There has been plenty of speculation over Richard Dunne's future at Manchester City with the latest
reports suggesting that the Manchester City captain had turned down the offer of a long-term
contract, casting serious doubts over him playing for Manchester City next season. With Tottenham,
Portsmouth, West Ham and Newcastle United interested, Dunne may be [.
My, how the week flies! Just the other day it was Monday, and now it's Friday. Party time for me,
and probably for you, but before there's any craziness, there's a transfer roundup to run through.
Spanish sports newspaper Marca, ever the beacon of bullshit, is doing their part to stir the
Cristiano Ronaldo [.
Looking at the world of football through the eyes of the press can give you a perverted and totally
false view of what's actually happening and on a broader scale what the world actually thinks. So
we turned to the world of football shirts - specifically, online retailers, and more specifically,
a single online [.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO v ENGLAND Venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain Date: Sunday, 1 June
Kick-off: 2230 BST England have retained Rio Ferdinand as captain for the Trinidad trip and rested
the remaining 7 English players involved in last week's Champions League final. Chelsea's John
Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole, plus Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, [.
This week, the 58th FIFA Congress is taking place in Sydney, presided over by Mr. FIFA President
Sepp Blatter. As part of the agenda, the delegates have approved the 6+5 rule, which would allow
any team to field only five foreign players on the pitch at one time. This rule is to be
implemented by [..
Matt Busby has Manchester United's attacking trio of Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law back
in his sights. A statue of the 1968 European Cup winning manager looms large outside Old Trafford
and another statue of the three players - the "United Trinity" - was unveiled Thursday
facing the stadium.
England's absence from Euro 08 pretty much means that the 170 or so players available for selection
to Fabio Capello will put their legs up this summer and relax. But what about the fans? There's the
Euro 2008 to look forward to - even if you're an England fan, the excruciating lack of football in
Thursday's transfer roundup has more questions than answers, it seems. Maybe Friday will bring
answers to the questions, or maybe they'll just breed more questions. Whatever the case may be,
it's on to today's news and spec. So, does Alexander Hleb want to stay at Arsenal, or does he want
One word can describe the United States Men's National Team's effort tonight against England:
disappointing. The hype that this match has been getting was grossly undermined by a lackluster
performance on the pitch by the players in anthracite (that's the official name of the color) kits.
Earlier this week, Bob Bradley stated that this match was [.
For England, having failed to qualify for Euro 2008, this game was always likely to be a fairly
meaningless affair. For the first half hour of the game it is difficult to remember a single
incident of any real note. David Beckham delivered a pin point pass from a free kick to Steve
Gerrard who duly [.
Robin van Persie has warned Arsenal that they risk losing their top players if they are not offered
more money. Arsenal currently pay less than other clubs of similar magnitude and the Dutch striker
believes that this could break up the talented team, or at least that is what The Daily Mail says.
Matthieu Flamini has [.
Sepp Blatter yesterday made it clear that he wants to impose the "six plus five" rule in
football by 2012. The rule states that teams have to have at least six home-grown players and at
most five foreigners in their starting line-up in every game. However the move has now encountered
public opposition from the [.
Wayne Rooney will go under the knife after the game against the United States, The Daily Telegraph
says. The England striker has been suffering with hernia since getting hit in the hip a month ago
while playing against Blackburn. The Manchester United medical staff found a way to delay the
surgery but after England's friendly, [.
Giovani dos Santos is regarded as one of the hottest young talents in football and he looks set to
leave Nou Camp this summer in the major clear out which will prepare Barcelona for next season.
Tottenham has become the favourites to land the Mexican after Manchester City and Chelsea were
touted as potential suitors.
There are some people in this world who just love pushing others' buttons, no matter what the
consequences might be. I'm talking to you, Bernd Schuster and Roman Calderon. Manchester United are
getting really, really, really fed up with Real Madrid's public pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo, as
United are threatening to report [.
So, the world's most famous footballer scored from 60-odd yards out, in extra time, albeit with an
open net as the opposing keeper had gone up for a corner. As a Beckham fan, I'm really happy to see
him scoring goals and getting games under his belt - imagine if he'd been injury free last [...]
Gerard Pique has officially completed his return to Barcelona. The young defender begun his career
with the Catalan club before being poached by Manchester United. Now, with very limited first team
opportunities at Old Trafford, Pique decided it is time to return to the club of his youth.
Barcelona already have a defensive partnership of Milito [.
