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Football Is a 90 Minute Game, Lesson 36,982,457, Ryan Babel Gets Ill (Or Do We?), Soccerlens Interviews Alessandro Pinho, and more



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From the UEFA Cup, to over-eager (or smart?) sportsbooks, to the off-pitch skillz of Ryan Babel, here’s what you should’ve been paying attention to on Thursday.

World Cup 2010 Tickets On Sale!

Most of the stadiums may not be finished, and the final nails may well get put in place a couple of days before the tournament gets underway, but hopefully that won’t dissuade you from getting your tickets for World Cup 2010.

Tottenham and Manchester City Let It Get Away Late

Oh, if they had just held on for another few minutes. As is, Tottenham are looking done (looking at the big picture, ‘Arry?), and Manchester City don’t have the advantage they should.

Paddy Power Pays Up

There are still three more months to go in the Premier League season, and the two domestic cups are yet to be finished, but that hasn’t prevented quite the preemptive move from Paddy Power. Blame an apparent lack of drama?

Teamwork to the Nth Degree

Boring as it may be, you can chalk part of their success up to patience. Forget the quick one-two, how about 22? Passes, that is, leading up to their second goal in Wednesday’s 3-0 thumping of Fulham. And while we’re at it, check out this cool Manchester United gear.

Chelsea? Russians? Yeah, I’m Surprised Too

Zhirkov’s a retread, but it’s inevitable that Chelsea will be linked to even more Russian players after the Russian national team manager takes over. If only he’d come in when Andrei Arshavin was still available…

Is Martin O’Neill Too Confident?

Will Martin O’Neill’s lack of substitutions trip Aston Villa up down the stretch?

Is Online a Goldmine for the EPL?

Could the Premier League be overlooking a hidden cash cow to further swell their coffers?

Memo From the Department of Clinical Finishing

Paul Scholes’ goal against Fulham on Wednesday was a thing of beauty, but how about this piece of magic from Mexico?

Babel’s Babbles?

I’ve been biding my time to post a Ryan Babel rap video, and thank goodness that time has arrived. Good thing or no that rapping is his hobby?

The Masal Bugduv Hoaxer Speaks!

Haven’t had enough of Masal Bugduv? Even if you have, here’s more for you.

Alessandro Pinho Wants You (But Not If You’re Boring!)

For those who come to SL for the eye candy, you surely remember last month’s WAG of the Month, Alessandro Pinho. Learn how to woo Miss Pinho (that’s right, Miss), courtesy of your friends here at SL. You’re welcome, and don’t mess it up.