June 26th, 2012



Italian newspaper depicts Mario Balotelli as King Kong

The Gazzetta dello Sport publication decided to keep things really classy in the lead-up to Sunday’s Italy versus England quarterfinals showdown. How? By depicting Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli as King Kong, of course.

In a cartoon that ran on Sunday morning in one of Italy's top sports newspapers, Balotelli could clearly be seen hanging on Big Ben smacking away soccer balls for reasons unknown.

While it's unclear what exactly that drawing was trying to get at in terms of Balotelli’s play, the depiction of him as a giant gorilla didn’t leave much to the imagination.


London police investigating racist tweets sent to Ashley Cole and Ashley Young

Police have launched an investigation into the online racist abuse of two of England's black football stars after they missed penalty kicks at Euro 2012.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole and Manchester United winger Ashley Young were singled out for abuse on Twitter by one user.

In a series of offensive postings the user goaded others who criticised him for his rants.

In one post the tweeter wrote: "All I got to say is this was just a joke, you guys need to relax, police know i was kiddin around and they won't bother me hopefully, cheers."

Another said: "The police won't bother me mate i can assure you that."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We are aware of alleged racist comments on Twitter following last night's England game and have launched an investigation.

"The allegation was made to MPS on 25 June by a member of the public relating to comments on a Twitter account supposedly based in London. No arrests at this early stage. The MPS is examining possible offences under Section 18/19 Public Order Act 1986."

Student Liam Stacey, 21, from Pontypridd, South Wales, was jailed for 56 days in March after racially abusing two Twitter users and mocking Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba after he collapsed and almost died.

Stacey, who was in the final semester of his three-year biology degree when he drunkenly sent his offensive and now infamous tweets, was also banned from Swansea University for the rest of the year.

He admitted racially aggravated public disorder after posting: "LOL (laugh out loud). F--- Muamba. He's dead!!!"



It's OK to Root for Germany

Wall Street Journal journalist's Matthew Futterman, "a Jewish-American of a certain age", beautifully written article about his weird feelings rooting for Germany.

Article by Matthew Futterman

Source: Wall Street Journal "It's OK to Root for Germany"

A version of this article appeared June 25, 2012, on page B8 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: A New Take on Germany.


Somewhere between Gdansk and Warsaw

A very strange thing happened the past two weeks as I traipsed through Poland covering the Euro 2012 soccer tournament.

There I was oohing over the latest Mario Gomez goal for Germany, salivating over the way Mesut Özil quarterbacks the German attack from the middle of the field with grace and calm, and screaming "SCHWEINSTEIGER" inside my head (there is no better name in sports right now) each time the steely midfielder plants for one of his lightning strikes at the goal.
And don't get me started on the Germans' dashing, Zen master coach Joachim Löw—the George Clooney of international soccer, only better looking, and seemingly more humble and philosophical.

To understand just how weird a development this is, understand that for Jewish-Americans of a certain age (I'm 42), rooting for Germany isn't how our fathers, grandfathers and Hebrew School teachers raised us.

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The Gylfi Sigurdsson Saga Continues With A New Twist!

Tottenham have emerged as strong favourites to sign Hoffenheim's Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The 22-year-old had looked set to join up with former boss Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool following a successful loan spell under him at Swansea last season.

But while Liverpool's interest is ongoing, the midfielder is expected to move to White Hart Lane.

Spurs will pay around £8m for the player, who is poised to undergo a medical in the next 24 hours. (I've heard this one before…)

The deal is unlikely to be confirmed until 1 July but barring a last-minute change of heart, Liverpool look likely to miss out on one of their principal transfer targets.

The Reds have not yet conceded defeat but will need to go some way to matching the more lucrative package being offered by Spurs to revive the deal.

In May, Swansea revealed they had agreed personal terms with Sigurdsson after having a transfer fee of £6.8m accepted by Hoffenheim, but no deal has been finalized.

Sauce (Note: BBC has since rewrote the story. Above is the original article they posted.)
king rad


FOOTBALL - Miroslav Klose could make his fifth appearance in a semifinal match in a major tournament (European Championship or World Cup) if he sees action in Germany’s Thursday semi against Portugal Italy. He would set a record if he takes to the pitch.

Most semifinal matches played at World Cups and European Championships
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Klose: I will not put my ego before the team
The former Bayern marksman has admitted he does not like being a substitute, but would never put himself before the collective effort

Germany forward Miroslav Klose has admitted he would not put his ego over what is best for the team, but has conceded he finds it hard starting on the bench for die Mannschaft.

"I will never put my ego before the team," Klose told German magazine Kicker. "I have never done, and will never do so."
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don't crush my dreams, Jogi.