September 25th, 2009

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Premier League - Wenger: Pub is my secret

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger credits living in a pub for helping to shape his outlook on life and knowledge of football.

Wenger's parents owned a bistro called La Croix d'Or in the little French village of Duttlenheim where he would spend hours in the company of the football-loving customers.

The Frenchman spoke about his early life at the League Managers Association's conference at the Gunners' Emirates Stadium.

"There is no better psychological education than growing up in a pub because when you are five or six years old you meet all different people and hear how cruel they can be to each other," he told delegates.

"You hear the way they talk to each other like saying 'You're a liar.' And from an early age you get a practical psychological education into the minds of people.

"It is not often that a boy of five or six is always living with adults in a little village.

"I even learned about tactics and selection from the people talking about football in the pub... who plays on the left wing and who should be in the team."

Wenger, who turns 60 next month, became a manager in his early 30s and had thought he would retire from the job at 50.

"I said I'd stop at 50 but now I don't believe in retiring unless you have to. I never have days where I think I can live without it. But I know some day I will do something different."

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Today's segment of Deportes Cuatro

0:03 - FIFA 10 ad with Benzema, Xavi etc
1:00 - Ibra getting pranked by a kid Chelsea/Gerrard style!
1:35 - Barca training and Pep press conference
2:30 - Interview with Malaga's Francesc Arnau and Xavi Torres
4:30 - Backstage with another Xavi for the FIFA 10 ad
5:40 - A comparison of the goals that were scored by Ronaldo and Messi this week

Barcelona travel to play Malaga tomorrow and both Arnau and Torres were Barca players. Arnau was actually teammates with Pep Guardiola through the academy and the first team!

If you missed it, we did an interview with Xavi Torres this summer, here:

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The call up list for the Argentina NT.
GoalkeepersSergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andújar (Catania).

Defenders: Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Nico Pareja (Espanyol), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Emiliano Insúa (Liverpool) y Gabriel Heinze (Olympique de Marsella).

Midfielders: Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Angel Di María (Benfica), Pablo Aimar (Benfica) y Lucho González (Olympique de Marsella).

Strikers: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Nápoli), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Diego Milito (Inter), Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid)Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid).

PABLITO AIMAR IS BAAAAAAAAAAACK. I shall therefore avoid thinking about Gago, Maxi and Pupi..
This is the list of international players. The local players will be announced... idk, when Maradona feels like it.
Source: My tv and Olé 

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Manchester United say Owen Hargreaves is close to return

Owen Hargreaves could be back playing in four weeks. The Manchester United midfielder has been out of action for a year having undergone operations on both knees to solve his tendinitis problems.

Hargreaves has done his rehabilitation work in the United States under the guidance of Dr Richard Steadman, the renowned knee surgeon, but returned to United's Carrington training complex earlier this week.

Sir Alex Ferguson says the 28-year-old will not do any ball work for a while but the United manager is optimistic that, if all goes to plan, Hargreaves could be back playing next month.

"I feel it will take us four weeks to get him into the rhythm of training again and get to the point of match play," Ferguson said. "Normally, when a player has been out for that length of time he is helped by the fact he is doing his rehabilitation with other players. Because he did it on his own in the USA, it is not easy.

"But he has the determination and resilience to see it through. He is now back with us and hopefully the boy gets a break and continues his progress without any further mishaps."

As Hargreaves' operation is rare, there must be some doubt over his chances of making a full recovery to the level that saw him win 42 caps for England, the last of which came against the USA in May last year. But Ferguson draws comfort from the number of players that have come back from cruciate knee ligament surgery, the latest being Joe Cole, of Chelsea.

"We don't see the fact he has been out a year as a handicap," Ferguson said. "Other players have been out a similar length of time. When Joe Cole came back on Wednesday you forget he was missing for nine months. It is achievable, particularly when they are young.

"He is not kicking a ball yet. The physio who attended to him over there will stay here for a week for the changeover. He and our physios are discussing exactly at what stage he is at but he should be into football training quite soon."

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