SoccerLens Archives for January 2012

Spurs Stun United At Old Trafford

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Spurs Stun United At Old Trafford - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In a manic encounter at Old Trafford Spurs ended 23 years of misery as they beat a disappointing Manchester United 3-2 in an amazing match that veered between great football, terrible defending and questionable defending.

Tottenham return to ‘Chamber of Horrors’. Will United win AGAIN?

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Tottenham return to 'Chamber of Horrors'. Will United win AGAIN? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Saturday afternoon's late kick-off sees Andre Villas-Boas's Tottenham side travel north to Old Trafford to face the mighty Manchester United.

Old Trafford may be the Theatre of Dreams but for Tottenham it has been a Chamber of Horrors, with Spurs without a win in 23 years at Old Trafford and 20 of their last 23 matches there being defeats.

Players, not refs, must improve for Liverpool to beat Norwich

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Players, not refs, must improve for Liverpool to beat Norwich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool face a trip to Norwich in a game where three points are a must, but I cannot be backing them at odds-on to do so and the draw makes much more appeal at 3.75 with BetfredandBoylesports.

Wayne Rooney is fit again, but is he guaranteed a starting berth at Manchester United?

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Wayne Rooney is fit again, but is he guaranteed a starting berth at Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After suffering a horrific cut on his right leg trying to block a shot from Fulham forward Hugo Rodallega back in August, Wayne Rooney made his long-awaited return to action for Manchester United in the Capital One Cup victory over Newcastle on Wednesday.

How important is mental strength in modern football?

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How important is mental strength in modern football? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There are so many variables that can play their part in deciding whether an individual or team are a success or failure in modern day sport, and football is no exception. With advanced training techniques, sports science and nutrition, performance aiding footwear and everything else that incorporates the game at the highest level these days, the margins between winning and losing are at times very small.

Soccer For Cartoons: How The Beautiful Game Was Made For Saturday Morning

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Soccer For Cartoons: How The Beautiful Game Was Made For Saturday Morning - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When you grow up in America, the phrase "Saturday morning" evokes one indelible memory burned into sugar-addled minds by hours of blissful TV consumption: cartoons.

For a brief window of time in our school age years, Saturday morning cartoons were like 52 little Christmas mornings a year, each one an orgiastic explosion of teeth-rotting cereal goodness and classic animated high jinks.

Do modern-day football boots pose an injury threat?

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Do modern-day football boots pose an injury threat? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the margins between victory and defeat in the modern game very small, footwear manufacturers are eager to use the latest technology to aid players' performance. With the traditional metal studs being replaced with plastic studs, blades and hybrid boots even having a mix of the two, there are a plethora of different boots available for the modern day professional, which are all becoming more lightweight and aerodynamic.

Nike Unveils All Conditions Control Technology In All Boots

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Nike Unveils All Conditions Control Technology In All Boots - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The new technology, called the All Conditions Control or ACC, allows the Nike boot's surface to maintain friction, touch and control on the ball, whatever the conditions may be wet or dry.

The upper materials are specially treated to deliver a consistent feel on the ball at all times.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle United: Youth players get League cup chance

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Manchester United vs. Newcastle United: Youth players get League cup chance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United host Newcastle United in the third round of the Capital One Cup, as the Premier League sides enter the competition for the first time. Arguably the biggest clash of the competition so far, the two United's have a reputation for serving up some sensational encounters during their long, storied rivalry.

Men’s monogamous relationship with football

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Men's monogamous relationship with football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lying and cheating are two of the most prominent reasons why any relationship usually ends up in a separation or divorce. For one reason or the other a whole lot of men and women can't live up to the lofty promises made when they exchanged vows at the altar, or the town hall.

Individual errors costing Liverpool dear

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Individual errors costing Liverpool dear - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite Liverpool's disappointing early league position, their general performances have not justified their results so far. Instead, it has been a catalogue of individual mistakes that have meant Brendan Rodger's side have struggled so much to gain points.

Barnsley FC In Takeover Talks

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Barnsley FC In Takeover Talks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barnsley FC are in the centre of a takeover battle Soccerlens.com understands.

The Tykes, whosecured an amazing 5-0 away victory against promotion wannabes Birmingham City at the weekend are understood to be attracting attention from potential suitors and while there have been no concrete offers as of yet General Manager Don Rowing explained to the Barnsley Chronicle that something might be on the cards:

"We have been approached butthere are no offers at this stage.

