Archive for October, 2008

I am honored to say that I watched two of the historical games of Premier League last Saturday and I’m in awe, seriously. Sunderland has finally, FINALLY beat their arch-rival Newcastle United at home for the FIRST TIME in 28 YEARS.  And the Stan Cummins curse has been lifted. Sunderland hit man Michael Chopra who used to be a Newcastle said:  “It’s been 28 years since Sunderland beat Newcastle on Wearside and if ever there is a time to beat Newcastle, the time is now because of everything that has been going on up there.” Seriously Keano’s Sunderland is a different club right now. Imagine this is also the team that had not won at Tottenham for 30 years until August.

On the other hand, Liverpool ended Chelsea’s 4 year unbeaten home run. It was an exciting game and a nail-biting one and when  Alonso struck in the ninth minute when his 20-yard shot deflected off Jose Bosingwa and left Petr Cech wrong-footed and voila, GOAL! I was jumping up and down by then and my mother scolded me saying I am not at Stamford to wildly cheer like that, her words not mine. It was Chelsea’s first defeat under Scolari but Liverpool were always in charge of a pulsating contest at Stamford Bridge and look real title contenders on this form. But Steven Gerrard served a reminder that Liverpool had achieved nothing yet. “To win this league and become champions you have to handle the pressure of being at the top,” he said. “That’s the challenge now.” Ooh. Ease up Stevie; I have a real good feeling at this one. Go, Liverpool.

FifPro, a world-wide umbrella organisation for the PFAs around the globe that have  more than 40 associations with thousands of players for members have registered their votes for the 2007/2008 FifPro awards and the results were announced on October 27, 2008. As expected Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United winger, has been named FifPro World Footballer of the Year. He was also a member of the FifPro team-of-the-year line-up which includes five of the Spanish stars who won the 2008 European Championship. The FifPro team line-up are Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), John Terry (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Kaka (AC Milan), Xavi (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United).  

Indubitably, CR7 is the best player on the planet and fellow professionals from over 40 countries are in agreement. The Fifpro award, the first on the list of individual honors to be accorded to CR7 is also a strong contender for the Balon D’Or and the Fifa World Player of the Year award.

Keep them coming CR7…

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Liverpool yummy striker Fernando Torres gussy up for Spanish chain El Corte Ingles and what a gorgeous sight he made. It seems the Liverpool guy and team mates Steven Gerrard as well as Liverpool FC as a whole are into fashion and fragrance lately. Liverpool FC has just launched a fragrance for men named L4Men in time for Christmas. And i wonder what will they do next?

Come October 27, 2008 the World XI and FIFPro Player of the Year will be named and 55 footie players was shortlisted. It was highly observed that most players come from the English and Spanish leagues. The award is held in high regard as the 55 man shortlist were voted by 38,000 football players from five continents and so the winner, and there is only one winner, will be the footballer’s footballer. Wow, I really have only three names I could think of right now and its Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres or Iker Casillas. I hope one of them will win… Here is the complete list.

Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (Poland/ Celtic), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/ Juventus), Iker Casillas (Spain/ Real Madrid), Petr Cech (Czech Republic/ Chelsea), Edwin van der Sar (Holland/ Manchester United)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Brazil/ Sevilla), Jose Bosingwa (Portugal/ Porto), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy/ Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal/ Chelsea), Gael Clichy (France/ Arsenal), Ashley Cole (England/ Chelsea), Patrice Evra (France/ Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (England/ Manchester United), Philipp Lahm (Germany/ Bayern Munich), Ferreira Lucio (Brazil/ Bayern Munich), Paolo Maldini (Italy/ AC Milan), Alessandro Nesta (Italy/ AC Milan), Pepe (Portugal/ Real Madrid), Carles Puyol (Spain/ Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain/ Real Madrid), John Terry (England/ Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Serbia/ Manchester United), Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy/ Barcelona), Javier Zanetti (Argentina/ Inter Milan), Yuri Zhirkov (Russia/ CSKA Moscow).

Midfielders: Deco (Portugal/ Barcelona), Michael Ballack (Germany/ Chelsea), Michael Essien (Ghana/ Chelsea), Gennaro Gattuso (Italy/ AC Milan), Cesc Fabregas (Spain/ Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (England/ Liverpool), Andres Iniesta (Spain/ Barcelona), Kaka (Brazil/ AC Milan), Frank Lampard (England/ Chelsea), Javier Mascherano (Argentina/ Liverpool), Andrea Pirlo (Italy/ AC Milan), Franck Ribery (France/ Bayern Munich), Marcos Senna (Spain/ Villarreal), Wesley Sneijder (Holland/ Real Madrid), Xavi (Spain/ Barcelona).

