SoccerLens Archives for January 2013

‘Raiders’ Bayern Munich in no mind to stop rolling

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'Raiders' Bayern Munich in no mind to stop rolling - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although it is an odd metaphor, Bayern Munich's emotional journey over the past year reminds me of the opening scene of Steven Spielberg's 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'.

Chelsea, against all the odds, waded deep into the heart of Munich in the 2012 Champions League final, grabbed the treasure, and made a break for it.

Neymar Interview: the Barcelona move, Confederations Cup and more

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Neymar Interview: the Barcelona move, Confederations Cup and more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After much scrutiny and guess-work, Neymar's destination in Europe was revealed to be Barcelona. The media frenzy leading up to the signing was typical of the Catalan club.

Barcelona was ridiculed at the hands of Bayern Munich ironically, the future club of Pep Guardiola and the La Liga champions were determined to come back next season strongly.

Neymar launches the all new Nike Hypervenom

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Neymar launches the all new Nike Hypervenom - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following the news that Santos ace Neymar has penned a five-year deal with Barcelona, Nike has come out with the launch of the all-new Nike Hypervenom at an even in Rio de Janeiro with the 21-year-old Brazil striker.

Robben’s redemption arc has a glorious finish

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Robben's redemption arc has a glorious finish - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Saturday night saw Bayern Munich deservedly crowned champions of Europe, after beating Dortmund in an entertaining Champions League final at Wembley. The victory not only saw Bayern dismiss their tag as 'chokers', it also did the same for the Man of the Match on the night, Arjen Robben.

Falcao and Valdes in Monaco to finalise deal

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Falcao and Valdes in Monaco to finalise deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was only a few days ago that Ligue 1 club AS Monaco confirmed the signing of James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho from Porto for €70 million. Last night AFP tweeted this:

Colombia striker Falcao and Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes are in Monaco to finalise transfers, sources say bit.

Barcelona sign Neymar – who’s next for the La Liga champions?

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Barcelona sign Neymar who's next for the La Liga champions? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A transfer saga of monumental proportions has come to an end, as Brazilian wonderkid Neymar has confirmed that he will join Spanish giants Barcelona this summer.

The rumour mill has been in overdrive concerning the supremely talented Santos forward, with a move to Europe touted since he shot into the international limelight in 2010.

The new 2013 England Away Kit, by Nike

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The new 2013 England Away Kit, by Nike - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After the launch of England's first Nike home kit last week, the American sportswear company has now unveiled the 2013 England away kit this Sunday.

The new England away kit is reflective of the team's history, pride and style.

What now for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund?

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What now for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich claimed the Champions League crown on Saturday night, beating German rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the final at Wembley. For these Bundesliga foes, the future is looking rather contrasting.

UEFA introduces long-overdue changes to European football

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UEFA introduces long-overdue changes to European football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham missed out on Champions League qualification in 2011, despite finishing fourth in the Premier League, due to sixth-placed Chelsea winning the tournament. However, this will be a thing of the past from the 2014-15 season, as Uefa is set to eradicate the rule and allow an extra team from the winning country entry, should the Champions League winners not finish in a qualification place domestically.

The numbers behind Tottenham’s transfer plans

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The numbers behind Tottenham's transfer plans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League once more, Tottenham have a busy summer in the transfer window ahead. Andre Villas-Boas has the core of a side that can challenge consistently for the top four, and more, but needs a quality addition or two to bolster his contingent.

Marco Reus interview: It will be a special Champions League final

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Marco Reus interview: It will be a special Champions League final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 23-year-old Marco Reus moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2012 after spending three seasons at Borussia Monchengladbach. During his first season at Dortmund, the Germany international became an integral part of the Jurgen Klopp set-up.

Jurgen Klopp interview: Champions League final, Bayern, why he became a coach & more

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Jurgen Klopp interview: Champions League final, Bayern, why he became a coach & more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2013 Champions League final will be played between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich tomorrow (May 25th) at the Wembley Stadium in London. It will be an encounter of not just teams but tactics and the managerial expertise of Jurgen Klopp and Jupp Heynckes.

The new Manchester City kit – by Nike

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The new Manchester City kit by Nike - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The one-week tour of New York was kicked-off in style by revealing the new 2013-14 Manchester City home kit by Nike in the heart of the Big Apple.

