SoccerLens Archives for January 2012

Making Waves: Rising MLS talent that will draw European interest

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Making Waves: Rising MLS talent that will draw European interest - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the recent EPL debut of Houston Dynamo product Geoff Cameron an undeniable success (he received "Man of the Match" honors in Stoke City's scoreless draw against Arsenal), we now look to the next batch of MLS-ers poised and postured to eventually make similar hops across the pond.

FIFA 13 TV Ad – Join The Club: Lio Messi, Harry Redknapp & Karim Benzema

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FIFA 13 TV Ad Join The Club: Lio Messi, Harry Redknapp & Karim Benzema - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA 13 is due to be launched on 28th September 2012 in Europe four new game-play features. The 'player impact engine' expands physical play to off-the-ball battles between players.

Adidas Launch 2012/13 Champions League, Europa Match Balls

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Adidas Launch 2012/13 Champions League, Europa Match Balls - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

adidas have revealed the official match balls for the 2012/2013 season of the UEFA Champions League, the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup competitions.

The adidas UEFA Champions League Finale 13 Official Match Ball will be used in all of the group stage of the 2012/2013 competition.

QPR show extreme ambition with transer window activity

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QPR show extreme ambition with transer window activity - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

QPR escaped Premier League relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, securing their top-flight status on the last day of the campaign despite losing 3-2 to Manchester City. The club's owner Tony Fernandes is obviously keen to avoid such a nail-biting finale to 2012-13, with a very busy transfer window heralding a number of new players for the Loftus Road outfit.

Can Manchester United regain the initiative?

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Can Manchester United regain the initiative? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The events in the final game of last season had a suitably momentous feeling to them, as Manchester City snatched victory – and the Premier League title – from United in the dying seconds of the season. There could hardly be a more wounding way for United to lose their crown, with the combination of the fact that it was surrendered to their local rivals and in such dramatic fashion, making the pain all the harder to bear for supporters of the Old Trafford club.

Andy Carroll saga: Liverpool playing hardball, Newcastle priced out of move

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Andy Carroll saga: Liverpool playing hardball, Newcastle priced out of move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The ongoing speculation over Andy Carroll's future continues, as the will-he, won't-he talk of a transfer rolls on. Much has been made of Brendan Rodgers' intentions to play others ahead of the England international for Liverpool this season, but the Northern Irish manager still will not let the forward leave on the cheap; especially to former club Newcastle.

Berbatov’s stubbornness could cost him a move

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Berbatov's stubbornness could cost him a move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the summer arrivals of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa at Manchester United, the already out-of-favour Dimitar Berbatov's time at Old Trafford is up. The Bulgarian frontman was forced to watch-on from the sidelines for the majority of last term, and Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to sell the attacker given the strength in depth at his disposal in attack.

FIFA 13 reveals 2012/13 Tottenham third kit

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FIFA 13 reveals 2012/13 Tottenham third kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur and Under Armour have launched the third kit for the club with the help of the upcoming EA Sports' football game FIFA 13. The video below exclusively shows the 2012/13 third kit and the White Hart Lane in fabulous fashion.

2012/13 Bayern Munich Away Shirt

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2012/13 Bayern Munich Away Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich did well to overcome Real Madrid in the semifinal of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League only to succumb to Chelsea in penalties to lose the final. This season, they're right up there with the favorites to win the coveted European trophy they do have the talent to do so.

2012/13 FC Porto Home Shirt

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2012/13 FC Porto Home Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2011/12 season was a good one for Porto as they soared to victory in the Portuguese Liga but their European performance was somewhat average. Outdone by APOEL and Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Champions League and lost to Sporting in the Round of 32 of the Europa League.

Manchester City told to stump up for Martinez and Garcia

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Manchester City told to stump up for Martinez and Garcia - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roberto Mancini was vocal in the need for Manchester City to strengthen their squad in the aftermath of his side's 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, but the Premier League champions will not get any of their targets for cheap.

