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A SARDINIAN SUMMER: THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF THE CHICAGO MUSTANGS

Cagliari Calcio are an altogether unremarkable football club. For much of their existence they have been a yo-yo team, alternating between promotion and relegation and oftentimes languishing in the rustic depths of the Serie C, the third tier of Italian football. In their 93 years of existence they have conquered just one piece of silverware, a lone Scudetto won in 1970. In those brief glory years they were led by the inspirational Gigi Riva, the all-time leading goalscorer of the Italian National team. Since their latest promotion to the top flight in 2004 they have managed to stave off relegation but have been in a perpetual state of purgatory; too far off the top to the table to harbor realistic European ambitions, yet too far from the bottom to risk a return to Serie B. Their record is, for the most part, unexceptional. Yet in a curious episode long forgotten in the annals of football history, for a brief period of time they were known as the Chicago Mustangs. For one fleeting summer, Cagliari Calcio, the team from the picturesque Mediterranean island of Sardinia, used Comiskey Park on the South Side of Chicago as their home ground. This is their story.

In the mid-1960s professional soccer in the United States was in disarray. The International Soccer League, based on a model of inviting guest teams from Europe and Latin America, was founded in 1960 but folded five years later due to pressure from the United States Soccer Football Association (or USSFA, and yes, it was really called that), who viewed the upstart league and its owner, Bill Cox, with suspicion. It seems counter-intuitive that the governing body of the sport stifled the development of a burgeoning league rather than encouraging it, but such was the pitiful state of soccer administration at the time. The only other professional league in existence was the American Soccer League (founded 1933), which operated primarily in the Northeast. Despite its official professional status, the league was poorly managed and in constant financial trouble. Walter Chyzowych, top scorer and league MVP for the 1965-66 season summarized all that was wrong with it:

"The ASL was supposed to be a professional league, but I considered it amateur. It was a higher standard of play, sure, but nobody was making any money. It was a joke... Every two or three years, players would leave because of management problems, coaching problems. You coached yourself, really. Somebody just made out the lineup."

The national team was not faring much better. Following the heroic victory over England at the 1950 World Cup, the USMNT failed to qualify for the competition for the next four decades. The lone qualifying spot allocated to CONCACAF in the years 1958-78 almost inevitably went to Mexico; the Americans were seldom even in the hunt.

And yet, in spite of this dismal state of affairs, the following year saw the creation of not just one, but two more professional leagues in the country. Clearly past failures were not enough to discourage sporting entrepreneurs, such as the aforementioned Bill Cox, from attempting to rekindle interest in a sport that, with the exception of immigrant communities in urban centers, had never really caught on in the country. In May of 1966 Cox and a consortium of baseball and American football franchise owners announced plans for an 11 team league to be known as the North American Professional Soccer League. Shortly afterwards two other groups also disclosed their intentions to create professional leagues: the National Soccer League, led by Richard Millen, and the United Soccer Association, led by Jack Cooke.

The USSFA, under pressure from FIFA to get the new league up and running quickly, pressed the delegations to merge their respective leagues. But the powers-that-be refused to compromise and went forward with their own projects. In addition, USSFA´s announcement that in return for their official sanction they would demand a hefty $25,000 licensing fee from each club and a significant portion of gate receipts and television money did little to promote cooperation between the various parties. That summer, as the controversy over which league would receive the USSFA´s seal of approval continued unabated; NBC broadcast the World Cup Final. The financial windfall from the tournament whet the appetites of the bigwigs and only exacerbated their obstinacy.

Bill Cox and Richard Millen eventually merged their proposals to create the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) and so in 1967 two leagues, the United Soccer Association (USA) and the NPSL, began operations. The former league had the approval of FIFA while the latter did not, and thus players who signed with NPSL clubs faced sanctions from the world governing body. The NPSL was promoted as an ´American´ league, though in reality only eight American citizens in total were included in the rosters of the 10 sides, and of these just three were born in the United States. Players and coaches were haphazardly recruited from European countries; with the NPSL executives in such a rush to get things started, there was little time to invest in proper club infrastructure. The NPSL also landed a CBS television contract for a nationally televised match of the week that, despite not being particularly profitable, lent credibility to the endeavor. On April 16, 1967, the NPSL kicked off in Baltimore, where the hometown Bays defeated the visiting Atlanta Chiefs 1-0 in front of 8,434 fans.

