SoccerLens Archives for January 2011

Man City can doom Liverpool revival while Utd, Chelsea & Arsenal are favorites to win

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Man City can doom Liverpool revival while Utd, Chelsea & Arsenal are favorites to win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool once again take centre stage this weekend when they play host to Premiership leaders Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday (4pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1), and they look decent value at 2.

Can Liverpool or Arsenal stop Manchester City?

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Can Liverpool or Arsenal stop Manchester City? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If you're a football fan, there's a lot to look forward to in the remainder of November, as we will see some of the game's biggest names go head-to-head on multiple fronts over the next week-plus.

Watch the best of Premier League action this Christmas with Sky HD.

adidas is all in – and why you should be too

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adidas is all in and why you should be too - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We may be going into 2012 but with PR agencies it still feels like 2006 at times.

I started Soccerlens.com way back in April 2006 and one of the lasting memories of the last five and a half years has been the treatment of football bloggers by PR agencies promoting their clients.

adidas is all in – and why you should be too

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adidas is all in and why you should be too - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We may be going into 2012 but with PR agencies it still feels like 2006 at times.

I started Soccerlens.com way back in April 2006 and one of the lasting memories of the last five and a half years has been the treatment of football bloggers by PR agencies promoting their clients.

Stoke City stats in Europe – making direct football work

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Stoke City stats in Europe making direct football work - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Castrol EDGE Performance analysis 34% of Stoke City's attempts on goal in the Europa League this season have been headers.

The English team have been put down for only posing a threat from set pieces and long balls, a view backed up by 14 of Stoke's 41 shots in this season's Europa League being headers.

Stoke City stats in Europe – making direct football work

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Stoke City stats in Europe making direct football work - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Castrol EDGE Performance analysis 34% of Stoke City's attempts on goal in the Europa League this season have been headers.

The English team have been put down for only posing a threat from set pieces and long balls, a view backed up by 14 of Stoke's 41 shots in this season's Europa League being headers.

Will Quique Flores shine with Al Ahli

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Will Quique Flores shine with Al Ahli - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Al Ahli had fired their coach Ivan Hašek after a run of poor results in all competition. Losing from Al Shabab in the GCC Champions Cup ended the Czech manager 2nd stay with the Dubai based club who considered one of the top clubs in UAE Football.

Premier League Weekend Review: Blues v Reds & Arsenal to move closer to Champions League

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Premier League Weekend Review: Blues v Reds & Arsenal to move closer to Champions League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The big game this weekend sees Chelsea play host to Liverpool on Sunday (4pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1), and the stats suggest that the Merseysiders are a bit of value at 4.

Norwich City and Aviva show that football can convey a positive message

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Norwich City and Aviva show that football can convey a positive message - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the modern day professional football can set a poor example for our children, with cowardly and unsporting behaviour seemingly the norm at all levels throughout the game. With England captain John Terry under investigation by the FA for supposedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in a recent English Premier League game, role models and the ethics of hard work, fair play and determination can sometimes be lacking to the untrained eye.

2011 MLS Cup Final Preview: Will Becks lead Galaxy past Davis-less Dynamo?

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2011 MLS Cup Final Preview: Will Becks lead Galaxy past Davis-less Dynamo? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If Los Angeles Galaxy supporters needed an extra confidence boost ahead of Sunday's MLS Cup final against the Houston Dynamo, here's an interesting tidbit, which ESPN analysts happened to mention before I could:

At both of David Beckham's previous permanent homes, Manchester United and Real Madrid, he won a league title in his last season.

Football’s Greatest War Heroes

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Football's Greatest War Heroes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Remembrance Sunday having just occurred a few days ago, we reflect on the men who gave their lives to their countries as well as giving their all on the football pitch. Their bravery on the field of play has been superseded by their courage and character on the field of battle even though some of them had little to no military education.

England 1-0 Sweden: English youth reaps win

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England 1-0 Sweden: English youth reaps win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gareth Barry's deflected header gave England their second win in three days as the Three Lions beat Sweden 1-0. Barry's goal on 20 minutes was the country's 2,000th goal and the only goal of this game as Fabio Capello's men cruised to victory at Wembley.

