SoccerLens Archives for January 2009

Weymouth look to end the months of Terra

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There very few teams that would view a two-nil defeat away at York City as a cause for celebration but Weymouth will view this as progress of sorts. A week ago, the crisis club were forced to field a youth team and were hammered 9-0 at home to Rushden and Diamonds. With the majority of Terras [...]

Manchester United Win Carling Cup Final, Atletico Madrid Outlast Barcelona in La Liga Thriller, Soccerlens’ March 2009 WAG of the Month, and more

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It's the start of a new week, but the end of the weekend brought a few thrilling results. So, while you recover from your celebratory binge/drowning of your sorrows, catch up with Sunday's best, and be glad that Clint Dempsey, like Ryan Babel, raps only as a hobby. Manchester United Win [...]

Save The Man In Black

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Let me ask you a question. How would you feel, having to stand in front of forty plus thousand screaming people, see an incident in a split second, and then have to make a decision against those people. Well this is what our referees have to face in the premiership week in week out. True, [...]

The True European Champions

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The champions of Europe! Surely this should mean that this team is the best in Europe. But how can this be when chances are this team qualified for the competition by finishing only second or third in their domestic league, so arguably they are not even the best in their own country. I know the Champions [.

Steven Whittaker - Anthem For A Domed Youth

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I admit to a strange fascination with Rangers defender Steven Whittaker. His uncertainty as to best position, his hot-cold form swings from European master of the wizard dribble (cf. Lisbon, 2008) to leaden footed novice baffled by the Scottish game (cf. too many to mention), to debate over the size of his transfer fee.

Turkish Memories of Euro 2008

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Only eight months ago the Turkish national team (Milli Takim) were taking the European Championships by storm with a brand of "never say die" attacking football and last minute heroics (or controversy depending on who you ask) as they made a name for Turkish football in Europe and across the world. It was yet another [.

Liverpool’s Title Hopes in Tatters, Chelsea Dress to Impress (or Else), Legendary Football Managers, and more

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It's Carling Cup final day, and while you get ready to root for Manchester United's quadruple hopes to fall, here's what you missed yesterday. Liverpool fans, I suggest you come back Monday. Liverpool's Topsy-Turvy Week Ends with Crushing Defeat Draw at home to Manchester City, win at Real Madrid, lose at lowly Middlesbrough.

Football Legends

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The words "legend" and "legendary" are quickly becoming two of the most overused words in the English language. In fact, fans of "How I Met Your Mother" will know that it's actually become a catch-phrase. The fact that Barney Stinson (played wonderfully by TV legend - and I mean that sincerely - Neil [.

WPS ‘reveal’ uniforms, Barcelona dance around Miami, MLS slash reserves while Galaxy prepares for life without Beckham

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A picture says a thousand words, a video says more. Debate even flared at the Washington Post about the skirt controversy. Arena recharges Galaxy roster to fly with or without Beckham Whether David Beckham stays or goes, the LA Galaxy will stagger on. Forging ahead, this week Bruce Arena jettisoned five (and more on the way [.

Football Legends: The Managers

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Being the MANAGER can often be a thankless job. You're always under pressure to get good results, and your job security is virtually nonexistent. If you're at a big club, then you had better produce some silverware otherwise, you'll have to update that résumé. The old adage about how it's a whole [.

Premier League Weekend Predictions, Rick Parry Stepping Down at Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea in Blockbuster Swap Deal?, and more

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The weekend's here, but. So, while you get ready for this weekend's Premier League action (and the Carling Cup), get caught up on all of Friday's headlines. Premier League Weekend Predictions How will this weekend's Premier League action turn out? Check out our predictions for the weekend, brought to you by Soccerlens and Sports [.

What does Parry’s departure mean for Liverpool?

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Great article from Matt Ladson at thisisanfield. And he's right- there isn't really anything that makes the position of the club and the fans any clearer. One thing's for sure, and that's that things couldn't really stay as they were for much longer. Bill Hicks seems to have been pulling out all the stops in [.

When not to trust Arsene’s methods…

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Arsene Wenger has incredible faith in his players and while some Arsenal fans, the press at large and supporters of rival clubs slate Mr Wenger for his 'stubbornness', you've got to give him credit for what he's achieved (through his faith in his players) at Arsenal over the last decade. When Wenger says Arsenal can [.

Primetime Football - Rafael Benitez, 48, from Liverpool, the quiz-show contestant

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Chris Tarrant: Welcome back to another episode of Who wants to buy some pampered millionaires? - the show where we ask fifteen questions and fifteen correct answers can win you a Sheikh's ransom for the summer. I'm joined today by Rafael, 48, from Liverpool. So Rafael, how are you feeling so far? Rafael: I am ready.

Arsenal v Fulham Preview - Saturday 28 February 2009 - Premier League

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Arsenal v Fulham Saturday 28 February 2009, Emirates Stadium Kickoff: 15:00 Arsenal Arsenal drew 0-0 with Sunderland at home in their last league outing, making a run of four successive league draws and 12 straight matches without a loss. In their last five matches, Arsenal have won one (vs Hull City) and drew four (vs Sunderland, Tottenham, West Ham [.

West Ham v Manchester City Preview - Sunday 1 March 2009 - Premier League

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West Ham v Manchester City Sunday 1 March 2009, Upton Park Kickoff: 12:30   West Ham West Ham United lost 2-1 away against Bolton Wanderers in their last league encounter, making a run of three [...]

Hull City v Blackburn Rovers Preview - Sunday 1 March 2009 - Premier League

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Hull City v Blackburn Rovers Sunday 1 March 2009, KC Stadium Kickoff: 12:30   Hull  Hull City lost 2-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in their last league match, continuing a run that has seen them [...]

Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United Preview - Sunday 1 March 2009 - Premier League

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Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United Sunday 1 March 2009, Reebok Stadium Kickoff: 13:00   Bolton Bolton Wanderers defeated West Ham United 2-1 at home in their last league match. In their last five league encounters, Bolton have won two [...]

Aston Villa v Stoke City Preview - Sunday 1 March 2009 - Premier League

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Aston Villa v Stoke City Sunday 1 March 2009, Villa Park Kickoff: 15:00   Aston Villa Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea in their last league outing, ending a [...]

Premier League Predictions: Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea to win, Newcastle and West Ham to lose.

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The big news this morning is that Rick Parry has been kicked out agreed to leave his post as Liverpool chief executive at the end of this season. It's what Rafa Benitez wanted, so you'd assume that he really is on the 'verge' of signing that new contract (unless he decides he wants Villa, Silva, [...

