June 21st, 2010

  • n720

Germany News Roundup

Poldi put a ring on it!


Lukas Podolski has revealed that he will get married to longtime girlfriend, Monika Puchalski. "I was engaged shortly before the World Cup. I have even given Monika an engagement ring,"  Lukas told a German newspaper. But when asked about when the wedding would take place, Lukas hinted at a 2011 summer wedding: "This year is the World Cup, but there is no tournament next summer."  
Boateng Bros Go Seperate Ways

On Wednesday, June 9 (around 2 weeks ago!), Kevin-Prince let it be known through Sportbild.de that he had broken off contact with his younger half-brother. “After the things he said about my foul on Michael Ballack we fell out. We see the event differently. I said to him, ‘we should go our separate ways'."

Jérôme then spoke about the incident, giving details of his side of the story. He told the 'Hamburger Morgenpost': “I don’t want any more contact with him. Kevin thought I should have defended him and criticised Ballack – and that I shouldn’t have said that he deserved a red card. It was then that he said that we should go our own ways. I said ‘we have been for a while anyway’.”

It didn’t stop there: “Kevin said: ‘Each one of us has his own family – you have yours, I have mine’. That was too much for me. Now I don’t care what he does. It really doesn’t interest me any more.”


Bierhoff: Germany Wont Target Boateng In Ghana Match (source).
Real Madrid Want Schweinsteiger (source)
Chelsea, Arsenal & Man City Want Germany's Wizard of O.Oz (source)

England dressing room intruder just looking for toilet

Image and video hosting by TinyPicBy Brooks Peck

So it turns out the man who was first reported to have angrily breached security and invaded the England dressing room following England's supporter-infuriating 0-0 draw with Algeria on Friday -- an incident that sparked furious safety concerns and a police manhunt -- was just looking for a bathroom. But the fan says he did make the most of his accidental encounter and told the team what he thought of their woeful performance, even though David Beckham claimed he just said "hello."

Mortgage advisor Pavlos Joseph (right) is the man whose bladder caused this whole mess. He's been banned from attending future World Cup matches. Before being charged with trespassing by Cape Town police and released on bail, he told his hilarious and unbelievable story to The Mirror:

“The crazy thing is I only went looking for the toilet,” says Manchester United fan Pavlos, 32, from South-East London, who has followed England home and away since he was a schoolboy.

“I found a security guard, who sent me off back along a walkway underneath the stand out on to the pitch in the direction of the players’ tunnel and explained that there were toilets near there.

“I walked across the grass and up through the tunnel. Eventually, I took a right, down a corridor and before I knew it I found myself in the dressing room. There was no door.

“The next thing I knew, there was David Beckham standing in front of me."

Hardly an elaborate plan carried out by an irate supporter looking to unleash his wrath on the squad he paid thousands and traveled a great distance to see. But wait! It gets weirder:

“I saw Joe Cole walk naked out of the shower a few feet away from me. He glanced at me and then did a massive double take.

“Suddenly David spoke. He took a step towards me and said, ‘Whoa, who are you?’

“At first I didn’t know what to say. I glanced around at everyone again and then looked back at him. I said, ‘I’m Pavlos and I actually need the toilet.'"

So you've got a naked Joe Cole and a lost mortgage advisor that says "I'm Pavlos and I actually need the toilet."

This is a comedy routine, right? People are actually panicked about this? They're not just laughing so hard that they look upset?

But Pavlos didn't squander the moment on simply stating his need for a toilet:

For a moment, no one said a word. Then I thought, ‘What the heck. I’m in the England dressing room. Why not say something?’

“I looked David straight in the eye and said, ‘David, we’ve spent a lot of money getting here. This is a disgrace. What are you going to do about it?’”

“I told them, ‘That was woeful and not good enough’. The room was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. The players’ chins were on their chests — they looked pretty ashamed.

And with that, a FIFA official ushered Pavlos out. He says his ejection from the dressing room was so casual that the FIFA man even agreed to take his mobile phone and confirm his story to his disbelieving cousin before finally showing him to the bathroom. The police, apparently, aren't as convinced of Pavlos' wacky tale and are going through with trespassing charges.

Even still, Pavlos has no hard feelings for the team that let him down:

“If any of the England boys ever need any mortgage advice, I’m here for them — and I’ll get them a good deal.”
Pavlos Joseph: mortgage advisor, inadvertent trespasser, demotivational speaker, man in need of a toilet ... England supporter hero?

I nominate "I'm Pavlos and I actually need the toilet!" to be English fans' battle cry for the rest of their team's World Cup run.


what i want to know is how this lucky son of a bitch managed to get in and not one of us!?!?!! god, he i bet he wasn't even starring properly... yeah, joey's wet naked thighs? best post match highlight i'll ever see. i didn't cut this because i think this is just something eeeevery footie fan needs to see.
amy owl

World Cup 2010 Day 11

Match Day:
ELEVEN     Groups: G, H

07:30 EST/13:30 CET: Portugal v North Korea

10:00 EST/16:00 CET: Chile v Switzerland

14:30 EST/20:30 CET: Spain v Honduras

My timezone/Full schedule

Broadcasters in your country: (all)
United States: ABC, ESPN, ESPN3, Univision
United Kingdom: BBC, ITV
Canada: CBC, Rogers on Demand

Online streams:
Rojadirecta, Iraq Goals, P2Poo.net, Football Streaming, Atdhe, MyP2P

FIFA Official | LiveScore | Marca Calendar | Twitter

Nina Dobrev
  • arooj

Fabio Capello crushes John Terry's England revolt!

