SoccerLens Archives for January 2007

Espanyol Emerging Out of Barcelona’s Shadows

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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 [.

L’Équipe’s All-Star Best XI of 2007

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It's the end of the year. A popular time for various press publications to make "Best Of 2007″-type rankings. The Times (UK) did the Best 100 movies of 2007, the New York Times the 10 Best Books of 2007, mCalcio.com the Reuters (RNPS) Best Sports Pictures of 2007 (oh what a shameless plug from my part), and Time Magazine [.

Transfer Gossip: Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Napoli, Reading

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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 [.

Divining Liverpool’s future from Hick’s interview

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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 [.

Phil O’Donnell - Motherwell Captain - Dies

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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 victory.

Top 20 Young Footballers for 2008

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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 [.

Football Quotes of the Year - 2007

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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 [.

Barcelona’s Solution: Lionel Messiah

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Camp Nou cathedral is no Jerusalem and Lionel Messi is no Jesus Christ. But that doesn't make the diminutive Argentine anything less than a Saviour. If FC Barcelona is més que un club (more than a club), then Messi is more than another soldier in the Catalan army. He is the leader, the spiritual inspiration, [.

Real Madrid: Basking In Hype And Expectation

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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, [...]

Manchester United’s Greatest Ever? We may well be looking at them…

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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 [.

Adriano: Another Brazilian Lost In The Wilderness

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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. He [...]

Chelsea v Everton - 07/08 Carling Cup Semifinal Preview

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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 [.

Online Football Manager is Addicting

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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 [.

Obi Wan: 1, Hand Solo: 0

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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 [.

Valencia: Can They Rescue Their Season?

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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 truly [...

NOT such a Merry Christmas for…..

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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.

The ‘Special One’ is Back: “I’m on Setanta Sports”

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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 [.

Arsenal v Tottenham - 07/08 Carling Cup Semifinal Preview

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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 [..

10 reasons why Barcelona have lost it all…

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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 smarter).

Pepe: Real Madrid’s New Guardian

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Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira, known to most as just Pepe, was born in Maceló, Brazil, on the 26th of February 2008. As a defender, he distinguishes himself from his counterparts by his embodiment of both speed and physical prowess – the former attribute he perfected by regularly running the beaches of Brazil as a youngster, [.

Chelsea welcome their new Special One

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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 [.

Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid: The End of an Era?

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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 cards [.

La Liga Week 17: Real Madrid go 7 points clear as Atletico Madrid and Barcelona stumble

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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 Barça were perhaps a [...]

Trekking Around Europe: Happy ho-ho-holidays for some, for others a lump of coal

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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 into [...]

Inter Milan Beat AC Milan, and Claim Their Second ‘Derby della Madonnina’ of 2007

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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 [.

The Future of Brazil’s Midfield is at Manchester United and Liverpool

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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 [.

Transfer Roundup: Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, West Ham, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Barcelona, Juventus, Eintracht Frankfurt

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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 [.

Inter Milan vs. AC Milan - A Preview of the ‘Derby della Madonnina’

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El Clásico? Cosa diavolo è sto 'El Clásico'? Or in other words, "What on Earth is this 'El Clásico' 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 [.

07/08 Champions League 2nd Round Predictions: Arsenal v AC Milan, Liverpool v Inter Milan, Lyon v Manchester United, Celtic v Barcelona, Roma v Real Madrid, Oly

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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 [.

Manchester United Fans Jailed for Roma Incident - Is Fan Violence Getting Out of Hand?

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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 [.

Manchester United sign 24-year old striker Manucho

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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 [.

Italian Serie A Week 17 Preview: Inter Milan take on AC Milan, Roma and Juventus pushing to catch up

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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 [.

Tottenham, West Ham, Everton, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Portsmouth, And Others Get Ready To Feed On Valencia’s Scraps

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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 [.

La Liga Week 17 Preview: Barcelona host Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid take on Espanyol, Villareal to take advantage, Valencia and Sevilla plan comebacks

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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 [.

Barcelona Basking In The Return of Samuel Eto’o

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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 [...

UEFA Cup Review: Everton and Bordeaux perfect, Tottenham in tricky tie, Aberdeen and Bolton sneak through to round of 32

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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 [...]

