May 8th, 2010

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Typical Germans taking typical photographs

Remember this picture? 

It's from this book.


It's that time again. Where the German NT get their photos taken for a Strenesse photoshoot, this time photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth. The book can be purchased over here, and features photographs of the mannschaft in a very GQ-crime-movie-fashion. 

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Liverpool 'have no reason to sell Torres & Gerrard'

Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has insisted neither Fernando Torres nor captain Steven Gerrard need to be sold to ease the club's mounting debts.
The Reds' parent company posted a loss of £54.9m for the year to 31 July 2009.
Newspaper reports have linked Torres and Gerrard with possible big money moves away from Anfield this summer.
But Broughton said: "There's absolutely no reason to sell either Torres or Gerrard. We don't need to do it to pay off any debt."
The British Airways chairman, who was brought in last month to oversee the sale of the club: added: "I don't want to sell either of them. Rafa [Benitez] does not want to sell either of them, the club is not looking to sell them."
Torres is out for the rest of the season following knee surgery but the 26-year-old striker is hoping to return in time to play for Spain in this summer's World Cup.
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Carra and Hargreaves going to South Africa?

Jamie Carragher is set to make an extraordinary England comeback at the World Cup finals after telling Fabio Capello he is ready to return from self-imposed international exile.

Carragher will be named on Tuesday in Capello’s preliminary 30-man squad for the World Cup, having been talked out of retirement in a series of secret discussions with Franco Baldini, the England general manager and Capello’s right-hand man.

Carragher, 32, had rejected several approaches from Capello and his predecessor, Steve McClaren, since announcing his retirement from international football in July 2007, but, against all expectations, the Liverpool defender has finally been persuaded to return to the squad.

The news comes as a shock, given Carragher’s previous intransigence and some of the outspoken comments he made about England in his autobiography in 2008, but Capello and Baldini made a concerted bid to entice the Liverpool vice-captain back into the fold amid concerns about their defensive options for the tournament.

Carragher’s versatility means he would travel in the final 23-man squad as understudy to Glen Johnson at right back and as cover in central defence. With Capello determined to take Rio Ferdinand and Ledley King, despite their injury problems, as well as John Terry, it leaves players such as Wes Brown, Phil Jagielka, Matthew Upson and Joleon Lescott in danger of missing out on the finals.

In another dramatic development, Owen Hargreaves has re-emerged as an outside bet for the preliminary squad after an injury to Gareth Barry, the Manchester City midfield player. Barry is in serious danger of missing the World Cup after being told that his ankle injury could take anything between three and eight weeks to heal, leaving Capello to consider a call-up for one of Hargreaves, who has just returned to action for Manchester United after 19 months out with a serious knee injury, Tom Huddlestone, of Tottenham Hotspur, or Scott Parker, of West Ham United.


John Terry's ma will be pleased with this news

some journalists getting bored

Manchester United Could Launch Audacious Bid For Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka - Report

Manchester United are ready to raid their title rivals for Nicolas Anelka should contract talks with Chelsea break down, according to The Sun.

The tabloid claims that the France international striker, who has one year remaining on his current Blues deal, is a target for United.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is looking for a replacement for Bulgarian mis-firing forward Dimitar Berbatov, who has failed to impress at Old Trafford since his £30.75 million move from Tottenham Hotspur.

Ferguson was thought to be keen to bring the well-travelled Anelka to Old Trafford in 2008, when the Frenchman left Bolton Wanderers for Chelsea in an £18m move.

Anelka has already played for five Premier League teams but could join United for a reported fee of around £8m.

Ferguson is thought to want a strike partner for Wayne Rooney next season and the experienced Anelka, who was the Premier League’s top scorer last season, could fit the bill.

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barcelona; abi's hips don't lie

drink up me hearties.

Cesc Fabregas has become a bit of a favourite here at ontd_football, because of his adorable behaviour, childish preferences when it comes to food and TV shows, and it all has made us love him, regardless of club preference.

