June 30th, 2010

Nina Dobrev
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Roy Hodgson 'Confirmed As New Liverpool Boss' .

Roy Hodgson will be confirmed as the new Liverpool manager, the Liverpool echo is reporting.

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson pictured after his side lost to Atletico Madrid in UEFA Europa League Final

The paper claims the 62-year-old is to be announced as Rafael Benitez's replacement after the Reds agreed a £2m compensation package with Fulham.

Negotiations had been going on between Liverpool's managing director Christian Purslow and Fulham's chief executive Alastair Mackintosh to release Hodgson.

The Echo reports he was always the frontrunner for the job, despite interest from former manager Kenny Dalglish.

Other names included former Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini and Galatasary's Frank Rijkaard.

The Liverpool post will be Hodgson's 16th managerial position in a career that has spanned almost 35 years.

He began managing at Swedish side Halmstads in 1976 before moving to other clubs including Inter Milan.

It had been mooted that Hodgson, who is expected to bring his trusted assistant Mike Kelly with him to Anfield, would be favourite to become England manager if the Football Association decided to sack Fabio Capello.

However, it is understood the delay in Hodgson being appointed to his new role had nothing to do with him waiting to see what happened with England.

One of Hodgson’s first jobs at Anfield will be to ratify Yossi Benayoun’s move to Chelsea after the clubs agreed a fee in the region of £6m for the Israeli midfielder.


Karim Cris Berlin

Immigrants Defend the Flag while Left-Wing Germans Tear it Down

With Germany celebrating as its football team advances through the World Cup, the flag is flying everywhere in the country. But as one German of Lebanese descent has found out, not everyone in the country is a fan of the patriotic display. His giant German flag keeps getting torn down -- apparently by left-wing activists.

Summary: Yousef Bassal (a Lebanese immigrant) owns a mobile-phone-shop in Neukölln, a district of Berlin with plenty of immigrants, mostly Turkish or Arabs. He bought a huge Germany-flag and put it up the house wall above his shop to show his support for the GermanNT during the world cup. A few weeks back, the flag was stolen form the house wall twice and someone even tried to set it on fire, probably left-wing activits of German origin. They don't want to see people waving the German flag because they consider it a sign of nationalism or a rminder of WWII.
There is even a competition going on: The left-winger who destroys the most and biggest flags gets points for that.
Now the owner of the shop has bought a third one (500€ each) and he is defending it. He doesn't understand why immigrants should not wave the German flag and support the German team.

What's your opinion?

Also: As if the story wasn't ridiculous enough, I've got to tell you that the owner of the shop is my uncle (If you read the article: Yousef Bassal is the owner, Ibrahim Bassal is his cousin who works with him). But that doesn't mean that you can't be completely honest in your comments.  :-)
I'm new to livejournal and this is my first post ever. So bear with me.
I would have liked to post photos from the source, too, but I don't know how it works. Can anybody help?

Source and full article: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,703533,00.html

Photos here: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-56500.html


How to Train a World Cup Referee

Just as the players on the pitch have trained for years, the referees for the World Cup are required to be physically fit for duty

By Jim Morrison
Smithsonian.com, June 22, 2010

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The ball is lighter, the players are faster, the tactics are more complex. And if you’re a referee working the 2010 World Cup and you can’t keep up and be in the right position, you may blow the call, outraging the hundreds of millions of fans watching worldwide.

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Because Chile deserves love!

I'm not sayin' this because I'm chilean, I'm sayin' this because it's true.
Chilean team shows the world they have the talent.
I'm pretty sure we'll be back for Brazil 2014 (:

Oh, yes, we're out of the World Cup and I'm not going to say a thing about this because I'm still sad.
Anyways. I'm here to post pictures of some of the guys, okay?.

Let's start.

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As you can see this is my first post. LOL.

Elano's a miss for Brazil

Brazil will be without Elano for Friday's FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final against the Netherlands.

The team's medical staff said the former Manchester City midfielder has not recovered from an ankle injury and could be out for the rest of the tournament.

Elano, 29, suffered the injury in a challenge by Côte d'Ivoire defender Cheik Tiote in Brazil's 3-1 win and limped out of a training session yesterday.

Brazil's team doctor Jose Luiz Runco told reporters: "I'm not saying that he won't be able to play again at this World Cup but he won't be ready for Friday.

"He has bad bruising and it was after he trained on Sunday that he said that he was having problems.

