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Nashville SC signs first Designated Player

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David Accam’s got himself a strike partner.

Nashville SC announced the signing of its first Designated Plater on Tuesday, about eight months away from its first Major League Soccer match.

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The player is German midfielder Hany Mukhtar, who will spend the rest of the season on loan to current club Brondby before moving to MLS full-time.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder also plays right and left wing, and represented Germany at nearly every youth level. Mukhtar also has Sudanese eligibility through his father..

He joined Hertha Berlin’s academy at age 7, and has been on the books for the German side as well as Benfica and Red Bull Salzburg.

Mukhtar made 10 appearances in the Bundesliga, and overall has 28 goals in 134 professional games. For Brondby, his stats amount to 26 goals and 34 assists in 120 appearances.

On the surface, Mukhtar is ready-made to be an upper level MLS player and deserving of DP status.

Daniel Agger tells tale of playing while addicted to anti-inflammatories

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Daniel Agger‘s reliance on over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs leads to a scary tale.

Well, it probably leads to a great deal of scary tales, but we only have the one presented to us by The Guardian’s Marcus Christenson and Troels Henriksen.

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Former Liverpool defender Agger tells of the day that finally broke his habit, a day with Brondby that led to his retirement this year at the age of 31.

After wobbling through a pregame routine, jolted by a caffeine shot, Agger has no idea how he got onto the pitch, but he did.


He was not himself, though. His pre-match talk did not make much sense to his team-mates and he struggled with his movement on the pitch. It was as if his vision was not in sync with what was happening around him. Early on he was trying to head a long ball coming towards him but could not see it, misjudged it and it fell on his arm. After 29 minutes, he had to come off. He sat down on the substitutes’ bench but later had to be helped down to the physio room. He does not remember that at all.

We write so much about performance-enhancing drugs that we rarely get to performance-enabling drugs. There are stories like this throughout soccer, football and hockey, but they don’t often see the light of the day.

Cheers to Agger for his honesty.

Liverpool lose preseason opener to Danish side Brondby (Highlights)

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Liverpool dropped the opening match of their preseason 2-1 to Danish side Brondby.

A second-half stoppage time winner from Ferhan Hasani handed the hosts the match winner yet despite the loss, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was in good spirits claiming he could see the belief in his Reds side.

The first-half saw Brondby open the scoring through Christian Norgaard before Liverpool’s Kristoffer Peterson leveled the match three minutes into the second-half. Midfielder Jordan Ibe received the ball on the left wing, dribbled into the opposition box and picked out the 19-year-old Swede for a close-range finish. The second-half went scoreless with chances missed on both sides of the pitch before Hasani’s winner struck the net in stoppage time.

“It’s going to be a really exciting season,” Rodgers said after the match. “I’ve seen development in the players already in the short period of time that we’ve been back. This season we have the belief to go along with the quality.

“We want to improve and continually improve. We’re working very hard behind the scenes, as we always do, in terms of getting the best quality players into the club.”

The result came after eight days after Liverpool opened their training at Melwood before traveling to Denmark. The Reds will now gear up to face Preston North End on Saturday before heading to the United States to compete in the International Champions Cup.

FC Copenhagen’s supporters have won tifo for the forseeable future

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In a sport where there has been plenty of fan violence in the past few weeks, let alone history, we’re always cautious when showing off anything incendiary. When a rivalry match ends with a 200-person brawl outside the stadium, then the incendiary stuff better be exceptionally well done.

Well that’s what Deadspin brings us from the FC Copenhagen match against Brondby this weekend.

Copenhagen’s fans bring forth an elaborate tifo, complete with a fan running a “cannonball” from a cannon into a painting of Brondby’s home stadium. That takes down half the “stadium,” as a second cannonball brings the whole thing down in time for smoke bombs to make it look like a real siege.

Look: no one’s advocating the actual demolition of Brondby’s stadium. This is symbolic. And if some nutcase was whacked enough to want to do that, he wouldn’t be using a cannonball.

Is it better than the giant Uncle Sam from last year’s U.S. World Cup qualifying or the Dinamo Bucharest display from last year? We’ll let you decide… but this was undoubtedly art: