SoccerLens Archives for January 2008

What Are You Waiting For?

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Can you be the next big star in football? What are you waiting for? What are you waiting for? from O Fowler on Vimeo. "What Are You Waiting For?" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Spain celebrates Euro 2008 title

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Scenes from the streets of Barcelona as Spain celebrates the Euro 2008 final win over Germany: A COUNTRY AT WON from O Fowler on Vimeo. "Spain celebrates Euro 2008 title" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

SPL secures 4-year, 125m TV deal with Setanta Sports

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The Scottish Premier League has announced its biggest television deal, proclaiming it as a significant cash boost for its 12 clubs. A £125m contract has been agreed with Setanta Sports to continue the rights to live SPL matches for a further four years until 2014. Setanta's present contract, which ends in 2010, was worth £54.

Mauticio Pellegrino returns to Liverpool as first team coach

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Former Argentina defender Mauricio Pellegrino has become the latest addition to Rafael Benitez's backroom team at Liverpool. The 36-year-old has been appointed first team coach and follows Sammy Lee, who became Benitez's assistant manager last month, in returning to Anfield. Pellegrino made 12 appearances for Liverpool during a short spell in 2005.

10 Things I hated about Euro 2008

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Or rather, 10 things I hated about the abysmal Euro 2008 coverage by the British media (online and TV). Football is a source of joy, but the buffoonery surrounding football can drive the viewer to the madhouse. Here's a look at the top 10 reasons I'll be spending the summer 'in rehab' after being put [.

Euro 2008 Manager Ratings

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We've looked at the players, now it's time to look at the managers involved at Euro 2008 and find out how they got on: Because I know you'll ask about the grades... A+ - Best of the tournament A - Above expectations B - Meeting expectations - more or less C - Poor, not meeting expectations D - Absolute stinker Now, [.

Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament

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The official Euro 2008 team of the tournament: Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands). Defenders: Bosingwa (Portugal), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Carlos Marchena (Spain), Pepe (Portugal), Carles Puyol (Spain), Yuri Zhirkov (Russia). Midfielders: Hamit Altintop (Turkey), Luka Modric (Croatia), Marcos Senna (Spain), Xavi Hernández (Spain), Konstantin Zyryanov (Russia), Michael Ballack (Germany), Cesc [.

Germany 0-1 Spain Euro 2008 Final - Video Highlights

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Germany went down to a Torres goal at Vienna in the Euro 2008 final. Here are the highlights: "Germany 0-1 Spain Euro 2008 Final - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Simple Spanish Style Enough To Conquer Europe

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For all the laudatory praise that will inevitably follow Spain's 1-0 victory over Germany in the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, the culmination of the 2008 European Championship failed to live up to its consistently thrilling early stages. Despite their clear failure to organise a defence befitting a truly great team, Spain are a competent [.

Euro 2008 in Quotes

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If you didn't see all of the Euro 2008 tournament then you can get a decent picture of what it was like by looking at some of the quotes made by the people taking part, and measuring what they said against the actual reality. Let's look at a few of the quotes attributed to some of [...]

The Euro 2008 Soccerlens Awards

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With Euro 2008 all over and the winners Spain still celebrating their great success and the losers Germany still licking their wounds, I thought I would take a hopefully 'light hearted' look at who might be awarded the Soccerlens 'alternative awards' for the tournament. There are many categories we could look at but I don't think [.

English Premier League players at Euro 2008 - how did they do?

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Thanks to everyone who pointed out the players I had missed out. I apologise for not including everyone. I've added a few, but I'm not claiming this to be a definitive list! As an Englishman I had to endure the Championships without having any team to support. Actually, I didn't endure it in the end, I [.

The Euro 2008 Best XI

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It's that time when we have to look at the performances of of all the players in Euro 2008 and select our team of the tournament. I know it's subjective, but I'm going to pick mine and invite you to 'have a go' at my stupidity and tell me where I've gone wrong! Here goes: In goal [...]

Transfer Rumours (30 June 08): Martins to Arsenal, Keane to Liverpool, Adebayor to Chelsea, Aimar to Newcastle and more

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Football ends for the summer and we have two months of transfer speculation, money-spinners pre-season friendlies and the first act of league action across Europe (before the break for World Cup 2010 qualification starts) to look forward to. A look at today's latest transfer rumors, including some of the tripe from Sunday: Apparently some moron [.

Redknapp wants to continue, age no matter

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Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp wants to continue in office even after the three years he has on his contract. The 61 year old is set to give a tough competition to the 'ages battle' for Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson, by remaining in management beyond the age of 65. Harry Redknapp loves his job and [.

The Sun’s Top 10 Flops of Euro 2008

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Luca Toni's topping the charts again... only this time, it isn't very flattering. English tabloid The Sun just dished out another Top 10 list, regrouping the "Biggest flops" of this Summer's Euro championship tournament. The Italy striker tops the list, despite receiving a pat on the back from Bayern Munich chairman Karl Heinz Rummenigge.

Football Debt, Spiralling Wages and the future of European Football

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Taking a break from the Euros, Ronaldo, babes and bad refereeing decisions, we come back to one of our favourite topics, football and money. Long story short - UEFA president Michel Platini wants to establish a financial criteria which would qualify clubs and allow them to participate in the Champions League and UEFA Cup.

Bolton seal Elmander deal

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Johan Elmander has completed his switch to Premier League side Bolton Wanderers. The Swedish international has been a transfer target for many other clubs including the Spurs. The Trotters have struck a deal with French club Toulose for an undisclosed fee to sign Johan Elmander. The Swedish striker has signed a contract which will see him [.

Marco Amelia says no to Milan, opts Palermo

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Italian keeper Marco Amelia who plays for Livorno has agreed terms with Palermo and will make his switch to the Serie A side soon. He snubbed the offer from AC Milan, Lazio and Liverpool to choose the not so popular Palermo. The deal is worth £5.5M and he will replace veteran keeper Alberto Fontana as [.

Andy Johnson NOT for sale - Moyes

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Everton boss David Moyes has issued a "hands off" warning for clubs who want to lure Andrew Johnson out of Goodison Park. The future of England international, Andy Johnson, is hanging in the balance as the latest reports suggest that Everton manager does not want to sell him at ANY price. He has four years left [.

Rustu Recber retires from international football

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Turkish international goalkeeper Rustu Recber announced that he has retired from international football following Turkey's semifinal defeat against Germany. Rustu has a 14 year career with Turkey and has 119 caps to his name. The former Fenerbahce ace and 2002 World Cup star, Rustu Recber has finally decided to call it a day.

Transfer Rumours (28 June 08): Arsenal and Liverpool tap up youngsters, Newcastle after Manchester United defender, Chelsea to lose Lampard but gain Arshavin an

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Once the Euros wrap up tomorrow, you can expect a flurry of transfer activity to start happening across Europe starting 1st July. We'll be there to cover everything (everything important, at least), but today there's precious little to go on apart from some footballers confirming their lack of intelligence and some managers confirming that [.

Real Madrid on Cristiano Ronaldo

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Take it away Scott... http://therepublikofmancunia.com/real-madrid-passive-spectators-i-beg-to-differ/ "Real Madrid on Cristiano Ronaldo" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Germany v Spain - Euro 2008 Final - Preview

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Germany v Spain Euro 2008 Final Date - Sunday 29 June 2008 Venue - Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna Kickoff - 20:45 CET, 19:45 UK, 14:45 EST A look at the two Euro 2008 finalists, their strengths and weaknesses and what both teams need to do in order to win the cup. Germany Germany have had a topsy-turvy tournament, losing to Croatia [.

Can Dossena be as effective as Evra, Clichy and Cole?

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Liverpool are hoping to finally complete the signing of Udinese full-back Andrea Dossena next week, with the transfer fee reported in some quarters to be 7m. Is Dossena good enough to be categorised in the same bracket as Gael Clichy, Patrice Evra or Ashley Cole / Wayne Bridge? From all accounts, Dossena has the technical ability [.

Transfer Rumours (27 June 08): Liverpool go for Downing, Arsenal for Veloso, Tottenham get Gomes, Cavani to West Ham and more

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And then there were two - Spain slowed the game down and Russians were out of depth in the patience game. Hiddink's team can go home with their heads held up high and Aragones will now lead Spain against Germany in the Euro 2008 final on Sunday. Today's column is a short one - let's [...]

Russia 0-3 Spain - Euro 2008 Semifinal - Video Highlights

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Spain thrashed Russia to setup a final date with Germany. Here are the highlights: "Russia 0-3 Spain - Euro 2008 Semifinal - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Tottenham agree £7m Gomes deal with PSV

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Tottenham have agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven to sign goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes for £7m, subject to personal terms, a medical and a work permit. Gomes, 27, has played for Brazil and conceded only 24 league goals last season with PSV. Gomes made his name at Cruzeiro in Brazil before moving to PSV in 2004 [.

Nike Mercurial Vapor IV - Euro 2008 Edition - Review

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Last month we reviewed the Nike Euro 08 shoes over at the football kits blog - and our friends from SoccerPro were kind enough to send us a sample pair to test out and review. The Euro 08 category features the Mercurial Vapor IV and Air Legend boots from Nike - we had already reviewed [...]

