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Merry Christmas footy fans December 25, 2011

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From me, Alex and Gerard Piqué who sounds like a Spanish Sean Connery.
“Murry Krishmusss Rooooney”

Pele was only good in World Cups? I think not. September 18, 2011

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In a column (“Manchester United’s Rooney could yet stand comparison with Pele”) published yesterday on the Guardian’s website, Paul Wilson writes the following absurdity about Pele:

[T]he brilliant Brazilian’s fame was based almost exclusively on his World Cup performances. Every four years he would come round like a comet, then for the most part disappear from European view.

I suppose, if you consider that fame can only be “based” on the “European view,” that could be accurate. But that’s not really what fame is all about.

Of course we all remember Pele most for what he did in the 1958 and 1970 World Cups. Wilson’s drawing a comparison with Wayne Rooney, whose “career to date has been just the opposite,” he says. But in fact, I think the thing most people remember most about Rooney is his Euro 2004 performances. International performances are more memorable. The whole of England can appreciate it when Rooney scores goals for his country, but when he does it for Manchester United, it’s tainted by the fact that nobody but Manchester United fans really likes Manchester United.

And anyway, Pele gained more fame at club level than Rooney has. Rooney has won the Champions League once. Pele won the Copa Libertadores twice, and that was in the days when the tournament was open only to national champions, meaning that Pele only even got to play in the Libertadores five times, the last of which came in 1966. Pele won five national titles with Santos, all of them settled by straight knockout, rather than the league system. And he won ten state titles, the highest league system in Brazil at the time.

More than that, he toured the world with Santos, spreading his fame across the continents. It was a game featuring Pele’s Santos that is said to have stopped the Nigerian Civil War for two days. I doubt that’s an achievement Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United will equal any time soon.

Rooney puts Piers Morgan on suicide watch August 30, 2011

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Friendly banter? Probably not

Notorious Arsenal fan and  semi-famous  Simon Cowell impersonator Piers Morgan has put the island of Britain on high alert. His short but sweet tweet conversation instigated by Wayne Rooney suggests he may take his own life after what I can only assume will be a brutal stabbing of Arsene Wenger. Sounding like a disappointed mother or an opinion anyone gives two shits about Morgan  made many tweets in a matter of minutes questioning the French Manager’s future at the Emirates.

Shortly after Rooney tweeted that gem above, and received a crude Shrek comparison in return from the British Pundit. In retrospect Morgan could have just been pointing that Rooney is actually two persons that are vastly more popular than himself.

We at The Half Volley wish Morgan all the best, or whatever.