UEFA Champions League Playoffs Draw LIVEBLOG

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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: [.

Transfer Roundup: Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Juventus

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From the probable, to the possible, to the ‘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 [.

In Praise of Gudjohnsen

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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 [.

Charity, Empathy and Chas to Tea

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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 [...]

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: El Clásico Is Almost, Almost Upon Us

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Most call it El Clásico, 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 [...]

Manchester United are richer than Arsenal

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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 [.

From Reality-TV to Chelsea FC, the Fairy Tale of Gideon Baah Continues

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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 [.

Fan Abuse? Get A Bloody Backbone!

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In this world of terror, poverty, famine and drought, nobody ever gives footballers a thought. Some earn just over £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 [.

Arsenal’s Young Guns Mature Beyond Their Years

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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 - Review

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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 Betting Guide (OLBG) gives you the chance to win real money by betting with fantasy money. You can use your fantasy money [.

It’s Time for English Football to Make a Break for Winter

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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 Europe's [...

Nery Castillo moves to Manchester City on loan + Nery Castillo Videos

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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 Shakhtar Donetsk.

Antonio Cassano crying in the middle of a match (Video)

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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 [.

EPL Talk Interviewed by Performancing

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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 [.

Valencia’s Crisis Is Now A Disaster

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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 Sanchez [.

Fabio Capello, his Future Mountains of Cash, and Possible Additions to His Backroom Staff

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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 £4.

Rape claim at Manchester United Christmas Party

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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.

Can Blackburn stop Arsenal?

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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 close affair.

Transfer Roundup: Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Birmingham, Juventus, Marseille, Valencia, Middlesbrough, Wigan, Benfica

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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 [.

Can Tottenham beat Manchester City?

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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.

English Premier League Round 17 Review: Arsenal and Manchester United Victorious on Grand Slam Sunday, Cole Shows His Smarts, Everton, Middlesbrough, Newcastle

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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 [.

Becks is best when it comes to playing like England

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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. [...]

On Ronaldinho’s Sour Love Affair With FC Barcelona

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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 [.

Ref Watch: Alan Wiley - Arsenal v Chelsea

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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 him [...]

La Liga Week 16: Barcelona win away but lose Messi for Real Madrid game

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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. Barça'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 next [...

On Fabio Capello and England’s Future

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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 [.

Soccerlens Match of the Week: Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United - A Tale of Wastefulness and Opportunism

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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.

Liverpool 0–1 Manchester United; Arsenal 1–0 Chelsea – Grand Slam Sunday Review

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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 – 1 Manchester [.

England Qualify For Euro 2008 After All

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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 [.

This is an Arsenal team with balls of steel

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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 [.

On Manchester United (champions) and Liverpool (pretenders)

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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.

AC Milan on Top of the World, Boca Juniors is Defeated (Club World Cup 2007 FINAL)

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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 [...]

Who is Alhassan Bangura?

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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 [.

Liverpool v Manchester United, Arsenal v Chelsea - Grand Slam Sunday Preview

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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.

The Sad State Of English Football

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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 [...]

Soccerlens Match of the Week Preview: Liverpool vs. Manchester United

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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’s Backroom Staff For England

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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 eye [.

Fabio Capello: Is He The Right Manager For England?

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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 [.

La Liga Week 16 Preview: Barcelona to beat Valencia, Real Madrid to thrash Osasuna

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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 [.

Transfer Roundup: Newcastle United, Manchester United, Manchester City, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Schalke 04, Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers, AC Mi

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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 [.

Magnusson sells West Ham stake as Hammers plan 60k seater stadium

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At last English Premier League club West ham United are emerging out of the shadows of a certain Eggert Magnússon. 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 [.

Van Persie: Manchester United are bigger threat to Arsenal than Chelsea or Liverpool

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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 24–year old [.

Quieroz: Manchester United must stop Torres to beat Liverpool

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When Liverpool signed Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid in the summer for a record £26.5 million (although the player himself said to The Times that the transfer fee was £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 [.

Manchester United’s Carrick: Liverpool are title contenders

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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 [.

Manchester City turn down move for Newcastle United’s Michael Owen

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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 [...]

Javier Saviola: The Other Unwanted Argentine

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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 [.

Alessandra Ambrosio vs Cristiano Ronaldo

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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 funny. [..

