February 2nd, 2009

Good Week/ Bad Week: Cuddles, Cousins and Candids


Guilt-induced cuddles
In a training session ahead of Bordeaux’s match against Lille, Yoann Gourcuff misdirected the ball, striking a child watching the game. “The shot was a real missile,“ eyewitnesses were quoted as saying by local media. “The boy was okay after Yoann cuddled him.“ No shite.

In other good news for Mr. Gourcuff, he’s making a move to our Finest 5 list later this evening. Congrats!

Good behaviour
Tabloids are making much out of David Beckham’s decision to stay at the Principe di Savoia hotel with a DVD rather than party it up with AC Milan and the usual assortment of baller skanks and skeeveroos this weekend. Nice job, Becks. But also: isn’t it even easier to get up to no good from the privacy of your own hotel suite? Not that we would know anything about that personally. Just sayin’.

Professional journalism
When a five-year-old can get Chelsea’s John Terry to reveal some insider info – and correct his grammar at the same time – it’s nothing short of brilliant. We doubt anyone from the Beeb would be able to get JT to admit that he had a teddy bear named Gordon the Gopher, or that he likes a bit of hand holding when he gets scared. In fact, if anyone knows any under sixes looking for an editing gig, send ‘em our way.

Grade A heart surgeons
Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother has opened up about her son to the press, telling them about Cristiano’s heart operation at the age of fifteen.  Link is worth clicking on just to see the seriously cute little Cris shot, and to read the male-bonding details of Cristiano’s relationship with his ex-brother-in-law.

Tissue sales
Call us soppy, but we found Frank Lampard’s candid interview about how he’s dealt with the sudden loss of his mother very moving.  Lampsy admits that last summer he was up for a transfer because he just wanted to get out of London, away from all the places that reminded him of his mom. We’re glad you stayed, Frankie!


Wedding planners
Pato and his girlfriend Stefany have broken up.  (After seeing the recent photos of the couple on the escalator, a body language expert might have been able to see this coming. We just thought she looked a little icy, not breaky-uppy.)

Here’s as much as we can glean from the minimal deets:  the long-distance relationship (Stefany lives in Rio) contributed to the split, Stefany turned down Pato’s offer of engagement and was also the one to end it.

Wait staff reputations
Werder Bremen’s Diego was caught drunk driving, but it is unlikely he’ll be punished formally by his club. His explanation? The waiter at the restaurant kept filling his glass and he didn’t know how much he was allowed to drink. Sounds fair. *Cough*

North London WAGs
A sports psychologist has recommended Tottenham ban WAGs if they want to see team performance rise. In particular, this is expected to help Gareth Bale’s work rate.

Initially, we were somewhat supportive of the no-distraction angle. Then we read this quote on his reasoning behind why Bale isn’t performing:  “An ancient proverb says ‘women cast an evil eye’ and this looks like its having an impact.” WTF? Kiss our evil-eye-casting bottoms, mate.

Free speech
Danielle Lloyd has had it with Chantelle Houghton and- oh, wait. Do you need a refresher on those names? Danielle’s the one who’s dated six footballers and Chantelle is the Z-list wannabe who worked and strategized her way to the top of Jermain Defoe’s weekly WAG shag list. Danielle has spoken out saying she’s had it with ballersand that Chantelle can piss off too. We give it a month before Danielle breaks and returns to her natural WAG ways.

Name dropping
Maria Hristova, the 18-year-old cousin to Manchester United’s Dimitar Berbatov’s name instead of her own in a bid to become a model.  She quit the student life (she was studying law), and signed up with an agency on the strength of her much adored cousin’s name. Berba and the family are understandably annoyed, as the Eastern European media went bananas trying to book Maria for interviews and photo shoots.

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26 Responses to “Good Week/ Bad Week: Cuddles, Cousins and Candids”

  1. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Pato is single??? *books flight to Italy*

  2. Anna (Frau Manuel Ne says:

    omg that gourcuff pic is good! and i don't even dig him! aww that JT interview is the cutest thing i've read in months! about Pato.. they actually WERE engaged for a while, she didn't turn it down. but she was really the one who ended it. anybody knows if his friendship with Deco's niece had something to do with that?

