July 10th, 2009


Sir Alex Ferguson and Alan Shearer calls were hacked

The Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, and the former Newcastle United manager Alan Shearer are among those whose private telephone messages were recorded by a private investigator working for the News of the World, according to sources familiar with the police investigation.

Both men are said to have left messages on the mobile phone of Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, who sued the newspaper last year.

Others from the world of football whose messages were collected from Taylor's phone are believed to include a detective inspector who was investigating an alleged crime involving a Premier League player; journalists from other newspapers, including the News of the World's sister paper, the Sun; and two lawyers who specialise in working with footballers.

Messages that were intercepted are said to have referred to the Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger; medical bills incurred by the former England player Paul Gascoigne; the former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp; and a prominent Premier League player who had a cocaine problem.

The Guardian revealed that Taylor was paid more than £700,000 in damages and costs by the News of the World's owner, Rupert Murdoch's News Group, to settle his legal action without a public hearing.

The settlement followed a decision by the judge who was dealing with Taylor's case to order Scotland Yard to disclose part of its inquiry into the case of Clive Goodman, the News of the World's royal reporter who was jailed in January 2007 for his part in hacking into the mobile phones of staff in the royal household.

Two other figures from the world of football also sued and were paid a further £300,000.

source:the guardian

Stevie does theatre

Many have accused Liverpool's Steven Gerrard for his "theatrics" on the pitch, saying he tends to "dive" and play up fouls in the most crucial of moments. Even the president of Atletico Madrid labelled him a "Hollywood actor" after his Oscar-worthy display in the dying minutes against the Rojiblancos last season.

Well it seems like Mr. Gerrard has finally taken the advice of his critics! Last night he took center stage at the opening of One Night in Instanbul, a play which follows four fans on the Reds' most recent glory night in Europe. Jamie Carragher, Rafa Benitez and Sammy Lee also attended and shared the stage with the Liverpool skipper as they all danced, sung and clapped along in the closing celebrations.

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Sources: The Mirror & Wenn

Now if he would only take our advice of toning down his on-field romps with Fernando Torres.
...or not

awooo waka waka espagna

La Liga Calendar!!!

The official opening day of the 2009/10 season will take place on the weekend of August 29/30, with the exception of Barca (against Sporting) who begin on the 31st because of their European Super Cup match with Shakhtar Donetsk on the 28th.

Doomday, aka "El Clasico" is on the weekend of November 28/29 at the Camp Nou, while the second apocalypse is at the Bernabeu during the April 10/11 weekend. (more info @ FourFourTwo)

You can download the calendar (PDF file) from the official La Liga site here
or view an html version from soccer-spain.com here

Cute Baby - Happy New Parents Alert

Ok...absolutely nothing to do with football but, how happy are these two!

Read the article in La Voz de Galicia.es ,.... Sorry it's in Spanish ... no time to translate but still ... so CUTE!!!


thanks toluminosity_x   we have more pics ....


AND thanks to   inge_24  and temoferforever youtube user we have a vid:


I'll post them ...if I can get the cut to work....wish me luck! 

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LJ Cut hates me!
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CONCACAF OH CONCACAF, you will never change

Four see red as Mexico are held

Panama held Mexico to a 1-1 draw in a bad-tempered Gold Cup clash in Houston that ended in chaos after three players and Mexico boss Javier Aguirre were sent off.

There were ugly scenes at the final whistle as angry fans tossed litter onto the pitch and fights broke out in the stands, where the 47,000 crowd was dominated by Mexico fans.

Problems began after Ricardo Phillips ran the ball into touch in front of the Mexico bench 10 minutes before time and got into a shoving match with Aguirre, prompting several players to wade in.

Phillips was shown red and Aguirre ordered from the bench, but things did not settle down as the trouble transferred into the crowd and the game was held up for several minutes.

Further trouble came when Blas Perez, scorer of the Panama goal, was struck by a missile from the crowd in the final minute. After receiving treatment, he was hit again as he was being stretchered off.

Both teams were already down to 10 men at that point as Mexico's Luis Noriega and Panama's Armando Gun were sent off on the stroke of half-time when a scuffle broke out following a foul by Gun on Giovani Dos Santos.

It was Dos Santos who teed up Miguel Sabah to put Mexico ahead after just nine minutes, but Perez levelled shortly before the half-hour mark.

The draw leaves Mexico needing a point from their final group game against Guadeloupe to ensure qualification for the quarter-finals. Should they lose and Panama beat Nicaragua, Mexico could be on their way home.

Guadeloupe are through to the quarterfinals after two goals in two minutes from Stephane Auvray and Ludovic Gotin gave them a 2-0 win over Nicaragua, keeping them top in Group C.

Aurelien Capoue set up both strikes, which came in the 58th and 59th minutes.

