November 23rd, 2009

film • and i choose kill

The Secret Santa assignments...

To everyone that put their name in for it here, I sent them out on the 25th October to your e-mails, but recently I've been getting messages about some people not getting theirs, so, if you haven't, by all means do tell me and I'll send it to your lj inbox instead as it was probably a change of e-mail or something. Sorry for leaving it so long to say, though, 'cos it's like a month on. Sorry!

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Wigan gives fans back their money after that pitiful display at White Hart Lane

Wigan's players have offered to refund supporters who travelled to Sunday's 9-1 thrashing at Tottenham.

The Latics crashed to the second worst defeat in Premier League history as they conceded eight second-half goals at White Hart Lane.

Defender Mario Melchiot admits the result was embarrassing and, along with the rest of his well-paid team-mates, will pay away fans the cost of tickets.

Around 700 Wigan fans attended the game, leaving the players with a bill in excess of £15,000.

Melchiot said: "We feel that as a group of players we badly let down our supporters yesterday, and this is a gesture we have to make and pay them back for their tremendous loyalty.

"There is not a lot else to say, just that as a group of professionals we were embarrassed by the way we performed, we feel it was below our standards and this is something we feel we owe to the fans.

"Now we have to draw a line under the game, focus completely on training this week and bounce back on Saturday.

"We are professionals, we will take it on the chin and move on but it's important that we do not take our supporters for granted."

Wigan return to action when they host Sunderland this weekend.

nando interview

Fernando Torres: exclusive interview with Liverpool and Spain's 'El Nino'

be warned, it is a very long interview

Spanish striker Fernando Torres talks about life at Liverpool and in the Premier League, and how he had managed to avoid the limelight despite his football superstar status.

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parity parity parity

RSL wins 2009 MLS Cup

RSL tops Galaxy in PKs for MLS Cup title
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More articles:
RSL Notebook
More RSL things
Galaxy Notebook
On Saunders

-> highlights
-> full shootout (this was so good damn)
-> trophy presentation

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i am not an rsl fan, but massive congrats to salt lake, coming from just under .500 and sliding into the last playoff spot, to beating the league champions in the first round (though i do say we kinda deserved it), to beating what i thought was the second-best team of the season, to winning. no one really thought they could - beckerman said something like how "it's only been two years since we were the league's doormat" - and i'm really glad they won. :D it was a really intense game, boo on you if you missed.

~see y'all next season~

Monday Gossip Roundup

Makin Beth Ditto happy one post at a time.

Kolo Toure: I was forced out

The Ivory Coast International has admitted that he moved to Manchester City after a falling out with a fellow Arsenal player. He was also denied the proper playing time he wanted as a centre-back. Toure refuses to name the man who has forced him out but everyone has a sneaky suspicion that its the controversial William Gallas.,19528,11661_5713406,00.html

9-1: Change of boots

Jermain Defoe says the reason that he scored 5 goals in that fateful game was all because of a change in boots. Coach Clive Allen said that Defoe should no longer wear the green boots he had on. “Clive said I couldn't wear them, so I changed them. They were pinkish silver ones in the end, and I go and score five.”

Spurs Man, Harry Redknapp added- “He is a great goalscorer, an amazing finisher. He has been doing that since he was 14 at West Ham. I used to watch him as a kid and every Saturday he would bang goals in.” Redknapp did not free his tongue out of respect for Wigan boss, Roberto Martinez.

Ironically, Redknapp's first game ever was against Lincoln that beat his Bournemouth 9-0.

Liverpool's injury woes grow.

Liverpool has a long injury list coming into the game against Debrecen. Fernando Torres will not make the game, despite joining in on training last week. Glen Johnson is also a major doubt after being pulled out before the Manchester City game because he felt a twinge. Daniel Agger and Ryan Babel will miss the clash as well after limping off the pitch against Man City. Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano's chances are slim as they looked uncomfortable coming out from the Man City game and Jamie Carragher is currently undergoing tests to see if he will be fit after limping off on Saturday.

What do you think will be the verdict?

Irish cleaners are snubbing their 'Henry' hoovers.

Angered cleaners are unwilling to look at their smiley-faced Henry cleaners. They say it reminds them of the handball which ended their hopes of World Cup qualification. Some have painted over the word 'Henry' but some cant even bear to look at their vacuum cleaners.

An irish worker adds- "Several cleaners say they're unhappy working with vacuum cleaners with the cheat's name written on them. It's bizarre because the machines have nothing whatsoever to do with Thierry Henry. Some have painted over the name on the cleaner and wiped the smile off its little red face. It just shows how the frustration caused by that goal has got to everyone in Ireland."

Sales of the cleaner have also dropped adding to the £100million Ireland will lose after not qualifying for the World Cup.

Henry: I considered quitting

Thierry Henry considered quitting International football after the agonising event last week

Henry- "Friday, when it all went too far, I was very worked up. After the 2006 World Cup, I thought about it, but it was too early. After Euro 2008, too, but it wasn't the right moment. There was a generation that needed me. Despite everything that has just happened and the fact that I felt let down, I will not let my country down."

The 32-year-old, who has scored a French record 51 goals from 117 internationals, criticised the FFF for their lack of support.

"The day after the match, and the day after that, I felt alone, really alone. It was only after I issued my statement that the people from the French Federation got in touch."
barcelona; abi's hips don't lie

Junior Eurovision under Football Fever

Two days ago, the Junior Eurovision 2009 took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, and one of the most popular acts (which was anticipated to win from both judges and people before), was Armenia's entry by 11 year old Luara Hayrapetyan. The song is supposedly the most famous out of all, with almost every competing kid knowing the lyrics of the catchy tune.

The song was called "Barcelona", and it was dedicated to the little singer's brother and their favourite club, FC Barcelona (gurl got taste). She said that while watching the final with Manchester United, her family was anxious and tense, and finally jumped up and screamed "Goal, Barcelona!" when the Catalan giants opened the score. Lara claimed this is where the idea of writing the song sprang, and hopefully her fanatic brother can also make it as big as his idols.

The song was 1st place on and off until the very very end, when the Armenians were convinced they had won, and unfortunately when the last country Macedonia's votes placed the Netherlands just two points above Armenia's, giving them second place. But the song was definitely the most remembered as you will see (I CANT GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD STILL) D:

LOL this is not really relevant to anything at all, just, being both an Armenian and a Cule, I would have wanted them to win, plus they were really cute.


Here's their performance.

PLUS THEY HAVE THE CUTEST OUTFITS OF MANKIND, I want to steal one and woo Bojan with it. The fact that they're sewed for 11 year olds makes it even better.


(she's wearing a 3 t-shirt.PIQUE FANGIRL ALERT..)

Football Rankings 11/23/09

Most Points
Twente (Eredivisie) - 38 points

Fewest Points
Grenoble Foot (Ligue 1) - 2 points

Biggest Lead
Chelsea (Premier League) - 5 points
Internazionale (Serie A) - 5 points

Smallest Lead
Real Madrid (La Liga) - 1 point
AJ Auxerre (Ligue 1) - 1 point
Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga) - 1 point
Rangers (SPL) - 1 point

Closest to Danger
West Ham United (Premier League) - tied with 18th place
Real Racing Club (La Liga) - tied with 18th place
Atalanta Bergamasca (Serie A) - tied with 18th place
ADO Den Haag (Eredivisie) - tied with 16th place

Farthest From Safety
Grenoble Foot (Ligue 1) - 11 points fewer than 17th place

English Premier League
Spanish Primera División
Italian Serie A
French Ligue 1
German Bundesliga
Dutch Eredivisie
Scottish Premier League