May 15, 2012

Messi helping a boy with pituitary dwarfism

Lionel Messi is not just a great footballer but he is a great man too. Barcelona's top striker since now is paying medical bills for 12-year-old boy suffering from pituitary dwarfism. It was the pituitary dwarfism that Leo was suffering from too and now he decided to help someone in a similar condition. Mesi came to Barcelona because it covered the cost of the bills for the growth hormone. The boy suffering from pituitary dwarfism is Kashasha Waleed, he is from Morocco and he dreamed to be a footballer but his family could not afford the hormonal therapy. Therefore, his mother decided to write a letter to Leo asking for help, and he decided to help the family paying 208 euros every two weeks for the growth hormone treatment for Kashasha (till the age of 18). Messi often engages in the UNICEF actions and has his own foundation.

photo by Christopher Johnson

May 13, 2012

Hartlepool United fans at their best

I wanted to write this one so much but I had no time, so it's finally here. Most of you have probably seen fans of Hartlepool supporting their club at Charlton this month, but for those who have not - stay a while and read!

The army of 171 Hartlepool supporters painted their faces blue and donned blue jumpers and white overalls, beards and hats to support their club on the final match of the season against Charlton in League One. The smurf invasion was quickly the talk of Twitter after photo of Hartlepool supporters descending an escalator at London’s Kings Cross Underground station was posted and was viewed more than 13,000 times in 24 hours. Some fans were also dressed up as super heroes. Organiser John 'Papa Smurf' Pearson said: 'It’s good craic and helps the day along" and the Hartlepool manager Neale Cooper stated: 'The fans were fantastic. I got a message on my phone saying, "The Smurfs are invading Charlton", and that was from someone in Scotland. Then I saw the pictures. The support on the day was brilliant.' At half-time, mid-table Hartlepool were leading 1-0 against League One champions Charlton but by the final whistle they were 3-2 down. Last time the Hartlepool supporters were dressed up as Oompa Loompas (Video on the bottom). 

Hartlepool itself is beginning to be one of the most creative clubs in the League One, and its supporters nickname is kinda funny too. The Monkey Hangers. According to local folklore, the term originates from an incident in which a monkey was hanged in Hartlepool. During the Napoleonic wars, a French ship was wrecked off the coast, and the only survivor was a monkey wearing a French uniform. After finding the monkey locals decided to hold an impromptu trial, but the monkey was unable to answer their questions and many locals were unaware of what a Frenchman may look like, they concluded that the monkey was a French spy. Later, the monkey was hanged from the mast of a boat. Hartlepool United FC's mascot is a monkey called H'Angus the Monkey. An interesting story, isnt it?

May 8, 2012

Carles Puyol will miss Euro 2012?

Spanish defender Carles Puyol will most probably miss out event in Poland and Ukraine because of a renewed knee injury that requires arthroscopic surgery and will be out of the game for around six weeks. It means that the coach of Spain National Team - Vicente del Bosque will have to succeed without the services of the best defender in his team. The 34-year-old featured for the full 90 minutes in Barcelona's 4-0 La Liga win over Espanyol at the weekend, but complained about knee problems after the game. He underwent a number of tests on Monday to determine the extent of the knock and as officially stated by Barcelona he will have to undergo knee surgery. The knee surgery will take place on Saturday May 12 and will be performed by doctor Ramon Cugat.

photo by Gerard Reyes from Reus, España

May 1, 2012

Fabrice Muamba to attend match between Bolton and Tottenham

Fabrice Muamba will attend Barclays Premier League match between Bolton and Tottenham at the Reebok Stadium this Wednesday. It will mark the first time Muamba hsa attended a game since his cardiac arrest in the match between Bolton and Tottenham at White Hart Lane on March 17. Bolton's midfielder has spent a month at the London Chest Hospital before being discharged on April 16. He started talking two days after his cardiac arrest and began walking just a night later but it is not yet known if he will be able to play professionall football ever again.  

photo by Struway

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle said: "We are absolutely delighted that we will be able to welcome Fabrice and his family back to the Reebok. It's fitting that the match is between these two clubs and that Fabrice is able to come along. I know Fabrice is very keen to show his appreciation to both sets of fans for their support."

You may want to read about the doctor that saved Fabrice's life here!

Apr 25, 2012

Pique's concussion

As stated by Catalunya Radio Gerard Pique doesn't remember the crash with Victor Valdes and he doesn't remember playing with Chelsea yesterday. After fast reaction of the physiotherapist Jaume Munilla and Dr Ricard Prune Gerard has been transported to the hospital. Gerard was able to play after the crash but he requested to be swapped with Dani Alves few minutes later. As said by Andoni Zubizaretta (Barcelona's director of football and years ago Barcelona's goalkeeper) Pique has already left the hospital. Examinations in the hospital indicated his brain concussion and because of his state he will not be able to play at least for one week.

