SoccerLens Archives for January 2012

Green football – is it possible?

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Green football is it possible? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the current climate of renewable energy and methods of preserving the planet's resources, it is a likely progression that the world's most popular sport should adopt some 'green' measures to play their part.

However, in such a consumer-based industry it is at times difficult to envisage how football can contribute to the greater good and minimise the continued destruction of resources.

10 Most Overpriced Footballers

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10 Most Overpriced Footballers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There are many, especially those who don't have very much of an interest in sport, who think that top athletes are overpaid to do nothing more than ‘play a game'. However, there are many like Lionel Messi, Tom Brady, Derrick Rose, and others who are the best or among the best in their respective sports that look like they at least somewhat deserve the high salaries that they receive.

Finance in English Football: Wage Disparities Between the Divisions

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Finance in English Football: Wage Disparities Between the Divisions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As the money involved in football increases, so does each individual player's salary. According to a study, a player at one of the top-flight teams in England earns £1.5 million a year.

Derby Day: Manchester City v Manchester United

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Derby Day: Manchester City v Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A week ago, I spoke of the significance of Manchester United's draw with Everton and how much the title race had been affected. The impact has been huge; this has been made clear throughout the footballing world for the last 7 days.

Eco-Friendly Footballers

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Eco-Friendly Footballers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Contrary to popular belief, not all athletes have air or rocks for brains. In fact, there are quite a lot of athletes who defy the stereotype. For example, the late Brazilian legend Socrates earned a medical degree during his playing career, and after retiring, he made full use of the degree.

Manchester betting: United to avoid defeat and Rooney to score?

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Manchester betting: United to avoid defeat and Rooney to score? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

All eyes will be focused on the Etihad Stadium (8pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1) when City take on arch rivals United in what is ultimately the title decider. Sir Alex summed up the importance of game when he called it "a derby of amazing proportions.

Footballers that have had cosmetic surgeries

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Footballers that have had cosmetic surgeries - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fame, wealth, respect and status the modern day footballer has it all. However some things are pre-set, like a person's appearance. Liposuction, plastic surgery and beauty enhancing treatments are all the rage in Hollywood, and it appears that the footballing world is following suit, with a number of players spending their mega-wages on making themselves more attractive.

Footballers that have had cosmetic surgeries

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Footballers that have had cosmetic surgeries - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fame, wealth, respect and status the modern day footballer has it all. However some things are pre-set, like a person's appearance. Liposuction, plastic surgery and beauty enhancing treatments are all the rage in Hollywood, and it appears that the footballing world is following suit, with a number of players spending their mega-wages on making themselves more attractive.

The Loan Debate: Is it good for the parent club?

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The Loan Debate: Is it good for the parent club? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Fifa Financial Fair Play coming into effect and extortionate transfer fees blighting some clubs' efforts to reinforce, the tried-and-tested loan system is an option can make or break a team's season.

One only has to look at the track record of young players evolving into top-class athletes whilst on loan deals, or a club being boosted by a temporary signing.

Wigan’s destruction of Newcastle shows that the Latics belong in the Premier League

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Wigan's destruction of Newcastle shows that the Latics belong in the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wigan put on a show on Saturday to all-but-secure their Premier League status for another year, and delighted the DW Stadium and onlookers in the process. A 4-0 win over Champions League qualification hopefuls Newcastle mixed a determined and dogged defensive approach with sublime attacking play, and Roberto Martinez's men were good value for their comprehensive victory.

Npower Championship 2011/2012: Promotion and Relegation Review

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Npower Championship 2011/2012: Promotion and Relegation Review - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2011-12 Championship league fixtures have come to an end and finally the automatic promotion positions have been confirmed. However, at the other end of the table, the relegation picture had been clear for some time.

Some times the beautiful game is, well, quite ugly

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Some times the beautiful game is, well, quite ugly - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Footballers have it all fame, fortune and the chance to play the game that they, and we, love. Many prospective talents never make the grade, and the chosen few who play in the Premier League must be regarded as some of the luckiest people on the planet.

