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.
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 - 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 - 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.
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 - 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.
Jose Mourinho to Chelsea in the summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The news would definitely excite the Chelsea fans. According to â€˜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 - 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.
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.
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 - 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 - 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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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 - 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 - 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.
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 - 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.
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 â€˜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 â€˜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.
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.
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 - 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;
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 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 - 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? - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.
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 - 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.
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.
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 Â£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.
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.
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 - 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.
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? - 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 â€“ five years younger than the Welshman â€“ seems almost certain to be making his last appearances for the London side.
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 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The strength of the Real Madrid squad may perhaps be underlined by the almost certain inclusion of once the â€˜best footballer on earth', the Brazilian midfield maestro Kaka in Real's starting line-up for Saturday's El Clasico at the Bernabeu.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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.