Soccerlens ShowJoin celebrated football pundit, author, radio show host and DJ Andy Brassell every Monday morning on the Soccerlens Show.

Andy Brassell is a freelance writer/broadcaster who has travelled all over Europe covering the game, and who has contributed to the likes of When Saturday Comes, ESPN Soccernet and portugoal.net as well his fair share of DJing in the UK and France.

Every week Andy will be covering the major football stories from the weekend from Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Portugal. This is quite simply the best football video show available anywhere on the web.

Make sure you send in your feedback and questions through tv@soccerlens.com and Andy will feature the best of them in next week’s show.

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Episode 29: Tottenham’s Potential CL Opponents And All Things Jose Mourinho (24 May, 2010)

In Episode 29, Andy wraps up the European season with a look back at the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Inter. The perennial Italian champions became Europe’s top dogs again for the first time in 45 years, and Andy looks at the key men behind their triumph.

Jose Mourinho’s Bernabeu triumph was a good curtain raiser for what will be his new place of work. But will he manage to retain the famous stadium’s affection, with not just a tenth European champions title but a stylish brand of football demanded by the club and the public? It’s also safe to anticipate that Barcelona will come back strongly in an attempt to regain their Champions League crown – Andy assesses how their semi-final defeat to Inter may push them on to even greater heights.

Finally, Andy has a look at an exciting Champions League play-off round to kick off next season’s competition. Premier League Tottenham Hotspur could face Sampdoria, Braga or even shock qualifiers Auxerre as they seek to reach the group stages for the first time.

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Episode 28: Attack-minded sides, Champions League spots and relegation & promotion battles in Europe (12 May, 2010)

In Episode 28, Andy discusses the clubs who have been attacking their opponents throughout the season have reap their rewards and they are sitting pretty at the top of their respective leagues. Steve McClaren left FC Twente for Wolfsburg after Twente became the Dutch champions.

In the Champions League qualifiers there are a number of interesting names and it will be quite interesting to see which teams will eventually make it to the Champions League next season. Clubs like Tottenham, Sampdoria and Braga are already there in the qualifiers whereas Mallorca has done really well in order to keep up with the top four in Spain. They are just a point behind fourth place Sevilla and it’s all down to the last game that means Champions League or Europa League for both.

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Episode 27: Champions of Holland and Germany plus race for Champions League spots in England and France (5 May, 2010)

The Episode 27 of the show covers the Eredivisie champions FC Twente and their coach, Steve McClaren – who went from a zero to hero after getting Twente a Champions League spot in his first season and helped them become the national champions for the first time since 1926.

Over in Germany, Bayern Munich are becoming the champions with their domestic cup final and the Champions League final coming up. It is their chance of scoring a treble. Speaking of Champions League, Andy moves on to England and France where the race for a Champions League is on like anything.

In England, Tottenham and Manchester City are fighting for the Champions League qualifiers and only a point separates them. Whereas in France, Lyon are two points behind Lille, who are sitting on the Champions League qualifiers spot at the moment.

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Episode 26: Semifinals of the Champions League and the Europa League (30 April, 2010)

In Episode 26, Andy Brassell talks about the second legs of the semifinals of Europe’s biggest and second biggest club competition – a.k.a. the Champions League and the Europa League.

Inter Milan and Bayern Munich have marched on to the finals defeating Barcelona and Lyon respectively. On the other hand, Atletico Madrid and Fulham defeat Liverpool and Hamburg SV to land a place in the final. Of course we all know, Inter and Bayern will play the Champions League final and Atletico and Fulham will play the Europa League final.

Andy talks about the heroics of the Inter Milan squad who defended their 3-1 lead from the first leg really well and how Ivica Olic’s second leg hat-trick in the Lyon home ground helped Bayern cruise through. In the second tier of Europe, Atletico Madrid lost 2-1 at Anfield but they got the all important away goal after going 2-0 down in the extra time.

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Episode 25: Premier League, Portuguese Liga, Champions League & the volcanic ash (20 April, 2010)

Episode 25 brings us the action in the Premier League where Arsenal completely lose their grip on the title completely, Chelsea slip-up against Tottenham and Manchester United grab a late goal in the Manchester derby.

