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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 7-25-2010

July 25, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 7-25-2010

ROSTER UPDATES

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TV UPDATES

Fox Soccer Channel has picked up the August 5th FC Dallas v Inter Milan match from Pizza Hut Park, which kicks off at 9pm ET.

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL FRIENDLY MATCHESALL TIMES EASTERN

July 21 – Celtic v Sporting CP, Fenway Park, Boston MA, 8pm

July 22 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bulls v Tottenham Hotspur, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm

July 23 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Manchester City v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 1pm

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bull v Manchester City, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 3:30pm

July 25 – Manchester United v Kansas City Wizards, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City MO 6pm

August 5 – FC Dallas v Inter Milan, Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX 9pm

August 7 – LA Galaxy v Real Madrid – Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA 10:30pm

ESPN2 FRIENDLY MATCHES

July 28 – MLS All-Star’s v Manchester United, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX 8:30pm

COMPLETE SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

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FORBES: MANCHESTER UNITED IS WORLD’S RICHEST CLUB

July 22, 2010

FORBES: MANCHESTER UNITED IS WORLD’S RICHEST CLUB

Manchester United, amid constant reports of debt and disorder, is still the most valuable franchise in all of sports.

Financial publishing and media company, Forbes released its annual list of the world’s most valuable teams this week, with the English Premier League club Manchester United st the top of the list, valued at $1.84 billion.

United seems to have a stranglehold on the top spot of a list dominated by the National Football League, who place all 32 franchises in the top 50.

The success of Manchester United, financially, seems at odds with the clubs appearance of instability.  The struggles of United’s American owners, the Glazer family, are well documented in the soccer world. Vocal fan movements, such as the Green and Gold movement, demanding the family sell the club, are large and well supported. (more…)

JULY 22 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

July 22, 2010

JULY 22 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

SHAKHTAR SIGN EDUARDO FROM ARSENAL

Shakhtar Donetsk have signed striker Eduardo from Arsenal.

The Croatia international, who suffered a career-threatening broken leg in 2008 and never found his way back to a regular position at Arsenal, signed for the Ukraine Champions for $9 million.

“FC Shakhtar have signed a Brazilian-born Croatian forward Eduardo Da Silva from Arsenal London on a 4-year contract being anticipated by all the international media.” The club website said. “Within the nearest time the newcomer will be introduced to Ukrainian media representatives as well as to the Pitmen fans.”

The 27-year-old leaves the Gunners having scored 20 goals in 67 appearances for the Gunners.

“We wanted to buy Eduardo before he moved to Arsenal.” Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu said. “Not everything went his way last season, but he is still a player of very high quality, a real marksman. Yes, he had a serious injury, we are aware of the risk, but at the same time we realize he can give a lot to Shakhtar. We expect a lot from Eduardo.”

LIVERPOOL SIGN DANNY WILSON

Scotland U19 international Danny Wilson has signed for Liverpool after passing a medical.

The 18-year-old defender comes to Anfield from Scottish Premier League Champions Rangers on a three-year deal worth as much as $7.5 million depending on results.

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BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE ROSTERS, SCHEDULE

July 21, 2010

2010 BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE ROSTERS, SCHEDULE

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Goalkeepers : Carlo Cudicini (ITA), David Button (ENG), Oscar Jansson (SWE)

Defenders : Gareth Bale (WAL), Calum Butcher (ENG), Vedran Corluka (CRO), Alan Hutton (SCT), Younes Kaboul (FRA), Kyle Naughton (ENG), Adam Smith (ENG), Kyle Walker (ENG),

Midfielders : Tom Huddlestone (ENG), Jermaine Jenas (ENG), Niko Kranjcar (CRO), Luka Modric (CRO), Andros Townsend (ENG)

Forwards : Robbie Keane (IRE), Ryan Mason (ENG), Jonathan Obika (ENG), Roman Pavlyuchenko (RUS)

MANAGER: Harry Redknapp

MANCHESTER CITY FC

Goalkeepers : Shay Given (IRE), David Gonzalez (COL), Joe Hart (ENG), Stuart Taylor (ENG)

Defenders : Dedryk Boyata (BEL), Wayne Bridge (ENG), Greg Cunningham (IRE), Javier Garrido (ESP), Vincent Kompany (BEL), Joleon Lescott (ENG), Ben Mee (ENG), Nedum Onuoha (ENG), Micah Richards (ENG), Kieran Trippier (ENG), Kolo Toure (COI), Pablo Zabaleta (ARG)

Midfielders : Abdisalam Ibrahim (NOR), Stephen Ireland (IRE), Adam Johnson (ENG), Michael Johnson (ENG), Scott Kay (ENG), Yaya Toure (COI), Andrew Tutte (ENG), Patrick Vieira (FRA), Shaun Wright-Phillips (ENG)

Strikers : Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy (WAL), John Guidetti, Jeremy Helan, Alex Nimely, Jo Silva

MANAGER : Roberto Mancini

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL

All players are Portugese unless otherwise noted.

