August 23rd, 2009



Everton have agreed a fee of around £24million with Manchester City for Joleon Lescott, with a switch expected to be completed on Monday.

Cash-rich side City have already seen two offers for the England international rejected by their Premier League rivals.

Toffees boss David Moyes appeared defiant that Lescott would remain at Goodison Park, despite the defender recently handing in a written transfer request.

However, Lescott was not included in Everton's squad for their previous two matches, increasing speculation that a move could be in the offing.

A statement on City's official website said: "Manchester City can confirm that agreement has been reached with Everton for the transfer of Joleon Lescott.

"The move is subject to the player agreeing personal terms and passing a medical."

Lescott signed on Merseyside from Wolves for a fee of £5million in 2006 and has since made 113 Premier League appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals.

The versatile stopper's solitary appearance this campaign came when Everton lost 6-1 to Arsenal on the opening day of the season.

City boss Mark Hughes has made no secret of his wish to further bolster his defensive ranks, having already brought in Kolo Toure from the Gunners.

Lescott now looks poised to join the likes of Toure, Roque Santa Cruz, Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor in signing at Eastlands this summer.,19528,12040_5510039,00.html


bundesliga round-up (round 3)!

Oh how the mighty have fallen would be definitely a phrase sum up this weekend's matches. Current champions VfL Wolfsburg suffered their first defeat at their home stadium in over a year. The former champions, Bayern Munich, continue to be a hot mess and Bayer Leverkusen (Sami Hyypiä's team, for you Liverpool gals) is at the top of the table.

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As well, Jens isn't going into retirement without a fight.

Elbow could land Stuttgart's Lehmann in hot water

Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann may face disciplinary action after an off-the-ball clash with Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic. The incident occurred just before half-time during Stuttgart's match in Dortmund on Saturday, as Lehmann faced his former club.

Lehmann was jeered each time he touched the ball by the home fans, and two minutes before the interval he wrestled with Subotic inside the penalty area as both players awaited a throw-in.

Elbows were thrown by both players, with Subotic making contact with Lehmann's face, but the referee Helmut Fleischer did not get a clear view of the incident and did not include it in his report. That enables the German Football Association (DFB) to take retrospective action upon viewing video evidence, which means that both players could be banned.

"In 20 years, nobody has managed to break my jaw or knock a tooth out but it was close this time,'' [Lehmann] said. "If I did something like that, I would be banned for eight weeks.

"I have no idea what they train these people.''

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Pellegrini: “I dream of winning the Champions League at the Bernabeu"

In an interview to Marca, coach Manuel Pellegrini talked about his philosophy of work and other aspects relating to the squad prior to Real Madrid's last preseason game.

Now you’ve been in the Club for almost three months, is Real Madrid as you expected?
It is as I expected, although its international impact has impressed me. Arriving in Toronto, Washington or Dortmund with hundreds of people waiting for us is thrilling.

You try to convince players through game time rather than spending hours in coach talks. Are your ideas getting through?
Yes, absolutely. I’m happy about the way the players have responded to my intentions of showcasing a particular game style. You have to convince players, but there’s a difference between power and authority. The power comes with the job, whereas the authority is achieved by convincing players through knowledge of certain aspects of the game. There’s also a tactical scheme, but no one is wrong in front of a chalk board. That’s why I like to repeat every gesture on the pitch until they become automatic movements.

Official site.


Xabi Alonso: “Liverpool's history and philosophy touched me and I hope the same will happen at Real Madrid"

Xabi Alonso talked about his role as centre midfielder and other aspects of the preseason in an interview with As.

Real Madrid already tried to sign you five years ago. Regardless of your experience at Liverpool FC, have you ever thought about what would have happened if you had signed for the Whites?
I have given it some thought on several occasions. I was close to signing, but it didn’t happen and I’ve matured a lot during these five years in England. I will always be grateful to Liverpool FC. Their history and philosophy touched me and I hope the same will happen at Real Madrid.

What’s your opinion on the team?

We’ve got a great potential. We’re getting to know each other better and we know what the coach wants. However, we still have some areas to improve. We’re moving forward step by step. We must start the league tournament in the best shape possible.

Official site.


Granero: “People have the right to demand good football and that we win every game”

Esteban Granero talked about Real Madrid's preseason and upcoming games in a press conference.

Did you expect having such importance in the team and the way the Bernabeu welcomed you?

I thought it would be harder, but I had confidence in my possibilities. The coach told me I would be treated fairly and he has kept his word. Everything is going well and I hope we continue along these lines, although it will be a long season and no one knows what could happen.

There are some team-mates who are going through bad times…

The Club decides which players to sign and release. Sometimes these things happen, but the group is solid and no one feels left out.

Official site.

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CARSON, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2009) Sky Blue FC completed its storybook rise from bottomfeeder to league champion with a dramatic, 1-0 victory over a valiant, 10-woman Los Angeles Sol side, whose remarkable season ended in bitter disappointment at their home park.  Heather O’Relly earned MVP honors by scoring the match’s only goal in the 16th minute and later contributing a dazzling slide tackle to dispossess Aya Miyama during a dangerous sequence early in the second half of the inaugural WPS Championship Match.
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Marta was not happy.
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Marta throws "first pitch" at L.A. Dogers game, juggles the baseball, remains adorable while doing so (is it time for a Marta tag?)

The All-Star game is next weekend. The WPS All-stars will play Umea IK (Marta's former team)
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The story of La Pulga and BANGS, the story begins!

We have Bojan and Henry...Their mutual affection and respect is well known all over the world and well documented on the interwebs

Theirs is mutual

And today we witnessed the beginning of a new relationship...

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