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Pepe Reina wears Mario Balotelli’s shirt as pajamas after saving penalty

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Napoli’s Pepe Reina became the first goalkeeper to save a Mario Balotelli penalty in a aggressive match and now he wears the shirt that Balotelli wore while struggling this notable defeat as his triumphant bedtime apparel.

From Football Italia:

“I put on very special pyjamas now,” Reina informed Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

“It is made up of the Milan shirt Balotelli was wearing when I saved his penalty and some Napoli shorts.

“After saving the penalty, I couldn’t resist asking him for his jersey, because it was an historic occasion. He gave it to me and I introduced it here to create an uncommon pyjama equipment.”

That’s all high quality and good, but sporting Balotelli’s shirt to bed looks as if it might open a door to a daunting dream world of exploding loos and predatory enforcement officers. Reina is going to wake up in the midst of a self-guided tour of a women’s prison someday and do not know how he received there.

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Worst case scenario: Luis Saurez’s return from his latest biting ban

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Luis Suarez has completed serving his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic final season and he’s itching to get back on the pitch for Liverpool. His first probability to play this season will, coincidentally, come against the participant he racially abused to earn an eight-match ban in 2011, Patrice Evra, and Manchester United within the Capital One Cup. When a person with not one however two bans for biting opponents on his Wikipedia page returns to action, there’s all the time the possibility for something going horribly improper. This is the worst case situation for Suarez’s return.

September-October: Suarez makes a quick impact, scoring targets and pairing well Daniel Sturridge to build on Liverpool’s sturdy start. The followers forgive and neglect his past mistakes and in return, Suarez declares his love for the club.

November: Suarez improves further as he finds his kind. Since he is gone several weeks without doing anything villainous, he is described as “misunderstood” and his growing pack of defenders claim he’s unfairly focused for no good cause. Suarez types a charitable foundation with Charlie of “Charlie bit my finger” YouTube fame to profit people who have been bitten by different individuals.

December: Studies that Suarez instructed a Uruguayan journal that he stalks the households of his opponents on his days off and does perverse things with their shampoo bottles are dismissed as misguided translation. That is used as further proof that Suarez is the real victim. A bullied genius unappreciated in his time that future generations will properly recognize.

January: A controversial handball/dive by Suarez goes unpunished and brings a contemporary backlash against him and vehement protection of him. It is finally settled as Suarez simply being the last word competitor who will admirably and selflessly do something to help his group win. Liverpool announce that Suarez has no intention of leaving within the January transfer window because he loves the followers more than five of his six brothers.

February: Wayne Rooney publicly hints that David Moyes should be sacked at Manchester United, so everyone pays extra consideration to him for some time. Rumors of a coaching ground scuffle between Suarez and Sturridge are declared nonsense. The 2 rejoice their objectives by tenderly embracing one another till the referee is compelled to drag them apart, proving they may never disagree about anything.

March: Suarez is filmed performing a magic trick for his lovely daughter within the govt box throughout a match wherein he could not play attributable to harm. The GIF of the tender second goes viral on the Web and proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is definitely only a nice guy. Liverpool are in good place to reclaim a spot in the top 4 and a return to the Champions League.

April: In an important league match towards Manchester City, Suarez shocks the world by choosing up the ball with each arms and using Kun Aguero like a surfboard before pretending to journey on Aguero within the box and being awarded a penalty, which he converts. He then slowly eats every participant on each teams like man forcing himself to get his money’s price at a Las Vegas buffet since they’re all frozen in disbelief by him swallowing Daniel Sturridge entire throughout his purpose celebration. Earlier than everybody in the stadium can flee in fear of meeting the same destiny, Suarez pulls out a megaphone and publicizes, in eight completely different languages to avoid mistranslation, his need to be “set free from persecution” by having his wish for a switch lastly granted.

