Sunday, May 08, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1477

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There are 5 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Re: This is where the inspiration comes from
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
2. Lampard scoops writers' award
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
3. Can I buy my coat back?
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
4. shaving
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
5. Barcelona sign historical shirt deal
From: "jer_vanlint" <>


Message: 1
Date: Sat, 07 May 2005 14:53:36 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Re: This is where the inspiration comes from

This has been posted already :)
Universitatea Craiova is indeed a well known team in Romania, as they
often played in the European Cups. It might even be Romania's biggest
team from outside Bucaresti.

<the_13th_redneck@y...> wrote:
> Football boss gives club away
> The boss of a Romanian football club has given it away for free
> because he says he's fed up with people laughing at him.
> Dinel Staicu, owner of second division Universitatea Craiova, sent
> the ownership papers to the local council.
> He enclosed a letter saying: "May you have more luck with it than I
> have, I am fed up with the whole business, it is no fun losing all
> the time and being the butt of everybody's jokes and abuse."
> Staicu, who has owned the club for seven years, said the fans had
> been on his back since his side was relegated to the second
division -
> after 42 years in the first division.
> He added: "It has got so bad that I have now handed everything to
> with Universitatea Craiova, including the players, to the local
> council for nothing."
> *************************************************
> This one's got Real Andorra written all over it :))
> That team's actually quite well known, I'd even heard of it before.


Message: 2
Date: Sat, 07 May 2005 15:05:03 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Lampard scoops writers' award

England midfield player Frank Lampard has been voted the Football
Writers' Footballer of the Year after guiding Chelsea to their first
championship for 50 years.

Leading scorer
Lampard won the award ahead of Chelsea captain John Terry, the winner
of the Professional Footballers' Association gong two weeks ago, and
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher. Despite Lampard's midfield role,
he is Chelsea's top scorer this season with 18 goals, helping the
Londoners to League Cup success and the Champions League semi-finals
as well as the title.

English winner
The 26-year-old is only the second English international to win the
writers' award over the past decade after Teddy Sheringham in 2001.
The prize has resided at Highbury for the past three years with
Arsenal FC's Robert Pires favoured in 2002 and Thierry Henry carrying
off the next two editions.

Last winners:
1992 Gary LINEKER (Tottenham Hotspur)
1993 Chris WADDLE (Sheffield Wednesday)
1994 Alan SHEARER (Blackburn Rovers)
1995 Jürgen KLINSMANN (Tottenham Hotspur)
1996 Eric CANTONA (Manchester United)
1997 Gianfranco ZOLA (Chelsea)
1998 Dennis BERGKAMP (Arsenal)
1999 David GINOLA (Tottenham Hotspur)
2000 Roy KEANE (Manchester United)
2001 Teddy SHERINGHAM (Manchester United)
2002 Robert PIRES (Arsenal)
2003 Thierry HENRY (Arsenal)
2004 Thierry HENRY (Arsenal)
2005 Frank LAMPARD (Chelsea)


Despite never achieving anything, it's nice to see so many Spurs
players inhere.

We are still waiting for the first Villa player to win this one :p


Message: 3
Date: Sat, 07 May 2005 16:29:30 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Can I buy my coat back?

Chelsea manager José Mourinho has reportedly put in a €22,000 bid for
his own coat after donating it to a charity auction.

Mourinho - who was tellingly without his trademark Armani mackintosh
for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final against Liverpool FC - had
second thoughts after giving the cashmere coat to Chelsea's official
charity, CLIC Sargent.

"Over the weekend I thought of the moments I have had this season with
my coat, and that I should keep it with my medals and other mementoes,"
he said.


I wonder if he can afford it :)


Message: 4
Date: Sat, 07 May 2005 16:33:52 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: shaving

In Spain, relegation threatened second division side Córdoba CF are
hoping that sacrificing their hair could help stave off the drop.

Coach Juan Carlos Rodríguez started the trend by promising to shave off
his moustache if his side survive, saying: "I have had this moustache
since I was about 15 - that's more than 30 years and I have grown quite
attached to it. But I will shave it off if we pull to safety."

A group of 14 first-team players have since expressed their solidarity
by promising to shave off all of the hair on their heads if the coach
is forced to go through with his pledge.


Just for that they should save themselves :p


Message: 5
Date: Sat, 07 May 2005 16:50:30 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Barcelona sign historical shirt deal

Barcelona have broken with tradition and signed a deal to carry a
sponsor on their shirts with the Chinese government to promote the
Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.

Camp Nou supremo Joan Laporta travelled to the Chinese captial to
thrash out the deal that will see the Catalan side receive at least
€19 million every year.

The five-year agreement will see the Blaugrana carry the 2008 Olympic
Games logo and then switch to promote the 2010 Asian Games in

Barcelona have admitted that they have been forced to make the move
to stay competitive in the transfer market as well as to fund huge
renovation projects at their Camp Nou complex.

Laporta claims that the deal will wipe out all the club's debts and
allow Barça to compete on an equal footing with Real Madrid when
competing for new players.

According to press reports in Catalunya the shirt will simply carry
the word Beijing and the club hope that the fact that the sponsors
are not a corporation or a business will win over sceptical fans.

The deal leaves Athletic Bilbao as the only club in Spain to have
never carried a shirt sponsor, although the Basque Country club did
carry the word Eusakdi on their jerseys to promote the Basque
regional government in their Uefa Cup and Copa del Rey games this


Just like every team, Barca indeed needs to find new financial
resources and shirt sponsoring is just a big boost.

Barca are reknown for their decision to have no shirt sponsor, so I
indeed think that their choice for 'Olympic Games' sounds much better
than a car or electric device :)

Well done Barca!


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