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17 June 2021

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  • Any Pub Managers Out There?
    17 June 2021
    If so, please send your CV into Ken at West Brom FC although he's from Shanghai and knows absolutely f uck all about football!

    Competitive salary and a free chinky every month dependent on performance. A healthy budget ( XD ) for player recruitment controlled by Lai and ken! XD
  • Denmark v Belgium - 5pm - ITV
    17 June 2021
    Similar conditions with temperatures around 25 degrees and humidity at 57% in Copenhagen - Apparently after 10 minutes Belgium will kick the ball out and they will do something for Eriksen, which I didn't quite catch on the radio. Team news already o
  • Ajax Youth Players
    17 June 2021
    I was discussing the Eriksen situation with a friend and it occurred to me that he is the third Ajax academy player in the last few years to have heart problems.
    • In 2017 Abdelhak Nouri collapsed on the pitch due to an irregular heartrate and was left with permanent brain damage.
    • In 2019 Daley Blind was diagnosed with inflammation of the heart and had to have an automated defibrillator fitted.
    • In 2021 Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch and heart stops.
    I'm not...

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  • Thankyou benno
    17 June 2021
    Elliot Bennett has joined Shrewsbury.
    Thankyou for everything but sadly his ability stops at league one level.
  • This NEEDS to CATCH ON 100%
    17 June 2021
    Fantastic and well done

    Steve Cook buys a defibrillator for grass roots club


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/57500887
  • Ukraine [2] - 0 North Macedonia - Roman Yaremchuk 34' [UEFA Euro 2020]
    17 June 2021
  • Ukraine [1] - 0 North Macedonia - Andriy Yarmolenko 29' [UEFA Euro 2020]
    17 June 2021
  • [MD] |Barça agreed to Depay's request to sign only for 2 seasons without an optional 3rd season.Depay has expressed his desire to play under Koeman and that's why he only wants to sign for two years, waiting to see if Koeman lasts long.
    17 June 2021
  • Rest of The World : The Celtic Thread
    17 June 2021
    Author: tonyjaa
    Subject: The Celtic Thread
    Posted: 17 Jun 2021 at 2:44pm

    Brilliant stuff from Johnstone 2010 on kds
    Hopefully thousands more like him

    " Club Celtic form returned with the NOT renewing box ticked,

    They ask for a reason and I summarised in 4 bullet points, based on the crux of the below email I sent to Caitlin Alexander of Executive Sales

    Caitlin

    It is with much sadness that I am deciding not to renew my Club Celtic membership or even purchase a standard season ticket for the forthcoming season.

    I refuse to fund the gross mismanagement of the club and while the departure of Peter Lawwell is welcome, but well overdue by about 11 years, I believe he will still have a malign influence at the club.

    From the lazy appointment of re-hiring Neil Lennon, to his refusal to sack him after another Champions League exit to a side with a fraction of our budget, then from the botched Eddie Howe appointment to the shocking appointment of a relative nobody who just happens to work in the same group of companies as his son, I cannot continue to fund this corporate vandalism.

    During his parsimony over the years, Lawwell and the board decided that we could not compete in Europe so he decided that we should just compete with whoever our city neighbours are. As a result we have needlessly missed out on 6 of 8 the last Champions League revenues and allowed a near bankrupt neighbour over take us and give them direct access to the Champions League for season 22/23.

    No lessons have been learned from the one time we hired a first rate manager who had full control, who even then was undermined by our board. Ion his departure we received near world record compensation, yet he was replaced by the cheap option who left his last job under a cloud with his side 8th in the SPFL, all the while there was nothing “cheap” about the remuneration afforded to Peter Lawwell.

    His ego, which meant he saw himself as de facto Director of Football where he had undue influence on player recruitment has led us to the mess we are in now and no lessons appear to be learned and even less culpability acknowledged.

    I could go on and cite numerous other examples of the corporate failure of Peter Lawwell and the board.

    Therefore, with a true sadness, but as a protest, I am withdrawing all financial support to the club and I will be urging others to do likewise, however upsetting it is.

    On a personal note, I would like to thank you and all your colleagues for the excellent service I received as a Club Celtic member.
    Yours Sincerely"
  • On the Terraces • Re: ALL Transfer talk - merged thread
    17 June 2021
    NEW: @MailSport understands that #AFC believe there is still an opportunity to strike an agreement with #LCFC for Maddison, with club officials confident a package worth about £60m may get the deal done. Full story.
    https://t.co/yfmuEq3naQ
    I know the media make shit up but is Maddison really that good? (Genuine question as I don’t ever watch Leicester unless it’s against Arsenal)

    For £60m+ I’d want someone at least good enough to get in the England squad!



    I think that he is a really good player, but there are question marks over him if the alleged rumors about him falling out with Brenda Rodgers are true - allegedly heatbutted Rodgers and there is no excuse for any player to do that to the manager IMO. It was telling that he was only on bench for last few games of the season, and that includes the fa cup final

    Statistics: Posted by augie — Thu Jun 17, 2021 1:33 pm

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  • Preview: NJ/NY Gotham FC (h).
    17 June 2021

    When? Sunday June 20, 3 p.m. PT, 6 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. BST.

    Where? Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL.

    How can I catch action? The game will be broadcast on Twitch both nationally and internationally (via the Twitch app or twitch.tv).

    Just like Batman would, NJ/NY Gotham Sky Blue FC return to the scene of the crime. What crime, I hear you ask? Well, I guess you can't, technically, classify it as a crime, but it was still a crime in my book. Beating the Orlando Pride should be made illegal. I'm of course referring to the Pride's only defeat of 2021 so far. Gotham came to Exploria Stadium during the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup, and came away with all 3 points. They scored a goal, and then they must have seen the Bat signal or something, because they scarpered shortly after. Orlando will be seeking revenge, as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the regular season.

