Friday, May 31, 2013

England squad train on the Copacabana

Cardiff City allow fans to vote on the colour of their new shorts

Cardiff City have apologised to fans after they demonstrated against the new colour of their side’s shorts for next season.

The club have even allowed fans to vote on the new colour after the red originally chosen failed to match the shirts.

Norwegian lottery winner buys defender

Yngvar Borgesen, who recently scooped more than £11.5million on the Eurojackpot lottery, paid around £280,000 so that Odd Grenland could keep promising defender Fredrik Semb Berge.

‘I sat and thought about what I could do locally, and the answer was Odd. They have a good profile and mean a lot for the local community,’ Borgesen told the newspaper.

Odd Grenland, who are 14th in Norway’s 16-team top flight, said in a statement that in return for his investment Borgesen would receive 25 percent of any future transfer sum for Semb Berge, who made his senior international debut for Norway in January against South Africa.

The player, 23, told Verdens Gang: ‘He’s a very nice guy who thought it was good to help, so I think this is positive. It means that Odd can get more money for me and that they don’t have to sell me at any price.’

Entire 2012-13 Premier League season in a poem

Beckham eyes $25m deal for new MLS Miami team

Miami put up a warm welcome for David Beckham as he arrived to explore the idea of starting a Major League Soccer franchise in the city.

Beckham has an option from his contract with LA Galaxy to own a club in the league for a set fee of $25million.

And the red carpet was rolled out for Beckham as he arrived by private jet, before being driven to a Miami Heat basketball game in an SUV flanked by two police escorts.

The 38-year-old sat courtside for the fifth game of the NBA playoffs, between the Heat and the Indiana Pacers at the American Airlines Arena, as a guest of Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure, who is reportedly keen to be involved in an MLS franchise with Beckham.

Around 75 local football fans stood outside the arena for three hours in the rain to welcome Beckham and show him their support for an MLS team in Miami, but they were left disappointed as he didn't stop to chat.

Following the game, Beckham went with Claure to Japanese restaurant Zuma but refused to answer any questions when he left.

Man Utd fans mock Liverpool in graffiti at Irish airport

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Neymar launches the Nike Hypervenom

Following the news that Santos ace Neymar has penned a five-year deal with Barcelona, Nike has come out with the launch of the all-new Nike Hypervenom at an even in Rio de Janeiro with the 21-year-old Brazil striker.

The Hypervenom is a completely new football boot, and was created with feedback from not just Neymar but also strikers like Wayne Rooney and PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The players specified that they need a boot that can help create extra space quickly and get their shot away from any angle.

Neymar's feedback to Nike : "Help me make space more often and more quickly. I want a boot that helps enhance my agility and gives me the space to get my shot off before I’m closed down."

How good was Blatter as a footballer?

Sepp Blatter never played professionally, but he did play as a striker at an amateur level for a number of years in Switzerland.

According to Fifa's official website, Blatter's career spanned 23 years from 1948 (this is presumably including youth football as he would have been 12 at that time) to 1971 - most, if not all of which was spent with his hometown side FC Visp.

"I scored a lot of goals," boasted Blatter to interviewers from CNN as they filmed a television documentary about him in 2006. "That's not a false modesty it's really true, especially at the youth level."

Bulgarian player transfer listed for crying after denying rivals Levski Sofia the title

When Levski Sofia lost the title at the weekend after only drawing against Slavia Sofia, their fans were understandably distraught after the dropped points allowed Ludogorets Razgrad to sneak in and claim the league.

However, one man may be more annoyed than even them, and that man is Dimo Atanasov, a midfielder for Slavia Sofia.

Atanasov, an admitted fan of Levski, was so distraught that his own side had stopped his beloved Levski from winning the league that he apparently burst into tears in the changing room after the game.

After the game, the president of Slavia publicly stated that Atanasov would not be still at the club nect season for his show of treachery.

Mutu wanted to adopt newborn baby found in sewage pipe

34-year-old Mutu, who is currently plying his trade for French club Ajaccio, was so affected by the news he planned to adopt the recovering infant.

Unbelievable reports of fire-fighters rescuing the new-born boy from a sewage pipe under a block of flats in Jinhua City, eastern China, flooded the internet and made headlines all over the planet.

Mutu, a father of two, was so upset by the story he immediately made plans to give the baby a new home.

‘I couldn’t figure out how to live, how to eat breakfast when I saw this story,’ he told Romanian TV. ‘That this child lived means he is a special child. Children are the greatest achievement

‘When I saw the baby I said "I must adopt him, he has been sent to me by God." I’ve never meditated, but when I saw the baby, I thought it was exceptional.’

Goalkeeper bites opponent

Ranieri mocked by L’Equipe multiple choice quiz

Goal-line technology could bring deception into football, claims leading science journal

The long-awaited introduction of goal-line technology to football is likely to perpetrate a mass deception on television viewers, a journalist has claimed.

Measurement involves error, and there should be 'on-screen honesty' on the limitations of the new move, writes Nic Fleming, a freelance science and technology journalist, in the journal Nature.

He said that those in charge of the game had finally bowed to public pressure and next month's Confederations Cup in Brazil would see goal-line technology used in an international tournament for the first time.

