SoccerLens Archives for January 2013

Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard: What their treatment say about their clubs?

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Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard: What their treatment say about their clubs? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following the announcement that the evergreen Ryan Giggs will be playing for Manchester United into his fortieth year, it appears increasingly strange that Frank Lampard – five years younger than the Welshman – seems almost certain to be making his last appearances for the London side.

Premier League to introduce goal line technology from next season

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Premier League to introduce goal line technology from next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

All the 20 teams of Premier League will use goal line technology from the start of next season and it will be first used in the next Community Shield at Wembley in August.

Premier League to use goal line technology from the start of next season

According to reports from The Independent, Premier League and the FA are looking to purchase for a definitive system, and it is believed that advanced talks are going on with two of the four licensed providers, including British-based firm Hawk-Eye.

Real Madrid’s Kaka looking to impress in tonight’s El Clasico

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Real Madrid's Kaka looking to impress in tonight's El Clasico - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The strength of the Real Madrid squad may perhaps be underlined by the almost certain inclusion of once the ‘best footballer on earth', the Brazilian midfield maestro Kaka in Real's starting line-up for Saturday's El Clasico at the Bernabeu.

Play The Messi Way – Keep the game beautiful

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Play The Messi Way Keep the game beautiful - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If Ryan Giggs is shattering records in the Premier League, Lionel Messi is doing the same on a much larger scale and getting a lot more attention for it.

From breaking Gerd Muller's record of scoring most goals in a year to becoming the first player to win four Ballon d'Or awards in a row.

Suarez is keeping all his options open

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Suarez is keeping all his options open - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says he is extremely happy and comfortable at Liverpool and focuses on taking his team high up the table instead of personal glory.

Suarez is extremely happy at Liverpool but also interested in Bayern?

Arsenal must beat Spurs to stay in contention for top four finish

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Arsenal must beat Spurs to stay in contention for top four finish - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This coming Sunday, Arsenal will play their biggest game of the season, when they face North London derby rivals Tottenham at the White Hart Lane.

Yes, you've heard it right. There can't be any game bigger than this for the Gunners taking into consideration of the situation they are in.

Premier League’s 11 top long-range goal scorers

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Premier League's 11 top long-range goal scorers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Over the past 10 years the Premier League has been witness to some fantastic goals from outside the box ending up in a goal of the month or goal of the season lists. The bookies are always running goal scorer bets and the following 11 players are always worth a punt being on the score sheet take a look at some football betting tips on a website like thevipgambler.

Ryan Giggs extends contract for his 24th year at United

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Ryan Giggs extends contract for his 24th year at United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ryan Giggs has signed a new-one year contract extension with Manchester United which will tie him to the Old Trafford club until June 2014.

Ageless Ryan Giggs pens new one year deal

The 39-year-old, undoubtedly the most decorated player in British football history, will complete his 23rd season as a first team player while his next appearance will be 1,000th senior appearance, a landmark achievement for any footballer, albeit it includes games for Wales and Team GB at the London Olympics as well.

Newcastle rocked by double injury blow

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Newcastle rocked by double injury blow - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United suffered double injury blow as skipper Fabricio Coloccini is set to miss most of the action in March due to back injury while goal keeper Tim Krul will be side-lined for five weeks after hurting his ankle badly.

Luis Suarez is the only Player of the Year for Rodgers

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Luis Suarez is the only Player of the Year for Rodgers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers picks Luis Suarez as the Player of the Year and believes the Uruguayan can inspire his team to finish the season on a high note.

Brendan Rodgers picks Luis Suarez as the Player of the Year

Suarez has been one of the top performers of the season having scored 25 goals already in all competitions, 18 of them have come in the league and one of the major contenders for the Player of the Year award along with Manchester United's Robin van Persie and Tottenham's Gareth Bale.

Javier Hernandez is destined for greatness at Man Utd

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Javier Hernandez is destined for greatness at Man Utd - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Javier Hernandez became the first of his countrymen to play for Manchester United and has he made Mexicans proud or what!

Javier Hernandez is a great asset for Manchester United

While a lot has been said and written about Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney or even Michael Carrick (who is no more an unsung hero, especially the heaps of praise ushered on him) and their contribution to the team; Hernandez, with a moniker Chicharito, is calmly doing his customary job without making any big fuss, i.

Suarez shows interest in moving to Bayern Munich

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Suarez shows interest in moving to Bayern Munich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez came from Ajax at a time when Liverpool fans hadn't fully recovered yet from the heart-break suffered after losing Fernando Torres to Chelsea. He came and just conquered. And within a short time he duly earned the status of a hero.

Benitez may still be axed despite Chelsea’s support

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Benitez may still be axed despite Chelsea's support - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have played down speculations about the probable sacking of interim manager Rafael Benitez, following the Spaniard's angry tirade directed towards the club fans and hierarchies.

Rafa Benitez could never win the fans over

Benitez launched a scathing attack on Chelsea fans and the board after guiding the club to convincing FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

Rafael Benitez interview transcript

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Rafael Benitez interview transcript - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Surely Rafa Benitez pulled out another list of facts and had a 'meltdown'? Hardly the case.

Did he criticise the owners or the players or raise his voice when talking about 'nasty fans'? Again, not really.

So what did Benitez do to merit the headline: "Benítez slates Chelsea fans and burns bridges with Abramovich" from the Guardian (this comes after the 'training ground bust-up headlines in which the story itself was at pains to point out that there was no major argument)?

What’s left to keep football fans entertained this season?

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What's left to keep football fans entertained this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Realistically, the Premier League title race is over. Manchester United are 12 points clear and cruising to yet another title.

Much like in La Liga, where Barcelona made a phenomenal start to the season, basically winning the thing before Christmas as Real Madrid floundered domestically and Atletico Madrid failed to produce the kind of results necessary to compete with the Catalans.

Manchester United announce 2013 pre-season in Bangkok

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Manchester United announce 2013 pre-season in Bangkok - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will play a pre-season game in Bangkok, Thailand as a part of their 2013 Tour programme, the club has announced.

Manchester United will visit Thailand for the first time in 12 years

The match will be played on the 13th July at the Rajamangala Stadium where the Red Devils will face Singha All Star XI.

Whatever happened to Alan Smith?

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Whatever happened to Alan Smith? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On November 14th 1998, Leeds United travelled to Anfield to face Liverpool in one of the Premier League's most high-profile games at the time.

With the home side leading through a Robbie Fowler goal, Leeds manager David O'Leary bought on an unknown 18-year-old by the name of Alan Smith.

