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Arsene Wenger has made a sensational swoop to sign Jack Wilshere’s impregnated girlfriend who is set to give birth to a footballing prodigy in 9 months time. The Arsenal coach was reluctant to part with the cash but after witnessing the first kick, Wenger splashed a whopping 200 pounds for the unbirthed star.

“It’s a great bargain, I’ll tell you that. This will save us nine months of counter-balancing our wage structure with unreasonably high-priced contracts with that of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.” Wenger said

Wenger was full of praise for the child saying that he has so much potential and can not wait to work with the fetus. “I’ve seen the sonogram. He will add a lot of quality to our squad.”

Though he has been criticized heavily by fans for not diving into a voracious transfer market for more experienced and established players, Arsene Wenger assures fans that they are heading in the right direction and that they should have faith. With the departures of Gael Clichy to Manchester City and troubling rumors surrounding Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, Wenger claims this is the best piece of news  for the club.

“Yes, we haven’t achieved much in the past six years but we have always been very close and I understand their frustration. That is why I’m doing whatever it takes to secure Arsenal’s future at hand.”

With the likes of 17-year-old Carl Jenkison, and Ryo Miyaichi, the trio will become a team destined for trophies in 2030.

“It’s not always about signing the most expensive players, but you have look for cheap players nobody has ever heard or seen but also have explosive amounts of talent waiting to be tapped. How do you think I signed players like Hleb? Wilshere? Vermaelen and Koscielny?”

Asked whether he’d be looking to sign more players after rumors of Nasri leaving to Manchester City and Fabregas en route to Barcelona, the team that first rejected him in 2003, he smiled. “We’re fighting very hard to keep both Nasri and Fabregas but if they should leave, we’ll be very active this summer to sign more players of the baby’s quality,”

But not to worry Arsenal fans. Media sources have confirmed Wenger has also lined up a bid to sign Robin Van Persie’s 4-year-old son Shaqueel, who has also been dubbed a future world class striker.

AC Liberty radio is a podcast on everything soccer from the MLS, English Premier League to your own local soccer teams. It’s all just fun and critical discussions of the beautiful game. Today’s episode features controversial calls by refs in the EPL on some of Manchester United recent games. Are Man U getting a taste of their own medicine or have they’ve been unfairly singled out? Also, Vice Captain Greg Adejinle from Liberty University comes on the show to promote his intramural soccer team AC Liberty.

It may be intramurals but I take it seriously. There’s nothing like competing in your school league for the ultimate bragging rights to be immortalized in a T-shirt. So my friends and I founded AC Liberty, an intramural team for soccer. Since ACL’s establishment in 2009. One thing you need to know is that we are awesome. 

This goes back  to the time a lot of people wrote us off when we first started. FC Kozmos were the top dogs of the competition. So no team stood a chance. Despite that, we made it to finals our first year. We were also the very first team to ever knock them out in the finals stage.  Unfortunately we disbanded the following year but have returned to glory for 2011.

During a regular season, other teams like to get matching jerseys with goofy team names but I wanted to go further than that. If we were going to get jerseys and be recognized as a legit team, why not create a logo as well?

As a result, I designed  a team emblem and logo so people could identify us as a real soccer club with unique brand image. With the  logo, I took a lot of inspiration from Roman, Latin and Greek symbols and old school crests. Even our motto in Latin reads “Inciter Champitus” which comes closest to “aspring champions”

On the shield is artwork of David with a slingshot. That symbolizes our team as giant killers, underdogs and ready to take on any big challenge headed our way.

AC LIBERTY

The Barclays Premier League (BPL) has always been a league of conventionality. A league that has always been dominated by the traditional ‘Top 4’ with the decent mid-table teams knowing their place and bottom relegation teams left to scrap for survival against relegation.

