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EDISON CAVANI CRISIS

Published March 18, 2013 by Tony

THE MATADOR’S BAD TIME

Cavani and wife in Naples

There would be a marital crisis behind the last poor performance of Edinson Cavani, player of Napoli football team.

The news, revived by SkySport24, is making the rounds on all the Gossip websites.
The Uruguayan had not scored for eight games and had recently explained that he missed his family, which is in Uruguay, where his second son Lucas lately was born. But according to some gossip, the reason for the crisis would be another.
The Napoli striker would indeed be in crisis with his wife, who meantime would have even filed for divorce.

At the base of the break, a young Neapolitan girl, for which the Matador would have “lost his head” for quite some time now. It is said that Cavani in recent times is assiduously dating a twenty-two Neapolitan student, the daughter of a restaurateur, just known in the room where the player often goes to eat pizza.
The two were pinched in romantic outputs and their love story would also have been discovered by his wife, Maria Soledad, when she was in Naples, before giving birth to the second child. For this reason, she would have gone away. Back in Uruguay, and after giving birth, she would be looking for a lawyer willing to divorce.
According to some, this would be the explanation of Edinson’s bad time, who fortunately, during yesterday’s match Napoli-Atalanta, has finally “broken the ice” and returned to score.

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DIEGO MARADONA IN NAPLES

Published February 26, 2013 by Tony

EL PIBE returns in Naples

Yesterday Diego Maradona made his return to Italy to resolve problems with the Italian Revenue, and after landed in Rome with his lawyer, then he made a stop in Naples, the city that is in his heart and that long wanted to see again, after eight years of absence. “I want to meet the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano” he said. A cheering crowd of fans, young and old, has received him on his arrival, while by car he wanted to go to the stadium then passing for the waterfront. The fans and the boys who followed him on motorbikes started singing “Maradona è meglio ‘e Pelè,” the song “O sole mio,” and the historic song dedicated to him, “O mamma mamma mamma….” .
Another crowd of Neapolitans along with journalists and cameramen were waiting for him when at 16.40 has arrived at the Hotel Royal, hotel which has hosted him free of charge in the presidential suite (to prevent further requisition of goods, he came here without values or money).
A piece of Napoli’s football history that gave us so many emotions. “How I missed Neapolitans,” Maradona confided to who is with him as he prepares for a press conference scheduled for tomorrow. In the hotel he met the Neapolitan actor and comedian Alessandro Siani, and then went to dine in the restaurant of his friend Bruscolotti (former captain of Napoli team) with Carmando, his historical masseur). In the evening in his room, El Pibe  followed the match Udinese-Napoli. “I’m happy to be back here,” he said. “I saw the game and Napoli had to win, deserved it.”
Maradona will probably attend to the highly anticipated match Napoli-Juventus, and now it only remains to see whether here in the city something in his honor will be organized.
Diego Armando Maradona has released this statement to “Napoli Magazine“:  “I have never been a tax evader, if you must blame someone, do it with those who have signed the contract on that time, I had nothing to do with that. Thank also to Neapolitans whose affection and love towards me has not changed… Naples has a memory, the memory that maybe someone wants to distort with things that do not exist. I only come to ask justice and let me walk for Italy because I have not killed anyone. There are so many beautiful memories of Naples, we could be here for hours. I couldn’t come, I represented this city and went away crying ….