Could Liverpool defeat Manchester United if Ronaldo wasn’t around?

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Liverpool full-back Alvaro Arbeloa reckons (while talking to Sky Sports) that Ronaldo leaving Manchester United and going to Real Madrid can only be good for Liverpool. Which brings us to the topic of this post - can Liverpool beat United if Ronaldo isn't playing? And perhaps just as important, can Liverpool finish ahead of [.

Transfer Rumours (26 June 08): Crouch to Arsenal, Bentley to Tottenham, Lennon to Newcastle and more

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Great match yesterday as Turkey played Germany off the park but had their luck run out on them. Still, one of the standout teams in the tournament and Fatih Terim is a wanted man across Europe now. On to today's rumours and transfer gossip: Rumours abound that Arsenal are lining up Peter Crouch as a [.

Chelsea Launch US Youth Soccer Initiative

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Chelsea FC have announced their plan to build a network of top youth clubs across America to develop Chelsea Soccer Schools, a new Tournament called the Chelsea Sevens, coaching clinics and exchange programmes. Chelsea FC Chief Executive Peter Kenyon: "Our new Chelsea youth super club network is the latest of many strategic projects Chelsea have [.

Liar Liar - Real Madrid, the Media, Ronaldo or Manchester United?

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We hear about the Real Madrid-Cristiano Ronaldo-Manchester United transfer saga every day, with different things said by the concerned parties, and a mountain of speculation written daily on Ronaldo's future. If various 'news' publications are to be believed, Real Madrid will pay 100m Euros and send over half the Real Madrid starting lineup to secure [.

Germany 3-2 Turkey - Euro 2008 Semifinal - Video Highlights

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Germany 3-2 Turkey - Impressive Turks bow out in style Germany 3-2 Turkey - Live Blog - Semifinals - Euro 2008 Video highlights from the first Euro 2008 semifinal: First Half Second Half "Germany 3-2 Turkey - Euro 2008 Semifinal - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Russia v. Spain - Live Blog - Semifinals - Euro 2008

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Russia v Spain Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna Thursday 26 June 2008 Euro 2008, Semi Final #2 Kickoff: 20:45 CET, 19:45 GMT, 14:45 EST Russia v Spain - Match Preview / Report Russia and Spain clash in the second Semifinal match of Euro 2008 for the right to face Germany in the Finals. When these two teams met in the Group [.

US Soccer 2008…2004 All Over Again?

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The parallels surrounding the United States Men's National team are striking when you compare them to the same group in 2004. As qualifying began, the US was ranked very highly in the FIFA World rankings, as high as fourth(!) in 2006, a few months before the World Cup. As qualifying begins this year, US [.

Liverpool to move to Stanley Park in 3 years

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Greed forces owners to finally start work Liverpool have received permission to proceed with their Stanley Park construction. The new £350m stadium can originally house 60,000 fans, although it could be further expanded to house 73,000 if further planning permission is granted. The stadium is scheduled to open in August 2011 and will feature an 18,500-seat single [.

Euro 2008 Babes | Euro 2008 Fans

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Euro 2008 Babes... For those of you who asked and expected And if you're looking for more eye-candy, just go through the football babes section. "Euro 2008 Babes | Euro 2008 Fans" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Transfer Rumors (25 June 08): Guiza to Arsenal, Liverpool to get adjusted Crouch offer, Ince to make first signing, and more

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It's a full day of news and rumors, so sit back and enjoy today's roundup of transfer tidbits. England The Daily Mail says that Portsmouth won't be upping their offer of nine million pounds for Liverpool striker Peter Crouch, but instead, they'll increase the initial payment from the original seven million in hopes of [.

Is it easier to win the Euro or the World Cup?

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A question on the SoccerLens Forum recently asked whether it would be harder for teams to win the European Football Championships or the World Cup. A friendly argument ensued: The discussion ignored the number of games that the winner needs to play at each tournaments - 7 at World Cup as opposed to 6 at the [.

Dissecting Italy’s Euro 2008 Campaign

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Football is cruel. Italy, winners of a penalty shoot-out in the World Cup Finals in 2006, were dumped out of Euro 2008 after losing on penalties to Spain. Defeat, on penalties especially, is not easy to take. However, to proceed and to ensure Italy successfully defend their World Cup title, they would need to analyze what [.

Is Player Power Ruining Football for Fans?

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For around the first 100 years of their existence professional footballers were treated much like workers in other industries. The employers held most of the cards and players received a rough deal. They had barely adequate pay, lacked influence and no real freedom of movement. Dickensian football club chairmen treated sportsmen like servants, simply indefensibly.

Transfer Rumors (24 June 08): Spurs set to snare keeper(s), Liverpool want more for Crouch, Blackburn resist advances for Bentley, and more

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With Euro 2008 winding down this week, a lot of transfer dominos are sure to start falling soon, so expect more signings to go with the daily spec. There are a few signings to report today, but there are quite a few interesting rumors as well, so get to reading! Rumor Rating System 1 - [...]

Cambridge United try to work off their hangover

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Cambridge United fans may have woken up with sore heads, the morning after drowning their sorrows after their play-off defeat to Exeter last month but, as the haze of Wembley clears, there's a danger that the the club is still working off their own hangover and could be facing a difficult follow-up season.

Inexperienced Ince to manage Blackburn Rovers

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Congratulations are in order - both to Paul Ince and to Blackburn Rovers. Whichever way you look at it, this is a bold move by both Ince and Rovers. Ince is thrust into the limelight, as a black manager (you know that's going to get played by the media), as an inexperienced manager and as [...]

Something New, Something Russian

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Until Russia's lengthy dismantling exercise in Basle on Friday, Holland's blitz on the proclaimed 'Group of Death' had been Euro 2008's foremost point for exclamation. To English audiences in particular, the proposition of a Dutch rebirth after twenty years of bungled failure was a thrilling and unexpected boon to a competition tainted by the absence [.

The Best of Roy of the Rovers: the 1980s

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Although Roy first appeared way back in 1954 as a young apprentice signed by Melchester Rovers' forward thinking youth team scout – Bert Bonser, it wasn't until the 1980s that he truly became Roy Race: The Legend. The 80s defined him more than any other decade, his blond, centre-parted mullet became the haircut of [.

Liverpool FC to play MLS All-Stars?

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Originally published on 19 December 2007. According to The Daily Mail, Major League Soccer has approached Liverpool FC in an attempt to get the English giants to play against the MLS All-Stars next summer. The report also proposes the idea of Liverpool playing Italian giants Juventus in Montreal to gauge the interest in Canada.

Transfer Rumors (23 June 08): Robinho to Manchester United, Schweinsteiger to Chelsea, Lennon to Newcastle, and more

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It's Monday, and this week that means this is one of the few times you'll be seeing me around here this week, as I'm taking a trip to see my best mate get hitched. I'm sure you won't miss me too much, since the roundups will be going on without me, but for [...]

Can Juande Ramos lead Tottenham to an assault on the big four?

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There was a mixture of immense disappointment and great celebration and pride at White Hart Lane last season. Before a ball was kicked Tottenham were looking good. Martin Jol was a popular and reasonably successful manager and the team were hotly tipped to be about to launch a serious bid to infiltrate the 'big four' at [.

Germany 3-2 Turkey - Impressive Turks bow out in style

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Germany 3-2 Turkey (Germany: Schweinsteiger 26′, Klose 78′, Lahm 90′, Turkey: Ugur Boral 22′, Semih Senturk 86′) St. Jakob-Park, Basel Wednesday 25 June 2008 Euro 2008 Semi Final #1 Kickoff: 20:45 CET, 19:45 GMT, 14:45 EST Germany v Turkey - Live Blog Late goal specialists Turkey ran out of luck on a balmy night in Basel as Germany's left-back Phillip [.

Russia 0-3 Spain - Spain repeat group-phase thrashing to reach Euro 2008 final

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Russia 0-3 Spain (Xavi 50′, Guiza 73′, Silva 82′) Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna Thursday 26 June 2008 Euro 2008 Semi Final #2 Kickoff: 20:45 CET, 19:45 GMT, 14:45 EST Russia v Spain - Live Blog Spain stormed into the final of Euro 2008 with a three-goal demolition of Guus Hiddink's Russia in Vienna and if Germany were watching Luis Aragones's [.

When Will Barcelona Ever Learn?

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Whilst Barcelona continues its shameless pursuit of Adebayor & Alexander Hleb, one can't help but wonder whether the Blaugrana should look into its past dealings with the North London club before venturing any further. They have brought the likes of Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit & Thierry Henry to bolster their ranks for a combined fee [.

Germany v. Turkey - Live Blog - Semifinals - Euro 2008

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Germany v. Turkey St. Jakob-Park, Basel Wednesday 25 June 2008 Euro 2008, Semi Final #1 Kickoff: 20:45 CET, 19:45 GMT, 14:45 EST Germany v Turkey - Match Preview / Report We're down to the Final Four as Germany takes on Turkey in the first Semifinal clash of Euro 2008. German Turks might have been celebrating in the streets after Turkey [.

