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This is my first attempt at creating a Football Manager story. I got FM2010 for Christmas and have played over 1,000 hours on it (it has been that addictive, indeed!), yet I had never considered creating, if you will, a "Virtual Soccer/Football" thread. Until now.

For starters, the season begins July 2009. There are 21 countries selected:

USA

Mexico

Argentina

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Uruguay

England (all of its Leagues, from the English Premier League down to the Blue Square North/South)

Spain

Italy

France

Germany

Netherlands

Portugal

Ireland

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

Japan

Australia

South Africa

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As of the beginning of this dynasty, six leagues were under way: Japan's J-League, Brazil's Campeonato Brasilerão, the League of Ireland Premier Division, BancoEstado Primera División de Chile, Copa Mustang (Second Phase) and Major League Soccer. These are the standings for each league at the outset:

[b]Major League Soccer[/b]
[b][i]Eastern Conference[/b][/i]		|  G  |  W  |  D  |  L  |  GF  |  GA  |  GD  |  Pts  |						
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D.C. United		        | 16  |  9  |  4  |  3	|  29  |  15  |  14  |   31  |
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Chicago Fire			| 13  |  9  |  1  |  3	|  16  |  10  |	  6  |   28  |
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New York Red Bulls	        | 14  |  6  |  1  |  7	|  21  |  23  |	 -2  |	 19  |
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Columbus Crew	         	| 14  |  5  |  3  |  6	|  16  |  18  |	 -2  |	 18  |
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Toronto FC			| 14  |  4  |  3  |  7	|  12  |  13  |	 -1  |	 15  |
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Kansas City Wizards             | 14  |  3  |  5  |  6	|  16  |  22  |	 -6  |	 14  |
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New England Revolution	        | 11  |  4  |  0  |  7	|   9  |  15  |	 -6  |	 12  |
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[b][i]Western Conference[/b][/i]	        |  G  |  W  |  D  |  L  |  GF  |  GA  |  GD  |  Pts  |	
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San Jose Earthquakes	        | 14  |  7  |  4  |  3  |  23  |  16  |	  7  |	 25  |
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Los Angeles Galaxy	        | 15  |  6  |  4  |  5  |  23  |  18  |	  5  |	 22  |
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Seattle Sounders FC	        | 14  |  6  |  3  |  5  |  19  |  15  |	  4  |	 21  |
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Houston Dynamo		        | 13  |  6  |  3  |  4  |  19  |  21  |	 -2  |	 21  |
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Chivas USA		        | 13  |  5  |  3  |  5  |  18  |  17  |   1  |	 18  |
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Colorado Rapids		        | 12  |  5  |  1  |  6  |  16  |  20  |	 -4  |	 16  |
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FC Dallas		        | 13  |  4  |  2  |  7  |  13  |  17  |	 -4  |	 14  |
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Real Salt Lake		        | 14  |  4  |  1  |  9  |  12  |  22  |	-10  |	 13  |
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[b]J-League[/b]	   |  G  |  W  |  D  |  L  |  GF  |  GA  |  GD  |  Pts  |
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Urawa Reds	   | 12  |  6  |  3  |	3  |  22  |  15  |   7  |   21  |
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Reysol	           | 12  |  5  |  5  |	2  |  14  |  12  |   2  |   20  |
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Trinita	           | 12  |  5  |  4  |	3  |  20  |  13  |   7  |   19  |
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Albirex		   | 11  |  4  |  5  |	2  |  19  |  13  |   6  |   17  |
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FC Tokyo           |  9	 |  5  |  2  |	2  |  19  |  17  |   2  |   17  |
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Jubilo	           |  9  |  5  |  1  |	3  |  17  |  11  |   6  |   16  |
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Antlers            |  8  |  4  |  3  |	1  |  11  |   6  |   5  |   15  |
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S-Pulse	           | 12  |  5  |  0  |	7  |  14  |  17  |  -3  |   15  |
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Grampus	           |  8  |  4  |  2  |	2  |  15  |   7  |   8  |   14  |
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Sanfrecce          | 12  |  4  |  2  |	6  |  14  |  19  |  -5  |   14  |
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Montedio	   | 11  |  3  |  4  |	4  |  16  |  20  |  -4  |   13  |
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Frontale           |  8  |  4  |  0  |	4  |  15  |  18  |  -3  |   12  |
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Vissel  	   | 10  |  3  |  3  |	4  |  11  |  17  |  -6  |   12  |
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Ardija	           | 10  |  3  |  2  |	5  |  11  |  10  |   1  |   11  |
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F Marinos          |  8  |  3  |  2  |	3  |   8  |   9  |  -1  |   11  |
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Sanga		   | 11	 |  3  |  2  |	6  |  12  |  21  |  -9  |   11  |
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Gamba		   |  8  |  1  |  3  |	4  |   6  |  10  |  -4  |    6  |
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JEF Utd	           | 11  |  1  |  3  |	7  |   8  |  17  |  -9  |    6  |
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[b]League of Ireland Premier Division[/b]	|  G  |  W  |  D  |  L  |  GF  |  GA  |  GD  |  Pts  |
