SoccerLens Archives for January 2007

A quick update on Manchester United, Nani and Anderson

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I'll cover the Nani / Anderson moves to Manchester United in much greater detail in the next couple of days, but to kick things off I just wanted to make a few observations: Anderson needs a work permit, although I doubt that it will be too much of an issue, what with Anderson playing for [...]

Why Ribery to Bayern doesn’t make sense

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A few days back there was a rumour that Franck Ribery (Gary Neville lookalike, quality French winger and and a sureshot mover to Arsenal, amongst other things) had agreed terms with Bayern Munich and that the Owen Hargreaves deal to Manchester United was going to fund Bayern's move for Ribery. The move makes sense, because [...]

Nani, Bale, Tottenham and Manchester United

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I've said this before, but it is worth repeating - Tottenham have brought in an excellent talent in Gareth Bale, and they've got him at the right price as well. Now the rumour-mill has gone into overdrive with papers suggesting that Nani is also headed towards White Hart Lane, with the Spurs set to [...]

Birmingham City Home Kit 07/08

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I really like the new Birmingham City 2007/2008 home shirt - it's a refreshing departure from the current blue (or white) kits and the shirt design (by Umbro) is stylish and distinctive. According to the EPL Talk Blog (I couldn't be arsed to check myself) the new Birmingham City home kit design is a throwback [...]

Liverpool 2007/2008 Away & Third Kits (Adidas)

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There's been plenty of debate and discussion on what the new Liverpool kits would look like - several fake images were circulated but Adidas were always going to wait until after the Champions League final to reveal the new Liverpool shirts, and now they've done exactly that, albeit in fancy effort to build some [...]

Manchester United need Rooney and Ronaldo to be Ruud and Beckham

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Over at Red Rants, K9 talks about Manchester United's need for a goal poacher. In my view, Manchester United are not going to find the next Ruud, or Beckham, or Giggs, or Scholes or Keane or Cantona. Those players were/are unique in their ability to win games for United. What Manchester United 'can' do is [...]

Sir David Beckham and England

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It is said about Sir Alex Ferguson that he has built a career out of proving people wrong. They doubted him before he won the first Premiership title with Manchester United. They doubted him when he won that famous title by 'playing kids'. The 99 treble, The triple champions, the 2003 comeback and the [...]

Can Newcastle Win The Premiership In 3 Years?

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News on what Mike Ashley has planned for Newcastle United – once the takeover attempt is successfully concluded - is starting to leak out. That's most likely on purpose - as Ashley and his team are to attend a board meeting this coming Wednesday to review their plans for Newcastle - with the Newcastle Board and [...]

Sunderland Away Kit 2007/2008 - Very Nice!

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I have to say I'm impressed with the hard work the new management at Sunderland is putting in the club. It shows in their transfer strategy, how they treat fans, in Roy Keane and now with their new kit. The new Sunderland away kit (manufactured by Umbro) is all-white, replacing the blue away strip from [...]

Why Tottenham MUST bring in the RIGHT players this summer

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Ed: Congratulations to Spurs fans for Tottenham signing Gareth Bale - you guys have a very, very good player in your hands. As the Spurs' players (with the exception of those picked for International games) go on their end-of-season break, Martin Jol and Damien Comolli seem to have been working furiously to bring defenders Younes Kaboul [...]

Manchester United’s newest Fantastic Four

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I regularly go down to Hyde United's Ewen Fields to watch Manchester United's young side and this season many of the popular names - Rossi, Pique, Eagles, Bardsley, & Martin - have been missing. This season the Manchester United reserves haven't done as well as last season, this is because the majority of last season's [...]

Arsenal 3rd, Tottenham 10th, Newcastle still crap, West Ham relegated? What’s the right result?

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Throughout the 2006/2007 season we kept talking about poor refereeing decisions and how they were costing teams valuable points. And from the whining / ranting of the managers, you'd have thought that refs were killing people, not just being crap. Some bright folks launched a website called 'The Right Result in August 2006 - and [...]

Liverpool can buy the Prem just like Chelsea and Manchester United

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Liverpool lose in the Champions League final and sure enough various pundits, journalists and fans think Benitez is crap and under him Liverpool will never win the Premiership. Sorry, but have I missed something here? This guy has won two La Liga titles, an FA Cup, featured in two European Cup finals in [...]

Manchester United’s old guard must be changed

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The older players have played a massive hand in helping Manchester United to their 9th Premiership, but it's time that they are phased out. Gary Neville Gary Neville is a very good defender and he brings a lot more to the team than just football - his mental strength and desire to win has a positive [...]

