April 23rd, 2009



Mathieu Flamini interview

Video: Flamini 'still an Arsenal fan'

Criticised by Arsene Wenger and characterised as a mercenary by many Arsenal fans, it seems everyone has had their say about Mathieu Flamini - except the man himself.

Almost a year has passed since Flamini quit Arsenal for AC Milan and, as he arrives for training at the club's spectacular Milanello complex, he could hardly seem more at home.

But sit alone with the Frenchman and it becomes abundantly clear his mind is never far away from the place he used to call home and the people he still refers to as team-mates.

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Heather Mitts is a marketing genius

Heather Mitts, defender for the US National Team and the Boston Breakers, promotes Women's Professional Soccer.............turns me gay while doing so

That'll help, but not as much as star defender Heather Mitts, a draw for soccer-crazy girls—and their brothers. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, the 30-year-old was voted Sexiest Female Athlete on ESPN.com and has done spreads for Maxim and FHM. Mitts says whatever boosts the sport's popularity is good, so long as it's "tasteful and athletic." For better or worse, that will make Breakers redux much harder to ignore. here

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 The German media were calling it the “Duel of the Best” – which American soccer fans would probably take some major issue with considering last year’s Olympic gold medal victory for the U.S. – but when all was said and done, Wednesday’s 1-1 draw between Germany and Brazil at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany was a big win for women’s soccer regardless of which country you root for.

A crowd of 44,825 attended the friendly between the World No. 2-ranked Brazilians and No. 3-ranked Germans setting a record for a women’s soccer game in Europe by eclipsing the previous mark of 29,093 set at the opening game of the 2005 European Championships in Manchester, England.

Germany struck first on a 24th-minute goal by Anja Mittag, but the Brazilians struck back on a goal by Maurine in the 36th minute off a free kick from Grazielle. The Germans dictated play in the second half but could not convert as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.rest

Undershirt? What a gyp

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Ballack stating his personal option...again.

Lampard award snub shocks Ballack

Michael Ballack was shocked Chelsea star Frank Lampard missed the shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association's player of the year award.

The winner is announced on Sunday but Lampard, who partners Ballack in the Blues' midfield, was overlooked.The German international told BBC Sport: "Frank has played consistently at a high level all season.

"I don't know why he was not nominated but at Chelsea we know how good he is and that is all that matters."

Chelsea suffered a slump in form at the start of 2009 that led to the departure of former boss Luiz Felipe Scolari at the beginning of February.Since interim manager Guus Hiddink took charge, however, the Blues have enjoyed a resurgence and Lampard has played a key role in their run of only one defeat in their last 13 matches.

He set up both goals as Chelsea beat Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday to reach the FA Cup final, and put in an inspirational performance in last week's dramatic 4-4 draw with Liverpool that saw Chelsea progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

However, players voted for the PFA award at the end of January, and the six-man shortlist is dominated by Manchester United players.

Nemanja Vidic - who is favourite to lift the trophy - Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Edwin van der Sar and last year's winner Cristiano Ronaldo are all in the running, along with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Ballack, who has been in impressive form himself alongside Lampard and Michael Essien in Chelsea's midfield, remains adamant the England international should have made the final six.

"It is easy to play with Frank because he is such a good player," Ballack explained. "He knows what myself and Michael have to do and whether we should be in an offensive or defensive position.

"I play a little bit behind him but I don't have to tell him what to do. He always does the right thing, depending on where myself and Essien are.

"Frank is one of the best players in the world for sure and I don't think there are many players in the Premier League like him."

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A striking new campaign for bowel cancer awareness

England's football stars deliver a powerful message in a bid to raise awareness of bowel cancer. "There is Moore to know" uses a series of stunning images depicting anatomical views of the bowel to increase public awareness of the disease.