Mario Balotelli to honour himself with life-size statue

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Mario Balotelli to honour himself with life-size statue - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mario Balotelli's time in England was dotted with moments that generated a lot of hilarity among Premier League followers.

If the striker was not setting fire to his house or making a mess of undoing his training bib, he was found entertaining himself with an iPad while sitting in the reserve bench or throwing darts at a youth team footballer.

Dennis Bergkamp statue to be placed outside Emirates

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Dennis Bergkamp statue to be placed outside Emirates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will honour one of their club legends Dennis Bergkamp with a statue outside the Emirates Stadium in the summer.

Dennis Bergkamp will be honoured with a statue at the Emirates

The Dutchman will see his statue placed forward alongside other three Arsenal legends Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry.

Premier League Football Crests: The 2012/2013 Edition

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Premier League Football Crests: The 2012/2013 Edition - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football crests are a core part of a club's identity (just see the fuss that accompanies any attempt to modernise the crest or colours). With that said, the crests are often more about what the club aspires to, as opposed to what they're actually doing on the pitch in that particular season.

Why Bale could be the PFA Player of the Year

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Why Bale could be the PFA Player of the Year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite having more than a third of the season left to play, footballers up and down the country are casting their vote for the PFA Player of the Year and just like two years ago, the timing of the vote could be crucial for Tottenham's Gareth Bale.

History repeats itself at Barcelona

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History repeats itself at Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A Spanish-American by the name of George Santayana once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

History at Barcelona is indeed repeating itself and it is because they do not remember the past.

Manchester City looking for new business model to avoid FFP punishment

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Manchester City looking for new business model to avoid FFP punishment - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City, with their backing of wealthy benefactors from the Middle East, have already established themselves as a major force to reckon with in England.

The club is now looking to expand their horizon by exploring the establishment of partner clubs on three continents as part of the commercial revolution as they look to register their name into football world's elite.

Gareth Bale marked #1 summer target by Real Madrid and Manchester United

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Gareth Bale marked #1 summer target by Real Madrid and Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gareth Bale, the darling of Premier League,is enjoying the form of his life this season and according to many the Wales international can only get better and better with time.

One can only wonder, if the "tip of an iceberg" can wreck such havoc in last few months, what it would be like when he develops into a complete package.

France 2013 away kit revealed by Nike

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France 2013 away kit revealed by Nike - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nike has unveiled the eye-catching pale blue France 2013 away kit with tricolore detail. The shorts and the socks are also pale blue.

The new kit holds a distinctive new look, which is a testimony to the ambitions of the new French football teams fusing French tradition with style and pride.

France 2013 away kit revealed by Nike

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France 2013 away kit revealed by Nike - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nike has unveiled the eye-catching pale blue France 2013 away kit with tricolore detail. The shorts and the socks are also pale blue.

The new kit holds a distinctive new look, which is a testimony to the ambitions of the new French football teams fusing French tradition with style and pride.

Manchester United 2013/14 away shirt leaked photos

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Manchester United 2013/14 away shirt leaked photos - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are currently the run away leader of the Premier League and still in contention for the FA Cup and the Champions League. The Red Devils are en route to their second treble under Alex Ferguson and in their entire history.

What next for Michael Laudrup?

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What next for Michael Laudrup? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Michael Ludrup has attracted the interests of two of his former clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona and according to former Blaugrana defender Albert Ferrer, the Swansea manager could end up with any of those two La Liga clubs in future.

Pepe talks about Varane, Real Madrid in the Copa & Clasico

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Pepe talks about Varane, Real Madrid in the Copa & Clasico - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid prepare for a tough week with the Copa del Rey semifinal against Barcelona tonight. Jose Mourinho is hoping for his team to put up a show against the Catalans to at least have a chance of winning one domestic trophy after a devastating La Liga campaign this season.

Premier League’s race for Champions League football

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Premier League's race for Champions League football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The race for top four in the Premier League is getting intense and hot with every passing week. It is really shocking to see that each and every season this ‘top-four race' is getting the better of 'title-race' in terms of popularity.

ESPN UK and Ireland to be acquired by BT in July

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ESPN UK and Ireland to be acquired by BT in July - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The London based telecommunications services company, BT Group, has continued its expansion into sports broadcasting by acquiring Disney-owned ESPN's UK and Ireland TV channels.

The value of the deal has been disclosed but according to The Guardian, it is believed to be paying 'low tens of millions'.

Middlesbrough v Chelsea: Narrow win on the cards for Chelsea

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Middlesbrough v Chelsea: Narrow win on the cards for Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


Middlesbrough v Chelsea
Fifth Round, FA Cup
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Wednesday 27 February, 2013
19:45 GMT

Chelsea will be looking to seal their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals against Manchester United with a trip to English Championship side Middlesbrough.

Arsenal reveals mid-year profit but not the wage bill

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Arsenal reveals mid-year profit but not the wage bill - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have announced a profit of £17.8 million in the club's latest half-yearly results to the end of November 2012 and the supporters' group have urged the board to invest a major chunk of its cash reserves of £123 million into the squad.

MLS teams up with French Football Federation to bolster youth development in the US

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MLS teams up with French Football Federation to bolster youth development in the US - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Major League Soccer (MLS) and the French Football Federation (FFF) are partnering together for a 16-month youth development course.

The two organizations have announced a partnership that will provide the coaches of the MLS youth academy with world class training through the 16 month development course to earn their Elite Formation Coaching License (EFCL).

Wenger optimistic of top two finish for Arsenal

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Wenger optimistic of top two finish for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is optimistic that his side can still finish second in the Premier League. The Gunners are currently fifth in the league with 47 points, one point behind fourth placed Tottenham who have a game in hand.

Mario Balotelli victim of racial abuse yet again

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Mario Balotelli victim of racial abuse yet again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Racism in football reared its ugly head once again, and this time on the occasion of one of the world's most watched games, the Derby della Madonnina.

Balotelli was welcomed with racism by Inter fans

In Sunday's derby at the San Siro, Inter Milan fans were involved in the deplorable act of waving inflatable bananas at their ex-striker Mario Balotelli, reports the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Mario Balotelli victim of racial abuse yet again

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Mario Balotelli victim of racial abuse yet again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Racism in football reared its ugly head once again, and this time on the occasion of one of the world's most watched games, the Derby della Madonnina.