Photo by PAP/EPA

Apr 21, 2012

One of the worst matches in the history

The ASEAN Football Championship (renamed now to AFF Suzuki Cup) tournament in 1998 will always be saved in the history of football as one of the worst tournaments. Why? Let me explain. It was one of the matches of this tournament that made it so infamous. Thailand faced Indonesia in semi-finals. The winners of this match would play Vietnam who was the host of the Cup that year and were in the greatest form since many years. The loser of the match would face Singapore that was much easier to play against. Also, facing Vietnam would mean moving training bases to Hanoi and none of the teams wanted to do that. So, what exactly happened that day?

Well, the thing that happened was that noone even tried to score until referees began giving out cautions. Players were just passing the ball around. Then both teams scored two goals without any emotions and celebrations or will to even save any goal. You may think, well, it didn't look that bad i bet. It was only getting worse. With the score 2-2 and only seconds remaining, Indonesia's defender Mursyid Effendi took the ball, turned and placed it in his own net. Indonesia was no longer scared of facing Vietnam, they were celebrating after their own goal because they could play against Singapore.

Mursyid Effendi

Ironically Thailand lost to Vietnam in semi-finals, but so did Indonesia with Singapore. Thailand had to counter Indonesia once again for the third-place playoff. Indonesia won by penalty shootout, and the winner of the Cup wasn't Vietnam, but surprisingly Singapore. After the tournament FIFA fined both teams for violating the spirit of the game, the entire Thailand management team resigned and Mursyif Effendi received a lifetime ban from international football. Both Thailand and Indonesia were suspended from playing for three months.
 You can watch the highlights of the match here:

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Apr 16, 2012

Fabrice Muamba left the hospital

Fabrice Muamba has been discharged from the London Chest Hospital one month after suffering a cardiac arrest. The Bolton midfielder was hospitalized after he collapsed during an FA Cup quarter-final match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Fabrice's heart stopped for 78 minutes during that day. An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) has been inserted under his collarbone to protect him against another cardiac arrest.

Dr Andrew Deaner, Fabrice Muamba and Dr Sam Mohiddin

Muamba will be moved now 200 miles for ongoing treatment to the Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Greater Manchester. In a statement released by Bolton, Muamba said: "I am naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to every single member of staff at The London Chest Hospital who have played a part in my care. Their dedication, professionalism and expertise is simply amazing and I will forever be in their debt. I also wish to say thank you to all the many well-wishers who have sent thousands of messages of support. Now I am out of hospital, I am looking forward to continuing my recovery and spending precious time with my family." 

Apr 11, 2012

Liver Transplantation of Eric Abidal finished

Sandro Rosell, the president of FC Barcelona said in the interview for Catalunya Radio that the liver transplantation of Eric Abidal was problem-free and Eric, same as his cousin Gerard are in good condition after the surgery which lasted nine hours. The French defender will be under observation in hospital for 48 hours. The medical team led by Juan Carlos Garcia Valdecasas which operated Eric Abidal will release a statement in the Wednesday morning to report the outcome of the surgery.
photo by AP/Manu Fernandez/wt
Pep Guardiola confirmed the news about Eric when he spoke to the press on the conference after 4-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday during which fans chanted the name of french defender in the 22nd minute of the match: "Before coming here I've been told that the operation has been finished, and we'll have to wait 48 hours to see his evolution. We have to be prudent. During the week we'll know more. The next days will be crucial to see how it goes. We've got plenty of faith in such a strong man." Guardiola dedicated this victory to Eric and his cousin Gerard. #animsAbidal!

Apr 10, 2012

Liver Transplantation of Eric Abidal started today

The liver transplantation of Eric Abidal started at 10 a.m. (GMT +1) and as planned should be finished after six to eight or nine hours. The person that donates part of the liver for Eric is his cousin Gerard and Eric is operated by Juan Carlos Garcia Valdecasas - the president of International Liver Transplant Society. After the transplantation Eric will remain hospitalized at least 10 days. After the surgery the club will broadcast a medical statement about (hopefully) the success of the operation. If the new part of the liver fits nicely to the body there is a small chance that Eric will be able to play soccer after long rehabilitation. I really hope he will get well as soon as possible. #animsAbidal!
Eric with his cousin Gerard

P.S. I am really sorry for the mistake about Milan president in "Frank Lampard in Diego Maradona's team?", I hope you will understand and forgive me, the common blogger :) .

Apr 9, 2012

Frank Lampard in Maradona's team?


Al Wasl - the club led by Diego Maradona - wants to bring Frank Lampard to Dubai with a 6 million pounds per year contract. Chelsea midfielder was frustrated since the coming of Andre Villas-Boas and even the change of the manager did not help him with his frustration in the team. It can most probably be changed by the amount of money Diego Maradona is willing to pay him in his (maybe?) new club. It was said also that the contract would make Frank not pay any taxes for it.

photo by Aleksandr Mysyakin for

Inter Mediolan already tried to gain Frank on their side in 2010 but the offer was rejected by Chelsea. The Nerazzuri reportedly made a bid of around 13 million pounds. This time it will not take that much time to secure a transfer due to Frank's age and just a year left on his contract.