The USA originally planned to launch in 1968 but, wary that the NPSL had seized the momentum, decided to begin play in the same year. Instead of dealing with the hassle of building teams from scratch, USA directors came up with a novel idea: import European and South American teams to play in the league during their offseason. The imported teams were marketed to fans as twelve of the best teams in the world, but this was pure hyperbole. Glentoran of Northern Ireland, rebranded as the Detroit Cougars, were the only side to have finished as champions in the previous edition of their domestic championship. Other ´powerhouses´ include Shamrock Rovers of the Republic of Ireland (Boston Rovers), 7th in the League of Ireland; Club Atlético Cerro (New York Skyliners), 3rd in the Uruguayan Primera División; and Wolverhampton Wanderers (Los Angeles Wolves), 2nd in the English Second Division. The world´s elite, these were not.

Cagliari Calcio, sixth in the previous edition of Serie A, were renamed the Chicago Mustangs. Supposedly teams were allocated to cities based on their ethnic makeup, and given Chicago´s substantial Italian community in this case the decision appears logical. The same cannot be said, however, of placing an Uruguayan team in New York or a Brazilian team in Houston.

A month before the league kicked off Chicago´s Comiskey Park hosted a friendly between Athletic Club of Bilbao and Red Star Belgrade as a sort of promotion match, though neither of these teams would feature in the league itself. David Condon, the legendary Chicago Tribune sportswriter, reported on the match. Though his column is full of enthusiasm, it treats soccer as a curiosity, as if he were observing a demonstration of a tribal ritual at the world´s fair in Victorian Britain rather than the world´s most popular pastime:

"Through the first half, the foreign fellows skidded over the turf and sparred around. The Yugoslavs seemed to have the better of it in the scoreless session, and so a few bets were changed during the intermission."

To further demonstrate the almost-satirical tone of the article, Condon also calls Athletic "the Bilbaos," and Cagliari "the Cagliaris," apparently oblivious to non-American team naming customs. An Athletic Club player is referred to as the "secretario of the Spanish eleven," and it is suggested that the fireworks display at halftime left Red Star Belgrade scrambling for cover, apparently convinced that the Russians were attacking.

On May 27, the eve of the Mustangs´ season opener at Comiskey Park, Condon once again devoted his ´In the Wake of the News´ column to soccer. This time he interviewed Ray Huber, a former player and an official with the Mustangs, who explained the intricacies of the United Soccer Association:

"[The Chicago Mustangs] are the Unione Sportiva Cagliari of Sardinia, Italy, but they will arrive by plane on Friday or Saturday to wear the Chicago Mustangs colors during the United Soccer Association´s first season... It´s this way: no sponsor in the United Soccer Association felt that he could build a team in the short space of the year. So we´ve all imported foreign teams to play as American clubs this year."

Later in the interview, after listing off the roster of Cagliari, Huber stressed that "not all the players I named are coming to play in Chicago, we don´t know which players they´ll bring." As it turned out, Cagliari´s star striker Gigi Riva was not one of them. An inauspicious beginning, to say the least.

And so on May 28, Cagliari Calcio played their first ever match as the Chicago Mustangs against Dundee United (Dallas Tornado) in front of 9,872 people at Comiskey Park on the city´s South Side. The only goal of the match was scored by Dundee´s Danish striker Finn Dossing in the 64th minute, giving Dallas the 1-0 victory.

The opening match set the tone for the rest of the season. The Mustangs drew their next two matches and only got their first victory in their fourth fixture, a 3-2 victory over the New York Skyscrapers (Uruguay´s Club Atlético Cerro). They had blown a 2-0 halftime lead in five second half minutes, but were rescued in the 72nd minute by Roberto Boninsegna´s individual effort. Boninsegna was without a doubt the Mustangs´ star performer of the campaign. He was the leading goalscorer of the USA with 10 goals and 1 assist, giving him 21 points in total as goals were worth double. Two years after his stint with the Mustangs he would transfer to Internazionale and go on to feature in the 1970 World Cup, where he scored Italy´s only goal in the famous 4-1 final defeat to Brazil at the Azteca and twice finished as top scorer in Serie A.

Interest in the Mustangs steadily declined; just 3,214 were on hand to see Boninsegna´s heroics, less than a third of the attendance figures at the home openers and a drop in the ocean considering the stadium´s capacity of 46,550. Yet while the Sardinians did little to capture the hearts of Chicagoans, they continued to make headlines, albeit for the wrong reasons. Brian Glanville, the legendary English soccer journalist and author of the World Cup Handbook, was in New York during the summer of 1967 and happened to be in attendance when the Mustangs came to visit the New York Skyscrapers. Though the match was in New York, it is likely that the heavily Italian contingent that showed up was there to support Cagliari and not the ´local´ Uruguayan boys. In an article for The Times Glanville describes an incident during that match:

"Fortunately, Cagliari´s fans that sultry evening did not quite get to Leo Goldstein, the little referee who survived, just as he had survived a concentration camp. After a bad foul by a Cerro player, there was a hiatus. Then, a little, fat Italian fan climbed over the railings and, untroubled by watching police, took a kick at a linesman and then returned to his place, where policemen chatted with him. Suddenly a pack of Italian fans was chasing Goldstein across the field. He tripped over the infield, kicked out, got up and got away."