10 Cracking Own Goals

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10 Cracking Own Goals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Scoring an own goal is soul-destroying, confidence-shattering and altogether demoralising. If you deflect a shot into your own net, convert a cross past your own goalkeeper or get the last touch before your team concedes it is frustrating and annoying, but these ten are just down right embarrassing.

Pep Guardiola: Past, Present and his Future?

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Pep Guardiola: Past, Present and his Future? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Pep Guardiola has sensationally called time on his Barcelona career following a difficult season in which the Catalans relinquished their grip on La Liga to rivals Real Madrid and were knocked out of the Champions League Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea.

5 Managers Who Would Ruin Your Football Club

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5 Managers Who Would Ruin Your Football Club - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

One only has to look at the impact of Martin O'Neill at Sunderland to realise the ability of a manager to change a club's fortunes.

That said, unfortunately not all coaches have the same tactical nous as the Northern Irishman, and quite a considerable number are likely to effect your team's chances in an altogether different way.

10 Freak Goals

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10 Freak Goals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The modern game's professionalism is based around thorough tactical preparation, strict conditioning of elite athletes and rigorous research on opponents, with the game at the highest level decided by small margins.
Matches and seasons can be concluded one way or the other by a single incident, but sometimes a decisive goal can be based around luck more than skill.

Premier League Betting Preview: Stoke v Arsenal, Norwich v Liverpool, Chelsea v QPR and Tottenham v Blackburn

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Premier League Betting Preview: Stoke v Arsenal, Norwich v Liverpool, Chelsea v QPR and Tottenham v Blackburn - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The last weekend of April could see the Premier League title decided one way or the other.

But before Monday night, there's quite a lot of football still to play with Arsenal fighting to secure third place, Chelsea and Tottenham fighting to make up ground to fourth place and Liverpool fighting to stay ahead of Everton in the league table.

10 Great Footballing Chokes

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10 Great Footballing Chokes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everyone remembers the winners. Most know that Brazil have won a record five World Cups, that Real Madrid have won the European Cup/Champions League a record nine times, and that Manchester United have captured a record 19 English First Division/Premier League titles.

10 Great Footballing Chokes

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10 Great Footballing Chokes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everyone remembers the winners. Most know that Brazil have won a record five World Cups, that Real Madrid have won the European Cup/Champions League a record nine times, and that Manchester United have captured a record 19 English First Division/Premier League titles.

7 Spectacular Non-Football Chokes

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7 Spectacular Non-Football Chokes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It isn't often that you'll see a team throw away a three-goal lead in the second half as Chelsea did earlier this season in their 3-3 draw with Manchester United. But as wild as this English Premier League season has been, from 8-2, 1-6, 3-5, and beyond.

No Ticket, No Problem: Stadiums Where You Can Watch Football for Free

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No Ticket, No Problem: Stadiums Where You Can Watch Football for Free - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If you're a fan of a team in a reputable league, seeing your team in person likely doesn't come cheap, at least in relation to the average person's income and budget.

If only it could be free, right?

Bayern Munich v Chelsea – the road to the Champions League final

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Bayern Munich v Chelsea the road to the Champions League final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

An unlikely Champions League final of Bayern Munich vs Chelsea is set to be played at the Allianz Arena on May 19th, as the sides have both proved their worth to overcome underdogs tags to make the final.

Allianz Arena

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Allianz Arena - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Allianz Arena has held pride of place as a landmark in the north of the Bavarian capital, Munich, since 2005. The first match was played in June 02, 2005 between the two local clubs FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München in the Allianz Arena.

Top Five Football Bloopers – Videos

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Top Five Football Bloopers Videos - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

World Sport Bloopers has brought you every blooper from the world of football (or for US fans, soccer). We decided to compile a list of top 5 football bloopers to help get you through your weekend!

5). Mario Balotelli Italy Shirt Blooper

Italy recently unveiled their new strip in a friendly match against Uruguay.