Then Andy takes the discussion over to Portugal where Benfica has created a six point difference between themselves and second place Braga with just three games to go. Unless there is a catastrophic upset, Benfica are set to win the title with ease.

Whereas the Icelandic volcanic ash has affected the travelling semifinalists of the Champions League – namely: Barcelona and Lyon. The visitors have to take long and tiring journeys via buses to get to the venues hundreds of miles away. The over-pampered players might find that affecting their fitness levels and their performances on the field.

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Episode 24: El Clasico, France & Italy (14 April 2010)

In Episode 24, Andy kicks the show off with the Bernabeu leg of the El Clasico where Barcelona again proved their class again by defeating Real Madrid fourth time in a row in the most important match in Spain. Andy talks about Lionel Messi, of course, and what could be done in Madrid to turn the tide around.

Moreover, Andy talks about Ligue 1 and Serie A. In France, Marseille has finally taken the lead with a game in hand after a very tight few weeks. Bordeaux on the other hand has dropped to fifth with two games in hand – they were also knocked out of the Champions League by their fierce rivals Lyon, who sits on third.

This week’s show is wrapped up by Andy talking about AS Roma’s progress in Italy and how Daniele De Rossi and Mirko Vucinic has played a vital part in their 23 game undefeated streak.

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Episode 23: Champions League semifinalists and their league standings (8 April 2010)

In Episode 23, Andy talks about the Champions League quarter finals and how the winners will not be able to concentrate on their domestic leagues where their opponents are free and either dominating or posing a threat. Semifinalists – Barcelona, Inter Milan, Lyon and Bayern Munich – all have a tough job to do in their respective leagues.

Barcelona are second to Real Madrid in La Liga on goal difference. Inter Milan are just a point ahead of Roma on top in Serie A. Lyon is two points behind top position Marseille in Ligue 1 but they also have another four clubs under them inside three points. Finally, Bayern Munich are being hunted down by Schalke 04.

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Episode 22: Germany, Arsenal vs Barcelona and Serie A (30 March 2010)

In Episode 22, Andy starts off with the German Bundesliga. Schalke 04 have slipped passed Bayern Munich after Stuttgart beat Bayern 2-1 on their home ground and Schalke beat Bayer Leverkusen. Schalke haven’t won the title since 1958. They came close a couple of times after that but they just couldn’t hold on to the top position until the finish line.

Following up, Andy talks about the most anticipated Champions League match this midweek: Arsenal vs. Barcelona. One claims to play the most beautiful football in the world, the other out-played the whole world last season with their beautiful football. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring three goals in his last three games and Nicklas Bendtner scoring a hat-trick even with quite a poor performance, we in for a great game.

Andy wraps up the show with action in the Italian Serie A. Inter Milan can not relax anymore in the league as AS Roma are hot on their tail after beating them at home. Roma is now only one point behind the leaders Inter with AC Milan two points behind Roma.

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Episode 21: Premier League relegation battle, Barca’s strike force, Ribery, Real Madrid and Portuguese Liga (24 March 2010)

In Episode 21, Andy kicks off the show with the introduction of the new microphone, closely followed by the relegation battle in the Premier League. Currently, Burnley, Hull City and Portsmouth are sitting at the bottom with West Ham and Wolves right around the corner.

Moving on to Spain, Andy talks about the hat-tricks of the brilliant Lionel Messi and at the same time how Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not able to handle the pressure too well. Talking about Franck Ribery’s possible move to Spain, Andy talks about the off-the-pitch issues in Real Madrid and how Arjen Robben thinks Ribery should rather join the Catalans.

Wrapping up the show, Andy looks over the happenings in Portugal as he talks about the probable end of Porto era of dominance in the Portuguese Liga and how Benfica and Braga have risen up and left Porto on the third spot with a lot of catching up to do.

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Episode 20: Chelsea/United Still Prem Favorites, Dutch Championship & French Title Race (16 March 2010)

In Episode 20, Andy discusses the Premier League as the decisive couple of weeks approach us. Chelsea and Manchester United seem to still be the favorites to win the title this year with Arsenal being ruled out. Also, the battle for fourth place is taking shape as Liverpool takes advantage as Aston Villa and Manchester City draw their matches.

