October 7th, 2010

soccer - thoughtful thilva

we lost but it's ok - still the prettiest!

Li Xiaopeng's Managerial Debut Sees Team Defeated But Players Are Cute As Buttons

Li Xiaopeng [newly appointed coach of the Chinese Women’s National Football Team] is making Chinese football more beautiful. Under Li’s direction Chinese women’s football is once again ready to shine on the international stage. It is true that Li and his associates have not arrived on the scene at the best of times: At the moment the Steel Roses are suffering from years of tumultuous management at the hands of the National Football Association, and all things considered, a friendly loss to Canada was only to be expected (though conceding three goals does seem a little excessive). But I have found a number of silver linings in this result, the chief one being, our female athletes are prettier than before. In the past the management has operated under certain erroneous principles that led them to regulate every aspect of athletes’ lives – to the point that women have been denied the basic right to beautify themselves. But all of this looks to be changing under Li Xiaopeng.

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Alive and Kicking

Alive and kicking
A year after nearly losing his life, Charlie Davies is regaining his stride.
By Charlie Davies, as told to Luke Cyphers
ESPN The Magazine

In the fall of 2009, Charlie Davies was on top of the world, having just helped the U.S. national soccer team qualify for the World Cup. But on Oct. 13, everything changed. One day before the Yanks' final match of the qualifying round, Davies suffered severe injuries when the car in which he was riding crashed near Washington, D.C., killing a fellow passenger. Davies broke the fibula, tibia and femur of his right leg (stabilizing the limb required insertion of two titanium rods); tore a ligament in his left knee; fractured his left elbow, eye socket and nose; suffered serious head trauma; and lacerated his bladder. Nobody knew if he'd play again. Except Davies. Following a grueling rehab, the 24-year-old forward is back on the field with the reserve squad for Sochaux, his French pro club. His next goal: rejoin the first team. Though his coach says that won't happen until at least January, those familiar with Davies' injuries say it's a miracle he's playing at all. We asked him to detail his remarkable recovery.

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Nina Dobrev
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Rooney is a chav, says United team-mate Federico Macheda

• Macheda makes comment while on Italy Under-21 duty
• 'Rooney is a great person, but he's a bit of a chav'


Federico Macheda may have some explaining to do on his return to Old Trafford from Italy Under-21 duty after describing his Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney as a "chav".

"Rooney is a really great person, he always gives me advice, but he's a bit of a coatto," Macheda told the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.

Coatto is a Roman slang term that is translated by online dictionary wordreference.com as "young urban working class person with vulgar and sometimes violent behaviour",
but understood in the same way a "chav" would be in English.

Macheda also played down reports that he is considering a move to Lazio, saying he was keen to succeed with United. "I want to grow at Manchester, when I am older I can make decisions about what to do next," he said. "I am told that Ferguson has called me 'unsellable'. That is a very satisfying thing to hear.

"I feel more of an English footballer now, and now I speak the language with an accent that is more English than Roman. The rumours about Lazio please me, but I don't believe I'll go."

His Italy Under-21 team-mate, Vito Mannone, however, suggested that he might look to leave Arsenal if he wasn't given more first-team opportunities in the near future.

"Last year I played nine matches and Arsenal never lost with me in the team," he told Gazzetta. "They tried again with Almunia, then against Chelsea it was [Lukasz] Fabianski. It hurts not to be playing, especially when the other two aren't doing brilliantly."


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New Zealand vs Honduras Oct 9: Preview

Our favourite shirtless boy, Winston Reid has arrived back in NZ for the game! He gave a typically kiwi and hilarious interview XDDDD

Specific memories of playing football in NZ? "yeh after football I always had a can of Coke and a pie. I'm looking for a dairy!"
What's training like at West Ham? "Same as anywhere, warm up, touches with the feet, then bugger off home!"

Also same interview, but quieter sound and a better view on TV3

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New Zealand v Honduras
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Saturday, October 9, NZT 7.30pm | GMT 06:30 | EST 02:30

New Zealand v Paraguay
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Tuesday, October 12, NZT 7.30pm | GMT 06:30 | EST 02:30

(and plz Winston Reid tag??)
thank you rain
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Arsenal injury update - Bendtner & friends back soon!

An Arsenal injury update that is largely very good news!!


Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner is looking forward to crossing his name off of Arsenal's injured list in the coming weeks.

"Now I am ready [to train]," Bendtner says.

"Some of the boys have time off because of their internationals, but otherwise I train together with the other first-team players at Arsenal and I have enjoyed myself so much. "I have no pain in the groin and have trained so hard physically that maybe I am in my best shape ever.

"I need only a couple of reserve team matches to be quite sharp in football terms. It is my hope that I can be with the first team in 14 days.


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source, source, source, source, although none of this has ~Officially been confirmed yet by Arsene Wegner via Arsenal.com

chamakh - oh tan


PARIS (Reuters) - France's 12 sponsors will base their contributions over the next four years on results and behaviour following the team's embarrassing World Cup campaign.

A 10 to 15 percent bonus could be awarded to the French Football Federation (FFF) if results and behaviour are deemed good enough. However, if they are not there may be a 10 to 15 percent reduction in contributions.

"There will be bonuses and penalties based on results and image," FFF vice-president Noel Le Graet told reporters on Thursday ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier against Romania in Paris on Saturday.

Several sponsors distanced themselves from France when they were knocked out in the first round of the World Cup in South Africa in June.

Striker Nicolas Anelka was also kicked out of the squad for insulting then-coach Raymond Domenech, triggering a strike among the players.

Credit Agricole suspended an advertising campaign that pictured some players, including Franck Ribery, as angels, while GDF Suez said it would reassess its partnership with Les Bleus.

FFF president Fernand Duchaussoy said, though, that the federation had now "restored a relationship of confidence with our partners".

(Reporting by Pascal Lietout, writing by Julien Pretot, editing by Tony Jimenez. To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)


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Queen Guinevere in Green 2 [Halloween]

Not sure if this allowed but I thought It was Awesome

Talk about a win-win situation.

Jackie Kasburg, a female high schooler in Ohio, had one heck of a night last Friday. After nailing three extra points for her school's team in her debut as a kicker, she was then named homecoming queen.

EDIT: This is about American Football, since so many people are getting confused LOL XD ;P

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