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Random News and Notes From Around the World July 23, 2007

Posted by Soccer Current in England, Manchester United, soccer, sports, Uncategorized, West Ham, World Cup.
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FIFA has lifted England’s hopes for hosting the 2018 World Cup, as soccer’s world governing body are looking to abandon their continent rotation policy and instead insisting that two tournaments have to pass before it can return to a continent. An English World Cup would definitely be a great experience I would rather see the tournament return to the USA for 2018. The 1994 tournament was probably one of the 2 or 3 best tournaments of all time and unlike most countries the USA would only need to make very minor upgrades to any stadiums as they boast some of the most modern and newest stadiums in all of the world.

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Freddie Ljungberg completed his switch to West Ham United today in a move that could potentially net Arsenal 3 million pounds. Ljungberg has been a cornerstone for Arsenal for almost 10 years and with the departure of Thierry Henry this summer he felt the club’s culture was changing from the one he grew to love. This move is a boost to the Arsenal youth movement currently being undergone by head coach Arsene Wenger. Arsenal has enjoyed much success over the last 10 years and Mr.Wenger realized that he needed to revamp the squad in order to continue this success into the future. I was not a big fan of the Ashley Cole sale last year but with the further sales this summer i think we need to wait and see how Wenger builds his side as he was the catalyst for the teams success over the past decade and he should be trusted to bring the club renewed glory in the future.

 Manchester United

What type of a news day would it be if the Carlos Tevez/Man Utd/West Hamsituation didn’t make it into the headlines. The meeting in Zurich this afternoon broke without any decisions being made on the matter and with only a few weeks to go until the transfer window closes United are hoping FIFA make their decision soon. As i have stated before i do hope that FIFA rules in favor of the clubs as third party owners are tainting the game that we all love.

Random News and Notes From Around the World July 20, 2007

Posted by Soccer Current in Fiorentina, Italy, Manchester United, Real Madrid, soccer, sports, World Cup.
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Azurri fans today is a sad day as Francesco Totti has officially announced his retirement from the Italian National Soccer Team after 58 appearances and 9 goals. While his loss on paper looks like a huge blow he has never really lived up to his hype while wearing the white and blue of Italy. His performance at the World Cup while steady was not as stellar as the one he orchestrated through out his league season with Roma where he lead Europe with 26 goals. So while he will be leaving with a World Cup Winners’ Medal its sad to see a player so special leave us wanting more as he steps away from the International scene.

 Fiorentina

Fiorentina have offered Cristian Vieri a one year contract as a replacement for the departed Luca Toni(Bayern Munich). While the 34 year old Vieri is on his last legs he is definitely an upgrade over most of the striker options available to Fiorentina at the moment.

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Real Madrid is in the news again today as new coach Bernd Schuster remains steadfast that Chelsea winger Arjen Robben will be joining him in Madrid this summer. At this moment Chelsea is holding out and is adamant that Robben is not for sale but as we all know money talks, so if Real can come in with a good strong offer(read many many millions) then i dont see why Robben wont be in Madrid by August 31.  Real have also completed the signing of Jerzy Dudek, he of 2005 Champions League fame with Liverpool. While his signing isnt major news Real now have an excellent keeper with big game experience behind Iker Casillas so that will be a huge boost to the squad.

Manchester United

The Carlos Tevez/Man Utd transfer saga is now entering its third week with no sign of resolution. As of this moment Manchester have asked FIFA for an expedited hearing into the matter to resolve who owns the player. Right now West Ham United his former club and Tevez’s Manager Kia Joorabchian are both claiming to hold the rights to the 30 million rated player and the English FA is not allowing a transfer to go through unless they believe that West Ham is recieving the bulk of the transfer fee. I have an easy solution for FIFA on this matter and that is to get all those clowns like Joorabchian out of this game because all they do is tarnish it. Of course the club should get the bulk of any transfer fee and FIFA needs to get rid of all third party contracts as of this moment. Managers like Mr. Joorabchian are only in the game for the money and a lot of times their own clients suffer because of this. The practice of owning players is something that is big in South America where agents buy players rights from as early as 13 years old. After FIFA hands down its verdict on the Tevez matter the next order of business for Mr. Blatter is to figure out how to make sure this doesnt happen in the future we dont need any more black eyes in our sport.