Thursday, November 13, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Manchester United's Ronaldo and Barcelona's Messi are among 23 players on a shortlist announced by the world governing body on Wednesday.
Ronaldo's goals helped United win the English Premier League and the Champions League last season, while Messi inspired Argentina to win the Olympic gold medal.
Six members of Spain's European Championship-winning team -- Iker Casillas, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres, David Villa and Xavi Hernandez -- are also chasing the game's most prized individual award.
The 2007 winner, Brazil's Kaka, is also in contention.
Ten women were on FIFA's shortlist for top female player, including Brazil's Marta, Birgit Prinz of Germany and American duo Hope Solo and Shannon Boxx.
The candidate lists were drawn up by a team of experts assembled by FIFA, football's world governing body.
Voting is done by head coaches and captains of men's and women's national teams.
Three finalists in each contest will be named in December, before the winners are announced at a gala event on Jan. 12 at the Zurich Opera House.
Nominations for FIFA World Player 2008: Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo), Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Andrei Arshavin (Russia), Michael Ballack (Germany), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Deco (Portugal), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Steven Gerrard (England), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Kaka (Brazil), Frank Lampard (England), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Franck Ribery (France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), John Terry (England), Fernando Torres (Spain), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands), David Villa (Spain), Xavi Hernandez (Spain).Nominations for FIFA Women's World Player 2008: Nadine Angerer (Germany), Shannon Boxx (United States), Cristiane (Brazil), Daniela (Brazil), Marta (Brazil), Birgit Prinz (Germany), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Kelly Smith (England), Hope Solo (United States), Ingvild Stensland (Norway).
Monday, September 22, 2008
Their undercover reporter state that ''Fernanda" boasted of her ''REALLY good'' relationship with the silky Portuguese winger during a cocaine-induced sex orgy with another lady of the night.
The News of the World also state that their ''informer'' offers clients uninhibited full sex for £460, and sold their journalist two grams of ''Colombia's finest'' cocaine, gave him a strip show, and indulged in a lesbian act.
The Sunday tabloid - a ''newspaper'' that thrives on rumours, disgrace, and covert malice - say this is not the first time Cristiano Ronaldo has locked groins and reveled in the company of whores.
Last year he allegedly brought five back to his house for an orgiastic pool-side party.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Full name: Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov
Date of birth: 30 January 1981 (1981-01-30) (age 27)
Place of birth: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Height: 1.89 m (6 ft 2+1⁄2 in)
Playing position: Striker
Berbatov was born in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. His father, Ivan, was a professional footballer with local outfit Pirin Blagoevgrad, and his mother, Margarita, was a professional handball player. As a youngster, Berbatov supported A.C. Milan and modelled himself on Marco van Basten until Euro '96 in England, when the then fifteen year old discovered a new role model in Alan Shearer, formerly of Newcastle United, even sleeping in a Newcastle shirt. His mother later spoke of Dimitar's dream of playing for Newcastle one day. Berbatov learned the English language by watching the "Godfather" films. Outside of football, he lists his hobbies as drawing and basketball.
After much speculation, Berbatov completed a move to Manchester United on 1 September 2008 for a fee of around £30.75 million, with Fraizer Campbell joining Tottenham on a season-long loan as part of the deal. This came despite Tottenham accepting a bid for Berbatov from Manchester City on the same day. Berbatov's contract to United is for four years, and he will wear the number 9 shirt previously worn by Louis Saha.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Rooney tied the knot with childhood sweetheart Coleen McLoughlin on the Italian Riviera last week.
OK! magazine has paid £2.5 million for exclusive access to the big day and is certainly determined to get its money's worth, spreading the nuptials over 75 pages and billing it as "the most glamorous and talked-about wedding of the decade".
But, asked if they ever wished they could have eloped instead, McLoughlin replied: "Wayne would."
The Rossoneri are currently in the hunt for some fire power up front and they have been chasing Emanuel Adebayor and Ronaldinho.
They have not joined the race to sign Ronaldo but Berlusconi junior admits that it would be a dream to have him at San Siro.
“Cristiano Ronaldo would be a dream but it would be a crazy idea and in football, the time of crazy ideas is over,” Berlusconi Jr told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“To be honest, I believe that Milan are doing fine as they are but maybe a striker is needed.
“It doesn’t matter which striker comes in as we already have plenty of great players in that department.
“Brazilian Ronaldo? I don’t know if he will wear the Milan shirt again in future. It all depends on him and his ability to get back into shape.”
The Rossoneri have been unwilling to spend the money recently and this has lead to a group of fans plan a revolt against Silvio Berlusconi.
The fans have become fed up with the way the club has not invested recently and they are demanding for serious action.
