Archive 2013
Dec 25, 8 months ago

Merry Christmas y Feliz Navidad!


Merry Christmas to all Futbolitas and Futbolitos celebrating it from across the world. May 2014 bring us all a fantastic year in football, and perhaps, more Ibrahimovic levels of drama!
 

Dec 20, 8 months ago

Women’s Football : Germany’s Nadine Angerer Favourite To Win Ballon d’Or Over Marta, Abby Wambach


The Ballon d’Or female finalists were unveiled last week and Germany’s Nadine Angerer, Brazil’s Marta and USA’s Abby Wambach made the cut. All three ladies are phenomenal players and it must be also said that they each had a …

Dec 20, 8 months ago

Photos : Arsenal’s Christmas Fancy Dress Party Rocks The House – Who Came As Rambo And Superman?


They may have missed out on Halloween this year, but with Christmas around the corner, there’s no better time to put on the fancy dress costumes!
Just ask the Arsenal first team players, who partied in the best way footballers …

Dec 19, 8 months ago

Offbeat: Real Madrid’s Christmas Party, Arsenal’s Walcott To Be A Dad and Messi, Falcao, Ronaldo Star In Futuristic Film

It’s your Offbeat round-up on the week’s hottest off-the-pitch stories!

The Real Madrid family celebrated their annual Christmas party at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday evening. Yes, yes, Feliz Navidad!
Sadly, compared to last year’s festivities, there were notable absentees from …

Dec 17, 9 months ago

Former Italy National Gennaro Gattuso Investigated For Match-Fixing, ‘Criminal Conspiracy and Sports Fraud’


Over the past few years, the revolting issues of match-fixing in Italian football has caused fans to question the integrity of the game. However, when a World Cup winner is involved, it is time to sit up and question …

Dec 17, 9 months ago

The Netherland’s Philosopher Van Gaal On Stubborn Captains, Schweinsteiger and Guardiola

A fascinating interview with Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was published this week, where he spoke about his philosophy and getting players ‘fully immersed’ in his ideas.
Let’s not forget that The Netherlands will pit themselves against Spain at the World …

Dec 16, 9 months ago

Champions League Draw: City To Face Off Against Barcelona As Messi And Kun Aguero Exchange ‘Fiery Messages’

The Champions League Last-16 draw was made today, and oh dear, isn’t 2014 set to be a Blockbuster Year of Football?!
There were many exciting match-ups including Manchester City vs Barcelona which has already prompted debates of “quality over quantity”.
The …

Dec 16, 9 months ago

Premiership: Villas-Boas Says He Ain’t A Quitter After Crushing Defeat To Liverpool, The Mertesacker-Ozil Diaries


It was an early Christmas gift for Liverpool fans yesterday after a 5-0 win over Tottenham. One thing’s for sure – and that’s the fact that their Brazilian midfielder, Lucas Leiva mastered a new ‘crowdsurfing‘ move as part of …

Dec 16, 9 months ago

Photos : Cristiano Ronaldo Unveils Museum In Funchal Alongside Family and Friends


The Pride of Portugal and Madeira, Cristiano Ronaldo, finally unveiled his own museum in Funchal, Portugal, last night. The museum displays 150 of the player’s trophies and awards, including numerous trophies, sweatshirts, pennants and photographs in the gallery which …

Dec 12, 9 months ago

POTD : Barca Fans Campaign For Voting Rights In Champions League Game


In yet another indication that football is one of the many platforms for political discourse, the Barcelona-Celtic Champions League meeting was dominated by election talk yesterday.
Separatist parties in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region on Thursday agreed the wording of an …

Dec 10, 9 months ago

Picture Of The Day : Man United vs Shakhtar Donetsk, Kagawa Returns After Stomach Pumping Debacle


One of the most open groups in the Champions League happens to be Group A, which includes Man United, Shakhtar Donetsk and Leverkusen. Fortunately, United have already qualified for the next round from their 11 points, and the remaining …

Dec 10, 9 months ago

Photos: South African Fans Sing, Dance At Nelson At World Cup Final Stadium To Honour Nelson Mandela


Three years ago, the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, hosted the final of the FIFA World Cup between Spain and Netherlands. It was also the final public appearance of South Africa’s founding father and anti-apartheid icon, Nelson …

Dec 9, 9 months ago

Premiership : Ex Man United Boss Ron Atkinson Says No Such Thing As ‘Transitional Period’ For Moyes At Man United


It has been quite an interesting Premiership weekend, especially after Man United slipped to an unbelievable 0-1 loss in the hands of Newcastle United. The words ‘transitional period’ and ‘deja vu’ were severely overused at the weekend, as were …

Dec 9, 9 months ago

LA LIGA LUNES : Real Madrid’s Modric, Marcelo, Ronaldo and Casillas Pose Discuss Draw Pre-World Cup Conference


It was a relatively “aburrido” (boring) day for Real Madrid’s Marcelo and Luka Modric, who were part of the Real Madrid team that took part in a press conference especially about the World Cup draw.
Examining their facial expressions above, …

Dec 6, 9 months ago

World Cup 2014 : Two Groups of Death As England Face Uruguay, Italy Germany Drawn With Portugal-USA


The World Cup Brazil 2014 Final draw took place in Bahia, Brazil last night, and suffice to say – there were some surprises and certainly several Groups of Death waiting to unleash at the tournament next …

Dec 6, 9 months ago

Women’s Football: Lyon Set To Win League Title, Spain and Germany Through To U-17 World Cup


Germany and Spain’s U-17 Women’s teams have qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica next year. Both sides reached the UEFA U-17 Women’s Championship final, which is taking place in England at the moment. Congratulations, girls!
Germany …

Dec 5, 9 months ago

World Cup Draw and The ‘Brazuca’ Effect!


The official ball for the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup was launched in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Tuesday, and the Brazucaaaaaa is already rolling off everyone’s tongues!
You could totally ask for a ‘Brazuca‘ tomorrow, and get a cup …

Dec 5, 9 months ago

Luis Suarez Puts Four Past Norwich In 5-1 Win As Everton Claims Boasting Rights After Man United Victory


There’s always something special about beating Man United at Old Trafford – especially if that team is now being managed by David Moyes. If there’s any team deserving of boasting rights today, it’s The Toffees!
Everton’s 1-0 win courtesy of Bryan …

Dec 4, 9 months ago

Offbeat: Ronaldo and Irina Enjoy Bernabeu Date, Rooneys’ Christmas, Drama In Van der Vaart Divorce, Alonso Welcomes Third Child

This week in Offbeat Wednesday (your weekly gossip special!), Ronaldo and Irina hit up the Bernabeu, The Rooney boys pose with Father Christmas, Sylvie van der Vaart admits to infidelity, Xabi Alonso welcomes a new child and Sara Carbonero’s baby …

Dec 3, 9 months ago

Wenger Says Aaron Ramsey Is Still Developing – Plus New ‘Class Of 92′ Trailer

Wenger Says Aaron Ramsey Is Still Developing – Plus New ‘Class Of 92′ Trailer


Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on his on-song midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who has scored 15 goals this season for Arsenal and the Wales national team.
More impressively, Ramsey netted twice over the weekend in their 3-0 win over his former …