January 30th, 2009

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US - Mexico WCQ is coming soon

Tickets to the US vs. Mexico WCQ are now SOLD OUT!

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MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican soccer fans are turning to voodoo to beat the United States, with help from an American electronics company.  Collapse )

Here is a video from the MNT previewing a 2007 Mexico game (fucking thing won't embed). It gives some insight to the US/Mexico relationship. It includes Donovan being kinda douchy, Clint Dempsey being his normal dopey east Texan self, Pablo Mastroeni itching his armpit for a long time, Carlos's dimples killing me, and Damarcus Beasley holding down the cool


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"Law and Order" loves football...

Half of the names you hear in sit-coms or TV dramas are actually lifted from guys the writers went to high school with. Or sometime they get cute. So when last night's 'Law and Order' needed some Russian mobsters, they went EPL on their (likely) unsuspecting cast: Abramovich, Pavlyuchenko, and Arshavin. That's as in Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, and Arsenal transfer target Andrei Arshavin. The only clever part was that they made the latter a loan shark, which, if he's holding up the Arse for more cash, ain't all that far off.

But someone on that staff clearly likes his London footie. Still, seeing how crime shows lift 90% of their story lines from actual real-life crimes, they're still kinda hacky.

basking in the glow

now diego's busted for drunk driving

Diego passes buck

WERDER Bremen midfielder Diego knew who to blame when he was stopped for drink-driving – the waiter at the local restaurant he had just left.

The Brazilian star was flagged down by police and arrested after being over the German limit.

In his defence, the 23-year-old Diego, who admitted he had no idea what the legal mark was, said a waiter “had kept filling up my glass” at the restaurant.


man, don't you HATE when that happens?! :P sheesh. damn waiters!

Advantage Allianz Arena

Munich to host 2012 Champions League final

The Allianz Arena will be the venue for the 2012 Champions League final, the UEFA Executive Committee decided on Thursday at the European governing body’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. After a starring role at the 2006 World Cup, Bayern’s home ground will again provide the focus of attention for the footballing world in May 2012.

“We’re very, very pleased,” commented Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on hearing of the decision, thanking the UEFA Executive and UEFA President Michel Platini. “This is emphatic proof that our Arena fulfils the very highest standards in terms of state-of-the-art facilities, infrastructure and attractiveness. We are looking forward to the privilege of staging the most important and biggest occasion in European club football.”

Third final in Munich

Seven years after the spectacular stadium opened for business in 2005, the final of Europe’s premier club competition will be the biggest game to date at the Allianz Arena. The ground in the north Munich district of Fröttmaning staged the opening match and five other games at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Munich has hosted the Champions League final twice in the past, most recently in 1997, when Borussia Dortmund sensationally defeated Juventus 3-1 at the Olympic stadium. The very first Champions League final also took place in the Bavarian capital, Olympique Marseille defeating AC Milan 1-0 in May 1993.

2011 in London

At the Thursday meeting in Nyon, the UEFA Executive also named the new Wembley stadium in north London as the venue for the Champions League final in 2011, completing the schedule for the next four finals as follows:

* 2009: Rome
* 2010: Madrid
* 2011: London
* 2012: Munich

Okay, if I don't manage to go there, I shall kill myself. It's 60 kilometres away from me, FFS!

just another day at anfield



Atletico Madrid are set to make an offer for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Alonso joined Liverpool from Real Socieded five years ago and Atletico want to bring the Spain international back to La Liga. Atletico, who have former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan leading their attack, want Alonso to help their push to finish second behind runaway leaders Barcelona.

Alonso has been in good form for Liverpool this season - Opta revealed that he was the first Premier League player to complete 1,000 successful passes in 2008/09.
The Reds have yet to open talks about a new contract and Atletico hope the prospect of returning home will appeal to Alonso, who helped Spain win Euro 2008.




Rafael Benitez appears to be losing the plot.



The Spaniard's Liverpool side lost further ground in the Barclays Premier League title race after drawing 1-1 at Wigan, and the Anfield boss afterwards claimed he became 'crazy' in the second half.

Benitez garbled: 'We had control of the game in the first half and didn't kill it off. In the second half it was a crazy game. When you don't control crazy games you don't win points. I don't know what is happening. Actually I do know, but I can't say anything about it. It is just crazy. You can't control what you can't change. It could be like this for years.'

Benitez refused to explain whether his anger was directed at his players for letting slip a 41st-minute lead handed to them by Yossi Benayoun, at referee Phil Dowd who awarded the late penalty from which Mido equalised, or the outside influence of his old enemy, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

wasted time and money on Riera, Ryan Babel and Yossi Benayoun, just as he appears to have chosen poorly when it comes to Fabio Aurelio, Alvaro Arbeloa, Philipp
Degen and Andrea Dossena"

An interview with Frank with some pictures

So where to start? Perhaps with the goal celebration. You know the one. The net swells, the noise swells and the player peels away, not fast, not in abandon but with a slower, steadier stride, almost holding back, until he raises the index finger of his right hand and points at the sky, lifting his eyes, briefly, in the direction of the heavens, too.

Warning: This is a LONG article. For the tl;dr crowd, I bolded Frank's words and made it blue.

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'Saint' Iker's success story

from : www1.uefa.com/magazine/edition=796201/newsid=796187/
(a nice video in the link, with special slow mo appearances from the rest of the spanish nt)

On a summer's night in Vienna last year, Iker Casillas stood high above his red-shirted team-mates with the Henri Delaunay trophy in his grasp; Spain had just been crowned UEFA EURO 2008™ champions and the Real Madrid CF goalkeeper was enjoying his finest moment on a football field.

Humble mentality
Six months on and Casillas has been voted into the uefa.com users' Team of the Year for 2008, thanks in large part to his fine displays between the posts in Austria and Switzerland last June. It was another sign of appreciation for the man who, at just 27, remains as humble today as he was growing up in the Madrid suburb of Mostoles. "I have to say that winning EURO with the national team was the biggest success I have ever had in my sporting career," he explained. "It represented a new chapter as Spain hadn't won anything for a long time and we were finally able to lift a trophy again. To be honest though, I don't like to be the focal point. Sometimes all the fuss and attention seems a bit excessive to me."

Hard work ethic
The UEFA European Championship winning medal came on the back of Casillas's fourth Liga triumph with Madrid, the club to whom he committed the rest of his career by penning a contract until 2017. There were also nominations for the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player awards along with his inclusion in the FIFpro World XI. "I'm just doing my job, nothing more," the two-time UEFA Champions League winner said. "Every time a goalkeeper stops a shot or makes a good save, it looks like he's a saviour. A goalkeeper has to do his duty and an outfield player has to do the same. You have to work hard, very hard, and you also need a bit of luck. You have to concentrate on yourself, on your game – and then one day it will be recognised – but the less you think about things the better."

Differing emotions
Now a European champion with club and country, Casillas admits that going all the way wearing the colours of Real Madrid and Spain offers up entirely different sensations. "Madrid are a massive club, with a huge reputation all over the world in comparison to the national team," he said. "People from all over the world follow us; it's more universal. But with the national team we have 45 million Spaniards following and supporting us here so it's more important. I had thought that [winning with both Madrid and Spain] would feel the same, that one would feel like the other, but no. One has nothing to do with the other and I don't think that one trophy can replace another one." The feeling may be different but 'Saint' Iker will be hoping to be back on the glory trail once again in this season's UEFA Champions League where Madrid resume their quest for the trophy with a first knockout round tie against Liverpool FC on 25 February and 10 March.
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