January 19th, 2009


well, one saga is finally over!

Podolski to leave Bayern in the summer

Germany international Lukas Podolski will leave Bayern at the end of this season and return to his former club 1. FC Köln, it was officially announced on Monday. The player, who will sign a four-year contract binding him to the Rhineland club until 2013, moves for an undisclosed fee, although the transfer deal includes a friendly match between Köln and the German champions.

“We have accommodated Lukas Podolski’s explicit wish for a return to Köln,” commented FC Bayern Munich AG board director Uli Hoeneß. “This brings to an end all the rumours of recent weeks.” The 23-year-old Podolski said he was “delighted that a decision has been taken regarding my sporting future, and that the speculation about me will now end.”

Twelve goals for FCB

The striker, capped 60 times by his country, left Köln for Munich in summer 2006, but struggled to cement a regular place in the team. He has twelve goals to his name in 58 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern to date. In Cologne colours, Podolski fired 46 goals in 81 first and second division outings between 2003 and 2006.

The player has scored four times in 16 competitive appearances so far this term, although he has been held back by a string of illness and injury problems, which also caused him to miss Bayern’s winter training camp in Dubai. After recovering from a heavy bout of flu, Podolski is currently working on his fitness and is expected to resume the squad training programme in the course of this week.

Good character

“I rate Lukas as a player of good character. That’s why I believe he’ll show a certain gratitude towards FC Bayern now, because we’ve found a solution for him. I expect him to give his all right to the end and bid a wonderful farewell to Munich,” Bayern general manager Hoeneß continued. “I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ll be totally focused on Bayern through until the summer,” Podolski confirmed.

source: the bayern website


ONE: the guardian is reporting that ac milan have put in a bid for ribery to replace kaka... THIS CANNOT HAPPEN.

TWO: willy sagnol is set to retire after not recovering from his achilles injury. this is also very sad.

So Ray and Phil Aren't the Only Crazy Commentators Out There

They are defending like Trojans! All of their reactions are great because they match mine from the match. I wish they were my commentators instead of the boring FSC ones.

All the classics references from these guys and Ray and Phil make my little nerd heart burst with joy.

Source: The Spoilert
rip luis garcia
  • c0rrine

thank you...jesus


City call off Kaka chase

Manchester City have ended talks with AC Milan over the proposed transfer of ex-world footballer of the year Kaka.

City confirmed they had pulled out of negotiations because there was little chance of a deal being done.

Executive chairman Garry Cook told the club website: "We owe it to our fans that such a transfer must work commercially, financially and in terms of results on the field." (source)

meanwhile, city have completed another signing:

City sign Bellamy

Manchester City have signed Craig Bellamy from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.

The Wales international has agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Blues after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical and is expected to make his debut against former club Newcastle on January 28. (source)

kaka only belongs to ac milan and:

case closed.
  • biznass


Ibrahimovic And Juventus Big Winners At Calcio Oscars

Today the annual Calcio Oscars were handed out. The big winner of the night was Inter star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who won the award for Best Goal, Best Foreign Player, and Best Overall Player, but Juventus, not champions Inter, were the team that picked up the most accolades.

Juve captain Alex Del Piero was named Best Italian Player and Most Beloved Player. Defender Giorgio Chiellini won the award for Best Defender, while Gigi Buffon was named Best Goalkeeper.

Elsewhere, Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli won the coveted Best Coach award, while Napoli star Marek Hamsik won the award for Best Youngster.

Roberto Rosetti was voted Best Referee, and former Milan player and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis victim Stefano Borgonovo, whose paralyzing illness has sadly confined him to a wheelchair, was named Fan Of The Year.


Football Rankings 1/19/09

English Premier League
Spanish Primera División
Italian Serie A

Big changes in the Premiership table over the weekend - Manchester United are now in first, but it's very close at the top. Also, five teams at the bottom all have 21 points, but Blackburn Rovers have only played 21 matches (not 22).

Most Points
Barcelona (La Liga) - 50 points
Fewest Points
Osasuna (La Liga) - 13 points
Reggina (Serie A) - 13 points
Biggest Lead
Barcelona (La Liga) - 12 points
Smallest Lead
Manchester United (Premier League) - tied with second place
Closest to Danger
Blackburn Rovers (Premier League) - tied with 18th place
Farthest From Safety
Osasuna (La Liga) - 7 points fewer than 17th place

Other Leagues:
Scottish Premier League
French Ligue 1