There's a great deal of transfer news and rumors to report on as we move one day closer to the
opening of the January transfer window. Chelsea to Make Ben Arfa Move? Chelsea are looking for a
little attacking inspiration to help reinvigorate their Premier League title challenge after ending
2008 behind Liverpool and with [.
Whilst writing for my United-focused blog, I have come under some criticism for my rather harsh
appraisals of Cristiano Ronaldo. I don't need to get down to the ins and outs of last season and
the events of the summer, but I think it will be a good thing for United when we make five [...]
With the holiday's over, and the New Year upon us. We at Soccerlens want to provide you, the
readers, with the top Goalkeepers of 2008. Without further delay, here you go: Gigi Buffon The
Juventus number one has long been received in the world as one of the best to currently play the
According to the agent of in-demand Wigan star Antonio Valencia, a move to Real Madrid would
‘be a dream' for the Ecuadorian winger. Real have been linked with Valencia in recent weeks,
and speculation has gone as far as saying that a £16.6m bid could be in the cards and that
discussions have already [.
Juventus are considering moves for a couple of Chelsea players, according to the Daily Mail. The
first one is defender Branislav Ivanovic, who the Bianconeri could make a loan move for in January.
Juve were one of several clubs fighting for the Serbian center back's signature before he chose to
move from Lokomotiv [.
According to the Guardian, Everton have given Manchester City a hands-off warning in regards to
Mikel Arteta and Joleon Lescott. City have been linked with a host of talents around the Premier
League, and on that list are Everton pair Arteta and Lescott, who are under contract at Goodison
Park until 2012.
The season of good will appears to have come to a premature end for Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry
Redknapp after he vented his feelings - in no uncertain terms - about referee Steve Tanner's
performance in Spurs' defeat at fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion. Not-so 'appy 'arry will
also being expecting some late Christmas post from [.
Yesterday, I reported that Aston Villa were making a £16m offer for Portsmouth striker Jermain
Defoe. Since then, Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has denied making any such move, and as it
happens, the non-interest may be mutual. Today, the Mail reported that Defoe met with Pompey
manager Tony Adams yesterday and stated [.
It appears that any efforts to pry Craig Bellamy away from West Ham in January are going to be
futile. West Ham, despite their financial straits, rejected Tottenham's initial £6m offer for
the Welsh striker, and also being thrown in the trash bin was a £7.5m offer from Manchester
City. Now comes the [.
According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea are planning to make a £10m+ move for Marseille star
Hatem Ben Arfa. The 21-year-old left winger has emerged as a target for Luiz Felipe Scolari, who
could be looking for some additional attacking punch to help inspire a side whose lack of
consistency has seen them fall [.
Non-league Droylsden's FA Cup dream appears to be over after the club were thrown out of the
competition for fielding an illegible player in their 2-1 defeat of League Two Chesterfield.
Droyslden have said they plan to appeal but, if upheld, this expulsion brings to an end a
month-long tie between the two sides that's seen [.
It's that time of the year again. With the days fast approaching December 31, awards for the
"Best XI" of 2008 are being handed left and right. Even Soccerlens jumped on the
bandwagon (see our "Soccerlens All-Star XI - The Best Footballers of 2008" post). So,
while you vote for UEFA's Team of the Year here [.
We're only a few days away from the start of a new year and the opening of the winter transfer
window. I know, it's exciting, right? A few high-profile deals have already been wrapped up, and
though the window doesn't open for another few days, several sides are busy trying to make bids and
Arsenal could make a triple raid of Newcastle in January, according to a weekend report by the News
of the World. The Gunners are in search of a new keeper to provide competition to Manuel Almunia,
and his scouts have told him that there is nobody better available for a decent price than
Real Madrid won't be making a move for Aston Villa star Ashley Young in the January transfer
window, after being told that the 23-year-old attacker will cost them £30m. Real were
reportedly working hard last week to make a deal for Young happen, but Villa have set their asking
price higher than Real are [.
Champions League hopefuls Aston Villa are set to dive headfirst in the transfer market in January
in order to aid their challenge for the top four, and striker looks to be the top priority of
Martin O'Neill's list. The name at the top of the list is Portsmouth's Jermain Defoe, and according
to the [.
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City have had bids for Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker
rejected by West Ham. City reportedly made bids of £7.5m each for Bellamy and Parker, both of
which were quickly turned down. Gianfranco Zola has been pretty adamant about not wanting to sell
any of his best [.
October saw the economic crisis hit the Premier League, with several football club owners suffering
losses to their financial assets. Each club would deal with this differently - West Ham had already
sold off players in the summer to reduce their wage bill and were again saying that they had no
money for transfers in [.
December was notable for managerial changes as clubs prepared for the January transfer window and
their chance to save their seasons. Real Madrid sacked Schuster and replaced him with Ramos,
Blackburn fired Paul Ince and brought in Sam Allardyce while Roy Keane resigned from Sunderland
leaving Ricky Sbragia in charge until the board appointed him [.
November would see Arsenal and frustrate in the league and dazzle in the Carling Cup while
Tottenham did pretty much the same, knocking out Liverpool in the process. Outside England we saw
Bayern Munich announcing plans for an academy in India, Maradona being appointed as Argentina's
manager, Axel Witsel being pegged as the latest hot talent [.
February marked the beginning of several storylines for 2008 as well as the beginning of the end of
for a few teams and managers. In purely footballing terms though, Egypt stole the headlines with a
memorable triumph at the 2008 African Cup of Nations on the back of a string of impressive
performances throughout the [.
March was somewhat of a slow month for Soccerlens but the world of football saw it's share of
football, debate and controversy. Arsenal belied their league form with a 2-0 win at the San Siro
against an experienced Milan side to knock them out of the Champions League. It was heralded as
vindication for Wenger's youth [.
April is, amongst other things, time for April Fools Day and this year saw Soccerlens pull out some
really crazy ideas out of the hat, from a Manchester United orgy to various club takeovers. I wish
I had predicted Abu Dhabi United taking over Manchester City, but that just goes to show you that
While Manchester United and Chelsea were headed to Moscow (and to a last-day title decider) and
Liverpool were after Barry, Arsenal and Tottenham were both looking across Europe for an
experienced midfielder to shore up the squad. Managers rarely do what they're supposed to but it
hasn't stopped fans from expecting them to do the right [.
June kicked off with a bang, literally - Jose Mourinho signed on as Inter Milan manager and
Ronaldo, fresh from doing the league and european double with Manchester United, publicly admitted
in an interview that he wanted to play for Real Madrid. The Ronaldo saga kicked into full force in
June, with Manchester United fans turning [.
With the Euros behind us, July would start the transfer season and with it all the mindless
speculation along with the few sensational transfers here and there. Chelsea signed Deco, which
seemed a risk at the time considering his age which gave him little time to 'adapt'. Arsenal were
signing kids left and right, pipping United [.
August saw the usual pre-season predictions doing the rounds, with the major discussion in Spain
surrounding Barcelona's transfer spending and Madrid's chase of Ronaldo and subsequent treatment of
Robinho. Liverpool found it impossible to get funding for Stanley Park, meaning that Liverpool's
new stadium would not get the green light for construction till at least next [.
The summer transfer window was extended by a day to let clubs complete their deals on a Monday, and
this 'last day' was memorable for many reasons. Abu Dhabi United bought Manchester City from
Thaksin Shinawatra, and before everything had been sorted out legally they were making bids for top
strikers across Europe, with Dimitar Berbatov, [.
With Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea squaring off for the Premier League title race, the
press were hailing the 2007/2008 as the most exciting, most unpredictable season of football they'd
ever seen. Chelsea had to contend with a new manager whom everyone blamed for their failings,
Arsenal were cruising, seemingly recovered from their post-Invincibles hangover [.
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City are planning on making a £4m bid for Michael Owen
next month. City are going to be in the market for a new striker in January, and while the likes of
David Villa have been linked with the club, Mark Hughes might be looking more towards an [...]
22:30 - My fantasy team took quite the hit with Cesc Fabregas getting knocked out of action until
April, and it's taking another, albeit more short-term, hit with Rio Ferdinand being ruled out for
tomorrow's match against Middlesbrough thanks to a back issue. He'll also miss next weekend's FA
Cup tie against Southampton.
You've had ample time to unwrap your Christmas gifts, recover from eating a tenth of your weight at
Christmas dinner, and ponder 1000 times why you drank all of that eggnog. Now it's time for us to
unwrap a little something of our own as a late Christmas gift to you, something that we [...]
Newcastle United v. Liverpool Stadium: St. James Park, England Competition: English Premier League
Date: 28 December 2008 Kickoff: 12:00 GMT, 7:00 ET Newcastle United will host Premier League
leaders, Liverpool, in an important match for both sides. Soccerlens will be bringing you the
action live! Log on to the site 15 minutes before kickoff for the live blog!
Last week Barclays Premier League sent out formal invitations to broadcasters interested in bidding
for the next round of Premier League TV rights for the 2010-2011 to 2012-2013 seasons. With the
current TV deal worth £2.7bn over three seasons and the demand for Premier League football
increasing (especially in overseas markets), the current economic climate [.
Although you've got to give Liverpool credit for coming from behind against Arsenal at the Emirates
on Sunday, I've seen nothing this season to convince me that the title is heading anywhere but
Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford. I said in August it was going to be a two-horse race and that's
how I still see [.
Who the hell is Ricky Sbragia? Crazy name, great manager apparently. I ask the question because, as
a Spurs fan, I'm not happy. A couple of weeks ago we were flying up the table like a Christmas
angel on eggnog and now this Sbragia fella turns up and Sunderland have leapfrogged us. The problem
is, what with [.
2008 has been a remarkable season for English football. Richest league (and club) world. Best
player in the world. An all-English Champions League final. English World Champions. England
topping their World Cup qualifying group. English clubs being the most feared in Europe, even if
(as in Arsenal's case) they can't defend a throw-in to safe [.
A list of official websites for the most popular internet-savvy footballers, neatly arranged in
alphabetical order. Please do not use this as an excuse to stalk your favourite stars or send hate
mate to those in the opposition team. Alright then, official footballer websites, knock yourself
out. Please note that any names with a question mark next [.
Unfortunately for many football fans young and old alike, and for that matter, many a manager as
well, jolly old Saint Nick doesn't grant transfer wishes, though that copy of Football Manager 09
and that Ronaldo replica kit will do for many of you, I'd imagine. However, I'd venture a guess and
say that [.
While it sounds just a little outlandish that Real Madrid have been after the greedy Jermaine
Pennant, a more sensible target of Juande Ramos is Aston Villa's Ashley Young, who has been linked
with the club recently. And according to the Daily Mail, Real are working their hardest to try to
hammer out a [.