Middlesbrough v Liverpool Preview - Saturday 28 February 2009 - Premier League

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Middlesbrough v Liverpool Saturday 28 February 2009, Riverside Stadium Kickoff: 15:00 Middlesbrough Middlesbrough drew 0-0 at home against Wigan Athletic in their last league outing, continuing a run of fourteen matches without a league win. In their last five league [...]

UEFA Cup Down to the Last 16, Arsenal Announce Profit Increase, Talks of AC Milan Takeover Just a Rumor, and more

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Here's a look at some of yesterday's headlines to munch on, along with your morning slice of cheesy goodness. UEFA Cup Round of 16 Draw The UEFA Cup round of 16 draw is complete, and while some big names are missing, it certainly makes for nice reading if you're a fan of Ukrainian football. Is the [.

Everton v West Brom Preview - Saturday 28 February 2009 - Premier League

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Everton v West Bromwich Albion Saturday 28 February 2009, Goodison Park Kickoff: 12:45 Everton Everton drew 0-0 away against Newcastle United in their last league outing, their third draw in five matches. In their last five matches, Everton have won one [...]

Chelsea v Wigan Preview - Saturday 28 February 2009 - Premier League

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Chelsea v Wigan Saturday 28 February 2009, Stamford Bridge Kickoff: 15:00 Chelsea Chelsea defeated in-form Aston Villa 1-0 away in their last league encounter, ending a run of two league matches without a win. In their last five matches, Chelsea have won [...]

Rangers Cheerleaders - they cheer for us, we should cheer for them

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Nervous, scared, excited and proud. It's Saturday the 31st March 2007 and half time in the SPL league tie between Rangers and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The supporters are fraught and nervous too. Rangers have lost the last two matches against Caley this season and need to get themselves back on track in the league.

Everyone’s Support Is F*****g S**t!

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"Your support is f******g s**t!" the away end sing at Old Trafford every week. It doesn't matter how many songs we've sung or how many songs they've sung, within the first ten minutes or so, it'll do the rounds. You see, Old Trafford is a ground full of "prawn-sandwich eaters" and you can "hear a pin [.

Liverpool Fans: What is Rafa Benitez playing at?

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Is it me or has Rafa lost his pen? He keeps saying he's going to sign that new Liverpool contract but never quite seems to get round to it. Either his biro has run out of ink or the Spaniard is winding everyone up. I've lost count of the number of times he's said he's ‘on [...]

Football Legends: The Forwards

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The game, at its most basic, is about putting the ball in the back of the net. In order to be a great FORWARD, you have to be able to score. Tracking back on defense is nice. Being a great passer and playmaker is good, too. However if you can't score, [...]

Can a change in format help the UEFA Cup?

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The UEFA Cup will be changing in format to the 'Europa League' next season but I can't see it helping the competition much myself.  The Champions League has every game kicking off at the same time, it is well organised, structured and televised.  The UEFA Cup on the other hand is pretty difficult to get [.

08-09 UEFA Cup Last 16 Draw

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After Thursday night's matches, the draw for the last 16 stage of this season's UEFA Cup looks like this: Werder Bremen v Saint-Etienne CSKA Moscow v Shakhtar Donetsk Udinese v Zenit St Petersburg Paris Saint-Germain v Braga Dynamo Kiev or Valencia v Metalist Kharkiv Manchester City v Aalborg Marseille v Ajax Hamburg v Galatasaray Aston Villa and Tottenham effectively threw their chances for qualification [.

Right To Play - World Cup 2009

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The following article is a special announcement from the charity Right To Play for Soccerlens readers. Have a look, check out their website and if you're interested in participating, there's a possible competition taking place soon to win a berth on the RTP team for the RTP World Cup. For anyone who's daydreamed their way off [.

Manchester United Look East for New Sponsor, The Football Glossary to End All Football Glossaries, Rafa Signed Raul, and more

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My significant other works as a dispatcher for a local police station. Almost every day, she'll get at least one call involving a criminal who left his brain on the dresser. Wednesday's dumbest criminal was a convenience store employee who thought that his knowledge of his store would work to his advantage when [.

Football Legends: The Midfielders

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Very few teams can win without great players in the midfield. MIDFIELDERS have to cover a lot of ground, they have to win and hold the ball, they must complete passes, and they have to be adept at both ends of the field. Sometimes, they'll be asked to take on leadership roles, barking [...]

Chelsea vs. Juventus: Presenting the PLAYERS

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Fresh from the great minds of Gazzetta dello Sport, here is a look at ALL THE PLAYERS from UEFA Champion's League Chelsea vs. Juventus. Enjoy! . . . . . . . . . . . PETR CECH Often tagged as the "second-best keeper in the world" (now down to third with Casillas, get over it Chelsea fans), Petr Cech has now the opportunity to go neck-in-neck with [.

Manchester United v. Tottenham Hotspur - Carling Cup Final Preview

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Manchester United v. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London, England Competition: Carling Cup Final Date: 1 March 2009 Kickoff: 15:00 GMT, 10:00 ET Manchester United's dream of an unprecedented Quadruple could begin or end with their trip to Wembley Stadium to contest the 2008-2009 Carling Cup.

Beckham, Donovan and Angel: tales of loyalty and respect from Major League Soccer

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Gary Andrews is still wading through the ocean of comments attracted by last week's MyFC column, so he asked me to step in this week. I couldn't hope to get close to Gary's knowledge of non-league football, so I'm going to look at the exact opposite end of the spectrum: the artificially-created marketing-intensive world of Major [.

MATCH REPORT: Inter Milan vs Manchester United

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Never has an English side travelled to the San Siro and dominated as much as Manchester United did in this highly anticipated Anglo-Italian fixture. As the belittled superstars clad in blue and black stripes retreated to the allure of the Inter dressing room at half-time, Jose Mourinho was left languishing on the touchline sporting a [.

The Return of the Champions League, Rebranding the Premier League, Discussing Football’s Legends, and more

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"The Return of the Champions League, Rebranding the Premier League, Discussing Football's Legends, and more" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.

Arsenal vs. AS Roma: Presenting the PLAYERS

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Fresh from the great minds of Gazzetta dello Sport, here is a look at ALL THE PLAYERS from UEFA Champion's League Arsenal vs. AS Roma. Enjoy! . . . . . . . . . . . MANUEL ALMUNIA After the Lehmann-era, the Spanish keeper became a first-team choice almost by accident, without ever doing anything extraordinary to earn the choice of nº1 in one of most prestigious [.

