SoccerLens Archives for January 2008

Roy Keane on Portsmouth chasing Tottenham’s Kaboul

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Roy Keane (on hearing that Pompey have talked to Tottenham defender Y. Kaboul): "I know for a fact we are the only club to have agreed fees with Tottenham because they have kept us updated with what is going on. "So it is very strange to find out that other managers are speaking to these players. "As far [.

Does the Bundesliga lack the financial strength to succeed in Europe?

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The 2008/09 Bundesliga season is set to get underway in a couple of weeks, but instead of looking forward to whether someone will be able to wrangle the title away from Bayern Munich, the league, its clubs, and its fans may be looking more towards the future right now. Currently, the league, the German [.

Transfer Rumors (30 July 08): Tottenham close on Bentley, Fulham in shock swoop for German star, Newcastle nab French defender, and more

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There's only one more month to go in the summer transfer window, and with seasons set to begin around Europe's top leagues very soon, a lot of clubs are scrambling to get holes filled and squads solidified before the competitive action gets underway. So, there are some done deals to report in today's roundup, [.

Sunderland: Four Reasons Why the Giant is Awakening

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Two years ago, Sunderland were the laughing stock of the English Premier League. The Black Cats finished the 2005/06 season with an embarrassing 15 points - a record only topped by Derby this past season. A new era began at the club in 2006, though, as legendary midfielder Roy Keane was appointed manager of the club.

Modern footballers hold clubs and fans hostage

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When you're hot, you're hot... and doesn't the modern day footballer know it. A few months ago Robbie Keane pledged his future to Tottenham Hotspur saying "I'm having a summer off without people ringing saying 'Are you going here, are you going there?'... I am more than happy here (at Tottenham) and I want to stay [.

Lawro to manage Premier League All-Star Team?

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Lawro makes a disastrous move into management.... If you've ever wanted to see John Terry being ripped to death by Chihuahuas this is your chance. Having grown bored of punditry, Lawro's finally making a move into management with the fantasy football. But with a paralysed Michael Owen, an Arsenal team who won't shoot, and a Sean Wright [.

Lawro to manage Premier League All-Star Team?

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Lawro makes a disastrous move into management... If you've ever wanted to see John Terry being ripped to death by Chihuahuas this is your chance. Having grown bored of punditry Lawro's finally making a move into management with the fantasy football. But with a paralysed Michael Owen, an Arsenal team who won't shoot, and a Sean Wright [.

Does the Bundesliga lack the financial strength to succeed in Europe?

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The 2008/09 Bundesliga season is set to get underway in a couple of weeks, but instead of looking forward to whether someone will be able to wrangle the title away from Bayern Munich, the league, its clubs, and its fans may be looking more towards the future right now. Currently, the league, the German [.

Transfer Rumors (30 July 08): Tottenham close on Bentley, Fulham in shock swoop for German star, Newcastle nab French defender, and more

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There's only one more month to go in the summer transfer window, and with seasons set to begin around Europe's top leagues very soon, a lot of clubs are scrambling to get holes filled and squads solidified before the competitive action gets underway. So, there are some done deals to report in today's roundup, [.

Sunderland: 4 Reasons Why the Giant is Awakening

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Two years ago, Sunderland were the laughing stock of the English Premier League. The Black Cats finished the 2005/06 season with an embarrassing 15 points - a record only topped by Derby this past season. A new era began at the club in 2006, though, as legendary midfielder Roy Keane was appointed manager of the club.

Modern footballers hold clubs and fans hostage

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When your hot, your hot... and doesn't the modern day footballer know it. A few months ago Robbie Keane pledged his future to Tottenham Hotspur saying "I'm having a summer off without people ringing saying 'Are you going here, are you going there?'... I am more than happy here (at Tottenham) and I want to stay [.

Roy Keane on Portsmouth chasing Tottenham’s Kaboul

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Roy Keane (on hearing that Pompey have talked to Tottenham defender Y. Kaboul): "I know for a fact we are the only club to have agreed fees with Tottenham because they have kept us updated with what is going on. "So it is very strange to find out that other managers are speaking to these players. "As far [.

Transfer Rumors (29 July 08): Liverpool tie up Keane, Man United to bid for Henry, Arsenal move for Udinese’s Inler, and more

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There's quite a lot of money being thrown about and quite a lot to talk about in today's transfer roundup. Let's get to it, shall we? England Liverpool have sealed a £20.3m deal for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane. Rumor Rating: 5 - Fernando Torres is a happy, happy man right now. Liverpool needed to [.

Non-league football: the breeding ground for tomorrow’s talent

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Like any sport, football has a soft romantic underbelly. One of the reasons the FA Cup is held in much higher regard than any other knockout competition in this country is the notion of a group of part-time binmen triumphing against the mega-rich Premier League superstars. Running this a close second is the rags-to-riches tale [.

A closer look at the Australian 2008 Olympic squad

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Australia's U23 team (often referred to as the Olyroos, a variation of the senior team's title "Socceroos") has had mixed fortunes at the Olympic Games since the U23 format was introduced for the Barcelona games in 1992. Prior to Barcelona, Australia had only fielded two teams, one in the Melbourne Games in 1956 (where [.

Is the BBC killing Nigerian Football?

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Take a honest account of the sad state of affairs in Nigerian football - corruption, lack of money, the lack of love from the locals, etc etc. Bring in a 'journalist' working under a deadline to produce an catchy, quotable punchline to the story to make it instantly promotable. Add a healthy helping of the [.

Serie A 2008-2009 Fixtures

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The Serie A fixture list was released last week, and the first match day of the campaign offers up the chance for an early look at how the races for the scudetto and European places could take shape. Jose Mourinho may say he doesn't care about the fixture list, but it certainly has handed [...]

Arsenal youngest, Manchester United oldest?

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Is it possible to be too old to win a title? Sir Alex Ferguson certainly thinks so. According to him, Chelsea are too old to win a title. At least, that's how the Guardian interpreted Sir Alex's comments (and far be it for someone to suggest that a British newspaper somehow [...]

Robbie Keane and Claudine Palmer land in Liverpool

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Before this summer, Robbie Keane and Ledley King were two players you never thought would leave Tottenham. Quality players capable of walking into the starting lineups of the top 4 sides, captain and vice-captain at the club, fiercely loyal and true icons in every sense of the word. But even as Juande Ramos begins his 'revolution' [.

Ivory Coast 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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The Ivory Coast Olympic football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Gérard Gili (55) Goalkeepers: Vincent de Paul Angban (23) (ASEC Mimosas) Christian Fabrice Okoua (16) (Africa Sports) Defenders: Serges Wawa (22) (ASEC Mimosas) Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba (21) (CFR Cluj, Romania) Souleymane Bamba (23) (Dunfermline, Scotland) Angoua Brou Benjamin (21) (Budapest Honvéd, Hungary) Mamadou Bagayoko (18) (Africa Sports) Mekeme Tamla Ladji (22) (Beveren, Belgium) Midfielders: Hervé Kambou (23) (Charleloi, Belgium) Kafoumba [.

