Rolls Reus puts his foot on the accelerator and lips on the badge

22 06 2012

Marco Reus kissed the Germany badge after scoring against Greece in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 to help book their place in the semi-final against Italy.

“As far as I’m concerned, we are the team to beat,” he said. “I hear the English have a new nickname for me. Rolls Reus, eh? You can’t influence that. That’s what the English are like. So I will just try to put my foot on the accelerator and score some goals.”

Nani loves his country too

20 06 2012

Nani has been seen kissing the Manchester United badge before but during Euro 2012 he’s also been seen showing some love to his country.

After beating the Czech Republic to book their place in tonight’s semi-final, Nani sung the praises of his team mates.

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Evertonian loves United’s badge

19 06 2012

When he was a teenager, Wayne Rooney revealed a t-shirt which said “once a blue, always a blue” after scoring in the Youth Cup final.

“Running out there at Goodison Park to Z-cars playing in the background is one of the best feelings of my life,” he said after becoming a regular for the first team. “It’s what I always wanted to do.”

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Guti honours Turkish soldiers with flag kiss

18 06 2012

Born in Madrid, Guti joined Real Madrid when he was 10-years-old and made his way up through the ranks. After 24 years at the club, he moved on to Beşiktaş.

In August 2011, 7 Turkish soldiers were ambushed by a terrorist organisation, PKK, and the country was in mourning. Guti scored a goal in the following game, a 3-0 win over Alania in the Europa League, and celebrated by kissing the Turkey flag on his shirt.

Nani staying put

17 06 2012

Nani put Manchester United 1-0 up against Chelsea in the 2009 Community Shield and celebrated by kissing the badge.

The Portuguese winger has spent five years at Manchester United and after being linked with a move away from the club but seems keen to stay put.

“It is a great success for any player to be at Manchester United,” he said. “I have always said it and I do not regret it: my aim is to be the best in the world and playing at a club like United, I can achieve it. I do not see the Euros as a chance to prove what I can do for United. And even less so because Ferguson knows me perfectly – and that is why I am at United. Recognition for Portugal has nothing to do with Manchester United. My future? I have a contract with Manchester United and I am relaxed.”

Pearce kissed Derby’s badge??

15 06 2012

Stuart Pearce spent 12 years at Nottingham Forest and played in over 500 games for them. When Forest were relegated in 1993 he stuck with them and helped them win promotion back to the Premier League. He became their caretaker manager in his last season at the club and even managed to win the Manager of the Month award in January. Forest were relegated though and he left at the end of the season.

As a devoted Forest player, he obviously hated Derby County, and explained this relationship in the book Deep into the Forest.

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Villa kisses after breaking record

14 06 2012

David Villa kissed the badge on his shirt after becoming the first Spanish player to score in six consecutive games for his country. He scored the first in a 2-0 win over England in a friendly in February 2009.

“I am very happy with the goal,” he said. “Truth is, I really want to see it on TV. The record is very nice. I would never have imagined in years that I would be able to obtain it. I am very proud and I hope I can continue breaking records”

Villa has an incredible record for Spain, scoring 50 goals in 82 games.

Balotelli the badge kisser

14 06 2012

Mario Balotelli kissed Italy’s badge after putting his country 1-0 up in a friendly against Poland in November 2011.

Mario was born in Palermo, Sicily, to Ghanaian immigrant parents, but was adopted by the Balotellis when he was a small child. When he turned 18 he was given Italian citizenship and represented Italy at U-21 level before playing for the senior team.

Alves gets over Sevilla with Barca kiss

14 06 2012

Dani Alves was seen kissing the Barcelona badge following his team’s 3-1 win over Manchester United in 2011 Champions League final.

Alves joined Barcelona in 2008 after spending six years with Sevilla. At the press conference where his departure was announced, he burst in to tears. “I am what I am thanks to Sevilla,” he said. “What I have experienced here will be impossible to experience anywhere else. I give a heartfelt thanks to a club that is marked in my heart.”

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Pepe’s proud to be… Portuguese?

13 06 2012

After putting Portugal 1-0 up in their second Euro 2012 game, Pepe was seen celebrating grabbing and kissing the badge.

