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Summary: Arsenal Football Club have announced record figures after reaching the semi-finals in two competitions.

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The Gunners’ parent holding company has revealed an increase in turnover to Au313.3 million and a record profit after tax of Au35.2 million from results for the year ending May 31.

Hill-Wood added that results on the pitch will always come ahead of profit at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal Football Club have announced record figures after reaching the semi-finals in two competitions.

The club’s football revenues were helped by their performance in the Champions League and the FA Cup. Wenger has, though, so far refused to spend heavily on new players, instead placing faith in youth and re-signing key men like captain Cesc Fabregas, England forward Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie on long-term deals.

For Those Who Can’t Get Enough Carnival, Martinique is the Ideal Destination

The party, an arousing explosion of pulsating rhythms, exotic dance, mirth and rum, peaks as Vaval is consigned to the fire.

Naturally, the action heats up on Fat Sunday (March 6). Only when the flames die down does a calm settle over the masses. Red cloth jumpsuits are adorned with hundreds of glittering mirrors and small bells that jingle as the kids dance all the way to sundown. Majestic Mt.

The official dates of the 2011 Martinique Carnival are March 5-9, though the celebration actually begins many weeks prior with Carnival parties taking place across the island each weekend beginning in January. Named Best Gourmet Island of the Year in 2008 and 2009 by Caribbean World Magazine, Martinique is an overseas region of France that stirs the passions with distinctive culinary delights, awe-inspiring natural beauty, a rich cultural history, warm smiles and so much more.

In Martinique, when we say Dont stop the Carnival, we mean it, says Muriel Wiltord, director Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA. Each year as revelers in other Carnival hot spots wind down with the close of Shrove Tuesday, the party in Martinique keeps going, reaching its climax on one of the most solemn days on the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday. Pierre, is found here.

Lundi Gras, or Fat Monday in Martinique brings Mock Weddings, burlesque parodies played out in the city streets with men dressed as pregnant brides or floozies, and women serving as reluctant bridegrooms. Known in Martinique as Dimanche Gras, the official first day of Carnival features daytime parades with a wide range of costumed characters performing throughout the streets of Martiniques cities and towns. The local media reports death notices in honor of Vaval, while festivities take place as his funeral pyre is built. Martinique is more than 90% Christian, and the people truly appreciate the importance of the season.

Officially, Martiniques Carnival ends at the close of Ash Wednesday. Throughout the day, marchers parade around with spectacularly dressed puppets called Bwa Bwa creating a veritable feast for the eyes. The bonus Day of the She-Devils (La Fte des Diablesses) marks the climax of the celebration with more than 30,000 mourners gathering to mark the end of Carnival and the symbolic death of King Carnival, known as Vaval. Napoleons bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised here. The elders carry on the party from there until the wee hours.

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The Caribbean island with French flair, The Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aim Csaire) by any one of its many names Martinique remains one of the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. Shuttle buses are provided from convenient locations in the surrounding suburbs. Ceremonies are held well into the night, culminating in elaborate masquerade balls where drag is the preferred costume de nuit. La Route des Rhums, a tour of the worlds finest rum distilleries based on Frances famed Route des Vins, is offered here. The bonus days are simply part of our unique heritage, handed down through the generations in the spirit of good fun to keep our party going just a petit bit longer than everyone else. With the burial of Vaval, the crowds chant, Vaval, pa kit nou, which translates to Carnival, dont leave us.

For more information, including referrals to travel agents and tour operators selling value-priced packages to Martinique Carnival, contact the Martinique Promotion Bureau /CMT USA, 825 Third Ave, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10022 Tel: 212 838 6887 – Fax: 212 838 7855 Email: Web:

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pre-Lenten Carnival in Martinique shares many similarities to better known celebrations in Trinidad and Rio, but in Martinique theres one big difference: length. Pele and The Pompeii of the Caribbean, St. Another outrageous character, Marianne La Po Fig appears as the music and dancing extends deep into the night wearing, as her name implies, nothing but dry banana leaves (fig is the Creole word for banana). Among the more popular and notorious characters are the Ngres-Gros-Sirops; mischievous revelers covered in coal tar and sugarcane syrup from head-to-toe that break through the crowds of spectators playfully frightening children. Mismatched black and white socks, shoes and gloves complete the traditional ensemble. The fitting theme for Martiniques bonus days of revelry Rejoice Today, Repent Tomorrow. The finest French products, from Chanel fashions to Limoges porcelain, are readily available here.

To help visitors and residents enjoy Martinique Carnival safely, the capital city of Fort-de-France is closed to vehicle traffic during the celebrations. A special place, to be sure, with so much to offer Martinique cest magnifique!


As Carnival revelers in other parts of the world nurse hangovers with the arrival of Ash Wednesday, the party in Martinique kicks into high gear. However, in the islands inimitable celebratory spirit, Carnival is revived three weeks later with a second bonus day of revelry known as Mi-Carme, or mid-Lent.

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), Red Devils Day, is all about the kids, with glorious processions featuring hundreds of children dressed in brilliant red costumes, carrying homemade tridents and wearing fright masks made of animal skins and horns. She-Devils, their faces smeared with pale ash or white flour, wear embroidered waist petticoats and blouses, a black skirt and headscarf made with a damask white table napkin. Only two colors are worn black and white. Vaval remains buried, but cities and towns across Martinique spring to life again with colorful costumes, rum and parades combining again to engender non-stop revelry amid a Carnival-like atmosphere a mini-Mardi Gras in the land where the party never stops.

As dusk falls, Vavals funeral flames light up the sky

Torres Out, Carroll In for Liverpool?

United States midfielder Michael Bradley became Aston Villa’s fourth signing of the transfer window – after Darren Bent, Jean Makoun and on-loan Kyle Walker – when he joined the central England club on loan until the end of the season from Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Liverpool, by far the most active team on deadline day, was also expected to complete the signing of Luis Suarez from Ajax for euro26.5 million ($36 million).

Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez is widely recognized as being the most expensive transfer within British football after moving from Man United for about 47 million pounds in 2009.

LIVERPOOL, England – Fernando Torres looked set to leave Liverpool on Monday after Chelsea agreed a fee for the Spain striker, who could be replaced by Andy Carroll as the final day of Europe’s January transfer window drew to a dramatic close.

The Reds confirmed that Torres has been given permission to speak to their Premier League rivals, hours after saying Carroll was on his way to Anfield from Newcastle to discuss personal terms on a club-record signing.

It doesn’t look like Sergio Aguero will be appearing on a list of record transfers anytime soon after the Argentina star signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid, ending Tottenham’s hopes of signing him.

Carroll is reported to be moving for a British-record fee – believed to be about 35 million pounds ($56 million) – after having a transfer request accepted by Newcastle.

“They are two versatile midfield players with very promising futures,” said Wolfsburg business manager Dieter Hoeness, whose club has signed Tuncay on a 3-year contract.

Brazil striker Andre joined Bordeaux from Dynamo Kiev on a six-month loan deal, while Slavia Prague’s Czech Republic midfielder, Adam Hlousek, was set to join Kaiserslautern on loan.. All Rights Reserved. The Uruguay striker passed a medical examination on Sunday and is on course to complete his euro26.5 million ($36 million) transfer.

Chelsea is reportedly prepared to pay 50 million pounds ($79.5 million) for Torres, which would be the third most expensive transfer in world football, exceeded only by Real Madrid’s 2009 purchases of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka.

The Reds turned down Torres’ request to leave the team he joined for a club-record 20.3 million pounds (then $40.6 million) from Atletico Madrid in 2007.

Villa has also sent Irish midfielder Stephen Ireland out on loan to Newcastle until the end of the season.

Loan moves were common across Europe as teams sought value and a close look at players before deciding whether to sign them permanently at the end of the season.

Wolfsburg started spending some of the money Manchester City paid for Edin Dzeko this month when it signed South Korea international Koo Ja-choel from Jeju United, teenager Yohandry Orozco from Venezuelan club FC Zulia and Turkey forward Tuncay Sanli from Stoke.

Torres, who is contracted until 2013, is one of the most sought-after players in world football despite a disappointing contribution to Spain’s World Cup win last year. Luiz could cost the Blues about 21 million pounds ($33.6 million), plus the loan of a squad player.

2011 The Associated Press. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. He scored the winning goal in Spain’s 2008 European Championship win over Germany and has struck 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool.

The Bundesliga club said Koo, the leading scorer at January’s Asian Cup with five goals, agreed a 3-year contract and Orozco a 4-year deal.

After reining in its spending over the past couple of years, Chelsea could also be about to splash out on Brazil defender David Luiz from Benfica

Famous Soccer Players from Spain

And it is without doubt that in the coming years, we will see many more greats emerge from this sporting nation.

Pep Guardiola

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ClubsArsenal (2003 – 2011) Barcelona (2011 – present) National TeamU16 (2002 – 2003) U17 (2003 – 2004) U20 (2005) U21 (2004 – 2005) Spain (2006 – present)


Francesc ‘Cesc’ Fbregas Soler, besides playing as a central midfielder for his club and country, when required, also plays as a winger, attacking midfielder, and striker. He has been an integral part of the Spanish National team for over a decade, representing them in the FIFA World Cup 2006, FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2004, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.

David Silva

ClubsSporting Gijn (1989 – 1991) Real Madrid (1991 – 1996) Barcelona (1996 – 2004) National TeamU21 (1990 – 1991) U23 (1991 – 1992) Spain (1991 – 2002)


Luis Enrique Martnez Garca was such a versatile soccer player, that throughout his career he played in all positions besides the defense. His 741 appearances is also the most by any player for the club. Luis Enrique represented Spain in 3 FIFA World Cups and 1 Euro Championship.

Cesc Fbregas

Sergio Ramos

Position: Central Defender

Position: Defensive Midfielder

Position: Full Back

ClubsVillarreal (2003 – 2006) Recreativo (2006 – 2007) Villarreal (2007 – 2011) Mlaga (2011 – 2012) Arsenal (2012 – present) National TeamU21 (2004 – 2006) Spain (2008 – present)


Santiago ‘Santi’ Cazorla Gonzlez is known to play well on either flank due to his control, speed, and shooting accuracy. His goalkeeping skills were considered so good, that he was an integral part of the Spanish National team for 4 FIFA World Cups and 3 Euro Championships.

Born: Mar 30, 1986

Position: Goalkeeper

ClubsSevilla (2004 – 2005) Real Madrid (2005 – present) National TeamU17 (2002) U19 (2004) U21 (2004) Spain (2005 – present)


Sergio Ramos Garca has been am important part of the defense of both, Real Madrid and the Spanish National team for nearly a decade. Their style of play is superstar-like, and the stars from this country are role models for millions of soccer fans all around the world. David Villa


Position: Central Defender

Born: Jun 27, 1977

Carles Puyol

All these famous soccer players from Spain have, with their talent and hard work, helped both, their country and clubs win at the highest levels. He has been an important part of the defense of the Spanish National team, who are known to be very difficult to score against, and played in the FIFA 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, which Spain won.

ClubsReal Madrid (2004 – 2005) Deportivo La Corua (2006 – 2007) Liverpool (2007 – 2009) Real Madrid (2009 – present) National TeamU17 (2001) U19 (2001) U21 (2005) Spain (2008 – present)


lvaro Arbeloa Coca plays in the defense, and is more than capable on playing both, on the right and left side at the back. Over the last decade or so, some amazing players have come up into their ranks, which is why they are the side to beat at present.

