July 1st, 2011

Good Week/Bad Week: Tired & Emotional

We thought long and hard about whether it was mean to lead a post that contains heart-breaking news for Arsenal fans with a picture of Cesc Fabregas’ nummy tummy. But then we figured that first and foremost, our duty is to the Kickette Army, whose appetite for manflesh will not appeased by mere sentiment.

This was a reasoned decision. Any complaints should be mailed to the Mayhem & Fruit Beverage Suite, where they will be treated with the contempt they deserve.

GOOD WEEK

Down, boy!: With the Women’s World Cup now well under way, it’s only appropriate for us to confirm what you all knew anyway. Male football players take up to thirty seconds longer to get up after a challenge than female ones. Uh huh. It’s true. Sports boffin Martin Lames, who was part of a team of scientists who conducted research into the matter, claims that aside from tactical stoppages, the phenomenon can be put down to ’the thought of taking centre-stage’ which is ’much more pronounced than for  women, where the game itself is paramount.’ Or, to put it another way, Cristiano likes looking at himself on the jumbotron. Actually, is that a scientific breakthrough?

Ryan’s Return: ‘Good’ is one word to describe the news that Ryan Giggs received this week. Astonishing, confounding and insane are some of the other, more polite responses that rang around the Kickette office on the day it was revealed that Stacey Giggs’ was planning to give her errant hubby ‘another chance’. Ahem. Meanwhile, Imogen Thomas’ career is going from strength to strength; this week she was snapped getting bitten on the backside by a horse. We think this might be a euphemism for something, but we’re too worn out with this whole business to care now.

Torsten Frings. Making your team better by simply being there. Image: Reuters/Daylife

The Frings Effect: Former Werder Bremen defender and favoured Kickette caveman Torsten Frings has signed for Toronto FC as a designated player. The side, who play in the MLS Eastern Conference, hope that a signing of Frings’ calibre will appease their fans who have made their displeasure at their teams’ poor performances this season felt by not showing up for games. It seems to be working already; although Frings won’t be eligible to play until mid-July, his new team won on Wednesday night for the first time since May 7th. Thoughts, Canadian Kickettes?

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BAD WEEK

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Skirting Around: When taking into account the response most gave his foray into lady-wear, Djibril Cisse will probably be regretting his decision to take to the mic in a nightclub to thank Panathanaikos fans for their support during his time at the club. Cisse is rumoured to be moving to Lazio, and became so overcome with emotion that he had a little cry in the DJ booth after his speech. Djib? We love you even more now. Whether the Lazio fans will is an entirely different matter.

That’s a rap: Ashley Cole’s summer adventures continue to confound the tabloids, with the Chelsea left-back’s visit to Jay-Z’s (left) Roc Nation offices in Manhattan igniting speculation that he may be planning a career in music after he hangs up his boots. Or, depending on who you believe, that he’s deviously trying to convince ex-wife Cheryl Cole that he’s a nice bloke and taking an interest in her career. We’re not sure. Quite frankly, either notion gives us the fear so we’re going to pretend we didn’t read it.

Bang Bang: We left it til the end, to minimise the pain. But Arsenal fans? We do fear for the future of your waistlines as you desperately consume chocolate in vast quantities to block out the pain. After several (thousand) years of denial, bitching and complaining from both parties, Arsenal have reluctantly admitted that they will sell midfielder Cesc Fabregas (top) to Barcelona for the right price. With Gael Clichy apparently in talks with Manchester City and the rumours about Samir Nasri’s flirtations with Manchester clubs gathering pace, we can’t help but feel that unless Arsene Wenger gets stuck into the transfer market, the Adorkables trophy-less run isn’t gonna end anytime soon.

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48 Responses to “Good Week/Bad Week: Tired & Emotional”

  1. xbabyshakesx says:

    FML!!!!!!!
    I need Nasri to stay!!!!
    dam you money grabber!!! a;ldskjf;lfad

  2. Stefania says:

    Why is he sooo HOT!?? He is one of the sexiest mam on earth

  3. goonergirl says:

    He hasent gone yet, do we not remember this last year? Arsenal said then, give us the price we want and you can have him, nothing has changed, Barca still dont have the money.

