February 14th, 2010


The Portsmouth saga just gets..stranger.


CRISIS-Club Portsmouth could be flogged off for as little as £1 – the latest bizarre twist in their desperate fight for survival.

New owner Balram Chainrai is so desperate to offload the club he seized control of earlier this month that he is prepared to let it go for a pittance. But on top of the £1 potential asking price, Chainrai would want the £17million he is owed, and other debts totalling more than £60m would have to be met.

Chief executive Peter Storrie is hoping to strike a deal with one of two potential buyers before a court considers the club’s solvency on Wednesday and the High Court hears a final winding-up order by the taxman on March 1.

The incentive he is dangling to prospective buyers is that they could collect more than £30m in TV money in the autumn if Pompey keep their Premier League status, and a minimum of £11m in parachute payments if they are relegated.

The Premier League, who have sent in an ‘observer’ to try to prevent a potentially chaotic collapse, are also working on ways to save Pompey from becoming the first top flight club to go out of business.

Their plight highlights what is turning out to be the FA Cup of woe as three other sides involved in the fifth round also face a fight for survival.

Pompey, with Avram Grant in charge, won 4-1 yesterday at Southampton, a club relegated to League One and deducted 10 points after going into administration last year.

Cardiff City, finalists two years ago, lost to Chelsea yesterday three days after escaping a winding-up order. And Notts County play Fulham this afternoon with new owners threatening cuts.


and apparently if this winding up order goes through the teams who've taken points off them this season will get them taken away. :| and i'm sure chelsea have only played them once? we've played them twice and got maximum points and it would be a bummer if they get taken away also the relegation zone will be reduced to two.

is this last summer, but the opposite situation?

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says he is "missing" former club Manchester United - and revealed he would not rule out a return to Old Trafford.

Ronaldo left Old Trafford last summer in a world record £80m move to fulfil his dream of becoming a 'Galactico' and has settled into life with the Spanish giants.

But the Portuguese winger admits he misses life with Sir Alex Ferguson's side, where he won three Premier League titles and the Champions League, opening the door for a sensational return.

Ronaldo told the News of the World:

"Of course I miss playing for Manchester United.

"Not just the club but my friends are still there, too. I played there for six years and that's a long time. Whenever I have the opportunity, I watch them play.

"I am still interested in watching Manchester United and, you never know, maybe in the future I could return to play there. It's always possible.

"I will not say I am not happy here at Real Madrid. I am really happy and everyone knows this is my club but, of course, I miss Manchester United, the boss, the players, because I left family there.

"I want to fulfil my contract here but, in the future, only God knows."

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wear a condom - juno

Before (insert your team's name here) get to kiss and hug the trophy...

The Champions League trophy is on a US tour

From UEFA's official site:

The UEFA Champions League trophy is coveted by many of the top players in the world, as well as by Europe's major clubs. Football fans like to get close to the trophy as well – and enthusiasts in the United States will have the chance to view the prestigious silverware over the next few weeks during the 2010 UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour.

Presented by UEFA Champions League partner Heineken, the tour will visit New York from this coming weekend until 17 February, Boston (20-23 February), Chicago (26 February-3 March) and Los Angeles (13-16 March) on the latest of what has been a resoundingly successful series of intercontinental trips in recent years. Previous tours of Asia (2007), Latin America (2008) and Africa (2009) have seen thousands of football fans flock to events to have their photo taken with the silverware, meet the star players who have served as Trophy Tour Ambassadors, and experience the mystique of one of football's blue-riband competitions.

more from the source

If you go on Facebook, check out the "UEFA Champions League presented by Heineken" fan page. It has all the events of the tour. From what I see they're mostly pubs and bars so it might be 21+, but go contact them to make sure.

Thanks to 2ndcitysophia for the heads up. :)

Premier League proposing play-offs for CL places?

Premier League plans play-off for last Champions League place

• Team as low as seventh could be given chance to qualify
• Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool object

The Premier League is considering introducing a play-off system to determine the fourth club to qualify for the following season's European Champions League.

Currently the club which finishes fourth goes through but the new proposal would mean a play-off between the clubs finishing fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. The intention is to inject more competition into a league in which qualification has for years remained in the hands of the same four clubs.


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