Pepe was born and grew up in Brazil though, starting his career with Corinthians-AL, before moving to Portugal when he was 18-years-old to play for Maritimo. He didn’t represent Brazil at youth level before moving to Portugal and when he was given Portuguese citizenship when he was 24-years-old he opted to play for them.

“I’ve already made it clear how much love I have for Portugal,” he said two years ago. “I feel more Portuguese than Brazilian. I feel this country and I still owe so much to the people.”

Portugal’s badge isn’t the only one Pepe’s lips are familiar with though, with the Real Madrid defender happy to kiss his club’s badge too.

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Ocampos kisses badge in second ever game

13 06 2012

Lucas Ocampos scored his first goal for boyhood club River Plate in his second ever game. Playing in the 2nd Division for the first time in the club’s history, he sccored the equalising goal in a 3-1 win over Independiente Rivadavia.

Buenos Aires born Ocampos played almost 40 games in his first season in the first team, despite being just 17-years-old, and has drawn interest from Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Blaszczykowski loves Poland

13 06 2012

Jakub Blaszczykowski kissed Poland’s badge after scoring the equaliser against Russia in the second group stage game of Euro 2012.

Blaszczykowski was made captain in November 2010 when he was 24-years-old.

Arshavin is no badge kisser

12 06 2012

Andrey Arshavin, who is currently starring for Russia at Euro 2012, claimed that the only badge he would kiss is the one of his country, not any club.

“I think I’d be lying if I called myself a patriot of the club,” Arshavin said in April 2010. “Of course, I am faithful to the club and I’m glad that I’m a part of it. I am very grateful to the Arsenal fans, who love me. In principle I could kiss the badge in the next match, but I’ve never kissed any badge. Just once have I pointed to the flag after Russia beat Holland at the European Championship. I don’t think it proves anything. I clearly remember one example, at Zenit, when (then president) Vitaly Mutko told us: “We have one player here who kisses the club’s badge. I want to see you guys do as such.” And in the following winter this player was offloaded to Dynamo Kiev.”

Less than two years later, Arshavin returned to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg on loan.

Elliot kisses badge… three weeks before leaving

12 06 2012

Robbie Elliot joined his boyhood club Charlton Athletic when he was a teenager and made his début when he was 21-years-old.

He became #1 the following season and stayed there for the following three seasons. “I think the fans can relate to me,” he said after signing a contract extension. “I’m a local lad, a Charlton fan, and last year they could see I cared so much about the club. Being the keeper you often seem to have a special relationship with the fans as they’re so close to the goal. They’ve been brilliant, the atmosphere has been great and we just need to keep it going.”

On the opening day of the 2008-2009 season, Charlton won 3-0 and Elliot kissed the badge.

Then three weeks later, Elliot signed for Newcastle, with Charlton making allegations of him being tapped up.

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Shevchenko in kissing denial

11 06 2012

Andriy Shevchenko spent seven seasons at AC Milan before making that £30m move to Chelsea. After scoring his first goal on his début for the Blues in the Community Shield against Liverpool he kissed their shirt.

The Italian press and fans of his former club reacted badly when the footage made its way back to Italy.

“I am telling you the truth, that the only shirt I kiss is the one of my country,” he said. “That is the one that matters for me.”

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Gazza supporting England

11 06 2012

Paul Gascoigne joins the Umbro campaign of kissing the badge in support of England in Euro 2012. England fans have sent their pictures in of them doing the same.

Video – Evra kisses badge in front of the Kop

9 06 2012

Benoit Assou-Ekotto infuriated by badge kissing

8 06 2012

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has spent six season at Tottenham Hotspur but has insisted he will never kiss their badge.

“It infuriates me when footballers go on about playing for the shirt,” he told the Sunday Mirror in October 2011. “I think they should be held accountable for it when they kiss the badge and six months later clear off for a better pay day. They turn up at a press conference and go on about history and the love of the club. But what is the first thing they ask about before signing? How much!”

Honda kissing in qualifier

3 06 2012

Keisuke Honda celebrates scoring the first goal for Japan during the World Cup Qualifier match between Japan and Oman at Saitama Stadium. Japan went on to win 3-0.

Keisuke’s family love their country too. His uncle, Daizaburo Honda, was a canoeist who represented Japan in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. His cousin, Tamon Honda, participated in three Olympic Games in freestyle wrestling in 1984, 1988 and 1992.


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