SoccerLens Archives for January 2012

Arsenal 5 – 2 Tottenham: Premiership simply the best

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Arsenal 5 2 Tottenham: Premiership simply the best - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was another Premiership classic at The Emirates in the season that just keeps on giving. An absorbing and enthralling contest began in ominous fashion for Arsenal as a Tottenham counter allowed Louis Saha to expose gap in the home side's backline wider than the River Thames.

Will Liverpool and Arsenal return to winning ways this weekend?

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Will Liverpool and Arsenal return to winning ways this weekend? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This weekend we have the big North London derby with roles reversed this is Arsenal's worst season under Wenger, and Tottenham are outside title contenders / guaranteed to finish in the Champions League places.

Will Liverpool and Arsenal return to winning ways this weekend?

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Will Liverpool and Arsenal return to winning ways this weekend? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This weekend we have the big North London derby with roles reversed this is Arsenal's worst season under Wenger, and Tottenham are outside title contenders / guaranteed to finish in the Champions League places.

Carling Cup Final: Liverpool v Cardiff Preview

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Carling Cup Final: Liverpool v Cardiff Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Carling Cup Final takes place this Sunday between Liverpool and Cardiff City. Â The following analysis compares the two goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Pepe Reina and looks at the potential impact of Craig Bellamy, Peter Whittingham and Steven Gerrard.

Carling Cup Final: Liverpool v Cardiff Preview

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Carling Cup Final: Liverpool v Cardiff Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Carling Cup Final takes place this Sunday between Liverpool and Cardiff City. Â The following analysis compares the two goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Pepe Reina and looks at the potential impact of Craig Bellamy, Peter Whittingham and Steven Gerrard.

Carling Cup success more than just a trophy for Liverpool

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Carling Cup success more than just a trophy for Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Arsenal were preparing to take on Birmingham City in last season's Carling Cup final it was heralded as the inevitable end of their almost six year trophy drought. In fact it was one of four trophies the Gunners were in with a realistic shout of winning.

Andre Villas Boas – Out Before Easter?

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Andre Villas Boas Out Before Easter? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's a familiar story: Chelsea hire a new manager for a lot of money, Chelsea don't do as well under this manager as they did under Jose Mourinho, rumours  then begin to circle claiming that the manager is about to be fired and then finally (the bit that hasn't quite happened yet) the manager is fired.

England v Holland – Wembley Stadium – 29 February 2012

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England v Holland Wembley Stadium 29 February 2012 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England host Holland at Wembley in their first international friendly this year. A 'transitional' England team take on World Cup finalists Holland on Wednesday, 29th February 2012, kickoff at 8pm GMT.

England Euro 2012 Home Kit – a touch of class by Umbro

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England Euro 2012 Home Kit a touch of class by Umbro - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The new England 2012 home shirt created specifically by Umbro for England's Euro 2012 campaign is a classic white and red number that incorporates a lot of feedback given by England fans on the previous kit.

Celtic winning the title at Ibrox is an opportunity for Scottish Football

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Celtic winning the title at Ibrox is an opportunity for Scottish Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Has there ever been a season quite like it in Scottish football? By November 5thCeltic trailed Old Firm rivals Rangers by 15 points and Neil Lennon was left considering his future.

Why Chelsea Need To End Reign Of Player Power

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Why Chelsea Need To End Reign Of Player Power - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Andre Villas-Boas took over as Chelsea Manager in June 2011, he probably didn't envisage the club's dressing room being his biggest problem during his first season in English football. A dressing room filled with international footballers and seasoned professionals would surely have been an attraction for any potential Chelsea manager following the ruthless sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.

Should football introduce the ‘Vanishing Spray’?

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Should football introduce the 'Vanishing Spray'? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 'vanishing spray' is used by the referee to mark 10 yards between the ball and the wall at free-kicks. This line is a clear indicator of where the opposition teams should be standing before the free-kick is taken and was introduced in an effort to stop the attacking team gaining advantage by moving closer to the goal and the defensive side from encroaching towards the ball.

Manchester United All-Time Top Scorers

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Manchester United All-Time Top Scorers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's top goalscorers of all time, from the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton to Best and Rooney, all the way through the great players of United's illustrious past, including many from Sir Alex Ferguson's time at United.

Manchester United All Time Appearances

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Manchester United All Time Appearances - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's most capped players of all time. The achievements of these players are the stuff of United legend, and it's a testimony to Sir Alex Ferguson that he has built two sides that feature separately in this list.

FA Cup Tips: Tough weekend for Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea

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FA Cup Tips: Tough weekend for Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The latest betting tips for the FA Cup weekend:

Sunderland v Arsenal

It's FA Cup weekend, with the feature game seeing Sunderland take on Arsenal at the Stadium of Light (5.

