SoccerLens Archives for January 2013

Can Robin van Persie stand the test of time?

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Can Robin van Persie stand the test of time? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With your average, top flight player's career lasting little over 15 years, clubs are stuck in a perennial state of recruitment, looking to establish the next legends of the game from the earliest possible age.

Nike launches Summer 2013 CR7 Collection

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Nike launches Summer 2013 CR7 Collection - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Pace is one of the hallmarks of Cristiano Ronaldo's game. Pace also defines the bold, distinctive spirit of the new CR7 Collection launched by Nike.

The inspiration for the designs of the Summer 2013 CR7 Collection come from Cristiano's love for all things fast.

The Telepathic Football challenge featuring Manchester United’s Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez

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The Telepathic Football challenge featuring Manchester United's Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Earlier this month, Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez took part in bwin's 'Telepathic Football' challenge, going up against the 1999 Man Utd's strike pairing of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole.

Champions League quarter-final preview: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Dortmund and Juventus eyeing semi-final berths

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Champions League quarter-final preview: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Dortmund and Juventus eyeing semi-final berths - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Champions League returns next week, with eight teams still in the hunt to make the final at Wembley in May. A number of high-profile sides have been eliminated, including Manchester United, City and defending champions Chelsea, however a host of top European clubs still remain.

Premier League title race is over but there’s much still at stake

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Premier League title race is over but there's much still at stake - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the World Cup qualifiers for March behind us, the focus shifts firmly to the English Premier League where except for the wide chasm between Manchester United and the rest, there's still plenty to play for.

Robin van Persie wants to end his career at Old Trafford

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Robin van Persie wants to end his career at Old Trafford - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United camp will be more than pleased to see their star striker Robin van Persie returning back to form after netting three goals in two back to back matches for his Netherlands.

But, none would give more pleasure than hearing the news from the player himself about his future and commitment to the club.

World Cup Qualifiers: England drew as Wales, Scotland & N. Ireland lose

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World Cup Qualifiers: England drew as Wales, Scotland & N. Ireland lose - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was a sad Monday night for the British nations at the World Cup qualifiers. England were held to a 1-1 draw by Montenegro despite taking the lead while Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland all suffered defeats at the hands of Croatia, Israel and Serbia respectively.

Uruguay going out of World Cup as Suarez could face ban

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Uruguay going out of World Cup as Suarez could face ban - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez always grabs the headline in one way or the other. The Liverpool forward is well known for his gift of sublime skills and extra-ordinary 'genius' abilities on pitch, but he has a darker side too which time and again comes into the forefront eclipsing all his good work.

Steven Fletcher’s injury is a massive blow to Sunderland

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Steven Fletcher's injury is a massive blow to Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunderland have suffered a huge blow today with the news that striker Steven Fletcher has suffered ankle ligament damage and could miss out actions for reminder of the season.

Steven Fletcher's injury would serve as a huge blow to Sunderland

Fletcher landed awkwardly against Wales on Friday in the World Cup Qualifiers while playing for Scotland and was stretched off immediately.

Nigel Adkins will be the new manager at Reading

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Nigel Adkins will be the new manager at Reading - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nigel Adkins is set to become the next manager of Reading and will be officially unveiled in a press conference on Tuesday morning.

Nigel Adkins set to become the new manager of Reading

Reading sacked Brian McDermott a couple of weeks ago and were heavily interested in Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet.

Joey Barton bad-mouths Neymar on Twitter

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Joey Barton bad-mouths Neymar on Twitter - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has stooped to a new low afterlabelingBrazilian superstar Neymar as "cat piss in reality" through social networking site Twitter.

Ironically, Barton has the same initials as Justin Bieber JB.

Jose Mourinho to Chelsea in the summer?

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Jose Mourinho to Chelsea in the summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The news would definitely excite the Chelsea fans. According to ‘exclusive' reports from the Daily Express, former Chelsea manager and fan favourite Jose Mourinho has agreed a three-year contract with the Blues but it is yet to be signed.