What’s In a Name: England’s Greatest Football Surnames

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What's In a Name: England's Greatest Football Surnames - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Tuesday night Tottenham's youngster, Kyle Walker, who made his debut on Saturday started his first England game. The promising defender is the 4th player named Walker to have a have represented his country.

England: John Terry no longer needed

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England: John Terry no longer needed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England face Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday as Fabio Capello looks to sign off 2011 in a flourish. On Saturday England claimed a deserved 1-0 victory against, World Champions Spain, which will be remembered as one of the highlights of a successful year for the Three Lions.

Capello takes a leaf out of Mourinho’s book

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Capello takes a leaf out of Mourinho's book - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The anti-football of Mourinho and Capello can reap rewards, but more is needed for England to be contenders for EURO 2012.

On the face of it, it was not overly surprising. The 7th best team in the world, England, beat the best team in the world, Spain, 1-0 at home in a friendly international.

Adidas f50 – The tip of the iceberg

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Adidas f50 The tip of the iceberg - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The adiZero f50 miCoach boots are launched to the public tonight, in Adidas' flagship store on Oxford Street. The lucky 250 who pre-ordered the boot will attend a private event, where they pick up their miCoach bundle and meet a Premiership footballer.

The beautiful game in black and white; the numbers behind 2011-12 campaign

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The beautiful game in black and white; the numbers behind 2011-12 campaign - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In any game of football luck is a key issue in the outcome; refereeing decisions, the bounce of the ball and a lick of paint all have the ability to make or break your team's fortunes in a split second.

England Triumphant as Spain’s Weakness is Revealed

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England Triumphant as Spain's Weakness is Revealed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England's victory over World Champions Spain at Wembley, doesn't signify and end of an era, but it does give hope to the rest of Europe. Having collected the two biggest trophies on offer in International football, many were backing the Spanish to dominate again in 2012, but perhaps England has shown us where Spain's weakness is.

The 0-6 Predicament: A Thing Of Pure Beauty

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The 0-6 Predicament: A Thing Of Pure Beauty - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The supporters of Wigan, Blackburn or West Bromwich Albion understand the searing pangs of incompetency that they face at least 10 times a year, when their sides are drawn against the remodelled top 5. Away at Man City for a team like Wolves can give serious impetus for such a fan to abandon their halfway tickets and choose the theatre with the missus.

An Ode to Ole

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An Ode to Ole - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, also known as the baby-faced assassin, is one of the ultimate legends in Manchester United folklore. He was snapped up from Molde in 1996, the club he now manages, for a bargain basement purchase of just £1.5 million.

Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Portugal, Czech Rep, Turkey & Croatia on the line

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Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Portugal, Czech Rep, Turkey & Croatia on the line - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The likes of Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and England have all booked their places in Euro 2012 already, but four tickets to the festivities in Poland and Ukraine still have yet to be punched.

Man City the odds-on EPL title favorite, but watch out for Spurs

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Man City the odds-on EPL title favorite, but watch out for Spurs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have been a dominant force in the English Premier League era, winning an amazing 12 titles in 19 seasons. Four of those titles have come in the last five seasons, including last season, when they beat out Manchester City and Chelsea by nine points.

Football Team of the Decade: 1960s

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Football Team of the Decade: 1960s - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 1960s just might be football's golden decade. George Best, Garrincha, Pele in his prime and much much more. Recently on the Total Soccer Show podcast, we picked our starting XI from the 1960s. None of of us were alive back then, but thanks to television, YouTube and brilliant books like Jonathan Wilson's Inverting the Pyramid, we were able to weigh the various options at each position and argue out the perfect starting XI to represent 10 of the most glorious years in the history of the beautiful game.

Wigan Woes Continue in ’6-Pointer’ Clash

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Wigan Woes Continue in '6-Pointer' Clash - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Halloween may have come and gone, but Wigan Athletic's form remains scary. After the Latics' 3-1 away loss to fellow strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers, the losing streak has stretched to eight Premier League games.

Liverpool Agony – The Ineffective £71 Million Talent

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Liverpool Agony The Ineffective £71 Million Talent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A strong finish last season under the legend Kenny Dalglish and the injection of money by the owners to add talent in Liverpool's squad reignited hope amongst the supporters that the club is back to winning ways.