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Bohemians		                | 17  |	11  |  2  |  4  |  32  |  12  |	 20  |	 35  |
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Derry City	                        | 17  |	10  |  5  |  2  |  26  |  13  |	 13  |   35  |
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Cork City                               | 17  |	11  |  2  |  4  |  20  |  12  |   8  |   35  |
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Sligo Rovers	                        | 17  |	 7  |  3  |  7  |  21  |  20  |   1  |   24  |
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St. Pat's Athletic                      | 17  |	 7  |  7  |  7  |  21  |  25  |  -4  |   24  |
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Galway Utd	                        | 17  |	 5  |  3  |  9  |  19  |  25  |  -6  |   18  |
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Shamrock Rovers	                        | 17  |	 5  |  3  |  9  |  17  |  23  |  -6  |   18  |
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Drogheda Utd	                        | 17  |	 3  |  7  |  7  |  16  |  22  |  -6  |   16  |
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Dundalk		                        | 17  |	 4  |  4  |  9  |  14  |  21  |  -7  |   16  | 
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Bray Wanderers                          | 17  |	 4  |  4  |  9  |  19  |  32  | -13  |   16  |
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[b]Campeonato Brasilerão[/b]	          |  G  |  W  |  D  |  L  |  GF  |  GA  |  GD  |  Pts  |
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Grêmio		                  |  9  |  7  |	 0  |  2  |  15  |   7  |   8  |   21  |
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Palmeiras	           	  |  9  |  6  |  2  |  1  |  19  |   9  |  10  |   20  |
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Cruzeiro	                  |  9  |  5  |  3  |  1  |  15  |   7  |   8  |   18  |
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Flamengo                     	  |  9  |  5  |  3  |  1  |  15  |   7  |   8  |   18  |
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São Paulo	                  |  9  |  5  |  0  |  4  |  17  |  15  |   2  |   15  |
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Santos		                  |  9  |  4  |  3  |  2  |  14  |  11  |   3  |   15  |
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Náutico		                  |  9  |  4  |  2  |  3  |  13  |  10  |   3  |   14  |
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Sport Recife                      |  9  |  4  |  2  |  3  |  13  |  13  |   0  |   14  |
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Barueri	                          |  9  |  4  |  1  |  4  |  11  |  12  |  -1  |   13  |
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Internacional	                  |  9  |  4  |  1  |  4  |  10  |  13  |  -1  |   13  |
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Botafogo                          |  9  |  3  |  3  |  3  |   8  |  11  |  -3  |   12  |
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Corinthians	 	          |  9  |  3  |  2  |  4  |  10  |  12  |  -2  |   11  |
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Avaí	                          |  9  |  3  |  2  |  4  |  11  |  15  |  -4  |   11  |
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Coritiba	                  |  9  |  3  |  1  |  5  |  12  |  12  |   0  |   10  |
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Atlético Mineiro	          |  9  |  3  |  1  |  5  |   7  |  11  |  -4  |   10  |
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Fluminense                        |  9  |  2  |  4  |  3  |  10  |  10  |   0  |   10  |
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Santo André                       |  9  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  11  |  17  |  -6  |    9  |
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Atlético Paranaense               |  9  |  2  |  2  |  5  |  12  |  15  |  -3  |    8  |
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Vitória	                          |  9  |  2  |  0  |  7  |   7  |  15  |  -8  |    6  |
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Goiás	                          |  9  |  1  |  1  |  7  |  10  |  18  |  -8  |    4  |
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[b]BancoEstado Primera División de Chile[/b]
[i]Apertura (Completed) [/i]                   |  G  |  W  |  D  |  L  |  GF  |  GA  |  GD  |  Pts  |
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Universidad Católica			| 17  | 10  |  2  |  5  |  35  |  20  |  15  |   32  |
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O'Higgins			 	| 17  | 10  |  2  |  5  |  24  |  15  |   9  |   32  |
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Everton (CHI)				| 17  |  9  |  4  |  4  |  28  |  18  |  10  |   31  |
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Colo Colo				| 17  |  9  |  2  |  6  |  29  |  20  |   9  |   29  |
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Huachipato				| 17  |  9  |  2  |  6  |  30  |  23  |   7  |   29  |
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*Universidad de Chile			| 17  |  7  |  5  |  5  |  21  |  19  |   2  |   26  |
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Audax Italiano				| 17  |  8  |  1  |  8  |  19  |  20  |  -1  |   25  |
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Santiago Morning			| 17  |  7  |  3  |  7  |  28  |  26  |   2  |   24  |
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Palestino				| 17  |  7  |  3  |  7  |  24  |  23  |   1  |   24  |
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Unión Española				| 17  |  7  |  2  |  8  |  28  |  28  |   0  |   23  |
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Cobreloa				| 17  |  6  |  4  |  7  |  23  |  23  |   0  |   22  |
