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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #260 on: January 25, 2013, 08:37:14 PM »

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #261 on: January 29, 2013, 11:31:30 AM »
 
 Updated Jan 29, 2013 12:10 PM ET       

  Balotelli - who has reportedly already flown to Italy - will have a medical on Wednesday and provided there are no problems he will join AC Milan, the city rivals of the striker's former club Inter.
 
AC Milan director Umberto Gandini confirmed that the transfer fee has been agreed with Manchester City and once the medical is completed, the striker will sign a contract which keeps him at the club until 2017.
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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #263 on: January 29, 2013, 05:47:01 PM »
I have heard of this today. Man U owners must be proud  :)

I watched a little bit of QPR - Man City sa they draw 0-0. Boring game but I had put a bet on City so I have to stay tuned  :whistle:

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #264 on: January 29, 2013, 05:49:33 PM »
Juve is out  :)>>>> :)>>>> :)>>>>
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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #265 on: January 29, 2013, 06:32:11 PM »
man u is now worth $3 billion general brickster.
 
they are the top gun in terms of market valuation.

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #266 on: January 30, 2013, 10:47:58 AM »
Lionel Messi, Ronaldo lead AP player rankingsBy SIMON HAYDON (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press Tue, Jan 29, 2013 10:15 AM EST
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LONDON (AP) -- Lionel Messi's four-goal burst ensured that he and Barcelona returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Soccer rankings this week.
The romance of England's FA Cup produced some unlikely names in the Top 10 teams and a previously unknown striker at No. 9.
Thirteeen out of 18 panelists placed Messi at No. 1 on their list of Top 10 players, with Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in second place after his hat trick. With 10 points for the top position, Messi earned 176 points, followed by Ronaldo with 159.
Sampdoria striker Mauro Icardi, a 19-year-old Argentine who is becoming a fixture in the AP Top 10 as one of the most promising players in European club soccer, was third with 90 points.
Icardi, a product of Barcelona's youth academy, scored four times in Sampdoria's 6-0 rout of Pescara in Serie A.
''The youngster from Rosario scored four times against Pescara and showed why Cesare Prandelli hopes to see him turn his back on his native country and represent the Italian national team,'' Leonardo Bertozzi of ESPN Brazil said.
Eurosport's Cedric Rouquette said the year has started just like the previous four with Messi slightly ahead of Ronaldo ''at the summit of world football.''
''Thrill of the week, however, was Icardi's four goals,'' Rouquette said. ''Even if his goals were not technically difficult or inventive, a player needs superior talent to always be in the right place at the right time.''
James Porteous of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong also had Messi at the top and Ronaldo just behind.
''Just hours after Ronaldo scored his 19th hat trick for Real Madrid, Messi scored four against Osasuna as the world's two best players continued their remarkable scoring form,'' Porteous said.
Barcelona moved back into first place in the team rankings this week with 157 points, well clear of Real Madrid's 115. Bayern Munich was again in third place despite a successful Bundesliga season, with 11 points clear at the top.
Bayern earned 104 points, almost twice as many as fourth-place Borussia Dortmund. Manchester United was fifth with 57 points.
Napoli was in sixth place, and the next three slots are filled by teams with the unlikely names of Bradford, Luton and Oldham. All three lowly English clubs - Luton is not even in the Football League - overcame Premier League opposition in domestic cup competitions, beating Aston Villa, Norwich and Liverpool, respectively.
''My top 10 teams are dominated by lower league sides after a week of cup upsets in Britain,'' Porteous said. ''Bradford kicked it off by reaching the League Cup final, while Luton, Oldham and Leeds were among those teams taking down Premier League opposition in the FA Cup.''
Matt Smith, a 6-foot-7-inch forward, scored twice in Oldham's 3-2 victory over Liverpool and earned ninth place in the player poll, ahead of AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy, whose consistent performances this season will likely give earn him a permanent place in the Italian national team.
''A couple of shout outs this week to lower, lower English players for goals in big FA Cup upsets,'' Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said. ''Matt Smith's two goals against Liverpool deserve attention. This may well be the high point of Smith's career, and I salute it.''
Edinson Cavani, one of many bright young South Americans playing in Serie A, has been a regular in the AP Top 10 and is in fourth place in the latest survey with 68 points, clear of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, who finally seems to be settling into the goal-scoring rhythm manager Arsene Wenger hoped he would produce at the start of the season.
Two Bundesliga players, Poland midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski and Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, filled seventh and eighth places.
AP Global Soccer Rankings for week ending Jan. 27th (previous rankings in parentheses):
Players:
1. Lionel Messi, (5), 176 points.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo, (1), 159.
3. Mauro Icardi, 90.
4. Edinson Cavani, (10), 68.
5. Javier Hernandez, 43.
6. Olivier Giroud, 42.
7. Jakub Blaszczykowski, 37.
8. Mario Mandzukic, 36.
9. Matt Smith, 35.
10. Stephan el Shaarawy, 28.
Teams:
1. Barcelona, 157 points.
2. Real Madrid, (1), 115.
3. Bayern Munich, (5), 104.
4. Borussia Dortmund, (4), 57.
(tie) Manchester United, 57.
6. Napoli, 56.
7. Bradford, 48.
8. Luton, 41.
9. Oldham, 36.
10. Athletic Bilbao, 28.

