June 5th, 2010

GoT: westeros

I have a strong suspicion Argentina really want to win the World Cup.

As many of you may recall, just recently we had Diego Maradona proclaiming he would run naked through the streets of Buenos Aires if his Argentina squad returns triumphant from South Africa, and now AFA GM Carlos Bilardo has decided to outdo Maradona in the outrageous wager stakes.

Earlier today (well ok, yesterday technically) journalist Sid Lowe quotes Bilardo on Twitter: "If Argentina win WC I'll let whoever scores winning goal do me up the arse."

Should they win, the lucky winner may have a reprieve from immediate collection of his reward as there is no sex in the Argentina camp except for "regular partners".

But talk about taking one for the team.

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Don't cry for him, Argentina. It was his idea.


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Just because I know this will only end up in the comments anyway:
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PICSPAMMM

Had a little dig around the DFB players' profiles and found out that they really have a lovely selection of photos in each of the player's photo galleries and I haven't seen anyone post them yet. There are quite a lot of never seen before behind the scenes shots and really nicely coloured on pitch photos from EURO08.

I've only checked out Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose's. Since it's 3AM and I have exams next week (and my teachers would be ever so pleased by the way I've spent my time lol) and there are only that much screen capping I can do. So I hope you enjoy what I have to offer and I might post some more tomorrow.



EDIT- Added a couple more of Poldi (Schweinski!) and Arne

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Bonus-

Looks like our mascot Paule have been making friends already.

Feel free to share :)

Ps. I haven't capped EVERYTHING (missed out most of the on-pitch ones) that is on offer on those afformentioned player's profiles so please go and have a look.

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Emily WTF

a small WORLD CUP INJURY LIST. [Update!]

This is what looks like to be a small world cup injury list...


Goal.com Special - Which Stars Will Miss The World Cup With Injury?
With the 2010 FIFA World Cup drawing closer, the 32 participating nations are stepping up the pace in their preparations ahead of the final. As the intensity mounts, the players are starting to feel the heat and injuries are creeping in.

Goal.com International looks at those major World Cup stars who are either going to miss out on the tournament entirely, or run the risk of doing so due to late injuries...



Michael Ballack
Germany

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Age: 33
Position: Central midfielder
Club: Chelsea

Injury: Damaged ligaments to his right ankle during Chelsea's FA Cup final win over Portsmouth in mid-May.

Prognosis: Ballack will miss the entire World Cup as he recovers from this injury.




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I love this man too much.



(video from Sarah Louise, thank you!)

Edwin van der Sar was made an Officer of Oranje-Nassau (i.e. knighted) today in an Oranje farewell ceremony before Holland's match vs. Hungary. He also sang the national anthem with the team after thanking the fans and his family and wishing the Oranje well in South Africa.

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Holland also defeated Hungary 6-1 today in a friendly. Which is the good news.

The bad news is this: Arjen Robben injured himself. He's not flying to South Africa tonight with the rest of the team. He will have tests - sometime soon - and then the medical staff will decide whether he's fit for the World Cup.

It is PRAYER CIRCLE TIME *NOW.*



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Reds plan Redknapp swoop

Liverpool are planning a shock move for Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, Sky Sports sources understand.

The Anfield outfit are searching for a new man at the helm after Rafa Benitez's six-year reign was brought to an end by mutual consent on Thursday.

And Spurs boss Redknapp has emerged as a leading contender for the Reds hierarchy as they aim to bring stability back to Merseyside.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish and managing director Christian Purslow have been charged with the task of identifying and selecting a replacement.

Dalglish knows Redknapp well having brought his son Jamie to Anfield in January 1991 when he was at the helm of the five-time European champions and the two families have been close ever since.

Redknapp's reputation as a transfer market wheeler-dealer has made him an attractive option for Liverpool, who are heavily in debt and could have only £5million to invest in new players if they do not trim their squad this summer.

The former Bournemouth, West Ham, Southampton and Portsmouth manager has transformed the fortunes of the White Hart Lane club since replacing Juande Ramos in October 2008.

