June 16th, 2009

He's here, he's there. . .

Joey Cole End-of-the-Season Quiz

This fierce man is given questions about his team-mates, and he answers them, fabulously.
"You can't come to a semi-final with an onion
for a head-- you jus' can't."
-- Joey Cole [on Malouda]

"The only one who'd I give his due is Lamps, he's a
well-dressed man - the rest of them are rubbish."


To All My Scouser Amigos

Gerrard reveals retirement plan

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he may retire from football at the end of his current contract, which expires in 2013.

The England international has made more than 300 league appearances for the Anfield outfit - netting 71 goals - since breaking on to the first-team scene in 1998.

He will be 33-years-old when his current Reds deal ends, and Gerrard says that may be the right time for him to hang up his boots for good.

"I will be 33 at the end of my contract in 2013 and I don't know if I will go any further," he told France Football.

"If I do retire, then I will know that from the start to the end of my career I only had one club. And I don't want to think about wearing any other shirt in the future.

"I was close to leaving in the past, maybe twice, most notably in 2005. That year we were a long way off the Premier League title and Chelsea's interest turned my head.

"It was a difficult moment for me. However, now when I look back I am very happy that I chose to stay here. It has given me real pride."



I am not a Liverpool supporter but I have to say, when prominent players like Stevie G. talks about retiring or actually retires we have to take a moment and appreciate the quality football they played. I know that a lot of my childhood players have retired and will continue to retire. Makes me sad, of course, but at least, AT LEAST we got to watch them at their prime. I sure do respect that fact that Stevie G. is an one club man. Liverpool fans, soak up all his goodness while you still can!

the end.

darcy doesn;t sparkle



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Metze speaks

Metzelder slams Ronaldo signing

Real Madrid defender Christoph Metzelder has slammed his club's decision to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for £80million.

The 28-year-old joined the Bernabeu outfit in 2007 having spent seven years at Borussia Dortmund, making more than 120 league appearances for the Bundesliga side.

However, since arriving in Spain the German international has made just 21 la Liga outings for the Madridistas due to injury and, more recently, the form of Portuguese stopper Pepe.

And Metzelder has reacted angrily to the Bernabeu bosses' decision to splash out over £130 million on Kaka and Ronaldo, saying the inflated figures are wrong in the current financial climate.

"I don't know much about this evolution and I'm worried about it," he said in The Sun.

"Spending $96million on someone that can get injured or be in bad form isn't correct to me, especially during this period of financial uncertainty."



Smart man, saying smart things. Probably one of the players RM is going to spare. *sigh*
[♥]roaming gnome

Victor, stop being a dick and sign

Victor Valdes Contract Talks Break Down With Barcelona

Negotiations between Barcelona and Victor Valdes have broken down after neither side could find common ground to reach an agreement and the club could step up their search for a new goalkeeper, according to a report.

The Catalan custodian and his representatives have been locked in talks for several days, but they have now reached an impasse and there are no more meetings planned according to Sport.

Valdes wants his contract brought in line with several of the club's other top earners, but Barcelona are not prepared to pay him exactly what he wants.

With AC Milan and Manchester United being linked with the 27-year-old, he has been emboldened to hold out for a better deal, but that may prove to be costly.

Barcelona have already been scouring the market for a new keeper to play as back-up to Valdes and it may now prove to be that they are actually looking for his replacement.

Having joined the Blaugrana in 1995, Valdes moved up to the B side in 2000 and three seasons later was in the first team under coach Raddy Antic.

In other news, Yaya Touré is set to sign a new contract which is fabulous, fabulous news.

source: lol.com but marca, mundo deportivo and el país are also reporting it
While some have questioned his consistency due to the odd mistake, Valdes has broken club and league records between the sticks and is highly rated within the game
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Sad WAG news

Sylvie van der Vaart  (31) has had a succesful surgery against breast cancer. The cancer was still in an early stage.
The doctors expect her to make a full recovery, but she will have to undergo preventive chemo therapy in July.  Before the treatment starts she is enjoying a nice family vacation.

I do not really like Sylvie but wish her,  Rafael and their son all the best.
Some reactions on a Dutch website are plain mean.

Source: http://www.telegraaf.nl/prive/4172581/__Sylvie_geopereerd_aan_borstkanker__.html?p=2,1
Picture: http://www.freewebs.com/rafaelvandervaart2007/damianvandervaart.htm

Rio Ferdinand on holidays

As Manchester United prepare to say goodbye to Cristiano Ronaldo, it looks like another footballer in the team is preparing to fill the Portuguese striker's boots.