Mario Balotelli has been racial abused by Inter Milan fans

In Sunday's derby at the San Siro, Inter Milan fans were involved in the deplorable act of waving inflatable bananas at their ex-striker Mario Balotelli, reports the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Wenger optimistic of top two finish for Arsenal

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Wenger optimistic of top two finish for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is optimistic that his side can still finish second in the Premier League. The Gunners are currently fifth in the league with 47 points, one point behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur who have a game in hand.

Chelsea lack the authority they used to enjoy

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Chelsea lack the authority they used to enjoy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In years gone by, namely since the arrival of Cashbags McBramovich, Chelsea have always played with a certain pragmatic swagger seen only amongst the best of teams. The Arsenal Invincibles, or Manchester United throughout their 2008 Champions League winning campaign, immediately spring to mind.

Wayne Rooney: Unfulfilled talent and past his best?

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Wayne Rooney: Unfulfilled talent and past his best? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When 16 year old Wayne Rooney scored THAT goal against Arsenal in 2002, he was being lauded as the most exciting young player on the planet. He was going to be the man who would win England the World Cup, be the best player in the world and be the finest footballer ever to represent his country.

Top 5 Premier League underperformers

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Top 5 Premier League underperformers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini had recentlycriticizedhis midfielder Samir Nasri for not performing to the expected level in the Premier League.

We all know that at this level, every player tries to deliver their best, but sometimes it can well happen that a player fails to meet the expected requirements asked from him.

FC Barcelona: Domestic supremacy at the expense of continental dreams?

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FC Barcelona: Domestic supremacy at the expense of continental dreams? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just a few days after FC Barcelona were mercilessly exposed by Italian outfit AC Milan in the first leg of the opening knockout round of the Champions League, the La Liga runaway leaders once more struggled to overcome a defensively disciplined team.

What do Premier League teams need this summer? – Part 4

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What do Premier League teams need this summer? – Part 4 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Part 3 can be found here. It covers QPR, Reading, Southampton, Stoke City and Sunderland.

With the title race all but over in February, many Premier League teams will be looking towards the summer with a view to potential dealings.

Swansea’s League Cup triumph is a reward for great administration and management

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Swansea's League Cup triumph is a reward for great administration and management - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Swansea celebrated a historic night on Sunday as the Wales side won their first major trophy in their 101-year history, the League Cup, after eviscerating League Two side Bradford City 5-0 in a one-sided final at the Wembley Stadium.

Robin van Persie injured in Manchester United’s win over QPR

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Robin van Persie injured in Manchester United's win over QPR - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 15 points with a 2-0 win over bottom club QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday, but Robin van Persie limped off in the first-half with a hip injury.

Manchester City preparing £40 million bid for South American goal machine

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Manchester City preparing £40 million bid for South American goal machine - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City are preparing to up their offer for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani to £40 million, according to The Telegraph. The Premier League champions face Chelsea today at the Etihad Stadium, but with arch-rivals Manchester United opening up a 15-point gap at the top of the table, City's chances of retaining their crown are fading away.

Europa League: A look back at the Round of 32

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Europa League: A look back at the Round of 32 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As the second leg of the Round of 32 matches of the Europa League have been played, we now know which teams have progressed to the Round of 16 and which have crashed out of the tournament.

There were four results that standout from the rest.

Mancini loses temper over future speculation

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Mancini loses temper over future speculation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has finally lost his cool in front of the press. The Italian swore in front of reporters and TV cameras as he was asked to comment on the latest speculation concerning his future.

What do Premier League teams need this summer? – Part 3

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What do Premier League teams need this summer? Part 3 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Part 2 can be found here. It covers Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton and Fulham.

With the title race all but over in February, many Premier League teams will be looking towards the summer with a view to potential dealings.

Liverpool must take pride despite Europa League exit

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Liverpool must take pride despite Europa League exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So close yet so far. When Luis Suarez scored that wonder free kick to put the game on level terms, Liverpool sensed blood, but they failed to finish off their opponent yet again. Agony followed in an emotional night at Anfield and the little Uruguayan was left devastated.

PSG will adopt new crest from next season

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PSG will adopt new crest from next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

PSG has unveiled its new crest translating their work carried out on the strategic foundations of the new Paris Saint-Germain brand.

New crest for PSG with the motto: Rêvons Plus Grand (meaning: dream bigger)

The new logo will be officially adopted by the Ligue 1 club at the beginning of the next season.

Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna could be the answer to Arsenal’s defensive woes

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Torino's Angelo Ogbonna could be the answer to Arsenal's defensive woes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After enduring yet another trophy-less season, Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal is left with no other choices than investing money on the squad. To be honest, a massive re-development would have been the ideal situation for the Gunners, but first and foremost defensive stability is required.

Bacary Sagna heads for Arsenal exit door in summer

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Bacary Sagna heads for Arsenal exit door in summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal right back, Bacary Sagna is disappointed to have been offered only a one-year contract extension to remain at the North London club and is contemplating of leaving the club in the summer.

Bacary Sagna is contemplating of leaving Arsenal in the summer

In the recent routine board meetings of Arsenal, held on Thursday where majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke was present, Wenger delivered the reports of on pitch developments and other areas of concern.

Anti-Football: The cure for FC Barcelona

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Anti-Football: The cure for FC Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Inter Milan and Chelsea. Perhaps you've heard of them. They are the winners of two of the three most recent Champions Leagues titles. Furthermore, they have attained fame because of their defensive exploits in taming the ferocious footballing powerhouse that is Barcelona on their way to claiming European glory.

Is Jones the man for big occasion at Manchester United?

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Is Jones the man for big occasion at Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In football, a game where fortunes can change instantly, where legends are born in a moment, a month is a long time indeed. A month ago when Manchester United's team sheet for their game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was disclosed, eyebrows would have been raised ever so slightly at the inclusion of Phil Jones.

Europa League: 6 greatest knockout ties so far

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Europa League: 6 greatest knockout ties so far - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It is only the fourth season of the Europa League but already it has provided us with many sensational matches where teams battled right to the final whistle.

As the participants of the 2012/13 Europa League prepare for the return leg of the Round of 32, lets take a look at six of the greatest Europa League knockout ties so far:

SV Werder Bremen 5-5 Valencia CF (09/10)

A 1-1 draw in the first leg as the Mestalla offered little indication of what was to follow as this Round of 16 tie concluded with Valencia winning on away goals in Germany.

AC Milan’s El Shaarawy stood out against Barcelona

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AC Milan's El Shaarawy stood out against Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Champions League is a funny competition. First of all, it's not really a competition for champions.

