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JULY 23 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

July 23, 2010

JULY 23 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

O’NIELL: MILNER MAY MOVE IF MAN CITY HAVE MONEY

James Milner’s potential transfer to Manchester City had a moment of clarity today.

After days of rumored fallout’s and accusations, Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill made it plain that the England International may leave the club, as long as Manchester City pay the asking price, rumored to be in the $46 million range.

O’Niell won’t stand in the way of the 24-year-old midfielder desire to join City, but has made it clear that Milner has asked to leave the club.

“James and his agent came to see us before the World Cup and intimated that they would like to go.” O’Neill told Villa’s official website.  “Manchester City made an offer, which we told them (Milner and his Agent).

“There is a difference of valuation at this moment between the buying club and the selling club. That may well be resolved and if that is the case then absolutely fine.

“I think James’ agent has told our chief executive that he wouldn’t be signing a new contract. Obviously that puts a different slant on things, like everything else. If a fee is agreed, at the end of the day, the player can leave.”

City are preparing another offer of $38 million in hopes of resolving the matter, but whay Villa will do with the bid is unknown.

MARTIN JOL TO STAY AT AJAX-FULHAM LEFT SCRAMBLING

Martin Jol was apparently unaware that there was no exit clause in his contract at Ajax, according to the Fulham website.

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2010-11 EUROPA LEAGUE 3RD QUALIFYING ROUND

July 23, 2010

2010/11 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
First leg: 29 July
Second leg: 5 August

Match Fixture
1 Odense BK (DEN) v NK Zrinjski (BIH)
2 FC Dnepr Mogilev (BLR) v FC Baník Ostrava (CZE)
3 FK Rabotnicki (MKD) v Liverpool FC (ENG)
4 CS Marítimo (POR) v Bangor City FC (WAL)
5 PFC Beroe Stara Zagora (BUL) v SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
6 FC Timişoara (ROU) v Myllykosken Pallo-47 (FIN)– UE Sant Julià (AND)*
7 PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL) v Cliftonville FC (NIR)
8 FC Karpaty Lviv (UKR) v FC Zestafoni (GEO)
9 Shamrock Rovers FC (IRL) v Juventus (ITA)
10 IF Elfsborg (SWE) v FK Teteks (MKD)
11 FC Nordsjælland (DEN) v Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
12 NK Maribor (SVN) v Hibernian FC (SCO)
13 FK Crvena Zvezda (SRB) v ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
14 FC International Turku (FIN) v KRC Genk (BEL)
15 KS Ruch Chorzów (POL) v FK Austria Wien (AUT)
16 FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v Beşiktaş JK (TUR)
17 Olympiacos FC (GRE) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
18 Wisła Kraków (POL) v FK Qarabağ (AZE)
19 SK Sturm Graz (AUT) v FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)
20 Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP) v Cercle Brugge KSV (BEL)
21 FK Budućnost Podgorica (MNE) v Brøndby IF (DEN)
22 Molde FK (NOR) v VfB Stuttgart (GER)
23 Maccabi Haifa FC (ISR) v FC Dinamo Minsk (BLR)
24 FC Utrecht (NED) v FC Luzern (SUI)
25 FC Sibir Novosibirsk (RUS) v Apollon Limassol FC (CYP)
26 Randers FC (DEN) v FC Lausanne-Sport (SUI)
27 FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti (ROU) v HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
28 AZ Alkmaar (NED) v IFK Göteborg (SWE)
29 FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda (SRB) v FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)
30 Gyõri ETO FC (HUN) v Montpellier Hérault SC (FRA)
31 Aalesunds FK (NOR) v Motherwell FC (SCO)
32 Kalmar FF (SWE) v PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
33 Galatasaray AŞ (TUR) v OFK Beograd (SRB)
34 Jagiellonia Białystok (POL) v Aris Thessaloniki FC (GRE)
35 APOEL FC (CYP) v FK Jablonec 97 (CZE)

*second leg abandoned due to adverse weather conditions

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 20 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

July 19, 2010

JULY 20 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

LIVERPOOL SIGN JOE COLE

Joe Cole has picked Liverpool over Tottenham and Arsenal.

The out-of-contract England international has settled his personal wage demands with the Anfield club and, barring a medical, will sign a four-year contract with the club in the next 48 hours.

Reds boss Roy Hodgson has been attempting to prevent Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard from bolting to other clubs and the Cole signing will certainly help convince the current the existing Liverpool players that the new boss has designs of returning to the Champions League.