Nigeria 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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Nigeria's Olympic Football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Samson Siasia (43) Goalkeepers: Ambruse Vanzekin (22) (Akwa United) Ezenwa Ikechukwu (19) (Ocean Boys) Defenders: Chibuzor Okonkwo (?) (Bayelsa United) Taye Taiwo (23) (Olympique Marsielle, France) Onyekachi Apam (22) (Nice, France) Dele Adeleye (19) (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands) James Monday (22) (Bayelsa United) Adefemi Olubayo (22) (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel) Efe Ambrose (19) (Kaduna United) Midfielders: Sani Kaita (22) (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands) Isaac Promise (20) [.

Cameroon 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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Cameroon's Olympic football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Jules Frédéric Nyongha (62) Goalkeepers: Amour Patrick Tingyemb (23) (Tonnerre Yaoundé) Joslain Mayebi (21) (Hakoah Maccabi Amidar Ramat Gan, Israel) Defenders: Antonio Ghomsy (24) (Messina, Italy) André Bikey (23) (Reading, England) Alexandre Song (20) (Arsenal, England) Paul Rolland Bebey Kingué (21) (Les Astres) Nicolas Nkoulou (18) (Monaco, France) Alexis Enam (21) (Club Africain, Tunisia) Midfielders: Albert Baning (23) (Paris Saint-Germain, France) Stéphane [.

Transfer Rumors (28 July 08): Everton rebuffed in Moutinho chase, Tottenham after Brazilian winger, Newcastle make bid for Senderos, after two more, and more

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Guess who's back? A hurricane in the area knocked out the electricity for a few days, but I'm alive and in one piece, and I'm back to deliver all the latest in the world of transfers. It appears that I've missed a lot, but thanks to Ahmed, you haven't. Big thanks to Ahmed [...]

How can the likes of Hull City survive in the Premier League?

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Teams promoted from the Championship to the Premier League - or any lower division to a higher one, for that matter - are usually faced with an enormous problem. How can they achieve any modicum of success with a team of players who are technically and probably tactically inferior to a majority of the opposition [.

Twenty20 Football?

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With the success of Twenty20 cricket in raising the profile and popularity of the most benign of sports, radical FA plans to create a rival Twenty20 have been leaked to reputable papers (like The Sun). Cricket boffins realised that to get anyone interested who wasn't an MP, a Lord or Nasser Hussain, they had to [.

3 dumb things Guardian has done this week

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Let me preface this by saying that I have a love-hate relationship with the Guardian. I love the community, I love the quality of writing and it's in my top two alongside the BBC. However, they tend to exaggerate and paint extreme scenarios and in the process get things completely wrong. And it's not just [.

Canaries in the Coal Mine

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It's been observed that the Brazilian women's football team could use a little luck. They've been *nearly* to the top in some huge games, including the 2007 World Cup (in which they lost 2-0 to Germany) and 2004 Olympics (2-1 to the US in extra time). But, alas, As Canarinhas find themselves in the group of [.

Soccerlens 08/09 Championship Fantasy Football

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The English Championship 08/09 season stars in just 2 weeks and the League season starts in 4 weeks and the Soccerlens Championship Fantasy Football League is now open for business. Budding managers will be given a budget of £10 million to select their best XI, including being able to choose a Captain whose points score [.

The Arsenal Way - sponsors convince Gunners to train Indian kids

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Arsenal staff recently held a 2-week coaching program in Calcutta and selected 16 schoolboys for a training program at the Emirates dubbed 'The Arsenal Way'. The boys, aged between 10 and 15, are flying out to begin their training at the club's stadium, The Emirates, from next month. How did Arsenal, a club notorious for NOT [.

Tonya Antonucci Interview: Women’s Professional Soccer CEO

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The Women's Professional Soccer league kicks off its inaugural season in April 2009. WPS teams will be based in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. The league will expand to eight teams by 2010 with the inclusion of Philadelphia. Currently, the WPS teams are working on building [.

The Transfer Rumours Dictionary

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Straight from The Offside, with gems such as: If an agent says "This kid is the next..." It means... "David Beckham"... "No left foot, looks good in his underwear." Or when an agent says... It means... "Arsene is interested" ... "My client is fifteen." When a manager says... It means... "The acquisition of this experienced international shows our commitment [.

8 Questions You Can’t Ask At The Beijing Olympics

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If you're traveling to the Olympics next month, rest assured that the Chinese government is doing everything in its power to protect your right to privacy. Their latest measure to protect your rights is a list of '8 Don't Asks' - presented as a guide for locals about how to show proper hospitality (one [.

Paul Scholes - The Last Of His Kind?

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A couple of years ago, the very thought of Paul Scholes retiring left me feeling physically ill. It was all too apparent how vital he was to our team, and after struggling to win the league, the idea of him leaving us was terrifying. We already weren't good enough, so what were we going to [...]

Transfer Rumors (25 July 08): Liverpool to choose between Barry and Alonso, Arsenal after Moses and more

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While Texas and Mexico recover from storms during the week, please join me in hoping that Eddie is well and in discussing today's latest transfer rumours (yesterday's rumour roundup was done here). Today we have key decisions for several clubs and players to make as Liverpool choose between two midfielders and lose to Arsenal in [.

2008 Olympics Football Fixtures & Results

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Beijing 2008 Olympics - Men's Football fixtures and results, all in one place! Bookmark this page and share away: Time Zones All times listed are China Standard Time (UTC+8). To calibrate your local timings (and accommodating Daylight Savings Time): United States (Eastern Standard Time) = UTC-4 United Kingdom = UTC+1 Continental Europe = UTC+2 Pakistan = UTC+6 Australia = UTC+10 Nº Group Teams & Kick-Off [.

2008 Olympic Football - Predictions

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Who do you think will win the 2008 Olympic Football Tournament in China? Will defending champions Argentina take the gold, or will Brazil's experience shine through? Can the Dutch and the Italians replicate their European form at the Olympics? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. I've listed the groups and the [.

Manchester United, India and the English Premier League

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When David Gill was asked whether Manchester United planned to go to India for a pre-season tour in the future, he told us what we already knew: That the market in India was huge, that they'd had offers to come play there, that Manchester United needed to conquer that final frontier before any other [.

England vs Europe - Tapping Up and the Press

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We've talked a lot about Real Madrid's transfer strategy w.r.t Ronaldo and recently of the Tottenham-Manchester United-Liverpool story where the Tottenham chairman has reported United to the Premier League for 'tapping up' Berbatov. For the rest of Europe, such comments don't arouse as much self-righteous indignation as they do in England.

Non-League Teams Get an Early Taste of the FA Cup Cameras

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While Cristiano Ronaldo is busy sunning himself and the rest of the Premier League squads are breaking into a gentle sweat in the seemingly never-ending weeks of preseason friendlies, hundreds of clubs lower down the pyramid are already gearing up for their shot at FA Cup glory. The first round in the Autumn may be a [.