But this season is different. Believe it or not, Tottenham is actually playing Champions league football and teams such as Sunderland are eyeing Europa League placement and the BPL has been so tight with teams you wouldn’t expect to see in positions at the table. No longer are managers of ‘smaller’ teams setting lower standards for themselves but are willing to compete with the best, given Sunderland’s 3-o spanking of big boys Chelsea. Arsene Wenger believes the competition has been open as ever.

“I don’t agree with people who say that the overall quality of the league is lower this season,” Wenger told the Official Matchday Programme. “In fact you can say exactly the reverse.

“Two quality teams – Aston Villa and Liverpool – met and both sides were in the bottom half. So that opinion is not really proven by concrete facts.”

Why have teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea managed to set their reputation in stone and establish an amazing stronghold in the most popular soccer league in the world? It’s all down to complete consistency and quality of work ethic.

Manchester United have never finished lower than third in the table since the formation of Barclays Premier League (BPL) and overtook Liverpool to with record win of 18 cup trophies under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, a manager who has achieved astonishing milestones with the club. He is a pure symbolism of victory and great achievements. To imagine his name without the club is as impossible to breathe without air. The same goes for Arsenal in North London a team who are the English epitome of quality football and style. A wonderful team I have had the total joy of being a fan ever since manager Arsene Wenger took over in 1997. Under his guidance Wenger has been the most succesful manager for Arsenal winning four FA cups, a league double in the 1997/98 season and the first team to go 49 games undeafeated to win the Premier League in 2003/2004. Liverpool have always been great contenders in BPL but despite the fact they have never won a domestic league title since its inception, They’re still a great championship team and have won many titles including the prestigious UEFA Champions League in 2005. Chelsea who have had legends such as George Weah and Gianfranco Zola, never won anything until the $300 million dollar takeover by Roman Abramovic. His buying of the club led to acquirement of bad boy Coach Jose Mourinho and epic signings such as Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Flourent Malouda. This devastating combination of star power became the new Real Madrid that won back to back Premiership titles in 2005 and 2006. Unfortunately, after a taste of what it means to Champions, this has also led to big-headedness of long-suffering Chelsea fans and a parasitic swarm of glory-hunters.

But apart from historic lesson aside, the main issue here is Arsenal, as always. Whenever you get into an argument about football and  which team is the best with your friends, all they have to do is take jibes at Arsenal for having a young and inexperienced side and not winning anything since 2005.

“Arsene Wenger is a pedophile and is ridiculous if he expects to win anything with children,”

“You guys haven’t won anything since 2005,”

“When was the last time you guys won anything?”

“They play great football but that’s all they do,”

“If you believe these small boys can win anything, you’ll believe anything”

Even professionals such as Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho and Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra have stooped to similar and disrespectful comments in the media.

Jose Mourinho flatly called Wenger a “loser” after Wenger made comments about Mourinho’s cheating antics in a Champions league match.

“We could lose to them but then what? There is nothing (for them), there will be no trophy, nothing,” said Evra.

“Arsenal is a training centre,” Evra told French television station Canal Plus. “I watch them play and enjoy it but will they win the title? That’s what people remember,” Evra said.

But as much as I hate to admit it, these cheap shots are painfully true. Arsenal have not won anything since 2005 and we lack some certain experience especially at defence. There’ve been too many games that we didn’t kill off and we are a very young squad with an average age of 23.5.

That doesn’t mean there’s no talent. Players such as Song, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri are stepping up to the plate and are having a great season. Despite all the media’s criticism and smack talk, Arsenal currently sit first on the table with 32 points, one point ahead of Manchester United.

And This coming Monday on Dec. 13, 2010 is the opportunity Arsenal have to make the biggest statement that they can indeed compete for the Premier League title this season with the “big boys”

And to all the jibes and mockery my only response is in Arsene we trust.

Will Fernando Torres stay with Liverpool? Will Barcelona pry Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal’s grip? Can Machester City and Inter Milan reach an agreement for the talented Balotelli?