'In August, a similar system will be introduced into the English Premier League, the richest and highest-profile league in the world,' he said.

'The companies involved are already discussing how their machines could be applied to help football referees make offside, handball and other decisions.

'Sports officials in the United States and Canada are watching with interest.

'Yet the introduction of goal-line technology to football is likely to perpetrate a mass deception on television viewers.

'It will miss a huge opportunity to educate people about the role of uncertainty in science.

'And it will exacerbate the approaching danger of fake computer-generated video footage.'

Neymar films last training session

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hughes protest staged by Potters supporter

He hasn't even got the job yet, but one fan has already staged a protest against former Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes being appointed at the Britannia Stadium.

A season ticket holder spent Tuesday driving around the Potteries in a van sporting a "Hughes out" banner, a sign that cost him £50 to make.

Hughes, 49, is expected to be unveiled as the Potters manager by the end of the week after Pulis's seven-year reign was ended by mutual consent earlier this month.

Racing Club fans demand players deliberately lose in order to relegate rivals

Fans of Argentinian side Racing Club have circulated flyers instructing their players to deliberately lose to Quilmes on Friday evening in a ploy to help relegate despised rivals Independiente from the Primera Division as pay-back for an incident in 1983 when Independiente supposedly deliberately threw a game - also against Quilmes - that saw Racing relegated from the Argentine top tier.

The Racing fans’ flyer looks a bit like this, telling the club’s players that they will "rot in hell" if they don’t lose against Quilmes.

2013 Champions League Final recreated using Lego

Fergie's first ever team sheet from 1986

Most valuable football brands

Everton apologise for unpopular new badge, which will be used for just ONE season

Everton have apologised to their fans after the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the club's proposed new crest, and want supporters to help design another badge for the season after next.

Due to time constraints with kit manufacturers Nike, the unpopular new design - which does not feature the club motto, Nil Satis Nisi Optimum, meaning 'Nothing but the best' - has to be used for the coming campaign.

But in a turnaround from the board, the crest will be redesigned again in the next year with wider fan consultation involved in the design process.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cole and Lampard to wear captain's armband

Ashley Cole will wear a captain's armband and lead the team out on his 100th England appearance against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley tomorrow night, but Frank Lampard will officially be leading the team.

In a bizarre situation, both Cole and Lampard will wear armbands during the match, but the midfielder will retain captain's duties.

It has become the tradition that any player receiving their 100th cap is skipper in that game, but Cole apparently turned down the responsibilities against Ireland. Lampard performed the captain's pre-match media duties as normal.

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper bursts into tears after receiving red card on debut

Hodgson's e-mail plea to England fans

The Football Association will send an email to every England fan who attends the Republic of Ireland match asking them not to sing offensive songs during the friendly.

The last time that Three Lions and the Republic met 18 years ago, the game had to be abandoned after 27 minutes due to rioting England fans at Lansdowne Road.

The history between the two countries means there is potential for trouble, and for offensive chanting such as the "no surrender (to the IRA)" song, to take place, but the FA wants neither to occur on Wednesday night.

It is therefore sending an email to every England fan who has a ticket to the match, requesting that they refrain chanting songs which might cause offence.

In the email, which will be sent to fans tomorrow, England manager Roy Hodgson says: 'Ahead of the Ireland fixture, on behalf of The FA, I would like to ask our supporters to please respect our opponents and welcome them in the right way.

'Wembley is considered the world over as the home of football and we ask those attending to not take part in any chanting - particularly of a religious or political perspective - which could cause offence to our visitors or fellow fans.'

Hodgson will also ask England fans to refrain from such chants in his programme notes for the match, which is close to a 90,000 sell-out.

Manchester City fans thank Roberto Mancini in Gazzetta Dello Sport advertisement

Rafa Benitez digs at Chelsea fans on Napoli arrival

Rafa Benitez fired a thinly-veiled parting shot towards Chelsea fans, by lauding the supporters of his new club Napoli.

The Spaniard, who endured a turbulent relationship with Blues fans throughout his spell as interim manager, signed a two-year deal to replace Walter Mazzarri at the Serie A runners-up, and was keen to hype the role of the ‘special’ Neapolitan support.

Benitez said: ‘I must confess that I am extremely excited because I can share my passion for football with the fans of Napoli; it is proven that they are very, very special.

‘I look forward to experiencing each and every one of the fans of Napoli and their strong support for this project that we will begin.

‘I am very happy and very satisfied for having committed to a great club with an illustrious heritage like Napoli.

‘I understand the history of the city and how the club forms a fundamental part of the culture and traditions of Naples.’

Monday, May 27, 2013

Will Smith's penalty attempts

Milner tries to hit Brooklyn Bridge with ball

Mourinho spotted in London

Jose Mourinho appeared to be back in London on Monday morning and was spotted by some eagle-eyed Chelsea supporters.

The Portuguese manager was seen at 9.30am in Imperial Wharf, Chelsea Harbour, walking along the riverbank with two other men - less than one mile away from Stamford Bridge.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Austria Vienna celebrate winning league by throwing reporter in hot tub

The Black Cats

The link between Sunderland AFC and the black cat stems originally from a gun battery in 1805 on the River Wear which was renamed the 'Black Cat' battery after the men manning the station heard a mysterious miaow from a wailing black cat.