World Sport Chicago International Cup

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For the past week, Chicago has been peppered with pint-sized footballers from around the globe here to compete in the World Sport Chicago International Cup tournament from July 24-27. The under-15 club teams include Germany's Hamburg SV, Sockers FC, Mexico's Centro de Formacion Cuauhtémoc Blanco, 36 Lion from Nigeria, the Chicago Fire Academy squad, and [.

Premier League All-Stars Game - Good or Bad?

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With the MLS All Stars game against West Ham playing out today, there was the inevitable question posed to West Ham players whether they thought a Premier League All-Stars game would be a good idea or not. Dean Ashton, standup lad and all-round diplomat, said yes, it was a great concept - he couldn't really [.

Among the Hugs: Is Cuddly MLS Really Turning Violent?

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West Hammered: MLS Learns from the Pros While English cynicism used to be a cherished import in the all-too-earnest hinterland of soccer-loving North America, the bile has lost its caché in the past few years. No more, Guardian. Cease and desist, 'When Saturday Comes'. Your glib asides on the American game, which may have [.

South Korea 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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South Korea's Olympic Football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Park Sung-Hwa Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-Ryong (23) (Seongnam Ilhwa) Song Yoo-Geol (23) (Incheon United) Defenders: Shin Kwang-Hoon (21) (Pohang Steelers) Kim Dong-Jin (26) (Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia) Kang Min-Soo (22) (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Kim Chang-Soo (23) (Busan I'Park) Kim Jin-Kyu (23) (FC Seoul) Kim Geun-Hwan (22) (Kyung Hee University) Midfielders: Oh Jang-Eun (23) (Ulsan Hyundai) Kim Jung-Woo (26) (Seongnam Ilhwa) Lee Chung-Yong [.

Transfer Rumors (23 July 08): Everton in for Moutinho, Newcastle bid for Celtic’s McGeady, PSG interested in Gallas, and more

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One of the sayings that I like to live by is, 'You don't know if you don't try.' That's the theme of today's roundup, where a few clubs are making bids for players that they may well not get but are nonetheless going for. England Everton could be ready to sell Andy Johnson, with [...]

Are Real Madrid Contradicting Blatter?

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While the Ronaldo saga has rumbled on throughout the summer, I have to admit I've been one of the few who've let it go over my head. Obviously it's a topic that's been pretty much in your face for the most part, mainly because not only is this the way Real Madrid choose to conduct [...]

Serbia 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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Serbia's Olympic squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Miroslav Đukić (42) Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojković (24) (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal) Saša Stamenković (23) (Red Star Belgrade) Željko Brkić (22) (FK Vojvodina) Defenders: Pavle Ninkov (23) (Red Star Belgrade) Nenad Tomović (20) (Red Star Belgrade) Gojko Kačar (21) (Hertha Berlin, Germany) Slobodan Rajković (19) (FC Twente, Netherlands) Duško Tošić (23) (Werder Bremen, Germany) Aleksandar Kolarov (22) (Lazio, Italy) Ivan Obradović (19) (FK [.

USA 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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The United States Men's Olympic Football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Piotr Nowak (43) Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (23) (Chivas USA) Chris Seitz (21) (Real Salt Lake) Defenders: Patrick Ianni (23) (Houston Dynamo) Michael Orozco (22) (San Luis, Mexico) Michael Parkhurst (24) (New England Revolution) Nathan Sturgis (21) (Real Salt Lake) Marvell Wynne (22) (Toronto FC, Canada) Midfielders: Freddy Adu (19) (Monaco, France) Michael Bradley (20) (SC Heerenveen, Holland) Maurice [.

Belgium 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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Belgium's Olympic Football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Jean-François De Sart (46) Goalkeepers: Logan Bailly (22) (Racing Genk) Yves De Winter (21) (Westerlo) Yves Makabu-Makalambay (22) (Hibernian, Scotland) Defenders: Laurent Ciman (22) (Club Brugge) Sepp De Roover (23) (Groningen, Netherlands) Vincent Kompany (22) (Hamburg, Germany) Landry Mulemo (21) (Standard Liège) Sébastien Pocognoli (20) (AZ Alkmaar) Thomas Vermaelen (22) (Ajax, Netherlands) Jan Vertonghen (21) (Ajax, Netherlands) Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (19) (Standard [.

3 Secrets To Real Madrid’s Glorious Success

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...and how your club can adopt it to entice players too good to play for your club, turn opposition fans against their own heroes and butter both sides of the bread by wooing players and footballing authorities while screwing every club that comes in your way. Read on, young club chairman - learning this could [.

China 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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China's Olympic Football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Yin Tiesheng (51) Goalkeepers: Qiu Shengjiong (22) (Shanghai Shenhua) Liu Zhenli (23) (Qingdao Jonoon) Defenders: Li Weifeng (29) (Shanghai Shenhua) Yuan Weiwei (22) (Shandong Luneng) Feng Xiaoting (22) (Dalian Shide) Wan Houliang (22) (Shaanxi Chanba) Tan Wangsong (22) (Tianjin Teda) Lü Jianjun (23) (Changchun Yatai) Midfielders: Zheng Zhi (27) (Charlton Athletic, England) Zhao Xuri (22) (Dalian Shide) Zhou Haibin (23) (Shandong Luneng) Cui [.

Honduras 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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Honduras Olympic Football squad for Beijing 2008: Goalkeepers: Kevin Hernandez (Victoria) Obed Enamorado (Vida) Defenders: Erick Norales (Marathon) Quiarol Arzu (Platense) Luis Ramos (FC Nitra, Slovakia) David Molina (Motagua) Andres Morales (Real España) Samuel Caballero (Changchun Yatai, China) Midfielders: Mario Martinez (Real España) Hendry Thomas (Olimpia) Ramon Nunez (Olimpia) Rigoberto Padilla (Hispano) Marvin Sanchez (Platense) Jorge Claros (Motagua) Jefferson Bernárdez (Motagua) Forwards: Louis Rhodes (Motagua) Giorgio Welcome (Arsenal) Jose Cesar Güity (Marathon) Emil Martinez [.

Reining In MLS’ Foreign Player Addiction

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At the conclusion of a successful 2007 season, which saw MLS' attendance at it highest level since the inaugural season of 1996 and media coverage beyond once imaginable levels, the league opted to increase the number of international squad spots to eight from the previous four senior and three youth internationals.

Some Thoughts On SuperLiga 2008

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As we enter the knockout stages of SuperLiga 2008, let me state that while the intensity level was as high for these matches last year, the football has been much better this year. No offense to anybody, but an L.A. Galaxy side featuring Alan Gordon and Edson Buddle as starting forwards and an injured David [.

Can Tottenham Hold Onto Their Stars And Break Into The Top Four?

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There is a trait within many different avenues of football to overplay the concept of a 'big club' in world football. By nature, there will always be disagreements over who are, and aren't the 'big clubs' in the game today, and what criteria defines this honour, but ask a fan, pundit, whoever you like to [.

Do Chelsea Really Need Kaka?

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Recent reports over the weekend suggested that Chelsea were planning a £80m bid for Milan's Kaka. Milan officials confirmed the story whilst Peter Kenyon denied any such bid. However, there were reports suggesting that Scolari was interested in the Brazilian. But does Kaka really fit into Chelsea's system?

