SoccerLens Archives for January 2009

Everton v Aston Villa Preview – Premier League – 31 October 2009

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Everton v Aston Villa
English Premier League
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Kick-off: 1500 GMT

Everton's injury crisis shows no sign of abating and they are now without 10 senior players for the match against Aston Villa but defender. Leighton Baines and Louis Saha their highest goalscorer this season could return to the fold.

Fulham v Liverpool Preview – Premier League – 31 October 2009

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Fulham v Liverpool
English Premier League
Craven Cottage
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Kick-off: 1500 GMT

Three days after their Carling Cup exit to Arsenal, Liverpool return to the capital on the back of five defeats from their last six league and cup games.

Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers Preview – Premier League – 31 October 2009

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Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers
English Premier League
Old Trafford
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Kick-off: 1730 GMT

Swine-flu and poor defending will be the talk of the day, as Manchester United take on Blackburn Rovers in a late kickoff on Saturday.

Bolton v Chelsea Preview – Premier League – 31 October 2009

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Bolton Wanderers v Chelsea FC
English Premier League
Old Trafford
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Kick-off: 1500 GMT

Chelsea and Bolton face off for the second time this week, this time in the Premier League.

Their previous meeting saw Chelsea dump Bolton out of the Carling Cup thanks to a 4-0 thumping, and Ancelotti will be hoping for more of the same from his table-topping team.

Fantasy Football: Pick Manchester United and Aston Villa players this week

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It was a momentous week in the Premier League, as we saw Arsenal give further ammunition to those who claim they have a soft centre with a late collapse at West Ham, Nemanja Vidic pick up a third successive red card against Liverpool, Harry Redknapp beg Aaron Lennon not to leave him and Liam Ridgewell play his way into the Fantasy Premier League team of the week.

Capello rouses Italian clubs to take power back from Ultras

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England manager Fabio Capello breezed into the school of excellence at Coverciano on Monday with the air of authority that comes from having won everything there is in the club game. He was there to give an inspirational speech to the school's students who want to follow in his footsteps.

Instead, Capello launched an unexpected and scathing attack on the state of Italian football, telling the assembled audience that the game on the peninsula is now being held hostage by the Ultrás.

Episode 26: Spitting swine flu, Newcastle naming rights and Arsenal v Tottenham

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Check out Episode 26 of the world famous Soccerlens Podcast with co-hosts Adrian Clarke and Iain Spragg.

Football's swine flu epidemic (including the dangers of spitting), the latest twist in Newcastle United's tale and an escalating problem with hooliganism all crop up in conversation during this week's spookily good show – as do all the usual match previews and predictions, focusing on Arsenal v Tottenham, Everton v Aston Villa as well as Lyon v Liverpool.

MLS Playoffs 2009: Preview

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Anybody casually tuning in to Major League Soccer's Week 32 action and teetering over the great lake of MLS fandom will have jumped right in. The final week of the regular season began with a cluster of teams fighting it out to take up the final three playoff spots. The results and their impact on the playoff bracket were hugely surprising and entirely unpredictable as slip-ups and upsets allowed an unfancied team to leap into the post-season from outside everyone's assumed candidates.

Who Said the Serie A Wasn’t Entertaining?

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What a tumultuous ten weeks it has been. When the season kicked off, even the most Italian-friendly pundits were predicting that this season, dubbed 'Year Zero' by the AC Milan fans, would be the dullest season in Italian history.

But it is now clear how wrong that prediction was. In the first two games of the season, most predictions were proven true as AC Milan were pummelled 4-0 by rivals Inter Milan, while Roma slumped to two successive defeats and Genoa and Juve both played with style.

The Real Problem

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So a new President and around 250 million pounds later, Real Madrid find themselves in exactly the same position as they were at the end of Bernd Schuster's ill-fated rated reign in 2008.

With the loss at Alcorcon in the Copa del Rey all Real Madrid's match day personnel have been thrown into the spot-light as, when coupled with the suspect draw at Sporting Gijon, the Real Madrid express train has, temporarily at least, ran out of steam.

Video Review: PSG and Marseille fans clash - should the game have been postponed?

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Join celebrated football pundit, author, radio show host and DJ Andy Brassell every Monday on the Soccerlens Show.

This week's episode focuses on the swine flu outbreak at Paris Saint-Germain, which led to a late postponement of the PSG-Marseille game that riled not only the supporters of both sides (and led to some unsavoury scenes between the two sets of fans) but also Marseille themselves, who were adamant that the match should have gone ahead.

Interview with Andy Brassell

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Andy Brassell, or ‘the Top Brass' to regular World Football Phone In listeners, is a freelance football journalist, with a knowledge of European football that matches Tim ‘Vickapedia' Vickery's knowledge of all things South American.

Not only is he an expert on France, Portugal, Germany, England and Spain, but he also knows his stuff on the Russian league.

Don’t write them off; Barcelona are still the best in Europe

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What a shocking couple of weeks it had been for the Catalans.

They have torn through all and sundry in La Liga up until their hosting of Almeria at the Camp Nou on October 4th. They may have come away with the result but it's a sign of the times that ONLY a 1-0 win for Barcelona is considered a bad performance.

