June 10th, 2009

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Are you willing to pay $140 CAD to see Real Madrid?

Well apparently.. if you want to see them play against Toronto FC, you'll have to:

Toronto soccer fans will have to pay up to $215 a seat to see European titan Real Madrid this summer.

Toronto FC yesterday announced prices from $140 to $215 – compared to a range of $23 to $180 for regular Major League Soccer games – for its international friendly against the 31-time Spanish champions on Aug. 7 at BMO Field.

But TFC season-ticket holders, who make up by far the largest percentage of the 20,000 fans who pack the stadium every game, and those on waiting lists for season tickets, will be able to buy tickets at discounted prices, starting at $125.

Season-ticket holders will get the first opportunity next Monday. Those on waiting lists will get a chance next Wednesday, June 17.

Sales to the general public will begin on June 22 at 11 a.m.


Iker does not approve of this marketing scam
(also I don't know who made this GIF, so please take credit for it!)



Arsenal target Yaya Toure turns down new contract at Barcelona
Yaya Toure, the Barcelona midfielder who is attracting the interest of Arsenal, has turned down a new contract offer from the European champions, giving manager Arsene Wenger hope that he could persuade the player to move to the Emirates Stadium.

Oh brother: Yaya Toure would join up with brother Kolo were he to move to Arsenal from Barcelona afater turning down a new deal at the Nou Camp Photo: AP

The Ivory Coast international’s agent Dimitri Seluk, according to a report in the Sun newspaper (lol), revealed that the Catalan club were unwilling to meet his client’s request for a 15 per cent pay rise.

Toure, who has had a terrific season playing either in central midfield or, on occasion, as a stand-in central defender, is believed to be one of the lowest paid players at the club, on a wage of around £45,000-a-week.

Barcelona have offered improved terms but, according to Seluk, not nearly enough.

Arsenal themselves have a strict wage structure that they would be unwilling to break, though Wenger has other things to offer Toure.

His older brother, Kolo, is already at the club and the chance to play together at the highest level of club football has always appealed to both.

Wenger also desperately needs the type of player that the younger Toure is. His power, strength and willingness to break up play in front of the back four before launching attacks would add some much needed steel to the Arsenal midfield.

As such, Toure has the chance to transform Arsenal’s fortunes and step out of the shadows of some of his more celebrated colleagues at the Nou Camp.

Seluk said: “Barcelona’s offer is not sufficient for the level of play he demonstrated last season.

“They have not respected him – he merits a better deal.”

Arsenal are believed to be lining up a £15 million bid for Toure but will face serious competition from European heavyweights Inter and AC Milan.


Cristiano says 'it's good to be different', kids!

“I don’t know why people are so interested in what I wear on holiday. Last year, when I was in LA, everyone was talking about my tight trunks.

“Have you seen what people in LA wear? I was the most normal dressed person over there.”

“Anyway, what’s wrong with wearing tight pants? They look good and it’s better than having tan lines down your legs.”

“This year it was the pink hat with the flower. I don’t see what is wrong with it.

“I can see why, if you weren’t comfortable with your sexuality, you might not wear it. But I’m very comfortable so it’s not a problem for me.

“Men wear pink these days. OK, not many men wear flowers, but it’s good to be different.”

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another round!


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13:00 ETSwedenvMalta
13:30 ETFinlandvRussia
14:45 ETNetherlandsvNorway
15:15 ETEnglandvAndorra
17:00 ETEcuadorvArgentina
20:50 ETBrazilvParaguay


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14:30 ETEstoniavPortugal
14:50 ETItalyvNew Zealand


Mikel Arteta is a father everyone!

Everton’s Mikel Arteta is the proud father of a new shiny baby boy. 

His long term partner, Lorena Bernal, gave birth on Monday to a healthy 3 kilo (6.6 lbs) baby.

Lorena (a former Miss Spain) went in to the hospital for a routine check and discovered she was already in labour.  That’s one impressive pain threshold.

Hola! Magazine is reporting that Mikel raced as fast as he could to the hospital when he heard the news, and that the birth was straight-forward and done naturally.

No name for the new baby yet, but we’ll up date here when they make it public. 

The pair plan on getting married next year.

