Thursday, March 24, 2011

Good Day!

We've made it to Thursday of the International Week, thank God. It's like the Bermuda Triangle when real football simply disappears. And we've already got some injuries and the matches have yet to be played.

El-Hadji Diouf does not ride his bike to work...

Gareth Bale has a hamstring problem and won't feature against England on Saturday. There's no word on the extent of the problem but with a hamstring it could basically be two weeks or forever. Elsewhere Greatest Striker Alive Nicky Bendtner screwed up his ankle training with his Danish brothers.

Thankfully there is some fairly interesting stuff out there to help us pass the time.

The Big Interview from The Guardian is Yank Abroad and only pilot in the English Premier League Marcus Hahnemann. I knew he was working on getting his license and is a big heavy metal fan, but I didn't know he rides his bike to training every day. That's way cooler than pulling up to the ground in a Range Rover with pink highlights.

Never one to shy from the spotlight, Chad Ochocinco is currently working out with FC Kansas City in a (soon to fail) attempt to join Major League Soccer. I can understand the benefits from Chad's point of view but if I'm the gaffer in KC there's no way I allow that sort of distraction.

In far sadder news, a Port Vale player claims he was on the receiving end of some racist vitriol from his own fans. There's video of the classy fans in question in the relevant post below.

Elsewhere today, we've got a look at the rapid decline of Joe Cole's fortunes, a look back to Brazil in 1982 and a look at Germany's new wave of young talent that is beginning to emerge. Oh, and Qatar says they'll develop some fake clouds to keep things cool at World Cup 2022. Nice try, but I'm still not going. Unless I get a free jetpack with my match ticket...


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