SoccerLens Archives for January 2010

The Messiah’s century of goals for Barcelona

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In the 2004/2005 season we saw a little kid showing some extravagant talent when he first played Barcelona B team. After just five games, he was promoted to the first team and since then that little kid has grown up to be, arguably, the biggest threat to any defense.

Lionel Andres Messi was born to a half Italian couple in Rosario, Argentina.

DaMarcus Beasley – dude, your car’s on fire!

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Someone sets your car on fire, you're bound to get pissed. It doesn't matter if you're living in Glasgow, playing for Rangers and thus are an easy target for hell-raising Celtic fans. I just got a new car and I know I would be gutted if someone blew it up. Sure I'm not a footballer, but a car's a car and it hurts whether your bank balance has 4 zeros or 10.

Sharing your ‘Daddies Sauce’ – a candid interview with John Terry

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"Sharing your 'Daddies Sauce' a candid interview with John Terry" was originally published at - Football News.

Quotes of the week: Blowing Arsenal away, Jenas opens his legs, City’s impossible calendar and more

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Six of the best quotes of the week from

1. According to Bill Leslie, JT and Wayne Bridge mightn't be the only pals to share and share alike:

"Scott Parker and Mark Noble are suffering from the same groin strain."

2. Paul Merson has found life much less stressful since he packs a whole week's worry into one evening:

"If I was Sol Campbell, I'd be having sleepless nights tonight.

January Moves Should Boost US MNT

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The January transfer window was relatively uneventful for Europe's biggest clubs.  Aside from Robinho's loan deal to Santos, there were few moves that turned heads.  The view from this side of the pond was not so dull.  Several American players found themselves at new clubs a prospect that should boost the US MNT's hopes of getting out of Group C in South Africa.

Soccerlens Show: January Transfer Window Reviewed

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

In Episode 14 of the Soccerlens Show, Andy Brassell talks about the moves made in the January transfer window. The economic crisis surely had its affects on this much anticipated transfer window which allows managers and clubs to make up for the mistakes they made or the gaps they couldn't fill up during the summer.

Rangers, Celtic & Hibs set for thrilling finale to SPL

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After the signing of Robbie Keane to Celtic last night, a new excitement surrounds the pulsating finale between Rangers, Celtic and Hibs as they enter the final 15 games of the SPL season. The end of the road still isn't in sight and alot of football still has to be played from now until May including two Old Firm matches which could ultimately decide where the SPL trophy will rest for the next year.

WPS 2010 Season Schedule

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Women's Professional Soccer has finalized the dates of its 2010 WPS Season schedule.

In 2010, the league will expand from a 20-game regular season schedule played in 2009 to a 24-game schedule in which each of the eight WPS teams will feature 12 home games and play the other seven teams in the league three or four times each.

No logical reason for sacking Terry

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John Terry has made his way into the headlines again, and now the British public want his head on a pike. His exploits when he was younger have been ignored, as have his mothers and step mothers theft, his fathers supposed drug dealing and his secret tours of Cobham training ground.

Now that the alleged affair with former team mate Wayne Bridge's girlfriend has come into focus, surely the centre half will be forced to step back from his position.

Transfer Rumors (Deadline Day Wrap): Celtic land Tottenham’s Keane, Man City snag Boro’s Johnson, Stoke bag Pompey’s Begovic, and more

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So, that's it.

Another transfer window has come and gone, and the January transfer lists are full of names who have switched clubs, either temporarily or permanently.

If you were looking for action and big names moving to and fro, that'll all be in the summer, and given that it's a World Cup year and some big performances by names known and unknown stand to have a great impact on the market, what a summer it projects to be.

From one excess to another: The story of Mutu and Cassano

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Christmas is a time of excess when people tend to indulge, pouring that extra drink, eating that extra slice of turkey. It has been calculated that your average Christmas reveler puts on a stone during the holidays, making it harvest time for the Fitness clubs.

However, it's not something that we usually associate with professional footballers.

Arsenal’s lineup more expensive than United’s?

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Football can be a funny ol' game. You can (in your mind) be playing the best football on the planet, and then along comes a team shorn of their best attackers (transfered away) and defenders (ban / injury), a team that everyone has derided as going downhill, and then you're taught a footballing lesson to rival.

Transfer Rumors (1 Feb 2010): 20m Man City offer for Real Madrid’s Gago, Tottenham and Stoke battle for James, West Ham talk up Keane loan, and more

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It's the final day of the winter transfer window, and many clubs are thanking the calendar for January 31 falling on a Sunday, as it will allow a number of last-minute deals to be ironed out that might not otherwise be.

At this point, don't expect to see many, or perhaps even any, notable names added to the January transfer lists, but who knows what surprises the rest of the day could bring.

An Emirates Masterpiece, Part II

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Earlier in the week, after we gave by far our most determined, outstanding and tactically superior performance of the season, it got me a thinking. When WAS our last truly incredible performance? Well, few would disagree with me when I suggest that it was in fact at the very same venue that today's game was held last season.

Marvellous Montpellier

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2009, 2 February Montpellier Hérault Sport Club have just won a tough fixture away in Boulogne, against one of their promotion rivals in Ligue 2.

A seemingly easy 3:0 victory with all the goals scored in the first half, two by Argentine Alberto "Tino" Costa, who's never played professional football in his home country and found his way to France through the Guadalupen league, and one by captain Nenad Dzodic, a misunderstood character, who only managed 5 caps for Yugoslavia in international football, but who's been a key figure for his team in French 2nd tier football.

The 2009 Soccerlens Awards

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And the winners are...

The Soccerlens Awards recognise the best websites and the best writers in football.. After the great success of the 2007 and 2008 editions, SL readers and editors gathered again to choose among 17 different awards categories and crown the best out of over sixty quality football sites and writers.