Monthly Archives: January 2013

Destiny calling for Argentina



© FIFA.comIn the world of football there are countless examples of superstition by its practitioners and followers. Indeed,Team Uniform, there can scarcely be another discipline in which oddities and coincidences are so often seen as portents of professional success or failure. A case in point is the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ which, if superstitious Argentinian fans are to be believed, is predestined to be claimed by their country. Sceptical?  Well, take a look at t Continue reading

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Arsenal sign Da Silva



Arsenal have signed striker Eduardo da Silva on a four-year deal
from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb to boost their strike-force
following the transfer of Thierry Henry to Barcelona.The fee was believed to be around &pound,Tango;6 million (8.8 million
euros)The 24-year-old was born in Brazil, but having moved to Europe
at the age of 15, he took Croatian nationality in 2002,Girondins de Bordeaux.Da Silva scored the first competitive goal at Emirates Stadium
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APOEL peg-back Porto



Brazilian Ailton struck a quickfire equaliser as this year’s UEFA Champions League surprise package APOEL Nicosia grabbed a 1-1 draw with Porto to keep them on top in Group G.Six minutes after Porto forward Hulk had opened the scoring from a 20-yard free-kick, the visitors showed their mettle by scoring an equaliser and then proceeding to hold out for a valuable point.It was not the kind of result the Portuguese side had in mind as they made a confident start, with Pinheiro Klebe Continue reading

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FIFA Disciplinary Committee – Albanian FA fined and warned over incidents at World Cup match



The following decisions are extracted from the cases examined by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s meeting on Thursday 26 April 2001 in Zurich under the chairmanship of Marcel Mathier (Switzerland) :Albania: missile throwing during the FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan 2002 qualifying game Albania-England (28-03-01) > The FIFA Disciplinary Committee imposed a fine of 5,000 CHF on the Albanian FA following the incidents which occurred on 28 March 2001 in Qemal Stafa stadium in Tirana dur Continue reading

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England, Sweden book Germany 2011 ticket



England and Sweden are the latest European nations to book their ticket to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Germany, following aggregate wins against Switzerland and Denmark respectively on Thursday.The pair join France and Norway, who qualified on Wednesday, as European qualifiers, alongside host nation Germany,Benfica. However the four losing nations, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and Ukraine will now play-off for the right to meet the third-placed CONCACAF nation in a furthe Continue reading

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Excitement builds in Blida


,UNAM Pumas

Every once in a while, a match comes along that gets people scribbling an X in their calendars months in advance. Whether it is a derby between city neighbours or countries sharing a border, or simply a showdown between teams that have never got along, these games rarely fail to provide tension, emotions and drama.

Fans of Manchester United and Liverpool know all about that from encounters between their two clubs and there is similar anticipation whenever the fixtur Continue reading

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Marquez and Tejera on the move


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Real Mallorca and Espanyol have agreed a swap deal which will see Javi Marquez move to the Islanders in exchange for former Chelsea prospect Sergio Tejera.Marquez made just nine league appearances last season as an ankle injury ruled him out for a number of months and he failed to regain his place in the side after returning to full fitness.After falling out of favour with manager Mauricio Pochettino, Marquez had also made clear his intention not to sign a new contract wi Continue reading

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Tijuana level at top, Pumas rise



Tijuana moved level on points with Toluca at the top of the Mexican Apertura with a 2-0 win over Jaguares,Sunderland.A 41st-minute penalty from Alfredo Moreno and a late strike from Duvier Riascos sealed the win for Tijuana,Spain, who needed to score four more goals to overhaul Toluca on goal difference.Morelia remain third in the table despite sliding to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Pumas UNAM, who moved up to sixth thanks to Emanuel Villa’s 70th-minute winner.

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Injured Given sidelined for a month



Aston Villa keeper Shay Given will be out of action for a month after the Republic of Ireland veteran picked up a hamstring injury in his club’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United at the weekend.Scans on Monday confirmed the 35-year-old had suffered a small tear in his left hamstring. American international Brad Guzan,Spain, who replaced Given seven minutes before the break on Saturday, will continue to deputise starting with this weekend’s Premier League game at Bolton,Athletic de Bi Continue reading

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Quarter-finals nicely poised


All four AFC Champions Leagu quarter-final ties are on a knife-edge following last week’s first leg encounters,Italy. Japan’s Gamba Osaka are best placed to make the semis of Asia’s premier club competition after a hard-fought 2-1 away win against tough Syrian side Al Karama last week. They came from behind, with goals from Satoshi Yamaguchi and Masato Yamazaki in the last 20 minutes earning them a crucial victory.

Gamba coach Akira Nishino wants to see the same determination Continue reading

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