The price that a smaller club pays for success is having some of their best players linked with the
best clubs, and that's the case for Bundesliga surprise outfit Hoffenheim. The newly-promoted side
have risen to the top of the Bundesliga table at the halfway point of the season, and a big reason
So, if you're sitting and stewing on the Liverpool bench, and the chance of a lifetime comes along,
what do you do? If you're Jermaine Pennant, it's ask for too much money and mess everything up.
According to the Daily Mail, Real Madrid (yes, that Real Madrid, the one with nine Champions League
titles and [.
How's this for a little irony? According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could be set to turn to Xabi
Alonso yet again to strengthen their midfield. I can't help but have a small chuckle at this one,
considering that Alonso is the one who, you know, is responsible for Cesc Fabregas being laid up.
All the major football rivalries from African club football: Featured Derby: The Cairo Derby,
Cairo, Egypt Al Ahly vs Zamalek The showpiece of Egyptian Football, and arguably the highlight of
the Arab footballing calender. Games between these Egyptian giants are so hotly contested that
foreign referees are brought in to officiate.
Major club football rivalries from North America, Central America and the Carribean: Featured
Derby: El Clasico, Mexico Club America vs Chivas The El Clasico is the largest rivalry in
Mexico. Representing the two largest cities in Mexico, Club America (Mexico City)
and Chivas (Guadalajara) are the most successful clubs in Mexico.
All the major football rivalries from Europe: United Kingdom Featured Derby: The Old Firm Derby,
Glasgow, Scotland Celtic FC vs Rangers FC Celtic and Rangers have been competing against each other
since 1888. They have contested 381 games, with Rangers currently holding the advantage, 152
victories to Celtic's 137.
All of Asia's major club football rivalries: Featured Derby: The Tehran Derby, Tehran, Iran
Esteghlal FC vs Persepolis FC World Soccer Magazine declared the Tehran derby as the most
important derby in Asia. First contested in 1968, Esteghal FC currently hold the advantage having
won 20 games compared to Persepolis's 15 victories.
All the major football rivalries from South America: Argentina Featured Derby: Superclasico,
Buenos Aires, Argentina River Plate vs Boca Juniors The Superclasico is arguably the world's
biggest derby game. Pitting the most popular ( It's commonly accepted that close to 70% of
football fans in Argentina support either River or Boca) and successful clubs in
Argentina against each other.
They are the first games you look for when the fixtures are drawn pre-season. The games you crowd
into the local pub with your mates to watch religiously. What is it about a derby game that
captures the raw emotion & passion of football? They are much more than a normal game of football
We Rangers fans do a lot and I mean a lot of moaning. We moan about team selection, Sir David
Murray, Walter Smith, the players, the lack of media attention, the unwanted media attention, the
standard of referees, the fact that Chick Young can't spell, Setanta, other club's fans, biased
commentary, the quality of the [.
All it takes is one significant injury to change your January transfer plans. You can be planning
for a quiet month, and all of a sudden you're in a mad scramble to sign the best player available
when the pickings are pretty slim. That's the position that Arsenal could find themselves in with
David Bentley, Aaron Lennon, Didier Zokora, Adam Johnson, Lassana Diarra. All of those Premier
League-based players have been linked with moves to Real Madrid recently, and you can add Wigan
winger Antonio Valencia to that list now. Recent reports are linking Real with a £14m move for
the 23-year-old, who has been linked [.
Many an Arsenal fan may be still coming to grips with the fact that Cesc Fabregas will miss the
next four months with a knee injury suffered in Arsenal's draw with Liverpool on Sunday. Fabregas'
injury leaves yet another significant hole in an Arsenal side that's already missing Tomas Rosicky
and Theo Walcott to [.
Arsenal won't even so much consider a move for Liverpool striker Robbie Keane in January, according
to the Daily Star. Keane has been linked with a quick move away from Anfield thanks to a slow
start, but Arsene Wenger's (alleged) quotes should put any speculation linking Arsenal with the
Irish hit-man to bed before [.
According to the Daily Mirror, Tottenham are set to finally meet Middlesbrough's valuation of
midfielder Stewart Downing and make a £15m cash offer to snare the England man in January.
Spurs have been after Downing for quite a while, and Boro have stuck to their guns all the same.
Recently, an offer that [.
According to the Daily Mirror, West Ham are willing to sell in-demand striker Craig Bellamy, but
they're holding out for £12m for the Welsh striker. Yesterday, I reported that Aston Villa
were interested in making an offer of £7m plus striker Marlon Harewood for Bellamy, Of the
clubs that have been linked with Bellamy, [.
Cesc Fabregas was injured in Arsenal's home draw against Liverpool (he ruptured his knee ligaments
in a challenge with Xabi Alonso) and while initial estimates put the time out at 2-3 weeks, Wenger
has now said that they're looking at 3, maybe 4 months without their new captain. Our thoughts are
with Fabregas and hopefully he [.
According to the Daily Mirror, Celtic have made tabled an official offer for Liverpool winger
Jermaine Pennant. Pennant, whose contract runs out in the summer, was recently linked with a
cash/player swap move to Tottenham that involved Aaron Lennon going to Liverpool. However, Celtic
could see him as a replacement for the out-of-favor Aiden McGeady, [.
From next season, the UEFA Cup will be known as the UEFA Europa League (previous discussion on name
change). Apart from the name change, the event has been overhauled and will now feature 12 groups
of four teams, with each team playing the other three sides and the two top competitors moving on.
Title holders [.
Today's roundup is brought to you by the lovely Gemma Atkinson, who has unceremoniously dumped
Marcus Bent and is waiting for your phone call focusing on her career instead. Maybe this will be
the last time we ever need to hear, think or talk about whats-his-name? A note to David Beckham
fans (there *must* be some [.
All that most football managers really want for Christmas is a promising young player to emerge as
an established star in the coming year. As the game becomes more and more global and the wealth of
the bigger clubs increases, so too do the scouting networks of these clubs which now extend to
every continent and [.
It's the start of a new week, and after a couple of days off, I'm back in the saddle to give you
all the latest in transfer news and rumors. We've got rumors involving the Premier League's best
and brightest, including reports of a potential head-to-head battle between Manchester United and
Chelsea for a [.
English Premier League clubs and their sponsors (kit, stadium, the whole caboodle): Arsenal Kit
Sponsor: Emirates Stadium Sponsor: Emirates The deal with Arab airline Emirates commenced in the
2006/07 season following the Gunners' move from Highbury. The sponsorship is worth £100m over
fifteen years and was, when signed, the biggest sponsorship deal in English football when you
Coca-Cola Championship clubs and their sponsors (kit, stadium, the whole caboodle): Barnsley Kit
Sponsor: Barnsley Building Society Minor Sponsors: Perry's, Dimensions, C.K. Beckett, Thomas Cook
Birmingham City Kit Sponsor: F&C Investments Minor Sponsors: visitbirmingham.co.uk, Party Poker,
Bet365 Blackpool Kit Sponsor: Carbrini Sportswear Minor Sponsors: Texaco, Thomas Cook, E-On Bristol
City Kit Sponsor: DAS Insurance Minor Sponsors: E-On, Texaco, Britannia Building Society Burnley
Kit Sponsor: Holland's Pies Minor Sponsors: Lloyd's [.
Coca-Cola League One clubs and their sponsors (kit, stadium, the whole caboodle): Brighton & Hove
Albion Kit Sponsor: IT First Minor Sponsors: Thomas Cook, Legal & General, Donatello Bristol Rovers
Kit Sponsor: Cowlin Construction Minor Sponsors: Filton College, Britannia Building Society, E-On,
Thomas Cook Carlisle Kit Sponsor: Stobart Transport Minor Sponsors: Unison, David Allen & Co,
Thomas Cook, Willow Water Cheltenham Town Kit Sponsor: Mira Showers Minor [.
Coca-Cola League Two clubs and their sponsors (kit, stadium, the whole caboodle): Accrington
Stanley Stadium Sponsor: Combined Stabilisation Kit Sponsor: Combined Stabilisation Minor Sponsors:
John Smith's, Greyhound Ford, Oswaldtwistle Mills, Hyndburn, JJB Fitness Club Aldershot Town
Stadium Sponsor: EBB Paper Kit Sponsor: EBB Paper Minor Sponsors: Charters, Greene King Brewing
Company, Croner, West London Training, Pennycom Barnet Kit Sponsor: Mortgage Express Minor
Sponsors: SGB Rovacabin, [.
According to the News of the World, Manchester United keeper Ben Foster is ready to leave
Manchester United in search of more first-team opportunities. Thanks to injuries and Edwin Van der
Sar refusing to go away quietly, Foster hasn't made quite the expected impact at United yet, and a
winter transfer request could be [.
According to reports, Aston Villa could be set to make a £7m + Marlon Harewood bid for West
Ham striker Craig Bellamy. Bellamy has been heavily linked with a January exit from Upton Park,
with Celtic and Manchester City both mentioned as potential destinations. As with those two,
there's a link with Bellamy to [.
According to the Daily Mirror, struggling Ligue 1 side Le Havre are in negotiations with Manchester
United for striker Manucho. Newly-promoted Le Havre currently sit bottom of Ligue 1, with 12 points
from 19 matches. After leading Ligue 2 in goals last season on the way to winning the championship,
the first half [.
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City have ended their pursuit of Gianluigi Buffon in favor
of a cheaper (and potentially more attainable) alternative in Villareal keeper Diego Lopez. Lopez
left Real Madrid for Villareal in a €6m deal last year, and he established himself as
Villareal's first-choice keeper in his first campaign.
Fans of a certain age will remember the old Third Division North and South that ended in the late
50s. Slightly younger fans may remember the formation of the Alliance (now the Conference) in 1979
- the first fully nationalised league in the non-league. And for some managers and chairmen, those
older days are their [.
For those of us who are consumed by football every year brings new thrills and disappointments, a
million what ifs and if onlys and ultimately a feeling of elation, satisfaction or despair,
depending on where our unfailing loyalties lie. We laugh and cry, argue and debate, get
over-emotional and sometimes regret what we say but [.
"Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." But Benjamin Franklin was
wrong. He omitted to mention the capacity of that curious breed, the West of Scotland Irish Roman
Catholic, to be offended. There are few activities in which Scotland can boast the best in the
world; cycling and, um, more cycling being [.
Underestimating your adversary is a poor strategy in any competition. Last night in Yokohama, where
they were contesting the final of the World Club Cup, Manchester United came dangerously close to
doing that. Their opponent, Copa Libertadores champion Liga de Quito of Ecuador, put up a
Air Beckham landed yesterday in Milan. The move has been criticised by some who see it as a
'glamour' signing for Milan and a 'fashion capital' move for the Beckhams, but Beckham has always
had his critics on and off the pitch, it's the price that comes with being the most famous
footballer on the [.
