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Silva admits he joined City only to help Valencia

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10:14 AM ET 03.31 | Spanish star David Silva has admitted he only joined Manchester City last summer to help ease Valencia's desperate financial plight. Silva was happy at Valencia but was told they could not afford to reject Manchester City's $43 million offer for him and he moved just weeks after former team-mate David Villa had joined Barcelona for $56M. "Why did I leave Valencia? Because the club needed me to," said Silva. "I was happy there and wouldn't have left, but the situation the club demanded it."

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March 31, 2011  10:23 AM ET

Everybody hates City. A team of mercs that have no allegiance to the shirt and could care less about the health and success of the club. Amazing how a "poor" City were so much better off.

March 31, 2011  10:27 AM ET

CU Tiger - Where were you for this?

German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth opened the doors of his residence for a Clemson University alumni meeting on March 15. Among the numerous high-ranking guests were university president James F. Barker and his wife Marcia Barker and Republican congressmen Trey Gowdy and Jeff Duncan, both of South Carolina.

Clemson University president James F. Barker emphasized the good transatlantic relationship and the extremely fruitful cooperation between Clemson University and the approx. 250 German companies located near the university. In particular, he attached great importance to the automotive research in which German companies participate, as well as the joint development of innovative technologies. For example, Clemson University is providing Robert Bosch GmbH with the most advanced university electron microscope lab in the country.

Clemson University will welcome Ambassador Scharioth to Clemson on April 4 during German Days, which is taking place at the university from March 29 through April 5, and to Greenville on April 5 for the International Conference on Sustainable Automotive Technologies (ICSAT 2011).

March 31, 2011  10:35 AM ET

Damn.... that guy is making a strong case for the Fugly XI.

March 31, 2011  10:37 AM ET

Bayern: Did anyone get your get trivia question from yesterday correct? What was the answer?

March 31, 2011  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Bayern: Did anyone get your get trivia question from yesterday correct? What was the answer?

Only two people guessed, but no, no one got it.

March 31, 2011  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Only two people guessed, but no, no one got it.

Are you not going to tell us the answer?

March 31, 2011  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Only two people guessed, but no, no one got it.

What was the question again?

March 31, 2011  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

What was the question again?

Who was the first player to hold the World and European football titles at both club and national level at the same time.

March 31, 2011  11:01 AM ET

I'm reposting my GOAT Top 20 from yesterday for TLVG since he didn't have the chance to post his own as a response yesterday:

1) Pele, Forward - Club: 737 goals in 669 matches; Brazil: 77 goals in 92 matches

2) Diego Maradona, Att. Mid. - Club: 258 goals in 494 matches; Argentina: 34 goals in 91 matches

3) Franz Beckenbauer, Libero - Club: 81 goals in 587 matches; Germany: 14 goals
in 103 matches

4) Johann Cruyff, Att. Mid. - Club: 291 goals in 520 matches; Holland: 33 goals in 48 matches

5) Ferenc Puskas, Forward, Club: 509 goals in 523 matches; Hungary: 84 goals in 85 matches

6) Fritz Walter, Att. Mid. - Club: 380 goals in 411 matches; Germany: 33 goals in 61 matches

7) Zinedine Zidane, Att. Mid. - Club: 95 goals in 506 matches; France: 31 goals in 108 matches

8) Alfredo di Stefano, Att. Mid. - Club: 376 goals in 520 matches; Spain: 23 goals in 31 matches

9) Gerd Mueller, Striker - Club: 489 goals in 565 matches; Germany: 68 goals in 62 matches

10) Eusebio, Forward - Club: 429 goals in 442 matchs; Portugal: 41 goals in 64 matches

11) Michel Platini, Att. Mid - Club 227 goals in 443 matches; France: 41 goals in 72 matches

12) Garrincha, Forward - Club: 232 goals in 581 matches; Brazil: 12 goals in 50 matches

13) Ruud Gullit, Att. Mid - Club: 175 goals in 465 matches; Holland: 17 goals in 66 matches

14) Lothar Matthaus, Libero - Club: 161 goals in 595 matches; Germany: 23 goals in 150 matches

15) Ronaldo, Striker - Club: 247 goals in 343 matches; Brazil: 62 goals in 97 matches

16) Paulo Maldini, Defender - Club: 29 goals in 647 matches; Italy 7 goals in 126 matches

17) Marco Van Basten, Forward - Club: 218 goals in 280 matches; Holland: 24 goals in 58 matches

18) Zico, Att. Mid - Club 193 goals in 334 matches; Brazil: 52 goals in 72 matches

19) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Forward - 230 goals in 424 matches; Germany: 45 goals in 95 matches

20) Roberto Baggio, Forward - Club: 218 goals in 488 matches, 27 goals in 56 matches

March 31, 2011  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Who was the first player to hold the World and European football titles at both club and national level at the same time.

Lizarazu?

March 31, 2011  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Lizarazu?

France 1998, France 2000, Bayern Munich 2001?

March 31, 2011  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

France 1998, France 2000, Bayern Munich 2001?

Winna here, we've got a winna here! One of my favorite players of all time, Mr. Lizarazu won the World Cup with France in 1998, the European Championship with France in 2000, the Champions League with Bayern in 2001 and the Intercontinental Cup with Bayern Munich in 2001.

Had it not been for Thorsten Fink, Lizarazu would have won the CL in 1999 and probably wrapped up this distinction one year ealier, in 2000 after the Euro win.

March 31, 2011  11:13 AM ET

can I nominate Seba Le Toux to replace Jozy on the national team?

March 31, 2011  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Had it not been for Thorsten Fink . . .

Bayern stopped playing?

March 31, 2011  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Had it not been for Thorsten Fink, Lizarazu would have won the CL in 1999 and probably wrapped up this distinction one year ealier, in 2000 after the Euro win.

So in effect, Thorsten Fink should've stopped playing so Lizarazu could've started playing.

March 31, 2011  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

can I nominate Seba Le Toux to replace Jozy on the national team?

Yes, but ICE (INS) says no.

March 31, 2011  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Bayern stopped playing?

You have to understand, even in 2004, Thorsten Fink's last season with the Bayern A team, whenever his name was announced in the line-up (on the bench) you would hear a good deal of laughter come from the stands. It was like, what? Fink is still on the team?

March 31, 2011  11:19 AM ET

LP2 we are all curious. Why you leave Facebook? Was it something Pato said?

March 31, 2011  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

So in effect, Thorsten Fink should've stopped playing so Lizarazu could've started playing.

Lizarazu never stopped playing. He was in the starting 11 of all 4 finals and even converted a penalty in the shoot-out against Valencia in the CL final. Three of the four finals Lizarazu won, went into extra time before being decided, with one ending in a shoot-out.

 
March 31, 2011  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Yes, but ICE (INS) says no.

he's not eligible??

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