My article on Spurs' dire current situation got you all talking yesterday. Today a fresh viewpoint
on the situation has been provided by the shy and retiring Terry Venables. The ex-Spurs boss has
made it clear that the majoritiy of the blame lies with the board as far as he is concerned. El Tel
told The [.
Following the news that Liam Lawrence is a doubt for Stoke City's match against Portsmouth after
tripping over his dog, we look at some of football's other silly injuries. 1. Dave Beasant The
crazy keeper ruled himself out of action for two-and-a-half months after dropping a jar of salad
cream on his feet during the 1993 pre-season.
What is the lot of a football club owner in the English Premier League in this day and age? Well,
if you are Abu Dhabi United or Roman Abramovich, then you are in it for the fun and kudos of owning
a football club. Neither of these two owners are in the game to try [...]
English Premier League video highlights from the 27-28 September 08 matches: Portsmouth 2-0 Spurs
Highlights Arsenal 1-2 Hull City Highlights Arsenal vs Hull City Highlights Wigan 2-1 Man City
Highlights Fulham 1-2 West Ham Highlights Newcastle 1-2 Blackburn Highlights Aston Villa 2-1
Sunderland Highlights Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea Highlights "Video Highlights: Portsmouth 2-0
Tottenham, Arsenal 1-2 Hull, Newcastle 1-2 Blackburn and more" was originally [.
The old adage that you don't get the rub of the green when you are down at the bottom of the league
will have a resonance with the Premier League strugglers. No less than three of the bottom four are
favoured by the decisions of the Right Result team this week. Heading the list, amid all the [...]
Matchday 2 of the 08/09 UEFA Champions League will be played out on 30 Sep / 1 Oct - we have the
head-to-head records for the clubs involved, a look at the predictions for each group and the
highlights going into this round of the Champions League group stages. Did you know? Celtic have
failed to win [.
That is an overstatement obviously, but Italian football does seem to be hotbed of naive
footballers with some extreme political views. I am not closely enough involved in Italian football
to be able to prescribe a solution, but I can certainly detect a problem. AC Milan keeper Christian
Abbiati is the latest player to declare himself [.
Spurs' woeful start to the season has heaped pressure on two key figures at White Hart Lane. The
players might be taking some of the flak, but they are not likely to lose their jobs over the
team's current relegation form. No, it is the off-field personalties who face the chop. Fairly
obviously the man with [.
After the Manchester City takeover (and the mad chase for players on the last day), some Premier
League club owners came out with their hats in their hands looking for investment or if they were
lucky, a big pay day. In the last month or so, 6 Premier League clubs (Newcastle United, Tottenham,
Sunderland, Liverpool, Everton [.
Football must be a pretty good way to advertise your company. We all know that Emirates sponsor
Arsenal, AIG sponsor Manchester United, Samsung at Chelsea and Carlsberg at Liverpool. But did you
know that Beko sponsor Watford or Fraser Eagle sponsor Accrington Stanley? Just how much money is
to be made by sponsoring or advertising [.
AaB v. Manchester United Stadium: Aalborg Stadion, Denmark Competition: UEFA Champions League,
Group E Date: 30 September 2008 Kickoff: 18:45 GMT, 14:45 ET Manchester United will pay a visit to
Danish side AaB for a Champions League clash. No Group E team managed to score during the first
week of Group Play.
Credit crunch? What credit crunch? If you thought the days of football's silly money were gone,
think again. For the past few years, transfer fees have been levelling off towards relatively
sensible figures. But it now looks like the influx of new owners to the Premier League has
reignited the transfer boom.
In full-flight Arsenal have played some of the best football we have seen so far this season - up
there with Chelsea at least. The likes of Blackburn and Newcastle have come up against a Gunners
side who look absolutely irresistable in attack. And yet their good work so far has already come
unstuck twice [.
The English tabloids pride themselves on having the 'pulse' of the nation. In truth, they are
opportunists, shamelessly using exaggeration and false morality to paint themselves as whiter than
white (NOTW 'undercover' agents investigating prostitutes and drug dealers always cracks me up).
Sometimes they step over the line, as NOTW have done several times in the [.
Today we're hearing that Everton are interested in signing Jimmy Bullard from Fulham. Fulham will
be able to offer Bullard equal (if not more) money than Everton (London beats Liverpool as well) so
it comes down to league positions and future as a player, and in that aspect I don't see Bullard
jumping ship to [.
Lyon recently revealed that Benzema's contract had a 100m Euro 'get-out' clause. Assuming that this
is for non-French clubs instead of just for French clubs, it effectively prices out any European
club from buying the player anytime soon. The price hasn't stopped the press from speculating on
Benzema's future though, with Manchester City and Manchester United [.
Soccerlens reader and forum member deridder8 wrote a very interesting article in the forum today -
here's an extract: ... After 6 games with 4 wins and 2 draws, I'm still not very convinced about
Liverpool's form this season. It hasn't been fantastic; they are not winning games like champions.
They are SCRAPPING the wins.
1. For a manager who has had to walk out of managerial jobs before now with ill health stemming
from heart problems, Newcastle United is not the place to be at the minute. Even the youngest,
whippersnapper of a coach would be feeling the strain on their health after a few weeks at St
The Daily Mail, if you choose to believe anything they write, reports today that QPR owner Flavio
Briatore is eager to change the club's name from Queens Park Rangers to Queens Park City to
emphasise their London connection. Briatore has obviously overlooked the fact that being based in
London is a pretty big clue in [.
In every major league there are one or more nearly teams. Do the words 'Tottenham Hotspur',
'Deportivo', 'Palermo' and 'Borussia Dortmund' ring a bell? I'm here to meticulously assess the
strengtsh, weaknesses and credentials of my handpicked selection of 'nearly' teams. Behold: England
Tottenham Hotspur Forever under-achievers, Spurs embarked on another spending spree this summer
after last season's [.
