May 28th, 2009

Fun - Kitty Claudia
  • clauw

Bayern confirm Man Utd Ribery enquiry

Newcastle are the early favourites to win The Championship next season and bounce straight back into the Premiership.

Bayern Munich manager Uli Hoeness has revealed that a “non-concrete” enquiry has been made by Manchester United regarding French winger Franck Ribery.

The France international still has two years left to run on his current Bayern contract, but the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been linked with his name.

United's interest stems from the protracted Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga, with the club regarding Ribery as a ready-made replacement should their Portuguese star opt to move to Madrid.

"I would really not even answer the phone if the amount would just be £34 million," Uli Hoeness told Sport-Bild.

"There was a casual request from Manchester United. But then it depends on Cristiano Ronaldo."

  • dfotw

Oh, noes!!! Nando got married!!!

Girls, prepare yourselves... I don't know whether to believe it or not, but...


According to Spanish newspaper "El País", Fernando Torres and Olalla Domínguez married yesterday in Madrid, in the presence of only two witnesses. The bride, who is seven months pregnant, wore a red dress.

Source (in Spanish) here.

Yes, you read that right...


(honestly, has no-one reported on this yet? Or am I so hung-over I didn't see the entry?)

Full-blown denial, cliffing and crying fits in the comments, please... oh, well, if you insist, you can also congratulate the happy couple!

EDIT: apparently, Kickette has also taken up the rumour, and they're treating it seriously (meaning, crying pink, bubbly tears over it)! (thanks to dothebadthing for the heads-up!)


Angry Manchester United fan kills four Barcelona fans

Manchester United fan in Nigeria killed four people when he drove his minibus into a crowd of Barcelona supporters after his team lost the Champions League final, according to police.

Police said the Red Devils fan was so annoyed when he drove passed the jubilant Barcelona fans that he made a U-turn and ploughed into them.

The police spokeswoman said 10 people were injured, four were killed and the driver was arrested.

"The driver had passed the crowd then made a U-turn and ran into them," she added.

The incident happened in the Nigerian town of Ogbo where both Champions League finalists have large fan bases.


Better Source

Oh my god I'm actually in a state of shock :(


Fun - Kitty Claudia
  • clauw

Chelsea eye Ribery deal as Deco heads for exit

Chelsea have made a 43.7-million-pound (50 million euros) bid to sign France winger Franck Ribery from Bayern Munich, according to reports in England on Thursday.

Ribery has been recommended to Chelsea by AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, who is the favourite to take charge at Stamford Bridge once Guus Hiddink resumes his full-time role as Russia coach next month.

The Independent newspaper claims Chelsea's chief executive Peter Kenyon has sanctioned the offer for former Marseille star Ribery, which includes an annual net salary of 4.7 million pounds (5.5 million euros).

The transfer fee would be just short of the world record 46 million pounds (52.7 million euros) paid by Real Madrid for Ribery's former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane.

However, Ribery is said to earn seven million euros a year in Germany and wants a salary closer to that before he agrees to move to west London.

He is likely to have other suitors, with Manchester United and Real Madrid both reported to be interested in signing him.

Meanwhile, Blues midfielder Deco has revealed he is in talks with Inter Milan.

The Portugal playmaker moved to Chelsea last year from Barcelona, but struggled to make an impact under Luiz Felipe Scolari and was then left out entirely by Hiddink.

Deco is ready to quit the club and would welcome the opportunity to work with Jose Mourinho again, having previously played under the Inter coach during their days at Porto.

"I can confirm I'm talking with Inter," Deco said in The Sun. "I didn't get to play much this year at Chelsea and a move to Italy would be a very good solution.

"To be coached by Mourinho again would be very interesting. But I don't want to go into details, because it's not me who's dealing with the matter."

*Marchena / heart

How to be a good fangirl

Have you ever dreamt of hiding into your favourite player's locker? This is the vid for you.

This is short and funny and definitely worth spending 29 seconds of your time watching it.

(Hércules CF ask for their fans support because they could be promoted in Primera if they win their last game at home against Celta and if Zaragoza loose its game)

my #1 catalan esposo


Spanish cup, Spanish League, and now FC Barcelona are the
Champions of Europe!

