October 4th, 2010

Weekend Results: Record (And Leg) Breaking


Yes Andy, give yourself a round of applause. (Getty Images/Zimbio)

For many months now, we’ve been voicing our objections to the lack of commitment by some players to their responsibilities. There are simply too many footballers using base layers, results and/or ridiculous rules as an excuse to keep their shirts on and deprive us of our Monday Morning man meat fix.

Above, Andy Carroll puts his fellow players to shame by demonstrating how easy it is to fulfill the criteria of a Kickette lead photo. Note how the removal of the shirt and raised clapping hands results in enhanced abs and a subtle glimpse of a scrummy hip dip. How the slightly rueful expression on his face is uniquely placed to send women rushing to St James Park in order to comfort the boy/smear him in chocolate and molest him.

Come on, boys, it’s not difficult. Make a lady happy today.

And while you’re waiting, peeps, please avail yourself of the weekend results.


Although unbeaten in sixteen games in the EPL, Manchester United were disappointed (left) with their 0-0 away draw at Sunderland. They slip to third after rivals Manchester City beat Newcastle United 2-1, but the game was marred by Nigel De Jong’s challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa which resulted in a double leg break for the Newcastle midfielder. He will undergo surgery today. Reports that somewhere in Madrid, Xabi Alonso’s chest hairs are shaking and crying have not been formally confirmed. (Getty Images/Daylife)

On Sunday, Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in what was supposed to be the big game of the day. Goals from Drogba and Alex took the Blues four points clear at the top of the table, but attention was diverted from the result by Liverpool’s shock 2-1 defeat to Blackpool at Anfield. Roy Hodgson’s side now occupy a spot in the drop zone, problems compounded by yet another injury to Fernando Torres, who limped off with a groin injury ten minutes into the match. (Getty Images/Daylife)

In other news, there were wins for Everton, Stoke City and Spurs while West Ham’s 1-1 draw at home with Fulham leaves the Hammers languishing at the bottom of the table.

La Liga

Did someone say goal drought? Real Madrid finally responded to their critics (rumours that Jose Mourinho threatened a tanning lotion embargo remain unconfirmed too. Anyone would think we were making this stuff up) last night with a 6-1 home victory against Deportivo. Cristiano Ronaldo scored two, with other notable contributions from Mesut Ozil, Angel Di Mario and everyone’s favourite shelf booty boy, Gonzalo Higuain (left). (AP Photo/Daylife)

Barcelona failed to keep up the pressure with a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp against Mallorca leaving them fourth, while Valencia remain top after a fifth consecutive win, beating  Athletic Bilbao 2-1. Sevilla had a decent home victory against Atletico Madrid, winning 3-1. Diego Forlan failed to score or take his clothes off (left). (AFP/Getty Images/Daylife)

Serie A

Any Roma fans looking forward to an upturn in fortune after their midweek Champions League win will have been sorely disappointed by their side’s 2-0 defeat to Napoli on Saturday. Mainly because they are now languishing in nineteenth place. Udinese, who have saved Roma’s embarrassment so far by successfully avoiding victory, registered their first win of the season against Cesena via a last gasp goal by Mehdi Benatia. Udinese remain bottom, but only by a point.

Elsewhere, honours even between Inter Milan and Juventus, while Lazio take the top spot after beating Brescia 1-0.


Records breaking all over the shop in the Bundesliga this weekend as Mainz made it seven straight wins out of seven with a 4-2 win over TSG Hoffenheim. This equals the best ever start to a season in the league, currently held by Bayern Munich and Kaiserslautern.

Not to be left out, a 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund sees Bayern Munich make their worst start to the season for er… ever. Schalke’s 2-1 away defeat to Nuremberg sees Raul, Metzelder et al in seventeenth, while Stuttgart prop up the table after a 2-1 home defeat to tenth place Eintracht Frankfurt.

Ligue 1

Auxerre, who had failed to win any of their previous games so far this season, beat bottom of the table Arles 4-0 away to take them to a relatively respectable fourteenth in the table. Arles, who are anchored to the bottom of the table, now have the dubious honour of being the only team in all five of the top European leagues without a win.

The long awaited turnaround in fortune was also gladly received by Bordeaux, who beat Lorient 1-0, while Lyon consolidated on their midweek Champions League success with a 3- 2 away victory against Nancy.

Rennes are top of the table for the first time this season after a 3-1 win against Toulouse, with St Etienne bumped into second via a 1-1 draw with Marseille.

How was the footy for you this weekend, Kickettes? Do tell…

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165 Responses to “Weekend Results: Record (And Leg) Breaking”

  1. MsPodolski says:

    The Andy Carroll story is one of many reasons why I enjoy coming to this site…I love to LOL…and yes COME ON! boys show us your guns and other dangerous weapons..LOL

  2. GeorgiaJ says:

    Heey, its Angel Di Maria not Di MariO =)

  3. GeorgiaJ. says:

    Heey, its Angel Di Maria not Di MariO =)

  4. Bebo Ronaldo says:

    Am I the only one here getting sad that there’s not enough Ronaldo being mentioen??? :’(

  5. Kleon says:

    De Jong has been banned for national team for two matches (by his own team mates petition) or that's what I heard. I think he Must be banned from footbal ¬¬. He already break two legs, and he didn't even see a red card, lame. When is he going to pay for that, The day he brak a leg of one of his teammates?