A hundred years later in 1905, a black cat was pictured sitting on a football next to Chairman FW Taylor and three years later a black cat featured on a team photograph.

Joe Hart and James Milner play wide receiver to NY Giants quarterback Eli Manning

Dr Dre gives Celtic stars headphones for 125th birthday

Celtic players have received a special present from American rap superstar Dr Dre ahead of Sunday's Scottish Cup final.

To mark the club's 125th anniversary, Dre's company Beats have made special headphones for the first team.

Only 30 of the limited-edition sets were produced and they were given to the Bhoys this week.

Man City fans raise over £7,000 to thank Roberto Mancini

Over 700 City fans clubbed together to raise more than £7,000 for the ‘Grazie Mancini’ fund, which will see an advert appear in tomorrow’s Gazzetta dello Sport.

The idea was the brainchild of City supporter Adam Keyworth, who also said any money left over will be donated to a local charity for disabled children.

Psychic elephant picks Bayern

Borussia Dortmund have suffered a major setback ahead Saturday’s Champions League final against German rivals Bayern Munich.

The latest in a long line of ‘psychic’ animals, Nelly, who has previously predicted results of the German national team, kicked a football into a net marked Dortmund to signify a Bayern victory.

WAGS top five

Abbey Crouch, wife of Stoke City striker Peter, has been named by fans around the game as their favourite WAG.

United's link with Bank of America will save them £10m a year

Manchester United have cut their interest bill by £10million a year after a major refinancing through Bank of America.

United have refinanced £177.78million of outstanding sterling bonds, on which they are currently paying a rate of 8.75 per cent.

In addition they have refinanced approximately £17million of dollar bonds on which they are currently paying 8.375 per cent.

Through the new loan with Bank of America, club sources estimate they will save approximately £10million per year.

United's present debt is £370million, the sum remaining from a highly leveraged takeover by the Glazer family in 2005.

Despite dire warnings of United's financial position since that time, the Old Trafford outfit have won five Premier League titles and played in three Champions League finals.

With their commercial income rising rapidly, it now seems that United are able to compete in the transfer market, hence the £24million arrival of Robin van Persie last summer.

It is also thought new manager David Moyes will have funds to spend should he wish this summer.

Germany to do the European double as Wolfsburg win the Women's Champions League

Wolfsburg have won the Women's Champions League for the first time in their history, denying favourites Lyon a third successive continental crown at Stamford Bridge.

Having won the Frauen Bundesliga and German Cup in the past fortnight, die Wolfinnen tonight completed a historic treble - an incredible feat considering they had never won a major trophy before this year.

Champions League final tickets on sale for £14,000

German football fans are being charged up to almost £14,000 for a pair of black market tickets to the Champions League final at Wembley.

Even the cheapest £60 seats for Saturday’s showpiece are on sale online for up to £4,510 per pair - 38 times face value.

Wembley has a capacity of 86,000 but finalists Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have been allocated only 50,000 tickets between them.

Borussia, who have an average home crowd of around 80,000, held a draw after over 500,000 fans applied for its allocation.

Over 20,000 seats have been reserved for the Uefa ‘family’ - the governing body, national associations, sponsors, broadcasters and hospitality packages.

Greedy touts are cashing in on the unprecedented demand by offering desperate fans black market seats at eye-watering mark-ups.

The face value of final tickets was already a shock for German supporters used to much lower prices for Bundesliga games.

The most expensive Category 1 tickets for the match have a face value of £330.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Why football on an American football field doesn’t work

All 91 English league clubs have changed managers since Arsenal last won a trophy, except one

As of Fergie and Moyes leaving, every single one of the other 91 clubs in the English football league have now changed their managers (at least once) since Arsenal and Wenger lifted the FA Cup in 2006 except one.

That one club? Arsenal.

Barcelona's club anthem using nothing but beer bottles

Chelsea and City join forces to help Oklahoma victims

Chelsea and Manchester City will pay their respects to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado in tonight's match at Busch Stadium in St Louis.

One dollar (around 66p) from every ticket sold will be donated to the Oklahoma Recovery Fund - set up by baseball side the St Louis Cardinals and Relevent Sports in order to assist children affected by the tragedy - supporters will be invited to make donations at the ground and the teams will wear black armbands as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives.

One Direction hijack Real Madrid training

One Direction have followed up their hijacking of Newcastle’s training session by interrupting a Real Madrid workout - in order to meet star defender Sergio Ramos.

The boyband, who are currently in Spain as part of their global tour, are used to having thousands of adoring fans starstruck at their very presence.

But this time Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis were the ones to meet their heroes, when they took part in the session and met defender Ramos.

The Spanish stopper, who has enjoyed a solid season with the Madrid giants, was introduced to the four-piece and seemed to enjoy his time with the youngsters.

He tweeted after meeting them: ‘Today I met @OneDirection guys. A great picture with them. Greetings!!’

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wigan Cosmos play Goose Green at St James' Park

Amateur footballers from Wigan who had games ruined by travelling Newcastle United supporters have played a game at St James' Park. 

The players from Wigan Cosmos and Goose Green saw their Sunday league matches abandoned when corner flags, nets and balls were stolen or damaged in March.

