SoccerLens Archives for January 2007

Brilliant Messi meets unstoppable Henry as Barcelona turn on the style

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Barcelona handed out a pummeling to struggling Levante as Henry finally opened his league account for the Catalan club and Lio Messi continued to distance himself with his brilliance from absent Ronaldinho, whilst looking more and more like the REAL next Maradona. The opening minutes of the match were slightly nervous and there were minor indications [.

Portsmouth 7-4 Reading: Was This The Best Premier League Game Ever?

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The Premier League is thought by many to be the most exciting league in the world; today's incredible match between Portsmouth and Reading added to the claim. Normally four goals would be enough to win you a game even against the best of sides- this was not true for Reading as Portsmouth hit a massive [...]

If Chelsea can’t beat Fulham at home…

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A dour draw saw Chelsea drop two more points at home against Fulham; a combination of little or no creativity and some competent defending saw last season's FA Cup winners fail to score in their fourth Premiership game in a row. To add insult to injury, Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba was sent off in [...]

West Ham 0-1 Arsenal - Injury can’t dampen the Gunners’ momentum

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Arsenal had done badly in previous years against West Ham United- last season they lost both games despite having dozens of chances to win them and in years before have generally not done well. They will be ecstatic for the win today- although it was not the usual blitzing the Gunners have dished out this [...]

What is Real Madrid’s strongest starting XI?

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With Berndt Schuster's reign at Real Madrid barely ten games old, including pre-season friendlies, and Schuster himself shuffling the pack for rotational purposes, it is not clear which is the strongest possible Madrid eleven. What's more, this dilemma is heightened by the fact that certain players are performing at a higher level when coming on [..

Grading Summer 2007’s 20 Most Expensive Transfers

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Some might think it would be hasty to make such an assessment so early into the season (after all, European leagues have only begun for a month or two) but it is interesting nonetheless to have a preliminary look at how some of this Summer's signings are performing. Indeed, some managers (such as Sir Alex [...]

Premier League Headlines: Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and more

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Although this is the morning before the Premiership weekend round of matches, not a lot is happening apart from the typical few niggling injuries and suspensions. Should be a cracking round of games today, with Chelsea looking to win their first game in three Premier League ties against Fulham; Arsenal face bogey side West Ham [...]

Tottenham: Levy confesses to betraying Jol

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Daniel Levy has FINALLY spoken truthfully (sort of) in admitting, in relation to the Jol-Ramos debacle: "Obviously with any speculation sometimes there's an element of truth." In an article I previously wrote, about whether the removal of Jol would cause instability at Tottenham, I am of the firm belief that it would. Whoever were to come in, [...]

What could Mourinho have done at Tottenham?

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Martin Jol thinks that no one - NO ONE! - could have done better than him at Tottenham in the time that he's been there. "I have to come up with the goods, that is what I have done. No one could've done better, I firmly believe that. Not even Mourinho." Jol also said: "To be [...]

Comparing Carling Cup Squads - Arsenal vs Chelsea vs Liverpool vs Manchester United

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After the Carlin Cup 3rd round matches midweek, pundits roundly criticised Manchester United's squad depth. I appreciate such criticism as much as anyone else, mainly because it helps us biased fans see what we might have missed otherwise - what with the rose-tinted specs and all. So in the spirit of fighting fair, I thought [...]

La Liga Weekend Preview (Part 1): Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla to win

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Before I get started on the preview, some info for fans who are looking to watch La Liga games on TV: Matches live on Skysports: Saturday: Levante vs. Barcelona – 8:55pm (UK time) Matches live on La Sexta/TVE: Saturday: Levante vs. Barcelona – 10:00pm (Spanish time), La Sexta Matches live on Canal+: None Part 1 of this weekend preview contains a [.

Guardian’s Daniel Taylor doesn’t deserve to write about Manchester United

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In the past I've been quite critical of journalists and bloggers but I've come to realise that everyone needs to make a living, and just because I disagree with someone's opinion doesn't necessarily mean that they're talking crap. What I still can't stand though, is complete fabrication. That is, pulling stuff from so far up [...]

Are Chelsea Even Contenders Anymore?

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Seven games played, eleven points earned. Five points off top place with a game more played; a new manager with little coaching experience and a spate of injuries, many have hinted that it may be time to rule Chelsea out of the title race completely. While Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool fans will definitely be [...]

How Can We Stop Usmanov from taking over Arsenal?

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This was expected - while R & W Holdings have stated initially that they don't want to make a takeover offer for Arsenal in the immediate future, that's clearly part of their longterm plans and now they have upped their stake by 2% to 23% shares. Troubling? For Arsenal fans, clearly, but I'm starting to [...]

La Liga week 5 - Barcelona play better without Ronny and Eto’o

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The war of the television companies continues in Spain. For the first time since TV began showing football there was no game transmitted free on Spanish TV after Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon decided to support Sogecable and not allow the transmission of yesterday's game with Betis on the "La Sexta" channel. Calderon was also in [...]

Video Evidence That Football Desperately Needs Video Technology

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Full time and the score line reads Palermo 2 - Milan 1. Another disappointing performance by Milan, yes. But what is more important here is the contentious manner in which Palermo equalized. Did Amauri used his hand to control the ball? Although the referee did not think so, Amauri himself had said "My intention was to [...]

Premier League Headlines: Chelsea, Sunderland, Tottenham, Newcastle, Liverpool and more

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The thing that has caused the most amount of debate between football fans this week is the Carling Cup ties- you can read more about that here. Apart from that, there are always things happening in the Premiership- some of the most important events are mentioned below. 1. Chelsea and Obi Mikel's 3-match ban Yesterday I [...]

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

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Uefa maintain that they'll leave the Grant situation for the Premier League to solve - a polite way of telling the English to firm up and police themselves. While the Premier League scrambles to find its pair of strap-ons (balls!), there are some juicy matchups taking place this weekend. As always, you can make your [...]

Giggs and Brown to get Manchester United contract extensions

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Some good news for Manchester United fans ahead of the weekend clash against Birmingham (no, Saha has not been replaced by a better striker...not yet). According to Ryan Giggs and David Gill, Manchester United are in talks with both Giggsy and Brown to extend their stays at Old Trafford. Both players only have an year [...]

How many ‘match winners’ do Liverpool have?

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Fernando Torres is destined to be in the media spotlight (it must be in his DNA) - whether he's at AM or Liverpool or playing for Spain, the world will always have time to talk about Torres. And so, it seems, does the manager. Rafa Benitez says that quality players (like Torres) must get [...]

Bad Coaching Cost Americans World Cup Glory

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For starters I want to say congratulations to Brazil and Germany for making to the final of the Womens World Cup (which plays on Sunday). They deserve it; the Brazilians outplayed the US in today's semifinal match and deserve their place at a shot for the title. Now on to the horrible coaching [...]

Will removing Jol create instability at Tottenham?