Apr 5, 2012

Insurances for national teams

Often in international matches players were getting injured and because of their injuries were off for months. Many clubs already wanted any change to make players that play in national teams supported by UEFA when they are injured in matches like that and it is finally going to be started on Euro 2012 cup. FIFA's president, Sepp Blatter announced that they will pay insurances to all international players who will play at any official international match. "It is an insurance that covers all players, the clubs and national associations. It is important to take the players' interest into consideration." Players that play in friendly matches will be insured too.

photo by Marcello Casal Jr. / ABr

The decision of UEFA & FIFA is considered to be one of the most important changes in the football history as the insurances will not only cover the medical treatment cost of injured player but will also pay indemnity to the club the injured player plays for.

ECA President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added:
"The agreement reflects a greater balance between both national teams and domestic clubs and it is a great achievement to the European football, I would like to honestly thank Michel Platini for his willingness in reaching an agreement. Not only ECA but also all the teams in Europe should be proud with this feat. We all hope to continue to construct, together with UEFA, a future for European football"

Mar 31, 2012

Real Madrid changes their crest

As noticed by spanish Marca Real Madrid has removed the cross from the crown in their logo (see photo). The reason behind it is building Real Madrid Resort Island on the Ras Al Khaimah island in United Arab Emirates. It will be officially open in 2015 and its purpose is to collect 150 millions of Real fans living in Asia. Florentino Perez wants to "avoid any confusion or misinterpretation" of his project being built in a largely Muslim region.

The cross has been a part of the crest because it was the part of King Alfonso XIII's crown. Alfonso XIII granted the club his royal patronage in 1920 and changed the club's name from Madrid Club de Futbol to Real Madrid. There is only one question. Was the change needed to not offend Muslims or to get big money?

Mar 30, 2012

Stilian Petrov diagnosed with leukemia

Aston Villa captain Stilian Petrov has been diagnosed with leukemia according to the club's statement which said: "We expect to learn more about Stilian's situation in due course and we have moved quickly to support him and his family. During this time we ask that Stilian's privacy is placed ahead of all inquiries and trust that we will share information as we receive it. Stilian is cherished by many and he will get from Villa every ounce of love and support that we have to help bring this to a positive conclusion." Leukemia was diagnosed after Petrov developed a fever last Saturday and in the last hours it has been sadly confirmed. Earlier he reported his low energy levels to club's medical staff and has been advised to rest for few days because everyone hoped it was just a virus. Wednesday's blood tests found the cause of his symptoms and fatigue. Stilian is 32 years old and moved to Aston Villa in 2006, when former manager Martin O'Neill brought him from Celtic.

photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Petrov's former Celtic team-mate Neil Lennon, wrote on his Twitter: "Absolutely inconsolable here regarding Stilian.He will overcome this like all the other barriers he faced in his life." In the statement on Celtic's website, Lennon added: "We are all absolutely devastated to hear this news. As a member of the Celtic family, it is important for Stilian to know that he has our unequivocal support in battling against this disease. Knowing Stilian as I do, and the many obstacles he has overcome in his life to get to the peak of his career, he will overcome this one too. On behalf of the players and the backroom staff we send our support and best wishes to Stilian, Paulina and the family. We are there for them all and they will never walk alone."

Get well Stilian.

Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester?

It has been said many times that Manchester City and the club's management are interested in getting Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Kaka three years ago. Now, it looks like their plans are getting more serious. According to sheiks will do everything to make Cristiano move to Manchester, they will offer much more than just 80 millions pounds for one of the best strikers in the world, and they're going to sell Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez, Nigel De Jong, Emmanuel Adebayor, Wayne Bridge and Roque Santa Cruz.

 photo by Addesolen

English media said that Real and Manchester City management had met lately but there is no known information what happened on the meeting. Ronaldo would earn 500 thousands pounds per week according to unofficial news. If the transfer succeeds then it will be absolute record in the history because of salary and transfer price.

Mar 28, 2012

Racist tweets toward Fabrice Muamba

21-year-old Liam Stacey, student from Wales will be in jail for 56 days because of racist tweets on his twitter, that said: "LOL, f*** Muamba, he's dead haha" and then many other racist insults toward random twitter users. Liam Stacey did this few hours after the tragic situation in the Tottenham - Bolton match, when cardiologist along with dr Deaner were fighting to save the young football player he decided to make fun on his private twitter. When student was illuminated that his post may lead him to the court he deleted it but it was too late. In the time police was investigating his reasons he said at first someone hacked his twitter account, and later changed his mind saying he was drunk when tweeting.