Could: Liverpool end seventh. Suarez refuses to move Philippe Coutinho via his digestive system till he’s bought to Real Madrid for a world report switch payment, which Florentino Perez is reluctant to supply till Suarez’s jail term is sort of over. Football followers of all affiliations petition for his early release upon realizing how rather more enjoyable the sport is when you could have somebody to hate with every fiber of your being or help against popular opinion and rational thought.

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Belgian midfielder misses penalty, scores rebound with brilliant overhead kick

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Mouscron-Péruwelz maintained their place on the prime of the Belgian second division on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over bottom-placed Hoogstraten VV. The struggling guests earned their comfort objective within the 82nd minute due to a penalty that was extra entertaining and unique than Andrea Pirlo kicking a Panenka with a ball manufactured from snowflakes.

Hoogstraten midfielder Glenn van der Linden shot his spot kick straight at Mouscron-Péruwelz keeper Alexandre Oukidja, but the ball rebounded straight again to him. Instinctively, the 26-12 months-old Belgian teed himself up with a volley and dispatched an unstoppable overhead kick into the top nook.

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Juan Mata’s correspondence with Iker Casillas from the stands

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Dearest Iker,

First, I hope this message reaches you. I knew my years of research on service pigeons can be helpful in the future, though the dire nature of this predicament continues to be a surprise. Next, I have to apologize for doubting you. Lord Mourinho is each bit as treacherous as you warned.

Never would I’ve imagined it possible to go from being the membership’s Player of the Yr in two consecutive campaigns to not even being named to the bench. When he arrived, he asked me if you and I were mates. I mentioned “yes,” not pondering what horrors one optimistic phrase could produce. He confiscated my telephone and keeps me in his wine cellar every evening “till I learn.” His wine assortment is unvaried and bland at best. I am going to enroll him in a wine of the month club as quickly as I regain my freedom.

As I watch my teammates play without me, my thoughts typically drift to the desert island I hope to inhabit one day. I will be alone with my books and the birds and possibly Fernando Torres will go to generally just to rest his thoughts. I’ll invent new board video games with logical guidelines that forestall Lord Mourinho from making use of his twisted strategies. They are going to be called “Everything Matas” and “Mata of Reality” and different issues that involve humorous puns primarily based on my surname.

Until then, my hope gets me by the nights amongst the sub-par wine. Lord Mourinho could be “The Particular One” however I’m “The Particular Juan.” I will preserve my facial hair. I’ll rise once more. And so will you.

Stay robust. And please feed the pigeon.

Juan

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Dear Juan,

I don’t get pleasure from being right concerning the Portuguese Troll King. I can only offer my sympathies and warn you to be careful about what you wish for. Once I lastly acquired my chance to play again, my joy was cut down by my very own clumsy teammate, Sergio Ramos. He hurt my ribs…and my coronary heart. If and whenever you do get the chance to play again, be vigilant. David Luiz appears capable of doing the same to you. Even Kaka, who fled again to Milan, couldn’t escape injury upon enjoying again. We will only hope that whoever made this world so unfair will get a really unhealthy paper cut that makes him or her take into consideration what they’ve finished.

Tearfully yours,

San Iker

P.S. Your island sounds good.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez is ‘champing at the bit’ to return

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Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is about to return from a 10-match ban on Wednesday, when he shall be out there for choice within the Reds’ League Cup tie with Manchester Utd.

When requested for a touch upon the Uruguayan’s a lot-hyped return, Liverpool manager David Brent Brendan Rodgers offered the next to The Guardian:

“It has been a extremely difficult time for him not taking part in games.

“He’s really champing at the bit to help the workforce. Everybody knows the depth of his quality and his angle. As soon as he gets again on the sphere again he will show what he has shown since he is been here.”

The phrase “champing at the bit” originates from horses that chew on their bit — typically salivating excessively — when they are nervous, impatient or excited. This does not seem like the neatest idiom Rodgers might have used to explain Suarez’s eagerness to return: not only is his dental work paying homage to an equine Freddie Mercury, however he’s coming back from a extremely publicized ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, which is the second time he has been banned for biting in his profession.

