SoccerLens Archives for January 2007

Derby v Middlesbrough v Birmingham v Reading: Who Will Lose Their Manager Next?

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Martin Jol's departure from White Hart Lane didn't come as a real shock. It was inevitable it was only a matter of time before the continuous run of defeats, increasing pressure form chairman Daniel Levy and even the sulking attitude of Dimitar Berbatov recently would bring the robust Dutchman down. His replacement, highly coveted Juande [...]

Scholes Out For 3 Months, How Will Manchester United Fare Without Him?

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Yesterday we learned that Manchester United legend Paul Scholes will have surgery on his knee on Thursday (Nov 1) and will be out for 3 months after that. It brings back memories of 05/06, when Manchester United lost Scholesy for a whole season and a squad battered with injuries fought above and beyond what was [...]

FIFA Ensures World Cup Will Be Played In Rich Countries, Forever

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...or at least that's what it feels like, considering Blatter's latest move. It was probably the panic that is quietly settling in as FIFA continues to keep a watchful eye on South Africa as it prepares to host World Cup 2010. The next World Cup is still about two and a half years away, but the [...]

Newcastle United View: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Tyne’d

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The tallest and fastest roller coaster on Earth is said to be located at a Six Flags amusement park in Jackson Township, New Jersey. Obviously, none of the thrill-seekers who have survived a ride on the Kingda Ka have ever strapped themselves into a seat for 90 minutes at St. James Park. Or, for that [...]

Interview with former Arsenal and Southend player Adrian Clarke

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Image courtesy of Adrian Clarke and Sport Media Solutions. Soccerlens is very pleased to welcome a former footballer turned journalist. Adrian Clarke, who was born in Cambridge, began his football career with Arsenal in 1991 and went on to make nine first team appearances for the club. Previously he had represented England at Under-15 and Under-18 [.

Can Manchester City, Blackburn, Portsmouth or Newcastle United pip Liverpool to join Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United at the top?

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We're through the first two months of the Premier League season, and things are beginning to shake out at the top. Arsenal has put last season's underachieving, injury-ravaged campaign behind them, and despite the departure of Thierry Henry to Barcelona, have hit the ground running, with eight wins and two draws in ten matches thus far. Manchester [.

Football Manager 2008 Review

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Football fans prepare yourselves! The ultimate football manager simulation is back! Work will be left undone, dishes unwashed, beds not done, girlfriends and wives neglected. Yes, for the uninitiated, FM is really that addictive. I kid you not. And it is with great difficulty, that I pry myself away from the game and present you [...]

Football Fans Could Get Sued For Libel

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Soccerlens has been accused of inviting lawsuits several times in the past - the West Ham affair (arguably an over-the-top response by Hammers but in any event a plausible case for libel), a few humourous pieces calling players gay or drug-addicts, and then there's always the banter and commentary that goes too far in [...]

Arsenal Fan’s View: How will the Gunners fare against Manchester United?

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Playing away at Anfield will always be one of the biggest games in a league calendar, however ask any Arsenal fan and they would say that yesterday's game was not the most important one Arsenal will play in these short time period. The most important game for Arsenal has, and always will be the game [...]

Arsenal v Liverpool Review: the Reds cannot compete for the league title this season

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First off, before the half thought out crap detailed analysis of yesterday's Arsenal-Liverpool game, I'd like to applaud (as best I can for two teams I *hate*) the performances of Manchester United and Chelsea a couple days ago. Both teams played some excellent stuff- Manchester United showed strength to fight back when Boro equalized (and [...]

La Liga Week 9: Barcelona and Real Madrid struggle but win to top the table

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Thierry Henry finally scored a league goal at Camp Nou as Barcelona struggled to overcome newly promoted Almeria. Barça move into second place but remain two points behind leaders Real Madrid who beat Deportivo 3-1 at the Bernabeu. Henry is still having problems to adapt to his Barcelona team mates, but he was in the right [...]

Game of the Weekend Review: Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

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For those who read my preview of the game at Anfield, you will know I had this pegged as an Arsenal sneak at 2-1. As a Liverpool fan, I am reveling in being wrong. Only just wrong mind you, but still wrong all the same. I had an inkling that Liverpool may win when Steven Gerrard [...]

La Liga Week 9 Predictions, Part 2: Real Madrid, Villareal, Atlético and Barcelona to win.

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This preview covers Sunday's games in La Liga. For a preview of Saturday's two matches, click here. Real Madrid vs. Deportivo TV: Pay-per view in Spain, not available in England A match which ought really to have been played yesterday (pro-Madrid bias after the application to switch the kick-off was submitted as late as Thursday!) pits Real [...]

Holding a Mirror Up to David Beckham’s First MLS Season

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Last week the LA Galaxy was shut out of a play off berth thanks to similarly situated team, the Chicago Fire. The Fire were also bestowed with a designated player this season, so naturally, the game was penned as the Blanco v. Beckham match-up. In the end though, it was nothing close to that head [...]

Where does Ireland go from here?

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We've been here before. After the failure of the Republic of Ireland to qualify for the 2006 World Cup two years ago, the arrogant, insipid, somewhat idiotic Brian Kerr was finally jettisoned from a position which he wasn't fit for in the first place. Great stuff, now all we needed was a new, fresh approach [...]

Premier League coming to the US?

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On Friday the BBC ran a story about the possibility of Premier League games being played in the US - mostly thanks to a soundbite from West Ham (non-executive) chairman Eggert Magnusson and another quote from Arsenal shareholder Stan Kroenke. I'd like to hear your views on the subject - whether such an event (even [...]

La Liga Weekend Predictions Part 1: Real Mallorca, Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao and Real Betis

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Saturday 27th October Saturday 27th features two interesting although low-profile games, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla and Valencia all set to play on Sunday. Real Mallorca vs. Espanyol TV: not available This fixture pits two form teams against each other, with Mallorca surprising many people with the number of goals they are scoring and Espanyol showing a consistency [.

Can Mark Hughes be a ‘Great’ Manager?

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In yet another turbulent week of European football and tabloid whispers, Monday and Tuesday's saw newspapers beginning to link Mark Hughes to the (now vacant) Tottenham hot-seat. For most people this rumour was a non-starter (if anything because Hughes distanced himself from the rumours, and because Blackburn find themselves in a far healthier stage than [.

The Bayern Munich Revolution

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Bayern Munich is both the most popular and most loathed club all over Germany – a true touchstone (almost requirement) for a club considering itself national. However, is it the arrogant, prideful trio of Jancker-Effenberg-Basler or the much more likable Scholl-Tarnat-Elber triumvirate, which truly represents the Bavarian club? I am not here to judge, [.

Sagnol for Manchester United?