Tottenham close-in on Lloris, but lose out on Damiao

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Tottenham close-in on Lloris, but lose out on Damiao - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following the sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid on Monday, Tottenham have an injection of transfer funds believed to be in the region of £33 million. Andre Villas-Boas is expected to be one of the busier Premier League managers over the remainder of the transfer window, and the quest to sign a new goalkeeper and striker have materialised; one in Spurs' favour and one not.

Who are this year’s Champions League favourites?

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Who are this year's Champions League favourites? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the 2012-13 season underway, the Champions League group stages are not too far away from being drawn. Holders Chelsea will look to defend their crown, but will have a host of European giants eager to claim glory.

Roberto Mancini confirms Manchester City’s intentions to buy

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Roberto Mancini confirms Manchester City's intentions to buy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After Manchester City came back from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Liverpool on Sunday, Roberto Mancini has confirmed that the club must buy new players before the end of the transfer window to retain their Premier League title.

Modric’s Madrid move finally happens with Tottenham relenting over valuation

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Modric's Madrid move finally happens with Tottenham relenting over valuation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

One of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer has come to an end, as Tottenham have announced that they have agreed to sell star playmaker Luka Modric to Real Madrid. After tense negotiations between the sides, Spurs have relented in their inflated asking price for the Croatia international, with a deal believed to be worth around £33 million settled upon.

Rumours of Wayne Rooney leaving Manchester United are foolish and unwarranted

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Rumours of Wayne Rooney leaving Manchester United are foolish and unwarranted - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Speculation in the English press over the weekend has stated that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson may well be considering selling star striker Wayne Rooney, after the forward started the new season slowly.

Arsenal’s touted transfer targets to replace Alex Song

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Arsenal's touted transfer targets to replace Alex Song - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona, Arsenal have been left with a slight gap in the centre of their midfield. The media have speculated that moves for a number of holding midfielders could be on the cards, but it remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger will reinvest the £15 million captured for the Cameroon international or stick with the players already at his disposal.

Will he, won’t he: Shakhtar’s Willian wants Tottenham switch

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Will he, won't he: Shakhtar's Willian wants Tottenham switch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With less than a week remaining in the transfer window, Tottenham are expected to be one of the main clubs eager to bring in a new face or two before the opportunity ends. Andre Villas-Boas faces the prospect of losing star playmaker Luka Modric to Real Madrid, and is eager to add a creative midfielder to his repertoire, with one name in the mix Brazil international Willian.

Arsenal’s new boys can help fans forget RVP and Song against Stoke

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Arsenal's new boys can help fans forget RVP and Song against Stoke - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The first Sky televised game on Sunday sees Stoke take on Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium, and the visitors look bankers at 2.1 with bet365 and Paddy Power to come away with all three points.

Will Tottenham finally get a win under AVB?

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Will Tottenham finally get a win under AVB? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If you are looking for bankers to put in an acca then Spurs looks suitable material at 1.53 with Paddy Power to beat West Brom on Saturday (25th August 2012). The Baggies last win at White Hart Lane came in November 1984, since then they have lost six and drawn two of their visits to north London.

Manchester City close to making sensible winger swap

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Manchester City close to making sensible winger swap - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City's lack of activity in the transfer window this summer has largely been down to the club having to tighten the purse strings due to the upcoming Fifa Financial Fairplay regulations, with the Premier League winners needing to sell before they can splurge.

Hail Cesar: Azpilicueta joins rampant Chelsea from Marseille

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Hail Cesar: Azpilicueta joins rampant Chelsea from Marseille - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have continued their summer spending spree by announcing the signature of Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille. A fee reported to be in the region of £7 million has been enough to convince the Ligue 1 side to part with the starlet, with the news confirmed on the Stade Velodrome side's official website.