Manchester United’s kids are better than yours

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The season's over, we bottled it at the San Siro and Wembley but Liverpool bottled it at Athens AND we're league champions, so there's some balance in the Universe this time around. On Sunday I talked about doing a season review - well, this is it folks. We're kicking off with a look at how [...]

Manchester City new home kit - 2007/2008

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Manchester City have a new home shirt available for the forthcoming season thanks to Le Coq Sportif in a 4-year sponsorship deal that will net them £10m. The new Manchester City home kit is a departure from traditional EPL kits - that is, you're not likely to see a thin-striped shirt on a football field, now [...]

Liverpool’s new owners are greedy bastards after all

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In football, there's stuff that you know is going to happen - you absolutely know it - but the ones most affected by it never believe you. So when we said that Liverpool's deal was all about the money and that Gillett and Hicks had leveraged Liverpool assets and put the club in debt the [...]

Why Liverpool won it the 5th time

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As Liverpool prepare themselves for tonights Champions League final in Athens, If I were a Liverpool supporter I would feel short changed this season. Over recent months it has become apparent that Rafael Benitez has been guilty of playing for one competition, thus getting to the final has thrown Liverpool into the limelight once more but [...]

An open letter to Sir Alex Ferguson

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Dear Sir Alex Ferguson… (I'm hoping that you run a Google search on you name and come across this letter). Thank you for this wonderful 2006/2007 season of football that you made possible for so many of us. Many people wrote Manchester United off in the beginning of this season. Yet, You Believed! Your belief made [...]

Hill-Wood should learn to shut up!!

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Since all the takeover news broke with Kroenke buying up Arsenal's shares I have kind of not really worried too much about the whole thing. For me, what happens, happens. Arsenal will survive and thrive! The one thing I really didn't like though was Dein being forced to leave Arsenal. The man that has [...]

Manchester United, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and bloody tears

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Where were you when Old Trafford worshipped Ruud van Nistelrooy? It's a pity that Real Madrid never came up against Manchester United in Europe this season - if only Real had beaten Bayern and then negotiated the impossible against Milan, we would have enjoyed an incredible double leg feature against David Beckham and Ruud van [...]

Luciano Emilio (DC United) sings “You’re Beautiful”

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I'll let Bobby Boswell tell this one: Speaking of the Brazilians, lets discuss Luciano some more. He is full of energy and personality. And he LOVES to sing. But, only one song – James Blunt's "Beautiful" is his song of choice. He hasn't quite learned all of the words, but man does he give it [...]

Craig Gordon to Manchester United?

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Just when you think that the Beeb is playing it straight with you, they throw you a wicked curveball that throws you off-balance. A friendly reminder that you can't trust anyone in football. With shades of TribalFootball and Daily Mail, BBC Sport starts off with a statement that reads: Manchester United are considering an £8m [...]

Football Headlines: 21 May 2007

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After a fashionably long break (caused by the topsy-turvy emotions of heartbreaks, winning a title and moving from one city to another), the headlines column is back. Yay… You might think today's column is a bit of old news - why yes, it is. I'm recapping bits and pieces from the last few days, so [...]

Manchester United 06/07 Season Review

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If you're an old (relatively) reader of Soccerlens, you'll remember that back before the season started, I did a week-long preview for the club, looking at the squad from different aspects and at SAF's future. Now that the season is over and with news that Owen Hargreaves is set to leave Bayern Munich, it's [...]

Manchester United’s Summer Transfer Agenda 2007

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Ed's note: Please give Ross a warm welcome - he's been a Soccerlens reader from the BNN times (Before NewsNow) and as such deserves our respect (for putting up with us on a day to day basis). Manchester United's summer transfer agenda, based on facts and not on heresay. We know: Sir Alex Ferguson is after 3 targets We [...]

New Arsenal Away / 3rd Kit?

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A reader just posted this on Soccerlens saying that the kit below was the ‘real' new Arsenal away shirt or the 3rd shirt, as it hasn't been decided whether Arsenal are going to keep the yellow away shirt or not. In our original post on Arsenal's 07/08 away kit, the differences are clear - no [...]

Is Ribery now out of Arsenal’s and Manchester United’s reach?

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With Marseille qualifying for the Champions League, Ribery's asking price has shot up to 20m at least. The big question now is - who can afford him, and which team will go after him? Ribery has said time and again that he has one dream - to play in the CL with a big club (presumably [...]