Guardiola's winning team were able to show Europe the football they've been stunning La Liga with all season and pimped their squad of homegrown players. Seven players in the starting line-up were graduates of La Masia (Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Valdes, Puyol & Pique) plus Pedro who made a brief appearance minutes before the final whistle.

Not a lot of top European clubs in this modern day of football can compete in a Champions League final and rely on a squad where over half the players are homegrown talents. Hate them or love them, this is definitely something to celebrate in a time where most clubs would rather bring in big money foreign names than nursing their own talent.

So with that big FYI... pics, gifs, videos & bs from me

Collapse )


Collapse )


Collapse )

  • Eto'o follows Raul by scoring in two separate Champions League finals.
  • Barcelona have scored more goals (32) than any other side in the competition.
  • Messi is the competition's top scorer with 9 goals in 12 matches
  • (2nd comes Stevie G and Miro with 7 goals)
  • In a recent tv documentary in South Korea, Park told how his parents would supplement his mealtimes with an appalling-tasting frog soup to help build up his slight frame.
  • Xavi completed 66 out of 71 passes (a 93% success rate) compared to Michael Carrick’s 43/57 (a 75% success rate)
  • Massimo Busacca is a foxy ref
  • Good god I am never spending so much time on a post again goodbye everyone


"Andres Iniesta is the best player in the world in my opinion."

- Cristiano Ronaldo or Rooney? Dif sources say dif things

Barcelona Rioting Leaves 242 People Hurt After Soccer Final

Rioting in Barcelona injured 242 people, including 89 police officers, after celebrations of the city’s soccer team’s victory in the Champions League final last night.

Objects were hurled at police by about 100 people of 100,000 that gathered in downtown Barcelona after the 2-0 win against Manchester United, regional authorities said in a statement. It’s the third time Barcelona won Europe’s elite soccer trophy after successes in 2006 and 1992.

“The celebration took place in a festive atmosphere until a group of 100 people confronted a police line,” the statement said. Police intervened at 2 a.m. to break up the trouble- makers, the statement added.

Police said they made 119 arrests for public order offences. Six officers were seriously hurt and needed hospital treatment, police said.

More people than usual gathered in downtown Barcelona after local media put up outdoor screens to show the final and organized street parties, police said. There were smaller outbreaks of rioting after Barcelona won the Spanish league title and Spanish cup final this month.


MOre here:

this post brought to you by Brian Ching's exemplary eating habits.

Live reactions here.
The Chicago/Chivas (which is on ESPN2 tonight) game is going to be a banger. I don't know if it will be a good one, meaning lots of pretty play, a bad one, meaning brawls, or both, but it should be good. Columbus/Seattle should be a ~clash~ (Seattle has C-bus' league + cup-wining coach from last year), but three (hopefully) to five starters will be out for my yellow men, so it may get choppy. :/

Collapse )

na na na na na na na na na

Fernando Torres has agreed a new, improved contract with Liverpool, reflecting his standing as one of the world's top strikers.
The 25-year old, who hit his 50th goal for the Reds in last Sunday's win against Spurs, was already tied to Anfield for the next four seasons after signing a six-year deal in 2007.

The new contract includes an option for a further year's extension to 2014.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said: "Fernando is one of the best strikers in the game today and, at his age, can only get better.

"Every major side would want him in their team, but he has shown how much he wants to achieve success at Liverpool by committing his future to the club. He's a special talent, but still has the hunger to improve his game."

Torres joins Dirk Kuyt, Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard and Benitez in agreeing new deals at Anfield over the past two months.

Benitez added: "We've made huge progress this season and now we need to take the next step. We are building something special here and securing such important players on long-term deals means we can move forward with confidence.

"This sends out a very positive message to everyone connected with the club."


party on this I mean SPAM
*Marchena / heart

Yaaaaaaay! :D

OFFICIAL: Bordeaux Sign Yoann Gourcuff
Girondins Bordeaux have announced this afternoon they have completed the signing of midfielder Yoann Gourcuff on a four-year deal from AC Milan.

