Aston Villa v Norwich City: can Lambert motivate his players? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
5 points from 8 games is a damning statistic for any manager. Projected over the course of the season, that's less than 25 points. It's relegation form, plain and simple, and Aston Villa are stuck in a rut because of it.
Kirkland Assault Suspect Arrested - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
An Arrest has been made in connection with the ugly incident which took place during Friday nights fiesty Yorkshire derby between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.
Gloucestershire Police have announced that a 21-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested on suspicion of assault shortly before 1pm on Sunday after a Leeds fan ran onto the pitch and shoved Owls keeper Chris Kirkland in the face following his teams equaliser in the 77th minute of the Championship clash.
Tito Vilanova's FC Barcelona vs. Deportiva La CoruÃ±a: Back to the drawing board - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Enough is enough. FC Barcelona's performance against Deportivo La CoruÃ±a showcased two personalities, if you will. For the first half an hour FC Barcelona were ruthless and efficient, leading 3-0 by the 18th minute, courtesy of Jordi Alba (3'), Cristian Tello (8') and Lionel Messi (18').
AVB's chance of revenge: Tottenham vs Chelsea preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham go head-to-head at White Hart Lane on Saturday in an early season indicator of where each side are in their respective ambitions this term. The Blues are undefeated and top of the pile after seven games, whilst Spurs have shown good form of late in their pursuit of Champions League football.
Sport's bravest athletes with stories to inspire us mere mortals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Professional sport contests can be decided by the smallest of margins; that extra bit of motivation, courage or bravery could well be the difference between success and ultimate failure. Regardless of the determination of most athletes to succeed, a small few stand head and shoulders above the crowd with their heroic efforts and extraordinary will to win.
Poland v England Preview: Obraniak is Poles' best chance against Three Lions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to Castrol Edge Performance data, Ludovic Obraniak can provide the requisite creativity for Poland against England in the absence of injured captain Jacob Blaszczykowski, with the French-born schemer impressing in his season's Ligue 1.
Three World Cup qualifiers to watch over the next seven days - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Domestic duty takes a back seat throughout Europe over the next week as World Cup qualifying is back, with two fixtures for most of the nations vying for a place in Brazil 2014. At this stage of the competition there will be the perennial miss-matches that provide one-sided football scores but a number of evenly-poised fixtures stand out from the next two rounds of games; here are three games not to miss.
New, solid Arsenal look the part - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal's failure to win a trophy since 2005 has been largely down to two things: their vulnerability in defence and their failure to dig out victories in tight games. So far this season, however, both areas look greatly improved for Arsene Wenger's side, with an impressive win at West Ham on Saturday a classic example of their new solid, winning mentality.
FC Barcelona 2:2 Real Madrid â€“ Status ClÃ¡sico? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's probably club footballs' most talked about fixture. The El ClÃ¡sico. Last night's match had hundreds of millions (some 400,000,000) viewers glued to their TV-sets. Catalunya's FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, often times billed as Spain's team.
Holt Hits Out at Hodgson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
GrantHolt hasexpressed his disappointment at not being acknowledged by England manager Roy Hodgson and says he has now given up hope of ever playing for the national squad.
The Norwich City striker, believes he should have been capped by his country after becoming the second highest English scorer in the Premier League during the 2011/12 season, however he was not considered for the 2012 European Championships and does not think a call-up will arrive.
FIFA Laws of the Game: Ambiguity, Uncertainty & Room For Interpretation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The equivalent of Godwin's Law the rule of polite online debate which bans any reference to Hitler or the Nazis in Association Football is surely the invocation of the FIFA Laws of the Game to settle an argument over a contentious decision by a referee (perhaps it should be called the Rimet Rule?
Tottenham plan for success as Liverpool and Newcastle look to 'get by' in Europa League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Thursday night sees the second round of the Europa League group stages, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle all in action in tough games. With domestic fixtures this weekend in the back of the respective managers' minds, the outcome of Europa League matches featuring the Premier League teams will be influenced by team selection, with all three bosses placing varying levels of importance on the competition.
Tottenham Still Have Areas Where They Need To Improve - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Right now, it's a pretty good time to be a Spurs fan. Saturday saw a first win at Old Trafford in 23 years, as Andre Villas-Boas's men faced it all, stood tall and did it their way against a relentless second half Man United assault.
The Best Sports Commercials On Television, From EA Sports To ESPN - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Modern technology has turned commercials, one of the foundations of the American television viewing experience, into a shadow of their former selves. Ads are now easily avoided thanks to the plethora of viewing options that allow the view to skip over ads altogether, limiting the cultural resonance of even the best campaigns.
Soccer Is America's Sport of Now - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
For more years than most of us would care to remember, soccer has been trumpeted as America's "sport of the future." The belief was that one day (perhaps because there was once a World Cup here, or perhaps because so many of us spent our formative Saturday afternoons running aimlessly around fields nominally playing the game) the country would come to embrace soccer the way the rest of the world has for the better part of the last 150 years.