Stephanie Moore MBE said:
"The support of the current England squad means so much to me and to the Bobby Moore Fund as a whole. Through this campaign, we are reaching a wide audience via the media and advertising outlets; selected images will also feature within bowel cancer leaflets and posters in doctors surgeries across the country. To have Terry O'Neill working with us on this project is also very special, Bobby would have been delighted."

View the campaign images
This unique collection of images was produced by the players' Team England Footballers Charity as part of their support of the Bobby Moore Fund.

Supporting the main images are a collection of behind-the-scenes shots captured by world renowned photographer, Terry O'Neill, himself a friend of Bobby Moore.

How the campaign works
The "There is Moore to know" campaign features four key themes:

Saving lives – goal keeper – David James
The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK raises vital funds for research into bowel cancer and increases public awareness of the disease.

Defend your body – defenders – Rio Ferdinand and Micah Richards
Around two-thirds of bowel cancer cases could be prevented by changes to lifestyle. You can reduce the risk of the disease by being physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, cutting down on alcohol and eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Pass the message on – midfielders – Michael Carrick and Shaun Wright-Phillips
Encourage family or friends to take part in screening when they are invited and tell them about bowel cancer and the symptoms.

Attack the disease – striker – Theo Walcott
In the 15 years since Bobby Moore died, the Fund has raised over £12 million pounds through a variety of fundraising events and initiatives.

Supporting the campaign

Rio Ferdinand said:
"My England team-mates and I were shocked to find out that 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK and yet over eight out ten cases can be successfully treated if detected early enough."

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a special encounter

Iker Casillas received the visit of the young men from Sierra Leone who welcomed him two years ago.


Nervousness and lots of illusion could be seen in the faces of the group teenagers from Sierra Leone who suffered the horror of having to live through one of the most gruesome wars that have struck the African continent. Eagerly they waited for the arrival of their idol: Iker Casillas, a footballer that two summers ago traveled to Madina (Sierra Leone) to observe in situ the conditions they lived in.

Now, thanks to Fundación Real Madrid, the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development, and the NGO "Development and Education in Sierra Leone" (DYES) the boys were able to travel to the capital of Spain. "Giving them happiness is an immense feeling", declared after the encounter an emotive Casillas.

Last Wednesday they were at the Santiago Bernabéu taking the Tour and then visited the facility at Valdebebas, the place where their idol awited. Iker gave them the best of his smiles and to so much attention they responded with affection and devotion. Casillas remembered each one of the boys, recalled their names precisely and he was met with several hugs from them. They gave him as a gift a framed picture of the city he visited two years ago.

"Casillas' visit changed our lives. It's a great experience that the fundation does so much for us" said excited Alpha, Medish and Pa Alie. After the encounter, the boys watched the first team training and after it was over they collected autographs from all members of the team.

Iker Casillas: “Giving them happiness is an immense feeling”
”Two years ago I took part in the visit to Sierra Leone and now I've gotten to see these boys again. The situation they live in back there is sad, but at the same time, it's happy because of the way they face life. Out of little, they can make something wonderful".

”This kind of actions make you feel better with yourself and to try and help people. Giving happiness to these boys is an immense feeling. There, they welcomed me in a wonderful way and that's something I'll never forget. When they watch a footballer come to the place where they live they feel joy and become aware that they are important".

Teresa Mogín, General Director of the Foundation: “This project is a dream in the making.”

”They feel like they are dreaming because everything is new for them. Yesterday they were amazed with the Club's trophy room and today they lived with special illusion their encounter with Casillas. Iker has been very affectionate, just how they were when he visited them".

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that's right, now you all can sleep at night knowing this issue is resolved.

also: wtf why can't we wear our suave black kits? we did when we played at goodison.

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also in news: true blue membership 09/10 is available! woot woot gotta renew mine. the members dvd this year will include the boyz' paintballin' trip. last year was go karts. awesome.
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Klose: Bayern will win Bundesliga

Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose said on Thurs­day he expects to resume training in three weeks to help his side win the Bundesliga title race having recovered from an ankle injury.

