January 13th, 2010


You take that back!

Short statement by John Terry regarding his recent Chelsea TV interview.
Seriously, it's about a 30-second read, but in a nutshell's nutshell, JT feels the interview has largely been misinterpreted and he says that he truly respects and appreciates everyone who is a part of the team.

Has anyone here actually seen the interview?  Because I personally thought that this article on it, which was posted here, wreaked of bias.  However, as I haven't seen the interview, I'm not really in a position to comment on the accuracy of what The Express said about it.
ETA: Here is the actual interview.  Seriously not as bad as the media has made it out to be.


Chelsea Debt Free

There are some things money can't buy, for everything else there is Roman Abramovich

Chelsea have announced that, as of the end of 2009, the club have cleared virtually all of their outstanding £340 million debt, and also revealed reduced losses for a fourth consecutive year.

Losses for the financial year were reduced from £65.7 million to £44.4 million, despite turnover falling from £213.1 million to £206.4 million.

A statement on the club's official website said: "The group results reveal that following previous conversions of half of the debt, the remainder of the interest-free loans from the parent company, whose ultimate controlling party is Roman Abramovich, have been converted into equity making the group effectively debt free.

"This demonstrates the continuing commitment from the shareholder to the group.

"Revenues remain stable despite the economic climate and reflect the strength of the team, its continued success and the attractiveness of the FA Premier League allied with the continued allegiance of our fans and commercial partners.

In a year that saw Chelsea spend little in the transfer market, the club's cash outflow was reduced from £107.4 million to £16.9 million, while the completion of projects such as the development of the training centre at Cobham reduced net capital expenditure from £85.1 million to £4.2 million.

Included in the results was the £12.6 million "exceptional" compensation payment made to sacked former boss Luis Felipe Scolari and three of his first-team coaches.

"The club's debt load has been reduced almost to nil in order to provide more long-term stability for the club," Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said.

"The reduction will also enable the club to comply with any regulations on debt levels which are being discussed by the football community."

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said: "It is still our aim to be self-sufficient and we will achieve this by increasing our revenues as we continue to leverage off our brand. We are reducing our costs by controlling expenses, including salaries and wages."



Roman and his mob is good for something.
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Germany News Round up

[01] Introducing ..Schweinez?

FC Bayern were in Dubai recently, and these two got themselves infront of the camera. They decided to give the fans a little tour around their hotel and you can see them speaking a bit of english, beatboxing and being all chummy with eachother. The video can be seen HERE.

So what does Poldi think about this?

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Rafael Benitez is confident new signing Maxi Rodriguez has all the necessary attributes to become a success in the Barclays Premier League.

The 29-year-old became Liverpool's first acquisition of the January transfer window when he put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal at Anfield on Wednesday.

And Benitez believes the former Atletico Madrid ace will prove to be a fine addition to his Reds squad.

"We were looking for players with character and a good mentality," the boss told Liverpoolfc.tv. "He has played for Argentina and Atletico Madrid and is a player with personality.

"He can play in three positions - on the right, left or as a second striker - and is someone with a very positive mentality, which is what we are looking for.

"He is comfortable on the ball, can pass and keep possession. He is good at getting into the box and scoring goals and a good finisher. Every year he gets five to 15 goals from the right side of midfield.

"I know he was not doing as well as he did in the past at Atletico Madrid, but he is doing really well with Argentina and wants to impress for the World Cup."

Rodriguez has been greeted by a couple of familiar faces at Melwood in the form of Argentina captain Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres, whom he played alongside for two seasons at Atletico before El Nino moved to Anfield.

Benitez feels the duo will help their new teammate adapt to the demands of Barclays Premier League football, and reckons the pair will in turn be lifted by the deal.

"He knows Mascherano and Torres and he can provide a lift for some players," said the Spaniard.

"I think he will adapt to English football because he is a clever player and takes up good positions on the pitch.

"It is a question of adjusting to the pace of the game and he will need some time, but with these players around it will be easier for him."

The arrival of Rodriguez significantly bolsters Benitez's options in the wide-areas - and the manager is adamant this will be beneficial to Liverpool's form over the second half of the campaign.

"Rodriguez will be a different kind of player for us and also competition for Kuyt on the right side, along with Nabil El Zhar and Yossi Benayoun," he said.

"He will give us the opportunity to manage some of the other players and rest them if necessary to keep the level of the team."

Benitez added: "I have been talking with him and he is really pleased and ready to come here. I have told him what we are expecting from him and he is ready for the challenge."