June 2nd, 2009
Good Week / Bad Week
Yoann Gourcuff at the 2009 UNFP Awards, Studio SFP, Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Image via Zimbio
Totally the best week ever for Yoann Gourcuff. First, he won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award, then he finally got his move to Bordeaux made permanent, then they go and break Lyon’s seven year reign of dominance by winning the league (er, Ligue) thanks to a 1-0 win over Caen on Saturday. At this point, Yoann’s life is so perfect even God is jealous.
Sure, polishing off the treble by beating Manchester United in the Champions League final is fine and good, but the real win for Barca came during the celebration that followed. The boys clearly had tons o’ fun, with Messi even going so far as to express his drunken love for inflatable lollipops.
LL Cool S
Inter Milan’s 18-year-old full back got his first call up from Marcello Lippi for Italy’s friendly against Northern Ireland after overcoming the dangerous siren song of the Inter groupies. Says Santon: “Since I made the first team handfuls of girls have appeared. They crop up everywhere, but I keep my true friends from my childhood close to me.” Hmm, when you say “handfuls”, do you mean that literally, Santon?
Cristiano Ronaldo clearly wasn’t happy about the loss to Barca or Sir Alex’s crappy tactics, but how bad can things be when you’re sunbathing in Sardinia and wearing a child’s bathing suit (with matching rosary necklace?).
Although the boys takeover is freaking out a few readers – it’s all for a good cause. Please wish long-time Kickette writer Stephanie a long and happy marriage – she tied the knot yesterday on an island far removed from internet access. Congrats!
Paolo Maldini, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Figo, and Pavel Nedved all said their goodbyes to Serie A, leaving a gaping void of classiness in their absence. Oh, and Kaka could already be gone, too. I think it might be time for Serie A to invest in cloning technology.
Manchester City’s Dietmar Hamann is being sued by betting firm Sporting Index for