Ordinarily, there would be nothing special about the league leaders stacking a little more misery on the worst team in MLS.
The “worst” of which we speak at the moment is D.C. United, of course, losers of seven in a row. That’s a club record and then some.
But in this case, we’ll call it a “worthy” three points for FC Dallas, whose 2-1 win over the bunch from RFK on Saturday was accomplished without several important starters.
Center back George John and David Ferreira, probably Dallas’ two most important men all things considered, remained sidelined through injury. Ferreira left after 53 minutes of his team’s 1-1 mid-week draw with Portland. What was first described as “cramps” is apparently a hamstring issue. So, we’ll see about that one, because FC Dallas certainly misses some creative ability and a lot of ability to possess the ball without it’s Colombian playmaker.
Also missing was Andrew Jacobson, whose midfield ball winning ability was sorely missed.
Goalkeeper Raul Fernandez was rested for Schellas Hyndman’s team, and Kenny Cooper was left on the bench to start Saturday. Of course, that one is a wash since Dallas has veteran striker Eric Hassli, who made his first MLS start since last October.
No matter in the end. The home team had enough for a 2-1 win thanks to Jackson’s first half strike and a bundled in second half goal off a corner kick.
Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is embroiled in a bizarre investigation into the extortion of a sex tape.
The 34-year-old French striker has been arrested by French police who have confirmed that are investigating attempts to bribe another international footballer.
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Unconfirmed reports from France claim that the individual in question is France and Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, a former teammate of Cisse at both Marseille and with the French national team.
According to Reuters news agency, Cisse was questioned because he was familiar with the people involved and in total four individuals were arrested as it is alleged they plotted to ask for money from Valbuena for the sex tape to not be released. It is unclear if the tape is of Valbeuna and his partner Fanny Lafon, or if other individuals are involved.
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Cisse won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool and scored 24 goals in 79 games during his three-year stay at Anfield until 2007. He also had spells with Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, while he is currently out of contract after being released by Ligue 1 side Bastia following nine goals in 41 appearances. Cisse is due to appear on the French version of “Dancing with the Stars” in the coming months.
Further reports from France say that Cisse is expected to be “exonerated” and that the existence of the video is “not proven” at this point.
Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.
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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.
Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:
“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”
That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”
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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?