    Gotham's style

    I think it's fair to say that Gotham aren't the most expansive or clinical of teams. Having only mustered 29 shots so far this season, with a lowly conversion rate of 6.9% (figure 1) the New Jersey based club have an overall xG rating of 0. Dead last. Though, it's also fair to say that they fare significantly better at the other end. Gotham lead the league with an xGA of 0. They're all about the zeros. They don't wanna score, but also they're not keen on the idea of you getting one either. Don't expect a high-scoring, free-flowing festival of soccer. You're probably not going to get one with Gotham in town.

    Gotham have also posted a number of other impressive defensive statistics; this team has won 51 of its 85 tackles, 196 of its 391 duels and 35 of its 73 aerial duels. This is not a team that's going to be easy to break down. Far from it. They are also proficient in possession of the ball, averaging 55% of the overall play on the season so far (figure 2). With an 80.2% pass success rate from 1,915 attempts (479 passes per game), this is a team that's more than capable of dominating the ball, it's just doing something with it that seems to be the issue. This game promises to be a fascinating clash of styles, as Orlando's more direct approach comes up against the more calculated and measured style of Gotham FC. How very Bruce Wayne of them.

    Figure 1 shows Gotham's shooting statistics on the season so far.

    Figure 2 shows Gotham's possession based statistics on the season so far.

    Team news

    A raft of international friendlies means that both squads have been hit by international call-ups. The visitors will be without the influential Carli Lloyd and Midge Purce. The US' final game was on 6/16, but they are scheduled to take on Mexico 7/1, so both players may not be available for this one. Watch this space. The same goes for Alex Morgan.

    Ifeoma Onumonu, Evelyn Viens and Kailen Sheridan both featured for their countries, but all 3 could be available for this one. Imani Dorsey, is expected to be out whilst Estelle Johnson and McCall Zerboni are both injury doubts.

    The Pride, meanwhile, are sweating on the fitness of Jade Moore and Sydney Leroux. Erin McLeod should be back from international duty.

    Possible starting XI

    There's no doubt we're heading into that time of the season whereby clubs are decimated by international call-ups. As such there will be changes to the squad that lined-up against OL Reign a couple of weeks ago. Gotham prefers to run a 4-2-3-1 formation, though considering the absence of Lloyd, it's possible they'll revert to a 4-3-3 to counter Orlando in the middle. As such I expect them to line-up a little something like this:

    Top player

    Kailen Sheridan

    It's not very often I select a goalkeeper in this segment, though Sheridan's inclusion seems something of a no-brainer. The Canadian 'keeper has been in impervious form so far this season. Her performance for her national side in their recent draw with Brazil, has drawn much praise. Her club form has been exceptional, too. In her 3 games so far this season she has played all 270 minutes, keeping 2 clean sheets and saving 94.1% of the 17 shots she's faced. Sheridan has bounced back well, from the injury she suffered during pre-season. She's beginning to establish herself as one of the league's top keepers, in the league's most efficient defence. As Gotham's forwards continue to flounder, it's the efforts of Sheridan and her back-line that have kept the New Jersey based outfit in contention.

    Form

    Whilst Gotham FC, on the face of it, have had a solid start to the season, their lack of goals will be a concern for Freya Coombe. Their 2-1-1 start has been blighted by their lack of goals. Only 2, so far in the season; with the scorer of one (Midge Purce) currently away on international duty. Their 1 goal conceded means they're comfortably the league's most miserly defence, however. Gotham currently sit 4th in the NWSL standings, 4 points behind the league leading Orlando Pride.

    As the only unbeaten team remaining in the NWSL, the Orlando Pride are there to be shot at. Their 1-1 draw in Washington, extended their stay at the top of the standings and stretched their unbeaten run to 7 games, in all competitions. The Pride are currently 3-2-0 on the regular season, scoring 7 and conceding 4 along the way.

    https://youtu.be/ED3PI3CKw_4

    *All statistics courtesy of ,nwslsoccer.com and ,footystats.org

    Line-up graphic courtesy of chosen11.com

  • Jamaica striker Khadija Shaw joins Manchester City Women
    17 June 2021

    Manchester City Women have signed Jamaica striker Khadija Shaw on a three-year deal, subject to work visa and international clearance. The 24-year-old, better known as “Bunny”, will join at the start of July following the [...]

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  • New deal for Liverpool Women’s longest serving player
    17 June 2021

    Ashley Hodson has signed a new contract with Liverpool FC Women and is already the club’s longest-serving player on 113 appearances. Manager Matt Beard said: “I gave Ashley her debut back in 2014. I remember [...]

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  • Winning games in style: Spain’s path toward their first senior trophy
    17 June 2021

    A decade ago, Spanish men’s football was the envy of all around the world, the national team were part-way through their three successive major trophies (two European Championships and a World Cup), and Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona was lauded the world over. The era gave birth to tiki-taka (or what we think of when we think of tiki-taka), as well as heralded midfielders like Xavi [Hernández] and Andrés Iniesta, and it changed how many thought about the game — as well as setting a clearly defined “Spanish style” in place. In the typical fashion of women’s football being the same but different, there are many parallels that can be drawn between Vicente del Bosque’s world champions and Jorge Vilda’s Spain.

    Mixing styles

    Much like trying to strike a balance between representatives from the “big two” Spanish men’s clubs, Vilda’s squad has long been a mix of mostly Barcelona and Atlético Madrid players (although this is something he’s inching away from), as del Bosque’s was Barça and Real Madrid. The clear problem with this for both managers includes the vastly different styles both teams utilize; Barcelona will always possess and move the ball with ease and understanding whereas Atleti Femenino and Real men have been much more about a direct style of play. Del Bosque, the pragmatist, managed to instill the possession and passing from Barcelona, but balancing out the squad with players from the capital meant that La Roja never tapped into the truly mesmerizing football played by the Catalan club.

