[identity profile] mrscrapbag.livejournal.com

Half child and half superhero, the official UEFA EURO 2016 mascot has been unveiled! And apparently, it is up to the fans to choose his name!

Should it be Driblou, Goalix or Super Victor? Proceed here to vote for your personal choice.

So what do you guys think? Yay or nay?
[identity profile] the4thjuliek.livejournal.com

David Moyes has been appointed as Real Sociedad’s new manager until the end of next season. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

David Moyes has been named as the coach of Real Sociedad on an 18-month deal. Moyes, who was sacked by Manchester United in April following a dismal first season in charge at Old Trafford, has been handed a contract until June 2016 with the Spanish club.

“Real Sociedad has reached an agreement with David Moyes to be the first-team coach until 30 June 2016,” a statement on the club’s website read.

Moyes will be presented to the media on Tuesday and replaces Jagoba Arrasate, who was sacked by the San Sebastian-based club on 2 November after a poor start to the season.

The 51-year-old replaced the retired Sir Alex Ferguson at United on a six-year deal in May last year but left after less than a season. In 51 matches in charge at Old Trafford, the club won 27, drew nine and lost 15 in all competitions.

Moyes made his reputation as a top-flight coach at Everton, who finished in the top six in the Premier League four times under the Scot. They qualified for the Champions League in 2005 and reached the 2009 FA Cup final, where they lost 2-1 to Chelsea after beating Manchester United in the semi-finals.

Sociedad are 15th in La Liga with nine points from 11 matches following Sunday’s 2-1 win at home to the champions Atlético Madrid. Arrasate was dismissed in the wake of a hugely disappointing start to the campaign which saw Sociedad – who finished fourth in 2013 and seventh last term – win one of their opening 10 league fixtures as well as being eliminated from the Europa League.

The former West Brom and Real Betis manager Pepe Mel was also in the running to replace Arrasate but Moyes was reportedly always Sociedad’s first choice and they confirmed his appointment late on Monday night.

Moyes’ first game in charge is set to be the trip to promoted Deportivo La Coruña after the international break. He becomes the fourth British manager of Sociedad, following in the footsteps of Englishman Harry Lowe and the Welsh duo John Toshack and Chris Coleman.

Lowe was manager for five years from 1930, while Toshack has had three different stints at Sociedad, beginning in 1985 and then most recently in 2002.

The Wales manager Coleman was appointed on a three-year contract in July 2007 after Sociedad were relegated to the Segunda Division for the first time in 40 years.

Coleman resigned from his post in January 2008, citing a difference of ideas with new president Inaki Badiola, having led Sociedad up to fifth in the table and one point off the promotion places.


Also related - Fellaini: I was made scapegoat for Moyes failure
[identity profile] mundodeamor.livejournal.com
Despite Del Bosque finally omitting Diego Costa from his squad for the following international matches, the saga over the calls does not appear to be over. Now Mourinho does not want Fabregas to join the Spain's squad.

Yesterday José Mourinho thanked the Spanish Football Federation for omitting Diego Costa from the squad to face Belarus and Germany, and confirmed that the striker will play for Chelsea against Liverpool on Saturday. "It's good for him, it's good for Chelsea and it's good for Spain. In this way Diego Costa can rest for a few days after the match on Saturday. I am very grateful, it's fantastic news."

Mourinho also said he had had no influence on the decision of Vicente del Bosque and his staff: "I would like to make it very clear that I have had nothing to do with this."

"We think he is ready to start the match [on Saturday]," said the former Real Madrid coach. "In the 15 days [international break] he can rest and work. It is fantastic news for us. I thank the Spain FA for the decision that they made. The plan is to have a period of complete rest after the match for a few days, and after that to continue the specific work he is doing without having a match to play on the weekend."

Now he has warned that Cesc Fabregas and Ramires "cannot" join Spain's and Brazil's squads for the upcoming international window as Fabregas played with an injury in Chelsea's 2-1 Premier League win at Liverpool on Saturday.

Fabregas is suffering with a hamstring injury while Ramires is battling an adductor problem, leaving the Portuguese coach to take a "gamble" on the duo in the clash with last season's runners-up.

