SoccerLens Archives for January 2011

Premier League Weekend Preview: London derby at Stamford Bridge & United to visit Everton

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Premier League Weekend Preview: London derby at Stamford Bridge & United to visit Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two terrific big clashes to look forward on Saturday, with Everton playing host to Manchester United and Chelsea and Arsenal going head-to-head in the London derby.

Premier League Weekend Preview: London derby at Stamford Bridge & United to visit Everton

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Premier League Weekend Preview: London derby at Stamford Bridge & United to visit Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two terrific big clashes to look forward on Saturday, with Everton playing host to Manchester United and Chelsea and Arsenal going head-to-head in the London derby.

Champions League: Legendary Football With Heineken

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Champions League: Legendary Football With Heineken - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Champions League (sponsored by Heineken) represents competition between the finest football sides in Europe (and the best footballers in the world). Winning the domestic league is undoubtedly important, and it is the bread and butter of any football club but participating in the most prestigious, world-renowned and toughest club competition in the world is another matter entirely.

Football fashion

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Football fashion - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fashion matters more to football than the average supporter might care to acknowledge. Most spectators aren't overly concerned about their personal aesthetic at 3pm on a Saturday. In fact, for that matter, many neglect to engage in even the most rudimentary of personal grooming practices full stop.

The Top Footballing Feuds

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The Top Footballing Feuds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It seems that footballers have been at each other throats for the past 10 days. We have had handbags, abusive comments, slaps and theatrics up and down the country.  These tête à têtes however will have to go some way to match:

Roy Keane v Patrick Viera

Very few feuds can match the rivalry between two of the best centre midfielders of their generation.

Changing Future Roles In Response To The Silva Footballing Age

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Changing Future Roles In Response To The Silva Footballing Age - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If there was a certain area in which Manchester City beat Manchester United so assuredly last weekend, in one of the massive premier league results of recent times, it was the wings.

Where Ashley Young and Nani played the typical winger role, taking on Manchester City's fullbacks, trying to win those one on one battles, Manchester City's wingers, James Milner and David Silva, made a point of winning the game elsewhere certainly their involvement in the vital goals that pushed the Sky Blues clear of United was a mastery of movement rather then setting out to burn fullbacks.

From England to Europe: City & Arsenal on the up as Chelsea & United suffer shock defeats

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From England to Europe: City & Arsenal on the up as Chelsea & United suffer shock defeats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Join Clarence Seedorf's AC Milan and many other great teams in this season's UEFA Champions League sponsored by Heineken

Manchester City

It was a weekend for eye-opening Premier League surprises as a new team in Manchester finally announced themselves.

Blue Moon Rising or Another False Dawn?

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Blue Moon Rising or Another False Dawn? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following Manchester United's humiliating defeat at the hands of 'noisy neighbours' Manchester City on Sunday, many pundits and journalists are suggesting the balance of power in English football has swung over to the blue side of Manchester.

From England to Europe: City & Arsenal on the up as Chelsea & United suffer shock defeats

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From England to Europe: City & Arsenal on the up as Chelsea & United suffer shock defeats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Join Clarence Seedorf's AC Milan and many other great teams in this season's UEFA Champions League sponsored by Heineken

Manchester City

It was a weekend for eye-opening Premier League surprises as a new team in Manchester finally announced themselves.

Alex Ferguson’s worst defeats as a manager

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Alex Ferguson's worst defeats as a manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sir Alex Ferguson has said that the 6-1 defeat to Manchester City was his worst day in football. But is is it his biggest defeat as a manager?

It turns out that this is only the third time (in 2,061 games spread over 37 years) that a team managed by Ferguson has conceded six goals in a game.

Alex Ferguson’s worst defeats as a manager

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Alex Ferguson's worst defeats as a manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sir Alex Ferguson has said that the 6-1 defeat to Manchester City was his worst day in football. But is is it his biggest defeat as a manager?

It turns out that this is only the third time (in 2,061 games spread over 37 years) that a team managed by Ferguson has conceded six goals in a game.

