July 16th, 2009

i don't sleep. i'm nocturnal. i'm batman.


Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has moved to quash rumours that Chelsea skipper John Terry is on the verge of a big-money move to Manchester City.

Kenyon said that the Blues' star was ''not for sale'' after Manchester City recently saw a second offer to sign the England skipper rejected.

The 28-year-old, who was the subject of a £30m bid, has not publicly spoken about his future and the club are ready to reject any futher offers from the Eastlands outfit; while they are also hoping that Terry will soon make a statement to show his intentions of staying at Stamford Bridge

Kenyon told Sky News: ''I don't know what they are offering but I am confident John is going to remain with us. John is a talisman. He is the heart of Chelsea, came through the Academy, he is our captain and has also become captain of England while he has been here.

''We are not going to sell John, so it is irrelevant what another club will offer. We are very confident he will be leading us in the years to com--

toramosauruscesc (1:02:19 AM): BALLACK ON MY TV
toramosauruscesc (1:02:21 AM): HE LOOKS SO FINE

toramosauruscesc (1:10:14 AM): I'M FUCKING FAPPING SO HARD

Ballack told Sky Sports News: "To be honest, I read it in the papers. He's a big part of Chelsea and he's played here for a long time.

"It's football, anything can happen, but at the moment everyone is hopeful that he will stay. I don't want to talk too much about our conversation but I think he will be playing for Chelsea. Everything else is speculation."
mikkel [bang bang me]

lots and lots of very important words

So eventually today I will be making an ESPYs post but I feel that this is a more pressing matter, so I'm posting this now and that later.

As most of you in the US know (and many of you elsewhere are aware of this as well), soccer coverage in the US on basic cable packages pretty much sucks. ESPN has games every now and then, but most of the time they're pushed to ESPN2, ESPN Classic, or ESPN Deportes, which aren't always available everywhere. Most of the time you have to pay extra for Fox Soccer Channel, GolTV, or Setanta Sports (or you add it on as part of a sports package where you get a bunch of channels you never watch). Spanish language broadcasts are a bit more frequent (although I only get Univision and there's harly ever any sports there, mostly it's Telefutura I think) but not everyone gets those channels.

Next month, the USMNT will be headed to Mexico City for a very important World Cup qualifier against Mexico. I'm going to make a bold statement here and say that it's the most important qualifier for us. Mexico have already tried to knock us down a notch by scheduling the match at 4 PM EST, during the hottest, most humid part of the day. The US has never won at the Azteca EVER and with the squad we have now and the form we were in for the last three Confederation's Cup games, winning in Mexico is DEFINITELY a possibility.

HOWEVER, most of us won't be able to see it on television. Why, you ask? Basically, ESPN won't be carrying the ridiculously important US-Mexico World Cup qualifier next month. They decided it was too expensive to buy the English language rights from Telemundo, a Spanish-language channel that is part of the NBC Universal network. And that's understandable, since they apparently really jacked up the price because they knew it'd be in demand. But that leaves no English-language broadcast. NBC Universal had the bright idea to use their ties with Telemundo to broadcast it in English...on mun2. I had actually never heard of this channel until yesterday when I read about this. Apparently it is a bilingual channel aimed at the Hispanic 18-34 demographic. And it's only available to 30.4 million homes in the US, which isn't a lot of people. So hardly anyone is going to be able to watch this match. However, most people in the US get the USA network, which is part of NBC Universal. Do you know what they are showing during the time that the game would air? Reruns of House and NCIS, which, although they are good shows, are not crucial to watch and could either be aired on a different day or a different time or something. But of course they aren't, because this is America, and the mainstream media hates soccer.


Well, you can. First off, you can sign this petition. It's unofficial, but when I signed it there were almost 500 signatures and this thing started yesterday, so if you sign this and send it to people, tweet it to everyone, put a link on facebook, whatever you want to do, you'd be helping out. Here's a premade tweet that you can just copy and paste: Any chance you want to help with campaign to get the US-Mexico world cup qual on a decent channel? Petition http://snurl.com/nbas2

Another way you can help is to post this tweet:
@universalsports Hey, did you know that most of us don't get Mun 2? USA vs Mexico on USA Network! Can't ignore us. #usmexicotv
That's the official twitter for NBC Universal Sports, who have the rights. Or you can send whatever you want about it to them, I don't care really as long as it gets sent.

A third way (which actually has more ways in it!) would be to go to Matchfit USA's article which gives more details about the situation and has more things you can do to help. One of these ways is emailing NBC Universal network officials- they have a template email that you can just copy, paste, edit, and send to the NBC people whose email addresses they also give.

If you were to do all of this, it would maybe take 5 minutes out of your day. I think you can sacrifice that in the name of soccer.

Happy Bday Sergi Busquets :)

Sergio Busquets celebrated his 21st birthday on Thursday at the end of a memorable year that has seen him break in to FC Barcelona’s first team and earn a call-up to play for Spain.

Just over 12 months ago, the midfielder was helping Barça B gain promotion from la Tercera to la Segunda Bunder coach Pep Guardiola. A season on and the Blaugrana starlet has risen to prominence under the same coach, but in Barça’s first-team as he helped them to win a unique treble of trophies.

Moving up

Almost as soon as he took the reins of the full squad, Guardiola wanted Busquets to make the step up and made the Badia-born playmaker a regular in training sessions and then in the team. After impressing with Barça B in 2007-08, Busquets has not looked back after making his debut last term.

