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Football / U-20 Selection policy ( d best)
« on: December 10, 2008, 07:31:51 AM »
After the U 17 WC i got the impression tht everybody would  remained to elevate to the U 20 level ,from my observation alot of players we absent from the team during the super league season noticebly Robert Primus and Kevin Molino both who had outstanding seasons for club and school respectively. Jus wonder y these guys not on d SVG trip as they could add to the team .Again another example of suspect selection policy.

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Football / The year of the promoted teams
« on: November 23, 2008, 12:58:35 PM »
Been watching football and these three teams playin some good football for promoted teams Hull city(epl), Hoffenheim (bundesliga), Sporting Gijon (la liga)  . Wah is allyuh take ?

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Football / For the love of Football
« on: October 20, 2008, 01:36:32 PM »
Saturday afternoon i went to officiate in a east league cup semi final game,between Malta carib alcons and Maloney fc @ the riversdale park in st joesph. I reached d ground late ( u noe referee's always late) only to realize that some over 35 men book d field for the period september to november  for every weekend ,even if dey use it or not it's up to them.

From my knowledge national league football takes precendence over every other football,and has first preference ,so  even though dey make a setta talk ,we the officials started the game.Fifteen mins into the game a police jeep pull up and cause a hault to the game .The man who appeared to be in charge of the group had a letter from the CEO of the t'puna piarco regional corp, she gave the over 35 men permission to use the ground and nobody else cyar use it on the days she gave them.

D manager of ALcons and d man start to exchange words,some polite some other wise,d long and short this man for the love of football stop a league cup game jus so he and his boys could sweat and had no remorse.


Another sad day for football in this country

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Football / Emerson Reveals That He Is 70!
« on: October 15, 2008, 09:18:29 AM »
Jus saw this article on goal .com and since everybody in a tense mood abou he game tonite jus gave u someting to laugh.


AC Milan midfielder Emerson has confessed that he is a lot older than was previously thought. The Brazilian has admitted that he robbed a grocery store in Rio de Janeiro back in 1950 when he was just 12-years-old.
Back in his prime Emerson was widely regarded as one of the best holding midfielders in world football, but in recent years his decline in form and fitness has been rapid. The Brazilian struggled during his one season at Real Madrid in 2006/07, while he has become something of a laughing stock since joining Milan last year.

Emerson is registered with the Italian league as being just 32-years-of-age, but his physical appearance and pedestrian play has suggested that he is a lot older than this.

Until now the ex-Roma man has always shrugged off claims about his age. Only a week ago, Emerson stated: “These are vicious and baseless rumours, and the next person who tries to say I am older than I am will have my fists to answer for.”

Over the weekend though, new evidence came to the fore that appeared to shed more light on Emerson’s real age. Archive footage of Brazil’s infamous 1950 World Cup final defeat to Uruguay was released for a new documentary. After the game at the Maracana in Rio, a 12-year-old boy, up-in-arms at his country’s tragic loss, is filmed smashing up a local groceries’ shop window before breaking in and looting the place for food. The boy had an uncanny resemblance to Emerson, and 58 years later he has now confessed that it was indeed he who was being filmed.

“For almost 60 years I have lived with the guilt of this shameful act, and it is something that has been eating me up inside,” the anchor man said after Milan’s 2-1 friendly defeat to FK Tirana last night.

“Now it is time to come clean. I confess that I was the person who vandalised that store before stealing the eggs, fruit, and Dubble Bubble.

“I am ashamed at what I did, and nothing I say now can ever make up for it, but I was just a young boy and didn’t know what I was doing. I was only 12, and I was devastated after Brazil lost. I saw a Brazil flag in the shop window, and that is when I snapped.”

Emerson’s confession means that it can now be deduced that he is in fact 70-years-old, and not 32.

One would have assumed that this stunning revelation would have implications on his Milan career, however Rossoneri vice president Adriano Galliani has insisted that Emerson will be staying at the club, and that he may even be handed a new contract.