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The Sun is at it again today. After - correctly - predicting that Martin Jol will be sacked since (and you better hold on to something here) he was not included on the team's monopoly board, they have now made up found out that Sir Alex will move for Willy Sagnol in the January transfer [...]

Taking On The Authorities

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Last Sunday (21 Oct 07), 101 Great Goals published an article where they talked about the arrest of a 26-yr-old man and the closure of the popular TV / Movie directory, tv.links.co.uk. The move, touted as a victory against copyright theft, has shaken many similar service providers, including the owners of 101 GG. The battle [...]

Game of the Weekend: Liverpool vs Arsenal Preview

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Game of the weekend obviously has to be down at Anfield, where a buoyant Arsenal visit Liverpool. As a Liverpool fan this article is going to leave a bitter taste in the mouth, but here goes. Liverpool Against Besiktas, the performance for Liverpool wasn't really good enough. Although we are creating chances, we are not putting them [...]

Are Liverpool good enough to beat Arsenal / Qualify for the 2nd Round / win the Premier League?

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So, Liverpool are in a bit of a pickle. 3 games, 1 point and bottom of their Champions League group. After the fortuitious victory in the Merseyside derby and before the key game at Anfield against the Arsenal, Liverpool's away defeat to Besiktas has asked a lot of questions from Rafa Benitez and the [...]

Jol, Ramos and the idiots running Tottenham

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"What a bunch of idiots." I said that when I first heard about the Tottenham board approaching Juande Ramos, behind Martin Jol's back, towards the end of August. How hard does your father have to fuck you in your ears for you not to understand the anal stupidity of backing a manager through the summer [...]

Can Liverpool get it going in Europe?

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That's a question we've grown used to asking in the last few seasons, but it's been directed at another competition. While Liverpool has seen great success in the Champions League in the past few years, the same success has not followed in the league. In 2004-05, Liverpool stumbled to a fifth-place finish in [...]

Can Arsenal’s Theo Walcott be the next Thierry Henry?

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For those that watched Arsenal's rout of Slavia Prague this week in the Champions League will no doubt have witnessed some history in the making. Not only was the score line equaled to the best ever victory for a side since Juventus tore Olympiakos apart in 2003 but also matched Arsenal's own personal best European [...]

Lies, Damn Lies and Jamie Redknapp

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My heart goes out to supporters of Liverpool FC. The club have been rocked by Champions League failure, the validity of their Merseyside derby victory has been questioned, and they have to travel to Liverpool at least once a fortnight. Steven Gerrard probably received the brunt of the criticism after the controversial derby day win. [...]

SPL: Lunatics or Pioneers?

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It was announced this week that the Scottish FA and the Scottish Premier League had come to an agreement with the managers of Celtic and Rangers to postpone their matches with Falkirk and St. Mirren respectively on the weekend of 10th November, all due to the national side's crunch match with world champions Italy a [...]

What Will You Do Next Summer?

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When answering this question the average Englishman is probably in the following school of thought. He will be looking at the cities which will host the Cricket next summer, and look to buy himself grandstand tickets. He will also be thinking about becoming the butt of his Scottish mate's jokes, which are shite at the best [...]

Transfer Gossip: Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Juventus, AC Milan and more

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Today's transfer rumours involve: Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus, AC Milan and Bolton. Manchester United After Bilbao Pair Manchester United seem to be the club most linked with players in the transfer rumours every day; today they've been linked with half the Bilbao first team. Diario Sport had Fergie sending scouts to watch [.

Time For Ancelotti To Leave AC Milan?

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Ancelotti is somewhat of an anomaly. Ever since the turn of the millennium, 2001 to be exact, he has been at Milan. It is now his 6th season at Milan. Not since Sacchi and Capello, has anyone had such a long stint at the club and this is in no short measure testament to [...]

Barcelona Necesita Deco

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It's been too long since I posted. But the recent sorrows of my beloved squad has inspired me, and ignited within me a passion to state the truth. FC Barcelona needs Deco. The Portugal international has been a staple for the squads midfield, but a recent injury suffered against Villareal has sidelined [...]

What Football Manager 08 taught me about Steve McClaren and England

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This website has been highly critical of Steve McClaren's credentials to manage England - with that in mind, it's interested to take a look back at my weekend romp with FM 08 and look at what it takes to manage England. The charges leveled against Steve McClaren (and against his predecessor, Sven Goran Eriksson), are [...]

The Generation Gap in American Soccer

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Soccer is still in diapers in America. It is not played on the street, in every park, or in every playground around the country, like it is in almost every other country. Kids don't grow up exposed to the game on a daily basis – it's not in the media, in politics or [...]

Cerny to stay in Tottenham goal?

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Spurs' 3-1 defeat to Newcastle was a little unfortunate last night, as the North London side found themselves not performing too badly at St. James' Park. Despite an early fumble and panicked gather from Czech stand-in goalkeeper Radek Cerny, how did the Tottenham stand-in keeper perform? He did well, considering this was a difficult game for him [.

Steven Gerrard the Hypocrite

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Liverpool captain, Liverpool legend, England vice-captain (and legend-in-making) and the standard-bearer of English morality and ethical behavior, one Steven Gerrard, has many fans. Indeed, despite his insistence that 'people like Carvalho are ruining the game' (the implication being that the English fight fair and not dirty like those scumbag foreigners), he is still one [.

The Football Manager Addiction…

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Hi. My name is Ahmed Bilal, and I'm a recovering Football Manager addict. At this point, some of you may think this as non-serious. That leads me to assume that you've never actually played a version of Football Manager (I've been playing FM 08 over the weekend, but more on that later) - either that [...]

Pakistan and Football

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Pakistan lost 0-7 to Iraq at home in their World Cup qualifier last night. Despite the humiliating scoreline, the result will barely register as a blip in Pakistan (heck, I happened to come across it on livescore.com while spot-checking how fast our live blogger was compared to the live score service (franky's faster)). The result [...]

How Big is Your Pitch?

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Chris over at EPLTalk has paid someone to put together a list of the pitch sizes in the Premier League - not to be confused with other metrics of measuring a club's superiority, such as title count, time spent playing in the top level, the relationship of your manager with your players, your transfer [...]

Could Middlesbrough ‘do a Leeds’?

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With my beloved Middlesbrough languishing in 17th place in the Premiership, and the performances getting worse, perhaps I should start looking at relegation as a possibility. Southgate is still a rookie, so dropping down a division is very possible, and looks more than probable. But would it really be all that bad? Could we 'do a [...]