So it is final - FIFA have announced that a football team from Great Britain will appear in the
Olympic games at London 2012. Even if the Welsh FA, the Northern Irish FA, and the Scottish FA
don't want to happen it will; even if it means that only English players, coaches and the like
Today's news update is brought to you by the totally-natural Lucy Pinder, and the beautiful Heidi
Montag on your right (RSS readers please click through to the site, you'll want to see this).
Right, back to football: Manchester United are WORLD CHAMPIONS! OK, maybe it's not the World Cup
per se but it IS the official world [.
Blackburn Rovers are struggling in the Premier League at the moment and it appears that they are
set to struggle more, especially as top players have started voicing their disinclination to carry
on playing for the club anymore. Star striker Roque Santa Cruz has released a come-and-get me plea
as he seems quite eager to move [.
According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, Premier League cash-bag Manchester City are
looking forward to signing the out-of-form Welsh striker Craig Bellamy from West Ham United for
£7 million. Which is certainly a huge surprise, isn't it? After all, Bellamy hasn't been in
great form and is not even wanted, if certain reports are [.
David Beckham is finally an AC Milan player, albeit for a short period of time. He arrived in the
Italian city on Saturday morning after which Beckham went for the medical. Beckham is joining the
Italian powerhouse on a short term contract as the MLS season is now over and the former Manchester
United and [.
In light of the two management roles made vacant at Premiership sides Sunderland and Blackburn
Rovers, many managers were considered. Some candidates had Premiership experience, some had
experience abroad, and some had little or no coaching experience at all. However, one manager was
ignored altogether, and when looking at his record and undoubted pedigree, it's [.
The tabloids and broadsheets alike latched on to a good story this week, following the FA's
decision to publish the documents relating to the 'Battle of Stamford Bridge' case, involving
Patrice Evra and Chelsea groundsman, Sam Bethell. It was alleged by two United representatives that
Evra had been called a "f*****g immigrant" by Bethell, an accusation [.
Chelsea skipper John Terry has given the fans a very heartening boost by declaring that he intends
to play for the London club for the rest of his life. The 28-year old England international rose
through the youth ranks at Chelsea and has come of age to become the captain of one of the European
The future of England international striker Michael Owen is getting increasingly convoluted as
Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear seems to be confident that Owen shall sign a new contract with
the club whereas reports suggest otherwise. It was earlier reported by the British tabloid The Sun
that Newcastle have offered a 80,000 pound per week contract [.
If you're new to fantasy football, read our intro to fantasy football. The online Fantasy Football
market is undoubtedly one of the most crowded and competitive gaming markets on the web, forget war
games, forget Football Manager, forget Lemmings (I bet some can't even remember Lemmings?!!), all
you need for a game is a list of [.
According to Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco, Juventus won‘t be signing Arsenal
defender William Gallas or anyone else in January. Gallas has been heavily linked with a move away
from Arsenal in the last month, and it would appear all too likely that he's nearing the end of his
time at the Emirates.
The days are counting down, down, down to the end of 2008. Christmas is next week, and right after
that, we'll be saying goodbye to this year and hello to a new one - and the January transfer
window. Many clubs have wishes for the new year that won't be granted, but who [...]
If the Premier League was an ice cream, it would lick itself. That's a fact. The money swishing
around the self-proclaimed "Greatest League on Earth" has given the English top flight
plenty of reason to look very pleased with itself. But whilst Premier League fans bemoan ticket
price increases, kick-off times altered for the benefit [.
One of the hottest bits of news off the presses today is that Chelsea are moving in on Sevilla
striker Luis Fabiano, with £20m the price that the Blues are willing to pay for the Brazilian
international. Chelsea's search for a new forward has seen them linked with the likes of Michael
Owen, Sanli [.
So, how do you get good at Fantasy Football? Well perhaps I am not really the best man to be
asking, judging by my side's shoddy showing this season - I blame Jo's ineptitude & Carlos Tevez's
absence personally, and how was I to know Geovanni would be such a coup for Hull?! But there [...]
When Aiden McGeady let rip at his manager after Celtic's 1-1 draw on Saturday, he probably felt
justified in his actions. After all, every decision he's made down the years has been approved from
the rafters amongst the adoring Celtic support and media. When he turned out for Ireland's schools
team the blame was laid at [.
The UEFA Cup last 32 and last 16 draws were announced today: Last 32 draw (first leg 18-19 Feb/
second leg 26 Feb): Paris Saint-Germain v Wolfsburg FC Copenhagen v MANCHESTER CITY NEC Nijmegen v
Hamburg Sampdoria v Metalist Kharkiv Braga v Standard Liege ASTON VILLA v CSKA Moscow Lech Poznan v
Udinese Olympiakos v Saint-Etienne Fiorentina v Ajax Aalborg v Deportivo La Coruna Werder Bremen v
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is on Mission Recruitment next month (more of the same at
White Hart Lane, it seems) and has been lining up a number of decent and top quality players. And
among his wish-list is Steve Finnan. British tabloid The Daily Mail has reported that Spurs are
eying Steve Finnan for a [.
According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City have been told by Valencia that David Villa is going
to cost them the princely sum of £120m. It's been a few years since I've been in a math class,
but judging by my calculations, that's just a shade above the £52m that City were reportedly
New Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce will have £10m to spend on new signings in January in
order to strengthen the squad for a second-half survival push. Considering that there are multiple
needs to be filled with that money, Allardyce will be hoping to get as much immediate value out of
that £10m as possible, [.
In the world of transfer news and rumors, rule #1 is (or at least it should be) not to believe
everything that you read. If you did, you'd have your own remake of The Exorcist. Even if it's not
believable, it's always fun to read, and we've got plenty of transfer speculation for [...]
Goalkeeping is a special position that takes a special individual to play. I should know - I have
been playing it for 15 years and currently train goalkeepers with a local club here in the US and
several camps throughout the year. What most people outside of football/soccer do not understand is
that to [.
Following on our article on the art and science of goalkeeping, here are some of the goalkeeper
training tips that I utilize with my students as well as what I think is the best goalkeeping
equipment out there today: I. Best Goalkeeper Training Tips Diving Drills to do Alone One of the
most important things for a goalkeeper to [.
It's 2008: the blogging revolution has been absorbed by the establishment press and propped up as a
new 'form' of journalism. Just read Andrew Sullivan's recent apologist screed on blogs in the
Atlantic. Apparently, the do-it-yourself amateur element is no longer intrinsic to the blog
as literary form.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has effectively shown Gilberto the exit door after
publicly declaring that the Brazilian international has no future at White Hart Lane. This follows
a disastrous performance against Spartak Mowcow in the UEFA Cup on Thursday in what was his first
appearance for Spurs under Harry Redknapp but it already seems to [.
I'm not a happy boy, and the game hasn't even kicked off. I haven't even had to endure the likes of
Yossi Benayoun, Andrea Dossena and, later, David Ngog, masquerading as Liverpool players. I haven't
yet had to watch Craig Bellamy's fizzing 25 yard strike clatter off a Kop End post, or see Dirk
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and Liverpool fought to an ill-tempered draw at the Emirates. Soccerlens brought you the action
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Today's roundup is brought you by the world of mainstream football blogging. Oh, and Melissa Satta,
if you're not the literary kind. Never let it be said that Soccerlens didn't have something for
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to be accurate) clash [.
According to the Daily Mirror, Portsmouth already have their eye on a replacement for Real
Madrid-bound midfielder Lassana Diarra, with the club already said to be in talks wih Middlesbrough
to bring Gary O'Neil back to the club. Pompey are set to pocket a large sum from the £20m+
sale of Diarra, and £5m [.
According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona are lining up a move for Arsenal forward Robin Van Persie.
According to their report, Van Persie will take over for Thierry Henry, who the club feels would
prefer a return to England so that he can be closer to his daughter. Van Persie, who has had [...]
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are interested in Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, and will
offer £7m plus out of favor winger Jermaine Pennant for Lennon in January. Lennon has gotten
off to a very good start this season, and he was recently the subject of reported interest from
Well, just for the confirmation, Fernando Torres is not leaving Liverpool next month. His agent has
declared that the Spanish star is staying on at Anfield beyond January. Of course, there was hardly
much chance of the Spanish international striker leaving Anfield anytime soon but given Manchester
City's apparent desperation and complacency to sign any player [.
It is transfer time and understandably speculation on Cristiano Ronaldo has started to sprout. And
understandably Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is not very happy with the current
situation. Spanish paper El Mundo recently carried a news in which they quoted the Real Madrid
diretor Pedro Trapote as saying that they have reached an 'gentleman's [.
Well, if reports published on elconfidencial.com are to be trusted, then Spanish champions and
European powerhouse Real Madrid have signed Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid. Or at least, they
have reached an agreement. It has emerged that Real and Atletico have agreed on a deal with Real to
pay their crosstown rivals a massive 60 million [.
Premier League side Arsenal are struggling at the moment and club manager Arsene Wenger is
seemingly willing to sign some established players in January. The Gunners have been linked with a
number of players in the past few days and now the name of Giorgio Chiellini has been thrown into
the hat. According to The Daily [.
Portsmouth are bracing for a mass exodus in January with half of their squad expected to leave
Fratton Park. And one of those who shall almost certainly be heading for the exit door is the
England international striker Jermain Defoe. Defoe was signed by Portsmouth from Tottenham Hotsour
in January earlier this year when Harry Redknapp [.
The draw for the 1st knockout round (Round of 16) of the UEFA Champions League takes place at the
House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, at 12:00 CET Friday (11:00 UK time). Keeping with
its tradition, Soccerlens is bringing you the draw LIVE as the 8 matches are drawn. Below are the
potential pairings for [.
There has not been a much more polarizing topic amongst any circle of Rangers supporters this year
than that of the return of Barry Ferguson. After giving his all for the club in the UEFA Cup run
and domestic runs of last season, the Captain did the right thing and opted for surgery to repair
For the first time in history of the Torneo Apertura or Opening (there are two seasons in
Argentina) championship in Argentina, three teams ended up level on points (39). Boca Juniors, who
have 22 domestic titles. San Lorenzo, who have 10 domestic titles. Tigre, who have never won any
Footballers has it's share of interesting characters. Some are interesting by virtue of their
names, others by who they wake up next to (you thought I'd link to footballers' wives, didn't
you?), and there are those who just have funny hair. Not exactly award-winning, I'll grant you
that, but footballer haircuts have kept us amused for [.
Villa had already qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup, so in some ways last night's
game was irrelevant, meaning the B-team was trawled out to Germany to face an impressive Hamburg at
full strength. But then in other ways winning the game did have relevance, such as pride, morale
and an easier [.
