Without wanting to say I told you so, the news that Leigh Genesis's chairman and main backer has
pulled out, leaving the club in the financial lurch, should come as a surprise to no-one. Back in
the summer the Unibond Premier League team announced the club was to be rebranded (that's
rebranded, not renamed) from Leigh [.
Sounders FC will hold open tryouts in three Washington cities next month, and the tryouts will be
taped for TV with the one player who survives the cuts awarded a roster spot on the Major League
Soccer team in 2009. Seattle Sounders FC will hold open tryouts for the team in Tukwila, Spokane
and Yakima next [.
It is not quite time for the champagne to come out at St James' Park after Newcastle finally won
their second match of the season against West Bromwich Albion and lifted themselves out of the drop
zone - although for a moment in the press room afterwards Joe Kinnear considered the idea. The club
still languish [.
As the clock approached the ninetieth minute, there was only one thing on the goalkeeper's mind:
save any and every shot that comes near his net—his home. After all, his team was had the
lead, but a very slim lead at that. Possession had been theirs for the majority of the game, but
now the [...]
Well what a Wednesday night of action that was! It was a long night for The Right Result Panel,
reviewing the most controversial incidents of the day's games. The independent panel have made the
following judgement: Bolton v Everton (0-1) The panel feel both Fellaini and Pienaar were in
offside positions when the ball was played forward by Neville [.
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed plans to build a new 60,000-capacity stadium near their current
White Hart Lane ground. Tottenham's latest financial results show that they are very much in a
position to finance and build the stadium in time (unlike some other Premier League clubs lacking
funds for their new stadiums) and with Spurs expect to [.
Harry Redknapp has only been at Tottenham for 2 games but from listening to him speak you'd think
they were in 2nd spot breathing down Liverpool's necks, not 19 spots below. One could even argue
that Tottenham's current euphoria - sorely-needed as it is for improving morale - is unfounded as
Bolton shot themselves in the [.
The year had to have been 1998. I remember dragging an old, decrepit, yellow blanket down the
stairs from the upper level of the house I lived in. Out of habit, I checked the calendar: the date
read October 1. For whatever reason, I had neglected to go to school that day... and I was [...]
Dimitar Berbatov produced a moment of magic and a smiling Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace as
United beat West Ham 2-0 at Old Trafford. Ronaldo scored his and United's first after 15 minutes
when he converted an inch perfect cross from fellow Portuguese international Luis Nani. He then
added a second from 2 yards after a [.
Diego Maradona is going to be the next coach of the Argentinean national side, and personally, I am
mighty kicked about it. Can anything match the sight of a portly Maradona pacing the sidelines,
shouting expletives at the officials and rival players, and jumping animatedly at the slightest
sign of excitement?
Just imagine this for a moment: you're standing in the tunnel, seconds before the kick-off of your
professional debut. You can smell the turf. You can taste the crisp night air of an early autumn
evening. You can hear the aaahhhs of an anxious crowd; they're ready for some futbol. You can see
the pitch—corner [.
In the build-up to last night's Arsenal v Tottenham game, Cesc Fabregas made a cheeky comment (and
quite funny at the time) saying that if the Arsenal Ladies team played Tottenham's first team,
"they would do really well. I'm sure they would get a point!" Despite Tottenham's late
comeback, I wouldn't disagree with Fabregas - [.
Admission prices have rocketed at Deportivo La Coruña. The average cost for a ticket to see my
local team play Real Madrid in the opening game this season was about €55 (₤40). To
British fans, and especially those following English Premier League teams, those prices might sound
Freddie Ljungberg has become the latest big-name player to move to Major League Soccer after
signing to play for the Seattle Sounders. The 31-year-old former Arsenal and Sweden star has made a
two-year commitment to the MLS newcomers in a deal reported to be worth $5m a year. He had been
without a club since leaving [.
Former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos has admitted the loss of star strikers Robbie Keane and Dimitar
Berbatov to Liverpool and Manchester United, for a combined total of more than £51m, was a
major factor behind his sacking. Juande Ramos: "The exit of Berbatov and Keane, important for
their human qualities and scoring ability, was too hard a [.
A Moroccan schoolboy, aged 18, has been jailed for 'insulting the king', after replacing the
monarch's name with that of his favourite football club. He altered the phrase "God, The
Nation, The King" on the school blackboard to read "God, The Nation, Barcelona".
Barcelona are looking to milk the PR angle, saying that they have appointed a [.
So the inevitable finally happened, and Senor Ramos was given the boot. Hardly surprising, given
the teams diabolical start to the league season. Ramos is obviously a talented coach but he never
really sparked in England, that Carling Cup win aside. For various reasons, Ramos was unable to get
the best out of his players [.
What a difference 24 hours make. On Saturday evening I was looking ahead to Sunday's match at White
Hart Lane and anticipating chatting to a few Spurs fans and getting a sense, first-hand, of the
gloom surrounding the club. Having visited Barnet and watched them toothlessly lose the day before,
there was even a planned [.
When Carlisle United were relegated from the football league in 2004 their fans must have feared
the worst. Their club had avoided relegation on numerous occasions from Division 3 and when they
were finally relegated they must have feared that they could be down in the realms of Non-league
for years to come.
Arsenal v. Tottenham Stadium: Emirates Stadium, England Competition: English Premier League Date:
29 October 2008 Kickoff: 20:00 GMT, 16:00 ET It's time for the North London Derby as Arsenal will
host Tottenham and their brand new manager, Harry Redknapp! Soccerlens will be bringing you live
coverage of the match.
Paul Ince's Blackburn Rovers established their place as this season's Right Result regulars with
their sixth and seventh incidents of the new campaign in Saturday's draw with Middlesbrough.
Visiting forward Tuncay will be rueing his luck as his spectacular goal first-half was wrongly
disallowed for offside.
They say all good things must come to an end, and Liverpool fans are hoping their team's ending of
Chelsea's 86-match home unbeaten run heralds the start of a new golden era of their own. The league
win at Stamford Bridge was a long time coming for Liverpool and although both managers were
reluctant to overplay [.
Not long ago, perhaps just over 5 years, this title of this piece could have been much the same as
it is now. The same, except that the main noun of the sentence will be replaced, so it will read,
'Are the days of the technical wizard over?' It seems we have gone half circle [...]
Goals are the focus of football. Goals mold the plot and determine results. Goals win trophies,
titles and plaudits. The goal, undoubtedly, is the most pivotal event during a football match.
However, how useful are goals for evaluating individual players? Leo Messi receives the ball at the
halfway line, skips through five [.
I criticised Ballack for his unprofessional conduct earlier this week so it's only fair to praise
the man for being a man and apologising to his manager for his words. Ballack: "I will sit
down with Joachim Loew as soon as my injury permits and apologise for my behaviour." Loew:
"I've noted Ballack's explanation, but much more important [.
AFC Wimbledon will host League Two high-flyers Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup first round. The
Blue Square South side are in the first round for the first time in their history, while Wycombe
are yet to lose a game this season. League Two Brentford play last season's giant-killers Havant
It's always been known Harry Redknapp likes a gamble. Be it his forrays in the transfer market, or
the 12:40 at Kempton, he's always been one to take a risk. And usually, they pay off. However, by
taking the Tottenham Hotspur job, has Harry went one gamble too far? Looking at Spurs and the
current predicament [.
Harry Redknapp has agreed to join Tottenham Hotsphur as their new manager after the London club
sacked Juande Ramos yesterday evening. Redknapp who has also managed at Bournemouth and Southampton
has been seeking a big time job for some years now and after putting off a number of offers in
recently, has finally given in [.