A study conducted by BBC revealed that only 170 English players started Premier League matches this
past season. It was a six year low in terms of English Premier League starters which will
disappoint the Premier League given that last year's number was a five year high. Given this piece
of news, the FA will welcome [.
Rio Ferdinand might have been backed by Owen Hargreaves to lead England in the long run. But, as
Fabio Capello wants to try out various options for the England captaincy, John Terry will have the
honour of leading England tomorrow against the US, BBC reports. Apparently Terry, who was
distraught after his penalty miss against Manchester [.
Image courtesy of ON International. Yesterday morning (27 May) in Milan, Clarence Seedorf of AC
Milan held a press conference to announce a humanitarian initiative with far-reaching objectives
for the African continent. Mr. Seedorf is the first global ambassador for Goal4Africa, an
organization that we profiled last week at Soccerlens.
England fans have not had much to smile about in recent times. The Three Lions have been playing
below their capabilities for the past 18 years or so. Their one flourish? At Euro 2004, a certain
boy named Wayne Rooney mesmerized every England fan with two absolute brilliant performances. It
was generally thought that the brilliance, [.
According to BBC, Sepp Blatter has declared that he wants to impose the "six plus five"
rule on football clubs around the world. He believes that this would be a great way to balance the
game which has now clearly been monopolized by the richest clubs. And I believe that this is the
only thing [...]
Today's transfer roundup has plenty of tasty bits, much like a certain set of articles that will
appear on Soccerlens in the coming days. But you'll have to wait and see what I'm referring to,
much like several of these clubs below will have to wait and see if they'll get the targets [...]
The fifth tier of English football may be renowned as a league where hoofball is the order of the
day, but despite this there's plenty of attractive football on offer and many players who could
happily make the step up to league football. Indeed, the likes of Geoff Horsfield (Halifax), Jimmy
Bullard (Gravesend and Northfleet) [.
Adriano Galliani has revealed today that AC Milan will make a move for former striker Andriy
Shevchenko should Chelsea make the Ukrainian available, says Goal.com. Shevchenko was at AC Milan
during the peak of his career between 1999 and 2006. Then he moved to Chelsea for a reported
transfer fee of £30 million, but he [.
Reports in Italy say that Jose Mourinho has given the Inter board a deadline should they wish to
hire him. That deadline was rumoured to be midnight tonight, but as the clock is ticking in Italy,
nothing has been announced so far. Still, Portuguese newspaper A Bola has announced that a deal has
in fact been [.
Earlier today, FIFA has announced that it will suspend Iraq's national team from international
competition for a year if it does not revert its decision to disband their football association. It
was though Iraq had passed a government decree on May 20 to disband all sports federations within
Fabio Capello is still uncertain who will be his England captain, but Manchester United midfielder
Owen Hargreaves has put in a good word for his teammate Rio Ferdinand, Sky Sports reports. The
central defender had captained England on the team's last outing - a 1-0 loss to France - as
Capello is testing different players in [.
Didier Deschamps, former AS Monaco and Juventus manager, has declared his interest in taking over
at Chelsea. The former French captain's managerial career is best known for taking AS Monaco to the
Champions League final where he lost to Jose Mourinho's Porto. That game turned out to be
Mourinho's last game before he joined Chelsea.
For Doncaster and Leeds United supporters, Sunday was an eventful day. For everybody else it was a
complete bore from a football perspective. It was so bad that English tabloids, otherwise known for
their integrity and professionalism, had to resort to outrageous transfer speculation to fill their
It is a Public Holiday in England today. You can tell just by looking out of the window and seeing
how heavily it is raining! The English football season is very nearly over and for us in the UK we
have a pressure free Euro 2008 to look forward to without any of our teams [...]
A manager's success is directly tied to the players he recruits, so naturally, the manager needs to
make his money count. Clubs always have reservations about making money available to their manager,
especially when players like David Nugent are bought for £6 million, but these ten buys were
A feeling of deja vu is coming over me, as I start today's transfer roundup with a player whose
name popped up often in my roundups during the winter window. According to the brother/agent of
Lyon striker Fred, the Brazilian hit-man will sign for Tottenham this week if the offer is right.
Rumor Rating: [.
Who do you think will win Euro 2008? Let us know in the comments below. I've listed the groups and
the schedules beyond the group stage to make it easier for anyone to make their stage-by-stage
predictions. Here we go: Group A Switzerland Czech Republic Portugal Turkey Group B Austria Croatia
Germany Poland Group C Netherlands Italy Romania France Group D Greece Sweden Spain Russia
Predictions Group A Winners: Group A Runners Up: Group B Winners: Group B Runners [.
