April 7th, 2009



Bernd Schuster Favourite To Replace Resino At Atletico Madrid - Report

The German coach could be asked to lead a major revolution at Atleti next season…

Atletico Madrid are expected to make wholesale changes for next season following a disappointing campaign this term. And one man who could be tasked to lead the new project is former Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster.

The future of the current Los Colchoneros trainer, Abel Resino, remains in a cloud of uncertainty. But after last weekend’s shock 4-2 defeat at home to Osasuna, many believe that club president Enrique Cerezo will wield the axe, even though the side are still very much in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

According to Sport, Cerezo is well aware that another era at the club has come to an end and it is time for a drastic makeover. Sporting director Garcia Pitarch has reportedly already started looking for new coaches after being secretly informed that Resino will not continue beyond this season.

One name that has been mentioned is former Atleti hardman Diego Simeone, who is highly admired for his character, but the club are not entirely convinced with his credentials due to his nonexistent coaching experience in Spain and Europe.

Juande Ramos and Ernesto Valverde had also been in the running but now it seems Schuster is favourite to take over. Sport also believes that Cerezo will demand a dressing room clear-out so that the team can start afresh, and that includes putting Sergio Aguero on the transfer market.

The highly sought-after Argentine is reportedly unhappy staying at an underachieving team and with numerous influential figures (Diego Maradona, Fernando Torres) egging him to move on, Atleti might just decide to cash in on him and possibly nine other first team players, including captain Maxi Rodriguez, and use the money to rebuild the squad.

Atletico’s main target now is to at least qualify for Europe next season to ensure that they have decent income from the continental competition. They are sixth in the Primera Division table at present but level on 43 points with Malaga in seventh and Deportivo La Coruna in eighth, both of whom also lost at the weekend.

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I think lil' Niki is having some sort of an identity crisis. But I guess this is the guy who has played for Arsenal, PSG, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea. I'm not overly surprised...

Chelsea's Anelka: I am not a striker

Nicolas Anelka doesn't regard himself as a striker.

"I played as a centre forward with Arsenal and scored lots of goals so everybody thinks that’s my best position, but I don’t," the Chelsea striker told Icon magazine.

"For me, football’s not about scoring goals. I play because I want to enjoy myself on the pitch. If I have a chance then great, but my main aim is to play well.

"That’s where I differ from real strikers. If I went through an entire game and scored in the 85th minute, I wouldn’t be happy." (Source)


Maybe he is feeling a bit of pressure because of his recent goal drought. Ronaldo also matched him as the league's top scorer this weekend. Whatever, football isn't about scoring goals anyways...

ALSO IN THE NEWS: A Charlton Villa (who?) player gets booked for passing gas while a guy took a penalty. Hehehheheeehe that's yucky!!! Read about it here.

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Barcelona fear Man Utd have deal for Ribery

Manchester United are set to trump Barcelona for Bayern Munich wing ace Franck Ribery.

The News of the World says the Spanish giants believe Manchester United have already done the deal with Bayern Munich.

Barca want to build on what looks like a certain La Liga crown by capturing the Bayern Munich star. But sources at the Nou Camp are convinced Ribery is heading for Old Trafford.

Ribery, who will be 26 today, is understood to have just signed a £1.2m a year sponsorship deal with Nike, keeping him with them until 2014.

Both United and Barcelona are Nike-backed and the Spanish team look favourites to take the French winger from Adidas-backed Bayern in the summer.

But it is United who are in pole position.


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Arsenal captain Thierry Henry celebrates after the Champions League semi-final second leg football match against Villarreal at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, 25 April 2006. Match ended 0-0 with Arsenal going to the final in Paris 1-0 on aggregate.

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Benitez reignites Ferguson rift

Rafael Benitez claims Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is scared of his Liverpool side as the pressure of the Premier League title race mounts.

United have a one-point lead with a game in hand over their rivals.Liverpool face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, with Ferguson claiming the loser will be United's main title contender.

But Benitez responded: "It is not mind games, I think it maybe is that he is a little bit scared (of us)."

Benitez had previously taken a swipe at Ferguson in January, accusing the 67-year-old of escaping punishment for verbally attacking referees.

And the Spaniard reignited the polemics once again by claiming Ferguson "talks too much about other teams".

Benitez said: "Sir Alex will be supporting Liverpool in this tie because he knows we are the bigger threat now.
"If we continue in the Champions League maybe he will think we are tired. If we are not in this competition then he knows that we will be a (bigger) threat in the Premier League.

"If Chelsea are not in the competition, then he knows they will then be a threat also in the league. But he will lose anyway, whoever goes out, because they will still be a big threat to United.

"You have to prepare well for every single Premier League game, it is tough (to be in the Champions League as well). So he will clearly be supporting us tomorrow and next week.

"I would like to be worried about both competitions, it means we will continue to be successful."

Manchester United maintained their one-point lead at the top of the table following a dramatic last-minute winner from 17-year-old substitute Federico Macheda in the 3-2 home win over Aston Villa.But while Benitez admitted United have the advantage, he believed his side can turn the deficit around as the season reaches its climax.

"We knew there would be situations like this, with us one point ahead, or one point behind. And everyone knows five minutes (of injury time) at Old Trafford is a very long time.

"I watched the game, but once United scored their second you felt they would win the game.

"He (Ferguson) is in the driving seat now and in a better position, but there is still a long way to go and we have confidence. We are pushing them and we will push them until the end."