Many people admire Alex Ferguson. He is undoubtedly one of the best managers ever to have been
involved in the game, and his record with Manchester United speaks for itself. Unfortunately,
Fergie himself also speaks; predominantly about referees. An unofficial (and made up) record to add
to Fergie's glimmering collection is that he is the first [.
Dear Supporter, How quickly things change in football. Our pre-season form, our start to the
transfer window and early summer signings had everyone optimistic for the season ahead. The last
few days of that window and our poor start to the season has seen all that change. This has been a
difficult period for the Club [.
When Daniel Levy leaves his post as Tottenham chairman, his legacy will be one of half-chances,
unfulfilled ambitions and horrible timing. What Spurs get right - Ramos was a good choice at the
time to replace Jol, and Redknapp is a good choice to replace Ramos - they screw it up by mistiming
* Please note that some of the names in this story are fictitious, as is the story itself. The
small, skinny boy passes the ball slickly to the neighbour's kid with whom he was playing football
in the street. He runs forward and the neighbour slides the ball back to him before he shoots.
GOAL! He [..
Let's get the praise out of the way - Adebayor is Arsenal's best chance for scoring goals this
season and has been since the start of last season and maybe even since the season before that.
With RVP's problems last year, without Ade Arsenal would have struggle to get to where they were in
Much has been written about this season's Respect Campaign but I fear that it is doomed to failure.
Respect, as they say, is earned but for today's referees what we all demand of them in return for
our respect is an impossible ask and all of us who sit in judgment contribute in one way [...]
Well, it's finally happened. After 15 games and a mere 5 months in charge, Iain Dowie has been
relieved of his duties at Queens Park Rangers. A decision that isn't a huge shock to anyone really,
no less Dowie, who must have felt like a dead man walking throughout his tenure. So much for
Many teams' start to this new season has been somewhat surprising and for some its been disastrous.
Newly promoted side Doncaster Rovers have had a poor start to the season has been somewhat shocking
due to the huge potential they showed in getting promoted from League 1 last season. They showed
all last season they could [.
God knows I've blogged my fair share of criticism on Billy G's behavior - his move away from
Chelsea, his time at Arsenal, especially post-Henry, his comments to the press, it's all made for
ripe pickings for the baying mob and we've loved it. This time though, it has nothing to do with
football, it's not [.
The first time I saw ‘Foul!' by Andrew Jennings in my Library I simply thought ‘my
Lord, another left wing, John Pilger-esque, failure.' I read the first chapter, I didn't want to
believe it, and I justified this by saying that it was rumour/fear-mongering from the British
tabloids. In the course of my university [.
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (Alonso 10′) Stadium: Stamford Bridge, England Competition: English
Premier League Date: 26 October 2008 Kickoff: 14:30 BST, 9:30 ET Liverpool struck early and held on
late to end Chelsea's 86 match home unbeaten streak to win this top-of-the-table clash. Soccerlens
brought you the action live!
The tabloid headlines following Hull City's victory over West Ham read predictably... ‘London
0 Hull 4'. The latest win over a team from the capital (Hull had already claimed the scalp of
Fulham, Arsenal and Tottenham earlier in the season) not only replicated the title of the famous
1986 Housemartins album, but maintained the Tigers highest position [.
My tired arms rested limply on the driftwood as I floated aimlessly in the ocean. How long was I
drifting? Hours? Days? 90 minutes? I can't tell you. My concentration isn't what it used to be. How
did I end up there? Well, it all started after my transfer to Blackburn. Daniel Levy and Juande
Earlier this season, David Beckham and the L.A. Galaxy played a series of barnstorming games in
South Korea and China. Aside from England, Asia has been Beckham's most rabid fan base since the
2002 World Cup was held there. In the first match against FC Seoul, the 65,000-seat stadium was
only half full.
Everton v. Manchester United Stadium: Goodison Park, England Competition: English Premier League
Date: 25 October 2008 Kickoff: 12:00 BST, 7:00 ET Manchester United will look to continue their
three-match winning streak in the Premiership as they pay a visit to underachieving Everton.
Soccerlens will bringing you the action live!
"Blatter will never retire. He will stay until the mortician arrives with the black bag to
take his body out." Steve Amoia recently had the opportunity to interview respected
investigative journalist and film maker, Mr. Andrew Jennings, whose recent book, "Foul! The
Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote Rigging and Ticket Scandals" painted FIFA in a [.
Let's set one thing straight - I'm not a Germany fan, but I'm a Michael Ballack fan. He's as
professional as they come, he's always looking to win (yes he dives sometimes), he's got a smart
footballing brain and he keeps his nose clean off the pitch. Minus the diving (if you don't like
The FA has decided to overturn Habib Beye's red card (received during the Newcastle United v
Manchester City match on Monday) and thus the player is free to play for Newcastle against
Sunderland this weekend. But while Beye returns to the starting lineup, there's still the matter of
the penalty that was given for the same [.
Who are the world's most promising young footballers? We have seen the world's (or Europe's,
depending on your point of view) best footballers shortlisted this season for the FIFPro and Ballon
D'Or awards this month, but what of the hidden gems in Europe and elsewhere in the world of
football who are solid, talented footballers [.
Tottenham players will be breathing a sigh of relief looking at the Premier League fixture list for
this weekend. Not only are they at home against Bolton (this, even they should win), but all around
the Premier League there are much bigger matches to be played. There's Everton hosting Manchester
United, Chelsea v Liverpool, a [.
The Dubai investment group Zabeel have pulled out of a deal to buy Championship club Charlton
Athletic. After making an indicative offer for the club earlier this month they have decided to
withdraw their interest. A statement from Charlton said: "Zabeel Investments has informed
Charlton that the decision not to proceed was taken on the basis [.
Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, on being asked about the possibility of one day donning gloves
for England: "The opportunity is there and I'll follow it for as long as the possibility of
playing for England remains open. I don't think playing for Spain is an option — they have
enough keepers — it's not their biggest problem.
I know things are bad for Ramos at the moment but surely they can't be this bad that bookies are
now accepting bets for Arsene Wenger to replace him? Here are the latest odds (from Paddy Power,
hat tip to The Offside and F365): 4/1 Poyet 8/1 Hughes 10/1 Bilic, Rijkaard 12/1 Ranieri,
Klinsmann, Redknapp 14/1 Mancini 18/1 Moyes, Venables 20/1 Keegan, Jol, [.
The Ronaldo saga, possibly the most tedious bout of "will-he-won't-he" transfer talk
ever, was the bane of most United fans lives over the summer. Here we were, champions of England,
champions of Europe, and all anyone wanted talk about was whether our Portuguese winker was going
to join Real Madrid.
Last Saturday Sepp Blatter was reportedly involved in a car accident coming out of a mountain
tunnel in the Swiss Alps, where his Mercedes hit a slower-moving car he was trying to overtake,
lost control and hit an oncoming VW Golf. The Golf is said to have overturned several times before
stopping with the driver escaping [.
Nigeria may be forced to quit as hosts of the 2009 Under-17 World Cup, after the country's
government said it cannot afford to provide the money needed to stage the competition. The Nigerian
government decided that the $30 million required was not seen as a priority. Nigeria President
Umaru Yar'Adua told his cabinet last week that [.
Unlike Chelsea, ranking 1st in the Premier League and undefeated domestically since February, AS
Roma approached their UEFA Champions League Matchday 3 fixture with extreme caution. Coming from a
0-4 home loss to Inter Milan this week-end, the Giallorossi were counting on returning iconic
captain Francesco Totti to sound the charge on the Stamford Bridge [.