Arsenal are prime examples of this, finishing 4th on a regular basis in their domestic league, whilst still qualifying for the CL only to come up against real champions such as Barcelona, or Bayern Munich.

Europa League Round of 32: Players to watch

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Europa League Round of 32: Players to watch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Final preparations are underway for the second leg of the Europa League Round of 32 matches. Here are the players to watch in each of the 32 teams participating:

Liverpool v Zenit St. Petersburg Liverpool: Luis Suarez

The unpredictable Uruguay international has been in prime form this season in the Premier League.

Bradford City v Swansea Preview: The Swans to dismantle Bradford with ease

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Bradford City v Swansea Preview: The Swans to dismantle Bradford with ease - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bradford City v Swansea
2013 League Cup Final
Wembley Stadium, London, England
Sunday, 24 February, 2013
16:00 GMT
Referee: Kevin Friend

Bradford City have their work cut out if they are going to cause another upset and win the League Cup final against Swansea City this weekend.

Liverpool hopes fans will guide them to Europa success

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Liverpool hopes fans will guide them to Europa success - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are looking to turn their two goal deficit into victory against Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday night in the Europa League tie and are relying on famous Anfield support to be their 12th man for this game.

Barcelona & Real Madrid to visit Mecca?

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Barcelona & Real Madrid to visit Mecca? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish newspaper, Marca, has broken the news that El Clasico rivals, Real Madrid and Barcelona, will play a friendly as part of the opening ceremony for the new high-speed train line in Saudi Arabia.

The friendly will be played in Islam's headquarter, Mecca.

adizero f50 Messi – adidas honours Leo Messi with personalised range

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adizero f50 Messi adidas honours Leo Messi with personalised range - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

adidas has launched the all new signature Lionel Messi boot: the adizero f50 Messi.

The adidas adizero f50 Messi

The world's best footballer continues to break records and win accolades.

Champions League Round of 16: First leg report

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Champions League Round of 16: First leg report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The dust has settled after the first legs of the last 16 ties in the Champions League with several ties still in the balance and others looking dead in the water.

Juventus v Celtic

Juventus hold a 3-0 lead going into the second leg in Italy which effectively puts them through to the quarterfinal stage.

Champions League favourites face early exits

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Champions League favourites face early exits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was yet another fantastic European night witnessed by millions on Wednesday. Serie A outfit AC Milan pulled out a shock result as they defeated Catalan giants Barcelona at San Siro.

Former Portsmouth duo Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntariscored for the Rossoneri which give them an excellent chance of knocking out the 2009 and 2011 Champions League winners.

Tottenham fans attacked in Lyon

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Tottenham fans attacked in Lyon - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Three Tottenham fans were taken to hospital in France while several others were left with cuts and bruises after being attacked by a gang of up to 50 masked hooligans in a pub in Lyon on Wednesday night.

The Smoking Dog: The pub where the attack took place

The attack took place ahead of their side's Europa League match against Lyon is the second time Spurs fans were attacked in their successive European trips.

Tony Pulis interview: Premier League aims, playing style and more

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Tony Pulis interview: Premier League aims, playing style and more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Stoke City has been enjoying a neat Premier League run since their automatic promotion on the final day of the 2007-08 season, finishing second in the English Championship. This promotion had come after the appointment of Tony Pulis as the manager of the club for a second time.

Galatasaray v Schalke 04: Turkish league leaders should build formidable first leg lead

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Galatasaray v Schalke 04: Turkish league leaders should build formidable first leg lead - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


Galatasaray v Schalke 04
UEFA Champions League
Turk Telekom Arena, Istanbul
Wednesday 20 February, 2013
19:45 GMT

Galatasaray have their work cut out if they are to secure a first leg lead in this last 16 Champions League tie against Schalke.

AC Milan v Barcelona: Milan may struggle to keep up

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AC Milan v Barcelona: Milan may struggle to keep up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


AC Milan v Barcelona
UEFA Champions League
San Siro, Milan
Wednesday 20 February, 2013
19:45 GMT

AC Milan face the biggest challenge out of all the clubs in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Nani scrutinising his career at Manchester United

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Nani scrutinising his career at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United winger Nani is unhappy at missing out on the Champions League first leg tie with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu and could leave the club at the end of the season.

Nani set for Old Trafford exit?

What do Premier League teams need this summer? – Part 2

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What do Premier League teams need this summer? Part 2 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Part 1 can be found here. It covers Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton and Fulham.

With the title race all but over in February, many Premier League teams will be looking towards the summer with a view to potential dealings.

Manchester City CEO accused of spying Barcelona email network

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Manchester City CEO accused of spying Barcelona email network - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After Garry Cook's ignominious exit as Manchester City CEO in the aftermath of insensitive email communication in relation to Nedum Onuoha's mother, the incumbent CEO Ferran Soriano is also at the eye of a storm.

Bayern Munich’s typical German efficiency undid Arsenal

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Bayern Munich's typical German efficiency undid Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There's a reason Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez can't even get in the starting XI at Bayern Munich. The former plays by his own rules, prioritising flair over efficiency, whilst the latter lacks the all round play to be the focal point of an incredibly well balanced team.

David Gill steps down from chief executive role

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David Gill steps down from chief executive role - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill has announced today that he will be standing down from his post this summer.

David Gill has stepped down from Chief Executive role at Manchester United

Gill has been on United board since 1997 and though he steps down from the current role, he will remain with the club as a director.

Roma tempting Mancini for a return to Italy

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Roma tempting Mancini for a return to Italy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AS Roma are preparing to take full advantage of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini's uncertain future at the club by placing an offer of £4.5 million-a-year contract in the summer.

AS Roma looking to bring Roberto Mancini in the summer

The Italian's position at the club is uncertain at the moment with his side off the pace in the Premier League.

Does Benitez want all jobs Mourinho quits?

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Does Benitez want all jobs Mourinho quits? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez dreams of managing his "sweet heart" Real Madrid while uncertainty over his future intensifies.

Benitez has expressed his love for Real Madrid

Benitez is expected to leave the club once his contract expires after the end of the season and has been tipped to replace Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who is thought to be looking for newer pastures elsewhere.

Manchester United’s David Gill steps down from chief executive role

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Manchester United's David Gill steps down from chief executive role - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill has announced today that he will be standing down from his post this summer, ending a 16-year association with the club.

David Gill has stepped down from Chief Executive role at Manchester United

Gill has been on United board since 1997 and though he steps down from the current role, he will remain with the club as a director.