Spotted enjoying a lads' holiday in Israel, it looks like Rio Ferdinand is taking style tips from his teammate, who is moving to Real Madrid for a world record £80million.

Looking far from masculine, the 30-year-old England defender showed off his athletic physique in a tiny pair of denim hot pants and bizarre red and yellow cropped t-shirt.

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source:Mail Online

Are you fucking kidding me you twoze! Get a room! :) Yup, get a room. Oh, and video tape it. Thanx.

Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard predict Spain v England World Cup final

The Mirror UK
By Chris Hatherall


Fernando Torres says he and Steven Gerrard have already started dreaming of a Spain v England World Cup Final - and he is adamant he would be the winner.

Spain striker Torres has formed a lethal partnership with England midfielder Gerrard since arriving at Liverpool and they have also become firm friends. The No.9 and No.8 sit next to each other in the changing room and even after training the banter never stops.

Torres, who lines up for Spain against New Zealand in the Confederations Cup in South Africa today, admits he has been impressed by England's progress after seven World Cup qualifying wins in a row.

But that does not mean he is about to give up the bragging rights with mate Gerrard after beating England in a friendly and winning the Euro 2008 title.

He said: "It's a good rivalry, we talk about it a lot and dream about what might happen in future.

"To play against England is special for me. Already I noticed in the friendly match in Seville how big it was and to do it in an official competition would be enormous.

"England are one of the candidates to win the World Cup in 2010, without doubt. Stevie and myself have often spoken about our teams. Our dream would be for England and Spain to play in the final in South Africa. But Spain might win it."

Torres' friendly rivalry with Gerrard, however, does not prevent him heaping praise on the midfielder who was named Footballer of the Year last season.

The Spaniard added: "Steve is the spirit of Liverpool and the key man in the team. As a person he is sensational too."

chris + dom


Hello bbs. It's been a long time since I've posted but I decided it's imperative that I bring you ridiculous amounts of Celtic/SPL news this summer, in the hopes that you might start watching~

CELTIC Football Club is delighted today to confirm that Tony Mowbray has been appointed the new Celtic manager. Tony will be joined at Celtic by Mark Venus, Peter Grant and Neil Lennon in the new Celtic management team.

This is fantastic news for the club and we look forward to officially unveiling Tony as the new Celtic manager at a news conference at Celtic Park tomorrow (Wednesday, June 17) at 10am.



Thoughts? Criticisms? Personally I'm happy with this appointment, I was giddy when Slaven Bilic's name kept popping up but I knew that's not really realistic. I know Mowbray's got a lot of criticism for this past season at WBA. What do you lot think? I've always found it interesting that he's teetotal, being straight edge. It's rare to find a Celtic supporter that doesn't drink and now here's our manager representing this very small demographic. :P

Celtic tag mods?
wear a condom - juno

The buzzing sound you will hear for the next two weeks (and next year)...

So my friend and I were talking about the horns being used during the Confederations Cup, and we did a little soul searching. The articles are not that new btw.

S. Africa to celebrate with horns, helmets

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SOWETO - South African football supporters are ready to cheer for Bafana Bafana at the Confederations Cup. They will be carrying unusual equipment: vuvuzelas to make sound, a type of horn once used to call people to come together, and makarapas, which are originally worn as protection against flying bottles in the bleachers.

Long horns blare as crowds wearing elaborately decorated miners helmets burst into song -- all part of South African fans' strategy to intimidate rival football teams.

It's a scene that will replay again and again as the world gets an up-close look at how the nation celebrates sport with the kick-off of the Confederations Cup on Sunday, curtain raiser to the 2010 World Cup.

"This is exhausting, but if your team wins it's all worth it,"
said Themba Tsietsi, a 35-year-old from Soweto who calls himself the "number one fan" of South Africa's national team Bafana Bafana.

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Fifa gives Vuvuzelas thumbs up
2008-07-11 18:26

Johannesburg - Fifa confirmed on Friday that South African football fans will be allowed to bring traditional Vuvuzelas to matches at the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Permission to allow fans to bring the noise-making trumpets to the stadiums was granted after a debate that lasted several hours, during which time World Cup organisers managed to convince football's ruling body that the instruments were essential for an authentic South African footballing experience.

Fifa had expressed concerns that the instruments could be used as weapons by hooligans or by businesses to have an advertising presence in World Cup stadiums.


More about the vuvuzelas on Wikipedia.

ETA: kokakolaveins posted this video in the comments. Playing them rhythmically does sound better.

darcy doesn;t sparkle



Cesc Fabregas And Santi Cazorla Injured During Spanish Training

The pair could miss the game with Iraq tomorrow...

Cesc Fabregas limped out of training with the Spanish national team today after a strong tackle by Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.

