SoccerLens Archives for January 2012

Euro 2012 Final Bets: Back Balotelli and Italy over Spain

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Euro 2012 Final Bets: Back Balotelli and Italy over Spain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spain v Italy (7.45pm, Live on BBC1 and ITV1)

Bookmakers make Spain the favourites at 2.2 to win in normal time, but their are plenty of reasons to believe that Italy are worth a punt at 3.

Euro 2012 Final Bets: Back Balotelli and Italy over Spain

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Euro 2012 Final Bets: Back Balotelli and Italy over Spain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spain v Italy (7.45pm, Live on BBC1 and ITV1)

Bookmakers make Spain the favourites at 2.2 to win in normal time, but their are plenty of reasons to believe that Italy are worth a punt at 3.

Euro 2012 Final Preview: Spain vs Italy

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Euro 2012 Final Preview: Spain vs Italy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunday night will see the culmination of the Euro 2012 championships, with holders Spain the favourites to retain their crown, as they take on Italy in Kiev. The world champions are 90 minutes away from their third competitive tournament triumph, whilst Italy are looking to win the continent's top tournament for the first time since 1968.

Euro 2012 Final Preview: Spain vs Italy

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Euro 2012 Final Preview: Spain vs Italy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunday night will see the culmination of the Euro 2012 championships, with holders Spain the favourites to retain their crown, as they take on Italy in Kiev. The world champions are 90 minutes away from their third competitive tournament triumph, whilst Italy are looking to win the continent's top tournament for the first time since 1968.

Balotelli brace stuns Germany and sends Italy through to Euro 2012 final

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Balotelli brace stuns Germany and sends Italy through to Euro 2012 final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Italy stunned highly-fancied Germany with 2-1 win on Thursday night to book a place in the Euro 2012 final against holders Spain. Mario Balotelli was the hero, scoring both Azzurri goals in a commanding Italy performance before Mesut Ozil grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot in injury-time.

Balotelli brace stuns Germany and sends Italy through to Euro 2012 final

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Balotelli brace stuns Germany and sends Italy through to Euro 2012 final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Italy stunned highly-fancied Germany with 2-1 win on Thursday night to book a place in the Euro 2012 final against holders Spain. Mario Balotelli was the hero, scoring both Azzurri goals in a commanding Italy performance before Mesut Ozil grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot in injury-time.

Premier League players at Euro 2012: The good and the pretty poor

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Premier League players at Euro 2012: The good and the pretty poor - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Euro 2012 has seen the best players in the continent come together to play out a footballing extravaganza in Ukraine and Poland, with some excellent individual showings and games of note, and some shockers.

Germany vs Italy Preview: Heavyweights battle for place in Euro 2012 final

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Germany vs Italy Preview: Heavyweights battle for place in Euro 2012 final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After watching Spain slug it out with Portugal to make the Euro 2012 final, Germany and Italy go head-to-head on Thursday evening for a shot at glory. Joachim Low's men certainly go into the second semi-final as the form team and the favourites, however the Azzurri have a doggedness and unpredictability about them that should not be written off.

Spain through to the final after Iberian penalty drama

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Spain through to the final after Iberian penalty drama - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spain booked their place in the Euro 2012 final on Wednesday night after overcoming a spirited Portugal side on penalties. The Iberian rivals could not be separated after 120 minutes of tightly-contested action, with Cesc Fabregas the decisive penalty-scoring hero.

Euro 2012 Betting: Why you should back Italy against Germany

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Euro 2012 Betting: Why you should back Italy against Germany - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany v Italy (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1)

A fascinating clash and it's the Italians who make most appeal from a betting perspective at 3.25 with bet365 and Betfred in the draw/no bet market.

Scouting Report: Kwadwo Asamoah – a Juventus and Manchester United target

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Scouting Report: Kwadwo Asamoah a Juventus and Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Name: Kwadwo Asamoah
Born: 9 December 1988 in Accra, Ghana
Height: 173 cm (5ft 8in)
Weight: 76kg (168 lbs)

Previous Clubs:

Kaaseman (2006 / Ghana),
Liberty Professionals (2006-2007 / Ghana),
Bellinzona (2008-2009 / Switzerland),
Torino (Loan 2008 / Italy),
Udinese (Loan 2008-2009 / Italy),
Udinese (2009-2012 / Italy),
Juventus (2012 / Italy).

Spain vs Portugal Preview: Can CR7 and his men trump the world champions?