The Hunt for Huntelaar

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Klaas Jan Huntelaar is, without doubt, one of the most prolific strikers in Europe at the moment. In the 2007/08 season he scored an amazing thirty-three goals in thirty-four appearances, making him the top scorer in the Eredivisie, scoring eleven goals more than Twente's Blaise N'Kufo. Now, after three glorious seasons in Ajax, ninety-six goals [.

The Blue Miracle

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23 million people watched as the Azzurri defied their critics and defeated the French 2-0 in a spectacular night in Zurich. Now they face two world-class strikers and a team which have produced some of the best form at the tournament, whereas the Italians have been pretty poor in their past matches. But the question [.

Arshavin leads the way for the Russian Revolution

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As Guus Hiddink ran onto the pitch at FC Basel's St Jakob Park at around five past ten tonight, fist clenched, face contorted with joy, there was only one man he was heading for. The man crumpled on the turf, completely drained thanks to a combination of the emotion of an extra time win, and [...]

Germany: The Real Victors in Turkey’s Win

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German coach Joachim Low is grinning. He will face Turkey in the semi-final of the Euro's, not Croatia. Turkey pounced on a strong Croatia team to steal victory in miraculous fashion. Croatia thought they had won, but the last play of the game and penalties doomed the Croats to an early exit. [...

Transfer Rumors (21 June 08): Milito to Tottenham, Clichy staying at Arsenal, but is Adebayor?, Newcastle to pursue want-away Diane?, and more

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Since it's Saturday, I'm going to make today's roundup relatively short, but there's still plenty of news and rumors to report on (besides the ongoing 'will he or won't he?' saga with Cristiano Ronaldo). England While Gael Clichy is likely going nowhere after signing a new four-year contract, Barcelona are saying that they've got a 22.

Hypocrisy is the business of football

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A quick look at three recent events in the world of football that showcase its hypocrisy: Exhibit A: Porto and UEFA UEFA kick Porto out of the Champions League for 'bribing referees with professional sex workers', but later let them back in once the news has died down. What was that? Temporary benching for a red-card offense?

Croatia 1-1 Turkey* - Euro 2008 Quarterfinal Highlights

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Croatia succumbed to TUrkey on penalties after both teams scored late, late goals in extra time: "Croatia 1-1 Turkey* - Euro 2008 Quarterfinal Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Cesc Fabregas Spoof Football Show - Goonerball, but not as you know it

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We've all seen the Cesc Fabregas show, right? Well here it is, redone and touched up, with Bob Boonah as your host: var sid=137;var vid=16113; Mildly amusing and hopefully Nike are going to do more of these than just play around with Fabregas. They could do a weekly show like this for each of the athletes they're [.

Steve McClaren takes over reins at FC Twente, gets Champions League football

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Steve McClaren has been named as the new coach of Eredivisie side FC Twente. He has agreed a two-year deal at the Enschede club and takes over from Fred Rutten, who has joined Bundesliga side Schalke. One of his first tasks will be to lead the club into the third Champions League qualifying round. [.

Cristiano Ronaldo interview: “You all know what I want … In two days …”

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Guillem Balague interviewed Cristiano Ronaldo in the aftermath of Portugal's Euro 2008 quarter-final defeat at the hands of Germany. You can read the full transcript of the interview here. Balague has a history of doing really good interviews (e.g. his tete-a-tete with Benitez) and he hasn't disappointed, with a timely interview covering one of [.

Top 10 Greatest Goals, Ever

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Our friends over at FootballFansUnited (FFU) have come up with a 'top 10 greatest goals' list, have a look and see if you agree with them: 10. Zidane v Lerverkusen 9. Owen v Argentina 8. Zola v Norwich 7. Bergkamp v Argentina 6. Beckham v Wimbledon ... For the remaining 5 greatest goals ever, plus the goal videos and reasons for [.

Euro 2008 Quarterfinal Highlights: Portugal 2-3 Germany

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Portugal v Germany - match report Portugal v Germany - live blog First Half Highlights Second Half Highlights "Euro 2008 Quarterfinal Highlights: Portugal 2-3 Germany" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Transfer Rumors (20 June 08): Silva to Liverpool, Arshavin to Arsenal, Santana to Tottenham, and more

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Well, it's Friday again. The week's certainly flown by, hasn't it? Speaking of flying, who could be flying to a new locale soon? Read on, and you'll find out. Could Liverpool make a move for Valencia's David Silva? Silva's price tag is 20 million pounds, so it may be a stretch at [...]

Croatia 1-1 Turkey* - Comeback Kings Turkey win 3-1 on penalties

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Croatia (Klasnic 119) 1-1 Turkey (Senturk 120) Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna Quarterfinals, Euro 2008 Friday 20 June 2008 Kickoff: 20:45 CET, 14:45 EST It was, to contradict the old cliché, a game of three halves. A match which started brightly, brimming with passion and commitment, only to descend into stalemate and inertia and then be salvaged by two dramatic [.

Netherlands v Russia - Euro 2008 Quarterfinal - Preview

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Netherlands v Russia St Jakob Park, Basel Quarterfinals, Euro 2008 Saturday 21 June 2008 Kickoff: 20:45 CET, 14:45 EST If you were to believe the betting odds, the Dutch are the safest bet for a berth in the semis. Russia, despite their assured performance against Sweden, are rank outsiders and it seems that everyone has been too enthralled by [.

Spain v Italy - Euro 2008 Quarterfinal - Preview

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Spain v Italy Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna Quarterfinals, Euro 2008 Sunday 22 June 2008 Kickoff: 20:45 CET, 14:45 EST When Ribery was stretchered off at Letzigrund Stadion in the opening exchanges, that little bit of Italian in me couldn't believe his luck. Without Ribery France would struggle, Henry or no Henry.

Euro 2008 Ref Watch: Group Stages Review

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Compared to other international tournaments, the standard of arbitration at Euro 2008 has been near impeccable so far. Apart from marginal offside decisions, there were very few other controversial decisions. But, as it is human nature to pick on every little mistake, here are five of the most ambiguous calls, in ascending order: 5) Greece v [.

Portsmouth’s shiny new stadium

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Portsmouth are set to leave Fratton Park and move to a new 36,000-capacity stadium overlooking Portsmouth harbour. If the FA Cup holders receive the necessary planning consent, work will start on the new ground next year. The new stadium, designed by the firm responsible for Beijing's Olympic Stadium, will be on an ex-landfill site by [.

Ronaldo takes his training very seriously…

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Remember, back in February, the Sun published a story about how Cristiano Ronaldo was using his phone on the training pitch to send SMSs and he had been fined by Ferguson because of that? It seemed fishy at the time but was sold as gold dust against the 'arrogant Portuguese' and everyone lapped it [.

Portugal 2-3 Germany - Germans power through Ronaldo and co

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Portugal (Gomes 40, Postiga 87) 2-3 Germany (Schweinsteiger 22, Klose 26, Ballack 61) St Jakob Park Quarterfinals, Euro 2008 Thursday 19 June 2008 Kickoff - 20:45 CET, 14:45 EST Portugal 2-3 Germany - Live Blog An enthralling quarter-final in Basel saw Germany progress to their first European Championships semi-final since 1996 thanks to a well earned 3-2 victory.

Premier League 08/09 Fixtures

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The English Premier League fixtures list for the 2008/2009 was released this Monday. No good in printing it - we'd be smacked down by NetResult (or whoever the EPL has hired this year to ensure that they make several thousand pounds per publisher to allow them to print fixtures) faster than you can [.

Euro 2008 Day 12 Highlights: Russia 2-0 Sweden and Greece 1-2 Spain

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Highlights from the last round of action from the Euro group stages: Russia Vs Sweden Greece Vs Spain "Euro 2008 Day 12 Highlights: Russia 2-0 Sweden and Greece 1-2 Spain" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Transfer Rumors (19 June 08): Arsenal agree terms with Nasri, Spurs chase Albelda and Podolski, Demel to Newcastle, and more

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It's a pretty loaded day in transfer news and rumors, as there are several signings to report, and there are a few more that could be official in the coming days. England According to BBC Sport, Arsenal have all but tied up Marseille's Samir Nasri, as the 20-year old midfielder has reportedly agreed a [.

Nike: Most Wanted - SAF to train the future stars of football

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Nike: Most Wanted is a collaborative project between the Premier League and Nike in the close season - it aims to find 22 of the country's most talented undiscovered players with the hunger, drive and determination to take their game to the next level. There will be trials across the UK & Ireland - technical, [.

Portugal v. Germany - Live Blog - Quarterfinals - Euro 2008

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Portugal v. Germany St Jakob Park Quarterfinals, Euro 2008 Thursday 19 June 2008 Kickoff - 20:45 CET, 14:45 EST The vetting process is over. The weak have been swept aside. The best 8 teams have established themselves and have earned the right to compete for the Euro 2008 crown. We begin with Portugal taking on Germany.