League Two Points In The Wrong Direction

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For that rare breed of person who is a fan of both football along with finance law and practice, the current goings-on with the League Two crisis clubs makes for interesting reading. For the rest of us, it looks to lead towards the strange spectacle of three clubs - Luton, Bournemouth and Rotherham - all [.

Can England qualify for the 2010 World Cup?

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Trevor Brooking thinks that the talent pool in England is so shallow that thinking about semi-finals is the stuff of fantasy - England players and fans must buckle down and focus on qualifying for South Africa first. The FA have (ambitiously) aimed for the semi-finals of either the World Cup or Euro 2012.

Transfer Rumors (22 July 08): Chelsea willing to pay €150m for Kaka, Tottenham in talks over Arshavin, Adu moves to Monaco, and more

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Just when you thought you'd seen it all, today's transfer roundup will show you that you haven't. England According to multiple reports, Chelsea may be set to make a €150m offer to AC Milan for Kaka. No, that's not a typo. They've already reportedly made a €100m offer that Milan paid no [...

Soccer Aid 2008: Celebrities And Football Legends To Play For Charity

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Harry Redknapp's finally going to get his chance to manage England. No, the FA haven't all of a sudden decided to give the England job to an Englishman, but on September 7th, the Portsmouth manager will lead an England team comprised of celebrities and former football stars against a Rest of the World [.

Celebrities And Football Legends To Take Part In Soccer Aid 2008

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Harry Redknapp's finally going to get his chance to manage England. No, the FA haven't all of a sudden decided to give the England job to an Englishman, but on September 7th, the Portsmouth manager will lead an England team comprised of celebrities and former football stars against a Rest of the World [.

MLS All Stars v. West Ham United - Live Blog

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MLS All-Stars v. West Ham United BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Thursday 24 July 2008 Kickoff: 19:00 EST The best players in MLS will take on English Premiership side, West Ham United, in the 13th annual MLS All-Star Game. Soccerlens will be bringing the action to you live! Join us 15 minutes before kickoff!

3 Reasons Why English Players Cost More

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The common perception amongst Premier League followers is that the average English footballer is an overvalued, over-hyped, one-trick pony whose abilities pale in comparison to players of similar age and experience from outside England. (The fact that sometimes these foreigners are brought in on the cheap heightens the contrast.

What Coaches Want From Their Players

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As fans we see the game of football very differently from the coaches and managers. How many times have we watched a game and then heard the manager talk about it afterwards and say to ourselves, "what game was he watching?" I coach a football team over here in the south west of England. [...]

Transfer Rumors (21 July 08): Roma in for Chelsea’s Malouda, Juventus interested in Van Persie, Valencia striker (not Villa) to decide on Villa, and more

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Well, it's a new week again, but today's roundup is a little shorter than some of the past few Monday roundups. Still, there's plenty to talk about, so let's get to it! Italy So, is Jose Mourinho prepared to just wait it out for Frank Lampard? In talking to TVI, he says it seems more [...]

Transfer Rumors (20 July 08): Double samba swoop for Chelsea?, Inter keen on Alonso, Makelele set for Paris, and more

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Since today's Sunday, there's not a great deal to report on, as is the case most Sundays. But, there are some intriguing tidbits to go over, starting with Chelsea, who are looking to make the splash of all splashes. England So, there's no secret that Chelsea want Kaka. AC Milan's Adriano Galliani [.

Transfers - A Question of Loyalty and Honesty?

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With Frank Lampard's demands at Chelsea firmly on the agenda right now, it's had me thinking about how sad it is that the trust I once had in players at the club has decreased in sharp contrast to their ever-increasing salaries. Funny then, when reading an old article circa 2002, to realise that the Chelsea [.

Hypocrite Spurs mad at losing Champions League tickets

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Tottenham Hotspur have every right to be mad. Here's a club dead-set on playing in the Champions League - they've brought in one of the best managers in contemporary football, they have brought in some of the brightest young talent in Europe (Bale, Gunter, Modric, Dos Santos and Bostock - just to name a [.

Can Kaka bring attractive football to Stamford Bridge?

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Kaka's assistant is quoted as saying: "Real Madrid offered €90m last summer and Milan did not even think about the bid. This time is different. This is the first time we feel that a deal will definitely happen. Because of the [financial] situation Milan are in at the moment, the deal is good for all [.

Appreciating Claudio Reyna

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Usually, when one of our sporting legends retires, we Americans spend weeks praising him (or her, usually him, though) and reflect on his career while wondering if anyone will ever meet or surpass his standard. ESPN devotes a considerable amount of time to run retrospective videos on "SportsCenter" and brings in numerous experts to [.

EPL Travel Guide Review

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Looking to plan a trip to see your favorite Premier League club next season? If you need a little help, Chris Harris, aka The Gaffer from EPL Talk, has everything you need to make your trip a success, whether it's near or far, with In Pursuit of Real Football: The Soccer Fan's Ultimate Travel [...]

Is Sepp Blatter a Marxist?

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For all those enraged by the hundreds of millions of pounds in inflated transfer fees flying between the stadia of Europe this summer: there was once a bearded man from a long time ago who proposed that the use-value of a commodity or service should determine its price, not market forces. No, I'm not [.

Transfer Rumors (19 July 08): Spurs report United and Liverpool over Berba and Keane, Liverpool still in for Barry, offload Carson, Tottenham’s Kaboul says no

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Today's transfer roundup starts off with a hint of bitterness, or is it the much-needed integrity that we football fans have been yearning for recently, in the wake of all of the disloyalty shown to us by our favorite clubs and players. Also, if Roy Keane is reading this, you might need to [...]

Soccerlens 08-09 Fantasy Football

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The Premier League season starts in 4 weeks and the Soccerlens 08/09 Fantasy Football League is now open for business. The private league is free to join, set up with premierleague.com's fantasy football game and like last season, there's prize money for the winner at the end of the season. Here's how you can play: 1.

Will Barca Miss Ronaldinho and Eto’o?

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When Ronaldinho finally left FC Barca it was a sad day. For a brief time he was the king of football and quite possibly the greatest player to have worn the famous 'blaugrana' stripes. He was a lovely person with it. His personality balanced perfectly with his status. Samuel Eto'o too was an astonishing player for [.

Transfer Rumors (18 July 08): Eto’o to Uzbekistan (not a joke!), Tottenham to offload four, Manchester United in for England U-21 keeper, and more

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You can't always believe everything you read, but sometimes, it's not as crazy as it seems. That's what kicks off today's roundup, which includes news from Toulouse, to well, you'll find out in a second. Spain Uzbekistani club Kuruvchi recently posted a story on their site about Samuel Eto'o coming to play for [.

Will Politics Dictate Whether Barcelona Make the Big Signing?

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After coming back from lunch and snooping (snooping since I should be working) the various websites covering summer transfer activities, it suddenly dawned on me that the numerous signings made by FC Barcelona, the most recent addition in the form of Alexander Hleb from Arsenal, have an eerie similarity to the signings made eight years [.

What’s More Important?

