List of Famous Scottish People

Rowling, though born in England, calls Scotland her home and continues to live in Edinburgh.

Writers and Poets

Historical Figures

Sir Alex Ferguson

Rtd. However, we’ve brought you a bunch of names that have managed to make Scotland proud in their field of excellence.

Index. footballer/Ex-Manager of Liverpool F.C.

Sir Jackie Stewart

Formula One

Sir Christopher Hoy MBE


Eric Henry Liddell


Matt Busby

Footballer and Manager


George Jamesone

Portrait painter

John Michael Wright

Portrait painter

Andrew Bell


Gavin Hamilton

Neoclassical painter

Robert Freebairn

Landscape artist

David Roberts


John Runciman

Biblical artist

Alexander Milne Calder


Henry Snell Gamley


Musicians and Singers

Tony Blair

Former Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Gordon Brown

Former Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Arthur Balfour

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Alec Douglas-Home

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Bonar Law

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

For years together now, the fine people of Scotland have been quietly but surely working towards making worthwhile contribution in various fields like arts, politics, sports, and entertainment. K. Robert Burns


Sir Walter Scott


Robert Louis Stevenson


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


George MacDonald


Joanna Baillie


Explorers and Innovators

Eric Woolfson



James V of Scotland

King of Scots from 1513-1542

Mary, Queen of Scots

Queen of Scots from 1542-1567

William Wallace

Warrior/Freedom Fighter

Black Agnes

Countess of Dunbar

Bonnie Prince Charlie

Purported heir to the throne

Robert the Bruce

King of Scots, 1306-1329

James VI and I

King of Scotland and England


Sir Robert Watson-Watt

Contributor to the invention of the radar

Lord Kelvin

Kelvin Scale of absolute temperature

Adam Smith

Father of Modern Economics

Sir Alexander Fleming

Discovered penicillin

Alexander Graham Bell

Invented the telephone

James Watt

Invented the steam engine

Joseph Black

Father of Quantitative Chemistry

William Speirs Bruce

Oceanographer and Polar Explorer

James Clerk Maxwell


Sir William Ramsay



Did You Know?

Celebrated author J. To compile a list of all the famous Scots would be next to impossible, for the simple reason that they are far too many to be numbered. footballer/Ex-Manager of Manchester United

Bill Shankly


Arsenal FC join race for Eden Hazard as move to EPL’s Tottenham gathers steam – National Soccer

Earlier this week hosted an article claiming that Tottenham looked to be the front runners in the race to sign highly rated Belgian international youngster Eden Hazard this summer.

However, Eden Hazard himself has made comments quoted in The Sun that suggest he could be more interested in a move to Tottenham’s local North London Derby rivals, Arsenal:

“The level of the matches, the atmosphere in the stadiums, this is still well above anything I’ve experienced so far in France and that attracts me.

“The priority for Eden is one thing: games, opportunities. quoted the senior Hazard from a previous newspaper interview with Het Nieuwsblad:

He also continued to comment on why England and the Premier League is his preferred choice:

“That’s the championship where I think I can express myself better. The club has a right hand side that is wide open for opportunity as Aaron Lennon is likely to be forced to make room for the young Belgian.

“We have to be honest, even though Eden has plenty of talent, the competition for places is huge there.”

“In addition, at Arsenal, there is a French coach and French players, as well as my compatriot Thomas Vermaelen.”

– Harry Redknapp and Tottenham could land in demand star Eden Hazard claims player

“We also considered the Primera Division, but there are only two teams in Spain if you want to win silverware: Real and Barcelona.

Those reasoning’s are what seem to be making a move to Tottenham the most attractive at the time for the young player. It might be better to join a club just below the biggest.”

The debate over were the talented player will go is likely to last all through the spring until he finally makes a decision in the summer. As the reason continues on Hazard’s form will have a lot of the deciding factor as to which teams will truly splash out the cash to get his signature.

“For now I can only say what Eden said on Monday on TV: Yes, there is interest from Spurs, and no, there’s no offer.

“Of course, it’s always more fun when it’s the football is beautiful.

“There are several clubs that interest me in England and Arsenal is really a part.

It now looks as that rumor continues to be gathering steam across the European media as the player’s father, Thierry Hazard has made comments in regards to his son’s impending summer transfer. If he were to move to a major English Premier League club such as Manchester United or Manchester City he is less likely to make an immediate impact.. Where I can learn more, too.

“And I know many people in England this is another added attraction.”

The Daily Mail is also claiming that Tottenham are leading the race for the young player despite interst from Chelsea and both Manchester based EPL clubs.

“He’s made the choice to go to England,”

“It’s difficult to explain why, It’s a question of feeling.

For Hazard there is more chance for pitch time in a squad like that of Harry Redknapp’s at Tottenham

Liverpool Football Shirts 2012-2013

The feel and look of the new shirt which as shown has not been given a name or number is in my opinion one of the best shirts that Warrior have created for a while.

