SoccerLens Archives for January 2007

Transfer Special: 31 August 2007

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Today is the biggest day in the calendar for all revenue-junkies with a football news website - ranging from the BBC to the Sun to Soccerlens to that new blog that's just gotten accepted on NewsNow. Sure, the CL final is big. Sure, the World Cup final is pretty big as well. But nothing [...]

Gooners’ will pay Arsenal’s debt

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There has been some kerfuffle over Arsenal's application to trademark the term 'Gooner', mainly surrounding the concern over how this trademark could affect usage of 'Gooner' for fans. You can find the list of items the trademark is intended to cover here (thanks Arseblog), and if you read the list, it's all clothing or 'household [...]

David Dein really loves Arsenal, doesn’t he?

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The timing is impeccable, even if some of it is coincidence - Arsenal have made a good start to their Premiership campaign, Arsene Wenger looks set to sign a new contract (at the very least he's making all the right noises), the players are maturing and financially, Arsenal is doing better than most people [...]

Liverpool want Boumsong? Ha ha…

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Of all the idiotic rumours you've heard, this one has to be near the top of the list (mind you, I would talk about West Ham's loan bid for Adriano but that was very real and then I'd have FC crawling all over me talking about the potato on his shoulder...). Yes, Liverpool have recently [...]

2007/2008 Champions League Group Stage Draw

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My god, they do waste their (ours, actually) time in making a spectacle out of this mess, don't they? The actual process would take less than 10 minutes, but to stretch it out to it's current form of madness - ridiculous. Luckily (or unluckily, I'm not sure), I was only able to follow through the [...]

Barcelona 5-0 Inter Milan

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Brought to you by the Barcelona blog. The team responded to the criticism by turning in a fine display to beat a lucklustre Inter Milan 5-0 in tonight's Joan Gamper. Before the game the club remembered Antonio Puerta by having the team run out all wearing the number 16 Sevilla shirt that he wore. There was [...]

Richard Scudamore and the Premier League

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What is it with Richard Scudamore, the Premier League's (PL) chief executive, that makes journalists from the Mail to the Guardian so disparaging? "He does talk a lot of rubbish" being Richard Williams' succinct take in the latter. In many ways, Scudamore is tarred by the brush of his job, which is seen by some as [...]

SquadGod Week 3

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A quick look at SL fantasy football and after the first month or so, I think it's clear to say that Taron, a United fan who picked his team from clubs he hated, is comfortably top of the table, and he's 6th overall in the SquadGod standings (so you don't win an ipod mate [...]

Adriano going to: West Ham, Manchester City, Lazio or Manchester United?

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Inter Milan's Adriano has had a tough time of late - injuries, disciplinary problems and a falling out with his manager means that he's fast on the exit list for Inter and they are calling anyone and everyone (including Arsenal) with a view of selling their striker. The idea is for Adriano to go out [...]

Why would SWP go to Tottenham, and why would Chelsea want Defoe?

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A transfer move that has all the trappings of a real move (down to the 'inside news' that both players have agreed to the swap) but the ridiculousness of randomly generated nonsense. If the Sun are to be believed, Tottenham and Chelsea are discussing a swap deal involving Jermain Defoe and Shaun Wright-Phillips. It's [...]

Transfer Roundup: Tottenham, Newcastle United, West Ham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Everton and Portsmouth

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2 more days to go before the transfer window screeches to a welcome halt and then we can all get back to cursing injuries and inept referees. Manchester United and Manchester City after strikers Manchester United and Manchester City are both reported to be after strikers in a bid to supplement their injury-hit squads. In both [...]

Can Nugent or Anelka score 15-20 goals for Portsmouth, or will they be better off at Bolton?

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The Beeb reports that Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is willing to let Nugent go in order to raise funds for a bid for Nicolas Anelka. In my view it could be a swap deal with Portsmouth offering cash plus Nugent to secure Anelka's services. However, if Harry's looking for a striker that can score 15-20 [...]

West Ham will be a bad move for Reading’s Shorey

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The Beeb reports that West Ham have made a 5m bid for Reading left-back Nicky Shorey. Shorey's a good player and West Ham will improve thanks to him, but I don't think that moving to West Ham would turn into a good career move for Shorey. This has nothing to do with whether I like [...]

Does anyone care about the SuperLiga?

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With the finals of the SuperLiga fast approaching, I found myself asking the question of if anyone cares? The Mexican teams are more concerned with their own league, and the MLS teams are more concerned with the playoff run that is about to take place throughout the league. So what was the point [...]

Scottish Football in 2007/08

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The season may only be four games old but already I can see Rangers and Celtic running away with it once again. Total domination seems likely after Rangers hit seven against Falkirk who managed just two in reply. That was followed up by Celtic hitting Hearts for five the following weekend, this time with no [...]

Middlesbrough chairman wrong to air dirty laundry about Viduka and Yakubu

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I just don't find it appropriate for a club chairman to publicly criticise players or comment on such matters out in the open. It's good press, but because it's just one person berating the other, it quickly turns into a slanging match and we get half-truths, which isn't fun to begin with. Gibson is [...]

Transfer Roundup: Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Real Madrid and Barcelona

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4 days left to go in August and hopefully we can keep you updated through all the madness. Chelsea offer 50m for Barcelona's Ronaldinho Sounds ridiculous to me for a host of reasons. The Spanish press are really loosening up for one last salvo of randomly generated crap, aren't they? Read more: Ronaldinho, Chelsea and Barcelona. Liverpool offer [..

MLS and US Soccer News

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US soccer blog, StateSideFooty, has had a successful first couple of weeks, getting a mention on the ESPN blogs and dozens of emails from MLS and US soccer fans writing in to compliment Danny and Brian on their new venture. Not all new blogs thrive (or even survive) in the long run, but the way [...]

Sevilla’s Antonio Puerta dies in hosptial

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Spain international Antonio Puerta has died after suffering a heart attack in his club side Sevilla's 4-1 win against Getafe on Saturday. During the Sevilla-Getafe game Puerta collapsed after jogging back towards his own goal 35 minutes into the opening league game of the season at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday. Team mates and medical staff rushed [.

You can’t kick racism out of football

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The "Racism" debate has sprung up again, this time in wake of how a section of traveling Newcastle fans abused Middlesbrough's Ahmed Mido with racist chants. Seeing the quality of the slurs, I have to say the fans must have been drunk beyond hope, but despite the lack of apparent talent it just raises [...]

