1. Euro 2012: Yoann Gourcuff Left out of France's Final 23-Man Roster

    Rene Girard, the manager of 2011-12 Ligue 1 champions Montpellier, made an excellent point on Tuesday morning when he told L'Equipe he was "surprised" that 25-year-old midfielder ...

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  2. Euro 2012: Olivier Giroud Makes Case to Start for France This Summer

    The heralded "1987 generation" consisting of Jeremy Menez, Hatem ben Arfa, Karim Benzema and Samir Nasri—all born in that year—shared the bulk of the praise following Sunday's France—Ireland friendly...

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  3. Arsenal: 5 Youngsters Who Could See First-Team Action Next Season

    With Arsenal raring for a run at the 2012-13 Premier League title, it is likely that manager Arsene Wenger will look to experience ahead of unproven (but talented) youth when constructing his first-team lineups...

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  4. France vs. Iceland: Observations from Sunday's 3-2 Victory

    With France manager Laurent Blanc prepared to whittle his provisional 25-man roster (Loic Remy was forced to drop his name from contention after he was ruled out of the Euros with ...

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  5. Euro 2012: Can Laurent Blanc Get Yoann Gourcuff Back to His Best for France?

    The Yoann Gourcuff who came onto the Canal+ Sunday night forum in the latter stages of the 2010-11 season looked like a man broken...

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  6. Arsenal: Why Is Arsene Wenger so Hesitant to Play Theo Walcott as a Striker?

    Arsenal 's victory over West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the 2006-07 Carling Cup was remarkable for two reasons. 1. Jeremy Aliadiere, he of the potential forever untapped with Arsenal, notched a brace for the Gunners in the 2-0 victory...

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  7. Reviewing the Recent Change in Arsene Wenger's Approach to the Carling Cup

    Some—OK, many— have questioned Arsene Wenger's decision to field largely youthful squads littered with Arsenal 's top burgeoning talent for the early rounds (sometimes, ...

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  8. 5 French Football Stars Ready to Make a High-Profile Transfer This Summer

    France Football reported Friday (credit Ben Lyttleton via Twitter for disseminating the news) that of the 26 players included within Les Bleus manager Laurent Blanc's provisional list ...

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  9. Euro 2012 Players to Watch: Yohan Cabaye of France

    That Yohan Cabaye was signed for just £4.8 million from Lille last summer should have had Michel Seydoux, president of Les Dogues, stomping about in fury...

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  10. Euro 2012 Players to Watch: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of England

    Going from unknown commodity—a teenage one at that—with no Premier League experience to the toast of English football—and doing it within nine months' time at that is quite the feat...

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  11. Arsenal Transfer News: Olivier Giroud Would Be a Better Signing Than Yann M'Vila

    After Yann M'Vila had looked as sure as a sure thing can ever be to sign for Arsenal —transfer rumors are a notoriously tricky business, if one could even call them "business"—the ...

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  12. Euro 2012: 5 Stars Who Need a Confidence Boost This Summer

    Summer competitions can provide the perfect exclamation point for stellar club seasons. One look at the terrific performances of Wesley Sneijder (coming off a treble-winning season ...

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  13. Euro 2012 Players to Watch: Nicklas Bendtner of Denmark

    When Nicklas Bendtner came on for Tomas Rosicky in the 72nd minute at Craven Cottage on Aug. 12, 2007, it looked like a sign of positive things to come for Arsenal ...

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  14. EPL Transfer News: Eden Hazard Will Announce His Decision in June

    After launching a Hellenic transfer saga that has enthralled the world of football for weeks now, Lille winger Eden Hazard has set a date upon which he has promised to announce the English Premier League club he will be playing for next season...

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  15. Arsenal: Can Benik Afobe Crack the First Team Next Season?

    Arsenal forward Benik Afobe is quite grounded for being just 19-years-old. Asked who in his life keeps him from getting too big for his britches , Afobe cited his parents and a practice of reading the Bible...

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  16. NBA Playoffs 2012: The Boston Celtics Have the Best 'Big 3' in the League

    The story goes that when he first arrived in Boston, fresh off a blockbuster trade that shipped him from the Minnesota Timberwolves after 12 seasons, Kevin Garnett headed to the Celtics ' practice facility early one morning...

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  17. Arsenal: Arsene Wenger Has Created the Perfect Loan Relationship with FC Lorient

    Last season, it was Francis Coquelin and Gilles Sunu, this season it was Joel Campbell, the 19-year-old Costa Rican-attacking-wunderkind. Each of those players is/was considered one of the bright young talents in the Arsenal youth network...

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  18. NBA Playoffs: Russell Westbrook Steals the Show as Thunder Roll over Lakers

    Russell Westbrook scored 13 points in the third quarter of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals on Saturday night—production that, along with his 37 points in the game, ...

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  19. NBA Playoffs 2012: Brandon Bass's Huge Night Propels Boston to Key Game 5 Win

    TNT analyst Chris Webber twice alluded to an in-game huddle where Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers delivered a blood-stirring speech to his players while they were trailing the Philadelphia 76ers , pushing them to press on and take the lead...

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  20. Euro 2012: Olivier Giroud Is Set to Star for France This Summer

    Forwards have a habit of capturing our imaginations more than any other position during major competitions...

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  21. Louis Nicollin Dyes Hair to Commemorate Montpellier's Ligue 1 Title

    Louis Nicollin, owner of Montpellier Herault Sport Club, is renowned for being one of the more colorful characters in French football...

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  22. Chelsea Transfer News: Is It Time for Fernando Torres to Leave Chelsea?

    Saturday's Champions League final was fraught with drama—no one sets a dramatic score better than commentator Martin Tyler, who was at his scene-setting best during the penalty ...

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  23. NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat Stars Shine in Crucial Game 4 Win over Indiana

    With a shimmy and a shake that evoked memories of a famous Chicago Bulls guard, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade freed himself on the left baseline and elevated for a feathery 15-foot jumper...

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  24. Arsenal Loan Watch: Joel Campbell Shows Vast Potential on Ligue 1's Final Day

    His team didn't get the result they would've hoped for—Lorient entered Sunday just one point ahead of the Ligue 1 drop zone, and after losing 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain at the ...

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  25. Arsenal Transfer News: Andrei Arshavin Linked with a Transfer to Fulham

    Arsenal winger Andrei Arshavin has been linked with a transfer to English Premier league side Fulham , Arseblog news reported early Sunday morning...

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