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HOMOSEXUALITY AND SPORT

Published February 7, 2013 by Tony

GAY FOOTBALL PLAYERS

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In Naples, the first football team with gay players is born.
The idea came, more than a year ago, to a Neapolitan actor, George Sorrentino, a football fan, who, with the intent to organize a five-a-side football team, began to look for other gay players on social networks frequented by Neapolitan homosexuals.
After receiving more than thirty accessions, the actor was able to finally form a futsal team which he called “Pochos” (a word which means kids in Argentine), team which officially was presented yesterday during a presentation to the “Pinguin cafe” in Naples, with the presence of journalists, the head of Arci Gay sports of Naples and the presenter Cecchi Paone, who long ago had the courage to make a public coming out.
The name “Pochos” was chosen in honor of the former football player of Napoli Ezequiel Lavezzi, who was nicknamed the “pocho” by Napoli fans and that since he is playing in France, has been chosen as the sexiest player by a Ezequiel LavezziFrench gay magazine.
Beyond the sport, this initiative arises mainly because in the world of sport, and football in particular, sexuality is still taboo, with too many cases of homophobia around.
The same silence that usually circulates in racing circles, about the sexual orientation of the players, is indicative of fear and prejudice, someway a symptom of violence.
As Sorrentino says: “In football, players are afraid to declare their sexual inclinations. We do not want to fight prejudice, because otherwise we got ghettoized, but we want to play football with the participation of both gay and ethers, and convince everyone that when you score a great goal, the sexual orientation of those who scored it is not a matter.”
T-shirts, created for the occasion, will have drawn a stylized Vesuvio with a rainbow, in the hope of a “nice time” after the “storm”.

Diego Armando Maradona

Published February 6, 2013 by Tony

THE CASE MARADONA

Diego Armando Maradona’s debt for unpaid tax increases again. The Provincial Tax Commission of Naples, rejected as unacceptable an appeal by the football player, also condemned to pay the expenses of the delayed payment for a total of € 2000. The judgment has been filed on January 10 last year. Maradona’s lawyers had filed an appeal to challenge the “silent rejection” by which the tax authorities had accepted the request to cancel the folders former Napoli striker Football relating to non-payment of taxes in six different years, from1985 to 1990. In particular, it was alleged failure to notify the folders, the time-limits for the requirements and the invalidity of the notice of default.
Angelo Pisani, Maradona lawyer in dispute with the Italian tax authorities, says: “Who lost the appeal was not Maradona but the Inland Revenue. The judgment was filed on February 1 was written on purpose to make it look like we had lost. The truth is that the appeal of the Revenue was rejected and confirmed the judgment of the tax courts of ’94 who claimed that the tax assessments, against Naples football society and its player at the center of the dispute, were invalid. In short, Maradona was acquitted in the tax even if the investigation went on for the recovery of sums alleged by the Italian public company in charge of the collection of national taxes.”

The player can not visit Italy, but for years now he wants to return, back to Naples, where hundreds of fans are waiting for him with open arms, and most recently, in an interview, he also released a video addressing Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic.
I ask to Italian politicians to see clearly what is behind all this. I did not steal anything, there is no evidence to prosecute me. If I’ve been wrong, it was for other things”.


But for those who do not know him, let’s see what and who Maradona is.

Today Diego Armando Maradona is an Argentine football coach but, once was a famous football player nicknamed “El Pibe de Oro”. Many experts, football critics, players, and football fans in general consider Maradona the greatest football player of all time. He is the only footballer to set world-record contract fees twice, firstly when transferring to Barcelona for a then world record £5m, and secondly, when transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9m. During his professional club career Maradona played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys, but at club level, he is most famous for his career in Napoli football team.
Maradona is considered one of the sport’s most controversial and newsworthy figures. He was suspended from football for 15 months in 1991 after failing a drug test, for cocaine, in Italy, and his outspoken manners have sometimes put him at odds with journalists and sport executives.
At Napoli, Maradona reached the peak of his professional career (from 1984 to 1991). He quickly became an adored star among the club’s fans, and in his time there he elevated the team to the most successful era in its history. Led by Maradona, Napoli won their only Serie A Italian Championships in 1986/87 and 1989/1990, placing second in the league twice, in 1987/88 and 1988/89. Other honors during the Maradona era at Napoli included the Coppa Italia in 1987, (second place in the Coppa Italia in 1989), the UEFA Cup in 1989 and the Italian Supercup in 1990. Maradona was the top scorer in Serie A in 1987/88.
During his time in Italy, Maradona’s personal problems increased. His cocaine use continued, and he received US $70,000 in fines from his club for missing games and practices, ostensibly because of ‘stress’. He faced a scandal there regarding some illegitimate sons; and he was also the object of some suspicion over an alleged friendship with the Camorra.
Later on, in honor of Maradona and his achievements during his career at Napoli, the #10 jersey of Napoli was officially retired. Maradona was dominantly left-footed, often using his left foot even when the ball was positioned more suitably for a right-footed connection. One of Maradona’s trademark moves was dribbling full-speed on the right wing, and on reaching the opponent’s goal line, delivering accurate passes to his teammates. Another trademark was the Rabona, a reverse-cross pass shot behind the leg that holds all the weight.
In 1999, he won FIFA Player of the Century award which was to be decided by votes on their official website, their official magazine and a grand jury. Maradona won the Internet based poll by wide margins, garnering 53.6% of the votes against 18.53% for Pelé.

