[identity profile] jenny-jenkins.livejournal.com
"BEFORE GETTING TO the alleged mob hit
or the mystery of the missing referee..."

Here is the link:

Here are two excerpts (the article is very long and absolutely the best I've read in years):


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[identity profile] dinosaur.livejournal.com

Ajax Captain Jan Vertonghen Will (finally) Join Tottenham Hotspur

Club Statement )

Flawless Belgian prince thanks you for your time. (src)


Getting in our transfer targets early, LIKE A BOAS! Now we need a couple of strikers, a versatile winger, another keeper, and a replacement for Modric. No big deal!
[identity profile] epouvante.livejournal.com
Aspiring professional footballers usually miss out on the globe-trotting gap years enjoyed by many of their 'civilian' peers but compensation has finally arrived in the form of a glamorous European Under-19 competition. Very much a junior Champions League, the NextGen Series, which kicks off across the continent on Wednesday, features 16 clubs including Barcelona, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic.

Between now and November they will compete in four groups, hoping to progress to the knockout stages in the new year. At this juncture, things deviate from the senior Champions League format as NextGen morphs into a mini, sudden-death tournament likely to be staged in the Middle East – Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha are possibilities – in January.

Liverpool begin against Sporting Lisbon at Anfield on Wednesday night when it is hoped ticket prices of £5 for adults and £2 for children will attract a sizeable crowd. Frank McParland, the head of Liverpool's academy and reserves, trusts such occasions will enhance the chances of more of his proteges following in the footsteps of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. "There's no doubt the boys are going to be stretched, which maybe can't always be said when it comes to more regular reserve football," McParland says. He hopes NextGen will capture the imagination of Liverpool fans facing up to a rare season bereft of first-team European competition.

With not only Barcelona but Internazionale, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Fenerbahce and Marseille among those involved, the technical bar is bound to be raised as Mark Warburton sees his brainchild finally spring into life. Warburton dreamed up NextGen during a previous incarnation as Watford's academy director. "I realised 18- and 19-year-olds needed a different challenge to help them make the transition to the first team," he says.

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i've read LFC TV will be showing their game for free tomorrow; if you know where to see the other games feel free to tell ;)


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