Gareth Bale signs 3-year deal with BT Sports

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Gareth Bale signs 3-year deal with BT Sports - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has agreed to sign a three-year contract with BT Sports where the Welshman will take up ambassadorial role and feature as a guest pundit for the new BT Sport channels.

The 23-year-old already has an existing relationship with BT as he promoted its Life's a Pitch website and starred in advertisements regrading availability of Sky Sports 1 and 2 on the BT Vision pay TV platform in 2010.

Introducing the EPL Tactics Board

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Introducing the EPL Tactics Board - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The team at EPLIndex.com are proud to bring a brand new feature on the website: The Tactics Board.

A totally FREE feature for all bloggers or tacticians that wish to share their tactics with an easy to use tactics board.

France and Spain prepare for vital Paris showdown

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France and Spain prepare for vital Paris showdown - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

While many are talking about the importance of England's trip to Montenegro on Tuesday night in their 2014 World Cup qualifier, the real crunch tie comes at Stade de France between France and Spain, two of Europe's heavyweight sides.

Brighton manager Gus Poyet declines Reading offer

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Brighton manager Gus Poyet declines Reading offer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After a brief yet seemingly half-hearted flirtation, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet has declined the advances of Premier League strugglers Reading to stay with the South Coast club.

Poyet, 45, has made an excellent start to his managerial career with Brighton, and his current side lie outside the Championship play-offs on goal difference.

What is making Juventus so special this season?

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What is making Juventus so special this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In cruising past Glasgow Celtic and into the final eight of this season's Champions League, Juventus notched up a remarkable fifth clean sheet in a row in Europe. That doesn't come with ease, and not even the might of Barcelona or Real Madrid can look upon that without some degree of envy.

Tottenham doesn’t need more midfielders

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Tottenham doesn't need more midfielders - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ajax star Christian Eriksen has been linked with a move to the Premier League ever since he turned down a new contract at the Dutch club. The two big English sides thought to be interested in him are Liverpool and Tottenham.

Laudrup will stay at Swansea City

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Laudrup will stay at Swansea City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Michael Laudrup has been tipped with summer exits to several top European clubs but his recent comments about summer plans, have hinted that he will stay in Wales.

Laudrup guided Swansea to their first piece of major silverware in over a hundred years, with victory in the League Cup, which creates the question of why he'd want to leave when he's clearly in the process of building something special.

Can Tottenham pose a title challenge in the next 2 years?

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Can Tottenham pose a title challenge in the next 2 years? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Tottenham player Ledley King says he expects the club to be pushing for the Premier League title within the next two years.

King is now an ambassador for the club and says there are several factors in the club's favour, which will benefit the side and the fans over the next couple of seasons.

The difficulties of supporting England

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The difficulties of supporting England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England are facing two crucial away fixtures against San Marino and Montenegro in the next week, and as is often the case with our national team, it's difficult to know what to expect. So many times we've seen listless performances in these types of games, even if we have managed to secure the result.

Jeremy Menez linked with Liverpool switch this summer

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Jeremy Menez linked with Liverpool switch this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have been linked with versatile Paris Saint-Germain forward Jeremy Menez with a proposed summer switch thought to be on the cards.

Menez has fallen quickly out of favour with the French giants after failing to make a dramatic impact at the club this season.

The five best Premier League signings this season

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The five best Premier League signings this season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There have some been superb signings made by Premier League clubs in the last two transfer windows. Here are the five best in our opinion.

Michu to Swansea City

Michu signed a three-year contract with Swansea in July 2012 for the princely sum of just £2 million.

Michael Owen’s five most memorable matches

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Michael Owen's five most memorable matches - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Liverpool hero and England striker Michael Owen has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. Over the last few years, his career has come to a halt with recurrent injuries and this season he only managed six league appearances for Stoke City, all coming from the bench.

