SoccerLens Archives for January 2011

King, Parker, and Adebayor can help Spurs get back in the Champions League

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King, Parker, and Adebayor can help Spurs get back in the Champions League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Scott Parker has the best passing accuracy in the opposition half in the Premier League this season, completing 88.9% of his 126 passes.

Parker sits on top of a group of 121 players who have made at least 100 passes in the opposition half in 2011/12.

The new adidas adiZero F50 – miCoach

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The new adidas adiZero F50 miCoach - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Is it a football boot? Is it a football boot with a brain? Or is it just adidas finally putting a microchip in their adiZero F50s?

Yes, no and of course. The new adidas adiZero F50 miCoach (165g, retails price starts at £200, out in November), thanks to a built-in microchip and tracking software available for your smartphone as well as an online portal, promises to enable both professional and amateur footballers to analyse their personal speed, distance and work rate.

Gasperini lastest victim of “Mourinho’s Curse”

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Gasperini lastest victim of "Mourinho's Curse" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Gian Piero Gasperini's dismissal as Inter Milan manager, the Mourinho's Curse has claimed it's latest victim. Since his appointment at FC Porto, full-time successors have struggled to cope with the expectations of a Mourinho coached side.

The Exhilaration Of Being A Premier League Fan

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The Exhilaration Of Being A Premier League Fan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having the opportunity to watch the world's best football league week in and week out in person, is a very special privilege.

Having had a season-ticket at my boyhood club Aston Villa for well over a decade, I have seen some of the world's best players come to Villa Park and demonstrate their imperious abilities.

Football Travel: Best European Cities To Watch Football In

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Football Travel: Best European Cities To Watch Football In - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

You can travel to just about any different city throughout the European continent and your footballing experience will differ in one way or another.

Here at Soccerlens we have conjured up a list of some of the best cities in Europe to indulge in a mix of football, culture, sightseeing and maybe a drop of alcohol.

Weekend Betting: Why Everton can stop City

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Weekend Betting: Why Everton can stop City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sky cameras are at Main Road on Saturday to see Manchester City take on Everton (12.45pm KO) and the bookmakers make the home side red hot favourites at 1.44 to bag all three points.

However the stats suggest that it may not be as clear cut as the odds suggest.

A Football Initiation in London

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A Football Initiation in London - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Writer's Note: This is not a "My First Football Match" type article.

The world has been through enough "football revolutions" to know that it is not everyone's thing. Nothing is. Sure, I can get swept away in the furore and bluntness of the X Factor final but only for that night (that hasn't happened yet.

The Importance of Juan Mata

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The Importance of Juan Mata - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Juan Mata's £23.5million transfer seemed to happen on a breeze. With the perpetual summer transfer saga of Luka Modric, hype was outwardly reserved. However, now with the foliage on the floor and the Premier League blooming, Mata's importance to the Chelsea team has been keenly signified.

Weekend Bets: Back United to beat Chelsea and Liverpool to beat Tottenham

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Weekend Bets: Back United to beat Chelsea and Liverpool to beat Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After a midweek that saw only one British side win in Europe, we're back to a fantastic weekend of Premier League action, with the headline matches on Sunday as Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford and Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane to meet Tottenham.

Beating Barcelona: A Theoretical Guide With Pretty Pictures

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Beating Barcelona: A Theoretical Guide With Pretty Pictures - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So, everyone says that Barcelona are unbeatable, or are least the untouchables. Which is twaddle.

Sure, they have lots of excellent players. (MessiXaviAlvesIniestaPiquePuyolBusquetsVillaSanchezPedroetc.

The Need For Advanced Football Stats

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The Need For Advanced Football Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As a sports fan living in America, you're bombarded with statistics of increasing complexity across every sport except football (or soccer, as the US calls it). Media analysis of football still relies on the same statistics we've seen for years, which are generally cumulative totals.

Champions League Preview: Manchester Plots European Domination

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Champions League Preview: Manchester Plots European Domination - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City get the chance to finally definitively emerge from the shadow of their cross-town Red rivals as this year's UEFA Champions League commences. They'll do so with a team which, while not having ever competed in the the Champions' League as a unit, possesses a significant amount of top-flight continental experience.

Champions League Preview: Real and Barca the teams to beat

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Champions League Preview: Real and Barca the teams to beat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It seems that in almost every aspect of the game, two clubs dominate the footballing world. They are Spanish super heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona. Any team boasting multiple stars is said to echo Real's Galactico era, while teams from League Two to the K-League are said to be a mini-Barcelona.

RIP Spanish football?

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RIP Spanish football? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish football is dying.

In 2007 La Liga had one of the most exciting title races in living memory as four teams had the possibility of winning the title, even with four rounds of matches still to play. Valencia fell away towards the end and Sevilla ran out of steam en route to winning the UEFA Cup (in an all-Spanish final against Espanyol) and Copa del Rey that year.

Stat Attack: The Relentless Cristiano Ronaldo

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Stat Attack: The Relentless Cristiano Ronaldo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just how 'good' is Cristiano Ronaldo? Earlier we shared news on the 'Cristiano Ronaldo: Tested to the Limit' documentary which subjects CR to a series of innovate tests to measure his performances. But that's still lab testing, off the pitch, not a true measure of a footballer's abilities.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Tested To The Limit

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Tested To The Limit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In an innovative documentary, Castrol pushed Cristiano Ronaldo to the limit in a series of tests designed to measure Ronaldo's footballing skills, strength, agility and mental toughness.

It is arguably the most rigourous scientific examination of a football player ever taken as Ronaldo (a Castrol global ambassador) is literally tested to the limit our inside sources told us of how, after several hours of grueling tests, Ronaldo was almost ready to collapse from fatigue but still managed to put in 110% in every single test he was presented with.