2007/2008 Champions League 2nd Round Draw: Preview

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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 Europe's [.

Thierry Henry Video

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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 [...]

Weekend Preview: Bow Down To Happy Gilmore

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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.

AC Milan Defeat Urawa Reds, and Qualify for the Final vs. Boca Juniors (FIFA Club World Cup 2007)

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"Boca here we come". Kaká'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 [.

Fabio Capello: New England Manager

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On Thursday, 13 December, Fabio Capello, 61, was appointed by the FA as the next manager of England. Terms of his contract will be £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 [.

Watford’s Al Bangoura Probable Deportation by British Goverment

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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 [.

Liverpool vs. Manchester United; Arsenal vs. Chelsea - 3 Days to Grand Slam Sunday

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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 [.

No Conspiracy Against Liverpool in Robberies

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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 [.

Sunderland after Manchester United, Chelsea and Blackburn players

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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 [.

Police fail football as 7 Manchester United fans are stabbed in Rome

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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 [.

Champions League Matchday 6 Review: Lyon and Fenerbahce join Barcelona, Manchester United, Roma, Inter, Sevilla, and Arsenal in the round of 16

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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 [...]

Champions League Matchday 6, Serie A Teams: Man Utd Tie Roma to 1-1 Draw, the Milan Teams Finish with Wins, Lazio Eliminated

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Matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League wrapped up this week, in an atmosphere of semi-indifference for 3 of the 4 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 were Lazio, hanging by a very thin [.

AS Roma v Manchester United Preview

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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 v Everton Preview

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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 [.

Who Should Tottenham sign in January?

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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 goals.

Transfer Gossip: Manchester City, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Sunderland

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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 [...]

Tottenham v Arsenal for Celtic’s Boruc?

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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 [.

Sissoko out of Liverpool?

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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 [.

Football Media Welcomes EPL Talk and Family

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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 [.

Juan Roman Riquelme - Flawed Genius

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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 [...]

Champions League Matchday 6 Review: Porto, Liverpool, Schalke, Real Madrid, and Olympiakos join Chelsea, AC Milan, and Celtic in the round of 16.

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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 [.

Transfer Gossip: Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham, AC Milan, Juventus, FC Barcelona, Birmingham City,

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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 [.

Chelsea v Arsenal v Liverpool v Manchester United - Who Can Handle Injuries Better?

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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 [.

Sporting Accuse Manchester United’s Queiroz of illegally approaching Veloso

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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 [.

Mourinho turns down England as Capello waits his turn

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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 Fabio Capello.

Can Liverpool Rescue Their Season By Beating Marseille On Tuesday?

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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 [...]

Do Arsenal fans still give a f*** about Chelsea’s Cashley Cole?

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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 [.

The Future of Refereeing? FIFA Using Ball-Chip Technology for Club World Cup

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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 [.

Fabregas v Anderson - Who Is The Better Player?

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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 most [.

Soccer PubCamp - Networking for Real Football Fans

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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 [.

Transfer Gossip: Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Juventus, Club America

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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 [.

Liverpool v Manchester United, Arsenal v Chelsea - 6 days to Grand Slam Sunday

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So next Sunday sees 2 pivotal games played in the EPL, Liverpool host Manchester United – which is always a little bit tasty – and Chelsea travel to the Emirates to play Arsenal – usually equally sumptuous. So the big 4 playing each other on the same day; and the FA tells us the fixture [...]

Jose Mourinho For AC Milan?

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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 [.

The Premiership Title Race: Arsenal lead Manchester United and Chelsea while Liverpool look lost

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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.

La Liga week 15: Narrow wins for Real Madrid and Barçelona

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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 Coruña.

Jurgen Klinsmann Tipped To Take Over At Liverpool

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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 [.

Jozy Altidore With The US Olympics Team

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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 [.

Trekking Around Europe: Lyon, PSV, Werder stumble ahead of Champions League clashes, Marseille, Olympiakos, and Fenerbahce stroll

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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 [.

My Love Affair With the Arsenal

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens ‘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 [.

How I Lived the 2006 World Cup Final: France vs. Italy

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens ‘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 [.

Pompey’s Miracle “Ionized Shirt” Technology: Scientific Breakthrough or Futuristic Doping?

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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".