Gary Neville buys £1.5m stock exchange building

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Gary Neville buys £1.5m stock exchange building - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Manchester United right-back and current England coach, Gary Neville, has added to his property portfolio by splashing out £1.5 million on the Manchester stock exchange building.

Gary Neville was appointed to England senior team coaching staff by Roy Hodgson

The Manchester Evening News reported that Neville is said to be thinking of turning the top floors of the city's Grade II-listed former stock exchange into a private members' club.

Liverpool needs to bring back 19-year old Suso

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Liverpool needs to bring back 19-year old Suso - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Suso has been putting in some extremely effective performances for Liverpool's Under-21 side, which suggest it's time for Brendan Rodgers to draft him back into the first team squad for the run in.

A mixture of poor form and fatigue seem to be the reasons he was originally dropped from the first team squad, after he was used by Rodgers through the early part of the season.

Lucas Leiva can dominate the Premier League next season

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Lucas Leiva can dominate the Premier League next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lucas Leiva has been one of Liverpool's most effective and important players since his return from injury, which kept him out of the opening part of the season.

He is unique at Liverpool because his position in the side is almost guaranteed because he does a job in the team, which no one else can do as effectively, meaning Brendan Rodgers has no reason to drop him.

Italy 2013 Confederations Cup home shirt unveiled by Puma

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Italy 2013 Confederations Cup home shirt unveiled by Puma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Puma has revealed the Italy 2013 kit for the FIFA Confederations Cup.

In an event held in the training ground and headquarters of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Coverciano, Florence, Italy, Puma presented the new kit with the help of Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo to the press.

Oldham appoint youngest ever Football League manager

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Oldham appoint youngest ever Football League manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Kilmarnock player Lee Johnson will become the youngest ever league manager if his move to Oldham Athletic is completed on Monday.

The Latics are expected to give the 31-year-old, who only left the Killies in January 2013, his first managerial role in the hope he can steer them to League One safety.

Manchester United’s depth in squad has outdone their rivals

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Manchester United's depth in squad has outdone their rivals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ever since Robin van Persie dramatically sealed a 3-2 win for Manchester United over arch-rivals Manchester City at the Etihad back in December, the title race has been effectively over.

Admittedly that win only put Sir Alex Ferguson's side six points clear at the time, but there was just a sense that it was a very key moment in the season, and so it proved to be.

3 Dream Football League ideas to revolutionise the beautiful game

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3 Dream Football League ideas to revolutionise the beautiful game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"EXCLUSIVE!" cried the Times newspaper yesterday as its chief football reporter Oliver Kay ran a 3 page story claiming that the worlds leading football clubs would beoffered enormous financial inducements to participate in a 24-team tournament every two years in Qatar and neighbouring Gulf states.

England Squad Announced for Qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro

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England Squad Announced for Qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jack Wilshere misses out as he's currently suffering with an ankle problem he picked up before the second leg of Arsenal's Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.

Phil Jagielka is also touch and go to be fit for the match against San Marino on March 22 after undergoing surgery on a badly cut ankle, which he suffered in Everton's Premier League match against Reading.

England toppling in UEFA rankings as Germany closes gap

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England toppling in UEFA rankings as Germany closes gap - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For the first time since 1996, there are no English representative in the Champions League quarterfinals. With the rise of Bundesliga, this could mean a possible drop to third position in the UEFA rankings for Premier League which started the season on top, above Spain and Germany.

Police donate heat lamps seized from cannabis farms to Notts County

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Police donate heat lamps seized from cannabis farms to Notts County - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In an attempt to turn equipment confiscated by police to legal use, League One club Notts County will use heat lamps seized from cannabis farms to grow grass.

These heat lamps were seized by police in raids on the local cannabis farms which grew marijuana.

Europa League Round of 16: Inter host Spurs while Chelsea & Newcastle can’t concede goals

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Europa League Round of 16: Inter host Spurs while Chelsea & Newcastle can't concede goals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Round of 16 of the Europa League will conclude today. Only three teams have an greater advantage than one goal.

