Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mario Balotelli involved in an accident on his way to City's Carrington training ground

Audi do that? This is the crumpled wreckage of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli's £120,000 supercar.

The £24million signing from Inter Milan was at the wheel of his customised Audi R8 on the way to City's Carrington training ground yesterday morning when it was involved in a collision with a BMW.

Police were called to the scene of the accident on the A56 Chester Road and the Italian was questioned before being picked up in a club Mercedes.

Balotelli is out of today's Premier League clash at Sunderland with a knee injury - not caused by yesterday's accident.

A City spokesman said: "The club can confirm there was an incident this morning near the training ground. Mario crashed his Audi into a BMW but, thankfully, emerged unhurt.

"He was able to train as normal and no police charges have been brought against any party."

Balotelli made an impressive goalscoring debut in City's 1-0 Europa League play-off first leg win in Timisoara but the wheels appear to have come off since then. He needed a scan to ascertain whether he damaged his knee cartilage during that match.

And yesterday's accident has left him without his cherished motor left-hand drive which he had imported from Italy.

Chantelle hates footballers after dumping love-rat Defoe. Learn why.

No wonder Chantelle Houghton has been tearful - she ditched love-rat footie star Jermain Defoe just a fortnight before Big Brother... after discovering he was cheating on her.

The blonde babe, 27, had secretly rekindled her romance with the England and Spurs star, only to have her heart broken.

Now she has vowed never to date a footballer again.

A pal said: "Chantelle's second relationship with Jermain was short-lived but she was left in pieces.

"On top of that, she's also having to live with her ex-husband Preston in the BB house." Chantelle and Defoe, both 27, first got together in November 2008 but split six months later over her fears he might cheat on her.

Then he texted her during this year's World Cup and she agreed to see him when he got back.

They enjoyed a string of dates but a friend told her Defoe had been seeing his on/off girlfriend Roxy Townsend, 22, as he texted her from South Africa. They even went on a post-World Cup holiday.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gary Lineker puts son's exam woes behind him on sunshine break with wife Danielle

He's not had the best of weeks after his son George failed to get into university - but Gary Lineker's managed to get away from it all with a sunshine break.

The Match Of The Day presenter has flown to Italy's Amalfi coast with wife Danielle, 31, youngest son Angus, 12, and Danielle's daughter, eight-year-old Ella.

They're staying in the picturesque town of Ravello where they got married a year ago - and the former England footballer and the lingerie model look just as loved up as they did back then.

Gary, 49, and family wasted no time after their arrival and immediately got on board a boat to cruise in the Mediterranean and soak up the sun.

Lineker’s second son Harry, 16, middle son Tobias, 14, and George, 18, presumably stayed at home.

In George's case, perhaps he's busy studying in a bid to resit his exams.

He missed the three B grades he needed to read business at Manchester University - and blamed his results on his £25,000-a-year public school Charterhouse.

Father Gary, who is divorced from Michelle, the mother of his four sons, also claimed that Charterhouse had used George as a ‘guinea pig’ after it brought in an alternative to the A-level system known as the Cambridge Pre-U in 2008.

George’s year was the first to sit the new exams.

He said: ‘We don’t know what’s going on with George at the moment. He did the Pre-U and they seem to have been marked much harder than the A-level papers.

‘It’s all a bit frustrating, as it is the first year the Pre-U exams have been used, so George has been used as a guinea pig.

However, in the past six months, George has often been seen stumbling out of London nightclubs in the early hours looking the worse for wear.

He also flew out on a week-long holiday to Tenerife weeks before his exams and enjoyed a fling with glamour model and ex-Big Brother contestant Sophie Reade, 22.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Peter Crouch tried to bed another gal while Abbey was beside him. This guy is a FREAK!

Big Brother beauty Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace has claimed soccer love rat Peter Crouch tried to bed her under girlfriend Abbey Clancy's nose.

And Abbey was so furious when she caught the pair together, she threw a Bottle at the Spurs star's head.

Aisleyne, 31, said the bust-up happened at a Chelsea club where Crouch, 29, was celebrating his birthday with Abbey, 24, and pals.

