SoccerLens Archives for January 2011

Manchester United to end 2011 top of the table

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Manchester United to end 2011 top of the table - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The New Year weekend will most likely see Manchester United end 2011 at the top of the table (albeit having played a game more than City), although City will be away to Sunderland on Sunday and it should be business as usual at the top of the table for them come Monday morning.

Jürgen Klinsmann trying too hard to Europeanize U.S. team

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Jürgen Klinsmann trying too hard to Europeanize U.S. team - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Thursday was the five-month anniversary of Jürgen Klinsmann's appointment as head coach of the United States men's national team. In that short time, he has presided over seven games and has a paltry 2-1-4 record.

The Arab Football Spring

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The Arab Football Spring - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The performances of the North African national football sides in 2011 have reflected the political actions of the Arab Spring.

The failure of Egypt, the champions of the past three tournaments, to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations (ACN), alongside the absence of regional heavyweights Cameroon and Nigeria, has thrown the tournament wide open.

Boxing Day Preview: Manchester United, Chelsea And Winning Bets

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Boxing Day Preview: Manchester United, Chelsea And Winning Bets - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League clubs are all set for Boxing Day showdown as 14 teams take to the field on Monday, with the remaining 6 playing on Tuesday. Here's a look at the choicest fixtures from the next two days and the best betting odds for them.

Betting Preview: Robin van Persie to lead Arsenal to a win over Manchester City?

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Betting Preview: Robin van Persie to lead Arsenal to a win over Manchester City? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Even after suffering their first defeat of the Premier League season, Manchester City still sit atop the Premier League table, but archrivals and reigning league champions Manchester United are only two points behind and ready to pounce, and Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal can‘t be dismissed at this juncture.

What Now For Fernando Torres?

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What Now For Fernando Torres? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fernando Torres, once renowned as one of the most feared strikers in world football now finds himself in a disastrous situation. Almost one year since his record breaking £50 million move to Chelsea, Torres has scored mere 5 goals i.

A signed shirt from Robin van Persie, Lionel Messi, Maradona or Paul Scholes?

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A signed shirt from Robin van Persie, Lionel Messi, Maradona or Paul Scholes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the past and the present, football players have enjoyed a special place in a football fan's life. People from all over the world take time out of their busy lives to watch them play or get a glimpse of them in training.

The story of Pelé life, in art

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The story of Pelé life, in art - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A sense of nostalgia sets in when thinking of Pelé, arguably the best footballer of all times, and the one that gave "Futebol bonito" to Brazil and to the rest of the world. Pelé's memorable moments include the bicycle kick, winning three world cups for Brazil out of their total of five, and being one of the best ambassadors football could ever want and need.

Best Football Boots of 2011

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Best Football Boots of 2011 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Holiday season is nearby and the season is getting more and more interesting as Real Madrid finally have the upper hand on Barcelona heading into the El Clasico and in the English Premier League, Manchester United is yet again leading the chasing pack but this time behind Manchester City.

Write off Barcelona at your peril: The European champions show their worth at the Santiago Bernabeu

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Write off Barcelona at your peril: The European champions show their worth at the Santiago Bernabeu - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Saturday's El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid lived up to all expectations; there was passion, spell-bounding skill and goals the only thing missing was the heavily anticipated Madrid victory.

An Arsenal Christmas – gifts for Arsenal fans

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An Arsenal Christmas gifts for Arsenal fans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Holiday season is approaching and it's time to get presents for your loved ones. To get you a head-start in the decision to buy present for a Gunners fan, lets get you through some of the Arsenal merchandise:

Personally Signed Merchandise

Our friends at ICONS.

Top Christmas Football Deals

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Top Christmas Football Deals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The best part about holiday shopping is the amount of discounts you can find. It is very important to go around the market before buying something because you never know, you might find it for cheaper elsewhere.

Keeping that in mind, I looked around for quality presents with good discounts and picked, what I thought, were really good bargains.

Why Modern Footballers Are Losing It

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Why Modern Footballers Are Losing It - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold Its Soul
by Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner
Published 1st December, £11.99 paperback original, Elliott & Thompson

Jumpers for Goalposts is a fascinating and funny reflection on why football has changed so much since the inception of the English Premier League in 1992, and why the old descriptions of "the beautiful game" and "the people's game" no longer fit.

El Clasico Video Preview: Lionel Messi, Crisitano Ronaldo, Audi and ESPN

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El Clasico Video Preview: Lionel Messi, Crisitano Ronaldo, Audi and ESPN - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

While Neymar and everybody else thinks Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, you have Cristiano Ronaldo voting for himself, Messi-haters voting for Xavi and Xavi himself voting for Paul Scholes (which, in a nutshell, tells you all there is to say about 'votes').

El Clasico Stats: The World’s Best

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El Clasico Stats: The World's Best - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Don't miss Real Madrid v Barcelona, live on ESPN Deportes on Saturday, December 10 at 4PM ET.

According to Castrol EDGE Performance analysis, this weekend's "Clásico" at the Bernabéu will feature the best players in Europe in various disciplines.

Betting Preview: Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and United to catch up with City

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Betting Preview: Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and United to catch up with City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This weekend, the big teams have a chance to catch up with the Premier League leaders Manchester City, and you can get great betting odds for United, Arsenal and co.

