Pre-season Analysis European heavyweights and their dress rehearsals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Pre-season is the time when big clubs travel around the world collecting trophies. In a way, the pre-season tournaments are a good indicator of a team's strength for instance, Bayern Munich received invitations left and right partly due to their reputation as last season's treble winner, and the quality of their squad meant they eased to wins in such tournaments.
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Florian Marange Age: 27 Position: Left-back or centre-back Signed from: Bordeaux Fee: Free transfer Did you know? Anal Roaming Ref is an anagram of his name. As is Ron Manager Fail. What's the deal? Former one-club man Marange has signed a one-year contract at Selhurst [.
Arsenal flop Marouane Chamakh has joined Premier League new boys Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee. The Morocco international had been expected to move to Selhurst Park on a season-long loan, but instead he has completed a permanent move and signed a one-year contract with the Eagles. Chamakh joined the Gunners on a free transfer [.
The removal of the deadwood continues at a rapid rate for Arsenal. It has already reported that Gervinho is close to a move to Italy and the latest so-called misfit to be leaving the club seems to be the Moroccan international striker Marouane Chamakh.
The 29-year old looked like he would never make it in the Premier League, with his loan move to West Ham last season resulting in just three appearances and no goals.
Monaco's expensively assembled side left it late but earned a 2-0 win at Bordeaux in the French league on Saturday, as star signing Radamel Falcao scored on his debut.
Claudio Ranieri's side appeared to be heading to a draw in its first match back in the top flight, but substitute Emmanuel Riviere took advantage of a mistake by Bordeaux defender Marc Planus to score eight minutes from time and Falcao sealed the result five minutes later.
Arsenal players who could have won trophies at their former clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Much has been made of Arsenal players who left the club and have gone on to achieve success – Thierry Henry fulfilled his European ambitions with Barcelona and picked up a couple of La Liga titles along the way, Ashley Cole won pretty much every trophy available in club football after his controversial move to Chelsea, and even Emmanuele Eboue has two league title now.
In the spirit of champions, Paris Saint-Germain come from behind to beat Bordeaux 2-1 to win the Trophee des Champions and give new manager Laurent Blanc a winning start.
Despite winning Blanc will have to be worried about the slow tempo that PSG played at for most of the game. The Ligue 1 champions were also missing some creative spark in the final third, something they struggled with a lot last season.
England toppling in UEFA rankings as Germany closes gap - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
For the first time since 1996, there are no English representative in the Champions League quarterfinals. With the rise of Bundesliga, this could mean a possible drop to third position in the UEFA rankings for Premier League which started the season on top, above Spain and Germany.
Paris Saint-Germain returned to the top of Ligue 1 with a fortunate 1-0 win over Lille at the Parc des Princes tonight. Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou's second-half own goal earned Carlo Ancelotti's men their ninth win in ten games and lifted them back above Lyon on goal difference.
Lille controversially had a first-half effort ruled out, and defeat left them languishing in mid-table.
As the calendar year 2012 comes to an end and with French football all wrapped up for another year, it's unsurprising to see that "Zlatan Ibrahimović'sParis St. Germain" are the club that have topped the French charts during 2012.
It's quite interesting to note that the three promoted sides Bastia, Reims and Troyes haven't performed very strongly in the first half of the 2012/2013 season.
News today in the Daily Express that Newcastle may be interested in Senegal International Ludovic Sané. Ludovic Sané 26 year-old defensive midfielder or central defender Ludovic has been at Bordeaux since 2009, and Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran will know him from his time at the French club. Sané usually plays in defensive midfield, but the [.
Europa League Round of 16 First Leg Review: Spurs beat Inter, Newcastle hold out Eto'o as Chelsea stunned by Steaua - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The first leg of the Europa League Round of 16 was played last night. There were three teams from Premier League and the Russian Premier League each, two from Serie A and one each from eight other European leagues.
Europa League Round of 16 Preview: Newcastle, Chelsea head east; Spurs host Inter - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Shakhtar Donetsk was brushed aside by Borussia Dortmund as a 10-man Manchester United conceded two goals within ten minutes of the sending off. Celtic did not cause much trouble for Juventus while PSG's two away goals were too much to cope for Valencia and the final four fixtures of the Champions League Round of 16 will be played next week.
Jueves 7 de marzo de 2013 Anzhi Makhachkala vs Newcastle United 11:00 hrs Steaua Bucuresti vs Chelsea 12:00 hrs VfB Stuttgart vs Lazio 12:00 hrs Viktoria Plzen vs Fenerbahce 12:00 hrs Benfica vs Bordeaux 14:00 hrs FC Basel vs Zenit St Petersburg 14:00 hrs Levante vs FK Rubin Kazan 14:00 hrs Tottenham Hotspur vs Inter Milan 14:00 hrs Jueves 14 de marzo de 2013 FK Rubin Kazan vs Levante 12:00 hrs Zenit St Petersburg vs FC Basel 12:00 hrs Inter Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur 13:00 hrs Bordeaux vs Benfica 15:00 hrs Chelsea vs Steaua Bucuresti 15:00 hrs Fenerbahce vs Viktoria Plzen 15:00 hrs Lazio vs VfB Stuttgart 15:00 hrs Newcastle United vs Anzhi Makhachkala 15:00 hrs Gracias por tu visita Estadísticas de Fútbol
Europa League: The Round of 32 Review - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In the Round of 32 of the Europa League, we saw some straightforward results while some were just unbelievable.