"The bone is swollen and we have to release the pressure on it so he will do nothing strenuous for the rest of the week."

"We still hope he can play next week but I can't say that he will be able to categorically."

Nina Dobrev
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City complete deal for Silva.

Manchester City have reached an agreement with Valencia over the transfer of David Silva.

The player’s advisers and officials from both clubs have finalised the details over a five year contract, which will bring the 24-year-old to City of Manchester Stadium. He will complete his medical and officially become a City player once his involvement in the World Cup is over.

Speaking from his South Africa base, where he is currently fully focussed on his involvement with the Spanish national side preparing for Saturday’s World Cup Quarter Final clash against Paraguay, Silva expressed his delight at securing his move to City.

He said: “Firstly I would like to thank Valencia as a club and all of their loyal fans, and my team mates there and staff. I have enjoyed six years at Valencia, they discovered me as a footballer and they will always be a special club for me.

“The time is right for me to seek a new challenge, and I am thrilled about playing in England with Manchester City. I believe the Premier League is one of the best competitions in the world and I want to bring success to City and win trophies for them.

I want to say that I always hoped to come to Manchester City and I am excited about my future there. They are a club with a great future with fantastic players. I want to be an important player in Manchester City’s history.

“There has been a lot of speculation about me in the British and Spanish media, and I need to fully concentrate on playing for Spain in the World Cup. That is why my advisors have been dealing with City for me so that I can have my attentions only on South Africa and playing well for my national team."

City manager Roberto Mancini said he was pleased to wrap up the signing. He said: “I think that David Silva is one of the best midfielders in Europe, and I hope he will be a very important player for Manchester City.

“I am so pleased he is coming to us, I think he can make a big, big impact for Manchester City. In signing David, we are showing the World that we are bringing the best players here and that we hope to compete to win the Premier League. When players see what is happening at Manchester City and the ambition they are attracted to what we are building and want to be a part of it."

“I hope he does very well for Spain in the World Cup and then joins us for our pre-season, ready to compete in the Premier League. I am very excited about seeing him playing for Manchester City.”


Fee is about 28 million pounds.. I'm disappointed, he's a quality player and I always wanted him at United so he'll be a great asset at City but oh well its just how things now are.



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World Cup 2010: Diego Maradona Is Unsurpassed As A Player And A Coach - Germany's Arne Friedrich

The German defender is full of praise for Argentina's head coach...
By Stefan Coerts
Jun 29, 2010 3:29:00 PM

Germany lock horns with Argentina in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup and defender Arne Friedrich is looking forward to the upcoming clash with the South Americans. The Hertha defender was particularly pleased that he will face Argentina coach Diego Armando Maradona.

"Maradona is a big attraction, he is the absolute star. As a player and now as a coach, he is unsurpassed. He was for me the greatest footballer ever and will always remain so. Therefore, it is of course great now to be measured indirectly with him - and it would be even more beautiful if we should win against his team," said Friedrich on the DFB website.

"Argentina are the favourites. In one-on-one comparison, they have the better players, the greater individual class with Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and the like.

"But we have to find a team capable of creative solutions. We are close as a team and have so far shown that we can keep up with all the teams we have played."

Germany have a 47 per cent chance of winning the upcoming match against Argentina, according to Castrol Football's 2010 FIFA World Cup Match Predictor.

Sauce: http://www.goal.com/en/news/1863/world-cup-2010/2010/06/29/2001390/world-cup-2010-diego-maradona-is-unsurpassed-as-a-player-and

world cup high fives & landon donovan

okay so this is my first post here and i'm pretty positive this is hasn't been shared yet. just tell me if it has :)

FUNNY OR DIE recently did a world cup edition of their running HIGH FIVE montage featuring Captain America (and his sweet dance moves) and other U.S. MNT players, Shakira, Quinton Fortune, Soweto Dancers, South African students, Mexican Soccer Fans, and more
see if you can name them all!

Also, Landon Donovan was on David Letterman last night and shot footballs into New York taxis. Unfortunately I can't find that part online anywhere, but the full interview is on youtube right now
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Rooney and Gerrard cancel Soccer Skills Promotion.

Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard dodge England backlash as £10m A:3K skills show is ditched

England's woeful World Cup performance has led to a multi-million pounds skills extravaganza featuring Wayne Rooney and Steve Gerrard being ditched.

The A:3K event, which was due to take place at London's O2 Arena a week after the World Cup Final on July 17, is now being postponed until next summer.

