Twitter had one those moments around mid-day Monday as world soccer watchers began falling over one another. Reason: our social media world circulated the giddy word of corruption charges finally bringing down highly controversial FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who was apparently resigning.
Only, none of it was true.
While hacking is certainly bad and sometimes closer to evil (“Bad hackers! Bad!”), this has got to be one of Twitter’s best worst moments, if that makes any sense. Blatter’s Twitter feed and some of FIFA’s official feeds were victims today.
But seriously, who doesn’t mind having a laugh at Blatter’s expense?
Only a very small set of elites still support Blatter. Charges of financial shenanigans follow the guy and his fellow FIFA suits like loud, clanging cans attached to the bumpers of their pricey autos.
Blatter, 77, remains in charge. He may even run again, in fact. As for you naughty Twitter hackers … take a bow. We will now resume to holding you in righteous scorn.
Screen shots of the Twitter brilliance naughtiness:
Flores on future at Watford: “I need to feel happy”
On the surface, it sounds crazy: Why trade a manager who led a first-year Premier League club to relatively quick safety in England’s top flight and a FA Cup semifinal?
But Watford is not any club when it comes to their views on managers, having parted ways with Slavisa Jokanovic after the Serbian manager led them to promotion. Oh, and when hired Jokanovic was the Hornets fourth coach in five weeks.
So current manager Quique Sanchez Flores isn’t safe despite the Hornets’ 12th place status. That probably has a lot to do with Watford’s four points since the start of March, a tough schedule run that included Leicester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and West Ham.
So, could he be gone this summer? Flores has a break clause after this season, and Watford may not have a choice even if they want to keep the Spaniard around.
Asked if he wanted to stay, Flores said: “This is not the question for me now.
“I know the kind of people I want to work with. That’s the only thing I can say. In the last four or five years I work from my feelings. I work around people I feel completely protected with.
“These are my feelings. When we finish the season I will check what the conditions are but I need to feel happy.”
Who needs who the most? Flores’ season has been impressive even with the late struggles, but Watford’s managerial merry-go-round happened before the club advanced into the Premier League and they’ve survived despite making a change in the summer. Still, we’d do our best to keep Flores at Vicarage Road.
Weah, who formed the Congress for Democratic Change party, lost to Sirleaf in the 2005 election.
Declaring his intention to stand again, Weah told supporters he sympathized with the plight of many poor Liberians. He said “there were times I didn’t have school fees. I continued to strive with the hope that one day life will get better.”
Weah was the world footballer of the year in 1995. He is a senator in his West African homeland.
MLS Preview: Timbers, KC, 4 more dealing with double game weeks
That’s something on our minds as we look ahead to the weekend in Major League Soccer. For whatever reason, the league doesn’t seem to ensure that its teams with mid-week matches square off with similarly-rested teams a few days later.
That’s a distinct advantage for Toronto, L.A., Colorado and Orlando City this weekend, as New York City FC’s Saturday game with Vancouver Whitecaps is the only pairing of teams that battled this Wednesday.
Portland Timbers vs. Toronto FC — 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday
In the span of 7 days, Portland will have played in Oregon, flown across the country to draw New England, and now have to go home to face a Toronto FC team that’s been thriving away from BMO Field (The Reds’ home opener isn’t until next week).
Will Johnson is reunited with his home fans, and may make a record turn from hero to villain. Timbers Army can claim they’ll rise above it, but let’s wait until the first trademark Johnson tackle.
Sporting KC vs. L.A. Galaxy— 8 p.m. ET Sunday
The Galaxy have just poured goals past opponents over its last two matches, 4-1 and 5-2 wins over Houston and Real Salt Lake (the latter had allowed 1 whole goal over its previous 3 matches so, yeah).
KC’s inexplicably poor run since the return of Benny Feilhaber — now 1W-4L-1T since a 3-0 start — now sees the Galaxy come to town. Oh boy.
Montreal Impact vs. Colorado Rapids — 4 p.m. ET Saturday
It’s amazing what adding a 58-times capped freak of nature to go with a two-time Swiss League Golden Boot winner can do for a club. Colorado is flying with Jermaine Jones and Shkelzen Gashi, and doesn’t show any signs of stopping a run of wins that includes Seattle, RBNY and Sporting KC.
Next up, though, is East-leading Montreal. The Impact have fallen on hard times, with just one point in its last two matches.
New York Red Bulls vs. FC Dallas — 7 p.m. ET Friday
Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes — 4 p.m. ET Saturday
New York City FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps — 4 p.m. ET Saturday
Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew — 4 p.m. ET Saturday
Chicago Fire vs. DC United — 5 p.m. ET Saturday
New England Revolution vs. Orlando City — 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday
Real Salt Lake vs.Houston Dynamo — 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday
“Of course I’m not too happy with the goal we conceded in the last second. Counter-attacking in the 92nd minute makes not much sense – but it is only the first leg.
“It is 1-0 and they have to come to Anfield where we know how strong we are. We had our moments, we defended really good. This race is not over.
“If we had enough players around the box it was no problem but they played this one chip ball over Kolo [Toure], I don’t know where Alberto [Moreno] was in this moment but that was the only big mistake we made in this game and they scored with it.”
Liverpool had the best odds to win the tournament heading into the first leg, but now needs a multi-goal or shutout win to beat a tricky Villarreal, which enjoys a nice counter attack (They could, of course, also win with a 1-0 win and penalty kicks, but you know what we mean here).