August 20th, 2010


guess which club has another injured player...

 Frimpong suffers injury to knee ligaments


Emmanuel Frimpong will be out for "six to nine months" after injuring his cruciate knee ligaments in training this week.

The powerful 18-year-old midfielder figured heavily in pre-season and according to Arsène Wenger, was likely to see first-team action during the campaign. Unsurprisingly he described the news as "a massive blow" when he spoke to TV Online on Thursday.

This comes a day after it was announced that Samir Nasri underwent surgery on his own knee problem. Thankfully he will be out for just a matter of weeks.

"Samir's injury is a blow for us and a blow for France aswell," said Wenger. "He was continuing his natural progression and had a very good pre-season.

"But we have had another blow with Emmanuel Frimpong. He has done his cruciate in training. That is a massive blow. A cartilage is three to four weeks but a cruciate like that one Frimpong did yesterday is six to nine months.

"I rate him highly and I still have a lot of faith in him but we will miss him for six to nine months."


noooooo :( i thought he had a great preseason and was looking forward to him playing more first-team football :/ best wishes for a speedy recovery to him
Sarah Walker

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Robinho closer to Manchester City exit as Besiktas make £16m bid

• Fee could increase to £26m with performance add-ons
• City turn attention to trimming bloated squad

Robinho could be reunited with Bernd Schuster, his former Real Madrid coach, at Besiktas.

Robinho is close to ending his unhappy two-year spell at Manchester City by joining Besiktas after the Turkish club made a formal offer of £16m, plus a further £10m in potential add-ons.

The deal will offer City the chance to recoup at least half the £32.5m they paid Real Madrid to make the Brazilian the most expensive player in English football on the day the Abu Dhabi United Group took control.

The rest of the proposal, submitted this afternoon after several weeks of on-off negotiations between the two clubs, will be based on performance-related payments, with Besiktas taking measures to protect themselves against the 26-year-old fading as badly in Istanbul as he has done in Manchester.
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Someone's got to keep you updated on your favourite club...

Story numero uno:

Anderson closing in on Manchester United return after long injury lay-off

The Brazil international, who suffered the injury during the 3-0 Premier League victory against West Ham in February, is back in full training and could be available for first-team duty within a month.

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Numero dos: (this was on the manutd community but I assume not everyone here goes there and it's pretty interesting so...)

The Legend Speaks

Welcome to the new season and let’s hope it is a good one. I believe that it will be because we have a good squad, and you can judge how much faith I have in it by the fact that I have not been bidding big in the transfer market this summer.

It’s not because of a lack of money, just a genuine belief in the number and quality of the guys who are already at Old Trafford. With two or three notable exceptions, it is overall a young squad and our priority is to develop them and enable them to come through together. I don’t need to add to my selection problems by bringing in too many players, only to be forced to then send them out on loan so that they can get a game.

Our striker department is a case in point. With the arrival of young Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez – an opportunity impossible to let go – and Portuguese forward Bebe, a young developer and the type of player we are always on the lookout for, we now have eight forwards. We have three seniors in Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen and five young players – our two new signings plus Federico Macheda, Mame Diouf and Danny Welbeck. I can’t play eight, but they are all ready for first-team football and have great potential, yet people talk about us needing a new front man. Collapse )

Numero tres: (not for the financially confused)

Manchester United's Glazer to Start Paying 16.25% on Soccer Purchase Loan

Manchester United’s owners begin paying 16.25 percent interest this week on a loan they took out to refinance their purchase of the 18-time English soccer champions, company filings show.