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I NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!!!!!!

This post isn't giving any info or anything, it's a request for info. Hope that's ok mods, if not feel free to delete it.

I've been thinking about this for a while and I may be being very thick but I can't think of any. I thought you might know, so I thought that I'd ask y'all.

Here's the question:

Are there currently any openly gay or bi professional football players in any of the major leagues anywhere in the world? And if there are who are they?

p.s. please feel free to use this as an excuse to spam me homoerotic content. :)
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Troubled van Buyten set to miss Barcelona clash

Bayern Munich defender Daniel van Buyten looks set to miss Wednesday's Champions League first-leg clash against Barcelona for serious family reasons, the club announced on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Belgian international is in Munich and did not fly with the rest of the squad because of an undisclosed problem, but coach Jurgen Klinsmann has said he will leave the decision on whether van Buyten plays or not up to the Belgian.

"It is Daniel's choice alone, I have left the decision to him, he can even choose on a day to day basis," said Klinsmann, whose comments hinted at a grave issue.

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It’s true - I’m pregnant! It’s the most brilliant news and, along with marrying Wayne, the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

Wayne is over the moon and so excited and I just know he’ll be a great dad. It’s something we both wanted and we feel incredibly lucky and happy. The baby is due in October.

The only sad thing is that the news leaked out before either of us or our families really wanted it to. Pregnancy is a miracle, but it’s still the early stages.

I really want to be able to keep as quiet and as calm as possible for the sake of our baby. I just hope that photographers will give me a bit of peace and privacy in the months ahead.

I don’t think that’s too much for any expectant mum to ask. We have no idea whether our baby will be a boy or a girl and we really don’t mind as long as he or she’s healthy and grows up happy.

As I say, there’s a long way to go and in the meantime I’ll be carrying on working, in between doing whatever is necessary for the pregnancy. Fingers crossed it’s going to be a wonderful year!

Katie Andre was seen getting drunk on a night out in Brighton this week when her husband Peter was back in LA with the kids, but why shouldn’t she?

As long as the kids are with Pete then no one should criticise her for leaving them because it’s not like they’re being left on their own.

Even celebrities like having normal nights out. The best thing for me is to go round to a friend’s house and have a good girlie chat without the cameras looking in and judging me on what I’m doing. It’s nice just to forget about everything.

I had an amazing birthday last Friday. I was able to celebrate it on Ladies Day at the races at Aintree with all my family and friends. It was such a laugh - even though I wasn’t drinking!



More Clubs help raise funds for Italian earthquake disaster

The Lega Calcio, Fiorentina, Catania and Napoli are leading Italian football’s efforts to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in L’Aquila.

The death toll from Sunday night’s quake is rising to 228 with at least 11 missing, 1,500 injured and 17,000 left homeless.

This evening a new aftershock was so strong that it was felt several miles away from the epicentre.

The Lega Calcio has announced a minute’s silence ahead of every game in Serie A, B and the Primavera League this weekend and all players will wear a black armband, as will Udinese in Thursday’s UEFA Cup quarter-final with Werder Bremen.

Clubs are looking for ways to raise money for the victims of the earthquake, as Napoli, Siena and Catania have confirmed they will donate the gate receipts from their next home games.

The money from ticket sales for Napoli-Atalanta on Saturday afternoon, Siena-Chievo and Catania-Sampdoria on April 19 is to be set aside for the population of L’Aquila.

It also means a great deal to Fiorentina defender Luciano Zauri, who is from the Abruzzo region hit by the quake.

“My teammates immediately made themselves ready to help,” he explained. “I have something in mind that goes beyond simply raising funds, but it will take a few days to organise.

“After years in football I have the contacts to do something important for my home region.”

More clubs are expected to come forward with their own money-raising initiatives over the next few days.

Sport has been affected directly by the tragedy too, as among the 228 dead is 24-year-old Giuseppe Chiavaroli, who had played for Fiorentina’s youth academy and in Serie C2. He was currently performing for Lauretum in the Eccellenza League.

Another sportsman lost in the quake is Serie B volleyball player Lorenzo Cini', aged 23.

One of the 11 people registered as missing is rugby player Lorenzo Sebastiani.


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the adriano tattoo wishes it were MIA too

Ex-girlfriend Joana breaks silence over Adriano

Adriano's ex-girlfriend Joana Machado has broken her silence over the Inter Milan striker's latest bout of depression.

“Adriano has lost himself and needs to find his way back, but I no longer have the strength to take care of him,” Machado told O Dia.

“I went there several times to look for him, as his mother was worried and asked me to help out. Adriano is not on drugs, his only vice is beer, but who doesn’t like to drink a beer?

“At the start our relationship was great fun, but leaving my two children behind to come live with him in Milan was the craziest thing I’ve ever done for him. Adriano did nothing for me in return and disrespected me.”

The split reportedly happened when Adriano arrived in Rio last week for international duty and held a party in his apartment, inviting several models but not Machado.

"Adriano is a 27-year-old child and I can't look after him, I already have two kids of my own.

“He had everything to be happy – money, a wonderful family – but he only feels ‘normal’ when he’s in the favelas.

"He likes to walk there barefoot and fly kites with the local kids. It’s where he is not L’Imperatore.”

The latest speculation in the Brazilian press is that Adriano intends to hang up his boots for good.


quitting football forever?!?!!?