  6. VS1986 says:

    Hala Madrid!!! Good job boys!!!

  7. littlegirl says:

    …si, era il Real Madrid… :(

  8. canederli says:

    HALA MADRID! Great game, sexy wet footballers, Ozil's first RM goal and that baby boy Juan Carlos. I could stand more games like that.

    What I don't want more of? de Jong and his thuggery. Glad he's off the Dutch team after that. Poor Hatem Ben Arfa.

  9. Emme says:

    Hala Madrid is all I can say! Sorry, but I couldn't resist! After all of these weeks of anguish…a downpour of goals! I could not be happier. This is just what needed to happen before the international break. Although it wasn't against a very tough opponent, three points is three points and I will take it! Di Maria's header was amazing & Oezil finally got his first and well-deserved goal! It was great to finally see so many smiles and so much man love, not to mention the wet kits. I am really hoping they can build on this. My fav new baby baller is definitely Juan Carlos & apparently I am a bad Madridista because I was not aware of Esteban Granero until yesterday & I am wondering why he hasn't popped up on Kickette yet??! I could go on and on, but I'll stop here. I really think happy times are finally in store for Real Madrid!

  10. Winnie Mata says:

    best weekend this season for me!

    relief washed over me like the rain washed the gel out of Ronnie's hair!
    i hope RM has FINALLY set the tone for the rest of the season!
    yay for Mesut and Pipita! :D yay for rain! yay for everyone! :)
    i feel slightly bad for Arsenal, i would prefer if teams i like didn't play one another,
    but i suppose that'll never happen, so i guess i'll deal with it.
    so all in all, i was content with that game.

  11. Winnie Mata says:

    if the performances we've seen as of late are anything to go by,
    i doubt Fernando's "injury" will make much of a difference for the NT, thank god.

  12. RONALIZA says:

    YAY,WOW, OH YEAH, ….etc. Ronaldo & RM have made my week..

  13. annbug says:

    Bordeaux won their match. Carasso is a gem.
    Lyon BARELY. I can't believe they let that equalizer in so quickly – very frustrating to watch BUT I am so glad to see Gourcuff slowly getting back into his old form again. LOVE the fact that he played a huge part in the first goal but hate how he was subbed out.
    Chelsea vs. Arsenal was SUCH a delight to watch but heart still hurts that we didn't win. Drogba REALLY worries me, but I was glad Anelka didn't make any goals. I still dislike him from the WC.
    Liverpool match was SO heartbreaking. I am avoid Liverpool news because I can't stand to bear what Torres must be going through. Poor guy and poor team.

    I am SO relieved for the international break and to see a new Les Bleus but I am quite sad about all the injuries on the Spain NT.

  14. Maria says:

    LOL, Xabi's chest hairs!

  15. cherryboomboom says:

    Devastated .
    Simply devastated .
    When I watched the Man city game , the only guy I was staring at the pitch was Ben Arfa, and then .. boom </3
    My heart broke , and worse .. the reff didn't even stop the game .
    De Jong you criminel . Hatem just started playing .. it's what his third game ? He scored against Everton and showed is skills and was ready to rock it agaisnt ManCity .. but 10 minutes later he is gone for 6 months .. and who knows if he will be back to his form ?
    This is a really huge tragedy for me ….
    And on top of that , chelsea beats Arsenal …
    Now that is one heck of a crappy week end ..

  16. @AgnesWonka says:

    RM game was amazing!! and Ronaldo played fantastically!
    Man.Utd's draw was rather dissapointing, but it is better than losing!
    Chelsea-Arsenal match was so s***!

  17. Suzanne says:

    OMG what a beautiful man!

  18. Maya says:

    Hala Madrid! I am so happy for my team, we finally scored lots of goals and played really well. Love Di Maria and Mesut. Poor Ben Arfa, De Jong is not doing any good to his already tarnished reputation.

    I hope all clubs in all the leagues get their players back from the international break with no injuries.

  19. C16 says:

    It was a GOOD weekend! Thank you Real Madrid!!!!! 6-1. Oh yeah!
    Lyon won too (finally). It was an exciting game.
    I really couldn't ask for more :D

  20. Zinny says:

    UGH, Barca lost, Madrid won, and Nando has a groin injury. Why have I still allowed myself to live?
    By the way, I reeeallly reaally feel for you Liverpool fans. Jesus, I can't even imagine.

  21. JVD says:

    ManU Tied. Barca Tied. Steelers (NFL) lost. Thank the Lord for that Pique video…

    When did my red devils become so tepid??? Why is it Barca seems to get cagey with mediocre teams??? I'm getting depressed all over again. I think this calls for Pique lip licking… or maybe the biscuit commercial.

  22. Pique_Xavi says:

    I'm really GLOOMY and if it weren't for that video of Piquelicious I would be tearing right now with all the bad news over the weekend. My team lost after 7 yrs of victories over this particular team. Ugh! Barca tied and I think they are down after all the injuries. Poor Xavi I bet he is mad at himself even though its not his fault. I wish him well soon. Barca didn't tied but and isn't a big "loss" however it does get me a little mad that Mourinho claims that their rivals give them the matches. Somehow my support for Barca grows with each passing day as it comes close to what my team has to go through when others accuse them of the same thing or of worse. Congrats to the winners though I'm not that bitter, lol. Oh gosh even that "lol" seems so fake. Looking forward to friday's match so I get to see me some spanish men even if my Xavi doesn't get to be there we will both be there in spirit.

