SoccerLens Archives for January 2008

A fresh view on the Spurs sack race: sack the board!

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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 [.

Top 10 daft football injuries

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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.

Premier League club for sale. Applications from overseas multi-billionaires will be particularly welcome.

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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 [...]

Video Highlights: Portsmouth 2-0 Tottenham, Arsenal 1-2 Hull, Newcastle 1-2 Blackburn and more

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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 [.

Newcastle United should have won, Tottenham and Man City deserved penalties, Man Utd didn’t

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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 [...]

Champions League Matchday 2: Predictions

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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 [.

Bring in compulsory history lessons for Italian footballers

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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 [.

Who would you fire from Tottenham?

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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 [.

Takeover Talk: SA for Newcastle, Chinese for Tottenham, American for Sunderland, no one for Portsmouth, Everton or Liverpool

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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 [.

Advertising with Premier League clubs

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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 - 30 September 2008 - UEFA Champions League - Live Blog

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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.

Karim Benzema - good but not that good

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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.

Arsenal need to improve small game appetite

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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 [.

EXPOSED: Daily Mail Hacks Are Morons

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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 [.

Everton want Fulham’s Bullard? Get in the Top 6 first!

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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 [.

100m Benzema: Chelsea, Manchester or Madrid?

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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 [.

Liverpool’s best formation and form

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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.

8 reasons why Newcastle + Joe Kinnear = bad news

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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 James' [...]

5 Controversial Club Name Changes

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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 [.

Tottenham, Manchester City, Valencia and More: Teams That Just Aren’t Good Enough

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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 [.

Three more kicks to the balls for West Ham

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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 appoint Kinnear as manager

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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 [.

UEFA Europa League - a pointless name change?

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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 [.

Weekend Predictions: Tottenham, Everton, Villa, Arsenal, Man Utd to win, Liverpool, Man City, Sunderland, West Ham and Newcastle to lose

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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 distribute [.

Boothroyd Charged - Whatever Next?

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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 [.

5 players itching to leave Newcastle

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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 [...]

UEFA to expand Euros to 24 teams from 2016

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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 [.

A simple way to make money betting on football

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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 [.

Roy Keane repents and adopts new abuse policy

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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.

Arsenal prove that West Ham money won’t help Sheffield United

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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 [.

Youth Training - USA v Germany

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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.

How can we help American youth training?

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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 [.

Terry Venables would be mad to take the Newcastle job

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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 [..

Match-Fixing in Football - can we trust the game 100%?

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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 [.

Are Arsenal’s current crop of youngsters the real deal?

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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 first-team players.

Breaking news: Windass threatens to walk out on Hull

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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 [.

Top 5 West Ham fire-sale players - Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal would be interested

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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 [.

My name is Klinsmann

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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 [.

Manchester United stars in prostitution and drug-related news…

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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 [...]

Nigeria Can Rule The World, We’re Already On Track - Kanu

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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.

Oxford United: A club on the brink?

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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 [..

Sheffield United 1-1 West Ham (extra time to follow)

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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 [.

Is it still acceptable to ‘rough up’ skillful players?

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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.

Coaching Young Players

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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’s schedule for England’s World Cup 2010 Qualification

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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 [.

Copy of Nigerian consortium´s official bid for Newcastle United

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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’s first goal was offside, Liverpool didn’t deserve to score

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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.

Premier League Highlights: Bolton 1-3 Arsenal, West Ham 3-1 Newcastle, Liverpool 0-0 Stoke, Blackburn 1-0 Fulham

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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.

Maybe money does buy success after all

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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 [...]

10 observations on Manchester United v Chelsea

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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 [.

Video: Respect the ref? As soon as he stops awarding goals like this one

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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 [.

Would you pay £50 to watch a Championship match?

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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 [.

Welcome back Liverpool - where have you been?

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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 [.

Ade and a Bet

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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 instantly [...]

Cristiano Ronaldo to get starting place against Chelsea

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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" [.

Penalty shootout: Stan Kroenke v Alisher Usmanov

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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 speaking.

Chelsea v. Manchester United - 21 September 2008 - English Premier League - Live Blog

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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’s overly warm reception

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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 [.

Respect means respect whether refs are right or wrong

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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 [.

5 worst comeback ideas for Cristiano Ronaldo

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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 vs. nationalism - England vs. Germany

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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 - 17 September 2008 - UEFA Champions League - Live Blog

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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!

Is Sir Alex Ferguson correct or paranoid?

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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 [.

Ban Danny Guthrie until Craig Fagan is fit

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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 Tottenham Hotspur theory of relativity

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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 [...]

Gray day gives Essex the blues

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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, we [.

Chelsea v. Bordeaux - Champions League - Live Blog

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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 to play Slovakia and Slovenia friendlies in 2009

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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.

Can anyone beat Raul’s Champions League record?

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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 [...]

Manchester United’s unbeaten Champions League record

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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 [.

08-09 Champions League Matchday 1 Preview: Head to Head Records

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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.

AIG’s troubles and what it means for Manchester United

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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.

Arabs waiting for Liverpool and Newcastle to go bankrupt

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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 [.

Chelsea, Everton and Middlesbrough deserved penalties

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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.

10 possible buyers for Newcastle

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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 will leave Newcastle - are you HAPPY now?

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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 [...]

Youngsters Galore: A Team For The Future

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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 - showcasing the best football content online

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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 shows pros and cons of choosing City over Chelsea

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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 [.

Manchester United hoping to bring back Ronaldo for Chelsea game

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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 [.

Who would own a football club?

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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.

Kevin Keegan and Mike Ashley talks bound to end in tears

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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.

Wenger: Tottenham ‘tricked’ Manchester United (and Liverpool)

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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 [.

Curbishley on West Ham transfers fiasco

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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 [.

