SoccerLens Archives for January 2013

David Villa reveals Arsenal ambition as Barca stand their ground

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David Villa reveals Arsenal ambition as Barca stand their ground - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona star David Villa wants to join Arsenal in the January transfer window but the Catalan giants are standing firm on their ground on their policy of not selling key players in January.

QPR on the verge of signing Christopher Samba

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QPR on the verge of signing Christopher Samba - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is closing in on the signing of Anzhi Makhachkala defender Christopher Samba after the London based club triggered £10m release clause inserted in his contract.

Guus Hiddink is unhappy with Samba's attitude towards Anzhi

The former Blackburn Rovers defender has been with the Russian club for less than a year and left his teammates at the club's winter training camp in Spain (Russian Premier league is on a winter break) to discuss personal terms with QPR.

Philippe Coutinho completes Liverpool move

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Philippe Coutinho completes Liverpool move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Philippe Coutinho has become Brendan Rodgers' second signing of the season after completing his £8.5 million move from Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Searching for regular football, Philippe Coutinho has moved to Liverpool

The 20-year-old signed a long term contract at the club after successfully completing his medical yesterday at the club's Melwood training ground.

Lewis Holtby could be a superb signing for Spurs

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Lewis Holtby could be a superb signing for Spurs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it, don't wait for it, just let it happen. Could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black coffee.

Buying Ashley Williams will be a masterstroke for Liverpool

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Buying Ashley Williams will be a masterstroke for Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, had addressed the need of buying few players in the January transfer window and so far he has kept his words.

The Reds have already signed Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea earlier this month and are almost in the process of wrapping up the deal for Inter Milan prodigy Philippe Coutinho who has completed his medical on Tuesday.

AC Milan’s Emanuelson to join Fulham on loan

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AC Milan's Emanuelson to join Fulham on loan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A giants AC Milan midfielder Urby Emanuelson is set to join Premier League outfit Fulham on loan for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old who joined Milan in 2011 from Eredivisie giants Ajax has dropped down the pecking orders at the club under coach Massimiliano Allegri in recent months.

Premier League signings of the season 2012-13

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Premier League signings of the season 2012-13 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With just over 24 hours before the end of the January transfer window, it is a perfect time to review the recruitment policies of the Premier League's top sides.

After a busy summer in the transfer market, a handful of deals in January have seen most teams looking to strengthen as the business end of the campaign approaches.

Robin van Persie: The difference between EPL’s first and second

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Robin van Persie: The difference between EPL's first and second - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Robin van Persie's switch from Arsenal to Manchester United in the summer raised some eyebrows, aggravated the Gunners' faithful and adding another string to Sir Alex Ferguson's attacking bow.

AC Milan snap up Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

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AC Milan snap up Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A giants AC Milan have finally clinched a four-and-a-half-year deal for Manchester City's striker Mario Balotelli.

According to the club's director Umberto Gandini, the Italy international will undergo a medical in Milan on Wednesday before agreeing personal deals.

Why Galatasaray is the right move for Drogba

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Why Galatasaray is the right move for Drogba - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Turkish club Galatasaray have reached a deal to sign Didier Drogba following his short stint with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

The striker who is currently serving duty for his national team at the African Cup of Nations has agreed to an 18-month deal, as confirmed by the club on its website.

Wenger dismisses David Beckham transfer rumours

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Wenger dismisses David Beckham transfer rumours - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that the former England skipper David Beckham will not join the club in the January transfer window.

Beckham trains with Arsenal but Wenger rules out signing rumours

The 37-year-old is a free agent now after seeing out his contract with MLS outfit LA Galaxy while he has been linked with several English and European clubs.

QPR sends Anton Ferdinand on loan to Bursaspor

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QPR sends Anton Ferdinand on loan to Bursaspor - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand has completed his loan move to Turkish club Bursaspor for the remainder of the season.

The 27-year-old centre-half has made only 16 appearances for the club this season and has dropped out of the first team picture under manager Harry Redknapp.

Tottenham reach agreement for Lewis Holtby

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Tottenham reach agreement for Lewis Holtby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham have reached an agreement with Bundesliga side Schalke 04 to transfer Lewis Holtby's in January.

Holtby Fantastic signing for Tottenham

The Germany international is heading to White Hart Lane within next 24 hours to complete the deal with the fee agreed between both the clubs is believed to be in the region of £1.

Everton close to signing FC Twente midfielder

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Everton close to signing FC Twente midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton have agreed a deal to sign FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer in the next 48 hours, for a fee thought to be in the region of £8.5 millions.

Everton to spend £8.5 million on Leroy Fer

The 23-year-old will travel to Meyseyside to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms with his transfer is expected to be completed before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

Drogba to choose Galatasary over Chelsea for Champions League football

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Drogba to choose Galatasary over Chelsea for Champions League football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Galatasaray are looking to sign Didier Drogba in the January transfer window and have started negotiations with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to buy the striker.

Drogba set for Galatasaray?

QPR owner to quit if Redknapp can’t avoid relegation

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QPR owner to quit if Redknapp can't avoid relegation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tony Fernandes, owner of QPR, has made it clear that he will call it quits if the London based club fail to stay afloat in the Premier League for next season.

Fernandes could quit if QPR get relegated

Rangers are sitting rock bottom in the League with just 15 points on board, five points from safety.

As Deportivo collapse, Valerón gently fades from view

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As Deportivo collapse, Valerón gently fades from view - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Valerón in happier times


Last night Juan Carlos Valerón watched his side's latest collapse from his new position: the bench. Sadly, it looks like the career of football's more delicate talents of the last couple of decades is going to end in sadly subdued circumstances.

Win Robin van Persie’s Manchester United shirt

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Win Robin van Persie's Manchester United shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Arsenal skipper, Robin van Persie, got off to a blistering start at Old Trafford. He was a Manchester United player for just five days when his first shot for the club got him his first goal. He has since scored 24 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions so far.

Manchester United create history with $3 billion valuation

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Manchester United create history with $3 billion valuation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League giants Manchester United have created history by becoming the first sports team in the world with a $3 billion valuation.

MUFC world's most valuable team

The shares of the club offered to the public last August at $14 did poorly in the beginning but the price has soared up in the last few days touching at $17.

Brazil set to offer England huge test at Wembley

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Brazil set to offer England huge test at Wembley - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England take on Brazil in a friendly next week at Wembley which should show us how far away Roy Hodgson's men are from one of the best teams in the world.

England are unlikely to field a full strength team for the friendly match as numerous players are bound to withdraw from the squad with injuries which appear at the last minute.

Chelsea face defining week in the title race

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Chelsea face defining week in the title race - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea face difficult back-to-back Premier League games away at Reading and Newcastle United over the next six days, as they look to recover from a disappointing draw against Brentford FC in the FA Cup.