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  • Teenager Symonds signs professional terms at Brighton
    17 June 2021
    Teenage midfielder Maisie Symonds has signed her first professional contract at Brighton & Hove Albion according to reports on The Seagulls’ official club website.

    The 18-year-old made two appearances in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League for The Seagulls this season, both of which came as a substitute against Everton and Manchester United.

    Symonds is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects to come off the Brighton & Hove Albion youth production line and the club have today secured her services for next season with the player signing professional terms.

    Speaking to Albion’s official media team after agreeing professional terms with Symonds, manager Hope Powell said “Maisie made real progress last season and deserves this opportunity. She trained regularly with the squad and did well when she played at the end of the season.

    “She is now on the next step in her journey. She still has a lot to learn but she’s also got a lot to offer and we’re looking forward to seeing her develop.”

    Symonds played a small part in Powell’s side recording their best-ever finish in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season. She will now have her eyes firmly set upon a greater first team role after penning her new deal.

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  • #SBSSWPL 2: Aberdeen Women storm back to beat St Johnstone
    17 June 2021

    Scottish Women’s Premier League 2 leaders Aberdeen had to come from behind to win, while Dundee United went second in the table. Glasgow Women 0-4 Dundee United Hamilton Academical 4-2 Partick Thistle Queen’s Park 0-3 [...]

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  • Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman names Squad for Tokyo Olympic Games
    17 June 2021

    Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman names Squad for Tokyo Olympic Games   Netherlands National coach Sarina Wiegman names eighteen players plus four reserves in her squad selection for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Two debutants are named in the squad PSV defender Aniek Nouwen and Lynn Wilms FC Twente.     Fixtures: Wednesday 21st July Zambia V Netherlands (20:00)   Saturday […]

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  • Christen Press spurs USWNT to victory over Nigeria as Olympic cuts loom
    17 June 2021
    • USA 2-0 Nigeria: US’s home unbeaten run is now 53 games
    • Vlatko Andonovski will decide Olympic squad soon

    The winning was expected for the US women’s national team. The harder part for coach Vlatko Andonovski may be trimming the roster to the final 18 players for the Olympics.

    Christen Press scored late in the first half, Lynn Williams added a goal in the final moments and the US wrapped their Summer Series with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Wednesday night in the last match before setting the Tokyo lineup.

    Late goals, great goals ✨

    Scores by @ChristenPress to @lynnraenie to close out the #SummerSeries pres. by @ATT 5G in style! pic.twitter.com/AarGCgR55d

  • Manchester United forward Press stars again as the United States defeat Nigeria
    17 June 2021
    Manchester United forward Christen Press has dazzled for the United States yet again with the player picking up a third consecutive Player of the Match award in the Summer Series.

    Press scored one and assisted for another as The Stars and Stripes saw off Nigeria in North Austin, Texas this morning. The forward’s performances have now surely sealed her a place in head coach Vlatko Andonovski’s final 18-player squad for next month’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

    After collecting Player of the Match awards against Portugal and Jamaica in the past week, Press gave her chances of a third consecutive individual accolade no harm when she steered in the opening goal against Nigeria this morning. Her strike was the first goal to be scored at the new Q2 Stadium.

    Press was again effective at the end of the second half. Her pinpoint through ball allowed teammate Lynn Williams to race away and net the game’s second goal as the United States completed their third victory of the Summer Series.

    Head coach Andonovski is now expected to make his decision on the final squad for Tokyo 2020 while the United States will compete in two warm-up games against Mexico next month. Press has surely booked her place on the plane to Japan with a trio of fine displays.

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  • Press, Williams lift USWNT past Nigeria in final match before Olympic roster decisions
    17 June 2021

    The U.S. women’s national team defeated Nigeria, 2-0 on Wednesday in the first sporting event at the new Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas in front of a capacity crowd of 20,500 fans. Christen Press and Lynn Williams scored for the United States.

    It was a big night for the Americans because it was the last match before Vlatko Andonovski and coaching staff will choose the long awaited Olympic roster. It was also a celebration of Carli Lloyd’s 300th appearance for the team, which she earned earlier this year to become only the third player to reach that milestone.

    Andonovski went with many of the usual starters but a notable inclusion was Kristie Mewis, getting her first start of the series in place of Rose Lavelle, who sat out as a precaution after rolling her ankle on Sunday. It was a difficult first half for the U.S., even though Nigeria was missing five of their usual starters, they proved a difficult opponent. The front line was called offside numerous times, taking away what would have been goals. Credit to the Nigerian defense for holding their line and making things incredibly difficult for the U.S. The Super Falcons did a terrific job of swarming around the ball, getting stuck in tackles, and preventing any real 1-v-1 opportunities. Their keeper, Tochukwu Oluehi also had a good game, making important saves, coming off her line, and holding on to her saves not allowing rebound chances.

    It wasn’t until first-half stoppage time that Press would break the deadlock with her one touch curling effort. Lloyd got the assist for helping the ball onto her teammate.

    Christen Press with the one touch finish gives the U.S. a one goal lead at halftime #USAvNGA | 1-0 pic.twitter.com/F66o9ZnVBy

    — The Equalizer (@EqualizerSoccer) June 17, 2021

    The second half continued much like the first with the U.S. struggling to connect offensively. Nigeria made it really hard for their opponents to create and it resulted in a lot of forced long balls that didn’t find the mark. Sixty minutes in, Catarina Macario and Emily Sonnett came in for the Mewis sisters. Sonnett slotted into the defensive midfield role and pushed Lindsey Horan higher up the field, next to Macario. Going into the last few minutes of the match it was still a slim, one-goal lead for the reigning world champions so Lynn Williams and Tierna Davidson subbed in for Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn. Davidson went to outside back rather than her usual center back and Williams went up top.