Right or Wrong: Crowd Abuse During Football Matches?

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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 [.

False Reports of Another Takeover At Newcastle

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Newcastle United were taken over by Mike Ashley just six months back for a staggering £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 £200 million bid for English [.

Capello: Real Madrid wanted Raul Out

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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 [.

Is Wes Brown’s Career Over At Manchester United?

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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 [...]

Transfer Rumours: Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid

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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 [.

Soccerlens Match of the Week: Fenerbahce 2-0 Galatasaray - Fener Hand Arch-Rivals First League Defeat

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[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 [.

How Expensive Was Your Team’s Bench in the English Premier League Last Week-End?

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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"?

EPL Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs. West Ham United

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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.

Transfer Roundup: Chelsea, Manchester United, Juventus, Barcelona, AC Milan

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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.

Can Aston Villa Maintain Their Good Form This Season?

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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 [.

Is Paolo Maldini’s AC Milan Career Drawing To A Close?

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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 [...]

Reyes the Thorn in Real Madrid’s Paw

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José Antonio Reyes might not be the most reliable person when it comes to loyalty and love but he is certainly the one who is most rocking the Bernabéu. Not because he is still loved for his performance against Real Mallorca on the last day of last season that ended the Spanish club's three year [.

Juan “The Enigma” Riquelme Departs Villareal At Long Last

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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 [.

Soccerlens Match of the Week Preview: Fenerbahce vs. Galatasaray

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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 [.

Could Bayern Munich’s Willy Sagnol be Manchester United’s Next Signing?

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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.

The SPL Are At It Again…

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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!

Serbian Football Trying To Weed Out Corruption

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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 [.

Previewing the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup

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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 tomorrow‘s combatants.

Weekend Predictions: Arsenal - Chelsea - Liverpool - Tottenham - Manchester United - Newcastle United - Manchester City - Fulham - Aston Villa - Bolton Wanderer

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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 [.

Has Mourinho Been Approached By The English FA?

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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 Guardian). [.

La Liga Week 15: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Villareal aim to pull away from the chasing pack

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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.

Micah Richards and his Manchester City training routine

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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 [.

Beckham to front England’s World Cup 2018 bid

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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 billions [...]

Trouble At Tottenham v Anderlecht Requires More UEFA Action

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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.

Transfer Roundup: Manchester City, Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AS Roma, Ajax, Juventus

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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 [.

Is Manchester United captain Gary Neville’s Career Drawing To An End?

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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 [...]

FuckAll and the merry cunts of football

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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 [.

Money Men Are Buying Up the Glory

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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 [.

Thai-Style Elephant Football - A Truly Great Experience

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens ‘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 – but it is still all about football. This is a story of a long and exciting road [.

Goalwire - Review

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Goalwire 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. Goalwire is the world's leading livescore site with scores, statistics and league tables from over 50 coutries, in 12 different sports.

Third Ruck from the Son

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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 [.

Tottenham: A Long Road Ahead

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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 [.

Matchday 6 Preview: Can Rangers, Lyon, Fenerbahce or PSV or join Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester United, Roma, Inter and Sevilla in the second round?

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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 in [.

British Interest in Fabio Capello now to Include Liverpool and Newcastle

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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 managerial shortlist of two EPL clubs: Liverpool and Newcastle. . Liverpool According to the Daily Mirror, Capello was contacted twice already [.

Raul On The Way To Self-Reinvention

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On Saturday night in the match against Racing Santander, Raúl did a strange thing. No, it was not the 4th minute as-easy-as-you-like strike past Tono, it was not even the marvelous Captain Fantastic performance that he gifted the 80,000 odd Bernabéu faithful gathered to watch their team win and win with thrall; instead it was [.

Warwickshire Boys League Under 17’s League Cup Final

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens ‘Share Your Football Experiences' Contest; to participate, please read the details here. [Editor's note: This article exceeds the 2000 word limit, but we chose to publish it anyway. It will be judged accordingly for its excess length] SUNDAY MAY 7TH 2007 Alveston Football Club Tiddington Stratford – Upon – Avon Mid – [.

Manchester United Players To Blow Over £100,000 On Girls, Gambling and Booze For Christmas

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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 [.

Transfer Roundup: Inter Milan, Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool, Wigan, Everton

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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 [.

