29
Jul

Usain Bolt to Prince Harry: Don’t Let Your Son Support Villa!

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Photo via the Birmingham Mail

Just a few days after the birth of the next Monarch in line for the British throne, Premier League club Aston Villa wasted little time sending out a care package to the newborn. While the PR stunt won the club a bit of attention in the English press, recent comments made by Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt are bringing the club an entirely different sort of attention…

In a recent newspaper interview with the Birmingham Mail, Bolt had less than positive comments about the club: 

"I want to give all my best to the Prince and Duchess on their firstborn. I just hope he doesn’t follow in his daddy’s footsteps and become an Aston Villa fan. It isn’t fair to put a child through that - especially not a prince. When the prince is old enough, I’d love to take him to Old Trafford. It’s only fair he gets to support a winning team."

That’s definitely harsh, but is it really that far off? Of course, a real prince would just make sure that Villa won the Premier League every season, but it remains to be seen if Prince Georgie has a lot in common with a certain Joffrey Baratheon…

(Via: DirtyTackle)

7
Jul

Ever since he helped out Cristiano Ronaldo with his sprinting technique when the Portuguese striker was at Manchester United, the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, has expressed a wish to play for the Red Devils.

Some within the club even reciprocate his wish, with defender Rio Ferdinand leading the clamor for Bolt to pull on a red shirt and turn out for the Premier League champions.

Well finally, we and Rio are gonna get our wish!

That’s right. Usain Bolt will apparently take his place alongside United’s current greats in Rio’s testimonial against Sevilla on August 9.

It must have taken a lot for Rio to convince new boss David Moyes to sign Bolt up for one game only, but it will certainly put all eyes on Old Trafford to see whether Bolt’s soccer skills can match his sprint speed.

[H/T 101 Great Goals]

22
Jun

Trecker’s Brazilian Travels: Unknown Utopia

Photo: Jamie Trecker/FOX Soccer

By Jamie Trecker, FOXSoccer.com

OLINDA, BRAZIL

The gunship flew low over the beach, heading north to Recife’s Derby Square. The protests would soon start, blocking the bridges in this city and snarling traffic to and from the set of interconnected islands.

Recife is a strange city. For two blocks along the coastline, you could be in Miami or Santa Monica, albeit with far fewer strip malls. But walk a block further inland, and you are in the favelas. Crossing the Avenue Domingos Ferreira puts you into a different city altogether. Here, the streets are unpaved, there are no windows on the cinderblock shanties, and laundry flaps from the telephone lines. There is sewage in the street, and the residents collect rainwater to wash in.

The city makes its money on tourism and textiles, and lately, it hasn’t been doing much of either. The beaches here, from Pina to Boa Viagem and beyond, have been virtually empty. The vendors who patrol up and down the sands have found few takers for the buckets of shrimp on their shoulders. The umbrella chairs were empty, and there was but one set of players on the vast tennis courts that stretch up and down the boardwalk. The beach soccer field was flooded, a product of the prior week’s rains.

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14
Jun

Pele asks Brazil supporters not to boo if team plays poorly

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The Confederations Cup kicks off Saturday and host nation Brazil is widely viewed as the favorites to win the competition. After a string of disappointing performances in the 2010 World Cup, 2011 Copa America, and 2012 Summer Olympics, Brazilians are understandably on edge.

The legendary Pele has stepped up and asked his fellow countrymen to support the team and refrain from booing even if they struggle.

He tells Goal.com:

“A request to all Brazilians, to those who love Brazilian football, to respect this preparation period before the Confederations Cup. Don’t jeer the team, and don’t bring violence to the stadiums. Let’s host a clean cup - even if the team doesn’t perform well, we should not jeer - and support the players, because they need this.”

This will be an interesting test to gauge the Brazilian temperament a year prior to their hosting of the 2014 World Cup.

22
Mar

Olympic race won

The question of how London’s Olympic Stadium would look as a soccer arena was answered, partly at least, on Friday when West Ham were confirmed as tennants from 2016.

The images show how the scene might look when Manchester United arrive in the East End. Now a new home has been secured, all the Hammers need to focus on now is making sure they remain in the Premier League by the time they get the keys in 2016.

17
Aug

The Hope Solo show rolls on

Hope Solo, the current US women’s national team goalkeeper has been making a scene both on and off the field this year.

First, there was the blow up with USWNT legend turned commentator, Brandi Chastain, who was critical of the USA’s defense during the Olympics.

Solo took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the analysis, clearly not pleased with Chastain’s comments.

Then, since winning gold in London, Solo has been on a media blitz since the release of her book, Solo: A Memoir of Hope. One section in particular has caused quite the stir.

Solo claims that her former USWNT coach, Greg Ryan, shoved her back in 2007 during a heated meeting. Ryan denies this allegation.

Will all this drama hurt Solo’s career or not? We will have to wait and see.

17
Aug

What did the Olympics teach us?

By Jorge Andres Mondaca

For the past month, the city of London and Great Britain have created heroes for the world masses. Now, they have a villain – although one far removed from the glow of the Olympic Games: Chelsea’s very own John Terry.

The former England captain has faced intense scrutiny since last October when it is claimed that he shouted racial abuse towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Terry was criminally charged following the allegations, but has since been cleared by a magistrate in court. The Football Association, England’s governing body for the sport, is continuing to investigate the matter and could still punish him.

The long-running saga adds fuel to the fire that comes from the stands during Chelsea away matches – as was evident during the Community Shield matchup last Sunday against Manchester City; albeit on neutral ground at Villa Park in Birmingham. From the moment he was introduced to the time he was near the ball, rival fans mocked and abused Terry non-stop.

Teammate Peter Cech expressed earlier this week that Terry understands that he will under a microscope all season long but expects the club captain to soldier on.

 “He’s a strong lad,” the goalkeeper said about Terry according to published reports. “I don’t think he was surprised and I don’t think it will affect him in any way.”

Terry isn’t alone. Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United player Patrice Evra last season and faces similar treatment away from Anfield.

Both players will be called racists and worse every time they play away from their home grounds, creating a toxic atmosphere everywhere they go.

But Premier League players have an experience right in front of their faces that could be the basis for a better example for those on the field, in the stands and watching at home: the London Olympics.

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