The club's away form hasn't actually been too bad with a current record of seven wins, two draws and two defeats.

Liverpool punished for lack of strength in depth

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Liverpool punished for lack of strength in depth - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On a miserable afternoon for all concerned with Liverpool Football Club, their lack of squad depth was once again highlighted to humiliating effect as Oldham Athletic knocked out the seven-time winners in yesterday's fourth round FA Cup tie.

Nicolas Anelka signs for Juventus on loan

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Nicolas Anelka signs for Juventus on loan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nicolas Anelka has signed for Serie A leaders Juventus on a five month loan deal from China's Shangai Shenhua.

The Old Lady are going through a crisis in the striker department as a result of which the club felt the need to go for a loan move for a recognized striker.

AC Milan set to offer new £17m bid for Balotelli

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AC Milan set to offer new £17m bid for Balotelli - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan are set to offer £17 million for Manchester City's Mario Balotelli as the Serie A giants show serious intent to bring the striker to the San Siro.

Milan wants Super Mario

The 22-year-old's future at the Etihad has come under constant speculation in recent months even though manager Roberto Mancini has made it clear that the club won't sale any of their players in the winter transfer window.

Moussa Sissoko joins Newcastle United

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Moussa Sissoko joins Newcastle United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United have signed France international Moussa Sissoko from FC Toulouse for a transfer fee of £2.2 million.

Sissoko becomes the tenth Frenchman at Newcastle

Sissoko becomes the fourth signing of the week for the Magpies and latest Frenchman to move to St James' Park.

Eden Hazard given three match ban for the ball boy incident

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Eden Hazard given three match ban for the ball boy incident - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been charged by the Football Association with violent conduct for kicking Swansea ball boy Charlie Morgan, during the Capital One Cup semi-final, second leg away to Swansea City on Wednesday.

Fabricio Coloccini will remain at Newcastle

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Fabricio Coloccini will remain at Newcastle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United skipper Fabricio Coloccini will remain with the club until the end of the season and will be leading the side too, as confirmed by manager Alan Pardew.

The 31-year-old requested the club to allow him return to Argentina, because of personal problems but after days of negotiations with club hierarchies, he has agreed to stay on Tyneside.

Newcastle striker Nile Ranger arrested on suspicion of rape

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Newcastle striker Nile Ranger arrested on suspicion of rape - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been arrested by Northumbria Police on suspicion of rape.

Nile Ranger arrested on the suspicion of rape

Police arrested the 21-year-old after receiving a report from a womanalleging she had beensexually assaulted at hotel Jesmond, Newcastle on Wednesday night.

Mario Balotelli will stay: Roberto Mancini

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Mario Balotelli will stay: Roberto Mancini - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dismissed suggestions of a possible move for striker Mario Balotelli to AC Milan in the January transfer window.

Super Mario is staying at Manchester City

The 22-year-old forward's career at City has been littered with controversial incidents while his future at the club came under constant speculation in recent months.

Football Money League: 4 Bundesliga clubs in Top 20

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Football Money League: 4 Bundesliga clubs in Top 20 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There has been a loud susurration surrounding the rise and growth of football in Germany in the media which has a strong foundation for it. In the Deloitte's 2013 Money League table, four clubs from the Bundesliga have made it to the top 20 and their figures are quite impressive.

Football Money League: 5 Serie A clubs in Top 20

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Football Money League: 5 Serie A clubs in Top 20 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

While seven Premier League clubs featured in 2013 Deloitte Football Money League, five clubs from Italy made their way in top 20.

Serie A teams in the Football Money League
  • 8th. AC Milan
  • 10th Juventus
  • 12th Inter Milan
  • 15th Napoli
  • 19th AS Roma
AC Milan

Revenue: €256.

Tottenham wants to sign Mohamed Diame

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Tottenham wants to sign Mohamed Diame - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham are reportedly lining up a bid for West Ham midfielder, and an Arsenal transfer target, Mohamed Diame.

Allardyce and Diame both deny any upcoming transfers

Mohamed Diame has been arguably West Ham's most influential player this season.

Fernando Llorente to join Juventus this summer

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Fernando Llorente to join Juventus this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It is official now; Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente will join Italian giants Juventus in July, when his contract at the Spanish club expires.

One of the most talked about transfer saga is finally over.

Eden Hazard apologizes to the ballboy as Swansea knocks out Chelsea

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Eden Hazard apologizes to the ballboy as Swansea knocks out Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has issued an apology for the ballboy-kicking incident as his team crashes out of the League Cup semi-final.

It was an impressive display from Swansea and they deservedly went through to their first Capital One Cup final with their 2-0 lead over two legs.

Southampton and Liverpool in a tug of war for Philippe Coutinho

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Southampton and Liverpool in a tug of war for Philippe Coutinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League outfit Southampton have emerged as a shock contender for Philippe Coutinhoand are looking to snatch the deal from Liverpool's nose after having their bid accepted by Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Football’s Believe it or not 2: 10 funny and strange football stories

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Football's Believe it or not 2: 10 funny and strange football stories - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following up on the earlier article Football's Believe it or not I have compiled more of the most bizarre, strange and funny stories from the world of football.

Players invoke card frenzy

Jose Manuel Barro Escandon went a little bit card crazy in a match involving first division teams Recreativo Linense and Saladillo de Algeciras.

Manchester United agree £15m deal for Wilfried Zaha

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Manchester United agree £15m deal for Wilfried Zaha - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is set to complete his long mooted move to Manchester United after the Premier League leaders agreed a deal with the English Championship club, worth in excess of £15 million.

About ManUtd app brings all Manchester United stats to your phone

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About ManUtd app brings all Manchester United stats to your phone - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The About ManUtd app is an excellent iPhone and iPad app for the Manchester United fans. Launched this season by the people behind the respected Manchester United stats website, it's already giving fans facts and stats to back them up in all Man Utd discussions around the world.

Manchester City climb five places on Deloitte list of top earners

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Manchester City climb five places on Deloitte list of top earners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City have risen five places on the Deloitte list of football's top earning sides. City were aided by the fact they secured their first Premier League title over the 2011/2012 season which now means that half of the top ten clubs on the list are English.

Football Money League: 7 Premier League clubs in Top 20

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Football Money League: 7 Premier League clubs in Top 20 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

While Real Madrid and Barcelona enjoy nearly a billion Euros of revenue between them, the 2013 Deloitte Football Money League features seven clubs from the Premier League the most from any country in Europe.

Iker Casillas could miss both legs against United

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Iker Casillas could miss both legs against United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid skipper Iker Casillas could miss both the Champions League matches against Manchester United after suffering a metacarpal fracture on his left hand.

The impact that injured Iker Casillas' hand

Casillas was badly injured in a collision with defender Alvaro Arbeloa who accidentally kicked the hand as he attempted a clearance during their La Liga match against Valencia and couldn't continue the game out of pain and was replaced by second choice goalie Antonio Adan.

