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this is... odd.
How old is Martins these days? About 24?
I remember reading an interview with David James that said Kanu used to leave training in a wheelchair.
Apparently he showed up when he was "fifteen" a foot taller than the rest of the year, built like an outhouse and with a moderately impressive beard.
He was orphaned and therefore genuinely doesn't know for sure how old he is.
I remember when he was being raved about in our youth team and I think got 50 goals in a season at 14, thinking no way was he 14.
Both his parents were murdered in front of him in Nigeria when he was 11 and he was sent over to the UK as an orphan, he was adopted by a local family and Palace paid for his schooling at Whitgift.
Moses is was/is so polite and humble, seems far to nice to be a footballer, especially for Chelsea.
He probably isn't 100% sure of his DOB but he'll be at most a few months out.
Just pick one you like and go with it?
Somewhere in mid-June so it's half way to Christmas I'd go for (it already is anyway).
although I suspect that may be a marketing scam.
He has no idea when his birthday is, so just picked a totally arbitrary date that felt right
My girlfriend's mother admits to being a year older than her passport and birth certificate suggest because she failed her grammar school exam when she was 11, so they changed her documents and she reapplied a year as a slightly different student.
He's certainly not in the same league as Kanu who creaked his way around and routinely forgot his grandchildren's names even when he was '26'
They were showing Barca vs Valencia u16s, and whilst Valencia's team looked like a bunch of schoolchildren, Barca's entire team was a bunch of African blokes all the size of the proverbial outhouse.
It was like that bit at the start of Lord of the Rings where Sauron swots all the puny humans around
for that massive kid in CM for Barca if I ever see their youth games. He was unreal.
Best TV Channel of all time.
He was taller than Reading's captain (who is 5ft 11)
The happy world of Taribo
how much do you reckon he earned a week?
so three pasties a week?
No wonder they're in the shitters.
didn't they also employ Emile Mpenza on a stupidly high wage? I was present for one of his only goals for Argyle, in the 94th minute against Charlton (I was there to support Charlton).
Something like that anyway. Classic.
But I swear there was a player for Deportivo during the late 90's/early 00's who was said to be 40 but was closer to 50 if not older. I want to say Donato but it probably wasn't.
bbcs site has a horrible way of showing results
on the BBC Football home page?
as it is revealed he once sang live on stage with Toploader
"Sang" is a very generous assessment of the situation.
But what's everyone's opinions on this Di Canio stuff? I feel really sorry for him to be honest.
I don't think he's helped himself by refusing to explain or answer questions about the situation but, having said that, everything seems to get reduced to sensationalist headlines and soundbites anyway, so what's the point?
Pretty Nihilist way to look at things.
I mean, say what you like about the tenets of italian fascism dude, at least it's an ethos.
how many do you reckon you could do, in say 3 attempts?
I reckon 75 would be reasonable for me, given the right environment and footwear
maybe 20, tops.
in trainers, well...ongoing, really. a few hundred.
it's all about upspin, innit.
got to about 40 then got bored. good knees!
not multiple ones, anyway. same goes for headers. mix that shit up, maaaaan
Oxlade Chamberlain is insanely good at keepie uppies, Jenkinson not so much.
Ball control's never been a strength of mine.
i normally just try (and fail) at the maradonna 7 as my warm up. never really been into keepy-ups.
think my record is three hundred and...something. got bored and stopped.
'Because no-one is talking about him, it seems it is fun for him to criticise great players for people to know he exists. What does he know about Brazilian football? I don't remember having played against him in the national team.' :D
for a documentary on homophobia in the game and then bandy about the term 'ladyboy' as abuse. Makes you wonder what his motivation for appearing on that show was.
But he's such a fucking dickhead.
He seems to have inspired a new breed of copycat cunt as well which makes him even worse
And tweet *banging saturday night!* when all the fans are self harming in the pub cos we lost to our local rivals, or in the most important game in the club's recent history deciding he'd rather have a ruck
is a classic example of how old media has not caught up with new. If anyone cares what Joey's views are on anything, they can follow him on Twitter and get them from the horse's mouth. There is no need then for The Sun and The Guardian to inform their wider readership about his pearls of wisdom, because no-one who isn't following him cares what he has to say.
babayaro said he remember playing with him for Nigerian under 21's. Babayaro was 10 years older
Y'know, what with traveling to matches abroad and all that.
Sure we've all seen it, and heard all Gazza's tales, some of which will be true, but a few things stood out...
1) In hindsight, it's mad that Gazza was completely absent during the Premier League boom, eh? Imagine if he wouldn't have got injured and gone to Italy, that could have been pretty magic.
2) Didn't know that Spurs essentially shat themselves when he picked up that injury, and had previously agreed a fee of £8.5mm but in the end took £5m.
3) It's sort of said that the injury was the end of his career, really. It wasn't. I always thought he had little actual impact at Lazio, once you look past all the mental fan shit, but he was still pretty great for them. Think it was a steadier decline than people say.
4) " Do you have a message for the people of Norway?", "Fuck off, Norway"! Magic.