After Joe Allen hinting that Liverpool will be focusing on the competition as their Premier League campaign is far from their own standards, we saw them succumb to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Zenit St.
Jueves 14 de febrero de 2013 Anzhi Makhachkala vs Hannover 96 11:00 hrs Zenit St Petersburg vs Liverpool 11:00 hrs Ajax Amsterdam vs Steaua Bucuresti 12:00 hrs BATE Borisov vs Fenerbahce 12:00 hrs Bayer Leverkusen vs Benfica 12:00 hrs Dynamo Kiev vs Bordeaux 12:00 hrs Levante vs Olympiakos 12:00 hrs Napoli vs Viktoria Plzen 12:00 hrs Sparta Prague vs Chelsea 12:00 hrs Atletico Madrid vs FK Rubin Kazan 14:05 hrs Borussia Monchengladbach vs Lazio 14:05 hrs FC Basel vs Dnipro 14:05 hrs Inter Milan vs CFR Cluj-Napoca 14:05 hrs Newcastle United vs FC Metalist Kharkiv 14:05 hrs Tottenham Hotspur vs Lyon 14:05 hrs VfB Stuttgart vs Racing Genk 14:05 hrs Jueves 21 de febrero de 2013 FK Rubin Kazan vs Atletico Madrid 11:00 hrs CFR Cluj-Napoca vs Inter Milan 12:00 hrs Dnipro vs FC Basel 12:00 hrs FC Metalist Kharkiv vs Newcastle United 12:00 hrs Lazio vs Borussia Monchengladbach 12:00 hrs Lyon vs Tottenham Hotspur 12:00 hrs Racing Genk vs VfB Stuttgart 12:00 hrs Benfica vs Bayer Leverkusen 14:05 hrs Bordeaux vs Dynamo Kiev 14:05 hrs Chelsea vs Sparta Prague 14:05 hrs Fenerbahce vs BATE Borisov 14:05 hrs Hannover 96 vs Anzhi Makhachkala 14:05 hrs Liverpool vs Zenit St Petersburg 14:05 hrs Olympiakos vs Levante 14:05 hrs Steaua Bucuresti vs Ajax Amsterdam 14:05 hrs Viktoria Plzen vs Napoli 14:05 hrs Gracias por tu visita Estadísticas de Fútbol
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Yoan Gouffran Age: 26 Position: Striker Signed from: Bordeaux Fee: Undisclosed Did you know? Gouffran is allergic to grass. His condition was described as "embarrassing" by former coach Jean Tigana. What's the deal? The Magpies were impressed by the pacy striker when they faced him [.
Newcastle United are being linked today with Bordeaux forward Yoan Gouffran, who can play on the wing or as an out-and-out striker, and he has played 22 times for the France U21 side, but has never been capped at the full International level. Yoan Gouffran Newcastle interested? Yoan stands 5'10″ tall and has something [.
It was a very disappointing result and performance by a young Newcastle side last night in Bordeaux, with the French side dominant throughout, and it was the first time Bordeaux had beaten an English side in Europe in their 10th attempt, having lost seven of those previous games. Bordeaux players celebrate Cheick Diabate goal And [.
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Nile Ranger in action tonight in Bordeaux Newcastle were well beaten tonight by Bordeaux by 2-0, and the French side were the better side and with the win top Group D of the Europa League on 13 points, four better than second placed Newcastle, and tonight was Newcastle's first defeat in Europe this season after [.
Newcastle are currently second top of Group D one point behind Bordeaux, and were the first team to qualify for the Europa league knock-out rounds, which will also see Chelsea in the last 32, as they finished third in their Group in the Champions League. And since Newcastle are already through to the last 32 [.
Less than three days after their Thursday games in Europa League, Bordeaux and Lyon meet this afternoon, hoping for redemption.
Obviously, so early after a draining European game, physical shape is one key factor. People usually say that recovery is easier after a win; but, in this case, it's hard to say which of the two teams will have an advantage, as Bordeaux brought a lucky draw (1-1) back from Kiev, while Lyon bowed in extra time (2-1) in Tottenham after a performance that would have deserved a better outcome.
Just three and a half years ago, Lyon and Bordeaux were fighting for a place in the semifinals of the Champions League. That era seems so distant now... Today, in Gerland, injured mentally and physically, they will take part to a game of fear. After similar downwards trajectories.
The prime time clash today, which would have attracted millions of viewers not so long ago, is it still worthy of attention?
Arsenal moved closer to getting rid of one of Arsene Wenger's most unsuccessful signings of recent times, as the French striker Marouane Chamakh revealed that he is willing to return to France with his old club Bordeaux.
Chamakh lost his confidence very quickly after arriving at Arsenal, and even on his 5 month loan at West Ham he only managed to make two starts for the Hammers.
One of the three names that I mentioned in yesterday's post of potential incoming transfers was that of Yoan Gouffran. Gouffran who can play either as a striker or an attacking wide player today signed for Newcastle with the fee being undisclosed. A four and a half year deal was agreed, and the former Bordeaux [.