Redknapp his since guided the club into the top four of the Premier League - ironically at the expense of Liverpool - and they have the prospect of UEFA Champions League football to look forward to next season.

Spurs would be loath to lose the services of Redknapp, who has been granted an impressive transfer budget during his time in North London, and are sure to fight hard to keep the 63-year-old.

Redknapp has only one year remaining on his current contract at White Hart Lane and talks over a new deal are yet to take place

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Don't Act So Surprised

Mikel out of World Cup




Nigeria's leading player John Obi Mikel was ruled out of the World Cup in South Africa, joining a lengthening big-name casualty list with a severely bruised ankle.

He picked it up on his first day back in full training following a separate knee injury, a week before the month-long tournament kicks off on Friday.

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What is this even... Chelsea players are dropping like flies D:

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Real sweet but, no, my heart can't take it if this realises.

 
XABI ALONSO TRIES TO TEMPT STEVEN GERRARD


5th June 2010 By Chris Brereton

XABI ALONSO has told Real Madrid they would be getting an incredible player if they did swoop for Steven Gerrard.

Real are considering taking advantage of the uncertain future at Liverpool following Rafa Benitez’s sacking by launching their £30m bid for the midfielder.


Alonso, who was at Anfield until last summer, has launched a charm offensive to try and woo Gerrard to Spain.

New Real boss Jose Mourinho has always been a massive fan of the Liverpool captain and tried to sign him when he was in charge of Chelsea.

That attempt ended in failure but a £30m bid is on the cards again for the 30-year-old now that Benitez has left Anfield.

And Alonso admits he would love to line-up with Gerrard once again.

He said: “Steven is a legend at Liverpool and I have a lot of respect for Liverpool’s fans and also the club, but it is clear that he’s an awesome player.”

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is one manager well regarded by the Anfield board to replace Benitez, who was given a £6m pay-off on Thursday.

Hodgson, who brilliantly guided Fulham to the Europa League Final, is high on the Kop’s most wanted list along with Mark Hughes, although it could prove expensive to prise away him from Craven Cottage.

It is understood the Anfield boardroom want a manager who will bring some stability back.

Benitez was never scared of getting involved in a political battle. In fact, he used to love rolling his sleeves up as he wrestled for control.

Hodgson is believed to be a more dignified and controlled figure. But one person who will not be sending his CV to Anfield is Galatasaray boss Frank Rijkaard who is definitely NOT interested in taking over. Sources close to the Holland great say he is perfectly happy in Turkey.

And as far as Anfield legend Bruce Grobbelaar is concerned, Kenny Dalglish is the man for the job.

Dalglish is helping managing director Christian Purslow find a new boss but Grobbelaar, who played with Dalglish in the 1980s glory years believes he should be given the chance to run the show again.

Grobbelaar said: “I think there’s only one man for the job and that is Kenny.

“I think maybe now is the time he can turn the tide.”

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I don't know how much of news this actually is. It's the daily star so yea.
just thought your inputs regarding this story would be worth a read. 
kthanksbye :)

Calvin Harris

TIME Magazine's 11 World Cup Players to Watch

Franck Ribery

France, Midfielder
Soccer is full of stories of redemption. And if the French midfielder keeps up his World Cup form of 2006, where he helped France to reach the final, then his job will have been accomplished. But why the redemption? Because Ribery has been caught up in a sordid tale this past year involving his fellow footballers under investigation for allegedly visiting an "under age," high-price prostitute in a bar just off the Champs-Elysées in Paris. If Ribery focuses on football then his wing wizardry can make mincemeat out of the opposition; but even Ribery's sumptuous skills may not be able to carry some of his under par teammates nor the tactics of unpopular coach Raymond Domenech.

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I don't know if they did this before or after the recent injuries...
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Dani Alves says 'hi'. (Sadly, the waka-waka video isn't here yet.)

Dani Alves' t-shirts!

This is a weird interview. But kind of cute and also short, that's why I decided to translate it and share it with you all! :)



 

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Since the last days it's been a bit hard, and we're all in a prayer circle while bubblewrapping football players, I hope you enjoy this! :)