SoccerLens Archives for January 2008

Transfer Rumors (1 December 2008) Spurs Spending Spree, Podolski Bidding War, Owen Homecoming, Arshavin Saga, Beckham Loan Permanent?

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Spurs Plan Spending Spree Christmas has come early for Harry Redknapp, who is interested in putting in bids for Inter Milan's Adriano, Middlesbrough's skipper Stewart Downing, and Manchester City's Elano. The price could exceed £25 million. Analysis: Clearly, Tottenham didn't spend enough money during the summer.

Transfer Rumors (30 Nov 08): Gallas to Tottenham, Tosic in, Tevez out at Manchester United, Tottenham eye trio, and more

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There's nary a quiet day when it comes to transfer speculation, so even the weekend provides at least a few good rumors to digest. Here's a look at some of the top transfer rumors from the weekend. Since I've been away for a while, I'm packing this one full of juicy rumors. [...]

Manchester United closing in on Serbian star Tosic

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Manchester United are edging ever closer to sealing the signing of Partizan Belgrade star Zoran Tosic. The 21-year old Serbian winger was granted his work permit on Friday, and according to the Telegraph, he'll fly to Manchester on December 12 to discuss personal terms with his new club ahead of the deal becoming official [.

Tottenham to move for Gallas in January

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Tottenham could be looking to make a January move for Arsenal's William Gallas, according to multiple reports in the Sunday news. After openly criticizing the club and talking about their internal issues, Gallas' future has been brought into question. Spurs can never have enough bodies in the back line, and Harry Redknapp could be [.

Cavenaghi wants Spurs - for double his money

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Tottenham target Fernando Cavenaghi has admitted his interest in making a move to the Premier League, but it'll come at a price. The Bordeaux star has been linked with Spurs in the last week, and Cavenaghi says he would be interested in moving to England. However, any move might have to come with [.

Will ‘Pink’ Anelka help Chelsea beat Arsenal?

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Puma commercial starring Nikolas Anelka who gets kidnapped

Arsenal in disarray and out of title race, Shearer rejects Newcastle, Tevez not leaving Manchester United, Aston Villa Birmingham and more

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Today's news briefs are brought to you by the most popular footballer in the world, Mr David Beckham: A gentleman wants to rebrand Aston Villa Football Club to incorporate 'Birmingham' in its name. And apparently he believes he makes perfect sense. This is where a lack of personal involvment in football can make you sound like [.

New Aston Villa Blog

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There's a new Aston Villa blog in town called...ummm...the Aston Villa Blog. Written by the ever-entertaining Martin Banks, astonvillablog.com is now the only site I visit if I'm looking for news about Aston Villa. That and the fact that AV Blog is a partner site at Football Media means that you should head over right now, [.

UEFA Cup 08-09 Matchday 3 Review

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The UEFA Cup group stages are beginning to take shape with some interesting clashes on matchday 3 last night. Group A In Group A Manchester City, minus Robinho, Elano and Pablo Zabaleta, secured an excellent 2-0 victory in Gelsenkirchen over FC Schalke seize control of the section. The nature of the Citizens' line-up combined with the [.

Five Great FA Cup Second Round Upsets

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This weekend sees the second round of the FA Cup take place, and with the big sides entering the draw at the next stage, the chances of a dream money-spinning tie are within sight. With thirteen non-league sides in action over the weekend, all eyes will be on potential shocks, with hopes of a third round [.

Manchester City v. Manchester United - English Premier League - 30 November 2008 - Live Blog

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Manchester City v. Manchester United Stadium: City of Manchester Stadium, England Competition: English Premier League Date: 30 November 2008 Kickoff: 13:30 GMT, 8:30 ET Manchester City will host their bitter cross-town rivals, Manchester United, in the latest installment of the Manchester derby! Soccerlens will be bringing you the match, live!

Arsenal’s captaincy gaffe, free Manchester United tickets, the next Real Madrid striker and more

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Today's report is brought to you by Alessandra Ambrosio and Cristiano Ronaldo and because we've been away for a while, by the lovely Adriana Karembeu. Before we kick off with the roundup (of news old and new), here's how you can win free tickets to the Manchester United v Aalborg game, courtesy of our second favourite [.

The Leg Break

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Ok, a little obvious, but the broken leg in football is arguably becoming more and more common. Fortunately the days where a broken leg would mean the end of a player's career are over. Nowadays, with increased television coverage, slow-motion replays and YouTube, the most famous instances of broken limbs are there for every sadist [.

The Cruciate Ligament

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Perhaps the most feared of all football injuries is the cruciate ligament injury. A broken leg may hurt more, and cause more people to grimace or turn away from the screen, but a serious knee injury can have far more serious repercussions, both short and long term. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is the most important [.

The Hamstring

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Ahh the hamstring. The bane of the pacy player. Nothing turns a manager's stomach more than their £20m striker running at a defence at full pace, before pulling up sharper than Steve Claridge outside a bookies'. As shown opposite, the hamstring muscle group contains three muscles - biceps femoris, semitendonosus and semimembranosus.

The Metatarsal

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A few words didn't exist in April 2002. Bouncebackability. Celubatante. Crunk. Hoody. Metatarsal is slightly different from these words in the respect that it did exist, but it was just never uttered. That was, at least, until a man called Aldo Duscher collided with a more famous man called David Beckham, and suddenly metatarsals were [.

Injury, The Curse Of The Modern Footballer

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It's the bane of a footballer's life. Not a salary cap, not kiss-and-tell scandals or even the dreaded, and eternally-blamed Credit Crunch (always a capital C for Credit Crunch). No, for any footballer- amateur or professional- the fear of injury is the biggest of all. Over the past few years football fans have edged towards the [.

Five Hot Prospects from the Portuguese Liga Sagres

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Often heralded as a cultivator of talent, the Portuguese Liga is again stocked with a host of youthful footballers.  Here are five players who are finally beginning to realize their potential: 5. Bruno Gama – (FC Porto) At the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Gama scored both goals in Portugal's 2-0 win over New Zealand.

Can Kinnear save the Magpies?

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How Newcastle's fortunes have dipped over the last year. At this stage of last season, Sam Allardyce had steered the club to 11th in the league with 18 points from 14 games. He was sacked a few short weeks later with the club still 11th, having collected 26 points from 21 matches. Expectations have dipped to [.

Right Result 24-11-08

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Dean Windass' name is already written large in the folklore of Hull City and now the veteran striker is claiming a place in the record books as the Premier League's second oldest-ever goalscorer. The Dubious Goals Panel will decide in due course if the Tigers' late equaliser at Portsmouth is credited to Hull's homegrown hero or [.

MLS Youth Academies Signal Changes in U.S. Player Development

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This article was originally published on American Soccer News and is reprinted here by their permission. Please visit their website for the latest American soccer news. As Major League Soccer (MLS) expands from 14 to 18 franchises by 2011 and more beyond, the league is betting on youth academies to supply the growing need for talent.

What about now? Is Arsenal’s title push over?