Today's transfer roundup isn't light on speculation involving big names and big clubs. Some of it's
nothing but filler and hot air, but somewhere in there is at least a little truth. Where is that
truth? Well, read on to find it. Real's Ron Deal Back On? Don't shoot the messenger, but the [...]
According to a report from the Daily Star, Wigan could make an ambitious January bid for Michael
Owen. Owen's future at Newcastle is up in the air right now, and if he rejects Newcastle's offer of
a new contract, he could be sold in January so that Newcastle avoid losing him for nothing in [...]
Our favourite Manchester United blog, Red Rants, needs your help. If you can string together more
than two coherent sentences and would like people to actually listen (read) with interest what you
have to say about all things United, get started here. "Calling all Manchester United
fans..." was originally published at Soccerlens.
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are considering a £3m move for Vitessee Arnhem
goalkeeper Piet Velthuizen. Velthuizen is a bright spot on one of the Eredivisie's bottom sides. He
was in the Netherlands' Olympic squad in Beijing, and though he hasn't been capped by the senior
team, he has already been called [.
According to the Daily Mirror, Juventus are eyeing a summer swoop for Liverpool duo Daniel Agger
and Ryan Babel. Agger has recently been linked with AC Milan thanks to his ongoing contract
stalemate with Liverpool, and the Rossoneri could face competition from one of their Serie A rivals
for the Danish defender.
Blackburn fans seem like a realistic lot (although I'm comparing them with Newcastle fans hence
they seem downright rational), so I don't expect them to start thinking that Big Sam can lead them
straight into the Champions League in the next couple of years or anything silly like that. The
question is though, now that [.
The problem I fear with approaching any non-European competition as an an admitted a priori
"avid PL supporter", as does Mr. BD Condell in a prior piece posted on this
site, is that one tends to be blinded by one's predispositions and miss what virtues there may be
in such competitions. While concurring in Soccerlens' correspondent [.
Real Madrid have had a substantial bid accepted for the French defensive midfielder Lassana Diarra
by Portsmouth but there has been conflicting reports on what the exact transfer fee is. According
to The Sun, the fee is 24 million pounds while The Daily Mail insists that the amount paid by Real
is 18 million pounds.
She's one of the biggest celebrities in Brazil, despite the fact that she lives in America and can
barely speak Portuguese. She's a versatile defender and scorer, good enough to lead her
school in scoring while holding down the left-back slot for the Brazilian Under-20 National
Team. Most notably, she's already considered one of the [.
Real Madrid have signed the French defensive midfielder Lassana Diarra from Portsmouth but there
has been conflicting reports on what the exact transfer fee is. According to The Sun, the fee is 24
million pounds while The Daily Mail insists that the amount paid by Real is 18 million pounds. In
any case, the amount is [.
One of non-league's most famous FA Cup names are at it again. Blyth Spartans have set up a dream
third round tie against Blackburn Rovers after netting a last minute winner in their replay against
AFC Bournemouth. Blyth, who play in a distinctive green and white striped strip, have great
pedigree in this competition and in [.
If you can't remember the last time you watched thousands of mature adults, on a day of deep blue
skies and blindingly bright high altitude winter sunshine, all weeping and singing at the
same time, then you're like me. And while you like me have probably read in the news lately
that happiness has been [.
So let me guess, you're sitting on the edge of your seat, fidgeting nervously as you await the
final stages of the FIFA Club World Cup (formerly known as the FIFA World Club Championship - World
Cup has a better spin to it, don't you think?) to explode onto your screens and take you on [...]
Tuesday wasn't a particularly busy day in transfer news and rumors, but the cupboard's not
completely bare of speculation involving some of the top clubs and players around Europe. Benzema
Dreams of Real Maybe Karim Benzema's mother thought it was cute when little Karim said that he'd
play for Real Madrid one day, but now [.
Could the latest turn in the rift between Celtic star Aiden McGeady and manager Gordon Strachan be
the beginning of the end of McGeady's Celtic career? The 22-year old Ireland international has been
suspended for two weeks without pay after a bust-up with Strachan after Saturday's 1-1 draw with
According to a Daily Mail ‘exclusive,' Real Madrid are closing in on a £20m deal for
Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra, with the Frenchman expected to pen a four and a half year
deal within the next couple of days. Real have already taken care of one need by signing Ajax
striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but [.
Jose Mourinho could be looking to add a striker to his Inter squad in January, and his newest
target, according to the Daily Mail, is Nicklas Bendtner? According to the report from the Mail,
Mourinho has been impressed by Bendtner's strength and commitment. He likely won't be supplanting
Zlatan Ibrahimovic anytime soon, but he's still [.
It would be easy to ignore Paul Ince's plight, very easy. After all, this is the man who posed in a
Manchester United shirt long before his move to Old Trafford from West Ham was complete, this is
the man who not only gave himself a nickname, also picked the most arrogant, and mildly pathetic
As the level of professional soccer in the US improves and financial interest increases, there's
good reason to revisit the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules that restrict
student soccer players from developing as fully as their foreign counterparts. Traditionally, US
athletes are groomed in higher education to represent that value and prepare for post-sports [.
Mommy's boy Olympique Lyon's star striker Karim Benzema might have pledged to stay with the current
French champions this season but he's started work on his move for next summer already, with a
style eerily familiar to whose who followed the Ronaldo saga earlier this year: Apparently
Benzema's is to play for the mighty Real Madrid [.
Whether you're looking for advice on buying gifts for football fans or a list of great football
gifts to buy, you've come to the right place. Read on for our tips on buying football gifts or jump
down to our list of best football gifts (most are very affordable). Football Gift Buying Tips Set
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Premier League club Blackburn Rovers and manager Paul Ince have parted company. It has been
revealed that the former England international striker has been 'relieved of his duties' at
Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams has declared on the club's official
website: "Three wins in 17 games has seen a squad, which finished seventh last season, [.
Here is another transfer rumour story that is surely going to the bin before too long. It has been
speculated by The People that Premier League club Arsenal are looking to land the Italian Serie A
duo Philippe Mexes and Alexander Pato! It has been reported that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is
eager to sign AS [.
Newcastle United seem set to lose their skipper Michael Owen this season but have made one last
attempt to keep him at St James' Park. British tabloid The Sun has reported that Mike Ashley has
offered Owen a new contract worth £80,000 per week. Although the amount might appear quite a
lot to many, it is [.
December isn't turning out to be a good month for managers who were international players. Keane
quits Sunderland, Ince is under severe pressure at Blackburn and Steve Bull has been sacked as
manager of Stafford Rangers. Granted, Bull might not quite be in the same class as Keane or Ince
but it's an inglorious end to [.
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give the gift of Football Manager (or curse, if you want your coworkers to stop working completely)
to your friends? Next week, Soccerlens will pick one lucky SL reader to give away a FREE copy [...]
While football success and failure is usually measured season to season, from August to May, the
end of an year gives an opportunity to look back on the calender twelve months and see who we think
has been worthy of appearing in this column. Here's a look at the teams and people who deserve to
While football success and failure is usually measured season to season, from August to May, the
end of an year gives an opportunity to look back on the calender twelve months and see who we think
has been worthy of appearing in this column. Here's a look at the teams and people who deserve to
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has declared that he never intended to approach the Red's
manager Rafael Benitez as their coach and that he does have faith in their new coach Juande Ramos,
who was sacked by Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season. Speaking on BBC Radio
Five Live's 'Sportsweek', Calderon explained: "We want to [.
According to the Daily Mail, Middlesbrough are ready and willing to let Stewart Downing go to
Tottenham, but it'll only be if they can get Gareth Bale in return. Boro have rebuffed all suitors
and their attempts thus far, but they could finally be caving in if they get what they want.
It's been quite a weekend with many sets of fans left fuming at refereeing decisions going against
their teams. The Right Result.net panel have been very busy looking at this weekend's fixtures. The
independent panel have judged that seven of the games should have finished with a different score.
These results mean its all change [.
If you are to trust the British tabloid The Daily Mirror, Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are
eager to sign Ryan Babel from Liverpool in January. The Dutch international winger-cum-striker is
unhappy at Anfield as he has been denied as much playing time as he would like to get. In 19
appearances so far this season, [.
This might as well be the creation of a very imaginative mind but there are reports circulating in
the transfer market that Spanish and European powerhouse Real Madrid are eager to swoop on in Aston
Villla's talented winger Ashley Young. That Real Madrid are desperate to add reinforcements to
their injury-plagued squad is understandable and it [.
Rarely a day goes by when you don't get to hear Premier League cash-packed Manchester City being
not linked with a new footballer. Today it has been reported that the Eastlands club are eager to
land the England international winger David Bentley from Tottenham Hotspur next month. The link
arises due to the fact that Man City [.
According to French publication L'Equipe, Premier League club Portsmouth have attached a price tag
of €20 million on their holding midfielder Lassana Diarra. Reigning Spanish champions and
European giants Real Madrid have already declared their interest in the Frenchman and Portsmouth
have seemingly agreed to sell the player for the right price, which now seems to [.
Recently, I was watching the Ajax vs. Utrecht game on Setanta and as I cast my eye over the Ajax
team, I noticed that the commentators were raving about a particular Uruguayan prospect by the name
of Luis Suarez. As a loyal viewer of 'Eurogoals' and a casual Ajax fan, I am no stranger to [...]
On Sunday it emerged that the recently sacked Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster was more than just
eager to become the new manager of struggling Premier League club Sunderland. And today it has been
reported that another high-profile coach is also interested in managing the Black Cats. According
to The Daily Mirror, former Inter Milan coach [.
Monday, 15th December, 2008. Possibly the most important day of this month, considering that we've
announced the winners of the 2008 Soccerlens awards today. Other important dates of the year
include the annual release of the Gemma Atkinson calendar, Soccerlens' birthday, April 1st, the
last day of the transfer season and .
Manchester United's nil-nil draws are starting to become a bit of a trademark of the team. The more
experienced fan can now look at the first five minutes of any Manchester United game and be able to
foresee if the team will struggle. The characteristics of these games are unmistakable; the players
cannot string two [.
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. We have a lot of juicy bits to get to, including an
unlikely career resurrection, an even more unlikely spending spree, and a family reunion you
thought you would see when Hell froze over. Arsenal to Go on Spending Spree? The idea of Arsene
Wenger spending big is about as foreign [.
Thanks to the British tabloid the News of the World, we now know all about Tottenham Hotspur's
crush on England internationals Owen and Cole. According to the notorious tabloid, revived (well,
sort of revived) Premier League side Tottenham are eager to reinforce their attackline in January
by signing England internationals Michael Owen and Joe Cole from [.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has declared that he shall stay on at Stamford Bridge beyond January
but has refused to confirm whether he shall play for the Blues beyond the summer. The Ivory Coast
international striker has been quoted by The Daily Mirror as saying that he never even contemplated
of leaving the club in January.