Looking back, mad. Brilliant, but mad.
up there with 'the impossible job' and 'club for a fiver'
"I wouldn't take it [the England job] now, no, not now, not in the future," said Redknapp. "That was my time, really, if I was going to get it. Last year, there were a lot of things that went against me surrounding that massive contractual clause."
Surely, if it came from that illiterate cunt.
Benfica v Newcastle - Benfica WIN
Chelsea v Rubin Kazan - Chelsea WIN
Fenerbahce v Lazio - DRAW
Tottenham v Basel - Tottenham WIN
Probably gonna watch Spurs, though that Benfica side's pretty tasty. Shame they're all 8pm kicks off like the Champions league why not stagger them?
The only worse one i've seen was at Fratton Park a couple of seasons ago. You really can't appreciate the movement of players off the ball or anything like that watching from almost a worms-eye view.
I've asked several times why it happens. I assume that Sky don't leave their cameras set up at every ground. Surely other companies can use the same gantries?
Some of the odds for Toon are huge tonight. I know Benfica should win as they're at home etc, but they're not going to HAMMER them, are they?
Benfica are unbeaten all season in the league.
They might not hammer them. I'd expect them to at least draw at SJP as well, and i think they'll win the compeition.
Newcastle have been utterly brilliant for 25 minutes. Sure, Benfica have had chances, but Newcastle have been top notch.
Don't agree that it's back to being level. If Newcastle can keep Benfica to 2-1, even 3-2, more than a decent chance with the away goal (though Benfica will probably score in the return leg).
Just hope they don't get thumped now, which they might. Has the Ajax v City sort of feel about it, where eventually technique wins out over brawn on the day.
such intensity in the opening half hour
he does a completely pointless 360 degree turn with the ball in the middle of the pitch.
seems like only six months ago we were saying he was the first name on the England teamsheet. well...i wasn't, obviously.
when lesser midfielders would just lay it back to a CB, though.
we've had a lovely bants-free day.
Feeling it in my bones
Basel's forward play, Spurs' defending, slow motion replays of Scott Parker's miss. More please.
but that was such an easy chance that he just skied. fast, though.
up in the brain part of my body.
Wasn't so sure about the strength of the last 16 of the Champions League, but we might well end up with the best four sides in Europe in the semis. Even City getting botty-rinsed by Madrid and Dortmund was pretty enjoyable.
The Europa League's just been brilliant. Purely brilliant. Can't quite put my finger on why it's improved. Crowds are still down, but the strength of sides has improved, and the involvement of some of the bigger English clubs this year and last seems to have piqued interest.
Some really entertaing games this season.
was watching Benfica/Newcastle.
(genuinely) hope it's not that serious. he's been brilliant this season.
Went right over on it.
Mohamed Salah taking the piss in Spurs' left back position for at least a minute, or Lewis Holtby sprinting 50 yards from Basel's touchline to knock it back to Friedel.
about halfway through when it starts to look like he's attempting to score a Playstation football-style deliberate own goal.
Nice tight control in the build up to his second.
under the right manager, at a club with a healthier atmosphere and better fans, honestly think he might flourish.
though Courtois will probably be the key to that one.
how much of his reputed £38 million (!!!!) release clause does new, improved Nemanja Matic look?
I caught a bit where he hilarious miskicked, not sure how representative of his game that is.
not one of the better peformers, but quite good.
i think a fair rule is to half release clauses.
as long as there were no doctor bants (please).
but i'd say that about virtually anyone in Benfica's midfield, most top club's midfields, or even half-a-dozen Premier League midfielders who they could realistically get (Sandro, Dembele, Fellaini, Pablo Hernandez, Cabaye, the lad at Wigan even).
sounds like Carrick's had a very good season, but we know he's never conistant over any good period of time. he's been there for what, eight years?, probably had two standout seasons, so whilst he's good now, and good enough now, will he be long term? could you build a midfield around him?
cleverly will grow into being a big player for United, i'm suure, but i think it's fair to say Anderson's not been good enough, Fletcher quite probably won't be back, Giggs and Scholes are nearing retirement, Powell's some way off, and Jones isn't going to be a United midfielder on an ongoing basis.
that said, top of the league, so obviously wholesale changes aren't needed, but to compete against the very best in Europe, yeah, it's the area Fergie probably needs to look at, isn't it?
Van Persie's tired because there's no one behind him giving him anything to build on. he's having to do all sorts of dropping deep to receive the ball or plucking punts out of the air in order to.make the attack all by himself.
we've had to rely on our natural width, but our wingers have been pretty rubbs of late.
got high hopes for Powell, but it's likely he'll be off on loan again.
Chelsea, Spurs and the like have overpowered us in the middle and it's going to carry on unless we reinforce.
one straight at Tim Krul when unmarked, one into the side netting when he should have headed it back across goal. Looked alright on the ball though.
Bit fucked off that we gifted them two goals, but then we've been doing that kind of stuff at the back all season. And a semi-final would probably be an unnecessary distraction from the more important business of not getting relegated.
Like a Bond villain or summat.