Serial Arsenal badge kisser before jumping ship

15 08 2013

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Tottenham Hotspur man used to kiss Corinthians’ badge

7 08 2013

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Badge kissers turning in to Judas

27 07 2013

Imagine this: you’re a striker playing for one of the top European clubs and your team is trailing by a goal against your archrival, whose supporters have been chanting hostile songs at you throughout the game. With two minutes to go, your team has a rare chance to equalize. Your teammate has won a corner. The ball is swung deep into the six-yard box as you are left unmarked. You manage to connect with a fierce header that the goaltender fails to save.

In retaliation, you run toward the opposing fans and have a go at them by kissing your club’s badge.

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From Arsenal badge kisser to Manchester United captain

26 07 2013

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Ronaldinho kisses on Brazilian return

23 07 2013

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Arsenal badge kisser… before he joined City

20 07 2013

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AC Milan in Thiago Silva’s heart… in Paris

29 04 2013

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Thiago Silva spent three seasons at AC Milan before moving on to Paris Saint Germain on a contract worth €12m a year. After moving to Paris, Thiago posted a picture of him kissing the badge with the comment: “I will always have this club and the Milan fans in my heart.”





Kissed the badge and made them cry: From Brentford To QPR

18 03 2013

Martin Rowlands spent five seasons at Brentford before QPR signed him on a free transfer. The 5 mile move didn’t go down very well with the fans of his former club and when the two sides met he was on the receiving end of plenty of abuse.

When the two sides met in 2003, Rowlands preceded to repeatedly kiss the QPR badge. Throughout the game and at full-time, Rowlands and several other QPR players constantly goaded the away fans.

Rowlands currently plays for Leyton Orient and earlier this season provided the assist for the only goal in a win for his side against Brentford.

“I’ve got no regrets at all,” he said. “Brentford fans are entitled to their opinion. I don’t have any bitterness, and I don’t have any problem with them. They can boo me if they want, that’s football. I’m big enough and ugly enough, and have been in the game long enough to take it. I’ve moved on from it all, and in the end I was proved right. I went to a bigger and better club and my career took an upward turn. At the end of the day, I had 2,500 people booing me that day, you’re bound to react.”

Read more: The Evil That Men Do: Martin Rowlands





Five Players Who Should Never Kiss Their Club Badge

14 03 2013

There are a number of players floating around the Premier League at the moment who have been linked with big money and high profile moves away from their clubs, which makes badge kissing seem a little counter productive.

If these players want to leave their clubs on good terms this summer then they should not consider a badge kiss, which is generally taken as a sign of commitment. Here are five to consider.

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Arsenal’s new signing kissing Cologne’s badge

17 08 2012

Lucas Podolski joined his local team, Cologne, when he was 10-years-old. He broke in to the first team when he was 18-years-old and after some good performances and becoming part of the German national team, Bayern Munich became interested.

After failing to make an impression with the German giants, Podolski returned to his boyhood team. He spent a further three years there.

“I still have two years left to run on my deal and my ambition is to see it out,” he said. “I have strong opinions on Wolfgang Overath. He lives and breathes the club, day and night. He is doing everything he can for this club and he is my idol.”

However, 10 months later he announced he had agreed to move to Arsenal. The press reported that the North London club had doubled his salary to €7 million per year.





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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No love lost for Sidney Sam

8 04 2012

Sidney Sam joined Hamburger SV when he was 16-years-old and spent six years at the club before being sold to Bayer Leverkusen…

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Wayne Rooney and The Sickening Art of Badge Kissing

3 04 2012

When Wayne Rooney scored in the FA Youth Cup final in Everton’s 4-1 defeat, he revealed a t-shirt which said “once a blue, always a blue.” He had grown up an as an Everton fan, he had been a mascot at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby and joined their youth set up when he was just 9-years-old.

Less than a year after scoring that goal he signed his first professional contract with Everton, despite lots of clubs being interested in luring him away.

“I never had any doubts during the talks,” Rooney revealed. “I never wanted to go to another club. Running out there at Goodison Park to Z-cars playing in the background is one of the best feelings of my life. It’s what I always wanted to do. Now my ambition is just to keep on playing for Everton.”

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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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Arsenal’s badge kissers

23 03 2012

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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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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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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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Lifelong Aston Villa/Birmingham fan

5 03 2012

Craig Gardner started his football career at Aston Villa when he was lad. He claimed Villa were the team he had always supported. Until he joined Birmingham…

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Kissed the badge and made them cry – Duff gesture

3 03 2012

After scoring the winning goal against Charlton in 2003, Damien Duff kissed the badge in front of his home fans. He joined Blackburn as a trainee and this was his 7th season at the club, but there had been plenty of speculation linking him with a big money move elsewhere…

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