Summer 2008 Transfer Lists

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In addition to our daily transfer news and rumours column, we also cover all the transfers happening in the Premier League. This summer we're taking our coverage to the next level, and you can now track confirmed transfers for the following leagues: English Premier League English Championship La Liga Serie A Bundesliga Ligue 1 You can click on any of [.

Dutch are red-hot for Euros

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The Euro 2008 group stages are at an end with a few surprises thrown out, but on the whole my initial predictions have been largely spot on with dark horses Turkey my best tip. In Group A co-hosts Switzerland did find it tough going with their only points coming against a shadow Portuguese outfit which had [.

France 0-2 Italy - Azzurri Step Out of the Grave and into the Quarter-Finals

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France 0-2 Italy. Ladies & gentlemen, this is how you mix a "Blue Lagoon": 1 oz Vodka (Pirlo), 1 oz Blue Curaçao (De Rossi), cherry (Buffon's save on Benzema), 1 part Lemonade. Don't have any lemonade? We'll settle for some Oranje zest (Huntelaar and Van Persie). The Azzurri's Euro 2008 adventure continues to the [.

Euro 2008 Day 11 Highlights: Italy 2-0 France and Holland 2-0 Romania

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Highlights from the last round matches from the group of death: Italy 2-0 France Highlights First Half Highlights Second Half Highlights Holland 2-0 Romania Highlights "Euro 2008 Day 11 Highlights: Italy 2-0 France and Holland 2-0 Romania" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Transfer Rumors (18 June 08): Schalke’s Jones to Man United, Albiol to Arsenal, Newcastle want 9m for Milner

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Could Aston Villa finally be ready to give in and sell Gareth Barry to Liverpool? Their part in today's roundup makes it look as if they might be preparing for the incoming 15 to 20 million pound windfall from the impending Barry transfer. I'll be making a separate post soon in regards to [...]

Euro 2008 Day 10 Highlights: Austria 0-1 Germany and Croatia 1-0 Poland

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Highlights from Day 10 of the Euros: Austria 0-1 Germany Highlights Croatia 1-0 Poland Highlights "Euro 2008 Day 10 Highlights: Austria 0-1 Germany and Croatia 1-0 Poland" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Euro 2008 Day Nine: Portugal 0-2 Switzerland and Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic

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Euro 2008 video highlights from Day 9: Portugal 0-2 Switzerland Highlights Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic Highlights "Euro 2008 Day Nine: Portugal 0-2 Switzerland and Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Leigh Genesis could be throwing it all away

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As non-league clubs go, Leigh Railwaymen's Mechanics Institute were never among the most glamourous of teams. The club were relegated from the Conference National after five years in 2005 with a record low of 18 points and were notorious for their low attendances during that period, and were recently relegated to the Unibond Premier after [.

Transfer Rumors (17 June 08): Lampard to leave Chelsea, Cuellar to Newcastle, Arsenal target picks Lyon

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If you're looking for super-senasational rumors in today's roundup, there aren't any, but there are some juicy bits. So, I'll keep the intro short and get to the news and rumors. England Bolton have clinched the signing of Birmingham midfielder Fabrice Muamba in a deal worth more than 5 million pounds.

All Summer 2008 La Liga Transfers

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All Spanish La Liga transfers going through in the summer of 2008 are on this page. For our transfer news column, see our transfer news section. This page is updated frequently, so if you find a transfer not listed here, put it in the comments and we'll add it. This page [...]

All Summer 2008 English Championship Transfers

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All English Championship transfers going through in the summer of 2008 are on this page. For our transfer news column, see our transfer news section. This page is updated frequently, so if you find a transfer not listed here, put it in the comments and we'll add it. This page lists [...]

All Summer 2008 Serie A Transfers

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All Italian Serie A transfers going through in the summer of 2008 are on this page. For our transfer rumours column, see our transfer news section. This page is updated frequently, so if you find a transfer not listed here, put it in the comments and we'll add it. This page lists Serie [...]

All Summer 2008 Bundesliga Transfers

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All German Bundesliga transfers going through in the summer of 2008 are on this page. For our transfer news column, see our transfer news section. This page is updated frequently, so if you find a transfer not listed here, put it in the comments and we'll add it. This page lists [...]

Talking points - Scolari, Italy and that Austrian penalty. What do you think?

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We all like a bit of a discussion and debate at the start of the week so I thought I'd take a look at some the talking points from the last week, say what I think about them and ask you to get involved. I'll take three things of note from the last seven days and [...]

Transfer Rumors (16 June 08): Villa to snub Chelsea, Arsenal play hardball over Hleb, Spurs sign African starlet, and more

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Ambition without it, where would this transfer roundup be? Thanks to all of the players and clubs who have it, we've got plenty to present you everyday. We start today's roundup with a player who's aiming for the highest level, and to do it, he may well have to leave his current club to [...]

All Summer 2008 Ligue 1 Transfers

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All French Ligue 1 transfers going through in the summer of 2008 are on this page. For our transfer news column, see our transfer news section. This page is updated frequently, so if you find a transfer not listed here, put it in the comments and we'll add it. This page [...]

Euro 2008 Day 8 Highlights: Sweden 1-2 Spain, Greece 0-1 Russia

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Highlights from the 2nd round of matches from Group D: Spain 2-1 Sweden Highlights Russia 1-0 Greece Highlights "Euro 2008 Day 8 Highlights: Sweden 1-2 Spain, Greece 0-1 Russia" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

France v. Italy - Live Blog - Group C - Euro 2008

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France v. Italy Letzigrund Stadium Group C, Euro 2008 Tuesday 17 June 2008 Kickoff - 20:45 CET, 14:45 EST They don't come any bigger than this one. Two Group of Death teams clash in a World Cup Finals rematch that each team has to win in order to have any shot at advancing to the knock-out round. Both squads are [.

Transfer Rumors (15 June 08): Diarra to Manchester City, Parejo to Arsenal, Joaquin to Tottenham, and more

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It's Sunday, so it's a rest day for many, but transfer speculation doesn't take a day off. However, it's an abbreviated day, so put your feet up, crack open a cold one, and check out the latest transfer news. Manchester City could be set to make an 8 million pound bid for Portsmouth's Lassana [...]

Euro 2008 - Half-Term Report

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16 matches gone, 15 more to go. After the agonisingly long qualification process, the tournament itself feels brutally short - then again, that's probably what makes up most of the excitement at this level, the fact that every match is a final. So how have the 16 teams performed so far? Let's look at it [.

Group of Death sees over 100 arrests made on Friday

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There were more than 100 arrests made in the Euro 2008 host city of Berne on Friday. Twenty people were arrested after a fight between French, Dutch and Swiss fans. A police officer confirmed two people were wounded in the clashes which involved at least forty people. Police also made 105 "temporary arrests" for "minor [.

Watching football on TV vs watching football in person - which is better?

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Chris from EPL Talk recently made the trip to see Netherlands play Italy in Euro 08, and made some very interesting observations. To summarise: The crowds seem quieter in person than they do on TV. The view is terrible (compared to TV, that is). I have to say I agree with Chris on both accounts - I've [.

Euro 2008 Day 7 Highlights: Italy 1-1 Romania, France 1-4 Holland

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The Group of Death lives up to its reputation as both Italy and France are left on the verge of being knocked out as Holland join Portugal and Croatia in the knock-out stages. Italy 1-1 Romania Highlights France 1-4 Holland Highlights First Half Highlights Second Half Highlights "Euro 2008 Day 7 Highlights: Italy 1-1 Romania, France 1-4 Holland" was originally [.

Scolari Watch - Chelsea finally have a top manager

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From the outside Chelsea's efforts to find a new manager over the last few weeks appear to have been conducted in their usual clumsy fashion – with Peter Kenyon running the ship what else did we expect – but there can be no doubt in my opinion that they have landed a top quality replacement [...]

Chelsea - the heart and soul of football?

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Recently Chelsea FC announced their partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA). CAA Sports will be assisting with the club's branding, athlete marketing, touring, stadium development, and corporate partnership development, as well as Chelsea's Corporate Social Responsibility. Peter Kenyon: "Together we can build on Chelsea's global business reputation, its unique position as the only soccer club [.

Aston Villa’s Acorns deal deserves respect

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I was enjoying lunch with a football agent friend of mine yesterday when the Sky Sports News ticker in the room revealed that Aston Villa had ‘given' their shirt sponsorship deal away to a local children's hospice called Acorns. I almost choked on my sandwich. What? A Premier League club has given away £2million worth of [.

Transfer Rumours (14 June 08): Berbatov for Manchester United, Arsenal’s Nasri move a no-go?, Gomes to Tottenham, and more

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So, Manchester United have offered the father of Italian youngster Davide Petrucci, who they recently signed from Roma, a job as a gardener. If his son lives up to his potential, he'll be hiring his own gardener in the future. The Sun says that Manchester United are set to make a 25 million pound [.

Chelsea to sign Deco?

