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Wellington Reject Galatasaray For Inter

Sao Paulo midfielder has rejected interest Wellington Turkish giants, Galatasaray because just want to play for Inter Milan.
“Players have rejected Galatasaray interest, why? because he just wants to join Inter, “said Gustavo Aribas agent.
“The Nerazzurri are definitely interested, but we still have to continue to negotiate, because there has been no significant progress,” he added.
“The priority at this time to Inter from Juventus after Mauricio Isla’s new focus on the situation of Wellington.”
Sao Paolo willing to release one of the flagship to Europe if one is willing to pay $ 8 million euros.
“We have not talked the technical aspects, but borrowing is an option. About the price is not kapasiya me, “he continued.
Problem Isla, Juventus have confirmed will not sell it, but it is believed the statement of Turin is just a strategy to increase the value of the player in the transfer market.

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July 3, 1974: Total Football, Joga Bonito Pulping

Brasil versus Belanda pada 1974. (dok. Istimewa)

On July 3, 1974, Netherlands to ensure a place in the final of the World Cup. Carrying the typical game of Total Football, Johan Cruyff cs successfully crushed Joga Bonito Brazilian style with two goals unrequited.

The meeting was presented in the final match second group phase. Before this game, the two teams both have two wins from another rival, East Germany and Argentina. Thus, the winner of the match Netherlands versus Brazil will make the final step. While the losers had to settle for competing in the third place playoff.

Led by Ballon d’Or winner, Cruyff, De Oranje aggressive strategy attacking style of Total Football. While in camp Brazil, still relying on veteran players, Jairzinho, who scored seven goals in the World Cup before.

The game itself runs fierce and hard. Pretty much a violation occurs. Despite giving birth just three yellow cards and two untuuk Brazil to the Netherlands. However, total fooball proven its value. Once as strong in the first half, Johan Neeskens and Cruyff was able to record two goals in a span of five minutes.

Asa Brazil catch up just tipped havoc. In the 84th minute, Luis Pereira had sent off by German referee Kurt Tschenscher West due to a hard tackle. The result, a 2-0 win and lock the Netherlands the right to advance to the finals, before foundered from the hosts, West Germany with the score 1-2 at the Olympiastadion, Munich.

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Kobe Bryant Practicing With AC Milan squad

Kobe Bryant, berlatih sejenak dengan skuat Milan selain menjalani perawatan cedera tendon Achilles

Barcelona apparently not the only European club football are popular Kobe Bryant.

U.S. basketball star who played for the LA Lakers for this is known as a supporter Blauragana. But, aside from the Catalan giants, Kobe was also supports elite team of the Italian Serie A, AC Milan.

On Saturday (20/7) is, Kobe was caught visiting Rossoneri at Milanello training base for treatment of Achilles tendon injuries recently smother.

However, in addition to these reasons, the 34-year-old basketball player also take advantage of the visit to the practice squad for a moment with the Rossoneri. Milan tifosi itself then appreciate the arrival of their fame to give this one back number 24 jersey, corresponding Kobe in Lakers uniform.

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DC United manager Ben Olsen over the moon about new permanent home: “The stadium we deserve”

WASHINGTON — The last five months haven’t been pleasant ones for D.C. United. A lowly 2-14-4 record and only nine goals scored in 20 matches say all you need to know.

But Thursday’s press conference with D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Grayand the announcement of a $300 million public-private partnership to build a 20,000-seat soccer stadium in the Buzzard Point area of Southwest D.C. injected some serious optimism about the future of the franchise at an ideal time.

“I’m thrilled, as you can imagine,” said United third-year coach Ben Olsen, who has been a part of the club in one capacity or another since 1998. “I’m over the moon about the situation.

“I love this city, I love this team and today they come together with a huge first step to get us the stadium we deserve. The stadium that our fans have deserved, players before me have deserved, the coaches before me have deserved and the front office before this. It’s a great day.