Milan will need to ensure they bring in at least a striker this summer if they are to compete next season.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The 23-year-old revealed recently that he had played through last season – during which he amassed some 42 goals from the right side of attack – with a foot injury.
The Portugal forward finally has time to recover following his country’s exit from EURO 2008 last week and will be assessed by the United medical team in the next few days.
But foot injuries are far from the most intriguing of Ronaldo’s revelations, as the two-time PFA Player of the Year has gone public with his desire to sign for Real Madrid this summer.
The Red Devils are aghast at the prospect of losing their prize player and have refused to give to los Merengues’ approaches thus far, despite a potential transfer fee of over ₤70million.
As such, the want-away winger will miss a few familiar and rather important faces when he arrives at Carrington for treatment this week as the big boys at Old Trafford attempt to delay discussions as long as possible.
Sir Alex Ferguson and chief executive David Gill are currently on their summer holidays and will not cut short their breaks, meaning both Ronaldo and Madrid will have to wait until the beginning of July before any form of negotiation can commence.
Ferguson is desperate to keep hold of the player he signed for ₤12million from Sporting Lisbon five years ago and will speak personally with him upon returning from the South of France.
But los Blancos are confident of landing their man, and president Ramon Calderon said in the Daily Express: “If the kid keeps himself in that strong position, the step he’s taken could be key.”
Monday, June 23, 2008
Madrid manager Bernd Schuster said the Spanish champions would "pay whatever it takes" to sign the Portugal international, which could mean a contract offer of £182,000-a-week after tax and a transfer fee of £80 million, nearly double the biggest transfer in football history that saw Zinedine Zidane joined Madrid from Juventus for £46m in 2001.
Ronaldo is expected in Manchester this week for an assessment on a foot injury, though no meetings are scheduled with United's hierarchy - both Sir Alex Ferguson and chief executive David Gill are on holiday and have no plans to rush back to make any fresh appeal to the club's star player.
However, Scolari's comments concerning the player's future destination will not have impressed Ferguson, especially given the fact that the Brazilian and his new employers in west London will be the ones to benefit most should the player decide to join Madrid.
"It is his [Ronaldo's] dream to play for Real Madrid," said the departing Portugal national team manager. "And I am sure Cristiano will fulfil his dream whatever the difficulties."
"I know Cristiano well and I know the type of person he is so I have no doubts about how he will handle himself in the next few weeks," said Scolari, who is also said to have advised Ronaldo to grab the opportunity of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu next season.
Record transfer fees1905 Alf Common - Sunderland - Middlesbrough £1,000
1973 Johan Cruyff - Ajax - Barcelona £922,000
1982 Diego Maradona - Boca Juniors - Barcelona £3,000,000
1996 Alan Shearer - Blackburn Rovers - Newcastle £15,000,000
1997 Ronaldo - Barcelona - Inter Milan £19,500,000
2001 Zinedine Zidane - Juventus - Real Madrid £46,000,000
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
League: 26 apps, 3 goals
FA Cup: 2 apps, 1 goal
Carling Cup: 1 app
Europe: 11 apps
Other: 1 app
Season total: 41 apps, 4 goals
Club total: 41 apps, 4 goals
Fulham 0 United 3, 1 March 2008
In the absence of Ronaldo, who was being rested before facing Lyon at home in the Champions League, Nani stepped up to the mark by terrorising Fulham all afternoon with his trickery, pace and pinpoint crossing.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal to victory over the Czech Republic and then claimed his country have a real shot at glory at the European Championships.
Success at Euro 2008 would cap off an incredible season for Ronaldo at club and national level, and Portugal along with Holland, Germany and Spain look to be the competition's strongest contenders.
After seeing off the Czechs 3-1 with goals from Deco, Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma, Portugal are now through to the quarter finals and a step closer to exorcising the demons of 2004, when they lost the final on home soil to unfancied Greece.
"Our main aim was to get to the next phase," said Ronaldo. "I'm very happy to have helped my team-mates to win.
"We played well in the first match and again in this match. If we carry on like this, we have a good chance."
Portugal showed resilience having taken an early lead only to be pegged back to 1-1 by the Czechs.
"We played very well, although Czech Republic played very well in the first half," he added. "It was very difficult to penetrate their defence."
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Edwin van der Sar and Holland got off to a flying start in Euro 2008 Group C with a comprehensive 3-0 win over world champions Italy.
It was a classy attacking display from the Dutch, who Italy found difficult to cope with.
Former Reds striker Ruud van Nistelrooy gave the Oranje a fortunate lead when he turned in a close-range finish on 26 minutes, the match officials failing to spot he was clearly offside.
