Goaltastic Fantasy Football League – Gameweek Six

VZ VAMPIRES sunk their teeth into top spot last week, and after a relatively muted gameweek they’re still sitting pretty at the top of the Goaltastic Fantasy Football League.
A score of 64 is enough to shoot Stooshermadness FC up to second spot, while other climbers in the top 10 include St Hatrick’s (6), Sven You’re Smiling (8) and Kirk United (9).
In other news Ashletico, my very own squad, has climbed into 12th position.
The gameweek’s top score came from Drunken Hattrick, whose 68 pointer saw a rise to 38th place.

Player adds injury to insult

WHAT’S worse than losing 3-0 to your former club at half-time?
Injuring yourself punching a wall in frustration, that’s what.
Luton Town midfielder Alex Lawless did just that during their recent match with York – meaning he couldn’t take to the field for the second half as he had broken his own hand.
And just for good measure, Lawless has also been disciplined by Luton for the incident.
Manager Gary Brabin said: “I can understand the frustration, but his act has now cost us for the next month or so.”

Arsenal were dancing on thin ice

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ARSENAL’S stuttering stars have credited their upturn in fortune on a togetherness forged on the heat of the dancefloor.
Striker Robin van Persie – who scored a brace in a 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers – revealed the unlikely source of team bonding in an interview.
He says the sense of team spirit is due to a midweek boogie after a team meal to celebrate edging past minnows Shrewsbury in the League Cup.
He said: “That win on Tuesday was really important and helps us going into the Bolton game.
“We had a really good team dinner on Wednesday evening as well, and that’s great for the team atmosphere too.
“Most guys were dancing and everyone really enjoyed it.”

Loughborough hopes for Team GB footballers

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SUPERSTAR footballers representing the Great Britain Olympic team, possibly including household names such as David Beckham and Gareth Bale, could be headed for Loughborough.
It has been revealed that despite playing across the country, Team GB footballers will spend at least some of next summer’s London 2012 Games staying in the Olympic Village – leading to hopes they will also take part in the preperation camp in the town.
The Football Association, who have been appointed to oversee the teams by the British Olympic Association, told the Echo it will not make a formal announcement on Olympic preperations until it has appointed coaches for the men’s and women’s teams – believed to be Stuart Pearce and Hope Powell – in the coming weeks.

African Nations mascot is unveiled

GOALTASTIC loves a mascot.
So we naturally have gone ape over the news that the official mascot of the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations was unveiled at a ceremony in Libreville, Gabon, last week.
The mascot, a gorilla named GaGuie, wears a green, white and blue jersey to represent the national colours of the co-hosts, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
CAF Honorary Vice President, General Seyi Memene, said: “We can say that the 2012 Orange Africa cup of Nations is no longer a dream but a reality.
“We are proud and we congratulate the two heads of state for their participation in the event.”
The final tournament will be held from January 21-February 12, 2012.

Shameless self-promotion by Valencia

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IN LIEU of a shirt sponsor as they press ahead with the Spanish season, Valencia took to the field against Barcelona with their Twitter name on their shirts.
As they club is yet to secure a shirt sponsor, their players instead drew 2-2 with Barca with their @valenciacf tag across their chests.
Shameless, just shameless.
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Unruly Turkish clubs told women and children only

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AFTER trouble with fans, two Turkish clubs were ordered to play in front of a crowd of women and children.
Under new regulations imposed by the Turkish FA, instead of playing out matches in empty stadiums men aged over 12 are banned if crowd trouble occurs.
And after Fenerbache fans stormed the pitch during their European match with Shaktar Donetsk, their tie with Besiktas became the first to have a women and children-only crowd.
A total of 41,000 took up the free tickets for yesterday’s match.
Fenerbache board member Yasemin Mercil said: “This really is a historic day.”