SoccerLens Archives for January 2011

The Round-Up: Torres Exit Request Rejected, Man Utd To Go Dutch

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Torres wants out.

Fabio Capello Saddles Jack Wilshere With The ‘F’ Bomb

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The nation mourned when Emile Heskey retired from international football last year, and rightly so -for England knew that what stretched out before them was what adulterous husbands tend to refer to as a 'transitional period' when the kids finally ask why Mummy hasn't been home in nearly three weeks.

The Round-Up: Liverpool Snub Torres Bid, Inter After Bale…Again

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Liverpool reject Torres bid.

3 UP FRONT: Manchester United, Strange Sackings and Luis Suarez

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Whatever you do, don't miss out on a listen to the latest epidode of 3 Up Front.

Host Adrian Clarke introduces two brand new features alongside pundits Iain Spragg and Iain Macintosh in a show that includes;

The 3 Up Front Grill What have we learned from the Sky Sports 'sexism' scandal this week?

The Round-Up: Mourinho Wants Out, Liverpool Face Suarez Stand-Off

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Mourinho pining for the Prem?

Van Der Sar Confirms Retirement: How Do United Replace A Legend?

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As the venerable Paul Scholes remains undecided as to whether his sainted, 36-year-old legs have another year at the top left in them, a fellow member of Manchester United's veteran old guard has broken ranks and revealed that he intends to call time on his career at the end of the current season.

Sky Sports Wield The Axe As ‘Sexism’ Witch Hunt Rumbles On

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The sanctimonious 'sexist' witch hunt that is currently permeating the glossy facade English football coverage is showing no signs of abating today, with fresh clips of otherwise-vidicated Sky Sports anchor Richard Keys hee-hawing about colleague Jamie Redknapp's sexual conquests now doing the rounds and, such is my remit here on Soccerlens, I'm afraid that I'm duty-bound to tell you poor, over-saturated sods all about it.

The Round-Up: Chelsea Debunk Atletico €60m ‘Double Bid’ Claims

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Chelsea quash 'Atleti double swoop' rumours.

Andy Gray Teeters As Second Sexist Tirade Leaked

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Just when it looked like Sky Sports pundit-in-chief Andy Gray (along with presenter Richard Keys) was going to worm his way out of having to face any tangible punishment for his overtly chauvinistic guffawing, a second denigrating video has been leaked by Sky News, no less that may just cost the gittish Scot his lucrative 'job for life'.

The Round-Up: Wenger Aware Of Hazard, Chelsea Luiz Control

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Eden Project.

Sky Sports Cavemen Suspended Over Sexist Remarks

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The observant amongst you may have noticed that a female human being by the name of Sian Massey ran the line during Saturday's Premier League tie between Wolves and Liverpool which, in these enlightened times, is about as controversial denouncing the evils of asbestos.

That said, it seems oafish Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray (who have previous when it comes to casual sexism) haven't quite come to terms with the fairer sex polluting the highways and byways of their beloved game.

The Round-Up: Didier’s Drog Days Are Over, Liverpool Ramp Up Suarez Hunt

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Drog days are over.

The Round-Up: Chelsea Chase Kjaer, West Ham Scrape The Barrel

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Chasing Kjaers.

Catalan Press Explode As Mourinho Refuses To Commit

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As far as the Spanish sporting press goes, a good rule of thumb to abide by is that, if the twin Catalan-based newspapers Sport and El Mundo Deportivo aren't running with another 'Barcelona make us giggle like schoolgirls' cover story, then there must be a potentially devastating ruction to try and undermine over at Real Madrid.

3 UP FRONT: Darren Bent, Transfer Gossip and Super Mario’s Strikeforce

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Don't miss the brand new episode of the 3 Up Front podcast!

Host Adrian Clarke does his best to control feuding pundits Iain Spragg and Iain Macintosh during half an hour of lively laughter-filled football chat that features;

Darren Bent is a money-grabbing traitor Fact or Fiction?

The Round-Up: Man City Target One Last Winter Splurge

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Free-Wieling.

Barca And Inter Dominate UEFA ‘Team Of The Year’ 2010

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UEFA.com have taken the time and good grace to bestow upon us their Team of the Year 2010, and it should come as scant surprise that both Barcelona and Inter Milan dominate proceedings with 8 of the final 11 slots being occupied by their employees, along with a further 7 of the 44 'unsuccessful' nominees.

