Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole is an English footballer who plays for Chelsea and the England national team. Primarily a left-back, Cole has been described by his former manager Arsène Wenger as a "defender who simply loves to attack" and is considered by critics and fellow professional players as one of the best defenders of his generation.
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Cheryl Cole Officially Announces Pregnancy With Liam Payne
Huffington Post - about 15 hours
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L.A Galaxy is aiming for a fear factor as it fields a more physical team
LATimes - 12 months
Three minutes into the Galaxy's first competitive game of the new year, left back Ashley Cole flattened Santos Laguna's Diego Gonzalez with a kick to the stomach. No one had even managed to break a sweat before the Galaxy served notice this season would not be like the previous one. Defender A.J....
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Galaxy news conference is a day at the beach for Ashley Cole
LATimes - about 1 year
The Galaxy held a news conference for recent acquisition Ashley Cole on Friday, and the former English national team defender didn't have to wait any longer than the first question to be asked about a disparaging comment he once made about the league he is now joining. When Cole left the English...
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Former England star Cole released by Roma
Yahoo News - about 1 year
England's most capped full-back Ashley Cole has been released by Roma, the Italian Serie A club said on Tuesday. The 35-year-old former Arsenal and Chelsea star only joined the Italians 18 months ago. "The club would like to thank Cole for his commitment during his stay in Rome and wish him the very best for his future career," said a short Roma statement on their official website.
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Galaxy nearing deals for Cole, Van Damme and De Jong
LATimes - about 1 year
Former English national team defender Ashley Cole has been bought out of the final five months of his contract with Italian club AS Roma, clearing the way for a transfer to the Galaxy. A deal could be formally announced as early as Tuesday. The Galaxy also appears close to deals with Belgian defender...
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Galaxy 'close' to acquiring England's Ashley Cole
LATimes - about 1 year
A week after selling defender Omar Gonzalez and midfielder Juninho to Mexican clubs, the Galaxy appears close to filling one of those vacant roster spots with former English national team defender Ashley Cole. Bruce Arena, the Galaxy’s coach and general manager, declined Monday to discuss the Cole...
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Soccer-Villa's Garde keen to bring Ashley Cole back to England
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Aston Villa are interested in bringing former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole back to England in the January transfer window, manager Remi Garde has confirmed. Cole, who made 229 Premier League appearances over an eight-year spell at Chelsea, left London in July 2014 to join AS Roma on a free transfer, but has not played for the Italian side since March. Villa, who have managed six points and languish at the bottom of the Premier League, have one win in 15 games this season and none under Garde.
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Ashley Cole was once the world's best left back at Chelsea... now he is third choice at Roma and can't even get a game
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
NEIL ASHTON: Ashley Cole was unbeatable in his prime but, as Roma close in on a second-placed finish in Italy, Cole has become one of the most high-profile bench-warmers in the game.
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Footage showing 'Arsenal fans singing homophobic chant about Ashley Cole to a Lily Allen song' being assessed by police
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Metropolitan police are assessing footage which appears to show Arsenal fans singing a homophobic chant about Ashley Cole. It was apparently taken before the FA Cup final against Reading.
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Are Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards the new Cheryl and Ashley Cole?
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Over the course of their relationship, Zayn Malik has been accused of cheating on Perrie Edwards four times. Here, relationship expert Tracey Cox gives her verdict.
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12 Speech participants advance to Sections
Hometown Source - almost 2 years
The Milaca High School varsity speech team earned second place team honors Monday, March 30 at sub-sections in Royalton, sending 12 members to the section speech meet Saturday, April 11 in Ogilvie. Advancing are champions Aurora Binsfeld and Olivia Blue- Larson, second-place  winner Bailey Whittemore , third-place winners Ashley Cope, Erin Hackenmueller, Spencer Busch, Leif Larson, and Dylan Swearengin, and fourth place winners, Jack Barsody, Lizzie Murphy, Bridget Rahm, Junina Hillcrest, and Chase French.
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Mourinho wants Ashley Cole to stay at Chelsea but fears better Red Bulls' offer for defender
Fox News - about 3 years
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants Ashley Cole to stay at the club but believes the defender could be persuaded to move to Major League Soccer.
