SoccerLens Archives for January 2007

Football Slippers - no, seriously!

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Football Slippers!?!?!? Ahmed's surely gone nuts... I know what you're thinking, and I sympathise - when Subside Sports emailed me with the link to their newest line of football accessories, my first thought was to tell SS to shove the slippers up their collective arses. But they've usually given me good advice, and so I thought [...]

From Intertoto to the Uefa Cup, dreams in hand

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Eleven teams from across Europe have all earned a place in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup second qualifying round after winning through from the UEFA Intertoto Cup. The UEFA Cup second qualifying round draw will be held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland this Friday after the conclusion of the first qualifying round on Thursday night. [...]

Transfer Roundup: Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Chelsea and more

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A look at the latest transfer rumours involving the Premiership. Newcastle offering 6m for Manchester United's Alan Smith You've got to be kidding me. Newcastle United have Ameobi, Owen, Viduka, Martins plus that kid who got assaulted by Buffon (Carroll). They wouldn't be spending 6m on a 5th or 4th choice striker. Unless Big Sam wants [...]

Manchester United roundup: Heinze, Tevez, Scholes and Fergie

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A quick look at the football news surrounding Manchester United in the last week. Air Superiority There are very few flaws that one can find in a masterpiece. When you do, indeed, you tend to wonder if those rare gaps were accidental after all- or if they were part of the contrivance of the great mind [...]

Barcelona Roundup - Season preview and merry Scotland

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A quick review of the football news surrounding Barcelona in the last week or so. Another Win In Scotland Football Club Barcelona made it two out of two in Scotland today with a 1-3 win against Hearts in front of 57,000 fans at Murrayfield. Ronaldinho opened the scoring with a twenty-first minute penalty after Zambrotta was [...]

Does Carragher think that Chelsea are better than Liverpool?

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With the start of the new EPL season just around the corner, people are beginning to speculate on which teams will move up and down, who will be relegated, and who the team to beat is. These discussions occur everywhere, starting with the game's biggest pundits, all the way down to the pubs around [...]

Chelsea and the peculiar case of Frank Lampard

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If Frank Lampard leaves Stamford Bridge tomorrow morning, I would not give two lights. If a Chelsea fan had said that to you a few years ago, you would probably think they are either a) stupid, b) mad or c) one of those new fans that liked the look of Roman Abramovich's money. However, that same [...]

Benfica 2007/2008 Home and Away Kits

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Portuguese side Benfica have their new Home and Away kits for the 2007/08 season. The home shirt is the classic all red kit of Benfica but the away kit has gone for a pink, black and white look with the new Adidas "snake" style pattern on the shirt. The most notable thing on the kits are the [...]

Bayern Munich 2007/2008 Home Kit

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Bayern Munich have released their new home kit for the 2007/08 Season. It's a change from recent Bayern Munich shirts by having stripes, but it is a very nice looking kit by Adidas, and if the strip is anything to go by Munich will play very well this season in the kit. The shirt has the new [...]

Werder Bremen 2007/2008 Home and Away Shirts

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Werder Bremen may have lost their star striker to Munich, but their kits are still something going for the club. The home shirt is a nice change from last years by having a whole green home shirt, The away shirt is last years home kit that was green and white halfs, so Kappa have changed it [...]

Dealing with rising ticket prices

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I think we can all agree that: Ticket prices are getting higher and therefore farther out of the reach of the common fan. Matchday revenues form a major component of a club's income, and despite the age of takeovers clubs need money to be competitive in football, Premiership or otherwise. The idea is to find viable alternatives [...]

Liverpool boys still settling in

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Today's game against Portsmouth should not be used as an indicator to where Liverpool's hope lie in the upcoming Premiership. Essentially it was a warm up game aimed at building up the players fitness and personally I don't think too much should be read into the lack of cutting edge up front against Pompey. [...]

Who Should Newcastle Buy and Sell this Summer?

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During this article I will be asking who should Alardyce trying to get rid of at the earliest oppurtunity and what positions need filling and who are the players to fill them. Newcastle Sales Firstly I am going to say who I personally feel should be shown the revolving door at St. James Park. I am [...]

Traveling

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Hey guys (and the odd girl - hey rach!) - I'm traveling for the next few weeks - hopefully I'll be back before the Community Shield game. Posting on SL will be light - I'll keep SL to one feature article per day but I'm sure that Red Ranter, Kyle, Norman, Hugo, Ed and everyone [...]

Reyes can still be great for Arsenal

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A spell at Arsenal without Henry at the club could very well convince Reyes to give it another go. Now before everybody starts bleating I think its good to understand a few things first. The weather was not the main cause of Reyes becoming unsettled and unhappy at Arsenal. I am sure everyone remembers those first [...]

Heinze, Liverpool, Manchester United - Hypocrisy or not?

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Disclaimer: This article is written from a United supporter's point of view and probably is a biased view. I've heard some ‘strange' arguments from scousers before. However, likening this move to the Tevez move and then calling Manchester United hypocrites? That's classic. Let's be honest. Why are the Liverpool fans really upset? Is it perhaps because: a) [.

LA Galaxy 2007 Away Kit

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David Beckham's LA Galaxy have released their 2007 Away kit. It's an all black shirt sporting the new European looking LA Galaxy badge and the Herbalife logo. It has the Adidas yellow splashes near the collar and around the side mesh panels. LA Galaxy have gone with white, black and yellow instead of their better-looking yellow and [...]