Another Englishman improves his game in Spain

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The Englishman playing abroad, hoping to do enough to catch Capello's eye in World Cup year, David Beckham right ? Well, not necessarily.

Jermaine Pennant joined La Liga side Real Zaragoza during the summer and believes that his current form could well earn him a place on England's plane to South Africa in the summer.

Fabregas: there’s more pressure on Liverpool, Chelsea and City

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Recently Arsenal FC Blog sat down with Arsenal captain and future Barcelona star (let's admit it, it's easier that way) Cesc Fabregas to talk about the pressure of playing several years without any trophies, Manchester City and on Arsenal chances in the Premier League and Europe this season.

Samp make Spaghetti out of the Bolognese

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Franco Colomba had been waiting by the phone for what seemed like ages. Then the call came, and he said: "Yes". He was back in the game. The Menarini family wanted him to become Bologna's fourth manager in under a year. Colomba turned to his wife and said: "From this day forward you can call me ‘mister' again.

Manchester City v Fulham Preview - Premier League - 25 October 2009

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Manchester City v Fulham
English Premier League
Sunday 25 October 2009
Kickoff: 15:00 BST

For all their attacking talents, City have actually scored fewer goals (16) in their first eight games than at this stage of last season (20).

Schalke v Hamburg Preview - Bundesliga - 25 October 2009

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Schalke v Hamburg
Bundesliga
Sunday 25 October 2009
Kickoff: 17:30 CET

Two early pace-setters go head to head a battle of the heavyweights in the Bundesliga. Schalke are 3rd in the table, trailing Hamburg by 2 points (who themselves trail leaders Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference).

West Ham v Arsenal Preview - Premier League - 25 October 2009

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West Ham v Arsenal
Upton Park
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Kickoff: 16:15 BST

West Ham welcome Arsenal in the last Premier League game on Sunday - this London derby may not spark as much interest as the Liverpool - Manchester United game earlier in the day but it's a key game for both London clubs.

Inter Milan v Catania Preview - Serie A - 24 October 2009

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Inter Milan v Catania
Serie A
Saturday 24 October 2009
Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Inter Milan Preview

Inter didn't impress in Europe this week (what's new) as they were held to a 2-2 draw against Dinamo Kiev - but Jose Mourinho knows that his team are in a class of their own when it comes to the domestic league and they'll be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table and building on the whopping 5-0 win against Genoa from last weekend.

Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt Preview - Bundesliga - 24 October 2009

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Bayern Munich v Frankfurt
Bundesliga
Saturday 24 October 2009
Kick-off: 14:30 BST

Bayern Munich Preview

Bayern Munich are currently 6th in the Bundesliga, 7 points of the pace, and it has been their inability to finish games off that has cost them so far this season.

Nice v Lyon Preview - Ligue 1 - 24 October 2009

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Nice v Lyon
Ligue Un
Saturday 24 October 2009
Kick-off: 18:00 BST

Nice Preview

Nice are second from bottom in Ligue 1 after gaining just eight points from nine games.

Siena v Juventus Preview - Serie A - 25 October 2009

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Siena v Juventus
Serie A
Sunday 25 October 2009
Kick-off: 14:00 BST

Juventus will be hoping to recover from a run of average results and get back on track to challenge Inter Milan for the title this year when they travel to Siena this Sunday.

Chievo Verona v AC Milan Preview - Serie A - 25 October 2009

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Chievo Verona v AC Milan
Serie A
Sunday 25 October 2009
Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Chievo Verona Preview

Chievo will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Bari last weekend.

Atletico Madrid v Mallorca Prevew - La Liga - 24 October 2009

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Atletico Madrid v Mallorca
La Liga
Saturday 24 October 2009
Kick-off: 17:00 BST

Atletico Madrid Preview

Atletico Madrid replaced Abel Resino with Quique Sanches Flores on Friday (Laudrup couldn't agree terms) after the embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge and as such Atleti go into Saturday's game relying on the club's support staff to prepare them for this home game.

Sporting Gijon v Real Madrid Preview - La Liga - 24 October 2009

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Sporting Gijon v Real Madrid
Santiago Bernabeu, La Liga
Saturday 24 October 2009
Kick-off: 20:00 CET

Sporting Gijon Preview

Gijon's admirable start to the 09/10 La Liga campaign has seen them perched securely in the top half of the table going into Saturday's game with Real Madrid.

Chelsea v Blackburn Preview - Premier League - 24 October 2009

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Chelsea v Blackburn
Stamford Bridge, London
Saturday 24 October 2009
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

Chelsea Preview

Chelsea are without injured duo Jose Bosingwa and Yuri Zhirkov while Alex and John Mikel Obi lack match fitness.

Sevilla v Espanyol Preview - La Liga - 24 October 2009

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Sevilla v Espanyol
La Liga
Saturday 24 October 2009
Kickoff: 22:00 CET

Third meets Eight in this late Saturday night La Liga kickoff, as Big Two pretenders Sevilla host Catalunia's real giants Espanyol.