Though out of contract, Cole’s arrival will cross over with Yosssi Benayoun who is heading to Stamford Bridge, though Liverpool stands to gain $7.5 million swap.

The extra cash will help as Hodgson is facing the exit’s of Fabio Aurelio and Emiliano Insua, the former Fulham manager will be looking for a left back as soon as possible.

WERDER BREMEN TRYING TO LOCK DOWN OZIL

Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are still trying to work a deal out with sensation Mesut Ozil, but the giants of European football are waiting in the wings to snap up the German international.

Bremen are hoping to lock the World Cup Golden Ball nominee in spite of the fact that could sell the player for a fee in the range of  $26 million to Europe’s elite clubs.

The club have been trying to secure a new deal for the 21-year-old

“We were trying to find a solution on a new contract with Mesut Ozil up until the start of the World Cup, but we couldn’t,” Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs told German paper Kreiszeitung. “In the meantime we made good progress and were confident that we could fill in the final blanks with the right figures. We had our ideas but we have not been able to bring this to an end. We are not angry, no way. We intend to keep on trying.”

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YANKEES IN BID TO BUY TOTTENHAM

July 19, 2010

YANKEE’S TO BUY SPURS?

The New York Yankees of Major League Baseball have made a bid to purchase London based Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for $687 million.

One of the most successful sports franchises in history, in terms of on field success, overall team value and profitability, the Bronx Bombers also posses the most globally recognizable logo and branding.

The news, coming just days after the death of long time Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, the move is being made by sons Hank and Hal who have operated the 27-time World Series Champions for the past few years.

Hank, in response to a recent question regarding the Steinbrenner’s possibly purchasing a sports franchise in a different sport, told reporters “The only thing would be a major soccer team in ­Europe, preferably in the Premier League. That’s always a possibility for me.”

Interestingly, the news falls at a time when Tottenham are to play two matches in New York City area.

Spurs will take part in the Barclays New York Challenge, beginning on Thursday.

American owners of Premier League teams have had mixed results. Andy Lerner , who owns the Cleveland Browns of the NFL also owns Aston Villa and Ellis Short who owns Sunderland have had no problems from fans, players or fellow ownership groups. The jury may be still out on Stan Kroenke who has slowly increased in stake in Spurs North London rivals Arsenal to 29.9 per cent.

On the other side of the coin is the Glazer family, who own the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United have struggled. There are regular, vocal open protests by United supporters who want the Glazer’s out.  There were even “Love United, Hate Glazer” signs at United’s preseason tour match in Toronto last week.

George Gillet and Tom Hicks, who own Liverpool FC have never been embraced by the Anfield supporters.

Strangely enough, current Spurs boss Harry Redknapp told reporters last season that he was against foreign ownership.

“With more ­foreign owners you get fewer British managers.” Redknapp said “Every club will have a foreign owner eventually and the lifespan of managers will get less and less.”

The Steinbrenner investment would certainly boost the influx of potential transfer money at White Hart Lane, and that just might sway the opinion of Redknapp who just an extension with the club.

US-MEXICO PLAYER TRANSFER NEWS

July 18, 2010

US, MEXICO PLAYER TRANSFER NEWS

US PLAYER REPORT

  • Everton captain Phil Neville told reporters this weekend that he knows L.A. star Landon Donovan wants to return to Everton.
  • US Team captain Carlos Bocanegra moved was sold from Rennes of Ligue 1 fellow French side Saint-Etienne.
  • According to the BBC, former Chicago Fire head coach Bob Bradley will sign an extension to stay on as head coach of the US national team.
  • Jozy Altidore is in high demand.  The latest clubs showing interest in legendary Dutch side Ajax and Turkish side Besiktas. Altidore’s current club Villareal has said they are entertaining offers for the 20-year-old American striker. Since then a myriad of European clubs from shown an interest. From Serie A sides Napoli and Palermo to Glasgow Celtic of the Scottish Premier League.
  • The sale of Michael Bradley from Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach to Everton has gained steam, according to the Express. Newly promoted Premier League side Blackpool is also rumored to be interested.
  • AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu has been targeted as Celtic’s back-up plan if the Glasgow super club can’t sign former England international Sol Campbell. Gooch has resisted all offers to be moved from the San Siro, longing for an opportunity to play in Serie A. He is even playing for free this season as a sign he wants to prove himself at Europe’s highest level. “He is adamant about staying at AC Milan,” Onyewu’s agent, Lyle Yorks, told the MLS website. “I’m really not even listening when something comes in anymore.” That doesn’t seem to stop the rumors surrounding the 28-year-old defender.
  • US midfielder Jermaine White may be pricing himself out of the reach of many clubs that could and would use him. After a trial with the Chicago Fire, Chicago (more…)

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 – 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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MONDAY SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 28, 2010

MONDAY SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

FABIANO LOOKS TO MAN U AND MILAN

Luis Fabiano has already netted twice for Brazil in the 2010 World Cup, but the Seville striker has made it known he is looking to leave Sevilla for a big club with a chance at some silverware, and he wants it all to happen rather quickly.