Newcastle fans piled off coaches and invaded pitches close to the DW Stadium before a Premier League fixture.

United reimbursed the clubs and invited them to Tyneside to apologise.

Ross Turnbull’s son Josh scores magnificent solo effort

Brighton apologise to Crystal Palace over dressing room excrement

Brighton have apologised to Crystal Palace after excrement was found smeared on the Amex Stadium’s away dressing room walls ahead of the Championship play-off semi-final second leg.

Someone at Brighton with access to the dressing rooms had staged a dirty protest ahead of the match.

Gjurovski sent off for pants celebration

Spurs and Liverpool would have reached Champions League had shots against woodwork gone in

Rooney 'delighted' after arrival of second child, Klay

Premier League champions scoop record £60m TV windfall

Taarabt fined £60,000

Adel Taarabt has been hit in the pocket after being hit with fines of over £60,000 in the past month for a series of misdemeanours.

The QPR midfielder has incurred Harry Redknapp's wrath over several breaches of discipline.

Taarabt's reputation as a troublemaker took another knock after it was claimed he refused to have a routine weight check and repeatedly turned up late for training.

Juniors fan throws dentures at manager

Sir Alex's last piece of managerial gum appears on Ebay

"Used chewing gum: RARE. Recovered from The Hawthorns. Clear perspex/wooden case. Unofficial merchandise, rumoured to belong to Sir Alex.

"After 1,500 games of intense chewing as manager of Man Utd, here lies Fegie's (sic) last piece of chewing gum. All proceeds go to the MU Foundation charity.

"Happy bidding."

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tears for David Beckham In The Last Game Of His Career

Indi Cowie

Mancini takes out full-page newspaper advert thanking fans

Fan snaps up £2,800 worth of souvenir Fergie special editions

A fan has incredibly snapped up 700 of West Brom's special edition programmes for Sir Alex Ferguson's final game in charge.

To mark the Manchester United boss being at the Hawthorns to bring down the curtain on his incredible career, West Brom have produced a 144-page programme, which is the biggest ever produced for a domestic fixture in England.

Another supporter earlier bought 300 copies for £1,200, which means that one twentieth of the 20,000 editions printed are in the hands of two fans.

Injured Terry dons full kit to address Chelsea fans after last-day Everton win

The moment Tottenham fans celebrate a 'fake goal' for Newcastle

Championship-bound Wigan tour in open-top bus

Wigan have refused to let their recent relegation to the Championship dampen the celebrations of their historic FA Cup victory over Manchester City.

Manager Roberto Martinez and several first-team players appear likely to leave but the mood is clearly a positive one and understandably so given the scale of their achievement.

The victorious players and manager today embarked on an open-top bus tour of the town of Wigan to thank the fans for their support throughout their FA Cup campaign and, as is appropriate following such an achievement, the turn-out was impressive.

Sunderland duo want fines imposed by Di Canio for breaking club rules investigated

Two Sunderland players have brought in the PFA to investigate fines imposed by head coach Paolo Di Canio last week.

The Italian manager revealed at the weekend that he had fined seven players for breaking club rules in the run-up to their final day defeat at Tottenham.

At White Hart Lane, Di Canio revealed the indiscretions, which he described  as `unacceptable behaviour’, were for failing to take part in a signing session, lateness and avoiding calls from the club doctor.

He also dropped defenders Phil Bardsley and Matthew Kilgallon for the Spurs game after they were both photographed in a casino celebrating after Wigan’s defeat at Arsenal on Tuesday, which guaranteed Sunderland’s Premier League survival.

Bardsley was pictured on the floor surrounded by £50 notes and two players are understood to have sought guidance from the PFA about whether they can be fined.

Webb and his assistants swap shirts at half-time because of bites from flies

Howard Webb sparked great amusement at St James' Park when he returned to referee the second half of Newcastle's last-day clash with Arsenal because he and his team of assistants had swapped shirts due to bites from flying midges.

The first half had seen the group of officials in bright yellow, before the insect attacks saw them change into green kits to take charge of the match which saw the Gunners reach the Champions League thanks to Laurent Koscielny's goal.

Monday, May 20, 2013

GIF : Bale goal vs Sunderland

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Carragher departs with stunning Anfield tribute

Bardsley pictured on casino floor in pile of £50 notes

Phil Bardsley has been pictured lying flat on the floor of a casino in a pile of £50 notes.

The Sunderland and Scotland full back right back has denied being drunk.

Bardsley, 27, enraged Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, who has axed him from the squad for the clash with Tottenham.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Lampard's goals plotted on a virtual 3D axis

14-year-old David Beckham signing for Manchester United

Galatasaray fan injures Didier Drogba at training

Marouane Fellaini keeps his promise, dyes his Afro silver

Marouane Fellaini had vowed to dye his famous frizzy hair silver in a bid to raise money for Everton’s Club in the Community scheme.

The £25,000 target was reached, and here's the proof.

Security robots ready for Confed Cup

The Brazilian government says some of the security robots bought to improve public safety during the 2014 World Cup will be ready for the Confederations Cup in June.

The company iRobot says the 30 robots would be delivered by the end of the year, along with spares and other support gear.

The government confirmed Thursday that some will already be in action in the six cities hosting Confederations Cup matches.