  23. tammyv says:

    Hi Andy, welcome back to the pitch. I know it was only minutes but seriously….


    I want de Jung's blood not just him not getting national team call-ups. That kid gives reckless and malicious tackles a bad name. He really is becoming a disgrace to the game, that is said as someone who has Joey Barton at her club. Though oddly, Joey seems to have matured into a reasonable calming influence for the team. Bizarre

  24. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    Another thing i noticed this weekend is that it actually hurts me physically to see Xavi in the stands! It´s a crime against nature! That man is meant to play football!! (He looked pretty cute though :) )

    • Pique_Xavi says:

      I only saw the highlights do you know if there is video of that? Thank you. I'm already having Xaviwithdrawal symptoms :(

      • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

        No i´m sorry i don´t know. I watched the game on TV and now and then they showed Xavi and David Villa sitting next too each other. They looked soo good!

  25. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:


  26. senora ramos says:

    HALA MADRID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3 awesome results. 2 sad ones.So excited for Ozil getting his 1st goal. PIPA!!! love you sweetie, very glad you got on the score sheet. just a wonderful match. I don't care who it was, 5 goals is 5 goals. also, hello there ze castro. you were looking super cute. sorry for your own goal. and YEA juan carlos!!! most deserved debut!!
    the other two, well, i won't rub it in.
    sad for arsenal :( and america :(
    and wtf de jong. seriously. 1st stu, then xabi, and now this. how does he get away with this stuff?

    • Pique_Xavi says:

      Aaaaaaaaaw someone besides me mentions America. I felt so alone. As I said before I stand alone with almost everyone loving Chivas and that includes my entire family. Poor Ochoa…. I need to renew my passport to go have a one to one heart talk with my little Paco Memo.

      • senora ramos says:

        lol! memo is def why i am a supporter. but i'm coming to love the whole team as well. was really upset about the goal. vicious sun. i have to keep on the dl about my <3 for america b/c everyone i know is pachuca fans b/c of el gringo and herculez.

        • Pique_Xavi says:

          Well I go back with America then left football for a while and found myself that we've had this hottie for a keeper… and to top it he's good. Yes the sun was in his eyes and especially from his left side something America didn't take advantage of when Yosgart was on that side. No worries I'll keep you secret… *loooking to see if anyone is around, no one, its clear*… I have a little crush on Pachuca and it sucks they are our group. But they always have interested games always full of last minute drama. Oh my goodness I can't belleved I confessed ;)

        • thea says:

          Well done Ramos – but remember that you drew against Mallorca too – they must be improving like Valencia, which make liga even more exiting!

    • Leya_S says:

      i really wanted to put a thumbs down for your post bc I'm a Barca fan, but your comment has way too much spirit and i liked it too much. plus, i agreed with everything else.

  27. LuvinBale says:

    This week and weekend were just BEAUTIFUL!!! Spurs won during the week and then this weekend-Thank you football Gods!! You have heard my prayers.
    VdV was in fire- he was all over that pitch and Bale was amazing as ever! The big surprise lately has been Hutton. He has really started to become a force on the field. And Modric as usual is the silent play maker. He does so much work but does not reap the praise like others.
    Up next Fulham!!

    Come on you Spurs!!!

  28. DeeRoma says:

    Must I say it? Between yelling at the TV and throwing my hands in the air…I'm just glad this current week is the "International Week." I can't take another game like yesterday's. At least I salvaged my day hanging out with one of my best friends.

  29. manuela says:

    This weekend was incredible for me! Real Madrid win made me fly like a bird and it's the first time, this season, that I'm very satisfy with their performance! So keep going los blancos, to the first place, where we belong! We won, for the rest who cares! Hala Madrid!!!
    On the other side, although I'm not Lyon's supporter ( and I won't be ever) I'm glad that they finally managed to win! I'm saying that only because of Yoann, he played very well against Nancy! Just keep going, baby!

  30. ToffeeGirl17 says:

    First of many win for the seasons ladies. Although I have no confirmations if Cahill took his shirt off after the match for scoring the icing on the cake goal, I am sure he did. Finally starting to see the light! As for Liverpool, now you know how we feel! 26 years since a relegation position at all. I hope you come through ok because I like the banter that -decent- Everton and Liverpool fans can have amongst themselves.

    As for the whole Nigel De Jong thing, we wanted the same thing to happen to Kevin Nolan almost broke Anchiebe's leg last year. A shinguard saved him ladies and it was the last in the long line of offences. But it never happens.

    I think anybody who shows too much aggression should be nixed, full stop. They are ruining the sport and at times almost ruining young players' careers.


  31. poprockprincess says:

    I need wet Sergio Ramos pictures!!!! =)

  32. Stacey Marie says:

    I can't talk about Liverpool or Nando.

    I only have one thing to say HALA MADRID!!!!!!!!!

    • Summer says:

      You aren't the only person who can't talk about Liverpool or Nando at the moment… Speak about them is like to break the heart in million small pieces!!!

