May 25th, 2012

Good Week/Bad Week: Kisses & Misses

Images: REUTERS/Eloy Alonso, Matt Cardy/Getty Images.

And finally, three hours after the rest of the competitors have dragged themselves over the week’s finishing line, Kickette staffers wheeze their way into the final straight.

Only a few more steps to go. Cheers us on, would you?


Marmite Man: Juan Mata got a mixed reception when attended a ceremony in his home town of Oviedo this week. Mama Mata was there to see a park named after her delicious son, which we’re choosing to focus on. However, you should know that a small child cried when his mother handed him to the midfielder for a photo opp. That’s ok, kid. We’d scream if he tried to give us away, too.

Boundless Optimism: Sepp Blatter has asked Franz Beckenbauer to “look at alternatives” to the penalty shoot out to decide the outcome of future tournaments. We’re anticipating a very positive response to our suggestion of ‘Thigh-Off’.

Hello Down There!: Having spent the last couple of seasons languishing down the back of the Manchester United sofa, Dimitar Berbatov is apparently about to be thrown a lifeline by Paris St Germain. His agent has asked the Ligue 1 side to “firm up” their interest in the striker, after they engaged in a little light flirtation in the January transfer window.



Villa Out: Despite innumerable sacrifices to the God of Hot, it has been confirmed that David Villa will not be available to play for Spain in the EUROs. Daveeed, whose bitchfacing and bubba brandishing are staples of major tournament football, has failed to recover from the fractured tibia he sustained last December. Over to you, Fernando.

Ruddy Hell: Goalkeeper John Ruddy is out of the England squad after breaking his finger. To make matters worse, it’s his ring finger, which will make his wedding to Laura Smith next Saturday all the more entertaining. Good luck to both, it sounds like they’re going to need it.

Relatively Apalling: The Walcott & Oxlade-Chamberlain families have announced that they will not be making the trip to watch their boys perform at the EUROs after receiving warnings about the possibility of encountering racism in Poland/Ukraine. The British Foreign Office has advised that “travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent… should take extra care.”

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26 Responses to “Good Week/Bad Week: Kisses & Misses”

  1. Messivilla says:

    Racism is in everywhere, world over except in African.

  2. Jen says:

    The Walcotts and Ox families should not give into fear! I think they should go, and show that racism is NOT acceptable in 2012!!! If they give into the fear, they are perpetuating the misconceptions, that they are trying to avoid by not going. I know it wouldn't be easy to make this decision, but many ethnicities will be decending on Poland and the Ukraine, to attend or participate in Euro 2012. This could be a real moment in their collective histories to change and improve views about other ethnicities!

  3. Sarah, Madrid says:

    The Villa return was kinda of long shot to be honest, I am sad because I was hoping, but we still get it!

    About Blatter, I suggest a shirt off contest, wet shirt off contest and I will be the judge!

  4. Kristina says:

    Terribly bad news this week! Luckily we have Mata. He's just too adorable and handsome that boy!

  5. Gladys says:

    Never have I been so jealous of a grandmother or small child. ;)

  6. Agnes Wonka says:

    The Euro championship won't be the same without Villa :(

  7. Americanfootballfan says:

    Seriously could Juan Mata get any cuter?! Chelsea need to leverage him for all his sweet cuteness is worth. Oh to be on the receiving end of that kiss!! Mmmmm good!

  8. Jayy says:

    I cannot believe the racism issue regarding the Euros is not recieving more attention. I was sceptical at first, but after doing research, it seems to be a deep rooted problem!
    My cousins were meant to attend the Euros but given the racism issue and the fact that we are Asian, its only logical not to go. Sad times.

  9. April says:

    The whole of the Bad Week section makes me sad :( Feel bad for Villa and Ruddy, and am surprised to hear that racism is strong enough in Poland/Ukraine to prevent people from traveling there. If that is the case, why would they be considered for a major footballing tournament where people of many cultures and backgrounds congregate? Total letdown.

  10. Marissa says:

    I feel you Villa, I tore my ACL during the 5th game of my tennis season, had 15 more to go, was playing first singles, everything was going well and then BAM. Well seeya next season bud! And me too hopefully lol

  11. hrcksmrck says:

    Villa :( so sad!

  12. Doles says:

    Of course Sepp hates Pks now when Chelsea beat Munich on Pks. why didn't he feel this way back in 2008?!
    Anyways, Juanin is SUPER ADORABLE! I wish it were me in that picture instead of his grandma!

  13. Natalie says:

    Wow, sucks to break ur ring finger right before the wedding.

    • Carvivlie says:

      I hope he (or she) doesn't think it is a bad omen and call off the wedding.

  14. mata says:

    So, Sepp Blatter had finally decided to watch a football game to see how they work, I guess that's progress, now maybe if he reads the Foreign Office reports he'll figure out that racism DOES exist on football. Idiot.

  15. tashy says:

    “God of hot” ha ha kickette u crack me up but this man is truly beautiful nd hopefully mr torres will prove every1 rong nd be a successor 4 espanyol.
    I’m so shocked bout da racism stuff but this is europe nd there r not many black ppl in da continent it kinda scares m coz its not only in ukraine its in spain,germany etc its jst covered up u don’t hav 2 be a smartass 2 see it its even in soccer I mean how many black playas r there in da whole of la liga,bundesliga,serie A nd its sad coz I’m a black south african nd I hear that in europe wen they see black ppl they cum nd touch ur skin coz its dark nd it discourages coz I wuld luv 2 go 2 europe anyway

  16. Lucy says:

    Mata is so cute and nice!

  17. Katie says:

    The whole Walcott and Ox thing is absolutely repulsive. It's 2012 and people are still having to live in fear of racism. Shame on Poland and Ukraine. It disgusts me.

    • FootballandMe says:

      Also a large majority of English fans/supporters (Not the drunken louts that the England NT seem to be associated with) have objected AGAINST going to the Ukraine/Poland to watch the games as its been widely spread that groups within both nations are targeting English football fans with no real motive.

      Racism and planned violence all over the colour of your skin or the team you support, shameful.

      There is a strong possibilty of Russia 2018 being the same, the likes of Chris Samba, Roberto Carlos and Peter Odemwingie have all been subjected to monkey chants and banana throwing during their time in Russia and Ox will only be 24 when 2018 rolls around, in the prime of his career if he is selected…

      Its such a shame that a few ruin it for the rest.

    • viola says:

      Regarding the EURO facing racism concern. Im from Poland. Usually I do not express my opinions in internet but keep them to myself. Not this time. I need to admit that having a clear picture from both sides Im deeply moved and I feel sad that in XXI century such a bold and agressive manipulation can put people in fear where there is no reasons for that! The anti EURO2012 propaganda in British media take place for couple of good months already. What a shame! Yes futball/ sport supporters: dont go anywhere! Safe your money for your country=Olimpics!

      Aaaahhh, although I am Spurs fun , I always had a warm feelings for Theo and Oxe and it make me sad that someone spoils their good feelings about the tournament.
      One word: shame on you politicians! Shame on you media!

      BTW: Poland is no more racist or nationalistic then ANY other country in Europe (including UK).Please, keep that in mind dear Kickettes, when you read narrow opinion about another nations next time.


  18. FootballandMe says:

    Mr Blatter…One Joseph Barton is coming for you!

  19. lisa says:

    “travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent… should take extra care.”
    Yay. There goes my summer plans