Chelsea can’t win half their matches under AVB

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Chelsea can't win half their matches under AVB - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Castrol EDGE Performance data shows why Andre Villas-Boas is under such intense pressure ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup tie against Birmingham and a visit to Naples in the Champions League.

Arsenal: The season that promised so little duly delivers

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Arsenal: The season that promised so little duly delivers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cesc Fabregas was overtly forthcoming in his love and admiration for Arsenal as he left for boyhood club Barcelona. His sentiments were admirable and no doubt appreciated by many an Arsenal fan sympathetic with his situation, but ultimately it was of little consolation as their club lost a genuinely world class player.

The M-Station – football training that’s endorsed by Arsenal and co

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The M-Station football training that's endorsed by Arsenal and co - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Munin Sports have released a new piece of football technology to aid footballers with training the M-Station. Considerable time, effort and resources have been invested in making the M-Station a multi-purpose training tool, that has been incorporated into everyday use by some of Europe's top football teams.

Footballers overcoming adversity to play the beautiful game

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Footballers overcoming adversity to play the beautiful game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite the common trait of footballers being poor role models and lacking integrity, some players and their backgrounds can inspire you. The majority of footballers have an enviable life and everything they could ever imagine on a silver platter, but these combatants have had to overcome adversity to play the beautiful game.

United fan blocks City expansion by selling his land online

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United fan blocks City expansion by selling his land online - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United fan? Hate Manchester City? Go ahead and buy the same land that City are looking to purchase and redevelop into a training complex / business center.

The Manchester rivalry has taken an amusing turn with Manchester United fan and businessman Shaun O'Brien to divide the land at his vehicle recovery company, OB Trucks, near City's Etihad Stadium, into 18,500 square-foot plots for sale in a bid to disrupt a proposed council order to make him sell it.

Underrated Capello Failed By FA

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Underrated Capello Failed By FA - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After the recent media frenzy surrounding the news of John Terry being stripped of the England captaincy, the last thing the nation needed was a further destabilising setback just four months before the European Championships 2012 gets underway.

Van Persie and Ibrahimovic: Two of Europe’s best

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Van Persie and Ibrahimovic: Two of Europe's best - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robin van Persie will be crucial in determining the outcome of the UEFA Champions League tie between AC Milan and Arsenal.

The 12 most annoying football clichés

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The 12 most annoying football clichés - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We all love talking about football, with the latest matches, transfers and events dominating the train of thought and sparking debate on a daily basis. From the highest echelon of football commentators, journalists and even the players and managers themselves, down to the man in the pub, anything can be explained and justified with a well-rehearsed and used-to-death cliché.

Mick McCarthy pays price for misplaced priorities

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Mick McCarthy pays price for misplaced priorities - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wolves have quite literally taken the ‘Mick' out of their own club following the sacking of Mick McCarthy after just over five and a half years in charge. A difficult season for McCarthy culminated in a crushing 5-1 home defeat to fierce Black Country rivals West Brom.

Furniture Footballers – Football’s All-Furniture XI

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Furniture Footballers Football's All-Furniture XI - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Furniture Footballers? Soccerlens.com senior writer Eddie Griffin looks at football names that sound like your average household furniture.

One could fill a book or three on all of the reasons to love sports, but one of the greatest things about sports, from baseball to football, to the other football, the other football, the other football, and the other football, is that they give us so many conversation topics and lasting memories.

Don’t be a mug and stick with Spurs. Know what I mean ‘Arry?

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Don't be a mug and stick with Spurs. Know what I mean ‘Arry? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So it's "arrivederci" to Mr Capello and with that once again The FA are in search of fresh man with fresh ideas to manage the England football team. The now infamous "impossible job" is waiting ominously to be filled by a brave managerial soul and the national media appear to be in no doubt as to whom that man should be, yes it's the half human half bloodhound hybrid, Harry Redknapp.

2-1 wins for United over Liverpool and Arsenal over Sunderland

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2-1 wins for United over Liverpool and Arsenal over Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Here's a look at the weekend's biggest Premier League fixtures and the best bets to place this weekend.

Manchester United v Liverpool

All eyes will be on Old Trafford this weekend when arch rivals Man United and Liverpool face off in what promises to be a fiery encounter (12.

By The Numbers: Who should take over from Fabio Capello?

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By The Numbers: Who should take over from Fabio Capello? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager, Castrol EDGE Performance data shows why Harry Redknapp is firm favourite to take over the reins. Since the previous European Championships in 2008, Redknapp has secured an impressive win ratio of 49% with Portsmouth and Tottenham, guiding Spurs to their most successful season in the Premier League and securing European football for the past two seasons.

The Return of Luis Suárez

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The Return of Luis Suárez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of the Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur match on Monday night, we look at the return of Luis Suárez and how Liverpool have fared in the Premier League in his absence.