Redknapp and McLeish deserve to be sacked

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Redknapp and McLeish deserve to be sacked - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last week I wrote an article highlighting Tottenham's failings and reasons for their recent collapse. Poor defending, a lack of squad rotation, the mental strain for Harry of managing Spurs while dealing with his court case along with dodgy tactics on the pitch were the problems I felt Spurs had.

Aston Villa: what if the problem is the club and not McLeish?

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Aston Villa: what if the problem is the club and not McLeish? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This Premier League season has been a memorable one, with the title race again going down to the wire and potentially being settled by a Manchester derby, the new arrivals Norwich and Swansea reminding everyone that the gap in class between the Premier League and the Championship actually isn't all that great, and the relegation battle is probably one of the tightest battles there has been in the Premier League since it's inception 20 years ago.

England Euro 2012 Betting Odds

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England Euro 2012 Betting Odds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England interim manager Stuart Pearce has this week revealed that the England squad for Euro 2012 will be named before the end of the Premier League campaign, whether a new permanent boss is in place or not. With the last game of the season on Sunday 13th May, it is reasonable to expect the successful and unsuccessful players to be unveiled a couple of days before this.

‘The Special One’ – Jose Mourinho’s Success in Madrid

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'The Special One' Jose Mourinho's Success in Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On 28th May 2010, it was confirmed Jose Mourinho would be taking over from Manuel Pellegrini at Real Madrid. ‘The Special One' arrived at the Bernabau with a huge task on his hands. Since 2008, Barcelona had become the dominant force in Spanish football; it was his job to change this.

Ronaldo in New Boots Scores Twice But Can’t Avoid Champions League Defeat

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Ronaldo in New Boots Scores Twice But Can't Avoid Champions League Defeat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After Chelsea's success in Spain the previous night, Real Madrid would have been looking to add further insult to rivals Barcelona following their win over them at the weekend, by doing what Barcelona could not do and reach the Champions League Final.

Manchester United: The Next Steps for Ferguson’s Side

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Manchester United: The Next Steps for Ferguson's Side - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After a poor season by Manchester United's standards, many fans will be calling for dramatic change when the transfer window re-opens in July. Sir Alex Ferguson's side undeniably came up short in Europe this year.

Manchester United: The Next Steps for Ferguson’s Side

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Manchester United: The Next Steps for Ferguson's Side - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After a poor season by Manchester United's standards, many fans will be calling for dramatic change when the transfer window re-opens in July. Sir Alex Ferguson's side undeniably came up short in Europe this year.

New AC Milan Home Jersey 2012/2013 – Videos

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New AC Milan Home Jersey 2012/2013 Videos - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adidas and AC Milan have released two teaser videos showcasing the new AC Milan home shirt for the 2012 / 2013 season. Here they are:

Source: AC Milan on YouTube.

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New AC Milan Home Jersey 2012/2013 – Videos

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New AC Milan Home Jersey 2012/2013 Videos - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adidas and AC Milan have released two teaser videos showcasing the new AC Milan home shirt for the 2012 / 2013 season. Here they are:

Source: AC Milan on YouTube.

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Man City v Man United: Premier League Set for Thrilling Finish

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Man City v Man United: Premier League Set for Thrilling Finish - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's 4-4 draw against Everton may have cost them dearly in the race for the Premier League this season.

Following Manchester City's 2-0 win at Wolves, Mancini's side are now perfectly poised to overtake their city rivals in next Monday evening's derby.

The complete Euro 2012 TV guide for UK and US viewers

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The complete Euro 2012 TV guide for UK and US viewers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There is nothing quite like an international football tournament: the best players, teams and games packed into a three-week beautiful game marathon.

For most of us, the not-so-exotic climes of Ukraine and Poland will be avoided but the Euro 2012 extravaganza can be monitored closely from the safe haven of our living rooms.

10 of the best Dutch footballers in recent years

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10 of the best Dutch footballers in recent years - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Netherlands international team go into this summer's Euro 2012 tournament as one of the favourites and frontrunners, with quality throughout Bert van Marwijk's side.