“Emerson is 70? I have said many times that age is irrelevant,” ‘Uncle Fester’ declared this morning.

“Just think how much experience Emerson has that can be passed onto our younger players like Paolo Maldini and Giuseppe Favalli. He will be staying, and in fact I am thinking of offering him a new deal. He is an example to us all.”

The owner of the grocery store, who had to close his shop a year later due to his economic losses, has also been interviewed, but he insists that he forgives Emerson for what he did.

Marcos Havelange, 100, told Globoesporta: “For 58 years I have been in darkness as to who was responsible. I am pleased to finally find out.

“Emerson may have forced me to close down my business and go bankrupt, but I forgive him.”

goal.com


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Football / Eto'o Cleared To Play Again
« on: December 04, 2007, 03:55:58 PM »
Eto'o Cleared To Play Again
 
Samuel Eto'o has been given the green light to play for Barcelona again and will be available to Frank Rijkaard for the final four games of the current year.

The Cameroonian striker has been out of action with a knee injury since August and has been sorely missed by the Blaugrana, but now he is ready to return.

After coming back from a knock last term too early, Eto'o was prepared to remain patient this season and that has paid dividends as club doctor's are confident he is completely fit.

Eto'o damaged his meniscus just two minutes after coming on as a substitute in the Joan Gamper freindly with Inter on August 28 and has been battling back ever since.

Now he has been told that he is clear to play and will be available to Rijkaard for this weekend's encounter with Deportivo La Coruña in Camp Nou.

The forward's return will be a major boost for Rijkaard as Thierry Henry is currently laid low with a back and groin injury.

Barça's first team are due to return to training on Tuesday evening and Eto'o will join them for his first full session for over three months.




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Football / One of the world's smartest footballers
« on: October 14, 2007, 08:18:26 PM »
Diouf:I Got Myself Sent Off
 
Bolton striker El-Hadji Diouf has admitted that he has deliberately picked up red cards for his clubs in order to be ready for international duty.
 

Diouf has received plenty of criticism for being sent off thrice in five years - the highest for a striker in the Premiership during the period.

Bolton fans have even expressed their very public criticism after he left his team in more than a spot of bother on a couple of occasions, after what seemed like silly hot-headed offenses.

The Senegalese has now claimed that he did it on purpose.


"I have got myself sent off while playing for my clubs, in order that I could go off to play for the Senegal national side," he told the News of the World.


"I have refused lots of chances to play for my clubs so that I could answer my international call-ups and play in the African Cup of Nations."

For all his efforts, his tryst with the national team has hardly been smooth of late, having retired before being called up to the squad.

Goal.com UK

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Football / The World's Top Ten Creative Players
« on: May 09, 2007, 10:22:10 AM »
Source: http://goal.com/en/articolo.aspx?contenutoid=298248
The World's Top Ten Creative Players
 
Mirror mirror on the wall - who’s the most creative of them all?

After a lot of brain-racking, Joshua Noble has managed to nail down the top ten creative talents in world football at the moment, players who have that magical eye, and that magical foot to back it up!
 
There are some special abilities that we are trying to appreciate here: the ability to play that pass we can only picture inside our heads; to bring the crowd to the edge of their seats, uncertain of what they are going to deliver next. These are the players the beautiful game craves for. These are the exponents football thrives on.

10. Juninho - Lyon

One of the most consistent players in European Football, at the grand age of 30, Juninho may not have the pace of other players in Europe, but he certainly has the skill. Juninho is a useful addition to a successful Lyon side. His ability to get the play moving, combined with his audacious free kicks makes him a force to be reckoned with in European Football.

9. Ricardo Quaresma – Porto

Many predicted that “Mustang” was a potential star of the future. The man to fill Luis Figo’s boots once his legendry career had drawn to a close. He was on his way to following Figo’s career as he moved from Sporting Lisbon to Barcelona for a fee of €6,000,000. Ironically Luis Figo made the same move at the same stage of his career. Unfortunatley for Ricardo his stint at Barca did not evolve as he would have liked.