Aisleyne - in Big Brother in 2006 - told Reveal magazine he came over without Abbey and suggested they sit in a booth together.

She said: "He asked, 'Can I take you to dinner? Do you want to come to my house? Can I have your phone number?'

"I was completely gobsmacked. I couldn't believe he had the audacity to come on to me while with his girlfriend."

"I said to him, 'You've got a girlfriend'. Peter said, 'Yeah, that doesn't mean I'm happy though, does it?"

Aisleyne, who claimed the incident happened two years ago, said Abbey then appeared and told Crouch: "Pete, I hate you! What the f*** are you doing?"

The BB star told Abbey nothing was going on, to which she replied: "Shut up, they all f***ing say that." Then she hurled a bottle.

This month it was revealed Crouch paid £800 for sex with hooker Monica Mint, 19.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cristiano Ronaldo cheats on Russian lover by bombarding undies model with texts

Cristiano Ronaldo has been bombarding Page 3 model Rhian Sugden with texts behind Russian lover Irina Shayk's back.

The Portugeezer, with undies model Irina since May, has texted the glamour girl almost every day since they met... in April.

A pal said of the pair: "They get on great. Rhian thinks he's a genuine, funny guy. He got her number in a Manchester restaurant. He started calling and texting straight away."

Ronaldo can dribble a ball like no one else. But he probably can't weave his way out of this.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Gerrard's wife, Alex Curran can't stop looking at a hunky young man wearing skimpy swimming trunks!

AS a footballer's wife, she knows a thing or two about dubious fashion trends.
But even Alex Curran couldn't help but resist doing a double take on this occasion.

Miss Curran, who is married to Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard, looked a little perplexed after being confronted with a fellow holiday-maker wearing the skimpiest pair of swimming trunks.

Her husband remained in Liverpool to prepare for Liverpool's match against Turkish side Trabzonspor last night.

It was during an outing to the beach that Curran spotted the hunky young man, whose attire left little to the imagination.

Such swimwear, which have also been labelled 'budgie smugglers' have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity after Daniel Craig wore a similar pair in James Bond film casino Royale, in 2006.

Curran's trip to Spain is the latest of numerous holidays already this year. They appeared happy and relaxed together during their holiday last month, despite recent internet rumours their marriage was under strain.

The WAG has been doing her bit in a bid to keep in shape too, having gone on a special diet and exercise regime over the past few months.

She said recently: 'I was trying to go to the gym as much as possible before the break to get in shape for the beach but I still feel a bit wobbly, which I’m devastated about.

'Although as soon as we arrived, we relaxed and started pigging out! We’ve had a few barbecues and we’ve been out for a few meals.'

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The arrival of another stunning WAG to the city of Manchester..Welcome Melissa Castagnoli

Is Mario Balotelli's girlfriend now the fittest WAG in England?

Abbey Clancy and Carly Cole might find their cute noses put out of joint by the arrival of Italian hottie Melissa Castagnoli.

The Miss Italy finalist popped out for dinner on Sunday with her fella, Man City's new £22.5million striker.

They clearly fancied a taste of home as they went to San Carlo, Manchester's top Italian eaterie.

No doubt she'll soon be getting familiar with those other essential WAG destinations - clothes boutiques, hair salons and tanning booths.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Martin Palermo blasts Messi for having no leadership qualities!

Boca Juniors star Martin Palermo has taken aim at Argentina teammate Lionel Messi.
Palermo is unimpressed by the Barcelona superstar's leadership qualities.
"Messi is no Maradona," said Palermo. "For me, Messi does not have the mentality of Maradona. He's not ready for responsibility.
"He's not able to assume the role of conductor, because he is accustomed at Barcelona of having a system created for him.
"He doesn't have the life experience needed for leadership. He's been with Barcelona since he was 12 years of age. Do you know what Diego was doing at the same age?"

Oops..Sami Khedira incurs wrath of president Florentino..He won't last long at Real for sure!