Alfredo Di Stefano, La Saeta Rubia (The Blond Arrow) - a Real Madrid and Footballing Legend

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia. Saturday, during the La Liga fixture between Espanyol and Real Madrid, the cameras focused several times on an older gentleman in the tribune of honor. He was wearing a business suit, but due to the windy and cold conditions last night in Barcelona, also adorned a Real Madrid jacket. Who was this [...]

La Liga Week 8: Defeats for Real Madrid and Barcelona

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La Liga looks a lot more interesting after Real Madrid and Barcelona lost their first games of the season. Both teams were without their Brazilian players who arrived back late after Brazil's 5-0 thrashing of Ecuador on Wednesday night (early Thursday morning in Spain), and the Brazilian and Spanish press have been full of the [...]

When Posh Met Diana. The True Story.

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In case you weren't paying attention recently, Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham took some heat for "accidentally" exiting the Paris Ritz in the middle of the Princess Diana inquest where there just happened to be a lot of media folk and paparazzi present. Seems some people think Victoria did it for the attention. Imagine! Posh herself says [...]

Chris Coleman: will the Welsh cookie crumble in the Basque oven?

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Welsh manager Chris Coleman, sacked from his last post at Fulham, was appointed manager of Real Sociedad de Fútbol in the summer of 2007, although judging from the lack of coverage the news received, it would be fair to say that the move was swept under the carpet somewhat, and managed to avoid the elitist [...]

Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur Live Blog, Monday 22 October 2007

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Join Franky 30 minutes before kick-off here on Soccerlens for live coverage of the Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur Premier League game on Monday evening. 37′ Low free kick from Geremi. Ball deflected, but referree gives goal kick for Spurs. 36′ Booking: Yellow for Chimbonda after a challenge. Free kick from just outside of the box [.

The Most Biased Article (about Arsenal) You’ll Ever See on Soccerlens

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WARNING- This is going to be one of the most biased articles that you've ever read on SoccerLens, so if you don't like that kind of thing I suggest you don't read it. I've seen a lot of Manchester United based articles from the likes of Ahmed and my other fellow writers here, so I [...]

La Liga Preview: Real Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona and Sevilla to win

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Saturday sees a particularly interesting line-up of La Liga games, with all of the top five in action; 1st-placed Real Madrid travel to 5th-placed Espanyol, 3rd-placed Villareal host 2nd-placed Barcelona, and 4th-placed Valencia away at former Champions' League regulars Deportivo A Coruña. For team news, predictions and television coverage, see below.

Transfer Rumours: Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Portsmouth

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A look at the latest transfer rumours - today's teams in question are Man City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Villa and Newcastle. Manchester City in for Amauri Manchester City have been linked with the likes of Michael Owen and Nicolas Anelka to play up front in the last few weeks; this time it's Amauri, currently playing for Palermo [...]

FlashScore.com Review: Personalised Live Scores

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This is a sponsored review - learn more about advertising on Soccerlens. In an ideal world, live soccer games would take priority over everything else in life. You know that when your team is playing, things like work and other obligations just don't seem nearly as important as knowing what the score is, and knowing what [...]

Cole, Frank Incensed and Meh

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I've never been a great fan of Steve McClaren, but it's wholly unfair to place the blame for the death of English football at the feet of one hapless individual. Personally, I hold Frank Lampard solely responsible. The great and the good of the world of punditry, and David Platt, have all been quick to [...]

SquadGod Week 9: An Ode To Crap Managers

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What does your fantasy football team and England have in common? While you figure that one out (I jest, I jest), here's a look at the top 10 managers vying for the $500 prize in Soccerlens Fantasy Football: Top 10 Taron, 1070 Vebor, 1056 Dinko, 1041 Al Nino, 1030 ATIHY, 1028 LOK16, 1022 jimmyriddler, 1015 Statto, 1010 llango, 1005 RedGlory, 1001 Some new names there; proof that [.

Drogba Whores Out to Milan, Inter, Real and Barcelona | Who’s Leaving Chelsea Next?

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For a man who admitted to diving in a live interview before recanting his mistake on air, Didier Drogba is not exactly the most intelligent of footballers. You may find this petty, but (lack of) intelligence has a lot to do with what Drogba is doing at Chelsea (engineering his exit from the 'broken' [...]

Writing Competition Winners

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The winner of the 1st Soccerlens Writing Competition has been decided. You can read all 40 entries here - I'd like at least half of the submitters to guest blog again on Soccerlens (I'll be contacting writers personally over the weekend). If you'd like to write for Soccerlens again / find out about setting up [...]

Predict The Future & Win A Free Shirt

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Here's the easy deal: 1) Predict this weekend's Premier League results. 2) Order the new Italy shirt (and pray that they qualify for Euro 2008, otherwise I'll need to find a 3rd team to support next summer). And you'll be eligible to win a signed Canna shirt (draw on November 30th). I'll even make the predictions easy for [...]

Liverpool, the Love of Me Life…

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"What's better? Spending one night of passion with Kylie Minogue, or seeing your club team win the Champions League?" As football fans, I'm sure that's a question we've all been asked at some point or another, although you may replace the 'Kylie Minogue' part with any foxy lady that suits your fancy, if the curvy Aussie [...]

Is Steve McClaren Good Enough To Manage England?

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Why have the FA backed Steve McClaren when the former assistant manager has almost failed his objective of qualifying for Euro 2008 (and must rely on Israel to beat Russia on 17 November)? The players' quality is not in question - Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry have given excellent service to Liverpool and Aston Villa [...]

Why isn’t the Arsenal board going on the offensive?

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After Usmanov's charm offensive (where he declared himself an Arsenal and Arsene Wenger fan), it was only a matter of time before the Arsenal board responded with a move of their own. The directors have extended their lock-down agreement on share sales, which now stands as follows (in the words of Peter Hill-Wood): "Members of [...]

Taxi for McClaren?

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How many of you think that England's defeat to Russia was the result of Steve McClaren's tactical ineptitude and an acute inability to motivate his players? There's talk of blaming Rooney but as Scott says, you cannot blame Rooney for a refereeing mistake. The fact that Rooney scored an opportunistic goal hid the fact that [...]

Republik Of Mancunia - Yet Another Manchester United Blog

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Soccerlens regulars may have recognised the Manchester United bias in this site. Of course, this is not entirely intentional the main man, Ahmed, is a Manchester United fan and so is yours' truly as there are a good number of articles from fans of other Premiership clubs, and in some cases, other European [...]

MatchHotels.com - Review

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This is a paid review - learn more about sponsoring reviews on Soccerlens.com. Many football fans don't get to go to as many away games that they would like to- either because of the cost (who wants to spend that much money on a day trip when they can watch their club lose from the [...]

Is The Premier League Going The Way Of Serie A?