In Argentina and Naples, the champion is indicated as a symbol and hero of the sport because of its humble origins and its original low social status: in spite of the multiple gains did not lose the ways of expressing and the vocabulary specific to the fringe of the less well-off population. To this was added his stand against the “strong-powers”, especially with the Neapolitans who saw him as a representative of “oppressed” in Southern Italy that fought against the “dominance” of the rich teams in the North. It was for this reason, not only for his achievements in the fields of football Maradona was practically worshiped by both Argentinians and Neapolitans.

Over the years, Maradona has been involved in various legal proceedings, partly resolved out of court. Those that have had more prominence are definitely related to different paternity, but several were those for drugs, assault and economic issues.

“I want to become the idol of the poor children of Naples, because they are like I was in Buenos Aires”.
(Maradona said on 5 luglio1984 at the official presentation at the San Paolo stadium in Naples)

Religious display of Maradona in Naples

In 2000, the Napoli football team decided that never again a player would wear a shirt with the number 10 belonged to Maradona. But in 2004, due to the regulation on the number of T-shirts, the team, however, was forced to reprint the shirt with that number.
When Maradona had left the city of Naples, emerged other economic problems with the Italian tax authorities, who accused him of evading taxes during the last two years of stay in Naples. It is said that the leaders of Naples football team did signed players two contracts, one for players and one for image rights, and this procedure was seen by Italian Finance Police as tax evasion. Having regard to the Italian law that provides for the increase in arrears with the passing of the years, a judgment of the Supreme Court in February 2005 condemned the player to pay 31 million euro. In May 2008, reached the figure of € 34 million due to the accumulated interest. In March 2009 Italian officials announced that Maradona still owed the Italian government €37 million in taxes; €23.5 million of which was accrued interest on his original debt. In this regard, the Italian Finance Police seized his fee of € 3 million received in 2005 for taking part in an Italian TV program, also in 2006, at a charity event in Naples,were seized two Rolex watches gold worth 10,000 euro. In September 2009, during his last stay in Italy, were further seized two diamond earrings valued at € 4,000.

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EURO 2012

Published June 26, 2012 by Tony

ENGLAND – ITALY

Last night Italy charms Italian fans and amazes whole world for his performance against England. Although after the first 10 minutes the race was in favor of the Italian team, forcing the opponent to play more in defense than attack, a series of misfortune and missed goals, gave back a draw. After extra time, where Italy again prevailed upon England, during penalty kicks the fate finally gave to Italian players what they deserved from the beginning: the victory!

Now we expect the semi-finals against Germany.

Great Italy!

NAPOLI FOOTBALL TEAM

Published May 21, 2012 by Tony

Napoli Wins Italian Cup

Napoli team

Today “Il corriere dello sport“, the most important Italian sports newspaper, devoted its front page to the final championship of the “Italian Cup“, writing in large letters:

Great..

Great…

Great Napoli!


