July 18th, 2014

Football: miro salto

'Kramer asked me: Is this the final?'

He had a dislocated jaw at this point. I doubt that having that giant hang on his neck helped with that.

Nicola Rizzoli has lifted the lid on a confused Christoph Kramer and explained how he found out he’d be officiating the 2014 World Cup Final.

The Serie A official was handed the honour of refereeing Germany’s eventual extra-time win over Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, in a game that wasn’t without incident.

One of those in the first half involved 23-year-old Kramer having to be substituted soon after being caught in the head following a collision with Ezequiel Garay.

It was a change that as Rizzoli has revealed, came about after a bizarre exchange between official and player.

“Well, shortly after the blow suffered by Garay, Kramer came to me and asked: ‘Ref, is this the final?’,” Rizzoli has told the Gazzetta dello Sport today.

“I thought he was joking, he repeated the question and said: ‘I need to know if this is really the final’.

“At my ‘yes’, amazed, he concluded: ‘Thanks, it was important to know’. I advised [Bastian] Schweinsteiger and they replaced Kramer.”

From here, with more stuff about the referee

This is so scary/bizarre that I hope you'll forgive me for making it a post of its own. So, he played for about a quarter of an hour, with zeal that was lauded by the German commentator at least, without knowing what match he was in. And no one noticed.

Best Player in Europe ten-player shortlist

The initial 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award shortlist has been revealed, with ten players set for a second round of voting to decide the three finalist nominees.

The ten-player shortlist for the 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award has been announced.
The players, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:

• Diego Costa (Spain, Club Atlético de Madrid – now at Chelsea FC)
• Ángel Di María (Argentina, Real Madrid CF)
• James Rodríguez (Colombia, AS Monaco FC)
• Philipp Lahm (Germany, FC Bayern München)
• Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona)
• Thomas Müller (Germany, FC Bayern München)
• Manuel Neuer (Germany, FC Bayern München)
• Arjen Robben (Netherlands, FC Bayern München)
• Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid CF)
• Luis Suárez (Uruguay, Liverpool FC – now at FC Barcelona)

Those ten now go into a second round of voting to produce the three finalist nominees, who will be named on Thursday 14 August. The award will then be presented in Monaco on 28 August during the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage draw.

Football: bowling: animated

Breaking news: Captain Philipp Lahm to retire from national team


This is just an hour old, so all the proper online articles I find are in German, and I'm not up to translating one into English this morning. It's apparently confirmed by his manager. Philipp himself is on holiday.

ETA: cascadingascent has two article links for you:


I can sort of see why he's doing it - he's 30, so another world cup might be hard, and if he is out now, it gives the team more time to build up new. Still, it's sad. Also, they're now speculating about Jogi Löw, who still hasn't said if he's going on, and about older players like Mertesacker and Klose (who probably could go on and play a world cup at 40). So much for people thinking the team could just go on like this and win everything in the future.

I hope he wasn't traumatised by the Brazil 7:1. He gave an interview where he said it was a "nightmarish" experience that he couldn't be euphoric about, and that no player would want to win a match in that manner. He's a good person, I think.

Which Goals or Matches Are Important to You, ONTDFB?

I saw this on reddit and I thought it was a good topic, especially for the new football fans who for some reason haven't realized that (your team here) is the only way and they get some history. So, which goals or matches made you fall in love with your team or player?

Manchester United v Bayern Munich 1999 CL

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich - 1999... by panda516

Rooney Bicycle Kick

Edwin van der Sar v Chelsea

shaking & crying watching van der sar, i need a moment

MLS all star fan XI announced for bayern match

Major League Soccer announced the Fan XI that will face FC Bayern Munich in this year's edition of the MLS All-Star game to be held in Portland on August 6. The XI were picked from a 152-player pool nominated by media members and voted on by fans via either an online ballott or twitter. Bayern's World Cup-winning contingent will be up against some familiar faces as eight of the Fan XI were part of the US national team's World Cup squad. Seven of those squared off against Germany and its Bayern players in the group stage.The rest of the All-Star roster will be chosen by the league, the league Commissioner and players that received at least two votes from their fellow players.

This year's All-Star coach, Caleb Porter, will select the 20-man matchday roster to take on Germany's record champions in the marquee matchup.2014

MLS All-Star Fan XI vs Bayern Munich:

GK Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)


The Arsenal Glossary: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Arsenal But Were Afraid To Ask!

Okay so last season, the guy I run a community for - Mesut Ozil - (it's called crinkly_ears because they are) moved from Real Madrid to Arsenal. This was fortunate, since I was already an Arsenal fan and it would have been a massive pain to have had to follow a new club.

So since shameless hussies in this community are trying to lure you to support THEIR club, here's my effort to persuade you Arsenal is - in the words of the chant - The Greatest Team The World Has Ever Seen!

So here we go:

Originally posted by jenny_jenkins at The Arsenal Glossary: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Arsenal But Were Afraid To Ask!

I struggled, and struggled to write you all an Arsenal Primer. Today I hit on a better and fun way to do it!

The Arsenal Glossary!


Through these alphabetical entries, I’ve tried to touch on club history as best I can while covering famous names, events, rivalries and club trivia in a fun way! I hope you all like this way of being introduced to Mesut’s new club!

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Any questions about anything at all about this greatest of London clubs, just ask in the comments!


Recap of Die Mannschaft - The Massacre at Belo Horizonte.

So after a slightly underwhelming quarterfinal against France, Die Mannschaft proceeded to the semi-final only to be up against...BRAZIL!!!

It was to be an epic match for the ages as the last time the two teams met in the World Cup was in the 2002 final. Brazil won that match 2-0 thanks to the sheer brilliance of the great Fat Ronaldo.

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Wow, just two more recaps to go. I hope all of you are having fun reading them as I am writing them.
mannschaft, dude, high five


sorry guys this may not be as good because I AM STILL SOBBING GIANT TEARS OF MASSIVE CRYING PAIN AND ALL

Let me again mention the money thing because unlike in say, Bundesliga which has a 50+1 rule, Premier League has sponsors and companies that "own" various clubs. This can be good and bad because if you have an owner with a deep pocket, you get all the spending sprees and players you want. It can go south though if an owner pulls out and leaves you in massive, massive debt. As an aside Manchester United is big enough now to have its own stock (ironically listed as MANU) and Liverpool is owned by the same folks that own the Boston Red Sox. This is important stuff folks - originally EPL was a much more homegrown enterprise with local clubs with lots of local history. And that is, to a degree, still true. But then you have teams like Hull City who have plans to completely overhaul a team and this includes the name, the colors, what have you. Rather dramatic stuff.

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