June 5th, 2009



Tensions flared in England's training session at the Dinamo Stadium yesterday as the squad's most recent call-up, the uncapped centre-back Gary Cahill, clashed with Gareth Barry, his former team-mate at Aston Villa.

Cahill, called up following Rio Ferdinand's withdrawal with his calf problem, scythed Barry down in the penalty area during a practice game overseen by Fabio Capello, with the Bolton defender – a product of Villa's youth system who joined the club at 15 before his move to the Reebok last year – then refusing to help his former captain up from the turf.

While the 23-year-old defender walked away from the incident, Barry, clearly incensed, eventually returned to his feet and subsequently ignored Cahill, with whom he was at Villa Park for eight years. Manchester City's new £12m signing was fit enough to continue with Wayne Rooney floating the resultant penalty over Robert Green, who will make his full debut against Kazakhstan on Saturday.

Shaun Wright-Phillips filled in at right-back in the practice game as Gary Neville missed the session with a toe injury. The veteran Manchester United defender is expected to play some part today when the team move their preparations to Almaty's Central Stadium, where the World Cup qualifier is to be staged.Capello is expected to play the 4-2-3-1 formation that has served him so well in recent fixtures, though he may ask Frank Lampard – one of the deeper-lying midfielders, alongside Barry – to push further upfield against opponents ranked 137 in the world. Matthew Upson's prospects of starting alongside John Terry appear to have been enhanced after he featured in the "first team" at training yesterday.

Ferdinand, meanwhile, continues to have treatment back at United's Carrington training complex on the calf complaint that hampered him in the build-up to the Champions League final and prompted his withdrawal from the squad for the game in Kazakhstan. The vice-captain should return to the squad on Sunday ahead of next Wednesday's qualifier against Andorra at Wembley.


Gare still hurts my heart.

Daily Mirror = fail

Manchester City ready to swoop on Liverpool's Xabi Alonso

Manchester City are ready to take advantage of an Anfield feud to snatch midfielder Xabi Alonso.


Alonso has had an icy relationship with fellow Spaniard Rafa Benitez, ever since Liverpool boss Benitez tried to sell him last summer.

Now, the Mirror can reveal that Alonso heads the list of players wanted by the super-rich Manchester club, and manager Mark Hughes even placed him ahead of Gareth Barry as a target.


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The Mirror

Do journalists just sit around reading peoples comments/crazy ideas on forums and come up with rubbish like this? Cry me a river and write scripts for a soap opera instead.

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Ronnie/Real Saga Continues. Things get more ridiculous.

Real must pay £26m penalty if Ronaldo bid fails

Real Madrid will have to pay Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo a fee of around £26m if they fail to sign him during the summer, according to the Spanish club's vice-president Fernando Tapias.
Ronaldo: May have himself a great deal.

The Madrid official was asked about the infamous, but as yet unseen, pre-contract agreement for the FIFA World Player of the Year and if it stipulated that Madrid would have to pay €90m to sign Ronaldo or a €30m penalty if they did not.

"Yes.. but that is not our fault," Tapias told Spanish Radio station Cadena COPE. "Ronaldo is a great player. I remember when I was last at the club and Figo was here telling people about him. He is one of the best players in the world.

"That he has a special character and that the price is exorbitant is also true. Maybe FIFA should put a €50m price cap on transfers."

The pre-contract, allegedly agreed by ousted Real chief Ramon Calderon and facilitated by Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes, is believed to expire at the end of June, giving Madrid just over a fortnight to complete the deal.

United have repeatedly denied the existence of any agreement.

Newly-elected Los Blancos president Florentino Perez has made no secret of his intentions to sign the world's biggest names this summer and has openly stated he wants AC Milan star Kaka and Ronaldo to head to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Perez, who presided over the galacticos era of Zindine Zidane and Luis Figo during his first stint in charge, said: "The best players in the world, the ones that have won the Fifa World Player of the Year award are Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo - they are the players Real Madrid fans demand.