While land acquisition issues, approval from the city council (five council members were in attendance at Thursday’s event) and a finalized stadium plan are only some of the major obstacles that remain for the league’s most decorated franchise to finally move out of RFK Stadium, the signing of a term sheet on Thursday was a big first step.

“I believe in the District and I believe in this team being in the District. Our ownership has done a very good job in a short amount of time to push this tangible first step through,” Olsen said. “Now there’s a lot of work to do, from what I hear. But with [managing partner] Jason Levien at the helm, he’s not going to take no for an answer and he’s going to push this thing until we get to the big house.

Levien has been aggressive in his pursuit of a stadium since joining the club one year ago. In the proposed deal, the District would assume the cost of land acquisition and infrastructure while United would pay for the full cost of the stadium, estimated to be roughly $150 million. Levien said while United haven’t finalized a blueprint that he believes construction would take anywhere from 18-22 months to complete.

“I think it’s going to drive our culture and our fans and our team to new heights,” Levien said. “I think this is a long time coming. And I think that there’s going to be a pep in everyone’s step in the locker room. I talked to our players and our coaches and our management about this. This is something everyone wanted to see happen and I think it’s going to resonate on the field as well as in the city.”

Levien said the team’s focus is to have the facility ready by the start of the 2016 season, but said that the outer end of the timetable could be the 2017 season. Despite the many hurdles likely to crop up throughout the development process, Levien is as optimistic as ever about making United’s new home a reality.

“We’re all in right now. We’re fully committed to this project. I have a lot of confidence in this community,” Levien said. “We signed a term sheet that requires us to move forward. Over the last 12 months there have been stops and starts along the way. Certain things that were important for our city, certain things that were important for our team. So getting here was quite an accomplishment.”

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Pique: Fabregas Pursue, MU just a waste of time

Barcelona – Manchester United’s efforts to bring Cesc Fabregas called Barcelona defender Gerard Pique will only be in vain. Besides Barca did not want to sell it, Fabregas also want to survive in Catalan.

After the initial bid worth £ 25 million rejected stronghold Barca, MU back to bite the fingers after the second offering which totaled 30 million pounds, also again rejected Los Cules.

26-year-old midfielder became the main prey MU in the transfer market after losing another target such as Thiago Alcantara who choose to Bayern Munich, or Kevin Strootman who join AS Roma.

“United just wasting their time,” said Pique was quoted as saying by The Sun.

“It took a long time for Cesc to realize his dream of returning to the house and he will not give up so easily. This is home, this is the place where his family was, and he was playing with friends nearby.

“He has said to us that he’s happy and he wants to survive,” he added.

Fabregas did previously have committed themselves to survive. While Barcelona has repeatedly expressed no intention to sell it, especially after they lost Thiago.

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David Moyes Disappointed Manchester United overpowered Yokohama F Marinos

David Moyes Kecewa Manchester United Dibekuk Yokohama F Marinos

Manchester United manager David Moyes admitted he was disappointed to see his team defeated Yokohama F Marinos 3-2 in a preseason game.

The Scottish coach considered his team conceded a goal in the game is trivial. But, however, remains Moyes praised the Japanese club.

“It was a tough game for us. They played well but we conceded a goal very bad,” said Moyes told MUTV.

“They’re a pretty good team. They make the players work hard enough, but we were not able to maximize our chances.”

Moyes also commented on the appearance of United’s young players on their pre-season tour. “It was a tough game for young players. We want to see what they will do and they play well,” he concluded.

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For the 2014 World Cup, Di Natale Reject AC Milan Bids


Italian veteran striker Antonio Di Natale turned down an offer to join AC Milan in the transfer market this summer. Di Natale Udinese chose to spend his career with a chance to keep the World Cup 2014.

Demonstrated commitment to continuing to strengthen Udinese after the players agreed to extend his contract with the team based at the Stadio Friulli it alone until 2015 Di Natale Udinese costumed been nine years since imported in 2004 from Empoli after being loaned to a number of clubs.

Udinese, he has appeared in 298 by scoring 158 party big gol.Naluri scored Milan seems to be the main reason for recruiting Di Natale despite the age of the players have stepped 35 years.

