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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
committee.

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

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
2012.

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
sellers.

“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
Categories: Soccer, Sport News

Interview: Former Coach Scott O’Donell on football in Cambodia

May 23, 2011 Leave a comment
Scott O’Donell
Managing the national team of Cambodia presents a unique set of
challenges.  For enthusiasts of the game interested in knowing about the
challenges and explore about football in the small South East Asian
nation of Cambodia, there is no better man to talk than Scott O’Donnell.
 A former footballer for Australia, O’Donnell was at the helm of the
Cambodia national team for a twin span that lasted 4 years.  When
Sportskeeda’s Renato caught up with the former Cambodia manager,
O’Donnell spoke about his past as a footballer, mainly in Singapore
where he played in the first edition of the Professional Football
League, and matters in Cambodia.
 
How do you analyse your experience in Cambodia?
It was rewarding and frustrating at the same time. I enjoyed working
with the players and my coaching staff, but after the President Ravy
Khek left Cambodian Football Federation (CFF), it was increasingly
difficult to get the support from CFF. With very little development
taking place it was always going to difficult for any coach to achieve
any kind of success as the players are not taught the basics – tactical
and technical aspects of the game – at a young age.
Do you rate the work of ex-President Ravy Khek as good at CFF?   What are your impressions about Cambodian football directors?
Ravy has not been involved with CFF for a few years now. I have no further comment to make about CFF.
What is the atmosphere like in the
Cambodian League? There are many Africans playing in Cambodia. Do you
think it is positive for development of Cambodian football?
Football is by far the number one sport in Cambodia. There are many
Africans playing in the local league, unfortunately the quality of these
players is not great. I doubt most of them are Professional players as
many are no better than the local players. So I don’t think the majority
of the current crop of players are helping to develop the game in
Cambodia. If the clubs were able to sign experienced, quality
professional foreign players, then I think it would undoubtedly help the
development of the game in Cambodia.
What are your memories from the first Singaporean Professional Football League editions in 1996 and ’97?
I played for four years in the S-League. The first year was amazing
with the amount of publicity, press and TV coverage and good crowds.
Those were very exciting times to be playing in Singapore. There were
some very good foreign players and the atmosphere was great.
Unfortunately that is no longer the case. The interest in local football
has evaporated and I have to say that the quality of foreign players
leaves a lot to be desired compared to 1996.
Singapore has vision and organization and Malaysia has big
crowds and passion. Where did you enjoy working as player and coach the
most?
Even now Malaysia is struggling with crowds. Only Selangor, Kelantan
and Terengganu manage to get good crowds these days. I enjoyed playing
in both Singapore and Malaysia. Both nations are very passionate about
football. Obviously playing in front of big crowds in Malaysia was great
from a player’s view point. I think it is very difficult at present in
Singapore to compete with the likes of the EPL and UEFA Champions
League.  Most people prefer to watch those leagues instead of the local
ones, but I think Football Association Singapore (FAS) are doing the
best to try and turn things around.  But for that to happen they need
the support of the clubs as well.
You played in Singapore against two all-time goalscoring
greats in the S-League: the Brazilian Egmar Gonçalves and the Croatian
Mirko Grabovac. Which of them was the more difficult opponent?
They were both very different players, both very good. I marked some
very good strikers in Australia and Malaysia too. Egmar was a very
consistent player for so long for Home United FC. He was strong and had
the knack of being in the right place at the right time to score so many
goals. We enjoyed some good battles on the field but I think there was
mutual respect between the two of us. Mirko Grabovac was a different
player to Egmar. Probably technically more skillful than Egmar but not
as physical or mobile, but still a very good striker.
 
We sincerely thank Scott O’Donnell for his valuable time and thoughts
and wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours.
 
Sports Keeda

FC Porto wins Europa League Final

May 19, 2011 Leave a comment
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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.
Categories: Soccer, Sport News

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.

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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
range.
Stoke’s best chance fell to Kenwyne Jones in the 61st minute,
but the striker was denied by City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Categories: Soccer, Sport News

