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As most everyone knows by now, Chelsea’s John Terry cheated on his wife with ex-teammate Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend and baby momma, Vanessa Perroncel. While this story is incredibly funny and far from over (plus, we’ve yet to give our take on the matter…stay tuned), Dublin’s FM104 has produced a little ditty that sums up the situation thus far.

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Gunning For A Title

Gunning For A Title


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Can Captain Cesc lead Arsenal to glory?

Can Captain Cesc lead Arsenal to glory?

After Stoke City’s Ricardo Fuller nodded in two goals last weekend to send the Britannia into euphoria, Arsenal are now in contention for only two major trophies this season and that could be a blessing for them. The distraction of the FA Cup would certainly be a pleasurable one to have, but I’m curious to see them go at the English title with everything they’ve got. If they can remain injury free and manage to stay clear of letdowns against underdog opposition, this fiery bunch of lads could challenge at least for second place and give the favorites something to think about.

The next two weeks will go a long way in determining the Gunner’s BPL fate. Starting with Manchester United this morning, Arsenal go on to face Chelsea and Liverpool in their next two league matches—a daunting task indeed. United present the challenge of stopping Wayne Rooney (he of the 13 goals in his last 13 matches), while Chelsea welcome back their African Nations Cup stars, and Liverpool is always a tough match—regardless of their league position.

Today’s match against United should be a humdinger and if Arsenal doesn’t want their title aspirations dashed, they need to continue the fine defensive form they have recently displayed against Sir Alex’s squad. William Gallas and his merry men have only conceded ONE natural goal in open play to United in their last THREE league meetings. That should prove to be a little more difficult with Gallas’ running mate Thomas Vermaelen out injured, leaving the ancient Sol Campbell to fill his boots. And those who saw Campbell’s performance against Stoke should not be filled with confidence.

And it isn’t just in defense that the Gunner’s have suffered injury. Robin Van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner, and Samir Nasri have all missed extensive time this season. But it doesn’t matter. Arsenal has one thing no other team in the league has—Cesc Fabregas. Believe me when I tell you that I’m about as partial to this kid as Michael Vick is to French poodles, but it’s near impossible not to admit his improvement since the summer break. Last season, I thought the Spaniard was just another overzealous youngster with nothing more than an occasional eye for the crossbar. But this season, he seems to have come out from underneath his big brother’s ball box to play Geppetto in the Arsenal midfield. His goals have been crucial and his pinpoint passes have provided his non-injured teammates excellent chances on goal.

There’s a lot of good to be said for this talented bunch of lads. In fact, I’d go as far as to wager a second place bet in favor of the Arsenal. I believe they’re going to continue to score goals and as long as the rocky back four that played against Stoke City in the FA Cup are never again assembled on a football pitch until the day an Avatar is President, they should be fine defensively. So going into this very difficult couple of weeks, every Gunner should be excited, but they should also be aware that a loss to United tomorrow could lead to another trophy-less year at the Emirates.

M. Junia Stainbank

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A New Variation Of The Jens Lehmann


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A few weeks ago we shared with you video footage of Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann ‘taking care of business‘ during a Champions League match. If you thought his ‘discreet’ moment was crazy, Auckland City keeper Paul Gothard one upped him during the FIFA Club World Cup. I hope that nobody went down in the box after this display.

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He’s Andrey McFly


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He’s owned Liverpool on the pitch the past two years, now check out this hilarious clip of Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin doing it to them Back to the Future style.

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Euro 2012: Creating History Together


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Cute, but is it football worthy?

Nice, but is it football worthy?

The logo for the first European championship held in Eastern Europe has been unveiled. While I find the tulips cute (perhaps a little too cute for a football tournament), I don’t think it’s as cool as the logos for 2008 or 2004. The logo was designed by Portuguese firm Futurebrand, who also designed the logos for the Champions League and Europa League. So take a look and let’s us know what you think.

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When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go


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Stuttgart’s keeper, the always entertaining Jens Lehmann, couldn’t wait for a break in action during yesterday’s Champions League match against Unirea Urziceni to relieve himself. Instead, the crafty veteran decided to duck behind the advertising signs to take care of business. Unfortunately, it looks like the former Arsenal man couldn’t fully shake it out before action headed back his way.

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She’s No Elizabeth Lambert


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A while back we posted footage of University of New Mexico defender Elizabeth Lambert going a little crazy during a match. Lest you think that was a onetime deal in US women’s collegiate soccer, we have footage from last weekend’s championship game. This time it’s Stanford’s national player of the year candidate Kelley O’Hara who forgets the rules of the game.

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Sportsmanship In Italy?


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Here’s something you don’t see everyday. Italian Serie B side Ascoli let opponents Reggina score after deciding their own opening goal had been unsporting. Reggina’s Carlos Valdez had been trying to kick the ball out of play after realising he was injured, but Vincenzo Sommese, unaware of the injury, intercepted the ball and moments later Mirko Antenucci scored for Ascoli. Their attempt at fair play didn’t go unpunished. Ascoli went on to lose 3-1.

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She’s Blowing Something


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For some reason, she loves Brand and West Ham.

For some reason, she loves Brand and West Ham.

In case you didn’t know, Katy Perry has stopped kissing girls in favor of English (ahem) ‘funnyman’ and West Ham supporter Russell Brand. And while we all expected her to catch something from him, we didn’t expect it to be Irons fever. As if showing up at  the MTV EMAs in a West Ham corset wasn’t enough, she recently posted this rousing rendition of ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ on the web. Enjoy.

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A League of Her Own


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I don’t think I’ve ever watched a minute of  women’s college soccer, but if this is what goes on during the course of a match, I’m all in. In the Mountain West Conference semi-finals (high stakes stuff indeed) University of New Mexico Lobo defender Elizabeth Lambert went a little Teen Wolf (not in a good way) on the pitch. After watching her numerous transgressions, it made me wonder what took the referee so long to send her off. Of course, Lambert has since issued an apology.

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