May 21st, 2010

Yet another reason to look forward to June...

'Daily Show' comes to training camp

John Oliver, a "correspondent" for "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Comedy Central, spent the day at U.S. men's national team training camp in Princeton, N.J., on Wednesday taping a segment for future airing.

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But wait! There's more!


'The Daily Show' Tackles American Soccer

PRINCETON, N.J. -- It turns out that the fortunate members of the U.S. national team at this week's training camp were the ones who only had to answer dozens of questions about tactics, Wayne Rooney, how last year's Confederations Cup prepared them for this summer and also Wayne Rooney. Those who drew the short straw were left to face a far more daunting inquisition from John Oliver of The Daily Show.
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Ballack & the mannschaft part ways

Michael Ballack has urged his team-mates to 'look forward' 
The Chelsea midfielder will miss the tournament due to an ankle injury sustained in the FA Cup final win over Portsmouth, but he has spent the last few days with the squad at their training camp to give them his support. Before leaving, he told the Germany squad to "forget about my injury" and concentrate on winning the cup without him.
"It was taken for granted for me that I would come here," he said in an address to the squad. "You have now got to forget about my injury fast and look forward.

"You are a strong team, whoever is nominated (in the final 23-man squad) and whoever plays. I am certain that you will play a good and successful World Cup."

The Germany squad left Sicily, flying to Verona before transferring to their next training camp in Sudtirol.
They will be based there until June 2, during which time they will play friendly matches against Hungary in Budapest and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Frankfurt and coach Joachim Low will decide over the next fortnight how he will be trimming his squad of 26 players down to just 23.

He is due to make his decision public at the end of the second and final training camp before flying to South Africa on June 6.

Ballack didn't end up leaving empty handed! All the players and staff signed his cast for good luck :)

♥ this team..

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Ballack is apparently travelling to Mallorca with his family, for a tv show? I'm not exactly sure of the details so if anyone knows whats going on with him - please let us know in the comments!

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David Villa is presented to Nou Camp!

Following a successful medical evaluation David Villa was introduced at the Camp Nou in front of a huge crowd.

FC Barcelona’s first big signing of the summer is complete. David Villa “officially” signed a four year contract with FC Barcelona.

Following medical tests Villa was introduced to a packed Camp Nou crowd wearing the brand new 2010/2011 home kit. Villa made a short speech to the thousands who had lined up hours before the ceremony to get their first glimpse of the striker.

After the speech Villa took a victory lap around the stadium and posed for pictures.

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we're having a paaaaaaaaaaaaarty

Gunners clinch Chamakh deal

Striker insists joining Arsenal was always his preferred choice


Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Morocco international striker Marouane Chamakh on a long-term contract from Bordeaux.

Chamakh has long been expected to join the Gunners and will arrive at Emirates Stadium on a free transfer at the end of his Bordeaux deal.
The 26-year-old has been a consistent scorer for the 2009 French champions and will bolster Arsene Wenger's attacking options for next season.

Wenger is delighted to have wrapped up the capture of Chamakh and is confident the forward will be a success in the Premier League.

Chamakh, who will wear the number 29 shirt for Arsenal, will join up with his new team-mates for pre-season training in July.




Germany boss will not rush decision regarding new skipper

Joachim Low will not be rushed into announcing Michael Ballack's replacement as Germany skipper.

Ballack will sit out this summer's World Cupafter damaging his ankle in Chelsea's FA Cup final win over Portsmouth.
News of his absence has come as a major blow to Germany's plans, as they rely heavily on their talismanic leader.
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One more trophy to lift!


Who do you think will get the captaincy / want to get the captaincy?
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Ryan Nelsen is legend

And Yes I will continue posting All Whites things here until I actually have to start worrying about my exams......

Okay so here are a few things if you don't want to watch the interview....
1. Yes Ryan Nelsen offered to help fund for the World Cup to come to New Zealand so that we can say that it had at least been in the country and also so that people had the chance to see it and get photo's taken with it etc etc......
2. He got embarrased at the end when the started talking about a "Hotometer" lol
3. This interview was about 3 days ago on breakfast tv
4. Anyone supporting Slovakia please don't go crazy and jump down my throat about this interview...... it's called optimism (seriously)
5. Comparing our "entourage" with England is just lol
6. The fact he got "in" Sepp Blatter face gave me so many images of how that went down lol
7. We love you Ryan Nelsen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Championship play-off preview!!!!

Cardiff City and Blackpool are 90 minutes away from a place in the Premier League and a £90 million windfall from promotion to England's top flight. That's £1m a minute in the game that's dubbed the most lucrative in world football.

The two teams meet in the Championship play-off final tomorrow at Wembley, a game that will see one side get to play with the big boys next season while the other has to try all over again starting in August.

While both teams will no doubt enjoy their day out at Wembley, it's Blackpool who will be the ones with nothing to lose: many critics' choice for the drop to League One this season, they can count their mere appearance in the final itself as a major success. A win would just top it off.


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