February 2nd, 2009
Good Week/ Bad Week: Cuddles, Cousins and Candids
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!
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’.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.