As City fans performed the 'Poznan' in front of the dramatic Manhattan skyline, Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Jack Rodwell, Carlos Tevez, James Milner and Matija Nastasic revealed Manchester City's first-ever Nike kit.

Berlin to host 2015 Champions League final, Warsaw to host 2015 Europa League final

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Berlin to host 2015 Champions League final, Warsaw to host 2015 Europa League final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

UEFA's general secretary, Gianni Infantio, made the announcement today that the Olympiastadion in Berlin will host Germany's first Champions League final in 2015. The Europa League final was awarded to Warsaw's National Stadium in Poland.

New York City FC: A bold move by Manchester City and NY Yankees

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New York City FC: A bold move by Manchester City and NY Yankees - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In what has to be one of the most colossal evil empire mergers in major modern sports history, Manchester City and the New York Yankees have joined super-villainous forces to create the MLS' 20th franchise: New York City Football Club.

Manchester United and Real Madrid legends to clash in June game at Old Trafford

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Manchester United and Real Madrid legends to clash in June game at Old Trafford - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The chance to see Manchester United and Real Madrid legends from yesteryears is one that does not come along very often. However, a clash between two of the biggest clubs in world football is set for June 2nd, with legendary figures from each side's history set to don their boots once more.

Guardiola v Mourinho on the horizon once more

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Guardiola v Mourinho on the horizon once more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The predicted lull to wash over the footballing world come the close season has altogether failed to materialise. Instead of drab, end of season reminiscing, the airwaves have been flooded with the current managerial runaround, one that threatens to trump the entire summer transfer market.

An expensive weekend expected for all those travelling to the Champions League final

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An expensive weekend expected for all those travelling to the Champions League final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Champions League final is arguably the biggest game in world football, and this Saturday will see the first ever all-German encounter between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Neymar set for Barcelona move after 2013 Confederations Cup

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Neymar set for Barcelona move after 2013 Confederations Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brazilian newspaper O Globo has reported that after much resistance, Neymar will indeed be moving to Barcelona after the 2013 Confederations Cup. The tournament is expected to be held from 15th to 30th June in Brazil which means Neymar will be heading to the Catalan club in July.

Nike’s Barcelona home and away kits for 2013/14

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Nike's Barcelona home and away kits for 2013/14 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nike have unveiled the new 2013-14 Barcelona kits and it turns out that the images leaked in April were indeed of the final Barcelona kit.

As the leaked images suggested, the home kit is striped and it carries four red and three blue stripes.

Champions League final: A match of German grudge

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Champions League final: A match of German grudge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Champions League final will be a German grudge match, with Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund set to go head-to-head at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 25th. Both sides have been good value for their place in the final, with each overcoming top European sides on their way to the last hurdle.

Nike unveil their first England home shirt

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Nike unveil their first England home shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nike have unveiled their first England kit after the Football Association announced a new partnership with the American apparel manufacturer last year in September.

The first official sighting of this shirt was a tweet by Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere of a pupil at his former school wearing the jersey.

The new Manchester United 2013-14 home shirt?

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The new Manchester United 2013-14 home shirt? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Images of a shirt that seems to be Manchester United's home shirt for the 2013-14 season have been leaked on the internet. The three-buttoned shirt is plain red with black trim and features a black buttoned-down collar.

Magnificent Koscielny drags Arsenal over the line

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Magnificent Koscielny drags Arsenal over the line - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Freddie Ljungberg in 2001/02; Petr Cech in 2011/12; Eric Cantona in 1995/96. Sometimes a player will have an inspired run of form at a crucial point in a season, dragging their team through tough games when it really matters.

Paolo Di Canio blasts “unprofessional” Sunderland squad over indiscipline

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Paolo Di Canio blasts "unprofessional" Sunderland squad over indiscipline - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paolo Di Canio has revealed that he has been shocked at the amount of indiscipline in the Sunderland squad that he has adopted, with a complete revamp of the side's mentality needed.

The new Newcastle United 2013-14 away shirt by Puma

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The new Newcastle United 2013-14 away shirt by Puma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle United have unveiled their new away shirt for the 2013-14 season. The shirt is manufactured by Puma and the Magpies have adopted denim blue for the away strip.

