Archive | May, 2009

New Arsenal Away Kit


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Arsenal have unveiled their new away kit and it’s…midnight blue with pinstripes! This is the first time since the mid-90s that they have worn a blue away shirt and it looks far better than those hideous things. You can go to www.arsenal.com/shopping to pre-order yours today. And it’s a steal at just £40.

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Celebrating In Style?


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Inter Milan teenage star Mario Balotelli has come up with a unique way to celebrate Inter’s 17th Scudetto. I’m sure Djibril Cisse would approve.

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Playing For Some Serious Coin


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That's some valuable champagne.

That's some valuable champagne.

When Manchester United won the inaugural Premier League title in 1993, they collected £815,210. For winning the title this season they will collect £15,220,000, an increase of 1,867 per cent. Bottom club West Bromwich Albion will collect £761,000, just £54,210 less than United collected for winning it all in 1993. That’s some serious financial growth. Maybe they can afford to help out the lower leagues after all. Continue Reading

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Tell Us What You Really Think


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As the old saying goes, opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one. Unlike a**holes, which are only shared on adult websites and magazines (does anyone read porno mags anymore?), footballers opinions make front page headlines around the world.

Stefan Effenberg has been out of football since 2004, but that didn’t stop German newspaper Bild from digging him up for an interview. The former Bayern München player accused David Beckham of being underhanded. It shouldn’t be huge news, but mention the name David Beckham and you’ll make headlines. Maybe he just doesn’t want England to host the 2018 World Cup.

What is it with frustrated Germans today? Recently fired Jurgen Klinsmann is unhappy by the way he was treated by Bayern München. He claims he was made a scapegoat for things he couldn’t control and he could’ve won the Bundesliga if given the chance. Maybe he could have, maybe he couldn’t have; but like a Tootsie-Roll Pop, the world will never know.

Lionel Messi has decided to offer his two cents on the Carlos Tevez saga. The Flea says to sign him up as he’s one of the best in the world. I have to admit it struck me as odd that he didn’t make a plea for him to come to Barcelona. Normally when players talk up their countrymen, they say how great they would be at their club. Just saying.

‘Facts’ Benitez loves to talk about his club’s inability to financially compete with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. So I wonder how he can explain his club’s £50m bid for Carlos Tevez. Especially considering he recently said how United can spend £40-50m on a player and he can’t. Rafa, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay at the Emirates and turn down the advances of Real Madrid. Considering his massive transfer budget this summer (which must make ‘Facts’ jealous), I have to take my hat off to the man for sticking by his club. Or as he probably knows, if he takes the Madrid position he’ll be out of a job within 3 months. I guess the march in support of the Professor isn’t necessary after all.

I know Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough won’t be happy to see Manchester United field a reserve team against fellow relegation battlers Hull City this weekend. But I hope to G*d that they won’t actually sue the club if they do. Why is it everyone feels the need to sue when they go down? Can’t they just accept they’re shit? Or maybe, instead of suing somebody, they should use the Hull City method of motivation.

His girl might have left him and his team might have had a disappointing season, but, damn it, this is Frank Lampard’s best season ever—according to him. Maybe instead of Fat Frank, we should start calling him Old Silver Lining.

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He’s Not A Man, He’s Cantona


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Director Ken Loach’s dark comedy Looking for Eric is a story about a Manchester postman going through a nervous breakdown. As his life is crumbling around him, a poster of Eric Cantona comes to life and guides him through his crisis. The film has garnered rave reviews and is a favorite to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Who knew Cantona could act after watching those Nike Joga Bonito commercials?

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Let The Games Begin


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A weekend that saw Barcelona, Inter Milan and Manchester United all wrap up their domestic leagues wasn’t all confetti and fireworks. For some it was sour grapes and for others it was a kick out the door.

‘Facts’ Benitez has been in a war of words with Sir Alex Ferguson all season, so it should be as shocking as another female celebrity claiming to be bi-sexual that he wasn’t going to be the first to congratulate the Manchester United manager on the club’s BPL title. In fact he won’t congratulate him at all, instead he will just say ‘job well done.’ Stay classy Rafa.

In case anyone cares what he thinks, Liverpool’s sh*t midfielder Lucas can’t stand the sight of United winning the league as well.

Another shit midfielder, David Bentley has been shown the door by Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. It seems Harry isn’t too impressed with Bentley’s return of two goals in thirty-four appearances for the club. At least the gaffer likes the young man, which can’t be said of Russian flop Roman Pavlyuchenko. After being subbed off this past weekend, he stormed right past the manager and straight down the tunnel. While Cristiano Ronaldo may be able to get away with such actions, a no-name Russian striker can’t. Too bad somebody didn’t tell him.

A bad attitude has cost striker Amr Zaki his place at Wigan. After a series of run-ins with manager Steve Bruce over the past season, Wigan has decided to not make his loan move permanent. Like Pavlyuchenko, it appears Zaki acts like he’s better than he is. Not a smart move for someone who hasn’t scored since December.

So long Carlos Tevez. The hard-working Manchester United player has made it pretty clear how he feels he’s been treated by the club. Claiming his new contract has nothing to do with money, but respect. This is shaping up to be an ugly breakup. Let the summer games begin.

On the subject of gamesmanship, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dropped his strongest hint yet that he might be ready to leave the Emirates. Speaking on French TV, Wenger left the door open to a shocking move to Real Madrid. After Arsenal’s defensive play this season, he should feel right at home with the matador defense Madrid played this year.

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Elen’s Still A WAG


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Non-league doesn't mean no game.

Non-league doesn't mean no game.

Elen Rives might have dropped Frank Lampard, but she hasn’t given up on footballers altogether. Lamps’ ex has been seen around town on the arm of non-league Stevenage FC midfielder Lawrie Wilson. The 21-year-old may make about £139,000 a week less than the Chelsea star, but that didn’t stop him from shelling out £545 for a hotel room for Rives and himself. That’s gotta hurt much worse than finishing in third place this season.

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Weekend Of Cheats


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While über-actor Cristiano Ronaldo was hoisting the Premiership trophy at the Theatre of Dreams, in Scotland and Spain there were some theatrics the Portuguese pouter would approve of. Rangers midfielder Kyle Lafferty did his best WWE impersonation as he went down upon minimal contact with Aberdeen’s Charlie Mulgrew. His actions got Mulgrew sent off and helped Rangers secure a valuable three points in the Scottish League race. At least Rangers fined Lafferty and made him issue an apology. Continue Reading

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Special 1 TV


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Adidas Barbershop Artwork


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To celebrate the Confederations Cup being played in South Africa for the first time, Adidas has created a series of ‘barbershop’ artwork that honors Kaka, Lionel Messi, Steven Gerrard and hometown hero Steven Pinaar. In Africa, to have a haircut named after you, such as the ‘Denzel,’ is one of the highest honors one can receive. The name of the campaign is Kopanya, a South African word that means together. The Confederations Cup begins on June 14 with the final to be played on June 28. The countries competing are Brazil, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Egypt, Iraq, New Zealand and the United States.

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