May 7th, 2012

FA Cup 2012: The Afters

Chelsea won the FA Cup final 2 -1 over Liverpool on Saturday. Well done lads.

Now let’s get to what we do have the authority to speak on: footballers’ party habits.

To both Chelsea and LFC fans, we have the following to offer for either maintaining your good mood or improving your irritation:

- In the locker room post-match, most of the exciting action occurred over Didier Drogba’s shoulder whilst he was being interviewed by Chelsea TV: Branislav Ivanovic tried to dance (0.02), Jon Obi Mikel conversed in just his boxer briefs (0.06 – 0.16) and Fernando Torres sat alone fussing with his mobile.

- Didier’s evening didn’t stop there. He and teammate Salomon Kalou headed to Novikov for a festively uneventful night out. As they made their way into the fine London establishment, Kalou was convinced somebody farted.


- Shortly after the match wrapped up, downtrodden-looking Liverpool players disembarked from their team bus and headed straight into the Sir Thomas Hotel bar to drink their sorrows away. Carra and Gerrard looked empathetically cute, but we think we see an extra wrinkle on Stevie’s forehead from all the anti-obesity opposing he’s been quietly doing.

- Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard, meanwhile, hit up Boujis nightclub. It’s exactly the kind of place a footballer should be seen at around 2:30am when trying to showcase his not giving a crap casual clothes and attitude.

Ah, t’was a big weekend in footie for all the domestic leagues, wasn’t it Kickettes? Our full results coverage will be posted tomorrow since today’s bank holiday Bloody Marys are calling our names.

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50 Responses to “FA Cup 2012: The Afters”

  1. April says:

    I'm going to go ahead and pretend that Chelsea are still hungover from the weekend. This fixture sounds a hot mess for us. So glad they took the opportunity to make Torres's return all the more haunting.

  2. lola says:

    anyway, congrats to chelsea for winning the cup, good goal by carroll, had his second passed the goal line who knows how things might have played out!

  3. anon says:

    This whole 'holier than thou' attitude of LFC and their supporters is really starting to become annoying and tiresome. Yes, we get it. You are the best fans in the world. You support your players no matter how cr*p they're playing. You never boo anyone and give all your former players a standing ovation when they return to the holy cathedral that is Anfield.

    Unless of course a player DARES to not only leave Liverpool (shock, gasp, horror!), but also has the AUDACITY to sign for another PL club instead of living the country. Then he deserves all he gets, right? I mean, to leave LFC is bad enough, so you can at least expect him to leave England as well. Who cares about the player's ambition or dreams – to hell with him!

    It doesn't matter that he scored so many wonderful goals during his time with you, given you so many nice memories and (to this day!) had never said a bad word about you. No, he left the best club in the world and that's all you lot need to know.

    Doesn't matter that countless other players who have played for your club have also left other clubs behind (Andy Carroll and Newcastle anyone?). You don't care about any of that. You just expect loyalty and that's that. It's fine for players to leave other clubs and play for you, but God help the player that chooses to leave LFC.

    Torres left because a footballer's career is a short one. He didn't wait until the last hour of the transfer window to hand in a request – if you still believe that you're naive. The club had known for a long time that he wanted out. There is only so much time he has left. He didn't go to Man Utd, apparently your biggest rival. He didn't want to leave the PL yet, so signed for Chelsea. OMG – get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yes, yes, you keep saying Chelsea is the worst club in the world, with plastic supporters. But if you boo Torres tonight, how does that really go with your self-perceived notion of being the best fans in the world? Get over yourselves and start behaving like adults, not spoilt brats. If you don't want to cheer him on, fine – you don't have to. But if you boo him you're no better than any of the people you always point your finger at.

    • anonymous says:

      i totally agree with every single word u have just said! spot on :) Liverpool fans definitely need to get over it. it's getting old and boring! he deserves more respect after all his years in Liverpool! Even Wayne Rooney said he's the best Liverpool player for the past 20 years..After all, leaving Liverpool for Chelsea seems like the biggest sin to many Liverpool fans when the fact that they have such as nuisance player named Luis Suarez who is not even close to the player yet the person Torres is.. just so sad..time to move on guys!

