January 10th, 2010


Togo 'will play in Africa Cup of Nations' *update: n/m*

Update: Emmanuel Adebayor says Togo team will return home

Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor has told French radio his team will return home from the Africa Cup of Nations following advice from their government.

Although the team initially wanted to leave the tournament after a gun attack on the team killed three people, they then said they would stay on in Angola.

But Togo Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo insisted the team leave the country for security reasons.

Tournament organisers have said the event will still go ahead as planned.

Read the rest here.

Source: BBC News

Togo 'will play in Africa Cup of Nations'

Togo's football team has decided to play in the Africa Cup of Nations, even though the government withdrew it after a deadly attack on Friday, players say.

Thomas Dossevi told the AFP news agency the players wanted to stay in Angola in memory of the three people who were killed when rebels fired on their bus.

L'Equipe quoted Alaixys Romao as saying the team would not leave like cowards.

Togo has demanded Angola explain why it was not warned of the dangers of travel in Cabinda, where the bus was ambushed.

Angolan officials had earlier expressed astonishment that the team had travelled there by road from their base in the Republic of Congo.

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Source: BBC News (listen to a clip of Emmanuel Adebayor describing the incident)

Best of luck to all of them. RIP to those who lost their lives. ♥ YNWA
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Rafael Benítez admits Liverpool could have to sell Fernando Torres

Rafael Benítez has admitted that he cannot guarantee he will be able to keep Fernando Torres at Liverpool if the club fail to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

The Liverpool manager said earlier in the campaign that Torres was "not for sale at any price" but has now acknowledged that key players could leave if he does not secure qualification for the Champions League. "Finishing in the top four is the key to keeping everyone together," Benítez said.

Asked whether Liverpool, who have significant debts, would be able to resist a £100m offer from Manchester City for Torres, he said: "At the moment we have to do the best for the club – and the best for the club is trying to improve the squad."

But when pressed for a second time on the matter, he replied: "We would have conversations if we had to decide about this."

That appeared to be a reference to talks with the co-owners, George Gillett and Tom Hicks, who loaded on to the club the £174m they borrowed for their takeover. A failure to qualify for the Champions League would have a damaging impact on Liverpool's finances.

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jan/10/fernando-torres-liverpool-rafael-benitez



"Blow me fuck face"

The war between Liverpool’s fans and the club’s American owners exploded last night. The son of co-owner Tom Hicks, who is also a club director, launched an offensive e-mail attack on a supporter.

A member of the Spirit of Shankly, the fans’ group set up to give supporters a forum to voice their disapproval of how Hicks Senior and George Gillett are running the club, contacted Tom Hicks Jnr. He made the Texan businessman aware of a local newspaper article questioning why boss Rafa Benitez was being forced to manage the club’s debts. Hicks Jnr’s despatched a one word response: "Idiot".Hicks Junior then sent a follow-up message which read:“Blow me f**k face. I am sick of you.”

Hicks Junior’s incredible behaviour will come as a major embarrassment to Liverpool’s owners and will inevitably intensify the level of anger felt by supporters. Paul Rice, chairman of Spirit of Shankly, said: “It is totally indefensible for a director of the club to speak to a fan in that manner.We feel this makes Tom Hicks Junior's position as a director of Liverpool Football Club untenable.”

For months there has been a simmering mood of anger towards the American owners from disillusioned Anfield fans. But this latest insult looks certain to prompt a ferocious backlash from the Liverpool faithful. When the American owners arrived at Anfield three years ago they claimed the club was in good hands, that they would build a new stadium and have direct lines of communication with the fans. Last night Hicks Senior sent a personal apology to the offended party in a desperate exercise in damage limitation. But his son's gaffe could prove the insult that unites all Liverpool fans against the club hierarchy.


LMAO what pathetic behaviour, just when I thought I couldn't possibly hate our owners any more. GET OUT OF OUR CLUB!
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interviews with niko kranjcar and wilson palacios

EVEN a snowfall heavy enough to cancel training was never going to knock Niko Kranjcar out of his poised stride.