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Some time ago, Italy was the place to go if you were a professional footballer. In Italy, fame, honor and prestige was aplenty. And so was the money. In the past, every top footballer wanted to be in Italy. Tragically, this is not the case now. The money is now undeniably in England. In the past [...]

Bolton fire Lee - McClaren or Pearce next? Can Bolton get someone better than Big Sam?

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Here's a sobering thought for you Bolton fans - the comparisons with Charlton from last season (something I touched upon in my article last week on Bolton's troubles) just got more obvious. In throwing out Sammy Lee (platitudes aside), the Bolton board has effectively thrown its hands up in the air and admitted that Lee [...]

Transfer Rumours: Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea after pricey young talent

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Today's latest transfer rumours involve Arsenal (another young kid), Chelsea (another striker), Manchester United (another starlet?) and then some. Arsenal in for the next Messi The player who the Gunners have been linked with is older than Barcelona's prodigious Argentinean forward, but has still (un)surprisingly been dubbed the next Messi by various tabloids.

What is Tottenham’s Best Starting Eleven?

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With the international break at its midway stage, Martin Jol must be training with his squad, wondering who he will pick for Tottenham's next game; a tricky away tie against Newcastle on Monday. Though he does not have the luxury of picking players from a full and fit squad, the question remains: if he did have, [...]

Transfer Rumours: Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester Cit

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A look at today's latest transfer rumours and gossip. Barcelona to sell off players for the youth? Barcelona's duo of Bojan Krkic and Giovanni Dos Santos have been coming along well in recent months; they have also been hinting at wanting to play more, as any promising starlets would want to do. To allow them to do [...]

Can Those British Weaklings Cope Abroad?

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Conventional football wisdom (an oxymoron if ever there was one) has it that Brits simply do not travel well, and this despite the fact that two of the largest low-cost airlines in the world are British. Such a belief has lingered in the mindset of British and foreign football fans alike for even longer than [...]

U.S. National Squad looking for victory against Switzerland

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This Wednesday, the U.S. takes on Switzerland at St. Jakob Park in Basel. U.S. coach Bob Bradley has taken this opportunity to blood a few young players into the senior squad. The squad features seven uncapped players, an two with only a single cap to their names. Maurice Edu (Toronto FC, MLS) is a strong midfielder who [...]

Europe’s 10 Most Expensive Benchwarmers of 2007-08

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Shevchenko, Podolski, Crouch, Chevantón, Riquelme: these are just a few of the quality players which have been reduced to a benchwarming role in their clubs, as the new season continues. It wouldn't be surprising to see some of them decide it's time for a change, and travel to greener pastures during the January transfer window. Spending [...]

My Friend Who Played With Pelé

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President Bill Clinton and Pelé during a 1997 visit to Rio de Janeiro. Many years ago, someone stopped me as I was walking in the main entrance of my apartment building in Washington, D.C. I had a football under my arm. "Hey, soccer man, wait a minute." A Brazilian man, Salvador, introduced himself to me. He [...]

Transfer Rumours: Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Aston Villa, Fulham and Blackburn

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Quite a few relative unknowns linked with Premiership clubs today, although considering some of the unknown players that have done well in the last few seasons, as well as the global market for players constantly getting bigger these rumours should not be written straight off (feel free to wait five minutes before you do so). [...]

Transfer Rumours: Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea

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Today's transfer rumours are slightly more believable than the usual dross; however as with all transfer rumours you should take them with a truckload of salt. Arsenal's Gilberto to Valencia Gilberto linked with Valencia in a January transfer move; although Gilberto leaving Arsenal could realistically happen I can't see anything going through till the summer.

The Hidden Diaries of Ashley Cole

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by By Saad Hanif. Thursday, 20th September Today Jose Mourinho got sacked. I can't say I'm shocked in fact, I'm quite happy about it. He wasn't English enough and didn't understand the "English way". He even had the [.

Studies Show That Football Managers Are, Well, Insane

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Eddie Griffin. The headline isn't (completely) true, but it might as well be. As a fan, it's easy to misunderstand all of the ups, downs, and everyday stresses of a football manager. At first glance, [...]

Racism in the name of Science? A-Okay!

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Cherie Getchell. Recently Francesco Totti was under the threat of a doping investigation until his MD gave him an alibi, explaining away his tardiness to a mandatory urine test. Back in 2003, Rio Ferdinand missed a drug [.

Fifa Bungles Player of the Year Nominations Again

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Justus Nkera. I know that in matters of the selection of best players no two people can agree entirely, but I am increasingly enraged by the list of World Player Of the Year nominees with each passing [...]

National Team Monogamy

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by David Rini. The most eye-opening component of being a fan of U.S. soccer (I'm not really trying to break myself of the habit of calling it that yet, so apologies all around) is learning just how many [...]

Can Henk Ten Cate Revolutionize Chelsea like he did with Barcelona?

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Chelsea Football Club was shocked by the departure of Jose Mourinho on 20th September, and after their 2-0 loss to Manchester United in Avram Grant's first game fans would have hoped that it could only improve. Now, however, with the news that Ten Cate has confirmed that he will become Chelsea's assistant coach, it looks [...]

Premier League’s Biggest Transfer Flops

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Tahira Hanif. How much does true class and talent cost? In the football world, a lot. Or nothing. It depends. You could be paying Winston Bogarde his 160 000 Pounds a month salary. Or instead you could [...]

Exploring the Rotation Myth and Liverpool’s Real Problem

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. The great rotation debate has reared its head again in recent days as Liverpool fans come down on their manager, blaming his rotation policy on recent poor results. Fans don't have an issue with rotation per se, but [...]

Writing Competition Closed

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The first-ever Soccerlens Writing Competition is now closed. A big thanks to everyone who participated (including those who took the time out to read and comment on the entries). We received 40 entries in total (you can read them below) - many of the entries were top-notch and it's going to be difficult for the [...]

Kaka to Madrid, Ronaldinho to Milan, Iniesta on the left for Barcelona - A Perfect Future?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Bence Martha. The author is a Hungarian blogger. He translated this post from Hungarian to English and I'm publishing it intact - kudos to you if you can figure out my favourite sentence from this article. Let's [...

Where Is This Relationship Going?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Henrik Hegedus. Definitely the second most hated question a true man might be asked right behind '- Are you watching football, again?'- which by the way, my dear ladies out there, fulfills the term rookie mistake and [.

Italy-Georgia: A Bleak Azzurri Team Wins 2-0 at Home

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In soccer, there are two kind of supporters: the first type watches the sport because of love for the beautiful game, and thus doesn't care who wins or loses for as long as the matches are entertaining. And then there's the type who above all wants its favorite team to win, and if they also [...]