Ajax 2007-09 Home Kit

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The new Ajax shirt for 2007/2008 is out, and is a very nice looking shirt by Adidas. The shirt is the classic Ajax white with red thick vertical stripe going up it and it's one of the only kits that doesn't have the Adidas 3-stripes on it, which suits the Ajax shirt nicely and leaves it [...]

Middlesbrough 2007-08 Home and Away Kits

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Middlesbrough have released their 2007/2008 home and away kits. Nice shirts but could have a few more splashes and colour. Middlesbrough have also got a new sponsor in Garman Sat-Nav, which is just a recipe for jokes about finding directions to the back of the net. Boro still have Errea as a sponsor and Errea really [...]

What if Berbatov had left Tottenham?

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With Dimitar Berbatov staying at Tottenham for next season, I want to raise a hypothetical question: What if Berba had left Tottenham? Where would he have gone and how would he have fared there? For simplicity's sake, I'm limiting the target clubs to the top four in the Premiership. Berbatov to Manchester United Berbatov would have been welcomed [.

Hamburg SV 2007/2008 Home, Away and 3rd Kits

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Hamburg SV have released their 2007/2008 Home, Away and Alternate Kits. The Kits are sponsored by Adidas, Not Puma like last season, All three kits look great, especially the stripes on the home one. The away one is black with one side's mesh design blue and the other white, while the 3rd shirt is all red. If [...]

How will Arsenal fare without Wenger?

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Is Arsenal bigger than Arsene Wenger? Yes. Can Arsenal survive, and do well, without Wenger? Yes. In recent years, thanks to the rampant speculation surrounding Arsene Wenger's future (damn Spanish media), the notion has been raised that losing Wenger will hurt Arsenal. Very few people can, single-handedly, make the fortunes of an institution (ruining them is easy, [.

Pic of the day: the love that binds Henry and Ronaldinho

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via FCBNews: Barcelona leave tomorrow for Scotland: Barcelona have started training and are due to fly out to Scotland on 23rd (today) where they will play their first two games of their pre-season friendlies. Barça will play Dundee United at Tannadice Park on Thursday 26 July, kick off is 9pm Spanish time, and on Saturday [...]

Arsenal beat Genclerbirligi, look sharp

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via ArseRant: Arsenal 3 Genclerbirligi 0: On Thursday we played our second friendly of the preseason against Genclerbirligi (I'm not even going to try and pronounce that) in a game that I missed. I'd been looking forward to it for most of the day actually but lost track of time reading a novel that I'd [...]

Baptista out to prove that Newcastle is cursed

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Yesterday, when Ed asked the question: "Is Newcastle cursed?" I laughed a bit and thought that it was just despair and anguish at current state of affairs, especially the recurring injuries and that once Newcastle solved their mess of injuries, they'd do a lot better (duh). But now I'm hearing that Julio Baptista - that [...]

The Tottenham dream and Arsenal’s reality

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In the last 18 months or so, people have looked at the improving Tottenham squad and have been quick to brand them as the 5th biggest team in the Premiership. On the other hand, Arsenal's decline after 2 titles in 3 seasons (although they won an FA Cup in 2005 and reached the CL [...]

West Brom Home Kit 2007-08

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West Bromwich have released there new home kit for 2007 / 2008. It's a nice change from other Umbro shirts this year, and has a more retro look about it, with the collar. The kit has the Umbro shoulder diamond shape splashes on them, and with the collar look very nice combining a look of [...]

The real reason behind Chelsea’s US trip

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Blue Winner over at the Chelsea blog Blue Champions pops the question and then explains the reasons behind Chelsea's tour of the US. Well Chelsea is making the usual pre-season tour and this year they have returned to the football hotbed of... the United States. I am sure that you, as well as I, spent [...]

Barcelona Away Kit 2007/08

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Barcelona have released their home and away kit for this season (see the 07/08 Barca home kit here). The 07/08 Barcelona shirts pay homage to the Nou Camp's 50th Annivarsary. The away shirt is different shades of blue halves, which is a nice change from the orange away kits last season.It has a Nou Camp [...]

Newcastle after Baptista

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. Well the injury jinx has hit us again as Joey Barton yesterday broke a metatarsel in his foot and will be out for up to 7 weeks. That's a bad blow for Newcastle - especially when we [...]

Liverpool’s summer transfers so far

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Liverpool have 'rotated' a chunk of their squad this summer, letting several players go and bringing in reinforcements (noticeably in attack) to give Liverpool the cutting edge they have sometimes lacked in the last two seasons. Tony, from Anfield Red (the Liverpool blog / forum), has a good round up of all the summer transfers [...]

Ronald Koeman - a Barcelona legend

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Nic at the FC Barcelona blog writes: Ronald Koeman will always be remembered for scoring the winning goal in the 1992 European Cup Final at Wembley. For those lucky enough to see him play regularly in his six seasons at Camp Nou, there are many other great memories. Koeman was a great leader who led Barça [...]

Football In Film And TV

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Recently I have been watching the re-runs of "Life on Mars" on BBC4. For me this is one of the best series created by the BBC in the last couple of years. However, this week's episode was a big disappointment, probably the weakest episode of the entire two series. What was wrong with it? Well, the [...]

Can Carizzo Fill The Void Left By Peruzzi at Lazio?