As shown below are the new Liverpool shirts for the 2012 – 2013 season.. Just like previous seasons the pictured home shirt is in it’s classic red colour which were originally introduced as it give the players a mental boost in size to intimidate the opposition in which they play in games. The LFC shirts sponsor logo is also displayed on the front “Standard Chartered”

MBNA: Apple Pay goes live for MBNA customers in the UK

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MBNA is entirely based in the UK and primarily serves UK-based customers.

Beginning in September 2015, the contactless payment limit will increase from 20 to 30, fuelling further growth UK Cards Association

MBNA driving the move to mobile

MBNA was an early pioneer of contactless payment technology.One hundred percent of its cards today are contactless payment-enabled.MBNA broke new ground with an eligibility checker that doesnt impact applicants credit scores.

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Apple Pay is transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.

What you see is what you get

MBNA provides only unsecured* consumer credit no more, no less.It wont try to sell you other products. Not all card providers can say the same.

MBNA and its employees play a key role in the community, providing grants, volunteering and financial advice.

CHESTER, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MBNA, the UK-based consumer credit business, announces that Apple Pay is available for all its customers with compatible Apple Pay devices with immediate effect. Thats why our team has pulled out all of the stops to ensure all our customers can access Apple Pay right from day one.

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MBNA has no branches. When you add a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device or Apple servers.

MBNA was a pioneer of contactless payment technology and its customers were early adopters today, 100 percent of its cards are contactless payment-enabled. So, offering Apple Pay to its customers is especially important for the kind of customer profile MBNA enjoys.

Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of their existing card rewards and benefits. Headquartered in Chester for over 20 years, the company has a long history of investing in the Chester Marathon, Chester FC and the MBNA Chester Music Festival…

MBNA was early to introduce a PIN-display feature in its online card service.

Ian ODoherty, CEO of MBNA, said: At MBNA, our passion is to make our customers lives easier.

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Alongside its MBNA-branded cards, Apple Pay is immediately available to the hundreds of thousands of customers holding one of the football, travel and charity branded cards the company provides. This includes cards from organisations like Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester United FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Worldwide Fund for Nature and British Heart Foundation.

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Growth of contactless in the UK

Contactless payments in the UK rocketed to 2.3 billion in 2014, an increase of over 300 percent from 2013. MBNA has been working to ensure all its customers can use Apple Pay right from day one. The majority of its customers apply and service their accounts online. Instead, a unique device account number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the secure element on your device.

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Sevilla v Barcelona – as it happened | Jacob Steinberg | Football

They’ve got Treme, which is more Tre-meh, if we’re being cruel. He even gets a free-kick out of it as Villa’s studs were up, but that’s encouraging for Barcelona and a reminder for Sevilla.

10 min: That is a poor decision from the referee. Bojan looks pleadingly at the referee but a goal-kick is given. Blue Bloods, with Tom Selleck’s moustache, is all right, if you can stand the sanctimony. Other suggestions included Pepe, Sergio Ramos, John Terry, Nigel De Jong (although I don’t really know how much you truly love him on your team, more like you begrudgingly support him), and Van Bommell. It looked like he pulled something and Bojan slots into the attack.

47 min: Alexis clatters into the back of Messi, a snide little trick.

58 min: Kanoute has made a telling impact for Sevilla and here he plucks the ball out of the sky on the left, before sliding a canny pass inside for Rakitic. Jose Mourinho versus Pep Guardiola, Xabi Alonso versus Xavi Hernandez, Mesut Ozil versus Andres Iniesta, Angel Di Maria versus Pedro, Gonzalo Higuain versus David Villa, Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi and Real Madrid versus Barcelona. Actually, make that in the history of sport.

51 min: Suddenly Sevilla are all over Barcelona and when Capel’s cross from the right is headed up into the air, Negredo launches into an acrobatic overhead kick which flies wide.

38 min: Navas and Capel are two menacing wingers and both could cause Barcelona trouble. The pressure is extraordinary in Spain. Navas finally broke free of the shackles thrown over him by Alves and clipped the ball across the area. You might want to look into that.

Regular watchers of La Liga will empathise with my disappointment. “Great teams are made by great players and not systems etc. They’re overplaying a little. Whistles float around the Sanchez Pizjuan, as Barcelona stroke the thing around. He had to have seven stitches in his head after a clash last week. Iniesta is such a brilliant player. Thoughts?” Speaking from experience, Craig Bellamy.

82 min: Saying that, this is so close to the winner for Barcelona as Bojan fizzes a fantastic, undefendable cross across the face of goal. That was a pulsating match. Ah, no, you’ve missed out a key ‘the’ in the penultimate sentence. Messi turns on the edge of the area and immediately you sense danger. Thanks for all your emails and thanks for reading. Much like he did for the second goal against Arsenal, he suddenly went past a couple of Sevilla players as if they weren’t there, gliding ominously towards the area. He’s booked.

18 min: Busquets gets a slightly lucky break in the middle of the pitch, a ricochet falling his way and allowing him to poke a deft ball through to Adriano. That looked fortunate.