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A few weeks back I said (on Soccerlens) that people were being huge drama queens and writing off Arsenal way too early. The following Saturday they beat Manchester United and proved to their doubters that they were more than capable of beating the top teams and their title race was far from over... Then they lost [.

08-09 Champions League Matchday 5 Predictions and Stats

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European football returns this week with Matchday 5 of the 2008/2009 Champions League, which takes place on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 November. We have a few predictions for today's and tomorrow's matches at the end plus some stats from this season's Champions League so far: Top scorers 2008/2009 Champions League Player Nation Club Goals Apps All-time goals All-time Apps Dimitar Berbatov BUL Manchester United 4 3 11 29 Alessandro [.

Champions League Matchday 5 Predictions

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European football returns this week with Matchday 5 of the 2008/2009 Champions League, which takes place on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 November. We have a few predictions for today's and tomorrow's matches at the end plus some stats from this season's Champions League so far: Top scorers 2008/2009 Champions League Player Nation Club Goals Apps All-time goals All-time Apps Dimitar Berbatov BUL Manchester United 4 3 11 29 Alessandro [.

Credit crunching through the Conference

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Non-league clubs have never been the most stable of businesses, even in more financially stable times. Out of the 24 teams currently in the Blue Square Premier, no fewer than 15 have gone through some form of financial upheaval in the past ten years. They were the lucky ones - in the past few years Halifax [.

Arsenal Think It’s Bad Now, Wait Until Their Tricky Games Come

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When William Gallas had his temper tantrum at Birmingham following the last minute penalty decision to deny his team all three points, I was sure Arsene Wenger would take the captaincy from him. It would be entirely unacceptable for any player to behave in the way he did, let alone a captain who should know [.

Stoke have a better chance of Premier League survival than West Brom

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It's been an entertaining start to the Premiership season, and no more so than at the bottom of the table. Two of the newly promoted teams from the Championship, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion, faced off at the weekend—two teams that have contrasting styles and fortunes on the pitch. First, let's look at Stoke City.

Top 20 Future England Football Stars

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With Fabio Capello at the helm, there is no doubt in my mind that England's football future is looking bright. Of course being Italian I'm a bit biased, but Don Fabio is a winner and as such, the man usually likes to pick players who are winners themselves. No one will dispute that John Terry, [...]

Villarreal v. Manchester United - UEFA Champions League - 25 November 2008 - Live Blog

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Villarreal v. Manchester United Competition: UEFA Champions League, Group E Date: 25 November 2008 Stadium: Estadio El Madrigal, Spain Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, 14:45 ET Villarreal and Manchester United will clash in an important Champions League match with advancement into the knockout round at stake. The lineups are in and there are some surprises!

Ten Good Reasons To Hate Football Players

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Football rivalries are intense - football fans (normal, loving people in day-to-day life) take perverse pride in hating rival clubs, rival fans and rival players. Sometimes it's just that simple - Liverpool fans hate Gary Neville for his Manchester United colours - but in recent years football culture has evolved and so has player hating.

Football Advertising - How Football Clubs Make Money

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Football must be a pretty good way to advertise your company. We all know that Emirates sponsor Arsenal, AIG sponsor Manchester United, Samsung at Chelsea and Carlsberg at Liverpool. But did you know that Beko sponsor Watford or Fraser Eagle sponsor Accrington Stanley? Just how much money is to be made by sponsoring or advertising [.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Rosa video - ft. Franck Ribery as Pink Panther

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Nike's Mercurial Vapor IVs have been one of the hottest football boots this year (from the original IVs to the Euro 08 edition, and now Nike have released a new version called Mercurial Vapor Rosa, in a fetching shade of pink. Boots have been many colours over the years but pink is certainly a new [.

Transfer Rumors (21 Nov 08): Manchester City, Newcastle United and more

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We round off the week in transfer rumors with the biggest rumor of the week by far. Oh, and Newcastle are still looking for a left back too. Manchester City to Make January Move for Buffon? Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon is high on Manchester City's January wish list, and he could be the subject [.

Manchester City to tempt Juve with 50m Buffon bid

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The biggest rumor of the day, by far, has Manchester City reportedly to make a huge splash in January by making a bid for Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon. City, who are currently without the services of Joe Hart for the next few weeks with an ankle injury, are reportedly willing to offer Juventus £50m [.

Kinnear could move for Denilson and Riise in January

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Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has made former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise and Arsenal midfielder Denilson his top two transfer targets for January. Newcastle have taken a hit in midfield with Joey Barton being ruled out for two months with a knee injury, and as has been mentioned already, left back is one of [.

Aston Villa v Manchester United: Much More Than 3 Points at Stake

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Much has been said about it being too early to be out of the title race in November, mostly in relation to Arsenal. I argue that while mathematically that may be true, if you look at the recent history of points required to win the PL and points gaps that have been bridged, there are [...]

William Gallas exposes Arsenal to more bad press, Wenger must take action

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I came across these comments by William Gallas and was amused / concerned. A couple of things came to mind: One, he's a twit for talking to the press like this but we know that already (and have discussed this countless times) so let's move on, if Wenger puts up with it we can put up [...]

Donovan gets shot at German redemption with Bayern deal

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Landon Donovan is headed back to Europe. Well, for a few months, at the least. Donovan has inked a loan deal that will see him join Bayern in January and remain there until before the start of the upcoming MLS season. Donovan's unsuccessful spell at Bayer Leverkusen, his perceived lack of desire [.

Manchester City v. Arsenal - English Premier League - 22 November 2008 - Live Blog

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Manchester City v. Arsenal Stadium: City of Manchester Stadium, England Competition: English Premier League Date: 22 November 2008 Kickoff: 15:00 GMT, 10:00 ET Two sides with plenty of big names will clash at the City of Manchester Stadium as Arsenal will pay a visit to Manchester City. Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!

Alex Ferguson v Arsene Wenger: Character, Talent and Consistency

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Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are the two longest-serving managers in the English Premier League. In a competition where even the highest achievers are dismissed after 3 years, their longevity is a testament to the level-headed policies of their clubs and their ability to adapt themselves to the changing environment in the Premier League.

Arsenal and Aston Villa chasing 8m Belgian star Defour

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The summer saw a couple of Belgium's best make moves to the Premier League, in Vincent Kompany and Marouane Fellaini, and in January, another one of Belgium's top young stars could be on his way to England, as Aston Villa and Arsenal are both interested in Fellaini's former Standard Liege teammate, midfielder Steven Defour, according [.

Transfer Rumors (20 Nov 08): Santa Cruz to Man City, Lazio target Mascherano, Campbell to Tottenham (permanently)

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Today's transfer roundup has a bit of a Belgian flair to it, so if you want, grab some Belgian waffles and your favorite Belgian beer as you go through today's top transfer stories. Santa Cruz Wants to Join Hughes at City When the going gets tough, the Santa Cruz wants to get going. Liverpool's [.

Redknapp wants permanent deal for in-form Campbell

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One of the hottest players of the week is Tottenham's on-loan Fraizer Campbell, and thanks to his fine form, the Daily Mail says that Harry Redknapp could soon try to sign the England U-21 man on a permanent deal from Manchester United. Campbell went to Tottenham as part of Dimitar Berbatov's move to Manchester, [.

