Chelsea running out of patience with Torres - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Fernando Torres has scored just one goal in his last 10 matches (in all competition) and to make matter worse he has had just one shot on target in his last two matches. Things are getting worse by the day for the Spaniard.
Ballon d'Or: The link between wealth & talent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Ballon d'Or shortlist has been announced and it's a familiar story with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta in contention to win the highly prestigious award.
Spain continues its domination in this respect which has been enabled by some very lop-sided financial deals in La Liga which enable Real Madrid and Barcelona to splash the cash in terms of the talent they can afford to retain and buy.
FIFPro Questions â€˜Blackmailing' of Key Players - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
FIFPro, the Trade Union, for global professional football players says clubs need to stop blackmailing key players who refuse to sign new contracts.
FIFPro has suggested that Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente are two recent examples of players who are being treated unfairly by their clubs as a result of their stance over current contracts.
Sacking of Mano Menezes highlights extra demands of Brazil role - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It is difficult to comprehend quite the extent to which Brazil demands World Cup success in 2014. There are two new stadiums being built, four rebuilt and six upgraded at a total cost of Â£550 million.
UEFA Proposes 64-Team Champions League Good Idea or Bad? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
UEFA is proposing to scrap the current Europa League format and create a larger Champions League which would see 64 teams taking part.
The Europa League has been criticised in recent weeks for its value and UEFA President Michel Platini has confirmed that the governing body of European football are considering expanding the Champions League to almost double its current size.
Liverpool bearing impact of attempt to break even - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has recently told fans of the club to expect one or two loan deals this January and not big money transfers. The main reason for this being that Liverpool are one of the few clubs committed to the latest break even rules.
Arsenal to get an extra Â£24m per year from Emirates for shirt sponsorship - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal will receive Â£30 million per year until 2019 following the news they have extended their current shirt sponsorship deal with Emirates.
The news means that Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger can expect to look forward to around Â£60 million in available transfer and surplus funds over the next two seasons before Wenger's current contract expires.
England squad depth: November 2012 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The wake of a friendly is a difficult time to assess the depth of England manager Roy Hodgson's options. He awarded six debutants their first caps against Sweden this month, but hasn't named a full competitive squad for a few weeks so it's tough to make assumptions about his thinking.
Steve Clarke From the shadows to the Champions League? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Steve Clarke spent years assisting managers, quietly watching miracles and mistakes while taking none of the credit or blame. But today, as his West Bromwich Albion team sit third in the Premier League, it is clear he was learning during every single moment of those tenures.
Is Kevin Grosskreutz good enough for Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has come out and suggested that he is not going to have bags of money to spend in January which means the signing of winger Kevin Grosskreutz from Borussia Dortmund could be very realistic, but is he good enough for Liverpool?
Chelsea fans will continue to boo Benitez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea Supporters Groups have insisted that they will continue to boo interim manager Rafael Benitez throughout the rest of the season.
The Spaniard was greeted with a less than warm reception for his first game in charge against Manchester City over the weekend and various supporters groups have come out and confirmed that they will not support Benitez and will carry on chanting in favour of Roberto Di Matteo who was sensationally axed last week.
What's wrong with the Premier League elite? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Premier League has been predictably excellent so far this season, with endless amounts of thrilling games, controversy and drama. The one baffling thing, however, is that barring Everton, last season's top eight are all struggling for form and don't look particularly impressive.
The return of Hernandez and Suarez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Hernandez and Suarez
In many ways, last season was one best forgotten for Hernandez and Suarez. For very different reasons, neither hit the heights (or the goals) they should have. But this season is a very different story; and they are proving to be two of the most in-form and important players in the league.
Win games, win the fans Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea managers look to get back on track - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea v Manchester City It's a baptism of fire for new Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez as his side take on Man City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (4pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1) and the visitors look worth a wager at 2.
Why Guardiola will never sign for Abramovich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Seconds after Wednesday's sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, there was only one name on the lips of Chelsea supporters and at the end of hash tags the world over. Having left arguably the best job â€“ and certainly the best team â€“ in the world, Pep Guardiola was suitably rested and quite possibly ready for that new challenge he's been talking about.
Why Raheem Sterling is the real deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Mark my words, Raheem Sterling is the real deal. If you are a Manchester United supporter or a non Liverpool supporter for that matter, then I wouldn't blame you for tuning out, as I indulge myself by fawning over the precocious talents of Raheem Sterling during the next few paragraphs.
Chelsea is sack-predictable Andre Villas Boas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas believes the Blues' sacking of Roberto Di Matteo was not at all a surprise.
Villas Boas was replaced at Stamford Bridge by the Italian and saw his replacementlead the club to Champions League and FA Cup glory, however, after just three months in full charge Di Matteo received his marching orders by Roman Abramovich following two straight defeats, despite being only four points adrift of the top of the Premier League table.
