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As I know a few people here were/are worried about Bastian Schweinsteiger possibly joining in on the retirement wave, have two articles from yesterday and this morning translated:

1. Injured Schweinsteiger: 'Prognosis is difficult'Collapse )


2. Schweinsteiger: Euro title in 2016 is the goalCollapse )


Nice mix between determination and modesty in the captaincy issue. Also, sorry for any bumpiness in the translation. English grammar can't quite catch some of these wordings, and my English is bad when I translate rather than writing immediately.

Didn't translate that article, but Beckenbauer is still after Reus. Doesn't care that Dortmund is annoyed a the whole thing. Calls him a "bargain buy". Charming man.
21 August 2014 @ 01:26 am

United sign Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon

- Argentina international joins on five-year contract
- Nani to join Sporting Lisbon on loan

Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of €20m, with Nani joining the Portuguese club on a season-long loan. Marcos joins on a five-year contract.

Rojo, 24, joined Sporting from Spartak Moscow, having started his career at his home town team of Estudiantes de la Plata. Marcos has played 28 times for Argentina since making his debut three years ago and played six games, including the final, in his country's run to the recent FIFA World Cup final, scoring in the last group game against Nigeria. He was named as one of the defenders in the Castrol Index All Star Team of the tournament.

Marcos Rojo said: "It is such an honour to say that I now play for Manchester United. The Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world's biggest club is a dream for me. I am young and am very keen to continue to learn the game, so playing for such an experienced technical coach as Louis van Gaal is a fantastic opportunity for me. I have joined United to work hard with my team-mates to win trophies and I know that the manager shares that ambition."

Louis van Gaal said: "Marcos is a very gifted defender. He has played at the highest level in world football and can play either as a central defender or left-back. He has ability, physical strength and a willingness to learn that means he has a very bright future ahead of him. He had a very strong World Cup and has been playing in Europe for a couple of years now. He is a very good addition to the team."

+ the first interviewCollapse )

sources: 1, 2, 3

Happy to see him signed to a big club, I hope he does well.
Because he just became the hero in this story.

Someone in this picture is an asshole but chances are you got it wrong (and me, super wrong)

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Y'all are never going to work again

20 August 2014 @ 08:52 pm
Because I didn't see a post so far, here is one in case any of you are watching.

These are tonight's matches:

NK Maribor - Celtic Glasgow
Aalborg BK - Apoel Nikosia
Sl. Bratislava - BATE Borissow
Stand. Lüttich - Zenith St. Petersburg
OSC Lille - Porto FC

In other news - BVB (Borussia Dortmund) is about to increase their capital - their club worth - by releasing 24,6 Mill new shares. The increase will be around 100 Mill for their worth. Puma and Signal Iduna want to buy 5% of the shares each. So far there are no comments, but it seems pretty certain this is going to happen tomorrow.
So - a lot more rumours regarding transfers flying around. And there are some facts, too!

ManUnited sign Marco Rojos (Argentina) coming from Sporting Lissabon. In exchange they give Nani to Lisboa on loan.

Liverpool have made a bid for Mario Balotelli. (seriously???) Are they that desperate? The bid is for 22 Mill Euro.

Modric has signed a new contract with Real until 2018. (And here I thought he'd join Mou some time soon).

Napoli sign de Guzman (Netherlands)

And Diego Benaglio (VFL Wolfsburg) ends his career in the Swiss NT.

And other news I didn't hear of? Just add them in the comments.

Luis Suárez promised Barcelona fans he will never bite another player again and revealed he has sought professional help to prevent it happening for a fourth time.

The Uruguay striker spoke publicly for the first time on Tuesday since the incident with the Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup on 24 June – following previous bites on Branislav Ivanovic and PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal. Although he repeatedly said he does not want to look back and described the question of therapy as a “private issue,” asked if he had done anything to guarantee it does not happen again, he said: “I have dealt with the appropriate professionals.”

Suárez was speaking at his presentation as a Barcelona player, during which the club’s vice-president, Jordi Mestre, claimed that the Catalans had paid £65m (about €81m) for the striker – £10m lower than his £75m buy-out clause. “The clause was £75m and in the end we paid £65m,” Mestre said. “That was fundamentally down to two factors: the skill of those negotiating and Suárez’s desire to come.” However a senior Liverpool source insisted on Tuesday night that Barcelona had met his release clause.