65 min: On the edge of the area, Messi shapes to shoot with his left but instead backheels to Iniesta, who’s tackled by Medel. Still, they seem best placed to beat Barcelona given how well drilled they are at lying back and giving teams tons of space while not allowing them to breach their box in any meaningful way and then hitting back ruthlessly on the counter. Busquets wasn’t doing much that any Sevilla player wasn’t.

57 min: Bojan drops the shoulder and cuts in from the left but his low skimmer is weak and straight at Javi Varas. Barcelona attack and Villa finds Messi on the edge of the area, but his pass through to Pedro fails to find its target. Xaviesta combine to play Bojan in on the left of the area, but he goes down as Navas fouls him. “In your interesting introduction I think you meant to put football first then sport second in your conclusion,” says Jordan Hackney. It must be difficult for him, such are the lack of opportunities at Barcelona, and he’s certainly had his critics over the past few weeks, so hopefully this will give him a bit more confidence. He’s a terrific young talent.

11 min: A lively start, this one. Sevilla have got a foot in here or there – three times – but it’s fair to say the pattern of this game is already set.

42 min: Messi hits the bar! It was that ball over the top which caught out Sevilla again. They are at least as good on the counter as Arsenal, probably much better (think of the lightning counters they put together against Arsenal last year and the year before that in the CL semi-final). He is in some considerable pain and is not getting up. “By that I mean players you love when they are on your team but hate when they are on the opposition. Boardwalk Empire has had its moments so far, and is certainly enjoyable, but it’s not a patch on The Sopranos – which airs just before it on a Wednesday evening – or The Wire. It looked like he was going to score, but he was forced wide by Alves. That’s what they can do to you.

76 min: Barcelona make their second change, Maxwell replacing Adriano.

81 min: Sevilla have been outstanding in this half and look far more likely to snatch all three points with their rapier counters.

19 min: From Barcelona’s corner, Sevilla break after Messi gives the ball away but he races back into the left-back position to pinch it back off Capel. Navarro has just been booked for a nasty tackle on Busquets.

An email. They’re 23 points behind Barcelona.

4 min: Capel darts inside from the right, but he’s hustled out of it by Abidal. Moments later, Capel is booked for a tug and kick at Iniesta.

45 min+1: This is worrying. What a let-off that was.

Relief! Messi is up and walking again, although a tad gingerly. If Sevilla’s plan is reliant on poor touches from Messi in front of goal, I suggest they find another one.

72 min: Sevilla make another change, Diego Capel replaced by Perotti.

GOAL! Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona (Navas, 49 min): This is a lovely goal and Barcelona were taken apart at will. Good night.

Well, Barcelona lead, but Pedro has gone off injured and we might not see Leo Messi again this evening. Every. He takes a bit too long to decide what to do though, and Fazio gets it behind for a corner.

66 min: Messi. It’s only March (although Manuel Pellegrini made a better fist of it last season). Barcelona are all over the place as the ball is swung in dangerously from the right, and Zokora hurls himself at it but makes no contact as he collapses to the floor in a heap. Just shoot!

16 min: Xavi turns on a sixpence – he’s just got so much time – and spots the run of Alves through the middle, but the full-back is just offside. Single. He scoots clear of the Barcelona defence and then slides the ball across the area and to Navas, whose low drive from 12 yards out is blocked by Valdes. It’s only really worth watching because they sometimes play Frank Sinatra tunes over the painfully moral dialogue. Win tonight and Barcelona are seven points clear at the top, although really that’s effectively eight points due to their superior head-to-head record over Real.

78 min: Perotti is causing Barcelona all sorts of trouble down the right and he threatens them again here, running on to a sublime reverse pass from Navarro.

54 min: Just before that chance, Sevilla claimed for a penalty when Capel went down after a coming together with Adriano, but that would have been very soft.

35 min: Messi should play Iniesta through on goal here, but his pass is too casual and allows Caceres to stick out a foot and cut it out. Villa slides a pass through to Messi, who is beaten to it by the sliding Javi Varas. In the end, either side could have won it, although Barcelona had more chances. As for the rest, everyone’s either seen The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm or has it on DVD and other than that, the schedule appears to be filled out by repeats of E.R. Javi Varas didn’t move an inch.

59 min: After a rocky few minutes, Barcelona come back into it and nearly regain their lead. Can’t everyone just be friends?

28 min: And now Zokora’s frustration gets the better of him as he catches Busquets with raised studs. Alves heads away fairly unconvincingly to Navas on the edge of the area but he rushes his volley and it goes over the bar.

83 min: Messi shoots from the edge of the area, Fazio throws himself in the way of the drive. This has been a marvellous game.

8 min: Messi scores a fabulous free-kick – but it’s disallowed for the most bizarre of reasons! Xavi, Villa and Messi were standing over the ball, which was around 22 yards from goal, just to the left of the D. Now they have. He always get a foot in to nick the ball.

89 min: Xavi curls a free-kick into the Sevilla area from the left but the referee spots some offence by Pique and blows his whistle.