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How can you replace someone as great as Peruzzi? For me, Peruzzi was one of my favorite Italian goalkeepers of all time, and with his current retirement from international football who could fill his super presence between the sticks for Lazio? It seems the big bosses for the Biancocelesti have decided to trudge through the [...]

Farewell (but not too well!) galácticos and erráticos; enter the new order

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When I wrote, under a cloud of euphoria, about Real Madrid's triumph in the 2006-7 La Liga, I warned against resting on their laurels (something that Los Merengues do like few other teams), and predicted that wholesale changes would be necessary if the club were to keep up with their rivals during the coming season. [...]

Beckham must play / LA Galaxy Kit

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David Beckham won't line up for the LA Galaxy to face Chelsea tonight, but already his move state-side has been a success, for him and for LA Galaxy. The MLS club have already made millions from selling tickets and merchandise (especially the shirt shown below), and as David Beckham keeps schmoozing with the sponsors [...]

Get the coolest Ronaldinho tee ever!

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Not much I can say about this except that the guys at Subside Sports just emailed this pic to me and I think this is arguably one of the coolest shirts I've seen this summer. It costs less than half of a regular club kit too. No offense to Barcelona or Manchester United, but this [...]

How the Indian Cricket Team scored a Goal…

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I live in Bangalore, India. The same India that till a little while ago used to single-mindedly focus its billion-strong sporting energies on one sport – Cricket. Why not too? It's the only sport we were half any good at in the first place. We have had a few sportspersons come along every few decades [...]

Breaking News: Newcastle are looking to buy defenders

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. In reality it's been a very slow week for news and not a good one in terms of signing the defenders we need. We expect Sam to step up his activity to get into the club the [...]

Do Chelsea need Robben?

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Over at Blue Champions, BC has a good writeup on Robben's worth to Chelsea. The BBC report also says that we are claiming 15 million pounds and Real are ready to pay only 12. Even at 15 million poounds, I feel Chelsea is underselling a great prospect. He is just 23-year old, has not yet [...]

Mido flogged for 6m, Spurs aren’t the only ones laughing

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I promised myself that I wouldn't touch footy news today but this one is just too much. The thought that Tottenham had found a club willing to take Mido on loan was hilarious enough, but now, news that Tottenham have a 6m deal in place to sell Mido is just too much to ignore. Ok, ok, [...]

The Sheffield United - Premier League arbitration report and West Ham’s impossible position

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For those of you unfamiliar with the exact events that took place after the 27 April West Ham hearing and the subsequent response by the FA Premier League in the following 2 weeks, this will surprise you. Before we start though, you might want to scroll to the bottom and download the attached document so [...]

Manchester United’s Van de Saar Thinking About Quitting?

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Big J from Keeper Skool writes about Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar: With only another season left at Manchester United in Edwin van der Sar's goalkeeping gloves, the Dutch maestro is contemplating a future that seems uncertain. Recently I have been stumbled across many instances where goalkeepers of van de Saar's generation are moving [.

Newcastle Roundup - Ameobi’s back, Owen and Martins loyal, for now

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. We concentrate on some of the Newcastle players today with news on Shola Ameobi, Geremi Sorele Njitap Fotso (for short - Geremi) and Michael Owen. There's also a good story originating in the Northern [...]

Why the Automatic Cup Ticket Scheme Stinks

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The Glazers' controversial Automatic Cup Ticket scheme has apparently reached a tipping point for some as a supporter has decided to sue the club over the unfairness of the scheme. Over 100 more have joined in to support this disgruntled fan. Before I get into it let me give a brief idea for those not aware [...]

Why United Should Hold On To Smith

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Yes, we and plenty other United fans who commented on our threads in the past have mostly felt that if we were to sell a striker, it had to be Smith. But at the moment we would do well to retain his services. Here's why... Recent reports confirm that Manchester United have included him in the 24 [...]

Tevez Update: Is a Solution Finally In Sight?

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The Guardian today reports that West Ham United are confident that the clauses in the contract that concern the ownership of Tevez's economic rights are unenforceable by law. Reading that article makes it tempting to think that a solution to this mess might be in sight, after all. So is there one? To quote from the report: Jim [...]

Heinze Set to Leave OT

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Sir Alex has confirmed that Gabriel Heinze will leave OT. Well, what else do you want me to say? It's a hard thing to digest but since SAF has himself confirmed it, he is moving. So what now? Mikael Silvestre would stay for another season, surely. Would any good come of this transfer? Not if [...]

Man Utd Blog 2007/2008 Home Kit

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I hope you guys like the new Red Rants home kit theme. I've just put it live with no testing (ok, some testing), so if there are any bugs please report here in the comments. And if you hate it, blame the Red Ranter, it was his choice! And please take this time to suggest other improvements [...]

Hawk-Eye to make football faster, not slower

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There's an interesting article on the BBC Sport site which profiles the development of Hawk-Eye technology specifically for introduction into Premiership football. The Premiership should be checking on the developments by the start of the season. In ideal conditions the setup should be complete before the end of the year. Under conditions set out by [.

West Ham: Victims or Idiots?

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In the last few months West Ham fans have become increasingly defensive and come out in droves to protect the honour of West Ham United whenever the club is criticised. Think that West Ham were leniently treated by the Premier League? You're just feeding on media propaganda and don't know the truth. Think that West [...]