Inter Milan have the biggest deficit to overcome as they conceded three goals at White Hart Lane from a Tottenham side that is still unbeaten in this season's competition.

Man City: A tepid season for the forgotten champions

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Man City: A tepid season for the forgotten champions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arguably nothing will ever top the drama, excitement and raw emotion of the final day of last season. Tied on points, with only goal difference separating the two giants from Manchester, the 13th May, 2012 has been seared into the history books.

Wilshere will miss World Cup Qualifiers due to injury

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Wilshere will miss World Cup Qualifiers due to injury - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for three weeks which will see him miss England's crucial World Cup Qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro later this month.

The Arsenal midfielder injured his left ankle during the 2-1 North London derby defeat against Tottenham on March 3rd and whilst it is not a long term injury it will also keep him out of the Gunners' Champions League second round second-leg tie against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Chelsea 2013/14 home & away shirts leaked

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Chelsea 2013/14 home & away shirts leaked - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2013/14 Chelsea shirts have been leaked on the internet. The shirts are manufactured by adidas and Samsung is the shirt sponsor.

The Blues are in the best position to capture a Champions League spot as compared to Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool they're two points behind third placed Spurs and have a game in hand.

Barcelona v Milan: more than just 90 minutes for Italian football

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Barcelona v Milan: more than just 90 minutes for Italian football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Barcelona and AC Milan were paired alongside one another in the Round of 16 in this season's UEFA Champions League, one would not have been criticised for pencilling the Spanish champions in to progress to the quarter-finals.

The ‘Other’ Players of the Year 2012/13

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The ‘Other' Players of the Year 2012/13 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We are bombarded every day, through all mediums available to the Press, about the ‘kings' of the Premier League, and their awe-inspiring exploits. The names Van Persie, Bale, Mata and Suarez are synonymous with success, goal-scoring prowess, and an ability to make the big stage look like a playpen.

European Weekend Review: Chelsea, Liverpool fight back; Schalke’s double over Dortmund & three minutes of magic from Ibra

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European Weekend Review: Chelsea, Liverpool fight back; Schalke's double over Dortmund & three minutes of magic from Ibra - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This has been a fascinating weekend of football in Europe where results dictated the fate of title races, individual bravura stole the show and pride prevailed in derby victory.

Benitez repeats Istanbul tactics to thwart United

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Benitez repeats Istanbul tactics to thwart United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

At half-time during the 2005 Champions League final, Rafael Benitez made his most impressive, and memorable, tactical decision in his time as Liverpool manager.

With his side losing 3-0 and being humiliated by a rampant AC Milan side, Benitez replaced right-back Steve Finnan with holding midfielder Didi Hamann.

Where would Rooney be next season?

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Where would Rooney be next season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So, the enigmatic, talismanic figurehead is no more. The faithful have lost their guiding light, their man of the people. What will the future hold now? If, indeed, there is a future...

So voluminous and earnest have been this week's obituaries for Wayne Rooney's Manchester United career, one could be forgiven for drawing parallels with a South American country that's lost the most charismatic and beloved President in their history.

“Neymar will play for Barcelona” – Santos head coach

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"Neymar will play for Barcelona" Santos head coach - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A host of European clubs have declared their interest in the 21 year old forward, Neymar. The reason why he hasn't moved to Europe already is the transfer fee set by his current club, Santos.

Santos could still demand a transfer fee in the reign of €20-30 million

In the recent weeks, Neymar has been linked with Barcelona more than ever before.

Mancini hints Dzeko exit in summer

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Mancini hints Dzeko exit in summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has hinted that he would listen to offers for striker Edin Dzeko in the summer.

The 26-year-old is the top scorer for the reigning Premier League champions' with 13 goals in all competitions (12 in the league) but the Bosnian has been linked with a move away to Germany.