After a dire stay at the Nou Camp, Quaresma was used in a make-weight deal for Porto’s Deco and became an instant fan favourite at the Estádio do Dragão. Fans became drawn in by his sizzling skills, wide range of passing and his unique outside of foot curling shots. These traits insure that Quaresma will not be plying his trade in Portugal for much longer.

8. Diego – Werder Breman

After signing for one of the most successful youth systems in Brazil, Diego was destined to be a star. He debuted for Santos at the tender age of 16, and scouts from across Europe quickly became aware of Diego’s potential. He starred alongside best friend Robinho in the Campeonato Brasileiro and the Copa Libertadores. Robinho left for Madrid, and he headed for Porto. He blessed the Dragao with his ability to use either foot, his goals, and important assists. But after scoring the winner against Chelsea in the Champions League, the goals and the games dried up for Diego.

Werder Berman were quick to snap up the Brazilian playmaker; he signed for Thomas Schaaf’s title challengers in the summer of 2006. Not everyone was convinced that he was capable of filling the void left by Johan Micoud, but he silenced his critics with a great performance against Hannover 96 as he collected 1 goal and 2 assists. He capped off the month by winning the Bundesliga player of the month award. Fans now are in awe of Diego, and feel that his valuable through balls for Miroslav Klose are one of the reasons why Werder are performing so well in the Bundesliga (despite some recent disappointments). No wonder Inter are keeping a close eye on the Brazilian.

7. Xavi Hernandez - Barcelona

After growing up in Terrasa, Catalonia, Barcelona was always going to be close to Xavi’s heart. Or was it? Hernandez family were die-hard Espanyol supporters, but this did not block his path through Barcelona. Xavi was a rare talent. His pass selection and maturity were far beyond his years. His talent, Barcelona could not refuse, and his passage through to the 1st team was quick and succesful. Hernandez was the key player in the Barcelona B side which won promotion to the Spanish Segunda league. After shining for the youths he was given his debut under the legendary Louis Van Gaal in 1998 . He grasped his opportunity with both hands and quickly made himself a key player at the Camp Nou.

After learning from the likes of Guardiola, Xavi has become an even better player, and is the unsung hero that makes Barcelona really tick. Well, not quite under-rated, as any coach or tactical pundit is quick to acknowledge his efforts. Rafa Benitez himself put it best, surprising the press by saying that stopping Xavi, not Ronaldinho, Deco or Eto'o, was the key to making Barcelona look ordinary. His uncomplicated style, an incredible number of completed passes, and the ability to thread that perfect ball through make him one of the bery best.

6. Francesco Totti – AS Roma

With 21 goals in 30 games, Totti is a vital member of an inexperienced Roma side. The Olimpico is blessed with Totti’s class whenever he pulls on the their jersey. Being Roma fan himself, fans have been able to appreciate Totti more, knowing that whenever he plays, he will do so with his heart, and give one hundred percent. He is one of Roma's most recognised players ever. Despite being linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Milan in the past, Totti has chosen to commit himself to Roma. Totti plays just behind the strikers or in a role known as the trequartistaa, a compromise between the two positions, where the player acts as a link between midfield and attack. His wicked free kicks, consistent passing, and overall team play make him worthy of this spot.

5. Cesc Fabregas – Arsenal

Another one of Wenger’s gems. The Catalan kid arrived at Arsenal in January of 2003 after capturing the Adidas Golden Boot and Golden ball (best player) at the Fifa U-17 World Championship where Spain finished 2nd to a star-studded Brazilian line-up. Fabregas debuted for the Gunners against Rotherham United at the age of 16 and 177 day. Soon after Cesc made himself Arsenal’s youngest ever goalscorer, converting with an easy tap in against Wolves in a 5-1 victory over the Midlands club. After Patrick Viera’s sudden departure from Highbury, Cesc quickly made himself a first team regular. With strong performances against Real Madrid and Juventus, Cesc put himself on the radar for many of Europe's elite. But he wasn’t going to go that easily. Although Fabregas has never been a consistent goalscorer, his excellent vision and defence splitting 'through balls' make him an indispensable player for both club and country.