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During Tottenham's 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough, Tottenham fans booed Martin Jol's decision to remove Jermain Defoe, after he had looked lively and earned his 'recall' to the team. However, I'm not so sure Jol trusts Defoe as much as his other strikers, apparently drafting him in to 'less important games' such as the Carling Cup 3rd [...]

Top 4 vs Rest of England: Is the Gap Widening?

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After financial deals in the summer meant that Premier League teams would earn more than they ever did before, most feared that the gap between the top flight and the rest would only get bigger. The £2.7bn television package means that even the team which finishes rock bottom of the Premiership will earn a cool [...]

Carling Cup Round 3: Arsenal dump Newcastle, Manchester United crash out, Chelsea, Liverpool and Blackburn power through

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A roundup of the midweek Carling Cup Round 3 matches: Tuesday 25 September 2007 Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 I didn't watch the match, instead opting to tune in on an audio stream but it sounded darn good from an Arsenal perspective. Newcastle fielded a pretty full strength side and I admit, I was worried. Having reached the final [...]

Fergie messed up against Coventry / Manchester United can top table on weekend

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Not much to say after Manchester United's defeat to Coventry last night - the Red Devils lost to a better team, at home, so let's give credit where credit is due. There are 2 points I would raise though: The Big Negative Manchester United's "youngsters" are going to keep losing like this if they don't get more [...]

Grab Your Balls to Release the Anger Trapped Inside You

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If there's a god, I thank him for making stupid people (otherwise god bless random mutations, eh?). Some say that variety is the spice of life - although considering that the people saying that sort of stuff either have their balls slapping against a goat's behind or some such perversion, it's probably best not [...]

The Shenanigans With Alisher Usmanov and his pursuit of the Arsenal

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Arsenal fans were weary of new shareholder Alisher Usmanov's plans for the club; they will be even more uncertain now after recent events. To start off, Usmanov is a Russian businessman whose fortune came from lumber, mining and investment. He has an estimated value of $5.5 billion, making him the 18th richest person in Russia. [...]

Football Headlines: Chelsea, Liverpool, Aston Villa and more

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Here's a quick look at today's main Premier League news: Chelsea deny ever approaching Marco Van Basten to take over as their new manager; the ever-reliable hacks at The Sun seem to think otherwise. Avram Grant was given full backing from Abramovich and Chelsea's board; he will hope that these rumours are not true. As for Grant, [...]

Levy denies crisis - Tottenham vs Middlesbrough Preview

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Daniel Levy has moved to deny that the Tottenham Board a) agreed Jol's compensation package and b) even held an emergency meeting to discuss Jol's future. In a statement released on the Tottenham official website he said: "There has been no board meeting, let alone any emergency board meeting, and reports that we have agreed a compensation [...]

The Liverpool Tinkerer Irritates Me

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About three weeks ago the feeling around Anfield was one of ecstasy and joy; Liverpool had just beaten Derby County 6-0 without star players Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher- this victory took them to the top of the table for the first time in years. As of September 25th, 2007 however the mood is slightly [...]

MLS Playoff Race and Predictions

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With the MLS regular season winding down, I thought it would be beneficial to give an update of where every team stands in both the east and the west divisions. As well as my predictions of which two teams will be in the final and who will end up taking home the MLS Cup [...]

Premier League Team of the Season (so far)

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With Sven winner of August's manager of the month award and Micah Richards receiving the player of the month gong, I thought it might be interesting to try to build a complete ‘team of the first month and a half'. Many questions arise when considering such a team: should it just be a collection of [...]

Premier League Manager Sack Race: Tottenham, Bolton, Fulham, Chelsea or someone else?

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Despite the well-documented tension at Stamford Bridge and the countless speculation, no one actually expected Jose Mourinho to be the first managerial casualty in the Premier League. It just goes on to prove the unpredictable nature of football, although it's probably just a symptom of rich owners getting itchy. In light of Mourinho's surprise exit, [.

Is Martin Jol quitting Tottenham?

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Over the last two days, reports have been rife that Martin Jol is on the verge of leaving Tottenham Hotspur, but is there any truth in this? A whole host of newspapers and websites stated yesterday that the club ordered an emergency board meeting to discuss the future of Jol, after he told them he was [...]

Arsenal vs Chelsea or A Lesson In How To Run A Club

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Vijay K writes in with his views on the two main news stories coming out of Arsenal and Chelsea. How much worse can Chelsea's season get? They have made a poor start and replaced a "special" manager with a "not-so-special" one. And in the week when Chelsea's Chief Executive claimed that they should become the biggest [...]

Abramovich and the myth of takeovers

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With Arsenal fans (and Manchester United fans before them - still, actually) going up in arms against the threat of hostile takeovers, the situation at SW6 is going to serve as a live reminder of the dangers of being at the behest of billionaires who don't understand football. In fact, scratch that - Chelsea's [...]

Serie A Latest: Matchday 4 and Champions League Review

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Hello everyone! Your Italian Calcio expert Marco Pantanella is back, ready to begin his second week here on Soccerlens. Up on the menu today we've got a full report on the mid-week Champions League matches for Milan, Inter, Roma and Lazio, and full review of the Italian league week-end in which matchday nº4 of [...]

The Arsenal board should buy out Kroenke

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It's been a while since I last talked about Arsenal (the whole Usmanov vs bloggers thing has really taken off though), and with positive news to report this time, let's not waste time and get right into it, shall we? For starters, if you're up for some reading, here's the report from arsenal.com (PDF) (press [...]

Manchester City’s Renaissance Has Just Begun

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At one point last season many feared that Manchester City were possible relegation candidates; this year those feelings appear to have been very distant. Last season Manchester City finished a lowly 14th in the table, just four points above the relegation zone; this year they have roared into third place, just behind local rivals United [...]

La Liga relegation candidates - part two

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In this, the second part of my anachronistic La Liga previews, I will analyse the squads of Real Betis, Racing Santander, Recreativo de Huelva and Real Mallorca. Real Betis: Since qualifying for the Champions League three years ago, it has all been downhill for Real Betis, having finished 14th and 16th respectively in the last two seasons, [...]

Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea - Ref Watch: Mike Dean

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"They did not score any goals today. It was the referee who scored two goals for them." He did not exactly say those exact words, but if he was still the manager of Chelsea today, this is more or less what Jose Mourinho might have said after the match. In truth, yesterday's referee helped Manchester [...]

La Liga week 4: Barçelona close the gap as Real Madrid and Sevilla stumble

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Football Club Barcelona took all three points in Saturday night's big game, beating a disappointing Sevilla 2-1 at Camp Nou. Star of the game and scorer of both Barça goals Leo Messi continues his rise to what ultimately should see him become the best player in the world (although having seen Cesc Fabregas' display against [...]

The importance of the Carling Cup to the ‘Big Four’

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Fast approaching is Round 3 of the Carling Cup, which of course means that the bigger guns are about to join in. What I am to discuss here is just how important the cup competition is, if indeed at all and mainly how the big guns should treat it because it's something opinion is largely [...]

