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Ashley Cole thanks Drogba for Golden gift | Premier League

Ashley Cole used his twitter account to send his thanks to Didier Drogba for hosting an £800,000 celebratory dinner to commemorate Chelsea’s Champions League win this year, presenting his former team-mates with rings to symbolise their victory over Bayern Munich.

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Drogba said at the dinner: “I wanted to give something to the team so we can all look back and remember that achievement.” He then singled out club captain John Terry, who was in attendance. “You’re my hero and everyone at Chelsea loves you.”

 

 


Wigan Confirm Roger “El Chino” Espinoza Deal | Premier League

The 26-year-old Honduras international has long been linked with a move and is set to swap Major League Soccer for the Barclays Premier League when his contract expires at the end of the year. Espinoza is a versatile player who can play in either defence or midfield and he impressed at this summer’s Olympics with his performance against Brazil.

“We’re working really hard to try to make it happen and we’re looking forward to seeing if we can get that one done successfully,” Martinez said.

“There are a few steps: there is the work permit, there are certain aspects we need to fulfil in the paperwork but Roger is a player that we’ve been following for a long, long time.

“We’ve seen him enjoying his football in the Olympic Games recently with Honduras, and in the World Cup as well he’s been an important part of that group of players with (Wigan defender) Maynor Figueroa. He would be a real asset for us.

“But until January 1 we can’t do anymore than wait and make sure we prepare ourselves for the steps we’ve got ahead to make him a Wigan Athletic player.”


A very Young Tiger Feeds a Fox then predicts he’ll be the Michael Jordan of Golf

“The Tiger Woods we met was a likeable young man with an acute sense of his own destiny.”

But as good as this piece is for the above reasons, I’m still more fascinated by the sight of Woods sitting near a fairway, feeding a random forest creature which sidles up to him.

Tiger Woods, the fox whisperer?

Never mind.

H/T to CBS’s Shane Bacon, who found this video in the dusty archives.

Young Tiger:

“Since I’m black I might be even bigger than Jack Nicklaus. I might be even bigger than him, to the blacks. I might be sort of like a Michael Jordan in basketball. Something like that.”

Tiger, on race (at about the 3:15 mark in the video):

“Every time I go to a major country club, I always feel it. You can always sense it. People always staring at you, ‘What are you doing here? You shouldn’t be here.’ When I go to Texas or Florida, you always feel it because they say, ‘Why are you here?’ ‘Not supposed to be here.’ And that’s probably because that’s where all the slavery was.”

 

 


Hockey Game Invaded by 25,000 Teddy Bears

What are the chances of 25,000 people at an ice hockey game all having a teddy bear with them?

Pretty slim, we think you’d agree. Unless it’s a junior Canadian ice hockey game – in which case, it turns out, it’s a tradition.

“The idea is to collect thousands of bears to be distributed to kids in need,” reports BuzzBishop. “It’s a great event that packs the house each year.”

 


Fourteen Eritrean football club Players disappear in Uganda

(Reuters) – At least 14 members of the Eritrea football squad have disappeared in Uganda while playing in a regional tournament and may eventually claim asylum, Ugandan officials said on Monday.

Eritrea is one of the world’s most secretive states ruled by a reclusive president. This year United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay accused the Asmara government of meting out summary executions, torture and detaining thousands of political prisoners.

In July last year 13 members of an Eritrean football club sought asylum in Tanzania while 12 members of the national squad disappeared in Kenya in 2009 after competing in a regional tournament.

Rodgers Mulindwa, a spokesman for the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA), told Reuters the players had not been seen since early Sunday.

“It’s true, some of the Eritrean players have disappeared. They’ve not been seen at their hotel since early yesterday and it’s very unfortunate,” Mulindwa said.

Police spokesman Ibn Sekundi put the number of missing squad members at 18 but said the team’s management had informed them the players were simply “checking on relatives”.

Eritrea were taking part in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) competition. Eritrea last played on Friday, losing 2-0 to Rwanda.