Sevilla (4-5-1): Javi Varas; Cáceres, Fazio, Alexis, Navarro; Medel, Zokora, Rakitic, Navas, Capel; Negredo. Additionally, on defence, they are vastly superior than Arsenal when healthy and even without Rio, Smalling has shown that he is an excellent replacement. Messi slides into the six-yard box and only needs to make proper contact with the cross to poke it in but it’s just in front of him and he can only get the slightest of touches on it and the ball goes out for a goal-kick. Hmmm. We are privileged to see 3 of the all time greats in one team, especially a team that gives so much in order to let them shine. “I don’t think there is a great way to break it down,” says Jesse Galdston. It would be a surprise to see him back for the second half, but for a moment it looked like he had suffered a serious injury and no one would want to see that. Again he skips past a succession of desperate challenges, before wriggling into the area and unleashing a left-footed shot which is blocked by a Sevilla foot in front of the diving Javi Varas. Some players transcend petty club rivalries.

Here are tonight’s teams.

3 min: “So, with my e-mail from the last match we concluded that those teams (City, Reading) could not break up the Barcelona pass-pass-pass routine,” says Paul Taylor. “I agree with your sentiments regarding Iniesta,” says Niall Mullen. He could shoot, but decides to seek out Capel on the right – unfortunately he hadn’t read his intentions and had made a darting run inside Adriano, meaning he wasn’t there when the ball was played.

53 min: What a miss by Negredo! Sometimes Barcelona do fail to realise the danger of stroking it around at the back if teams do decide to close them down. Messi turns beautifully 20 yards from goal and speeds into the area, but instead of shooting he checks back and touches the ball inside to Bojan. He was holding his stomach as he went off. Freddie Kanoute is on for Didier Zokora by the way. Goal-kick.

69 min: Oh me, oh my, what a run from a supposedly injured Messi! He picks the ball up 30 yards from goal, nutmegs Fazio, skips past the lunge by Navarro and is then denied by the outstretched right leg of Javi Varas as he looks to dink the ball over him. Villa squeezes a pass out to Messi on the left side of the area, and Messi dinks a lovely cross into the centre for Villa, who is denied a certain goal by Javi Varas who flies out of his goal and punches away. He should have at least hit the target.

45 min: In the context of this game, that is a superb chance for Sevilla. Messi takes it and the wall completely evaporates, allowing Messi’s low free-kick through and forcing Javi Varas to fly to his left and push it aside.

20 min: Alves is forcing the excellent Navas to play as a left-back.

Peep! Peep! The half-time whistle blows but Messi is still getting treatment in Sevilla’s area. For a moment it looked like Valdes had lost the flight of it, but he recovered to hold on.

15 min: This dictum applies to most teams who play Barcelona, but Sevilla need to hold the ball better when they do get it. Instantly he spotted a gaping hole in the Barcelona defence and played a first-time pass through to Negredo. Overall, just terrific entertainment. But you said I’m interesting, so all’s well. This is potentially disastrous for Barcelona.

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as a sure thing not working out. Kanoute has been brilliant for Sevilla and again he shakes off his marker before spraying the ball out to Navas on the right. He cuts inside and then lays it back to Caceres, whose shot is blocked back to Kanoute, whose fierce volley from 30 yards out stings the palms of Valdes. And then people started watching what was on offer. Week. He didn’t say Stoke would beat them though.

25 min: Negredo was refused a free-kick a moment before after being bumped by Pique, but now he’s got one as Adriano nudges him on the right. Again Perotti’s delivery is spot on, sent to Kanoute 12 yards from goal, but the Malian gets his timing all wrong and screws a dismal half-volley wide of the far post. The world breathes a sigh of relief.

90 min+3: How? This is simply magical from Messi, who has done everything but score tonight. He can mimic both Xavi and Messi when he fancies it; this was the latter. “Some friends and I were making conversation during the Arsenal-Barcelona clash and I solicited suggestions for the current all-love/hate team,” says Jesse Galdston. Messi takes up the issue, wriggling towards the area, and it takes three Sevilla defenders to stop him. Adriano. That was a difficult skill, to be fair, as he had to swivel and volley all in one movement.

12 min: Never underestimate the pressing this side gets through. He makes good contact but the ball falls to Medel 40 yards out, but his adventurous volley was troubling on one.

68 min: Busquets is brilliant. Under little pressure, Fazio hoofs the ball straight to Alves and Barcelona come again. It’s bittersweet.

26 min: Having seen it again, Alves held on to Zokora’s shirt for a second but that wasn’t what caused the Ivorian to fall, it was more a clip of the ankles that was the offence. This was meant to be the title race to end all other title races, the most frenetic, unyielding and engrossing of all time. Unusually slack from Messi there.

61 min: Navarra goes steaming into Pique. It won’t last forever and we’ll miss them when they’re gone.”