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Can Hazard Rank Among the Greatest in the World?
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
With men behind the ball and visitors Chelsea struggling to carve out many clear cut opportunities, Steve Bruce may have been confident of another clean sheet at the KC Stadium as the sides approached the hour mark on Saturday. It took some tidy build up play for the Blues to finally break the deadlock, and an exceptional strike from a man that they will be desperate to keep ahold of in the summer. When Ashley Cole's neat flick found Eden Hazard on the edge of the box it was clear what the Belgian had in mind, though Hull were unable to do anything about it. Cutting inside, the recently turned 23-year-old burst past two defenders, with a superb feint enough to fool Alex Bruce and give him the space and angle to fire a low shot into the bottom corner. It was a moment of magic that have become common place in Hazard's time with the London club of late, reportedly leading to interest from the money bags in PSG, keen to take the winger back to France. It's a rumour that will likely ...
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Ashley Cole considering transfer to join Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls
Yahoo News - about 3 years
London, Dec 1 (ANI): Chelsea's Ashley Cole is considering a transfer to join former teammate Thierry Henry at Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, according to reports. According to the Mirror, the Chelsea and England left back is facing an uncertain future for club and country. Red Bulls have a vacancy for one of their three designated 'marquee' players and know that Cole has always been keen to end his career in Major League Soccer, the report said.
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England's Cole stretches for a ball during a training session at the St George's Park training complex near Burton upon Trent
Yahoo News - over 3 years
England's Ashley Cole stretches for a ball during a training session, ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Moldova on Friday, at the St George's Park training complex near Burton upon Trent, September 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files
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Cole, Baines on equal footing, says Hodgson
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Ashley Cole's tenure as England's automatic first-choice left-back appears to be at an end after national manager Roy Hodgson said he was now on level pegging with Everton's Leighton Baines. Cole, 32, has been England's regular number three since 2001, amassing 105 caps, but he has come under increasing pressure from 28-year-old Baines and was recently dropped by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Hodgson has confirmed that Cole will start in Tuesday's friendly against Germany, Baines having played in the 2-0 loss to Chile on Friday, but the England manager says he no longer sees Baines as a mere understudy.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ashley Cole
  • 2016
    Age 35
    On 24 February, he made his debut in a goalless home draw against Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League; on 6 March, he made his league debut in the first game of the 2016 season, playing the full 90 minutes of a 4–1 win over D.C. United at the StubHub Center.
    More Details Hide Details Manager Bruce Arena praised Cole and fellow veteran new signing Nigel de Jong after the result. On 1 May, he was sent off for a second booking in a 1–1 draw at Sporting Kansas City. Cole was ejected following a clumsy tackle on Benny Feilhaber after being cautioned just 32 seconds earlier. He received his second dismissal of the season on 25 June in the match against San Jose Earthquakes. Cole had been booked for a reckless tackle and as emotions were high, a melee ensued. The referee deemed Cole's reaction worthy of another booking and as a result he received his marching orders for the second time in eight league games.
    Cole signed with LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer on 27 January 2016.
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    On 19 January 2016, Cole terminated his contract with Roma with one year of his contract remaining.
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  • 2014
    Age 33
    On 7 July 2014, Cole signed a two-year deal with A.S. Roma.
    More Details Hide Details He made his competitive debut on 30 August in their first game of the Serie A season, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2 - win over Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico.
    Cole's contract expired on 30 June 2014.
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    On 23 May 2014, after the end of the season, he was included on the list of players released by Chelsea.
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  • 2013
    Age 32
    During the 2013–14 season, Cole was dropped from the Chelsea team, with César Azpilicueta replacing him as the club's first choice left-back in the month of November.
    More Details Hide Details Cole captained the team on the last match day against Cardiff City in a 2-1 away win which turned out to be his last in a Chelsea shirt.
  • 2012
    Age 31
    Cole again helped the club win a European title during the 2012–13 season, playing in a 2–1 victory over Benfica in the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final on 15 May.
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    On 1 December 2012, Cole made his 350th Premier League appearance, in a 3–1 away loss to West Ham United.
    More Details Hide Details On 22 January 2013, Cole signed a one-year extension to his contract with Chelsea.