  3. Berbie's Barbie says:

    I wanna be Yoann’s shorts,whatever he has in his arms,the boy who got hit and the ball itself..Hahaha!

  4. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Only just noticed the F5 bit. I have a feeling Xabi and his ginger scruff may be getting the chop :(

  5. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Only just noticed the F5 bit. I have a feeling Xabi and his ginger scruff may be getting the chop :(

  6. Boston Red says:

    How sweet is that JT article?! He’s a good daddy, you can tell. And LOL @ Gordon the gopher!

  7. alessandra says:

    yay pato and she broke up.:X :P he's too young for me, but he's too good for her. lol.

  8. DC says:

    me too =[ which doesn't make sense because I think he's better looking than Cesc.

  9. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Pato is single??? *books flight to Italy*

  10. Buena says:

    woo new finest five….looking forward to it

  11. LizB (Mrs. Vucinic) says:

    Ooooo Pato is single?! Hmm well I've been thinking about going to Italy anyway, this is certainly an awesome reason to do it, lol. Cute bit about Terry. But I really can't find myself to care about CRon, really at all. I suppose he generally makes for pretty entertaining media, but I find myself yawning, and I'm just not interested in seeing him shirtless, or clothed either.

  12. striker says:

    ooOOooo I'm excited to see the new finest five, are you doing a complete shake up or just replacing someone on the list with Yohann?

  13. autumnmaple101 says:

    The Berbatov's cousin story was funny. Love the Yoann pic, well done Kickettes!! Lol about the Bale story..laughed my head off when I read it earlier in the week. About the Frank interview…sniff sniff. Touching and honest, I'd expect nothing less from Frank.

  14. aristeia says:

    OHAI YOANN. Yayyyyy he's in the 5! I'm all about that, oh yeahhhh. And I'd be fine after a cuddle too. Or… *cough*… anyway. Who's going Kickette? I hope not Xabi! :( I love The Ramos, but after 3 nose jobs, he deserves a timeout from the Finest 5! JT & Oscar? Cutest damn thing. Oscar is a little doll! Oh Frank. :( I can understand wanting to escape after a loss like that. Oh the Duck's heart has been broken?! D: She denied his proposal of marriage? If it didn't make me practically a pedophile, I'd… uh… comfort him. ;P

  15. Callie says:

    …does anyone else wish they were that kid who got hit by the ball?

  16. HoneyBee says:

    WOW Joann is a stunner-shore deserves to be there in F5 and it's about time we change it and make those hot players fight for their spot-for example nude in mud or better chocolate! And Blasi should have a spot there too-looking in fine form recently;-)

  17. Venice says:

    An update on the Finest Five! How exciting!

  18. carly says:

    This is too much information so I'll just stick to: aww Frankie :/ Hugs!

  19. FootballerChick43 - says:

    On Yoann Gourcuff, lucky kid. Wow, that was terrible.On David Beckham, hm.On the JT interview, that is officially the cutest thing I have ever seen. Ever.On C-Ron… no comment.On the Lampsy interview, I seriously started crying while reading that. Aw. Lampsy.On Pato and Stefany splitting, how old is she? Goodness.On Diego, thats funny.On the WAG ban… wow. If thats the case, remind me to train up my stink-eye for the next time I go see Fulham.On Danielle Lloyd, don't care really.On Maria Hristova (yes, I did copy and paste the name), well… when in Rome…

  20. Erin says:

    Gourcuff…cuddles…F5….Yes! Lovey Torres needs to be in there too. And Xabi must stay–have you seen that scruff lately??? Mmmmmnnnnnnn…. :)

  21. annarosetorres says:

    Put old Nando in the F.F. while your at it. ;) And awwww Pato. :(

  22. LizB (Mrs. Vucinic) says:

    Me too, floatingonair.

  23. Dani.Mrs José Manuel Reina (PLQ) says:

    YUMMM YOANN ! LOL at Bale and Berbas cousin!

  24. Pingu says:

    you ditched the Ramos and no fernando?? i’m scandalised.

  25. Becca says:

    The john tery interveiw! love it.. frank lampard the best playerr at chelseaa, yes yes yes. :)

  26. carly says:

    This is too much information so I’ll just stick to:

    aww Frankie :/ Hugs!