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Spain vs Portugal Preview: Can CR7 and his men trump the world champions? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Euro 2012 semi-finals swing into action on Wednesday night, with world champions and red-hot favourites Spain taking on their Iberian neighbours Portugal for a place in the final.

England Need To Rebuild

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England Need To Rebuild - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The response from fans and media to England's defeat on penalties to Italy on Sunday night has largely been encouraging. No hounding of referees into early retirement and a life on the run from the press. No plastering of Roy Hodgson's head onto pizza or pasta or some Italian foodstuff.

England falter on penalties once more as Italy make last four

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England falter on penalties once more as Italy make last four - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England players and fans have been subjected to penalty heartache once more, as the Three Lions were eliminated from Euro 2012 on spot-kicks by Italy on Sunday night. After no goals in 120 minutes of play the game was decided from 12 yards, as Ashley Young and Ashley Cole missed their efforts to send the Azzurri through.

Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy evaluated ahead of Euro 2012 semi-finals

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Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy evaluated ahead of Euro 2012 semi-finals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

16 teams made the Euro 2012 finals, but after competitive group stages and quarter-finals, four footballing heavyweights remain. Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy are all dreaming of glory in Ukraine and Poland, as Soccerlens examines their campaigns to date.

Spain power past hapless France

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Spain power past hapless France - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spain are the third team to make the Euro 2012 semi-finals, after a 2-0 win over France in Donetsk on Saturday night. A goal in each half from Xabi Alonso sealed victory for the holders, with Les Bleus not overly threatening Vicente del Bosque's men in truth.

England v Italy Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Preview

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England v Italy Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The final quarter-final of Euro 2012 takes place this evening as the Azzurri tackle Roy Hodgson's England in Kiev with the winner setting up a rendezvous with Germany on Thursday night.

It is a meeting of two of the tournaments more conservative sides that are well drilled, disciplined and tactically aware.

Ronaldo heads Portugal into the semi-finals

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Ronaldo heads Portugal into the semi-finals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Thursday night saw the commencement of the business end of the Euro 2012 tournament, with Portugal overcoming Czech Republic 1-0 to become the first team to make the semi-finals. Cristiano Ronaldo's winner with ten minutes remaining separated the sides, and the Iberian nation will now face either France or Spain in the last four.

Germany cruise into semi-finals

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Germany cruise into semi-finals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany booked a place in the Euro 2012 semi-finals on Friday night with a dominant 4-2 victory over Greece in Gdansk, with goals from Phillipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus sealing the win. Joachim Low's men will now await the winner of England and Italy to see who is next in their firing line.

Underdogs England looking for a superhero against Italy

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Underdogs England looking for a superhero against Italy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England v Italy (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1)

England are 2.88 shots with Paddy Power to win in 90 minutes and book their place in the semi-final.

Italy can be backed at 3 with Boylesports, with the draw a 3.

Euro 2012 Group Stage Review

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Euro 2012 Group Stage Review - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With all 24 group stage games in Euro 2012 completed, eight teams are preparing for quarter-finals, whilst the other eight have been eliminated and will head home. Ahead of the first knockout game between Czech Republic and Portugal on Thursday night, here is Soccerlens' review of the tournament so far.

England uninspiring but victorious to top Group D

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England uninspiring but victorious to top Group D - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tuesday night saw the culmination of the Euro 2012 group stages, with Group D providing England and France as quarter-finalists. Wayne Rooney returned to action to head the only goal of the game against Ukraine in a 1-0 win for the Three Lions, whilst Les Bleus crashed to a 2-0 defeat to Sweden.

Is Andre-Villas Boas Right For Tottenham?

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Is Andre-Villas Boas Right For Tottenham? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With several bookmakers having stopped taking bets and with the newspapers full of stories saying that Andre Villas-Boas is on the verge of becoming Tottenham Hotspur's new manager, it seems clear that AVB will be Harry Redknapp's replacement in the comfortable looking chairs in the White Hart Lane dugout.

Liverpool Need to Act Swiftly in the Transfer Market

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Liverpool Need to Act Swiftly in the Transfer Market - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the announcement of Premier League fixtures, it seems that no other team faces a tougher start to the campaign than Liverpool Football Club. The reds will have to play Top 3 teams in the league i.

Is Spain Becoming A Parody Of Itself?

