May 22nd, 2009

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Uefa charges Drogba and Bosingwa

Uefa has charged Chelsea players Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa for insulting the referee after their Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona.

Uefa has also initiated disciplinary proceedings against Chelsea for the improper conduct of their players and the throwing of missiles by their fans.

Uefa has asked for a response by 29 May and will deal with the case on 17 June.

The Blues lost their semi-final after a series of controversial refereeing decisions by Tom Henning Ovrebo.

More to follow.

source: bbc sport

Manchester United News and the like.

Manchester United have been given special dispensation by UEFA to turn one half of Rome's Olympic Stadium into a stunning tribute to the late Sir Matt Busby before next Wednesday's Champions League final against Barcelona.

After discussions with European football's governing body, Sir Alex Ferguson and his players will walk out before the game to be greeted by a 16,000-piece mural covering the whole of the Curva Nord that will pay tribute to Busby, who would have been 100 years old the day before the final. Sourcey

Cristiano Ronaldo talks about his future, United, Madrid, and Ronaldo v. Messi
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Also, there is an awesome interview with Sir Alex here.
basking in the glow

hahahahaha oh hamburg.

Shakhtar's UEFA Cup win provides cheer for Hamburg

Not everyone in Germany was disappointed by Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk's victory over Werder Bremen in this week's UEFA Cup final.

Supporters of Werder's Bundesliga rivals Hamburg SV sent a letter to Shakhtar applauding their success.

"We congratulate Shakhtar on their victory over Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup final," Shakhtar quoted the letter as saying on its website (

"You cannot imagine how happy Hamburg fans are that Bremen did not receive this trophy."

Werder beat Hamburg in the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup and German Cup and also helped to scupper their title hopes with a home victory in the Bundesliga earlier this month.

"If up to now all the felicitations have expressed joy at the Ukrainian club's achievement, then this one had a slightly different accent," Shakhtar said.



HC nets two from Torres

HarperCollins has snapped up Liverpool and Spain striker Fernando Torres in a two-book deal.

Jonathan Taylor, non-fiction publishing director, bought world rights excluding Spain from David Luxton from Luxton Harris for an undisclosed sum. Torres signed the deal at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool last week with HarperCollins editorial director Tom Whiting.

On signing the deal, Torres said: "It is a very special time in my life. Much has happened to me in these past few years. As a Spanish footballer playing in the most exciting league in the world, I'm really looking forward to this new challenge of sharing my 
experiences." The first book in the deal will be published in the autumn. Whiting said: "It's an illustrated narrative celebration of a remarkable two years on Merseyside, alongside snapshots from his early career in Spain. Framed within 25 pivotal themes in the life of Torres, it will offer a unique window on the former Atlético Madrid wonderkid's world, on and off the pitch, and an insight into what inspires him and what motivates him."

The book will be written by Spanish journalist Antonio Sanz and translated into English by Guardian Spanish-football 
journalist Sid Lowe. The schedule and content for the second title is 
currently unconfirmed. The 25-year-old Spanish international signed from Atlético Madrid in July 2007, for a fee of around £26.5m. The number nine has scored 49 goals in 82 games in his two seasons at 
Liverpool. Torres also scored the winning goal in the 2008 European Championship final against Germany.

HarperCollins' Taylor said: "Liverpool players have a fantastic track record in terms of book sales. You only have to look at the success of titles by Steven 
Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler. He's made a huge impact in two seasons and seems on the cusp of becoming one of 
Liverpool's greats."

source & kickette twitter

barcelona; abi's hips don't lie

Long Tall Stevie and Elen Rigby

Fernando Torres has quite an impressive resume. Aside from the football blabla, and the ability to look sexy in the kitschiest of hairstyles, he also has appeared in music videos, adverts (more than one), and billboards. Not to manetion he is a charatcter in many video games.

But Nando is a true star, and all that doesnt satisfy him. He's got something else up his sleeve.

Fernando Torres wants to be a singer. Yes.