Arsenal vs Barcelona vs Real Madrid vs Sevilla: which is the best team to watch in world football?

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Although in football the most important objective is to win and get the three points (or advance in knockout competitions), more credence is given to those that do it in style. Ask nearly any football fan if they remember these famous teams and they will- the Magicial Magyars (Hungary) in the 1950s, the dynamic Brazilian [...]

Reading- The Latest Team to Experience SSS?

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At the start of the 2006/07 season most assumed that Chelsea and Manchester United would compete for the title; they also assumed that the teams that had come up from the Championship would struggle. Of the three teams that came up, two did as expected. Watford finished rock bottom of the table, six points below [...]

A look at Avispa Fukuoka and Japanese Football

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Stuart Frisby is currently in Japan and his account of professional football in Japan is an insightful look at football outside the focus of mainstream media. Japanese football is a strange affair, as you sit on the backless seats of the Hakata-No-Mori stadium in Fukuoka Japan, glancing down to the ultras to the right, and to [...]

Barcelona bow to the Messiah

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With Ronaldinho "injured", the Barcelona fans bowed last night before a new idol, the brilliant Argentinian Lionel Messi. Yes, FC Barcelona's very own Messiah (El Mes(s)ías, as they call him here in Barcelona), came to the rescue as Barcelona defeated Sevilla 2-1 at the Camp Nou in a game which never quite lived up to [...]

Arsenal’s good form, thoughts on Ade, Fab and Henry

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It's always nice to get a clean sheet and score several goals, no matter who the opposition. This is nothing to get excited about however, for it was only Derby, albeit a Derby side who managed to somehow beat Newcastle in their last match. Still, away from home they've already lost heavily to both Tottenham [...]

MLS is getting better, but not because of Beckham

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There has been many famous names that have played the beautiful game in an American League, Pele, Beckenbauer, Best, etc. Honestly the list could go on for a long time when you mention the now defunct NASL. But with the hype of argueably the biggest and most recognized name in the world, Beckham, [...]

Champions League Dream Team: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Milan and Liverpool but no Arsenal

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While Nike brought out a "Best Team You've Never heard of" in the lead up to the Women's World Cup, in trying to espouse on the brilliance of the US National Womens' Soccer Team, some pub regulars in Birmingham had the opposite ideas. Being footballers who are generally crap, and turning out for their lowly Lynam [...]

Arsenal Rack Up Five Against Mediocre Derby (match highlights video)

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Before this game it seemed that there could only be one outcome- Arsenal was on a run of seven wins in eight games playing some absolutely brilliant football along the way; Derby had struggled in their start to the Premiership season, albeit picking up their first win in the league against Newcastle a week earlier. [...]

Relegation Candidates for 2007/2008 La Liga

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Although it might seem a bit early to be offering up predictions as to possible relegation material, you should all remember that I missed the pre-season slot – i.e. preview-land – and so I'm trying to make up for lost time. So here goes – in this two-part article, I'll outline all of the major relegation [...]

Tottenham Thrash Famagusta / ball-boy’s moment of glory (video)

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Alright, so none of you really care; Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Cypriot team Anorthosis Famagusta (a side most will not have heard of) 6-1 at White Hart Lane during Thursday's matches. Spurs were 4-0 up at half time, defenders Kaboul and Dawson building up a comfortable lead before Robbie Keane and Darren Bent scored two goals [...]

Who Should Tottenham Play Up Front?

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Blessed with one of the finest striking lineups in the division, it is a surprise to see Tottenham Hotspur where they currently are in the table. The trio of Robbie Keane, Dmitar Berbatov and Jermain Defoe scored more than sixty goals between them last year, and with the arrival of goal poacher Darren Bent from [...]

Weekend Predictions: Arsenal - Liverpool - Tottenham - Manchester United - Newcastle United - West Ham - Manchester City - Fulham - Aston Villa - Bolton Wandere

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The Premier League weekend is likely to be overshadowed by Jose Mourinho's exit (dismissal) from Chelsea, something that has also overshadowed the minor injury crisis at Liverpool as Daniel Agger and Xabi Alonso are out for 6 weeks following metatarsal injuries. No chance to breath though, as we've got some exciting close fixtures, 2 one-sided [...

MatesOdds: Bet On Your Club, If You Dare

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Do you think your club will win this weekend? Would you put money on it? MatesOdds Develop The First p2p Real Money Online Football Betting Exchange Much is being said today about the impact Web2.0 social networking sites are having on traditional business models. Take for instance way businesses are using FaceBook, Bebo, MySpace and the multitude [.

Barcelona vs. Sevilla: which is the better side?

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After a day of turbulent speculation, in which all of the panjandrums of modern football have come out with their takes on the departure of Jose Mourinho, it is time to turn our attention to two Spanish clubs whose future could very well be affected by the "Special One's" future movements. This Saturday (22nd September) [...]

Mourinho In The USA?

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Before anyone condemns this article, I'm not trying to say that USA National Team Coach Bob Bradley is doing a bad job. That's not what this is about. This is about an opportunity. If US Soccer really wants to become a world power, then it needs to finally do what every other major national team [...]

Goodbye Jose, Goodnight Chelsea

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Chelsea fans should be worried. The man that brought Chelsea at least one of every major domestic title has finally left the club. I can't say I am surprised, as the clashes between Jose Mourinho and billionaire owner Roman Abramovich have been widely covered. The Russian finally won out, and Chelsea is left with an interim [...]

SquadGod Week 5

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Hello and welcome to our weekly Fantasy Football update. The prize is $500, there are 221 competitors and already we have quite a stiff competition brewing. Let's look at the top 10 for last week, but before I do that I must make a special request. Vote for Soccerlens As you guys must know by now, Soccerlens [...]

Newcastle United’s Bubble Burst at Derby – But Just Wait

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If you has asked Newcastle fans after our first 4 games of the season how things were going you would have been told Newcastle would finish in the top 6 in the league – no problems. In fact in a recent poll we conducted asking where we would finish - on our Newcastle United Blog [...]

Chelsea’s Next Maestro is…?

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Mourinho's shocking departure has left one of the hottest managerial seats in football unoccupied. As the quality of Chelsea's squad is immense and Abramovich's chequebook is thicker than the latest Harry Potter book, it should come as no surprise if managers will form a queue to apply for the job at The Bridge. So this [...]

Will the UEFA Cup arrest Tottenham and Bolton’s slump? Who will be the new Sevilla?

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Who will take up the gauntlet laid down by Sevilla's progression to the Champions League? And which clubs will be considered UEFA Cup favourites out of the first-round participants (i.e. not the Champions League dropouts)? The first batch of UEFA Cup matches takes place this evening, with the competition as strong as ever, although it will [...]

An Introduction to Sports Betting and Odds

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This is a short article on sports betting that discusses the difference between the probability of winning and the odds a bookmaker offers. Proponents of sports betting see it is a recreational activity for sports fans that augments interest in sporting events, this in turn benefits the leagues, teams and players through higher attendances, sponsorship deals [.