Goalkeepers : Rui Patricio, Tiago Ferreira, Vitor Golas (BRA)

Defenders : Marco Torsiglieri (ARG), Daniel Carrico, Anderson Polga (BRA), Evaldo Fabiano, Leandro Grimi (ARG), Nuno Coelho, Joao Pereira, Abel Ferreira

Midfielders : Pedro Mendes, Marat Izamilov (RUS) , Maniche, Matías Fernández (CHL), Jaime Valdes (CHL), Miguel Veloso, Ander Santos, Simon Vukcevic (MNG)

Forwards : Carlos Saleiro, Florent Sinama-Pongolle (FRA), Yannick Djalo, Helder Postiga, Andre Martins, Liedson, Diogo Salomao, William Owusu Acheampong (GHA)

MANAGER : Costinha

BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE SCHEDULE

NOTE: ALL TIMES EASTERN, ALL MATCHES AT RED BULL ARENA, HARRISON NJ, ALL MATCHES BROADCAST LIVE ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

July 22  – New York Red Bulls v Tottenham Hotspur, 8pm

July 23 – Manchester City v Sporting Lisbon, 8pm

July 25 – New York Red Bull v Manchester City, 3:30pm

July 25 – Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting Lisbon, 1pm

SPURS AND CITY US TOUR ROSTERS, SCHEDULES TV TIMES

July 17, 2010


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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR & MANCHESTER CITY ROSTERS, SCHEDULES FOR 2010 US TOUR

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: (3) Carlo Cudicini (ITA), David Button (ENG), Oscar Jansson (SWE)

DEFENDERS: (8) Gareth Bale (WAL), Calum Butcher (ENG), Vedran Corluka (CRO), Alan Hutton (SCT), Younes Kaboul (FRA), Kyle Naughton (ENG), Adam Smith (ENG), Kyle Walker (ENG),

MIDFIELDERS: (5) Tom Huddlestone (ENG), Jermaine Jenas (ENG), Niko Kranjcar (CRO), Luka Modric (CRO), Andros Townsend (ENG)

FORWARDS: (4) Robbie Keane (IRE), Ryan Mason (ENG), Jonathan Obika (ENG), Roman Pavlyuchenko (RUS)

HEAD COACH: Harry Redknapp

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2010 US TOUR SCHEDULE, TV TIMES

July 17 – San Jose Earthquakes v Tottenham Hotspur, Buck Shaw Stadium, San Jose CA 4pm  ESPN

July 22 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bulls v Tottenham Hotspur, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm  Fox Soccer Channel

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 1pm  Fox Soccer Channel

MANCHESTER CITY 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

Goalkeepers: (4) Shay Given (IRE), David Gonzalez (COL), Joe Hart (ENG), Stuart Taylor (ENG)

Defenders: (12) Dedryk Boyata (BEL), Wayne Bridge (ENG), Greg Cunningham (IRE), Javier Garrido (ESP), Vincent Kompany (BEL), Joleon Lescott (ENG), Ben Mee (ENG), Nedum Onuoha (ENG), Micah Richards (ENG), Kieran Trippier (ENG), Kolo Toure (COI), Pablo Zabaleta (ARG)

Midfielders: (9) Abdisalam Ibrahim (NOR), Stephen Ireland (IRE), Adam Johnson (ENG), Michael Johnson (ENG), Scott Kay (ENG), Yaya Toure (COI), Andrew Tutte (ENG), Patrick Vieira (FRA), Shaun Wright-Phillips (ENG)

Strikers: (6) Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy, John Guidetti, Jeremy Helan, Alex Nimely, Jo Silva

MANCHESTER CITY 2010 US TOUR SCHEDULE, TV TIMES

July 17 – Portland Timbers v Manchester City, Merlo Field, Portland OR 10pm

July 23 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Manchester City v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm Fox Soccer Channel