Unhappy Santa Cruz wants Manchester City move

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According to the Guardian, Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz wants to leave the club and join former manager Mark Hughes at Manchester City. The report says that Santa Cruz has become restless at Blackburn, thanks to the club's early-season struggles under new manager Paul Ince, and that City could pay well over 15m to [.

Chris Todd: Get well soon

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Certain news really puts football in perspective. Fans are fond of quoting Bill Shankly's famous phrase about the sport being more important than life and death, but that gets put to one side when you hear some genuinely upsetting news that actually does deal with life and death situations. In this case it's the news that [.

Anderson and Nani - will they live up to the hype?

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Anderson Luis de Abreu Olibeira and Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha (Anderson and Nani to you and me) are two of the brightest young prospects at Manchester United today. They have their admirers and equally, their detractors as well. Manchester United fans will point to the Tottenham and Arsenal games last season as proof of [.

Man City could have edge on Newcastle for Blackburn defender

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Yesterday, I reported on Blackburn's interest in a couple of January targets, but today, Blackburn are on the other side of the line, as Newcastle are once again stepping up their interest in Rovers‘ left back Stephen Warnock. Newcastle have been interested in Warnock for some time, and they tried their hardest to snag [.

Transfer Rumors (19 Nov 08): Van Persie to AC Milan, Benayoun to quit Liverpool, Newcastle want Warnock

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So what if you're about to get a new deal? That doesn't stop you from being one of many mentioned in Wednesday's transfer roundup. AC Milan Interested in Van Persie Robin Van Persie was linked with Inter Milan in the summer, and now he's being linked with their fierce rivals. Benayoun Could Leave Liverpool Yossi [.

AC Milan have Arsenal star Van Persie in their sights

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A small tidbit in The Guardian's Wednesday rumor mill could ruffle a few feathers, as it links Arsenal star Robin Van Persie with a reunion with Mathieu Flamini at AC Milan. Van Persie was briefly in the transfer rumors in the summer when he voiced his frustrations about Arsenal's wage structure hurting their ability [.

Liverpool midfielder wants to play or he’ll go

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Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun could soon be on his way out of Anfield if he doesn't get more playing time. Benayoun came over from West Ham in the summer of 2007 and scored 11 goals last season as part of Rafa Benitez's rotation. But since starting three of Liverpool's first four league games, [.

Maradona vs. Pelé: the Hand of God vs. the Right Hand of God

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Tonight, Diego Maradona makes his bow as Argentina manager as his new charges take on Scotland at Hampden Park. This momentous occasion gives us a wonderful chance to tackle one of football's greatest debates, to wit: Who is the greatest footballer of all time - Maradona or Pelé? Since I've already definitively dealt with the [.

Transfer Rumors (18 Nov 08): Ronaldo to Man City, Drogba to Real,

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Today's transfer rumors feature a potential surprise, a rumor, and a little humor for Arsenal fans. Ronaldo-Manchester City Rumors Still Going Strong Manchester City have said they aren't interested in Ronaldo, but 'The Original One' says they are, and the interest is mutual. Who's telling the truth?

Real Madrid in talks to bring Drogba to Spain

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Spanish news sources are good for a high-profile rumor or three regularly, and today, Sport.es is saying that Real Madrid are in negotiations to sign Didier Drogba. Ruud van Nistelrooy was recently lost for the season due to knee surgery, so Real Madrid will likely pursue a striker in January. However, it seems [.

Scotland vs. Argentina: The Scottish View

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A historic night at Hampden tomorrow will see Diego Maradona's first match in charge of Argentina. Both his appointment and the arranging of this glamour friendly were rather controversial (with ticket prices going as high as £35), but it should be an enjoyable night for all involved. Lionel Messi will be missing from the game but [.

“Hi Fritz” – “Hallo Tommy”- England v Germany, the fan’s view

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So it is that time again, Germany v England in Berlin on Wednesday night. And what better way to get a different perspective on a rivalry that has had as much written about it as perhaps any other in the world, than by getting a German- Stefanie Mueller- and an Englishman- me- to have a [...]

Struggling Blackburn in for defender and striker

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It's safe to say that times are a little tough at Blackburn right now. Roque Santa Cruz has scored only twice, no one else is really scoring, and Blackburn are down in the relegation zone after losing to Sunderland at home on the weekend. Paul Ince will certainly be looking towards January to [...]

Ronaldo still interested in Manchester City move

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It doesn't matter if Mark Hughes isn't interested in bringing the original Ronaldo to Manchester City, because the rumors just won't go away. The Daily Mirror says the pudgy one is getting in playing shape again and that he is focused on his recovery in order to explore interest from Manchester City.

Chester hope for the Wright stuff

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Mark Wright clearly doesn't pay attention to the old football adage that you should never return to a club where you've previously enjoyed success. When Chester City started their hunt for their 14th manager since the turn of the Millennium, few expected the former Liverpool and Derby defender to return for a third spell in [.

Aston Villa’s goal at Arsenal shouldn’t count, Sunderland should be fighting relegation

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While the Big Four perform a re-run of their familar jostle for the title and Champions League slots, the rest of the Premier League seem set to contest the most intriguing contest ever for European places and survival. So tight is the competition so far that Sunderland's win at Blackburn Rovers, all of a sudden, has [.

Jol, Ramos and Redknapp - how Tottenham haven’t changed in 4 years

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Plus ca change... Martin Jol was fired because despite playing well against the top sides, Tottenham players could not lift their games for low-profile games. The problem was identified as a lack of professionalism and training, and thus Ramos was brought in. Jaunde Ramos was hailed as the Messiah - by fans and players alike.

Transfer Roundup (17 Nov 08): Elano to QPR, Dossena to Roma or Juve, Kaka to Man City

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The winter transfer window doesn't open for another month and a half, but rumors are already swirling about who could be on the move in January. Today's transfer rumors center around a few players who might not be in the best of graces at their respective clubs. Elano to QPR on Loan? Could Manchester [.

Is Liverpool’s Dossena set for quick Serie A return?

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The News of the World reported over the weekend that Liverpool left back Andrea Dossena could be set for a January move to Juventus or Roma. The former Udinese man was signed in the summer as a replacement for John Arne Riise, who was shipped off to Roma. However, he hasn't had the [...]

Robinho wants Kaka to come to Manchester City

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According to the Guardian, Robinho harbors dreams of adding to Manchester City's Brazilian contingent, as he wants Kaka to join him in Manchester. This summer, it seemed like AC Milan were at least a little open to the idea of selling Kaka, with Chelsea linked with a world-record move for the reigning FIFA World [.

QPR in shock loan move for Manchester City’s Elano

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According to a reportreport by the Daily Mirror (and several others), Queens Park Rangers are making a surprise loan move for Manchester City's Elano. After being a star for City last season and starting this season with three goals in his first two Premier League matches, Elano has featured very little for Mark Hughes [.

