Fredi Kanoute, “I Can Keep Fasting In Ramadan Even When I Am Playing”

Fredi explains how he makes the seemingly impossible a reality during a certain month each year…

fredi-kanouteTo be tremendously fit is a must for all professional footballers: a demand that leads some Muslim players to forgo the duty of fasting during Ramadan, preferring to fulfill their obligation when the football season ends. However, for Sevilla’s Freddie Kanoute, this is not the case.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker believes it is possible for a modern footballer to remain in peak physical condition during the holy month.

The likes of Kanoute, along with Real Madrid’s Mahamadou Diarra, Lassana Diarra, and Karim Benzema, are the talk of football world as doctors work around the clock to formulate a routine in order to keep them hydrated during the fasting process.
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Brazilian Football (Soccer) teams will not play in Israel but in Palestine instead

Respect to the Brasilian Football Teams!

Diplomatic tensions have sparked recently between Israel and Brazil over none other than a soccer match, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.

The Brazilian government decided to extend a gesture to the Palestinian people and hold a friendly game between two of its leading soccer teams – Sao Paulo’s Corinthians and Rio de Janeiro’s Flamingo – in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

With famed player Ronaldo as the Corinthians’ striker and Falmingo being one of the world’s top soccer teams, many Israelis would undoubtedly love to attend the game, but the Brazilians have made it clear that they are not interested in playing in Israel – only in the Palestinian Authority.

Giora Bachar, the Israeli ambassador to Brasilia inquired about the reports in the local media with the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, which confirmed them.

Bachar filed an official protest with the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, but his report to Jerusalem did indicate that the initiative has yet to find a sponsor.

“I intend to make the Brazilians understand that if a similar game is not held in Israel, we will see it as an act of ostracism,” he said. “It would be better off if they held two games, or better still – a joint game for the Israelis and Palestinians.”


Christiano Ronaldo Wants To Leave Man U!

LOL @ all those Man U fans:

Cristiano Ronaldo has backed Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s suggestion that he should be able to leave Manchester United if he wants.

For those who don’t know the football/soccer world has been following Ronaldo around trying to figure out if he is going to leave Manchester United and join Real Madrid.  If you don’t know Real Madrid, you probably know Zidane.  Zidane played for Real Madrid.

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Materazzi will face the consequences

FIFA has began an investigation on Materazzi and will punsih him due to his verbal attack on Zidane.

Following Zinedine Zidane’s televised statement last night, Fifa announced today they have opened disciplinary proceedings against Marco Materazzi for his role in the Frenchman’s sending off in the World Cup Final.

French skipper Zidane was shown the red card after butting Materazzi in the chest during extra-time of Sunday’s final, but claimed yesterday the Italian had provoked him with “hard words” about his mother and sister. He denied media reports Materazzi had called him a terrorist.

Zidane has been invited to provide a written statement by July 18. Materazzi will then be given a chance to respond before both players are called to a face-to-face hearing of the disciplinary committee in Zurich on July 20.

A Fifa statement revealed: “The decision was taken following claims made by Zinedine Zidane, who attacked Materazzi with a headbutt during the final.”

Fifa launch Materazzi enquiry

Zidane tells the World what Materazzi said

zidane.jpgZidane finally spoke on a French channel about the incident during the World Cup Finals. He didn’t talk much about the insults, except that it was about his mother and sister. He didn’t say anything about being called a ‘terrorist’. So at least we don’t have to worry about Islam being involved with it.

Excerpt from the articles:

Tonight, Zidane refused to specify. He did say, under pressure from the interviewer, that Materazzi had used swear words and had mentioned Zidane’s mother and sister.

“I tried not to listen to him but he repeated them several times,” Zidane said. “Sometimes words are harder than blows. When he said it for the third time, I reacted.”

Zidane argued that while he accepted that what he had done was wrong, Materazzi was to blame.

“The reaction must be punished but if there had been no provocation there would have been no reaction,” Zidane said. “Do you think that two minutes from the end of a World Cup final, two minutes from the end of my career, I wanted to do that?”

Zidane went on to apologize, several times, to “all children and everyone who saw the act.”

Zidane Offers Explanation for Head-Butting | New York Times
Zidane apologizes, but his family was insulted | International Herald Tribune
Zidane says Materazzi insulted mother and sister | Reuters UK
Zidane apologizes for head butt |
Zidane apologises for headbutt | Guradian Unlimited UK

Here is the transcript in English from BBC News.

Zidane may lose the Golden Ball award

FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter said:

“The winner of the award is not decided by FIFA, but by an international commission of journalists,” Blatter said in Wednesday’s La Repubblica. “That said, FIFA’s executive committee has the right, and the duty, to intervene when faced with behaviour contrary to the ethic of the sport.”

Blatter: Zidane could lose Golden Ball
FIFA president: Zidane could be stripped of best-player award
Zidane could be stripped of prize

What did Materazzi say to Zidane?

I will update this post with all the latest news to find out exactly what was said. Here are some excerpts from various news agencies:

An expert lip-reader said:

First defender Marco Materazzi spoke in Italian – a language understood by Zidane who once played for Italian side Juventus – grabbed his opponent and told him “hold on, wait, that one’s not for a n***** like you.” But she (lip-reader) saw that as the players walked forward Materazzi said: “We all know you are the son of a terrorist whore.” Then, just before the headbutt, he was seen saying,: “So just f*** off.”
Source: Revealed: The disgusting abuse that sparked Zidane’s fury

Materazzi denies “terrorist” remark:

“It was the kind of insult you will hear dozens of times and just slips out of the ground. I didn’t call Zidane a terrorist and certainly didn’t mention his mother. I am ignorant, I don’t even know what an Islamic terrorist is; my only terrorist is her (pointing to his 10-month-old daughter). I did not bring up Zidane’s mother; for me a mother is sacred. I held his shirt, for only a few seconds. He turned towards me and scoffed at me, looking at me with super arrogance, up and down. He said ‘if you really want my shirt, you can have it later.’ It’s true, I shot back with an insult.”
Source: Materazzi denies terrorist insult

Materazzi told his agent:

He said it began when Materazzi grabbed the Frenchman’s shirt, pinching his nipple. “If you want my shirt so much, then you can f…… have it after the game” Zidane supposedly said. “I’d rather have the shirt off your woman,” Materazzi responded, a reference to Zidane’s wife Veronique.
Source: Insult was to Zidane’s wife

Portuguese News said (translation):

“According to Brazilian TV Rede Globo, a lip-reader claimed that Materazzi twice called Zidane’s sister a prostitute.”
Source: Leitura labial acusa ofensa de Materazzi à irmã de Zizou

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