Chelsea Fans Don't Want Benitez as Manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea supporters' groups have moved quickly to make their voices heard over the imminent appointment of Rafael Benitez as temporary Chelsea manager.
It is thought that Chelsea are lining up the former Liverpool boss to take care of the side until the end of the season in similar fashion to how Guus Hiddink took control over the side during the 2008/2009 season.
What do Manchester City need to improve in Europe? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester City have been dumped out of the Champions League group stage for the second season in a row and they need to make major improvements if they want to ever have realistic hopes of winning the competition.
Tykes Go Loan Crazy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Champions side Barnsley have today completed the double signing of JonathanGreeningand Akos Buzsaky from Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth respectively.
Greening, who's last of only three appearances for Forest this seasonwas back inAugust, will arrive at Oakwell until January 2 with the aim of receiving first team football and provide some valuable experience for the struggling Tykes.
How big a difference do the fans actually make? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
These days, the average footballer is a tad precious. Who wouldn't become accustomed to earning a wage well above the national average, being wrapped in metaphorical handwoven blankets to protect you from injury, all the while being treated like some kind of deity by the thousands that follow you on 'Twitter'.
Di Matteo Sacked: Guardiola to Replace him at Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Pep Guardiola has apparently already been approached by Chelsea over the managerial position at the club. Guardiola was reportedly being lined up by the West London club before the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo this morning.
AVB All Past, No Future? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When Andre Villas-Boas first took over at Chelsea, if you had played spot the difference between him and the previous Portuguese incumbent of the Stamford Bridge hot seat, you'd have been hard-pressed to find even one.
Appreciating Norwich's Wes Hoolahan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Norwich City's memorable victory over Manchester United on Saturday was a superb team effort, but amid the blood-and-guts style of Chris Hughton's side, one man stood out as the class act of the team: Wes Hoolahan.
The 30 year old Irishman is far from a household name to followers of the Premier League, but he has been terrific all season for The Canaries.
Doing the rounds: The Britannia... - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Upon their promotion to the Premier League, Stoke City certainly made a name for themselves. Whether it be their refreshingly medieval approach to the game, the rocket propelled wrists of Rory Delap, or the relentless thrashing they always seem to give Arsenal.
Mark Clattenburg: Guilty or not there will be casualties - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Another week of football passes by, another week Mark Clattenburg is left to satisfy himself by officiating subbuteo matches, or whatever it is referees do to remain sharp and authoritative, during an impromptu suspension.
Using the Director of Football in FM 13 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
FM 2013 is a remarkable iteration in the Football Manager series not only do you get a 'Classic' version of the game (catering for the nostalgic fan) but you also get the most in-depth football management simulation.
The Night That Made Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Every legacy has a starting point... and Jose Mourinho's was on Tuesday, 9th March 2004.
That was the night his Porto side beat Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate in the last 16 of the Champions League. The night he ran down the touchline, arms flailing, celebrating a goal that didn't just win a football match, it changed his life and, in time, the lives of football fans across Europe.
Harry Redknapp: A difficult act to follow? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It would be all too easy to attriubte the recent success of Tottenham Hotspur to Harry Redknapp. Breaking into the top 4 is no mean feat, one yet to be emulated by anyone other than cashbags Manchester City for quite some time.
Will Chicharito or Dzeko win their team the title? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The super sub has been a feature of modern day football for as long as I can remember. From Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Emile Heskey, a player who can really change the game from the bench has always been a stipulation for clubs wanting to compete at the top level.
Matchday 12 Premier League Preview: City & Chelsea face a test, North London derby and more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The first North London derby of the 2012/13 season will kick-off proceedings on match-day 12 of the English Premier League. As the Gunners and Spurs lock horns at the Emirates stadium, the blue teams at the top face stiff tests; a slip-up here could see Manchester United run away with the lead.
Can United get and defend a lead against Norwich? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Given the defensive troubles United have faced this season, it's telling that in a season when City look weaker and Chelsea still look incomplete, United are top of the table and through to the Champions League knockout stages in mid-November.
The race for the Premier League which Championship clubs will get lucky? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cardiff City are the current favourites to get promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season but Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Hull and Leicester all stand a great chance of pulling off promotion into the big time.
The Rise of the Hybrid Formation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Fluidity and momentum go hand in hand in modern day football. Penning the opposition into their own half and keeping hold of the ball is key to emerging victorious particularly at the very top end of the game these days, which is why in the past decade teams have begun to move away from the rigid 4-4-2, and towards formations with more positional and tactical interchangeability.