Taken straight from Kickette

Congrats to the happy couple!
darcy doesn;t sparkle


Report: Chelsea Table Formal €51m Bid To Atletico Madrid For Sergio Aguero

According to English and Spanish reports, the Blues have launched an official offer for ‘El Kun’…

Chelsea appear to have grown tired beating around the bush in the transfer market and they have now decided to set their sights on Atletico Madrid starlet Sergio Aguero.
After reportedly having a €43 million offer for David Villa turned down by Valencia and most recently being linked with a wild goose chase for Milan’s Alexandre Pato, the Blues are now ready to make their first big signing under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.

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Nine Will Leave And Ribery Won't Arrive - Real Madrid President Florentino Perez

Real Madrid maybe forced to look elsewhere for one key position, while a huge number of players will be seeking new clubs...

Florentino Perez has admitted that there is nothing that he can do to sign Franck Ribery as long as Bayern Munich do not want to sell. He also revealed that at least nine players will leave the Bernabeu this summer.

Real Madrid's president was forthright as he explained the situation surrounding one of his key targets, while he also lamented the club's youth production line.

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Blackburn Rovers To Offload Roque Santa Cruz – Chairman

Santa Cruz is not the only player with his future in doubt after the Rovers chairman said a squad trim may be needed...

Roque Santa Cruz’s future at Ewood Park has been frequently discussed after an excellent first season in 2007-08, in which he scored 19 goals in 37 league showings, and he could be among a host of players leaving Blackburn Rovers this summer.

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Tight Transfer Budget Sees Liverpool Boss Benitez Promote From Within

A minimal warchest has seen the Liverpool boss ask his fringe players to step up a level next season...

The financial difficulties of Liverpool's parent company Kop Holdings Ltd, and the knock-on effect this will have on the club's transfer dealings have been well documented, and club boss Rafael Benitez could be preparing for summer of thrift as he has already asked his squad players and younger members to step their game up next season.
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David Villa Puts Faith In Agent As Real Madrid Rumours Intensify

‘El Guaje’ is not concerned about his club future, as he believes his agent will do the right thing…

Reports emerged on Tuesday morning speculating that Real Madrid had agreed a €38 million transfer fee with Valencia for the services of David Villa.

However, Los Blancos' director-general, Jorge Valdano, refused to confirm the story, while ‘El Guaje’ himself showed no signs of distraction when he rattled in a stunning first-half hat-trick for Spain in a friendly against Azerbaijan just hours after the news broke.

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The Premier League trophy in Uganda w/an absolutely GOLDEN quote

Heroes Day is when Uganda commemorates fighters who perished to bring the current regime to power. The parades and speechifying rarely reach remote areas, yet far from today's ceremonies an impoverished village in the country's north-east was astonished to receive a visit from one of the world's best loved, least likely dignitaries. After recent engagements with the prince of Dubai, British troops returning from Basra, and gawkers in a Cairo shopping centre, the Barclays Premier League trophy drew incredulous gasps upon its arrival here.

"We were told to expect it but no one believed it would really come," marvelled 27-year-old John Bosco Enabu. "The young people just thought it was another deception. Instead this is like a miraculous apparition. It is a ­historic day for football in Uganda and will give new confidence to this whole region because almost nothing ever makes it this far up-country." Eighteen-year-old A-level student Edu Ismail concurs. "Now that I have seen this I know anything is possible," he declares. "This will inspire me forever."

The trophy may be an inanimate object, but its apparent influence means it is treated like an esteemed statesman wherever it goes. Sponsors Barclays have dispatched it to Katine for the football tournament it is backing with Amref, Cosseda and the Guardian as part of an ongoing development project in the area, and for the duration of its stay this week it is being protected not only by two Chubb "event officers", Keith Russell and Tony Saunders, but also by an AK-47-toting bodyguard who usually shields the Ugandan prime minister.

Russell, from London, and Saunders, from Hertfordshire, reckon they might just have "the best job in the world". Certainly Saunders agrees he is one of the few people to whom the credit crunch has been beneficial. For 12 years he was a self-employed builder but last February, after hard times hit his clients, his business went bust so he applied for work in security.

Now he enjoys the jet-setting lifestyle of a celebrity cup. "So far I've only been to Egypt and Uganda but Keith, who's being doing this for seven years, has been all over the world," he says.