    Into stoppage time, Williams scored a huge goal both for the team and for her own Olympic hopes. She was given very little time to play but made a massive difference as she was crucial in the buildup to her own goal. Off a defensive play, Macario found Williams, who one touched it to Horan. Horan found Press in the center of the park who played a fantastic ball in behind for the streaking Williams. She made her only opportunity of the game count.

    FT: Lynn Williams on the pitch for just five minutes and she doubles the lead for the U.S. in stoppage time! Quality passing to create that break, terrific run and finish by Williams off the Press assist. #USAvNGA | 2-0 pic.twitter.com/73eVntnau7

    — The Equalizer (@EqualizerSoccer) June 17, 2021

    The U.S. will play next July 1 and 5 against Mexico as part of a two game send-off series before the Olympics. The 18-player Olympic roster will be named at some point prior to that first match.

    — Bella Munson

    Three talking points from Jeff Kassouf Kristie Mewis impresses in expanded role

    With Rose Lavelle held out of the match as a precaution after rolling her ankle in Sunday’s win over Jamaica, Vlatko Andonovski turned to Kristie Mewis in the No. 10 role, alongside sister, Sam, at the No. 8, and Lindsey Horan in the No. 6 role.

    Mewis was active throughout the night, checking down to find the ball and drifting wide left in attempt to stretch Nigeria’s back five. Her runs were not always rewarded — and she was not rewarded with a goal — but she helped her case significantly ahead of the Olympic roster selection. We often think of Mewis as more of a No. 8, but she looked comfortable as the No. 10. It is notable that Andonovski went with Mewis as the 10 when he had other options, including Catarina Macario.

    “We see her as an attacking midfielder because we feel like, in the way that we play and her understanding of the positioning in between the lines, and the aggressive runs that she makes behind the line, is something that we can capitalize on,” Andonovski said.

    “It was hard for her to get on the ball very often, but I thought she did well, and she showed some good things on the field.”

    Lynn Williams’ late push?

    Lynn Williams entered the match in the 88th minute, after standing at the scorer’s table for several minutes. Each second that ticked by was one fewer for Williams to make one last impression, and it felt like that might be an unfortunate metaphor for her push for a roster spot. And then came the goal.

    Williams helped jump-start the counterattack with her check-down run deep in the middle third, then turned and provided an option in behind Nigeria’s back line. A little hip deke was all it took to get around Tochukwu Oluehi at that point and slot the ball into the open net.

    How big was that goal for Williams? Regardless of whether she makes Andonovski’s 18-player Olympic roster or not, it was a needed one — but it is a wonder whether that last impression might stick with Andonovski as he evaluates his front line, which includes direct competition for Williams from Tobin Heath, who is a longtime incumbent on major tournament rosters but who has not played a game in months due to injury.

    Previously, Williams’ last goal for the U.S. was on Jan. 22 in a 6-0 win over Colombia. It was clear for a while that Andonovski favored Williams’ defensive work rate up high on the press or the counterpress, but her scoring drought late in the spring was of some concern. That goal on Wednesday is just what she needed. We’ll see if it has any positive effect on her Olympic roster status.

    Horan as the No. 6

    We’ve had our eyes on the No. 6 position due to Julie Ertz’s absence, and these three games in a week showed us just how much Andonovski rates Lindsey Horan in that role if Ertz is not available. Last week, after the U.S.’ 1-0 win over Portugal, Andonovski said he told Horan she was “a monster” in the midfield. Horan started there again on Wednesday, but Andonovski felt the challenge presented by Nigeria required her to be higher up the field.

    “I think Lindsey did very good at [the] 6 and did what she was asked to do — and even extra,” Andonovski said after the win over Nigeria. “But today, I felt like as the game was moving on, we were wasting some of the qualities that she has as a 6.”

    That led Andonovski to insert Emily Sonnett into the match and move to what he described as a “slight[ly] offset 3-4-3” formation, with Kelley O’Hara and Crystal Dunn pushed higher. Horan shifted into the double 10, an approach we saw in different moments throughout the week.

    A big question now revolves around Ertz’s health, but Andonovski knows he has a solid option in Horan.

    — Jeff Kassouf

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17 June 2021

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  • A Turkey shoot and a quick Swissmissal
    17 June 2021

    Wales put one foot in the next round after a cracking win over Turkey - that just leaves Kate, Jim and Luke to work out what "eazay!" is in Welsh...


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  • Limited Prospects | Planet #FPL Do The Euros | Ep. 09
    17 June 2021

    Suj and James review all the action as Matchday 2 began in the European Championships and what a day it was for Wales who beat Turkey 2-0 to all but secure qualification for the knockout stage.

    The lads discuss why the path has potentially opened up nicely for Wales in the draw, the excellence of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, plus Russia got off the mark with a win and James details why he's in love with the way Italy play and what they did differently in last night's victory against Switzerland.

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  • Hard Sell: Ohio State vs. Michigan
    17 June 2021

    Ty and Dan enter the virtual recruiting arena and compete for the services of Chase Chase, a make-believe edge rusher from suburban Chicago with ideal size, speed and strength, and his pick of Big Ten schools for his college experience. Ty recruits on behalf of Ohio State; Dan on behalf of Michigan.

  • Fantasy Files: Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry have a volume problem
    17 June 2021

    Host Ian Hartitz breaks down the fantasy outlook for the Patriots' wide receivers and tight ends ahead of the 2021 season. Jonnu Smith has been anyone's idea of an elite YAC threat during his career; expect him to keep on keeping on with high-end efficiency regardless of who is throwing him the ball. Hunter Henry is the more-complete TE of the two, and credit to him for staying more healthy than usual in 2020. Ultimately, Bill Belichick loves both players, but this still projects to be a run-first offense regardless of who is under center. Ian closes out the podcast with fantasy ranks for the tight ends and Nelson Agholor before hating on people that try to make sleeping in not cool.

