Germany 2-1 Algeria: Germans taken to extra-time but win was inevitable - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Algeria forced Germany into playing extra time in their last 16 clash inPorto Alegre,but were ultimately unable to knock out one of theWorld Cup favourites in what was a riveting clash in the Estádio Beira-Rio.
Chelsea set to sign Atletico Madrid star on a two year deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in Portuguese website Maisefutebol, Chelsea are set to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago on a free transfer. The 33 year old played a key part in the Rojiblancos' La Liga triumph and their way to the Champions league final against eventual winners Real Madrid all the way to Lisbon.
Chelsea set to sign Atletcio Madrid star on a two year deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in Portuguese website Maisefutebol, Chelsea are set to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago on a free transfer. The 33 year old played a key part in the Rojiblancos' La Liga triumph and their way to the Champions league final against eventual winners Real Madrid all the way to Lisbon.
France 2-0 Nigeria: Late flurry helps Les Bleus reach the quarters - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A couple of late strikes from Paul Pogba and a Joseph Yobo own goal gave France a 2-0 win over a spirited Nigerian side as the Les Bleus sealed a quarter final spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez apologies for Chiellini bite - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has issued a public apology for the bite incident during Uruguay's 1-0 clash against Italy.
The former Ajax man was involved in an incident where he was found digging his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini's shoulders for which the Uruguayan international received a four-month ban from total football.
Manchester United should sign Real Madrid summer target, says OT legend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes the Red Devils should sign their long-term transfer target Toni Kroos.
The Bayern Munich midfielder has one year left on his contract and has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with their former manager David Moyes scouting the German international on multiple occasions.
CONFIRMED: Brazilian star Kaka terminates AC Milan contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
AC Milan have confirmed the club has reached an agreement with their player Kaka to terminate the midfielder's contract.
"Ricky and Milan find mutual agreement in terminating contract. Milan and Ricky Kak have come to a mutual agreement to end the Brazil star's contract but there is no doubt that the mutual feeling of love and respect will always be there," a statement read on Milan's official website.
Arsenal dealt hammer blow in pursuit of Italian Messi - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal have been dealt a massive blow in their pursuit of Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne as reports from Italy have claimed that the Partenopei have rejected a €20m bid for the 23 year old. Naples based newspaper Calcio Napoli has also featured the story.
Manchester United representatives in Portugal to sign €45m sensation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in Portuguese website ZeroZero, Manchester United representatives are already in Lisbon to finalize a deal for the highly William Carvalho. The story has also featured in the cover page of national daily O Jogo.
ALMOST DONE: Manchester United target set to join Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Bayern Munich star and Manchester United target Toni Kroos is set to join Real Madrid in the summer. The Madrid based daily has also featured the story in their front page of Monday's edition.
Arsenal step up their chase in pursuit of £20m rated French star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal have reportedly stepped up their chase in their pursuit of Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin who is also a transfer target for Italian side Napoli.
It is believed that the Naples outfit have offered€12m and forward Goran Pandev for the Frenchman but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is determined to bring the 24 year old to the Emirates in the summer.
Analysis: How De Jong's injury nearly put Netherlands out of the World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Netherlands took on Mexico in the round of 16 game, going in as clear favourites to emerge victorious and set-up what would potentially be an 'easy' win to take them into the semi-finals of the competition.
Analysis: How was Van Persie kept quiet and what did Van Gaal do in response? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When the Mexican national team do overcome the grief of having not made it into the last eight for what would have been thethird time in their history, they will realise what they have achieved and this will be helped in no small part by the fans/media appreciation back home.
On-pitch in-fighting: England striker lashes out at Brazilian team-mate (Video) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jermaine Defoe has launchedhis Toronto FC career off to a fantastic start goals-wise, but his camaraderiewith team-mates at the MLS side was cast into a huge shadow of doubt this weekend in a blow-up with Gilberto.
Netherlands 2-1 Mexico: Two in the last two minutes sees Dutch through to quarters - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Netherlands managed to come back from a goal down with only two minutesremaining to beat Mexico and reach the quarter finals, withKlaas Jan Huntelaar's stoppage time penalty sending Louis van Gaal's side through.
Who has been Greece's stand-out player at the World Cup? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The World Cup is a global event, with the event being televised across nearly 200 nations, 6 continents and reaching billions of people. Those numbers are staggering, considering that only 32 countries make it to the main event.
The key battle that can decide the Netherlands Mexico round of 16 World Cup game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After impressing viewers with their level of football, and certainly surprising many experts who were of the belief that the Dutch would disappoint and fail, the Netherlands are looking ahead at their round of 16 game having topped their group and finished as top scorers in the group stage.
France v Nigeria Preview: Benzema tipped to see Les Bleus past unpredictable Africans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
France and Nigeria will go head to head in theEstádio Nacional de Brasilia on Monday for a place in the World Cup quarter finals, with the unpredictable African champions unlikely to be easy pickings for the 1998 winners.
The worrying problem for Brazil and their remaining World Cup campaign - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As expected, Brazil finished top of their group. As expected, they won their Round of 16 game. As expected, they are in the quarter-finals. The mannerism of those successes though, is not quite what Brazil had planned for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Costa Ricav Greece preview: World Cupunderdogs battle for place in Quarter-Finals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Greece and Costa Rica were both outside bets to make it through to the Round of 16, leaving Italy, England and Ivory Coast in their collective wake. Nowone of them will be going into the Quarter Finals to face Holland or Mexico next Saturday in Salvador.
Uruguay and Liverpool's Luis Suarez Tweets for first time since bite incident - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Uruguayan international Luis Suarez has broken his silence in public for the first time and has come out to thank his national side's fan for their recent support.
The Liverpool superstar was handed a four-month ban from all forms of football after he was found guilty for digging his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder's during Uruguay's narrow 1-0 victory over Italy.
Brazil 1-1 Chile (3-2 on penalties): Selecao through to the quarters via stunning shootout - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Brazil edged out South American rivals Chile inBelo Horizonte on Saturday in what was arguably the game of the World Cup so far, with a gut-wrenching penalty shootout needed to separate the two sides after a dramatic 120 minutes ended in stalemate.
Liverpool aim to complete triple swoop as Reds close in on Lallana - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in the Guardian, Liverpool are acting quickly in the transfer market to wrap the deals for Benfica's Lazar markovic and Lille's Divock Origi after agreeing on a£25m move for Southampton star Adam Lallana.
England's World Cup Review: Two Years Wasted - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
On Saturday June 28, the real World Cup begins with the Round of 16 matches, and England fans, pre-tournament pessimism or not, should ask why their team isn't in Brazil any more.
It isn't a tragedy football is just a sport but after Roy Hodgson's common sense era and the lessons learned from the last 3 major international tournaments, England simply had to do better than score a single point from three games.
Colombiav Uruguay Preview: Colombians confident they won't get 'bitten' by Uruguay - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Colombia, fresh from toppingGroup C, take on Group D runners-up, Uruguay,tomorrow in Rio De Janeiro at 5pm local time. Both nations border Brazil; Colombia to the north and Uruguay to the south, so the climate should not play a factor in this South American match-up.
Brazil v Chile Preview: Selecao to keep up perfect record against Chileans? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Brazil will take on Chile on Saturday in what will be the first of eight World Cup second round ties, with the Selecao looking to keep up theirperfectrecord against theirSouth American rivals on Brazilian soil, and book their spot in the quarter finals.
Adam Lallana undergoing Liverpool medical ahead of £25m move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to the Guardian, Adam Lallana is reportedly travelling to Merseyside to undergo Liverpool medical after it has now emerged that Southampton have agreed a£25m offer from the Reds for the midfield star.
World Cup Refereeing Technology Proves It's Worth - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The 2014 World Cup in South America has reached the halfway mark, with a host of sides already flying home for a summer of reflection after a hectic opening two weeks of football.
While we've now seen the likes of Spain and England sent packing, with manysurely benefiting from the promotional codes offered by the likes of William Hill, referees have been in the spotlight more than in any other tournament, thanks to the showcasing of some niftynew gadgets.
Liverpool keen to sell Suarez, 61% Barcelona fans don't want him - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Luis Suarez has been handed a record ban by FIFA that threatens to spell the end of his Liverpool career. The Uruguay international has been given a four-month ban from all footballing activity and nine competitive Uruguayan games, starting with Saturday's last 16-clash with Colombia.
Wenger targets €70m worth of strikers at Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal need a striker in the summer and even Arsene Wenger knows that as well. The Gunners however have yet to sign a player while their rivals Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been heavily active in the transfer market so far.
Another Chelsea star set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to German national daily Bild, out of favour Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin has been subjected to a€5m bid from Bundesliga clubEintracht Frankfurt. The 25 year old German dazzled in his loan spell at Spanish side Sevilla helping the Andalusian club to claim the Europa League title.
€45M Manchester United target open to move from Lisbon - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United have scouted Portugal midfielder William Carvalho for... well...lost count actually...number of times over the past one year. However, that interest somewhat died down once Manchester United had appointed Louis van Gaal as their new manager.
What went WRONG for England and Roy Hodgson in 2014 FIFA World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When most of the football fans are enjoying the 2014 FIFA World Cup, England supporters are left with a better taste as the Three Lions were knocked out of the summer event in Brazil and are already back on home soil.
€40m Manchester United & City target prefers Chelsea move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to Italian Newspaper Il Messaggero, Roma defender Mehdi Benatia would prefer a move to Chelsea instead of the two Manchester clubs. The much wanted defender has been linked with a move away from Rome and it now appears that the player could be well on his way to Stamford Bridge.
Algeria 1-1 Russia: North Africans through to the last 16 after smash-and-grab - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A second half goal fromIslam Slimani secured a crucial draw for minnows Algeria, with the point ensuring they progress to the last 16 for the very first time in their history, and condemning Russia to a third successive group stage exit.
Portugal 2-1 Ghana: Paulo Bento's side out of the World Cup despite win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cristiano Ronaldo ensured Portugal would finish their finish their disappointing World Cup campaign with a 2-1 over Ghana but Paulo Bento's side failed to qualify for the last sixteen despite the hard fought victory in Brasilia.
£34m rated snubs Chelsea ahead of Manchester United medical - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After acquiring the services of Ander Hererra, Manchester United are set to complete their second signing of the summer as it now appears that the Luke Shaw is set to have his medical ahead of the £34m move from Southampton.