  33. blake2108 says:

    I've said it before how I love long haired men and Mr Carroll here is no exception. What a body too *drools*

    If you happen to be reading this, Andy, I'd very much like to have sex with you.

  34. littlegirl says:

    my "black-white heart" hoped in a win against Inter, but 0-0 is better than a defeat…
    and, i'm (again) sorry for all Liverpool fans, but Nando is so sweet when is a little bit sad…he makes you want to console him…(BarceLisa, this is your own fault !!!!!XD)

    • BarceLisa says:

      Nando suffered a groin strain eh?… from what i wonder? probably from all the "consoling" he has been recieving from Olalla.

    • Summer says:

      I also hoped in a win against Inter yesterday, and at one point I was sure that we could win… I hate Inter so much, but despite of everything they aren't the same boys like the last season (Diego Milito especially make me laugh so much, because he wasn't a champion like some people said, but only a "brocco" (this is an italian word to say that he isn't a good player).Ah, ah, ah :D ).. I also completely agree with you about Nando…

  35. Emme says:

    This whole situ of ballers not taking shirts off & wearing base layers has really got out of hand! When Marco is wearing base layers, you know it's bad. RM game – raining, all the players looking quite sexy drenched from the rain. This really would have been a perfect opportunity for The Ramos to get the abs out, but he didn't. Cristiano, Xabi, Higuian, that cute new baby baller: still had their kits on post-match. What is going on here? Has Mourihno issued an embargo on kit removal? Slight segue here, but I have mixed feelings about Totti's hair right now.

    • DeeRoma says:

      Amen on Marco and base layers. Fail.

    • MadridistaJenn says:

      You're right, the first thing they should have done post match is take off those wet kits–for health purposes and my enjoyment! Thank goodness those RM kits are a lovely transparent white!

      • Emme says:

        I completely agree with you! It is not good for your health to be walking around in a wet kit — we totally should have been there with warm towels to make sure they got dried off. We don't want any of our men to catch cold, now would we?

  36. Deanna says:

    Seriously De Jong should be banned for at least a year. I think if you break more than one player's leg in a calendar year thats cause for dismissal. (Stuart Holden, USA; Ben Arfa, Newcastle). Its a fluke normally, but with this guy? I still joke with people about what he did to Alonso, even though thats no laughing matter. He's reckless and ruining careers.
    Sorry for the rant, it could just be from the BAD weekend. Seriously, how did i get worse than last weekend? Arsenal, please PLEASE come back from this international break ready to kick some A. And Torres with Liverpool is just so sad as well. Then Xavi and Villa in the stands at the Barca game? Their faces said everything. At least Real was AWESOME.
    But sadly I had to go to my guilty pleasure… I hate de jong, but my Silva plays on the same team…. and Joe Hart is there as well. I didn't get to see Silva at ALL at WC so I am getting my fill with City and I can't help but smile every time they say his name and focus in on him.

    • diana says:

      De Jong should be a wrestler or something…..remember the Karate Kick on Xabi Alonso in the world cup finals?

  37. zztop says:

    decent home victory? Maybe for you Kickette but my Sevilla changed coaches 7 days ago and had been having such a miserable time lately that I cried buckets when they started scoring yesterday. And hottie Perotti scored a goal and an assist ( when is kickette going to notice him?) so I am very happy, blowing kisses at the screen and throwing him figurative roses.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      Go Sevilla!! I just wish Jesus will be fit soon. I miss his eyes…

      • @DebStimson says:

        Same here and I love his contribution to the team. I was glad to see the rest of the team step up in his absence. Any idea when he'll be back?

        But…I do feel badly for Forlan…poor guy been having a rough couple of games. By the way, Kickette, when are we going to see Antonio Reyes on here?

  38. Summer says:

    CHELSEA HAS WON AGAIN!!! The most marvellous news in this terrible week-end!! But with this thing I have forgotten all my problems, and all the problems of Liverpool (these of Liverpool only for a minute), but we have won against the Arsenal that I can't stand (I hate Arsenal less than Inter and City, but I hate Arsenal), and now we are first in the Premier with 4 points on City (I'm so disappoint because it hasn't lost yesterday) and this is one of the reasons of my happiness… But despite this I have to say that the things for Liverpool are going from worse to worst, I'm worried, disappointed, and angry with all of them.. It isn't possible to see every time the same awful team, they don't improve, they don't change, they only play worse than the time before…It's not possible. I think that one of the reasons is their manager. Roy Hogson is a total idiot, he hasn't ever won, something important with a team before, and he isn't able to train and to play the team, he isn't the right person for them, especially in this moment. The second reason is that Rafa Benitez, like Alex Ferguson says, and in this I completely agree with him, has ruined Liverpool in the last few years. The third reason is that if Fernando not come back, the exceptional striker who is, and for this he has to find the confidence which he has lost, they will never win…

    I'm also happy for RM because obviously it has won and the Barça….(AH, AH, AH :D ) and because I've found Xabi wet so sexy…A sexy man in the rain…Mmm..