PES 12 Review

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PES 12 Review - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Visually stunning and superbly realistic, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is a welcome upgrade and like last year, PES is finally moving in the right direction again to be the best football playing experience around.

No discussion of PES 12 can even start before it's compared to FIFA 12 as a benchmark, similar to how Championship Manager keeps being held up to the light to be compared against Football Manager.

What Went Wrong for Liverpool Against Norwich

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What Went Wrong for Liverpool Against Norwich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Kenny Dalglish unleashed an attacking lineup versus Norwich still Liverpool were only able to gain a single point from the game. Liverpool had many opportunities in a frenzied contest, but just could not see off the challenge and for worst they conceded.

Arsenal vs Stoke City: Can Gunners finally make a comeback?

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Arsenal vs Stoke City: Can Gunners finally make a comeback? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal host Stoke City in the Premier League this Sunday as the Gunners will be hoping to maintain their fine recent form. Statistically speaking, it looks like Arsenal will edge this meeting. Arsene Wenger's charges have won five of their last six games but the Potters will prove a stern test as they have enjoyed a strong start to their season with just two defeat in their first 16 competitive matches of the season.

Premier League Weekend Preview: Title deciding Manchester derby and more!

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Premier League Weekend Preview: Title deciding Manchester derby and more! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The top two go head to head on Sunday when Manchester United take on neighbours and arch rivals City at Old Trafford, and Sir Alex Ferguson's side have to be the call at odds-against.

Real Madrid 4-0 Lyon – Los Blancos maintain perfect Champions League record

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Real Madrid 4-0 Lyon Los Blancos maintain perfect Champions League record - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid kept up their 100% record in the champions league this season with an impressive 4-0 victory over Lyon. The hosts took the lead on the 18th minute mark when Mesut Ozil's dangerous corner found Karim Benzema at the back post for an easy tap-in.

Real Madrid keep perfect record with four goals

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Real Madrid keep perfect record with four goals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid kept up their 100% record in the champions league this season with an impressive 4-0 victory over Lyon. The hosts took the lead on the 18th minute mark when Mesut Ozil's dangerous corner found Karim Benzema at the back post for an easy tap-in.

Real Madrid keep perfect record with four goals

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Real Madrid keep perfect record with four goals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid kept up their 100% record in the champions league this season with an impressive 4-0 victory over Lyon. The hosts took the lead on the 18th minute mark when Mesut Ozil's dangerous corner found Karim Benzema at the back post for an easy tap-in.

Beckham Fever To Fashion In Paris?

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Beckham Fever To Fashion In Paris? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The story of David Beckham's football career has been an extraordinary tale. And yet, even at the not-so-tender age of 36, the world's most famous footballer appears to have another chapter. Currently, Beckham's MLS career is dwindling towards its conclusion with his lucrative contract to expire in November.

Could Spain’s second XI beat England?

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Could Spain's second XI beat England? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

While watching David Silva and Spain dismantle a dogged and compact Scotland on Wednesday, it struck me: this was hardly Spain's best outfit and they were dominating.

Silva cemented his bona fides as one of the top half-dozen players in world football and Spain, with a team featuring second-choice players like Thiago Alcantara, Jordi Alba and Santi Cazorla, passed Scotland into an uneasy submission.

Rooney v Suarez stats going into the Liverpool v United game

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Rooney v Suarez stats going into the Liverpool v United game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We compare two main striking threats for Manchester United and Liverpool, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez, and look at their stats for the start of the Premier League season.

ROONEY MAN UTD'S MAIN THREAT

Wayne Rooney has started the season in blistering from.

Premier League Betting: Time for United to finally beat Liverpool?

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Premier League Betting: Time for United to finally beat Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

All eyes will be on Anfield this Saturday lunchtime when arch rivals Liverpool and Manchester United clash in what Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled the "biggest club game in the world".

Liverpool v Manchester United Betting

The United boss believes the square off eclipses matches between Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Better candidates than Beckam for Olympic captaincy

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Better candidates than Beckam for Olympic captaincy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Understandably, European nations often decline to participate in Olympic football competition. The alignment of their respective four year rotations means that UEFA's European Championships coincide with the Olympic Games.