Eastern Approaches for Kenny Miller

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"KENNY MILLER is a shock transfer target for newly-crowned Russian champs Rubin Kazan. SunSport can reveal the Rangers striker is being tracked by the club set to make their Champions League debut next season. Although our transfer window has closed, Miller WOULD be able to join Kazan before March 1.

Inter Milan vs. Manchester United: Presenting the PLAYERS

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Fresh from the great minds of Gazzetta dello Sport, here is a look at ALL THE PLAYERS from UEFA Champion's League Inter Milan vs. Manchester United. Enjoy! . . . . . . . . . . . JULIO CESAR Our impression is that the Seleçao keeper will have a lot of work on his hands (no pun intended), especially at Old Trafford.

Premier League Round 26. Winners: Manchester United and Tottenham. Losers: Arsenal and Liverpool.

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When last the Premier League was coming off of a full slate of matches, a couple of managers had to spend the Monday after cleaning out their offices, saying their goodbyes, and rubbing their sore behinds after getting the boot. This weekend's (plus Monday) slate of showdowns saw more of what you'd expect right [.

Football- Speaking to the Scally

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Ever had "a moment"? One of those little passages of time where it seems like a series of jigsaw pieces move all at once into perfect position, confirming their compatibility with a satisfying "click"? I have. And it happened just last evening. To the untrained eye, it may sound a little overly-romantic, even insignificant, but trust [.

Football Legends: The Defenders

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For many years, the sole purpose of a DEFENDER was to stay back and protect the goal. They were seen but almost never heard. The soccer equivalent of freshmen Senators, offensive linemen, and models. There wasn't much glory, but it was a necessary part of the game. However, the game started [.

Carling Cup Final 2009: Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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Date: Sunday 1st March Venue: Wembley Stadium, London Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside) Assistant Referees: Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire), Andy Butler (Lancashire) 4th Official: Andre Marriner (West Midlands) The 49th Carling Cup Final sees Sir Alex Ferguson once again go head to head with his good friend Harry Redknapp in a cup competition.

Nike Five - TV Ad

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Arsenal and Liverpool Shoot Themselves in the Foot, A Future Legend Is Born, Scottish Football Writers Get Duped, and more

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February, as short on days as it may be, certainly hasn't been short on twists, turns, and headlines. Unfortunately for some, the headlines haven't always been good, and that was the case over the weekend. But, we'll start with the good. Chelsea were battling recent history when they went to Aston Villa on Saturday, [.

Football Legends: The Goalkeepers

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To be a legendary GOALKEEPER, you have to be more than a great shot-stopper, physical specimen, or reader of the game. You have to be an inspiration. You have to be that reassuring figure to your defenders, who know that they can afford to take chances or make mistakes since they have you [...]

Bolton v West Ham Preview - Saturday 21 February 2009 - Premier League

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Bolton Wanderers v West Ham Saturday 21 February 2009, Reebok Stadium Kickoff: 15:00   Bolton  Bolton Wanderers lost 3-0 away to Everton in their last league outing, [...]

Aston Villa v Chelsea Preview - Saturday 21 February 2009 - Premier League

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Aston Villa v Chelsea Saturday 21 February 2009, Villa Park Kickoff: 12:45 Aston Villa Aston Villa won 2-0 against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in their last [...]

Premier League Predictions - Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United to win, Aston Villa and Chelsea to draw

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The weekend sees relatively easy home ties for both title contenders (with Arsenal counting themselves out of the race and Chelsea being counted out by Fergie, and seriously, do you think Villa will take the title?) - Manchester United entertain Blackburn at Old Trafford and Liverpool play hosts to Manchester City at Anfield.

Aston Villa 0-1 Chelsea - English Premier League - 21 February 2009 - Live Blog

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Aston Villa 0-1 Chelsea (Anelka 19′) Stadium: Villa Park, England Competition: English Premier League Date: 21 February 2009 Kickoff: 12:45 GMT, 7:45 ET Chelsea got a huge win in Guus Hiddink's managerial debut as they defeated Aston Villa, 1-0, at Villa Park. Soccerlens brought you the action live!

Nike Five - Nike Five-A-Side Tournament Kicks Off

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Nike Five is a national five-a-side tournament held by Nike in England - we previewed it here before (with a clip of Rooney getting nutmegged) and now the Nike Five site is live and players and teams can now sign up to take part in their regional heats. Here's the latest Nike Five TV [...]

Football fork – May 6 2006 – Spurs boys skip lasagne, have a curry, qualify for Champions League

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How could the pre-match ritual of a night in the Marriott before a big London fixture go so terribly wrong for Tottenham? Beat West Ham the following day, and Arsenal could not overake them in the race for the last of the Champions League spots. After tucking in to a lasagne, food poisoning overcame most [.

Inter Milan v. Manchester United - UEFA Champions League - 24 February 2009 - Live Blog

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Inter Milan v. Manchester United Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy. Competition: UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 Date: 24 February 2009 Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, 14:45 ET Two pre-tournament favorites will do battle as Inter Milan will host defending European champions Manchester United! Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!

Real Madrid v. Liverpool - 25 February 2009 - UEFA Champions League - Live Blog

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Real Madrid v. Liverpool Stadium: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain Competition: UEFA Champions League Date: 25 February 2009 Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, 14:45 ET Liverpool will pay a visit to the Bernabéu as they take on Real Madrid in their Round-of-16 Champions League tie. Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!

Arsenal and Liverpool Shoot Themselves in the Foot, A Future Legend Is Born, Scottish Football Writers Get Duped, and more

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February, as short on days as it may be, certainly hasn't been short on twists, turns, and headlines. Unfortunately for some, the headlines haven't always been good, and that was the case over the weekend. But, we'll start with the good. Chelsea were battling recent history when they went to Aston Villa on Saturday, [.

Football Legends: The Goalkeepers

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To be a legendary GOALKEEPER, you have to be more than a great shot-stopper, physical specimen, or reader of the game. You have to be an inspiration. You have to be that reassuring figure to your defenders, who know that they can afford to take chances or make mistakes since they have you [...]

Inter Milan v. Manchester United - UEFA Champions League - 24 February 2009 - Live Blog

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Inter Milan v. Manchester United Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy. Competition: UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 Date: 24 February 2009 Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, 14:45 ET Two pre-tournament favorites will do battle as Inter Milan will host defending European champions Manchester United! Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!