Then, Andy takes the viewers over to Holland and France where the Dutch championship and the tight finish in Ligue 1 as the top six clubs are separated with just three points. The current standings are: Bordeaux (53 points), Montpellier (53), Auxerre (52), Lille (51), Lyon (51) and Marseille (50).

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Episode 19: Arsenal vs Porto and Real Madrid vs Lyon (12 March 2010)

In Episode 19, Andy talks about the recent action-packed Champions League matches. Arsenal took on Porto and smashed home 5-0, winning the tie 6-2 and over in Spain, Real Madrid failed to secure a win at home against Lyon and got knocked out of the Champions League.

Andy further discusses the positions of the four clubs involved in their respective leagues and how there have been ups and downs in their recent forms and what could we expect in the future. Real Madrid deserves a special mention here because they have spent huge amounts of money in the last summer and they still couldn’t go pass the Round of 16. Plus, Bernabeu has been named as the Champions League final venue.

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Episode 18: Wenger & Benitez speaking out, OM in French title race and Sporting improving in Portugal (28 February 2010)

In Episode 18, Andy talks about the speaking out of Arsene Wenger on the controversial tackle of the Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross on the 19 year old Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and how Rafael Benitez sarcastically taunted Blackburn by saying that Barcelona will adopt their style of play in the future after Blackburn put up a good show against Liverpool.

Andy moves over to France to take a look on the proceedings in Ligue 1, where the top five on the table are separated by just four points. Bordeaux’s match against Le Mans was postponed due to severe weather conditions and the rest took advantage of it. Montpellier, Lyon and Marseille won their games whereas Lille was already up there. Bordeaux now has two games in hand, Marseille has one and sixth place Auxere has one game in hand and if they win theirs, they will land one point above fifth place Lille.

Andy, then, wraps up the talk with Sporting’s improvement in Protugal Liga.

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Episode 17: Premier League play-off idea, Porto vs Braga & Europa League (22 February 2010)

In Episode 17, Andy Brassell discusses the idea of making the clubs go through play-offs for the fourth position on the table between the clubs on 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th position; namely, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool and Aston Villa.

Then Andy talks about FC Porto’s thrashing of Braga 5-1 at home, making a solid statement which was seen as their last chance at the title. Porto completely outclassed Braga who are still five points clear of Porto and sitting on the second spot with Benfica leading the table by just one point.

Andy wraps up the talk with talking about the Europa League and the clubs looking good in it.

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Episode 16: Ancelotti’s Chelsea, Reyes and Bordeaux’s return to form (15 February 2010)

In Episode 16, Andy looks back on the action in Europe and discusses how Ancelotti’s rotation and selection policies have kept Chelsea alive in the FA Cup as well. Whereas, their major rivals this season, Manchester United and Arsenal have been eliminated.

Then, Andy moves on to Spain where Atletico Madrid broke the undefeated streak of the mega-champions Barcelona last night defeating them 2-1 at Vicente Calderon. Although Barca’s defense was missing Alves, Pique, Abidal and Toure and on the other hand, Atletico has players like Aguero, Simao, Reyes and Forlan up front.

The discussion closes with Bordeaux’s much needed return to form last night when they beat Saint-Etienne 3-1 at home.

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Episode 15: Real Madrid’s title chances and England at Euro 2012 (09 February 2010)

In Episode 15 of the Soccerlens Show, Andy discusses the La Liga title race and how well Real Madrid have done recently to keep the title race alive. A key point about Madrid’s recent success has been a change of formation and perhaps surprisingly, they’ve also learned to win without Ronaldo as well. With Granero taking up the right-sided spot in Ronaldo’s absence, where will the 80m footballer fit when he returns from suspension?

Barcelona also have their work cut out for their upcoming games with Pique and Marquez suspended and Alves and Toure injured, and it will be interesting to see how Barcelona’s squad depth deals with their absence.

There’s also some discussion on England’s Euro 2012 opponents.

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Episode 14: January Transfer Window Reviewed (02 February 2010)

In Episode 14 of the Soccerlens Show, Andy Brassell talks about the moves made in the January transfer window. The economic crisis surely had its affects on this much anticipated transfer window which allows managers and clubs to make up for the mistakes they made or the gaps they couldn’t fill up during the summer.