The Frenchman has been on loan with the Ligue 1 side this season and after some match-winning displays they have decided to exercise the option to sign him. Bordeaux will have the chance to win the French title for the sixth time in their history this weekend and hence will call a press conference confirming the deal after the championship is decided.

There have been some words today though from the president of Bordeaux, Jean-Louis Triaud, who expressed his delight at the purchase. "Tonight, I am the happiest president. I am thankful for the way the discussions that led to this agreement have been carried out. We are happy to be able to count on a player of such talent and with such human qualities. I am thinking in particular about the team, the club, and also our fans," he told the official Bordeaux website.

Likewise, Gourcuff himself, who won the Ligue 1 player of the year award this season, revealed his happiness at a permanent return to France. "I am happy to continue my sporting adventure with Girondins. My decision to sign with them has developed throughout the season," he said. "We have succeeded in not only creating a sporting success but also keeping good relations within the group.

"I learned a lot from my time with AC Milan and I want to thank the players and the club for letting me learn at the highest level."

"The confidence that Laurent Blanc and my team-mates put in me since the start of the season, the club's ambition for the following season, and the support of the fans, have made me make this decision, whilst the economic aspect was not a priority in it."

AC Milan have also briefly commented about the move in an official statement, wishing him good luck for the rest of his career.

Source // Bordeaux's website // AC Milan's website

Now we need to win the title on saturday!

milk boa
  • zzzo

원인 데스 Garcons

Barcelona ruins Park Ji-sung’s historic debut
Spanish team rolls over Manchester United in Champions League final
 Manchester United’s Park Ji-sung (left) reacts as Messi walks away. [REUTERS]
ROME - South Korea’s Park Ji-sung became the first Asian footballer to start in a Champions League final on Wednesday but was powerless to prevent his Manchester United side from falling 2-0 to Barcelona.

The 28-year-old made history by starting on the right wing with Wayne Rooney on the other flank and United star Cristiano Ronaldo as the lone striker, though he was switched to the left flank just before halftime with Barcelona ahead 1-0.

He worked tirelessly against Barcelona captain Carles Puyol, who gave his Korean opponent few chances while Samuel Eto’o put the Spanish ahead after 10 minutes.

Park made way for Dimitar Berbatov in the 66th minute just before Argentina’s Lionel Messi scored Barcelona’s decisive second. With the Korean player having a reputation for covering every blade of grass and tirelessly running at full speed, United coach Sir Alex Ferguson had earlier said the decision to leave Park out of last year’s Moscow final had not been easy.



Suju's Lee Teuk & Eun Hyuk


Hundreds Of Thousands Welcome Barcelona Home After Champions League Victory

The celebrations are continuing back in Spain this evening...

The Champions League winners have returned home to spectacular scenes in Barcelona as fans have lined the streets to greet their treble winning side.

Pep Guardiola's men beat Manchester United in Rome last night to become the first Spanish club to win the treble and the fans have turned up in their thousands to pay tribute to them.

After touching down at the airport this evening, Sport reports that the team boarded an open top bus and have been making their way through the city towards the Camp Nou.

Some of the players were drinking beers atop the bus, whilst others looked down and took photographs of the throng of fans that had gathered to cheer them on.

Reports claim that the total back in 2006 when they won the Champions League was 500,000 and that it is likely to be surpassed this time.

Whilst the players were celebrating with beer though, Pep Guardiola stuck to water on the bus and was seen with Andres Iniesta at the back for a while.

Martin Caceres and Gerard Pique were two of the more animated players on the journey, whilst the whole team talked with the fans around them.

As the bus went on, the songs began to get louder, some of the players, such as Caceres, took their shirts off, and the atmosphere became more and more like a party.

Samuel Eto'o, who had barely been seen since the start of the journey eventually popped with a huge smile on his face, as the team are set to reach the Camp Nou at around 21:30 CET this evening.

More to follow!
[♥]roaming gnome


Like Iniesta says, STAY FOREVER PEP.

And speaking of Pep...


graciés to c0rrine and forever_jolie for finding the vids.