• Senior players unhappy with former captain's outburst
• Squad demands recall of Joe Cole in crisis meeting

John Terry 

Fabio Capello moved to reassert complete control over the England set-up last night after successfully deflecting a proposed challenge to his authority by disgruntled players at a scheduled team meeting.

The former captain John Terry suggested the time had come for the players to speak their mind after a stuttering start to the side's World Cup campaign but ended up in danger of being left isolated within the England camp after senior team-mates reacted with dismay to him going public with their desire for a clear-the-air meeting with the manager.

Terry was eventually persuaded against speaking at the meeting by a member of Capello's coaching staff and with no guarantee that other players would fall in line behind him, even though they had agreed in principle with the need to air their opinions. The manager nevertheless made some nominal concessions to appease his squad. There were suggestions last night those could include abandoning his controversial policy of informing the players of his line-up only two hours before kick-off, though that would represent a radical change of policy.

Capello also expressed a willingness to enter into more dialogue with his squad but, while player power appears to have been largely nullified, Terry's earlier comments had served to expose the tension within the England set-up. Frustration has mounted after successive draws left them needing to beat Slovenia on Wednesday to avoid elimination at the group stage of the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Collapse )I dont normally mind Terry too much b/c he's one of the best English defenders so I am willing to overlook that at times but seriously who does he think he is? He had no right to make the meeting public which he did on purpose and it appears that he is still angry about no longer being England captain. I hate it when players try and undermine the manager. I think someone needs to tell him just b/c Chelsea may treat him as he's some sort of King, not every team will and he needs to get it into his head, he's just another player for England now so he can stop 'spokesman' act esp when he's just stirring things up. Capello should just drop his ass after the WC if he pulls another stunt, good defender or not..

Europe's Rich Clubs Blamed for World Cup woes

JOHANNESBURG -- No European team has yet matched the standards set by Brazil and Argentina at this year's World Cup, and Italian soccer federation president Giancarlo Abete says he knows why.

Europe's traditional big six of Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, France and England have mustered only four wins between them in the tournament's first 11 days -- and the Dutch provided two of them without hitting anything like top gear.

Abete blamed Europe's big clubs, awash with money from lucrative broadcast contracts, for failing to develop young players good enough for international soccer.

"If you look at this World Cup you'll realize that all the big European teams are having problems," Abete said. "Between Spain, France, England, Germany and Italy, we've only managed one win. Apart from the Netherlands, only Central and South American teams are smiling.

"The clubs have more power than the federations."

While the problems facing France and England have much to do with player unrest, that cannot explain all their ills.
Factor in defending champion Italy's dispiriting 1-1 draw with New Zealand and three-time winner Germany's 1-0 loss to Serbia, and Abete may have a point.

Nine players in Italy's squad are 30 or over, led by 36-year-old captain Fabio Cannavaro, who lifted the World Cup trophy four years ago but was responsible in part for both of the goals Italy has allowed so far.

UEFA president Michel Platini is attempting to swing the balance back in favor of national associations and young players by enforcing minimum quotas on so-called homegrown players.

But Abete is unconvinced.

"Real Madrid has a budget eight times that of the Spanish federation," Abete said. "Nobody can stop a club" from relying on a proven champion from another country, rather than a promising young player Spanish player "not even Platini."
Collapse )
Nina Dobrev
  • arooj

Fabio Capello berates John Terry for 'very big mistake'

I don't understand why he didn't speak with me, says Capello
• 'There is no revolution, it's about one player'

John Terry 

Fabio Capello has publicly slapped down his former captain John Terry, saying the Chelsea defender made "a very big mistake" in challenging his authority to the media.

In an interview with ITV, the England coach expressed his dismay that Terry had gone public with his dissatisfaction at the England set-up, saying: "I read yesterday John Terry said this and I don't understand why he didn't speak with me. When you speak, you have to speak privately. This is a very big mistake. The mistake is you have to speak with me, the players and the dressing room."

Capello poo-pooed talk of a rebellion – "there is no revolution; it's about the mistake of one player, no more" – while insisting that his door is always open to any player who wanted to take up concerns with him. "I spoke with some of the players and only John Terry said this. My door is open always. If you want to speak to me, you can."

However, he did hold out hope for Terry of retaining his place in the England set-up after the World Cup by offering him the chance to make amends against Slovenia on Wednesday. "I hope out of the big mistake can come a big performance," he said.

Collapse )I guess most newspapers were right when they said Terry was trying to oust Capello which he also believes..lets not pretend he was just being honest because he certainly is many things but not honest...I knew he wouldn't just allow the fact he was stripped of the capintacy be ignored..ok someone can try and defend him now :)

Pique is getting the crap beat out of him...

Has anyone stopped to think about how poor Pique has ended up BLEEDING after every WC match thus far? I'm starting to worry about him...I think he lost his tooth today...

Pictures under the cut.
Collapse )

But seriously, somebody needs to protect him, otherwise Pique might not come out of this WC as beautiful as he previously was...maybe a bit more macho looking though? Collapse )