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Curicó Unido				| 17  |  5  |  6  |  6  |  21  |  26  |  -5  |   21  |
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La Serena				| 17  |  5  |  6  |  6  |  19  |  28  |  -9  |   21  |
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Municipal Iquique			| 17  |  4  |  8  |  5  |  25  |  26  |  -1  |   20  |
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Cobresal				| 17  |  5  |  3  |  9  |  20  |  28  |  -8  |   18  |
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Universidad de Concepción		| 17  |  5  |  3  |  9  |  20  |  29  |  -9  |   18  |
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Ñublense				| 17  |  4  |  4  |  9  |  21  |  31  | -10  |   16  |
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Rangers (CHI)				| 17  |  3  |  6  |  8  |  19  |  31  | -12  |   15  |
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[i]Clausura[/i]                                |  G  |  W  |  D  |  L  |  GF  |  GA  |  GD  |  Pts  |
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O'Higgins				|  2  |  2  |  0  |  0  |   4  |   0  |   4  |   6   |
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Unión Española				|  2  |  2  |  0  |  0  |   5  |   2  |   3  |   6   |
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Rangers (CHI)				|  2  |  2  |  0  |  0  |   4  |   1  |   3  |   6   |
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Municipal Iquique			|  2  |  2  |  0  |  0  |   4  |   2  |   2  |   6   |
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Universidad de Chile			|  2  |  1  |  1  |  0  |   6  |   3  |   3  |   4   |
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Cobreloa				|  2  |  1  |  1  |  0  |   4  |   2  |   2  |   4   |
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Santiago Morning			|  2  |  1  |  0  |  1  |   4  |   2  |   2  |   3   |
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Huachipato				|  2  |  1  |  0  |  1  |   2  |   2  |   0  |   3   |
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Ñublense				|  2  |  1  |  0  |  1  |   2  |   3  |  -1  |   3   |
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Everton (CHI)				|  2  |  0  |  2  |  0  |   5  |   5  |   0  |   2   |
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Universidad Católica			|  2  |  0  |  1  |  1  |   4  |   5  |  -1  |   1   |
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Palestino				|  2  |  0  |  1  |  1  |   4  |   5  |  -1  |   1   |
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Universidad de Concepción		|  2  |  0  |  1  |  1  |   2  |   3  |  -1  |   1   |
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Cobresal				|  2  |  0  |  1  |  1  |   0  |   2  |  -2  |   1   |
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La Serena				|  2  |  0  |  1  |  1  |   0  |   2  |  -2  |   1   |
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Curicó Unido				|  2  |  0  |  1  |  1  |   3  |   6  |  -3  |   1   |
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Colo Colo				|  2  |  0  |  0  |  2  |   2  |   5  |  -3  |   0   |
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Audax Italiano				|  2  |  0  |  0  |  2  |   1  |   6  |  -5  |   0   |
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[b]Copa Mustang (First Phase)[/b]      |  G  |  W  |  D  |  L  |  GF  |  GA  |  GD  |  Pts  |
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Once Caldas                     | 18  | 11  |  0  |  7  |  38  |  25  |  13  |   33  | 
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Atlético Nacional	        | 18  | 10  |  3  |  5  |  35  |  27  |   8  |   33  | 
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Medellín 		        | 18  | 10  |  2  |  6  |  37  |  28  |   9  |   32  | 
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América de Cali (C)		| 18  |  9  |  5  |  4  |  34  |  24  |  10  |   32  | 
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La Equidad	 		| 18  |  9  |  3  |  6  |  31  |  25  |   6  |   30  | 
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Envigado			| 18  |  9  |  3  |  6  |  33  |  28  |   5  |   30  | 
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Millonarios 			| 18  |  9  |  3  |  6  |  26  |  22  |   4  |   30  | 
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Junior	 			| 18  |  8  |  6  |  4  |  27  |  23  |   4  |   30  | 
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Huila		 		| 18  |  7  |  7  |  4  |  33  |  32  |   1  |   28  | 
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Deportivo Cali 			| 18  |  6  |  7  |  5  |  24  |  21  |   3  |   25  | 
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Tolima 				| 18  |  6  |  6  |  6  |  26  |  29  |  -3  |   24  | 
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Cúcuta	 			| 18  |  5  |  7  |  6  |  27  |  24  |   3  |   22  | 
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Santa Fe			| 18  |  5  |  5  |  8  |  27  |  24  |   3  |   20  | 
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Pereira 			| 18  |  5  |  5  |  8  |  25  |  31  |  -6  |   20  | 
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Chicó FC 			| 18  |  3  |  8  |  7  |  20  |  28  |  -8  |   17  | 
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Quindío 			| 18  |  4  |  4  | 10  |  24  |  34  | -10  |   16  | 
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Real Cartagena 			| 18  |  4  |  2  | 10  |  22  |  38  | -16  |   14  | 
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Cortuluá 			| 18  |  3  |  2  | 13  |  22  |  41  | -19  |   11  | 
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Copa Mustang (Second Phase) - Each team has played one game; these are the results of the first week of action:

