SoccerLens Archives for January 2013

QPR: Guilt reigns over the ramshackle band of deadwood, egotists, and raw talent

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QPR: Guilt reigns over the ramshackle band of deadwood, egotists, and raw talent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

And there they go, Harry Redknapp's QPR, into the abyss. Like a shrivelled balloon found under the sofa, the Hoops looked a long deflated side on the weekend against Reading, and were unable to show the necessary fight when it truly mattered.

Real Madrid and Barcelona need miracles to make Champions League final

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Real Madrid and Barcelona need miracles to make Champions League final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish football has been at the top of the world game for the last number of games, but La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona were well and truly put to the sword in their Champions League semi-final first legs by a new rising force in European football Germany and the Bundesliga.

FA Cup Final: Don’t expect any mistakes from Man City

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FA Cup Final: Don't expect any mistakes from Man City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
Final, FA Cup
Wembley Stadium, London, England
Saturday 11th May, 2013
17:15 GMT
Redferee:
Andre Marriner

Wigan Athletic face a huge challenge when they meet Premier League giants Manchester City in the final of the FA Cup, the showpiece match of May.

Jamie Carragher will join Gary Neville on Sky Sports

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Jamie Carragher will join Gary Neville on Sky Sports - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jamie Carragher is retiring at the end of this season. Liverpool may yet to have found a replacement for their defender but Carragher's post-retirement worries are over.

Sky Sports have announced that from August 2013, Jamie Carragher will join their ranks as a pundit.

Is Manchester United’s victory symptomatic of a Premier League in decline?

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Is Manchester United's victory symptomatic of a Premier League in decline? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The champions wrapped up the Barclay's Premier League comprehensively with four games to spare, but does the nature of their victory signify a shift in power away from England?

Did Gareth Bale deserve to win both PFA awards?

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Did Gareth Bale deserve to win both PFA awards? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham star Gareth Bale picked up both the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards on Sunday night, having been voted the cream of the Premier League crop by his peers for this season.

2013-14 Barcelona shirts leaked – Big improvement on the current kits

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2013-14 Barcelona shirts leaked Big improvement on the current kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona's chances for a Champions League win this season have been greatly reduced thanks to Bayern Munich's antics at the Allianz Arena. As the two giants of Spain and Germany prepare for the return leg at Nou Camp, we have come across images of shirts claiming to be the 2013-14 Barcelona shirts.

BT Sport sign up Arsenal and Manchester United stars

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BT Sport sign up Arsenal and Manchester United stars - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After acquiring ESPN UK and Ireland, BT Sport is strengthning itself in terms of star-power. Only last month, BT acquired the services of Tottenham's Gareth Bale for three years as an ambassador and guest pundit.

Sponsored Video: Heineken takes unconventional route to hire ‘The Candidate’

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Sponsored Video: Heineken takes unconventional route to hire 'The Candidate' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In preparation of the Champions League final on the May 25th, 2013, Heineken needed to hire an intern for its Event & Sponsorship Marketing team to accompany the coveted trophy as it tours the world prior to arriving at Wembley Stadium.

How will Arsenal fans treat Robin van Persie this weekend against Manchester United?

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How will Arsenal fans treat Robin van Persie this weekend against Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal take on Manchester United this Sunday in a massively important game for the Gunners. Arsene Wenger's men are caught in a battle with London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham for a place in the Premier League's top four, and go into the weekend fixtures with a slim advantage.

David Moyes interview about TV money, Manager of the Year and more

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David Moyes interview about TV money, Manager of the Year and more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Read part one of this interview here.

Everton are preparing to face Fulham at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Toffees are sixth on the Premier League table and they have outdone their Merseyside rivals, Liverpool, by five points.

Prove your football knowledge with SpoW football prediction app

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Prove your football knowledge with SpoW football prediction app - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We all know a thing or two about football, right? But a new, revolutionary way of finding out who amongst you and your friends knows the most has been devised; it is called SpoW football and is available for download from the App Store.