Wing-Backs: The Solution For Overpowered Manchester United

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Wing-Backs: The Solution For Overpowered Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The disappointingly lackluster recent performances by Manchester United against Galatasaray and Liverpool are alarming and Sir Alex Ferguson's men are surely well aware that they may not be as fortunate with the results in future as they have been in these last two matches.

Celtic Launch 125-Year Anniversary Kit

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Celtic Launch 125-Year Anniversary Kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On November 6th, 1887, the Celtic Football Club was formed by eight men in Glasgow, Scotland. 125 years later, on October 2nd, 2012, Celtic and Nike celebrate this landmark anniversary with a special commemorative kit.

The European Dilemma

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The European Dilemma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The continental football is back again. It's a treat for football lovers all over.

UEFA Champions League, the well to do sibling, attracts huge crowds, revenue and massive European clubs, while the Europa League has been unfairly treated by the governing authority as well as many clubs from the influential leagues.

Arsenal travel to Manchester with a point to prove

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Arsenal travel to Manchester with a point to prove - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the second of two mouth-watering games this weekend, Premier League champions Manchester City host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium. With both teams having ambition of domestic glory this term, the fixture will be an early yardstick to rate progress, with a valuable three points up for grabs.

Even the Aztecs struggled with linesmen, apparently

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Even the Aztecs struggled with linesmen, apparently - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I would like to tell you a little story about a sport I discovered very recently. It just goes to show that all sport regardless of time and place is beset with problems.

"BribeaBlatter" or "Go Lime" was a sport played by the Aztecs.

FC Barcelona’s search for common sense…and a center-back

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FC Barcelona's search for common sense...and a center-back - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On paper last night's tie between FC Barcelona and Spartak Moscow should've been a fairly straightforward one. On paper. While one was inclined to believe that it was going to be a goal-fest, it was assumed that Spartak Moscow would just play dead and endure a torrid time in Catalunya.

Tottenham Will Aim To Improve On Last Year’s Europa League Showing

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Tottenham Will Aim To Improve On Last Year's Europa League Showing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Thursday night, at theageing, run down yet romantic, atmospheric and wonderful White Hart Lane, Spurs will start another European adventure in the group stage of the Europa League.

Anton Ferdinand, John Terry and the handshake heard around the world

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Anton Ferdinand, John Terry and the handshake heard around the world - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Does getting paid an absurd amount of money remove your capacity to respect other people? Does your ability to accept differences decrease in direct proportion to your increase in privilege?

The Necessary Failure of David Bentley

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The Necessary Failure of David Bentley - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former footballer David Bentley has moved to Russian club FC Rostov on loan. He was 28.

Some have mourned a wasted talent, others have been splashing each other playfully in the fountain of schadenfreude, where football fans congregate to mock the unfortunate.

Tottenham still looking for first win of the season

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Tottenham still looking for first win of the season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Sunday, Tottenham will be hoping to bag their first victory of the season in their away game against Reading this weekend, and they are generally even money (2) chances to do so. As far as the stats are concerned, Spurs have have won six and lost just one of the last eight matches against Reading in all competitions.

Barcelona’s lead defies logic while Madrid’s ‘crisis’ belies comprehension: The 8-point mystery

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Barcelona's lead defies logic while Madrid's ‘crisis' belies comprehension: The 8-point mystery - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Though it's fairly early in the season, match day four as of the time of this writing, it already appears as if 2012/2013 La Liga crown is FC Barcelona's to lose.

Mancini Will Have To Conquer His European Hoodoo

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Mancini Will Have To Conquer His European Hoodoo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Tuesday night there will be a matchup that ten years ago you would only have seen had you had Tonton Zola Moukoko playing especially well for you on Championship Manager. Manchester City, fourteen years ago a languishing club in the third tier of English football, attracting a home crowd of 3,000 against Mansfield in the Auto Windscreens Shield (they lost that game), are now champions of England and set to take on Real Madrid in the first match of the Champions League group stage at the mighty Santiago Bernabeu.

Arsenal will find Southampton more dangerous opponents than Liverpool

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Arsenal will find Southampton more dangerous opponents than Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal play host to Southampton this weekend and look bankers at 1.36 withbet365and Betfredto bag all three points. The Gunners have only ever lost twice at home to Southampton in the league in their entire history, and the last time they met was back in 2004 when they shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

Can Manchester City break their winless streak away to Stoke?