Transfers update: Ribery / Hargreaves / Owen / Nani

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With the season over for Manchester United, fans can now look forward to new signings and the possibility of a major coup. Unfortunately, it's too soon to talk about big signings, so this week (like last time), we'll talk about rumours that most likely won't happen (and one that just doesn't end). 1. The biggest [...]

It hurts like hell / Manchester United did great, but they must improve

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It hurts, doesn't it? Fuck. No use blaming the ref for not giving a penalty - in a final in extra time, it's very hard to give a penalty unless there's a very clear-cut case. In Giggsy's case, he got touched and slid in and collided into Cech - it was quick and fluid and it [...]

2007-2008 Premiership Club Kits

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Every year football fans are running around, trying to figure out what the new kit for the next season for their club is going to be. To make the process a whole lot easier, I thought it would be a good idea to collect all the kit pictures for the Premiership clubs in one place. [...]

Will you jerk off to save the world?

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Here's an interesting news tidbit surrounding the 2007 FA Cup final - the Guardian reports that (I'm paraphrasing this): "Fans at the final will eat a shitload of food, drink a shitload of beer and cause a shitload of pollution through their travels to and from the stadium - creating a huge-as-a-crap-mountain eco-footprint that could [.

New Aston Villa Crest

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Aston Villa recently (well, a couple of weeks ago) revealed a new crest, going retro and against the grain as far as the current trend in the Premiership is regarding club crests. It's been bashed and liked on different forums - my view is that on its own the new Aston Villa crest looks just [...]

New Middlesbrough Crest

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The new Middlesbrough crest has come under serious criticism, but there are some good points to it as well and compared to the old Boro crest (below) it's definitely an improvement. The Good - better colors, more space for the lion, and the shield is fine as well. The Bad - the ribbon at the bottom [...]

Manchester United and Nani’s new deal

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Over at Red Rants we were discussing the new contract Nani has 'supposedly' signed at Sporting Lisbon, and a couple of things popped up about the reporting of this news that looked suspicious. For starters, both Goal.com and Sky Sports put up identical versions of the news release, and Atletico Madrid was pointedly mentioned as [...]

Manchester United vs Chelsea - 2007 FA Cup Final

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Chelsea vs Manchester United, Saturday, 19 May, 1500 BST, Wembley. Referee: Steve Bennett. This is the official match coverage - for the unofficial, biased preview, read this. The 2007 FA Cup final is being trumpeted as something special, and by all accounts it should be - the top 2 teams in the Premiership are contesting it, and [...]

Superior Sevilla

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Sevilla coach Juande Ramos persisted his side deserved to be the second club to defend the UEFA Cup after their dramatic 3-1 penalty shootout win over 10-man Espanyol. Sevilla keeper, Andres Palop, was the hero with three penalty saves after the game had ended at 2-2 after extra-time. Adriano's 18th-minute opener for Sevilla was cancelled out just [.

Can Rooney replace Scholes / Best Manchester United formation?

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Two new articles on the Man Utd blog (red rants) today - one discussing the merits of Wayne Rooney adopting the playmaker role at Manchester United and the other discussing likely playing formations next season (based on this summer's expected transfer activity by Manchester United). 1. Can Rooney replace Scholes? We desperately need a good attacking [.

International Under-25 XI - who’s your pick?

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This is an article I've wanted to write for a while now, and am unfortunately slightly late on. I missed the window on Kaka, who would clearly be in the lineup. However I am writing it now because I don't want to miss the window on perhaps the most important member of this team, Petr [...]

Management Gone Mad At Wigan, Newcastle, Manchester City and the rest

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The age of football management is dead. In only a few bloody days, the whole landscape of top-flight football has changed, and even more unstable times lay ahead. In a usually calm time for football - the lull before the transfer window opens again - the world outside the top four is going off the rails. In [...]

Liverpool can beat Milan at their own ‘control’ game

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In a rematch of epic proportions, the formation Benitez will put out from the start needs careful consideration in the build up to the final. Its fair to say that given the unpredictable nature of Benitez in relation to the tactics he employs for the team, determining who starts and where they play isn't going to [...]

Man City slashing spending, fire their ground waterer

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Manchester City may be looking at a potential takeover and 50m of transfer funds, but until that dream comes true City have to cut costs. After Psycho admitted that he was there for two years to ‘balance books' at Manchester City, the club have now fired one of their most trusted ground staff members - [...]

