February 4th, 2010

Like things at Pompey couldn't get any worse...and now this!

THE Premier League manager seen visiting a "Thai" vice den was named last night as Avram Grant.

Speculation raged worldwide after The Sun revealed a top-flight boss spent more than an hour in the seedy massage parlour.

Creeping privacy laws in the UK - based on the Human Rights Act - meant we were barred from naming him last December.

But in the wake of England captain John Terry's failed bid to gag the press over his affair, we can now name Portsmouth chief Grant, who previously managed Terry at Chelsea.

Hampshire Police are investigating the parlour, which is staffed by Asian "massage" girls in Horton Heath, Southampton.

Israeli Grant, 54, has been wed for 16 years to actress Tzofit, 45. They have two children but she did not follow him to England when he moved here.

He faces being quizzed by vice squad officers over his visit to the brothel.

Cops will speak to clients who would be witnesses if anyone is accused of living off immoral earnings.

A police spokesman said: "We are aware allegations have been made in connection with that location." A source close to the inquiry added: "We want to speak to clients who might be potential witnesses."

The revelation is another blow for bottom-of-the-table Portsmouth, who face massive debts and lost 1-0 at Fulham last night.

brendan light

Thought That This Would Have Posted by Now...

Chelsea transfer ban lifted by court of arbitration for sport

• Gaël Kakuta, Lens and Chelsea agree original deal was invalid
• Decision will be blow to Fifa's bid to get tough on contracts

Gael Kakuta

Chelsea's Gaël Kakuta. Photograph: Joe Giddens/Empics Sport

The transfer ban imposed by Fifa on Chelsea over the transfer of the promising teenager Gaël Kakuta from Lens was today overturned on appeal. The court of arbitration for sport said Fifa's ban on Chelsea signing any new players until 2011 would be annulled after Kakuta, Lens and Chelsea all agreed that the players' contract with the French club was not valid.
"The CAS has noted that, in the agreement, the two clubs and the player have recognised that the contract between the two clubs and the player was not valid," CAS said. "Accordingly, the player could not have terminated it prematurely and without just cause."
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And the football announcer of the day:

From Unprofessional Foul
JT my bb <3

to any Deco fans out thurrrr.


Deco has announced he will retire from international football after this summer's World Cup.

The Brazilian-born Portuguese international has been one of his adopted country's most influential players since taking up citizenship in 2002, and so far has 71 international caps to his name.
'I will close my cycle after the World Cup,' he said. 'Because of my age and because it is tiring, I will say goodbye to the national team after the World Cup.
'The title for Chelsea will be my professional fulfilment,' he added, before mentioning he intends to return to Brazil when his club contract expires in 2011.
During his international career the 32-year-old former Porto and Barcelona man has helped Portugal reach the Final of Euro 2004 on home soil, and the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Deco has since become an intergral part of the Portugal set-up.
The former Barcelona star has made over 70 international appearances for Portugal
and played at Euro 2004, Euro 2008 and the
2006 World Cup.



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and p.s. why dont we have a Deco tag.
..This is insane.

  • teenny

Women's soccer update

Marta will be playing in San Fransisco (FC Gold Pride), this WPS season

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 4, 2010) – Women’s Professional Soccer held its dispersal draft today for players’ rights previously held by the Los Angeles Sol, whose operations were discontinued last Thursday, January 28.

Saint Louis Athletica, which traded several players to the Atlanta Beat to gain the first pick in the dispersal draft used its selection to draft WPS All-Star Shannon Boxx, the Sol’s captain and one of the world’s best holding midfielders. With the second selection, the Philadelphia Independence then selected goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, who led the league in shutouts in 2009 with 12 clean sheets.

The San Francisco Bay Area team, FC Gold Pride, then selected Marta, WPS’s Michelle Akers Player of the Year last year, with the third pick. Marta was a 2009 WPS All-Star, led the league with 10 goals and was voted FIFA World Player of the Year in December for a record fourth time.

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Congrats to the U-20 laddies! They won the U20 CONCACAF Championship. It is the tournament that decides who goes to the U20 World Cup in Germany. El Tri & Ticas are the other 2 teams going.

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The Women's full team is in camp right now.  There are some cute stories on their blog about how they are playing a 4v4 tournament and the teams are grouped by ages: "Puppies", "Youngsters", "Women", "Grandmas".  They also played a game of kickball on the beach. (Fuckin A I need their job.)

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