Posted in My Footy Stuff/Banter

Zlatan should have checked his anger at the door

Whenever Mario Balotelli speaks out of turn/place (especially that time when he said that Leo is the only player in the world that is above him), people tend to take offense, jeer and call him names because he is crazy, as they say. However, when Zlatan blasphemies (jokingly or not), throws tantrums, speaks out of turn/place, the reactions are quite different.

‘He’s a genius!’

‘What a lad!’

‘Hail King Zlatan!’

Zlatan is a narcissist who refers to himself in the third person, thinks he is the Almighty, and dream of the world revolving around him. He says what he wants and no one dare put him in place.

Yes, dare to Zlatan.

After the PSG clash against Bordeaux on Sunday which saw the current Ligue 1 holders lose 3-2, Zlatan had a mouthful to say. He blasted the refereeing and referred to France as a sh*t country. While it is true that the refereeing in France is very poor, it was this sh*t country who taught the world about respecting food, fashion and wine consuming among many other positive impacts.

“[I’ve] played 15 years I’ve never seen a referee this s*** country. Don’t even deserve PSG to be in this country. F****** too good for all of you.”

Ibrahimovic later apologized via his Instagram account, saying he “was speaking in anger. My remarks were not aimed at France or the French people”, but the damage had already been done. It is often said that when someone is mad, they say the things they’ve always wanted to say when calm. Anger is not a very nice emotion. It does not look great on anyone. No one wears anger well not even Ibrahimovic.

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It was this sh*t country who took him in and although he apologized, I know he is not sorry because he reflected that France don’t deserve a team like PSG. French people admire and look up to him and this is how he repays them? By calling their country a sh*t country? Yes, there might be some locals who think their country is a sh*t one, but they’re entitled to think so and state so. Ibrahimovic does not represent France on an international level and he should remember he plays with French mates.

And the coach is a Frenchman, who agrees with Zlatan on the refereeing criticism, although Blanc did not like his player’s choice of words:

“When you [the media] are angry, there is not necessarily a microphone around you. Otherwise, there might be things to say,” 

“There is a context. We talk a lot about refereeing. In my opinion we talk too much about it. But, I often look at the statistics after the games. And despite a possession of ball that is clearly superior to the opponent – although that was not the case in this game [against Bordeaux] – PSG has more yellow cards than the opponent. “

Maybe Zlatan don’t deserve to be in a team like PSG. Whenever decisions go the Parisians’ way, I don’t hear him grumbling and insulting the referees’ poor decision. I like the player that is Zlatan, but the personality that is Zlatan is someone I can’t seem to warm up to sometimes.

If France is such a sh*t country, then feel free to leave it, because although the refereeing is poor – which league isn’t having refereeing problems? – this sh*t country is going places. His outburst was unprofessional and because he couldn’t keep it in check, he has lost some admirers, although his French mates may side with him. I have nothing against him calling the referees sh*t because I think they’re blind most of the time and sometimes I just want to offer them contact lenses.

Let his anger be a lesson to you. It pays to keep your anger in check at the door. As your wise mother would say, ‘If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it.’

Posted in Reports

August recap: Clermont loses first match, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and season openers

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1. Spurs end preseason unbeaten

Roberto Soldado (R) of Spurs celebrates his goal with team mates during a pre season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Schalke at White Hart Lane on August 9, 2014 in London, England.

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/and-thats-a-wrap-spurs-unbeaten-during-preseason/

2. Thomas Vermaelen gets his Camp Nou pass

Vermaelen

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/its-official-vermaelen-gets-his-camp-nou-pass/

3. PSG opens Ligue 1 season with a draw. *Gasps*

On the score sheet: Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal with  teammate Edinson Cavani

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/draws-for-psg-and-clermont/

4. Clermont Foot loses first match

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/corinne-diacre-loses-first-match-and-happy-belated-birthday/

5. Luis Suarez debuts in trophy competition and unvieled to the Camp Nou

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/suarez-unveiled/

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/suarez-makes-his-barcelona-debut/

6. Remy Cabella impresses fans on debut game

Remy Cabella - Newcastle United v Manchester City - Premier League

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/remy-cabella-impress-fans/

7. Cavani scores stunner as PSG beats Bastia

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/cavani-scores-a-beauty-as-psg-beats-bastia-at-home/

8. Spurs start the season winning

West Ham United's Noble challenges Tottenham Hotspur's goalkeeper Lloris during their English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park in...