The club badge is embroidered to the left chest, a printed sponsor to the middle and the Puma logo to the right shoulder and sleeves.

Fulham sign long-term kit sponsorship deal with adidas

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Fulham sign long-term kit sponsorship deal with adidas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After a gap of ten years, Fulham have brought adidas back on board as the official technical kit supplier of the club. The club announced on Friday and a long-term partnership deal with adidas has been signed.

Michael Laudrup lauds Alex Ferguson and talks about the Premier League

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Michael Laudrup lauds Alex Ferguson and talks about the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Read part one here.

When the current Wigan manager, Roberto Martinez, took over Swansea City in 2007, they were plying their trade in League One. He planted a seed in the Swansea-system which was then taken over by former Queens Park Rangers manager and Portugal midfielder Paulo Sousa.

Michael Laudrup sets targets for Swansea for next season

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Michael Laudrup sets targets for Swansea for next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When the current Wigan manager, Roberto Martinez, took over Swansea City in 2007, they were plying their trade in League One. He planted a seed in the Swansea-system which was then taken over by former Queens Park Rangers manager and Portugal midfielder Paulo Sousa.

What might have been for Michael Owen

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What might have been for Michael Owen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The announcement, made back in March, that Michael Owen will be hanging up his boots at the end of this season ultimately came as little surprise to anybody.

The decision was an expected one, but in many respects his retirement at just 33 years of age will be an ignominious conclusion for a player once seemingly destined for the upper echelons of the game; it will be a quiet, almost sheepish exit compared to the grand fanfare he could have once expected.

David Villa to pick Tottenham over Arsenal – if they get Champions League football

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David Villa to pick Tottenham over Arsenal if they get Champions League football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona forward David Villa's time at Camp Nou may be up this summer, with the La Liga Champions eager to cash in on the attacker to fund moves for new players.

Arsenal target Auxerre and France under-21 striker Yaya Sanogo

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Arsenal target Auxerre and France under-21 striker Yaya Sanogo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are one of the sides expected to be busy in the transfer window this summer, with the Gunners looking to strengthen to get back into Premier League title contention. In an early summer move, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the club is in advanced talks with Auxerre regarding the potential transfer of France under-21 striker Yaya Sanogo to the Emirates Stadium.

Can former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas be Manchester United’s new Paul Scholes?

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Can former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas be Manchester United's new Paul Scholes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The British media have been full of rumours as the transfer window's reopening looms, however one that catches the eye in particular is the future of former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

England squad for Ireland and Brazil friendlies

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England squad for Ireland and Brazil friendlies - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Andy Carroll has been recalled to the England squad for upcoming friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil, while Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy gets his first call-up to the senior set-up.

The Three Lions face Giovanni Trapattoni's men at Wembley on May 29th, before travelling to play the 2014 World Cup hosts at the renovated Maracana on June 2nd.

Can former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas be Manchester United’s new Paul Scholes?

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Can former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas be Manchester United's new Paul Scholes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The British media have been full of rumours as the transfer window's reopening looms, however one that catches the eye in particular is the future of former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

Premier League: Richest league in the world or small-minded bullies?

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Premier League: Richest league in the world or small-minded bullies? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore's bullish tactics regarding reducing the financial gap between teams in the English Championship have caused commotion amongst the second-tier sides, after a meeting of the clubs on Wednesday.

Amazing trick shots at the Emirates Stadium

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Amazing trick shots at the Emirates Stadium - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Does Luis Suarez go down as easy as some fans think he does? What does it feel like to shoot Joey Barton in the face (with a football, we hasten to add)? What more can you do at Arsenal's Emirates stadium in the middle of the week?

Would Mourinho really be an upgrade on Benitez for Chelsea?

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Would Mourinho really be an upgrade on Benitez for Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will replace interim manager Rafael Benitez this summer, with the favourite to assume the Stamford Bridge hotseat none other than Jose Mourinho. Although the self-proclaimed special one has won trophies wherever he has managed, the outgoing Spanish boss' list of achievements is not too shabby either.

