Real Madrid and FC Barcelona would be hammer and nail at each other as always for La Liga title,
Atletico Madrid should possibly be there barging onto the duopoly, Villarreal, Real Zaragoza and
Sevilla FC would be trying to smother each other for the remaining UEFA Champions League place.
That was the popular conviction at the [.
It's the end of the year. A popular time for various press publications to make "Best Of
2007â€³-type rankings. The Times (UK) did the Best 100 movies of 2007, the New York Times the 10
Best Books of 2007,Â mCalcio.com theÂ Reuters (RNPS)Â Best Sports Pictures of 2007 (oh whatÂ a
shameless plug from my part), and Time Magazine [.
If you don't care for Italian football, scroll far, far down, because there's a lot of Serie
A-based news forthcoming. AC Milan will be saying goodbye to eight players in June, according to
Gazzetta dello Sport. A couple of names we already know will be on their way out, including Paolo
Maldini, who'll [.
Not having read the SI interview in full (mind you, 99.99% people haven't, they're just commenting
on the excerpts from it), I think it's easy to see how the media can turn one person's honest
analysis of the situation (Hick's) into a fresh attempt to create a problem between the Liverpool
owners and the [.
Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell has died after collapsing towards the end of his side's Scottish
Premier League game against Dundee United. From BBC Sport: The 35-year-old midfielder fell to the
ground just as he was about to be replaced with Marc Fitzpatrick near the end of Motherwell's 5-3
Few years, like 2007, can claim to have served as the launching platform for many of the talented
youngsters football has to offer. From Cristiano Ronaldo to Cesc FÃ bregas, passing by Giovani Dos
Santos and Bojan Krkic, through to Karim Benzema and Alexandre Pato, not forgetting of course
Lionel Messi: while some have used 2007 [.
Here are some notable quotes made during the past year. Each was stated by the named individual;
however, my responses were created, and are not meant to represent the views of the individuals.
Nor libel them in any way. This is both a factual and (hopefully) a light-hearted article. 1. "Over
the years, Dida has shown [.
Suddenly the Bernabeu is enveloped in a white wave. No, not the apprehensive white of a panolada
that must still be haunting Fabio Capello even when he is now in charge of a red-loving England
national team, not the white of a flag raised up in surrender, but as both AS and Marca put it,
Towards the end of 2006, certain pundits and magazines were proclaiming the birth of Sir Alex
Ferguson's third (for some, fourth) great team stemming from his 20-year tenure at Manchester
United. The team were wreaking havoc within the Premiership, and everyone with an opinion was quick
to acclaim this as the next chapter in the [.
For six and a half years he has lived the almost impossible dream of being one of European
football's top strikers. For six and a half years he has hissed terror into the heart of every
defender. For six and a half years he has walked the tightrope of celebrity life. But not anymore.
Carling Cup holders Chelsea will be looking to advance to a second consecutive final and third in
four years when they take on Everton in the Carling Cup semifinals next month. Chelsea took home
the cup in 2005 and 2007 under Jose Mourinho, and they're looking to get Avram Grant his first
trophy as [.
This is not a shameless plug for one of the sponsors. I started playing this game well before I
started writing for Soccerlens.com. Online Football Manager (OFM) is one of the greatest
interactive online football games on the web today. It's simple, easy to learn, and best of all its
free! For [.
The wife and I are similar in many ways, but we disagree on the most prudent way to discipline
children. Betty is from the old-school, and believes a small slap is perfectly acceptable. I take
the opposite view, and prefer the use of a knuckle-duster. Such actions would not be necessary if
it wasn't [.
They say the dictionary never lies but it does. Check out the string of words lined up against the
term disaster and you will come across this: an event or fact leading to ruin or failure. Pooh!
That isn't half as much as disaster. Then what is disaster? Disaster is when you are one of the
A very Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everybody out there. But it certainly isn't a bright
and sparkling Christmas for a select few in the footballing world. Let's go through those
unfortunate players, bosses and teams:- 1) Valencia Club De Futbol Valencia's problems actually
originated in a period when they weren't really struggling in La Liga.
For those who, during these times of holiday cheer, are hoping for the quick return of their
favorite Portuguese manager (hidden perhaps, in the gift bag of Santa Claus... not much of a
stretch from laundry baskets), rejoice! The 'Special One' is back! From Chelsea FC to Sports TV,
the ex-Chelsea coach will be hosting [.
If you think you've seen it before, indeed you have. For the second year in a row, Tottenham and
Arsenal face off in the Carling Cup semifinals, with the winner going up against Chelsea or Everton
in February's final at Wembley. The first leg will be contested at the Emirates Stadium on January
Here are ten reasons why Barcelona can no longer call the shots, or at least title-winning shots:
1) The side is very poorly organised. Despite a positive start against Real Madrid at home, they
clearly went off track against more disciplined Los Merengues(who weren't brilliant themselves, but
While Jose Mourinho's antics might inspire you to believe that the Portuguese wild cat brilliantly
takes attention off his team and onto himself, his successor at Stamford Bridge goes one better to
actually take the attention off Chelsea FC itself. Yes, how smartly Avram Grant has pressed the OFF
switch to ensure that the media [.
El Clasico was no classic. No roasted pig's head was showered on the players, no bottles rocketed
onto the pitch, no flares were lighted up in the stands and not even the teensy bits of paper were
hovering anywhere above the Camp Nou turf. There were only 3 yellow cards brandished and no red
There will be a white Christmas in Spain as Julio Baptista's goal gave Real Madrid a 0-1 victory
over arch-rivals Barcelona at Camp Nou to give Madrid a seven point lead at the top of La Liga
going into the winter break. Madrid dominated the game from start to finish and BarÃ§a were perhaps
It's time to take a trip around Europe once again to see how some of the other leagues in the
continent are shaking out as we head towards the new year (you did know that there was football
beyond the English Premier League, right?). The Bundesliga is on break until February, and heading
Note: This article was originally published on the mCalcio blog. "Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Inter
all the way"... As the AC Milan boat sinks yet again, the Inter frigate sails towards another
Scudetto title. Personally (and I'll bet the millions of other Serie A fans out there are with me
on this) I'm still wondering what [.
21st November 2007: the half-time whistle in the 2010 World Cup qualifying game between Brazil and
Uruguay is met with a cacophony of boos from the MaracanÃ£ crowd, disenchanted with the performance
of their side, despite Luis Fabiano's equaliser just before the break. Although Brazil went on the
win the game 2-1 with a second [.
