Posts Tagged ‘ITALY’

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

July 9, 2010

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

GOLDEN BALL FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The greatest players of the 2010 World Cup are all up for the prestigious Golden Ball Award. The title goes to the most valuable player of the tournament.

Finalists Spain lead all teams with three different nominees, Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Xavi head the list, all three play their club football at Barcelona.

Spain’s rivals in the final, the Netherlands contibute Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben to the ten-man shortlist.

Tournament semi-finalists Germany contribute two to the list in Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Oezil and Diego Forlan is the lone representative from Uruguay.

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WORLD CUP INJURY UPDATE – JUNE 15

June 15, 2010

WORLD CUP INJURY UPDATE – JUNE 15

DROGBA AWAITS FIFA DECISION

Didier Drogba, and the rest of the world, will be awaiting a ruling by FIFA Tuesday morning to decide if the Ivory Coast striker will be allowed to sport a protective cast in the Elephants Group G opener.

“There has been a Fifa meeting – we will know later.” Ivory Coast manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said on Monday.

This is yet another complication in the roller-coaster story of Drogba’s World Cup. Suffering a broken arm in a friendly tune-up just days prior to the World Cup, initial reports had the Chelsea striker out of the World Cup. There followed talk of an emergency surgery procedure that could see Drogba (more…)

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…)

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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SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 7 – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 7, 2010

SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 7 – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

INJURIES PLAGUE WORLD CUP

It was a black weekend in many World Cup camps as Rio Ferdinand, Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben and Andrea Pirlo were all injured a week before the start of the World Cup.

More than just ‘big names’ some of the players that went down over the weekend were key to their teams success and will not be easily replaced

Ferdinand who was to be captain for England and a staple on the backline, suffered a knee ligament injury in training and will join David Beckham in the VIP box to watch the opening match with the United States June 12. Ferdinand has already been rep[laced in the squad by Michael Dawson.

Arguably the best striker in the world, Ivory Coast’s Drogba dislocated his elbow in a friendly against Japan on Friday. Coming off his best season ever, the Chelsea striker was the key element and talisman for the Elephants as they prepared for a tough Group G battle against Brazil, (more…)

JUNE 4 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 4, 2010

JUNE 4 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

SACHA KLJESTAN TO JOIN ANDERLECHT?

Reports out of Los Angeles have US and Chivas USA Midfielder Sacha Kljestan is set to complete a move to Belgian side Anderlecht.

The Chivas USA captain, 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.

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

FABIO CANNAVARO MOVES TO UAE CLUB

Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro made a shock move to Al-Ahli, a club in the United Arab Emirates.

The 36-year-old had been hoping for a return to his hometown club Napoli next season after he was released from his contract with Juventus, but that move was apparently not in the cards, much to the chagrin of Napoli fans.

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JUNE 2 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 2, 2010

JUNE 2 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

ROSSI LEFT OFF ITALY WORLD CUP SQUAD

New Jersey born Giuseppe Rossi was left off the Italian National Team’s 23-man World Cup roster. The 23-year-old Villareal striker was omitted from Marcelo Lippi’s squad in an announcement made Tuesday.

Scoring 33 goals in 91 appearances for his club side always insured Rossi a call-up to the national team where he has scored 3 times in 14 appearances for the Azzurri, since his debut in 2008.

Though a product of the United States, Rossi represented Italy at every youth level from U-16 through U-21 and was viewed as having a good shot at making the 23-man team.

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FRANCE TO HOST 2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

May 29, 2010

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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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