Mega TV Rights Deal to Benefit Premier League Clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Domestic and global TV rights for Premier League matches are about to topple the Â£5 billion mark for the first time in history. This means a staggering amount of money to Premier League teams from the title winning side all the way down to the bottom three clubs.
Newcastle United Rising Europe Again? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Newcastle United performed brilliantly during the 2011/2012 Premier League season as they just missed out on the Champions League and finished in fifth place. They are more than capable of a repeat league performance and should be aiming for at least the same finish after the 2012/2013 campaign.
Weekend Betting: There's nothing like a cheeky little acca - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Lets take a look at some of the football matches to be played this weekend all over Europe and accumulate what the results might turn out to be. If you're a betting man, these tips will help you in one way or another:
Arsenal v Tottenham: Both teams to score
London derbies are usually quite the spicy affair, with past meetings between these two sides genuinely living up to the hype (anyone remember David Bentley's 40 yard volley?
Tottenham Will Be Looking for Revenge Against Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Saturday lunchtime will see the first North London Derby of the 2012-13 season, and the first encounter between the two rivals since Arsenal's comeback from 2-0 down to crush Tottenham 5-2 didn't so much halt Spurs momentum as brutally stomp on it until all life had been extinguished.
Fraser Forster has a right to be rather miffed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
I'm sure many of you would agree that international friendlies are a bit of a distraction. A minor annoyance to clog up the club fixtures calendar, during which you cross your fingers and pray to God that the key men at your club don't pick up an injury.
Does Paul Lambert have a sustainable transfer policy? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Norwich City overachieved last season. Without patronising the team, the players and their manager did extremely well to finish in 12th place straight off the back of two successive promotions.
With a team built up largely of players that had not played Premier League football before, Paul Lambert brought forth a side with an insatiable appetite for success much in the same way he is attempting to replicate at Aston Villa now.
Eric Cantona's views on Manchester United, Alex Ferguson and more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
ESPN spoke to Manchester United legend Eric Cantona in an exclusive interview that will be aired later on Thursday night. Here are some quotes from the interview in which Cantona speaks about his time at United and everything that's happened since then.
The man who should've been an all time great: Michael Owen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As Steven Gerrard makes his 100th appearance for England against Sweden tonight, it's easy to forget all about a player who Gerrard grew up with from a young age and forged such a terrific understanding with for both club and country.
AC Milan and their convicted criminal Silvio Berlusconi - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The price of a season ticket at the Emirates? Just shy of a grand. A â€˜cheap' day out at Anfield? A hefty Â£47.30. Even a cup of tea, accompanied with a programme boastings Sir Alex Fergusons written word to thumb through at Old Trafford will cost you more than a fiver.
Chelsea and Arsenal under pressure to perform at home - 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 visitors are worth a punt at 4 withbet365and Paddy Power The Reds currently sit 10 places behind Chelsea in 12th place and it's true to say that they have made a very disappointing start to the season and come into this having won none of their last four matches in all competitions.
Why United are deliberately playing slow, and why it works - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
United are in constant evolution. Ferguson's enduring successes are simultaneously based on consistency and the need to adapt, every year, to the changes around them.
One of the key reasons why United apparently do so well in the second half of the season is because they are better than anyone else at planning for the whole season, and because they can lean and adapt quicker than anyone else.
Broadcasting Revenues: Responsible For Weakening of Competition in Football? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Beautiful Game
One ball, twenty-two men, two teams and a desire to win, simply put: the beautiful game of football. The sport of football has come a long way since its humble beginnings in England, tobeing known as 'the beautiful game'.
Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow Footballers with great hair, all the time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Hair is something we can almost universally live without, and yet it is a very important part of a person's life, from start to end. From your mother admonishing you to comb your hair to growing up in a world that takes extra notice of you because of your appearance your hair plays an important part in your life (especially when you start losing hair).
Manchester United to honour Sir Alex Ferguson with Old Trafford statue - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United will unveil a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson outside Old Trafford on 23 November, ahead of the league meeting with Queens Park Rangers, who were the Scot's first home opposition of his 26-year tenure.
Brendan Rodgers warns that rebuilding Liverpool will take time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that patience is the key as they strive to take the club back to where it belongs.
Although Rodgers stopped short of blaming Kenny Dalglish for the current situation at the club, but the Liverpool manager highlighted the fact that the club will have to amend the financial mess it had got into.
It's Time for the Villas-Boas Revolution To Truly Start At Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
On Saturday afternoon Tottenham will play Wigan at home. A fixture which in recent seasons has seen Spurs lurch from pummelling Wigan 9-1 (and the first thing Spurs fans will tell you about that game is that the one Wigan goal was a shockingly blatant hand ball) to losing 1-0 at home in pathetically limp fashion a few days after they'd thumped Young Boys to qualify for the Champions League.