England captain Gerrard and striker Rooney were behind the shock decision because they felt it was inappropriate to be taking part in such an event following the poor England showing.

All have had World Cups ranging from disappointing to downright awful apart from Spain's Villa, whose goal against Portugal last night took Spain into the quarter finals.

The supposed super six were being paid £500,000 each for competing in a series of skills challenges in front of a live audience for two hours.

Terry Byrne, A:3K director, said 'Both Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney have made it clear they believe it would be inappropriate for them to participate in A:3K at this time.

Along with Gerrard and Rooney, the other world stars taking part were Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Cesc Fabregas and David Villa.

Dream line-up: The promotional shot for the O2 event the week after the World Cup Final that was set to feature Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney


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Jade Move

Who's Hot and Who's Not.... no not like that

From a conversation had over chat was asked to post this....... soz it took so long 
*EDIT* Just to clear something up this is a DAILY thing from the World Cup at the end they publish this, that is why there is no Brazil, Argentina and so fourth mentioned...... but i will post them here when they are uploaded on Eurosport.


The existential despair of Cristiano Ronaldo

Life is a hard road, a vale of tears, a dark wind rising, sound and fury, blues coming down like hail. And some days, your team loses in the World Cup! Describing himself as a "broken man" in the aftermath of Portugal's 1-0 loss to Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo has given a moderately amazing interview to the BBC in which the existential horror of the human condition appears to have dawned on him all at once:
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Tyler staying with ESPN for 2014

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JOHANNESBURG -- ESPN is keeping broadcaster Martin Tyler for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"We have a deal with Martin for 2014," Jed Drake, the executive producer of ESPN's World Cup coverage, said in an interview at the network's office overlooking Soccer City.

Tyler is regarded as one of the top soccer football announcers in Britain, where he broadcasts the Premier League and Champions League for Sky Sports. He is part of ESPN's all-British play-by-play crew for this year's World Cup matches, joined by Adrian Healey, Derek Rae and Ian Darke.

"That was all the talk coming in," Drake said late Tuesday. "Once they got on the air, that's gone away."

Tyler was hired for this year's tournament following criticism of Dave O'Brien, the network's lead announcer during the 2006 World Cup.

Tyler, whose brother-in-law lives in the Detroit area, hasn't overly targeted his broadcasting to the U.S. For him, it's still "football" and not "soccer."

"The question I've been asked the most is, 'Well, what are you going to change for the American audience?' My answer has been the same, which is: 'I've been signed for what I am, not what they want to make me," he said. "I hope I am sensitive enough from my time in the States to know there might be a time not to be too colloquial, not to get a bit Cockney."

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really excited about this, I love Martin Tyler. ESPN's international broadcast in seen in many countries all over the world, and Tyler is doing a great job of being an unbias voice for the beauty of the game. He is what he is, which is a great student of the game, that's why ESPN worked so hard to sign him. not afraid to say i hear this man's voice in my dreams =b
combing his hair!

Sick of the World Cup?


Who in your club, that didn't make the World Cup, do you miss?

What's the most ridiculous rumor you've heard this summer?

What's the best rumor you've heard?

Going to any preseason games? Where?

Who do you think is coming/leaving?


all clubs are welcome! :)

Cruyff and Pelé against Dunga's team



PRETORIA - Dutch Johann Cruyff harshly attacked what has been Brazil's game during this World Cup, considering it too defensive and assuring that he'd "never pay" to see Dunga's team, seeing it "embarrassing for all the fans".

· "I'd never pay a ticket to see a game of this Brazil team," he pointed out.

· "[Brazil] has many talented players, but they play in a very defensive and not interesting way".

· "It's embarrassing for all the fans and for the Cup itself, it's just one of the teams that the people want to see," he added.

· A few days earlier, Cruyff had pointed out: "When you talk about Brazil, I think of players like Gerson, Tostao, Falcao, Zico, Socrates... now they have exactly the opposite, Gilberto Felipe Melo, Michel Bastos, Julio Baptista... don't buy a ticket to go see them".

Who also found time to criticize the country's game and Dunga's defensive tactics was Pelé, in an interview given to German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

· "What kind of football is that, trying to control the game with one striker?"

· "[Dunga] told me they don't play defensively, only in a controlled way," he remarked in a skeptic tone.

· "I was a striker and I always wanted to score many goals. That was the most important thing, because it gets the fans excited. This actual team, however, plays waiting for a counterattack, doesn't control the game. The power and the will to control the rival at all times and to hold the ball aren't there."

