Soccer Break Thursday

March 31, 2011

SOCCER-ENGLAND/As the weekend approaches we can all start getting excited about domestic football again and the increase in stories and transfer speculation.

Read here for Arsenal and Real Madrid transfer news, and Tottenham Hotspur fans beware, Niko Kranjcar appears unsettled. It would be a shame to lose such a talent.

We have a Premier League and a Ligue 1 preview for you, and an analysis of the mountain of statistics that come with football reporting. Do you have any amazing stats up your sleeve?

A very topical issue at this time of the year is player burnout. With all to play for managers must exercise caution when choosing their teams but also risk the wrath of the fans if they do not pick their ‘best’ side. Do you pick your strongest 11 regardless?

A player who may well burn himself out without even setting foot on the pitch is Mario Balotelli. The gifted yet volatile Italian is yet again in trouble, this time apparently for throwing darts out of a window at Manchester City’s youth team.

A word on Euro 2012, where England manager Fabio Capello believes his team’s young players will flourish just like Germany did at the 2010 World Cup. Excited at the prospect? Then buy your tickets now.

Staying with the international game, and click here for a good read on the switching allegiances debate.

Finally, the Van Persie family is producing more footballing talent. The Netherlands striker could well be fit for Arsenal’s Saturday home game against Blackburn Rovers after taking a knock against Hungary on Tuesday. Will he and his teammates be smiling like in our photo above?

Discuss all these topics and other stories in world soccer on the Reuters Soccer Facebook page. And please feel free to send us recommendations for your pick of the day’s stories.

Picture: Arsenal’s Theo Walcott (R) celebrates his goal against Chelsea with Samir Nasri (C) and Cesc Fabregas during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London December 27, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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Futebol Brasileiro de Rua ! Brazilian Street Soccer
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Futebol Brasileiro de Rua ! Brazilian Street Soccer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9U17mMiv mo

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Thanks Roque Jr. Still think Van Persie Jr is more skillful though..

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