Now That Pienaar is Gone – a Toffee Shakeup

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With the departure of Steven Pienaar to White Heart Lane for 3 million euros this week, Everton lose a star winger and a crucial player to the team. For years the Liverpool side have sat on the backbone of Cahill, Pienaar and Mikel Arteta and built around that. Now something different will have to be devised and the following article will entail just what I would do, formation and line up wise, if I was David Moyes.

The Round-Up: Jose Mourinho Is Too Old For This Sh*t!

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Mourinho exit on the cards?

Darren Bent: Avid Mercenary Or Victim Of English Hypocrisy?

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As you've probably been made aware by now, a footballer who essentially only excels at one very basic aspect of the game, i.e. kicking the ball the way he is facing, moved clubs for an obscene amount of money yesterday a rather straight-forward transaction that has since incurred several more intense levels of searing wrath, muddled conjecture and ramped-up sh*t-slinging than it had any real right to.

Leeds United v Arsenal – preview

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When you're chasing an improbable quadruple the last thing you want is a midweek trip to a bouncing Elland Road in an FA Cup replay. That's the task that stands in front of Arsenal after Cesc Fabregas' late penalty salvaged a tie that looked beyond them after Robert Snodgrass' 54th minute penalty.

The Round-Up: West Ham Need Bendtner Like A Hole In The Head

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

West Ham need Bendtner.

Nike Bootroom – Superfly II or CTR360 Maestri II?

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Nike's Elite level football boots leave footballers (amateur and professional) with an important choice to make do they go for the speed, acceleration and agility of the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II, or the first touch and close control of the Nike CTR360 Maestri II Elite?

Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II

From the Soccerlens Superfly II review:

The Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II features the unique NIKE SENSE adaptive traction system where designers created a pair of adaptive studs in the forefoot that can extend and retract by up to 3mm, based on ground conditions and pressure exerted by the player.

Is Edin Dzeko necessary for Manchester City?

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It seems to me that Manchester City are purely just about funding agents and accountants. With the upcoming transfer of Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg for a reported £27million, you have to wonder what he offers that Manchester City that they already don't have.

It's obvious his track record is quite impeccable with 66 goals in 111 appearances in the Bundesliga with it being compelling to clubs, but let's just remind ourselves that goals do not normally mean success.

Blabbering Babel Reveals ‘Secret’ Suarez Swap Deal

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Comments made to a Dutch newspaper by Liverpool's Ryan Babel have sparked speculation that the surplus winger may be about to seal a loan move back to former club Ajax which would, in turn, essentially provide his parent club with the necessary leverage to complete a deal for the Amsterdam side's toothsome striker, one Luis Suarez who also doubles as a fine shot-stopper on his day.

League Structures: Important or not?

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Over the past couple of football seasons in Britain speculation has been rife with regards to league structures. Unpopular attempts to try and have a 39th game in the Premier League and restructure the SPL left me thinking. Does the layout of a league make football better and more exciting or is it simply the football itself that ignites a season.

The Round-Up: The Great Big Darren Bent Transfer Roundabout

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

The great big Darren Bent transfer roundabout.

Darren Bent Can Be Aston Villa’s New Dwight Yorke

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The January transfer window has received one of its biggest shocks in recent times as Sunderland striker Darren Bent has handed in a written transfer request in order to sanction an £18million move to Aston Villa.

If this had been mooted last summer it wouldn't have seemed that much of a shock.

What On Earth Is Going On At West Ham?

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Seriously, does anyone even have the slightest sliver of an inkling?

Roughly six hours before the first-string were about to kick-off against Arsenal, word broke from somewhere inside the West Ham camp via the BBC's diligent Sport team that former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill was duly waiting in the wings to take over from beleaguered incumbent Avram Grant at the Upton Park helm completely regardless of the result against the Gunners.

Liverpool’s continuing demise shows it isn’t quite as simple as changing the manager.

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Before you read on let me first put forward a question. If Roy Hodgson was to have played Glen Johnson in the left back position in a must win match against Blackpool he would surely have been crucified by the Kop and indeed any other follower of Liverpool, yet ‘King' Kenny Dalglish does this and it is seen as a step in the right direction.