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A few questions for our readers - go through the list, pick your answers and share your thoughts in the comments: What do you value more as a football fan? 1. Winning the league or winning the cup (consider the highest level cup competition your team can compete in a regular season)? 2. Having the best players [.

Pre-Season Football - Profits from Practice?

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Increasingly we're seeing pre-season preparations forced to accommodate "brand-expansion" trips with Chelsea having traveled to the US and Liverpool to Asia in recent years (and United having traveled to both continents in the last 3 years). This summer sees Chelsea spend time in China and Malaysia as part of their push for global domination of [.

Loyalty Means Nothing - and Lamps Is The Worst Of The Lot

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"I understand why Manchester United fans booed me," Rio Ferdinand said after the last game of the 2004-2005 season. "I've heard I'm being greedy but some of the figures thrown about are ridiculous. I was accused of asking for £150,000 a week. I wouldn't insult the club like that. I can assure everyone I will [.

Transfer Rumors (17 July 08): Hleb moves to Barcelona, Liverpool to put in improved offer for Keane, Newcastle lose out on Aimar, and more

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The transfer sagas are slowly but surely working themselves out. Ronaldinho is set for a new chapter in his career, and just as he's leaving Barcelona, a new face is headed to the Nou Camp. That's the highlight of today's roundup, but there's a lot more to talk about as well, from [...]

Netherlands 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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Holland's Olympic squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Foppe de Haan, 65 Goalkeepers: Piet Velthuizen (21) (Vitesse) Kenneth Vermeer (22) (Willem II) Defenders: Kew Jaliens (29) (AZ Alkmaar) Calvin Jong-a-Pin (21) (SC Heerenveen) Dirk Marcellis (20) (PSV Eindhoven) Erik Pieters (19) (FC Utrecht) Gianni Zuiverloon (22) (West Brom, England) Urby Emanuelson (22) (Ajax) Midfielders: Kees Luyckx (22) (AZ Alkmaar) Otman Bakkal (23) (PSV Eindhoven) Jonathan de Guzmán (20) (Feyenoord) Hedwiges Maduro (23) [.

Robinho - following the same path as Cristiano Ronaldo?

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Can Real Madrid nurture Robinho as Manchester United helped Ronaldo to be a better player, or is he going to be another huge amount in the transfer market? Real Madrid has had the service of many star football players starting from the days of the great Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas. After the unexpected [.

Taking Pride In Losing Money?

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An employee chooses to stay in a low-paying job with a small company with medium growth prospects, turning down a higher-paying job in a bigger firm with better chances of success. What do you suppose were the reasons behind his choice? The chance of a bigger move to a bigger company later in the future [.

How Much Does A Captain Influence A Club’s Title Chances?

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Arsenal have William Gallas, a player who agitated for a move away from Stamford Bridge on a contract dispute, was at Arsenal for only an year before he was made captain, has spent less time at Arsenal than most players at the club, is inspirational and temperamental, and has a habit of talking to [.

World Cup 2010 Going South?

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Hopefully you haven't been 'necklaced.' In fact, if you are reading this, then you most certainly won't have been. Necklacing is the horrendous act of placing a car tyre over a person's body, dousing them with petrol and then setting them alight. It is also a word that you will read about in the press [.

Transfer Rumors (16 July 08): Ronaldinho picks Milan over Manchester, Liverpool to spend £20m on Keane, Newcastle in for de Jong, and more

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Today's roundup starts off in a different order than usual, but that's because one of the most-talked about transfer sagas is finally, finally over. Italy Well, this isn't a secret in the least, or breaking news, but Ronaldinho is officially set to sign for AC Milan. AC Milan's offer is a lot less [.

Sunil Gulati’s Tragedy or Triumph?

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If you're a US soccer fan, I'm going to ask that you take yourself back to a dark time in our nation's soccer history. Don't worry, I feel your pain. On June 22nd, 2006, Ghana ended any US hope of advancing to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. While many US fans point to a [...]

Does Michael Ballack deserve criticism for not winning major titles?

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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Anthony Young once lost a record 27 straight decisions before finally recording a win. The Buffalo Bills went to four straight Super Bowls - and lost each one. In 1986, Greg Norman led each of the four majors after the third round only to end up losing each [...

Transfer Rumors (15 July 08): Chelsea make late bid for Ronaldinho, Spurs strike deal for Bentley, Spurs and United looking to settle Berbatov fee, and more

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There are a lot of noteworthy names to report on in today's transfer roundup, as a few ongoing transfer sagas could be set to wrap up soon - or maybe they're just heating up. Is Chelsea coming in for Ronaldinho at the last minute? Is David Bentley getting the big move that he [...]

Get a football league named after you for £250? It’s possible!

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You might expect that buying naming rights to the second oldest football league in the world would cost a small fortune – certainly enough cash to count out your average punter. But the new name of the Northern League is up for grabs for possibly as little as £250. The 119-year-old league, the home of [.

Are MLS and the Fans Overreacting Over Cuauhtemoc Blanco’s ‘Pitch Rage?’

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Within the last week, the roar around the Chicago Fire's Cuauhtemoc Blanco and D.C. United's Clyde Simms incident has swelled and is finally subsiding. For those who have yet to catch wind of the fracas, reports indicate it took place during the U.S. Open Cup match between the Chicago Fire and D.C. United, beginning with Blanco [.

A footballer’s best friend

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No matter what you say about beautiful WAGs, fast cars and money, the ball remains a footballer's best friend: OVER THE WALL: Moral, Don't lose your ball... from nextsoccerstar on Vimeo. "A footballer's best friend" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Champions League Stats - First Round Qualification

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Champions League qualification begins on Tuesday, 15 July with 28 clubs entering at this stage. Since the current system of qualification was introduced in 1999/2000, only two clubs entering at the first qualification round have extended their run to the group phase. "Champions League Stats - First Round Qualification" was originally published at Soccerlens.

Have Chelsea got a calm and quiet manager or will the ‘wild man’ appear?

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Scolari made a great first impression... You have to give credit where credit is due. Luiz Felipe Scolari was absolutely brilliant in his first press conference as Chelsea manager last week. Not only was he friendly, charming and humorous, he also conducted the whole thing in English. He certainly responded in the best way possible to [.

Transfer Rumors (14 July 08): Manchester City make offer for Ronaldinho, Berbatov out, Santa Cruz in at Tottenham, Shevchenko to Sampdoria, and more

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There's plenty to report on in today's roundup, so without giving you much of an intro, I'll get right to the good stuff. Enjoy! "Transfer Rumors (14 July 08): Manchester City make offer for Ronaldinho, Berbatov out, Santa Cruz in at Tottenham, Shevchenko to Sampdoria, and more" was originally published at Soccerlens.

2008 SuperLiga Group A: D.C. United 1-2 Chivas - The Lights Go Out on D.C. United, Literally

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Ed.'s Note: The match report is from Saturday night's North American SuperLiga Group A match, but technical difficulties delayed the posting of the report. The atmosphere at D.C. United's RFK Stadium was one of a kind, with 22,453 fans in attendance for the teams' first SuperLiga match. As the announcer announced the starting lineups, the [.

