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PHOTO: STARS OF THE EX PERSUASION.
Zico and Ronaldo pace themselves during a charity match in Sao Paulo, dedicated to the late Socrates. (GETTY IMAGES)
YOU ONLY GET TO BE CALLED ‘VERSATILE’ IF YOU’RE GOOD.
An audio interview with the Houston Dynamo’s star midfielder centerback Geoff Cameron. // Best Soccer Show
Sandro Rossell wants players to foot the bill on agents’ fees. Gianni Infantino mentions something about hairdressers. The world continues to turn. // Reuters via NYTimes.com
With the BBC slashing budgets, The Football League Show is due for cancellation, and Match of the Day is under threat. // Daily Mirror
PHOTO: PIGGY BACK RIDE!
At least I think that’s what Carlos Bocanegra is going for here. Seems like an odd thing, but the Old Firm isn’t your usual derby match. (REUTERS)
A SCHOLAR AND A GENTLEMAN. OR JUST A GENTLEMAN…HE’S PROBABLY JUST GENTLE WHEN HE FEELS LIKE IT.
Aw, how sweet. Cristiano Ronaldo commandeers someone else’s jacket for his girlfriend. // 101GG
HALF SIDESHOW BOB, HALF SANTA. ALL DAFFY.
David Luiz is a giver. // Dirty Tackle
IT WOULD BE FUNNY IF IT WASN’T SO SAD.
China has a population of 1.3 billion people, but can’t seem to find anyone to play a bit of decent soccer. Here are the whats and whys. // The Economist
PHOTO: HEY! I KNOW THAT GUY!
Look, it’s former MLSer Fred, hugging a teammate Down Under, where Fred now plays for the Melbourne Heart. (GETTY IMAGES)
LESS IS MORE. WAIT! I MEAN MORE IS MORE! MORE IS MORE!
Someone has some suggestions for kit manufacturers, and the words “tight” and “transparent when wet” are involved. // Kickette
‘JOSE SAYS RELAX’ DOESN’T HAVE THE SAME RING.
A message for Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti from the Chronicle’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz. Chill, man. // Chron.com
THE ART OF DEDUCTION.
Does the lack of Sporting Kansas City shirts for sale mean a jersey sponsor is on the way perchance? // KansasCity.com
PHOTO: LIKE AN OLD TIMEY COMEDY DUO.
Ronaldo and Neymar celebrate during the aforementioned charity match. One is skinny and one is not. (GETTY IMAGES)
A LINK TO A LINK POST IN A LINK POST. WE’RE CROSSING THE STREAMS.
We send you here both because the site is excellent and because “two month testimonial” is a phrase that deserves to be celebrated. It’s about some French guy. // The Footy Blog
CROSSING THE STREAMS IS BAD. EXCEPT WHEN IT’S GOOD. THIS USUALLY INVOLVES SOAPY MONSTER LADIES.
A quick breakdown of FC Ghostbusters. Egon’s a centerback, that’s for sure, but I doubt he’s very good with the ball at his feet. Venkman’s a striker, and likely a black hole. Pass him the ball, and it’s not coming back. Lots of shots. Ray Stantz…decent passer, but not much creativity. A support player. Winston, the January transfer signing, adds some bite to the midfield. This is a mid-table outfit at best. Follow. Like. Who you gonna call.