Are Scholes and Giggs holding Manchester United back?

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Last night, Manchester United won under difficult conditions against decent opposition, stood up to the countless petty fouls and whimsical diving and are on their way back to face Chelsea at Old Trafford with all the players fit (Ronaldo should be fine, hopefully). It's all good news then - except the fact that questions must [...]

Can Atletico Madrid finally rejoin Spain’s elite?

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Yesterday I wrote of the poor starts enjoyed/endured by Real Zaragoza and F.C. Barcelona respectively. Another team well acquainted with under-achievement is Atlético Madrid (formerly Athletic Club de Madrid, before a 1941 decree issued by the Franco government put paid to the foreignness implied in the name "Athletic"). When Javier Aguirre was appointed head coach [.

Mourinho Leaves Chelsea for…Tottenham?

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I'll leave the debate on why Jose Mourinho has left Chelsea (the departure has been confirmed by Chelsea FC, and the official word is that he left by mutual consenst) - my opinion on this won't change facts and at the end of they day we'll find out soon once Jose Mourinho decides to [...]

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes up first Manchester United coaching gig

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From ManUtd.com: Manchester United hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took on his first coaching job yesterday as he led the club's reserve-team in a friendly against Sporting Lisbon. The 34-year-old has not yet been given an official job title at Manchester United, but he is to work closely with technical skills development coach Rene Meulensteen, with particular [.

Qualify for Champions League or Win the Uefa / FA Cup?

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When Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen was asked to choose between a top-four finish and winning the UEFA Cup, he picked the UEFA Cup. This caught my attention, because it's something that I've said in the past and have had a long discussion with Newcastle United fans over at the nufcblog.com forums (although we talked about [...]

Ronaldinho is no longer the future of Barcelona

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"Ronaldinho is no longer the future of Barcelona." When hearing this, one would say, "DUH!" However, I would argue that Ronaldinho has a much larger hand in the future of the Catalan club than most people think. Ronaldinho is still one of the top players in the world, but that isn't the argument. His [...]

Liverpool vs Porto - Match Review

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First of all, Porto played excellently. Smart wide play, quick passing, and great crossing, all of which threw a wrench in Liverpool's attacking flow. Second of all, I think Hyypia was a wise choice, mostly because while he was at fault for the penalty, he more then made up for it with his [...]

Can Arsenal and Manchester United avoid the fate of Chelsea and Liverpool?

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It's times like these that European football makes me glad. We were reminded yesterday in stark fashion that the Premier League, for all its' self-primping as the 'best league in the world', is hardly as 'great' as us followers of the English media are led to believe. Mind you, I know that one night (or [...]

Barcelona: the future’s bright, the future’s Orange… but maybe not so bright for Frank Rijkaard

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After Sunday's stale draw away at the Reyno de Navarra, the sharks seem to be circling around the career of Frank Rijkaard, whose chances of survival as head coach at the Camp Nou rest, according to the Spanish press, on the performance of the team in the next three games. If Rijkaard were to depart, [...]

Arsenal, Usmanov and some perspective

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For the next 15 minutes, let's set aside club bias and look at this objectively. Arsenal FC, in footballing and in financial terms, are a healthy football club. Arsene Wenger is committed to the club and the new stadium has helped increase revenues significantly. Arsenal have not shown a desire to compete for 20m+ signings, [...]

Serie A Latest: Roma Top as Juve and Milan stumble, Euro 2008 Review and Italian CL Preview

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Greetings Soccerlens readers! Your resident Serie A expert Marco Pantanella is here to tell you all about what's hot & hip, in other words 'what's happening' over in the 'Old boot' these days. Here's a round-up of everything that took place in the past 7 days: 1. Euro 2008 qualifiers, it's a tight race in [...]

Win a Free Copy of the G-Code

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Most of the time, Big J (of Keeper Skool fame) is out training goalkeeping neophytes in the great Australian Outback but he's taken some time out to collaborate with Soccerlens on a very special deal. In short (and keeping it sweet), we're giving away four (4) gratuit (free, motherfucker, free) copies of the excellent G-Code [...]

Lay Off Liverpool and Rafa

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After Liverpool's unconvincing draw at Fratton Park with a less than full-strength squad, people are once again, as it seems now a yearly rite, piling on Rafa Benitez's rotation policy for Liverpool. For instance, this article by Norman Hubbard on Soccernet. You can say that the reason it keeps coming up is that it's [...]

Why the Ref’s Assistant got the Kalou offside wrong – and why YOU would do the same

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My name's Fifth Column and I am an alcoholic... ...oh, sorry, wrong audience. What I meant to say is that my name is Fifth Column and I am a qualified referee. I feel the need to defend my colleague who got the Kalou decision wrong. In hindsight this was an incorrect decision. [...]

It’s Time For Tottenham to Sell Berbatov

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Even as a Liverpool fan, I have a major soft spot for Tottenham Hotspur. Even us Big 4 supporters would like to see English football shaken up a little though of course not at the expense of our own clubs. For so long it seems, Tottenham was the team that was going to do it, [...]

La Liga Week 3: Real Madrid go three points clear as Barcelona drop points again

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Real Madrid made it three wins out of three with a 3-1 win at home to newly promoted Almeria. Javier Saviola opened the scoring with his first goal for Madrid since signing from rivals Barcelona. Wesley Sneijder scored his fourth of the season with another superb free kick to make it two-nil after 68 minutes. [...]

How To Start a Fight During a Football Match

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Some players do it by taunting their opponents verbally - Marco Materazzi for one called Zidane's sister a whore, and caused the most memorable incident of the 2006 World Cup. Others do it by elbow smashing their opponents (Ben Thatcher) or scything down opponents out of revenge (Roy Keane). Kerlon (the Seal Dribble kid) does [...]

Weekend Review Part 2: Apologies and re-evaluating Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea and Everton’s performances

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After reading the comments on the previous review, it seems that some clarifications are in order. I started writing this as a comment but it got too long and it would get more attention from the RSS readers and site visitors if this was put up as a separate post, so here we go. [...]

Sponsored Review: Soccer Training Info

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I've known about Soccer Training Info for almost an year now, and while I've rare sought them out for training info (never had the need), I've turned to the site from time to time for picking up some classic videos, like the top 10 goals Eric Cantona scored for Manchester United. John's redesigned the site [...]

Weekend Review: Arsenal get over-excited, Liverpool stumble, Chelsea grumble, Manchester United grind and Everton take #5 title from Tottenham

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There are still two matches to go this weekend (and I'm quite looking forward to seeing both matches), but with the quality (or lack thereof in some cases) of matches played out on Saturday it's worth stopping and evaluating what we've learned from it all. Liverpool are nothing without Gerrard and Torres Before the weekend Liverpool [...]

