July 25th, 2012

Midweek Results: Lovehearts & Lessons Learned

Gareth Bale shows the love after scoring v. LA Galaxy. Whaddya think of the neatly trimmed ‘do, Kickettes? Image: REUTERS/Danny Moloshok.

Two fights, 17 broken fingernails and one threat of eviction is all it took for us to bring you selected highlights from the pre-season friendlies.

We’re getting desperate for football if you can’t tell.

Toronto FC 1-1 Liverpool

Image: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images.

After a season in the hinterland of Ligue 1 (the yeti-like presence of Zlatan is only going to make the place more mystical and threatening, let’s be honest) Joe Cole’s thighs are safely back in his Liverpool shorts. He will be closer to Kickette’s UK battalion and therefore vulnerable to an entirely different type of attack, though. Boy can’t win, really.


Real Oviedo 1-5 Real Madrid

Image: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/GettyImages.

Gonzalo Higuain looked promising upfront in Real’s drubbing of the Segunda B side.

You’ve really missed our witty, incisive football commentary, haven’t you?


Ajax Cape Town 1-1 Man Utd

Image: Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images.

Alright. We’re prepared to reconsider our opinion of Manchester United’s new gingham range if Chicharito comes round to the office and explains the thinking behind it personally. Deal?


Juventus 1-0 AC Milan

Image: Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.

A storming precursor to the 2012/13 campaign for Martin Caceres, who was carried off the pitch with suspected knee ligament damage during Juve’s 1-0 TIM cup win over AC Milan. Send hugs and kisses, Kickettes! We want all our boys fit n’healthy for the new season!


Arsenal 2-1 Malaysia XI

The mystical power of Arsenal’s new gloom kit is working, Kickettes! They beat a Malaysia XI with two late goals, despite said kit clashing rather unpleasantly with Ryo Miyachi’s ‘solar red’ Nike booties.


AS Roma 4-0 Zaglebie Lubin

Image: David Banks/Getty Images.

Chicago’s Wrigley Field manage to withstand not only a rampant Roma, but the colossal impact of pretty that is Bojan and Erik Lamela hugging.


Aston Villa 2-2 Portland Timbers (5-4 on pens)

Image: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images.

Stephen Ireland contemplated the decor at Jeld-Wen Field and concluded it’s not sparkly enough. But what it lacked in metallics was made up for by the Timbers Army. We’re well chuffed to have experienced it for ourselves with the Nike peeps and Tom Hanks last night!


Ah, that’s better. Now, off to the beautician for a group mani before tonight’s MLS All-Star game in Philly!

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11 Responses to “Midweek Results: Lovehearts & Lessons Learned”

  1. just_jenni says:

    Gareth's hair is great. But I love his blue eyes. *sigh*
    Bo and Erik Lamela are luscious together. In fact, there is so much pretty on that Roma team that I always lose track of the match while I'm watching them. ;)

  2. Nayet21 says:

    Soooo happy to see Higuain again… I like him very much :)

  3. blake2108 says:

    First time in my life I was not happy seeing Gareth Bale play. I'd got a ticket to see Team GB, pretty much just to see him (and Becks). So much for him being injured.

    • mata says:

      There's a big difference between playing a pre-season friendly to get back to full fitness after an injury, when you can come off the pitch anytime you need to, and playing in a competitive competition. I don't think he wanted to be left out of the Olympics.

      That said I wouldn't blame him if he had wanted out, after the fuss the Welsh FA made last year and threatening to ban Welsh players from playing on the national team if they played for Team GB, and the way some of the fans carried on. I feel sorry for him; he was going to be criticized no matter what he did, and then of course that ninny Sepp Blatter getting involved when it's none of his business at all.

      • blake2108 says:

        He made a big deal about wanting to play in the Olympics though. Wore the shirt even, so it baffles me as to why he wouldn't want to go all of a sudden. This was likely to have been his only chance of an international tournament as well. Nothing has stopped the other Welsh players there. The issue's not just with him obviously, it's with Spurs and Pearce and co at Team GB. I assume they didn't bother to assess Bale themselves, they may have realised he'd have been fit to participate otherwise.

        Spurs shouldn't have played him so soon. Another week and they and Bale would have got away with it but now all parties look foolish for what's happened.

        Sepp Blatter, I feel, was talking sense for once. I felt Spurs/Bale should have been punished. Unfortunately people don't take the Olympics seriously, so they've got away with it, but as a fan really looking forward to see Bale at these Olympic Games I can't help but feel mugged off at him being fit to play for his club at the moment.

  4. Krystal says:

    Gareth's hair is soooo not okay. This is not who I fell in love with.

    Meanwhile, I was very very very close to his backside when he took a throw-in last night. And by very close, I mean finally in the same country and 15 rows away.

  5. Agnes Wonka says:

    I'm a great Man.Utd fan, but I just don't like the new kit. It looks like a table cloth :S

  6. Cella.xx says:

    Chicharito & Higuain my day is perfect now!!

  7. Jayy says:

    I have to say, my LFC boys look lovely in their new kit :D in my opinion (obviously bias-free), its the best kit design I've seen so far ;)
    Girls I have sorely missed your witty comments – I laughed at the Higuain one for 5 whole mins :P

  8. Miss XOXO says:

    Gareth Bale so lovely…;-)))

  9. IrishBlue says:

    Gareth can show me the love anytime, oof.

    The new United kit kinda reminds me of pyjamas, which I didn't like until I seen Chicharito in it. Oh how I've missed him!