Italy had every reason to feel hard done by, but there could be no complaints about Wesley Sneijder's strike five minutes later. A rapid counter attack cut mercilessly through the Italian defence and ended with an expert volleyed finish from Sneijder.
Van der Sar was called upon late on to produce stunning saves from Fabio Grosso and Andrea Pirlo before Giovanni van Bronckhorst headed in Holland's third after 80 minutes.
The result puts Marco van Basten's men top of Group C, above Patrice Evra's France and unfancied Romania, who played out a 0-0 bore draw in the group's other opening clash.
Evra didn't play in the match as he was kept out by Barcelona left-back Eric Abidal.
It was a poor display from the French, who are unlikely to progress to the knockout stages if they continue to produce such abject performances in their remaining matches against Holland and Italy.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Barcelona will reportedly join Real Madrid in their attempts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, with Sandro Rosell to use a pledge to sign the winger as his main weapon to be voted the club's next president
Manchester United have agreed a fee with Cardiff for Aaron Ramsey. United's official statement read: "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has agreed terms with Cardiff City for the transfer of Aaron Ramsey subject to terms being agreed and the player passing a medical." However, Cardiff have also given permission for another Premier League team, expected either to be Liverpool or Arsenal, to talk to the teenager.
Manchester United are taking advantage of the managerial speculation over Mark Hughes' future at Blackburn to prepare a £15 million bid for striker Roque Santa Cruz. However, reports suggest that Hughes will attempt to take Cruz with him to his next club, be it Chelsea or Man City.
Micah Richards, and Sevilla's Brazilian duo Luis Fabiano and Daniel Alves are heading the list of players that Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to sign, apparently within two weeks. The Scot has a reputed £50 million to fund summer transfers.
Alves is seen as a replacement for Gerard Pique while Fabiano has been designated as United's top summer target. Ferguson will be looking to broaden his attacking options this summer, especially after losing patience with Louis Saha. Fabiano, who has scored 33 goals for Seville in La Liga this season, is eclipsing names such as Dimitar Berbatov as United's first choice summer buy. The 27-year-old has a contract valuation of £46.8 million but, more realistically, United could expect to sign him for a quarter of that price. Fabiano's own representatives put his price at £8.6 million.
Patrice Evra has negotiated himself a new four-year contract at Manchester United worth £55,000 a week.
Cristiano Ronaldo's protracted flirtation with Real Madrid last night took second billing to the star attraction himself as the Manchester United forward contributed to Portugal's impressive 2-0 win over Turkey in their Euro 2008 opener in Geneva.
Monday, June 2, 2008
I've listed a few players who can make the United squad deadlier and strong. These are not impossible transfer targets and Fergie would not regret these signings.
1) According to me they will have to sign a centre half, who can provide a cover in case of any injury to the existing duo of Ferdinand and Vidic. For me, the perfect signing would be Joleon Lescott from Everton as he is young and sharp both in defense and attack.
2) Secondly, what United need is a dynamic midfielder. Some may question why because we have the best midfield in the world. Well the reason is the age factor. Scholes & Giggs will last only for one or two years and then they shall hang their boots. That's why United need one midfielder who could create something on his own. The perfect signing would be Diego From Werder Bremen because he is very talented and his creativity is marvellous. He could form a great partnership with Anderson.
3) The third signing should be a player who can play on the left wing because other than Giggs I don’t think there is anyone who can slot into that role. The perfect signing would be Gareth Bale as he has tremendous pace.
4) Also I think adding one young striker to the squad would be fantastic. The perfect one would be Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid.
If you have any more players or you think these players aren't good enough the please leave your comments.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is the ambassador for the UEFA EURO 2008™ Score for the Red Cross campaign
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo has been named ambassador for the UEFA EURO 2008™ Score for the Red Cross online fundraising campaign which kicked off on 26 March.
Purchase virtual goals
Internet users will be able to help their favourite side win the title of Most Humanitarian Team by purchasing virtual goals on scorefortheredcross.org. They will also have the chance to win attractive prizes including tickets to UEFA EURO 2008™ matches. The winning team will be announced on 6 July. The Score for the Red Cross campaign, jointly organised by UEFA and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), will benefit land-mine victims in Afghanistan by providing them with artificial limbs, physiotherapy and vocational training.
'Everyone's a winner'
Winger Ronaldo said: "Land-mine victims need determination and a lot of encouragement on the road to recovery. I have a lot of respect for them and I want to support them. The great thing about this campaign is that everyone is a winner when it comes to giving and receiving. The website offers football fans a chance to have fun while making a difference. What could be better than that?"
