June 22nd, 2010

World Cup 2010: Diego Maradona – Luís Fabiano did a 'double handball'

World Cup 2010: Diego Maradona – Luís Fabiano did a 'double handball'

• Argentina coach criticises Brazil striker's goal in 3-1 win
• Man with 'Hand of God' also attacks 'shocking' referee

* guardian.co.uk, Monday 21 June 2010 15.39 BST

Diego Maradona was in playful mood as he spoke to the media today

Diego Maradona was in playful mood as he spoke to the media in Pretoria today. Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images

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Say whatever you want - this guy is frickin entertaining!
zhang liyin » standing in the boundary

Kaka being adorable while talking about his angry grandmother

JOHANNESBURG — Even Kaka's 70-year-old grandmother had harsh words for the referee who gave him a red card in Brazil's match against Ivory Coast.

The star midfielder also pledged to be more careful because of the "severe" refereeing at the World Cup.

The playmaker said his grandmother, Vera, was just as upset as he was with the red card late in Brazil's 3-1 victory at Soccer City Stadium on Sunday.

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P.S. "Elano did not practise Tuesday because of his injury, but team doctors said he should be fit for the match against Portugal." - Canadian Press

Hope my first post is ok. :)
amy owl

World Cup 2010 Day 12, Part 2

Match Day:
TWELVE     Groups: B

14:30 EST/20:30 CET: Nigeria v South Korea

14:30 EST/20:30 CET: Greece v Argentina

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Queen Francoise


Domenech refuses to shake Parreira's hand, wags finger

France's 2-1 loss to South Africa sealed an embarrassing end to a shameful World Cup appearance that included everything from Nicolas Anelka being sent home early to the team boycotting a training session and the team's sponsors abandoning them. The gross displays, however, just kept coming.

Once the final whistle blew, French manager Raymond Domenech - whose successor, Laurent Blanc, already was named before the tournament even started - began the customary ritual of shaking hands with those around him, but when South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira offered his hand and a smile, Domenech shook his finger at him and tried to walk away.

Parreira grabbed him by the jacket and tried to talk to him, but Domenech - a man who called his own team "unspeakably stupid" before the match - decided to continue with his uncouth behavior and lecture the Brazilian with an abundance of finger pointing.

Once the press got a hold of Domenech, he didn't offer any answers for his actions. From the AFP:

"I have no intention of replying to this question," he said.

"Is there another question?" he asked after the question was posed to him again by another journalist.

A third tried his luck: "Why are you refusing to answer this question?"

Domenech responded: "Is there another question?"

"If these are all the questions you are going to ask me, I am going to leave you, we are not from the same world,"
he added later, in response to a question about the crisis in the French team.

Well, that is true. After all of Domenech's astrology-based roster decisions, post-match marriage proposals, and complete inability to maintain order in his team, I'll agree that he's probably not from the same world. Parreira, meanwhile, at least tried to explain the rudeness he was subjected to:

"I believe it was because I had criticised his team after they qualified (when they controversially beat Ireland in the play-offs), but I really don't remember.

"This is what his assistants told me."

So in the end, it all goes back to Ireland and that Thierry Henry handball. Of course. And while the French keep finding new ways to embarrass themselves, their own fans even abandoning them to root for South Africa, the Irish are eating their free pizza and laughing. Laughing and laughing and laughing.

Evra jump (Wigan)
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WC Day 12!

Match Day: TWELVE     Group: A

10:00 EST/16:00 CET : South Africa v France

10:00 EST/16:00 CET : Uruguay vs Mexico

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United Kingdom: BBC, ITV
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amy owl

friendly reminders:

ok we have a lot of new people and we welcome you with besos and pictures and whatever else makes you happy.

However, here are a few things to remember:

-Avoid posting content from other blogs (ex. Dirty Tackle, Kickette, etc). If you can find the original news link, go ahead and post that from that (with a source), but they put a lot of hard work into whatever else they've added to it so let it stay on their site.

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That's it! As far as I've seen, y'all have been great with spoilers and which image hosts you use, so no complaints from me there.

Warren Buffett Would Have Lost $30 MILLION If France

Warren Buffet was an unexpected beneficiary of France's 2-0 loss to Uruguay today, which eliminated the beleaguered, scandal-ridden Les Blues from the World Cup.

Bloomberg reports that the Oracle of Omaha wrote an insurance policy to an unnamed individual that would have paid out in a very big way if France won the World Cup championship. In March, Buffett told CNBC that he was going to lose something in the neighborhood of "30 million bucks" if France won. (Bloomberg adds that bookmakers put France's odds of winning a championship at 12-1.)