What do Premier League teams need this summer? – Part 1

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What do Premier League teams need this summer? Part 1 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the title race all but over in February, many Premier League teams will be looking towards the summer with a view to potential dealings.

The battle for fourth still rages on, whilst at the foot of the table relegation candidates scrap to maintain their status as top tier clubs.

Wilshere to be subjected to Cesc & Henry like transfer saga by Barcelona?

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Wilshere to be subjected to Cesc & Henry like transfer saga by Barcelona? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If the debacle against Blackburn Rovers and the spectre of an eighth trophy less seasons were not enough for Arsene Wenger to spend sleepless nights, additional impetus has been provided to Wenger's woes in the form of Dani Alves.

5 players Manchester City could sell in the summer

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5 players Manchester City could sell in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini feels that his team still has a chance to close the gap with league leaders Manchester United despite trailing by 12 points.

Recently City were linked with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and their interest seems genuine.

Is Manchester United’s current squad better than the 1999 squad?

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Is Manchester United's current squad better than the 1999 squad? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently said that his present squad is better than the squad that won the historic and unprecedented treble in 1999.

Many critics consider the treble win as Ferguson's biggest achievement till date, though his each and every achievement is unique in its own way.

Arsenal v Bayern: Can Wenger mastermind a memorable win?

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Arsenal v Bayern: Can Wenger mastermind a memorable win? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will start their European knockout round proceedings as under dogs, even if they are playing at home.

They are going through a stuttering domestic campaign, knocked out of both the domestic cup competitions and now the Champions League remains their only hope of ending an eight year trophy drought.

Mourinho not ruling out managing French clubs

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Mourinho not ruling out managing French clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has suggested that he would like to manage in France, further casting doubts over his future at the Spanish club.

Jose Mourinho refuses to rule out French move


Mourinho's future has been well speculated in the media and the self-proclaimed "the special one" himself has stated time and again that he wants to return back to England in future.

Wenger bemoans ‘lack of maturity’ but what is the solution?

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Wenger bemoans 'lack of maturity' but what is the solution? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was not the best of preparation Arsenal would have hoped for before facing Bayern Munich on Tuesday night in the first leg of Champions League knock out tie at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners were dumped out of the FA Cup by the English Championship side Blackburn Rovers and therefore Europe presents their last chance of ending an eight-year trophy drought.

Bayern Munich – A daunting prospect for Arsenal

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Bayern Munich A daunting prospect for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As Arsene Wenger left the pitch at the Emirates on Saturday, amid a chorus of boos and anger, he must've wondered if things could get much worse.

His side had just been knocked out of the FA Cup by unfancied Blackburn Rovers, and a ninth straight year without a trophy looks almost certain now.

Nasri’s days at City could be over soon – Where next for him?

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Nasri's days at City could be over soon Where next for him? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Samir Nasri was left out of Manchester City's 4-0 win over Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and his future is seriously under huge threat.

Samir Nasri's future at Manchester City in under dark clouds

Manager Roberto Mancini was furious with his side's performance for the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Southampton and said he would drop some of the players in coming matches.

Benitez denies rift with John Terry

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Benitez denies rift with John Terry - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Rafael Benitez, the Chelsea interim manager, has quashed the rumours of strained relationship between him and skipper John Terry suggesting they don't have "any problem" working with each other.

Rafa Benitez denies of strained relationship with John Terry

Chelsea recorded a comfortable win over Brentford FC on Sunday in the FA Cup fourth round replay where Terry, who made only his third outing under the Spaniard, scored the final goal for the club.

5 reasons why Spurs can’t afford to lose Gareth Bale

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5 reasons why Spurs can't afford to lose Gareth Bale - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gareth Bale has been a revelation for the world of football since he broke into the first team at Tottenham. A product of the Southampton youth academy, Bale has been touted to be as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Is Gareth Bale the next Ronaldo?

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Is Gareth Bale the next Ronaldo? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the world of footballing stardom, there is the ‘Messi-Ronaldo' axis first and then there are others, such is the gulf in class between the former and the latter group.

Gareth Bale is enjoying the form of his life

No wonder then that the Press and Electronic media are fervently in the lookout for the next LionelMessi or CristianoRonaldo.

Moyes won’t commit his future at Everton right now

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Moyes won't commit his future at Everton right now - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton manager David Moyes is just one month away from completing his 11th anniversary at the Merseyside club but wants to wait until the end of the season before resolving his future.

Moyes will decide his future after the end of the season.

Liverpool can’t afford to lose against Swansea

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Liverpool can't afford to lose against Swansea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will face Swansea in their next Premier League game at Anfield and the outcome of the match bears a lot of significance for the home side.

Brendan Rodgers must find a way to beat Swansea

The Reds skipper Steven Gerrard vowed that his side will fight for Champions League qualification places, after earning two heroic away draws against Arsenal and Manchester City but the bubble of enthusiasm has been bust after the recent 2-0 home defeat against West Brom.

Chelsea link with Pellegrini adds pressure on Benitez

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Chelsea link with Pellegrini adds pressure on Benitez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jesus Martinez, agent of Manuel Pellegrini has added further pressure on Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez, claiming an intermediary representing the London club has sounded him out about the availability of the Malaga manager, though nothing is official at this stage.

Roberto Mancini hits out at his critics

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Roberto Mancini hits out at his critics - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has insisted that his critics who are claiming his job at the club is under threat don't understand football.

Mancini thinks critics don't understand football

Rivals Manchester United have extended a whacking gap of 12 points with them at the top of the Premier League table after City suffered a humiliating 3-1 defeat at the hands of Southampton in their last match and the pressure is steadily mounting on the Italian's shoulder.

Europa League: The Round of 32 Review

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Europa League: The Round of 32 Review - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the Round of 32 of the Europa League, we saw some straightforward results while some were just unbelievable.

After Joe Allen hinting that Liverpool will be focusing on the competition as their Premier League campaign is far from their own standards, we saw them succumb to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Zenit St.

Adam Johnson desperate for England call up

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Adam Johnson desperate for England call up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has vowed to fight tooth and nail to get back to the England national squad after failing to make a big impression on a consistent basis since moving to Sunderland in the summer.

Ferguson urged to sign Lille’s Digne

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Ferguson urged to sign Lille's Digne - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been urged to sign Lille full-back Lucas Digne in the summer by his brother and chief Manchester United scout Martin Ferguson as a potential long-term replacement of Patrice Evra.