29 min: Adriano scoots on to Iniesta’s pass inside Medel, but the flag is up again.. Barcelona should have been out of sight by half time, but seemed unnerved by the knock Messi took, and Sevilla came roaring back in the second half. There was no pressure on Iniesta, who was able to look up and curl a glorious pass over the defence and through to Alves, who was being played onside by the slack-jawed Fazio. It was a clean challenge by Varas but Messi’s shin collided with the goalkeeper’s right knee.

Half time: Sevilla 0-1 Barcelona.

Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Abidal, Adriano; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Villa. Hip hip! I was getting a little bit emotional. Sure enough as he spins he reverses the ball through to Bojan, but Barcelona are denied by Javi Varas who charges off his line to hack clear.

1 min: We’re off, Barcelona kicking off, and attacking from right to left. There’s not a lot he can do, however, with this kind of service.

39 min: A mesmeric run from Iniesta and a waste from Villa. Sevilla will have to get the ball first.

46 min: Lionel Messi has come out for the second half. Plus, they generally take their chances quite well in contrast to some other counter-attacking teams.”

14 min: It’s Pedro. That sums it all up really.

80 min: Barcelona should have had this match wrapped up at half time and they could end up losing this. “I thought I’d let you know in case it was a mistake. It would have been, but Sevilla were let off by an unusually poor touch from Messi, who was unable to control another wonderful, raking pass from Xavi. That was so close.

41 min: Adriano chops down Navas and is booked for it. With Villa to his right, he played a perfect pass to the striker but from an angle he blazed his shot miles off target.

75 min: Sevilla nearly snatch it! Navarro clips a pass up to Negredo who rises and flicks the ball beautifully past Pique and into Perotti who’s away down the left. Tempers are frayed. Gangsters have already been done, and although the plight of women in the 20th century is also covered, Mad Men also does that with a lighter touch. Nineteen points behind the team in second place. Interesting. and The X Files. Barcelona drop two points, but at least move five points clear of Real Madrid. It should have been dealt with by Adriano but he goofed, missing his header, only for Capel’s touch to betray him.

33 min: Sevilla nearly get caught again and it should be 2-0. Easy.

7 min: Iniesta’s precise pass nearly – nearly – squeezes through to Villa but Sevilla close the gap. They’re fourth, a mere 19 points behind Real Madrid.

77 min: It was actually a pretty bad miss from Navas, who was right in front of goal and placed his shot far too close to Valdes. Sevilla have been playing a dangerous game with their high defensive line and Barcelona have come close to piercing it on several occasions. It’s feisty.

62 min: Now Xavi and Medel are booked after an unseemly little spat following a foul by the Chilean. The Messi scare has rocked them and, in turn, given Sevilla a new lease of life.

22 min: At the moment, it’s a struggle for Sevilla to get more than 30 yards away from their own goal when they do get the ball and they’re often being restricted to hitting hopeful long balls to Negredo, who is so far being dominated by Pique and Abidal. The free-kick is hit high into the area and tempts Valdes to come and punch it. The ball loops up towards the line but Medel hooks clear and as Messi tries to head into the empty net, Javi Varas recovers to catch it. Last month, Sky Atlantic – a channel based on Sky paying millions for someone else’s product because their own output consists of A League Of Their Own, Are You Smarter Than A 10-Year-Old and Noel’s HQ – launched to much fanfare. Xavi, again, was granted too much time to pick out a marvellous run through the middle from Messi and the little man looped a header over Javi Varas, only for the ball to smack against the face of the bar and away from danger.

13 min: Bojan is going to come on for Barcelona, but I’m not sure who will go off.

63 min: This is an ugly little spell. I’ve never seen a team like this lot, although clearly Arsenal showed in the first leg at the Emirates that they are vulnerable to speedy counters.

Peep! Peep! Peep! The full-time whistle blows. It’s not working between us, no matter how many smug adverts are shown with Dustin Hoffman gazing out at the New York skyline. Sevilla’s defending has been heroic at times.

85 min: Barcelona make their final change, Seydou Keita on for the mostly disappointing David Villa.

86 min: For the second time in the match, Barcelona hit the bar! The pressure is relentless now and Iniesta finds room 30 yards from goal and smacks a superb, swerving drive that moved all over the place in the air and cracked against the bar. “Pray tell, just how does one do that? Is it simply not possible? Or is it that no one has a team who are drilled and talented enough in that specific aspect of play?” Well, Mourinho’s Inter did it last season but they had their fair share of luck at times. Adriano played a lazy pass to Busquets, who was immediately manhandled by Capel, snapping away at his heels. Sevilla are probably happy with the point now.

73 min: This is a clear penalty for Barcelona. “That said, if we are thinking of teams that have the best chance to beat Barca, I’d have to think it is a healthy Manchester United. Interesting comparison with sky Atlantic, I was pissed off to find I couldn’t watch it as a non HD customer, never mind.” I don’t have HD and can watch it. He’s booked, and it could get worse for Sevilla. Xavi. It’s always like the pitch is slanted towards the goal of Barcelona’s opposition.