WagSnatch Roundup: Beckham’s Hand, Danielle Lloyd and Alex Curran

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It's summer, it's hot, there's barely any football going around (if you're watching pre-season friendlies you're beyond help) and work can fuck off. So what do we do? I know what I've been doing: Reading Kickette. There's a sense of decency around Kickette that's wholly inappropriate given their subject matter, but it does give them some [...]

Transfer Roundup: Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Sunderland and AC Milan

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Congratulations to Aston Villa for signing Marlon Harewood - Martin O'Neill must see something in him, otherwise no one buys rubbish strikers, do they? Oh wait, someone's after Jeffers' again. Hmmm. Anyway, here's today's transfer rumours, have a look and discuss. Chelsea Fabio Cannavaro's agent has claimed that they've turned down Chelsea's offer.

Newcastle United privatised, Barton and Sam speak, it’s Dyer’s time now

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. Sam offered some good quotes on various Newcastle players following the 3-1 win against Hartlepool United last night. News also that Newcastle United have finally become a private organization again - as their shares have been delisted from [.

Newcastle United - transfers update, Sam’s interview and more on the raid

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. Sam gave quite a lengthy interview with Sky Sports News last night and most of the stories emanate from what he said during the interview. Certain players like Heinze and Queudrue will not be coming to Newcastle and [...]

Details of transfers under investigation in Newcastle raid

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Ed Harrison from the Newcastle blog writes: As background to this disturbing story here are the transfers Newcastle were involved in - with the reasons the Stevens inquiry will not sign off on them: 1. The inquiry has not been able to sign off two transfers involving Francis Martin. In the transfer of [...]

Perhaps Not Enough International Football

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FCBNews blogger Nig recently posted an article stating that he thinks there should be less international play, because it affects many clubs in Europe and it generally isn't the same quality of play that you would see in a game between EPL heavyweights Manchester United and Liverpool, or La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. [...]

Where will Sagna fit in at Arsenal?

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RearGunner from ArseRant writes: The news that I've been expecting for a while has arrived - we have indeed officially signed Bacary Sagna, a move that I've voiced my confusion over and one that intrigues me greatly for he is a right back, or at least, that's the position in which he's played predominately throughout his [...]

Richardson will lead Sunderland to greater glory

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As a Roy Keane fan (obviously), I rooted for Sunderland last season and will be following them again this season in the Premiership. For Sunderland fans these are days filled with optimism, and there's every reason to expect a Reading-like season for Roy Keane's men. However, it would be remiss of me as a football [...]

Chelsea’s 07/08 formations and lineup?

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So who decided that Chelsea should go back to 4-3-3? Was it Roman Abramovich who wanted to see more attacking football? Was it Mourinho who pushed for it? Or did Roman relent on his desire to see Ballack play all the time, allowing Mourinho to revert to the 4-5-1 / 4-3-3 Chelsea setup that has won [...]

Should Drogba leave Chelsea?

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Like Lampard, Drogba is at the peak of his market price. He could command 20m today but would he command the same next summer, when he's 30 at an age where even Henry went for 16m? It can be argued that both Lampard and Drogba are critical players for Chelsea and if Chelsea had to [...]

Dani Alves to Chelsea is pretty scary

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There are few players in world football today who would a) go to Chelsea and b) improve Chelsea at the same time. Dani Alves is one of them, and thinking about him putting on the Blues shirt worries me. Dani Alves is everything Manchester City fans wish Micah Richards was but isn't. He is the defensive [...]

Should Chelsea cash in on Lampard?

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After seeing how Arsenal and Manchester United got less money than they deserved for their star strikers, there's a good case to be made that Chelsea should cash in on Frank Lampard this summer. At this point, a lot of angry Chelsea fans are going to blindly question the idea, so let me just ask [...]

Why are people jealous of David Beckham?

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There are a lot of football fans who seem to resent David Beckham. A lot of self-proclaimed football purists and journalists hold the same feelings towards Becks. You know what the funny thing is? Not one of them resents him as a person or as a footballer - they are all pissed off at him because [...]

Heinze ready to leave Manchester United

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Football reporting cannot be an emotional affair, lest bias creeps in. I've always tried to keep away from the laptop when I'm angry - blogging when you're too angry or too happy makes you say things you end up regretting later. With that in mind, I'll keep this short (there's a Scarlett Johansson pic at [...]

Brazil Stun Argentina: Fresh Lessons Learned

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I have been, traditionally, a Brazil fan. I don't remember since when, but I still did occasionally like Argentina. Although that was more due to a certain Diego Maradona. But ever since the departure of that colourful Argentinian my loyalties became pretty much concrete - with the Selecao. Until this tournament. Don't get me wrong. I would [...]

Newcastle United - Ronaldinho’s chances, Milner’s example and where is Martins?

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. We are linked with Ronaldinho in the News of the World today - but maybe that's another ploy by the NOTW to sell their papers with sensationalized news. In any case we do comment on the story [...]

Barcelona Roundup - Saviola, Milito, Sylvester Stallone and Time to Sell?

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Here's a roundup of the news surrounding Barcelona in the last week, as reported on the Barcelona blog: Taxi Driver's Sister-In-Law And Sylvester Stallone I was coming home from the fiestas in Poble Sec tonight when the taxi driver told me a very strange story. Apparently, the driver's sister-in-law works as a cleaner in one of [...]