  • Ronaldo costs Coca-Cola dweebs four billion smackers
    17 June 2021

    Coca-Cola‘s market value abruptly plunged by about $4 billion on Monday, in a dive that coincided with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo snubbing the Euro 2020 sponsor during a press conference at the tournament. The Legend and Special Guest Paul discuss. 

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  • 2021.06.16 - No Nonsense Vibes
    17 June 2021
    Game 1 is done! Kris, Jez and Phil analyse France 1 - 0 Germany - the selection, the system, the silkiness... Also Hungary's crumble against Portugal in the other Group F game, Phil's boss, and how TV dealt with Christian Eriksen's collapse.
  • Euro Today with Kevin Laramee and Duane Rollins - Italy's Big Day, Russia Still Alive and All Hail King Ramsey
    17 June 2021
    Kevin and Duane recap the day's matches and talk about the biggest stories of the day at Euro 2020.

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  • EURO 2020 | Ep 6 | Turkey Stuffed By Wales
    17 June 2021

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Ian Hawkey and Gary Jacob.


    Wales have given themselves every chance of qualifying for the knockout stages with an impressive 2-0 win over Turkey. Why were Turkey so lacklustre - especially with their president in the stadium? (00:00)


    Gary Jacob was with Hugh in Baku and added his thoughts on a Wales performance that saw Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey at their very best (04:54)


    Italy have won both of their opening games 3-0 and with the latest win over Switzerland, look like they could trouble most sides as the tournament go on (21:42)


    Denmark play their next game tomorrow but how will the events of their opener affect the squad mentally and do they have any chance in recovering from that trauma to turn things around? (26:25)


    Today’s results:

    Finland 0-1 Russia

    Turkey 0-2 Wales

    Italy 3-0 Switzerland


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  • A kick in the Zubkov
    17 June 2021

    Matt Davies-Adams, Michael Cox and Sasha Goryunov are here as Wales arrive, Russia aren't Finnished, and Italy are livin la vida loca-telli.

    First to Baku where Wales are beaming after their 2-0 victory over Turkey, we ask if this was one of the most impressive performances so far

    As for Russia well they arrived too in St Petersburg and grabbed their first three points. Will a win be enough to see teams through to the knockout stages though?

    And Italy gain a load of backers after their dominant performance over Switzerland - but should we believe the hype?

    Elsewhere it's a big day for Denmark tomorrow as they play Belgium in Copenhagen. We speak with Danish commentator Niels Harild about the mood in the country.

    It's an Arnautovic-less Austria taking on The Netherlands - will Frank de Boer give us more of the same chaos?

    And finally Sasha brings a big tactics lesson on Ukraine v North Macedonia.


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    • PART 2a: Finland 0-1 Russia (11m 00s)

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    • PART 3a: News! (22m 30s)

    • PART 3b: Denmark v Belgium preview with Niels Harild (24m 00s)

    • PART 3c: Austria v Netherlands preview (32m 30s)

    • PART 3d: North Macedonia v Ukraine preview (37m 00s)

    • PART 4: The odds with Paddy Power (40m 30s)

    • PART 5a: Ramos and Rafa on the move (44m 00s)


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  • Brilliant Bale, Incisive Italy & Netherlands' Route
    17 June 2021

    Gareth Bale was a delight, Italy were extremely impressive, and it turns out Netherlands have a very, very nice route to the semi-finals. The Tifo team analyses Day 6 of the European Championships.

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Women's Soccer Podcasts

Women Soccer Podcasts

17 June 2021

Women Soccer Podcasts Women Soccer Podcasts
  • New League, New Cup
    17 June 2021

    In episode #326 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper chats with two American soccer executives about their new ventures – a new league (USL’s W-League) and a new women’s cup competitition (the Women’s Cup).

    First, Jen talks with Betsy Haugh, director of soccer operations for the USL W-League that is set to launch in 2022. This new league is in some ways a relaunch of the USL’s previous women’s league (1995-2015). It will be a “pre-professional” league that intends to work in concert with the NWSL.

    Then Jen hears from Brad Estes, president of 2021 NWSL expansion club Racing Louisville FC, about the new club’s launch, award-winning stadium and upcoming Women’s Cup featuring Chicago, Bayern Munich and PSG.

    This week’s “Jensplaining” segment reviews NWSL National Team Replacement (NTR) players.

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    ABOUT KEEPER NOTES
    Founded by Jen Cooper, Keeper Notes has been spreading the love for the beautiful game since 2002 in Houston and beyond. The Mixxed Zone women’s soccer podcast has been covering women’s soccer (primarily NWSL, USWNT and Concacaf) since 2014. Check out more of the Keeper’s great content as well as the invaluable “WoSopedia” page at KeeperNotes.com. You can also follow Keeper Notes on Twitter and Instagram.

    And be sure to check out the latest edition of the Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, the 370-plus-page comprehensive guide to the first eight seasons of NWSL (2013-2020). You can’t get this info all in one place anywhere else! The almanac is available in both PDF and print format. Also available for purchase: the Houston Dash almanac and commemorative 2020 Challenge Cup booklet.

    The post New League, New Cup appeared first on Beautiful Game Network.

  • Catching Up, with Ross Smith | Bill Tuiloma
    15 June 2021

    Host Ross Smith talks with Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma. The two talk about Bill's childhood, his motivations for becoming a footballer, his soccer connections with Joey Barton, his debut at Marseille FC, meeting Andy Polo for the first time - as competitors - and fashion.

  • Thorns Show with Ann Schatz | June 10, 2021
    11 June 2021

    Host Ann Schatz talks with Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons about the start of the team's 2021 season, Five Questions about goalkeeping coach Nadine Angerer, Parson's path to women's soccer and the two most important women in his life--his wife and daughter--the international break, Olivia Moultre and more.

