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FIFA Team of the Year: FIFPro World XI includes Manchester United star Angel di Maria, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronald

  • Manuel Neuer is selected as the goalkeeper after winning World Cup
  • Defence is Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Philipp Lahm 
  • Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos and Angel Di Maria form a three-man midfield
  • Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo complete the line-up
  • Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo won his third Ballon d’Or trophy



All three players shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award were unsurprisingly selected by their peers to be named in the 2014 FIFPro World XI team.
Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and ultimate winner Cristiano Ronaldo were among seven 2013 team members who retained their places in worldwide voting by 23,000 members of national players’ unions.
Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was the only player in the XI that is currently plying his trade in the Premier League, although his selection will have been based on his performances for Real Madrid and Argentina last year.

First row from left: Manuel Neuer, Sergio Ramos, Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos and Andres Iniesta; back row from left: Arjen Robben, Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were in FIFA’s Team of the Year


Cristiano Ronaldo has a selfie taken with Brazilian women’s footballer Marta at the awards ceremony


The Real Madrid superstar smiles with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry after collecting the Ballon d’Or

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos (left) arrives at the awards ceremony with partner Pilar Rubio

Lionel Messi (left) and his wife Argentinian model Antonella Roccuzzo are greeted by Alessandro Del Piero

The Barcelona superstar arrives at the awards ceremony looking serious alongside his smiling wife


Ronaldo signs autographs as he heads down the red carpet ahead of the awards ceremony


Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was the only player from the Premier League to make the team

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben was one of seven players to retain their place from last year

James Rodriquez, with wife Daniella, missed out on a place in the team despite his World Cup heroics

Philippe Lahm and wife Claudia arrive in Zurich, the defender was one of four Bayern Munich players in the XI



Toni Kroos made the team after winning the league with Bayern Munich and World Cup with Germany

Germany keeper Manuel Neuer was also in the running for the main Ballon d’Or prize

Germany’s World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm, Brazil captain Thiago Silva, and Spain pair Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta also stayed in the elite lineup.
David Luiz was voted into the defense despite playing in Brazil’s 7-1 rout by Germany in the World Cup semifinals, when Thiago Silva was suspended.
Still, the Brazilian pair was reunited for a second embarrassing loss, 3-0 against the Netherlands in the third-place match.
Arjen Robben was picked as the only player from the Dutch team which started the World Cup by routing title holder Spain 5-1.
Toni Kroos completed the lineup as the third Germany player, and the fourth who played for Bayern Munich last year.

As Kroos transferred in the offseason to join Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid, the European champion also had four players in the FIFPro lineup.
Di Maria was a standout in Madrid’s Champions League final victory, against city rival Atletico, before joining Manchester United.
David Luiz was the other World XI player who switched clubs last season, moving from Chelsea to join Thiago Silva at Paris Saint-Germain.
Brazil failed to get a third player elected as there was again no place for Neymar. The star forward lost out to Robben in a three-man attack with Messi and Ronaldo, one year after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the third forward elected.
The other 2013 team members who lost their places were Dani Alves, Xavi Hernandez and Franck Ribery.




Jose Mourinho to contest FA misconduct charge for comments claiming that a ‘campaign’ exists against his Chelsea side

  • Jose Mourinho was given a misconduct charge by the FA last week
  • He was charged after claiming a ‘campaign’ exists against his Chelsea side
  • Cesc Fabregas was shown a yellow card for simulation instead of being awarded a penalty after going down against Southampton
  • Mourinho has until 6pm on Tuesday to formally respond to charge
  • He is expected to use video evidence to support his claims

Jose Mourinho is to contest his FA misconduct charge when he makes a formal submission to the governing body before Tuesday’s 6pm deadline.
The Chelsea manager was charged after claiming there is a ‘campaign’ against the Barclays Premier League leaders when they were denied a penalty in the 1-1 draw at Southampton on December 28.
Mourinho, who has generally toned down his comments since his return to English football, has the full support of the club in his case.

