Posts Tagged ‘BARCA’

JULY 3 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 3, 2010

Rafa Benitez practices his Italian

JULY 3 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

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 (more…)

MLS SUMMER SIGNINGS: Henry Denies Red Bull Move

May 17, 2010

So sad, no deal yet.

MLS SUMMER SIGNINGS: Henry Denies Red Bull Move

Reports over the weekend that French International Superstar Thierry Henry had all but moved to Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bull may have been a bit premature. Henry denied a move to Red Bull and stated today that his footballing future consists of nothing more than this summers World Cup, and intimated he would put off any decisions regarding his future until after the tournament comes to a close in July.

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SOCCER ON THE BOX: THE MID-WEEK

April 20, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: THE MID-WEEK

It is impossible to escape the majesty of the knock out rounds of UEFA Champions League.  Every week we are treated to some of the best the sport has to offer.  Intelligent, quick and gifted players giving us sweeping challenges and magical goals. History, tension, passion and the beautiful game. The impossible match-ups that seem like they can only take place in a video game, but happen in front of your eyes every Tuesday and Wednesday.  A sort of weekly World Cup every spring, there is nothing like it, and this Tuesday will be no exception.

Defending Champions Barcelona are the best team on the planet in the past month or so, no team has been able to slow them down whether in La Liga or Champions League. They are the team that has it all, except of course the self proclaimed Special One: José Mourinho.

No Mourinho is not with Barca, he is the manager of Inter Milan, the team charged with stopping Barcelona in the semi-finals of this seasons Champions League which begin on Tuesday. No slouches themselves, Inter Milan are winners of the Italian Serie A four years running and have a very strong chance of making it five. The Special One, however will have his hands full on Tuesday, for Barca does not just have it all, it has it all and Lionel Messi the most entrancing player alive.

Lionel Messi  is riding the crest of a run of form that seems against all reason.  Many of us, in the years to come, will be attempting to explain Messi’s current form to those who hadn’t paid attention. Pay attention.

ALL TIMES EASTERN

BOLD – MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

ITALICS – GAME OF THE MID-WEEK

TUESDAY, April 20

FOX SPORTS NET

UEFA Champions League INTER MILAN-BARCELONA (live) 2:45 pm

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

UEFA Champions League INTER MILAN-BARCELONA (delay) 5 pm.

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL

UEFA Champions League INTER MILAN-BARCELONA (live) 2:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores ESTUDIANTES-ALIANZA LIMA (live) 8 pm.

FOX SOCCER PLUS

Copa Libertadores ESTUDIANTES-ALIANZA LIMA (live) 8 pm.

WEDNESDAY, April 21

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

UEFA Champions League BAYERN MUNICH-LYON (live) 2:30 pm.

Concacaf Champions League CRUZ AZUL-PACHUCA  (live) 10 pm.

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL

UEFA Champions League BAYERN MUNICH-LYON (live) 2:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores NACIONAL [URU]-MORELIA (live) 6:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores CLUB NACIONAL [PAR]-MONTERREY (live) 8:30 pm.

FOX SOCCER PLUS

England HULL CITY-ASTON VILLA (live) 2:40 pm.

UEFA Champions League BAYERN MUNICH-LYON (delay) 5 pm.

GOL TV

Italy UDINESE-ROMA (live) noon.

TELEFUTURA

Concacaf Champions League CRUZ AZUL-PACHUCA  (live) 10 pm.

THURSDAY, April 22

ESPN2

MLS DALLAS-SEATTLE (live) 8 pm.

ESPN DEPORTES

MLS DALLAS-SEATTLE (live) 8 pm.

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL

Copa Libertadores CHILE-U CATOLICA (delay) 2 pm.

Copa Libertadores SAO PAULO-ONCE CALDAS (delay) 4:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores INTERNACIONAL-DEPORTIVO QUITO (live) 6:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores CORINTHIANS-INDEPENDIENTE MEDELLIN (live) 8:30 pm.

GOL TV

Europa League HAMBURG-FULHAM (live) 3 pm.

Europa League ATL. MADRID-LIVERPOOL (delay) 8 pm.

Thanks to Soccer America, Soccer Insider and USsoccerplayers.com who I copy and paste this information from on a regular basis.