Group D at Euro 2008 sees Greece, the shock winners of four years ago, pitched in alongside
perennial under-achievers Spain, middle of the road Sweden and a Russian side which took full
advantage of England's dismal qualification campaign to progress to Austria and Switzerland.
Starting with the reigning champions first and Greece will look to at [.
The English press always finds ways to entertain their readers: some of their pieces are quite
interesting while some are ridiculously funny. Sometimes an article can be both at the same time,
but that depends on the audience. Then, there is the odd article that can be read in its entirety.
So, on this fine Sunday [.
Euro 2008 kicks off in 2 weeks with Switzerland taking on the Czech Republic at St Jakob Park on
Saturday 7 June 2008. It promises to be a cracking event, not only for the football on display but
for the picturesque backdrop it will be played in. Let's take a look at the 8 stadiums [...]
Editor's Note: Avram Grant was fired by Chelsea today as a torturous period for the manager came to
an end. He's put on a brave face, carried himself with grace and dignity and performed better than
anyone expected him to. He's managed to hold Chelsea together - no matter how good the players and
'I had a dream', said Monsieur Wenger. 'I had a dream in which I saw Arsenal beat Manchester United
at Old Trafford, where Adebayor's handball stood but Ronaldo's penalty was not a penalty, and
Hargreaves didn't take any free kicks. I had a dream in which we won that game and won the Premier
When would be the ideal time for Manchester United to sell Cristiano Ronaldo? Right before Euro 08?
After it? Next year? In 5 years? One feels that if Ferguson met Calderon and Schuster in a jungle
he'd club them to death. He's not the only one thinking that - hordes of Manchester United fans
As is the case with the weekend roundups, since it's the weekend, I'll try to keep it short and
sweet. Still, there are some good tidbits, so take your time. According to Alexander Hleb's agent,
the want-away midfielder is all set to leave Arsenal for another club, and that everything should
be sorted out [.
Images courtesy of Goal4Africa. Goal4Africa is a humanitarian initiative to mark two seminal
events: The 90th birthday of the Honorable Nelson Mandela, along with the upcoming World Cup 2010
in South Africa. "The concept originated as a simple idea – and a powerful ideal. It was
inspired by two major upcoming events: Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, on 18 [.
England v USA, 28 May 2008, Friendly, Wembley. The USA is the habitual underdog in football, and
England is the habitual underachiever. Those two virtues make the upcoming friendly exceedingly
interesting. The history between these two nations goes as far back as 1607, when the Puritans
landed at Plymouth Rock.
Season 2007/2008 was not a vintage season for La Liga. In the end Real Madrid gained a record
breaking 85 points, but most Madridistas would agree that their team was far from perfect. They
were helped by the demise of their rivals Barcelona whose fantasticos followed the miserable path
that Madrid's Galacticos had taken a [.
Well, it's Friday again, so whatever you do this weekend, be careful, and don't do anything that I
wouldn't do. But, before you go bungee jump, skydive, or take your chances with that sexy lady in
the bar, don't forget about today's transfer roundup. It seems to be a given that Didier [...]
For the first time in as long as I can remember, a football match of such importance not only lived
up to but far surpassed any hype which preceded it. The build up for yesterday's Champions League
climax was palpable. That it was an all English final gave the British media something to chew on
Manchester United are the best team in England and in Europe at the moment - with their chance to
make it 3 out of 3 in Tokyo at the end of the year. For the players, winning the Champions League
title at this stage of their careers - many of them are still young and [...]
As always in a big tournament draw there is always several highly-fancied teams thrown together
which ultimately leads to a big-name first round casualty in what is commonly referred to as a
‘Group of Death'. Euro 2008 is no different as current world champions Italy, runners up
France, the impressive-looking Holland and a Romania side, who [.
It was in the early hours of Thursday morning when the match went into penalties and being a united
fan im thinking... not again.... Fergie has never won a truly significant shoot-out. I was truly in
wonder of the faith /stupidity that SAF had in Anderson to bring a 19 year old to take potentially
Before I begin today's transfer roundup - I hear there was some sort of game going on Wednesday.
How'd that go, I wonder... I do feel for John Terry - I'm as happy as can be, but if there'a an
opposing player that I respect, it's Terry, who takes a licking and keeps on [...]
Newcastle are considering just what to do next with 25-year-old England international capped
midfielder Joey Barton after his latest off-the-field antics cost him his liberty on Tuesday with a
six-month spell behind bars for assault and affray. Barton's jailing came as a result of an
incident in Liverpool on December 27, 2007 when he punched [.