There have been many famous Spanish football players over the decades, and here, we will check out those who stood out among the rest.

Alvaro Negredo

Ral Gonzlez

Iker Casillas

Luis Enrique

Santi Cazorla

Born: Dec 13, 1984

Andoni Zubizarreta

ClubsManchester United (2004 – 2008) Zaragoza loan (2006 – 2007) Barcelona (2008 – present) National TeamU16 (2002 – 2003) U17 (2004) U19 (2006) U20 (2007) U21 (2006 – 2008) Spain (2009 – present)


Gerard Piqu i Bernabeu has been and is associated with the best clubs in the businessManchester United and Barcelona. He has been a part of the team that won the FIFA World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.

Position: Central Midfielder

Juan Mata

Jesus Navas

Victor Valdes

Lived: Jul 4, 1926 – Jul 7, 2014

Born: Feb 2, 1987

Born: Dec 3, 1981

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Position: Central Midfielder

ClubsBarcelona (1999 – present) National TeamU18 (1995) U21 (2000) U23 (2000) Spain (2000 – present)


Carles Puyol i Saforcada is well-known as a defender who is strong, explosive, and with the quickest reactions. Carles Puyol was a vital part of the winning Spanish team in Euro 2008 and FIFA World Cup 2010.

Position: Striker

Spanish Armada

Spain’s recent domination of world soccer is so great, that it has managed to win Euro 2008, FIFA World Cup 2010, and Euro 2012, a feat unmatched by any country.Spain has a rich history of soccer. He is also feared for his sudden change of gameplay. He is the only player to have won UEFA’s ‘Best Forward of the Year’ three times. Iker Casillas is the most capped player ever for the Spanish National team.

Born: May 11, 1984

Born: Jul 16, 1988

Born: Mar 20, 1984

Jordi Alba

Andrs Iniesta

Born: Jan 8, 1986

ClubsReal Madrid (1994 – 2010) Schalke 04 (2010 – 2012) Al Sadd (2012 – present) National TeamU18 (1994) U20 (1995) U21 (1995 – 1996) U23 (1996) Spain (1996 – 2006)


Ral Gonzlez Blanco is the highest goal scorer for Real Madrid of all time, with 323 goals to his name. Alfredo di Stfano was nicknamed ‘blond arrow’, and considered by most of the soccer greats as ‘the most complete footballer in the history of the game’.

Born: Nov 25, 1981

Position: Forward

Position: Striker

Marc Bartra

Born: May 8, 1970

Position: Midfielder / Striker

Gerard Piqu

ClubsReal Madrid (1999 – present) National Team U15 (1996) U16 (1996 – 1998) U17 (1997 – 1999) U18 (1999) U20 (1999) U21 (1999 – 2000) Spain (2000 – present)


Iker Casillas Fernndez is the goalkeeper cum captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish National team. He was the top goal scorer at Euro 2008, and was also awarded the ‘Silver Boot’ at the FIFA World Cup 2010. David Villa has also scored more World Cup goals than any other Spanish player.

ClubsBarcelona (2008 – present) National TeamU21 (2008 – 2009) Spain (2009 – present)


Sergio Busquets Burgos took less than a year to break into the ranks of the Spanish National team after making his professional debut. Iniesta scored the winning goal for Spain at the FIFA World Cup 2010, and was Man of the Match. He was known to have great stamina, and was very tactical, versatile, and had great vision. His transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011, for 50 million, made him the most expensive Spanish player ever. He played for Spain in 4 FIFA World Cups and 2 Euro Championships, besides his long stint with Real Madrid which lasted nearly 15 years.

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Born: Oct 31, 1976

Pepe Reina

ClubsBarcelona (1998 – present) National TeamU17 (1997) U18 (1997 – 1998) U20 (1999) U21 (1998 – 2001) U23 (2000) Spain (2000 – present)


Xavier Hernndez i Creus is the first player to ever represent FC Barcelona in 150 games. Ral has also been included in FIFA’s list of 100 greatest living footballers.

Born: May 4, 1987

Born: May 20, 1981

Alfredo di Stfano

Xavi Hernndez

ClubsSporting Gijn (2001 – 2003) Zaragoza (2003 – 2005) Valencia (2005 – 2010) Barcelona (2010 – 2013) Atltico Madrid (2013 – present) National TeamU21 (2000 – 2003) Spain (2005 – present)


David Villa Snchez is the first Spanish player to score 50 international goals, and is currently Spain’s top goal scorer of all time. Santi Cazorla has been part of the winning Spanish team at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

Born: Jan 17, 1983

Position: Goalkeeper

Position: Defensive Midfielder

Born: Jan 25, 1980

Born: Mar 23, 1968

Born: Apr 13, 1978

ClubsRiver Plate (1945 – 1951) Huracn loan (1946) Millonarios (1951 – 1953) Real Madrid (1953 – 1964) RCD Espanyol (1964 – 1966) National TeamArgentina (1947) Colombia (1949) Spain (1957 – 1961)


Alfredo Stfano di Stfano Laulh has the unique distinction of representing 3 different countriesArgentina, Colombia, and Spain. Since 2008, Spain have managed to win 1 World Cup and 2 Euro Championships. He was also respected for his calmness and stamina. He is famous for setting up the winning goal in the FIFA World Cup 2010 final, and as also been part of the Spanish National team in the FIFA World Cup 2006, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.

ClubsValencia (2004 – 2010) Eibar loan (2004 – 2005) Celta Vigo loan (2005 – 2006) Manchester City (2010 – present) National TeamU16 (2001 – 2002) U17 (2002 – 2003) U19 (2004 – 2005) U20 (2005) U21 (2004 – 2006) Spain (2006 – present)


David Josu Jimnez Silva has been given the nickname ‘Merlin’ for his passing and ball possession skills. Xavi has been part of the Spanish National team which won the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. He has been lucky enough to play for Spain in 3 major tournaments, the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012, all of which they have won.