Can Only Klopp Crack The Sahin Enigma?

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Can Only Klopp Crack The Sahin Enigma? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nuri Sahin: Back where he belongs?


The Bundesliga returned last weekend, and in the process welcomed back its player of the year from two seasons ago. Nuri Sahin's failure to flourish after leaving Germany is a surprise.

Newcastle United sign Montpellier defender

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Newcastle United sign Montpellier defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Potentially big signing for Newcastle United

The versatile defender has signed a five and a half year contract with the English club.

Yoan Gouffran reveals his Newcastle move

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Yoan Gouffran reveals his Newcastle move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yoan Gouffran has revealed on his Twitter account that he is about to move to Newcastle United from the French club Bordeaux.

Yoan Gouffran has already bid farewell to Bordeaux on Twitter

The highly rated France U-21 international is set to become Newcastle's second signing in the January transfer window after the Toons completed the transfer of Montepellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Reading v Chelsea: Chelsea heavy favourites for another away win

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Reading v Chelsea: Chelsea heavy favourites for another away win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


Reading v Chelsea
English Premier League
The Madejski Stadium, Reading, England
Wednesday 30 January, 2013
20:00 GMT

Chelsea will have a chance to close the gap on Manchester City to three points when they travel to Premier League strugglers Reading.

Win a pair of Warrior Skreamer Pro football boots

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Win a pair of Warrior Skreamer Pro football boots - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The US based sporting goods manufacturer, Warrior Football, launched their debut football boot collection, Skreamer, in November 2012.

Featuring a multitude of breakthrough technologies, Skreamer is set to revolutionize the world of football boots.

Germany: All-time football records

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Germany: All-time football records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


Germany has a long and rich history when it comes to the beautiful game with the country divided due to politics until the fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of the old Soviet Union.

Here are ten football records related to Germany national football team:

Most capped player

No one can get anywhere near Lothar Matthaus who has more caps than any other player for his country with 150.

Sir Alex to answer to the FA regarding linesman comments

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Sir Alex to answer to the FA regarding linesman comments - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It appears that Sir Alex's temper may have gotten him into trouble yet again. His recent outburst after United's 1-1 draw against Tottenham on Sunday has brought about an inquiry from the Football Association.

France: All-time football records

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France: All-time football records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


France have been one of the most entertaining and dramatic teams to watch in the history of international football.

They hold a unique record as they are one of only three countries to have held the World Cup and European Championships titles at the same time.

Victor Valdes on Manchester United’s radar

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Victor Valdes on Manchester United's radar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's search for a permanent successor to Edwin Van Der Sar might be over soon, as reports in the English media have revealed the club's interest in signing the Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes.

Wilfried Zaha poised to join Manchester United

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Wilfried Zaha poised to join Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are set to concluding a deal for Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha after the London club's negotiating position is weakened by the absence of other potential bidders.

Zaha heading to Manchester United for £12m?

David Villa wants out – Arsenal’s hopes boosted

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David Villa wants out Arsenal's hopes boosted - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Villa has dropped a bombshell by intimating to Barcelona hierarchies that he wants to leave the Catalan club, boosting hope for Arsenal to try and lure him in the January transfer window.

The Spain international has been left frustrated with the lack of first team opportunities and is looking to quit Nou Camp for regular football.

Kaka to stay – Milan, Madrid fail to reach an agreement

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Kaka to stay Milan, Madrid fail to reach an agreement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan CEO, Adriano Galliani, has revealed that talks with Real Madrid over the transfer of Kaka have broken down due to the ‘fiscal situation'.

It was meant to be the most fairy-tale transfer of this season the return of the prodigal son; but it wasn't to be.

Lyon confirms Lisandro and Bastos might leave in January

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Lyon confirms Lisandro and Bastos might leave in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lyon chairman, Jean-Michel Aulas, has confirmed Italian and English interest in Lisandro Lopez and Michel Bastos.

This news would not come as a surprise to most of the fans as the pair were expected to leave the club in the January transfer window.

Capturing the nature of the African Cup of Nations

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Capturing the nature of the African Cup of Nations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The African Cup of Nations has kicked off and even though Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, etc. are being touted as the usual favourites. But the nature of the competition is such that any of the participants can pull off a shock win.

Arsenal hoping to sign M’Vila before QPR seals the deal

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Arsenal hoping to sign M'Vila before QPR seals the deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are looking to hijack a deal for French midfielder Yann M'Vila right under the nose of Queens Park Rangers as manager Arsene Wenger is looking to bolster the squad in the January transfer window.

Win Three African Cup of Nations 2013 Home Shirts

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Win Three African Cup of Nations 2013 Home Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Soccerlens has teamed up with Puma, the official supplier to the African Cup of Nations, to offer one lucky fan a chance to win three official home shirts from Puma-sponsored African nations.

Argentina: All-time football records

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Argentina: All-time football records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Argentina are one of the most successful teams in the history of international football. The national team is also known as 'La Albicelestes' (which means 'the sky blue and whites').

They have appeared in four World Cup finals and they have enjoyed many successful Copa America campaigns.

Brazil: All-time football records

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Brazil: All-time football records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brazil are widely accepted as one of the most entertaining football teams to watch in the world. They are the classic embodiment of everything which is great about football playing with smiles and entertaining the crowds.

Alou Diarra hits out at West Ham and Allardyce

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Alou Diarra hits out at West Ham and Allardyce - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

French midfielder Alou Diarra has revealed his frustration at the lack of opportunities to compete in West Ham colours since joining them.

Alou Diarra has 44 caps for France since his debut in 2004

England has never been a happy hunting ground for Alou Diarra and so it has been proved once again.

Ashley Cole to sign one year contract extension at Chelsea

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Ashley Cole to sign one year contract extension at Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is set to agree a new one-year-contract extension that would make him the highest paid defender in world football at just under £200,000 a week.

Ashley Cole set to sign new deal at Chelsea

Cole, 32, looked certain to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season along with Frank Lampard but club hierarchies have made a U-turn in their decision.

Wilshere can be Arsenal’s Captain Fantastic

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Wilshere can be Arsenal's Captain Fantastic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As Arsenal slumped to defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday, the one player who seemed intent on driving forward and leading his side was their youngest. Although still only 21, now is the time for Jack Wilshere to be given the Arsenal captaincy.

Tottenham v Manchester United: Key players for Spurs

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Tottenham v Manchester United: Key players for Spurs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham secured a last-gasp draw against Manchester United on Sunday, with Clint Dempsey striking in injury time to give the White Hart Lane side a well-earned point.

Betfair's Premier League odds were against Andre Villas-Boas' men getting anything from the game, but the hosts showed pluckiness and a toughened mentality that has been missing in previous seasons against Sir Alex Ferguson's men.

