Arsenal Rant: Gunners' fate to be decided over the winter - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's been a fascinating season so far for Arsenal. From the unexpected acquisition of Mesut Ozil for an eye-watering amount of dosh, to their current state perched atop the English top flight four points ahead of the chasing pack; Gunners fans everywhere are full of good cheer as we approach Christmas.
South American football expert Tim Vickery has revealed to talkSPORTthat Tottenham Hotspur made a late move for Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato. Pato was once viewed as one of the most promising youngsters in Europe during his time with AC Milan, but the Brazilian has been unable to live up to the early expectations.
We're one day behind Offbeat Wednesday, but there's still plenty of crazy gossip from the world of football! Read on as Mario Balotelli proposes to his new girlfriend (with a foil ring!), Leo Messi gets inked, Pato welcomes Barbara Berlusconi to Brazil, Cassano's newborn inspiration and Sylvie van der Vaart wards off her super mean neighbours!
Comenzaron los movimientos fuertes en Europa y el mundo: el seleccionado brasileÃ±o Alexandre Pato fue presentado oficialmente con el Corinthians de su paÃs, con el que firmÃ³ por cuatro aÃ±os luego de su estancia en el AC MilÃ¡n y en el que bajÃ³ notablemente de nivel en los Ãºltimos tiempos.
It's official! Alexandre Pato has sealed a move from AC Milan to World Champion Corinthians for a chance to represent Brazil at this year's Confederations Cup, and in the longer-term, make the World Cup squad.
Corinthians announced that they had signed the 23-year-old on a four-year deal last night, and paid â‚¬15 million (with future sale rights split into 60% for the club club and 40% for the player, should they decide to sell him, presumably to another European club) for the striker.
AC Milan's out-of-favor striker (yes, unfortunately it had to come to this!), Alexandre Pato, has been linked to a move back to Brazil. And the club in question? The recently-crowned World Club Cup champions, Corinthians, of course!
According to Italian reports, the 23-year-old wants a spot in Brazil's World Cup squad, and for that, he'll require a regular run of games (tough luck, with El Shaarawy around).
Borussia Dortmund didn't play like an underdog, or like a visitor, in pushing Real Madrid to the brink on Tuesday.
The German champions gave Jouse Mourinho's side all they could handle, and nearly grabbed all three points, but a Mesut Ozil goal in the 89th minute helped Real Madrid salvage a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu.
Bojan Krkic Perez of Milan (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)
There is good news for AC Milan this week as Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato is likely to return to the squad after a series of injuries that have kept him off the pitch since August. Pato could play in the coming game against Lazio on Oct.
It's time for your Weekly Gossip Special again! This week, read about Pilar Rubio and Sergio Ramos' secret reunion, Mario Balotelli's new apartment, Peter Crouch's night out, Pato and Barbara's boat ride and The Rooneys' new bundle of joy!
Finally, after weeks of 'hard work' and possible overtime from the Spanish paparazzi, new images of Sergio Ramos and TV host, Pilar Rubio, together have emerged.
Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo was spotted at the
Udinese-Juventus game yesterday in a match Sebastien Giovinco the
shortest player at Euro 2012 (that needed to be said!)- scored a brace. The Turin side went on to
win 4-1, sending them to the top of the Serie A table, despite the fact that Antonio
Conte's ten-month ban has forced him to sit out all their upcoming games.
While last year there was hope and optimism ahead of the new season, this year there is nothing but
fear and anxiety. Amid yet more scandals and Italy's impressive run to the final of Euro 2012, it
has been a typically dramatic summer on the peninsula. But, as far as drama goes, Milan have taken
A guest post from FootballClubRankings.com's Mike Rizzo on how Milan will fare this coming season
in light of the dramatic changes that have swept through the club during this most difficult
summer. A word of warning, the outlook is not all that great.
Welcome to Offbeat Wednesday! This week, read about Real Madrid's preseason, Pato's fear of his
father-in-law, Silvio Berlusconi, Neymar's son and Mario Balotelli's baby mummy, Rafaella Fico, at
a spiritual retreat.
Sergio Ramos may look like a washed out Eurodance star in this
photo from Real Madrid's preseason-bound flight to the USA, but judging from his latest tattoo,
he's ready to roll with the rest of Los Blancos.
It finally came. The speech Milan fans have all been waiting for in this summer of discontent.
