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Man Utd and Chelsea back 'Football v Homophobia' campaign Manchester United and Chelsea have joined the 'Football v Homophobia' campaign for the first time as the group seeks to gain support from 50% of professional clubs in England. Of the Premier League's 20 teams, 11 are involved but only 17 from the Football League's 72 clubs plan a "visible anti-homophobia stance". The 28 professional clubs backing Football v Homophobia
  • Premier League: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Stoke, Sunderland, West Ham
  • Championship: Derby, Huddersfield, Millwall
  • League One: Bradford, Brentford, Coventry, Gillingham, MK Dons, Oldham, Walsall
  • League Two: Chesterfield, Exeter, Mansfield, Northampton, Portsmouth, Wycombe, York
Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and West Ham have all backed the scheme. "We're passionate about supporting this," said West Ham's Kevin Nolan. "We hope that it sends out a message that there is no place for discrimination in football, nor in any sport." The Hammers kicked off a month of action in February by wearing Football v Homophobia T-shirts before their 2-0 win over Swansea last Saturday. Other top flight clubs such as Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Everton, Stoke and Sunderland are set to follow suit via a range of promotional methods. The idea of the campaign is to challenge homophobic behaviour while welcoming more lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people to football. Last February, 31 clubs showed their support, with eight of those from the Premier League. Earlier this season, another anti-homophobia group, Stonewall, encouraged players to wear rainbow laces but few clubs took part...
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Saw this feature on joe.ie 29 good reasons to celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo’s birthday
The hard part was narrowing it down to 29 to be honest. Happy birthday Cristiano. As far as footballers’ birthdays are concerned, you’d be hard pressed to find a better day than February 5. Carlos Tevez, Neymar, Gheorge Hagi and Adnan Januzaj are all a year older today but all of them have to play second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo, who was born in Madeira on this day 29 years ago. With over 400 goals in his career to date and undisputed status as the best player in the world alongside Lionel Messi, Ronaldo has any amount of career highlights that we could have picked out on his special day, but we’ve trotted through the archives to pick one for every year he’s been alive to date. Happy Birthday Cristiano. 1. His explosive Manchester United debut 2. Crucial solo goal v Fulham, 2007 3. Unbelievably brave header v Roma, Champions League quarter-final, 2007 4. Cheeky back-heel v Aston Villa, 2008 5. Free-kick v Portsmouth 2008
What a total joke. Win the league cup last year with a club like Swansea on a shoestring whilst playing football the envy of much bigger clubs and get sacked after a bad half season. Football has gone mad.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/fo...-ace-William-Carvalho-eighth-time-season.html
Hard to glean too much from YouTube Video's so I'll try to catch a couple of Sporting games soon to see if he's any use. Seems to be a good reader of the game who positions himself well, nice and aggressive, athletic and comfortable enough on the ball from what little I've seen. If it's true we've watched him 8 times then it would make you think we're pretty serious about him.
So then lads, as straightforward as it seems? Mourinho to keep it tight, City to squeeze through with a 1-0? Only way I can see it going. Come on Chelsea!