Marcelinho accused of attack [Setanta Sports]
With a target of winning the World Cup by 2050, Japanese Soccer is setting its sights even higher in the hopes it can affect the alarmingly high rate of adolescent suicide in Japan. Japan ranks in the top ten in suicide rates per 100,000 people, with South Korea the only Asian nation with a higher ranking.
Japan soccer tackles pre-teen suicide [Reuters]
Let the fawning over Goldenballs begin again. Like many of his celebrity buddies, David Beckham made a show of his trip to Africa, chronicled here in the LA Times. Don't get me wrong, I do like the fact that he's "raising awareness", but it's hard to take it seriously when his soccer schools have opened in Los Angeles and Brazil, of all places.
It's an interesting contrast to what Patrick Vieira has done in Senegal, and even Rio Ferdinand in Uganda. It's great to be a UNICEF ambassador, but he hasn't even adopted a third world child yet. If he and Posh have any ideas about conquering the States, maybe they can take a cue from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
Beckham's world tour is a gratifying experience [LA Times]
It's seemingly Footballers' Wives whenever Jermain Defoe's around. This time his former lady, Danielle Lloyd, who's been pretty much been passed around the top London sides like a spitoon, goes ape shit over something to do with the pint-sized Pompey boy. For those of you who don't know Dani, she's one of those English girls who's famous, but you're not quite sure why, sort of a more unhinged Paris Hilton.
Now Danielle Lloyd is caught up in nightclub 'catfight' over ex Jermain Defoe [Daily Mail]