November 4th, 2010

film • and i choose kill

The Spartak Redemption.

Chelsea booked their place in the knockout stages of the CL yesterday, thanks to a goal apiece from Anelka and Drogba, and two from Ivanovic!!! The game was notable mainly for the fact that it was Drogba's return to the CL after serving a three-match-ban following his red for a foul on Motta against Inter in that game last season (D:). 

 The Guardian have provided us with 20 stunning photos from the photo, they were too lush not to share!

 

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Plus an artcile about Didier's return to the European big-stage: -
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I kind of love Chelsea and Didi rather a lot =) The first half was yawn-inducing 2damax, but it picked up in the second half and Chelsea have deservedly booked their place in the knockout stages. Now just watch us draw Inter again or s/t and get knocked out immediately. *clown music* Up until now, Chelsea had been getting along quite fine without him in the CL, 9 points from 9, but even so, any team would rather have Drogba than not have him. He also wore the armband last night, with John Terry an unused sub and Lamps still injured. And yeah, even though it wasn't one of his best games, I am so happy to see him in Europe again. When I think of Drogba, I always think of that Nina Simone song lyric "I'm just a soul who's intentions are good, oh lord, please don't let me be misunderstood", as well as this pic: -

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Chelsea is <3
tom hardy bb

YOUR Top Players of the EPL

Sooo for the past couple of days, y'all have voted for who you think is the top player in his position, and here are the results:

TOP GOAL KEEPER

Top Three: Petr Čech (Chelsea), Joe Hart (Manchester City), and Pepe Reina (Liverpool)

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TOP DEFENDER

Top Three: Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Martin Škrtel (Liverpool), and Nemanja Vidić (Manchester United)

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TOP MIDFIELDER

Top Three: Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), and Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

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TOP FORWARD

Top Three: Javier "Chicharito" Hernández Balcázar (Manchester United), Didier Drogba (Chelsea), and Carlos Tévez (Manchester City)

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Source: My counting skills.


Discuss the results, picspam if you'd like. But it's an interesting result, I think.

... so i guess it's true




Real Madrid's Ruben de la Red has finally been forced to call time on his playing career at the age of just 25, and has accepted a coaching position at the Santiago Bernabeu until the summer of 2012.

The stricken midfielder has not played for los Blancos for two years after collapsing on the pitch during a Copa del Rey match versus Real Union, with medical examinations confirming the existence of a heart condition, for which he was underwent constant supervision since.

The player had remained optimistic of eventually making a return to the game, but Marca reports today that De La Red has accepted a coaching role at the club until his contract expires.

President Florentino Perez had promised De La Red, who earned three full international caps for Spain during his short career, that he would not leave him on the scrapheap after the incident, and the club have given him a role which can develop his coaching abilities alongside Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid Castilla boss Alejandro Menendez.

De La Red’s position is thought help him to progress into working with one of the youth teams at the club and helped players progress through the ranks.

In total, De La Red made just 65 first team appearances for Real Madrid and Getafe in all competitions during his four seasons as a player.

Source: http://foreign.peacefmonline.com/sports/201011/101139.php


Although i'm happy that Ruben's still working with RM, it hurts that he has to sit back and watch people he played alongside play :(
EDIT: The picture above is from his press conference, he got a little emotional :( i cant even...
credits to conlaroja.

Video of part of the press conference


i'm gonna go cry now.


Love him or hate him but he's just Pippo!


                                               

Being a Milanista from the moment I was born and growing up and going to the stadium it's easy for me to love Pippo Inzaghi.

He's not a Messi, he's not a Torres, he's not Ibrahimovic. But he's Pippo, and it's just what it takes to be loved (no, ADORED) from us Rossoneri.

Yesterday he scored 2 goals, overtaking Muller and Raul and becoming the first striker in the European matches! 

The match was problematic, Pato wasn't playing at all and from the moment Pippo rose up from the bench the entire stadium started chanting "Pippo! Pippo!" being there it was amazing and when he finally reached Allegri and got ready to enter the pitch, the whole San Siro was in an awe for him and you could feel that the number 9 was feeling it!

And then it's all history! He scored 2 goals and almost made us win over the great Real Madrid, over the awful Mou but he gave us emotions and tears and dreams!
I know his record is doomed to end (such young players as Messi and Villa will probably overtake Pippo in the future) but it was actually a piece of history to be there and delight with all the stadium.