USA 0-1Germany:Sharp-shooter Muller scores winner as both teams advance to knockouts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Group G's top two teams fought it out in Recife, hammered bytorrential rain, with Germany ending victorious thanks to another Thomas Muller goal.The downpourscaused massive flooding in the area,but the game went ahead as planned, and the passion witnessed by both sideswill have silenced any doubters, who thought this would be played out as a conspired draw.
OFFICIAL: Manchester United sign Ander Herrera - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United have completed their first signing of the summer after landing Atheltic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.
A statement on United's official website read, "Manchester United is delighted to announce that, after triggering the buy-out clause in his contract on Tuesday, it has signed Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Club in Bilbao, pending the receipt of the International Transfer Certificate.
World Cup Roundup: Ghana suspend Boateng and Muntari after staff attacks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
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Ghana duo Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng expelled from World Cup squad
Just as you thought Luis Suarez was to be the epitome of bad behavior in South America, Ghana have today revealed that star duo Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng have been sent home on the eve of their crucial match against Portugal for severe breaches of discipline.
Algeriav Russia Preview: Can ex-England boss guide Russia to Round of 16? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Group H draws to a close tomorrow with the North Africans, Algeria, playing Russia in Curitiba. Algeria are currently sitting on 3; from a win against Korea and a loss to Belgium, whilstRussia havejust a solo point; from their draw with Korea and they also lost to Belgium.
Liverpool set to beat Arsenal & Spurs for highly rated Belgian striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool are closing in on highly rated Belgium youngsterDivock Origi as Brendan Rodgers seeksto complete the third signing of the season.
The Reds have already signed Rickie Lambert and Emre Can and according to Tony Barrett of The Times, the Merseyside giants are edgingcloser in wrapping up a deal for Origi, who scored the winner for Belgium against Russia last Sunday.
£28m midfielder meets Manchester United legend, deal announcement today - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera is currently in Manchester to secure his£28.8m move to Manchester United. He was at United's training ground, Carrington, along with his agent yesterday, with the official announcement is likely to be announced today.
Will we see Germany and USA play out a 'friendly' game? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Germany and USA need just 1 point from their final group match to qualify into the second round. For Germany, this was expected before the tournament started. For USA it would be quite an achievement with both Portugal and Ghana being highly-rated.
MASSIVE BLOW: Athletic reject Manchester United's €36m bid for Ander Herrera - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United have been dealt a massive blow is their pursuit of signing of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera as the Basque club have rejected a whopping€36m bid from the Red Devils for the player.
Atletico refuse to sell prized asset to Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Atletico Madrid are facing a herculean taskthis season to keep hold of their star players. If the reports are to be believed Chelsea are already planning to buy at least three players (Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Tiago Mendes) from them while Premier League giants Manchester United are plotting a move to sign central defender Miranda as well.
Mexico's defence key to their success at the World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Although very little was expected of the Mexican side, they emerged from Group A as one of the stand-out performers having missed out on top spot due to an inferior goal-difference, they do however finish with just 1 goal conceded in three games.
Analysis: The individuals crucial to Netherlands' successful system, and no it isn't RVP! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Plenty of experts and pundits predicted the Dutch national team to be the big side that disappoints at the World Cup by crashing out at the first hurdle. Three games and ten goals later, the script has been rewritten.
Honduras 0-3 Switzerland: Liverpool target hits hat-trick in comfortable win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Switzerland qualified for the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup at the expense of both Ecuador and Honduras, the latter beaten comfortably on Wednesday byOttmar Hitzfeld's side, with reported Liverpool targetXherdan Shaqiri hitting a hat-trick.
Ecuador 0-0 France: Les Bleus qualify for the last 16 as Group E winners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
France earned the point they needed to win Group E and avoid Argentina in the next round but Didier Deschamps side failed to impress against Ecuador, who finished the game with 10-men after Manchester United's Antonio Valencia saw red.
Portugal v Ghana: Can Ronaldo save the Selecção's World Cup campaign? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cristiano Ronaldo's last-second cross for Varela's headed equalizer against the USA on Sunday, kept Portugal's World Cup dream alive. The Mediterranean nation very nearly followed in the footsteps of neighbors Spain, by losing their first 2 games and heading home on the first flights out of Brazil.
DONE DEAL: Liverpool and United target joins other Manchester club - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Portuguese giants FC Porto have confirmed the sale of midfielder Fernando Reges to Manchester City for€15m. The 26 year old had earlier attracted the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United and Porto's official decision comes in the wake of our reports a couple of weeks ago.
Liverpool look to snap up La Liga winner on the cheap - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Premier League giants Liverpool have been linked yet again with former Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld who currently plies his trade with La Liga Champions Atletico Madrid. While Sky Italia have featured the story, Belgian site RTBF Sport and the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio have relayed the story.
VIDEO: Lionel Messi scores brace against Nigeria - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Lionel Messi scored a sumptuous brace as Argentina edged past Nigeria by 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at the Estadio Beira Rio in Port Alegre. The Barcelona star opened the scoring in the third minute with a great strike from inside the box after Angel Di Maria's fantastic effort came off the post.
Anfield Legend: Liverpool will sell Luis Suarez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Luis Suarez's Liverpool career is over after the bite incident, according to the Reds legend Robbie Fowler.
The 27-year-old dug his teeth into the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulders and the incident took place during Uruguay's narrow 1-0 victory over Italy in the group stage fixture of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Ecuador v France Preview: A much-changed French XI to maintain record? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
France what would be an absolute miracle, France are through to the last 16, with their six points and +6 goal difference leaving the other sides to scrap for second place in Group E, of which Ecuador will have to oust Didier Deschamps' side tonight in theMaracanã to have any chance of progressing.
Honduras v Switzerland Preview: Ottmar Hitzfeld to see Swiss through to last 16? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Honduras will face Switzerland in Manuas in the last round of group matches, with both teams still with a chance of qualifying for the last 16.
Honduras, albeit, have a very small chance of proceeding from Group E, withLuis Fernando Suárez's side needing to beat the 6th FIFA ranked Swiss on Wednesday evening, and hope France obliterate Ecuador (thereby devastating their goal difference) in order to make it through.
Analysis: Neymar is key but who else are crucial for Selecao's success? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Besides a slight own-goal hiccup and a draw against Mexico, hosts Brazil have been in top form at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, getting the results, impressing the supporters and booking their place into the next round of the competition as group winners.
Nigeria v Argentina Preview: Misfiring attack to oust best defence in Porto Alegre? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Nigeria will take on Argentina in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, withthis the battle for top spot in Group E despite the apparent gulf in ability between the two sides.
With the greatest of respect to Nigeria,Stephen Keshi's side pale in comparison to the mighty South Americans, whose stunning attack will be looking to do real damage to the Africans inEstádio Beira-Rio.
Arsene Wenger: No truth behind Balotelli rumours - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has squashed rumours which have linked AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli to Arsenal. 101 Great Goals have also featured the story asWenger, who appeared on the beIN Sports World Cup show in Rio dismissed any suggested bid for Balotelli from the Gunners.
Chelsea to fight tooth and nail to land €40m Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United are close to landing their first major signing of the summer, after reports published in both English & Spanish press, that the Red Devils had trigged the€36m release clause of Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera.
Japan 1-4 Colombia: Martinez double gives South Americans perfect group record - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Colombia saw off Japan inCuiabá, keeping their 100% World Cup record intact and ensuring their opponents finish bottom of Group C.
Porto striker Jackson Martinez, who has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, bagged a second half brace, with a penalty fromwingerJuan Cuadrado and a late James Rodriguez chipending the meek Japan resistance, despite the sides going in level at the break.
Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast: Injury time Samaras penalty edges Greeks into last 16 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A stunning late penalty from former Celtic strikerGeorgios Samaras gave Greece a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast in Fortaleza, with theEuropean side sneaking through to the last 16, finishing second above their beaten opponents in Group C.
Italy 0-1 Uruguay: Godin winner overshadowed by 'sneak' Suarez bite controversy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Uruguay progressed to the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday, disposing of 10-man Italy in Natal, with the aftermath of the match centering on the actions of one Luis Suarez, who minutes before the winning goal, bit defenderGiorgio Chiellini in what has become yetanother sensational controversy involving the Liverpool striker.
PHOTO + VIDEO: Luis Suarez appears to have bitten again! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Luis Suarez is back in the news again for the wrong reasons. the Liverpool striker appears to have bitten Italian defender Georgio Chiellini as Uruguay beat ten man Italy to progress into the last sixteen of the World Cup.
Italy v Uruguay Preview: Luis Suarez to see off shaky Azzurri? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Italy and Uruguay will face off in theEstádio das Dunas on Tuesday, with a place in the last 16 still very much up for grabs for both sides.
With both nations sat on three points each in Group D (three more behind runaway leaders Costa Rica), it is Italy whohave slightly the better position, with a goal difference of zero, one better thanÓscar Tabárez's Uruguay.
Croatia 1-3 Mexico: Manchester United striker puts gloss on dramatic victory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Mexico progressed into the second round of the 2014 World Cup from Group A afteran impressive 3-1 victory over Croatia, with Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez grabbing his first goal of the tournament.
Costa Rica v England Preview: Hodgson makes nine changes to shattered Three Lions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England's final game at the 2014 World Cup will be against Costa Rica on Tuesday, with manager Roy Hodgson to make multiple changes to his starting lineup, bringing in a host of fringe players for what will be a difficult game for the Three Lions, with their South American adventure already at an end.
PHOTO: Manchester United star left in tears after heroic triumph - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
World Cup football is the biggest platform for any professional footballer on earth. The passion emanating from players fighting for nation for the sake of glory is something that makes us feel that football is not just another sport; it is something more than that may be 'more than life and death'.
Liverpool and Arsenal set to battle London club for sensational Belgian - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in Guardian, Totenham are in hot pursuit of Belgium's World Cup star Divock Origi, but Spurs will face competition from fierce cross city rivals Arsenal and Merseyside giants Liverpool.
Manchester United to bid £34m for 18-year-old defender! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United are determined to land Southampton defender Luke Shaw and are ready to go to any extreme to secure his services.
According to reports from The Times, Manchester United will meet Southampton's£30m valuation of the 18-year-old and the fee could rise to£34m based on clauses relating to future appearances and success.
SENSATIONAL: €60m Chelsea target set to join Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to Bein Sports, Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is set to join Real Madrid in the summer and the deal is set to be announced as soon as the World Cup gets over in Brazil. The report has featured in Spanish newspaper AS.