QPR 2-3 Manchester City: The Thriller in Hammersmith

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QPR 2-3 Manchester City: The Thriller in Hammersmith - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City continued their illustrious and table topping start to the English Premier League season with a 3-2 away win at Loftus Road against newly promoted Queens Park Rangers.

In truth, the scoreline flattered the travelling Manchester club as QPR fought tooth and nail with City and nearly upset a top four side for their second consecutive home match when they defeated Chelsea.

Stoke’s European adventure on brink of knockout rounds

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Stoke's European adventure on brink of knockout rounds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Stoke City continue to impress in their debut European season, as a 2-1 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel on Thursday night sees Tony Pulis' side on the brink of qualification from Group E of the Europa League.

Stoke’s European adventure on brink of knockout rounds

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Stoke's European adventure on brink of knockout rounds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Stoke City continue to impress in their debut European season, as a 2-1 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel on Thursday night sees Tony Pulis' side on the brink of qualification from Group E of the Europa League.

Fulham v Tottenham: A Familiar Face Awaits Spurs

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Fulham v Tottenham: A Familiar Face Awaits Spurs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur travel across Londonto face Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, but the Cottagers are not the only familiar face they will encounter. Former boss Martin Jol, faces the task of trying to keep Harry Redknapp's free flowing Spurs team in check.

The Global Game: Watching The Premier League In Pakistan

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The Global Game: Watching The Premier League In Pakistan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Earlier this week I came across the 'Global Game' initiative launched by Nick Harris (Mail on Sunday, Sporting Intelligence). It's a great idea, hopefully it catches on and more and more people from different parts of the world who follow football (and especially the English Premier League) can contribute to it.

Premier League Weekend Review: Easy games for Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool

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Premier League Weekend Review: Easy games for Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The big clubs of England play the minnows this weekend with odds largely in favor of the giants formerly known as the 'top 4′. Here's a look at the betting situation heading into the Matchday 11 of the English Premier League.

Lionel Messi’s 202 Goals For Barcelona – In 12 Minutes

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Lionel Messi's 202 Goals For Barcelona In 12 Minutes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

All of Messi's 202 goals scored for Barcelona (2005-2011), in a simple, no-frills video. After the constant adulation, it is still ridiculous how good is really is.

Of course, when you're playing with the likes of Ronaldinho, Eto'o, Henry and Iniesta, it gets a bit easier.

The Global Game: The A-Z Of How The World Watches English Premier League

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The Global Game: The A-Z Of How The World Watches English Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The English Premier League is easily the most watched football league in the world. Although overshadowed by some of their Spanish counterparts on the pitch they still have a much bigger share of international viewership.

Can Arshavin step up to fill vacant Arsenal boots?

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Can Arshavin step up to fill vacant Arsenal boots? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Andrei Arshavin has looked a shell of the former player that he looked in his debut season for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal. Since the start of last season, however, his form has taken a downturn and rapidly.

Are promoted clubs more prepared for the Premier League?

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Are promoted clubs more prepared for the Premier League? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This season has seen the birth of a newly adapted style for the three promoted clubs that have graced the Premier League this season – Swansea City, Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City. All three clubs have enjoyed spells in the top half and have kept their cool when faced with a barrage of quality opposition of which they probably have only dreamt about or watched on Sky Sports on the weekend.

Viktoria Plzen v Barcelona: Catalans one step away from knockout stage

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Viktoria Plzen v Barcelona: Catalans one step away from knockout stage - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Group H sees Barcelona and AC Milan visit Viktoria Plzen and BATE Borisov respectively on Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League. Both these fixtures will decide whether the giants confirm their spots in the Round of 16 or will the smaller clubs still have a chance.

Arsenal speeds into fifth gear

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Arsenal speeds into fifth gear - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Arsene Wenger philosophy has been much criticised and maligned this season. Some will so say rightly so, and others will defend the Arsenal manager.

Yet Saturday's result against Chelsea has shown that Arsenal and their manager have grown a new skin.

Footballers and Cars

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Footballers and Cars - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"No other man-made device since the shields and lances of the ancient knights fulfills a man's ego like an automobile." Sir William

Who is (was) Sir William you may ask....to which I have no answer, but we must agree that he was right on the money with that one!