What will Liverpool do with the Beast?

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Marca reports that Liverpool have lodged a 13.5m offer with Real Madrid for Julio Baptista. You've got to be kidding me, right? For starters, Baptista, for all his talents, had a horrible time in the Premiership that just seemed to keep getting worse. His goals against Liverpool apart, he did little to justify the hype placed [...]

Barcelona’s Deco watched by Newcastle United and Manchester City

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The press have long linked Deco with a move away from Barcelona, and at this point, AC Milan, Manchester City and Newcastle United have all been strongly linked to the Portuguese midfielder. I think it's a bit unfair on him considering what he's achieved at the club and with all the speculation if Barcelona [...]

Ronaldinho, Chelsea and Barcelona

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The biggest news in the transfer circles is the surprising rumour that Chelsea are after Barcelona's Ronaldinho. The rumour seems to be another product of the Spanish media, and it caused Barcelona, already under criticism for their opening-day draw at home, to issue a denial and categorically stating that Ronaldinho was not for sale. We could [...

Faye on the way, Sam after new right-back, vote for the best Newcastle United blog

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The good news today for Newcastle fans is that Sammy Lee has said that he will no longer stand in the way of letting Abdoulaye Faye leave for Newcastle, and the transfer is expected to go through imminently. A fee was agreed over the weekend between the two clubs and the other items that [...]

Solskjaer’s retirement could be a blessing for Manchester United

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Although Solskjaer was never going to be a main player for Manchester United this season, and we all knew he wasn't going to last forever, but even looking at last season he still knows how to score goals, and could have been a great asset. Anyone who loves football can admire Ole's unique ability to [...]

Real Madrid 2-1 Atletico Madrid - Match Report

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The following match report is by Real Madrid fan and SL reader avrv. Thanks mate. I was up near the 2000 or so Atletico away fans for this match, which was a real treat to watch. Too bad there were some issues over TV rights which deprived many of seeing it live because it was, from [...]

Sunderland will struggle unless Keano recruits this week

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I saw the Sunderland-Liverpool game and it pains me to say that Sunderland, for all their fighting spirit, lack quality and experience all over the pitch. In defence, they need someone better than Nosworthy and McShane - those two are awesome fighters but they need at least one player in there who has the [...]

La Liga Week 1: Real Madrid and Sevilla win while Barca stumble and Valencia lose

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A quick roundup of the weekend games from La Liga, courtesy of FCBNews editor Nic. A goal from new signing Wesley Sneijder meant Champions Real Madrid got off to a winning start against neighbours Atletico. Madrid started badly letting in a goal after just 58 seconds, Agüero sneaking in unmarked at the far post after Raúl [...]

Normal service resumes in the Premier League

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It's back to familiar terms for Manchester United this weekend as they claimed their first win of the new season, albeit a nervy (and controversial) one against Tottenham. The rest of the fixtures provided their usual entertainment and by now most viewers would have realised that no matter what happens, most of these teams [...]

Tottenham bribe Berbatov to make him stay another year

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Someone should teach Dimitar Berbatov how not to embarrass your club when talking to the press. You would imagine that Tottenham, with their swagger and the amount of money they throw at players, should have at least thought of giving their star players some media training but apparently Berba missed that session. As it stands [...]

Nani’s Wonder Goal, and it WAS NOT handball

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We've been waiting for this one for quite a while, and what a cracker this was. I'm not surprised at the fact that Paul Robinson was caught so far off his line that could easily float (whack rather) it over him, but what did impress me was Nani's awareness - he picks up the ball, [...]

Manchester City are the heroes for the 07/08 season

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As much as it feels awkward to say, everything I'm seeing and reading points to Manchester City being the media darlings this season. From their new manager looking for redemption, to the dozen or so foreigners who've landed unannounced on English soil and lit up the Premier League with their technical ability, to the [...]

David Beckham Must Show Up!

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For the MLS to be successful and show the fans their appreciation, the LA Galaxy must travel with David Beckham. He does not have to play in the games, but he MUST SHOW UP! Since the announcement that Beckham was joining the LA Galaxy and the MLS, stadiums across America have been selling out to [...]

Read the G-Code, be a better footballer

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The following is a product endorsement. If you feel like pissing over it because your girlfriend / wife / mother / daughter is whoring out to the local football team (even the kit man), then be afraid of the day when I come and piss all over your grave. After (or maybe during) I [...]

Bolton 2007/2008 Away Kit

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Nicholas Anelka's Bolton have released their new away kit for the 2007-08 campaign and if they are worthy of the new kit, they will avoid relegation, because RbK have made a nice looking shirt. The splashes on the shoulder look nice and provide some colour to the Bolton away shirt but at the same time keep [...]

Portsmouth 2007/2008 Away Kit

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Portsmouth's new away shirt has been out for a while and is (unsurprisingly) white and blue with some gold trimmings and splashes. The kit is a different design to the Pompey home shirt and personally I like the design of the home shirt more; the logo and Portsmouth crest are in the centre and when it's [...]

Chelsea Third Kit 2007-2008

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The Chelsea 07/08 3rd kit launches on 30th August 07 and unlike the electric yellow away kit (which got a lot of unfair criticism), this one is more traditional. Chelsea have gone with a simple white kit with blue splashes and the black Adidas stripes on the shoulders. Decent kit, will be released ahead of the next [...]

Manchester United 2007/2008 Away Kit

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Manchester United's 07/08 away kit kicks ass. I've been wanting a black Manchester United kit for ages now and this one, even with that red stripe down the back, looks amazing. The away kit is supposed to be released on 13th Sept 07, ahead of the away game against Everton on 15th. It's a bit [...]

Newcastle United 3rd Kit 2007/2008

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Newcastle United's 3rd kit for 2007/2008 will go on sale on Wednesday, 29th August. Newcastle United's new left-back, Jose Enrique, models the new white and light blue strip. The colours are Newcastle, yes, but it's an ok shirt, nothing spectacular. The strip will go on sale from 9am on August 29th - so fans will be [...]

AC Milan Home, Away & Third Kits 2007-2008

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Here are the AC Milan home, away and 3rd kits for the 2007/2008 season. Personally I love the home kit - they've got just the right shade of red in it and it is easily one of the best football kits I've seen around, even though Adidas are not always bringing out the best kits. Not much [...]

