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General Discussion / Attention Fatima Past Pupils
« on: November 15, 2007, 08:20:46 AM »
 All Fatima past students, I just heard that Francis John died. I am not sure how many of alyuh know him. But he wasnt sick or anything, he just died.
RIP and god bless his family.

Football / Makelele Surplus
« on: August 01, 2007, 11:16:57 AM »
FC Barcelona are preparing to make a formal offer to sign Claude Makélélé from Chelsea and the London club are unlikely to stand in his way, according to L'Equipe.

zoom - galleria The Blaugrana's squad looked to have been finalised after their capture of four players last month, but they are now keen to add a central defender to their ranks.

With Thiago Motta being told that he can leave and Edmílson set to follow him out of the club when he recovers from injury, Barça want back-up for the position.

Touré Yaya is seen as the long-term option to play in front of the back four after his arrival from Monaco and Makélélé would be used a mentor figure.

Chelsea would have few problems allowing the former Real Madrid midfielder leaving after he fell out of favour last term for critcising the Abramovich regime.

Makélélé has played just 45 minutes in the Blues' pre-season run so far this summer and is keen to find a new club, with PSG and Juventus also said to be monitoring the situation.

Any transfer fee would be minimal for the 34-year-old, who is behind Job Obi Mikel, Mickaël Essien and Lassana Diarra for the position at Stamford Bridge.

Despite Barça set to ask the French veteran to take a pay cut to join them, the chance to team up with Thierry Henry, Éric Abidal and Lilian Thuram at Camp Nou could be too good to turn down.

Juve In For Makelele?
Seemingly it's not just Barca who have an eye on Claude Makelele. The outbound Chelsea midfielder could yet end up at Juventus...

zoom - galleria The Independent reports that Claude Makelele is a transfer target for Claudio Ranieri at Juventus.

With Barca's interest all but confirmed, Juve have now become the second club to be heavily linked with the player. A move from PSG could also be in the offing but, for now, the Old Lady fancies its chances.

Makelele is on the verge of being surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. Coach Jose Mourinho, stung by injury crises in years past, recognises that Claude is essentially third-choice for the holding role - Mikel and Essien being the first two - but will not let the player leave unless a replacement is sought before the transfer window slams shut.

Should such a replacement arise, the 34 year old will be allowed to leave without a fight. Claudio Ranieri, the man who brought Makelele to Chelsea from Real Madrid, is said to be eager to reunite with his former colleague and sees his experience as ideal for Juve's return to the top flight.

Makelele's deal expires in June 2008, with little to no chance of an acceptable extension being signed before then.

I never thought mak mak would be 3 or even fourth in line for that position on the field.....

Football / The Best Ever Barça First Eleven from Goal.com
« on: October 12, 2006, 05:53:25 PM »
After Spanish-language Catalan football daily ‘El Mundo Deportivo’ (The Sporting World) offered diehard Barcelona fans the chance to choose their all-time favourite Blaugrana line-up, Goal.com extended the challenge to English-speaking readers and the response has been great...

The original article, for those who missed it, can be accessed by clicking on the ‘The Best Ever Barça First Eleven?’ blue link on the left.  To add to the growing debate about who should be included – and the difficult decision of who to include – here are the opinions expressed by a serious of well-known pundits in Spain:

The Best Ever Barça First Eleven – Sketches From Spain

Julio Salinas (retired striker FC Barcelona)

(3-4-3) Zubizaretta; Migueli, Koeman, Puyol; Suarez, Schuster, Kubala and Maradona; Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Romário

Víctor Muñoz (ex-FC Barcelona midfielder, Panathinaikos Coach)

(4-3-3) Zubizarreta; Rifé, Migueli, Ronald Koeman and Julio Alberto; Kubala, Suárez and Pep Guardiola; Cruyff, Maradona and Ronaldinho

Jordi Basté (Catalan Radio journalist)

