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This is part of our efforts to improve football. In this column we discuss the key issues facing football – using more technology, money in the game, diving / simulation, developing young players and football training in general, changes to rules (governing football and clubs) and a lot more.

Curbing violence in football

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Last night's incident in Rome just magnifies the need for football authorities to step in, take a stand and implement measures that minimize football...

The State Of The “Beautiful” Game

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Here's an experiment - please read the following two paragraphs and tell me what you think: The passion of the fans is the biggest strength...

How do we deal with diving (cheating) and playing for fouls?

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The questions we must ask are: If a player is using the rules to his advantage, is that wrong? If a player is cheating, how do...

Arjen Robben dives for Chelsea’s cause

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Is Mourinho going to say that Manchester United have all the luck this season because Robben got a yellow card for his poorly-executed dive...

On diving and video reviews

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The diving demons reared their ugly heads again over the weekend with Cristiano Ronaldo diving to win a penalty (which Saha scored from) and...

Kevin Nolan on diving

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An extract from Kevin Nolan's weekly column at BBC, where he's talking about diving (in reference to Torquay's chairman's announcement that he'd sack divers...

Wayne Rooney – Diver?

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The spectre of diving in football reared its ugly head again this Premiership weekend with Zokora being the latest of foreign imports to take...

David Beckham diving video

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It's a scene out of a very horrible nightmare for me - I imagine this is how Thierry Henry fans felt when he went...

Off The Record – Footballing Myths

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Today, 19th September, marks the 5-month anniversary of Soccerlens (yay!). In this short period of time writing about football I've come to realise that there...

The G14 Mafioso — An Enemy Within

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Last week, I met up with an old friend after work for a quick beer or seven. During the discourse of the evening, he...

Deconstructing Football’s Conspiracy Theorem

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(Note to the Soccerlens Massive: I was gonna keep stoom on this but, now the dust is settled, I thought I'd put my...

Robin van Persie’s “dive” raises more questions

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Soccerlens has something of a 'reputation' when it comes to Arsenal and diving - my attacks on Henry during the World Cup were roundly...