January 25th, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Salvador Cabañas get shot in the head.

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Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas is in serious condition after being shot in the head during an attack in a bar, Mexico City's attorney general has confirmed.

The 29-year-old striker, who was visiting the establishment with friends and relatives, was attacked early in the morning at the bar in the south of Mexico City.

"He was shot in the head," prosecutor Miguel Angel Mancera, told the news channel Televisa. "According to an initial report it [the bullet] was a shot from a firearm with a frontal entry point and without exit."

"We don't clearly know the motive behind the injury ... The player is conscious but he has a heart problem which they're trying to stabilise.

"We're waiting to see what those arrested have to say. It seems that the attack happened in the bathroom of the bar.''

Cabanas is a prolific goalscorer for Primera División de México side Club America - scoring 18 goals in 24 matches this season - and he is an integral part of Paraguay's national side.

mikkel [bang bang me]

Davies on remarkable path to recovery :)

Charlie Davies is lucky to be alive. He knows it, and even if he were to forget, there are plenty of reminders.

There are the surgical scars that now tattoo the American soccer star's body. There are the constant reminders from family and friends who never let him forget what he nearly lost, and what he has already overcome. Then there are the pictures burned into his memory of the mangled car he was pulled from after he survived a car crash that killed another passenger on Oct. 13. Davies, 23, sustained multiple serious injuries (a broken right femur and tibia, a broken left elbow, facial fractures and a lacerated bladder). The prognosis was that he would face an arduous six- to 12-month recovery and extensive rehabilitation.

The strongest reminders of how fortunate Davies is come from Davies himself as he pushes through what is shaping up to be a miraculous recovery from that laundry list of major injuries. Less than four months after the crash that threatened to end his promising career, Davies is already jogging at a good rate and working on agility drills that would have seemed impossible just weeks earlier, when simply getting out of a wheelchair was an exhausting exercise.

What does this progress mean, exactly? It means that, barring any setbacks, Davies could be back on the field with club team FC Sochaux by April, meaning his chances of playing for the United States in June's World Cup should no longer be seen as a shattered dream.

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As a USMNT fan, especially after the disaster that was the Honduras game on Saturday, this is absolutely the best news EVER. Nobody expected him to be back this soon, and it's just amazing. :D

ETA: Some more quotes from Charlie that didn't make it to the Soccernet article.
Kwon Eun Bi

Football Rankings 1/25/10

I don't know, Grenoble, I don't know.

Most Points
PSV Eindhoven (Eredivisie) - 51 points

Fewest Points
Grenoble Foot (Ligue 1) - 7 points

Biggest Lead
Internazionale (Serie A) - 9 points

Smallest Lead
Manchester United (Premier League) - 2 points
Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga) - 2 points
PSV Eindhoven (Eredivisie) - 2 points

Closest to Danger
Wolverhampton Wanderers (Premier League) - tied with 18th place
Real Valladolid (La Liga) - tied with 18th place

Farthest From Safety
Grenoble Foot (Ligue 1) - 13 points fewer than 17th place

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