Real Madrid v. Liverpool - 25 February 2009 - UEFA Champions League - Live Blog

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Real Madrid v. Liverpool Stadium: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain Competition: UEFA Champions League Date: 25 February 2009 Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, 14:45 ET Liverpool will pay a visit to the Bernabéu as they take on Real Madrid in their Round-of-16 Champions League tie. Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!

Football fork – May 6 2006 – Spurs boys skip lasagne, have a curry, qualify for Champions League

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How could the pre-match ritual of a night in the Marriott before a big London fixture go so terribly wrong for Tottenham? Beat West Ham the following day, and Arsenal could not overake them in the race for the last of the Champions League spots. After tucking in to a lasagne, food poisoning overcame most [.

Nike Five - Nike Five-A-Side Tournament Kicks Off

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Nike Five is a national five-a-side tournament held by Nike in England - we previewed it here before (with a clip of Rooney getting nutmegged) and now the Nike Five site is live and players and teams can now sign up to take part in their regional heats. Here's the latest Nike Five TV [...]

Middlesbrough v Wigan Preview - Saturday 21 February 2009 - Premier League

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Middlesbrough v Wigan Saturday 21 February 2009, Riverside Stadium Kickoff: 15:00   Middlesbrough  Middlesbrough lost 1-0 away to Manchester City in their last league outing, to make a run of [...]

Manchester United v Blackburn Preview - Saturday 21 February 2009 - Premier League

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Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers Saturday 21 February 2009, Old Trafford Kickoff: 17:30 Manchester United Manchester United beat Fulham 3-0 at Old Trafford in their last league outing, making a run of fourteen games unbeaten [...]

Bolton v West Ham Preview - Saturday 21 February 2009 - Premier League

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Bolton Wanderers v West Ham Saturday 21 February 2009, Reebok Stadium Kickoff: 15:00   Bolton  Bolton Wanderers lost 3-0 away to Everton in their last league outing, [...]

Aston Villa v Chelsea Preview - Saturday 21 February 2009 - Premier League

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Aston Villa v Chelsea Saturday 21 February 2009, Villa Park Kickoff: 12:45 Aston Villa Aston Villa won 2-0 against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in their last [...]

Premier League Predictions - Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United to win, Aston Villa and Chelsea to draw

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The weekend sees relatively easy home ties for both title contenders (with Arsenal counting themselves out of the race and Chelsea being counted out by Fergie, and seriously, do you think Villa will take the title?) - Manchester United entertain Blackburn at Old Trafford and Liverpool play hosts to Manchester City at Anfield.

Aston Villa v. Chelsea - English Premier League - 21 February 2009 - Live Blog

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Aston Villa v. Chelsea Stadium: Villa Park, England Competition: English Premier League Date: 21 February 2009 Kickoff: 12:45 GMT, 7:45 ET Guus Hiddink will get a baptism by fire as he will debut as Chelsea's new manager against third-place Aston Villa! Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live!

Football Is a 90 Minute Game, Lesson 36,982,457, Ryan Babel Gets Ill (Or Do We?), Soccerlens Interviews Alessandro Pinho, and more

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From the UEFA Cup, to over-eager (or smart?) sportsbooks, to the off-pitch skillz of Ryan Babel, here's what you should've been paying attention to on Thursday. World Cup 2010 Tickets On Sale! Most of the stadiums may not be finished, and the final nails may well get put in place a couple of days before [.

Arsenal v Sunderland Preview - Saturday 21 February 2009 - Premier League

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Arsenal v Sunderland Saturday 21 February 2009, Emirates Stadium Kickoff: 15:00 Arsenal Arsenal drew 0-0 away to Tottenham in their last league outing, to make a run of 11 matches without a loss. In their last 11 matches, Arsenal have won [...]

Hull v Tottenham Preview - Monday 23 February 2009 - Premier League

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Hull v Tottenham Monday 23 February 2009, KC Stadium Kickoff: 20:00   Hull Hull City drew 0-0 away against Chelsea in their last league outing, to continue a run of nine league matches without [...]

Newcastle v Everton Preview - Sunday 22 February 2009 - Premier League

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Newcastle v Everton Sunday 22 February 2009, St James' Park Kickoff: 16:00   Newcastle Newcastle United beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 away in their last [...]

Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview - Sunday 22 February 2009 - Premier League

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Liverpool v Manchester City Sunday 22 February 2009, Anfield Kickoff: 15:00   Liverpool Liverpool beat Portsmouth 3-2 at Fratton Park in their last league outing, [...]

Fulham v West Brom Preview - Sunday 22 February 2009 - Premier League

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Fulham v West Bromwich Albion Sunday 22 February 2009, Craven Cottage Kickoff: 13:30   Fulham Fulham lost 3-0 away to Manchester United in their [...]

Stoke v Portsmouth Preview - Saturday 21 February 2009 - Premier League

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Stoke City v Portsmouth Saturday 21 February 2009, Britannia Stadium Kickoff: 15:00   Stoke Stoke City lost 2-0 away against Sunderland in their last league outing, to continue a run [...]

If money were the only object for Manchester City…

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FC Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken may have accused Manchester City of  'destroying' football ahead of the two sides UEFA Cup meeting but I for one am not so sure. It is always good to see the teams at the top challenged and I expect City to push them a lot further than they failed to [...]

Soccerlens Interviews Alessandra Pinho

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Football has always been the beautiful game in Brazil but top flight clubs have found their own unique way of combining soccer with the beauty of women! Each year beauty contests are held by each club with all the winners taking place in a grand final to crown the nation's Musa do Brasileiro. 2006 Club World [.

Donna Powell to manage Fisher Athletic against Eastleigh

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Donna Powell - turnstile operator at Fisher Athletic - is set to make footballing history when she leads the club out for today's Blue Square South match against Eastleigh. She raised £500 for the club and was rewarded with the chance to lead out the team for one game. 27-year old Powell already manages an [.

Is Ryan Giggs REALLY Worthy of the Player of the Year Award?

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With this season's player of the year voting looking as open as it's been in a decade, many names have been put forward for the much sought-after prize. The likes of Ashley Young and Nemanja Vidic are seen by many as genuine contenders in a year where there is seemingly no standout candidate for the [.

10 Important Questions About Rangers FC

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Ten questions posed about Glasgow Rangers FC right now that we should maybe be asking ourselves. Just why is it.... That Walter Smith gets little criticism from the Scottish media? That Lee McCulloch seems to have some Dutch blood to play in all these different positions? That Aaron Niguez is good enough for the Spanish Under 21s but [.