    You can watch this interview on the Thorns YouTube page too: https://youtu.be/z3ZeNit4QOQ

  • Catching Up, with Ross Smith | George Fochive | June 10, 2021
    10 June 2021

    Timbers soccer analyst Ross Smith talks with returning midfielder George Fochive. The two catch up after Fochive spent five years overseas. They talk about MLS Cup, Fochive's victory song, how he grew as a player adjusting to playing styles in Denmark and Israel, his incredible life experiences and what he has missed about the Rose City.

  • Women's Soccer Review Podcast - USWNT Summer Friendlies and PSG dethrones Lyon
    09 June 2021
    On this episode of the Women's Soccer Review, Jonathan Tannenwald talks with Backline Soccer's Hayley Snider about the U.S. women's national team's upcoming games that are the last ones before the Olympic roster is set. He also talks with Footofeminin's Daniel Marques about Paris Saint-Germain ending Lyon's 14-year run as French champions.

    You can follow Jonathan on Twitter at @thegoalkeeper.

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  • Women's Soccer Review Podcast - USWNT Summer Friendlies and PSG dethrones Lyon
    09 June 2021
    On this episode of the Women's Soccer Review, Jonathan Tannenwald talks with Backline Soccer's Hayley Snider about the U.S. women's national team's upcoming games that are the last ones before the Olympic roster is set. He also talks with Footofeminin's Daniel Marques about Paris Saint-Germain ending Lyon's 14-year run as French champions.You can follow Jonathan on Twitter at @thegoalkeeper.The Women’s Soccer Review is a twice-monthly podcast. Subscribe to our podcast on Apple Podcast right herehttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1490356746http://patreon.com/sportspodcastingnetwork
  • Episode 51: Lauren Roberts
    07 June 2021
    Lauren Roberts started her career as a promising holding midfielder for the Gophers but was forced to retire due to medical reasons. Now, she's a student assistant on the coaching staff. Matt talked to Lauren about making that transition, how her relationships with coaches changed, whether she'd want to coach long-term, and a few listener questions that led to #breaking news to Lauren's mom about her getting cat (that her mom is allergic to).
  • Episode 50: Tom McGinnis, Sr Associate AD of Gopher Athletics
    07 June 2021
    Matt sat down with Tom McGinnis, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Gopher Athletics, about the Gopher Head Coach search -- including Tom's role in chairing the hiring committee, how he'll balance candidates with connections to the U vs those who are new to Minnesota, and the timeline they're shooting for.
  • MLSsoccer.com's Tom Bogert and more | Talk Timbers | June 3, 2021
    06 June 2021

    Hosts Judah Newby, Jake Zivin and Ross Smith talk about the Timbers loss in Philadelphia while also looking around the league as MLS goes into an international break. 

  • USWNT Summer Series
    03 June 2021

    In episode #325 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper talks with The Athletic’s women’s soccer reporter Meg Linehan about the upcoming USWNT Summer Series in Texas, the Olivia Moultrie lawsuit vs. the NWSL and more.

    First, Jen and Meg review Vlatko Andonovski’s roster for the June Summer Series in Texas, and what it means for the not-yet-finalized roster for the Tokyo Olympics.

    Then Meg explains the recent ruling in the Olivia Moultire lawsuit vs. the NWSL.

    This week’s “Jensplaining” segment discusses the Olympic roster size (18 players plus 4 alternates) and the standard Women’s World Cup roster size (23 players), and why the two are different.

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    Founded by Jen Cooper, Keeper Notes has been spreading the love for the beautiful game since 2002 in Houston and beyond. The Mixxed Zone women’s soccer podcast has been covering women’s soccer (primarily NWSL, USWNT and Concacaf) since 2014. Check out more of the Keeper’s great content as well as the invaluable “WoSopedia” page at KeeperNotes.com. You can also follow Keeper Notes on Twitter and Instagram.

    And be sure to check out the latest edition of the Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, the 370-plus-page comprehensive guide to the first eight seasons of NWSL (2013-2020). You can’t get this info all in one place anywhere else! The almanac is available in both PDF and print format. Also available for purchase: the Houston Dash almanac and commemorative 2020 Challenge Cup booklet.

    The post USWNT Summer Series appeared first on Beautiful Game Network.

Soccer Blogs

Soccer Blogs

17 June 2021

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  • Méndez bid revealed, American tipped to sign & ex-Mag available on the cheap? – Today’s top stories
    17 June 2021

    With the 2020/21 season over and the summer transfer window open, we’ve brought back our news round-up pieces – bringing you all of today’s top stories and transfer gossip in one place! Today’s top stories and transfer gossip – 17th June, 2021: According to reports in America, Newcastle ‘lead the race’ to sign Tottenham centre-back and USA star Cameron Carter-Vickers – Full story here.

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  • Why does it feel like the Giants are the best team in the NFC East?
    17 June 2021

    Author: Jon Kuzma

    Yes it’s true. The Giants will win the NFC East this year. You can go back and read that again. If you have to. Because it will happen. New York was right on Washington’s heels last year. They just barely missed out on winning the division. And what they’ve done since then. Has been more convincing. Than what Washington has done. Kenny Golladay is a better playmaker than Curtis Samuel. This team also brought in some speed in Kadarius Toney and John Ross. If these two teams were that close a year ago. It’s all Giants now. People will refuse to believe it. Because of what New York has been in the past. But this year will be different. It’s all about putting the best team on the field. The Giants were able to do that. By targeting the right free agents. This will be the turning point for GM Dave Gettleman. We’ll start to see him in a new light. After this year.

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  • Europe : 8 Top Managers Who Change Club
    17 June 2021

    While managerial job in football is about hiring and firing, some top managers get sacked while some get a new a job. So who are Europe’s top managers who switch club as we edge closer to the 2021-22 campaign?

    Every season in practically every major leagues in Europe, clubs tend to change their respective managers either because of poor run of results or a playing pattern that seems not to go down well with the owner or chairman.

    Some of the biggest clubs around Europe has been hitting the headlines with the appointment of new manager.

