March 5th, 2009



Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger linked to Manchester City

After missing out on AC Milan's Kaka, Manchester City could land their next big signing closer to home with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reportedly lined up to replace Mark Hughes at Eastlands.

Hughes' future at City is in doubt, after an inconsistent season on the pitch, as the club's Middle East owners look for success in Europe without the Welshman at the helm.

And the Mirror claims Wenger's position has come under scrutiny after another disappointing season for the north Londoners, with their only remaining hopes of silverware lying in the FA Cup and Champions League.

City owner Sulaiman Al Fahim is clearly ready for a fresh recruitment drive after missing out on Kaka six weeks ago and a shortlist has been drawn up to replace Hughes.

A source told the newspaper: “The people who own City have a big respect for Arsene and what he has done at Arsenal."

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Croatia coach Slaven Bilic and Diego Maradona - Al Fahim is a fan of Argentine football - have also been linked to the role.

Meanwhile, Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has admitted he would consider his future at the Emirates Stadium if Wenger left the club.

The Spanish international insists his departure would be a huge blow for Arsenal, and said: "I have heard the rumours about Wenger leaving for the past three years.

"If he left the club then of course I would consider my own future and whether I would leave the club.

"I am happy at Arsenal and believe that we and Barcelona play the best football in Europe.

"But Wenger is a main part of that."


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Ronaldo gets black eye in media frenzy on return

• Striker hit in the face with microphone
• Frenzy after first club game in Brazil for 15 years

The Brazilian striker Ronaldo was left with a black eye after being jostled by reporters and cameramen and hit in the face with a microphone following his debut for São Paulo side Corinthians. The 32-year-old was playing in his first competitive match in just over a year after he needed surgery on a knee injury picked up playing for Milan in February last year. Ronaldo came on as a 68th-minute substitute and may play again on Sunday against Corinthians' traditional rivals Palmeiras in the state championship.

"It was a good debut for Ronaldo," Corinthians coach Mano Menezes said. "He moved well and even tried some of the moves that are typical of him. It was a first step important to overcome and with time things should become easier. We will talk to him and see how he felt." Collapse )

Watch it happen:

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Mourinho charged after Juventus comments

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has been charged by the Italian football federation for comments made in Tuesday's press conference where he claimed Juventus are benefiting from questionable refereeing decisions in Serie A.

The former Chelsea manager set off a storm when he made the comment in response to Juve coach Claudio Ranieri's remarks that he sympathised with his Roma counterpart Luciano Spalletti after Inter were granted a controversial penalty in a 3-3 draw with the capital club at the weekend.

Reports on Wednesday suggested the Italian federation (FIGC) had taken a dim view of the matter and were on the verge of charging Mourinho, something they confirmed on Thursday.

"The federal prosecutor Stefano Palazzi....has cited the Inter coach Jose Mourinho for violation of article 5.1 for his comments made to the media," read part of a statement released by the FIGC.

Inter striker Mario Balotelli has been charged with making "offensive gestures against an opposing player", while Roma's Daniele De Rossi also been charged - for his comments after the game against referees.

All three face either a fine or a ban, while their clubs have also been cited.



Tru Serbian Warrior

Nemanja Vidic, arguably the toughest center-back in the Premier League, has not only the crooked nose, but the battle scars to prove it.

The defender was left bleeding on the pitch after a collision with Newcastle's Obafemi Martin.

The Serbian's physique was not the only thing of the match that took a blow. Edwin Van der Sar's long record of clean sheets finally ended after an impressive 1,311 minute run. The goalkeeper was beaten in the opening minutes of the game with a strike from Peter Lovenkrands.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson's side fought back and showed that they were the better United of the league, and ended the ninty minutes winning 1-2, with goals by Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov.

*ahem* Ronaldo on the other hand did not handle his situation with the same grace, when Steven Taylor (the one who called him ugly!) made minor contact to his face. Should he take a lesson from teammate Nemanja Vidic? Or is Cristiano Rollnaldo destined to end up on the ground?

"Keep cool ma babies"

So He Was Hurt...

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Inter Relieved As Ibrahimovic Resumes Training

The Swede will definitely be ready to take on the Red Devils next week...

You could likely hear the collective sigh of relief in the city of Milan as Inter star Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to training.

The 27-year-old has missed his side's last two matches with a flexor injury in his right thigh. The Nerazzurri clearly struggled without their top-scorer, drawing Roma and losing heavily to Sampdoria in his absence.

The Swedish international will be ready to take on Manchester United in the return-leg of their Champions League next Wednesday, but it is not yet clear if he will be risked for the match against Genoa on Saturday at the Marassi.

Talented 18-year-old defender Davide Santon was also back in the mix after suffering from fever over the past couple days.

Ibrahimovic has been in extremely impressive form this season, he has already scored 17 goals under the guidance of coach Jose Mourinho this season and his biggest test will arguably be on March 11 against the Red Devils.


Donovan to return to Galaxy next week

Landon Donovan, who has been on loan with Bayern Munich, will return to the Los Angeles Galaxy next week, the team announced.

Donovan, who turned 27 on Wednesday, has been with the Bundesliga champions on a short-term deal since January 22 and will return on March 10 - nearly two weeks before the Galaxy's season opener against DC United on March 22.

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From, here.

Men prefer soccer jerseys over lingere...

We all know how much love most of the world has for soccer. So much love, that at least in Europe, they want a connection to soccer while making it. And thus scores of European men are asking their sexual partners to put their shirts back on...but only a certain type of shirt.

In a survey that will make women and those behind Victoria's Secret alike cry, men would rather see their partner or wife in their favorite soccer team's colors than a skimpy lingerie set in while in the sack. quizzed 1,904 blokes on their favourite female bed-time fashion turn on and instead of sexy lingerie or fantasy role play costumes leading the way, the most popular turn-on for men was their wife or girlfriend wearing their favourite teams top.

And the results!

* 34% said they would prefer their sexual partner to be wearing their team's jersey or colors
* 23% prefer "sexy lingerie"
* 21% went with simply nothing
* 16% hoped to see a “fantasy role play outfit”
* 6% just want plain old ordinary nightwear

So while today was the great unveiling of the priorities for men, it was also a sad one for women. Once again the evidence points to men preferring sports over women. Surely the backlash is about to begin.

“I think women everywhere always had a sneaking suspicion that blokes like their football or rugby team more than they should but to find out that they find women more attractive in bed when they are wearing a football or rugby top is maybe taking it a little too far," MyCelebrityFashion Managing Director Jilly Tovey said.

Hey...whatever it takes, right?

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HeY gUys

Clive Owen was left starstruck by David Bowie.

The actor - who can soon be seen starring alongside Julia Roberts in new spy movie Duplicity - says he became "tongue-tied" when he got the opportunity to meet his idol.

He tells GQ magazine, "I was very nervous and shy when I met Bowie. I didn't have too much to say.

"It was the same when I met [Liverpool and England midfielder] Steven Gerrard. I had an opportunity to have a conversation with him and I was tongue-tied.

"I've met the biggest actors and actresses in the world and I'm easy and comfortable but give me Gerrard and I'm in trouble.