Gareth Barry Finally Makes England Tick

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Gareth Barry was a precocious young 19 year-old with a great left foot, when he made his England debut as a substitute against the Ukraine in May, 2000. At that time it looked like Gareth was going to be an England regular for years to come. But once Sven Eriksson took over the England manager job [...]

Droyslden FC | The Romance of Non-League Football

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Ralf Haley. Why? What the [expletive deleted] am I doing here? What the [expletive deleted] is everyone else doing here? Here, incidentally, is the Badgers Arms, home of Droyslden FC football club, the 21st best side in the [.

Shock Development: Keano’s Angry

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by John Conroy. God bless Roy Keane. He's as mad as four small spaniels, but he can always be counted on to stir up a good row. WAGs, dithering transfer-targets, lazy teammates, the Irish FA, and even blameless prawn [.

Football Fans : Flight Of The Headless Chicken

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Rajvir Narwal. From poplar media to our culture, sports fans are a much maligned breed.There seems to be an incubus hostility towards us from all quarters. All of us have encountered that certain sarcastic look (from girlfriends, [.

There Should Be No ‘I’ In European Group Qualification

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Gordon Kelly. It has long been argued in the beautiful game that there is no 'I' in team, no individual above a system, no player bigger than his club – or country. Following England's latest convincing 3-0 [...]

Manchester United: Assured Ferdinand Finally Comes Of Age

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Paul Meadows. Nemanja Vidic may have quickly established himself as a cult hero with the Stretford End, yet it is the Serb's defensive partner who deserves much of the plaudits for Manchester United's impressive start to the [.

Are Premier League Footballers Good Value for Money?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Paul Hilton. The title of this article would suggest that, like most, I subscribe to the notion that Premier League footballers get paid too much. Not so, in fact I feel that the enormous pay cheque [...]

Transfer Rumours: Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Manchester City

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Everyone loves transfers, even if the majority of them are a load of bollocks; it's hard not to get somewhat excited when the likes of Kaka, Ronaldinho or Samuel Eto'o are linked with your club. Some rumours may be more interesting than others, some may be so impossible that they bring you to tears; however [...]

Middlesbrough should play like Barcelona against Chelsea

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21 years now since Steve Gibson and his band of merry men took charge at the Riverside, and rescued Middlesbrough from a certain death, and for those 21 years since, we've been told its the 'town's club'. To some extent it is, we enjoy the triumphs together, we hate the losses together, and we complain [...]

Crunch time for Aragonés as Torres pulls out of Spain’s Euro 2008 qualifiers

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Luis Aragonés decision to leave out Real Madrid captain Raúl is looking even more impetuous after the misery of David Villa's absence was compounded by Fernando Torres' withdrawal from the squad with a slight tear in his right thigh muscle. Torres will be out for at least eight to ten days, which is bad news [...]

The Premiership Winners and Losers: The Story So Far

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Alright. Today, you won't be graced with the enlightening presence of Ahmed who, it seems, was allegedly found partying at a night club till the wee hours and is hence hungover and unable to carry out his duties for the weekend. While speculation is rife questioning his commitment to the cause, an inside source rubbishes [...]

A Goal or Not a Goal: Official Assisted Technology Systems

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Wesley Rasdorf. Editor's Note: This is a 2000-word article, but every single word of it is worth reading. Wesley has made an excellent case for introducing technology to help referees, and despite his use of the term [.

Italian Hooliganism: the State Takes the Offensive

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It may very well be an unique feature, but we might have reached a point in which the State powers are getting the upper hand on organized hooliganism in Italy. From the heights of Serie A all the way down to Italy's lower divisions, Italian hooligans have plagued the beautiful game for quite some time these [...]

England absence from Euro 2008 will be disastrous

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Ever imagine England not qualifying for 2008? Yeah, I am sure the whole nation will be mourning if England doesn't qualify. Oh wait, I am also pretty sure the bookies will not want this catastrophic scene to happen. Why [...]

It’s A Fickle Old Game

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Shaun Daley. I think Sami Hyypia summed everything up brilliantly the other week. ‘When we were winning, the rotation wasn't a problem but now we lose a game and it is.' Fickleness is to football as Manchester United [.

Abandon it like Beckham

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Dan Leo - this article was first published at World Football Commentaries. Recently, David Beckham disclosed that he may return to Europe after the MLS season is over. Some in the media, both mainstream and soccer-specific, have [.

Finger Flickin’ Fun: The Brief History of Subbuteo

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by By Kyle (AKA KyleAusGooner). It was an awesome feeling, Waking up on Christmas Day and getting your brand-new Subbuteo set, Complete with a single-tier stand and one of those little corner pieces, then sitting in your room [.

England vs Estonia, Russia vs England, Live Blogging for both Euro 2008 qualifiers

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As a blogger, I love the international break - it's a time to relax, blow off some steam and recharge your batteries for the next cycle of league game upon league game. It helps you step back and get some perspective on the league (Bolton are still in the crapper though, regardless of how [...]

England vs Estonia, 13 Oct 2007, Euro 2008 Qualifier, Live Blog

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Welcome to our live coverage of what might be the most important game in Steve McLaren's career so far: the Euro 2008 qualifier England - Estonia England clearly n control of the game now, with Gerrard and Barry as the main motors of the English squad. 28′ Free kick for England from 22 yards. Rooney who [...]

Russia vs England, 17 Oct 2007, Euro 2008 Qualifier, Live Blog

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Join Franky on Wednesday 30 minutes before kickoff as we build up to the most important game of England's Euro 2008 qualification campaign. England need a win to be safe, although a point will still do. Has Hiddink learned from his side's defensive errors from the Wembley game? Will Macca and his men have [...]

Will Kaka join Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United or Chelsea?

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There have been quite a few transfers rumours in recent times but one of the biggest ones has just cropped up; that is, the possible transfer of FIFPro World Player of the Year to an English Premier League side. Only the top four clubs could afford to try and entice the Brazilian to the Premiership, [...]

Who Should be Fifa’s 2007 World Player of The Year?

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The 2007 Fifa World Player of the Year will be picked on December 17. The 'shortlist' comprises of 50 players, althought this list can easily be termed as a European competition (none of the 50 nominations play outside Europe) and apart from 4 nominations (1 from Lyon, 3 from Bayern), all the rest are playing [...]

Are Liverpool Battling Rafa’s Conservatism or the Players’ Lack of Confidence?

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Kevin McCarra claims the former - Rafa Benitez claims the latter. In either case, to call Liverpool 'favourites' for the Premier League title would be optimistic at best. Liverpool are obviously in the title race - this early in the season it would be foolish to suggest otherwise - but the way their old problems [...]

