Thursday, February 11, 2010

FIFA World Cup Trophy arrives in Romania

The FIFA World Cup Trophy will arrive in Romania for the first time as part of a 225-day world tour organized by Coca-Cola in 86 countries on five continents.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy will travel across Romania from 6 to 8 April.

The Trophy Tour will include several events for which free tickets will be available through Coca-Cola promotions, according to a press release today (Thurs).

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said the tour was the most-ambitious project that had ever been dedicated to the World Cup.

The FIFA Trophy Tour started at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on 21 September 2009 and will include 86 countries. The trophy will travel 138,902 kilometres, more than three times the circumference of the earth.

The 18-carat trophy is 36.8 centimetres wide and weighs 6,175 grams. The base of the trophy has two semi-precious malachite layers and is engraved with the names of the football teams that have won the World Cup since 1974.

The World Cup winner gets the FIFA trophy and keeps it until the next World Cup. The team then gets a copy of the trophy.

The 2010 World Cup will be hosted by South Africa.
This is absolutely thrilling! First time that It will ever be Romania! Article says all. :D

Boloni resigns as Standard Liege coach

Romanian Laszlo Boloni has resigned as coach of Belgian team Standard Liege, the club officially announced yesterday (Weds).

His team won the Belgian national championship last year, but has had very disappointing results this year, as it is currently sixth in the top league.

The team is also out of Champions League play and faces Europa League matches.

Boloni, 56, had been coaching Liege since 2008.

Boloni has coached Sporting Lisbon and Al-Jazeera in the United Arab Emirates.
Boloni was one of our top 5 or 6 all-time best players (Romanian national team) scoring 25 goals for Romania in 108 appearances. He also won the UEFA Champions League and European Super Cup with Steaua Bucuresti in 1985-1986. He did very well with Standard last year in the Belgian league and deserves an applaud as a manager as well. 

Congratulations to Lazlo Boloni for a great football career!

Mutu fined €23,000 by his club for brawling and smoking

"Romanian international Adrian Mutu is facing new problems after his suspension for testing positive with a banned substance, as his club Fiorentina has decided to fine him 23,000 Euros, it was revealed Wednesday.

Mutu is being fined 16,500 Euros for his involvement in a fracas with a Lebanese citizen last year. Mutu hit the man during a party at the luxury Four Seasons hotel in Florence in December, according to the Italian media.

The 43-year-old Lebanese had to seek treatment at Santa Maria Nuova hospital.

His behaviour raised eyebrows at his team, as Fiorentina's administrator Sandro Mencucci said in an interview that Mutu shouldn't have been partying at 3am.

"Even if he was the victim of aggression, he should have been sleeping at 3am, not wandering around. He must behave as a player, which he knows how to do," Mencucci was quoted as saying. And now the club has announced he is going to be fined for the incident.

Mutu is also being fined 6,500 Euros for having been caught smoking inside the stadium, a violation of club rules, raising the total amount of the fines to 23,000 Euros.

Mutu was suspended indefinitely after testing positive twice in January for a substance called sibutramine, which is used to reduce appetite."


Adrian Mutu, no matter how amazing his skills with the ball are, is just an idiot. That's the second time being caught for drugs, whether or not there was a good reason for it. He still continues to participate in unacceptable behaviour (like smoking in the stadium). Major acts performed: drugs (twice), cop chase, appearing in explicit material(s)/magazine(s), smoking in a stadium, knocking out a man at a party at 3:00 A.M. (even though he was defending himself), and more. Sad that he does these things to himself.