Chelsea and Arsenal face unlikely third place play-off

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Chelsea and Arsenal face unlikely third place play-off - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Premier League have a problem, and it's an unlikely one: Arsenal and Chelsea could be joint-third after the last round of Premier League games this weekend IF Arsenal beat Newcastle United 2-1 and Chelsea draw 0-0 at home to Everton.

Sky and ITV share rights for Euro 2016 & 2018 World Cup qualifiers

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Sky and ITV share rights for Euro 2016 & 2018 World Cup qualifiers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

UEFA has awarded Sky Sports the rights to provide coverage of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, together with all other UEFA member associations between the year 2014 through to 2017.

Puma evoSPEED 1.2 football boots

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Puma evoSPEED 1.2 football boots - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Germany-based sports goods manufacturer, Puma, have introduced the all-new evoSPEED 1.2 FG. The latest in a series of performance boots that help players maximise their speed on the pitch.

For the first time, the boot will feature the brand name itself on the side of the boot instead of the formtripe Puma's iconic trademark.

Wayne Rooney is a Newcastle United target, claims Sports Direct

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Wayne Rooney is a Newcastle United target, claims Sports Direct - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In a hilarious bit of news and this is getting more embarrassing for Rooney by the minute, with first PSG denying that they made a move for him, then Bayern refusing to consider him Sports Direct, the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley's retail company claims that Newcastle United have made Wayne their primary summer transfer target.

Manchester United and City still favourites for next year’s Premier League title

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Manchester United and City still favourites for next year's Premier League title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For the first time in many a year, the two great Manchester clubs are simultaneously taking new managerial direction. The old entertainer, Sir Alex Ferguson, has finally relinquished control of his ‘beauty', and taken a backseat for the coming voyages.

Spain v Ireland in New York – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Barcelona and Real Madrid stars

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Spain v Ireland in New York a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Barcelona and Real Madrid stars - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football fans in New York are set to be spoiled this summer, with two high-profile games to be played at the Yankee Stadium in the European off-season. Chelsea and Manchester City are set to do battle on May 25th, and the first international fixture at the historic stadium is set to be played between world champions Spain and Ireland on June 11th.

Impatient City sack Mancini – will the next manager conquer Europe?

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Impatient City sack Mancini will the next manager conquer Europe? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roberto Mancini has paid the price for a trophyless campaign, with Manchester City announcing that the Italian manager has been relieved of his position with the club. The news ends a three-and-a-half year tenure at the Etihad Stadium for the ex-Inter boss, who delivered the FA Cup and Premier League in his time in England.

Tottenham’s over-reliance on Bale could cost them against Arsenal

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Tottenham's over-reliance on Bale could cost them against Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"One-Man Team" It's a condemnatory phrase, tossed around scathingly by affronted rivals seeking to devalue a team's accomplishments. It implies inadequacy: a lack of depth and quality masked by the disproportionate contributions of a single player.

Real Madrid stars show off their footballing skills – on a golf course

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Real Madrid stars show off their footballing skills on a golf course - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid players headed to a golf course to play a game of Football-Golf. The players included Mesut Ozil, Gonzalo Higuain, Fabio Coentrao and Raphael Varane.

The golf course tested their football skills in a way they have never been tested before.

The first ever all-German Champions League final

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The first ever all-German Champions League final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Wembley Stadium in England will host the first ever all-German Champions League final on 25th May. The two best sides of Europe this season, will battle in London's iconic arena.

Bayern Munich possess the backbone of steel in the form of Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Pillip Lahm.

Juventus 2013-14 home kit revealed by Nike

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Juventus 2013-14 home kit revealed by Nike - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Juventus have successfully defended their Serie A crown this season. They will be hoping for their next season to bring in more trophies as they will definitely be reinforcing this summer to present a tougher challenge in the Champions League.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Greatest XI

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Sir Alex Ferguson's Greatest XI - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson takes charge of his last ever game at the club against West Brom next Sunday, after over 26 years at Old Trafford.

Alex Ferguson and his grandchildren celebrating Manchester United's 20th title

Here is Alex Ferguson's all-time greatest XI in his time at Old Trafford:

GK Peter Schmeichel

Signed in 1991, Peter Schmeichel became one of the greatest 'keepers of all time by the end of his illustrious career.