He also took the opportunity to direct his statements towards Diego Maradona once more, claiming that Argentina can never mean a problem to Brazil because of their coach.

· "I don't have a problem with Maradona. I just don't think he's a good coach. He leads an eccentric life, and that can rarely mean something good for a team."

· "The Spanish team could defeat Brazil. And perhaps Germany, too, if they're having a good day."


If you were wondering where the Maradona post of the hour was...

As requested by [info]erised_mirror 

"This is treason!"

Diego came out in flames, stepped on Heinze, and yelled at Mascherano. All because of the "ball firing platoon" at the end of every training session.

"This is treason, man, it's treason" Yelled Maradona. What happened? A German spy in the training session? Something even worse? The national team coach showed his indignation because, after submitting himself to the traditional punishment (a ball firing platoon for the losing team) he got hit by a few balls.
According to Diego, the punishment should take place one shot at the time, "but Heinze urged everyone to shoot at once" he explained to the press.

A lot of good vibes, that's clear. Maradona, after suffering the punishment, lashed Mascherrano first and Heinze after. Also, while Heinze  
elongated he stepped on him.  Do we need to recall it was all joking? There was punishment also for Otamendi, who had to join the losing team and suffer the shooting since "yesterday he woke up late" according to Maradona.

During the session, there were no clues as for what the opening team will be for the Germany match. The little game during the practice (i have absolutely no idea how to translate "picado") was mixed, nothing formal. Surely, on tomorrow's training, Maradona will select a team, if it is for practice or tactical essay.

Sorry for my lousy translating skills.
Source: http://www.ole.com.ar/mundial/argentina/traicion_0_289771133.html

For all those confused: this is just another "how the NT has fun in the world cup and how cute they are all together" article that appeared on an Argentinean newspaper. 
Basically it's about the team joking around. 

And here is the picture you all were waiting for! 
Gooner crowd

this is a club post

 Arsenal's New Home Kit for 2010/2011

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look at these badass gunners

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Thoughts? I personally love it. As many of us predicted before, there was no way the Emirates sign was going to be tiny and the club has stuck with the modern logo instead of the traditional cannon. The only thing that takes away from the beauty of this is possibly the socks. Why all white? 


Wieden + Kennedy's flashy "Write the Future" spot for the World Cup was great fun to watch, but most of the talk now is about how it might have cursed the players it featured—particularly its six major stars. 
Let's go to the replay:
  Didier Drogba: broke his arm, Ivory Coast eliminated
  Fabio Cannavaro: captained underwhelming Italy, which was eliminated
  Wayne Rooney: didn't score, England eliminated
  Franck Ribéry: French team imploded and were then eliminated
  Ronaldinho: Didn't even make the Brazilian team
  Cristiano Ronaldo: scored once, Portugal eliminated

Others include the US' Landon Donovan and Tim Howard, beaten by ghana; England's theo walcott who didnt even make the team, Iniesta suffered a knock right before the world cup, pique has been bloodied numerous times already and cesc fabregas is a victim of the bench (though deserves to come on against the ineffective torres).

  Clearly, the less optimistic futures these players envisioned in the spot were the correct ones. It remains to be seen whether Rooney, in particular, will now grow a beard and live in a trailer. (The previously fictitious headline "England In Roo-Ins," from the commercial, did make its way to the top of at least one real media story.) 

  Perhaps due to its sudden lack of endorsers left in the tournament, Nike has rolled out the new spot below, starring Brazil's Robinho, who leads his team in shots with 10, has scored a goal and whose team managed to make the quarterfinals. 

  UPDATE: Continuing the curse, Roger Federer lost today at Wimbledon. Bucking the trend are two other cameo stars from the ad: Kobe Bryant, whose L.A. Lakers won the NBA Finals, and Homer Simpson, who was recently named the greatest TV character of the past 20 years.

LOL... Que?

Tevez: Mexico are better than Germany


Carlos Tevez has contributed to a developing war of words between Argentina and Germany ahead of Saturday's World Cup quarter-final in Cape Town by insisting that vanquished Mexico are a more fearsome side than Joachim Low's team. Collapse )
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ETA: I absolutely LOVE Mexico, and was rooting for them 100%, but they were pretty inconsistent this WC. While Germany has been bringing their A game throughout the WC. 
I guess he's forced to say this cause he fucked them over