2008 MLS All-Star First XI Announced

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On July 24, many of Major League Soccer's best will head north of the border to contest the 13th edition of the MLS All-Star Game, with this year's group of all-stars taking on West Ham United at BMO Field, home of Toronto FC. The MLS All-Stars beat Celtic 2-0 in last year's contest, and they've [..

African Football Dreams, African Football Slavery

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter casually uses the term "slavery" in referring to the £ multi-million contract of Cristiano Ronaldo, who in turn "dreams" of leaving the greatest football club in the world to play in Madrid. Jean Claude Mbvoumin could teach them both some revealing truths about dreams and slavery.

Transfer Rumors (13 July 08): Arsenal drop Adebayor price, African striker interests Tottenham,

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There's not a great deal to report on in today's transfer roundup, but we've got all the latest in the Frank Lampard and Emmanuel Adebayor sagas and more, so the cupboard certainly isn't bare by any means. England I'm sure many might be wearing thin of certain players being mentioned, but hey, I'm just [.

2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup Draw Revealed

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It didn't have the pomp and circumstance of the draw of its football counterpart, but the draw for the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup took place on Thursday in Brazil's capital city of Brasilia. Three-time champion and current world #1 Brazil are the host country for the first time, with this year's competition [.

Transfer Rumors (12 July 08): United make Berbatov bid, Arsenal officially tie up Nasri, two out, one in at Liverpool, and more

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There's not a great deal of actual speculation in today's roundup, as there are several signings to report, and there are a few more that are set to be finalized before long. To refresh your memory on the rumor rating system, here goes: 1 - impossible 2 - not likely, but not out of the [...]

Promoting Soccer in the USA

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Last week, Ahmed wrote a tongue-in-cheek piece on why Americans suck at soccer. I believe he enlisted seven points to back his claim some based on truth whilst others said in jest. Of course, a lot of people thought he actually believed most of what he wrote and hence received a less than complimentary [.

Slavery in Soccer? I Don’t Think So

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It's amusing how the term "slavery" gets thrown around these days. In November of 2003, Rasheed Wallace compared the NBA's Zero-Tolerance policy concerning arguing with referees to slavery. "That's retarded," the eloquent Wallace opined. "In my mind, it's kind of like a slave and master or father and son.

Transfer Rumors (11 July 08): Luis Garcia to Tottenham, Inter set for final Lampard bid, Zenit rebuff English bid for Arshavin, and more

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Well folks, another week has flown by, and it's already Friday again. But, before you call it a week and do whatever it is you do on the weekends, check out today's roundup of transfer news and rumors. England Tottenham have beaten Benfica to the signature of Espanyol's Luis Garcia (no, not the [.

Lampard won’t abandon Chelsea but will Chelsea abandon Lampard?

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Frank Lampard's position is a complicated one. On one hand he's fully dedicated to Chelsea and has repeatedly said that he wants to see his career out at Chelsea. On the other hand, he's not getting the same amount of money or time on his contract that a few other players at Chelsea FC [...]

The Real Deal With FIFA, Club Football and ‘Slaves’

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He's not worth it. As a public-attention whore and someone whose main concern is to make FIFA look good in the eyes of press and the national associations as well as to help make FIFA more money, Blatter doesn't represent the true opinions of a 'guardian of football' (as FIFA claims itself to be [..

Beijing 2008 Olympic Football Squads

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Olympic Football squads for the 16 teams participating at the 2008 Olympics: Squads for the 2008 Olympic Football Tournament can be submitted till 23rd July. As the remaining squad lists are published, they will be added to the site and linked to from the list below. Group A Argentina Australia Ivory Coast Serbia Group B Japan Netherlands Nigeria USA Group C Belgium Brazil China New Zealand Group D Cameroon Honduras Italy Korea Republic Also See: Beijing 2008 [.

Italy 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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Italy are, along with Argentina and Brazil, one of the favourites to win a medal in the Olympic Football tournament this year. Italy Olympic Football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Pierluigi Casiraghi Goalkeepers: Andrea Consigli (21) (Atalanta) Emiliano Viviano (22) (Brescia) Salvatore Sirigu (21) (Cremonese) Defenders: Salvatore Bocchetti (21) (Genoa) Andrea Coda (23) (Udinese) Domenico Criscito (21) (Genoa) Paolo De Ceglie (21) (Juventus) Lorenzo De Silvestri [.

Beijing 2008 Olympic Football Tournament - Preview

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The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games kick off in a month, with the 2008 Olympic football tournament from 6th to 24th August. For these games, the men will compete in a 16-team tournament (7th to 24th August) (the women will compete in a 12-team tournament - 6th to 21st August) with four groups of four [.

Japan 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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Japan's Olympic Football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Yasuharu Sorimachi, 44 Goalkeepers: Kaito Yamamoto (22) (Shimizu S-Pulse) Shusaku Nishikawa (22) (Oita Trinita) Defenders: Hiroki Mizumoto (22) (Kyoto Sanga F.C.) Hajime Hosogai (22) (Urawa Red Diamonds) Naoaki Aoyama (22) (Shimizu S-Pulse) Masato Morishige (21) (Oita Trinita) Michihiro Yasuda (20) (Gamba Osaka) Atsuto Uchida (20) (Kashima Antlers) Maya Yoshida (19) (Nagoya Grampus) Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (28) (Gamba Osaka) Takuya Honda (23) (Shimizu [.

Brazil 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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Brazil have named a strong squad for their 08 Olympic campaign as they aim to win a title that has eluded them so far. Brazil's Olympic Football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Dunga, 44 Goalkeepers: Diego (23) (Almeira, Spain) Renan (23) (Internacional) Defenders: Alex Silva (23) (Sao Paulo) Breno (18) (Bayern Munich, Germany) Thiago Silva (23) (Fluminese) Ilsinho (22) (Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine) Rafinha (22) (Schalke [.

New Zealand 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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New Zealand are rank outsiders in the Beijing Olympic Football tournament - not to be disrespectful but surely the whole qualification process can be tweaked so that competitive teams show up for football at the Olympics? The New Zealand Olympic Football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Stu Jacobs Goalkeepers: Liam Little (22) (Otago United) Jacob Spoonley (21) (Miramar Rangers) Defenders: Michael Boxall [.

Australia 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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Australia's Olympic Football squad for Beijing 2008: Coach: Graham Arnold, 45 Goalkeepers: Adam Federici (23) (Reading, England) Tando Velaphi (21) (Perth Glory) Defenders: Adrian Leijer (22) (Fulham, England) Trent McClenahan (23) (unattached) Mark Milligan (23) (unattached) Jade North (26) (Newcastle Jets) Mathew Spiranovic (20) (FC Nurnberg, Germany) Nikolai Topor-Stanley (23) (Perth Glory) Ruben Zadkovich (23) (Derby County, England) Midfielders: David Carney (24) (Sheffield United, England) Billy Celeski (22) (Melbourne Victory) Neil [.