However, unfortunately the Eredivisie has lost its ability to keep the best homegrown players in the country and Ajax's UEFA Champions League glory of 1995 seems like an eternity ago.

Chelsea Must Dig Deep To Repel Barcelona

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Chelsea Must Dig Deep To Repel Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Barcelona v Chelsea in the Champions League tomorrow night, we looks at the importance of Petr Cech and the Chelsea defence in keeping out Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

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Chelsea Must Dig Deep to Repel Barcelona

According to Castrol EDGE Performance analysis, Petr Cech could be the key if Chelsea are to spring a surprise and resist Barcelona's attacking advances in next week's Champions League semi-final second leg.

Weekend Betting Odds: Arsenal v Chelsea and Manchester United v Everton

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Weekend Betting Odds: Arsenal v Chelsea and Manchester United v Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two cracking games on Sky this weekend, and first up is the lunchtime clash between Arsenal and Chelsea on Saturday (12.45pm Ko, SS2). Arsenal v Chelsea The Gunners have been chalked up as even money (2) favourites with Boylesports and Betfred to come out on top and they are expected to do just that.

Weekend Betting Odds: Arsenal v Chelsea and Manchester United v Everton

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Weekend Betting Odds: Arsenal v Chelsea and Manchester United v Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two cracking games on Sky this weekend, and first up is the lunchtime clash between Arsenal and Chelsea on Saturday (12.45pm Ko, SS2). Arsenal v Chelsea The Gunners have been chalked up as even money (2) favourites with Boylesports and Betfred to come out on top and they are expected to do just that.

The Champions League race: will it be Tottenham, Newcastle or Chelsea?

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The Champions League race: will it be Tottenham, Newcastle or Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the Premier League heading into the final stretch, Tottenham, Newcastle and Chelsea are set to fight it out for the last place in the top four. Wit multi-millions on the line due to the commercial advantage of Champions League qualification, football bets will be increasing in number due to the close nature of the battle for fourth place.

10 Possible Football Stoners

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10 Possible Football Stoners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Today, as you may or mayn't be aware, is 4/20 The International Day of the Stoner.

With that in mind, we thought we'd turn a wry (or should that be 'red'?) eye on the footballing sphere and pick out a few candidates in need of the meditative, healing powers of marijuana and also finger (so to speak) some of the huffing, puffing, smoking, joking midnight tokers who have almost definitely  - but not definitely enough for it to be libellous in any way inhaled a lung-full of the Lord's divine brocolli at one point in their lives.

We Get What We Deserve With Football Punditry

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We Get What We Deserve With Football Punditry - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football is the biggest sport in the world.

Its England's national sport, beloved by millions and one of the few things, if not the only thing that really unites us a country and creates any sort of national spirit for a couple of weeks every two years (four or more years if we balls things up and don't even qualify).

Italy Euro 2012 Puma Home Football Shirt

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Italy Euro 2012 Puma Home Football Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Italian National Team are one of the favourites to win the Euro 2012 tournament. The Azzuri last tasted success at the 2006 World Cup and are always one of the main contenders for every major tournament.

Italy Euro 2012 Puma Home Football Shirt

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Italy Euro 2012 Puma Home Football Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Italian National Team are one of the favourites to win the Euro 2012 tournament. The Azzuri last tasted success at the 2006 World Cup and are always one of the main contenders for every major tournament.

El Clasico Stats: Messi v Ronaldo, Valdes v Casillas and Mesut Ozil

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El Clasico Stats: Messi v Ronaldo, Valdes v Casillas and Mesut Ozil - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Barcelona v Real Madrid this Saturday, we look at key stats and performers that will feature in El Clasico. The analysis looks at Messi v Ronaldo, Valdés v Casillas and Mesut Özil.

Football and Smoking: Past and Present

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Football and Smoking: Past and Present - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When you look at many of football's top talents, both past and present, many of them were/are gifted athletes, blessed with natural gifts that enable them to live the dream, to be idolized, immortalized, and imitated.

