September 9th, 2011

Good Week/Bad Week: Poker, Portents & Punk Hair

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Joe Le Taxi: Joey Cole has eschewed the opportunity to take advantage of his new colleagues’ language skillz… in favour of learning French himself. The Cockney boy, who has just begun a season long loan to Ligue 1 side Lille, told how his new team-mates speak great English, but he ‘doesn’t want to rely on them’. So far, his knowledge extends to ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Au revoir’. Good luck, mate!

Deal Brek-Er: Top news for MLS fans who feel that their boy Brek Shea isn’t getting enough love. Our mate’s over at KCKRS have identified the budgie-haired FC Dallas midfielder as ‘the most interesting man on the USMNT’. Do you agree with their assessment, Kickettes? Or his prowess on the field just over-shadowed (literally) by that deeply alarming quiff?

Image via kckrs.

The Baby Boom Continues: Silvia, Giampaolo Pazzini’s wife, is expecting. Uh huh, it’s been that kind of week.



Are you listening, Freckles? Image: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images/Daylife.

Tormenting Torres: Vincent Del Bosque has warned Fernando Torres that he will not pick him for the Spanish NT side again until he starts scoring for Chelsea. And just in case Nando still isn’t clear on the impact his one league goal this year is having on his career, Andre Villas-Boas has pointed out that he will only retain his place in the Blues line-up as long as they are winning. Gulp.

Dance Off: Mere seconds after we are confronted by visual terrorism that is Robbie Savage on Strictly, we learn that another EPL player has secretly been plotting a little of his own lycra action. Frankie Sandford has revealed that ‘baller boyf Wayne Bridge has been pestering her band’s choreographer for lessons; a horrifying prospect for anyone still reeling from this (left).

Standing United: Manchester United have sent their condolences to Russian ice hockey club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the aftermath of Wednesday’s plane crash, which reportedly killed thirty-six members of their staff. The plan crashed upon take-off, mirroring the 1958 tragedy in Munich that eventually killed twenty-three passengers, including United players and journalists.

We, of course, send our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this terrible accident.

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18 Responses to “Good Week/Bad Week: Poker, Portents & Punk Hair”

  1. Dallas 'til I Die says:

    FINALLY some FC Dallas boys making it on Kickette! :) We are so happy to see Brek on here, even if it is to talk about his hair. He is a great player and developing wonderfully. Keep an eye out for him. BTW: if anybody has any pics of his tattoos, i KNOW they will be appreciated here (especially the one on his ribs)

  2. Tashinka says:

    I heard that Klinsmann's message to the team is something like, don't be afraid to be creative and take on a defender; if you get stripped of the ball, just do everything you can to get it back. He is breathing new life into an old team too afraid of messing up to take chances. And Brek Shea is riding that wind of change. So perhaps the budgie analogy is fitting in more than one way… :)

    In this photo he certainly looks like a crazed parakeet:*450/20110812_i…

  3. Kat22 says:

    I can understand why Del Bosque dropped Fernando against Liechtenstein, I really can.

    But I do wonder if after all the other criticism he's had this is one hit he won't be able to recover from. And then Villas-Boas practically benching him for the whole game on Saturday…again, I can understand it, but Fernando's confidence must be at an all time low right now.

    I can honestly see him leaving England soon, which would be such a shame given how great he was when he first arrived and the impact he had on the PL.

    • Kat22 says:

      Just wanted to add:

      Obviously I don't know how much truth there is to those rumours (and we all know how easily things can get lost in translation), but IF Fernando really made those comments about Chelsea's midfield to the Spanish press it wasn't his best idea.