Wasted Footballers – good players whose talents were wasted by their clubs

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Wasted Footballers good players whose talents were wasted by their clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We have many instances of good talent being wasted, players failing to reach their potential and club making bad purchases. But when a club fails to harness the talent of any highly experienced player, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Manchester United on course for huge financial success

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Manchester United on course for huge financial success - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are on course for bumper financial season after growth in revenue earned due to Champions League run and new sponsorship deals.

Manchester United are riding on great financial success

The Red Devils have announced significant rises in income and profit for the three-month period ending in December 2012.

Manchester City will make move for Cavani in summer

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Manchester City will make move for Cavani in summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City are looking to make a move for Napoli goal-machine Edinson Cavani in the summer transfer window and would be selling some of their players to balance the books.

Man City is looking to buy Edinson Cavani in the summer


According to reports, City manager Roberto Mancini is determined to bolster the squad and will look to sell at least four players and in place bring in a quality star to give his squad a fresh new look.

Malouda joins the list of unwanted talent in English football

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Malouda joins the list of unwanted talent in English football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We have many instances of good talent being wasted, players failing to reach their potential and club making bad purchases. But when a club fails to harness the talent of any highly experienced player, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Joe Allen hopes to rediscover himself in Liverpool’s Europa campaign

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Joe Allen hopes to rediscover himself in Liverpool's Europa campaign - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is looking forward to putting up a good performance in the Europa League after admitting his form has dipped in recent weeks.

Joe Allen hopes to rediscover his form in Liverpool colours

The Reds will travel to Russia in the Europa League last-32 first leg tie to face Zenit Saint Petersburg on Thursday and Allen is hoping to impress if given the chance.

Henry: ‘Boss will always be Arsene’

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Henry: 'Boss will always be Arsene' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Thierry Henry has voiced his concern over the criticism of Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager gets from the fans and pundits.

Henry has voiced concern over Wenger criticism

Wenger has been at the helm of Arsenal for over 16 years now and during this period the London club has won three Premier League titles.

Jordan Henderson talks about Europa, most dangerous teammate & Gerrard

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Jordan Henderson talks about Europa, most dangerous teammate & Gerrard - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Liverpool's Europa League clash with Zenit St Peterburg, Jordan Henderson was interviewed as part of the Western Union PASS Initiative. One very notable stat about the 22 year old midfielder is that he completed 369 passes in Liverpool's European campaign so far.

Gallas on the brink of saying goodbye to Tottenham

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Gallas on the brink of saying goodbye to Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur defender William Gallas is set to leave the club as manager Andre Villas-Boas feels the need to prune his bloated squad.

Spurs have five central defenders in the side and the Portuguese wants to cut the number to four by the turn of next season.

Real Madrid play back-to-back El Clasicos in the week before United return leg

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Real Madrid play back-to-back El Clasicos in the week before United return leg - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid tied 1-1 with Manchester United in the first leg of the Round of 16 knockout tie in the Champions League. Alex Ferguson said in the post-match interview that the game is in their grasp now.

Sam Allardyce talks about West Ham academy & Elite Player Performance Plan

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Sam Allardyce talks about West Ham academy & Elite Player Performance Plan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce spoke to Yahoo! as part of their association with the League Managers Association. Allardyce spoke about the West Ham academy's Category One status, their U-19 England fullback Daniel Potts, Elite Player Performance Plan and more.

Jonjo Shelvey hits out on Liverpool fans on Twitter

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Jonjo Shelvey hits out on Liverpool fans on Twitter - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey at hit out at Liverpool fans on Twitter who criticised him heavily for his poor performance in the 2-0 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.

Shelvey hits out on Liverpool fans on Twitter

The youngster made his first start in the league since Boxing Day defeat at the hands of Stoke City (his performance was miserable that day too) but endured a tough time against the Baggies as Rodgers took him off on the hour mark.

Liverpool’s Ian Ayre expressed concerns over racist abuse in Russia

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Liverpool's Ian Ayre expressed concerns over racist abuse in Russia - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have expressed their concerns over potential racial abuse and have contracted Zenit St Petersburg regarding the matter.

Ian Ayre expressed racism fears in Russia

The Reds will travel to Russia on Thursday for their Europa League last-32 tie and have expressed major concerns because of Zenit fans' reputation for racism.

Andre Santos confident of Arsenal future

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Andre Santos confident of Arsenal future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal defender Andre Santos returned to Brazil to play with Gremiofor the reminder of the season but claims his future still remains at Arsenal.

Santos claims his future lies at Arsenal

Santos was signed from Turkish club Fenerbahce for a reported fee of £6.

Did Mourinho lose the match in pre-match press conference?

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Did Mourinho lose the match in pre-match press conference? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Pre-match press conferences have been one of Jose Mourinho's favourite playing grounds. But for the biggest match of the this season's Champions League so far, Mou seemed stiff or, dare I say, nervous may be.

Frank Lampard signs new deal but not for Chelsea

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Frank Lampard signs new deal but not for Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Frank Lampard has signed a new deal today and to dishearten the Chelsea fans once again, it has nothing to do with the deal they have been hoping for.

Frank Lampard will write fictions for young kids

The 34-year-old, who is out of contract at Stamford Bridge, is looking to carve out a new career and has signed a deal with a publisher Little Brown Books for Young Readers to write children's books.

Win tickets to watch United v Madrid at Old Trafford on March 5th

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Win tickets to watch United v Madrid at Old Trafford on March 5th - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Want to watch Manchester United v Real Madrid live at Old Trafford on March 5th? Enter a prize draw to win two tickets by using #HaveYourSayInMadrid or #HazteOirEnManchester on Twitter.

Real Madrid v Manchester United video preview

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Real Madrid v Manchester United video preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

While you wait for the big kickoff tonight, here's a video preview of Madrid v United from ex-United captain and top pundit Gary Neville:

You can also win two tickets to watch United play Madrid in the return leg at Old Trafford on March 5th more details here.

Everton: Premier League’s most impressive side this season?

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Everton: Premier League's most impressive side this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite Everton's defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend, it could be argued that David Moyes' side have played consistently better than any other side in the top seven this season.

How Brazilians have fared since leaving Arsenal

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How Brazilians have fared since leaving Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal defender Andre Santos has joined Brasileirao outfit Grêmio on loan until the end of the season after failing to cement his first team place this season.

Santos has joined Gremio on a season long loan

The 29-year-old joined the London club from Fenerbahce for £6.

