December 2nd, 2009


The world cup draw is approaching us, and the top 8 seeded teams have been announced. They are South Africa, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and England, thereby they avoid each other in the group stages. The 32 qualifiers have been split into 4 pots and will be drawn into 8 groups, the pots are shown below:

things you need to know:
  • the seeded teams (pot 1) were decided by their october 2009 fifa ranking
  • pot 2 is composed of teams from Asia, North, Central America and the Carribean and Oceania
  • pot 3 will include teams from Africa and South America
  • pot 4 is the remaining european teams
  • each of the 8 groups will have a team from Pot 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Geographical criteria will also be used for the draw, meaning that, with the exception of European teams, no two countries from the same federation can be drawn together.
  • there are a number of group of deaths possible
  • the draw will take place on friday the 4th december at 17:45 GMT
  • good luck to your team!

Wednesday gossip roundup


Kopites have been angered by Rafa's hesitation to utilise Alberto Aquilani. The wait may be over.

Aquilani may get 90 minutes of playing time next Wednesday against Fiorentina. Even though the game is a lost cause, fans would enjoy being able to see their £20 million player in action.

Benitez- “We are trying to improve him as quick as we can. But when you have a player who is not fit, he is always going to need time to settle into a game; if the game is tight and he makes mistakes, then you have a problem.”


At the Derby/Reading game over the weekend, Rammie the Ram, Derby's mascot, was guilty of a little mockary. Rammie raced over to Reading's Brain Howard and mocked him while Howard was on the ground and claimed that Howard was not injured. It turns out, however, that Howard was indeed injured and will now be out for 4-6 weeks after having metal plates inserted into his jaw. Rammie has written a letter of apology to Howard stating that he was wrong and blah blah blah.

Reading boss, Brenden Rodgers- "The injury was no laughing matter. The guy was just an idiot trying to make a name for himself. It was an act of stupidity. Hopefully the guy has learnt his lesson and won't do anything like that again."

C.TEV- ROONEY IS BETTER THAN MESSI. (he doesn't actually say that)

Carlos- “I’ve had the honour of playing with some great players. At United, I had Cristiano in my team and obviously I have Messi in the national team.At Boca Juniors I had striker Martin Palermo for a team-mate – he was very impressive. He was the one who put two goals past Real Madrid in Japan. But the one I like the most is Rooney. He has everything. He’s very complete. Plus we share the same humble origins. Although the humbleness he experienced growing up in Liverpool was obviously a bit more bearable than Fuerte Apache in Argentina, where I grew up.”

About his taste- “I watch Coronation Street now and then. I do like it. I don’t understand some things because of the language barrier, but it seems very good. Obviously I listen to Oasis. I really like their music. I met the Gallagher brothers when I first arrived at City. They seemed like really good guys and we were on the same wavelength, in tune with each other straightaway. I like their music and they like how I play.”
Pic by the Sun.

Sorry guys... Its a slow news day : [
darcy doesn;t sparkle

RIP Grandad Becks/Maradona Banned from SA.

David Beckham rocked by death of grandfather on 2018 trip

David Beckham shows off his MBE wife, Victoria, and his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Peggy West

David Beckham shows off his MBE wife, Victoria, and his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Peggy West

David Beckham has been rocked by the death of his grandfather on his trip to South Africa to boost England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

However, it is understood that the player will remain in Cape Town to fulfill his duties as an ambassador for the campaign team and will take part in the World Cup draw on Friday.

Beckham was very close to Joseph West, with the 83-year-old having had a formative influence on the early part of the player's career. West was father to Beckham's mother, Sandra, and had been suffering from a serious illness.

Beckham's presence in Cape Town is seen as important to the prospects of England's campaign and his family are believed to have urged him to stay on in the city, with the world football elite having gathered there for the finals draw.

Beckham and Lord Triesman, the FA and bid chairman, met Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president today. The player was scheduled to visit a township tomorrow and take part in an Expo event for bidding countries on Friday morning ahead of the draw that night. He is one of several celebrities involved in the ceremony.