They reckon bad news comes in three, but West Ham have had three bits of bad news today alone. If
Newcastle United's situation wasn't erring on the wrong side of ridiculous then there would be a
lot of pointing and laughing in the direction of Upton Park at the moment. You will recall the
Hammers are [.
Newcastle have named former Wimbledon and Luton Town manager Joe Kinnear as their interim boss
until the end of October, succeeding Kevin Keegan. Kinnear has been out of work since 2004, which
tells you everything you need to know about this appointment (desperate and stop-gap). I don't see
how the likes of Owen and Duff will [.
As of next season, the European competition fought for by the elite of the continent's mid-table
teams will no longer be known as the Uefa Cup. Instead the competition will be rebranded as the
Uefa Europa League. Why? Who knows. The old saying goes that you cannot polish a turd, so surely
the same applies [.
No man is an island, with the possible exception of Frank Lampard. We all crave companionship, but
I crossed the line in my pursuit of Helen Chamberlain. I sneaked in to the Soccer AM studios and
took a few unauthorised photos to publish on my website. I've now been charged with intent to
The 'Respect the Ref' campaign is something I fully support, after watching football players abuse
the referee for years. Whilst as part of the crowd I have done this on numerous occasions, there is
something so classless and disrespectful when the players on the pitch do it. They are all
professionals and there should be [.
The fact that Newcastle are talking to Venables - a man who, in case you've forgotten, was the
Assistant's assistant and for his 30 years of experience has little to show for it - is an
indication of the hard times the club has fallen upon. All this could have been stopped if Ashley
had kept [...]
The European championship is set to be expanded to feature 24 teams from 2016 instead of the
current 16. A Uefa executive committee meeting on Thursday discussed the issue and will
rubber-stamp the decision on Friday. The proposal to expand the competition was put forward by the
Scottish Football Association and Football Association of Ireland last [.
This summer we launched the Soccerlens Predictor - a community-based prediction tool to help
Soccerlens readers predict results for football matches and track their virtual winnings' against
other members. It's not perfect yet, but recent tests have shown that the 'Top Advisors' feature -
a cornerstone of the Predictor's community-based predictions model - is a nearly-guaranteed [.
Sunderland manager Roy Keane has revealed that he has a zero tolerance policy towards verbal abuse.
The Black Cats boss announced his policy following comments from the Sunderland crowd during the
Carling Cup tie against Northampton last night. He said: "One or two supporters were abusing
me and that is something I won't tolerate.
What a strange week it's been for Sheffield United fans. Well over a year since their controversial
relegation from the Premiership, an independent tribunal rules in their favour over the West
Ham/Carlos Tevez affair. The tribunal found that Tevez earned at least three points for the London
club in the run-in to the end of [.
Despite the fact that on any given weekend, Americans drive through the suburbs and see lush green
fields spattered with kids playing soccer, the popularity the sport has with America's youth
remains stubbornly slow to translate to American adults. As most soccer fans know, this is not the
situation for other countries.
In part one, I looked at the differences between German and American youth training methods. In
part two, I look at the different ways American youth training can be improved and what needs to be
done in terms of investment and changing mindsets. Are American Youths Getting Proper Training? The
biggest problem for American youth training, according [.
When you have Terry Venables' wealth of experience and expertise as a coach, you can pick and
choose your jobs a little more freely than most people. Perhaps he is eager to get back into the
game after leaving the England set-up with Steve McClaren, and maybe he is looking for a real
challenge to [..
The well known match fixing scandals of the past in Italy and South America have rocked world
football over the years. The allegations made against Bruce Grobbelaar and others a few years ago
in England forced the officials and fans in that country to assess their own game. As fans, we need
to know that the [.
Arsene Wenger has gradually been edging towards creating his very own Arsenal production line of a
whole team of players from the Arsenal academy going on to form the bulk of his first-team squad.
With each year that passes, Wenger gets closer to that reality as one or two players becoming key
Dean Windass is set for showdown talks with Hull boss Phil Brown after being left out of the side
for the 2-2 draw with Everton. Writing for his ITV blog, the veteran striker has expressed his
frustration at not being part of Brown's plans and says of this weekend's clash with Arsenal:
"Whether I'll be involved [.
Personally, I am not convinced that West Ham will be handing over money to Sheffield United this
side of 2020 with all the expected appeals, but this morning's newspapers are full of stories that
the Hammers will be forced to sell their star players in January. Here is a rundown of the
potential movers and [.
Jurgen Klinsmann. Master of diversion - so everybody be cool, keine Panik! A year ago, it was all
about The Bayern Munich revolution led by the General, birds chirping, sun rising, set to conquer
the world, or at least to grab the UEFA Cup - again, thank you Felix. Now there is Californication,
a man [.
I'm thinking of applying for a job at News of the World. In a pinch, I'll take a gig at The Sun as
well. Just think about it - you get to make up the most outrageous of fantasies based on the
flimsiest of 'tips', get full points for groan-inducing headlines, go undercover to strip joints
The following interview with Nigerian legend and captain of the national team Nwanko Kanu was
conducted by African football magazine New African Soccer and reprinted here with their permission.
The magazine is free to download. Nigeria went into the Beijing Olympics football tournament
confident that they will do well.
This was meant to be the season when things turned a corner for Oxford United. After a
season-in-transition in 07/08, which saw them end the campaign as one of the Conference's form
teams, this was meant to be the year they were back at the top challenging to regain the league
status they lost in [..
