JUNE 2 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

JUNE 2 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

ROSSI LEFT OFF ITALY WORLD CUP SQUAD

New Jersey born Giuseppe Rossi was left off the Italian National Team’s 23-man World Cup roster. The 23-year-old Villareal striker was omitted from Marcelo Lippi’s squad in an announcement made Tuesday.

Scoring 33 goals in 91 appearances for his club side always insured Rossi a call-up to the national team where he has scored 3 times in 14 appearances for the Azzurri, since his debut in 2008.

Though a product of the United States, Rossi represented Italy at every youth level from U-16 through U-21 and was viewed as having a good shot at making the 23-man team.

Raised by Italian Immigrant parents in Teaneck New Jersey, Rossi opted to play for the Italian National team over the United States in a decision that left a sour taste in the mouths of many US Soccer fans and officials. It didn’t help his case that he scored two goals against the United States in last summers Confederations Cup.

Awkwardly, Rossi appeared on the cover of ESPN The Magazine last month, with the caption “Meet America’s best hope at the World Cup…”. The ironic caption, coupled with Rossi holding a red, white and blue ball, caused another stir in US Soccer circles.

The article itself was entitled “The One That Got Away” detailed Rossi’s views on his decision ““Off the field, I have always felt American. On the field I’ve always felt Italian.”

MEXICO CUT ONE DOS SANTOS, MAY LOSE THE OTHER

Javier Aguirre released his 23-man Mexico squad for the 2010 World Cup on Monday and Jonathan Dos Santos was not on it.

In a statement, the Mexican federation confirmed: “The Barcelona player Jonathan dos Santos has been remvoed from the squad and will not participate at the World Cup.”

This prompted a response in the Mexican media from Dos Santos’ father.

“Jonathan will not play for Mexico anymore,” Dos Santos’ father, the famous Zizinho told the Mexican TV network Televisa. “I love Mexico, I adore it, even though I am Brazilian. But they cannot hurt him this way.”

“Jonathan told me he is going to quit the Mexican team and I don’t want him playing for them anymore anyway.”

Zizinho, who played in Mexico for years with Club America and Monterrey, then went on ti suggest that Jonathan’s brother Giovani, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur, would not play either.

“Gio is very hurt and he wants to be at home with us,” Zizinho said, “He is there now and he’s not well. We don’t know if he will play (at the World Cup) or not.  We still don’t know anything.”

Gio’s teammates are trying to keep him on the team.

“We want Gio to feel calm. We’re trying to console him,” Mexico captain Gerardo Torrado told Mexican Daily Record. “Jonathan is gone and we should shoot forward, support him because it him the hardest. We’re talking to him and letting him feel the support of the group and that he feels better as quick as possible, that he feels like he’s at home so he can train like everyone else and for him to get to the World Cup strong.”

GULLIT WANTS TO AUSTRALIA JOB

Dutch legend Ruud Gullit wants to take over management of the Australian National Team, when the post becomes vacant after this summers World Cup.

“Of course I would consider coaching Australia if they approached me. It’s very nice there. I’ve been to Sydney and I really love Australia,” Gullit was quoted as saying by reporters.

“What I like about Australia is that the people are very sport minded, very much, they love it. And of course the temperature is nice, the environment is nice. Maybe that’s the reason why the Dutch coaches do so well.”

Pim Verbeek, current boss of Australia, is leaving the job after the 2010 World Cup and Australia will have the Asian Cup and the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers right around the corner.

Gullit would be the third Dutch coach in a row for the Socceroos, as Guus Hiddink lead Australia to the 2006 World Cup before Verbeek took over.

GUUS HIDDINK TURNS DOWN INTER MILAN

Guus Hiddink was in the United States last week to watch the Turkey team he is set to take over in August, but Inter Milan were hoping that would never happen.

According to Hiddink’s agent Cees van Niewenhuizen, Inter had made hiddink their top choice to replace Jose Mourinho at the San siro for the coming season.

“Inter asked me last week if Hiddink could be a candidate for the Nerazzurri hotseat,” van Niewenhuizen told Telelombardia. “They told me that he was the number one candidate on the list.”

“I replied that it is impossible because Hiddink has only just started his experience with the Turkish federation and he will not go to the federation and ask them to be freed from his contract. Hiddink wants to respect his contract.”

Like all things football, ‘impossible’ does not mean much. “You can never say no,” van Niewenhuizen said “but I believe it is impossible.”

NETHERLANDS PUNISH ESSIAN-LESS GHANA

Goals by Dirk Kuyt, Rafael van der Vart, Wesley Sneider and Robin van Persie saw of Ghana on Tuesday in Rotterdam as the African side played their first match without injured Michael Essien in the squad.

WORLD CUP TUNE-UPS: SCORES & SCHEDULE

Tuesday, June 1

Australia 1-0 Denmark

Netherlands 4-1 Ghana

Switzerland 0-1 Costa Rica

Portugal 3-1 Cameroon

Wednesday, June 2

Greece v Paraguay

Honduras v Azerbaijan

Serbia v Poland

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One Response to “JUNE 2 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS”

  1. Kaffieen Says:

    Part of me feels sorry for Rossi, I am surprised by Lippi’s decision there. Then there is another part of me that thinks “serves you right”. That may be harsh, but as an American and a Soccer/Football fan watching our National team play, and seeing more fans of our opposition gives me a sick feeling in my stomach. Its very frustrating to go to some matches in the US and feel like the visitors!

    I am not trying to tell people who they should support, but I personally dislike calling one’s self American, yet obviously rooting against the US.

    Rossi’s last quote is very telling in my opnion….
    “Off the field, I have always felt American. On the field I’ve always felt Italian.”

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