Unsettled Ronaldo a long way from Manchester United

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Unsettled Ronaldo a long way from Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United could well be looking to bolster their attack this summer with Wayne Rooney's future up in the air, and a dream move for all those concerned with the club would be the resigning of former star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Everton target Roberto Martinez talks about his career & Wigan’s first-ever FA Cup final

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Everton target Roberto Martinez talks about his career & Wigan's first-ever FA Cup final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of the much-anticipated FA Cup final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic, Latics manager Roberto Martinez spoke with Yahoo! as part of their deal with the League Managers Association.

BT’s offers free Premier League matches to challenge Sky dominance

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BT's offers free Premier League matches to challenge Sky dominance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For the first time in more than 20 years that weekly live matches from the Premier League will be free to watch. BT have promised to return sports to grassroots fans as it revealed that BT Sport will be free to all of their broadband customer.

Arsenal sign £150m deal with Puma

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Arsenal sign £150m deal with Puma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Puma have managed to out-bid Nike to pen a deal with Arsenal for a kit sponsorship deal worth £30 million-a-year. The deal will come in effect from the end of the 2013-14 season and run for five years.

The magnitude of this deal can be judged by comparing it with Liverpool's £25m-a-year with Warrior and Manchester United's 15-year contract with Nike which is worth £287 million.

Arsenal missing out on the top 4 could be a blessing in disguise

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Arsenal missing out on the top 4 could be a blessing in disguise - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having nailed down Champions League football sixteen years in a row, the Gunners are banking on a Tottenham Hotspur slip-up to continue their remarkable run. Emile Donovan analyses why Arsenal's worst-case scenario could be a blessing in disguise.

Manchester United have a plan, and it’s not about David Moyes

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Manchester United have a plan, and it's not about David Moyes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sir Alex Ferguson officially retired from Manchester United on Wednesday. In truth, he's been planning his succession for a few years now.

From the renovated training center to the infusion of quality young players into the squad and the continuity of experience to guide through a changing era, United have slowly evolved into a club that has a system in place to help replicate the success of their greatest ever manager.

Roberto Martinez on FA Cup final and Wigan’s uncertain future

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Roberto Martinez on FA Cup final and Wigan's uncertain future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of the much-anticipated FA Cup final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic, Latics manager Roberto Martinez spoke with Yahoo! as part of their deal with the League Managers Association.

Manchester United’s future is bright but full of speculation

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Manchester United's future is bright but full of speculation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As managerial reigns go, few can hold a candle to Sir Alex Ferguson's time at Manchester United. In 26 and a half years, Sir Alex won 38 trophies, helped to develop numerous world-class stars like Roy Keane, Peter Schmiechel, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, oversaw the rapid expansion of Old Trafford to its current 75,000-plus capacity and made us a team to be feared.

“Champions League Final Viewing” plus Manchester City v Chelsea at Yankee Stadium on May 25

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"Champions League Final Viewing" plus Manchester City v Chelsea at Yankee Stadium on May 25 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City and Chelsea are due to play an end-of-season friendly at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, May 25.

If that date sticks out, that's because it's also the day the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will be played at Wembley.

Ajax 2013-14 away shirt by adidas

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Ajax 2013-14 away shirt by adidas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

adidas have revealed the Ajax 2013-14 away shirt yesterday. They have kept the shirt simple yet distinct and they have done a marvellous job.

The Ajax 2013-14 away shirt is primarily black with dark gray horizontal stripes on the front.

Ajax 2013-14 away shirt by adidas

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Ajax 2013-14 away shirt by adidas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

adidas have revealed the Ajax 2013-14 away shirt yesterday. They have kept the shirt simple yet distinct and they have done a marvellous job.

The Ajax 2013-14 away shirt is primarily black with dark gray horizontal stripes on the front.

Tottenham need Arsenal or Chelsea to slip up for top four place

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Tottenham need Arsenal or Chelsea to slip up for top four place - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham drew 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, ensuring that the race for a top four place between the two sides and Arsenal will most likely go down to the last day of the Premier League season.

David Moyes announced as the new Manchester United manager

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David Moyes announced as the new Manchester United manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have made the announcement that everyone has been waiting for. On the recommendation of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United board has unanimously agreed to the appointment of David Moyes as the new manager at Old Trafford.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Barcelona’s next goalkeeper?

