Posts Tagged ‘FRANCE’

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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DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

June 27, 2010

DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

With The World Cup winding down, it is only a matter of time before Major League Soccer fans will begin to look forward to their teams’ to target tantalizing talent. So here is an occasional look into the rumors and facts regarding the potential crop of household names coming to a soccer specific stadium near you.

MLS TO BATTLE BIG EUROPEAN CLUBS FOR POSSIBLE DP’S

Thierry Henry’s quick exit from the World Cup with France will have many New York Red Bull fans sharing a secret smile. Henry is expected to ink a two-year designated player contract with Major League Soccer to play Eastern Conference leaders.

Although the deal has been long-rumored to be done, there are still rumblings that the player may end up in the Premier League.

Henry is not the only example of MLS having to fight for potential DP’s.

Reports out of Spain have Real Madrid icon and MLS DP target Raul being wooed by Serie A side Sampadoria and Premier League side Blackburn Rovers. These reports come justdays after Bundesliga side Shalke 04 put in a bid.

Capped 102 times for Spain and a life-long Real Madrid player, the 33-year-old has found himself surplus to requirements with Los Merengues. Schalke are looking for someone to replace Kevin Kuranyi who moved on to Dynamo Moscow.

Juventus Striker David Trezeguet is also being pursued by MLS but now seems to have an offer from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

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JUNE 24 – SHORT CORNERS-WORLD SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

June 24, 2010

JUNE 24 – SHORT CORNERS-WORLD SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

FRENCH PRESIDENT TO INVESTIGATE L’IMPLOSION
French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to hold a government meeting on Wednesday to get to the bottom of the implosion of the national team and their disgrace at the World Cup.

“The President wants any decisions to be taken calmly and without haste,” a government spokesman told the press. “Knowing the interest he has in football, you can imagine that he isn’t indifferent to what happened.”

Sarkozy is scheduled to hear striker Thierry Henry’s side on Thursday, as the government investigation begins.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon, sports minister Roselyne Bachelot and junior sports minister Rama Yade will join the president to discuss the events that took place in South Africa.

“Those responsible for this disaster must accept the consequences, first the players, then the team management and after them the football federation,” Bachelot told Europe 1 radio on Wednesday.

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PUGET SOUND-OFF – JUNE 14

June 14, 2010

PUGET SOUND-OFF – JUNE 14

Our man in the Pacific Northwest gives us his occasional opinions on the football world. Today’s take is on the World Cup, four days in…

PUGET SOUND-OFF – THE WORLD CUP, SO FAR…

Mike Mulvihill

Here’s my take on the World Cup, so far –

·         Still getting used to waking up at 4:30 – now going to bed at 9:30 to see if that makes it easier.

·         Seen most of all games…even watching at work via this web site… http://www.channelsurfing.net

·         Just an opinion but the ESPN radio crew is really good. SHEP Messing is very loud like he’s got the mic halfway down his throat but the play by play man is really good (can’t find his name)

Opinions So Far:

o   Group A: France sux, Uruguay could/should have won. Would have loved SA to beat Mexico and (more…)

2010 WORLD CUP: FRANCE v URUGUAY – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: FRANCE v URUGUAY – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS:

France: 1 – 1998

Uruguay: 2 – 1930, 1950

FRANCE

France was the first team to ever hold both the World Cup (1998) and European Championships (2000) at the same time. That French team defined a generation, but this France team is not THAT French team. This is not even the same team that made it all the way to the 2006 Final, only to be beaten on penalty’s by Italy, though some of the names are still there.

Thierry Henry, once one of the most loved and feared strikers in the world, is now 32, and though he is the (more…)

SHORT CORNERS: Man U Belittles Fan Movements, 3 Yanks at Pachuca?, More…

May 31, 2010

SHORT CORNERS – MONDAY, MAY 31

MANCHESTER UNITED DERIDES FAN MOVEMENT AND CLAIMS THE CLUB IS NOT FOR SALE

Manchester United chief executive David Gill denied the club is for sale at gives no credence to the either the Red Knights or the ‘Green and Gold’ movement.

These statements come amid persistent rumors that fan-run group Red Knights are close to a take over. The Glazers, owners of United since 2005, have regularly denied that they are accepting bids for the club.

The fan driven ‘Green and Gold’ movement, designed to oust the Glazer family, is a vocal collection of (more…)

FRANCE TO HOST 2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

May 29, 2010

France 2016 Official Candidacy Bid Logo

FRANCE TO HOST 2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

French Football had some good news on Friday as France was awarded the 2016 European Championships in a vote by UEFA.  Now fans of French football have something to look forward to on the horizon, something that Les Blues and it’s fans have not had in a long time. The organizers were hoping for just such a result to lift French spirits above the seemingly constant dark mood surrounding the game in France.

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SHORT CORNERS: Soccer News Notes and rumors

May 25, 2010

Arrivederci...

SHORT CORNERS: Soccer News Notes and Rumors

JOSE MOURINHO TO REAL MADRID?

Jose Mourinho said that Saturdays champions League Final victory would be his last at Inter Milan, but Inter Boss Massimo Moratti tried to persuade the self styled ‘Special One’ to stay for a third season at Inter.

Those persuasions fell on deaf ears apparently.

The Portuguese superstar coach has agreed in principal with Real Madrid to coach the team to the tune of  $12 million per year for four years. This would make him the highest-grossing coach/manager in all of sports.

Special Indeed.

SUMMER FRIENDLY SEASON

Friendly Fever has had its first big weekend in North America, with 9 friendlies featuring or being hosted by club teams across the continent.

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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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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: PSG and Red Star Rosters for Chicago Tournament

May 17, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: PSG and Red Star Rosters for Chicago Tournament

Paris-Saint Germain and Red Star Belgrade have released rosters for the Chicago Sister Cities Cup which begins on Wednesday Night at Toyota Park, outside Chicago.

Red Star omitted star forward Dejan Lekić who is with the Serbian National team in their preparations for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but for the most part are bringing the core of the lineup that helped the team finish 2nd in the Serbian Jelen SuperLiga in 2009-10.

PSG’s roster boasts some huge names in Grégory Coupet, Mateja Kežman and Claude Makélélé, to name but a few.

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