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Cambodia edge Malaysian U23s

June 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Cambodia’s match-winner Kouch Sokumpheak skips away from a sliding challenge from Malaysian U23 team’s Abdul Shukur Dusoh during their international friendly game yesterday at Olympic Stadium.

Ahead of their June 29 World Cup qualifier against Laos, Cambodia scored a morale-boosting 1-0 victory yesterday over the Malaysian U23 Olympic team in a  friendly at Olympic Stadium.

The only goal of a match ravaged by rain during the last 20 minutes came early in the first session when Kouch Sok-umpeak’s right foot brokered no answer from the visitors’ goalkeeper, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.

This is the first win for Cambodia in recent times against a squad from their South East Asian rivals.

The Kingdom’s South Kor-ean coach, Lee Tae Hoon, was guarded in his appraisal, saying the victory was a good sign but he definitely wanted more from the team.

“I want them to perform at a higher level of efficiency,” Lee told the Post.

“There were some good phases during the match, but there were also some terrible choices. What we need is a good balance.”

Striker Sokumpheak put his mark on the fixture after just 10 minutes by displaying superb individual speed and ball control after getting hold of an aerial delivery from mid-field.

He craftily unlocked the defence and crashed the ball through Che Mat to send the sizeable band of home supporters into raptures.

In terms of possession, the hosts were clearly doing a grand job. With a tight back line monitoring the break- aways, the Malaysians were under enormous pressure.

Seconds before the break,     however, came a rare moment of anguish for the Cambodian defenders when a melee brought Malaysian defender Mohamad Fadhli Shas within arm’s length of Ouk Mich, with a goal firmly in sight. Amazingly, the Cambodian stopper recovered in time to avert the danger.

Light rain greeted the players on their return from the break and the floodlights were switched on to deal with the gathering gloom.

Coach Lee brought on Prak Mony Udom for Sam El Nasa and  there were some promising moves by Cambodia.

A header from Chhin Chhoeun sailed over the bar when he had the Malaysian goal at his mercy. On the break, midfielder Faris Ramlan came threateningly close to an equaliser.

The only incident of note in the second half was when a ghastly challenge by Tieng Tiny on Shukur Juoh was penalised with a red card by referee Thong Chanketya.

With conditions on the pitch getting worse by the minute, Lee Tae Hoon pulled out forwards Sokumpheak and Khuon Laboravy to give  Mat Hassan and Sos Souhana, who as Prek Pra Keila team-mates were making their first appearances at international level, some playing time.

Tum Saray and In Vicheka were also substituted in.

The visitors made several of their own changes, but none could make an impact.

Guiding the ball through the puddles in torrential rain was no joke for the players, though there were moments of hilarity at both ends to amuse the crowd.

England vs Switzerland ( 2-2 ) Euro 2012 Qualifier

June 5, 2011 Leave a comment

A lethargic first-half performance ensured England’s hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012 took a blow with a 2-2 draw against Switzerland at Wembley.

Fabio Capello’s side lacked any real spark in their final game of the season and were punished as three goals in the space of five second-half minutes saw the game at Wembley take an unexpected and enthralling turn.
Tranquillo Barnetta started the deluge when striking twice in quick succession for Switzerland as he exploited some unconvincing goalkeeping and inattentive defending to convert two unconventional free-kicks.
Frank Lampard responded inside two minutes when converting from 12 yards after Johan Djourou fouled Jack Wilshere in the penalty box, and the midfielder’s reward was to be substituted at half-time. His replacement, Ashley Young, then proceeded to produce a wonderful finish from a tidy move to make it 2-2 after 51 minutes as England pulled themselves back into contention.
But Darren Bent was guilty of a horrendous miss and Stewart Downing found the side netting in the final seconds as England were restricted to a draw that kept them top of Group G on goal difference thanks only to Montenegro’s failure to beat Bulgaria later in the evening.
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Barcelona beats Manchester United 3-1 to win Champions League title

May 29, 2011 Leave a comment

London : FC Barcelona easily defeated Manchester
United 3-1 early Sunday to take the Champions League title in a
one-sided match at Wembley.

