Italian club Catania have cancelled a pre-season tour to Japan amid fears than an earthquake had caused radiation leaks (Guardian). The tour was scrapped because an earthquake in the northwestern city of Kashiwazaki is reported to have caused radioactive leaks from a large power station in the area.
The quake, which struck on July 16, measured 6.8 on the Richter scale. Officials at the Sicilian club decided that, no matter how much they wanted to play their three J-League opponents, a bout of radiation poisoning was not what the players needed to get the season underway!
When your CV reads Ajax, AC Milan, Barcelona you have to be desperate to add Sheffield Wednesday to that. But former Dutch superstar, Patrick Kluivert who has played for some of Europe’s greatest clubs seems to have reached rock bottom.
Since coming off the bench to score the winning goal in the European Cup Final at 18, Kluivert has never quite kept focus on the game. He had an average year with Newcastle in 2005 but didn’t stay but has apparently rekindled his love for the English game with a chance to join Championship side, Sheffield Wednesday – although, even they want a look at him first. How the mighty have fallen?
The BBC are reporting that Vietnam’s footballer of the year Phan Van Tai Em will miss his team’s Asian Cup quarter-final against Iraq after he planned his wedding for the same day. The gist of it is that the player didn’t think they would get through. The coach now has a dilemma – do you pick a player who thinks the team is no good?
The build-up to the 2007 Homeless World Cup is in full swing ahead of the tournament getting under way next week. The competition will see homeless people from 48 countries travel to Copenhagen to take part in the annual street football event. The aim is to raise the profile of homelessness and poverty around the world, and help players to turn their lives around.
The competition is being supported by Didier Drogba who said: “The Homeless World Cup is an event that can change the life of anyone, not simply to help them become a professional footballer, but so that they can become a man, in everyday life, developing values, human values, which I think are very important. Become a fan. I am.” Click here to find out more about the tournament.
Today was the last football club (that we run in a local primary school) for the academic year. It has been a real fun group, 20-30 junior schools pupils coming together to play football. There have been some great bits of football, and some real funny moments, but I think the best bit has been watching some of the better players take weaker players under their wings and helping them to perform better.
Certainly looking forward to more of it next year.
Modern day football transfers seems to have no common sense. Firstly they are massive, Liverpool have just spent £27 million on Torres, who I can’t see is going to be that amazing, and even if he was awesome, how can someone be worth that much money. And then secondly the usual random situation where some players seems to be underpriced, why was Henry let go for £16 million in comparison with Torres etc. It’s just not right. Surely at some stage the bubble will burst, multi-millionaires will not be able to prop up football clubs and we can use the money for something better.
Anyone else got any opinions on this.
What a great match. I caught snippets of the Henman v Moya match today and it was awesome. Two older professionals who have both struggled with form recently having the game of their life. Some of the shots were out of this world. I love this time of year, it always inspires me to start playing tennis again, I haven’t really played since I was a teenager, but I have no excuse now with a club next door to my office.
Lewis Hamilton has had another awesome weekend winning the US Grand Prix in Indianapolis to claim his second successive victory. This time beginning to prove the quality that he is by holding off Alonso twice. With his lead in the championship now up to ten points he stands a real chance at winning it.
David Beckham has ended his career with Real Madrid by winning the league title. Unfortunately for him it wasn’t the perfect dream having had to come off due to injury.
The new fixtures have been published. Liverpool start the season with games against Aston Villa and then Chelsea, so not the easiest start to the season.
Manchester United open up their Premier League defence with a home game against Steve Coppell’s Reading. Sam Allardyce goes back to the Reebok Stadium as his new side Newcastle open up against Bolton. Newly-promoted Birmingham will travel to Chelsea, while Championship title winners Sunderland host Tottenham.
Here is the full list of opening weekend fixtures:
Arsenal v Fulham
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Bolton v Newcastle
Chelsea v Birmingham
Derby v Portsmouth
Everton v Wigan
Man Utd v Reading
Middlesbrough v Blackburn
Sunderland v Tottenham
West Ham v Man City