Liverpool must sell Crouch

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Simple enough premise, Crouch has to leave Liverpool. I don't think Crouch has been the root of all our problems, in fact he's gotten Liverpool out of quite a few situations our problem has put us in. But as our first five starts have shown, we have remedied the problem. We are [...]

Champions League 07/08 Group G Preview: Inter Milan, PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce

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Group G sees Serie A's run-away champions Inter Milan take on PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce. It's not an 'easy' group but one that a top team like Inter Milan should safely negotiate, except that they showed an annoying tendency last season to slip up at the most inopportune of times. CSKA's experience from [...]

Champions League 07/08 Group H Preview: Arsenal, Sevilla, Steaua Bucharest, Slavia Prague

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The Arsenal - Sevilla matches will be a delight to watch, although both teams should have no trouble in qualifying from Group H. The big question here will be whether Arsenal or Sevilla qualify 1st from this group - and we might not have to wait long for an answer with Arsenal facing Sevilla [...]

Champions League 07/08 Group F Preview: Manchester United, Roma, Sporting Lisbon, Sinamo Kiev

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Group F sees Manchester United go up against Roma, Sporting Lisbon and Dinamo Kiev. It'll be interesting to see the Man Utd - Roma rivalry from last year play itself out and you can bet your house on it that Roma will be an improved side to what we saw last season (throughout the [...]

Champions League 07/08 Group E Preview: Barcelona, Lyon, Stuttgart, Rangers

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Barcelona are favourites to win in a group that includes French champions Lyon, German champions Stuttgart and Rangers. Lyon's aura has diminished in the past two seasons and I don't see them as a sure bet for qualifying out of this group. Stuttgart could be a surprise package this season - and as far as [...]

Manchester United’s left-back position is Ferguson’s oversight

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Are we really that badly off in defense that we have Silvestre playing at left-back? Presumably the move was to give Manchester United more defensive cover as Patrice Evra can be exposed at times, but our 3rd choice left back from last season and a player who has never been a fan favourite is [...]

Big, Big, Big Win for Manchester United over Everton

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I haven't read any of the match reports - the following is my personal view of what happened during the game and what it means for both Manchester United and Everton. Watching this game, I had to stop myself time and time again for applauding Everton's play - the 'smaller' club from Merseyside showed [...]

Manchester United join Liverpool in complaining about fixtures

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Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Rafael Benitez's complaints over the Premier League fixture scheduling and has claimed that clubs like Manchester United (and by extension, the other 3 big clubs - Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool) are being punished by their own success. After the midweek Euro 2008 qualifiers Benitez lashed out at football authorities for [.

Champions League 07/08 Group D Preview: AC Milan, Benfica, Celtic, Shakhtar Donetsk

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Group D sees two rivalries from the last season resurrected as Benfica and Celtic meet again in the group phase and Celtic come face to face with last season's 2nd round opponents and eventual winners AC Milan. While you'd expect Milan to top their group it's by no means a guarantee, especially with Ronaldo injured. [...]

Champions League 07/08 Group C Preview: Real Madrid, Werder Bremen, Lazio, Olympiakos

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In Group C, Real Madrid take on Werder Bremen, Lazio and Olympiakos in a very competitive and open group. While Real Madrid will be expected to qualify as group winners, any of the 3 remaining teams could end up as #2, even Olympiakos (although that's an outside shout). The big tussle will be between Lazio [...]

Liverpool are finally under Rafa’s Revolution

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By now everyone in the Premier League will more or less admit that Liverpool have been a club reformed this season, with a self-belief and energy in their football that was perhaps missing in the last few seasons under Benitez. Liverpool fans will tell you that it's the new signings and the completion of [...]

Should Neville be 2nd choice for England and Manchester United?

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Gary Neville is the best right-back England and Manchester United have seen in a long time. Since he's broken into the first-team squads of both England and Manchester United, Gary has been consistently brilliant and effective to a fault. The ABU brigade has often put down Neville but you cannot play consistently as a [...]

Football News Roundup: Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Inter Milan, Sevilla, England, Blackburn, Newcastle United, Wigan, AC Milan, Bolton

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A look at the football news headlines today: Inter Milan want to swap Adriano for Chelsea's Ballack The Italian press reports that Inter Milan are pushing for a loan swap deal with Chelsea for Adriano and Ballack. The move makes sense (hah!) in one sense because Chelsea will lose Drogba and Kalou to the African Nations [...]

Newcastle United News: Big Sam on Owen and Taylor, Barton on his way back

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Edward Harrison writes on the popular (and dare I say BBC-acclaimed) Newcastle United blog. A couple of good interviews with Sam today. First one has Sam talking for the first time on the contract dispute the club are in with Steven Taylor. Sam thinks it was a good offer but seems determined to get this sorted out [...]

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

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Back from international week and the Premier League is raring to go with Liverpool, Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal all on 10 points and all teams looking to increase their lead at the top of the table. As usual, we've got the weekend predictions and previews - you can also make your own predictions by copying [...]

Everton vs Manchester United Preview (15-09-07)

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Theoretically speaking, Manchester United could go top of the table if they beat Everton and if Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all lose their matches. Seeing as we don't live in a fantasy world, I'll settle for a good game from both teams and a game decided on footballing skills as opposed to refereeing mistakes. A [...]

SquadGod Week 4.2: Stats, Tips and Standings

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Also see our Weekend Predictions. We're back with Premier League football and seeing as there's little time left for you to conduct your transfers for the week, let's get a jump ahead with some tips and a look at the current points table. Top 10 Taron, 572 Al Nino, 527 jimmyriddler, 523 ATIHY, 517 harlee, 508 Dinko, 494 skippytrip, 487 PaulAg, 485 llango, 481 ruskingtonspurs, 476 Taron [.

Champions League 07/08 Group B Preview: Chelsea, Valencia, Schalke 04, Rosenborg

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Jose Mourinho's Chelsea take on Valencia, Schalke and Rosenborg in a tricky group. Rosenborg are unlikely to be more than spectators but both Schalke and Valencia will be fighting hard for qualification and matches between these two sides could easily be the highlight of the group. Chelsea vs Valencia also promises to be a tasty [...]

Peeping Toms at Women’s World Cup

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Reuters reports that during the Women's World Cup currently being played out in China, there was a curious incident involving the Denmark team. Apparently they had a couple of Chinese men watching them with hidden cameras while the team was closed training sessions. This happened twice, Denmark complained to Fifa about having been tactically compromised [.

No conspiracy against Liverpool but Rafa has a good point

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It's been fascinating to see Rafa Benitez change over the last couple of months. His bullish nature had always been there before Liverpool games (especially when playing Chelsea or in Europe), but he's taken it to a whole new level by showing a confidence and brashness not seen since he landed as Liverpool manager. So [...]

Barcelona’s upcoming games, free tickets and Real Madrid’s move for Ballack

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Nic at the Barcelona Blog writes: After two league games and an annoying break for international games, Barçelona now face the big test of seven games in three weeks after which we should have a much clearer idea of how things are going to be this season. The first game is this Sunday at 9pm [...]

