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The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged across the continent after today’s UEFA Executive Committee decision to hold the event in various major cities throughout Europe.

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The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged in various major cities throughout Europe, following a decision taken by the UEFA Executive Committee at its meeting in Lausanne on Thursday.

The decision to stage a “EURO for Europe”, rather than a tournament in one or two host countries, follows an initial idea revealed by the UEFA President Michel Platini in June. UEFA has consulted its member national associations about the proposal in the intervening period, and has received an extremely positive response, which has prompted Thursday’s innovative move. The decision, which was not supported by Şenes Erzik, means that the UEFA National Team Competitions Committee will now take responsibility to review the matter further in order to report to a future UEFA Executive Committee meeting.

Among the other decisions taken, the committee decided that the ownership of football players by third parties should be prohibited as a matter of principle. Consequently, world football’s governing body FIFA will be requested to issue relevant worldwide regulations prohibiting third-party ownership of players. UEFA, through its Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC), would also be ready to implement a regulatory framework to ban third-party ownership arrangements in UEFA competitions, should FIFA not take the appropriate steps. In that case, a transitional period of three to four seasons would apply.

UEFA is continuing to be actively involved in the fight against match-fixing and corruption in football. Accordingly, the Executive Committee expressed its support for the introduction of sporting fraud as a criminal offence in national legislations throughout Europe.

The committee approved the use of additional assistant referees at next summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship final round in Israel. Two additional assistant referees – who stand on each goal line and watch in particular for penalty-area incidents – are already being deployed in this season’s UEFA club competitions, following a decision in July by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to incorporate additional assistants into the Laws of the Game.

Tbilisi will play host to the 2013 UEFA Futsal Cup finals in April 2013. In addition, the committee approved the name of UEFA’s new youth competition for clubs, which will begin from the 2013/14 season – the UEFA Youth League. The trophy will be named after UEFA’s honorary president Lennart Johansson.

The committee decided that the 2013/14 UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final tournament will be staged in England from 26 November to 8 December 2013, with the qualifying rounds to be played in the summer and autumn of 2013. The final tournament counts as the European qualifying competition for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will take place in Costa Rica in March/April 2014, and not in autumn after the UEFA women’s U17 finals, which are normally held in June and/or July.

UEFA has prolonged its arrangement with long-term partner TEAM for the marketing of commercial rights including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup initially for three additional seasons and, subject to performance, for an additional three-year term thereafter. As part of the new agreement, TEAM has appointed Michael van Praag, a UEFA Executive Committee member, and David Taylor, the CEO of UEFA Events SA, to its board.

Astana, Kazakhstan, and Vienna, Austria, were chosen by the Executive Committee as the respective venues for the 2014 and 2015 UEFA Ordinary Congresses. The XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress will take place in London on 24 May 2013.

The first Executive Committee meeting of 2013 is scheduled for 25 January at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Chelsea continue Brazilian revolution | Premier League | Transfers

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea have agreed terms with Brazil’s Fluminense for the transfer of 18-year-old defender Wallace, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Wallace, a Brazil under-20 international, was part of the under-17 team that won the South American championship last year and were fourth at the World Cup at the same level.

He made his senior debut at 17 and helped Fluminense win the Brazilian league championship, the Rio State League and the Guanabara Cup.

He will officially join Chelsea in the January transfer window but will remain with Fluminense until the end of the season.

Brazil – Denmark, FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011: Though their opener had some luck about it, Brazil’s second and third, scored by Ademilson and Wallace, were delightful.


32-year-old Striker dies of viral infection in Indonesia

SOURCE: REUTERS

The 32-year-old striker, married with two children, died late on Monday in a hospital in Solo, Central Java, the Jakarta Globe reported.

The paper said Mendieta, who had also played in China and Malaysia, had wanted to return home but was unable to do so as the club owed him four months’ wages worth 120 million rupiahs ($12,500).

“He always complained of being lonely,” Guntur Hernawan, the head of the internal medicine division at Moewardi Hospital in Solo, told reporters on Tuesday. “He said he wanted to go home because all of his relatives were in Paraguay.”

Former Persis manager Totok Supriyanto was quoted by the paper as saying the outstanding debt would be paid to Mendieta’s family.

