July 6th, 2010

barca | no soy madridista.

Long ass PK interview, more smart words.

Nicknamed 'Piquenbauer' in his homeland in honour of the legendary German sweeper Franz Beckenbauer, Barcelona and Spain’s classy centre-back Gerard Pique has already done plenty to justify such comparisons. At the tender age of 23, the 6’3” defender has UEFA Champions League winners’ medals from his time at Manchester United and Barça, while he has been an integral part of La Roja’s run to the semi-finals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
Indeed, never before have Spain appeared in the semi-finals at the global showpiece, though such was the narrow nature of their 1-0 last-eight win over Paraguay that the achievement took some time to sink in. “Everyone’s still looking quite tense because it was a really tough game,” Pique told FIFA.com.

“Paraguay made life very difficult for us. They kept things very tight at the back, had a few chances and even a penalty. But from that point on I think we controlled the game, created opportunities of our own and, despite also missing a penalty, we managed to grab a goal and win the game.”

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Why Soccer's Biggest Players Fail to Shine

Why Soccer's Football's Biggest Stars Failed to Shine

 CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Soccer’s superstar players never materialized here at the World Cup. The game’s best – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Wayne Rooney, etc. – often failed to lift their play and, in turn, their teams, to a level this grand stage demands.

The conventional wisdom on why: They were too selfish, unable to adapt to the team concept of a national squad.

Then there’s Diego Maradona’s take: Unlike the past, the stars weren’t selfish enough.

“Today the players are more collective, more team players,” the Argentina coach said after his own star-studded team was bounced from the World Cup. “They want to do everything with their teammates. It is a different type of game right now.”

This goes against so much of what we’ve come to believe, and expect, in sports. The reason that Uruguay and the Netherlands square off here Tuesday in a semifinal is because they embraced selfless, team-oriented play.

Such a mentality is celebrated.

What Maradona is suggesting is that this line of thinking has become so widespread it’s actually killed the star player, who no longer acts like a star player. Rather than demanding his place in the natural pecking order of pure talent and past performance, they sink back into the pack.

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i dunno, some things this guy said are somewhat valid, but who the fuck is he to fuel the media hit parade on maradona, as if he's not going to get in enough in his own country. i just don't know where this guy gets off from watching 5 weeks of football, that he can start expertly commentating on one of football's greatest players, who changed the game. we all know maradona's crazy, but that's why we love him (or not). yes, for many argentina's exit proved that maybe diego really is mad, but honestly Germany were just that good, and yes maybe maradona wasn't prepared. but then again, by any means, diego maradona was someone who the whole world looked to and he delievered. no one can take that away from him. i just think this writer got it all wrong, and even though i'm hardly the biggest fan of maradona, as a lover of football, i find myself offended. We all know maradona's flaws and we know there will be lots of people ready to rub this in his face, i just think this american writer has no business in it. 

Walk, Walk Fashion Baby

Everyone knows that footballers have lost most of their sense of style because of being hit. I've put my googling skills to the test and used them to the best of their abilities to bring you this post.

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Spain must improve, admits coach

Spain must improve, admits coach

David Villa and Cesc Fabregas celebrate for Spain

Highlights - Paraguay 0-1 Spain

Coach Vicente Del Bosque admitted that Spain struggled to find their usual rhythm after sneaking past Paraguay to reach a first World Cup semi-final.

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Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8790577.stm

Seems like the team is nervous about their next game.
For Torres fans, Del Bosque has hinted that he might be starting him in the next match again Germany - Check out this article for more info.



Schweinsteiger: Spain are world's best

The match stats from Germany’s 2010 FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final victory over Argentina confirmed Bastian Schweinsteiger’s emergence as the pivotal figure in the three-time world champions’ exciting young team. The midfielder played the most passes and covered the greatest distance of all the players on display, and he was also named Budweiser Man of the Match.