    Europe : 8 Top Managers Who Change Club Massimiliano Allegri – (Juventus)

    Following Andrea Pirlo single season with the Old Lady with only the Italian Cup, Super Cup, and finishing fourth place in the league under his tutelage Juventus decided to go back to their vomit with the appointment of their former gaffer Maxi Allegri who was sacked in 2019.

    Allegri won four Seria A titles, cup doubles and reached two Champions League during his stint with the Old Lady before he was sacked. With the Italian looking to go back to the submit of Seria A next season Allegri would be the trusted hands to lead that troops having sign a three year contract with Juventus.

    Julien Nagelsmann – (Bayern Munich)

    Hansi Flick’s departure from Bayern Munich means the Bavarian giant are the ideal team to appoint Julien Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig. Nagelsmann would join Die Roten on a five year contract next season following his departure from RB Leipzig.

    With his move to Bayern Munich the 33 year old gaffer would earn €25m as he look forward to steer the German giant to a new height following Hansi Flick’s phenomenon campaign with the Bavarian side.

    Jesse Marsch – (RB Leipzig)

    Die Roten Bullen announced the appointment of sister club manager Jesse Marsch of RB Salzburg following the departure of Nagalsmann. Marsch would commence his managerial job with the German side next season having sign a two year contract with them.

    The American gaffer won the league and cup double with the Austrian side before departing for RB Leipzig where he would hope to also achieve same feat with the side. He’s been part of the Red Bulls family before been the assistant manager in the 2018-19 season, so heading back to Leipzig is about going to his familiar terrain.

    READ MORE: Done Deal: Transfers For The 2021-22 Season

    Carlo Ancelotti – (Real Madrid)

    Ancelotti has officially return to his familiar terrain at Madrid where he had stint between 2013 and 2015 winning the UEFA Champions League, European Super Cup and the Club World Cup against San Lorenzo. During his first stint with Los Merengues, the Italian manager accumulated a massive 22 winning streak for the Spanish giant that made him achieved success in Spain.

    Following his three year contract with Los Merengues worth close to €12m per year, the former Everton manager would be charged to rebuild the ageing squad Zinedine Zidane left over having fail to win a single title this season.

    Simone Inzaghi – (Inter Milan)

    Simone Inzaghi would be the manager in the dugout for the Nerazzurri next season following the departure of Conte, who guilded the former Champions League winner to their first Scudetto in 11 years.

    Inzaghi join the Black and Blue side of Milan from Lazio on a two year contract, having done impressively well with the Biancocelesti including a run to the Champions League last 16 in the 2020-21 season. In his five years stay with Lazio he also won the Coppa Italia in 2019, as well as two Super Cup.

    Mauricio Sarri – (S.S Lazio)

    Former Chelsea and Juventus manager his another top manager that would be in dugout of another new team following his exit from Juventus in 2020. Sarri sign a two year deal with the Rome side worth around £2.6m per season.

    Following Sarri’s failure in leading the Old Lady pass the quarter finals in the Champions League the former Chelsea man was shown the exit. With Sarri now back in the dugout with SS Lazio after Inzaghi left for Inter Milan, it would be interesting to see how the former Napoli tactician lead the Lazio team next season.

    Jose Mourinho – (A.S Roma)

    A new adventure it would for Jose Mourinho next season with the Giallorossi, despite the Seria A been a familiar terrain for the Portuguese having managed Inter Milan in 2010 winning the Champions League and the Scudetto for the Nerazzurri.

    Mourinho agreed a three year contract with the Rome based side that would run until 2024 following his exit from his managerial post at Tottenham Hotspur.

    The Giallorossi board achieve the unimaginable by appointing one of the best manager in the history of the game with a lot of trophies to show for in his managerial career.

    Luciano Spalletti – (Napoli)

    The vastly experienced manager Spalletti is the manager that would be in the dugout for the “Partenopei” come next season in the Seria A. The former Roma gaffer has been out of job since 2019 where he managed Inter Milan before his exit.

    Spalletti enjoyed his most successful stint in Italy with the Giallorossi, where he won back to back Coppa Italia in 2007 and 2008. Hopefully with his new managerial job at Napels having taken over from Gennaro Gattuso, it would be interesting to see perhaps if he would achieve a lot for Napoli or be a failure?

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  • SSFC Spotlight: The next step for Gianluca Busio
    17 June 2021
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    The versatile midfielder has options.

    After almost four years as a professional, Gianluca Busio appears ready to take a big leap forward at the club and international level. Transfer interest in the 19-year-old Sporting Kansas City midfielder continues to grow. The United States Men’s National Team is reportedly considering adding him to the roster for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. A potential overnight sensation several years in the making, a breakout season combined with an Italian passport has led to increased attention and a likely move abroad.

    Busio was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and played youth soccer with the North Carolina Fusion, pushed into higher age groups. In 2016, he left home and joined the Sporting Kansas City Academy amid interest from a variety of American clubs and Fulham. His first year in Kansas was a struggle, necessitating switching host families and changing from in-person schooling to online classes. The situation eventually settled and the former Wizards signed him to a Homegrown contract, the second-youngest player in Major League Soccer history.

    “When I first got here, I felt like they really wanted me here and they were making an investment in me,” he said after joining the club. “The team was nice and like a family and they brought me into it right away. I felt they were interested in me and were going to focus on me.”

    Sporting Kansas City was prudent with his development, moving him between the first team and the reserves in the USL Championship. The patience paid off with his first goal coming in a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Busio praised Peter Vermes for being “hard” on younger players while also being “one of the best to develop” talent “because of his faith [in us].”

    16-year-old Gianluca Busio had a dream first start yesterday for Sporting KC! pic.twitter.com/TjPtzMU6gx

    — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 6, 2018

    For 2019, Busio became a full-fledged member of the MLS squad, making 16 total appearances and scoring three goals. Serie A side Fiorentina reportedly lodged a transfer offer of more than $3 million. Genoa, Manchester United, Inter Milan, and a few other clubs were also said to have interest. Kansas City has a fairly high valuation on the player, said to be in the range of $10 million.

