May 11th, 2009

Figure Skating- You go your way


"Barca suffer Iniesta blow"

"Spain star ruled out of Copa del Rey and a doubt to face United"

"Barcelona's Andres Iniesta is in a race against time to be fit for the UEFA Champions League final after being ruled out of the Copa del Rey with a thigh muscle tear.

The Spain midfielder sustained the problem in Sunday's 3-3 Primera Liga draw with Villarreal at Camp Nou.

Barca are set to examine the extent of Iniesta's injury on Monday and will then announce how long the 25-year-old is facing on the sidelines.

The playmaker will definitely miss Wednesday's Copa del Rey final with Athletic Bilbao, but his club are hopeful he will be fit to face Manchester United on 27th May.

Barca are already without suspended duo Dani Alves and Eric Abidal, while Thierry Henry is struggling to be ready for the Rome showpiece after suffering knee ligament trouble."

[♥]roaming gnome


"Estaré en Roma"

Andres Iniesta will be fit in time to play in the Champions League final for Barcelona against Manchester United after tests revealed that his injury is not as serious as first thought.

The Blaugrana midfielder limped out of the 3-3 draw against Villarreal on Sunday and initial examinations saw club medics state that he could be a doubt for the showpiece encounter in Rome later this month.

But a new round of tests on Monday have confirmed that Iniesta has suffered only a "small tear" to the muscle in his right leg and that he will recover quickly.

"It is good news," Sport quote the player as stating as he passed reporters following a visit to the clinic.

It is an injury in the same place as the one that the playmaker suffered in November, which sidelined him for two months, but this time the news is more positive.

Iniesta will miss the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday against Athletic Club de Bilbao and Pep Guardiola will be cautious about how many appearances he makes before the end of the league season.

Barcelona already have Rafa Marquez and Gaby Milito out of the Champions League final through injury, while Thierry Henry is facing a race to be fit and Eric Abidal and Dani Alves are suspended.
English source is but along with the major newspapers are running it so it's legit. YAAAAY.

Let's hope he gets a shiny cup as a present this week! Gracias soarne for reminding me.

If you could just take a moment to read this

Bradford City Fire 24th Anniversary

So basically my home town is Bradford, West Yorkshire and we're about the 7th biggest district in the UK. We're also the home of Bradford City Football Club AFC and today is the 24th anniversary of the Bradford fire in which 56 fans lost their lives and around 265 were injured.

City remembers the 56

The 56 people who died 24 years go in the Bradford City Fire Disaster were remembered today at a special memorial service.

The city came to a standstill for one minute at 11.00am as respects were paid in Centenary Square. The City Hall flag flew at half-mast as a gathering of civic dignitaries and the public came together at the memorial sculpture.

Bradford's Lord Mayor Councillor Howard Middleton hosted the service to remember all those who died, the hundreds who were hurt, and their families.

On May 11, 1985, tragedy struck when Bradford City played Lincoln City. Shortly before half-time a blaze engulfed the main stand.

Joining leading community figures were the Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln. Bradford City chaplain the Reverend Andy Bowerman and the Lord Mayor's Chaplain Canon Denise Poole led the service.

Bradford City manager Stuart McCall played in the fateful game in 1985 and his father Andy was among those badly injured in the blaze.

Two Lincoln fans also perished and the two clubs have forged a close bond in their suffering.

It was only in 2007 that Bradford City played Lincoln City in a league fixture for the first time since the disastrous fire.

As well as a minute's silence, Monday's service also included prayers and the laying of wreaths, joint-Chairman laying the wreath on behalf of the club.

Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Howard Middleton said: "We must reflect and remember all the people who were affected by this disaster.

"This is an incredibly significant date for the people and city of Bradford to come together and remember.",,10266~1654647,00.html

You can also read more here:
and here:

So yeh this is kinda a big deal for me and I sorta wanted to share it with you all. As a Liverpool fan this helps me relate more to Hillsborough, but this is a lot closer to my heart as me and everyone I know, knows someone who died or was injured there, and my dad was also there (though he wasn't injured thank god) and even today you can still see people walking around with the burns they got on that day.
Thanks a lot for reading this

(also this is my first post and if it went wrong I'm sorry)

Dirk Luis

Maschers staying put


Javier Mascherano
 is intent on staying at Liverpool and getting his hands on the Barclays Premier League trophy.

The Argentina captain insists he has no plans to leave Anfield regardless of any press stories. 
Instead he wants to help the Reds take the final step in overhauling Manchester United over the coming seasons. 

"My future is here," said the 24-year-old. "I am here and I will continue to give 100 per cent. It will always be like this. 
"I think we have taken a big step this season, a really big step. 

"In the past three or four seasons Liverpool have lost the league maybe in December or January but this time we are there right at the very end of the season and we still have a chance. This is very important. 
"Our job now is to continue to work hard and to improve because we have shown that we can win against the biggest teams." 
Liverpool maintained their incredible run-in with a 3-0 victory at Upton Park on Saturday, a stadium that has brought mixed results over the years. 
United responded with a win in the Manchester derby on Sunday to go three points clear with a game in hand. 
Though Liverpool have just two fixtures remaining, Mascherano is refusing to give up the title ghost. 
"It was a good result against West Ham and a good performance. It took us to the top of the table until United played," he said. 
"We know that we still have a chance so we will be supporting the teams who play against United, but the main thing is that we are doing our own job. 
"This has been a fantastic season for Liverpool and we are on target to get more points than we have ever had in the Premier League."

