Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele as he would later be known around the world) was often rated as
the best player in the world. Only he and fellow legend Diego Armando Maradona, have received the
honours by FIFA with the awards of officially being dubbed the greatest players in the history of
It has gone all horribly, horribly wrong. What was supposed to be a new and better era has turned
out to be a farce and worse than its predecessor; what was expected to be the turnaround of fortune
has translated into a deepening wound; what ought to have been the start of an Empire has [...]
While things are a little muddled in Groups A-D, the outlook in the other four groups in the UEFA
Champions League is a little more defined, for the most part. Group E Barcelona were in pole
position to qualify, and with their 2-2 draw away to Lyon, not only seal a place in the round [...]
Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Lionel Messi are all up for the FIFA World Player of the year. The
three players have been shortlisted for the award which is announced at FIFA's world player gala in
Zurich on December 17. It's the first time any of the three have been up for the honour. Kaka, who
So tomorrow is the 1st December meaning the January transfer window is exactly one month away from
being opened to allow in the fresh deals for players during the mid-season re-boosting Newcastle
United want to bolster their fragile defence in the New Year by bringing in Bruno Alves from Porto.
The Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was [.
Soccerlens is very pleased to welcome Mr. Ruben Olthuis, who is the creator of one of the largest
football player databases in the world, Bestplayersdirectory.com, along with a site dedicated to
Brazilian football. The player database, as of today, contains 899 players from 75 different
countries. It has links to 1230 web sites, blogs, official [.
Sigmund Freud was nothing but a hairy quack. My cantankerous nature is not the result of a
repressed Oedipus complex; I only feel hostility towards my father because he's really annoying.
Before senility kicked in, the old fellow would try in vain to act cool around my friends. I
genuinely sympathise with anyone who has had [.
Matchday 5 in the Champions League group stage saw a number of clubs give their qualification hopes
a serious boost, while for some, things were thrown into serious doubt. So, brace yourself and pay
attention, because even though winning is the simplest cure for all, there are multiple potential
scenarios in each group.
It's all going Pete Tong behind the scenes at Anfield at the moment. Rafael Benitez has openly
criticed his superiors in a blatant display of insubordination, with issues revolving around how
much investment will be made into squad development: the Liverpool boss has clearly expressed his
unhappiness about the perceived lack of a transfer activity [.
With all of the recent sackings and hirings in the Premier League, it's fun, especially for the
oddsmakers, to predict who'll be on their way out and on their way up next. There have already been
a half-dozen managerial changes (four sackings, two 'resignations') in the first three months of
the season, the highest-profile one being [.
After Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League, out of the 4 Italian Serie A teams in contention in
Europe's top-flight competition, only Inter Milan, AS Roma, and AC Milan have managed to qualify
for the playoffs round. While Inter and Roma went on to produce convincing wins on Tuesday, AC
Milan had a [.
With just over a month to go until the January sales transfer speculation mounts every day. It
seems like it's going to be a busy month in the New Year. In demand at the moment Nicolas Anelka
has been linked with a move again to another Premiership club, this time Newcastle. With
injury-prone England striker Michael [.
In football, nothing is more valuable than the wonderkid. Managers spent much of their time
scouring the ends of the world for these rare gems. And that's not the end of it, like a rare gem,
the wonderkid needs to be polished and nurtured before it is ready for the world stage. In a sense
Football clubs are gearing up for more action in the transfer market as the season draws nearer to
the opening of the January window. Chelsea are thinking about offering Paulo Ferreira plus money
for Valencia player Miguel. Both players play for Portugal and Ferreira has hardly featured for
Chelsea this season.
They're a fickle sort, the Football Association. 18 games into a four-year contract, Steve McLaren
was dismissed following his failure to qualify for Euro 2008. While fickle, I have to say I totally
agree with the FA's decision. This time. The fact is that McLaren never should have been appointed
in the first place.
An agreement in principle has been made between Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic
of Ireland to take part in three series of "Celtic Cup" tournaments. While an agreement was signed
on Monday to stage the tournament in a league format, England have not ruled themselves completely
The odds have been set for next summer's Euro 2008. The favourites out of the 16 nations to win the
tournament are Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland and France. Co-hosts Austria and Switzerland have
been seeded first along with defending champions Greece as the race for the final in Vienna on June
In the aftermath of yet another failed qualifying campaign, Scotland can at least take great heart
in their gutsy and impressive performances over the past 14 months. Those performances have seen an
unprecedented rise through the FIFA Rankings to the all-time high of 13th place. Putting that into
perspective, Scotland are now ranked higher than [.
