How’s it going, footy fans? Today, we’ve got headlines about a move for the Union’s Sebastien Le Toux heading for Bolton, Jose Mourinho apologizing for Real Madrid’s loss and USMNT international DaMarcus Beasley getting hustled in Mexico. Here’s your Thursday Daily Kick Around!
English Premier League
Bolton could be on their way to pick up another MLS player, this time from the Philadelphia Union. Striker Sebastein Le Toux has been rumored to be transferring to the EPL team, but manager Owen Coyle stresses he’s only on trial for now.
Berba is staying in Manchester. . . for now. After speculation that United striker Dimitar Berbatov could return to former Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, the German club stated they were not making a bid to United for the player.
It was another circus yesterday as Barcelona and Real Madrid faced off against one another during a Copa del Rey match. You can get the details from our own Tamara Reinhart here. So, Real Madrid lost but instead of pointing fingers, their boss, Jose Mourinho, said he takes full responsibility for his side’s fall. He also alluded that Pepe – who stomped on Lionel Messi’s hand during the match – could be facing punishment for the action.
Speaking of Real Madrid, fan-favorite Kaka denies speculation that he could be moving from the Spanish giants to Paris Saint-Germain. Italian papers were claiming the Brazilian could reunite with his former manager Carlo Ancelotti who is now boss of PSG. However, Kaka took to Twitter yesterday, denouncing the claims.
AC Milan was dealt a blow in the news that Kevin-Prince Boateng could see the sideline for at least a month due to an injury he picked up. Boateng apparently picked up the injury during the match between Inter this past Sunday.
Italy Under-21 coach Ciro Ferrara is taking a stand. He is lamenting the fact he believes Italian clubs rely too much on foreign players rather than looking into the talent they have in Italy and putting a little faith in the youngsters.
Major League Soccer
Fear not, Chicago Fire fans! Your team has a new sponsor for the year and a new logo for their jerseys. The team announced this week it would sign a multi-year contract with the well-known company Quaker Oats and the famous Quaker logo would be appearing on the front of the clubs jerseys.
Here is something that is not only shocking but disturbing as well. If you follow U.S. International DaMarcus Beasley on Twitter – who is currently playing for Mexican club Puebla FC – you have seen his chronicling of life in Mexico, including getting hassled by the police. Yes, you read right. Beasley has been tweeting recently about incidents where he has been pulled over by police and officers have demanded money to let him go. Check out his tweets for a sobering recap of the incidents.