Guadeloupe have the maximum six points from their two games after beating Panama 2-1 in the opener, taking the pressure off as they prepare to face Mexico in the final group game.


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remembering the ladies

10 years ago today, the US Women's National Team beat China on penalty kicks to win the 1999 Women's World Cup.

I was 9 years old and about to enter fourth grade. This day remains one of the most vivid memories of my childhood. It's the first soccer game I remember watching, and a huge part of the reason I love soccer so much now. It's the entire reason behind my immense love for US Soccer. These women weren't just a team to me- they were an inspiration. I have a copy of All-American Girls, a book published just before the 1999 WWC, sitting on my desk right now, and it's one of the most well-loved books I own. I know their life stories, how they got to be the players they are, and they were just so inspiring to me. I kept playing because of them, even though I sucked at soccer. And out of the success of the 99 WWC came the WUSA, where I finally had a hometown team to support. I'd reminisce about the Atlanta Beat here, but there's just too much to say. Plus, this post isn't about the Beat. This post is about all these women, who deserve all the respect in the world. They changed the way women's soccer is treated in this country. So thank you, ladies. I wouldn't be the same without you.

The quality of this video is so shitty, but it's set to "We Are The Champions" and I teared up watching it so it's totally worth it.

Remembering '99- current and former WNT players reminisce on the final
Tiffany Milbrett, forward in 1999

There's a ton more articles here. I'm too lazy to link to them all, sorry.

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I love these women. ♥


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls this is Friday Night Smackdown. You know how it goes. There are going to be two more qualifying rounds after this and then we get to eliminations, or something, or whatever.

As always don't vote for who you want in your pants or who you wish would fall off the face of the earth, but who would kick ass.

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Don't be afraid!

I don't really like Spain anymore.

Benzema: I turned down United and Barca

Karim Benzema revealed he rejected advances from the likes of Champions League finalists Barcelona and Manchester United before opting for his "dream" move to Real Madrid.

Benzema established himself as one of Europe's hottest properties during his time at Lyon, for whom he scored 54 competitive goals in the last two seasons, and he was regularly linked with some of the continent's biggest clubs before Madrid has a 35million euros bid accepted for him last week.

When asked what other teams were keen on him, Benzema said: "There were quite a few clubs that contacted me like Manchester (United), Inter Milan and Barcelona, but I decided to come here."

He added: "Real Madrid are an excellent club. I've dreamt about playing here since I was 15 years old.

"Florentino (Madrid president Perez) spoke to me about the team and the project that he wanted to create. I wanted to play at Real Madrid anyway so he didn't have to convince me of hardly anything."

An estimated 90,000 people turned up for Ronaldo's presentation at the Bernabeu on Monday, while around 55,000 were in attendance for Kaka's unveiling last week.

The amount of people that watched Benzema's presentation on Thursday night was considerably less than those two players, with around 20,000 in the stands, but the Frenchman was still delighted with his reception and immediately endeared himself to the fans by repeatedly kissing the Madrid badge.

"It was very exciting. Real Madrid fans have a special relationship with the players and I am very grateful for that," he said.

"I felt some strong emotions today and that's why I kissed the badge."' - You dumbass you kissed Lyon's badged last year.

Real Madrid still on Xabier blah blah blah
BAD NEWS FOR ARSENAL: Barcelona will go for Cesc Fabregas should they fail to land Franck Ribery. The European champions' club president Joan Laporta said: "Ribery was a player we were interested in at a logical price but Bayern don't want to sell. If they are interested in selling, we are interested in buying but if not, then we will look to Fabregas.

Ribery meanwhile, will miss a friendly against Salzburg on Friday with a knee injury. Far be it for us to comment on the timing of said injury but according to Rib's team-mate Philipp Lahm, the Frenchman has "given his all in recent days and left a good impression".

WORD ON THE STRASSE: Time to turn our attentions towards the continent now, with Manchester United reportedly preparing a bumper bid for Sergio Agüero.

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Because it seems to be Harry Potter day here and I've been dying to do this for weeks

Oh you may not think me pretty,
But don't judge on what you see,
I'll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I'm the ontd_football Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
There's nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can't see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.

You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.

So put me on! Don't be afraid!
And don't get in a flap!
You're in safe hands (though I have none)
For I'm a Thinking Cap!

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Robinho got married.


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Robinho has married his childhood sweetheart - but not before being tapped up at the alter by his former club's president.

The Manchester City star tied the knot with Vivian Guglielmetti at the Casa Grande hotel in Guaruja, Brazil yesterday.

They had been seeing each other for 12 years and have a 19-month-old son called Robson Jnr.

By his side was one of his 'best men' Marcelo Teixeira - the president of Santos, who signed Robinho as a 17-year-old.

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source: 1, 2, and 3.

More pictures at 3rd source.