Belgium 2-1 USA: Belgians dump Klinsmann's Stars & Stripes out of the World Cup in extra-time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Going into this game, the Round of 16 had seen all 7 group winners make it throughto the quarter-finals and this game completed the octuplet. The USA fought the good fight again, taking the Belgians to extra-time before allowing a crackin their armor.
Today, Belgium will face Russia in the Maracanã in what is likely to be a pivotal encounter. Victory in the day's early kickoff (Noon Eastern time/1pm local time) would see either side take control of a wide-open Group H. Both teams last played on Tuesday, Belgium were unconvincing in their defeat of Algeria while Russia rallied to take a point in a labored match with South Korea.
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.
Belgium 2014 World Cup squad is a post from: Just Football
Belgium are many people's dark horses for the World Cup, and with a vast array of Premier League talent they could make waves in Brazil. Playing at their first tournament in 12 years, Belgium were considered fifth favourites heading into the competition.
After the U.S., who should you root for in the World Cup? PSP is here to tell you. Today, we kick off a three-week series in which our contributors and guest writers convince try to sell you on their respective favorites. We start with Belgium.
Belgian music recording artist Stromae has released the official Belgium World Cup 2014 song, which is accompanied by a bizarre video featuring several Belgium soccer stars including Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Kevin de Bruyne and many others.
If you want to hear what the song sounds like, skip to minute 05:10.
PHOTO: Manchester City 'Selfie' on Twitter after Premier League Title Victory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions this afternoon, with their 2-0 win over West Ham seeing them pip Liverpool to top spot, and see the title head to the blue of Manchester for the second time in the last three years.
Manchester City are the 2013/14 Premier League champions.
City clinched the title today after a comfortable victory against West Ham United, even though Liverpool beat Newcastle United at Anfield. After today's matches, City ended up winning the title by two points, to claim its second Premier League trophy in 3 years.
On this week's show we'll be taking a look at what could be a season-defining win for Liverpool, after they came out on top of a 3-2 Anfield thriller against Man City. Can they really win fourteen games in a row and take the league title, should an unfit Vincent Kompany have played, and what will Fergie make of all this as he sits in the Old Trafford Directors' box?
Barcelona got just what they needed and then some in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchup Wednesday against Manchester City, gutting out a 2-1 result at Camp Nou for a 4-1 aggregate win.
Buffeted by their 2-0 win two weeks ago in the first leg on Man City's home ground thanks to goals by Lionel Messi and Dani Alves, Barcelona put in stellar defensive performance and got insurance goals from the same two once again in front of nearly 86,000 loyal supporters.
Manchester City skipper and star performer Vincent Kompany has grabbed what looks like being a late consolation goal against Barcelona at Camp Nou. Down to 10-man as in the first leg, City at least managed to get on the scoresheet in the tie.
We'll have a full report up shortly, but for now we'd just like to congratulate Manchester City for securing the first silverware of the season beating Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley to win the 2013/14 League Cup...
We'd also personally like to thank Vincent Kompany for providing us with what must undoubtedly go down as the photo of the final.
Stephen Ireland was once the best player on an expensively assembled Mark Hughes managed side. The year was 2009 and Manchester City had just been subject to a takeover from the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. At the time, Stephen Ireland was the best player on the Blues team that included Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Robinho and Daniel Strurridge.
Manchester United midfielder is a 'special player': Kompany - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Marouane Fellaini didn't have a rocking start to his Manchester United career. The Belgium international was probably not the first choice midfielder for the club but having failed to land other targets in summer, managed David Moyes went for him on the transfer deadline day, paying a hefty transfer fee of Â£27.
After scoring at the right end of the pitch for Manchester City, centre-half Vincent Kompany then produced this moment of well, sheer bad-luck induced flukery to chip Joe Hart in the City goal and level the scores at 2-2. The Citizens still went on to win the game 4-2 but what a bizarre OG from the Belgian superstar!
Manchester City could be without captain Vincent Kompany for tomorrow's game against Southampton as Manuel Pellegrini ponders whether to risk playing him for a second time in four days. The Belgian defender returned from his injury layoff for Wednesday evening's match at West Brom. While his comeback saw City secure their first away win of [.
Manchester City were expected to be a real force this season after a change of manager and a busy summer in the transfer market. This season may only be 9 games old, and there's a lot of soccer left to be played, but so far City currently sit in seventh place, have been beaten three times and look defensively vulnerable.
Quandry for Pellegrini as City back line needs re-assessment - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As 90 minutes ticked over at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, both Chelsea and Manchester City seemed destined to share the spoils. But then suddenly and not for the first time this season the City defence was thrown into disarray with a moment of miscommunication and panic, allowing Fernando Torres to steal in and snatch the points for Jose Mourinho's side.
Manchester City heads North on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup to take on Newcastle United on the back of both clubs having suffered disheartening 2-1 defeats over the weekend.
Newcastle failed to win yet another meeting with Sunderland as the Black Cats look to have clawed their way halfway out of the Premier League drop zone, while City continue to struggle in the League as well after a tough away loss to Chelsea.
Chelsea vs Man City: Blues Favourite To Win For These Four Reasons - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This Sunday, Chelsea will face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge where Jose Mourinho will be looking to earn full three points at home. Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed some great clashes in the La Liga with Real Madrid and Malaga respectively and this will be the first time both the managers will be meeting against each other in English soil.
The waiting is over. Fitba Thatba's 2013/14 Premier League review is here and it's suitably and reassuringly beserk -featuring, as it does, shocking scenes of anonymous Premier League Twix abuse and Vincent Kompany penetrating a horse in order to become a horse(or something like that anyway) all set to a churning, almost Black Velvet-esque blues rhythm.
Liverpool took control of the Premier League title race with a thrilling 3-2 win over third-placed Manchester City at Anfield today.
In an emotional day at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers side once put pressure on the opposition early and the game was just six minutes old when Luis Suárez outmuscled Gaël Clichy and released Raheem Sterling, who passed the ball into an empty net after selling Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart and delightful dummy
City were wobbling and looked done for in the 26th minute when Martin krtel headed home from a Steven Gerrard's corner in front of the Kop.
Less than one year after being booed at the Professional Footballers' Association awards dinner following his ten-match FA ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, Liverpool's Luis Suarez received a standing ovation to accept an individual honor.
While the main gongs are yet to be divvied out (more on that as and when) and the official announcements are yet to be made, but The Guardian's live feed of the PFA Awards event has confirmed that the 2014 PFA Team of the Year is as follows.
The Soccerlens Best XI: 2013â€²s Best Footballers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Best XI's are tricky: No one is ever completely happy, and there are so many worthy candidates, it's a shame you can't pick an entire 23 man squad. But it's a fun exercise that lets you know exactly where the cream of the soccer world sit after the year is finished.
An integral part of every formation as you will start at least two, the centre-back position is one of the most important in FIFA 14. If goalscoring isn't your forte or you don't have a world-class striker, preventing the opposition from scoring is the best way to get results.
Unfortunately, many of the top centre-backs in FIFA 14 are tied to major European clubs and are therefore quite difficult to purchase unless you can fork out the massive transfer fees the clubs will be requesting.