SoccerLens Archives for January 2012

The New Nike CTR360 Maestri III Boot

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The New Nike CTR360 Maestri III Boot - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nike's completely re-designed CTR 360 Maestri III is designed for players looking to dictate the tempo of a game. Maestri is the boot favored by midfield players who rely on innovative performance features to enhance their control of the ball, and therefore the game itself.

Andres Iniesta on

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Andres Iniesta on - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Andres Iniesta was interviewed by Nike as part of their launch of the new Nike CTR 360 Maestri III boot. Here's the full transcript of that interview.

Q. New season, new coach. What are your aims and objectives this year?

Ledley King – Tottenham fans know what they’ll be missing

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Ledley King Tottenham fans know what they'll be missing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The news has been a long time coming, to be honest, but it still brings a lump to the throat.

At 31 years of age Ledley King and Tottenham had little choice but to call it a day, continuing to play would have meant putting the Tottenham man's long-term health into unnecessary jeopardy.

Chelsea 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Soccer Comes to Yankee Stadium

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Chelsea 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Soccer Comes to Yankee Stadium - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On a picture perfect summer night in The Bronx, two of the world's bigger football clubs met at Yankee Stadium as part of this year's edition of the World Football Challenge. In the first soccer match played at the ‘House That Steinbrenner Built,' Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-German battled to a 1-1 draw before 38,000 spectators, of which about 90 percent were cheering for Chelsea.

Seattle Sounders’ Montero on form, but young Chelsea attackers shine too bright

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Seattle Sounders' Montero on form, but young Chelsea attackers shine too bright - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Deep in the furthest Pacific Northwest reaches of Major League Soccer, a fully-engaged Seattle Sounders helped kick off Chelsea's pre-season tour of the United States. Blue versus a light sea foam-ish green was the scene, a decidedly mild color combination on the field to clash nicely with the incredibly energetic vibe in the stands.

The BBC’s Football Coverage Is Appalling

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The BBC's Football Coverage Is Appalling - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

News broke yesterday of Lee Dixon's departure from the BBC football punditry team. Now Dixon is by no means a great pundit. He wasn't enormously informative, didn't have great vocal delivery. He wasn't as good as Gary Neville or even Graeme Souness on Sky.

PowerCleatz: A revolutionary footballing aid

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PowerCleatz: A revolutionary footballing aid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football boots have evolved since the game was invented, with the most revolutionary advances coming recently with countless brands, styles and types of footwear available for the professional and amateur athlete.

The NY Cosmos are back, but should they be the MLS’ next expansion team?

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The NY Cosmos are back, but should they be the MLS' next expansion team? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The New York Cosmos have officially returned to the professional ranks of American soccer... and this time it's not just for a brief merchandising blitz.

This is a sports franchise that carries a great deal of baggage, some filled with memories of how great it once was, and many others filled with how swiftly it all went wrong.

The New Arsenal 2012/13 Away Kit by Nike – Purple and Pink

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The New Arsenal 2012/13 Away Kit by Nike Purple and Pink - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The new Arsenal away kit by Nike for the 2012/13 season is a nice purple number and a highly stylish football kit.

While the 2012/2013 Arsenal home kit is focused on history and tradition, Nike found the right balance for the away kit to break new ground in football fashion.

Delicate Balance: The MLS’ designated player rule

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Delicate Balance: The MLS' designated player rule - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Beckham. Henry. Keane. And now Nesta. There are some very internationally recognizable names gracing today's Major League Soccer ranks to be sure, but why does it still seem like the West-ward movement remains a feeble trickle instead of a rising swell?

What would Van Persie’s arrival at Manchester City mean for Balotelli, Tevez and co?

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What would Van Persie's arrival at Manchester City mean for Balotelli, Tevez and co? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After securing a last-gasp Premier League title success last season, Manchester City were expected to push on and splurge in the transfer market, as they look to challenge on all fronts next term.

Where would Liverpool target Clint Dempsey fit into the Reds’ setup?