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bull v Manchester City, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 3:30pm  Fox Soccer Channel

July 28 – Manchester City v Club America – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

July 31 – Inter Milan v Manchester City – M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore MA

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING DRAW

July 16, 2010

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING DRAW

Third qualifying round – Non-Champions route draw
First leg: 27/28 July; Second leg: 3/4 August
Match Fixture
1 AFC Ajax (NED) v PAOK FC (GRE)
2 FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) v KAA Gent (BEL)
3 BSC Young Boys (SUI) v Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)
4 SC Braga (POR) v Celtic FC (SCO)
5 FC Unirea Urziceni (ROU) v FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
Third qualifying round – Champions route draw
First leg: 27/28 July; Second leg: 3/4 August
1 SK Liepājas Metalurgs (LVA) – AC Sparta Praha (CZE) v FC İnter Bakı (AZE) – KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
2 FK Aktobe (KAZ) – FC Olimpi Rustavi (GEO) v Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) – FK Željezničar (BIH)
3 FC Sheriff (MDA) – KS Dinamo Tirana (ALB) v NK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) – FC Koper (SVN)
4 PFC Litex Lovech (BUL) – FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE) v Birkirkara FC (MLT) – MŠK Žilina (SVK)
5 FC Levadia Tallinn (EST) – Debreceni VSC (HUN) v FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
6 AIK Solna (SWE) – AS Jeunesse Esch (LUX) v Linfield FC (NIR) – Rosenborg BK (NOR)
7 FK Partizan (SRB) – FC Pyunik (ARM) v FK Ekranas (LTU) – HJK Helsinki (FIN)
8 FC BATE Borisov (BLR) – FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) v FC København (DEN)
9 Bohemian FC (IRL) – The New Saints FC (WAL) v RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
10 AC Omonia (CYP) – FK Renova (MKD) v FC Salzburg (AUT) – HB Tórshavn (FRO)

CELTIC AND MANCHESTER UNITED ROSTERS FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

July 16, 2010

CELTIC AND MANCHESTER UNITED ROSTERS FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

CELTIC

Here is the Glasgow Celtic roster for the teams 2010 North American Tour which started on Wednesday at PPL Park in Philadelphia.  The roster has already changed since Celtic arrived and it may change again, and as early as Friday.  Poland International Goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who made over 200 appearances over five years with the club, was sold to Fiorentina just before the tour, leaving leaving only American Dominic Cervi and Boruc’s Polish compatriot Lukasz Zaluska as the only keepers on the squad.

Mexican international Efrain Juarez signed with the club on Thursday and is likely to join the team in time for the Manchester United clash Friday evening in Toronto.

Ireland international Daryl Murphy, signed on Friday from Sunderland is expected to join the Glasgow Superclub in North America as soon as possible.

Juarez and Murphy will join new signings Charlie Mulgrew, Joe Ledley and 30-year-old Korean World Cup standout Cha Du-Ri on a Hoops squad that hopes to take back the Scottish Premier League title from rivals Rangers.

CELTIC 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: (3) Artur Boruc (POL), Dominic Cervi (USA), Lukasz Zaluska (POL)

DEFENDERS: (10) Andreas Hinkel (GER), Glenn Loovens (NETH), Jos Hooiveld (HOL), Darren O’Dea (IRE), Mark Wilson (SCOT), Paul Caddis (SCOT), Milan Misun (CZECH), Charles Mulgrew (SCOT), Cha Du Ri (S. KOREA), Thomas Rogne (NOR)

MIDFIELDERS: (9) Scott Brown (SCOT), Joseph Ledley (SCOT), Shaun Maloney (SCOT), Patrick McCourt (IRE), Marc Crosas (SPAIN), Aiden McGeady (IRE), Simon Ferry (SCOT), James Forrest (SCOT), Ki Sung Yueng (S. KOREA)

FORWARDS: (5) Marc Fortune (F. Guiana), Georgios Samaras (GRE), Morten Rasmussen (DEN), Benjamin Hutchison (ENG), Paul McGowan (SCOT)

MANAGER: Neil Lennon

MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United have released their travel squad for their tour of North America, players given a reprieve from the tour due to World Cup duty are United stalwarts Wayne Rooney, Park Ji-Sung, Anderson, Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.

Newly signed Mexican Super-teen Javier Hernandez will join the Red Devils on July 27th, just before United battle the MLS  All-Star’s in Houston.

