May 29th, 2009

ARBELOA/ALBIOL

I can't really breathe right now

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Real Madrid set to play in Toronto

Paul Attfield

TORONTO — From Friday's Globe and Mail, Friday, May. 29, 2009 03:00AM EDT

All signs are pointing to a Spanish summer in the GTA, at least as far as Toronto FC are concerned.

Plans are nearing completion for one of the world’s biggest soccer clubs to visit BMO Field, as Real Madrid are set to be unveiled in the next few days as TFC’s opponents for a friendly match to be played on Friday, Aug. 7.

The nine-time European champions will be travelling to North America for a two-game series against Major League Soccer opposition, with a game in Washington against D.C. United – announced yesterday – to take place on Sunday, Aug. 9, two days after the visit to Toronto.

As a result, the originally scheduled fixture against the New York Red Bulls has been moved from Aug. 9 to Saturday, June 13, which Paul Beirne, TFC’s senior director of business operations, confirmed yesterday.

Toronto FC will also be installing a temporary grass surface on top of the artificial turf at BMO Field to accommodate the 31-time Spanish league champions, although whether that surface will remain in place for the remainder of TFC’s MLS schedule is not known.

Ticket prices have also yet to be confirmed, although Toronto FC are said to be pursuing another opponent for a second exhibition game to fulfill their one-game commitment to season ticket holders, enabling the Real Madrid tickets to be sold at a premium, and not inclusive of season ticket packages.

Real Madrid themselves now begin an off-season of uncertainty, having watched fierce rival Barcelona sweep all before them in winning an unprecedented treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and, most recently, the Champions League, the first Spanish club to complete the trophy hat trick.

That will not sit well in the Spanish capital, and with a new club president set to be installed next month, the world’s second most valuable team – estimated to be worth $1.35-billion (U.S.) by Forbes magazine – could boast many new stars by the time it arrives on these shores.

The favourite to take over is former Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, the architect of the galacticos era, during which time the club acquired soccer luminaries such as Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and David Beckham.

While those three have all moved on to pastures new, Perez has hinted he would try to sign Brazilian star Kaka in his “presidential promise,” although French winger Franck Ribery and reigning FIFA world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo are also high on the wish list. Whether any of them don the famous all-white strip of Madrid will be seen in due time, but just the thought of them gracing the “grass” of BMO is enough to whet the appetite.

Real Madrid. In my city. O M G.
united: my ground is prettier than yours

I'm trying to sound serious, but it's all an excuse...

So since United's defeat in Rome, both Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo have come out and criticised Fergie's tactics on the night. Snippets of what was said:

Cristiano: "The tactics were not good, everything went wrong. We have to give credit to Barcelona, but they were a bit lucky to be here because Chelsea did not deserve to lose and no-one has mentioned that. I have to congratulate Barcelona, they were better but only the winners get talked about."

Carlos: "I wanted to play in the starting line-up in Rome but that decision was down to the coach. But with a strategy more attacking in the first minute then perhaps the result would have been different. It has not been a good time for me because I believe that I should have played more minutes. My future will now be decided. My agents are negotiating and I am waiting to hear some news."

See, I agree with them to an extent. But it pisses me off when players come out and say things like this, especially in the way Tevez has. Maybe these things weren't said at all, maybe their words were twisted, but it's undermining the manager and the team and that's not really very helpful at the moment. And unfortunately I think it points to the fact that neither of them are going to be at United for much longer.

I do have a point, I promise! I was wondering, is it right for players to criticise the manager? And by this I'm talking about any club, of course, not just Manchester United.

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NEEDS MORE RUSSIANS



Chelsea close on Zhirkov

Chelsea are reported to have finalised the capture of Russian international Yuri Zhirkov for £18.6million

The Blues are known to have been long-term admirers of the 25-year-old, who can play anywhere down the left side.

One of Zhirkov's representatives is quoted in his homeland as stating that the CKSA Moscow man has already put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal.

It is believed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich personally brokered the deal with CSKA owner, and close friend, Evgeny Giner.

Chelsea's interim boss Guus Hiddink, who is leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer, has fully backed the move, as he knows all about the player from his role as Russian coach.

Hiddink feels Zhirkov is a huge talent, saying: "I know that Yuri is not just a nice person but one of the best attacking left sided players in the world."

CSKA always knew that Chelsea, who say it is currently paper talk, wanted Zhirkov and coach Zico admitted he would fit in well at Stamford Bridge.

"I will not stand in the way of this transfer," said Zico earlier this month. "A player of Zhirkov's quality could very well play in the English Premier League. I see him as a player in the London club's starting XI."


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WE REALLY ARE BECOMING CHELSKI FC :D
awooo waka waka espagna

Bringing the triplete back home



Y'all are probably so sick of this team, whatever putas



Bojan's new victim what the


CELEBRATIONS AT THE CAMP NOU

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FYI: The La Liga season isn't over yet, there's still a round of matches to go. If you wanna watch this team depart officially for the season, tune in Sunday for their game against Deportivo :)

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Dirk Luis

"I want to remain here"


Fernando Torres
today revealed how a special bond with the Kop was key in him agreeing a new deal at Anfield.

The Spain international has improved the terms of a six-year contract originally signed when he arrived in July 2007. This reflects his reputation as one of the world's top strikers.

El Nino has bagged 50 goals in 83 appearances since joining from Atletico Madrid.

He also scored the winner as Spain lifted the Euro 2008 trophy last summer, helping to secure a Ballon d'Or nomination.

"I want to remain here," said Torres. "Since arriving at Liverpool I feel that there's a bond and commitment.

"We listened to the club's offer, which came on the back of two seasons of positive work.

"My objective now is to win a trophy with Liverpool next year."

The new deal includes an option to extend his stay a further year to 2014.
Dirk Luis

24th Heysel Anniversary

 In Memoria e Amicizia, in Memory and Friendship: 
  
Rocco Acerra 
Bruno Balli 
Alfons Bos 
Giancarlo Bruschera 
Andrea Casula 
Giovanni Casula 
Nino Cerullo 
Willy Chielens 
Giuseppina Conti 
Dirk Daenecky 
Dionisio Fabbro 
Jacques François 
Eugenio Gagliano 
Francesco Galli 
Giancarlo Gonnelli 
Alberto Guarini 
Giovacchino Landini 
Roberto Lorentini 
Barbara Lusci 
Franco Martelli 
Loris Messore 
Gianni Mastrolaco 
Sergio Bastino Mazzino 
Luciano Rocco Papaluca 
Luigi Pidone 
Bento Pistolato 
Patrick Radcliffe 
Domenico Ragazzi 
Antonio Ragnanese 
Claude Robert 
Mario Ronchi 
Domenico Russo 
Tarcisio Salvi 
Gianfranco Sarto 
Giuseppe Spalaore 
Mario Spanu 
Tarcisio Venturin 
Jean Michel Walla 
Claudio Zavaroni 
  
RIP - You'll Never Walk Alone.
CREEPY GEORGE KONTOS

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