The Favelas of Brazil

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A distant Favela is splayed across a lush green landscape, alive with the soft rumble of traffic parallel to its make-shift wooden walls; marking an impoverished slum forgotten amongst the beauty and glamour of Rio de Janeiro's sleek office blocks and shimmering ocean. Rio is a place where the divide between the filthy rich and [.

Inter Milan v Manchester United - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Inter Milan v Manchester United First Leg: Giuseppe Meazza, Tuesday, February 24 2009. Second Leg: Old Trafford, Wednesday, March 11 2009. This was the matchup that everyone was hoping for. Two of the most storied franchises in history meeting each other in the Round of 16. Two of the pre-tournament favorites battling for the right to [.

Atletico Madrid v. Porto - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Atletico Madrid v Porto First Leg: Vicente Calderon, Tuesday, February 24 2009. Second Leg: Estadio do Drago, Wednesday, March 11 2009. Atletico Madrid come into this matchup having just put a run of terrible form behind them. They went winless in their first seven matches of 2009, losing five Liga and Copa del Rey matches and drawing [.

Lyon v. Barcelona - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Lyon v Barcelona First Leg: Stade Gerland, Tuesday, February 24 2009. Second Leg: Nou Camp, Wednesday, March 11 2009. Most people have Barcelona penciled in for the Finals, and it's hard to argue with the stats. They've gone unbeaten in La Liga since the very first weekend of the season, when they lost to Numancia.

Chelsea v. Juventus - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Chelsea v Juventus First Leg: Stamford Bridge, Wednesday, February 25 2009. Second Leg: Stadio Olimpico de Torino, Tuesday, March 10 2009. The fraternity of "Former Chelsea Managers" is already a large group, and it got even bigger when they fired Luiz Felipe Scolari after a run of poor results that took Chelsea from 2nd place to 4th, including [.

Villarreal v. Panathinaikos - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Villareal v Panathinaikos First Leg: Estadio El Madrigal, Wednesday, February 25 2009. Second Leg: Olympic Stadium, Tuesday, March 10 2009. Every year, there's one team in the Round of 16 that everyone wants to play. Last year, it was Celtic. The year before it was Lille. This year, it's Panathinaikos.

Sporting Lisbon v. Bayern Munich - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Sporting Lisbon v Bayern Munich First Leg: Estadio Jose Alvalade, Wednesday, February 25 2009. Second Leg: Allianz Arena, Tuesday, March 10 2009. It's easy to discount Bayern Munich's chances for a deep run in the Knockout Round of the Champions League. Bayern Munich got off to a rough start under new manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

2008-2009 UEFA Champions League 2nd Round Preview

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The UEFA Champions League returns at the end of the month, as the strongest 16 teams have advanced to the Knock-Out Round! They've had a couple of months to prepare, and, in some cases, they've reloaded and restocked their rosters. For many clubs, they've staked their entire seasons on success in the Champions [.

Real Madrid v. Liverpool - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Real Madrid v Liverpool First Leg: Santiago Bernabeu, Wednesday, February 25 2009. Second Leg: Anfield, Tuesday, March 10 2009. Where do we start with this one? How about Rafa Benitez, who is under an increasing amount of pressure of Liverpool (some of which is his own doing), possibly going to the Bernabeu in the summer?

Beckham fiasco launches upcoming MLS season

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Beckham overshadows national team 2-0 defeat of Mexico, World Cup bid, new women's league, Drew Carey's Seattle Sounders Although the shrill cry of flocking football pundits proclaim that on March 9, David Beckham will be in Milan – no, LA! – wait for the volley . . . no, Milan! – the only certainty is [.

D-Day approaches for MyFC and Ebbsfleet

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A year to the day this Thursday internet site MyFootballClub.co.uk completed their takeover of Ebbsfleet United but any anniversary celebrations are likely to be muted as the club desperately needs members to renew their subscriptions ahead of this week's deadline. While the past 12 months has delivered a number of landmarks and one piece of silverware [.

Inter Milan v Manchester United - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Inter Milan v Manchester United First Leg: Giuseppe Meazza, Tuesday, February 24 2009. Second Leg: Old Trafford, Wednesday, March 11 2009. This was the matchup that everyone was hoping for. Two of the most storied franchises in history meeting each other in the Round of 16. Two of the pre-tournament favorites battling for the right to [.

Atletico Madrid v. Porto - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Atletico Madrid v Porto First Leg: Vicente Calderon, Tuesday, February 24 2009. Second Leg: Estadio do Drago, Wednesday, March 11 2009. Atletico Madrid come into this matchup having just put a run of terrible form behind them. They went winless in their first seven matches of 2009, losing five Liga and Copa del Rey matches and drawing [.

Lyon v. Barcelona - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Lyon v Barcelona First Leg: Stade Gerland, Tuesday, February 24 2009. Second Leg: Nou Camp, Wednesday, March 11 2009. Most people have Barcelona penciled in for the Finals, and it's hard to argue with the stats. They've gone unbeaten in La Liga since the very first weekend of the season, when they lost to Numancia.

Chelsea v. Juventus - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Chelsea v Juventus First Leg: Stamford Bridge, Wednesday, February 25 2009. Second Leg: Stadio Olimpico de Torino, Tuesday, March 10 2009. The fraternity of "Former Chelsea Managers" is already a large group, and it got even bigger when they fired Luiz Felipe Scolari after a run of poor results that took Chelsea from 2nd place to 4th, including [.

Villarreal v. Panathinaikos - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Villareal v Panathinaikos First Leg: Estadio El Madrigal, Wednesday, February 25 2009. Second Leg: Olympic Stadium, Tuesday, March 10 2009. Every year, there's one team in the Round of 16 that everyone wants to play. Last year, it was Celtic. The year before it was Lille. This year, it's Panathinaikos.

Sporting Lisbon v. Bayern Munich - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Sporting Lisbon v Bayern Munich First Leg: Estadio Jose Alvalade, Wednesday, February 25 2009. Second Leg: Allianz Arena, Tuesday, March 10 2009. It's easy to discount Bayern Munich's chances for a deep run in the Knockout Round of the Champions League. Bayern Munich got off to a rough start under new manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

2008-2009 UEFA Champions League 2nd Round Preview

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The UEFA Champions League returns at the end of the month, as the strongest 16 teams have advanced to the Knock-Out Round! They've had a couple of months to prepare, and, in some cases, they've reloaded and restocked their rosters. For many clubs, they've staked their entire seasons on success in the Champions [.