Bolton in the doghouse | Lee shouldn’t fight with Speed

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19th in the Premier League, unhappy players, no signs of improvement and comparisons with Charlton from last season - to say that things are tough for Sammy Lee is a massive understatement. At this stage, one would have accepted it as routine if the Bolton board sacked Sammy Lee and went after someone else (is [...]

Can Money Buy You Happiness in the Premier League?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written By James Massoud Ever pondered over this question? Whether money can really buy happiness or if it is truly the root of all evil? Apply this thought to the wonderful world of football as a fan of the [...]

Guiseppe Rossi Should Choose the U.S.

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by James Riggio. The time has come when Giuseppe Rossi has to make yet another important decision. Just when the 20-year-old New Jersey native thought he was finished, he will soon have to make up his mind of [...]

Dida’s Theatrics vs Player Safety - What Should We Look At?

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A week ago, at Celtic Park, a most ridiculous thing happened during Celtic's Champions League match with Milan. Shortly after Celtic scored the winning goal, an overwhelmed Celtic fan by the name of Robert McHendry, dashed onto the pitch towards Milan goalkeeper Dida, made physical contact with him and then ran away. Dida gave chase [...]

Raúl left in limbo as stubborn Aragonés refuses to amend his mistake

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When the smarmy and ever-rictus-wearing Steve McClaren was handed the sticky reins of the England bandwagon, his first statement of intent was to drop one David Beckham from not only the team, but also from the squad altogether. Beckham's high-profile was alleged to have isolated some members of the team, and his status as an [...]

FC Sevilla: A Club Under Crisis

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7 matchdays have passed in La Liga. While Real Madrid is perched at 1st spot with 19 points, the two Seville teams (Real Betis and FC Sevilla) have 12... if you add their totals together, that is. While the fact Betis is underperforming doesn't make much of a headline anymore, seeing the team of Juande [...]

Footy 24/7 Review - Football News Portal

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Footy 24/7 is a new advertiser on Soccerlens (to advertise your website, please see this page) and a Soccerlens partner - here's an overview of their website and what they offer. Footy24/7 is a football news portal currently covering the English Premier League. The homepage shows all stories for the premiership or you can filter [...]

Alves the Magician awaits Big Move

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On a normal Sunday, the 7th of October 2007 to be precise, something extraordinary happened. No, I'm not referring to the unprecedented 8 Premier League games played on the Lord's rest day, and the subsequent airing of a confusing MOTD 2 episode which bore much greater resemblance the normal Match of the Day programme (though [...]

UEFA Cup 2007/2008: Group Stage Predictions

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So the draw for the UEFA Cup group stage has recently been confirmed, and tournament favourites Bayern Munich have landed one of the more challenging tests - however, will be fairly confident of securing the points to get them through in the top 3. The strongest group on paper is arguably C, with Villareal and [...]

Five Weeks In Prison: Stoke City’s Vincent Pericard’s Experience

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Let that be a lesson to all footballers who think can escape the clutches of justice: playing the beautiful game is sometimes not enough to mellow the heart of a judge. Vincent Pericard, French-Camerounian striker in force at League Championship club Stoke City, was just recently released from the Exeter penitentiary on a suspended sentence, after [.

Are Chelsea preparing for the arrival of Frank Rijkaard?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Franky. When Roman Abrahamovich months ago already, in May decided that Jose Mourinho had to leave Chelsea F.C, after having missed out on the UCL finale once more, there were only little options. Options as in [...

Uefa Cup Watch: Tottenham and Everton to shine, Bolton to crash

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After a week of anticipation for all the three people that care, the draw for the UEFA Cup took place today. The English Premier League teams involved were Tottenham Hotspur, Bolton Wanderers and Everton; all of them drawn into groups of varying degrees of difficulty. This year's UEFA Cup promises to be more entertaining than [...]

Should Valencia CF give Flores the boot?

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In today's cut-throat world, a lack of instant success in terms of trophies is forever being punished with the quick-fire sacking of managers. Several clubs across Europe, such as Newcastle, Atlético Madrid and (these days) Heart of Mithlodian, are infamous for the ruthlessness (or stupidity, as you may choose to see it) of their chairmen, [...]

“Saving” American Soccer vs. Selling Brand Beckham: Yes, There Is a Conflict

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Laurie. Question: What do soft-core photos, star-studded parties and a (probably) non-existent diamond-encrusted vibrator have to do with "saving" American soccer? Answer: All are part of the complicated package that is Brand Beckham.

Giuseppe Rossi Profile: La Liga ‘Loca’ over ex-Manchester United striker

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They called him "Joe Red" during his time at Manchester United. Villareal still have to come up with a nickname for the young Italian, but Giuseppe Rossi just can't stop scoring in La Liga: the ex-Red Devil striker produced yet another tally this week-end. And what a goal that was. The Yellow Submarines were travelling to [...]

Are Wigan, Fulham and Bolton relegation contenders?

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Every season, the race for the title generally doesn't throw up too many surprises- in the past, it used to be Manchester United or Arsenal that were capable of winning it; now Chelsea have added themselves to the mix. The similar battle at the bottom of the table can always throw up a few surprises [...]

Week in Review: Manchester United beat Roma, thrash Wigan, lose the midfielders, get the Brazilians and so on

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After a long, long gap I am back on Soccerlens to do a small round-up of all things Manchester United. I hope I'll be able to do this on a weekly basis. Let's see how far I can go. So here goes... It's been a very good week for Manchester United fans. In fact, if you see [...]

Time for change at Middlesbrough

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For the past two weeks, I've been fervently trying to avoid anything to do with Middlesbrough, simply to avoid having to face the fact that its going to be a long hard season. With our strike force looking worryingly thin, our (depleted) defence leaking goals everywhere, Schwarzer seeming more concerned with getting his buspass than [...]

Football Manager 2008 - Thoughts on the Demo

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Cup Confidence and why I'm not convinced Written by Dennis. Today I downloaded the Football Manager 2008 demo. As you might expect, I took control of the club I support, Arsenal, and tried to get to know some of the newly introduced features in the game. All's good until I discover I'm expected to reach the semi-finals [...]

The MLS will…one day…get the RESPECT it desires…Seriously!

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. You might call me crazy. You might call me insane. However I feel that the MLS will one day be viewed upon as a top league in the world. Here's how the MLS will one [...]

Bundesliga Weekend Review: Bayern’s domination continues as Stuttgart and Schalke lose at home

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If you bet on all the home bankers last weekend in the Bundesliga, there's a good chance your pockets are now empty. Some real surprise results in Germany on the Saturday, again working in favour of a now buoyant Bayern Munich side. The Bavarian giants continue to be the imperious pace-setters, while the nearest contenders [...]