Real Madrid signing Sami Khedira has already run into hot water with president Florentino Perez.
Bild says after Real's friendly at Bayern Munich, Florentino was angered seeing Khedira walk past autograph hunters on his way to the team bus.
Florentino immediately boarded the bus and ordered Khedira to step off and speak to and sign autographs with fans. 
He was so infuriated that he told the German midfielder: "If the president asks you to do something, do you understand what you have to do?!!"
Florentino is determined for Real's players not to become detached from the fans, hence he is encouraging them to mingle more with waiting supporters before and after games.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Holey Fashion! Alex Gerrard spotted with odd and weird style!

Presumably, the perennially glamorous Alex Gerrard is rather too image conscious to be seen in public wearing ripped leggings, unless, of course, the look was intentional.

The WAG sported the odd style as she left the hairdressers in Liverpool yesterday, with holes in both knees of her jogging pants.

She teamed them with a top from Sienna Miller's Twenty8Twelve collection, a pricey Hermes Birkin bag and Converse trainers.

Holey knees are not exactly at the fashion forefront at the moment, but there is every chance that the 27-year-old could be attempting to start a new trend.

The mother of two emerged from the salon with her mane having being finely coiffed and curled at the bottom.

However she was caught out by a gust of blustery wind, which played havoc with her tresses as she made a dash for her car.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Abbey Clancy to forgive Peter Crouch! Luckiest guy in the world right now..

Cheated Abbey Clancy will forgive love rat fiancé Peter Crouch following a heart-to-heart with her mum, pals claimed last night.

The Sun told yesterday how Abbey, 24, flew to see her mother Karen in Majorca after Crouch's fling with an Algerian hooker was revealed.

Karen has been counselling her distraught daughter for 48 hours. Abbey admitted she still loves Crouch, 29 - and wants him back.

One of her pals said: "This is a real battle between her heart and her head. Her head is saying leave him but in her heart she wants to stay with him.

"She's a very emotional person so it looks like her heart will win. If she does, he has to be the luckiest man on the planet."

But Abbey is worried hooker Monica Mint, 19, who Crouch bedded during a stag do in Madrid last month, may have further revelations.

Abbey is due to fly back home by Sunday. Crouch looked teed off yesterday during a round of golf at the posh Wentworth course in Virginia Water, Surrey.

Hello capello, Why choose inexperience backup GK when you still have Steve Harper!

Scott Loach may have been called up for the England squad but Opta's analysis of his Watford form last term suggests he still has much to learn.

The Hornets youngster will be on the bench when Joe Hart keeps goal against Hungary at Wembley with Blackburn rookie Frank Fielding also promoted as cover by Fabio Capello.

The Italian lost Paul Robinson and Ben Foster through international retirement and injury and appears to have moved on from World Cup performers David James and Rob Green.

Loach has been a target for the Premier League big guns - Tottenham tried to sign him on the last day of the winter transfer window - and is clearly one to watch.

However, Opta's table based on last season's Championship sees him well behind a number of other English contenders.

Top man was Newcastle's Steve Harper, who will be the Magpies' number one at Old Trafford when they kick off their top-flight campaign on Monday night.

Somerset-born Chris Weale of Leicester, 28, may also feel he's been overlooked.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Top 10 managers of the World Cup 2010. Vincente del Bosque is not at No.1

Sometimes in-depth tactical analysis can overcomplicate the fairly basic job of a manager – to get the best out of his players. Here are the ten managers who did that well at this World Cup.

10. Takeshi Okada, Japan

The allegation before the tournament was that Okada was failing to get the best out of a decent bunch of players, but a late switch in tactics meant Japan were reasonably impressive in their advance to the second round. 

The surprise use of Keshuke Honda upfront was inspired, and Honda received plenty of support from four midfield runners in a formation that was rigid defensively and fluid upfront. The second round game against Paraguay was awful, but it was the first time Japan had got to that stage on foreign soil.

9. Carlos Alberto Parreira, South Africa

South Africa were written off before the tournament as no-hopers, but Parreira’s job in a relatively short space of time should be respected; when he took over last October, they’d lost their last five games. Under his reign, they were unbeaten in 13 coming into the tournament. They led against Mexico, only capitulated in the final minutes against Uruguay when down to ten men, and they recorded a memorable, if futile, victory over France in the final group game. Not qualifying was regarded as a failure in South Africa, but Parreira did well to even give them a chance.