Andy Greeves on why Avram has struggled to live in the shadow of the Special One. One of the most
abiding images of the season so far was Avram Grant's reaction to Chelsea's Champions League
semi-final victory over Liverpool. The Israeli crumbled to his knees as the final whistle sounded
in west London, overcome by a [.
This Ronaldinho saga reminds me of the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy was swept away in a fierce wind.
Similarly, Ronaldhino looks to be on his way in a whirlwind of transfers out of Barcelona. Once the
world's best player, he must now re-invent himself at a new club. Joan Laporta, the president of
It's hard not to feel for Newcastle United and the Geordie supporters who made the effort to accept
Joey Barton as a Newcastle player despite his history of violent behavior. On the other hand, it
would be foolish and naive to sympathise with Barton, regardless of the pressures of living a
footballer's life or [.
There's plenty of news to report today, and we'll start with a couple of signings by some of
Europe's top clubs. Real Madrid have completed a deal to sign Racing Santander defender Ezequiel
Garay for 11 million euros. Rumor Rating: 5 - Garay has shown a great deal of talent - and [...]
Ok, I give up. I've written and rewritten the first few paragraphs of this piece more times that
I'd care to count and have utterly failed to keep any balance of neutrality regarding the
Conference playoff final at the weekend. The situation also isn't helped by the fact the game is
largely a blur to [.
Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich is a man who polarises opinions. Most accept that a)
he's a smart businessman and b) he loves football and Chelsea, but beyond that there are two camps
- those who believe that Roman will 'grow tired' of Chelsea and those who believe that Roman is
truly dedicated to [.
Nike recently released a web-exclusive video of Wayne Rooney called "What Wayne Knows"
– where he talks about how he plays, taking you through the technicalities of his game and
approach to play. It's part of a series of videos giving an insight into leading players - this one
comes early thanks to the [.
Euro 2008 betting punters looking to pull out a few shocks should probably steer clear of Group B
as co-hosts Austria and Poland, both looking to make a mark in their first-ever appearance in the
tournament, will have their work cut out to prevent the favourites Germany and impressive Croatia
from marching into the last-eight.
Racing Santander grabbed the last available Uefa Cup place thanks to an 86th minute winner against
Osasuna, while at the other end of the table it is Zaragoza who join Levante and Murcia in the
second division. It doesn't seem so long ago that Nayim was scoring against Arsenal's David Seaman
to win them the [.
It's a new week, and there's plenty of transfer news from the weekend to go over in the Monday
roundup. Cardiff may have lost their chance at a place in Europe, but they could be on the verge of
a nice little cash injection from Manchester United, if they choose to accept United's [...]
This weeks postbag sees a letter from one of the most influential players in English football.
Soccerlens is very proud to be chosen as a sounding board by this particular individual. Dear
Soccerlens, I am a twenty-seven year old footballer who has achieved nearly everything it is
possible to achieve in the game.
Sandwiched between the FA Cup and the Champions League this Sunday comes a game that will be just
as close, hard-fought and unpredictable when two ex-league clubs fight to regain what they consider
to be their rightful league places in the Blue Square Premier playoff final. Six years ago
Cambridge United v Exeter City would have [.
Today's transfer roundup is relatively short, what with it being the weekend and all, but there's
some pretty good spec to serve up. AC Milan have reportedly thrown their name into the Samuel Eto'o
race, as they've made a bid of 20 million euros for the striker, who's also on Inter, Tottenham's,
Manchester United v Chelsea UEFA Champions League Final 21 May 2008 - Luzhniki Stadium - Moscow
Time: 20:45 (CET), 19:45 (UK), 23:45 (PK), 14:45 (EST). The 2007/2008 season will end like it
started - with Chelsea and Manchester United scrapping for bragging rights as the best team in
England. United have won the Premier League but for [.
The European domestic leagues are coming to a close, but the US Men's National Team players based
on the continent are just getting warmed up. This summer will be an important one for the USMNT in
their run-up to qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. A series of testing friendlies
precedes the [.
You know how everyone says that Cesc Fabregas is the greatest thing since sliced bread? I never
bought that - I always had him pegged as a flash-in-the-pan, over-hyped kid who couldn't cut it on
the big stage. But then, step by step, game by game, Fabregas has converted me. And now I'm
wondering if [.
Manchester City have qualified to play in the UEFA Cup next season through the Premier League's
fair play table. The Premier League came top of UEFA's fair play table (I guess fewer fouls are
given in England than anywhere else?) and although Manchester City were 6th in the Premier League
fair play table, the 5 [.