July 4

Deportivo Cali 1 - Chicó FC 1

July 5

Cortuluá 2 - Huila 0

Envigado 3 - Quindío 2

La Equidad 0 - América de Cali 1

Medellín 0 - Santa Fe 0

Millonarios 2 - Real Cartagena 2

Once Caldas 1 - Tolima 2

Pereira 1 - Atlético Nacional 0

Junior 2 - Cúcuta 1

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Week of July 7-13

Major League Soccer

July 8

Los Angeles 0 - New England 0

New York 0 - Seattle 1

San Jose 0 - Toronto 0

July 11

Chivas USA 4 - Los Angeles 2 Landon Donovan scored twice for the visiting Galaxy (one of his goals coming on a penalty kick), but it wasn't enough.

Columbus 0 - New York 2 The Red Bulls made up for their loss at home as Walter García scored both goals on penalty kicks.

Kansas City 2 - Houston 4 Brian Ching scored twice for the visiting Dynamo.

Seattle 3 Colorado 1

Campeonato Brasilerão

July 11

Barueri 1 - Náutico 3 Náutico scored in the first minute and never led up from there, leading 3-0 at halftime.

Goiás 2 - Vitória 0

Santos 0 - Flamengo 1 Dejan Petkovic scored in 88th minute

July 12

Atlético Paranaense 0 - Internacional 0

Corinthians 1 - São Paulo 2 Ronaldo scored in the 2nd minute but that was all Corinthians would get. Renato Silva equalized it in the 28th minute, then Miranda scored a penalty kick to give São Paulo the three points.

Cruzeiro 3 - Atlético Mineiro 2 Diego Renan scored twice for the winners and would have had a hat trick had his penalty kick in the 59th minute not been blocked.

Fluminense 1 - Santo André 1

Avaí 0 - Palmeiras 2

Coritiba 1 - Sport Recife 1 Durval scored the equalizer on a penalty kick (49th minute), but was sent off in the 60th minute for his second yellow card.