Wesley Sneijder joins Galatasaray to end transfer saga

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Wesley Sneijder joins Galatasaray to end transfer saga - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Dutch midfield maestro Wesley Sneijder joins Galatasaray after finally agreeing personal terms with the Turkish side.

The most dramatic transfer saga of this season is finally over; or so it seems.

Steven Gerrard eager to see Liverpool in top four

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Steven Gerrard eager to see Liverpool in top four - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard vows to try his best to take his beloved club back in the Champions League admitting fears that failing to do so, could mean departure of star striker Luis Suarez from the club.

Arsenal interested in potential Newcastle signing

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Arsenal interested in potential Newcastle signing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are looking to submit a last-minute bid for Montpelleir defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is close to signing for Newcastle United.

Arsenal target Yanga-Mbiwa is scheduled for a medical at Newcastle

This might feel like déj vu for Newcastle fans; the Magpies were close to signing Loic Remy before QPR stepped in and landed the French striker and now they might lose out on Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Arsene Wenger fears dropping out of Europe

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Arsene Wenger fears dropping out of Europe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger harboured serious concerns about his side's chances of finishing in top four for the first time in fifteen years.

Arsene Wenger concerned about a top four finish

The Gunners suffered yet another blow on Sunday as they lost 2-1 at the hands of London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a very challenging and gruelling atmosphere.

Copa America: All-time Records

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Copa America: All-time Records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Copa America is the world's oldest international championship with the first tournament held in 1916 and the latest in 2011. Some of the greatest players to have played the beautiful game have fought for the coveted trophy.

Women’s World Cup: All-time Records

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Women's World Cup: All-time Records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This is one of the youngest international football competitions in the world. The inaugural Women's World Cup took place in 1991 in China.

The latest was played in 2011 in Germany and Japan won its first title in a penalty shootout against the United States.

Philippe Coutinho is close to joining Liverpool

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Philippe Coutinho is close to joining Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Inter Milan midfielderPhilippe Coutinho is set to become Liverpool's second signing of the January transfer window as the Anfield club looks to wrap up the deal with an improved offer of £8 million.

England: All-time football records

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England: All-time football records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England is where football began with some of the same rules used in the modern game first created by the original Football Association. And since, the Three Lions have always been a power house in international football.

English football’s 10 most interesting stories

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English football's 10 most interesting stories - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

English players have always been a favorite of the media. With that said, some of the players seem to have tried their best to attract media attention.

Here are some of the most interesting stories from the lives of footballers from England:

Wayne Rooney

Rice-ilicious lucky charm

Jack Robinson, an English goalkeeper who first started playing in the 19th century, ate a plate of rice pudding before each match as he thought it gave him good luck.

European Championships: All-time Records

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European Championships: All-time Records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The European Championships are rated as one of the best international football tournaments and sporting events in the world. It was originally snubbed by major nations but it is now a highly coveted trophy.

Here are ten all-time records of the competition:

Most wins

Germany (formerly West Germany) and Spain hold the joint record for most wins in the tournament.

10 Crazy Injury Stories: Some deadly & some just plain weird

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10 Crazy Injury Stories: Some deadly & some just plain weird - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It is never a good sight to see a player receive a serious injury. The same can not be said about all the injuries though.

Being a contact sport, football is laced with dramatic injury stories over the years so much so that some of the players were just watching TV when they got injured.

Chelsea FC: A managerial wasteland?

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Chelsea FC: A managerial wasteland? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The biggest transfer story of the 2013 winter transfer window hasn't been a player but a manager. For the last couple of days the news that Pep Guardiola has opted to succeed outgoing manager Jupp Heynckes as Bayern Munich boss were inescapable.

Walcott signs new Arsenal deal – is he the best Arsenal can do?

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Walcott signs new Arsenal deal is he the best Arsenal can do? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has finally committed his future at the club by signing a three-and-a-half year contract ending wide speculations about his future.

Walcott ready to sign new deal

The 23-year-old who had less than six months remaining on his contract has put pen to paper today completing all the necessary formalities.

Walcott signs new Arsenal deal – is he the best Arsenal have?

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Walcott signs new Arsenal deal is he the best Arsenal have? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has finally committed his future at the club by signing a three-and-a-half year contract ending wide speculations about his future.

Walcott ready to sign new deal

The 23-year-old who had less than six months remaining on his contract has put pen to paper today completing all the necessary formalities.

Southampton sack Nigel Adkins – Mauricio Pochettino appointed

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Southampton sack Nigel Adkins Mauricio Pochettino appointed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Southampton have parted ways with Nigel Adkins and has appointed Mauricio Pochettino as the new first team manager.

An official statement published on Southampton's website read:

"Southampton Football Club has this morning appointed Mauricio Pochettino as First Team Manager, having relieved Nigel Adkins of his managerial duties.

Joey Barton apologizes over twitter row

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Joey Barton apologizes over twitter row - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Joey Barton has apologized publicly for using offensive and untrue comments on social networking site Twitter about his former teammate Dietmar Hamann.

Joey Barton is too old to learn to control himiself now

On Monday 14th January, the twitter row started between two former Manchester City players that took shape of fun, personal insults and vicious at times.

Luis Suarez criticized for diving confession by Rodgers

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Luis Suarez criticized for diving confession by Rodgers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hasrebuked his striker Luis Suarez for his recent comments publicly where the Uruguayan admitted that he deliberately dived during a match against Stoke City at Anfield this season.

Alan Pardew reveals frustration at losing out on Remy

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Alan Pardew reveals frustration at losing out on Remy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has revealed his frustration at missing out on Loic Remy despite making a ‘fantastic offer'.

Loic Remy was close to joining Newcastle before QPR hijacked their move and signed the Frenchman.

Victor Valdes refuses contract extension at Barcelona

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Victor Valdes refuses contract extension at Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has refused to extend his stay at the Catalan club in order to experience new cultures.

The Spanish custodian has been at the club since he was a 10-year-old kid.

Darren Fletcher ruled out till summer

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Darren Fletcher ruled out till summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher will miss the rest of the season after having a surgery to cure his long standing problem with a chronic inflammatory bowel condition.

Darren Fletcher ruled out till the end of the season

The 28-year-old had to take a break from football last season too due to his chronic bowel suffering (Ulcerative colitis) and even though Manchester United expects him to return to action next season with all his problems behind him, the news puts his long term future at Old Trafford in jeopardy.

Wesley Sneijder to Liverpool not happening – Brendan Rodgers

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Wesley Sneijder to Liverpool not happening Brendan Rodgers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed rumours linking Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder with a move to Anfield.

Internazionale's Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder has been in the news throughout this season and sadly not for the right reasons.

World Cup: All-time Records

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World Cup: All-time Records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The World Cup is the biggest event in international football. Spain are the current holders of the World Cup and the next tournament will be held in Brazil 2014.