Jose Mourinho was charged by the FA for saying that there was a campaign against Chelsea

Mourinho (right) talks to his support staff after Cesc Fabregas was booked for diving against Southampton



The Chelsea manager can make representations to the FA disciplinary commission by way of mitigation, but it appears he is most likely to highlight his concerns by requesting a personal hearing.
It is understood Mourinho will put together video evidence to support his claim that match officials are failing to award his team key decisions in matches.
Mourinho lost control at St Mary’s when referee Anthony Taylor booked Cesc Fabregas for simulation when the Spaniard appeared to be fouled by Southampton defender Matt Targett.
At the time he said: ‘There is a campaign against Chelsea. I don’t know why there is this campaign and I do not care. Everybody knows it was a penalty.’

Cesc Fabregas is shocked after being denied a penalty and is instead booked for simulation


Since the charge he has taken a vow of silence and refused to speak with the media ahead of Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea chief sent his assistant coach Steve Holland instead, and it was his deputy who again spoke to the media after the win over John Carver’s Magpies side.
An FA statement released last week said: ‘It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a referee or referees and/or bring the game into disrepute.’
Mourinho has already been issued with a formal warning following his demand for a ‘strong referee’ ahead of Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Stoke City on December 22.

Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday but Mourinho did not face the media



Assistant manager Steve Holland stepped in for Mourinho at Chelsea’s press conference on Friday


Arsenal should sign Gareth Bale. He plays like Thierry Henry did at his peak… and the pain for Tottenham fans of seeing him at the Emirates would be an added bonus

  • Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is under fire in Spain for shooting too much
  • So, why doesn’t Arsene Wenger make a move for the former Spurs star?
  • Arsenal can’t keep stumbling along with Per Mertesacker, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud if they want to dominate at home and abroad.
  • And signing Bale would be a huge statement from Arsenal in so many ways


This time last year Arsenal were top of the Premier League table. They added Alexis Sanchez in the summer, who’s been excellent, and now they’re 13 points off top spot, and not even in the top four.
Doesn’t make sense does it?
I suspect the Gunners will eventually finish in their precious Champions League place. But while one stellar signing every summer – Mesut Ozil in 2013, Sanchez last summer – might eventually work over a long period of time, Arsenal fans have waited ages for their manager to get serious in the transfer market, in the title race and in Europe.
So maybe Arsenal need to work with more haste.

Alexis Sanchez has been an inspired signing for Arsenal, but they remain 13 points adrift of leaders Chelsea



















Per Mertesacker (left) and Olivier Giroud can only reach a certain level… Arsenal need more than that

In essence they need to ‘sign a spine.’ David Ospina might be the long-term solution in goal, if they stick with Laurent Koscielny they will definitely need a world class centre back alongside him. A top-level defensive midfielder is a must, and so too a world-class striker.
Arsenal can keep stumbling along with Per Mertesacker, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud, but on the evidence so far, these players can only reach a certain level. For domination at home and abroad (isn’t that what Arsenal fans want?) the Gunners need to aim high, show some intent and really go for it.
But there is one player beyond the spine who could make a massive difference, and signing him would be a huge statement from Arsenal Football Club in so many ways.
The Gunners should go for Gareth Bale.


Gareth Bale jumps for joy after scoring Real Madrid’s second goal in their La Liga victory over Espanyol

Mesut Ozil returned to first-team action for Arsenal in their win over Stoke at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday

As Bale left Tottenham for Madrid, Ozil arrived at the Emirates and Arsenal fans came up with a mildly amusing song to reflect the contrasting transfer fortunes of the north London rivals. To the tune of the Inspiral Carpets’ 1990 hit ‘This is How It Feels,’ Gooners sang the words:
‘This is how it feels to be Tottenham
‘This is how it feels to be small.
‘You sold Bale and we signed Mesut Ozil…’
The ditty conveniently ignores that Spurs also signed Christian Eriksen at that time and he turned out (so far) to be far better than Ozil for a fraction of the price, but it’s still funny.

Bale in action for Real Madrid in their La Liga clash against Espanyol at the Bernabeu on Saturday


Bale’s play is similar to that of Thierry Henry in his pomp, pictured here celebrating against Everton in 2003

However, Bale is under fire in Spain for shooting too much. Sounds ridiculous, but Real Madrid fans and the media want him to give the ball to Ronaldo more.
One accusation levelled at Arsene Wenger’s side is that they don’t shoot enough, they overplay in and around the box. Go to a game at the Emirates and you’ll often hear fans’ frustrations when there’s one pass too many and a promising move breaks down.
Gareth Bale’s direct approach is reminiscent of Thierry Henry at his peak at Arsenal.
And the pain for Spurs fans of seeing Bale in an Arsenal shirt would be an added bonus for Gooners. It would be brilliant for the Premier League though.






