Spain vs. Italy
Spain vs. Italy
If there’s on thing that’s certain in world football, it’s that Mario Balotelli will never stop fascinating us in new and different ways. Today, he showed off what can only be described as an intersting new hair cut.
That had to have taken at least an hour. Just look at the details. That’s some serious hair dedication.
You do you, Mario. We’ll keep admiring it.
Pictures via @FinallyMario
Just before the January transfer window closed, Bologna signed Brazilian midfielder Ibson from Corinthians. While they got the paperwork for the deal completed ahead of the deadline, the club forgot another very, very important detail: to pick up their newest player from the airport.
According to Italian media outlet TMW, Ibson arrived at the airport in Italy and not a single representative from the club was there to greet him. Four members of the technical staff were also reportedly suspended because of the incident.
How embarrassing. Ibson might be having second thoughts about signing for the Serie A strugglers.
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This summer, Mario Balotelli will square off against many familiar faces as his Italy side takes on England in the World Cup, and he clearly isn’t worried about it. Talking with reporters, the former Premier League striker said that aside from Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart, no England player would be good enough to make the Italy squad.
From the Daily Mail:
"Wayne Rooney I am sure would get in any squad that will be in Brazil - he is one of those few special players. Manchester United had many good players - but when I was at City (manager) Roberto Mancini and the coaches would always teach us pay attention to Rooney - and make it clear he is the one that can hurt us.
'I know that Joe (Hart) is one of the top five goalkeepers in the world - there is no argument about that. He had some games that he would not have been pleased with earlier this season but the best players in the world hit some bad form.
Both Rooney and Joe are of the highest quality but once you look past those two I don’t see an obvious player from England that would make the Italy team or even squad.”
We’re not here to argue whether he’s right, but one thing is for sure: when these two face off this summer, it’s going to get heated.
Former United States men’s international Taylor Twellman sparked hysteria on Twitter this afternoon with a brief, incredible dispatch about the future of Michael Bradley:
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman)
This move carries most of the hallmarks of Clint Dempsey’s stunning move to Seattle last summer with one catch: Bradley, 26, is in the prime of his career.
The thought of Bradley — perhaps the best player in a USA shirt at the moment — exchanging Serie A for MLS at this stage raises a whole host of questions. Most of them permeated through the Internet in the ensuing minutes as people tried to process why Bradley might spurn the chance to fight for his place at Roma or stay in Europe with another club.
Perhaps the most interesting dispatch came from Philadelphia Union defender Amobi Okugo:
Please Bradley… stay overseas we look up to you …you’re one of the few #ambitionispriceless …but if you do come to philly haha— Amobi Okugo (@amobisays)
Whether TFC and Bradley eventually complete the move remains uncertain at this point. One thing is clear about the present, though: #BradleyWatch has started in earnest.
If there are two things we know about infamous TV presenter Tiziano Crudeli, they are this: He is an AC Milan fanatic, and he’s not afraid to show it.
Case in point: Crudeli went absolutely nuts after Kaka scored his 100th goal for Milan today. Someone get this guy an inhaler:
Never change, Crudeli. Never change.
Today’s newspaper’s have linked Manchester United manager David Moyes with a move for Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay. The Argentine international is also interesting Serie A outfit Napoli. It seems Garay has a release clause in his contract and United look set to attempt to trigger it. He would be a much needed addition for a defense that has conceded 13 goals in the league so far.
For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.
The fine folks over at FootballAsFootball.com have re-envisioned some of the most recognizable logos in American sports: NFL team logos.
Taking four of football’s most soccer-crazed countries, the artists made logos in the style of English, Italian, German and Spanish clubs. Take a look at some of our favorites from each country below, and be sure to check them all out and find your favorite:
San Francisco 49ers (Germany)
Arizona Cardinals (Spain)
New York Jets (Italy)
Buffalo Bills (England)
Expect plenty of drama and turmoil to unfold as Europe concludes the group phase of its World Cup qualifying efforts on Tuesday.
Most of the heavy hitters have either locked up a place in Brazil or situated themselves properly to claim one ahead of the last round of fixtures. Several prominent sides – including England and Spain – still need a result to guarantee a direct berth, while other countries – ranging from the usual suspects in France and Portugal to potential first-timers Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iceland – must obtain results to either finish in top spot or seal a place in the playoffs next month.
Here is a look at the state of play heading into a decisive day across the continent:
Qualified: Belgium (Group A), Italy (Group B), Germany (Group C), Netherlands (Group D), Switzerland (Group E)
Into the playoffs: Croatia (Group A), Sweden (Group C)
Assured of a direct berth or a playoff spot, depending on results: Bosnia-Herzegovina (Group G), France (Group I), England (Group H), Greece (Group G), Portugal (Group F), Russia (Group F), Spain (Group I)
Group A: Nothing to see here with Belgium (qualified) and Croatia (playoffs) already confirmed as the top two.
Group B: Italy has already booked its place in Brazil. Bulgaria (13 points, +6 GD), Denmark (13 points, -1 GD), Czech Republic (12 points, +3 GD) and Armenia (12 points, -1 GD) remain in contention for second place, but the low point haul and the smattering of the results here and elsewhere means not one of the four sides is likely to qualify for the playoff as one of the top-eight finishers (only the results against the top five teams in the group count in that convoluted table).
Bulgaria hosts the Czechs (already eliminated from playoff contention based on results) in Sofia with a chance to claim second place. If the Bulgarians falter, then Denmark will almost certainly top them given their task at home to bottom side Malta. Armenia must win in Italy and then hope for some help along the way.
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Disturbing news has reached the eyes and ears of the FOX Soccer news room. Wait for it….Pepe Reina is sleeping in Mario Balotelli’s AC Milan jersey.
We have yet to discover whether the article of clothing has been washed (we hope so) but the story has been confirmed by the Liverpool goalkeeper himself. Reina became the first keeper to save a Balotelli spot-kick during Napoli’s 2-1 win at the San Siro last month and then plucked up the courage to ask the Italy striker for his jersey after the game.
Reina said: “After saving Mario’s penalty I couldn’t not ask for his shirt. It was a historic event. He gave me it and I’ve brought it home to create an unusual pair of pajamas. I sleep with his shirt and Napoli shorts.”
What does Reina’s wife Yolanda Ruiz make of it all? We have yet to find out, but would this sort of thing constitute grounds for divorce? We think so.