While Rodgers retreats to work on his next comedy routine (hopefully it would have one thing to do with envelopes again), here are another things that Suarez has been “champing” at while sitting on the Anfield sidelines…

A large Bratwurst, so as to try to impress potential suitors at Bayern Munich…

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A cigar from John Henry’s stash…

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Martin Škrtel’s Arrested Development DVD field set…

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A faux Rolex that Lucas Leiva sold him, and which has develop into not possible to remove…

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And his restricted-edition Brendan Rodgers motion figure (coming to a store close to you soon)…

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Federico Balzaretti celebrates Rome derby goal by crying

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Roma beat Lazio 2-0 to increase their excellent start to the Serie A season with four wins in as many matches. The derby win was especially sweet after Roma’s loss to Lazio in final season’s Coppa Italia ultimate — a match in which defender Federico Balzaretti did not play effectively and was tormented for it. However this time Balzaretti was a hero as he scored Roma’s first goal in the 63rd minute and the emotions of the moment proved overwhelming for him.

From Football Italia:

“I felt such unbelievable pleasure and emotion,” he told Mediaset and Roma Channel. “This doesn’t occur day-after-day. I tend to attain as soon as each 4 years, so to do it within the Derby… So much went by way of my head at that second.”

Once Balzaretti dried his eyes and the final whistle blew, it was time for lighter and giddier celebration for the workforce.

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Except for Daniele De Rossi, who celebrates with his distinctive model of livid humping.

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Barcelona had less possession than their opponents for the first time in five years, Pep Guardiola cries inside

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People do not like change, particularly when the status quo has produced 4 La Liga titles, two Champions League titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, four Spanish Tremendous Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cup titles over the past 5 years. So when Barcelona completed a competitive match with less possession than their opponents for the first time since a 4-1 loss to Real Madrid in Might 2008 (317 matches ago), it turned the headline…regardless that Barca beat Ray Vallecano 4-zero.

Barcelona’s official web site, which will get it’s knowledge from Opta, said possession was solely 51-forty nine p.c in Rayo’s favor while Opta’s English language Twitter feed said Barca solely had 46 p.c of possession (and Opta’s Spanish language Twitter feed said forty five %). Whatever the precise number was, it was less than what has change into the crew’s commonplace apply of ball hoggery. Even in dropping 7-0 on mixture to Bayern Munich last season, Barca still had 60 % of possession or extra in both legs. However to stave off the “finish of an era” speak that grew final season regardless that Barcelona nonetheless received La Liga, there was a necessity to change and adapt and avoid stagnation and predictability. And as Gerard Pique mentioned earlier than 4-0 win over Ajax earlier in the week (sure, one other 4-0 win), new manager Tata Martino is trying to do this.

From Reuters:

“We’ve been taking part in the same approach and Tata (coach Gerardo Martino) wants us to make some adjustments,” Spain defender Gerard Pique informed reporters on Tuesday.

“We’d like extra time. We’re looking for the stability between playing more straight and playing as all the time. However issues are going well,” he added on the eve of the Group H tie towards Ajax, the first meeting of the 2 former European champions.

Pique is not sugar coating the situation, either. Barcelona are prime of La Liga with 5 wins in as many matches. As Opta factors out, “Barcelona have gone on to win the league on all five earlier occasions the place they’ve opened with five successive wins.”

But as Barcelona’s tiki-taka purity begins to be diluted, the man who began that 5-yr span of dominance, Pep Guardiola, consoles himself over his old membership’s divergence from “the best means” by spreading his gospel within the very club that dominated Barca last season. Whereas Barcelona beat Rayo 4-zero with that puny sub-50 percent possession, Guardiola and Bayern Munich beat Schalke 4-0 with sixty nine % of possession.