Things are quickly turning from bad to worse to full-on intolerable with Barcelona and Ronaldinho,
the rumors of him leaving the club for AC Milan are picking up speed. Ronaldinho hasn't been in
World Player of the Year form this season, and he's falling further and further out of Frank
Rijkaard's good graces, with [.
El ClÃ¡sico? Cosa diavolo Ã¨Â stoÂ 'El ClÃ¡sico'?Â Or in other words,Â "What on Earth is this 'El
ClÃ¡sico'Â you speak of?" That's the question being posed in Italy this weekend and there's a valid
reason for that. For on Sunday, a seismic force that owes its origin to the history shall rock the
city of Milan and tradition shoved [.
The draw for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 has been made, and as expected, there are
several sexy ties among the eight matchups. Who drew the toughest assignment? Who may as well start
making ticket arrangements for the quarterfinals? My analysis is below, along with teams and
players to watch, and some [.
Four Manchester United fans who were involved in altercations with Roma fans before the Champions
League clash between the two sides last week had lengthy jail terms handed down to them on Friday
by Italian courts. Two, Kyle Dillon and Richard Wimmer, were sentenced to 30 months, while the
other two, Nicholas Lucas and [.
The striker, who has been on trial at Manchester United, arrives from Angolan side Petro Athletico
on a three-year deal. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "We have had Manucho here for a
three-week trial and have been impressed enough to offer him a contract. He is a tall, agile, quick
forward and through contacts that [.
This might be El Clasico weekend in Spain but you wouldn't be able to sell that to the Italians.
Just like La Liga, the Italian Serie A too batters itself into a Christmas and New Year hibernation
after this weekend's round of matches but for Italy, this is Derby della Madonnina weekend. Yes,
it's Internazionale versus [.
With Ronald Koeman seemingly ready to discard a number of his first-team squad following a recent
poor run of results, some established international players could become available in January and
there are a number of Premiership clubs already lining up the victims of Koeman's cull. Here we
look at the three players confirmed to be leaving [.
This might be the final round of matches before La Liga 2007-2008 submerges into a two week
hibernation but boy, isn't this weekend a rocking one! It's El Clasico time mates and read that as
war. El Clasico is the biggest club fixture in the world and is played out between the two most
successful teams [.
Emily Dickenson called hope "that thing with feathers" but FC Barcelona call hope Samuel Eto'o, the
26-year old ever volatile but forever reliable 5' 11" striker who has been with club for over three
years now. This is the man who has scored 50 goals in his first two seasons at Camp Nou, the man
The UEFA Cup group stage wrapped up this week, with the rest of the slots for the competition's
round of 32 being filled. There was at least one place up for grabs in several of the eight groups,
which meant for several sides, there was much to celebrate the past two nights, and for [...]
The draw for the 1st knockout round (Round of 16) of the UEFA Champions League took place at the
House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, today at 12:00 CET (11:00 UK time). Soccerlens
brought you the draw LIVE as each of the 8 matches was being drawn. The biggest matches of the
Round of 16: [.
From the probable, to the possible, to the â€˜here we go again,' here are some of today's top
transfer rumors. Inter Milan have reportedly contacted Manchester City in regards to a move for
playmaker Elano, who has been a huge part of the Manchester City's early-season push into the top
four. With Figo due to [.
The Icelandic warrior Asmund is prized for his integrity and determination. After making a pact
with his fellow general and friend, Aswid, that whichever of the two died first would accompany the
deceased to the grave, Asmund duly kept his word. His friend dead from illness, Asmund was sealed
up in the same tomb, where [.
I remain a slave to tradition. Every year, I make a complete fool of myself at the office Christmas
party, and this year was no exception. After consuming a few too many ales, I made a misguided play
for the cleaner under the mistletoe. He was absolutely livid. My luck is unlikely to [...]
Most call it El ClÃ¡sico, some El Derbi and a few others El Grande Derbi. Call it by whatever name
you want to, but a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, wouldn't it? Forget Arsenal v
Tottenham, Celtic v Rangers, Inter Milan v AC Milan, AS Roma v Lazio; you can even [...]
When Manchester United announce their financial numbers from the 2006/07 season next month, they
will be announcing record numbers in both profits and in turnover. After the club had an excellent
year on the pitch, winning the Premiership title and making the semifinals of the UEFA Champions
League, along with making the FA Cup [.
Earning the respect of Michael Essien (which may well be a fellow Ghanaian, but is also a player of
international level and member of one of the top 10 European teams), that's no easy feat. Earning
the respect of the entire Chelsea youth team after only 1 week of trial, that's something even more
In this world of terror, poverty, famine and drought, nobody ever gives footballers a thought. Some
earn just over Â£35,000 per week, they are made to train most of the week, and have to play
football in front of 40,000 screaming fanatics on a Saturday. On top of this they are often
subjected to abuse [.
Grand Slam Sunday has come and gone and in the end it summed up how the top four have fared this
first half of the season. It also provided some hints as to what we should expect from the title
sprint that is to come, answering some questions about each team's potential for ultimate [...]
Online Betting Guide 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. Online
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use your fantasy money [.
It is Christmas time and the goose is getting fat as they say! It is also that time of year when
the English football season goes into overdrive. Our four professional leagues make silly demands
on our footballers to ask them to play four games in the space of ten days while the rest of
When the calendar turns to 2008, many people will be celebrating for many different reasons. It's a
safe bet that Nery Castillo will be celebrating a new opportunity, as that will be the day that the
talented forward will be joining Manchester City on a one-year loan deal from Ukrainian club
There's no crying in football, right? Don't tell that to Sampdoria's Antonio Cassano, the skilled
but obviously attitude-challenged forward, who's had his share of fits and outbursts in the past
with Roma and Real Madrid, but took it to a new level in a weekend Serie A tie against Fiorentina,
showing that he's not afraid to [.
Chris Harris from EPL Talk was interviewed this week by Performancing - it's an interesting
interview, take a look: Performancing interviews The Gaffer EPL Talk and their family of blogs
joined Football Media earlier this month. Performancing is a premier resource for professional
bloggers. They are running their 2007 Blogging Awards (open for nominations here) - hop [.
It is a desperate, desperate time at Valencia CF. So desperate that the president doesn't come to
matches, that the fans do not remain in their seats till the final whistle, that the manager cannot
hide the grayness seeping into his head even if his hair try its best to eclipse the fact. Quique
The official appoitment of Fabio Capello as England manager is making a lot of ink flow in the
British press these days (especially the official "unveiling" & associated press conference, held
yesterday Monday), but nothing compared to the astronomical contract the Italian coach has signed
with the English FA (over Â£4.