The 07/08 Premier League season was the first in the new 3-year deal secured by Scudamore and co.,
one that promises to bring a crazy amount of money into football. While some people think that
football is peaking in England, I respectfully disagree - the scramble for football dollars has
just begun, with the [.
Today's transfer roundup starts and ends with rumors that may or may not have any merit. Is there
any chance at all that Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Manchester United for Real Madrid in the
summer? The Daily Mail is looking to put a spin on some comments Ronaldo made in reference to his
John Stevanja (Keeper Skool) conducted a fan survey on 'the best keepers in the Premier League'.
While some of the voting patterns were quite predictable (no prizes for guessing #1) and made you
wonder if press coverage influenced people's opinions, some of the picks would surprise you
(especially how one keeper beat several other [.
The EU and UEFA have launched an information campaign and helpline to advise fans travelling to
Euro 2008 on their consumer rights and to provide support for those who run into problems. The
campaign deals with consumer issues ranging from fake match tickets to transferring tickets in the
case of illness, to air travel, roaming [.
All year long we've been bitching about refereeing decisions going against our clubs. Sometimes we
resort to bitching about how refereeing decisions unfairly help other clubs (witness SAF's comment
on Arsenal's late equaliser against Villa, or Grant's whinge about referees helping United win the
When Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood spoke about Kroenke last year, he played on the fans'
sentiments and stoked the fires of independence by claiming 'we don't want his sort'. Never mind
that the man was a shareholder and a business partner - a Yank is a Yank is a Yank, and in the face
Andrei Arshavin played a starring role in Zenit St. Petersburg's UEFA Cup win over Rangers at City
of Manchester Stadium, and it might not be the last time he steps foot on the pitch at Eastlands.
Manchester City have reportedly put in a 10 million pound bid for the Russian playmaker, who has
Portsmouth v Cardiff 17 May, 2008 - Wembley 15:00 BST Update: While the world pretends that it
cares about the FA Cup final, we have a bit more class. Good luck Pompey, and good luck Cardiff -
if it weren't for Ramsey I doubt any neutrals sitting outside the UK would be watching (and even
then I [..
Peter Reid talks to Soccerlens about who should take the England captaincy, why Rooney is the best
player in the Premiership, and getting one over Graeme Souness. Peter Reid was the kind of player
you'd want to have in your team. Passionate, committed, full of drive and a never say-die-attitude
that saw him gain thirteen England [.
A bit late, but nevertheless: Here's the link (pdf) to the full list of salaries paid to MLS
players for the 2008 season. Beckham earns the most, but the gap between him and the other
million-dollar club members is as vast (he earns twice as much as Blanco, and 4-5 times as much as
When I first read it - and before I had read what the mainstream media thought about it - it
sounded like an over-ambitious plan that had no chance of success. In one respect at least, their
aims for Euro 2012 and World Cup 2010, the FA were setting the bar at the right [...]
If you believe the hype, the 2007/2008 English Premier League season was the most exciting and
unpredictable season that we've had in a long, long time. Except for the eventual top 4. Or the top
2. Or guessing 2 out of 3 relegation contenders. Or seeing recently taken-over teams embrace
mid-table mediocrity instead of European [.
It won't be long now until Rangers prepare to take on Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Cup Final as
part of their quest for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies in the 2007-8 campaign, but how will
the host city of Manchester cope with the anticipated invasion of between 80,000 and 100,000 fans
for this [.
Paul Scholes's non-sending off in the title climax on Sunday has confirmed a suspicion I've held
for a while - Premiership referees are biased in favour of England (or just plain English) players
over their foreign counterparts. As Sunday's match official Steve Bennett blew his whistle to
indicate a foul had been committed when Scholes clashed [.
"Judas, Judas", that evocative biblical name could be applied and regularly chanted at
either Gareth Barry or Dimitar Berbatov next season if they are seen to depart their clubs for the
promised land of the ‘Big Four'. They'd be following in some familiar and famous footsteps in
running the gauntlet of public opinion - deciding [.
Can someone clue me in - did Tottenham always have this much to spend, or is it the fact that
they're realizing that winning is nice that's making them shell out big bucks? Today's transfer
rumors are Spurs-heavy, so if you hate Tottenham, or are a Spurs fan who doesn't want to get their
Congratulations to Ilango for winning the inaugural Soccerlens Fantasy Football league. He overtook
Spiral Architect (one of the earlier SL readers and a leader in the final months of the season),
pushing him into 2nd place on the final day. Nig (Nicholas Aldam from FCB News) came in 3rd. You
can check the full table [.