There's no chance he was ever going to leave, Masch's here to stay.

It's official: UEFA is made up of Numptys.

Uefa rejects Manchester United's appeal against Darren Fletcher red card (despite tv footage showing he got a touch of the ball)

• Darren Fletcher to miss final in Rome on 27 May
• Barcelona's Eric Abidal's red card also upheld

Uefa has rejected Manchester United's appeal against Darren Fletcher's red card in the Champions League semi-final against Arsenal.

A statement from European football's ruling body said: "Even if they had been admitted they would have been rejected as unfounded as there were no grounds for contesting the referees' original decisions."

Fletcher was given a straight red for a professional foul on Arsenal's Cesc Fábregas in the penalty area, but television replays have subsequently shown that he got a clean touch on the ball.

Sir Alex Ferguson had not been confident about overturning the decision. "We have to do it for Darren and sometimes in these situations, you never know," he said. "The referee made an honest decision."

Uefa also rejected Barcelona's appeals against Eric Abidal's dismissal and Dani Alves' caution against Chelsea and all three will miss the Rome final on 27 May.

The committee's decision can be appealed within three days but any such appeal would appear destined to fail.


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Philadelphia Unveils Name For Its MLS Team
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If America's top jocks chose soccer

ROME -- This might be apocryphal, but it's how I remember it. Sometime around the 1994 World Cup, then-U.S. head coach Bora Milutinovic was asked for the millionth time why the United States had never won the game's biggest trophy. He gave the usual spiel about our lack of a legitimate pro league, the lack of a soccer culture and all the usual things brought up by way of explanation.

Then he reminded everyone that soccer was still the fourth or fifth choice for American athletes. Elsewhere, the grade-A athletes are dreaming about soccer before they've even left the incubator. But in the U.S., the blue chips -- the guys who can jump out of the gym and run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds and handle the pressure when the game is on the line and improvise brilliance from hopeless situations -- go into football, basketball, baseball and, to a lesser extent, individual games like tennis, skiing and track and field.

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I can't say I agree with this, completely. Other countries have sports besides soccer that compete for players (isn't rugby huge in France?). I think LeBron wouldn't be very good at soccer (though I think Sizemore would) - it's not like good at one sport = good at another. Any non-soccer athletes you think would be good players or vice versa?

Football Rankings 5/11/09

Derby wins are the best!

English Premier League
Spanish Primera División
Italian Serie A
French Ligue 1
German Bundesliga
Scottish Premier League

Most Points
Barcelona (La Liga) - 86 points
Fewest Points
Karlsruher SC (Bundesliga) - 23 points
Biggest Lead
Barcelona (La Liga) - 8 points
Smallest Lead
Olympique Marseille (Ligue 1) - tied with second place
VfL Wolfsburg (Bundesliga) - tied with second place
Closest to Danger
Newcastle United (Premier League) - tied with 18th place
Sochaux-Montbéliard (Ligue 1) - tied with 18th place
Borussia Monchengladbach (Bundesliga) - tied with 16th place*
Farthest From Safety
Le Havre AC (Ligue 1) - 9 points fewer than 17th place

*16th-18th relegation zone

Ashley Cole thanks Arsenal fans...

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PLUS The Evening Standard had some further points:
1 - Chelsea's victory against other members of the big four this season.
5 - Number of chances Theo Walcott missed for Arsenal before being substituted.
13 - Time on the clock when Didier Drogba fell over for the first time. (LOL at this being an important stat.)
796 - Minutes Arsenal hadn't conceded a goal at home in the league until ALex headed in.
1960 - The year Arsenal last suffered such a heavy defeat to Chelsea at home, which was also a 4-1 loss.

Feliz Navidad

Que kind of fuckery?

Seems like this guy wants to make a comeback.

Because I'm too curious for my own good I checked out the video...

I thought it was a pity they didn't let him dance, until after 2:40.


Mods can we have a spam post tag por favor?

film • and i choose kill

Relegation watch: Newcastle the victors in the Tyne-Tees derby.


Newcastle beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at St James' Park, meaning they go 17th above Hull. The bottom three now stand:

18 Hull 36 -24 34
19 Middlesbrough 36 -28 31
20 West Brom 36 -29 31

My predictions a while ago that Hull, Boro and West Brom to go down look likely now, though I aint happy about it; Gareth Southgate is my bb, my first ever footballing crush and I still fancy him a bit enjoy his modesty in his post-match interviews on MOTD. Boro's best players will probably get offers from the Tottenhams and Man Citys of this world to play for them, but who knows what'll become of Gareth Southgate? I wanna see him on MOTD, damnit!

Still, credit to West Brom for their win over Wigan at the weekend; good to see they're giving their fans something to cheer about despite being pretty much resigned to relegation.

Poor Gareth Southgate. :(