Monday, April 27, 2009

Siesta Time!

Well I think this may be the end. My heart has gone out of the blogs and I'm not sure if I'm gonna continue with them or not. Why? Well Freddie is at Seattle Sounders who I just can't get into - just don't like the colour of their kit for a start. Smudge is always on the bench at Newcastle and there's just no news. Only Beckham is peaking my interest at the moment with him being at Milan so I may keep this one updated.

It's also a time thing and these days I feel like I am doing it just for the sake of it. The blogs are just getting stale without constant updating and as a result the number of visitors is falling and the comments and feedback have almost dried up.

So I'm taking a break. I'll just follow the guys myself. The blogs will stay up for a while if people still want to look around them until I decide what I'm gonna do.

Take care

Paul

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Friday, April 17, 2009

New Motorola Aura


David Beckham appears Terminator like in a new advert for the Motorola Aura mobile phone. Cool!



Making of....

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Match Report: England 2 - 1 Ukraine

England 2 - 1 Ukraine
World Cup 2010 Group 6 Qualification


England: James, Johnson , Ferdinand (Jagielka 88), Terry, Cole, Lennon (Beckham 57), Lampard, Barry , Gerrard, Rooney, Crouch (Wright-Phillips 79).
Subs Not Used: Foster, Lescott, Carrick, Agbonlahor.

Booked: Barry, Johnson, Beckham.
Goals: Crouch 29, Terry 85.

Ukraine: Pyatov, Yarmash, Mykhalyk , Chigrinsky, Shevchuk, Aliev, Slyusar (Kalinichenko 88), Tymoschuk, Valyaev (Nazarenko 61), Voronin (Shevchenko 55), Milevskiy.
Subs Not Used: Bogush, Kucher, Rusol, Seleznyov.

Booked: Mykhalyk.
Goals: Shevchenko 74.

Attendance: 87,548

Referee: Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Match Stats
 EnglandUkraine
Shots (on Goal)11 (4) 7 (4)
Fouls1216
Corner Kicks50
Offsides21
Time of Possession59%41%
Yellow Cards31
Red Cards00
Saves33

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Beckham reaches new caps landmark

David Beckham became England's most capped outfield player when he made his 109th international appearance in Saturday's friendly against Slovakia.

He came on as a half-time substitute at Wembley to surpass the previous record of 108 caps he shared with Bobby Moore.

Beckham, who became England's second-most capped player in the process, marked his achievement by setting up Wayne Rooney for England's second goal.

Only goalkeeper Peter Shilton, with 125, has made more England appearances.

"Obviously it is a very special occasion for myself, to reach this amount of caps and to be up there just above Bobby Moore," Beckham, who replaced Aaron Lennon, told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I am very proud of that, but the most important thing was the way we played and the performance we put in.

"Overall, it's a good night for myself but a better night for the team."

England warmed up for their World Cup qualifer with Ukraine on Wednesday by beating Slovakia 4-0 thanks to goals from Emile Heskey, Rooney (2) and Frank Lampard.

After Heskey had put the home side in front after just seven minutes, Rooney headed a second from Beckham's cross on 70 minutes.

"It's what I've done throughout my career," said Beckham, reflecting on his part in the goal. "If I get a chance, there's players like Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey or Peter Crouch on the end of it. If I can assist in that way, then great."

Rooney hailed Beckham's impact and praised his record-breaking feat.

"David has set me up for a few goals, so I have to thank him for that," said the Manchester United striker.

"It is a great achievement. All of the players are really pleased for him. You could see how much he is loved by everybody, the players and the fans."

England captain John Terry added his praise for Beckham, saying: "He comes on and always makes the difference - that is the quality he brings to the squad.

"David has determination and fight, and can go on forever. He has given the manager food for thought, that is for sure."

Beckham admitted he would prefer to be in Fabio Capello's team from the start but said he could still play a key role off the bench.

"Substitutes can be very important in the game. We saw that in 1999 with Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer," he said, harking back to Manchester United's spectacular win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

"Everybody wants to start for England. If I start, then I start, if I don't, then I'm part of a good team going forward.

"The target is just to play, be involved in every game possible. I have already said I'd love to play in another World Cup - or two - but we will have to wait and see. That is a long way away at the moment."

Beckham joined Serie A giants AC Milan on an extended loan from American outfit Los Angeles Galaxy in a bid to prolong his international career and improve his chances of making England's squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, will return to Major League Soccer in June for the second half of the season before rejoining Milan in November.