Chelsea – The Rocky Balboa factor

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Chelsea The Rocky Balboa factor - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After watching the Chelsea – Barcelona game on Wednesday night, I couldn't help thinking that I'd seen this somewhere before. Now where was it? I can't quite put my finger on it.

We saw an epic battle between an underdog and a champion which seemed to last forever.

Carlsberg’s Euro 2012 Ad

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Carlsberg's Euro 2012 Ad - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Carlsberg's Euro 2012 ad is titled "Wearing your passion with passion". Luckily the ad itself is a lot better than the slogan. Check it out below:

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Was Brian Clough the best manager England never had?

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Was Brian Clough the best manager England never had? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the England manager's position currently available, and a recent track record of over-paid and under performing foreign managers, the nation is crying out for a talisman to lead the side to Euro 2012.

Football and Cannabis – the truth about Marijuana and Football

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Football and Cannabis the truth about Marijuana and Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

April 20th (4-20) is Cannabis day. In that context, today we look at the relationship between the world's most popular sport (football) and the world's third-most popular recreational drug (after tobacco and alcohol).

Didier Drogba Scores as Chelsea Beat Barcelona 1-0 at Stamford Bridge

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Didier Drogba Scores as Chelsea Beat Barcelona 1-0 at Stamford Bridge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Didier Drogba's first-half goal handed Chelsea a 1-0 home win against Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.

Drogba scored with a low finish after a great run and assist from Ramires who had received a long ball from Frank Lampard in a counter attack that followed an error from Lionel Messi.

Moneyball in the Premier League – looking at Liverpool, Newcastle and Wigan

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Moneyball in the Premier League looking at Liverpool, Newcastle and Wigan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) bought Liverpool FC last season, there has been a lot of talk about ‘Moneyball'.

This was a successful book chronicling the Oakland Athletics baseball team, and in particular it's General Manager Billy Beane (for a General Manager think of a powerful director of football, David Dein at Arsenal, someone who controls transfer/signings).

Make or break week for Barcelona as Chelsea and Real Madrid prepare to test the European champions

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Make or break week for Barcelona as Chelsea and Real Madrid prepare to test the European champions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona's mantle as the best team in Europe is set to be tested over the next week, with three mouth-watering fixtures ready to challenge Pep Guardiola's men.

Chelsea v. Barcelona Preview: Can the Blues turn back time to stop Messi and co?

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Chelsea v. Barcelona Preview: Can the Blues turn back time to stop Messi and co? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For Chelsea, the last four of the Champions League has become very familiar territory. In the Roman Abramovich era, the Blues have now reached the Champions League semifinals six times in nine seasons.

Bayern Munich v. Real Madrid Preview: Can Bayern stun favored Real to book home final?

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Bayern Munich v. Real Madrid Preview: Can Bayern stun favored Real to book home final? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's a rare sight to see Bayern Munich fail to win the Bundesliga title multiple seasons in a row, but that looks set to occur after a week that saw them all but concede the title to reigning champions Borussia Dortmund.

Why have Tottenham collapsed?

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Why have Tottenham collapsed? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I write this hours after seeing my beloved Spurs lose 5-1 to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final. The whole game was just horrible. Horrible from the start when Chelsea fans who are the lowest of the low, scum of the earth decided to jeer and chant "Murderers" during the minute's silence remembering the tragedy of Hillsborough.

Croatia Away Euro 2012 Nike Soccer Jersey

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Croatia Away Euro 2012 Nike Soccer Jersey - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The football shirts of the Croatian National Team are among the most distinctive in world football, with their red and white chequered home shirt and blue away kit.

For their new Euro 2012 soccer jersey, Nike have combined both designs into the away kit, which retains the traditional deep blue tone while adding in the red and white checked detail into the shoulder of the shirt.

FA Cup Semifinals Preview: Backing Liverpool and Chelsea to win

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FA Cup Semifinals Preview: Backing Liverpool and Chelsea to win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's FA Cup semi-final weekend, and first up is a fascinating Merseyside derby clash between Liverpool and Everton (12.30pm KO, Live on ESPN).