A few more notable mentions:

Emilio Butragueo

Position: Striker

Position: Defensive Midfielder

Fernando Hierro

ClubsValladolid (1987 – 1989) Real Madrid (1989 – 2003) Al Rayyan (2003 – 2004) Bolton Wanderers (2004 – 2005) National TeamU21 (1989 – 1990) Spain (1989 – 2002)


Though Fernando Ruiz Hierro was more of a defensive midfielder, he had this great quality of combining his defensive play with some amazing passing and goal scoring ability. Besides his position, he is known to play well on the right defense too. He is considered to be one of the greatest midfielders and playmakers of our time. He has been a part of Spain’s victories at FIFA 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. He is also widely respected for his hardworking style and leadership qualities. Ironically, with so many great players in their ranks over the years, they failed to win a major tournament for so long. Initially, he began as a striker, but then eventually settled down in the midfield, where he showed his class for the club and also the country.

Position: Center Back

Position: Central Midfielder

ClubsBarcelona (2002 – present) National TeamU15 (2000) U16 (2000 – 2001) U17 (2001) U19 (2001 – 2002) U20 (2003) U21 (2003 – 2006) Spain (2006 – present)


Andrs Iniesta Lujn is known for his balance, ball control, and superb agility. In terms of awards, he is the most successful Spanish player ever.

Fernando Torres

ClubsAtltico Madrid (2001 – 2007) Liverpool (2007 – 2011) Chelsea (2011 – present) National Team U15 (2000) U16 (2001) U17 (2001) U18 (2002) U19 (2002) U21 (2002 – 2003) Spain (2003 – present)


Fernando Jos Torres Sanz is known to be technically proficient, and having spectacular speed and positioning capabilities. He has been a part of the national team at the FIFA World Cup 2006, FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2004, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. Sergio Ramos has played for Spain in the FIFA World Cup 2006, FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.

Mikel Arteta

Xabi Alonso. Under his leadership, Spain has won the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. In fact, he was the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2008. But when they did, it was a sweet treble. He won the ‘Golden Glove’ award at the FIFA World Cup 2010. In fact, he scored in Spain’s victories in the finals, both at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

ClubsReal Madrid (1995 – 2010) Besiktas (2010 – 2011) National TeamU18 (1995) U21 (1996 – 1998) Spain (1999 – 2005)


Jos Mara Gutirrez Hernndez was with Real Madrid for 1 decade, and helped them win 15 major trophies. Also, in Euro 2012, he was chosen the Best Player of the Tournament.

lvaro Arbeloa

Sergio Busquets

Born: Oct 23, 1961

ClubsAlavs (1980 – 1981) Athletic Bilbao (1981 – 1986) Barcelona (1986 – 1994) Valencia (1994 – 1998) National TeamU18 (1979 – 1980) U19 (1981) U21 (1979 – 1984) Spain (1985 – 1998)


Andoni Zubizarreta held the record for the most games played for Spain till the end of 2011. Besides all the club success that he has enjoyed, David Silva has also been an important member of the Spanish National team that won the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.

Position: Attacking Midfielder

ClubsReal Sociedad (1999 – 2004) Eibar loan (2000 – 2001) Liverpool (2004 – 2009) Real Madrid (2009 – present) National TeamU18 (2000) U21 (2002 – 2003) Spain (2003 – present)


Xabier ‘Xabi’ Alonso Olano is well-known for his playmaking skills

2014 World Cup: Day 12 – Live Blogs & Updates

I thought eh U.S. A defeat for Brazil, though, would mean a draw at Arena Pernambuco would send both these sides through.

The end of an era, Zac? Quite probably for Spain – but what do you make of La Roja? Is this just a natural blip that all great sides go through, or is it something more serious? Lets have a poll

Chris, I hope the descriptions below help!

. have to be joint favourites to progress now – even a defeat by Germany could still see them through.

wwf, I see a 2-2 draw between Netherlands and Chile, and Spain dispatching Australia fairly comfortably.

Right, this is where the competition really gets interesting, with the fates of sides in Groups A and B decided once and for all – and that means four games today for you lucky folk, with two double-headers lying in wait. The African side have been in disarray at this competition, and are already out of the tournament – but they could still provide us with one of the all-time shocks if they manage to knock out the Selecao.

Alongside Brazil’s game, Mexico and Croatia play each other for a place in the next round, and while a point would ensure progress for El Tricolor, a win for the Vatreni would see the Europeans progress. Bradley didn’t have the best of games, did he? He moved the ball about well, but THAT miss and then giving the ball away for the equaliser may cost them dearly.

Morning Rugger! A disappointing blow for sure, but the U.S.

Welcome to the Gillette Boot Room for Day 12 of the 2014 World Cup!

Stavm your enthusiasm is welcomed!

Welcome back Zach. performance was excellent, save for the first five minutes and last 40 seconds…

I’m good Ed, thanks. Lets turn out attentions to the first two games of the day, due to kick off in just under 25 minutes at 12:00 ET / 17:00 BST

You will know by now that Netherlands and Chile have both qualified for the knockout stages, but they will face off today at Arena de Sao Paulo to see who takes top spot in Group B. 2010 World Cup champions Spain, meanwhile, have surrendered their crown in meek fashion, and will take on Australia in a bid to avoid complete embarrassment at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba.

After that, we switch back to Group A, where host Brazil can guarantee progress to the knockout stages against Cameroon at Estadio Nacional

Top 10 Most Hated Football Players

There is nothing wrong with winning penalties when you’re genuinely fouled, but even Alex Ferguson said he fell dramatically for one of the penalties he won for Manchester United in the 2011-12 season. In the video, you can see him actually in the process of cheating.