America and soccer have never had much more than a tepid amateur relationship. The paradox of
this relationship resides in the fact that there are more soccer players in the United States than
England, France, Argentina, Spain, and Brazil combined (FIFA.com). If you ask anyone if
they've played on a club team at some point [.
"It does make the Mafia look quite amateur..." Steve Amoia recently had the opportunity
to interview respected investigative journalist and film maker, Mr. Andrew Jennings, whose recent
book, "Foul! The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote Rigging and Ticket Scandals" painted
FIFA in a hue that many at the world governing body would have rather not [.
According to Ken Friar the profits generated from the Highbury Square development project are
separate from Arsenal's usual accounts and as such are free for the club to use to reduce debt, buy
a superstar (or 10 potential superstars) and pay for school tuition for Wenger's young ducklings
all in one go.
The English Galactico, David Beckham, will move to AC Milan on a short-term loan in January. The
move will occur during MLS's offseason and Becks is expected to return to LA Galaxy in April when
the 2009 MLS season kicks off. Beckham is moving on loan in a bid to keep playing competitive
football and stay [.
The draw for the final round of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations has
taken place in Zurich (what, they couldn't do it in Africa?). 20 teams have been split into 5
groups of 4 teams each, with the outright winners qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and the top
There were a couple of unsavoury crowd incidents last weekend in the Premiership. They've rightly
received a lot of attention, which has a lot to do with how rare this kind of behaviour has been in
the top league over the last few years. Every ground is kitted out width a multitude of cameras and
There's something masochistic about watching a bad soccer match. It takes a certain type of fan to
endure the moments of sheer boredom as players kick the ball to no one and swarm without rhyme or
reason. Throw in a dirt pitch in a provincial outpost, and you have a game hardly anyone would want
Keeping a man of Roy Keane's ambitions, determination and pride employed as a manager is not an
easy matter. On one hand you want to give him the control and freedom to grow and develop and on
the other hand you need to set boundaries and create a sustainable system that balances the books
Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, Juventus was reborn Tuesday. With two majestic strokes of the
paintbrush, one by Del Piero to erase a never-ending streak of injuries, another by Amauri to wipe
five consecutive winless matches clean, the Bianconeri imposed a lesson of great will &
determination on their Real Madrid rivals.
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFPro World Player of the Year award for 2008. Ronaldo was also
included in the FIFPro World XI Team alongside teammate Rio Ferdinand and several other players
from the English Premier League. Ronaldo has already won the European Player of the Year award, and
now has the Ballon D'Or and FIFA [.
"Sepp Blatter really never had a real job. Like a rock star. And he'll never have a real job
again." Steve Amoia recently had the opportunity to interview respected investigative
journalist and film maker, Mr. Andrew Jennings, whose recent book, "Foul! The Secret World of
FIFA: Bribes, Vote Rigging and Ticket Scandals" painted FIFA in a [.
It seems that Manchester City changed into Manchester Dhabi in the nick of time - today's news from
Thailand tells us that the ex-Thailand Prime Minister and former owner of Manchester City FC
Thaksin Shinawatra has been found guilty of corruption by the Thai Supreme Court and sentenced to
two years in jail.
The German Soccer League (DFL) confirmed last Thursday that the regulation preventing foreigners to
possess majority shares in German clubs will remain in effect. The 50+1 rule (the first such
'numbered' rule to make sense) was voted on by the DFL, determining that Germans must own majority
shares in Bundesliga clubs.
Allow me to present you with a truly unbiased account of what happened on the night of 21 May 2008.
For some there was glory, for others there was a sense of relief, for a chosen few the damning
thought that this would be their last game for the club and for one or two select [...]
The Right Result independent panel last reviewed the key incidents from the Newcastle v Manchester
City game and judged the following: Rob Styles was wrong to award a penalty to Manchester City for
Habib Beye's tackle on Robinho. The Right Result: NEWCASTLE 2-1 MANCHESTER CITY According to the
Right Result Table Newcastle, despite their off field problems should [.
Atletico Madrid 0-1 Liverpool (Keane 14′) Stadium: Vicente Calderon Stadium, Madrid, Spain
Competition: UEFA Champions League, Group D Date: 22 October 2008 Kickoff: 19:45 BST, 14:45 ET It
won't be a homecoming for injured striker Fernando Torres, but his Liverpool teammates will make
the trip to Vicente Calderon to face Atletico Madrid in this Champions League clash.
I resolved to interview the hot new Salvadorian player Marco – he cost a lot of money, and
the other reporters didn't speak Spanish, but I could finesse it sketchy. I put together some
questions, cleared PR, and after practice stood alone with him on the windy soccer field. I
apologized for my Spanish, he [.
In mid-August the FA Cup journey began for over 200 non-league clubs, all hoping to embark on a run
that would at least take them into the FA Cup first round, bringing welcome cash and potential TV
money with it. Now 64 teams stand of the verge of making this season's dream come true as [...]
Despite the modernisation of the game and the soaring cost of attending, football is crawling with
traditionalists. And why wouldn't it be? We're followers of a sport which can proudly trace its
roots from a new Victorian era of leisure, through wartime stories of football in the face of
adversity, to an age in which [.
Soccerlens is very pleased to welcome a respected investigative journalist and film maker, Mr.
Andrew Jennings, whose recent book, "Foul! The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote Rigging and
Ticket Scandals" painted FIFA in a hue that many at the world governing body would have rather
not seen. Mr. Jennings is one of the few [.
I hold no malice against Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Many of you do, but I do not. As a
football blogger, I love Spurs at the moment. They are so in this season. They are a constant
source of humorous stories. Just when you think the situation cannot get any more ridiculous, they
go and [...]
It only seems months ago that 'The Special one' Jose Mourinho left England to head to mainland
Europe, but in truth it was now over a year ago. Now with a job at Inter Milan who primarily want
to win the Champions League, Mourinho is already looking at post-Inter options. The former [...]
It just seems that it cannot get any worse for Tottenham Hotspur after defeat at new boys Stoke
City continued their worst-ever start to a season. Not only are Spurs becoming adrift at the bottom
of the Premier League but they ended their first trip to the Britannia Stadium minus the
forthcoming services of three [.
Melbourne Victory returned to action last night in the Hyundai A-League. Facing the Newcastle Jets
in Newcastle. The Victory demolished the Jets in the 3rd round at home 5-0. The gulf in class
during that game was enormous and I must admit going into the game I was expecting another Victory
win, especially given the [.
At the time of writing I am currently settled in my second year of life in Lima, Peru, a country
that has failed to impress on the footballing stage for 30 odd years. Stating this fact is not
something I feel will see me left for dead half way up the Pan-Americana with presently Peru [...]
Matchday 3 of the 2008/2009 Champions League takes place on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 October -
here are some leading statistics regarding this year's Champions League participants: Top scorers
2008/2009 Champions League Player Nation Club Goals Apps All-time Goals All-time Apps Steven
Gerrard ENG Liverpool 3 2 15 56 Sergio Agüero ARG Atlético Madrid 3 2 3 2 Dimitar
Berbatov BUL Manchester United 2 1 9 27 Vincenzo Iaquinta ITA Juventus 2 1 6 6 Ruud van Nistelrooy
NED Real Madrid 2 2 55 70 Lionel Messi ARG FC Barcelona 2 2 10 23 Robin van Persie NED Arsenal 2 2
8 28 Alberto Gilardino ITA AC Milan 2 2 6 28 Emmanuel Adebayor TOG Arsenal 2 2 6 33 Julio Baptista
BRA AS Roma 2 2 4 16 Juan Culio ARG CFR 1907 Cluj 2 2 2 2 Head-to-heads [.
