SoccerLens Archives for January 2012

Mercurial Vapor VIII: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Rafael Nadal

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Mercurial Vapor VIII: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Rafael Nadal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's rare that football adverts are entertaining and well done, so when we saw the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII ad featuring Nadal and Ronaldo engaging in a bout of tennis football, it was both engaging and

Video virals don't sell boots, but they definitely allow for greater exposure if they're done right.

Premier League betting – Arsenal, Chelsea and United to win, Liverpool to lose

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Premier League betting Arsenal, Chelsea and United to win, Liverpool to lose - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Here's a look at this weekend's best Premier League action and top betting tips for the big games. QPR v Arsenal: Eight in a row for the Gunners? Arsenal are on a roll and make plenty of appeal at 1.

Andy Carroll Stats: Time at Liverpool vs Time at Newcastle United

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Andy Carroll Stats: Time at Liverpool vs Time at Newcastle United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Andy Carroll returns to St James' Park on Sunday when Liverpool play Newcastle United in the Premier League. Castrol stats show that the £35 million striker has scored only five league goals in 35 appearances for Liverpool and consequently his chance conversion rate has slumped to a meagre 8.

Sir Alex Ferguson states Manchester United do not get preferential treatment from referees

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Sir Alex Ferguson states Manchester United do not get preferential treatment from referees - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at claims from rivals Manchester City that his side get preferential treatment from referees.

With the two rivals locked in a battle for the Premier League title this season, a war of words has ensued between Etihad Stadium football development executive Patrick Vieira and the Scottish coach.

Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini admits admiration for Tottenham’s Luka Modric

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Manchester City's Roberto Mancini admits admiration for Tottenham's Luka Modric - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has admitted that he rates Luka Modric as one of the best players in the Premier League, sparking speculation that the big-spenders are set to make a move for the Croatian playmaker.

Bayern Munich v. Marseille Preview: Bayern look to pile more misery on Marseille and close in on home final

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Bayern Munich v. Marseille Preview: Bayern look to pile more misery on Marseille and close in on home final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the history of the European Cup/Champions League, there have been only three occasions that one of the finalists was in a final held at their home stadium: 1957 (Real Madrid beat Fiorentina), 1964 (Inter beat Benfica), and 1984 (AS Roma lost to Liverpool).

APOEL Nicosia v. Real Madrid Preview: the perfect Champions League quarterfinal for both sides

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APOEL Nicosia v. Real Madrid Preview: the perfect Champions League quarterfinal for both sides - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Coming into this season, Real Madrid were considered one of the top favorites to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy, and over the last several months, they've done nothing to change that status.

Benfica v. Chelsea Preview: do Chelsea have another magnificent performance left in the tank?

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Benfica v. Chelsea Preview: do Chelsea have another magnificent performance left in the tank? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's been a rollercoaster of a season for Chelsea, but while the perennial Premier League title chasers are well off the pace domestically, their hopes for European glory remain alive and well.

Cristiano Ronaldo – the second-best player in the world?

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Cristiano Ronaldo the second-best player in the world? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th La Liga goal for Real Madrid in the side's 5-1 win over Real Sociedad at the weekend, setting a new club record for the least amount of games to reach his century; 92.

Visit ICONS.com and win a signed Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid or Manchester United jersey

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Visit ICONS.com and win a signed Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid or Manchester United jersey - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

To celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo's 100th La Liga goal for Real Madrid at the weekend, a once in a lifetime opportunity is being run by leading football memorabilia provider ICONS.

Champions League Tablet App Review: Ringier Studios 

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Champions League Tablet App Review: Ringier Studios - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Calling all Champions League die-hard fans. Just in time for this week's Champions League quarter-finals, we had a chance to review the Champions League app for tablets, developed by Ringier Studios, a California company that designs apps for Fortune 1000 companies.

Football betting made smarter by Hotvig

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Football betting made smarter by Hotvig - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The world of sports betting can be your best friend or your worst enemy, can make or break you, lead you to your fortune or leave you broke. Most of us like a cheeky bet on Grand National day or a flutter at the dogs, but betting on the beautiful game is increasingly the sport of choice for the punter.

Football betting made smarter – Hotvig.com

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Football betting made smarter – Hotvig.com - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The world of sports betting can be your best friend or your worst enemy, can make or break you, lead you to your fortune or leave you broke. Most of us like a cheeky bet on Grand National day or a flutter at the dogs, but betting on the beautiful game is increasingly the sport of choice for the punter.

Tottenham, City and Liverpool must fight form and history this weekend

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Tottenham, City and Liverpool must fight form and history this weekend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Premier League title and the Champions League places are far from a done deal. Both Manchester City and Tottenham have blown healthy leads in first and third place respectively to fall down to second and fourth, and while City's depth and sheer quality (not to mention a recall for Carlos Tevez) may yet save their title challenge, Tottenham don't have that wild card to call upon.

