September 7th, 2010

love will tear us apart

Torres: “My future is in Liverpool, I have not given them just one year more”

I thought it would be nice to share some warm and fuzzy Spanish interviews. Or just an interview. I hunted this down after Sid Lowe marveled on twitter that after listening to this radio interview, you could not doubt Fernando's loyalty to Liverpool. The article summarizes the key points of the interview with Cadena COPE. There is also a link to the actual radio interview in the article, which you can download. Definitely worth a listen. At one point, the announcer makes fun of Fernando for being frugal with his words and then asks him "A girl or a boy?" And Fernando replies "Boy, boy, boy." (In reference to Olalla's pregnancy.) However, you can barely hear Fernando, I almost thought he wasn't being miked!

Torres: “My future is in Liverpool, I have not given them just one year more”

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And the funniest thing of all is I'm not even a fan of Liverpool. But I thought you Reds might appreciate it. I know I did! And okay, I also love how Fernando totally calls out the English press for talking nonsense about him during transfer season.

Now I only hope that Al Primer Toque posts a podcast of their 'Caso Messi' show comparing Barca Messi with Argentina NT Messi. They interviewed Andres Iniesta and Angel Di Maria, to name a few, but I was distracted during the show and missed most of their points, alas.

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SEXY stevie

Learning from the best

So it turns out Steven Gerrard is stepping up the class now that he's captaining England? I guess he learned from the classmaster apparently (sorry, sore subject). But he only has good things to say about Rooney after the scandal. And here I thought they didn't like each other...?


Gerrard: Rooney is big game player

England skipper Steven Gerrard believes Wayne Rooney will be in the right frame of mind to shine in Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland.

Rooney will be back in action in Basle for the first time since allegations concerning his private life appeared in a Sunday newspaper. The Manchester United star has been in the spotlight for the past 48 hours and the behaviour expected of top players has been a constant source of debate.

Gerrard believes returning to play football can be a "release" for a player if he is encountering off-the-pitch problems. He said: "I haven't spoken to Wayne about his issues off the field because, to be blunt, they are nothing to do with me."

He added: "Wayne knows I'm here for him as a friend and also as a team-mate but he seems fine to me.

"The team certainly need him to play at that sort of level if we are to get the three points we are after. When he is on top form, he can score and create goals and win matches on his own."

Two years ago England set the benchmark for their World Cup qualification campaign with a 4-1 victory over Croatia in Zagreb.

In the same way, Switzerland represent England's biggest threat to qualifying automatically for the 2012 finals and they showed their pedigree with victory over eventual World Cup winners Spain in South Africa.

Gerrard said: "I think it will be difficult to get a 4-1 scoreline this time. Switzerland are a very good team, very organised defensively and difficult to score against.

"But we want to build on Friday's performance and we will go into the game full of confidence. Our target when we came together last week was six points.

"A draw against the Swiss would be a decent result but we want the three points."

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  • bluxia

Chivu's tears


Cristi Chivu almost cried during a press conference, He is very angry because nobody seems to believe in Romania's national team after the 1-1 result with Albania, the players'  value is put in doubt and the coach Razvan Lucescu is asked to resign. Chivu said he was adviced not to play for Romania anymore, but he didn't do that because he believes in this team. Romania playes today in Minsk with Belarus.

 

RIP Jordi :\

from the wonky Google translation :

Drama in football modest Catalan. Jordi Pitarque striker 23 years of Reus, Third Division, died Monday at the Hospital Virgen de la Cinta de Tortosa early morning after suffering cardiac arrest at home.

After recovering from himself, his family decided to transfer him to hospital by ambulance. On the way back to have another heart attack. Finally, in the hospital was the third. The player, who had disputed with his team hours before the league match against El Prat, was in a coma in critical condition, and finally died this afternoon.

source : http://www.marca.com/2010/09/06/futbol/mas_futbol/1283804100.html?a=13156ef774e4a64a946182e393cf5d3a&t=1283814791


** this is so sad, 3 players from La Liga alone already suffered this unfortunate death. And Jordi is so young, only 23 yo. I don't know him but he surely will be missed :[

RIP
tom hardy bb

Liverpool FC board plans to block Hicks and Gillette's refinance attempts



Liverpool's board of directors will block any plans by owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks to use club assets to refinance their loans.

Chairman Martin Broughton, managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre are understood to be planning to legally oppose the Americans' bid to maintain their grip on the club by using players and guaranteed TV revenues to pay off existing debts.

Anfield and the club's Melwood training ground have also been mooted in the duo's remortgaging bid ahead of the October 6 deadline set by the Royal Bank of Scotland to repay their existing loan of £237million in addition to £60million penalty fees incurred since April.

The board rejected a proposal by Gillett and Hicks to use players and the stadium as collateral in their bid to secure a £290million investment several months ago, with a vote of 3-2.

Discussion with the Premier League have ensured that Liverpool will not face a nine-point deduction should the bank seize control, with both the League and UEFA receiving assurances from the club that they can fulfil all their fixtures for the current season.

However, should RBS take over the club next month they can fully expect to face a court date with Gillett and Hicks, who will legally challenge any plans by the high street giant to sell the club for any amount lower than their own valuation of between £600million and £800million.

SOURCE: HERE

IMO, coming from an American's perspective, I think it's fucked up for them to do this to Liverpool. I don't think they should have ever had ownership of this team in the first place. That being said, I want Liverpool to take this news and just dominate the Premier League. Hopefully they don't allow off the pitch drama ruin their season :/

sweets

It's that favorite time of the week again - Said & Done

Said & Done

Fifa's fresh start; the summer's best investment; model news; plus chairman of the week

By David Hills
The Observer, Sunday 5 September 2010



Fifa's Chung Mong-joon receives his award from Nicolás Leóz. 

New dawn

Man of the week: Chung Mong-joon – Sepp's new main rival in 2011's Fifa elections. Chung's Fifa credentials: a £1bn personal fortune; son of Chung Ju-yung, convicted in 1992 for misappropriating £50m; brother of Chung Mong-koo, convicted in 2007 for embezzling £45m; and regular anti-corruption talisman – last year calling his then-rival Mohamed bin Hammam a "mentally ill" man who "represents a serious lack of transparency in football".

(Also last week, boosting Chung's chances: an award for "services to football" from South American confederation president Nicolás Leóz. Leóz's own transparency highlight: being named in court as taking £85k in bribes from Fifa's marketing agency in 2000.)

Also last week

New from Sepp: a pledge to release emergency aid from Fifa's Special Projects Fund to help Pakistan's football infrastructure recover.
Sepp: "Contributing to alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity after disasters within the football family is a responsibility Fifa takes very seriously."

Last time Fifa used their £559m fund to aid disaster relief: February – sending £1.9m to Haiti.
Four months later: Sepp gives £45.5m in one-off bonuses to Fifa member associations, ahead of next year's elections. "Just call it a gift!"

• Also new last week – Sepp launching this year's Fifa Fair Play Days. "These games must make an impact. They must encapsulate the sporting, moral and ethical principles for which Fifa has always stood."


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The Guardian

Spain Training session in Monumental Stadium



Dont worry they had  training session  in Monumental Stadium  (River Plate Stadium) on 6th Sept .. The  1st post was in Boca Juniors stadium on Sunday(Sept 5).

This training session was an intense  one , not many   laughs but since players are all hot  it helps to make up. 

Atlast I'm seeing Busquets  in the session ..David Villa is likely to be rested for the game, so is Casillas.

probable staring  line ups  are in the  following picture





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