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Postby CielOnTap on Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:02 pm

Mr. Scolari, the coach of World Cup fame, is presently available to take on a new position. He just got the boot from Chelsea.

February 10, 2009
Luiz Felipe Scolari sacked as Chelsea manager after meeting with Roman Abramovich

The arrival of the three men at Chelsea’s training ground was not, in itself, a cause for alarm. It was the expressions on their faces that suggested that something was amiss. Roman Abramovich was wearing the look that his associates call “the death mask”. It was a look that would very soon wipe the smile off the face of Luiz Felipe Scolari, albeit only briefly.

Flanked by Eugene Tenenbaum, his right-hand man, and Bruce Buck, the chairman, Abramovich marched towards the £20 million training complex that was built to his specification.

On the three walked, past the pot plants, through the sliding doors and into the immaculate foyer, where the receptionists instinctively sat up even straighter than usual. The death mask continued on its way, heading for one of the meeting rooms, and an ominous message was sent out to Scolari to join the visiting party as a matter of urgency. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/chelsea/article5697905.ece
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:45 pm

Strange to read of voodoo dolls again in the news (last year, it was about the French president and a company selling dolls in his image), this time in soccer!

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Silly sports gestures yield little magic
By Rob Hughes Published: February 10, 2009

In an ideal world, sport brings out the harmony between nations, but there might be precious little of that in Tokyo or Ohio this midweek.

The World Cup eliminators scheduled for Wednesday include key games between Japan and Australia in the capacious Yokohama International Stadium, and the United States of America against Mexico in the compact Columbus Crew Stadium.

There are undertones that are nationalistic, bordering on racist.

How else might we regard a Mexican newspaper running a circulation campaign based on offering 10,000 "voodoo" dolls to its readers, replete with instructions to snip off the legs of the dolls clad in U.S. uniform in order to "apply punishments to our rivals"?

How should we view the U.S. Soccer Federation staging this contest in chilly old Columbus, remote from the Hispanic population, and in a stadium restricted to just over 20,000 people? http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/02/10/sports/SOCCER.4-427073.php
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:40 pm

From The TimesFebruary 11, 2009

Brazil profit thanks to City duo
Brazil 2 Italy 0
Tom Dart
When football’s creeping globalisation and money-lust creates nights such as this, all you can say is: bring it on. The first meeting since 1997 between these nations with nine World Cup wins between them was a marvellous match, a fabulous spectacle and a 2-0 Brazil win. It was also a friendly with a concrete consequence because Brazil’s self-styled “World Tour” has denied Marcello Lippi a world record.

Had Italy avoided defeat last night, their coach would have made it 32 matches unbeaten over his two spells in charge. But, just as the Holloway Road and the Piazza San Marco do not look much alike, Italy hardly resembled the effective unit that won the 2006 World Cup. Azzurri? As if. They defended atypically poorly while their opponents produced football that conformed to glorious stereotype. “At the moment, Brazil are stronger than us. They won the ‘derby of the world’ — but only for now,” Lippi said. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/international/article5705565.ece
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:58 pm

Morocco draws 0-0 with Czech in friendly
February 12, 2009
Casablanca - Morocco's soccer squad drew, on Wednesday, with its Czech counterpart 0-0 in a friendly as part of preparations for the third round of the 2010 African Cup and World Cup qualifiers.

The Moroccan team gave a good impression and was close to scoring on several occasions mainly through Mounir El Hamdaoui and Youssef Hajji.

Several newcomers gave a good account of themselves during the match, especially Mounir Hamdaoui, the leading goal scorer in the Premier league of the Netherlands, and Adil Tâarabt (Tottenham/Britain) who seemed to have won a place in the team. http://www.map.ma/eng/sections/last_sport/morocco_draws_0-0_wi/view

The next big sporting event of 2010 after the winter sports in February! :D There could be surprising match outcomes during the World Cup :o and brilliant plays 8-) .
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby pysanky on Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:29 pm

Football fans love the sport! Fans eat very well too since they are on edge of seats watching and waving the playing. Africa will make good tv for next year.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby yukon on Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:21 pm

Beckham returning to L.A. Galaxy
AC Milan unable to reach deal with MLS team to keep English star in Italy

David Beckham is coming back to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The English midfielder will return to the MLS team next month as scheduled after his two-month loan agreement with AC Milan ends despite his wish to stay in Italy.