Premier League Preview: Arsenal and Chelsea fight to catch up with Tottenham and Manchester City

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Premier League Preview: Arsenal and Chelsea fight to catch up with Tottenham and Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With 15 points separating the top five teams in the English Premier League, the race for a top four place is well and truly on. If you bet on football, you'll know that Manchester City are still favourites for the league title but with a tough set of fixtures ahead of them, things can change very quickly.

Retro Football Kits

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Retro Football Kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Throughout history, people have been kicking a ball but the earliest scientific evidence suggest that it was an exercise from a military manual in the second and third BC in China it was called Cuju. Modern football took years in the making after the Chinese forgot about cuju.

Cashing In On Fan Support

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Cashing In On Fan Support - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold Its Soul
by Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner
Published 1st December, £11.99 paperback original, Elliott & Thompson

Jumpers for Goalposts is a fascinating and funny reflection on why football has changed so much since the inception of the English Premier League in 1992, and why the old descriptions of "the beautiful game" and "the people's game" no longer fit.

Best Selling Football Shirts

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Best Selling Football Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sales of football gear derive a large amount of the profits football clubs make. International tournaments like the World Cup and the European Championship give national teams a chance to boost their merchandise sales as well.

The FA’s role in FA Cup’s demise

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The FA's role in FA Cup's demise - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold Its Soul
by Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner
Published 1st December, £11.99 paperback original, Elliott & Thompson

Jumpers for Goalposts is a fascinating and funny reflection on why football has changed so much since the inception of the English Premier League in 1992, and why the old descriptions of "the beautiful game" and "the people's game" no longer fit.

Do or die time for Manchester teams in the Champions League

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Do or die time for Manchester teams in the Champions League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Of the four English representatives in this season's UEFA Champions League, Arsenal and Chelsea are assured of a passage through to the knockout stages; both Manchester clubs must perform in their last group game to stand a chance of progression.

Do or die time for Manchester teams in the Champions League

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Do or die time for Manchester teams in the Champions League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Of the four English representatives in this season's UEFA Champions League, Arsenal and Chelsea are assured of a passage through to the knockout stages; both Manchester clubs must perform in their last group game to stand a chance of progression.

The strangest football gifts

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The strangest football gifts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football fans are geniunely interested in buying the weirdest things if they are carrying their favorite club's logo. Even if they have never used anything like it before but they must have it!

Two years ago, we did a little research and collected the weirdest football merchandise from around the globe and a particular jester hat in Barcelona colors got a lot of attention.

Two Left Feet

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Two Left Feet - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A brand new publication brought to the general public courtesy of Football Friends Media. This is a book full of football tales provided by real life fans who have a love for the game rather than seasoned journalists.

There is a refreshing level of raw talent throughout the publication, names of aspiring writers who will be seen in print a lot more in coming years.

Euro 2012 Gear

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Euro 2012 Gear - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 14th European Championship for teams sanctioned by the UEFA is scheduled to be played between 8th June and 1st July 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

Spain are the current holders of the cup they defeated Germany in the final in Austria / Switzerland version of the tournament in 2008.

The Commercialisation of the European Cup

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The Commercialisation of the European Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold Its Soul
by Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner
Published 1st December, £11.99 paperback original, Elliott & Thompson

Jumpers for Goalposts is a fascinating and funny reflection on why football has changed so much since the inception of the English Premier League in 1992, and why the old descriptions of "the beautiful game" and "the people's game" no longer fit.

Champions League Preview: Big clubs in fear of dropping to Europa League

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Champions League Preview: Big clubs in fear of dropping to Europa League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nine teams are through from the group stage but 16 other sides can still dream of joining them this week. Here's a look at the the key deciding matches of today and tomorrow.

Seven places remain to be filled in the 16 December round of 16 draw.

Footballers and False Idols

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Footballers and False Idols - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold Its Soul
by Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner
Published 1st December, £11.99 paperback original, Elliott & Thompson

Jumpers for Goalposts is a fascinating and funny reflection on why football has changed so much since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, and why the old descriptions of "the beautiful game" and "the people's game" no longer fit.

Man City & Chelsea’s Champions League hopes hang in the balance, as Ajax faces Real Madrid juggernaut

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Man City & Chelsea's Champions League hopes hang in the balance, as Ajax faces Real Madrid juggernaut - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The last round of the Champions League group stages sees a number of mouthwatering and do-or-die ties. If you're going to be betting on football, you should be very careful where you put your money.

Chelsea, Newcastle fight for Champions League as Man Utd face must-win situation

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Chelsea, Newcastle fight for Champions League as Man Utd face must-win situation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man United is in danger of slipping to third as Spurs step up their game as Newcastle and Chelsea face-off for the UEFA Champions League spot. The Gunners are expected to cruise to victory in their visit to 19th place Wigan.

El Clasico showdown, Old Firm derby and lots of Man City action in December

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El Clasico showdown, Old Firm derby and lots of Man City action in December - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There's only one more month left in 2011, and it looks like the year will go out with a real bang from a football standpoint.

December features several must-see matches, with a few that will have title implications on top of deciding bragging rights between fierce rivals.

Euro 2012 Nations – A team by team preview

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Euro 2012 Nations A team by team preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Update: Groups Draw details and the official match ball of Euro 2012 added. Scroll down to view.

With the 16 teams competing in Euro 2012 now selected and the qualifying process complete, all eyes look to Poland and Ukraine as time ticks down.