March 18th, 2009

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Wednesday morning randos

Van der Sar turns down NT offer

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has declined an offer from Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk to make a comeback for the national team.

"Although I knew what his answer would be, I called Edwin to ask him," Van Marwijk was quoted as saying in the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

"I think that was normal seeing the circumstances (surrounding) our goalkeepers. But Edwin told me last year that for him the Dutch team was a closed book. I knew his answer, but just gave it a try."

Van der Sar, 38, who won a record 130 caps, announced his international retirement after the Euro 2008 finals last year but made a brief comeback for the World Cup qualifiers against Iceland and Norway in October. (read more)

Ron gives Liverpool fans the finger

Ronaldo responds to a bunch of rude Liverpool fans after the loss at Old Trafford

Giggs shows some Liverpool R-E-S-P-E-C-T
(take a hint, rooney and neville)

“Liverpool are a strong team and on their day they can beat anyone – not many teams win at the Bernabeu after all.

“They have genuine world class players and where once they relied on Steven Gerrard there’s now Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and Jamie Carragher. There is quality all over the pitch and I don’t think there’s any doubt that this current side is stronger than previous ones.

“When they beat us at Anfield earlier this season Gerrard and Torres weren’t even playing, so they do have talent elsewhere.

“The title race is certainly not over – any little hiccup we have will give encouragement to the other teams behind us.” (read more)

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Zlatan's humble celebration after he scored against Fiorentina this weekend:


Pass-Master, Ass-Master, Class-Master Xabi Alonso Strikes Again!

Xabi Alonso's Liverpool Movie Nights

Spanish midfielder XABI ALONSO, 27, has been bonding with teammates by holding classic film nights at his pad.

And a favourite of Alonso, PEPE REINA, 26, and ALBERT RIERA, 26, is Casablanca.

A source said: “It certainly seems to be doing the trick.”

A resurgent Liverpool are just four points behind leaders Manchester United after beating them 4-1 at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Reds ace FERNANDO TORRES, 24, and his girlfriend told pals yesterday they are expecting a baby girl. has an exclusive look into Alonso's movie collection

puyi 3

While we're on topic...


From The Telegraph

10. Lionel Messi

Proving that even the world's best players lose their cool sometimes even the supremely gifted Barcelona forward is capable of sinking to the basest of levels when he feels wronged. The Argentine made a proper mess of the back of Malaga winger Duda’s shirt during a Premiera Liga game last November, after being tormented by some agricultural tackling from his opponent throughout the game.

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football: this is what happens when you

From the Beeb: Horton to make Fabregas complaint

Horton to make Fabregas complaint

Hull assistant manager Brian Horton has spoken to the League Managers' Association following accusations he was spat at by Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas.

Tigers boss Phil Brown claimed the incident took place in the tunnel after Monday's 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Arsenal.

Midfielder Fabregas, who did not play in the game because he is recovering from a knee injury, has strenuously denied the allegation.

But Horton said: "I am speaking to the LMA and want to take this further."

An LMA statement confirmed Horton had made contact, adding: "As the incidents fall firmly within the jurisdiction of the Football Association, who are making their investigations in the prescribed manner, neither the LMA nor Brian Horton will be making any further comment at this time."

[Read the rest of the article HERE]

Among the complaints Brown will make against Fabregas listed in the article:

On his issues regarding Fabregas, Brown added: "One, being on the pitch after the game - whether there is a ruling against that I have no idea but he had no right to be there.

"Two, dressed in the manner in which he was dressed.

"Three, the pictures in the national papers verify the aggression he was showing towards players and staff after the game. I could go on but I'm not one for crying over spilt milk.

The manner in which he was dressed? I thought he looked hot, but maybe that's just me...

Bojangles on Loan to Tittyham?


Spurs Given Hope In Pursuit Of La Liga Prodigy

Tottenham Hotspur will be pleased to hear the latest comments from loan-target Bojan Krkic, with the young Barcelona striker admitting that he would be open to a loan spell away from the Nou Camp next season if it meant more starting opportunities at another club.

18-year-old Bojan is one of the rising stars of Spanish football, but despite the striker having an immediate impact for the Blaugrana since his senior La Liga debut in 2007. The Spanish International has had to play a bit part for Pep Guardiola’s Catalan side this campaign, with world stars, Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o in free goalscoring form this term.

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Raul back on the NT? and Dani 'Chiki-Chiki' is cliffed (temporarily)

Possible return for Raul?

Real Madrid captain Raul Gonzalez said on Wednesday he was indifferent over the chance of a surprise recall to the Spain international squad.

Although he is the highest scorer in the history of the Spain national team, with 44 goals in 102 appearances, Raul has not played for his country since the end of the 2006 World Cup.

Current Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has never picked Raul to play for Spain, despite having been his club coach at Real Madrid. However, the fact that Dani Guiza will not be picked for Spain's forthcoming World Cup qualifying games for disciplinary reasons, has once again opened the debate over whether or not Raul should return to play for his country.

He is still the first choice at Real Madrid and will compete along with Almeria forward Alvaro Negredo and Villarreal's Joseba Llorente for the fourth striking role in the squad.

"I have a lot of other things to worry about, rather than to think about that," the website of sport paper Marca quoted Raul assaying on Wednesday.

"If I am called up, I would be delighted, because it is always a privilege to play for your country, but I am not going to lose sleep about it," said the player, who thought his form should speak for itself.

"Everyone can look at my form and the person who has to bear it in mind is the person who decides. I am calm, my situation has not changed and it is not going to vary," he said.

Raúl González Blanco...

is still fit to compete on the national level.
has made his impact for the NT and should officially retire.
deserves a few more caps so he can formally exit the NT.
should retire all together.

A good point raised by anais_molko:
If Raul were to play on the NT again, who would wear the #7 shirt?
Dirk Luis

(no subject)

Rafa will sign a new 5 year deal in the next few days.

If i'm wrong don't kill me but that's the story going round with numerous sources.

que the tevez and van der sar tags



What Rafa has to say - "My heart is with Liverpool Football Club, so I'm delighted to sign this new deal," said Rafa. "I love the club, the fans and the city and with a club like this and supporters like this, I could never say no to staying. I always made clear I wanted to be here for a long time and when I complete my new contract it will mean I have spent over a decade in Liverpool." - credit to life_valencia