Mario Balotelli: Where's the fun? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
I'm sure your mum said, like mine, that a joke's only funny when everyone's laughing. In
forgetting Mum's golden rule, Mario Balotelli has drawn heat from his manager Roberto Mancini and
teammate Nigel de Jong. His attempted back-heel goal from close range against MLS side Los Angeles
Galaxy earned him an 31st minute substitution and worldwide internet headlines which arrive less
than a week after Emirati international Theyab Awana successfully backheeled a penalty in a
friendly match against Lebanon.
Warner And Hammam: Guilty As Charged? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The BBC has obtained a document authored by the Carribean Football Union (CFU) detailing claims
that Jack Warner had full knowledge of and participated in the distribution of cash bribes to
members of the CFU at a special meeting promoting Mohamed Bin Hammam's Fifa presidential bid.
Stat Attack: Chelsea Target Romelu Lukaku Is Unstoppable - originally posted on
With the press still debating whether Drogba and Torres are good enough to lead the line for
Chelsea (together or individually) and Nicolas Anelka douses the club's efforts to move him on by
saying that he will see out his contract at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are also planning to secure
their future by bringing in Anderlecht's Romelu Lukaku.
Stat Attack: The Real Value Of Sergio Aguero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Sergio Aguero has been a long-term target for both Manchester City and Real Madrid for the past
few months, ever since the Argentine announced his intentions to leave Atletico Madrid back in May.
Manchester City see him as an ideal replacement for Carlos Tevez, and someone who is much less of a
problem off the pitch.
Can Chelsea and Arsenal close the gap to Manchester? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Last season saw domestic dominance return to the north of England, with Manchester's top
clubs claiming the two biggest pieces of domestic silverware. With just over a month left in the
transfer window, it's time to see whether the London pair of Chelsea and Arsenal have closed the
Kill, Marry or Shag: The Liverpool Midfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Have you every played the game "Kill, marry or shag"? In it, one player gives his or her
opponent three names it works best with celebrities. Made famous in the TV show "30 Rock", the
"player" then has to hypothetically kill one, shag one and marry one.
The Best of 2011/2012 Premier League Fixtures: Part One - originally posted on
Watch the best of the 2011/2012 Premier League season with Sky Sports HD.
The 2011/2012 Premier League season kicks off with a bang a Manchester derby in the FA Community
Shield as the curtain raiser for a fast start to the season that sees Arsenal host Liverpool and
United host Tottenham and Arsenal and all of this just in August.
Tottenham's Summer of Destiny Continues. - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In less than a week Tottenham's season has been turned on its head, as yet another high
profile player disregards a piece of paper called a contract.
With no European or International tournaments to have distracted him, it seems clear that Luka
Modric did not spend the summer studying law, if he had he would have realised that he is bound to
Tottenham for the foreseeable future and without a La Liga style minimum fee clause in his
contract, Spurs do not have to sell.
Britain's most succesful football cities - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Football has always thrown up rivalries, mostly between two or more side's that inhabit a city.
Liverpool and Everton, Manchester United and City, Glasgow Rangers and Celtic all are at
loggerheads with each other and are constantly looking for bragging rights in their individual
Sam Allardyce Is Right To Denounce Margaret Thatcher For The Wrong Reason - originally posted on
Football managers have a knack for esoteric statements. Often, the profundity of these comments
is completely unintentional; nevertheless, if we're willing to trawl through hours upon hours of
press conference banality, often we'll end up with a hidden gem.
Robbie Fowler: International striker, property mogul, Thai football league hero - originally
posted on Soccerlens.com
The name Robbie Fowler will never be forgotten by Liverpool fans, who cherish memories of the
striker netting countless goals for the Anfield side. The Kop worshipped the ground the crafty
marksman walked on, and the now 36-year-old attacker has had a glorious career playing on
Merseyside, for Leeds, Manchester City and 26 times for England.
Tottenham Need Players to Match their Aspirations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Another week draws to a close at White Hart Lane with Luka Modric still very much a
Spurs player. The Daily Mail may claim that there was a tantrum and showdown talks, but the message
from Daniel Levy is very clear, there will be no sale.