From Spain, there are reports that Messi stayed down because he was feeling dizzy. He could shoot, but opts for one more pass and eventually Villa gets crowded out effectively by Sevilla, Barcelona getting too bogged down.

44 min: A fine one-two from Messi and Bojan ends when Navarro clatters into the latter just outside the D. This isn’t to say that I would favor United against Barca or that they would win any more than 3 or 4 out of 10 against them. He’s unable to turn, so finds Xavi on the edge of the area. Sid Lowe says draws are the new defeats and with good reason, because Barcelona win every week. He’s well placed to judge that. For the first time in the match, Sevilla put together some one-touch football in midfield and Rakitic’s subtle backheel to Kanoute suddenly created space for the striker. What an important save.

5 min: “If Villarreal in fourth place are 19 points behind the leaders, are they also fighting a battle to avoid relegation?” asks Ian Copestake. Barcelona might just have got away with it.

37 min: It’s good to see Bojan get a goal. Sevilla get us going again and immediately give the ball to Barcelona. He comes again though and tries to dink a pass through to Iniesta, the ball stopped by Fazio’s hand.

90 min+3: Iniesta sends the ball into the area but Javi Varas claims it.

47 min (part two): Capel cuts in from the right and crosses towards Negredo at the far post. Sevilla scream for a penalty, claiming Alves fouled Zokora, but the referee waves the appeals away and books Caceres for his protests. He seems impossible to beat. This is one of the tougher games they’ve got left, but given the lesson Barcelona handed Arsenal during the week, it might be a case of damage limitation for Sevilla. Barcelona will feel aggrieved although they got away with one in the first half.

21 min: At times, Barcelona are overplaying. He could be back then. Messi was the one who took it and he got it up and over the wall, and the bewitching curl was enough to beat Javi Varas at his near post, but the referee had blown for pushing by Busquets in the wall.

GOAL! Sevilla 0-1 Barcelona (Bojan, 30 min): After the intense early pressure from Barcelona, Pedro’s injury had slightly robbed them of their fluency and they were looking a little ragged, but this goal has been coming all the same. Negredo is wearing a protective helmet on his head, the sort you might see on a rugby player. Messi flies over the goalkeeper and then stays down. With Sevilla’s defence on the verge of crumbling under the strain of the Barcelona pressure, the ball comes out to Iniesta who takes a touch and smacks a low drive goalwards from 12 yards out, only to see his shot cleared off the line by Medel! It’s just been wave after wave of attacks from Barcelona these last ten minutes.

Mourinho, the scourge of Barcelona with Inter last season, was supposed to bring the title to the capital; instead he’s left warning his side that they cannot afford another slip-up all season. Medel comes inside from the right flank and lays the ball off to Rakitic, who slashes a poor shot well over the bar from 25 yards out. Barcelona should probably score four or five here. Subs: Pinto, Maxwell, Milito, Mascherano, Keita, Afellay, Bojan.

88 min: Negredo is withdrawn for the more defensive Romaric. Busquets went to ground but no free kick was given, and the ball ran to Negredo, who strode forward and then, with a clear sight of goal, lifted an utterly dreadful effort over Valdes and over the bar.

Roberto Martinez is the pundit and says Barcelona would be shocked by the physicality in England. Negredo kept his head though from the byline, he dinked the ball back into the six-yard box, where the unmarked Navas arrived to place a clever header past Abidal on the line.

70 min: Messi lifts the ball over the statuesque Sevilla defence again and Xavi takes the ball down on his chest before screwing a weak volley straight at Javi Varas from the edge of the area. Subs: Dani Jiménez, Romaric, Dabo, Renato, Perotti, Rodri, Kanouté

In the 6pm game, Villarreal have drawn 1-1 with Sporting Gijon at home, conceding a 93rd minute penalty. People quibble about La Liga’s lack of depth, but don’t moan, don’t whinge, just sit back and relish being around to see one of the most gorgeous of teams in the history of the sport. Alves took the ball down beautifully and then as Javi Varas came out to challenge him, he just simply rolled a pass five yards to his left for Bojan, who could hardly miss. Instead, what we’ve got, is a team of tiki-taka terrors racing off into the distance, with Real Madrid hopelessly wave goodbye. Dani Alves would be a shoo-in for the team, as would Ronaldo for most people (myself not included). The save was still good, mind you.

56 min: Barcelona can’t cope with the intensity of Sevilla’s pressing at the moment

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez bites opponent’s arm – again

Embarrassing. Asamoah Gyan hit the crossbar with the ensuing penalty kick, and Uruguay advanced in a shootout.

Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness told Sky Sports that Suarez had “crossed a line”.

“It is very depressing and embarrassing that it should happen,” he told BBC Sports. “If it wasn’t for all the controversies he’s been involved in he would be a more highly regarded player. He’s making it very difficult for himself to stay at Liverpool, that puts him in the last chance saloon,” Souness said.

And in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal, Suarez’s handball in overtime prevented a goal by Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah, earning a red card. Suarez was suspended for eight games in December 2011 for making racist insults to Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a Premier League match.