  4. A to L says:

    In Other News CR7 Jnr. (looking so cute & grown so much) with Irina Shayk. I hate to admit bu they look cute together. I must say though, I find CR7s mother unbearable. Link:…. Also I Wonder how C-Ron feels about this:…

  5. camille says:

    my poor freckles
    is SO screwed unless he starts bangin in the goals
    i believe in you el nino!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • AC_USA says:

      I do feel for Nando, but dear God, what a beep man? You are a striker at heart. You have scored goals before. What is going through that pretty head of yours? My man Dzeko struggled last season, but he changed league and he is kicking butt now. What's wrong Mr. Freckles? I really hope he strikes soon cause no one wants to see those freckles on the face of sad,depressed man. Fingers crossed Nabdo :)

  6. Rossanera says:

    I'd like to feel sorry for Nando – but I don't.

  7. anna says:

    May they rest in peace. Such a tragic turn of events.

    It seems like the Fernandos are having trouble scoring these days. Llorente hasn't been scoring for awhile too. Pressure is coming on.

  8. DebS says:

    Poor Nando did look quite pouty sitting in the stands. Poor kid. I can understand his frustration and like Nai said, it's not like he doesn't WANT to score. Well done to Negrado for having something nice to say about Torres after Spain's last game. That being said, I think he will improve once there is someone to get him the ball. I noticed that last year with Chelsea, even before Torres transferred. Mata's a good player and hopefully he will help change that. I've also thought Malouda is quite good at that too.

    Tragic news about the Russian hockey team. Big news in the papers in the US. Not only do so many people like hockey here but some of the guys on the plane were at one time players/coaches, etc. in the NHL.

    The very first year that Brek Shea played, my daughter and I joked that he was a Fernando Torres wannabe. He had the blond hair look that Torres had before he cut it off and went back to brown. He also resembles Torres in build, imo. But I really don't like Brek's new style. The orangish color nor the cut do anything for him, imo.

  9. Sergz says:

    I was waiting for Man United to make a statement about this tragedy since they have been victims of this as well. Loving the fact that they are offering their help, it's an honourable thing for them to do.

    As for Torres, deal with it. You have to deliver if you want a place in the team. You are not guaranteed a spot if you're not good enough.

  10. xbabyshakesx says:

    Poor Nando, not sure what is going on with him =/ but i hope things look up for him!
    cuz i love it when he plays with Spain boys.

  11. nai says:

    i honestly don't think threatening nando with his spot will help the situation. as if he wouldn't like to score. you just can't rush some things, as frustrating as they may be..

    • Sergz says:

      I wouldn't call it threats, more like stating the obvious. If he doesn't perform well then he won't get as much playing time. Although they don't have to say it to the media…

      • nai says:

        yeah, but how can anyone perform when they are constantly reminded that they aren't? SAF helped rooney when he was going through his spell, he didn't talk about it to anyone who listened.. and the ultimate paradox – bad performance, no playing time. how to get better and gel with teammates and get in form if you don't play? he has been subbed every game, and it's hard playing relaxed when you know your time on the pitch is limited. he played the first qualification game for spain and scored a brace, and then played as a last 25min sub every game, till the game he didn't. he made it to the team of the week 2 weeks ago. and still one of the greatest strikers of our time is being mocked on every given ocasion, with media looking eager to bury him much too soon. i'm not saying he should be guaranteed the spot, but some seem too happy he's losing it. and luck just keeps passing him by.

        • Sergz says:

          Rooney was injured and he was also going through his personal scandal. But he was delivering on the pitch. He was doing assists and he was working defensively. His role on the pitch was not the same as Nando's to be honest.

  12. Miss Lampard says:

    Every day which pass away I fear that Nando is getting worse and worse instead of getting better. I'm usually optimistic but things are not improving and this is a realistic thing. I don't know what's his problem, but certainly isn't a physical one. I think that he has a problem with his mind. Football, your club, your supporters can wait for a little, but can't have patience for all their lives. Football at these levels doesn't wait for anyone, even if you are Fernando Torres. I love Nando, but I think that he has to score and prove his value now, and he doesn't miss the futures chances.

  13. Sara P says:

    It hurts my heart to see Torres soooo heartbroken. I am hoping that his career has a drastic turnaround. I want to see him get his “swagger” back!

    As far as Brek Shea goes….definitely one of my favs of the USMNT! Not only does he have his own unique style, but he is a damn good footballers!