Why the Kirkby move is great for Everton

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Although the poll for Everton's proposed move to a new stadium in Kirkby was 59% in favor, there is still strong opposition, especially along the lines of Everton "abandoning its social and cultural roots" as a club. While it's true that moving out of your city for a new stadium isn't the best way to [...]

The Berbatov-Tottenham-Manchester United triangle

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Update: Times Online reports that United had made an inquiry for Berba and would move for him next summer., something that both Tottenham and Manchester United have denied (BBC). Manchester United's lack of goals (and fit strikers) this season, Tottenham's poor start that led to the whole Jol-Ramos-Jol situation and the susbsequent rumours that Berbatov [.

Tottenham could sell Defoe, who will buy him?

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The cases of Jermain Defoe and Shaun Wright-Phillips could not be more dissimilar. There was a time when Jermain Defoe had the chance of a lifetime to be a star at Tottenham and cement his place for England as at least 3rd choice striker, while SWP was being ridiculed for going to Chelsea to [...]

David Beckham on Trial

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Beckham's public profile means that his every move is over-analysed, criticised and beaten to a bloody death by biased, uninformed hacks who are either putting down a famous person (and getting their kicks out of it) or pining away in romantic optimism, with flagrant disregard of the facts. What are the facts then? David Beckham cannot [...]

Rafa is unwise | Manchester United right to investigate Liverpool

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Before discerning fans comment on the usage of 'Liverpool' instead of Rafa Benitez, I want to remind them that in this case (as in most other cases) the manager represents the club and therefore Rafa's actions and statements represent Liverpool. Feel free to disagree, but at least keep this in mind while arguing about [...]

Sunderland add experience with Andy Cole and Sammy Kuffour

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Their old and considered by some to be 'over the hill' but for Roy Keane and Sunderland these two players will be critical in bringing their wealth of experience to the training ground and in crunch situations, on the pitch for Sunderland. No surprise to see Roy Keane move for Cole (although he's unlikely to [...]

Should Manchester United send Gibson to Sunderland on loan?

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Darren Gibson is a talented young midfielder but like David Jones last summer, he's unlikely to get many chances to play for Manchester United this season, especially with Owen Hargreaves coming in and with Ferguson's tendency to pick Fletcher, O'Shea and Giggs in central midfield ahead of younger players. If Manchester United want to keep [...]

Are Portsmouth really ready to sell David Nugent?

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I don't get this, so hopefully a Portsmouth fan can explain this one. There have been plenty of rumours over the last couple of weeks about how Portsmouth are willing to use David Nugent as a make-weight in any agreement for a new striker - first it was after Portsmouth showed an interest in Yakubu [...]

Should Manchester United sell Fletcher?

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Darren Fletcher has done well for Manchester United and he probably still has a job to do for us, but for his career's sake and for the sake of the younger players at Manchester United it might be time for him to leave. I don't think SAF would part with Fletcher just yet though - [...]

Who Should be England’s Next Goalkeeper?

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Paul Robinson's crucifixation has started again, and combined with 'that goal' in the Croatia game as well as the short term memory of the press hacks calling for the recall of David James - these people seem to have forgotten that they hounded David James out the same way and for the same reasons [...]

Latest Transfer News: Tottenham, West Ham, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Bolton, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Fulham an

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A quick look at the transfer rumours doing the rounds - as the 31st August deadline approaches, things just keep getting crazier and crazier. Manchester City and Manchester United moving in for Bolton's Anelka Both City and United could ideally use 1 more striker and as a result both teams have been linked to a host [...]

Premier League Predictions (25th/26th Aug): Will your team win?

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Back with another issue of Soccerlens Premier League predictions - to make your own predictions, jump to the end of this post, copy-paste the list of fixtures and make your predictions in the comments. A sidenote: For the last 3 prediction issues, my track record has been (correct/wrong): 6/4, 5/2 and 2/8. Looks like I [...]

Mihir Bose is wrong about Tottenham’s ambitions

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Interesting piece by BBC Sports Editor Mihir Bose on Tottenham yesterday, with some ideas that I strongly disagree with. You should read the piece yourself, but in essence what MB is saying is that: a) Tottenham's 'goal' of Champions League qualification is modest at best, and not something that clubs publicly admit to. He gives a [...]

Liverpool and Benitez finding conspiracies everywhere

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Did Liverpool try to "tap up" Gabriel Heinze? It's a fair question to ask, considering how far Rafa Benitez went in his attempts to secure the defender's services and then chastised the Premier League for favouritism for deciding against Liverpool (because of course, any decision that goes against Liverpool must be wrong and made [...]

Real Madrid sign Arjen Robben from Chelsea…Alves next?

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Arjen Robben has gotten his wish - he will now be playing for a club that matches his ambitions AND his penchance for theatrics (it's hard enough to find a "drama queen playing the innocent damsel in distress" in football players, but a football club?). Yes, Chelsea have finally agreed to sell Robben to Real [...]

Manchester United pawn off Heinze to Real Madrid

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In what is becoming a worrying trend, Gabriel Heinze becomes the 3rd Manchester United player in recent memory to move to Real Madrid after falling out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson. And as such things have gone in the past, the player has gone for a cut-price deal, with Manchester United getting less than the [...]

SquadGod Week 2: Suck it up, it’ll get better

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Welcome to another edition of our Soccerlens Fantasy Football news update, and the headline just about says it all - if you're sucking (or more appropriately, if your team is sucking) ass at the moment, be strong and keep working at it, things will get better. 2 days left until the transfer deadline for Week [...]

NUFCBlog.com launches new Newcastle United Forum

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Congratulations to Newcastle United blogger (and fast turning into an icon) Ed Harrison - this morning nufcblog.com passed 1 million hits, and today it celebrates it's 4-month anniversary. In recognition of the milestone - and also because the Newcastle United blog has a strong, vibrant community - we launched a Newcastle United forum this morning [.

Tottenham have embarrassed themselves

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The Tottenham board, in going after Juande Ramos behind Martin Jol's back, and then doing the very public about-face by 'warning' Jol about their expectations and getting him to talk about the Champions League (when earlier in the summer there were sounds coming out of Tottenham of more 'realistic expectations), have embarrassed themselves and [...

England - heroes (Chelsea) and losers (Liverpool)

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The fact that Terry came back so quickly after a knee injury (a big risk considering how important he is to Chelsea) and is willing to lead England out for a meaningless friendly is worth respecting. It's an even bigger deal that Frank Lampard is willing to go one step further and take painkilling [...]