The 39 Club: Toronto, Revs, United and Dallas fight for survival

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31 weeks down, just one to go. Major League Soccer's 14th season has had its ups and downs, goalkeeping errors and bad refereeing taking the shine off a year which gave us a superb rookie class, some wonderful goals and more surprises than Portsmouth's directors' box. The Beckham Experiment threw the focus on David Beckham's return from Milan and the Red Bulls.

Fact: Benitez will NOT get the sack from Liverpool owners

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Listen to this week's Soccerlens Podcast, where Adrian Clarke and Iain Spragg discuss Liverpool's problems in detail, preview the Liverpool v United game and also talk about why Rafa Benitez is safe in his job regardless of results in the next couple of games [podcast link].

Ian McParland and Gareth Southgate's sackings have surprised people in recent weeks, although for both managers the tell-tale signs were there from the start of the season.

Predict Liverpool’s Next Four Results

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Liverpool face Manchester United (home), Arsenal (away), Fulham (away) and Lyon (away) in their next four games - and they need a special miracle to take win all four games.

It's not impossible though - United are not exactly the invincible beast of 07/08 and if Torres is fit he should be able to give the United backline a good scare.

Fantasy Football: avoid Manchester United and Liverpool players this weekend

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It was a weekend dominated by beach balls, by petty squabbles and by surprise results. Defeats for Chelsea and Liverpool showed the world that the big four monopoly on the Premier League is far from permanent, whilst in Lancashire Blackburn and Burnley re-introduced the nation to their own, explosive rivalry.

Glory Glory - Man Utd in the 90s - The Players’ Stories

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Why did Eric Cantona start wearing his collar up? Which player got so drunk after a title-winning party he wet himself in a taxi? Why did Andrew Cole and Teddy Sheringham fall out? And which international star burnt his wedding tackle on a scalding hot tea urn?

Glory Glory!

Five Simple ‘Tests’ For Premier League Owners

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Last night the Guardian published a damning article quoting Portsmouth's new owner, Ali Al Faraj, as saying that he had bought the club on borrowed money, that he wasn't a billionaire, that he knew nothing about football and that he planned to sell on the club in six months after he had stabilised it.

Deconstructing Wenger’s trophy prediction and press reaction

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Wenger says Arsenal are ready this year to compete for titles. Well, technically, he said the following:

I know that we haven't won a trophy for four years, but we have been very close and I believe that this year the team will do it. When I say that, it is not to please you, it is because I am really convinced of it.

Celtic v Hamburg Preview: Celtic fighting to survive in Europe

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Celtic v Hamburg
Europa League
Hampden Park
Thursday 22nd October 20:05 BST

Bottom of UEFA Europa League Group C after two games, Celtic FC will be wary of being cast adrift as fellow former European champions Hamburger SV return to Glasgow, where they won 2-0 on their only previous visit.

Fulham v Roma Preview: Fulham ready to topple Roma

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Fulham v Roma
Craven Cottage
Europa League
Thursday 22 October 20:05 BST

Claudio Ranieri will be hoping that his good record against Fulham FC – and their manager Roy Hodgson – will count for something as AS Roma visit Fulham FC in UEFA Europa League Group E, seeking a first competitive win in London.

The Europa League: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

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- How come nobody ever heard of you? I mean, how come you ain't got a reputation? (Support Your Local Sheriff!, 1969)

With the visibly terrified Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Jadson looking like he'd just been told that one of the small plastic spheres in his hand contained a hilarious paper snake on a spring – and a grinning Uwe Seeler looking like the man who'd put it there – August's draw for the group stages of this season's UEFA Europa League had the potential to be highly entertaining.

Podcast: Liverpool’s and Rafa’s short-term future and Manchester United in the 90s

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Tune in for Episode 25 of the world famous Soccerlens Podcast with ex-footballer Adrian Clarke and football journalist Iain Spragg.

This week's humdinger of a show features a fascinating interview on all things Manchester United and Barcelona with respected football writer and author of new book "Glory, Glory!

The Europa League: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

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- How come nobody ever heard of you? I mean, how come you ain't got a reputation? (Support Your Local Sheriff!, 1969)

With the visibly terrified Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Jadson looking like he'd just been told that one of the small plastic spheres in his hand contained a hilarious paper snake on a spring – and a grinning Uwe Seeler looking like the man who'd put it there – August's draw for the group stages of this season's UEFA Europa League had the potential to be highly entertaining.

Alex Ferguson - the Greatest Football Manager ever

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Sir Alex Ferguson is assured legendary status in football and his achievements have been recognised by football fans worldwide - even those that prefer spending their days playing Football Manager than playing football.

Ferguson topped a poll carried out by Sports Interactive (makers Football Manager 2010) with 26 per cent of the vote.

Should we kill off the Europa League?

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Remember that fabulous Parma team that lifted the UEFA Cup in 1999?

Led then by manager Alberto Malesani the team was made up of superb talent from the back to the front. A young Gainluigi Buffon kept goal, protected by a back three of Lillian Thuram, Fabio Cannavaro and Nestor Sensini.

Leonardo saves his job (for now) with precious wins

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After Carlo Ancelotti left to Chelsea in the summer, the AC Milan board took a chance with Leonardo, who played himself to legendary status amongst the Rossoneri fans in mid 90's. On the pitch, Leonardo was one of the most intelligent players in his era, but he's still unproven as a coach.