  39. MadridistaJenn says:

    Wet t-shirt contest at the Bernabéu–that means it was a great weekend in Jenn-speak! The Real Madrid boys finally learned how to make great passes and Pipita and Özil’s goals were fantastic! Oh yeah, and their kits were all soaked and clingy….(*sigh*) Hala Madrid!
    Side note to anyone who saw it: What was that weird hand motion Cristiano was making after his goals?

  40. BarceLisa says:

    not a good weekend. All my teams failed to win and they played below their best (that includes Juve, Bayern and Ajax). To make matters worse, teams I dislike won and dominated their matches. Ugh this is gonna make me throw up in my mouth but here goes: congrats to Real Madrid and Chelsea. If these two somehow end up facing each other in the Champions League final, that will be one hell of a match, this coming from a Barca girl. As bad as my teams are doing, when I look at Liverpool I realise things could be worse. Poor Liverpool. Their not my team but I really do feel bad for them and their supporters. Chin up you Urchins.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      lol @ throwing up in your mouth! I know, girl!! But nooo, please God not those two in the final!!

      • thea says:

        Lisa you are hereby FORBIDDEN to even think of those two in the final – but I'll be Chelsea girl if that even happens, after HELL HAS FROZEN OVER.
        Liverpool brought there troubles on themselves…..I feel bad for the Manager having to clean up the mess Rafa left behind!

      • BarceLisa says:

        As a Barca girl, anything that has the potential to make Jose Mourinho squirm has to be a good thing. Facing his former club IN london to stop them from winning the one trophy he missed out on as Chelsea manager? Girl, I am PRAYING for a Real Madrid vs Chelsea final.

        • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

          Ok, i see your point. I must let that sink in for a moment…

          • thea says:

            I see it – I just don't like it, at this stage I only want to think of Barca on top of Europe again.

            • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

              Yes, me too, but i have a bad feeling. They´re not as stable as last season, are they. Gotta have faith!!

              • BarceLisa says:

                I don't expect Barca to perform miracles every match or win six trophies every year. To be honest, I feared this would happen after the team won all those trophies last two years. Once you have reached the top, the only other way to go is down unfortunately. The price of success.

                • thea says:

                  True – but that's the pessimistic view – whatever happens we raised the bar, then broke it. All future great team whether they be Chelsea, RM, whatever will have to judge themselves against the 9 trophy run of Pep's Barca!

  41. Rossanera says:

    Kickette! You forgot to mention Milan's win! Pirlo scored a SPECTACULAR goal!

    • jellenp says:

      A work of art that was. I could watch the video over and over.

      • Rossanera says:

        I know, it just made me so happy, that man is so unbelievably talented, and I feel that people tend to overlook the old guard sometimes. He's been the backbone of Milan since Maldini retired and he's so essential to the Italian NT … words can't express how much I adore this man. He's Italy's answer to Xavi Alonso … he just radiates class.

        Bonus: he's pretty handsome, don't you think?

        • littlegirl says:

          can i enter in this this cussion?i would disagree on Pirlo's beauty…great player,the most important for the italian NT, but please, not pretty handsome…
          it's the first time we aren't agree on a player's beauty, what happened?XD

        • Summer says:

          Sorry Rossanaera but this time I disagree with you and I completelt agree with Littlegirl… No one is like Xabi Alonso he's one of the most handsome midfielder in the world… Please forget Xabi to compare Pirlo's "beauty"…

          • littlegirl says:

            grazie del supporto!…comunque penso che abbia comparato pirlo e xabi come giocatori…compararli per bellezza sarebbe proprio da pazzi…

            • Summer says:

              Lo spero proprio, ma comunque credo sinceramente, nonostante Pirlo grazie alla sua bravura che certamente non discuto ci abbia fatto vincere il Mondiale quattro anni fa, credo che Xabi anche dal punto di vista tecnico come centrocampista sia nettamente migliore.. Tuttavia i due sono comunque incomparabili perché non ricoprono nemmeno lo stesso ruolo in campo, perché Pirlo è un regista, mentre Xabi è più un mediano di copertura anche se talvolta ricopre il ruolo di regista…Comunque sono d'accordo con te compararli per bellezza sarebbe proprio da pazzi e sarebbe una cosa che non accetterei io adoro Xabi ed è uno dei calciatori che mi piacciono di più e che ho scoperto grazie al solito Fernando!! Hai visto la Juve ieri? Secondo me meritavamo di vincere, alla faccia di quegli interisti di m***a!!

              • littlegirl says:

                la partita nn l'ho vista, è qualche anno che seguo il calcio solo tramite risultati…prima con papà le guardavo piu spesso, poi credo che abbiamo abbandonato quella sera di maggio in cui perdemmo la champions con il milan…però si, vincere ieri sarebbe stato il top!!!!!non vorrei parlare troppo presto ma pare che l'anno non sia cominciato male…spero di poter tornare ai vecchi tempi in cui la mia squadra era la piu forte di tutte!!!!!
                complimenti a te per la conoscenza calcistica…regista, mediano di copertura…per rimanere attiva su sto sito devo cominciare a studiare!!!!XD

          • Rossanera says:

            I wasn't talking about his looks as much as his personality/demeanour on the pitch/skill/leadership abilities. In those respects, he's like Xabi. Looks-wise, they're completely dissimilar, and the reason I adore Pirlo isn't because he's pretty.

            Does that make more sense?

            Also, no need to apologize for disagreeing!