“As soon as the World Cup is over I will make a quick decision on my future – and while it is going on I hope Sevilla can open discussions.” Fabiano told the Daily Star Sunday. “I have enjoyed my time here but I now need to be at a giant.”

“I have a real chance of winning a World Cup here in South Africa, and that is what I must stay focused on even though I know my future has to be sorted soon. I have made it clear that I will not be signing a new contract with Sevilla and at 29 I now need to join a club where I can start challenging for the highest honors from the first season.

“The choice will come down to Manchester United and AC Milan. That is the sort of team I want to be signing for, one of the true giants of Europe. I think the way Manchester United play football is very attractive, I must be honest and say Premier League football attracts me and also the way Manchester United play football attracts me.”

“You think about being Wayne Rooney’s strike partner and that is very attractive for any striker. I think the style of Premier League football suits me and I think I could score goals and be very successful there. Their coach is a winner, their players are winners and they are one of the few teams in Europe challenging for the top honors season after season.”

The Brazilian also made clear the type of club he won’t be playing for.

“I have heard Tottenham Hotspur made an inquiry about me but, with all respect, that is not somewhere I am going to be able to win the Premier League (more…)

JULY 25 – SHORT CORNERS, World Soccer News, Notes and Rumors

June 25, 2010

JULY 25 – SHORT CORNERS

World Soccer News, Notes and Rumors

MEXICAN PLAYERS ON THE MOVE TO EUROPE?
Mexican winger Pablo Barrera is on the wish list of both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The attention by the Premier League clubs is so great that a deal with Serie A side Lazio was rejected by the 23-year-old, in order to learn more about the interest of the English sides.

The Roman club attempted to sign Barrera on a one-year loan from Mexican club UNAM Pumas with the option of making the deal permanent for a bargain $4.48 million.

Tottenham like Barrera’s versatility, as the player who can be used on either flank as well as up top.

Manchester United are also said to have been intrigued by Barrera’s performances in the Mexican League having scored 12 goals in 28 league games over the last year, as well as his super-sub role at the World Cup for Mexico.

“I hope I can go abroad to play in a traditional club in Europe, but first I want to do well in the World Cup,” he told Super Deporte.

“I like football in Spain … the Italian, English, I like various styles of the game. I aspire to that, I want to be in a good team, that’s all I want.”

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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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JUNE 18 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 18, 2010

JUNE 18 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

The 2010-11 Premier League fixture list has been released and the opening weekend features some very intriguing big-club battles.

Newcastle United will have a harsh welcome back to the Premier League when the travel to Old Trafford to battle Manchester United.

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was hoping for a little easier of a start.

“It’s a tough start for us, we would have preferred a home game to kick the season off but you take what you get.” He told Soccernet. “We can take heart and confidence from the 1-1 draw we earned at Old Trafford two years ago on the opening day of the 2008-09 season. Villa at home the following (more…)

JUNE 17 – SHORT CORNERS: SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 17, 2010

JUNE 17 – SHORT CORNERS: SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

REAL MADRID TO OFFER $162 MILLION FOR ROONEY, GERRARD

The Galacticos look poised to return to the European scene if reports regarding a double swoop for Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard are to be believed.

Gerrard has been targeted by Jose Mourinho’s side after a particularly frustrating season at Liverpool which saw the Anfield club finished in seventh place and thus well out of a Champions League spot.

A report in the Daily Star, however, asserts that Real are now also contemplating a move for Manchester United star Wayne Rooney. Mourinho admitted he would like to coach Rooney, and president Florentino Perez is prepared to make his dream come true. It is believed Madrid would (more…)

JUNE 16 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 15, 2010

JUNE 16 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

RAFA BACKS DALGLISH FOR LIVERPOOL

Rafa Benitez may be gone from Liverpool, but he has an opinion on who his replacement should be.

The newly installed Inter Milan boss thinks former Liverpool star Kenny Dalglish should succeed him at Anfield when he spoke to the Italian media in his first press conference at Inter.