Striker Shell Game - Summer Transfer Predictions

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Now that the Premiership season has come to an end, it is time to predict where some of the top strikers who may be on the move this summer will end up. This is based largely on guesswork and instinct, as there is little else to go on at this point, so take it with [...]

Tottenham’s squad: Who should stay and who should go?

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After finishing 5th again this year, if we are to seriously challenge for 4th spot we must be intelligent in the transfer market, make the right signings and let some players go. I'm just going to go through the squad and say who in my opinion we should definitely keep, who needs to show more, who [...]

Blackburn 2007/2008 Home / Away Kits

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Here are the Blackburn home/away kits - no news yet on their launch dates though. There's nothing ‘wrong' with the kit design and I don't know why people (non-blackburn fans, btw) are criticising it. I actually like the colors they've picked, although I'm not sure if the red and black will look as good when [...]

Arsenal 07-08 Away Kit

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This is a bit ‘old' in terms of news, but regardless… Here's the new Arsenal away kit for the 2007/2008 season. It's come under some criticism and yes, it's a bit whiter than it probably should be, but the design itself isn't ‘bad'. I don't know, I wasn't fond of the yellow away strip, so for me [.

All Tottenham 2007/2008 Kits (pics) and launch dates

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Tottenham have four kits for 2007-2008 - the home kit (white), the away kit (grey), the third kit (yellow) and the special 125th anniversary kit (white and blue). Before the images, I've got to say that I love the look of the away kit (the home kit looks too sparse with all the white) and [...]

Manchester United are champions / new Manchester United blog

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There's a lot that's happened in the last week or so, and I thought this would be a good time to a) highlight some Manchester United stories you might have missed and b) remind you of our new Manchester United blog, Red Rants. For a site that started last Wednesday, Red Rants already has 19 [...]

Newcastle United are hurting, and it’s their own fault

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I'm sorry, but there's nothing remotely romantic about Newcastle's current plight - they are in a mess, and it's of their own choosing (the management and club, not the fans). No football fan ‘deserves' this, but then again no football fan deserves to see their club relegated to the third division (Leeds) after playing in [.

Tevez and Alex Ferguson keep West Ham in the Premiership

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There are two reasons West Ham are still in the Premiership. One is Carlos Tevez - that monster of a striker who has led West Ham's charge to safety after everyone else had given up on them. West Ham believed, and most importantly, Tevez gave them belief. The second is Sir Alex Ferguson, whose team selection [...]

Bolton 2007-2008 Home Kit

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The Bolton Wanderers home kit, simple as ever and featuring the familiar Reebok logo, went on sale on Thursday, 10th May. The kit itself is plain, with the Reebok logo and the navy blue and red flashes on the sides standing out. I'm On an unrelated note, the Bolton club website is the perfect example [...]

Jose Mourinho is a good loser

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has done something we were all hoping but not expecting - he's managed to be gracious in defeat, although Chelsea critics and cynics will be trying to nitpick even his most simple of statements. Talking to News of the World (why do footballers still talk to NOTW after all the crap [...]

Rossi’s future at Manchester United

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Opinion on Giuseppe Rossi is split amongst Manchester United fans. Some consider him to be just the striker we need for next season (I'd be one of them), others are more interested in chasing after Huntelaar, Berbatov, Tevez or the ‘new flavour of the month', as someone stated here earlier.. So what is it? Is [...]

Manchester United don’t need Barton, can’t have Richards

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Rumours connecting Micah Richards to Manchester United have been cropping up for the last month or so, and now people are linking Barton to Manchester United as well. I know (and have said this myself before) that Manchester United should sign the best players, but there are times when you have to step back and [...]

Everton 2007/2008 Home Kit

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The Everton 2007/2008 home kit will be launched on 31 May 2007. It's one of the better kits, with yellow touches near the collar and on the neck. It's well designed and and while the stripes may look distracting to some, to me they actually complete the kit. Not sure what the jersey would look [...]

De Rossi, not Hargreaves, for Manchester United

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In Europe, Manchester United need someone to protect our defense. The strongest name that is linked with United is Owen Hargreaves. Many fans want him desperately because he is English. Nothing wrong with that except the cost on him. He costs 20 million. Manchester United get one quality defensive midifielder if we go for [...]

Why would Steve Sidwell reject Newcastle and sign for Chelsea?

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If the media is to be believed, Steve Sidwell is bound to show up as a Chelsea player on a Bosman by the end of next week. This raises the all-important question - what the hell is Sidwell going to do at Chelsea, and why did he turn down Newcastle? Why Chelsea? For starters, there's the [...]

