September 22nd, 2010


Portugal NT fans: Love him or not, at least we have a new coach now.

Official: Paulo Bento named Portugal coach

Portugal have confirmed Paulo Bento as their new coach of the national side following the departure of Carlos Queiroz. The former Sporting Lisbon manager has agreed a two-year deal that will see him take charge until the completion of the European Championship in 2012. Bento was capped 35 times by Portugal during his playing days as a defensive midfielder and has had two spells in charge of Sporting  as well as a period at the Benfica helm.)

Former boss Queiroz was dismissed earlier in the month after leading his side to a poor start to the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. Portugal have only managed one point from two games in Group H and are already five points behind leaders Denmark.

Portuguese Football Federation president Gilberto Madail launched an attempt to secure the services of Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho on a temporary basis but his effort was thwarted by Los Merengues president Florentino Perez. Bento now has the task of turning around the fortunes of the national side, after they crashed out in the second round of the World Cup to Spain.

His first game in charge will be a crunch clash against Denmark on Friday October 8 as Portugal look to peg back the group leaders.

Source and the official
announcement on the FPF website:

First of all he didn't manage Benfica (but he did play for them).. ignore that part in the article.

His presentation will be tomorrow at midday and the assistants coming with him are Leonel Pontes, João Aroso and Ricardo Peres (goalkeeper coach). I'm just excited that my no. 1 favourite NT has a new coach now and also glad the Queiroz vs FPF circus and Mourinho drama o rama  is over. This man may not be the perfect man for the job, but let's give him the benefit of the doubt and support him. Getting the six points will be really really nice.

(Please don't kill me, this is my first post ever in this community)
misc | OMR in memory

Drug Smuggling Referees. Awesome.

(If only he'd been this whatevs at immigration, he'd be a free man today.)

Former World Cup referee Byron Moreno has been arrested in New York and charged with smuggling heroin.

The Ecuadorean, best known for his officiating of Italy's controversial defeat to South Korea at the 2002 World Cup, was apprehended at John F. Kennedy Airport.

Federal prosecutors said he was found with bags of heroin strapped to his body after he arrived on a commercial flight from Ecuador.

The 43-year-old "became visibly nervous" during a routine inspection, a federal court in Brooklyn heard.

A customs agent felt "hard objects on the defendant's stomach, back and both of his legs," the complaint said.

A strip search revealed that the lumps were 10 clear plastic bags containing more than 10 pounds of heroin, it said.

Moreno was jailed without bail, and there was no response from his lawyer on Tuesday.

He attracted widespread criticism for his refereeing of the South Korea versus Italy game, in which he sent off Francesco Totti and disallowed a valid Italian goal, with Korea eventually winning 2-1 in extra time.

The arrest has been a great boon to the Italian media, who are going to town with new quotes from Azzurri veterans who played in that match.

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Warm tone butterfly (by fruitpunch_it)

Beckham latest in alledged prostitution scandal

Irma Nici, a 26-year-old former prostitute, claims to have carried on a steamy affair with soccer superstar David Beckham, In Touch reports. The brunette beauty tells the magazine that Beckham agreed to pay her $10,000 for one night of passion.

After an hour of foreplay, Nici says the two had sex for 15 minutes. Nici claims the sex was "nothing freaky," and she rates Beckham's lovemaking as a 7.5 out of 10.

Scroll down for more from In Touch, including a picture of Nici, and check out the magazine's latest issue for even more details.

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chris march wonder woman

How quickly they grow

Instantly, his skill bewitches; the chest control, positional sense and drives from deep all suggest a talent to make mockery of his 15 years.

But one move above the rest gives him away: a lazy 360-degree dribble once known as the ‘Marseille turn’, where he contrives to drag his foot back, spin his body and finally beat his opponent in a single liquid motion.
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Sources: Telegraph & Telefoot/YouTube.