For the fourth time in FIFA Futsal World Cup history, Brazil conquered the gold medal on home turf
Sunday morning. It was a match which all pundits anticipated to be a clash of the titans, with
reigning World & European champions Spain providing a very worthy opponent for the Auriverde. It
the end, only a [.
His last match in the starting eleven had been over six months ago, but one has to seriously wonder
if even a Francesco Totti at 200% capacity would been able to stop the Inter Milan tsunami crashing
over Roma on Sunday. Conceding four goals in your home stadium is already tough enough to swallow,
The world of football never ceases to provide gems of amusement to keep us all smiling. Footballers
are not known for their intelligence, but Didier Drogba has once again proved he is not a master of
tact. After causing a stink in an interview a few years ago when he seemed to claim he was a [...]
Manchester United v. Celtic Stadium: Old Trafford, England UEFA Champions League, Group E Date: 21
October 2008 Kickoff: 19:45 BST, 14:45 ET Manchester United will continue their Champions League
title defense when they play host to Celtic. The lineups are in and there are some surprises.
Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!
Manchester United produced a sensational second half display to beat West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at
Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney made it three goals in four days for club and country when he got the
first goal with a clinical finish early in the second half. He then turned provider when his pass
set up Cristiano [.
"When the club versus country dispute arose Small children were trampled in the
exodus..." So sang Half Man Half Biscuit in 2005. Little has changed since then as the
greed and intransigence of football's powers-that-be threaten to ruin the Joga Bonito's pre-eminent
position in the world of sport. After all these years discussing the issue, football fans
are still [.
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp this weekend celebrates 25 years in football management. Redknapp
was 36 years old when he took over from Don Megson at Third Division outfit Bournemouth. Since
then, his own unique brand of management has been seen at West Ham, Southampton and Portsmouth
(twice). We celebrate some of the finest moments of [.
Newcastle United v. Manchester City Stadium: St. James Park, England English Premier League Date:
20 October 2008 Kickoff: 20:00 BST, 15:00 ET Newcastle United will try and jump-start their
turmoil-filled season against Manchester City. Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live! Log
on to the site 15 minutes before kick-off for the live blog!
On October, 15, MLS announced that Brightstar Corp. CEO Marcelo Cuare , Barcelona FC President Joan
Laporta and a number of the Miami-Dade public officials made a formal bid to be granted an MLS
franchise as soon as 2010. But this only put Barcelona into a very crowded playing field.
Simultaneously, MLS has announced that no fewer [.
There are occasional times throughout the season when you cannot help but wish that you had the
foresight to predict these unlikely situations which present themselves, and preferably to have had
a little flutter on it. One such instance is Sunday's clash between Stoke City and Tottenham. I
imagine the odds on this being a [.
Note: This article continues from How To Watch Football Online. Let's face it. For many of us, the
Internet means one thing and one thing only: free stuff! Whether it's music, movies, or even porn,
the Internet is like the Holy Grail when it comes to getting stuff for free. That even extends
The English Premiership's most costly bench-warmers have been revealed today in a new list
published by football scouting website IMScouting.com. The list gives a "Cost per game"
value for each club's top benchwarmer, i.e. a ratio of the player's salary divided by the number of
games played since August 2007.
Tom Clark looks at the Top 5 Goals from each set of World Cup Qualifiers (last weekend and
midweek), focusing specifically on CONCACAF and CONMEBOL matches. Goals of the Weekend October
11/12 '08 Could anyone not agree the Johan Gourcuff cannon shot for France vs. Romania, a 35-yard
bolt off the bottom of the bar, was the [.
The result read England 3, Belarus 1, with Steven Gerrard on the score sheet, and yet like night
following day, the pundits were still assessing Capello's success in dealing with on one of the
most tired clichés in Modern Football – Gerrard v. Lampard. That the two cannot play
together has been part of journo orthodoxy [.
It is funny how a three-minute YouTube video can make you completely lose respect for someone you
once admired as a talented footballer. This is Liverpool and Holland attacker Ryan Babel rocking
the mic with a rap ballad about his rags to riches tale. Babel follows in the footsteps of such
footballing luminaries as John Barnes, [.
Five goals in three games have announced Wayne Rooney's return to international prominence. His
performance against Belarus last night, and the build-up to it against Croatia and Kazakhstan,
indicate that the Manchester United striker is ready to fulfil his potential with England. His
recent performances, particularly an outstanding display against Belarus, are among his best in [.
The German league has traditionally been reluctant to adopt new models and introduce upgraded
elements from – let's say – European football. If you have a look at the Bundesliga
league table, you must realise that the top 6 clubs are led either by young, ambitious coaches with
a scientific approach, or by foreign trainers [.
Rosario Central president Horacio Usandizaga is not likely to win any Boss of the Year awards after
he was secretly filmed making a speech in which he threatened to kill his club's players and
coaching staff. The under-fire president came out with guns blazing (hopefully not too literally)
as he defended his leadership of the relegation-threatened [.
Aston Villa v. Portsmouth Stadium: Villa Park, England English Premier League Date: 18 October 2008
Kickoff: 15:00 BST, 10:00 EST Fifth-place Aston Villa will take on seventh-place Portsmouth in an
intriguing clash between two teams with a lot to prove. Soccerlens will be bringing you the action
It seems to be a distant memory now... back in the days when a football weekend consisted of every
team in the English league kicking off at 3pm and finishing at 4:45pm on a Saturday afternoon. To
the younger readers, there was no Super Sunday, Setanta was a non existent word and Match of Day
Grimsby striker Martin Butler has had his contract terminated because new boss Mike Newell was
unimpressed with his travel arrangements. The 34-year-old made a 350-mile round trip from his
Worcestershire home to Grimsby. The striker was often forced to miss training because or the
long-haul commute. Newell said: "To have him available only a couple of [.
So, four games into the qualification campaign for World Cup 2010 and England sit clear at the top
of their group with twelve points. An unimpressive win over Andorra was followed by a scintillating
performance in Croatia. Then, last Saturday they stumbled to a victory over Kazakhstan that was
less convincing than the 5-1 scoreline [.
"I fucking hate that fucking club," Simon says, handing me my usual bag of bonbons. The
35-year-old owns a sweetshop in Heidelberg, Germany, and everyone who walks by can see his very own
visualization of the downfall of "King Football" in the shop window. "I just hope
that they go right down again." Simon is one [.
In this clip (from Nike's Most Wanted show, aired last weekend), Sir Alex Ferguson shares his
thoughts on youth development in general and his view on signing players later on in their careers
(Manucho being a good example). In essence SAF is right - some players are late bloomers (think
Didier Drogba, or consider the [.
European Cup after World Cup have seen a snowballing of disappointment for the English football
masses. Spain winning Euro 2008 has pushed our reputation as underachievers further down the lav.
And like such great philosophical musings as; Why are we here? Is there a god? Will Robbie Savage
ever get a haircut?
Ahead of tonight's clash with England, we give you the lowdown on all things Belarus. 1. Alexander
Hleb The former Arsenal man was a Gunners favourite (at least until he started shooting his mouth
off about the club and making is very clear that he wanted to leave to join Barcelona. The
midfielder is almost certainly ruled [.
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has not left his days of shirking behind at Tottenham.
The 27-year-old has taken to training on a lawnmower while on international duty with Bulgaria.
Rumours that Sir Alex Ferguson has ordered all players on international duty to ensure they rest on
a piece of machinery during training have not [.