    Cole scored his first goal for over two years against Stoke City on 22 September 2012, proving to be the winner.
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    Cole also received praise for his role in the final against Bayern Munich on 19 May 2012, both for his defending, and for scoring in the decisive penalty shootout as Chelsea won the club's first European Cup.
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  • 2011
    Age 30
    He also made two goal line clearances in Chelsea's 2011–12 Champions League winning campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The first was against Napoli, in a 3–1 round-of-16 first leg defeat, and the second in Chelsea's semi-final first leg 1–0 win against Barcelona. Both were vital as Chelsea went on to win the ties with a margin of one goal on aggregate, eventually lifting the Champions League. Cole is said to have a "mean streak", and has been labelled a "dirty player", something which he himself and his former coaches have strongly denied.
    In the 2011–12 season, Cole won the seventh FA Cup of his career after Chelsea beat Liverpool 2–1 in the 2012 FA Cup Final.
    More Details Hide Details In the Champions League semi-finals against Barcelona, Cole was pivotal in Chelsea's 1–0 victory which included a goalline clearance that denied Barça an away goal.
  • 2010
    Age 29
    He started all 38 league games for Chelsea in the 2010–11 season.
    More Details Hide Details He was awarded the Chelsea F.C. Player's Player of the Year award for the second time.
    He then played in the 2010 FA Cup Final, where Chelsea beat Portsmouth to give Cole the second league and cup double of his career.
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    On 10 February 2010, he suffered a fractured left ankle in the 2–1 defeat against Everton that kept him out of action for three months.
    More Details Hide Details He eventually made his return against Stoke City, a game which Chelsea won 7–0. Cole scored a goal against Wigan Athletic on the last day of the Premier League in an 8–0 win as Chelsea claimed the title.
  • 2009
    Age 28
    After starting Chelsea's first six games in the league, Cole scored his third, fourth and fifth Chelsea goals at home to Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland respectively. On 2 September 2009, he signed a new four-year deal which will contract him to Chelsea until 2013.
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    Cole has had a couple of minor brushes with the police. On 4 March 2009 he was held after swearing in front of a police officer outside a South Kensington nightclub.
    More Details Hide Details He was taken to a police station and issued with an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice before being released. On 4 January 2010, Cole was convicted of a speeding offence committed on 17 November 2009. He was recorded exceeding the speed limit by doing 104 mph in a 50 mph zone on the A3 road in Kingston upon Thames, a residential stretch. His defence at Kingston Magistrates Court, opposing the charge in his absence, argued unsuccessfully that the police speed gun was faulty. Cole also claimed that his actions were excuseable because he was trying to evade the paparazzi. On 29 January he was fined £1000 and disqualified from driving for four months. On 27 February 2011, Cole accidentally shot a 21-year-old student on work experience with a .22 calibre air rifle, at Chelsea's Cobham training ground. He fired at Tom Cowan, a sports science student, from only five feet away, apparently unaware that the rifle was loaded. Cole formally apologised to Cowan, and discussed the incident with Chelsea officials.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    On 19 March 2008, Cole was involved in a controversial incident in a Premier League game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane where he performed a high tackle on Tottenham's Alan Hutton.
    More Details Hide Details Referee Mike Riley gave Cole a yellow card, a decision which was judged as too lenient by some analysts. Cole allegedly also "turned his back on the referee" and the episode renewed debate in the media over the game's rules on dissent towards officials.
    However, Cole scored his first Chelsea goal in Chelsea's very next game, on 1 March 2008, the fourth goal in a 4–0 away victory against West Ham United.
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    Cole was reportedly one of the players upset when José Mourinho was relieved of his position as Chelsea manager. He was dropped in favour of Wayne Bridge for the 2008 Football League Cup Final, which Chelsea lost 2–1 to Tottenham Hotspur.
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    In January 2008, the couple almost separated after allegations were made that Cole had affairs with three other women. He, however, disputed the allegations and the couple stayed together. It was announced on 23 February 2010 that the couple would separate following new allegations of adultery. Three months later, it was announced that Cheryl was filing for divorce. They officially divorced on 3 September 2010.