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Is Spain Becoming A Parody Of Itself? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spain are through to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals after a tense victory over a hard-working, skilful Croatia side on Monday night. Spain spent most of the match though knowing a goal on the break from Croatia could knock them out the tournament and defensively they looked ropey throughout the evening.

The new Liverpool 2012-13 Home Shirt

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The new Liverpool 2012-13 Home Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's new kit for the 2012-13 season has been unveiled, with much anticipation over its release due to Warrior Sports taking over the design and manufacture of the strips from Adidas. The home kit has been simplified by the new manufacturer, with the top all red except for the gold LFC badge, Warrior Sports symbol and Standard Chartered sponsor.

England v Ukraine: Rooney returns to boost England’s Euro Odds

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England v Ukraine: Rooney returns to boost England's Euro Odds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Group C's winners and losers were decided on Monday night, as Spain and Italy won their fixtures against Croatia and Republic of Ireland respectively to make the Euro 2012 quarter-finals. The holders topped the pool, whilst the Azzurri make the next round as runners up.

England+Rooney confident of beating Ukraine

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England+Rooney confident of beating Ukraine - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England are looking to beat Ukraine, qualify for the knockout stages for Euro 2012 and give his side the momentum to kick on and go far in this year's Euros.

England v Ukraine (7.45pm KO, Live on ITV1)

A nation will wait with bated breath as England bid to book their place in the quarter-finals, and they go into the game knowing that a draw will be good enough to see them progress.

Italy Euro 2012 Puma Away Shirt

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

The Italian National Team have overcome injuries and pre-tournament scandals to qualify from the Euro 2012 knockout stages, where they now wait to face their Group D quarter-final opponents. The Azzuri last tasted success at the 2006 World Cup and are always one of the main contenders for every major tournament.

Germany Euro 2012 Shirts

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Germany Euro 2012 Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany qualified from Group B in relatively comfortable fashion, only hitting the higher gear when needed to progress in Euro 2012. They're now in the quarter finals where they will face Greece (second place in Group A). So far, Germany have been joined in the quarterfinals by Portugal, who will face the Czech Republic on 21st June.

Portugal progress as Ronaldo returns to form

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Portugal progress as Ronaldo returns to form - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Group B threw up two enthralling and captivating games on Sunday night, as four good teams were all still in the mix to qualify for the quarter-finals ahead of play. Germany overcame a dogged Denmark side 2-1 to progress through to the last eight, whilst

Portugal were inspired by captain Cristiano Ronaldo to also win 2-1 against Netherlands and finish as runners up in the pool.

Portugal Euro 2012 Shirts

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Portugal Euro 2012 Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Portugal qualified from Group B in second place but most importantly, they came through the Group of Death with Cristiano Ronaldo hitting goal-scoring form at the right time. They will face Czech Republic (Group A winners) on 21st June, and after having played against tournament favourites Germany and Netherlands, the team will feel confident about taking on any team in the quarters or the semis.

Greece and Czech Republic qualify from Group A: Which teams from Group B will join them?

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Greece and Czech Republic qualify from Group A: Which teams from Group B will join them? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Saturday night's final Euro 2012 Group A fixtures, most of the talk was concerned with whether Poland or Czech Republic would join Russia in the quarter-finals.

Walcott inspires England to comeback victory

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Walcott inspires England to comeback victory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England came from behind to beat Sweden 3-2 on Friday night in an exciting and end-to-end match, with Danny Welbeck getting the winner for Roy Hodgson's men, whilst France saw off co-hosts Ukraine 2-0 to set up a tense last day in Group D.

Premier League TV Rights: Worth £3 Billion between 2013 and 2016

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Premier League TV Rights: Worth £3 Billion between 2013 and 2016 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Securing its status as world football's richest competition, the Premier League has finalized an astounding £3.018 billion deal for domestic TV rights for the three years starting from the 2013-14 campaign (i.

Cech May Spoil Czech Party, Again?

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Cech May Spoil Czech Party, Again? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Once renowned amongst the best goal keepers in the world, Petr Cech is now rated amongst the most inconsistent ones. The Czech goalie has not shown the form that led to his fame and has already conceded 5 goals in first 2 matches at the European Championships.

Sweden v England Betting Odds

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Sweden v England Betting Odds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sweden v England (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1)

England look terrific value at 2.15 with Paddy Power to win this and edge one step closer to qualifying for the quarter-finals.

They played well in their opening 1-1 draw against France, looking extremely well organised and solid in defence.