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Manchester United’s 4-1 loss to Man City in David Moyes’ pained facial expressions

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Just when Manchester United had been beginning to recuperate from their 1-0 loss to rivals Liverpool, the enterprise of being the membership’s new supervisor acquired quite a bit worse for David Moyes with a 4-1 loss to Man City. The scoreline wasn’t as bad as Man United’s 6-1 loss to Metropolis at Old Trafford in 2011 (Man United’s worst house defeat since 1955), back when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge, however City fully dominated the match from the beginning.

Man United missed the injured Robin van Persie, as well as all of their other gamers who participated however decided to not show up. A late consolation goal from Wayne Rooney did nothing to ease the pain of the defeat, which was clearly evident on the face of essentially the most scrutinized man within the stadium. David Moyes’ face told the story of this match better than any of the goals, celebrations, or in-depth evaluation. So let’s take a look at it.

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“Just have to verify Shinji Kagawa isn’t out there…”

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“Look at the footwear. They can not sack me if I’m taking a look at my sneakers.”

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“Is Ashley Young doing this to spite me for publicly calling him out for diving or is he actually this ineffective while standing upright?”

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“F*** you, Pellegrini. If I bought players over the summer season, I would be doing nicely too.”

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“Be cool, David. Simply hold looking on the footwear. The footwear are a protected place. Ignore the fake sheikh and give attention to the footwear.”

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“After I win the Scottish Cup with Hamilton Academical subsequent season, I’m going to giggle about all this.”

Next up for Moyes: Another crack at Liverpool, this time in the Capital One Cup and at Previous Trafford.

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Suddenly realizing he needs Wayne Rooney, David Moyes tries to be nice

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When David Moyes took over as Manchester United supervisor over the summer season, Wayne Rooney had already made his second demand for a switch in three years. Lower than a month after beginning his new gig, Moyes reportedly made the already ugly state of affairs worse by saying, “general my thought on Wayne is, if for any motive we had an damage to Robin van Persie, we’ll want him.” Rooney was said to be “offended and confused” in regards to the remark and, by indirect means, he pushed harder for a transfer to Chelsea that was by no means going to materialize.

Now the switch window closed and Moyes is caught with the only player he has ever sued for libel. But as a substitute of waiting for Robin van Persie to get hurt, Rooney is proving to be the difference maker that he’s right now. Even a nasty gash on the Rooney’s forehead couldn’t cease the 27-year-previous from serving to Moyes in his time of want — when the early season doubts surrounding the brand new guy changing a residing legend smashed right into a zero-zero draw at home in opposition to Chelsea immediately followed by a 1-zero loss to rivals Liverpool (during which Rooney did not play) and a bumbling finish to the switch window.

Resigned to being in Manchester for an additional season whether he likes it or not (and it appears he’s still thinking “not”), Rooney started the next match towards Crystal Palace and scored his first purpose of the season to prime off a 2-0 win. Then, in opposition to Bayer Leverkusen within the Champions League, he scored twice and arrange another in a four-2 win. All of this after he got here on as a 61st minute substitute in the season opener against Swansea and set up two goals in the 4-1 win. Merely put, Rooney is proving vital to Man United’s consequence and Moyes’ survival even with Van Persie healthy as a horse.

It appears Moyes is realizing that reality, too. As a result of he is starting to lay on the niceties fairly thick. At his press conference forward of the Manchester derby, Moyes was requested if he missed Rooney at Everton after promoting him to Man United in 2004 — the deal that led to the passage in Rooney’s 2006 autobiography that prompted Moyes to sue and Rooney to “sincerely apologize” and pay a settlement reportedly value more than £500,000 to the man he wrote was “jealous” of him.

From ITV:

“Have I missed him?” stated Moyes.

“At the time when he left I wasn’t too certain but now I’m with him I certainly have as a result of he is some player.

“If I had had him at Everton, on a number of events at completely different occasions, undoubtedly we might have finished in a much higher place.

“He has matured, as younger men do. When you get a household it calms you down.”