Moses Watasa, from Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) which is responsible for processing asylum applications, said the Eritrean players had not made contact.

“As of now we haven’t had any contact with them so we don’t know their whereabouts, but it’s possible they might want to seek asylum later,” he said.


Football: FIFA suspends South Korean player over Olympic political gesture

SEOUL: FIFA has suspended a South Korean player for two international matches over a post-match political gesture at the London Olympics, the South’s football body said Monday.

FIFA’s disciplinary committee has also slapped a fine of 3,500 Swiss francs ($3,781) on Park Jong-Woo following his actions, which relate to an island dispute with Japan, the Korean Football Association (KFA) said.

The association itself was warned for failure to properly instruct players on rules of conduct.

“We’ve decided to humbly accept FIFA’s decision after consultations with Park Jong-Woo,” the KFA said in a statement.

The 23-year-old midfielder was excluded from the awards ceremony for his country’s bronze win in August after he held up a sign reading “Dokdo is our land” while celebrating the Korean team’s 2-0 victory over Japan.

The Seoul-controlled islands, known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan, are the subject of a decades-old territorial dispute.

The incident came hours after South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak paid a surprise visit to the disputed islands, angering Japan.

Park insisted he took the sign from a fan in the crowd after the match and it was not pre-planned.

FIFA ruled that his action was not premeditated but deserved punishment for “displaying unsporting behaviour”, Yonhap news agency said.

International Olympic Committee officials said Park breached rules against political demonstrations at the Games.

The player has not yet received his bronze medal, but South Korean officials say he will qualify for a pension paid to Olympic medallists.


Two Of the Best from abroad | Great Goals | Football

Bernabeu keeper looks glad he wasn’t between the sticks for this effort.

 


Top notch effort from the Dutch international.


David Beckham to open restaurant with Gordon Ramsey

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David Beckham is opening a restaurant with his friend Gordon Ramsey.

The 37-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player is teaming up with the ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ TV chef for the eatery and he is ”excited” to be venturing into a new business.

He told radio host Ryan Seacrest: ”We’ve got something in the pipeline. We are obviously good friends and we are excited about a project that could happen pretty soon.

”It will be a business thing but owning a restaurant is going to be fun as well.”

”It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always loved cooking. I’d love to cook for Gordon and I definitely will one day.”

Referring to the end of his American adventure earlier this week, he said: ”I do think I’ll be spending more time in England.”

 


Iya Traore @ Montmartre Paris (football freestyle)

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Born in Guinea in 1986, Traore’s biography on his official website claims his passion for football began when he was a young child playing on his local streets. He then moved to France in 2000 and after being dropped from Paris St Germain, took to performing for crowds all over the country.

Traore’s site states: ‘He practices everywhere. In the subway, in the streets, when he goes to do some shopping, and in well-known location, such as the Champs-Elysees.’


adidas Cafusa launched at Brazil 2013 draw

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The name and design of the Official Match Ball for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 was unveiled on Saturday at the Draw in Sao Paulo. This is only the second time that a specifically-designed ball has been launched for the so-called ‘Festival of Champions’.

The Cafusa name combines three symbols which are at the core of Brazilian culture – carnival, football and samba. Together with the vibrant colour scheme, the ball is a true reflection of the Brazilian national identity, with a particular focus on the southern cross constellation represented in the Brazilian flag.

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“Unveiling the Official Ball of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 is a big moment for us” said Rodrigo Messias, Director of the Project 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. “Brazilians are passionate about football and we wanted to deliver an inspirational ball for this competition. We are very pleased with the adidas Cafusa, the final product has strong Brazilian elements in place throughout the design.”

To showcase the new football to all Brazilians there will be an exhibition of ten giant balls, each two metres in diameter, which will travel across the country until the end of June 2013. The balls will begin their journey in Rio de Janeiro before heading on to the other Host Cities of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 – Recife, Fortaleza, Salvador, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte.

The adidas Cafusa will make its on pitch debut at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012, which takes place between 6 and 16 December.


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