So, Idk if this has been posted here before or not, but I've just found this world cup's 50 most shocking moments show and I'm really enjoying it. I think it was a show that aired on BBC before the WC or during it, but you can watch all the moments on youtube. It also got cute little funny moments with Peter Crouch. Every time I think I don't like him, he gets me again. (:
So I posted this over at ontd_espana but thought i would share to more people, its the video that was shown to the team (edited by Arbeloa) before the match against Germany..... *Apologies for the crap translation the website did have an english language button but it took me to google translate, and sorry if you've already seen it*
So his companions led Arbeloa
Real Madrid winger Alvaro Arbeloa has been the 'Guardiola' in Spanish call in South Africa. He sent some of his companions a motivational video before the big game on Wednesday...
In the moments before the match between Germany and Spain, the TV program Intereconomía 'Ball Point', presented by Josep Pedrerol, unveiled one of the secrets of the costumes for Vicente del Bosque, a motivational video edited by Arbeloa for his teammates.
In this assembly, Real Madrid has got different movie scenes in order to 'connect' to the choice facing the decisive engagement. He found it in internet and forwarded it to one of his companions. It is clear that the motivation was effective ...
*ETA so this wasn't just made its been on youtube for about a year and a half........ I would delete but we then lose the cute Reina pics and Xabi's dad vid so Mod feel free to delete if you want* *I'm thinking that Arbeloa just found this video then added the translation for the team to understand, if it really was used* sport.es/default.asp
Also, FIFA have released the 3 player shortlist who have been nominated for the Hyundai Best Young Player Award, which is awarded to the best young player of the tournament who is under 21 years old on 11 July 2010. ( Collapse )
So, who do you think will win these awards this year, and is there anyone more deserving that you think has been missed off the shortlists?
Paul's prediction this Friday was his final one: he is expected to train a successor, says the Sealife boss [Paul lives at Sealife]. Paul is two and a half years old by now, so that because of his age he won't be able to predict for the Euro Cup in 2012. "Octopuses usually reach the age of two, they can maximally turn three with ideal keeping conditions" explains the Sealife manager. "We're checking right now, if he could train someone."
Crouch, 29, has been a long-term target for Hodgson from his time at Fulham and he was beaten to his signature last summer by Tottenham Hotspur. The 62-year-old could finally get his wish now he has arrived on Merseyside.
The England substitute at this summer's World Cup - who scored 22 Premier League goals in three years for the Reds - was a club favourite before he left, but his arrival would not soften the blow if superstar Fernando Torres was sold to Chelsea.
If Crouch arrives, he could form a new look strike force with £8 million-rated Juventus veteran David Trezeguet. ____________ source
The LA Galaxy and the Goodwill are teaming up for free tickets...
If you drop off at least 2 bags/boxes of donations, you can get 2 FREE tickets to upcoming Galaxy matches of your choice:
Thursday, July 22 v. SJ Earthquakes Sunday, August 1 v. Chicago Fire Saturday, August 28 v. Kansas City Wizards Saturday, September 11 v. Columbus Crew Saturday, September 18 v. DC United Friday, September 24 v. NY Red Bulls
This is a really great thing that the Galaxy and the Goodwill are doing. It's awesome to see the Galaxy play live and in person. I've been to so many matches last season and I have tickets to a handful of matches this season and I can tell you, if you weren't a Galaxy fan before the match, you'll fall in love with them before the first half is over...
Donate your old clothes, shoes, bags, books, furniture, etc. (For some reason, they aren't taking toys right now).
JOHANNESBURG – The days leading up to a World Cup final always are fraught with nerves and tension and the search for any psychological advantage. With the appointment of English referee Howard Webb to take charge of Sunday’s big game, the Netherlands may have struck the first mental blow.
Webb is a fine official, and his selection as the man in the middle, following a tournament marred by poor decisions, should be no surprise. But, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, Spain’s players and officials are disgruntled that the 38-year-old former police officer was chosen by FIFA’s hierarchy.
“Bad news – Webb will referee the final,” was the newspaper’s verdict, while insisting that sources in the Spanish camp had revealed a general sense of disillusionment with the decision.
Much of that appears to stem from Webb’s officiating during the side’s shocking 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in its opening game of the tournament on June 16. Even though a FIFA source Friday night confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that the Englishman had been given a “strong rating” for his performance during the game, Spain was incensed by two controversial calls.
“There were some things we think should have been done differently,” said head coach Vicente del Bosque, two days after the Switzerland game.
Webb turned down a late penalty appeal from David Silva that would have given Spain a chance for an equalizer. There also was some conjecture over whether Switzerland’s goal should have been disallowed for offside, although television replays appeared to show Webb and his assistants made a close but correct call.
One of Brazil's best-known footballers was last night behind bars in a high-security Rio jail after allegations that he masterminded the abduction and execution of his former lover.
Police in Belo Horizonte, Brazil's third largest city, claimed that Bruno Fernandes, until recently captain and goalkeeper of Brazil's most popular club, Flamengo, plotted the killing of 25-year-old Eliza Samudio, who disappeared in June.
Edson Moreira, the homicide investigator in charge of the case, told reporters that while fans saw Fernandes as an "idol", the footballer was "a monster for what he did to this young lady".
For people not in the UK who might not know about this - Raoul Moat is some crazy geordie guy who killed his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend last week, shot her and a policeman before going on the run. They've found him now and there's a bit of a stand-off going on - he's got a sawn-off shotgun and is holding it to his head threatening to kill himself.
And as if the 24 hour news channels weren't jizzing themselves enough, PAUL GASCOIGNE TURNS UP!
From the Sky News website: SkyScot: Gazza,yes Gazza has turned up Tom@Sky: Paul Gascoigne has told Real Radio he knew Moat years ago when Moat worked as a bouncer in Newcastle. The former footballer described him as a "gentleman" and said someone must have wound him up or done something. Tom@Sky: Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne suggested to Metro Radio he had brought the wanted man a "can of lager, some chicken, a mobile phone and something to keep warm". Tom@Sky: He added: "He is willing to give in now. I just want to give him some therapy and say 'come on Moaty, it's Gazza'." Tom@Sky: He continued: "He is alright - simply as that and I am willing to help him. I have come all the way from Newcastle to Rothbury to find him, have a chat with him. I guarantee, Moaty, he won't shoot me. I am good friends with him."
This is simulatenously bizarre, hilarious and sad. I just heard Gazza's interview and he's clearly off his head on something, bless him.
Latest update: Police claim Paul Gascoigne does not know Moat.