Archive for July, 2011

Sven-Goran Eriksson has urged the FA to approach Jose Mourinho as coach when Fabio Capello resigns. The national team’s coach is one the hardest jobs in football and one where many managers have failed to get the best out of the players.

The Swede insists the special one has more than the correct qualities to succeed as England Manager and would like to see the Portuguese man at the helm. Eriksson himself enjoyed a successful spell as England manager guiding the Three Lions to a quarter-final place in the World Cup where they lost to Brazil in 2002.

Jose Mourinho, who is now boss of Real Madrid, helped guide Chelsea in winning two Premier League titles and the FA Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Jose was a candidate for the England job, absolutely not,” the Leicester boss was quoted as saying in several national newspapers.

“Do you think the discussion that you must be English to be the England manager is still going on? I don’t think so.

“Nobody would complain if England were to take Mourinho. I think what he has done during the last 10 years makes him perhaps the best, or one of the best, managers around.

“When he’s finished at Real he won’t be short of offers, so why not? If you’ve tried English football, you love it, whether you are a player, coach or manager.

“If you’ve been working in football in England, then leave for another country, it’s not the same. So, I understand Jose wants to come back.”

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Manchester City new boy Sergio Agüero has set his sights on winning trophies at Eastlands. The Argentine striker has spoken of his delight at joining City and is keen to do well in first season.

Aguero signed for the blue side of Manchester from Atletico Madrid in a deal reportedly to be within the £35million mark. The City new boy has wasted no time in setting himself the target of helping the Eastlands outfit winning the Premier League crown.

“I was very interested in playing here as it’s a growing club and I hope that we can grow together,” he said.

“I think we have great players and a great team. I am playing at one of the best English teams at the moment and there are many things that can be achieved. We can win many titles and hopefully it will be a top year for us.”

Speaking on national team-mate Carlos Tevez saga, Aguero said; “We are good friends and play together in the national team but whatever he does is up to him, I just want to concentrate on playing here.

“If he is here, then that is great. If not, then I will adapt without him. Who is here and who is not does not matter, what is important is that I become part of the team. It is easy to adapt these days.”

Aston Villa have secured the services of Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia for £9.5 million , Villa have been the tracking the winger ever since Villa sold Stewart Downing to Liverpool earlier this month and after completing a medical on Friday N’Zogbia signed a five-year deal at Villa Park.

N’Zogbia only had a year left on his deal with Wigan and the Latics decided to cash in now rather than lose the player on a free next year when he would be out of contract, the Winger is delighted to be joining the Midlands outfit and could make his first start in next Wednesday’s pre-season friendly against Derby County.

Speaking about his move to Villa, the Winger said on the club’s official website; “I am really happy and extremely excited to sign for Aston Villa,”

“It is a great club and it is a really big step for me in my career, so I am sure I will enjoy my football here.
“I think it is going to be a really good season and hopefully I’ll do well here.

“I can’t wait to meet my new team-mates, play with them and work together to do something special this season.

“Alex McLeish is a strong manager and I think he is going to build a really good team for this season.”

Andre Villa-Boas has said that he expects Manchester City to challenge for the Premier League title when the new season starts. City have been splashing the cash this summer and yesterday signed Argentine striker Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid in a deal reported to be around the £35 million mark.

The Chelsea boss insists that City will be looking to start the season strong as they aim to win the league, “I think it’s pretty clear that they are building a squad to fight for the title,” the 33-year-old said.

“It’s for Mancini to say what his objectives are but my personal perspective is that they are making good signings and that they can threaten for the league.”

The former Porto coach feels it be close race between a number of five clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

“I think Man United as the title holders will be a reference for everybody but you can see the amount of activity Manchester City have had in the market. It’s pretty clear they have a title objective as well,” he said.

“Liverpool did more or less the same, Tottenham want to get back into the top four so they’ll be challenging and Arsenal are always a threat – we haven’t seen the last of them in the transfer market – so everybody is strengthening and as long as everybody feels happy with what they have, everybody competes in a different way.”

Chelsea have been relatively quiet in the transfer market so far this summer, but Villas-Boas suggests he will add to squad is the right player becomes available.