4. First, he played for Manchester United, which always earns you a bad rub of the green. However, the Football Association only needed to prove that abuse was likely to have occurred, giving John Terry a 4-match ban.

1. He was convicted of speeding in a residential area, and his lawyer attempted to argue the police speed gun was faulty. When he joined Twitter he faced a torrent of abuse from the thousands of people who hate him and responded by trolling them in ways that only a nasty little brat could imagine. He was cleared of the abuse as it could not be completely proven. Young won 11 penalties in 200 Premier League games before the end of 2012, and he’s continued `losing his balance’ since then. Thus, Alves has adapted by feigning injury and exaggerating tackles in order to get opposition players sent off or booked. In 2012, he wiped his behind with a French football jersey. Sergio Busquets

Much like his Barcelona team-mate Dani Alves, Busquets takes simulation to a new level of ruinous disgust. Enjoy, be outraged, or feel disgusted, for here come the shameful!

10. With Ajax he bit an opponent (video). Despite cheating on his wife with prostitutes, he is probably hated less than the 10 players on this list due to his perceived lack of intelligence and the fact that his wife forgave him. In the 2013-14 season, he was also warned by David Moyes about his diving. His antics are worse than Alves for the simple reason that he dives far more often and for far more innocuous challenges. His formula of feigning injury until the referee reaches for a card has been repeated numerous times, and he damages the reputation of his great club, Barcelona.

8. While I don’t endorse hatred of Manchester United, their players don’t do the club any favours.

This list only includes currently active footballers. Shockingly, this Uruguayan vampire then bit Giorgio Chiellini in a 2014 World Cup match against Italy.

2. Three things may have acted to exaggerate his faults though. He has been booked at least four times in his career for diving.

9. Ashley Cole

There are so many reasons to despise Ashley Cole. The darker side of the beautiful game deserves as much attention as the goals, skills, and celebrations that make us smile. Dani Alves

The antics of Dani Alves may be motivated by something far worse than merely winning penalties. Ronaldo

Other than his perpetual diving to win fouls and penalties and his tendency to be a petulant whinger, Ronaldo hasn’t done a huge amount wrong. Ramos is a notoriously hard-tackling defender with a nasty temper and a penchant for kicking and elbowing his opponents. Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos has had a long and distinguished career as Real Madrid’s most dirty player. He makes trolling, caustic comments in the press about other football teams, notably calling Arsenal an “academy team” and a “load of rubbish”. John Terry

For John Terry, there really is no end to the scathing headlines, and most of it is well deserved. Second, he looks like a Ken Doll by wearing earrings and using hair gel, so there is a lot of scorn for this preening boy-band look from football fans. Then there is his ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra. One of the most notable examples was against Real Madrid in a Champions League encounter. The video shows how Alves perfectly timed the movement of his leg to look as if he was brutally fouled. At the time of writing this entry, Ramos has 19 red cards, which is a La Liga record. For example, footballers who play for some of the biggest teams in the world are more likely to be hated by rival fans. Being a full back, Alves doesn’t find himself in the opposition penalty area too often. He had an argument with one of the coaches and subsequently led a protest of all the players against the coaching staff that ultimately led to his nation’s elimination from the tournament. As if this wasn’t enough, he went to trial for allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a 2011 football match. Beginning in 2001 he taunted American tourists in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He is still regarded a hero by many fans for being England’s best player. Despite this, he achieved notorious levels of hatred during his time in the Premier League, although his diving antics have cooled since coming to Spain.

5. In 2009 he allegedly gave tours of Chelsea’s training ground in return for bribes. This list will no doubt get longer and longer.

6. He left the team that developed him into a quality player to get more money from a richer club. The stats speak for themselves. One of the clearest examples came at the end of the 2011-12 Premier League season, as can be seen in the video.

Hatred of Manchester United?

While this list is heavy with Manchester United players (past and present), a notable exclusion is Wayne Rooney. It also includes many players from the English Premier League and Spanish La Liga. In 2008 he parked his expensive Bentley in a disabled parking space. Ashley Young

Poor Ashley Young has a lot of trouble staying on his feet. Where do we start? He allegedly cheated on his ex-wife Cheryl Cole numerous times until she divorced him. In 2002 he urinated in a beer glass which he then dropped to the floor of a nightclub. To help justify the entries on this list, I have endeavored to find videos showing their most despicable acts. With several years to go before he retires, that number will surely rise. Then in 2010 it was revealed that he cheated on his wife and two children by having an affair with a team-mates girlfriend. He is a nasty, vindictive prat who did more than his fair share in the Luis Suarez racism scandal by goading Suarez into the abuse. What makes Barton such a hated figure is the way he loses his temper and strikes out at other players. He mocked ex-team-mate Dimitar Berbatov on the pitch and celebrated in front of Suarez (video).

3. He has received numerous red cards, has committed atrocious fouls, and continues to do so despite the attention his thuggery has received. Since his move to the Premier League he has been accused of diving after winning a number of penalties for Liverpool. The two of them have made many football fans despise Barcelona, and that is unforgivable. With the largest audiences in the world, these leagues include the most hated players.