Carroll in line for start as England look to attack

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Carroll in line for start as England look to attack - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Republic of Ireland's dreams of qualifying from Euro 2012 Group C were dashed in clinical fashion on Thursday night as world champions Spain got back into their groove with a 4-0 win. Meanwhile, Italy and Croatia played out a 1-1 draw in the first game of the day to ensure that the pool will go down to the last day to decide the quarter-finalists.

Did Harry Redknapp Provoke His Own Departure?

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Did Harry Redknapp Provoke His Own Departure? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Now Harry Redknapp has left Tottenham, and that all the weeks of rumour and innuendo in the press, contract negotiations conducted in public, backstabbing and dirty tricks has culminated in there now being a vacancy at White Hart Lane, is it right to suggest that perhaps Redknapp has provoked this saga and contrived to force his own dismissal?

Ruthless Germany looking ominous in early Euro 2012

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Ruthless Germany looking ominous in early Euro 2012 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wednesday night served up two exciting and enthralling Euro 2012 fixtures, with the ‘group of death' starting to take shape. Portugal made it hard for themselves in beating Denmark but got there with a late goal, whilst early favourites Germany continued their winning streak by all-but damning Netherlands to a competition exit.

Hodgson’s England Live Up To Realistic Expectations

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Hodgson's England Live Up To Realistic Expectations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Monday evening saw the conclusion of the first round of Euro 2012 fixtures, with England and France sharing the spoils in the opener before Andriy Shevchenko wound back the years to give co-hosts Ukraine a winning start over Sweden.

Do-or-die for golden generation of Dutch football

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Do-or-die for golden generation of Dutch football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Violence marred the Group A clash between Poland and Russia on Tuesday night, as 100 supporters were arrested in the build-up to the first game in the second round of fixtures. A fantastic equaliser ensured the home team got a point from the game, whilst Czech Republic gave their campaign a shot of life with a 2-1 win over Greece.

If Redknapp goes, who should be the next Tottenham manager?

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If Redknapp goes, who should be the next Tottenham manager? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As I type this Harry Redknapp is still the Tottenham Hotspur manager, though it's fair to say very few people expect him to still be Spurs manager when the season starts in August. Judging from the comments of all parties involved it seems as if Redknapp's departure is as inevitable as a Matt Le Tissier penalty.

Manchester United duo central to England’s chances against France

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Manchester United duo central to England's chances against France - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's the moment which everyone's been waiting for, as England kick-off their Euro 2012 campaign with a really tough clash against the tournament third favourites.

As as far as the bookies are concerned it won't be a winning one with bet365 going 3.

Euro 2012 Group D: France favourites but England must survive till Rooney returns

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Euro 2012 Group D: France favourites but England must survive till Rooney returns - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of today's first round of Euro 2012 Group D matches, here are our betting tips for who will win Group D and who is most likely to qualify from it to the quarterfinals.

Euro 2012 News: Fab to the rescue for Spain and England ready for France test

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Euro 2012 News: Fab to the rescue for Spain and England ready for France test - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England enter the Euro 2012 tournament on Match Day 4, with a mouth-watering clash against old enemies France sure to enthral, whilst co-hosts Ukraine are the last to feature as they entertain Sweden to complete a full round of fixtures.

Ukraine coach denies his country is racist despite previous comments

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Ukraine coach denies his country is racist despite previous comments - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin was asked about racism in Ukraine during the Sweden v Ukraine pre-match news conference, he put down his headphones and stopped listening to the translation of the question, preferring to deliver a seemingly prepared statement:

"I don't want to talk about racism.

Steven Gerrard key in England v France and Euro 2012 Odds

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Steven Gerrard key in England v France and Euro 2012 Odds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A lot of the pre-match buildup for France v England has centered on Steven Gerrard and his importance to the England side. With Lampard missing through injury, Rooney out through suspension and John Terry the center of one too many controversies, the England and Liverpool captain has quietly taken center stage and the mantle to guide England through Group D.

Chelsea set to confirm Roberto Di Matteo as permanent manager

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Chelsea set to confirm Roberto Di Matteo as permanent manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If Chelsea really do appoint Roberto Di Matteo as the permanent manager for next season, it will signal a shift in long-term strategy and a more acute understanding of what Chelsea, the football club, really needs.

Euro 2012 Group C: Spain and Italy need to prove themselves all over again

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Euro 2012 Group C: Spain and Italy need to prove themselves all over again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of today's first round of Euro 2012 Group C matches, here are our betting tips for who will win Group C and who is most likely to qualify from it to the quarterfinals.