Pacquiao retains WBO title

May 8, 2011 Leave a comment
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Manny Pacquiao caught Shane Mosley early, then chased him the rest of
the night. Not much more he could do against an aging fighter who seemed
only to want to survive.
Pacquiao won a lopsided 12-round decision Saturday night, retaining his
version of the welterweight title in a fight that was roundly booed over
the late rounds because Mosley refused to trade punches. He won every
round on two ringside scorecards in extending the remarkable run that
has made him the most exciting fighter in the sport. 
Pacquiao knocked Mosley down with a left hook in the third round, a
punch that seemed to sap Mosley’s willingness to engage. Pacquiao ran
after Mosley the rest of the fight, but the former champion who has
never been stopped in 18 years in the ring managed to stay away enough
to finish the 12th round upright.
Pacquiao won 120-108 on one scorecard, 120-107 on a second and 119-108
on the third. The Associated Press had him winning 118-110.
For Mosley, the fight was strikingly similar to his bout a year ago
against Floyd Mayweather Jr. — except this time he didn’t even land a
big punch like he did early on against Mayweather. His biggest moment on
this night came when referee Kenny Bayless mistakenly ruled that Mosley
knocked Pacquiao down in the 10th round when he didn’t even hit him
with a punch.
The knockout that wasn’t seemed to spur Pacquiao on as he went after
Mosley the rest of the round and again in the 11th. By then the crowd
was cheering “Knock him out, knock him out” but Pacquiao — bothered by a
cramp in his left leg since the fourth round — didn’t have enough to
finish him off.
“It wasn’t my best performance,” Pacquiao had. “I did my best. I did not expect this result.”
Mosley said he thought he did a good job despite losing round after
round, and wouldn’t blame his bad performance on the fact he is 39 and
has been fighting ever since he was a child.
“I fought the best fighter in the world,” Mosley said. “He has
exceptional power, power that I’ve never been hit like this before.”
Mosley was tentative from the opening bell, moving backward and
seemingly unwilling to engage Pacquiao. With good reason, because a left
hook by Pacquiao found its mark with a minute left in the third round
and put Mosley on the canvas for only the third time in his 18-year pro
career.
Pacquiao pressed the fight most of the night, but he too seemed
unwilling to take many chances, which trainer Freddie Roach said was
because of the muscle cramp that his corner tried to massage between
rounds.
“He had no leverage to move after that,” Roach said. “It was a very gutty performance in my mind.”
Perhaps, but the sellout crowd of 16,412 came to see more, and booed
repeatedly in the late rounds. The boos were directed at Mosley, not
Pacquiao, but it was clear early on this would not be a classic fight.
Mosley fought as if trying to protect his legacy of having never been
knocked out and, if that was his strategy, it succeeded. But it made for
a lackluster fight and did nothing to burnish the legacy that the
Filipino champion has built with 14 straight wins over the last six
years — including some over some of the biggest names in the game.
Pacquiao made a minimum of $20 million for the fight, while Mosley was guaranteed $5 million.
The Globe and Mail
Categories: Boxing, Sport News

Champ lightens camp’s mood

May 4, 2011 Leave a comment
HOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao sang, laughed and cracked jokes as he capped his Los Angeles training at the Wild Card gym here.

His light mood caught on with Team Pacquiao, including trainer Freddie Roach.

Roach
continued standing his ground that Shane Mosley, who Pacquiao faces on
May 7 in Las Vegas, will get knocked out between the fifth and seventh
rounds of their welterweight bout.


The end might even come earlier.
“Three
rounds? I’d love that,” Roach told Filipino journalists before the road
trip to Las Vegas. “I have a lot of confidence in my guy.”

“Manny Pacquiao goes out there really quick and does what he can do. He can end it if he wants to. If he wants to do it.”


Pacquiao, though, was a bit more cautious.

In
what was supposed to be a day to taper off in training, Pacquiao
continued to work his abdominal muscles after a heavy gym session.


“Buti
na ang nakakasiguro (It’s better to be sure),” he told onlookers that
included PBA greats Benjie Paras and Kenneth Duremdes.

Interviewed
by a Los Angeles TV station on his training habits, Pacquaio said: “If
you train hard there’s nothing to worry about.”
Categories: Boxing, Sport News

Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona – Late Messi show settles heated affair

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment
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Two Lionel Messi late goals at the Santiago Bernabeu in a heated Champions League semifinal between Barcelona and Real Madrid to give the Catalans a vital away goal before the second leg next week.
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi scored two late goals to put his side in
control of their bad-tempered Champions League semi-final against Real
Madrid.
In what panned out as more of a riot than a football spectacle, both
teams had players sent off while Real coach Jose Mourinho was banished
to the stands.

The first half ended goalless, but a melee between the players after
half time, just outside the tunnel had Barca’s substitute goalkeeper
Josep Pinto seeing red for his role in the clash.

After the restart, Pepe went into a challenge against Dani Alves with
his studs up and though replays suggested he didn’t intend malice, he
was given a straight red card. In his protests, Mourinho, who
sarcastically winked and the fourth official and seemed to say “well
done, well done”, was banished from the technical area and into the
stands. 

The game was at risk of being remembered for tackles and play acting.
However, at the late stages, there was some football to savour.

Ibrahim Afellay, who came on for the injured Pedro, used his pace to
skip past Marcelo down the right before delivering a cross at the near
post for Messi to touch in from close range. It was the crucial away
goal they had wanted.

It wasn’t over though. There was still time for some Messi magic. If
his first goal had been a poacher’s goal, the second was a conjurer’s.
As only he can do, Messi raced at the Madrid rearguard in typical
fashion, skipping past Arbeloa and Albiol and into the box, where he
calmly slotted it past Casillas. Madrid were left flabbergasted.

Real have given themselves a lot to do in the second leg if they are
to get to the final, and it remains to be seen what Mourinho will do. At
the moment though, Barca are definitely the favourites to go all the
way to Wembley.

Categories: Sport News