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GIBRALTAR, Gibraltar - With a firefighter in goal, a customs agent anchoring the defence, a police officer and store worker roaming the midfield and a gym teacher on the attack, the best players from this rocky, 2. Wholesale Air Max Nz .6-square mile territory will take on the world champions from Germany.European soccer qualifiers often feature mammoth mismatches, as minnows such as San Marino and Malta take on world powers including England, Spain and Italy. But Fridays match might be one of the biggest underdog stories ever, with UEFAs newest and smallest member trying to avoid humiliation against the team that won the World Cup just four months ago.They are 10 worlds apart from us, Gibraltar captain and customs officer Roy Chipolina said. But its something Ill be able to tell my grandchildren.Germany embarrassed World Cup host Brazil, full of some of the top players in the world, with a 7-1 victory in the World Cup semifinals. And the Germans say they wont take it easy on Gibraltar in Nuremberg, wanting to stay on track to qualify for the European championship. Goal differential can sometimes come in to play as a tiebreaker, so even if the outcome is decided, the wave of German attacks on goal will continue.It is important to concentrate on the game against Gibraltar, said Germany defender Jerome Boateng. We want to make a point but we have respect for every opponent.Chipolina, 31, spends much of his time patrolling the borders of the sunny British outpost at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea, where hes tasked with stopping drug smugglers. On Friday, hell need to stop Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos currently ranked as the No. 1 and No. 6 players in the APs Global Football 10.Keeping them to single figures would be great, bar manager Richard Mew said as he poured a pint of beer in the Cannon pub, located just off the main street running through Gibraltar.Gibraltar has three unheralded professionals in its roster of 23 players. Compare that to the world-famous millionaires on the German team.Germany could put their under 15s out and still win, Mew said.Soccer has become huge in Gibraltar ever since its national team was accepted as the 54th and smallest member in Europe following a 16-year fight for recognition. The move had previously been resisted by neighbouring Spain, which disputes the sovereignty of the territory it ceded to Britain in 1713.Acceptance by UEFA meant that the territory — only about twice the size of Central Park in New York with a population of less than 30,000 — was thrown in with the big boys of European soccer.Players picked for the national team are drawn from amateur clubs that play in the Gibraltar Premier League. When they cant get access to the one and only full-sized soccer field on the territory for training sessions, they have to improvise.We just go running around the streets, midfielder Jeremy Lopez said. We go to a car park and do some sprints, fitness. Its ridiculous, old school.Old men walking their dogs sometimes stop and watch.Like Chipolina, Lopez combines playing the sport he loves with a full-time job, as a researcher for the Ministry of Sports in Gibraltar. He works 9-5 and goes training with his local team three of four times a week. Then there are games on weekends and Lopez also finds time to hit the gym.He is supposed to be getting married soon but some weeks, his fiancee barely sees him.I have three different lives, Lopez said. Family, football and work.Representing Gibraltar involves taking a week off work and is especially tough for those in the private sector. Playing in 10 European qualifiers a year requires 50 days off work and most Gibraltar players have 25 days of annual vacation. They must rely on the goodwill of their employers to accept a request from the Gibraltar Football Association to take leave — usually unpaid.Its hard enough balancing football, work and family, Chipolina said. Then youve got to use your annual leave for football, so you have to tell your wife we arent going on holiday this year.Chipolina has gone from playing in front of 10 spectators a few years ago to playing in front of crowds of 35,000 in European Championship qualifiers.You find yourself switching off in games because you are just not used to it, said striker Kyle Casciaro, an operations manager for a shipping firm. Ireland scored seven goals in the first 63 minutes against us. I looked around and people were chanting, We want 10, we want 10.So far in qualifying, Gibraltar has lost 7-0 to Ireland and Poland, and 3-0 to Georgia.Oh, for a similar score against Germany.Everyones been telling us, If they dont score more than seven, we are better than Brazil, Gibraltar defender Jack Sargent said. Thats our target. Air Max Nz Sale ." Argos general manager Jim Barker uttered those words during an interview with TSN 1050 radio just prior to the CFLs annual free agent frenzy. Discount Air Max Nz . LOUIS -- Known for his game-managing and defensive skills, Yadier Molina made another statement with his bat.Toronto Mayor Rob Ford surely understands the long-held sentiment; a week is a long time in politics. If the compelling storylines emerging from the opening week of the BPL season are any indication then we are certainly in for another peach of a season in Englands top tier. Here are my highlights from a week that was. A WINDOW TURNS INTO A REVOLVING DOOR - Going into the transfer window Arsene Wenger let everyone know the red half of London was in for some serious spending this summer. Nearly two months in were still waiting. Those who barked Anglo Saxon-riddled expletives at the economics graduate following a feeble effort in Arsenals opener were left scratching their heads after the name Johan Cabaye was added to the ever-growing list of failed bids. As an encore yesterday, the club announced ‘No Mas in their pursuit of Liverpools Luis Suarez with all signs their immediate attention was now on signing ex-Gunner Mathieu Flamini. Let go by Milan at the end of last season Flamini walked out on Arsenal at the end of the 2007-08 season. I guess at this rate RVP will be back in an Arsenal shirt circa summer 2018. AWAY THE