    • anon says:

      looooool what an essay to write over a non issue.. Liverpool fans have a right to be upset over a player they idolised leaving them for a team they hate. It's that simple and if you don't get it you don't understand fandom. It's not just Liverpool fans either, it's been happening forever so stop acting like Liverpool fans booing Torres is a new phenomenon. I mean did you watch the City game at the Emirates? Torres got booed but it was small time compared to what Nasri got and that's funny considering Nasri was nowhere near as loved as Torres was at Anfield.

      Torres was a dickhead in the way he left and what he said after he left. Also who he went to definitely plays a massive part. A few years ago leaving one big PL club for another was virutally unheard of because players knew the vitrol and derision they would recieve and as we've seen more recently as these transfers keep happenings, these players make themselves villains.

      It's a form of respect mate. Drogba himself said he would never move to another EPL team because he knows it would be disrespectful to the relationship he's built with the Chelsea fans and the loyalty they've shown to him.

      Yes Andy Carroll gets booed by Newcastle fans, Downings gets booed by Aston Villa fans and I totally get it and understand it. No hate for it. I get it because it's happened to us with Torres. Maybe when it happens to Chelsea you'll get it too…

      In the end, he's gone and i'm glad he's gone. He didn't gain anything from moving, even if he goes on to score 30 goals next season. He's never going to reach the legend he would have if he stayed with us. I don't hate him anymore. I don't really care. Whenever he comes to Anfield, i'll boo him though because that's my job as a fan. Put off the opposition while supporting my team. That's how it works, if you don't like it well you're going to be the one who needs to be building a bridge and getting over things because booing traitorous footballers is a tradition that is going to be within football forever. No matter how many essays you write in pure rage on kickette mate.

  4. anon says:

    for the love of God, the Liverpool fans need to move on from Torres already! he still respect Liverpool which evidently shown last Saturday but he is Chelsea man now and how can anyone tell he is not happy? just because the camera was focusing when he is not smiling? please even when he sits at the bench in Euro 2008 for Spain he didn't smile all the time but that does not mean he is not happy.. he is not a guy that express his feelings and the way, liverpool had him when he was at his best and worship him for all the goals he contributed and Chelsea fans stick by him through his good times and bad times..that is one main difference people seem to forget and Torres made it clear that he will never forget the moment when Chelsea fans chant his name although he was not playing. he definitely deserves more respect ..

    • Guest says:

      I don't think anyone is disrespecting him. People are just giving their opinions.

      As someone who isn't a Liverpool or Chelsea supporter, but has been a follower of Torres since 2006, I certainly feel that he looked happier when he was still at LFC.

      • Guest says:

        Oh and this is what he said about Liverpool in his book. "…there is not one club in the world so united with the fans…"

        • anon says:

          i never said anything about Liverpool fans not being united for god sake but they are so delusional sometimes.. Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa left for Real Madrid and are u saying that they look happier during their times in Liverpool?? Torres might miss his Liverpool life and it's very normal just like Ronaldo misses Manchester too but he is happy in Real Madrid..

          • Caitlin says:

            Well, Xabi still attends some Liverpool games and only has good things to say about the club and its fans. He left because of issues with Rafael Benetiz, so that was a completely different story altogether. He did say once though that he would love to return one day, when Real Madrid has won La Liga. Maybe now that they have he might?? Lol, a girl can dream I suppose!

    • Caitlin says:

      I do agree that he deserves respect and I hope, pray(!), that he doesn't get a hostile reception tonight. Obviously nobody knows how the supporters at Anfield are going to react, but there are a lot of people on the online forum saying he shouldn't be booed and some even say he should be given some muted applause.

      • anon says:

        yeah hopefully but i do think they'll still boo him! he is definitely prepared for that i guess..and meireles too!hahah

  5. IrishBlue says:

    Damn! I wish Ivanovic hadn't cut his dance so short at the start!

    • April says:

      Yay! I give you a virtual high five- Hope to say the same in a couple of weeks!

      I was rather enjoying the Mikel show, myself. :)

  6. guest says:

    Nando does not belong at Chelsea, he's a Liverpool boy. He doesn't look happy at Chelsea. Come back to Liverpool Nando! We miss you!
    I too heard that Fernando was in the Liverpool dressing room for quite some time.