David Moyes talks about how Everton have done so well and their future without Neville

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David Moyes talks about how Everton have done so well and their future without Neville - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton are preparing to face Fulham at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Toffees are sixth on the Premier League table and they have outdone their Merseyside rivals, Liverpool, by five points.

David Moyes talks about how Everton have done so well and their future without Neville

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David Moyes talks about how Everton have done so well and their future without Neville - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton are preparing to face Fulham at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Toffees are sixth on the Premier League table and they have outdone their Merseyside rivals, Liverpool, by five points.

Europa League: Chelsea and Benfica to Edge Close Ties

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Europa League: Chelsea and Benfica to Edge Close Ties - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the Europa League semifinals, Swiss side FC Basel host Chelsea as Fenerbahce prepare to host current Portuguese Liga side SL Benfica.A win tonight will take Chelsea a step closer to becoming the first club from England to win all three major European trophies: the Champions League, the European Super Cup and the Europa League.

What can Liverpool learn from Juventus?

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What can Liverpool learn from Juventus? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool and Juventus are traditionally two of the biggest names in European football, who have fallen from glory somewhat in recent years. The Turin giants were caught up in a scandal domestically and got themselves relegated from Serie A, but most importantly have returned to somewhere near their best.

What can Tottenham learn from Borussia Dortmund?

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What can Tottenham learn from Borussia Dortmund? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Borussia Dortmund enter into the Champions League semi-finals clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday night, and in some ways the German outfit are not dissimilar to Tottenham.

Both have a young, ambitious and tactically astute manager, both possess squads full of exceptionally talented players brought to their respective clubs on for relatively moderate transfer fees.

What can Manchester United learn from Real Madrid?

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What can Manchester United learn from Real Madrid? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United and Real Madrid are traditionally the biggest football clubs in their respective countries, and they came face-to-face earlier in this season's Champions League. The Spaniards prevailed before overcoming Galatasaray; they now face Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the competition.

Is Luis Suarez bad for Liverpool?

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Is Luis Suarez bad for Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The antics of Luis Suarez on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Anfield have generated much brouhaha in the footballing world. Commentators on the game – ranging from ex-players to newspapers to various fan forums have been forthcoming and fulsome in their opinions on Suarez biting Chelsea's defender Branislav Ivanovic.

What can Arsenal learn from Barcelona?

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What can Arsenal learn from Barcelona? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal came face-to-face with Barcelona in the final of the 2005-06 Champions League, but despite being beaten by the Spanish giants, they held their own and were good value for their place at Europe's top table.

Since then the Gunners have failed to challenge for significant European or domestic trophies, while the Blaugrana have etched their place as one of the most inventive, dominant and exciting teams in the history of our sport.

What can Chelsea learn from Bayern Munich?

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What can Chelsea learn from Bayern Munich? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich are set to take on Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday night, with the Bavarians still in search of a momentous treble. It was Chelsea who faced the Catalan giants at the same stage last season, before overcoming Bayern on penalties in the competition finale.

How Arsenal can become more Barcelona-like

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How Arsenal can become more Barcelona-like - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal came face-to-face with Barcelona in the final of the 2005-06 Champions League, but despite being beaten by the Spanish giants, they held their own and were good value for their place at Europe's top table.

Raphael Varane: A world-class defender in the making

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Raphael Varane: A world-class defender in the making - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Real Madrid face Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League semifinal first leg clash on Wednesday at the Bernabeu, an array of world-class, household names will be on display. Amid this talent, will be a 19-year-old centre-back by the name of Raphael Varane, who looks set to become a footballing phenomenon over the next decade.

Bayern v Barcelona: World-class club v World-class team

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Bayern v Barcelona: World-class club v World-class team - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If recent history is anything to go by then the next Champions League winner will emerge from the semifinal between Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

In the last four years, either of these teams has reached the final twice (Bayern Munich 2010, 2012; Barcelona 2009; 2011).