In the Champions League games over the next two days, several talented players are going to be
monitored. Manchester United will be keeping a close eye on Joao Moutinho, who has said this
morning that he is â€˜determined to put on a show' when Sporting Lisbon face the Premier League
champions at Old Trafford tonight.
Such a shame for Italy! The Azzurri Futsal team did all they could against current World and
European Champions Spain, but in the end the Furia Roja proved to be too strong in the Euro 2007
Futsal UEFA Championship final game.Â For those of you who are wondering, FUTSAL is an indoor
version of [...
There have been at least 8 people killed this week-end, towards the end of a league match after
part of a Brazilian stadium collapsed. The accident, which took placeÂ at the Fonte Nova stadium in
Salvador, occurred after some of the concrete stand fell away with 10 minutes remaining in the game
between Bahia and Vila [.
TheÂ South Africa 2010 Preliminary Draw has paired England with their recent conquerers Croatia in
the qualifying round. Responding to the draw, The Sun quoted: Michael Owen has kick-started
preparations for 2010 World Cup qualification in earnest by insisting none of the Croatian team
would get into the England side.
Well, if you had any hopes of making trips to see England's World Cup 2010 qualifying away ties,
you might want to reconsider. Along with England and their newest rival, Croatia, there will forays
to Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Andorra. So, let's hope there aren't any players who are
afraid of flying, or Eastern Europeans [.
Before Tottenham Hotspur star Dimitar Berbatov began to sing Juande Ramos' praises, the speculation
surrounding whether he would stay or go swirled with rumor, one of which was that Manchester United
were top of Berbatov's January transfer window wish list. It's no contest that this season
Manchester United is performing much stronger than Tottenham, and [.
The main headlines of English football remains to revolve around the thought of who the future
national team coach will be. The return to club football this weekend however put forgotten smiles
on some faces. The transfer window is creeping closer and the following clubs have all been in the
news. Manchester United's Sir Alex [.
Despite dropping points in a 1-1 draw at Murcia, Real Madrid stay top of La Liga for another week
as Villarreal failed to win at home to Almeria. Barcelona move to within two points of the leaders
afterÂ beating Recreativo at Camp Nou. Summaries from all 10 week-end matches after the jump.
Madrid took the lead after just [.
The sacking of McLaren on Thursday came as no surprise. To be honest, even if England had
qualified, McLaren would have been unemployed next summer. Another thing that was not surprising
was Mourinho's emergence as most fans' favourite to take the England job. With an amazing record at
Chelsea and Porto in the past several [.
While the qualification race for the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup has already started (in the
region of South America), the build-up to the biggest football show on Earth is about to step up a
gear, with the staging of the UEFA (Europe), CONCACAF (North-America), CAF (Africa), and AFC
(Asia)Â regions Preliminary Draw in [.
According to Wikipedia, Steve Gibson, the chairman of Middlesbrough Football Club (or the 'King of
Teesside' if you prefer), has never rowed with any of his managers. And to me, that is totally
believable. Another piece of trivia is that Steve Gibson is quite possibly the longest serving
Chairman that has never brought himself to sack [.
The names tied to Steve McLaren's succession as England manager are flocking, both in the British
press as well as abroad. The job divides opinion: some consider it one of the top international
posts, while others see it as a poisoned chalice, but either way the English FA should be making a
decision within [.
Last season when Fabio Capello landed in Madrid as the messiah for Los Merengues, I was quite
excited - Beckham's team would have a top-notch manager after a long time (with all due respect to
Quieroz, he isn't top notch) and finally we'll see Real Madrid winning again. For the first few
months the dream [.
England's failure in the 2006 World Cup, unsurprisingly on penalties, brought about that familiar
disappointment and the usual inquests from the media and fans alike. The melancholic failures since
1966 were all the more painful considering the consensus that the country possessed a pool of
talent with the best chance to win the Jules Rimet [.
It is ominous times for Liverpool after yesterday's press conference in which Rafael Benitez hinted
at dissatisfaction with the owners of LFC, Tom Hicks and George Gillet. The main issues revolves
around how much investment will be made into squad development, that is to say the playing staff
and player recruitment.
Hey guys. We have spaces open on two of our blogs - the Newscastle United blog and the Liverpool
blog, Anfield Red. Here's how it works: If you support Newcastle United or Liverpool, and if you're
interested in writing a couple of articles a week or more about your club, then please get in
touch: Anfield Red (Liverpool): [.
The news that Steve McClaren lost his job has filtered through the media this morning, following
last night's abject 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley. It was a defeat that summed up all of the
elements of his reign, as a shell-shocked England found themselves 2-0 down within 14 minutes in
the crucial Euro 2008 [.