Valencia v Paris Saint-Germain Preview – Spaniards Favourites for First Leg Lead

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Valencia v Paris Saint-Germain Preview Spaniards Favourites for First Leg Lead - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Valencia v Paris Saint-Germain
UEFA Champions League
The Mestalla, Valencia
Tuesday 12 February, 2013
19:45 GMT

The French league leaders will need to dig in at one of Spain's most hostile grounds if they are to take anything into the second leg of this last 16 tie.

Celtic v Juventus Preview – Expect a Brilliant Italian Job

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Celtic v Juventus Preview Expect a Brilliant Italian Job - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Celtic v Juventus
UEFA Champions League
Parkhead, Scotland
Tuesday February 12, 2013
19:45 GMT

Celtic's superb performances in the Champions League group stage have given them the chance to square up against one of Italy's best teams.

Balotelli racially abused by Inter Milan fans

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Balotelli racially abused by Inter Milan fans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mario Balotelli might have left the shores of Britain, but he is yet to shake off the slew of controversies around him. Sadly, the recent nature of controversies associated with the young striker hardly evokes laughter and banter.

Are Liverpool genuine contenders for top four challenge?

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Are Liverpool genuine contenders for top four challenge? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident that his side have a good chance of qualifying for the Champions League this season.

Brendan Rodgers is confident that Liverpool will finish in top four

The Reds are nine points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur and though the chances of making it in the top four is difficult but can't be ruled out as impossible.

Arsenal pin their Champions League hopes on Walcott

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Arsenal pin their Champions League hopes on Walcott - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The first knockout stage fixtures of the UEFA Champions League have given football lovers much to look forward to when the games begin. The draws have thrown up set of games where top teams meet each other at the outset, and teams traditionally belonging to the middle rungs of the elite competition facing each other.

Manchester United shut out City to focus on Europe

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Manchester United shut out City to focus on Europe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have increased their lead to 12 points at the top of the table over their nearest challenger Manchester City after defeating Everton 2-0 on Sunday at the Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson had expressed his frustrations over the scheduling of their televised game against Everton which he described as "unfair" and "ridiculous".

African Cup of Nations review: Nigeria crowned kings of the continent

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African Cup of Nations review: Nigeria crowned kings of the continent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The African Cup of Nations came to a dramatic close on Sunday, with Nigeria ending a 19-year drought at the competition to lift the winner's trophy for the third time in their history with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Burkina Faso.

Manchester City have thrown away the title

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Manchester City have thrown away the title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It is getting tough and tougher for Manchester City. The reigning Premier League champions are 12 points behind leaders Manchester United and with only 12 games left to play, the chances of retaining the title looks increasingly out of the equation.

Ferguson: Manchester United disadvantaged in Europe by TV demands

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Ferguson: Manchester United disadvantaged in Europe by TV demands - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sir Alex Ferguson is furious with the unfair scheduling of Manchester United's televised game against Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday and hits out at Premier League for failing to make sacrifices for their top teams.

Manchester City manager not happy with Premier League’s new spending rules

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Manchester City manager not happy with Premier League's new spending rules - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has expressed his displeasure with the UEFA and the Premier League's new spending rules about the impending introduction of salary inflation cap by claiming that wealthy benefactors should not be subjected to financial constraints.

Arsene Wenger wants blood tests to prevent drug cheats

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Arsene Wenger wants blood tests to prevent drug cheats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on FIFA to introduce blood tests to prevent drug cheats from corrupting the beautiful game.

Arsene Wenger wants blood tests introduction to prevent drug cheats

Till now, football players are only tested for banned substances through urine samples at the training ground or after matches.

Blackburn announces Nike kit sponsorship deal

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Blackburn announces Nike kit sponsorship deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Blackburn Rovers have confirmed that a new partnership for their kit sponsorship to move from Umbro to Nike from the start of the 2013/14 season.

This is Umbro's second sponsorship spell with the club, which started in 2007 and will run to the end of the current 2012/13 season.

The best managers in England this season

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The best managers in England this season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fans of English football know by heart which teams are sitting atop the Premier League table or the Championship and where their favourite club is standing at the moment. But what about the managers in England?

How are Alex Ferguson and Brendan Rodgers performing in a league table of managers?

Best coaches in Football Manager 2013

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Best coaches in Football Manager 2013 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Building a successful team in Football Manager 2013 requires good players, that's fairly obvious, but having a solid team does not depend only on the quality of your playing staff. Having good coaches and assigning them to the right training categories is also very important, if not crucial.

Gerrard and Wilshere deliver new hope for England

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Gerrard and Wilshere deliver new hope for England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England started their 2013 journey on high after defeating Brazil 2-1 on Wednesday night at the Wembley Stadium. Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard scored the winner as England ended their 23-year wait for victory over the South American giants.

Ronaldo launches Brazil 2013 away kit

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Ronaldo launches Brazil 2013 away kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The most iconic footballer of recent times, Ronaldo, helped Nike launch the Brazil 2013 away kit. The kit was launched as part of the 'Batalha das Quadras' competition (Battle iof the Court) in Rio de Janeiro.

Neymar had already launched Brazil 2013 home shirt just a day prior to this as part of the same competition mentioned above.

England heroes who earned 100 caps

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England heroes who earned 100 caps - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Representing your nation at any level is probably the best feeling one can ever bore in his heart. A sense of patriotism runs through the veins and the feelings cannot be expressed in any words or language.

It is even harder for the outsiders to fathom its true essence.

Robin van Persie attributes United’s success to first team coach

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Robin van Persie attributes United's success to first team coach - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Robin van Persie has scored 18 goals in the 22 Premier League games he has played. With that, Manchester United have moved nine points clear of any title challengers. Manchester City and Chelsea linger behind with 53 and 46 points respectively.

France v Germany Live Stream

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France v Germany Live Stream - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


France v Germany
International Friendly
Stade de France, Paris, France
Wednesday 6 February 2013
20:00 GMT

Two of Europe's heavyweights clash in the international friendly in Paris.

England v Brazil: Gerrard to partner up with Wilshere to face Ronaldinho

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England v Brazil: Gerrard to partner up with Wilshere to face Ronaldinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


England v Brazil
International Friendly
Wembley Stadium, London, England
Wednesday 6th Ferbruary, 2013
19:30 GMT

England will play their first international fixture of 2013 when the Three Lions will face footballing giants Brazil at the Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

Milan VP passes racist comments about Balotelli

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Milan VP passes racist comments about Balotelli - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan vice president Paolo Berlusconi has described Mario Balotelli as "negretto di famiglia" ("family's little nigger") sparking controversy in the Italian media.

