JUNE 1 – SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

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JUNE 1 – SHORT CORNERS

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

JOSE MOURINHO OFFICIALLY BECOMES REAL MADRID BOSS

Jose Mourinho was unveiled Monday as the new manager of super club Real Madrid, becoming the teams ninth manager in 6 years. Needless to say, the ‘Special One’ referred to himself quit a bit in his debut press conference.

“I don’t know if I was born to coach Real Madrid but I was born to be a football coach.” Mourinho said at the press conference. “I love important challenges. I am Jose Mourinho and I don’t change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects.

“My attraction to Real Madrid is due to its history, its frustrations in recent years and its expectations to win. It’s a unique club and I believe that not to coach Real leaves a void in a coach’s career. Luckily, I’ve had a beautiful career and it makes me proud to have come here.”

“It’s too early to speak about changes.” he said in terms of what changes he plans to make in order to bring Real Madrid championships again, “I believe it’s time to analyze the situation, to get to know my club, ask lots of questions and get answers. I need to realize the direction of my work. The most important thing is not the coach or the players but the club.

“If we work as a group, it’s not difficult to get results. I want this group to have an identity, to win everything. The strength of my team is always the team and not the individuals.”

ENGLAND TO ANNOUNCE 23-MAN SQUAD AMID CAPELLO RE-SIGNING.

Fabio Capello did not sign a new contract exactly, he just re-signed his existing contract with the July 2010 escape clause removed. The FA, worried about the persistent rumors that Inter Milan were chasing the England boss, insisted he re-sign his deal.

Capello will likely have other things on his mind Tuesday, as he is set to announce his 23-man squad for England’s World Cup campaign.

Rumors are rampant all through the English press about who is ‘in and who is ‘out’.

TRAPATTONI REJECTED CELTIC JOB

Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni admitted that Glasgow Celtic approached him about managing the club, but he turned them down.

“But I say no, I am with Ireland. I also had two or three teams ask me in Italy, and two English teams. I told them all the same answer – that I am with Ireland.”

This will certainly make the Irish fans happy, as ‘Trap’ had brought Ireland to the brink of World Cup qualification for 2010, in a tough group, only to be eliminated in the controversial two-legged playoff with France.

SOUTH AFRICA DEMOLISH GUATEMALA

The South African national team continued an impressive run-up to the World Cup by crushing Guatemala 5-0 in front of 45,000 fans at a packed Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Captain Aaron Mokoena earned his 100th international cap, becoming the first South African to reach the landmark, but the match was driven by 2 penalty spot conversions by Katlego Mphela, including on on 12 minutes. The hosts never looked back.

Bafana Bafana have push their unbeaten streak to 11 matches under Brazilian boss Carlos Alberto Parreira in the lead in to the nations showpiece event.

WORLD CUP TUNE-UPS: SCORES & SCHEDULE

Monday, May 31

South Africa 5-0 Guatemala

Tuesday, June 1

Australia v Denmark

Netherlands v Ghana

Switzerland v Costa Rica

Portugal v Cameroon

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