The 2008 MLS Season Review

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When the Columbus Crew won the 2008 MLS Supporters Shield (the award given to a club with the highest point total in the regular season) and subsequently their coach Sigi Schmid won the MLS Coach of the Year award, it eloquently summarized the very odd and unusual MLS season. For starters, the Crew didn't even make [.

Australian A-League Clubs

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Want to keep up with all of the latest news and info on your favorite A-League club? Want to read up on your club's opponent ahead of a big league clash? We've compiled links to the official club sites and news, squad,fixtures/results, and W-League sections for each A-League club so that you don't miss a single bit of important info.

Can Aston Villa catch Arsenal? Can Manchester United catch Chelsea and Liverpool?

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Today's news roundup is brought to you by Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) and her please-bend-me-over skirt. Sorry for the lack of a roundup yesterday, we were a bit busy trying to get our hands (ok, minds) off Megan Fox (who doesn't like wearing any skirts): Daniel Taylor waxes lyrical about the Brazilian Nevilles.

08-09 Carling Cup Quarterfinal Draw: Watford v Tottenham, Burnley v Arsenal, Manchester United v Blackburn and Stoke v Derby

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CARLING CUP holders Tottenham have been paired with Watford in the quarter-finals. Harry Redknapp's men will travel to Vicarage Road after knocking out Liverpool. Manchester United face Blackburn at Old Trafford, while Stoke host Derby. Burnley, who knocked out Chelsea in the last round, have been rewarded with a home tie against Arsenal.

I’m a former professional footballer who is now dragging my good name and the game through the mud by being a piss poor pundit - Get me out of here!

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For a long time now I've been disillusioned by the overt and glittery presentation of our beautiful game on the nations TV channels. From the brash appearance to the distinctly unnecessary taglines (Grand Slam Sunday?! Honestly?!) the game itself has almost become an after thought. Big games are built up to such an extent that [.

Arsenal v Manchester United: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

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It was Benjamin Disraeli, the former British Prime Minister, who was credited with saying: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." The statement refers to the persuasive power of numbers, the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments, and the tendency of people to disparage statistics that do not support their positions.

Tottenham, Newcastle and Manchester City to lose, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United to win

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Today's roundup is brought to you by Gemma Atkinson (more Gemma): Tottenham's new stadium has a shiny new booklet to go with it. It's quite an ambitious and ingenious plan, provided they pull it off time-wise and the new pitch doesn't mess up. UEFA need to stop playing politics and start fixing football.

How To Break Up

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The right way to break up a relationship, courtesy of Adidas: var sid=137;var vid=17505; "How To Break Up" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Bayern Munich going to India

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Bayern Munich have signed a MOU with the West Bengal government to create an academy to sell Bayern Munich shirts help nurture talent in India. The Kolkata project will be the first Bayern Academy outside Germany and has Karl-Heinze Rummenigge really excited: "India is among the biggest countries in the world and I believe it is a [.

Darlington look to fulfil promise at last

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It's no real surprise to see Darlington topping the League Two table at this early stage of this season. After all, we've been here before – a promising start only to see the Quakers fall at the final hurdle in such frustrating fashion. But could it be different this time? Could this be the year Darlington [.

Scotland v Argentina - 19 November - Hampden Park

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Wednesday night sees the famous Argentina side arriving at Hampden Park for a 'friendly' (if either side could actually have such a thing) against Scotland. I think I read somewhere that Argentina have got a new manager...? Anything but uneventful Yes, the great Diego Maradona has taken over and his spell in charge will, [.

The Arsenal Love-in, Tottenham and CL, Chelsea’s problems, Lucy Pinder and more

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Today's Soccerlens Daily is brought to you by the lovely Lucy Pinder: Trevor Brooking tears the FA a new one over their lack of action over youth football development. He might want to check with the accountant first; England's Football Association is under heavy debt and without the type of revenues enjoyed by the English Premier [.

Why Chelsea should sue Burnley, FA and the London Police

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Last night's Carling Cup matches proved a number of things: Rafael Benitez will give up anything, even momentum earned through wins in the league, to keep his match-winners rested. He has more faith in a few players than he does in the rest of his squad. Harry Redknapp is for real. I doubted him, but 2 wins [.

Wigan striker headbutts Hull City senior citizen

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Hull City strikers Marlon King and Dean Windass reportedly brawled in a casino last night when around 3am, a drunk Windass made fun of an even more drunk Marlon King, which ticked the younger (well, 39 beats 28) striker off to the extent that he (King) headbutted Windass in the face. Apparently King had the sense [.

Chelsea have lost 5 successive penalty shootouts

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Chelsea's penalty shootout record is less than perfect (a bit like their Champions League record) - they have lost the last pen shootouts and under 3 different managers, so we can probably pin this one on the players and not Mourinho (3) Grant (1) or Scolari (1). Chelsea's last 5 penalty shootouts: v Charlton, lost 5-4 October [.

Dumb Luck: Why Juan Carlos Osorio Will End New York’s Season

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Juan Carlos Osorio, coach of the New York Red Bulls, is a lucky, lucky man. This past Saturday, his side pulled off one of the greatest upsets in MLS playoff history, defeating the two-time defending champions Houston Dynamo 3-0 at Robertson Stadium in Houston. Osorio fielded an unchanged side from the first leg, which ended [.

Arsenal Disrespecting The Cup? Who Cares!

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The League Cup saved Manchester United in a way, surprisingly, after we'd dismissively referred to it as the Mickey Mouse Cup or Worthless Cup for the years preceding that win a few years back. Truth be told, it will be always be the fourth priority, behind the League title, Champions League and FA Cup, for [.

Axel Witsel - A Kid to Keep An Eye On

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Young Axel Witsel has certainly got a lot of courtship at the moment: he's being closely monitored by top European clubs (Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal and Inter MIlan), and everyone tags him as the next big hope of Belgian football. Could this Diable Rouge soon make his big move to the Premier League, and [.

Premier League Takeovers: Rate Your Club’s Takeover

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With money and success comes recognition and fame, and no one has found this to be more true than today's football superstars. Axel Witsel, a young pup playing from Standard Liege, is now known around the world just by virtue of being linked with a handful of Premier League clubs (including Manchester United and Arsenal).

Men against Boys? Arsenal prove that talent trumps experience in football

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Men against boys. A phrase often used to describe a particularly one-sided football match. Well that phrase can certainly be applied to last night's game at the Emirates. Only this time when the men went up against the boys, there simply was no contest. Wigan manager Steve Bruce conceded prior to the game that the Carling [.

The Race for Axel Witsel: Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Middlesbrough or Bolton?

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Axel Witsel has been linked with several Premier League sides in recent weeks, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Bolton and even Manchester City in the mix, even though the player is predominantly an attacking midfielder (right-sided but can play center and left, like Nani) and most teams linked to the Standard Liege midfielder are looking [.