Ustari middle-fingers Manchester United and Barcelona, Signs With Getafe

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Ahmed...I wrote this for you, knowing that you have secretly wanted Oscar Ustari to sign with Manchester United. Well, it's probably old news by now, but Oscar Ustari, the super Argentinian goalkeeping prodigy signed with Getafe CF under Michael Laudrup a few days back. It's a significant period in this young guys development, and the [...]

Manchester United Roundup: Tevez, Sued over Tickets and more

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All the important Manchester United news from the week gone by, brought to you by Red Rants: Why the Automatic Cup Ticket Scheme Stinks The Glazers' controversial Automatic Cup Ticket scheme has apparently reached a tipping point for some as a supporter has decided to sue the club over the unfairness of the scheme.Over 100 more have [...]

West Ham 2007/2008 Away Kit

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West Ham have put up their 2007/2008 away kit for pre-order. The new West Ham away kit (with XL sponsoring it) goes on sale Thursday 26th July, but you can pre-order yours now through the West Ham MegaStore. The kit is made by Umbro, and to be fair to West Ham the XL sponsor logo looks [...]

Wigan 2007/2008 Home Kit

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We don't often talk about Wigan here (although signing Titus Bramble was a masterstroke), but they've come out with a snazzy-looking home kit (sponsored by Umbro) and I just have to put it up. You can pre-order the Wigan 2007/2008 Home Kit on their official megastore website, but if you just want to see the [...]

Is there too much international football?

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It pains me to say that one of the things that most annoys me about modern day football is international football. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to every World Cup as much as the next fan. I usually watch at least 80% of the games of both the World Cup and the European [...]

Did Arsenal allow Fabregas to talk to Real Madrid?

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The quotes this morning from the Mail of Cesc Fabregas talking to Real Madrid and turning them down to stay on at Arsenal are quite interesting: On his conversation with Calderon and sporting director Predrag Mijatovic, Fabregas said: "I have talked with them because they seem to me like spectacular people and they made a [...]

Roy Carroll and His Broken Shamrock

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I'm trying to like you Roy, I really am. It must be some lucky shamrock the Northern Ireland native has stashed away in his goalkeeping gloves. Having signed with Rangers for a year, he is vowing to fans that he is not at the team to party on drunkenly. Though when I hear comments like (check out [...]

Barcelona’s 2007/2008 Fixtures (La Liga)

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Brought to you courtesy of Nic at the Barca blog. La Liga has announced the fixture list for 2007/8. Barça will begin their campaign with a visit to Santander to play Racing on 25/26th August. They will recieve Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Dec 22/23rd and visit the Bernabéu on May 7th. Barça's last game [...]

WAGsnatch roundup - Beckham, Ronaldo and Euro 2008

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Tevez is supposedly heading to Old Trafford next week for a medical (while West Ham run from the Premier League and Kia runs from Brazilian law enforcement agencies), Liverpool have Babel, Chelsea are after Dani Alves, Arsenal are...well, playing with Wenger, Real Madrid are apparently after Riquelme (what, missing Ronaldo and Beckham already?) and [.

West Ham are in it deeper than a horny pig

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We can go back and forth on West Ham, Premier League, Tevez and Manchester United all day, but instead of rehashing things I want to ask the well-informed Soccerlens readers some key questions. Before that happens though, a couple of observations: The Premier League will move to protect the validity of their earlier rulings before considering [...

Tuncay dazzles Middlesbrough fans - training video clip

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One of Turkey's most popular exports is already dazzling Middlesbrough fans, players and coaches alike with his quick feet, silky skills and killer eye for goal... Sanli Tuncay, Middlesbrough FC's new Bosman signing from Turkish champions Fenerbahce, has become an instant hit with Middlesbrough fans after a video clip from the club's Bad Waltersdorf (Autria) training [.

Soccerlens wants you to come closer…

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If you're not a stranger, come on in and let's talk about what's going on at Soccerlens. The Forum First up, I'm sure almost all of you have seen / read / heard about the Soccerlens forum. When I put it live on the 1st of July, I was very nervous - I didn't know how [...]

Argentina beat Mexico to set up Brazil dream final

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For Argentina, today was just another day. Glorious, free-flowing, creative football so typical of the Albiceleste was on display yet again. For Mexico, it was just another Copa America. Nobody beats them at reaching Copa semi-finals and then bowing out. Argentina continue to produce some amazing goals as they hit three past Mexico this evening. Juan [.

West Ham - beacon for squad players as ambitious players bail out

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Craig Bellamy. Lucas Neill. Mathew Upson. Luis Boa Morte. Scott Parker. What do they have in common? Darren Bent. Carlos Tevez. Nigel Reo-Coker. Yossi Benayoun. What do they have in common? The first group have come to West Ham because West Ham are 'an ambitious club' and because they will get playing time and the chance [...]

Manchester United vs Chelsea: The Big Bully Bites Back

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Note: This article is a reply to BlueChampions's piece on Manchester United's spending. It's a good article and raises some interesting points that I've discussed here. Replace Chelsea with Arsenal, Liverpool or Tottenham and you'll get the same answer - there is plenty of misinformation spinning around and sometimes Chelsea fans have no choice but [.

Is the Premier League poised to dominate Europe?

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The last time I wrote a post, it sparked mass controversy. This time I'll try to keep it more low key in that sense . I'll also keep it (relatively) short and to the point. Many people (myself included) believe that the premier league is the most entertaining league. Fast football. End-to-end stuff. Arsene Wenger [...]