Well aside from the donuts, the Gossip Girl, the Kinder Eggs...Cesc has done something else to make our love for him increase 8937492837x fold.

At the Arsenal Charity Ball Dinner the other day..Cesc paid £12, win a date with ORLANDO BLOOM.

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i am here to educate on the football leagues.

We need some football league love in here. The premiership is the best league in the world but the lower leagues are criminally underrated! also as it was a very dramatic day in the Championship play offs, the race for promotion and the agony of relegation in Leagues one and two it was very interesting to watch. So let me inform you ^_^

Championship play offs first leg - Blackpool vs Nottingham Forest

The first leg of the Championship play off at Bloomfield Road ended 2-1 to Blackpool. Blackpool are the major underdogs in the play offs but they were the only team to do the double over Forest this season. Blackpool went behind early on to a Cohen goal but came back to level the tie in the 26th minute with a goal from Southern. Adam then scored the winner for Blackpool in the 57th minute from the penalty spot. The tie is pretty even heading to the second leg at the City ground. Will Blackpool make the final or will Forest break their bad run against Blackpool?

The second play off first leg is Leicester vs Cardiff tomorrow.

i would also like a cheap away game next season Blackpool so if you fancy not screwing it up yeah?

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Futbol - Spain NT - Nando/espana

New ESPN adverts for the World Cup!

Just found these videos (32!) on youtube and am loving them. They're little introductions to each country's national team. Don't think that this has already been posted, but if it has, forgive me. I was just so eager to post them because got me all excited (i.e., hot & bothered) for the World Cup.

Spain: Spain may never have won the FIFA World Cup before, but they may never have had such a talented squad before either. With incredible depth and skill, they just might pass their opponents into submission and find themselves hoisting the FIFA World Cup for the first time.

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Maybe it would've made more sense to order them by their groups, but I work with first graders and am a slave to alphabetic order.
combing his hair!

Oh no he didn't!!!

Balotelli: Totti called me a **insert racial epithet here**

Totti: Oh no I didn't!

Roma captain Francesco Totti has strongly denied suggestions he racially abused Mario Balotelli during the Coppa Italia final.

Totti was sent off during Roma's 1-0 defeat to Inter for kicking out at Balotelli, and Totti claimed in Corriere dello Sport that the Inter striker had insulted him and the people of Rome.

"Hearing an absolute beginner, but nevertheless someone with great gifts, repeatedly offending my fans, my city, my sense of belonging to Rome, as well as me personally, telling me that I am finished is unbearable," Totti said.

However, Balotelli was quoted as telling Gazzetta dello Sport that Totti had racially abused him, saying: "N***** ... yes, that's what he said."

Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, added: "If he says that, it means that his gesture was premeditated and he was harbouring rancour.

"I don't like it. Mario has sworn that he did not offend anyone. He admits he just said to him, 'Enough with kicks. Don't be a child and let's play football'. Nothing more, then Totti did the rest. I think that racist people are ignorant.

"If it was a premeditated gesture, he should get a six-month ban, not just a suspension in the Coppa Italia."

However, writing on his personal website, Totti has completely rejected those claims.

"I have never been a racist. I will never be a racist," he said. "I have never made a racist comment. I say it now with absolute certainty: never. With the same strength, I wish to say that there is behaviour akin to racism when it involves insulting someone purely for where they were born."

Roma have indicated that they do not plan to discipline Totti over the incident.


Well, someone is lying and I don't like it one bit. 
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Haterzzz to the left; the Prince is coming through

Boateng brothers to face each other at World Cup

Brothers Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng look like being on opposite sides when Germany meet Ghana in a World Cup Group D match in Johannesburg on June 23.
One day after Hamburg SV defender Jerome was included in Germany's 27-man preliminary squad, Ghana named Kevin-Prince in their 30-man equivalent on Friday.
Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince was chosen even though Ghana are still waiting for approval from world soccer's ruling body FIFA for his switch of nationality, having previously been capped at under-21 level by Germany.

This is obviously an interesting situation. I was asking my dad if he knew if this had ever happened before but he was as useless as ever.