The Tevezcherano saga has - whether you realised it or not - been simmering away in the background
since the end of the 2007 season and has reached boiling point once again. Sheffield United
chairman Kevin McCabe claims an independent tribunal has found in favour of his club as they seek
£30m in compensation from [.
Discussing deliberate fouls on fellow professionals has become a bit taboo since Roy Keane's
admission about his pre-meditated knee-high tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland, but Bolton's Kevin Nolan
has broken the silence to say that he urged team-mate Jlloyd Samuel to foul Theo Walcott during
their match against Arsenal on Saturday.
In these heady days of multi-billionaire takeovers of clubs in the English Premiership and
Championship, the subject of developing young players has again risen to the fore. With the best
overseas talent being bought up by the top clubs, it is a case of the rich getting richer and the
poor getting poorer.
ITV announced last week it had agreed a deal with Setanta to broadcast highlights of all of
England's remaining World Cup 2010 away qualifying matches. Highlights of each game will be
broadcast on ITV1 from 10.30pm on the evening of the game. The remaining games are against Belarus
on 15 October, Kazakhstan on 6 June 2009 [.
Following all the speculation about possible owners for Newcastle United, it seems that Mike Ashley
is preparing to sell the club to a consortium of wealthy Nigerians. Chris Nathaniel, the chief
executive of NVA Management, the company managing the deal, said he is hopeful the Nigerians will
become the first Africans to own a Premier [.
Arsenal moved smoothly to the top of the Premier League and Right Result table with an impressive
win at Bolton Wanderers. All did not go according to script at their former bogey ground though...
Emmanuel Eboue netted his first league goal for the Gunners but the Ivorian's equaliser should have
been ruled out for offside.
Video highlights from the weekend's Premier League games: Liverpool 0-0 Stoke City Blackburn 1-0
Fulham West Ham 3-1 Newcastle Bolton 1-3 Arsenal "Premier League Highlights: Bolton 1-3
Arsenal, West Ham 3-1 Newcastle, Liverpool 0-0 Stoke, Blackburn 1-0 Fulham" was originally
published at Soccerlens.
That is if Manchester City are anything to go by. There is nothing like a 6-0 victory to spark
belief that the title will follow (it won´t, of course, but the belief is still there!). But
when you look at the team, the only impact the new Arab owners have had is the purchase of [...]
1. There is absolutely nothing to choose between these two sides this season. Expect the tightest
title race in years as both clubs could go the distance. 2. Dimitar Berbatov cannot defend. Salomon
Kalou ghosted past the ex-Tottenham man to grab the equaliser. 3. Sir Alex Ferguson is not stupid.
It seems his talk of having "no [.
An unexpected side-effect of the Respect the Ref campaign has been the joy in pointing out examples
of refereeing errors that are so bad that it makes respect impossible and just refraining from
running onto the pitch and slapping him senseless with a sweaty shin pad. As examples of bad
decisions go, they don´t get much [.
No, me neither. Especially since you could watch a Premier League game for less at 14 out of 20
top-flight clubs. But QPR have different ideas. The club has hiked its most expensive tickets up to
£50 a pop at the insistence of the club's owners. Formula One high-rollers Flavio Briatore and
Bernie Ecclestone must have [.
If you had offered Liverpool fans any position in the Premier League table after five games then
undeniably the vast majority would have chosen the one they currently occupy: first. The manner in
which they assumed top-spot today meant it was a hollow achievement. Looking at the fixture list at
the start of the season, if [.
Even though I'm the proud owner of a Y chromosome, I love reality TV. I even applied for
‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy', but I didn't fancy wearing a white suit. I had a much
better time on ‘The X Factor'. As soon as I looked deep into Cheryl Tweedy's eyes, I
If you believe the rumours, Cristiano Ronaldo has talked Sir Alex Ferguson into giving him a
starting berth against Chelsea. You won't need a Sky Sports advert to remind you that this a
massive game. Huge. The "first classic of the season" is how one bookmaker is describing
it. I didn't realise we had "classics" [.
American tycoon Stan Kroenke has today announced that he has joined the Arsenal board. We put him
head-to-head with David Dein-backed Alisher Usmanov to find out who has the best prospects as they
vie for control of the club. The Arsenal fans have warmed to Stan Kroenke, at least relatively
Chelsea v. Manchester United Stadium: Stamford Bridge, London, England Date: Sunday 21 September
2008 Competition: Premier League Kick off: 13:00 GMT, 9:00 ET Manchester United will try and get
their season on track against unbeaten Chelsea. Soccerlens will bring you the action live! Log on
to the site 15 minutes before kickoff for the live blog.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been lacking two things this summer. One was the ability to walk without
crutches and the other was a decent PR advisor to prevent him putting his Nike Mercurials in his
gob every couple of days. And yet neither seems to have had a long-term effect. He showed enough
glimpses last night to [.
David Moyes is the first Premier League manager to be mowed down by the Respect the Ref bandwagon
following his outburst at Stoke at the weekend. The Everton boss is the first to discover that, at
least while the campaign maintains its current pace, respect for the referee must be maintained
whether his decision is [.
Cristiano Ronaldo is due to make his Manchester United comeback against Villarreal in the Champions
League tonight. Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced the Portuguese winger will be well-received by the
Old Trafford faithful, despite his protracted summer transfer saga. Fergie thinks Manchester United
fans will forgive Ronaldo, so here is some pointers of things he [.
Football has developed quickly in many countries because it used to be part of the politics of the
pursuit of power and the ideologies it serves. Rapidly, it became the expression of nationalism,
patriotism and chauvinism, even before the international federations were established. More than
most sports, it lends itself to tribal feelings: the collective [.
Manchester United v. Villarreal Stadium: Old Trafford, Manchester, England Date: Wednesday 17
September 2008) Competition: UEFA Champions League, Group E Kick off: 18:45 GMT, 14:45 ET
Manchester United will open their Champions League title defense with a match against Villarreal.
Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly reacted angrily to the news that John
Terry's red card has been rescinded. Fergie's tantrum - which measured 'aubergine' on the purple
face-ometer - is because he has rumours that referee Mark Halsey wanted to stand by his decision.
The tale Fergie relates is that referee boss Keith [.
Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie's vicious scythe on Hull's Craig Fagan on Saturday had many
commentators and pundits saying the Tigers striker was lucky to escape without serious injury.
Well, it turns out he didn't. Despite jumping straight up to remonstrate with Guthrie, it has now
emerged that Fagan broke his leg in the incident and [.
The more you spend, the worse you play. That is it in a nutshell - Spurs never perform well when
they have splashed the cash. Juande Ramos and his team of multi-million pound signings are bottom
of the table with just one point from their opening four games after a 1-2 defeat at home to Aston
It's a familiar story. Disgruntled fans give abuse to a chairman who's ploughed vast sums of money
into the club, causing said chairman to reach the end of his teather and announce his intention to
sell up as soon as possible. But this isn't the story of the Toon Army versus Mike Ashley. Instead,
Chelsea v. FC Girondins de Bordeaux Competition: UEFA Champions League, Group A Stadium: Stamford
Bridge, London, England Date: Tuesday, 16 September 2008 Kickoff: 19:45 BST, 14:45 ET Once again,
it's time for another season of the UEFA Champions League, the top club competition in the world.
Soccerlens will be liveblogging the match between 2007-2008 runners-up, Chelsea, and French side,
England will play friendly internationals against Slovakia and Slovenia at Wembley in 2009. Fabio
Capello's side will face Slovakia on 28 March, three days before the home World Cup qualifier
against Ukraine. Slovenia will be England's opponents on 5 September ahead of the Group six match
against Croatia on 9 September.
Raul has scored 61 goals in the Champions League - his closest rival being his teammate Ruud van
Nistelrooy at 53. Can any of the younger crop of players - Messi, Ronaldo, Benzema, Torres etc -
catch up with the likes of Raul, Ruud, Sheva (47) and Henry (45) or is the age of the pure [...]
Champions League holders Manchester United face Villarreal CF at Old Trafford in their first Group
E match on Wednesday, 17 September and they hope to extend their record home winning streak. Quick
facts: Manchester United have won 12 home matches in a row, a Champions League record. On 22
November 2005, Villarreal CF were the last club to [.
The 2008 / 2009 Champions League kicks off on Tuesday, 16th September 2008 with 'Matchday 1′
throwing up several 'first-time' encounters as well as a few repeat matches. Here are the
head-to-head records for all Champions League matches taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday:
Head-to-heads in major European Cup competitions (exc.
When Manchester United signed on with AIG is the biggest shirt sponsorship contract in footballing
history, the move was seen as vindication of Manchester United's position as the most marketable
football brand in the world. Today we read about the difficulties the insurance company faces and
there is genuine concern that AIG will go belly-up.
Technically, they're waiting for the owners of both clubs (Hicks & Gillett at Liverpool and Ashley
at Newcastle) to be forced by the financial credit crunch to reduce their asking price and get out
or risk defaulting on the debts the clubs have accrued. Today DIC came out with a statement saying
that: "DIC is not involved [.
It's been a weekend of missed penalties - by the referees - this week with the Right Result. Top of
the list is Alan Wiley's change of mind that infuriated Everton at Stoke City. The Staffordshire
official appeared to point to the spot after Leon Cort handled but, wrongly, altered his decision
after consulting his assistant.
Who on earth would want to buy Newcastle United at the minute? That's a good question. Here are 10
possible answers. 1. The fans Before he officially put the club up for sale, Ashley reportedly
challenged the Toon Army to raise the money among themselves for a takeover bid. It sounds a good
idea in theory, but [.
Mike Ashley has, in his words, 'listened to the fans' and decided to put the club up for sale. He's
also committed to investing in the club till the time the club is sold. He's spot on about
Newcastle's financial situation, and while one may not agree with him he has a fair point and [...]
The world is being set alight by ever younger players, and they will be the superstars of the
future. I have handpicked 18 players (11 starters and 7 subs) for the team of the future. GK: Igor
Akinfeev (Russia, CSKA Moscow, 22) At age 22, the Russian goalie is still young but is already
world-class, and his [.
Footballfilter.com is a dashboard for the best football sources and content on the internet -
articles, news,images, videos, podcasts (which can be played via the site itself), blogs (including
Soccerlens) and forums all centralised onto one page via rss feeds. The idea behind football
filter is to gather the best content in order to make the [.
Robinho's move to Manchester City was - in the short-term at least - neatly summed up in
yesterday's defeat to Chelsea. It is a well-known fact that the Brazilian could easily have been
playing for the opposition in the Saturday evening match, but he chose Eastlands ahead of Stamford
Bridge (Didn't Madrid refuse to sell [.
Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Ronaldo could feature at Stamford Bridge next weekend as the winger
makes rapid progress in regaining fitness after his ankle operation in July. SAF: "He's been
making great strides in the direction towards first-team football. Ronaldo is training now, he's
with the first team and he's aiming to be a substitute [.
It's a strange job owning a football club. You are expected to invest millions of pounds (or
roubles, or dollars or Emirati dirham) into something which is still the assumed property of
hundreds of thousands of often-drunken, often-abusive, often-tattooed supporters who have no idea
about the behind-the-scenes workings of a football club.
The newest characters in the Newcastle United soap opera are the Ashley-Keegans - a bickering
couple. You know the sort: they argue relentlessly, both waste hours of your time explaining all
the faults of the other and making sure you know that it is definitely over this time, and then
promptly get back together.