Saviola swaps Barcelona for Madrid

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From the Barcelona blog: New Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has confirmed that ex-blaugrana Javier Saviola has agreed to sign for Real Madrid. Saviola left Barça as a free agent and Madrid therefore will not have to pay a penny for him. Saviola has been at Barça for the last 6 seasons though he did spend [...]

Real Madrid sign Pepe and still regret losing Beckham

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David Beckham says that ideally he'd have stayed at Real Madrid for 3 years more if the Madrid management had not told him in January 2007 to, in simple terms, fuck off. He says he felt some regret when Madrid won the trophy but he's moved on now. Poor David Beckham - kicked out of [...]

Portsmouth 2007/2008 Home Kit

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Portsmouth's new 07/08 Home Kit is blue shirt and white shorts with splashes of yellow on the shoulders and sides. The keeper kit is all-green with white. The Pompey kits are sponsored by Canterbury. It's a 'safe' shirt - nothing spectacular, nothing to write home about. In a season where other clubs are going [...]

Aston Villa 2007/2008 Home Kit

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Aston Villa may not have officially unveiled their 2007/2008 home kit, but a very authentic-looking pic is already doing the rounds. The kit is claret with blue sleeves and trimming, the Nike swoosh on the right and the new Aston Villa crest on the left. 32Red.com are the sponsors and unlike the Blackburn kits or [...]

Derby County 2007/2008 Home Kit

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The new Derby 2007/2008 home kit has been announced. It's a white shirt / black shorts combination, plain but looks classy enough. I don't like the whole white home shirt idea but hey, you can only have so many club colours (blue, red, black, white, and that's about it ). The away kit is supposed [...]

Would you have signed Carlos Tevez?

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He says he wants to come to Manchester United, and United say that they're doing everything possible to get him. But if you had a chance (talking to non-United fans here), would you have signed Tevez for your club? If so, would he have slotted in straight into the starting lineup or taken a spot [...]

3 reasons why Babel for Liverpool is a good move at 13.5m

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The price-tag being quoted could make some Liverpool fans cringe and non-Liverpool fans point and laugh, but there are some very good reasons why Rafa's move for Ryan Babel will be a good one for Liverpool: Young, quality player - in earlier years Rafa would have signed a Pennant and been forced to compromise. Babel [...]

Arsenal blog - ArseRant.com

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With some pride, a big dollop of horror and great expectations, I bring you the new Arsenal blog. This new blog will be run by Rear Gunner, D M and a few other guest bloggers from time to time. ArseRant was formerly hosted on WordPress.com but it is now on its own domain and [...]

Everton 2007/2008 Away Kit

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The new Everton away kit will be white with black shorts and black trim. Manufactured by Umbro (good styling but I'm a bit tired of seeing their shirts now, they seem to be everywhere!), the Everton away kit has the crest colored in silver (smart design) and is done differently from the Everton 07/08 home [...]

Liverpool’s problems lie with Rafa

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Ok, let's get the bitching out of the way first. No, no one's questioning Rafa's record in the Champions League with Liverpool. No, I'm not questioning his record with Valencia in Spain. And no, I'm not questioning the fact that he has had a limited budget to work with but he's made some great signings. [...]

Tottenham vs Newcastle vs Manchester United - most delusional club?

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Tottenham fans are dreaming of overtaking Arsenal, Newcastle fans are dreaming of the Champions League and West Ham fans are dreaming of ... welll, anything better than the nightmarish last season. Then you have Chelsea fans dreaming of winning their title back, Manchester City fans dreaming that Eriksson is actually going to help them win [...]

Who’s better than Cristiano Ronaldo?

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I asked this question in the forum yesterday and got some good answers. Who's a better player in world football at the moment than Cristiano Ronaldo, and why? When you put in a name, please tell us why you think he's better than Ronaldo. No snide comments please Who is better than Ronaldo? Comments are off [...]

Newcastle After Both Deco and Heinze

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The highlight for us today is we are linked with two very good players. One is Deco - who continues to be linked with Newcastle because Barcelona would like to sign Frank Lampard from Chelsea - [...]

Classy Argentina storm into semis

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Four high quality goals from Argentina saw them comfortably through to the semis. Peru was completely outplayed as Riquelme started and finished proceedings in style. Despite no goals being scored in the first-half, Argentina created a couple of chances - the best ones coming off Messi's boots. The 20 year old is slowly settling into his [...]

An argument for Hawk-Eye

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Hawk-Eye - an invention of Paul Hawkins which uses strategically placed cameras to generate a 3D animation of the trajectory of an object - has been successfully used in tennis for the past 15 months. In football, this technology could be used to determine whether or not a ball has crossed a line, and tests [...]

USA U-20 Flying High

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Still down in the dumps after the USA debacle at Copa America? Forget about it. Instead, check out our u-20 team playing in the FIFA 2007 u-20 World Cup in Canada this year. If you're looking for heart, passion, and skills, then this is the place you need to be. And all of these traits [...]

Arsenal MUST Keep Fabregas

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Losing Henry meant the end of an era. We saw what happened last year for Arsenal without him. They had trouble scoring, but still managed to keep a Champion's League spot. When he was sold this summer to Barcelona, the blow was lightened by the fact that we had already survived a [...]