After an exodus of the club's two best players and a host of experienced campaigners, coupled with
the lack of major arrivals, Silvio Berlusconi's time had come. He had to say something. Milan fans
were hoping to hear [.
Should we take it as a sign, or is it just because Antonio Nocerino wanted Rino Gattuso's old
number and that no one else fancied it? Milan have announced squad numbers for the 2012-13 season.
As mentioned, Nocerino has taken number 8, Kevin Prince-Boateng has taken number 10 since Zlatan
Ibrahimovic will not be wanting [.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. With Cruzeiro dropping out of the August 4 doubleheader at Gillette Stadium,
Honduras club C.D. Olimpia has been tabbed as the replacements to face Italian giants A.C. Milan.
The friendly match will kick off at 4:30 p.m., followed by the regular season MLS match of the New
England Revolution vs.
The stadiums aren't ready, and neither is the home team, but at least Brazil's resident chef is on a roll... based on this photo of the buffet spread enjoyed by the selecao at their hotel earlier this week! Can you spot the Feijoada (black beans?) and the lovely carbs?
Brazil take on New Zealand at St. James Park on Wednesday having already qualified for the next
phase of the Olympics. Coach Mano Menezes is set to make some changes to the side that beat Belarus
3-1 on Sunday.Â Hulk has picked up a yellow and is likely to be saved for the knockout phase. Paulo
Henrique Ganso was pencilled in to start but has picked up a thigh strain and is doubtful.
It's time for your Weekly Dose of Gossip! In this week's column, Pato celebrates the Campeonato with a special message for Barbara, The Rooneys welcome a new baby boy to the pack, Irina Shayk attends Cannes and Man City players get turned away from a popular hotspot in New York City!
Despite not being called up to Brazil's Confederations Cup squad, AlexandrePato was grinning from ear-to-ear as his Corinthians side defeated Santos to win the prized Paulistao championship in Brazil on Sunday.
Image: SoloGossip.it. Pato of AC Milan has either been unceremoniously dumped or recently did some unceremonious dumping by/of his girlfriend, Barbara Berlusconi. And... scene. Really, Kickettes? Are you interested in this story at all? We thought we were, but we'd rather write another 10,000 entries on Sergio Ramos' love life.
Why is there a halo around this man's perfectly-coiffed head whilst he stares into the camera? Obviously it's just a perfectly placed light, but there's every chance this photog has a LiveJournal account and is actually a 16 year old girl.
* Pato signed for Corinthians today. No rumblings of a strained bicep pulling on his new shirt.
The Selecao OlÃmpica arrived at the athletes village in London today
and in typical Brazilian style, began to suss out the place. Defender Marcelo, who spotted the bar
from miles away upon arrival, already knows where he'll be drinking this Friday... and it isn't
going to be at the local pub!
Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleÃ§Ãµes jogaram: Copa do Mundo
1994Los Angeles13/07/1994 SWE0:1 (0:0)BRA Semifinais1994Detroit28/06/1994 BRA1:1 (0:1)SWE Partidas
da fase de grupos1990Turin10/06/1990 BRA2:1 (1:0)SWE Partidas da fase de grupos1978Mar Del
Plata03/06/1978 SWE1:1 (1:1)BRA Partidas da fase de grupos1958Solna29/06/1958 BRA5:2 (2:1)SWE
Final1950Rio De Janeiro09/07/1950 BRA7:1 (3:0)SWE Rodada final1938Bordeaux19/06/1938 BRA4:2
(1:2)SWE Disputa de 3Âº lugar
2008London26/03/2008 SWE0:1 (0:0)BRA 1995Birmingham04/06/1995 BRA1:0 (1:0)SWE
1989Copenhagen16/06/1989 SWE2:1 (1:0)BRA 1983Gothenburg22/06/1983 SWE3:3BRA 1973Solna25/06/1973
SWE1:0BRA 1966Gothenburg30/06/1966 SWE2:3BRA 1965Solna30/06/1965 SWE1:2BRA Mundial Sub-20
1991Porto20/06/1991 BRA2:0 (1:0)SWE Primeira Fase
In the aftermath of yet another embarrassing off-the-field moment involving Mario Balotelli, manager Roberto Mancini, directly involved in the incident, has backed the young striker to stay in the Manchester City squad.
Pictures surfaced yesterday afternoon of an altercation between Mancini and Balotelli during the morning training.