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After finishing in second for the past two seasons, Messi is following in the footsteps of Ronaldinho, who won the award in 2006, and becomes the fifth Barça player to win the award.
"First of all I would like to thank all of my colleagues who voted, as it is a huge honour to receive this award,"; said a thrilled Messi, the first Argentinian to win the accolade.
"It is beautiful to have the recognition of your colleagues from other national teams. I want to say thanks and share this with all of my team-mates. This is the best way to end a magnificent year for Barcelona, my team-mates and for me, Thanks a lot." ( Collapse )
Liverpool FC defender Glen Johnson may face police probe after nightclub incident
LIVERPOOL FC footballer Glen Johnson could be quizzed by detectives after an allegation of assault outside a nightclub in London's West End.
The Metropolitan Police said a man attended a station in the capital on Sunday afternoon claiming he was attacked by the Reds defender near the Movida club in Argyll Street at around 4am that day.
The victim claimed he was punched and suffered arm, chest and facial injuries which are not said to be serious.
Detectives confirmed they are investigating the incident and may speak to Johnson if they feel there is sufficient evidence to support the allegation of assault.
The Metropolitan Police spokeswoman added: "There have been no arrests."
The England star was in London the day after Liverpool's humbling defeat against bottom-club Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon.
I would like some good news next please. Like, every loss this season gets overturned or something.
A young footballer and his friend have been stabbed on a Christmas night out in North Ayrshire in what is believed to have been a disturbance over a taxi.
Stranraer FC player Paul McInnes and Anthony Boyle, both 20, were attacked outside Seamill Hydro, near Ardrossan, at about 0110 GMT on Monday.
Mr McInnes is in a serious condition in Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock. Mr Boyle was released after treatment.
Police are treating the attack as attempted murder.
A statement on the Stranraer FC website said: "The thoughts and best wishes of everyone connected with the club are with Paul McInnes and his family and with his friend Anthony Boyle and his family after they were admitted to Crosshouse Hospital following a vicious assault on a Christmas night out with their pals.
"Both were knifed in an an alleged bust up over a taxi outside the Seamill Hydro hotel in Ayrshire.
"Paul, who was stabbed twice, lost litres of blood and suffered a punctured lung in what the police are treating as attempted murder."
Det Sgt Bert Graystone, of Strathclyde Police, appealed for anyone who witnessed the attack to come forward.
"At the time the incident took place, a party night had just finished at the hotel and the car park would have been very busy," he said.
"I would ask anyone who witnessed the attack, in particular, drivers of taxis and mini-buses who were waiting to pick people up, to contact Saltcoats Police Office."
And the year in football just keeps getting worse. Poor fucker. I hope they catch the guy that knifed him!
SLB 9 - 8 AUN
CAT 4 - 2 ARG
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Liverpool duo Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard have spoken of their delight after they were named in the FIFA/FIFPro World XI for 2009.
The Reds pair were included in the line-up after more than 50,000 professional footballers from across the globe voted for the best player in each position.
"It's a real source of joy and satisfaction as well a privilege to be in this XI," beamed Torres.
"All of us players try to reach the top and achieve our goals, and receiving this kind of recognition from your fellow professionals is something else, it fills you with pride.
"I want to keep battling to make sure I come back here.
"What's more, this year I've made it without even winning a title. What I mean is, though collectively we've not had the best of luck, on a personal note the balance is right and I'm doing my job well."
Gerrard added: "I feel really flattered and honoured, because it's really special to be voted for by your colleagues."
Torres and Gerrard's inclusion was announced at the FIFA World Player Gala 2009 in Zurich on Monday evening.
The XI in full:
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), John Terry (Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester Utd), Patrice Evra (Manchester Utd), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Fernando Torres (Liverpool). Source.
A bullying, selfish FIFA Confederation President pursuing his own agenda to the detriment of the development of the beautiful game? No, not Jack Warner, but AFC boss Mohamed Bin Hammam.
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phhhft, bs. while the us and canada are in the same confederation, there's no reason they can;t do a similar thing to what mls does - canadians in canada are domestic, americans in canada count as foreign.
and brought on by that gay rugby player coming out:
Britain's foremost PR advisor, Max Clifford, told The Independent on Sunday last night that he has represented two high-profile gay Premier League footballers in the past five years and has advised them to stay in the closet because football "remains in the dark ages, steeped in homophobia".