The crowd trouble in New York was a sign of things to come in Toronto just several days later. A season-high 15,178 people showed up to the University of Toronto Stadium to witness Hibernian of Scotland, playing as Toronto City, take on the Mustangs. Once again there were plenty of boisterous Italians in attendance. Toronto took the lead within 40 seconds but Boninsegna equalized in the second half. The game was becoming an increasingly violent affair. Toronto´s Peter Cormack, in the book Summer Of ’67: Flower Power, Race Riots, Vietnam and the Greatest Soccer Final Played on American Soil, recalls:

"They were tackling you around the waist. It was brutal. You were getting assaulted. I got hit a couple of times and then I made up my mind that the next one that does that, I’m just going to wallop them."

Cormack followed through on his threat and duly got sent off. Nine minutes from time the referee totally lost control of the match. Toronto´s Colin Grant put his side up 3-1 with a free kick, but the Mustangs protested that they were still in the process of setting up the wall. The referee refused to order a retake, and the Chicago players walked off the field in protest. A pitch invasion ensued, and the referee and his assistants were both brutally attacked by the fans. According to Grant the Mustang players tried to get into the Toronto changing room. The tiny police presence was powerless to stop the riot. The game was abandoned, the final scored declared to be 2-1.

Little else of note happened on the football pitch. The Mustangs finished with a final record of 3 wins, 7 draws, and 2 defeats, good enough for 3rd in the Western division but not enough to get into the final, in which the Los Angeles Wolves (Wolverhampton) defeated the Washington Whips (Aberdeen) 6-5 in extra time. The quality of play was simply not drawing fans into the stadium; the Mustangs finished with a final average attendance figure of just 4,207. The USA´s rival, the NPSL, was not faring much better, and both leagues were losing massive amounts of money. Abe Korsower of the Chicago Tribune sums up the problems:

"Professional soccer invaded the United States in 1967 at maximum cost with minimum effect. The main reason for the confusion and resulting flood of red ink was that not one but two pro soccer leagues started and finished seasons throughout the country, often in direct competition with each other."

Common sense finally won out, and the two leagues were merged in December, creating the North American Soccer League. But by that point, the Chicago Mustangs had announced that the roster for the 1968 campaign would be entirely American. Importing teams proved to be a failed experiment. The Sardinian Summer was over.

The Mustangs survived for one more campaign. In 1968, the debut season of the NASL, they finished second in their division but failed to qualify for the playoffs. That season they once again boasted the league leading goalscorer, the Polish-born Janusz "John" Kowalik, who scored 30 goals and registered 9 assists in just 28 matches. The following year the NASL was reduced to just 5 teams, and the Chicago Mustangs instead joined the semi-professional National Soccer League. Not until 1975 and the founding of the Chicago Sting would the Windy City once again experience professional soccer.

The United Soccer Association and the importation of foreign teams represents a failed yet curious chapter of American soccer history. How unlikely is it that Roberto Boninsegna, World Cup runner up and three time Serie A winner, at one point in his career plied his trade right off the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side of Chicago, where the White Sox used to play? Cagliari Calcio may not have left much of a legacy in Chicago, and this episode of their history may be largely forgotten, but the sporting histories of these cities are now inextricably tied together.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Brazil hopes rest on decisive season for Neymar

Posted by Tim Vickery

It was a quiet start to Neymar´s club season, introduced after 63 minutes with Barcelona already 6-0 up against Levante. No matter - his time will come, and anyway, this time round he is probably more concerned with what happens at the end of the season. Immortality beckons if he can carry Brazil to glory in front of their own fans in the 2014 World Cup. There are two schools of thought in Brazil over the young star´s move to Barcelona.

In technical terms there is no argument. Already, at the age of 21, he had climbed all the mountains that South American club football could put in his path. There were worries that he might have stagnated, that too long in a comfort zone might take the edge off his game. La Liga, and especially the Champions League, will pose new questions. Can he shine in a quicker brand of football, with less protection from the referee? Coming up against better defenders will surely hold him in good stead for the World Cup.

But in physical terms it is not so clear cut. One of the problems of recent World Cups has been the burn out of top players after the long European season. For Brazilian-based players, though, the World cup comes in the middle of the season, when they should still be full of gas. Might Neymar be running on empty when his country need him most?