It's all over. After 18 matches, 1620 minutes of football and 457 days of management, Steve
McClaren has been hounded out of his cushty job as England manager, and he's taking a fancy
paycheck with him. Did he need more guidance? Maybe. A leaflet or something with some basic
pointers should have covered it.
Yesterday, UEFA revealed the draw seedings for Euro 2008's final tournament. The 16 qualified teams
have been separated into 4 different pots, which will be utilized to determine the 4 groups of the
tournament by drawing one team from each pot. With the two co-host nations (Austria/Switzerland)
already occupying positionsÂ A1 andÂ B1 in the draw, Pot [.
I've never really seen the point in children. I can appreciate their usefulness when they're big
enough to nip down to the off-license, but I'm not sure if that justifies the Â£10 a year it costs
to clothe them. My little Goliath has been playing up recently. The wife has the cheek to say he
Italy and England are similar in that after the last World Cup, both their coaches resigned - Lippi
and Eriksson. They are also similar in that many people doubted the abilities of their new managers
- Donadoni and McClaren. Now, Donadoni and McClaren share many similarities as well. They were both
professional footballers when they [.
The football headlines may be swamped today with the confirmed countries that have qualified for
Euro 2008 and England's shocking failure but there's still news revolving around football clubs and
their players in the transfer market. Real Madrid attacking midfielder Guti has told Spanish radio
that he is keen to extend his current deal at [.
[Editor's note: for aÂ minute-by-minute live blog report of the England-Croatia game, see thisÂ
post]Â One word: Nightmare. On the night of the most important games for England in recent years
they bottled it. A gutless and nervy performance from every player. They gave it away all
throughout the game and constantly played long balls up-field to Crouch [.
"Wake up. You didn't lose the game because of the tactics. We're simply a better team. I admire
your team and your players but my team is a much better team." That is what the Croat manager had
to say after the game at Wembley. Not only has he used the word 'team' four times in [...]
With the recent departure of Steve Bruce as manager of Birmingham they've been scouring the
football world for an avid replacement. Bruce has taken over at Wigan after the sacking of Chris
Hutchings. His job was already on the line due to the expected takeover bid of businessman Carson
Yeung in January.
The following article, written by David Rini, discusses a new marketing initiative the MLS tried
during the playoffs and how MLS marketing can or can't affect the identities of the teams in the
league. If you were to go to any home game of Boston's Major League Soccer team, the New England
Revolution, at Gillette Stadium [.
A new day means new transfer news and rumours. Several clubs have been linked with several players
today, as detailed below. Firstly, Celtic are in the hunt for a possible replacement for their star
Japanese set piece expert Shunsuke Nakamura. He had been offered an extension to his current
contract but reports say he's looking [.
It's impossible that the head of world football can say so many stupid things about the state of
football and what we can do to improve different aspects of the beautiful game. There are some
weird and wonderful rules implemented to football in the 9 years that Joseph Blatter has been FIFA
President. For example as [...]
I had initially anticipated that my next 3 articles, which are in the pipeline, would concern
something completely different to the slightly dubious nature that this one takes on. However, by
complete co-incidence an issue has come to my attention that I felt must be written about, if only
to gauge the thoughts of the [...]
One of the wildest rumours circling football at the moment is Ronaldinho heading to Chelsea come
January. The Brazilian has not been enjoying his best of seasons this year and claims suggest that
Roman Abramovich is ready to dig deep into that bulging wallet of his to entice him to London.
There were reports last summer [...]
Another 6 countries secured their places at Euro 2008 on Saturday night, with Leo Beenhakker's
Poland possibly celebrating the loudest after their 2-0 defeat of Belgium qualified for the first
time to a Euro championship. World champions Italy, Netherlands and Spain all progressed with
victories while Croatia, beaten by Macedonia, advanced thanks to Russia's [.
The rumour mill continues to work overtime in the latest transfer news. It seems like January is
going to be a busy month for most clubs. Middlesbrough will be concentrating on reinforcing their
strike force in the New Year and the latest suggests that Middlesbrough's main target is Saudi
Arabian Yasser Al-Qahtani, nicknamed â€˜The Sniper'. The [...
So with Israel being the toast of England presently, not to mention the Macedonians doing us a
favour as well, attention has now turned to the all important decider against Croatia on Wednesday
night. England stand just 90 minutes and 1 crucial point away from remarkably qualifying for Euro
2008 when just last month English [...]
I do not deny that I'm a great fan of the Brazilian. For me, he epitomizes what the modern day
striker should be, technically competent, big, fast and strong. Adriano's aerial power, coupled
with his strength,Â paceÂ andÂ dribblingÂ skills make him a terrifyingly complete striker and if
given the opportunity and good luck, there is every chance that [.