The AC Milan hot seat was probably the most unattractive one for the top coaches in the game, as the squad is very old, a laughing stock amongst football fans as "the old folks' home for footballers", so appointing Leonardo was probably the only right decision the board could make.

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Manchester United - Goals - 21 October 2009

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Manchester United produced an efficient and controlled performance at the Luzhniki Stadium to beak CSKA Moscow 1-0. Injuries, weather and a plastic playing pitch meant that United were always going to play controlled rather than expansive football, but all the players did their jobs well (with Fabio particularly impressing from full-back).

Real Madrid 2-3 AC Milan - Goals - 21 October 2009

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Real Madrid 1-0 AC Milan (Raul)



Real Madrid 1-1 AC Milan



Real Madrid 1-2 AC Milan



Real Madrid 2-2 AC Milan



Real Madrid 2-3 AC Milan



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CSKA Moscow plan to topple injury-hit Manchester United

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CSKA Moscow v Manchester United
Wednesday 21 October 2009, Luzhniki Stadium
UEFA Champions League
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK (20:45 CET)

With Juande Ramos managing CSKA Moscow and United returning to the scene of their last European triumph, you could be forgiven for thinking that it's 2007/2008 all over again.

What to do with Liverpool FC (and Rafa)?

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It was the best of times, it is the worst of times now for Liverpool fans - of that there can be no doubt. Looking back briefly to last season when Rafa Benitez's side lead Manchester United in the Premier League by nearly double digits, this was going to be the year that finally ended Liverpool fans long wait for the biggest domestic prize.

Real Madrid v AC Milan - Are Milan in for a Real thrashing?

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Real Madrid v AC Milan
Wednesday 21 October 2009, Santiago Bernabeu
UEFA Champions League
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK (20:45 CET)

Real Madrid host AC Milan in the Champions League as the two most successful teams in European cup football play their first of two group games.

Barcelona 1-2 Rubin Kazan - Goals

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Barcelona 0-1 Rubin Kazan



Barcelona 1-1 Rubin Kazan



Barcelona 1-2 Rubin Kazan



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2009 Ballon d’Or: So what of the Italians?

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The 30 name shortlist for the 2009 Ballon d'Or nominees has been announced, a formality they may well have dispensed with as we all know Lionel Messi will walk away with the trophy. I did note however, one glaring fact when scrolling down the list of the largely usual suspects – not a single Italian is to be found.

The Morning After - Thoughts on United and Liverpool

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The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Two of the most hyped teams in Europe after their performances last season - Barcelona and Liverpool - fell to inglorious 1-2 defeats at the hands of Rubin Kazan and Lyon.

What's more - 5 out of 8 home teams lost last night. Only 1 team won (Olympiakos beat Standard Liege 2-2).

Chelsea v Atletico Madrid Preview - Chelsea expected to beat struggling Atletico Madrid

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Chelsea v Atletico Madrid
Wednesday 21 October 2009, Stamford Bridge
UEFA Champions League
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK (20:45 CET)

After a night of 'upsets' where only 1 out of 8 home teams managed to win their Champions League games (and 5 of them lost), Chelsea fans will be hoping that Wednesday night brings better luck to the home side.

Liverpool 1-2 Lyon - Goals

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Liverpool 1-0 Lyon

Liverpool 1-1 Lyon

Liverpool 1-2 Lyon



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Inter Milan v Dinamo Kyiv - Can Inter ever win in Europe?

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Inter Milan vs Dynamo Kiev
Tuesday 20 October 2009, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
UEFA Champions League
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK (20:45 CET)

Inter go into this midweek game against Dynamo Kyiv on a high - having thrashed Genoa 5-0. They're unbeatable in Italy but will Inter be able to break their European hoodoo?

Barcelona v Rubin Kazan Preview: can Kazan stop Messi and co?

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Barcelona v Rubin Kazan
Tuesday 20 October 2009, Camp Nou
UEFA Champions League
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK (20:45 CET)

Barcelona will be expected to take three points from this easy Champions League home game - while Valencia's performance would have given other teams in Spain hope that Barcelona can be beaten, Rubin Kazan aren't in the same class as Valencia and home advantage should nullify any hopes they might have had of causing an upset.

AZ Alkmaar v Arsenal Preview - How many goals can the Gunners score?

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AZ Alkmaar v Arsenal
Tuesday 20th October 2009
DS Stadium - Alkmaar
UEFA Champions League
Kick-off: 19:45 UK (20:45 CET)

Champions vs 4th placed team games are rarely this mismatched - the Dutch champions go into this game as underdogs despite playing at home (courtesy of a poor start to the season) while England's fourth-best team have punters and pundits salivating over another potential European master-class from Wenger's men.

Beach balls and blimps - Manchester United fans plan to heap more misery on Liverpool

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So how do you smuggle a Liverpool beach ball into Anfield when they're specifically searching fans to 'confiscate' these types of items?

That's the conundrum facing Manchester United fans as they prepare to travel to Anfield this weekend.

And it's not just United fans. Liverpool are unlikely to be allowed to forget the beach-ball episode in a hurry with rival fans from other clubs also reportedly 'stocking' up on the beach balls, which could mean a season long 'search' at turnstiles for beach balls.