QPR: Harry’s 10-game push for survival

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QPR: Harry's 10-game push for survival - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There is no doubt that QPR are in serious trouble. Still rooted firmly at the foot of the table, a place they have occupied for most if not the whole season, they have had a tumultuous few weeks off the pitch to add to their current plight.

Ferguson Dismisses Rooney Rumours

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Ferguson Dismisses Rooney Rumours - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Speaking to the press for the first time since Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League, Sir Alex Ferguson addressed some key issues at his pre-weekend press conference as reported on manutd.com;

On Wayne Rooney;

"The Wayne Rooney issue first?

Paul Lambert interview: Dortmund’s success, German football & more

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Paul Lambert interview: Dortmund's success, German football & more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Read part one of the Paul Lambert interview here.

Aston Villa currently sit third from bottom, level on points with 17th placed Wigan but behind on goal difference. They are heading to the Madjeski stadium to face their relegation rival Reading this weekend.

Europa League Round of 16 First Leg Review: Spurs beat Inter, Newcastle hold out Eto’o as Chelsea stunned by Steaua

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Europa League Round of 16 First Leg Review: Spurs beat Inter, Newcastle hold out Eto'o as Chelsea stunned by Steaua - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The first leg of the Europa League Round of 16 was played last night. There were three teams from Premier League and the Russian Premier League each, two from Serie A and one each from eight other European leagues.

Liverpool & Spurs to battle it out for Christian Eriksen

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Liverpool & Spurs to battle it out for Christian Eriksen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ajax midfield prodigy Christian Eriksen has become a top priority signing in the summer for Liverpool and Tottenham after the Denmark ace made it clear that he won't be signing a new contract at his current club.

Ferdinand pardoned by UEFA but Man Utd could face punishment

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Ferdinand pardoned by UEFA but Man Utd could face punishment - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand won't receive any punishments from the UEFA for sarcastically clapping the referee Cuneyt Cakir after the end of the match against Real Madrid in the Round of 16 Champions League tie at Old Trafford.

Europa League: English clubs can still dominate Europe

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Europa League: English clubs can still dominate Europe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Three English teams will be contesting in Thursday's Europa League tie and everyone is eager to make a point for themselves.

This season, the top clubs from England failed miserably in Europe's elite competition a.

Financial problems rise for relegation threatened QPR

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Financial problems rise for relegation threatened QPR - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

QPR, the bottom club in the Premier League could face stark problems financially, if they fail to stay up after the end of the season.

Relegation from the Premiership could take Tony Fernandes' QPR down the same path as Portsmouth, Leeds United & Rangers

According to the accounts, for the year ending 31st, May 2012, Queen Park Rangers' wage bill has almost doubled from £27.

Europa League Round of 16 Preview: Newcastle, Chelsea head east; Spurs host Inter

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Europa League Round of 16 Preview: Newcastle, Chelsea head east; Spurs host Inter - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Shakhtar Donetsk was brushed aside by Borussia Dortmund as a 10-man Manchester United conceded two goals within ten minutes of the sending off. Celtic did not cause much trouble for Juventus while PSG's two away goals were too much to cope for Valencia and the final four fixtures of the Champions League Round of 16 will be played next week.

A crucial climax to the season in North London

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A crucial climax to the season in North London - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The North London derby last weekend was always likely to be a close encounter, and so it proved. The effusive way in which Tottenham players celebrated after beating Arsenal 2-1 perfectly illustrated the importance of their hard-fought victory.

Where would Nicklas Bendtner go now?

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Where would Nicklas Bendtner go now? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nicklas Bendtner. Have you heard the name before? Yes, you have. He is recently been in the news for non-footballing reasons. The Denmark striker has been suspended by his country's football federation for six months after he was arrested for drunk driving.

Van Persie selling more than 25% of all Premier League replica shirts

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Van Persie selling more than 25% of all Premier League replica shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There is not much doubt in who has been the most popular player in the Premier League this season. You have probably guessed it by now (with a little help from the title), it is none other than Robin van Persie.