There are too many skeptical rumors spreading around about the latest transfers. But the Football Spy from the UK has got all the credible and legit scoops regarding club transfers, players, teams and the Premier League. Video from footytube.com

Enjoy.

Arsenal lifted the Emirates Cup once again on August 1, 2010

A 3-2 win over Celtic FC at Emirates Stadium secured the trophy for the third time in four years with Carlos Vela, Bacary Sagna and Samir Nasri all on the scoresheet. However, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere won man of the match.

The major pots are Arsenal’s priority of course and they would no doubt swap the Emirates Cup for the Premier League or Champions League next May.

But it’s nice to win any trophy and Arsenal enjoyed the moment after the final whistle blew.

South Africa 2010

After 76 years of failed attempts to reach the World Cup, Ghana finally made history after a famous 3-0 victory against South Africa to enter the most prestigious tournament in the world in May 2006. That day, so many dreams came true.  There was so much joy and jubilation in the crowded streets of Accra. I had never been more proud to be a Ghanaian that day.

There have been some great moments in African football, including Ghana’s youth squad winning the Under-17 World Cup in 2009. The fact that the 2010 World Cup will be hosted in South Africa is also groundbreaking even though it has been past due.

Despite the great achievements, there are still some problems I think need to be addressed or at least pointed out.

In Ghana, football is more than just a sport. Like baseball in America, football is Ghana’s past time; it is passion that flows through every Ghanaian’s veins. It spreads infectiously; No matter where you are, you are exposed to it. It becomes a part of you.

“Nobody can deny football. Passion for football is among the children, everybody from the schools to the streets, even the blind man, they want to play football,” Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi said.

I remember growing up in Accra, any game between Hearts of Oak and Kotoko FC on a Sunday is the most exciting time of your life. You sit with your friends and debate which team is the best, then you go and play football right afterwards.

Football also gives hope, not only in Ghana but in Africa too. There is a big, untapped pool of talent. Millions of African children are looking for an opportunity to succeed in life through football.

Since poverty hits hard in most African countries, including Ghana, football is the strong and persistent belief that it is the only way to escape poverty.

“I like football so much, I’m looking forward to playing in Europe, to play in any part of the world,” Kofi Asamoah said, wearing a LA galaxy shirt. He plays in a local league hoping he will be picked up by a scout from the other side of the world.

“If I can sign a professional contract, I can give money to my parents so that they will use it to take care of my sick sister,” 9-year-old Evans Mensah said,

I admire the fact the African youth are chasing their dreams and trying to better lives for themselves. But should trying to be a footballer the only thing that they should aspire to?

 Their dreams to become footballers become ultimately unrealistic given the state of African football. Sadly, some children give up education because they believe they will be picked up by scouts from Europe.

Football in Africa is not in the best state. It needs to improve and it needs to be utilized to its maximum potential and other opportunities should be available to the African children other than football.

One major problem some countries such as Sierra Leone is that the local leagues are dwindling. There is lack of revenue coming in due to corruption by the organizers and supervisors. African footballers are only seen as cheap commodities. They do not get paid and cannot provide for their families. So there is no incentive to stay and play in Africa. As a result, there is an exodus of African players trying to get into Europe and the local game is constantly robbed of quality talent.  In addition to that, African football is seen as completely inferior to the forces of powerful foreign leagues such as the English Premier League (EPL) and the Italian Serie A.

Resources in most African countries are allocated to cable and coverage of these foreign leagues. Local villagers are all about the craze of the foreign football and spend most of their money via pay-per-view especially to watch the EPL. All that money goes to back the EPL, they get bigger and the support or structure behind the local leagues gets smaller.

I’m not saying ban the EPL from being shown in Africa. It is very popular and is a great league to watch. I just think African governments and African football associations should focus resources on developing our own local leagues. We should cut off the corruption that is preventing African football from thriving

South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) is a structured and commercialized league that is broadcasted all over Africa and even several other countries. Players are paid well, treated fairly and are treated like heroes the way English fans treat Wayne Rooney.