It was Barcelona’s third Champions League victory in six years.
Goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa powered the winners.
Wayne Rooney managed to equalise the score at 1-1 but it was not a
serious challenge for the Catalan giants.
Pedro opened the scoring in the 27th minute, Rooney netted a quite brilliant strike after dazzling interplay with Ryan Giggs.
But after the halftime interlude, once again Messi sparkled and put
Barca ahead in the 54th minute. Villa’s incredible third made the result
Barca dominated the match, the scoring and the statistics. They had
68 per cent posession, 11 shots to just 1 by Manchester United, and six
corners to none at all for the English team. Man United only had the
best of the fouls, by 16-5.
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Barcelona vs Man Utd: Injury News, Preferred Team & Predicted Score

May 28, 2011 Leave a comment
In a rematch of the final two years ago,
Manchester United head to Wembley to take on Barcelona in the 2011 UEFA
Champions League Final.
On top of having the three of the last
four Champions League titles between them, United and Barcelona, based
on records and performances, have been the two best clubs in European
football this season.
Barcelona are seen as one of the
greatest sides ever assembled and are the clear favorites because of
that, but all that does is set the stage for the Reds to knock another
team off their perch.
In similar fashion, United and
Barcelona’s dominance is not only in Europe, because both of them
finished their domestic seasons as the champions of the Barclays Premier
League and La Liga, respectively. The Catalans overcame a firm
challenge from Real Madrid to secure their fourth in the last sixth
seasons. Meanwhile, United had to stave off competition from four teams
and eventually triumphed to their fourth title in the last five seasons.
Although Barcelona are the unequivocal
predetermined winner of this match, United have registered the best
record in the Champions League this season – and that was not by
mistake, either.
To many people’s amazement, the Reds
have been the only team that has gone through Champions League season
and did not lose any of their 12 matches. What is even more impressive
is that United did not give up a goal away from Old Trafford in any of
their six matches – which secured five victories on the road.
A lot of pundits are failing to
recognize that Barcelona have not been perfect in their route to Wembley
– having lost once and drew another match in the knockout rounds. The
Catalans have faced Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid and,
matches away from the Nou Camp, they have not been impressive, which
will bode well for United’s confidence.
Barcelona have a squad filled of
international superstars from most Spain, Brazil and Argentina and each
of these players have tasted team success on multiple levels. There is
not anything that can be said about any of their players that has been
mentioned before, so there should not going to be an element of surprise
for Sir Alex Ferguson to deal with.
He, like everyone, knows that Lionel
Messi is there go-to guy and special attention needs to be paid to him,
because he has scored an astonishing 52 goals this season – and a
Champions League-leading 11 in 12 matches. Even though he has the
ability to beat multiple players with his tight control and blistering
quickness, the Barca No. 10 has players all around him that make his
life that much easier.
Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez
and Sergio Busquets, who is very lucky to be playing after his racial
proposition, are some of the best attacking midfielders in the world,
not just Europe, so the United midfielders need to be weary of them all
match long. Barcelona also have a couple of defensive-minded
midfielders, Javier Mascherano and Seydou Keita, who will be protecting
against the attacking threat that Reds will have.
Even though they are filled with a team
of very experienced, capable players, L’equip blaugrana, meaning the
team in English, do have some vulnerability in their team. When a team
is set out to attack, like Barcelona is, it could leave gaps at the back
for teams to exploit – especially with Daniel Alves at right-back. In
La Liga, Barca was, by a country mile, the most disciplined defensive
team by only giving up 21 goals, but as people witnessed Arsenal do,
they are quite susceptible against a counterattack, which is really
United’s forte.


The best bit of news has to be that Sir
Alex has a fully-fit squad, but that also means that he has a daunting
assignment of having to pick and choose his squad. This tough task will
leave some players with bad feeling in their mouth of not having the
chance to play their part in the final.
The speculation leading up to the match
is that Ferguson will stick with the line-up that expertly saw off
Olympique de Marseille, Chelsea and Schalke 04, which, in all honesty,
gives the formation the most versatility – and that will give them their
best chance of overcoming the odds.
A lot of people would be very foolish to
rule out Manchester United to, what they say, pull off an upset of
Barcelona, because they are very competent club that can beat any team
on any given day.




E. van der Sar; Fabio, R. Ferdinand, N. Vidic, P. Evra; A. Valencia, M. Carrick, R. Giggs, J. S. Park; W. Rooney, J. Hernandez


Barcelona 1 Manchester United 2
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Newsdesk – Ghana FA Elections; Team China Rebranding; UEFA Ticket Warning

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment
One Man Standing in Ghana FA Elections

The messy situation surrounding the election of a Ghana Football Association president appears headed for resolution.

An item posted to the GFA’s website indicates the post will be filled at an extraordinary congress now slated for June 17.

Originally scheduled for April 28, the election was put off to buy time
for a dispute resolution committee reviewing petitions by Vincent Sowah
Odotei and Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe, both candidates for the office.

Odotei and Armstrong-Mortagbe were kept off the ballot for abnormalities
in their applications, a decision reaffirmed last week by the

That leaves incumbent Kwesi Nyantakyi, also a CAF executive committee
member, as the only man on the ballot heading into the newly rescheduled

He was first elected GFA president in December 2005 and will begin another four-year term after next month’s vote.

A proposal for amendments to GFA statutes is also on the agenda for the June 17 congress.

New Look, Website for Top Chinese Teams

China will rebrand both its national and Olympic teams ahead of a busy June schedule.