“I thank coach (Milan), Massimiliano Allegri and Vice-President, Adriano Galliani over bid (strengthening Milan),” Di Natale said as quoted by the Italian Football.

Di Natale explained, Milan are not the only team that made ​​a bid proposal to his agent. “But I have always insisted, wanted to end my career at Udinese,” he said.

According to Di Natale, Udinese persist in making chances of playing in the 2014 World Cup have always maintained regular play. Through appearances in the 2013-14 season, he wants to prove to the Azzurri coach, Cesare Prandelli, he is still worth a grand event was brought to the World Cup class.

“To be able to play in the Maracana, only once in a lifetime. If unable to do so, it was like adding icing to the cake my gait is very fantastic.”

“However, to convince Prandelli, I have to think about consistency, both in practice and makes a great season for Udinese,” Di Natale said.

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PSSI Establish Cooperation with International Sports Law Association

PSSI Jalin Kerjasama Dengan Asosiasi Hukum Olah Raga Internasional

JAKARTA – The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) formed a partnership with the International Association of Sports Law (IASL) to build sport tourism and prevent football from terrorist acts.
There are seven scope of cooperation between the PSSI with IASL, the exchange of information and documentation, organization of joint activities for specific activities and the implementation of joint activities such as conferences, seminars and workshops on issues of international sports law.
Signing of the MoU by Dimitrios Panagiotopoulos IASL President and the Secretary-General (Secretary) PSSI Joko Driyono at Hotel Atlet Century Senayan Jakarta, Friday (28/6).
Secretary-General (Secretary) PSSI, Driyono Joko said, cooperation is expected to contribute positively to the flagship program PSSI, the Indonesian Football Millennium Development (IMFD) in international forums.
IMFD has been approved in the PSSI congress in Surabaya June 17, 2013.
“We are very excited. It’s a new era in the development of Indonesia Millennium Development Football, “he said.
On that occasion, IASL appointed Indonesia as the host of the 19th IASL Congress next October. Congress to be held in Bali that will be attended by 40 countries.
“Sport tourism and terrorism will be issues that will be discussed in Bali,” he said.
IASL is an international scientific association founded at the first International Congress on Sports Law, December 11 to 13, 1992 in Athens, Greece. IASL goal is the cultivation and development of science, research and teaching Sports Law and the Olympic institution.

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Revisiting the Chris Wondolowski argument, now in a bigger and better context

The book on Chris Wondolowski has usually read like this: sensational striker in league play who may be stretched to make an impact internationally.

It’s really not an awful thing to pin on someone; nobody is accusing the man of drowning kittens here. Taylor Twellman and Jason Kries were other examples of terrific strikers in Major League Soccer who probably reached their top level in league soccer.

Only, with Wondolowski, a few fans and a selected bunch from the chattering class got caught up in the moment and lost some larger context recently. The Earthquakes’ forward did hit six goals in three matches – but the quality of competition was league level. Given international caliber service and backed by international level teammates, Wondolowski is certainly capable of doing the business against overmatched regional small fries.

But it always looked like typical sports overreaction, this flawed tendency to make big, sweeping judgments from every match. (Or, in this case, the false bottom of a short series of them.)

So a week ago, some people were already handing him a ticket to Brazil. Very prematurely so. I wrote as much six days ago.

Now here we are today with two more samples to study. Wondolowski went 77 minutes last week against Costa Rica and then 60 on Sunday against El Salvador. Total goals: zero.

(MORE: What we learned about the United States vs. El Salvador)

He wasn’t awful, not by any stretch. “Wondo” is just not the difference maker that Landon Donovan is. He’s not the athlete that Eddie Johnson is. He doesn’t have the ability to create on his own the way some others in the U.S. player pool can. Wondolowski’s game gets somewhat limited at international level.

Here’s what’s player ratings had to say: “One simple assist pass aside, Wondo was often either stranding himself from the offense or slowing it down. It didn’t help his cause that Eddie Johnson replaced him with such a strong display.”