Countries like Ghana and Nigeria should follow suit because I believe it is in the general interest if we all want African football to be on the same level of that England, Spain or Italy

Most importantly, we also need to educate people that football is not the only way out of poverty. We have to show the children that they can be doctors, teachers, pastors, lawyers and so on by encouraging them to go to school. I am certain if we commit to these beliefs, African football will thrive and prosper even more in addition to the recent achievements. Who knows maybe Ghana will win the 2010 World Cup.

IMS sports team celebrate their win after a soccer game

When logging in to Facebook and playing Xbox got boring, Liberty University Freshman Mario Evans figured he needed a better distraction. One that kept him fit and his senses sharp, so he decided to sign up with Liberty University’s (LU) Intramural Sports (IMS) program.

Evans played soccer in high school but never got to make the team so an opportunity that was as competitive seemed worthwhile.

“I play for the fun and to improve my skills as a soccer player,” Evans said. Most of the time, Evans is at the LU Indoor Soccer Complex making darting runs across the artificial turf field, pulling off quick dribbles with his lime-green Nike Mercurial cleats and taking vicious shots at the goalkeeper.

“For me, it’s the most free-flowing sport; I love the passion and energy in the game. I just love it,” Evans said.

 IMS are organized recreational sports leagues that allow students at Liberty to participate in a variety of team and individual sports. Competition exists, but the real focus of intramural sports is health and exercise, social interaction, stress reduction, sportsmanship, and teamwork according to the Ultimate LU Web site. It has cemented itself as a natural and part of college life since 1986.

“The IMS program has allowed students the opportunity to participate in numerous sports leagues, alleviate stress from academics, and provides another chance to exercise,” IMS Supervisor Deanna Dewitt said who oversees and enforces the rules and regulations within IMS.

She has held this position since August 2009 but the first full-time employee position was not established until 2000. Dewitt was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She attended Liberty University from 2005 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and a minor in Business in May 2009. She is currently working on her MBA from Liberty as well. Over the years, IMS has expanded by adding new sports.

“We try to add sports that the students want to be involved in and with the highest interest,” Dewitt said.  

Team sports ranging from Basketball, soccer, flag football, volleyball to softball rank as some of the most played in IMS.

She also added the IMS program strives to make noticeable improvements by updating and upgrading its facilities, adding new facilities and making other changes deemed necessary. “We really do our best to give students what they want,” Dewitt said.

“I heard they were going to add horseback riding, isn’t that crazy?” Freshman Carson Meares says to his friend.

“No man, somebody would fall and break their neck. It’s Student Activities that provide that,” Vincent To said, he also works as volleyball staff for IMS.

“Well, I still think it’d be cool if we had horseback riding,” Meares said with a chuckle.

Nonetheless, the IMS offers a vast array of sports that range from dodgeball, paintball to ultimate Frisbee.

Even though Evans enjoys playing intramural sports, he and other students feel that there is more room for improvement for IMS here at Liberty.

“I started playing this semester; I like it because everyone gets to play but the organization, the refs in particular show a lot of inexperience and that makes me angry sometimes. They could do better,” Evans said. Referees and regulations fair among the biggest complaints about IMS program.

“I swear some of the refs have it out for me and my team. Some of them are on an ego power trip so there is not much you can do,” Sophomore and basketball player Derick Robinson said, frustrated over a call he felt that cost his team a regular season game.

While IMS gives students the opportunities to be active and provides them with more things to do, another constraint may be the fact that there is always the factor of time-management. As a result, students have to prioritize.

“It interferes in a way because the games are set up during class times or conflict with class times. It’s hard because you really want to play. I even know some students who have skipped exams just to play a game. That’s really bad because for me, my academics come first,” Evans said.

Freshman and Evan’s teammate Gregory Adejinle also said the sportsmanship and behaviors of some other players are very hostile.