            • Summer says:

              Yes, now I have understood, but despite of I respect so much Pirlo, because he's a good player, and was one of the player who have won the world cup four years ago for my Italy, in my opinion Xabi with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are the best midfielder in the world, and are the midfielders which I prefer…However sorry because I have misunderstood!!

              • Rossanera says:

                No worries! Your comments are very insightful! And it's so nice to see some Italian up here. I'm super excited for Friday! FORZA AZZURRI!

                • Summer says:

                  Thank you…I'm also excited for Friday, I'll see carefully the mach on Tv…Also FORZA AZZURRI!

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      He sure did!!

    • Summer says:

      I've seen it on Saturday and I completely agree with you, it was really SPECTACULAR… Ah, do you know that Pirlo comes from a small city near my town in Italy?

      • Rossanera says:

        You're Lombardian? That's cool. There's a lot of gli Azzurri who hail from tiny towns near where I'm from, too. VIVA NAPOLI !

        • Summer says:

          Yes I'm Lombardian… I can add that the Italy's manager is Cesare Prandelli and he also comes from near my town, more near than Pirlo's town…

    • DeeRoma says:

      I saw the You Tube….that goal was spectacularly beautiful.

      Highlight of my weekend [footy wise anyhow].

    • diana says:

      Amazing goal!
      Siriously Kickeette, not mentioning Milan's win!?
      Also Rossanera, with all the love and respect to Xavi,Pirlo is incomparable….while Xavi is a very good player, Pirlo is excellent and he is essential
      and he's super HOT :) )

      • Pique_Xavi says:

        So I was reading the comments and got confused because Rossanera wrote "Xavi Alonso" but his name is Xabi or are you talking about Xavi Hernandez. I of course have my favorite as you can tell by my screen name. Just wanted to make sure, lol. If anyone clarifies that for me I would appreciate it because I think Xavi Hernandez is also an essential part not only for Spain NT but for Barcelona. But before I loved Spain I fell in love with Italy football from back in '94 and of course with my man Roberto Baggio.

        • diana says:

          sorry, i was talking about Xabi Alonso :)
          i'm deeply in love with Xavi Hernandez and barca and also think Xavi Hernandez is essential for both barca and the NT

          • Pique_Xavi says:

            Ah so most likely everyone was talking about ginger beard man. I've noticed though that there were a lot of closet loving Xavi fans ha ha ha and now thanks to Kickette's "pick one for life" post I'm finding lots of competition :D

  42. Leá says:

    HALA MADRID! It's been a long time since I've felt such relief. I was worried that we were never going to score, and then the drought was over! Love Cris' celebration after the second goal.

    Felt terribly for Nando, but even another injury for him couldn't control the glee that I felt for RM's dominance and Barça's draw!

    Sorry, I just have to say it once more, Hala Madrid!!!

  43. Kristina says:

    Is it just me, or are there a buttload of leg breaks going on lately? Haven't there been three already this year? Is it always like this? I honestly didn't get into EPL until Fernando Torres came on the scene (I'd been more into world cup/euro type games) and when it comes to sports I followed baseball until Alex Rodriguez's big head ruined it for me, so the frequency with which guys seem to be going out with broken bones is genuinely amazing to me. Seriously, someone clue me in, because I…guess I want to know what I'm in for.

  44. DutchGooner89 says:

    So its the 3rd week straight where i am now depressed after an arsenal match—->Sunderland, West frickin Brom, and Chelsea…..We played great but without an end product, something Chelsea have in abundance! Grrr.

    Good on Bert van Maarwijk for chucking de Jong out of the dutch squad, his aggresion is OTT, and now look he broke another player's foot, i guess he hasnt learnt after the Holden leg break or the Karate chop on our baby (Xabi-*Wink*) he should take up Kick boxing it seems he excells in that fricking sport, leave football to people who actually know the game, we dont need any more leg breaks that could be preventable!!!!

    Now back to Arsenal since they have giving me such emotional stress, Arsenal should play there next match shirtless and in the rain to get me out of this depresion—–>with Cesc and RVP, Vermaelen as well as Ramsey in the squad leading the way lol.—–Hey don't judge me, a girl can dream can't she lol *wink*

    • DutchGooner89 says:

      Oh my giddy-giddy-gosh i was so wrapped up with my own depression about arsenal that i looked past this Andy Carrol picture, hellooooooo Andy you sexy thang.

  45. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    Awful! The only thing that lifted my heart a bit was Sevillas win, but that´s it.

    I am relieved though that de Jong has been kicked out of the dutch NT, so that i don´t have to fear for my fellow Swedes during the European Cup qualifier next week. He´s not a football-player, he´s a thug. Enough already!

  46. hereforthenando says:

    I want to break up with Liverpool. Our relationship has gotten to a terrible point.

    But obviously, I can't.

    That is all I have to say. I can't talk about the game, or where Liverpool is in the standings, or about Fernando's injury. It wouldn't be intelligible if I did anyway, because the new Kickette comments are automatically filtered to remove swear words.

