Sunday, August 31, 2008
Capello starves England players
The hardman Italian has introduced a strict regime which forces the national squad to go up to eight hours without food after training sessions.
But top stars have smuggled bags of crisps and chocolate bars into their rooms as they fight hunger pangs, according to reports.
Sources say the uncompromising 62-year-old's fasting plan - which applies only when they play for England - backfired in the recent drawn friendly with the Czech Republic, causing a lethargic performance.
According to reports, the diet plan even saw one player - believed to be Rio Ferdinand - vomit at half-time during the friendly.
The source said: 'One senior player started suffering stomach cramps and was sick all over the dressing room floor. This isn’t about the players being greedy. But suddenly they were going long periods with nothing to eat and their systems couldn’t cope.'
Monday, August 25, 2008
Redknapp fancies leading UK Olympic side in 2012
Organisers are hoping a side will be entered, although the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Football Associations object to the plan.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been the name touted for the role but he has distanced himself from the idea.
Londoner Redknapp has taken the opposite stance.
'I'm absolutely flattered that my name is being mentioned about managing the Great Britain team,' he said.
'Would I take it if they offered it to me? Absolutely, I would be a fool not to.
'I've had some great managerial jobs during my career but there is no doubt this would be the icing on the cake.
'The fact it is being held on my old stamping ground in East London makes it even more appealing.'
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Barmby's son quits Hull
Jack Barmby, one of the brightest talents in British football, has joined United after his father Nick urged him to quit Hull for Old Trafford.
Barmby, 34, is fulfilling a lifelong ambition by playing for Hull in the top flight and his son's decision has come as a surprise to the Hull board.
However, they cannot prevent Barmby Jnr leaving. United have been tracking Barmby's son for two years but they did not expect to sign him before he was 16.
Hull are not entitled to any compensation for the player because he was too young to sign for them.
Barmby, who is a left midfielder like his father, made his debut for United's academy side last Saturday.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Mascherano to dedicate medal
He said : "He is a very important person in my life."
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Teenage victim sues Joey Barton
Barton, 25, punched Jordan Spencer, then aged 16, in the face, outside McDonalds in Liverpool City Centre in the early hours of 27 December.
The teenager was left with broken teeth and Barton was sentenced to six months in jail for assault and affray.
The player was ordered to pay the boy £2,500 in compensation but a judge will consider if he should be paid more.
It is thought Jordan Spencer's legal team will argue the boy was seriously affected by the ordeal and the compensation ordered at Crown Court was not commensurate with his suffering.
The midfielder was released from prison 74 days into his six month sentence for the attack, which had happened after a night of drinking.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Burnley FC probe parachutist's crash landing
Bookies already paying out on Stoke relegation
Pulis said: "We all know there's a long way to go.
"I personally think it will galvanise everyone around the city, not just the players but the supporters too."
Stoke lost 3-1 at Bolton on Saturday to add weight to the view of those pundits who are tipping them for an immediate return to the Championship.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Footballers make knife-crime plea
Beckham, Rio Ferdinand and David James spoke to launch an anti-knife campaign called It Doesn't Have to Happen.
Beckham said: "We can help people, we can help youngsters because, we've got a voice that kids listen to."
The government says more than 2,500 arrests have been made and 1,600 knives have been seized since June under its action plan to tackle knife crime.
Over 55,000 people have been stopped and searched under the measures.
Beckham to appear in Olympic closing ceremony
Reports that David Beckham will take part are correct.
Beckham will appear on the top of one of London's red double-decker buses and kick a football into the crowd when London gets a chance to tell the world what the next Games will be like.
It's been rumoured for some time that Beckham - who in 2005 was in Singapore as part of the bid team when London won the 2012 vote - would take part, but London 2012 are disappointed that the news has leaked out more than a week before the ceremony on Sunday August 24
Friday, August 15, 2008
Suspended ref's car is vandalised
Mark Clattenburg, who lives in Newcastle, was suspended amid allegations relating to debts of companies connected to him.
Northumbria Police said officers were investigating an incident in which a corrosive substance was poured on Mr Clattenburg's black Porsche Boxster.
Earlier this week he appeared in court over an alleged £5,000 debt.
The suspension, by the Football Association and referees' body Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, meant Mr Clattenburg was unable to take charge of last weekend's FA Community Shield clash between Manchester United and Portsmouth.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Mutu ordered to pay £13.68million to Chelsea
Mutu, 29, failed a drug test in 2004 and was banned for seven months before moving to Juventus and Fiorentina after getting sacked by Chelsea.
Mutu's lawyer, Cristian Sarbu, claimed earlier in the summer that his client was told to pay £9.6million by FIFA and that the Romania striker would be contesting the ruling.