The striker, who did not dwell on his time in the Premier League, described this as a “distant dream”: his wife’s family live just outside the city and he has attended Camp Nou before, including Barça’s famous 5-0 victory over Real Madrid and their 4-1 win against Arsenal in the Champions League. If few fear that the Uruguayan will not play well, there may be worries of a repeat offence but Suárez said his contract does not contain any specific clauses about his behaviour, saying it was “the same” as any other player’s deal.

He insisted: “I say to all the fans: ‘Don’t worry, I won’t do that again.’ ”

Asked about psychiatric treatment and whether he was seeking help, the 27-year-old responded: “That is a private issue … but I have seen the right professionals. The ban is what it is and I have accept that. I prefer not to look back. I want to forget about that game: it [was] a difficult moment for me.”

Looking back, though, is inevitable and Suárez also said that he had felt depressed in the days after he was sent home from the World Cup, having been given a nine-game international ban and a four-month suspension from all football activity. “There were a few days when I was depressed and I didn’t feel like talking at all but I spent some time alone with my family and I thought about it and realised that I had to accept the reality and apologise,” he said. “It’s in the past now, forgotten.”

Barcelona were finally given the go-ahead to present the striker after the court of arbitration for sport upheld the nine-game international and four-month club ban on “footballing activities” but ruled that it only applied to competitive games.

Suárez was finally allowed to train with his new team-mates on Friday and played for 14 minutes in a friendly against the Mexican side León on Monday. Barcelona’s sporting director is keen for him to feature in Uruguay’s friendlies in Japan and South Korea during September.

“I was the one who made a mistake and the punishment is what it is. I accept that.” Asked if there is a lesson to be learnt from the Fifa ban, he responded: “I have to learn a lesson with myself. I am trying to forget it now.” This was a theme to which he returned often. When he was asked if he had been worried that the bite might jeopardise his chances of signing for Barcelona, he responded: “Of course I was worried. Not just because of the signing but because of what I had done. It is in the past now. I want to forget it. It hurts to not be able to play for Barcelona and even more so to not be able to play for Uruguay because of how much I love playing for my country. It hurts a lot not to be able to play the Copa América.”

In total, Suárez will miss 20 games and will not be available until 26 October, when Barcelona play Real Madrid. Suárez, though, believes that he will not have a problem in being ready for that game. Experience of bans gives him a curious advantage: “It’s not the same but I had a [similar] situation last year at Liverpool. I started to play on 30 September. It is a long time but if you concentrate and if the focus for the training is good, it is OK.

“I feel fine physically. The only thing that hurts is my feet because I have not been used to wearing football boots.”


Please bite Pepe. Please bite Pepe. Please bite Pepe.

By the way, Barca has been banned from signing new players until 2016. HERE

Bayern Munich broke a promise to Pep Guardiola while courting him to become manager of the club, the promise that Toni Kroos would not be sold 'under any circumstances'. Kroos was sold to Real Madrid for £20 million this summer.

pants tailored to the gods in hereCollapse )

The video is killing me! All this for a bus! Any excuse for the dramatics.

Another video of the unveilingCollapse )

Big day for football today! Champions League season begins with the playoffs and the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana is contested.

Champions League playoff matches for today:

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And of course, the Supercopa match:

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I'm so nervous!

Look at this peasant starting a peasant revolution.

Mario Gotze is Germany's biggest football brand, according to a survey released by German weekly Wirtschaftswoche.

Gotze, 22, was watched across the globe last month as he scored the winner in the World Cup final against Argentina at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium to seal a fourth triumph in the tournament for Germany.

Just days before Bayern Munich kick off the defence of their Bundesliga title against Wolfsburg on Friday night, a biennial study into the brand value of the Germany internationals conducted by Dusseldorf based management consultants Batten & Company for Wirtschaftswoche has named Gotze the most valuable brand in German football.

The former Dortmund midfielder has a brand value of 36.7 million euros, the study revealed. Second in the ranking is Gotze's Bayern teammate Thomas Muller with 32.7 million euros.

Toni Kroos, who left the Allianz Arena to join European champions Real Madrid in the summer, ranks third at 27.5 million euros. That is an increase of 213 percent from 2012, when the study was last conducted.

Chelsea's Andre Schurrle is now 14th increasing his value by 126 percent to 10.4 million euros.

Mario Gomez, who had missed the World Cup through injury, and recently retired Miroslav Klose are among the biggest sliders down the list, with Klose's brand value dropping by 26 percent to 3.4 million euros, the paper reported.

Wirtschaftswoche added that the brand value is made up out of several factors -- wages, advertising revenue, image rights and brand awareness.


Troll Müller may be number #2 but he will forever be #1 in my heart. Also, is it possible to change the Peasant King's tag?