Group C

Spain:Â 1.

Euro 2012 News: Spain v Italy, The Irish have Long-Cox and Denmark defy Euro 2012 odds

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Euro 2012 News: Spain v Italy, The Irish have Long-Cox and Denmark defy Euro 2012 odds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After two close games in the group of death, Sunday sees holders and world champions Spain start their campaign, with a troubled Italy side first up for Vicente del Bosque's men (get the best bets on Spain v Italy here).

Euro 2012 Group B: Germany face near-impossible task

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Euro 2012 Group B: Germany face near-impossible task - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of today's first round of Euro 2012 Group B matches, here are our betting tips for who will win Group B and who is most likely to qualify from it to the quarterfinals.

Group B

Netherlands:Â 2.

Euro 2012: Can Ven Persie replicate his Arsenal form? Plus: Ronaldo, Lewandowski and Soviet Russia

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Euro 2012: Can Ven Persie replicate his Arsenal form? Plus: Ronaldo, Lewandowski and Soviet Russia - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Euro 2012 got underway on Friday night with two entertaining games in Group A.

Poland and Greece played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw after an elaborate opening ceremony, with sendings off, missed penalties and a lot of passion on show.

Lewandowski and Piszczek could go to United and Madrid, says coach

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Lewandowski and Piszczek could go to United and Madrid, says coach - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Poland manager Franciszek Smuda, the Poland striker Robert Lewandowski (who currently plays for Borrusia Dortmund) is "going to Manchester United". Manchester United recently signed Lewandowski's Dortmund (former) teammate Shinji Kagawa and were strongly rumoured to be interested in Lewandowski as well although Dortmund have so far refused to acknowledge that a transfer might happen.

The Euro 2012 Betting Preview: Russia, England, Spain and Germany to win groups

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The Euro 2012 Betting Preview: Russia, England, Spain and Germany to win groups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The action gets underway in Euro 2012 tonight, and England are the biggest price they have ever been for a major tournament (15Â Betfred).

Here we take a look at the Group Stages in a bid to unearth some value bets to get the ball rolling in what promises to be a cracking competition.

Tottenham’s Summer Transfer Targets: Closing in on Vertonghen

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Tottenham's Summer Transfer Targets: Closing in on Vertonghen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For a club that won't be in the Champions League next season, which may struggle to keep its best players and currently is unsure over who will be the manager when the 2012/2013 season kicks off in August, Tottenham have been linked with an impressive calibre of player.

Strikers Needed: Four Possible Transfer Targets For Tottenham

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Strikers Needed: Four Possible Transfer Targets For Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For a club that won't be in the Champions League next season, which may struggle to keep its best players and currently is unsure over who will be the manager when the 2012/2013 season kicks off in August, Tottenham have been linked with an impressive calibre of player.

Levy, Please Don’t Sign These Players For Tottenham

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Levy, Please Don't Sign These Players For Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For a club that won't be in the Champions League next season, which may struggle to keep its best players and currently is unsure over who will be the manager when the 2012/2013 season kicks off in August, Tottenham have been linked with an impressive calibre of player.

PES 2013 Preview and Trailer

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PES 2013 Preview and Trailer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Konami has announced PES 2013, due out this autumn. It launches on Nintendo 3DS, PC, PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360.

Konami said the game sees the series returning to its roots, with an emphasis on individual skills.

Tottenham’s Summer Transfer Targets: ‘Likely’, ‘Possible’ and ‘Get The F*** Away From Us’

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Tottenham's Summer Transfer Targets: 'Likely', 'Possible' and 'Get The F*** Away From Us' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For a club that won't be in the Champions League next season, which may struggle to keep its best players and currently is unsure over who will be the manager when the 2012/2013 season kicks off in August, Tottenham have been linked with an impressive calibre of player.

Russia Euro 2012 Shirts

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Russia Euro 2012 Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Russia National Team, led by Dick Advocaat, will be expected to emulate their Euro performances of four years ago when they progressed to the semi-finals. Despite missing out on World Cup qualification, Russia will know that they have the squad and the opportunities to reach the knockout stages of Euro 2012.

Czech Republic Euro 2012 Shirts

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Czech Republic Euro 2012 Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Czech Republic national team may not be the favourites going into Euro 2012 but they have plenty to prove after missing out on 2010 World Cup qualification. After reaching the semifinals of Euro 2004 they have failed to get back the group stages of any competition.

