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Ashley Cole thanks Drogba for Golden gift | Premier League

Ashley Cole used his twitter account to send his thanks to Didier Drogba for hosting an £800,000 celebratory dinner to commemorate Chelsea’s Champions League win this year, presenting his former team-mates with rings to symbolise their victory over Bayern Munich.

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Drogba said at the dinner: “I wanted to give something to the team so we can all look back and remember that achievement.” He then singled out club captain John Terry, who was in attendance. “You’re my hero and everyone at Chelsea loves you.”

 

 


Get out the way Ref! | 6 Match Ban for Sasho

After the penalty was called, referee Stefan Spasov went to spot the ball but Sasho had other ideas when he delivered a brutal hockey-style check to the ref sending him to the ground:

The check earned Sasho a six-game suspension from the Bulgarian Football Union and a fine of $1,500.

The incident happened in a professional Bulgarian soccer match between Cherno More Varna and Lavski Sofia playing for the Bulgarian cup.


UEFA Introduce a new look Euro 2020 Competition

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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.


Wigan Confirm Roger “El Chino” Espinoza Deal | Premier League

The 26-year-old Honduras international has long been linked with a move and is set to swap Major League Soccer for the Barclays Premier League when his contract expires at the end of the year. Espinoza is a versatile player who can play in either defence or midfield and he impressed at this summer’s Olympics with his performance against Brazil.

“We’re working really hard to try to make it happen and we’re looking forward to seeing if we can get that one done successfully,” Martinez said.

“There are a few steps: there is the work permit, there are certain aspects we need to fulfil in the paperwork but Roger is a player that we’ve been following for a long, long time.

“We’ve seen him enjoying his football in the Olympic Games recently with Honduras, and in the World Cup as well he’s been an important part of that group of players with (Wigan defender) Maynor Figueroa. He would be a real asset for us.

“But until January 1 we can’t do anymore than wait and make sure we prepare ourselves for the steps we’ve got ahead to make him a Wigan Athletic player.”


Stoke’s Tony Pulis Grabs F&C INVESTMENTS PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK AWARD

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The League Managers Association five-man Performance of the Week panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week, the F&C Investments Performance of the Week Award should go to Stoke City following their excellent 1-0 away win against West Bromwich Albion in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday 1st December 2012.

Manager Tony Pulis will receive a specially engraved crystal football in a presentation to commemorate the award.

On 75 minutes Dean Whitehead steered the winner in from fellow substitute Michael Kightly’s cross after great perseverance by Kenwyne Jones. Jones did brilliantly to pressurise Jonas Olsson on the right flank and Whitehead was able to profit to give Stoke a first win on the road in the top flight since they beat Blackburn Rovers last January. Their fourth victory from five games sees them move up to ninth in the Premier League table.

Manager Tony Pulis was naturally delighted;

“It was a great result because we haven’t won away from home this season. We have drawn four away but could easily have won a couple of those. Every one of the players who played gave it everything.

“We were quite happy to let them have the ball and try to counter-attack. We wanted to make sure they didn’t get behind us.

“We didn’t want to lose the ball in bad areas. They play between the lines very well. We are delighted to get a clean sheet and win the game.

“We have done well defensively, but we have done well all season. It has been a very good week but we don’t get too carried away when we are winning or too despondent when we are losing.”


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

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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.


Fourteen Eritrean football club Players disappear in Uganda

(Reuters) – At least 14 members of the Eritrea football squad have disappeared in Uganda while playing in a regional tournament and may eventually claim asylum, Ugandan officials said on Monday.

Eritrea is one of the world’s most secretive states ruled by a reclusive president. This year United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay accused the Asmara government of meting out summary executions, torture and detaining thousands of political prisoners.

In July last year 13 members of an Eritrean football club sought asylum in Tanzania while 12 members of the national squad disappeared in Kenya in 2009 after competing in a regional tournament.

Rodgers Mulindwa, a spokesman for the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA), told Reuters the players had not been seen since early Sunday.

“It’s true, some of the Eritrean players have disappeared. They’ve not been seen at their hotel since early yesterday and it’s very unfortunate,” Mulindwa said.

Police spokesman Ibn Sekundi put the number of missing squad members at 18 but said the team’s management had informed them the players were simply “checking on relatives”.

Eritrea were taking part in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) competition. Eritrea last played on Friday, losing 2-0 to Rwanda.

Moses Watasa, from Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) which is responsible for processing asylum applications, said the Eritrean players had not made contact.

“As of now we haven’t had any contact with them so we don’t know their whereabouts, but it’s possible they might want to seek asylum later,” he said.


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.


Two Of the Best from abroad | Great Goals | Football

Bernabeu keeper looks glad he wasn’t between the sticks for this effort.

 


Top notch effort from the Dutch international.


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