JUNE 4 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

JUNE 4 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

SACHA KLJESTAN TO JOIN ANDERLECHT?

Reports out of Los Angeles have US and Chivas USA Midfielder Sacha Kljestan is set to complete a move to Belgian side Anderlecht.

The Chivas USA captain, had a brief loan spell with Celtic in 2009, will join an Anderlecht team that won the 2009-10 Belgian Jupiler League and qualifies for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Kljestan will join his new team when the summer transfer window opens in July.

FABIO CANNAVARO MOVES TO UAE CLUB

Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro made a shock move to Al-Ahli, a club in the United Arab Emirates.

The 36-year-old had been hoping for a return to his hometown club Napoli next season after he was released from his contract with Juventus, but that move was apparently not in the cards, much to the chagrin of Napoli fans.

“I want to thank all those who would have wanted me at Napoli. I am a Neapolitan and everyone knows it would have been a dream to be able to wear the shirt again,” Italy’s all-time leader in caps told Napolimagazine.com.

“But, despite the all signals I sent Napoli directors, it was not possible to join them because of a total indifference on their part with regards to me.

“I have always been a Napoli fan, but the choice to move to Dubai is the right one.”

Cannavaro’s deal with Al-Ahli is for two years.

EARNIE STEWART TAKES JOB WITH AZ AIKMAAR

Former US International Earnie Stewart has taken the post of Technical Director at Dutch club AZ Aikmaar.

Stewart had been in a similar role for four seasons at NAC Breda, also of the Dutch Eredivisie, but moved to AZ where he would have a bigger role and a bigger budget to work.

“The club is doing well once again and we need to make sure it stays that way,” Stewart said in an interview with MLSSoccer.net. “We have to make sure that we compete for European soccer every year.”

“I’m grateful for everything I learned at VVV Venlo and NAC Breda, and I want to get better at what I’m doing at AZ. Right now, I want to see if I can keep building my career at this wonderful branch.”

BIG PRICE TAG ON MARACANA RENOVATION

The Maracana Stadium, centerpiece of Brazilian football since it opened in 1950, is facing a renovation in preparation of Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup. The work to expand the stadiums capacity from 82,000 to 90,000 seats is expected to take the better part of two and a half years.

Nothing comes cheap, though and the price tag for the renovation on the stadium is estimated to cost a whopping $390 million.
MEXICO BEATS ITALY IN WORLD CUP TUNE-UP

Goals from Carlos Vela and second-half substitute Alberto Medina helped Mexico to consign world champions Italy to a 2-1 friendly defeat in Brussels.

The Mexican team looked a different side than the one that struggled and shined at different times against England and the Netherlands last week. A quality, 90-minute performance from manager Javier Aguirre’s side kept the defending champions on their heels.

“We played a good game, but we should have scored more goals,” Aguirre told Letelegramme.com after the match. “That is my only regret, not scoring more.

“It is a little worrying. We worked well as a team, but there is still more improvement to come.

“Beating Italy is a great satisfaction, as it’s always hard to defeat a team at this level. And we did it in style, but it must be said that it’s a warm-up match, and it will only give us a morale boost.”

WORLD CUP TUNE-UPS

Thursday, June 3

Germany 3-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina

Italy 1-2 Mexico

South Korea 0-1 Spain

Friday, June 4

Cote d’Ivoire v Japan

France v China

New Zealand v Slovenia

Saturday, June 5

Algeria v UAE

Cameroon v Serbia

Denmark v South Africa

Ghana – v Latvia

Honduras v Romania

Italy v Switzerland

Netherlands v Hungary

Slovakia v Costa Rica

USA v Australia

Sunday June 6

Nigeria v North Korea

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