False hype over Wayne Rooney’s exclusion

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False hype over Wayne Rooney's exclusion - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Apart from Nani's red card that grabbed the headlines all over the media in England, other major issue that came under rigorous discussion is Wayne Rooney's exclusion from Manchester United starting line-up against Real Madrid on Tuesday night in the Champions League knock-out tie.

Nani’s red card: The aftermath

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Nani's red card: The aftermath - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nobody saw it was coming. Not even the Real Madrid players. When Nani and Alvaro Arbeloa both fell to the ground, after the Portugal international made a waist-high 'challenge' in the 57th minute, it seemed like the referee was just waiting to get both the players back on their feet.

Manchester United’s defeat is not just down to Nani’s red

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Manchester United's defeat is not just down to Nani's red - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's dream of clinching a treble was quashed on Tuesday night after Real Madrid sneaked out a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in the Champions League Round of 16 knockout tie.

The game was poised in favor of the Premier League side with scoreat 1-1 from the first leg at Bernabeu.

Joey Barton: The enigmatic figure of English football

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Joey Barton: The enigmatic figure of English football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Apart from his footballing skills, what sets Joey Barton apart from the rest are his antics off the field and no other footballer (bar Mario Balotelli) can divide opinions as much as the Marseille midfielder does.

Barcelona will target Neymar & Vilanova will remain coach

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Barcelona will target Neymar & Vilanova will remain coach - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There has been much talk going around Barcelona after they have suffered loses at the hands of AC Milan and Real Madrid. Critics have gone on to say that their 11-point lead in La Liga is not enough and that these are signs of the end of an era.

Chelsea still not interested in keeping Frank Lampard

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Chelsea still not interested in keeping Frank Lampard - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard's future with the club is still in the dark after club chief executive Ron Gourlay denied reports that the Blues are in talks with the midfielder over a new contract.

5 ways Ashley Williams can fix the Arsenal defence

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5 ways Ashley Williams can fix the Arsenal defence - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ashley Williams has been linked with several Premier League clubs this summer but Arsenal are one side who could definitely use his leadership and presence.

Williams is being linked with an £8 million move to Arsenal, with the club's main competition likely to come from Liverpool who are looking to replace the retiring Jamie Carragher.

Rooney and Kaka talk about the big game, their managers and their opponents

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Rooney and Kaka talk about the big game, their managers and their opponents - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Finally, the day is here when the world will stand still for 90 minutes to watch Real Madrid take on Manchester United at the Old Trafford. At the moment, Madrid are behind in the tie as United came have a crucial away goal advantage from Bernabeu.

Antonio Valencia interview: United’s no. 7s, personal favourites, Real Madrid & more

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Antonio Valencia interview: United's no. 7s, personal favourites, Real Madrid & more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On July 3rd, 2012 Manchester United confirmed that they will hand their legendary number 7 to Antonio Valencia following Michael Owen's departure.

The number 7 has been previously worn by some of the great footballers of not just United but England as well.

Manchester United v Real Madrid: A masterclass of attacking prowess awaits

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Manchester United v Real Madrid: A masterclass of attacking prowess awaits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid might have earned two crucial victories against arch-rivals Barcelona within a week but this Champions League tie with Manchester United holds bigger importance than anything else.

Arsenal adds Swansea skipper Ashley Williams for a summer transfer

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Arsenal adds Swansea skipper Ashley Williams for a summer transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has addressed the need to bolster his defence in the summer and is planning to land Swansea skipper Ashley Williams, who is also a target for Liverpool.

Arsenal are looking to sign Ashley Williams from Swansea for £8m

It is understood that Wenger has lost complete faith in the central defensive partnership of Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker and is looking to find a player who would bring steel and leadership at the back.

