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Time to say goodbye to our teams for the summer! :( & Don't forget to give an extra farewell to the 3 teams that will no longer be playing in the Premier League next season
Some highlights of Viva's interview with Messi.. because I'm too lazy to translate the whole thing. The pictures are cute, but Viva sucks in uploading them, so old picture it is!
You got to Barcelona when you were 13 years old and you don't have the slightest Spanish accent. Is it on purpose?
I don't want to have a Spanish accent. We tease each other about it in my home. Maybe someone will slip up and use a Spanish word, because they've been talking to Spanish people all day. So we'll make fun of each other. With (Gabriel) Milito as well, maybe we'll say a word and we'll tease each other, we laugh. But I haven't lost the Argentine way of speaking at all, and neither have my family.
Is it a trick to pick up girls?
They say girls like the Argentine accent, but I do it because I still have my family in Argentina, and a lot of things that I left, but I didn't lose. (...) I want to go back to Argentina. I don't know when, but I want to go back to Rosario.
(Next up is a Messi stalking guide, in case you live in Barcelona)
He buys alfajores Havanna in Plaza Cataluña (mmm) and when his mom isn't there to cook milanesas napolitanas, Messi has dinner in an Argentine restaurant, Las Cuatertas, on Santaló street. You'll find him in the back of the restaurant, eating empanadas and ravioles.
Ever since La Voz - a newspaper from Castelldefels, the beach where Messi lives with his father in a yellow house, at the end of a steep road- published an interview with Messi, in which he confessed his nostalgia for facturas, he hasn't stopped getting dozens. Of manteca, of grasa.
Where can you get good medialunas in Barcelona?
Here? It's pretty difficult. In Madrid, in some places, but not here. (..) I had to get used to it.
His fellow countrymen work hard: "I send himcañoncitos,vigilantes and medialunas- says Victor Shlegel, owner of the El Italo-Argentino restaurant, located in front of the Castelldefels station. Sometimes he calls to get some take out. Today we sent him a milanesa napolitana with potatoes. I think it was for his little sister or his girlfriend. When his family from Argentina visits, they all stay there in his home.
(Yes, we got to the WAG question)
How long have you and Antonella been together?
How did you keep it a secret for that long?
I'm discreet. If we hadn't wanted to go to the Sitges carnival, no one would know yet.
Some rumors say you're getting married next year.
They're made up. I'm not getting married for now.
Guardiola says you're happy. That you laugh a lot. Is it love?
That's because my family was here for almost two months. Everyone was here: my uncles, my cousins, and it's always nice when your house is filled with your family members, right?
When Messi was injured in March, his father Jorge had no doubt about sending him back to Santa Fe. "Ronaldinho, who liked to party, wasn't a good influence on him", says Paco Avila.
On Barcelona paying for his treatment: "They did something important for me and because of that, when it comes down to a choice, I'll always pick Barcelona.
How do you preserve the potrero (in Argentina potrero is a vacant lot where kids get together to play. It's associated with a way of playing based on the street and the neighborhood, as opposed to learning in a club) in football as fast and dynamic as European football?
Because that's been they way I've played ever since I got here. Some coaches tried to change that, but I didn't pay attention, so they let me be. I've played like this since I was a kid.
Random facts: His father named him Lionel because he's a a huge Lionel Richie fan. (LMAO)
Messi doesn't like to read. He tried to read "Yo soy el Diego", by Maradona, but he never finished it. "So what is he doesn't like to read?- says Pep Guardiola- Let everyone else read and let him play the way he does".
Sorry for any translating mistakes. Oh, and this has made me incredibly hungry, lol.
I WONDER IF HIM AND JOSEPH*~ HAVE FIGHTS ABOUT FUTBOL SINCE JOE LIKES ARGENTINA'S #10.
courtesy of ohnotheydidnt
Park Ji-sung is hopeful Carlos Tevez remains at Manchester United after describing the Argentine as 'the best player'.
Tevez's future is uncertain as he nears the end of a two-year loan deal at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old forward has grown unsettled at United after struggling for a regular role in the side, and it is suggested he could move elsewhere in the summer.
Park, though, has urged the club to retain Tevez's services as he feels it would be tough to replace the attacker, who has scored 15 times this season.
The South Korean said in The Sun: "It would be very disappointing if Carlos left, not just for me but everyone at Man United because he is the best player, so we need him.
"We know that. Hopefully, he will stay.
"This season when he's come on the pitch he has scored a lot of goals, helped the team and saved the team.
"It is only Carlos who can do that, compared to other players. He works hard and scores a lot of goals."
PRZ TELL ME MOAR
England Call Ups for the Qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra.
Keepers: Rob Green (West Ham), Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers), Scott Carson (West Bromwich Albion)
Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Manchester City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Joleon Lescott (Everton), Gary Neville (Manchester United), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham)
Midfielders Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), David Beckham (AC Milan), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Forwards: Carlton Cole (West Ham), Peter Crouch (Portsmouth), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
There is something of a keeper crisis with both David James and Ben Foster out after having surgeries. However Manchester United Fans may be happy since Gary Neville has been recalled. Bridgey has also been recalled and Theo gets to play with the big boys again.
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Manchester United and Chelsea facing calls for fresh inquiry into Mikel transferDANIEL KING and LEE SORRELL Last updated at 10:15 PM on 23rd May 2009
Manchester United and Chelsea are facing calls for the investigation into the John Obi Mikel's controversial transfer to be re-opened.