Here are ten of the great achievements from the chapters of World Cup records:

Most wins

Brazil have won the World Cup more than any other nation with a total of five wins; 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.

Football’s Believe it or not: 10 most bizarre but true stories

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Football's Believe it or not: 10 most bizarre but true stories - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football is quite a straightforward game but there are some stories from the history of the beautiful game that baffle all. We have no association with that Ripley's TV show but here are ten weird, funny and dramatically bizarre but true football stories:

Bomb under the pitch

Thousands of amateur football players played on turf covering an unexploded German bomb from the Second World War.

Colombian midfielder Quintero would prefer Inter over Man United

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Colombian midfielder Quintero would prefer Inter over Man United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United target Juan Fernando Quintero has said that he would prefer a move to Inter Milan but his ambitions will not let him turn the big clubs down.

Juan Fernando Quintero currently plays in Italy for Delfino Pescara

Quintero is one of the most coveted youngsters in Europe at the moment.

Sandro injury blow to Tottenham

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Sandro injury blow to Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham midfielder Sandro will be out of action for minimum four months following a knee surgery that could hamper the club's transfer plans in the January transfer window.

Sandro injury is a big blow to Tottenham Hotspur

During last Saturday's Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers that ended in a goal less draw, Sandro hobbled off in pain after landing awkwardly twisting his right knee.

QPR and Everton chase Yann M’Vila

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QPR and Everton chase Yann M'Vila - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After securing the signature of French striker Loic Remy from Marseille, relegation struggler Queens Park Rangers are aiming to bring Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila to the West London club.

Remy was poised to join Newcastle United but the striker opted to move to Loftus road instead and Harry Redknapp is now trying to persuade the striker's international team mate to follow the same path.

Sandro injury blow to Tottenham Hotspur

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Sandro injury blow to Tottenham Hotspur - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham midfielder Sandro will be out of action for minimum four months following a knee surgery that could hamper the club's transfer plans in the January transfer window.

Sandro injury is a big blow to Tottenham Hotspur

During last Saturday's Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers that ended in a goal less draw, Sandro hobbled off in pain after landing awkwardly twisting his right knee.

Kaka in talks for a return to AC Milan

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Kaka in talks for a return to AC Milan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan are currently in talks with Real Madrid for the transfer Brazilian midfielder Kaka to San Siro.

It is the return of the prodigal season, or so it seems. According to recent reports, AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez are currently negotiating the transfer of Kaka.

Wenger interested in Cavani, optimistic on Walcott and Zaha update

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Wenger interested in Cavani, optimistic on Walcott and Zaha update - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger's quotes today about Arsenal's transfer targets make for interesting reading he speaks about interest in Edinson Cavani, Walcott's contract talks and whether Arsenal have made a move for Zaha or not.

Mercurial Vapor IX launched by Nike

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Mercurial Vapor IX launched by Nike - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The American apparel manufacturer, Nike have unveiled the Mercurial Vapor IX football boot this morning.

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Fireberry & Sunset

Nike had already revealed the personalized CR Mercurial IX to commemorate Cristiano Ronaldo's brilliant 2011/12 season with Real Madrid.

Stoke rejects Swansea offer for Kenwyne Jones

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Stoke rejects Swansea offer for Kenwyne Jones - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Stoke City have rejected an offer from Swansea for the Trinidad and Tobago striker Kenwyne Jones.

Swansea City are looking for a replacement for Danny Graham, who is increasingly becoming unsettled at the Liberty Stadium.

10 Amazing Stories About Referees

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10 Amazing Stories About Referees - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Referees get the stick for the smallest mistakes they make. It makes their job a lot more difficult and stressful than it actually is. Here are some of the most bizarre and amazing stories about referees from around the world:

Blood on the field

A match in South Africa in 1999 saw referee Lebogang Petrus Mokgethi, 34, shoot a player dead as that player approached him with a knife.

Wilfried Zaha: David Gill confirms Man Utd’s interest

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Wilfried Zaha: David Gill confirms Man Utd's interest - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Gill has confirmed Manchester United's interest in Wilfried Zaha but insist that the deal is far from being over.

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfriend Zaha is one of the hottest young talents in England at the moment.

African Cup of Nations: All-time Records

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African Cup of Nations: All-time Records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The CAF is one of the biggest governing bodies in world football. It was formed on February 8, 1957 with the first African Cup of Nations tournament held just three days afterwards.

Zambian players lift the 2012 ACN trophy

Here are ten prestigious records for the event:

Most Tournament Wins

Egypt hold the record for the most tournament wins with seven.

Luis Suarez claims to be a victim of English media

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Luis Suarez claims to be a victim of English media - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez feels that English media are more suspicious towards Latin American players than local lads and are inherently biased towards Manchester United.

Suarez treated as pantomime villain by English press

The Uruguay international has been widely respected for his genius ability with the ball but at the same time he has been treated as English football's pantomime villain for some of his unsporting actions.

Guardiola joins Bayern Munich

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Guardiola joins Bayern Munich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola will be taking charge of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich next summer.

Bayern Munich calling for Pep

Pep will replace Jupp Heynckes whose contract expires after the end of the season.

Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois wants Atletico stay for another year

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Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois wants Atletico stay for another year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's highly rated goal keeper Thibaut Courtois wants to prolong his loan spell at Atletico Madrid for another year.

Thibaut Courtois

The 20-year-old joined the Blues from Genk in 2011 but has yet to play a single game for the London based club.

MLS Stadiums: As seen from above

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MLS Stadiums: As seen from above - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since football soccer is still fighting to get a stronghold in the United States, the football stadiums in the country are small compared to Europe.

From the inauguration of the Major League Soccer, teams started playing in multi-purpose stadiums and often shared them with NFL or college rugby football teams.

Eredivisie Stadiums: As seen from above

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Eredivisie Stadiums: As seen from above - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arguably the most productive of European leagues in terms of producing quality players. The elite of Europe have made the most of their talent year after year. It makes one wonder, how successful Eredivisie would have been if all their players had stayed in Netherlands.

Ligue 1 Stadiums: As seen from above

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Ligue 1 Stadiums: As seen from above - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ligue 1 is ranked fifth in Europe behind Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A but they have managed to attract a lot of star power recently, mainly just Paris Saint-Germain though.

Currently only 26 football stadiums have a capacity of 20,000 or more in France.

Serie A Stadiums: As seen from above

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Serie A Stadiums: As seen from above - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although football stadiums in Italy have been charred with riots, violence and hooligans, but the football played there is hard to ignore.

The literally-fierce rivalry of Roma and Lazio is well known but it is one that has learned to co-exist in one stadium.

Bundesliga Stadiums: As seen from above

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Bundesliga Stadiums: As seen from above - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sixteen teams were chosen from all Oberliga teams to start a unified top tier league in 1963 in Germany, called the Bundesliga.

