Friday, July 06, 2012
The US owners hope to entice investors willing to buy Manchester United shares with reduced voting rights and no dividend, then register the company in the Cayman Islands.
The club's 30% owner Alisher Usmanov has written an open letter to the board criticising a system that sees Arsène Wenger denied team-building funds and top players leaving the club.
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No doubt, both teams did flop spectacularly in the competition: France won one game out of four, eschewing the identity that Blanc was trying to give it in its quarterfinal loss to Spain; while Holland lost all three matches, including its opener to Denmark.
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Former AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta has opted to continue his career in Major League Soccer with the Montreal Impact.
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Thursday, July 05, 2012
It has emerged that during Germany’s semi-final defeat to Italy at Euro 2012, the television directors at Uefa tricked us. With the favourites trailing by Mario Balotelli’s two goals, the camera panned to a tearful German lady. Oh, the emotion. While we in England had shed our tears in the previous round, now it was the Germany’s turn – and it was hard not to feel some sympathy. But it has since transpired that the lady in question was not shedding tears of sadness, but tears of patriotism. She had been filmed during the playing of the German national anthem, and then the clip was inserted 37 minutes into the match.
Uefa have admitted the manipulation, saying they were trying to show “the human story of the game”.
Whereas some managers have to adapt to suit the players they inherit, the Liverpool squad may find they are required to adjust to Rodgers' preferred system and style of play.
All of which poses the question: which can? Whereas Kenny Dalglish's team, with increasing incoherence, switched tactics, Rodgers played 4-3-3, tweaking it to 4-2-3-1 after Gylfi Sigurdsson's January arrival gave him an attacking central midfielder.
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Corinthians won the Copa Libertadores for the first time in their history with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Boca Juniors.
"I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract," the Dutchman, at the club since 2004, wrote on his website.
Richard Jolly: Arsenal at Crossroads
Kevin McCarra: Van Persie ran out of patience
Phil McNulty: Disillusioned Van Persie is disaster for Arsenal
Jeremy Wilson: Van Persie has let Wenger down
Matt Fortune: Van Persie has tainted his Arsenal legacy
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
The players had not left the Olympic Stadium in Kiev before minds were being focused on winning the 2014 World Cup.
Spain's history boys are already looking to the future.
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Henry Winter: Spain’s magical team show just how far behind England have fallen in the international game
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Euro 2012: Spain's Iker Casillas asked an assistant referee to blow for time early out of 'respect' for Italy in final
Spain's captain Iker Casillas is not just a great goalkeeper and multiple champion, he is also a man with a heart and a sense of sportsmanship, it seems. He saw Italy were suffering at the end of the Euro 2012 final, and was moved to ask the referee to spare them.
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André Villas-Boas has been confirmed as the new manager of Tottenham and is understood to have signed a three-year contract at White Hart Lane.
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David Beckham's tumultuous week, the summer transfer window opens and more from MLS Week 17:
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Italy’s best tactical move since last Thursday, when their football team beat Germany to qualify for the Euro2012 final, was made by President Giorgio Napolitano, who invited the Azzurri to visit him at his presidential palace on Monday, win or lose. Lose, they did. Sunday’s 4-0 defeat became Italy’s worst ever result in the final stages of European Championship or World Cup finals.
Their second worst was in the 1970 World Cup final, when an Azzurri team which had not been expected to go that far (have we heard this before?) were beaten 4-1 by Brazil. Angry fans pelted the returning party with tomatoes and rotten eggs, their ire directed more at coach Ferruccio Valcareggi, for his selection policy, than at the players, in what remains a shameful moment in a long list of indecent behaviour by calcio supporters.
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Spain keep coming up with novel ideas. The latest one was to save their best performance for the final. In so doing they set a couple of records, and delivered an exemplary response to those who have accused them of being boring. Well - they can be, occasionally, but that’s all a part of the mix. They don’t need to be. There’s a difference.
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Monday, July 02, 2012
Michel Platini could really have timed his run better.
San Jose and Los Angeles offer up a potential match of the season: The I-5 rivals shared seven goals in the Earthquakes' 4-3 victory at a sold-out Stanford Stadium on Saturday night, plus a look at the other action from an entertaining week.
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Buffon; Arbeloa, Ramos, Mellberg, Jordi Alba; Xabi Alonso; Ronaldo, Pirlo, Iniesta; Fábregas, Balotelli (??)
Jeff Carlisle: Spain Best Ever
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The World Cup champions controlled the play Sunday in the European Championship final, as they usually do. They moved the ball up the field with short pass after short pass, as they usually do. But, incredibly, they also managed to score a whopping four goals, something they don't usually do. It all added up to a 4-0 win over Italy and a third straight major soccer title for Spain.
Jonathan Wilson: Spain sheds 'boring' charges with Italy's help
Paul Hayward: Everyone's a striker for Spain
Grant Wahl: Three Thoughts
Jason Burt: All to much for Balotelli