The Round-Up: Arsenal Zero In On Mexes

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Mexes-matosis.

The Round-Up: Fergie Has A Penchant For Coentrao, Inter Are Bonkers

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

United set their sights on Coentrao.

Sepp Blatter Blinded By Goal-Line Epiphany

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After venturing forth from the gas lamp-lit hovel that he presumably calls home for the first time in over a century, Ol' Sepp Blatter looks to have greeted the new world that lay in wait for him a world with printed word, left-handed scissors and votes for women with a sense of wide-eyed, childish wonder.

Football Scholarly Of The World

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Since the World Cup there has been one major debate amongst England fans. Youth. Every one of our 60 million football experts has the idea of how we should bring through swarms of talented players to annihilate competition. Who should the FA be looking at to find the blueprint to dispel a 50 year enigma.

Will Blackpool finish above Liverpool in the Premier League this season?

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Chelsea, 9 points behind Manchester United, have stopped talking about defending their title and are focusing on winning their next game and ensuring Champions League qualification. A good run of wins coupled with disastrous results elsewhere could still see them be involved at the top come May, but it's a hopeful punt even given their recent league titles and quality of players at their disposal.

The Round-Up: King Kenny’s Dream Dozen, Dud Benny’s Villa Love-In

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

What King Kenneth wants.

The Round-Up: King Kenny’s Dream Dozen

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens is going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

What King Kenneth wants.

Tomasz Kuszczak: I can be United’s new number 1

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Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has insisted that he finds in himself a suitable replacement for 40 year-old Edwin van der Sar claiming he is good enough to fill in the gloves when the Dutch finally calls quit.

Van der sar has been recently out with a flu, and the current Manchester United number 1 is considering his options concerning either retiring or going on for Manchester United.

3 UP FRONT: King Kenny, Wenger and Social Networking

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Check out the brand new episode of 3 Up Front!

The fast-growing podcast featuring host Adrian Clarke alongside acclaimed football journalists Iain Spragg and Iain Macintosh debate all the hottest topics in the game including;

What effect can Kenny Dalglish have on his Liverpool side?

Tottenham Unveil ‘Insulting’ Plans For Olympic Stadium

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Two months after branding Tottenham and AEG's joint venture to move the club into the Olympic Park Stadium after the culmination of the 2012 games as being 'completely unacceptable', UK Athletics chief Ed Warner has decreed that the aforementioned partners' final, revised proposal is 'insulting' to his direct superiors on the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Round-Up: Arshavin Eyes Up The Old Lady

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens are going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Arshavin off to the Old Lady?

Do Man City Have The Strongest Strikeforce In Europe?

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Manchester City's new £27 million man, Edin Dzeko, wasted no time in ingratiating himself with the club's support yesterday, with less than two minutes of his official unveiling ceremony gone before the Bosnian target man proclaimed that 'most people from Manchester are City fans' a premeditated taunt that has seemingly gone down rather well with the blue-hewn Mancunian population.

And Ballon d’Or goes to… Lionel Messi

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Out of the Barcelona trio, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi, Messi was revealed as the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner. This is Leo's second back-to-back Ballon d'Or win and the first time since 1994, when Hristo Stoichkov won it, that a non-World Cup winning player won the award in a World Cup year.

The Round-Up: Wenger Plugs The Gap, Liverpool Chase ‘New Walcott’

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens are going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Wenger makes a case for the defense.

Tottenham Still Hopeful Over Beckham Debacle

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Due to an increasingly obvious desire to once again saunter amidst the vivid hum of Premier League life, David Beckham (along with the legal suits at Tottenham Hotspur) is currently beavering away, exploring all the channels available to him in his joint bid to turn a brief training excursion/flagrant PR exercise into a full-bodied loan move.

The Round-Up: Messi Cleans Up, Man Utd Fancy Tea And Busquets

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens are going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Messi cleans up.

Man Utd Cut Short King Kenny’s Second Honeymoon

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As it turns out, Liverpool's returning regent, 'King' Kenny Dalglish, enjoyed approximately 30 seconds of unwavering clamour and adulation on his return to the dugout which surely amounts to one of the shortest-lived managerial hooneymoon periods since OPTA records began -Â thanks chiefly to Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov's early (and supremely consumate) rendition of the 'Bulgarian Shuffle' that allowed veteran Ryan Giggs to effectively settle Sunday's FA Cup tie between the two sides from the spot before most corporate fans had finished their pre-match apperitifs.