Forwards: Andrei Arshavin (Russia/ Zenit St Petersburg), Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria/ Tottenham Hotspur), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast/ Chelsea), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon/ Barcelona), Thierry Henry (France/ Barcelona), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/ Inter Milan), Lionel Messi (Argentina/ Barcelona), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Holland/ Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Brazil/ Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/ Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (England/ Manchester United), Carlos Tevez (Argentina/ Manchester United), Luca Toni (Italy/ Bayern Munich), Fernando Torres (Spain/ Liverpool), David Villa (Spain/ Valencia).

 

The best of the Best.

The best of the Best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newcastle United skipper and captain Michael Owen is Carling’s Cup Player of the Month for September as he was voted by 68 percent of the fans. Owen scored three goals in 4 games and he bested teammates Shay Given, Charles N’Zogbia, Sebastien Bassong and Fabricio Coloccini. It has been a tough month for Newcastle and Michael Owen who is still out because of a groin injury. Anyways i hope this award will give him a little inspiration and doesn’t he look so dashing when he received the award. Take that Fabio Capello…

images from kickette.com

Don’t look now but someone has been impersonating Cristiano Ronaldo. (As if there’s still enough space in this world for another vain Cristiano Ronaldo.) And mind, he uses this likeness to trick girls to go to bed with him.

According to The People, Jamie Wright of Eastbourne has gotten his impersonation of the famous Manchester United winger down to pat, especially in tricking girls, as he uses a fake portuguese accent, chatting to girls about his “old mates” like David Beckham and whisking the girls to fancy hotels the likes of which CR7 would normally stay in. He even connived with hotel with his trickery. He said:

“One time I was in the Hilton in London and I took a girl back there who thought I was Ronaldo. The hotel puts your initials on the soap and for some reason they had put CR so that helped.”

But this professional look a like who earns £800 a day has a kind heart as he tells the girl the truth the next morning that he’s not really Ronaldo. Kind? yeah right. And pity to those girls who were conned into thinking that they have a one night stand with CR7. Maybe they should find the real one as he is not averse to this kind of thing. And maybe, maybe Real Madrid would finally get their chance on getting Ronaldo, albeit he’s only a look a like. Har har.

Will the real Cristiano Ronaldo please stand up.

Jaime Wright: Will the real Cristiano Ronaldo please stand up.

Manchester United and Portugal’s very own winger Cristiano Ronaldo is betted to be the clear winner in this December 2, 2008 Ballon d’Or ceremony, that’s is if Sir Alex Ferguson have anything to do about it. What Ronaldo did for Manchester United as well as the Champion’s League should be credited and he will be very surprised if CR7 will not get it. Sir Alex further said that he will personally sign to his team the winner of Ballon d’Or if its not Ronaldo. I wish it was Messi, i really really wanna see him play in the Premier League… Just kidding.

This year’s shortlist was quite a surprise as the list was reduced to 30 and big names were ommitted such as Ronaldinho, Henry, and past winners Schevchenko and Fabio Cannavarro, but considering their performance of last year, need we say anything about it.

Euro2008 Champ Spain boasted 7 players in the shortlist, 3 from Manchester United, 3 from Chelsea and Steven Gerrard of Liverpool. And for the complete listing, see below:

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal), Togo
Sergio Agüero (Atletico Madrid), Argentina
Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Russia
Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Germany
Karim Benzema (Lyon), France
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Italy
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Portugal
Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Ivory Coast
Samuel Eto’o (FC Barcelona), Cameroon
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Spain
Fernando Torres (Liverpool FC), Spain
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC), England
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan), Sweden
Kaka (AC Milan), Brazil
Frank Lampard (Chelsea), England
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Argentina
Pepe (Real Madrid), Portugal
Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), France
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), England
Marcos Senna (Villarreal), Spain
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Spain
Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Italy
Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United), Netherlands
Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg SV/Real Madrid), Netherlands
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid), Netherlands
Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Serbia
David Villa (Valencia CF), Spain
Xavi (FC Barcelona), Spain
Youri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow), Russia