The leaders so far at HT are; Man U, B. Munich, Real M., Benfica, København, and the rest are draws.
Oh dear... Come on boys! Get your act together! What on earth was the last few minutes all about?!
That's more like it! Thanks you Mr. Van Persie!
Never doubted 'em for a moment!
Bad news for Bob Bradley and Eqypt. They have drawn Ghana in the final stage of CAF WC qualifying. It is a great match up but my money is on Ghana.
All that needs to be said about this week's CL matches is that the usual suspects, except Chelsea, seems to be cruising. No upsets this time around. Maybe next time.
UEFA executive committee has agreed to move the 2022 WC to winter. According to the BBC they account for 10 out of FIFA's 22 committee votes. They do want it in January/February so it does not disrupt the CL, but that will bring it into conflict with the Winter Olympics.
Still say that dang eagle looks German. LOL
FIFA’s president, Joseph Blatter, admitted in an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit that they have learned there was surely political pressure from different European nations in the election of Qatar as the host nation for the 2022 World Cup.
“European heads of governments advised voting FIFA members to vote for Qatar because of the wide financial interests linked with that country”, said Blatter to the German daily.
FIFA and it's entire structure is so rotten it stinks and threatens the prestige of the WC and the beautiful game itself.
Platini has admitted voting for Qatar and lobbying for the move to winter, but has insisted that a much scrutinised meeting with the then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the now Emir of Qatar and the Qatar prime minister did not result in pressure being put on him. "I knew Sarkozy wanted the people from Qatar to buy PSG
So it wasn't just corrupt FIFA officials responsible for this farce. Just in case anyone is wondering, Paris St. Germain is owned by Qatar Investments who have been spending lavishly on buying new talent for the club.
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There have been numerous articles about the conditions migrant workers in gulf states like Qatar must endure but few ever notices.Qatar's absolute monarchy, run by the fabulously rich and extraordinarily secretive Al Thani clan, no more keeps health and safety statistics than it allows free elections. The Trade Union Confederation has had to count the corpses the hard way. It found that 83 Indians have died so far this year. The Gulf statelet was also the graveyard for 119 Nepalese construction workers. With 202 migrants from other countries dying over the same nine months, Ms Burrow is able to say with confidence there is at least one death for every day of the year. The body count can only rise now that Qatar has announced that it will take on 500,000 more migrants, mainly from the Indian subcontinent, to build the stadiums, hotels and roads for 2022.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...ts-sport-cohenIt is not just poor construction workers who suffer. One might expect that Fifa would have been concerned about the fate of foreign footballers working under kafala contracts. Abdeslam Ouaddou, who once played for Fulham, has warned players not to go near Qatar. Speaking from experience – he played for Qatar SC in the Qatari domestic league – he said that if a player is injured or his form drops, the club can break his contract. If the player goes to lawyers, the club (as "sponsor") can refuse to let him leave the country until he drops his case.
Ouaddou got out of Qatar after much tortuous negotiation. But French player Zahir Belounis, a former captain of the team Al-Jaish, is trapped in the country with his family and hasn't been paid for two years. When he went to the international press, he was threatened with defamation proceedings.
Oyyyyy We're been hammered by Man City.
I believe it was due to injury. But that was a rather nice free kick from Rooney. LOL
Giroud's injury a week or two ago was minor right? I know there was concern about there not being enough backup at Arsenal if he went down. But it was the early match last Sunday so I missed if he was there.
I really need to pick a team of my own eventually.