Update 2: Jonny Evans out on bail, no comments yet from Manchester United. Update: The Sun reports
that 19-year old Manchester United player Jonny Evans has turned himself in to the police and is
now being questioned with regard to the rape claim at the Manchester United Christmas part that
happened on Monday night.
Game: Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal Venue: Ewood Park Competition: Carling Cup Quarterfinal Date:
Tuesday, 18 December Kickoff: 2000 GMT Blackburn v Arsenal preview If their last meeting is
anything to go by, this game will have plenty of kicks, scrapes and cards, and the result will be a
As the temperatures cool down and the new year rapidly approaches, the transfer gossip is heating
up with rumours flying thick and fast. Manchester City are looking to improve their squad to aid
their push for a place in Europe, and their prime target is Mexican striker Nery Castillo,
currently out of favor at Ukrainian side [.
Game: Manchester City v Tottenham Venue: Eastlands Competition: Carling Cup Quarterfinal Date:
Tuesday, 18 December Kickoff: 1945 GMT Manchester City v Tottenham preview Tottenham take on
high-flying Manchester City at the Eastlands in the first of two Carling Cup 07/08 quarterfinals
being played tonight.
Grand Slam Sunday headlined Week 17 of the English Premier League season, with Manchester United
edging Liverpool at Anfield, and Arsenal poking past Chelsea to remain on top of the league table.
But, that wasn't the only action worth watching this past weekend, as there were eight fixtures on
Saturday that preceded Sunday's top-of-the-table [.
I'm a fan of David Beckham. I think he's a hard working, solid player, completely outside of any
marketing or publicity tools he brings to the table. I'm not sure that Beckham is one of the
greatest players in world, but he is skillful, and particularly good at what he does. [...]
43rd minute at the Mestalla on Saturday night. FC Barcelona are winning against Valencia CF 2-0 and
are in cruise control. Then a cruel thing happens: Lionel Messi pulls a hamstring and is escorted
off the pitch. Then a doubly cruel thing happens: Ronaldinho, who is on the substitute's bench for
yet another La Liga [.
We had two heart attack games today, two scrapped victories, two goals and about two thousand
fouls. The fact that only a handful of them were awarded is only due to the competence of the
referees in charge of these electric derbies. I cannot say much about Mr. Halsey because I only saw
Barcelona earned only their second away win of the season by beating Valencia 0-3 thanks to an
inspired Samuel Eto'o, scorer of two goals. BarÃ§a's joy was diminished by an injury to Leo Messi
which will leave him on the sidelines for four or five weeks and he will therefore play no part in
Fabio Capello is one of the most successful football managers on the contemporary scene (see how
Capello stands against top managers) - and yet the British press (as well as misguided observers
across the world) have contrived to poke holes into the FA's decision, calling it hasty, damaging
to the English game and generally [.
The statistics tell one story from Sunday's clash between Liverpool and Manchester United at
Anfield. If you knew everything but the scoreline, it might have been easy to assume that Liverpool
romped to an easy win. The scoreline, however, tells the only story that matters: Liverpool 0,
Manchester United 1.
Not since Neville Chamberlain stood on that plane back in the 30s waving the white paper has
someone been more wrong than I was when I wrote my preview article. I totally called Grand Slam
Sunday completely wrong. So here's my final article on Grand Slam Sunday...until next time that is!
Liverpool 0 â€“ 1 Manchester [.
GameBasics are Soccerlens advertisers and partners - to advertise your website on Soccerlens, get
started here. After many protests, UEFA finally saw the light, and allowed a do-over in the
qualifiers. England and Russia were asked to play once more in a tiebreaker in Moscow, to once and
for all determine which team was more [.
So, Arsenal proved themselves as a better team than Chelsea last night - a feat accomplished only
by Manchester United so far this season, and it is a measure of Jose Mourinho's legacy that you
find it awkward to accept that Chelsea are not capable of winning the Premier League title.
Chelsea's decline can be [.
This is a provocative headline and is fully justified (it's still true, whether you like it or not)
in the article, so read before you blow your wad. Take away the big names - Manchester United,
Liverpool, Ferguson, Benitez, Anfield, Old Trafford, Gerrard, Ronaldo, Torres, Rooney, Carragher,
Ferdinand - and look at the game itself.
All hail AC Milan!! For the 4th in their club history, the Rossoneri have climbed on top of the
world. And it doesn't matter if the cup is called the Toyota Cup or the FIFA Club World Cup, this
trophy is there to prove that over the year 2007, they are the strongest team [...]
Many of you are by now familiar with the situation facing Watford midfielder Al Bangura. If you
haven't, well, you haven't been reading Soccerlens regularly enough. This article is intended to
give you a better idea about who the promising midfielder is beyond the pitch, what he has been
through, and why his case means [.
Tomorrow sees the biggest weekend of action this season in the EPL. Here's my full preview of
Sunday's games... Liverpool vs. Manchester United (Anfield, 1:30pm KO) The biggest club game in
England rears its head for the first time this season. So here's what to expect. Liverpool Against
Marseilles everything went swimmingly for Liverpool.
Ironic. It is so ironic that England have to turn to an Italian to coach their national team. Did
they not proclaim themselves to have the best league in the world? Did they not earlier deplore the
Italians for the state that Serie A is in? English football is so sad that even the French are
Anytime two of England's biggest clubs face off, it makes for a must-see occasion. But, today's
match at Anfield between north-west rivals Liverpool and Manchester United isn't the only big
ticket in England this weekend, as on Sunday, London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea battle it out at
the Emirates Stadium.
Fabio Capello has a quartet to assist him in his new role as England manager. Let's take a look at
his team: Franco Baldini Mr. Baldini, 47, was Director of Sport at AS Roma and Real Madrid during
the respective tenures of Mr. Capello. He is noted for his keen scouting methods, a very detailed
While Don Fabio has been more or less confirmed as the next England gaffer, has the FA made the
right choice or is it another instance of going with the second best. The idea is to
dispassionately look at statistics and evaluate the various contenders for the England post. We
look at the club and [.
If the Spanish press is to be believed, then Valencia are in a crisis that is rumbling onto become
a full-blown disaster. Valencia haven't won in 3 La Liga matches and this weekend they stumble
across an in-form FC Barcelona side that has commenced to gather momentum. A defeat at the Mestalla
on Saturday night [.