The company said Brazil signed a $7.2 million contract, which included the small unmanned ground vehicles which can provide surveillance, bomb removal and other law-enforcement missions.

The Confederations Cup is the first of a series of high profile events Brazil will host, including the World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Palace cheerleaders banned in case of favouritism

A popular group of cheerleaders have been banned from performing before a big game at Wembley - because it would be favouritism to their team.

The Crystal girls, whose sexy dance routines have been a big hit on YouTube, were hoping to enjoy the biggest day of their lives.

But Wembley bosses dashed their dreams of stardom at the country's most prestigious football stadium.

The Crystals wanted to dance on the pitch before kick-off of the Championship play-off final between their team Crystal Palace and Watford on Bank Holiday May 27.

More than 80,000 spectators will be in the stadium and millions expected to watch on TV as the winner will earn a hugely-coveted multi-million pound place in the Premier League.

The disappointed women announced their disappointing news on Twitter, @crystals-CPFC said: 'For all those who have asked, unfortunately the rules stipulate that we can't dance at Wembley. But we will be there supporting.'

Bronia Gosling, head coach of the Crystals, said: 'We are of course disappointed not to be able to dance but it was always going to be a long shot.

'As it is neutral ground it would be seen as favouritism towards Crystal Palace. We would love the opportunity one day though.

'The girls and I will of course be going to Wembley to support the team so come on you Eagles.'

Kid gatecrashed Chelsea's Europa League trophy celebration

It has emerged the blonde lad who came within a few feet of lifting the famous cup was an 11-year-old fan from Liverpool.

Louis Kearns had evaded security at the full-time whistle to run on to the pitch for a photo with Fernando Torres and manager Rafael Benitez.

When he realised that he had in fact got by completely unnoticed, the chancer cheekily joined the rest of the squad on the march up the stairs of the Amsterdam ArenA to collect their medals.

Ferguson admits sleeping in and skipping work for first time

Sir Alex Ferguson slept in and skipped work for the first time as Manchester United boss - after the emotion of his retirement left him shattered.

Ferguson, famed for his work ethic and for being in work at the Red Devils' training ground by 7am every day, admitted he couldn't get out of bed on Tuesday morning - the day after the club's Premier League victory parade through Manchester in front of 100,000 fans.

Old Trafford boss Ferguson, 71, who takes charge of his final game as United boss on Sunday at West Brom, after 26-and-a-half years in charge, said: "The whole last few days have been hard.

"On the Monday night, after the parade, I slept for 10 hours, I think for the first time in my life!

"I was absolutely gone, knackered. I didn't go in [to work the next morning].

"As it got to - I don't know what time it was - I kept feeling the presence of Cathy coming into the bedroom.

"I think she was just checking to see if I was still alive!"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

David Beckham's hair

Arsenal, Chelsea could play-off for UCL

Arsenal and Chelsea could face a play-off for the final automatic Champions League place if they finish with identical records after Sunday's games.

The two teams go into the final round of matches two points and one goal apart in terms of goal difference with a realistic possibility that they could end up inseparable. Both teams would have the same points, goals scored and goals conceded.

The team which finishes third in the Premier League will go directly into the Champions League group stage, while fourth place will enter in the play-off round, with the tie to be played over two legs on August 20-21 and 27-28.

Premier League rule C.14 states: "If at the end of the season either the League Champions or the clubs to be relegated or the question of qualification for other competitions cannot be determined because two or more clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding league matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the board."

Chelsea won both league games this season 2-1 but the Premier League does not recognise head-to-head as a tie-breaker, unlike the Football League and most European leagues.

Scheduling a play-off would prove very difficult for the Premier League. Wembley Stadium would be the logical choice as a neutral venue in London, but it is booked for the Champions League final on Saturday, May 25, the Championship play-off final on Monday, May 27 and England's friendly with Ireland on May 29.

Women in FIFA ’13

David Rutter, executive producer of the official yearly FIFA video games featuring the exclusive likenesses of professional soccer players and teams from around the world, has said that including any women or women’s teams in the game is something that will happen.

Naturally, it won’t be in this year’s FIFA ’13, and he can provide no time table as to when women’s national teams will actually make it into the game, or a game.

Rutter’s comments came in response to an internet petition begun by psychologist, gamer, Brazillian expat, and football/soccer fan Fernanda Schabarum, which called for EA Sports to add women’s national teams to their globally popular annual video game series.

And unlike the vast majority of internet petitions, this one actually got some traction, with Schabarum and Rutter setting up a meeting.

Sports Direct apologise for false story

Yesterday afternoon, published an article stating that Rooney was a target for Newcastle, despite recent reports suggesting incoming Manchester United manager David Moyes was set to try and persuade him to stay.

The retail company - who are owned by Newcastle chief Mike Ashley - claimed that the Magpies were preparing a 'shock bid' for the 27-year-old and that Rooney's agent had already been sounded out over a potential move.

The story continued by saying Rooney was seen as a perfect transfer candidate by Newcastle, who would relate to the fans and be a massive boost to the club's commercial success.

However, Sports Direct were moved to issue a public apology to Rooney and the agency Triple S Sports & Entertainment Group 'for publishing the article "Newcastle in shock Rooney bid", which was formulated without authority, merit and is untrue'.