Or, alternatively, might he be carrying too much weight? Barcelona have said that they aim to bulk up their expensive acquisition with more muscular mass. Some, remembering what happened to Ronaldo in Europe, fear that this might put too much of a strain on his knees.

And there is already bad blood between Barcelona´s medical department and Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. The Catalan club fear that Neymar had been suffering from anaemia while he was on international duty. This brought a furious response from Scolari.

"Neymar could not have had anaemia because [before the Confederations Cup] he did all the tests," he said. "There was not the slightest trace of anaemia! And then they give emphasis to this and say that Brazil are negligent with the tests. It seems that only the First World knows everything, that we are the Third World and we don’t know anything."

This might come across as a mere nationalistic knee jerk reaction. But there is more to it. The lessons of history has added spice to Scolari´s words. Over a decade ago, going into the 2002 World Cup, ´Big Phil´ was in his first spell as Brazil coach. Ronaldo was the stricken star, laid low by knee injuries that appeared to threaten his very career. There seemed to be little chance of him making a contribution to the World Cup campaign. Inter Milan could not get him fit.

But Brazil did. They took him back home, he worked intensively with the local physical preparation specialists and ended up being the decisive player in the tournament – backed up by Rivaldo. At the time, Barcelona argued that Rivaldo would not be fit enough to play in the World Cup. Brazil proved otherwise.

The 2002 World Cup was a strange affair. It was held slightly earlier than usual in a bid to avoid the rainy season in Japan and South Korea, and it came at a moment when the Champions League had just been expanded. One of the explanations for the quantity of surprise results in the competition was that those who had played the European campaign looked well short of top fitness – with the exception of the Brazilians. The likes of wing backs Cafu and Roberto Carlos had played the same European season as everyone else, but still ran up and down the touchline like men possessed.

Shortly after that World Cup, Paulo Paixao, then as now the physical preparation specialist of the Brazil national team, told me that the methods used in his country were well in front of those employed in Europe, and that this had proved decisive in the final outcome. The European clubs had so much money, he said, that they did not seem to mind if a player was injured. In Brazil, however, smaller squads and a sapping calendar meant that the physical preparation staff had to work with a lower margin for error.

Have things changed in the subsequent years? We might find out in Brazil next year. The travelling and temperature differences of the 2014 World Cup will surely test the fitness of the players. And Neymar, of course, will be under the microscope. Will Barcelona hand him over in peak condition, or will Brazil´s bid for glory be undermined by what happens over the next few months on the other side of the Atlantic?
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Guadalajara makes news as Morelia, America add points

The biggest news to come from the latest round of games didn´t take place on the field. Guadalajara cut loose coach Benjamin Galindo, making him the latest scapegoat for the team´s problems. Star Marco Fabian has also been granted permission to jump ship and transfer to Europe. The game that precipitated Galindo´s firing was a horrid 4-2 home loss to Puebla, who would probably have been expected to struggle given their own recent coaching change.

Chivas actually led 2-1 near the end of the first half. They seemed firmly in control, but things changed quickly. Puebla seized the momentum with a late first-half strike. An out-of-sorts Chivas squad could not recover and Puebla then added two more goals in the second half.

Things are rotten in the state of Guadalajara´s team, and it is likely Galindo´s removal does not really reach where the rot is located. The squad has merely five points in the table and the outlook for the season is bleak. Juan Carlos Ortega, the new coach, has a monumental task ahead.

The news from Guadalajara eclipsed the fact that Liga MX now has a new king -- and appropriately enough, it’s Morelia. The Monarchs are the league leaders thanks to a tidy 2-0 victory over Atlas. Although the goals were scored relatively late in the game, Aldo Leao Ramirez emerged as a vital force, setting up the first goal and scoring the second.

One player who is making an early case for MVP consideration is Oribe Peralta. He had a hand in all Santos Laguna´s goals as his club thumped Tigres, 3-0. The Mexican international scored the first and final goals and assisted the second. Santos sit third in the table, despite having played a game less than the leaders.

Veracruz, the former Liga MX leader, hasn’t collapsed completely. They managed another draw, this time against Queretaro, but their momentum seems to be stunted, since the result was scoreless.

Lingering just outside the top three in the table is Club America, but the Aguilas are still flying high mathematically. Since Club America has played only four matches, less than any club in Liga MX, it could claim the league lead once all the games are even. They added to their point total with a 1-0 win at Pachuca.

Raul Jimenez, who scored the goal, continues to give strong indications that the Eagles can depend on him for scoring.