Luis Suárez returns to the Liverpool squad for Monday night's game at home to Tottenham Hotspur following a much publicised eight-game suspension.

The John Terry controversies – a complete list

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The John Terry controversies a complete list - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

John Terry on his day is one of the best central defenders in the Premier League, and certainly an important player for Chelsea and England.

However, the 31-year-old is in danger of missing out on Euro 2012, after being stripped of his nation's captaincy due to the ongoing allegations of racism against the Barking-born man.

Why Fernando Frequently Fails to Fire

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Why Fernando Frequently Fails to Fire - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Useless. Flop. Goddamn waste of money. Adjectives are not too hard to come by when Fernando Torres is the topic of discussion. Few footballers have fallen as far and as fast as the former Liverpool hit man has in the past 2 seasons.

The Flowers of Manchester

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The Flowers of Manchester - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Daniele (from Red Rants) has a written a moving piece on the Munich disaster here's an extract:

Sam couldn't have been more focused if he had been watching a movie, so I moved on: "Harry Gregg, United's keeper, had been thrown out the cabin after the impact along with Bobby Charlton.

Manchester United’s best chance of beating Chelsea

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Manchester United's best chance of beating Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the Manchester clubs tied on points at the top of the table and only Tottenham with an outside chance at the title, this year's Premier League is almost guaranteed to be Manchester-bound.

But it's not an easy road Manchester United still have City, Tottenham and Chelsea (this weekend) away, plus Liverpool home.

Chelsea v Manchester United: A Battle Of Widths

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Chelsea v Manchester United: A Battle Of Widths - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Castrol EDGE Performance analysis, both Manchester United and Chelsea's wingers have been key to both club's positive play this season, with Antonio Valencia, Nani, Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge all enjoying impressive campaigns.

The Curious Case of the Lost Moral Compass

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The Curious Case of the Lost Moral Compass - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Episode Four : A New Trial.....

In a time not so long ago, in a world departed from this reality....

A Man divided opinion of what was right and decent

A Man led a country; All its people, All casts,

All its hopes rested on his shoulders

His Name was John Terry.

Zamora and Cissé – Can they keep QPR in the Premier League?

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Zamora and Cissé Can they keep QPR in the Premier League? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mark Hughes was very active on transfer deadline day, signing ex-Liverpool front man Djibril Cissé from Lazio and re-uniting himself with Bobby Zamora from Fulham. Castrol EDGE Performance analysis shows that with an impressive shooting accuracy of 57% and the ability to create a chance for his teammates every 40 mins, Zamora looks set to play an important role in QPR's battle to avoid relegation.

An ode to Mario Balotelli: his notorious on and off-field antics (to date)

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An ode to Mario Balotelli: his notorious on and off-field antics (to date) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is without doubt one of the most interesting, but controversial players in the current game. Flashes of brilliance for the Etihad Stadium outfit, Inter and Italy testify to the 21-year-old's ability, but scandal and strange off-field behaviour have never been too far away in the attacker's short career to date.

How To Choose Your Ideal Bundesliga Club

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How To Choose Your Ideal Bundesliga Club - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Are you new to German football, and attracted to the much-lauded mix of exciting end-to-end football, standing fans, cheap beer and cheap tickets, not to mention the chance to watch football in a country where the national team can actually amount to something come crunch time?

Sunder, Sunder, SUNDERLAND, HO!

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Sunder, Sunder, SUNDERLAND, HO! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ever since I saw the scoreline for Sunderland's win against Norwich yesterday, the above title has been ringing around in my head. There's always the uplifting effect that a new manager has on the club and yes, many of the mid-table clubs in the Premier League haven't fared too well of late, but Sunderland's sustained success in the last couple of months is heartening.

John Terry – Good Or Bad For England’s Euro 2012 Campaign?

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John Terry Good Or Bad For England's Euro 2012 Campaign? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The extraordinary delays in a resolution to the Terry-Ferdinand affair have already resulted in the wholly unnecessary cop-out by the FA and the Premier League in asking Chelsea and QPR to forego handshakes in their recent league clash.

All January 2012 English Premier League Transfers

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All January 2012 English Premier League Transfers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

You'll find the latest Premier League Transfers (January 2012) listed here. Archives for older transfer seasons are at the end of this page. For the latest transfer rumours and confirmed transfers for other leagues, see our football transfer lists page.

Tottenham visit Arsenal in their worst season under Wenger

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Tottenham visit Arsenal in their worst season under Wenger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur play at the Emirates this Sunday, with the roles of both teams reversed in the league.

This season is on course to be Arsenal's worst under Arsène Wenger. We also look at at Emmanuel Adebayor's records at both clubs and compares Scott Parker and Alex Song.