2012/13 Aston Villa Shirts

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2012/13 Aston Villa Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was a disappointing 2011/12 season for Aston Villa, they finished 16th on the table and only accumulated as many points as they had played games just two points clear of the relegation zone. They could manage four home wins in the entire season.

2012/13 Tottenham Shirts

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2012/13 Tottenham Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Even though Tottenham Hotspur lost their 2012/13 opener at St. James Park against Newcastle United but they landed on the 4th spot last season, just a single point behind their London rivals, Arsenal. Chelsea, then, stole their Champions League spot and the Spurs ended up with a Europa League group stage spot.

Manchester United and Liverpool in tussle to sign Mexican Hector Herrera

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Manchester United and Liverpool in tussle to sign Mexican Hector Herrera - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United and Liverpool are locked in a transfer battle to sign highly-rated Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera. The 22-year-old played a significant role in his country's shock success at the Olympic Games this summer, in which the Central American side beat Brazil 2-1 in the final.

2012/13 Newcastle United Shirts

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2012/13 Newcastle United Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United was thought to have outdone themselves when they finished on the 5th spot, one point ahead of UEFA Champions League champions Chelsea. Alan Pardew lead his side to a place in the Europa League play-off round, giving them a chance to achieve a feat that Fulham failed to a few years ago.

2012/13 Manchester City Shirts

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2012/13 Manchester City Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Boasting a high quality squad, champions of English Premier League 2011/12, Manchester City start the new season with confidence. Roberto Mancini is very well prepared to defend their Premier League crown and assault the European front as well.

Liverpool beating Arsenal to signing of Nuri Sahin

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Liverpool beating Arsenal to signing of Nuri Sahin - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As the transfer window winds down, one name that has been consistently rumoured with a move to the Premier League is Nuri Sahin. The talented Turkey international looked to have had a season-long loan move to Arsenal wrapped up, as Arsene Wenger searched for central midfield options after the sale of Alex Song.

Holy Moses: Chelsea have bid accepted for Wigan attacker

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Holy Moses: Chelsea have bid accepted for Wigan attacker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wigan have announced that Chelsea have had an offer accepted for attacker Victor Moses, ending summer-long negotiations between the sides over a fee. The Nigeria international is now able to discuss personal terms with the Stamford Bridge club, with a move expected to be tied-up over the weekend.

Is Brendan Rodgers playing dirty in the transfer market?

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Is Brendan Rodgers playing dirty in the transfer market? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers has entered Liverpool Football Club hoping to be a breath of fresh air, with attacking football and positivity the key words. However, the Northern Irish manager seems to be using negative tactics in the transfer market.

2012/13 Inter Milan Shirts

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2012/13 Inter Milan Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Inter Milan had a disappointing 2011/2012 season under the coach Andrea Stramaccioni, finishing sixth, a staggering 26 points behind the Serie A winners Juventus. They only qualified for Europa League's third qualifying round by just two points, Roma and Parma were also eyeing that spot.

2012/13 Atletico Madrid Shirts

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2012/13 Atletico Madrid Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Atletico Madrid finished the 2011/2012 season of La Liga 5th behind Malaga and earned a place in the Europa League group stage. Fans might not deem it good enough for the quality of players present at the Vicente Calderon. Although, dwarfed by the immense size of their city rivals, Real Madrid, Atletico holds a firm chance for qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

Ajax 2012/13 Home Shirt

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Ajax 2012/13 Home Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AFC Ajax Amsterdam were crowned the champions of Eredivisie last season as they left their league rivals Feyenoord and PSV six and seven points behind respectively. They managed to score the most goals in the season (93) and conceded the second least in the league (36).

The New Chelsea 2012/13 Third Shirt

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

Chelsea got off to a good start to their 2012/2013 season with two wins in two games. They were placed 6th last season behind Tottenham and Newcastle United but thanks to their UEFA Champions League win, they will be back to contest at the European level as well.

Jean Marie Dongou Profile: The Next Samuel Eto’o?

