The Palestinian soccer team will play its first international game at home when it faces Jordan on Oct. 26 in a renovated stadium.
For 10 years the team has been playing “home” games in Jordan and Qatar. But its stadium in Ram has now been upgraded to meet standards set by soccer’s governing body and will be opened by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
…The Palestinians are ranked 180th of 207 members by FIFA, peaking at No. 115 in April 2006. The national team affiliated with FIFA in 1998.
for further background on the palestinian squad, check out this extremely well-written article from a few years ago in washington report on middle east affairs.
dani alves’ no-look feed with the outside of his right foot from barca’s cl game this week is nice on the eye.
“‘If I’m honest, we became a bit of a circus in terms of the whole WAG situation…We got caught up in the whole thing. It seemed like there was a big show around the whole England squad. It was like watching a theatre unfolding and football almost became a secondary element to the main event…People were worrying more about what people were wearing and where they were going, rather than the England football team. That then transposed itself into the team.”
today’s bbc gossip page features this gem…
Tottenham’s Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko has been elected a deputy for Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party after winning a seat on the regional council in his home town of Stavropol. (The Guardian)
Implausibly, Pavlyuchenko has been elected a deputy for Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party in his home town of Stavropol, in the northern Caucasus. The 26-year-old secured a seat on the regional council as his party won 63 per cent of the vote in polls in the Russian south.
russian constituents: don’t get your hopes up though, dude is a lazy sack of shit…
I looked at my watch and saw that the training session had gone on for exactly two hours! Then, there is another half an hour in the gym. Two and a half hours. Can you imagine that?
The weights started to get to me, and I stopped and said to the trainer, ‘I can’t do this’. That’s how they work - I’m shocked. I thought it would be a lot easier.”
the story of the night was a dichotomy between two women. One, Abbey Clancy, provided some much needed class to the event, looking frankly delectable in an understated black ensemble, while the other, Jodie Marsh, took the complete opposite tack.
One is a superstar footballer, garlanded with medals and the idol of Old Trafford, with a stable of fast cars including two Ferraris and a Porsche.
The other is a Nobel Laureate in her 60s, confined to a bungalow in Burma on the orders of a military junta reviled by most of the world.
The chances of their paths ever crossing were minimal, but now Ryan Giggs and Dr Aung San Suu Kyi are inadvertently squaring up for the highest honour Salford can bestow.