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ProSoccerTalk daily soccer re-set

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Soccer birthdays:

Yikes. Tim Cahill (right) is already 34? I mean, we knew he was at this stage of his career when he came to New York last summer, but in light of the “adjustment period” last fall, that number is a little higher than you’d like for a guy who still needs to adjust to MLS. But another place, another time … Happy Birthday, Tim!

Big Important Stories of the Day:

Stage 1 of this year’s MLS Re-Entry Draft happens today, with the final round taking place next Friday. If all goes right, we’ll have more on this later today (updated player list, general principles, what to look for, and of course, results). For now, know that this is essentially a garage sale. You might find something interesting and make good use of it, but if you decide not to show up, you probably won’t regret it.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day):

Gyasi Zardes

*Ahead on the blog today:

In addition to the Re-Entry draft content? Well, aren’t we greedy. Very well. Mr. Steve Davis will be dropping in for another post from Breakfast with Jurgen (where, I can only infer, no food was served). We’ll start looking forward to the European weekend (and one game, in particular), and we’ll be keeping an eye on all the happenings in the lands of Becks, LD, and Kaká.

What you should watch on TV today:

If you have access to it, there’s a good match in the English second division today. I know, I know – what’s this guy who’s constantly taking shots at Anglophilia doing directing people to the second division of English soccer? Hey, a good game is a good game.

Cardiff City, currently sitting first, visits preseason promotion favorites Blackburn, with Rovers sitting ninth coming into the day’s action. Cardiff’s been the heartbreak team of recent seasons (so close but never promoted) while Blackburn – who still have the likes of Paul Robinson, Martin Olsson, Scott Dann, Morgan Gamst Pedersen on their roster (along with a number of names they’ve acquired since being relegated – continue to stuff the feathers inside the bird.

Check your local beIN Sport listings for time.

Background noise while blogging: 

I apologize for this, but this song has been stuck in my head for seven years: The Outfield, “Your Love.”

Don’t click on that. I mean, I’ve been clicking on it. Constantly. I’m just saying you shouldn’t.

And between refreshes of that page, the Denver Broncos are playing some kind of scrimmage against a team that’s doing a passable impression of the Washington Generals.

We’ll leave you with this:

I’m not sure I agree with it, but if somebody wanted to make the argument that there are only two English Premier League games that matter this season, I’d be willing to listen. Manchester vs. Manchester is Sunday morning.

VIDEO: Post-match melee breaks out between Spurs and Chelsea

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Tensions boiled over on the touchline after Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham as players had to be separated while heading down the tunnel.

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A testy match that saw referee Mark Clattenburg issue 12 yellow cards, the battle continued after the final whistle as a melee erupted in front of the benches.

It is unclear as to what caused the disruption, but it was not the first skirmish of the night. Earlier in the match, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino found himself on the pitch in the middle of a shoving match between players.

[ VIDEO: Leicester pubs erupt as Foxes clinch Premier League title ]

Seen in the video above, Spurs’ backup goalkeeper Michel Vorm seemed to be in the middle of things with who else but Diego Costa. Harry Kane and John Terry tried to quiet things down, but to little avail.

There are only two matches left in the Premier League season, but the FA will certainly be reviewing video of this incident and sanctions could come down on players or the clubs.

Emotional Ranieri thanks former club Chelsea; set for incredible return

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LONDON — Am emotional Claudio Ranieri called Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink after their 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday which sealed the title for Leicester City.

Ranieri, 64, was manager of Chelsea from 2000-4 and was a fan favorite at Stamford Bridge despite never winning a trophy. He was replaced by Jose Mourinho in 2004 but has remained in the hearts of Chelsea’s fans ever since.

[ MORE: Latest Leicester news after PL win ]  

On Monday that was clear.

The amiable Italian is a charming individual, a grandfather figure to most, and one Chelsea fan held up a sign which simply said: “Do it for Ranieri” and Chelsea fans sung his name and “Leicester, Champions!” as they reveled in Tottenham’s demise at the final whistle.

They won the league for Ranieri, as Chelsea rallied from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Eden Hazard‘s stunning late goal sealing the title for Leicester.

Chelsea’s old boss flew back to Italy on Monday to spend time with his 96-year-old mother and on his return to Leicester and England he will lauded as a hero. His team will go down in history and so will he. Calls continue for him to be knighted by the Queen of England. It is highly likely he will be. He deserved it after masterminding the greatest Cinderella story in sporting history.

[ VIDEO: Fans react in Leicester to winning the PL ]

Here’s what Hiddink had to say on his phone call with Ranieri.

“I got a call from Claudio Ranieri and he thanked us, especially for the second half,” Hiddink revealed. “I congratulated him on being champion. His voice was trembling.”

Ranieri is an emotional man who has been welling up after recent wins and as the momentum continued. The tears will be flowing in the coming days and weeks as what he and his team have achieved starts to sink in.

In his first season as Leicester manager he has turned a 5000-1 shot and heavy favorite for relegation into the champions of the Premier League. Ranieri was the bookies’ favorite to get be the first PL manager to be fired at the start of the season.

Now he’s the manager who delivered the PL trophy in the most remarkable fashion imaginable. With, of course, a little help from his old club.

Want to know what makes this even better? Ranieri returns to his old club Chelsea on the final day and the Foxes will receive a guard of honor from last seasons champions, Chelsea.

Chelsea let him go in 2004 as owner Roman Arbamovich didn’t believe he could win the west London club the title.

Yeah, about that…

From League One to PL champion: Andy King has seen it all

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Andy King of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion at The King Power Stadium on March 1, 2016 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Andy King has been through it all, and now he’s a Premier League champion.

With more than 300 appearances for Leicester, King never could have imagined being champions of England when he was playing with the Foxes in the third division just a few years ago.

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King joined Leicester City’s academy as a 15-year-old, climbing the ladder from League One to the top of the Premier League.

Speaking to the BBC after clinching the title, an emotional King reflected on this achievement.

I thought I’d seen everything with this club, but I never thought I’d see this. It’s difficult to put into words. The players deserve it, the gaffer and the staff deserve it, and the fans deserve it. It’s been an unbelievable season.

The story of where this team has come from to get to this point has been all over the world recently and I think the lads deserve great credit for the way they’ve taken it in their stride, stayed focused and kept delivering results – especially with a great side like Spurs chasing us so hard. We’ve been so consistent and just determined not to let the opportunity pass us by. We deserve this.

King has only managed seven league starts this season, stuck behind standout performers N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater. However, he has been an important player off the bench and a veteran presence in the dressing room, despite still being just 27-years-old.

King is the first player to win the League One, Championship, and Premier League titles all with the same club.

How Twitter reacted to Leicester City winning the Premier League title

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The party has started in the East Midlands as Leicester City are officially your 2015-16 Barclays Premier League Champions.

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As the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge to signal Leicester’s title, Twitter lit up with celebrations and congratulations from all over the world.

After 30 years in management, this is Claudio Ranieri‘s first top-flight title. While Ranieri celebrated in England, his former clubs from throughout Europe sent their congratulations to the manager and his team.

Roberto Mancini knows a thing or two about winning a Premier League title…

Even other Premier League clubs showed their respect for Leicester and their historic season.