Hardly a day passes by when you don't hear the words FC Barcelona, Ronaldinho and AC Milan in a
single sentence. Today is no exception as the Spanish press goes on and on about the Ronaldinho
circus that has reached almost to the point of insanity. Sport.es has reported that Ronaldinho
would leave the Camp Nou [.
At last English Premier League club West ham United are emerging out of the shadows of a certain
Eggert MagnÃºsson. The man who is regarded by most West Ham United fans as an intelligent marketing
mind who has done much for the club and by some as just another greedy businessman ready to
sacrifice football [.
It's a Grand Slam Sunday this weekend and everyone is getting quite carried away with it. Articles
are being splashed all across the media circus and everyone has some thing or the other to remark
on the way the two matches will turn out. And so has the Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. The
24â€“year old [.
When Liverpool signed Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid in the summer for a record Â£26.5
million (although the player himself said to The Times that the transfer fee was Â£20 million) a
number of doubters raised their eyebrows, lashed out their pens and predicted that Torres will be
just another Fernando, an allusion to the [.
There might still be over two days to go before the English Premier League Grand Slam takes
centre-stage but the build up is already gaining momentum at a lightening pace. Although Arsenal v
Chelsea is a London derby and is as equal in significance as to Liverpool v Manchester United, it
is this battle at [.
One upon a time Michael Owen was one of the most sought after strikers in Europe but now the player
is not in demand anymore, even by the mid table clubs. The England international turns 28 today and
while one would have supposed him to be at the peak of his footballing abilities, Owen is [...]
Where do you expect to find a rabbit? Certainly on a lush green field, scampering around aimlessly,
playing on the turf, kissing the honeydew air, kicking around one of Nature's best creations that
reminds you of a certain thing termed innocence. But there was no such rabbit scurrying around on
the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu pitch last [.
Some time ago I came across a very funny account of an exchange that took place. A woman wrote,
rather shameless may I add, that she was looking for a partner. But not just anyone. She listed
down a few "prerequisites" of hers and some of it includes things like, handsome, tall, clever and
Now that the group stage of the UEFA Champions League is complete, it's time to look ahead to the
draw for the first knockout round, which will be held next Friday. There are a lot of intriguing
possibilities that could play out when the names are pulled out, and we will likely see some of
A reader mailed in this short 2 min clip of Thierry Henry on some sort of Spanish TV gig showing
the attractive presenter (some things - such as hot presenters - transcend cultural boundaries) how
to take penalties. Scroll down to check it out, and if you guys want us to put up more videos [...]
I'm all for good-natured banter at a football match, but supporters are beginning to overstep the
line. Harry Redknapp commands respect from all the major players in the game, such as Frank Lampard
and Jamie Redknapp, yet the colourful manager endured a torrent of vitriolic abuse when Portsmouth
travelled to Aston Villa.
"Boca here we come". KakÃ¡'s indirect message to the Argentine rivals of Boca Juniors should be
quite clear, after a night of top-class performance from the Brazilian AC milan star. The recent
Ballon d'Or winner litterally lead the Rossoneri by the hand, and looked deep into his bag of
tricks for his minute 68 [.
On Thursday, 13 December, Fabio Capello, 61, was appointed by the FA as the next manager of
England. Terms of his contract will be Â£4m a year after taxes for 4.5 years. He becomes the first
Italian to lead the Three Lions, and this will be his initial managerial position at the
prestigious National Team [.
The story of Alhassan Bangoura has been fairly well documented in the gathered media over in
Britain over the last few days. That article is probably the best description of the circumstances
that Bangoura faced while living in Sierra Leone, from his inevitable execution, to his exile from
the country of his birth, faced with human [.
It's big week once again for the Big 4 from the EPL this week. Quick summary then... Manchester
United Hooliganism marred the draw with AS Roma last night. The 1-1 against the Italian's was a
game played out by fringe players for United. Only 3 players (Rooney, Nani and Carrick) who played
were what you would call [.
Footballers are rich guys with a posh lifestyle and often celebrity wives and girlfriends. So they
are an advantaged species right, these footballers who earn in one week what many cannot earn in a
whole year? Wrong if you are Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool midfielder might have been roaring in
Marseille during his team's 4-0 demolition [.
At the start of the season Sunderland were predicted by many football analysts to drop to the
Championship and although the Black cats did do themselves good in the first few weeks of the
Premiership campaign to piss humiliation on those predictions, now that we stand near the busy
Christmas period, it does appear that [.
Once again Rome was burning and once again the Manchester United fans were enveloped in it.
Although the security alert in the Italian city was heightened to Category A, considered as a high
risk level, the police forces still failed to control the fighting that broke out between Man
United and AS Roma supporters just [.
After 12 enthralling nights of action, the Champions League group stage came to an end on Wednesday
night, as the last two places in the round of 16 were decided. The headline match of the night was
in Group E, where Rangers and Lyon squared off at Ibrox to decide who would join group [...]
Matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League wrapped up this week, in an atmosphere of semi-indifference
forÂ 3 of the 4Â Serie A teams still in contention. Indeed, with AC Milan, Inter Milan, and AS Roma
already through to the next round, the only team left fighting for their lives wereÂ Lazio, hanging
by a very thin [.
It's a shame that Wednesday night's UEFA Champions League, Group F at the Stadio Olimpico clash
between AS Roma and Manchester United will be nothing more than academic. Both sides have qualified
for the knockout stages and Man United have won the group. Sir Alex Ferguson has also committed
himself to several alterations to the [.
West Ham United are safe from relegation this season and that's something when you consider in the
summer they lost their Messiah Carlos Tevez who almost single handedly rescued the West Ham ship
after it had appeared to be sinking for much of the season. The Hammers lie 10th in the table with
22 points [.
Tottenham Hotspur were touted by many to seep into the top four in the English Premier League this
season but far from coming anywhere near, Spurs are fighting in the bottom half of the table. In 16
Premiership matches this season, Spurs have mustered just 15 points and have conceded a whooping 29
Aston Villa are flying high in the Premiership and manager Martin O'Neill is relishing the chance
to chase a UEFA Cup spot. Indeed, Villa are just 3 points off a European spot and O'Neill, so often
tipped to be the next England head coach, is believed to be on the lookout for a certain Jose [...]
Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are having problems with their goalkeepers. With Gunners
custodian Jens Lehmann reported to be out of favor at the Emirates and is supposedly on the lookout
for another club (preferably one in the Bundesliga), Tottenham are trying to find someone to
replace the England international Paul Robinson whose howlers and [.