Newcastle v Tottenham: Champions League Qualification A Step Too Far?

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Newcastle v Tottenham: Champions League Qualification A Step Too Far? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Newcastle United as the race for fourth spot in the Premier League heats up. The Magpies have enjoyed a promising start to the season and sit proudly where the London club is desperate to be.

Sunderland Q&A: Transfers, Fans and Footballing Identity

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Sunderland Q&A: Transfers, Fans and Footballing Identity - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Earlier this month Roker Report (Sunderland blog) editor Simon Walsh asked us if we'd like to do a Q&A on Sunderland and here it is. We talk about Sunderland's transfer policy, footballing identity (or lack thereof) as well as whether Sunderland will be in a relegation battle this season.

Win a free copy of Football Manager 2012

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Win a free copy of Football Manager 2012 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

To celebrate the release of the new Football Manager (2012), Soccerlens is giving away one (1) free copy of FM12 to our newsletter subscribers.

The back story:

As every year, Soccerlens pre-ordered Football Manager (through Steam) to ensure that we would get our hands on the game as soon as possible.

Review: Why Football Manager 2012 Will Rock Your World

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Review: Why Football Manager 2012 Will Rock Your World - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The first impression you get while playing Football Manager 2012 is how it's improved as an imitation of the real thing a genuine simulation of what it means to be a football manager, inasmuch as you can simulate the experience digitally.

Win a pair of adidas adiPower Predators

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Win a pair of adidas adiPower Predators - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Soccerlens is giving away a pair of adidas adiPower Predators (RRP £115) to one lucky reader this month.

To win the prize, all you have to do is to like Soccerlens on Facebook we'll be picking a winner at random from our FB followers.

Stick Football: Keeping Football Fans Busy At Work

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Stick Football: Keeping Football Fans Busy At Work - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA 2012, PES 2012, and Football Manager 2012 are all sure to keep football fanatics occupied for the next several months, much to the chagrin of wives, girlfriends, parents, employers, and teachers around the world.

The adidas adiPower Predator

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The adidas adiPower Predator - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

17 years ago, Adidas released the first model of its Predator range of boots. This year, the German manufacturer has released its 11th model, the adiPower Predator TRX FG, and if you're in the market for a new pair of football boots, look no further.

England: Be Careful What You Wish For

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England: Be Careful What You Wish For - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Preparations for the Euro 2012 Championships can begin as a 2-2 draw against Montenegro sent England through as group winners for this summer's tournament. Yet Fabio Capello still remains a figure most people can't wait to see the back of.

Rooney Not Helping England

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Rooney Not Helping England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last night Wayne Rooney's astonishing moment of stupidity ensures that Manchester United star is set to miss the start of Euro 2012 next year. It remains to be seen whether he is handed more than a single match ban by UEFA for his act of madness.

Should Footballers Be Allowed To Chew Gum On The Pitch?

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Should Footballers Be Allowed To Chew Gum On The Pitch? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

At first glance it seems it could not possibly be true. A repeat viewing of the BBC's Match of the Day programme, however, confirms the initial suspicion that Tottenham Hotspur's Benoit Assou Ekotto took to the field against Wigan last month chewing gum.

Three Key Matches In Final Round Of Euro 2012 Qualifying

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Three Key Matches In Final Round Of Euro 2012 Qualifying - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After more than a year of matches, the group stage of UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying is down to its final two matchdays. Co-hosts Poland and Ukraine, reigning European and world champions Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands are all set for next summer's tournament, but by Tuesday evening, we'll know who the other six automatic qualifiers are, along with the eight sides who'll duke it out in two-legged playoffs in November for the final four spots.

Football Manager: Advanced Stats, Live Odds and Scouting+

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Football Manager: Advanced Stats, Live Odds and Scouting+ - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football Manager will be released on 21 October 20112 here's a look at how Miles Jacobson and co. can make the game even better for the millions of football fans who religiously play the game every year.