Blatter said yesterday that Beckham is "a good guy for big days" who "has a personal charisma that very few players have", making him a key asset for England's troubled bid.


Poor David, my heart goes out to him. It's very brave of him to stay in SA when I bet he wants nothing more than to be with his family.

Fifa warns Maradona to stay away from World Cup draw

Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona, the Argentina coach, has been told in no uncertain terms to stay away from the World Cup draw on Friday.
The coaches of the 31 other countries, including Fabio Capello, will be in attendance at Friday’s draw at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, but Maradona is not permitted to attend, having been banned by Fifa from all football activities for two months as punishment for his foul-mouthed outburst at journalists following Argentina’s qualification in October.
Rumours over the past 48 hours have suggested that Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, would defy Fifa by flying to Cape Town and arriving at the draw – perhaps even by applying for accreditation as a journalist representing an Argentine television station.

But Jerome Valcke, the Fifa general secretary, said this morning: “We have been very clear. If Diego Maradona asks for Fifa accreditation, no way. Maradona has been banned for all football activities by our disciplinary committee for two months.

“We have heard some rumours that he could join the Argentina delegation, but I have sent a letter to tell him to be aware that he is banned. If Diego Maradona arrives now as a journalist for a media company, his accreditation will not be accepted.”




Revealed: Most hated team of 2009 (also dream team)

What do Manchester United defensive duo Nemanja Vidic and Gary Neville, Chelsea pair Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona attacker Thierry Henry have in common?

They all rank amongst the players who are most despised by football fans as supporters across the country were finally given the chance to pick their most hated starting 11 of 2009.

The study, carried out by the UK’s leading takeaway website, surveyed 2,610 UK football fans to discover both the country’s Dream XI and Nightmare XI – made up of players from across Europe people love to hate.

Fans were asked to name their most and least favourite players according to position.

Alongside the likes of Cole, Neville, Ronaldo and Drogba, Newcastle hard-man Joey Barton and Blackburn winger El-Hadji Diouf also found their names amongst the most hated footballers on the current European scene.

Barcelona forward Thierry Henry faced a barrage of insults following his part in Ireland’s cruel failure to reach the World Cup and the Frenchman was picked alongside Drogba to lead the 'Bodge Squad' front-line.
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okay, i understand all these including nev but why vidic? what did he ever do? haha.


Final draw presenters

South African actress and Chelsea fan Charlize Theron will assist FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke as a guest presenter for the draw. Also present will be England footballer David Beckham, one of the few players to score in three World Cups, Haile Gebrselassie, an ethiopian athletics champion and olympian, Makhaya Ntini, the first black player in the South African cricket team, John Smit, the captain of rugby world champions South Africa and Bafana Bafana player Matthew Booth.

Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, and FIFA president Joseph Blatter will welcome guests to the 90 minute long show that will be broadcasted live in as many as 200 territories. As many as 200 million people all over the World could be watching the live draw.

Other guests include Issa Hayatou, Chairman of the Organising Committee for the World Cup, Nobel Peace Prize winners Frederik W. de Klerk and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as former football icons Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini, Eusebio and Roger Milla. The majority of the 32 coaches of the qualified teams are expected to be present at the draw. Former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela, one of the architects of the first African World Cup, will address the audience by video message.

FIFA- “This is a very important event for football and Africa as the Final Draw comes to Cape Town where an unprecedented six teams from the host continent will be represented. We expect a record global audience which I hope will be glued to their screens for the duration of the show,”

More here

Becks on his way to South Africa-

Will you be watching?
  • teenny

USA WC kits leaked

This may be USA World Cup kit. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I love the ones we have now. The stripe thing is a homage to the 1950's team that beat England 1-0 in the WC. I may like this one more if they have a super tight option like the new Puma and Adidas ones.

why is Clint wearing #10

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