Real Madrid v. Liverpool - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview

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Real Madrid v Liverpool First Leg: Santiago Bernabeu, Wednesday, February 25 2009. Second Leg: Anfield, Tuesday, March 10 2009. Where do we start with this one? How about Rafa Benitez, who is under an increasing amount of pressure of Liverpool (some of which is his own doing), possibly going to the Bernabeu in the summer?

Beckham fiasco launches upcoming MLS season

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Beckham overshadows national team 2-0 defeat of Mexico, World Cup bid, new women's league, Drew Carey's Seattle Sounders Although the shrill cry of flocking football pundits proclaim that on March 9, David Beckham will be in Milan – no, LA! – wait for the volley . . . no, Milan! – the only certainty is [.

D-Day approaches for MyFC and Ebbsfleet

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A year to the day this Thursday internet site MyFootballClub.co.uk completed their takeover of Ebbsfleet United but any anniversary celebrations are likely to be muted as the club desperately needs members to renew their subscriptions ahead of this week's deadline. While the past 12 months has delivered a number of landmarks and one piece of silverware [.

FA Cup 08-09 Quarterfinal Draw: Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton kept apart

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The FA Cup 08/09 Quarterfinal draw was held today - a few ties still to be concluded but it's shaping up to be a cracker of a semi-final round: Blackburn or Coventry v Chelsea Swansea or Fulham v Man Utd Cardiff or Arsenal or Burnley v Sheffield United or Hull Everton v West Ham or Middlesbrough "FA Cup 08-09 Quarterfinal [.

Football Fork - June 21 2002: Ronaldinho leaves Brazil in the lurch as England march on to the semis

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In 2002 the promise of Sven Goran Eriksson's bright new era was scythed down by what would become familiar stumbling blocks: the quarter finals of a major tournament and defeat to Luiz Felipe Scolari. Big Phil's reputation as one of the best coaches in the world was confirmed, leading in 2008 to his instalment as [.

Nike Five - Rooney get nutmegged

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Nike Five is an upcoming national 5-a-side tournament held by Nike in England, dedicated to giving urban footballers a stage to showcase their skills and prove that they're amongst the best sides in the country. As part of the buildup, Manchester United's Wayne Rooney took on a set of very skillful young footballers in [.

Shaky Shakhtar Not Digging for Victory

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Surrounded by thick morning mists, the train arriving in Donetsk slows down as it snakes through the slag-heaps. A century and a half of wrenching coal from the depths of the Donbass has left the ground fragile. This is the land of Stakhanov and his 227 tonnes. Far below, the ominous rumbling of the train [.

Football: It’s A Cruel Game

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Tony Adams might not have been the best man for the Portsmouth job and probably did deserve to get the boot to be honest, but his dismissal did get me thinking. There have been quite a few managers axed over recent years that probably didn't deserve it based so I've compiled a list (in [...]

Los Angeles Sol Team Profile

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All images courtesy of the Los Angeles Sol. One of the seven new franchises for the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) will kick off with a nationally televised game with the Washington Freedom on 29 March. Fox Soccer Channel will televise a Sunday night game of the week, and the Sol are scheduled to [.

Kyle Lafferty To Start For The Old Firm On Sunday?

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I was at Ibrox last Wednesday night to watch Rangers take on AC Milan along with 45,000 other loyal fans but it appears my seat offered a different view to most. At first, I decided that there was nothing to write home about after the game. Rangers played well, everyone got a run and a few [...]

Scolari Speaks, Chelsea Bleeds, Becks and Giggs Learn Their Fates and More!

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Luiz Felipe Scolari shed some insight into his situation at Chelsea right before he was given the pink slip by Roman Abramovich on Monday. He admitted that he had no relationship with his players off the pitch, and took several players (their initials are D.D. and F.M.) to task for not playing well.

It’s Time to End the Scourge of Referees for Good

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We've all experienced it. You're watching a Premier League game, taking in the glorious spectacle. Perhaps you're supporting one of the teams, or perhaps your betting slip is. You're in it to see the greatest players on the planet strut their stuff, and you're starting to really enjoy it when BAM! Up steps the referee [.

England Succumb in Seville, Scolari Lands on a Pile O’ Money, Real Madrid Named World’s Richest Football Club, and more

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Spain triumphed over England in Seville thanks to goals in each half. There's plenty to take from the match if you got the chance to watch it. David Beckham got his 108th cap for England in Seville, but is he going to get his permanent move to AC Milan? Time's running out. The [...]

The Changing Face Of Premiership Football

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"Football's not like it was in the good ol' days," people grumble. "Back when men were men, when you were allowed to stand and smoke in the ground, sing your heart out for ninety minutes and pay two bob for your ticket." Yes, football has changed a great deal over the years, with the big change [...]

Roman Calls in a Favor, Sven to Settle on the South Coast, Manchester City 2-0 Italy, and more

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As you could expect, Tuesday's headlines were dominated by news and rumors from Stamford Bridge. Looking for a resolution already? There just might be one within the next few days. So, who's going to take over at Chelsea? Aston Villa fans can rest easy for now, though one of the big guns could come a-calling [.

Good Sports celebrate ten years of success

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The footballing schedule wasn't the only thing the snow in Britain disrupted last week. The postponement of Eastbourne Borough's match away at Altrincham denied the Sussex club's manager - Garry Wilson - the chance to celebrate ten years in charge of one of non-league football's most remarkable success stories.

Washington Freedom Team Profile

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All images courtesy of the Washington Freedom. One of the seven new franchises for the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) will kick off with a nationally televised game at the Los Angeles Sol on 29 March. Fox Soccer Channel will televise a Sunday night game of the week, and the Freedom are scheduled to [.

Right Result: Chelsea sack Scolari on a penalty not given

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Handling offences were the order of the weekend in another batch of controversial Premier League games. Struggling Hull City gained a valuable and unexpected point at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea's title aspirations took a severe blow. The Blues could have gone on to win though had a penalty been awarded for a second-half handball by Andy Dawson, [.

Ups, Downs & Torres - A Week With Liverpool

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Sunday 1st February, 17.49: "Nando better pull something out of his arse here or its 18 all" Wednesday 4th February, 19.36: "It's all over mate, Dossena & Lucas are starting" Saturday 7th February, 19.30: "How to get out of f***ing jail" It is perhaps a bit facetious to reduce a week in the life of Liverpool Football Club to a trio [.