SquadGod.com a.k.a one of Soccerlens's advertising partners and also the ultimate fantasy football
site, today added a monthly game option to its existing gameplay formats. SquadGod advertises
itself as the only fully customisable fantasy football game available, and now lets players and
fantasy managers set-up games running in a monthly format, allowing players to [.
The transfer window is slowly being prised open again to allow the eager clubs in to re-boost their
squads and throw the money around. Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Croatian international
Luca Modric. Team boss Avram Grant was present during the Croatian defeat to Macedonia at the
weekend and it's been said that [...]
It's gotten to that time of year now where English football fixtures are beginning to fill in the
calendar with two games a week and will continue over the festive season where other European
countries are having a break from the game to re-energise. The re-occurring question has therefore
crept back into divided opinions among [...]
A quick note to let all you Arsenal fans know that the Guardian interviewed Alisher Usmanov and
have now printed the email interview transcript in full here. It's a terrible interview, not
because of Usmanov's answers but because of the Guardian's obsession with finding out about whether
the Arsenal shareholder was guilty and especially if [...]
Image courtesy of Pure Sports Medicine. The recent debate on player burnout and the need (or lack
thereof) for a winter break sparked a flurry of interested in the workload of Premier League
players. Two domestic competitions, congested spell of fixtures over Christmas and international
football to boot. Does playing consistently at this level put players [.
Note: In the wake of the current WGA strike wreaking havoc on American television, I have included
excerpts from a script I am proposing to any major studio executive who happens to be read.ing this
with airtime slots to fill. I plan to adapt and rearrange selected scenes and dialogue from The
Godfather Trilogy into [...]
"Come on" Italia, Euro 2008 is served!!!! After a match of incredible suffering the Azzurri managed
to beat a valiant Scottish team at Hampden Park, and earned a well-deserved qualification to the
European championships. After a first half of masterful display (rewarded by the very early goal of
Luca Toni), the Italians had their [...]
This debate has been raging over the blogosphere, and I thought I'd put my 2 cents in. As England
fall flat in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, typically, they need a scapegoat. No, England isn't on the
verge of not qualifying because they're a bunch of lazy, greedy wannabe tabloid-fodder. No, no, no,
they aren't qualifying [...]
After Frank Yallop's departure as the manager of LA Galaxy, so he could return to coach the San
Jose Earthquakes for the second time, his replacement has been world player of the year for 1987
and â€˜89 â€“ Ruud Gullit. As well as the Galaxy's poor form last season it's been said that
another contribution [...]
Inscribed at the entrance to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, to which the ancient Greeks would
pilgrimage in order to have their future foretold by the Oracle, were the words "Gnothi seauton".
"Know Thyself". Sage words to remember when facing one's future, and specifically when faced with a
decision that will chart one's future [...]
The circle is getting smaller and smaller: Saturday and Wednesday will be decisive days to know the
final components of the Euro 2008 table, the 14 teams which will join hosts Austria and Switzerland
in Europe's highest football competition next year. 10 national teams are within mathematical reach
of obtaining their ticket as of [...]
On Thursday we read that women footballers were paid Â£40 per day for the five weeks they spent in
China representing their country and reaching the quarter finals of the 2007 Women's World Cup.
That's Â£1400 for 5 weeks, Â£280 per week or to roughly convert that into dollars, around $3k /
month. To give you [...]
Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams has called for sin-bins to be introduced in football. But
could this actually work? His call came after Blackburn midfielder David Dunn was sent off for a
second bookable offence in their Premiership game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on
Sunday. Replays later showed that the initial booking was extremely [.
Steve McClaren's optimism, and the support Stevie G, Michael Owen, Bobby Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton
and the FA have shown to the England manager is commendable. By all means, we should give the
manager a chance, nor should we shouldn't judge a manager too harshly. The relationship between the
manager and the players is great, [...]
The wife is easily influenced by the mainstream media. Ever since the BBC first aired â€˜Heroes',
she believes she has supernatural abilities. I've tried to explain that â€˜sensing' I'm not in a
romantic mood does not equate to a â€˜power'; she's merely deduced that I haven't been drinking
heavily. I, however, have a genuine [...]
Ebbsfleet, playing 4 leagues below the Premier League in the Blue Square League, have agreed to be
taken over by MyFootballClub. Â£700,000 is a lot of money and kudos to MFC and its owners for
negotiating this deal and turning fantasy football into reality. From Wikipedia: On November 13,
2007, it was announced that the website MyFootballClub [...]
