February 11th, 2009

  • biznass


Adebayor named African Player of the Year

Adebayor, who is the current BBC African Footballer of the Year, collected the award at a Gala dinner in Abu Dhabi.

The award caps a fine year for the Togolese striker who was the Premier League’s golden boot runner-up for 2007/08 after scoring 24 goals in just 32 starts.

Adebayor beat Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt and Ghana’s Michael Essien to win the prestigious award, which involved voting by the national team coaches of CAF’s member-nations.

“This is a special night for me. I dedicate this award to my mum, without her, I would be nothing. My father is no more but where ever he is, he will be proud of me,” said Adebayor, who was accompanied by his mother.

Adebayor took away a crystal trophy and a cash prize of $20,000.

This is the first time that a Togolese will be voted as Africa’s best player.

The Arsenal star's exploits of the past year were mainly with his English Premier League club. In the absence of France international Thierry Henry, who moved to Spanish club Barcelona, the Togo star stepped up to finish the season with an impressive tally of 30 goals.

The striker also inspired Togo to reach the final qualifying round for the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.

The awards night was graced by many dignitaries including FIFA president Joseph Blatter and CAF president Issa Hayatou.

Ahly’s Aboutrika got a consolation prize as the Inter-Club Player of the Year.

Several other Egyptians won various award categories. Egypt coach, Hassan Shehata was Africa’s Coach of the Year, and the team he led to successfully defend the Nations Cup in Accra last year were picked as the best national team on the continent.

Ahly were crowned Club of the Year ahead of Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien, who defended the CAF Confederation Cup, and beaten CAF Champions League finalists, Cotonsport from Cameroon.

Salomon Kalou of Ivory Coast and Chelsea was the CAF Young Player of the Year ahead of Cameroon’s Stephane Mbia and Nigerian forward Victor Obinna Nsofor.

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  • dfotw

Xabi Alonso in the kitchen

El chef español Karlos Arguiñano viajó a Liverpool para entrevistar a su viejo amigo, Xabi Alonso, a quien conoció cuando Xabi jugaba en la Real Sociedad. El resultado, un plato llamado "Paletilla a la manteca Xabi Alonso" (que no suena ni muy apetitoso ni nada que al nutricionista del Liverpool le gustaría que los jugadores comieran).

La entrevista desvela preguntas tan importantes como si Xabi prefiere cuchara o tenedor (tenedor).

Spanish chef Karlo Arguiñano went to Liverpool to interview old friend Xabi Alonso (they met when Xabi was playing at Real Sociedad). The result, a dish called "Xabi Alonso lamb shoulder in lard" (doesn't sound very appetising, or something that the Liverpool nutritionist would like to see his players eating).

The interview answers fundamental questions, such as whether Xabi prefers spoon or fork (fork).

Y aquí, el vídeo con la entrevista / And here, the video with the interview (Spanish only, sorry):

Posted by juanjo242 in YouTube.
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  • clauw

Ribery refuses to be drawn on future at Bayern

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is refusing to commit himself to the club beyond the end of this season but insists he is happy at the Bundesliga club.

The France international has a deal till 2011 but could be a transfer target for many next summer, after recently admitting he did not know whether he would complete his contracted stay.

"There are lots of clubs in Europe who I dream of (playing for)," Ribery told Munich's Tz newspaper. "Nobody knows what will happen next season. It is far too early to talk about it.

"At the moment, I am not even considering a transfer. I feel very happy in Munich - the people love me, and I love the fans.

"There is a great atmosphere in the team, and everything is fantastic."

Despite suggestions of interest from Real Madrid, Bayern's general manager Uli Hoeness recently said the 25-year-old is not for sale at any price.

But Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer knows it may be hard to keep hold of Ribery if a serious offer did arrive.

"Clubs cannot hold on to players against their will," he told Premiere television. "In the end, the player always wins if there is a battle - so if he really wants to move to Real Madrid, then why not?

"Bayern will do everything to keep him. But he does only have a contract until 2011 - and could move before then."


God I love Bayern and I absolutely ADORE this player, why must he play with my heart like that *Shakes angry frustrated little fist at him.*
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  • zzzo



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With still a few hours to go until kick-off, trouble in Seville has already started after 'Three Lions' fans were stopped by police for throwing bottles and oranges at cars...