I'm not an Arsenal fan. I'm not French. I'm not even a former Arsene Wenger pupil. But dammit, he's
spot on when he talks about negotiation tricks and the lack of any genuine complaint from
Tottenham's end on their players being tapped up. The Arsenal manager (referring to the
Chelsea-Ashley Cole-Arsenal saga): "We faced that problem once and [.
Alan Curbishley resigned from his position as West Ham manager last week claiming a lack of control
over transfers with the breaking point being the last day sale of George McCartney. In an interview
with the Sun, Curbs has given a full account of what happened, including the manner in which the
last day transfer dealings [.
The League Managers Association, somewhat of an unofficial mouthpiece for Kevin Keegan
post-resignation, have confirmed that talks between Kevin Keegan and Mike Ashley failed to reach 'a
satisfactory conclusion', which effectively means that Ashley refused to change the current system
and Keegan refused to work in it.
Sky Sports (not always the paragon of truth, but you live with what you get) has reported that
Ashley has met with Keegan today, with the obvious conclusion being that Keegan is due to be
re-instated as Newcastle manager. Is Keegan coming back? One, I don't think Keegan made his
decision to leave without thinking long [.
Manchester United travel to Liverpool on Saturday, 13 September, knowing they have a better record
at Anfield than any other Premier League team in recent seasons: Manchester United are
unbeaten in their last six Premier League visits to Anfield, winning five times. Since the start of
the 2002/2003 season they have the best record at Liverpool of [.
While the Premier League is back this weekend, with the tasty Liverpool v Manchester United game to
kick things off, the lower leagues are preparing for the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup after
the previous two preliminary rounds, and the Manchester United breakaway supporters team are just
one of those in action.
Gerry takes a break from his weekly drudgery of crime-fighting and orphan-rescuing to give you the
latest on English football and your best bet for the weekend. In many ways I'm like a dwarf - I
find it hard to put my hand in my pocket. I never waste money on a newspaper and only [...]
There's a sense of euphoria about the England team following the result against Croatia in Zagreb,
a much-needed and timely boost to our game. However, for me it's somewhat tarnished. Fabio
Capello's admission that the England players play better away from Wembley, away from their own
fans, is a sad indictment of the national game.
Thank you, Mr Keane, for expressing how many football fans feel about Warner in a direct, succinct
manner. Back story: Warner sends a letter to Keane saying: "Your callous disregard for the
rights of 'small' countries to have their players represent them as enshrined in Fifa regulations
reveals a mean streak in your character.
New West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola was bound to want to make his own mark on the club, but few
would have expected that the first person to leave would be the sponsor. The Hammers' £2.5
million a year backer, XL.com, has gone into administration. The news did not break before West Ham
had paraded [.
USAIN BOLT - the world's fastest man - is to train with Real Madrid to help improve their players
run faster. Bolt: "They have invited me to train with them. I'll definitely go. I think Raul
and Van Nistelrooy are some of the best goalscorers ever. I've watched Van Nistelrooy from when he
was with Manchester [.
Steve Clarke stuck around when Mourinho left, he stayed when Grant came, he stayed when Grant left,
he even stayed on when Scolari initially jetted in. But now, with the most likely job opportunity
offered to him being the assistant manager post for a London club not playing in Europe, he hands
in his resignation?
Liverpool v Manchester United Stadium: Anfield Stadium Date: Saturday 13 September 2008 Competiton:
English Premier League Time: 12:45 BST, 7:45 EST It's time for the Northwest Derby as Manchester
United will resume their heated rivalry with Liverpool! Soccerlens will be bringing the action to
Manchester City v Chelsea Stadium: City of Manchester Stadium Date: Saturday 13 September 2008
Competition: English Premier League Kickoff: 17:30 BST, 12:30 ET It's the Premiership's newest
rivalry as Chelsea will visit Manchester City to contest the Billionaires Derby. Soccerlens
will be bringing you the action live!
Do you: speak good English? talk about football? know the Premier League? have peers who respect
you as a footballer? help out younger players? like London? think you are a charming fella who
promises anything he's asked to promise? support a club other than West Ham? According to
well-placed sources, this is the exact set of questions that Nani asked the managerial candidates
The last two under-20 promising England strikers to hit the headlines ended up leading the front
line for club and country at a very young age - not the ideal circumstances to groom a young player
into an established superstar. Michael Owen at 1998, Rooney at Euro 2004 - both players ended up
having their countries [.
Adebayor's agent has been hawking his client off to other clubs ever since Adebayor started scoring
goals on a regular basis for Arsenal (the first claims I remember are from spring 2007). There were
noises in summer 2007 but nothing came out of because none of the big clubs were interested, but by
summer 2008 [.
Robbie Keane joins Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, Daniel Agger and Pepe Reina as well as former
Liverpool players Peter Crouch and Jerzey Dudek on the list of Liverpool players whose homes have
been burgled in recent years. Last year we dismissed the conspiracy theories but what if the people
behind at least some of the [.
Come on down! These days everyone wants to be taken over by a billionaire and then immediately get
linked with players worth more than the entire debt of Africa. But how? Ker-Ching! It's easy! The
Premier League title awaits, all you have to do is pick out a billionaire, flutter your eyelashes
and as sure as [.
Gianfranco Zola is one of the most likeable characters in the game. I've spent some time chatting
with him in the past and found him to be a thoroughly nice guy. His knowledge of football is
understandably high and he has an aura about him that commands respect. He wasn't a bad player
either as [...]
There were many puzzled faces up and down the country after hearing Joey Barton's lenient
punishment following his brutal attack of his then City team mate, Ousmane Dabo. Essentially, he's
been given a six match ban and a £25,000 fine. He will face a further six match ban if he's up
in front of the [.