Grêmio 0 - Botafogo 0

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BancoEstadio Primera División Chile

July 8

Cobreloa 2 - La Serena 0

Cobresal 2 - Curicó Unido 0

Everton 1 - Santiago Morning 0

Ñublense 0 - Unión Española 1

O'Higgins 1 - Colo Colo 1

Palestino 0 - Universidad de Chile 0

Rangers 0 - Huachipato 1

Universidad de Concepción 2 - Municipal Iquique 1

July 11

Everton 1 - La Serena 0

Ñublense 2 - Curicó Unido 0

Universidad Católica 1 - Huachipato 0

Universidad de Chile 2 - Unión Española 0

July 12

Cobresal 3 - Municipal Iquique 2

Rangers 0 - Santiago Morning 2

Cobreloa 1 - Colo Colo 2

O'Higgins 3 - Palestino 0

Universidad de Concepción 2 - Audax Italiano 1

COPA MUSTANG

July 10

América de Cali 0 - Millonarios 0

July 11

Santa Fe 3 - Tolima 0

July 12

Chicó FC 1 - Junior 1

Cortuluá 2 - Atlético Nacional 1

Envigado 0 - Once Caldas 1

Huila 0 - Cúcuta 1

Medellín 1 - Real Cartagena 1

Pereira 2 - La Equidad 1

Quindío 1 - Deportivo Cali 1

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION

July 7

Cork City 2 - Derry City 2

July 8

Bohemians 2 - St. Pat's Athletic 1

Drogheda Utd 0 - Bray Wanderers 0

Shamrock Rovers 1 - Dundalk 1

July 11

Bray Wanderers 1 - Cork City 1

Derry City 1 - Dundalk 0

Galway Utd 2 - Shamrock Rovers 0

St. Pat's Athletics 3 - Drogheda Utd 0

J-LEAGUE

July 8

Albirex 2 - JEF Utd 1

F Marinos 0 - Sanfrece 0

Gamba 1 - Trinita 1

Grampus 4 - Antlers 3

Jubilo 5 - S-Pulse 0 A surprising blowout at the expense of the first-place team

Reysol 2 - Frontale 1

July 11

Albirex 3 - Gamba 3

Antlers 0 - Reysol 4

FC Tokyo 0 - JEF Utd 2

Grampus 3 - F Marinos 0

Jubilo 3 - Ardija 0

S-Pulse 2 - Frontale 1

Trinita 1 - Sanfrece 1

Vissel 1 - Urawa Reds 0

Sanga 3 - Montedio 1

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Be careful that this doesn't turn into a scoreboard thread. It's a wonderful idea and a lot of work, but there needs to be a story element to this, at least in this part of the forum.

For example, perhaps you could pick a favorite team from each league and update on that team's matches?

Good luck with this - obviously you are putting in the time and that's great!

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Be careful that this doesn't turn into a scoreboard thread. It's a wonderful idea and a lot of work, but there needs to be a story element to this, at least in this part of the forum.

For example, perhaps you could pick a favorite team from each league and update on that team's matches?

OK This is how the "dynasty" will play out from here on out: instead of providing weekly scores from each league, I'll create something of a "The Month that Was" segment. The scores of all of the international and domestic cups will still be posted, otherwise the only score listings will be from important games within the leagues—Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, Inter Milan vs. AC Milan, Boca Juniors vs. River Plate, etc.

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The season is about to get under way for the remainder of the European Leagues, as well as Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Australia and South Africa. Here is where the media expects the teams to finish in their respective leagues:

England (Barclays Premier League)

1. Manchester United

2. Liverpool

3. Chelsea

4. Arsenal

5. Manchester City

6. Everton

7. Aston Villa

8. Tottenham

9. West Ham

10. Fulham

11. Wigan

12. Bolton

13. Portsmouth

14. Blackburn

15. Stoke

16. Sunderland

17. Birmingham

18. Wolves

19. Burnley

20. Hull

Spain (La Liga)

1. Barcelona

2. Real Madrid

3. Sevilla

4. Atlético Madrid

5. Valencia

6. Villarreal

7. Deportivo

8. Málaga

9. Mallorca

10. Espanyol

11. Almería

12. Racing

13. Athletic

14. Sporting

15. Osasuna

16. Zaragoza

17. Valladolid

18. Getafe

19. Tenerife

20. Xerez

Italy (Serie A)

1. Inter

2. Juventus

3. A.C. Milan

4. Fiorentina

5. Roma

6. Genoa

7. Palermo

8. Udinese

9. Lazio

10. Cagliari

11. Sampadoria

12. Napoli

13. Atalanta

14. Siena

15. Parma

16. Catania

17. Livorno

18. Chievo

19. Bari

20. Bologna

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Germany (Bundesliga)

