Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones, pictured above heading into Boa Steakhouse for a bite on 26.12.2011, has been suspended for eight weeks after the American was charged with intentionally stepping on an opponent’s injured foot. After first saying it intended to appeal, the club decided to accept the penalty instead.
Today marks the real first day of us returning to cubicle purgatory after a long three weeks of lying face down on our sofas.
Time flies when you’re a bunch of floozies.
Images: wps.com, AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE.
The future of the Women’s Professional Soccer league (WPS) has been thrown into doubt yet again after the termination of the majicJacks franchise. The WPS, which comprised six teams prior to the ‘Jacks expulsion, was already operating under a one year waiver of the US Soccer rule that a league must have a minimum of eight teams to be recognised. It is now in the process of applying for a further waiver in time to reap the benefits of a USWNT showing at London 2012.
Uh-may-zing. The Japanese WNT win the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Image: Getty Images/Daylife
Thank heavens for the WWC. For the players’ obvious joy at simply being there. For the quality of the football, which has surpassed expectation over and over again. For the competitiveness and work ethic of each side, that made each fixture thrilling and unpredictable. For episodes of gamesmanship, diving, arguing and bitching from the players being so few and far between that when they did occur, we could simply dismiss them as the exception that proves the rule.
It’s reminded us why we love this darn game so much in the first place. You?
Goalkeepers, be warned. Stay on your line when England’s Ellen White is around. Image: Reuters/Daylife
Right. Before you lot start having panic attacks that we’ve got distracted by a passing cake lorry and forgotten to cover the Copa America again, fear not. Today we shall supply you with not one, but two Midweek Results posts; one covering the Women’s World Cup (this one) and one covering the Copa America (hitting your screens later).
We know. Sometimes our diligence and attention to detail is frightening.
- Having just returned from her latest holiday in Baleares Island, Spain with Frank ‘The Sun has my bare bum exposed, how do you like me now?’ Lampard, Christine Bleakely’s “Daybreak” co-host, Adrian Chiles, declared her skin colouring to be a shade of ‘burnt bacon brown’ on live telly.
- Pardon our delay, but if you have a heart, it will weep upon watching this a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e video about the underprivileged kids of Margatania F.C.
- Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan recently got married and made a movie trailer about the experience. Wedding photo albums = soo 2010.