Fabrice Muamba. Photo by PA Wire/Press Association Images/EAST NEWS

Judge John Carles said to Stacey: "It was racist abuse via a social networking site instigated as a result of a vile and abhorrent comment about a young footballer who was fighting for his life. At that moment, not just the footballer's family, not just the footballing world but the whole world were literally praying for his life. Your comments aggravated this situation. I have no choice but to impose an immediate custodial sentence to reflect the public outrage at what you have done. You committed this offence while you were drunk and it is clear you immediately regretted it. But you must learn how to handle your alcohol better." Jail was not the only punishment for young welsh student, because he got banned from the rugby team he was playing in and he will be most probably punished in his university. Jim Brisbane (the prosecutor) commented on this situation saying that he hopes it will be successful warning for everyone commenting in the internet.

Check post related for more information about Muamba's heart attack:

Mar 25, 2012

Chile to host Copa America 2015

Chile will host the Copa America in 2015. Competitions were to be held in Brazil, but the largest country in South America resigned from the organization of the event because it already hosts too many sporting events in the coming years like the World Cup 2014 or Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. The tournament in 2015 will be the seventh Copa organized by Chile. Previously, Chile organized competitions in 1920, 1926, 1941, 1945, 1955 and 1991 when Argentina defeated Brazil in the final. In 43 tournaments, seven national teams have won the title. Uruguay is the current champion (Uruguay 3:0 Paraguay, last year in Argentina) and the most successful team in the tournament, having won it fifteen times. It is expected that Brazil will take Chile's schedule turn to host the tournament in 2019.

Mar 21, 2012

Doctor that saved Fabrice Muamba's life.

I bet everyone of you has already known most about Muamba's situation, when his heart stopped beating on Saturday when Bolton was countering Hotspur, so I'm not going to write down everything about it (personally I was really shocked, I was seeing Marc Vivien Foe all the time and I was scared nonetheless it's been nine years already and medicine level has increased MUCH), I'll write about one person that saved Fabrice from death. Although doctors aren’t sure what caused Fabrice to have an heart attack, some medical experts say vigorous exercise may have been the trigger.

“Exercise could be a trigger for a cardiac event,’’ said Dr William McKenna, director of inherited cardiac diseases at University College London. “If you have a known problem and push the system to the limit, it may fall apart.’’

It is said by other experts that Muamba's hearth problem was a genetic abnormality and it was not detected before by doctors. Yet another doctors say that it could've been a result of too much adrenaline in a player's body which led to cardiac arrest.

 Dr Andrew Deaner (brown jacket), photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga

The person I was talking about is Dr Andrew Deaner (Spurs fan), he is a heart specialist and works in King George Hospital in Cardiology. After Fabrice's heart attack he darted onto the pitch to offer his expertise in the fight to save his life. He made it with the team of specialists to the hospital he works and this way he avoided waiting in queues and saving young player's life, meanwhile providing him medical care all the time. Dr Graham Stuart, medical director of Sports Cardiology UK, said the quick work by Dr Deaner and the medical team at White Hart Lane had given Muamba the greatest possible chance of making a recovery. He has also been part of the team overseeing his treatment at the London Chest since his arrival there. According to a joint statement from Bolton and the hospital, Fabrice has been “able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately". I hope it will end good, he has the best cardiologists around and billions of fans in the world wishing him well. Get well soon Fabrice!

Second post on Fabrice Muamba:

Mar 17, 2012

Google Chrome Live Sport

Hello everybody, I found this Google Chrome addon few days ago and I tought I would share it with you. Its main purpose is to show you actual live scores of many leagues, cups and national teams friendlies. Also, it gives you links to live streams of many live matches, which are downloaded from As said on Google official site, you can set your addon to give you scores of football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, tennis and many more. It's really a great plugin, you should check it yourself.
You can get it here:

PS: Due to some issues I was forced to remove comments section. I'm really sorry about that, I hope to set a section where you will be able to post your feedback, meanwhile you can subscribe to RSS. Have a good weekend.

Mar 15, 2012

Liver Transplantion of Eric Abidal

Exactly one year passes today since Abidal's tumour has been discovered (the liver tumour), three days later he had a surgery to remove it. But it is not the end of health problems of french defender, official FC Barcelona website announced, that Eric Abidal is to undergo a liver transplantion:
"Over the coming weeks, the player will undergo a liver transplant" a Barcelona club statement confirmed. "The transplant was an option since the start of his treatment a year ago."

 photo by Mutari

Abidal was a first-team regular this season. He played in 20 league games, but he has not played since suffering a hip injury playing for France in their friendly win over Germany. He finally signed a one-year contract extension in January. It is another sad day for football, that a great man with a passion and talent suffers for no reason, I hope the liver transplantation will go well and we will see him on the pitch this season. And of course without any other injuries.

"Stones in the Road? Keep them all, one day you will build a castle. "# AnimsAbidal TeQueremos" - tweeted Thiago this morning, and David Villa, actually injured (tibia injury), tweeted: "All my strength for Abidal! You will get through it. You are very strong. We will all be by your side."