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Today's reports suggested that Deco had met with officials from Chelsea sometime on Thursday, but Sky Sports says that the Portugal playmaker held no such meetings. Instead, BBC understands that a deal has been put in place for Deco to join Scolari at Chelsea next season. Strong interest has been shown in the naturalized Portuguese player [.

Adebayor’s agent waiting for Arsenal to say yes to Milan

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Arsenal is having a tough time holding on to their players, Flamini left on a free transfer and Alexander Hleb is looking to seal a move to either Spain or Germany and now, Adebayor's agent has hinted that his client cannot not say no to an offer from AC Milan. "The player is fine at Arsenal, [...]

Carling Cup 08-09 First Round Draw

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Ties are due to be played in the week commencing 11 August. The draw for the first round of the Carling Cup: Preston v Chesterfield Chester v Leeds Leicester v Stockport Sheff Utd v Port Vale Grimsby v Tranmere Crewe v Barnsley Hartlepool v Scunthorpe Derby v Lincoln Notts County v Doncaster Sheff Wed v Rotherham Shrewsbury v Carlisle Wolves v Accrington Bury v Burnley Rochdale v Oldham Nottm Forest [.

Manchester United sign Roma’s Davide Petrucci

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Manchester United have signed one of Italy's best prospects in the form of striker Davide Petrucci from Italian club Roma, much to the fury of the Italian club and press, according to the Daily Telegraph. After just missing out on Welsh starlet Aaron Ramsey, United moved to sign Italian youngster Petrucci and will pay the [.

Arsenal to lose out on Nasri?

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A few weeks ago, the transfer of Samir Nasri to Arsenal seemed on the brink of completion. But so far Arsenal have failed to conclude deal for the French youngster, with some sources citing money as a main stumbling block. Now, Atletico Madrid are hoping to capitalize on Arsenal's lack of efficiency in the transfer market.

Liverpool to make yet another Barry bid

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According to BBC, Liverpool have already had two bids for Aston Villa captain, Gareth Barry, turned down. However that will not stop them from making a third bid. Rafa Benitez is determined to get his man after it emerged today that Juventus are getting closer and closer to completing a deal for Xabi Alonso.

Polish fans blame Howard Webb for Euro 08 exit

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English referees tend to be in the spotlight in international tournaments for the wrong reasons - Graham Poll with his 3 yellow cards in Germany 06 and now Howard Webb with the penalty award that gave Austria a point and more crucially, effectively ended Poland's Euro 2008 campaign. In the aftermath of the draw, Poland [.

Transfer Rumors (13 June 08): Deco and Ronaldinho to Chelsea, Arsenal look to swap Hleb for Yaya Toure, Milner to Liverpool, and more

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If someone runs into Austria's Ivica Vastic, can you tell him to save some of his lifetime supply of beer for me? Could Luiz Felipe Scolari and Chelsea hijack Manchester City's potential move for Ronaldinho? The Sun says that the new Chelsea boss and former Brazil head man will contact Ronnie in the next [.

Netherlands 1-0 France - Live Blog - Group C - Euro 2008

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Netherlands (Kuyt 9′) 1-0 France Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Group C, Euro 2008 Friday 13 June 2008 Kickoff - 20:45 CET, 14:45 EST High-flying Holland takes on slumping France in this important Group of Death match. Are the Netherlands a legitimate title contender? Can France play up to their potential and actually find the back of the net?

Transfer Rumors (12 June 08): Larsson to Newcastle, Frings to Arsenal, Carvalho could leave Chelsea, Villa put the squeeze on Liverpool for Barry and more

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Just like David Villa might have made himself more money, and potentially earned himself about 27,000 transfer links, with his hat trick against Russia, Turkey's Arda Turan might have Galatasaray hiking up his value after that late cracker to beat Switzerland on Wednesday. Prepare to pay up, Newcastle.

Euro 2008 Highlights Day 5: Portugal 3-1 Czech Republic and Switzerland 1-2 Turkey

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Group A's fate is almost decided with Portugal set to progress and the winner of Turkey / Czech Republic to go through. Portugal 3-1 Czech Republic Switzerland 1-2 Turkey First Half Highlights Second Half "Euro 2008 Highlights Day 5: Portugal 3-1 Czech Republic and Switzerland 1-2 Turkey" was originally published at Soccerlens.

Croatia v Germany - Live Blog - Group B - Euro 2008

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Croatia v Germany Worthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt Group B, Euro 2008 Thursday 12 June 2008 Kickoff - 18:00 CET, 12:00 EST The Group B heavyweights square off in Thursday's first game - the winner will be more or less guaranteed a spot in the next round, and with Portugal's assured performances in Group A both teams will want to win this [.

Can Scolari do better than Grant?

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Chelsea have named their new manager - Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari. Scolari will take over at Stamford Bridge on 1 July. Congratulations Chelsea fans - regardless of where one stood on Avram Grant's impact on Chelsea's performances last season, at least everyone can agree that Scolari has excellent managerial pedigree and will command the [.

Portugal 3-1 Czech Republic - Group A - Euro 2008 - Live Blog

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Czech Republic (Sionko 17′) 1-3 Portugal (Deco 8′, Ronaldo 63′, Quaresma 90′) Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Stade de Geneve, Switzerland Euro 2008, Group A Kickoff: 18:00 CET Portugal beat the Czech Republic 3-1 to take the lead in Group A. Check out our live coverage below... Preview: Czech Republic: Cech, Jankulovski, Ujfalusi, Rozehnal, Grygera, Sionko, Galasek, Plasil, Polak, Matejovsky, Baros.

Ian Blanchard, Head of National Referee Development at the FA, Discusses Law 11 and the Goal by Ruud Van Nistelrooy

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Images courtesy of Ian Blanchard and the English Football Association. In February 2008, I had the pleasure and privilege to interview Mr. Ian Blanchard, who became the Head of National Referee Development at the FA in 2005. He is responsible for the recruitment, retention, and development of all referees involved in the National game through to [.

Euro 2008 Fixtures & Results

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Euro 2008 fixtures and results, all in one place. Bookmark and share away: All times are CET. Saturday 7 June 2008 Nº Group Teams & Kick-Off Time Venue & Stadium 1 Grp A Switzerland 0-1 Czech Rep. Basel - St. Jakob-Park 2 Grp A Portugal 2-0 Turkey Geneva - Stade de Genève .

Euro 2008 Highlights Day 4: Spain 4-1 Russia and Greece 0-2 Sweden

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Video highlights from Euro 2008's 1st round of matches from Group D: Spain vs Russia First Half Second Half Sweden vs Greece "Euro 2008 Highlights Day 4: Spain 4-1 Russia and Greece 0-2 Sweden" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Transfer Rumors (11 June 08): Ramsey (officially) to Arsenal, Liverpool set to make Barry offer Villa can’t refuse, Barton refuses Newcastle pay cut, and more

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Hear that? That's the 'ching ching' that Valencia's bigwigs are dreaming about after David Villa's hat trick for Spain on Tuesday. There's no Villa rumors in today's roundup, but I'm sure there will be soon. So, it's official: Aaron Ramsey will be moving from Cardiff to Arsenal in the next couple of days.

Dutch delight as the Group of Death serves up a classic

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After the tedium of France's insipid goalless draw with Romania in Zurich earlier in the day had left many viewers wondering quite how Group C had earned the clichéd title of "The Group of Death", Holland & Italy served up a footballing treat in the balmy evening heat of Berne. The Dutch went into this [.

Welsh look to wake up to their potential

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England may be conspicuous by their absence in Euro 2008, Scotland and Northern Ireland may feel unlucky while Eire have retreated to lick their wounds but, out of all the home nations, the failure of Wales to travel to Austria and Switzerland hardly ranks on the shock scale. Indeed, bar a somewhat fortunate qualification to [.

Netherlands 3-0 Italy - Live Commentary

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Italy 0-3 Netherlands (Nistelrooy 26′, Sneijder 31′, Bronckhorst 79′) Group C Stade de Suisse, Berne 9 June 2008 Kick-off: 20:45 (CET) Preview: The Group of Death rears its ugly head as two world-class championship contenders go head-to-head in this opening round match. The main storyline coming into this match was about the players who aren't going to play, rather than [.

Euro 2008 Day 3 Highlights: Romania 0-0 France, Netherlands 3-0 Italy

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Romania vs France Highlights First Half Highlights Second Half Highlights Netherlands vs Italy Highlights Netherlands 1-0 Italy Netherlands 2-0 Italy Netherlands 3-0 Italy For more football videos visit goalcentre.com. "Euro 2008 Day 3 Highlights: Romania 0-0 France, Netherlands 3-0 Italy" was originally published at Soccerlens.

Portuguese FA suspends 26 referees on corruption charges

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The Portuguese FA have suspended 26 referees who were involved in the 'Golden Whistle' match-fixing scandal. Portuguese champions Porto were docked six points as a result of the investigation into the affair, while Boavista were relegated and handed a 180,000 euro fine and already-relegated Uniao de Leiria were docked three points.

Do Manchester United have a case against Real Madrid over Ronaldo?