Successful feeling

Despite his young age, Busquets has shown that he can handle the pressure at important moments in the season. Playing against Manchester United in the final of the Champions League he remained as calm as he did when facing Athletic Club de Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey.

International experience

The success of the FC Barcelona team last season saw Busquets given a chance to play for Spain and he was included in the squad for the Confederations Cup in South Africa last month.

[♥]roaming gnome

FC Barcelona News round up

The Villa novela refuses to end, the Spanish press (along with lol.com) is reporting that David wants to sign with Barcelona so badly he's willing to take a pay cut of a million so that the club can use that money to up their offer to Valencia.

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In other news, Samu was given an extra week off and was told to not report to training until the 27th. This is not good news.
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Hleb has also been bitching publicly about Pep, saying that he doesn't allow players to build up confidence and that if he doesn't get more playing time this season, he'll be leaving in December. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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luckiey_starrz upped all this shit.

Altidore, Bocanegra, Bornstein, Kljestan, and Spector went to an ESPN Deportes party (which I guess was for Messi idk).

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The ESPY Awards were last night (they'll be shown on TV on Sunday). The USNT won Best Upset: US Soccer shocks Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals. Landon Donovan won Best MLS Player (this award should be renamed to "MLS player the people voting for basketball and shit can name" but I digress).

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Nina Dobrev
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Manchester United leaving for Malaysia.

Strong squad for Malaysia match

Sir Alex Ferguson will have a strong squad at his disposal on Saturday, when he names the line-up for United's first Asia Tour match against Malaysian XI.

All bar two of the 22 players on board the flight from Manchester to Kuala Lumpur are full internationals, the exceptions being Brazilian left-back Fabio da Silva and Italian striker Federico Macheda.

New signing Michael Owen is in contention for his first appearance in a United shirt, having joined fellow strikers Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and young Macheda on the plane.

Travelling squad: Edwin van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak, Ben Foster; Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Fabio da Silva; Nani, Zoran Tosic, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Darron Gibson, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs; Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda, Wayne Rooney--Antonio Valencia.

Missing: Vidic (ankle injury?), Welbeck is away with the England U19's, Rafael also has a ankle injury, Park?


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darcy doesn;t sparkle



Florentino Perez Aims To Change Real Madrid Kick-Offs To Attract Audience Of 1b

'The Godfather of the Galacticos' is looking to milk as much money as he can from his recent triple megastar signing…


Florentino Perez is already busy working overtime on more business strategies to recoup the €196 million investment on Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema.

One of the big financial jackpots in football comes from television rights, and AS has reported that the construction magnet has drawn up plans to change the schedule of Real Madrid’s games at the Santiago Bernabeu to tap further into the Asian market.

It is believed that Perez will try to convince the different broadcasters in Spain to move the team’s kick-off to15:00 CET during the winter months and 16:00 CET in spring time (anywhere between 20:00 to 22:00 in Asia).

Intereconomia TV reported a few days ago that Perez estimated that, based on current kick-off times, the global TV viewership of Madrid’s matches stands at around 800 million, but he anticipates that the early start time could boost the figures up to 1.8 billion, thanks largely to the massive audiences in China and Japan, where there is a fanatical following of Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as the fans in South America, who support Kaka.

The White House president is said to have drawn encouragement from the English Premier League’s current TV schedule, where the big clash of the weekend is often held on Saturday at 12:45 GMT and at 15:00 GMT for the bulk of the fixtures. However, he had already come up with this idea during his first stint at the Bernabeu, but he ran into resistance from the LFP {Liga de Futbol Professional) as well as the TV broadcasters.

He is confident that the new timetable will not only benefit Madrid and the opposing team, but it will also broaden La Liga’s appeal to a wider market.

The only setback to this plan would be the disapproval of the paying members in Madrid to attend the games earlier than usual. At present, La Liga’s games are normally scheduled from 20:00 CET to 22:00 CET for Saturday’s round of matches, and 17:00 CET to 21:00CET on Sundays.

Perez has already predicted that CR9 and Kaka will generate more than €90m of profit every year, a figure that will almost cover this summer’s triple Galacticos signing in two seasons.

KS Leong, Goal.com

Diamond encrusted Source.
darcy doesn;t sparkle

scouse post

Like, I know I just posted, but this is too funny not to post. So tough... I am going to spam ontd_fb and you can't stop me.

English Angle: Ten Things Rafa Benitez Should Do Before Selling Xabi Alonso

It seems inevitable now that the Basque pass-master will leave Anfield, but Goal.com’s Mike Maguire thinks there are much more important matters that Rafa needs to attend to first...

Liverpool fans, it’s time to be honest – Xabi Alonso is all but on his way to Real Madrid. You didn’t want it to happen, he (initially) didn’t want it to happen, and perhaps even Rafael Benitez didn’t want it to happen, despite his previous attempts to sell off his fellow Spaniard.

Considering that the boy from the Basque Country has just come off a season in which he displayed the sort of composure, consistency and class that even Steven Gerrard never could in a central playmaking role, it would be sheer madness to even consider selling him... right?

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions that will hopefully keep Benitez so busy – and satisfy his financial, squad-balancing and Madrid-pleasing needs – that he simply won’t have time to ditch one of his most valuable players.

So, without further ado...

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