May 20th, 2009

darcy doesn;t sparkle

Platini is a douche.... again.

Michel Platini has made another sideways swipe at Arsene Wenger by slamming the Frenchman's tactic of signing players before they reach the age of 18. The UEFA president detests the manner in which the Arsenal manager signed Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona when he was just 16.And, speaking to a Spanish newspaper about Barcelona's fabled La Masia youth system, Platini insisted it is morally wrong to tempt players away from the club which has raised them.

"Barcelona represent my philosophy, not only for the game, but also for the training of athletes," Platini told El Mundo newspaper.

"I believe we must protect them, at least until they are 18 years of age. This is not an economic issue but a moral one. As adults who have been trained both physically and mentally, they can go wherever they want, but until then they should stay at home to mature."

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Michel Platini has sung the praises of Champions League finalists Barcelona ahead of the title decider in Rome on May 27. Speaking to the newspaper El Mundo, Platini said, "Barcelona represents my philosophy, not just in their style of play, but how they form their footballers.

"I believe players should be protected until they are 18, more for moral reasons than
economic ones."

The UEFA president then emphasised his love of Barca's footballing style, continuing, "They embody the ideals of Spanish football, which represents technique, an easy and open style of play.

"It seduces me."

Finally, Platini talked about some of Barca's star players: "Xavi is very good, the best player of EURO 2008, and so is Iniesta. "Even players like Eto'o, Henry or Keita have all adapted brilliantly to their system."

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Eurghhh... I am so sick of this blatant favouritism of any team that is not English. If this were any other job he would have been sacked for discrimination before now.

How can someone in such a position of power be so openly biased against particular teams? I can't wait until he gets caught having an affair, or a drugs scandal or something and has to step down...

It's almost worth hoping Man Utd win just to rub it in his face.

Feliz Navidad

So long sucker!

Predrag Mijatovic Leaves Real Madrid (aka the board has had enough of him)

With a new president set to be elected next month at Real Madrid, the club have reached an agreement with Predrag Mijatovic to rescind his contract...

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And last but not least I've got a question: who thinks Miguel is being sincere when he talks about women in his footbal off limits?

I'm not sure, but as long as I can believe there are men like that on this planet I'm happy.
Dirk Luis

Luis coming home again?? Nando love fest.

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Liverpool are set to face Atletico Madrid at Anfield for their final warm-up game before the 2009-10 season.

Fernando Torres' former club will arrive on Merseyside on Saturday, August 8 - a week before the new Barclays Premier League campaign gets underway.

The sides met twice in the 2008-09 Champions League, with both group stage clashes ending in a draw. Injury meant El Nino featured in neither.

Ticket details for the 3pm kick-off will follow.


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ESPN The Magazine must have a hard on for soccer/football right now, because this week's issue has a big article on Messi (which surprisingly graces the cover!), and an interview with Tim Howard. I would type the Messi article, but it is ridiculously long and I don't like you guys that much. However, the Tim Howard interview isn't too long....
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Sometimes I wonder what our world would be like if it were a street sport in the U.S. I think guys like Kobe or LeBron would be dominating if they had played as long as the current pros had. Thoughts?

Source: My ESPN The Magazine

awooo waka waka espagna

Barcelona vs. The All Whites ;)

Manchester United To Wear All White Against Barcelona

Manchester United have chosen to wear an all white kit for the Champions League final after Barcelona were given the status of being the home team for the game in Rome next week.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men will don their away shirts as their first choice colours of red and second choice blue tops would both clash with the Blaugrana's strip.

While unintentionally choosing the same uniform as Barca's arch rivals Real Madrid for the game, the change will invoke memories of the last time the two sides met in a European final.

In 1991, Ferguson led his side to a surprise 2-1 win against the Catalan giants to win the European Cup Winners' Cup in Rotterdam, although that day Barca also wore a second choice kit.

Barcelona wore their home strip when they played Arsenal in Paris in 2006, with Gunners choosing a yellow and dark grey outfit that brought them little luck.

The supporters of the Blaugrana will watch the club's sixth appearance in a European Cup final from behind the south goal in the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Ferguson Regrets Selling Gerard Pique To Barcelona

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"I have always liked the boy. I did expect him to reach this level so quickly," started Ferguson, quoted by Sky Sports.

"He has fantastic qualities but most importantly, he has a good self-determination about him. He is a winner and a good professional.

"I always thought he would do well. We were disappointed to lose him but we understood at the time that his family desire was to go back to Barcelona.

"He looked at [Rio] Ferdinand and [Nemanja] Vidic and wanted to be in the first team immediately.

"I can understand why he wanted to go back to Barcelona. We wished him well at the time but we don't wish him well on Wednesday."

Hey, did you know that Pique -- other than being a hotass Catalan seductor is also somewhat of a fortune teller? After he got his first international goal against Turkey at the Bernabeu he said it wasn't going to be the last time he'd score at that stadium. Fast forward a few months to the Clasico in Madrid, and he scores his first Barca goal of the season. When he left Man United, he wrote this at the end of his goodbye message:

"Finally, a special thanks to the fans for their warmth and support. I would like them to know that I will always carry United in my heart and I hope that they understand my decision to go back to my home club, FC Barcelona.

Thank you all and I hope to see you in the Champions League final next season"

source: arooj

So ya, start documenting everything this guy says because it'll probably come true. I think he said something about us getting married but it was in Catalan so I'm not quite sure...



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Rafa Benitez admits Liverpool will be losing a legend when Anfield bids farewell to Sami Hyypia on Sunday.

The 35-year-old Finn will leave on a free this summer after agreeing a two-year deal with German outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

Benitez is yet to decide his starting XI for the season finale against Tottenham but, whether or not he starts, Hyypia can expect an emotional reception following a decade of faultless service.

"Yes, I think Liverpool are losing a legend," said the Kop boss. "For years he has been so good. He has scored important goals and has been very, very good in defence. Clearly we are losing an important player.

"He will get a fantastic reception from the fans. They are amazing and they recognise when someone has been a very good servant to the club.

"He is a fantastic professional and a very good person, and the fans know this.

"It's good as a manager that, when you have a player with his name and experience, he still wants to learn. I have been really pleased working with him."

Hyypia has not featured since his awesome display in the 4-1 victory at Old Trafford on March 14.


Edit: Read this too! Ty Cor <3

I'm going to be a mess on Sunday :'(