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Manchester United have 'officially' complained to Fifa over Real Madrid's alleged 'tapping-up' of Cristiano Ronaldo. The complaint consists of a set of documents outlining United's concerns over Real Madrid's approach. Under Fifa rules (explained below) there isn't any set punishment if (and it's a BIG IF) Real Madrid are found to be in the wrong [.

Transfer Rumors (10 June 08): Ramsey to Arsenal, Barry (finally) to Liverpool, Reyes to Newcastle, and more

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When we've been working hard for a while, we can't help but look forward to having a vacation. However, sometimes you might miss something when you're away, like today's transfer roundup, or signing a promising young midfielder. It looks like Arsenal, not Manchester United, are now the favorites to sign Aaron Ramsey.

08/09 Premier League Kits

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There are four ways you can find out which clubs have new kits for the 08/09 Premier League season. You can: 1) Wait for the season to start (when you can catch the first home / away game and hence a glimpse of the new kits). If you want to be the last person to get [...]

Netherlands 3-0 Italy: O’ Cannavaro Where Art Thou?

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Netherlands 3-0 Italy. The Azzurri's adventure at Euro 2008 could not have started worse. 3 goals like the 3 words which can be used to describe today's match: offside, counter-attack, and defense (or lack thereof). Why offside? The pivotal point of the match (Italy's poor performance aside) was without question the controversial non-call on Ruud [.

The US are ready for their World Cup Qualifiers

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When you think of USA vs. Argentina, the first thing that might come to your mind is 'demolition' or 'crushing defeat'. As an avid US Soccer fan, those were the words I was hoping wouldn't have to be thought about, talked about, whispered, anything at all. To my surprise, I turned on the [...]

Footbo.com Review

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Footbo, a new social community network for football fans from all around the world has launched, providing users with access to team and player profiles, blogs of other users as well as football personalities, predictions and much more... Created for and by supporters of the game, Footbo.com is the online international network entirely dedicated to [.

Mr Capello I wish you luck - you’ll need it!

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NB. The following article is a spoof letter addressing a current issue within the game. It is intended to be light hearted and is not intended to offend anyone. If you are a reader who does not enjoy this feature on a Monday, please spare yourself the agony of reading it! This week, after watching the [.

The Poor Man’s Dilemma

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Am I poor or rich? As an Englishman, I can throw my support behind whichever team I want, without betraying allegiance to my home country – which, embarrassingly didn't manage to qualify for the Euro 2008 tournament. But at the end of the day, I can't scream and shout, jump up and down, or [...]

Transfer Rumors (09 June 08): Drogba out, Eto’o in at Chelsea, Riise set to leave Liverpool, Ben Arfa to snub Arsenal

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It's a new day and a new week, and soon enough, some big names could have new homes, if what's in today's transfer roundup is true. Chelsea have given AC Milan permission to open talks with Didier Drogba, but strangely enough, they aren't willing to sell Andriy Shevchenko back to his old club. Rumor [.

Euro 2008 Day 2 Highlights: Austria 0-1 Croatia and Germany 2-0 Poland

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Austria vs Croatia Highlights First Half Highlights Second Half Highlights Germany vs Poland Highlights First Half Highlights Second Half Highlights Brought to you by goalcentre.com "Euro 2008 Day 2 Highlights: Austria 0-1 Croatia and Germany 2-0 Poland" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Transfer Rumors (08 June 08): Deco to Chelsea, Bendtner to Liverpool, Given to Arsenal, and more

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Transfer speculation doesn't take a day off, and in such case, neither do I, because I like to bring all the latest rumors and news to you. The Daily Mail says that Barcelona's Deco is poised to spurn Inter for Chelsea for a fee of 15 million pounds, which could clear the way [...]

Euro 2008 Day 1 Highlights: Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic and Portugal 2-0 Turkey

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Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic Match Highlights Goal(s) Portugal 2-0 Turkey First Half Highlights Second Half Highlights Goal(s) For more goal videos visit goalcentre.com. "Euro 2008 Day 1 Highlights: Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic and Portugal 2-0 Turkey" was originally published at Soccerlens.

Germany v Poland - Group B - Euro 2008

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Germany v Poland, Group B Worthersee, Klagenfurt 8 June 2008 Kick-off: 20:45 CET The Euro 2008 Group B clash between Germany and Poland promises to be a heated event, based on the atmosphere in the media these past few days. A Polish magazine published a picture of Poland manager Leo Beenhakker holding chopped off heads of two German players, [.

Austria v Croatia - Group B - Euro 2008

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Austria v Croatia, Group B Ernst Happel, Vienna 8 June 2008 Kick-off: 18:00 CET A historical moment awaits on Sunday as Euro 2008 hosts Austria play their first ever match at a European Championship. Opponents are Croatia, who managed to keep England out of this tournament. Ten years after participating at their first World Cup, Austria now prepare to [.

Portugal v Turkey - Group A - Euro 2008

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Portugal (Pepe 61, Raul Meireles 90) 2-0 Turkey Stade de Geneve, Geneva 7 June 2008 Kick-off: 20:45 CET A goal from defender Pepe lifted Portugal to a deserved 2-0 victory over Turkey in their Euro 2008 Group A opener on Saturday in Geneva. Pepe thought he had given Portugal the lead in the 17th minute when he headed in [.

Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic - Group A - Euro 2008

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Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic (Sverkos 70′) St Jakob's Park, Basel 7 June 2008 Kick-off: 18:00 CET The Czech Republic have won the opening match of the 2008 European Championships despite being on the backfoot (the Swiss led in possession and shots on goal) for the whole game. Hosts Switzerland were beaten 1-0 in Basel, and with this defeat [.

Spain’s Euro 2008 - Can the most talented squad win Euro 08?

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As a Spain fan I approach every major international competition with a mixture of hope and despair. Hope because often Spain enters the tournament on a good run and with a squad full of talented players, despair because Spain usually goes out of the tournament by the quarterfinals or earlier. In fact [.

Soccerlens Predictor

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We're proud to announce the beta launch of the Soccerlens Predictor - a unique football predictions platform using community intelligence and historical data to help you make the best possible predictions. The upside? You can bet using virtual money and compete for monthly prizes along the way. The SL Predictor has been built in collaboration [.

Have we always been at war with Eastasia?

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In conversation recently, I made the observation that it is impossible or even churlish to ignore the season Manchester United have had. Winning the League, the European Cup, plus the incredible goal-scoring feats of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo excepted, there were very few if any United players, I maintained, who were head and shoulders better [.

Transfer Rumors (07 June 08): Alves set for Barcelona, Berbatov to AC Milan, Riera (or Milner) to Liverpool, and more

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Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /var/www/html/so/soccerlens.com/wp-content/plugins/exec-php.php(45) : eval()'d code on line 5 "Transfer Rumors (07 June 08): Alves set for Barcelona, Berbatov to AC Milan, Riera (or Milner) to Liverpool, and more" was originally published at Soccerlens.

Milan target Adebayor, Berbatov, Drogba, Eto’o and Gomez

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Personally I think Premier League clubs are way too uptight - everyone should go through the press for their transfer business, like Madrid, Barcelona and now Milan seem to be doing. AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has said that 5 strikers are on Milan's list of transfer targets - Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal), Didier Drogba (Chelsea), [.

Giovani Dos Santos to Tottenham - Spurs agree 5-year, £8.6m deal with Barcelona

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Tottenham will sign 19-year-old Giovani dos Santos from Barcelona on a 5-year deal, subject to a medical and agreeing personal terms. The Mexico international will move to Tottenham in a deal which will cost an initial £4.7m and could rise to £8.6m depending on appearances. Barcelona have retained the right to 20% of any fee should [.

Jens Lehmann - the man on the spot for Germany

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Jens Lehmann is many things. Temperamental. Outspoken. High strung. However, the most enduring quality about Lehmann is probably his inconsistency. The only thing predictable about him is that he is totally and completely unpredictable. He'll mix moments of sustained brilliance with moments of jaw-dropping incompetence.

Shinawatra ends the chaos at Manchester City

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After Manchester City's catastrophic 8-1 reverse at Middlesbrough on the final day of the 2007-8 season, Sven Goran-Eriksson, and a substantial proportion of the club's supporters, wanted a quick decision on the Swede's future. Eriksson's declaration that a decision should be made within hours of that match was the clearest indication that he wanted to [.

Euro 2008 - Group A Head-to-Head Records

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Head to head records for Euro 2008's Group A participants - Switzerland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Turkey. Group A Head-to-Heads . Head-to-head Switzerland v Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia Played Wins Switzerland Draws Wins Czech Rep. All Venues 30 8 6 16 In Switzerland 15 6 3 6 In Czech Rep.

Euro 2008 - Group B Head-to-Head Records

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Head to head records for Euro 2008's Group B participants - Austria, Croatia, Germany and Poland. Group B Head-to-Heads . Head-to-head Austria v Croatia Played Wins Austria Draws Wins Croatia All Venues 3 0 0 3 In Austria 2 0 0 2 In Croatia 1 0 0 1 Neutral 0 0 0 0 Competitive Matches 0 0 0 0 European Championship 0 0 0 0 [.