Tottenham Hotspur might be on the up again under new manager Harry Redknapp but old boss Juande
Ramos is eager to unsettle the balance as he is reportedly looking to sign Spurs' Russian star
Roman Pavlyuchenko (and a number of others as has already been reported). And what's more, the
Russian international striker himself is eager [.
Portsmouth fans can now heave a huge sigh of relief. Star midfielder Niko Kranjcar has declared
that he shall not leave Fratton Park in January. There has been some speculation on the player's
future after it was reported that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wanted to sign the player and was
willing to pay as much as [.
On the back of yet more points dropped away from home (and we mock Celtic for their away record),
our defence once again comes under scrutiny. Two ridiculous goals lost because of some quite awful
defending. It seems that we can no longer handle balls into the box. Our once impressive backline
buckles at anything [.
According to The Sunday Telegraph, sacked Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster is eager to become the
new manager of the Premier League club Sunderland. Schuster was sacked by Real Madrid last week
after a series of dismal performances by the reigning Spanish champions. He was given the green
signal to leave the Bernabeu on Tuesday and [.
Sweden has long been fertile ground for some of the world's largest clubs as well as many of the
upper-tier leagues. And these ten teenagers have many of the attributes and tools that
the clubs look for when scouring the globe. Will one of these ten emerge to become
a global star? From here on out it has [.
Eddie's out of town for the weekend, so you guys are stuck with me! Let's get to the latest batch
of transfer rumors. No Loaner for Alex Chelsea have rejected a proposed loan deal for their
defender, Alex, to PSV Eindhoven. Alex was reported to have formally requested a transfer earlier
this week, [.
The game was heading for extra time, neither side able to break the deadlock, but on 87 minutes
Burnley's 19 year old striker collected a through ball that found him facing Fulham's Swiss
goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbuhler. Showing maturity far beyond his years, he went round the Swiss World
Cup stopper with a feint that made [.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has dismissed all press reports suggesting that Russian
international striker Roman Pavlyuchenko was on the club's want-away list, insisting that the
player was very much in his plans. The 13 million pound signing from Spartak Mowcow has been in
indifferent form since his arrival at White Hart Lane and there has [.
Poor old Manchester City have had humble pie thrown in their filthy rich faces once again! Spanish
club Valencia have declared that they shall not be selling David Villa (and David Silva) in
January. There has been much speculation on the future of Valencia's prized assets, namely Villa
and Silva, as Los Che are reportedly steeped [.
According to Novantesimo.it, reigning Italian champions Inter Milan could sign Serbian defender
Branislav Ivanovic as early as January. There has been speculation on Ivanovic for several weeks
now as it has emerged that the Serbian international defender would like to try himself at a club
other than Chelsea.
Uncertainties over the future of Liverpool defender Daniel Agger continue to intensify as it has
once again emerged that the player could be heading for the Anfield exit door next month. Agger's
agent Pef Steffensen exclusively told Goal.com earlier this week that Agger might decide to move on
in January although he did point out that [.
According to Eindhovens Dagblad, Tottenham Hotspur custodian Heurelho Gomes is seemingly interested
in moving back to his old club PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Gomes was signed by Spurs in the
summer for 10 million euros but the Brazilian goalkeeper has failed to settle at White Hart Lane,
leading Spurs fans to call for someone more [.
Tottenham's hopes of swinging a permanent deal for on-loan striker Fraizer Campbell have been dealt
a big blow, as Sir Alex Ferguson has said he does intend to bring him back to Manchester United
next summer. Campbell has impressed at Tottenham since moving to the club as part of Dimitar
It was the 17th of March 2007 and Gary Neville was heading towards his 7th Premiership title with
Manchester United, his only club. At 32 years of age he was captain and, no doubt, looking forward
to another 3 or 4 years at the top before deciding what course to take in life after football.
A sense of realism and admittance of mistakes by the Tottenham board in October has lead to the
most inspired move by them since the appointment of Bill Nicholson. After eight games and sixteen
points into his reign as Tottenham manager, the appointment of Harry Redknapp is fast becoming the
signing of the decade let [.
What, we've made it through another week already? There are only three more weeks to go before the
winter transfer window madness begins. Who's being linked with January moves today? Well, read on
to find out. Real Madrid Tracking Boro's Johnson Could Juande Ramos bring a few good Englishmen to
Since his move to Rangers Kris Boyd has been the subject of much divisive debate amongst Bears - a
player with an uncanny knack of putting the ball in the net, whilst at the same time not renown for
his work rate outside the box. I sometimes wonder if we are judging Kris Boyd wrongly. His [...]
How times change. At the start of 2008, the footballing world rose in anger against an idea dubbed
'Game 39'. It would ruin the sanctity of English football, it would cause England their chance to
host the World Cup, it would be hurt football in other countries and all the associated arguments.
Fast forward to the [.
Today's roundup is brought to you by Holly Huddleston the underage beauty gracing the latest issue
of FHM: Asia is happy to take Premier League money - I wonder why they waited so long to come
around. Popular news site Goal.com don't know whether to take themselves seriously or not - until
they decide, they're not going [.
The Argentine Football Association is set to use an 'aerosol spray' to mark a temporary 10-yard
line away from free kicks to prevent defenders from encroaching upon the free kick taker. What
would really make this interesting is if they used sleeping gas (in very minute quantities) in the
white mist, so that any player who [.
According to the Daily Mirror, Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra is set for an £18m January
move to Manchester City. Diarra is currently laid up with an ankle injury, but he could be set to
make a return to the squad next weekend when Pompey face Bolton. However, it could be one of his
Goal.com took great pride in its 'exclusive' with Gigi Buffon's agent which effectively trashed the
British tabloid Daily Mail (deserved, of course). This is the same Goal.com that picks up news from
these tabloids and spins it as it's own transfer stories, the same Goal.com that publishes news
stories without considering whether they are authentic [.
According to the Daily Mail, Real Madrid are hot on the trail of Middlesbrough's young winger Adam
Johnson. With former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos taking over at the club this week, Real could be
looking to add a few faces that Ramos is familiar with from his time in the Premier League. He's
AC Milan are set to beat out the likes of Chelsea and Inter Milan '. The 24-year old Brazilian
center back is set to undergo a medical and pen a deal with his new club next week, according to
his agent Paulo Tonieto and AC Milan's Adriano Galliani. Silva, who has two caps [...]
You would think that having a season ticket at Old Trafford would mean seeing exciting matches
every week. When clubs come to our ground, we mockingly sing about it being their cup final (don't
dismiss that as arrogance, it is as much as response of frustration at being told none of us are
My, my. I note today that Sir Alex, with typically shrewd and devious application of more torque
than a spin-bowler's or curveball pitcher's, has said that a draw with Real would be "a nice
party tea and biscuits with Ramon Calderon." Now does that mean he does or doesn't desire such
a draw? [...]
Liverpool, whilst sitting on top of the Premier League, have yet to convince me that they can go
all the way this season. Yes, they have got the results, but not very convincingly. Goals are
starting to become hard to find, and as we saw in the West Ham match, without talisman Fernando
Torres, Liverpool [.
It is quite simple for the men from the red side of Manchester, play to your potential and you
don't need to buy anyone. Whilst it is easier said than done, the roster Manchester United has is
one that almost every club in the world is envious of. To think of a team where players [...]
Well, they did say a week is a long time in football. How relevant that statement is for Real
Madrid. After losing 3-4 at home to a Sevilla comprehensively dismantled by Barcelona the week
before, and the manager Bernd Schuster intent on relieving himself of his duties by claiming there
is no hope of even [.
The sky blues declared themselves European contenders in the summer after their Abu Dhabi takeover,
most notably by the huge last-minute signing of Robinho. However, their potential hasn't been
completely evident so far and they sit fifteenth in the Premier League, the owners aren't happy.
They have compiled good and poor results in a topsy-turvy [.
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has resolutely dismissed all claims that star striker Tuncay
Sanli was on his way to fellow Premier League side Chelsea. Recent media reports had suggested that
Chelsea manager Luis Felipe Scolari, who has been clamouring for a striker this season to provide
back-up to Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba, was trying to [.
Reigning Premier League and European champions Manchester United have now fattened their squad by
two more members after signing- well, almost signing- two Serbian starlets. Manchester United's
Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic would have some task in the next few months to see that his
compatriot Zoran Tosic settles smoothly in England.
West Ham United's Italian striker David Di Michele could make a swift return to Torino next month
if the Premier League side are ready to let him go. Di Michele was signed by the Hammers last
summer on a loan deal from Torino after he fell out with the then Torino coach Gianni De Biasi. At
Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has said in no uncertain terms that they are not willing to
sell their star striker Luis Fabiano to Manchester City in January. Manchester City have been
linked with a number of top draw players and were recently linked with bids for Sevilla's Brazilian
international striker Luis Fabiano.
If a report on The Times is to be trusted, then Premier League giants Arsenal are more than just
willing to let go of defender William Gallas and striker Nicklas Bendtner as early as January. It
has been reported that Gallas and Bendtner are the two black sheep in the Arsenal dressing room and
that club [.
It is understandable that each country has its own style of play, from the hackneyed description of
the Brazilians' samba, to the Italians' (dolt-headed) defense-minded catenaccio, it's an
interesting combination of anthropology, geography, and political evolution that created these
approaches to The Game.
Tottenham v. Manchester United Stadium: White Hart Lane, England Competition: English Premier
League Date: 13 December 2008 Kickoff: 17:30 GMT, 12:30 ET Tottenham Hotspur will entertain
Manchester United in what could be an early preview of the Carling Cup Final. Soccerlens will be
bringing you the action live!
It is more than fair to say that new boys in town Hull City have been the surprise package this
season. A 2-1 win at Arsenal and a spirited 4-3 loss at Manchester United have been performances
that caught everyone unexpected of the talent in this side. The fans are happy, the board is happy
The Villains have been a talking point this season with a number of eye catching performances, most
notably their 2-0 victory at Arsenal. They weren't that impressive at the start of the season, but
have notched up some consistent performances of late and sit one point out of the top four. But
what is lacking [.
This may be to first season for a while now that Chelsea really does not need to look into the
January transfer market. With ‘Big Phil's' bunch only suffering their second defeat of the
Premier League at the hands of the Gunners, there is no real reason to expand an already composed
squad, with CEO [.
Arsenal are a team that has been playing well on the big occasions, but faltering elsewhere. The
patriotic fans of the Emirates Stadium have been crying, yearning and begging for a big money
transfer from Mr. Wenger. But it has fallen on deaf ears. Wenger has said that his ‘youth
policy' will carry the team [.
It's a lot more exciting on my end when there's plenty to report to you from the transfer gossip
pages, and that's the case today. Let's get on with it, shall we? Manchester City to Make 50m
Torres Bid? Regardless of the fact that Liverpool don't want to sell Fernando Torres no matter what
is thrown [.