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Barcelona's next goalkeeper? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Born in 1992, Marc-Andre ter Stegen joined the Borussia Monchengladbach youth academy at the age of four. He was promoted to the senior team in 2010. Now that Victor Valdes is leaving Barcelona in 2014, it is believed that Ter Stegen will be his eventual replacement.

West Ham announce kit sponsorship deal with adidas until 2015

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West Ham announce kit sponsorship deal with adidas until 2015 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Ham United have announced that their kits will bear the logo of adidas again after a gap of 26 years coincidentally, almost as long as Alex Ferguson was the manager of Manchester United.

The best Sir Alex Ferguson Quotes

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The best Sir Alex Ferguson Quotes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

From the famous (or infamous, depending on where your loyalties lie) knocking Liverpool off their perch to comparing Arsene Wenger with a 15-year-old boy, Sir Alex Ferguson has never shied away from speaking his mind it's a different story that he banned some of the journalists from his press conferences though.

Sir Alex Ferguson: Key Stats and Facts

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Key Stats and Facts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sir Alex Ferguson's resignation sparked a mixed reaction. His influence and popularity is such that his announcement triggered a response from even beyond the football world.

Alex Ferguson, in himself, is almost as big a brand as Manchester United itself.

The Exodus: Why the Dortmunds and Arsenals of this world continue to suffer

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The Exodus: Why the Dortmunds and Arsenals of this world continue to suffer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Jurgen Klopp became manager of Borussia Dortmund, the team was languishing in football purgatory, having finished 13th in the Bundesliga under Thomas Doll the previous season and in dire need of drastic revamping, both tactically and in their personnel.

Expect goals on the final weekend of the season. Just don’t bet on it.

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Expect goals on the final weekend of the season. Just don't bet on it. - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A reader of our blog recently asked if there was any value in flat betting 'Over 2.5 goals' on the final weekend of the Premier League season, seeing that goal totals tend to be higher on the last weekend of the domestic season.

Manchester United must avoid Liverpool-like decline

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Manchester United must avoid Liverpool-like decline - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite – or perhaps because of – their unparalleled success under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United will require quick and decisive action to ensure their story is not one of crushing Liverpudlian decline.

Wayne Rooney’s final destination: Manchester United, Barcelona, PSG or Bayern?

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Wayne Rooney's final destination: Manchester United, Barcelona, PSG or Bayern? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are a club in transition after Sir Alex Ferguson's revelation that he will step down from his role as the club's manager after 26 years at the helm. With David Moyes seemingly the favourite to replace him, and Jose Mourinho in the running too, the new head coach's first job may well be to convince star striker Wayne Rooney that his future lies at Old Trafford.

Manchester United’s striker shortlist to replace wantaway Wayne Rooney

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Manchester United's striker shortlist to replace wantaway Wayne Rooney - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is reportedly eager to leave the newly crowned Premier League champions this summer, with the striker claimed to want a fresh start. Although the Red Devils are thought to want to keep the England international, a move abroad may well be on the cards.

Reactions to Alex Ferguson’s retirement

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Reactions to Alex Ferguson's retirement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Earlier today, Manchester United announced that their most beloved manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, will retire from his duties as football manager at the end of this season.

Ferguson believes that he is leaving United in a good shape but whoever replaces him will have monumental shoes to fill in be it David Moyes, Jose Mourinho or anyone else.

Sir Alex Ferguson retires – will it be Moyes or Mourinho?

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Sir Alex Ferguson retires will it be Moyes or Mourinho? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

BBC News has announced that Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United since 1986 and winner of two Champions League titles, four League Cups, five FA Cups and an astonishing 13 Premier League titles, will be retiring at the end of the season.

Champions League: The most successful countries and cities

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Champions League: The most successful countries and cities - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This year's Champions League will obviously go to Germany and it will be the seventh time a German club will be crowned the champions of Europe. Which makes one wonder, how many Champions League trophies have gone to the other top European football nations.

Carragher & Gerrard play last ever game together

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Carragher & Gerrard play last ever game together - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As news emerged last night that Steven Gerrard would miss Liverpool's two remaining Premier League games this season with a shoulder injury, the realisation struck that Gerrard and Jamie Carragher had shared the pitch together for the final time in their illustrious careers.