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Jean Marie Dongou Profile: The Next Samuel Eto'o? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jean Marie Dongou
Date of Birth: 22 April, 1995 (Age 17)
Club: FC Barcelona
Country of Birth: Cameroon
Position: Forward

La Masia may have the fortunate knack of regularly producing and nurturing supremely talented footballers, but you'd think that even they would have had their decade's worth of wonder-kids in Lionel Messi.

Andre Villas-Boas Is Getting The Support He Needs At Tottenham

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Andre Villas-Boas Is Getting The Support He Needs At Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Thomas Jefferson once said "The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers". There must have been times where Andre Villas-Boas during his spell at Chelsea and now his time managing Tottenham was in danger of breaking his neck, so vehemently was he nodding to that quote.

Welbeck’s new United contract cast doubts over Hernandez’s future

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Welbeck's new United contract cast doubts over Hernandez's future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Undoubtedly the transfer story of the summer so far has been Robin van Persie's protracted switch from Arsenal to Manchester United, who are seemingly on the offensive in their bid to win back the Premier League title.

White Hart Slain: Villas-Boas to sell Michael Dawson to QPR

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White Hart Slain: Villas-Boas to sell Michael Dawson to QPR - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham's appointment of Andre Villas-Boas was on the condition that the Portuguese trainer had money to spend and control over his inherited squad. After less than two months in charge the new man is certainly making his presence felt, with the club's playerbase being tailored to his liking.

White Hart Slain: Villas-Boas to sell Michael Dawson to QPR

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White Hart Slain: Villas-Boas to sell Michael Dawson to QPR - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham's appointment of Andre Villas-Boas was on the condition that the Portuguese trainer had money to spend and control over his inherited squad. After less than two months in charge the new man is certainly making his presence felt, with the club's playerbase being tailored to his liking.

Tottenham finally land their man: Adebayor joins from Manchester City

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Tottenham finally land their man: Adebayor joins from Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham have announced that they have finally managed to agree terms on a transfer to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City. The Togolese marksman has signed a permanent contract with the north London outfit, and becomes Andre Villas-Boas' third summer addition after the arrivals of Jan Vertongen and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Tottenham finally land their man: Adebayor joins from Manchester City

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Tottenham finally land their man: Adebayor joins from Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham have announced that they have finally managed to agree terms on a transfer to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City. The Togolese marksman has signed a permanent contract with the north London outfit, and becomes Andre Villas-Boas' third summer addition after the arrivals of Jan Vertongen and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Hope Solo’s New Book Sparks Rampant Controversy: Villain or Victim?

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Hope Solo's New Book Sparks Rampant Controversy: Villain or Victim? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Never one to shy away from publicly exposed quarrels or full on media bouts, Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo (and her newly published memoir) has, yet again, placed herself at the epicenter of a highly scrutinized controversy.

Win two tickets to England v Ukraine at Wembley in September

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Win two tickets to England v Ukraine at Wembley in September - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Euro 2012 all done and dusted and the new 2012-13 season underway, England's players will be starting to look towards the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Three Lions start their World Cup qualifying campaign in September against Moldova, with the side's first home match against Ukraine at Wembley on September 11th.

Van Persie and Song may be gone but Arsenal have cause for optimism

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Van Persie and Song may be gone but Arsenal have cause for optimism - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The inevitable questions over who will now score the goals for Arsenal were particularly pertinent in the aftermath of a 0-0 draw with Sunderland which suggested they were already missing their Dutch talisman.

Arsenal lose another: Alex Song seals move to Barcelona

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Arsenal lose another: Alex Song seals move to Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona have confirmed that Alex Song has passed a medical with the Spanish club, and will now join up with his new team-mates as a move has been finalised. The Cameroon international has signed a five-year deal with the Catalan giants, with a reported fee in the region of £15 million.

Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico

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Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite the pleasant moniker bestowed upon these contests by FIFA, international "friendlies" between the United States and Mexico are usually about as chummy as a night out with Drake and Chris Brown at a New York City night club.