Is Mohamed Sissoko heading out of Anfield? Seems like it. The Mali international has come out of
the shell and pissed off his frustration and anger after being left out of the Liverpool squad that
flew over to France to play Olympique de Marseille on Tuesday night in a crunch UEFA Champions
League. Sissoko is [.
I am proud to announce that Christopher Harris and his team of bloggers running EPL Talk and
associated websites have now joined our network, Football Media. As some of you know, Football
Media is undergoing some structural changes and we're changing focus - moving away from the initial
proposed role of tech support and towards [.
To some he is a genius, to some even a Messiah. To some he is a "political signing", to some he is
an unnecessary thorn in the path of progress. There are those who call him a vain, conceited person
who was never destined to scale the peak of success and there are those who [...]
It seems that English clubs like taking the tough route in the Champions League, don't they? In
2002/03, Newcastle lost their first three games in the first group stage, then rallied to win their
last three matches and qualify for the second group stage. The very next year, Arsenal picked up
only one point from their [.
Today's top transfer rumours: The biggest transfer gossip in the English press is the alleged
interest of Arsenal in AC Milan youngster Yoann Gourcuff. The Daily Telegraph has reported that
Arsene Wenger is keen on having a second bite at the French cherry after missing out on the French
starlet in 2006 when he moved to [.
Manchester United might have deserved the English Premier League title that they won in so
dominating and convincing a fashion last season but it would be hard to deny that they weren't
aided by the misfortunes that Chelsea had to suffer in terms of regularly losing key players to
injuries. No, this is not to [.
Carlos Queiroz is not the most popular man in Manchester and he has made no headway recently in
garnering any sympathy from the Manchester United fans. He is making the news not for his erratic
team tactics advice to Sir Alex Ferguson (as he has been severely alleged to by some Manchester
United fans) but [.
Now that Jose Mourinho has turned down the English FA for the still vacant England job, who is the
next best candidate who can stern the ship and lead England to World Cup? According to the FA and
their often erratic decisions, the leading contender for the "most difficult job in football" is
It could easily all go horribly horribly wrong. At the start of the season, Liverpool were being
touted as the team to win the English Premier League title and also to go on a great run in the
UEFA Champions League but as we head into Christmas, things aren't looking as rosy that they ought
It might still be some days ahead but with Arsenal and Chelsea both having qualified for the UEFA
Champions League knockout stages, the supporters are already focusing on the titan clash between
the two London clubs this weekend in the English Premier League. And for the Gunners supporters the
talking point especially for the Gunners [.
For this year's FIFA Club World Cup, which is currently taking place in Japan, FIFA is testing out
new ball-chip technology that lets referees know whether or not the ball crossed the goal line in a
scoring situation. Some may remember the experimental technology used in the Under-17 World Cup in
Peru two years [.
He is arguably the best player in the English premier League at the moment and certainly the best
young player on English soil. He is 5'11'', possesses a boyish face and an equally boyish charm but
exhibits a very much mature character on the football pitch. He is the most crucial member of the
Mid-January 2008 will see a soccer convention being hosted in the US - for those of you who are in
the vicinity, I urge you to participate and contribute however you can. Details: Soccer PubCamp is
a innovative and interactive soccer event that provides a discussion platform for soccer
visionaries to share ideas, collaborate with and [.
Today's top transfer rumours revolve around Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Milan, Inter, Real
Madrid and the usual talent-spotting by Manchester United and Arsenal. One trick of the feet and
the entire situation alters apparently. Even on Saturday, Ronaldinho's future at FC Barcelona was
lurking in the shadows of doubt as his brother-cum-agent Roberto de Assis was constantly [.
So next Sunday sees 2 pivotal games played in the EPL, Liverpool host Manchester United â€“ which
is always a little bit tasty â€“ and Chelsea travel to the Emirates to play Arsenal â€“ usually
equally sumptuous. So the big 4 playing each other on the same day; and the FA tells us the fixture
The footballing merry-go-round appears to be in full swing and all the circus seems to have one man
at the centre: one Jose Mourinho. Since his departure by mutual assent from Chelsea, Mourinho has
been the hotly chased, rather the hotly contested, manager in Europe. Reports are riff that the
Portuguese is England's first choice and [.
It's going to be tight. That's how Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger predicts the English Premier
League title race will be from now on. This had as much to do with his side's surprise 2-1 defeat
away to Middlesbrough as to their nearest challengers Manchester United and Chelsea's continuation
of good form.
Real Madrid maintain their four point advantage at the top of the Spanish league thanks to a Ruud
van Nistlerooy cracker which was enough to earn them three points against Athletic Bilbao at San
Mames. Barcelona kept up the pressure with a hard earned win at home to struggling Deportivo de la
Once a speculation starts, it is indeed immensely difficult to rub it off. Since Liverpool manager
Rafael Benitez's ill-advised coming out with the differences that he fosters with the club's
co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks over January signings, the theory that the Spaniard could
lose his job before long has been steadily circulating in [.
Football fanatics in Europe would dismiss the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States as
second-rate at best that embraces faded starts of European football for ludicrously large amount of
cash. Well, to be frank, this notion is not entirely wrong but there's no doubt that in the US, the
players do play football [.
Our European tour starts in France, where Lyon, as is to be expected by now, are standing alone
atop the Ligue 1 standings, but aren't running away with their seventh straight title just yet.
With their upcoming Champions League clash with Rangers in mind, Lyon manager Alain Perrin sat
several key players for Saturday's [.
This article is a submission for the Soccerlens â€˜Share Your Football Experiences' Contest; to
participate, please read the details here. It was 11:30 at night when my hired car dropped me off
at 25 Millionaya, St. Petersburg, Russia. The paint on the building in which I was to live was
peeling severely, though in [.
This article is a submission for the Soccerlens â€˜Share Your Football Experiences' Contest; to
participate, please read the details here. Well, before the competition ended, I thought I'd add my
little contribution to our "Share Your Football Experiences" theme this month. I apologize in
advance for the piece's length, I do tend to get carried [.
Steroids, miracle remedies and performance pills begone! The latest innovation in the doping
technology (even though it remains perfectly legal, for now) are "ionized shirts". Developed by New
Zealand kit firm Canterbury, the new 'IonX' shirts are made from a fabric that "contains a
negatively charged electromagnetic field".
It's not rare, is it, to observe fans throwing abuse at opposition players and manager? It's very
much accepted and to be honest, it is an indispensable fraction of the sport of football and
without it football wouldn't really be the same. And let's face it, abuse during football matches
both on the pitch and [.
