August 5th, 2011

Arsenal Preseason Video Fun!

We've been following ONTD Football for many years now and love it! With the number of female football fans here, we hope you will be able to give us your support :) Last month, we launched our web channel, Futbolita.TV where we covered three Premier League teams on their Pre-season tours in Asia - Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. It was really fun & we interviewed players and fans as well as attended the club events! 

So check out our first video featuring Arsenal (plenty of Nasri, Vela, Chamakh, Wilshere to go around...) and if you like it, please share it/ let us know what you think!! (Next up : Liverpool!)

Photo credit : Futbolita
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Thiago called up for Spain

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque handed a first call-up to Thiago Alcantara when naming his squad for next Wednesday's friendly against Italy in Bari.

Barcelona midfielder Thiago, 20, was born in Italy but moved to Spain as a child before going on to represent his adopted country at U-17, U-19 and U-21 levels.

Thiago, the son of 1994 FIFA World Cup™ winner Mazinho, enjoyed a breakthrough at the Camp Nou last season, scoring two goals in 12 La Liga appearances, and earlier this summer helped Spain win the UEFA U-21 European Championships.

"Thiago is here on sporting merit," said Del Bosque.

The 22-man squad features a recall for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, but the likes of Barcelona's Carles Puyol, Benfica's Joan Capdevila and Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal miss out.

Spain squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)
Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa, Raul Albiol, Sergio Ramos (all Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Andoni Iraola (Athletic Bilbao)
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Thiago Alcantara, Xavi (all Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Malaga), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), David Silva (Manchester City)
Forwards: David Villa, Pedro Rodriguez (both Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla), Juan Mata (Valencia)


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by Riccardo Romani, photos by Antoine Doyen shamelessly downloaded from tumblr cos my scanner sucks

Two months ago at Wembley stadium he lifted the Champions League trophy while wearing his Barcelona shirt and the captain’s armband his teammates gave him. Two months before that, he was diagnosed with liver cancer.

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