“I think they should look at Kenny Dalglish,” Benitez said. “He is the best man for the job. The owners should listen to the fans because they are unhappy.

“No one knows the club better than Dalglish, and he wants the job and in my opinion he should get it.”

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is the bookmaker favorite to get the Liverpool job, though former England manager and current Ivory Coast manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has also throw his hat in the ring.

ALCARAZ IMPRESSES NEW BOSS

Antolin Alcaraz had a big day on Monday, it’s no surprise he said that the day was “the most beautiful day of my life.”

He signed for his new club Wigan Athletic of the Premier League and scored a World Cup goal in front of his new club manager.

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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…)

LIVERPOOL SACK RAFA BENITEZ

June 2, 2010

"... Milan is this way, is it?"

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.

SHORT CORNERS: International Soccer News Notes and rumors

May 25, 2010

SHORT CORNERS: International Soccer News, Notes and Rumors

SLOPPY EXPERIMENTAL DEFENSE COSTS UNITED STATES AGAINST CZECH REPUBLIC

Bob Bradley was never looking for a result in Tuesday nights US National Team tussle with the Czech Republic in Hartford.

The match was always going to be about certain players fitness levels, and a last chance to impress for some others.  The result, a 4-2 loss, was secondary to evaluation.

The US starting defense did well for 45 minutes even though Oguchi Onyewu was playing his first match since October and Regular starters Jay DeMerit and Captain Carlos Bocanegra did not dress.

Clarence Goodson who started in the middle with Onyewu looked impressive. He not only had a sound match defensively, he played a part in both US Goals, possibly playing himself on to the flight to South Africa on Sunday.

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SHORT CORNERS – SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

May 11, 2010

SHORT CORNERS – SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

BOB BRADLEY TO NAME PRELIMINARY 30-MAN ROSTER FOR 2010 WORLD CUP TODAY

US Soccer and Head coach Bob Bradley will name his preliminary 30-man roster for the United States Camp leading up to World Cup 2010 in South Africa next month. only 23 of the 30 will make the trip, but the 23 must be from the 30 player pool.

The selection of the 30-man pool will air today at 2pm ET / 11am PT on ESPN2.

Rumors abound that both Brian Ching and Edson Buddle will be among those called in but the wires have been mum regarding Charlie Davies who is on the mend after a car crash in October and Herculez Gomez who has had a rebirth in the Mexican League.

Here is how the Experts see it unfolding

COUNTDOWN TO SOUTH AFRICA: PICKING THE 23-MAN US WORLD CUP ROSTER (SI.COM STAFF)

SBI’S 23 FOR 2010 – MAY EDITION (IVES GALRECEP)

US SOCCER TO FORMALLY SUBMIT WORLD CUP BID FOR 2018-2022

The United States will officially become a bidder for either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup’s on Friday when a delegation from US Soccer will formally hand over it’s Bid Book to FIFA at a ceremony in Zurich on Friday. No nation can match the United States on Stadium capacity and readiness.  The 18 host city finalists feature 21 venues that are all in compliance with FIFA standards and all have average capacities of more than 76,000. 12 of the stadiums feature capacities between 75,000 and 94,000. With the opening of new Meadowlands Stadium last Friday, all 21 of the stadiums included in the United States bid  are already functioning with 18 having been built in the last 20 years.

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SOCCER ON THE BOX THIS WEEKEND: IT’S ALL TO PLAY FOR FOR THE LAST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SPOT

April 23, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX THIS WEEKEND

A few weeks ago Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all had a shot at winning the coveted fourth place spot in the Premier League and thus securing the final Champions League slot. With all that European money and prestige on the line it is no wonder that the battle for the spot was so fierce.

It was Man City’s spot to lose, Liverpool had clearly fallen off the pace and Tottenham? Well Spurs schedule for the run in was going to be tough, maybe even impossible. They had to play all of the big three teams beginning with the North London Derby and the hated Arsenal. Spurs came away victorious and then played Chelsea as well as anyone has this season beating them too. It is now City that trail Spurs by 2 points. This weekend will see the final installment of the trilogy as Saturday morning brings us Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United on ESPN2 as our match of the week, with an honorable mention going to Arsenal v Manchester City on Fox Soccer Channel. Will this weekend decide both the Premiership title AND the Champions League spot? Doubtful as Manchester United can lose the title by losing to Spurs but Chelsea is unlikely to drop points while hosting Stoke on Sunday (also on FSC). In terms of the Champions League slot, regardless of the outcomes on Saturday Spurs and City must still play each other on Wednesday May 5, which could well and truly wrap up fourth position.

