July 22nd, 2010

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  • teenny

Girls play football! Recognize!


Living Legend Brandi Chastain retired at the age of 41. She will have a goodbye match Oct 2. Proceeds will go to her new foundation, Reach Up! read about it
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So the U-20 Women's World Cup is going on right now in Germany. Yesterday was the last day of the group stage. The USA laddies won it in 2008. Can they do it again.......
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he U20 Noth Korea team with their creepy government imposed matching haircuts welcomes you in.
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The coach has it too!
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Iker Casillas might take part in the next Gaza Flotilla

 



The European campaign to End the Siege on Gaza, which organized the aid flotilla that turned into a lethal incident with international repercussions, is trying to create hype around "Freedom Flotilla 2", scheduled to set sail in September.

According to a report in the London-based al-Hayat newspaper on Thursday the organization is in talks with a number of world famous soccer players in hopes of having them take part in the sail.

According to Thursday's report, the organization said it is in contact with French and Spanish soccer players, including captain of the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner Spanish goalie Iker Casillas.

While his name was mentioned, the statement said talks were being kept quiet for fear that the players or their clubs may come under Israeli pressure. It was unclear which players would agree to leave their teams in September, after the soccer season begins.

While Casillas led his teammates to the welcoming ceremony in the Spanish capital, the paper cites websites that reported the captain said he would not take part in the celebrations in Madrid's central square as an expression of his "deep sorrow over what happened in Gaza".

According to a report in the London-based al-Hayat newspaper on Thursday the organization is in talks with a number of world famous soccer players in hopes of having them take part in the sail.

According to Thursday's report, the organization said it is in contact with French and Spanish soccer players, including captain of the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner Spanish goalie Iker Casillas.

While his name was mentioned, the statement said talks were being kept quiet for fear that the players or their clubs may come under Israeli pressure. It was unclear which players would agree to leave their teams in September, after the soccer season begins.

While Casillas led his teammates to the welcoming ceremony in the Spanish capital, the paper cites websites that reported the captain said he would not take part in the celebrations in Madrid's central square as an expression of his "deep sorrow over what happened in Gaza".

He allegedly emphasized that the Spanish celebrations surrounding the World Cup victory are "partial, as long as the Gaza Strip remains besieged."

Al-Hayat also named the world's number 1 tennis player, Spain's Rafael Nadal, as a potential flotilla passenger, saying he also condemned "Israel's aggression against the Gaza Strip" during Operation Cast Lead.

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3923476,00.html
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  • san

This here is an NZ post!

Fans line streets for All Whites parade
AMELIA ROMANOS OF NZPA
July 21, 2010 - 5:39PM


Thousands of All Whites soccer fans lined the streets of Wellington on Wednesday to cheer on their football World Cup heroes as they paraded from parliament to Civic Square.

Floats carrying musicians, dancers, the visiting Argentinian team Boca Juniors, and the Wellington Phoenix kept onlookers entertained until the final float emerged carrying the All Whites and coach Ricki Herbert.

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Fun fact: The name "All Whites" comes from their uniform, which is... all-white. It is also a reference to their more well-known rugby union team, which is called the All Blacks because of their all-black uniform. (But then, New Zealand's away kit is all-black as well. Hmm...)

And yes, the Boca Juniors did tour/are touring Australia & New Zealand.


I'm not sure why it took them so long to party it out, but hey, a late party is better than no party, y/n?!
Anyway, the All-Whites deserve a mention because they are awesome. (And this is coming from an Aussielander! jk, ilu NZ ♥)
They really impressed during this crazy WC, and they really deserve a big party for all the effort they put in, and being the only team to not lose a single game in the tournament (by drawing in all three of their games!). ♥ They also jumped an awesome 24 places on the FIFA Ranking Table, js


Not convinced? Here, have New Zealander Winston Reid going shirtless after his goal during their first game against Slovakia:

Furiosa

Who Doesn't Love Pizza?