Eboue - born to frustrate Arsenal fans

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I have a feeling that Emmanuel Eboue must have been put on this Earth just to frustrate Arsenal fans. The Ivorian showed a little promise when he first arrived as a solid full back, but he never hit the high standards that were expected of him. In my opinion he is a far better right back [...]

Luiz Felipe Scolari Gets Sacked, Tony Adams Does Too, Steve Bennett

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It was going to be another boring Monday, filled with weekend recaps, talk about the upcoming international 'break,' and some funny comments about this one thing or that. And then Chelsea just had to go and sack Luiz Felipe Scolari. It's the talk of the ‘net and everywhere else, from here, naturally, to [.

Clueless Chelsea Hit ‘Reset’ Button, Hope For Miracle-Worker

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Football fans can be fickle, the media even more so but the Chelsea board has taken knee-jerk reactions and impossible expectations to Real Madrid-like proportions. While the white-clad prima donnas have a rich history to point to as an excuse, Chelsea have...let's see...two back-to-back league titles (sandwiched between two 2nd-place finishes), a handful of domestic [.

Premier League Round 25 Winners and Losers: Liverpool and Aston Villa rise to the occasion, Chelsea and Tottenham disappoint

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It could be that the top four in the Premier League will consist of the usual suspects when all is said and done, but this is certainly fun while it's lasting, for the fans at least. The battle for the Premier League title and for the Champions League spots, and the battle for survival [...]

A Wasted Weekend in London, Super Nando Strikes Again, The Jack Warner Effect, and more

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Where'd the weekend go? If you find it, tell it that it needed to stay a little longer. But gone quickly as it may have been, it was an excellent weekend, especially on Premier League football pitches. The big ‘un of the weekend was Sunday's North London derby, and Tottenham and Arsenal shared the spoils [.

Win a chance to meet and train with the Chelsea football team

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Train Like A Football Star If football, to you, is more than just a game of overgrown children running amok in a playground spitting on each other, if it's a majestic battle between two teams, a locking of horns, a ferocious, epic, yet sublime clash of heroic sportsmen, then you'll be interested in this competition.

Lovin’ It, Platini Sounds Off, Munich Remembered, and more

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Yesterday, those who are tired of Andrei Arshavin. Today, long-suffering Newcastle fans. Love it! Of course, you have to learn how to laugh at your misfortunes, at least for a little while. Or, if you're Fernando Torres, make commercials that belie explanation. Or do they? The match of the weekend in the Premier [.

Tottenham v. Arsenal - English Premier League - 8 February 2009 - Live Blog

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Tottenham v. Arsenal Stadium: White Hart Lane, England Competition: English Premier League Date: 8 February 2009 Kickoff: 13:30 GMT, 8:30 ET The North London derby hardly needs any additional subplots, but this match will have plenty. Tottenham will welcome back Robbie Keane from Liverpool and Arsenal could unveil their newest starlet, Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin.

Getting to Know Andrei/Andrey/Andriy, Premier League Strikes It Rich, Leo Messi Does Too, and more

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I won't delve too deeply into my personal life, because that'd be going well past the point of 'too much information,' which I may be crossing anyway, but I will say that I am prone to sadistic tendencies here and there. And because this is one of those times, today's roundup is chock full [...]

Football Fork - May 1996 - Keegan’s mind-games spur Newcastle to the title

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Was the failure to capture the 1995/6 Premiership having at one stage enjoyed a 12 point lead the beginning of the end for the Newcastle dream and Kevin Keegan's managerial credibility? This week we ponder what might have been if the Magpies' favourite cheerleading manager had won the battle of the mind-games and led the side [.

Rangers Are For Life, Not Just Glamour Friendlies

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45,197 last night at the bounce game. I for one am on record as saying that I have given up friendlies as you get nothing out of them but an empty wallet and a feeling of disappointment at the quality and pace of the game. But 45,197 disagreed with me last night and I take my hat [...]

There are Known Knowns, there are Unknown Unknowns and there are New Signings

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So, that was the mid-season transfer window that was. How was it for you? Frankly, it bored the arse off me. Time was when my first port of call on firing up the ol' interwebs machine would be the transfer gossip columns, ever eager to GASP! at whatever some hapless hack had scraped off the sole [...

The Best and Worst of the January transfer window

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Since it's inception in the 2002/03 season the January transfer window has thrown up some interesting moves.  Some managers hate it, some love it and for varying reasons they're probably all right! However, as a fan I like watching the transfers come in at the deadline and as the current window closes I thought I'd [.

January Transfer Window Winners: Chelsea, Tottenham, Aston Villa. Transfer Window Losers: Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle.

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I think we can all safely agree that the transfer window is one of the real absurdities of modern football. Sure, the big man upstairs did a lot of us a favour today by bringing in the heaviest snowfall for 18 years, and we were able to sit in and savour the deadline day soap [...]

Right Result: Newcastle should have lost to Sunderland while Manchester City deserved a point against Stoke

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They say a week is a long time in football but just four days has seen a total turnaround in the world of the Right Result. On Wednesday, we thought Newcastle United should have been awarded a penalty at Manchester City for Micah Richards challenge on Steven Taylor. By the end of the weekend, those roles had [.

Transfer Rumors (2 Feb 09): Chelsea sign Inter’s Quaresma on loan, Arsenal finally land Arshavin, Keane returns to Tottenham after Liverpool nightmare, and mo

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A few high-profile deals were concluded on deadline day, and there were a few that didn't go through. What deals went through, and which deals didn't? England So, Arsenal have finally signed Andrei Arshavin. Finally. But it didn't come without a little more unnecessary drama, as Zenit St. Petersburg said the deal was [.

Football Federations Around The Globe - A Look At The World Of Football

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The world of football is made up of 6 main football federations; UEFA, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, AFC, CAF & OFC. These governing bodies look after different areas of world football, roughly along the lines of the geographical continents of the world. Each federation runs its own competition for both its national sides and its clubs, as well [.

Relegation for administration: The Conference gets tough

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Desperate times, they say, call for desperate measures. The Conference (Blue Square Premier) hasn't quite reached desperation yet but, given the amount of clubs in the league who are struggling financially, their latest proposal is certainly one of the most radical to be suggested by football bosses in a long time.

10 Reasons to be Optimistic About World Cup 2010, February 2009 WAG of the Month, John Terry’s Twin, and more

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So what do I do with myself now that there's no transfer craziness for another four months? Continue scouring the internet for transfer rumors, of course! We already know that David Beckham wants to stay at AC Milan, but in case you hadn't heard, Bundesliga side Karlsruhe are keen on making loan signing Dino Drpic [.