Arsenal join the race to land €30m Liverpool target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Alexis Sanchez undoubtedly has been one the stars of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. At the same time, he is entangled in a transfer tug-of-war, with clubs from Italy and England vying for his signature.
Manchester United legend praises €40m rated Mexican sensation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Mnachester United legend Rio Ferdinand who is poised to join QPR in the summer took to Twitter to praise Mexico's Hector Herrera after the El Tri triumphed over Croatia by 3-1 to book their place in the last sixteen of the World Cup.
Chelsea star confirms offer from PSG - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
First Hazard and now Oscar. Both these Chelsea players were targeted by PSG and both have rejected the chances to move to France.
Oscar, who scored in the opening match for Brazil in the World Cup, has been along term target of PSG, with Brazilian Lucas Moura claiming in March that he would love to see his fellow compatriot join him at theParc des Princes.
Right said Fred! Brazil's striker fires at last - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Brazilian striker with a name reminiscent of 1960's Britain finally got his World Cup campaign off and running last night when he netted his first goal of the tournament for the Selecao as the hosts defeated Cameroon 4-1 to top the group.
Who is going to join Brazil, Netherland and co in the knock-outs? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Netherlands, Chile, Brazil and Mexico confirmed their places in the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup last night but with 12 matches still left to play before the knock-out rounds begin there is lots up for grabs.
Klinsmann employs two different midfield systems to perfection - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Coming into the 2014 FIFA World Cup, all the talk in the American camp was the exclusion of all-time leading goal scorer and assist maker, Landon Donovan. The striker was surprisingly excluded from the final squad after initially making the preliminary one.
Five players Manchester United must sign after Herrera - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ander Herrera is all set to join Manchester United after reports broke this morning that the Red Devils had trigged his €36mrelease clause. He will join on a four year contract, earning around €3m per year.
Liverpool legend urges Rodgers to find Glen Johnson replacement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has urged Brendan Rodgers to replace Glen Johnson with Southampton defender Calum Chambers.
The England international will turn 30 in August and had a poor campaign with the Three Lions in the 2014 FIFA World Cup as Roy Hodgson's men are out of the summer tournament in Brazil after losing the first two games.
Spain 3-0 Australia: La Roja finsh disappointing World Cup campaign with thumping win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Spain finished off their disappointing World Cup campaign by beating Australia 3-0 at theArena da Baixada in Curitiba. David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata all scored for Vicente Del Bosque's side to secure the result as the La Roja now pack their bags for the flight back home.
Netherlands 2-0 Chile: Late strikes from substitutes seal top spot for the Dutch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay scored late on as Netherlands beat Chile by 2-0 as Louis Van Gaal's side secure top spot in Group B maintaining a perfect record as the Dutch head to the last sixteen.
Liverpool must pay £20m to land top target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Only couple of weeks back, it seemed like Alberto Moreno will become the next big signing for Liverpool, with reports emerging in Spain that the highly rated Sevilla defender is on his way to Anfield for medical.
Analysis: Belgium's full-back issue explained - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A comeback win against Algeria and a late one against Russia has seen Belgium through to the next round of the World Cup. It is what many expected, the manner in which they achieved this success though was contrasting to pre-tournament belief.
It is finally time for Brazil to turn it on? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's not been easy for either Brazil or Cameroon in the 2014 World Cup
Hosts Brazil have under-performed at the start of this World Cup to many but remain on course to win Group A.
There have been a number of teams not live up to expectations so far – Argentina have won both of their games by a single goal, Germany dropped points to Ghana and Belgium have left it late in their two victories.
Cameroon v Brazil Preview: Selecao to finish group stage with a flourish? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Into the last round of group stage we go then, and the chaotic Cameroon will face hosts Brazil on Monday, with the African side to be playing only for pride inBrasília.
Volker Finke's side hit the self destruction button in the last match against Croatia, with Alex Song sent off for a ludicrous attempted elbow, and Benoît Assou-Ekottoattacking his own player,Benjamin Moukandjo, in the bizarre 4-0 defeat, leaving them pointless and unable to qualify for the next round.
Croatia v Mexico Preview: Manchester United striker to start vital Group A clash? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The battle for a last 16 berth is very much on in Group A, with Brazil, Croatia and Mexico all able to book their passage through on Monday. While the Selecao may have an easier time of it against a chaotic, demoralised Cameroon inBrasília, Croatia and Mexico are set for a blood and guts battle inRecife.
USA 2-2 Portugal:Massive drama for USA just seconds away from the Round of 16 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Coming into this World Cup, no-one would have knocked the USA for failing to make it through this 'Group of Death'. However, 2-1 up against one of the strongest teams in the world,they had the qualification dream stolen from them in the very dying embers of the game.
CSY SPORTS Review: World Cup 2014 News & Updates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Millions of fans across the country bemoaned England's timid exit from the World Cup, with Luis Suarez's brace compounded by the humiliating wait for the Italy-Costa Rica game and the final deflation as the Central Americans surprised everyone with another win.
Arsenal let £12m prolific striker join La Liga club - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal have chosen not totrigger Carlos Vela's buy-back clause, as the Gunner have agreedto sell their half-stake to Real Sociedad for £8.8m, which could rise to more than£12m depending on the number of appearances he makes and the club's success.
South Korea 2-4 Algeria: Record-breaking Africans edge towards last 16 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Algeria smashed Group H rivals South Korea on Sunday, becoming the first African side to score four goals in a World Cup match, and also putting themselves in a great position to qualify for the knockout round for the first time in their history.
Belgium 1-0 Russia: Origi's late strike sends Red Devils through to the last 16 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Belgium had to rely on 19-year-old Divock Orgi's strike late on as the Red Devils qualified for the last 16after edging past Russia at theMaracana in Rio de Janeiro.
The majority of the encounter will certainly not be remembered by the fans, with the game monotonous at times,but in the end it was Eden Hazard's individual brilliancewhich allowedOrigito secure the win andsend Marc Wilmots' side through to the knockout stages.
Netherlandsv Chile: Man Utd striker Van Persie sits out final group game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Holland and Chile both have their passage to the next round confirmed before this game even kicks off, so this will likely see both teams fielding less of their big names to avoid any unwanted injuries or suspensions for the knockout rounds.
LATE TWIST: Arsenal and Chelsea boosted in pursuit of €30m rated striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to German football magazine Kicker, Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic will not return to his former club Wolfsburg in the summer. The news comes in the wake of our earlier report when it seemed that the Croatian would be joining his former team mate Luis Gustavo in a switch to his join theVolkswagen Arena outfit.
World Cup Roundup: Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas in training bust-up with Spain boss - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Fabregas row takes Spain to a new low
Messi hailed as a 'genius', as Argentina sneak into last 16
'Rivaldo's Gamble' Soccerlens Tom's World Cup Day 11 Predictions
Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas involved in Spain bustup
New Chelsea signing Cesc Fabregas has been involved in a training ground bust-up with beleaguered managerVicente del Bosque, with the state of affairs surrounding the deposed World Cup champions going from bad to worse.
Nigeria 1-0 Bosnia & Herzegovina: Stoke striker puts debutants out of the World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Peter Odemwingie's first half strike was enough to give Nigeria the full three points against World Cup debutants Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday, with the European side now unable to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup.
€45m Manchester United target signs for Chelsea, albeit on FM - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
France moved into the next phase of the World cup after they humiliated Switzerland 5-2 in their last game. Paul Pogba came on as a substitute in the match and provided a delicious assist for Karim Benzema's goal.
SHOCK: Liverpool to lose £68m world class striker in summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool could face yet another summer of turbulence regarding Luis Suarez.According to reports from The Sunday Times, Luis Suarez "will shock" Liverpool by insisting he wants to move away Anfield and launch a new career in Spain.
Blow for Chelsea & Arsenal: €60m star wants Madrid move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to Madrid based newspaper AS, Monaco's sensational striker Radamel Falcao has rejected a move to the Premier League. Instead the dazzling Colombian wants to join Champions League winner Real Madrid in the summer.
Analysis: Iran's midfield set-up nearly pulled off an incredible result against Argentina - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Boring. Embarrassing. Dull. Shocking. All spouted out at half-time as Iran held their ground against Argentina in their World Cup game. Many complained at the apparent 'negative' approach Iran employed, seeking to defend for their lives for 90 minutes.
MASTERSTROKE : Wenger desperate to land €30m mad genius - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in Football Italia, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to meet the agent of AC milan striker Mario Balotelli in Brazil. The Gunners are in the market for a striker in the coming transfer window and there has been interest for the former Manchester City striker over the past few weeks from the London club.
Analysis: How did Ghana get a result against Germany but lose to USA - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
One thing we've begun to understand about football is that everything isn't as simple as it seems; if it is, then you've probably got it wrong. Things sometimes are more complex than what you'd imagine.
Manchester United and Arsenal set sights on €25m Spaniard - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United and Arsenal could go head-to-head for Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez in the summer, as both Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger see him as the perfect purchase.
Last month, Spanish media RAC 1 reported that Pedro has had several significant offers from Premier League clubs, andmight consider them should he find himself being not an integral part of Barcelona's system under new-manager Luis Enrique.
€36m midfielder set to snub Chelsea and Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United and Chelsea could miss out on highly rated Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera this summer.
The 24-year-old midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United last summer and the saga dragged on till the transfer deadline day, where Bilbao rejected a€30m offer for the Spaniard, who has a€36m release clause on his contract.
Argentina 1-0 Iran: Late Messi stunner shatters brave Iranian resistance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Lionel Messi's stunning injury time goal gave Argentina a narrow 1-0 win over Iran as the Albiceleste secured passage to the last 16of the World Cup. The final score will be a bitter pill to swallow for Carlos Queiroz's side who were brilliant in their defensive organisation right throughout the ninety minutes.
Video: Argentina 1-0h Iran: Lionel Messi special thwarts gutsy Iran display - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Lionel Messi's injury time special enabled Argentina a passage to the last sixteen as the Albicelste overcame a gutsy display by Iran to win 1-0 at theEstadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte
It was a crushing blow to Carlos Queiroz's side who were tremendous with their defensive organization and could have had a penalty of their own after Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah was brought down in penalty box which was however not spotted by the referee.
South Korea v Algeria Preview: Dangerman Son Heung-min to see off North Africans? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
South Korea and Algeria will lock horns on Sunday in Group H, with both sides realistically needing a win to keep their respective World Cup dreams alive.
Vahid Halilhodžić's brave Algeria kept group favourites Belgium out for 70 minutes inBelo Horizonte last week, and even led thanks to a 25th minute penalty fromSofiane Feghouli, but they came away without a point for their efforts, with a win now arguably essential for the World Cup minnows.
