during the celebrations, everything was going well, the players were waiting for the cup, his captain and some others authorities were on a crane (?) there was fireworks and the cup was raising, in that moment they threw confetti and what happen when you mix fireworks and confetti?? yes, fire! and that's what happened =O
as far as i know, nobody got hurt =)
and congratulations to Corinthians!!!!
Titi picked up a knock on the knee during the Real Madrid game and will be out for Wednesday's match against Chelsea
He was on a roll during the Clasico, a game which IMO, saw him replicating his 05/06 Arsenal form so missing him at this time, and at this stage of the competition will certainly be a blow. He also seems very comfortable playing against English teams and it woulda been nice to see him back in London... :(
This only means that Miniesta will be pushed deeper in the attacking role (who thankfully, is a fine substitute) and Keita will probably occupy the midfield... so Barca haven't completely lucked out with their attacking options.
However *MARCA* are claiming that he'll be traveling with the squad but will be monitored closely to see if his fitness will be ready in time for the game.
Source: It's being reported everywhere but here's one
Just a reminder of how great he was in England...
I was bored. And since I found this particular René Adler photo I have been itching to share with the rest of you. Also Tobias Schweinsteiger makes a cameo.
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By MATTHEW MOFFETT
In an emotional soccer match played amid backdrop of the swine flu epidemic, Hector Reynoso of Mexico's Guadalajara Chivas club launched the cough heard round the Latin American sporting world.
While tangled up with Sebastian Penco of the local Everton squad in Vina del Mar, Chile, on Wednesday, Mr. Reynoso went through an elaborate pantomime of infecting Mr. Penco with the swine flu virus. Mr. Reynoso coughed in his opponent's face and then appeared to expel mucus from his nostrils towards Mr. Penco.
Mr. Reynoso subsequently said he didn't have the flu. But his aggressive display, replayed thousands of times on YouTube, may be complicating the already difficult task Mexican teams face in finding a venue for their games in the prestigious Libertadores Cup competition.
Guadalajara and San Luis are the two Mexican clubs still participating in the Cup, which draws teams from throughout Latin America. But with other Latin American teams unwilling to come to Mexico to play, the two Mexican squads haven't been able to find another country willing to serve as a provisional site for their home matches. Colombian health officials on Thursday overruled a decision by their country's football association to allow the Mexican clubs to use Bogota as a temporary home. Chile has also given thumbs down to the Mexicans.
The Libertadores dilemma shows how sports have become another casualty of Mexico's swine flu epidemic. Mexico's recent first division soccer games have been played in empty stadiums as a result of the government's ban on large concentrations of people. Mexico's professional baseball league announced a five-day suspension of games starting last Friday. Many amateur sporting events have also been canceled.
Mr. Reynoso apologized to Mr. Penco for the incident. But he and his Mexican teammates said the action reflected pent-up frustration over having been stigmatized by Chileans because of the illness.
Gonzalo Pineda, a teammate of Mr. Reynoso's, told reporters that the Mexicans faced ridicule visiting a Chilean shopping mall before the game.
"Here come the Mexicans; they are going to infect us," was how Mr. Pineda described the feeling the Chileans gave them. "The situation made us feel like lepers." The Mexicans said Everton players continued the insults on the pitch.
Everton's Mr. Penco said that he hadn't said anything to the Mexicans about the flu during the match, and that he doubts his teammates did either. "They're almost saints," he said. But Mr. Penco said he had accepted an apology from Mr. Reynoso and was frankly tired of talking about the issue.
The Chilean press wasn't letting Mr. Reynoso off the hook so easily. The Chilean daily Las Ultimas Noticias said the Mexican player took advantage of "swine psychosis" and that for Everton, the coughing incident "couldn't have [been] a worse farewell."
Louis Van Gaal, the coach of newly crowned Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar, will not be joining German giants Bayern Munich, the AZ president Dirk Scheringa declared on Monday.
"Louis is under contract until 2010," Scheringa told the website of Dutch magazine sportweek.nl. "A departure to another club is not negotiable.
"I'm not worried about anything as Van Gaal is a man of principle who always respects his contracts. And we've not been contacted by Bayern."
Bayern's general manager Uli Hoeness claimed on Sunday that the reigning German champions were close to an agreement with Van Gaal, having sacked Jurgen Klinsmann last week.
Van Gaal, who has previously coached Ajax and Barcelona, would sign "a two-to-three-year contract", Hoeness told the Munich press.
But Scheringa was adamant Van Gaal would not be leaving AZ.