The Goal-line Technology Debate: A Goalkeeper’s Perspective

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So the FA are thinking about the need for goal-line technology after the goal that denied Fulham an equaliser against Middlesbrough on Saturday, which sort of resonated profoundly back to the blunders created by Roy Carroll in Manchester United's ludicrous win over Tottenham back in 2005. Now apart from the above incidents, there are implications [.

Latest Transfer News: Tottenham, Newcastle, Manchester United and Liverpool

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Plenty of juicy transfer rumours today; most of them are already covered here on Soccerlens so I've just give you a quick walkthrough and point you in the right direction for each rumour (and it's discussion). Tottenham after Riquelme News coming out of Spain that Tottenham have made a 'serious offer' to Villarreal for Riquelme. I [...]

Manchester United to make desperate attempt for Tottenham’s Berbatov?

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First it was Bolton's Nicolas Anelka. Then it was Newcastle United's Obafemi Martins. Now the Times (never ones to be left behind) are claiming that Manchester United are lining up a 20m pounds bid for Tottenham's Dimitar Berbatov after reports that the striker was 'unsettled' by Martin Jol's rotation policy. What bullshit. For starters, as I've discussed [.

No reason for Ashley to sell Newcastle…yet

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Yesterday there were strong rumours coming out of Iceland that Mike Ashley was ready to make a profit on his investment in Newcastle United and wanted to sell the club to an Iceland-based consortium of businessmen. Rubbish? Definitely so. Ed Harrison over at the Newcastle United blog examines this in more detail, but in essence, [...]

Heinze loses bid to move to Liverpool; Gabby please stay with Manchester United now

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Manchester United's Gabriel Heinze has lost his attempt to force Manchester United to allow him to move to Liverpool. The hearing concluded that the written letter Heinze possessed (and what his agents claimed was his 'ticket' out of Manchester United') "was unambiguous in that it envisages only an international transfer". No ifs or buts, just a [.

Do Tottenham need Riquelme?

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News out of Spain suggests that Tottenham have made a bid for out-of-favor Riquelme and that Villarreal are currently considering the 'serious offer'. It comes from Riquelme's agent, so you can either expect that he's telling the truth or that it's a last-ditch attempt to get a Spanish club to bid for Riquelme. In any [...]

Tottenham board members are fools for wanting to kick Jol out now

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The Guardian (eager beavers that they are) and the BBC are both talking about Martin Jol being out of favour with the Tottenham board and the Guardian goes a step further, saying that the Tottenham board have sounded out Juande Ramos and now the Sevilla manager is waiting for an official offer from Tottenham. At [...]

Rubbish Rumours: Derby to buy Portsmouth’s Nugent

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Dumbest rumour of the day: The Mirror (one of the shitlist's top members) report that Derby manager Billy Davies is making a bid for Portsmouth's 6m David Nugent, who just moved to Portsmouth this summer from Preston. The tenuous link? Billy's spell at Preston as manager (before he moved to Derby). The giveaway? The 'fact' [...]

Manchester United after Newcastle United’s Martins?

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As the transfer period comes to a less-than-frantic finish (still 10 days to go though), the Sun (leaders of the shitlist) are busy looking for solutions to Manchester United's 'lack-of-goals' crisis. Gee thanks; I wouldn't have imagined that Ferguson or anyone else in the Manchester United coaching staff could have handled the problem on [...]

Iraq’s AFC title gives people hope for recovery

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Ed's note: In the rush to crucify Rob Styles, predict Jol's replacement and criticise Manchester United, we tend to forget that there's more to football than just the Premiership, and indeed, that there's a lot more to football than just winning and losing. It's fair to say that in recent years, the reputation of football as [...]

Tottenham WAGS - help build the collection

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Soccerlens reader avijerseyno9 asked if I could put up "some nice pics of Tottenham WAGS". I'm always happy to oblige requests, so I put up the idea in the forum early morning and we now have a handful of pics already. The next step is to ask Tottenham fans to contribute themselves, so guys, if [...]

Why are people so afraid of instant video replays in football?

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The move to keep Rob Styles and Ian Gosling (the assistant referee who failed to spot Fulham's equalizer against Middlesbrough) out of the next weekend's fixtures is a damage-limitation exercise and does nothing to cure the real problem. Punishing Styles and Gosling does not prevent such incidents from happening in the future - it gives [...]

Is this Martin Jol’s last season at Tottenham?

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There has been a lot of speculation in the press recently about Martin Jol's future at Tottenham, including reports that the Tottenham board has sounded out Juande Ramos and Jurgen Klinsmann as potential replacements as Tottenham manager. I DON'T think that the board will be so rash as to replace Jol after giving him [...]

Real Madrid’s Guti - Tottenham or Manchester City?

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Rumours abound that Real Madrid may be offloading Guti this summer after Wesley Sneijder signed up to play for Los Merengues. Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are both rumoured to be bidding for Guti's services, with the price quoted to be in the region of 5m and one that is acceptable to Real Madrid. I've [...]

Should Arsenal dump Lehmann?

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Personally, I think he's past his prime - he had the whole of last season to 'live up' to his heroics from the 2005/2006 season (when Arsenal went to the CL final) and it's understandable that he couldn't manage it. However, his performances for Arsenal have shown a steady deterioration and while he's not [...]

Should Manchester United sign Anelka?

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In the Manchester United forum there's a hot debate going on about whether Sir Alex Ferguson should bring Nicolas Anelka to Manchester United or not. It's a fair question but the motivation behind it is even more poignant - the fans don't trust Saha anymore after what happened at the end of last season (big [...]

Liverpool mugged by Styles as Chelsea rescue a point

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When Rob Styles gave that penalty - when Malouda ran into Agger with the ball long gone right in front of the referee - it was grounds enough for a good old-fashioned lynching. As the referee Styles is certain to get all the blame for the decision, but he's not the only one at [...]

Weekend Review: Manchester United throw title, Tottenham get over-excited, City go top as refs cock up

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Oh boy - controversy, controversy and more controversy (and despair for Manchester United fans as the champions fall 7 points behind league leaders Manchester City after the first week of fixtures (it's all going to hell, I tell you)). At least we have something to talk about, eh? Anyway, on with the weekend review, a look [...]