Cruz Azul round out the top five in the table. Christian "Chaco" Gimenez continued his solid form after performing well for the Mexican national team midweek. He scored via a free kick in the Cementeros’ 1-0 win over Atlante, who seem to be this Apertura’s punching bag.

Trying to avoid the fate of Atlante is Pumas, who did at least manage a 1-1 draw against Leon, though a penalty and an own-goal didn’t make for the prettiest display of the beautiful game.

A better match for drama was the Tijuana-Monterrey match, where a flurry of dramatic late goals settled things in favor of Los Rayados, 2-1. Veteran Humberto Suazo had the final say with a header in the 90th minute to kill the momentum of the Xolos and claim full points for Monterrey, who are slowly, but steadily, climbing out of the league cellar.

Though they are still mid-table, Toluca walloped Chiapas FC 4-0, and a dominant win usually bodes well for future results, especially given the impressive form of Pablo Velazquez, who scored three of the four goals.

A full third of the Apertura season has now been played. The first wave of coaching changes has already hit, and those effects will soon be seen as teams continue to fight for points.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Los colombianos brillan en Portugal

LISBOA -- Clubes competitivos que no exigen resultados inmediatos y que están habituados a gestionar talentos convierten a Portugal en un campeonato idóneo para que futbolistas colombianos crezcan antes de dar el salto a una gran Liga.

Las carreras de Radamel Falcao, James Rodríguez y Freddy Guarín, ex del Porto fichados en los últimos años por clubes de grandes Ligas, han inspirado a compatriotas como Juan Quintero (Porto), Fredy Montero (Sporting de Lisboa) y "Pipe" Pardo (Braga), debutantes que han dejado un puñado de goles en su estreno liguero.

"Si llegasen directamente a grandes clubes de grandes Ligas no conseguirían espacio de crecimiento. En los grandes de Italia, España o Alemania hay que mostrar rendimiento ya el primer día", explicó a EFE el especialista portugués en fútbol internacional Luís Freitas Lobo.

Falcao, delantero por el que el Atlético de Madrid pagó al Porto en el 2011 45 millones de euros, y James, que se marchó el último junio al As Mónaco por la misma cantidad, pasaron a ser ejemplo para otros talentosos colombianos que quieren prosperar en Europa.

"James tardó cerca de un año en imponerse", recordó Freitas Lobo. Fichado en 2010 del Banfield argentino, el extremo de Cúcuta, de 22 años, pasó largos meses en el banquillo. El entonces técnico del Porto André Villas-Boas prefería dosificarle.

El caso del medio Guarín, actualmente en el Inter Milán, también fue semejante al de James. Empezó a despuntar pasado más de un año.

Procedente del River Plate argentino, Falcao evidenció, sin embargo, una rápida adaptación tanto en el campeonato luso como en Europa.

El actual ariete del As Mónaco enamoró al Viejo Continente después de proclamarse máximo goleador en la historia de la Liga Europa (antigua UEFA) con 17 dianas.

Su sucesor en el Porto, Jackson Martínez, es otro ejemplo de éxito colombiano en Portugal. Máximo anotador el pasado año, su transferencia a un coloso europeo seguramente no se haga esperar demasiado.

Aparte del excelente trabajo de base emprendido en Colombia, otro factor que contribuye a la incorporación de colombianos en los clubes lusos es su ficha asequible, especialmente si se trata de un inicio de carrera.

La prospección es otro factor que explica su presencia, anotó Freitas Lobo, quien puso como ejemplo a Jackson, contratado por el Porto el pasado año cuando militaba en un equipo medio de México, y a Montero, que disputaba la poco mediática Liga estadounidense con el Seattle Sounders.

De los tres colombianos debutantes este fin de semana, deslumbró especialmente Montero, que anotó un ´hat-trick´ ante el recién ascendido Arouca que puso líder al Sporting, lugar que no ocupaba hace años.

Capacidad de desmarque y notable finalización son los principales recursos mostrados por el delantero de 26 años, quien rehusó comparaciones con otros jugadores de su país que militaron en Portugal.

"No me tracé metas. Gracias a todos los aficionados que vinieron aquí, pero no quiero comparaciones. Quiero hacer mi propia historia", reflejó Montero después del encuentro de ayer.

A sus 23 años, "Pipe" Pardo, ex del Independiente de Medellín, entró también con pie derecho en la Liga portuguesa. Una desequilibrante carrera finalizada con un chute escorado sentenció al Paços de Ferreira, que cayó 0-2 ante el Braga.

Quien también atrajo el reconocimiento de los aficionaos fue Juan Quintero. En apenas 55 segundos -ingresó en el 69- el medio ofensivo de 20 años soltó un zurdazo sublime que adelantó al Oporto ante el Vitória de Setúbal.