Ex-LA Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit has revealed that the evil geniuses behind Major League Soccer are
deliberately keeping a lid on soccerball to avoid damaging true American sports. Comments made to
Reuters about a Major League Soccer conspiracy have had some onlookers questioning the state of the
former Dutch international's mental health.
If you thought Vinnie Jones' long spell with Wimbledon's Crazy Gang followed by several appearances
as a rough nut Cockney gangster made for a formidable CV, think again. Belarus coach Bernd Stange
counts Saddam Hussein and the East German secret service among his former employers. Since the fall
of the Berlin Wall, German citizens have been [.
The news is full of how the financial crisis / credit crunch / economic recession / clusterfuck is
putting pressure on football clubs with debts and / or billionaire owners. But there are positives
to be found for a few (prospective) owners, provided they play the situation to their advantage.
Chelsea and Roman Abramovich If one accepts that [.
This guy is superb. Quite why he is making a name for himself as a guy in a hoodie standing in
front of a box of Cornflakes and not on the TV we don't know. He reels off some excellent
impressions of Rafa Benitez, Steven "Yeerrrm" Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and
Peter Crouch. The [...]
Marcello Lippi was hailed as a hero after guiding Italy to their first world cup success in 24
years in 2006. He retired after his victorious run in Germany with a promise to return to the
football world. So Italy signed former AC Milan player and Italy international Roberto Donadoni to
take the Azzurri's helm.
The international break is a breeding ground for dumb comments by players with little to do. All
week we had Carragher talking about one thing or the other, when he would have been starting for
England and helping them qualify for South Africa 2010. And now we have Blackburn striker Roque
Santa Cruz ready to jump [.
Juventus are rumoured to be interested in poaching Rafael Benitez from Liverpool, even though the
Spaniard has repeatedly stated his desire to stay for a long time at Anfield if the owners give him
the requisite backing. My view is that the Juventus management made a mistake in hiring Ranieri
when they should have kept Deschamps [.
The Newcastle story - from the euphoria of Mike Ashley buying the club to the suicide-dive in
confidence of Keegan's departure - is tragic. What happened post-Keegan is much worse, and if you
were to call Newcastle United the worst-run club in the Premier League few would argue. That is,
unless you told them the Tottenham [.
Zabeel Investments have been interested in investing in a football club for quite some time.
They've spoken to Newcastle United and Manchester City in the past, are negotiating with Charlton
Athletic and now have also spoken to West Ham regarding a possible take over. While West Ham is
arguably a more attractive option compared to Charlton, [.
Considering that to Joe Public it is the be all and end all of the beautiful game, international
football does not have an easy ride. Constantly undermined by dismissive club managers in the past,
it is now facing up to a new enemy within: the spoiled brat. If he is playing at a high enough
This time they want to buy Mathew Upson from West Ham, a rumour that dovetails nicely with West
Ham's recent austerity measures. Upson, if he stays fit, would be a good buy for Tottenham but
seriously, has someone at the club itself thought about doing something other than throwing money
at their problems?
Residents of the Russian town of Stavropol obviously do not mind if their local councillors do not
take a hands on approach to their job because they have just elected London-based Roman
Pavlyuchenko. The Spurs striker received 63 per cent of the vote. While he ought to be getting his
hands dirty helping Tottenham to get [.
According to the Times, Newcastle United have 7 parties with a strong interest in buying the club,
with 3 of them showing proof of funds as well. For a club without a permanent manager and an
emotional owner who is the textbook definition of a glory fan, it's good news. Whether the
interested parties can [.
FIFA has taken another kicking over its policy on racism, and this time it was their pals at UEFA
taking a swipe at Sepp Blatter and co. The European governing body has revealed that the paltry
fines handed out for racism at international matches would be considerably higher if they fell
under its jurisdiction.
Anybody's who's ever sat next to Steve Perryman at an Exeter City knows to expect plenty of noise
around them for the full 90 minutes. The former Spurs midfielder leads the junior supporters in
singing, makes his opinions on the match very clear, and is happy to chat to both City regulars and
journalists alike [.
I'm afraid that in the past few seasons when it comes to the English national team the scales have
finally fallen away from my eyes well, admittedly my eyes are failing with a great crash. Apart
from the scoreline, which Maggie Thatcher might have liked, nothing about that game can have been
calculated to please any [.
During this "international week" footballing lull when club play is suspended while
nations hold their collective breath over the upcoming qualifiers, and club fans try to find
something else to fill their time, there's actually been one on-the-pitch event at club level which
is being hailed, at least in Mexico, as "historic".
Mount Kailash is often regarded as the holiest mountain in Asia. Revered by the pre-Buddhists as
the point of all creation and celebrated by Hindus as the recreational playground of Lord Shiva,
dancing and smoking copious amounts of cannabis. Hidden away in the barren deserts of western
Tibet, to circumnavigate the mountain is said to [.
One of the most mocked aspects of the Premier League season so far has been the FA's much vaunted
Respect The Ref campaign. This initiative, as we all know, is designed to encourage players to
behave better towards the referee - no dissent, no abuse, no crowding, just a polite dialogue,
preferably channeled through the [.
Serial sicknote Michael Johnson has turned to yoga in a bid to put his injury problems behind him.
The Manchester City midfielder has never played more than ten consecutive games in one season for
the club since making his debut two years ago. The 20-year-old has been plagued by a pelvic problem
throughout his fledgling career [.
There are two main reasons why I know that the world of football is very quiet at the moment. One
is that I write about football on a daily basis and, international match preparation/fall-out
aside, there has been very little news compared to our normal bombardment for the past week. The
second reason is that [.
Finland came up with an interesting way of distracting Azerbaijan goalkeeper Kamran Aghayev during
their World Cup qualifier, and it seemed to work. Here is how to try the tactics out with your
team: 1) Take one Daniel Sjolund. 2) Open his legs and leave him lying on the ground within easy
viewing of the opposition goalkeeper.
Following your favorite football team or league can be as complicated as heart surgery. Between all
the rules governing what matches can be watched live and what equipment you need, trying to watch
your favorite team in action can be both difficult and expensive. Additionally, watching football
in a crowded bar can be [.
The FA has told the Spanish Federation that a forthcoming friendly match between England and Spain
will not take place in Madrid because of fears England's players would be subjected to racist
abuse. The last time the two teams met in a friendly at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2004, Ashley Cole
and Shaun Wright-Phillips were [.
Thierry Henry has been linked with a move away from Barcelona as soon as he arrived - his family
situation only fanned the flames and the press have constantly linked him with a return to the
Premier League (Manchester being the suggested destination) as well as a move to the MLS in David
The England team is a strange animal. They are some of the best-paid professionals in a game pretty
much every bloke in this part of the world has played at some point of their lives, supported by
tens of millions of fanatics, with the best kit, technology, and coaching staff money can buy.
There are one [.
We didn't have to wait too long for the boo boys to resurface at Wembley on Saturday. Yes, Ashley
Cole's backpass was lazy and I doubt he'd ever do that in a Chelsea shirt, but to boo one of your
own players when you're winning a game? A lot of people were surprised by how composed [...]
The fiasco that passed off as a "goal" at Vicarage Road when Reading visited Watford once
again raised the question of video technology. Hell! – I am still recovering from the second
"goal" in the 1984 FA cup final! Steve Sherwood clearly had the ball in both hands before
that cheating Andy Gray headed it [.