Blackburn 1-1 Arsenal: Handbags and Lehmann has to go

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Scrappy game and one which Arsenal looked to have in the bag before Lehmann gifted Blackburn and Dunn a goal and after that it all went pear-shaped, with Arsenal and Blackburn players preferring to clash off the ball than let their skills do the talking. van Persie, Pedersen, Fabregas, Savage, Nelson and Flamini were [...]

Manchester United lose as Manchester City go top

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Last season, we all watched, laughed, elbowed each other and pointed in delight at Arsenal's plight (own up to it guys, no one enjoyed Arsenal's situation more than Manchester United fans). This season though, the curse seems to have come on Manchester United, and in good conscience, I can't do much more than own up [...]

Halftime update: Manchester United’s domination is useless without goals

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Well, that was unfortunate... Contrary to the press hype (they love their hype, don't they?), Manchester United ravaged City in the opening exchanges, dominating possession and control of the game. So why didn't Manchester United score then? Nani's poor decision making. The fact that Micah Richards is having a monster of a game. Oh, and a penalty [.

Bolton can’t play together, Portsmouth can do better

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The only 'real' difference between Portsmouth and Bolton is in the chemistry between the players and their understanding and coordination. Portsmouth players have it, Bolton players don't. You could argue that Portsmouth's flair players had more freedom (they certainly played with more freedom) or that Bolton's defending is shiite (it was), but for me [.

Revisiting the Zidane-Materazzi headbutt

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If you didn't spent a part of your life jacking off to Zidane's ball-skills, this article may confirm what you suspected last summer - that Zidane was an idiot for reacting to Materazzi's jibes. Materazzi called Zizou's sister a whore, and considering that she was seriously unwell at the time (I think), Zidane took particular [...]

England 1-2 Germany - 1 step forward and 2 steps back

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If England continue their progress at this rate, we will lose in Russia and crash out of the Euro 2008 qualifiers (as opposed to going out in the quarter-finals of the actual event). I say this because with 7-8 first-choice players starting for England, at home, the team lost to a German side with a [...]

Carling Cup 2nd Round Draw

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The Carling Cup second round draw was announced yesterday, with ties to be played in the week starting 27th August. Here's a list of all the fixtures (Premiership sides in bold): Plymouth v Doncaster Southend v Watford Nottingham Forest v Leicester Wigan v Hull Birmingham v Hereford Carlisle v Coventry Bristol Rovers v West Ham Derby County v Blackpool Rochdale v Norwich City Portsmouth v [.

Manchester United - all the ‘SIGNS’ point to a City-thrashing

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SL reader Anirudh Agarwala writes in, and he's not happy with the criticism Manchester United are receiving from their own fans. He feels, rightly so, that the fans should be positive. Yes! It's the time for the SIGNs...... Any self respecting Manchester United fan would have hid under the pillows and bed covers by now and would [...]

SquadGod Week 1: Our Heroes let us down

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Fantasy Football can teach you the harshest lesson in life - that the people you idolise are not as good (or in this case, not as reliable) as you think. Ok, so maybe that's not the harshest lesson you'll ever get in life (that would be something along the lines of 'you can't trust anyone, [...]

Can Bolton get their sh*t together against Portsmouth?

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Portsmouth have looked a bit rusty rather than crap and they seemed to iron a lot of the kinks out of their game against Manchester United midweek - that result will have given them plenty of encouragement and Portsmouth will be gunning for a thumping win on Saturday. Bolton have had a torrid time [...]

Manchester City smile as Manchester United snarl

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New Manchester City signing Gelson says that the people of Manchester are 'clearly Manchester City fans'. As much as I'd like to walk down to the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday and smack Gelson, I know better than to fall for such obvious baiting. Prick-waving aside, there's a genuine feeling of confidence running [...]

Can Curbishley turn it around for West Ham against Birmingham City?

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Birmingham have been a part of two high-scoring games (9 goals from 2 Birmingham City games) and if that is any indication, this game should have goals as well. Forssell has made a bright start for Birmingham City and against a suspect West Ham defence he'd be odds on to score again, and so [...]

Tottenham will scrape but win against Derby - seriously!

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Tottenham injury list: Berbatov, Lennon, King, Kaboul, Dawson, Bale, Assou-Ekoto and Young-Pyo. 3 best center-backs, best striker, best winger and 3 left backs. It's almost bad enough to make people feel bad about Tottenham, but after what happened in pre-season I don't think any non-Spurs fan is feeling the least bit charitable. Tottenham have been [.

Premiership Preview: Tottenham, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Liverpool to win, West Ham and Chelsea to lose

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Remember the time when you just couldn't wait for football to come back? Depending on your allegiances, that feeling has either faded fast or reached an all-time high - less than a week after the 07/08 season has started, the future is a bit clearer and as usual, a season of over-achievement and heartbreak awaits. All [...]

Sheffield United Are Just Sore Losers

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Sheffield United have started legal action to gain compensation from West Ham following their relegation from the Premier League. The Blades went down after the League's independent panel decided not to deduct West Ham points over the signing of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano last August. Sheffield have estimated the cost of their relegation at between [.

Tottenham and Martin Jol under attack

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As Spurs fans already know (and the rest of the Premiership is finding out), Tottenham's defense is ravaged with injuries, to the extent that there are rumours that they might consider spending 10m on a Championship defender. While that is pure tabloid muck, it goes some way to highlight the problems Tottenham are facing right [...]

Chelsea’s Michael Essien - how much is he worth?

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He was brought to Chelsea for 24.5m, and at the time a lot of people considered it to be the cost of doing business as Roman Abramovich's latest pet project. But as anyone who has seen Michael Essien's performances last season can attest, he has justified his transfer price. As a young midfielder he will [...]

Beckham’s goal, Manchester United’s All-time XI and Ferguson blames Ronaldo

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A few news items to go through quickly this morning. David Beckham is captain again David Beckham scored his first goal for LA Galaxy, in his first competitive match, with his first shot on goal...with a trademark freekick. If it wasn't for the visible relief on the faces of Galaxy fans who have endured a lot [...]

Sheffield United to sue West Ham - apparently they like begging

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Sheffield United are to sue West Ham for the cost of their relegation from the Premier League, the cost estimated at between 30m-50m. Long after Tevez has moved on from West Ham, Sheffield United are still having a go at them, asking them for money to compensate for the horrors of playing in the Championship. [...]