And in the end I know supporters from the other teams actually hate Pippo's football but I am sure that mainly it's because everyone fears him (even Mou himself admitted it) and anyway this record is to celebrate, Pippo Inzaghi first goleador in the European Competitions!

                                                         

Sorry everyone but I had to share it and celebrate this hero of us, there will be time to talk about the match and the pang I felt watching the Real Madrid guys in the pitch before the match.... :)


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BIELSA LEAVES CHILE



SANTIAGO, Chile.- Marcelo Bielsa resigned as Chile's coach, after Jorge Segovia won this morning the ANFP (National Association of Professional Football in Chile) elections.

Segovia received 28 votes in favour, while the current president Harold Mayne-Nichols received 22. "I'm not going to work with Mr. Segovia," Bielsa had announced yesterday in a press conference, saying that once he got to know the results he'd make his decision. In August, his contract had been extended until 2015.

After those words, Segovia said that Bielsa's declarations were unbelievable, and accused him of trying to manipulate the elections and of trying to intervene in people's opinions. Bielsa had been considered before the Wolrd Cup one of the best coaches Chile's had in all its history.

It's a possibility that Claudio Borghi, Boca Juniors coach, assumes in his place at the end of this year.

Coaching Chile, Bielsa led the team to their first official victory ever against Argentina and Colombia, and their first win in the World Cup after 48 years.

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Kenya to face Mexico in an International Friendly


Kenya will play Mexico in a friendly match during this month of November. The match is said to take place in the USA. Edward Oduor said the friendly has been confirmed and expects his team will start training this week.
And that his team should be travelling on the 15th. 
Kind of surprising I thought Mexico were done with international friendly games this year!!









http://www.goal.com/en/news/89/africa/2010/11/03/2196431/kenya-to-face-mexico-in-an-international-friendly-report
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film • and i choose kill

If you don't feel that you can love me, I won't shoot you down.



I was wondering what y'all considered/know to be the hierarchy of the armband in your team?? And what you'd like it to be?

From the past, I'm pretty sure Chelsea's goes:
Terry
Lampard
Drogba
Cech
Ashley Cole

And then in the rare case that all five of them being injured, I'd imagine it'd to go to Ess or Bran. I think after the top 3, it's completely at the gaffer's discretion, though.

And my personal order for wearing it'd be:
Lampard
Cech
Drogba
Ess
Kalou :-p

How about you for your club???!
Steven Gerrard
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Hapoel Tel Aviv 0 - 0 Schalke 04

On Tuesday noamjen and I went for the first time ever to a Champions League game! (: We went to see Hapoel Tel Aviv against Schalke 04 in Tel Aviv and I had an amazing time! It was so exciting and amazing. We were shaking and crying all of the time. We're also fapping a lot because damn Raul, Huntelaar, Neuer etc are hotter in real life. It was so awesome to hear the CL music playing before the game. But what was most exciting is to see a game in this level and see all those amazing players play in front of your eyes. 

I was fairly pleased with this game because it ended 0-0 and Hapoel got their first point in the CL group stage, yay! (: The thing is, I think that we were better then Schalke and that we could have won this game, but I think our players were too scared to try more. We played really well and I think we risked the net more then Schalke did, but Neuer is a fucking brilliant goalkeeper and he managed to keep his net clear. Can we maybe get a Hapoel Tel Aviv tag?

When we got into the stadium we didn't even go to check our seats, we just went down and stood where the barrier was between where all the photographers were to where the pitch was, so we're really close to the pitch. (:

OK, OK, enough with rambling and boring you, here are some photos. (:

The Schalke players were training on our side and they were really close to us so we got Raul in our faces straight away as we entered the stadium, which was awesome and crazy. 

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FB: B!W Guti

"Jesus used it to skype his ho in heaven"

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GROUP A-F KOs ARE ALL 18:00GMT/19:00CET/14:00EDT
GROUP G-L KOs ARE ALL 20:05GMT/21:05CET/16:05EDT