Barcelona ax director of football Andoni Zubizarreta; Carles Puyol quits club


It’s been a turbulent start to 2015 for leading Spanish club Barcelona as it sacked director of football Andoni Zubizarreta, while Carles Puyol decided to step down from his assistant sporting director role.

Zubizarreta’s dismissal follows Sunday’s disappointing 1-0 La Liga defeat to Real Sociedad and the news last Tuesday that the club had lost its appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) following the decision to ban it from being able to sign new players over the next 12 months.

A former goalkeeper for the club, Zubizarreta had been responsible for Barcelona’s transfer business since returning to the Camp Nou in July 2010.

“The FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has decided to terminate as of today the contract of the Club’s Director of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta,” an official Barcelona statement read.

“The President, in the name of the Club, thanks Andoni Zubizarreta for his contribution, dedication and professionalism over the last four years in his role at the head of the Club’s football area.”

Zubizaretta wasn’t the only leading figure at Barcelona to leave the club Monday after Puyol confirmed on his Facebook page that he would also be departing.

A former captain of the club, who won three Champions League crowns and six La Liga titles, Puyol was appointed assistant sporting director soon after retiring as a player in May.

“These last three months gave me the opportunity to see the other side of the club. I learned a lot, I am very grateful and, now, I want to try other things from another perspective and in other places,” Puyol wrote.

“I want to grow both personally and professionally so that, in the future, I can return to this home and give back all that you gave me during these unforgettable years.

“I remain extremely grateful to the employees, directors, president and sports management for trusting me and for helping me in this transition that was not easy.

“And most of all to the fans who, if I felt they were supportive when I played, now, since my retirement, I feel that even more.

“I wish I could have said good bye to everyone with my boots on, but life does not always goes as one desires. I have been and I am very fortunate too feel as much love and support, for which I can only say THANK YOU and let you know that I will always carry you in my heart.

“Long live BARCA.”

CAS’s decision, which found Barcelona guilty of breaching FIFA rules on signing minors, means the club is unable to add to its squad during the next two transfer windows. The Spanish club, also hit with a $455,000 fine, says the transfer ban is “disproportionate” and “excessive.”

After Barcelona’s loss to Real Sociedad — a result which meant it missed the chance to move top of the La Liga table — Zubizarreta suggested in an interview with Canal+ that he was not solely to blame for the transfer ban.

“Taking responsibility is to explain the actions, how the decisions were made, but I have little to explain because the vice-president [Bartomeu] who was in charge of that area [at the time] is the current president,” he said.

FIFA first issued the ban in April, but with Barcelona appealing the decision it was free to buy players until that appeal was then rejected by world football’s governing body in August.

Zubizarreta helped to bring Luis Suarez to the club from Liverpool in the summer, which was met with much excitement from supporters, yet other signings have not been met with such acclaim.

Douglas was signed from Sao Paulo but has only made three appearances this season, while Thomas Vermaelen has yet to make his debut for the club since joining from Arsenal due to injury.

Zubizarreta also helped sign the likes of Adriano, Javier Mascherano, Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas and Neymar, who have all proved relative successes.

Neymar’s transfer, however, cast a shadow over Barcelona, with Spain’s authorities accusing the club of tax fraud.

Zubizarreta played for Barcelona between 1986 and 1994, helping the side to a first ever European Cup in 1992.

The Spanish club is yet to announce who will fill the vacancy left by the 53-year-old.

Read: Real Madrid’s winning streak ends

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or 2014


Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi to the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the second successive year.


The 29-year-old was voted world footballer of the year ahead of the Argentina and Barcelona forward and German international and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at a FIFA ceremony held in Zurich, Switzerland.

Ronaldo, who picked up his first world player of the year award in 2008, was hotly tipped to scoop the award for the third time in his career after completing another spectacular season at Real Madrid.