Every Bundesliga team has been jointly liable to run a youth academy since 2002, moreover, it is
one of the eligibility criterias to obtain the club license. The annual operation is supervised by
the DFB, itself. Last year, an astonishing ~ €70 million was invested in the new generations.
Not in vain.
Two years on from Sven-Goran Eriksson's quick gamble on Theo Walcott, and the flutter has finally
paid off for England. The then 17-year-old's selection for the 2006 World Cup was a surprise at the
time and a mistake in retrospect. Eriksson found the youngster was not quite the player he expected
and felt unable to [.
Newcastle United are more troubled than usual these days, what with Keegan's departure, the fans'
protest and the press having a field day with takeover speculation (Ambani has categorically denied
any intentions of buying Newcastle), player revolts (Given is on record as saying that the players
need to get on and focus on the next [.
Gianfranco Zola is widely expected to take over as West Ham manager this week with the Italian's
charm, playing reputation and promise to deliver entertaining football a winner over other
candidates. Zola, Speaking to the Daily Mail: "I only know one way to play: on the floor,
attacking football, the way things should be done.
With the Champions League just around the corner you now have the chance to flex your football
muscles and show Alex Ferguson who the real boss is by competing in the Champions League tournament
on Magic11.com. If that's not enough for you then plenty more challenges await in the 11 other
leagues available on the site; [.
Football supporters, and I am no exception, are quick to give the sport´s governing bodies a
difficult time when they mess things up with their own unique brand of farce and bureaucracy. So
for once I will put my neck on the line and say ´Well done, Uefa!´, because their new
regulations on homegrown players [.
I can't help to think that the Guardian's Rob Smyth said it best the other day when he blamed
overly-high expectations for England on two things: the mass-marketed 'Golden Generation' featuring
the usual suspects, Gerrard, Lamps, Becks, Rio, Rooney and so on, and more importantly, on
England's famous 5-1 brutalization of Germany in Germany back [.
There has been no fanfare at West Ham. No Arabs arriving, no Robinho arriving and no big money bids
on unrealistic targets (mot since they got their hands burnt with Tevezcherano, anyway). And yet it
seems their could be a revolution of comparable, if not quite as extravagant magnitude taking place
at Upton Park.
Raphael Honigstein is a German journalist and author who works as an English football correspondent
for German media as well as his more prominent role as a German football correspondent for English
media (you may remember him from his work at the Guardian, Sky or Setanta). He's also written a
book on English football (titled 'Harder, [.
For a manager who rarely witnesses the on-pitch misdemeanours of his own team, Arsene Wenger is
never short of views on football's bigger picture. Comrade Wenger has used his weekend off to good
effect by bemoaning the break-up of communist countries into smaller states, and particularly its
impact on international football.
Just how rich are the new sugar daddies at the Eastlands? Rich enough to build a football stadium
with their OWN money. Take that, you American bastards. In fact they're so rich that they have
launched an audacious bid to sign four of Liverpool's top players in return for building the Reds'
long-awaited new stadium in [.
Fabio Capello's England squad selection for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia
asked more questions than it answered. The inclusion of Jimmy Bullard and omission of Michael Owen
garnered the most press, but one or two other absences have induced bemused faces on Fleet Street.
The real concern should be that a vast chunk [.
They say that history repeats itself. In England's case, stupidity repeats itself, ad nauseam. You
could drive yourself insane hypothesizing how England will line up against Croatia (doesn't matter
if players lack discipline and composure), criticising lack of upcoming talent (yes, we get it) or
for fun's sake, put on your progressive hat and champion [.
Accountability and football in England go together like Michael Bolton's voice and opera: badly.
You can count on one finger the amount of people who are accountable to lovers of the beautiful
game and even then you'd struggle to work out who. There are those who should be accountable, but
they wriggle under so many [.
Andorra coach David Rodrigo claims his side's 0-2 defeat against England was a moral victory for
the tiny country. While it was undoubtedly a better result for Andorra than England would have
hoped for, it was a somewhat predictable outcome. In fact, I predicted it here. But I am not
convinced that this adds up [.
Football has gone crazy this week. Manchester City got rich and Robinho got signed, there was Alan
Curbishley and Kevin Keegan's decision to leave their posts, and the whole Dimitar Berbatov saga.
What we need to settle things down is a return to normality. And what could be more routine than
England struggling to beat a [.
You know what really stood out about the recently closed transfer window? Not the
brinksmanship, the complaints about tapping up, or even the idea of billion-dollar teams squabbling
over a couple million pounds. The one thing that really stood out to me was all the talk
about "dream moves." It seemed like every high-profile star that [.
With few weeks remaining in the transfer window, the media were eager to write off the current
English and European Champions from retaining their Premiership crown. The logic behind it was
Chelsea now had a better manager than last season and they had signed Deco. As they had finished so
close to United the season [.
It infuriates me when people are judged on their appearance. Just because Rafa Benitez is a tubby
mess, this does not give opposing supporters the right to abuse him. The Aston Villa supporters
went well over the top with their ‘Fat Spanish Waiter' banner. Admittedly, he is carrying a
few stone overweight, and he's [.
What's wrong with football? Ask any fan and you'd wish you'd never gotten them started. The
referees get it wrong, the players cheat (always the opposition, mind you), there's too much money
in the game, the players are greedy bastards who don't give two hoots about loyalty and honor,
international football is crap, there's no talent [.
Dear Deidre, My name is Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson. That's bad enough - it takes me fifteen minutes to
sign a cheque. I am chairman of West Ham United. That's even worse. I moved to England in late 2006
with a friend, Eggy Magnusson. We rented a flat with a girl called Alice Pardew. She was a nice
girl, but [.
