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HAPPY 37th!!!! BIRTHDAY TO THE LEGEND KNOWN AS JAVIER ZANETTI
Javier Zanetti celebrates his 37th birthday today, hours after agreeing a two-year extension to his current deal with Inter (TEARS DOWN MY FACE). In a birthday interview with SkySport24, the Argentine veteran spoke about his plans for the day, the summer transfer window, and looked ahead to another season with the Nerazzurri.
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Pupi is a living legend. When he retires a part of football will go with him. He is the living personification of Inter Milan. Perfect, stunning and flawless do not even begin to describe this man.
Werder deny Barca agreement over Ozil
Werder Bremen director of sport Klaus Allofs insists reports of an agreement with Barcelona over Mesut Ozil are "nonsense".
Respected Spanish paper El Pais claimed on Tuesday that Barca had reached a tentative agreement with Werder to sign Ozil, 21, for €10 million, with the Germany international said to have prioritised a move to Camp Nou.
Allofs, though, claimed the rumours of an agreement with Barca were "nonsense" and said: "There is no agreement with Barca."
Werder's media director, Tino Polster, added: "There are no talks with and no offer from FC Barcelona."
When the player himself was asked about the move on Tuesday morning following training, he told Bild: "I know nothing. I have spoken to no one."
Despite the denials, Allofs has suggested that a deal to sell the player could progress in the near future.
Allofs told the Kreiszeitung Syke newspaper: "It is possible that there is now a bit of movement in the issue, but I am not running backwards and forwards to the fax machine or getting sweaty palms when I check my emails to see if maybe an offer has arrived."
Several top clubs in Europe, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid, are said to be interested in Ozil and Sir Alex Ferguson refused to rule out a bid at the weekend, saying "I don't know" when asked if he was hopeful of signing the player.
Article in El Pais
I just love that after it's been said multiple times, the press still goes at it
Decorated Kop icons Kenny Dalglish, Brian Hall, Alan Hansen, Phil Thompson and Ian Callaghan kick-started the process earlier this year as they poured over the names of each and every player to have represented the Reds during the decade.
From there, with the help of our statisticians, the distinguished team drew up a shortlist of 21 names to be considered to be forever associated with some of the greatest footballers to have graced the hallowed L4 turf.
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• Captain excited about new era after 'horror' of last season
• 'Anything Messi can do, Joe can do as well, if not better'
Gerrard, in an interview with Match of the Day magazine, said the new manager has already given Liverpool a lift after a disappointing seventh-place finish last season.
"It's a great club and after speaking with Roy Hodgson I'm really pleased to see his plans for the club. It's a new era now – we must forget about the horror of what happened last season and get this club back to where it belongs, which is the Champions League at the very least."
Gerrard said Cole, signed in July on a Bosman from Chelsea, has the ability to drive the team forward.
"[Lionel] Messi can do some amazing things, but anything he can do Joe can do as well, if not better. He used to shock us in training by doing footy tricks with a golf ball that most players can't even do with a football. I really fancy Joe for the [player of the year] award this season."
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Liverpool FC striker Fernando Torres is notorious for his blistering pace on the pitch but it landed him in hot water with police off it.
The Spain striker, 26, was booked by traffic cops near to his home in Woolton, Liverpool after being pulled over for speeding in his black Aston Martin DBS, which cost him £160,000.
Dressed in an olive shirt and baggy jeans Torres, who is currently racing to be fit for Liverpool's opening league fixture with Arsenal this Sunday, was issued with an on-the-spot fine by officers on Beaconsfield Road, near to the Beatles' famous Strawberry Fields.
Torres recently returned to Anfield after lifting the World Cup amidst speculation that he would be leaving the club for either Chelsea or Manchester City but stated that his commitment had not wavered since he arrived from Athletico Madrid three years ago.
Sauce and pictures: www.clickliverpool.com/clocked/celeb-sto
According to the Liverpool Echo, "Fernando Torres flagged down a Merseyside Police car after being pursued by a press photographer, it emerged today. The Reds frontman started to become concerned after noticing the close attention of a man in a vehicle which appeared to be following him."
Moar sauce: www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-fc/liv
A fresh start would have been nice, and there could have been no better moment. Laurent Blanc knew an opportunity when he saw one, and decided to "suspend" France's entire World Cup squad for his first match as head coach. Fabio Capello, by contrast, has merely reassembled the remnants of his Rustenburg rabble for what amounts to a lap of dishonour.
