July 30th, 2014

Steven Gerrard: It's probably been the worst three months of my life.

Steven Gerrard said he has endured the worst three months of his life since his slip against Chelsea cost Liverpool in the title race.

The Reds had been five points clear at the top of the table when they hosted second-placed Chelsea on April 27, but lost 2-0, with Gerrard's slip at the end of the first half allowing the visitors to gain control of the match.

A 3-3 draw in Liverpool's next game -- when Brendan Rodgers' men conceded three goals in the final 11 minutes against Crystal Palace -- enabled Manchester City to ultimately finish two points clear.

The Reds had been threatening to end a title drought dating back to 1990, and Gerrard confirmed in the Daily Telegraph that the Chelsea defeat marked the worst day of his life, adding: "It's probably been the worst three months of my life."

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oh stevie :(

Drama As Keita Refuses To Shake Hands, Pepe Spits, Keita Throws Bottle

Oh dear oh dear.

In the understatement of the century, the Guardian reports:

The pair have had a troubled relationship ever since Keita’s time at Barcelona, when he accused Pepe of racism after a Spanish Supercup clásico in 2011.

Keita appears to still hold a grudge against the Real defender.
[Note: Really? Are we sure about that?] He saw him coming in the pre-match handshakes and blatantly refused to follow suit and threw a water bottle which narrowly missed the Portugal international.

There were conflicting reports all over twitter and tumblr yesterday. So here's the footage.


Qatar World Cup: Fifa vice-president demands payment of migrant workers.

Well, after a month of World Cup fever, reality hit us hard. The last two weeks have been turbulent and violent and now, thanks to the great nation of Qatar, things have taken a turn for the (even more) depressing.

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This is just utterly depressing. As a South Asian, it just hurts even more for me. It's pointless asking questions like why FIFA is still allowing this go through. Because nothing has changed.


Alejandro Sabella’s agent said before the World Cup final that his client was ready to quit as Argentina coach. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit as national team coach.

Reports suggest the 59-year-old Sabella, whose side lost the Maracanã final to Germany 1-0 after extra time, has told FA president Julio Grondona that he is standing down.

Argentina begin preparations for their next major tournament, the 2015 Copa América in Chile, with a friendly against Germany in Düsseldorf on 3 September.

Sabella’s agent Eugenio López said two days before the World Cup final that the coach was unlikely to carry on and Sabella himself said on his return to Buenos Aires with the team that he was unsure he had the energy to give his best any longer.

“You have to fill the energy tank which sometimes gets empty. I have to think if I’m in condition to give 100%,” Sabella said two weeks ago.

The Argentinian, who took charge in August 2011, led his country to first place in the World Cup qualifiers with a fine attack, led by Lionel Messi, that top-scored with 35 goals in 16 matches.

His side won their three group matches in Brazil thanks mainly to four goals from Messi and Argentina’s progress through the knockout rounds to their first World Cup final for 24 years was marked more by sound tactics and a firm defence.

The AFA will have to name a new coach quickly given next month’s game in Germany and further friendlies with Brazil in China and against Hong Kong on a tour of Asia in October.

Media reports put José Pékerman, who steered Colombia to the quarter-finals in Brazil and was in charge of Argentina at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, among the favourites to succeed Sabella.


I didn't want him to go! He did an excellent job with the squad and no more of Papa Sabella means no more of this:

Lukaku Returning to Everton

The Belgium international is set to return to Goodison Park in a permanent deal after failing to become a first-team regular at Chelsea since arriving from Genk in 2011

Everton are set to confirm the €23 million signing of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

Earlier in July that the Merseyside club made a breakthrough in negotiations with the Stamford Bridge club to seal a permanent deal for the 21-year-old.

Lukaku was keen to return to Goodison Park this summer and the Toffees eventually agreed two deals with Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho undecided on whether to allow Lukaku to leave permanently or on loan.

But the striker is now poised to complete his permanent switch to Everton and will return to Merseyside on a five-year deal.


can we have more tags
fc bayern players

Football schedule

There was some talk about creating a schedule/calendar to keep up with football events/ligas/friendlies and such. Some volunteered to do just that.
But - it would be nice to have people participate, to add dates/schedules of their favourite club/s

So - who would participate?

Would it be possible to make some kind of sticky post for this?