Four things we’ve learned about British football rivalries

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Four things we've learned about British football rivalries - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newly compiled data from Hotelclub has thrown up plenty of interesting conclusions regarding Britain's greatest football derbies. The company, who help football fans find cheap hotels in Manchester for the Manchester derby, get people into accommodation for the Second City Derby and give Fulham fans somewhere to hide after another thrashing from Chelsea, have looked at the last 20 matches played in these massive fixtures, noting the number of goals scored, and runs of wins and losses along the way.

Kenny Dalglish and the word “Luck”

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Kenny Dalglish and the word "Luck" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool fall to 9th league defeat of the season against another relegation threatened side QPR. What's worst is that Liverpool led 2-0 with only 15 minutes to play and then blew it all away. The Reds have now lost 4 of their last 5 league games and somehow manager Kenny Dalglish seem to find his team not so fortunate all the time.

Want to watch the match with a pint? Matchpint of course!

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Want to watch the match with a pint? Matchpint of course! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The world of football is becoming decidedly smaller and all of us connoisseurs of the game want to watch more than just our local team or Super Sunday. We want to see Flamengo play in the Brasileiro, Dinamo Kiev in the Ukrainian Premier League and the Basque derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao.

Online Soccer Manager Review: can you be the next Pep Guardiola?

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Online Soccer Manager Review: can you be the next Pep Guardiola? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We have all been there; 'if only he'd played three in the centre of the park instead of two we would have dominated possession'. Everyone can be a master tactician or manager from your armchair when watching your favourite team, but now the chance to prove your football knowledge and tactical nous has arrived in the form of Online Soccer Manager.

The return of Carlos Tevez

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The return of Carlos Tevez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Carlos Tevez is expected to return for Manchester City against Chelsea on Wednesday night after the striker apologised to the club for his behaviour this season.

Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that Tevez was extremely important for City before he left the club without leave.

David Silva v Juan Mata: who’s been better this season?

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David Silva v Juan Mata: who's been better this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Silva and Juan Mata go head to head on Wednesday night when Manchester City take on Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. The Spaniards have spoken of their close friendship, and Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that they are very closely matched on the pitch as well.

The next Chelsea manager should be … John Terry

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The next Chelsea manager should be ... John Terry - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Regardless of whether Chelsea beat Napoli tonight, and regardless of whether Chelsea qualify for the Champions League or not this season, the signs are crystal clear. The next Chelsea manager must either be extremely special (even Mourinho would be hard-pressed to fix the current Chelsea state, and he's not coming), or it needs to be someone who commands widespread respect and authority inside the club.

The next Chelsea manager should be … John Terry

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The next Chelsea manager should be ... John Terry - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Regardless of whether Chelsea beat Napoli tonight, and regardless of whether Chelsea qualify for the Champions League or not this season, the signs are crystal clear. The next Chelsea manager must either be extremely special (even Mourinho would be hard-pressed to fix the current Chelsea state, and he's not coming), or it needs to be someone who commands widespread respect and authority inside the club.

Five things Liverpool can improve on other than points

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Five things Liverpool can improve on other than points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"What other areas are there to improve on – apart from points?"

From any other manager, these would their famous last words. From Kenny Dalglish, however, it's merely an affirmation that Liverpool as a club has improved from last season.

FIFA Street review: can you do better than Lionel Messi?

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FIFA Street review: can you do better than Lionel Messi? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The new FIFA Street from EA Sports goes where no football simulation game has gone before delivering a realistic, street-football experience to both the casual and the avid gaming fans.

FIFA 12 last year broke new ground in ball control mechanics and football realism, and FIFA Street builds on that by letting players use the full power of the FIFA 12 system to execute tricks, dribble around defenders, juggle the ball while doing a handstand and make total fools out of the opposition players, be it the AI or via online gameplay.

Champions League: Chelsea hopeless while Inter, Madrid and Bayern have work to do

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Champions League: Chelsea hopeless while Inter, Madrid and Bayern have work to do - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Champions League quarter final contestants will be decided this week, as the final four fixtures of the round of 16 take place on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. After stellar performances from the underdogs in the respective first legs, four favourites have work to do to make the last eight.

Why Vermaelen is central to Arsenal’s chances of overtaking Tottenham

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Why Vermaelen is central to Arsenal's chances of overtaking Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After spending most of the season as the second-best side in North London, Arsenal are suddenly finding form and purpose at the business end of the season, with three big wins in three matches (including that moral-boosting 3-0 win against Milan).

Dalglish to Blame for Liverpool Collapse

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Dalglish to Blame for Liverpool Collapse - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool crumble to new lows after losing at the Stadium of Light. The reds now have 39 points from 27 games, the very similar stats they had last season as well minus the heavy spending this summer. What is more shocking is that despite spending  40 odd million just on attacking options (Not to forget the 58 million spent on Carroll and Suarez in January 2011) the club has only been able to score mere 30 goals, 5 less than premier league current leader Robin Van Persie alone.

Chelsea v Stoke City Preview: Easy win cannot hide Chelsea’s problems

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Chelsea v Stoke City Preview: Easy win cannot hide Chelsea's problems - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea v Stoke City
English Premier Leagye
Stamford Bridge London, England
10 March 2012 15:00 GMT

Chelsea are 1.4 to beat Stoke and everything suggests they are worthy odds-on shots.