How Sheffield and Wigan can get West Ham relegated on Sunday

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Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic are preparing to sue West Ham if West Ham manage, somehow, to stay in the Premiership on Sunday. You'd think that if West Ham were relegated, both Sheffield and Wigan would let the matter lie and not push for punitive damages. And considering the fact that a lawsuit will not [...]

Manchester United vs West Ham Preview and News Update

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Manchester United play the Hammers in a game that has greater significance for the players in claret and blue, although that is unlikely to be a reason for Sir Alex Ferguson to let the players relax. He has stated clearly that he wouldn't want to show disrespect for the other teams involved in a relegation [...]

Manchester United used a legal loophole to stop Howard from playing

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There is no doubt that Manchester United broke zero rules in the Howard deal - and while the Guardian cheerfully reports that Manchester United were this –> .

Tevez can be Manchester United’s Essien

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Carlos Tevez has essentially confirmed what we've been talking about for the last few months - that's there's a very good chance that he will be leaving West Ham this summer. The problem is, though, that no one knows where he's going, nor do they know where MSI stand on his ownership. Carlos Tevez is going [...]

Big Sam will bring the discipline Newcastle so badly need

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Harry Pearson on the Guardian writes about Big Sam and what the Geordies could expect if he is to manage them next season. He talks about how important the ‘dourness' and the ‘directness' of his approach might be to Newcastle's cause, although most fans may not approve of those methods. Go read the article. Reasonable [.

All of Jose Mourinho’s quotes

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is undeniably a cult figure - you either love him or hate him, once you know him there's no middle ground with him. Here at Soccerlens we love him despite our incessant criticism of his actions - and it is that love (and respect) that has led us to build [...]

West Ham’s troubles with Wigan and Sheffield United are far from over

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What do we really know about this whole Tevez / Mascherano / MSI mess? We know that MSI had a deal in which they could terminate the contracts of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez in the January transfer window for set prices (2m for Tevez, 150k for Mascherano). We also know that there was never a [...]

Tottenham vs Blackburn, Berbatov vs McCarthy, vote for the better striker

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Mark Hughes' comments about Blackburn's McCarthy being a better than Tottenham's Berbatov are based on statistics. The thing with statistics is though, that they don't tell you everything. Out of curiosity, I looked up the goal scoring charts for the 2006/2007 Premier League season, and here's what I found. Top scorers from Blackburn and Tottenham (3 [.

Arsenal fan: Mourinho’s arrogance cost Chelsea their title

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Take a moment to smile at the arrogance of Jose Mourinho and that little twerp Ashley Cole. 2 Years ago they decided to go behind Arsenals backs and have a secret meeting. Cole denied the meeting and Jose showed his true colours by blatantly lying to the world! "I have never met the boy. I [...]

Can Chris Eagles be the next Ronaldo for Manchester United?

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It's still very early to say, but from what we saw yesterday at the Manchester United - Chelsea game, Chris Eagles has the work ethic, the drive, the shooting ability (that Everton goal) and possibly the pace and skill to be a good (if not great) future prospect for Manchester United. It will all depend [...]

Manchester United transfers update: Gattuso, Berbatov & Owen

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This summer is going to be tough on Manchester United fans - being Premiership champions means there's a much higher level of ‘expectation' when it comes to transfers, and for Manchester United the wheels are already spinning. Red Rants takes a look at three of the rumors that are NOT going to be real, no [...]

Manchester United update: Chelsea match report and player evaluation

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Hey guys. Just a quick heads up to tell you that I've put up the Manchester United vs Chelsea match report over at Red Rants (which is only the best Manchester United blog around) and there's also a detailed evaluation of our second string that turned up against Chelsea tonight. Some highlights: Chelsea vs Manchester United - [...]

Liverpool need consistency of selection to challenge for the Premiership title

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Forget the star players. Benitez needs to focus on choosing his best XI and sticking with it throughout the whole season, barring injuries and suspensions. In this way he'll be taking a leaf out of the Ferguson and Mourinho handbook when it comes to giving your team the best chance of winning the [...]

That funny feeling you get as champions

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There's this movie I really took a liking to. Lord of War. I'm sure you've heard of it, if not actually seen it. At one point there's this Zen-ish aphorism that the narrator spews out. "There are only two great tragedies in life. One is not getting what you want, and the other, is getting [...]