Newcastle United were taken over by Mike Ashley just six months back for a staggering Â£170m but
that doesn't imply that that the Tyneside club cannot be the target of another takeover bids. The
news is that an unknown and mysterious looking Singapore consortium is planning to launch a
whooping Â£200 million bid for English [.
Fabio Capello was almost walked to the border of Spain and shoved onto the flight that leaves for
Italy almost as soon as Real Madrid has clinched their first Spanish championship title in four
years last season but the Italian has never been out of the news in Spain. He writes a weekly
column for [.
Wes Brown is not a household name in the world of football and at 28 years, he has have had just 12
international caps for England and there is a considerably good chance that he may not get many
more. And also distinctly possible is the fact that he will have to search for a [...]
Today's top transfer rumors: For a long, long time Wagner Love has been tipped to join the English
Premier League and under the current circumstances it appears that he shall be another expensive
import to the English game as soon as January next year. The 23-year Brazilian striker currently
plays for Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow [.
[Note: PREVIEW of the match here] Fenerbahce have a key Champions League Group G match against CSKA
Moscow on Wednesday night, but before then, the reigning Turkish champions had to take care of some
business domestically, as they took on bitter rivals Galatasaray in round 15 of the Turkcell Super
Lig, in Soccerlens' Match of the [.
Echoing with my Europe's Most Expensive Benchwarmers article, this week the Daily Mail thought
about taking a look at the added values of players selected on the substitute bench, for last
week-end's English Premier League matches. Or, in other words: "How expensive was your team's bench
at the weekend"?
West Ham's Premiership survival last year required a lot of luck. The were bound for relegation, 11
Premiership matches without a win and a difficult trip to Ewood Park to face European hopefuls
Blackburn ahead of them. However, with the score at 1-1, Bobby Zamora's shot hit Carlos Tevez
before crossing the line.
Today's top transfer stories in the Premier League surround Chelsea and Manchester United. Could
old Chelsea friends Claudio Ranieri and Frank Lampard be reunited at Juventus? If Turin-based
Tuttosport is to be believed, then they are virtually assured of joining hands once more, this time
under the Juventus banner.
Aston Villa are riding high and wild in the English Premier. The Martin O'Neill managed side are
currently 7th in the league table with 27 points from 15 matches and only goal difference separates
them from a UEFA Cup place. Aston Villa play in the lunchtime kickoff against 6th placed Portsmouth
on Saturday and they will [.
Defender Supreme Paolo Maldini has seen it all and done it all in club football. He has been with
AC Milan since forever (for the pedants, let us reframe that since 1985) and has often been their
inspiration and drive. But for how many more years can one of the genuinely best defenders of all
The long and painful strife between Juan Roman Riquelme and Villarreal has ultimately drawn to a
mixed close. The Argentine international and one of the most creative midfielders in the world
departed European football for good on Friday without so much as saying goodbye to his manager.
With Riquelme finally been able to terminate his contract [.
Barcelona-Real Madrid. Celtic-Rangers. Boca-River. Manchester United-Manchester
City/Liverpool/Arsenal/your mother, sister, and cousins. Those are some of the most intense
rivalries in the world of football. But, you can't talk about intense rivalries without bringing up
Fenerbahce-Galatasaray. The Turkish titans tussle tomorrow at Fenerbahce's Sukru Saracoglu Stadium,
and it is a pivotal early clash in regards to the [.
Sir Alex Ferguson wants to buy an experienced defender, probably a full back, during the January
transfer window. He knows it, we know it and now so do the Glazers after the usually reticent Old
Trafford boss spoke at length about the latest injury setback suffered by Manchester United club
captain Gary Neville.
So we have another stupid suggestion by another Scottish team, and again we have the same stupid
outcome. This time Rangers asked if they could postpone their game with SPL minnows Gretna so that
they could fully concentrate on the Champions League game with Lyon in midweek. Surely this
shouldn't be allowed!
Technically Serbia is just over one year old (it was only in the middle of the 2006 Germany World
Cup that Serbia & Montenegro was fragmented) but corruption and organized crime are age-old
entities there. Serbian society is still unable to solve the high crime rate and corruption and
these ugly scars are running into [.
The FIFA Club World Cup gets underway today in Japan, with Iranian side Sepahan FC taking on New
Zealanders Waitakere United. Since many may only be familiar with a couple of the sides competing
in the competition, I thought I'd provide a little guide of sorts to each of the seven competitors,
starting with tomorrowâ€˜s combatants.
For the last six or seven seasons, Arsenal have been the most entertaining side in the English
Premier League but on more than one occasion their effectiveness has failed their flair. But things
have imbibed a different hue this season and as the English Premier League 2007-2008 crawls into
Week 16, it is Arsene Wenger's [.
So is Jose Mourinho the final choice? If the BBC is to be believed, then it's certainly so. It has
reported that the English FA have made an approach to the former FC Porto and Chelsea FC manager.
That Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes has been approached by the FA is confirmed (or so say the
Last week was all about Espanyol Barcelona's fierce clash with cross-city rivals FC Barcelona and
this week the derby focus shifts from the religious temperament of Catalunya to the more volatile
and voluptuous Basque country. It's a classic Spanish derby with more than a hundred years of
history shaping both the teams.
Ever wondered what it's like to be a professional footballer? Ever tried to understand the routine
of a top flight footballer? If you have but still couldn't catch hold of a comprehensive detail
about the daily life of a footballer, you need not wait anymore. Here is the story of a
footballer's life as it [.
It was Lord Sebastian Coe's presence that helped London win the rights to host the 2012 Olympics
and now it's the turn of a certain David Beckham to do the same in a different ball game. David
Beckham is easily the most recognizable footballer on the planet and it is his face and the
So another UEFA Cup match has been hit by, well, bottles. Thursday night's group game between
Belgian side Anderlecht and Tottenham Hotspur, might have ended in a 1-1 draw with both sides
expressing gladness at the result but the missile throwing misdemeanors throughout the match was
hardly something to savor.
Today's transfer rumours revolve around Manchester City, strikers, Arsenal's Jens Lehmann and the
silly (or not so silly) Ronaldinho-Barcelona-Chelsea saga. Manchester City are flying high in the
English Premiership and they want to fly higher, it seems. Manchester City chairman Thaksin
Shinawatra is said to be deeply contemplating on whether to make a move for the [.