Ronaldo scored 56 goals in 51 appearances for Los Blancos in all competitions in 2014 and netted a total of 61 goals from 60 appearances during the calendar year.

The 29-year-old was instrumental in helping Carlo Ancelotti’s side lift a 10th Champions League title as well as winning the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Super Cup.

The Portuguese also broke the record for most La Liga hat-tricks at the end of last year.

His three goals against Celta Vigo in December took him to a total of 23 hat-tricks, one more than La Liga legend Telmo Zarra and Real Madrid icon Alfredo di Stefano.

The Portuguese has enjoyed a remarkable La Liga season so far, scoring 26 times in 17 matches for table-topping Real Madrid this season.

Black Phosphorous: The Birth of a New Wonder Material


Materials scientists have discovered how to make black phosphorous nanosheets in large amounts, heralding a new era of nanoelectronic devices.


In the last few years, two-dimensional crystals have emerged as some of the most exciting new materials to play with. Consequently, materials scientists have been falling over themselves to discover the extraordinary properties of graphene, boron nitride, molybdenum disulphide, and so on.

A late-comer to this group is black phosphorus, in which phosphorus atoms join together to form a two-dimensional puckered sheet. Last year, researchers built a field-effect transistor out of black phosphorus and showed that it performed remarkably well. This research suggested that black phosphorous could have a bright future in nanoelectronic devices.

But there is a problem. Black phosphorus is difficult to make in large quantities. Today, Damien Hanlon at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, and a number of pals, say they have solved this problem.

These guys have perfected a way of making large quantities of black phosphorus nanosheets with dimensions that they can control. And they have used this newfound ability to test black phosphorus in a number of new applications, such as a gas sensor, an optical switch, and even to reinforce composite materials to make them stronger.

In bulk form, black phosphorus is made of many layers, like graphite. So one way to separate single sheets is by exfoliation, simply peeling off layers using Scotch tape or other materials. That is a time-consuming task that severely limits potential applications.

So Hanlon and co have been toying with another approach. Their method is to place the black phosphorus lump in a liquid solvent and then bombard it with acoustic waves that shake the material apart.

The result is that the bulk mass separates into a large number of nanosheets that the team filters for size using a centrifuge. That leaves high-quality nanosheets consisting of only a few layers. “Liquid phase exfoliation is a powerful technique to produce nanosheets in very large quantities,” they say.

One potential problem with black phosphorus nanosheets is that they degrade rapidly when in contact with water or oxygen. So one of the advances the team has made is to predict that certain solvents should form a solvation shell around the sheet, which prevents oxygen or other oxidative species from reaching the phosphorus.

The team use N-cyclohexyl-2-pyrrolidone or CHP as a solvent and because of this, the nanosheets are surprisingly long-lived.

The big advantage of black phosphorus over graphene is that it has a natural bandgap that physicists can exploit to make electronic devices, such as transistors. But Hanlon and co say the newfound availability of black phosphorus nanosheets has allowed them to test a number of other ideas as well.

For example, they added the nanosheets to a film of polyvinyl chloride, thereby doubling its strength and increasing its tensile toughness sixfold. So it’s not just carbon allotropes that can increase strength!

They also determined the nonlinear optical response of the nanosheets to a pulsed laser by measuring the amount of light that is transmitted. It turns out that the amount of light black phosphorus absorbs decreases as the intensity rises, a property known as saturable absorption. What’s more, black phosphorus is better at this even than graphene.

Finally, they measured the current through the nanosheets while exposing them to ammonia. They found that the material’s resistance increased when it came into contact with ammonia, probably because ammonia donates electrons that neutralize holes in the black phosphorus sheets.

That immediately makes black phosphorous a decent ammonia detector. Hanlon and co say the material could detect ammonia at levels of around 80 parts per billion.

All this could mark an interesting step change in research associated with black phosphorus. Many people will have seen the excitement associated with the remarkable properties of graphene. If black phosphorous is half as remarkable, there should be an interesting future for material scientists.


Robot Journalist Finds New Work on Wall Street


Software that turns data into written text could help us make sense of a coming tsunami of data.


Software that was first put to work writing news reports has now found another career option: drafting reports for financial giants and U.S. intelligence agencies.