FC Koln won the first league title and it wasn't until the 1965-66 season that Bayern Munich made the jump into Bundesliga and began their domination on German football.

La Liga Stadiums: As seen from above

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La Liga Stadiums: As seen from above - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There are a total of 88 football stadiums being used in Spain by clubs in all leagues. 59 of those have been used in the La Liga since its inception in 1929.

Out of those, only two are not used by any club: Estadio Olimpico La Cartuja in Seville and Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Barcelona.

Premier League Stadiums: As seen from above

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Premier League Stadiums: As seen from above - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since the start of the Premier League, 52 football stadiums have been used to host matches. In the inaugural round of England's top tier league matches, eleven stadiums were used in the opening fixtures.

Over the years, the stadiums have undergone many changes.

How to beat Liverpool

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How to beat Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Normally, I wouldn't feel compelled to circulate tactics on how to beat the team I support, but in formulating my analysis, avoiding the apparentespionagehad become mission impossible.

But, as I did so, I took comfort in the fact that Alex Ferguson will likely not be lifting his opposition scouting from these pages, as insightful as they may well be.

Forren to undergo trial at Liverpool

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Forren to undergo trial at Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have stepped up their chase ahead of rivals Everton in the race to sign £4 million rated Molde defenderVegard Forren.

The 24-year-old central defender will be training with Liverpool at Melwood training ground on Tuesday and will undergo a trial ahead of a possible switch to Anfield.

Jose Mourinho eyeing Premier League return

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Jose Mourinho eyeing Premier League return - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has revealed his desires of returning back to management in English football for the umpteenth time in his latest video message that will be played at the FA's 150th anniversary event in London tomorrow.

Loic Remy to choose QPR over Newcastle?

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Loic Remy to choose QPR over Newcastle? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Queens Park Rangers are close to completing the signature of French striker Loic Remy after hijacking the deal from Newcastle United's nose in a dramatic turn of events.

The West London club matched the £8 million asking price of Marseille and offered Remy about £70,000 a week plus bonuses, way better than had been proposed by Newcastle, making him one of the highest earners at the club.

Manchester City hunt for new central defender

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Manchester City hunt for new central defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will be looking to delve into the transfer market in search of a new central defender if skipper Vincent Kompany loses his red card appeal.

The tackle

Kompany was given the marching orders by referee Mike Dean for a challenge on Jack Wilshere, the Arsenal midfielder, during City's 2-0 triumph on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.

QPR can’t be blamed for hijacking Loic Remy deal

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QPR can't be blamed for hijacking Loic Remy deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Queens Park Rangers don't deserve the blame for hijacking Loic Remy's move to Newcastle United because etiquette left football a long time ago.

Loic Remy agreed that he would meet with Newcastle United officials last Sunday evening to talk through personal terms ahead of a permanent move, but he didn't show up as QPR matched the £8 million asking price requested by Marseille.

Manchester City appeal against Kompany’s red card

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Manchester City appeal against Kompany's red card - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City have backed Vincent Kompany and have lodged an appeal against the sending off of their skipper during the Premier League champions' 2-0 win against Arsenal on Sunday at the Emirates stadium.

Loic Remy on the brink of Newcastle move

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Loic Remy on the brink of Newcastle move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United are looking to wrap up a deal for French striker Loic Remy after Marseille president Vincent Labrune has revealed that both the clubs have reached an agreement believed to be in the region of £8 million.

Swansea enter the chase for Liverpool target Tom Ince

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Swansea enter the chase for Liverpool target Tom Ince - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Swansea City are looking to hijack a deal for Blackpool's Tom Ince after Liverpool failed to conclude a deal for the prodigy.

The 20-year-old Liverpool academy star was sold to Blackpool in the summer of 2011, 18 months ago for £250,000, but manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring him back at the Anfield club.

Monday Review: The Manchester Race and Chelsea and Newcastle’s New Strikers

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Monday Review: The Manchester Race and Chelsea and Newcastle's New Strikers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Week in review we look back at the weekend results and the biggest Premier League transfers.

Both Manchester Clubs Win

Manchester United and Manchester City both won their Premier League fixtures to maintain their battle at the top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal’s Transfer Policy: The Facts and Figures

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Arsenal's Transfer Policy: The Facts and Figures - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger has often been criticised for his transfer policy as Arsenal manager. Some fans have suggested that he doesn't spend enough considering Arsenal's dominant financial position in the English game.

Agger and Skrtel: the Premier League’s best centre-back pairing?

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Agger and Skrtel: the Premier League's best centre-back pairing? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday the performances of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel at the heart of their defence were, yet again, superb.

On an afternoon when Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck were in typically dangerous form, both defenders kept them relatively quiet barring the Dutchman's excellent finish.

The curious case of Wesley Sneijder

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The curious case of Wesley Sneijder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Of all the stories doing the rounds in the twice-yearly silly-season that is the transfer window, the one involving Wesley Sneijder is the most baffling.

This is the player who, just two years ago, was hailed as the man that should have beaten Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or, after the Dutchman's majestic performances inspired his club to Champions League success and his country to the World Cup final.

Are United a better bet than Arsenal for Zaha’s future?

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Are United a better bet than Arsenal for Zaha's future? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are favourites to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in a planned £12 million deal.

However, United seem reluctant to agree any deal in January after Sir Alex Ferguson ruled out any transfers during the winter transfer window.

The Redknapp Legacy

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The Redknapp Legacy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Saturday lunchtime, Tottenham will be away at Loftus Road, playing Queens Park Rangers in what to the unobservant eye is a humdrum, not especially interesting fixture.

Scratch below the surface though, and there will be a huge conflict of emotions on both sides as QPR try to avoid relegation and Spurs attempt to avenge the horrors of last season and qualify for the Champions League.

Udinese defender jailed in Brazil over racial abuse

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Udinese defender jailed in Brazil over racial abuse - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Sao Paolo Criminal Court has set a high standard for the zero-tolerance policy against racism for FIFA as they sentenced Danilo to a year in jail over racism charges.

Danilo Larangeira is now playing for Udinese

Udinese's Brazilian defender Danilo Larangeira has been sentenced to a year in jail for racially abusing Atletico Paranaense player Manoel Carvalho.

Arsenal’s expensive contract, away ticket prices and a dream League Cup final

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Arsenal's expensive contract, away ticket prices and a dream League Cup final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Here's a quick look at this week's top stories from Arsenal paying £25m to Walcott to a dream League Cup final no one expected and plenty more in between.

Arsenal Edging Closer to Walcott Deal

Arsenal and Theo Walcott are edging closer towards a deal which will see the attacking player commit his future to the club.

Man Utd and Liverpool fans call for price cap on away tickets

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Man Utd and Liverpool fans call for price cap on away tickets - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United and Liverpool supporters have joined forces in a call for a cap on away ticket prices.

