Sakho: "It's all going well and I've settled in quickly. I'm excited about the project here." http://t.co/kiYkV5hBYI pic.twitter.com/oZ0HzyJfb8 Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 20, 2013 Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been banned from the training ground gym for being too strong. The Frenchman is barred from using the equipment until the Reds get it reinforced.
Got, Not Got: the unholy horror of the Frankenstein's monster football
There aren't many things in life that can cause man or boy as much alarm as a hastily recoloured
kit on a football card or sticker. For starters, there's the creeping sense of injustice as you see
through the sticker company's little ruse â€“ spotting the iffy, last-minute airbrushing and
feeling soiled by the messy evidence of a crime.
When Zltan Ibrahimovic signed his monster deal with Paris Saint-Germain this summer, his contract became the global benchmark for the rest of the world's football stars. An ironically, first in line to negotiate new deals after Ibra's record breaking contract are the two best players in the world; Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Czech Republic managed just two shots (neither on target) in their 1-0 Euro 2012
quarterfinal loss to Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, had eight all by himself, including
the header that scored the match's only goal.
After a frustrating first half in which Ronaldo played brilliantly but just couldn't hit
anything but the post, his persistence finally payed off when Joao Moutinho delivered an excellent
cross to set up his equally excellent header in the 79th minute.
Mr. Champions League does it again: Karim Benzema broke APOEL's dam last night What is that
smell?.. or rather, that scent? That my friends is the smell of the Champions League Semi-Final. .
Short of a catastrophe that would be far greater than Alcorconzo, Mourinho and his men would likely
be arranging early travel plans to Munich â€“ not for the Final, but to likely to meet Bayern in
the Semi-Finals (unless Marseille would have something to say about it).
Real Madrid's 3-Headed Attacking Monster: When Ronaldo, Benzema and Pipita work TOGETHER,
they're unstoppable Well, we all missed that didn't we? A 5-1 scoreline at the Bernabeu off an
utterly dominant performance from our boys in white â€“ the sort of performance that reminded us of
Real Madrid circa late-2011: dominant in possession, fast and direct in attack and elegant in
defense (yes, that's how I'd like to describe Varane's defensive style).
As the sun goes down in Tokyo, the USA hits the field for training
The U.S. U-20 WNT arrived in Tokyo on Sept. 1 and hit the training field in the afternoon. The
cooler evening temperatures with a nice breeze were much appreciated by the U.S. team that had been
training and playing in hot, muggy weather this entire trip.
Portland uses a lot of energy in the first half to get the early goal but can't come up with it.
The second half was a war of attrition as the humidity seemed to play havoc on the Timbers but they
eke out the draw because of a monster night from Troy Perkins. Another 0-0 draw.
Portland came out with the almost the same line-up as the Columbus game except for Steven Smith
got the start over Mike Chabala.
Like the truly dominant creature that he is, Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not waste time in exerting
his superiority over whatever herd he finds himself leading. So even though he has only been
training with his new PSG teammates for a few days, he has already decided to instill the fear of
Zlatan in them by inflicting pain upon several of them in one training session.
Any chance there's a monster of a player waiting to come out?
Still pissed over the RvP thing? Yeah, well so am I. But if you're on any social network, this
topic probably has been discussed to the death and all points exhausted. Thus I'm not going to
touch it on here. Whatever happens, happens.
Man City Analysis by SV It has been just over an hour since Arsenal deservedly beat Manchester City
and, I'll tell you what, my pulse rate is still well above ninety. This was an absolute cracker of
a match; it didn't have the goals, but it had some stupendous football â€“ all of which coming
The team was hell-bent on keeping shape, which gave us some perhaps surprising (but perhaps not)
tackling information. Etuhu and Murphy, and the entire back four, really didn't go for many
tackles.Â Instead Dempsey, Dembele, and to a lesser extent, Ruiz, were doing a lot of the actual
By now we can all recognize that Manuel Neuer, that strapping ideal of aryan idealism, is
awesome. He may have let the Champions league trophy slip through his fingers last month, but not
for lack of scoring a PK and saving a couple in the shootout.
Today, while ensuring his goal was mostly unpenetrated, he came out to collect the ball around
the 25 yard mark and swing play to the opposite flank.