"We want to play in the Champions League with Louis," he said.
"A transfer of our coach is impossible. Only one approach to speak to him will be authorised," he added, referring to the fact that Van Gaal is currently in talks to become coach of the Belgian national side on top of his duties at AZ.
Van Gaal refused to comment on the matter during the press conference that followed AZ's 3-0 league defeat at second-placed FC Twente on Sunday.
Arsenal Ladies just don’t lose FA Cup Finals.
This was their 10th showpiece appearance and a 10th triumph duly arrived as a resolute Sunderland side were seen off at Pride Park thanks to goals from Katie Chapman and Kim Little.
Chapman fired home in the 32nd minute after Helen Alderson failed to hold Gemma Davison’s venomous shot. If the Black Cats keeper was at fault for that, she certainly kept her team in the game with a string of fine saves.
Little finally sealed victory in stoppage time with a neat finish on the counter-attack and, although Kelly McDougall scored an even later consolation for Sunderland, there was no time for a grandstand finish.
Arsenal's fourth consecutive FA Cup success keeps them on track for a domestic treble and was the perfect way for Vic Akers to mark his last Final after 22 years at the Arsenal Ladies helm. Incredibly this was the 31st major trophy of the Akers era but the 32nd might be harder to come by - Arsenal must beat Everton next weekend to retain their Premier League title.
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Manchester United training for their big game tomorrow.
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arooj just brought this to my attention:
"Cristiano Ronaldo has spent £2,500 on Calvin Klein underwear for team-mate Danny Welbeck. The youngster’s admission that he buys all his underwear from bargain high street store Primark proved a source of fun-poking for many of United’s squad. But it was too much for C-Ron’s designer sensibilities.
The Portuguese winger splashed out a whopping 0.5 per cent of his monthy income on stocking Welbeck’s locker full with Calvin Klein pants. He could have at least pushed the boat out for some rhinestone-encrusted CR7 ones"
Sami has agreed a move to Bayer Leverkusen :(
He was a class act and a rock at the back for 10 years, playing for the team he supported as a child.
He gave up the captaincy to Stevie in the best possible manner and didn't complain about it once, he has been a key player ever since he arrived and he will be missed.
"History will undoubtedly judge the big Finn to be one of the club's shrewdest pieces of business - and possibly the best pound for pound signing ever to arrive at Anfield." quote from the Liverpool site.
Without doubt a Liverpool Legend.
Liverpool site www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drilldown/N16425
link in German www.bayer04.de/B04/de/_site_index.aspx
oooooooh Sami Sami, Sami Sami Sami Sami Hyypia!
I missed the Clasico, as I had to go to a friends 21. Birthday party (way less exciting than the game apparantly was), so does anyone have a download link? Preferably with english or german commentary? I can't use the stream-links someone posted before, as my Halls of Residence internet blocks the site.
Thanks! And actually, I lied, I am giving you something. This will either cheer up or depress the Madrid-girls even more, depends on your feelings for this guy:
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It's from goal.com, so it's probably not quite true, but still..
Ryan calls for repeat display
United will take a slender advantage to the Emirates on Tuesday night, but Ryan Giggs says the Reds have no intention of merely sitting back and preserving the lead.
Instead, he says, United need to stick to the principles of attacking football that have served the team so well in recent years.
“We have to go down to London and play like we did in the first game,” he said. “We’ll have no problems then.”
At the halfway point in the two-legged Champions League semi-final tie, the Reds lead 1-0 courtesy of John O’Shea’s early strike at Old Trafford. A United goal on Tuesday night would mean Arsenal would have to score three times to progress.
And Giggs has hinted the Reds might chase that valuable away goal.
“We’re in a good position but we’re under no illusions. Arsenal are a top team and they’re capable of scoring goals.
“We’ll have to look after their match-winners – Fabregas, Adebayor, van Persie if he’s fit, Walcott – but you also have to stamp your own authority on the game because we’ve got match-winners as well.
“[At Old Trafford] we went out with the intention of getting the crowd going and playing at a quick tempo. We’re at our best when we play with a quick tempo so that’s what we tried to do.
“Like I said, if we play to the ability we did last week then we’ll have no problems.”
Giggs made his 800th appearance for the Reds in the first leg when he came on as a substitute and would love to add to that tally at the Emirates. The most experienced player to ever pull on a United shirt, Giggs would provide Sir Alex with vital composure in the centre of the park.
But, the 35-year-old concedes, not everybody can play every game at this stage of the season.