Fabio Aurelio, Alvaro Arbeloa, Steve Finnan and John Arne Riise. Four contrasting full backs who
offer something a little bit different to the Liverpool team. Having watched the Liverpool v
Besiktas massacre, it was noted by the commentator that some of Liverpool's most impressive wins
have come when Aurelio and Arbeloa have played [...]
According to The Times, Becks is set to return to England. No, we're not talking about a
sensational career turn-around for the ex-England captain, but rather an arrangement of
opportunity: Beckham will be given the chance to keep his fitness level up during the Major League
Soccer Winter break, and all reports seem to suggest [...]
In the past, playoffs were used to help determine the final qualifiers for the European
Championships. This time, however, qualification for Euro 2008 will be determined solely on group
results, as the top two from each of the seven groups automatically qualify for the tournament, and
the other two slots go to the joint hosts, Austria [...]
The final spots in the FIFA Club World Cup were decided in the last few days, as the African and
Asian Champions League competitions wrapped up. On Friday, Etoile Sahel became only the third
Tunisian side to win the Africa's premier club competition, as they scored a 3-1 upset of two-time
defending champion and highly-favored Al-Ahly [...]
Update: Images supporting the 'sex study' at the end of the article. That's right ladies (for those
to those of you that read Soccerlens, may it be because you are a football fan, or if you just
think Becks is a stud muffin pancake), so come and get it! Okay, most kidding aside, this headline
will no [...]
The genius of his lunacy is sublime. Not even the most advanced sports psychologists have
recognised this, so I want you all to remember that I did. Its really quite clear - Steve McClaren
wants the boot. Lets go right from the start, all the way back to his Middlesbrough days. He wasn't
praised as much [...]
According to the Spanish newspaper As, the Madrid giants are in close talks with signing top sports
psychologist Kerry Spackman, the "man that turned Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton from a beginner
to a veteran". As' actual printed headline was literally "Mental therapy" (to avoid crossing that
very thin line between actual news and sensationalism, right?
For as long as the wind is blowing, we might as well be surfing the wave... After FourFourTwo's Top
100 footballers list, the â€˜Association of Football Statisticians' Top 100 Greatest Ever
Footballers, and recently once again FourFourTwo's 2007 EPL â€˜Rich List', The Sun is jumping onto
the Top 100 bandwagon and starting a Top 10 ranking [...]
Either Wayne Rooney stepped on the crack of a sidewalk and crossed paths with a black cat at the
same time he was trying to pick up a penny on its tails side, or he hasn't been drinking his milk.
Whatever the case may be, for the second time in three months, and for the fourth [...]
The Topper Harley-like power dive of the Bavarians ended three meters below the surface of the
Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, due to the critical loss of the right wing. Gomez was all happy to take
good advantage of it and still wearing his Halloween hangman costume showed no hesitation to carry
out the sentence. However, he may never [...]
Soccerlens is very pleased to welcome Mr. Steven Goff who is one of the most respected and
prominent football (soccer) writers in North America. While still an undergraduate at American
University in Washington, Mr. Goff began his journalistic career with the Washington Post. In 1987,
he began to cover college soccer. Many years ago, I [...]
Real Madrid remain top of La Liga for another week after beating Mallorca 4-3 in a thrilling game
at the Bernabeu. Villarreal continue with their splendid season moving into second place after
coming from behind to beat Sevilla 3-2. Barcelona drop to third place after a poor performance at
Michael Laudrup's Getafe who continued their [...]
Rome burns. This comes after news that a Lazio fan was killed. Details of the incident are still
hazy but according to reports, this happened when police officers intervened a roadside argument
that got ugly. There were two cars involved in the incident, one carrying Juventus fans and the
other Lazio. In an attempt to disperse [...]
England v Croatia will be blogged live on Soccerlens - join us 15 minutes before kickoff. The pitch
at Wembley is crap, or so says Bilic. Wembley's need to make money (thus the NFL game 3 weeks ago)
has had a direct hand in creating this minor problem. Who will suffer more because of the [...]
Man Utd continued their fine form with a comprehensive 2 -0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Old
Trafford on Sunday. Christiano Ronaldo scored both goals within a period of 96 seconds in the first
half that effectively shut Blackburn out of the match. Louis Saha got his first start of this
season with Wayne Rooney [...]
Everyone remembers their first time. First kisses, first loves, first times having sex are memories
that stay with you forever. And before you panic and begin worrying about the path I'm taking here,
what I want to talk about today is how I became enamored with the beautiful game. I was 10 and it
was World [...]
Yes, I've said it before: it's 'Top 100 Ranking' time. Fresh from publishing their Top 100
footballers list last month, English magazine FourFourTwo just released their a list of the Richest
players and club owners of the English Premiership, sort of a "2007's Billionaire's club" if you
will. As the editors eloquently put it, the [...]