Ashley and Keegan can’t agree what’s best for Newcastle

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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.

Will Ashley fire Wise to bring Keegan back to Newcastle?

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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 [.

Fun facts about Liverpool v Manchester United

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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 [.

2008/2009 FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Preview

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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.

Weekend Predictions: Villa to beat Spurs, City to beat Chelsea, Liverpool to beat Manchester United, and more

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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 [...]

An end to the boo-boys?

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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.

Roy Keane: Jack Warner is a clown

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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.

5 potential new sponsors for West Ham

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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 to train with Real Madrid

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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 leaving Chelsea for West Ham or Newcastle?

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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 - Live Blog - English Premier League

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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 you live!

Manchester City v Chelsea - Live Blog - English Premier League

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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 want to be the next West Ham manager?

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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 during [.

Arsenal must protect Walcott

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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 has an exceptionally bad agent

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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 [.

Lucas Neill Hammers A Bird

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The video says it all: Hat tip: Rob Parker "Lucas Neill Hammers A Bird" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

5 conspiracy theories behind the Liverpool robberies

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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 [.

20 Billionaires you want buying your football club

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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 [.

Have West Ham made a mistake in hiring Zola?

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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 [...]

The FA Are Shockingly Inconsistent

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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 [.

10 Exciting Future Stars in the Bundesliga

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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.

Theo Walcott - the Second Coming

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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 [.

Who would you pick for Newcastle?

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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 [.

Zola: Chelsea is the past, West Ham is my future

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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.

Magic11.com - Unlimited Fantasy Football

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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; [.

Uefa gets it spot on with homegrown quotas

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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 [.

England Will Always Lose Because Its Players Cannot Adapt

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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 [.

West Ham and the secret Italian revolution

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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.

Interview with Raphael Honigstein

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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, [.

The Communist Republic of Arsene Wenger

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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.

Arabs to build Liverpool stadium, plans to merge club with Manchester City

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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 [.

Tackling the Talent Gap in England

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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 [.

Five Things We Know About England

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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 [.

Power to the People: Is it time for FIFA to become Democratic?

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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 [.

Did Andorra secure a moral win?

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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 [.

Can England put a stop to the madness?

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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 [.

Football makes ‘Sweet Dreams’ come true

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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 [.

Premier League title will stay in Manchester this season

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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 [.

Egg and chips - por favor grasos

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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 [.

A simple answer to most football problems

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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 [.

Bjorgoful Gudmundsson reveals true West Ham saga…

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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 [.

Kevin Keegan Resigns - What’s Next For Newcastle?

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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 [.

Kevin Keegan Resigns - What’s Next For Newcastle?

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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 [.

Fans should revolt BEFORE Keegan leaves Newcastle

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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 [.

Match-fixing claims in Germany 2006 and Bundesliga

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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 [.

Rafa’s army for Liverpool’s Premier League domination

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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 [.

Robinho thinks he’s at Chelsea, not Manchester Dhabi

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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 [.

This man will be the next West Ham manager

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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) [.

Six Dodgy Alan Curbishley signings

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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.

Top 11 Football Rejects: Ronaldo, Ljungberg, Appiah, Canizares and Davids lead the way

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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 leaves West Ham on transfers squabble

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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 [.

Manchester United promote Phelan to assistant manager

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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.

Tottenham must evolve or sell

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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 [.

Can City’s players avoid the axe?

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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 [.

Fifa World Rankings - August 2008

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Fifa rankings for August 2008 (previous position in brackets): 1. (1) Spain 2. (3) Italy 3. (2) Germany 4. (4) Netherlands 5. (5) Croatia 6. (6) Brazil 7. (7) Argentina 8. (8) Czech Republic 9. (9) Portugal 10. (13) Turkey 11. (12) France 12. (10) Russia 13. (11) Romania 14. (15) Cameroon 15. (14) England 16 (16) Scotland 16 (17) Bulgaria 18.

Jimmy Bullard - England saviour?

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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.

How do you help football?

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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 [.

Bundesliga 07-08 Attendances

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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 [.

Shoud the transfer window close before the season starts?

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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 [.

Chelsea ‘fans’ defect to Man City

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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, [.

Newcastle should do everything to keep Keegan

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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 [.

Top 10 Transfer Deadline Talking Points

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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 [.

Ebbsfleet lose Akinde magic

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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 [.

Transfers Roundup (2 Sept 08): Manchester United nab Berbatov, Robinho signs for Manchester City, Liverpool land Riera, and more

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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 sign Xisco for £4.8m

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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 sign Berbatov as Campbell goes to Tottenham

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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 [.

Robinho signs for Manchester City as Madrid and Arabs shaft Chelsea

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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 [.

The phone conversation after City’s takeover

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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 [.

Kerlon signs for Chievo

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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 sign Reira for 8m

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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, [.

Hughes: Spurs have accepted our 30m+ offer for Berba

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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 [.

Berbatov’s last-day dilemma - Manchester City or Manchester United?

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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 are not after Dimi, Berbatov could stay at Tottenham or go to Manchester United

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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 [.

Aren’t you happy you didn’t sign David Villa?

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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 they [.

Shinawatra to bring in Abu Dhabi United Group as investors

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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 [.

Blackburn could have won against West Ham

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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 sign Corluka from City

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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 [.

United strikers pairing up at Everton?

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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 might [.

Tottenham should stop blaming Berbatov; he didn’t betray them, they failed him!

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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 [.

Who care more, fans or managers?

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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 [...]

Don’t blame Rafa, blame Liverpool’s ’stars’

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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 [.

Transfer Rumors (1 Sept 08): United expected to sign Berba, Aston Villa in for Ashton again, Newcastle sign Valencia midfielder on loan, and more

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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, [...]

Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers

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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 [.