"Portugal es el lugar ideal para que él crezca. En un equipo como el Oporto, debe de jugar en un equipo que domine partidos", opinó Freitas Lobo, quien recordó su discreto paso este primer semestre en la Liga italiana, en un equipo defensivo como el Pescara.

El propio entrenador del Porto, Paulo Fonseca, incidió en el potencial de su pupilo una vez acabado el encuentro.

"No me cuesta reconocer que Quintero fue fundamental en el partido. Él llegó más tarde y, por eso, está todavía asimilando las ideas. Será un jugador determinante en el equipo del Oporto", sentenció.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Madrid near Guilherme Siqueira capture

Real Madrid have lined up Granada left-back Guilherme Siqueira to replace the departing Fabio Coentrao, thwarting the efforts of Liverpool and Everton to sign the Brazilian defender.

Liverpool and Everton target Guilherme Siqueira tackles Cristiano Ronaldo
AssociatedGuilherme Siqueira is set to replace Fabio Coentrao at the Bernabeu.

Madrid and the Merseyside duo had been tracking Siqueira all summer, but Liverpool’s recent move to sign Aly Cissokho on a season-long loan deal suggests the Anfield club accepted they would miss out on him.

AS claims that Siqueira’s move to the Bernabeu will be sealed by executives from Madrid and Granada when the two clubs meet in La Liga at Los Carmenes next Monday.

Siqueira did not feature for Granada in the Andalucian club’s 2-1 opening day win at Osasuna on Saturday after reportedly training away from the rest of the squad in pre-season.

His buyout clause is reported to be €25 million, but Madrid appear confident of sealing the transfer for less than half that figure. Los Blancos’ left-sided Russia international Denis Cheryshev, 22, could spend next season on loan at Granada as part of the deal.

Coentrao could by then have moved to Tottenham should the long-mooted €100 million plus transfer of Gareth Bale to Madrid finally take place, with Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain other possible destinations should that world record deal fall through.

Siqueira has also consistently been linked with Everton this summer, with Roberto Martinez thought to see the set-piece expert as an ideal replacement should current Toffees left-back Leighton Baines follow his former boss David Moyes to Manchester United.

The Brazilian has impressed in his two Primera Division seasons at Granada, scoring 13 goals in 83 appearances, most of which were coolly dispatched penalties.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Gago ya tiene el alta en Boca

BUENOS AIRES -- El mediocampista Fernando Gago se recuperó finalmente de un desgarro en el recto anterior de la pierna derecha, luego del partido final entre Newell´s y Vélez (su último equipo), e hizo fútbol en espacios reducidos.

Gago, la adquisición más importante que hizo Boca Juniors en el último mercado de pases, entrenó por primera vez a la par de sus compañeros y está a disposición del cuerpo técnico, luego de haber recibido el alta médica por el desgarro que le impidió debutar.

En ese contexto, el mediocampista central fue el blanco de todas las miradas en el regreso a los entrenamientos del plantel xeneize en Casa Amarilla, luego del triunfo del domingo sobre Atlético de Rafaela (2-1) por la tercera fecha del Torneo Inicial de Primera División.

Gago, cuyo último partido había sido en junio pasado con la camiseta de Vélez en la Súper Final ante Newell´s Old Boys, hizo fútbol en espacios reducidos junto a Claudio Pérez, Cristian Erbes, Nahuel Zárate, Franco Cángele, Emmanuel Gigliotti, Joel Acosta y Franco Fragapane.

El exjugador del Valencia español padeció -mientras actuaba para Vélez- un desgarro en el recto anterior de la pierna derecha y por esa razón no pudo reencontrarse con el público boquense que lo vio debutar en el club en 2004, cuando tenía apenas 18 años.

El resto del plantel que jugó y ganó el domingo únicamente efectuó ejercicios regenerativos con la presencia del capitán Juan Román Riquelme, quien dejó atrás un cuadro gripal que lo afectó viernes, sábado y el domingo, cuando fue figura y anotó el primer gol ante Rafaela
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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F.Zuculini, dispuesto a volver a Racing

BUENOS AIRES -- El mediocampista Franco Zuculini, echado del Zaragoza pese a estar en proceso de recuperación de una lesión de rodilla, admitió el martes que si hay un ofrecimiento de Racing para volver "sería una opción" más para retomar su actividad.

"Me han echado, aún lesionado", se quejó Zuculini de la directiva del Zaragoza, que le rescindió unilateralmente el contrato días atrás y resaltó que "habiendo un trabajador lesionado en una fábrica es normal que nos e pueda dejar libre porque no está en condiciones de buscar trabajo".