How Costa Rica emerged victorious from the Group of Death - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Italy, Uruguay & England. Three teams in the same group, all in the top 10 of the official FIFA rankings, is there ever a better definition of a group of death? Probably not. As analysts, fans, experts, pundits & indeed players scrambled to accurately predict which of these traditional footballing powers would emerge from the group, and which would drop out, a little factor was over-looked; a factor called Costa Rica.
VIDEO: Karim Benzema disallowed goal vs Switzerland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Real Madrid frontmanKarim Benzema looks to be the most lethal striker so far at this World Cup, taking his tally to three goals in two games last night with his second half strike against Switzerland in the 5-2 French win.
Honduras 1-2 Ecuador: Enner Valencia joins Robben, Van Persie, Muller and Benzema - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Central Americans, Honduras, faced off against South Americans, Ecuador, in Group E, following a seven goalthriller by their group-mates earlier today. Ecuador had the grit to come back from behind and keep their World Cup dream alive, largely thanks to the clinical precision of current top goalscorer, Enner Valencia.
Luis Suarez perfect for Real Madrid says former Manchester United striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Luis Suarez has grabbed the headlines once again. The Liverpool superstar destroyed England single handedly with a virtuoso performance (two wonderful goals) and kept the hopes alive for Uruguay to qualify tothe next round.
Barcelona to move heaven & earth for €85m Liverpool genius - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It seems like 'Operation Luis Suarez' is the new agenda for Catalan based newspapers. Sport couple of days back started this movement when they claimed Barcelona board members had discussed about the possibility of signing Luis Suarez, who they believe the striker has a release clause around€85m, and are ready toinclude winger Alexis Sanchez to sweeten the deal.
Manchester United set to miss out on €30m midfield target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to Spanish newspaper Superdeporte, Valencia have reportedly agreed terms to sign Benfica midfielder and Manchester United target Enzo Perez. Benfica PresidentLuis Filipe Vieira has given the green light for a €25m deal with additional bonuses subject to performances from the 28 year old Argentine.
Switzerland 2-5 France: Swiss comeback not enough to prevent French rout - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Les Bleus tore Switzerland to shreds for the majority of this game, hitting them with five goals and so nearly made it six, only to be denied by the clock. Didier Deschamps' menwere unstoppable today, as they continue their magnificent turnaround from South Africa's disaster.
Italy 0-1 Costa Rica: England hopes shattered by World Cup wildcards - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England's World Cup journey came to a somewhat surprising end this afternoon, as minnows Costa Rica guaranteed passage to the last 16 with a hugely impressive 1-0 win over 2006 champions Italy in Group D.
How France's midfield set-up and what their role will be against the Swiss - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
They came into the tournament lacking expectations, they were blessed with an easy group, and they didn't fail to impress against Honduras (albeit helped by a red card). But there is a lot to be desired by the French, and there is a lot of inspiration in the side.
Brazil 2014: Stats breakdown as Group Stage hits halfway mark - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Emotions, drama, thrills, sheer ecstasy and chilling upsets.As the World Cup footballing extravaganza moves headlong into the second weekin Brazil, we bring you some of the major tactical trends and talking points from the showpiece event.
Negotiations ongoing Barcelona want €85m Liverpool hero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This is the front page of Mundo Deportivo today. It basically says negotiations between Barcelona and Liverpool are going on at an advanced level.
Yesterday, Catalan newspaper Sport published a report that sayssome board members of Barcelona have discussed withpresident Sandro Rosell about the possibility of signing Luis Suarez, who is also a reported target of Real Madrid.
Liverpool ready to offer €15m to sign Arsenal & United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It seems like Liverpool have ended their interest in Sevilla defender Alberto Moreno and have shifted their target elsewhere. The Reds feel the price for Moreno is too high while harbour doubts over his qualities as well.
Arsenal summer target to decide future after World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal's hope of signing AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is still alive after the Italian star admitted that he will decide over his club future after the end of the World Cup.
The 23-year-old has been a surprise target for the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger as the North London club are desperately looking for a strike partner for Olivier Giroud, who is their only recognised striker in the squad.
World Cup Roundup: Luis Suarez basks in the glory of last night's England killing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Uruguay hero (and England tormentor) Luis Suarez has spoken of how last night was 'one of the best games I've played', and that he has now shut his critics up with his deadly brace in the 2-1 Uruguay win over the Three Lions; a win that has put Roy Hodgson's men on the very cusp of being eliminated from the World Cup.
Luis Suarez gets his revenge, but at what cost? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The image of Suarez yesterday was of a man loved by his countrymen and his team-mates, a man who worked hard to perform at this game, a man emotionally overtaken by the moment, but also of a man who was under deep stress, both physical and mental.
Uruguay 2-1 England: Luis Suarez breaks English hearts with his 2 goal return - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England repeat the scoreline of their opener against Italy, again going behind twice, and this time it is very likely to have sent them home from South America, waiting on other results in Group D to know their fate.
CONFIRMED: Colombia v Ivory Coast lineups: Drogba on the bench! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Colombia take on the Ivory Coast in the first match of Thursday, with a win enough to put one of these sides into the World Cup knockout round.
The lineups have been released with the big news being that former Chelsea hero Didier Drogba starts once again on the bench for the Ivory Coast, with his ex-clubteammate Salomon Kalou joining him,Max Gradel replacing the winger in the starting XI.
Will Wayne Rooney score against Uruguay? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England take on Uruguay in a crucial matchup in the 2014 World Cup. Both nations were defeated in their openers meaning they will almost certainly need to avoid defeat tonight if they are to remain in the competition.
Japan v Greece Preview: Kagawa to sparkle in pivotal Group C match - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Japan and Greece meet this evening in the second Group C game of the day in what is a must-win game for both sides.
Japan lost their opening game 2-1 against the Ivory Coast, despite taking the lead against the Africans, while Greece succumbed to the attacking might of Colombia, losing 3-0 and never looking likely to make an impact.
Liverpool talisman has "amazing" qualities says Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Last night defending Champions Spain bowed out of the World Cup after suffering two back to back defeats against Holland and Chile. Tonight, it could be the turn of either Uruguay or England, as both the teams face each other, in a do-or-die crunch tie in the World Cup group D encounter.
Uruguay v England Preview: Suarez desperate to rescue Uruguayan WC hopes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England's second World Cup game takes place tomorrow at 4pm local time in Sao Paulo, against a wounded Uruguay who will be desperate for Liverpool hitman, Luis Suarez, to be at full fitness and on top form in front of goal.
Barcelona target €85m Liverpool talisman, Sanchez involved in the deal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Spanish press are in absolute shock as the La Roja, the defending champions, had bowed out of the World Cup last night, after suffering a humiliating 2-0 defeat against Chile. They say it's an end of an era.
Madrid club joins race for €25m rated dazzling Juventus and Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The transfer situation regarding Manchester United target Alexis Sanchez is getting interesting with each passing day. After we had reported that Serie A champions Juventus had earlier made a€21m bid to sign the Chilean from Barcelona, it now appears that La Liga Champions Atletico Madrid have also set their sights on the 25 year old.
UPDATE: Juventus launch bid to sign €30m rated Arsenal target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reliable and trusted Italian journalist Ginaluca Di Marzio, Serie A Champions Juventus have made an official €12m offer to Real Madrid to sign young Spanish striker Alvaro Morata from the Champions League winners.
UNBELIEVABLE: Barcelona want €50m rated Manchester United striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Barcelona have been linked with a shock€50m move for Dutch striker Robin Van Persie as reported by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deperotivo.
However the Catalan club can be rest assured that the 30 year old will stay at Old Trafford in the coming season with current Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal taking charge of the Red Devils in the coming season.
World Cup Betting Just Got Smarter! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Tired of worrying over the amounts of money you've been frittering away recently betting on the World Cup? Like the look of all the free bet offers with bookmakers, but don't want to stick in your credit card details?
Cameroon 0-4 Croatia: Alex Song's insane punch sets tone of Cameroon early exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cameroon made it much to easy for the Croatians and effectively sealed their own exit from this World Cup, yet again unable to replicate the success of Italia '90. In a series of bizarre behaviors,the Africans even resorted to fighting each other, Tottenham's Assou Ekotto lucky to stay on the pitch after head-butting his teammate.
Spain 0-2 Chile: Holders swept out of the World Cup by whirlwind South Americans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
World Cup holders Spain were comfortably beaten by a vibrant Chile side 0-2 in theMaracanã, with La Roja dumped out of the tournament after just two games played.
Vicente del Bosque's side were laborious and devoid of any attacking intent throughout the match in Rio, showing no real improvement from their horror performance in the 5-1 loss to the Netherlands last week, with goals fromEduardo Vargas andCharles Aránguiz condemning Spain to a humiliating group stage exit.
Video: Spain 0-2 Chile: Sampaoli's men knock out World Champions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A dominant performance from Chile ensured that Jorge Sampaoli's men would knock out the defending Champions Spain out of the World Cup as the South Amercian outfit beat the La Roja by 2-0 at the Maracana.
CONFIRMED XI, Spain v Chile: Xavi and Pique dropped - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Vicente del Bosque has dropped Barcelona duo Xavi and Gerard Pique for Spain's Group B fixture against Chile.
The former Real Madrid manager however has retained skipper Iker Casillas in the starting XI, despite his error during Spain's 5-1 drubbing defeat at the hands of Louis van Gaal's Holland in the opening game.
World Cup Roundup: Gerrard and Sturridge lead England birthday prank! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England masseur gets the ice bath treatment
Oracle Camel plays it safe
'Rivaldo's Gamble': Soccerlens Tom's latest World Cup predictions...
Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge lead England ice bath prank
To celebrate team masseur Paul 'Smally' Small's 50th birthday, a few mischievious members of the England team, including captain Steven Gerrard, thought it fun to play a wee prank on the staff member, with an ice bath dunk the climax of what turned into a team bonding session in the Brazilian heat on Tuesday.
Manchester United favourite to sign €18m winger, Bebe involved in the deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United are back in the race for Benfica's highly rated winger Nico Gaitan, according to reports from Portugal.
I'm sure many of you will remember that Gaitan waslinked with a move to United in the last January transfer window, while the Red Devils had made several attempts (if the reports are to be believed) to sign him before.
