October 17th, 2008


Ballack sidelined by new setback


Chelsea midfield man Michael Ballack is out for three weeks after having surgery on both feet to remove thickened nerve tissue.

Ballack, 32, suffered pain after Germany's 1-0 win against Wales in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

The German Football Federation said in a statement: "A scan Thursday confirmed the presence of neuroma.

"After consultations with his club doctor, manager and coach, it was decided to have immediate surgery."

Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said: "Ballack is out for maybe two or three weeks. I am not angry - I am happy because what happened is a test for me that I am a good coach."

Ballack was sidelined earlier in the season because of a bruised foot he suffered on the first day of the new campaign against Portsmouth.

He had been a doubt for the game against Wales in Monchengladbach with what was said to be a calf injury - but now he is ruled out again after a double bout of surgery.


Frings mulls quitting German team

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Midfielder Torsten Frings is considering quitting Germany's national team after being left on the bench in the last two World Cup qualifying games.

"I've been thinking a lot recently and retirement has been going on through my mind," the 31-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder told Friday's edition of Bild newspaper.

Frings came off the bench to play the last seven minutes of Saturday's 2-1 win over Russia and did not play at all in the 1-0 victory over Wales on Wednesday.

"I did not play, I didn't even get to warm up against Wales. That was the culmination, the humiliation," Frings told the newspaper.

Frings said he was missing "support, trust and respect" from coach Joachim Loew and could not rule out retiring from international play after 78 games and 10 goals for Germany.

"Clearly, I am thinking of quitting," he said. "Not because I feel insulted, but because my eyes have been opened in the past few days. But I need time for such a decision."

Loew had spoken highly of Frings between the two games, praising the professional way he was dealing with being benched and calling him an important part of the team.

The coach reiterated Friday how much he valued Frings, but added he couldn't guarantee the midfielder a starting place.

"It's not lack of respect, as he says, but an evaluation of the roster and its sporting future," Loew said in a statement through the German football federation. "We've always had respect for Torsten's performances but, looking at the 2010 World Cup in Africa, we have to give a chance to younger players who have stood out in the Bundesliga as well."

Frings had been a starter both under Juergen Klinsmann at the 2006 World Cup and under Loew at the European Championship in June. After a scuffle at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal against Argentina, Frings was suspended by FIFA and missed Germany's semifinal loss to Italy.

The rugged midfielder was considered a perfect sidekick to captain Michael Ballack. But other players have come through this season in his position, including Thomas Hitzlsperger, who has been preferred by Loew in the last two games.

Frings is the second player to fall out with Loew. Backup striker Kevin Kuranyi of Schalke walked out of the national team after the match against Russia, when he was not even on the bench, and Loew said he would never call him up again.

sidenote: i would put up a photo, but i used up my photobucket space! it won't come back until the 29th. clearly i picspam too much.

eta: there, i included the video of mom & dad flicking each other's ears.

eta2: ALSO, i totally respect jogi's stance on it, and i wish frings hadn't come out and said this (it kind of takes away from jogi's praise at how he was handling it, ja?). he and micha are injury-prone, so it's good to give some youngers players experience. that said, i do hope torsten stays.
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shut up real


Real Madrid are planning a double swoop on Manchester United's strike force, having set their sights on Old Trafford frontman Carlos Tevez, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo, claims The Daily Mirror.

The Spanish giants' Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain says Tevez is a target for the Primera Liga side, with Real hoping to take advantage of United's failure to thrash out a deal with Tevez. The striker is still on loan to United, and the Manchester club have yet to agree a new contract with the forward and advisors MSI.

"I hope Carlos comes. He's a great player and, if he comes, he will be welcomed," said Higuain this week.

Tevez, meanwhile, claims he is happy in the Premier League. "I love playing in the Premier League and I am very happy at Manchester United," he said. But with United reportedly weighing up a move for 18-year-old, £20m-rated Gremio wonderkid Douglas Costa, it is possible United may be unwilling to fund a £30m permanent move for the former Boca Juniors player, who scored 19 times for the Red Devils last season.

The Spanish giants' interest in Ronaldo continues, and it is widely anticipated they will resume their dogged pursuit of the Portuguese star next summer. Last weekend saw coach Bernd Schuster say he expected to land Ronaldo for the 2009/10 season.



oh my fucking god

you liverpool fans think you have it bad?

Scolari calm despite injury crisis

omg the pic, found it and had to post it

Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is facing an injury crisis ahead of tomorrow's clash with Middlesbrough.

John Terry is back in training.

The Brazilian coach has captain John Terry fit again to face Gareth Southgate's side at the Riverside but has drafted in a host of youngsters for the trip north.

Among them is England under-21 defender Michael Mancienne and winger Scott Sinclair.

But Scolari is without regulars Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack, Joe Cole, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Ricardo Carvalho with doubts over Jose Bosingwa and Alex.

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it would've been joe cole's 150th cap for us and micha's 50th.

Why I Love this Man

Scolari: For John Terry, Dying In The Field Would Be Glory

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has hailed the warrior-like resilience of his captain, John Terry, who is set to make a surprise return from injury today...

"For John Terry, dying in the field would be glory," Scolari told the Daily Mail.

"He likes playing. I like this style. For the coach, it’s fantastic. When you look at some players, they whine. For Terry, no. You’d need to kill him and, maybe even then, he’d still play."

Terry missed England's World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belarus due to a back injury which flaired up during the Blues' Champions League clash against CFR Cluj recently.

But the 27-year-old defender has declared himself fit enough to start against Middlesbrough this afternoon, and Scolari is thrilled to have his team's undisputed leader back in action.

The Brazilian said: "Terry started his treatment with the doctor and trained a little bit. I asked him and he said he feels it, not the same as when he was in the national team but a little, but he still wants to play. He’s better. I hope he finishes the game.

"He’s a captain. He wants to show to the other players that, sometimes, we need to feel something."

Chelsea travel to the Riverside as table toppers but with a sorely depleted squad, as the likes of Michael Ballack, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Ricardo Carvalho, Joe Cole and Deco are all sidelined through injury.

But Scolari insisted that his men, limited in number though they be, are focused and well prepared for today's match-up against Boro.

"I’ve been 101 days here at Chelsea. We’ve not prepared for this game today and yesterday but before," he said.

"I have no time to think specifically about this game but the players know what position they play. If we win, it’s because the players have played very well. If we lose, it’s because they [Boro] played better than us."

I'm going to be nice and put this behind a cut since its huge and strangely fitting.

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