The star-studded injured ranks include Michael Owen, Owen Hargreaves, Gary Neville, Antonio Valencia and, of course, England captain Rio Ferdinand who was so sensationally injured just days before England’s World Cup opener against the United States.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Ben Amos (ENG), Tomasz Kuszczak (POL), Edwin Van der Sar (NED)

DEFENDERS (8): Wes Brown (ENG), Fabio Da Silva (BRA), Rafael Da Silva (BRA), Ritchie De Laet (BEL), Corry Evans (NIR), Jonny Evans (NIR), John O’Shea (IRL), Chris Smalling (ENG)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Tom Cleverley (ENG), Darren Fletcher (SCO), Darron Gibson (IRL), Ryan Giggs (WAL), Nani (POR), Gabriel Obertan (FRA), Paul Scholes (ENG)

FORWARDS (5): Dimitar Berbatov (BUL), Mame Biram Diouf (SEN), Javier Hernandez (MEX), Federico Macheda (ITA), Danny Welbeck (ENG)

MANAGER: Sir Alex Ferguson

JULY 15 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

July 15, 2010

LUKAS PODOLSKI HAS PROVEN HE HAS THE STONES

JULY 15 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

CHELSEA’S AFRICAN PAIR READY FOR PREMIER LEAGUE RETURN

Chelsea’s African duo Michael Essien and Jon Obi Mikel are set to return to Stamford Bridge after long injuries that kept both out of the World Cup.

Nigeria’s Mikel and Ghana’s Essien both had time during the World Cup to return to fitness and now look set to join the club for Chelsea’s opening Premier League fixture August 14.

“There should be no problem whatsoever,” Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins told soccernet. “Mikel is slightly in advance of Michael Essien but they are both working very well indeed.

“They have been working double sessions for the last week and we will get them really firing before the season starts.”

AC MILAN IN FOR PODOLSKI, BUT ONLY IF…

AC Milan will splash to cash to but German striker Lukas Podolski, but only if they can first find a buyer for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, preferably to a Premier League club.

The 1 FC Koln striker has come back into vogue after a successful run in the World Cup, and Milan have sized up the 25-year-old who is a more versatile player than Huntelaar, being able to play as a more conventional forward. Nothing however will move the Rossoneri to approach unless they have cah in hand for Huntelaar.

“Podolski will arrive only if one condition is met and that is the transfer of Huntelaar to the (English) Premier League, which would then open a few paths from a financial standpoint.” Milan Vice-president Adriano Galliani told Sky Sport 24.

BAYERN LOOKING FOR VAN DER WIEL

Bayern Munich have approached Dutch side Ajax regarding Gregory van der Wiel.

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

July 14, 2010

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 .

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JULY 13 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEW NOTES AND RUMORS

July 13, 2010

JULY 13 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEW NOTES AND RUMORS

UNITED IN FOR BALOTELLI?

The Agent for Italian striker Mario Balotelli has confirmed that red sides of Manchester is interested in the 19-year-old’s services.

Inter Milan still has the player under wraps for three more seasons but for the proposed $50million price tag, the club could be persuaded to let him go, according to the players agent Mino Raiola who is heading to England to begin negotiations.

“The interest of Manchester for Balotelli is concrete and both clubs have confirmed it,” Raiola told Calcio Mercato. “The player is clearly happy to be followed by [Manchester United coach Sir Alex] Ferguson.”

The petulant striker clashed with then Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho, but new manager Rafael Benitez wants to meet and evaluate the player before letting him go.

“I want to speak to him and get to know him better as a person.” Benitez said. “All the quality players are important to me. But I need to see him, get to know him and see how he works.”

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti thinks that Manchester United would be an ideal fit for the Italian sensation.

“They are a team with great tradition, which helps that type of player,” he told Sky Sport24. “Here, the environment is different and I think a player with his character could find it better than in Italy. It’s difficult to find a player so young with his quality, and England has a lack of players at that level.”

Ancelotti mentioned he would be happy to coach a player like Balotelli.

BAYERN WON’T BREAK THE BANK FOR LEFT BACK

Chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says that Bayern Munich will not sign Fabio Coentrao or Michel Bastos this summer, even though the team is in need of a left back.

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JULY 12 – DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

July 12, 2010

JULY 12 – DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER TRANSFER WINDOW OPENS ON THURSDAY

The MLS transfer window opens this Thursday July 15, and in addition to a certain high profile signing being announced in New York, Seattle’s Blaise Nkufo, DC United’s Branko Boskovic, Chivas USA’s Giancarlo Maldonado and Toronto FC’s Mista will also become official members of their respective teams.

