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Kickette Fail Files: Wayne Rooney’s Ankle Situation


Misquoted or mistaken? Either way,  evasive action will be necessary when the hairdryer approaches. (Getty Images/Daylife)

Remember last week, when Kiko Macheda was totally misquoted and apparently insulted team mate Wayne Rooney? You know how that turned out to be a complete and utter media fabrication in order to generate news and controversy where there was none?

Well, in light of this we will continue to be skeptical about any story involving an England NT member. But just in case Wayne was quoted correctly in today’s English newspapers, we’ll offer him a slot in our Fail Files. Tentatively.


Euro 2012 Qualifier Results


Sergio kisses it better? In our world, yes.

We’d like to say that the above photo is indicative of the international spirit of football and manlove characterising last night’s Euro 2012 qualifiers. And while Spain vs. Scotland was nearly a triumph of David and Goliath proportions, like the photo, the truth is somewhat different. There was little successful football played and the manlove was pretty thin on the ground too. Still, with true Kickette spirit, we soldier on. Pfffththhh.


Kickette Catch Up: Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet


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The England NT warmed our hearts and loins all weekend long.


- While away on international duty, England stars Steven Gerrard, Joleon Lescott, Shaun Wright-Philips and Ashley Young took time out from training to visit the children’s Ward of Watford General Hospital. See also: Joe Hart smiling, jagerbombing – two activities which, in our opinions, added further value to his hot stock.

- By the way, should you be a UK resident who is interested in seeing Hart’s on-pitch antics, along with the rest of the ENT as the squad squares off against France, mosey on over to UMBRO’s Facebook page for your chance to win a trip to Wembley on 17th November.

Noelia Lopez Guti Arantxa de Benito- There apparently was a rather awkward encounter in Madrid late Friday/early Saturday, involving Guti, his girlfriend/ex-girlfriend Noelia Lopez and his ex-wife, Arantxa de Benito. Despite confirming how she and Goots broke off their romance last week, Lopez and Guti attended the Juan Pena concert together. Things were said to be tense, though, once Arantxa’s Shakira-wannabe hips began obstructing her personal space. Nevertheless, the on/off couple left in the same car, so who the hell knows what’s going on anymore?!

- Stuart Holden, of the Bolton Wanderers, took his shirt off Saturday night post-USMNT duty.


Weekend Results: Euro 2012 Qualifiers


Kickettes! Pay attention! Taking into account last Friday’s homework assignment, we realise there’s a distinct possibility that many of you will be inhabiting Kickette Island in your head for the foreseeable future and not concentrating on important business matters. We more than anyone understand the lure, so have decided to ease you into a new (and busy) footie week with a round up of the essential Euro 2012 qualifier results.

This way, upon arrival at work you can pretend you have spent a productive weekend following the action, and not constructing elaborate fantasies involving sand and hairbraiding. You’re welcome!


Kiko Macheda: Lost In Translation


They’re saying what? Kiko considers the possible ramifications of a poor translation. (Getty Images/Daylife)

You might have read reports over the last couple of days that Federico Macheda apparently described Manchester United team mate Wayne Rooney as a ‘chav’, in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport whilst on international duty.

However, today it transpires that the newspaper translation departments had been rather loose with their interpretation and Kiko was actually affectionately comparing his working class roots with those of Wayne, the omission of the words ‘like me’ being key to the story.

While we in no way condone Rooney’s latest shenanigans, this kind of thing does make it look rather like the English media are prepared to jump on anything potentially negative involving an NT player and exploit it for all it’s worth.

Under this kind of pressure, the team’s lack of success on the pitch seems a little more reasonable, no?