Kevin Keegan might as well have gone up to the Queen Mother and called her a dirty whore. The sheer
outrage at his remarks - surprisingly realistic when you consider his usual optimism - was felt
across the world as various stakeholders in the money-making behemoth that is the Barclays Premier
League took it [.
Ruud Gullit: 'We can't play sexy football at LA Galaxy' "I can't play sexy football with this
team at the moment because we are not ready for this. There is a huge difference between the very
good players and some of the average players. The reason for this, I have found out, is that young
It has not been a season to cheer about for Halifax Town fans. Struggling at the wrong end of the
table, getting into administration and taking a ten point penalty that meant they only managed to
avoid relegation on the last day of the season. But there will be no more fighting for the
There is some news from the weekend to get caught up on, but first, there's an actual signing to
report. Well, it's not official yet, since the player hasn't agreed personal terms yet, but once
that's all done, Porto defender Jose Bosingwa will move to Chelsea for 16.1 million pounds. For a
Don't expect the goals to fly in when the Group A fixtures get underway at the European
Championships this summer. Czech Republic had an outstanding record in qualifying, conceding only
five goals in 12 matches, while Portugal and Turkey allowed only 10 and 11 respectively - less than
one per match - which suggests Switzerland [.
We had an e-mail at Soccerlens this morning from a distraught football official who feels that he
has been unfairly castigated by fans, managers, players, pundits, his family, his friends, people
in the street, total strangers, his pets, the media, the unions, the employers, his colleagues and
anyone who knows the slightest thing about fairness, [.
With Real Madrid already crowned champions, attention turned to the battle for European places and
the fight to avoid relegation. The big news this week is that Atletico Madrid guaranteed themselves
a shot at the Champions League next season, though like Barcelona they will have to get through a
qualifying round in August.
Highlights from the final day of the 07/08 Premier League season: Wigan 0-2 Manchester United 10th
Premier League title for Sir Alex Ferguson thanks to goals from Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs. Moscow here
we come! Chelsea 1-1 Bolton Chelsea needed a win but only managed a 1-1 draw. Portsmouth 0-1 Fulham
Fulham did the trick of surviving in the EPL [.
Today's transfer roundup won't be too long, because I'm being generous. I'm sure you all have much
better things to do than to sit and read for an extended period of time...right? According to the
father of Barca starlet Giovani dos Santos, Manchester City is the top option for the 18-year old
Saying goodbye to the football season is very much like giving birth to a ginger child: after nine
months of optimism, hope and anguish, you're left with a genuine feeling of disappointment. The
final day is often emotional. Who could forget Arsenal pipping Liverpool to the title in 1989? Well
sadly, my old man.
Real Madrid celebrated their 31st Liga in style by thumping rivals Barcelona 4-1 at the Santiago
Bernabeu. This will have to go down as the most one-sided clasico since Ronaldinho destroyed
Madrid's defence in November 2005. How times have changed since then. Ronaldinho is only in the
news now for his off the field antics, [.
Today's transfer roundup starts with transfer-related news, but not a big rumor. Instead, I give
two thumbs-up to Real Madrid's Wesley Sneijder for looking out for his brother's best interests, as
he stepped in to prevent Real from making an offer to former club Ajax for his brother Rodney, a
promising youth team [.
So, what's going on in the world of transfer rumors today? As always, chime in and chip in with
opinions - and with rumors! Barcelona went into Arsenal to nab Thierry Henry last summer, and now
they're being linked with another one, as the Blaugrana may have Emmanuel Adebayor on their summer
The article uses last available financial disclosures of the club as at 30th June, 2007 (download
document (PDF) here). The words "current/currently" reflect opinion/fact with the same
timeline in backdrop. All figures are in million pounds. The author is a financial analyst. It has
been some time that people have been talking about a financial crisis in-the-making [.
The North East of England is often described as a ‘football hotbed' – an area that is
widely accepted to be rich in the culture, tradition and passion of the beautiful game. Three big
clubs, hundreds of thousands of loyal supporters and a breeding ground for talent through the eras,
there can't be many parts [.
There could be tough times ahead for Luca Toni. The Bayern Munich striker, just recently crowned
Bundesliga champion and currently leading the scoring charts with 21 goals, may soon be confronted
with an unsurpassable obstacle... of the robotic kind. Its name is Goalias (or GoalIAS if you
prefer), and it's the first robot-goalkepeer capable [.