G14 to expand in order to take on Platini and UEFA

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The 18 clubs comprising the high-powered, highly influential, filthy rich and extremely pompous and self-involved G14 plan to expand their group in order to create a 'representative lobby group' that can challenge the madness that Platini is aiming to inflict on Europe. G14 is principally opposed to Platini's proposal to revamp European competitions, although their [.

Should Rio Ferdinand be Manchester United captain?

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Many Manchester United fans have not forgiven Rio Ferdinand for asking for more money during stalled contract negotiations (which happened after that 8-month drug ban that made an example out of Rio). Scott from the Republik of Mancunia is one of them, and despite opinions to the contrary, there are many other Manchester United [...]

Champions League 07/08 Group B Preview: Chelsea, Valencia, Schalke 04, Rosenborg

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Jose Mourinho's Chelsea take on Valencia, Schalke and Rosenborg in a tricky group. Rosenborg are unlikely to be more than spectators but both Schalke and Valencia will be fighting hard for qualification and matches between these two sides could easily be the highlight of the group. Chelsea vs Valencia also promises to be a tasty [...]

2007/2008 Champions League Preview

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This page contains a preview of each of the 8 Champions League groups as a build-up to the kickoff of the group stages on Tuesday, 18th September, 2007. In addition, there's a PDF file that provides detailed statistics on each club taking part (courtesy of our friends at Infostrada Sports) and in the future [...]

Champions League 07/08 Group A Preview: Liverpool, Porto, Marseille, Besiktas

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Premier League giants Liverpool take on Porto, Marseille and Besiktas in Group A of the 2007/2008 Champions League. There isn't much history between these clubs which makes this a fascinating and somewhat unpredictable group. Let's look at the fixtures list before going team by team and analysing past matchups between these four teams. Teams Liverpool (England) Porto (Portugal) Marseille [.

England are back where they started

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Sep 2, 2006 - England beat Andorra 5-0 in a somewhat pointless Euro 2008 qualifier. Having beaten Greece convincingly some time before in a friendly, McClaren's "new England" are buoyant and enthusiastic about their future. Sep 12, 2007 - England beat Russia 3-0 at Wembley. Having beaten Israel 3-0 4 days ago, McClaren's "new England" [...]

Serie A 07/08 Salaries - Kaka rules the roost

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Marco Pantanella from mCalcio.com points us to the Gazzetta dello Sport publishing the salaries of all 20 clubs in the Serie A. AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma lead the salary numbers (predictably). Kaka tops the list with 6m Euros per year, with Totti right behind him at 5.5m. An interesting list, and if you're [...]

Foreign Flair Gives Premier League Elite Status

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We've heard arguments about how the influx of foreign players is hurting English football (and have those arguments suitably refuted). Now we have Jonathan Moynihan, a Barcelona fan, talking about why foreign players give the Premier League its much-vaunted 'elite' status. It's not surprise to anyone who keeps up in today's futbol world that EPL is [.

Foreign Flare Gives Premier League Elite Status

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We've heard arguments about how the influx of foreign players is hurting English football (and have those arguments suitably refuted). Now we have Jonathan Moynihan, a Barcelona fan, talking about why foreign players give the Premier League its much-vaunted 'elite' status. It's not surprise to anyone who keeps up in today's futbol world that EPL is [.

Sunderland in injury hell

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Sunderland's return to the Premier League was supposed to be triumphant - under Roy Keane Sunderland had been reborn in the Championship and smart money suggested that they would do well against the big boys, especially with several teams expected to struggle. So far, it's been tough but a vindication of that view, with Sunderland [...]

Rooney return, SAF attacked, next Manchester United manager

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Will he or won't he? With wonderkid Wayne Rooney itching to get back to first-team action there were rumours that he could be brought back, in some role, for the Manchester United v Everton game. Highly unlikely that something like this would happen, what with World Cup 2006 still fresh in SAF's mind. Personally I'd rather [...]

Newcastle United News: Big Sam on target, Emre has lost heart, Ze Maria a target?

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Newcastle United have bought exceptionally well this summer and once their players are settled in (last minute signings Faye and Beye haven't played yet and Barton's just returning from injury) and the injured players all come back (or most of them anyway), Sam Allardyce will have a very strong squad to choose from. Indeed, despite [...]

Liverpool’s Most Important Summer Addition: Steven Gerrard

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Imagine this scenario: You have a very good right-sided player, a great defensive midfielder and another good CM. You are offered the chance to swap your good right-sided player for the best CM in the world, at no cost. Accepting the deal means that one of your good central midfielders will go to the bench [...]

Liverpool top the table, but for how long?

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After four matches, Liverpool sit atop the table with 3 wins and 1 draw. While we deserved more from the Chelsea game, we did ride our luck at Aston Villa. But with the signing of Torres, Liverpool fans seem think they have found the spark they have been lacking since Owens departure. As impressive [...]

Soccerlens Premier League - Join Now

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I've setup the Soccerlens Premier League over at Online Football Manager (OFM), and all you OFM fans reading Soccerlens are welcome to hop on board and take up one of the 19 available teams (I've already picked Manchester United - what did you expect?). The winner gets a free shirt from Soccerlens sponsors Subside [...]

Hill-Wood’s mouth hurts Arsenal’s stellar reputation

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When I read that Peter Hill-Wood has made a statement to the press, I cringe. The man is an honest football and Arsenal man and you have to respect him for that, but the gloves come off the moment this pompous ass ventures into commenting on people other than Arsenal's own. Arsenal are a club [...]

Will Barcelona make the same mistakes? Will Real Madrid stay consistent?

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Nig writes at the Barcelona blog. Despite only being two games into the Spanish league season there are quite a few conclusions that can already be made. While last season may have had a thrilling finale, it was not a vintage season for either Real Madrid or Barcelona. This summer has seen many changes, Madrid even [...]

Are Chelsea petty or just inept?

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There's a storm brewing over the Chelsea-Ballack-Germany saga, what with the exclusion from the Champions League group stages squad for Chelsea and then the delay by Chelsea in giving Ballack permission to go for a photo-shoot with the rest of the German national team for sponsors Adidas. We also have Jose Mourinho saying that Shevchenko [...]

Last Chance to win free tickets to Barcelona vs Real Zaragoza

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If you want to watch Barcelona in full flow, this is your chance. Soccerlens (in partnership with TicketsFC.com) is running a contest to award two free tickets to the Barcelona v Real Zaragoza game on 26th Sep 2007 at Camp Nou. There are only 2 days left (final date for submission is 16th Sept, [...]

OMG! Liverpool’s Jermaine Pennant got drunk!

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Liverpool's Jermaine Pennant is a good kid, despite his problems and a talented footballer despite a career that has threatened to derail and spectacularly failed to take off. It's easy for critics to lash out at Pennant - he had everything as a young kid - taken to Highbury in 2m deal, bundles of talent [...]

Love Manchester United, Hate the Debt - What would you do?