Naples
beat Serie A champion Juventus 2-0 yesterday night, inflicting the Bianconeri’s first defeat of the last months. It seemed impossible to beat Juventus this season also if all the Naples’ squad has done something extraordinary these past three years. Anyway, Edinson Cavani broke the deadlock with a penalty and then Marek Hamsik sealed the result with the second goal seven minutes from the end. Everyone talks about Cavani, Lavezzi and Hamsik, an exceptional group that Naples’s fans call “the three tenors”. Also if it’s almost certain to have been the last game for Lavezzi in the Napoli football team (perhaps will be the Paris Saint Germain to buy The tree tenorshim), and for this he probably has cried at the end of the game, near the cup. At the end of the game, at night, hundreds of thousands of people have took the street to celebrate the event, a flood of euphoric young people  went on a binge until dawn. Just arrived from Rome, the “blue football team” has risen on a open sightseeing bus and toured the city to greet the warm Neapolitans. The bus moved through the delirious crowd, while the players aboard showed excited the cup. They were 25 years that Napoli football team didn’t win this trophy, since the superstar Maradona time. The whole city has enjoyed because too many years that the team had not won a trophy; a team that for unknown reasons is always mistreated by other teams and sports critics (sometimes small teams from the South bother, evidently!), although in recent years it has proven to be a great team, as it even had defeated Chelsea in the knockout stage of the Champions League, which is now the European champion. Therefore, beyond the cup, there is the satisfaction and the revenge of an entire city and of many fans who, for better or for worse, they always follow their favorite team.

I rejoiced with them and now can only repeat GREAT NAPOLI!

MUD BATH

Published May 5, 2012 by Tony

GET DIRTY

Mud bath

A mud bath is a bath of mud (balneotherapy), commonly made in areas where there is (hot) spring water often combined with volcanic ash. Mud baths have existed for thousands of years, and can be found now in high-end spas in many countries of the world. Mud baths have been used since ancient times for therapeutic benefits, to treat health problems and to beautify the skin. It’s told that even Cleopatra enjoyed mud baths. Historically, the mud bath treatment has been used for centuries in Eastern and Western European spas as a way to relieve arthritis.There are two basic ways of taking a mud bath. The first is to take a deep body bath in warm diluted mud and the second is to apply a thick coat of mud to the body and leave it on until it dries. Both types are typically used in spas. In addition to their many other benefits, mud baths usually produce a feeling of deep relaxation that helps to reduce stress. And …. without mentioning the good satisfaction and the great feeling to mucking up own body by a sticky/pitchy stuff, setting free and stay dirty, as only kids know.
Mud baths come from many source and each type of mud has its own distinct benefits: lakes, saltwater sea (e.g. Dead Sea in Jordan and Israel), hot springs (e.g. Calistoga, Napa Valley, California), mud volcano (e.g. Pulau Tiga, Malaysia, spa around Vesuvius, Italy).
The mud is linked to some weird or unusual sports and events like:

Mud bowl championship in North Conway;

Mud Bowl   Mud Bowl

Mud Pit Belly Flop Contest, where people must  jump into a mud pond during the annual Summer Redneck Games in East Dublin.

Mud Pit Belly Flop
The Mud football contest runs in many countries (Australia, China, Scotland, England, Finland).

Mud Football
Maldon Mud Race in Essex,  originated in 1973, involves competitors racing around a course on the mudbanks of the river Blackwater at low tide. Another similar is the mud run hosted by the Greater Columbia Marine Foundation in North America.

Mud Maldon   Mud Maldon
Bloco de Lama in Brazil,  an unique party and cultural experience during Carnival Time, in Parati, Rio de Janeiro. Here people clad in swimwear and rags, slathered in mud, adorned with branches and bones and crying “ooga ooga ha ha”.

mud Bloco de Lama

Bloco da Lama carnival parade in Paraty near Rio de Janeiro

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The Boryeong Mud Festival, an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong, in South Korea.

Mud festival
The Mud Day for kids in Detroit,  where hundreds of kids of all ages  got down and dirty in a giant puddle to celebrate the annual Mud Day event.  Kids will have a chance to get plenty dirty and everyone encourages it!

mud day detroit

mud day, detroit
Beside, the Mud Day in Michigan,  an annual ritual to wallow, slather and generally gad about in glorious mud. A lot of people (most kids) turn up the for the state annual mud day, where mud is king.

Annual Mud Day Michigan

Mud day in Westland

mud day michigan

OTHERS MUD BATH IMAGES:

Mud bath in PAKISTAN