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

Thursday Headlines: Fergie Gets Frisky at Man U Semi-Final Celebration

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Sir Alex Ferguson acts like he’s been there before after the Carling Cup Semi-Final Win. (Off the Post)

Maurice Edu blames US Soccer for placing too much pressure on Freddy Adu. (Tribal Footall)

Arsenal will make the Emirates Stadium much more technology-savvy. (Arsenal Mania)

Emerson thinks Kaka should move to Real Madrid (The Beautiful Game)

MLS is not pleased with Sports Business Journal over wording. (LA Times)

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Kaka Stays With AC Milan, Rejects Record Manchester City Bid

16578kakaIt’s not all about the Benjamins, nor, apparently, is it all about the Elizabeths.

Brazilian star Kaka rejected Manchester City’s £500,000 per week offer to stay with AC Milan, thwarting what would have been the largest transfer in the history of international football.

“After Saturday’s game many people showed me their support,” Kaka said.  “I have received drawings by kids trying to convince me to stay.  It was wonderful.  I remember when I left Sao Paolo some fans protested against me, here they all stand by my side instead.  I’m currently celebrating this decision at home with a couple of friends.”

Milan had accepted a £91m bid for the 26-year-old and allowed Manchester City to negotiate.  Despite Manchester City offering to triple his salary – he’s already currently the top-paid player in Serie A – Kaka would not agree to a transfer.

Manchester City called off the deal, convinced Kaka would not reconsider.

Stirred into a froth, Sky Blue supporters must content themselves with Craig Bellamy.

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AC Milan Reject £91m ($132m) Offer from Manchester City for Kaka

200px-kaka061115Manchester City made a record-breaking £91m ($132m) bid to AC Milan for Brazilian star Kaka.  Milan rejected it.

The transfer would have trumped the record £46m paid by Real Madrid to Juventus for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.  Reports indicated Manchester City were willing to offer Kaka £500,000 per week, roughly three times the current top salary in the Premier League.

Kaka’s agent said the 26-year-old would have spoken to Manchester City, should the club have agreed to a fee with A.C. Milan.  Though, Kaka expressed his wish to stay with the Rossoneri.

“What happens will be decided by Milan.  I will be here until they don’t want me here,” Kaka said.  “As long as my aims are the same as the club’s aims, I would like to remain here.”

Rejecting the offer was sensible for Milan.  Kaka is irreplaceable, even a palatable replacement could cost £30m.  Milan receives a minimum of about £40m for playing in the Champions League next season, far more likely with Kaka than without him.

Because Kaka has a ten-percent fee clause, £9.1m of the transfer money would have gone directly to him.

UPDATE: The deal may not be off after all.

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Headlines: English Women Don’t Use Bidets

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English women don’t wash their genitalia, says Napoli president. (Dirty Tackle)

The seventies were a pretty swanky time in Germany, fast forward to thirty seconds. (The Original Winger)

Naming Rights Stadium will deliver “the ultimate fan experience.” (101 Great Goals)

Kaka does not have a hernia. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

A riveting Souness-Tugay partnership will take over for Paul Ince at Blackburn. (Football365)

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Kaka Plays With Two Balls

I’m going to guess that someone sponsored this.

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FifPro World XI: Glorified Popularity Contest

FifPro released their World XI, as voted by 57,500 players in 42 countries, who surely spent hours watching other football leagues in preparation.  Here is a break down.

GK: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) Casillas is a solid choice.  Buffon might be better technically, but Iker achieved more, winning Euro 2008 and La Liga.

D: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Ramos may be the best right back in the world.  If there is a specific right back slot, he belongs, but there isn’t.  Primarily valued for moving forward, he isn’t one of the four best “defenders” in the world.

D: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) Rio is an absolute manimal. His team won the Premier League and the Champions League.  Although, Vidic has a more convincing case.

D: John Terry (Chelsea) John Terry isn’t the best defender on his own team (Ricardo Carvalho).  Injuries limit him.  He’s nowhere near the player he was two to three seasons ago.  English Media Myth.

D: Carles Puyol (Barcelona) Ehh…not so much.

M: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Highlights distort perceptions of him.  He’s tactically inept with a high turnover right, mitigating his spectacular plays.  Liverpool and England accomplished nothing.  Not the best midfielder on his own team (Javier Mascherano).

M: Xavi (Barcelona) Xavi is a fine player.  But, he’s not of this caliber.  Marcos Senna had at least an equally compelling case for Euro 2008 best player.  If he wins that, Xavi doesn’t sniff this list.

M: Kaka (A.C. Milan) Kaka bests nearly everyone on this list, when healthy.  He did not play nearly enough last season, a horrible one for A.C. Milan, to warrant inclusion.

F: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Might be the best player in the world.  A fair choice.

F: Fernando Torres (Liverpool) Twenty-four goals in the Premier League and scored the winner in 2008.  Probably the best pure striker in the world at this moment.

F: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) 42 goals last season.

Conclusions: Players throughout the world watched Euro 2008 and read the English media.

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