The Round-Up: Will Ancelotti Be Out For A Duck In January?

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens are going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Duck hunting season opens at Chelsea.

Best of Soccerlens Babes in 2010

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Soccerlens Babes started as a project which will contains pictures and information about as many wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of football as possible. Later, we were tempted to putting more babes on the site so we looked for babes who had any kind of a connection with football.

We found out that Sara Carbonero is a hot Spanish TV reporter who covers football and later it turned out that she got Casillas in trouble.

Roy Hodgson Leaves Liverpool ‘By Mutual Consent’

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Liverpool have posted an update on their official website to confirm that Roy Hodgson has left the club 'by mutual consent' and that Kenny Dalglish has been put in temporary charge for Sunday's third-round FA Cup tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Hodgson himself has posted a statement on the site:

"Being asked to manage Liverpool Football Club was a great privilege.

The Round-Up: Which Sevilla Striker Will Liverpool ‘Break The Bank’ For?

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Morning all. Throughout January, Soccerlens are going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Liverpool to 'break the bank' for Sevilla striker.

Premier League, Half-Time!

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Soccerlens looks forward to the second-half of the Premier League season as we survey the contenders for the title, Europe and relegation based on current form.

Title:

Manchester United enters the new year of 2011 unbeaten as league leaders. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not only be buoyed by the fact his side are leading by a two point margin but also due to the games they have in hand over their rivals.

Fergie Time: Would You Shake Hands With Sepp Blatter?

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Welcome to Fergie Time, a roundup/newsletter type deal that delivers news, opinion and links directly to your screen. As the name suggests, there will be some exaggeration, nsfw moments, canceled press conferences (oh, who are we kidding) and late, late, late scoring of points. You'll like it, trust me.

3 UP FRONT: New Managers, City tactics, Beckham and more…

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Whatever you do, don't miss the first 3 Up Front podcast of 2011!

The boys return on top form with a cracking show that features;

Who will be the next gaffers at Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa and West Ham?

Fact or Fiction: Are Manchester City's tactics an embarrassment?

The best players not at the Big Six (and that does include Liverpool!

Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool Future Hangs In The Balance

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As touched on in this morning's news round up, the general consensus emanating from the nation's press circle this morning was that Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is now surviving on borrowed time at Anfield and developments this afternoon have done nothing to help truncate that particular line of conjecture.

The Round-Up: Edin Dzeko Stranded At Heathrow, Arsenal Target Porto Goal Machine

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Morning all. Throughout January Soccerlens are going to be bringing you a daily round-up of the morning's various goings-on. Be it juicy morsels of spurious transfer gossip or real, actual bona fide news, rest assured, we'll have it covered.

Here's this morning's batch.

Dzeko deal reaches terminal velocity.

10 Great Football Player Rivalries

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Pele vs. Diego Maradona

Brazil's #10 vs. Argentina's #10. The man who won three World Cups versus the man who won the World Cup almost single-handedly (pun intended). The man who became a football ambassador and businessman versus the man who became a drug-taking, journalist-shooting controversy. It's the classic player vs.

Best of Soccerlens Shirts in 2010

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Soccerlens Shirts is the section of the blog where, as the name suggests, Soccerlens reveals, discusses, reviews football kits, shoes and other football related accessories. SL Shirts have provided you with some must-read features over the years covering signed products to weirdest football merchandise.

Soccerlens Top 10 Transfers Of 2010

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Unsurprisingly, cash-gorged Manchester City have dominated the footballing transfer market in 2010, shunting a combined total of somewhere up around the €350 million mark in fees and transfers into the global market between January 1st and the present day as owner Sheikh Mansour continues to feed his foray into capitalism on a gargantuan scale.

Arsenal can Overtake Manchester City with a Win

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Arsenal vs Manchester City
English Premier League
Emirates Stadium, London
Wednesday, 5 January 2011 2010
19:45 GMT

Third placed Arsenal go into this match just two points behind second placed Manchester City, and with a game in hand. Both teams trail Manchester United right now, but both look serious title contenders, especially while Chelsea are struggling.