Future’s rosy for Jabulani in America

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A PINK version of the Loughborough University-designed Jabulani football will be used in professional matches in America by the likes of David Beckham and Thierry Henry to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The MLS league’s 16 clubs will be playing with pink balls during October, donating part of their matchday money, and decking out stadiums with pink paraphanelia from advertising boards to goalkeepers’ gloves to ballboys’ towels.
JoAnn Neale, executive vice president of MLS, said: “Breast cancer is a serious disease that affects both men and women.
“Major League Soccer is proud to collaborate with our clubs, players and corporate partners to raise awareness and support the fight against breast cancer.”

Mexican TV show to pair footballer Blanco with model

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MEXICAN footballing legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco is to star alongside Paraguayan superfan and model Larissa Riquelme in a new TV show.
The odd couple will star in an as-yet unnamed drama for Mexican TV, with Blanco playing the role of a firefighter and Riquelme, erm, also in the show.
Blanco, who will continue to play for Mexican second division side Irapuato as well as acting, said:”This is a big challenge for me, it’s a new stage (in my life).
“I know I’ll be criticised, people will make fun of me, but I don’t care, I’ll give it all my efforts and I know I’ll come through.”

Finding football fans for 5am

FOOTBALL fans are being asked to wrap up warm, fill a thermos with extra strong coffee and help a World Record attempt to play the longest football match ever.
Loughborough students are planning to play non-stop for a whopping 60 hours – but for the match to count towards the Guinness Book of Records, witnesses must be present throughout the game, running from 9am on October 22 through to 9pm on October 24.
Volunteer supporters will need to cheer the players on for four hour shifts – including stints from 1am-5am and 5am-9am.
Organiser Ricardo Braganza said: “Fancy helping us break the world record? We really need your help!
“We require a pair of witnesses to watch the match and fill in a logbook, so that Guinness World Records know that the match is legitimate.
“Witnesses must rotate, so you can do more than one shift during the match, but you can’t do two shifts in a row.”
To volunteer to help, visit their Facebook page.
Witnesses cannot be related to any of the players and also must be over 18 years old.

Wolves’ keeper is best in world

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WOLVES goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann may be yet to keep a clean sheet this season, and may be the number two choice for the USA, but he’s been ranked as the best goalie in the world.
The American has been placed above the likes of Edwin Van Der Sar (2), Jose Reina (4) and Huerelio Gomes (5) in the latest Castrol Rankings, which base themselves on statistics only and not opionion, and cover a rolling 12 month period.
Currently the best defender in the rankings is Spaniard Gerard Pique, Dutchman Arjen Robben tops the Midfielders, and Lionel Messi is the world’s best Striker.

Rugby star to sign football contract?

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ENGLAND international rugby player Danny Cipriani could be offered a football contract by MK Dons.
Should the fly-half’s proposed move to Australian side Melbourne Rebels fall through, the Dons – who have been allowing the egg-chaser to train with them to keep in shape – will step in and offer him a chance to change disciplines.
Manager Karl Robinson said: ‘It has been a great opportunity for our players to compare training methods with a world class athlete and for Danny to vary his own training programme.
‘It has been well documented that Danny was a talented footballer when he was younger and he has certainly held his own. His enthusiasm has been terrific.”

Swedish coach plays mind games

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SWEDEN are hoping for a dream result against the Netherlands in Euro 2012 qualifying – as coach Erik Hamren has been lying down on the job and managing his side in his sleep.
Hamren, who left Rosenborg to take over Sweden’s national side this month, said: “I’ve played this game in my head several times and I have to say, it’s gone very well for us – we’ve won it every time.
“Whether it’s football or your career or your love life, if you think you are going to succeed it makes it easier.
“You have to be realistic, but you also need to dream.”

Chelsea football nightclub

IF YOUR name’s on the transfer list, you’re not getting in…
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is planning to put the club into Chelsea FC – by building a swanky nightclub underneath Stamford Bridge.
The £20m complex features a £150,000 waterfall, and should be ready by December.
Reports quoted a club insider as saying: “It will be one of the hottest places to hang out in London when he’s finished with it.
“He doesn’t do things by halves.”
If anyone is reading this at Chelsea, Goaltastic would very much like an invite to the opening…

Goaltastic League Update – Gameweek 6

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RUFF Tuff Bluff Stuf maintains first place after this weekend’s relatively low-scoring matches – and like the Premier League’s big guns, some of the Goaltastic league’s best performers have seen their fortunes fail this week.
In fact, a new second placed team – my very own Ashletico – has leapfrogged sides such as Pugwash 11, Huge Tackle, Squeegee Men and Leeds Leeds Leeds to move into second and just six points from first place.
I hope to repeat this feat next week, if only to parade my smug face around this blog for a week or two, as I’m planning to do in the Echo office now I’m top of the work league.
Want to enter your team in the inaugural Goaltastic league?
To do so, put together a team for free here, and then join the competition by using the code 183-84.
Further League Updates will be blogged here throughout the season.

Arsene Wenger the mad professor

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ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger has been labelled a “key nutter” by rival boss Harry Redknapp.
Speaking over Wenger’s recent touchy feely touchline antics, the Spurs manager said: “It just shows you what happens in football.
“We can all remember when ArsÚne first came to England [in 1996 to manage Arsenal] – I remember reading articles saying he was like a professor watching the game and all the other nutters were jumping up and down, shouting and screaming. And that he wasn’t like these idiots, that he’s studying every move that’s going on on the pitch like chess.
“[In 2003-04] they never lost a game all season so it was OK – I could’ve sat there with a cigar.
“But suddenly when you start losing a few games it all changes, doesn’t it?
“Now he’s joined the nutters. In fact he’s one of the key nutters.”