Another moment of madness shrouds the brilliance of Luis Suarez

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Another moment of madness shrouds the brilliance of Luis Suarez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Once more, the ugly side of English football's most unpopular superstar has emerged, bringing with it another episode of bizarre lunacy to add to his ever growing catalogue of misdemeanours.

A Flash of Madness: Aguero’s frustration should not define him

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A Flash of Madness: Aguero's frustration should not define him - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Anyone looking to find a clip of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero's ‘tackle' on Chelsea's David Luiz will not have to look hard. The web has been flooded with numerous clips of the now infamous challenge from the weekend, described differently in the many titles, but with similar themes, such as ‘horrific', ‘terrible', and ‘dirty'.

Manchester United loses out to Real Madrid as the most valued football team

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Manchester United loses out to Real Madrid as the most valued football team - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

To become one of the world's most valuable football teams, clubs have to convert their victories on the pitch into money in the bank. Over the last few years, no team has done this as well as Manchester United.

Emirates target Real Madrid shirt sponsorship

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Emirates target Real Madrid shirt sponsorship - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It has been rumoured for a few months now and finally it seems it is going to happen. Emirates Airlines, is now heading to Spain. It is being reported that Emirates Airline is set to sign a shirt sponsorship deal with Real Madrid worth up to €30 million-a-year.

Chelsea 2013-14 home kit is launched & it’s blue!

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Chelsea 2013-14 home kit is launched & it's blue! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Earlier this month, adidas launched a new campaign called 'It's Blue, What Else Matters' to celebrate the launch of the 2013-14 Chelsea home kit. The campaign aimed to encourage fans to go 'all in' and buy the new kit without seeing it.

NBC to broadcast all Premier League games in USA from next season

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NBC to broadcast all Premier League games in USA from next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League is becoming more and more involved in the USA and starting from August, the NBC Sports Group will be starting their coverage of all the 380 Premier League games in a season.

New date for Chelsea v Tottenham announced

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New date for Chelsea v Tottenham announced - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have confirmed on their official website that the vital Chelsea v Tottenham clash at the Stamford Bridge has been rescheduled for Wednesday, 8th May, 2013 – kick-off will be at 19:45 PM (local time).

Manchester City announces deal with energy drink

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Manchester City announces deal with energy drink - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City has announced a partnership deal making Extra Joss the Premier League club's exclusive energy drink in Indonesia and Lagos.

The Chief Commercial and Operations Officer for City, Tom Glick, said:

"We are delighted to add Extra Joss to our family of partners at a time when the Club is rapidly expanding our global fan base.

Wayne Rooney is going nowhere – Sir Alex won’t allow it

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Wayne Rooney is going nowhere Sir Alex won't allow it - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The British media have been quick to contemplate where Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's future lies, with rumblings that the England international is unsettled at Old Trafford.

The talented forward has not replicated the form of seasons past in 2012/13, and was controversially left out of the Red Devils side to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier in the year.

Why Dortmund would be popular Champions League winners

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Why Dortmund would be popular Champions League winners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Champions League semifinals take place next week, and for the first time in a long time the four genuinely top teams in Europe Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will battle it out for the greatest prize in club football.

FA Cup Match Ball: The Nike Maxim

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FA Cup Match Ball: The Nike Maxim - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Millwall FC's run in to the semifinals of the FA Cup include wins over Aston Villa and Blackburn and they are the lowest-placed team in this round of the competition. Millwall will face Wigan on 13th April, 2013 at the Wembley Stadium.

Jonny Evans interview: United in the changing room, Evra’s DJ-ing & more

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Jonny Evans interview: United in the changing room, Evra's DJ-ing & more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jonny Evans celebrates his goal against QPR

As part of their sponsorship deal with Manchester United, bwin frequently release exclusive interviews with current and ex-Manchester United players.

Europa League QF Second Leg Preview: How will English teams fare?

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Europa League QF Second Leg Preview: How will English teams fare? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last week, in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals, none of the teams were able to open up a gap of more than two goals over their opponents. Fenerbahce managed the most comprehensive result as they scored two unanswered goals against Lazio at home.

