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Oh the media monkeys and their junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invites away.

Not Much Scoring on Fox Soccer Saturday

nicolas-anelka1On Nov. 15, Nicolas Anelka scored to secure a 3-0 victory for Chelsea over West Brom, the last time anyone has scored on Fox Soccer Saturday.

Chelsea drew Newcastle 0-0 and Man U drew Aston Villa 0-0 on Nov. 22.  Today Middlesbrough tied 0-0 with Newcastle and Blyth Spartans played a goalless stalemate with Bournemouth in the FA Cup.

Not exactly the best advertisement for the “world’s best” soccer league.

Thanks to EPL Talk

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Flamboyant Goal Celebration in FIFA 09

The Portuguese Man-O-Sex may be batting for the other team according to FIFA 09.  Given his popularity in the gay community, I’m sure they’d be happy to have him.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Thanks to Off the Post

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Anorthosis Famagusta Chairman Accused of Fraud and Embezzlement

panteliCypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta’s may have some shit thrown into the champagne of their Champions League run.

Chairman Andreas Panteli, 48, has been taken into custody for three days by police, stemming from fraud and embezzlement allegations.

The club’s board accused Panteli of embezzling over $500,000 from the club and attempting to steal another $500,000.

Panteli denied the allegations in a statement.  “There were never any financial discrepancies,” he said.  “Any actions were taken in the full awareness of the board of directors and were always done with the best interests of the club at heart.”

Anorthosis are third in Group B, one point behind second-place Panathinaikos and two behind first-place Inter Milan.

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Saturday EPL Results: Fulham Hold Aston Villa

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Aston Villa 0 – Fulham 0: Consistency is the key to the top four.  Aston Villa showed why they have not yet finished there.  Gareth Barry missed chances, but it was an even performance from both sides.  Fulham deserved the result.

Middlesbrough 0 – Newcastle 0: This was a monotonous stalemate between two similar teams, filled with almosts and might have beens.  The mist overtaking the pitch in the second half fit the dreariness of the spectacle.

Sunderland 1 – Bolton 4: Cisse scored the first goal, but Bolton roared back with four, threatening the Sunderland goal to the end.  Sunderland won’t fire Keane, but his magic seems to be wearing.

Wigan Athletic 2 – West Brom 1: Wigan recored consecutive victories for the first time under Bruce.  Wigan went down on a Titus Bramble error, but fought back to score two.  They are finally getting the results their talent dictates.

Stoke City 1 – Hull City 1: Hull’s road warrior status continued.  They’ve earned 15 of their 23 points away from home this season.  It would have been 17, but for a dubious penalty.

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Zoran Tosic Highlights

Here is 21-year-old Partizan winger Zoran Tosic, who will join Manchester United in January.  Judging from this highlight video, he resembles a former Manchester United winger, in his notable bending ability.  He totally warrants the sweet background music as well.

Thanks to The Spoiler.

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Headlines: Cruises, Beckhams, Thanksgiving, I’m Sure That Wasn’t Awkward

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The Beckhams and the Cruises spent Thanksgiving together. (WAGS Blog)

Scottish player likes to show what’s underneath his kilt to unsuspecting ladies. (Unprofessional Foul)

Arsenal are set to outbid Barcelona and shatter their transfer record for £22m signing Xavi!  I’m sure that one has adequate sourcing. (Caught Offside)

UEFA tests out goal line referees. (The Guardian)

Man U get clearance to sign Serbian Winger Zoran Tosic. (The Independent)

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Kaka Plays With Two Balls

I’m going to guess that someone sponsored this.

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Newcastle Interim Kinnear Charged With Improper Conduct

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The FA charged Newcastle interim manager Joe Kinnear with improper conduct, after he called referee Martin Atikinson a “Mickey Mouse referee” following a 2-1 defeat at Fulham Nov. 9.

Kinnear’s outburst strongly resembles him calling a referee “Coco the Clown” before Nottingham Forest fired him.  He served the ban at the start of his interim manager term.

Both incidents involve a cartoon character.  In neither case was it the referee.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the United States, where we commemorate the Plymouth settlers and Aboriginal Americans overcoming cultural differences to celebrate the harvest.  The participants absorbed these values, as attested by the four centuries of harmonious relationship with the indigenous residents of this continent.

So basically, football, food and family kept me away from the computer.  For our four subscribers in Google Reader, I apologize for the missing headlines this morning.

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Champions League Match Day 5 Results

steven-gerrard-the-saviourBordeaux 1 – Chelsea 1: Chelsea strode out negatively, seeming more content to tackle chestily than attack, and it was to their detriment.  Anelka put them ahead but Diarra’s wonderful header evened the score.  If Chelsea do not beat Cluj, they could drop to the UEFA Cup.

CFR Cluj 1 – Roma 3: Matteo Brighi was hot, and it had nothing to do with his effeminate sweater.  His two goals and a third from Totti gave Roma a comfortable victory.  One point clear in Group A, Roma advance with a draw.

Inter Milan 0 – Panathinaikos 1: Mourinho played narrow, suffocating the midfield.  Panathinaikos stole a second half goal and withstood the barrage.  Inter move forward, but unimpressively.  The Greeks look likely to do the same.

Anorthosis Famagusta 2 – Werder Bremen 2: The Germans fought off two second half deficits, but could not get the required win to stay in the tournament.  The draw hurts Anorthosis, who must now win in Greece to move on to the knockout stages.

Liverpool 1 – Marseille 0: Steven Gerrard celebrated his tenth anniversary in fitting fashion, a sub-par performance punctuated with a critical goal.  Marseille may have had the better day, but Liverpool win and move through.

Atletico Madrid 2 – PSV Eindhoven 1: There was a party at the Vicente Calderon, but no one else was invited.  In front of the empty stadium, Simão and Maxi Rodriguez put the Spanish side ahead, the prolific Danny Koevermans could only retort with one.  Atletico advance.

Sporting Lisbon 2 – Barcelona 5: Barcelona scored five goals with four shots on target, thanks  to a Sporting back four conceding two own goals and a penalty.  There was no crying for Bojan Krkic, whose late penalty conversion will hopefully help his confidence.

Shakhtar Donetsk 5 – FC Basel 0: Shakhtar showed Ukraine is not weak, led by Brazilian Jadson’s hat trick.  It was too late for this endeavor, but they secured the UEFA Cup parachute.

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