“Now I am with him,” is a key phrase there. It’s the place his ideas seem to take a tough flip off the path of vengeful honesty they needed to careen down for the leisurely highway of ego-stroking platitudes. Of course Everton would have been better if Rooney stayed, however to say he is calmed and matured since having a family regardless of the prostitute scandals and obscenities shouted into TELEVISION cameras (not to mention the two makes an attempt to pressure a switch by press manipulation) is a bit a lot.

This is where Moyes and Rooney discover themselves, although. Attempting to disregard their variations in order to feed their own ambitions. It is working properly enough for now, however then once more it’s only September.

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A few Manchester United sponsorship opportunities that are still available

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Manchester United introduced a new club document £363 million in income final season, more than any other club in the world except Real Madrid. A whopping £152 million was commercial income alone as 20 of the club’s 33 sponsorship offers ranging from official paint companions to official noodle partners for Asia, Oceania and the Middle East had been signed final year. Though these offers cowl a wide array of merchandise everywhere in the world, there are still many sponsorship alternatives out there as Manchester United expect to hit £430 million in income in 2013/14. Here are a couple of of them…

-Official hypodermic needle companion of Manchester United
-Official Marouane Fellaini wig partner of Manchester United in Canada and Mongolia
-Official baby pool accomplice of Manchester United
-Official spandex bodysuit associate of Manchester United in Romania
-Official Cesc Fabregas associate of Manchester United
-Official feline breast pump associate of Manchester United
-Official weight loss partner of Manchester United midfielder Anderson
-Official member of parliament accomplice of Manchester United in Ukraine
-Official air companion of Manchester United on Earth
-Official Bebe shopping for accomplice of Manchester United in anywhere
-Official shop-dirty chocolate orange associate of Manchester United
-Official time travel partner of Manchester United within the UDFj-39546284 galaxy
-Official cereal fork associate of Manchester United
-Official Wayne Rooney happiness partner of Manchester United

Act now! These opportunities will probably be crammed rapidly!

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Jurgen Klopp sent off for terrifying the fourth official with his facial expressions

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has always been an animated fellow. Perhaps still carrying some pent-up aggression from his facet’s loss to Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League remaining, Klopp began the new Champions League marketing campaign by freaking out and getting sent off simply shy of half an hour into the Group F opener in opposition to Napoli.

Upset that the officials did not let Dortmund defender Neven Subotic back on the pitch after receiving treatment for an injury earlier than Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain may rating the match’s first purpose, Klopp reenacted scenes from The Exorcist inches away from the fourth official’s face. This got him despatched off, presumably for being possessed by at least 17 demon kings.

To make matters worse for Dortmund, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller was also sent off just earlier than halftime for dealing with the ball exterior of the world.

Here’s Klopp’s emotional progression over the last two days:

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When Borussia Dortmund’s YouTube channel urged each membership of their Champions League group to “play stunning” they most likely did not mean this.

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Wayne Rooney gets snippy when asked if he wanted to leave Man United

Wayne Rooney gave an excellent efficiency in Manchester United’s 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen within the Champions League group stage and he was rewarded for his efforts with a pair of momentous achievements. Together with his two goals in the match (that might have simply been three), Rooney reached 200 objectives for Manchester United and became the very best scoring British participant within the historical past of the Champions League.

After getting back from an unsightly head wound to attain his first Premier League objective of the season on the weekend, Rooney has the Outdated Trafford crowd firmly behind him once more despite the fact that he spent the summer season passive-aggressively trying to power a switch for the second time in three years. Though the followers have tried hard to forget this, not less than one reporter at ITV has not. And after the match, he decided to boost the same old bland participant interview fare by asking Rooney point-blank, “Loads of hypothesis — did you ever ask to leave?” This question did not please Rooney and his fast change in tone mirrored that.

“Pay attention, I’ve simply told ya I am concentrating on me football which I’ve been doing all summer time,” he snapped again with a murderous look in his eyes. This scared the reporter back right into a lighter line of questioning and the interview finished all smiles, however Rooney’s gruff non-answer speaks volumes. There may be a 3rd installment of this saga but to return.