Schweinsteiger has blossomed on South African soil, imposing his authority on the centre of the park and orchestrating his team’s play in truly impressive fashion. The player is now determined to maintain his stellar form in the semi-finals, a replay of the UEFA EURO 2008 title decider against Spain, and lead his men through to the Final in Johannesburg. On the eve of the eagerly-awaited showdown, FIFA.com spoke to Schweinsteiger about Wednesday’s clash in Durban, his new role in central midfield, and the mood in the Germany camp.
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So excited for the game

Gerrard keen to carry on with England

Steven Gerrard today insisted he has no intention of quitting international football.

Gerrard, who captained England during their woeful FIFA World Cup™ campaign in the absence of the injured Rio Ferdinand, said the 4-1 defeat by Germany would not be his 84th and last game for his country.

"There is no way I want the disappointment of the Germany game to be my last for England," Gerrard told Liverpool's official website.

"It was such a low and I am determined to do as much as I can to make amends for what happened.

"I expect there to be a lot of changes to the squad and it is up to the manager whether I am selected, but I am going to continue to make myself available for my country."

Liverpool captain Gerrard, 30, has scored 17 goals for England. His Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher, who was persuaded to come out of international retirement by Fabio Capello for the South Africa tournament, has said he will no longer be available for selection.


I think England NT just needs to renovate the whole team and bring in more young blood

Chygrynskiy completes move to Shakhtar

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FC Barcelona have agreed to transfer Dmitro Chygrynskiy to Shakhtar Donetsk for 15 million euros.

The money received for the 23-year-old central defender will help ease the Club’s short-term liquidity problems.

FC Barcelona would like to thank Dmitro Chygrynskiy for his cooperation and contribution to the team since he joined Barça last summer.

Two medals, 14 matches

The Ukrainian international returns to his club of origin having won World Club Cup and Spanish league winner’s medals with Barça. He participated in 14 matches during his short spell here.


Premier League live games: Sky games etc


The first Ford Super Sunday of the season will be Liverpool v Arsenal, live on Sky Sports HD1, followed by the return of Ford Monday Night Football between Manchester United and Newcastle United on Sky Sports HD1 on August. 16.

click on the link to get the full schedule



Saturday 14 Tottenham v Man City 12.45pm
Sunday 15 Liverpool v Arsenal 4pm
Monday 16 Man Utd v Newcastle 8pm
Saturday 21 Wigan v Chelsea 5.15pm
Sunday 22 Fulham v Man Utd 4pm
Monday 23 Man City v Liverpool 8pm
Saturday 28 Blackburn v Arsenal 12.45pm
Sunday 29 Bolton v Birmingham
Aston Villa v Everton 1.30pm
Xtina | Sweet like suga


Who WILL win


Poll #xxxx YEAHH

Who do you WANT to win?

guti WEAH

Deuce Wanted In Milan

Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey is said to be on the radar of Italian giants AC Milan, according to reports.
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Yahoo! Sports reports that the USA ace who shone at the World Cup finals in South Africa could head to Milan in the summer.

Dempsey had a marvellous season with Fulham in 2009-10 in which he helped his side reach the final of the Europa League, which they lost to Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid.

A Milan source reportedly close to the club board has been quoted by Yahoo! Sports as saying: "[Dempsey] brings a lot of action and energy but he can be creative too. There are some options on the table but Dempsey is a realistic one. A bid is very possible, and soon."

However, a source said to be close to Fulham admitted that no formal bid has come in from the Rossoneri but added that the club are aware that Dempsey would seemingly find it difficult to resist a move to the Serie A giants.

"[Fulham] are aware that if a club like [Milan] comes in it is hard for a player to say no," the source said.


it'd be cool if he joind Gooch BUT he wouldn't be getting playing time so he's better off staying in Fulham.
Glad the Americans are getting noticed now. I hope this means good stuff for the future US players
so sad Clint doesn't have a tag :(

a pointless post is pretty much pointless but whatever

Now New York Post are saying that Cristiano was in the States already on Friday. Hitting it up with Irina. While his baby is in Portugal with his family. I guess.