Arsenal v Newcastle United preview: Gunners getting stronger and stronger

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Arsenal v Newcastle United preview: Gunners getting stronger and stronger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal v Newcastle United
Emirates Stadium London, England
English Premier League
Monday 12 March 2012
20:00 GMT

The big game on Monday sees Arsenal play host to Sunderland and it's the Gunners who have to be the bet at 1.

Manchester United v West Brom Preview: United playing for goal difference and form

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Manchester United v West Brom Preview: United playing for goal difference and form - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United v West Brom
Old Trafford Manchester, England
English Premier League
Sunday, 11 March 2012
14:00 GMT

Manchester United are 1.

Stat Attack: Why Messi Is Number One

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Stat Attack: Why Messi Is Number One - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following Lionel Messi's five goals for Barcelona against Bayern Leverkusen, the Castrol EDGE Rankings confirm Pep Guardiola's claim that "Messi's the best, there's no one else. He's unique".

Euro 2012: The Strikers To Watch

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Euro 2012: The Strikers To Watch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Euro 2012 is only a matter of months away, and excitement is growing in fans and players alike. The tournament in Poland and Ukraine is set to be one of the most open of recent times, with holders Spain sure to be challenged by the likes of Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy and England.

5 Reasons Mick McCarthy Will Be The Next Chelsea Manager

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5 Reasons Mick McCarthy Will Be The Next Chelsea Manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following the sacking of Andres Villas-Boas, managers of the calibre of Jose Mourinho, Luciano Spalletti and Guus Hiddink have been touted as the next Chelsea manager.

But, what Stamford Bridge needs is a real shake-up.

Has Harry’s Tactical Naivety Cost Spurs A Title Challenge?

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Has Harry's Tactical Naivety Cost Spurs A Title Challenge? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the space of seven days, Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of challenging for the Premiership title were swept aside once and for all with back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United. Whilst injuries undoubtedly robbed boss Harry Redknapp of the chance to field his best eleven, his inexperience of managing in such high-profile games showed in his approach to both games.

Has Harry’s Tactical Naivety Cost Spurs A Title Challenge?

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Has Harry's Tactical Naivety Cost Spurs A Title Challenge? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the space of seven days, Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of challenging for the Premiership title were swept aside once and for all with back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United. Whilst injuries undoubtedly robbed boss Harry Redknapp of the chance to field his best eleven, his inexperience of managing in such high-profile games showed in his approach to both games.

AVB: Wrong man for a transitional time

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AVB: Wrong man for a transitional time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"It will always be a battle a day between those who want maximum change and those who want to maintain the status quo."

Those were the words of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams when addressing the IRA in 2005.

Chelsea fire Andre Villas Boas as Abramovich backs player power

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Chelsea fire Andre Villas Boas as Abramovich backs player power - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roman Abramovich has sacked André Villas-Boas after a string of poor results that has left Chelsea fifth in the league table. Saturday's 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion left Chelsea three points behind Arsenal with 11 games to go.

Kissing the badge – footballers delight and demonise themselves with their club loyalty

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Kissing the badge footballers delight and demonise themselves with their club loyalty - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Above all else, in the passion of a competitive football match a player can show his dedication and love for his team by kissing the badge on his jersey. We have seen it on countless occasions a player scores a winning goal and runs towards his adoring fans kissing the club crest; he is now a hero in the eyes of the celebrating supporters.

Two reasons why Liverpool and United will beat Arsenal and Tottenham

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Two reasons why Liverpool and United will beat Arsenal and Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Some superb action on Sky Sports this weekend with Liverpool playing host to Arsenal and Manchester United squaring off against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Here's a look at each game (plus West Brom v Chelsea) and the best betting odds for them.

Walcott, Downing or Oxlade-Chamberlain?

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Walcott, Downing or Oxlade-Chamberlain? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Arsenal's trip to Liverpool on Saturday, Castrol EDGE Performance data compares the performances of England rivals Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Stewart Downing in the Premier League this season.

Manchester City v Chelsea – Tevez and the Premier League title

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Manchester City v Chelsea Tevez and the Premier League title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Carlos Tevez was made Manchester City captain in an attempt to have him lead the club to the Premier League title by the sheer weight of his goals. It didn't work as well as you'd expect, and now City are relying on Tevez once again to 'freshen' the squad and help it across the finishing line after recent stumbles have seen United overtake them in the league.

Tottenham and Manchester United have all to play for at White Hart Lane

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Tottenham and Manchester United have all to play for at White Hart Lane - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Second host third in the Premier League on Sunday, as Tottenham welcome Manchester United to White Hart Lane. With the business end of the season upon us, both clubs need points to wrap up a successful campaign, and a defeat would leave each respective team facing a considerable setback.

Sunderland v Liverpool preview: first goal will be crucial

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Sunderland v Liverpool preview: first goal will be crucial - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunderland v Liverpool
Stadium of Light Sunderland, England
English Premier League
Saturday 10 March 2012
Kickoff: 15:00 GMT

Liverpool face a tough trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland this weekend, but if the stats are anything to go by they are a good bet even money (2) to emerge victorious.