Writing Competition Closed

The first-ever Soccerlens Writing Competition is now closed. A big thanks to everyone who participated (including those who took the time out to read and comment on the entries).

We received 40 entries in total (you can read them below) – many of the entries were top-notch and it’s going to be difficult for the judges to pick an outright winner.

Here’s a recap of the process:

Each judge (list of judges below) will pick 5 best entries out of the list of 40 – articles will be judged on quality of writing, analysis (and depth of knowledge), humour and entertainment value. After each judge picks their 5 top entries, we’ll put the votes together to find the top 3.

The winners will be notified on Thursday night and the results themselves will be announced on Friday morning.

On first impressions, I’d like at least half of the submitters to guest blog again on Soccerlens, and to be honest I’d love to give everyone who contributed a shot at starting their own blog. 40 new blogs may be too big of a strain on my resources though, but regardless of who wins, I want every contributor to know that if you’re interested in starting your own football blog or already have a blog that you wish to promote further, shoot me an email with your details.

Here’s a recap of the prizes, the judges and the competition entries (have a read and make sure to comment on them):


For the winner:

For #1 – #3 (or more):

The option of getting financial assistance in starting / promoting their own blogs as part of the network of blogs we’re running.


Submitted Entries:

  1. Why Do Americans Call It Soccer?
  2. The Reason Behind England’s ‘Failures’ Since 1966
  3. Are AC Milan finally too old?
  4. Where are my Cheerleaders?
  5. So…Will They Book Dida for Cheating?
  6. How a Moustache Might Save Football
  7. A Naan and a Leg
  8. Is the Champions League REALLY the best football competition in the world?
  9. Are Liverpool missing Pako?
  10. Oh No! The Big Bad Foreigner is Coming to Ruin English Football!
  11. Why Football is the Greatest Sport on the Planet
  12. The Romanian Revival: Back from the Wilderness
  13. Selección Española — can Spain’s elite compete with their international peers?
  14. Sexism in Football
  15. The MLS will one day get the Respect that it desires
  16. “Saving” American Soccer vs. Selling Brand Beckham: Yes, There Is A Conflict
  17. Are Chelsea preparing for the arrival of Frank Rijkaard?
  18. Can Money Buy You Happiness in the Premier League?
  19. Guiseppe Rossi Should Choose the U.S.
  20. England absence from Euro 2008 will be disastrous
  21. It’s A Fickle Old Game
  22. Abandon it like Beckham
  23. Finger Flickin’ Fun: The Brief History of Subbuteo
  24. A Goal or Not a Goal: Official Assisted Technology Systems
  25. Droyslden FC | The Romance of Non-League Football
  26. Shock Development: Keano’s Angry
  27. Football Fans : Flight Of The Headless Chicken
  28. There Should Be No ‘I’ In European Group Qualification
  29. Manchester United: Assured Ferdinand Finally Comes Of Age
  30. Are Premier League Footballers Good Value for Money?
  31. Where Is This Relationship Going?
  32. Kaka to Madrid, Ronaldinho to Milan, Iniesta on the left for Barcelona – A Perfect Future?
  33. The Heart of Football
  34. The Hidden Diaries of Ashley Cole
  35. Studies Show That Football Managers Are, Well, Insane
  36. Racism in the name of Science? A-Okay!
  37. Fifa Bungles Player of the Year Nominations Again
  38. National Team Monogamy
  39. Exploring the Rotation Myth and Liverpool’s Real Problem
  40. Premier League’s Biggest Transfer Flops

See you on Friday (19th Oct 07).

Transfer Rumours: Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Aston Villa, Fulham and Blackburn
Exploring the Rotation Myth and Liverpool's Real Problem


  1. KyleAusGooner 15 October, 2007
  2. Brad Barnett 15 October, 2007
  3. DBeech 16 October, 2007
  4. Shane Coghlan 16 October, 2007
  5. Ahmed Bilal 16 October, 2007