  47. RedAne says:

    My highlights of the weekend:
    1) The glimpse of Santa Cruz after Tevez's goal!!! How sweet was it? I mean Tevez running to the bench to high-five with Roque? Awwwwwwwww…
    2) Sweet shirtless Andy!!! Sweet mother of the Shirtless!!!! What is that hip dip? Mmmmmmm…
    3) Berba's funny face!!! Do I need any more commenting on that? Hahahahaha… :)

  48. gin_in_teacups says:

    I am honestly trying to forget that the Liverpool match even happened. Quite a feat since I was there in person. I could've cried when poor Nando had to go off. I just feel so bad for him, and for the whole team in general. Some people really seem to be taking delight in what happening to the team right now. I highly highly doubt they'd actually go down, but I wish people would remember, while they're busy with their schadenfreude that it would be a very bad thing for the Premiereship and for the city of Liverpool for that to happen. And also, that if it could happen to Liverpool it could happen to the other big teams as well. It's such a terrible situation.

    Rant over, moving on. Whats that you say about Chelsea beating Arsenal. Lalala, I can't hear you. Thrilled for Rafa's two goals and Clint's brilliance. Anybody see that massive bump on the side of his face after he got hit? Holy Jesus Navas that thing looked like it hurt. Will bake you cookies and cuddle you Clint, should you need some love and affection.

    Luckily, Real Madrid kicked some serious booty and when I finally got home after my ridiculously long trip back from Liverpool, the lovely lovely news of our 6-1 win was waiting for me, to chase all my sadness away. HALA MADRID! And then to have Barca draw and Atleti lose, me and La Liga are getting along right now.

    • Leya_S says:

      1) Excellent use of the word schadenfreude
      2) I'm so sorry you had to see the Liverpool match in person: I was sad watching it in the safety of my home in NY ~3000 miles away, so I can only imagine how you felt being legitimately there to see it first hand. I'm a Gunners girl, but I still have faith that Liverpool will turn things around.
      3) I'm ignoring the end of your post on principle, but we can still be friends.

      • gin_in_teacups says:

        1) Thanks! I try :-)
        2) I'm actually glad I was there. It was sort of comforting in a way, to see so many fans all still loving the team no matter what. BTW where in NY are you from? I'm originally a Queens girl! And I was rooting for Arsenal (I usually do except when it's against us). On my train home someone asked about the match outcome and when someone said Chelsea 2-0 every single one of us let out this massive groan. Would've been funny except for the Chelsea winning part.
        3) Haha – I was thinking the exact same thing about your post downthread!

        • Leya_S says:

          Born and raised in Westchester County (lower Westchester, though, so I get on the last stop on the 5 train bc I live 1 minute from the Bronx)!
          Same for me and Liverpool, though: unless its against the Gunners, I root for them.
          Props to RM though…I only dislike them bc I'm a Barca fan, but I do like a lot of their players, and I was starting to feel a bit sorry for them and frustrating bout of low-scoring games (and I was definitely up for helping Sergio Ramos work out his frustration *wink*)!

          • DeeRoma says:

            I'm a Westchester girl too! How funny!

            • Leya_S says:

              Whoo! From where? I grew up in Pelham, but taxes are high so we moved to Mt. Vernon after my sis and I graduated from high school.
              P.S. Really really sorry Kickette for the unrelated chitchat!

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      lol @ "holy Jesus Navas"!! I´m gonna use that if it´s ok? So sorry for him btw, injured again.

      • gin_in_teacups says:

        Feel free. Personally, I hope it becomes a very in vogue expression. I know, poor baby. I do not like all these injuries to my NT boys.

    • Pique_Xavi says:

      "Lalala, I can't hear you." That made me laugh until I got to the part about Barca you had me in a smile, lol.

      • gin_in_teacups says:


        Awwww, sorry babe. I often find on here that I'm reading and loving someone's comments and then WHAM! they write something unsavory about my RM. If it helps, I really do quite like Pique and Xavi (I hope he gets fit again soon!)

        • Pique_Xavi says:

          Oh I totally get you. I'm a Barca supporter and sometimes the words I read in articles (not here) do hurt I admit it, but as a fan of Club America (Mexico) I understand the beef between RM and Barca fans. I'm like a Barca fan stuck in the middle of RM world which includes my family. I stand alone in the love for America. We gotta learn to deal with it but oh does it hurt sometimes especially when they start with kind world then add " but I'm glad they lost so bad' or stuff like that, lol. Oh yes, Pique & Xavi are why I love spanish football now. Of course I liked their beautiful faces first but then as I saw their performances I fell more in love.

    • @DebStimson says:

      Liverpool was painful to watch wasn't it? :{ Poor Fernando…tough year for him. Wonder if he'll play for Spain on the 8th? Hope so..and I hope he scores because I'm really get tired of some Liverpool "fans" calling him "shite" on his FB page. Some even telling him to go back to Spain. Hmmm…I'm sure they'd take him back in a heartbeat.

      Tough loss for Arsenal. They played so hard and never gave up. I bet it killed Cesc to have to watch instead of play. :(

      • @DebStimson says:


        Real Madrid…glad they scored lots of goals and bless DiMaria for giving Higuain a shot at goal. But why do I feel bad for teams that get blown out? :( Anyway, hopefully it will shut up the critics who've complained about RM's style of play and lack of goal scoring.

        Barca…definitely missed Xavi. They also really need a bigger target up front. Also, so many teams seemed to have learned that putting so many players behind the ball CAN stop Barca from a goal onslaught. Anyone know why Puyol and Busquests didn't play?