8. Gerardo Martino, Paraguay

What will you remember about Paraguay’s World Cup in six months’ time? Probably very little, but Paraguayans will remember it forever – the first time in their history they had reached the quarter-final stage. And when they got there, they gave Spain a fright – only going behind the final ten minutes, having missed a penalty. Their 4-4-2 / 4-3-3 hybrid was reasonably interesting, and one bizarre point of note was Martino’s decision to change six players between the second round and the quarter-final – surely a World Cup knockout stages record.

7. Ricki Herbert, New Zealand

7th place for the manager of a team who didn’t qualify for the knockout stages seems ridiculous, but Herbert’s side were the only unbeaten team in the competition. On paper, his squad was the weakest of the 32 teams, and they had the longest odds to win the competition. Herbert’s 3-4-3 system made New Zealand difficult to break down, and levelled the playing field against technically superior opponents. The draw with the reigning World Champions was a genuine achievement – Herbert’s tactics guiding players from the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Motherwell to a point against players from Juventus, Milan and Roma.

6. Bert van Marwijk, Holland

His biggest achievement, of course, was to keep the in-fighting to a minimum. But tactically van Marwijk managed to create a well-organised, functional XI. They defended well from the front, vital since their back four was supposedly their weak link, but often failed to convince going forward. Ultimately, they’ll be remembered for the spoiling tactics they used in the final.

5. Joachim Loew, Germany

It was quite a task for Loew to create a cohesive team. Michael Ballack, the captain, was injured shortly before the tournament, whilst Lukas Podolski and Miroslov Klose were coming off awful domestic seasons, and Mesut Oezil, Sami Khedira and Thomas Mueller were highly-rated but unproven at international level. 

But Loew’s side worked brilliantly together, producing three of the most impressive displays of the tournament against Australia, England and Argentina. He managed to maintain the positive German stereotypes (ruthless, efficient, well-organised) whilst ditching the negative ones (boring, lacking flair) to create a terrific side that hit greater peaks than any other.

4. Vicente del Bosque, Spain

As the winner of the World Cup, he should probably be number one. But del Bosque was in charge of the most talented squad in the competition, so would have had to do something spectacular to be deemed as furthering the abilities of his players. Spectacular? Probably not, but ruthless and efficient. He never really seemed sure of his best XI – first Spain lost, then Torres struggled for four games, then Villa wasn’t at his best for the final two. Not that it mattered. The use of two holding midfielders worked wonders when it came to ball retention, and not conceding a goal in four knockout games is an incredible record.

3. Marcelo Bielsa, Chile

We all knew Chile were a major force after their highly successful qualification campaign, but that shouldn’t detract from the fact that Bielsa was getting the best out of a set of relative unknowns. The first two games against Honduras and Switzerland should have been won by more convincing scorelines than 1-0, and a fully fit Humberto Suazo would have made a huge difference. Chile were unfortunate to come up against the two pre-tournament favourites after that – had they been given the draw of their South American neighbour Uruguay or Paraguay, they surely would have fared better.

2. Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay

Tabarez is a true tactician. He didn’t come into the tournament with a favoured system or a stubborn belief in how his team should set out, he altered his formation and approach according to the opposition he faced. There is a case for saying Uruguay played five separate formations in their seven games – the only constant was the use of two holding midfielders to protect the defence, and they didn’t concede a single goal in the group stage. His tactics in the 1-0 win over Mexico were particularly inspired.

1. Milovan Rajevac, Ghana

Let’s remember, very few Ghanaian players other than Michael Essien were well-known at the start of 2010. And who had heard of their manager? Rajevac’s previous coaching experience consisted of coaching the likes of FK Vojvodina, Borac Cacak and Zeleznik. He created an excellent, disciplined young side that impressed at the Africa Cup of Nations, keeping the same formation and strategy for the World Cup, where they had to do without Essien.

 The 4-1-4-1 was solid at the back, dominant in midfield, and Asamoah Gyan was a constant threat upfront. Were it not for Luis Suarez’s hand, Rajevac would have been the first ever manager to guide an African side to the semi-finals of a World Cup – and this from a side who were favourites to finish bottom of their group.



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