List of potential summer targets for Manchester United

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In the news today (and in yesterday's article on Manchester United's 3 summer targets), a lot of names popped up as potential targets. Over at the Red Rants blog, we (I) looked at all the options one by one, and evaluated their chances of coming to Manchester United. Here's a quick look: Possible transfer targets for [...]

Anfield’s great and Chelsea and Liverpool are NOT s***

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Congratulations to Jorge Valdano - he has, in one myopic, ignorant but brilliant article, done what out-of-style players and managers dream of. He's fucking famous, ladies and gentlemen. Sure, he's hated by Liverpool and Chelsea, but apart from being loved by the rivals of these teams, he knows (as does Jose Mourinho) that bad publicity [.

The Chelsea family and Abramovich’s big decision

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Both Lampard and Mourinho have talked about troubles within the Chelsea camp, pointing to their performance at the Emirates as an indicator of how Chelsea should be playing. Lampard: "There have been problems at the club and they have to be addressed, simple as that. There are things we have been battling against and we have to [...]

Manchester United: Right Place, Right Time?

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United have won the league. A lot of celebrations will be taking place all around. They deserved to win it, no one can deny that. But the question is, can they sustain this immense form and push for a second consecutive title? There has been a lot of talk lately of Sir Alex Ferguson's Third [...]

Premier League vs YouTube - a misguided attack on the wrong target

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As we all know by now, the English Premier League is to sue Youtube for what it calls copyright infringement on its content. The EPL has accused Youtube of "knowingly misappropriating" its intellectual property by "encouraging" people to post goal videos and highlights of Premiership games [source]. It doesn't end there.

Premier League vs YouTube - a misguided attack on the wrong target

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As we all know by now, the English Premier League is to sue Youtube for what it calls copyright infringement on its content. The EPL has accused Youtube of "knowingly misappropriating" its intellectual property by "encouraging" people to post goal videos and highlights of Premiership games [source]. It doesn't end there.

Manchester United’s 3 summer targets are …

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I've yet to see an intelligent analysis of who United's ‘reported' 3 summer targets will be. Everyone's speculating blindly on rumours, latching on to the Berbatov story in a sickeningly predictable way. Here's the real story - who Ferguson has (probably) asked for, and why. United's Transfer Targets 1. Owen Hargreaves A no-brainer, considering that Manchester United have [.

Manchester United’s best 5 games this season

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It's hard to gloat when your team has been embarrassed in the semi-finals of the Champions League and you still have an FA Cup final to play. But over the course of the season, there has been plenty to celebrate for Manchester United. And at the heart of this has United's attacking form and their [...]

Keane’s and Quinn’s Sunderland ready to take the Premiership by storm

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Sunderland on Sunday emphatically ended their season with a 5-0 trouncing of bottom club Luton Town at Kennilwoth Road. Their end of season run of 20 games - starting on January 1st this year produced a phenomenal 16 wins, a single defeat and three draws. In that period they scored 42 goals and conceded only 15 goals. A [...]

Wigan, Sheffield United, Fulham and Charlton are not good enough to stay up on their own

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Self-righteous morality is usually sickening, but when it's backed by financial self-interest, it has to be spat on, stamped on and burnt on the stake. I have no doubt that Wigan, Sheffield United, Charlton and Fulham have the right to question the Premier League's decision to not deduct points from West Ham. However, considering their demands [.

WARNING! Playing football with women can make you horny…

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Do you get turned on by the thought of playing football against women? Of tackling them, scoring against them, being caught offside? Well, do you? Muslim imams seem to think so - and if you're Muslim, you're a fuckin' pervert for thinking like that. Of course, if you're a Christian, you're either a very good [...]

Keano’s new record / Sacrificing whales / debunking the Tevez rumours / United win the Premiership

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What it says in the headline Keano's new record Can you guys help me with this one? I think that Roy Keane's achievement - of winning a league title in his first managerial season - must be some sort of football record. If it isn't, it must be something special. Yes, it's just the ‘Coca-Cola [...]

Will the FA punish Brown and Ball for their attacks on Alonso and Ronaldo?

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Two off-the-ball challenges that the referee did not see. Two challenges that merited straight reds (if Scholes can get a red for swinging but pulling his punch in and not connecting, these two were stonewall reds). Two challenges that need post-match video reviews to be punished - and if either player had scored, would have [...]

Ball’s stamp can’t prevent Ronaldo from (almost) winning the Premiership for Manchester United

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It's ironic that Manchester United had to pluck a leaf out of the Chelsea book on their way to a tepid 1-0 win over their local rivals to put one hand on the title. The match however did have its moments of drama. First, barely a couple minutes into the game, Michael Ball, clearly looking inspired [...]