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Iker Casillas comes off with rib injury after collision with Sergio Ramos

The universe really does not like Iker Casillas proper now. Lastly given the chance to start out in a aggressive match for Actual Madrid again, Casillas only lasted quarter-hour before he had to come off with an injury. Inflicted upon him by his own teammate. It is like one thing out of a modern day Ebook of Job.

As Casillas jumped to make a routine catch, teammate Sergio Ramos collided with him, attempting to restrict contact by driving his forearm into Casillas’ ribs. It did not look like a particularly arduous affect, but Casillas immediately put a hand to his side and winced, marking an end to his day a few minutes after having his midsection wrapped. Earlier than Ramos is blamed for transferring from breaking trophies to breaking teammates, it should be famous that Casillas first appeared in pain after stretching to make a save within the opening minutes of the match. The impact with Sergio Ramos most likely simply made the pre-existing situation a bit worse.

It was a broke hand (the results of a kick from teammate Alvaro Arbeloa) that spelled the tip of his time as a regular starter for Actual Madrid final season and now it could be a rib injury that keeps his sadness on the bench going. Poor Iker.

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David Moyes reprimands Ashley Young for diving

After Ashley Young was booked for a blatant attempt at simulation during Manchester United’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, manager David Moyes made his position on diving very clear. “I’ve always said I don’t like diving,” Moyes said. “Ash has put his leg into the lad’s leg. The boy definitely puts his leg out and, rightly so, he deserved to get booked. I don’t want my players diving. I don’t want anybody doing it. I’ll definitely say to Ash it’s not what I want.” On Monday, Moyes confirmed that he had a private word with Young on the matter. The following is a transcript of that conversation.

Moyes: Ashley, we need to talk.

Young: Sure, boss. What’s up?

Moyes: It’s about the diving. It needs to stop. Right now. I don’t know if Sir Alex ever said anything to you about it, but I won’t stand for it. And yes, that pun is intended. I thought about it last night and wrote it down.

Young: I don’t know what you’re talking about, boss. I don’t dive.

Moyes: Look, you don’t have to admit it. Just don’t do it again and we’ll be fine. Alright?

Young: OHHHH! OWWW!

Moyes: Get up, Ash. What was that?

Young: You tackled me with your words! Oh, it hurts so bad. I think I’ve done my ankle.

Moyes: I didn’t tackle you with my words, Ash. That’s not physically possible. This is exactly what I’m talking about. Just get up.

Young: But I can’t stand. I might never walk again. Where’s the physio?

Moyes: You don’t need to physio, Ashley. You’re faking it and I don’t like it. Now stop it or there’s going to be consequences.

Shinji Kagawa: I don’t dive, boss. Can I play instead of Ashley?

Moyes: No, Shinji, you cannot play! You can never play! No go practice your sitting.

Young: A bug has landed on me! Ahhhhhhhhhh it’s crushing my legs! I can feel the bones shattering under its monstrous weight!

Moyes: Actually, that is a bee. If you keep flailing like that, it’s going to sting you. Now just stop it, Ash. For your own good, just stop it.

Young: Ahhhhh! I flailed even harder and it stung me! I just lost consciousness because of the pain!

Moyes: You wouldn’t be able to say you’ve lost consciousness out if you lost consciousness. This is stupid. Look, if I let you take a penalty, will it stop hurting?

Young: Yes, boss.

Moyes: And you do realize that this is just a training session and taking a penalty right now will be absolutely meaningless?

Young: Yes, boss.

Moyes: Fine. Go and take your penalty.

Young: Thank you, boss.

Moyes: Just try to avoid bumping into Fellaini’s hair and pretending to break your neck on the way. And that’s exactly what you’ve done. Wonderful.

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Swansea-Liverpool turns into Jonjo Shelvey’s personal battle against himself, ends in heart-breaking draw

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A Jonjo divided in opposition to itself cannot stand. Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey proved this when he faced former club Liverpool for the primary time and ended up being the most important player for either side, leaving him to feel devastated and apologetic.

