March 11th, 2010

combing his hair!

New Documentary Everyone Should Check Out!

Two players. 25 countries. One game.

Away from professional stadiums, bright lights, and manicured fields, there’s another side of soccer. Tucked away on alleys, side streets, and concrete courts, people play in improvised games. Every country has a different word for it. In the United States, we call it “pick-up soccer.” In Trinidad, it's "taking a sweat." In England, it's "having a kick-about." In Brazil, the word is “pelada,” which literally means "naked"—the game stripped down to its core. It’s the version of the game played by anyone, anywhere—and it’s a window into lives all around the world.

Pelada is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college soccer stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros. Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game. From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, Pelada is the story of the people who play.

They kept a blog of all their travels. Entries include stops in Germany, Spain, Shanghai, Jerusalem, Brazil and much more. Pictures are included!

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The final product looks amazing! I've been following this documentary for about a year. Pelada premiers at the SXSW Film Festival this Sunday. Please read more here, here, or here



JOE COLE will quit Chelsea on a free transfer this summer.

He seems almost certain to join title rivals Manchester United after the Stamford Bridge club humiliated him with the offer of a one-year contract and a 40 per cent pay cut. The England midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and had been hoping to sign a long-term deal to stay at Chelsea.

He was stunned when chairman Bruce Buck offered a 12-month deal with a one-year option – even though he is still only 28 and regarded as one of the most talented players in the Premier League.

Cole has made it clear he will not accept such a short-term package, with wages of £36,000 a week.

Such a deal would leave him earning a fraction of what England team-mates John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are on. The decision to offer such a poor deal was made by Roman Abramovich and effectively means Chelsea are happy to lose Cole without netting a fee.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has rated Cole ever since he burst on to the scene as a teenager at West Ham .

Starsport understands United would be ready to offer a three-year deal.

Cole would have no worries about moving to the North-West with wife Carly and their new baby, due later this month.

Manchester City are willing to offer £80,000 a week , while Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is also interested in signing Cole.


sorry but this has to be posted.

Red Knights step up Manchester United takeover bid
after David Beckham dons green and gold protest scarf

The battle for control of Manchester United has taken another twist following confirmation that a leading global investment bank has agreed to advise on a possible acquisition of the Old Trafford outfit by the Red Knights group.  

Nomura will work closely with the Red Knights, the Manchester United Supporters' Trust and other potential investors to 'coordinate and formulate the proposal to be put to the Glazer family'. 

The Nomura team will be led by Guy Dawson and Andrew McNaught, both of whom advised the Board of Manchester United plc when the club was sold to the Glazer family in 2005.

Nomura is beginning its role by contacting the many expressions of financial support the Red Knights have received to date.  

Whether that number includes David Beckham is not known but the former England skipper did the entire campaign a massive favour by donning a green and gold scarf after AC Milan's 4-0 Champions League defeat last night.  

Protesters against the Glazers have adopted the green and gold colours and they have been highly visible at United matches in recent weeks.  

'I'm a Man United fan. I saw the scarf there. I put it round my neck, it's the old colours of Man United, that's all I knew,' Beckham said.

'To be honest it's (the protest) not my business. I'm a Manchester United fan. I support the club. I always have done and I always will do. It's nothing to do with me the way everything is run, that's to do with other people but I'm a Man United fan and I support the team. I will always support them.'

With United over £700million in debt, many now see the Red Knights as the only salvation for the Old Trafford outfit, even though the Glazer family insist it is business as usual and the club is not for sale. 


okay dave. it obvious you just dont wanna get sued, get into some sort of trouble, or get criticised for looking like youre supporting a protest. everyone, especially united fans, knows the point of those scarves. even if you are living in Italy.



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Bon anniversaire Didier Drogba - 32 years old today!

You are certainly carrying the years well if the evidence of the last 12 months is anything to go by.

Since his Chelsea career took an upturn with a chronic knee problem fully behind him and the arrival of Guus Hiddink last February, our centre-forward has scored a prolific 36 goals in just 52 appearances.

As he spearheads the continuing assault on the three most coveted trophies, Didier Drogba, it seems, is 32 years old going on 22.


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You only fail if you fail to try

Touching Post-Match Moment Caps U.S. U-17 WNT Victory Against Haiti in Opening Match of CONCACAF Qualifying

ALAJUELA, Costa Rica (March 10, 2010) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team opened the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships with a 9-0 victory against Haiti as forward Lindsey Horan led the team with four goals and two assists.

While the USA scored several artistic goals, the most amazing moment from the game came after the final whistle as Haitian goalkeeper Alexandra Coby slumped to the turf in tears. Her coach helped her to her feet, and while still sobbing, she saw U.S. goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin walking toward her. Coby embraced Heaberlin in a tight hug and held on. What followed was a rare sight in sports and an emotional and memorable moment for the young Americans players.

All the U.S. players surrounded Coby and Heaberlin in a huge group hug that lasted at least 90 seconds. When it broke up, the entire U.S. team left the field in tears.

“I saw her crying and that was pretty hard for me to see,” said Heaberlin. “She’s a ‘keeper and we have that bond. I knew that she had probably lost people close to her, and when she goes home she might not have anywhere to go. I gave her a big hug and told her she did great. She came to compete in this tournament despite all that she’s been through and I have tremendous respect for her.”

“It just put everything into perspective,” said U.S. defender Olivia Brannon, who played the 90 minutes at right back. “It makes you realize what is truly important, your family, having a roof over your head, and having food on the table. We take all those things for granted. I had my mom in the stands cheering for me tonight. Some of these girls might never have that again.”

Haiti’s participation in the tournament despite the tragic earthquake has been an inspiration to all the teams in the competition. To donate to the continued relief efforts in Haiti, please visit the American Red Cross web site. While the Haitians showed tremendous fight, the U.S. players were just too strong and fast for the their Caribbean counterparts.
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I noticed people on facebook were complaining about the U.S. scoring 9 goals, guess they missed that Tottenham 9  - 1 Wigan match. I know these are teenage girls, but to say they should have stopped at 3 or 4 or 5 goals, is disrespectful to the game the tournament and the effort and dedication these young ladies put in (and it’s fucking sexist).  Big ups to the Haitian federation for encouraging these girls to compete and to the girls for competing. And of course, cheers to the U.S girls for a wonderful display of sportsmanteenagegirlship. All involved – I LOVE YOU ALL.

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