August 27th, 2009

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  • bassino

Here We Go Again...


Italy coach Lippi says no to openly gay couples.



Source: sports.yahoo.com/sow/news

 

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"In the current climate, two national team players could never be involved in an open relationship," he told a web-TV station.

"This is not a question of culture but is more related to the fact that such a relation would create conflicts contrary to the interests of the dynamics of the group.

"Imagine how a homosexual couple in football would be perceived.

"Even if, socially, most people would support and understand such a situation it would nonetheless become magnified and eventually would be viewed negatively."

Lippi has previously stated that in 40 years in football he has never met a homosexual and that there are no gay players.

He also said that he would have no problems picking a gay player but that person would find it hard to live as an openly gay footballer.




Source: sports.yahoo.com/sow/news




LOL @ some of the comments made on Goal.com, CLASSIC

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Celtic call for Eduardo to be banned from Champions League for diving

The Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati called for Eduardo da Silva to receive a European ban, after accusing him of diving to win the penalty that eased Arsenal's safe passage into the Champions League group phase last night.

Eduardo, who could spearhead Croatia's attack when they meet England in a World Cup qualifier on 9 September, went down in the 28th minute after appearing to make no contact with the Celtic goalkeeper, Artur Boruc. He then got up to score as Arsenal won 3-1 for a 5-1 aggregate victory. "If it's clear on television, then Uefa should act against Eduardo and ban him," said Donati. "I think he should get a two-game ban. It was not a penalty. I told him and everyone in the Celtic team told him."

Even Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, admitted it ought not have been a penalty, although he sprang to the defence of his player. Wenger suggested that Eduardo's leap might have been driven by self-preservation; Eduardo, who is set to face England in a World Cup qualifier next month for Croatia, is scarred by the injuries that he suffered in a challenge with Birmingham City's Martin Taylor in February 2008. "I believe that Eduardo, with what happened to him, I am a bit cautious," Wenger said. "You don't know because he might have jumped out of the way as well. I don't think he would have complained if the penalty was not given but did he want to get out of the way of the keeper? I do not want a penalty which is not a penalty but I do not go as far to say Eduardo dived. From the outside, I must say it looked a penalty but, having seen it again, it doesn't look to be a penalty. I must say, though, we always looked in control."

Wenger said that Arsenal had warmed up in the "perfect" way for their Premier League visit to Manchester United on Saturday but he has injury concerns, particularly in midfield. Wenger said that the captain, Cesc Fábregas, would be "short", while Aaron Ramsey limped off here with a knee injury and Abou Diaby rarely plays three games in a week. Denilson and Alex Song are the only other established central midfielders. Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Samir Nasri are also on the injured list.

If divers were banned everytime they dived then you would never see Ronaldo or Drogba playing. Now move on.

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  • c0rrine

Some WCQ Squads for September 5 and 9




Spain

Newcomer Nacho Monreal from Osasuna gets a callup again, and Marcos Senna returns from injury! No more Llorente so Xabi will have to represent the Basque sexy. Cesc is called up even though he picked up an injury with Arsenal


Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Diego Lopez (Villarreal).

Defenders: Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Nacho Monreal (Osasuna).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Xavi (Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia), Juan Mata (Valencia), Albert Riera (Liverpool), Marcos Senna (Villarreal).

Forwards: David Villa (Valencia), Daniel Guiza (Fenerbahce), Fernando Torres (Liverpool).

So the official count is:
Real Madrid: 4 (5 when SR4 returns)
Barcelona: 4 (5 when Iniesta returns)
Villarreal: 4
Valencia: 4
Liverpool: 3




Argentina

Newcomers Jesus Datolo of Napoli and Nicolas Pareja of Espanyol were called up. And so were 2 Newcastle players, Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez. No Higuain.


Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Juan Pablo Carrizo (Real Zaragoza) and Mariano Andujar (Catania)

Defenders: Nicolas Burdisso (Roma), Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan), Gabriel Heinze (Olympique Marseille), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) and Nicolas Pareja (Espanyol)

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United) and Jesus Datolo (Napoli)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli), Diego Milito (Inter Milan) and Lisandro Lopez (Olympique Lyon)

  • n720

German Squad for friendly




 
Goalkeepers: Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen), Robert Enke (Hannover), Manuel Neuer (Schalke)
Defenders: Andreas Beck (Hoffenheim), Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Marcel Schafer (Wolfsburg), Serdar Tasci (Stuttgart), Heiko Westermann (Schalke)
Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Thomas Hitzlsperger and Sami Khedira (both Stuttgart), Marko Marin and Mesut Ozil (both Werder Bremen), Christian Gentner (Wolfsburg), Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg)
Forwards: Cacau (Stuttgart), Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose (both Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Cologne).

Jansen has been taken out of the squad due to injury.

Gotta say..this looks good, Jogi!        
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Negredo disappointed

Arjen Robben GONE


ARJEN ROBBEN SOLD TO BAYERN MUNICH FOR 25ME


 

Arjen: “I don't want to go but the club wants to sell me."

 

I can’t believe this.

 

WTF?!?!  WHY?????  ARE YOU KIDDING ME, PEREZ YOU DEVIL????????? 

 

I really hate this.  I HATE egos and selfishness and one prez getting rid of another’s signing just b/c he was Calderon’s electoral promise.  So what?  How about footballing value??  How about the fact that the fans love him, and want him to stay rather than Ribery to come?  It was the same with Sneijder, but I loved Robben more.  Even with his balding head and selfishness sometimes . . OMG, he had such an understanding with Pipita, it would take my breath away!  You cannot tell me, that Ribery is worth 3x as much as he does?  When he is on – he could tear any defense in the world apart, ANY defense.  He could glue the ball to his feet.  I don’t want him to go.  Perez, I swear to you – you have just cost us a trophy this year.  

 

Ohmygod Arjen.  >_<

 

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  • liberta

Dirk Kuyt needs to "take one for the team".

I hope this post is in compliance with the community's rules. X-posted to liverpoolreds, but we think this needs to catch on.

My friends and I have this theory. It is not Xabi who Liverpool might be missing, it is, quite simply, a ginger beard. A ginger beard is the little extra we need to win the Premier League, it has voodoo powers, but of a completely legal kind. So we wondered, now that Xabi is gone, who could fill that spot of designated beardman, who could draw the lucky powers from the (apparently) beard-loving football gods?
It can only be one man.

Step up, Dirk Kuyt.

If you agree with us, you might like to express your support with a signature at this online petition: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/kuytbeard



...Taxi!

Also, I don't think we are in a desperate position re: league, but it would be a great gesture, no?