It was all set up. Six points out of six, a crowd of 90,000 passionate and expectant fans and
coming off the back of a fabulous 4-1 win in Croatia. The opponents? Kazakhstan, who have never
qualified for anything and were at Wembley to just play a bit part as England showed the world that
You know it is a bad miss when the culprit looks on in shock as the ball misses the target. This is
exactly what Scotland striker Chris Iwelumo is doing in this photograph. He had a gilt-edged chance
to score the winning goal against Norway on his international debut. But it did not quite pan [...]
Michael Carrick and Owen Hargreaves seem set for a return to first team football for Manchester
United against West Brom next week when the domestic season restarts after the international break.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "We
are expecting Michael to be available next week.
Robinho, talking about life in Manchester, language problems and settling in to a new culture:
"Myself and the other players already have a good understanding. The language of football is
universal. You don't need to speak the local lingo in order to be able to communicate with a ball.
Sometimes in training when I shout [.
Serious overcrowding at the Ghana v Lesotho game caused a dangerous stampede in the build up to the
2010 World and Nations Cup qualifier in Sekondi, Ghana. The 20,000-capacity stadium was already
badly overcrowded when fans forced open the main gates, prompting the stampede. At least two people
were taken away in an ambulance, and stretchers [.
UEFA is looking at a new refereeing system whereby the referee is helped by four rather than two
assistants. Europe's governing body has been trialling the idea at an Under-19 tournament in
Slovenia where two extra assistants were behind the goalline. Michel Platini: "The goal is to
have one referee with more eyes.
Comedians Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse poke fun at the seemingly endless national anthems of
some of the teams England come up against (and also at the disinterested approach of many England
players). WPvideo 1.10 Download this video "England v Paquador highlights courtesy of Harry
and Paul" was originally published at Soccerlens.
Update: The deadline has been extended till 31st October, get your entries in by Friday. Welcome to
the 2008 Soccerlens Writing Competition, an annual football writing competition hosted by
Soccerlens (here's last year's contest, won by Gerry McDonnell). For the next two weeks (11th to
26th31st October), we'll be accepting article submissions for the contest (details [.
England coach Fabio Capello has urged fans not to boo his side if they struggle to break Kazakhstan
down today. The Italian has made the plea ahead of this afternoon's match at Wembley. England fans
have always had high expectations for their team, but in recent months supporters have become
increasingly vocal in venting their [.
What is it about Manchester United number 7's and the urge to own a fashion empire? And we don't
mean Eric Cantona! Cristiano Ronaldo's second CR7 shop has opened in Lisbon selling everything you
need to make your own identikit smart-casual Ronaldo. The question is: who will buy his stock? The
CR7 largely consists of manbags, [.
Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey has always been something of an enigma and that doesn't seem to change
with age. The Wigan man is a bit of a Marmite footballer - you either love him or you hate him. He
was one of the golden boys of Sven-Goran Eriksson's honeymoon period, and it seems Fabio Capello
Dubai-based Zabeel Investments have made a bid for Charlton Athletic. The club confirmed in a
statement that it will enter a period of due diligence with Zabeel Investments and should the offer
be made formally, the board is prepared to recommend shareholders to accept it. Zabeel Investments
have been linked with investment in English football for some [.
The English Premier League raked in roughly £1.8 billion in revenues in the 2007-2008 season.
In comparison, UEFA earned €1.3 billion (£1 billion) in revenues from Euro 2008, and
FIFA earned €2.6 billion (£2 billion) in revenues from World Cup 2006. The catch, of
course, is that while UEFA's and FIFA's most lucrative tournaments are [.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson shows he has a sensitive side (we couldn't believe it
either). He gets a right old fright when a balloon gets unexpectedly popped very close by. That
will teach him to concentrate on the football match instead of who is larking about next to him!
"Sir Alex Ferguson gets a [.
It probably had not escaped your attention that 22-year-old Wayne Rooney was fast-developing the
hairline of a man twice his age. Rather than spend his life picking the latest clump of ginger hair
from his pillow, the England striker has decided to speed his balding process up. The Manchester
United man has had the clippers all [.
David Beckham's yellow card against Columbus Crew last weekend meant that the former England
skipper picked up an obligatory suspension. Normally this would be disappointing for the player and
for his side, LA Galaxy, but the American media is more concerned that the fans of would-be
opponents Houston Dynamo have missed an opportunity to see [.
Chelsea have issued a High Court claim for £16m against FC Lyn Oslo and their former chief
executive Morgen Andersen. This claim is related to the transfer of Jon Mikel Obi and specifically
the 16m payments Chelsea made (4m to Lyn Oslo, 12m to Manchester United) in 2006 as part of a
settlement. Chelsea say the [.
The Australian striker is 32, has been injured since May at least and with his latest injury scare
he's looking at sitting out for the rest of the season. The last thing Newcastle need at this point
is an old, overweight, over-the-hill striker collecting a paycheck while sitting at home in
In his latest interview with Gazzetta dello Sport Ronaldo talked about his future, his discussions
with Paris St Germain and Manchester City and his gradual return to fitness. Although he's quite
circumspect about his future - he's full of praise for PSG, City and Flamengo - it's clear that his
priority is to get back to [.
London club Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a 'football and commercial development' partnership with
Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes. Spurs are keen to boost their global status and will
use the deal to improve their exposure in America. The Earthquakes on the other hand will benefit
from the training and coaching models of Tottenham.
Former Arsenal player Alexander Hleb (now at Barcelona) had this to say about Fabio Capello's
rules: "Nothing can be achieved with restrictions and bans. The most important thing is the
atmosphere in the team. It seems that there is some kind of communism going on. For example,
Capello says the players' breakfast is not from 8 till [.
It's just come to my notice that England Under-21s are actually a quite brilliant side! They
haven't lost for three years and in that time they've won 16 and drawn nine, averaging over two
goals scored per game. Not bad going by anyone's standards. With several of those all-conquering
kids already in the full squad I [.
I may exude confidence in the betting arena, but when it comes to relationships I'm somewhat
insecure. It takes me a long while to reach the stage where I feel comfortable enough with a
partner to move things on to a physical level. When the time does finally arrive, I'm often so
Seeing as Ranieri is best remembered for blowing the 03/04 Champions League semifinal against
Monaco (then managed by his predecessor at Juventus, Didier Deschamps), I'm not *too* keen on going
through his comments seeking pearls of wisdom. However, he's an experienced manager and he's done
quite well in his career so maybe what he says makes [.
The Spain national football team's sponsor, lager Cruzcampo, promised every member of the squad
their weight in beer if they made it past the quarter finals of Euro 2008. The team well and truly
kept its side of the bargain, and Cruzcampo has now delivered too. The players had a special
weigh-in to decide how [.
Aside from the Gerrard/Lampard debate, England's traditional selection problem has been who to play
on the left-wing due to a dearth of decent candidates. The current conundrum is who to play on the
right, but the reasons are quite opposite. Fabio Capello has a multitude of options for the
right-side of midfield.
Manchester United fans from the start of the 1990s will probably remember Lee Sharpe. Arsenal fans
of that era will probably remember him too, albeit in a less enthusiastic manner. In the 1990-91
season, Sharpe was an electric, precocious teenager who broke into the first team and making most
of England sit up and pay attention.
One of Newcastle's so-called Cockney Mafia has left the club. Vice-president (player recruitment)
Tony Jimenez has left the club "to pursue other interests". A statement released by
Newcastle said: "Newcastle United can confirm that Tony Jimenez has left the club. Tony, who
was appointed vice-president (player Recruitment) in January, has made the decision in order to [.