1882 FA Cup final programme sells for world record price

A programme from the 1882 FA Cup final has sold at auction for a new world record of £35,250.

The document, marking the tie between Blackburn Rovers and Old Etonians, was found in a box of papers bought as a job lot at a previous auction.

Old Etonians, an amateur side, beat the Blackburn professionals 1-0 at the Kennington Oval - the site now occupied by Surrey County Cricket Club.

The item, sold at Sotheby's in London, had an estimate of up to £25,000.

It was originally owned by lawyer Sir Thomas Berry Cusack-Smith.

A scan of a diary entry from the then 25-year-old was offered with the programme.

Dated March 25 1882, he said he "saw the Etonians win the cup after a most exciting match in the presence of 5,000 persons".

Beckham's career numbers

Europa League Final 2013: Freestlying Amsterdam

Lyon women’s team offer to replay French Cup match after referee mistake in shootout

Cech almost missed bus to Europa League Final

Carragher will get guard of honour

Liverpool and QPR will give Carragher a guard of honour when he emerges for his final game on Sunday.

A mosaic on the Kop will also pay tribute.

Man dribbling ball to Brazil killed

A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast.

Police in Lincoln City, Ore., said 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit at about 10 a.m. while walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits. He was declared dead at a hospital. The driver has not been charged.

Lt. Jerry Palmer said investigators found materials among Swanson's belongings listing his website,

Swanson set out on the trek to promote the One World Futbol Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., which donates durable blue soccer balls to people in developing countries.

Brentford miss last-gasp penalty for automatic promotion, Doncaster score on the counter to go up

Sulley Muntari sent off for restraining referee from showing him a yellow card

Didier Drogba responds to Fenerbahce fans’ racial taunts on Galatasaray’s Facebook page

The rivalry between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce was once again accompanied by some loathsome behavior from the fans.

After the 2-1 Fenerbahce win, one of their supporters was stabbed to death, allegedly by Galatasaray fans. 

During the match, a Fener fan reportedly waved a banana at Galatasaray's Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue.

Drogba later responded to the apparent racial taunt on Galatasaray's Facebook page, noting that both of Fenerbahce's goal were scored by Cameroon striker Pierro Webo.

Said Drogba:

"You call me monkey but you cried when Chelsea beat Fenerbahçe in 2008, you called me monkey but you jumped in front of your screen when I won the Champions League, you called me monkey but you got mad when I became Champion with Galatasaray and the saddest thing is you called me monkey and forgot that you jumped my "monkey" brother scored twice yesterday" And you call yourself a true fan?? Check all the Galatasaray fans comments and learn from them"

Dortmund fans wave Mario Götze on his way with huge ‘F**k Off!’ banner

Translation : "The pursuit of money shows how much heart you have. F**k off Götze!"

Fluminense request fans stop dressing up as the Taliban

Reigning Brazilian champions Fluminense have issued an official request to their fans to knock an internet campaign on the head which has seen fans posing for photos dressed as "Taliban warriors" in order to "show their warrior spirit".

Flu fans were so disconsolate after losing in the Copa Libertadores to Ecuadorian outfit Emelec to a late penalty a couple of days ago that they started the campaign to bolster team spirit and also asked the players to get involved too.

 Since then several players, including striker Fred, have posted photos on Twitter with their faces partially obscured by Flu scarves and flags.

Unhappy at the direct references to a terrorist organisation, the club have issued the following statement:

"The intentions of those who began this movement and have joined it clash with the Taliban’s image, who are terrorists and not healthy warriors. That is why Fluminense Football Club denounces this campaign."

The club also branded the "Be a Taliban warrior" campaign as an unwanted "call for violence".

GIF : Ivanovic wins Europa League

FA Cup Final’s greatest ever goals

Ali Al-Habsi debuts ‘webbed’ goalie gloves,

FA Cup Final day in a minute

Bale and Oxlade Chamberlain gatecrash a 5-a-side match

Fan carves face of new United manager into fruit

A die-hard Manchester United fan has given new boss David Moyes the ultimate seal of approval - by carving his face into a melon.

Artist and chef David Loh, or 'the Melon Man', spent two days on his creation, which he claims is a fitting tribute for 'a taste of something different'.

David, from Malaysia, is now setting to work on a melon for each player before the changeover on July 1.

He hopes the team, with both outgoing and incoming managers, will travel down to his Birmingham restaurant, Gemini, to see their portraits - and taste his 'Manchester United flavoured menu', which features unusual and powerful ingredients.

Di Canio cancels Sunderland's holiday plans

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has cancelled his players' holiday plans as he looks to make sweeping changes at the club following their escape from Barclays Premier League relegation.

Although owner Ellis Short rang his head coach at midnight on Tuesday in the wake of Wigan's defeat at Arsenal – `he was singing at me he was so happy, it was amazing' – Di Canio was in no mood to celebrate.

The Sunderland boss has already started to make plans for next season and warned players heading to Tottenham on Sunday that they can expect four weeks, the minimum amount of time off for their summer holidays.

He has already ordered his players back to the training ground on Monday morning even if they have booked flights.

'If anybody has booked a holiday for Monday, they are going to lose some money,' he said.