“It doesn’t matter who the manager picks,” Giggs says. “Everyone’s playing well and in good form. You can’t be involved in every game but when you do come in you have to make your mark.”
Ryan Giggs was speaking to ManUtd.com, BBC Radio, Key 103 and Press Association.
another goal like this from you giggsy please lovey.
Here's a translation of the article. All mistakes are mine.
The debate is open: who should leave Real Madrid?
The humiliating loss against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu has unleashed an authentic earthquake within Real Madrid. The history and philosophy of the club force him to always fight until the final whistle, but on this occasion it was made clear that their options were not real. The club lived in a fantasy that Guardiola and their players waked up from in the most harsh way possible.
Now, little more than a month away from the elections for the madridista presidency, the movements of the club have accelerated. Independently from who wins the election, the merengue supporters ask for changes. Deep changes. It has been proven that the squad has not been cleaned enough and that a couple of signings won't be enough to reinforce it.
Before making new signings it is necessary to let go some players and among them there might be an important one. It will be a hard and long process but at the beginning of next season, the team could be very different from the current one.
The list that future authorities work with could look a lot like the following one:
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Also, here are the known candidates to run for the presidency next June. Florentino should confirm his candidacy within the next days and he is the favorite but he is not the only one.
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All this is quite tl;dr but posting it in case you're interested in this club.
I'd quite like a London side in the UEFA Cup because there's always a buzz throughout the city when foreign sides visit the capital, though Man City had a good run this year too, so really, I'm not fussed! These are the remaining fixtures for the four sides -
I suppose Wigan's in for a shout too. Man City's probably got the hardest run-in as they have the Manchester derby this weekend followed by playing Tottenham, by then which both sides will be fighting for seventh. Everton has a bit of a say in this too, as they play West Ham, Fulham and Tottenham.
Hopefully you didn't find this boring! It's just cool to see that sides in mid-table (or thereabouts) do still have things to play for.
I have another question: do you support premier league sides in the UEFA Cup? I do (unless they're playing Celtic, my Scottish team), even for the likes of Tottenham, a club I nae like, because I like to see English sides well represented in Europe. I rooted for Boro in the 2006 UEFA Cup final, what a fail that was. :P
Spanish Primera División
Italian Serie A
French Ligue 1
Scottish Premier League
Barcelona (La Liga) - 85 points
Karlsruher SC (Bundesliga) - 23 points
Barcelona (La Liga) - 7 points
Internazionale (Serie A) - 7 points
Olympique Marseille (Ligue 1) - tied with second place
Closest to Danger
Getafe (La Liga) - tied with 18th place
Sochaux-Montbéliard (Ligue 1) - tied with 18th place
Farthest From Safety
Le Havre AC (Ligue 1) - 9 points fewer than 17th place
Adebayor to Milan and Santa Cruz to Arsenal; Everybody Happy?Arsenal are reportedly set to offload their Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor to Italian giants AC Milan for a fee set around 34 million. With the fee the North London based side are set to chase Blackburn and Paraguay sensation Roque Sanata Cruz for around 16-28 million.
Adebayor who has had much speculation over his future for the past twelve months. He has had a difficult run with injuries and form, but has still managed to find the back of the net on sixteen occasions. The 6 ft. striker, who last season notched over 30 goals for Arsene Wenger side, has expressed great interest in joining Milan.
Meanwhile Paraguay and Blackburn hitman Roque Santa Cruz, a player who has been on many managers shopping list thanks to his good run of form which began in 2007 when he joined Blackburn. The highly rated striker could see himself on Arsenal's 2009/2010 roster if the deal between Milan and Adebayor go through.
The former Bayern Munich striker who played over 150 games for the German side, is blessed with speed, balance, and fierce shoot and slickly, calm composure when in the box. The Paraguayian would no doubt be a great addition to the Arsenal squad and would be affordable if Adebayor is sold.
Would that satisfy the fans and journalists, if Emmanuel Adebayor was sold to AC Milan for around 34 million and Roque Santa Cruz was sold to Arsenal?
Martín Demichelis' girlfriend, Evangelina Anderson, gave birth to their son today in Munich. The baby's name will be Martín Bastian.
The birth was photographed and filmed (ooook).
Congratulations, Micho and Eva!
but only 2
will move on
who will be in the finals?
Chelsea v Man United
Man United v Barcelona
Arsenal v Chelsea
Barcelona v Arsenal
did you vote as a neutral?
or is your club still in the competition?
what are your thoughts on another all english final?
& just4fun ~ RANK THE FINALS IN ORDER OF EXCITEMENT