Nike Maxim footballs for 2012/2013 season of Premier League, La Liga & Serie A

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Nike Maxim footballs for 2012/2013 season of Premier League, La Liga & Serie A - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Nike football to be used in the 2012/2013 European leagues is called the Nike Maxim. The Premier League, La Liga and Serie A will have distinct colors for their footballs.

Alexander Buttner FM profile and his Manchester United prospects

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Alexander Buttner FM profile and his Manchester United prospects - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Media reports in Holland say that Alexander Buttner has traveled to Manchester to undergo a medical ahead of a potential £3.5m-£4m move to Manchester United.

Buttner is a 23 year-old left sided player who can play higher on the wing or as left back, came through the Ajax youth ranks and currently plays for Vitesse Arnhem.

New AC Milan 2012/13 Home, Away & Third Kits

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New AC Milan 2012/13 Home, Away & Third Kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan's campaign for the 2012/2013 jerseys is based on the saying of a founding member of the club, Herbert Kiplin, in 1899 that, "We are a team of devils. Our colors are red as fire and black, to invoke fear in our opponents".

Premier League Betting: Easy Starts And The RVP Factor

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Premier League Betting: Easy Starts And The RVP Factor - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The new Premiership season is finally upon us, and their are some fascinating clashes in an action packed weekend which throw up some decent punting opportunities (all football bets here). Arsenal v Sunderland On Saturday, Arsenal are general 1.

[PHOTOS] Robin Van Persie’s first training session with Manchester United

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[PHOTOS] Robin Van Persie's first training session with Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

You'll be seeing a lot of Robin van Persie in an Arsenal Manchester United shirt this season, so might as well get used to it now.

Here's RVP (£24m, high wages, 4 year contract, injury record and all that) taking part in his first training session for Manchester United as the club prepares for their first league match (Everton on Monday).

Manchester United get one over City with Van Persie signing

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Manchester United get one over City with Van Persie signing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the Premier League season set to start this weekend, the transfer window has ensured that the battle for top spot is set to be as tightly contested as ever. Manchester City are the team to beat after claiming a last-gasp goal difference title in 2011-12, but cross-town rivals Manchester United have put a marker down this summer.

PSG investment about more than just football

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PSG investment about more than just football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's is already making his mark in the French capital after his eye catching move from AC Milan this summer. The Swede, who became the world's most expensive player in accumulated transfer fees when he moved to Paris St Germain this summer, struck twice in his first game for his new club.

Real Madrid, Barcelona transfer targets beyond Neymar

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Real Madrid, Barcelona transfer targets beyond Neymar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid out-classed Barcelona last season which ended the Pep Guardiola era at the Catalan club. Now Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilanova, the new Barca manager, are looking to strengthen their teams in order to prepare for another long, hard year ahead.

Di Matteo’s striker woes: Is Cavani the answer?

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Di Matteo's striker woes: Is Cavani the answer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea currently has the luxury of only two forwards: Daniel Sturridge and Fernando Torres and the top priority of the club in the transfer window seems to be acquiring a striker. Although they have already splashed the cash of three midfielders.

Tottenham Need To Strengthen

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Tottenham Need To Strengthen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spurs 2-0 pre-season loss to Valencia on Thursday night is not a sign that Spurs should panic, but it did show the weaknesses currently prevalent in the Spurs squad and showed the need to bring in reinforcements.

Jermaine ‘JJ' Jenas and Jake Livermore in midfield struggled to both keep possession and press the opposition while the defensive high line loved like a childhood teddy bear by Andre Villas-Boas was at fault for the second of the Valencia goals.

Tottenham Need To Strengthen

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Tottenham Need To Strengthen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spurs 2-0 pre-season loss to Valencia on Thursday night is not a sign that Spurs should panic, but it did show the weaknesses currently prevalent in the Spurs squad and showed the need to bring in reinforcements.