Source: BBCi

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Match Report: England 4 - 0 Slovakia

England 4 - 0 Slovakia
International Friendly


England: James (Foster 46), Johnson, Upson, Terry, Ashley Cole, Lennon (Beckham 46), Lampard, Barry, Gerrard (Downing 46), Heskey (Carlton Cole 15), Rooney, Carlton Cole (Crouch 34), Crouch (Carrick 74).
Subs Not Used: Green, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines.

Goals: Heskey 7, Rooney 70, Lampard 82, Rooney 90.

Slovakia: Senecky, Pekarik, Valachovic, Skrtel, Cech (Jendrisek 46), Sestak (Jakubko 72), Zabavnik, Karhan (Strba 83), Kozak (Sapara 62), Hamsik (Mintal 79), Vittek (Holosko 46).
Subs Not Used: Mucha, Cisovsky, Kratochvil, Dobrotka, Obzera, Kamenar.

Booked: Sapara.

Attendance: 85,512

Referee: Alain Hamer (LUX).

Match Stats
 EnglandSlovakia
Shots (on Goal)18(9)6(3)
Fouls513
Corner Kicks105
Offsides60
Time of Possession55%45%
Yellow Cards01
Red Cards00
Saves35

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Becks: 'I'll Act As Crazy Rooney's Minder'

David Beckham says he is ready to act as Wayne Rooney's minder to keep the fiery England striker out of trouble.

England coach Fabio Capello called Rooney a "crazy man" after the Manchester United star's petulant red card in their defeat against Fulham at the weekend.

Capello's joke hinted at concern that a lack of discipline could damage England's hopes of a successful World Cup campaign in South Africa next year.

Rooney has often struggled to control his temper with England and was sent off for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho in the 2006 quarter-final defeat against Portugal.

But Beckham knows from personal experience how the red mist can descend following his costly red card for kicking Diego Simeone in the 2002 World Cup defeat to Argentina.

He believes it is impossible to completely tame Rooney - and says his temper is part of his brilliance.

But he is keen to keep an eye on his England team-mate so he can avoid on-pitch explosions that could lead to more sendings off.

"If you take that side of him out of his game he becomes a different player and a different animal," Beckham said.

"There's no way you want to take that out of him. He knows it's not right.

"It's happened a few times with myself... as an experienced player you tend to notice those things more when you are a bit older.

"You see players' reactions and see what can happen next.

"I've seen it with some of the best players in the world. Look at (Zinedine) Zidane, you could see it in his eyes sometimes in games.

"You know what's going to happen. It's all about the passion, which is the biggest thing."

He added: "You can try to get to him in time as a team-mate, but some things are uncontrollable."

England are playing Slovakia in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday.

And Beckham will earn his 109th cap if he plays - making him the country's most-capped outfield player.

Source: Sky Sports

Beckham plays down England record

David Beckham says he is more interested in getting England to the 2010 World Cup than breaking Bobby Moore's appearance record.

Former captain Beckham will become England's most capped outfield player by winning his 109th cap if he plays in Saturday's friendly against Slovakia.

But the 33-year-old said: "It would be special but I would rather get the team to the World Cup than anything else.

"When I was on 94 caps I never expected to make 100."

With Arsenal winger Theo Walcott ruled out through injury and Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips struggling with an ankle problem, Beckham stands a good chance of figuring in coach Fabio Capello's plans for the friendly at Wembley as England prepare for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier with Ukraine.

Should he be chosen in the first XI it would be the 100th start of his England career, but it is a position he refuses to take for granted as just over two years ago his international career seemed over.

He added: "I didn't believe I would play for England once I was taken out of the team.

"When I was left out of the squad by [former coach] Steve McClaren I just allowed myself to be proud of the number of caps I had.

"As a young boy all I dreamed of was playing at Wembley and playing for my country, even if it was just the once.

"It was only when I got to 50 that I thought about reaching 100. But I definitely felt I would end up on 94."

Beckham's career has been revitalised by a loan move from Los Angeles Galaxy to AC Milan and it appears to have secured his short-term future in the squad.

If he stays fit throughout their World Cup qualification campaign - and the tournament itself should they qualify - he is in line to break Peter Shilton's all-time England record of 125 caps.

That landmark, though, is not something he is considering at the moment.

"Once we've qualified I need to stay fit and get in the squad," he said. "If that happens we will wait and see where I am on the caps front.

"If I break Shilton's record then great. If not we will have to see what the future holds."

Source: BBCi

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