Liverpool v Everton, FA Sup Semifinal

Both sides have god records at this stage of the competition, bit on current form Everton simply have to be the bet at a massive looking 3 withbet365 and Boylesports.

Liverpool v Everton: Battle Of The Merseyside Midfields

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Liverpool v Everton: Battle Of The Merseyside Midfields - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton will contain a fascinating battle between two multi-talented midfields and the outcome is likely to rest on how well those players perform.

The New 2012/2013 Chelsea Home Shirt

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The New 2012/2013 Chelsea Home Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adidas have revealed the new Chelsea home shirt for the 2012/2013 season. The major change in the Chelsea kit from previous years is the gold trim according to adidas this is in celebration of the 2012 London Olympics (for which adidas launched their biggest UK campaign yet for Team GB earlier this month).

Euro 2012 Stadium Guide

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Euro 2012 Stadium Guide - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Euro 2012 only a couple of months away, fans from all over Europe will be planning their summer football trip to Ukraine and Poland. The eastern European nations have been frantically trying to prepare for the tournament, and have eight stadiums earmarked as venues for the games.

Euro 2012 Stadium Guide

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Euro 2012 Stadium Guide - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Euro 2012 only a couple of months away, fans from all over Europe will be planning their summer football trip to Ukraine and Poland. The eastern European nations have been frantically trying to prepare for the tournament, and have eight stadiums earmarked as venues for the games.

Balotelli’s foul on Song – would you like a signed cast with that?

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Balotelli's foul on Song would you like a signed cast with that? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

During the Arsenal v Manchester City game yesterday two players' careers at their clubs were almost ended.

Alex Song, who miraculously avoid breaking his led after Balotelli's foul, and Balotelli himself, who should have been sent of for that foul early in the first half and was then eventually sent off in injury time, prompting Mancini to say that he doubts Balotelli will play for City again.

Alan Pardew a no brainer for Premier League Manager of the Season

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Alan Pardew a no brainer for Premier League Manager of the Season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If you had told Alan Pardew this time last year that his side would be within touching distance of a Champions League spot he probably would've told you to turn off Football Manager and go to bed.

Three things Pakistani football can learn from Euro 2012

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Three things Pakistani football can learn from Euro 2012 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2012 European Championships will kick off this summer in Poland and Ukraine. The Euro 2012 betting odds hugely favour Spain and Germany, but beyond the favourites and indeed beyond the 16 teams competing at Euro 2012, there are plenty of footballing lessons for Pakistan and Pakistani football to learn from, and hopefully apply to our own national team's cause.

How Football Manager can improve your FIFA gameplay – and vice versa

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How Football Manager can improve your FIFA gameplay and vice versa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The two most popular football simulation games Football Manager and FIFA, offer very contrasting experiences to football fans. And yet you will find that there is plenty to learn from one game that can be applied to the other, and vice versa.

Liverpool, Chelsea, United, City and Arsenal all have points to prove this weekend

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Liverpool, Chelsea, United, City and Arsenal all have points to prove this weekend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With live football on the telly for the next 6 days, it's a good time to be a football fan. There's plenty of mouth-watering action in tge Premier League for you to look at.

Most efficient Premier League clubs in the last three seasons (2009 to 2012)

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Building on our previous post about the most efficient football clubs across Europe's top four leagues this season, here we do an historical analysis of the Premier league and the best performing clubs in the last three years (2009/2010 to 2011/2012).

The chart below shows some fascinating visual data about Premier League teams in the last three years from succintly pointing out Arsenal's #1 issue to highlighting the massive statistical improvements United have made this season to why Liverpool and Wigan are at the wrong end of the tables.

Most efficient football clubs in England, Spain, Italy and Germany in 2011/2012

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The study of football, and its players, is perhaps best accomplished by evaluating efficiency. Of course there are many methods of such evaluation – ranging from weekly player ratings on the typical "start at 6" scale to full scale statistical analysis.

In this article we look at football clubs in Europe's top four leagues the English Premiership, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga and analyse their offensive and defensive efficiency so far this season.