Argentina 2008 Olympic Football Squad

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2004 Olympic football champions Argentina will defend their gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics with the following squad: Coach Sergio Batista, 45, Under-23 Coach Goalkeepers: Oscar Ustari (22) (Getafe, Spain) Sergio Romero (21) (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands) Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta (23) (Espanyol, Spain) Ezequiel Garay (21) (Real Madrid, Spain) Federico Fazio (21) (Sevilla, Spain) Nicolás Burdisso (24) (Internazionale, Italy) Luciano Monzón (21) (Boca Juniors) Midfielders: Fernando Gago [.

Transfer Rumors (10 July 08): Arsenal to finally part with Hleb, Liverpool’s Crouch pens Portsmouth deal, Chelsea offload Sidwell, and more

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There's a lot to pack in to today's roundup, and a few of the running transfer sagas from the summer are being settled, which could get some other moves in motion. It looks like Alexander Hleb is finally set for his move to Barcelona, as multiple reports are saying that Barca could soon [...]

Chris Eagles The Latest To Leave The United Nest

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April 28th 2007, 1.50pm Manchester United started the day 3 points ahead of Chelsea at the top of the table, but now are 2-0 down at Goodison Park, whilst Chelsea are beating Bolton 2-1 at home. After today, there are just three games of the season remaining, including away trips to Chelsea and City, as well [.

10 Highlights From Manchester United’s Double-Winning 07/08 Season

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Watched Manchester United's 07/08 Season Review over the weekend (grab the torrent here) and it was quite an entertaining 2 and half hours. It also gave me some perspective on the season that went by - perspective that I think is useful considering the Ronaldo saga, the transfer speculation this summer and for predicting [.

What Are They Doing?

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Oliver Fowler takes a quick snapshot of what footballers are doing this summer. Take a look for yourself: Frank Lampard is living la dolce vita. Cristiano Ronaldo is looking for a posh house near Madrid. Andrei Arshavin is wishing that one of his agents will let him play for Barca. Joey Barton is eating porridge.

Gato, the next Superstar?

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Every now and again a player appears on the horizon and you think ‘this could be the one'. A few years ago me and my colleague were in Brazil watching Santos against Botafogo. The game was as eventful as ever, but it was remarkable for the talents of Robinho and Diego, two players who shone [...]

US Football in Crisis? What Crisis?

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The 2008 edition of the European Championships was an unbridled success. The quality of play, the desire to compete by the participants on the field and the enthusiasm of the crowd were all of the highest order. A few weeks ago. as a preview to the Euros, an opposite type of soccer festival was touring [.

Should Premier League teams add minimum release clauses to player contracts?

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In every transfer window, Continental Clubs launch a blitz of media attacks to unsettle the Premiership's best players hoping to take them away. At some time or another they have the English Clubs bullied into submission in letting go off their start performers. We, the fans, are sick and tired of this but we know [.

Transfer Rumors (09 July 08): Arsenal agree to sell Ade, Chelsea reject Lampard bid, Blackburn raise Bentley’s value, Tottenham’s Chimbonda not headed to Sp

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There's not a great deal to report on today, unless you want to hear a few recycled rumors regarding the ‘will he, won't he?' sagas of Emmanuel Adebayor, Alexander Hleb, and Andrei Arshavin. But, there are some signings to report from around Europe, so the cupboard certainly isn't bare in news. England Milan [.

Can Darren Fletcher ‘make it’ at Manchester United?

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Darren Fletcher has a big-time dilemma on his hands (and no, it's not whether or not he should enter the Rick Schroeder Look-a-Like contest). Everton have targeted the Scottish national as one of their summer transfer priorities. The conventional wisdom is that a move to Everton would afford Fletcher more playing opportunities.

Burscough’s battle through sickness and health

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Last week in Scotland Gretna's short and ultimately sorry place in the Scottish league's history finally came to an end when they were replaced by Annan Athletic. But south of the border, there were shades of the ill-fated demise of Gretna when Conference North side Burscough announced immediate financial restructuring in light of a [.

Flattered to Deceive - How Footballers Cheat On Their Fans

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Flattered. That is the worst word in football. If you support a team, you will know this word – it is a heart breaker. It is football-speak for ‘I've been tapped up'. 'I'm flattered about Arsenal's interest' really means ‘My agent has been secretly talking to Arsenal for months and I'm desperate to play for them, [.

Transfer Rumors (08 July 08): Manchester United’s Fletcher in Everton’s sights, Newcastle chase Sidwell, Tottenham to offload Chimbonda, and more

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I'm back to give you the latest transfer headlines from around Europe, and there's a lot to discuss in today‘s roundup, from Liverpool to Lyon. Everton are set to make a four million pound bid for Manchester United's Darren Fletcher in the coming days. Rumor Rating: 3 - Fletcher may not want to move from a [.

MLS 2008 Power Rankings: Week 15

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There were six games spread over this holiday weekend culminating in an exciting double header. Only DC and Toronto didn't play, making the potential for a lot of movement. We saw 9 out of 14 teams switch positions and with Superliga coming up, teams needed to make these last games count. 1. (1) New [.

Are English Players Good Value For Money?

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Arsene Wenger has been criticised for his reluctant venture into English players. Does he have a point or is he just being anti-English? Let's take a look at big money transfers involving English players in recent seasons: Darren Bent £15.5m move to Spurs Shaun Wright-Phillips £21m transfer to Chelsea Michael Carrick £14m transfer to Man United (rising [.

Transfer Rumors (07 July 08): Chelsea make bid for Kaka, or do they?, Inter in for Lampard, Liverpool set for final Barry bid, and more

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Today's roundup will start off with speculation and news about a few big names, so for those who love to read about the biggies, enjoy! England So, have Chelsea made a bid for Kaka? AC Milan say so, but Chelsea say no. Rumor Rating: 1 - Not happening, at least not right now. That [...]

Who could replace Queiroz at Manchester United?

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It seems only a matter of time before Carlos Queiroz leaves Manchester United to take up the job as Portugal manager. According to Queiroz himself the final decision rests in the hands of Manchester United and Portugal Football Federation and while United are adamant in holding on to their best people, the lure of [.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea v AC Milan, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid

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AC Milan, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have been linked with the Premier League in a host of transfer rumours, and the top 3 (Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United) all have players in demand. Let's take a quick look at the status of these transfers (rumours): AC Milan Milan are after a proven goalscorer with their [.

Arsenal’s Transfer Policy: Smart or Limiting?

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So far this summer, Arsenal's transfers read like this: In: Carlos Vela (returning from loan, work permit approved), Aaron Ramsey (£5m, Cardiff) Out: Mathieu Flamini (free, AC Milan), Jens Lehmann (free, Stuttgart) Add to this the impending arrivals of both Samir Nasri and Amaury Bischoff and you have a nice nucleus of young stars arriving at Arsenal [.

The Beckham Impact So Far

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Quick. Name a soccer player. David Beckham's name is generally the first name that comes to mind to the average American followed by Ronaldinho in most cases. Sometimes Pele will be named, but for the most part, its Beckham. Becks has been playing with the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer for almost a year [.

Intelligent Footballers - Is It Possible?

