SoccerLens Archives for January 2007

Guts and Fighting Spirit a Requirement at Newcastle

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Newcastle have three games left of a disappointing season - starting with the game at Reading on Monday. These games still count although to get a place in the Inter-Toto cup is now very dubious - and it certainly looks like we will not be playing in Europe next year. Newcastle are now at a point [...]

Arsenal roundup / Eriksson for England / Prem roundup / Goal of the day

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A quick look at today's top headlines: Arsenal Roundup Peter Hill-Wood's letter to the shareholders is encouraging but there are two problems with it. One, it's bloody late, and comes after his initial tirade which was unprofessional and stupid. It will repair the damage, but why not do this earlier, or keep your mouth shut until [.

Roy Keane gets Sunderland promoted, should Newcastle fans be worried?

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With Derby County losing today to Crystal Palace 2-0 that means that both Birmingham and Sunderland claim the automatic promotion spots to the Premiership. Congratulations to the Sunderland Football Club, their players, their fans and specifically freshman Chairman Niall Quinn and manager Roy Keane for a fantastic first season at the club. It's just great that the [.

Is Sam Allardyce coming to manage your team?

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Sam Allardyce is too ambitious for Bolton, and he has made the hard decision to leave his club, surprisingly two weeks before the end of the season. Will he go to Newcastle to replace Roeder? Manchester City to replace Pearce? Tottenham to replace Jol? England to replace McClaren? Or will he make the biggest turn [...]

Arsenal & Lehmann can thank sports science for his longevity and success

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So Jens Lehmann just discovered what it means by "extension clause", as Arsenal dusted off the cobwebs to the German's contract, extending it for another year. The Arsenal shot stopper has been given a "professional" thumbs up from Asene Wenger and the Gunner's management. Lehmann can thank his lucky stars for the power of sports [.

Coloccini headed for Newcastle United?

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Ed Harrison from the Newcastle United blog reports that Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has reportedly launched a move to sign Fabricio Coloccini from Deportivo La Coruna. Newcastle reportedly bid for Coloccini back in January (don't know if those reports were serious) and overall, the Argentinian defender has looked quite composed whenever he's been on the [.

Pick 3 survivors out of 5: Fulham, Wigan, Charlton, West Ham & Sheffield United

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With 2 games left, 5 relegation candidates are still separated by 5 points. However, Soccerlens can safely predict that next weekend will see the relegated teams decided, and that we can probably predict them right now, too. Premiership Relegation Race Survivor #1: Sheffield United Their draw against Charlton (away) and a win at home against Watford has pushed [.

11 Reasons why Michael Carrick will be a Manchester United legend

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When Michael Carrick first came to Manchester United, there was a lot of criticism. He couldn't tackle or shoot, and we didn't need a short-passer to replace the midfield general that was Roy Keane. And wasn't 18m too much for a passing midfielder who couldn't do much else? In 8 months (September to April), [...]

Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premiership are 1.6%

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"United are in a much better situation but we know if we take nine points from our last three games and United lose six points then we'll be okay. It's not easy to lose six points but anything is possible in football." Not easy to say the least, two out of Chelsea's remaining three games are [...]

Football Headlines - 30 April 2007

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I'm avoiding the ‘common' news today - so if you're looking for commentary on what Mourinho is saying about Ronaldo or what Rafa is saying about Mourinho, you'll have to hit The Sun. However, there are some quality articles that you should be reading instead. Here's a quick look: News Headlines Niall Quinn, Sunderland manager, speaks about [.