Manchester United are off-key and Ferguson has questions to answer

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What started off as a promising season (sorry, pre-season) with Rooney banging in the goals, Tevez coming on board and Manchester United winning the Community Shield has in the space of 4 days (Sunday to Wednesday) become a worrying sight. The title is still Manchester United's to lose. With Rooney crocked and Ronaldo now suspended [...]

Playing-Like-Shit (PLS) Syndrome hits Tottenham and Manchester United

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Soccerlens.com is possibly suffering from second-season syndrome (idiot commenters, lazy editor, disappearing contributors). You know, that infliction a team / player get after doing better than expected the season before. Teams like Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers. They should change the name - it's not second-season syndrome, it's post-success stress (PSS), although unforgiving [.

Can Reo-Coker turn it on for Aston Villa?

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One game is too less to judge a player, but if the Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool game was anything to go by, Martin O'Neill has made the right decision in signing Nigel Reo-Coker. For starters, Reo-Coker was given more freedom to go forward which, as we've seen with United's Carrick, gives the player's game a [...]

Why Wenger made Gallas Arsenal captain

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Last week when William Gallas was announced as Arsenal captain people were shocked, to the say the least. Gilberto was the better representative, Toure more 'Arsenal'. So why did Arsene Wenger pick Gallas as Arsenal captain? The simple answer can't be found in Wenger's initial announcement about team captains, where he said that he expected Gallas, [.

Blackburn need to shore up their midfield and defence

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I'm not convinced that Blackburn have the defence or midfield to make a play for a Uefa Cup place this season. Tugay, Savage, Dunn and Mokoena are able central midfielders, but with Tugay's age and Savage and Mokoena doing better as hatchetmen than offensive midfielders, any injury to Dunn leaves the Blackburn midfield woefully exposed. Similarly, [.

How do Bolton fans rate Kevin Nolan?

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Kevin Nolan is a prominent figure at Bolton and while he's captain, the opinion is split on his value to the side and his contributions on the pitch. Several Bolton fans have in the past blasted Nolan and wished him out, and to be honest I don't remember a single comment from a Bolton fan [...]

Anelka’s talents deserve better than Bolton

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For all his faults and problems, Nicolas Anelka's talent deserves a bigger stage and a better club than Bolton Wanderers. Bolton are in the Uefa Cup this season and that may placate the fans but for Anelka time is running out on his career and if he wants to play in Europe, he needs to [...]

When did football last made you cry with joy (or despair)?

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Life. Love. Money. Sex. Power. Booze. Football. The beautiful game has few rivals when it comes to weighing it's importance. No surprise then that it evokes such strong emotions from its followers and turns rational, educated individuals into raging madmen. It hit me, while I was watching Sunderland record a memorable last-gasp win over [...]

Roy Keane: I don’t want hot WAGS at Sunderland. Bastard!

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Sunderland manager Keano's latest tirade is priceless: "We have had one or two players this year and their wives are clearly part of the package. "We had one player this summer who didn't even have the courtesy to call us back because his wife wanted to move to London - and shopping was mentioned." Keano, I [...]

StateSideFooty.com - football from a US perspective

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For all our US-based readers (and for anyone interested in soccer in the US), please head over (and give a warm welcome to) StateSideFooty.com. StateSideFooty.com brings you football soccer news from a US perspective, and covers the MLS, the United States Men's National Team and European football. SSF is written by Brian Lomax and Daniel [...]

England players are still injured - EVERYBODY PANIC!

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I'm sure Jonathan Stevenson is a good person - he probably enjoys a drink every second hour or so, and a smoke every 15 minutes. He's probably likes some gambling on the side too, and has a fondness for the ladies. All in all, a decent chap. As a journalist though, he's a lazy ass-hat [...]

Premiership 14-15 Aug 07 Preview

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A quick look at the midweek fixtures and time for you guys to make your predictions. Tuesday 14th August, 2007 Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton Contrary to some critics, Tottenham have no need to panic about losing to Sunderland. A home game, against genuine 5th spot rivals, should be enough to motivate the players to produce the form [...]

Why did Arsenal miss out on Ribery and Malouda?

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Florent Malouda and Franck Ribery are two quality French wingers who left their old clubs this summer to go play for bigger teams (sorry Lyon, but you're not there yet). The French connection (although with Henry gone is that less relevant?) plus the fact that Arsenal clearly need a quality wide player meant that [...]

Arsenal are MILES ahead of Tottenham

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A simple comparison between Arsenal and Tottenham should prove the headline above. Let's see now: Manager: Wenger vs Jol Wenger and Jol both drastically changed the fortunes of the clubs once they were brought on board, but that's where the similarity ends. Wenger's teams are not only fun to watch but usually more attacking, mentally tough and [...

List of Premiership players to miss matches during African Cup of Nations

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SL reader and forum member XerxesK was kind enough to post the following list in the forum - see if you can add to it and / or find flaws in it. The African Cup of Nations in Ghana from January 20 – February 10, 2008, will see the Premier League stripped of many of [...]

Opening Weekend: Guts, Goals and Injuries

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Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose... It was a topsy-turvy weekend (and I'm not even going to talk about the fantasy football aspect of it - damn you Rooney!) - depending on who you support and who you hate with a vengeance, you probably went through the whole range of the emotional spectrum. There [...]

How long will Tottenham and Jol hide behind excuses?

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Tottenham just bottled a game they should have won, and in doing so showed that the lessons that should have been learned last summer (and the summer before that) have yet to be learned (or applied). Tottenham fans may point to the fact that it was an away game, that they had King, Dawson, Lennon [...]

Sunderland have a lot more work to do

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Discipline and fighting spirit Sunderland players were clearly out of their depth when compared in quality to the Tottenham side lined up in front of them, but they fought hard and (mostly) played to their strengths. The last-gasp win will please the fans but the game has shown how much work Roy Keane still has to [...]

Sunderland rock the Premiership as Tottenham bottle it, again

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Oh hell yes. OH. HELL. YEA! Take that. And that. And that. With due respect to Tottenham, who I respect and like as a club, they bottled it, big time. And Sunderland, for all their messed-up set pieces and their genorosity in giving away possession, stuck to the task as you'd expect a Roy Keane team to, [...]

Why Did Scott Carson leave Liverpool for Aston Villa?

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There has been a lot of chatter in the media about Scott Carson's 360 degree turn to head to Aston Villa, instead of joining Liverpool as understudy to Pepe Reina. The decision, whether good or bad, will ultimately align Carson closer with a chance to be part of the England squad. Having been understudy to [...]