Liverpool v Lyon Preview - Can Rafa’s ‘champions’ bounce back?

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Liverpool v Lyon
Tuesday 20 October 2009
Anfield, Liverpool
UEFA Champions League
Kick-off: 19:45 UK (20:45 CET)

Liverpool go into this Champions League game on the back of three consecutive defeats and are looking rattled. Lyon too suffered their first defeat of the season but seem to be in better shape mentally than their more illustrious Champions League opponents.

The Five Best Central Midfielders In World Football

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Situated in the heart of every great team is always a truly special central midfielder who is capable of taking matches by the scruff of their neck and dominating them.

Some midfielders are specialists in the holding role, others have an uncanny knack of scoring goals but every so often a player comes along that can excel in all areas.

Video Review: Barcelona can be beaten, Majestic Inter and more European football

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Soccerlens is excited to present a brand new feature - a video show reviewing the weekend's big stories from Europe's top football leagues.

Andy Brassell - of World Football Phone-In fame (on BBC 5 Live), author of All or Nothing: A Season in the Life of the Champions League, a seasoned journalist contributing to UEFA's Champions magazine, Skysports.

England v Brazil - Friendly - 14th November 2009

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England will play Brazil in a friendly game in Doha, Qatar, on 14 November 2009. The date falls in the last international break of the year and also coincides with the final World Cup qualifying playoffs. Both England and Brazil qualified at the top of their respective groups and therefore directly qualified for next year's World Cup finals.

A transat-latic love affair

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Sara Mathew and Amber Allen spent over £9,000 to watch one Oldham Athletic game, despite know nothing about football or Oldham. And now they're planning on doing it all again this winter. Gary Andrews speaks to the American students who take the definition of football fanatics to a new level.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Attacked’ By Witch In Crafty Scam

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There's ridiculous, and then there is this.

A self-proclaimed 'witch' is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame after making the bold claim that he had placed a 'hex' on Cristiano Ronaldo at the request of a jaded ex-lover. Pepe (that's the witch, not the ex-lover) is positively gloating after watching Ronaldo injure his ankle during the international break and is predicting that CR will be forced to stop playing football in four months.

Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea - 17 October 2009 - Goals

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Aston Villa overturned the odds and the form book to beat Chelsea 2-1 after going a goal down early in the game. It was Chelsea's second away defeat and the shoddy defending on display will certainly raise questions at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had taken the lead when Brad Friedel failed to deal with a long-range effort from Didier Drogba, but they failed to capitalise and conceded goals from set plays either side of half time.

Sunderland score against Liverpool … via a balloon!

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Sunderland's first goal against Liverpool today - from Darren Bent - came in the 5th minute thanks to a deflection off a balloon that had floated into the Liverpool penalty area.



That's going to make Rafa Benitez really mad...

"Sunderland score against Liverpool .

Blackburn v Burnley - a brand new rivalry for the Premier League

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Blackburn Rovers v Burnley
Sunday 18 October 2009
Ewood Park, Premier League
Kickoff: 13:00 BST

Since football official restarted back in 1992, a team called Blackburn Rovers have always been there, with the exception of two seasons in the wilderness.

Real Madrid v Valladolid Preview - La Liga - 17th October 2009

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Real Madrid vs Valladolid
Saturday 17 October 2009
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Kick-Off: 20:00 CET

Real Madrid will be eager to quash the notion that they cannot win without Cristiano Ronaldo this Saturday, while Valladolid have somewhat expectedly struggled in the opening matches of the 2009/10 campaign.

Aston Villa v Chelsea Preview - Premier League - 17th October 2009

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Aston Villa welcome Chelsea at Villa Park in an early Premier League kickoff on Saturday 17 October 2009 as both teams try to build upon their good starts to the season.

Arsenal v Birmingham Preview - Premier League - 17th October 2009

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Arsenal host Birmingham City at the Emirates in the Premier League on Saturday 17 October 2009. Arsenal are chasing their fourth consecutive win in the league while Birmingham, newly taken over by Carson Yeung, are struggling and will in all likelihood struggle till January, when Yeung has promised the team sacks of cash.

Manchester United v Bolton Preview - Premier League - 17th October 2009

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Manchester United play host to Bolton at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday 17 October 2009. United have Rooney and Owen out to injury but Edwin van der Sar and Rio Ferdinand should return to the starting lineup, although Hargreaves is still a month away.

Juventus v Fiorentina Preview - Serie A - 17th October 2009

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Juventus v Fiorentina
Saturday 17 October 2009
Stadio Olimpico
Serie A
18:00 CET

Juventus haven't won a game in several weeks and are desperately searching for the form that their talented squad and pre-season expectations demanded. They face in-form Fiorentina, who beat Liverpool in the Champions League recently, and will be hoping that home advantage counts in their favor.

Genoa v Inter Milan Preview - Serie A - 17th October 2009

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Genoa v Inter Milan
Saturday 17 October 2009
Stadio Luigi Ferraris
Kick-Off: 20:45 CET

Inter Milan

Diego Milito is likely miss the opportunity to face his former club as Inter Milan travel to Genoa for Saturday night's match.