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Where would Liverpool target Clint Dempsey fit into the Reds' setup? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his first signings as Reds boss are not too far away, with the team's attack in need of a revamp. With Andy Carroll looking surplus to requirements in the Northern Irishman's thoughts, sprightly Roma striker Fabio Borini has been identified as a more agile replacement.

Make or break 2012-13 for Manchester United’s David De Gea

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Make or break 2012-13 for Manchester United's David De Gea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have had some fantastic goalkeepers in their ranks over the last decade with the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Fabian Barthez and Edwin van der Sar all playing their part in the Red Devils' considerable success.

The New Liverpool 2012/13 Third Kit

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The New Liverpool 2012/13 Third Kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The new 2012/13 Liverpool FC third kit is a bold and colourful shirt designed by Warrior Football and to be worn by Liverpool during their upcoming UEFA Europa League campaign and selected Barclays Premier League games.

Vertonghen vindicated: Ledley King’s replacement has big shoes to fill at Tottenham

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Vertonghen vindicated: Ledley King's replacement has big shoes to fill at Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After a protracted summer transfer saga, Tottenham have finally landed their number one target, Jan Vertonghen, who joins the north London club from Ajax. Much has been made over the Belgian's addition, as the defender's performances have had some of Europe's top clubs sit up and take note.

Hulk, Falcao, Schurrle and Chelsea’s attacking options to replace Didier Drogba

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Hulk, Falcao, Schurrle and Chelsea's attacking options to replace Didier Drogba - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's Champions League success in 2011-12 has given the club a real boost, with Roman Abramovich looking to bolster his squad to challenge on all fronts next term. Despite the enterprise and talent of new midfielders Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Marko Marin, with Didier Drogba's departure a new top-class striker replacement is needed.

Van Persie: Arsene Wenger’s options and what is best for Arsenal

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Van Persie: Arsene Wenger's options and what is best for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have been handed a hammer blow due to the fact that captain and talisman Robin van Persie has confirmed that he will not be extending his contract at the north London club. With less than 12 months before the Netherlands international is a free agent, Arsene Wenger has a key decision to make in whether to keep his best player and lose him for nothing in a year, or sell him now for financial gain and to a preferable buyer.

Optimism Is Sweeping Through Tottenham Hotspur

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Optimism Is Sweeping Through Tottenham Hotspur - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham's end to last season was thoroughly miserable. A horrible, mean-spirited, heartbreaking ending to a season that at times had promised so much. Think of the The Elephant Man when John Merrick's happy existence is ruined by bastard circus owner Bytes.

Spain win Euro 2012 in style

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Spain win Euro 2012 in style - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spain confirmed their place amongst football's greatest all-time teams on Sunday night with an emphatic 4-0 win over Italy in the Euro 2012 final. The triumph means La Roja are the first team to ever retain the European Championships crown, and the first to win three international tournaments consecutively.

Soccerlens’ Euro 2012 Awards: The best and the worst from Ukraine and Poland

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Soccerlens' Euro 2012 Awards: The best and the worst from Ukraine and Poland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spain set a new world record on Sunday night by winning their third consecutive international trophy, with a commanding 4-0 win over Italy in Kiev confirming their place in history.

Euro 2012 Final news: Del Bosque to drop Fabregas in favour of designated striker

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Euro 2012 Final news: Del Bosque to drop Fabregas in favour of designated striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The last day of Euro 2012 is here, with the exciting prospect of the final between Spain and Italy to be played in Kiev tonight. The sides played out a 1-1 draw in the group stages three weeks ago, and meet again in differing circumstances.

The Real Manchester United 2012/13 Away Shirt

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The Real Manchester United 2012/13 Away Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have released a new home kit for the 2012-13 season, with a bold new design for the Old Traffod faithful to wear.

The 2012/13 Manchester United away kit was rumoured to be blue and black but thankfully it is in the traditional white, red and black colours of the club, as seen by the images below.