There are Known Knowns, there are Unknown Unknowns and there are New Signings

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So, that was the mid-season transfer window that was. How was it for you? Frankly, it bored the arse off me. Time was when my first port of call on firing up the ol' interwebs machine would be the transfer gossip columns, ever eager to GASP! at whatever some hapless hack had scraped off the sole [...

10 Reasons to be Optimistic About World Cup 2010, February 2009 WAG of the Month, John Terry’s Twin, and more

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So what do I do with myself now that there's no transfer craziness for another four months? Continue scouring the internet for transfer rumors, of course! We already know that David Beckham wants to stay at AC Milan, but in case you hadn't heard, Bundesliga side Karlsruhe are keen on making loan signing Dino Drpic [.

Relegation for administration: The Conference gets tough

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Desperate times, they say, call for desperate measures. The Conference (Blue Square Premier) hasn't quite reached desperation yet but, given the amount of clubs in the league who are struggling financially, their latest proposal is certainly one of the most radical to be suggested by football bosses in a long time.

Transfer Rumors (2 Feb 09): Chelsea sign Inter’s Quaresma on loan, Arsenal finally land Arshavin, Keane returns to Tottenham after Liverpool nightmare, and mo

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A few high-profile deals were concluded on deadline day, and there were a few that didn't go through. What deals went through, and which deals didn't? England So, Arsenal have finally signed Andrei Arshavin. Finally. But it didn't come without a little more unnecessary drama, as Zenit St. Petersburg said the deal was [.

The Best and Worst of the January transfer window

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Since it's inception in the 2002/03 season the January transfer window has thrown up some interesting moves.  Some managers hate it, some love it and for varying reasons they're probably all right! However, as a fan I like watching the transfers come in at the deadline and as the current window closes I thought I'd [.

January Transfer Window Winners: Chelsea, Tottenham, Aston Villa. Transfer Window Losers: Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle.

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I think we can all safely agree that the transfer window is one of the real absurdities of modern football. Sure, the big man upstairs did a lot of us a favour today by bringing in the heaviest snowfall for 18 years, and we were able to sit in and savour the deadline day soap [...]

Right Result: Newcastle should have lost to Sunderland while Manchester City deserved a point against Stoke

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They say a week is a long time in football but just four days has seen a total turnaround in the world of the Right Result. On Wednesday, we thought Newcastle United should have been awarded a penalty at Manchester City for Micah Richards challenge on Steven Taylor. By the end of the weekend, those roles had [.

Premier League extend transfer deadline past 5 p.m.

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With snow wreaking havoc through England, the Premier League has been allowed to extend the transfer deadline to allow clubs to complete deals past the original 5 p.m. deadline. So, a few more hours to sneak in a surprise last-minute signing or two? Not quite, unless those last-minute signings were already agreed in principle [.

January 2009 Transfer Lists

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The January 2009 transfer window is set to close on Monday, and as has been the case throughout January, Soccerlens is your one-stop shop for everything transfers. Along with providing daily coverage of transfer news and rumors, you can keep up with confirmed transfers from several leagues. English Premier League Transfers (Updated: 2 [.

Buying Football Tickets Online - Goldmine or Minefield?

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So that big cup draw has been made, your team has got the tie that they were praying for. A home tie as well. "All you can ask for is a home tie" apparently. It is going to be the game of the season, make no mistake. You simply have to be there. No, you [...]

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea - English Premier League - 1 February 2009 - Live Blog

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Liverpool (Torres 89′, 90′ + 4) 2-0 Chelsea Stadium: Anfield Stadium, England Competition: English Premier League Date: 1 February 2009 Kickoff: 16:00 GMT, 11:00 ET Liverpool needed 2 late goals to get past 10-man Chelsea in an ill-tempered and controversial match at Anfield. Soccerlens brought you the action live!

Transfer Rumors (1 Feb 09): Manchester City set to tie up deal for Newcastle’s Given, Everton fill striker void with Manchester City man, Tottenham’s Darren

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The end of the January transfer window is now less than 24 hours away, and several deals are being wrapped up today, with many more to be done before the 5 p.m. deadline on Monday. England Manchester City have agreed a fee of about £8m with Newcastle for Shay Given, with the Irish keeper having [.

Three Classic World Cup Games Between Italy and Brasil

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Two of the most fancied sides in world football visit Wembley on 10 February for an international friendly. They will also meet in the group phase of the FIFA Confederations Cup next June in South Africa. Here are a few of their most famous encounters from World Cup history: 21 June 1970: Estadio Azteca in Mexico City: [.

Premier League extend transfer deadline past 5 p.m.

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With snow wreaking havoc through England, the Premier League has been allowed to extend the transfer deadline to allow clubs to complete deals past the original 5 p.m. deadline. So, a few more hours to sneak in a surprise last-minute signing or two? Not quite, unless those last-minute signings were already agreed in principle [.

Three Classic World Cup Games Between Italy and Brasil

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Two of the most fancied sides in world football visit Wembley on 10 February for an international friendly. They will also meet in the group phase of the FIFA Confederations Cup next June in South Africa. Here are a few of their most famous encounters from World Cup history: 21 June 1970: Estadio Azteca in Mexico City: [.

Transfer Rumors (1 Feb 09): Manchester City set to tie up deal for Newcastle’s Given, Everton fill striker void with Manchester City man, Tottenham’s Darren

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The end of the January transfer window is now less than 24 hours away, and several deals are being wrapped up today, with many more to be done before the 5 p.m. deadline on Monday. England Manchester City have agreed a fee of about £8m with Newcastle for Shay Given, with the Irish keeper having [.

January 2009 Transfer Lists

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The January 2009 transfer window is set to close on Monday, and as has been the case throughout January, Soccerlens is your one-stop shop for everything transfers. Along with providing daily coverage of transfer news and rumors, you can keep up with confirmed transfers from several leagues. English Premier League Transfers (Updated: 2 [.

Liverpool v. Chelsea - English Premier League - 1 February 2009 - Live Blog

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Liverpool v. Chelsea Stadium: Anfield Stadium, England Competition: English Premier League Date: 1 February 2009 Kickoff: 16:00 GMT, 11:00 ET Second-place Chelsea will host third-place Liverpool in a titanic Premiership clash! Soccerlens will be bringing you the action live! Log on to the site 15 minutes before kickoff for the liveblog!