guardiola’s side. City are 11 points clear at the top of the…


Added by xiaolan on December 19, 2017 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Romelu Lukaku sets

The chase feels forlorn, and it must be even more dispiriting for Bobby Ryan Jersey Manchester United when they play the day after their neighbours have turned in yet another stirring performance, but José Mourinho and his players can at least take some satisfaction from the fact they managed to trim the deficit at the top back to 11 points. …


Added by xiaolan on December 18, 2017 at 9:43pm — No Comments

the inside of my ankle

Isaac Hayden had waited a lifetime for the moment. The midfielder had dreamed the dream and, when it came true, the elation was overwhelming. He was 19 years old, a product of the Arsenal academy and Arsène Wenger had told him he was about to make his Premier League debut. It was October 2014, the fixture was Hull City at the Emirates Stadium and Hayden was in the starting XI. What happened next – in training that morning – …


Added by xiaolan on December 17, 2017 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Newcastle given home truths in dressing room

Jamaal Lascelles has revealed that harsh words were exchanged in Newcastle United’s dressing room after Rafael Benítez’s side endured their seventh defeat in eight games when beaten by Everton at home on Wednesday night. Youth Majestic Los Angeles Dodgers #33 Tony Watson Replica White Home Cool Base MLB Jersey “I wouldn’t say it was calm, no,” said Newcastle’s captain, who returned from injury for the 1-0 defeat. “There were a few home truths said but the reality is…


Added by xiaolan on December 15, 2017 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Matt Cleary

The New South Wales government, in concert with the powerful SCG Trust, has adopted an “If we build it, they will come” approach to stadium policy, and come up with the curious plan to tear down two existing stadiums and build new ones upon sites that Sydney-siders currently do not relish attending. And it does rather beg the question: why? Womens Youth Bears Jerseys  Will more people attend sports…


Added by xiaolan on December 10, 2017 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Greg Clarke to embark

The chairman of the Football Association is to embark on a worldwide tour of other Fifa member countries on a charm offensive which could help England if they decide to bid for the 2030 World Cup. Women's Winnipeg Jets #44 Josh Morrissey Reebok White Away Premier NHL Jersey Greg Clarke has already visited two thirds of Uefa territories but he will extend his meetings to include Africa and Asia. The purpose of the trip is to build bridges and reverse a…


Added by xiaolan on December 7, 2017 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Paul Pogba was United’s heartbeat

A French midfielder with massive presence sent off in an intense match between Manchester United and Arsenal reflected on his emotions in the dressing room, mind whirring while the latter stages of the game was played without him. “It’s tough, especially in a big moment like that,” he said. “You feel like you let the team down. There are so many emotions going through your mind, and everything is negative – I was so mad about the red card.” As it happens, those words belong to Patrick…


Added by xiaolan on December 4, 2017 at 11:07pm — No Comments

football discussed Qatar 2022 bribes

The former president of Colombia’s football federation told a New York City courtroom on Monday that he was approached over potential bribe payments to back Qatar’s bid to http://www.coloradoavalancheofficialonline.com/Adidas-Rob-Ramage-Jersey host the 2022 World Cup. Limited Men's John Elway Lights Out Black Jersey: NFL Nike Denver Broncos #7 Luis…


Added by xiaolan on November 29, 2017 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Barry Glendenning

As debate not so much raged but gently percolated over the merits of “expected goals” as a useful metric for analysing football last week, it was difficult to shake off the feeling that the battle for survival and relevance between old-school pundits and the growing army of stats buffs had reached a somewhat pivotal phase. Youth Nike Denver Broncos #22 C.J. Anderson Limited Olive 2017 Salute to Service NFL Jersey The sound may have been drowned out by the white…


Added by xiaolan on November 27, 2017 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Antonio Conte takes Chelsea

Antonio Conte has embarked for Anfield in combative mood. Chelsea take on Liverpool in the weekend’s most anticipated fixture but the manager prefaced it by opening up a new line of complaint against his employers, over the contract of Thibaut Courtois, while continuing to air grievances over a congested fixture list. Women's Sean Doolittle Replica Navy Blue Majestic Jersey: MLB Washington Nationals #62 Alternate Cool Base The Chelsea goalkeeper is under contract at Stamford Bridge until the end…


Added by xiaolan on November 26, 2017 at 7:05pm — No Comments

We need a culture shift

My six-year-old daughter is football mad and her heroes are Neymar and Ronaldo. In the 21st century it’s not unusual for girls to choose football as their obsession and it’s natural that two of the best players in the world are her idols while I’m just proud to be her dad – who also happens to be a professional footballer. Youth Chicago Blackhawks #23 Michael Jordan Reebok White Premier 2017 Winter Classic NHL Jersey Every school day she puts on her uniform, which…


Added by xiaolan on November 24, 2017 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Never mind Jeff Stelling’s derision

Jeff Stelling is known for being a cheery sort. The most exasperated he ever gets is when Hartlepool are drubbed and, even then, he usually bears it with the fatalism of the long-suffering supporter. This week, however, the Sky Sports presenter has starred in a much-shared clip in which he goes on an actual rant. And the subject? Expected goals. Men's Winnipeg Jets #64 Logan Stanley Adidas Green Premier Salute To Service NHL Jersey In the run-up to their coverage of…


Added by xiaolan on November 23, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Prospering promoted sides

Five Premier League managers have lost their jobs so far this season before we are a third of the way in, and looking at the bottom three in particular the figure could still rise again before Christmas. Men's Jameer Nelson Authentic Gold Adidas Jersey: NBA Denver Nuggets #1 Alternate To put that into context, this time last season only one manager had been sacked, Francesco Guidolin almost inevitably failing to live up to expectations at Swansea, and it would take until…


Added by xiaolan on November 23, 2017 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Christian Eriksen

It was the night when Christian Eriksen made one of the grandest statements of his career. Denmark needed him to perform in the World Cup play-off second leg against the Republic of Ireland – and how he answered the call. Men's Kevin Garnett Swingman Blue Adidas Jersey: NBA Minnesota Timberwolves #21 Throwback The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s sumptuous hat-trick in Dublin fired a 5-1 win, qualification to the finals in Russia next summer and a wave of superlatives – the most…


Added by xiaolan on November 21, 2017 at 11:48pm — No Comments

Arsenal defeat highlights

For all that is positive about Tottenham, for all that they are about to move into an exciting new stadium and are blessed with a crop of highly promising young players, their away record against big sides has become an issue. It’s a problem that predates Mauricio Pochettino – Spurs have now won just four of their last 87 away games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool – but one that he seems a long way from resolving: although this was his first league defeat to Arsenal,…


Added by xiaolan on November 20, 2017 at 11:53pm — No Comments


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