The move combines the Chinese Football Association’srevamped Team
China logo featuring a dragon and phoenix at its centre as well as the
launch of a new website.
“With a comprehensive match schedule, a new brand identity and a whole
raft of other initiatives planned for the coming months, this is another
major step forward for football in China,” said Nick Mould, East Asia
president of World Sport Group.

The under-23 Olympic squad kicks off next month with a pair of
friendlies against North Korea and Saudi Arabia in preparation for a
June 19 fixture against Oman, also China’s opening qualifier for London

Meanwhile, the senior side will take on Uzbekistan and North Korea as
preparation for July 23 match against either Cambodia or Laos, in this
case a qualifier for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“It is an exciting time to be involved in Chinese football as we
continue to look towards the future with the fine array of talent that
is now making its presence felt within our various National Teams,” CFA
general secretary
Wei Di said in a statement.

“We are working closely with our partners at CFIDC/World Sport Group to
ensure coaches Gao and Blazevic can be as well prepared as possible for
the ensuing qualifiers and we know our players will go into these games
ready to do our country proud.”

UEFA Champions League Tickets Warning

UEFA is reminding Barcelona and Manchester United fans still hoping to
buy tickets to for the Champions League final to beware of unauthorised

“UEFA and the local organizing committee of the 2011 UEFA Champions
League final are aware of a number of companies and websites offering
tickets and hospitality packages to the match, many of which are
advertised at vastly inflated prices,” said a UEFA statement.

“Fans who wish to attend the UEFA Champions League final should be aware
that the only authorized sellers of tickets are UEFA and the two
finalist clubs and their official agents.”

Man Utd and Barca will meet Saturday at London’s famed Wembley Stadium in a rematch of the 2009 final.

Match-goers may encounter identity checks at Wembley, and fans with
tickets bought from unauthorized sources will be denied entry.

UEFA also noted that the unauthorized offer or sale of tickets is
against UK law and that the English Football Association is the only
legal seller of hospitality packages to Saturday’s final.


SFV-ASF president Peter Gilliéron (UEFA)

Swiss Football Leader Re-Elected

Peter Gilliéron will serve another two years as president of the Swiss Football Association.
The 58-year-old lawyer was re-elected by acclamation Monday at the FA’s general assembly in Bern.

Gilliéron, also a newly elected member of the UEFA Executive Committee, has helmed the SFV-ASF since 2009. 
World Football Insider
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FC Porto wins Europa League Final

May 19, 2011 Leave a comment

FC Porto won the third trophy
in the 2010-211 season. The achievements is gained after defeating
Sporting Braga 1-0 in the final of the Europa League.

Match winner: Falcao notched up his 17th Europa League goal with a super header in the final. (Getty Images: Julian Finney)

In the final match held at Aviva Stadium,
André Villas-Boas shows the best squad to face Braga. It relies on a
trio of young coaches Hulk, Rademal Falcao and Varela to bang your
opponent’s defense.

Meanwhile, the coach of Braga Domingues Paciencia is rely more on the wing to push the opponent’s defense. However, Braga had taken the initiative to attack early in the game.
The first chance is got Custodio in the fourth minute goal against Porto.
Shit, half-volley kick that midfielder Braga, still sideways from
goalkeeper Helton. Appearances are made of fans and coaches Braga happy.
As a result, Porto managed to score a hat-trick in the 2010-11
season. Previously, Falcao et al managed to win the League Cup and
Portugal. This becomes increasingly sweet victory, after a player Falcao
tersubur with donations 17 goals.
The composition of players
FC Porto: Helton, Sapunaru, Rolando, Otamendi, Pereira, Guarin (Belluschi 73), Fernando, Joao Moutinho, Hulk, Falcao, Varela (Rodriguez 79).
Braga: Artur Moraes, Miguel Garcia, Paulao,
Rodriguez (Kaka 45), Silvio, Custodio, Hugo Viana (Mosorro 45),
Vandinho, Alan, Five (Meyong 66), Paulo Cesar.
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Man City wins FA Cup after 1-0 win over Stoke City

May 15, 2011 Leave a comment
Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, lower,
tackles Stoke City’s Jermaine Pennant during their English FA Cup Final
soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP
Photo/Matt Dunham)
Manchester City ended its 35-year trophy drought Saturday,
winning the FA Cup on Yaya Toure’s second-half goal in a 1-0
victory over Stoke.

Toure struck with an unstoppable shot in the 74th minute after
Mario Balotelli’s deflected effort fell into his path. The Ivory
Coast midfielder was immediately mobbed by his teammates.
Roberto Mancini’s expensively assembled side had dominated the
first half without reward, with Thomas Sorensen saving brilliantly
against Balotelli and David Silva missing the target from close
Stoke’s best chance fell to Kenwyne Jones in the 61st minute,
but the striker was denied by City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
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