"Mauritius was the best," says Russell. "They went absolutely wild for the trophy there and we were treated like kings. India was incredible too. And so was Uganda the first time we were here – that was last year and we travelled the 30km from Entebbe airport to the national stadium in Kampala in an open-topped truck with government vehicles and a military cavalcade. The sun was beating down on us but so many people had lined the streets to greet the trophy that we could only travel at 5mph."

When they reached the Nelson Mandela stadium, the 40,000-capacity crowd, who had paid the equivalent of nearly two pounds for the privilege of fixing their eyes on the trophy, erupted with joy. Then it was whisked back out of the country.

No one got to touch it. No one ever gets to touch it. "Ah-ah, don't go any closer please," was Russell's constant warning yesterday to the hundreds of Katine villages who lined up to have snaps taken beside the grail. There is disappointment but no revolt; basking in its presence will suffice. "I'm so happy," beamed 19-year-old Daniel Okei. "I thought that trophy only existed on TV. But now I've been closer to it than Steven Gerrard ever has!"

Gerrard will never get closer to this particular trophy. After its trip to Katine it will take up permanent residence in the Manchester United trophy cabinet, a reward for the club being crowned English champions for a third consecutive time. Barclays will therefore have to make the fifth trophy of the ­Premier League era. The first one is already at Old Trafford, United having also completed a hat-trick between 1999 and 2001. Another resides permanently in the Premier League's head-office. And another is at Ewood Park, because Jack Walker could not bear to hand it back after the two-week sojourn it usually spends at the home of the champions, so bought the 1995 model off Barclays. The price is a secret as closely guarded as the trophy.

LOL I was just reading the article because I like finding out about stuff that happens in one of the countries that I come from, but then that quote just had me dead from absolute laughter!
football - i'm not your babe fernando

So many WAGs, so little time.


"Elen Rives is working - she’s just filmed a segment for GMTV about the cheerleading exercise craze.

Yeah, we must have missed that trend somehow. No matter, Elen will bring us up to speed on what we should be doing in the gym. She’s kind of cute with pom poms.

Give us a W-A-G! Go team!"

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"So, judging by Victoria Beckham’s nipple situ, London temperatures dropped to about -40 yesterday morning.

Guess the BBC weather channel called that one wrong."

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"Nereida Gallardo was at the Champions League final game! She’s still relevant! Honest! She posted this on her facebook account so that everyone would know! She’s still got it! Whoo!"


Football is the best way to learn Spanish :D

I know many of us watch matches with Spanish commentary, so after a random remark by elementarystars I realised that duh, I'm sure this post would be useful! I wrote the bulk of it during the last World Cup, and managed to find it again in one of those communities. I'm not a native speaker, but hopefully there won't be many mistakes (please correct me!!) Also I think it's necessary to point out that Spanish is a very regional language, I tried to mark the words that had a major regional bent.

And suggestions are much welcomed! It would be good to collect as many football words as we can think of here :) Enjoy and happy learning. You'll be commentating about your bb in no time ;D Buena suerte!

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I wanna be sedated

Angry Paolo Maldini slams Milan for selling Kaka

• Club 'cannot win' Champions League without Kaka
• Former captain also attacks Milan for lack of support

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Unsettled Andrea Pirlo admits Milan squad have 'taken Kaka's exit badly'

• Pirlo, linked with Chelsea, says he has doubts over his future
Pato, Ibrahimovic and Maicon could also leave Serie A

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I hope they're just trying to put the uncles under pressure...  & I don't want Serie A to die.

Goal 3 Trailer

This looks to be the best one yet with epic green screen skills and the tool from Green Street Hooligans as an England player. However it does look like there will be tons of our favorite players.

It is so good it is going straight to DVD and comes out in 5 days. However I think that might only be the UK. For the rest of us some industrious soul will probably post it in it's entirety on youtube.
San Iker

On the other side (wait, there is an other side?!)...

Kaka Worth €70m-A-Year In Revenue To Real Madrid - Report

Real Madrid are not just spending big money, they are also going to generate big money...

Kaka's commercial appeal at Real Madrid could see his world record transfer fee repaid in just one year. He has the potential to generate €70 million in business, according to a report.
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It (very probably) is the case that transfers like this will destablise the market and as such football in general but Milan clearly has money problems and l’argent est rond pour rouler.

So does the fact that we have it and flaunt it justify us paying an exorbitant amount of money? Do we need to look at this from other angles? Discuss.

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