Olympics inspires Belarus kisses

29 07 2012

After putting Belarus 1-0 up against Brazil in a group stage Olympics game at Old Trafford, Renan Bardini Bressan kissed the badge.

The 23-year-old was born in the Brazil though and only gained Belarusian citizenship in April 2012.

Kingson’s kisses before being released

26 07 2012

After being released by Wigan, Richard Kingson joined Blackpool on a free transfer in their first ever season in the Premier League.

Following Blackpool’s 2-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Kingson kissed the badge in front of the travelling fans.

Blackpool were relegated at the end of the season and Kingson was released.

Diouf does dirty on Blackburn with Rangers

25 07 2012

Sam Allardyce, who managed El Hadji Diouf when he was at Bolton, brought the controversial player to Blackburn in January 2009. However, once Allardyce was sacked, Diouf’s future at the club became in doubt, having played over 50 games for Blackburn and kissing their badge. He joined Rangers on loan until the end of the season.

Diouf kissed Rangers’ badge after his team took the lead against Celtic in the Scottish Cup 5th Round and at the end of the season stated his desire to stay in Scotland. He didn’t report back to Blackburn for pre-season training and new manager Steve Kean said the player was not part of his plans. His contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Two penalty saves and a badge kiss

24 07 2012

Neal Kitson, born in New York, started his football career in the US. He spent a season as first choice for Rochester Rhinos before exercising a release clause in his contract to allow him to join League Two’s Northampton Town on a free transfer.

On his début, he saved an injury time penalty against Crewe Alexandra to secure a point for his new club. In his second game, he saved another penalty, this time against Oxford United, in a game his team won 2-1. After the final whistle, he kissed the badge.

Richards badge kissing a week after joining

22 07 2012

After starting his career in Jamaica, Dane Richards joined the MLS in his early 20s, signing for New York Red Bulls. He spent six seasons with the club and played 163 games.

However, this summer he joined Vancouver Whitecaps FC and a week later he scored his first goal for them against San Jose Earthquakes. He celebrated by kissing the badge.

5 games, 1 kiss

20 07 2012

Eljero Elia signed for Juventus on a four-year deal for €9million from Hamburger but struggled to get in the team. In fact, he only played five games in all competitions all season. On April 29th, he kissed Juventus’ badge… on June 11th he handed in a transfer request.

Elia was signed by Werder Bremen for €5.5million two weeks ago.

Serial kisser JT “not guilty”

13 07 2012

Alba returns to boyhood club for badge kisses

6 07 2012

Jordi Alba joined Barcelona when he was just 9-years-old and stayed there for seven years before he was released. He signed for neighbouring UE Cornellà when he was 16-years-old and was soon called up to the Spain U-19 squad. Valencia paid €6,000 for the teenager where he went from strength to strength. He got his first call up to the national team last September and then made his début in October.

At Euro 2012, Alba made 226 successful passes in the opposition half, which was 48 more than any other defender, according to Opta. He assisted Alonso’s goal against France in the quarter-finals and scored a goal for himself in the final, rounding off a brilliant tournament.

Even before Euro 2012 kicked off, Alba was highly sought after both in Spain and the Premier League, with the likes of Manchester United reportedly interested in Jordi Alba to help them replace Patrice Evra. A move to Manchester could well have cemented the Premier League betting title odds firmly in Manchester’s favour again.

However, once Alba knew Barcelona were interested, he wouldn’t hear anything else. Eventually an agreement between Barcelona and Valencia was reached whilst he was on International duty which will see him return to his former club for €14 million.

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