The match began so completely for Shelvey that it could solely be the setup for a merciless joke. Simply two minutes in, he scored to place Swansea up 1-zero and stun undefeated Liverpool. His teammates lifted him as much as rejoice as if he simply gained them the Champions League ultimate. Sadly for Shelvey, the match would proceed.

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Less than two minutes later (a.k.a. still simply the fourth minute of the match), Shelvey attempted a backpass that break up Swansea’s defenders and went right to Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who caught the goalkeeper in no man’s land and to attain a straightforward aim gifted to him by his former teammate. That made it 1-1 and took Shelvey from being joyously lifted up towards the heavens to protecting his head in disgrace so quick that it might be the backstory for a comic book e book character who goes from being knowledgeable footballers to Batman’s arch-nemesis. And unfortunately for Shelvey, the match would continue.

About half an hour handed, allowing Jonjo to recompose himself, however then it occurred again…and not the great “it.” Shelvey handed it proper to Victor Moses, who then went around him and scored on his Liverpool debut to put the guests up 2-1 in the 36th minute. Both this and the assist on Sturridge’s goal have been better passes than just about anything he did while he actually performed for Liverpool. Shelvey abruptly had hassle standing upright.

Sweet, merciful halftime got here without additional incident and despite Shelvey surrendering the lead he gave his team, Swansea supervisor Michael Laudrup decided to send him back out for the second half. And in the 56th minute, Shelvey was booked for his part in a scuffle with another former teammate, Lucas.

Surely Jonjo was within the midst of a downward spiral that might solely end with Swansea’s groundskeepers constructing a gutter on the pitch just for him to put in. But to the 21-yr-outdated’s credit, he did not hand over and as an alternative kept struggle, kept trying to dig himself out of his rut. And within the sixty fourth minute, it paid off when he dropped a wonderfully placed header at Michu’s feet for the equalizer.

The match went on to end 2-2 with Shelvey influencing all 4 objectives. And though the final one was a positive for him, the two evident errors weighed heavy on Jonjo, who looked like a child who simply broke the urn containing his grandfather’s ashes in his publish-match interview. He apologized to Swansea fans and stated the expertise wasn’t something he’d want on his worst enemy.

Here are several things that happened to Shelvey when he left the stadium:

-He discovered a cute pet in his car that spontaneously combusted as quickly as he named it.
-He bought his favorite ice cream to make himself feel better and after eating half of it, he realized there was a human hand within the container.
-He discovered £50 on the ground, but the homeless man he gave it to informed him it was fake.
-He took a shortcut residence that ended up taking the exact same period of time as his regular route.
-He went to bed early just to finish the day and immediately had a nightmare through which he relived the entire match from starting to end. He then woke as much as see that it was now the time he often goes to sleep.

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A copy of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid contract extension agreement

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A few quick hours after Gareth Bale made his aim-scoring debut for Actual Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo ensured the spotlight was mounted firmly on his oddly bespectacled face on Sunday as he became one of the best paid participant on the planet.

Over the following 5 years, the Portuguese star will now earn a primary wage of €21 million after tax in a deal designed to keep him on the Bernabeu till the age of 33. But after so much uncertainty with reference to his future in Spain, how was the tricky winger persuaded to re-up with Florentino Perez? DT has used its extensive network of moles to acquire a duplicate of the Contract Extension Agreement he signed, which is reprinted below for your consideration…

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Dani Alves offered Eric Abidal part of his liver

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When Eric Abidal’s contract was not renewed by Barcelona at the end of last season after his triumphant and inspiring return from a liver transplant, teammate and friend Dani Alves determined to put on his old No. 22 shirt in his honor. Now playing for Monaco, Abidal has revealed that Alves tried to do way over change his shirt number, although.