This list of the most hated football players was compiled from the opinions of numerous football fans on many internet forums. Third, he’s just a very good football player who will draw fouls from the opposition. Luis Suarez

Where do we begin with this wretch? For most fans, Luis Suarez first came to hateful prominence when he hand-balled on the goal line to prevent a certain goal against Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup. Other managers and pundits have been less careful with their words, blatantly calling him a cheater and diver. Patrice Evra

There are many words to describe Patrice Evra and most are quite unpleasant, so let’s try to fit them all in! He is an angry, petulant, immature, whinging toad for his abuse of the captaincy of France’s World Cup 2010 team. He is the biggest thug of them all and acts like a criminal on the pitch. In the same year, he was charged for assault and affray outside a nightclub. The Madrid player was sent off and Barcelona progressed to the next round. Joey Barton

Among football fans there is no greater hatred than that reserved for Joey Barton. He was fined for swearing at a police officer, and he shot a work experience lad with an air rifle. Perhaps he has an enduring inner ear infection? More likely he has a disgusting inclination to cheat whenever the opportunity arises. Whether through perpetual diving on the pitch or cheating on their wives off it, they need to be named and shamed to set an example for all upcoming sportsmen and women.. If a number of players from the team you support are included here, take it as a compliment that your team riles the opposition!

Who Are the Most Hated Footballers?

On and off the field, the players on this list have demonstrated profound deficiencies in character and morality. In April 2013, Luis Suarez bit Branislav Ivanovich in a match against Chelsea. There is little hope of stopping fan violence and racism with these players providing such a hateful example.

Occasionally, the hatred might be undeserved. This has made him a widely hated player, resulting in tirades of laughter when he happens to balloon a penalty into the stands.


Reasons as to why Manchester United has been the most successful Premier League club in the past decade

Every season is a different one and the past record does not decide the outcome of the current season just like City proved last year.So let’s see what happens this season.So what do you guys think?Has Manchester United been the most successful club in the past decade?Do you think their are other reasons as well for their success?Do share your thoughts below.

To begin with, i being a die-hard Arsenal fan might get stick from gunners supporters for writing up this article.But being a football fan too i write on things the way i see it.It is not being written to compare clubs with United etc.I believe praise is due for Manchester United’s success and no one can hide away from that fact.

He is probably the most important reason for United’s success.

2) Winning mentality amongst the whole squad.

Having have had so much success, the team has embedded a winning mentality which is very crucial for the team’s continued success.Players likeVidic,Ferdinand,Rooney,Evra,Giggs are all used to winning things at Manchester Unitedand when any new signing arrives at the club they share their experience with the the new players and the new players thus develop the winning mentality ever so quickly.Even when things are looking impossible, this mentality drives them to compete much harder in order to achieve the impossible in many cases, example whenever United has been under the pressure to win their crucial game against their rivals which may decide the title,they thrive under that pressure and most often than not come out on top due to their winning mentality and do not crack under pressure.

3) Mentally and physically strong even when the chips are down(Never say die-attitude)

Manchester United have always been a team who has and always have had players who are mentally and physically strong.For example the likes of Rooney,Giggs,Roy Keane,VanNistelrooy,Scholes,Vidic and many others.Neither of them are afraid to “mix it up” and neither of them shy away from different battles that arise on the pitch.They always show their opponent through their body language and attitude that no-body can take them easy and are always up for a fight.Obviously they don’t win always,but again obviously it’s impossible to win every time.Last year when United did not have a strong enough squad with their midfield being weak and injuries taking their toll, they still manged to finish second to city.At one time they were twelve points behind City and later went on to overtake City in the latter stages of the season which was incredible to say the least.Nobody had thought that United would edge ahead of City as it seemed inevitable that City would win the Premier League title.However United eventually lost out on the last day of the season in absolutely “dramatic” fashion due to the drama that unfolded on the last day.However the way United kept going speaks volumes of their “mental toughness”.

4) A squad with enough depth and quality

Manchester United always seem to have a squad which has enough depth,experienceand quality combined to challenge for all the top honours.These three traits are a must for any club who wants to win the Premier League.For example, when A.Valencia was injured last season Nani was available,the likes of Welbeck and Hernandez fighting for the starting place and P.Jones helping United to an extent to cope with the absence of Rio ferdinand.United always seem to have the players who can cover for injured players or perform when the other players are not in form.Remember Berbatov scoring important goals when Rooney was not in form,Giggs who does not even play every match due to his age but his crucial goals in the 2010-2011 season and seasons before that have helped United win the title and not to forget Macheda whose remarkable goal two years back helped United to win the title but still the boy has not been a regular in the side since then speaks volumes of the squad depth and quality United have always had.With the likes of Scholesand Giggs around and if they can get a good midfield player they can re-claim the trophy which they lost last season to City.

5) Having Players like Vidic,Rooney,Scholes,Giggs

Having the privilege of having players like Giggs and Scholes at your club makes the task of achieving success at your club much easier.The wealth of knowledge these two have, the experience they provide United in tight games and also the experience they share with the younger players at the club is immense.Both these Manchester United’s legends although not as good as they used to be have provided the experience,goals and assists which has helped United to a hat-rick of Premier League titles.Giggs as we know is often called “Mr.Premier League”.He is currently the most decorated player in English football history and has remained at Manchester United throughout his career which speaks highly about his loyalty to the club,all this at a time when loyalty is pretty much dead in football.Rooney has always been one of United’s most popular players.In recent seasons he has also grown as a person and his goals tally for the club 129 goals in 251 appearances speaks itself about his immense talent and contribution he has made at the club.His contribution has been as significant as the likes of Ferdinand,Giggs and others in helping the club achieve the amount of success they have had over the years.One other player who also deserves a mention is Vidic,the back bone of United’s defense.He is a strong,quick defender who reads the game well and has also helped United achieve all the Premier League title success since his arrival in 2006.His importance in the team is so much that when he became injured last season, part reason for United not winning the title was his absence and United that season conceded more goals than they used to.He is one of the best defenders in the world also having won the Premier League “Player Of The Year” in 2010-2011 when he helped his team win the title and led from the front.He will be crucial to United’s run-in this season.

We can not deny that Manchester united has been the most successsul club in the Premier League over the past decade.They have won count-less number of trophies and almost all the trophies available out there to win.While the trophies which they have won over the past few years they have full deserved it, the secret of their success over the past three or four seasons even when they have not being playing at their best is down to key factors some of which will be explained below.However last season was not such a good season but again they were the closest challengers to Manchester City.