U.S. billionaire Malcolm Glazer, the 82-year-old owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will pay the rate on more than 200 million pounds ($312 million) of payment-in-kind notes due 2017, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. PIK loans are typically used to hold down cash expenses in leveraged buyouts because they carry coupons that accumulate and are paid on maturity or when the debt is redeemed. Collapse )

I hope the financial situation gets sorted out in the next few years but that's most likely wishful thinking.
veronique 2

Football in Brasil 101

Welcome to… the most disorganized football country in the world

So I thought of making a post about the Brazilian series A, but it won’t make much sense if you’re not familiar with the clubs, the rivalries and the regional particularities of the country. So here’s a little intro to both of those things:

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Sources: Bill Sports Maps; Wiki
trolls versus unicorns


Kuyt attracts Inter interest

Agent claims striker is considering switch

Dirk Kuyt's agent has revealed that there is 'concrete interest' from Inter Milan in the Liverpool player, although he has yet to decide whether he would be keen on a reunion with Rafa Benitez.

Benitez left Anfield to take charge at the Giuseppe Meazza over the summer and has been linked with moves for several of his former men, including Kuyt.

The Holland international has seen his stock rise over the past few years and he became a key figure under Benitez after joining the Reds from Feyenoord in 2006.

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England star's gagging order: Second player in week uses court to halt revelations on private life

Another England footballer has won a draconian injunction to gag the media from reporting revelations about his private life - the second in a week.

The multi-millionaire, who cannot be named, is a father in a long-term relationship. He won the restrictive order last night banning a woman from publicising personal details about him.

A similar injunction was granted to a fellow England international last week after he discovered a Sunday newspaper was planning an expose.

The latest footballer to use the courts to prevent unflattering publicity about his personal life earns around £100,000 a week and has played for several top clubs.

He is the fourth sports star this year to take legal steps to prevent public scrutiny.

Last night critics said he is part of an increasing trend which allows highly paid sports stars with access to expensive lawyers to exercise legal rights denied to ordinary members of the public.

Under the strict terms of the injunctions, neither of the footballers involved in this week’s actions can be named, despite the Daily Mail knowing who they are.

Last night Tory MP Philip Davies said famous figures should not be allowed to ‘cherry-pick’ what stories are written about them.

‘People who are in the public eye have got to accept that they cannot cherry-pick the kind of publicity they get.

‘They don’t apply for injunctions when there’s some positive story about them.


These playahs, idek! Can't they just keep the trouser snake where it belongs, goddommot!
And yes, I know it's the Daily Fail, but this seems legit, ya'll (Lol the irony)

Real Madrid: Gentlemen Who Lunch


The entire Real Madrid squad and coaching staff met at restaurant Casa Juan / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Real Madrid's first football team met at Casa Juan for their first luncheon of the new season. The entire squad and coaching staff left Valdebebas after this morning's training session. The first to arrive were Fernando Gago and Di Maria. Coach Jose Mourinho was the last person to enter the restaurant.

Team captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos came up with the idea of meeting up for lunch to begin the season with positive feelings. Casillas, the new signings and Jose Mourinho gave short speeches filled with affection for everyone present.

The first to leave the restaurant, around 16:00, was new signing Carvalho. The rest left a few minutes later, the last being defender Raul Albiol.


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Dirk Luis


Remy move in doubt after tests reveal heart problem

MARSEILLE, France — The transfer of French international striker Loic Remy from Nice to Marseille may be in doubt after a medical on Friday revealed what the club's doctor called an 'anomaly' in the player's heart.
The French champions initially announced on Thursday that Remy had passed his medical and signed a five-year contract in a move worth 15.5 million euros to Nice.
However, Friday's unveiling to the press never took place amid the news that an MRI scan had revealed a possible problem with Remy's heart.
Marseille's doctor Christophe Baudot said the club will run further tests on Remy on Monday "to remove any doubt".

"He will not play again until those doubts have been lifted," added Baudot.
The 23-year-old scored 25 goals for Nice over the last two seasons and had been linked with a move to the English Premier League.
Remy, who has been capped twice by France, visited Stoke City before turning them down and was being tracked by Champions League hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur.
"I am a bit annoyed but it is my health after all and obviously we must look into it," said Remy.
"The real shame is that these tests did not take place before. It was necessary for me to come to a club like Marseille to have tests which are more in depth."

Dear god that's fucked up. Hopefully it's the machine that's faulty and not his heart.