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they've been able to kick a lot of racism out of the sport, i don't see why a homophobia campaign isn't done.
Milan maestro Clarence Seedorf: There is less diving in England
The Rossoneri ace has given his views on play acting...
Seedorf has called for new laws to be ratified in the game so the cheaters can be caught as and when they pull off a tumble. "Diving? This is not the same in all countries. In England it is much less," Seedorf told the New York Times.
"I think it would help to use some rugby rules here. When someone is lying on the ground, let the doctor enter, remove him and let the game go on. It will help because a team will be left right away with 10 players and nobody wants to be at a disadvantage."
"And with the diving, even if they were caught by the camera, the referee may miss it. Nothing happens to that player. That is the reality of the game today. If a player is a good actor and he does it at the right moment, he can get an advantage. "
"These are possibilities in the game today. You can’t always blame the player if those are the rules, even if I think the players who do this are wrong and we should be as sporting as possible. It is not part of my game. I get quite irritated even when my teammates do it."
Seedorf claims the problem in Italy is far worse as he takes a swipe at both Inter and Juventus, accusing their players of play acting. "In the last game with Juventus and Inter, I was quite disappointed at one point when two players were hit in one moment and they were both keeping their hands on their faces even though they were hit elsewhere," he added.
"It is a bit of a lack of respect for the game. It is like you’re acting like a wimp. Don’t be a wimp."
I don't watch Serie A, so I don't know if this is true or not, but I never thought Italian football was more diver friendly than the PL or La Liga. Maybe its me being ill-informed, because as I say, I don't follow Italian teams at all. I do like the last quote though very much indeed...
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More info on the roster here
ETA: um, some of the pics have weird gray stuff at the bottom? I have no idea, Imageshack like changed their website around today so it might have to do with that.
REAL WANT TO BUY HIM.
Real Madrid circle £9m Chelsea utility man Branislav Ivanovic -
but Blues don't want to sell star.
I REFUSE TO BELIEVE ANY OF THIS.
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I think its time we did too.
After flirting with several English clubs in the past, David Villa is eyeing up a move to the Barclays Premier League. The Valencia striker has had a change of heart after failing to secure a transfer to Barcelona or Real Madrid last summer and is finally ready to leave Spain, a message that will be received with interest in the boardrooms of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.
As a lightning-fast forward with a rare eye for goal, Villa’s skills remain as compelling as ever, but his circumstances have changed. In an interview with The Times, the 29-year-old admits for the first time that he is willing to move abroad and is ready for a challenge beyond the two giants of Spanish football, which was not the case when Chelsea made a £36 million bid last summer. “Quite simply, I rejected the possibility of moving abroad at that moment because there were issues that would not allow me to leave my country...my wife was pregnant and it didn’t seem right to leave,” he said. “I like the Premier League a lot. It’s the league I follow the most along with La Liga and I’ve got a lot of friends playing there. There are a lot of globally important teams there that play very good football.”
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No top striker gets near David Villa’s scoring record
David Villa rising to the occasion in team lacking head for heights <---This one is a couple months old
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One of the last remaining Busby Babes passes away.
Manchester United is sad to report the death of former player Albert Scanlon. He was 74.
Born on 10 October 1935, Scanlon successfully came through the United youth system and made his debut for Matt Busby's first team in 1954, at the tender age of 19 - hence his inclusion in the group of players known as the 'Busby Babes.'
Twice a title winner as an outside forward in 1956 and 1957, Scanlon was on the ill-fated flight from Belgrade to Manchester following a European Cup match in February 1958.
When the plane crashed after refuelling in Munich, Scanlon was among the survivors while eight of his team-mates and 15 other passengers and crew lost their lives.
After recovering from injuries sustained in the disaster, he continued his playing career at Old Trafford and accumulated 127 senior appearances and 35 goals for the Reds.
He moved on to Newcastle United in 1960 and later played for Lincoln City and Mansfield Town before retiring in 1966.
Everyone at Manchester United sends deepest condolences to Albert's family and friends.
;( 74 is quite young these days ;/ my nan is 75 and she's well healthy. RIP.