Jermaine ‘JJ' Jenas and Jake Livermore in midfield struggled to both keep possession and press the opposition while the defensive high line loved like a childhood teddy bear by Andre Villas-Boas was at fault for the second of the Valencia goals.

Barça, Juve, Arsenal, Man City chase Fernando Llorente

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Barça, Juve, Arsenal, Man City chase Fernando Llorente - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Athletic Bilbao's 27 year old striker Fernando Llorente has become the center of many transfer speculations with rumors stating clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City and Tottenham after the man.

Liverpool sign Swansea’s Joe Allen for £15m

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Liverpool sign Swansea's Joe Allen for £15m - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the last week of July Swansea City rejected £12m plus Jonjo Shelvey on loan offer by Liverpool for their 22 year old midfielder Joe Allen. A couple of weeks later, Liverpool have raised the offer to meet with Swansea's demand of £15m.

Can Newcastle repeat last seasons Heroics?

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Can Newcastle repeat last seasons Heroics? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises of last season was the performance of Newcastle United, who finished fifth in the Premier League, and were in contention for Champions League football throughout the campaign.

Which Of The Promoted Sides Has The Best Chance Of Staying Up?

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Which Of The Promoted Sides Has The Best Chance Of Staying Up? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last season's promoted sides were a revelation. Swansea dazzled the league with an adherence to short passing football stronger than Elton John's adherence to ill-fitting wigs, Norwich showed a tactical flexibility rarely seen in England before while QPR relied on more prosaic methods to fashion an impressive escape from relegation, almost causing one of the biggest upsets in British football history against Manchester City in the process.

Chelsea Have Grounds For Optimism

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Chelsea Have Grounds For Optimism - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have had a summer almost as extraordinary as their amazing Champions League triumph in May. It's been an extraordinary summer because they have spent upwards of £63m, revolutionised their squad, signed two of the hottest young talents in world football yet managed to do this completely under the radar.

Alex Morgan and Team USA are ready for glory

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Alex Morgan and Team USA are ready for glory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Some deem the Champions League as the most important event on the soccer calendar, others the World Cup, however for the United States woman's team it is clear that the goal of winning the gold in the Olympics this summer is their pinnacle.

MLS to become “smart” league: Will better stat tracking affect our view of game?

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MLS to become "smart" league: Will better stat tracking affect our view of game? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Soccer has always been a sport predicated on somewhat subjective measurables; many coaches, scouts and trainers finding the majority of what they need to know from a player's actual play on the field, rather than his respective averages and scores in a spreadsheet.

Chelsea v Newcastle United Preview: Hazard to lead the charge

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Chelsea v Newcastle United Preview: Hazard to lead the charge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Table toppers Chelsea area top priced 1.53 with Paddy Power to beat Newcastle at Stamford Bridge and are fancied to maintain their 100% record in what promises to be a hard fought battle/ The Blues made it two out of two when beating Reading 4-2 in midweek, where they were impressive going forward but their defending looked very slack at times.

Community Shield 2012: Manchester City v Chelsea Preview

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Community Shield 2012: Manchester City v Chelsea Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League champions Manchester City meet FA Cup winners Chelsea in Sunday's Community Shield at Villa Park, and it's the former who appeal at 2.6 with Paddy Power to emerge victorious in normal time.

How many points can Fulham take off Manchester United?

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How many points can Fulham take off Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United v Fulham On Saturday, Manchester United cannot be opposed at 1.33 with Paddy Power in their game against Fulham at Old Trafford if the stats are anything to go by. United have won four and lost none of their last five Premier League games against the Cottagers keeping clean sheets in all four victories.

Can Liverpool stop Manchester City from scoring for fun?

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Can Liverpool stop Manchester City from scoring for fun? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The big game of the weekend sees Man City take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday (4pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1) and the title holders simply have to be the bet to emerge victorious at 2.38 with Betfred and Paddy Power.