Also, Roberto Carlos finally stated that he is not going to retire this year, pretty cool, now when we made ourselves a little bit nostalgic we can watch him again in next season.

Mar 10, 2012

Retirement of Roberto Carlos

Since 1993 Roberto Carlos played 743 matches and scored 94 goals in his career. He played for Palmeiras, Corinthians, Inter Mediolan, FC Anzhi Makhachkala and Real Madrid where he has spent eleven years delivering the joy of football to every fan in the world. He was one of the best left defenders in the history of football but today it is the day it was confirmed he decided to retire. He has won Brazilian Championship twice, three Spanish Cups, Intercontinental Cup, European Super Cup, has been a champion of La Liga four times and with Real Madrid he has triumphed three times in the Champions League. In the national team of Brazil he has scored 11 goals in 125 games.

photo by Eurosport

He was connected with Anzhi to the summer of 2013 but he was allowed to retire in December 2011 already. Last Friday German Czistiakow confirmed that he will retire now. It is not known yet if Roberto Carlos will stay in the Russia but the Makhachkala owner - multibillionaire Suleiman Kerimov - wants to make him his advisor. According to russian media Carlos has been earning 5 mln euro for one season. For me it is a real loss for the football world because it is next player of the best generation of football to retire, I hope he will continue his soccer retirement as a coach. As a Blaugrana fan I will surely remember him as one of the greatest enemies that FC Barcelona had to counter playing versus los Blancos.

Mar 7, 2012

Football Commercials #3

Hello dear visitor, today is the day of the next post with old football commercials! I hope you have at least five minutes to watch them, ok, let's go!

This ad is made by Nike, well, all of ads shown today are Nike ads. I hope you don't mind, but Nike creates the best football commercials in history, that is my opinion. This one shows incredible moves and obviously is starring Ronaldinho. :)

All of the legendary Canarinhos in one video, pretty nostalgic.

And this Nike ad is one of the newest commercials, with nowadays players such as Wayne Rooney or Ribery. 

I hope you liked them, thanks for watching. :)

>First part of football commercials!

Mar 2, 2012

Knee Injury of John Terry

Chelsea's captain has been injured in January this year hitting the post when countering Portsmouth in FA Cup. Until the knee surgery he played two more Barclays PL matches and one FA Cup game more. John finally had the knee surgery to repair damage last week. It is a good season for Chelsea's captain, 31-year-old defender has scored four goals in Barclays PL already and it is the same number of goals as in his record.

photo by Armahgil

"The operation went well and I'm feeling really good," John told the Sun after his knee surgery. - "The surgeon has shaved off a bit of bone in my right knee that was rubbing and causing a lot of swelling. We're all confident the operation has solved the problem and it is looking good for a quick return. The medical staff say four to six weeks before I can play again. But, hopefully, it might be sooner."
Chelsea management didn't officially announce the report about John Terry's health but most probably Andre Villas-Boas will have to play without him even for two months more after recovering from knee injury.

Feb 28, 2012

The Most Unusual Stadiums #1

Today I'm going to share a story with you. A story about dreams and ambitions. This is a really motivating story, but you obviously are now like: "I'm here for the stadium, what's going on?" Well, okay, just continue reading. When you were young you obviously had a time you watched World Cup filled with football legends and wanted to be just like they were in their finest days. Later - you've tried to play like them. Aaand you've probably got a football pitch near to your school, house, or at least city, right? Right.

This was the problem of the children in Koh Panyee (Thailand). They were not able to play football so their dreams were smashed with the reality, but then they created their own story. You don't have a place to play if you live in a village like that:

In 1986 the children of a small fishing village named Koh Panyee were inspired to create a football team after watching the World Cup in Mexico. With a dream in their minds they started building a floating football pitch made of found in the village wood. The village had a population of 1500 and it was really hard for that children to find any help in building. Finally they did it. The boys created their own pitch and they have played football for the first time in their lives! Well, the ball was in the water almost all the time so it was the only team in history that should train players in diving :).

 You should watch this video, which was recorded by a Thailand Bank TMB, it shows the history I could not really explain. It is just too awesome.

Today, Koh Panyee FC is one of the best teams in Thailand, since 2004 they are the champions of South Thailand and their island has become one of the most footballish place in the world. Matt Devine from Glue Society - the man who recorded the whole bank ad said that today every house on the island has at least one Barclays PL Jersey and every boat in Koh Panyee has been named as Premier League teams. You don't have to stop your manly tears. It is a wonderful story. Stay tuned for the next most unusual stadium. Goodbye!

Feb 24, 2012

Performance Index by Castrol - Good to know.