Well, that ends that. After a week filled with speculation about Kevin Keegan's future at
Newcastle, Keegan has decided to call time on his second stint at St. James' Park, as he resigned
today. In a statement, Keegan said, 'I've been working desperately hard to find a way forward with
the directors, but [.
Well, that ends that. After a week filled with speculation about Kevin Keegan's future at
Newcastle, Keegan has decided to call time on his second stint at St. James' Park, as he resigned
today. In a statement, Keegan said, 'I've been working desperately hard to find a way forward with
the directors, but [.
The current mess at Newcastle is unfortunately not a result of misplaced expectations (top-10 for
Newcastle is realistic), Ashley's lack of knowledge of what he's drinking or the fact that The idea
of a sporting director working with a manager is a good one - IF it works. In West Ham's case the
move to [.
Do we have another match-fixing scandal on our hands? In an interview published by German news
magazine Der Spiegel on Monday, award-winning Canadian journalist Declan Hill gave accounts that
detail the manipulation of Ghanaian matches in the 2006 World Cup, most notably the second round
match between Ghana and Brazil, which was won 3-0 by [.
While going out and buying the world's best players is a great way to get the glory you desire,
there's nothing like overseeing the development of a player from a youngster with high potential to
a world-class star. There are several sides in the Premier League with talent-laden academies, but
it's certainly hard to [.
It could be from the sheer joy he felt at leaving Real Madrid (those horrible, horrible people who
brought him to Europe and made him into a star). It could be because through his tears he couldn't
distinguish between different shades of blue. Or maybe Manchester Dhabi (sorry, City) offered him
so much money that [.
We've got it straight from the biscuit tin - the shortlist of managers West Ham's owners are
considering and the man who is odds-on favourite to manage the Hammers, at least in September 2008.
But first, the candidates: West Ham's Final Five 1. Roberto Mancini: Popular choice amongst the
fans, can't speak English (or Icelandic for that matter) [.
Following Alan Curbishley's departure from West Ham yesterday, his transfer policy at the club has
come under increased scrutiny. Soccerlens has rounded up Curbishley's worst forays into the
transfer market. 1. Freddie Ljungberg from Arsenal Curbishley should have known that sneaky Arsene
Wenger only sells his stars when they are past it.
So, the transfer deadline (August 31) has passed and the football market is now closed. Closed? Not
quite. Indeed, while transfers from one club to another will have to wait until January to resume,
teams may still sign players as free agents (and that until March 31, 2009). So, inspired from this
Top 11 Serie A [.
Alan Curbishley is no longer manager of West Ham United. Reports claim that he has resigned
although it's just as likely that he was politely shown the door. Possible reasons for resignation
include the failure to bring in a midfield enforcer, the sale of Ferdinand and McCartney
(presumably without Curbishley having a say) and maybe even [.
Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that his new assistant manager will be former United midfielder
Mick Phelan. Succeeding Mick as first team coach is skills development expert Rene Meulensteen. The
appointments, which take place with immediate effect, have been made following the departure in the
summer of Carlos Queiroz to manage the Portuguese national team.
Daniel Levy wants the Premier League to 'review' the transfer system (O rly?). Tottenham may have
agreed to drop their 'charges' against Liverpool and Manchester United in return for 50m, a striker
on loan and a donation to charity, but the scars remain and the London club are understandably
furious at having their Champions League [.
You can't help but sympathise with (be jealous of) City fans at this point. Since last year,
they've gone from despair (going nowhere fast) to joy (Shinawatra) to eventual despair (Shinawatra)
and now, on the last day of the transfer window, sheer joy (Abu Dhabi United) again. It's enough to
drive you insane - and we [.
Watching England press conferences is a wonderful way of invoking a spooky sense of deja vu. The
players sit looking like they would rather be somewhere else, going through the motions of rolling
out the same old meaningless clichés, and generally leave it to their journalistic opposition
to take the initiative.
The Internet is a great place to start a charitable campaign. If your message is rock solid and the
destination for your funds instantly believable, serious funds can be raised. The message and the
destination are intrinsically linked. ‘Cancer kills – we still need to find a cure -
donate to cancer research' is clearly [.
Bill Turianski from billsportsmaps.com has the map. Highlights: Hoffenheim are the fastest risers
thanks to the club gathering a following from their surrounding region. 11 of 18 clubs get 40k or
more fans on average. Compare this with England, where 6 clubs (Manchester United, Arsenal,
Newcastle, Sunderland, Liverpool, Chelsea - have I missed anyone) can accommodate that many [.
Few noticed last week when Juande Ramos called for a shortening of the transfer window, but the
nuclear fallout from Monday's race to the finish seems to support his argument. Prior to Monday,
Robinho had been settling in nicely at for another season at Real Madrid, Kevin Keegan was sorting
out his first proper [.
The Premiership woke up this morning to a lot of excitement. Everton fans were celebrating breaking
their transfer record, West Ham fans were incredulous that they had sold half their defence without
replacing them, Liverpool fans were "overjoyed" at signing two foreign 18 year olds to
add to their increasing collection of foreign 18 year olds, [.
Kevin Keegan isn't happy with how Newcastle's transfer window shopping went. To be fair, he has had
little control over the moves (or lack thereof); Milner's transfer happened against his will and
higher management (Wise) has failed to offload the deadwood or bring in fresh blood as promised.
Today's reports suggest that Keegan is in talks [.
1. Manchester City as a new superpower When Blues fans woke up yesterday morning they cannot have
been expecting the rollercoaster day ahead. Just a couple of weeks ago they were outraged by
rumours Vedran Corluka and Stephen Ireland were to be sold. Yesterday, Corluka slipped out the day
to Spurs virtually unnoticed as City fans [.