Euro 2008 - Group C Head-to-Head Records

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Head to head records for Euro 2008's Group C participants - France, Italy, Netherlands, Romania. Group C Head-to-Heads . Head-to-head Romania v France Played Wins Romania Draws Wins France All Venues 10 3 1 6 In Romania 3 2 0 1 In France 6 1 1 4 Neutral 1 0 0 1 Competitive Matches 3 0 1 2 European Championship 1 0 0 1 Date [.

Euro 2008 - Group D Head-to-Head Records

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Head to head records for Euro 2008's Group D participants - Spain, Sweden, Russia, Greece. Group D Head-to-Heads . Head-to-head Spain v Soviet Union/Russia Played Wins Spain Draws Wins Russia All Venues 8 4 3 1 In Spain 6 3 3 0 In Russia 1 0 0 1 Neutral 1 1 0 0 Competitive Matches 4 2 1 1 European Championship 2 2 0 0 [.

Euro 2008 News (06 June 08): Poland lose Kuba for finals, Vieira trains, Barnetta fit for Swiss

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After four years of waiting, Euro 2008 is only a day away. If you're not fit, you better be doing all you can to make it happen, and if you're healthy, it's not a great time to get hurt. Just ask Poland about the latter... Group A Co-hosts Switzerland got a big boost on [...]

Euro 2008 - Head-to-Head Records

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Just over a day to go before Euro 2008 kicks off, and we're going to wrap up (hopefully) our preview with some more numbers - this time the head to head records for each of the four groups. We've done a lot in terms of Euro 08 coverage - to get the full breadth / [...]

William Gallas on mental strength, scoring goals and more

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France international and Arsenal captain William Gallas in another one of Nike's "What I Know" series of clips. WPvideo 1.10 Download this video You can also catch a previous video from Nike, What Wayne Rooney Knows... "William Gallas on mental strength, scoring goals and more" was originally published at Soccerlens.

Transfer Rumors (06 June 08): Dos Santos to Spurs, Taylor to leave Newcastle, Adebayor to AC Milan, Hleb to Barcelona and more

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I'll spare you the Cristiano Ronaldo talk for today, because I'm sure you've already read all there is to read on his most recent comments. However, there is plenty more to report on today, starting with a couple of potential exits at Arsenal. According to reports in Italy, Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor [.

The price to pay for Cristiano Ronaldo

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It's one thing to wake up to a bad dream - that, you know is not true. It's quite another to wake up to the realization of a nightmare, and this morning the Ronaldo saga has definitely taken the nightmarish twist that had beckoned ever since the winger refused to quash any speculation on [...]

Who’s That Player - Euro 2008 Edition

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You think you know enough about football? Then would you care to share your knowledge with the, um... world? Below are descriptions of seven different players who will feature at the upcoming European Championships. My goal is to misguide you and I will use any tools available to me except lies. So, have fun and [.

England and Euro 2008

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England is a nation united, a land awash with colour and excitement. The Crosses of St George hang proudly in shops, homes and offices and the Three Lions shirt is the must have summer fashion accessory. Holidays to sunnier climes are deemed unnecessary while football fans and those unusual folk not usually bothered about the [.

Goalkeepers and Technology in Football

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With professional goalkeepers complaining about the new EURO 2008 ball, I feel like, as a member of the greatest union in football, I need to shed some light on this subject. Besides, Steve wanted my opinion. Firstly, yes, technology is making our job much harder in recent times. Beginning as early as the adidas Predator boots, [.

Euro 2008 News (05 June 08): Spain squeaks by U.S., Russia blows Lithuania away, Austrian players get lazy

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The start of Euro 2008 is only two days away, which means this is the worst time to get injured, or in Austria's case, to get a little lazy. Group A Switzerland still have an injury worry, as defender Patrick Mueller is unsure as to whether he'll be ready to play in the opener [...]

Euro 2008 Interviews with David Villa, Gianluigi Buffon and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Our friends SoccerNews.com have just released 3 video interviews as part of their Euro 2008 previews. The interviews feature David Villa, Gianluigi Buffon and Zlatan Ibrahimovich. I don't need to hype this one - each player is a star for their team and an integral part of their success. Here are the interviews: David Villa Gianluigi [.

Transfer Rumors (05 June 08): Altidore to Villareal, Arshavin to Schalke, Campbell to Hull, and more

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Manchester United have a fight on their hands for Cardiff's Aaron Ramsey, even though they seem to be leading the race for the youngster. Arsenal and Everton have also had their bids approved, and Liverpool could join the race soon as well. Rumor Rating: 5 - In a report by the Daily Mirror, Manchester [.

Who’s That Manager - Euro 2008 Edition

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There is a feeling of restlessness among football fans; for many of us Saturday evening just cannot come soon enough. So, to make the hours shorter, I have devised a little game that should take you a good while to complete. It is a new (and improved?) version of "Who's That Manager?" which I published earlier [.

Porto banned from Champions League next season

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Uefa has banned Porto from next season's Champions League because of alleged bribery of referees in the 2003-04 (yes, Mourinho's season). The decision comes after the lengthy "Golden Whistle" investigation into alleged attempts to illegally influence the outcome of two Portuguese league matches. The affair in Portugal, which came to light in April 2004, also [.

Manchester United at Euro 2008

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For a club that's conquered England and Europe this season, you'd expect Manchester United to have more than 5 players going to Euro 2008. But United's squad is both English (or British) in its core and cosmopolitan in its nature - from South America to South Korea with a heavy dose of British talent [.

Manchester United v Portsmouth in Nigeria - a prelude to Game 39?

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Manchester United will play Portsmouth in a pre-season exhibition match in Nigeria in July right after Manchester United's pre-season tour in South Africa. At a press conference at Old Trafford today, chief executive David Gill confirmed the game against the FA Cup winners will be added to United's existing commitments in Africa.

Euro 2008 Statistics

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More Euro 2008 statistics and data to feast on before and during the summer tournament. What's included: players with the most games / goals at the Euros, the oldest and youngest players and scorers ever, all-time country rankings and which clubs and leagues are the most represented at this year's European Championships.

Hughes swaps Blackburn for Manchester City, but can he swap Uefa Cup for the Champions League?

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Manchester City have confirmed that Mark Hughes has signed a three year deal with the club and that the Eastlands outfit has also agreed to a compensation package with Blackburn Rovers. Thaksin Shinawatra on Hughes: "He's an outstanding manager who has achieved many things with Blackburn. Mark was always the first choice of our new executive chairman, [.

How to behave during Euro 2008

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Just came across a guide to anally-retentive politically correct behavior for fans visiting Austria and Switzerland for Euro 2008: Dignity and restraint, even in the wake of a scintillating victory or a disastrous loss, are essential during Euro 2008, says Austria's etiquette guru Thomas Schaefer-Elmayer.

Euro 2008 News (04 June 08): Goian boost for Romania, Russia waits on Pogrebnyak

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There are only three more days to go before Euro 2008 begins, and though it's an abbreviated day in the news, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Euro 2008 News All of the pre-tournament doping tests have come back negative, which is good news for everyone involved. If anyone has any issues with [.

Euro 2008 free-kick and penalty takers

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"Set Pieces: for and against - ignore them at your peril", so said former England manager Graham Taylor in a quote immortalised in the 1994 documentary - Do I Not Like that. The same could be said for a gambler looking to bet on Euro 2008 - which teams do what and who does it for [...]

Transfer Rumors (04 June 08): Ramsey to United, Aimar to Newcastle, Villa to Chelsea, Arsenal or Spurs and more

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There has been no 'official' statement from Cristiano Ronaldo yet, but according to numerous reports, he is already telling friends and family in Portugal that his heart's set on a move to Real Madrid, either this year or next. Rumor Rating: 3 - Until something comes out of his mouth, whether it's good [.

Best Goalkeeper in Euro 2008 is…?

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John Stevanja has profiled the 16 teams going to Euro 2008, taken a good, hard look at their goalkeepers and come up with a list of the best keepers on display in Austria - Switzerland this summer, categorised by their starting group. It's between Buffon and Casillas in my view, what do you guys think?

Arsene Wenger Exclusive - teaching the Arsenal Way

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Update: Added Shooting (2) and Technique (3) videos. The featured video gives us a behind-the-doors look at Arsene Wenger's training philosophy as the Arsenal manager takes a training session with the winners of the Nike "Deadly 5″ competition. Definitely not something you get to see every day: WPvideo 1.

The Euro Ended Before It Even Began For Fabio Cannavaro

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Photo courtesy of Paul Blank, www.postproduktie.nl. On Monday, in a training accident in Austria, Fabio Cannavaro, the "Berlin Wall" and the great captain of the Italian National Team, saw his Euro 2008 experience end before it even began. "Fabio Cannavaro, il capitano azzurro, si è infortunato mettendo male il piede, dopo aver avuto un contatto con [.

No friendly fun for Three Lions quartet

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Fabio Capello took his 22-man England squad all the way to play a friendly international against Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday, but left four players wondering why they even bothered to board the plane. With 11 set to start and special dispensation to field seven substitutes instead of six at the request of FIFA's vice-president [.