He has been a loyal servant for both for England and Manchester United for over 10 years has time
arrived for Gary Neville to hang up his boots? Not that his form has taken a sharp dip towards the
bottomless abyss or that he has fallen out of favor with Sir Alex Ferguson but because [...]
Here's a sneak peek at what I'm thinking while I write...word for word before it gets censored.
Some cunt from beeb thinks that the big cunts at the fuckall are more or less decided on the 5
world-class managers they want to bribe for the England manager post. Amusingly enough, all 5 names
on that [.
When Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson recently described his side's chances of victory against
Chelsea as a 'David versus Goliath' scenario in terms of resources, it summed up everything that
has gone wrong with the English Premiership. On this occasion Goliath comfortably triumphed 2-0 at
the Riverside Stadium, but far from being just a result, it also [.
This article is a submission for the Soccerlens â€˜Share Your Football Experiences' Contest; to
participate, please read the details here. This is a story of somewhat different proportions. The
background is different, and so is the sport â€“ but it is still all about football. This is a
story of a long and exciting road [.
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A great book does not necessarily make a great movie. Catch 22 is probably the seminal piece of
literature of the twentieth century (if we choose to overlook Derek McGovern on Sports Betting);
yet the film was a major disappointment. Somewhat conversely, I found George Orwell's tale of
Soviet totalitarianism quite heavy going, but I [.
Following the friendly at home vs. Torino, and a resounding 2-0 win, a lot seemed right with Spurs.
After the summer transfers all of the fans believed there had been some great signings: Gareth
Bale, Darren Bent, Kevin Prince-Boateng, and Younes Kaboul were the headliners on a transfer period
that had seemed to lead [.
With Shakhtar's 2-1 home defeat against Benfica securing Celtic's place in the last 16 of the UEFA
Champions League, that means that nine slots in the knockout round have been filled. Five of the
remaining open spots are in Groups A-D, which I previewed on Tuesday. The picture is a lot clearer
The interest for ex-Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello is progressively growing across the Channel.
After the many rumours picking him as one of the favorites for the England job, the Italian
tactician now features prominently on the managerialÂ shortlist of two EPL clubs: Liverpool and
Newcastle. . Liverpool According to the Daily Mirror, Capello was contacted twice already [.
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SUNDAY MAY 7TH 2007 Alveston Football Club Tiddington Stratford â€“ Upon â€“ Avon Mid â€“ [.
A Christmas party to remember for a lifetime: that's what the Man Utd players are preparing to cap
a pretty successful 2007 year. According to the Daily Mirror, the EPL Champions have in store
something big enough "to make the Wags rock back on their designer heels"... Leading the
"organizing committee", Red Devil center-back Rio [.
Today's top transfer rumors: Internazionale have shown an interest in wonderkid Lionel Messi but
the young Argentinean has rejected any potential offers coming in for him. He admitted to being
flattered with the interest shown in him and with the admiration coming from Inter's president
Massimo Moratti but has decided that Barcelona is where he will [.
He is 6'3", weighs more than 15 stones, is just 35 years of age and is a skinhead. No, he is not a
common gang leader in town but a truly sincere referee whose love and respect for the game is not
inferior to any of the players that he controls during the course of [...]
Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson, Michel Platini, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Fabio Capello, Franz
Beckenbauer...... Take you pick, it's free for all at the moment. But what if the captain of
England is asked to make his choice? Whom would he like to be entrusted with the most difficult job
in football, that is, taking the [.
How many times have we seen Tottenham end up losing or drawing games in the last minute/s this
season? After the sacking of Martin Jol and the appointment of widely praised Juande Ramos many
thought their season would turn around. Wrong! They didn't get off the best of starts to the
2007/08 campaign after losing [.
Ronaldinho hasn't been anywhere near his best for the best part since the 2006 Germany World Cup
and looks more and more likely that he won't be able to reinvent himself. Yet at 27, Ronaldinho is
still one of the best footballers on the planet and certainly one of the priciest. And definitely
wanted by [.
I took the above picture at RFK Stadium just before the game began. In the center were Stefano
Tacconi, Gaetano Scirea, and Antonio Cabrini. Walking on the left were Sergio Brio and Paolo Rossi.
I had not thought about this for quite some time, but when I saw Soccerlens's contest for best
football moments, I decided [.
Now I've been thinking about an article on the new Jefe at Tottenham Hotspur for some time now but
I thought I'd give the guy a chance first and he's largely been good, but after the dismal 3-2
against Birmingham City I thought now would be a good time to criticise/praise SeÃ±or Ramos. But
there's just [.
If you could form the ultimate five-a-side football team who would you pick? I've been thinking
about mine for the last couple of days and I â€˜think' I have finally narrowed it down; so I
thought I'd write this and submit it before I change my mind again! In goal I think I would have to
While many of the Champions League participants have another week to wait until they hit the pitch
for Matchday 6, Group D will conclude tonight with AC Milan hosting Celtic and Shakhtar hosting
Benfica. With that in mind, it's time for an early - or on time - preview of all of the Matchday
More of the latest news from the transfer rumours coming up in today's headlines. Arsenal are
preparing a Â£5m move for PSV Eindhoven's Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay. The young
midfielder, who has Moroccan roots, is considered as one of the most exciting prospects to emerge
from the Netherlands recently.
The Thrill of Victory, and The Agony of Defeat While the major European domestic seasons are just
nearing their halfway point, a few leagues that I've previously mentioned in my world report have
come to an end in exciting fashion. Urawa Red Diamonds, recently crowned Asian champions just three
weeks ago, must have worn down at the [.
This article is a submission for the Soccerlens â€˜Share Your Football Experiences' Contest; to
participate, please read the details here. Australia 3 Japan 1, Reads the scoreboard on a hot
Summer's day in Kaiserslautern, Germany on the 12th of June; Anybody looking at a score like that
would think 3-1 is a fairly one-sided affair, But [.
They are the dark men-in-black and they are always at the centre of attention. For every goal
conceded and for every goal scored, there is potentially always a referee to blame. The man with
the whistle and his fellow scurrying tosspots are always picked on when anything, absolutely
anything, goes wrong in a game of [.
Without being one of England's historic sporting rivals like Scotland or Germany, it's a bit
strange that there were some Americans pleased with England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008. No
one doubts that the Americans and the English have a somewhat tenuous history, but as far as recent
politics go, things have generally [.
The recent arrests of Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp and others have brought the whole
investigations scandal of corruption in football back into the frame. The police probe began back
on January 11th 2006 after Luton manager Mike Newell highlighted the concerning issue of bungs in
football, openly criticising agents and claiming that illegal payments often [.