Steven Gerrard is proving his doubters wrong

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Steven Gerrard is proving his doubters wrong - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Only one midfielder or striker has played every minute of Premier League league football this season: Steven Gerrard.

The Liverpool and England skipper, one of the finest English players of all time, was written off by many last season as a has-been who was on his final legs.

Roma’s UCL quest ended by a Derby della Capitale draw

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Roma's UCL quest ended by a Derby della Capitale draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roma were held to a 1-1 draw in the recent Derby della Capitale against fierce rivals Lazio, all but ending their hopes of a return to Europe's premier competition.

Totti's second half penalty drew the scores level at 1-1 at the Stadio Olimpico

What has happened to Roma!

Manchester United signs new 8-year deal with Aon

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Manchester United signs new 8-year deal with Aon - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have signed a new eight-year deal with Aon which will see the name of the insurance company attached to the club's training ground and training kits. The agreement was announced on Monday.

adidas launches campaign for 2013/14 Chelsea home kit

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adidas launches campaign for 2013/14 Chelsea home kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

adidas are celebrating the launch of the 2013/14 Chelsea home kit by launching a new campaign: 'It's Blue, What Else Matters'. The campaign aims to encourage fans to go 'all in' and buy the new 2013/14 Chelsea home kit before seeing it.

Chelsea’s financial health – Keeping up the fight

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Chelsea's financial health Keeping up the fight - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

CFCnet's Jonathan Davies looks at Chelsea's financial health ahead of FFP and Premier League restrictions.

Financial restrictions – it's the one thing that no Russian oligarch or Middle Eastern royal wants.

Brendan Rodgers’ plan for Liverpool – Part 2

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Brendan Rodgers' plan for Liverpool Part 2 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Read part one of the Brendan Rodgers' interview.

In the first part of this interview, Brendan Rodgers talked about how the fans of the club have taken his project and style of football. He also talked about Liverpool legends Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.

Benfica v Newcastle: Benfica’s European experience gives them the edge

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Benfica v Newcastle: Benfica's European experience gives them the edge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

SL Benfica v Newcastle United
Quarterfinal, UEFA Europa League
Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
Thursday, 4th April, 2013
20:05 GMT
Referee:
Antony Gautier (France)

Benfica v Newcastle

Benfica are on a winning streak of four games since entering the Europa League in the knockout stages from the Champions League.

Tottenham v FC Basel: Basel arrive in London for a near-to-impossible task

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Tottenham v FC Basel: Basel arrive in London for a near-to-impossible task - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur v FC Basel
Quarterfinal, UEFA Europa League
White Hart Lane, London, England
Thursday, 4th April, 2013
20:05 GMT
Referee:
Milorad Mazic (Serbia)

Tottenham v FC Basel

Tottenham host the Swiss side FC Basel in the quarterfinal of the Europa League 2012/13.

Chelsea v Rubin Kazan Preview: Chelsea have never lost to Russian opposition

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Chelsea v Rubin Kazan Preview: Chelsea have never lost to Russian opposition - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea v Rubin Kazan
Quarterfinal, UEFA Europa League
Stamford Bridge, London, England
Thursday, 4th April, 2013
20:05 GMT
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

Chelsea v Rubin Kazan

Chelsea will look to continue their great form against Russian opposition as they prepare to host Rubin Kazan.

Brendan Rodgers’ plan for Liverpool – Part 1

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Brendan Rodgers' plan for Liverpool Part 1 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The former Swansea boss, Brendan Rodgers took over Liverpool in June 2012 following the departure of Kenny Dalglish. His first competitive match as Liverpool manager came against FC Gomel in the Europa League. However in the Premier League, Brendan Rodgers lost his first game against West Brom.

Bayern v Juventus: Battle of Europe’s finest midfields

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Bayern v Juventus: Battle of Europe's finest midfields - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Bayern Munich and Juventus face each other tonight in their Champions League quarterfinal first leg clash at the Allianz Arena in Munich, it will pit two of Europe's most dynamic, complete midfields against each other.