After Dimitar Berbatov's strange menage-a-trois dalliance with Mark Hughes and Sir Alex Ferguson,
and Man City gazumping Chelsea, yesterday's third oddest deadline day transfer was that of John
Akinde from Ebbsfleet United to Bristol City for £150,000 plus add-ons. The transfer wasn't
bizarre because of the player - Akinde has long attracted interest from league clubs [.
There's really only a couple (well, one to be specific) deal that many people followed on transfer
deadline day, but while many looked to see if Dimitar Berbatov would sign for Manchester United and
who Manchester City would nab with their newly-acquired mega-riches, many watched the window to see
if someone would come through the [.
Newcastle have completed the signing of Spain Under-21 striker Xisco, 22, on a five-year deal worth
£4.8m from Deportivo. Necessary move before Owen heads to Tottenham so that Berbatov can head
to United so that Campbell can go to Hull so that everyone go home and sleep? "Newcastle sign
Xisco for £4.
Manchester United have signed Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur for £30.75m. Frazier
Campbell is headed the other way in a 1-year loan deal (smart bit of business from United, that).
The transfer was always expected to go down to the wire but Manchester City's weekend takeover
threw it in a spin with City's new owners [.
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says the club have agreed to sell Brazilian Robinho to
Manchester City. Calderon (speaking to Spanish TV): "We have agreed to sell the player for
human reasons, and for footballing reasons and for an important quantity of money. The fact the
player accepted the offer from City proves he isn't moving for sporting [.
Mark. Garry. We sold the club. Finally that Thai cunt is gone. The only thing worse than a Thai
cunt is an Arab cunt. Who'd you pawn us off to Garry? Mark, you're on a conference call with Dr
Suleiman Al Fahim, a representative of our new majority owners, Abu Dhabi United Group. He wants to
ask you a [.
The 20-year-old was at one time rated as one of Brazil's most promising players, and his claim to
fame is his "seal dribble" where he runs past opponents with the ball bobbing on his
forehead, thus making it almost impossible for him to be tackled fairly, and often results in him
being hacked down by [.
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of 26-year old Albert Reira from Espnayol on a 4-year contract
for £8m. Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is confident his new recruit will have no problems in
adapting to life in Premiership football: "Riera has the qualities we were looking for. He's a
left footer who normally plays on the left wing, [.
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has said that Tottenham have accepted Manchester City's
last-day bid for Dimitar Berbatov. Hughes: "We have made an offer and I think it's agreed
between ourselves and Spurs. Now it's up to the boy to decide. It's happened quite quickly today.
We are going to try and bring good players to the [.
This is stark. raving. mad. A club up the creek without a paddle where finances are concerned, the
owner sells the club on the weekend and with less than 10 hours to go to the transfer window, the
board are off looking to spend 30m+ (some saying at least 50m if they can get their [...]
Manchester City's last-second shopping list: Berbatov, Gomez, Villa, Ashton, Podolski...did I miss
anyone? This is stark. raving. mad. A club up the creek without a paddle where finances are
concerned, the owner sells the club on the weekend and with less than 10 hours to go to the
transfer window, the board are off looking to [.
There are several clubs who were left on the altar, so to speak, with respect to a few big signings
this summer. Liverpool lost out on Barry, Real Madrid lost out on Ronaldo, Chelsea and United may
still lose out on Robinho and Berbatov, Tottenham reportedly lost out on Villa (although to be fair
Manchester City have confirmed they are in talks with Abu Dhabi United Group over possible
investment in the club. Reports earlier claimed that the Abu Dhabi United Group Investment and
Development Limited (ADUG) had completed a takeover of the Premier League side, but the full
details are not clear - Shinawatra wants to maintain a controlling [.
As in the first two weekends of the Premier League season, there's another two incidents that have
come under the spotlight of the Right Result. West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers had featured in
the first fortnight's judgments and their meeting at Upton Park alerted the RR panel. Especially to
the frustration of Rovers manager Paul Ince, [.
Tottenham have signed Croatia defender Vedran Corluka from Manchester City on a 6-year deal for
8.5m. The 22-year-old defender began his career at Dynamo Zagreb before joining City in 2007 where
he made 41 appearances in all competitions. Corluka's move to White Hart Lane was apparently agreed
some time ago with Manchester City waiting to bring in [.
Louis Saha recently joined Everton on a 'we pay if he plays' deal, something that ends up being
good for both sides as Everton get a striker in for free and Manchester United now don't have to
pay him to stay in the sickbay all day. And today (actually, yesterday) there was news that Everton
Dimitar Berbatov came to Tottenham Hotspur believing that he would be part of a new revolution in
the Premier League that would shake the established order and lead Tottenham to the Champions
League. In the two years since his arrival, the player has lost faith in Tottenham's dream and more
importantly lost faith in Tottenham's [.
If you have never coached or managed a football team you will believe, like I did, that the fans
feel the highs of victory and lows of defeat more than anyone else. You will believe that the
players and staff just don't care as much as you do. I have always felt this way about my [...]
If a team does poorly, or as is the case in modern-day football, fails to entertain, the blame
falls on the manager. That sounds right until you consider that if those bloody millionaires
running aimlessly on the pitch had followed instructions, and if the opposition had turned around
and grabbed their ankles as asked, the [.
After hundreds (at least) of news bits over the last few months, we're finally almost at the end of
the summer transfer window. There's a lot yet to happen on the final day of the window, but I'm
here to get you caught up on all of the latest signings and speculation. England So, [...]
Football transfer fees were thought to be affected by the global credit crunch but that didn't stop
English clubs from smashing the English football transfer records twice in one evening as the clubs
from Manchester bought Robinho and Dimitar Berbatov. Whether or not they deserved to be sold for
more than £30m each is [.