Football Manager Handheld for Android

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Sports Interactive and SEGA have announced that Football Manager Handheld for Android will be released on Wednesday, April 11th.

Football Manager Handheld, which is already a massive success on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, has been designed to bring all of the highs and lows of the greatest job on earth to mobile devices, and offers a similar playing experience on Android as it will on the iPhone / iPad.

London 2012: Should it be higher on a footballer’s priority list?

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With an exciting end to the Premier League campaign, the Champions League last four and the upcoming Euro 2012 championships in Poland and Ukraine this summer, football fans can be forgiven for forgetting about the Olympic Games and football's involvement at the London event.

Attitudes in football to the Olympics are in stark contrast to how modern sports in general perceive the Olympics.

Euro 2012: The big preview

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Euro 2012: The big preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Euro 2012 will see the continent's leading nations go head-to-head for glory this summer in Ukraine and Poland. With the first game only just over two months away and domestic club campaigns across Europe starting to draw to a close, all eyes are heading towards the competition in eastern Europe.

Euro 2012 Predictions: Winners, losers, overachievers and failures

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Euro 2012 Predictions: Winners, losers, overachievers and failures - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Euro 2012 just over two months away, the football community is preparing itself for what should be an exciting and close-run tournament in Ukraine and Poland. Holders Spain are the team to beat, but with Germany, Netherlands, England and Italy showing good form in the qualifiers, it will be an open competition.

Balotelli is City’s best chance of overtaking United for the title

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Balotelli is City's best chance of overtaking United for the title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Alan Hanson recently described Mario Balotelli as "a damaging distraction at the Etihad Stadium", highlighting the growing perception that the Italian has become more hassle than he is worth to Roberto Mancini.

Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland – what to expect from the host venues

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Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland what to expect from the host venues - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Euro 2012 just round the corner, the footballing world will have their eyes on Ukraine and Poland this summer.

With Europe's leading nations competing in June and July, fans and supporters from across the continent and further afield will descend upon the eastern European nations.

The Championship Race for Promotion: Southampton, Reading and the Play-Off Candidates

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The Championship Race for Promotion: Southampton, Reading and the Play-Off Candidates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With 6 games to go in the season, the race for promotion to the riches of the Premier League is hotting up.

It is seemingly a three-horse race for the two automatic promotion places on offer.

The rejuvenation of Chelsea and Torres under John Terry

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The rejuvenation of Chelsea and Torres under John Terry - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Roberto Di Matteo John Terry took over at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were reportedly in disarray following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas. Castrol stats shows that the Italian Englishman has rejuvenated the Blues since his appointment.

Ten facts highlighting Liverpool’s excellent progress under Dalglish this season

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Ten facts highlighting Liverpool's excellent progress under Dalglish this season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool and Dalglish have received a lot of criticism this season, most of it surrounding their transfer policy and lack of points on the table but in truth, this is undeserved and unfair on King Kenny.

Arsenal can deliver title to United with win against City

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Arsenal can deliver title to United with win against City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For months it looked like Manchester United would need, at the very least, three points at the Etihad to stand any chance of overtaking Manchester City in the title race. For months, United were being commended for being able to stay within touching distance despite injuries that had disrupted Ferguson's season plans and forced him to scrap all pre-season tactical preparation and build his team shape from scratch.

English Football Finances – 1981 to 2011

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English Football Finances 1981 to 2011 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football finance has been a hot topic for several years now, and we often cite the influx of Sky money, the formation of the Premier League, the modernisation of FIFA and UEFA, football club takeovers and of course, the rise of player wages as key indicators of how football has become more and more a business and is completely divorced from the football that we knew a few decades ago.

Liverpool declare independence, King Kenny to lead them to league title

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Liverpool declare independence, King Kenny to lead them to league title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have declared their independence as a separate and sovereign nation, electing King Kenny as their first leader. Liverpool will also breakaway from the English Premier League with immediate effect to form their own Liverpool Premier League, where they, as the only members, will be guaranteed silverware each season.