“It all boils down to the evaluation period, there’s still plenty of time for those decisions,” added Villas-Boas.

“The players that we have shown interest in are young and looking to the future of the club, you might see similar moves in the future from us. It is one of the oldest squads in the Premier League, we respect them and we are happy enough with the quality that we have to challenge for the title but we are also looking into the future.

“We are so comfortable at the moment with what we are getting because of the young players we have. Things for the future are brighter for us in that respect.”

Former German striker Jurgen Klinsmann has been named the new USA international team coach. After Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties on Thursday, the US moved quickly to fill the post and Klinsmann was automatically tipped as favourite to take up the position.

Bob Bradley had been in charge of the national team since January 2007, but the US has now turned to Klinsmann is hope of progessing the national  soccer team.

 Klinsmann’s first match in charge of the U.S. National Team will be against Mexico on August 10 in Philadelphia, “We are excited to have Jürgen as the head coach of our Men’s National Team,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati.

“He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Jürgen has had success in many different areas of the game and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field.”  

Speaking about his new post, the former Germany striker added; “I am proud and honoured to be named the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team,” said Klinsmann.

“I would like to thank the U.S. Soccer Federation for the opportunity, and I’m excited about the challenge ahead. I am looking forward to bringing the team together for our upcoming match against Mexico and starting on the road toward qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”

Darren Fletcher has today insisted that he would love to lock horns with the English should the Three Lions be drawn in the same group as Scotland when the World Cup qualifying draw is picked this Saturday in Rio. England could face Craig Levein’s Scotland with Fabio’s men being drawn in pot one and the Scots in pot four where both sides could battle it out for a place in the 2014 finals in Brazil.

“I would love to play them,” Fletcher told BBC Scotland

“It is not something I would be fearful of, rather it is time we were playing them again.

“It would mean some banter on the Manchester United training ground with guys like Rooney and Ferdinand – and maybe a couple of solid kicks aimed at team-mates.

“But I think it would be good for the Scottish players and fans. It would be a massive game for us.

“I remember the Euro play-off at Hampden and Wembley in 1999 and it was fantastic to beat them, although we lost on aggregate to two goals from Paul Scholes.”

Fletcher is currently battling is way back to fitness after missing the Premier League run-in and Champions League final, but the Scot is full of confidence that Scotland can make the Euro 2012 finals next year.
Scotland face a double-header European Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Lithuania which Scotland’s assistant Peter Houston describes as must-win games if they are to qualify.

He added; “I believe we can get to the play-off.

“Every game is a must win game and sometimes it is good when you know where you stand.

“You dream as a kid of playing for your country in a finals, whether it is World Cup or Euro, and I would hate it if when it is all over I never featured in either.

“But there is no denying the (World Cup) draw could bring us a group of death.

“It is not good being in pot four, but circumstances, including bad results in friendlies, have brought it upon us. All these things add up.

“However, we are a good side. More and more of the lads are coming down to England and playing at the top level.

“When everyone is fit Scotland have a very good core of a team.

“Charlie Adam, for example, was outstanding last season. 

“He is a talisman. Everyone is talking about him. He took the Premiership by storm.”

Giuseppe Rossi’s agent has confirmed that it is highly unlikely that his client will be sold this summer; it was thought that the forward could be set to move after being linked with numerous clubs.

Juventus emerged as the favourites to sign the Italian, but after Villarreal sold Santi Cazorla to Malaga for 19million Euros Rossi was simply made unavailable for transfer, consequently being taken off the market.

Rossi, former Manchester United striker was keen on a move to Juventus, but he has now accepted the clubs decision to keep him in Spain for the forthcoming season.

“Giuseppe Rossi has officially been taken off the market after they sold Santi Cazorla to Malaga,” his agent Federico Pastorello told Sky Italia.

“The economic problems which the club had have now been resolved by that transfer.

“Nevertheless, this decision has liberated Rossi as he’s now just focusing on playing football and scoring goals.

“He’s not used to being at the centre of such negotiations and tension. He wanted Juventus, but he’s accepted the position taken by the president of Villarreal.”