December 25th, 2008

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your daily digest before i head out for the day~



Ronaldinho's house broken into in Italy



THIEVES broke into Ronaldinho's house and made off with thousands of dollars worth of goods but left behind the football star's Golden Ball trophy, Italian media reports said yesterday.

Ronaldinho was at home in Brazil when the burglary took place early Tuesday morning, Corriere della Sera reported. Four thieves stole mainly jewelry and watches, Corriere reported.

Ronaldinho, who won the Golden Ball award as the best player in Europe in 2005, is in his first season with Milan. He recently moved into the house, which has been broken into twice before while previous owners lived there, including former Milan player Riccardo Sogliano.

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Arsenal plans January Alonso bid



Arsenal will make a January bid for Liverpool's Basque midfielder Xabi Alonso, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Gunners apparently also had a deadline-day bid for the Spain international turned down in the summer by Liverpool because the Londoners could not meet the Reds' $25 million valuation of the player. Arsenal offered $20.5 million.

Alonso had been unsettled at Anfield in the early part of the season, largely due to the intense speculation that linked Aston Villa's Gareth Barry with a move to Liverpool. The Spain player was apparently close to a move to Juventus, having become frustrated at a lack of first-team action, even though he had recently signed a new contract that would keep him on the Merseyside until 2012.

Subsequently, however, he has become a key part of Rafael Benitez's table-topping Liverpool side. Should Arsenal wish to buy him in January, the price would more than likely be reduced due to Alonso having already played in this season's Champions League.

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Hello my beautiful little dingleberries.
Whether you are a Madridista or not, the celebration of the birth of San Iker is a joyous occasion on which I urge you to open up your hearts. Spread the love, the besos, and the fuckies *fuckies*.

I love you gays from the bottom of my cold black ice heart. You legitimize my procrastinatory nature. You make me laugh, cry, fist, vomit, shriek, fap, gasp, fist, and howl. You help to give hope to the little babies of Peru.
Together we have fisted, we have battled Russians, we have overcome tragedy (Serhio Bob Ramo), we have vanquished enemies (adios, Schuster). WE R 1.



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"clearly on crack -- in a good way!"
"This community has made me a better person, I swear."
"this comm is ~magic"
"a disgrace to football"
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One Pink Boot for Another: Goal.com's Funniest Transfer Swap Rumor

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Arsenal To Swap Nicklas Bendtner For Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery?

Quite how the Gunners plan to convince Bayern this is a good move isn't clear, but reports are suggesting it's a possibility...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to exchange Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner for fiery French winger Franck Ribery in a sensational swap deal with Bayern Munich.

Arsenal's midfield is in dire need of reinforcements and Wenger could change his policy of trusting his youthful squad in order to buy established stars during the January transfer window.

Ribery would add some much needed width to the Arsenal midfield, and relieve Denilson or Samir Nasri of their flank midfield roles as Wenger looks to strengthen his squad.

Ribery would demand a transfer fee of around £20 million, but as the deal could involve Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, the fee could be as little as £10m plus Bendtner.

Ribery was reportedly a target for Arsenal before he made the move from Olympique Marseille to the Allianz Arena, leaving many Arsenal fans angry as they felt Wenger did not do enough to push the transfer of the Frenchman to The Emirates Stadium.

Ribery has since played 39 Bundesliga games for Bayern, scoring 17 times in the process, and would greatly add to the quality of the Arsenal side by contributing more goals from midfield, something The Gunners have missed since they lost the likes of Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires.

Meanwhile 20-year-old Bendtner has found himself down the pecking order at The Emirates Stadium, and would be open to a move to Germany in order to kick start his career.

The Danish striker has not been as consistent as Wenger would have hoped since his return from his loan spell at Birmingham City, scoring just six goals in his 38 Premier League appearances for the club.

Now I love Nicky and do think he needs to leave Arsenal to grow as a player since the potential is there (watch him play for Denmark if you don't believe me), but really this would be like trading a cookie for vegetables in the elementary school cafeteria.

And I hope Santa was good to everyone today.
Anfield

Pennant peacing? Arby injured?

Jermaine Pennant JERMAINE Pennant could be set for a sensational move to Real Madrid – despite claims he may be on the brink of turning down the move over personal terms.

Liverpool accepted an offer in the region of £3m from the La Liga outfit yesterday and a deal could yet be completed if his personal terms can be resolved. Pennant is out of contract at Anfield in the summer and would be able to leave Liverpool on a free transfer once his current deal expires in June. So any transfer fee brought in during the January transfer would be welcomed by the Reds.

Several Premier League clubs have been interested in signing the 25-year-old, with Wigan keen to take him on loan in January, and Stoke City and Blackburn having attempted to buy him last summer.

Newly appointed Real boss Juande Ramos is keen to bring in a player who can add some width to his side and has earmarked Pennant as the man to do it. With a fee having been agreed one of the most unlikely transfers in recent times has taken a massive step towards being completed. Personal terms proved a stumbling block to potential transfers in the summer, though, and there are no guarantees that Pennant will come to an agreement with Real, particularly as he will be a free agent in just six months time.

Liverpool have suffered another injury blow with the news that right back Alvaro Arbeloa is facing a spell on the sidelines. The Spanish defender pulled up during training yesterday and is believed to have sustained a hamstring strain.
The extent of the injury was being assessed at Melwood today, but Arbeloa is likely to be out for at least a fortnight, leaving Benitez with the option of shifting Jamie Carragher to right back or promoting promising youngster Stephen Darby.


The news on Fernando Torres is more promising, however, after assistant manager Sammy Lee revealed that the striker's progress from his own hamstring injury is "marked".

Meanwhile, Lee has responded to comments made by former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson in a newspaper column in which the Match of the Day pundit said he "felt sorry" for his former Anfield team mate during Sunday's draw with the Gunners. Lawrenson said that the sight of Lee "scurrying to the goalkeeper coach to get another message" from Benitez suggested that he wasn't being trusted to take charge of the team by his absent boss.

But Lee told the ECHO: "Apparently, one of my former colleagues feels sorry for me, and while I appreciate his obviously genuine concern for me, I am really proud to be at this club in the position that I am in which is assistant manager.
"Being assistant manager I will assist the manager in whichever way I can and whether that be by phone, by text or whatever, we will continue to help each other and try to get the very best for this team and this football club. "So, while I appreciate his concern, it is unfounded because I am pleased to be where I am." http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-fc/liverpool-fc-news/2008/12/24/jermaine-pennant-set-for-real-madrid-move-liverpool-fc-latest-100252-22545019/