4. Lionel Messi - Barcelona

What’s left to say about 'little Maradona'? His claim to fame was a superb pre-season friendly against Juventus almost two years ago, when he mesmerised Fabio Capello into asking for a loan move. Then, he dazzled at the Bernabeu on that night that saw Ronaldinho earn a standing ovation. Of course, the hat-trick against Real Madrid earlier this year means that he will not be forgotten at the White House for quite some time. After a stunning goal against Getafe that freshened memories of Maradona’s goal against England, the Barcelona number 19 looka as he though he may just be starting to live up to Diego Maradona’s legendery status.

In a team packed with talents such as Iniesta, Fabregas, Messi had been able to outshine the Catalan pack in the Barcelona B side. Believed to be the next star of world football, Messi’s release clause is not cheap. Massimo Moratti expressed his interest in making the Argentine whiz kid an Inter Milan player. But his bid came to an unsurprising ending as he could not match Messi’s €150 million buy out clause. Of course, Messi himself was unwilling to make the switch to the San Siro. At the age of eleven, he had been diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. However this did not halt Messi’s blistering progress as Barcelona paid for his expensive medication, and made sure he had the best of the facilities. Now, he wants to faithfully play his dues to the Catalan giants.

3. Ronaldinho – Barcelona

Although Lionel Messi has been drawing the plaudits of late, Ronaldinho remains the key figure for Barcelona. In 2006 big things were expected of the Brazilian international, but he failed to deliver on the showpiece stage. His Brazilian side were tipped by many to regain the World Cup in Berlin, but a combination of poor coaching and little teamwork cost them their chance to reach their 2002 heights. Many were starting to wonder, if Ronaldinho really was the best player in the world! Could he deliver on the big stage (he had just won the La Liga and Champions League double, mind you)?

The answer, still, was a firm yes. Although Barcelona’s success this season has been very average, Ronaldinho has stepped up in Samuel Etoo's absence, leading Barcelona this season with 17 goals. What really lights up the Nou Camp is when Ronaldinho runs at people sending them one way while he goes the other, or looking one way and passing the other. His fantastic scoring ability, beautiful ball skills and ever improving teamwork just about complete him. In an average season by his standards, he has scored over 20 goals and created numerous others. Remember, form is temporary, but class is permanent.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United

After becoming the 1st man since Andy Gray to win the PFA double, Ronaldo is on his way to taking Manchester United and Portugal to a new level. In 2003 Sir Alex Ferguson signed Ronaldo for £12.24 million, an expensive evaluation but boy did it pay off for the Manchester United manager! On the opening day of the season, Manchester United entertained a physical Bolton side. Ronaldo came on as an early sub., but was still able to cope with the quick physical side of the English game. Come the end, he was named man of the match. After a good season for the Red Devils, he was called up for the Euro 2004 Portugal squad. As Ronaldo played alongside Figo, it was obvious he was going to replace him as Portugal’s standout player. Unfortunately for Ronaldo his tricks could not stop underdogs Greece lifting the trophy in Lisbon, beating Portugal twice on the way. Ronaldo returned the next season, and so did his plaudits.

He was able to keep a lid on his fashionable tricks, but still produced them at the right times. Every season Ronaldo has become more consistent but none more than this one. After an ugly world cup, Ronaldo’s reputation was crumbling as many believed that his 'cheating' resulted in England’s exit. Clearly unsettled and fearing for his life, Ronaldo’s representatives tried to engineer a move for the stepover superhero. Ronaldo was not short of suiters. Real Madrid, Valencia and other giants of the game lined up for the winger's signature, but the move failed as Sir Alex Ferguson stamped down on it. He returned to England, booed at every stadium he visited initially. But it appeared as though those boos inspried him. He had shown that he had the mental strength to thrive in the most hostile of situations. He has scored 22 goals for the Red Devils, which is quite an incredible record for a midfielder. Signed as Beckham’s heir, he brings class, goals and assists in plenty. Real Madrid were supposedly lining up a £50 million bid for the Manchester United winger. That went into the bin as he signed a new deal with the now Premiership champions. Lucky United!