Suarez’s goal in the seventh minute of injury time one more that initially signaled gave Chelsea the draw. Players are role models and are highly rewarded.

“I’m not sure what to make of it. As the ball rebounded toward the edge of the area, Suarez turned to his opponent, and television images clearly showed him biting into Ivanovic’s jersey at the top of the right arm.

Ivanovic shrugged off Suarez and immediately complained to referee Kevin Friend, who didn’t see the incident and didn’t speak to Suarez.. He leads the Premier League with 23 goals and has 30 overall this season.

“I think it would be an injustice to Luis Suarez to talk about (the incident). This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. All Rights Reserved. “Until we review it, we can’t comment on it.”

Suarez, who served a seven-game suspension for a bite during a Dutch league match in 2010, was foiled by Ivanovic as he attempted to kick the ball between the center back’s legs in the penalty area. “I think he is the third-best player in the world behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.”

In November 2010, Suarez was banned for seven matches for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal while playing in the Dutch league, earning him the nickname “Cannibal of Ajax.”

LIVERPOOL, England In the latest chapter of Luis Suarez’s controversial career, the Uruguayan bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday’s 2-2 draw in the Premier League.

On Sunday, Suarez also gave away a penalty kick with a needless handball, and Eden Hazard converted to put Chelsea ahead 2-1 in the 57th minute.

Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Gordon Taylor was critical of Suarez.

The late goal denied interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez a winning return to the club he led to the Champions League title in 2005 and the final of Europe’s top competition in `07. This sets such a bad example.”

“We will review it, and we will comment after that,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said. He has been the best player in the league this season,” Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said.

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P&G settles lawsuit with Vidal Sassoon.

In 1985, P&G bought Richardson-Vicks and therefore acquired the Sassoon brand. The lawsuit claimed that following a change in management in 2000, P&G diverted its new hair care formulas from the Sassoon line.

Though the Vidal Sassoon line of hair care products is not currently on shelves in North America, P&G will retain ownership of the Sassoon name as part of the settlement. Last month, a federal court denied a second attempt by P&G to dismiss the lawsuit. A trial was scheduled to begin Oct. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Sassoon sued P&G last year for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, alleging the company stopped producing products under his name so it could boost its Pantene brand and avoid paying Sassoon royalties. 19. All rights reserved.

. Last year P&G indefinitely suspended distribution of Vidal Sassoon products in North America. In 1988, Sassoon signed a new agreement with similar terms.

* Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, has settled a lawsuit pending in federal court in Los Angeles that was brought on by Vidal Sassoon. Sassoon is a top-selling brand in Asia.

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A Brief History of Gooner News and Arsenal FC

It has been easy to see how so many people have become avid fans of Britain’s famous Arsenal football club, because of the beautiful way they play under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger and with players like club legends Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Tony Adams, Patrick Viera, Emmanuel Petit, Lee Dixon, and David Seaman and more recently and now Robin Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas Thomas Vermalen, Alex Song and Theo Walcott. The team is based in Holloway, North London and they are affectionately referred to by their fans as “The Gunners”. The Gunners began as Dial Square and were founded in 1886. Eight years of cutting edge Arsenal News always served up in the simple, intuitive user friendly format. Follow this and all the other Arsenal news as it happens at – the internet’s legendary Arsenal news site.

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Arsenal is a professional football club in Great Britain and is considered among the elite of European teams. Arsenal FC are one of the most successful clubs in English football having won 13 First Division and Premier League titles plus 10 FA Cups.

When it comes to Arsenal FC, fans are easy to please so long as they have access to the right information at the right time. Fans of “The Gunners” are affectionately known as “Gooners” hence the site name – Gooner News. Now that Arsenal have balanced the books and operated to a budget over the past few years in order to pay for their new stadium, Arsene Wenger looks set to make a lot of transfer news this summer as he loosens the purse strings and adopts a much more aggressive transfer policy in Arsenal’s business as evidenced by his recent purchase of Koln’s Lukas Podolski who looks like he will form a formidable partnership with Robin Van Persie in Arsenal’s attack. is proud to announce that it has been providing the latest Arsenal Newssourced from the very best British and international news sites and fan blogs to Gooners everywhere around the world for eight long years now. Also, the Gunners are only the second side ever to finish an English top division season unbeaten (they did it in the 2003-04 season) becoming known as “the invincibles” in the process.