Here is the lowdown on who is coming, who is rumored to follow and (tear) who is just not an option.

RED BULLS SET TO NAME THIERRY HENRY ON THURSDAY

The New York Red Bulls have lined up a press conference to announce their second designated player on Thursday.

Though no names have been mentioned the signing will come as a surprise to no one and is widely considered the worst kept secret in the game.

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JULY 12 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

July 12, 2010

JULY 12 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

FABREGAS HAPPY TO STAY AT ARSENAL

Cesc Fabregas has been hinting at a move to Barcelona all summer , but he seems to have changed his tune regarding his current club Arsenal.

The Spanish international has called his North London side a “world-class club” and suggested he is ready to stay put for the coming season.

“All I can say is that this World Cup victory is for all the Arsenal players and fans. They are a world-class club.” the 23-year-old told reporters after Spains World Cup Triumph. “I had a text message of congratulations from Arsene Wenger. He said I deserve it. I just think this is for everyone at Arsenal who helped me get to where I am now. I am an Arsenal player and proud to be.”

Fabregas had previously made no secret about his desire to move to Barcelona for the coming campaign, the club he loved as a kid and managed by his boyhood hero Pepp Guardiola.

STUTTGART DENY MADRID BID FOR KHEDIRA

Rumors of German international Sami Khedira moving to Real madrid from Bundesliga side Stuttgart have yet to become reality, according to club director Jochen Schneider.

“We have no offer. That is based only on speculation in Spanish sport newspapers,” Schneider told Bild. “And after his holiday we will sit down together and see whether we can extend his contract beyond 2011.”

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JUNE 26-SHORT CORNERS:SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 26, 2010

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JUNE 26 – SHORT CORNERS-INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

BALLACK RETURNS TO LEVERKUSEN

Michael Ballack has returned to his former club, Bayer Leverkusen, on a two-year contract.

The German International is returning to his old Bundesliga side, with whom he reached the Champions League final in 2002.

“With my transfer to Bayer Leverkusen a circle is complete. I had a beautiful and successful time here, on which I like to look back on a lot,” Ballack told the club’s website. “That was a factor in my decision.”

“But above all the good sporting potential of this young and attractive team were persuasive.

“I am especially looking forward to the great fans, who naturally have been key in my decision to return to Bayer.”

Rudi Völller, Bayer sporting director, is excited to see what a player of Ballack’s experience can bring to such a young side.

“With Michael Ballack our team is getting an enormous boost in quality,” he said. “Especially our many young players will benefit from his abilities and his experience.

“We did everything to convince Michael. That his preference was for Bayer despite our limited financial possibilities in comparison to the competition, shows his emotional attachment to the club.”

ALLEGRI TAKES HELM AT MILAN

AC Milan confirmed Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager replacing Leonardo who quit after just one season in charge at the San Siro.

Allegri, who has signed a two-year contract with Milan, comes from a Cagliari club he had great success with, but was released after a disagreement with the club in April.

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2010-11 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFYING ROUND FIXTURES

June 25, 2010

2010-11 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFYING ROUND FIXTURES

FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND

Ties to be played 29/30 June and 6/7 July

SP Tre Fiori (SMR) v FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE)

FC Santa Coloma (AND) v Birkirkara FC (MLT)

SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

Ties to be played 13/14 July and 20/21 July

SK Liepajas Metalurgs (LVA) v AC Sparta Praha (CZE)

FK Aktobe (KAZ) v FC Olimpi Rustavi (GEO)

FC Levadia Tallinn (EST) v Debreceni VSC (HUN)

FK Partizan (SRB) v FC Pyunik (ARM)

FC Inter Baki (AZE) v Lech Poznan (POL)

NK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v FC Koper (SVN)

PFC Litex Lovech (BUL) v SP Tre Fiori (SMR) or FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE)

FC Santa Coloma (AND) or Birkirkara FC (MLT) v MŠK Žilina (SVK)

FC Sheriff (MDA) v KS Dinamo Tirana (ALB)

Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) v FK Željeznicar (BIH)

AC Omonia (CYP) v FK Renova (MKD)

FC Salzburg (AUT) v HB Tórshavn (FRO)

Bohemian FC (IRL) v The New Saints FC (WAL)

FC BATE Borisov (BLR) v FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL)

AIK Solna (SWE) v AS Jeunesse Esch (LUX)

Linfield FC (NIR) v Rosenborg BK (NOR)

FK Ekranas (LTU) v HJK Helsinki (FIN)

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SACHA KLJESTAN TO JOIN ANDERLECHT

June 10, 2010

SACHA KLJESTAN TO JOIN ANDERLECHT

United States and Chivas USA Midfielder Sacha Kljestan has completed a move to Belgian side Anderlecht.

