March 2nd, 2009

Van der VROOOM

monday digest

Theo Walcott's girlfriend Mel Slade to star in next Harry Potter film

Mel, 20, appears with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One.

In the movie, set for release in November 2010, Mel plays a pal of Hermione (Watson) as they watch a game of Quidditch - and she even gets to say some lines.

Delighted Mel, studying for a degree in physiotherapy in London, said: "I had a couple of lines to say. I'd love to do more acting in the future."

Her cameo appearance came about through Theo's aunt Yvonne, whose partner, David Yates, is the director of the movie. (more)

Ribery Agrees Four-Year Barcelona Deal

Franck Ribery has reached an agreement to join Barcelona from Bayern Munich in the summer and will put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal at Camp Nou, according to a report in Germany.

While the French international's agent has stated that he would only leave the Allianz Arena to join a giant like the Blaugrana, Bild am Sonntag believe a deal has already been done.

"If Ribery goes, it will be only be to a team like Barcelona, where all the players are stars. Playing for Barcelona would be phenomenal for him" Ribery's agent said earlier. (more)

Ruud van Nistelrooy wants to kiss and make up with Sir Alex Ferguson

Ruud van Nistelrooy wants to make peace with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Dutchman left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2006 after a bitter fall-out which saw him miss the Carling Cup Final.

Striker Van Nistelrooy, who is recovering from a major knee operation, said: "I'm so looking forward to see him again. I want to talk and make up, clear the air between us.

"After all this time I can't believe or understand what it was really all about. Why did it have to be such a big thing?

"I think we were both to blame. It just exploded between us.

"Because we had such a smashing relationship, I just thought, 'What on earth are you doing to me?'

"I was so upset. As a professional player you never get so attached to your club or manager that a clash will hurt you that much.

"But in this case it did. It got very personal." (TheMirror)

Steven Gerrard runaway fixer is caught by police

An underworld fixer who saved Liverpool star Steven Gerrard from a gangster has been arrested after a year on the run.

John Kinsella, 44, stopped a villain known as The Psycho who threatened to shoot the England star in the legs.

Self-confessed gangland enforcer Kinsella slipped out of a court last year minutes before he was found guilty of taking part in a £41,000 robbery.

Police this week tracked the boxer and martial arts expert to Amsterdam, where he was living under a false identity. He is to be extradited. At his trial in Lincoln, Kinsella said George Bromley had demanded cash from Gerrard. He told the court: "I took steps. I told him to stop it and leave him alone. He followed my advice." (more)



Crespo to leave Inter Milan in summer

Hernan Crespo has announced he will leave Serie A title favourites Inter Milan in the summer, a development which is likely to trigger approaches for the player from across Europe and South America.

On Sunday the 33-year-old Argentine striker struck the equaliser to earn the Nerazzurri a point against Roma in an exciting 3-3 draw which allowed league leaders Inter to remain seven points clear of second-place Juventus with 12 games remaining.

"After a difficult year, it's great to have scored such an important goal," admitted Crespo. ''Things don't happen out of coincidence. That goal is the result of my daily hard work.

"But in June, without a doubt, I will change team. At this point it has become clear to me that this is the only solution as facts speak louder than words."

The former Chelsea player has earned just one start in a total 10 league appearances for the Nerazzurri this campaign and has been frustrated with his lack of playing time under coach Jose Mourinho, who excluded the player from Inter's 25-man Champions League squad.

Crespo, whose contract with Inter comes to an end in May, said: ''I always accept the coach's decision. It's not my style to create problems. I am a serious professional, who works 24 hours a day and who gives his soul to reach his aims.''

During the January transfer window Crespo was linked with a return to the Premier League with and a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but with the White Hart Lane club having signed Robbie Keane it is likely that another striker is no longer a necessity.

Crespo began his career in Argentina with River Plate before moving to Italy and Parma in 1996. In 2000 he moved to Lazio for what was a then world-record transfer fee of £35m before moving to Inter in 2002 and then Chelsea in 2003.

After being deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge Crepso was loaned out between 2004 and 2008 to AC Milan and then back to Inter who signed him on a year-long deal in the summer of 2008 after he was officially released by Chelsea.

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Well F.C. Barca might be in a bit of a slide on the pitch as the race for La Liga tightens, but a certain group of supporters thinks that the Blaugrana still look fabulous.

The first gay and lesbian football supporters' group to be officially accepted by a Spanish club has pinned its shield to the wall of Barcelona's stadium and vowed to fight prejudice in one of the world's most homophobic sports.

To celebrate, the fans then pinned each other. Hey-O!

Anyway, Barcelona has gay supporters. They're official. And they're pissed.

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Steven Gerrard looks set to face Sunderland on Tuesday despite hobbling out of the 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.
The skipper suffered cramp during the closing stages at the Riverside but trained alongside his teammates this morning.

However, Rafa Benitez will again be without Fernando Torres, Alvaro Arbeloa and Daniel Agger when Ricky Sbragia's side visit Anfield.

The gaffer told "Stevie was okay and will hopefully be available tomorrow.

"Torres is not ready yet. We have to wait to see how he progresses but he won't be in the squad.

"Arbeloa has a problem with his hamstring. He's had the problem before. It could be another week."


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Football Rankings 3/2/09

Some Premier League matches are going to be made up tomorrow.

English Premier League
Spanish Primera División
Italian Serie A
French Ligue 1
German Bundesliga
Scottish Premier League

Most Points
Manchester United (Premier League) - 62 points
Fewest Points
Le Havre AC (Ligue 1) - 15 points
Biggest Lead
Manchester United (Premier League) - 7 points
Internazionale (Serie A) - 7 points
Smallest Lead
Rangers (SPL) - tied with second place
Closest to Danger
Blackburn Rovers (Premier League) - tied with 18th place
Bologna (Serie A) - tied with 18th place
Caen (Ligue 1) - tied with 18th place
Arminia Bielefeld (Bundesliga) - tied with 16th place*
Farthest From Safety
Le Havre AC (Ligue 1) - 11 points fewer than 17th place

*16th-18th relegation zone
  • msreds

Manchester United conquer it all again?

After they played out a goalless draw with Tottenham, you would think the Spurs would at least TRY to attempt on the penalties with all the might they have left, but no they didn't. It was 4-1, how embarrassing. Manchester United is truly untouchable, sad as i have to admit it but it's true. Next trophy is the premier league ey Red Devils? I yearn for them to lose but like all my wishes, it ain't comin' true. Cross fingers Liverpool can catch up!