Wagner 4 Werder

29 03 2012

Sandro Wagner started his football career at local club Bayern Munich. He then played for MSV Duisburg for a season and a half before making the move to Werder Bremen.

“I can hardly wait,” he said. “The transfer to Werder is a dream come true for me as I join the club I supported as a child. As soon as I heard that I had the chance to move to the Weser, my decision was made despite having a few other offers.”

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German Toffee kisses his country’s badge

28 03 2012

After scoring both goals in Germany U21s 2-2 draw with Italy U21s, Lewis Holtby kissed the badge.

His father, Chris Holtby, is a former English soldier from Liverpool who was stationed at the Rheindahlen RAF base in Mönchengladbach and his mother is German. Lewis, like his father, is a fan of Everton and has said it would be a dream come true to play for them…

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Casillas kisses boyhood badge against Barcelona

27 03 2012

Iker Casillas was just nine-years-old when he joined boyhood team Real Madrid and became their number one when he was eighteen. In 2008 he signed a nine-year contract extension which would keep him at the club for the rest of his career…

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Torres loves Atletico… not Liverpool or Chelsea

26 03 2012

Fernando Torres was a hero at Liverpool after spending three and a half seasons at the club and scoring 81 goals. The fans sung his name every week and he was hailed as a legend. There was no badge kissing, apparently, just a bit of shirt biting.

“I really feel at home here,” he said in December 2009. “From the first day I came right up until today I have felt that Anfield is my home. I feel like I am from Liverpool. For me, Anfield is the best place in England. I hope to be here for a long time and if my daughter speaks English and Scouse, I will be proud.”

A year later he signed for Chelsea…

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Uruguayan kiss for one season club

26 03 2012

Matias Corujo joined Uruguayan team Penarol for the 2010-2011 season. He kissed their badge after scoring in a 1-1 draw against Internacional in the Libertadores Cup.

Two months later he signed for Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño.

Del Piero’s off… but still kisses the badge

25 03 2012

Alessandro Del Piero joined Juventus when he was 19-years-old and holds the club’s all-time highest goalscoring record. He has played almost 700 games for Juventus and won five league titles…

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Taylor’s Latics love

25 03 2012

Chris Taylor is a lifelong Oldham Athletic fan and is no stranger to kissing the badge. After joining Oldham from local team Springhead when he was 16, he has gone from strength to strength.

A year after signing his first contract with the club, he was linked to Leeds United, prompting Oldham to improve his terms…

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“Sheffield United fan” kisses badge on derby day

25 03 2012

Stephen Quinn joined Sheffield United seven years ago when he was 19-years-old.

In the summer of 2010 he signed a contact extension and said: “I am absolutely delighted to settle the deal and couldn’t be happier here because I am so settled. All my family are here and love it to pieces. I have been here for seven years and the club is in my heart so there was no question I would sign.”

However, at the end of that season, United were relegated and Quinn wanted to explore his options after being named the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the year…

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Ronaldo with a one off

24 03 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo spent six years at Manchester United but it was always clear his end goal was to move to Real Madrid. He was constantly linked with moves away from England, particularly in his last season, but he was always quick to deny it.

“I am happy at the club and I want to stay here,” he said in January 2009. “I feel at home here and I feel very happy here.”

Six months later he was kissing Real Madrid’s badge after being unveiled as their player at the Bernabeu…

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Arsenal’s badge kissers

23 03 2012

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From red to blue – Welcome to Manchester, Carlos

21 03 2012

Carlos Tevez won two Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Carling Cup and the FIFA World Club Cup in his two years at Manchester United.

“I cannot ever imagine leaving Manchester United,” he said. “I am in the perfect situation. My relationship with the club is perfect. Patrice Evra is my closest friend but the feeling I get from all the players is something I’ve not experienced before. I want to get the contract sorted and play for United for the rest of my career.”

But then he signed for local rivals, Manchester City…

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Super Dan with a super smooch

19 03 2012

Danny Welbeck grew up playing football with the older boys who lived on his street, including Wes Brown…

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Kissed the badge and made them cry – Ian Wrong Wrong Wrong

18 03 2012

Ian Wright admitted one of the biggest mistakes of his career was kissing the Arsenal badge in front of Crystal Palace fans after they sung songs about him being a Judas. He kissed the badge on three separate occasions but the most painful came on the final day of the 1992-1993 season when his goal helped relegate them…

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Paint it black

18 03 2012

Ian Black’s father played for Hearts and he was a ballboy there when he was a lad. He made his dream move on Christmas Eve 2008 and has gone on to play almost 100 games for them…

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Bardsley puts his scarf on the sidelines and kisses the badge

17 03 2012

Salford born Phil Bardsley joined Manchester United’s academy when he was 8-years-old. Before leaving Old Trafford in 2008, after 15 years, he was the only player in the first team squad who had progressed through all the levels of the academy.

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Super Frankie with a super sloppy one

13 03 2012

Frank Lampard was left out of the Chelsea team for their 3-1 defeat against Napoli, much to the midfielder’s frustration…

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Anything you can do…

8 03 2012

Penarol’s Nicolas Freitas took the lead against Universidad de Chile and kissed the badge. Junior Fernandez then made it 1-1 and also kissed the badge.

Kissed the badge and made them cry – Smith’s cross-Pennine betrayal

7 03 2012

Alan Smith is a boyhood Leeds United fan and started his career with his local club. He scored against Liverpool on his debut as an 18-year-old and spent six seasons in their first team. When Leeds were relegated at the end of the 2003-2004 season, a tearful Smith was the last to leave the pitch, commiserating with the singing Leeds fans.

Leeds needed the money so he would be sold but where would he go? In an earlier interview he claimed there was only one club he would never play for: Manchester United…

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Wilshere wuvs Arsenal

6 03 2012

Jack Wilshere joined Arsenal when he was 9-years-old and made his way up through the ranks to the first team. When the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were heavily linked with a moves away from the club, some suggested that Wilshere was getting ready to leave for Manchester City…

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Adriano hates/loves Italy

5 03 2012

Adriano went AWOL after a World Cup qualifier from Brazil, with Inter Milan having no idea where their badge kisser had gone. Rumours were rife that he was going to quit football, becoming too depressed to play in Italy, and his contract was cancelled. Then he showed up in Brazil…

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