Newcastle United: Chris Mort Interview

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The highlight for us is a new interview that Chris Mort gives to the People newspaper. Chris talks at some length on what he plans to do in his new job at Newcastle. Looks like Chris [...]

How MLS Has Ruined Eddie Johnson

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To start, I am not trying to insult Major League Soccer, I'm just providing constructive criticism. I'm just going to kind of rant, since the I'm still a bit mad at the United States' performance at the Copa. Way back in 2001, Eddie Johnson became the youngest player to be drafted in Major League [...]

Why Manchester United’s spending is NOT the same as Chelsea’s

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With Manchester United's , many non-United fans and pundits alike have come out saying that United are now the same as Chelsea in the transfer market - that United are attempting to "buy" success and that they are spending uncontrollably; much like Chelsea did. As a true United and football fan, I say "no, thats [...]

Tottenham need a better midfield and some luck to overtake Arsenal

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One of the big questions being asked about next season is will Tottenham be good enough to break into the Premiership top four and qualify for the Champions League. Having finished fifth for the last two seasons, Spurs will be looking to their new signings, Darren Bent, Younes Kaboul and Gareth Bale, to make the [...]

Sam Allardyce interview, new contract for Milner at Newcastle

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The highlight for us is a new interview that Sam gives Paul Gilder of the Journal. Sam talks at some length on Mike Ashley's takeover of the club - and even talks very positively how the [...]

Newcastle dealing with Queudrue, Gudjohnsen and Gartside

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The major news story link us with Frank Queudrue - the former Middlesbrough left-back and again with Eidur Gudjohnsen. We have also brought back the funny football quotes - by popular demand - after a one day [...]

Mascherano powers Argentina to the top

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The Liverpool man is considered by many to be amongst the best holding midfielders in the world. Today he did just a little more. A second-half Javier Mascherano strike was enough to put Argentina atop group C setting up a quarter-final date with Peru. On the other hand, Paraguay, who managed to contain Argentina for [...]

Did Mourinho call in this Chelsea transfer news special?

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Some of the stuff mentioned below were not published in Official Chelsea website nor did Jose Mourinho or Peter Kenyon call me on my handphone to inform me. These are stuff doing rounds in the internet in some reputed news websites. Now I think I can start. We are just entering the last lap of the [...]

Why Torres can change Liverpool’s fortunes

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There's a lot of talk (smack) from Liverpool rivals about how Torres is too expensive, how he can't score goals and how Liverpool will still be a defensive-minded team with Torres around. Everyone's missing the point. Liverpool have bought pure talent and a player who will do much more than score goals for them. Off the [...]

Newcastle after Villa, Lampard, Messi and Hageland

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The major news story (at least on our site) is that Sam Allardyce may be able to bring in one massive signing this summer to go with all the other good buys he is making. If [...]

Could Sheffield United please shut up?

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Please, spare us. We don't want to hear you moan. We don't care if you 'think' that Sheffield United were cheated (they weren't, they couldn't win the games they should have). We don't even care if you think West Ham cheated (not as much as Sheffield United did in the Kabba contract, and btw that's legal under [...]

Chelsea Bid For Daniel Alves | Barcelona To Bid For Lampard

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Here it is - all that you wanted and you always wanted. Chelsea have made a 14m pound bid for Sevilla right back Daniel Alves. Though we we seem to have some competition with a small club called Real Madrid, reports say that we are about to clinch it. This could be a cash deal [...]

Still waiting on Tevez

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Update 3 - Tevez 'agrees' terms with Manchester United. Update 2 - SkySports: Tevez to seal United loan. Update - Manutd.com: Reds announce Tevez capture. It's over a day since the Tevez to Manchester United merry-go-round started, and so far all major news portals have confirmed that a move is imminent. Apparently Tevez has said something on TV [.

Football Legends: Hristo Stoickhov

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Hristo Stoichkov moved from CSKA Sofia to sign for Barça for 4oo million pesetas (2.4 million euros) in July 1990. He went on to become arguably the most important player in Johan Cruyff's Dream Team of the early 1990s. Cruyff signed Stoichkov because he wanted a player with speed, finishing and attitude. He certainly [...]

Will Manchester United lack Arsenal’s cutting edge next season?

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Seeing Arsenal sign Eduardo da Silva is exciting and worrisome at the same time. Exciting because we have (potentially) another source of great goals in the Premiership and when Arsenal play good, like United, they are fun to watch. Worrying because it reminds me of the one area United have been lacking in since RVN [...]

Arsenal vs Tottenham vs Liverpool - who got the better striker deal?

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Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have all signed strikers this summer (already!) and there is considerable debate about whether each striker is suitable to the ambitions of the buying club. A quick fact check, then: Arsenal sign Eduardo Da Silva - for around 7.5m (not 16m as mentioned elsewhere) and have a record goalscorer (albeit in the [...]

Tottenham and Newcastle in line to challenge the top four

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With several English clubs now privately owned by billionaires there should be more future competition in the Premiership. Recently it's been between only two clubs - Manchester United and Chelsea - with Liverpool and Arsenal making up the four teams that seem to be way above the rest of the competition. However, with teams like Newcastle, [...]

And I Can’t Smile Without You…

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I'm suffering at the moment. Life is tough and, I'd hazard a guess, many of you reading these words are feeling my pain too. And we all know what is to blame, don't we? The responsibility for our collective melancholic state lies with the coming of summer. "Close Season" – quite possibly the [...]

