Twitter Causes Your Team To Suck?

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Or so says Darren Bent. The Sunderland striker recently swore off Twitter after claiming that the 140-character-or-less social networking site was a “distraction” to himself and  his relegation-threatened teammates.

“I had a good chat with the manager recently and I just thought with the run we’re on at the moment, I needed to get rid of the distractions,” Bent told the Sunderland Echo. “I have to solely focus on getting Sunderland out of the relegation battle and I have shut the Twitter down. I don’t even go on it any more to look at what other people are posting.”

Well, I guess when it comes from a guy called “DBTheTruth” it has to be…true.

Becks Tough on New Zealand’s Economy

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I don’t really get this story, but according to ESPN Soccernet, David Beckham cost the people of New Zealand $1.46 million. Apparently an exhibition match between Beck’s LA Galaxy and the Oceania “All-Stars” (yeah, those guys) failed to generate enough revenue, and now Kiwi taxpayers have to foot the remainder of whatever it cost to put on the game.

“The decision to promote the L.A. Galaxy event was made without a formal business strategy or a clear policy about the level of commercial risk that the council was willing to assume,” said New Zealand Auditor General Phillippa Smith. “We conclude that, despite the efforts of the council officers involved, the loss occurred because the L.A. Galaxy/Oceania ‘All Stars’ match was in essence the wrong event, at the wrong time, for the wrong price.”

And in other news, some Italian chick grabbed Beckham’s crotch. Video below:

Beck Ball Touch

Ronaldinho: Don’t Worry Play Better Now

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Apparently all it takes is a little off-field happiness to transform a player from overpaid bust back to FIFA World Player of the Year. Or so seems to be the case with Ronaldinho.

Explaining his recent resurgence (6 goals in the past 3 games), the AC Milan midfielder said, “I feel the love and so I am happy. I step onto the field happy and everything goes smoothly from there.”

Turn up the Bobby McFerrin!

My Sturridge Don’t Cost A Thing…Or 7M

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So, looks like Daniel Sturridge may cost Chelsea a pretty British Pound. The Professional Football Compensation Committee ruled that the east Londoners owe Manchester City 3.5M for the July 2009 transfer and that number could balloon up to 7M if Sturridge reaches certain milestones.

Apparently, the two sides failed to reach an amount on an initial fee, and, as a result of Sturridge’s age, City is now due compensation.

That makes sense…

The Old Man Returneth

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Yup, Sol Campbell, the guy who dropped Notts County faster than NBC dropped that awesome idea to have Leno on at 10pm , officially returned to Arsenal on Tuesday, the club that he called home from 2001-2006. Apparently, Campbell will play a few games with the reserves before Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger decides if the former England national is ready for the big, grassy stage.

In other news, Arsenal’s reserve team defeated West Ham’s backups 2-0 today.

Hi, Teams That Will Lose to EPL Clubs in the Champions League!

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The group stage draws for the Champions League are in, and barring a few exceptions, the Premiership clubs again look like the favorites to make deep runs. In case you don’t feel like doing anything strenuous (like clicking a link), here’s some of the more interesting opening round pairings:

Inter and Barcelona in in Group F
Real Madrid and AC Milan in Group C
Unirea Urziceni and VfB Stuttgart in Group G

Wait a minute…

Tevez to Sir Alex: “You Scurred”

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That’s right folks, Carlos Tevez claims Manchester United be scurred to play Manchester City.  In a recent interview, the Argentine striker continued his war-of-words against his former squad and, in particular, Man U manager Sir Alex Ferguson:

“Ferguson is history for me but I know that he is scared of playing against us,” Tevez told Globoesporte. “It’s dangerous for Ferguson’s objectives and for him to criticise Manchester City.”

Here’s some more kind words from Willow to A-Ferg:

“[Manchester City manager] Mark Hughes is only focused on his work and the team, he doesn’t get involved in the negotiations,” Willow said. “He has been a football player so there is a big difference in the way he treats each player.”

USA vs. Mexico: The Legend Continues

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Coverage starts at 4:00pm EST on Telemundo, mun2, and Futbol de Primera Radio for USA vs Mexico World Cup Qualifying match. Plan accordingly.

Side note: First time in history ESPN will be doing a live 30-min pre-game show (3:30pm EST) for a soccer match not airing on its network. Interest.


Everybody Hates Michael Owen

 

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Look yourself in the mirror and say, “I’ve sold exactly as many jerseys in the Man U Megastore as Michael Owen.” Yeah, it’s true. According to an employee, the U’s team store has received exactly ZERO requests for an Owen jersey (in case you don’t know, Owen signed with the squad earlier this month).

If it’s any consolation to the former Liverpool/England national team star, at least he can’t get any less popular with Red Devil fans…right?

Donovan & Beckham: So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance…Or Not

 

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Following up on an early Soccerati post, looks like that little book on David Beckham (the aptly titled The Beckham Experiment) might cause some serious relationship issues for the LA Galaxy.

In the book, LA team-mate Landon Donovan calls out Becks’ commitment to the Galaxy and the British international’s leadership skills.

“Maybe he’s not a leader, maybe he’s not a captain,” LD says. “Fair enough. But at minimum, you should bust your ass everyday. That hasn’t happened. And I don’t think that’s too much to expect. Especially when he’s brought all this on us.”

Oh no he didn’t!

The damage control on Donovan v. Beckham should be fun to watch.  Stay tuned for more.

It’s a Done Deal

 

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Or it’s a done “world-record setting” deal to be more precise. That’s right, Man U and Real Madrid officially completed the 80 million GBP (how the heck do you make the Pound sign on a computer) transfer of Cristiano “The Bad Guy” Ronaldo from the Red Devils to the Los Blancos.

The done deal comes only days after Real unveiled Kaka as the newest member of Los Merengues (so many nicknames). 

GALACTICOS UNITE!

Blame It On the Drogba, Yeah, Yeah!

 

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Or at least that’s what former Blues coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is doing regarding his sacking from Chelsea. Big Phil feels his demise came about because Didier Drogba, along with Petr Cech and Michael Ballack, failed to show the Brazilian any respect as a head coach.

 

“The people sacked are always the coaches. The main players already know this. That was my problem at Chelsea. Drogba, Ballack and Cech did not accept my training methods or my demands.”

Awwww, does Big Phil need a hug?

Do You Believe In…Altidore

 

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We won! We won! No seriously, we won. The US scored a huge upset today by defeating the #1 team in the world, ESPANA! The win (thanks to goals from Jozy Altidore & Clint Dempsey) means our guys advance to the finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup where they’ll face either Brazil or host country South Africa.

US v Spain Highlights

Last week, the US need a stars-and-moons-aligned miracle just to get out of the group stage and now they’re playing in the finals. Man, I love soccer.