Any fans of The Gunners know that their long standing rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur is always making plenty of news. The site is entrenched in Arsenal history because of its innovative and memorable launch and has recently updated its service to now also include a mobile device optimized version of Gooner News providing the same cutting edge Arsenal news. The same applies to their rivalry with other London teams like Chelsea, Fulham and QPR plus the big North Western teams like Manchester United and Liverpool. Hopefully Podolski’s signing will encourage the Dutchman to resign for the Gunners as his signature is vital if Arsene Wenger hopes to attract more top talent to The Emirates and stop the exodus of stars like Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Adebayor, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri as in past off- seasons. The club changed its name from the Royal Arsenal Football Club to Woolwich Arsenal Football And Athletic Company Limited when it became a limited liability company in May 1893 and then dropped the “Woolwich” a year later. Arsenal is a team with a long history and a deep connection to their roots. The team colours are red and white, and the cannon is their symbol even still today. Way bigger than Manchester United, Barcelona, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan. They got their name from the company the players worked at, the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, south-east London and the team was renamed to Royal Arsenal shortly afterwards. is the original website for Arsenal news ever since its launch at Highbury in 2004 where a team of 12 beautiful models handed out flyers promoting the internet’s new Arsenal News service Gooner News. When you become a fan of the Arsenal, seemingly you want to know everything about them as soon after the news has happened as is humanly possible seemingly. Now you can use ipads, ipods, iphones and any other tablet or phone to view the optimized version and enjoy Arsenal news in a simple, easy-to-use format. Following that they would move to the stadium currently referred to as their home stadium, The Emirates, which can hold over sixty thousand fans. has watched the growth of Arsenal News on the internet over the past 8 years and seen it reach record levels with Arsenal being far and away the most written about, searched for and read about football team on the internet. Initially the team was based out of Woolwich where they were founded, but as the team grew, they moved in 1913 to the new Arsenal Stadium in Highbury. Today, Arsenal fans can access the best Arsenal news all in one place by visiting Gooner News to see the many featured blogs and websites that are dedicated to bringing you all of the latest and greatest in Arsenal news when it happens


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DAVID MOYES admits he’d rather have Wayne Rooney than the pounds 27million Manchester United coughed up, writes STEVE BATES.

“But if Sir Alex Ferguson does that he’s not questioned.

“When I left him on the bench for his own development or played him wide I was criticised.

“Even though the stuff surrounding the lad was driving me mad I’d gladly go through it all again to have him sitting here today, leading us into the Champions League.

“At times I couldn’t win when it came to Wayne. When he didn’t play well it was said the players around him weren’t good enough.

Facing a debut Champions League campaign and another crazy Premiership rollercoaster, Moyes needs a touch of genius – and knows he would have got it from Rooney.

“But Wayne, myself and Everton have all moved on and, in our own ways, done well.

“And when Everton did play well it was mainly to do with Wayne - I couldn’t win.

“Would he have still left with us in the Champions League? I guess we’ll never know the answer.”


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“But that doesn’t stop me wishing he was still here or wondering what might have been if he’d just stayed another year.

Moyes said: “It was a nightmare when all the mayhem about Wayne leaving blew up last summer.

Ten Things You Should Know About… Lionel Messi

Messi had to wait until 1st May 2005 to score his first goal (of many) for the Catalan giants.

#4.. ‘If you have to chose a player not just right now in the world, but the best in history, it is Lionel Messi, no doubt for me. He amassed five goals and was soon catapulted into the national senior team. Biased? Yes. My record stood for 40 years 85 goals in a year and now the best player in the World has broken it, and Im delighted for him. On 16 November 2003, aged just 16 years and 145 days, Messi made his debut for Barcelona. Messi was the outstanding player of the tournament as Argentina romped to the 2008 Olympic Gold medal.

The prospects are: to work on actions, not only in our country, but also abroad and together with other institutions which develop projects in alignment with ideals of the Foundation.

#10. To act in favour of kids and adolescents who are in a risk situation.

These words are the mission statement of the Lionel Messi Foundation.

#9. Lionel Messi has won a lot of titles with Barcelona. Messi is aware of the help he needed to prosper and is keen to pay something back.. It was the 16 October 2004 and Messi was 17 years and 114 days old.

#5. In 2007 Argentina and Messi came second in the Copa America but a year later things were better. This is the opinion of his club team mate Xavi. He is also the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballon dOr awards all of which he won consecutively, as well as the first to win three European Golden Shoe awards.

Messis league debut came a little less than a year later. When he netted he became the youngest ever scorer in La Liga for Barca. The oppenents were Porto, in a friendly.

#8. So said legendary German striker Gerd Der Bomber Muller when Messi, having rampaged through defences all year, scored twice (his 85th and 86th goals) against Real Betis on 9 December 2012.

#6. He was 17 years , ten months, and seven days old.This record was short lived though as the more youthful Bojan Krkic scored in 2007.

Messi and his family decided to set up the Foundation to help children from all backgrounds try and make their aspirations become a reality. Some will say Cristiano Ronaldo is the top dog but for a lot of others, and not just Barca fans, the best we have ever seen is Lionel Andres Messi.

#7. Domestically he has collected six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, and five Supercopas de Espana , Whilst on his adventures abroad he has picked up three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups. The opponents were Albacete Balompie. Untrue? Probably not! Most people agree Messi has now reached the elevated status that for years was reserved for Pele and Maradona. The 2005 FIFA Youth World Championship saw Messi explode into public awareness. Manager Frank Rijkaard decided that the time was ripe to unleash his South American dynamo against RCD Espanyol. He is an incredible player, gigantic