October 24th, 2008

Spain // Casa Batlló

Xabi Alonso anyone?

So I've noticed a lot of you are obsessed with Xabi Alonso, y/y? =D

I've brought you some Xabi goodies.

These are from the June 13th issue of Marca, Spanish sports periodical extraodinaire (the bane of my existence in the regular season, but while the national team is playing, it's awesome).

I managed to get my hands on PDFs of most of the issues from the Eurocup (I'm only missing two), and I couldn't resist sharing a few of my favorite pages on my graphics journal. If you'll head on over here you'll get all the pages I've uploaded from the PDFs. Enjoy.

But for right now, have some Xabi.

If you want a translation, please ask, though I'd prefer you did it at the spam entry, for organizational purposes. :)


Wenger backs Gallas after Arsenal captain photographed with cigarette
Manager promises action if smoking reports substantiated
'Even great captains, we all make mistakes'

William Gallas

Arsène Wenger has backed his captain William Gallas after the defender was pictured with a cigarette in his mouth. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Arsène Wenger has admitted it is "unacceptable" for Arsenal captain William Gallas to have been pictured with a cigarette — but backed the Frenchman as the right man to lead his young Gunners side.

Gallas, 31, was photographed as he left a nightclub on Thursday morning holding a cigarette in his mouth, although it was not lit. The former Chelsea player, who is set to return following a thigh injury for the trip to West Ham on Sunday, has admitted giving some "tired" performances this season and the incident will increase the pressure on him following some high-profile mistakes as the Gunners' title challenge folded last season.

Arsenal have struggled defensively in his absence, with Alexandre Song and Mikaël Silvestre looking ragged even as Fenerbahce were swept aside 5-2 in midweek.

However, Wenger made it clear that if the reports of his smoking are substantiated, he will take action. "I didn't see the picture. I have been informed, but I don't like that," he said. "I will check that with him. He has a responsibility as captain of Arsenal Football Club. That cannot be accepted. It is a public job with a public responsibility and therefore it is exactly the same for everybody."

Wenger, though, maintained that Gallas could not be faulted for his commitment to the cause. "I believe that William has a very fair assessment of his performances," said Wenger. "William has worked very hard to come back from his injury and looks very sharp now.

"He has learned a lot. He has taken a lot of criticism, of course, but I think he took it in a positive way. He has learned a lot and he himself has come out and said, 'I made a mistake last year and I will change and re-address my attitude.'

"I believe he has got a lot of unfair critics and therefore I believe the fact that he could take it and he is still as motivated," the Arsenal manager added. "What you can never fault with William is the motivation. He wants to do well, he wants his team to win and he has made a mistake — who didn't? Even great captains, we all make mistakes."


Hate to say it, but I LOLED.
ai - adam say whaaaaa?

Liverpool: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

So I've been in Liverpool all of... two hours? And already I come bearing gifts. Actually, no, gift singular, but it is gifttastic. My taxi driver asked me why I decided to come to Liverpool and I replied that I'm a massive football fan. "LIVERPOOL, RIGHT?" he asked. "DUH. LIKE ANYONE SUPPORTS EVERTON," I said. And then he showed me this. After I was done making noises only dogs could hear, he said, "If you have bluetooth I can send it to you..."

And that, my dears, is how I came to bring the following to you. I hope it pleases:

You're welcome.
awooo waka waka espagna
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weekend update


Russell Brand: Becks and I are extra-terrestrial friends

"The same age and from the same neck of the woods, we're like ET and Elliott - bonded by some peculiar, synergetic osmosis"
LA Galaxy boss to block Beckham's AC MIlan move

David Beckham's move to AC Milan appeared in question last night after mixed messages from LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer.
Pavlyuchenko Puts Politics Before Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur are set to lose summer signing Roman Pavlyuchenko for three days, with the Russian International set to put his new political responsibilities with Russia before Spurs.
John Terry: I ALWAYS put England before Chelsea

John Terry last night turned on the critics who questioned his commitment to England by roaring: "Don't you dare doubt me."
Keane Could Miss Chelsea Match

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed that both Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso have won their respective fitness race in time for the top-of-the-table clash against Chelsea on Sunday, but expressed uncertainty about the status of Robbie Keane.
Casillas receives the most Balon d'Or votes

Iker Casillas received 18,636 (76%) of the 24,522 votes cast by realmadrid.com poll participants who voted for the top Real Madrid Balon d'Or candidate. Ruud Van Nistelrooy was second (15%), followed by Sergio Ramos (5%), Van der Vaart (35) and Pepe (2%).
Ronaldo: I Deserve Golden Ball

Never exactly lacking in self-belief, Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo is confident he will win the Ballon d'Or - because he thinks he deserves it, and that the likes of Lionel Messi and Xavi are not serious rivals.


"Frankly I just believe what is important is when the guy has the ball on the pitch that he makes a good pass and a good decision. If that is related to the long heels or the short heels which the girls wear in the street, then I am not a great fan of that and do not think that has anything to do with football"

- Arsene Wenger doesn't buy into heels or the WAGs culture.

*brb heart is bursting with warmth*

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It is standard to say that death puts football into perspective, but the reality is often more complicated. The last time that Liverpool visited Stamford Bridge, six months ago for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, the dramas and passions that any huge match would generate were fused with and intensified by a private tragedy - the death of Frank Lampard’s mother, Pat.

She had died of pneumonia six days before her son won admiration not only for playing – and playing well – but also for his composure in driving in an extra-time penalty in Chelsea’s victory. After beating José Manuel Reina, Lampard kissed his black armband, sank to his knees and wept. Far from football not mattering, it seemed as if scoring that goal and dedicating it to his mother, standing up not only to the pressure but the pain, was the best and most important thing he could possibly have done.

It was a powerful and profound moment, but not one that Lampard is keen to revisit often. “It’s quite an awkward one,” he said. “You try not to think about it too much. It’s difficult to explain. I have mixed emotions when I see that goal – a bit of pleasure, but more about the emotions involved on the night. I’d like to move on.”

Tender gestures, though, are not to be forgotten, especially from opponents at a time when self-absorption would have been natural. The Liverpool captain presented Lampard with flowers before kick-off. “I’ve always respected what Liverpool did for me that night,” the 30-year-old said.

“Steven Gerrard gave me a bunch of flowers before the game, which we left on the side of the pitch, which was great, and I’ve had a lot of support from Liverpool fans along the way.

"You forget that sometimes, what with football rivalries, but it’s all about people at the end of the day. The players knew what I was going through. Little things like that you never forget. I’ll always appreciate Stevie doing that.”


All together now: awwwwwww! I mean, I'll still want Liverpool to beat them, but I remember thinking that it wasn't so bad when he scored the penalty.

Also I just discovered cookie dough. Damn you, America and all your sinful food! I wonder if Cesc struggles with all the temptations around him (i.e donuts). I would like to meet him and discuss this.