“I like to be competitive but there are some times when things get out of hand. Fights break out, people calling each other names, you can literally smell the hate between two teams when you are playing on the field and that’s sad, considering the fact that we are in a Christian school,” Adejinle said, reflecting on one time an opponent called him a faggot.

However, these are fairly common complaints, IMS has received its fair share of criticisms but the recreational organization looks for ways to always improve and that they always the enforce rules and regulation of IMS.

 “We cannot make everyone happy with the decisions we choose [regarding the games]. However, our goal is to provide the best service possible to the student body,” Dewitt said after she and the IMS staff receive a flood-in of complaints about the refs and several regulations.

It is one of the stressful parts of her job but the staff Dewitt works with makes it all worthwhile. “It has been a pleasure working for the Intramural Sports staff thus far. Our staff is very friendly but also passionate and committed to their work. It’s a great experience working for the IMS Department.  

Apart from the organization, competition and the games, it is more of way to just hang out, spend time with some friends or make new ones. Most students know about the IMS through word-of-mouth that spreads infectiously.

“When I saw Mario chest and volley a ball from 26 yards out and score I had to get him on my team, “Adejinle said.

 Since then, they do not only play together on the team. They often eat together at the Rot and talk about Manchester United or help each other out with Math.

“Many students have also become lifelong friends from playing together within the program,” Dewitt said.

Sophomore Hillary Duncan did not have much to do until her friend persuaded her to get into volleyball.

“We were working out together in the gym and she just asked me to join her team and that sounded like fun to me,” Duncan said.

“I like the fact that we can play an organized sport but it’s more loose and relaxed than playing on a school team,”  Sophomore and Hillary’s friend Robin Tapken said.

For both friends, IMS gives them something to do, keep them in shape and has become a necessary part of life.

“When you are at the rot, you hear a lot of people talk about their games and their teams. It’s a big part of LU. So I think it’s very important to have something like that because it gives us something to do,” Tapken said.

“Even though you may not be really good at sports, I think it’s a great way to meet people so I’d definitely recommend to anyone to pick it up,” Evans said before he was on his way to his play-off game with his friends.

 For more information on IMS, students can visit www.liberty.edu/ims.

Plyometrics: Derick Robinson slam dunks

Derick Robinson blazes faster than the road-runner through the top of the key past his opponents, he takes off with blistering explosiveness as he soars way above the rim with his arm stretched out and slam dunks the basketball with powerful execution.

The pulse of the dunk elicits loud screams of awe and cheer but it is not only the dunk that gets the crowd rallied up. Robinson’s height of only 5’9 is what really turns heads and raises eyebrows.

“I’ve been jumping since I was a little kid but I didn’t know I could enhance my flight until I started working really hard at it. Right now I’ve added 14 inches to my vertical jump,” Robinson said.

The secret behind Robinson’s ability to jump higher and dunk on a 10-foot rim are the workouts he implements from time to time- Plyometrics.

Plyometrics are exercises that merge physical qualities of speed and strength. This involves the toughening of tissues and training of nerve cells to stimulate a pattern of muscle contraction. These exercises help a person to run faster, hit harder, throw further and jump higher.

The Eastern Europeans first used plyometrics in the 1970s to develop greater strength and power in their Olympic athletes. They based their programs on scientific evidence that stretching muscles prior to contracting them enhance muscle contraction according to the American Council on Exercises (ACE.)

Sports Massage Therapist Dennis Wright from Miller-Motte Technical College states it is a workout that focuses on enhancement of muscles in the body

“Plyometrics bridge the gap between speed and strength thus developing power. Muscle mass versus velocity equals power which results in explosiveness. Some exercises include leg training, box jumps and core training,” Wright said.

When used safely and effectively, benefits from Plyometrics result in stronger muscles, increased vertical jump and decreased impact forces on the joints.

