September 11th, 2009

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Wenger defends youth player moves




suck it, fifa

Arsene Wenger has been one of the few people to speak against Fifa's proposed ban of signing U-18 players. Wenger who has been known to develop young talent, rather than making big-money signings argues that the young players receive top treatment, and applying such laws would restrict them from opportunity.


"If your players cannot move to the best clubs, I believe they will not improve," Wenger said. "I am against the process of stopping the players moving to the top level. If you have a child who is a good musician, what is your first reaction? It is to put it into a good music school, not in an average one, so why should that not happen in football?"

"People think that we take 30 players every year and you get them into your academy," he said. "No, it's not like that. When we take one or two, we give them a top level education, we give them a top level scholarship, and we look after them socially.

"Look at the alternative. If you ban players from moving before the age of 18, you know what will happen? The player will be sold anyway,'' he said. "To whom? To agents. At what age? At 13, 14. Where will they go? Not to top-level clubs with top-level education.

"They will go to clubs who have been bought by business people, of a very low level, and will stay there until the age of 18 waiting to be sold. The money will go out of the game. You have always to look if you make one decision, what kind of alternative?

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Figo | Zizou's shirt smells

Andrei Arshavin, Poker Star. Or Something.


(No, really, Andrei -- it is a poker event, we swear. You just keep juggling.)

Honestly, I have no clue whatsoever about the whats or whys of this little event. But it was in Russia (I think), Arshavin was the guest of honor, it had something to do with poker, and they gave him a bunch of favors and made him juggle. Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine.

ETA: A-HA. Here's the explanation, complete with possibly the world's funniest Arshavin translator. Poker with Andrei for everyone!

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Fried Green Tomatoes // Ruth

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So I have no internet access at work except for CNN and USA Today which is a a very, very tragic situation especially on critical game days. We won't talk about the agony I go through from not knowing the results until I get home. :\

What we will talk about is this article that was posted yesterday on CNN's sports section. It outlines 11 reasons England will do well in the World Cup and 11 reasons they won't do well in the World Cup.

Is England a serious threat for the 2010 World Cup?

Gabriele Marcotti
INSIDE SOCCER


Jump on the England bandwagon too soon -- as often happens -- and you're bound to be disappointed. But the numbers are hard to argue with: eight games in World Cup qualifying, eight wins; 31 goals scored, five conceded.

Sure, Spain and Holland also have run the table, Germany and Italy also are undefeated. But you get the sense that momentum is with the Three Lions. Still, before we get carried away, let's look at the case for and against England.

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So what do y'all think?

I would, I mean. . .I would.

Because I will shamelessly fangirl over this man until the day I die --

Michael Ballack just won a competition guys!


He has just been voted as the top pin-up by the female supporters of Chelsea.

His thoughts on the matter? A giggle and a tongue-in-cheek, "I think they are right."

Michael Ballack: making first loser second place look good since the beginning of time/the Thirty Years War/the fall of Rome/the Stone Age/The Reformation/his career.

Source: ChelseaTV