To read his projected team sheet for tomorrow's match is to feel the spirits slump. Better late than never for Joe Hart and Michael Dawson, who may play most of the match, and there is the promise of a glimpse of Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs. But the continued presence in the starting line-up of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Gareth Barry and Wayne Rooney, en bloc, shouts the message that there will be no cleansing of the Augean stables before the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign starts in September.
Deep down, Capello blames the players. That much is clear. So perhaps his decision to recall almost all of those responsible for the World Cup debacle for tomorrow's match is actually a gesture of ritual sacrifice before the genuine renewal can begin. Or maybe he just can't think of a better plan.
Rest of article here: www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2010/au
What a mess.
Cheated Abbey Clancy takes off her ring...
and turns to fellow Wag Toni Terry for comfort
Abigail Clancy last night gave the first clue that her romance with footballer Peter Crouch may be over as she took off her engagement ring.
The 24-year-old model and television presenter sought advice from Toni Terry, the wife of shamed former England captain John Terry, in the wake of accusations that Crouch had slept with a teenage prostitute.
As the friends went out riding, it was clear to see that Miss Clancy had taken off her diamond engagement ring.
Friend in need: Abbey Clancy was being comforted by friend Toni Terry,
who has recently weathered allegations of her Chelsea footballer husband's cheating
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The Daily Fail
lol well i mean i guess toni has experience on being cheated on
Real Madrid have agreed a fee of €8 million for Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho.
The Blues confirmed they have agreed terms for the sale of the Portugal international defender, while Madrid revealed Carvalho will join on a two-year deal.
A Chelsea statement read: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm it has agreed terms with Real Madrid for the transfer of Ricardo Carvalho.
"The transfer is subject to a medical and the player agreeing personal terms.
At the weekend, Jose Mourinho suggested that Carvalho's advancing years meant he was unlikely to link up once again with the defender, who under the new Real coach won the 2004 Champions League with Porto and two Premier League titles with Chelsea.
However, Real saw their bid to sign Inter Milan right-back Maicon collapse and while Benfica's David Luiz and AC Milan's Thiago Silva were alternative targets, they appear to have turned to Carvalho in an effort to improve their defence.
The Portugal international picked up a third Premier League title last season but has seen his first-team chances reduce in recent seasons, with Brazilian defender Alex finding favour under Guus Hiddink and then Carlo Ancelotti.
Best known for his perfect positioning, his foresight and his ability to advance the ball out of the first third, Ricardo Alberto Silveira Carvalho (18-05-78 Amarante, Portugal) joins Real Madrid at the age of 32 and with 19 titles to speak of.
A Belgian couple have called their first son Barça and he has already become the first club member to have the name. The pair told the media they chose the moniker because "they liked it".
Taking inspiration from the verse "tinc un nom que el sap tothom, Barça, Barça, Barça" (I have a name that everyone knows, Barça, Barça, Barça) from the Blaugrana hymn the new arrival has the full name Barça Beeckman and he lives 60 kilometres outside of Brussels in Nieuwerkerk. Aged three the youngster was made a member of the Camp Nou club on July 19 by his father Wesley Beeckman, 23, an architecture student, and mother Anneke Maes, 24, a nurse.
During the pregnancy the couple could not reach an agreement for a name for the baby as they did not want to know the sex until he was born. In the end they settled on the name Lona if the baby was a girl.
With a decision about the name if it was a boy in full swing the pair were watching Pep Guardiola's team play when Anneke had a bright idea. "Suddenly, I said to my husband that if we had a boy then would he want to call him Barça," she explained. "He turned towards me and winked before saying 'yes, that is the name of my son'".
On April 26 Anneke gave birth in Sint-Truiden and Barça came into the world. "We were convinced that it would be a girl," Anneke continued. "My family did not know what to say at the start and they were not keen, but now they are used to the name. People had to ask me twice what his name was early on and everyone has said it is the first time they have heard the name used." Wesley's relatives were happier. "My father liked it as soon as he heard it," he stated.
idk is it just me or is the papa is kinda good looking
Despite the relatives' initial dismay the couple are
"very proud that our son carries the name of the best football team in the world"
Anneke commented. Anneke and Wesley are keen FC Barcelona fans and he plays for his local team VCT Terkoest Alken.
"We hope that when he grows up that he will like his name and understand why we gave it to him,"
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