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01 June 2011 @ 10:19 am




Manchester United striker Michael Owen has signed a new one-year deal at the club.

Owen's previous deal expired at the end of the season, but United have taken up the option to extend it for a further 12 months.

The 31-year-old played a bit-part role in United's title-winning campaign this season, making only 11 Premier League appearances and starting just once.

Owen has always maintained his desire to stay at United and he is delighted to win the contract extension and is already looking forward to next season

"I'm delighted to have agreed a one-year extension to my contract," Owen told the club's official website.

Inspiration

"To play alongside so many great players, under an exceptional manager, and in front of so many incredibly passionate supporters, is a real inspiration.

"I can't wait for next season to start."

Sir Alex Ferguson was happy to keep the former Liverpool man at Old Trafford for another 12 months.

"Michael has proved to be a top footballer. It's unfortunate Michael didn't get more opportunities but the form of Chicharito put everyone in the shade and his partnership with Rooney proved invaluable.

"I am delighted Michael is staying for a further year and we will look to give him more opportunities in the new season."

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I didn't really see this one coming.
 
 
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The 2010-2011 season in numbers, courtesy of The Gruniad
 
 

Also, they're doing their end-of-season votes at The Guardian (here), and I like their topic names, but not necessarily the ten nominees pick for each.
 
So I was wondering, if you'll nominated a couple, then I'd pick the ten in each category that had the most votes and then we could conduct our own voting! I'm not gonna nick all of their categories, just six:
Player of the Season
Goal of the season
Match of the season
Flop of the season
Gripe of the season
Pundit of the season


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Most underrated
Worst call (on pitch or off pitch)
Greatest character
Shock of the season
Biggest dish [most attractive man]
 
 
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So, watching Man City vs Tottenham (and with that, my boy Peterpoo scoring an own goal, oh the fail, oh the irony, oh the disgrace, oh the dsjfhdsjfhdsfdkjdfhkjhkjfhdkjfh), and, being the randy bung that I am, I realised that I could actually compile a starting XI from men on both teams who I – in my very dubious taste – consider shaggable.
 
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OK, I’m done being a disgrace to female fans now. =) You say which team you think’s the fairest of them all, feel free to spam with pictorial evidence! Or, for the bant, feel free to randomly bung together two teams like Manchester Hotspurs or something, for the trolololols =)
 
 
06 May 2011 @ 01:33 pm
I was wondering, what were all your favourite footballing anecdotes/lol-stories of lulzy things that have happened to them? here are a smattering off the top of my head, some famous, some lesser-known.
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A couple of Bung's:---

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With the emergence of footballers on twitter, footballers bantering with each other over twitter is quite a prominent one too. Obvs there's tonnes more, so do share!
 
 
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Gary Neville has signed for Sky Sports, the former England and Manchester United defender will join the Sky Sports team from the start of the 2011-12 season.

Neville, 36, is well-placed to co-commentate and give his expert opinion on UEFA Champions League, Barclays Premier League, Carling Cup and future international fixtures and he is looking forward to the fresh challenge.

"I am thrilled to be joining Sky Sports," said Neville, who won 15 major trophies over a career spanning almost two decades.

"It has always been leading the way in football coverage. Now I have retired this feels like the perfect way for me to stay involved in football and I am looking forward to bringing my 19 years of match experience into television."

Neville spent his entire playing career with Manchester United and in 602 appearances for the club, won the UEFA Champions League, eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. He is also the most-capped right-back for England with 85 international caps to his name.

Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said: "Gary will bring vast experience at the top level of domestic and European football from nearly two decades with Manchester United.

"He will give our viewers great insight when he joins our team next season working on Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League and Carling Cup football next season."

Described by Sir Alex Ferguson as "the best right-back of his generation", Neville was part of the United squad which won the FA Youth Cup in 1992 alongside David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.

Neville's most recent appearance in the Sky Sports studio was at Millennium Stadium for the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifier between Wales and England on 26 March 2011.

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So, I can't wait for him and Jamie "did you know my best mate's Frank Lampard" Redknapp to be co-pundits :D
 
 
 
22 March 2011 @ 10:11 am
Sepp Blatter will make way for a successor as FIFA president in four years' time if he is re-elected in June, he has announced.

Blatter is seeking a fourth term as FIFA president and is being challenged by Asian confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam.

The 75-year-old told UEFA's Congress in Paris on Tuesday that if he wins he will definitely stand down in 2015, saying: "You know very well that I am a candidate for the next four years as FIFA president but these will be the last four years for which I stand as a candidate."
He added: "Together we have the task of bringing together the adventure we have started.
"We want to ensure a better future for our youth."

The new president will be elected at a Fifa Congress which starts on 31 May.

With Bin Hammam vowing to increase Fifa's decision-making power and spread its considerable wealth, Blatter is facing his first challenge since Issa Hayatou took him on - and lost - in 2002.

Bin Hammam is also currently attending the Congress for European football's governing body, Uefa, as they lobby federation presidents for their vote on 1 June in Zurich.
Uefa members make up more than one quarter of the maximum 208 Fifa voters that Blatter and Bin Hammam will attempt to woo.
The winner needs a two-thirds majority of valid votes cast in the first ballot, or a majority in the second.

Fifa has set an 1 April deadline for other candidates to be nominated by a single member federation.
"We are in extra time," said Blatter, referring to the time left before the election. "Let's wait and see what the outcome will be."


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i could have sworn there was a "blatter infection" tag, maybe i just made that up

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Broadcasters cannot stop customers using cheaper foreign satellite TV equipment to watch Premier League football, an EU legal adviser has said.

A non-binding opinion from advocate Juliane Kokott of the European Court of Justice said a block breached EU laws.


Portsmouth pub landlady Karen Murphy, fined for using Greek decoders, had argued the EU single market should let her use any European provider.

Sky and ESPN have the broadcast rights to Premier League football in the UK.

The satellite broadcaster has pumped billions into top flight English football since the league was founded in 1992, with the money given to clubs allowing them to buy some of the top names in the world.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will make a ruling on the matter later this year.

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srs sauce

not a definitive ruling but perhaps it indicates how the court may see it. what do you think?
 
 
26 January 2011 @ 07:26 pm



Breaking news: Richard Keys resigns from Sky according to TalkSport. More to follow shortly

Sauce: The Guardian... shortly

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www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/jan/26/richard-keys-resigns-sky-sports



 
 
 
25 January 2011 @ 04:24 pm
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I think this is to do with something else though. Kay Burley just reported breaking news that Andy Gray has been sacked, but Sky News's website has crashed so there's no source... Sky News' website is working now. And the reason for his sacking on The Guardian's website.

For now, make do with Sky News's Twitter as the source: http://twitter.com/skynewsbreak