I have come up with possible reasons as to why Manchester United have been the most successful club in the past decade.

1) Fergie,his coaching and the tactics he employs.

Sir Alex Ferguson, undoubtedly is the best manger to have graced the Premier League.He is currently the longest serving manager in history after over-taking Sir Matt Busby’s record on 19th December 2010.He has been in-charge of United for 25 years now and is currently the longest serving League manager followed by Arsene Wenger of Arsenal.He has won the Manager of the Year awards most times in British football history.Under his tenure United has won a whopping 12 Premier League titles including a hat-rick of league titles in the seasons 2006-2007,2007-2008,2008-2009 and recently 2010-2011.His team has won a total of 6 Premier League titles in the past decade,4 League Cups from which three having been won in the past decade.5 Fa Cup’s have been won from which 1 Fa Cup in the current decade,a total of 2 Champions League from which one of them comes from the current decade and 1 Fifa Club World Cup in 2008.His success speaks volumes about his coaching and players like D.Beckham,G.Neville,Roy Keane who have left the club still speak highly of him.He gets along well with his players who always speak highly of him and maintains strict discipline combined with giving players their own space which enables him to maintain good relationship with his players.However he is reported to have gotten “crazy” at times when his players are not performing well, especially during the half-time interval when he gives a lot of stick to his players as he gets angry if his players are not performing well..The tactics employed by this “great manager” are versatile,with the same footballing style adopted throughout every match but making changes here and there according to the opponents his team is facing and situation at that current moment.He is never shy of making bold substitutions and always speaks his mind in all his conferences.Even Jose Mourinhowho criticized every other manager in the league had praise for the success he had achieved over the years.

Why Were Black People Called Negroes?

Nonetheless, the word Negro survives in a few situations. Throughout South America, the word negro is still very often used to describe black people. Surprisingly, widespread use of the word Negro in the USA wasn’t an accident, but the result from campaigning by black leaders such as W.E.B. The Latin root is niger. In the 1980s, the term African-American began to enter mainstream language, and has to an extent replaced black. Between 1900 and 2013, the term appeared on all census forms. Du Bois and Booker T. The term Negro is thought at best to be archaic, at worst a serious ethnic slur. In late 2011, Luis Surez, a Uruguayan soccer star playing for Liverpool, a leading English team, was fined GBP40,000 and banned for eight games after the sport’s governing authority found him guilty of racially abusing a Manchester United player during a match. He played down his choice of words, pointing out that his grandfather had some African ancestry, and was nicknamed negrite by his grandmother.

However, the Census Bureau only recently dropped Negro as a racial classification. The United player, Patrice Evra (pictured here), was born in Senegal but raised in France; he has played more than 60 times for the French national team. Leading media outlets like the Associated Press adjusted their style books, replacing Negro with black. Among respected institutions, the only notable holdout is the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), a scholarship body established in 1944.

In 2010, US Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid got into hot water when it emerged that two years later, just before Barack Obama was elected the USA’s first non-white president, he had said Obama speaking “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” was an advantage. In recent years, the precise wording has been: “Black, African Am., or Negro” as the category on the form placed under “White,” and above “American Indian or Alaska Native.”. We speak of “Negro spirituals” more often than “African-American spirituals,” perhaps because that form of music is firmly rooted in the era before World War II.

In both Spanish and Portuguese, negro simply means black, as in the color. Speaking Spanish, Surez reportedly called Evra either a Negro or negrite, which means “little Negro,” up to five times during a heated exchange.

Surez, who rose to global infamy during the 2014 World Cup after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, has never apologized for what he said to Evra. Back in 1998, there was controversy when Boston Magazine ran a profile of the country’s leading African-American scholar under the headline Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Head Negro In Charge. Negro History Week, first celebrated in 1926, has been Black History Month since 1976. When Frederick Douglass (statue pictured here) was writing in the second half of the 19th century, he seldom employed the term Negro. Negro was in common use untilStokely Carmichael and others called for “black power” from 1966 onwards. Nowadays, the preferred epithets are African-American and black. Until the 1920s, black Americans were usually described as colored. In the USA, however, applying the word to a segment of the population fell out of favor quite rapidly between the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s. Washington. Du Bois thought Negro was preferable to colored, and lobbied the New York Times among others to always capitalize it.

In 1950, if an American described a compatriot with obvious African heritage as a Negro, no listeners would’ve raised their eyebrows. For many, it’s uncomfortably close to the N-word.

In a February 1961 letter to the US Justice Department, asking the federal government to help his historic and ultimately successful effort to win admission to the University of Mississippi, James Meredith used the word Negro four times. The word black doesn’t appear in his letter. Even though the content of the article flattered Gates, many thought the title was belittling, as it harked back to a time when many black men labored under the supervision of a fellow black (usually dubbed “the head n**ger in charge”) who in turn reported to a white boss.

Even in the UK, where race relations aren’t as fraught as in the USA, the word is regarded as offensive. The word hasn’t appeared in US Supreme Court judgments or transcripts, except where older cases or commentaries are being quoted, since 1985; the justice who used it on that occasion was Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993), the first black person appointed to the court

2014 World Cup: Day 15 – Live Blogs & Updates

2-2 Germany and Portugal 2-2 Ghana.

lila, you’re with friends here! Believe!

. take on Germany in just over half an hour with both sides knowing a draw will send them through to the knockout stages.

Hello and welcome to the Gillette Boot Room for the big one – its Day 15 of the 2014 World Cup!

Morning/afternoon/evening everybody – this is the day!

James, another James (Tyler) will be along shortly – cheers for the offer though!

Where to begin? The U.S. Portugal and Ghana will scrap in the other match in Group G, with each knowing that nothing less than a win will end their World Cup dreams.

