August 5th, 2009

Tell Me A Secret

So ... it's official. FINALLY.

I'm sure everyone here has been wanting to see this resolved, so ... yeah. :'( (Or, you know, totally didn't give a shit, so whatever.)


"Liverpool Football Club this evening confirmed they had reached agreement for the sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid, subject only to a medical.

The terms of the deal will remain confidential and undisclosed."


ANYWAY. Xabi needs a proper send-off, sooooooo ...


Haters, you know where to go.

amy owl

i think i'm gonna have to cry for argentina...

The kickoff to the Argentine domestic football season was put on hold indefinitely on Wednesday, while the game's national governing body sought a solution to clubs' massive debts.

Bussed-in protesters also attacked the Argentina Football Association (AFA) headquarters, smashing windows and demanding the resignation of AFA president Julio Grondona.

"The executive committee of the AFA resolved unanimously tonight (Tuesday) that the championships in all categories should not start on the scheduled dates," a statement from the AFA said.

The first division Apertura championship, which is played between August and December in the first half of the season, had been scheduled to kick off on Friday, August 14.

Argentine teams' participation in the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's equivalent of the Europa League which starts this week, would not be affected, nor would Diego Maradona's national team who have a friendly against Russia in Moscow next week.

The statement said the AFA needed to search for a proper and well-founded solution to the problem of clubs' debts.

Grondona, also world body FIFA's senior vice-president, held talks with the government's chief tax officer, Ricardo Echegaray, and Sergio Marchi, secretary general of the players' union, Futbolistas Argentinos Agremiados (FAA) to try to resolve the debt issue.

While leaving the talks, Grondona said an increase in fees for television rights to matches would help ease clubs' debts.

"For me the solution is for the AFA to receive more money from the revenue of the television (rights)," he said.

A few hours after the talks, Grondona was the target of a demonstration outside his offices.

The AFA headquarters in central Buenos Aires were attacked by about 100 people who arrived in two buses, threw stones at the building breaking windows, and shouted insults at Grondona.

They painted "Julio Grondona thief" on the wall and handed out leaflets saying "Grondona, liar and traitor ... resign now" before police dispersed the demonstrators, who did not appear to have allegiance with any football club or organisation.

Some of Argentina's biggest and most successful clubs are among the major debtors, including former South American champions River Plate, Racing Club and Independiente.

Sources close to the tax authorities say clubs owe the government 300m Argentine pesos (£46.37m), on top of debts to the AFA and, to a lesser extent, their own players.

On Monday, the AFA asked that the fee TV companies pay for match rights for this season be revised up to 720m pesos from the 268m pesos originally agreed.

Local media reported that the TV companies were considering a counter-proposal that included a contract extension with the AFA from the present 2014 expiry date to 2020 and advance payments to clubs to cover their current debts.

Marchi said some well-run clubs, notably newly-crowned South American champions Estudiantes and Argentine Clausura title winners Velez Sarsfield, were paying for mistakes made by directors of poorly run clubs.

"I hope the AFA follows it's own rules and sanctions those (directors) who don't meet their obligations," Marchi said.

"The (Argentine) game is poorly commercialised, it's obsolete ... There are problems of infrastructure, the bathrooms of some clubs look like Kosovo," he told reporters.


Can any Argentinos shed some more light on the situation?

Riise and Maria are parents!

The Norwegian footballer John Arne Riise (28) is a daddy again.
His fiancee Maria Elvegård gave yesterday birth to a heathy baby girl (48 cm and 2.950 g).

- The birth went well and mother and child are good. They are very happy and proud. (VG)

Riise and Maria have been living together since 2006, and last year Riise proposed to her.

The little girl has been named Emma. John Arne Riise is also daddy to Adriana from a previous marriage.


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Liverpool FC today confirmed they have agreed a deal with AS Roma for the transfer of Italian international Alberto Aquilani, subject to a medical.
Liverpool concluded their discussions with Roma once the sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid was finally agreed.
Aquilani, who recently celebrated his 25th birthday, is expected to feature heavily for Italy in next year’s World Cup finals.
Rafa Benitez said: "Alberto is a very good player and I'm delighted we've reached agreement with Roma for his transfer. He will travel to Merseyside later this week for a medical. Alberto has a winning mentality and great experience in both Serie A and the Champions League.
"He has long been recognised as a top class talent in Italy, captaining his country at both Under 19 and Under 21 levels before establishing himself in the senior national side."

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