Milito's attempted comeback against Udinese was short-lived (25 minutes to be exact) and it is feared that the Argentine will be sidelined for an additional two weeks with a muscle strain, and miss this match.

Football Rankings and Awards

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We live in a world obsessed with superlatives, constantly being sold by marketing ploys promoting their individual items. Football is sadly no different, how often are we told that Cristiano Ronaldo is the World's best player, only to be told the same thing about Lionel Messi the very next day.

Sponsored Post: Smokefree United helps you quit smoking and win footie prizes

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Smokefree United is a club of fans who all want to quit smoking. Sign up and you too can get all the coaching you need to quit and win top footie prizes.

There are plenty of great reasons for giving smoking the boot – like the difference you'll make to your wallet and your body.

We know quitting can be tough, but with NHS support you're four times more likely to quit.

Brazil v Ghana - 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final

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Brazil v. Ghana
2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final
Cairo International Stadium (Cairo, Egypt)
Friday, 16th October, 20:00 EET

After three exciting weeks of action in Egypt, the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup culminates tomorrow in Cairo with what should be an exciting final between four-time champions Brazil and Ghana.

Sunderland v Liverpool - Live - Premier League - 17 October 2009

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Sunderland v Liverpool
Stadium: Stadium of Light - Sunderland, England
Competition: English Premier League
Date: 17 October 2009
Kickoff: 16:00 BST, 15:00 GMT, 10:00 EST

Sunderland hosts Liverpool as the English Premier League returns to action after the international break.

AC Milan v AS Roma Live Blog - Serie A - 18 October 2009

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AC Milan v AS Roma
San Siro - Milan, Italy
Italian Serie A
Sunday 18 October 2009
Kickoff: 20:45 BST, 19:45 GMT, 14:45 EST

AC Milan looks to find their form as they host a resurgent AS Roma in the Italian Serie A on Sunday. Milan have not found their form this season while Ranieri appears to have Roma headed in the right direction.

Valencia v Barcelona - Live - La Liga - 17 October 2009

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Valencia v Barcelona
Stadium: Mestalla - Valencia, Spain
Competition: La Liga
Date: 17 October 2009
Kickoff: 22:00 BST, 21:00 GMT - 16:00 EST

Valencia hosts Barcelona on Saturday as La Liga resumes from the international break. Live coverage of the match will begin approximately 15 minutes before kickoff or 20:45 GMT (21:45 BST, 15:45 EST).

Official FIFA World Rankings

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FIFA's official ranking system for nations was officially introduced in 1992. Initially it was a rather simplistic system, in which a win gave a team 3 points whilst a draw gave the team 1 point. This created a number of problems, based mainly around the fact that it didn't take into account that some countries continually played weaker nations and as a result would constantly rank higher than more accomplished sides.

Capello’s England Squad - Filling in the blanks

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Fabio Capello is not one to give too much away, his demeanour surly enough for ITV's Clive Tyldsley to describe the Italian as "old poker face" during last night's dead-rubber win over Belarus at Wembley. But prior to the game, the England manager had given the story-writers plenty to work with by suggesting that his squad for next summer's World Cup had "seven or eight" spots available.

Ballon d’Or

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Considered the pinnacle of personal awards in Football, the Ballon d'Or has had a rich history through out the last quarter of a century, indeed no other award can lay claim to the influence the Ballon d'Or has had. Be it the transformation of great players into legendary players or influencing the transfer policies of some of the world's biggest club.

World Football Elo Ratings System

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Due to the critisim of the official FIFA world rankings system, alternative rankings systems have surfaced over the years. The most prominent of these awards is the World Football ELO rankings. As the name suggests the system is based of the ELO ranking system designed by Hungarian mathematician Dr.

UEFA Coefficients System

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Think for a moment about the organisation of tournaments such as the UEFA Champions League or the European Championships. How do you decide how many teams are eligible for entry into each competition, when those teams should enter the competition or what about the fixtures of those competitions?

FIFPro Player of the Year Award

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Whilst the FIFPro player of the year award itself has a relativily short history (having only been awarded since 2005), the origins of the awards could feasibly traced back to 1898 and the formation of the Association Football's Union in England. Whilst the AFU turned out to be unsuccessful and ultimately shortlived, shutting up shop in 1901, it was a precursor to the formation of the Professional Footballers Association which officially started in 1907.

FIFA World Player of the Year Award

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In 1991, some 30 years after the Ballon d'Or was first awarded to Sir Stanley Matthews, FIFA commenced the awarding of their own award. The FIFA World Player of the Year.

The award uses a Borda Count system to tally votes. Simply put a Borda count involves voters ranking their candidates in order of preference.

No clear favourites for the 2010 World Cup

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For all the thrills and spills that club football brings us each and every season it doesn't come close to the passion I personally feel when it comes to the World Cup Finals.

Perhaps it's because my background as a professional footballer numbed my feelings and allegiances to one specific club?

2010 World Cup Qualification Finale - Can Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Russia and France make it to South Africa?

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I may be making a wild statement here, but hear me out.  I really in my heart believe that this time next year Argentina will still be basking in the glory of a third world cup triumph!

Sometimes I make myself laugh, but I think they will do better than anyone expects them to. Their dramatic qualification could be just the thing that spurs them on to big things next summer.

