January 12th, 2009

  • ayres_4

Too hilarious not to post

Diego Maradona's cigar 'sparked Chelsea's hotel fire alarm'

Diego Maradona has been accused of inadvertently helping out Manchester United by causing the fire alarm that dragged Chelsea players out of their beds.

A report in the Sun claims Maradona's love of Cuban cigars was to blame for evacuation of Manchester's Radisson Edwardian Hotel at 7am on Sunday morning, just nine hours before kick-off at Old Trafford.

Chelsea's players were forced to wait outside the hotel in bitterly cold conditions for 40 minutes before the could return to their rooms.

United went on to defeat a tired-looking Chelsea side 3-0 while Argentina coach Maradona - in Manchester to watch Carlos Tevez - watched from the stands.

The Sun quotes a fireman at the scene saying: "It looks as though it was set off by Diego and his entourage smoking cigars on the 14th floor."

Source. I know it comes from a report in The Sun, but it's still funny.
work it harder... make it better
  • c0rrine

all hail king ronaldo of shiny jackets and gucci shirts

Nominees for the FIFA World player 2008, from left to right: Spain's Xavi, Spain's Fernando Torres, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina's Lionel Messi and Brazils' Kaka pose during a press conference prior to the FIFA World Player Gala 2008 award ceremony on January 12, 2009 in Zurich.

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united: my ground is prettier than yours

fat spanish waiter vs fossilized ferguson continued part 234235

Benitez queries Gill influence

Rafa Benitez has continued his attack against Manchester United by questioning chief executive David Gill's position on the Football Association board.

Liverpool manager Benitez delivered a calculated criticism of his United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson prior to the weekend's fixtures.

Benitez claimed Ferguson was allowed to go unpunished when criticising referees, prompting the United boss to suggest the Spaniard was 'disturbed for some reason'.

But now Benitez has stepped up his row with the Premier League champions by querying the influence Gill has at the FA.

"They were saying we are not a threat," said Benitez in the Daily Mirror. "Now they know we are, they are starting mind games.

"But I don't think it's a mind game when you have control over everything, it's a mind game when you have the same level as the other people, then you can show you are cleverer than the others.

"But when you have control of everything and your chief executive is powerful in the FA and things like this, then that is not mind games.

"Is there a conflict of interest with David Gill at the FA?

"That is another fact. It is a fact that one person has a lot of power and control, and is on a lot of committees in the FA.

"To me that is very strange."



*Marchena / heart
  • kat_lys

I can make serious Bordeaux posts too

Bordeaux 4-0 PSG

I'm afraid I may be the only one caring about this but if you love beautiful football, you definitely should have a look at the goals. Bordeaux's performance against PSG yesterday was stunning, making it the most beautiful game of the season for Bordeaux. And Gourcuff was amazing. The goal he scored is breathtaking. Videos under the cut, pics in the comments.


Brilliant Bordeaux Hammer PSG To Close In On Lyon

Girondins de Bordeaux sent out a very clear warning to league champions Olympique Lyon this evening as they utterly dismantled Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 at the Stade Chaban-Delmas this evening: we want your crown!

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French Debate: ‘Zidanesque’ Gourcuff Reaching The Heights

Comparisons of Yoann Gourcuff to Zinedine Zidane have been numerous in recent months, however, these will only intensify after the Bordeaux man scored a breathtaking goals last night, which had more than a touch of Zizou brilliance to it.

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Mods, can we have a Girondins de Bordeaux tag, please? TY! :)

Because I Desperately Need an Explanation...


Scolari-Anelka Feud Rocks Chelsea

Big Phil's woes continue to mount an explosive argument with his star striker...

The Sun, that most mischievous of British tabloids, claims that Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari became embroiled in a heated row with Nicolas Anelka ahead of last Sunday's clash with Manchester United.

The French forward supposedly expressed his dissatisfaction at being benched for the Blues' previous two outings, against Southend United and Fulham, both of which ended in disappointing draws.

So the former Arsenal and Real Madrid man was less than pleased to hear that he would line up on the flank at Old Trafford, although which side of the touchline depended entirely on the player's preference.

Thus, the Premier League's top scorer started on the pine as the Blues sank to a 0-3 humiliation in Manchester, and tempers are flaring dangerously at Stamford Bridge.

An unnamed source said, “Nothing is going right at the moment and there are suddenly a lot of questions being asked about Mr Scolari’s management style.”

The rumour mill has been chocked with stories of player unrest at Chelsea, with various reports suggesting that the manager has lost the dressing room due to his strict, suspicious nature.

Not all is well at boardroom level either, it would seem, as the Brazilian boss has begged for a couple of new attackers this winter but been denied the necessary funds.

Clearly Roman Abramovich and co have told Scolari to focus on closing the gap to Liverpool, who now sit four points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

First the Londoners must negotiate their FA Cup replay with Southend, however, and defeat at Roots Hall - especially after the Carling Cup exit to Burnley - could spell big trouble for Big Phil.

Hmmm, I really do hope his style is being questioned cause I sure am questioning it.

Football Rankings 1/12/09

I'm pretty happy with the way things turned out over the weekend! And congratulations to Ronaldo for winning today, it was well deserved.

English Premier League
Spanish Primera División
Italian Serie A

Most Points
Barcelona (La Liga) - 47 points
Fewest Points
Chievo Verona (Serie A) - 10 points
Biggest Lead
Barcelona (La Liga) - 12 points
Smallest Lead
Liverpool (Premier League) - 4 points
Internazionale (Serie A) - 4 points
Closest to Danger
Stoke City (Premier League) - 1 point more than 18th place
Bologna (Serie A) - 1 point more than 18th place
Farthest From Safety
Chievo Verona (Serie A) - 6 points fewer than 17th place

Other Leagues:
French Ligue 1
Scottish Premier League