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It is a well publicised and widely held belief that footballers are as thick as two short planks. The stereotype of an uneducated ruffian with little schooling and the total inability to string a comprehensible sentence together is confirmed each time you see the likes of Wayne Rooney interviewed! That is very unfair because many of [.

Transfer Rumors (06 July 08): Huntelaar dreams of Manchester United, Chelsea to sell Ivanovic, Inler for Newcastle, and more

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There's not a lot of major news to report today, since it's Sunday and all, but there are a few signings to report, so hopefully you'll get your fill of weekend transfer tidbits. Ajax's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who scores goals in his sleep, is a well-known target of Manchester United, and Huntelaar says that United are [.

Football kits and a lack of club identity

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A club's colours and kit are a fundamental part of their tradition and heritage; indeed many would recognise a team because of their uniform before their badge. Take my side, Arsenal, and the introduction of their famous white sleeves back n the 1930's. Manager Herbert Chapman introduced white sleeves to the previously all-red Arsenal [.

What will be the lasting memories of Euro 2008?

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The final of the Euro 2008 was played last Sunday and most soccer fans are already over it and involved neck deep in the transfer activities that will go a long way in determining the destiny of their favourite clubs in the coming season. It is therefore a good time to look back and try [...]

Should we abandon automatic qualification in Euros and World Cups?

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Many would agree that allowing the hosts of a tournament free passage into the competition is simply an absurd policy. However, this policy seems to imbue the two major world soccer tournaments today – The World Cup and the European Championships or the Euro, as is more popularly called. In the World Cup, 32 places are [.

The New Juventus: back to the Champions League

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2008/09 will be a season that all faithful Juve fans have been waiting for. Return to the Champions League and a real title challenge awaits them, and with these challenges must come new players. Dario Knezevic chose Juventus to end an embarrassing transfer derby between Juve and Torino (Livorno President Franco Spinelli had sold Knezevic [.

Transfer Rumors (05 July 08): Ronaldinho to snub Man City for AC Milan, Pompey to bag 11m Crouch, Liverpool to sign backup keeper, and more

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There's no big news to report on the Cristiano Ronaldo front, but fortunately for those who love soap operas, there's something to talk about in regards to one of the summer's other big transfer sagas. Reports are circulating that Ronaldinho is set to opt for a move to AC Milan over going to Manchester City, [.

Why Mike Ashley Won’t Sell Newcastle United Just Yet

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Mike Ashley is not selling Newcastle United this summer. Not only does it not make sense but the news itself is wide off the mark and completely misinterpreted. So far, what the Sun (who seem to have an 'insider' source) are saying is that people from New York based private equity fund, InterMedia Partners met [.

7 Reasons Why Americans Suck At Soccer

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The world's greatest nation is surprisingly mediocre when it comes to playing the world's most popular sport. It's not that they keep losing - far from it. Americans have a winning mentality that automatically ensures that whatever team they put out will be competitive. However, when it comes to genuine footballing talent, the US [.

Transfer Rumors (04 July 08): Wright tells SWP to leave Chelsea, Barca to make final offer for Adebayor, Pavlyuchenko to Tottenham, and more

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It's Friday, and I'm back to give you all the latest top transfer headlines. I've been away for most of the past week, as regular readers can tell (cheers to Ahmed for taking over in the meantime), so I'm still getting caught up, which means that if there are any transfers that need [...]

England must stop settling for ‘Second Best’

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What is it about being English that means that we hype up the ability and chances of our team and players until the expectation is much more than they are actually capable of, criticise them remorselessly when they achieve what they are able to achieve (nothing) and then happily sit back and accept second best?

Transfer Rumours (03 July 08): Arshavin to Arsenal or Chelsea, Lampard to get 140k / week, Samba to Manchester City and more

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There's precious little to talk about today - most of it hyperbole and conjecture, with the usual scramble across Europe for strikers and desperate pimping of stars no one wants to buy. Andrei Arshavin has his 15 minutes of fame - the Russian was reported by BBC Radio Live yesterday to have agreed to join [.

Transfer Rumours (02 July 08): Newcastle sign Gutierrez, Liverpool offer 15m for Barry, Jo and Falcao to Manchester, Bent out of Tottenham and more

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There used to be a time when summer was for lounging in peace near a beach. Now, while Ronaldo does the beach thing (after scoring that many goals he deserves it), most of the footballing world is back to work, so hopefully we'll see some transfer action sooner than later. Today's top rumours: Liverpool have offered [.

FIFA World Rankings: July 2008

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Spain are now top of the FIFA world rankings after winning Euro 2008 last month. It's their first time on top, and just rewards for their excellent efforts throughout the tournament. The ranking system is based on international results over the past four years with more points awarded for wins in major tournaments.

Eto’o, Ronaldinho and Deco - Chelsea’s Advantage Over United?

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Despite reports yesterday claiming Manchester City were still hopeful of signing Ronaldinho this summer, it appears as though the Brazilian's heart is set on Chelsea, to team up with the manager who guided his country to World Cup glory in 2002. "It is marvellous that Felipao (Scolari) is interested in signing me because he is an [.

Euro 2008 Review

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The show's over folks, we can all get back to work. If you've missed anything, here's a quick recap of our Euro 2008 coverage: Post-Euro Euro 2008 Babes 10 Things I hated about Euro 2008 Euro 2008 Manager Ratings The Euro 2008 Soccerlens Awards English Premier League players at Euro 2008 - how did they do?

MLS Power Rankings: Week 14

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7 games and much to think about. Week 14 highlighted the equality of MLS quite clearly. Each team receives 2.2 million dollars in cap space so naturally, teams will be relatively even. This was evident in Week 14. Six out of 7 games were ties or one goal wins. Because [...]

Why Euro 2008 may just be the best thing to happen to English football

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When it comes to the annals of English football history, it's unlikely Steve McClaren's tenure in the hotseat will get a particularly favourable write-up. Somewhat tactically naive, unable to motivate players, outclassed on occasions by lesser teams, and failing to qualify from a group that was probably one of the easiest routes to a major [.

Why Andrei Arshavin should not go to FC Barcelona

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Andrei Arshavin has openly expressed a desire to join Barcelona. While players do this all the time, in this case the Spanish Club has opened negotiations with the player's current club, clearly showing intent to add the player to their squad. As an opening salvo, the player's current employers have agreed to let the player go [.

Did Chelsea make a mistake in buying Deco?

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It's official - Chelsea have brought in Deco from Barcelona for a sum reported to be 10m Euros. He's the first of the trio of players Barcelona were determined to sell (Ronaldinho seems Milan bound, while there's no serious news yet on Eto'o) and despite his problems last season Chelsea seem to have brought [.

Transfer Rumors (01 July 08): Deco to Chelsea, Keane wants out of Spurs, Bischoff to Arsenal, and more

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I've missed plenty over the last several days, but now that Euro 2008 is over, expect the signings to pick up, with a few big names sure to switch teams. England It's official Chelsea have signed Deco from Barcelona. Chelsea will fork over 8.3 million pounds for the Portuguese playmaker, who'll make 92,000 pounds [.