From the AP:

Abidal instructed Catalunya Radio that Dani Alves, who now wears Abidal’s previous number 22, “needed to offer me his liver, however it could not be” as a result of it might have damage the Brazil proper again’s ability to play. The France defender’s cousin ended up donating him part of his liver.

“The story with Dani goes beyond the jersey,” Abidal stated. “He knows it. Me too. We are buddies and we speak about everything. He needed to help me. And in addition to, he is an excellent person. He was my neighbor and his ex-spouse and my spouse are associates.”

To offer somebody a chunk of one among your vital organs is above and beyond the conventional dedication as a teammate. Particularly in an age when professional footballers extra recognized for limiting their organ donation to the wives of their teammate and brothers in a extra adulterous sense.

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Gareth Bale scores in first match with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo refrains from trying to tackle him

It only took Gareth Bale 38 minutes to break his duck with Real Madrid and prevent any(more) unnecessary drama that a prolonged wait for his first goal would produce. With Real down 1-0 to Villarreal, Bale equalized with a sliding tap-in right in front of goal off a pass from Daniel Carvajal.

Cristiano Ronaldo was right there to give him a high-five and a hug and Bale only did his heart hands celebration as a perfunctory afterthought once he accepted the congratulations of all his new teammates.

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Not to be outdone, Ronaldo then put Real Madrid up 2-1 in the 64th minute instead of attempting a two-footed tackle on Bale for the second day in a row. Villarreal found an equalizer of their own from Gio Dos Santo just six minutes later, though. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.

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Wayne Rooney scores lovely curling free kick for his first goal of the season

With Sir Alex Ferguson in the stands and Ashley Young diving to the ground, Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Old Trafford. Robin van Persie scored the first goal from the penalty spot just before halftime and Wayne Rooney sealed it with his first of the season.

Wearing a protective headband over his healing head gash, Rooney curled a free kick just out of reach of Palace keeper Julian Speroni in the 81st minute. And then he posed.

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Rooney is all smiles again, which makes his latest transfer request seem like it never happened. Until it happens again.

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Cardiff City make away end feel like home ground for traveling fans

Cardiff City employees wearing Everton shirts. (@CardiffCityaway)

Newly promoted to the Premier League, Cardiff Metropolis are attempting to encourage away followers to go to their 4-yr-previous Cardiff Metropolis Stadium by making them really feel like one thing more than undesirable cattle that ought to be treated suspiciously. To do that, they’ve taken matchday hospitality to the acute in an effort to convince away supporters that they’ve entered a bizarro world model of their residence floor. In Wales.

From PremierLeague.com:

In a bid to attract extra visiting fans, Cardiff have created an away end designed to make them feel at home. On arrival on the away automobile park, right next to the away end, followers are greeted by a “matchday assistant”, who provides them all the knowledge they need. As soon as inside the ground, fans are served foods and drinks by staff carrying their own crew’s house shirts, that are later introduced to a lucky few. The meals that followers are served has included native delicacies. Last season, Middlesbrough followers, for example, had been treated to plates of Parmo, their favorite deep-fried chicken in breadcrumbs with a cheese sauce. […]

“We respect South Wales just isn’t essentially the most accessible of locations,” Gorringe informed The Independent. “It is a trek for everybody. You are looking at £100 minimum for a time out at soccer nowadays. We would like them to know we worth them for coming.”

In addition to having workers wear the visiting membership’s shirts offering native delicacies, Cardiff — who’re unbeaten of their two residence matches against Man Metropolis and Everton this season — also provide a digital away fan information, play highlight movies of the day’s opponents in the away end and put up membership particular posters thanking followers for traveling the precise distance of their journey. Additionally they plan to construct a stage within the away finish so a band can play visiting supporters’ songs of selection. Briefly, they’re doing everything however providing free colonoscopies (coming 2015!).

And it appears to be working. On their option to successful the Championship final season, ticket sales for the away end increased 15 percent. Plus, it is cheap to assume that fan hassle is much less seemingly after they charge like they’re being treated with respect and as visitors at a sport as an alternative of enemy combatants.