August 26th, 2010

Nina Dobrev
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Michael Owen to play for Liverpool in Jamie Carragher's testimonial.

 • Man Utd striker will line-up alongside former team-mates
• Owen uncertain about reaction from Anfield crowd

Michael Owen has not worn a Liverpool shirt since leaving the club 

Michael Owen is to pull on the colours of Liverpool for the first time since leaving the club six years ago after agreeing to brave a potential backlash from Manchester United's supporters by playing for his old team in Jamie Carragher's testimonial match. Owen, reviled by some Liverpool fans after crossing one of the game's oldest divides, is said to be uncertain of the reaction he will get from the Anfield crowd but does not have great expectations considering the abuse when he returned last season for the first time since joining their rivals at Old Trafford.

The former England striker has given his word to Carragher, however, that he will play in the match at Anfield on Saturday week, swapping the red of United for that of the team where he began his career. Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, has given him permission to play for 45 minutes and Owen will be in attack for a Liverpool XI taking on an Everton XI.

Carragher has also persuaded Jamie Redknapp, Danny Murphy, Jason McAteer and Emile Heskey to play, but he had told Owen he would understand if he thought it was too delicate for him politically bearing in mind the rivalry between Liverpool and United.

There is also the distinct possibility that United's fans will not be too impressed about one of their players being willing to wear a Liverpool shirt, especially with their first encounter of the season to follow only two weekends later.

Owen, though, regards Carragher as one of his closest friends in football and the organisers hope the goodwill felt towards the long-serving Liverpool defender will persuade the Anfield crowd to go easy on their former player and maybe even demonstrate some warmth and appreciation for a man who scored over 200 goals for the club in eight years and has been described by Steven Gerrard as "the best striker in the history of Liverpool Football Club." (HAHA) Nonetheless, it is understood Owen will be given his own security on his way to and from the stadium.


This should be amusing. Aww bless, some people thinking because it's a testimonial, the Scousers will go easy on Owen. No chance. XD


Ajax has succeeded to place theirselves into the Champions League since 2005!!!

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Luis Suarez and Mounir El Hamdaoui scored Wednesday as Ajax beat Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 to advance to the group stage of the Champions League.Suarez converted Jan Vertonghen's free kick past goalkeeper Maxim Koval in the 42nd minute. El Hamdaoui added the second after connecting on a pass from substitute Miralem Sulejmani in the 75th as Ajax went through 3-2 after drawing 1-1 last week in Kyiv.
Ajax last reached the group stage of the Champion League in 2005.
"This is really important for the club," Suarez said. "It's been a long time since we made it to this stage. I am really happy. With this group, we can win everything."
Veteran striker Andriy Shevchenko scored a late penalty for Dynamo.
Dynamo was unlucky not to score when Roman Eremenko's close-range shot in the 15th was saved by Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
Dynamo midfielder Oleg Gusev's 28th-minute effort after exchanging passes with Artem Milevskiy was saved by Stekelenburg, who made another diving stop two minutes later from Andriy Yarmolenko's shot.

Vertongen and Suarez will miss Ajax's next match in the competition after both picked up bookings.


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french & spanish squads


Vicente Del Bosque has announced his squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein on the 3rd September and the friendly against Argentina on the 7th September. Here it is:

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Valdes, Reina
Defenders: Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Puyol, Piqué, Marchena, Capdevila
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Busquets, Xavi, Cazorla, Cesc, Iniesta
Forwards: Pedro, Jesus Navas, Villa, Silva, Llorente, Fernando Torres


Nine players who took part in France's World Cup fiasco, were named in the squad picked on Thursday by coach Laurent Blanc for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Belarus on September 3 in Paris and Bosnia four days later in Sarajevo.

squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Cedric Carrasso (Girondins Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille).

Defenders: Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AS Roma), Adil Rami (Lille), Mamadou Sakho (Paris St Germain), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Benoit Tremoulinas (Girondins Bordeaux).

Midfielders: Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Alou Diarra (Girondins Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Yann M'Vila (Stade Rennes), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Jeremy Menez (AS Roma), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille).

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (Lorient), Guillaume Hoarau (Paris St Germain), Loic Remy (Olympique Marseille), Louis Saha (Everton)

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Squillaci! SAD OR HAPPY??

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal's third signing of the summer as Sevilla defender Sebastien Squillaci.

The 29-year-old Frenchman follows Marouane Chamakh and Laurent Koscielny to Emirates Stadium.

Sevilla announced the deal on Sunday, claiming a £6.5million deal had been agreed between to the clubs.

Steven Gerrard
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UEFA Champions League group stage draw


18.00CET on Thursday in Monaco.
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I know it's early but I'm really excited about this. (:
barcelona; abi's hips don't lie

Ronaldinho and Barcelona finally reunite with beautiful tribute video and lots of tears

The Joan Gamper trophy match would finally be the day where Ronaldinho would take his first steps into the Camp Nou stadium, after 2 seasons of playing in Milan.

At the beginning of the match, when both teams were on the field as the Barca anthem Cant del Barca was playing, AC Milan was missing a player. Ronaldinho was still waiting in the tunnel, and the reason for that was seen when the stadium played a short but beautiful video of his times at Barca, his goals, his dedication, and his support from the fans. He was then greeted onto the pitch with a standing ovation from the entire audience, where his ex-teammates hugged him and jokingly invited him to pose with them for the squad photo.

It's an amazing video of his skills, regardless whether you're a Cule or not, and I think everyone should see it. 
If you do happen to be a cule, I recommend bringing along a box of tissues.

This post was brought to you by the most controversial, and yet strangely most-fitting couple of football:

i loled. now if that isnt love idk what is.

 edit: it turns out its a manip. sorry haha. hey, t looks really real though. although i have to admit i was wondering why cesc didnt wax his underarms too. oh well.


Milan: Huntelaar part of Ibrahimovic deal
By Soccernet staff
August 26, 2010

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed that he is negotiating to include Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as part of a part-exchange deal for Barcelona's unsettled striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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And this is just the beginning..

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He has not completed a month in England and Javier Hernandez has a uncomfortable topic.

After his debut in the Premier League with Manchester United, British tabloid talked about a "relationship" with an English girl of 20 years.

Killa Malqui, Peruvian and Indian roots, is a popular socialite girl who participates in social events for altruistic purposes, in addition to study at Imperial College, one of the most recognized schools of England.

According to the sources, after meeting a few weeks ago in one of Manchester's trainings, Malqui have invited him and his family to have dinner in her apartment.

The meeting transpired in some tabloid gossip, who deduced that him would have won the attention of Killa.

In social networks and are photos of the girl in various meetings and with friends, but nowhere near the "Chicharito."

Circles close to the family, assured that everything is a rumor that Javier continues his formal relationship with Leticia Sahagun.

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Champions League 2010 / 11

Champions League 2010 / 11
-- G R O U P D R A W I N G --

Group G definitely the group of death and destruction. Other opinions?

group AInternazionale BremenTottenham FC Twente
group BLyon BenficaSchalke Hapoel Tel-Aviv
group CMan United ValenciaRangers Bursaspor
group DBarcelona PanathinaikosKøbenhavn Rubin Kazan
group EBayern AS RomaBasel CFR Cluj
group FChelsea MarseilleSpartak Moskva Žilina
group GAC Milan Real MadridAjax Auxerre
group HArsenal Shakhtar DonetskBraga Partizan