"Pizza" back on the attack:"We can win the Bundesliga"

Claudio Pizarro is back on the pitch and is more attacking than ever before. The Peruvian hopes to become Bundesliga champion with Werder and sees Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke as the team’s top competition for the title. "It will be a tough task, but when I look around I see that quality to win the Bundesliga," said Pizarro. The main thing is consistency. "We cannot have a phase where we lose four or five games in a short stretch. That cost us better placings in the past two season," said Pizarro.

That’s why the Peruvian is so much looking forward to the first real test against SC Freiburg on Friday. "We have worked hard and will finally be able to see where we stand. We have to give everything we have to be fit straight away on the first game day. And some games against big clubs are just right," said Pizarro. He once again wants to do his part offensively for a strong season. "Of course I want to score goals. But I don’t want to say how many," said Pizarro. "What’s important is only that we win the Bundesliga." He added with a smile: "Okay, well it should be more than 10 goals for sure."

Pizarro is also motivated looking forward to the international stage, where he hopes to once again show his qualities after a years-long dispute with the former Peruvian national team coach. "There have been talks with the new coach, and there will be more to follow. But it looks good for a return to the national team," said Pizarro.

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I love Pizarro, I hope he plays for Peru again, things are looking good

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gwenie

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This is a picspam with some substance! :p I was looking at my yearbook yesterday (class of 2008, represent~) and whilst reading the class superlatives, I thought, what if teams/clubs had their own superlatives!? And since we know our fave footballers personally and ~oh so well~, I figured why not make a post about superlatives on the national team/club I support?!! Deem this post silly but it's my 20th birthday y'all!! :D

TEAM SUPERLATIVES!



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United and Chelsea chase cut price World Cup ace


United and Chelsea chase cut price World Cup ace
Manchester United and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head in the battle to sign Mesut Ozil on the cheap

Manchester United and Chelsea are battling to sign Germany’s World Cup ace Mesut Ozil in a cut price deal, according to reports.

Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer of the Werder Bremen starlet having almost snapped him up as a teenager and is ready to rekindle his interest now.

Chelsea have lost playmaker Joe Cole on a free transfer but have replaced him with Yossi Benayoun and are still in the market for new signings.

The 21-year-old has insisted he is commited to seeing out his contract with the Bundesliga side but, with just a year to run, Bremen are keen to cash in on him rather than lose him for nothing next summer.

According to The Sun, Bremen initially held out for £20 million but have since almost halved their asking price to around £12 million.

Ozil impressed for Germany, helping to annihilate both England and Argentina as Joachim Low’s young side finished a creditable third.

Bremen would have been in a great position to demand huge sums of money for the sensation had his cintract been sorted out before the tournament but will now have to cut down their price.

Fergie is not expecting to spend too much more money but he will want to find the cash from somewhere, even if that means losing a player.

Dimitar Berbatov and Anderson have all been linked with a move away from Old Trafford and could be used to raise the much needed cash.

http://www.givemefootball.com/premier-league/united-and-chelsea-chase-cut-price-world-cup-ace


veronica

Celtic FC vs Sporting CP

**UPDATED** PICS AND VIDEOS!

So if anyone is from the Boston, MA area you very well know that the Fenway Football challenge took place last night! I luckily got tickets last minute and it was literally the best experience of my life. Along with being my first football match, I also felt what it was like to truly to apart of something bigger than myself.

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Another Team with no Money

Real Mallorca excluded from Europa League after financial woes

• Uefa: 'The club has not fulfilled its obligations'
• Real Mallorca say decision is 'hard to understand'

  • Reuters

Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup recently took over as Real Mallorca coach, but will not be able to see his team in Europe this season.
Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP


The financially troubled Spanish club Real Mallorca have been excluded from this season's European competition by the governing body Uefa.   Mallorca finished fifth in La Liga last season and qualified for the Europa League but Uefa said that its Control and Disciplinary Body had decided the club had not fulfilled the admission criteria.

