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Flashback 2008: A Summer of Snark

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The story of summer ‘08 goes to Cristiano Ronaldo’s official dumping of Nereida Gallardo, a day everyone at Kickette had been hoping, praying and taking bets for.  Nereida attempted to cling on to her 15 minutes of fame, but C-Ron was over it and headed to Cali, where he then continued to damage our hearts and minds by sunbathing his skin to levels of terracotta never before seen by man.  He also hooked up with some randoms, which gave us some reassurance that someday things would return to normal. Nereida attempted to save face and failed.

Unsurprisingly, much of our coverage over the July and August period focused on the gazillions of footballers on holiday:

imageBastian Schweinsteiger enjoyed a spot of belly dancing whilst on vacay with Sarah;

Sergio Ramos and his golden trunks of glory hit Marbella, and Peter Crouch took Abbey Clancy to Ibiza;

The seriously attractive Maldini family hit Miami and NYC, Cesc and Carla went west for some adventures with Disney;

The Van der Sars soaked up the culture in Bangkok,Fernando Torres and Olalla worked on their tans in Miami beach,  A recuperating Eduardo chilled out and Francesco Totti impressed us with his poolside player skills;

Christian Vieri showed off his beach bod in Italy, Louise and Jamie Redknapp relaxed in Sardinia, Harry Kewell and Sheree Murphy braved the desert heat in Vegas and Claude Makelele and Noemie Lenoir were spotted in NYC.

The weddings continued: Niko Kranjcar did the deed *sniffle*, Michael Ballack made an honest woman of Simone (they honeymooned in the Balearics), Cristian Chivu got married with only one functioning arm, and Yakubu tied the knot in his native Nigeria;

imageIt wasn’t all happy times, though.  We were confused by Thierry Henry’s shirt-tie, Cheryl Cole’s red boots hurt our brains and Carly Zucker’s sandals mullered our happy thoughts.  Also, we had a fashion retrospective of Elen Rives, which is never easy to deal with.  Our crush on Aitor Ocio was short-lived. Thierry Henry’s divorce started looking like it could get messy, and Michael Chopra went through a rough patch with his wife Heather.

The Kickette army weighed in on what they thought of the young Josip Tadic, and gave their opinions on sexy short footballers and footballer threesomes with a twist;

And, last but not least, we got the giggles over Chelsea’s arrival in China and the Spanish NT’s continuing Euro celebrations.

It was an absolutely fabulous summer, and we loved spending it with you, dear readers.

Randoms: Beaches, Babies and Bad Music

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Ronaldo is a dad for the second time -his fiancée Maria Beatriz, gave birth to a baby girl, Maria Sofia in Rio de Janeiro. Congrats!

How did we miss this hilarious (and entirely unsexy) old school footage of Ronaldinho with a dance floor short-tent? (Skip to the end of the clip). Via ONTD

Crouchie’s clothes just aren’t high in demand on the charity shelves. Don’t tall people shop at Oxfam too?

Equine-minded Kickettes will bond with Michael Owen’s wife Louise, who says she prefers horses to designer handbags.

Thierry Henry has a new girlfriend – he’s been spotted in the Maldives getting it on with a new chick – and she looks a lot like his ex-wife, Nicole. (Link is in Dutch)

Stevie G has been released from custody, but the story behind what happened is unclear. Was it all over the DJ’s choice of tunes? Or… maybe it never happened at all.

Also, the Gerrards may be above board, but they sure do know some shady characters…

imageYoann Gourcuff is on vacation in St. Barth’s. As you would expect, he is continuing to be comfortable without many clothes. (Via The Offside)

A list of footie players’ official websites and myspace pages. Get stalking!

Attn Gossip girl fanatics: Ed Westwick was completely overwhelmed when he met David Beckham. We completely understand, Eddie.

In Paris: Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy

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Zizou: Mauritius Beach Bound

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Freddie Ljungberg: Holding, Posing

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