This headline from the Telegraph's website proclaims that: "Juande Ramos has restored
Tottenham's pride." It only goes to show how quickly things can turnaround in the cut-throat
world of football. The story was written just eight months ago in February. Spurs fans might be
divided on who to blame for their current situation, and whether or [.
It's great being an England fan. The despair and doom and gloom hanging over the team and indeed,
over the entirety of English football, has been transformed into a genuine belief that we are going
to win the 2010 World Cup on the basis of one performance in Croatia. It was an exceptionally good
Sweden v. Portugal Stadium: Nya Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg, Sweden Competition: 2010 FIFA World Cup
Qualifier, UEFA Group 1 Date: 11 October 2008 Kickoff: 19:00 BST, 14:00 ET Sweden will host
Portugal in an important World Cup Qualifier. Both sides have been inconsistent so far, and need to
win in order to take control of this group.
As Scotland slid down 10 places from 16th to 26th in the latest round of FIFA's world rankings, is
it possible that the country's hysteria over the exploits at both club and country level last term
has finally died down? Consider the evidence; Rangers fell at the first hurdle as they were dumped
out of Europe [.
Finally, someone outside the media prepared to give Sepp Blatter a piece of his mind! For while
FIFA's president is notoriously happy to spout his opinion on any number of issues - especially if
it involves criticising England or English clubs - he is rarely forced to have a taste of his own
A Rangers fan returned from a birthday weekend away to find his house, garden and even wheelie bin
had been painted in green-and-white hoops by his prankster mates. The vans he uses for his bouncy
castle business were also given the Celtic treatment and a banner proclaiming "Hoopy 25th
Birthday" was put up on his [.
Sunday was the day that the Aston Villa juggernaut was set to send the Premiership in circles by
derailing what is turning out to be one of the most astonishing records in Premiership history.
Instead of ranting about what Chelsea football club have done, this will be a more interactive
article involving every football fan.
With enforced absences making their meetings in the England some what fleeting of late, the Steven
Gerrard/Frank Lampard debate has reared its ugly head ahead of the Kazakhstan match this weekend.
As far as I am concerned the debate should have been over a long time ago. Gerrard and Lampard are
undoubtedly England's two most talented [.
There's been a lot of talk about the omission of Michael Owen from the England squad for the
upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belarus but I think it's a mark of just how
good a coach Fabio Capello is. Capello isn't afraid of making the big decisions which might mean
favouring younger, hungrier players [.
Rafa Benitez has done an admirable job at Liverpool since taking over. He hasn't been brilliant -
that would be Jose Mourinho's 3-year stint at Chelsea - but in his own way he has given Liverpool
respect and bit by bit transformed them into formidable opponents in Europe. That he hasn't enjoyed
similar success in the [.
Fifa's World Rankings for October 2008 were released today. The top 30 countries are listed below.
Major changes see Russia move into the top 10, Scotland drop out of the top 20 and Romania take a
stumble in their surprisingly high rankings. Here they are, updated 8 October 2008: Fifa World
Rankings - Top 30 Spain Italy Germany Brazil (+2) Netherlands (-1) Croatia [.
Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko will be out for three weeks after suffering a partially torn
ankle ligament injury. He was forced off due to injury during Spurs' defeat by Hull at the weekend
and faces a race to be fit for the derby clash at Arsenal on 29 October. The loss leaves Tottenham
with only Bent [.
Wigan's Antonio Valencia and Wilson Palacios have been linked with Manchester United several times
over the summer and while the transfer window is closed we're still hearing of United's supposed
interested in the players. Yesterday there were rumours that Manchester United were preparing an
18m bid for the players, today we have Dave Whelan telling the [.
West Ham's financial situation seems to be going from bad to worse. It is now almost certain that
Gianfranco Zola will have to sell players in January. But they are still not exploiting a revenue
stream since sponsors XL went bust so we thought we would set them up with Brighton and Hove
Albion's old [.
Scottish police have launched a major operation to stop Scotland supporters getting plastered on
their way to the the World Cup qualifier against Norway at Hampden on Saturday. Frankly, they would
be better off throwing their resources into a major operation to win the World Cup for Scotland
since their is more chance of the [.
West Ham will have to change their name to Credit Crunch United at this rate because no Premier
League club is feeling the pinch quite like the Hammers. Just weeks after shirt sponsor XL.com went
bust, Icelandic bank Landbanki - of which club chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson is a major
shareholder - has gone into receivership.
FA chairman Lord Triesman thinks Tottenham fans guilty of shouting racist abuse to Sol Campbell in
the Spurs v Pompey game earlier this season should be banned for life from all Tottenham home
games. Triesman: "I abhor the treatment of Sol by fans of a club I've always loved. I hope the
individuals will be identified and, [.
For the record, I don't think Fabregas will be headed to Barcelona next summer or that he
'desperately' wants the move. It's not just because he owes Arsenal and Wenger, but also because he
is more likely to suffer Henry's fate at Camp Nou than he is to be the missing link for Barcelona's
Newcastle Fans United is a group of passionate Newcastle United fans who want to save Newcastle
United by turning it into the first supporter-owned club in the Premier League. Like other
fan-based club takeover ventures, there's a lot of heady optimism surrounding the idea but there
are some serious questions that need to be asked.
The UEFA Cup draw has thrown up some mouthwatering ties for the English clubs involved. Top of the
pile is Portsmouth, who have been drawn in the same group as AC Milan. Not to be outdone, Aston
Villa are up against Ajax and Martin Jol's Hamburg, while Manchester City will take on Schteeve
McClaren'sh FC [.
A letter in the Soccerlens postbag today came from a desperate sounding footballer. We have tried
to give reassurance and sound advice to help him through what is clearly a dificult time. Dear
Soccerlens, I am a twenty-eight year old footballer who has achieved a modicum of success in my
career so far.
Soccerlens is a big fan of statistics, as Scott the Red's in-depth rundown of last season's Premier
League data showed. In fact, statistics show that 83 per cent of all Soccerlens writers are fans of
statistics. So when we heard that statistical evidence had been uncovered which proved that Julian
Dicks was more expensive than [.
The foot of the league table saw a small but significant event last weekend. While Tottenham
Hotspur supporters fretted about scoring just two points so far this season, Rotherham United fans
were celebrating finally moving onto one point after a 4-1 victory over Grimsby on Saturday. This
mean the Millers are the first of the three [.
Another week of Premier League action and another week of Blackburn Rovers and Steve Bennett
getting involved in Right Result rulings. It's the third match they've each have had Right Result
involvement already this term with both parties coming together in Manchester United's visit to
Ewood Park... much to the ire of Blackburn boss Paul Ince.
When England were playing Andorra and Croatia it was fair enough for Fabio Capello to think that
Michael Owen was not fit enough to feature for England given his injury and illness problems. But
despite playing six games for Newcastle and scoring five goals since then, he has not done enough
to earn a recall [.
The answer, it seems, revolves around that nice juicy contract that the Tottenham Hotspur manager
but his signature on not so long ago. What under-fire chairman Daniel Levy is discovering at the
moment is that when you pay a manager £5 million a year and then want to sack him you have to
pay him [..
Goalkeeper Luke McCormick has been jailed for seven years and four months for killing two children
in a motorway crash. The former Plymouth Argyle player admitted causing the deaths of Arron Peak,
10, and Ben Peak, eight, and driving with excess alcohol. The brothers died in a collision on the
M6 near to Stoke-on-Trent on [.
Liverpool's 2-3 win over Manchester City yesterday was without doubt one of the finest games in
Premier League history. The Reds pulled off the sort of comeback they had previously reserved for
1990s clashes with Newcastle United and Champions League finals! Granted Liverpool's revival was
given added impetus when City had Pablo Zabaleta dismissed, but [.