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Seeing as we don't know anything about the Glazers' business plan nor any details of how they plan to deal with Manchester United's debt (save raising ticket prices), let's look at what we do know: We know that the rising ticket prices and the new policies surrounding season tickets and especially the Automatic Cup Scheme [...]

Advertise on Soccerlens.com

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Today's post is directed towards blog and site owners who want to promote their content, products and / or services. You can advertise your site and products on Soccerlens - hit the advertising page for details on site traffic and ad rates. A lot of people question the value of such advertising - and for those [...]

Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea after Newcastle United’s Steve Taylor

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Alf Taylor must be delirious at this point - his move to leak the news of their 'rejection' of the contract offered to Taylor by Newcastle has predictably sparked a storm in the media, with a host of clubs linked with Newcastle United for the young defender's services. As I've said earlier, this contract [...]

Football Gossip: Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Tottenham, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City

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Some transfer rumours and other sordid gossip from the dirty world of tabloids to pass your Sunday evening: David Beckham to train with Arsenal in winter David Beckham's MLS season will be on old from November to April and what with him needed to stay match-fit to be considered for England, there have been reports that [...]

England 3-0 Russia, 12 September 2007, Euro 2008 qualifier

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An excellent performance by England, defensively and offensively, although they had Michael Owen and Ashley Cole to thank the most for this win. Owen's two first-half goals were capped by a rare Ferdinand finish as England weathered Russia's late attacks to keep another clean sheet (Robinson's mom must be proud) and go 2nd in their [...]

Ref Watch: Lubos Michel - Italy 0-0 France (Euro 2008 Qualifier)

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The Italy-France game turned out to be the scrappy affair we had been expecting as both teams failed to produce anything special in the goal-less draw. With harsh words exchanged between the two sides before the game and the recent history between these two international powerhouses, the game was bound to be dull and tense. [...]

Giggs turning into Beckham - without the benefits - for Manchester United

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Ryan Giggs is a model professional footballer - exceptionally talented but humble, doesn't go out of his way to seek media attention, fiercely loyal to Manchester United and always giving 100% on the pitch. He has been rewarded for his commitment over the years, and there is a lot of support for Giggsy to [...]

Why didn’t anyone come for Newcastle’s Owen and Martins?

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Throughout the summer the media kept reminding us about the buy-out clauses in Michael Owen's and Obafemi Martins' contracts with Newcastle United. Speculation increased despite both players pledging their allegiance to Newcastle, with each of the top four buying strikers this summer and widely tipped to make a move for one of the two [...]

Are ‘foreigners’ in the Premier League hurting the development of local talent?

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With another string of international matches, everyone has exactly one week until anything interesting happens in the world of football. Steve McClaren is struggling to put together a terrible side due to injuries, which leaves the rest of us to discuss the state of our clubs. Sadly during this designated time of meditation [...]

Previewing the Women’s World Cup

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The following article is written by Georgina Turner from Kickster.tv, a blog covering women's football. The women's World Cup starts in five days and chances are you know nothing about it, which simply won't do. I know they're girls and that, but they're pretty good, and since most of the games are on the telly you [...]

What Taylor’s Newcastle contract muddle teaches us

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The whole situation is embarrassing for Steven Taylor, who would probably want nothing more than to forget about contracts and concentrate on playing football for Newcastle United. He has 2 years left to go on his current deal, and as pursuant with Newcastle's initiative to sign key players on long-term contracts (Milner and N'Zogbia [...]

What Should England Look Like in 2010?

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I'm an American, but only the most self-deluded fans here think we're going to be a world power in the near future...though if Altidore progresses like he can, and we find a left back who doesn't absolutely suck and we play like we did against Mexico in the Gold Cup, and we get a few [...]

Celtic 07/08 Home and Away kits

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Scottish Premier League champions Celtic FC have both their home and away kits out for their SPL title-defense and their UEFA Champions League campaign. The home strip celebrates the Lisbon Lions and their is a special Celtic crest with the date of the Lisbon Lions and a star around the crest, there is also a little [...]

Sevilla 06-08 Home Kit

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Last seasons UEFA Cup winners, Sevilla will wear the same kit as last season for this year's UEFA Champions League season. You have probably seen the shirt before unless you have been living under the sea for the last season. The kit, manufactured by Costa Rica sponsors Joma, has a black and red faux-paint stripe going [...]

Stuttgart 07/08 Home Kit

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Last seasons Bundesliga winners Stuttgart have new home kits for their UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga campaigns. The home kit is pretty much the same as all Puma templated-kits this season, but the collar looks great being white and blending with the white kit. The under-arm splash design is an awesome little addition and looks very [...]

Write for Soccerlens

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If you're interested in writing about football, read this page and then drop me a line. A few things to remember: It helps if your ideas are crazy, original and funny - no one wants to read boring re-runs of the daily news. You can't write about Manchester United - we already have enough crazy people in [...]

AEK Athens 07/08 Home Kit

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Greek side AEK Athens have their new home kit out for this season and now have Puma as kit sponsors since Adidas no longer sponsor the Greek-Capital team. AEK secured the signature of Brazil legend Rivaldo from cross-town rivals Olympiakos, and there new home strip can be bought with Rivaldo 10 on the back through Subside [...]

In Rio Ferdinand’s defense

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Oliver Holt is supposedly the 'Best Sports Writer in Britain' - a title that the Mirror garishly pushes in our faces as if such awards mean something (really, OH is better than Amy Lawrence? He'd be stretched to beat Rob Smyth or Marina Hyde, let alone the likes of Kevin McCarra). Anyway, having read his [...]

What if Robben and Ballack had joined Manchester United instead of Chelsea?

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Soccerlens reader and Manchester United fan 'yfcs' writes in the Manchester United forum: Recent events regarding Robben and Ballack got me thinking... What if Robben and Ballack had signed with Manchester United?!?!?!? Robben complained about the way Chelsea plays... he would've been in heaven in our system... looking back, would you guys change anything?

Inter Milan 2007/2008 Home Kit

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Defending Serie A Champions Inter Milan have their new Nike manufactured kit out now. The shirt is blue and black stripes, With a new looking Inter crest but that Valencia collar is there, but doesn't look as bad on the Inter kit namely because of the black and blue colours. The kit is a nice looking one [...]

Valencia 2007/2008 Home Kit

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Spanish team Valencia have a new home strip out for this campaign, and Nike have tried to go retro and it looks absoloutely terrible in my opinion. The decision to go with the orange splashes on the top of the shoulders, on the bottom of the shirt and the orange line on the collar is a [...]

Newcastle Top 6 This Season - Top 4 Monopoly Broken

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Newcastle have had a decent start to the season. Not a great start with 8 points from 4 games but a steady start which new manager Sam Allardyce had asked for. Sam has torn the structure of the club apart since he took over as manager of Newcastle United in mid-May and the results of his [...]