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    In Chelsea's final league match of the 2008–09 season against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Cole scored his second Chelsea goal in the Blues' 3–2 win.
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  • 2007
    Age 26
    Cole did indeed make a return at the end of the season, playing in the last twelve minutes of the 2007 FA Cup Final at the new Wembley Stadium against Manchester United.
    More Details Hide Details Chelsea emerged victorious 1–0 after extra-time with a goal scored by Didier Drogba, to win the 2007 FA Cup.
    On 31 January 2007, Cole suffered a serious knee injury in the 3–0 victory over Blackburn Rovers in a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge, although after a scan it was revealed to be not as bad as first thought, with Chelsea optimistic that he would return before the end of the 2006–07 season.
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  • 2006
    Age 25
    In 2006, Cole sued the News of the World and The Sun newspapers for libel after they printed allegations that he was involved in a "homosexual orgy".
    More Details Hide Details Both papers retracted the allegations. That same year, Cole released an autobiography titled, My Defence, which sold 4,000 copies in the first six weeks of release. Cole's former teammate, Jens Lehmann, criticised Cole for writing an autobiography when he was 25.
    The move angered Arsenal fans, who dubbed him "Cashley" and waved fake £20 notes with Cole's face on them at him when the two clubs faced each other on 10 December 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Arsenal had offered Cole a longer contract to stay at the club, but he had been left "trembling with anger" when they offered him wages of £55,000 per week, whereas Chelsea were offering him £90,000 a week. His wage increased to £120,000 a week when he signed a new contract in September 2009. Cole was given the number 3 shirt at Chelsea, and made his first appearance for the club as a substitute for Wayne Bridge in their 2–1 win over Charlton Athletic on 9 September. He issued a public statement concerning his transfer saying he "forgave" Arsenal for how he felt he was treated during his time there.
    Cole was deliberately left out of Arsenal's 2006–07 team photograph, fuelling press speculation that he would leave.
    More Details Hide Details On 28 July 2006, Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein confirmed that Arsenal and Chelsea had been in "civil talks" about the player. Chelsea insisted they would not raise their £16million bid for Cole, but Arsenal held out for at a higher valuation of £25 million. Negotiations continued throughout August and looked to be heading for deadlock, but eventually Cole signed for Chelsea on 31 August for a fee of £5 million, with William Gallas being transferred from Chelsea to Arsenal as part of the same deal. The deal was closed after the transfer window had officially ended, and was not confirmed until an hour and a half after the deadline had passed.
    On 15 July 2006, Cole launched a verbal attack on Arsenal; in his autobiography, quoted in The Sun, he claimed that the Arsenal board had treated him as a "scapegoat" and that they had "fed him to the sharks" over the tapping-up affair while Arsenal, from their part, insisted that they were legally obliged to punish Cole for his illegal contact with Chelsea.
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    Cole also made an appearance in Arsenal's first UEFA Champions League final in 2006; the club lost 2–1 to Barcelona.
    More Details Hide Details In August 2006, after a protracted transfer saga, Cole completed a move to rival club Chelsea, with whom he won further honours, including the Premier League in the 2009–10 season, four FA Cups, one Football League Cup and one UEFA Champions League. He was released by Chelsea at the end of the 2013–14 season. With seven winners' medals, Cole has won the FA Cup more times than any other player in history, and is one of two players to have won the Double with two different clubs, along with Nicolas Anelka. Cole was an England international from 2001 to 2014, playing at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, as well as Euro 2004 and Euro 2012. He was voted England Player of the Year in 2010. When he retired from international football in 2014, he had won 107 caps, making him England's most capped full back.
  • 2005
    Age 24
    On 18 July 2005, Cole signed a one-year extension to his contract with Arsenal, but just a year later departed from the club in acrimonious circumstances.
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    An appeal in August 2005 did not reject the guilty verdict, but his fine was reduced to £75,000.
    More Details Hide Details Chelsea were also fined £300,000 and Mourinho was fined £200,000, reduced on appeal in August 2005 to £75,000. Barnett's licence was suspended for 18 months and he was also fined £100,000.