The recent news that Manchester City had to send back a third of their away allocation for the Premier League match this weekend, has led to rival supporters groups planning meetings over the issue of away ticket prices.

Swansea and Bradford one step closer to the Carling Cup final

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Swansea and Bradford one step closer to the Carling Cup final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Swansea and Bradford City have both taken a step closer to the Carling Cup final at Wembley by winning the first legs of their semi-finals.

Bradford

Bradford produced a superb performance earlier in the week to beat Aston Villa 3-1 and give themselves a two goal advantage heading into the second leg at Villa Park.

Arsenal Tickets ‘Too Expensive’ for Manchester City

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Arsenal Tickets 'Too Expensive' for Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City have sent back around 800 tickets to Arsenal for this weekend's clash between the teams in London.

The reason is ironically, City believe the £62 price per ticket is unrealistic and far too high.

Arsenal in Pole Position to sign Wigan Star

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Arsenal in Pole Position to sign Wigan Star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are ready to take pole position to sign Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy according to latest reports.

The versatile midfield man has been one of Wigan's best players this season, starting every game and attracting the interest of Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton.

Will United or Chelsea Trigger Fellaini’s Buy Out Clause?

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Will United or Chelsea Trigger Fellaini's Buy Out Clause? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Marouane Fellaini could leave Everton if any club triggers the buy out clause in his contract thought to be around the £22 million mark.

Fellaini has expressed a desire to stay at Everton beyond this season but only if the club can secure Champions League football.

Arsenal target David Villa won’t be leaving Barcelona in January

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Arsenal target David Villa won't be leaving Barcelona in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has revealed that Arsenal target David Villa won't be sold in January.

Arsenal were reportedly lining up a move for Barcelona forward David Villa this month as they look to strengthen their squad in order to push for the Champions League qualification spot this season.

Inter looking to snap up Spurs target Leandro Damiao

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Inter looking to snap up Spurs target Leandro Damiao - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur could end up in a tug of war with Serie A giants Inter Milan over the signature of highly rated Brazilian Leandro Damiao, provided the Nerazzurri fail to sign up Manchester City's striker Edin Dzeko.

Agent Fees: Are Premier League clubs getting value for money?

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Agent Fees: Are Premier League clubs getting value for money? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The most important question on the lips of many Premier League fans is the value for money they are getting for following their club, what are they spending on agents and how is it related to success?

Does La Liga really justify such domination?

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Does La Liga really justify such domination? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lionel Messi's fourth successive FIFA Ballon d'Or dominated the headlines this morning, but the results of the FIFA/FIFPro World XI is far more of a talking point. All eleven players selected ply their trade in La Liga, with 10 representing either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Does La Liga really justify such domination?

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Does La Liga really justify such domination? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lionel Messi's fourth successive FIFA Ballon d'Or dominated the headlines this morning, but the results of the FIFA/FIFPro World XI is far more of a talking point.

All eleven players selected ply their trade in La Liga, with 10 representing either Barcelona or Real Madrid, and, while the majority of them are worthy of their place in the team, some players have been scandalously omitted.

Man Utd to miss out on Dortmund star

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Man Utd to miss out on Dortmund star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United look set to miss out on Borussia Dortmund target Sven Bender after the 23-year-old extended his contract at the Bundesliga club.

United were reportedly ready to sign Bender this summer as well as making a bid for his brother, Lars, from Bayer Leverkusen.

Fulham, QPR and West Ham chasing Danny Simpson

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Fulham, QPR and West Ham chasing Danny Simpson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham are all chasing the signing of Newcastle right back Danny Simpson.

The latest reports suggest that Simpson is looking for a way out of Newcastle United because of the arrival of French international full back Mathieu Debuchy.

Lewis Holtby reveals why he rejected Arsenal

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Lewis Holtby reveals why he rejected Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German international Lewis Holtby has revealed his reason behind rejecting Arsenal's interest and joining their rivals, Tottenham.

Lewis Holtby

The 22-year-old has recently signed a pre-contract agreement with Tottenham and is expected to join the club at the end of this season.

Arsenal considering a move for Lucas Biglia

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Arsenal considering a move for Lucas Biglia - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for the Anderlecht midfielder, Lucas Biglia, in the January transfer window.

Lucas Biglia

Lucas Biglia has been linked with Arsenal for almost two seasons now.

Messi wins Ballon d’Or for a fourth year running

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Messi wins Ballon d'Or for a fourth year running - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lionel Messi has been voted the best football player on the planet and awarded the Ballon d'Or for the fourth year in a row. He managed to hold off strong challenges from his teammate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid front man Cristiano Ronaldo.

Southampton inch closer to land Cagliari defender, Davide Astori

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Southampton inch closer to land Cagliari defender, Davide Astori - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Southampton have struck the first blow in the battle for Italy international defender Davide Astori.

The Saints are fighting with Liverpool to sign the Cagliari player with the higher first bid going in from Southampton.

Chelsea agree deal for future Brazilian superstar

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Chelsea agree deal for future Brazilian superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have agreed a deal for future Brazilian superstar Taison from Metalist Kharkiv.

The Brazilian recently confirmed he was in talks with the West London side after they agreed a fee with the Ukrainian club thought to be in the region of £11 million.

Arsenal linked with £1 million loan deal

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Arsenal linked with £1 million loan deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have offered Napoli just under £1 million to take Eduardo Vargas on loan for the rest of the season.

The Corriere dello Sport in Italy is reporting that Arsenal have been in contact with the Italian giants over the striker and are prepared to pay up to £1 million to secure Vargas on a six month deal until the end of the season.

Napoli president wants Balotelli to partner Cavani

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Napoli president wants Balotelli to partner Cavani - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has made it clear that the star striker Edinson Cavani will not be sold to Manchester City rather he would cherish the opportunity to see City's much maligned striker Mario Balotelli partner the Uruguayan at Stadio San Paolo.

Lampard not offered new deal at Chelsea

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Lampard not offered new deal at Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Frank Lampard's agent has confirmed Chelsea will not offer the midfielder a new contract. His current deal runs out in the summer and there had been fresh speculation that his recent performances would force the club to offer him a new deal.

Suarez criticised for handball against Mansfield

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Suarez criticised for handball against Mansfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been criticised for his handball winner against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup.

Liverpool secured a 2-1 win away from home thanks to the winner from Suarez with a blatant hand ball during the goal.

Chelsea given until Wednesday to wrap up Taison deal

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Chelsea given until Wednesday to wrap up Taison deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea FC's attempt to sign the 24-year old Brazilian attacking midfielder cum striker Taison has suddenly hit choppy waters as the players' present employers have set a Wednesday deadline for the London club to agree to their demands, as reported by the Daily Mail.