The writing software, called Quill, was developed by Narrative Science, a Chicago company set up in 2010 to commercialize technology developed at Northwestern University that turns numerical data into a written story. It wasn’t long before Quill was being used to report on baseball games for TV and online sports outlets, and company earnings statements for clients such as Forbes.

Quill’s early career success generated headlines of its own, and the software was seen by some as evidence that intelligent software might displace human workers. Narrative Science CEO Stuart Frankel says that the publicity, even if some of it was negative, was a blessing. “A lot of people felt threatened by what we were doing, and we got a lot of coverage,” he says. “It led to a lot of inquiries from all different industries and to the evolution to a different business.”

Narrative Science is now renting out Quill’s writing skills to financial customers such as T. Rowe Price, Credit Suisse, and USAA to write up more in-depth, lengthy reports on the performance of mutual funds that are then distributed to investors or regulators.

“It goes from the job of a small army of people over weeks to just a few seconds,” says Frankel. “We do 10- to 15-page documents for some financial clients.”

An investment from In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s investment division, led the company to work from multiple U.S. intelligence agencies. Asked about that work, Frankel says only that “The communication challenges of the U.S. intelligence community are very similar to those of our other customers.” Altogether, Quill now churns out millions of words per day.

The software’s output can be impressive for software, but it can’t write without some numerical data for inspiration. It performs statistical analysis on that data, looking for significant events or trends, and it draws on knowledge about key concepts such as bankruptcy, profit, and revenue, and how such concepts are related.The following paragraph, from an investment report, shows that Quill can write passable text for such a document, but it can still feel as if it were written by a computer.

Quill is programmed with rules of writing that it uses to structure sentences, paragraphs, and pages, says Kristian Hammond, a computer science professor at Northwestern University and chief scientist at Narrative Science. “We know how to introduce an idea, how not to repeat ourselves, how to get shorter,” he says.

Companies can also tune Quill’s style and use of language based on what they need it to write. It can accentuate the positive in marketing copy, or go for exhaustive detail in a regulatory filing, for example.

Quill can also take an “angle” for a piece of writing. When writing about sports for an audience likely to favor a particular team, for instance, Quill can write a story that softens the blow of a loss.

Narrative Science doesn’t publish technical details of how Quill works. But Michael White, an associate professor at Ohio State University, says that its ability to finesse the angle and arc of a piece sets it apart from previous examples of such software.

What is known as “natural language generation” software has been a research topic for years, but it has recently begun to show more commercial promise, says White. “There’s growing awareness that masses of data and visualizations are not really helpful if they can’t be explained and made relevant,” says White. “I’d say the time has finally become ripe for natural language generation to have commercial success.”

Other companies working on the technology include Arria, a U.K.-based company that was spun out of research from the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland. A Pittsburgh startup called OnlyBoth, founded last year, plans to launch its first writing software products later in 2015.

All those companies are so far focused on serving businesses. But Hammond says that as cars, health gadgets, and home appliances become connected to the Internet, the simple charts and symbols they use to communicate with humans may not be enough. “Most households are not going to be able to do the data science to make to their thermostats and cars and other data intelligible,” says Hammond. “This technology is going to be a descriptive voice of everything that has data.”

CES 2015: Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with “Deep Learning”


A commercial device uses powerful image and information processing to let cars interpret 360° camera views.

Many cars now include cameras or other sensors that record the passing world and trigger intelligent behavior, such as automatic braking or steering to avoid an obstacle. Today’s systems are usually unable to tell the difference between a trash can and traffic cop standing next to it, though.

This week at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nvidia, a leading marking of computer graphics chips, unveiled a vehicle computer called the Drive PX that could help cars interpret and react to the world around them.

Nvidia already supplies chips to many car makers, but engineers at those companies usually have to write software to collect and process data from various different sensor systems. Drive PX is more powerful than existing hardware, and it should also make it easier to integrate and process sensor data.

The computer uses Nvidia’s new graphics microprocessor, the Tegra X1. It is capable of processing information from up to 12 cameras simultaneously, and it comes with software designed to assist with safety or autonomous driving systems. Most impressive, it includes a system trained to recognize different objects using a powerful technique known as deep learning (see “10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013: Deep Learning”). The computer is also designed to generate realistic 3-D maps and other graphics for dashboard displays.