Ashton told to lose weight
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Steven Gerrard's £350,000 gym
The Liverpool captain has irked locals of the seaside town of Formby by constructing the building, which has been likened by one irate neighbour to 'an Asda supermarket in a beauty spot'.
Despite objections by locals, Gerrard won planning permission after including plans to install a living 'sedum roof', which includes grass, moss and other plants and helps cut fuel bills by keeping the building warmer in the winter.
The lavish building will include changing rooms, plunge pool, shower rooms, kitchenette, treatment area and games area, which will be linked to the couple's existing swimming pool by a walkway.
Capello not concerned over Rooney's smoking
Capello said of his playing days: “Many of my friends among the players smoked,”
“It's a part of life and, with Rooney, a part of his private life, too. It really depends on whether he is smoking five, or 20.”
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Abramovich to build £150million home
But when Roman Abramovich is involved, things tend to move a little more quickly.
Some 13 weeks after the Russian oligarch asked Kensington and Chelsea council for permission to build to build a £150million home, the scheme has already been rubber-stamped in its entirety.Building will start immediately on the development, spread across two stucco-fronted properties running over eight floors in Lowndes Square, behind Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge.
Mr Abramovich's new home will include eight bedrooms, a cinema/entertainment room, an indoor heated pool and a steam room.
Experts said yesterday that his plans were approved so speedily because he employed a reputable architect to work closely with council conservation officers.
Although he has properties in several countries including Russia, the size of this British development has led to speculation that he may be planning to settle down, or at least spend more time here, with his girlfriend, Russian heiress Daria Zhukova.
Friday, August 08, 2008
World record juggling attempt
Benny the Box
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Nigeria make Cole call-up blunder
West Ham United striker Carlton Cole is in the squad for the games against South Africa in September and Sierra Leone in October.
Cole, who has a Nigerian father and Sierra Leonean mother, has played for England at under-21 level.
But he cannot switch allegiance to Nigeria as he is now 24 years old.
Fifa allows players who have represented one country at junior level to switch to another country, but the statutes of world football's governing body state that this can only happen if they are still under the age of 21.
Hammers retire No. 6 shirt in memory of Moore
Moore made his debut 50 years ago this September and to commemorate the occasion the Hammers have decided to retire the number that was made famous by the former centre-half in both West Ham and England colours.
Moore was 17-years-old when he made his first appearance in the claret and blue of the senior side against Manchester United in September 1958 and it is an occasion that will also be marked this Saturday by a friendly match against Villarreal in the inaugural Bobby Moore Cup.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Inter fined for 'existential' harm to fan
Italian news agencies said on Tuesday that a Naples court had ordered Inter to pay the fan, identified only by initials, compensation and legal costs for insults which refer to a refuse crisis that left garbage rotting in Naples' streets.
'Ciao cholera sufferers!' read another of the banners seen at the Oct. 6 game which the fan's lawyer, Raffaele Di Monda, said had made his client feel 'indignant and deeply hurt'.
Inter, who won the game 2-1, had already been punished by the Italian league with the closure of the sections of San Siro where the banners had been shown for the following home match.
The club fought against the lawsuit arguing that the Naples court did not have jurisdiction.
Liverpool voted "most attractive fans"
Portsmouth bottomed the table, with the ugliest fans.
Dean Cleary-Patterson, from D1 Model Management explained the judging process:
"We typically take into account a whole range of aspects of a person's appearance, from the symmetry of their features to the glossiness of their hair. It's interesting to know we might need to start scouring the stands of Anfield to find our next big name!"
It's still unclear whether a curly-perm and a bushy moustache were part of the criteria.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Bayern Munich launch kit to music
Friday, August 01, 2008
Beckham appears on Sesame Street
Rooney questioned over spit claim
The England and Manchester United star has been interviewed under caution after the incident in Hanway Street, central London, on Tuesday evening.
The 22-year-old was leaving a restaurant with his wife Coleen when the incident happened.
He was spoken to by police at a neutral venue but was not arrested.
A spokesman for Mr Rooney said: "Wayne was interviewed by police in connection with an alleged minor offence involving a paparazzi photographer who had been persistently invading his and Coleen's privacy throughout the evening.
"This included the photographer following the couple into a restaurant from which he had to be evicted.
"Wayne was happy to co-operate fully and to give a clear version of the events in which he believes he was blameless."
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We received a third party allegation that a photographer had been spat at by an individual outside a restaurant in Hanway Street.
"Officers established the incident occurred at approximately 10.20pm on Tuesday evening.
"The alleged suspect, a 22-year-old male, was spoken to by police.
"He was not arrested and did not attend a police station. Inquiries continue."
In law, deliberately spitting at someone is an offence of common assault.