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #267 on: January 31, 2013, 09:48:09 AM »
Bekham is not going to australia after all. he is headed to paris to join PSG. they are qatari owned too.


 
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Re: Football Lounge
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« Reply #269 on: February 02, 2013, 07:33:48 PM »
Doubt Bekham is going to get much of the playing time in Paris  :)

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #270 on: February 02, 2013, 08:49:06 PM »
why not general? is it the age? i think he is 37 or 38.

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« Reply #271 on: February 03, 2013, 01:01:52 AM »
Beckham is a timeless player - who is most effective in 'dead-ball' situations.. As long as his trusty right foot is strong, Becks will be good to go.. PSG, however have options in their squad.. It remains to be seen if Becks can shine for the Parisians! :cool:

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« Reply #272 on: February 03, 2013, 02:01:50 AM »
agreed.
 
also PSG is Qatari backed. they will spend the money to get beckham  any and all the help he needs.
 
bekham is a major draw all over the globe. that is at least 1 reason they brought him in.

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #273 on: February 03, 2013, 02:08:09 AM »
by the way propstoart feel free to post at the castle thread right next door anytime you please. you are more than welcome there.
i will be glad to introduce you to the others there. thanks.
 
 
and also if you have interest in art, please do not hesitate to start your very own art thread here. it will be fun and we will help you as much as we can with art.
 
it could be a good learning experience for all of us. you can start your art thread right here at the chat section.
 
and i will sticky it if you decide to do it.
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« Reply #274 on: February 03, 2013, 04:47:14 AM »
Beckham is old school type of midfielder he relies on touch and technique and much less on physical attributes. And when you look at the PSG player lists,a  good CM who can "feed"  PSG attackers and Ibra and Lavezzi in first place. is must needed. They already have pastore who is much more offensive oriented and Thiago Motta who is good as anchor man but lacks playmaking attributes.

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« Reply #275 on: February 03, 2013, 10:08:37 AM »
Thanks for the invite, General Clay Death! I will definitely pop in.. I have no talent for art, that is why I adore it! ..-)

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #276 on: February 03, 2013, 10:42:07 AM »
you are welcome.
 
see you next door. vina del mer is about to start. what is your take on rafa?
 
how long will it take for him to get back to his own standard on clay?

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« Reply #277 on: February 03, 2013, 11:21:05 AM »
bekham is staying in huge demand. people want to see him out there on the field.

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Re: Football Lounge
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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #279 on: February 04, 2013, 12:52:38 AM »
you are welcome.
 
see you next door. vina del mer is about to start. what is your take on rafa?
 
how long will it take for him to get back to his own standard on clay?

Rafa was not playing at his 'standard' even before his injury-enforced lay-off last year. He has played through injury for too long. Now, with the lengthy absence, he must not only gain full health in his knees but also adapt to the standard of tennis being played on the tour.. Rafa, himself, has dispelled all expectations of glory, preferring to focus on his health and fitness. The goal, therefore, is to play a few matches, and at an acceptable standard.  :)