June 26, 2014
Suarez verdict in: 9 matches for Uruguay, no football activity for four months, fined 100K Swiss francs, can appeal, can be transferred this Summer

[link to story - ESPN]

Basically, he’s banned as far as Copa America next Summer, he cannot be in a stadium or participate in any Liverpool activities for the next four months (meaning he would be eligible again just before Halloween) and fined 100,000 Swiss francs. 

He can appeal, and he can be transferred to another club this Summer should Liverpool decide to cut ties.

July 5, 2012
Football: Coming to America

meninblazers:

This summer, top football/soccer clubs from across Europe will invade America’s shores to work into preseason form, play a few friendlies, and sell loads of kits. Below is a full schedule of those games. Do your best to attend one and report back. Come on you Ventura County Fusion!

JULY 18

  • Seattle Sounders v. Chelsea — CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)
  • Philadelphia Union v. Aston Villa — PPL Park (Philadelphia, PA)

JULY 21

  • Toronto FC v. Liverpool — Rogers Centre (Toronto, ON)
  • Chicago Fire v. Aston Villa — Toyota Park (Chicago, IL)
  • Orlando City v. Nottingham Forest — Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)

JULY 22

  • AS Roma v. Zaglebie Lubin — Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL)
  • Chelsea v. Paris Saint-Germain — Yankee Stadium (New York, NY)

JULY 24

  • Columbus Crew v. Stoke City — Crew Stadium (Columbus, OH)
  • Colorado Rapids v. Swansea City — Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Denver, CO)
  • Sporting Kansas City v. Montpellier — Livestrong Park (Kansas City, MO)
  • LA Galaxy v. Tottenham — Home Depot Center (Carson, CA)
  • Montreal Impact v. Lyon — Stade Saputo (Montreal, QC)
  • Portland Timbers v. Aston Villa — JELD-WEN Field (Portland, OR)

JULY 25

  • Chelsea v. MLS All Stars — PPL Park (Philadelphia, PA)
  • AS Roma v. Liverpool — Fenway Park (Boston, MA)

JULY 27

  • AS Roma v. El Salvador — Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)

JULY 28

  • Chelsea vs. AC Milan — Sun Life Stadium (Miami, FL)
  • Montpellier v. Lyon — Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
  • Orlando City v. Stoke City — Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
  • DC United v. Paris Saint-Germain — RFK Stadium (Washington, DC)
  • Liverpool v. Tottenham — M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD)
  • Ventura County Fusion v. Swansea City — Oxnard College Stadium (Oxnard, CA)

JULY 31

  • Juventus v. Paris Saint-Germain — Stade Olympique (Montreal, QC)
  • New York Red Bulls v. Tottenham — Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
  • San Jose Earthquakes v. Swansea City — Buck Shaw Stadium (San Jose, CA)

AUGUST 1

  • Sporting Kansas City v. Stoke City — Livestrong Park (Kansas City, MO)

AUGUST 2

  • LA Galaxy v. Real Madrid — Home Depot Center (Carson, CA)

AUGUST 5

  • Real Madrid v. Santos Laguna — Sam Boyd Stadium (Las Vegas, NV)

AUGUST 8

  • Real Madrid v. AC Milan — Yankee Stadium (New York, NY)

AUGUST 11

  • Real Madrid vs. Celtic FC — Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)

Important information for all our American readers.

March 19, 2012
meninblazers:

Reason #289 we love football. Reminds me of those nature docs where the lion hunts the giraffe.

meninblazers:

Reason #289 we love football. Reminds me of those nature docs where the lion hunts the giraffe.

February 26, 2012

afootballreport:

A young Liverpool fan painfully celebrating the Carling Cup

Those 11 seconds pretty much sum up the experience for all Liverpool fans watching the game. Still leaving Wembley with a smile…

February 13, 2012
On the pre-match handshake

This is my opinion. I did not seek out opinions from any other contributors on this blog, so I want it known that they may or may not agree with me and I am not speaking for this group as a whole.

This past weekend, a HUGE firestorm re-erupted in the longstanding rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool. As I’m sure everyone knows by now, during the pre-match walk-by/handshake, Luis Suarez of Liverpool allegedly refused to shake Manchester United’s Patrice Evra’s hand. Suarez was then summarily snubbed by United’s Rio Ferdinand. The genesis of all this was an on-pitch situation between Suarez and Evra where Suarez was accused (and subsequently suspended eight matches for) of racially abusing Evra.

I am not here to discuss the ins and outs of the racial abuse situation. What I am here to discuss is this antiquated ridiculous notion that these players MUST shake hands before the match starts. It’s merely a formality at this point, a ritual that has existed for a long time, but has now outstayed it’s overlong welcome.

Why should any of these players be forced to shake hands before the match? The captains and officials already meet before the match in the center circle for the introductions, captains handshakes, and coin toss. That should be enough pre-match pomp and chivalry right there, in my opinion. If players choose to seek each other out before the match to exchange hellos, so be it, but this idea of a formal line of handshakes with the cameras trained to catch any slight is beyond ridiculous at this point.

I understand that Evra was supposedly being the bigger man by being willing to shake Suarez’s hand and let the racial incident come to a close, but honestly, he couldn’t have been happy about it. I’m absolutely sure that Suarez did not want to shake Evra’s hand and the evidence to that was pretty obvious. Why should they have to if they cannot stand each other? Yes, it’s a sporting thing to do, but many many players have made it a point to be even more sportsman-like after the matches are over and do so with hugs, handshakes, and exchanges of shirts. That is more than enough for me, quite frankly. 