There were no big transfers in January except for Tottenham’s Robbie Keane moving to Celtic on the last day. Also, Fiorentina’s Adrian Mutu failed a drug test and they had to bring in the Brazilian striker Keirrison from Barcelona. In La Liga, Real Zaragoza made the most of this window as they signed seven players and dumped another five in effort to turn their performances around.

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Episode 13: Milan derby, Ronaldinho, FA Cup & Portsmouth (25 January 2010)

In Episode 13, Andy Brassell talks about the Milan derby and how Inter were not looking so good in their previous matches whereas Milan had picked up on some much needed form; especially Ronaldinho. Ronaldinho is getting back to his form that he enjoyed while he was in Barcelona but he is not quite there yet.

Then Andy talks about English football, mainly about the progress of Leeds in the FA Cup and the Whites in general in the 2000s. Followed by the goings on at Portsmouth this season are pretty similar to what happened with Leeds a few years ago; and the possible consequences of the financial insanities like £80,000 a week for John Utaka who does not even make it to the first team.

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Episode 12: Arsenal’s title challenge, Valencia vs Villareal and Real Madrid’s debt (19 January 2010)

Tune in for Episode 12 of the brand new Soccerlens Show with football pundit Andy Brassell.

In Episode 12, Andy Brassell kicks the show off with Arsenal’s match against Bolton and their chances in the Premier League currently and how they are now just three points behind the leaders, Chelsea. Followed by, the Valencian Local Derby between Valencia and Villareal where Valencia won 4-1 at home.

Then there are questions from the viewers about the Bordeaux’s Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh and his chances to come to the England and then the show is wrapped up with the final question about a comparison between the debts of Manchester United and Real Madrid.

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Episode 11: Juve lose at home to Milan, Mutu and Benzema (11 January 2010)

Tune in for Episode 11 of the brand new Soccerlens Show with football pundit Andy Brassell.

In Episode 11, Andy Brassell looks at the best of the action from Europe and concentrates on AC Milan’s 3-0 win over Juventus at Turin. Andy also briefly discusses Ronaldinho’s current form and then he takes a look at Juve and what possible managerial changes are in store for them.

Also, there is a discussion over Fiorentina’s striker Adrian Mutu’s performance and possible transfer moves followed by the struggling Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema and his competition at the club. The show is wrapped up with Benzema’s presence in the France and Madrid squad and his performances.

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Episode 10: European football resumes plus transfer window preview (04 January 2010).

Episode 9: Barcelona conquer the world as Chelsea get lucky (21 December 2009)

Tune in for Episode 9 of the brand new Soccerlens Show with football pundit Andy Brassell.

In Episode 9, Andy Brassell evaluates the influence of derbies on title winning ambitions of Premier League teams and finds out that usually the top teams in London and the north have easily negotiated their local derbies. Specifically Andy looks at Chelsea’s and Arsenal’s recent performances at West Ham.

There’s also a discussion on the Lisbon derby as Benfica beat Porto on the weekend and how good Benfica are looking this season thanks to their strong but under-rated midfield. Barcelona’s magnificent six titles, capping off the 2009 year by crowning themselves as World Champions, is also the subject of discussion and Andy picks a surprising choice as Barcelona’s player of the year.

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Episode 8: Champions League Second Round Draw (15 December 2009)

Tune in for Episode 8 of the brand new Soccerlens Show with football pundit Andy Brassell.

The centerpiece of today’s show is a mock draw for the 2010 Champions League second round – in preview of this Friday’s actual Champions League draw. 16 teams, 8 spots and a large number of possible permutations. After you watch the show, feel free to check out the possible permutations in our Champions League Second Round Preview and make your predictions below in the comments.

You can watch the Champions League mock draw here.

Episode 7: World Cup 2010 Predictions (07 December 2009)

Tune in for Episode 7 of the brand new Soccerlens Show with football pundit Andy Brassell.

In this week’s episode, Andy takes us through the group stages of the World Cup group by group and gives us the most likely scenario on who will progress to the knockout stages.

After you watch the show, feel free to check out the full list of 2010 World Cup fixtures and make your predictions below in the comments.

You can watch the World Cup predictions episode here.

Episode 6: Chelsea dominate while Barcelona prove their class (30 November 2009)

Tune in for Episode 6 of the brand new Soccerlens Show with football pundit Andy Brassell.