In my earlier Champions League review, I went through Groups A-D. I wrap up the review with Groups
E-H, where English giants Manchester United and Arsenal have already secured qualification for the
knockout stage. Group E After drawing with Rangers in Scotland two weeks ago, Thierry Henry and
Lionel Messi saw to it that [...]
Today's transfer rumours: Barcelona According to The Sun, Barcelona's Eidur Gudjohnsen could be set
for a return to the Premier League with West Ham, Portsmouth and Manchester City all interested in
signing the former Chelsea striker. Why he would want to leave the comfort of Barcelona's bench and
the high wages is beyond me though. Arsenal Arsenal are watching [.
More transfer rumours for today: Peter Crouch transfer saga Sven Goran-Eriksson today insists he's
in love with Man City's fans. Expect to see him to shower his latest floozy with gifts - Michael
Owen and Peter Crouch, for starters - before the paparazzi catch him cosying up to a younger,
perkier set of fans by the end [...]
[I was planning on putting a picture of an attractive, scantily-clad Asian woman (here's to you,
Masuimi Max), but that might drive you to Google more pictures of her, and distract you from the
original purpose - reading this article. Maybe next time, eh?] While the Champions League is still
going through its group stages, [...]
It is a pretty well known fact in football that the bond between club and supporters is very tight
one, especially in the English Premiership. This does not only apply to big successful clubs but
also those which, despite having been in existence for quite some time, found their bit of glory
and spot in [...]
Bolton weathered a second half onslaught from a Bayern Munich side inspired by the talismanic
Franck Ribery to claim a highly impressive UEFA Cup point at the Allianz Arena tonight. Bayern
would have intimidated anybody: a manager in Ottmar Hitzeld with 2 Champions League successes under
his belt, a magnificent stadium and a glittering catalogue of [.
The Champions League resumed this week, with an exciting week of matches in the fourth round of
group stage matches. The highlight of the round, obviously, was Liverpool's record 8-0 win over
hapless and helpless Besiktas, but there were 15 other matches as well. Below is a review of the
results from Tuesday's [...]
Advertisements rarely reflect real life. Take the long-running ad where an irritating couple
attempt to arrange a Â£25,000 loan. When the bint turns to her slow-witted spouse and asks, "How
much do we want to borrow again?" midway through the negotiations, the so-called male doesn't even
attempt to administer the appropriate response to [...]
I found it hard to pick my game of the weekend as there wasn't a stand-out fixture from the
weekend's action. Although there is a decent game at Old Trafford I'm going to plum for the Tyne
and Wear derby for this weekend's game. Sunderland Roy Keane's Black Cats are a well drilled side
who will give [...]
Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League was pretty productive for Serie A teams: out of the 4
Italian clubs in contention (AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma and Lazio), 3 managed to clinch away the
victory. Only Roma had some trouble in their match against Sporting Lisbon, but the Giallorossi
fought back valiantly to tie [...]
West Brom are looking to mount an automatic promotion push this season after failing at the final
play-off hurdle against Derby County in May. They are currently unbeaten at home in the league, the
Championship's top scorers, sit joint second in the table and claimed a notable victory over league
leaders Watford on Saturday, routing [...]
Berbatov's future is still the subject of furious debate, especially with press 'sources' (if that
doesn't do a good job of hiding my disgust for the creative bullshit tabloids publish, nothing
will) claiming that Berbatov had told Jol that he'd leave as well. Anyway, Martin Jol is gone and
Juande Ramos, a man who [...]
Besides perennial irrelevance on the world stage, there are three things us football fans from the
Third World can look forward to each year: decrepit stadium seats, cheap-looking replica jerseys
and a bootleg copy of the latest installment in the Japanese Winning Eleven video game series by
Konami Tokyo. Despite the splendor and sheen of [...]
Image courtesy of Wikipedia. On Thursday night, 08 November, the Inter Milan youth team will play a
commemorative friendly against Sheffield F.C, who are the oldest club team in the world. The club
celebrates their 150th anniversary this year, and the kick-off is 19:45 GMT at Bramall Lane.
Interestingly, one of the protagonists of last year's World [.
Manchester City will play Tottenham Hotspur. Incidentally, I read one of the articles from a Spurs
fan on Soccernet.com very recently and it made me laugh in some respects. Undoubtedly superbly
written, how hard it must be â€˜to have not won a trophy since 1999', not to mention having Arsenal
as your biggest rivals as [...]