"We have to will to complete the transfer of Kaka, we are not nervous and I hope in a few days we will happily announce the deal.

"I have said Ronaldo does interest us. We have to resolve this and the other big signings in this month of June.

"It seems in the case of Ronaldo he does have a get-out clause and it means if the player brings the money stipulated in the clause he can go."

Madrid are expected to complete the £60m signing of Brazil international Kaka on Monday.


uh oh or yay-oh?

Liverpool owners Hicks and Gillett
suffer £42m loss due to loans

• Accountants warn of threat to holding company's future
• Americans seeking refinancing and said to be relaxed

George Gillett and Tom Hicks
Liverpool's accounts reveal that the holding company of George Gillett, left, and Tom Hicks,
the co-owners, lost £42.6m last year.


Tom Hicks and George Gillett have been warned their ownership of Liverpool will be in "significant doubt" should they fail to refinance their debts on the club next month, after it emerged their parent company, Kop Football (Holdings) Limited, suffered a £42.6m loss last year.

The grim forecast from the club's accountants, KPMG LLP, came despite Liverpool posting a record turnover of £159.1m for the year ending July 2008 and a profit of £10.2m, and relates to the co-owners' attempts to refinance a £350m debt before a 24 July deadline. The current uncertainty, claim KPMG, "may cast significant doubt on the group's and parent company's ability to continue as a going concern". A source close to Hicks, however, described the Texan as "very relaxed" about the accounts and "confident" with how talks on the latest refinancing package are proceeding.

Kop Football's losses are due mainly to the interest payments on the debt incurred to enable Hicks and Gillett to buy Liverpool in February 2007. Although the Americans are progressing with a refinancing deal – they recently met Royal Bank of Scotland officials to discuss an initial six-month extension to the July deadline – the annual accounts show how much money is draining out of the club to service the costs of the parent company's loans. Interest payments accounted for £36.5m of Kop's losses, with the company also spending millions on preparation work for a proposed new stadium that is yet to get off the ground.

In their notes in the accounts, KPMG state: "The group has credit facilities amounting to £350m which expire on 24 July 2009. The directors have initiated negotiations to secure the replacement finance required ... and these negotiations are ongoing. These conditions ... indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt on the group's and parent company's ability to continue as a going concern." The warning is specific to the refinancing deal and does not reflect the viability of Liverpool as a business, with the record £159.1m turnover until July 2008 a significant increase on £133.9m the previous year.

Nevertheless, the losses and interest payments will not sit comfortably with fans who are openly hostile to the American owners and this week saw long-time transfer target Gareth Barry elect to forgo Champions League football next season in favour of a move to Manchester City. City paid the £12m transfer fee up front to Aston Villa, while Liverpool proposed spreading the payments over the course of a five-year contract. Barry also did not want a repeat of last summer's protracted transfer saga, when the failed sale of Xabi Alonso restricted the money Rafael Benítez had to spend on other players.

A similar situation has developed this year. Hicks and Gillett are believed to be close to finalising a refinancing deal with the RBS, but it is dependent on both increasing their personal guarantees on the debt. The pair are in the process of selling various assets in the United States with this aim in mind and believe the promise of significant extra revenue from the new stadium will reassure the banks. Extending the refinancing deal will also enable the pair to continue setting their valuation on Liverpool to any prospective investors.

Creditors of Hicks earlier this year declared his company, Hicks Sports Group, had defaulted on debts of $525m (£325m), money raised against his US sports franchises, the Dallas Stars ice hockey team and baseball's Texas Rangers.

Hicks was served with a default notice after missing a $10m quarterly interest payment, but insisted the decision to miss the payment was a negotiating tactic with his bankers.



Dossena hands in Transfer Request


UNSETTLED Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena has asked manager Rafael Benitez for a transfer.

The 27-year-old international left-back failed to establish himself after being signed as John Arne Riise’s replacement in a £7million transfer from Udinese last summer.

Dossena made just 12 Premier League starts and towards the end of the season was third choice behind Fabio Aurelio and young Argentinian Emiliano Insua.