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Can Manchester City break their winless streak away to Stoke? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City face a potentially tough trip to the Potteries to take on Stoke this weekend but look a great bet at 1.73 withbet365and Paddy Power to come away with all three points. Like many teams, the Citizens have struggled in their visits to the Britannia Stadium.

Chelsea have too much momentum for all-changed QPR

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Chelsea have too much momentum for all-changed QPR - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are 1.83 withbet365to beat QPR at Loftus Road this weekend in what promises to be a real battle. The Blues had two players sent off in their last visit, and their opponents ended last season with more red cards (9) than any other team in the top flight.

Jurgen Klinsmann: USMNT finally has options, not just stop-gaps

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Jurgen Klinsmann: USMNT finally has options, not just stop-gaps - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Every national team coach has his favorites. Those mainstay players that always manage to make the lineup card no matter how out of form they appear or who's waiting in the wings to take their place.

The Uxbridge English Premier League Dictionary

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The Uxbridge English Premier League Dictionary - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"We all know he's got that in his locker, you know. He can do that all day long, but at the end of the day every time he crosses the line he brings something to the party, you know." Lately I have been considering a review of the language used in our beautiful game.

FIFA 13 demo released: preview FIFA 13 in advance

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FIFA 13 demo released: preview FIFA 13 in advance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gamers and football enthusiasts alike will be delighted by the news that the demo of FIFA 13 has been released for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Anticipation and excitement over the latest version of the franchise has been growing in recent weeks and months, with a raft of new features sure to maximise the user's.

Financial Fair Play here we come: Uefa withholds 23 clubs’ prize money

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Financial Fair Play here we come: Uefa withholds 23 clubs' prize money - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The first major steps in enforcing the upcoming Financial Fair Play regulations has occurred, with Uefa withholding prize money owed to 23 clubs competing in European competition in 2012-13.

David Beckham heads top-selling MLS jerseys list

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David Beckham heads top-selling MLS jerseys list - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As the popularity of the game grows in the United States and Canada, the MLS has been able to attract some big-name foreign players to ply their trade in North America, whilst simultaneously producing a star or two of their own.

575 European clubs receive financial compensation from UEFA after Euro 2012

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575 European clubs receive financial compensation from UEFA after Euro 2012 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

575 European clubs have received financial reward for their part in providing players for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign and final tournament, Uefa has announced. The 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons were taken into consideration and the European governing body, in accordance with the European Club Association (ECA), have finalised their calculations.

Football Manager 2013 is on the way

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Football Manager 2013 is on the way - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A new overwhelming and time-dissolving life distraction is just on the horizon, as the latest and improved version of Football Manager, 2013, is set to be released by Sega and Sports Interactive before Christmas. Are you up to the challenge?

Make money before the game has even kicked off with PrematchTrading.com

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Make money before the game has even kicked off with PrematchTrading.com - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

They say that football is a funny old game, and it can be one of the most frustrating and difficult sports to bet on, with unpredictable results and last-minute goals turning a potential fortune into pittance.

Raheem Sterling’s Selection For England Is A Positive Step

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Raheem Sterling's Selection For England Is A Positive Step - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Monday came news that Raheem Sterling, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana had been called into the England squad ahead of Tuesday night's encounter with Ukraine. As usual with England, like a cross country run at school, there were an unusually high amount of absences from the squad.

Minus Bradley and Donovan, USMNT will be tested in Kingston

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Minus Bradley and Donovan, USMNT will be tested in Kingston - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Coming off an extremely unlikely, and equally historic, triumph against Mexico in their final friendly tune up, Team Jurgen Klinsmann now confidently enters the first of two CONCACAF World Cup qualification matches against Jamaica.

How much power does Shebby Singh have at Blackburn?

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How much power does Shebby Singh have at Blackburn? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Believe it or not there was a time when the actual on field activities were the centre stage at Blackburn Rovers football club. The team played, we won, we drew or we lost and we'd analyse to death what happened.

English kits to bear the Nike Swoosh

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English kits to bear the Nike Swoosh - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nike and The Football Association have announced a new partnership that will see the world's leading sports company design and create the kits for men and women's England teams at every level.

The first England kits to bear the Nike Swoosh will be launched in Spring 2013.

Arsenal’s transfer window: Big changes at the Emirates for second summer in a row

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Arsenal's transfer window: Big changes at the Emirates for second summer in a row - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Emirates Stadium's revolving door continued to swing this summer, as Arsenal looked to sign attacking quality but also sold two of their most impressive performers from last season.