Castrol should be known to every fan of cars and motorisation as a really strong brand. Since the year 2007 this brand has become really involved in football. Successful UEFA Euro 2008 campaign has made Castrol sign a six year long contract of sponsoring football FIFA World Cup till 2014. It is now one of the biggest sponsors of football in the world. In 2010 it was an official sponsor of South Africa World Cup and created a performance index that measures performance of every football player across top five leagues of Europe during the course of a 12 month period. Performance index allows football fans to analize skills of any single player and teams. The performance index system uses mathematical formulas which evaluate various player performances in terms of how individual actions either assist or prevent goals. The system itself takes into account the strength of the opposite team and the time in a game of every player. Rankings are published monthly.

 Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for Castrol

Arsene Wenger as an ambassador of Castrol said, that he decided to cooperate with brand because in this case advertising of football is stepping outside of average advertising schemes. He also said, that creating of performance index of players was something really interesting and he was impressed by the way Castrol used their experience in their job of improving cars work to objectively measure standard of every football player and every team.

Since September 2009, only three players have been in the top position:
Thierry Henry for 3 months (Since September 2009 to the November 2009)
Cristiano Ronaldo for 1 month (December 2009)
Lionel Messi for (sic!) 25 months! (January 2010 - today)

The current ranking by January 2012 (top 3, top defender, midfielder and goalkeeper) of Performance Index:
1 Lionel Messi Forward  ARG Spain Barcelona 1111 ⇔ (1)
2 Mario Gomez Forward  GER Germany Bayern Munich 1044 ⇔ (2)
3 Karim Benzema Forward  FRA Spain Real Madrid 1034 ⇔ (3)
6 Gerard Piqué Defender  ESP Spain Barcelona 898 ⇧ (7)
16 Florent Malouda Midfielder  FRA England Chelsea 803 ⇧ (18)
38 Wilfredo Caballero Goalkeeper  ARG Spain Málaga 759 ↓ (36)

Feb 23, 2012

Football Commercials #2

Welcome to the second post about football commercials, today I have three more ads for you, which I think still keep the above-the-average level of advertisements. This time they're all Nike ads with the generation of best legends who kicked the ball period. Watch them and enjoy!

Nike Soccer Ad #1 with great Eric Cantona.

Nike Soccer Ad #2 with NINJAS

And the last one for today, Thierry Henry with his... dog :)

 Well, that's it for this part. See you again. :)

Feb 19, 2012

Goal Celebration by Robbie Fowler

This has to be one of the most controversial goal celebrations in history. It was April 1999, Robbie Fowler - the fourth-highest goalscorer in the history of Premier League (scored 183 goals for Liverpool, 128 in Premier League) scored a goal in Merseyside derby (Liverpool vs Everton) which led him to big consequences and some problems with law. Why? It was said by Everton fans that Robbie was addicted to cocaine, and looks like he wasn't going to leave these rumours alone and expressed his thoughts in a very special way. After scoring a goal he got down on his knees in front of Everton fans and used the white line of the penalty area to pretend he was sniffing the cocaine out of it. The ironical response to gossip had him charged with 60,000£ of fine and four-match ban. Manager Gerard Houllier tried to defend him saying he "was simulating eating the grass" which was earlier done by his teammate Rigobert Song.


Feb 18, 2012

Domain .com aka Good news!

Hello everyone! As you can see you should be redirected from the original website ( to this domain, because I've already found money to buy this domain. :) The new website is under address and if everything goes alright it's going to be up for a year. If someone has bookmarked this blog you will be now automatically redirected from that earlier blogspot domain.

Well, I think that's it. I hope you'll like the change because I'm really excited. This blog (and now - a website too!) is starting to live its own life from now on. :) Have a great weekend and come back tomorrow for more football commercials!

Feb 15, 2012

Football Commercials #1

Hello my dear followers! At first I'd like to thank you for 10 thousands views, I don't think I could even imagine that, it makes me think my work is even a little useful. Today I have compiled some great football commercials. Many brands were trying to create most creative ads, brands such as Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Nike (which I think is obvious why :) These ads were nothing like what you see in TV now, these football commercials were starring the most legendary players such as Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos and many more. If you were born at least in ~94 you should know most of them. Personally - I miss that generation of players, it was filled with many legends that were bringing real magic to the game, now we don't have much players like that. It was a world of great teamplay and creativity, not violence and corruption. Am I the only one who actually thinks that ads - not just football commercials, every advertisement - 10 years ago was created with any idea and was actually bringing people to TVs and to brand's product?
Pepsi Football Commercial
Football Commercial by Nike #1

Football Commercial by Nike #2

Do you like these ads? Stay tuned for next part. :)

> Next part!

Feb 13, 2012

Busquets' injury - thankfully just a cut

Feb 4, 2012. Sergio Busquets was stretchered off the pitch at the Camp Nou and needed medical help during 2-1 victory over La Liga rivals Real Sociedad on Saturday, it looked like the Barcelona player would be facing a very lengthy layoff. The 23-year-old collided with Sociedad's defender Carlos Martinez in the 83rd minute of the match, and a deep cut in his right knee was caught by television cameras. He's the third player to be injured in Blaugrana squad, along with David Villa and Ibrahim Afellay.