Barcelona sign first-ever corporate shirt sponsorship deal worth €35m

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Barcelona sign first-ever corporate shirt sponsorship deal worth €35m - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Qatar Airways becomes the first commercial shirt sponsor of La Liga giants FC Barcelona in a deal worth €35.4 million per year.

Qatar Airways becomes the shirt sponsor of FC Barcelona

On Monday, the deal was announced and it was unveiled at the club's Nou Camp stadium.

Albert Morgan interview: Man Utd kitman talks about the club’s legendary No. 7s

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Albert Morgan interview: Man Utd kitman talks about the club's legendary No. 7s - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When the late Norman Davies left Manchester United in 1996, he left a significant dent in the club's back-room staff. Most of the fans United has now probably don't even recognise the name of the iconic former Kit Manager who served the club for over 20 years.

EPL clubs that can’t afford to miss Champions League

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EPL clubs that can't afford to miss Champions League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The race for the top four or the Champions League spots is getting fascinating with every passing week. Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal are the three major clubs vying for the 3rd and 4th spots.

One cannot count out the threats of Everton and Liverpool too, but it's better to talk about those teams who have realistic chances of getting in there.

The closest Player of the Year battle in years

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The closest Player of the Year battle in years - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As March rolls around every season, it quite often feels like a formality as to who will win the PFA Players Player of the Year and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards.

Looking back over previous seasons there has, more often than not, been a standout player who wins the coveted prizes by a distance.

Rodgers is building a strong foundation at Liverpool

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Rodgers is building a strong foundation at Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers divides opinion among the pundits, neutrals and Liverpool football fans as well. He is a very likeable person in the footballing fraternity in England but not all are convinced with his work at Liverpool.

Referees grab the headlines in Serie A’s round of the season

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Referees grab the headlines in Serie A's round of the season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Talking points were a given following what was undoubtedly the round of the 2012-13 Serie A season to date.

Napoli (2nd) found themselves six points behind rivals Juventus (1st) prior to their clash on Friday, while AC Milan (4th) knew that victory over Lazio (3rd) would incredibly propel them back into the top three for the first time in a long time.

London Derby: Current form of Spurs & Gunners depicted

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London Derby: Current form of Spurs & Gunners depicted - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Another big match, another defeat, but Sunday's 2-1 defeat in North London Derby at the hands of Tottenham could prove to be too costly for Arsenal's ambition.

The defeat has left the Gunners trailing their North London rivals by seven points and it had struck a devastating blow to their hopes of occupying one of the Champions League spots this season.

Liverpool announce 10-month financial results

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Liverpool announce 10-month financial results - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool Football Club have announced their financial results for the ten-month period of August 1st, 2011 to May 31st, 2012 and the results are highly satisfactory.

Ian Ayre stressed building a sustainable business model

According, to Deloitte Football Money League, published in January 2013, the Reds are ninth in the table, with the highest turnover, despite being the only club not featuring in the Champions League.

Paul Lambert interview: Villa’s current season, Benteke, team selection & more

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Paul Lambert interview: Villa's current season, Benteke, team selection & more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paul Lambert is preparing Aston Villa to face Manchester City in the Premier League match at the Villa Park. The Villans have had a forgetable season so far and they sit at the brink of relegation.

What Real Madrid could take from El Clasico for Man Utd

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What Real Madrid could take from El Clasico for Man Utd - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid players, manager and support staff must be sporting an ear-to-ear grin after completing the demolition job of Barcelona in a comprehensive manner, that too, twice in successive weeks.

Morata celebrates after providing an excellent assist for Benzema's goal

What Saturday's game showed was even without their first choice players, Jose Mourinho's outfit can tear apart any top European squad.

FC Barcelona: Losing to sheer mismanagement

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FC Barcelona: Losing to sheer mismanagement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Only a few years ago the (almost) unthinkable happened, several of the largest financial institutions in the world were on the brink of financial collapse due to miscalculating the risks involved with the sub-prime mortgage market, which would eventually lead to the housing and credit bubble.

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.