June 8th, 2011

Midweek Results: A Sheer Thing

We don’t mean to alarm anyone, but those shorts Xabi is wearing appear to be almost see-through. Be still, our pounding libidos. Image: Getty Images.

Where would you be without Kickette’s eclectic reporting of this week’s friendly internationals and Euro 2012 qualifiers? Fully conversant with the subject matter, that’s where. And who the hell wants that?

EURO 2012 Qualifiers

What Finland’s Niklas Moisander (l) doesn’t understand as he seeks to protect team-mate Perparim Hetemaj (c) is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is perfectly manageable from this angle. It’s only when he approaches from behind with a twitchy foot that he becomes dangerous. Images: Getty Images/Daylife, AP Photo/Daylife.

Sweden continued their sneak attack on the Group D top spot with a 5-0 drubbing of Finland in Solna last night. Zlatan ‘Quick Feet’ Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick after coming on as sub during the game, and the Swedes are now a mere three points behind The Netherlands having both played six games. Finland are fourth.

Mesut Ozil scored a storming goal in Germany’s 3-1 defeat of Azerbaijan, and efforts from Mario Gomez and Andre Schurrle put the side on the brink of qualification. They top Group A by eleven points; their only threat being Turkey who ‘mathematically’ could catch them. Obviously we were too busy to attend math class at school, but according to our calculations, Turkey don’t stand a hope in hell’s chance of catching up. We reserve the right to sneak in and retrospectively delete that statement should we prove to be wrong.

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International Friendlies

Gamst Pedersen, you’re too kind.

Venuzuela are the latest side to experience the full horror of playing a rampant Spain team, but while 3-0 is usually considered a sound beating, we think this was probably a fairly decent result for the South Americans. Let’s face it, when you have the likes of David Villa, Pedro and Xabi Alonso (who all scored) on the pitch, you would count yourself fortunate to keep the scoreline in single figures.

Elsewhere, the delightfully abbed-up Morten Gamst Pedersen scored the only goal in Norway’s 1-0 victory over Lithuania, Australia drew 0-0 with Serbia and an understrength Republic of Ireland side beat Italy 2-0.

Right. We’re popping into the Kickette darkroom now to have a good old look at the er… transparencies from the Spain game. Keep yourselves busy, would you?

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49 Responses to “Midweek Results: A Sheer Thing”

  1. essjay says:

    I've just been staring at the first picture for the past 5 minutes…
    Faaaarrrrkkk, Alonso is sexy! He's got to be the one footballer that I have and always will be in love with.. Giggsie, Iker, Santa Cruz, they'll come and go. But Alonso. He'll always be there…
    And those seethrough shorts.. Nomnomnom…

    I should probably try and read/look at the rest of the article and photos, but I fear I'm going to just be staring at Alonso for the next hour or so…. Mmmmmmm…

  2. Marina_Isabella says:

    Oh man… the see-through shorts… YES!

  3. gourcufflover says:

    I watch them thru XBOX ESPN they keep them on so you can replay them for months JA!
    or Espn the channel.

  4. Marika says:

    There is something seriously wrong with me…. and I don`t even care to fight back…. Zlatan is pure sex and magic !!!!

    Congratulations Sverige, you are way better than our team !!! Our team played sooooo bad, as usual I might say. But Finland was better in hockey , I had to let it out of my mouth even if it means nothing to me.

    • Lotte says:

      lol, yeah we got some revenge there (Hockey means nothing to me either, but you get affected anyway). Sidenote: I'd like to see a shirtless Emir Bajrami here sometime…

  5. Kristine says:

    Actually, i found the spain venezuela game on tv last night. Total fluke, didnt know it was on. I was channel surfing and there it was. I was so psyched.

  6. chay says:

    Re zlatan, that's what i'm talking about! oh my god–how hot is he in that picture??? I would do anything to have him look at me like that, and i'm shorter than hetemaj!!!

    i have always loved xabi alonso–welcome to the i love xabi club! :-)

  7. Allia Larissa Borowski says:

    Nice try, but a wet white kit just isn't good enough— take it off, Xabi!

  8. chay says:

    you need to access foreign sites where they provide links to all matches

  9. but albanian is so much different from most other eastern european languages, It's not related to slavic at all, reay wondering how he would know that language

    • Lotte says:

      It's strange alright, but the guy he yelled (Hatemaj) told it himself. Maybe he just knows some dirt talk.

  10. eg4 says:

    I love how in the video of the Ozil goal he lifts up his shirt to wipe his face … shame it's from the back, but we still get a glimpse of his tasty little midsection. Love you, Avatar Eyes!

