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Ross Mackiewicz

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Aspiring football writer & broadcaster. Currently writing for a number of websites including 'Soccerlens' as well as being the chief sub-editor for 'Football Italiano'. Ever since I witnessed Alan Shearer bury a header against Scotland at Euro 96 at a rapturous Wembley Stadium, I instantly fell in love with the game. I am also a season ticket holder at my boyhood club Aston Villa. [ Twitter: @RossMackiewicz ]

England v Italy Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Preview

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The final quarter-final of Euro 2012 takes place this evening as the Azzurri tackle Roy Hodgson’s England in Kiev with the winner setting up...

The Exhilaration Of Being A Premier League Fan

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Having the opportunity to watch the world’s best football league week in and week out in person, is a very special privilege. Having had a...

Football Travel: Best European Cities To Watch Football In

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You can travel to just about any different city throughout the European continent and your footballing experience will differ in one way or another. Here...

The 2011 Cosmos Copa tournament set to kick-off on July 9th

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The annual Cosmos Copa is once again on the horizon with 16 ebullient teams gunning for glory. In what will be its third consecutive...

Can Thiago Alcantara force way into Barca reckoning after committing long-term future?

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Thiago Alcantara has signed a two-year contract extension at Barcelona - subsequently warding off any potential suitors. After impressing in Spain’s European Under-21 Championship...

How the mighty have fallen: Unexpected relegations

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Argentine giants River Plate are enduring the bleakest period in its 110 year existence after succumbing to what seemed nothing more than an improbable...

Andre Villas-Boas to bring youthful exuberance and flair to Chelsea

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Andre Villas-Boas will become the seventh Chelsea manager in the same number of years as owner Roman Abramovich activated his staggeringly high release clause...

Steve McClaren back in English football hoping to inspire Forest renaissance

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It has been 1305 days since Steve McClaren stood sombrely alone clutching the handle of an umbrella on a rain-sodden night at Wembley as...

Manchester United enter the race to sign Alexis Sanchez

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It seemed a foregone conclusion this time last week that Alexis Sanchez would be ending his fairytale stay at Udinese to seek pastures new...

A new matador making his way to Aston Villa? Roberto Martinez

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Somewhat ironic that Aston Villa’s Hollywood supporter Tom Hanks starred in a film called ‘The Da Vinci Code’ where he made more luck at...

Probable contenders for Villa Park hotseat

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Gerard Houllier’s mutual departure from Aston Villa last week has left us all guessing as to who will take over the reins at Villa...

This season’s miracle, Eric Abidal

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We tend to forget due to our overwhelming passion, that football is just a game. We perceive it as so much more as we...

Pep Guardiola’s achievements at Barcelona are far from complete

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At 40 years of age Pep Guardiola has already implemented himself into one of the greatest coaches in modern history. 29 years his senior...

2011 Champions League Final: Word From The Managers

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It is being billed as potentially the ‘best’ Champions League Final in the last decade by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson who will...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic continuing his incredible domestic dominance

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Silvio Berlusconi’s marquee signing last summer in a bid to discontinue Milan’s seven year drought without a Scudetto. Not only has...

PFPO Champions League Prediction: Barcelona to beat Manchester United

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It has been yet another UEFA Champions League campaign that has been littered with thrills and spills. From the magnificence of Lionel Messi, to...

Dubious or not? Controversial refereeing decisions involving Barcelona in the Champions League

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The build-up and aftermath of Barcelona’s victory over Real Madrid in their first-leg Champions League semi-final has been marred by Jose Mourinho’s comments regarding...

The year of the underdog in the UEFA Champions League

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As Schalke gears up for arguably the biggest game in their history against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night,...

Did Roman Abramovich miss a trick last summer by not acquiring Raul?

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The European great who now adorns the blue of Schalke has transferred his Champions League pedigree over to The Miners who are now sitting...

Footballers and Drugs

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Kolo Toure’s recent suspension from Manchester City for digesting a diet pill containing a banned substance got Soccerlens thinking. With such cases being a complete...

Twenty Of Football’s Great One-Club Men

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The old conundrum of player loyalty has somewhat been diminished by the flamboyance of modern day footballers wreaking havoc with their multi-million pound wages....

Footballers and Guns

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Ex-Wimbledon star Vinnie Jones infamously launched his movie career in the film ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ where his prized assets were two...

Borussia Dortmund’s Brief Dominance Of Europe

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Borussia Dortmund’s resurgence at the summit of German football this season has flooded back fond memories of the entity’s heyday in the mid-nineties where...

Jupp Heynckes Appointment Looks To Be Just Another Short-Term Fix By Bayern Munich

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Jupp Heynckes' appointment at Bayern Munich may present a shrewd implementation by Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge but with just a two year contract...

Xavi Hernandez Set To Land His 100th Cap For Spain

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Xavi Hernandez’s glittering career is set to endure another monumental milestone as he looks set to collect his 100th international cap for Spain against...

David Luiz Fills Gaping Void As Chelsea Rise To The Top

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Another master class by Chelsea’s new recruit David Luiz helped ensure a vital victory over Champions League contenders Manchester City as the Blues looked...

The Rise, The Fall and Resurgence Of Napoli

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Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli is currently undergoing a renaissance that is relating to those glorious days in the eighties when under the spell of Diego...

Batigoal: The Career Of Argentina’s Most Prolific Goal-Scorer, Gabriel Batistuta

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In the words of arguably football’s greatest, Diego Maradona once said; “He was the best striker we ever had here and were never going...

Pele & The New York Cosmos: America’s Match Made In Heaven

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If it hadn’t have been for Warner Brothers President Steve Ross, the New York Cosmos and its legacy may have been nothing more than...