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March 8, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
On a day when the quality of soccer refereeing at the highest level once again was brought into question, Barcelona of Spain and Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine swept into the quarterfinals of the European Champions League. Barcelona, beaten, 2-1, by Arsenal in London in the first leg, returned the favor Tuesday with a 3-1 victory in Spain to win the round-of-16 series, 4-3 on aggregate. Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona, bringing his season total to a staggering 45 goals in 40 games in all competitions.
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April 27, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Robin Van Persie had a number in mind when he jumped from Arsenal to Manchester United last summer. And it wasn't the $70 million his new four-year contract was worth. After wearing uniform No. 9 with the Dutch national team and 10 and 11 during his nine years with Arsenal, Van Persie put some thought into his uniform choice before deciding to take his talents to Old Trafford, home of the 19-time English Premier League champions. "I took the No. 20 shirt," he said at his introductory news conference in August, "because I'm here to win a 20th title with United.
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April 27, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Robin Van Persie had a number in mind when he jumped from Arsenal to Manchester United last summer. And it wasn't the $70 million his new four-year contract was worth. After wearing uniform No. 9 with the Dutch national team and 10 and 11 during his nine years with Arsenal, Van Persie put some thought into his uniform choice before deciding to take his talents to Old Trafford, home of the 19-time English Premier League champions. "I took the No. 20 shirt," he said at his introductory news conference in August, "because I'm here to win a 20th title with United.
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March 8, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
On a day when the quality of soccer refereeing at the highest level once again was brought into question, Barcelona of Spain and Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine swept into the quarterfinals of the European Champions League. Barcelona, beaten, 2-1, by Arsenal in London in the first leg, returned the favor Tuesday with a 3-1 victory in Spain to win the round-of-16 series, 4-3 on aggregate. Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona, bringing his season total to a staggering 45 goals in 40 games in all competitions.
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June 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Power and flair. Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie used both to show why the Netherlands belongs in the second round of the World Cup. Van Nistelrooy and Van Persie scored a goal each in a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast at Stuttgart, Germany, enough to make sure the Dutch advanced along with Argentina from a tough Group C. Ivory Coast was eliminated despite a second classy match in its first World Cup, and got a brilliant goal from Bakary Kone.
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July 4, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Cape Town, South Africa, and Durban, South Africa — Luiz Felipe Scolari , the man who coached Brazil to its fifth World Cup triumph at the South Korea/Japan tournament in 2002, said now is not the time for him to take over as coach of the Selecao for a second time. Someday, though, it might be possible. "It would be wonderful to finish my career coaching a national team in the World Cup in Brazil" in 2014, Scolari, 61, told Brazil's radio Eldorado.
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June 15, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa -- The Dutch had an angel in their corner. She was sitting in the front row at Soccer City Stadium on Monday afternoon, blonde hair and sunglasses topping off an ankle-length orange dress. But it was her wings that caught the eye. At one point, just before the Netherlands kicked off against Denmark, she stood to pose for the television cameras, turning to show the orange angel wings affixed to her back. Dutch fans are a colorful and creative lot, and she was no exception.
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July 1, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
So now, here's a dilemma. Which team does a self-respecting Englishman want to see knocked out of the World Cup first, Argentina or Germany? On the one hand, if the Germans give the Argentines a hiding (much like they gave the English) and send them packing back to Buenos Aires on Saturday in the quarterfinals, we would be rid of Diego Armando Maradona, which is always a good thing. On the other hand, it would also deprive the tournament of its most captivating player, Lionel Messi, and that's a bad thing.
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May 26, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Freiburg, Germany -- As the Netherlands prepares for next month's World Cup, its players would do well to remember one name. Sven Kramer. As anyone who lives within sight of a windmill knows, Kramer is the Dutch speedskater who went to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, expected to win three gold medals. He came home with one. Now Holland's soccer team goes to South Africa with equally high expectations after becoming the first country in 28 years to win all of its World Cup qualifying matches.
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April 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
Arsenal reached the English FA Cup final for the fourth time in five years, beating Blackburn, 3-0, Saturday behind two goals by substitute Robin van Persie in the last four minutes. Robert Pires scored the first goal in the 42nd minute against former U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel at Millennium Stadium. Arsenal will play in a record 17th FA Cup final May 21 against Manchester United or Newcastle, who meet in the other semifinal today at the same venue.
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July 4, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Cape Town, South Africa, and Durban, South Africa — Luiz Felipe Scolari , the man who coached Brazil to its fifth World Cup triumph at the South Korea/Japan tournament in 2002, said now is not the time for him to take over as coach of the Selecao for a second time. Someday, though, it might be possible. "It would be wonderful to finish my career coaching a national team in the World Cup in Brazil" in 2014, Scolari, 61, told Brazil's radio Eldorado.
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July 1, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
So now, here's a dilemma. Which team does a self-respecting Englishman want to see knocked out of the World Cup first, Argentina or Germany? On the one hand, if the Germans give the Argentines a hiding (much like they gave the English) and send them packing back to Buenos Aires on Saturday in the quarterfinals, we would be rid of Diego Armando Maradona, which is always a good thing. On the other hand, it would also deprive the tournament of its most captivating player, Lionel Messi, and that's a bad thing.
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June 15, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa -- The Dutch had an angel in their corner. She was sitting in the front row at Soccer City Stadium on Monday afternoon, blonde hair and sunglasses topping off an ankle-length orange dress. But it was her wings that caught the eye. At one point, just before the Netherlands kicked off against Denmark, she stood to pose for the television cameras, turning to show the orange angel wings affixed to her back. Dutch fans are a colorful and creative lot, and she was no exception.
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May 26, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Freiburg, Germany -- As the Netherlands prepares for next month's World Cup, its players would do well to remember one name. Sven Kramer. As anyone who lives within sight of a windmill knows, Kramer is the Dutch speedskater who went to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, expected to win three gold medals. He came home with one. Now Holland's soccer team goes to South Africa with equally high expectations after becoming the first country in 28 years to win all of its World Cup qualifying matches.
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June 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Power and flair. Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie used both to show why the Netherlands belongs in the second round of the World Cup. Van Nistelrooy and Van Persie scored a goal each in a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast at Stuttgart, Germany, enough to make sure the Dutch advanced along with Argentina from a tough Group C. Ivory Coast was eliminated despite a second classy match in its first World Cup, and got a brilliant goal from Bakary Kone.
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April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: NETHERLANDS FIFA ranking: 3 Overall World Cup record: 16-10-10 Coach: Bert van Marwijk Best performance: Runner-up, 1974, 1978 Overview: Any team containing the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Mark van Bommel, Rafael van der Vaart, Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt, to mention only six players, is bound to be a contender and the Dutch, ranked third in the world, are definitely that. Their problem, historically, has been the strange ability to self-destruct, with the cause generally being internal feuding.
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September 16, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Talk about a red card. Maybe this is more of a red flag. But former Premier League official Mark Halsey says soccer has gotten so big in England he believes the pressure on game officials could soon lead a referee to commit suicide. "It will not be long before a referee has a nervous breakdown," he says. "I also believe that if we do not do something to help referees with mental health and stress issues, then we could see a suicide. " Halsey, who retired last season, has written an autobiography about his experiences.
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