The New York Times was more harsh still in its ratings. “Never seemed to find a place in the quick-moving U.S. attack.”  Jeff Carlisle at ESPN FC did like the striker’s link-up play, offering that is “was miles better than it was against Costa Rica, as he set up Corona’s goal and sprung Donovan with a telling through ball.” But he also noted the struggle “with some of El Salvador’s physical antics.”

It’s not over; two matches remain. The problem is Johnson, the Seattle Sounders’ striker scored immediately upon coming on Sunday. He seems certain to start in Wednesday’s semifinal, which means the San Jose man’s minutes will dwindle fast.

As I also wrote last week, roster spots are always a zero-sum game; for every roster winner there is a roster loser, in other words. Wondolowski may or may not make the final 23 for Brazil, but you have to circle the man you want knocked aside.

Jurgen Klinsmann pattern of player selection says that Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez and Eddie Johnson are all ahead of Wondolowski in the forward depth  pool. (Depending on how you want to count Dempsey, that is.) Landon Donovan is, too; we can probably all agree on that.

Today, Joe Corona looks more likely to make the roster than Wondolowski, even if he is  playing a slightly different position. Either way, it’s a roster spot, and that’s one more obstacle in a very good forward’s path to Brazil.

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Questioning Scarcity Left Back


There is an anecdote that states that if you are a football player who wants a long career, be a left back. Indeed, at the time the striker, midfielder, winger or gain a lot of praise for individual action, a fullback can rarely spotlight.

However, lack of players capable of filling this post makes more fullback provide opportunities for footballers who want to play certainty.

Although only anecdotal, stories about the scarcity of players with a dominant left foot that can last not new anymore. Let’s see Brendan Rodgers who prefer to put Glen Johnson (right defender) or Daniel Agger (center back) when Jose Enrique could not compete. Or, how Philipp Lahm is often used as a left back before David Alaba pulled from midfield by Jupp Heynckes.

So if it is almost 10 years the name Ashley Cole remains so answers to the question who the best left back in the world today, in fact it is not unusual anymore.

So what exactly is causing the scarcity of players left back in the world of football? The answer is simple. Number of left-footed players are much less dominant, so capable, or choose to be left, it would be much more minimal again.

Unmitigated, the comparison between the number of dominant players left leg with the player “legged” right can reach 1 to 4. This is evident from a study of 236 players who competed in the 1998 World Cup. This study states that 79% of footballers in the tournament often using the right foot in receiving and giving feedback. Meanwhile, only 21% are fluent in the left leg.

Similar studies give different figures. However, the average stated that the number of left-footed players less than 30% of the overall total footballers.

The small number of left-footed players, according to Gianluca Vialli, so one of the causes of the paradigm that the right-back will be the worst player on the team is filled.

This analogy: if a footballer has a good ability to survive and height above the average, so it will be positioned as a central defender. While those who have qualified technical control of the ball will be placed as a midfielder.

Then the remaining players, skill players survive and attack him mediocre, often installed as a right-back. Left footed players certainly different. He will be given special treatment because their numbers are small.

Fullback and Modern Football

Regardless of the number of players is minimal problems, left-back role in the evolution of modern football itself can not be separated from nature as a fullback. Also can not drop out of relation to other positions in the team, as well as the development of today’s tactical.

For example, on a game that gets narrowed to the middle of the field along with the popularity of the use of a 4-2-3-1 formation. With this trend, the fullback position so most get room to run, while the other players piled in the middle of the field. Being a fullback duties for “down-up” and so outlets assault, as well as widen the space game.

It mainly occurs in teams using inverted-winger role as one of the strategies in the attack. Moving winger cut into the penalty area he will be more effective when combined with a fullback to create a 2 against 1 situation with fullback opponent.
Illustration that describes this is the first season Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.

By bringing Dani Alves from Sevilla, Pep makes Lionel Messi-Alves combinations as the main pedestal Blaugrana attack. Messi, who ran into the piercing, and Alves who kept vigil near the touchline, often confuse fullback who were escorting them. Following Messi moved into the means providing space for Alves to launch cross.