Today's transfer roundup starts up as the last one did, so Arsenal fans, feel free to jump a couple
of paragraphs. One Arsenal player is already on his way out of the Emirates - could another follow?
The Times reports that Alexander Hleb is already letting it spill that he's agreed a four-year [..
This year's playoff semi-finals for the Conference were as unexpected as they were exciting, and
there wasn't even a hint of a penalty shoot-out and Exeter City and Cambridge United make their
respective preparations for Wembley in just under a fortnight's time. The games always looked too
close to call with Torquay slight favourites to progress [.
Guess who's back? That's right, me and the transfer roundup. The season's winding down and the
rumors are heating up, so you'll be seeing me in this space regularly. Anyway, on to the good
stuff! If Mathieu Flamini had wanted to be at Arsenal, he would've signed a new contract by now,
Keano has lost patience with some his players and wants to ship out the non-performers as soon as
possible: "We've lost 22 games this season and people keep telling me we've had a good season,
but I'm lucky to still be in a job. That will be done this week - if not this week, then [...]
Congratulations to Real Madrid for winning their 31st Spanish league title. It's been a funny old
season in Spain so perhaps it was appropriate that Madrid should come from behind and score twice
in the last five minutes when they were down to ten men to win 1-2 at Osasuna. Villarreal are
looking good for [.
Sunday was a momentous day in the English Championship with the teams going up, getting in the
play-offs, going down and staying up, changing constantly through ninety breathless, tension filled
minutes. As a Watford fan I was right in there. Looking for other scores as our plan to keep things
tight at Blackpool went horribly awry, [.
Montgomery Town FC goalie Steve Goodwin scores a wonder-goal from the edge of his own penalty area.
Fabulous, one in a billion strike (and goes straight in unlike Paul Robinson's punt that bounced
once in front of Ben Foster before going in) and proof that football is about taking your chances
(if the opposition [.
Looking through the Soccerlens postbag this week we found a letter from a man much in the news at
the moment. He has written for our help as he feels he is simply misunderstood: Dear Soccerlens, I
have been reading your website for some time in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the
game of [.
Three weeks ago, at the end of the 3-2 match lost to Juventus (Matchday 33) Milan manager Carlo
Ancelotti had declared: "Our objective for the rest of the season, in order to qualify for
Champions League, will be to win all of our next 5 matches". With the important fixture vs.
Inter in the [...]
Image courtesy of the Chicago Fire and Major League Soccer. Last year, Major League Soccer welcomed
David Beckham amidst significant mainstream media coverage in North America. Another player who
joined the growing league in 2007, although with less fanfare, was a legend of Mexican football:
Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo.
SoccerNews.com is a soccer news website featuring the latest football news from around the world (a
broader perspective than you'd find on most news sites) as well as live scores, league tables and
more stats. Have a look, browse around and be sure to drop a comment here to tell them what you
think and [.
The World's Most Influential People in 2008 - Time 100. I'm sure one can find many flaws with this
list - as opinions go, everyone has one and we all think ours smells of roses. Fair enough, and I'm
sure the editorial team at TIME magazine did their due diligence when compiling this list. But
You knew this was coming... If you're going to Euro 2008, you might want to pay attention to this
one. A month before Euro 2008 kicks off, the Swiss Aids Federation has launched guidelines for
people who visit prostitutes. Postcards have been handed out in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Zurich and
Chur – the first four being tournament [.
An interesting article appeared in the Guardian this morning, featuring soundbites from 9 managers
in the Premier League on the chances of Manchester United and Chelsea in winning the Premier League
this season. This was before today's set of matches, mind you, so it wasn't as if these managers
knew ahead of time that Manchester [.
Earlier this week Sir Alex Ferguson made an off-the-cuff remark which directly compromised the
integrity of Premier League managers and the very institution of football that we, as fans, put
their faith in. He was answering a question about Eriksson's predicament at Manchester City, and he
said: "At some other clubs the owners want to pick [.
All Premier League highlights from Saturday's matches: Manchester United 4-1 West Ham Only 90
minutes to glory as Ronaldo found goal number 29th and 30th in the Premier League. Success is near!
Bolton 2-0 Sunderland We will still see Bolton in the 08/09 season after their victory over Roy
Uefa's Under-17 Championships have revealed many a burgeoning young talent to a wider audience in
the last six years. It is the stage where Wayne Rooney (2002), Cesc Fabregas (2004), Nuri Sahin
(2005), Toni Kroos (2006) and Bojan Krkic (2007) strutted their stuff and won the 'Golden Boy'
award. You have to wonder what happened to [.