1. FC Bayern

2. Wolfsburg

3. Stuttgart

4. HSV

5. Hertha BSC

6. Schalke

7. Werder Bremen

8. Dortmund

9. Leverkusen

10. Hoffenheim

11. Hannover

12. Frankfurt

13. Köln

14. Nürnberg

15. Mainz

16. Freiburg

17. Gladbach

18. Bochum

France (Ligue 1)

1. Olympique Lyonnais

2. Olympique de Marseille

3. Girondins Bordeaux

4. Paris Saint-Germain

5. Toulouse FC

6. LOSC Lille Métropole

7. Stade Rennais FC

8. AS Monaco FC

9. AJ Auxerre

10. OGC Nice

11. FC Lorient

12. AS Saint-Etienne

13. RC Lens

14. FC Sochaux-Montbéliard

15. Valenciennes FC

16. AS Nancy Lorraine

17. Grenoble Foot 38

18. Le Mans UC 72

19. Montpellier Hérault SC

20. USBCO

Netherlands (Eredivisie)

1. AZ

2. Ajax

3. PSV

4. FC Twente

5. Feyenoord

6. sc Heerenveen

7. FC Groningen

8. NAC Breda

9. Vitesse

10. FC Utrecht

11. NEC

12. Willem II

13. Sparta

14. Heracles

15. ADO Den Haag

16. Roda JC

17. VVV

18. RKC

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Portugal (Liga)

1. Porto

2. Sporting CP

3. Benfica

4. Braga

5. Nacional da Madeira

6. Marítimo

7. Vitória Guimarães

8. Leixões

9. Académica

10. Leiria

11. Belenenses

12. Vitória Setúbal

13. P. Ferreira

14. Rio Ave.

15. Olhanense

16. Naval

Scotland (Premier League)

1. Rangers

2. Celtic

3. Hearts

4. Aberdeen

5. Dundee Utd

6. Hibernian

7. Motherwell

8. Kilmarnock

9. St. Johnstone

10. Hamilton

11. Falkirk

12. St. Mirren

Wales (Welsh Premier)

1. Llanelli

2. TNS

3. Rhyl

4. Bangor City

5. Port Talbot

6. Carmarthen

7. Welshpool

8. Aberystwyth

9. Haverfordwest

10. Neath

11. Newtown

12. Cefn Druids

13. Connah's Quay

14. Porthmadog

15. Airbus

16. Prestatyn

17. Caersws

18. Bala

Northern Ireland (Carnegie Premier League)

1. Glentoran

2. Linfield

3. Crusaders

4. Cliftonville

5. Distillery

6. Coleraine

7. Portadown

8. Glenavon

9. Newry

10. Institute

11. Ballymena Utd

12. Dungannon

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Argentina (Primera División)

1. Boca Juniors

2. River Plate

3. San Lorenzo

4. Independiente

5. Estudiantes

6. Vélez

7. Racing Club

8. Lanús

9. Newell's

10. Huracán

11. Central

12. Arsenal de Sarandí

13. Argentinos

14. Tigre

15. Colón

16. Gimnasia

17. Banfield

18. Godoy Cruz

19. Chacarita

20. Atlético Tucumán

Mexico (Primera División)

1. Pumas

2. Pachuca

3. América

4. Toluca

5. Chivas

6. Puebla

7. Monterrey

8. Tigres

9. Jaguares

10. Estudiantes Tecos

11. Morelia

12. Indios

13. Cruz Azul

14. Atlas

15. Santos Laguna

16. Atlante

17. San Luis

18. Querétaro

Uruguay (Torneos Locales)

1. Nacional

2. Defensor Sporting

3. Peñarol

4. Liverpool

5. Danubio

6. Cerro

7. River Plate

8. Racing de Montevideo

9. Wanderers

10. Central Español

11. Tacuarembó

12. Fénix

13. Cerrito

14. Rampla Juniors

15. Atenas de San Carlos

16. Cerro Largo

At the beginning of the Apertura, Nacional had three points deducted.