Solo mayor Hadi Rudyatmo said would he personally pay the player’s hospital bills and other expenses but called on others to help.

FIFPro described the case as a disgrace.

“FIFPro demands that the Indonesian football association make an end to the structural mismanagement of countless football clubs,” it said in a statement.

“It is a disgrace for the whole of professional football in Indonesia,” added Frederique Winia, secretary general of FIFPro’s Asia division.

“I know countless stories of players who are intentionally not paid by their club and have to wait for months for their salary. But I have never before heard a story where a seriously ill player has been left completely to his fate by a club.

“I assume that both the club and the national football association of Indonesia realise that they have seriously failed and that they have much to explain, particularly to the family and relatives of Diego Mendieta.

“The least the club can do is to pay the arrears in salary to his family.”

Mendieta’s wife Valeria said she had been promised that she would receive the outstanding wages.

“He was practically abandoned, the only help he received was from three Paraguayan companions, nothing other than that,” she told Radio Cardinal in Asuncion.


Football: FIFA suspends South Korean player over Olympic political gesture

SEOUL: FIFA has suspended a South Korean player for two international matches over a post-match political gesture at the London Olympics, the South’s football body said Monday.

FIFA’s disciplinary committee has also slapped a fine of 3,500 Swiss francs ($3,781) on Park Jong-Woo following his actions, which relate to an island dispute with Japan, the Korean Football Association (KFA) said.

The association itself was warned for failure to properly instruct players on rules of conduct.

“We’ve decided to humbly accept FIFA’s decision after consultations with Park Jong-Woo,” the KFA said in a statement.

The 23-year-old midfielder was excluded from the awards ceremony for his country’s bronze win in August after he held up a sign reading “Dokdo is our land” while celebrating the Korean team’s 2-0 victory over Japan.

The Seoul-controlled islands, known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan, are the subject of a decades-old territorial dispute.

The incident came hours after South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak paid a surprise visit to the disputed islands, angering Japan.

Park insisted he took the sign from a fan in the crowd after the match and it was not pre-planned.

FIFA ruled that his action was not premeditated but deserved punishment for “displaying unsporting behaviour”, Yonhap news agency said.

International Olympic Committee officials said Park breached rules against political demonstrations at the Games.

The player has not yet received his bronze medal, but South Korean officials say he will qualify for a pension paid to Olympic medallists.


Football: Top footballers urge rethink on U21 finals venue

(PARIS) – Dozens of professional footballers, including Didier Drogba, have written to UEFA in protest at a decision to award Israel the under-21 European championships next year in the wake of fresh conflict with Palestinians.

In a letter to the European game’s ruling body, which organises the tournament, the players said that allowing the Jewish nation to host the competition would condone its recent offensive against Gaza-based militants.

The players, among them a number of top players from the English, French, Italian and Spanish top flight, said they expressed solidarity with Gazans who were “living under siege and denied basic human dignity and freedom”.

“The latest Israeli bombardment of Gaza, resulting in the death of over a hundred civilians, was yet another stain on the world’s conscience,” they added in the letter, which was widely published on the Internet.

The players also highlighted the Israeli bombardment of a football stadium in Gaza on November 10 that killed four teenagers and the plight of a number of Palestinian footballers detained by Israel since February this year.

“It is unacceptable that children are killed while they play football. Israel hosting the UEFA Under-21 European Championship, in these circumstances, will be seen as a reward for actions that are contrary to sporting values,” the letter said.

“Despite the recent ceasefire, Palestinians are still forced to endure a desperate existence under occupation, they must be protected by the international community.

“All people have the right to a life of dignity, freedom and security. We hope that a just settlement will finally emerge.”

The eight-day confrontation ended with a November 21 ceasefire deal. Some 175 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and six Israelis, two of them soldiers, were killed in the conflict, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.

Signatories of the letter included five members of English side Newcastle United, among them Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye, Eden Hazard of Chelsea and the former Stamford Bridge star Drogba, who now plays in China.

The draw for the eight-team competition, which runs from June 5-18, was made this week in Tel Aviv.

A number of international pro-Palestinian groups and the Palestine Football Association itself have previously written to UEFA president Michel Platini, urging him to move the competition elsewhere


Joey Barton Talks With Funny French Accent After Debut For Marseille | Football

QPR loanee Joey Barton finally made his league debut for French outfit Marseille on Sunday, helping his side move level on points with leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the process.

