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It's been a while. What's going on?

sooomebooody's gettin in troooooooouble
sooomebooody's gettin in troooooooouble
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ENGLAND:

David de Gea is not in Manchester United's squad for Friday night's game at West Ham Burnley Villa, with rumors of him joining Real Madrid swirling around him.

Why is that game tomorrow night? Thank the English Defence League. (NO POLITICS) Get used to it - starting next season, Friday night games will actually be a thing.

Stoke signed Xherdan Shaqiri. Stoke. Thanks, Premier League TV Money!

The Etihad was expanded over the past season or so, and can now hold 55,000 people. Thanks, oil money!

EUROPE:

Spain's dispute between broadcasters and clubs over revenue has, again, reached the federal government level.

Want to know how to build and maintain one of the most successful dynasties in European soccer? Here you go. Now you have no excuses for not building your own.

US/MLS:

The US Open Cup final is set, after the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City each won their semifinal matches last night. The final will be on Sept. 30 at PPL Park in Philadelphia (Chester, really).

the US Soccer Federation is attempting to trademark Dos a Cero.