June 5th, 2011

film • and i choose kill

Just own the night like the fourth of er, June.

hai Bungs! My two NTs - natural (England) and adopted (Ireland) both played in Euro 2012 qualifiers yesterday. Both of them scored two goals, had a key player suspended for the game (Rooney for England, Dunne for Ireland) and both had Man City players in goal. But that is really where the similarities end, because while Ireland faced the daunting task of Macedonia (one of their all-time bogey teams) away, and went into it head-on and secured a vital three points, England were the picture of abjectness against Switzerland conceding two farcical goals before clawing their way back in to salvage a point. Pikchurzzz, then standard Emmabung whining/gushing to follow!

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Want you gone so bad we get paid if you leave.

The story: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/926079/joe-cole-set-to-leave-liverpool-for-spurs?&cc=5901

Liverpool are desperate to get Cole, who earns a reputed £90,000-a-week, off the wage bill as they begin a summer of rebuilding under Kenny Dalglish. He has cost Liverpool £4.1 million in wages: £2,470 for each of the 1,662 minutes he has played.

Happy tidings, Tottenham. If he gets red-carded on his debut, you'll know what it's like to have Joe Cole playing on your side.
Steven Gerrard
  • scruby

Ah ha, OK

 Diego Maradona to coach Dubai-based club Al Wasl

Over-large suits, heavy petting on the pitch and lewd suggestions to journalists after crucial victories are about to come back into fashion: Diego Maradona has secured a return to management after agreeing a two-year deal with the Dubai-based club, Al Wasl.
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Balotelli reveals organised crime shock

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has spoken of being "astonished and disappointed" to discover that a tour he was given of Naples was conducted by members of powerful organised crime syndicates.

Balotelli, 20, has hit the headlines this year as much for his off-pitch escapades as his performances for Manchester City on it and the latest story involving 'Super Mario' is regarding an unknowing encounter with Naples' renowned clans.

The Italy international has been named in a police report, which describes how he was shown around the city in June 2010 by members of powerful organised crime syndicates, namely Salvatore Silvestri of the Lo Russo clan and Biagio Esposito of the Scissionisti clan.

But Balotelli insists he was shocked to find out the identities and occupations of his tour guides.

"I had absolutely no idea who those people were," Balotelli said. "That day in Naples there were many people around me. I am astonished and disappointed, especially for the effect this news story could have on my family."

Balotelli walked around the notorious Scampia neighbourhood of Naples, but sources close to the player suggest he merely wanted to take in the places made famous by award-winning Italian film Gomorra, described on IMDb as "a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly."

The former Inter Milan star's agent, Mino Raiola, has also - not for the first time this season - spoken out in defence of his client's actions.

"Balotelli has never had any rapport with organised crime," Raiola told Football Italia. "I will not confirm or deny he made this trip, because I don't know what actually happened.

"If, and I repeat if, Mario went to Scampia then it was because he was curious about these tragically famous areas. He certainly did not know that the people accompanying him were tied to the clans.

"There are many people around the world of football and it's impossible to know who everyone you talk to really is."

(Source (it's Soccernet, so take it with a grain of salt, but LOLOL FOREVER.)

USMNT vs España: My Experience

This is a very story-heavy post. I went with my sister, a_killaponius and she's helping me tell the story. Everything I say is in regular text and everything she says is in bold.
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