World Football Elo Ratings System

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Due to the critisim of the official FIFA world rankings system, alternative rankings systems have surfaced over the years. The most prominent of these awards is the World Football ELO rankings. As the name suggests the system is based of the ELO ranking system designed by Hungarian mathematician Dr.

Podcast: The Heskey myth, the Atlantic League and Fergie vs the Referees

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Take a listen to Episode 24 of the world famous Soccerlens Podcast with ex-footballer Adrian Clarke and sports journalist Iain Spragg for half an hour of fascinating football discussion.

This week's chipper chat centres around Sir Alex Ferguson's ongoing run-in with the powers-that-be, the pro's and cons of Emile Heskey (more cons), and the possibility of a breakaway Atlantic League.

2010 World Cup Teams

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The following teams have already Qualified for the 2010 World Cup:

2010 World Cup Teams:

South Africa
Japan
Australia
South Korea
Netherlands
North Korea
Brazil
Ghana
England
Spain
Paraguay
Ivory Coast
Germany
Denmark
Serbia
Italy
Chile
Mexico
United States
Switzerland
Slovakia
Argentina
Honduras

In addition, the following teams are in the playoffs to determine the final 9 teams to join the above group in South Africa next year:

Bahrian (AFC) v New Zealand (Oceania)
Costa Rica (CONCACAF) v Uruguay (Conmebol)

UEFA Playoff teams:

Russia
Greece
Ukraine
France
Slovenia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Portugal
Republic of Ireland

"2010 World Cup Teams" was originally published at Soccerlens.

No clear favourites for the World Cup

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For all the thrills and spills that club football brings us each and every season it doesn't come close to the passion I personally feel when it comes to the World Cup Finals.

Perhaps it's because my background as a professional footballer numbed my feelings and allegiances to one specific club?

England & the 2010 World Cup

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1966 was a great year, or so I'm told by those of an age able to remember it.

It has been a long time since England lifted the highest honour in International football, too long in fact, and many have been brave enough to predict South Africa will be the location for the Three Lions to finally end the years of hurt for the England faithful.

Can Argentina beat Uruguay at Centenario?

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Uruguay v Argentina
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay
Kickoff: 23:00 BST

Uruguay take on Argentina in a gripping finale to a topsy-turvy World Cup qualification campaign, highlighted by a fortune-changing weekend.

England v Belarus Preview - 14 October 2009

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The curtain comes down on England's World Cup qualification campaign and, no matter the result on Wednesday 14th November against Belarus; Fabio Capello will be looking ahead to the World Cup with confidence. The road to South Africa has been uncannily smooth for a side that couldn't make it to the Euro 2008 starting line; with spread punters who got with Don Fabio's side generally happier than those who didn't.

Welcome to the future of football

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Rio Ferdinand is perhaps one of the more unlikely of digital ambassadors. Before yesterday's online-only broadcast of Ukraine v England, the defender offered his opinion on the unique way the game would be broadcast to the nation.

"I'm sure it'll be the way forward and in the future it'll probably be the reality.

How my girlfriend fell in love with football

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I'm writing this post in order to bring some hope to you men (mostly), whose partners for life give them a hard time over their fascination with the beautiful game. I'll start at the end:

In May 2009, a business trip "forced" me to go to Barcelona. The trip happened to coincide with a home match against Villareal, and I hoped that the game would be the championship game.

Ukraine 1-0 England - Highlights - 10th October 2009

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Ukraine 1-0 England
Saturday 10 October 2009,
Dnipro Arena, Ukraine
Kick-Off: 17:15 BST

England were reduced to 10 men early in the first half thanks to Rob Green being sent off and although Shevchenko missed the resulting penalty, Ukraine scored soon afterwards and England never really got back into the game.

Republic of Ireland v Italy Preview - 10th October 2009

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Republic of Ireland v Italy
Saturday 10 October 2009, Croke Park
Kick-Off: 20:00 BST

The Republic of Ireland host group leaders Italy at Croke Park on Saturday night, knowing that a win would put them within one point of their opponents with a single qualifying match remaining.

Soccerlens Podcast: Internet-only Football, the World Cup Seedings Stich-Up and Dodgy Club Ownership

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Hello and welcome to episode 23 of the world famous Soccerlens Podcast. Join ex-footballer Adrian Clarke and celebrated sports journalist Iain Spragg for half an hour of proper football chat.

This week's entertaining show covers Internet-only football, a good old fashioned seedings stitch-up, Fergie v Referees, World Cup previews (including Russia v Germany and Republic of Ireland v Italy)  – and to round things off the dynamic duo share a lively discussion on the weird and wacky world of football club ownership!

Fantasy Football Weekly Review: All Hail Fabregas!

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Just when you think you couldn't have any more love for a footballer, Cesc Fabregas goes and does something stupid like that! A goal, four assists, and a performance that even De Niro would have been proud of, and the Spaniard is guiding teams up and down the country to Fantasy League glory.

Can Braga prove ‘the Special Two’ wrong?

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Last season Sporting Club de Braga's manager Jorge Jesus stated that the only way they would ever win the league would be on a Playstation. They had just been beaten by Benfica in Estadio da Luz 1-0 to an offside goal and had been denied two clear penalties.