According to The Sun, Celtic could be set to make a £5m bid for West Ham striker Craig Bellamy
in January. Bellamy is just one of many West Ham players linked with moves away from Upton Park,
with the club's current struggles. Yesterday, I reported on Tottenham's apparent interest in a
double swoop [.
Fiorentina manager Cesare Prandelli has said that he won't stand in the way of striker Giampaolo
Pazzini moving to West Ham if the opportunity arose. The 24-year old Pazzini has recently been
linked with West Ham, and while Prandelli would like him to stay, he knows there's only so much he
can do about [.
Wigan manager Steve Bruce says that on-loan striker Amr Zaki won't be going anywhere in January,
despite interest from Chelsea and some of Europe's other top clubs. Zaki has been out recently with
a hamstring injury, but his pre-injury form has seen the Egyptian hit-man linked with Chelsea,
Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Manchester City.
Last week it was 2-1 to Hearts, this week it is 7-1 to Rangers. Last week the Rangers fans were in
outrage over the manner in which we lost, the same place we won 4-0 last season. The cries came
from everywhere; "Walter, your time is up!" and "Take McCoist and McDowall with
you!". It [...]
In a exclusive interview with Goal.com, Liverpool defender Daniel Agger's agent Per Steffensen has
denied to make any comment on whether the Danish defender shall move to AC Milan or not. It has
been persistently reported that Agger was on the radar of Italian powerhouse AC Milan but the
Italian side have officially denied the claim [.
In a classic case of unambiguous come-and-get-me-plea, Chelsea defender Alex has declared that he
has no intention of carrying on at the Stamford Bridge under the existing circumstances when he is
not guaranteed a starting berth in the team. Speaking to the British tabloid The Sun, the 26-year
old Brazilian international defender said: "I told Chelsea a [.
Wayne Rooney took out his frustration with male pattern baldness on CL opponents Aalborg,
especially Kasper Risgard, on Wednesday night. Referee Laurent Duhamel of France took no action
because he was apparently unable to determine if a red card would clash with WR's jersey. But is
this news to anyone?
Premier League club Manchester City are hardly out of the transfer news these days and today again
is no different. This time, according to the British tabloid The Daily Mirror, the Eastlands club
are preparing a £50 million record breaking bid for Liverpool hitman Fernando Torres. Man City
have been linked with a number of world [.
All fans of Carlos Tevez and reigning Premier League and European champions Manchester United can
now heave a huge sigh of relief. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that contract talks
with the Argentine international striker are currently in motion. Tevez is actually on loan from
MSI for until the end of the season and [.
If you choose to believe our friends in the tabloid press, Paul Ince will be collecting his P45 at
Ewood Park at some point today. Incey's guided his team into the bottom three and whether or not he
gets the boot before Rovers' next game against Wigan on Saturday, the vultures are definitely
Arsenal skipper and star Cesc Fabregas has reiterated his desire to play in La Liga someday,
leading to more speculation on his future. Fabregas has been quoted by Radio Marca as saying that
he would like to play in his native country sometime in his career. Fabregas currently has still
six years left on his long [.
Whether it's in muddy parks every Sunday afternoon or on the pristine turf of the Premier League
you always get big-game strikers and big-match chokers. The ‘chokers' aren't bad players (as
they normally score a hatful against the lesser sides) but they tend to go missing when things are
tight and when you need them most.
The 08-09 Champions League group stages are over with the usual suspects sneaking through (what
will happen when an English club doesn't make it through to the group stages one year? mass media
suicide, I expect, or rather hope...) from England and Europe. 16 teams, 8 second-round matches,
can't face your group-mate, a team from your [.
The US national program continued to dominate women's international cup championships barring the
last 2 Women's World Cups taking the U-20 World Cup title, 2-1 over Korea DPR last Sunday in
Santiago, Chile. The team was led by Sydney Leroux a cute Canadian possessed of one of the many
FIFA exceptions that allows her to play for more than [.
It's a relatively quiet day in the transfer pages, but we have managed to scoop up more than enough
spec for you to sift through. AC Milan Confirm Interest in Liverpool's Agger Subhankar speculated
yesterday that AC Milan's mystery defender target could be William Gallas, and while he may be a
target for the Rossoneri, [.
Bolton are interested in making a January move for Wolves winger Michael Kightly, according to the
Daily Mirror. The 22-year old Kightly is quite the success story. The former Tottenham trainee
didn't make much of an impact at Southend, but since a move to Conference side Grays in 2005,
it‘s been a meteoric [.
Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has emerged as a potential January target for Everton, according
to the Zenit St. Petersburg star's agent. Andrei Arshavin has been the headline grabber for Zenit,
but Pogrebnyak's worthy of his share of plaudits. The 25-year old was joint top scorer in the
2007/08 UEFA Cup with 10 goals, [.
Managers have such little time in the Premiership these days and it seems crazy that two managers,
new to the top league, are fighting for their jobs by Christmas. Paul Ince and Gianfranco Zola were
given a chance to manage in the Premiership by Blackburn and West Ham, but it seems that less than
halfway through [.
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are planning a January raid of crisis club West Ham, with a
£16m double deal for goalkeeper Robert Green and defender Matthew Upson in the cards. The
Hammers are struggling on the pitch, with only one in their last 10 Premier League games, and
they're also in the [.
Arsene Wenger may know his tactics, and his scouting system is second to none, but there's one
aspect of English football that has bypassed this most studious of managers. Down the years,
successful teams have had a backbone of moany, whiny, niggly midfielders. Small of stature and pale
of skin, they were easily identified by an [.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez seems to have eventually signed a long awaited new contract, if
The Times is to be trusted. It has been reported by the London paper that the Spaniard has
ultimately reached an agreement with his American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett over a new
contract. The deal is said to run [.
Premier League giants Chelsea seem to have made Middlesbrough striker Tuncay Sanli their top target
for January as manager Luiz Felipe Scolari seems to be eager to sign a striker next month.
According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea are ready to spend as much as £8 million to sign the
French striker who arrived at Middlesbrough [.
According to the British tabloid The Sun, Wigan Athletic are eager to sign midfielder Nicky Butt
from Newcastle United in January and are preparing a bid for the former Manchester United player.
Nicky Butt's contract with Newcastle expires in the summer and it is highly unlikely that he shall
stay with the Magpies beyond the summer.
Brazilian legend and three times former FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldo has decided to join
Brazilian club Corinthians on a one-year contract. It has been confirmed that the much
injury-troubled Brazilian striker shall continue his career in Brazil. He has been out of all
footballing action since February 2008 when he once again damaged [.
According to the The Daily Star, newly appointed Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos is looking forward
to ransacking his former side Tottenham Hotspur this January as he is allegedly interested in
signing youngsters David Bentley and Aaron Lennon. Ramos was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur earlier in
the season and was appointed the new coach of Spanish [.
Most of us would swear we were watching 11 Wankas wandering around the park on a Saturday, but for
fans of the world's best known funny named team that definitely is the case. Peru's Deportivo Wanka
have developed a cult following, and some not unwelcome UK merchandise sales, on the basis of their
The summer of 1996. Football had come home, optimism was high. Terry Venables and his squad united
the English public but as per usual it all petered out against the Germans. Gareth Southgate's
missed penalty broke the hearts of a nation, and yet it was all a bit more bearable because Germany
had a player [.
In the spring of 2008, the Georgian National Investment Agency (GNIA) ran a series of short
promotional films across the major international news networks promoting the country as an
attractive destination for foreign capital. The most notable of these featured an American reporter
inside Dinamo Tbilisi's Boris Paichadze Stadium breathlessly drawing our attention to the [.
Today's roundup is brought to you by the funkiest football shoes known to man. Before we start,
some perspective - all football rankings are bunk. Some are just better explained than others, but
in essence it's just bullshit. All that counts is how much fun you can have in taunting your
opponents after beating them senseless [.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed all transfer reports suggesting that they were
contemplating selling striker Robbie Keane to fellow Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in
January. Keane was signed by Liverpool from Tottenham in the summer of 2008 for 20 million pounds
and was expected to be a very crucial player for the Merseyside club.
According to the British tabloid News of the World, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez could be
heading to Italy to take charge of the Italian and European giants Juventus. The Spaniard has
recently snubbed an improved new contract at Liverpool and it is being said that Benitez did so to
make himself available for other major European [.
Premier League club Manchester City have been linked with a number of top draw players since they
were taken over by the filthy rich Abu Dhabi-based ADUG and it appears that they are ready to
intrude into Italy. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the Eastlands club are
contemplating placing a whooping €17 million [.
Italian and European powerhouse AC Milan have admitted that they are looking forward to signing a
defender in January to compensate for the injuries they have sustained in their defensive
department this season. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has been quoted by the Italian sports
daily Gazzetta dello Sport as saying: "It would be difficult to live with [.
Reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid have sacked Bernd Schuster as their coach, according to
latest reports emerging from Spain. It has been reported that after a series of meetings on Tuesday
morning, the Real Madrid hierarchy came to a conclusion to sack the German. This comes after a run
of poor results and the German uttering [.
It's a new week, and there's a wealth of transfer news and rumors to run through as we get a new
week started. Manchester United in Pole Position for Benzema? Will Manchester United be the team to
beat for Karim Benzema's signature? They just might be, but it will hinge on their decision
regarding Carlos [.
Yesterday, I reported that Tottenham could be set to make a January move to bring Robbie Keane back
to White Hart Lane. Today, there are conflicting reports about whether it's Keane that Harry
Redknapp wants to bolster his strike force in January, or if it's another striker with Tottenham
and Liverpool ties.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are the favorites to sign Karim
Benzema. Call it simple process of elimination more than breaking news, but here goes. Real Madrid,
the club that the Lyon star has been a fan of since childhood, would appear to be out of the race
for the [.
Arsenal are still interested in Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Gunners, along with Juventus, were linked with the Spanish midfielder in the summer, when it
looked like he'd be sold to make way for Aston Villa's Gareth Barry. However, Alonso has not only
stayed at Anfield, but he‘s [.
Werder Bremen star midfielder Diego has dismissed reports of him leaving the German Bundesliga club
anytime soon as mere speculation. In an exclusive interview with Goal.com, the Brazilian
international has said that he is very happy playing in the German Bundesliga. The former teammate
of Robinho at Santos insists that he is very delighted to play [.
The much respected Sam Allardyce has acknowledged that he would be eager to become the new manager
of the Premier League club Sunderland. Big Sam has been quoted as saying that he would love to
coach Sundaerland as they are a big club. He said: "Sunderland are a great club so of course
I'd be interested in [.