    He was fined £100,000 by the Premier League on 2 June 2005 for a tapping-up meeting at a hotel in January 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Cole, his agent Jonathan Barnett, the Chelsea manager José Mourinho and chief executive Peter Kenyon were present at the meeting.
    Although injured for much of the 2005–06 season, he recovered in time to play in Arsenal's UEFA Champions League Final defeat to Barcelona at the end of the season.
    More Details Hide Details In total he made 228 first-team appearances for the Gunners, scoring nine goals.
  • 2004
    Age 23
    Cole began a relationship with Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy in September 2004, when they were living in the same block of flats in London. They married on 15 July 2006 in Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire.
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    Cole had a very good season in 2004–05.
    More Details Hide Details He was a regular at left-back for both England and Arsenal despite Gaël Clichy's claim for a place in the first team squad. Cole scored his first goal of the season in the seventh game in a tough trip to Manchester City in which he scored the opening and only goal to give Arsenal an important win. He scored his second goal in a 3–1 away win to Aston Villa, scoring Arsenal's third in only the 28th minute. Cole, however, was also involved in a transfer saga with Chelsea. He was found guilty of making contact with league rivals Chelsea over a possible move, without informing Arsenal.
  • 2001
    Age 20
    After just four appearances for the Under-21s, Ashley was fast-tracked into the England senior team and Sven-Göran Eriksson handed Cole his senior England debut against Albania, on 28 March 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He played for England at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, UEFA Euro 2004, where he was named as one of four England players in the all-star squad for the tournament, and UEFA Euro 2012. Cole was also an ever-present for England in the 2006 World Cup; in their second round match against Ecuador he made a crucial block, deflecting Carlos Tenorio's shot onto the crossbar. The match ended with England winning 1–0, but the team were knocked out on penalties by Portugal in the quarter-finals. By the end of 2008, Cole had achieved 68 caps for England, all of which were starting appearances. He made his 79th appearance for England on 12 June 2010 in the 1–1 draw against the United States in the 2010 World Cup Group stage match. He beat the record of 79 caps by a black English international (John Barnes, who appeared for England from 1983 to 1995) when he played against Algeria later that month. He has played more internationals without scoring than any other outfield player in England history. He won his 86th cap against Montenegro in October 2010, and alongside Kenny Sansom, Cole is now England's most-capped full-back in history, an achievement which helped him pick up the England Player of the Year award for 2010, as voted for by fans. On 6 February 2013, he earned his 100th cap as England beat Brazil 2–1 at Wembley.
  • 2000
    Age 19
    Cole caught a lucky break after an injury to Sylvinho, Arsenal's established left-back, in the autumn of the 2000–01 season gave Cole the opportunity to establish himself in the first team.
    More Details Hide Details He remained first-choice in the position even after Sylvinho's recovery. With Arsenal, he won the FA Premier League twice (in 2002 and 2004), and the FA Cup three times (in 2002, 2003 and 2005, scoring in the penalty shootout in the final of the latter).
    His Premier League debut came on 14 May 2000 against Newcastle United.
    More Details Hide Details Before he fully broke into the Arsenal side, he spent part of the 1999–2000 season on loan at Crystal Palace, where he played 14 league matches and scored one goal, a long-range half-volley against Blackburn Rovers.
    On 25 February 2000, he signed his first professional contract.
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  • 1999
    Age 18
    Cole has played for England at youth and senior levels. He was capped for the England U-20 team at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship alongside Stuart Taylor, Peter Crouch, Andrew Johnson and Matthew Etherington.
    More Details Hide Details However, the team finished bottom of their group, suffering three defeats without scoring any goals. He also made four appearances for England under-21s, scoring once.
    Cole started his career by joining his local club, Arsenal, whom he had supported as a child. At the age of 18, on 30 November 1999, he made his first team debut in the League Cup against Middlesbrough; Arsenal lost 1–3 on penalties after the match ended 2–2 at the end of extra time.
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    Born in Stepney, London, Cole began his youth career at Arsenal and made his full debut for the club in November 1999, going on to make 228 appearances and scoring nine goals for the North London club.
    More Details Hide Details With Arsenal he won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, and was an integral member of "The Invincibles" team of the 2003–04 season, who went the entire league season undefeated.
  • 1980
    Born on December 20, 1980.
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