Fiorentina 0-2 Inter Milan Classy Match between Nerazzurri and Viola, and Not Only Because of
Technical Displays Really exciting stuff at the Stadio Artemio Franchi of Florence today. The match
itself was quite enjoyable to watch, with plenty of opportunities for either side (even though in
the end, Inter-"bulldozing tank"-nazionale got the upper hand again, through goals [.
The Liverpool supporters would certainly disagree and would even raise a crusade against this but
there is something wrong at the club. First the manager lashes out at the clubs' owners, then the
owners retaliate, then the manager apologizes, then there's a talk that one of those owners could
be withdrawing himself from the club [.
Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of the Spanish league to four points this weekend thanks
to a 3-1 victory over Racing Santander which was inspired by a splendid performance from Raul
Gonzalez. Racing arrived at the Bernabeu with the best defensive record in the league, having
conceded only nine goals in thirteen [.
When will Arsenal's bubble burst? They have been asking this for quite some time and the answer
still remains buried in the mist. And it will at least till the next round of matches in the
English Premier League rush upon us. For the moment the scintillating Arsenal side conjured up by
the wily old [.
It seems that they are destined for each other, rather to play against each other. The draw for the
English FA Cup was made on Sunday and an almost inevitable pairing was announced. Manchester United
and Aston Villa have locked horns in the FA Cup three times in the last six seasons and they will
Now we are in December this means we are less than a month away from the transfer window being
opened to allow clubs the freedom the start their shopping. Should Newcastle United's Obafemi
Martins' threat to leave the side come true Newcastle have their sights on Espanyol hitman Luis
Garcia. The Spaniard is rated at [.
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For the sake of my sanity and on good medical authority (because you would have to be
extraordinarily retarded to put on such a show), I can safely say that Brian Barwick and the
Football Association (and while we're at it, the Premier League as well), have England's best
interests at heart. Perhaps this [.
The Euro 2008 Final Draw is happening RIGHT NOW, in Lucerne, Switzerland. Soccerlens is covering
the event LIVE, click to refresh to get the latest updates. We'll be bringing you a full round-up
of the groups as they are formed. 12:38: Presidents of the football federations of Switzerland and
Austria are now appearing.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all are under foreign ownership but it is Liverpool who
are supposed to have made the best deal. While Malcolm Glazier has shoved Man United to a debt of
millions and no one is still not certain when Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich
would remove his hand of wealth [.
He is often described as a Â£30 million Ukrainian tosspot and one of the most ridiculous foreign
failures in the English Premier League. And now his stint with English football is drawing to a
final curtain. Andriy Shevchenko might be one of the best strikers of his generation, the best ever
footballer to have merged [.
Ever since the sacking of Steve McClaren as the coach of the England national football team, the
rumour mill has been in full swing. Several names have been thrown into the pot with Jose Mourinho
being pushed to the forefront of gaining the reign of the England horse. Even Fabio Capello, who
cannot speak English and [.
AC Milan's Brazilian star Kaka (and future christian evangelist) has been named Europe's footballer
of the year after winning France Football magazine's Golden Ball award. The 25-year-old was the key
figure in AC Milan's triumphant Champions League campaign this year. His performances in the Serie
A were less influential, whereas someone like Cristiano Ronaldo dominated [.
Do you think that the results of football matches can be rigged? Match fixing in sporting
competitions (thanks to the money involved - welcome to the dark side of sports betting) is not as
uncommon as one might think, nor is it as simple as some suggest. Football too has come under
scrutiny, with UEFA collaborating [.
Chelsea's resilience and quality shone through as they stood up to, and then disposed, a spirited
West Ham side at Stamford Bridge today. However, this isn't about the match but a particular
incident in the game, in context of how the first half went in terms of petty fouls and late
challenges. As the image [.
At Ewood Park today the traveling contingent of Newcastle fans cheered their team and manager on -
a refreshing change from the mob baying for blood in recent Newcastle home games. Despite a
promising first-half showing (and taking the lead early in the second), Newcastle weren't a match
for Blackburn - not up front [.
The Champions League qualification format has been changed (for the 2009-2012 period), the
Champions League final has been shifted to a Saturday (thank god), the Intertoto Cup has been
abolished (will Newcastle ever play in Europe again?) and the Uefa Cup has been revamped. For all
the bluster against Platini, the first major change he'd [.
Written by Jamie Floyd. Today, self-righteous brother Joey Barton made an impassioned plea to our
undoubtedly loyal support. Although 6,000 Newcastle fans away to Blackburn proves once again that
we follow our team, Joey suggests, and probably quite rightly, that actual support in terms of
singing, chanting and general encouragement is a rarity on bitter toon terraces.
Only a few spots in the round of 16 have been decided in Groups A-D of the UEFA Champions League,
as at least one spot in each group will come down to Matchday 6. Group A Both spots are still
undecided in Group A, where just a month ago, the outlook was bleak for Liverpool, [...]
Even Don Juan couldn't have pulled off the trick. Just over two seasons ago Real Betis were the
most entertaining team to watch in La Liga after FC Barcelona but now there are in shambles. The
love affair with the top guns both in Spain and in Europe has turned so sour that Betis have [...]
This is the first post in a series I will be writing about the current happenings and dark horses
and fallen clubs in the 2007/09 season. Since I am Italian, I will start with my native Serie A.
I'll try not to be too biased towards Juventus. It's been 12 games only, and the forerunners are
Due to the enormous success of our previous writing contest, Soccerlens will be launching a new
contest for the month of December, for which the theme will be: "Share Your Football Experiences"
If you have a favourite / most memorable real-life, personal footballing experience, and would like
to tell others about it, this is your best [.
It's Week 14 in La Liga but the table is still congested as if it were still the opening weekend.
Real Madrid are top of the table with 29 points, Villarreal are a mere 1 point off the pace in
second while 6th placed Valencia are just 4 point further off. The chart appears equally [...]
Following is a comprehensive list of transfer rumours which were published in British tabloids
during the month of November 2007: Manchester United According to various British newspapers,
Manchester United have stolen a march on Real Madrid in the Â£10m race to sign midfielder Miguel
Veloso. Moreover according to The People, Manchester United are being sounded out about a [.
Let's take a detailed look at how the African Cup of Nations will affect English Premier League
clubs when it takes place from January 20th to February 10th in Ghana. Many of the Premier League's
clubs will have at least one player represented at the competition, and some will have several, a
few of [.