He said: “Before coming back to Italy I talked to Benitez and explained to him my doubts.

“I told him I wanted to leave. He is an exceptional person and understood my problem.

“He told me that if they receive an offer that satisfies both the club and me, he will take it into consideration and try to facilitate my transfer.

“I would run to Juve. They showed interest in me last year, but then Liverpool stepped in and wrapped things up in less than an hour.

“Of course I would accept an offer. You’re talking about one of the biggest clubs in Europe.”

The Daily Express is one of many sources

I'm glad that if he does leave it's because he himself came to the conclusion that it's better for himself and the club for the future. God bless you Andrea. Though I'll miss the idea of you coming off the bench and scoring the 4th goal. *sobs*

i get the same ol' dreams.

trouble for england? lol that's new.

John Terry makes plea for Jamie Carragher return to England squad

It said something about the paucity of top-class English central defenders yesterday when John Terry offered Jamie Carragher as a solution to a growing problem that could have devastating consequences for Fabio Capello’s plans for the World Cup finals next summer.

The England manager holds Carragher in a similarly high regard, but, having already made three unsuccessful overtures towards the Liverpool defender, he is unlikely to follow the captain’s lead by urging him to come out of retirement once again.

Capello’s first-choice pairing of Terry and Rio Ferdinand is up there with anything that will be on show in South Africa, but there is no guarantee that they will remain fit, particularly in an intense tournament at the end of a long season.

Terry and Ferdinand will have started together in only five of Capello’s 14 matches in charge after today’s World Cup qualifying match against Kazakhstan, in which England go in search of a sixth successive win in six games in group six. This in itself demonstrates that they cannot be relied upon next summer.

In recent years, England’s stock of centre backs has been the envy of the world — it took Terry an age finally to oust Sol Campell, for example — but no longer. Capello wears the look of an elder son whose inheritance has already been spent.

Campbell no longer has the pace that is required at the highest level, a series of injuries have effectively ended the international careers of Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate and Carragher chose to exile himself as a result of frustration over limited opportunities and seemingly endless travel.

Matthew Upson is likely to partner Terry against Kazakhstan this evening, in the absence of Ferdinand with a calf injury, but neither the West Ham United defender, Joleon Lescott nor Phil Jagielka, both from Everton, have shown that they belong at the highest level. Terry admitted as much yesterday, by effectively issuing an SOS for a man who retired after winning his 34th cap while playing at right back against Brazil two years ago.

“I think we could do with Carragher back in the squad,” Terry said. “That’s down to Carra to come back out of retirement. We all understood his frustration, but we’d all like him to come out of retirement.

“I spoke to Carra at the time, but it’s his decision. I don’t want to sit here and speak for him. Going into the World Cup, it’d be great if he did come back and make the competition even more difficult for all of us.

However, there are other options. “There’s still Matty [Upson], who everyone’s speaking highly of, and he’s had a very good year. Joleon’s done very well again and Gary Cahill has come into the squad. It’s down to Carra to come out and make a statement, really.”

Capello claimed to be unconcerned, although his actions speak louder than his words because calling up King for the recent friendly international against Slovakia was hardly a ringing endorsement of his existing squad.

Despite the lack of personnel for the position, the Italian will not repeat the mistakes of Sven-Göran Eriksson, who took David Beckham and Wayne Rooney to the previous two World Cups when they were unfit. “If you’re not fully fit, this manager doesn’t care who you are, he’ll leave you behind,” Terry said. “He’s got that ruthlessness about him.”

Capello’s only dilemma this evening revolves around who to play on the right wing, with Theo Walcott likely to return for the first time in eight months — despite recent indifferent form for Arsenal — not least because Shaun Wright-Phillips has been struggling to shake off a knee injury.

Robert Green will make his first start in England’s other problem position, with Capello hoping that the West Ham United goalkeeper will be able to put sufficient pressure on David James, who is suffering from a neck injury. If James had retired from international football after being exiled by Steve McClaren, England really would be in trouble.