As far as Spurs fans are concerned he has walked on water since moving from the south coast to north London at the start of the season.

By common consent, Kranjcar has been the star turn of Tottenham's renaissance under Harry Redknapp.

Breaking the Big Four cartel and achieving Champions League football is now not just a lofty ambition for the Londoners but a definite aim. Winning the FA Cup is a clear target.

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imo he has a good head on his shoulders and i'm delighted he's been doing so well. he really does seem to believe in ~*the cause~* while still being realistic.

Palacios Looks Ahead After Tragic Family Loss

Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios almost quit soccer after the kidnapping and murder of his younger brother last year but was eventually persuaded to carry on by his family, friends and team mates.

"It's true I did come close to retiring," said Palacios who plays in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur.

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what a resilient guy. i don't think anyone would've blamed him if he retired. i hope honduras do well this summer!

why hasn't this been posted?

I thought you Liverpool fans would be throwing a party...


ANDRIY VORONIN has sealed his Liverpool with a move to Dinamo Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

The Ukraine hitman never cut it at Anfield and had been expected to leave after a successful loan stint with Hertha Berlin last term.

He came back into Rafa Benitez's first-team thinking instead but never convinced in attack.

Voronin, 30, joins Andrea Dossena through the departures lounge with the Italian signing for Napoli on Friday.

Benitez needs to clear the decks in order to finance any new additions this month with Maxi Rodriguez of Atletico Madrid a top target.

Voronin has signed a three-year contract with his new club after choosing the Russian side ahead of other interested parties.

He said: "I had options for continuing a career in Germany, and several in Russia, but eventually opted for Dinamo.

"I liked the professional approach of the leaders of the Moscow club during the negotiations, and I also liked the conversation with the head coach Andrey Kobelev.

"Our views came together. Dinamo have set high goals.

"I'm interested. I believe the Russian league is of a very good level."

Voronin played 12 times for Liverpool this season without scoring.

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snowball fight take II


1. John Terry why are you wearing shorts?
2. Well, it seems Joe Cole very wisely chose to be a footballer.
3. Even Carlo gets in on the action, huh huh huh.
4. Ballack has fled the scene as to not get annihilated by a snowball this year.

In other news, winter needs to hurry up and be over.

Also, can someone explain this .gif to me? Many thanks.

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1. Josep Guardiola (ESP/Barcelona) 300 points
2. Alex Ferguson (ESC/Manchester Utd) 137
3. Jose Mourinho (POR/Inter Milán) 66
4. Alejandro Sabella (ARG/Estudiantes) 54
5. Mircea Lucescu (RUM/Shakhtar Donetsk) 50
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oh, sunday nights.


Sevilla player Jesús Navas regaled us with his hopes and dreams for the exciting and magical year of two thousand and ten, informing the world: I want everything. Being in the Spanish team and winning something on that front would be marvellous. But I certainly want to win something with Sevilla. If I could do both that would be great. [source]

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created by YRS TRULY wif help from mah gurl bunnysayboo aka the future mrs. rafa benitez. hehehe.

Must not get hopes up *repeats*


Owen Hargreaves gave Manchester United and England a massive boost yesterday by playing his first game for 16 months.

The midfielder took part in a specially arranged practice match at United's Carrington training ground.

He has not played for the first team since the 1-1 draw against Chelsea on September 21, 2008.

There have been fears that Hargreaves might never recover from tendinitis in his knees.

But he lasted the full 90 minutes yesterday.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had claimed he would return to action last September, but there was never any chance of that.

Hargreaves' chronic knee condition is similar to that of tennis ace Rafa Nadal and has to be carefully managed if he is to make a first team comeback, which is still several weeks away.

Hargreaves' progress will be noted by England coach Fabio Capello, who has never been able to pick the midfielder.

The versatile Hargreaves was a star of the 2006 World Cup and Capello wants him at this summer's finals in South Africa.


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