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

July 8, 2010

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

OZIL NOT GOING ANYWHERE, SAYS BREMAN

Interest in Werder Breman’s midfield maestro Mesut Ozil is at a fever-pitch across Europe. A situation that can only get more sensational with Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs claiming that no one in the World Cup has performed better than the German International, but Allofs was not putting his prize talent, who has a year left on his contract at Breman, in the shop window.

“Transfer income is one of our main income sources,” Allofs told German paper Bild. “But we also have to think about our sporting goals. We have the Champions League preliminaries coming up and we need a good team to be successful in Europe,”

“Mesut’s current contract runs until 2011 and we’re keen to extend his stay at the club. However, we’re not planning to cash in on him if he refuses to ink a new deal. We could decide to keep him until his contract expires.

“We’d rather not see him leave on a free transfer next year, but it’s definitely an option. Mesut is going nowhere for now.”

That is not stopping the giants of European football from making the attempt to snatch the 21-year-old. Ozil is being saught by Inter (more…)

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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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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WEEKEND WORLD CUP WRAP – US wins send-off, Japan scores every goal in England win, Group C News

May 31, 2010

WEEKEND WORLD CUP WRAP

UNITED STATES WINS SEND-OFF AGAINST TURKEY

The United States won their final World Cup tune-up on home soil Saturday, coming from behind to beat Turkey in front of 55,000 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Second half goals by Altidore and Dempsey put the United States on top and capped off a thrilling final 45 minutes for the US, who trailed after Arda Turan put the Turks up in the 27th minute.

Landon Donovan set up both goals in the comeback for the US who hadn’t looked in sync in the first half.

“We’re going to be as good as we want to be,” Donovan said. “And if we play the way we’re capable of (more…)