At the centre of racial remarks made by Paolo Berlusconi

Paolo is the younger brother of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is currently the president of Milan, made such comments at a political meeting in Monza.

Manchester United: Premier League’s comeback kings

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Manchester United: Premier League's comeback kings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have made a name for themselves for a lot of reasons over the years and one of them is for coming back from behind. They have managed to score in the dying minutes of their games to avoid defeat.

Clubs call for Champions League berth for Europa winner

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Clubs call for Champions League berth for Europa winner - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Majority of European clubs are highly satisfied with the current UEFA's club competition structure and format but want to see the winners or the finalists of Europa League getting a Champions League berth the following season.

Wayne Rooney shows off his interviewing skills

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Wayne Rooney shows off his interviewing skills - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has already started polishing his post-retirement life as a TV presenter.

Ahead of the big friendly game against Brazil, Rooney shows off his interviewing skills as he talks to fullback Leighton Baines and his former Everton teammate Leon Osman.

United States 2013 home shirt leaked

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United States 2013 home shirt leaked - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Todo Sobre Camisetas have revealed leaked images of the United States 2013 home shirt.

2013 marks one hundred years of soccer in the US. The shirt features a special centenary crest. The new crest is simply the flag of USA but for European fans, it looks a bit like the Atletico Madrid crest.

Why can’t Liverpool beat any one in the top half?

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Why can't Liverpool beat any one in the top half? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool converted yet another victory into a draw for the second successive game as Manchester City scored late on to salvage a point at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Reds smelled victory when Steven Gerrard scored from a spectacular volley but Argentina international Sergio Aguero pounced on the mistake made by Liverpool goal keeper Pepe Reina and scored with great aplomb to level the tie towards the end leaving Brendan Rodgers' men frustrated.

Liverpool not contacted by Europol over match-fixing allegation probe

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Liverpool not contacted by Europol over match-fixing allegation probe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have made it clear that they have had no contact from Europol or any other organizations over the match fixing allegations surrounding their 2009 Champions League match against Debrecen.

Fear of failure drives United forward

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Fear of failure drives United forward - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

They said it couldn't be done. No team had thrown away an 8-point advantage with 6 games to go in the league.

But United did, and lost the 2011/2012 league title on goal difference to City. It hurt more than the 1-point title defeat to Chelsea two years ago, mostly because United were so far in front.

Nike reveals shocking black Portugal 2013 away kit

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Nike reveals shocking black Portugal 2013 away kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nike have unveiled the Portugal 2013 away kit. It is a striking black shirt with black shorts and black socks.

The shirt takes its inspiration from the volcanic basalt rock that is used extensively across the country and the expressive nature of its renowned football heritage.

Liverpool pay their price for making ghastly errors

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Liverpool pay their price for making ghastly errors - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool paid the price again for making yet another defensive blunder as Manchester City managed to salvage a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Earning a point against the reigning league champions and that too at City's home ground is indeed an achievement and should be considered as a fine result.

Netherlands 2013 away kit unveiled

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Netherlands 2013 away kit unveiled - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Netherlands 2013 away kit was unveiled at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam by national team players Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax) and Adam Maher (AZ).

The shirt takes the three colours of the Dutch national flag with white shorts and white socks.

Alex Ferguson slaps Anderson (in a fatherly way)

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Alex Ferguson slaps Anderson (in a fatherly way) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Alex Ferguson is known for his "my way or the highway" approach in dealing with his players. He believes that no player is bigger than the club and over the years some of the many notable players have left Manchester United.

Match Fixing in Football: Europol investigate 380 possibly fixed matches

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Match Fixing in Football: Europol investigate 380 possibly fixed matches - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A Champions League fixture played in England is one of 380 matches to have been fixed across Europe in the last four years according to continent's police agency Europol.

More than 380 matches have come under the eye of suspicion after wide ranging investigation taken place for 18 months, that includes World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, though theydidn'treveal which game in England they suspect of corruption because of on-going judicial proceedings.

The resurrection of a footballing genius: Ronaldinho

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The resurrection of a footballing genius: Ronaldinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When England face Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday evening, the 90,000 crowd will be privileged to see one of Brazil's greatest ever players strutting his stuff on the big stage once again.

After years in the wilderness on the world scene, Ronaldinho is back.

Everton need wins, not draws, to reach Champions League football

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Everton need wins, not draws, to reach Champions League football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Another frenzied Saturday at the Premier League was marked yesterday by a topsy-turvy encounter at Goodison Park where Everton came back from a two goal deficit to recover one point in dying moments of the game against Aston Villa.

La Liga: The spectre of match fixing looms

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La Liga: The spectre of match fixing looms - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A week after the vice–president of the LFP, the governing body which runs Spanish football's top two divisions, claimed there is match fixing in La Liga, how appropriate that this weekend sees a rematch of perhaps last season's most controversial match.

The Failed Adventures of Peter Odemwingie

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The Failed Adventures of Peter Odemwingie - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"What do you mean you won't let me in?"

You have to hand it to modern day footballers such as Peter Odemwingie. While the morale sapped people of the UKstrugglewith austerity measures and high unemployment, you can rely on a down trodden footballer to wistfully ignore the nations blight with breath taking arrogance.

Five reasons Arsenal fans will love Nacho Monreal

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Five reasons Arsenal fans will love Nacho Monreal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have signed Ignacio "Nacho" Monreal from Malaga on a long term contract on the deadline day of the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old, who is ineligible to play Champions League games for Arsenal after he already played in the group stages with Malaga, has joined the Gunners on an undisclosed fee, though believed to be over £8 million.

The Royal Ashbourne Shrovetide Football – Its football, but not as we know it

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The Royal Ashbourne Shrovetide Football Its football, but not as we know it - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If you turn up in Ashbourne on Tuesday 12th or Wednesday 13th February you could be forgiven for thinking that Civil War has broken out. In fact there is nothing to worry about, just a game of football.

Nike unveils Brazil 2013 home kit with Neymar

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Nike unveils Brazil 2013 home kit with Neymar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Brazil 2013 home kit has been unveiled by Nike. The new kit will be worn for the first time against England on February 6th at Wembley Stadium.

The kit was launched as part of the "Batalha das Quadras" (Battle of the Court) a competition for young players to play small-sided football on a variety of surfaces to sharpen their skills.