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Count your lucky stars you’re watching the Premier League in the US, not UK

The majesty of Jamie Vardy’s goal for Leicester against Liverpool on Tuesday night will live long in the memory of soccer fans who witnessed it. If you were fortunate to watch it live, it’s was incredulous. If you watched it on delay, it was still sublime. But if you lived in the United Kingdom, it wasn’t on TV. The best you could have hoped for on TV was a highlight at...
Via World Soccer Talk
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Huskies blow lead but hold on versus Bruins 86-84

(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker) This was a game that looked as if the University of Washington Huskies (14-6) was going to win handily; however, the UCLA Bruins (12-10) were not going to go down quietly. UW held on to beat UCLA 86-84 in a game that saw the Bruins Bryce Alford pull his team from the depths to take a lead with 2 minutes left. But pair of clutch free throws by Andrew...
Via Seattle Side Up!
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ten famous footballers and their unexpected hobbies

Few would be surprised to hear how a famous footballer enjoys surfing, hiking or golf. Even David Beckham’s interest in fencing or Michael Owen’s passion for horse riding makes reasonable sense. It’s not surprising football stars like to take up side hobbies as a means of taking a break from the job and enjoying an alternative type of exercise. Then of course there are those...
Via World Soccer Talk
25 days ago  |  Discuss

NBCSN has a gaping hole in its Premier League coverage

Last Thursday when news broke that Jose Mourinho had been sacked at Chelsea, it was arguably the biggest club soccer story of the year. Despite the serious implications of the news, one TV network in particular was silent and it illustrated a gaping hole in its coverage. That company was NBC Sports Group. The US sports network continues to break viewership records and deliver top...
Via World Soccer Talk
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Spain get tricky Euro 2016 draw; England, Wales paired together

England and Wales will meet for the first time in a major tournament after they were drawn in the same group for Euro 2016.Roy Hodgson's men take on Chris Coleman's side on Thursday June 16 in Lens in what will be the teams' second match in Group B. It was the draw Coleman had been hoping to avoid, but Russia and Slovakia are the other opponents in the group meaning the most daunting...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United intent on proving they can score goals against Wolfsburg

Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal says the Red Devils must prove they are good enough to reach the Champions League’s knockout stages by breaking their goal drought against Wolfsburg on Tuesday. United have scored just one goal in drawing their their last three games, including a goalless draw at home to PSV Eindhoven a fortnight ago. The result means they must win in Wolfsburg...
Via World Soccer Talk
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool and Everton stars dominate EPL Team of the Week

Liverpool and Everton stars dominate EPL Team of the Week - originally posted on Soccerlens.com The Premier League witnessed yet another exciting weekend of football as Leicester went on top of the table, Liverpool demolished Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium and Jamie Vardy made history with his goalscoring. Let’s see who made our team of the week. Goalkeeper: David de Gea...
Via Soccerlens
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool’s best starting XI of all-time

As their fans never fail to remind us, Liverpool are the most successful club in English soccer, if you add up league and European titles (the European caveat would be completely unnecessary if not for a certain Scot and American capitalism, but that’s another story). So it stands to reason that the club can put out a handy all-time XI. Hell, if this piece were to be trimmed down...
Via World Soccer Talk
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Who were the champions in the year you were born?

Have you ever wondered who were the top teams around the world in the year you were born? Thanks to a user on Reddit, he’s compiled a spreadsheet that conveniently lists the champions from several leagues and competitions in the year you were born. While the list of champions in La Liga hasn’t changed much in 40+ years, you may be surprised by some of the top teams that became...
Via World Soccer Talk
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Michael Owen's horse Brown Panther dies at Irish St Leger

NEWBRIDGE, Ireland (AP) Brown Panther, a horse part-owned by former England striker Michael Owen, died after a serious injury in the Irish St. Leger on Sunday. The Tom Dascombe-trained seven-year-old was bidding to repeat his 2014 victory in the Curragh classic but he was suddenly pulled up by jockey Richard Kingscote around the halfway point with a broken hind leg. Paul Hensey...
Via AP on Fox
September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Top 5 Liverpool goals against Manchester United

VIDEO: Top 5 Liverpool goals against Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Liverpool travel to Old Trafford this weekend for another cracking north-west derby. One of the most popular fixtures in world football, featuring two of England’s most decorated clubs has brought us a lot of thrill, entertainment and unparalleled emotions over the years. This weekend...
Via Soccerlens
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Angel Di Maria never lived up to legendary Manchester United no.7 status

Some numbers in soccer are iconic at certain clubs. Gradually, and often over the course of several decades, these numbers have grown in significance. Admittedly, there may be a few lacunae or outright failures disturbing the otherwise smooth rise to prominence, but they are never enough to question the iconicity of the specific number in case. On the contrary, it is as if the failures...
Via World Soccer Talk
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Newcastle seal Georginio Wijnaldum deal for £14.4 million