    • April says:

      He was in the dressing room… he loves Liverpool players and fans and never said otherwise- he didn't want to leave that. He wanted to leave the management and the situation and challenge for trophies while he still could. FSG said they were targeting Top 4 this season, for CL potential the next season and that didn't work for Torres's timeline. The sooner everyone recognizes that, the more everything will set in to place and make sense. You and some others may say you want Fernando back, but there's probably an equally large group that would riot if he somehow returned. The boos this weekend were expected, but I saw a few reports that people threw things at him during warm ups as well. I am sure he knows he won't receive a warm welcome this weekend. :-/

      Honestly, I hope that FSG manages to turn it around for Liverpool next season. I'd hate to see another set of American owners take the club nowhere near what they claimed. Will be interesting to see what they implement this summer.

  7. Melaniee. says:

    Anyone else enjoying the show in the back of Drogba…

  8. Jayy says:

    Lfc for life, through thick and thin. May have lost this final but we did it elegantly. I’m prous of my boys, YNWA <3

  9. arianna says:

    Chelsea players celebrating:

    • Gladys says:

      And, aw, Mata shaking the hands of the hotel doormen. It pains me how sweet he is!

  10. Carolina says:

    My heart broke when they zoomed in on Nando's face at the beginning of the match. He looked so sad. I honestly thought he'd come in after the 70th minute or so. I'd love for him to see some action in Munich.

    • EvilBean says:

      I know mee too. He did look sad, and when you see the videos of the dressing room celebrations it's like he's not part of it :-(

  11. Carolina says:

    Thank you for the links Kickettes!!

  12. April says:

    Oh, hi Mikel! Nice to see you so delighted about this cup :) I was already happy about the win (bit of a bummer we are unable to relish in it for a little while, given we get to face Pool again tomorrow, and then have another match and the CL final to gear up for), but then I came across this:…

    I might have me a new desktop background ;)

    Some more videos:

  13. Caitlin says:

    Congrats Chelsea. I was so hoping we were going to pull it off, but unfortunately it wasn't to be.

    I want to give Nando a great big hug and tell him to come home. I also hope he won't get booed tomorrow, but I know he will. Just wish fans would remember we're LFC and we're famous for showing our former players respect.
    I know the way Nando left wasn't great, but that's all in the past now and he looks miserable enough.

    That pic of him hugging Stevie made me cry. :(

    • Jean says:

      Atletico Madrid is his home though, not Liverpool.

      • Caitlin says:

        You're right, I'm sorry. Stupid me.

        I was just thinking of something he once said in an interview, which is that he loved the fact he could walk about Liverpool and not get mobbed by people all the time, which apparently was something he couldn't even get in his native Madrid.

        • Jean says:

          Awh yes, I know he cherished that about Liverpool, and I'm sure he still does. According to him he still can do that sort of thing in London, but Liverpool does seem to have that warm small city feeling and every player must be incredibly grateful for that, specially a world famous one like Fernando.

          But I know what you mean, he did think of Liverpool as his second home for a while there.

          • April says:

            Why are you getting thumbs downed for this comment? There's nothing bad about it. I don't understand people. *smh*

            • Jean says:

              Well, people do tend to react in the most strange ways when it comes to Fernando Torres lol.

            • anon says:

              Who cares what you do or don't understand? You're one of the most annoying people on here.

              • April says:

                Glad I've made a name for myself. :) Maybe you should try it yourself next time and actually stand behind your lofty opinions and self-importance?

    • Cat says:

      I think the club PR machine did a good job of hanging Fernando out to dry when he left and found it convenient to use him as a focus for all the anger built up over the Hicks and Gillet years, whilst players like Gerrard and Carragher, who actively lobbied to get rid of Rafa Benitez and replace him with Roy Hodgson, hid behind their status as 'legends'. Yes, he made some intemperate comments when he left but I suspect what had gone on behind the scenes gave him good reason, and I particularly remember him saying that on his return from the World Cup he had been made to feel that Liverpool was no longer his home. Make of that what you will.

      • Tulia says:

        Yeah, Fernando definitely showed how much Liverpool doesn't feel like home when he went straight to Liverpool's players after the match on Saturday. And in November. And during that one friendly between Spain and England.

        The lad lives in denial until the days come when he sees what he's left behind. Then the day passes and repeat.