Witsel to Arsenal, Xavi to Manchester United, Dunne to Tottenham, latest on Newcastle, Everton and Liverpool takeovers and more

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Today's big game is Tottenham v Liverpool at White Hart Lane and we're blogging it live. Of course, if you don't care for Liverpool's reserve team thrashing the Carling Cup champions, there's plenty more for you to read: Seymour Price chairman Keith Harris talks about the recent Premier League takeovers (City, Villa, West Ham) as well [.

Nike Pro Ultimate Commercial: Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Albert Morgan

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Manchester United's kit-man, Albert Morgan, stars in Nike's latest Pro Ultimate ad. Guest appearances by Rio Ferdinand and Cristiano Ronaldo: "Nike Pro Ultimate Commercial: Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Albert Morgan" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Barnsley pursue legal action against Sheffield United and Morgan for Hume injury

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Sheffield United's Captain Chris Morgan may be in a bit of bother as he his reckless challenge on Iain Hume has left the striker with a fractured skull and internal bleeding. Barnsley are consulting their lawyers and considering legal action. Hume, 25, has just recently been moved out of a high dependency unit in hospital [.

Earning it: why patience is a virtue for football fans

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As we sports fans know, the best drama is unscripted. (Of course, a lot of the worst drama is unscripted too, but bear with me.) The finale to the Formula One season proved this as Lewis Hamilton lost the World Championship on the penultimate lap and then won it again on the penultimate corner at [..

Do Manchester United Have The Biggest…?

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Have a look at this squad photo below: It's twice as funny when you look at where each player is looking... [Hat tip: Kickette] "Do Manchester United Have The Biggest...?" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Is Philip Anschutz buying Newcastle United?

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Philip Anschutz, American billionaire and MLS' LA Galaxy owner has been touted by The Telegraph as a serious contender for buying Newcastle United. To be honest, I doubt his interests very much. AEG might own LA Galaxy and part of Houston Dynamo and Hammarby IF, but buying Newcastle would be a) an investment on a whole [.

SL Daily: Tottenham v Liverpool, Newcastle and Portsmouth takeovers, Nerieda takes ‘em off, drug testing hitlist and more

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While you wait for Football Manager 2009 (little over 2 days to go), here is today's news in brief to keep you company (don't worry, you'll be saying goodbye to rest of the year this weekend): Carling Cup 4th Round: The 4th round of the Carling Cup gets underway tonight, with Tottenham playing Liverpool on Wednesday [.

Diego Maradona heads to India to raise money for charity

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Diego Maradona, Argentina legend and now national team manager, will visit Kolkata, India on December 6 2008. Diego will inaugurate a soccer academy and participate in a charity dinner where some of his playing gear would be auctioned. Thousands of fans are expected to attend a public reception planned for Mister Maradona.

Manchester City get the Tottenham and Newcastle treatment from the press

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With Newcastle rumoured to be getting a new owner and Tottenham now winning their games, Manchester City are now in the spotlight and the media truly has their knives out. Speculation ranges from Mark Hughes' future to player revolt to a January fire sale to a January spending spree to Mourinho being offered 15m / [.

Portmouth takeover - Zahavi or South African Consortium?

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Portsmouth has been the target of takeover speculation in recent months. Comments by club officials discussing the lack of transfer funds, Pompey's inability to finance a new stadium and the departure of Harry Redknapp (who knew he had taken Portsmouth as far as he could with the resources available to him) have only fanned the [.

Bent? Darren’s on Fire

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Has Harry Redknapp managed to unearth the Darren Bent we all saw score so frequently at Charlton Athletic? Five goals in the last two games may have confirmed that. His stunning hat trick against Dinamo Zagreb in the Uefa Cup was one of pure goal scoring pedigree. He was able to justify himself as a worthy [.

Carling Cup 4th Round Predictions: Liverpool to beat Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Sunderland, Chelsea and Leeds to win

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The Carling Cup is in play today and tomorrow - and while we've questioned its importance in the past and ways to increase its value, there's no doubt that there will be some interesting matches being played today and tomorrow. Will Tottenham beat Liverpool to maintain a successful defence of their title?

Histon show they’re more than just Conference villagers

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Part-time Histon's FA Cup victory over League One's Swindon Town will go down as one of the cup upsets of the round, but those who're familiar with the village team from Cambridgeshire probably aren't surprised at all. The Stutes are currently enjoying their strongest ever season and sit just three points off Conference leaders Burton Albion [.

Tottenham v. Liverpool - Carling Cup - 12 November 2008 - Live Blog

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Tottenham v. Liverpool Stadium: White Hart Lane Competition: Carling Cup Date: 12 November 2008 Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, 14:45 ET Defending champions, Tottenham Hotspur, are unbeaten ever since Harry Redknapp took over, and will hope to make it two victories over Liverpool in less than two weeks! Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!

AIG needs another bailout - Manchester United need another sponsor

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AIG recently posted a third-quarter of $24.5 billion, prompting the US government to rework the terms of it's aid to the insurance giant in order to a) extend more money to AIG (another $40 billion, after $123 billion had already gone into buying up AIG equity and b) significantly reduce repayment terms to help stabilise [.

Arsenal and Chelsea deserved penalties against United and Blackburn while Newcastle’s goal was clearly offside

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Whether he becomes their permanent boss has yet to be seen, but Newcastle United's interim manager Joe Kinnear is certainly not going to go quietly. In no uncertain terms, the former Wimbledon chief gave referee Martin Atkinson the full benefit of his opinion as he felt Toon defender Claudio Cacapa had been fouled immediately before Fulham [.

Leeds United - From Milan to Yeovil

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Leeds United's rapid decline from The Premiership to League One has been well documented, much to the delight of a host of football clubs who despise them for various reasons. In 2001, Leeds were facing the likes of AC Milan, Lazio and Spanish Giants Real Madrid. Now, in League One, the club are playing the [.

Unfashionable Megson still not everyone’s cup of tea

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Sitting comfortably in mid-table, after two wins and clean sheets in a row, you'd think Bolton fans would be fairly content with their team's form, and their manager Gary Megson. After all, Megson kept Bolton up in remarkable circumstances last year, after Sammy Lee's disastarious tenure in charge. And there was even a decent UEFA Cup [.

English Championship Football Clubs

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Want to keep up with all of the latest news and info on your favorite English Championship club? Want to read up on your club's opponent ahead of a big league clash? We've compiled links to the official club sites and news, squad, fixtures/results, and NewsNow sections for each Championship club so that you don't [.

League One Football Clubs

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Want to keep up with all of the latest news and info on your favorite League One club? Want to read up on your club's opponent ahead of a big league clash? We've compiled links to the official club sites and news, squad, fixtures/results, and NewsNow sections for each League One club so that [...]

League Two Football Clubs

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Want to keep up with all of the latest news and info on your favorite League Two club? Want to read up on your club's opponent ahead of a big league clash? We've compiled links to the official club sites and news, squad, fixtures/results, and NewsNow sections for each League Two club so that [...]

Major League Soccer Clubs

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Want to keep up with all of the latest news and info on your favorite Major League Soccer club? Want to read up on your club's opponent ahead of a big league clash? We've compiled links to the official club sites and news, squad, fixtures/results, and RSS Feed sections for each Major League Soccer club [.