(4-3-3) Zubizaretta, Puyol, Migueli, Ronald Koeman and Segarra; Pep Guardiola, Kubala and Maradona; Cruyff, Ronaldinho and Eto'o

Jordi Medina (FC Barcelona Presidential candidate)

(3-4-3)Ramallets; Puyol, Migueli and Koeman; Neeskens, Schuster, Samitier and Kubala; Stoichkov, Cruyff and Ronaldinho

Toño de la Cruz (retired FC Barcelona player, Coach)

(4-3-3) Sadurní; Puyol, Migueli, Biosca and Sergi; Guardiola, Suárez and Schuster; Messi, Cruyff and Ronaldinho

Òscar Garcia (ex-FC Barcelona striker)

(3-4-3) Valdes; Puyol, Koeman and Sergi; Schuster, Guardiola, Deco and Figo; Ronaldinho, Romário and Ronaldo

Raul Llimos (RAC 1 – Catalan radio – Journalist)

(4-3-3): Ferrer, Migueli, Koeman and Puyol; Suarez, Kubala and Maradona and Ronaldinho; Cruyff and Ronaldo

Sant Cugat Barcelona Supporters’ Group

(4-3-3) Ramallets; Benitez, Biosca, Blanc and Gracia; Maradona, Laudrup and Suarez; Kubala, Stoichkov and Cruyff

Tomas Guasch (Sub-editor, ’As’ newspaper, Madrid)

(3-4-3) Ramallets; Benitez, Biosca and Eladio; Schuster, Segarra, Figo and Suarez; Kubala, Maradona and Ronaldinho

Claudia Vives-Fierro (Member of FC Barcelona board of directors)

(3-4-3) Victor Valdes; Puyol, Koeman and Rafael Marquez; Shuster, Guardiola, Deco and Xavi; Messi, Ronaldinho and Eto’o

Albert ‘Chapi’ Ferrer (retired right-back, FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC)

(4-4-2) Zubizaretta; Puyol, Nadal, Costas, Sergi; Guardiola, Kubala, Figo and Laudrup; Ronaldo and Romario

Andres Montes (Commentator)

(4-3-3) Ramallets; Benitez, Gallego, Migueli and Puyol; Schuster, Suarez and Maradona; Kubala, Cruyff and Ronaldinho

Josep Maria Minguella (ex-Agent, FC Barcelona Presidential candidate)

(3-4-3) Ramallets; Puyol, Migueli and Segarra; Samitier, Kubala, Suarez and Maradona; Stoichkov, Cruyff and Ronaldinho

Ramon Cugat (FC Barcelona doctor and surgeon)

(4-3-3) Ramallets; Benitez, Puyol, Koeman and Sergi; Xavi, Guardiola and Schuster; Kubala, Cruyff and Maradona

David Barrufet (World Handball Champion)

(3-4-3) Ramallets; Puyol, Migueli and Sergi; Xavi, Schuster, Maradona and Laudrup; Kubala, Cruyff and Stoichkov

‘Lobo’ Carrasco (ex-FC Barcelona player, Catalunya Coach, Commentator)

(3-4-3) Zamora; Benitez, Koeman and Julio Alberto; Neeskens, Ronaldinho, Maradona and Kubala; Rivaldo, Cruyff and Romário

what alyuh think.. who alyuh go pick???

Football / Pictures in the Gallery
« on: May 10, 2006, 02:03:15 PM »
I was watching some of the pictures in the gallery and i wanted to know how come in most of them we have like 5 strikers on the field?????

Yorke, John, Jones and sealy.....and in most of the pictures i trying to work out a line up and cyah see what kind of formation we were playing...

Football / North Intercol Final
« on: November 15, 2005, 02:16:18 PM »
Anybody know if the north intercol final coming over on any online radio station??

Football / SSFL
« on: October 13, 2005, 09:59:59 PM »
Congats to T&T .but anybody know the scores or the standings as of today?

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