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Steve Muir, 43, from Christchurch, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour six months ago, the Manchester Evening News reported.
Friends at the Halswell United soccer club, where he coaches a youth team, clubbed together to send him to England to watch his favourites, Manchester United play at Old Trafford.
After watching the Reds beat Portsmouth 2-0, Mr Muir was given the honour of presenting the club man-of-the-match award to Darren Fletcher.
United then invited him to be a guest of Sir Alex at Carrington for a training session, where he stood alongside the famous manager.
And to cap the experience, he met Blackburn Rovers player and New Zealand captain Ryan Nelsen, who invited him round for tea.
"It has been a fantastic week, unbelievable," said Mr Muir.
"Meeting Sir Alex and the players at Carrington and watching them train was a real privilege.
"I couldn't believe how big some of them were, (Cristiano) Ronaldo's much bigger than he looks on TV and (Edwin) van der Sar is a giant.
"Sir Alex came over, saying `where's this lad from New Zealand' and shook my hand.
"We had a chat, watched the players having a kickabout and then they came over and signed some shirts for me."
Mr Muir was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in October last year, but despite an operation to remove it, the cancer returned and spread.
When club members at Halswell United were told, they held a testimonial match, and other fundraising events to pay to fly Mr Muir and his wife Joanne to Britain.
John Walker, of Wythenshawe Amateurs football club, heard of his story while in New Zealand visiting his son.
He arranged the trip to Carrington and free accommodation.
53 minutes of Fernando Torres, now now that's more than I could ever ask for. I still haven't watch the whole thing since it's still loading halfway, but I want to share this with Nando's fans and because of that, let us all get a kick out of this video <3
If this video has been posted up before, I'm sorry. I wouldn't know. Just enjoy it again :-)
PS: Rafael Benitez today confirmed Daniel Agger is close to agreeing a new contract at Anfield. Source
YAY I'm so happy :-D
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Steven Gerrard regards the current Liverpool side as the best he's ever played in and feels they are edging ever closer to realising his dream of winning the Barclays Premier League title.
The Reds skipper believes Rafael Benitez's men have made huge strides over the past few seasons, a fact further underlined by the side's belief they can now beat anyone in world football.
"I think we've got consistent performers throughout the team; world-class players in certain areas and also a lot more players stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility," he said.
"There's a belief in the squad now when it comes to playing the big teams. A few years ago we might try and nick a 1-0 or grind out a draw. We've got the ability now to match those teams and win.
"People talk about the spine of this team and when you look at it – at people like Pepe Reina, Carra, Xabi and me – we've played together for about four years now. We know each other's games inside out. The manager, meanwhile, is trying to strengthen other areas of the side. We're very close to having a top team. Very close."
As a local lad Gerrard is living the Liverpudlian dream; to play and captain the club he supported as a youngster.
He admits it is a huge privilege to skipper the Reds and while there have been some major highlights during his Anfield career, he concedes the armband does not come without its pressures.
"Yeah, every day I am captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world, where you are expected to win every single game," he confirms.
"Sometimes that can get to you. Sometimes after a defeat, sitting on that bus, you feel as if you've got the world on your shoulders.
"Phone calls are coming in left, right and centre from family and friends who idolise Liverpool Football Club. If you haven't played well or feel slightly responsible for the result it can get on top of you.
"On the other hand, if you get on that bus and you've played well, scored a goal, maybe won a cup final and lifted a trophy above your head, then you're on top of the world. I've had those experiences playing in this team and I wouldn't change them for the world. The pressure is well worth it for moments like that."
Liverpool face Newcastle United on Sunday with Gerrard expected to return from the adductor injury that has seen him miss the Reds' last four matches.
Should he be included in the starting XI he is likely to come up against his former teammate Michael Owen. During their time together the England duo developed a magnificent understanding, so much so, that the skipper has even compared the partnership to the devastating one he has recently forged with Fernando Torres.
"You can go back to my days playing with Michael. It's very similar," he said.
"I know Fernando's movements, his pace and his strengths. The way he is, he makes my job an awful lot easier. He deserves credit for being one of the best players in the world (OH, REALLY?) and the manager does, too, for spotting that and putting us together."
A victory over Newcastle would keep Liverpool in the hunt for the title, although Rafael Benitez's men are still relying on Manchester United to slip up.
The Red Devils face a Champions League semi-final second-leg at Arsenal after this afternoon’s trip to the Riverside and Gerrard admits he isn't quite sure whether he wants to see them progress in Europe or not.