The Chivas USA captain, who is the club’s all-time leader in assists and matches played, completed the transfer to the Belgian First Division champion on Thursday.

Kljestan, who 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.

“I’m very excited and proud to be joining a club like Anderlecht,” Kljestan said, “and I wouldn’t be there to sign with them today if I hadn’t been for Chivas USA.

“I’m ready to take this exciting step in my career.”

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

JUNE 9 – SHORT CORNERS:INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 9, 2010

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JUNE 9 – SHORT CORNERS:INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

CHELSEA RE-SIGN ESSIEN, RELEASE BALLACK AND COLE

Michael Essien, recently ruled out of the World Cup for Ghana due to injury, has signed a new two-year extension that will keep him at Chelsea through 2015.

”I am delighted because the club has shown a very big confidence and interest in me,” said Essien.

”I am looking forward to coming back and enjoying my football and winning more trophies with the club. That is why I am here. I think it is one of the most important contracts in my career.”

In other Chelsea news, Joe Cole and Michael Ballack will leave Stamford Bridge when their contracts expire July 1, after the club balked at their wage demands.

33 year-old Ballack was working on a two-year extension, but Chelsea were only willing to offer the midfielder a one-year contract on reduced terms, which he rejected.

The German International is out of the World Cup with injury and is likely to return to Germany.

The 28 year-old Cole, who had indicated that he wouldn’t decide his future until after the World Cup, will definitely not be playing for Chelsea next season.

Cole, a fan favorite at Stamford Bridge, had been working to secure a deal in excess of $140,000 a week, but Carlo Ancelotti could not convince the Chelsea board.

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JUNE 8 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 8, 2010

JUNE 8 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

INJURED STARS DOWN, BUT NOT OUT
There may be good news for some of the high profile players at the 2010 World Cup who were injured over the weekend and some may even be able to play in the tournament.

Netherlands forward Arjen Robben is planning to travel to South Africa in hopes of joining his Dutch teammates. The Bayern Munich star has a small tear in his left hamstring but is hoping intense physiotherapy will help him take part in South Africa.

Speaking after his first session, Robben told reporters “It is impossible to say whether that (a return) will only be about four days or a week away. It was tedious exercises. But we will do everything to
get fit. I’m very hopeful.”

Meanwhile, Didier Drogba has undergone successful surgery on his broken arm and was due to link up with his Ivory Coast teammates yesterday.
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LIVERPOOL SACK RAFA BENITEZ

June 2, 2010

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LIVERPOOL SACK RAFA BENITEZ

Liverpool have bought out the remainder of their contract with manager Rafael Benitez, essentially sacking the man who had managed the club since 2004, according to multiple sources.

Benitez’s stock had plummeted dramatically in recent years and rumors circulated wildly on Merseyside that Rafa was on his way out, but when he recently turned down the Juventus opening, it seemed like he would be back managing the team he made Champions League Winners for another season.

The original 5-year contract, signed just 12 months ago, stipulated that Benitez would be due $23.5 million if his contract was terminated, but the Anfield club worked with their manager of the past six years for a mutually agreeable compensation. A move which might imply that Benitez already has a job lined up.

The most likely scenario involves the position at Inter Milan, which was recently vacated by Jose Mourinho when he left the San Siro to take over as Real Madrid manager.

Benitez was bought out to the tune of $4.3 million, freeing the Spanish manager to take over at Inter Milan.

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

June 1, 2010

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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.”

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SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

May 27, 2010

SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

US 23-man roster, Pellegrini Sacked, TFC Win Voyageurs Cup, AC-DC Battle at RFK, Red Bulls Run in USOC, Holden in Bolton Extension, Fabregas leaves it up to Wenger and more…

UNITED STATES NAMES 23-MAN ROSTER FOR 2010 WORLD CUP

Bob Bradley named his 23-man roster for the US National Team Wednesday, and there were surprises for many fans.

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