UEFA Cup: Does Anyone Really Care?

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The Champions League has long reverted from being a competition for the ‘Champions'. From the top leagues across Europe, we are now used to seeing as many as four teams representing one nation. The format has undoubtedly been successful. The Champions League is not only where the money is, but each evening of football provides [...]

Euro 2008 Qualifiers - The Final Stretch

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The next round of European Championship Qualifiers is soon upon us, with some of the groups playing their final fixtures. Currently some the biggest names in international football are in the precarious position of failing to secure a spot in next summer's ‘extravaganza' in Austria and Switzerland. Lets look at how the events could pan [...]

Writing Competition - Updates

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We're one week into the first-ever Soccerlens Writing Contest and in my view it's going extremely well (considering that I was afraid that we'd get 0 submissions, it's going great!). Much thanks to Deb for posting it on FWJ - I've also put up a mention on Performancing so we should see more entries [...]

A Taste of the Rossoneri Fury: AC Milan Atomizes Lazio!

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One, two, three, four, five. Five is the magic number Milan needed to rise from its ashes. Five like the five senses. Five like the number of petals in a rose. Five like Emerson's shirt number, and before him Billy Costacurta. Five like the number of hours it took Massimo Oddo to prepare his new [...]

La Liga week 7: Barçelona keep up the pressure on Real Madrid

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Barcelona moved into second place after a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid to keep up the pressure on leaders Real Madrid. Barça were led by another superb performance from man-of-the-moment Leo Messi who overshadowed Atletico's Kun Agüero completely. It must be worth the price of a satellite dish just to see Messi play. He has [...]

Sexism in Football

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Julia. Oh please, it's no longer a guys' world. Yes indeed, you've probably heard it all. The feminists who stand out time and time again to demand for equal rights since forever have said everything there is to [...

It was only Wigan, but Manchester United were smoking hot

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Could you feel it? To those of you who watched Manchester United - injury-struck, frustrated, goal-less, second-place Manchester United - on TV deliver an Old-Trafford style spanking to the boys from JJB, could you feel it? There was something special about Old Trafford yesterday, something special about the team itself (I felt it thousands of miles [.

Inter Milan ‘Cruzing’ in the Serie A

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Win, win, win... and win again. Inter's march in Serie A seems to be stuck in high gear, as the Nerazzurri obtained yet another 3 points in their quest for a Scudetto renewal. To pay the price this time were Edy Reja's Napoli, who despite coming back late into the 2nd half with a Roberto [...]

Selección Española – can Spain’s elite compete with their international peers?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. With Fernando Hierro having just been appointed director of the Spanish Football Federation, with a view to rejuvenating a set-up which is seen as hackneyed and stuffy, I thought it high time we took an in-depth look at [...]

Aguero to score and Barçelona to stumble against Atlético

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The most appetising of this week's La Liga fixtures sees Aguirre's 5th-placed Atlético Madrid side travel to Catalunya to face in-form Barcelona. Both clubs had disappointing starts to the season and have recovered to play some scintillating football of late, and both have made excellent progress in their respective European exploits. Form In the last three [.

Bloggers Choice Awards & Soccerlens - an update

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As you may have noticed, I haven't asked you guys to vote for Soccerlens in the Bloggers Choice Awards. There's a good reason for this, and I'll explain that below. Before I kick off though, I want to thank everyone who voted for the blog, especially those two individuals who hustled their friends and [...]

Chelsea’s Drogba the next Galactico for Real Madrid?

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Chelsea have started off this season far different to those of recent years- last year's FA Cup winners have not just failed to get the necessary results on the pitch, but have suffered quite a bit of drama off it. Chelsea has stuttered at the start of this Premiership campaign, amassing just eight points from [...]

Injury-Hit Manchester United Blow Wigan Away

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If any doubts had remained about whether Manchester United is capable of challenging for the Premier League, those doubts were completely vanquished today. Sure, Manchester United were poor at times in the first half; that will be quickly forgotten as due to some of the sublime stuff they put in during the second half. As [...]

The Romanian Revival: Back from the Wilderness

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. According to the ‘official statistics' (Ed: last checked on 6 Oct 07), Romania is currently the 12th best side in the world. FIFA it seems are not deterred by the mere fact the national side has failed to [...]

Brazilian Players: Great Champions or Great Actors?

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From Alemao's coin throwing incident to Rivaldo's acting in the World Cup, up to Dida's Oscar winning performance of Wednesday in Glasgow: these are three stories of three Brazilians, all worthy of a role in a Latin Telenovela (Spanish soap opera). I picked up this piece from Gazzetta dello Sport, but I thought I'd share [...]

Why Football is the Greatest Sport on the Planet

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Søren Jakobsen. When I started watching football many many years ago, I got hooked on the fan-culture surrounding these games. I remember I screamed out to one of my classmates who was supporting the other team:" You [.

England; Hopeful or Delusional?

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In the past, especially under the Sven-era, England were often accused of picking the big name players. No matter if they were in form or not, the likes of Beckham, Lampard and Gary Neville used to stay in the squad. Whether they were simply the manger's favourites or they were too big both on and [...]

Oh No! The Big Bad Foreigner Is Coming to Ruin English Football!

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. I am so sick and tired of England's failures on the international stage being blamed on foreigners. Now FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants to challenge the EU laws that prohibit quotas on foreign players. He says: "'This is [..

How a Moustache Might Save Football

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Adam Mourad When David Seaman hung up his boots on February 13 2004, the world of association football lost more than a once reliable keeper gingerly limping past his prime. While Gunner fans were left with the [...]

A Naan and a Leg

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Gerry McDonnell The older I get, the grumpier I become. Old people, children and John Motson have all played a significant role in my metamorphosis, but the wife's driving is almost certainly the overriding factor. I'm not [.

Is the Champions League REALLY the best football competition in the world?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Looking back at the recent winners of the Champions League the obvious conclusion is that it can only be won with luck, which although that adds to the unpredictability it can also lead to less excitement. Porto had [...]

The Times’ Top 50 Football Kits of All Time

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From the pink jersey donned by Sicilian hardmen to the strip that hid blood on George Best's ankles, The Times has made a selection of the Top 50 Football Kits in history. As usual, this ranking (just like any other type of ranking involving football) has to be taken with a grain of salt: some fans [...]

Champions League Chances: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool

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On Tuesday night both English teams enjoyed positive results last night in the Champions League; Arsenal sneaked a gritty 1-0 win in Romania against Steaua Bucharest while Manchester United beat a Roma side packed with quality by the same score. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney scored the goals- they will be doing that a [...]

