March 27th, 2009

Xabi |Eso es una barba|

this is a post about my butthole

Bsically a little article about what the guys from the Spain NT like to do in their free time at Las Rozas in Madrid. Some things you've read before some others you haven't.

De la cuadrilla de la pocha a los adictos a la Play

Los jugadores de la selección dividen sus horas de ocio entre cartas y consolas

PEPE GARCÍA-CARPINTERO - Madrid - 27/03/2009 08:00

 

Las entrañas de la selección campeona de Europa están llenas de gritos y piques por cada rincón de la residencia de Las Rozas, donde los internacionales pasan las horas muertas, entre entrenamiento y entrenamiento, esperando a enfrentarse a Turquía. No es nada serio. Al contrario. Los gritos y las discusiones provienen del buen rollo, de partidas maratonianas de pocha, de goles imposibles con el ProEvolution, de vueltas rápidas con el Renault de Fernando Alonso en la PlayStation...

"Todo esto empezó en Neus-tift. A mí no me dejaban dormir y al final me tuve que unir. Me acuerdo de que había hasta 15 personas en la habitación de Capdevila jugando a las cartas", recordó hace poco Fernando Torres en una entrevista televisiva.

Del Bosque los anima

El propio seleccionador, Vicente del Bosque, los incita para que sigan con este tipo de juegos. Un día en Las Rozas es más largo de lo que parece. Los jugadores tienen prohibido abandonar el recinto de la Federación y a lo largo de una jornada tienen hasta siete horas libres.

Del Bosque les da el plan diario en el desayuno y por ejemplo ayer, sin entrenamiento matutino por la sesión de vídeo, cada uno intente aficionarse a algún entretenimiento nuevo.

Los vaciles están a la orden del día. Arbeloa pica a Albiol, un hacha de los juegos de coches en la Play, para que pase el test de Público de la F1. "Yo jugar, lo que quieras, pero de mecánica...", comenta Albiol.

El defensa del Valencia está esperando con ansias el primer Gran Premio en Australia. Hay día libre por la tarde y lo aprovechará para disputar online las 58 vueltas que harán por la mañana los Alonso, Hamilton y compañía. "Lo juego con mis amigos y es ya una tradición", comenta. Arbeloa asiente: "Todo hay que decirlo. En eso es un fiera".

Uno de los grandes piques viene por los juegos de fútbol. La baja de Cesc por lesión ha dejado el trono vacante y Ramos, Piqué, Arbeloa y Busquets mantienen una gran lucha. Todos echan de menos a Iniesta, sobre todo porque su sustituto, Mata, les está dando unas palizas de escándalo...

Los veteranos se decantan por las partidas de cartas. La pocha es todo un vicio para Casillas, Reina, Villa, Senna, Juanito, Marchena... Esta semana han echado de menos a Puyol, por lo que han rotado incluso con Capdevila, aunque ellos dicen que es muy malo. "A Iker le dejamos ganar porque es el capitán y hay que tenerle un respeto", bromea Reina. Todas las concentraciones hacen un sorteo de parejas y el torneo concluirá el próximo martes, en la previa de Estambul.

De jugar al póker, mejor ni hablamos. "Ahí Reina es capitán general", dice Arbeloa, compañero suyo en el Liverpool. Aunque hay gran nivel, sobre todo entre los ingleses del equipo, Reina es de otra galaxia. Él se sonroja, pero tal es su nivel que acudirá a la gran gala de Pokerstars en Mónaco. "Me divierte y tiene mucho de táctica", dice.

La integración es sencilla

Uno de los recién llegados, Piqué, resume lo que se ha encontrado: "Ya me habían contado el buen rollo que hay, pero hasta que no lo vives, no te das cuenta que aquí es imposible sentirse fuera del grupo". De hecho, la Federación tiene en la residencia de los jugadores una zona común, a la que la mayoría de ellos bajan con el portátil. Se ponen al día con la prensa y muchos de ellos revisan las páginas de las redes sociales a las que están suscritos (Facebook, Tuenti...).