El mayor de los Zuculini dijo que su intención es continuar en un club de Europa pero ante una consulta sobre la posibilidad de volver a Racing respondió: "sería una opción".

Asimismo, admitió Zuculini que es "difícil contratar un jugador lesionado" y a él le queda entre uno y dos meses más de recuperación.

Coincidentemente, mientras Franco está lesionado en España su hermano menor, Bruno, está parado en Racing por una lesión en el isquiotibial izquierdo que sufrió ante Lanús, por la Copa Sudamericana, que lo dejará dos semanas más inactivo.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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Viola: "Necesitamos ganar rápido"


BUENOS AIRES -- El delantero de Racing Valentín Viola admitió el martes que el equipo necesita "ganar rápido" y respaldó al entrenador Luis Zubeldía, con el que coincidió en que terminarán "arriba" en el torneo Inicial.

"Si jugamos como con Lanús, con verticalidad, llegando, sabemos que vamos a ganar varios partidos. Si jugamos como con Tigre, no, porque no debimos jugar así, pero creemos como Luis que vamos a hacer las cosas bien y vamos a terminar arriba", sostuvo Viola en una conferencia de prensa tras el entrenamiento en Avellaneda.

Asimismo, reconoció que con los últimos antecedentes Racing necesita "ganar rápido".

Racing viene de perder tres partidos seguidos, dos por el torneo local, el último ante Tigre 3-1 en el peor rendimiento que mostró el conjunto albiceleste, y uno por la Copa Sudamericana.

Si bien en Racing aseguran sostener a Zubeldía, una eliminación en la Sudamericana podría marcar el final del vínculo.

En cuanto al equipo, el defensor central Fernando Ortiz se entrenó a la par del equipo pese a que desde hace seis días padece un desgarro abdominal, aunque jugaría ya que es el único central natural que tiene para poner ante Arsenal tras la expulsión del uruguayo Leonardo Migliónico, quien pasó su peor tarde desde que llegó a Racing.

Otro regreso será el de Ricardo Centurión, seguramente por Mario Regueiro, en tanto Zubeldía definirá si mantiene a Diego Villar en el once titular o le da una chance a Rodrigo Battaglia para formar doble cinco con Agustín Pelletieri.

La dupla ofensiva será con Viola y Luciano Vietto, quien jugará más adelantado.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Ramón pide habilitación de Teo y Mora

BUENOS AIRES -- Ya sin paciencia para esperar más tiempo, el director técnico de River, Ramón Díaz, pidió el martes dar un "corte" definitivo y que sean por fin habilitados los delanteros Teófilo Gutiérrez y Rodrigo Mora, y afirmó que con ellos puede "hacer cambiar en un cien por ciento" el rendimiento del equipo.

A su vez, volvió a defender la posible contratación del delantero Juan Carlos Menseguez, quien hace casi dos años que no juega oficialmente, al señalar que "no tiene costo por ser jugador libre" y "está en buenas condiciones".

Ramón dejó en claro que está cansado de esperar por las habilitaciones de Teo y de Mora, y salió a meter presión de un modo mucho más enfático que el viernes, cuando se había mostrado optimista en poder contar con ambos ante Godoy Cruz, algo que finalmente no ocurrió.

"Nos gustaría que se le dé un corte definitivo a todo esto. Hace quince o veinte días que venimos hablando de esto. Tenemos dos jugadores importantes entrenando y queremos que jueguen", exigió Ramón durante una conferencia de prensa que dio en el Monumental al término de un entrenamiento en el que Teo y Mora anotaron un gol cada uno, al igual que el juvenil Juan Kaprof.

Ante una consulta sobre si está enojado porque el colombiano y el uruguayo todavía no fueron habilitados, respondió: "Nunca me enojo, me calenté un poquito nada más. A esta altura del campeonato, estas cosas ya tendrían que haber estado definidas. Tendríamos que estar hablando de fútbol, de táctica". Habitualmente de buen humor, esta vez a Díaz se lo notó más serio que de costumbre en el encuentro ante la prensa, una clara evidencia de que está molesto por no disponer de los refuerzos para la delantera.

"Esto lo impacienta a un entrenador, a los jugadores también" y reconoció: "Estamos intranquilos porque no podemos jugar como uno quiere".

"Con ellos (por Teo y Mora) le vamos a poder dar el funcionamiento que queremos nosotros, que quiere la gente. Sin ellos, no podemos jugar como uno quiere", dijo y sostuvo que con Teo y con Mora puede hacer "cambiar al equipo" en "un cien por ciento". Ramón dijo que a los dos delanteros extranjeros sí les puede "exigir que jueguen a un cierto nivel", a diferencia de lo que ocurre cuando los que salen a la cancha son Giovanni Simeone, Federico Andrada y Kaprof, juveniles de las divisiones inferiores a los que tuvo que echar mano de apuro al no disponer de delanteros experimentados.