Mou's statements after today's game ... )

lmao, I doubt Del Bosque will back out from this as well
[identity profile] mundodeamor.livejournal.com
SUNDAY 19 Oct: Redknapp rants about Taarabt after QPR lose to Liverpool

The former Tottenham boss slammed the 25-year-old after he was once again conspicuously absent from the QPR squad to face Liverpool at Loftus Road on Sunday

Harry Redknapp launched an astonishing attack on QPR misfit Adel Taarabt after his side were beaten 3-2 by Liverpool on Sunday, claiming that the Morocco international is “three stone overweight.”

Taarabt has played just 25 minutes of Premier League football this season and was missing from the squad for the clash with Brendan Rodgers’ side at Loftus Road.

When asked about the mercurial playmaker after the match, Redknapp claimed that the 25-year-old is both overweight and unfit, before slamming his attitude in a reserve match earlier this week.

He [Taarabt] is not injured. He’s not fit,” he blasted. “He’s not fit to play football unfortunately. He played in a reserve game the other day and I could have run about more than he did. I can’t pick him.

"I can't keep protecting people who don't want to run about and train, who are about three stone overweight. What am I supposed to keep saying, keep getting your 60, 70 grand a week but don't train?

"What's the game coming to?

Redknapp also challenged Taarabt to prove that he deserves a spot in his starting XI by excelling on the training field in the coming weeks.

I pick people who want to try, who deserve to be at a good football club like QPR, who come in every day and want to work, train and show a good attitude,” he added. “When he starts doing that, if he ever can do it, maybe he’ll get a game.

Two own goals, from Richard Dunne and Steven Caulker, plus a deflected Philippe Coutinho strike gave Liverpool victory in west London.

and the drama that evolved from that ... )

this mess RME ... so embarrassing for everyone involved

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[personal profile] koyuki
Sometimes a quote comes along that's so wonderful it doesn't matter if the person it's attributed to actually said it. This is one of those quotes.

According to El Confidential, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho recently said the following about his former Clasico rival Pep Guardiola:

"When you enjoy what you do, you don't lose your hair, and Guardiola is bald. He doesn't enjoy football."

That might be the most Jose Mourinho line ever, even if he didn't actually say it. But there is reason to believe that he did...besides hilarity.

The two longtime bitter enemies were both in attendance for the UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum last week and they reportedly bickered about grass length. Yes. GRASS LENGTH.

From the Express:

According to TZ, Guardiola argued that the rules would make the game faster and therefore more beautiful.

Mourinho is said to have responded: "Everyone has his style of play, which should be respected. Football can be spectacular in several ways."

Guardiola reportedly hit back: "The beauty of football depends on the coach. It seems to me that Mourinho prefers the result to the spectacle.

"I know to him that's all that matters."

So given that, Mourinho quipping about Guardiola's lack of hair and football grumpiness seems like an equally childish response.

If you weren't hoping for a Chelsea v Bayern Munich champions league final before, you should start doing so now. [I'm not but I hope they meet in knockout somehow XD]



This is so hilarious it's hard to believe it's true, but it's too absurd to imagine someone making it up
[identity profile] dinosaur.livejournal.com

John Terry verdict: FA find Chelsea captain guilty over racism charge
• Terry banned for four games, fined £220,000
• Found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

The FA's disciplinary hearing has found John Terry guilty of a charge that he directed abusive language with racial connotations at QPR's Anton Ferdinand last October.

The independent regulatory commission delivered its verdict on Thursday after a four-day hearing, banning Terry for four games and fining him £220,000.

Terry, who was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster magistrates' court in July over the same incident, categorically denied the FA charge. He has the right to appeal the FA ruling within 14 days.

An FA statement said: "The penalty is suspended until after the outcome of any appeal, or the time for appealing expires, or should Mr Terry decide not to appeal. The reason for this is to ensure that the penalty does not take effect before any appeal so that Mr Terry has an effective right of appeal."


[identity profile] coyotesuspect.livejournal.com
In Japan, winning a world title earns you a seat at the back of the bus, er, plane. The Japanese women’s soccer team flew to Europe Sunday on the same flight as the men’s team. While the women crammed into coach seats, the men’s team scored seats in business class. As it stands, this would be an injustice, but here’s the kicker: The women are world champions; the men are, well, not as successful.

The Nadeshiko, as the women’s team is known, won the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup last summer, beating out the U.S. team in a spectacular final. Just months after the country’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis, the team’s victory brought hope to its battered compatriots, and the women were welcomed back from the final as heroes.