It's that time of the year again. The time when a random (ok, let's call it 'well-respected' if you
prefer) football publication makes an "All Time Best" ranking that never fails to create
controversy and offend a few people. FourFourTwo did one of those last month, this time it's the
turn of the 'Association of [...]
Manchester City set a new record of 7 successive top-flight victories at home last night with
victory over Sunderland at the City of Manchester Stadium by a solitary goal. It has been a virtue
extolled by many that it's good to get goals from midfield, which the Citizens have done frequently
this term, and last [...]
Aah! Another fine night of Champions League football. Watching giants of football stick 7 goals
past helpless defenses from countries that you didn't know existed really livens up a boring day.
And so we head to Liverpool for the next round of the Champions League group stages. Last seasons
losing finalists were expected to stroll through [...]
Currently second last in the table with a single point more than Derby County and just one win in
their twelve games, things are not looking good at all for Bolton Wanderers. With the ever loyal
Nicolas Anelka (extreme sarcasm may be present) stressing every other day that he will probably be
leaving Bolton in [...]
Blackburn Rovers have enjoyed an excellent start to this season's Premiership. Indeed it is the
best start they've had since 1994/95 when they went on to take the title. So what exactly is it
that the club is doing so well? When looking at the way the team is performing you have to start at
By now, most of you have heard about 'Football Media' - the network of sites we're building.
Today's post covers the launch of two new blogs in the FM network plus an official announcement of
what the network is about (and how you can join it). 1. WagSnatch - Bare Naked Footy WagSnatch is a
Today's transfer rumours, as well as the top transfer rumours since the end of the transfer season:
Manchester United Manchester United and Newcastle are being linked with Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper
Jussi Jaaskelainen.The Finn is off contract in the summer and the News of the World says both
United and Newcastle are monitoring his situation.If he is to [.
This week sees a huge week of Champion's League action for the English big four. Liverpool have a
must-win game against Besiktas at Anfield, Schalke 04 host Chelsea, Dynamo Kiev visit Old Trafford
to play an in-form Manchester United and Arsenal travel to the Czech Republic to play Slavia.
Liverpool vs. Besiktas Obviously I'll start with my [...]
What with TV revenue swelling player salaries, takeovers galore and spiraling ticket prices,
Premiership management has assumed the role of poisoned chalice in this day and age. The stakes are
higher than ever: managers of the clubs coming under new control feel pressure to impress potential
new owners or risk being jettisoned in preference for [...
Like the TLN commentators declared at the end of the game, "what a great hallmark for Serie A
soccer". The much anticipated 'Derby d'Italia' ended on a tied 1-1 scoreline, but despite the
fairly low goaltotal, the match sure wasn't devoid of excitement and beautiful plays. These were
two teams well in control of their [...]
Real Madrid began their game at Sevilla with the same eleven that had slaughtered Valencia in
midweek. However, in the Sanchez Pizjuan they were outplayed by a Juandeless Sevilla team who are
beginning to look like the team that has so impressed for the last two seasons. For the first
fifteen minutes of an intense encounter [...]
According to Bobby Boswell, they're all mingers. Jokes apart, props to the gang at Kickette for
snagging Bobby Boswell of DC United for an interview, I'm an idiot for missing this when it
happened in early September (V, your fault for not telling me, really!), but I've found out now, so
please go over to [...]
All across the football world, be it in the floodlit stadiums of the English Premier League or the
dusty streets of Brazil, good players are there to be found. Whether it's the fancy footwork of
Cristiano Ronaldo; the pace and vision of Cesc Fabregas or the flair of Kaka, there have always
been plenty of [...]
So with Brazil confirmed last week as the official hosts of the World Cup 2014, unsurprisingly
seeing as they were the only bidders, attention has already started to turn to World Cup 2018.
Several countries have put themselves forward for potentially hosting the World Cup in 11 years'
time, including England, the United States, China, [...]
Blackburn v Liverpool the game in point. Excellent formation but wrong striker to carry out the job
of lone front man. Peter Crouch's appearance hints at what could have been had he and not Kuyt
started the game up front. His greater propensity to win 1st and 2nd balls would have allowed [...]
That's funny, he's been at Chelsea for 3 seasons and only now has the bitter taste in his mouth
finally made him speak out. We know that Drogba wasn't very pleased with the departure of manager
Jose Mourinho from Chelsea and since weeping in the corner isn't going to bring him back, it looks
As entertaining as it is to see two teams fight not to win a trophy next season (in effect, the
Championship), there's something humiliating that Tottenham "this is our year" Hotspurs is one of
the main contenders to leave the Premier League. How could things have gone so wrong? At least
their draw against Middlesbrough edged [...]