"It's a difficult one because obviously I want them to be as busy as possible but I don't really want to be saying I want to see them in a European Cup Final!" he said.
"But I think the next two league games are crucial for us, in maybe getting another chance, because Man U have tough league games either side of their second leg.
"They've got to play Middlesbrough Saturday lunchtime, which might mean Sir Alex Ferguson makes a few changes. And then, after the second leg at the Emirates, I think they've got the derby against City.
"If they can come through those two games then it's basically all over, but if they make any kind of slip up it does give us hope."
I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT TOMORROW OMG I'VE MISSED HIM :')
Enjoy! Be Champions!
I mean, yeah. Because a milestone happened for us as well today.
JOHN TERRY'S 400th APPEARANCE
This is a permission slip to spam this thread with JT.
In his strongest public statement about his future at Manchester United, Ronaldo said: “I’m no longer thinking of Madrid. That dream is dead.
"The only thing I dream about now is Manchester United and winning the Champions League again in Rome.”
I am trying my best not to be absolutely over the moon because I fear something might have got mixed up in the press. However, several sources seem to be reporting it. I can't even describe how freaking happy I am if he is really freaking crushing those rumors. What he did over the summer was disrespectful to the club and the fans and I do NOT want any repeat over that because I can only do so much to defend him. He owes it to everyone to be a grown up and handle this situation with maturity. I know what playing for Real Madrid meant to him and how much he wanted to honor his father's memory but I can be just as selfish as him so this news thrills me.
Anyway, let me see you wear that United crest for a long time, Cris.
- 2/6 goals were by two Catalan born players - always extra sweet when it comes to the Clasico ;)
- EL GRAN CAPITAN scored the goal that put Barca in the lead! It was kinda his fault Higuain was able to score but he made up for it
“The goal I scored came from a move we practiced with Tito Vilanova just before we came on, and only Xavi, Piqué and me knew about it.” - Puyol
- Pique got his first goal as a Barcelona player after expressing his desire to score in El Clasico. Who took a defender -- no wait, who took a silly 21 year old Manchester United reject seriously when he said that? His first goal for the NT was also at the Bernabeu. After the game, he said "I hope this will not be my last goal here" and surely enough...
- He also scored Barca's 100th league goal of the season!
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This win will be a huge boost for when they travel to London to play Chelsea next Wednesday. Chelsea will no doubt play a much different game than Real did, but the result from the Bernabeu is exactly what Barca needed to build their confidence. A victory like this will bring a shitload of momentum that NO amount of fatigue can break down
And just incase you were wondering, Leo's under shirt had to do with the recent funraising hes been doing for children with Fragile X Syndrome. His goals were dedicated to the children who have this sickness
"I know how important it is to have a helping hand,” he said. “In my childhood I had difficult times because of hormonal problems. If I hadn’t had support, I wouldn’t have been able to fulfil my dreams.” (The Times)
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AGGER AGREES NEW DEAL!!1111111ONEEEBBQ
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has agreed a four-year extension to his current contract, which will see him remain at Anfield until at least 2014.
The 24-year old, who joined the Reds from Brondby in 2006, has played 76 times and scored 6 goals, including his recent spectacular long range effort against Blackburn Rovers.
Agger joins teammates Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt who have recently committed their long term future to the club.
Manager Rafael Benitez said: "This is extremely good news for Liverpool moving forward and demonstrates our intention to build on the progress we have already made this season.
"Daniel is still young, but with great quality and will be a very important player for us in the years ahead.
"I'm sure there were many other clubs monitoring the situation closely, but throughout our discussions, Daniel made it clear that he wanted to stay at Liverpool and achieve success here.
"I'm delighted we've secured his future at Anfield."
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South Korean winger Park Ji-sung has agreed a new deal with Manchester United, AFP reported Saturday.
Park had 18 months left on his current deal but Sir Alex Ferguson was keen to keep him at Old Trafford for even longer.
The four million pounds signing from PSV Eindhoven admits he never considered leaving a club he thinks is the biggest in the world.
Park, who has agreed his deal verbally, will officially sign his new contract later this month. "I have no reason to move," he was quoted as telling The Sun. "I play at the best club in the world."
Meanwhile, Park scored a goal in a match against Middlesbrough in the England Premier League Saturday. It was his 11th goal after he became a member of Manchester United in August 2005.