Arsenal fans seem to put a lot of faith in their young Spanish midfielder, and with good reason -
Fabregas has often displayed a coolness of temperament ever since breaking on the scene for Arsenal
that is rarely seen in footballers, regardless of age or experience. Arsenal fans know how lucky
they are to [.
Last year, with Tottenham's season winding to a close and Jol already looking towards strengthening
the squad in the summer, I suggested that Tottenham go for age and experience in midfield to
compensate for the lack of composure (spine) that they've shown in the middle for the last couple
The press should be ashamed of themselves. Their suspicion and fueling of non-issues forces players
and managers in the game to lie, to think 10 times before they say something, to spout carefully
prepared statements or just hide from the spotlight. Honesty and friendship, it seems, isn't
allowed in football.
The move to Liverpool will tick several boxes for the Aston Villa captain: he gets to make more
money (in a short career that's always a consideration), he gets to play Champions League football
and he gets to dream about the Premier League title as opposed to Champions League qualification.
It's a lifestyle upgrade, [.
It be foolhardy to suggest that Thaksin Shinawatra knows more than the average football fan. He
might know how to make money, and avoid going to jail, but in terms of pure footballing knowledge
he would be more Macca than Rafa, if you catch my drift. But the Manchester City owner does not
consider Mr [.
One down, three to go. Last night Torquay got the better of the Westcountry derby, tonight sees
Nigel Clough's young pretenders take on old hand Jimmy Quinn's Cambridge. Burton are closer than
they've ever been to league football wle Cambridge are back on song after several seasons in the
doldrums. So let Soccerlens put jumpers for [.
Highlights from the midweek Champions League semifinals: Manchester United 1-0 Barcelona Aggregate:
1-0 Bye Bye Barca. From Manchester with love where Paul Scholes struck a sweet shot outside the box
to send Barcelona packing. Moscow here we come! Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool (AET) Aggregate: 4-3
Liverpool finally managed to score at Stamford Bridge, but 2 defending errors in extra time proved
Main contenders for the English Premiership and finalists of UEFA Champions League. The
title & crown of "Kings the 2007-08 season", both domestically and in
Europe, has come down to two clubs: Manchester United and Chelsea. The former, defeating
Spanish giants Barcelona after a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp and a Scholes-painted 1-0 victory at Old
Trafford, will [.
Tubby Brazilian Ronaldo may be one of the greatest players to ever grace a football pitch, but he's
definitely a poor role model. The AC Milan man let himself down when he invited three members of
the late-night entertainment industry back to a motel. It wasn't just the fact that they turned out
Both Internazionale and Milan have balked at Barcelona's asking price for the former World Player
of the Year - supposedly valued at 30 million Euros by the Catalan club whereas the Italians are
rumoured to offering 16-20 million euros (reasonable, if you factor in that he is 'damaged goods'
and commands high wages).
Five time World Cup champion Brazil announced Tuesday that it will play two football friendlies on
US soil later this year. The Brazilians have booked matches against Canada in Seattle on May 31 and
Venezuela on June 6 at Foxboro, Massachusetts, as part of a twin-bill with Major League Soccer's
New England Revolution facing FC [.
It might not quite be Manchester United versus Chelsea in the Champions League final, but there's
just as much at stake for the four teams competing for the second spot in the Football League, and
for at least three of them it's a chance to reverse the pain of relegation to the non-league
pyramid. Come next [.
In US sports they call it the ‘Rookie of the Year' award, but there doesn't appear to be an
equivalent honour in European football. I know the PFA have their ‘Young Player of the Year'
award – but when you've got seasoned veterans like Cesc Fabregas and Cristiano Ronaldo in the
running it hardly stacks [.
According to Forbes.com Manchester United have been valued at $1.8 billion, ahead of the club
traditionally known as the richest club in football (Real Madrid, $1.285 billion) and their chief
domestic rivals Arsenal ($1.2 billion), Liverpool ($1.05 billion) and Chelsea ($764 million). Have
fun sorting the lists according to different criteria.
With just 2 weeks to go now the cream of Europe's footballing nations are gearing up for the
European Championships in Austria and Switzerland. The fact none of the Home Nations have managed
to qualify has put a dampener on the tournament for the majority of the United Kingdom's
population, but let us not get away [.
England v USA Wednesday, 28 May 2008, Wembley England squad for the US and Trinidad & Tobago games
(England play in Port of Spain on June 1) added at the end. The USA will travel to London to play
England in a friendly at Wembley on 28 May. Both teams will use the fixture as part of [...]