The Birmingham Derby, usually must see TV in it’s own right, is unfortunately on Fox Soccer Plus and thus not readily available.

I hope you have the Direct Kick package, because that is where all the action is at this weekend in Major League Soccer.

When Fox Soccer Channel was picking it’s match for this weekend, how did it overlook Columbus v Real Salt Lake? What a battle these two teams had over two legs in the first round of the playoffs last season. they are both thought of as the class of the league, though Columbus has already had two bye weeks and RSL has had to play a very tough opening schedule.  Chicago Houston would have been a great call too and the LA Galaxy going to KC also would have been something to see. Red Bull at Union was snapped up by TeleFutura and would be a tasty treat if TeleFutura’s coverage wasn’t so whack.  FSC brings us Chivas USA v San Jose Earthquakes. Sometimes I think the Fox Soccer Channel pick an inordinate amount of matches at the Home Depot Center because they just don’t like to travel.

ALL TIMES EASTERN

BOLD – MLS MATCHES

ITALICS – MATCH OF THE WEEK

FRIDAY

Germany, Bochum-Stuttgart 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes

Mexico, Tecos-Atlante 9 p.m. Galavision

SATURDAY

England, Spurs-Manchester United 7:30 a.m. ESPN2

Germany, Moenchengladbach-Bayern Munich 9:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes

England, West Ham-Wigan 10 a.m. FSC

England, Hull-Sunderland 10 a.m. FSP

Spain, Barcelona-Xerez noon GolTV

Italy, Inter Milan-Atalanta noon FSP

England, Arsenal-Manchester City 12:30 p.m. FSC

Spain, Zaragoza-Real Madrid 2 p.m. ESPN Deportes

Germany, Werder Bremen-Cologne 2 p.m. GolTV Premiere

Italy, Palermo-AC Milan 2:30 p.m. FSC

MLS, New York-Philadelphia 4 p.m. Telefutura

Spain, Valencia-Coruna 4 p.m. GolTV

England, Wolves-Blackburn 5 p.m. FSC

Mexico, Cruz Azul-Chivas 6 p.m. Azteca America

Colombia, Envigado-Nacional 7:15 p.m. GolTV

MLS, New England-Colorado 7:30 p.m. Direct Kick

MLS, Columbus-Real Salt Lake 7:30 p.m. Direct Kick

Mexico, Tigres-Pachuca 8 p.m. mun2, Telemundo

Mexico, Morelia-Monterrey 8 p.m. ESPN Deportes, Azteca America

MLS, Kansas City-Los Angeles 8:30 p.m. Direct Kick

MLS, Chicago-Houston 8:30 p.m. Direct Kick

Colombia, Real Cartagena-Cali 9:30 p.m. GolTV

Mexico, San Luis-Queretaro 10 p.m. Telefutura

Mexico, Atlas-Jaguares 10 p.m. Telemundo

MLS, Chivas USA-San Jose 10:30 p.m. FSC

SUNDAY

England, Aston Villa-Birmingham 7 a.m. FSP

Italy, Juventus-Bari 9 a.m. FSC

England, Fulham-Everton 10 a.m. ESPN2

England, Burnley-Liverpool 10 a.m. FSP

England, Chelsea-Stoke 11 a.m. FSC

Spain, Santander-Villarreal 11 a.m. GolTV

Spain, Almeria-Espanyol 11 a.m. DirecTV (Channel 456)

Spain, Mallorca-Malaga 11 a.m. DirecTV (Channel 457)

Mexico, Toluca-Puebla 1 p.m. Telemundo

Spain, Atletico Madrid-Tenerife 1 p.m. ESPN Deportes

Germany, Hoffenheim-Hamburg 1 p.m. GolTV Premiere

MLS, Toronto-Seattle 2 p.m. Direct Kick

Italy, Roma-Sampdoria 2:30 p.m. FSC

Mexico, Indios-Pumas 3 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol

Spain, Getafe-Sevilla 3 p.m. ESPN Deportes

Brazil, Santo Andre-Santos 3 p.m. GolTV

England, Cardiff-Sheffield Wednesday 4 p.m. FSP

Mexico, America-Santos Laguna 5 p.m. Univision

WPS, St. Louis-Boston 6 p.m. FSC

Argentina, Boca Juniors-San Lorenzo 7 p.m. FSE

MONDAY

Spain, Osasuna-Bilbao 11 a.m. DirecTV (Channel 456)

England, Crystal Palace-West Brom 3 p.m. FSP