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Messi and girlfriend

Antonella Roccuzzo – The girlfriend of Lionel Messi

2012 was not only a very good year for Lionel Messi but also for Antonella Roccuzzo, Messi’s girlfriend. Not only was Messi breaking all sorts of goalscoring records on the pitch, but off the pitch he was doing pretty well too. So well in fact that his first child, Thiago, was born in November. Roccuzzo is Messi’s childhood sweetheart, a …

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Mancini Balotelli bust up

Mancini and Balotelli in training-ground bust-up

Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli had to be restrained from fighting each other during City’s lunchtime training session according to the Daily Telegraph’s Twitter feed. With the transfer window now open I wonder how long Mario has got left at the club… Click here to view the full gallery at the Daily Telegraph website.

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Franck Ribery scars photo

How Franck Ribery got his scars

Pound-for-pound Franck Ribery is easily one of the best players in the world. Still plying his trade in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, the 29 year old has played for a total of 7 clubs in his career. After starting off with Boulogne he moved on to Ales, then Stade Brestois, then Metz, before making the curious transfer to Turkish …

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Cultural Lessons for Foreign Players

After a year of football racism under the spotlight, it appears that governing bodies are beginning to tackle the issue. The news broke today that cultural lessons will be made available to foreign football players, to help them settle in to life in England. This accompanies the proposal of an ‘anti-discrimination’ clause being introduced in to all contracts. This is …

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Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta up for Baloon d’Or

It has been announced that one of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Andres Iniesta will be the winner of the 2012 Baloon d’Or. The La Liga trio are undoubtedly 3 of the best players in Europe right now, so any one of these 3 are more than qualified to lift this trophy. This years nomination list seemed a bit of …

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How to be a Football Journalist

A while ago we started writing a piece titled “How to become a football journalist”. Although still in creation (or perhaps conveniently forgotten about as I couldn’t be bothered to research it) I stumbled upon a football journalism course which is due to begin just next week. The course is being run by Ian Prior, the Guardian Sports Editor, and …

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Gareth Bale Own Goal vs Liverpool

I can see this one hastily being added to many footballing gaff DVD’s in time for Christmas… Gareth Bale’s own-goal from last nights match with Liverpool. Bale went on to score a fantastic free-kick to win the game for Spurs 2-1.

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Photos of distraught Barcelona after Chelsea defeat

Photos have been released in a new book showing the despair that Barcelona players went through following their Champions League final defeat to Chelsea last season. The book, titled “Barcelona: Proud of our colours” gives a very intimate insight into the life of the team and the players.

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