November 25th, 2010

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Self-imposed 2 match ban for Suarez? Dutch Federation thinks not.

Ajax captain Luis Suarez gets 7-game ban for biting.

Ajax captain Luis Suarez has accepted a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal's shoulder in Saturday's 0-0 league draw.

His club, who have unilaterally fined and banned the Uruguayan for two games, will not appeal against the punishment. Suarez will be sidelined domestically until 4 February next year, but remains eligible for European competition.

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Sucks to be you, Ajax. Literally and metaphorically.

Steven Gerrard
  • scruby

Hapoel Tel Aviv 3 - 0 Benfica

Battered Hapoel stand firm to beat Benfica

Eran Zahavi struck twice either side of a Douglas da Silva effort as the home side withstood intense pressure to record a first Group B win.
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I'm so so happy! This is Hapoel's first win in the Champions League and what an amazing win!

Source: Here and here

Can we've a Hapoel Tel-Aviv tag please? 
mou hey
  • uhuhduh

Mou is better than you and you know it

Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho spotted a loophole and exploited it

The legacy of Jose Mourinho is liable to be measured not by his trophies, or even his gloriously kooky choices of words, but by his stunts.

To fathom his character is to recall him flouting a touchline ban by leaping, in a flourish of pure Laurel and Hardy, into the Stamford Bridge laundry basket.

Likewise, to learn of his alleged orchestration of two red cards for his Real Madrid players on Tuesday night, thus shielding them from damaging suspensions later in the Champions League, is to wonder with suppressed guilt: “If only I could have done that..."

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Nina Dobrev
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José Mourinho and four Real Madrid players charged with unsporting conduct

• Ramos and Alonso appeared to deliberately invite red cards
• Dudek and Casillas also charged, along with team-mates

Xabi Alonso gets his marching orders in Amsterdam on Tuesday night 

Uefa has charged Jose Mourinho and four of his Real Madrid players over allegations he ordered Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso to get themselves sent off in a Champions League match.

Uefa's disciplinary committee will investigate Mourinho for alleged unsporting conduct as well as Alonso, Ramos, Iker Casillas and Jerzy Dudek. The Uefa Control and Disciplinary board will rule on the case on Tuesday.

Mourinho appeared to send instructions from the bench before Alonso and Ramos got second yellow cards for time-wasting late in a 4-0 win against Ajax in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

Their expulsions meant they should serve one-match suspensions in a meaningless group match against Auxerre next month, then start the knock-out rounds in February with a clean slate.

After the game, Mourinho denied any wrongdoing, saying: "Stories sell, but the important thing is the 4-0 win and the fantastic game we had. Let's talk about that and not other things."

The disciplinary hearing will take place on 30 November.

Uefa is also investigating the behaviour of the former coach of Romanian champions CFR Cluj.

Sorin Cartu, who was only appointed in September, was sacked on Thursday after smashing up the dugout during his team's 1-0 Champions League loss at FC Basel on Tuesday.

"Due to this unwanted gesture committed by Sorin Cartu we have decided to sack him from his current position," stated club president Iuliu Muresan.

"We would like to give our most sincere apologies, first of all to Uefa, the host of the Champions League competition, to the Swiss club FC Basel, to our fans and to all football and sports fans."


I think we've all debated enough whether we think what they did was right or wrong but this is interesting. I certainly didn't expect a charge to be placed as I'm not too sure how Uefa can 100% prove what they did. Though knowing Uefa, they won't actually punish them, but it opens up a can of worms. Nothing beats a bit of drama :)

Aaron... loan. Huh? Gotta say i'm surprised Monsieur Wenger

Aaron Ramsey has joined Nottingham Forest on loan until January 3, 2011.
Ramsey recently made his long awaited comeback since suffering a broken leg in February, successfully coming through 45 minutes for the Reserves against Wolves on Tuesday. He is joining Billy Davies’ side on loan to gain match fitness and sharpness.
The 19-year-old midfielder joined Arsenal in June 2008 from Cardiff City, having been the youngest player ever to represent the Bluebirds at 16 years and 124 days. He has made a total of 51 appearances for the Gunners, scoring five times.
Already a key figure in the Welsh national team, for whom he has made 11 international appearances, Ramsey signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal in the summer.
Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Aaron the best of luck during his time with Nottingham Forest and we all look forward to seeing him once again in an Arsenal shirt in the New Year.


woah, i honestly can't say i saw this coming but it'll allow him to get more playing time sooo good luck Aaron :)



Rooney Apology to Fans + News on Lindegaard

Wayne Rooney makes public apology to Manchester United fans

• Rooney tells supporters 'I apologise for my side of things'
• Striker also insists he was never considering move to City

The striker said he wanted to "apologise for my side of things" as he reflected on the contract dispute that led to him asking for a transfer, only to change his mind when the club offered him a five-year deal that made him the best-paid player in their history. The suspicion at Old Trafford was that Rooney's head had been turned by the enormous riches on offer at City, but Rooney argued that was not the case. "Everyone is saying that I was definitely going to Man City," he said. "Believe me, if I had gone it wouldn't have been in England."

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Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard to join Manchester United this week

• Denmark international set for medical
• Lindegaard will join up with squad in January

Anders Lindegaard, the Denmark international goalkeeper, has flown into England to complete his £3.5m move to Manchester United from the Norwegian club Aalesunds.

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aussie fans
  • san

For the handful of you who care about the AFC...

(AKA another party post / another reason for me to love on our Aussies)

G'day Hi, friends!

The Asian Football Confederation Annual Awards Gala of 2010 was held on the Wednesday just past, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with Japan picking up a cool 7 awards, and, because I'm biased/proud, Australia picking up a sweet 4.
The awards included a Fair Play award, Club of the Year, National Team of the year, Male/Female Referee of the Year, Futsal Player of the Year, and more.

Note that the AFC's rules for accepting the awards are a little stupid, in that the recipient MUST be present at the gala event, however they are not told the winners until the recipients are announced on the night, thus making it very difficult for players from clubs overseas (*coughTIMCAHILLcough*) or even out of the country at the time, and thus also rendering them ineligible for the award because they aren't able to attend.
HOWEVERRR that's not to say that those who DID receive the awards weren't worthy! :) Personally I thought they were fabulous choices, just that the rules are a bit silly.

Behind the LJ-cut is the list of all the awards and the winners, and there may or may not be a party post for Australia. ;D /totally subtle
(If anyone has stuff to add for the other countries, BY ALL MEANS PLEASE PIFF 'EM THIS WAY! ♥).

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ALSOOOOOO while I'm here (heh I'm, like, so subtle):


*side-eyes the competition*