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Most improved player this season?

Not exclusive to the Premiership if your preferred league is La Liga/Serie A/Championship etc. I just picked Premiership because it's the only one I follow extensively.

Most improved player in the league: Stephen Ireland. I've always admired Ireland, life-related blunders aside, and seen him as a skilled player, albeit one's whos talents have been limited by his own inferiority complex on the big occasion. This season, however, he has buckled down and gotten on with it, linked up terrifically with Robinho and scored some vital (and beautiful) goals.

My team's most improved player: John Obi Mikel

Most Improved Premiership XI:

Behrami--------Hangeland--------Jagielka ---------Figueroa


----------------------Heskey--------Walcott ---------------
  • de_wood

Cristiano's new girlfriend

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Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is a player, both on and off the field, with a serious reputation for dating dusky Mediterranean brunettes.

But after a string of relationships which barely last the length of a football season, the £110,000-a-week wing wizard appears to have changed type.

For the Portuguese winger has found himself an English rose in Olivia Saunders, an 18-year-old Management and Leisure student at Manchester University.

The unlikely couple met at a Manchester nightclub, where Olivia was working as a promotions girl.

rest of the story

RUSSIAN National team (TURKEY, Belek)

Guus Hiddink, Ivan Saenko, Igor Akinfeev, Dmitriy Sichev, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Alan Dzagoev, Sergey Semak (C), Berezutskiye brothers, Igor Denisov, Yuri Zhirkov, Igor Semshov, Sergey Ignashevich, Alexandr Anyukov, Renat Yanbyev, Pavel Pogrebnyak and so on.

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  • c0rrine

just an excuse to use the money tag tbh

Real beat Man Utd in rich league

Manchester United have come second in the list of the world's richest clubs, while Real Madrid stay top for the fourth year in a row.

Deloitte's Football Money League, based on financial information for the 2007/08 season, features seven English clubs in the top 20 positions.

The authors said that United would have been top of the Money League if the pound was still at June 2007 levels. (bob loblaw)

  1. Real Madrid: £289.6m

  2. Man Utd: £257.1m

  3. Barcelona: £244.4m

  4. Bayern Munich: £233.8m

  5. Chelsea: £212.9m

  6. Arsenal: £209.3m

  7. Liverpool: £167m

  8. AC Milan: £165.8m

  9. AS Roma: £138.9m

  10. Inter Milan: £136.9m


is beckham speaking spanish
or is sergio speaking english?


I Think This is Starting to Qualify as it's Own Gate so Chelski Gate 2009



MICHAEL BALLACK has delivered his own damning verdict on Big Phil Scolari’s Chelsea reign by admitting the Brazilian was the club’s weakest link.

Scolari was sacked on Monday after the Blues dropped to fourth in the league, seven points behind leaders Manchester United.

Several senior stars are believed to have put the boot into Scolari when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich sought opinions before axing him and replacing the World Cup winner with Guus Hiddink.

But even though the German midfielder accepts he and his team-mates should shoulder part of the blame for Chelsea’s dip, he believes Scolari left himself wide open to criticism.

Ballack said: “Every coach has his own training methods – and Scolari has been very successful with his way of doing things in the past.

“He has proved that he is a great coach but most recently there has been a lack of success at Chelsea. When that happens the blame comes down on to the weakest link in the chain – the manager.

“The players are also responsible for the fact that things have not gone so well recently.

“I was surprised about Scolari being sacked. I had not expected it and I had a good relationship with him.”

Ballack added: “Something like this is always unpleasant. It is a shame as he was not with us for long.

“Of course, there was criticism and we did not achieve the results we wanted.”

Hiddink will be Ballack’s fourth manager since Jose Mourinho signed him in 2006. But despite the upheavals, Ballack believes he can still achieve his ambitions at Stamford Bridge.

“I want to win the Champions League and play internationals – and I can do these at Chelsea,” he said.

“We were level with Manchester United until the end of last season and unlucky to lose the Champions League final on penalties.

“Mourinho was decisive in my moving to Chelsea but we have still been a top European club since his departure. “We proved it in making the Champions League final last year.”

Stop speaking out against your managers Micha. All it does in the end it make you look like a tool