It was a bodyblow that Braga would not recover from and they ended up finishing 5th but  gaining their sixth consecutive appearance in Europe, a feat few clubs in Portugal have equalled.

Record-Breaking Iker Muniain is the latest star off the Athletic Bilbao production line

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Athletic Bilbao have enjoyed a notable start to the season, sitting in eighth place in La Liga following the weekend's 2-2 draw away at Real Valladolid, as Joaquin Caparros has led the team to one of their brighter La Liga starts in recent years.

Caparros, who made his name as Sevilla manager, has constructed a team that is certainly not lacking in quality.

Watch England U21 game against Macedonia live on FA website

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The Football Association will broadcast the England Under-21's European Championship qualifier against Macedonia on Friday for free.

The match will be the first England game streamed live on the FA website and will start at 1945 BST. The contest will take place at Coventry's Ricoh Arena.

England v Ukraine Preview

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Fabio Capello is expected to field a full strength side against Ukraine giving spread bettors and armchair fans – not to mention Croatia manager Slaven Bilic – the hope of seeing a competitive game in England's penultimate World Cup Qualifier.

Although effectively a dead-rubber for the visitors the partisan home following will ensure a lively encounter at the 31,000-capacity Dnipro Arena, in the country's third-largest city, Dnipropetrovsk.

Portsmouth is in shambles - time to overhaul the Premier League rules governing club ownership?

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Update: Ali Al Faraj has completed his takeover of Portsmouth, acquiring a 90% stake in the club. Sulaiman Al Fahim retains a 10% share.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

After Sulaiman Al-Fahim pulled the wool over the Premier League's eyes once during the Manchester City takeover by pretending to be the owner and making pre-posterous claims on who Manchester City could sign, the actual owners quietly sidelined him and brought in a more measured representative.

World Cup 2010 Qualification Update

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With the final set of World Cup 2010 qualifying fixtures coming up for many teams, David Scullion takes a closer look at which teams are on the brink of qualification.

AFRICA

As we all know South Africa have qualified as next years hosts.

Also in Africa, Ghana have qualified for their second consecutive finals appearance, gazumping all the teams in their group with 2 games to spare.

England squad for Ukraine and Belarus (10th and 14th October 2009)

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Capello chose to leave out Darren Bent - currently the top English scorer in the Premier League - of his England squad for the final two World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine (away) and Belarus (home).

Ben Foster misses out through an unspecified injury, while Walcott was deemed unfit despite recently returning from injury for Arsenal.

Bunyodkor: Not Quite Asia’s Chelsea (yet)

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Ever since the arrival of the Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea, the world of football seems to exist in two separate yet parallel universes.

There are clubs who teeter on the brink of bankruptcy despite brief flirts with glory (a la Leeds United and recently at Portsmouth). Then there are other clubs whose history has been blanketed by anonymity and mediocrity but now whose names, with the financial aid of the multi-billionaire, are dared uttered in the same sentence with title aspirations.

Is the Berbatov era finally upon us?

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Forlorn, languid, lazy, lack of confidence?

When a player is the subject of a 30 million transfer fee in the market, the subject is expected to deliver. Though the occasional glimpse of genius has been seen at Dimitar Berbatov's Old Trafford career, the phrases in the opening line have been associated with the Bulgarian to date.

Soccerlens Podcast: The Wenger Years, Dodgy Defending and Drogba v Torres

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Hello and welcome to episode 22 of the world famous Soccerlens Podcast. Join ex-footballer Adrian Clarke and celebrated sports journalist Iain Spragg as they chew over all things football.

This week's top draw show sees co-hosts Clarke and Spragg analysing the Wenger Years, yet another Rafa rant, asking where the Premier League's best defenders have disappeared to, as well as making a frank assessment of Pompey's already remote looking survival chances.

Classic Celtic v Rangers - Scottish Cup 1980 Final

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Celtic visit Rangers this Sunday in a top of the table clash even though Celtic have opened up a 6 point lead going into October. You can watch Celtic v Rangers live here.

In the build up to this Sunday's game, we step back into the Archives on May 10 1980 and look at a classic Old Firm clash - the 1980 Scottish Cup Final where Rangers were taking on their foes Celtic in which was to be a top class battle at Hampden Park.

FIFA 10 - The Soccerlens Review

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There are two types of gamers in the football world: those that play FIFA and those that play Pro Evo. In conversation it's not really acceptable to admit to a split allegiance - you're one or the other, and the other is wrong.

I am a Pro Evo loyalist, and I see the gaming world in black and white.

Fantasy Football Week 8: Time for James and Owen to go

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Fernando Torres & Robbie Keane could have been the deadliest double act since Starsky & Hutch, had Rafa Benitez not thought otherwise. As it happens they had to settle last week for separate feats, separate plaudits, and separate points hauls.

Torres could realistically have expected to be the week's king in the Fantasy League with a splendid hat-trick against Phil Brown's tame Tigers, but his eschewed strike-partner grabbed the honour, four goals against Burnley meant plenty of spilt claret for Owen Coyle, as the Fantasy Premier League season took another set of twists and turns.