DC United manager Ben Olsen over the moon about new permanent home: “The stadium we deserve”

WASHINGTON — The last five months haven’t been pleasant ones for D.C. United. A lowly 2-14-4 record and only nine goals scored in 20 matches say all you need to know.

But Thursday’s press conference with D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Grayand the announcement of a $300 million public-private partnership to build a 20,000-seat soccer stadium in the Buzzard Point area of Southwest D.C. injected some serious optimism about the future of the franchise at an ideal time.

“I’m thrilled, as you can imagine,” said United third-year coach Ben Olsen, who has been a part of the club in one capacity or another since 1998. “I’m over the moon about the situation.

“I love this city, I love this team and today they come together with a huge first step to get us the stadium we deserve. The stadium that our fans have deserved, players before me have deserved, the coaches before me have deserved and the front office before this. It’s a great day.

While land acquisition issues, approval from the city council (five council members were in attendance at Thursday’s event) and a finalized stadium plan are only some of the major obstacles that remain for the league’s most decorated franchise to finally move out of RFK Stadium, the signing of a term sheet on Thursday was a big first step.

“I believe in the District and I believe in this team being in the District. Our ownership has done a very good job in a short amount of time to push this tangible first step through,” Olsen said. “Now there’s a lot of work to do, from what I hear. But with [managing partner] Jason Levien at the helm, he’s not going to take no for an answer and he’s going to push this thing until we get to the big house.

Levien has been aggressive in his pursuit of a stadium since joining the club one year ago. In the proposed deal, the District would assume the cost of land acquisition and infrastructure while United would pay for the full cost of the stadium, estimated to be roughly $150 million. Levien said while United haven’t finalized a blueprint that he believes construction would take anywhere from 18-22 months to complete.

“I think it’s going to drive our culture and our fans and our team to new heights,” Levien said. “I think this is a long time coming. And I think that there’s going to be a pep in everyone’s step in the locker room. I talked to our players and our coaches and our management about this. This is something everyone wanted to see happen and I think it’s going to resonate on the field as well as in the city.”

Levien said the team’s focus is to have the facility ready by the start of the 2016 season, but said that the outer end of the timetable could be the 2017 season. Despite the many hurdles likely to crop up throughout the development process, Levien is as optimistic as ever about making United’s new home a reality.

“We’re all in right now. We’re fully committed to this project. I have a lot of confidence in this community,” Levien said. “We signed a term sheet that requires us to move forward. Over the last 12 months there have been stops and starts along the way. Certain things that were important for our city, certain things that were important for our team. So getting here was quite an accomplishment.”

Undergo Medical Tests, Higuain almost certainly to Napoli

Jalani Tes Medis, Higuain Hampir Pasti ke Napoli

Rome – Gonzalo Higuain’s move to Napoli just waiting for a matter of days. Certainty is increasingly clear after the striker’s Real Madrid landed in Italy to undergo medical tests, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, while Italy.
Higuain is now landed in Rome. He reportedly will be running the medical tests Villa Stuart clinic in Rome, as reported by Football Italia on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Napoli and Real Madrid finally reached an agreement to transfer Higuain in the price of 37 million euros (USD 503.6 billion). 25-year-old striker will be paid 1 million euros more (USD 13.6 billion) by Napoli from his salary at Real Madrid is currently mencapia 5 million euros (USD 68 billion).
Higuain is now dropped from the squad for Real Madrid against Lyon in a preseason game. Last week he could defend Real Madrid as Los Blancos played with the club Bournemouth.
Higuain move to Napoli news not long after the blocked his transfer to Real Madrid Arsenal. Arsenal are only able to pay for Higuain Real Madrid for 25 million euros (USD 340.3 billion) finally had to bite the fingers after Napoli dare meet Higuain price of 37 million euros.
Napoli also reportedly will soon inaugurate a move goalkeeper Pepe Reina from Liverpool on loan. Reina is planned to undergo a medical test at the same clinic where Higuain conduct medical tests.

