December 16th, 2011
Good Week/Bad Week: Buffoonery & Bitchfacing
Don’t be misled, people. Despite Marco Borriello’s innovative approach to legwear, Roma’s Christmas party was not fancy dress. Luckily, other players performed marginally better in the fash stakes, as you can see here. Image via tumblr.
The party spirit has certainly overwhelmed Marco Borriello in this photo, and we must confess to spending a little too much time practicing for our own ‘do this week, too. This was despite David Villa’s busted leg, Nico Kranjcar’s attempt at hobo-chic and Guti’s experiments in facial hair ruining everyone’s good mood.
Heaven knows what next week will bring.
We’re thinking of starting a five-a-side team. You reckon Hope Solo would be interested in playing with a bunch of useless females with more concern for their manicures that their midfield? No? Ok. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer.
Small, But Perfectly Formed: The Women’s Professional Soccer league in the United States has been reprieved! We reported earlier in the week that the league might disappear after the majicJacks franchise folded, but the US Soccer Federation has waived a law that states a professional US league must have at least eight teams. The WPS will field a compact and bijou five teams next season. Let’s get behind ‘em, Kickettes!
Well, duh: While the news that naturewatch.org have successfully petitioned Ukraine to stop killing stray animals in preparation for EURO 2012, we’re sad such efforts were required in the first place. Is there anyone out there (apart from the Ukranian authorities) who seriously thought this was acceptable?
Toffee-Cakes: USMNT and LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan is to return to Everton for a second loan spell. The paperwork hasn’t been signed, but apparently Landy-Cakes will be available for Everton’s game vs. Bolton Wanderers on January 4th and will return to the States after the Liverpool derby on February 25th. Yummy!
Fernando offers his response to reports questioning his future at Stamford Bridge. Image: Scott Heavey/Getty Images.
Strike Two: Pressure is mounting on Fernando Torres to perform, despite claims by manager Andre Villas Boas that the £50m striker is ‘not for sale at any price’. Newspapers reported this week that Chelsea would take a huge hit on the player by accepting an offer of around £20m in January, although these rumours have been refuted by the club. Wherever he is come February, we suspect a goal or two wouldn’t go amiss.
Breaking Point?: Whether Manchester United now have more first team players on the injury list that available for selection is unclear, but Darren Fletcher’s announcement that he will be taking time out for ill-health will not have helped. Apparently, Fletcher has been suffering with ulcerative colitis for nine months and will probably be out for the rest of the season while he battles the chronic condition. Best wishes from us all at Kickette Towers, Darren.
Bendy Buffoonery: Nicklas Bendtner’s campaign to become at least as much of a pain in the backside as Mario Balotelli continued apace this week, with the player involved in not one, but two incidents of buffoonery. Firstly, he pulled the old ‘don’t you know who I am’ routine in a Danish pizzeria when they refused to give him free food, now he’s been arrested with Sunderland team-mate Lee Cattermole for damaging cars in Newcastle. Expect fireworks soon, people.
Lots to talk about in there, Kickettes. You’d better get started,