Liverpool vs AC Milan, Champions League Final 2007

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With due respect to Arsenal of last year, Porto and Monaco of 2004 and Liverpool of 2005, this is the first 'real' and 'balanced' Champions League final we have seen since the Milan - Jueventus final at Old Trafford in the 2002-2003 season. And as balanced games go, this one is going to be hard, [...]

Premier League sues YouTube, no more free football videos?

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Your biggest source for football videos is under attack. The English Premier League is suing YouTube for allowing users to upload video clips of goals and key incidents from Premiership games. If you remember, the Premier League went after YouTube last year and got them to shut down thousands of user accounts for uploading goal [...]

Rash Fulham could pay a heavy price for their mistakes

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Chris Coleman's was a story you could not have made up. From the lowest of despairs to the highest heights and then back again. The burly Welsh centre back was captain of the Fulham side that charged up two divisions and, under Kevin Keegan, made a dramatic arrival into the Premier League. In early 2001, though, [...]

NY Yankees sack fitness coach - Are you watching, Newcastle?

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For the second season running Newcastle United have had an injury-ravaged season including their fair share of hamstring injuries. In one of our first articles on the new Newcastle United blog last week - we indicated this was not good enough, injuries couldn't be used much longer as an excuse - and the club should [...]

Football Headlines - 04 May 2007

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The not-so-daily roundup returns. News Headlines Arsene Wenger has been fined by the FA for calling the linesman a liar. It's hard not to sympathise with Wenger over this - after TV reviews there was ample time for the Adebayor red card to be overturned (or at least have the suspension reduced) but the authorities 'stuck [...]

Dabo vs Barton / Manchester City vs Manchester United

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For most of the week I've resisted the urge to write about the Barton-Dabo spat. Mostly because everyone was talking about it, but also because there wasn't much to say. Barton and Dabo exchanged a couple of rough tackles. Dabo squared up to him and probably cussed at him and called Barton's mum a whore. [...]

What has Michael Ballack done for Chelsea?

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While Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may not be best mates with Andriy Shevchenko and Khalid Boulahrouz, he certainly has a soft spot for one Michael Ballack. Mourinho was responsible for convincing Ballack to sign for Chelsea ahead of several other clubs (including Manchester United), and overall has gladly played him at the cost of unbalancing [..

Everyone wants to kick West Ham

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If you thought that West Ham's downfall - initiated after the 31st August transfers of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano under MSI ownership - was complete with the Premier League 5.5m fine, you were wrong. Plenty of things are STILL to go wrong for West Ham - and there are indications that they will. The most [...]

What if we had our injured players available?

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about what I perceived as a general mediocrity in this year's La Liga campaign. I personally feel that many teams have underperformed, including Barcelona, Valencia, and Villareal. As I got to thinking, it occurred to me that all of the above teams have suffered from horrendous injuries to key [...]

How similar are Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard?

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I've always found Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney to be similar characters - tremendously gifted, central to their respective teams, highly regarded by their peers and irresistible to watch on the pitch. But are they really that similar? Steven Gerrard It's hard not to be impressed by Steven Gerrard. He gives his 110% on the pitch every [.

Manchester United taught a lesson in quality football, but will they learn?

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AC Milan taught Manchester United a footballing lesson. I desperately hope that these players do not forget it and instead, learn from it. From keeping the ball to pushing Manchester United by tackling and winning the ball back to keeping their discipline, Milan were the superior side, hands down. Could Manchester United have done better? I [...]

Manchester United vs Milan - Post Match Thoughts

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Ahmed has written at length about the game, but being writers here, we can't have enough of analysis, can we? So here is one more. Let's get it out of my system as soon as possible. Manchester United were out-thought, out-fought and out-classed. Three things that about summarized the semi final. But for a detailed analysis [...]

Goodbye Manchester United, you’re going home

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I'm not going to pretend that I like United. I'm sorry, but I'm an Arsenal supporter and that's just the way it is. However, them being knocked out of the Champion's league semi final and vanquishing all hopes of another treble to add to the trophy cabinet wasn't what gave me the greatest pleasure tonight. [...]

Arsenal and the Emirates is ready - Here come the Russians!!

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For many, the first experience of that shiny new stadium called The Emirates brings across a feeling of awe. For supporters it exhibits pride in what our football club has achieved as well as anticipation for what the future may bring. But what of away supporters and teams? Speaking to a mate of mine who [...]