Andre Villas-Boas talks about Bale, Holtby, the Bundesliga & more

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Andre Villas-Boas talks about Bale, Holtby, the Bundesliga & more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham currently sit fifth on the Premier League table, two points behind Arsenal with a game in hand. Andre Villas-Boas and his men will look to sub-plant their London rivals in the race for the Champions League spot.

Re-arming the Armada: How Spain’s top clubs can rise again

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Re-arming the Armada: How Spain's top clubs can rise again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For Spanish football, the Champions League semifinals were either a wake-up call or an alarm bell, depending on who you ask.

Either way, both Real Madrid and Barcelona face long summers and plenty of questions.

Re-arming the Armada: How Spain’s top clubs can rise again

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Re-arming the Armada: How Spain's top clubs can rise again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For Spanish football, the Champions League semifinals were either a wake-up call or an alarm bell, depending on who you ask.

Either way, both Real Madrid and Barcelona face long summers and plenty of questions.

David Luiz’s smile distracts from the real issue

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David Luiz's smile distracts from the real issue - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was all over in about ten seconds, but Rafael's red card against Chelsea on Sunday has proved to be a hot talking point in almost every sphere of footballing discussion. Managers, pundits, fans, and journalists have all waded into the debate over whether David Luiz, no stranger to controversy this season, instigated the sending off with a dive and a smile.

David de Gea’s saves justify his place in Team of the Year

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David de Gea's saves justify his place in Team of the Year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although David de Gea was thought to be frail and not-capable of filling the shoes of Edwin van der Sar at Old Trafford but the Spaniard is only 22 years old and already he has made it into the PFA Team of the Year only in his second season in England.

Andre Villas-Boas interview about his ideology, ambition and evolution at Spurs

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Andre Villas-Boas interview about his ideology, ambition and evolution at Spurs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham currently sit fifth on the Premier League table, two points behind Arsenal with a game in hand. Andre Villas-Boas and his men will look to sub-plant their London rivals in the race for the Champions League spot.

Sponsored Video: Custom-made jersey developed for Chelsea’s Europa League final clash with Benfica

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Sponsored Video: Custom-made jersey developed for Chelsea's Europa League final clash with Benfica - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have a chance to win silverware this term when they take on Benfica in the Europa League final at the Amsterdam Arena on May 15. Rafael Benitez will be motivated to pick up a trophy before he leaves Stamford Bridge in the summer, however it will not be easy against the seasoned European competitors from Portugal.

Manchester United best-placed to dominate English football

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Manchester United best-placed to dominate English football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have posted third-quarter revenues of £91.7 million a record for the club. Significant sponsorships deals and the club's huge fanbase pose as catalysts for the financial prowess, which keeps the new Premier League champions in a position to dominate English football for years to come.

Could Real Madrid’s €100M Neymar deal send Ronaldo back to Manchester United?

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Could Real Madrid's €100M Neymar deal send Ronaldo back to Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish daily newspaper Sport have reported that Real Madrid are set to rival Barcelona for the signature of Brazilian superstar Neymar this summer, and are willing to splurge a new world record transfer fee of €100 million for the Santos star.

What if Alisher Usmanov had put £100m into Arsenal rather than Apple?

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What if Alisher Usmanov had put £100m into Arsenal rather than Apple? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are currently smack-bang in the middle of a civil war. In one corner is Stan Kroenke, the Gunners' majority shareholder and the subject of much fan criticism for his passive ownership of the club.

‘Tweaking’ Manchester United – what Sir Alex Ferguson will be doing this summer

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'Tweaking' Manchester United what Sir Alex Ferguson will be doing this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are in a comfortable position financially and on the pitch to not resort to the 'no value in the market' line any more.

That's why every time the club talks about transfers they are keen to emphasise that the money is available (and the transfer fees in recent years Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa, Phil Jones, David De Gea are a testament to that), although they also insist that the team doesn't need a massive overhaul.

Will Chelsea legend Lampard replace Scholes at Manchester United?