Team lost a couple of games in a row? Sack the manager. Team five places in the league below where
you'd like them to be? Sack the manager. Couple of expensive signings have a bit of a whinge? Sack
the manager. I'm not saying that it's always wrong to change the man at the top, [...]
Arsenal appear to be getting their Premier League season back on track, but not in the world of the
Right Result. For the second week in a row, the Gunners have had a win turned into a draw due to RR
decisions. This week, Wigan Athletic should have taken a point from their trip to the Emirates
On Friday, we reported Cristiano Ronaldo's frank confession of how he came close to signing for
Arsenal instead of their Premier League rivals Manchester United in 2003. We now have Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger's side of the story. The French professor too has let the cat slip out of the
bag and told The Guardian: "I had [.
Premier League club Newcastle United might still be struggling both on the pitch and off it but it
appears that club manager Joe Kinnear has already made it certain who he is going to sign in
January. Kinnear has declared in The People that he shall sign two non-Premier League defenders as
he feels, and feels [.
If AS are to be trusted, and on most occasions they are not, then Spanish champions and European
powerhouse Real Madrid have made a 'shortlist' of 15 wingers out of whom they would like to sign
(at least) one during January. The Spanish tabloid has reported that Real's Pedja Mijatovic and
Miguel Ángel Portugal held a [.
The scoreline popped up upon the Sky Sports goal ticker, much like any other goal that day. Except
"Bournemouth 1 Chester 0 D Anderton 88″ wasn't just any goal. It was a fairytale ending
to an illustrious career in English football. Darren Anderton's last goal in his last ever game in
football was a classic goal, [.
The 24th of July, 2007. A day that will go down in folklore for Brighton fans, as it marks the day
that planning permission for their new home in Falmer, East Sussex was finally granted, after over
ten years of temporary homes. Finally, Brighton have the luxury of home comforts, the luxury of a
stadium to [.
Middlesbrough midfielder Stewart Downing has dismissed all rumours linking him with a January move
from the Riverside, insisting that he wants to play for Boro. The 24-year old has been linked with
a January move to either Tottenham Hotpur or Aston Villa as he is still said to be looking to sign
for a bigger club.
Fifty of the most notable football quotes from the year 2008 - also see last year's quotes. 1.
"My reputation will always precede me until the day I die. For some people that probably can't
come quickly enough." Joey Barton of Newcastle United. "Tell the truth, and shame the
devil," Mr. Barton. 2. "He not only let the [.
Anderson Wants to Move to Inter Milan Manchester United midfielder Anderson has revealed that he
dreams of moving to Inter Milan and playing for Jose Mourinho. Analysis: First it was Real Madrid,
and now it looks like Inter Milan is developing into Sir Alex Ferguson's nemesis. Anderson hasn't
gotten the kind of playing [.
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are set to sign Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing in a
£12m deal. Downing has been linked with an exit at Boro time and time again over the last few
years, with Tottenham mentioned as a prime destination much of the time. Aston Villa have also been
linked recently [.
According to the News of the World, Manchester City could be on their way to wrapping up a
world-record £52m deal for Valencia striker David Villa. The report says that Villa's agent is
set to fly into Manchester on Tuesday to discuss a deal, and that if all goes well, a deal could be
Could Robbie Keane be on his way back to Tottenham only months after leaving the club for greener
pastures? According to the ever-reliable News of the World, Harry Redknapp could be set to make a
bid for the Irishman, who has been a big disappointment since his dream move to Anfield. Keane has
Serbian Zoran Tošić is set to leave FK Partizan in January and join global giant
Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson personally advocated for the approval of the
21-year-old winger's work permit. "I was told that about 10 days ago that Manchester had
sent a request for my work permit which is now granted," Tošić noted to [.
We're at the end of another week, which means we're all the more closer to the end of the year and
the start of a new year and the winter transfer window. What players are in the news today? I've
got a sextet of rumors for you to feast on, so let's get started, [...]
Cardiff sent one of their brightest talents to London in the summer when the Bluebirds sold Aaron
Ramsey to Arsenal, and another of their top players could be on his way to London in January, as
Fulham could make a January move for midfielder/left winger Joe Ledley. The 21-year old has been a
Jose Mourinho won't be able to do any poaching of at least one of his former Chelsea players, as
Luiz Felipe Scolari says that Inter or anyone else won't get their hands on Michael Essien.
Essien's Ghanaian compatriot Sulley Muntari left Portsmouth for Inter in the summer, and he wants
Essien to join him in Milan, [.
Italian powerhouse Juventus have once again insisted that their star goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is
not up for sale. This comes as rumours of Premier League club Manchester City gunning to sign the
Italian international custodian pick up pace. Sporting director Alessio Secco has told Turin-based
sports paper Tuttosport that Buffon is not going to Juventus.
An exclusive Goal.com report states that Russian hotshot Andrei Arshavin is set to sign for a top
club in either the Premier League, La Liga or the Italian Serie A in January. Andrei Arshavin's
representative Dennis Lachter has been quoted as saying that his client would like to play in
either England, Spain or Italy.
Wigan may not sell Emile Heskey in January, and if they do, it'll have to be an ‘outrageous'
offer, according to Wigan manager Steve Bruce. Heskey has been linked with the likes of Liverpool,
Aston Villa, and Manchester City recently, and Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has said that he'd rather
sell him in January [.
Manchester United star midfielder and newly crowned European Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo
has admitted that he was on the brink of signing for Premier League club Arsenal in 2003. The
23-year old Portuguese international winger has confirmed that in 2003, when he signed for
Arsenal's Premier League rivals, Man United, he was actually contemplating [.
What would fans prefer to see and pay to watch: entertaining, attacking football which might result
in their team losing the odd game, or a defensive, effective game that brings trophies and titles?
Chelsea seem to be struggling with this dilemma this season. Jose Mourinho was delivering titles
and trophies to Stamford Bridge but Roman Abramovich [.
Bayern Munich take on TSG Hoffenheim in the most anticipated game in the Bundesliga this season.
Soccerlens takes a closer look at who will come out on top. The German tabloids must be thanking
Dietmar Hopp and the Lord (in that order, precisely) for handing them at least one week's headlines
on a golden plate.
Sir Alex Ferguson today spoke of his pride in Cristiano Ronaldo for winning Ballon d'Or, which
crowns him as the best player in Europe. Of course, it could have been a very different story had
Ronaldo pushed for a move to Real Madrid in the summer, where he would have likely still won the
Obviously, the big rumor out there is that Kaka has already agreed to terms with Manchester City,
with a transfer fee in the neighborhood of £70 million. However, most of the mainstream media
has yet to report on this story. As such, we'll store that one away in the file until it becomes
According to a report published by the British tabloid The Sun, Arsenal central defender William
Gallas is unhappy at being 'ostracized' by the club and wants to move out of the Emirates. Gallas
was recently stripped of the Arsenal captaincy after he made controversial comments about his
teammates at the Emirates.
Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur are struggling this season but this has not deterred them
from making moves in the transfer market. According to a report in the British tabloid The Daily
Mirror, Spurs are looking forward to signing Glen Johnson and Stephen Appiah in January. Johnson
plays for Portsmouth and has been in a great [.
It's often done, easy in fact. You are watching a game and the opposition's fancy-dan number 10
hits the deck after a hard (but fair) challenge from your team's midfield enforcer. The scream goes
up, their bench goes up, and their players surround the ref. It winds you up, "He hardly
touched him ref", you [.
Believe it or not, today's roundup is without a Manchester City-related tidbit. That must mean it's
a quiet day, right? I don't have any monster rumors to report on, but there are several interesting
morsels to chew on. Chelsea Loan Deal for Brazilian Striker? Chelsea could be looking to swing a
bargain deal in [.
Chelsea being frugal? That might come as a surprise to many, but that could be the case in January.
According to The Independent, the Blues may be looking to swing a loan deal for CSKA Moscow striker
Vagner Love. Love has been linked with moves to the Premier League recently, with Tottenham and [.
According to reports, Blackburn could help shore up their back line in January by making a move for
former Liverpool and Fulham right back Steve Finnan. Defense is one of several areas that Blackburn
must address in January, as they've allowed a league-worst 28 goals in 16 league matches. Rovers
have already been [.
According to The Sun, Everton could offer Portsmouth striker David Nugent a career lifeline by
making a move for Nugent in January. Nugent was primed for big things when he moved from Preston to
Portsmouth in the summer of 2007, but he only made eight starts (with three goals) last season and
has made [.
Roy Keane has resigned as the manager of the Premier League club Sunderland. It has been confirmed
that the former Manchester United captain has resigned from his managerial position at the club.
Sunderland's form this season so far has been woeful as they have now dropped down to 18th in the
table, thanks to six defeats [.
Today's transfer wrap-ups includes the intrusion of a Nike factor in Cristiano Ronaldo's
'prospective' move to Inter Milan, Cesc Fabregas meantioning AC Milan as possessing a "winning
mentality" and FC Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez rejecting an offer from AC Milan. But first
the news of a Premier League managerial casualty.
Latest reports suggest that Premier League duo Manchester City and Chelsea are set to battle
head-to-head for the prized signature of the Valencia hotshot David Villa. Valencia are reportedly
immersed in millions of debt and shall need to sell a number of stars in January and then in the
summer to gather the required amount.
In what could be an instance of sponsorship issues dictating football, it has reported that
sportswear giants Nike could persuade the Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo to join Italian
champions Inter Milan. A report on Goal.com suggests that Nike, that sponsors both Inter and
Ronaldo, could be a very crucial factor in Ronaldo moving to the [.
Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has once again unwittingly flared up rumours on his future at the
Emirates by saying that he would like to play for the Italian powerhouse AC Milan. A report on
Goal.com quotes the Spanish international midfielder as saying that he would like to play for Milan
if he decides to leave Arsenal [.
Welcome to the Cristiano Ronaldo-free Transfer Rumor update for December 4, 2008. Today's rumors
include two big-time homecomings, a possible fire-sale at a big-name club, and a couple of
in-demand players who are going nowhere... for now. Valencia Fire Sale? According to reports,
Valencia are on the verge of bankruptcy and must pay 50 million [.
Ah, so it has come to this. A list of the most ridiculous, hilarious, and downright odd football
injuries ever known to man. From salad cream to wedding rings, dog piss to power drills, get ready.
It might get a little freaky. 1. Dave Beasant & Santiago Canizares Ok so I am starting out by
cheating. Not [.
FC Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez has revealed that way back in 1999 when he was still a young and
promising footballer he was offered a massive deal by Italian powerhouse AC Milan. A Goal.com
report quotes the Barcelona symbol as saying that 11 years back Milan came calling for him. At the
time Xavi rejected the [.
It would be going a bit far to say that Manchester City are interested in every well-known player
in Europe, but it certainly does feel like it these days, doesn't it? Subhankar and Victor both
mentioned City in their transfer coverage today, and my roundup is dominated by City. And if you're
getting tired [.
