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News from the footballing world for Friday, April 15, 2016.

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England has already lost - Unusual Efforts
It doesn't matter the competition. Their inability to develop a soccer star means the England national team won't win international tournaments. SPECIAL NOTE AGAIN: This piece comes from the new website Unusual Efforts, a site that describes itself as such: "Unusual Efforts, a brand-new website with a magazine to follow, produces engaging, entertaining, and enlightening soccer stories for everyone. The twist? Everything you see here is produced by women, trans or cis, and non-binary people." It's an exciting and interesting project that I'm really excited to promote here. Check them out!

How West Ham struck the deal of the century with Olympic Stadium move | Football | The Guardian
West Ham may have lost in the FA Cup on Wednesday but the club have scored a resounding victory off the field – and the awkward questions persist

Wenger coy on goalkeepers but says Čech is still number one | Daily Cannon
Arsène Wenger surprised fans by keeping Petr Čech on the bench last week and trusting David Ospina in the 3-3 draw at Upton Park.

The NWSL kicks off its fourth season, and Portland and Seattle look good | Football | The Guardian

The Portland Thorns have the talent to make a run, the expansion Orlando Pride should be worth watching, and expect big things from Kim Little

Wenger: Özil deserves recognition | Daily Cannon

In an otherwise poor week for Arsenal, Mesut Özil had something to smile about as he was nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.

All The Young Dudes - Arseblog ... an Arsenal blog

Tim Stillman analyzes the cases of Ox, Chambers & Iwobi to investigate the type of young player that succeeds at Arsenal.

THE REPLAY #10: USWNT 4 - 3 CanWNT, August 6, 2012

Welcome to The Replay. The long and short of it is we watch old soccer matches and then write about them. If you want a more detailed origin story, go check out the first edition. If you’re a new subscriber, you can find all past editions in our archive.

Arsene Wenger critical of decision to switch Kevin Friend off Tottenham game | Football News | Sky Sports

Arsene Wenger admits he is "surprised and disappointed" by the decision to switch referee Kevin Friend off Monday Night Football's crucial clash between Stoke and Tottenham.

Wenger demands mental quality | Daily Cannon

After throwing two points away and slipping further behind Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur last week, Arsène Wenger is desperate to see more mental strength from his players.

Diego Simeone v Pep Guardiola. The defensive master faces the great creator | Jonathan Wilson | Football | The Guardian

The Champions League semi-final between Atlético Madrid and Bayern Munich brings together Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola, coaches with very different starting points