Is It Time To Bench Jamie Carragher?

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Is It Time To Bench Jamie Carragher? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Carragher without a doubt has been one of the most reliable and consistent players for Liverpool over the past decade. The veteran defender even now is brilliant with his abilities, however the major concern is that with his age the errors are increasing as well.

Tottenham Hotspur: Dancing with Wolves

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Tottenham Hotspur: Dancing with Wolves - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur face a serious test of their Champions League aspirations, away at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Having yet to collect a single point Harry Redknapp's team must get their season started.

The north London club has endured a tumultuous start to the 2011/2012 Premier League season.

Just Play Football

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Just Play Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If ever there is a time to push football it is when the dark nights draw in and the jackets go on. Push football? I know, we all watch it; comment; log on; and couch surf our way through hundreds of hours of football.

Soccerlens Interviews Robbie Savage

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Soccerlens Interviews Robbie Savage - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Soccerlens caught up with Robbie Savage late last month to talk about the Just Play campaign by the FA and Mars, as well as chat about his career and lots more. Transcript of the interview is below the video:

Interview and videography by Laurence McKenna.

Golden Generation or Fool’s Gold?

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Golden Generation or Fool's Gold? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barring an almighty flop, England will qualify for Euro 2012. They'll do so in marginally convincing fashion, maybe even topping a group which while not robust, provided more challenging than first thought. Now, England manager Fabio Capello said he knew Tuesday's performance against Wales would be sub-par from watching the players warm up.

Europa League Preview: Tottenham, Fulham, Stoke and Birmingham in a confusing European adventure

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Europa League Preview: Tottenham, Fulham, Stoke and Birmingham in a confusing European adventure - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The draw for the group stages of this season's Europa League has thrown up a number of difficult and interesting challenges for England's representatives, with qualification through to the knock-out stages far from assured.

Staying Put: Ten Expected Summer Transfers That Weren’t

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Staying Put: Ten Expected Summer Transfers That Weren't - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For every confirmed transfer in any given summer transfer window, there's another ten that fall short of completion or being remotely plausible. That's the way it seems, at least.

Even with the misses in mind, a lot and I mean a lot of money changes hands every summer, as players notable and not leave for new pastures, some greener and some not.

Brazil v Ghana – All eyes on the Selecao

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Brazil v Ghana All eyes on the Selecao - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It is the nature of modern football that in any match involving Brazil, the spotlight rests solely on their ambitions for their next title.

This time, as hosts of the next World Cup, they have only friendlies (and the Confederations Cup) to fine-tune their preparations in the next 3 years and as such, every friendly will be an examination of Brazil's credentials to lift the World Cup on their home soil.

FC Barcelona: Fabregas’s Exit out of Arsenal and Why Club Contracts Are Broken

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FC Barcelona: Fabregas's Exit out of Arsenal and Why Club Contracts Are Broken - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Like a love affair, Arsene Wenger had stated in a pre-season interview posted by The Guardian that he would fight until the last second to keep midfielder Cesc Fabregas by his side.

Liverpool FC: The Reds Will Finish in the Top 4

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Liverpool FC: The Reds Will Finish in the Top 4 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Before culling through their players ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline in the game of divide and conquer, Liverpool FC had exhibited more diligence than any other club to pull themselves together and prove they still subsisted since the start of last year's 2010 – 2011 Premier League season.

Rooney and Young – A Promising Partnership For United and England

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Rooney and Young A Promising Partnership For United and England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Rooney and Young, Young and Rooney. The two seemingly go hand in hand. Both have starred in Manchester United's exceptional start in the quest for a 20thPremier League title. Sir Alex Ferguson's newly devised weapon is as electrifying as it is frightening.

Transfer Window Helps Tottenham to Mature

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Transfer Window Helps Tottenham to Mature - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The transfer window closed with Tottenham Hotspur making only two significant deals, but perhaps the North London club has finally grown up.

The signings of Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker, address issues within the Spurs line up, but left the fans with a deep sense of anti climax.

John Aloisi: helping or hurting?

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John Aloisi: helping or hurting? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With A-League clubs beginning to convince the younger and fitter members of Australia's golden generation to return to antipodean shores, the moves come with a warning from the country's favourite penalty-taker, John Aloisi.

Troubling Times Ahead for Everton?

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Troubling Times Ahead for Everton? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton's summer has been a downpour of disappointment. The tale of the club's financial hardship may be legendary, but, after the recent transcript publication of their perilous situation, the reality is stark. The club has stagnated; the future forecast is bleak.

The Best and Worst deals of the Transfer Window

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The Best and Worst deals of the Transfer Window - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As the summer transfer window has now finally closed and viewing figures of Sky Sports News go back to normal levels, I think it's time to look back at the best and worst of the deals done involving English Premier League sides.

Interview with Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones

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Interview with Manchester United's Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones sat down to speak with FA TV ahead of the Bulgaria v England Euro 2012 qualifier this week, chatting about Manchester United, Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney and joining the England squad.

Transfer Rumors: Last-Minute Deals Galore On Deadline Day

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Transfer Rumors: Last-Minute Deals Galore On Deadline Day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So, we've made it to the end of yet another wild summer transfer window. Here's hoping that your favorite side made the additions that you hoped they would, or just as importantly, didn't subtract anyone of great importance without failing to find a proper replacement.

Football Tickets Online – Goldmine or Minefield?

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Football Tickets Online Goldmine or Minefield? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So that big cup draw has been made, your team has got the tie that they were praying for. A home tie as well. "All you can ask for is a home tie" apparently. It is going to be the game of the season, make no mistake.