Are Liverpool missing Pako?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Ali Jechi. Liverpool might have all eyes on the Premier League this season, but does that mean they should playing in the champions league in the manner they have been lately? I really don't think it's a [...]

Will Soccer Ever Catch On in America?

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With the signing of such internationally known stars as Beckham, Reyna and Blanco, many have asked me if I think soccer will every "Catch On" in America. Yes, but it will never be as big as American Football, Baseball or Basketball. Being an American I know that we love the sports that we either invented or made [...]

So…Will They Book Dida for Cheating?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Joe Groff Who's more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him? Thursday's headlines proclaimed that Celtic's victory at Parkhead was marred by an incident of a fan that broke onto the pitch and ‘struck' [...]

3 Possible Reasons Behind Manchester United’s Poor Form

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Andrei Dobrogeanu Last season Manchester United furiously rose to the top of the Premier League table within the first few weeks. They did it then by scoring a flurry of goals, playing beautiful football and getting points [.

A Short History of the Manchester United Kit

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To first review the history of the Man U kits, one must look back. All the way back to 1892 where the Red Devils were known as Newton Heath. The first kit ever to be worn by the classic English squad was a yellow and green, but at the turn of the century [...]

Despite the boos, Gilardino is AC Milan’s Future

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Despite what the media wants you to believe. I don't consider, not even for one second, that Gilardino is a bad striker, because statistics suggest otherwise. Gilardino might be a flop in Europe, this much I'll admit, but his strike rate in Serie A is still pretty impressive. According to statistics from Soccernet, Gilardino put away [...]

Lazio almost beat Real Madrid as Milan fail against Celtic

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We're deep into the depression era at AC Milan: three consecutive draws in Serie A... then the first defeat at the hands of Palermo... and then another draw vs. Catania this week-end... the only competition which remained without blemishes for the Rossoneri was the Champions League. After tonight's defeat vs. Celtic, another milestone has been [...]

Are AC Milan Finally Too Old?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Kenny Yeo. As a Milanista, I'm appalled by Milan's performances in the league this season. After a bright start against new boys Genoa, they have struggled to win games and have recently drawn against Catania, a club [.

Where Are My Cheerleaders?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Shane Coghlan At the best of times football is a beautiful sport. Watching the Argentineans leave their opposing team standing motionless like Wayne Rooney when asked a basic math question or watching the Aussies bash their way [.

Respect for Referees

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Would you like to see referees get more decisions right? Would you like to see players give referees more respect? If your answer is yes to one or both of the above questions, then I've got news for you - it's not only possible, it's quite simple in terms of creating and enforcing specific regulations and [...]

The Reason Behind England’s ‘Failures’ Since 1966

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Tomas Hemmer-Hansen. England won the World Cup in 1966, but since then, they have not even come close to winning again, neither the World Cup nor the European Championship. It seems that the development of English players [.

Why the Tottenham board must replace Martin Jol

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Being an Arsenal fan, there is no better time to stick the boot in Spurs as now. During the summer, Tottenham Hotspur spent around £40 million while Arsenal actually made a profit on transfer dealings after selling mercurial captain Thierry Henry. Many tipped Tottenham to finally break into the top four while Arsenal faded into [...]

US Mens National Team Squad, World Cup 2010

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Here we preview who will make the World Cup squad in 2010 for the United States. Opinions, recent performances, and tactical decisions are all factored into the decision. Updates will be posted regularly, as the season goes on. SURE THINGS Landon Donovan - M/F - Los Angeles Galaxy (USA) No way Bob Bradley leaves the U.S.'s most explosive [...]

Manchester United vs Roma - the Italian Perspective

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April 10, 2007. A date which which many Red Devils fans remember fondly, but one that to this day lives in infamy amongst Roma supporters. On that night, after beating United 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in the first leg, Roma confidently travelled to Old Trafford with the conviction that qualification to the CL semi-finals [...]

Candid Cameras, Credit Cards and Codes of Conduct

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Codes of conduct are becoming all the rage in La Liga, where the immense wages paid to players (hence the bit on "credit cards" in the title, get it? ok I just wanted an excuse to extend the alliteration) have been used as an excuse to delve into the private lives of players, some of [...]

Why 4-4 isn’t good enough for Jol or Tottenham

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I sit here in my university room having left the student bar at half time. It was Tottenham Hotspur 1 Aston Villa 3 when I went; I was convinced we weren't going to come back. I have been constantly updating the score on the net, still with a flutter of hope in my heart. And [...]

Can Riquleme fire Manchester City into the Champions League?

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The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Argentina international and current Villareal benchwarmer Juan Román Riquelme is Sven-Goran Eriksson's main target for the January transfer window. Riquelme hasn't been a part of Villareal's excellent start in La Liga, lead by former Manchester United and Parma striker Giuseppe Rossi. The Daily Mail reported it would cost [.

Why Do Americans Call It Soccer?

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens Football Writing Competition; to participate, please read the details here. Written by Steve Amoia. Contrary to what the media and others want you to believe, the word "soccer" is not an American creation. Or, "They (rest of the world) call it football, and we (North Americans) call it soccer." [...]

Jose Mourinho page (updated)

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Back in May we put up a Jose Mourinho page on Soccerlens, full of the (former) Chelsea manager's greatest quotes. After the Special One's departure, it only seems right to update what is the most complete list of Jose Mourinho quotes online. Here you go guys: The Jose Mourinho Page. Give it up for the Special One, [...]

Football Writing Competition

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Soccerlens is hosting a football writing competition - if you think you're better than the journalist / blogger hacks you force yourself to read everyday (in some cases that's not too difficult) and if you're interested in making a career out of writing about football, this is your best shot. For the next two weeks [...]

La Liga Week 6: Ramos keeps Real Madrid ahead of Barcelona

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Despite another below par performance Real Madrid took another three points from their visit to Getafe. A goal from Sergio Ramos after 65 minutes gave them a narrow 0-1 victory which keeps them on top of La Liga for another week. Madrid coach Bernd Schuster continued with his policy of rotations. Today he left Guti on [...]

Football’s “Moneyball”: The Sport’s Next Revolution

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In 2003, Michael Lewis' book Moneyball changed the way the general public looked at baseball statistics, and also helped hasten a revolution that was already beginning in player evaluation. By following around the innovative General Manager of the Oakland A's, Billy Beane, and shedding light on how his teams consistently competed with teams like the [.

Jan-Klaas Huntelaar - Who Will Sign Him Next Summer?

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The past several days have been absolutely hectic in football, with Manchester United and Chelsea making most of the headlines. Mourinho's departure was almost as shocking as Mike Dean's performance and nearly as expected as Manchester United's loss to Coventry while Avram Grant has shown that he is not really a football manager. But, just [...]