May 1st, 2009


Real Madrid v Barcelona

Heeere we go again! The season's most awaited fixture, otherwise known as "el Clasico" is about 24 hours away, but the hype and nerves have been lingering for weeks.

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Training photos: Real Madrid, Barcelona

Pre-match readings:

Messi: I Would Rather Beat Chelsea Than Real Madrid
Juande Ramos: I know Barcelona perfectly
Guardiola Ponders Barcelona Rotation As Henry Suffers Neck Pains
Raul Is Real Madrid's Leader - Barcelona Defender Dani Alves
Miguel Torres: Barcelona Fear Real Madrid

Soooo chicas, what are your predictions? Plans for tomorrow? What colour of cardigan will Pep wear? Will Sergio's choppy layers get in the way of scoring? Which celebrities will be spotted in the stands? How many times will Ray Hudson use the word "majestic"? Will he need a jockstrap to contain himself? AYAYAY

united: my ground is prettier than yours

United gals: Take a deep breath. Relax.

Ferdinand boost for United

United boss confirms that Ferdinand could be fit for second leg

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand has not cracked a rib and could be available for the second leg of Manchester United's UEFA Champions League semi-final against Arsenal.

The 30-year-old was forced off against the Gunners in the closing stages after colliding with his own goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

The England international was immediately rushed off for scans with fears that he could be out for up to three weeks.

But X-rays have revealed that the defender has not suffered a broken rib and, although he will miss the trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday, he could return on Tuesday against the Gunners.

The news is a massive boost for the Red Devils as they look to defend a slender 1-0 lead at Emirates Stadium next week.

"It's good news with Rio," the United boss said.

Bruising to the lung

"It is not a cracked bone, he had a bit of bruising on the lung which was why he was coughing up blood but there has been nothing since then.

"Hopefully we can get him ready for Tuesday, he seems almost back to normal. But he won't play tomorrow.

Ferguson had initially voiced his concerns over Ferdinand after seeing the centre-half at the end of the game but now has his sights on getting his charge back into training as soon as possible.

"Of course when you see it at the time you fear the worst but now it is just a case of getting him back training, hopefully on Sunday, and getting him ready for Tuesday, he added"


This is good news, no? Well, not for Tori, but oh well. :P Oh, and says that Wes Brown could start on the bench.

Also, he was coughing up blood?! And no-one seems to be worried by this?!


Matter of Great Importance: why can't I take that City tag off?! I am about to cry. :(

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please consider this an excuse to spam me with almunia pics

Wenger – Almunia for England, why not?

Arsène Wenger sees no reason why Manuel Almunia should not play for the English national team.
With Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina and Santiago Canizares all representing Spain over the last 10 years, Almunia has never turned out for his national team.
In June, the 31-year-old will be able to apply for a British passport giving him the right to represent Fabio Capello’s England. And, with question marks still hanging over the current English candidates, Almunia might have a genuine opportunity of a call-up if he becomes eligible.
When asked where he stood on the matter at Friday’s pre-match press conference, Wenger’s response was unequivocal.
“I stand nowhere,” the Frenchman stated. “There are international rules that have to be respected but if possible, why not?
“Then it is a choice left to the England FA or Manuel’s desire. I am not to be involved in that. Of course he is good enough to play for England, not only good enough, he is the best.”





oh god please no.

And now you can be quizzed by Michael Ballack, and Cech!
Do you wanna be the 12th man?

Abso-hella-lutley-- if I don't have to wear this kit.

photo g-snatched from blueforever10

Either way, Kalou does not approve of this f*(kery:


Orange carrot to Tron reject? What gives?!


Maybe he'll stop crying now


Rafael Benitez today confirmed Daniel Agger is close to agreeing a new contract at Anfield.

The Danish defender's future has been the subject of speculation for many months, but a deal is now close which will ensure the 24-year-old commits his future to the Reds. 
"It is very close," confirmed Benitez today. "We are just waiting on the small details but it is nearly done. We have to wait a little bit longer but we are very close. 
"He is very happy here and I have always supported him. Hopefully it will be done." 
Benitez also brushed off speculation in this morning's newspapers linkingJavier Mascherano with a move away from the club. 
"I was talking with Javier earlier and everything is okay," he added. 
"He is really pleased here because he knows the fans love him. He can't avoid big clubs asking about him because he is a top class player, but he is very happy here."

I'm sure most people on here will be happier about this news than me(i'm still fairly pleased though). Start playing well and stop complaining please Danny.

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This is a David Ginola post...

David Ginola le Magnifique

David Ginola began his football career in his native France before moving to England in 1995 when he signed for Newcastle United and stayed in the country until retiring seven years later, having subsequently turned out for Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Everton. He was also a regular player for the French national team during the 1990s.

During his career he cultivated a reputation as a stylish maverick, often clashing with his coaches. Since his retirement from the game in 2002 he has become involved in several new pursuits, including acting.
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[&amp;hearts;]roaming gnome

Something to distract us from impending doom tomorrow...

Barca and Bayern agree summer Ribery switch
442 Staff - Yesterday, 12:58

Barcelona have reportedly reached an agreement with Bayern Munich to sign French international Franck Ribery at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old former Marseille man has been a long-time target of the la Liga leaders, with both Manchester United and Real Madrid also strongly linked with the midfielder.

He revealed on Thursday that he would leave the Allianz Arena in the summer should Bayern fail to qualify for the Champions League, while his club captain, Mark van Bommel, has also been quoted as saying Ribery would be keen on a switch to Catalonia.

And newspaper El Mundo Deportivo are now claiming that representatives of the two clubs have met with Ribery's agent, Alain Migliaccio, to agree a £30 million cash-plus-player deal, believed to be either Aleksandr Hleb or Eidur Gudjohnsen.

I LOOOOVE RIBERY and would be psyched to see him in Blaugrana. The last bit is interesting. Who'd you rather see go, Hleb or Gudjohnsen?