The Norwegian Football Federation want the English Football Association and FIFA to look again at the case because new information has emerged.
The clubs must have thought it was the end of the matter when they and Mikel, together with Norwegian club FC Lyn, signed a settlement under which Chelsea paid United £12million and Lyn £4m to sign Mikel and all sides withdrew allegations of serious rule breaches.
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AGGER: WHY I'LL MISS SAMI SO MUCH
Daniel Agger could be forgiven if he felt glad to see the back of Sami Hyypia - but the Danish international is far from pleased.
Agger may have had to settle for a place on the bench on occasions due to the evergreen form of our Finnish centre-half, but Liverpool's No.5 is gutted to be losing a man who has helped his career so much.
"I'll be very sad to see Sami Hyypia leave Liverpool. For me he will be a big loss personally, and also a tremendous loss for the football club," Agger told LFC Magazine.
"Of all the players and people at Liverpool who helped me settle into a new team in a new country and a new league championship, he was by far the most important presence. He helped me the most.
"I owe him a lot. He's really great to talk to. As a young defender you have questions and he's so calm and so happy to help wherever he can. He is a natural leader, in a different way maybe to some of the other leaders in our team. But he has been just as important over the course of my time here at the club."
Hyypia could play his last game for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield today and Agger believes the Reds' loss will be Bayer Leverkusen's gain.
Agger said: "He's been great for this club for 10 years. Now he will go on to be a great player for Bayer Leverkusen. They are signing one of the best defenders still in England in my opinion.
"People like to talk about maybe he doesn't have as much pace as he once did but when you have the intelligence that Sami has you do not need to be quick because there are always ways of compensating for that."
Agger is confident his mentor can continue playing at the high standards he has set himself and impress the German Bundesliga with his ability.
He added: "I wish him success in Germany, but I don't think he needs it. Player like Sami are successful wherever they go."
The Reds XI in full is: Reina, Skrtel, Carragher, Agger, Aurelio, Alonso, Mascherano, Kuyt, Benayoun, Gerrard, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Degen, Ngog, Insua, Hyypia, Riera, Lucas.
Agger starts, Sami on bench, Danny and Sami spam anyone??
The Online Gooner Blog has an article (mainly focusing)on Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott about how their positions and Arsenal's tactics need to be changed for their abilities to be realised. I thought some interesting points were made and I was wondering what people who know a lot more about Arsenal than myself thought.
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This was held earlier today at Stamford Bridge. Soccer Six Action is a charity tournament in aid of the Samaritans. Luke Pasqualino (Freddie from Skins) was there too but I can't find any pictures :(
Images from getty
EDIT: APPARENTLY CARL WAS IN GOAL HAHAHAHAHA
Gourcuff, best player of Ligue 1:
"I want to stay in Bordeaux"
Chosen by his peers, Yoann Gourcuff has just received the UNFP's trophy of the Best Player in Ligue 1 which Zinedine Zidane had the honor to hand him over. It was his second trophy of the evening as he was also rewarded with the Best Goal's Awards. When asked about his future, he announced during his thank-you speech that his wish was to stay in Bordeaux for the upcoming season, adding that discussions and negociations were actually taking place between his agent and the club.
So if everything goes right (I don't want to jix, though), I guess he'll stay here at least one more year \o/
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Rangers 3-0 Dundee Utd
Celtic 0-0 Hearts
Rangers win their 52nd domestic title and stop Celtic domestic title run
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this post was brought to you by Gordon's facial expressions
ps.CAN THE SPL CHAMPIONS GET A TAG?
Is no one watching? :(
would you like some sauce with that tasty piece of giggsy?
Ryan Giggs has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson as the biggest influence on his career and admitted he has picked up the manager's infectious thirst for success.
With an 11th league title secured, Giggs has cemented his status as the most decorated player in British football history, and believes the boss has been the key to his success.
Ryan said: "I think he's been the biggest influence in my career. He's watched me play since I was 13 so it's been over 20 years.
"I watch him closely- the hunger and desire to keep improving and not just settle for a couple of trophies. Each season he takes up the challenge and wants to win more."
Sir Alex has a fearsome reputation but Giggs revealed that the famous hairdryer treatment appears less frequently these days.
"He’s a lot more relaxed and calm now," Ryan added. "When I first came to the club as a 13-year-old I’d never seen anything like it - the team talks.
"Even with the youth team he would have a go at us at half-time. But I think he enjoys watching this team play and watching this team develop."
And with a third Champions League final appearance imminent, Giggs admitted his desire to win the trophy remains as strong as it was back in 1999. "Winning the Champions League was such a great achievement but when you've tasted it you want to do it again, to get that feeling again."
someone needs to make a gif of the shirt whipping run in the fa cup semi-final against arsenal in '99. im lookin at you corrine.
I don't want to spam you too much but...
Yesterday was one of the best moments of my life.
Eh, I just thought I'd let y'all know ;)
Thank you for putting up with my little wafflings about them, and thank you to anyone who watched or checked the score. It means a lot, because they can't seem like much compared to your Uniteds and Liverpools, your Barcelonas and Valencias... But to me, they're all that and more :)
Nothing compares to this.
SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE.
In case you don't watch the Premier League, or don't cech the tickers, or channels, or