October 22nd, 2014

cat, cloak and dagger

Liverpool vs Real Madrid Champions League

“I may regret not moving to Madrid, but leaving Liverpool would have been a bigger regret” – Gerrard

Gerrard was linked with Real Madrid several times in the past and was asked by a Spanish journalist about those links. “It’s flattering. I’ve had a couple of offers to go to Real Madrid during my career,” explained the 34-year-old.

“I’ve resisted temptation because of connection to home town club.”

“It may be something I regret in the future,” Gerrard admitted. “But it would have been a bigger regret if I had left the club I love, my hometown club, Liverpool.” rest of post here

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ontd-fb UEFA Fantasy teams

During the last round of Euro games, I signed up to the UEFA site because their match centre section is good for following multiple games. If you're not already using that, I recommend. Anyway, I ended up playing fantasy football and I've created a ontd-fb Euro league. Anyone?

Champions League


Premier League

*edited to add all the ontd fantasy leagues.

Someone once mentioned a La Liga fantasy league, where is that one? And is there one for the Bundesliga?

Bayern hang out with the pope; pledge €1 million to his charity

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge then presented FC Bayern’s special “gift” for their host: “In the coming year our team will contest a friendly match. Out of the revenues from this, we will place €1 million at the disposal of the Holy Father for charitable purposes. Pope Francis may then himself decide how these funds should be used, to spontaneously help people in need wherever they are in the world and regardless of their faith.”

...On his arrival, Francis praised his guests’ performance at Stadio Olimpico. “You played a wonderful game yesterday,” the Holy Father told the delegation in Italian. The Pope, a passionate football fan, admitted to “surprise” at the margin of victory the previous evening. “Football is good and healthy, and a good role model for children as a team sport,” he said....

Sources (1-the gift) (2-about the visit) (3-photo album)

Claudio Bravo: The entire team deserves credit for the clean sheets

Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo extended his shutout streak to 720 minutes in Saturday evening’s 3-0 win over Eibar at the Camp Nou, but the Chilean international credits the entire team for making it a reality.

In his post-match interview, Bravo spoke about the clean sheet, his eighth of the season and Eibar sitting back and parking the bus.

“This is what we work on, to avoid allowing goals but we worked hard against Eibar and at the end of the day we got the win.

“Teams that ‘Park the bus’? We have to be patient, relaxed, move the ball around to one side to the other. But it takes a lot to create chances and today we had enough patience to create our chances.

“In games like this you need to be very organised and communicate well with the centre-backs. You have to be mindful of every bit of action. They didn’t come very close all that often, but when they did, they created a lot of danger.”

Bravo then spoke about the record and the team’s mood having gone undefeated through the first eight weeks of the season.

“I don’t know how many clean sheets we’ve had or the games, but I remember the work of the entire team and furthermore, it’s a credit to the entire team. I appreciate it when I see a striker track back and defend, when they help…

“We’ve gone from a little to a lot. We’re feeling really good with the team we have and the system. I’m happy with the day to day work of my teammates.”

Bravo concluded by discussing the next two games against Ajax and Real Madrid.

“It’s an important challenge for us. Right now, we’re only thinking about the Champions League and after that we’ll start thinking about Madrid.”


Sorry if this is a bit dated, it was posted right after the Eibar match.

Also, here is a very interesting article about Bravo's and Keylor Navas' time at their new clubs this season: CLICK HERE