Things are similarly stormy for Ghana; Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been suspended “indefinitely” and sent home from the Black Stars World Cup camp following alleged rows with their coach and an official.

Steve, I’m going U.S

Famous Spanish Athletes

He earned his first title at the 1994 European Championships, by winning the 10,000 meters. He won two gold medals at the under-20 European Championships. He won the bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. In 1998, he became the first Spanish to win the London Marathon.

Carlos Ferrero

Sport – Tennis

Born on 25th March 1983, Francisco Javier Gmez Noya is one of Spain’s most promising athletes. Unfortunately, due to an Achilles injury, he couldn’t participate in the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney.

Galo Blanco

Sport – Tennis

Iker Casillas

Sport – Football

Xavi Hernndez

Sport – Football

Fernando Alonso

Sport – Formula 1

Emilio Snchez


Sport – Tennis. Dios bendiga a Espaa.

scar Freire

Sport – Cycling

Javier Snchez


Sport – Tennis

Cdric Garcia

Sport – Rugby

Famous Spanish Sportsmen

A lot of Spaniards have made vital contributions in various sports. He rose to fame in 1990, when he finished second in the European Indoor Championships (Glasgow). Here’s a look at some of the greatest Spaniards in the field of athletics.

Greatest Spanish Athletes of All Time

Born – 8th Apr ’78

Sport – Discus Throw

Born – 19th Jan ’80

Sport – Javelin Throw

Sergio Garca

Sport – Golf

Manuel Orantes

Sport – Tennis

Born – 13th Jul ’88

Sport – Racewalking

Joan Llanera

Sport – Cycling

Born on March 17, 1958, in Alceda, Cantabria, Jos Manuel Abascal was a 1500 m champion. The following year, he was awarded “the Principe de Asturias” prize. Seve Ballesteros

Sport – Golf

Abel Antn Rodrigo was born on October 24, 1962, in Ojuel, Soria. Over the years, they have produced some of the greatest sportsmen in Rafael Nadal, Iker Casillas, Fernando Alonso, Ral Gonzlez, lex Corretja, Carlos Ferrero, and Arantxa Snchez Vicario, to name a few. He made his mark in 2008, when he won the ITU Triathlon World Championship; he repeated the feat in 2008, and finished in third and second place, respectively in 2011 and 2012. He has to his credit 23 gold, 12 silver, and 4 bronze medals at these events, making him one of the greatest triathletes of all time.

Fermn Cacho Ruiz

Pedro Carrasco

Sport – Boxing

Arantxa Snchez


Sport – Tennis

Andrs Iniesta

Sport – Football

Sergi Bruguera

Sport – Tennis

Miguel Indurain

Sport – Cycling

Javier Castillejo

Sport – Boxing

Fernando Torres

Sport – Football

Samuel Snchez

Sport – Cycling

Andrs Gimeno

Sport – Tennis

Spain continues to contribute in the field of sports, and especially in athletics. There have also been quite a few Spanish athletes, who have left their mark in the sport. Some of his other achievements include getting the second place in the 1993 World Championships (Stuttgart), winning the 1994 European Championships (Helsinki), winning the silver medal in the 1997 World Championships (Athens), and winning the bronze medal at the 1998 European Championships (Budapest). In 1984, he was elected as the Best Athlete in Spain, by the Spanish Association of Sports Journalist. He was ranked 3rd in 1997 in the World Athletes List. His greatest achievement was at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where he won the silver at the triathlon. With even more Spaniards taking to athletics, the future looks bright for sports in Spain. He also won silver medals in the 2001 World Indoor Championships, and 2002 European Indoor Championships.

Jos Manuel Abascal

Francisco Javier Gmez Noya

Reyes Estvez Lpez

Born on February 16, 1969, in greda (Spain), Cacho was the first Spanish runner to win the gold in the 1992 Summer Olympics. In his lifetime, he won the Spanish Championships five times, and set two National Records. Spain has always been known to produce some of the greatest sportsmen the world has ever seen. According to him, “the only way to succeed is the force of will, sacrifice, perseverance and self discipline… and if this will be joined with a small dose of humility, simplicity and education, an excellent athlete can become a great athlete.”

Oriol Ripol

Sport – Rugby

lex Corretja

Sport – Tennis

Albert Costa

Sport – Tennis

Born – 31st Jan ’67

Sport – Discus Throw


Sport – Wrestling

Ral Gonzlez

Sport – Football

Alberto Contador

Sport – Cycling

David Villa

Sport – Football

Francisco Gento

Sport – Football

Born – 10th Sep ’91

Sport – Long Jump

Abel Antn Rodrigo

Born on August 2, 1976, in Cornell de Llobregat (Spain), Reyes Estvez Lpez started his career as an athlete at a very young age. In the following year, he once again finished second at the World Indoor Championships (Seville). Here’s a list of some popular Spanish sportsmen.

Rafael Nadal

Sport – Tennis

Pau Gasol

Sport – Basketball

Carlos Moy

Sport – Tennis

Other Lesser-known Athletes

Here’s a list of some other athletes of yesteryear, and some bright and promising stars of tomorrow who have represented Spain in athletics.

Born – 3rd Nov ’75

Sport – Steeplechase

Spain is a country which has been blessed with people with immense talent, especially in the fields of art and literature. He was also the winner of the 1998 European Championships (Budapest). He also won the silver medal in the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships. In addition, he won bronze medals in the 1997 World Championships (Athens), 1999 World Championships (Seville), and 2005 European Indoor Championships (Madrid). He was a popular long-distance runner. Javier has the unique distinction of having taken part in 57 ITU competitions, securing a place in the top ten on 54 occasions. Their contribution to sports has been no less significant. He won the gold in the marathon race at the 1997 and 1999 World Championships