Eric Cantona @ Radio 1






"Eric Cantona, I LOVE YOU."

Yep, that is what I said to Eric Cantona's face when he was in the studio today. He is my hero, and I really do love him. I just never thought i would be able to tell him. Anyway he is in the new Ken Loach film called Looking for Eric. It's brilliant and out next week, so go see it...and meanwhile watch me try and do keepy-ups with one of the greatest footballers to walk the planet.


for you lazy people:

- eric's voice is ridiculously sexy
- talks about how he learnt to play the trumpet (LOL) in his 9 month ban from football for kung-fu kicking a hooligan (god love him)
- edith is a eric and manchester united fangirl
- thinks the united team he played with were the "best team" he's ever played with, and sir alex ferguson is the best manager
- tells you how to take the best penalty
- talks about how his ghost still hovers around at old tafford
- eric doesnt play football anymore. at all. ever. it is only to be played when you are fit and with the best players so you can enjoy it. okay?
- edith has never been so nervous when intervewing someone as cantona is her hero

Eric teaches Edith keepy-uppies:


source: www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio1movies/2009/06/eric_cantona.shtml

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Zidane speaks, I listen

Zidane: Kaka set to be Real deal
Zinedine Zidane has ruled out Kaka moving to Chelsea, saying the Brazilian ace has already agreed to join Real Madrid.
Kaka has been given the green light by current employers to talk to Real, and with new Madrid president Florentino Perez willing to bankroll a £60.8million transfer, the player is expected to swap the San Siro for the Bernabeu when he returns from international duty early next week.
Despite the near certainty of the 27-year-old's move to Spain, Chelsea's hierarchy are trying desperately to lure the talented midfielder to Stamford Bridge and reunite him with former Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti who arrived in west London earlier this week.
According to Zidane however, Kaka will turn his back on England as he already has a deal in place with the Spanish giants.
"Kaka has already signed for Real," said Zidane who is set to take on an advisory role under Perez.
"I would be happy if he were to take my number, the No 5, I would not be jealous."



Hello hello, ladies, gentlemen(s), and cave trolls. We are posting this one earlier tonight because we are trying to be aware of our friendly and lovable neighbors across the pond (ie. Atlantic Ocean). So here is Round Two. Remember vote for who would win, not who's lookin' fiercer or you want to bang-- it's not good form.

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Get yo' gear on, it's about to go down.
Also, I had my last exam today. Time to party!

ETA: THIS WEDNESDAY (JUNE 10TH) WE ARE HAVING A SPECIAL EDITION! There will be two special slots next week for retired players and managers, in addition to our normal three. You can vote for however many as you'd like to see-- the two that get the most votes at the end will be chosen, (and if they aren't you could bribe us with HQ pictures and cookies). And you know what, since I can't get this poll to work because I'm so stupid (and can't use Livejournal), you're just going to have to comment and we'll manually count. THE END.

DOUBLE ETA: AND HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS: Roy Keane vs. Kahn, Cantona vs. Kahn, Figo vs. Zizou, Rafa vs. Sir Alex, "The Voyeur" vs. Sir Alex, Sven vs. "The Cabbage"

Cristiano Ronaldo: The Man Behind the Name

There is no doubt about it — Cristiano Ronaldo is a worldwide phenomenon.

Millions around the world love him. Manchester United fans, Sporting Lisbon fans, football fans, sports fans in general, the Portuguese public — and of course, girls everywhere — idolise this man.

But there are also millions who hate him. His diving in matches, feigning of injury, general on-pitch antics, and perhaps jealousy of his good looks and how successful he's been just for playing football, have at times made this man become public enemy No.1.

Like he says in the introduction of his autobiography Moments, "I know [the name Cristiano Ronaldo] means a lot to those who love football. They know me very well... they know how I play, how I dribble. They understand my style.

"But there is a lot about me that nobody knows."
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Also, this funny little article. It talks about forcing Cris to Real Madrid.