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Bojan Looks To Finally Realize His Potential At Stoke City

It’s amazing to think that Bojan Krkić is only 23 years old.  He burst on to the scene, making his Barcelona debut against Egyptian side Al-Ahly when he was just 16 and even scored in that game too. If he produces strikes of that caliber then he will quickly become a favorite at the Britannia Ground. For Hughes to use Bojan most effectively, he’ll need to deploy him in central...
Via World Soccer Talk
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Pep Guardiola Is One Of The Best Managers in the World

“We are sons of the Dream Team, trying to emulate them,” — a quote used from Pep Guardiola in 2009 to describe the Barcelona team he took over from Frank Rijkaard a year before. The quote was directed towards the ‘dream team’ Johan Cruyff had created in his stint of the club. Guardiola was primarily used as a defensive midfielder; beginning his career for Barcelona ...
Via World Soccer Talk
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Former Chelsea flop scores Europa League stunner for Porto

VIDEO: Former Chelsea flop scores Europa League stunner for Porto - originally posted on Soccerlens.comFootball’s greatest enigma, Ricardo Quaresma, provided yet another example of his boundless talent last night, as he scored a sensational goal for Porto in their 2-2 Europa League draw against Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The 30-year-old joined former club Porto last...
Via Soccerlens
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pep Guardiola: A Great Manager or A Manager of Great Teams?

Despite being the most successful manager in the history of FC Barcelona, there are those who consider the current Bayern Munich manager to be overrated. Guardiola won thirteen trophies in four years as manager of FC Barcelona, including two UEFA Champions League titles, beating English powerhouse Manchester United in 2009 and once more in 2011. Guardiola is the youngest UEFA Champions...
Via World Soccer Talk
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona, Ajax on different paths

Throughout soccer history, every club has been influenced, in ways big and small, by other teams. Some mimic jerseys, some a philosophy on player recruitment or development, some a playing style. Few clubs, however, have had quite so profound a sway on one another as Ajax Amsterdam and Barcelona, who face each other in their respective UEFA Champions League group stage openers on...
Via Fox Soccer
September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Top ten longest unbeaten league runs in European Cup winning nations

Top ten longest unbeaten league runs in European Cup winning nations - originally posted on Soccerlens.comWhen you think about the best teams in European football history, the names of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United immediately spring to mind. However, Romanian side Steaua Bucharest hold the enviable record of having the longest unbeaten streak in domestic...
Via Soccerlens
July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Laporta backing for Martino

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has backed the appointment of new coach Gerardo Martino but reiterated his opposition to the club's current president, Sandro Rosell. Martino will be unveiled officially at the Nou Camp on Friday before giving his first press conference as Barca coach. Laporta, who was responsible for hiring Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola during his...
Via Fox Soccer
July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Moyes not trying to match Fergie

Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic will spend the 2013-14 season on loan at Dutch club Ajax, the Primera Division club have confirmed. Bojan, 22, spent two consecutive years on loan in Italy with Roma and AC Milan but after scoring seven goals for the capital club he struggled for game time at San Siro and managed only three league goals. A statement published on fcbarcelona.com this...
Via Fox Soccer
July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcao and Valdes in Monaco to finalise deal

Falcao and Valdes in Monaco to finalise deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.comIt was only a few days ago that Ligue 1 club AS Monaco confirmed the signing of James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho from Porto for €70 million. Last night AFP tweeted this: Colombia striker Falcao and Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes are in Monaco to finalise transfers, sources say bit.ly/ZaqHCI — Agence...
Via Soccerlens
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Feature: Europe And The Recialisation Of African Football

Top African footballers in Europe are making the continent proud In football, world football often means European football and the winner of the UEFA Champions League trophy is often described as the best club team in the world. Despite the remarkable performance of African players on the “international” scene, the recialisation of footballers from the continent continues unabated...
Via Ghanasoccernet
February 09, 2013  |  Discuss

China-Saudi kicks off Asian Cup qualifiers

As former Real Madrid coaches, both Juan Roman Lopez Caro and Jose Antonio Camacho are used to high pressure encounters and they will draw on that know-how when their respective teams Saudi Arabia and China meet on Wednesday in the opening round of qualification for the 2015 Asian Cup. With Asia's top-ranked trio of Japan, South Korea and Australia already sure of a place in...
Via AP on Fox
February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Saudi Arabia sacks Frank Rijkaard

The Saudi Arabian football federation fired Frank Rijkaard as coach of the national team Wednesday following a humiliating exit at the Gulf Cup. The sacking comes almost a year after the once-powerful Saudi side failed to advance in 2014 World Cup qualifying. Rijkaard, the former Barcelona coach who was given a nearly $16 million deal in June 2011, was supposed to return the team...
Via Fox Soccer
January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Saudi Arabia fires former Barca coach Rijkaard

