Italian Soccer Leagued Renamed for Online Gambling Site

serie_bwinAhh, like to see it …

Italy’s Serie B has been renamed for their title sponsor, and now will be known as Serie Bwin.

It’s a two-year deal according to Reuters. This comes after an operational split between Italy’s second-tier professional football league and Serie A.

Below is a list from Wikipedia of who will be in Serie B, er, Serie bwin, for 2010-2011:

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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!

Mutu Bufu’d

Sa ma ia dracu
Sa ma ia dracu

I cannot in any legal sense get my head around this.   In 2003, Chelsea uses it’s newly printed oil mafia cash to overpay Parma for the rights to Adrian Mutu.  Mutu plays for a year, gets caught doing blow, and is suspended for 7 months.  Chelsea decides to terminate his contract, escaping having to pay his wages during the suspension by firing him “for cause.”  So far, I get it.

Chelsea then sues Mutu (through the various sport arbitrators) to try and recover the amount that it didn’t earn by reselling Mutu in the transfer market, and WINS, to the tune of over $24 million dollars.  Wha?  So many problems with this:

1. Where’d they get that figure? It is unfair to assess his market value based upon the inflated amount Chelsea paid, and he certainly didn’t live up to the valuation in his year at the Bridge.  Plus, the rumors of drug use had been confirmed by the suspension, which hardly increases a player’s value.

2. Chelsea didn’t have to terminate his contract and make him a free agent.  I understand why they did, and they benefited financially by not having to pay Mutu during his suspension; further, they gained by not paying his wages for the term of the contract that, cynically, he wasn’t worth.  But again, they CHOSE to forfeit their rights to Mutu rather than try and sell him, even for pennies on the dollar.  In any legitimate tribunal, Mutu is at least entitled to an offset for what they might have been able to get for him, and this is a sum that can be gleaned by looking at Mutu’s subsequent transfer history.

3. This is dangerous precedent.  Mutu was terminated for violating his contract, and has to pay what he would be worth if the club had sold him.  That figure was determined entirely by looking at what Chelsea paid for him.  Isn’t this a way for clubs that spend silly money overpaying for players just to make a splash to get out from under their own stupidity?  City could have terminated Robinho for going awol last year, and perhaps they’ll consider it moving forward if they could get their 55m back from him.  This is not a frivolous concern.

4. His wife is smoking hot.  Consuelo, Soccerati is here for you if you need anything.

Figo Thinks He’s Turning Chinese, He Really Thinks So

 

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Ok, so former World Player of the Year and Inter Milan-er Luis Figo recently retired from “high level” soccer and now wants to spend his golden years…playing for the Chinese Super League? Yeah, here’s an exact quote from the Portuguese international:

 

“I am also happy to accept offers from CSL clubs.”

Ummm…ok, or you could just retire.

By the way, the name Chinese Super League rocks. I suggest we change the NBA to the FSBA or the F’ing Sweet Basketball Association.

Serie A-er Headed to the EPT

You mean EPL? No, I mean EPT … the European Poker Tour. Apparently Inter’s Christian Vieri has got the Texas Hold’em bug … and plans to play in the EPT’s Championship at Monte Carlo. That’s the big-boy across the pond, and you can only imagine the sharks are happy to add some Serie-A money to the prize pool. At the same time, every so often a world-class competitor on another field surprises the poker-peeps and shows he can play.

Anyhow, Go Poker, Go Soccer, and Go Christian Vieri.

You can pretty much rest assured, with Poker Stars, at a minimum he’ll get a nifty sponsorship deal out of it.

Thanks, Craig, for the link!

New Second-Favorite Italian Team: Chievo

Honestly, I had never heard of them before. But apparently they are called The Donkeys … and I just saw AC Chievo come back from a 2-0 deficit against Inter Milan (they were taking them for granted) to draw level in the 60somethingth minute. Apparently they are gentlemen from Verona.

UPDATE: They are actually called the Flying Donkeys (emph. added) … even cooler.

CRAP: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored. I suppose it was inevitable.

NEVER MIND: Another one for Ibrahimovic. It was just a brief scare, apparently, and Inter has stepped back up to put Chievo back in their dominated place. Bummer. Back to rooting for Roma, I guess.