In this week’s episode, Andy looks at how Chelsea are back to their Mourinho ways under Carlo Ancelotti and how they picked Arsenal apart with alarming ease at the Emirates. If Chelsea are to strengthen their side further this January to take advantage of the suspended transfer ban, they might just have restored the dominance of the Mourinho era.

You can watch this week’s episode here.

Episode 5: Spurs and Man City need to improve to topple Liverpool (23 November 2009)

Tune in for Episode 5 of the brand new Soccerlens Show with football pundit Andy Brassell.

In this week’s episode, Andy discusses Liverpool’s ability to bounce back from seemingly impossible situations and the inability of both Tottenham and Manchester City to defend, especially away from home. As Andy says, Liverpool have the added experience and quality in their ranks to make up for their dodgy start to the season and finish strongly (in this case, by qualifying for the Champions League next season).

You can watch this week’s episode here.

Episode 4: The answer to England’s problems and World Cup playoffs review (16 November 2009)

Tune in for Episode 4 of the brand new Soccerlens Show with football pundit Andy Brassell.

In this week’s episode, Andy kicks things off with a close look at England’s troubles – the fact that the excellent U21 players don’t get enough time with their clubs, the fact that England are still a few steps behind Spain and Brazil in youth development and ideas on how to fix both problems.

Andy also covers the first legs of the European World Cup qualifying playoffs that saw France and Slovenia get valuable away goals while Bosnia failed to capitalise on a good showing away to Portugal.

You can watch this week’s episode here.

Episode 3: Manchester United, Lyon and FC Twente at the title races (09 November 2009)

Tune in for Episode 3 of the brand new Soccerlens Show with football pundit Andy Brassell.

This week’s episode focuses on the title races across Europe, with the first stop being the Premier League title race and the United v Chelsea game. Manchester United gave a strong showing at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, possibly one of their best performances at the Bridge post-Ranieri and despite the defeat all signs point to an open, three-way title race.

We also look at the amazing 5-5 Lyon v Marseille game, Ajax’s goal-scoring record and FC Twente’s run of undefeated games. All this and more on this week’s Soccerlens Show with Andy Brassell, including answers to several readers’ questions.

You can watch this week’s episode here.

Episode 2: Portsmouth v Hull City, Braga’s rise and Valencia fight for Champions League football (02 November 2009)

Tune in for Episode 2 of the brand new Soccerlens Show with football pundit Andy Brassell.

Join celebrated football pundit, author, radio show host and DJ Andy Brassell every Monday on the Soccerlens Show.

This week’s episode focuses on the Premier League relegation battle (it’s already started), and the spotlight is on Portsmouth (who lost their first seven games, just beat Wigan 4-0 and are still bottom of the table) and Hull (who have been lurching from weakness to weakness, but still have faith in their unfortunately named manager). Who is more ’shit’ – Pompey or Hull? Andy has the answer.

You can watch this week’s episode here.

Episode 1: PSG and Marseille fans clash – should the game have been postponed? (26 October 2009)

This week’s show takes a in-depth look at the big stories on both sides of the English Channel, with Liverpool beating Manchester United and the PSG-Marseille game being postponed because of a swine flu outbreak. In addition Andy also introduces the Q&A section of the show, and this week’s mailbag queries the European future of young Portuguese midfielders Joao Moutinho and Miguel Veloso.

You can watch this week’s episode here.

Episode 0: Barcelona can be beaten, Majestic Inter and more European football (19 October 2009)

In the pilot episode, Andy covers the big footballing stories from continental European football, including a blueprint for beating Barcelona (that doesn’t involve parking the bus), Inter’s absolute domination of Italian football and more from Germany and France.

You can watch the show here.

More about Andy Brassell

Andy Brassell is a freelance writer/broadcaster who has travelled all over Europe covering the game, and who has contributed to the likes of When Saturday Comes, ESPN Soccernet and portugoal.net as well his fair share of DJing in the UK and France. Andy has also written a book – All or Nothing: A Season in the Life of Champions League, which is out through Trafford Publishing and can be purchased on Amazon.com.

Make sure that you also visit the All Or Nothing TV website – where’s you’ll find more videos reviews by Andy.

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