A few weeks ago, I reported on a tidbit from The Guardian about Roque Santa Cruz being unhappy
about Blackburn's struggles and wanting to move to Manchester City to reunite with Mark Hughes. Now
it appears that Santa Cruz is going to do what he must to get what he wants, as the Paraguayan
According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City and Chelsea are set to battle it out for Valencia
star David Villa in January. Villa was one of the summer's hottest names, and a four-goal haul at
Euro 2008 only served to fuel the speculation about him leaving the Mestalla. It looked like
Valencia would [.
Today was quite a busy day for the transfer rumour mill. While Real Madrid's first winter signing
was confirmed, the Cristiano Ronaldo circus seems to be bracing itself for another ride. Real
Madrid Confirm Huntelaar Signing Spanish champions Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Dutch
international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Ajax for a reported fee of €20 [.
Today's Transfer Rumor Roundup focuses on two Premiership clubs that promise to spend big, as well
as a third that could join them. We'll also take a look at one player who went from franchise
cornerstone to someone who could leave in January, as well as Tottenham's continued quest for a new
Italian champions Inter Milan have rather surprisingly thrown their name into the bidding hat for
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo. According to a report by Goal.com, Ronaldo's agent Jorge
Mendes has have had talks with Inter Milan representatives and has allegedly informed them that the
Portuguese international winger is available at the end of the season.
Premier League club Manchester City are reportedly interested in swooping in on Spain in January to
recruit a couple of top quality players. A report on Goal.com suggests that the cash-packed
Eastlands side are willing to splash any amount of cash to sign some top quality La Liga stars.
Among the Spain-based players whom Man City [.
Italian and European powerhouse AC Milan are preparing to launch a bid for the Liverpool midfielder
Daniel Agger in January, according to a report on Goal.com. It has been reported in the Italian
media that Milan are bracing themselves for a number of top draw signings when the transfer window
reopens in January and on the [.
Premier League club Manchester City seem to have been snubbed by the Real Madrid and Spain
custodian Iker Casillas, not once but twice in the last three months. It has been reported by
Goal.com that the Spain international goalkeeper and Euro 2008 winner rejected a huge proposal from
Manchester City in the summer and also rejected [.
Reigning Spanish champions and European powerhouse Real Madrid have eventually signed Dutch
international striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Ajax for a reported fee of €20 million,
according to Goal.com. The Madrid giants have been seeking a top class striker after Ruud van
Nistelrooy was ruled out for the rest of the season.
It's been a pivotal 2 weeks in the PL. Three weeks ago I suggested that if United failed to win at
Villa their chances of retaining the title could be on the ropes. This was based on the premise
that both Chelsea and Liverpool would record maximum points in relatively easy home games. A 5
Homosexuality is a touchy subject; gay footballers even more so (and you know how we love talking
about touchy subjects). When you consider that footballers are invariably looked upon as role
models for children (for better or worse), many otherwise liberal and politically-correct parents
would throw a fit if they found out their precious offspring [.
It's still early in the week, but there's been plenty to talk about already when it comes to
transfer news and rumors. Here's a rundown of a trio of Premier League-related rumors, and if you
want to get caught up on some of the other top rumors of the day, check out Subhankar's and [...]
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Who do you rate as the best football player in 2008? Ronaldo may be sweeping the awards but there
are several other solid contenders for the player of the year title (including some, like Casillas
and Aboutrika, who didn't make the list here). There's Messi, who has a better goals + assists to
games ratio [.
Chelsea's hopes of landing Napoli striker Ezequiel Lavezzi sometime in the near future don't look
too promising, as the Argentine hit-man has explicitly said he isn't interested in a move to
England. Napoli are currently 4th in Serie A, and the 23-year old has been a big reason why, with
four goals and four [.
The Yaya Toure to Arsenal rumors have heated up once again, as The Sun is linking the Gunners with
a bid for the Barcelona midfielder and brother of Arsenal defender Kolo. Arsenal were heavily
linked with the younger Toure in the summer, but nothing materialized. Now, the speculation is that
the club is [.
Which football team (club or international) delivered the most outstanding performances in the year
of 2008? Was it Juventus, who stormed to 3rd place in the Serie A after spending an year in Serie
B? Was it the Brazilian Women's Team, who were arguably the best Womens' football team in 2008? Or
Spain, winners of Euro 2008?
The January winter transfer is still a month away but it appears that reigning Spanish champions
and European giants Real Madrid have already made their first winter signing. And Premier League
clubs Liverpool and Arsenal are looking to add their squad and have been seeking reinforcements.
Real Madrid On The Verge Of Signing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Real Madrid [.
According to the Daily Mail, Everton could make a move for Henrik Larsson as they look to bolster
their depleted strike force. With primary goal-getter Yakubu out for the remainder of the season
with a ruptured Achilles, David Moyes has to sign a new striker in January, and preferably spend as
little money as [.
One Summer night in Miami I got traumatized. I'm pretty much open to all things, I like to think,
unless you mess with my religion. I got my head turned forever, though. You don't know who you are
until you're tested. My wife and I were on vacation in Miami. My daughter and her boyfriend [...]
Reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid are on the brink of making their first winter signing this
season as they have seemingly sealed a deal with Dutch powerhouse Ajax to recruit the highly rated
striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. It has been widely reported by the Spanish press that the former 9
times European champions, who are enduring some [.
A week in football, the saying goes, is a long time. On the pitch that may be true but off the
pitch the problems facing troubled clubs aren't much different from the problems of last week, last
month, or even last year. Last week this column highlighted the plight of Weymouth, Salisbury and
Lewes, and their [.
Note: for privacy reasons I won't my high school's name or any players on my team, but we finished
the season ranked in the Top 15 in the country, according to ESPNrise.com In light of recent posts
I've read on here discussing player development at elite youth academics in American soccer, I
thought I'd offer my [.
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has emphasized that their star striker Didier Drogba is not
leaving Stamford Bridge, at least not in January. Speaking to BBC Sport, the former Manchester
United CEO said that the Ivory Coast international striker is not going anywhere. Drogba reportedly
met officials from Italian champions Inter Milan whose manager Jose Mourinho, [.
There are some interesting rumors floating out there today. Is Lukas Podolski staying or going? Are
Everton looking for a new striker? Are Tottenham looking to replace Gomes as their goalkeeper? What
big name could be heading to the U.S.? And are Manchester City preparing to shatter the transfer
Prior to Saturday's 2-1 defeat against title rivals Arsenal, ‘Big' Phil Scolari had avoided
controversy during the opening six months of his reign as Chelsea manager. Scolari let his Chelsea
team do their talking on the pitch, and with some fabulous football along with some good results,
the Brazilian had adapted to life in England [.
According to latest reports, Premier League club Liverpool are eying Argentine international
defender Gabriel Heinze. Heinze is currently at Spanish champions Real Madrid and although he is
playing more or less regularly, he is not at all rated by the Bernabeu faithful. The versatile
Argentine international defender was signed by Real Madrid in the summer of [.
Premier League club Arsenal would have to confront stiff competition in their bid to sign the
highly rated Fiorentina midfielder Felipe Melo. The Gunners' interest in the skillful Brazilian
medio has earned interest from Arsenal, who are seemingly on the verge of making a bid for the
25-year old. The creative midfielder had earlier played for [.
Juventus youngster Sebastian Giovinco shall not be making the switch over to the Premier League
club West Ham United. The 21-year highly rated Italian striker has been linked with a move out of
Turin since the start of this season as in spite of being hugely talented he has found himself
warming the bench for Juventus.
Today's transfer round-up throws up some pretty spicy news indeed. A couple of them are sort of
drag-ons, follow-ups rather, but there has been a rather interesting development, or shall we say,
a retrogressive development, as far as Liverpool are concerned..... Real Madrid Still Hunting
Carlos Tevez Spanish and European powerhoue Real Madrid are in desperate need [.
West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola has admitted that he would be interested in signing the
highly rated Juventus striker Sebastian Giovinco. The 21-year old is said to be one of the most
promising young players in Europe and is currently at Juventus. But he has been relegated to the
bench by Claudio Ranieri so far [.
Reigning Spanish champions and European powerhouse Real Madrid are seemingly inching closer to
signing Argentine international Carlos Tevez from defending Premier League and European champions
Manchester United, according to latest reports. The Madrid giants have declared that they shall
make a few signings in January in the wake of their star striker Ruud van Nistelrooy being [.
So in the words of Phil Scolari referee Mike Dean "killed" his team during the defeat to
Arsenal. While up at the City of Manchester Stadium, Sir Alex Ferguson would not be drawn on the
performance of Howard Webb. Once again it is the match officials who are dominating the back pages,
with managers up and [.
Premier League club Wigan Athletic have declared that they are ready to offload star striker Emile
Heskey when the transfer window opens in January, leading to more speculation on the England
international's future. Heskey's current contract with the Lactics expires at the end of the season
and at the moment no new contract talks have taken [.
Premier League and UEFA Champions League contenders Liverpool have been snubbed by their summer
pursuit Gareth Barry as the Aston Villa midfielder himself has admitted that he is sticking onto
Villa Park for the moment. Liverpool were involved in a much publicized and protracted summer
transfer saga in regards to Barry.
According to latest reports emanating from the British press, Bayern Munich's fallen angel Lukas
Podolski could be drafted in at cash-packed Manchester City as early as January. The Polish-born
German international striker is said to have fallen out with his club big time and is more than
just willing to let himself off the Bayern hook [.
Tottenham are linked with more reinforcements (no central midfielders though), Podolski is linked
with a move to England, the Owen to Liverpool and Arshavin to England rumours will never die, and
will Beckham find a permanent home in Milan? Spurs Plan Spending Spree Christmas has come early for
Harry Redknapp, who is interested in putting in bids [.
The 08/09 FA Cup 3rd Round Draw was made yesterday with a number of juicy ties popping up such as
Hull City v Newcastle, Southampton v Manchester United, Leicester v Crystal Palace and of course,
the tie everyone's talking about, Histon v Swansea. FA Cup third round draw: Portsmouth v Bristol
City Sheffield Wed v Fulham Preston v Liverpool Birmingham [.
And the winners are... The Soccerlens Awards recognize excellence in football blogging. After the
great success of the 2007 edition, SL readers and editors gathered again to choose among 20
different awards categories and crown the best out of over a hundred quality football sites. Yes
people, YOU voted (over 16,000 times) for your favorite blogs.
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2008 Ballon D'Or award by an overwhelming margin. Ronaldo comfortably
beat his main rivals Messi and is now the fourth Manchester United player (after Law, Charlton and
Best) and the first England-based player since Michael Owen to win the France Football award. The
Ballon D'Or will go nicely with his UEFA [.