Plyometric exercises are generally tailored to athletes but Wright recommended it as part of any regular workout if proper precautions are taken.

“Plyometrics should only be used after you’ve conditioned the body and developed adequate core strength and joint stability. That’s when you mostly benefit,” Wright said.

Plyometric training has its benefits but has received its fair share of criticism. It is labeled as complex and extremely dangerous.

Anybody considering Plyometric training should proceed with extreme caution due to reported cases of injury and severe muscle cramps from dangerous Plyometric programs such as depth jumping and drop jumping. Some of these programs involve jumping up and down from boxes or benches that are as high as 42 inches.

The ACE recommends only simple ground-level jumps from soft surfaces and training under proper supervision for anyone, even athletes. Plyometric training can be a smart addition to a healthy individual’s training program, as long as it is used wisely.

“When you start out with plyometrics, it is not something you should do by yourself. I had a trainer help me with my jump training,” Robinson said.

 Robinson is fairly pleased with his results after 16 straight weeks of plyometric training.

“I feel like it’s definitely helped me a lot with my basketball even though it took some work. It was worth it because when I take off on the court it’s like I got springs in my legs,” Robinson said.

On August 15, 2009 was the beginning of the 2009/10 season in the English Premier League (EPL). Arsenal‘s season opener was against Everton and they were playing away. But before the season even started, The media and sports critics completely wrote Arsenal off. They were certain of their comments that Arsenal would struggle and they would lose their place in the “Big Four” especially after they lost world-class players like Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure.  Worst of all, Arsenal fans were divided amongst each other. Some were calling for Arsene Wenger’s head because he refused to hastily sign new players, some were fearful that Arsenal would suffer another trophy-less season and some people decided they were not even Arsenal fans anymore. There was no doubt that a dark cloud had come over Emirates Stadium.

So back to the game against Everton; the referee had blown the whistle and the kick-off was a reminder that Arsenal’s make-or-break season was well on its way. Both clubs looked strong in the opening minutes of the game. Suddenly, Arsenal was in the lead with a stunning 25-yard curler from Brazilian midfielder Denilson 26 minutes into the game. Then new signing Thomas Vermaelen scored his debutant goal by sneaking in an uncontested header from a freekick in the 37th minute. Arsenal would then be up by three with a goal from defender William Gallas in the similar pattern four minutes later. I thought that was enough to silence the critics and naysayers about Arsenal, but the trashing did not stop there.

In the second half, Arsenal were just cruising through with the fourth goal. An attack by Everton was cut short and led to a counter attack by Arsenal with a string of passes that found captain Cesc Fabregas breaking through the middle of Everton’s defence to slot it through goalkeeper Tim Howard’s legs. A typical Arsenal goal but I was ecstatic as I did the robot and shouted my head off with joy. Fabregas would later score again in the 70th minute as he casually dribbled the ball just outside Everton’s 18-yard box to blaze it into the back of the net. Five goals to nil. Then it later became six goals by Arsenal as Eduardo tapped in Arshavin‘s unlucky rebound off the goal post. Six goals! Six goals by the team that  supposedly did not have a chance of contending for the championship.

The game ended with an emphatic 6-1 win by Arsenal. The scoreline is nothing short of poetic justice and a big “Fuck You!” to all the critics and all the two-faced Arsenal supporters. The scoreline is an emphatic “Shut up!” to the doubters who opened their mouths with rubbish spewing all over the place before they assesed the what a team like Arsenal is capable of.  

Even though it’s only the first game of the season, it’s a massive confidence boost for the Arsenal squad. It shows that this young team has matured and the team chemistry is coming together. So to the media and the arrogant sports critics that seem to think senseless expenditure of money and big-name signings is the only way to become a championship team should think again. Arsenal is a team that’s being built from the ground up and it’s only a matter of time before we win a trophy or cup title. Which we will. Gunners for life!

Arsenal Demolish Everton

Arsenal Demolish Everton