    Also, i genuinly dont think anything will be sorted until Nasri has either gone, or resigned. If we loose Sami, Wenger wont sell Cesc this summer, we dont need too, he's got years left on his contract and as long as Barca are this silly about him we can keep inflating his price tag.

    Anyway, thats just what i think, i hope i'm right, if we loose those 2 we need some serious spending to occur over the next 2 months or i really think Wenger will be out of a job this time next year and Wenger knows it.

  4. tapioca says:

    If Cesc loves Barca so much, why the heck did he sign a FIVE YEAR contract to stay at Arsenal until 2015?!! Maybe it's because he'd earn double the wages at Arsenal that he would at Barcelona, topped up with all the endorsement income that comes from being a "Top 4" club captain. He's a mercenary like every other player…

  5. Carol says:

    I could care less about Cesc… but Torsten to Toronto? I'm absolutely heartbroken as a Columbus Crew girl. Hate to see one of my childhood heroes going to our rivals.

  6. Betty G. says:

    I just thought that this post would be another one with endless babbling about some random Spanish player (don't care about any of them) but everything changed when I dumped into Torsten Frings' pic and realized that he is playing for Toronto FC right now. Man, this is what I called RELEVANT NEWS :)

  7. Dee says:

    I am so bummed that I won't get to see Frings play yet when TFC comes to play my home team on Wednesday, New York Red Bulls. TFC definitely needs the looks AND talents of Frings!

  8. Marie says:

    I am SO jealous of the Canadian kickettes. Frings is freakin' hot !

  9. Shelley says:

    Arsenal can't complain. Cesc devoted 8 years of his career (a football career is not long) and Wenger failed to invest in the side and was stubborn about spending money. No-one can criticise Barca and Arsenal regularly take 16 and 17 year old's from Barcelona as in England you are allowed to sign a contract at 16, in Spain it is 18. Barca devoted years to training those boys, such as Cesc so this is just pay back…

  10. Nat says:

    Yo peoplez, this is sort of random but is Leo still single?

  11. Agnes Wonka says:

    Cesc will defenitely regret it when he spends the next season warming the substitutes bench!!!!

    I love Ryan as a player, but I dunno if I would forgive him

  12. Maria says:

    Summer is a love hate realtionship for me … I love seeing the boys being shirtless at the beach … but the transfers & transfer rumors … just kill the mood …

    ok I understand Cesc wanting to leave … & be with his friends & family & he just can't get enough of Geri & Puyi … And FCB has always been a dream for him … & being coach by one of his idols … I think it would make him happy … & who knows maybe … just maybe … Carla & him can get back together … (but I doubt it)

    I'm sorry to the Arsenal fans if all 3 players leave!!!! (i send all of you Arsenal fans a virtual hug) …

    something random that i just notice … Cesc keeps the #4 … the three amigos will be in order 3,4,5 (Geri, Cesc & Puyi) thats cute.. jajajajjaja

    as for the men taking longer .. of course ..women we get up & keep going … men .. they want to take their sweet little time .. and or complain about everything…

  13. TFBlovesArsenal says:

    Oh Cesc, I know you're homesick, but Barcelona will never appreciate you the way we do! ;_; Although, if you can restart your bromance with Pique and therefore tame the nauseating beast that is Pikira, then it is for the greater good.

  14. Erika P says:

    I love cesc at arsenal and being team captain is pretty hot but i think he will have fun with his besties pique and puyol… and if they are willing to exceed their budget, im guessing he will play a decent amount because they want to get their money's worth. either way, i will always love cesc! :)

  15. Sarah, Madrid says:

    I am pretty sure Busquets increased the men average, sorry have to say it I hope "big boys" are watching WWC and crawling to their beds with shame!
    I don't get this, Cesc, Nasri and Cliche to be sold, who is left in Arsenal, I think Jack can take over midfield after Cesc, if Cesc is setting his mind on Barcelona which I don't get at all, I thought Thiago is being perpared to take over Xavi place in Barcelona, so why go for Fabi. However, I actually support the decision of letting go of a player if he wants to leave, let him leave!

  16. Crackers says:

    All my sympathies to Arsenal fans, though I don't know if Barca will actually stump up that "right price" for Cesc right now – isn't he way out of their budget? Still, knowing he wants to go must be bad enough.

    *hugs*

  17. laligaforladies says:

    I'm so excited about Torsten Frings! TFC is still my home team until Montreal Impact joins MLS next year, and I do love me some TF :) Also, Canadian fast food chain Harvey's sells a fries and onion rings combo called–you guessed it–Frings. Sponsorship deal, anyone?

    As for Cesc, I just want to get it over with. Although I am a much bigger Arsenal fan than Barcelona fan, I would love to see him in La Liga. And I'm sorry, but leaving for Barça in no way makes him a traitor. He has been great at Arsenal, but he's Catalan and started out at Barcelona. It's his home. It'll be a shame that he won't get to play as much (and to split up the Adorkables), but if that's what he wants, then he should be entitled to it.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      But, I guess fans are angry with the fact he is being developed in Arsenal and Wenger spent time in his growth process, other than that I think players are entitled of leaving if they want too, BUT fans are entitled of hating them in the process too.

    • Deb S says:

      lol @ Frings combo. I do smell a sponsorship deal for sure!

      I know there are many who feel that we shouldn't take these designated players who are near the end of their career but I'm not one of them. I look at players like Blanco, Beckham, Henry, etc. and the impact they've had on the league & their teams. Tell me that the MLS players are not benefiting from having them on their team?

    • Rossanera says:

      ANOTHER KICKETTE MONTREALAISE? Can I tell you what I'm most excited about for the MLS next year? The inevitable 514-416 rivalry. With the Impact in the MLS we Montreal girls will finally have a team to root for and will be able to give up the ungodly practice of supporting a Toronto team !!!

  18. Angelina says:

    … rumor has it … that they will make it official today … or next week maybe even Monday …. that Cesc is coming to FC Barcelona … i'm ok with it … but as long as I don't see that couger around him …. I am not a fan of their relationship …

  19. rubyqueen19 says:

    i can't beleve my team have become a selling club.!!we've turned into liverpool selling our top players to put more money in the bank.!!!if he knows what's good for him cesc will stay where he is loved,respected and adored unlike in barca where he will be second or third best and keeping there bench warm.!! they will never love him like we do.!!

  20. Lisette says:

    I think part of the reasons that women footballers take less time to get back up is because they're less likely to go postal on each other, as their male counterparts sometimes do.

    To use a deliberately extreme example, you don't really see women head butting opponents on the WC, a la Zidane, or deliberately breaking an opponent's leg because she sneered at him a few years before. (*cough* Roy Keane *cough*)

    The only *really* violent female footballer I've ever seen was an American university player who managed to get herself an entire shocked, shocked news segment. And it involved – *sigh*, this is so stereotypical – hair pulling as well as the usual argey bargey:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inedwXtNzAk

    • Deb S says:

      I think you're right. That may have something to do with them having less testosterone than men too. That seems to be one of the driving forces behind their "fight" mentality.

      Also, I feel that men get more out of trying to outdo their opponents…"I'm more of man than you"…etc.

      Oddly enough, I was watching the Germany/Nigeria game and the commentators were talking about the Nigerians having a reputation for both being physical, milking fouls and/or diving. I felt bad for the German players who were totally getting clattered in that game. :

  21. gin_in_teacups says:

    Oh dear. I love my Cesc… But seeing him play for Barca… I… I… Head hurts.

    Actually, I hope he gets to do whatever makes him happy. I'm sure we can make our star crossed lovers Madrid fan/Barca player thing work :-P

  22. Red_Girl says:

    As a Liverpool fan, I'd just like to offer Arsenal girls a big hug and say if he does go, you'll get over it: we did with that blonde ninny person. But he'd be a fool to go and sit his nice pert backside on the Barca bench like Mascherano when he could be wriggling it down at the Emirates. Love and peace…

  23. xoWinnie says:

    i am so sick of Cescgate. as though this season couldn't get any more depressing!
    honestly, when Cesc realizes what a mistake he's making by going to a team
    where his ass be reserved for warming the bench like the Spanish NT, it'll be too late.
    but it's best Arsenal let him go now, before he becomes bitter and starts talking tripe
    a-la Fernando Torres after he left Liverpool. i REALLY don't want to hate him.

    • Lisette says:

      Basically, yeah…

      I have some sympathy for Cesc when he says that Arsenel never win anything, and never invest and don't take risks, and run the risk of being overtaken even more etc. (Let's leave aside, for the moment, the fact that Wenger's approach has left Arsenel in far better financial health than Barca could ever dream of.) He's young, and ambitious, and wants to w-i-n.

      But I do wonder what exactly he thinks will happen if he goes to Barca. It's not like they're lacking his type of player – unless I'm very much mistaken, they're more concerned with their defense right now. (I totally could be wrong, just to clarify.)

      • xoWinnie says:

        you're completely right. he should be ambitious, and he's invested a lot of time into Arsenal. however, i believe that professionally, his career would be better off either staying there, or moving to a club where he is actually needed. sure he'd get to share in the glory of Barcelona's incredible form, but would he be a standout player there? no. he'd be another Bojan. play some non-important games while the bigger players rest, and warm the bench for the games where the scoreline is vital. after being such a big integral part of a club like Arsenal, being a fan favourite, being our CAPTAIN, is he ready to take a backseat at Barca? it's obvious he doesn't like that at La Roja, why does he think this is going to be any different?

        • Lilly says:

          Maybe his motives do not necessarily involve being the no.1? Maybe he just misses his country, his family and friends? I say that as a greek person who's been living in the UK for some years now. It can get tough.

          • Deb S says:

            yeah, it doesn't help much when his bffs are both playing for Barca too. That's gotta be tough for anyone.

          • xoWinnie says:

            he probably does, in fact, he has expressed homesickness before. but being with your friends (who he sees a lot anyway) and being professionally fulfilled are two different things. no matter where he goes i still want to see him play, and at least this upcoming season, i doubt i'll see a lot of him.

    • balicious8 says:

      i don't get your fury. Any footballer have rigths to make a choice in their carerr. All of you, arsenal fans, you should bee grateful or something like that cuz he have been in your club for 8 years. It seems that to prove loyalty, the player needs do stay for 120391203823 years, for god's sake. Grow up, people!

      • xoWinnie says:

        if you're familiar with the whole Cescgate issue, you'd know Gunner fans have a myriad of reasons to be upset with him. where did you see "fury" in what i wrote? can't you read? why would i want one of my favourite players to go to a club where he won't get any playing time? he's young, he can wait tell Barcelona NEED him and he can be a part of the starting team. Iniesta and Xavi aren't gonna dominate the midfield forever. he'd have a starting spot at Arsenal for years to come, and he won't at Barca, simple as that!

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      I actually think it is not wise for him to move to barcelona because with his presence he will hurt Thiago chances as he needs the growth and be the back-up for Xavi. I really don't think Barc need him much.

    • PepaCandela says:

      It's not like Cesc is unaware that Xavi and Iniesta are at Barca, so his not starting will come as no surprise to him. There's a method to Barca's madness, and the current midfield spent plenty of time waiting their turn on the bench as well. Xavi is 31 and has achilles issues. Thiago is good, but not world-class just yet, and there is a 10-year experience gap there. He'll get to that level playing alongside this bunch, which is why you hear so much about Barca & guardiola "testing" his humility and patience. In the meantime, it would be a luxury for Barca to have someone at Cesc's level to rotate in, let Xavi get occasional rest, or (god forbid) take over in case of a long-term injury. Eventually, Xavi and Iniesta will give way to Cesc and Thiago. Barca's wanting to sign him isn't about desperately needing him for next season, it's about ensuring the system stays in place for many seasons to come.

      Also, Barca is in 6 competitions next year. Wear and tear and exhaustion is inevitable (see: second half of last season), so he'll probably see more playing time than he would off the bench at another club. And face it, with as many games as he's played at his age and will all the injury issues he's had, a little rest might do him some good.

      • xoWinnie says:

        i have no problem with Barca wanting him. any club will be lucky to have a player like Cesc, whether as a starter or a reserve. i'm just wondering if the move is the best thing for his career RIGHT NOW. resting and knowing you're a benchwarmer are two different feelings. but you made some excellent points, i just can't help feeling how i'm feeling over this. i hope Arsenal do well without him next season, but i as a fan can say he will be sorely missed :(

        • PepaCandela says:

          Honestly, I only started following Arsenal and the PL a few years back just because I liked him as a player, so although I'm a Barca supporter first, I'm also kind of bummed he could be leaving Arsenal.

          I guess nobody knows how things will really turn out, I just posted this bc I keep seeing comments about how much he'll regret the transfer once he's on the bench. I mean, do people think the thought really hasn't crossed his mind? Whatever the outcome, he knows what he's getting into, and FCB isn't spending 40M or whatever just for fun or to bring a Catalan kid home. Whether it's the best move for either party only time will tell.

  24. EspePique says:

    To be honest, it would be best for everybody if Cesc stayed in Arsenal. Im not saying his bad or something, but it will be best for Thiago and Cesc, if he stayed in Arsenal. Cause I dont think he will play that much in Barca. Plus that Barcelona needs defenders, they dont need all those strikers or midfielders.

    • Gladys says:

      Amen to that! I adore Captain Adorkable for his lovable antics but I think it's a waste of money for him to come to Barca (not to mention, disheartening for his devoted Arsenal fans). Thiago should really be the first choice as Xavi's sub– he's amazingly talented but young and needs pitch time. While Cesc, who has the experience, should not be sitting on a bench. Plus Barca does not have that much money to spend this summer, and they really need one Messi/Villa/Pedro replacement forward and some defenders. So my sympathies to Arsenal fans and FCB fans alike. For now, though, nothing is definite.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      Yeah, that's what I observed, their money should be invested in defenders, for example: Coentroa should be under Barc radar.

    • Deb S says:

      I hope Cesc doesn't go to Barca either. I can't believe Barca's offering around 30 mil for Cesc and have offered Sanchez around 54 mil. Hopefully Cesc reads between the lines and sees that Barca really doesn't want him that badly. That ca't feel good to Cesc.

      On a brighter note, I read that Madrid has offered 45 mil. Not that I think Cesc would take that offer but maybe it will make Barca up their ante on him.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        I am pretty sure the news of this bid was ONLY to increase his price for Barc, I am 100% sure madrid didn't bid for Cesc.

  25. blitzenTO says:

    As a TFC fan, I am all for the signing of Torsten Frings. At least I'll have something pretty to look at while shaking my head at how bad the rest of the team is. :(

    And as for Cesc, can Barça just sign him already and get it over with? Just rip the scab off and let the blood flow. It's better that way for everyone. I was hoping for an announcement today, but I guess not.

    • xoWinnie says:

      i know right? TFC is the only team i can fully support
      since i live like 45 minutes away from Toronto and all
      but they are just such a disappointment! i cannot handle it.
      my boyfriend's dad has connections,
      and has offered to get me tickets to any game
      but i have yet to take him up on that offer.
      perhaps Frings will change my mind.

  26. IrishBlue says:

    You poor Arsenal girlies, I'm not liking recent rumours at all. If the seemingly inevitable does happen, I will be so disappointed to see Cesc leave the Premier League but if it's heart's not in it anymore, it's better if he does what makes him happy :'-( Right I'm off to yesterdays Javi Martinez post to cheer myself up…

  27. Tatiana says:

    How come Kickette you haven't posted any of the billion pictures you could of choose from of Cristiano in his summer vacation?