Tim Leiweke, president of Galaxy parent AEG, said Friday the Italian club didn’t make a second offer to the Galaxy to keep Beckham so the team will adhere to MLS commissioner Don Garber’s Friday deadline to resolve the situation.


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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby fishandchips on Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:28 pm

United into FA Cup quarter-finals
(AFP) Sunday 15 February 2009

Manchester United's bid for a remarkable haul of five trophies in one season remains on course after a 4-1 win over Derby County in the FA Cup fifth round. Having already won the FIFA Club World Cup in December, Sir Alex Ferguson's side sit top of the Premier League, face Tottenham in the League Cup final and take on Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League second round. Now they are through to the FA Cup quarter-finals as well, thanks to goals at Pride Park from Nani, Darron Gibson, Cristiano Ronaldo and Danny Welbeck.

Ferguson made seven changes to the side that won at West Ham United last weekend, but that was little encouragement for their Championship opponents, as United's starting line-up still included Ronaldo, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs. United took the lead in the 29th minute when Giggs slipped a pass to Nani on the edge of the Derby area. The Portuguese winger cut inside and lashed a superb curling shot past Stephen Bywater. United
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:20 pm

Europe's the way for Reggae Boyz - Barnes
Published: Monday | February 16, 2009
Audley Boyd, Assistant Editor - Sport

FOR a brief moment, a portion of a football press conference became a mathematics class. Well, without the actual figures.

It might sound a bit weird, and at times the explanations appeared a bit contradictory, but when Reggae Boyz coach John Barnes had finished connecting all the dots in the post-game interview following their 0-0 tie with Nigeria's Super Eagles at The Den (Millwall FC stadium) in London on Wednesday, his formula for the general improvement of the sport in this country was spot on.

Simply put, its base lies in the migration of top local talent into European leagues where participation in professional settings with the game's best intrinsically engenders advancement. And like any formula, solving it brings a peculiar set of problems.

"For Jamaica's players to improve they've to come to Europe, not only for themselves and they can support their family," he noted. http://www.jamaicagleaner.com/gleaner/20090216/sports/sports4.html

Pay provides a way to play for a living, while ability to travel assists in transfers to better playing opportunities. All good soccer players can do some community spirit work by going back to home countries for some clinics for the youth.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:20 pm

February 18, 2009

Guus Hiddink to make impact at Chelsea with double changes
Matt Hughes, Deputy Football Correspondent

Guus Hiddink gave a clear indication yesterday of his desire to partner Nicolas Anelka with Didier Drogba as he took charge of his second training session at Chelsea, although problems at the other end of the pitch will most concern the interim manager before his first match against Aston Villa on Saturday. Alex missed training with an ankle injury to leave Hiddink with the daunting task of patching up a threadbare defence because Ricardo Carvalho (hamstring) and Ashley Cole (suspension) are already unavailable for the visit to Villa Park.

Alex may come back into contention by the end of the week, but Hiddink will still have only two of his first-choice back four to call upon at a ground where Chelsea have not won for ten years. Paulo Ferreira will fill in for Cole at left back — a role he fulfilled regularly for Portugal under Luiz Felipe Scolari, the previous Chelsea manager — but replacing Carvalho will not be so straightforward. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/chelsea/article5755564.ece
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:13 pm

Two short items concerning the 2010 soccer games' ticket sales:

Applications for 2010 tickets flood in
Sapa Published:Feb 21, 2009

There were over 200,000 applications for 2010 World Cup tickets in the first 24 hours since tickets went on sale via FIFA’s online ticket portal, football’s ruling body revealed Saturday.

Applications from 128 countries for 216,975 tickets had been received via the website, excluding the hard paper applications handed in by residents of host nation South Africa at the country’s First National Bank (FNB), a sponsor of the tournament.

The biggest number of orders since the website went live Friday came from South Africans, followed by applicants from Britain, the United States, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and Argentina. http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=944321

2010 World Cup ticket delay
Sapa Published:Feb 20, 2009

Don’t bank on it. This was the message from South Africa’s World Cup Organising Committee as the launch of ticket sales for the 2010 World Cup was poised to be launched today.

Ticket applications can either be made over the Internet or by filling out relevant forms at First National Bank branches.

But a release from the World Cup Local Organising Committee yesterday warned that “because unforeseen delays” ticket application forms will not be available at all FNB branches today.

The LOC says that all FNB branches will have received their form quota by Monday and asked soccer fans to be “patient”.http://www.thetimes.co.za/SpecialReports/2010WorldCup/Article.aspx?id=943826
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