"The couple (Cristiano and Irina) spent a romantic Fourth of July weekend together in New York City, Ronaldo's first trip to the Big Apple."

"On Friday, Ronaldo hung out with Shayk at the Four Seasons hotel bar. Then on Saturday, the couple were spotted cuddling around the pool and taking pictures at Soho House. Also, they were seen taking a romantic helicopter ride around the city and dining at Da Silvano yesterday."

So if this is true, I don't know how he had the time to see the baby in Portugal. Portugal got eliminated from World Cup on the 29th, Portugal's team arrived back in Lisbon on the 1st and, according to these reports, the next day Cris was already in the States. I guess Cristiano's sister spoke total BS to the press (that Cris would be in Madrid for 'professional business').

ontd_football, for the last time: what is your opinion about all this?
cloak, capas, student, praxe

Bayern wants Fábio Coentrão...

... But complains about "Exorbitant demands"

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Bayern's President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sees in Fábio Coentrão a player with the potential to strengthen the german team, but states that the deal is not going forward due to alleged "exorbitant demands" made by SL Benfica about their winger.

"Coentrão is a good player, no doubt. However, we are not prepared to respond to the exorbitant demands of Benfica", said Rummenigge.

The great performance of Fábio Coentrão in the World Cup brought him to the attention of the german club. A proposal of 20 million euros is reported to have arrived at Benfica's offices for the left-footed player's pass, but was promptly refused by Luís Filipe Vieira, since the contract clause is set at 30 million euros.

source is round and full of air

To me it's good news, I don't want him leaving Benfica just yet :)
Looks it's Thomas!

Actual Footie Post.

Löw mixed English grit with Spanish flair

Germany coach Joachim Löw has revealed that he cherry picked the best aspects from English, Spanish and Italian football to create the Nationalmannschaft's impressive new style.

Löw's side smashed four goals past three different teams en-route to securing a World Cup semi-final against Spain and have thrown off the stereotype of workman-like German teams of the past.

The former Freiburg player has tried to fuse English pace, Spanish fluidity and Italian defending to create a new cosmopolitan, and winning, approach.

"I've seen a lot of international football, I have soaked it all up and taken away many aspects," Löw explained.

"In England the tempo is incredible and something to be emulated. In Spain, there is the free-flowing style, technique and skill and you can see that's something that is second nature to them, even to their youth teams.

"In Spain the game is not just played or worked [at] but celebrated. It impresses me how easy it looks even though, of course, it isn't easy at all. I like combination passing football and that is what I work towards.

"Italy won the World Cup in 2006 with perfect defensive play but the game has moved on in the last four years. The teams in the final four have solid defences but you have to have a more than that, a more versatile style of play," he said.

On Germany's chances of gaining revenge for their Euro 2008 final defeat to Spain in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final, Löw said: "In 2008, there is no doubt that Spain were the best team at the tournament. They were also very good in the final. But now the situation is different. We too have a good team and we have every reason to believe that we can succeed."

Source: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/806279/ce/uk/?cc=5901&ver=us

a picture spam about chelskis drunks/engerland's true captiano etc etc~

take it off, take it off!1

So, I spent all of my weekend's quality time watching the glory that is Snog. Marry. Avoid (well maybe this weekend was a few months ago, but whatever, big deal). This great programming has in consequence inspired me to do craft a picspam of. . .

(and Chelski company).

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Big Apple Shopping Spree

Cristiano Ronaldo ignores the scorching summer heat as he takes care of some shopping in New York City on Tuesday (July 6).

The 25-year-old Portuguese soccer star shopped at Prada, Gucci, and Armani before heading back to his hotel to escape the 100-degree weather.

Cristiano, who arrived on Saturday, spent most of the 4th of July holiday in New York. He was most recently spotted at the SoHo house shirtless yesterday cooling off at the pool. - Just Jared

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