Alex can replace Gallas, Alves can make Chelsea great

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What is Dani Alves really worth? That's like asking someone to put a price on Michael Essien or Steven Gerrard - in the current transfer climate you can't put anything less than 30m on these type of players. Chelsea have signed Alex from PSV Eindhoven and while it's not clear if he'll be up [...]

Real Madrid Transfer News Update

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Plenty of Real Madrid transfer news to go around today featuring Drenthe, Robben, Cicinho, Cassano, Quaresma, Emerson, Sneijder and serial-whore van der Vaart. Real Madrid have picked up Royston Drenthe from Feyenoord for a reported fee of £8.5m - Drenthe will play at left-back and while I'm not too convinced that Schuster can survive more [...]

Newcastle United and West Ham, Dyer and Solano

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The Sun (the patron of our 'shit list' page) claims that Nobby Solano, ever the family man, misses his wife and kids and wants to move to down South - and with the West Ham-Dyer-Newcastle United love triangle back in full flow, the rumour mongers saw fit to thrust Nobby straight in and make [...]

Could Gudjohnsen be a first-teamer for West Ham, Newcastle United or Manchester City?

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Apparently Eidur Gudjohnsen thinks that West Ham are not good enough for him and has rejected their offer after West Ham had a bid for him accepted by Barcelona. While I can see why West Ham want G, I don't get why G would turn down West Ham, unless he reads Soccerlens. He probably [...]

Wenger: Arsenal have been dealt an unfair hand

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The headline is a paraphrasing of what Wenger has said - but you already knew that, right? What is Arsene Wenger on about? "Playing a European qualifier in the first week is a big problem when there are other Premier League matches. "We will already be chasing to get the points back. "After three games, you can be [...]

Barclays Premier League kicks off

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Good morning (to those of you who are up at this ungodly hour (6:20 AM here)) - here's a quick preview of the weekend's games, predictions and the inevitable question - will the football be as good as we remembered? If last year's opening day is anything to go by, I certainly hope it [...]

Carlos Tevez - 07/08 Manchester United Shirt

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Our friends over at Subside Sports have been lightening quick in getting the new Carlos Tevez shirt ready for us. Thanks Simon. It's bloody expensive to be honest (almost £58 with the P/L Champions sleeve patches) but it fkn Tevez, dammit. I'm still a bit numb after thinking about the havoc the Tevez-Rooney-Ronaldo-Anderson-Nani axis could [...]

Soccerlens Fantasy Football - Update

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I'll make this quick: 1) If you haven't already, sign up for the Soccerlens SquadGod group. There's no 'deadline' (thanks Patrick for clearing it up) but there IS a deadline each week to 'finalise' your squad (Saturday 1135 GMT, or something) and quite frankly if you're not involved from the start it will seriously hurt [...]

Manchester United complete Tevez signing

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It's done. Manchester United officially have Tevez. Tevez can now play for Manchester United against Reading, but apparently Fergie's already said today that he will not use Tevez in Manchester United's season opener. Now, what are the chances of Tevez coming off the bench against Reading? I doubt it, but Manchester United play 5 games in [...]

Eriksson winning the transfers round at Manchester City

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Note: This article was also submitted and posted at Goal.com, here. When Sven-Goran Eriksson took the job as Manchester City manager last month there was one thing he could be absolutely sure of - that his every move would be scrutinised by a skeptical press pack just waiting for an opportunity to confirm the theory [...]

Can Craig Gordon Shine In The Premier League?

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So Craig Gordon has signed for The Black Cats at 40,000 pounds per week. It is a great move for a goalkeeper of his caliber. Transitions to higher levels of play can be a daunting for any goalkeeper, especially if you have not had any kind of exposure to top flight teams and competition. While [...]

Daily Mail vying to be top of the shit list

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Daily Mail are talking out of their ass again. In a news item that barely filled up the page to create some space between the ads, the article reads as follows: Gabriel Heinze has been advised by his lawyers to stay away from Manchester United's Premier League opener against Reading at Old Trafford on Sunday as [...]

Can West Ham qualify for Europe?

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West Ham went through hell last season - the Tevez-Mascherano saga, the takeover speculation, trouble in the dressing room, changing managers half-way through the season and then the unbearable abuse hurled at them from all ends of the media. It's not to say that West Ham were devoid of any criticism, but the treatment handed [...]

Wigan have bought well but things still look bleak

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New manager, barely escaping relegation and losing Baines to Everton - it's enough to get any fan depressed. However, I think that despite the inexperience of Chris Hutchings and the debacle of last season Wigan have some cause for optimism, especially in the players they have brought in. Michael Brown, Sibierski, Bramble and Koumas have [...]

Can Portsmouth qualify for Europe this season?

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Portsmouth's fortunes have changed drastically in the last two seasons and Harry Redknapp is the man responsible for it. Portsmouth have strengthened their squad this summer but I feel that they are one or two quality signings away from being genuine European contenders. The 'second' season after a good performance is always tough (Everton, [...]

Reading must buy to repeat last season’s success

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Reading are a disciplined and hard-working side in the mould of their manager, Steve Coppell, and it is their work ethic that carried them last season. Reading have two big problems though - one, they have reinforced their squad much, and two, the other teams will know how Reading play and will be better prepared [...]

Can Sunderland pull a Reading and surprise everyone?

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Sunderland have made an extraordinary journey over the past season and in Roy Keane they have the perfect man to keep them up in the Premiership. Sunderland are perhaps a bit short on the quality side of things defensively and there could a couple of loan deals / permanent moves at the end of August [...]

Tottenham are ALMOST there

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Tottenham have a very, very good squad and while they still need some work, they now have almost all the players they need to make a genuine challenge for the Champions League spots. Spurs have pulled out all the stops in improving the squad and if they can bring in two more players this summer [...]

Will Middlesbrough finish in the top 10 this season?

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The Premier League has become more and more competitive in the last two seasons and nothing that I've seen from Middlesbrough suggests that they have improved at the same pace. You feel that there comes a point with Boro when they just don't have the quality to win enough games, and unless Southgate goes out [...]

Newcastle aiming for Europe, and they can do it

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What can I say about Newcastle that Ed Harrison hasn't already said? They've bought well and in Sam Allardyce they have the tactical and motivational leader who can surely do better than he did at Bolton considering the resources available to him. The two things I'm still concerned with are the injuries, which have hit Newcastle [...]