A year later, that inspiration seems to have been forgotten, at least by the Japanese Football Association, who said the men’s and women’s teams had left Tokyo on the same flight without any mention of the seating inequality. London’s The Guardian reported the women’s team’s reactions:

"I guess it should have been the other way around," Homare Sawa, the team’s star player, told Japanese media. "Even just in terms of age, we are senior," she joked.

Nadeshiko’s success last year and their continued achievements (they beat Australia, the 10th-ranked team in the world, 3-0 last week in an international friendly) has sparked conversation about their gold medal possibilities. The team is ranked No. 3 in the world, behind the U.S. and Germany. The men’s team is No. 20 and not expected to medal in London.

There’s some hope for more leg room: The JFA says that if the women’s team proves its worth with a medal, the players will fly business class on the return flight to Japan. The last time Nadeshiko flew business class was after their World Cup win, when the JFA thought it acceptable to upgrade their seats. Whether or not the men’s team medals, the men will enjoy seats further up in the cabin.


idek what to say other than this is some serious bullshit.

[identity profile] grrliz.livejournal.com

Real Madrid reveal plans to build holiday resort in UAE

Real Madrid have revealed plans to build a $1bn holiday resort in the United Arab Emirates that is due to open in January 2015.

Real Madrid Resort Island will be supported by the government of the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah. A presentation at the Bernabéu, Real's stadium, showed plans for sports facilities, a marina, luxury hotels, villas, an amusement park, a club museum and a futuristic 10,000-seat stadium with one side open to the sea.

"It is a decisive and strategic step that will strengthen our institution in the Middle East and Asia," said Florentino Pérez, the Real president.

"Real Madrid Resort Island will be a major tourist and sporting centre of great dimensions and the highest level. This extraordinary complex will attract millions of people looking for quality leisure services."

The 430,000 square metre facility is expected to attract around one million visitors in 2015. Real said the artificial island's location put it equidistant between Europe and the far east, adding that more than half their estimated 300 million followers were based in Asia.

(Source, and gallery of more images)

Just building their own island, NBD. If you had the gazillion dollars it would probably cost, would you consider this as a potential vacation destination?
[identity profile] wattle-neurotic.livejournal.com
Chelsea part company with manager André Villas-Boas

Chelsea have parted company with André Villas-Boas. The manager has left the club following a string of poor results that culminated in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion which left the club fifth in the table.

Villas-Boas's assistant, Roberto Di Matteo, has been appointed the new first team coach until the end of the season.

Villas-Boas joined the club eight months ago after the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich paid Porto £13.3m to make him Carlo Ancelotti's successor.

A club statement read: "The board would like to record our gratitude for his work and express our disappointment that the relationship has ended so early.

"Unfortunately the results and performances of the team have not been good enough and were showing no signs of improving at a key time in the season.

"The club is still competing in the latter stages of the Uefa Champions League and the FA Cup, as well as challenging for a top-four spot in the Premier League, and we aim to remain as competitive as possible on all fronts."

"With that in mind we felt our only option was to make a change at this time."

Edit: They've added more to the article at the source, just news bits and pieces from yesterday - and Benitez speculation. Everyone keeps mentioning Benitez.

[identity profile] arooj.livejournal.com
• Chelsea defender informed of FA decision this morning
• 'He will not captain the team until the allegations are resolved'

John Terry, England captain

John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy by the Football Association's chairman, David Bernstein. The defender was informed of the decision by Bernstein in a phone call on Friday morning. It is the second time that he has lost the captaincy for off-the-pitch reasons.

"Following the decision to adjourn the court case against John Terry to July, the Football Association confirm he will not captain the England team until the allegations against him are resolved," the FA said in a statement.

"The FA board expected the trial to be concluded prior to the European Championships. Further to Wednesday's confirmation that the trial will not take place until after the tournament, the board has discussed the matter in detail and has collectively decided it is in the interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of captaincy removed at this time.

"This decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament.

"The FA board can confirm that he has not been excluded from the squad and that [the England manager] Fabio Capello is free to select him for the Holland [friendly] fixture on 29 February and the European Championships.

Read more... )

[identity profile] heathermooney.livejournal.com

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory: Bayern's PR own goal

CNN) -- It was supposed to be a unique way to engage with their fans via social media -- but for Germany's most successful soccer club it turned into the ultimate public relations own goal.

Bayern Munich, who can boast 22 German league titles and have four times been crowned champions of Europe, revealed they would be unveiling a "spectacular" new signing on Thursday -- a snippet of news to excite any fan.