Sólo los más cultos se decantan por la lectura. Ahí nadie gana a Xabi Alonso, siempre con sus libros de intriga y ahora con una biblioteca suculenta en inglés. Silva, en cambio, es un cinéfilo empedernido. Así hasta el domingo, día en el que podrán salir, la mayoría para realizar compras. Por cierto, queda Güiza, cuyo único entretenimiento es dormir. Felices sueños.



Raúl Albiol posa en la puerta de la residencia con el volante de la Play a la que tanta afición tiene. ÁNGEL MARTÍNEZ


Apparently, there's yelling all day long but because there are games taking place at all times. Raúl Albiol is an expert when it comes to racing games with Playstation. Cesc absence has freed the spot of the King of ProEvolution which is being disputed by Ramos, Piqué, Arbeloa and Busquests; Iniesta is being missed because his substitute, Mata, is giving them a fight too. There's the card gang formed by Casillas, Reina, Villa, Senna, Juanito and Marchena, they miss Puyol though they say he's very bad. They form couples and organize a tournament, Pepe claims that they let Iker win because he's the captain and they must respect him. However, no one beats Reina at poker. There's, of course, the anti-socials, Xabi Alonso in the form of a bookworm, Silva as a film addict and Guiza who just...sleeps.

That's the most part of the artice. I can fully translate it until later but if someone is willing to do it before, feel free :D
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Sir Alex to go bye-bye?

Son Claims Sir Alex Could Leave Manchester

United In 2010


 
The Peterborough United boss has revealed that his dad may retire at the end of next season, if he guides the Red Devils to a 19th league title.


Petersborough United manager Darren Ferguson, son of Manchester United manager Sir Alex, has revealed that he believes his father may retire from football at the end of next season.

The United manager
, who has been at Old Trafford since November 1986, has said that he is unsure when he will finally leave the game.

His son, on the other hand, has suggested that it could be 2010, should the Glasgow-born boss guide United to their 19th league title, therefore surpassing Liverpool's record of 18.

"His health is fine and he’s building a new team.
" Darren Ferguson is quoted as saying in The Sun.

"If they win this year then they catch Liverpool in terms of titles won.

"I can see him doing this year and next, and then that might be it for him."

During his 23-year-reign with the current English, European and World Club champions, Alex Ferguson has led the club to ten Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, two Champions League trophies, one Intercontinental Cup and one Club World Cup.

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♣ walk on

football fashion parade.

Hits and big misses as Liverpool, United, Chelsea and Arsenal's new kits for next season are leaked.

We've had all the hype about the supposed new England kit and now it's the turn of the Barclays Premier League clubs to get involved in football's fashion parade.

A quick trawl through the internet reveals some leaked pictures of some very suspect kits for the Big Four next season - and only Liverpool come out unscathed in the style stakes.

If the images are to be believed, Manchester United will be playing in a peasant-style lace up number in 2009-10 and Chelsea will be doing their best Terminator impressions at Stamford Bridge.

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The Alonso Beard Saga continues...


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bearded!xabi



Spanish newspaper El País, in an in-depth analysis of Spain's match against Turkey this Saturday, comes up with this gem, concerning the controversial growth of facial hair by Midfield Maestro Xabi Alonso and how this influenced former coach Luis Aragones' decision not to give him a place in the starting XI:

"His college-boy looks didn't help Xabi Alonso to attenuate his tender appearance. That good-boy face, in a business that favours the sinister-looking midfielders, was almost a handicap. Until this season, at least. Lately, Alonso has compensated the smoothness of his features with a scruffy, ginger beard that gives him a disturbing appearance. A sailor's aplomb that goes hand-in-hand with his evolution as a player, every time stronger, every day more consistent and more able to conduct his teams in every sort of situation."

Forget about international friendlies and World Cup qualifiers! This is the important issue! Do you prefer your Xabi clean-shaven or have you been seduced to the Ginger!Scruff side of the force? Rant, rave and discuss in the comments...

edit: because hid_aiyah wants us all to HAIL XABI-WAN KENOBI!!!


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Pele Lost His Virginity To A Man - Diego Maradona

The Argentine coach responded to claims made by the Brazil that he is not a good role model, and he did not hold back...




Diego Maradona has reacted to claims made by Pele that he is not a good role model for children, by declaring that he lost his virginity with a man.

The Brazilian legend claimed last week that both Ronaldo and Robinho have taken drugs, and that Maradona is not someone to look up to because of his history with narcotics.