Russia 1-1 South Korea Kerzhakov salvages draw after Akinfeev howler - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Russia strikerAleksandr Kerzhakov scored midway through the second half to earn Fabio Capello's side a hard fought draw against South Korea on Tuesday, with the 31-year-oldjoiningVladimir Beschastnykh as Russia's all-time top scorer.
Belgium 2-1 Algeria: Super-subs Fellaini and Mertens inspire Belgian victory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Belgium came from behind in their opening World Cup game against a stubborn Algeria in Belo Horizonte, getting their Group H ambitions off to the start they desired. It wasn't made easy by the Algerians, who defended strongly and held their lead for 45 minutes.
World Cup Roundup: Mourinho claims Pepe red card may be undeserved - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea boss debates Pepe dismissal
Soccerlens Tom: Three correct results for rising oracle!
Jose Mourinho thinks Portugal defender Pepe may not have been deserving of a straight red in Germany rout
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that the red card issued to Portugal defender Pepe may not have been the right decision, but that the Real Madrid man should buck up his ideas, with his behavior not at the right level.
Ghana 1-2 USA: Sweet revenge for USA after South Africa knockout blow - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
USA exploded into this vengeance game, against the team that ended their 2010 World Cup journey, with the fifthfastest goal in World Cup history. Ghana piled on the pressure and even leveled itlate, but a buoyant USA side fought the good fight and drove their way back to victory.
Russia v South Korea Preview: Capello to oversee strong start for World Cup underdogs? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Russia and South Korea will go head to head in the Arena Pantanalon Tuesdayin what is the final match of the opening round of fixtures at the 2014 World Cup.
The Russians, managed by former England boss Fabio Capello, come into the tournament on the back of a very strong warmup and qualification period, having lost just two games in the last two years, and are strongly backed to get out of the group stage for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Madrid ready to sell £36m Chelsea & Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Real Madrid are in the hunt of a world class midfielder in the summer.With Xabi Alonso approaching the apogee of his career and Asier Illarramendi unimpressive, Madrid are looking to sign one or two world class midfielders to give the squad a breath of fresh air.
Club Legend confirms Arsenal will not stop player to join Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has claimed that the Gunners will not stop defender Thomas Vermaelen to join Manchester United in the summer. We had earlier reported that the Belgian is set to join the Red Devils after the World Cup but the story has met with confusion among the London club.
Blow for Arsenal as agent of £30m striker rules out summer move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
One of the major decisions Real Madrid will have to take this summer is whether to sell Karim Benzema to the highest bidder or provide him a new contract extension. The French striker, who scored a brace against Honduras, has a contract till 2015 and has been targeted by top European heavyweights including Arsenal.
Juventus make €21m offer to sign Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Serie A champions Juventus have made a€21m offer to Barcelona to sign Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez. As per the report, it is believed that new manager Luis Enrique is willing to let go the 25 year old from the Catalan club.
€45m German star reveals he will ditch Arsenal again in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
German international Julian Draxler has cooled speculations regarding his future by pledging his future to Schalke for yet another season. The 20 year old revealed that he snubbed Arsenal in the January transfer window and would do do the same is the Gunners table a bid for him in the summer.
Iran 0-0 Nigeria: Mikel and Moses fail to inspire Africans in dour draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The very first draw of the 2014 World Cup arrived this evening, with Iran vs Nigeria ending in a stalemate. Chances were few and far between, with African champions Nigeria failing to overcome stubborn minnows Iran in what was an often laborious spectacle, and Chelsea duo John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses were far from their best.
PHOTO: Arsenal star takes selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal star Lukas Podoslki might not be known for being tech savy. But the German star took to Facebook to post a selfie of himself with Chancellor Angela Merkel after Geramny's crushing 4-0 win over Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.
Chelsea agree €25m deal to sign La Liga winner - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reputed and trusted Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio Atletico Madrid left back Filipe Luis is set to join Chelsea as the Blues have agreed to pay a whopping€25m exit clause to acquire the services of the Brazilian.
Liverpool hit 'Blind' target for €20m Spaniard - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in Spanish newspaper Estadio Deperotivo, Liverpool and are keen to acquire the services of Netherlands left wing back Daley Blind in the summer after their chances to sign Alberto Moreno had potentially hit a stumbling block.
Germany 4-0 Portugal: Muller leads German romp as Pepe loses the plot - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Germany thrashed 10-man Portugal this afternoon in Group G with Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller scoring a hattrick, but the first half sending off of defender Pepe effectively ended the match as a contest, with Portugal chasing shadows in what was an ominous second half from the 1990 winners.
Video: Germany 4-0 Portugal: Muller's hattrick propels ruthless Germans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Germany kick started their World Cup campaign with a ruthless 4-0 win as Joachim Loew's side breezed past a hapless looking Portuguese side at theArena Fonte Nova in Salvador.
Thomas Muller was back at his imperious best scoring a hattrick while defender Mats Hummels also scored with a thumping header to give the 1990 World Cup winners a glorious start in the showpiece event.
Messi is the key man, but don't overlook the other crucial contributors - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
He is among the greatest players of all time and among the top two of the current generation. Dependence on a player of his caliber is no shameful acceptance. He has the ability to create & score goals out of nothing, and most often he does both simultaneously.
Argentina 2-1 Bosnia & Herzegovina: Messi magic topples stubborn debutants - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Lionel Messi scored a second half stunner to see off a stubborn Bosnia & Herzegovina side this evening, with the Argentine maestro providing the spark his side so desperately needed in what was generally a lacklustre display from the South Americans inRio de Janeiro.
Chelsea offer €80m deal for top Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea throw another twist in the tale in the Toni Kroos saga, after Jose Mourinho has offered a staggering€8.5m-per-year deal for the German international, who is also a reported target of Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Tottenham set to beat Arsenal to sign £8m French striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Tottenham are leading the chase to sign French striker Loic Remy in the summer, according to reports from France.
The 27-year-old QPR striker, who has had a great campaign for Newcastle last season, where he scored 14 league goals, has been a reported target ofseveral Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Liverpool.
Manchester United plot €15m move to steal Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has identified Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin as a potential midfield target for next season and is ready to make that interest concrete with a€15m offer over the coming weeks.
France 3-0 Honduras: Benzema hits brace in easy win over 10-man minnows - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored two as a dominant France saw off a poor Honduras inPorto Alegre this evening, with goal-line technology being used for the very first time in a World Cup finals match.
CONFIRMED: Mourinho reveals Courtois will be at Chelsea next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois is to return to return to Stamford Bridge this summer, ending the Belgian's seemingly eternal loan spell at Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal in talks to sign highly rated Spanish defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal are in talks with La Liga outfit Real Sociedad over the signing of young Spanish defender Joseba Zaldua, according to reports from Spain.
Arsene Wenger, who has this reputation of nurturing young unearthed talents and turn them into superstars, is taking a keen interest in the Real Sociedad's defender, and could use the Carlos Vela situation to good effect in securing the deal.
Time for Antoine Griezmann to replace & emulate Franck Ribery - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Humiliated and disgraced in 2010, struggled in qualifying and dealt a huge Ribery blow days before the 2014 opener, things aren't the brightest for French football. Their 2010 showing was nothing short of awful, and i'm not even talking about their on-pitch display.
'Rivaldo's Gamble' Soccerlens' Tom predicts England score, but falls flat elsewhere
Flying Dutchman officially the fastest footballer in theEurope
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, with his unbelievable run against Spain on Friday, has become the fastest footballer in Europe, with his 37kph dash beating the record previously held by Arsenal's Theo Walcott.
Good news for Chelsea Mou confirms €30m midfielder not for sale - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chelseahave no intention of selling Brazilian midfielder Ramires to Real Madrid in the summer.
Reports emerged earlier this month that Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who signed Ramires during his time as a Chelsea manager, wants to bring the Brazilian at the Bernabeu in the summer, as the Italian keen to bolster hismidfield areas.
England 1-2 Italy: Pirlo leads Italy to victory over England's young lions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cesare Prandelli's Italian team proved too strong for Roy Hodgson's new breed of lions, despite them putting in a braveperformance. England gave it their all but Italy were inspired to triumph by the sublime Andrea Pirlo, the Azzurri's captain on the night, with his calming influence in midfield critical to his side's 2-1 win in Manaus.
Hodgson vs Italy: Youth, disappointing seniors & substitution errors - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A lot of contrast in England's display against Italy yesterday from what we saw them display four years back against the USA in the 2010 FIFA World Cup opener. Lacking any sort of expectation and coming into the tournament with reduced pressure, Hodgson's team consisted of youngsters rather than favouring the tried & tested.
Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan: Former Gunner saves Elephants' bacon - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Headers from Swansea striker Wilfried Bony and former Arsenal winger Gervinho helped drag the Ivory Coast back from a goal down against Japan, and see them go level on points with Colombia at the top of Group C after an entertaining match attheArena Pernambuco in Recife.
France v Honduras Preview: France again in midst of controversy at World Cup finals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
1998 World Champions and 2006 Runners up, France, take on Central Americans Honduras in Porto Alegre at 1pm local time in Brazil tomorrow. France go into the game riding on the crest of a wave of squad solidarity after an exceptional performance and result last week when they demolished Jamaica 8-0.
Switzerland v Ecuador Preview: Liverpool target Shaqiri to light up Brasilia? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The opening game of Group E will see Europeans Switzerland square offagainst South Americans Ecuador at the Estadio Nacional, Brasilia. Xherdan Shaqiri, currently stirring up the interestof Liverpool and other Premier League big guns, promises to excite in the newly renovatedstadium.
England v Italy: Why £30m Arsenal target could be lethal tonight in Manaus - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When it comes to surprising the opposition, the Italians remains the masters of tactical unpredictability. While Cesare Prandelli is still undecided on his formation, whether to play a midfield diamond, a Christmas tree or pick two strikers up front, AC Milan hitman Mario Balotelli surely remains the coach's most obvious choice to derail the opposition.
Colombia 3-0 Greece: South Americans ease to comfortable victory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Colombia began their 2014 World Cup campaign with a bang this afternoon, knocking three past a helplessGreece, with winger Juan Cuadrado running riot for the South Americans.
Fiorentina winger Cuadrado was exceptional throughout, setting up former West Ham defenderPablo Armero for the opening goal after just six minutes, before his slaloming run late on gifted James Rodriguezwith the chance to make it three, a chance the €45m Monaco man duly took, putting the seal on a superb win, and lifting Colombia up to top spot in Group C.
England v Italy Preview: Azzurri the ultimate first test for Hodgson's boys - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The long wait is finally over, with Roy Hodgson's England to kick start their 2014 World Cup campaign tonightagainst 2006 champions Italy inManuas.