While still on guard at the edge of the field means letting Messi kicks the strongest leg, the left leg. Nearest central defender did not move too freely to the fore, because it can be used by cutting edge or playmaker pushed up into the penalty box.

In this way, Alves recorded assists 10 times (some of which are key-assist: the creator of the first goal or assists the winning goal), and so one of the best players in the Barca the season.

This method is also used by Del Bosque later when Spain lost her mind to break the opponent’s goal. Jesus Navas is often put into the field to draw the fullback opponent so there is a gap for Iniesta to send feedback breakthrough.

Yes, in contrast to the winger who often get feedback in the opponent’s defense area, often “run” by itself does not lead to full-back control of the ball for himself. Running is not selfish. But the run is important for two things: to create a space for the winger, as well as to be a decoy for the purpose midfielder, winger, or even a keeper though.

Being Fit and Smart

Interesting implications of the development of the fullback role, in addition to left and right are required to have a capable passing ability, is the physical condition of the players.

By becoming an outlet assault, and with having the longest running space, automatic fullback who now assumed the role as player box-to-box. It is they who must now get used to sprinting, both in the short and long distances.

Therefore, the fullback is expected to have a higher fitness level than other players. Physical endurance to sprint to pursue the enemy, often from the opponent’s defense into his own goal line, in the final minutes of the match would be a crucial factor that must be owned by a fullback.

If a striker can still laze around when his physical condition declined in one game, this luxury is not obtained by the fullback. Mainly because there is space left by fullback when he rose to help the attack.

So do not be surprised if in a practice session, fullback get more run portion. Sessions usually run from one end to the other corner flag.

In addition to fitness, one of the other capabilities that are required of both right-and left-back is the ability to recognize how a midfielder or winger in the team wants to play. Listen to Glen Johnson’s narrative about his relationship with the other players at Liverpool in the season 2008/2009:

“If I play with Maxi Rodriguez or Dirk Kuyt, I knew I could run attack anytime.’s Because they will be cutting inside and give me space, while also providing assistance to survive. But Ryan Babel more often dribbling and using wing area field, so the task I prefer to help him, “said Johnson told Four Four Two magazine.

Difficult to replace

Associated with the development of a more attacking role so here’s fullback, left back is more difficult to replace than his right.

Substituting a left-back to center-back can certainly be done. But this by eliminating the risk of potential side attack, because not all the center-back has the instinct to break forward.

Meanwhile, draw a defender midfielder would be more dangerous. This was all due to the midfielder has the ability to endure winger. Especially facing inverted right-footed winger (read: How It Works Inverted Winger).

For example, just look at how the difficulties Javier Mascherano in Barcelona for the counter attack from the left, while Jordi Alba was still in front. Alternatively, the death of an attack from the left wing while Daniel Agger Liverpool plotted to replace Jose Enrique. Dane is more often survive keeping his base rather than up to help Stewart Downing or Raheem Sterling on the left.

Right-defense sector generally do not have any difficulty in this regard. Each team has a reserve right-back relative the quality, not far from the core players.

In Europe alone may only Real Madrid club which finished with two quality left-back Marcelo is similar within and Fabio Coentrao. While still relying on Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, Man. City with Gael Clichy, with Alba Barcelona, ​​and Bayern Munich with David Alaba.

Similarly, with Chelsea also still rely on Ashley Cole. So if the price of Gareth Bale or Leighton Baines then sky-high, is not unusual anymore.

So how do I stop the left-kah are often up to help the attack? The first way you can do is put up a defensive winger who directly confront the attacks. One tactic that gave birth to a new generation of wing players such as James Milner fluent last, Park Ji Sung, or Dirk Kuyt. (Read: Genealogy Winger Part 3: Defensive Winger).

While the second, is to use a winger who is fluent dribbling, has a good acceleration, or who often scored. In this way, the fullback will think twice if they want to leave his post unguarded.