Ligue 1 Clubs

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Want to keep up with all of the latest news and info on your favorite Ligue 1 club? Want to read up on your club's opponent ahead of a big league clash? We've compiled links to the official club sites and news, squad, fixtures/results, and NewsNow sections for each Ligue 1 club so that you [...]

Bundesliga Clubs

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Want to keep up with all of the latest news and info on your favorite Bundesliga club? Want to read up on your club's opponent ahead of a big league clash? We've compiled links to the official club sites and news, squad, fixtures/results, and NewsNow sections for each Bundesliga club so that you don't miss [.

Scottish Premier League Clubs

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Want to keep up with all of the latest news and info on your favorite Scottish Premier League club? Want to read up on your club's opponent ahead of a big league clash? We've compiled links to the official club sites and news, squad, fixtures/results, and NewsNow sections for each Scottish Premier League club so [.

Serie A Clubs

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Want to keep up with all of the latest news and info on your favorite Serie A club? Want to read up on your club's opponent ahead of a big league clash? We've compiled links to the official club sites and news, squad, fixtures/results, and NewsNow sections for each Serie A club so that you [...]

La Liga Clubs

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Want to keep up with all of the latest news and info on your favorite La Liga club? Want to read up on your club's opponent ahead of a big league clash? We've compiled links to the official club sites and news, squad, fixtures/results, and NewsNow sections for each La Liga club so that you [...]

Football Club Lists - League by League

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Ever wanted quick access to a particular football club's information (owners, fixtures, news, etc) but had to spend 10 minutes on Google / Wikipedia before you got to it? The Internet is a fantastic resource but it can get quite cluttered at times, and this is why we've created this resource for you, the football fan, [.

The Sound of Football

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The roar of the home fans chanting for their team. The raw thud of a football being kicked. The inexplicable screams of joy in celebration after a goal has been scored. The referee blowing his whistle at the end of a match. Is this the sound of football? Or is it the laughter of a [...]

08-09 FA Cup 2nd Round Draw

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Full FA Cup 2nd Round Draw (Ties to be played 29/30 November): Chesterfield v Darlington or Droylsden AFC Hornchurch or Peterborough v Accrington Stanley or Tranmere Rovers Eastwood Town v AFC Wimbledon or Wycombe Wanderers Notts County v Kettering Town or Lincoln City Leicester City v Hereford or Dagenham & Redbridge Eastbourne Borough or Barrow v Havant & Waterlooville or Brentford Bradford [.

Welcome to Anfield, Now We’re Keane

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He has begun on his road in pursuing to emulate the greats who have graced the prodigious Number Seven Red Shirt. He is now an integral part of the current Liverpool squad and have the chance to make history for the team and himself. The Kopites will always remember the legends that have occupied the [.

How much is Rory Delap worth to Stoke City?

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I never thought I'd say this but I am beginning to think that Rory Delap has become a priceless Premier League commodity. Delap's throw-ins are not just incredible, they are incredibly effective. Seven of Stoke's 13 goals this season have been created by his rocket launchers. How many other players have made seven goals already [.

Keane. not Keen on Keys

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Roy Keane this week was in the press following remarks made about BSkyB's Premier League coverage, which will have resonated with a growing number of football fans for whom the gloss and glam of the Premier League era is starting to wear a little thin. The constant hyperbole of fairly standard footballing fare, and the [.

Redknapp makes his first Portsmouth signing as Tottenham boss

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Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Joe Jordan as their new first-team coach. On Friday the 56-year-old Scot left Portsmouth after four years and now links up again with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, the former Pompey manager. Spurs are also close to bringing in two former Spurs players - Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand - as part-time coaches.

Arsenal defeat major blow to United’s title hopes, good for Chelsea and Liverpool

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A victory at the Emirates would have given Manchester United a 'leg-up' in their pursuit of the top two and effectively pushed Arsenal down in the title stakes. As things stand though, Chelsea and Liverpool have benefited from Arsenal's win and United, along with Arsenal, now have ground to make up. Ferguson: "It is a big blow [.

Chelsea explore 75,000 seater Battersea move

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Chelsea are considering advanced plans for a new stadium next to Battersea Power Station, three miles from their current home at Stamford Bridge. The proposed new ground would hold between 65,000 and 75,000 fans and would have a retractable roof. It has been designed by HOK Sports, the company that built Wembley Stadium, the Emirates [.

Arsenal are back in the race as United keep searching for answers

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Samir Nasri struck twice as an impressive Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-1 at the Emirates in the game of the season. Samir Nasri scored the first goal with a shot through a crowded United area which deflected off the legs of Gary Neville leaving Van der Sar stranded. He then struck his and Arsenal's second two [.

Aston Villa’s Agbonlahor has mercy on Newcastle’s Joey Barton

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It really is a heart-warming story and in today's world of tit for tat responses and 'revenge-seeking' behavior, it's good to see a footballer stand up, be a man and learn to move on instead of fighting to defend his honour. Last week Newcastle and Aston Villa met at St James' Park, a match Newcastle won [.

Ferguson: Manchester United fans should stop abusing Wenger

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Like him or not, Sir Alex Ferguson has a point: "There's been a focus on fans' behaviour and the chants towards Arsene Wenger and other managers. It's ridiculous and I think the police should be doing more. They should be stepping in. Manchester United and their supporters should know very well the chants that have been levelled [.

Poyet attacks Tottenham players for being spoiled and unprofessional

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Gus Poyet, speaking to the Times about the circumstances that led to Ramos' exit: [On Levy]: "Lots of things went wrong and we all have to accept responsibility, starting from the chairman to the groundsman. There were all sorts of problems, but the main one was that we lost 50 guaranteed goals from Berbatov and [Robbie] Keane.

Germany v England, 19 November 2008, Olympic Stadium, Berlin

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England will play Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Wednesday 19 November 2008. England were last in Berlin to play West Germany for their 1972 European Championship Quarter Final second-leg which ended in a goalless draw. The last time England faced Germany on their home soil was for a World Cup Qualifier at Munich [.

Footballitis - It Happens to the Best of Us

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I'm not alone. I know I'm not. A twenty-something (twenty four if you wanna get picky about it) lad from the suburbs, who for as long as he can remember has been hooked on one thing. Not girls, not cars, not cricket. Football. The Beautiful Game, as Pele rather idealistically dubbed it once upon a [.

Liverpool robbed (again), Arsenal star’s shocking admission, the West Ham sale and more

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Today's top headlines: Maradona's new style of management - not a man for ceremony, Diego. Will Rafa See Stanley Park? I hope so, although with Liverpool's funding issues the stadium could be delayed for several years. Manchester United players go Jedi with new sleep tricks - and shame on the Sun for their lame gaffes.

Liverpool robbed (again), Arsenal star’s shocking admission, the West Ham sale and more

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Today's top headlines: Maradona's new style of management - not a man for ceremony, Diego. Will Rafa See Stanley Park? I hope so, although with Liverpool's funding issues the stadium could be delayed for several years. Manchester United players go Jedi with new sleep tricks - and shame on the Sun for their lame gaffes.