'Why would they book a holiday on Monday? Why would they book a holiday before April 1st? They are not being serious, they have to ask me.

'If they did it before it is wrong and if somebody gave them a chance to organise a holiday in January or February it is wrong. I will see what happens on Sunday, then we will come back together, and I will tell them when their holidays start.'

Di Canio also revealed he had handed out a number of fines in the last week, including to players who had failed to attend the weekly signing session.

He added: 'It is seven steps to climb, 20 items to sign for children or supporters and it is important for them, but people forget. It is in the contract that they must, it is crucial to the club.

'Now they are fined because you have to start from somewhere or we're never going to change. It is small things, but many small things become a big problem. We have to respect the rules or we are never going to change.

'Everything means the mentality, we can't change everything. It doesn't mean we won't keep many players, but we will change some. That can wait until after Sunday.'

England's longest serving manager calls it a day at 71... after 50 years and 70 trophies

English football's longest-serving manager has decided to call it a day after 50 years in charge.

Just days after Sir Alex Ferguson, aged 71, announced he was stepping down as manager of Manchester United after a trophy-laden 27 years, Jimmy Davies, 71, revealed he was retiring from Liverpool side Waterloo Dock AFC at the end of the season.

Davies's claim to be the longest-serving manager in England has been verified by The Football Association.

Davies, who first took charge in 1963, said he had enjoyed managing 'tremendously'.

He said he had 'made the bold announcement it was going to be my last year ahead of our AGM, although I will still be on the committee' and added that 'time moves on [and] the modern age is catching up on me'.

Mr Davies will have been in charge for 24 more years than Sir Alex Ferguson, who recently announced he was stepping down at Manchester United after 26 years, but said there were not many similarities between their tenures.

He told the Liverpool Echo: 'I don't think Fergie gets involved in washing football kits like my wife does.'

Waterloo Dock AFC was formed by Davies and a group of friends who worked on Liverpool docks in 1963.

 Mr Davies, who has logged every game's appearances and scorers ever since, said he had played 'early on but after six weeks, the lads found me out and, trying to be nice, said 'you can go and be our manager'.

'It was purely by accident.'

Mr Davies's tenure has seen the club win more than 70 trophies.

Pay £10 and get Ronaldo

A small band of Australian-based United supporters have created a website where fans can help raise funds to bring back their old favourite, who has a £100million buyout clause, from Real Madrid.

The 'BringRonaldoHome' movement has already received thousands of pledges to buy a United shirt with Ronaldo on it - however it needs 10 million to donate a tenner for this target to be reached.

But as United have a reported 659m fans across the globe, it could be feasible.

Launched three days ago, the viral campaign video has been flooding Twitter and Facebook feeds of football fans around the globe.

A spokesperson for said: 'We have been inspired by the loyalty and dedication of United fans.

'To be a "true" fan requires the "living" experience of football. It is not about being a mere spectator, it is about being a participant. We wanted to give fans an opportunity to be involved.

Swiss TV ‘sorry’ for creating an atmosphere at Zurich derby

Fans of both FC Zurich and rivals Grasshoppers agreed to enter the Letzigrund Stadium ten minutes after the start of the match to show their anger at plans to clamp down on trouble that has plagued recent matches.

However, viewers tuning in to Swiss broadcaster SRF’s coverage of the match were baffled to hear crowds chanting when images showed a near empty stadium.

Now television chiefs have apologised for adding the bogus crowd noise.

A spokesman said: ‘In order to make the report as attractive as possible, the chants of the fans were subsequently edited into highlights of the game.

‘The decision was taken under great time pressure. It was wrong and we apologise for it. Manipulation of sounds or images is not allowed.’

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Swedish women's player exchanges shirt with fan

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Beckham is the first Englishman to win a league medal in four different countries

David Beckham last night became the first Englishman to claim a league medal in four different countries.

Becks, 38, helped Paris Saint-Germain to a first Ligue 1 title in 19 years - to follow his success in the Premier League, Spain and the US.

Jeremy Menez’s 53rd-minute strike was enough for PSG as they won 1-0 at Lyon. However, PSG’s title will not be confirmed until a league disciplinary panel meets to decide whether to impose a points deduction.

It follows allegations Brazilian sporting director Leonardo barged a referee last weekend.

Beckham, a substitute last night, has made 10 appearances since joining from LA Galaxy.

GIF : Fergie and the bursting balloon

Player catches ref with nasty two-footed lunge

Former Manchester City kit man launches Twitter attack on Mancini

Criminal who took over £100,000 of jewellery from Mourinho jailed

A career criminal who raided the penthouse hotel suite of football boss Jose Mourinho and his family has been jailed for 31 months.

Jamie Filan, 32, grabbed designer gems worth more than £100,000 after the Real Madrid boss booked into the five-star Wyndham Grand Hotel in Chelsea with wife Matilde and 16-year-old daughter, Tita.

The Arsenal supporter bypassed tight security before helping himself to precious gems including a Cartier pendant, earrings and a ring worth £51,450, which the soccer star had given to his wife.

FA under-fire over analyst role

The FA, which has an annual turnover of around £300million, plans to recruit three performance analyst assistants on just £11,300 a year.

