JULY 14 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

JULY 14 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

RED BULLS FINALLY LAND THIERRY HENRY

The New York Red Bulls have made the worst kept secret in soccer a reality today by announcing the signing of France international Thierry Henry as a designated player.

Without question, Henry becomes the most decorated player to ever take the field in the 14 year history of Major League Soccer. Capped 123 times for France, Henry has a resume that includes World Cup, European Championship and Champions League titles, in addition to a number of domestic championships and scoring titles.

The highest profile signing for the league since David Beckham’s arrival, the former Arsenal striker will hope to revitalize a Red Bull attack that includes co-designated player Colombian Juan Pablo Angel.

The 32-year-old Henry will likely play his first match July 22nd against Tottenham Hotspur in the New York Football Challenge.

The announcement was made Thursday as the day marks the opening of the Major League Soccer transfer window, and Henry is expected to be the first of many designated players brought into the league under the new policies that allow for as many as three designated players per team.

Other signings ready to sign officially on Thursday include Spanish forward Mista who has signed with Toronto FC, Swiss international Blaise Nkufo who has signed to Seattle Sounders from Dutch Champions FC Twente, Branko Boskovich will join DC United and Venezuela’s all-time leading scorer Giancarlo Maldonado has signed with Chivas USA on a loan from Mexican side Atlante..

REDKNAPP EXTENDS SPURS STAY

Tottenham Hotspur have locked up manager Harry Redknapp through 2013.

The 63-year-old manager guided the White Hart Lane club to it’s first Champions League berth last season, and has been rewarded with a three year extension.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reacted to big money offers from .

“The club is delighted to announce that we have extended the contract of manager Harry Redknapp until 2013.” read a statement on the clubs official site. “Harry guided the side to fourth place in his first full season with the Club, our highest league finish since the Premier League’s inception, with the prospect of competing in the Champions League for the first time this coming campaign. The achievement earned him the Premier League Manager of the Season award.”

Spurs were fighting relegation when Redknapp was hired in September 2008 and was offered a one-year extension at the end of last season but Spurs had a right to offer an extension based on the original contract.

“Yes, I can confirm that the club have taken up that two-year option.” Redknapp told Soccernet. “I am now committed to Spurs for the next three years, and of course I am pleased by that. That has made me think about how long I want to stay in the game and – who knows? – I might stay with Spurs many more years than 2013.”

GUARDIOLA TO EXTEND STAY AT BARCA

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is set to sign a new deal at at the Nou Camp.

Though the existing contract expired June 30, the 39-year-old had verbally agreed to a new deal at the club in January. The deal is to be signed on Wednesday,

“The expected announcement of Guardiola’s continued presence on the bench is a reality.” Read a statement of the Catalonian clubs official site.

Guardiola has added seven trophies to the large Nou Camp trophy case, in just two seasons with the senior side. He had been both a player for the club and manager of the Barca reserve team.

TORRES INJURY NOT AS BAD AS FEARED?

Reports out of Spain have Liverpool and Spain standout Fernando Torres out for three weeks, after the striker came up lame after chasing a ball to the end line late in Spain’s World Cup Final triumph on Sunday.

The 26-year-old underwent an MRI scan on Tuesday amid fears in Madrid and on Merseyside that he could be out for the season.

The injury, according to AS, was not as bad as originally thought and would not rule Torres for the Anfield Premier League opener fixture against Arsenal.

BIRMINGHAM LOOK TO GRAB BABEL FROM LIVERPOOL

Birmingham City Manager Alex McLeish has already spent £12 million on his squad in preparation for the 2010-11 Premier League campaign, but he may be renewing his interest in Liverpool’s Ryan Babel.

McLeish attempted to land the Netherlands international last January but the price offered by Rafa Benitez was too steep for Birmingham.

Things have changed a bit since then; Roy Hodgson has taken the reigns at Anfield and McLeish has brought a surprising 9th place finish to St. Andrews.

the 23-year-old Dutchman could be a possibility now for Birmingham City as, according to the Daily Star, Hodgson is looking to generate cash for his transfer possibilites.

Having already brought striker Nikola Zigic and goalkeeper Ben Foster to the St Andrews, the Blues boss is still looking for key players.

“We want to bring in another couple of bodies to the squad at least. We are trying to add more players,” McLeish said.

CISSE IN ANFIELD RETURN?

Could France international Djibril Cisse be returning to Liverpool?

The striker would certainly welcome a move back to the Premier League, and if that happened he would want it to be at Anfield, possible to have a chance to prove himself on Mersyside.

“At Liverpool I didn’t have my chance,” Cisse told Soccernet. “At Sunderland I had a good time but I fancy coming back to Liverpool – that would be nice. I like Arsenal because my friends are there, Manchester is nice, but my club is Liverpool. From my point of view, England is one of the best if not the best place to play football.”

Cisse, who was signed to play for Liverpool in the last days of his tenure, never seemed to be able to make an impression on Rafael Benitez. A broken leg further complicated his first season with the Reds even though he played in the clubs Champions League triumph over AC Milan.

The 28-year-old has played with Marseille, Sunderland and most recently for Greek side Panathinaikos where he helped the Athens side win the Greek League title, scoring 23 goals in the process.

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