Will United once again be the Catalyst for Arsenal’s Demise?

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It was the 24th of October 2004. Arsenal had just completed the almost unthinkable, an unbeaten season in the Premiership. They started the next season on fire with eight wins and a draw in their first nine matches and ‘The Invincibles' looked just that, few would have bet against them for the title.

Can a Scottish team ever win the Champions League?

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Celtic's home draw with Manchester United last night dumps them, all but mathematically, out of the Champions League for another year. They opened with, by Champions League standards, an easy home tie against Aalborg BK, but a disappointing 0-0 draw was all they managed to achieve in the game that held their best chance of [.

Can Arsenal save their season by beating Manchester United?

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Here we find ourselves, just over a quarter of the way through the season and the usual four-horse race seems to have already become a three-horse race. For the last few years, if a team had dropped behind this early it was usually Liverpool, but this time its Arsene's Arsenal. Now, at a hugely pivotal [.

Asian fans, who do you support - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester United?

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Studs Up by Chris Toy. Which Club Do You Support? ( polls) Non Asian fans can poll their maids, the class / office geeks or better yet, go here and predict who will win at the Emirates this Saturday. "Asian fans, who do you support - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester United?" was [.

Sould Manchester United be concerned about defending their title?

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In addition to being the champions in 2007-08, Man United were also the best team in the league, both, offensively and defensively. The scored the maximum goals and conceded the fewest – also ending up with the maximum number of clean sheets as well. The following table gives the goal scoring and conceding details of [.

08-09 FA Cup 1st Round Predictions

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Ah, the FA Cup. The greatest cup competition in the world, or an unwanted distraction? It totally depends on who you ask really, with some managers putting their league campaigns first, and others looking for that bit of cup magic to spark life into their season. Personally, I love the FA cup, but it seems others [.

Real Madrid 0-2 Juventus: Del Piero Is King of the Bernabéu (Champions League Matchday 4)

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There was only one king in Spain last night, and his name is Alessandro Del Piero. Royal ADP. Real Pinturicchio. Two blows from the cannon, two thrusts of the mighty sword, two strokes of that epic paintbrush of his, painting the colours of a magical Spanish night in which Juventus beat Real Madrid on their [.

Arsenal v. Manchester United - English Premier League - 8 November 2008 - Live Blog

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Arsenal v. Manchester United Stadium: Emirates Stadium Competition: English Premier League Date: 8 November 2008 Kickoff: 12:45 GMT, 7:45 ET One of the biggest rivalries in the English Premier League will resume as Arsenal look to recover their swagger against Manchester United. Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!

Credit Crunch, Tottenham and Newcastle point way to a better future

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Whisper it quietly, but could sanity be returning to the Premier League? Even Chelsea are feeling the effects of the credit crunch and have let 15 of their scouts go as Roman Abramovich looks to tighten up his scouting structure. Peter Kenyon has already hinted there won't be much action in the January transfer window at [.

Northwich get that sinking sense of deja-vu

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Northwich Victoria fans could be forgiven for wondering if time's stood still over the last 13 months in their corner of Cheshire. At that point, the club had hurriedly appointed their third manager of the season and were battling to stave off liquidation due to an unpaid tax bill. Today, the Vics are searching for a [.

Matchday 4 Predictions: Manchester United to beat Celtic, Real Madrid to beat Juventus, Chelsea to beat Roma, Arsenal, Liverpool, Barcelona to win

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Champions League football is back with Matchday 4 taking place on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 November. We have the latest stats and predictions for the upcoming matches this week - but before we get started, let's see if you can guess the answers to the following questions (without peeking ahead for the answers)?

Who are the ‘Best Players’ in the World? Is John Terry one of them?

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Who is the best footballer in the World? Whilst it would be hard to argue with the fact Critiano Ronaldo had the best season, I don't agree this necessarily makes him the most skilful player on the planet. At United, I'd much rather see Wayne Rooney on the park than Ronaldo. I would find it [...]

The 20 Most Loyal Footballers In Europe

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Andy Greeves summed up present-day football's predicament perfectly when he wrote in Modern footballers are holding clubs and fans hostage: Football doesn't want to admit it, but its players have become bigger than the teams they play for. Bigger than the leagues they ply their trade in and bigger than even the national teams they are [.

Portsmouth 1-2 Wigan - Video Highlights

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Wigan snatched a late win at Fratton Park courtesy of Emile Heskey's 100th goal in the Premier League. Are Portsmouth already feeling the loss of Harry Redknapp, or did he just get out in the nick of time? "Portsmouth 1-2 Wigan - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Manchester United 4-3 Hull City - Video Highlights

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Yet another game of two halves as Manchester United dominated the Tigers from the outset before desperately scrambling to save the game as Hull City fought back from 4-1 down to finish the game 4-3. Also See: Manchester United 4-3 Hull City - Live Blog and Match Report "Manchester United 4-3 Hull City - Video Highlights" was [.

Everton scored 1 more, Chelsea 1 less, with Liverpool still top and Blackburn rock bottom below Tottenham

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Another weekend of fantastic action with match referees again at the centre of all the controversy. Once again the issue of respect was back on the agenda as managers up and down the country questioned the performances of the men in the middle. The Right Result Panel last night met to review the most controversial incidents [.

Chelsea 5-0 Sunderland - Video Highlights

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Chelsea thrashed Sunderland with 5 goals in a short period of time as they climbed back to the top of the league table. They're still the side to beat so far this season. "Chelsea 5-0 Sunderland - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Everton 1-0 Fulham - Video Highlights

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A late goal by an off-the-bench Saha gave Everton a 1-0 win over Fulham - is their season back on track now? "Everton 1-0 Fulham - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Middlesbrough 1-1 West Ham - Video Highlights

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Middlesbrough and West Ham failed to do much at Riverside, with a late Mido strike canceling out the early Mullins goal. Draws are not what they need, both teams need to improve if they want to be in the top 10 come May 2009. "Middlesbrough 1-1 West Ham - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.

Premier League Meltdown?

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Britain's current financial climate makes for grim reading. The so-called ‘credit crunch' has dominated the political agenda, newspaper front pages and talk amongst the average Tom, Dick or Harry in the UK for months. The predominant message from those in the know is ‘baton down the hatches' as the country moves inevitably towards a period [.

Liverpool v. Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League - 4 November 2008 - Live Blog

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Liverpool v. Atletico Madrid Stadium: Anfield Stadium, England Competition: UEFA Champions League, Group D Date: 4 November 2008 Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, 14:45 ET It's Match Day 4 of the Champions League, and Liverpool will entertain Atletico Madrid at Anfield! Both sides will be looking for the all-important 3 points which would all-but-guarantee qualification into the Knock-Out stage.

Celtic v. Manchester United - UEFA Champions League - 5 November 2008 - Live Blog

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Celtic v. Manchester United Stadium: Celtic Park, Scotland Competition: UEFA Champions League, Group E Date: 5 November 2008 Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, 14:45 ET Manchester United will pay a visit to Celtic Park, hoping to clinch qualification into the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League. Standing in their way will be Celtic, who defeated Sir Alex Ferguson's men the [.