Image courtesy of Nothing But Nets. In a story discussed a few days ago by Steve Goff of the
Washington Post and Soccer Insider, Diego Gutierrez of the Chicago Fire was named Major League
Soccer (MLS) Humanitarian of the Year. Mr. Gutierrez, who is a native of Bogota, Colombia, is the
spokesman for a very interesting cause [...]
With so much hype happening before the match todays, is there really much that I can say that you
don't already know? Why is today's game between Arsenal and Manchester United any different from
their usual battles? Last season, Arsenal beat Manchester both home and away (much to my
delight)...can we do it again? We could [...]
This article is devil's advocate really on behalf of the Tottenham board. I'm going to go out on a
limb here and say that MARTIN JOL NEEDED TO BE SACKED â€“ or jump before he was pushed, depending
on the newspaper you read. Let's look at the start to the league season. 7 points in total, [...]
I came across this on the Arsenal forum I visit a few minutes ago; enjoy. A few of you might
remember something similar being done to Peter Crouch; the Photoshop pros were bored over the
weekend and this time it's Cesc Fabregas, and his frenetic celebration in the Arsenal v Liverpool
that is the victim. The [...]
Submitted by Soccerlens reader and Manchester City fan 'Anthony'. It is fair to state that
Manchester City have had more than a few electrifying players who have lit up the English divisions
down the years. Think Ali Bernabia, think cultured Algerian midfielder with staggering vision,
allied with the ability to execute a pass from his repertoire [.
I've never been particularly lucky in love. As a result of a severe lack of confidence, I can only
approach women after a skinful of lager when the beer goggles are on. Even Kermit would have turned
his nose up at some of the pigs I've tried my luck with. I raised the bar [...]
This weekend a battle will commence at 12.45 GMT in North London between two of the nations oldest
rivals. Arsenal, one of the most successful clubs in the Premier League's history, will lock horns
with the most successful club in the Premier League's history â€“ Manchester United. In what is
always a mouth watering fixture [...]
Real Madrid increase their lead to four points at the top of the Spanish league after a superb 1-5
win over Valencia. Madrid have now scored five on visits to two of the better teams in Spain:
Valencia and Villarreal, while they seem to have problems against the weaker teams. Rivals
Barcelona could do no [...]
Managers live and die by the players they buy. That has a nice ring to it but is ominously true in
the high powered money stakes of the Premiership these days. For the teams in contention or capable
of being in contention there is little margin for error. If you are delivering silverware you can
15 hours (or so) to go before gameweek 11 starts on SL fantasy football, so if you haven't checked
in and made the changes, now's the time to do so. Below: This week's top 10, weekend picks and some
info on the big game of the weekend. Top 10 Taron, 1320 Al Nino, 1296 LOK16, 1275 jimmyriddler,
1265 Vebor, 1258 llango, 1252 RedGlory, [...]
According to unconfirmed sources Master Yoda was thought to have been seen pal around with Herr
Doll, one of the few survivors of the Eastern Empire, minutes before kick-off time and we are
likely to be given credit for the story. Particularly, because the other possibility is that our
preview became known among miners of [...]
Yesterday's Carling Cup ties threw up a bunch of surprising moments but the end results were quite
predictable: Arsenal never stepped out of second gear against a mediocre Sheffield United side,
Liverpool grabbed a win after a Stevie G winner while even Spurs, who have a habit of faltering
against lower teams nicked a comfortable win [...]
Soccerlens reader shahryarnoon has compiled a comprehensive list of transfer rumours for the month
of October 2007. Have a look, and add your rumours to the comments section if you think he's missed
something. Manchester United The most surprising name linked to Manchester United is that of
Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho, whose situation at Barcelona is being [.
When FIFA unveiled its nominees for its 2007 World Player of the Year award, there were some grunts
and groans. It may seem obvious to reiterate that some of the most influential, important, and
talented players were left out for others that failed to achieve similar greatness (Cannavaro and
not Totti? Lampard but no Ibrahimovic? [...]
A Dutch site (crack linkbait fellas, well done) has put together a competition where they're asking
you to guess the names of 28 South Park 'characters'. The twist is that these are modeled after
actual players, and if you're as culturally (read footballing-wise) uneducated as me, you'll have
some trouble in getting all the [...]
Tottenham's experiments with a sporting director has led many Premier League fans to question the
wisdom of having such a figure at the club when his raison d'etre - to be the bridge between the
manager and the board - has the potential to cause friction at the club. However, the reality is
Refresh the page to get the latest updates. Send in your comments via email here or post a note in
the comments on this article. Half-Time: Manchester United lead 1-0 at the Emirates thanks to a
Rooney goal. Overall the half had Arsenal dominating in terms of aggression but United were quite
good in [...]