Nasri: Disappointing Pass Season

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, revealed that last season a disappointing season for his team, having failed to win any trophies.
Competition after winning the Premier League in season 2011/12, the appearance of The Citizens considered decreased in 2012/13 season. As a result, they were destroyed in the Champions League and all the domestic competitions are followed.
As a consequence, the current coach, Roberto Mancini finally fired at the end of the season, before being replaced Manuel Pellegrini. Failure assessed Nasri last season as disappointing period.
“Obviously it was a very disappointing season and lost our title as the British champion is failure, in which case it is hard to accept the whole squad,” said the Frenchman.
“We did not win a single trophy, and it was certainly disappointing for a club like City. We’ve been through a tough year, but we will learn from mistakes to get a wonderful season next year. “

PSG Soon Attract Marquinhos

Tajir origin Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain, a leading club in the hunt for the signature AS Roma defender, Marquinhos. Reportedly, a step PSG get 19-year-old defender is.
Previously, there are at least three clubs who want to get the Brazilian. Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG are both reportedly intends to land the former Corinthians player.
The third club was even touted has sent a formal offer to Marquinhos. However, PSG seems to excel at hunting efforts signature Brazilian defender.
“We all stayed up late to be able to reach an agreement. But, we finally made it. This success is a good news for all people, “said the brother Marquinhos, Luan Aoas, as quoted by Football Italia on Friday (19/7).
The news circulating mention, PSG have agreed to pay a transfer fee of 30 million pounds (USD 465 billion) to AS Roma. The plan, the two clubs will announce the move this weekend Marquinhos.
The player’s full name Marcos Correa Aoas it does look impressive at the back AS Roma in Serie A last season. Bertandem with former teammate in Corinthians, Leandro Gastan, Marquinhos managed to displace Nicolas Burdisso in the heart of the defense I Lupi.
Marquinhos achievement was more special, because Serie A last season is Marquinhos debut season in Italy, and even Europe. Marquinhos imported from Corinthians in July 2012.

Robben: Guardiola keeps Bayern fresh

Arjen Robben is confident Pep Guardiola is the right man to keepBayern Munich fresh and ensure its astounding success in 2012-13 does not breed complacency.

Guardiola replaced Jupp Heynckes at the helm after the veteran coach guided the Bavarians to a historic treble last term andRobben believes things will only get better under the former Barcelona coach.

“Guardiola has made a good impression on me. A few things will change as he has his own ideas and philosophy. That’s only normal and it will make us even stronger,” Robben was quoted as saying by Kicker. “I believe it’s a good thing that changes are happening. Guardiola keeps things fresh.

“If he followed the exact same path we were on before, complacency could kick in. People start to think that everything went well last season, so it will be alright to continue on the same path. Guardiola makes sure that we remain alert and on our toes. We keep learning and that’s always a good thing.”

Fifa: Diving is a cancer in football

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Vice president of the Federation of International Football Association (Fifa) Jim Boyce said he believes the practice of diving or pretending to fall into “cancer in the sport of football.”

Boyce’s statement is his reaction after watching video footage of Luis Suarez as Liverpool’s players fell to the ground in a match Liverpool against Stoke which ended goalless at Anfield today mingg.
“I’ve seen a few incidents and Suarez incidents, and for me it was nothing more than a fraudulent act,” he said.
“[Diving] into cancer in this sport. If it is very clear that it was a pretense, the perpetrators should be severely punished.”
Last September, Stoke manager Tony Pulis asked the Football Association (FA) to punish the players found guilty of diving to the suspension and played in three games last Sunday Pulis said Suarez should be punished it.
Boyce added that he also thought that the action was very important even if the incident was missed by the referee.
“The actions that can be dealt with retrospectively by disciplinary committees, and it is done in some associations, I believe that it is the right thing,” said Boyce.
“Sometimes it is very difficult for referees to judge whether something is cheating or fair and if the players do the diving, their task becomes more severe.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defends Suarez.
“At the moment there seems to be a set of rules for Luis and another rule for everybody except him,” Rodgers said.