The full-time positions are only available to ‘highly motivated individuals’ who have degree-level qualifications in sports science and who show a ‘willingness to work flexible hours and travel extensively’.

Based on a 35-hour working week, the ‘exciting’ position only plays slightly more than the national minimum wage of £6.91 an hour.

The roles are advertised as the FA announces its new TV deal with ITV Sport, who have secured the live rights to the senior team’s competitive qualifying matches home and away for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, guaranteeing the FA at least £25m.

Gattuso becomes the fifth boss to be axed by Swiss side Sion this season

Former AC Milan and Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso became the fifth coach this season to be sacked by FC Sion when he was dismissed following a 5-0 rout at St Gallen.

Gattuso, a notoriously hard-tackling midfielder who joined the club as a player at the start of the season, had taken on the role of player-coach in February but managed only 10 points from 11 league games and suffered a cup elimination at the hands of FC Basel.

Sion said in a statement that he would be replaced by under-21 coach Michel Decastel, who will take over the senior side for the second time this season.

In addition, eight players were also demoted to the reserve squad and replaced by eight from the under-21 side.

Arsenal cash in

Arsenal are set to get a £2.5m cash windfall thanks to trophy bonuses - even though they have not won any silverware.

Former Gunners midfielder Cesc Fabregas had an add-ons in his deal when he was sold to Barcelona who have clinched the Spanish title.

Fabregas is believed to have earned Arsenal around £2m.

Even Hull's former Gunners striker Jay Simpson had a £500,000 promotion add-on clause after helping his club reach the Premier League.

The 24-year-old Simpson is a product of the Arsenal academy, though he only actually made three appearances for the Gunners.

Holloway’s dressing-room dance

Rooney booed during parade

Monday, May 13, 2013

The best Sir Alex Ferguson Quotes

Ryan Giggs

    "I remember the first time I saw him. He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind."

Gary Neville

    "If he was an inch taller he’d be the best centre-half in Britain. His father is 6ft 2in - I’d check the milkman."

Paul Ince

    "I used to have a saying that when a player is at his peak, he feels as though he can climb Everest in his slippers. That’s what he was like."


    "When an Italian tells me it’s pasta on the plate I check under the sauce to make sure. They are the inventors of the smokescreen."

1999 Champions League triumph

    "I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football. Bloody hell."

Family to take ashes of dead fan to Wrexham play-off final

A passionate Wrexham fan will finally fulfill his ambition of seeing his side play at Wembley this week - despite dying almost a year ago.

Dragons supporter Kenny Pemberton failed to see his side play at the home of football before he died of a heart attack at the aged of just 49.

But in a heart-warming gesture, Kenny will achieve his ambition in spirit as his family are set to take his ashes to Wembley for the match.

‘Kenny always dreamed of watching Wrexham at Wembley,’ said brother Paul.

‘If he were still with us he’d be the first there. So this is my tribute to my brother.’

Kenny is not your average Wrexham fan though - he will go down in club folklore after helping secure their future a few years ago.

Wrexham were faced with losing their stadium to a rogue former chairman, only for Mr Pemberton to use secret recordings of the chairman’s illicit dealings to win back ownership following a High Court case.

The decision helped give the club a base to build on, and they now face Welsh rivals Newport looking to secure a place back in the Football League.

van Bommel sent off for ugly lunge in career finale

Grandkids join in farewell to Ferguson

Latics celebrated famous Cup win with a crate of Irn Bru

Roberto Martinez has demanded his Wigan players follow up their FA Cup heroics with a 'perfect' performance at Arsenal to preserve their top-flight status - and they won’t have a traditional Cup hangover to contend with.

The Wigan manager insisted no alcohol was drunk after the club’s spectacular 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Wembley and, thanks to the Scottish contingent at the club, a crate of Irn Bru was delivered to the changing room after the win.

Though Wigan have spent the last 48 hours basking in the glow of their incredible 1-0 win, results in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday have left them teetering on the brink of relegation.

Chelsea unhappy after Villa fans taunt Terry

Chelsea are unhappy with the abuse John Terry was subjected to from Aston Villa fans when being carried off the pitch injured yesterday - but have not lodged an official complaint.

Terry faces the heartbreak of missing a second successive European final on Wednesday after injuring his ankle following an aerial challenge at Villa Park.

Unbelievable pitch bobble forces striker into amazing open-goal miss

Owen's car vandalised by team-mates

Michael Owen was given an unwelcome send-off by his Stoke team-mates ahead of his final home game before retirement.

He posted a picture on Twitter of his black Mercedes C63 covered in eggs and flour and wrote: 'This is what I will miss once I hang up my boots! Looks like I may be delayed getting to the match #eggs&flour'.

Then the Stoke striker began to list possible culprits, naming Dean Whitehead and Glenn Whelan as the most likely mischief-makers.

'It's a long week lads. Revenge is in the air! Chief suspects: Whitehead and Whelan. Huth is a possible too,' he continued.

'Walters is a possible. Others who can't be ruled out: Crouch, Etherington.'

Earlier he tweeted: 'Final home game of my career today. How strange does that feel?! Would be great to make an appearance. Will be a great atmosphere. #150 years.'

While Owen was commiserating the desecration of his car, Stoke were preparing to celebrate their 150th birthday.

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