Are Manchester United ready to conquer Europe?

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Manchester United fans have been through a lot in the last few months. The lows of losing to Milan and Chelsea in May were only marginally tempered by the Premiership title, but the Nani/Anderson swoop (Anderson!) coupled with the move for Tevez has easily covered the losses of Rossi and Smith. United were never going [...]

Soccerlens Premier League 2007/2008 Preview

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The season kicks off this weekend (I refuse to call the Community Shield a 'curtain-raiser'), and here at Soccerlens I'm looking at all 20 teams in the Premier League and evaluating their prospects for the coming season. Some of the previews are already written, the rest will be complete by tonight - you must already [...]

Do Fulham have enough quality to survive this season?

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Lawrie Sanchez has been given money to spend in the transfer market and he has brought in several good players. The question remains - is Lawrie Sanchez good enough to get Fulham to push back up the table? The players Fulham have brought in are good but not 'world-class' or top-quality by any stretch. Lawrie has [...]

Liverpool have the players to win the Premiership

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The mood is upbeat at Anfield, as it has been for the last 3 seasons. Rafa Benitez plus a raft of new players mean that Liverpool are again put in as firm title contenders this season. The additional attacking options give Liverpool's squad more balance, and with Gerrard returning to the center of midfield and [...]

Manchester City have reasons to be optimistic this season

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Despite the controversy surrounding Shinawatra and the criticism hurled towards Eriksson (it'll get much worse once the season starts), Manchester City have plenty of reasons to be optimistic. For starters, they've brought in talented players, and in Eriksson they have a manager who is proven at club level and while he may not be world-class [...]

Bolton can surprise us all this season

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While Bolton fans will miss Big Sam, the players and the club have already moved on (hopefully) and should be fully focused on improving on their performances in the last two seasons. Sammy Lee will have to earn back the respect Bolton teams had begrudgingly won under Big Sam, and as a result that [...]

Arsenal are far better than people think - 07/08 season preview

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Last summer, everyone was talking about how Arsenal were in crisis. They way I saw it, they had missed a few tricks in the Premiership but as a whole Wenger would have learned from it. Learn he did, as Arsenal improved in the next season, and ended comfortably ahead of 5th placed Tottenham. So why [...]

Aston Villa need to buy more or they will suffer

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Aston Villa finish last season was realistic considering the limited resources at Martin O'Neill's disposal. Trouble is, this season could be more of the same considering that Aston Villa still need to strengthen their squad in numbers (although their first team is decent enough). Over the length of the Premiership season, the current squad will [.

Everton need another striker to qualify again for Europe

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Everton are playing for a new stadium, and it's a testament to their manager and their squad that they still look one of the better sides on paper despite having little money to spend this summer. Hopefully the new stadium will help Everton grow, but more immediately, it is imperative that Moyes brings in a [...]

Brucey and Birmingham City need a bit of luck this season

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Birmingham City led the Championship table for a long time before they were pipped at the end by Sunderland, and they will come into the Premiership with a lot of confidence. Not every promoted club can pull a Wigan, West Ham or Reading and in the last two seasons the Premiership has gotten a lot [...]

Blackburn need to buy to play in Europe next season

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Blackburn are a curious side - packed with talented players and a squad built on limited resources and frequently punching above its weight. While Blackburn are no challenge to the top four they are still a good side with a legitimate claim to a European place. However, this season will be critical for Mark Hughes [...]

Can Davies get Derby ready in time to survive in the Premiership?

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By Billy Davies's own admission, Derby's squad is currently not fit to survive in the Premiership. It's a shame because Davies is a good manager, a pragmatic manager who will, with a bit of luck, go on and do well as a manager. Derby have a terrific opportunity in their hands this season - 42 [...]

Chelsea’s title hopes rest on Mourinho’s tactical ability

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Chelsea are still title favourites, despite losing last season, despite the fact that Liverpool and Manchester United have improved their squads considerably, and despite the fact that the squad has been hit with injuries before the season has even started. Credit for this goes to Jose Mourinho and the fearsome reputation of his star-studded squad.

My First Football Hero: Pat Jennings

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I can't remember how old I was when I first became aware of Pat Jennings, but I must have been pretty young since I remember my Dad laughing at me because I used to call him Pat Jenkins. My first memories were of stories my dad told me: how Jennings had once scored a goal [...]

Soccerlens Fantasy Football - Guaranteed Prizes

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I almost didn't run this, but then I saw that the most popular group at SquadGod had under 300 members and I thought - can SL beat them? I'm hoping you guys can, so please hop on over to the Soccerlens group at SquadGod, join and get started with your fantasy football team. The rules are [...]

Too Many Substitutions?

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From a football fan's point of view pre-season friendlies can be a little bit tedious to say the least. OK, for the football junkie it may be exciting to see how the new reserve goalie does when he plays 20 minutes at the end of a game, but most of us just want a look [...]

Are Chelsea the new Newcastle United?

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Mourinho blames them for not having won the Premier League this past season, while everyone associated with Newcastle blames them for not having performed well at any point in time over the past several years. Indeed the ominous injuries play a huge part in a team's season and it seems that they will always haunt [...]

Back from the real world

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2 weeks in football is a very long time. My apologies for leaving you guys in the lurch like this - the next time I take a break I assure you that there will be regular articles and SL will be update daily, no matter where I am. With that being said, there are several topics [...]

Manchester United vs Chelsea - boring as always?

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Many things were said about the Community Shield prior to the kick-off earlier in the day, many more comments will be made up until the middle of the week, by which point the event will be consigned to the annals of history, used sporadically in obscure pub quiz questions. However, despite the sayings of the [...]

Great Expectations; A Liverpool Fan with a Fondness for the Arsenal

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Now before I get crucified by other Liverpool fans over my Gunner weakness let me just say I hate Arsenal like all other teams when they threaten Liverpool but otherwise, because of a lifelong friendship with a North Londoner I have begrudgingly started to root for them over the years, and I have to say [...]

2007/2008 Champions League fixture dates

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This season's Champions League fixture dates have been announced and the individual fixtures for the group stages have been finalised. The Champions League final will be held in Moscow on May 21, 2008. Below is the complete timetable to the Champions League: Group Stage Matchday 1: 18/19.9.2007 Matchday 2: 02/03.10.2007 Matchday 3: 23/24.10.2007 Matchday 4: 06/07.