February 25th, 2010

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Romanian Press to Rafa- 'Why so fat?'

Rafa Benitez was quizzed about his weight in a bizarre press conference in Bucharest, prior to Liverpool's Europa League last 32 return leg with Unirea Urziceni. The Liverpool manager has occasionally complained of harsh treatment from the English press but has never experienced anything like the line of interrogation adopted by Romania's media, in a first-floor suite of the team's hotel barely an hour-and-a-half after their charter jet touched down at Bucharest Airport. He had already been grilled about travel arrangements that have been viewed in some quarters as a sign of disrespect towards Unirea, when local journalists turned up the heat with a string of provocative questions.


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With press officer Ian Cotton trying to wind up proceedings, the best was saved until last as the gentleman who brought up the subject of sack-related chants had the final word.

'Mr.Benitez,' he said. 'The last time I saw you was at the 2005 Champions' League final, and your, erm, silhouette seems to have changed since then. Why is that?'

Breaking out into a grin, Benitez responded: 'It is the stress of having to answer so many questions from the press. Thank you and goodnight.'


I do think Rafa is a much better sport in press conferences than he is given credit for- certainly he has said some good quotes during them in the past. The Romanians aren't subtle however, are they?
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Wayne Bridge quits England over John Terry affair.

Wayne Bridge quits England over John Terry affair

• Left-back says his position is 'untenable and potentially divisive'
• Fabio Capello left with World Cup selection headache
Former England players reaction to Bridge's decision

Wayne Bridge.

Wayne Bridge has said his position in the England squad is "untenable and potentially divisive" and he has decided to make himself unavailable for selection, ruling himself out of this summer's World Cup.

The move comes after the revelation of John Terry's affair with Bridge's former partner, Vanessa Perroncel, and leaves Fabio Capello with a potential selection crisis ahead of the tournament in South Africa. The Italian stripped Terry of the England captaincy and had hoped Bridge would remain involved. However, the Manchester City player has been left devastated by the scandal.

"I have thought long and hard about my position in the England football team in the light of the reporting and events over the last few weeks," said Bridge in the statement. "It has always been an honour to play for England. However, after careful thought I believe my position in the squad is now untenable and potentially divisive.

"Sadly therefore I feel for the sake of the team and in order to avoid what will be inevitable distractions, I have decided not to put myself forward for selection. I have today informed the management of this decision. I wish the team all the very best in South Africa."

Capello, who earlier this week spoke of his optimism that Bridge would continue to play for his country, intended to name Bridge in the squad to face Egypt next week and with Ashley Cole facing months on the sidelines with a fractured ankle, the England manager is now short of experienced options at left-back.

Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock, whose international career currently consists of six minutes as a substitute against Trinidad & Tobago in June 2008, and Everton's uncapped Leighton Baines could deputise for Cole in Bridge's absence, but the City defender's decision today means Capello may be forced to field his third-choice full-back when England kick-off their World Cup campaign against the United States on 12 June.

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Man United midfielder Anderson ruled out for the rest of the season.

Manchester United midfielder Anderson will to fly Portugal in a fortnight for an operation to repair the ruptured cruciate ligament which has ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

The Brazil international suffered the injury during United's 3-0 win over West Ham on Tuesday.  

Anderson was making his first appearance since the Carling Cup tie at Manchester City last month when he crumpled in agony during the first half at Old Trafford.  



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Petr Cech suffers calf injury during Chelsea's defeat to Internazional.

• Initial reports hinted at a potentially serious knee injury
• Chelsea will assess Cech's fitness over next few days

Petr Cech.

Chelsea will monitor Petr Cech after the goalkeeper injured his calf during the 2-1 defeat to Inter in the Champions League. Cech was carried off the pitch on a stretcher in the second half but fears he had suffered a serious knee injury have been allayed by the club.

 Happily for the 27-year-old and Chelsea the injury was not as bad as first suspected, although it will be assessed over the next few days.

The return leg of their last-16 tie against Inter is not for three weeks, so Chelsea will be hopeful Cech will have recovered by then. If he fails to regain fitness in time, Hilario, who replaced him tonight, should deputise.

"We have to wait and control his condition over the next few days," said Chelsea's manager Carlo Ancelotti. "He has an injury on his calf. We cannot say now when he will return to the squad."

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Arshavin Q&A's.

1. From Olga22
Hello, Andrey! Do you have a personal shrink?
: No

2.From veizel
Hi! I’m overweight. What shall I do?
: Lose weight :)

3. From veizel
Hi, Andrey! I am 13 years old and I began to play football 2 years ago.
Do you think I’ll be able to become a professional footballer?
: I do not know.

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Jimmy Bullard is Hull's special reserve as midfielder moves closer to comeback

Hull talisman Jimmy Bullard made a goalscoring return to action with the reserves on Tuesday.
The key midfielder has not featured for the Tigers since suffering knee ligament damage in the defeat at Aston Villa on December 5.

Manager Phil Brown had hoped the 31-year-old would be fit to rejoin the club's Barclays Premier League relegation battle before the end of January.

That assessment proved optimistic but Bullard is now closing in on a return and could make the trip to Everton on March 7.

He stepped up his comeback by playing for an hour and opening the scoring in Hull's 3-0 reserve victory over Wigan at North Ferriby.

Bullard struck after flicking up a tapped free-kick and volleying home in the first half.

His outing was reminiscent of the last time he came back from injury and scored for the reserves in October 2009.

He returned to first-team action soon after and sparked an upturn in the club's fortunes with a series of performances that earned him he Premier League player-of-the-month award for November.

His latest injury led to fears of another lengthy lay-off after two major knee operations since September 2006 but the problem affected his other knee and was not as serious.

With Hull not in Premier League action this weekend, Bullard will now hope to feature in a friendly against Galway United on Friday.


So glad. I love this guy he's a character.