“It’s pretty cool to bring this level of powerful computation into cars,” said John Leonard, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, who works on autonomous-car technology. “It’s the first such computer that seems really designed for a car—an autopilot computer.”

The new Nvidia hardware can also be updated remotely, so that car manufacturers can fix bugs or add new functionality. This is something few car companies, aside from Tesla, do currently.

So far Audi has emerged as an early buyer; at CES, the company showed off a luxury concept car called the Audi Prologue that includes the Drive PX. A year ago, the company announced at CES that it had developed a compact computer for processing sensor information (see “Audi Shows Off a Compact Brain for Self-Driving Cars”). That, too, included Nvidia chips.

The introduction of Nvidia’s product is a landmark moment for deep learning, a technology that processes sensory information efficiently by loosely mimicking the way the brain works. At CES, Nvidia showed that its software can detect objects such as cars, people, bicycles, and signs, even when they are partly hidden.

Yoshua Bengio, a deep-learning researcher at the University of Montreal, says the Nvidia chipset is an important commercial milestone. “I would not call it a breakthrough, but more a continuous advance in a direction that has been going for a number of years now,” he said.

Yann LeCun, a data scientist at New York University who leads deep-learning efforts at Facebook (see “Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort to Find Meaning in Your Posts”), also sees the announcement as an important step: “It is significant because current solutions tend to be closed and proprietary, use custom and inflexible hardware, and tend to be ‘black boxes’ that equipment manufacturers cannot really customize.”

At a press event Sunday, Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia’s CEO, said the devices will provide “more computing horsepower inside a car than anything you have today.”

Volcanoes are cooling Earth: Aerosols from small eruptions have reduced global temperatures and tropical rainfall


:Volcanoes may have cooled the Earth by 0.05°C to 0.12°C since 2000
:Scientists had overlooked the role of aerosols from small eruptions
:The aerosols accumulate between the stratosphere and troposphere
:This layer of the atmosphere is difficult to study as clouds obscure it
:Eruptions through 1990s and 2000s have contributed to warming ‘pause’
:Global temperatures plateaued since 1998 after rapid warming in 1990s
:The findings mean models predicting climate change need to be revised


Small volcanic eruptions over the past 20 years have been protecting the Earth from global warming, according to a new study.
Scientists have confirmed that droplets of sulphur-rich aerosols spewed into the upper atmosphere by volcanoes have been reflecting sunlight away from the Earth.
Until recently it was thought that only particularly large eruptions had any noticeable affect on the climate.

Eruptions of volcanoes like Tavurvur in Papa New Guinea in 2006 had a greater impact on the climate in the past 15 years than had previously been appreciated and may require climate models to be revised

However, the new study has confirmed results from the end of last year that showed these small eruptions can have an accumulative impact on global temperature.
This could have helped decrease the global temperatures by between 0.05°C to 0.12°C over the past 15 years.

Amal Clooney’s Facial Expressions at the Golden Globes Represent How We Feel About the Start of Awards Season


When the Golden Globes red carpet started, the 2015 awards season officially started.
It has begun.
That means from now until the end of the Academy Awards, it’s going to be a lot of late nights watching very rich and beautiful actors congratulate each other, fawn over each other and generally celebrate their awesome lives. And after about three award shows, we’re kind of over it. Unless someone like Benedict Cumberbatch or Jennifer Lawrence spices things up, these things are basically all the same. So the realization that it’s all starting this week is a little disheartening.Which is why we’re thankful that gorgeous attorney Amal Clooney, who recently married some actor, was at the Golden Globes to represent the people who are already tired of red carpet season. She was clearly bored at her husband’s (I think we heard his name was George Clooney?) cute little office party, and we will be right there with her, emotionally, more than once in the coming months.
On the outside, we’re trying to smile politely as we work through covering every single award show, but on the inside, we want to run around screaming and punching out computer screens.
Just look at her face. You know this girl cannot wait to get back home, throw on some sweatpants and watch reruns of Top Chef:


When she does crack a smile, it’s probably to smother an instinct to roll her eyes. That’s basically the only reason we smile as we watch another handsome actor walk up on stage and talk about his craft

Thank you, Amal. You are the queen of being over rooms full of shiny Hollywood folk. We salute you.