        • Jean says:

          Liverpool fans live in denial for not seeing that his only true home is Atleti. Fernando loves Liverpool and some of his ex-teammates there are his best friends, but the club is not his home. He seems to be a respectful and caring person, and that's probably why he chose to spend time with the squad when the match was over, but it does not mean he cries himself to sleep every night because he misses Liverpool. Despite his many misteps at Chelsea, he seems to really enjoy his London life. And tbh, I don't think he regrets leaving a club that could end 10th this season.

          • anon says:

            Yes, I'm sure he really enjoyed spending the whole game on Chelsea's sub bench. He left to win trophies, yes, but I would guess he was also hoping to feature in the big games. Isn't that what every footballer wants?

            He may win medals with Chelsea, but how good is it really going to make him feel if he never gets to play in the all important games? At least at Liverpool he was a guaranteed starter.

            • Jean says:

              Of course he doesn't enjoy it, but he doesn't complain either, he never has. This season has be so crazy for Chelsea though, and it was an unfortunate coincidence for him that Drogba chose to hit form at the same time as he did, and obviously Drogba will always be first choice while he's there. But it's also extremely possible that Drogba may leave this season, and that will mean Fernando will become Chelsea's 1st choice striker. It's playing time what he wants, in any position actually, he's said that before, but he's also willing to wait for his time imo. He was a starter during three years and a half at Liverpool and that brought him heaps of goals and a world class status, and also many injuries and the pressure of carrying a team on his shoulders (like he had at Atleti), but it never brought him trophies. And he shouldn't feel like that cup is not his, he scored twice (?) in the competition and assisted 4/5 goals.

              • anon says:

                Drogba won't be going anywhere. He's been Chelsea's main man upfront this season and provided them with goals in all the important games.

          • Tulia says:

            If you look at the difference between what he looked like at Liverpool and what he looks like now, in health and in expression, you would see 'enjoying London life' isn't exactly true. And being respectful and caring doesn't prevent a person from celebrating a first trophy at club level. It's something much deeper than that.

  14. mimi says:

    Congrats to Chelsea!

    There were heartbreaking scenes between Nando and his ex-teammates like Stevie or Lucas. Shame he isn´t there anymore… :(

  15. Guest says:

    Congratulations to Chelsea on winning the FA Cup.

    Call me crazy, but Nando sure as hell doesn't seem all that happy. He's won his first proper trophy with Chelsea now (aside from that Asia one in pre-season), but he seemed far from being as ecstatic as the rest of his team mates.

    I realize he was probably hoping to play at least a part in the final, and didn't look too pleased to be sitting on the bench yet again, but I wonder if there is more to it than that. Apparently he spent twenty minutes in the Liverpool dressing room after the game and there's quite a few links and photos on the internet that show him not being part of the celebrations (aside from those photos with Drogba and Mata with the Spanish flag).

    Sometimes I wonder if he regrets his decision to leave Liverpool. He always seemed so happy there, part of the team. I sure hope he doesn't get booed too much tomorrow night, but I guess that's wishful thinking. :(

    • Guest says:

      Oh and I'm not a Liverpool or Chelsea supporter, but the way the Liverpool fans were still singing You'll Never Walk alone when their team was losing and the game was almost finished was lovely. Big respect.

      • Caitlin says:

        Thank you.

      • lola says:

        you can't show anything but respect for people who boo their own national anthem, fight among each other on the stands, spit(!!) on chelsea supporters in front of them, throw things at their on ex player, elbow an 8yr old kid and write things like 'here's to hoping we break their legs on tuesday'.

        yeah, nothing but respect.

        **my apologies and respect to the real supporters, but you seem to be in a minority.

        • Guest says:

          <<<…you can't show anything but respect for people who boo their own national anthem, fight among each other on the stands, spit(!!) on chelsea supporters in front of them, throw things at their on ex player, elbow an 8yr old kid…>>>

          o_O Where did you hear/see that????

          And just for the record again, I'm no Liverpool supporter. I guess I'm what you'd call a neutral.

          • lola says:

            rawk makes an interesting reading.

            • Guest says:

              They were discussing elbowing an 8 year old child on there???

              Do you have a link?

              • lola says:

                tbh i'm not really sure where i read that part, but if i recall the story correctly was there was a grandpa with his grandson and they started fighting among each other and the kid got elbowed in the face. i'm sure they didn't mean it but stuff like that happening shows sometimes things get out of hands.