Howard Webb - An Outstanding Referee

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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 [...]

Terry’s England Choice? It’s Quite Easy To Guess…..

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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 [.

Why Tottenham should be 3rd in the Premiership

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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’s Barcelona Situation Trapped In a Web of Uncertainty

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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 [.

Interpreting The Interpreter – Is José No Way interested in England?

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I'd love to believe all I read in the papers, but I have a cynical disposition when it comes to the managerial merry-go-round which has been busily whirling for the last eight weeks in England. It started with José Mourinho parting from one job and it could end, albeit temporarily as far as the back page [.

My Chance Meeting With Juventus FC

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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 [.

¿Quién es Juande Ramos? A Look at the new Tottenham Hotspur Manager

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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 Señor Ramos. But there's just [.

The Ultimate 5-a-Side Team

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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 ‘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 [...]

Matchday 6 Preview: Can Celtic, Liverpool, Olympiakos, Porto and Rosenborg join Chelsea, Milan and Real Madrid in the round of 16?

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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 [...]

Transfer Roundup: Arsenal, Manchester City, Derby, Blackburn, Reading, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Fulham, Sunderland, Portsmouth, West Ham

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More of the latest news from the transfer rumours coming up in today's headlines. Arsenal are preparing a £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.

Weekly World Report - Tough Days for Urawa and Boca as they prepare for FIFA Club World Cup

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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 [.

Australia in World Cup 2006

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This article is a submission for the Soccerlens ‘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 [.

To Do or Not To Do with Referees…

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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 [.

Why do Americans hate England?

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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 [.

Football Corruption in the English Premier League: The Story So Far

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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 [.

Serie A Matchday 14: Inter Emerge Victorious in Top Teams Battle, while AC Milan and Juve Mutually Neutralize in Goal-less Draw

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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 [.

Trouble Brewing At Liverpool

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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 [.

La Liga Week 14: Super Raul Pulls Real Madrid 4 Points Clear of Barcelona and Villareal

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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 [.

English Premier League Week 15 Review: Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool march on as Tottenham embarrass themselves, again

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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 [.

FA Cup 3rd Round Draw - 2007/2008

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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 [..

Transfer Roundup: Newcastle United, Manchester United, West Ham, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Bolton, Middlesbrough, Fulham, Juventus, Reading, Aston Villa, I

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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 [.

SoccerPro - Soccer Gear Store - Review

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SoccerPro 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. SoccerPro is a leading authority for soccer gear and training. As advertised on their website, the company "strives to provide the finest soccer equipment available, [.

Can Joaquin Rediscover His Old Touch?

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Once upon a time I was falling in love But now I'm only falling apart There's nothing I could do A Total Eclipse of the heart Bonnie Tyler Total eclipse of Joaquin, more [...]

Brian Barwick’s comical search for England’s next messiah

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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 [.

Euro 2008 - FINAL DRAW Live Webcast

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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.

Are Liverpool Going Into Another Takeover?

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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 [.

Is Andriy Shevchenko’s time at Chelsea finally over?

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He is often described as a £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 [.

Has the English FA Learned From Its Mistakes?

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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 [.

Ballon D’Or 2007 Winner: Kaka

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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 [.

Match Fixing in Football | UEFA and Interpol investigate

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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 [.

Terry sets a bad example (video) - Chelsea 1-0 West Ham

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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 [.

Newcastle fans asking for a new manager are stupid - Sam needs more time

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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 [.

Champions League and Uefa Cup Format Changes

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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 [.

Joey Barton Is Right To Criticise Newcastle Fans

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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.

Champions League Matchday 5 Review: Celtic and Olympiakos eye round of 16, Liverpool and Werder still alive and kickin’.

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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, [...]

Can Real Betis Survive The Drop This Season Too?

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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 [...]

The Rise and Fall: Serie A 2007/2008

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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 [...]

‘Share Your Football Experiences’ Contest

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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 [.

La Liga Week 14 Preview

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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 [...]

All November Transfer Rumours: Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton, West Ham, Portsmouth, Asto

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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 £10m race to sign midfielder Miguel Veloso. Moreover according to The People, Manchester United are being sounded out about a [.

Measuring the 2008 African Nations Cup’s effect on Premier League Clubs

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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 [.