Forum roundup: Manchester United and Arsenal, all the new kits and free transfers

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As you guys know, the SL forum launched yesterday. Already there are a few interesting threads popping up, here's a quick look: We already cover most of the Prem kits here on SL, but for a sneak peak at the new kits from other European clubs, hit this thread. Who will challenge for the top four [...]

Newcastle United: Geremi in, Austria trip, Beye next?

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. Geremi has now signed for the Magpies and will arrive on a free transfer from Chelsea on a three-year contract - once his work permit has been obtained. No mention here of a ₤2M signing-on fee that [...]

Riquelme’s class sends Columbia home

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It appears as if Argentina has got into this habit of giving everyone a reason to celebrate. Today, it was Columbia at the other end. How long the festivities lasted, however, is a different story altogether. Argentina started the game without a change in its lineup and in pretty much the same fashion as they did [...]

Will Dudu be good enough for the Arsenal?

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Having spent a long, cold winter in the gusty winds, and cracking chills of Zagreb at the age of 15, training with Dinamo Zagreb, when I hear about Eduardo da Silva being signed by Arsenal, it is something close to my heart. I believe it is a fantastic choice for Wenger to make, and he [...]

USA: Striker Wanted

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Another day, it happens the same way. Team USA was handed its second loss of Copa America last night, this time at the hands of Paraguay. It's almost comical to watch at this point. The US clearly had more opportunities to win this game, and yet time and time again, these chances were flubbed by the [...]

Manchester United Roundup: striker ratings, Heinze staying and Tevez coming in?

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Here's the Manchester United related news over the past couple of days: 1. There was a rant about how Tevez can play alongside Rooney. It was mostly driven out of wishful thinking on our part. We'd really love for Tevez to come over to United because he's simply a bloody good player. 2. In yesterday's roundup we [...]

How high can Newcastle get?

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Every summer it's the same story. Fans turn from pessimistic sods at the end of the season into blindly over-optimistic slobbering fools by the start of the season. For some clubs the transformation starts earlier - the signing of a new player, a new manager or in recent years, a club takeover. For others, it [...]

Newcastle News - July 2nd - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The good news is that it looks like we've signed Geremi for ₤2M from Chelsea and the deal will be completed this afternoon. And we all thought it was a free transfer - turns out we [...]

Soccerlens Forum

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Welcome to the new Soccerlens Forum. The forum is for SL readers to rant about football with minimal editorial control. In other words, as long as you're nice to each other and you're talking about football, anything goes. Head over to the forum, sign up and start posting! What about the blog? The blog, as you might have [...]

Club Loyalty vs Player Ambition

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One of the remaining romanticisms of football is the notion of a player's loyalty to a particular club. Like other such ideals (sportsmanship, for example), this too, shall pass. Football players are not necessarily greedy or heartless. However, their first responsibility is to themselves, their own career and ambitions, and as such they do 'whatever it [.

How will Arsenal replace Henry?

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Ed's note - discuss this in the Soccerlens forum. Now that all the dust has finally settled, it is time for Arsenal fans to start thinking about the future. Aliadiere has departed for Middlesborough, and though I always felt bad for how unlucky he was, he was just simply never going to be good enough. [...]

What do you remember most about Gallas’ first season at Arsenal?

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Arseblog points to a cultured left foot, who points to the official William Gallas website which has this gem of a poll: What do you remember most about the season of William Gallas? 1. His uncontested leadership in the defense of the Gunners 2. His absence because of a pulled thigh 3. His successful integration into the team [...]

Should Owen and Martins stay at Newcastle?

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Newcastle have had a mixed bag of fortunes this summer. The takeover by Mike Ashley and a new manager in Sam Allardyce has buoyed expectations for the Newcastle faithful. However, failure to grab primary targets (Tal Ben Haim and Steve Sidwell both chose Chelsea over Newcastle) and the news that both Michael Owen and [...]

Newcastle’s Big Sam is a budget manager

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Sam Allardyce has made his career by maximising meagre resources. As a result, he's developed an extensive network of contacts that help him pick up obscure talents. Unable to compete for star power, he's gone after experience. Unable to compete for talent, he has ensured that the technical and training side of his management [...]

Newcastle after Maceo Rigters, close to Edmilson deal

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The news today is that we are after Maceo Rigters - the NAC Breda and Dutch Under-21 striker. Presumably Newcastle have already lodged a bid for the striker. His contract is said to allow him to go [...]

Abidal moves to Bracelona

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Football Club Barcelona today completed their third signing of the summer. Eric Abidal passed his medical examination and has signed for the next four seasons. He then appeared in front of the press with Joan Laporta and Txiki Begiristain and said that "today is a great day for me, I'm very proud to be here." [...]

2007 Summer Prem transfers

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Here's an easy way to keep track of all the Premiership transfers this summer: Summer 2007 Premiership Transfers. The page contains a full list of transfers for each Premiership club. It will be updated daily, so make sure to bookmark it. If you think there are any updates / additions / corrections to be made, let [...]

Capello pays the price for Real Madrid’s grand legacy

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Old habits die hard at Real Madrid, Fabio Capello should be able to attest to that more than most in the footballing world. The Italian coach was sacked on Thursday by Los Merengues, two weeks after he guided Madrid to their 30th La Liga title in a scenario identical to that of 1997, when Capello [...]