4
May

Jose Mourinho writes moving open letter to his son

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Jose Mourinho might be one of the most polarizing figures in soccer, but one side we don’t see enough of is Jose, the father.

His 14-year-old son, Jose Mario Jr., has been sitting a few rows behind the Chelsea manager for every game this season, and has even been called “a little assistant” by Mourinho. On several occasions, you could see them celebrate a big goal together in the stands. Obviously, that wasn’t the case on Sunday, but for the Blues’ final home game Mourinho still found a way to connect with his son. In the final matchday program of the season, Mourinho included a heartfelt open letter to Jose Jr.:

I know this space is to communicate with you fans, but one of you is my son. I want to tell him thanks for being with me every second of every match, a few metres behind me, jumping for every goal; hurt by every difficult moment. Thank you, kid, for being my kid. Every time I look at you, I see you, but I also see your sister and your mum, both at home but also playing with us, both waiting for us to go home and to be what we are - an amazing family… like the blue family, supporting each other.

D’aww.

H/T YahooSports

18
Apr

This is what happens when pro footballers play against children

The only way to make a scrimmage between young kids and real, actual footballers somewhat competitive is to outnumber the professionals by a large margin.

But even then, it’s never really fair fight. It does, however, lead to really amusing plays and goals, like this one from John Terry:

Let’s see them try that one against a real team and see how far they get.

18
Mar

Petr Cech aces “ultimate goalkeeping drill”

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Think stopping free kick blasts struck at 75+ mph is hard? Parrying shots from point-blank range? Okay, how about saving footballs and tennis balls in rapid-fire succession?

There’s a reason goalkeepers are hardly envied by their peers, but at the same time, the very best at the position possess traits coveted by all athletes, most notably their unrivaled reflexes and resolute focus.

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech - winner of three UEFA Best Goalkeeper awards — demonstrated both these skills in a recent Chelsea training video, dubbed the “ultimate goalkeeping drill:”

In the exercise, Cech is alternately ambushed by footballs kicked from both sides while tennis balls are struck at him from just a few feet away with a racquet. Incredibly, Cech doesn’t fail to catch a single one. 

Image & H/T: Pies

8
Mar

Samuel Eto’o’s old-man strength leads Chelsea

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Fernando Torres was a late scratch ahead of Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday, setting the stage for none other than “old man” Samuel Eto’o.

Eto’o turned out to be the match-winner as he opened the scoring in the 56th minute and won a penalty to set up Chelsea’s second just moments later. But Eto’o’s most brilliant moment of the night came on his goal celebration.

Coming off a week that saw his true age publicly questioned (by his manager, no less) Eto’o hobbled over to the corner flag holding his back and clutching the flag stick like it was his walking cane. The tongue-in-cheek celebration was priceless in light of Jose Mourinho’s recently leaked comment that he thought the officially 32-year-old striker might actually be 35.

Clearly Eto’o has taken the mini-controversy in stride, showing that, like a fine wine, perhaps he’s just getting better with age. Mourinho himself commented on it, telling reporters after the match: “I didn’t suggest Samuel’s celebration, but we knew [about] it. The best way to diffuse the situation is make fun of a funny situation.”

Of course, when you’re seven points clear atop the Premier League, everything is a little more amusing.

14
Feb

Chelsea could swap Courtois for Costa

It is a long way off the summer transfer period, but already clubs are preparing deals for when the window reopens. According to Friday’s newspaper reports, Chelsea have been approached by Atletico Madrid regarding a proposed swap deal for on-loan keeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Diego Costa. Jose Mourinho is bound to be looking for a striker in the summer and Courtois has impressed whilst at Atletico.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.

17
Jan

Mourinho targets Atletico star

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Atletico Madrid have a habit of developing top-class strikers. Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa have all graced the Vincente Calderon in the past seven years. Atletico seem to get a good price for their top talent and then immediately replace with players of equal capability.

Diego Costa could be the next star striker on the way out of Atletico. A host of clubs are known to be admirers and Friday’s newspapers report that Jose Mourinho is set to make him his major summer signing.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.

11
Jan

United after Dortmund’s Gundogan

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Manchester United continue to be linked with all the world-class midfielders in world soccer. The latest name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan. One newspaper says that the Red Devils will have to pay £24 million to prise the player away from Germany. David Moyes is desperate for midfield reinforcements and this rumor might not be too far wide of the mark.

Elsewhere, Arsenal full-back is a target for Turkish giants Galatasaray and AC Milan eye up a move for Chelsea wantaway midfielder Michael Essien.

For more rumors and the rest of Saturday’s transfer gossip, click here.