Losing the Champions League final at home to Chelsea on penalties was surely a difficult
experience for Franck Ribery, but as he turns his attention from club to country, he now has a
Ribery wore the large custom watch that Bild calls a "monster glitter clock" during a press
conference as France prepares for Euro 12 and it proved to be an attention grabber.
I'm really quite sorry if I'm continually boring you... but Fulham goal monster Clint Dempsey has
chowed down on another pair in the first half at Bolton. This means we are not only on the lookout
for three goal clips (including Bradley's for the prior post), but also that we are on possible hat
This is from a week or so ago but, tardy as it be, it's definitely worthy of a belated shufty if
you, like us, missed it at the time.
With the ball coming down from the ether from a looping corner, Catania left-back Giovanni
Marchese sets himself and blasts a peach of a volley past Novara 'keeperÂ Samir Ujkani to score his
side's second goal in their 3-1 victory.
Hello... my name is Deuce Montoya. You keel my fadder. Prepare to concede a pair. Yes, ho hum, in
Fulham's weather-stripping 5-0 rout of Wolverhampton, Clint Dempsey scored (yawn) - and then again.
The goal monster now has (best sit down for this one): - 12 EPL goals, matching last year's career
high, and 18 overall- 14 goals in his last 18 games for club and country- Eight during Fulham's
'Twas the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals over the weekend, with Ivory Coast whupping
co-hosts Equatorial Guinea 3-0 on Saturday courtesy of a brace from young Didier of Drogbashire and
a colossal 32.808399-yard free-kick from Yaya Toure...
Spectacularly wind-assisted if may have been, but Everton's Tim Howard became the fourth 'keeper
in Premier League history to get his name on the scoresheet after punting home the opener against
Bolton at Goodison last night from 102, count 'em, 102 yards.
The best answer for a new USMNT system? More of it, sooner. Now, we are actually fully designed to
make these leaps we like to to talk about. Claudio Reyna is THE MAN.And gosh, I did not even
recognize former Steamers goal monster Don Ebert at first.- Greg Seltzer
3 more monster goals for Jozy Altidore of Alkmaar Zaanstreek. See them right here. This gives him 7 goals in 5 games this season. -What this shows me is that the USA has no idea how to feed the ball to the red hot striker.
Real Madrid v Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday is huge for the two managers - both successful at Inter Milan, one moreso than the other - Jose Mourinho v Roberto Mancini.
To peep this monster (replete with HEYDUDE SIGHTING),skip on over to TSG and find it here. Don't judge me for my Lindsay Lohan reference. This also happened for the Herc Jerk, which was nice: - Will Parchman
U.S. U-20 WNT forward Kelly Cobb is making history as the first player from the state of Alaska
to make a U.S. Women's World Cup Team. The Duke striker scored 11 goals with nine assists during a
banner freshman year last season and at 5-foot-9 with speed and strength is a handful for any
Turns out that Cobb is also quite the outdoorswoman.
This shot of the gents from Manchester United is an excellent little bit o'insight into their
minds though mostly Antonio Valencia, who ducks into the background, cloaked in the safety of
shadows, before the actual shot, where he stands well in front of the monster and poses as though
he's a-okay with it all.
The MLS SuperDraft is Thursday, January 12 at 12pm ET (ESPN2, ESPN3). The Philadelphia Union
have the 13th, 32nd and 35th picks this year, and nobody knows
what the team will do. PSP runs down some of the options.
Why: Some experts believe the Union will look to solidify their wing play by
adding a player like UConn's Tony Cascio.
::: FistedAway welcomes a guest post from Elliott, editor of the rather lovely
As the year comes to an end, awards circulate. Everybody speculates as to who will win the
Ballon d'Or. Some say Messi. Others say Xavi. A few say Ronaldo. However, the most shocking award
involves none other than Ricardo Kaka.
Most of us have been quietly, and painfully, waiting for the day when Barcelona shows up at
Cobham with a few million euro and trudges back to Catalonia with a monster of a holding midfielder
named Oriol Romeu in its pocket. As it happens, that's probably not going to happen. Not unless
Chelsea loses its mind in the near future that is.
Miserable stuff. Just terrible across the board. It seems to go from bad to worse every day
around these parts, and if you're looking for excuses I'm fresh out. There really isn't any excuse
that would work though, it's just a damn fact that our squad are playing like a pub team.