QPR looking to swoop on Loic Remy and M’Vila

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QPR looking to swoop on Loic Remy and M'Vila - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

QPR manager Harry Redknapp is looking to exploit the French market in the January transfer window and has stepped up the chase to bring French duo Loic Remy and Yann M'Vila at the London club.

Marseille forward Remy, whose career has hit a snag through injuries recently has been wanted by host of English clubs including Newcastle United.

Suarez criticised for handball against Mansfield

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Suarez criticised for handball against Mansfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been criticised for his handball winner against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup.

Liverpool secured a 2-1 win away from home thanks to the winner from Suarez with a blatant hand ball during the goal.

adidas to manufacture Arsenal’s kits from 2014/15 – All three kits leaked now anyways

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adidas to manufacture Arsenal's kits from 2014/15 All three kits leaked now anyways - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Back in October 2012, the Telegraph reported that Arsenal will be switching to adidas as their sports goods manufacturer when their deal with Nike expires at the end of the 2013/14 Premier League season.

Danny Graham to solve Sunderland’s striking woes?

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Danny Graham to solve Sunderland's striking woes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunderland are looking favourites to land Swansea striker Danny Graham and are lining up a £5 million bid for the Englishman in the January transfer window.

The Black Cats are struggling at 14th in the Premier League table and manager Martin O'Neill has felt the need to bolster the squad, especially on the attacking front.

The case of Ezekiel Fryers

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The case of Ezekiel Fryers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham have signed former Manchester United and Standard Liege fullback Ezekiel Fryers on Thursday for a reported fee of £3 million, only six months after the youngster joined the Belgian club on a two-year contract.

The news has infuriated Alex Ferguson, the United manager, who has accused Spurs of a "blatant manipulation" of transfer rules over this signing and has demanded urgent investigation into the circumstances from Premier League's governing bodies.

QPR joins the race for Man City’s Joleon Lescott

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QPR joins the race for Man City's Joleon Lescott - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott could be on his way out of the club in the January transfer window as QPR boss Harry Redknapp is ready to meet his £90,000 per week wage demands.

Jolean Lescott was an integral part of manager Roberto Mancini's plan last season as City went on to lift the Barclays Premier League title for the first time in 44 years.

Spurs sign pre-contract with Schalke’s Lewis Holtby

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Spurs sign pre-contract with Schalke's Lewis Holtby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Daniel Levy is the eponym of Genius while dealing with transfer negotiations. He proved yet again of his astounding calibre of pulling rabbit out of hat after Tottenham agreed a deal to sign one of the hot cakes in Europe, Lewis Holtby, in July on a free transfer and subject to medical, beating rivals Arsenal and Liverpool to his signature.

Arsenal are hot for David Villa

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Arsenal are hot for David Villa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Villa to Emirates?

Arsenal could make a move for Barcelona forward David Villa in the January transfer window and are looking to cough up some of the money by selling the squad's fringe players.

Barcelona have resisted the temptation of sending the 31-year-old on loan to top English clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, insisting they will only consider a permanent switch.

Liverpool manager plans to play Sturridge through the middle

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Liverpool manager plans to play Sturridge through the middle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed his plans to accommodate Suarez and Sturridge in the team with the Uruguayan shifted to wide role.

Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool's first signing of what is expected to be a very busy transfer window for the Merseyside club.

Marouane Chamakh to revive his career at West Ham

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Marouane Chamakh to revive his career at West Ham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Few months back Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakhwas sitting on the thorns beseeching for chances in the first team and hoping to find an escape route. Now he finds a ray of hope of reviving his career again with West Ham after completing his loan move until the end of the season.

Liverpool manager plans to play Sturridge through the middle

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Liverpool manager plans to play Sturridge through the middle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed his plans to accommodate Suarez and Sturridge in the team with the Uruguayan shifted to wide role.

Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool's first signing of what is expected to be a very busy transfer window for the Merseyside club.

Alexandre Pato leaves Milan for Corinthians

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Alexandre Pato leaves Milan for Corinthians - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Alexandre Pato has left Milan and joined Brasileirao club Corinthians for a reported fee of €15 million.

AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has returned to Brazil to join Corinthians for a reported fee of €15 million, signing a four-year contract, according to Guardian.

French full-back Mathieu Debuchy has joined Newcastle United

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French full-back Mathieu Debuchy has joined Newcastle United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United have announced the signing of French full-back Mathieu Debuchy from Lille.

Newcastle were tracking the defender since last season and finally they have got their man for a transfer fee reported to be around £5 million.

January Transfer Window crosses £30m as Liverpool and Chelsea look to improve their squads

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January Transfer Window crosses £30m as Liverpool and Chelsea look to improve their squads - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The January Transfer Window is open for business and the high profile deals have already started to go through. Here is a round up of the major transfers and the concrete rumours so far.

Negredo not going anywhere in January claims Sevilla president

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Negredo not going anywhere in January claims Sevilla president - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

La Liga outfit Sevilla have rejected a £14 million offer for their highly rated striker Alvaro Negredo from English clubs Chelsea and Newcastle United.

27-year-old Negredo has been in fine form this season having scored 11 goals in all competitions and was tipped to join the Blues army under Spaniard Rafael Benitez.

Nike launches personalized CR Mercurial IX

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Nike launches personalized CR Mercurial IX - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nike captured Cristiano Ronaldo's legendary 2011/12 season in bold graphics and milestone numbers on the CR Mercurial IX football boot.

The numbers defy belief but Cristiano Ronaldo smashed all records last season, blazing a trail through all competitions and placing the Portugal striker at the summit of world football.

Balotelli and Mancini get physical on training ground

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Balotelli and Mancini get physical on training ground - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City training took a turn for the worse for Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini as they were involved in a bust-up at the Carrington training ground while the squad prepared for the FA Cup match against Watford.

Demba Ba edges closer to Chelsea move

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Demba Ba edges closer to Chelsea move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba is just few steps away from becoming a Chelsea player.

The Blues, who are desperately in need of a striker, have made a formal offer for the player, and as expected have trigged his £7 million release clause which makes Newcastle virtually toothless while dealing with his transfer.

David Villa: A transfer risk worth taking

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David Villa: A transfer risk worth taking - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The January transfer window has arrived, and so have the inevitable rumours and predictions over which players are going where.

One of the most talked about players this time around is David Villa, Spain's all time leading goalscorer with 53 goals.

Theo Walcott saga takes a new turn with Arsenal

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Theo Walcott saga takes a new turn with Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The protracted contract saga of Theo Walcott has taken every possible twist and turn since last summer and finally it seems like Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's dalliance with psychological warfare regarding this issue has failed.

How MLS can help North America’s lack of passion for football

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How MLS can help North America's lack of passion for football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I should start off by explaining why I wrote this piece. Well, mainly because I feel obligated to do a follow-up post after writing this.So here we go.

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude.