December 2nd, 2011

Good Week/Bad Week: Trophies & Tiresome Truths

A finely chiselled and beautifully honed conductor of electricity and heat. And the LFP Award for best goalkeeper. Image via totalbarca.

After a busy week that saw Cesc Fabregas crumble under the intense pressure of our whining, a reveal of the strange bathing predilections of the Portuguese NT and a few choice players sharing what they don’t want for Christmas, we are pleased to finally be able to bring you some proper football news.

Yeah right. And we’re giving up cake in December, too.


Image: Getty Images.

Clever Clogging: Don’t expect to be seeing former French NT World Cup winner Lilian Thuram donning a pair of spandex trousers in the near future. He has eschewed the now traditional dancing footballer retirement plan in favour of curating his own art exhibitions. You can now see his ‘Human Zoos: The Invention of the Savage’ at Paris’ Quai Branly. And no, before you ask. It’s nothing to do with Robbie.

Award Warning: Hooray for Barcelona, whose quest to hoover up every trophy in the known universe continued at the Liga Futbol Profesional Awards. Among the winners were Victor Valdes (best goalkeeper), Eric Abidal (best defender), Messi (best striker) and Andres Iniesta (best attacking midfielder). Awesome. As long as they stay away from our Bronze medal for swimming twelve feet in a pair of ill-fitting pyjamas, all will remain well.

Drogba Double: Speaking of amazing accolades, Didier Drogba was the recipient of Beyond Sport’s ‘Humanitarian in Sport’ Award this week, in recognition of his work with the Didier Drogba Foundation. The Chelsea striker also made headlines by rejecting Chelsea’s offer of a one year contract extension, claiming he was going to ‘where he is offered the most money‘. Which we think is perfectly fair, considering he seems to spend most of his earnings on helping people  in the Ivory Coast.



You are witnessing an act of extraordinary evil here, Kickettes. Remember that. Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe.

Surreptitious Shilling Fail: Static electricity through his mohawk wasn’t the only thing Emmanual Frimpong managed to attract in Arsenal’s game vs. Manchester City in midweek. The player took off his jersey after exchanging pleasantries with former team-mate Sami Nasri, revealing a slogan on his t-shirt promoting his clothing company, ‘Dench’. This is against FA guidelines, so he can expect a firm telling off at the very least. But at least he made the effort!

Prudent PR: British PR guru Max Clifford has stated that he has been approached by two ‘high-profile’ gay EPL players in the last five years, and advised them not to come out. Clifford, who has shepherded Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and Rebecca Loos (among others) through their own PR crises, said a player would need to be ‘a hard man with an established reputation’ to weather the inevitable storm. You already know what we think about this.

Banged To Rights: Finally, bad news for him, but good news for everyone else as Mancini (the Brazilian player, not the Italian manager) was sentenced to two years and eight months for rape. The player, who has turned out for Milan, Inter and Roma, among others) was convicted after an incident involving a young Brazilian woman at his apartment in December 2010. His friend Gerardo Eugenio do Nascimento was sentenced to ten months for trying to coerce the woman into not pressing charges.


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58 Responses to “Good Week/Bad Week: Trophies & Tiresome Truths”

  1. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get several emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Cheers!

  2. Great players and awards discussions here, thanks for sharing such a nice post with us, its really informative for us. Hope to read more about soccer at this place.

  3. Shelley says:

    There were suggestions that one very high profile WAG and her England player husband were a fauxmance entirely created in Max Clifford's office as a marriage of conveiniance. The stories resurfaced when they split up a few years later. Plus there was another very high profile former EPL player who seemed to have various kiss and tells in the press when lots of people suspected he was gay.

  4. Fatima says:

    i would share opinions but all i can see is an advert for lindt chocolate….mmmmm the most sexiest thing on earth :D

  5. hansh says:

    What, no Kickette mention for Xavi? He won a LFP award too, you know?

  6. IrishBlue says:

    Victor Valdez, oh yes…yes please.

    Ahem and in other news….I'm sure Spain are scared stiff at the prospect of facing the Green Army! Or not….but sure the craic will be mighty out in Poland anyway! :D

  7. Lucy says:

    Drogba seems kinda arrogant on the pitch but off the pitch he seems like a genuinly great guy and great father and husband! Jon Terry and company should take note

  8. sıla says:

    Victor Valdez is a type of cold, but there is sexi

  9. mel says:

    Messi may be the best striker in a La Liga, but Ronaldo is the best striker in the world……. Messi must have nightmares about not being the best in the world. A flowding Cristiano head is haunting him for sure!!!!!

    How Valdes is a better goalkeeper than Casillas is mind blowing! Valdes is not a euro or world champion, but sure he's better…….. Perhaps the judges were offered Barca VIP tickets to the upcoming match at the Bernabeu. Othervise I don't see how Barca could win those two titles over Real!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Or maybe they base the best goalie on whoever conceded the least goals hmmm? And btw Valdes is a World Champion…

      I'm really not sure why you are getting so butthurt over a couple La Liga awards…

    • Sam says:

      I think Messi is enjoying his award with no thought of Ronaldo whatsoever. It is well deserved, as all his awards has been.

      Even Marc Bartra won an award. That boy is beautiful!

    • Paula says:

      What does being a Euro or World champion have to do with deciding who was the best keeper in La Liga last season? It has no bearing whatsoever. Valdes conceded 21 and Casillas conceded 33.

      Barca won La Liga last season and so dominated these awards. It makes perfect sense. Relax. If Madrid win La Liga this season then they will dominate these awards next year.

      • DebS says:

        Sadly the goalkeepers are judged on total goals conceded instead of goals saved that the goalie even had a chance to save. It seems the goalies are "punished" for goals that many times are due to poor defense by his field players. I mean how many times have we watch a goalie get pummeled by goals from the opposition simply because their defense is not doing its job? Just wish the powers that be would revamp how they attributed goals conceded to the respective goalkeepers. Maybe something similar to baseball's "Earned Run Average" where the pitchers don't get penalized for runs scored from his teammates' errors. Unfortunately, wishing doesn't make it so.

        Well done to Victor though.

        • Kristina says:

          I agree. But on the other hand, the "experts" are often talking about the difficulty in standing idly for long periods and then all of a sudden being forced to save a shot. That's often the case with Victor, since Barca owns the ball a lot. He seldom has a lot to do during the games, but he's on his toes when stuff happens. That's takes a certain talent.

          It's a VERY close call between Victor and Iker. I'm just happy Victor managed to to get at least one award.

          • mel says:

            I believe 'difficulty in standing idle for long periods then all of a sudden being forced to save a shot' applies for Iker as well. Seeing how superior Real has been so fra this season, I belive it applies more to him than Valdez. But of course if the decision behind best la liga keeper is based solely on goal conceded and Valdez has the lowest number, than congrats on the award………
            What an achievement.

            The award is completely ridicouless now!

            • Kristina says:

              What's more is that the award is handed out retrospectively, for 2010/2011. It doesn't matter how brilliant Iker is this season, it's irrelevant for this award. He can win it next year, as people has already pointed out. And I'm sure he will because he's great. And that's from a Barca supporter.

        • Sarah, Madrid says:

          I agree, I think goalies should be reawarded for the number of saves they do in the season. I think iker deserves more than Valdez of course has nothing to do with his previous tittles of course, but iker as a goalie is the best in the world not only in Liga right now, he is!
          As for liga, I think Adris kameni Espanyol GK deserves to take it, this guy make a lot of saves during the season, he is underrated.

          But, anyway we know that liga win her dominate the best category, I wished ozil would have taken something though he was sensational last season in la Liga.

          • Gladys says:

            And if Sevilla's Javi Varas keeps up the phenomenal skill he exhibited against Barca, he should be up there next year, as well. He was incredible in that game. (I think you're right about Kameni, too– sometimes we don't give enough credit to the GKs for the less successful teams. They often have to work the hardest. We don't realize what a large percentage of saves they sometimes make.)

            • Kristina says:

              I totally agree with you on Varas. I was going to mention him too. I have actually seen him do better games than I have ever seen Iker and Valdes do..

            • Sarah, Madrid says:

              Agreed, but I think for this year, Diego Alves too, I even like Zaragoza GK Roberto

      • mel says:

        So the awards are completely worthless, because they are given to whatever team won the liga the season before…….. I cannot take it seriously then!

        Messi and Valdez can have their awards! Congrats, I'm done caring!

    • PepaCandela says:

      I think you're overthinking this a little bit. deep breaths.

    • Raven says:

      Must make mental note that next year, when RM-players are picking up all those awards (because that's the way we are heading) to not make a comment like yours. Praise should go to those who deserve it. Today Barca, tomorrow RM?

      • mel says:

        "Praise should go to those who deserve it" – I agree!!!! And I don't think Valdez is the best keeper in La Liga. Therefore I will NOT praise him for the award.

        I too will make a mental note and perhaps you should take it into consideration too – we are all entiteled to our own opinion, whether someone agrees or disagrees.

        • Raven says:

          Forget about Valdes. The bitter remarks you make about Messi is what's bothering me. The award goes to the best player in la Liga. He is the best player in la Liga, hence he deserves the praise. That you think Ronaldo is the best in the world is totally irrelevant. Why do you bitch about this? Can't you wait til next year and be happy then instead?

          And lastly, you can express your opinion but you should expect this kind of answers. If you can't take the heat, then don't post that kind of comments, hun.

        • Anonymous says:

          Just so you know you are making RM fans look classless and super bitter with comments like this. Valdes had a great season last year, this is not an award for the BEST KEEPER EVER IN THE WORLD, so really just move on

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah i'm sure Messi goes home at night and cries in fear among his golden boots and various other accolades…

    • _Titi_ says:

      "Messi may be the best striker in a La Liga, but Ronaldo is the best striker in the world." LMFAO omg hahahahahahahahahh dying here

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        He has two golden boot to prove that he is the best STRIKER I think he broke some record remember last season ha? or the fact that he is the only player in history of the game to win golden boot in different league ( EPL, liga two of the hardest leagues in the world if not the best too), best striker doesnt mean the best in the world, neither it takes anything away from Messi being the best footballer in the world. Remember back when Zizo was the best player, henry brazilian ronaldo was the best strikers and goal machines in that period.

        Cristano is second best player in the world, but he is a goal scoring machine making him the best STRIKER in the world. So I dont find it very laughable. he reached his 100 goal with real madrid jeez in 2 seasons, still not the best striker?..Before you do a messi, cris comparsion if you will reply, I again insist on the fact that Messi is the best player in the world, I as a Madridista gets this the most, as he did wonderful job against my team, but I hate it when people make fun of Cris or take away from his accomplishment. The guy is a machine, one of the best footballers in the histoy of the game, as much as Messi is.

        • xoWinnie says:

          THANK YOU!

          why do people feel the need to tear Cristiano down in order to boost Messi up? i agree, the goals don't lie! it's like the interview Kaka gave, Cris is the "most complete" in his position! he can score from anywhere, off any foot. i don't care if he does sh1t all in terms of defense! he is a striker at Real, and a mid-fielder on Portugal, and that's good enough for me! of course, since the tactical evidence is too strong, people must attack his character *roll eyes*
          why so threatened? if he isn't anywhere near the best, than why do his accomplishments bother you so much that you won't even acknowledge them when you're feebly attempting to diss him? pft, some people! (btw, Titi, before you come out guns blazing, this comment is not directed to you specifically)

        • Anonymous says:

          I think she's laughing at the fact that that statement doesn't make sense at all…

          • _Titi_ says:

            Yes. She says that Messi best in the league (despite being in the same league as cronny) yet she goes on to say that cronny is the best in the world, how can he best in the world if hes not even the best in the league.

        • _Titi_ says:

          Well cron is a 7, so his job is to score goals, whereas Messi is a 10 yet he still manages to score equal amount(or more) to that of cron. Last season both ended with 53 (If you include Messi's goal in the CL final).
          CR might score same number as Messi but Messi has a bigger impact because his number of asissts are 10 times that of cronny. Last year they had the same number of total goals, except many of Messi's came in moments of need like 2 agains Real in the CL Semifinal, one in the CL final etc etc. not goals against la liga sides after CL spots have been decided and the league winner has been decided. Messi was also the highest scorer in the Champions League last year. A competition where he scored against the best teams in Europe like Arsenal, Madrid, Man Utd ect..
          Number of Goals Messi has had in clasicos in the 9 games the past three years Cron has been in Madrid, Games in which both of them played Messi has scored 7 goals and Cron only 3 take out the penalties Messi 6 Cron 2. Its not about just scoring goals its about scoring when it matters most. What makes Messi stand out is that there are times that despite the team playing like shít (like the first leg of supercopa) Messi managed to score and assist to help the team. whereas cron just goes invisible in the clasicos. Where was he in the last one? oh in Dani Alves's pocket.
          Also Chris isn't the second best player in the world. but that a diff argument so….

  10. Bri says:

    Bad Week- Portugal draws the group of death AGAIN. This time with Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark. It's gonna be a bumpy ride. Forca!

    • Ioe says:

      Bad Week II – Spain and Italy in the same group. Why!?! Why must we choose between the hot Spanish and Italian men?

    • xoWinnie says:

      Portugal always has the worst luck in these things.
      it seriously makes me wonder sometimes….

    • Jade says:

      Well here in Holland we're not too thrilled either… The two teams we'd wanted to avoid most were Portugal and Germany actually, seeing as we have the worst track record ever against Portugal and we have a continuous rivalry with our neighbours… But on the other hand, if we want to be European Champions, we'd have to beat them and Spain…

  11. bri_saldana says:

    Ugh Valdez has that damned "sexy smokey eye'd' look that forces you to take a mental Victor vacation! Damned sexy jackass!

    • xoWinnie says:

      "damned sexy jackass" describes him perfectly!

    • camille says:

      why a jackass?

      • bri_saldana says:

        Because he rubs me the wrong way & I really wish he'd rub me ANY kind of way at the same time. Truly jackass is the only word that comes to mind for someone who bothers me SO much BUT has got one up on me because he's SO sexy. I also feel that such feelings are cardinal sins against San Iker…….

  12. Kristina says:

    Well, I'm enjoying a glass of a nice Italian red wine, celebrating the fact that Sweden didn't end up in a group that features Spain, Holland or Germany, and of course, drinking to my very deserving, fabulous Barcaboys! We will have to enjoy things while they last :) .This was a very good start of the weekend! Have a nice one, Kickettes!

  13. Sarah, Madrid says:

    It is weird that Mourimho being on the cover of rolling stone Spain, didn't make it here. Rock and roll Mou rock roll Mou haha

    • Sam says:

      As Brooks Peck pointed out, it says something about the sad state of rock'n roll when a middle-aged multimillionaire dressed in a neat suit, is named rock'n roll star of the year.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        Well, in mouriinho defense, part of rock n roll is about contervorasries and he covers this area very well haha.

        I tend disagree, why do rock n roll stars have to wear gold leather pants and feathers to be considered rock star! It is not I agree that Mourinho shouldn't be the rock star of the year, but hey when was the last team a football coach considered to be rock star by rolling stones! So…it is interesting

        • Shelley says:

          Well, it was Berlusconi who won it last year…………….and we all know what happened to him!! Rolling Stone Spain clearly how no idea about music or they wouldnt pick a Politician and a football manager…its stupid

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            Obviously it is not about music they based their pick. They have different characteristics to say. I don't know why are you people taking this offensively, it is just interesting.
            I dont know why would you mention Berlusconi on this site!! what happen to him and how is it related to him being Mourinho on the cover..

            • Shelley says:

              Berlusconi was on the cover last year, its relevant no?

              • Sarah, Madrid says:

                Not really, you said ((look at what happened to him)) as if making the cover of rolling stone is related to whatever events in Berlusconi life or that Mourinho will get it for being on the cover.

                Again, I just shared this infromation because it is interesting/ Regardless of what people think of Rolling stone Spain, Jose did make it as rock star of 2011 and I am not saying it is good or bad or question their pick, I am just stating it is INTERESTING. My orginial comment was aimed to be sarcastic anyway

                • Shelley says:

                  I mean Berlusconi was involved in three court cases when he was voted 'Rock Star of the Year'. Mourinho won because of his 'outrageous' behaviour walking up behind someone and poking them in the eye. I didn't think being rich, middle-aged, powerful and able to get away with lousy and often criminal behaviour is particularly 'Rock and Roll'.
                  I would say being Rock and Rock is for the young, passionate and brave people protesting in the streets of Madrid, New York etc…rather than a couple of middle aged men acting like children.
                  But then the rich control everything so no surprises if I'm honest.
                  On a lighter note, I liked the cover picture.