The Three Lions will be desperate to get off to a cracking start in Group D with a win against European rivals Italy, but it will be no walk in the park against Cesare Prandelli's side, who look have a strong squad, with former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli set to lead the line for the Azzurri this evening.
Diego Costa ADMITS summer Chelsea move is likely - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Spain striker Diego Costa has given the biggest hint that he is set to complete a move to Chelsea later this summer.
The 25-year-old, who played a part in Spain's crushing 1-5 defeat to Netherlands yesterday, has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with the striker reportedly having already completed a medical ahead of a £32m move to West London.
Uruguay v Costa Rica Preview: Luis Suarez left out of Group D opener - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England's Group D opponents Uruguay and Costa Rica will face off this evening inFortaleza, with star striker Luis Suarez to sit out the game at theEstadio Castelao.
Suarez, 27, has been slowly recovering from keyhole knee surgery he underwent just over three weeks ago, and while it seems hewill be fit to face England on Thursday, managerÓscar Tabárez has decided not to take a risk with his star man, opting to leave him out of the Costa Rica game tonight.
Colombia v Greece Preview: No Falcao, no flying start in Group C? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Colombia will take on Greece in the first Group C match this afternoon inBelo Horizonte,with both sides eager to get off to a winning start in Brazil.
The absence of Falcao is the big talking point leading up to Colombia's World Cup adventure, with the Monaco striker just failing to recover from a knee injury, but in Greece they face a side with only one win from the two previous World Cup finals.
Chile 3-1 Australia: Brave Socceroos undone by late knockout blow - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jean Beausejour was the hero for Chile on Friday, with his injury time strike finally seeing off plucky Australia, who could easily have snatched a draw in an open contest inCuiabá.
The Wigan midfielder fired in from range to give his side an unassailable 3-1 lead deep into injury time, with Australia desperately unlucky after showing real grit and determination in the face of almost certain defeat.
Analysis: Mexico 1-0 Cameroon | Three key players - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After Brazil saw off Croatia in the opening game, the other two sides of the group knew a victory put them in a good position. Hold off the Croats and they can stand a real chance of progression. Mexico & Cameroon were the weaker teams of Group A meaning that victory over the other was an absolute must.
World Cup Opener A Case Of What Should Have Been - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In the end, it was a case of what should have been.
In some ways, Brazil's 3-1 win over Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup was wildly entertaining and exhilarating. But the final score-line left too much flattery and deception fluttering around the air in Sao Paulo.
Juventus press Spanish club to sell €30m rated Arsenal target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Juventus are pressing Champions League winners Real Madrid to sell young Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, who is also a Arsenal transfer target. The story claims that Morata's representatives Juanma Lopez and Beppe Bozzo met Real general manager Jose Angel Sanchez to negotiate a deal for the player.
Arsenal to receive €3m from Cesc Fabregas transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal fans are divided in opinions over Cesc Fabregas' transfer to Chelsea from Barcelona. Fabregas had enjoyed eight successfulyears at the North London club andearned a 'cult-hero' status among the Arsenal fans.
Liverpool may miss out on €20m Spaniard - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The news coming from the Spanish press about Liverpool's top target Alberto Moreno is hardlyencouraging. The Reds' interest in the highly rated Spaniard is gradually cooling down, with the deal hitting a new snag in the last few days.
After Sagna, Arsenal may lose another world class player - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla could beheading towards Arsenal exit door in the summer, after French defender Bacary Sagna became the fifth player to join Manchester City from the club in recent years.
World Cup betting preview: England v Italy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England kick off their 2014 World Cup campaign in Manaus today against the 2006 champions. Whilst the pressure may appear to be off Roy Hodgson's team this summer with lower expectations than usual, they certainly don't want to lose their opening game of the tournament.
How Daley Blind changed the game for Netherlands against Spain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Four years back there was no gulf in class, there was no superior team, yes one was a higher placed favourite than the other but on paper they were closer than you'd imagine. It was an even affair, with two equally solid & disciplined teams with clear tactical identities.
VIDEO: Van Persie celebrates Dutch equaliser with Van Gaal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United's Robin Van Persie scored with an absolute stunning header which gave Netherlands their equalizer against Spain in the World Cup's Group B encounter at the Arena Fonte Nova inEl Salvador.
Chile vs Australia Preview: A must-win game for both in the shadow of giants - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chile will take on Australia this evening in the second Group B fixture of the day, and both sides will be desperate for the win, with both Spain and the Netherlands ominously awaiting them in the week to come.
DONE DEAL: PSG complete £50m deal for Chelsea superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
PSG have announced the signing of Chelsea star David Luiz for a reported £50m fee, making the Brazilian the most expensive defender in the history of the game.
Luiz, 27, has signed a five-year deal with the French champions, and leaves Stamford Bridge after a trophy laden three years, with the defender winning the Champions League and the Europa League, becoming a firm fan favourite in the process.
Spain vs Netherlands Preview: Eyes on Fabregas and Costa in repeat of 2010 final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Holders Spain kick off their World Cup adventure with a repeat of the South Africa 2010 final, with the Netherlands gunning for revenge in Salvador this evening.
Andres Iniesta was the hero for La Roja four years ago in Johannesburg, and he will take his place in Vincent del Bosque's side against the Dutch, who despite a strong qualification period, do not look on paper like the forcethey once were.
Mexico v Cameroon preview Chelsea, Barca and Man Utd stars in action - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Mexico find themselves in a very difficult group that will demand the best football they can muster to get through to the knockout stages. Cameroon are unquestionably the weakest team in the group but that is not to say they are going to roll over and die against anyone.
Analysis: Brazil 3 1 Croatia | Three key players - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The opening game of the World Cup is always closely anticipated, with all eyes on the host nation, the pressure is immense. As Brazil walked out to a roar at Sao Paulo, they looked determined, seemingly not unfazed by the situation, and if there was any question of their passion, it was put to bed with their national anthem that left viewers in awe, and opposition captain Darijo Srna with nothing else than a chuckle.
PHOTO: Gary Neville accidentally reveals England's tactics - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Gary Neville accidentally revealed England's strategy and secret plans to photographers in Rio on Wednesday. The former Manchester United legend and current assistant coach was pictured holding a sheet of paper which contained instructions from a training session.
Valencia closing in on €30m Manchester United midfield target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United have been dealt yet another transfer blow after Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez is reportedly close to join Spanish side Valencia in the summer according to Spanish newspaper Superdeporte.
If Fabregas is in, who will be out at Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea fans will have been delighted to hear news of Cesc Fabregas signing for the club. Often, when a quality player is signed from a foreign club, there's a lingering doubt as to whether their abilities can shine in the rigorous environment of the Premier League.
PHOTO: Chelsea's Oscar scores stunning goal for Brazil - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Brazil got off their World Cup campaign to a stunning start as the hosts came back from behind to beat a spirited Croatia side by 3-1 at the Arena Corinthians, Sao Paolo in the curtain raiser of the showpiece event.
Brazil's two Get Out Of Jail Free cards help the hosts to victory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The hosts were really expected to set the tournament alight in the opening game but Croatia were not willing to allow them to have an easy ride. Brazil also didn't do themselves many favors for the majority of the game.
World Cup: Tactical trends to watch out in Brazil - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With the World Cup set to kick off in no time, we take a look at the most probable tactical trends to watch out in Sambaland. Will this edition of the greatest show on Earth show us anything significant when it comes to exercising the best footballing brains?
Real Madrid determined to land €30m Chelsea star, player wants move as well - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The summer is shaping up nicely for Chelsea. The Blues have made their first official signing today after capturing Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona and are close to completing the signing of striker Diego Costa as well.
Michel Platini no longer supports FIFA President Sepp Blatter - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
UEFA president Michel Platini has revealed that he no longer supports FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter.
The president of the football governing body has come under immense pressure from top football officials to step down from his post after Blatter was accused of favoring Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.
Agent: Arsenal 'very much interested' in €40m rated hitman - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in the Italian website Calciomercato, Porto striker Jackson Martinez's agent has revealed that Arsenal are very much interested in the €40m rated Colombian striker.
The situation regarding the player's future is getting interesting as there were reports earlier that Serie A sides Napoli and Roma were getting close to acquire the services of the dazzling 27 year old.
Arsenal Star Reveals Arsene Wenger's Summer Transfer Plan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Olivier Giroud has revealed that Arsenal will sign a striker in the summer transfer window.
Apart from Giroud, the Gunners have the services of Yaya Sanogo as the only other striker in the squad as Nicklas Bendtner is set to leave the Emirates as a free agent once his contract expires on June 30.
Mourinho to sell another senior Chelsea player? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
For many players, the World Cup is an opportunity to prove their worth to potential employers. They can take the biggest stage in world football as their interview platform to demonstrate their talent and illustrate just what they can deliver.
Arsenal need to pay €30m to land Real Madrid striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The situation of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is getting interesting day by day. He is seen as one of the brightest prospects in world football, but the striker is frustrated with the limited role he gets at Madrid.
Brazil vs Croatia: Back Neymar to start his ultimate journey with a bang! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The 2014 World Cup is finally set for lift off, with hosts Brazil totake on Croatia in São Paulo'sArena Corinthians in the opening game of Group A later this evening. The buildup has been extensive, with the 32 qualified teams going through a rigorous preparation period to ensure their respective World Cup ambitions have the best possible foundations.
'Arsenal star will not play at the World Cup' says England legend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Latest World Cup opinions in the news today from former England left-back, Stuart Pearce, best known by his endearing nick-name; Psycho. A large part of earning this moniker came from his celebration after scoring a penalty in the Euro '96 spot-kick victory over Spain.
Moreno deal delayed, Liverpool refuse to pay extra payment - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool are refusing to pay a paltry sum of just€2m to Sevilla and are on the verge of jeopardising the Alberto Moreno deal. What should have been a 'done deal' by now, is now been delayed, as Liverpool feel they're paying over the odds for Moreno.
LEAKED? Arsenal 2014/15 Puma Kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal confirmed back in January that the club would be switching to kit makers Puma for the 2014/15 season, and interest has started to peak in the close season, with a number of images appearing to show the new Gunners kit making their way online.
Betstatz: Your Secret Weapon for World Cup Predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Its World Cup time again, and its set to be the most hotly fought tournament in living memory. So many strong, vibrant footballing nations have qualified for the finals in Brazil this summer, and withno clear favourite, those who may fancy a flutter could find themselves bogged down in a mire of uncertainty.