1. Kaka – Ac Milan

The semi-final tie between Manchester United and Milan was labelled the clash of the two best players in the world, Ronaldo and Kaka. This year it has been hard to separate these two devastating talents but over two legs, it was clear that one was there, while the other had some distance to go. After Shevchenko’s departure to West London, Milan looked to Kaka to guide the allegedly ageing Rossoneri. And he has done just that! After AC Milan’s point deduction the team in red and black’s season was in danger. But Kaka has been able to shed some light on a relatively dark Milan side.

Despite their recent success, he has papered over quite a few short-comings, and any half-honest Milan fan will agree. Their season’s form had been up and down as they raced towards clinching fourth place in Serie A. Thanks to his goals (mostly solo efforts) and assists, Milan have battled through the Champions League, and find themselves with a great chance of making it seven European Cups. You know that if Kaka is on form, there is surely only one winner. Ballon d'Or, here he comes!

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Football / Who is to blame?
« on: May 02, 2007, 03:28:26 PM »
The current squad of U17's are on the verge of another unsuccessful qualifying campaign and us here on this site are wondering if Corneal can coach, or is he useful.Who knows?WHat are we doing wrong that USA,CANADA  and other countries are doing right.

Of the 12 qualifing campaigns ( correct me if im wrong it could be less or more) thus far in our history ,none have been succesful.Our only partipation has been in the form of hosting the event.

Do we have ah bad pool of local coaches are or a bunch of undedicated youth players

 Who is  really to blame :
Coaches
Players
TTFF

Will we ever qualify or would the public continue to HOPE

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Football / Free kick specialists
« on: April 27, 2007, 09:30:18 AM »
www.fcbarcelona.cat
Only for specialists

Ronaldinho will be one of the main stars taking part in the Free Kick Masters 2007 to be held on December 22 in Houston and is a competition to find the greatest free kick taker in the world.

This will be the second edition of the competition, and one player who surely has to be a contender for the accolade is our very own Ronaldinho. The Brazilian has confirmed his presence in the United States at a special presentation held at the Camp Nou on Friday.

The complete set of entrants has yet to be confirmed, but Ronaldinho knows he will be up against some tough opposition. “There are some very good free kick takers, all those taking part will be good at it” he said. “I like Beckham, Thierry Henry, Roberto Carlos, Márquez, Deco... All of those players can shoot really well.”

Because im a Barca fan i'll want Ronaldinho to win it ,but ah feel Celtic's Shunsuke Nakamura will give him ah test


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Football / Copa del rey
« on: April 18, 2007, 01:38:46 PM »
Barca vs Getafe Copa del rey
Barca up 2-0 in d first half, goals from Messi and Xavi

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Football / Concacaf Player of the Year
« on: March 25, 2007, 08:47:12 PM »
Is there a award given officially for a concacaf player of the year?

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Football / Scott Sealy
« on: January 25, 2007, 08:15:47 PM »
What really went wrong with Scott Sealy in this tournament?After the Bds game he never got ah chance to prove himself or after the first game Wim jus say he is ah waste,he was about to come on in the final but didn't.Wah happen dey?

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Football / Eto'o back on Monday
« on: January 14, 2007, 07:38:47 PM »
.fcbarcelona.com

Samuel Eto'o will be back at the club on Monday. After four months of recuperation work, the Cameroonian is about to begin the final stage of his recovery programme.


It was as long ago as September 27, 2006 that Barça fans learned the disturbing news. Samuel Eto'o, the team's top scorer, injured his right knee in the Champions league game against Werder Bremen. He was given five months to recover, and four have already gone by, and now he finally returns to the team.