Group A

Juventus vs RB Salzburg
Lech Poznan vs Manchester City

Group B

Bayer Leverkusen vs Aris Saloniki
Rosenborg vs Atletico Madrid

Group C

AA Gent vs Sporting Lisbon
Levski Sofia vs Lille

Group D

Club Brugge vs Dinamo Zagreb
PAOK Saloniki vs Villarreal

Group E

BATE Borisov vs FC Sheriff
Dynamo Kyiv vs AZ Alkmaar

Group F

CSKA Moscow vs Palermo
Lausanne Sports vs Sparta Prague

Group G

AEK Athens vs Anderlecht
Hajduk Split vs Zenit St. Petersburg

Group H

Getafe vs Stuttgart
OB Odense vs Young Boys Bern

Group I

PSV Eindhoven vs Debrecen
Sampdoria vs Metalist Kharkiv

Group J

Paris S.G. vs Borussia Dortmund
Sevilla vs Karpaty Lviv

Group K

Liverpool vs Napoli
Steaua Bucuresti vs FC Utrecht
 
Group L

FC Porto vs Besiktas
Rapid Vienna vs CSKA Sofia


 
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chamakh - oh tan

Spurs want to be like another north London club

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is reportedly considering snapping up young striker Nolan Roux from French side Brest.

The 22-year-old has scored three times this season to help Brest emerge as the surprise leaders of Ligue Un.  Roux scored fifteen goals last season and contributed five assists.

The Daily Mirror reports that Tottenham are considering a £3million bid for Roux, but will face competition from Spanish sides Getafe and Hercules.

Roux is renowned as a quick striker, a real all-rounder up front with no obvious weakness to his game.  He picked up his first France under-21 cap towards the end of last season.

He would certainly face enormous competition for a first-team place at White Hart Lane and would likely be seen as one for the future.  Tottenham already have the likes of Jermain Defoe , Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko at their disposal.

http://www.imscouting.com/global-news-article/Tottenham-consider-3m-bid-for-young-French-striker-Nolan-Roux/11802/

I think roux is worth more than 3 million. He's been mindblowing this season and last. If only another Ligue 1 club whose name sounds like an animal picked him up during the summer spending spree. IDK what's with spurs being connected to a lot of Ligue 1 players hence the name of the post. One of the rumours involves Lyons Lisandro. This will never happen because everyone knows Lyon are the worst team to buy players from ESP since we are lost without him *coughCLMatchThisWeekcough* and yes I only posted this because I like the player and I dnw to see him at three clubs mentioned in the article.
Sarah Walker

Xavi interview part 2

This time Xavi talks about Cesc, Real Madrid, Eto'o and Zlatan etc...

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Undoubtedly one of the finest ball-playing midfielders in world football, Xavi consistently combines intelligence, technique and composure to great effect for both Spain and Barcelona. Having first burst onto the global scene during La Roja’s victory at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Nigeria 1999, Xavi was an integral part of Spanish triumphs at both UEFA EURO 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

FIFA.com brings you the second part of our exclusive interview with the Azulgrana playmaker, who touches on his club’s upcoming challenges, the goals which drive him on a daily basis and his role both at the Catalan giants and with La Selección.

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ALL IS WELL THAT ENDS WELL

Zidane Makes Peace with Materazzi in Milan

"9th July, 2006. Italy and France play the World Cup final under the eyes of the planet. With the score 1-1 and overtime taking place, Marco Materazzi grabs the jersey of Zinedine Zidane, who is playing his last official match. The frenchman fights back and asks him in italian, "What's wrong? Do you want to have my jersey?" The defender provokes him: "I'd rather have the whore that is your sister."

What happened afterwards became the most famous headbutt in the history of football and ended with Zizou walking of to the dressing rooms after the fourth referee, Spaniard Maderina Cantalejo, saw the action in a video.

The fifth great in world football finished his career by being sent-off in a World Cup final, which, to make things worse, France ended up loosing in a penatly shoot-out.

3rd November 2010. Hotel Meliá Milano, Milan. The place where the Real Madrid team is staying and a sort of holy shrine to José Mourinho, who made this wonderful place his headquarters during his two years with Inter Milan. Marco Materazzi comes over to visit his friend and ex-manager. While waiting for the Portuguese tecnician to arrive, he speaks to Alessandro Misani, the director of the hotel. Suddenly, in the hallway appears no other than Zinedine Zidane, whom he had never seen again and much less spoken to.

The two players salute and begin a conversation , cold at first, that is soon turned into a peace treaty. The scene finished with Zidane and Materazzi sharing an emotional hug. The past is forgotten."

Source: Marca

I thought this was relevant - who doesn't remember where they were when the headbutt happened??
And as a fan of both, I'm so touched by this beautiful gesture :'D Matrix/Zizou PIC SPAM, PLS!