Barton wasted little time in picking up his first caution in French football, as the QPR midfielder was booked after 22 minutes for a strong challenge on Florent Balmont.
But the Englishman settled well into the match, and so too did Marseille.
Balmont was red-carded before the break after chopping down Valbuena when the Frenchman was through on Landreau’s goal

Very bizarrely though during a post match press conference when answering questions from the local press he talked with a weird French accent.

“Steve MaClaren eat your heart out…,” Barton quipped on Twitter, referencing former England boss Steve McClaren’s use of a Dutch accent after he took over at FC Twente for the first time in 2008.

He added: “In my defence, it is very difficult to do a press conference in Scouse for a room full of French journalists.”

“The alternative is to speak like a ‘Allo Allo!’ character which is choose. Its simply a case of you had to be there. #youstupidwomen!

“I am christening this new language Bartonese. Steeeeevvvveeee would be proud!”


Great goal Sherida Spitse | Pick That One Out ! | Womens Football

Via the official Dutch YouTube channel comes this cracking strike by Sherida Spitse for the second goal in a 2-0 victory for the Dutch ladies against Wales on Sunday.


Argentinian defender banned for 6 years for kicking an Official in the head | Football

The incident happened in the 17th minute of Huracan’s Torneo 6 Ligas cup fixture with Club Jorge Newbery earlier this month.

Schiavi, whose older brother Rolando plays for Boca Juniors and the Argentina national team, became incensed when he was sent off for what looked a fair challenge.

But instead of taking his punishment like a man, Schiavi and his colleagues, who were losing 2-0 and facing an early exit from the tournament, began a confrontation with referee Dario Fuene that quickly turned ugly.

Indeed, several Huracan players escalated their verbal berating of the man in black into a full on shove contest, before one wrestled Fuenes to the ground.

As the referee tried to get up, Schiavi strode over and promptly kicked Fuenes in the head, in what has been described as the worst attack on a match official ever.


Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne Returns To Lazio | Football | Cult Hero

Former England midfielder Gascoigne had looked set to miss the tie after being booked to speak at an event on Friday.

But he will defy his fear of flying to catch a plane to Italy on Thursday, before returning the following morning. Reports the BBC

He helped Tottenham win the FA Cup in 1991 and scored six times for Lazio, including a late equaliser during the Rome derby against Roma in November 1992.

Gascoigne had declined an invite to September’s reverse fixture at White Hart Lane, which ended in a goalless draw, due to “personal reasons”.

But his agent, Terry Baker, confirmed he would now be flying to Italy after Lazio’s general manager, Maurizio Manzini, invited the 45-year-old back to Rome.

“He is looking forward to seeing the fans because he has a great affection for them,” Baker said.

Lets take a look back at some of Gazza’s greatest and funniest moments..

2010 : Raoul Moat ,Gazza arrives in Rothbury to ‘offer his support’

 

Paul Gascoigne – The Legend That Was Gazza

A great video about the genius of Paul Gascoigne. Gazza is widely regarded as one of the most gifted players of his generation. This video contains awesome clips from Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Glasgow Rangers and of course from his England career.

Football Italia outtakes from the legendary Paul Gascoigne. Clearly demonstrating that one person can be both an idiot and a genius!

 


Argentina referee gets beaten to the floor | Football | South America

The brother of Boca Juniors star Rolando Schiavi, Leandro Schiavi, has upstaged his sibling for all the wrong reasons after he was filmed brutally assaulting a referee in an amateur match in Argentina.

The incident occurred as Hurricane Arribenos beat Jorge Newbery 2-0 in the past few days.

The action started when referee Darius Funes went over to check up on a Jorge Newbery player who was lying flat on the ground. Seconds later Leandro Schiavi, wearing Hurricane Arribenos’ green number 2 jersey, appeared on the scene, and he immediately tried to drag his fallen opponent to his feet in a gesture which suggested he though the Newbery man was faking.

Within a blink of an eye a group of players from both sides piled into the mix and the pushing and shoving began. Schiavi was sent off in the aftermath, but that only served to kick matters off in a far more dramatic fashion.

via  101 Great goals 

 


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