Samuel Eto'o is expected back to the club on Monday although it is not yet clear whether he will be training with the rest of the team or on his own. With the return leg against Alavés on Tuesday night, the Monday training session will be held behind closed doors. Whatever happens, the Barça striker is expected to speak to the press after the session. 



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Football / Socawarriors car banner
« on: August 16, 2006, 08:45:46 PM »
Not sure if most of ya'll noticed it,but as immediately as Wc finish ppl take off the sticker off there cars.That display jus shows how fast trini's does jump on banwagon and jump off.

How of u guys in here have ur sticker on ur car still.

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Football / USA move into world's top five for first time
« on: March 15, 2006, 11:48:21 AM »
USA move into world's top five for first time

LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) - The United States have moved into the top five for the first time since FIFA's world rankings began in 1993 after publication of the March list on Wednesday.

Brazil remain the clear leaders, with the Czech Republic and the Netherlands unmoved in positions two and three respectively, one point apart.


Argentina are fourth and the U.S. fifth, up from their shared sixth place in February.

France drop from fifth to eighth after their surprise 2-1 defeat by Slovakia on home soil on March 1.

The March rankings cover 82 matches comprising 21 qualifiers for the Asian Cup 2007 and 61 friendlies.

Top 20 in rankings (previous month in brackets if changed, points total):

• 1. Brazil - 835 • 2. Czech Republic - 789 • 3. Netherlands - 788 • 4. Argentina - 765 • 5. (6=) United States - 764 • 6. Spain - 763 • 7. (6=) Mexico - 762 • 8. (5) France - 760 • 9. England - 756 • 10. Portugal - 755 • 11. Turkey - 743 • 12= Nigeria - 738 • 12= Italy - 738 • 14. Denmark - 736 • 15. (16) Cameroon - 726 • 16. (15)Sweden - 725 • 17. Egypt - 714 • 18. Japan - 712 • 19= (22) Iran - 705 • 19= (23) Croatia - 705
The Warriors (49) move up 2 places

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Football / Eto'o voted African Player of the Year
« on: February 16, 2006, 05:57:08 PM »
ABUJA, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o was named African Footballer of the Year for the third year running on Thursday, edging out Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba by two points in the annual poll.


Eto'o became only the second player to take the award three times in a row, matching the feat of the Ghanaian Abedi Pele in the early 1990s.

The Barcelona striker polled 108 votes to 106 for Chelsea's Drogba in the closest finish in the three decades of the award, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced at its annual gala in Abuja.

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien, who also plays for English champions Chelsea, finished third in the voting by the national coaches of the 52 members of CAF.

Eto'o, who flew into Abuja on a private jet hours before the event with Barcelona president Joan Laporte, dedicated his award to African children.

'My struggle lasted for so long and the more I advanced the harder it became but today I'm lucky to be a legend of African football because for three times in a row I have won this trophy,' he told the audience, which included Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Eto'o's award came after a year in which he helped Barcelona win the Spanish league title and finished third in the polling for the FIFA World Player of 2005.

The major disappointment for Eto'o was failing to qualify for this year's World Cup finals with Cameroon, a feat achieved by both Drogba and Essien.

Drogba also won the English title with Chelsea in 2005 and a League Cup winners' medal while Essien was a French champion with Olympique Lyon in 2005 and voted the best player in France by his fellow professionals at the end of last season before his move to London.

Neither Drogba or Essien attended the gala.

Only two of the other winners were on hand to accept their awards - coach of the year Stephen Keshi who qualified Togo for the World Cup finals and women's footballer of the year, Adjoa Bayor of Ghana.

Keshi's job is in the balance after Togo's poor showing at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt where they ditched out in the first round.


 

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Football / Warriors Defense
« on: August 22, 2005, 08:22:30 PM »
Now i might b d only one in here to think so and i might b blinded i don't noe.In defense d warriors don't hav much options ,but 4 me Brent Sancho ent fit in d mix i mean yes he came into d USA game and made some timely interventions,but when d ball was at his feet he wasn't sure ,i must admit he has been outstanding before but ..........i say give Anton Pierre another chance.

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