South Africa (Castle Premier Soccer League)

1. Orlando Pirates

2. Kaizer Chiefs

3. SuperSport United

4. Sundowns

5. Ajax CT

6. Swallows

7. Jomo Cosmos

8. Santos F.C.

9. Free State Stars

10. Bloemfontein Celtic

11. AmaZulu

12. Golden Arrows

13. Bidvest Wits

14. Platinum Stars

15. Maritzburg United

16. MP Black Aces

Australia (A-League)

1. Melbourne Victory FC

2. Adelaide United FC

3. Brisbane Roar FC

4. Gold Coast United

5. Central Coast Mariners

6. Sydney FC

7. Wellington Phoenix

8. North Queensland Fury FC

9. Perth Glory FC

10. Newcastle Jets

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  • 3 weeks later...

World Cup qualifying resumed in the CONCACAF on August 12. Mexico and the USA entered this date's qualifying matches tied with 12 points, followed by Costa Rica with 9 and Honduras with 7.

Mexico moved into the driver's seat by beating USA 1-0 at Estadio Azteca; meanwhile, Honduras leap-frogged over Costa Rica, beating their Central American rivals at Tegucigalpa by the same score. These teams, and others around the globe, will be looking to join the five (not including South Africa) already in World Cup 2010: Australia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and the Netherlands.

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In European football, on August 28, Barcelona defeated Shakhtar 2-0 for the UEFA Super Cup—but it took overtime to do it. Seydou Keita scored both goals, one in each overtime priod. Barça could have had the win clinched in regular time had Lionel Messi's penalty kick in the 28th minute not been stopped.

La Liga began its 2009-10 season three days later—and what better way for the favored front-runners, Barcelona and Real Madrid, to begin the season than against each other, before 98,000 at Camp Nou. In his debut, Cristiano Ronlado made an immediate impact, scoring in the 34th minute to give Real Madrid a 1-0 lead. But Barça evened it up in the 85th, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on a curling shot from just outside the penalty area, the game ending in that 1-1 draw.

As we enter September, Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League will kick off. This is how the teams were drawn in their respective tournaments:

Champions League

Group A—FC Bayern (Germany), Standard (Belgium), Olympiakos (Greece), Juventus (Italy)

Group B—Sevilla (Spain), Rubin (Russia), Besiktas (Turkey), Inter Milan (Italy)

Group C—Real Madrid (Spain), Chelsea (England), Girondins Bordeaux (France), Maccabi Haifa (Israel)

Group D—Liverpool (England), Porto (Portugal), FC København (Denmark), Dinamo Kiev (Ukraine)

Group E—Arsenal (England), FC RB Salzburg (Austria), Panathinaikos (Greece), Shakhtar (Ukraine)

Group F—Barcelona (Spain), Sporting CP (Portugal), Unirea Urziceni (Romania), Olympique Marseille (France)

Group G—Zürich (Switzerland), CSKA Moscow (Russia), Rangers (Scotland), A.C. Milan (Italy)

Group H—Atlético Madrid (Spain), AZ (Netherlands), Manchester United (England), Wolfsburg (Germany)

Europa League

Group A—FC Twente (Netherlands), Celtic (Scotland), Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia), Villarreal (Spain)

Group B—PSV (Netherlands), Dinamo Bucharest (Romania), Aston Villa (England), Tromsø (Norway)

Group C—HSV (Germany), Fiorentina (Italy), Nacional da Madeira (Portugal), Toulouse FC (France)

Group D—Fenerbahçe (Turkey), Litex (Bulgaria), Anderlecht (Belgium), Elfsborg (Sweden)

Group E—En Avant de Guingamp (France), sc Heerenveen (Netherlands), Zenit (Russia), Stabæk (Norway)

Note: En Avant de Guingamp is currently in Ligue 2, but has qualified for the Europa League by winning the Coup de France.

Group F—Partizan (Serbia), Athletic (Spain), Roma (Italy), Fredrikstad (Norway)

Group G—Ajax (Netherlands), Kalmar FF (Sweden), Everton (England), Dinamo Moscow (Russia)

Group H—Benfica (Portugal), Genoa (Italy), Hertha BSC (Germany), Legia (Poland)

Group I—FC Timişoara (Romania), Rosenborg (Norway), Krylja Sovetov (Russia), Werder Bremen (Germany)

Group J—Metalist (Ukraine), Stuttgart (Germany), Olympique Lyonnais (France), Larisa (Greece)

Group K—Valencia (Spain), OB (Denmark), Basel (Switzerland), NAC Breda (Netherlands)

Group L—Steaua (Romania), Galatasaray (Turkey), Wisla (Poland), Dinamo (Croatia)

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