98% of statistics are made up. Whilst I believe you can find football statistics to support pretty
much any argument, I do have a definite interest in them. I like the seemingly pointless facts
commentators make us aware of during the dull part of the game and I enjoy looking at percentages
and averages to [.
England play Kazakhstan at Wembley on Saturday 11 October before traveling aboard to play Belarus
next Wednesday on 15 October. With 2 wins in their first two World Cup qualifying games England are
expected to win the next two qualifiers as well, even though expectations that the wins will be in
some style are probably [.
Newcastle caretaker manager Joe Kinnear has found himself undermined, unwelcome, unhappy and now
the victim of Wikipedia graffiti in his first week in charge. His foul-mouthed tirade against
journalists at a press conference is still providing plenty of internet entertainment for those who
get their kicks out of this sort of thing!
Liverpool cannot afford to build Stanley Park, the owners content to ride out the global credit
crunch (whether that's a few months or more likely, several years) instead of taking outside help
in form of investment or partnership. Everton are facing considerable difficulties of their own in
moving to Kirkby.
One point against Sunderland is a lot better than no points against Sunderland, but a 1-1 draw was
not the result Arsenal fans would have been looking for against the Black Cats, particularly given
their slip-ups already this season. The result means that they will probably have slipped out of
the European places by the [.
Writers on soap opera Coronation Street have been forced to make changes to their script after
dozens of complaints about anti-Rangers line by one its characters. In a recent episode Scottish
character Tony Gordon said: "I could no more be interested in Rosie Webster than I could
support Glasgow Rangers.
Joe Kinnear - the man who has single-handedly raised the number of expletives in football by 2387
per cent in one week - is now finding that even his name is a swear word on Tyneside!
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ6eJjK1qWc "Newcastle fans are not For Kinnear" was
originally published at Soccerlens.
With the season being six games in there has already been plenty of comment passed on the
performance of match referees. Goals that weren't, dodgy penalties and blatant offside's have all
featured so far. Right Result have published a report the Premier League looking at how the table
would be different at the start of October [.
You know things are bad when you are hoping an ex-convict with a nasty violent streak and a drink
problem is going to save your team. But that is exactly the situation Newcastle United find
themselves in as Joe Kinnear puts his faith in another Joe. The caretaker boss thinks Barton is
exactly what the Magpies [.
Which is a bit of a turnaround because it used to be 'Roy Keane to launch for Patrick Vieira'. And
vice versa. But a lot of today's newspapers have the same story that Keano is desperate to bring
his old nemesis to the Stadium of Light to boss Sunderland's midfield. The Frenchman is currently
in Jose [.
Chelsea v. Aston Villa Stadium: Stamford Bridge, London, England Competition: English Premier
League Date: 5 October 2008 Kickoff: 15:00 GMT, 10:00 ET Aston Villa will try and break
injury-depleted Chelsea's home unbeaten streak. Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!
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Sir Alex Ferguson has a reputation for many things. Chomping away during matches like a cow who has
been told its grass will be taken away tomorrow, drinking whisky until his nose looks like it is
suffering quite severe bruising, and shooting his mouth off to anyone who comes close to offending
him in some [.
You have seen him swear on Football Focus, you have heard his foul-mouthed tirade against this
country's finest newspapermen, and now Newcastle caretaker boss Joe Kinnear wants to prove he can
mix it up with a few hand gestures. Here he is sticking it to the man during his Nottingham Forest
days. No wonder he [.
Show me an Aston Villa fan keen to criticise owner Randy Lerner, and I'll show you a man desperate
to be miserable. The improvements made under the American have been profound both on and off the
pitch. Manager Martin O'Neill has been backed in big money transfers for Stiliyan Petrov, Ashley
Young, Curtis Davies, Luke Young, [.
It may appear unfair to a cynical minority, but nepotism remains as common as Coleen McLoughlin. I
certainly have my father to thank for my first job – he was a kerb-crawler. Dimitar Berbatov
also has his father to thank for his career. His Dad instilled a passion for team sports. Terry
Venables has tried [.
There has been mutterings for some time now about David Moyes' unsigned Everton contract. Not too
many Evertonians would dispute the fact that their manager has done an excellent job when you
compare the club's current expectations to those they had when he took over. He has built up the
club and seems to be [.
As soon as Joe Kinnear was appointed Newcastle caretaker manager, we knew it was bad news. And
while Soccerlens promises you Football News You Can Trust, we cannot claim that this was one of
those instances where we went against the crowd to bring you the real story. There were not too
many people outside [.
Sunderland v. Arsenal Stadium: Stadium of Light, England Competition: English Premier League Date:
4 October 2008 Kickoff: 15:00 BST, 10:00 EST Arsenal will try and put last weekend's shocking loss
to Hull City behind them by taking on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Soccerlens will be
bringing live coverage of this match!
The Premier League's big two both felt the effects of their Champions League ties this week. While
Manchester United's trip to AaB Aalborg and Chelsea's to CFR Cluj looked equally straightforward on
paper, United comfortable picked up three points on Tuesday while Chelsea could only manage a draw
Russian mafia bosses bribed Zenit St Petersburg's UEFA Cup opponents last season to ensure they won
the competition, according to a Spanish judge. Baltasar Garzon claims to have uncovered evidence
that Bayern Munich were paid to throw their semi-final against the Russian side. The Spanish press
have today reported that Bayern received vast amounts to lose [.
This season has already had its fair share of talking points and as a neutral, watching Newcastle
and Tottenham struggling so badly is one of the most surprising developments so far. One thing the
sides have in common is that both sets of players are so completely lacking in confidence.
Newcastle started the season well and [.
In the last few years, the Bundesliga has raised its profile in a very professional manner. Both
the economy and its partners have come to appreciate it as a strong brand that, for all its
economic appeal, has never lost sight of its genuine potential offering fans a fascinating
competition and great emotions.
The F.A. have announced that lucky punters will be able to buy common sense by the bag from their
headquarters as of this Saturday, after they have decided no one in the football world has any use
for it any more. With the backdrop of multi-billionaire takeovers, Djibril Cisse's haircuts and
Alan Hansen's "technical analysis", the [.
The site of Dimitar Berbatov sulking around the pitch/bench/training ground has been a defining
image of English football for the past year. And we all knew exactly the reason why he was being
such a grumpy Bulgar at Tottenham. Now he has his "dream" move to Manchester United, why
is he still as miserable as [.
It's unlikely Aretha Franklin was much of a soccer fan - let alone appreciative of the hapless
officials - when she asked us to give her respect, but you sense the men in black may soon need to
resort to blasting out the soul classic before the game to get their message across. The refereeing
Chelsea have agreed a deal with 12-year-old French starlet Jeremy Boga. Boga plays for junior side
ASPTT, based in Marseille, but he has now agreed to make the switch to West London. It's not a
'transfer' per se (forbidden by the rules) - Boga's father works in London and that has made things
a lot easier for [.
Playground banter never changes too much over the years. Last night's football, tonight's football,
girls and plans for the weekend will probably be forming the basis of a few hundred thousands
conversations this morning. But one pupil at a school in Huddersfield will be able to tell the
story of how he became the Football [.
Update: Yesterday Alan Shearer reiterated his desire to get into management as Bobby Robson
endorsed his case for the soon-to-be-vacant Newcastle post. The following article, published on 6th
September 2008, clearly highlights the folly of such a move. Few clubs have supporters quite as
adept at knowing who they want to be their next manager as [.