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"I thought that he had broken his leg" - Guardiola in his post match meeting with journalists.

Thankfully, Xavier Martin (one of FC Barcelona presidents) said after Sergio was taken by the individual health care, that this is just scary-looking slit, and the bones and joints were not affected. Club's official statement said, that the right knee of Busquets is heavily cut and it will need sewing. His presence in the coming matches will depend on the development of injury.

Feb 11, 2012

The history of the first goal celebration

Goal celebrations is surely one of the best things the football world has ever seen. It gives players the ability to express themselves after scoring a goal in any way they want. People all over the world are celebrating goals with dancing or acrobations, even if they play with friends or in school. There are players who are known to have their one and own celebration, like the Robot Dance of Peter Crouch, or the Eric Cantona's blank, inscrutable expression of a player who knew he was at the top. There is a little magic in every celebration, but who has been the first magician? How did it all start?

It all started in the year 1990.
I don't think anyone watching the World Cup hosted in Italy would imagine it will change the football forever. The first magician to celebrate his goal was Roger Milla, a striker from Cameroon, who has become one of the main stars of the tournament. In Italy, he scored four goals, and every goal of him was celebrated by a characteristical dance in the corner area, which started a fashion to celebrate every goal. Since that day clubs are getting more and more creative and deliver more and more magic to every football fan on the Earth. Roger Milla's history was also showed in Coca-Cola advertisement of the World Cup in 2010. 

Stay tuned as I'm going to show you some legendary celebrations in next posts which I hope you'll enjoy. Have a nice weekend!

Robin van Persie - transfer speculations

Van Persie's contract with the Gunners expires in the summer of next year. Any club interested in the dutch striker will have to spend 40 millions out from their budget. It is the minimal price set by Arsenal's activists. service has valued the Dutchman for 45 million euros.
Van Persie is playing for Gunners since 2004, (sold from Feyenord Rotterdam for 2,75 million pounds) in his first season in London, he won the Community Shield and FA Cup. Before the season 2010/11 the Dutchman has changed the number "11" in which he played so far to "10" because of the William Gallas transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. The number 10 was possessed by legendary striker Dennis Bergkamp who has spent 11 years in London. 

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This season is one of the best seasons in the career of Van Persie, as he scored 22 goals in 24 matches. The Arsenal striker is in a great form, and has scored a hat-trick in the 7-1 demolition of Blackburn.
Robin van Persie is one of the players wanted in the best teams over the world, especially Real Madrid and FC Barcelona as heard in speculations. This Friday, spanish newspaper Marca quoted van Persie claiming that he would be excited to be linked with Real Madrid, which later was denied by him: - on - "Contrary to reports in Spain I have NEVER spoken to Marca newspaper and never gave any interview. Enjoy your day."
Speculations said that Real Madrid wants to bring van Persie in the summer, offering around 20 million euros and one of their strikers - Gonzalo Higuain.
Anyway, Arsene Wenger said that there were no offers from Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, and even if there was any he wouldn't approve this transfer.

Today we will be able to see Robin van Persie in the match against Sunderland.
What do you think about the transfer rumours? Maybe you would like to see Robin in any other club? Are you going to watch the match vs Sunderland? Comment below!

Feb 10, 2012

Henry - back to America

Well, I really don't like these kind of news. Thierry Henry was always one of my favourite players and I was really happy to see him scoring goals for Arsenal once again. The french striker made a good return to Arsenal London, on 4 February 2012 he scored a goal Blackburn Rovers in a 7–1 win and the only goal against Leeds United which led Arsenal to the next stage in FA Cup. The Gunners wanted to extend the loan of a legend. New York Red Bulls authorities didn't agree with them, thus, as originally planned Thierry Henry flies back to the USA in the next Thursday.

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We will be able to see him playing for London for two more matches - one with Sunderland (league) and one with AC Milan (in Champions League). I will surely watch these matches, how about you? 

Feb 9, 2012

Short Stories: Referees fails pt 4

Welcome to the next post of Short Stories, in which we will see one of the most brutal fouls in the history. Let's go back in time for six years. It is 2006 and Manchester City is playing a match versus Portsmouth in Premier League. Pedro Mendes is charging to the loose ball, same does Ben Thatcher. Of course the better one of these players will win the challenge for the ball, but Pedro Mendes wouldn't even imagine he will be taken out by Ben Thatcher who led his elbow in the face of the portugal player. Pedro hits the advertising hoardings with his head and lies unconscious. He's not moving, and he's taken by medical help to the nearest hospital. Ben Thatcher issued a written apology to Mendes, and later was investigated by the FA and the Greater Manchester Police. Finally - he has been suspended for eight matches. Well, what does all of this have to do with a referee? Was Ben Thatcher punished with a red card? No way. Referee booked him with a yellow card even if he completely eliminated Mendes.
Watch it here:

Oh, I forgot to say, I've made a new header, you can see it at the top of the website. Say what you think in the comments!
Stay tuned for the next parts of the series! Have a nice day!