I think the media took a HUGE amount of pleasure in what happened on Saturday. They got what they were hoping for, and even more, as Suarez’s gesture then apparently caused a tunnel incident at half, and the stewards had to separate Evra and Suarez after the match when Evra made sure to celebrate directly in front of him, as United claimed a 2-1 victory.

There have been plenty of situations like this, too, this is not the first time I’ve thought this. Obviously the mess between John Terry and Wayne Bridge is another recent issue that was played out in the player lines as they ignored each other over handshakes. Why should they be forced to even confront each other if one definitely doesn’t want to? If they wanted a word or whatever, the post-match timeframe was when it should have happened. The same is true of Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez. Again, this is no commentary on what Suarez allegedly did, because racism has no part in society let alone football. What I am commenting on is that this contrived sportsmanship has run its course and should be put to rest. Let them shake hands after the match ends if they want to, and have done with this ridiculous antiquated made-for-television ritual.

January 28, 2012
From today’s Liverpool-Manchester United FA Cup clash. This Liverpool supporter in the white sweater jacket allegedly made this “gesture” at Patrice Evra of Manchester United, who was famously involved in an on-pitch racism dust-up with Luis Suarez of Liverpool.
I would suspect you’ll be hearing more about this as this week goes on. Liverpool were victorious in the match, 2-1.
[picture courtesy of about a million people on Twitter]

From today’s Liverpool-Manchester United FA Cup clash. This Liverpool supporter in the white sweater jacket allegedly made this “gesture” at Patrice Evra of Manchester United, who was famously involved in an on-pitch racism dust-up with Luis Suarez of Liverpool.

I would suspect you’ll be hearing more about this as this week goes on. Liverpool were victorious in the match, 2-1.

[picture courtesy of about a million people on Twitter]

December 20, 2011
Bad news for Liverpool FC today.

Bad news for Liverpool FC today.

October 20, 2010
Aces High! Bruce Dickinson pilots Liverpool to Italy for Europa Cup match vs. Napoli

"I would like to see Liverpool winning again," Dickinson told the Liverpool Echo. "They have had a hard time recently but they are such an institution and mean so much to so many people. It would be nice to see them with their tails up."

Liverpool fans need not to worry, however, as Dickinson has been a pilot for over 10 years and regularly flies the Iron Maiden band members around the world when they are on tour. He had flown from Iceland to Orlando on Sunday night before taking the Liverpool team to Italy this morning.

October 17, 2010
Everton 2-0 Liverpool
Despite the presence of the new owners, Liverpool had another poor outing today in the Merseyside Derby.  It appears this fine fellow sums up the feelings of the Red half of Mersey quite succinctly.

Everton 2-0 Liverpool

Despite the presence of the new owners, Liverpool had another poor outing today in the Merseyside Derby.  It appears this fine fellow sums up the feelings of the Red half of Mersey quite succinctly.

October 15, 2010
In order to educate Bostonians on what Liverpool is all about, the Globe ran this supremely excellent slide show that includes the Beatles and two shots of the Red Sox!  Because everyone knows the Red Sox are Liverpool through and through (at least, now they are - NO ONE DENIES THIS!)

In order to educate Bostonians on what Liverpool is all about, the Globe ran this supremely excellent slide show that includes the Beatles and two shots of the Red Sox!  Because everyone knows the Red Sox are Liverpool through and through (at least, now they are - NO ONE DENIES THIS!)

October 14, 2010
It appears to be over at Liverpool. Yanks out, Red Sox in! Er, something like that, anyway.

Counsel for Liverpool, NESV and creditors RBS also ridiculed suggestions that members of the club’s board had connections to the Lone Star State. 

‘They concealed this from the Texas judge because they were determined to get a second bite of the cherry,’ said Lord Grabiner QC, acting for Liverpool. ‘It is all poppycock.’

October 13, 2010
Yanks back in! Tom Hicks pulls the Texas two-step, court issues injunction barring sale!

The suit lays out the defendants’ “epic swindle” in which they conspired to devise and execute a scheme to sell LFC to NESV at a price they know to be hundreds of millions of dollars below true market value (and well below Forbes magazine’s recent independent $822 million valuation of the club) - and below multiple expressions of interest and offers to buy either the club in its entirety or make minority investments (including Meriton and Mill Financial). It describes how the defendants excluded the owners from meetings, discussions and communications regarding the potential sale to NESV and interfered with efforts by the owners to obtain financing for Liverpool FC.

I’m very excited for “epic swindle” to become new web buzzwords any second now.

October 13, 2010
Yanks out! Hicks and Gillett defeated in the High Court, and Liverpool may be saved at last.

At RBS’s request, the judge imposed injunctions on the two men requiring them to restore the original constitutions of the companies and managing directors.

This removes the final stumbling block to a £300million takeover by New England Sports Ventures (NESV), which will see the RBS recoup its original £237m loan to Hicks and Gillett when they bought the club in March 2007.

October 12, 2010
Follow the Liverpool High Court proceedings here

Hicks and Gillett representative admits to breach of contract but feels there is no urge for board to be reconstituted before Friday.

RBS dismisses this as ‘absurd’ given the company needs to repay £200m to the bank by Friday.

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October 6, 2010
Guardian reports Liverpool board accepts offer from New England Sports Ventures, but don't get excited yet. Hicks and Gillett to drag it out in the courts.

In a statement on its website, Liverpool said it had accepted a bid from New England Sports Ventures (NESV), which owns the US baseball team, in defiance of the club’s American owners. Hicks and Gillett said this morning that the offer “dramatically undervalued the club” and that they would “resist any attempt” to force the sale through without their agreement.

Any deal will be subject to a protracted legal battle after Hicks and Gillett attempted to sack the chairman, Martin Broughton, and two other board members, who were prepared to accept the NESV offer.