Copenhagen 2007/2008 Home Kit

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Danish side Copenhagen have their new home kit out and have gone for a white home shirt, unlike last season's blue and black home strip. The Kappa logos and template design is intact but doesn't look so bad on the Copenhagen shirt. The gold is a great little addition and gives the kit a classy look. [...]

Feyenoord 2007/2008 Home Kit

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Dutch side Feyenoord have their new 07/08 home strip out and goes with the original red and white colours, while Fortis and Kappa continue to sponsor the club. The kit has the terrible Kappa logos on the shoulders like other Kappa strips this season but still keeps the good looking collar and Kappa logos. The collar [...]

Partizan Belgrade 2007/2008 Home Kit

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Partizan Belgrade's new home strip is now out and is an alright looking strip, the stripes are not too thick nor weak thin looking ones. The VW logo is too large and circle sponsor logos are certainly not the best looking on a football kit but it is Volkswagen and they do and only will ever [...]

Soccerlens Site Update

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Time for another Soccerlens Update - today I want to tackle four topics: advertising, voting, writing and feedback. 1. Advertising For over an year we've gone without paid advertising on Soccerlens (so far I've run AdSense, Kontera and affiliate ads for Subside Sports and Kitbag, plus promos for a couple of products). However, we're at a [...]

SquadGod Week 4: Waiting on Ronaldo and Rooney

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The best thing about the 10 day international break is that star players will get time to heal their injuries. For Liverpool fans, there's a genuine worry that Gerrard will be pushed by McClaren to play for England and as a result will be unfit to play for Liverpool next weekend. For Manchester United fans [...]

Can the US upset Brazil?

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On September 9, 2007 the United States will take on #1 ranked and 5 time World Cup champion Brazil. US head coach Bob Bradley announced his roster and it is not short of what would be playing in any World Cup if it were to happen today, and Brazil is bringing their first team [...]

Manchester City Away Kit 2007-08

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Manchester City's new away shirt has been out for a while and is pretty much a purple version of the Manchester City 07/08 home shirt, with the white pin stripes and white le Coq and Thomas Cook logos. On the players the kit looks a lot better, But like the picture below when just laid [...]

Juventus Home & Away Kits 2007-08

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After spending the season in the Serie B and sporting an average looking kit last campaign, Juventus are back in the Serie A and have released both the new Juventus 07/08 home and away kits for the title challenge. The home kit is the classic Juventus black and white stripes and has a red nike swoosh [...]

Why Liverpool’s Ryan Babel is the next World Superstar

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Persie, Robben, Sjnieder, Drenthe, Vaart and Huntelaar are all potentially great players but in Ryan Babel, Liverpool have the one Dutch player who will without a shadow of a doubt take the world by storm. Described as the next Thierry Henry by Van Basten and still only 20 years of age, the Liverpool winger [...]

England thump Israel 3-0 (Report and Goal Videos)

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A comfortable, confident home win for England. McClaren's men were seldom worried; Israel did nothing to exploit that gap that opened sometimes in front of England defence and with a defend-first policy, they were always going to be losing. The biggest positive out of England's win was the assured performances of the players brought in [...]

The Arsenal board are blind idiots

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Its the boards fault that Arsenal are stuck in a power struggle. They should have known that with all the foreign investors lining up that there would be interest in Arsenal. They screwed the Arsenal fans on 2 fronts and have nobody but themselves to blame for what's happening right now. 1, They knew the ITV [...]

England vs Israel, 8th September 2007, Euro 2008 qualifier

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England take Israel on at Wembley on Saturday, 8th September 2007 in a must-win match that will be the toughest game Steve McClaren will have had so far as manager (it gets worse harder when England take on Russia 4 days later). It's not so much the failure to live up to expectations (that's [...]

Russia vs England, 12 September 2007, Euro 2008 qualifier

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England will take on Russia on 12 September 2007 in the most important game of their Euro 2008 qualification. Beat Russia, or at the very least get a point, and England will be shoe-ins for qualification. I'll have more team news available after the England v Israel game on Saturday - however, here's is the [...]

Chelsea saving Ballack for the winter

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I'm not too surprised with Chelsea not registering Ballack for the Champions League group stages - sure, he's due to be fit for the last four games, but would take the same risk with any 31-year old midfielder (and not your best player in that position, mind you) who's coming off a long-term injury [...]

What now for Tottenham Hotspur?

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After a disappointing start to the season and the furore surrounding Martin Jol's position as Manager, what can Tottenham fans expect from this season? Despite all the hype about fourth place and the Champions League, I'm afraid our start to the season and the ridiculous behaviour of Daniel Levy makes these aims unattainable. I know people will [...

Matchday 2: Villarreal 0-5 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid travelled to El Madrigal to face the form team of 2007, Villarreal, who had not lost in their previous 18 official matches and had just come from an opening season 0-3 victory against Valencia. Most pundits expected a good match, with no clear favorite, including Schuster's new project being put to the test [...]

La Liga Week 2: Real Madrid on top and Barcelona win their first game

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A superb 0-5 win at Villarreal has left Real Madrid out on their own at the top of the Spanish league. The current champions have started their defence well, being the only team in the league to win both games so far. The first half was fairly even but after 38 minutes Wesley Sneijder sent [...]

Weekend Review: Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, West Ham, Manchester United, Newcastle, Chelsea, Manchester City

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The top 12 are separated by 3 points, the top 4 are on 10 points and theoretically speaking, Manchester United are only, at most, 5 games off the pace while Chelsea are 3 points off. However, Liverpool are top on goal difference (courtesy of Derby) followed by Arsenal and then Everton, and for these teams, [...]

Carling Cup 3rd Round Draw (2007/2008)

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The Carling Cup 3rd Round draw was announced today, and it threw up some interesting matchups: Blackburn v Birmingham Reading v Liverpool Manchester United v Coventry Tottenham v Middlesbrough Hull v Chelsea Blackpool v Southend West Ham v Plymouth Arsenal v Newcastle Luton v Charlton Manchester City v Norwich Sheffield United v Morecambe Sheffield Wednesday v Everton Fulham v Bolton Burnley v Portsmouth Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest or [.

La Liga 2007 Summer Transfers

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Here's a list of all the transfers conducted during the 2007 summer in the Spanish Premera Liga: La Liga Summer Transfers. Have a look, link to it from your blog, and make additions / corrections if I've missed out on anything. Thanks for reading Please vote for Soccerlens!.

Cup winners vs 4th placed clubs - Who deserves Champions League qualification?

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Considering how we're genetically wired to oppose change as a threat to the status quo (and therefore ourselves), it's not a surprise that Platini's proposals to revamp the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Cup competitions have been met with such criticism. The key factor here is that his ideas, apart from the whole domestic [...]

Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Anderson with Hookers (interview)

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This article may not be suitable for young children - not that the picture will stop kids from reading this one... Update: Full interview with the girls, plus a 1 min video interview with one of the girls, courtesy of NOTW. Nani was there too, and hey, this is why Nani and Anderson came to [...]

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