The Saudi Arabian soccer federation says it has fired Frank Rijkaard as coach of the national team after a humiliating exit at the Gulf Cup. Wednesday's dismissal comes almost a year after the once-powerful Saudi team failed to advance in 2014 World Cup qualifying. The former Barcelona coach was given a nearly $16 million deal in June 2011 to return the team to the pinnacle...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Saudi Arabia sacks former Barca boss Rijkaard

The Saudi Arabian football federation says it has fired Frank Rijkaard as coach of the national team following a humiliating exit at the Gulf Cup. The sacking Wednesday comes almost a year after the once-powerful Saudi side failed to advance in 2014 World Cup qualifying. Rijkaard, the former Barcelona coach who was given a nearly $16 million deal in June 2011, was supposed to return...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Pep Guardiola Asked Players to Give Hearts and Souls, Be Faithful to Barcelona’s Style in Inspirational First Speech as Manager

At the end of the 2007-08 season, then Barcelona president Joan Laporta announced that Barcelona B team coach and former blaugrana player Josep Guardiola would take over as the first team coach replacing Frank Rijkaard. After a season in which Barcelona ended third in La Liga, finishing 18 points behind winners Real Madrid, the team needed to be shaken up to start a new era, and...
Via NESN.com
November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Tito Vilanova’s FC Barcelona vs. Deportiva La Coruña: Back to the drawing board

Tito Vilanova’s FC Barcelona vs. Deportiva La Coruña: Back to the drawing board - originally posted on Soccerlens.comEnough is enough. FC Barcelona’s performance against Deportivo La Coruña showcased two personalities, if you will. For the first half an hour FC Barcelona were ruthless and efficient, leading 3-0 by the 18th minute, courtesy of Jordi Alba (3’), Cristian Tello...
Via Soccerlens
October 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Rijkaard: Spain the best I´ve ever seen

Saudi Arabia coach Frank Rijkaard has voiced his admiration for Spain in the wake of his side’s 5-0 loss to...
Via Soccer News
September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Cruyff backs Rijkaard for Netherlands job

Johan Cruyff says he wants to see Frank Rijkaard take over as Netherlands coach for the 2014 FIFA World Cup...
Via Soccer News
July 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Gracias Pep? Tactical Mistakes Meant Guardiola’s Exit Can Only Benefit Barcelona

Gracias Pep? Tactical Mistakes Meant Guardiola’s Exit Can Only Benefit Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.comDays have passed since FC Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League by Chelsea FC. In that time this writer has come full circle in his impression of a man whose tenure has also, come full circle at Barcelona. Pep Guardiola announced this past week that...
Via Soccerlens
May 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Salary of Saudi soccer coach deemed waste of money

Now that Saudi Arabia has failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, the judgment is in on national coach Frank Rijkaard: His salary is a waste of money. Rijkaard, a former Dutch star and Barcelona coach, has been criticized by the council advising the Saudi monarchy. Monday's edition of the Saudi daily Al Eqtisadia reports that Shura council members said Rijkaard's salary...
Via AP on Fox
April 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Rijkaard under fire in Saudi Arabia

Saudi national football team coach Frank Rijkaard has been criticized by members of a council advising the country's monarchy after the team failed to advance in 2014 World Cup qualifying. Monday's edition of the Saudi daily Al Eqtisadia reports that members of the Shura council said that Rijkaard's salary would be better spent on youth programs. They complained that...
Via AP on Fox
April 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Frank Rijkaard coy on Saudi Arabia future after loss to Australia (Goal.com)

The Green Falcons were the biggest casualty on a busy night of World Cup qualifiers in Asia, leaving their famous Dutch boss' future in serious doubt.
Via Yahoo! Sports
February 29, 2012  |  Discuss

SKorea, Lebanon, Oman advance in WCup qualifying

Saudi Arabia was eliminated from Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with a 4-2 loss at Australia on Wednesday, and South Korea, Lebanon, Oman and Qatar advanced to the final round. Coached by former Dutch star Frank Rijkaard, the Saudis (1-2-3) dropped behind Oman (2-2-2) into third place in Group D with the defeat at Melbourne. Salem Al Dawsari put the Saudis ahead in the...
Via AP on Fox
February 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Saudi Arabia out, South Korea through

Saudi Arabia crashed out of World Cup qualifying with a 4-2 loss away to Australia on Wednesday, as Oman progressed to the final round of Asian qualifiers at its neighbor's expense. Another Asian powerhouse, South Korea, escaped the same fate as the Saudis by beating Kuwait 2-0. South Korea entered the game knowing a loss could result in early elimination, and had a nervous...
Via Fox Soccer
February 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Saudi Arabia out, Oman through in WCup qualifiers

Saudi Arabia crashed out of World Cup qualifying with a 4-2 loss away to Australia on Wednesday, as Oman progressed to the final round of Asian qualifiers at its neighbor's expense. Going into the final day of round three qualifiers, Saudi Arabia was a point ahead of Oman and two points ahead of Thailand, with the latter two playing in a simultaneous game, and the Saudis looked...
Via AP on Fox
February 29, 2012  |  Discuss
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