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/ready-set-go-spurs-get-their-201415-campaign-underway-at-upton-park/

9. FC Barcelona signs a Brazilian RB

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/douglas-has-arrived/

10. Clermont continues to perform well in the Coupe de la Ligue

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/clermont-gets-their-revenge-on-chateauroux/

11. Olivier Giroud injured 😦

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/update-on-girouds-injury/

12. Mario Balotelli returns to the PL

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/balotelli-signs-for-liverpool/

13. Leo Munir lights up opening game

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/messi-munir-on-target-as-10-man-barcelona-beats-elche-3-0/

14. Hugo Lloris talks about that concussion

http://inthesafetyofhugollorisgloves.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/lloris-admits-he-was-wrong-to-play-on-with-concussion/

EXTRAS

^ Footballers taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/footballers-doing-the-als-ice-bucket-challenge/

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/how-the-french-do-ice-bucket-challenge/

^ All about Ligue 1 2014/15

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/category/ligue-1/

Posted in Miscellaneous

Footballers doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

So there appears to be a new sensation is sweeping the globe: challenge 3 people before/after an ice cold bucket of water is dump on you. But it’s all in the name of charity.

It started as a fundraising campaign, but now its an internet sensation. The ALS Association is raising money to research Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Read about the ALS and how the Ice Bucket Challenge got started here:

http://time.com/3136507/als-ice-bucket-challenge-started/

Ah, the power of social media. Some of my favorite footballers took part in the challenge after being nominated. Here’s a few:

Leo nominated Aguero and Lavezzi before getting a ice cold bucket of water dump over him by a gleeful Neymar:

Wondering if Lavezzi would do it and nominate Cavani. Hmmm … Anyway, Alves had nominated Leo before doing his:

I love that Neymar nominated Zuniga:

And Zuniga complied:

Cristiano just had to nominate J.Lo, Lil Wayne and Beyonce. Dude, whatever happened to your own peers?:

Balotelli also took part:

Reus after being nominated by Gotze:

Gotze baby!:

Eriksen completed his with some help from Spurs team mate, Adebayor:

Adebayor challenge Casillas:

Compilation:

I would like to see Giroud, Lloris and Cavani do the challenge.

Posted in World Cup 2014

World Cup Rewind: WAGS in Brazil

Don’t get too excited. This post is not actually about everybody’s WAGs, but my favorite and I only have three. Yes, three. I am not WAG obsessive as some footy fans are.

First up, Mario Balotelli’s fiance, Fanni Neguesha:

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Italy’s opener v England

Fanny Neguesha, fiancee of Mario Balotelli of Italy, looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.

At the Costa Rican game

From game one, Fanni was present to support her man and she looked flawless as usual. She watched him delivered against England and lose against the ever persistent Costa Rica.

Anto:

Messi’s lady was present at his game last evening to watch him score the only winner against a very defensive Iran. Leo dedicated the goal to his son and posted this photo later on his Facebook:

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And the next WAG? Mrs. Lloris:

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via Marine’s Twitter

While Marine is not in Brazil, she roots for her man passionately from the comfort of her living room with her daughters.

And those are my WAGs. 🙂

Posted in World Cup 2014

Match stats: England v Italy

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England v Italy

FT: 1-2

Man of the Match: Mario Balotelli

ENGLAND

18 Total Shots
Shots on Target
90% Pass Success
37% Aerial Success
12 Dribbles
15 Tackles
Possession
44%

Starting XI: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines, Gerrard (c), Henderson, Rooney, Sterling, Welbeck, Sturridge.

Subs used:

^ 61′ Danny Welbeck > Ross Barkley

^ 73′ Jordan Henderson > Jack Wilshere

^ 80′ Daniel Sturridge > Adam Lallana

BOOKINGS:

Yellow: 90′ Raheem Sterling

Goal scorers:

37′ Daniel Sturridge

ITALY

Total Shots 13
Shots on Target 4
Pass Success 93%
Aerial Success 63%
Dribbles 4
Tackles 15
Possession
56%

Starting XI: Sirigu, Chiellini, Darmian, Candreva, Marchisio, Balotelli, Barzagli, De Rossi, Paletta, Pirlo (c), Verratti

Subs used:

^ 57′ Thiago Motta > Marco Verratti

^ 73′ Cira Immobile > Mario Balotelli

^ 79′ Marco Parolo > Antonio Candreva

BOOKINGS:

N/A

Goal scorers:

35′ Claudio Marchisio; 50′ Mario Balotelli

Notes:

^ Wayne Rooney is yet to score in the WC

^ Gianluigi Buffon did not start in the Italy goal due to an injury

Some scenes from the match:

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Balotelli’s fiancee showing her support

A kick from Italy's Pirlo hits the bar of England's goalkeeper Hart during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in ...