Tottenham’s Tony Soprano’s 2nd Season: Success or Failure?

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After the disappointment of the UEFA Cup exit to Sevilla, I was baffled at some fans' calls for our very own "Tony Soprano's" head, and whilst Martin Jol is the last person I would like to see leave Spurs, failure to qualify for Europe this year would be more than just – according to Aaron [...]

Manchester United taught a lesson in quality football, but will they learn?

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AC Milan taught Manchester United a footballing lesson I desperately hope these players do not forget and instead, learn from. From keeping the ball to pushing Manchester United by tackling and winning the ball back to keeping their discipline, Milan were the superior side, hands down. Could Manchester United have done better? I think that Liverpool [.

God Loves You Pepe…and So Do The Kop!

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Historical goalkeeping, a sea of red sang songs of awe and joy, and Pepe Reina will never really have to walk alone again. Can things get any better for Liverpool? Oh, this reporter senses a tantalizing Champions League final series. As for you Pepe, I hold you in awe, sir. Houllier sat Zen-like on the floor, [...]

Soccer Becoming Popular with US kids

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There is a growing enthusiasm here in the United States for Football with the young kids (they call it soccer - we'll call it football in this article), since over the last few years or so they have been able to watch the Premiership and other top leagues (Serie A, La Liga etc) [...]

Soccer Becoming Popular with US kids

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There is a growing enthusiasm here in the United States for Football with the young kids (they call it soccer - we'll call it football in this article), since over the last few years or so they have been able to watch the Premiership and other top leagues (Serie A, La Liga etc) [...]

Can John Terry be a good manager?

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After last night's defeat to Liverpool, management may be far away from John Terry's mind. However, he has recently gone on record as saying that he would want to coach / manage Chelsea at the end of his career, and once a player shows that sort of dedication and passion it's hard to not [...]

Manchester United can beat Milan at San Siro (match discussion)

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Beat AC Milan. Beat Chelsea twice. Beat Liverpool. Do that, and you will be kings. Of course, the media hacks and opposition fans don't let it be that simple. For example, the common understanding outside Old Trafford is that Manchester United travel to the San Siro as under-dogs, and that the home victory was both lucky [...]

Are you a “true” football fan?

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Are you a ‘true' fan? In the year or so of managing Soccerlens, I've heard this quite often: you're not a true fan, if you were you'd … (add your own rationalisation here - these usually run along the lines of ‘know the history', ‘trust the manager', etc etc - anything to deny the other [.

Manchester United & Milan playing for the Champions League title

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Beat Milan. Beat Chelsea twice. Beat Liverpool. Do that, and you will be kings. You can discuss the second leg here. Below, you'll find goals from the first leg, match reports and a full semifinal preview. I'll also be adding goals and links to match reports on this page the morning after the game. First Leg Review A [...]

Juventus can thank faithful stars for their storming return to Serie A

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Juventus were relegated to Serie B last season - after being accused - along with AC Milan, ACF Fiorentina and SS Lazio - of being involved in a match fixing scandal. What's happened to the club since then? Thanks to some of the world class stars who stayed with them - and showed club loyalty [...]

Chelsea have the edge, but Liverpool will never give up at Anfield

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Can Chelsea survive the Anfield roar? Will Mourinho cry foul at Anfield's 12th man's support? Can Liverpool actually repeat their 2-0 January result and go to the Champions League final for the 2nd time in 3 years? Depending on which side you hear, anything is possible. The majority of football fans are looking at Chelsea's [...]

Owen returns but he’s not God / Roeder can’t help Newcastle

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Michael Owen returned to the Newcastle side last night at Reading - for only his eleventh start in his two years at Newcastle - but even Michael couldn't stir Newcastle from their lethargic end of season form and Reading won the game 1-0 - probably on merit - with a goal from Dave Kitson after [...]

Has Jose Mourinho lost his bottle?

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Jose Mourinho has always been an interesting study of the human condition. If there's one thing you can say about him it is that he doesn't like to hide. In fact Jose epitomises the condition known as small man syndrome, using the media to try to make himself look the ‘Big Man' that he wishes [...]

Pick 3 winners out of 5: Tottenham, Bolton, Everton, Portsmouth & Reading

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There are 2-3 games left to go in the Premiership, and 4 points separate the 5 teams most likely to get into Europe. Let's take a close look at the 3 winners, and 2 losers, in this race for Europe. Race for Europe There is of course, the path of the Inter-Toto cup to take. I'll add information [...]