Bolton 2-0 Manchester City - Video Highlights

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Watch the highlights as Bolton mounted a late comeback to finish off Manchester City at the Reebok and climb out of the relegation zone. "Bolton 2-0 Manchester City - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

And The Soccerlens 2008 Writing Competition Winner is…

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The voting is over and it's time to decide who wins the goodies 2008 Soccerlens Writing Competition. It was a tough decision - all 3 finalists could have walked away as a winner (whether that means no one was outstanding or all were outstanding, I'm not sure ) but in the end there was only [...]

Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool - Video Highlights

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Tottenham were at the heart of drama in the Premier League again as a defiant (and lucky) Spurs side saw off Liverpool at White Hart Lane to win 2-1 and knock the Reds off the top of the table. "Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

West Brom 2-2 Blackburn - Video Highlights

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Despite going down to 10 men the first half, Blackburn finished the game as equals courtesy of a late equalizer in the 89th minute. West Brom really should have nailed this one, they'll be kicking themselves for dropping 2 points at home. "West Brom 2-2 Blackburn - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.

Stoke City 2-1 Arsenal - Video Highlights

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Watch Arsenal succumb to a spirited Stoke City and fall out of the title race. "Stoke City 2-1 Arsenal - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Ferguson has made Real Madrid his bitch…

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In recent days Manchester United have done a pretty little number on Real Madrid, a quick one-two to the ribs leaving Los Merengues looking slow and sorely unequipped for the war. And rest assured, this is a war - one that will be fought till Cristiano Ronaldo's career ends, or he leaves Manchester United (whichever [.

Judge rules that Abramovich is a REAL Chelsea fan

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Roman Abramovich really is a Chelsea fan - and we have a 134-page ruling from Mr Justice Christopher Clarke to prove it. The ruling, dealing with a Siberian oil dispute, reveals a great deal of information about Abramovich's lifestyle. It emerged that as much as 92 per cent of the time he spent in England [.

Should Charlton Fire Pardew?

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After their disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Barnsley on Saturday the future of Charlton manager Alan Pardew looks bleak to say the least. His side have already lost eight of their fifteen Championship games and lie in the bottom three for the first time this season. The former Premiership side have been going no-where since [.

Newcastle United v. Aston Villa - English Premier League - 3 November 2008 - Live Blog

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Newcastle United v. Aston Villa Stadium: St. James Park, England Competition: English Premier League Date: 3 November 2008 Kickoff: 20:00 GMT, 15:00 ET Newcastle United will host in-form Aston Villa as both clubs look to pick up a vital three points! The lineups are in! Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!

The Rise & Rise of Indian Football

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It was a sweltering mid-August night in 2008 in the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi when the Uzbek referee Valentin Kovalenko blew the final whistle. Spectators were climbing the flag poles around the stadium in celebration & the TV commentator declared that he had just witnessed a historic event. India had beaten Tajikistan convincingly in [.

The Greater Good?

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"Personal achievements are always nice but it's the team that counts." - Steven Gerrard What does a good game mean to you? Is the result the only thing that counts? Will it involve fancy footwork, ball possession and top passing, technique all the way? It's a thrill, does it keep you on your tip toes till the [.

The Ugly Brazilians

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Football experts will tell us that whilst England be the creators, Brazil have shown themselves to be the soul of the game. For years a country that has been plagued with poverty and crime; right down to the most desperate of favelas has churned out some of the most gifted footballers the universal game has [.

A View From Across the Pond

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This is a very difficult time to love the beautiful game stateside. So why are things so bad here? There are several reasons why, ranging from women's equality to no television coverage of quality football. David Beckham's arrival was supposed to spark interest in the game that so many simply don't understand.

Living The Dream

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They just never learn, do they? After a summer of overspending and overambition, the recent news coming from Rushden and Diamonds doesnt come as too much of a shock. We all knew it was promotion or bust, and we all knew it would go wrong at some point. But to see it all go wrong so quickly [...]

Golbalization

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Indubitably, the face of football is changing – dramatically. I use the last word well aware that many of you might prefer another adverb of choice, but I find emphasis to be expedient. Verily, it cannot be denied that every weekend while we sit and swear, cry and laugh, scream and cheer, we are simultaneously [.

Celebrating like a true Tottenham fan…

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Studs Up - Chris Toy "Celebrating like a true Tottenham fan..." was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Middle East looks to influence Premier League and English Football

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The billionaire sheikh who last month bought Manchester City Football Club was among a group of oil-rich investors that yesterday announced a deal to buy almost a third of Barclays Bank. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the brother of the ruler of Abu Dhabi, has agreed to pump £3.5bn into Barclays for a 16% stake.

Arsenal are unworthy pretenders to the throne

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Arsenal play the most beautiful football in Europe. Arsenal play a beautiful game. Arsenal play the best football in the world. Where have we heard this bullshit passed around as the 'absolute truth'? Arsenal fans can be excused - they have invested emotionally in the club and deserve their own version of the truth.

The Soccerlens Vote: Who Should Win The 08 Competition?

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I've enjoyed reading the submissions for the writing competition this year and I hope you have as well. Of the 33 entries that were accepted for publication (we turned down 2 or 3), almost every writer has the ability to have a successful career as a football writer if they so choose - so you [...]

Should Kinnear stick around? Should Newcastle keep him around?

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People seem to think that Joe Kinnear has 'turned Newcastle around'. With due respect to the man's achievements at Wimbledon, I think there's quite some way to go before you can classify Kinnear's reign at Newcastle as a success. To take control of a rudderless team and then get them to play like a team again [.

Manchester United v. Hull City - English Premier League - 1 November 2008 - Live Blog

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Manchester United v. Hull City Stadium: Old Trafford, England Competition: English Premier League Date: 1 November 2008 Kickoff: 15:00 GMT, 11:00 ET Sixth place Manchester United will try and make up ground against fifth place Hull City (yes, you read that right) when the Tigers pay a visit to Old Trafford!

Can Maradona lead Argentina to 2010 glory?

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Yesterday in Argentina, Diego "El Pibe" Maradona was officially presented as the national team coach of the albicelestes. He will be assisted by Dr. Carlos Bilardo, his former coach during their last World Cup triumph in 1986. The former Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona star succeeds Alfio Basile, who stepped down from the position on October [.

Football Manager 2009

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Football Manager 2009 has been released. For those who wish to download it online, they can get FM 09 via Steam - fast download, instant activation). For those not able to buy it in a store, this is the fastest way to get your hands on a copy of the latest edition of Football Manager. FM [...]

All-Time Premier League Top Scorers: Alan Shearer, Andy Cole, Thierry Henry, Robbie Fowler and Les Ferdinand

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Today we are going to look at the all-time top scorers in the Premier League. The Premier League has seen many players come and go since its inception in 1992. We certainly remember some and others never cross our minds again. Club teams constantly sign up new talent but only a few will ever come close [.