Poland Euro 2012 Shirts

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Poland Euro 2012 Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Poland national team may be the weakest team at Euro 2012 (according to the latest FIFA rankings) but they're also placed in one of the easier groups alongside the Czech Republic, Russia and Greece teams that have a history of underperforming.

Czech Republic Euro 2012 Squad and Preview

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Czech Republic Euro 2012 Squad and Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Here's a look at the Czech Republic's Euro 2012 squad and a preview of their chances in the Euros (you'll see why Tomáš Rosický is such a key player for them).

Czech Republic squad

Goalkeepers: Petr Čech (Chelsea FC), Jaroslav Drobný (Hamburger SV) , Jan Laštůvka (FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk).

Greece Euro 2012 Squad and Preview

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Greece Euro 2012 Squad and Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Greece have been relatively stable in European football in the last decade, and while they're not expected to repeat their performances of 2004 they will harbour legitimate aims of progressing out of Group A.

One surprise name included in their Euro 2012 is that of Kostas Fortounis.

Poland Euro 2012 Squad and Preview

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Poland Euro 2012 Squad and Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As one of the co-hosts, Poland had very little competitive football to play in the last two years and are the weakest team in the 2012 Euros according to FIFA rankings, just about the only thing going for them is home support and a group they can find their way out of.

Russia Euro 2012 Squad and Preview

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Russia Euro 2012 Squad and Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Russia are placed in Group A and start their EURO 2012 campaign on 8 June against Czech Republic in Wroclaw before facing Poland and Greece in Warsaw.

Semi-finalists four years ago in Austria-Switzerland, Russia missed out on the 2010 World Cup under Guus Hiddink but Dick Advocaat led them to top spot in qualifying.

Euro 2012 News: Racism, John Terry, Ireland’s stroll in the park and the next psychic

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Euro 2012 News: Racism, John Terry, Ireland's stroll in the park and the next psychic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After weeks of waiting, squad announcements, international friendlies and travel plans being sorted, Euro 2012 is finally here! The first day of this three week-long journey sees the co-hosts Poland in action against Greece and Russia take on Czech Republic, as a tight Group A will look to take shape.

2012-13 Premier League ticket prices: How much will your club charge next season?

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2012-13 Premier League ticket prices: How much will your club charge next season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite the 2011-12 season just coming to an end plus Euro 2012 and the Olympics still to come over a manic football summer, Premier League football fans are eagerly looking into next season's season tickets.

2012 World Football Challenge: featuring Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus, Milan and MLS sides

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2012 World Football Challenge: featuring Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus, Milan and MLS sides - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The summer lull in the football season is not apparent over June, July and August this year, as we are spoilt by the Euro 2012 championships and the Olympics Games.

Euro 2012 Fixtures

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Euro 2012 Fixtures - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2012 European Championship kicks off tomorrow in Poland as Group A's teams face off against each other. If you're looking for a quick update on the key facts and figures (not to mention the history of the Euros), make sure you look at our Euro 2012 infographic.

The New Chelsea 2012/13 Away Shirt

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The New Chelsea 2012/13 Away Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The new Chelsea away kit for the new Premier League season is pre-dominantly white with a light aqua (pale blue to you and me) sash across the white body, with navy blue trim on the sleeves. The sash is a common feature of adidas shirts this summer.

Chelsea lose Battersea bid to Malaysian developers

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Chelsea lose Battersea bid to Malaysian developers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea FC have lost out in their bid to take over Battersea Power Station as Malaysia's SP Setia and Sime Darby won the right to redevelop the 15-hectare site.

About 15 bidders including Chelsea, owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, submitted plans last month to buy the protected London landmark on the south bank of the river Thames.

Euro 2012 Preview, History and Key Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Euro 2012 Preview, History and Key Facts [INFOGRAPHIC] - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Euro 2012 will see the continent's leading nations go head-to-head for glory in Ukraine and Poland.

Holders Spain go into the tournament as the team to beat (top picks with Bet365), and Vicente Del Bosque and his star-studded squad will be motivated to retain their crown.

Euro 2012 Shirts

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Euro 2012 Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Euro 2012 the 14th European Championship for teams sanctioned by the UEFA is scheduled to be played between 8th June and 1st July 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

Spain are the current holders of the cup they defeated Germany in the 2008 final when the tournament was co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland.