"...the licence of the club was not granted in accordance with the Uefa Club Licensing Regulations, 2008 edition, and the club has not fulfilled its obligations as defined in these regulations," Uefa said in a statement on its website.

Mallorca said in May that they had applied to go into voluntary administration in an effort to sort out their finances. Like many Spanish clubs, they have been slipping ever further into the red due to spiralling wage and transfer costs and a recent University of Barcelona study indicated they had debts of around €85m (£71.7m).

The world No1 tennis player and Mallorca native Rafa Nadal became a shareholder in the club this month and his uncle, the former professional footballer Miguel Angel Nadal, is assistant to the new coach Michael Laudrup.

Mallorca, who have three days to decide whether to appeal, said they were surprised by the decision. "Real Mallorca profoundly regrets the disappointment this decision by Uefa, which is hard to understand and without precedent, will cause among our fans," a club statement said.

Source:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jul/22/real-mallorca-europa-league-uefa
 

jizz_jack

Bojannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!111

I wanna hate him after seeing this post by somehow_someday
which ultimately made me go hide in the corner and do this to myself



But what the heck, of course i bloody can't!!!
Especially not after seeing this photo:

Bojan: "I feel strong and confident"


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UPDATE
Sweet baby jesus.... O.O

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unf doctor

New Liverpool masseur is Simply Red

Liverpool have given themselves the best possible chance of hitting the right notes on the field this season - by employing the original lead guitarist from Simply Red.


Part-time masseur Sylvan Richardson has joined up with the club's new-look medical team at Melwood and is currently with the squad in Switzerland helping to prepare the players for 2010-11.

Having left United fan Mick Hucknall after two years and two albums, Richardson took his career along a different path - but the squad in Bad Ragaz haven't been slow in reminding the new recruit about his past life.

"They have been giving me a lot of stick," he said. "Especially Sammy Lee. I am a professional producer and musician but I was always interested in medicine, and when I left the band in 1987, that's the path I went down.

"To work for Liverpool is a great honour and when I got the call I was really excited.

"My role is to prepare the players and deal with their recovery after training. I am used to working with top athletes and so am very much looking forward to this opportunity."

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In other Simply Red news, Mick Hucknall was arrested last night after being caught having sex with a rabbit. A Police source said he was holding back the ears and singing Bunnys too tight to mention
BADUM TISH!


Bonus lulz - Manchester City have renamed their reserve team "The elite squad". 
How embarrassing. Surely if they were really elite they'd be in the first team?
Nina Dobrev
  • arooj

Nemanja Vidic to be offered improved deal at Manchester United.

• Two-year contract extension and £90,000 a week expected
• Serbian centre-half linked with move to Real Madrid


Nemanja Vidic has not played for Manchester Uniited since their 5-0 win over Wigan in December 

Manchester United are to offer Nemanja Vidic a contract extension that will place him among the highest earners at Old Trafford.

Vidic's position at United has been in doubt, with his agent indicating the 28-year-old is open to a move to Spain or Italy. Sir Alex Ferguson, speaking after the club's pre-season friendly against Philadelphia Union yesterday, admitted he could offer no guarantees on the defender's future. "I can't clarify it at all," the United manager said.

Real Madrid are among several clubs linked with the commanding centre-half this year, and Ferguson went only so far as to say "I believe so" when asked if Vidic will still be a Manchester United player next season.

United officials, however, mindful of the damaging repercussions should Vidic leave a club plagued by injuries in defence last season, hope to end the uncertainty by securing the Serb on an extended contract. The former Spartak Moscow defender, signed for £7m by United in 2006, has two years remaining on his £70,000-a-week deal and there is a feeling within Old Trafford that his agent is angling for improved terms.

United usually open negotiations with players entering the final two years of a contract and are expected to offer Vidic a two-year extension and improved terms of around £90,000 a week. Talks on a new £130,000-a-week contract for Wayne Rooney are also planned ahead of the Premier League season, with United confident of reaching a swift agreement with the England striker.

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