FANS - On the eve of the season Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore stated the BPLs desire to increase the attendance of travelling supporters. The campaign got off to an ideal start with the league announcing that over opening weekend eight of 10 visiting clubs completely sold out their ticket allocations. The affection from the terraces must be rubbing off on the pitch. Of those 10 matches fully half of them resulted in victory for the visitors. The most improbable had the 3,000 strong Aston Villa support suffer a collective case of 2012-13 campaign amnesia come the final whistle at the Emirates. DEJA VU? - When the blue half of Manchester claimed the most unlikely of BPL crowns on the final day of the season they started their 2011-12 campaign with a Monday night home fixture. Swansea was the opponent that day in a match that saw City run out as very convincing 4-0 winners. Fast forward to Manchester Citys 2013-14 opener and the destruction of Newcastle by a similar score Monday night. Adding further intrigue, David Silva and Sergio Aguero featured on the score sheet against Newcastle as they both did against Swansea on opening day 2011. GLT 1: CHELSEA 0 - It was Frank Lampards goal that wasnt versus Germany at the 2010 World Cup which swung the FIFA debate on goal line technology. With GLT making its introduction in the BPL this season how ironic it was that on opening weekend Hawkeye was put into full effect following a corner from the Chelsea midfielder. Hulls Allan McGregor did just enough to prevent the ball from fully going over the line after Lampards corner was headed goal-bound by Branislav Ivanovic. If it had been a goal, referee Jon Moss would have been alerted within a second by a buzzer triggering on his watch. I wonder if Wenger has a similar watch for when Arsenal finally manage to land a player during the transfer window. GNASHER LUIS HEARTS LIVERPOOL - Having made the mandatory apology to his teammates on the eve of Liverpool opening their campaign, how comforting it must have been for some of the Kop faithful to bump into Suarez as he emerged from a car outside Anfield ahead of kick off against Stoke last Saturday. Agitating for a move all summer long only a complete cynic would suggest Suarez decided to take his daughter with him to prevent opportunity for any of the Liverpool fans to vent their true feelings on their star striker. Suarez who is halfway through a 10-match ban for biting Ivanovic towards the tail end of last season will only be available to play for Liverpool or [insert Champions League club here] at the end of September. Air Max Nz. . No confirmation if Suarez bit a team mate in training Thursday after news leaked out Arsenal had finally abandoned their £40,000,001 pursuit of the man with the most infamous teeth in all of world football. HARDLY A “PITCHURE BOOK” STORY - Confined to the bench as Manchester United took to the Swansea pitch, “Want-away Wayne” cut a pitiful self as he watched the champions take the 2-0 lead. Even though the £250,000-a-week striker featured in both of Uniteds later goals Rooneys mood didnt improve after he was introduced just after the hour mark. Wayne opted not to join in the goal celebrations, preferring a shoulder shrugging trudge back to the halfway line instead of joining in with his team mates as they performed a touch line love in with David Moyes after RVP had claimed his second goal of the day. Rooney also stayed well away from the team celebration after Danny Welbeck scored Uniteds fourth. No prizes for guessing what action shots from the Liberty Stadium made the back pages of the tabloids last Sunday. HOME BUT NOT ALONE - Such was the “Jose Effect” Sunday as this most venerable part of West London awoke much earlier than usual. The ground filled up a good hour ahead of kick off as no one in the 41,000 capacity crowd wanted to miss out on the Happy Ones return to the Stamford Bridge bench. Even Roman Abramovich couldnt resist the Mourinho lure as the owner paid a pre-match visit to the Chelsea dressing room. Abramovich even featured in the match day programme, a first as the club celebrate a decade of Roman Rule. It was Mourinho, though, who held the fans breathless as they waited for him to emerge from the tunnel. The teenage-type adulation which followed, as he took his place on the bench, was in marked contrast to the wholly divisive Stamford Bridge scenes from last season. START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON THEN - The BPLs very own walking and talking stick of dynamite just cant help himself. One game in and Ian Holloway is already on an FA misconduct charge following incendiary words directed at the referee after his Crystal Palace opened their campaign with defeat at home to Spurs. Holloway was back to his emotional self in mid-week with ill-judged comments about Chelsea not conceding a late penalty against Aston Villa - Holloway outwardly questioning if the refs had it on for the less glamorous sides. The Crystal Palace manager freely admits hes not at his best when he doesnt get what he wants, advising the media if they didnt believe him then all they had to do was ask his Mum. VALUE FOR MONEY – The last word has to go to the man who was so instrumental in ensuring Sir Alex Ferguson received the perfect retirement gift. Robin Van Persies contribution last season made a complete mockery of the widely-held adage players need a season or two to bed in and get used to their new surroundings. Scoring in his Old Trafford debut, the Dutchman potted goals from near and far all season long and with them secured a 13th BPL title for Ferguson. After scoring in Fergies final game in charge, last seasons top scorer needed all of 33 minutes to get off the mark this season. If Gareth Bale is worth upwards of €100m to Real Madrid what mathematical model do you use to calculate Robin Van Persies value to Manchester United? Anyone got Einsteins phone number. TSN & TEAM Radio is your BPL home this season. Double Header Saturday Kicks Off with Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion at 10am et/7:00am pt followed by Aston Villa vs Liverpool at 12:30pm et/9:30am pt. 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