But when the announcement was made, on their official Facebook page, it turned out to be a new marketing tool that displayed users of the social networking site as the new signing.

Read more... )

I don't know why people are so upset, I thought it was hilarious. If you look at any other part of Bayern you will realize they are just huge trolls. 
[identity profile] arooj.livejournal.com
• Paul Scholes to sit on bench against Manchester City
• Sir Alex Ferguson 'delighted' by decision

Paul Scholes

Manchester United have announced that the former England midfielderPaul Scholes has come out of retirement and will play until the end of the season. He will sit on the bench for this afternoon's FA Cup third-round match against Manchester City.

A statement on the club's official website said: "Paul Scholes has rejoined the playing staff at Manchester United for the remainder of the season with immediate effect, after approaching Sir Alex Ferguson to reverse his decision, made at the end of last season, to retire.

"He has gone straight on to the bench for this afternoon's FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester City."

Ferguson, United's manager, said: "It's fantastic that Paul has made this decision. It's always sad to see great players end their careers, but especially so when they do it early. But he has kept himself in great shape and I always felt that he had another season in him. It's terrific to have him back."

Scholes said: "I've been pretty clear since I stopped playing that I miss it. I'm delighted the manager feels I can still make a contribution to the team and I'm looking forward to playing my part in trying to bring more success to this great club."

Scholes retired at the end of last season, after helping United to win their 19th league title. He has made 676 appearances for United, scoring 150 goals, since making his debut against Port Vale in the League Cup in 1994. He has won 66 caps for England.


I dont know how to feel. Very conflicted.

[identity profile] arooj.livejournal.com
John Terry, who has denied making a racial slur against Anton Ferdinand, with the QPR player

England captain John Terry will be charged with the alleged racial abuse of QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

The Crown Prosecution Service say there is sufficient evidence for the Chelsea star to face trial over alleged comments to the defender in a Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road on October 23.

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London said:

“I have today advised the Metropolitan Police Service that John Terry should be prosecuted for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments allegedly made during a Premier League football match between Queen’s Park Rangers and Chelsea on 23 October 2011.

“The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and after careful consideration of all the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.

“Mr Terry will appear before West London Magistrates’ Court on 1 February 2012.

“He is now summonsed with a criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice his trial.”

The news comes days after new footage was handed to prosecutors, who have been considering whether there is enough evidence to bring charges against the footballer.

Read more... )
[identity profile] randommiss90.livejournal.com

He didn't even ask the other clubs what they wanted. At least not one league. The one he name dropped. Oooopsies. 

Richard Scudamore rejects Barcelona call for smaller Premier League

• Scudamore shuns plans for weekend European games
• Breakaway Euro league 'just not going to happen'

'Liar Liar' is one of my favourite movies fyi )
[identity profile] holaascensor.livejournal.com
Beckham announced as the 2011 MLS Comeback Player of the Year

NEW YORK – MLS Cup may still be days away, but LA Galaxy star David Beckham has already hauled in another piece of MLS silverware.

Beckham on Monday claimed the 2011 MLS Comeback Player of the Year award, narrowly edging out D.C. United’s Charlie Davies for the honors. Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro, who was offloaded from Houston earlier this season and scored 12 goals for the Fire, finished third.

The LA Galaxy midfielder, who appeared in only seven league games in 2010 after tearing his Achilles tendon while on loan with AC Milan, finished second in MLS with 15 assists – five better than his previous MLS-best of 10 in 2008 – and was named to the MLS Best XI last week. Beckham also logged an MLS career-high in appearances (26) this year as LA clinched their second consecutive Supporter’s Shield with the second-highest point total in league history (67).

One year after missing the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as well as most of the last MLS season through injury, the 36-year-old has helped lead the Galaxy back to the brink of an MLS Cup Championship on home turf. They will play the Houston Dynamo for the title, which would be Beckham’s first in MLS, at the Home Depot Center on November 20 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN, Galavision, TSN2).

LA was 10-1-3 this season when Beckham scored or assisted on a goal, and, in addition to his league efforts, he was a key cog in the club's successful effort to qualify for the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Voting for the award was conducted among MLS management, media, and players. It's the first such recognition for a Galaxy player. San Jose’s Bobby Convey claimed the honors in 2010.


You can call me biased, but Davies should have won this.


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