Chelsea Will Greeted with Marionette Puppet and Batik in Indonesia

 

Chelsea arrivals to Indonesia will be used up by the Blues support group in Indonesia, CISC. Greet their favorite team, Chelsea Indonesia Supporters Club or CISC prepare uniquely Indonesian souvenirs, such as wooden puppets and batik clothes.
The plan puppet show will be divided to all players and officials. While specific batik clothes will be handed over to the Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho.
While welcome in the stadium already plotting CISC 9-10 in SUGBK sector. Even already bought tickets by 8 thousand pieces. CISC later unfurled the flag with the emblem of Chelsea 5 x 10 meters, given the management of the club nicknamed Blues.
“The amount is, certainly is still growing. Problem, though many people do not idolize Chelsea, but admire players like Torres and Lampard. Due, 9-10 sector, certainly overcrowded,” said Junika Ramadoni, Chief Executive Officer of CISC.
CSIC also exciting plans to provide a set of tools for Demba Ba prayer. It is not yet certain whether the representative of CSIC could provide direct cap, cloth gloves and koko for Demba Ba.

After Napoli, Reina to Barca?

Loaned to Napoli for a season, it seems there would be no way back to Liverpool for Pepe Reina at the end of next season.
Spanish goalkeeper was finally officially released to the runner-up camp Serie A on loan for a year. Reds manager, Brendan Rodgers calls for financial reasons the club was behind his decision to give up Reina to San Paolo.
But according to The Daily Star, Reina likely will not return to Anfield if lending period is completed. Sources close to the player claim he will only return the cat to Barcelona next summer.
Reina reportedly already signed a pre-contract to return to the home club. He will instantly right on time digaet current Blaugrana goalkeeper Victor Valdes pull of the Nou Camp at the end of summer 2014 contract. [bnt]

(Neilton) The New Neymar Become Tottenham Approach

Neiton.

Tottenham now need a new striker to face competition next season. Reportedly KLUN care mengincara Andre Villas-Boas is a young Brazilian talent, Neilton.

As reported by Metro, Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a proposal for Neilton for 7 million Pounds.

Neilton an easy Brazilian talent who was 19 years old. The Santos player usually plays as a winger, but can also be installed as Neilton striker. Neilton himself promoted to the senior team Santos on Marek 2013.

Player whose full name is Neilton Meira Mestk dubbed The New Neymar because it has the style and appearance similar games. This makes Tottenham want to bring Neilton.

Tottenham themselves had once failed to bring Neymar when he was only 15 years old, and this time meraka do not want to fail again to bring Neilton.

Chelsea’s players Fasting Ramadan in Jakarta!

Wah, Pemain Chelsea Ini Bepuasa Ramadhan di Jakarta!

Chelsea arrivals to Jakarta fanfare greeted by their fans since landing at Halim International Airport, Tuesday (23/7) afternoon. But it turns out, in the middle of frenzied excitement of the arrival of Chelsea, there is one player who chose to remain relaxed while running fast. Who are ya?
He was Demba Ba! As is known, the Chelsea striker back number 9 this is the only Chelsea player who is Muslim and the middle of Ramadan fasting. With his return to Jakarta, Demba Ba was ready to feel the atmosphere of Ramadan in Jakarta.
Several hours before his departure to Jakarta, Ba also had singing in his Twitter account that he will be happy to fly to Jakarta with the atmosphere of Ramadan in different countries.
“Great time at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Off to Jakarta, see you in few hours .. Insha Allah!” Ba chirping.
Some Chelsea fans who know that Ba is also being abstinent was immediately reply to the Ba chirp with various sayings such as, “Congratulations fasting in Jakarta, Ba!”, “Congratulations to feel the atmosphere of Ramadan in Jakarta Demba Ba!” and others.
Previously, Ba was also still running the fast of Ramadan in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, two first city visited by Chelsea in their Asian tour this time.