    • @DebStimson says:

      It looks like he's half expecting Pepe or Marcelo to come in for their flying leap after a goal. Poor kid looked a bit lost without the mobbing after a goal. ;)

  11. @mezz98 says:

    Aw, Bambi scored for Germany, and looked hella hot while doing so. They grow up so FAST!

  12. Lotte says:

    Apparently Zlatan was telling Hatemaj off…in Albanian. A guy of many tounges I see. Yes, yes I know it comes from his mum and dad, but still. Go Sweden!!

    And go Özil, my favourite madridista!

    I wonder if Xabi's shorts really are see through or if he just works harder than the others? Anyway, always nice to see, ehm, him.

  13. Zahara says:

    ayayay! xabi alonso, ibra, too hot to handle.

    yay spain!

  14. blitzenTO says:

    I didn't get to see the Spain/Venezuela game yesterday, but I may have to download it just for those shorts. Dayum! That is one fine looking man right there.

    But as a cule, I still cringe a bit when I see my Barca boys in white. I can't help it!

    Zlatan…stop being so sexy, you jerk! ;)

    Also, Faroe Islands beat Estonia 2-0 yesterday. Hooray for the little guy! :D

    • Lotte says:

      But white is good from the "see through"- perspective. And Zlatan is a sex god! Unfortunately.

      • MissEstonia says:

        Psh "Hooray for the little guy"? Estonia is little too! :O

        Random note, but I really miss the old Kickette. :( I never see the old regulars from years past posting on here anymore.

        • blitzenTO says:

          Hey, I have nothing against Estonia, but Faroe islands has a population of 45,000 (that's 45 thousand!) and still manages to field a half decent football team. That's pretty amazing.

        • Lotte says:

          lol, you're right, it is pretty small!

          And I miss it too sometimes. I'm not so regular myself, but I try.

        • Lotte says:

          Sorry, I didn't mean to offend Estonia either. I got that all wrong!

    • @mezz98 says:

      Um yeah. I'm supposed to be resisting Zlatan. Obviously, failing miserably.

    • MissEstonia says:

      lol I didn't get OFFENDED. :p I was just saying, it was kind of funny. But wow, Faroe Islands is way smaller than I thought! 45,000?!?! daaaang!

  15. Sarah, Madrid says:

    aww Alonso as captain, I loved Alonso free-kick, I hope he would take more next season with us. Love the bench and how Iker sat next to Ramos, loved him stretching on the side while waiting to be subbed ( yeah, I was really focusing on Iker :p). Villa goal was nice!
    I missed Germany and Ozil game :( , I heard he was amazing.

    Yeah, there were also Brazil vs Romania retirement game for R9 ( Brazilian Ronaldo), aww I really miss him he was such a sweet-heart and great talent, Adios Ronaldo! Phenomenon!

    • @DebStimson says:

      Ozi was good…but then when isn't he? ;) It really was a great goal.

      Villa…what a goal that was & so happy for Xabi!

      Saw the Brazil game. I guess someone forgot to tell the Romania goalie that it was Ronaldo's last freaking game! gaaahhh…let the man score! Legend!

  16. Kristine says:

    Its Xabi with a B.

  17. It’s Özil and Schürrle. Try it, it’s not even too hard to learn and doesn’t take extra classes.

  18. Sil says:

    Yesterday one of the international TTs (Twitter) was "Xavi Alonso". HELLOOOOO, as a culé girl, and future Mrs. Hernandez, I really think this kind of mistake should be punished by death! YOU DO NOT bring those two names together! Ever!

  19. Cris_7 says:

    Xavi's see-through shorts , the captain's band, zlatan's angry look , and mesut's floating hair ohh they are really turning me on!! way to go kickettes you raised my spirit after a week of finals :D Zlatan guurrrr …. ohhh god im crazy

  20. blake2108 says:

    Wow Morten!

    Always liked him

  21. Lilly says:

    Angry Zlatan, mmm….
    I need a cold shower.

  22. IrishBlue says:

    I have finally succumbed to the allure of Zlatan. I see it now, all of it…yess.

    Great result for us beating Italy 2-0 is quite an achievement, the future is hopefully bright me thinks :)

  23. Tee says:

    anyone else think that iniesta looks like landon donovan in lead pic?
    oh and xabi + armband + shorts = hello :)
    though i'd say hello to him under any circumstance
    in fact, i say it to my tv when he comes on :/

    • pepacandela says:

      Back during the 08 Euro, when he had more hair, I was always distracted by how much he looked like Landon Donovan.

  24. @BrittanyAFC says:

    Captain Xabi with see-through clothes? hello! :D

  25. owj says:

    xabi and villa look like they'r dancing.

  26. Red_Girl says:

    Are those shorts on Xabi going see-through? Delectable man – ding, dong.