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Will Chelsea legend Lampard replace Scholes at Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Frank Lampard has become part of the furniture at Stamford Bridge, amassing over 400 appearances for Chelsea since joining from West Ham back in 2001. Despite being only one goal away from equaling Bobby Tamlin's goalscoring record for the west London club, the England international's future with the Blues looks uncertain.

Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich: A dry-run of the Champions League final

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Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich: A dry-run of the Champions League final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich
Week 32, German Bundesliga
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany
Saturday, 4th May, 2013
16:30 GMT

Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich Preview

The Champions League final is scheduled to be played on 25th May but we will have a dry run of the final this weekend when Dortmund host Bayern Munich at their Signal Iduna Park.

Manchester United v Chelsea Rivalry: 9 talking points in the Abramovich era

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Manchester United v Chelsea Rivalry: 9 talking points in the Abramovich era - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United and Chelsea lock horns this weekend, in what is a fixture with history. Although the Red Devils have already wrapped up the Premier League title, Sir Alex Ferguson will want to win at Old Trafford, while the Blues are involved in a battle for a top-four berth.

Liverpool unveil brand new kit for next season

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Liverpool unveil brand new kit for next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have become the latest club to reveal their brand new kit for the 2013/2014 Premier League season.

Brendan Rodgers' men seem to be playing on the success of their past with a slick new shirt, which is based on the basic design from the 1983/1984 season when they won their fourth European Cup.

Which clubs have been the biggest surprises at home in recent seasons?

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Which clubs have been the biggest surprises at home in recent seasons? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Home field advantage is fairly consistent across Europe, from nation to nation and league to league. Over the past five seasons, the winning percentage of home clubs in the big four leagues is just over 47%, with away clubs winning just over 27% of matches played.

Roma launch film to celebrate 20 years of Francesco Totti

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Roma launch film to celebrate 20 years of Francesco Totti - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AS Roma celebrate 20 years of Francesco Totti's career with the club. The 2006 World Cup winner won just one Serie A trophy in 2000-01, two Coppa Italia (2006-07, 2007-08) and two Supercopa Italiana (2001, 2007) in his glorious 20 years with the Rome-based club.

Newcastle 2013-14 home, away & third shirts leaked

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Newcastle 2013-14 home, away & third shirts leaked - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2012-13 season is drawing to a close and although there are a few months to go in the beginning of next season but speculation about the new kits are already doing the rounds. The Newcastle 2013-14 shirts are leaked.

Mourinho all but confirms Chelsea return

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Mourinho all but confirms Chelsea return - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has all but confirmed his return to West London, following Real Madrid's exit from the Champions League.

Mourinho was asked directly whether he would be the manager of the Spanish giants next season and he replied ‘maybe not' which is the biggest indication yet that he could be on his way back to the Premier League.

Manchester City and the MLS Franchise

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Manchester City and the MLS Franchise - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City are planning a new MLS franchise side which they can use to nurture some of their most talented players, making them better stars on their returns to the Premier League.

The initial cost of creating the franchise is thought to be costing the current owner of City, Sheikh Mansour, around $100 million with the planned development of a £200 million stadium in Queens, New York City, USA.

Arsenal shareholder buys $100 million in Apple stock

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Arsenal shareholder buys $100 million in Apple stock - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

One of Arsenal's biggest shareholders Alisher Usmanov has invested $100 million of his own fortune in stocks for technology giants Apple Inc.

Arsenal shareholder, Alisher Usmanov, buys Apple stoke worth $100 million

Usmanov has taken advantage of Apple shares dropping to their lowest price since 2011, injecting just a fraction of his reported $20 billion fortune into the company.

Manchester United to keep Rooney and add more firepower

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Manchester United to keep Rooney and add more firepower - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted Wayne Rooney has a big future at Manchester United. The 71 year old manager has suggested the striker is hitting his peak at the age of 27-years-old, making suggestions United could sell him bizarre.

Brazil 2013 All Black Third Kit Revealed

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Brazil 2013 All Black Third Kit Revealed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In recent years, Nike has prepared a special 'All Black' shirt for the Brazil national team and this year has been no exception.

Although these black third kits has never seen any action on the field because the rules of the Brazilian football federation, CBF, prohibits the use of any other jersey than the classic yellow and blue or the alternative kit.