Ebbsfleet United and MyFC: Where do they go from here?

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As seasons go, Ebbsfleet United's 2007/08 can rank a successful. Their first appearance at Wembley resulted in a well-deserved victory over Torquay to take the FA Trophy. Liam Daish's team also had another top-half finish and, in a strong league, kept in touch with the playoffs until close to the end of the season.

Euro 2008 Roundup (03 June 08): Cannavaro out, Vieira in doubt

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There's not a lot going on in the news today, but of the few headlines, there is one pretty significant one, and it's not good news if you're an Italy fan. Group A Switerland coach Koebi Kuhn had a family emergency to deal with on Monday, as his wife suffered an epileptic attack, which [...]

Transfer Rumors (03 June 08): Ronaldinho to Manchester City, Roque Santa Cruz to Manchester United, de la Red to Arsenal, and more

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There's still no news on what Cristiano Ronaldo plans to do, but that should be coming sometime today. So, thankfully for those who want a break from him, there's no Ronaldo spec in today's transfer roundup. There is, however, Manchester United-related news, which I'll start with. According to The Sun, Manchester [.

All Summer 2008 Premier League Transfers

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All Premier League transfers going through in the summer of 2008 are on this page. For our transfer rumours column see our transfer news section. This page is updated frequently, so if you find a transfer not listed here put it in the comments and we'll add it. This page lists Premier League clubs only, [.

Over-30s set to shine at Euro 2008

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Top-level international football is a young man's game these days, but try telling that to this lot. I've scoured the 16 squads at Euro 2008 to find an experienced XI of gnarled veterans that could potentially edge the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas out of the limelight given a following wind!

Jack Warner, Unethical or Savvy?

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Jack Warner is the President of Concacaf, Vice-President of FIFA, and one of the sketchiest businessmen you could encounter. His questionable ethics when it pertains to advancing his own self-interest and that of Trinidad & Tobago are legendary. As a proud supporter of the Yanks, I get scared every time Jack Warner is [.

adidas EUROPASS: Field-Testing the official Euro 2008 Football

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Images courtesy of adidas. As is their custom, adidas designed a new football for Euro 2008. "Like +Teamgeist™, the official match ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, the adidas "EUROPASS" is constructed out of 14 panels using revolutionary Thermal Bonding Technology. This combined with the new PSC-Texture™ surface structure gives the "EUROPASS" its perfect handling characteristics [.

Euro 2008 Roundup (02 June 08): Altintop may be out for Turkey, Switzerland’s Streller to call it quits, Greece, Sweden, and Poland disappoint

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Euro 2008 warm-ups are wrapping up, as the countdown to the start of the competition is inside the six-day mark. No one wants to enter the tournament on the wrong foot, but a few teams didn't make positive impressions in their final warm-ups. There's also some injury news to report, which is [...]

Transfer Rumors (02 June 08): Essien to Inter, Trochowski to Arsenal, Zambrotta to AC Milan, and more

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I apologize if your weekend flew by so quickly, but if it did, I hope you at least had fun. Now, it's back to business, which means it's time for Monday's transfer roundup. So, Cristiano Ronaldo says that there will be definitive news on his future in two or three days. [...]

Fergie: Dear Calderon, please leave Ronaldo alone

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NB. The following article is a spoof letter addressing a current issue within the game. It is intended to be light hearted and is not intended to offend anyone. If you are a reader who does not enjoy this feature on a Monday, please spare yourself the agony of reading it! This week, due to my [...]

Should Mark Hughes accept the Manchester City offer?

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When they finally pulled the trigger, it came as a relief - finally things could move forward at Eastlands and the preparations for next season could begin. The new manager might even be able to keep Dunne onside, although that depends a lot on who the new manager is and for how long Shinawatra [...

Mourinho officially Inter - can the Special Ones win the Champions League?

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Even if Jose Mourinho wins FA in his Inter tenure, one thing is guaranteed - he will raise Chelsea's Inter's profile through the press in an astronomical way. Whether he baits the media and opposition managers and players with the same 'hate me if you can' approach or whether he shows us a different [.

The truth behind the Robinho-Ronaldo swap story

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Robinho (speaking to Portuguese paper A Bola): "I have never hidden away my wish to remain at Real Madrid, but if the interest is serious I will have no problem leaving Real Madrid as the interest from Manchester United and Chelsea makes me very proud. There are proposals, yes. One is from Manchester United which would be [.

The truth behind the Robinho-Ronaldo swap story

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Robinho (speaking to Portuguese paper A Bola): "I have never hidden away my wish to remain at Real Madrid, but if the interest is serious I will have no problem leaving Real Madrid as the interest from Manchester United and Chelsea makes me very proud. There are proposals, yes. One is from Manchester United which would be [.

Mourinho officially Inter - can the Special Ones win the Champions League?

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Even if Jose Mourinho wins FA in his Inter tenure, one thing is guaranteed - he will raise Chelsea's Inter's profile through the press in an astronomical way. Whether he baits the media and opposition managers and players with the same 'hate me if you can' approach or whether he shows us a different [.

Should Mark Hughes accept the Manchester City offer?

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When they finally pulled the trigger, it came as a relief - finally things could move forward at Eastlands and the preparations for next season could begin. The new manager might even be able to keep Dunne onside, although that depends a lot on who the new manager is and for how long Shinawatra [...

Fergie: Dear Calderon, please leave Ronaldo alone

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NB. The following article is a spoof letter addressing a current issue within the game. It is intended to be light hearted and is not intended to offend anyone. If you are a reader who does not enjoy this feature on a Monday, please spare yourself the agony of reading it! This week, due to my [...]

adidas EUROPASS: Field-Testing the official Euro 2008 Football

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Images courtesy of adidas. As is their custom, adidas designed a new football for Euro 2008. "Like +Teamgeist™, the official match ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, the adidas "EUROPASS" is constructed out of 14 panels using revolutionary Thermal Bonding Technology. This combined with the new PSC-Texture™ surface structure gives the "EUROPASS" its perfect handling characteristics [.

Euro 2008 Roundup (02 June 08): Altintop may be out for Turkey, Switzerland’s Streller to call it quits, Greece, Sweden, and Poland disappoint

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Euro 2008 warm-ups are wrapping up, as the countdown to the start of the competition is inside the six-day mark. No one wants to enter the tournament on the wrong foot, but a few teams didn't make positive impressions in their final warm-ups. There's also some injury news to report, which is [...]

Transfer Rumors (02 June 08): Essien to Inter, Trochowski to Arsenal, Zambrotta to AC Milan, and more

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I apologize if your weekend flew by so quickly, but if it did, I hope you at least had fun. Now, it's back to business, which means it's time for Monday's transfer roundup. So, Cristiano Ronaldo says that there will be definitive news on his future in two or three days. [...]

Jack Warner, Unethical or Savvy?

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Jack Warner is the President of Concacaf, Vice-President of FIFA, and one of the sketchiest businessmen you could encounter. His questionable ethics when it pertains to advancing his own self-interest and that of Trinidad & Tobago are legendary. As a proud supporter of the Yanks, I get scared every time Jack Warner is [.

Over-30s set to shine at Euro 2008

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Top-level international football is a young man's game these days, but try telling that to this lot. I've scoured the 16 squads at Euro 2008 to find an experienced XI of gnarled veterans that could potentially edge the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas out of the limelight given a following wind!

All Summer 2008 Premier League Transfers

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All Premier League transfers going through in the summer of 2008 are on this page. For our transfer rumours column see our transfer news section. This page is updated frequently, so if you find a transfer not listed here put it in the comments and we'll add it. This page lists Premier League clubs only, [.

Top 50 Ranked Teams in FIFA and Elo (30 May 2008)

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President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter of FIFA. As a follow-up to my last article about the World Football Elo Ratings, Ahmed asked me to provide the top 50 teams from the latest FIFA rankings, along with the corresponding ratings from the Elo. But first, I will discuss the FIFA system, and how it is calculated.

World Football Elo Ratings for Euro 2008 - an alternative to FIFA rankings?

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Four years ago, Dan Leo told me about a new ranking system. At least, it was new to me. Like most of us, I had grown accustomed to the monthly FIFA rankings. Those rankings were quoted by the media and other football commentators as the only source, and often, they seemed to create controversy. [...

Euro 2008 Roundup (01 June 08): Injury concerns for Romania and Russia, co-hosts wrap up preparations in style

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With a week to go before Euro 2008 starts, the 16 participants are busy with their final tune-ups before next weekend. Some teams look to be on firmer ground than others as they go through their final warm-up matches and training sessions before the real action begins. Who's looking good heading into [.

Transfer Rumors (01 June 08): Ribery to Liverpool, Guiza to Arsenal, Maloney to Sunderland, and more

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It may be the weekend, but that doesn't mean the transfer rumors are taking a break. There's plenty still going on, and while there aren't any deals to report in today's roundup, a few could be imminent. Liverpool are reportedly preparing to make a big-money bid for Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, who [.