        Bayern Munich…rough start. looks like their coach is trying everything to get them back on track…even "sacrificing Oktoberfest for extra training". :0

        • gin_in_teacups says:

          I'm furious about the way people are acting about Torres. Of all the players who have been performing badly, I think he's the least to blame for his troubles. It's not his fault he's injured. If anything, he's been pushing himself to play despite not being match fit. I think he's been quite dedicated. Anyway, I heard he's not been called for Spain's next international matches. Him, Cesc and Xavi – KILLING me, since I'm seeing them play Scotland next week and I am a puddle of sadness that they're all out.

          • Pique_Xavi says:

            Cescy not going :( Well I learned that he was going to be a surprise for the Chelsea game then at the last minute was a no, but I thought he was included on that list. Poor guys they are probably blaming themselves. At least Puyi is going this time, he says he's feeling a lot better and doing his yoga & pilates helps :)

      • Leya_S says:

        Fern's out. :(
        I know wikipedia isn't infallible but 23 ppl have been named to the squad, and NOT among those names are Fernando, Xavi, Cesc, Albiol, and Jesus Navas, all thru injury, I believe. Also, baby Bojan isn't there but he's been called to the U-21 squad I think.

  49. Leya_S says:

    Yeah, so last weekend sucked, and this weekend was worse….wasn't sure it was possible.

    Saturdays Man. U tie was disappointing. I was hoping they'd lose (no offense to Man.U. supporters), and Sunderland, I thought looked particularly good against them. Come Sunday, I was so depressed by the end of the day: Gunners lost to Chelsea, even though they had SO many good chances. This was made worse by Man. City winning and taking advantage of the Gunners loss. Also, I think its time for Nigel de Jong to have his ass benched for more than the requisite 3 match ban. The man is seriously out of control! Then I have to see Fern limp off the field (although the stretching was quite enjoyable) and Liverpool drop into relegation status.

    Over in La Liga, I was happy for Angel and especially Higuain both scoring bc I love them, but I wasn't super thrilled that Real won their game…sorry, not just win, I mean, owned the crap out of Deportivo. Props to Deportivo for not giving up, though. Oh, plus it was raining and Sergio was fabulous so that part was good. However, RM's win compounded with a Barcelona tie and Xavi being injured and not playing…epic fail weekend.
    Hopefully a win from everyone's favorite SNT this week in Euro qualifiers will lift my spirits a bit.

  50. @mezz98 says:

    Real Madrid win made me squee like a little girl!

  51. maya says:

    Kickette, you forgot to mention that Carlos Bocanegra is now on Twitter!!!!!!!!!

    • RedAne says:

      is he? share with us, girl!!!!

    • Pique_Xavi says:

      It was posted on her twitter like on Friday or something like that. Always check the side pages under Twitter Talk next to that pic of the phone… I saw there and always has the latest pics of the ballers on twitter so you don't miss out if you don't check your twitter often. Hope I helped.

  52. Simone says:

    I was watching the Man city game and noticed the shirtless guy, I said to myself Kickette is not gonna miss this, thank you so much. I saw him as he was putting on his shirt . I said I need to see his picture on Monday

  53. Thea says:

    Awful for Barca – Brilliant for Blackpool, who of thought that Liverpool would be tipped to go down…….strange times indeed.

  54. Watching Manchester United is like death by a thousand cuts right now. Such mediocre performances are getting us nowhere fast. The only positive is that Rio and Vida look strong again together. However, Ipswich Town had a FANTASTIC win against Leeds United and are back up to fifth in the Championship table. *dance of joy*

    Ben Arfa's broken leg is just horrendous and De Jong should be ashamed of himself. Maybe it was a (barely) legal tackle, but it was completely reckless and he showed absolutely no remorse for what he did. Get well soon, Hatem.

  55. Caitlin says:

    Oh Fer…it just gets worse and worse, doesn't it? May have to take a break from footie as I can't stand to see him suffer anymore!
    All those comments on the internet and in the papers sure don't help! Imagine how horrible it must be if you are trying your hardest to restore your fitness and confidence, yet everything seems to be working against you and everybody critisises your performances!

    • Minnie C says:

      I agree. Seeing him injure himself over and over again while still trying his hardest to get his confidence back is so hard. Maybe he just needs to take a break for a while.

    • Leya_S says:

      On the plus side, though, the commentators of the games said that Fern had had his hand (or foot rather) in the last like 4 or 5 goals scored by Liverpool, whether he was scoring himself or assisting or helping orchestrate them. So barring any seriously down time from this groin injury, he could be on his way back, slowly but surely. Remember that there are still 31 games left in the season, so Liverpool can definitely still turn things around.

      • @DebStimson says:

        Exactly! Fernando has been instrumental in his teams goals this year. For some reason, some "fans" and the media don't see how important THAT is in a match too. Same comments were being made about Ronaldo.

        Anyway, Dirk Kuyt and his other teammates understand that they HAVE to get him the ball if they want him to score. Speaking of Dirk Kuyt, the more I watch him play/hear his comments, the more I like this guy. Seems like a class act.

  56. wow ok !!!!! i will totally be able to function regularly after this photo!!!!!!!!!!