“It is recovering well and I am optimistic I will be able to train with the team before the end of the season,” said Klose who had an ankle operation to repair ligaments last month and expects to play in Bayern’s last four games.

Having damaged the ligaments in the 3-0 win over Bochum on March 14, Klose – the top-scorer at the last World Cup – insists Bayern can still knock leaders Wolfsburg off top spot to finish the season on May 23 as league champions.

“My goal is to be able to hold up the Bundesliga trophy with a shirt on my back, we will be champions,” said Klose.

And Klose, who has scored 44 goals in 88 appearances for Germany, says the team must produce good performances to back under-fire Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“We know that he does a good job,” said Klose.

But Klose agreed with Bayern team-mates Ze Roberto and Ribery in saying the German giants need to sign good players this summer to help with their European ambitions after they lost their Champions League quarter-final to Barcelona.


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Pepe Reina admits Liverpool must regain their reputation as defensive misers if they are to stay in the title race.

The Reds have delighted neutrals by netting 27 goals in their last eight fixtures - but their prolificacy has come at a price.

Reina has shipped 11 goals in his last four outings, including four to Russian hotshot Andrey Arshavin in the 4-4 against Arsenal on Tuesday.

"We have never had a run like this - conceding 11 goals in four games," the 26-year-old told Liverpoolfc.tv. "We are scoring a lot of goals but we have to try and improve in defence.

"Scoring goals is the most difficult thing in football but now we must sort some of the problems we're having in defence.

"We've always had the balance between attack and defence. That's why we're always there in the Champions League and cup competitions, because we are a team with balance. We have to get back to this way."

Some have labelled Tuesday's goalfest against the Gunners the greatest Premier League game of all-time - not that Reina enjoyed it.

"For me and our defenders it was tough because we made a lot of mistakes and conceded four goals. It's always difficult when this happens," said the Spain international.

"But anyway, we showed great spirit until the end and never gave up."

The draw was followed by a 2-0 victory for Manchester United over Portsmouth on Wednesday, leaving Liverpool three points off top spot having played a game more than their rivals.

Kopites will draw hope from the fact United's last six matches include meetings with Arsenal and Manchester City, and though Reina isn't spending too much time studying the fixture list, he is adamant no one inside Melwood will give up on the title until it is mathematically impossible.

"We knew it would be difficult for United to drop points in two games, and now it's even harder because they have to lose those games," he said. "But we have to still believe and keep going until the end.

"It's not worth looking at the fixture list. All we can do is win our games, so we don't look at United's fixtures. We just have to do our job and win our five remaining games.

"This club has been many, many years without being in this position going into the last five games. To be involved at this stage is beautiful, but to win the league would be massive, so we have to give our all."


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Jolt from Jo proves Petr Cech's mettle and shows self-belief is returning

"He's our mate, the best in the world and, when he comes out in the last minute at Wembley and gets through a crowd of players to punch the ball clear, we love him." - says jt

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lol remember how a day and a half ago people were all saying how he's lost it. petr's awesome. chelsea's #1.

and now, an unrelated gif.

Jose being Jose...

Jose Mourinho: English coaches live in paradise

Jose Mourinho has dropped another strong hint that he would return to the Premier League by claiming English football is “a paradise” for coaches.

The former Chelsea boss is on the brink of leading Inter Milan to the Serie A title in his first season but Mourinho has never given the impression that he has fallen in love with the Italian game.

He claimed managing in Italy was far tougher than in England and said: “Arsene Wenger works in peace. Arsenal haven't won anything for four years but he carries on his fantastic work with his young players, who have no pressure on them.

“I believe the 4-4 draw with Arsenal means Liverpool can't win the League, which will be the fifth time Rafael Benitez has failed to do so as coach. Yet he is still able to continue his fantastic work. English football is a paradise for coaches.”

Source: The Evening Standard