Born in Madeira, Ronaldo was discovered by Sporting Clube de Portugal at the age of eleven. In 2003 he joined Manchester United FC where he has won high praise from fans and team-mates and helped the club to the Premier League title in 2006/07. Ronaldo has also earned 54 caps for Portugal, scoring 20 goals. He took part in UEFA EURO 2004™ – where his side reached the final as hosts – and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, helping Portugal finish fourth in Germany. The 23-year-old is now proud to be competing at UEFA EURO 2008™ and to be a humanitarian ambassador for UEFA and the ICRC.
A series of friendly internationals took place across Europe on 26 March. Before the games, many national teams, together with their National Red Cross Societies, publicly showed their support for the Score for the Red Cross appeal. UEFA will donate €4,000 to the ICRC for each goal scored during UEFA EURO 2008™.
For more information on the ICRC in Afghanistan, visit: http://www.icrc.org/Web/Eng/siteeng0.nsf/htmlall/afghanistan?OpenDocument
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Champions League final: Sir Alex Ferguson sealed as Manchester United legend
Cristiano Ronaldo goal : 1-0
Chelsea's Joe Cole, left, and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand challenged for a ball late in the game. The two started their careers together at West Ham United.
Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson hoisted the European Cup for the second time. He led Manchester United to the Champions League crown in 1999.
MOSCOW — A domestic rivalry splashed over international borders on Wednesday when England’s two best soccer clubs took their tenacious battle to the banks of the Moscow River to play for Europe’s most coveted athletic prize.
Amid thickening rain and an unbreakable 1-1 tie, the game came down to a penalty-kick shootout. After an unfortunate slip by the Chelsea captain John Terry sent his potential winning kick off the post, Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar blocked a shot by Nicolas Anelka, giving United the championship. A deafening chorus of English fans sent shudders through Luzhniki Stadium.
This first all-English final in Champions League history became an extension of a season-long battle in England’s Premier League, where United won the title on the season’s final day.
After a lethargic beginning to Wednesday’s game, the clubs seemed to find their footing on the newly installed turf. Cristiano Ronaldo, United’s dazzling Portuguese wing, struck first, rocketing a header past goalkeeper Peter Cech. After Chelsea’s Frank Lampard redirected a bumbling deflection for the tying goal shortly before halftime, the clubs battled through the second half, then two overtimes, pummeling each other’s goalkeepers, even as fatigue caused tempers to flare and injuries to mount.
Manchester United’s win, its third European title, dashed Chelsea’s hopes of a first, relegating it to a now customary position as runner-up.
“It’s very hard to lose in penalties,” Avram Grant, Chelsea’s coach, said with a scowl and his typical reticence. “We hit the posts, we hit the bar, yet we dominated the game.”
The loss ended a 21-game streak without a loss for the Blues, and could prove devastating amid persistent rumors that team stars like Didier Drogba, who spent much of the night in the periphery and became only the second player ejected from a final, may move elsewhere for next season.
Grant’s position may also be in jeopardy. The team’s billionaire Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, could seek a manager who will give him more of a return on his billion-dollar investment.
For United, the match was laced with emotion, coming during the year of the 50th anniversary of the 1958 Munich air crash that killed eight of the team’s players as they returned from a European Cup game.
The young players who survived the crash formed the core of the team that won the title a decade later for Coach Matt Busby.
“We won’t live the memory of the Busby Babes down,” said Sir Alex Ferguson, United’s coach. “I feel proud.”
This season’s game was the third Champions League final between clubs from the same country in less than a decade. Spain’s Real Madrid defeated Valencia in 2000, and A.C. Milan beat Juventus in an all-Italian final in 2003.
A multicultural mélange took the field Wednesday in the stadium where, last October, Russia defeated England, effectively evicting the visitors from Euro 2008 qualifying.
Russia won another victory last night, proving itself a worthy host for major international competitions and further allaying lingering doubts about its competence to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, a Black Sea resort. There were fears that a perpetual diplomatic spat with England might spill from the political arena to the soccer stadium, overshadowing the championship contest.
The Kremlin, however, bit its tongue. Keen to raise their country’s athletic profile, Russian officials greased an often unwieldy bureaucracy to squeeze some 40,000 beer-loving English fans through a typically tight border, waiving visa requirements for ticket holders and providing a fleet of nearly 1,000 buses and shuttles to ferry fans between the stadium and Moscow’s three airports.
The hospitality seemed to pay dividends. Although there were some scattered reports of fighting among fans, prematch warnings about rioting and bloodshed proved hollow.
Instead, a bellowing chorus echoed from the subway’s depths to the gates of the stadium as fans clad in Chelsea blue and United red joined Russians in bursts of song and cheers.
“I’ve been a fan of Manchester for more than six years,” Anya Shetinina, a 19-year-old Muscovite, said as she photographed the singing Englishmen. “It’s great that this is happening in our city.”source: nytimes.com