Manchester United’s transfer window: Sir Alex goes on the offensive

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Manchester United's transfer window: Sir Alex goes on the offensive - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are a wounded animal after relinquishing their Premier League title in last-gasp fashion to cross-town rivals Manchester City in 2011-12. As such, Sir Alex Ferguson entered this summer's transfer market eager to purchase the firepower and quality to come back in 2012-13 stronger.

United favorites to claim three points against Southampton

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United favorites to claim three points against Southampton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United take on Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday (4pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1) and at 1.57 with Betfred look a great bet to come away with all three points.

They have won on their last four visits in all competitions, and having got back on track with a 3-2 win over Fulham following their opening game defeat at the hands of Everton and in reality should prove far too strong for The Saints.

Liverpool’s transfer window: Lack of deadline day action overshadows quartet of signings

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Liverpool's transfer window: Lack of deadline day action overshadows quartet of signings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After a massively-disappointing end to 2011-12, Brendan Rodgers has been handed the considerable task of restoring Liverpool to their former glories and challenging for a top-four finish this term.

Newcastle to dominate Aston Villa

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Newcastle to dominate Aston Villa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle look a cracking bet at 1.62 with bet365 and Betfred to beat Aston Villa at St James' Park.

Alan Pardew's men Newcastle have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League home games (W8 D2 L1), whereas Villa have won none of their last nine away matches (W0 D4 L5) a run which started with defeat at this ground.

Chelsea’s transfer window: Roman splurges in pursuit of Premier League title

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Chelsea's transfer window: Roman splurges in pursuit of Premier League title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are going through something of a transitional period, as a number of older heads have left Stamford Bridge to be replaced by young pretenders. Roman Abramovich splurged in excess of £80 million in revamping the Blues' squad this summer, with the Russian oil tycoon conducting all his business before the panic of transfer deadline day.

Chelsea’s transfer window: Roman splurges in pursuit of Premier League title

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Chelsea's transfer window: Roman splurges in pursuit of Premier League title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are going through something of a transitional period, as a number of older heads have left Stamford Bridge to be replaced by young pretenders. Roman Abramovich splurged in excess of £80 million in revamping the Blues' squad this summer, with the Russian oil tycoon conducting all his business before the panic of transfer deadline day.

Tottenham v Norwich: Winless Spurs hungry for points

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Tottenham v Norwich: Winless Spurs hungry for points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spurs are a top priced 1.4 with Paddy Power to register their first victory of the season against Norwich at White Hart Lane and are strongly fancied to do just that.

Both sides have started their seasons with an away defeat followed by a disappointing home draw, but this looks a good opportunity for Andre Villas-Boas men to secure all three points.

Swansea tough nut to crack for Sunderland

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Swansea tough nut to crack for Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Swansea look one of the bets of the weekend at 2.2 with Boylesports to beat Sunderland.

Despite the fact that they have won all three of their games this season by an aggregate of 11 goals to one, and have a tremendous record at home bookmakers still seem to take them on.

Tottenham’s transfer window: Late additions of Lloris and Dempsey bolster AVB’s contingent

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Tottenham's transfer window: Late additions of Lloris and Dempsey bolster AVB's contingent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham were one of the busier sides in the transfer window this summer, with Andre Villas-Boas eager to add his own touch to the squad he inherited earlier in the off-season.

Manchester City’s transfer window: Mancini strenghtens late in the day

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Manchester City's transfer window: Mancini strenghtens late in the day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City had a strange transfer window in that their usual financial splurging was not evident until the final hours of Friday's deadline day. Roberto Mancini's men are certainly the team to beat after winning the Premier League last season, and the Italian coach has been vocal in his desire to add new players to his squad in a bid for silverware in 2012-13.

QPR have little hope against Man City

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QPR have little hope against Man City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City look bankers at a general price of 1.2 to beat QPR at the Etihad.

They won the the title in this fixture last season, becoming the first team to ever be losing a Premier League game at 90 minutes and come back to win the match, and everything suggest they will come out on top once again.

Liverpool v Arsenal: Troubled giants to battle it out at Anfield

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Liverpool v Arsenal: Troubled giants to battle it out at Anfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Sunday (1.30pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1) and the stats suggest they are overpriced at 3.5 with bet365 and Paddy Power to notch their first victory of the season.