    THESE PLAYOFFS!

    GIANLUCA BUSIO IN STOPPAGE TIME

    (via @MLS) pic.twitter.com/GCzdK7Qplr

    — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 22, 2020

    After making 19 appearances during the COVID-shortened season, the breakthrough finally appears to have come in 2020. Staring all nine matches, Busio has contributed two goals and one assist. As his performances continue to improve, his time in MLS appears to be coming to an end. Sporting turned down offers for years, but a move must be made before his contract expires at the end of 2022.

    Despite not being “in a rush” to leave, interest has swelled, with multiple clubs “tire-kicking.” According to his agent, teams from France, England, Italy, and the Netherlands have made “inquiries,” and ESPN reported that Barcelona has him “under consideration.” As of “two weeks ago,” there are two unnamed offers for an immediate transfer this summer, coming from the group of Fiorentina, Sassuolo, and Parma.

    GIANLUCA BUSIO!

    Right on target for the equalizer! #SKCvHOU pic.twitter.com/HUj40Nh1dk

    — Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 30, 2021

    As his club career continues to flourish, his senior international debut could be coming soon at the upcoming Gold Cup. Busio has been a regular within the national team setup, beginning with the U-15 level. The teenager started and played 90 minutes in all three matches at the 2019 U-17 World Cup, serving as captain in the scoreless draw against Japan. He is also eligible to play for Italy through his father, who was raised in Brescia. Every summer, the family would spend a month visiting relatives. According to Tom Bogert of MLSSoccer.com, the Azzurri “continues to monitor” and “have reached out to his camp.”

    GIANLUCA BUSIO!@SportingKC take the lead just before the break! #SKCvORL pic.twitter.com/AhZljkDOqw

    — Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 24, 2021

    Busio is highly versatile, capable of playing at all three central midfielder positions and striker, tending to drift to the left side of the field. This constantly shuffling at Kansas City may have hindered his development in the short term, forcing him to learn a variety of roles without fully acclimating to a preferred spot. His recent deployment at the six instead of the ten has presented a possible glimpse into his future with the national team, although he may project higher in the formation. At the very least, the experimentation is crafting him into a well-rounded player, aided by his willingness to play anywhere that will “help the team win games.”

    “One of the toughest parts of this position is [the] focus on defending,” he told OneGoal. “It’s something I have to get better at. I’m learning each week. I also want to get better at picking out the right pass. As a [ten] you have the freedom to be creative, but as a [six], you have to choose your moments… when to hit the killer pass and when to keep it and move from side to side… I’m a [ten] at heart.”

    According to Half Spaces, one of his strongest suits is “initiating offense” and “facilitating possession” by dropping deep and picking the right line-splitting pass in the build-up. His usage statistics are both prolific and accurate, displaying a high level of confidence for a young player. He has a fantastic work rate, getting involved all over the field and moving without the ball. The main area for improvement is becoming a better defender, which is understandable considering most of his career has been spent in a more attacking role. Last season, Robert Rusert of The Blue Statement observed some troubling habits including ball watching and a lack of urgency, sometimes opening up Kansas City to dangerous counter-attacks. However, his acclimation to the new position has enabled him to “control everything,” while time in the weight room is helping develop his ability to disrupt and shut down opponents.

    A truly exciting summer could be ahead for Busio, as he has enough time to establish himself at a foreign club and raise his level of play in advance of the next World Cup. With multiple offers confirmed, it’s only a matter of time before more teams register official interest. What would have once been an unexpected and hallmark moment for American soccer has become the routine, as a player is ready to secure a big move and take the well worn path to Europe. While this is the new normal, every transfer saga manages to be exciting and creates hope for the emergence of the next potential star for the USMNT.

  • Opinion: I still cannot understand why Tomori had a £25m buy option
    17 June 2021
    Today we say farewell to a Chelsea player who grew up supporting and playing for the club from a very young age, a player from the same youth setup as the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham. I’m not naïve enough to think that every young player in Chelsea’s academy is going to make […]
  • USWNT Woman of the Match: Christen Press
    17 June 2021

    Christen Press was at the right place at the right time to notch the 61st goal of her U.S. Women’s National Team career on Tuesday night.

    Press delivered that goal, but did much more as a consistent threat for the second straight match, earning SBI Woman of the Match honors in Wednesday’s 2-0 win against Nigeria.

    As the team closed out its pre-Olympic friendly series, she broke the deadlock to move into sole possession of ninth all-time in the USWNT scoring ranks against a Nigerian team that proved to be stingy.

    Stingy, but imperfect.

    Press’ goal was created from a half-hearted clearance. Carli Lloyd was there for the setup, and Press slotted it in with authority.

    On the mark

    With that goal, @ChristenPress pushes her career total to 61, breaking a tie with Shannon MacMillan to take sole possession of 9th on the #USWNT all-time scoring charts pic.twitter.com/0UjYhvZsHH

    — U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 17, 2021

     

    The only forward to start all three games of the pre-Olympic series, Press was productive in all three games and her Tuesday effort earns her SBI’s Woman of the Match, beating out Becky Sauerbrunn and Carli Lloyd.

    What did you think of Press’ performance? Who was your pick for Woman of the Match?

    Share your thoughts below.

  • Sergio Ramos: Left out of Spain's Euro 2020 squad, leaving Real Madrid... what's next for football's Iago?
    17 June 2021
  • Euro legends: How Darko Pancev became a North Macedonian football icon
    17 June 2021
  • Euro 2020 top scorers and top assists charts
    17 June 2021
  • Lyndon Dykes interview: "Don't let the accent fool you! My blood is Scottish"
    17 June 2021

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