Scoring Stats The true value of Ronaldo and Messi - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Any statistical analysis of a sporting event can go down one of two main routes. Firstly, they
could be raw data, usually expressed as totals or percentages. In football, examples include the
number of total corners a team concedes (or forces), the number of minutes a player is on the park
for over the course of a season or even how many points a team accumulates.
Zidane becomes director of football at Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he will become the new director
of football at the Santiago Bernabeu next season. The former player has been working closely with
Madrid president Florentino Perez as a special advisor, creating a link between the first team and
the management at Los Blancos.
Modric v Nasri v Sneijder who should Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea buy? - originally posted on
The hunt is on for creative midfielders this summer as managers across England look for the
perfect solution to unlocking packed defences. With Paul Scholes retiring, Frank Lampard ageing and
Carlos Tevez agitating for a move, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are all looking
for a player to shoulder attacking responsibility on the pitch and 'deliver magic'.
Gervinho another bit-part failure in waiting for Arsenal? - originally posted on
Gervinho was instrumental for Lille in their Ligue 1 title campaign last season, but does he fit
the bill for Arsenal?
The Arsenal-bound, Ivory Coast striker has the all-round game and technical ability that ArsÃ¨ne
Wenger fancies but how do his recent performances show up in a lower-level league compared to the
Premier League, and will he rise to the stage that Arsenal will provide for him or crumble in the
winter when the pressure is on?
An Open Letter to Carlos Tevez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Dear Carlos Tevez,
For five years now you've been a shedload of trouble for the entire English Premier League. With
this letter, I'd like to invite you to please stop moaning about the loneliness of Northern England
and return to Argentina as you have for so long suggested you'd prefer.
Manchester City And The Dubious Pleasures Of Gael Clichy - originally posted on
So to be a top team you need attacking fullbacks. This is not just general opinion but to a
degree in the modern game it is quite literally a must have. In a time of wingers who cut inside
and trequartistas who have far greater mobility,fullbacks provide the width for these players to
New Inter coach Gasperini looks for improvement next season - originally posted on
New Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini was introduced to the world's media for the first time and
claimed he knows his side will improve on their second placed finish last season. Gasperini was
flanked at the press conference by technical director Marco Branca and vice managing director
Stefano Filucchi and the former Genoa manager is desperate to impress.
A Darkness Closes In On Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Being a Liverpool Forum Obsessive I've read plenty of transfer gossip this season, most of which
I won't bore you with since it consists largely of hysteria about only having signed one player,
albeit, a fairly big one. What I will tell you about is the general atmosphere, and it's the same
as many other clubs which find themselves well endowed with finance.
Match fixing investigation threatens to rock Turkish football - originally posted on
60 people have been detained as part of a major investigation into alleged fixing within Turkish
football. The chairman of current champions Fenerbahce is part of those under arrest by the
authorities in the Eastern European country.
Roberto Mancini looking to his homeland for transfer targets. - originally posted on
Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini has identified a host of Serie A targets that he will be
interested in buying this summer. The Italian is concocting a transfer wishlist to City owner
Sheikh Mansour, which contains players from the length and breadth of Italy's top flight.
Villas Boas- What can we expect? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Yet another season gone by, and the post-season review brings back moments from the seasons long
gone. Arsenal, living up to their tag of chokers, relinquishing yet another strong position in the
league inspite of showing flashes of absolute ingenuity, Chelsea losing steam in the December
period, (not because of the Cup of African Nations though) and then firing their manager for
avoidable and trivial errors and then the Big 4 similar to the 2009-2010 season, were given a real
run for their money by hugely improved sides like Tottenham and Manchester City.
Effects of the Financial Fair Play Regulations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
On the 27th of May 2010, UEFA announced the approval of the Financial Fair Play(FFP)
regulations. Â The aim of these regulations is to make the football clubs self sufficient. With the
advent of these sanctions, every football club has to break even i.
Why Argentina Will Get Nowhere Trying To Copy Barcelona - originally posted on
So to get the most obvious fact out of the way first, Argentina should beat Bolivia. They should
hammer them off the pitch. Messi should be dancing around the bloodstain pitch at full time with
the still beating heart of Arias, the Bolivian goalkeeper, in his hand.