The Argentine coach was asked for his thoughts on these statements at a press conference today, and did not twist his words when responding.

"What do you want me to say? He debuted (lost his virginity) with a lad (a man)," is what the coach told a press conference, attended by Goal.com's Martin Decaux.

"I don't know is that's a good example or a bad one."

This response prompted plenty of laughter from many of the journalists present at the conference but it is unlikely to go down to well with the Brazilian, nor with some onlookers, due to content that could be viewed as homophobic.

Pele has already had to track back on his claims that Robinho had taken drugs, after the Manchester City man threatened to take legal action.

The now retired Pele claimed that what had been quoted was a "misunderstanding" and suggested the drugs claims were not true.

This latest remark by Maradona has dragged the Brazilian legend into the spotlight yet again and it will be intriguing to see if, or how, he reacts to the comments.
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England captain John Terry 'mortified' after his mother and MIL are arrested for shoplifting.

England football captain John Terry is 'mortified' after his mother and mother-in-law were cautioned for shoplifting.

Sue Terry, 50, and Sue Poole, 54, were accused of stealing clothes and food worth £800 from Marks & Spencer and Tesco in Weybridge, Surrey.

They were allegedly caught loading the goods into a car.

In accepting the caution, the two women formally acknowledged their guilt.

The incident, reported in the Sun, is sure to cause enormous embarrassment to Terry, who is preparing for England's friendly clash with Slovakia this weekend.

Tesco is the official England supermarket and M&S supplies suits to the England squad, while Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy is one of the vice-presidents for the 2018 World Cup bid.

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Rafael Benitez Rules Out Valencia’s David Silva Signing For Liverpool


Rafael Benitez Rules Out Valencia’s David Silva Signing For Liverpool

‘Rafa’ has denied reports that he is set to expand the Spanish contingent existent at Anfield...

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Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has quashed the escalating speculation linking him with a swoop for Valencia's versatile attack-minded midfielder David Silva

There had been an increase in column inches suggesting that the Reds were set to take advantage of Valencia's fiscal plight. Silva was tipped to become the first notable import of the summer at Anfield, but Benitez has refuted the claim on the club's official website.

 
"We will not be signing him," he said.
 
Benitez then added that there are, however, targets in place. "We are working
hard, talking with the scouting department and looking at names and options for next season,” he said. “It's still too soon, but we are working hard."
 
Considering the club's recent epic form and the manner of Manchester United's capitulation, ‘Rafa’ also deemed it worthy of noting that Liverpool fans should not get ahead of themselves because United still top the charts.
 
"Football can change very quickly and that is why we say it is important to just take one game at a time," he said.
 
"Everything can change each week and maybe next week we can be at the top again. My message to the fans is to keep calm. I can see the people have a lot of confidence at the moment and that is good. We have to stay positive and see what happens."


Spain Do Not Feel Invincible - Xavi


Spain Do Not Feel Invincible - Xavi



The midfielder admitted that they are doing well, but they are not unbeatable...

Spain midfielder Xavi has given his honest assessment of the national team today and has acknowledged that whilst they are in good form, they do not feel invincible.

La Furia Roja have not been beaten on the international stage for over a year and this weekend they welcome Turkey  to the Bernabeu for a key  World Cup Qualifier

Xaiv told Marca that whilst they know they are playing well, they "do not feel invincible" because these days "any team can beat you".

"It is better to be complimented than to be criticised and I hope that it lasts for a long time, but in football you cannot relax, because being the best one week does not count for anything. We have to continue working with the same humility to achieve victories," he explained.

The Barcelona man went on to admit that "we know someday the loss will come, but we want to delay it as long as possible".

With respect to the game this weekend against Turkey, Xavi declared that he is expecting their opponents to be "very competitive and aggressive".

"I expect Turkey will be very competitive, as they have shown in their last two matches. They are a very aggressive and patriotic team. They will surely try to block the midfield knowing that is where we are strong," he mused.

Whilst Xavi will play against the Turks at the Bernabeu, he will not be alongside his Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta, who had to go 
home  injured, and he says he will miss him.

"He is an extraordinary player, one of the best in the world in his position, he is one of the best friends I have and I will miss him," he concluded.