Monday, December 29, 2008

Steven Gerrard Arrested!



Following a 2 goal performance in Liverpool's 5-1 win over Newcastle, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been arrested by Merseyside police.

Gerrard was one of six men who were arrested by police after a brawl in the Lounge Inn in Southport, Merseyside.

A 34 year old man was taken to the hospital with non serious facial injuries. 

Liverpool is not commenting on the incident.

The details of this incident is still unclear, but hopefully it is a situation where Gerrard was targeted or provoked by someone who hates Liverpool rather than a situation that Gerrard put himself in.


UPDATE:

The FA has determined that they will not punish Gerrard unless he is proven guilty of assault by authorities. This means that Gerrard will be able to play in England's match against Spain on February 11th.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Beckham Introduced as Milan Player



David Beckham was officially presented by AC Milan today as Beckham begins a 3 month loan with the club.

Beckham is looking to train with the team to keep his fitness level up during the MLS off season, and to be in shape for the English national team.

On his move to Milan Beckham said, "This adventure gives me a great deal of motivation. Milan is truly an incredible club, better than the rest. After playing in the best English and Spanish teams, I am at the best Italian team."

Beckham will wear number 32 while with the club, and will supposedly travel with Milan to the game on Sunday.

No word on when Beck's will get in his first game, but with injuries to Gattuso, Pirlo, Kaka, and Flamini, the once amazing Milan midfield could now use all the help they can get. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Soccerpro.com Jersey's

Just had a really great shopping experience I thought you guys should know about...

I was doing my holiday shopping for some of my friends who love soccer, and I figured I would get some of them jersey's of their favorite players.

I went on SoccerPro.com to look at the jersey's and wound up getting an Italy jersey. 

The jersey was an official Puma Italy home jersey and was a real quality item that arrived quickly to my house.

So once again everyone if your looking for a holiday gift for a soccer fan, through personal experience I really recommend going on soccerpro.com to get your items.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gattuso Out for the Season



AC Milan could use David Beckham now more than ever.

Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso suffered knee ligament damage this weekend against Catania and the injury will likely end his season. 

Milan posted a statement on their website saying, "AC Milan would like to communicate that Gennaro Gattuso has undergone a scan following the injury he sustained against Catania. The results of the tests have revealed an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament."

This injury could leave Gattuso out for up to 6 months. 

This is a huge loss for Milan as Gattuso is always the hardest worker on the field and is vital to their defensive success.

In other Serie A injury news:

Marco Materazzi Fractures Cheekbone

Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi has suffered a broken cheekbone in Inter's 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen in the Champions League.

Materazzi was involved in a collision in the first half of the game, and was substituted out at half time.

It seems the injury will most likely keep Materazzi out of action until at least January. 

This is also bad news for Inter as they are already dealing with a rash of injuries.

Real Madrid Fire Coach Bernd Schuster



The revolving door of coaches at Real Madrid continues now that Madrid have announced the firing of coach Bernd Schuster.

This news comes days after Madrid's 4-3 defeat to Sevilla. After the game Schuster seemed to give up on the team saying that it would be impossible for Madrid to defeat Barcelona this Saturday.

Madrid are currently in 5th place in La Liga and trail leaders Barcelona by 9 points.

Madrid have named former Tottenham coach Juande Ramos as the new coach.

At the press conference Ramos said, "I would like to thank the board for their confidence, I face this job with excitement. It's everybody's dream. I hope I don't let anyone down and that I achieve the successes that this club has set for this season."

Ramos is Real Madrid's 11th coach in the past 10 seasons.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Is Nike Influencing Ronaldo?



I hate Cristiano Ronaldo transfer rumors as much as the next guy, but this is ridiculous.

Italy's Il Corriere Dello Sport is reporting that Nike, the company that sponsors Cristiano Ronaldo is trying to influence him to go to Inter Milan.

Nike sponsors Inter Milan while adidas sponsors the team Ronaldo wants to go to Real Madrid.

Supposedly Ronaldo would get a huge endorsement deal if the move is made as well as Inter.

If this is true than it is very sad. You don't want to see companies like Nike influencing what teams players for.

Maybe Ronaldo can include some Nike products in the new store CR7 he just opened.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Have You Seen This Goal?

Here is the 8th installment of the Goal of the Week.

This week the Goal of the Week was scored by Inter's Muntari in Inter's 2-1 victory over Napoli.

This goal was a great team effort.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Ballon d'Or Thoughts



The publication France Football will announce the winner of the prestigious Ballon d'Or award tomorrow morning. 

Of the 30 players on the shortlist to win the award, you have to believe that Cristiano Ronaldo will win. 

Why Cristiano Ronaldo Will Win the Ballon d'Or
1. Ronaldo led his team to the Champions League title.
2. Ronaldo scored 42 goals for Manchester United last season, leading all scorers in Europe.
3. Ronaldo led his team to the Premier League title.
4. Ronaldo has already won the FIFPro World Player of the Year award.
5. Lionel Messi has endorsed Ronaldo for the award.

Why Cristiano Ronaldo Could Lose the Ballon d'Or
1. Ronaldo's performance in both the Champions League final (where he missed a penalty kick) and in Euro 08 add to the idea that he doesn't perform well in big games.
2. Ronaldo's long transfer saga this summer could have left a bad taste in the mouth of voters.
3. Since the end of last season no one has played better than Lionel Messi. Messi has looked simply unstoppable in both the Olympics and in La Liga and is currently in the best form of anyone in the world. Messi has gotten more praise from his fellow players than Ronaldo has.
4. Fernando Torres scored over 30 goals in his first year in the Premier League, and led Spain to a Euro 08 title. Those accomplishments certainly put him in the mix.


If Ronaldo does win the Ballon d'Or it would be the first time a player from the Premier League won since Michael Owen won in 2001, and the first time a player from Manchester United won since George Best in 1968.

Who do you think will win the Ballon d'Or?