Whether or not this is ultimately a form of high-finance gambling on Buffett's part, the $30 million payout dwarfs the individual insurance policies taken out on World Cup players, the Insurance Journal reports. A high-priced World Cup player, the publication notes, could have their bodies insured for upwards of $70 million. Lloyd's estimated the total market for World Cup insurance this year is to be worth nearly $9 billion.

source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/22/warren-buffett-would-have_n_621322.html
guti WEAH

Hot and Sexy Man Talks About His Team Being Ready for Sexy Time

World Cup 2010: USA Captain Bocanegra Claims Team Is Prepared
Lack of stadium field practice no set back.
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While headlines were made across the United States after referee Koman Coulibaly's call disallowing the USA's winning goal versus Slovenia, the players on the squad are focusing on the task of qualifying for the next round.

At least, that was the claim of team captain Carlos Bocanegra, who explained how coming through adversity has toughened the American squad.

“We’ve had some tough experiences along the way," Bocanegra said in the team's final press event before the match.

The tough times the USA has already overcome include coming from behind in both their group matches. They were down a goal to England and two to Slovenia.

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I wish Team USA the very best and I will pray to God, Jesus, Allah, Sheba, Zeus, Ra, Buddha,and even Xenu so that they can win and advance to the next round cuz I got to see Carlos' fine ass on my tv for a bit longer 
grammy mike

Drama Central: The 3 Lions

Better than the best Mexican soap drama. Better than the most imaginative twist a talented scriptwriter could come up with.

What is the World Cup without the shirtless footballers, WAGs and of course, TEAM DRAMA? Nothing beats having ELEVEN GROWN MAN crying for their mummies and rolling on the grass with hands over their faces.

In World Cup 2012 2010 (you can tell that I'm bored with the current WC now), it appears that several national football teams are attempting to create as much drama as possible, and there is silent competition going on amongst teams. The rankings so far:

(1) France
(2) England
(3) North Korea

Of course, I am here to defend Britain's honour by showing you that the only way Les Bleus could have created MORE DRAMA than The 3 Lions is by GOING ON STRIKE after a torrid argument between Anelka and their coach which ended up us seeing Anelka being sent back to France on an airplane. And I'm sure we know what happened this afternoon in the match between France and South Africa.

And of course, I'm just here to showcase the awesome lulzy headlines coined by British tabloids over a very SRS BZNS matter: FOOTBALL.

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Scholes goal vs City
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Man United not interesting in Joe Cole signing!!

• Arsenal and Tottenham favourites to sign free agent
• Sources at Old Trafford confirm Cole is not a target

Joe Cole 

Manchester United have left the path clear for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to attempt to sign Joe Cole after it was confirmed they are not interested in the England international.

Spokesman: "Joe Cole not a target. We won't be signing him."

Cole, released by Chelsea after failing to agree terms over a new contract, has repeatedly been linked with a free signing to United, but well-placed sources at Old Trafford have indicated there has never been any interest in the midfielder.

Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, has spoken on numerous occasions about his admiration for Cole, but the 28-year-old has had a season disrupted by injury and his wage demands would be prohibitive for United.

The feeling at Old Trafford is that a lot of the speculation surrounding United's reported interest has been generated by people close to Cole in the hope of accelerating interest from other clubs.

Cole's future now looks like a straight choice between Arsenal and Tottenham, the north London rivals having both initiated talks with the player's representatives.


United generally don't comment on speculation but I asume were forced to due the popular rumours flying around today, Cole had signed for us on a 3 year deal so therefore this should end all this talk. So basically its Spurs or Arsenal.

football is love

I said maybeeeeeee you're gonna be the one that saves meeeee

I just found out, via the Fiver, that Carlos Tevez has introduced Lionel Messi to the band that is called Oasis, and now he says this:

"On the plane on the way to the World Cup Carlitos made me listen to their first two albums. I have to say I wasn't expecting much but it is some of the best material I have ever heard. They are absolutely amazing. Their songs are incredible. I would have to say 'Supersonic' and 'Live Forever' are my favourites. I have been listening to their stuff on my iPod dock in the hotel room, on the way to the matches and in the dressing room. I can't believe it's taken me all this time to finally listen to them."

"I've been watching their live performances on YouTube and they look like they'd be amazing to see in concert. I asked Carlitos if we could go and see them in Manchester or London in concert, but he told me they have split up," Messi said.

"I showed the rest of the boys in the Argentina squad their stuff and I promise you, everybody absolutely loves it. A few knew a couple of their songs but for most of them it was their first listen. We have agreed that if we win the World Cup we want to fly them over to Argentina for our celebration party. We just need them to name their price."

sauce: NME

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(been lurking for the WC, first time posting, hope this is alright! :D)


Patrice Evra goes AWOL and is dropped as Captain.

(Reports suggest that FIFA are launching an investigation into the defender's absence.)

Raymond Domenech: "This is not a problem of trust, but rather a question of psychological and physical condition to play the game."

Alou Diarra will be captain, and for the first time.

Domenech has indicated that some big names might be dropped against South Africa on Tuesday and French officials believe that Gallas and Henry were involved in the controversy.

French official Henri Monteil to The Sun: "The leaders are players who'll never play in a World Cup again. Who? William Gallas, Eric Abidal and Thierry Henry, who is friends with Nicolas Anelka." -OUCH-



Lineups for match in 30 mins:

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