Feb 6, 2012

Short Stories: Referees fails pt 3

Welcome to the third part of Short Stories, today I would like to introduce you next part of Referees fails, kind of similar to the previous situation because it also takes place in South America. It was in 2008, Junior Barranquilla met in the 3rd round of the semi-final group stage of the Copa Mustang Tournament with America de Cali. Emerson Acuña - Junior Barranquilla player - pulled off one of the worst dives in football history, throwing himself to the floor to win a penalty against America de Cali, in the same time he was offside and had no opponents within metres of him. The referee has seen Emerson's dive as a foul and gave Juniors a penalty. Later in this match Acuña has been sent off because of a foul and suspended for three matches because of his fake dive. The match has ended in a draw 1:1 but finally it was America de Cali who took a part in finals of the tournament. Watch the whole situation here:

Stay tuned for the next part, have a good Monday!

Feb 4, 2012

Arsenal destroys Blackburn Rovers!

I think that the Barclays Premier League will never stop shocking us. Blackburn Rovers have never won at Emirates Stadium and it doesn't look like they will happen to do it this year. Today Arsenal London won versus Blackburn with a score of 7:1! In the first half of the match Arsenal scored three goals and lost one because of a magnificent free kick by Pedersen. The first goal aswell like the second one for Arsenal was scored by duo Theo Walcott - Robin van Persie. Third goal for London was scored by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, young alumnus of Southampton who moved to Arsenal in this year. 

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Second half has ended any hopes of Blackburn, Arteta scored a goal from 16 metres in 51'. 4 minutes later it was Oxlade-Chamberlain again to score a goal. And I tell you - he's going to be one of the best players someday. Van Persie obtained a hat-trick in 62' after a good pass by Coquelin, and the score is closed by Thierry Henry - the real legend of club from London - in additional time - 93'. It was a day full of emotions. Have you watched the match?

Feb 2, 2012

Short Stories: Referees fails pt 2

So the second part of Referees fails happen to be in Brazil. I could write a really long post about brazilian football. Who knows, maybe I'll do it one day :). It was 2006. Santacruzense was countering Atletico Sorocaba in Brazil’s FPF Cup. It was 89th minute and the local club Sorocaba was winning 1:0. Santacruzenians attacked their opponents but one of their players shot wide and the ball left the pitch near to the post. A tad fat ballboy runs to the ball and rolls it over the goal line putting it in the web. The referee, Silvia Regina de Oliveira (duh, a woman! No offence, girls, but, you know... :P) awarded Santacruzense with a goal which led to a 1:1 draw. Even the linesmen didn't see the ballboy's action! Just unbelievable. Silvia Regina de Oliveira and her linesmen has been suspended the next day after a match. You can see the whole situation here:

I hope you enjoyed the second part of Short Stories. I hope I will be able to deliver next part in Monday. See you then!

Feb 1, 2012

Share This!

Well, I'm really sorry for no real post today but I promised to deliver you one tomorrow so I don't want to make some kind of mess right now.
I just added an addon called ShareThis which allows you to share any post of this blog on Facebook and some other sites. You can do it by clicking these little logos at the bottom of every post.
If you want to show friends any article, feel free to share it. I will appreciate it too!. :)

Have a nice day!

Jan 30, 2012

Short Stories: Referees fails pt 1

Okay, as I promised it is the start of really random stories in football. Today I'm targetting the referees fails, and, well, I hope you enjoy reading. :)

In the year 1995 in July Paul Gascoigne arrived to Glasgow Rangers and almost automatically he has shown his skills in the fifth league game of the season in the match with Celtic Glasgow (their biggest rival) he scored a memorable goal running almost the whole length of the pitch. Anyway, it was not why he isn't forgotten (besides of his great skills, he was a really good player!).

It was December 30th. Glasgow Rangers were countering the Hibernian FC. Paul Gascoigne finds a yellow card of referee - Dougie Smith - on the pitch and takes is from the ground to return it. Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne raises the yellow card to make the referee see it. Well, he did it in really comical way. As the card passes to Smith's hand he stops Gazza and books him with the card he just took. Well, referees were always to be pedantic in their job, but this was really not needed. Even Hibernian's fans were not happy with this decision. Gascoigne was handed a two-match ban and even Rangers manager Walter Smith could not find a way to save him. 15 years later Doug Smith finds himself in Hall of Shame. You can see the whole situation here:

Next post in Thursday, I hope you enjoyed it. :)

Jan 29, 2012

Stay tuned!

Okay my dear followers, I'm working on some kind of longer series of really random posts that will include some old football histories, either funny and sad ones. I'm talking about histories you will not find on first better football news website or even google, so be prepared and stay tuned, first post of the series - tomorrow! Have a nice day!