It is the second time that Fabregas has been injured by Alonso this year following on from a tackle in the Premier League game between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates in December.

AS reports that a hard tackle from Alonso damaged the left knee of Fabregas and that, with some annoyance, he left training.

The session was the last before the game with Iraq tomorrow and also featured another tough tackle by Albert Riera on Santi Cazorla.

It is not yet known how serious the injuries are to either Cazorla or Fabregas but it looks almost certain that the Arsenal man will miss the game tomorrow.

During the practice session today Vicente Del Bosque gave Gerard Pique, Carlos Marchena, Juan Mata and Cazorla starts, and they could well begin against Iraq.

Up front it is likely to be the same pairing of Fernando Torres and David Villa, whilst David Silva is recovering well from injury and should play a part again.

James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com


EDIT THE SECOND: Cesc scares Del Bosque

Spain midfielder left Tuesday practice earlier as he got hit in his left foot, but he will be able to face Iraq at Confederations Cup. Cesc Fabregas left Spain practice hobbling after colliding against teammate Xabi Alonso, though the doctors said it was just a "strong blow in his left foot."

Albert Riera also collided against Santi Cazorla. "None of them suffered serious injuries. Those huge blows won't prevent Cesc nor Cazorla from playing Wednesday game," doctor Oscar Celada said after examining the two players. As he went to the bus, Arsenal player said to EFE news agency. "It was a strong blow. I tried to complete the practice, but I could barely walk, so I had to leave earlier."

Cesc also said that his anger diminished in the dressing rooms and accepted Xabi Alonso's apologies. "In the end, it's a memory for us. I felt bad first, but this is football, and these things happen all the time. It can happen at a practice, but the only thing I wish most is to be fit to face Iraq."
Happy Z

Ouch-Spanish Government responds to the financing of football clubs

Interesting result of the spending in football from Mundo Deportivo, for those of you interested in this aspect...

Basically the Spanish government is demanding banks not only finance football clubs, but families and small businesses as well, particularly because these banks received money from government aid.
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El Gobierno exige a los bancos que financien a pymes y familias, no sólo a los clubs de fútbol
La concesión por Caja Madrid de un crédito de 76'6 'kilos' al Real 'sorprende' al Ejecutivo
Eduardo Palacios - 17/06/2009 03:00

El Gobierno, a través de su vicepresidenta segunda y ministra de Economía y Hacienda, Elena Salgado, levantó ayer la voz contra el derroche que está protagonizando el Real Madrid este verano. Los 160 millones de euros desembolsados por Florentino Pérez en los fichajes de Kaká y Cristiano Ronaldo y sobre todo, el origen de ese dinero, ha levantado muchas ampollas. Y ayer, Salgado salió al paso para dar un toque de atención a uno de los protagonistas de esta historia.
En concreto, a los responsables de CajaMadrid. El lunes se conoció la concesión de un crédito de 76'6 millones de euros por parte de esta entidad al Real Madrid. Y ayer Elena Salgado, aprovechando su comparecencia en el programa 'Los desayunos de TVE', se pronunció al respecto: "Si bancos y cajas tienen liquidez también deberían facilitar la financiación a las pymes y a las familias. Les pediría simplemente que hagan un esfuerzo también por ellos", significó la vicepresidenta.
Salgado no se mostró especialmente crítica con el destino que el Real Madrid está dando a su dinero ("no soy aficionada al fútbol, pero esta es una una decisión adoptada en el ámbito privado, aunque se escapa un poco de las dimensiones que yo hubiera podido considerar") pero sí con la decisión de CajaMadrid.
"No me escandaliza que haya prestado este dinero al Real Madrid, pero la verdad es que sí que me sorprende. Si tienen liquidez, que también hagan llegar el crédito a pequeñas y medianas empresas y a las familias", insistió Salgado.
CajaMadrid, junto a Bancaja y la Caixa, fue una de las tres entidades que más dinero recibió en las subastas del Fondo de Adquisición de Activos Financieros puesto en marcha por el Gobierno para impulsar la concesión de créditos a empresas y particulares. Según explicó el secretario de Estado de Economía, David Vegara, el pasado 24 de febrero, CajaMadrid se hizo con 1.320'3 millones de euros. Hoy, 76'6 de esos millones reposan ya en las arcas del Real Madrid. Y al Ejecutivo no parece haberle gustado demasiado, después de haber creado esos Fondos para impulsar una economía en depresión

Article in English (thanks Corrine!)

"Football is a metaphor for the time and place you are playing in. He who does not agree with the evolution of football does not believe in the evolution of the world." Jorge Valdano