Liverpool 2014/15 Kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Liverpool 2014/15 kits, both home and away, have been released, with Warrior Sports taking inspiration from the highly successful 1960s era at the club tocreate theseclassic looks.
Liverpool 2014/15 Home Kit
The new strip's design takes inspiration from the Roger Hunt MBE era in the 1960′s where he was a major factor in the club's success, including promotion to the First Division and the team's very first FA Cup win.
Luis Suarez warms up for England with a new role - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Luis Suarez has terrorised the Premier League defences right throughout the recently-completed season. Now, he's completing preparations for this summer's Finals and another chance to give English defenders the shivers when they clash with his Uruguay team at the Arena de São Paulo in their Group D showdown on the 19th June.
DONE DEAL: La Liga president confirms Arsenal will sign 21-goal striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal are on the cusp of sealing their first signing this transfer window, with Real Sociedad presidentJokin Aperribay confirming on Spanish radio that Mexican striker Carlos Vela is to rejoin the Gunners this summer.
FreeBet.me.uk Smart World Cup betting - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's set to be a summer to remember, with the FIFA 2014 World Cup set to capture the imagination of the planet, and those partial to a flutter will be rubbing their hands in anticipation, eager to take advantage of some rather tempting free bets now doing the rounds the best of which you can now find at www.
Portugal 5-1 Ireland: Cristiano Ronaldo's appearance inspires big win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Just a few days ago, the Real Madrid superstar was not expected to take any partin these World Cup warm-up friendlies, but this morning the rumors began to circulate that he would be in the starting line-up against Martin O'Neill's Ireland.
Videos: MUST-SEE World Cup TV ads - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With the World Cup looming so close on the horizon, the adverts are becoming more and more prolific wherever a soccer fan might be viewing. Youtube has been lit up by view counts in the millions on some of the best ones.
How to be a great football fan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Credit: Jon Candy
There are many ways that you can come about being a fan of a particular football team.
Sometimes the tradition is passed down through generations and you are automatically expected to follow the same love of a specific team as your parents, their parents and their parent's parents or be the butt of all jokes when you're favourite team is losing or the black sheep when your team is winning.
Manchester United ready to offer €5.5m per year for Atletico Madrid star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Manchester United are set to trigger the release clause of Atletico Madrid defender Miranda in the coming days. The Red Devils are desperate to improve their defensive line after Nemanja Vidic's decision to leave for Inter Milan and Rio Ferdinand's retirement has left a huge void at the back.
Chelsea star comments on €50m 'future' teammates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta enjoyed a terrific campaign last season. The Spaniard, who was used as a left-back mainly, after Ashley Cole got injured, became one of the key performersfor the team and booked his place for the World Cup as well.
Van Gaal prepared to bring dazzling £20m Barcelona star to Old Trafford - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
New Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is reportedly prepared to bring Barcelona winger Alxis Sanchez to Old Trafford in the summer. It is believed that the Dutch legend admiresthe dazzling Chilean and has identified the 25 year old as his top priority transfer target.
Real Madrid conundrum: To or not to sign £79m rated Liverpool striker? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in Spain, Champions League winners Real Madrid are caught in two minds on whether they will opt to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez or will they keep hold of French International Karim Benzema at the Bernebeu next season.
Top 5: Exciting Young Players at the 2014 World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The 2014 World Cup is just twodays away from starting, and excitement is reaching fever pitch, withthe 32 national sides now going through their final preparations ahead of kickoff on June 12th. Brazil 2014 will see the accumulation of the greatest players on the planet, all fighting it out for their respective sides in a glorious month of footballing brilliance.
Former Chelsea midfield star to join Aston Villa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to Sky Sports, former England international Joe Cole is set to join Aston Villa on a one-year deal, with the 32-year-old to have a medical at Villa Park on Tuesday.
Cole, who spent seven successful years at Stamford Bridge, has struggled to recapture the form which made him one of the most feared attackers in the Premier League since leaving the West London club, but is to be given a shot by Villa boss Paul Lambert next season.
Sepp Blatter takes moral high ground against 'racist' critics of Qatar World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The gloriously controversial Sepp Blatter has blasted critics of the Qatar World Cup and labeled them 'racists', in the latest twist in the tale of the highlycriticized and questioned World Cup finals location decision.
Eden Hazard pledges loyalty again, rules out PSG move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard once again has confirmed his loyalty to the London club and in the process categorically ruled out any chances of him joining the French outfit Paris Saint Germain in the summer.
Van Gaal targets €75m worth of Barcelona trio at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This summer is going to be mental for Manchester United. The Red Devils are expected to involve heavily in the transfer market, with new manager Louis van Gaal looking to sign four or five top quality players.
£30m Liverpool target hails Raheem Sterling as 'great athlete' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has earned rich plaudits for his outstanding performances this season. And has been impressive in the training for England national team, as the Three Lions prepare for World Cup journey in Brazil.
World Cup Roundup: Watch Nike's 'The Last Game'; Germans 'bank' on England in Brazil; Suarez still not 100% - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Nike release stunning animated mini-film, 'The Last Game', featuring Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Ribery
England tipped to succeed in Brazil by Germany's biggest bank
Uruguay superstar Luiz Suarez not 100% for England showdown
Football superstars save football in Nike's 'The Last Game'
With people apparently not excited enough about the impending World Cup Finals (not), the guys at Nike have taken it upon themselves to release a superb short film, with a host of the world's greatest players re-imagined in glorious computer animation.
PHOTO: Former Chelsea midfielder holds Aston Villa shirt after completing move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Former Chelsea manJoe Cole has completed his move to Premier League side Aston Villa on a one-year deal.
Cole, 32, joins Paul Lambert's side on a free transfer, and will be charged with trying to reinvigorate Villa's lackluster attack, which seriously struggled when star striker Christian Benteke was sidelined.
From France: Liverpool set to offer €12.5m for dazzling winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in France, Liverpool are set to offer€12.5m to Marseille to acquire the services of dazzling winger Andre Ayew in the summer. The 24 year old versatile midfielder can play either or a winger or as a second striker just off the main target man up front.
DONE DEAL: Breakout Chelsea defender to join Bundesliga club this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to German daily 'Bild', Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas is to join Bundesliga outfit Cologne on a season long loan next season, with the 21-year-old Czech to become the second Blues centre-back to exit the club this summer.
Manchester United outbid Fabregas wages offered by Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Just at the moment it seemed like Chelsea have sealed the deal for Cesc Fabregas, we find a new twist in the tale. According to reliable journalist of CNN and GDS, Tancredi Palmeri, Manchester United have outbid wages offered to Fabregas by Chelsea.
France World Cup hopes Squad unity polar opposite of 2010 debacle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
France finalized their World Cup warm-up with an 8 goal trouncing of minnows Jamaica, with goals coming from 5 different goalscorers, boosting morale ahead of their travels to Brazil.
The first goal against Jamaica came from recent Paris Saint-Germain acquisition, Yohan Cabaye, whomoved back to his home country after 3 years in the north of England, playing in the Premier League for Newcastle United.
David Beckham: "Wayne Rooney will strike fear in World Cup opponents" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ex-England captain and Manchester United legend, David Beckham, has spoken out in British newspapersabout the impact Wayne Rooney's name has on England's opponents when they see he will be lining up against them:
"When opposing teams see Wayne Rooney's name on an England team-sheet, it still scares them.
Chelsea star not for sale, Mourinho rejects €30m offer from Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Last week reports emerged in Spain that Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is weighing up options elsewhere to bolster his midfield, after knowing getting either of Juventus duo Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba won't be an easy task.
Smart Chelsea deal for £30m midfielder could see Arsenal suffer financial blow - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal seemed to be in the best of position when they sold Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona in 2011. Not only the Gunners had the options of exercising his buy-back clause, but were entitled to receive a 50% transfer fee for the Spaniard, should Barcelona make any profit on selling the midfielder.
Manchester United could land either of €50m Barcelona duo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ever since Barcelona's transfer ban had been moved, they have dominated the back pages of newspapers.One can get the feel, this is going to be a massive summer for them. Under a new manager, new signings are expected to arrive, while a massive exodus is on the cards as well.
Manchester United ready to sell expensive star after just one season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United are ready to listen to offers for Belgian midfielder Maraoune Fellaini this summer. The Belgian was signed on the transfer deadline day by former manager David Moyes a little over nine months ago and became the fifth expensive signing in Manchester United's history.
Arsenal star targeted by top European giants including Bayern Munich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Like all other major Premier League clubs, Arsenal are also expected to do some quality business in the summer. As of now, we do know, the Gunners are set to lose their long serving defender Bacary Sagna, who has himself admitted to leave, in the summer.
Liverpool trio face uncertain future, Anfield exit likely - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This summer is going to be massive for Liverpool. For the first time in many years, Champions League will be back at Anfield and there seems to be a proper transfer planning in place, as Liverpool are looking to bolster their squad in order to balance both domestic and European commitments simultaneously.
Uruguay World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Uruguay have slowly but surely returned to the top rungs of the international fold, and this summer they will surely launch their strongest push for a third World Cup success, which has been over sixtyyears in the making.
Ecuador World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
La Tri endured a decidedly difficult qualification period, needing (and obtaining) an unlikely win over Uruguay in the penultimate fixture to make it to Brazil. While their home form was strong winning all but one theorganisation and genuine inconsistencies in defence will be of real concern to Reinaldo Rueda.
Costa Rica World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manager:Jorge Luis Pinto Captain: Bryan Ruiz World Cup Winners: N/A World Cup Runners up:N/A Best Finish:Round of 16 (Italy 1990)
Costa Rica2014 World Cup Preview:
Finishing a comfortable second in the CONCACAF qualifiers,Jorge Luis Pinto's side have looked decidedly out of sorts lately, losing four of their last sixfriendly matches since qualifying for Brazil 2014.
Mexico World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Having qualified for the finals thanks to a resounding 9-3 aggregate win over New Zealand, Miguel Herrera's Mexico are certainly aiming for the knockout phase; something they've managed the last five World Cups in a row.
Portugal World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Paulo Bento's side had arguably the most dramatic World Cup qualification period, having to overcome a strong Sweden side in the playoffs. It was a game that pitted two of the word's best players against one another, and both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Portugal captain CristianoRonaldo did not disappoint, with the latter almost singlehandedly dragging his side to the showpiece event in South America with four stunning goals over the two legs.
