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Why 2017 was the year of the fullback

According to football lore, it was former Ireland manager Jack Charlton who first suggested that fullbacks were the most important position on the field after the 1994 World Cup. His reasoning was that in a match pairing two 4-4-2 formations, fullbacks were the only position on the field without a natural marker and with space in front of them to exploit. And while he was an early...
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December 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Hello and welcome to 'Kicking it' with Demetrius Bell and Megan Armstrong, two of Yardbarker's most discerning soccer specialists. Lots to cover this week, so let’s get right to it. Last time we talked we tried to suss out the frontrunners for each regular season award. As we rounded the quarter-mark of the season, how does the competition in both conferences stack up? Toronto clearly...
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May 25, 2017  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy: Signing Ashley Cole would be ill-advised

LA Galaxy are being linked to English full back Ashley Cole as a replacement for now retired Todd Dunivant, but signing the left back would not be a wise move for the MLS side. The Galaxy cleared up almost $2 million in cap space by trading Omar Gonzalez and Juninho, and not resigning Donovan Ricketts and Mika Väyrynen. They are offering Cole a non-Designated Player deal. In his...
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December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Cole wants new Chelsea contract

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has revealed he would "love to stay" at Stamford Bridge for another year. Cole, 32, who joined the Blues seven years ago from London rivals Arsenal, signed a one-year contract extension in January. But with the England star's deal expiring at the end of the current campaign, he now plans on ending his career at the club. "I signed an extension at the...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Cole to miss final qualifier

Ashley Cole has been ruled out of England's final World Cup qualifier against Poland due to a rib injury. The left-back sat out Friday's win over Montenegro after picking up the injury during Chelsea's victory at Norwich last weekend. Roy Hodgson had hoped he would recover in time for the must-win showdown with Poland at Wembley on Tuesday, but Cole will play no part after failing...
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October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

England rules Cole out due to injury

England will be without left back Ashley Cole for its penultimate World Cup qualifier against Montenegro on Friday due to a rib injury. Cole complained of the problem during Chelsea 's Barclays Premier League victory at Norwich on Sunday and went for a scan on Monday morning which has confirmed the full-back will not be able to play in the first match of England's double header...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Cole out of England's WCup qualifier v Montenegro

England will be without left back Ashley Cole for its penultimate World Cup qualifier against Montenegro on Friday. Cole complained of a rib problem during Chelsea's Premier League victory at Norwich on Sunday and scans Monday confirmed he won't be fit for the match at Wembley Stadium. But he could be available for the key qualifier against Poland next week after receiving treatment...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

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