Hart looked smexy today!

Italy's Marco Verratti fights for the ball with England's Raheem Sterling during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia...

Referee Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands marks out a line with an invisible spray during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between England and...

England's Sterling is shown the yellow card by the referee during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Italy at the Amazonia arena in...

Italy's Darmian fights for the ball with England's Jagielka and Cahill during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena ...

The ball sails over Italy's goalkeeper Sirigu after a free kick for England during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena...

England's Sterling receives a yellow card from referee Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against...

England's Sturridge lies on the pitch after sustaining an injury during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Italy at the Amazonia...

Italy's Balotelli walks out of the pitch next to Italy's coach Prandelli during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between England and...

England's Joe Hart helps England's Cahill stretch during World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at Amazonia arena

Italy's Immobile fights for the ball with England's Cahill during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus

England's Daniel Sturridge and Italy's Giorgio Chiellini are pictured during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena...

Italy's Mario Balotelli walks past coach Cesare Prandelli during World Cup soccer match between England and Italy in Manaus

England's Cahill and Jagielka blocks a shot by Italy's Darmian during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in...

England's Rooney reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between England and Italy at the Amazonia ...

Italy's coach Prandelli speaks with Balotelli during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus

Italy's Balotelli cools down during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli watches his team play against England during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in...

Italy's coach Prandelli congratulates Italy's Balotelli during World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at Amazonia arena

Italy's Darmian fights for ball with England's Jagielka and Cahill during World Cup soccer match in Manaus

Italy's Balotelli fights for the ball with England's Cahill during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus

Italy's goalkeeper Sirigu dives for the ball during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between England and Italy at the Amazonia arena in...

Italy's Balotelli scores a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus

Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates after goal past England during World Cup soccer match at the Amazonia arena

Italy's Balotelli and his Verratti celebrate after Balotelli scored a goal against England during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the...

Italy's Balotelli heads the ball to score past England's Cahill and Hart during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia...

England's goalkeeper Hart rolls inside the goalpost after Italy's Balotelli scored during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the...

Italy's Mario Balotelli heads the ball into the goal past England's Joe Hart during World Cup soccer match at Amazonia arena

Italy's Balotelli celebrates his goal against England with Verratti during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in...

Italy's Balotelli celebrates his goal against England with Verratti during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in...

Italy's Balotelli celebrates his goal against England with Verratti during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in...

Italy's Verratti fights for the ball with England's Sterling during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus

England's goalkeeper Joe Hart saves the ball during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between England and Italy at the Amazonia arena in...

England's Sturridge celebrates after scoring a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Italy at the Amazonia arena in Manaus

Mario Balotelli of Italy hugs Joe Hart of England

Posted in World Cup 2014

Training Session: Italy, starring Mario Balotelli

The Italian team trained earlier today and I have some photos from that session that I’ll like to share.

Enjoy 🙂

Players of Italy arrive at training camp on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

(L-R) Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Claudio Marchisio of Italy arrive at training camp on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Claudio Marchisio of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Leonardo Bonucci of Italy (R) during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo (R) of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ciro Immobile of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ciro Immobile of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli of Italy (C) during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Lorenzo Insigne of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Leonardo Bonucci of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Head coach Italy Cesare Prandelli reacts during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile (R) of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate (L) of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli of Italy (L) during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile (R) of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Boys, now is the time to be discussing women.

Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile (R) of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli and Lorenzo Insigne (R) of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli and Lorenzo Insigne (L) of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate (C) of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo (R) of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ciro Immobile (C) of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Players of Italy during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mario Balotelli of Italy (2FL) during a training session on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I have no idea why I like this photo so much. Must be its how the players are standing around watching Mario with the ball. 

Presser:

Lorenzo Insigne and Claudio Marchisio did the presser today. Whereas the handsome Marchisio smiled and laughed, Insigne looked as if he wanted to be somewhere else.

Lorenzo Insigne of Italy (R) arrives at press conference on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Claudio Marchisio of Italy arrives at press conference on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Lorenzo Insigne of Italy during press conference on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Claudio Marchisio of Italy during press conference on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Claudio Marchisio of Italy during press conference on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Lorenzo Insigne of Italy during press conference on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Claudio Marchisio of Italy during press conference on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Claudio Marchisio of Italy during press conference on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Claudio Marchisio of Italy during press conference on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Yep. I can look at Marchisio’s mug all day long.

Claudio Marchisio of Italy after press conference on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Claudio Marchisio of Italy after press conference on June 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.