Manchester City owners complete Barclays takeover, dock Manchester United 100 points

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Manchester City owners complete Barclays takeover, dock Manchester United 100 points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City's owners completed their takeover of Barclays Bank this morning and immediately set about ringing some changes that will shake the very foundations of English football.

Chelsea appoint John Terry as player-manager as Terry promises ‘no slipups’ in Champions League

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Chelsea appoint John Terry as player-manager as Terry promises 'no slipups' in Champions League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roman Abramovich Chelsea have appointed John Terry as player manager with immediate effect, with the board highlighting his fantastic team talks and tactical input from the sidelines as the core reasons for making this decision.

Tottenham plan stupendous Premier League title heist against Arsenal, United and co.

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Tottenham plan stupendous Premier League title heist against Arsenal, United and co. - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Secret plans recovered from incinerators next to White Hart Lane (allegedly used by Tottenham to destroy incriminating evidence against Harry Redknapp) have revealed an incredibly risky and left-field strategy for Tottenham winning the Premier League next season.

Arsenal plan test-tube footballers to outsmart Chelsea, Tottenham and United

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Arsenal plan test-tube footballers to outsmart Chelsea, Tottenham and United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Plans leaked from Wenger's mobile phone (which also contained some tasty photos that we're never going to share respect, Monsieur Wenger, respect) reveal Arsenal's secret plans to outsmart their rival football clubs by creating test-tube footballers using the finest possible footballer DNA collected over the last decade.

Tottenham announce that Harry Redknapp will be England manager

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Tottenham announce that Harry Redknapp will be England manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

BREAKING NEWS: Today's news is completely broken. Tottenham have taken the bold step of announcing that Harry Redknapp will be England manager for Euro 2012. The move comes as a surprise because while many people (all of Harry's friends in the press) were certain that Redknapp would get the England callup, the FA has been quiet about the whole affair.

Premier League referees declare war on Manchester United

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Premier League referees declare war on Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League referees backed by Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City have launched a scathing attack on Manchester United, claiming that Sir Alex Ferguson was single-handedly responsible for the unbelievable amounts of abuse referees are subjected to in English football and that they were now on a warpath against United, and would not rest until the club was duly punished.

Barcelona v Milan – Messi and Ibrahimovic hold the keys to success

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Barcelona v Milan Messi and Ibrahimovic hold the keys to success - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona are clearly the better side going into the second leg of their Champions League quarter final against Milan the last three games between the two teams this season reflect that, but there is a genuine concern that Milan may upset Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Chelsea v Tottenham: London rivals ready to do battle at Wembley

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Chelsea v Tottenham: London rivals ready to do battle at Wembley - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea and Tottenham meet in the second FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday, with the London rivals' fate this season tied in with that of their opponent. With one or the other set to miss out on a top four finish in the Premier League also, progression in the cup takes additional importance this season.

Barcelona v. Real Madrid Preview: Will Ronaldo and Real strike a decisive blow at the Camp Nou?

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Barcelona v. Real Madrid Preview: Will Ronaldo and Real strike a decisive blow at the Camp Nou? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Saturday evening, Barcelona and Real Madrid will face off for the 11th time in the last two seasons, and the anticipation level as high as ever, even with the defeats that both sides suffered this week in the Champions League.

Liverpool vs Everton: Merseyside bragging rights on the line in FA Cup semi-final

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Liverpool vs Everton: Merseyside bragging rights on the line in FA Cup semi-final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton go head-to-head on Saturday at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final, in a massively important match for both sides. Kenny Dalglish will be eager to replicate the team's heroics in the Carling Cup and draw attention away from under-par league form, whilst David Moyes knows that he is 180 minutes away from lifting his first trophy for the Goodison Park club.

Manchester City v Manchester United: relying on Tevez and Scholes

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Manchester City v Manchester United: relying on Tevez and Scholes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Monday night's Manchester derby, we look at the impact of Carlos Tevez and Paul Scholes returning to their respective clubs as well as the battle of the top two Premier League keepers, David De Gea and Joe Hart.