Georginio Wijnaldum has become the third most expensive signing in Newcastle's history after putting pen to paper on five-year deal. The 24-year-old Holland international midfielder completed his move from PSV Eindhoven on Saturday morning for a fee understood to be in the region of 20 million euros, around £14.4million. Wijnaldum said: "I'm delighted to be a Newcastle United player...
Via World Soccer Talk
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Newcastle sign Netherlands midfielder Wijnaldum from PSV

Georginio Wijnaldum has become the third most expensive signing in Newcastle's history after putting pen to paper on five-year deal. The 24-year-old Holland midfielder completed his move from PSV Eindhoven on Saturday morning for a fee understood to be in the region of 20 million euros, around $22.31m. Wijnaldum said: "I'm delighted to be a Newcastle United player. I felt the time...
Via Fox Sports
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

English football set for another inquest as under 21s tumble

An inquest into England's failure at a major football tournament is as much a tradition of the British sporting summer as strawberries and cream at Wimbledon and sipping champagne at a Lord's cricket test. A year ago, it was Roy Hodgson's senior team getting bashed by the critics for England's worst World Cup since 1958. Now, it's England's under-21 side that is set for a period...
Via AP on Fox
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The 1998 World Cup in France: Build Up, Tournament & Legacy

The 1998 World Cup in France: Build Up, Tournament & Legacy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Only six countries have won the World Cup whilst hosting the competition, with France being the most recent nation to do so back in 1998. Having beaten Morocco to host the competition in a straightforward two horse race after the Swiss had to pull out for not meeting FIFA’s...
Via Soccerlens
June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 12 Transfer Targets to Watch at the Copa América 2015

Top 12 Transfer Targets to Watch at the Copa América 2015 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com The 2015 UEFA Champions League final was last weekend but the football season is not finished just yet. The Copa América is underway in South America which will feature some of the world’s greatest footballers, including Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Neymar. Argentina are the favourites...
Via Soccerlens
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United set to swoop for Valencia defender Otamendi

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around look to splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Manchester City are willing to listen to offers for Edin Dzeko this summer, although they will demand at least £24 for him. Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Mario...
Via Fox Sports
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Manchester United, QPR defender Ferdinand hangs up boots

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from football. The former West Ham, Leeds and Manchester United central defender spent last season at QPR, who were relegated from the Barclays Premier League. Ferdinand, 36, told BT Sport he had decided to bring an end to his career. The confirmation came after a season in which Ferdinandstruggled to hold down...
Via Fox Sports
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has spent $1.3 billion on 14 titles

During his twelve years as Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez has spent over $1.3 billion on transfers with the club winning 14 titles during that time. Perez’s tenure with Madrid has been divided between two terms (2000-06, 2009-15). During his first term as president he spent just over $500 million on transfers, with an additional $860 million during his current...
Via World Soccer Talk
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

“No way out” – Why Manchester United should never sign €80m midfielder

“No way out” – Why Manchester United should never sign €80m midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com One thing we have definitely learnt in the past few years that footballers who suffer from anterior cruciate ligament injury hardly return as the same player. That’s the consequence one has to pay for being a victim to this injury. ACL tear is a dangerous injury...
Via Soccerlens
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Steven Defour’s Crazy Red Card

Steven Defour looked like he was on his way to becoming one of premier midfielders a few years back while at Standard Liege in Belgium. So much so that when he broke his leg, Sir Alex Ferguson sent him a get well letter. At Standard, he became a hero for the club and its captain during a golden period that saw them win the league twice in a row. He has since transferred to Porto...
Via Bloguin Best
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Premier League superstar is next on Real Madrid’s list?

Which Premier League superstar is next on Real Madrid’s list? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Real Madrid have a reputation for buying the best players from every team across Europe. With money hardly being an issue, the Spanish giants will do anything to make sure that their dominance both on and off the pitch remains intact. They have plundered the Premier League several...
Via Soccerlens
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool to sign at least Two Players in January Transfer Window?

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool to sign at least Two Players in January Transfer Window? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Soccerlens Deputy Editor Saikat Mandal with Emile Heskey In an Exclusive interview at the Hotel Trident in Mumbai, Soccerlens Deputy Editor Saikat Mandal caught up with former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey. The 36-year-old Leicester City ambassador has been an honourable...
Via Soccerlens
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

10 Things To Know About Liverpool/Manchester United Derby

This weekend, we at 32 Flags are celebrating one of the most competitive, historic and fiercest rivalries in soccer. We’re talking about the derby between Liverpool and Manchester United. We’ll cover both teams inside and out in preparation for the game on Sunday. In this article, here are 10 things to know when it comes to the Liverpool/Manchester United Derby.   1) This game...
Via Bloguin Best
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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