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Maradona's List

Here's Argentina's NT call-up list for the next round of World Cup qualifiers (against Colombia and Ecuador)

Goalkeepers: Juan Pablo Carrizo (Lazio), Federico Vilar (CF Atlante), Mariano Andújar (Estudiantes de La Plata).

Defenders: Nicolás Otamendi (Vélez), Marcos Angeleri (Estudiantes de La Plata),  Emiliano Papa (Vélez), Juan Forlin (Boca Juniors), Javier Zanetti (Inter), Martín Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid), Cata Diaz (Getafe), Nicolás Burdisso (Inter).

Midfielders: Sebastián Verón (Estudiantes de La Plata), Christian Giménez (Pachuca de México), Sebastián Battaglia (Boca Juniors), Daniel Montenegro (Independiente), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodriguez (Atlético Madrid), Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid), Carlos Tevez (Manchester United), Diego Milito (Genoa), Lisandro López (Porto), Gonzalo Bergessio (San Lorenzo). (LAVANDINAAA, I'm so proud of him ♥)

That means 9 local players, 2 from Mexico, and 15 from European leagues. Still no Higuaín, still no Zárate. Apparently he wasn't going to give Bergessio a call up, but he earned it playing against Panamá.

Poll, please

Bbs, I need this poll for my friend, who is a journalist in russian popular magazine "Football".
So please, answer ALL, it's not difficult at all =) I hope you'll help me!

1. What is the club do you support? Your the only team. Or maybe you support some?

(maybe you support the rivals of Barcelona and Man Utd)

2. Who will you support in the final? And why???

3. Who do you think will win the Champions League in spite of whatever club you'll support?
How do you see the real situation?
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Park Hopes to Make History

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung, right, is chased by Arsenal forward Theo Walcott of England during the English Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England on May 16. Park is eager to play in the final of the UEFA Champions League to make history as the first Korean to play in the match. / AFP-Yonhap

Park Ji-sung said Thursday that he hopes to make history next week by becoming the first Korean to play in the UEFA Champions League final and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is hinting that he will get the chance.

``It would be amazing to me (to play) as I missed out last season. I believed I would get there soon again, but never thought it would be so soon, hopefully this time I will be there,'' Park said through, Thursday.

``It's not just in Korea that people will be watching (this game). It's the world's best match and everybody wants to watch.''

The UEFA Champions League, first held in 1955, is one of the most popular football cup competitions in the world.

Park has been impressive this year, appearing in 25 games and helping his club win the English Premier League (EPL) title. The South Korean midfielder even scored a goal in a 3-1 win over Arsenal in the second-leg of the Champions League semifinals on May 5.

The Red Devils' boss hinted that Park will get his chance on Wednesday.

``Ji was disappointed last year, but I don't think he'll be disappointed this time.'' Ferguson added that Park's elimination last year ``almost broke'' his heart.

Park was cut from the final squad of the UEFA Champions League final last year, which United won 6-5 over Chelsea in a shootout after drawing 1-1 in regular time.

``It was very disappointing last year because players want to play in big games like the Champions League final,'' Park told the Manchester Evening News.

``No one knows until the start who will be selected. If I play I will do my best.''

The Times, one of the most influential English daily newspapers, also applauded Park's work ethic.

``Having quickly won round his team-mates with his diligence and work ethic, few doubt that the player nicknamed `Oxygen Tank' and `Three Lungs' has not become a mainstay in Ferguson's team on merit.''

The newspaper also said that the 28-year-old Korean deserves to play in the final.

``No one would begrudge him a place in the starting XI against Barcelona in Rome on Wednesday.''



Rafa writes to Sir Alex: peace is hopefully restored.

Rafa Benitez makes peace with Sir Alex Ferguson in letter after horror smash

Rafa Benitez has made peace with Sir Alex Ferguson in a private letter.

The pair have been at loggerheads all year, but the Liverpool boss wrote to Fergie after the Manchester United manager’s grandson was badly injured in a car crash.

Benitez, a father of two girls, wrote offering his help while 10-year-old Charlie Ferguson is at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.


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