Chile World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Qualifying third in theCONMEBOL group, Chile's real issue is their defence, with Jorge Sampaoli's side conceding 25 goals from the 16 games played, eleven more than second placed Colombia. At the other end however, the Chileans scored 29 times, second only to Argentina, and much will rest on the shoulders of their vibrant forward line if they are to be a success in Brazil this summer.
Brazil World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Five-time winners Brazil host their second World Cup this summer, and it is no surprise thatLuiz Felipe Scolari's side are one of the early favourites for the competition.
Manager:Luiz Felipe Scolari Captain:Thiago Silva World Cup Winners: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 World Cup Runners up: 1950, 1998
Brazil2014 World Cup Preview:
Unlike in previous World Cups, Brazil's real strength can be found further back, with Thiago Silva fronting a mean defence, while in the midfield, the likes of Ramires, Luis Gustavoand Paulinho give even more protection; allowing their vibrant attacking line, with Neymar the star, to do the damage up top.
USA World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The news that manager Klinsmann had axed long-serving striker Landon Donovan from his final 23-man squad was met with a mixture of shock and disbelief from many. The USA's highest ever scorer at the World Cup, Donovan is one of the most well-known of players from the states, along with Clint Dempsey, but18-year-oldJulian Green was preferred ahead of the LA Galaxy striker in the USA squad, with Klinsmanntaking a real risk ahead of Brazil 2014.
Greece World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ten years on from their highly unexpected Euro 2004 victory, and Greece are still branded with the mark of rank outsider; and for good reason. In what will be only their third appearance at a World Cup, the Greeks have never managed to negotiate their way out of the Group Stage, and have registered just one win in the history of the tournament.
Russia World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Fabio Capello's side looked strong in qualifying, despite a couple of dodgy defeats, and the Italian will fancy his chances of guiding the perennial underachievers out of the Group Stages for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet Union.
Switzerland World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ranked sixth in the FIFA world rankings, Ottmar Hitzfeld's Swiss side are riding a wave of optimism to South America. Undefeated in qualifying, they go into the tournament as one of the top seeds, and have a very good chance of making it through to the knockout rounds.
Bosnia & Herzegovina World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The only side making their World Cup debut in Brazil, Bosnia & Herzegovina's qualifying form and success since hints that their maiden voyage in what is football's most hotly contested tournament could be rather special.
Algeria World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Toqualify for theirfourth World Cup, Algeriawere thankful for captainMadjidBougherra's telling influence in the 1-0 second leg play-off win over Burkina Faso. The 31-year-old, who has appeared for Crewe, Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday in an eclectic career, scrambled in the crucialgoal just after half time,sendinghis side through via the away goals rule.
Croatia World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Considering the amount of talent coursing through the Croatian ranks, their patchyWorld Cup qualification period was not quite what was expected. Scraping second place, nine points behind runaway leaders Belgium, Robert Kovac's side were at one point tipped to be dumped out by European minnows Iceland in the playoffs.
World Cup 2014 Away Kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Welcome to the Soccerlens guide to the World Cup 2014 AwayKits. Here you will find all 32 competing teams' secondarystrip,with major manufactures such as Adidas, Puma and Nike all pulling out the stops for the latest edition of the greatest footballing event on the planet.
World Cup 2014 Home Kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Welcome to the Soccerlens guide to the World Cup 2014 home kits. Here you will find all 32 competing teams' primarystrip,with major manufactures such as Adidas, Puma and Nike all pulling out the stops for the latest edition of the greatest footballing event on the planet.
Arsenal suffer huge blow in pursuit of €40m rated star striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Porto striker Jackson Martinez might join Spanish side Valencia over Arsenal in the coming transfer window according to reports in Spain. Singaporean businessman and investor Peter Lim today completed the purchase of the Spanish club.
Latest: Moreno comments on Liverpool speculation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool are close to making Alberto Moreno their next signing in the summer, if the reports are to be believed. It's been all over in the media for the past one month. What we do know is that Liverpool are ready to offer€22m for the highly rated left-back, who was also a reported target of Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Chelsea expect to sign £32m Spain International by Tuesday - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea are looking to complete one or two deal before the World Cup begins next week. The West London clubs are focussing their attention on signing Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and have lodged a formal bid already.
€55m Brazilian denies reports of 'rumoured' move to Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Zenit Saint Petersburg's General Director Maxim Mitrofanov has squashed reports that the Russian club would be selling Brazilian forward Hulk to Arsenal after the World Cup.Mitrofanov also mentioned that the Russian club haven't received any offers for the former Porto hitman.
Shame if Fabregas joins Chelsea, says Barcelona's Pedro - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea fans probably are over excitedwith the prospect of Cesc Fabregas joining them in the summer. In all already assembled star-dust at Stamford Bridge, getting Fabregas will be a fig feather in the cap of Jose Mourinho.
Arsenal suffer blow, €12m Brazilian defender rules out move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Brazilian defender Danilo has squashed claims that he will be joining Arsenal in the summer by insisting that he is happy at Portuguese giants Porto. It is believed that the 22 year old is on the wish list of manager Arsene Wenger who is in the market to find a suitable replacement for the departing Bacary Sagna.
Ancelotti wishes to bring €30m Chelsea star at Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to bolster his midfield departmentin the summer. The reigning Champions of Europe have been linked with several top midfielders in the last few months, that suggests, despite having an avalanche of midfield options at disposal, Ancelotti is still looking to add more quality in central midfield.
PHOTO: €35m Manchester United target carried off the pitch, World Cup in doubt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
What a a day this is turning out to be. The World Cup seems certain to be cursed.Germany's Marco Reus might miss the World Cup after suffering a nasty looking leg injury against Armenia in the Die Mannschaft's preparations for the showpiece event.
With or without Luis Suarez: 3 other Uruguay players that will trouble England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Often overlooked when considering the greatest nations from South America, but Uruguay have won just as many World Cups as Argentina and came 4th in the previous tournament, 2010′s finals in South Africa.
Dazzling forward flattered by Arsenal interest, €21m bid likely after World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne is reportedly 'flattered' by Arsenal's interest according to his agentAntonio Ottaiano. The story has featured in the reliable TMW while Skysports have also relayed the recent developments.
VIDEO: Samsung's 'I See Your Dreams' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Children have the keenest, most wonderful imaginations, and no adult can deny that they sometimes miss being at an age where playing was everything, friends were your job, and all cares fell away like water sliding off your favourite football.
Chelsea: Mourinho vows to solve Cole conundrum - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Well, it's not all over for Chelsea left back Ashley Cole. Jose Mourinho has insisted that he will speak with Cole regarding his contract situation, though Times journalist Oliver Kay feels that a new contract for the 33-year-old is highly unlikely.
Five reasons why Cesc Fabregas will be a top signing for Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas could return back to the Premier League this summer. While we're swamped with plethora of contradictory reports about him,what we do know is the Spaniard is all set to leave Barcelonawith Chelsea could be his likely destination.
Exposed! Does Roy Hodgson Know Anybody's Position Anymore? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Does Roy Hodgson actually know where each of his player`s best position is? That was the question on my lips as I watched a `workmanlike` performance from England in their draw against Ecuador last night.
From Spain: Liverpool reach agreement with Moreno, offer five year contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It seems like Liverpool are in a hurry to do business early in the season. Already the Reds have signedRickie Lambert, who joined from Southampton and are close to wrapping up second major deal after agreeing€12m fee with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can.
Another Chelsea star signs hymns of praise for £30m midfield maestro - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
So, it's happening. Former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas is almost certain to join Chelsea. Leaving aside various media reports, the sheer fact that Chelsea players and the manager has come out and spoken about him, suggests the deal is close to fruition.
Every World Cup Team In One Sentence - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The games are just a week away, and in many senses, the cruelest part of the tournament is over. The squads have been announced, the numbers assigned, most of the friendlies played, and the pre-tournament injuries are mostly over.
Arsenal, United and Liverpool target drops hint about future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Barcelona are looking to do a massive rebuilding work in the summer transfer window. Several new players are expected to arrive, after their transfer ban was lifted while few players could be shown the exit door as well, like Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez or even home grown lad Pedro Rodriguez.
Peter Lim keen to sign Chelsea's dazzling winger, Liverpool also interested - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Valencia owner Peter Lim is not looking to invest random money at the club. The Singapore based businessman is rather looking to invest judiciously and sign players that can help Valencia regain the status of La Liga giants once again.
Arsenal could miss out signing €30m striker on cheap - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal badly need a striker in the summer.Many feel, failing to land a good striker in the summer as also in the winter was the main reason why Arsenal failed to sustain the title challenge till the end, despite leading the table till January.
Siqueira deal done Atletico defender surely on way to Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to signGranada's Brazilian left backGuilherme Siqueira. The news would bring joy to Chelsea fans, because it surely paves the way for left-back Filipe Luis to join theWest London club.
Manchester United Transfers: The Silence Is Deafening! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United transfers will soon be a subjectfor David Attenborough as part of the series about extinctions!
Every evening bands of Manchester United fans gather around their television sets watching Sky Sports News waiting for Jim White to announce a spectacular marquee signing; one paid for from the fabled £200m warchest at the disposal of Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward.
Jose Mourinho Confirms Chelsea Interest for Barca Midfielder Cesc Fabregas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jose Mourinho has revealed Chelsea are interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas in the summer transfer window.
Earlier Soccerlens reported the Blues have agreed a £30m deal in bringing the former Arsenal skipper to Stamford Bridge after the Catalan outfit made up their mind to allow the Spanish midfielder leave the club.
Exposed! Does Roy Hodgson Know Anybody's Position Anymore? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Does Roy Hodgson actually know where each of his player`s best position is? That was the question on my lips as I watched a `workmanlike` performance from England in their draw against Ecuador last night.
Five reasons why Cesc Fabregas will be a top signing for Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas could return back to the Premier League this summer. While we're swamped with plethora of contradictory reports about him,what we do know is the Spaniard is all set to leave Barcelonawith Chelsea could be his likely destination.
The Transfer Lens: Cesc Fabregas off to Chelsea or Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It has fast become THE main talking point so far in the summer transfer window, with Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas seemingly teetering on the edge of leaving the Nou Camp, and to either Manchester United or Chelsea.
Manchester United approach Bayern for €45m German superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This summer is simply going to be massive for Manchester United and their fans. Unlike other transfer window, this has to be different. United are in dire need of reinforcement. New manager Louis van Gaal will be given a hefty transfer war-chest and it is expected he will lure top international players across the world to Old Trafford, despite the absence of Champions League football.