Euro 2012 FIFA Rankings

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Euro 2012 FIFA Rankings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the latest FIFA rankings (published ahead of Euro 2012, England have moved up one place to sixth, with Uruguay ousting Germany from second spot.

The world and European champions Spain remain untouchable, extending their lead even further, with Uruguay – World Cup semi-finalists in 2010 and Copa America winners last summer – now their nearest challengers.

The New Cardiff City: Red, Black And Mismanaged All Over

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The New Cardiff City: Red, Black And Mismanaged All Over - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The new Cardiff City 'branding' is the perfect example of how NOT to run a football club. What's worse is most media outlets have simply repeated the press releases put out by Cardiff City without bothering to offer any context to what has just happened.

Euro 2012 Posters

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Euro 2012 Posters - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Euro 2012 kicks off tomorrow with co-hosts Poland taking on Greece and Russia taking on the Czech Republic in the two opening Group A fixtures.

Teams and fans will travel long distances to play across Poland and Ukraine in the 8 Euro 2012 host cities, and while there are some tough groups to play in (Italy and Portugal will be cursing their luck), there are only 6 games to play if you are to win the tournament.

England’s biggest problem at the Euros – and beyond

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England's biggest problem at the Euros and beyond - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England are placed 6th in the pre-Euro 2012 FIFA rankings, and despite the criticisms of the system it is a openly accessible, results-based formula. It doesn't meant that England are the 6th best side in the world it just means that in terms of matches played in last four years, in terms of percentages, England have the 6th best record.

Manchester United agree terms to sign Shinji Kagawa

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Manchester United agree terms to sign Shinji Kagawa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United today have announced today that they have agreed a transfer fee with Borussia Dortmund to bring Japanese attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa to the club. With personal terms already agreed upon also, what should be the formalities of getting a work permit and passing a medical are the only objects to the Old Trafford club adding their first new face of the summer.

The New Liverpool 2012/13 Away Shirt

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The New Liverpool 2012/13 Away Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The new Liverpool 2012/2013 away kit from Warriors has been officially released. Photos and more details below.

Following Warrior's design direction of modern tradition, the new kit is inspired by Liverpool's away Kit from 1900-1906 which featured the yoke detail in recognition of sailors and the huge influence of the docks on the city at the time.

Welcome to Liverpool, Rodgers – it’s Top Four or the Door

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Welcome to Liverpool, Rodgers – it's Top Four or the Door - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Top four may not be a divine right for any club in the premier league given the competition has increased immensely over the past few years. Still the Manchester clubs remain clear favorites, Blue side with their versatile squad plus cash and Red side with their stability.

Liverpool confirm Brendan Rodgers as new manager

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Liverpool confirm Brendan Rodgers as new manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have today confirmed that Brendan Rodgers will become their new manager for 2012-13, joining the club from Premier League rivals Swansea.

The Anfield outfit have been in the market for a new head coach after owners Fenway Sports Group dismissed Kenny Dalglish following a disappointing eighth placed finish in 2011-12.

Liverpool confirm Brendan Rodgers as new manager

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Liverpool confirm Brendan Rodgers as new manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have today confirmed that Brendan Rodgers will become their new manager for 2012-13, joining the club from Premier League rivals Swansea.

The Anfield outfit have been in the market for a new head coach after owners Fenway Sports Group dismissed Kenny Dalglish following a disappointing eighth placed finish in 2011-12.

FIFA 13 Preview | FIFA 13 Pre-Order | FIFA 13 Trailer and Screenshots

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FIFA 13 Preview | FIFA 13 Pre-Order | FIFA 13 Trailer and Screenshots - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA 13 captures all the drama and unpredictability of real-world football, and is driven by five game-changing innovations which revolutionize artificial intelligence, dribbling, ball control and physical play.

The Nike Clash Collection Football Boots

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The Nike Clash Collection Football Boots - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Striking color design stands out on pitch and delivers performance engineering for best players in the world.

As the countdown to Poland and The Ukraine builds momentum and the scene is set for the biggest of football showdowns, Nike is introducing the ‘Nike Clash Collection' to celebrate what promises to be an exciting summer of football.

Why you should back Portugal against Spain in Euro 2012

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Why you should back Portugal against Spain in Euro 2012 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spain v Portugal (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1)

The first semi-final of the Euro 2012 pitches the defending champions Spain and their Iberian neighbours Portugal in what promises to be a classic encounter.