El técnico dejó abierta la posibilidad de que el jueves a las 19.30, en el arranque de la serie ante San Lorenzo por la Copa Sudamericana, Teo y Mora sean titulares si son habilitados, aunque no dio precisiones sobre quiénes saldrían.

El técnico ya sabe que no podrá contar con Marcelo Barovero, suspendido por una fecha para torneos internacionales por una expulsión que sufrió cuando jugaba para Vélez ante Santos por la Copa Libertadores 2012, y que

por ello el arquero en el Nuevo Gasómetro será Leandro Chichizola.
Además de las dudas sobre si podrán estar Teo y Mora en la cancha de San Lorenzo, hay otra incógnita en la mitad de la cancha: Osmar Ferreyra o Ariel Rojas.

"Sabemos que el partido de Copa es completamente diferente a lo que es el campeonato. En 180 minutos tenemos que resolverlo y tratar de pasar", comentó el técnico y dijo que está "esperando las habilitaciones para resolver el equipo que va a jugar".

Consultado sobre si estaría dispuesto a recibir una negativa del presidente del club, Daniel Passarella, para contratar a Menseguez, expresó con firmeza: "No sé el motivo por el que podríamos recibir un no por Menseguez. Lo pedí, lo necesitamos, no tiene costo porque llega libre".

La dirigencia tiene pensado hacerle un contrato por productividad a Menseguez, pero todavía resta la aprobación de la AFA porque el libro de pases ya cerró.

Ramón ya dirigió en su paso por San Lorenzo a Menseguez, quien es amigo de Emiliano, su hijo y ayudante de campo.

Por otra parte, el entrenador Ramón Díaz dijo haber recibido una nueva oferta para irse a dirigir al exterior, pero aclaró que se quedará en River porque quiere "mirar el futuro" ya que "las cosas se están haciendo muy bien".

"Que la gente nunca se olvide de que voy a dar el máximo por el club, a pesar de que sigo teniendo ofertas. Si hay alguno que no lo entiende, es muy fácil decir que venga otro", comentó Ramón en conferencia de prensa.

Si bien el técnico no dio precisiones sobre qué equipos lo quieren, trascendió que una de las ofertas es de un club de Dubai, desde donde habían intentado tentarlo también el año pasado.

"Quiero mirar el presente, el futuro. Las cosas se están haciendo muy bien", dijo el técnico tras celebrar que ningún equipo obtuvo los nueve puntos en juego en el torneo Inicial.

River suma cuatro puntos, producto de una victoria, una caída y un empate, y está a dos de la punta.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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Roma negocia con Spurs por Lamela

BUENOS AIRES -- Uno de los dirigentes del equipo romano viajço a Inglaterra para concretar la transferencia del ex River, en una operación que ronda los 35 millones de euros, tal indica el diario Corriere dello Sport.

El director deportivo del club italiano AS Roma, Walter Sabatini, llegó el martes a Londres para negociar el pase del mediocampista del seleccionado argentino Erik Lamela, muy probablemente al Tottenham Hotspur.

El diario Corriere dello Sport informó el martes del viaje de Sabatini por el pase de Lamela y así pasar de "las palabras a los hechos".

Además, se dijo que el dirigente podría gestionar los pases del italiano Marco Borriello (probablemente al Fulham) y del bosnio Miralem Pjanic (tiene interés el Arsenal) a la Premier League.

Cuando faltan días para que cierre el mercado de pases en Europa, Sabatini embarcó hoy en un vuelo de Alitalia para Londres con el objetivo de conocer las cifras oficiales que ofrece el Tottenham por el argentino y que podrían alcanzar los 35 millones de euros.

Por otra parte, Lamela habría recibido como propuesta un contrato anual de 4 millones de la moneda europea.

Lamela, de 21 años y que jugó el miércoles pasado el partido amistoso que Argentina le ganó a Italia, en Roma, por 2-1, es el principal refuerzo solicitado por el entrenador portugués André Vilas Boas para Tottenham.

El volante nacido en la localidad bonaerense de Carapachay se hizo conocido cuando en 2004, Barcelona de España reconoció su intención de ficharlo con tan sólo 12 años.

Sin embargo, el entonces presidente de River Plate, José María Aguilar, llegó a un acuerdo con los padres del chico para que continuase en los equipos infantiles del club y no se fuera a España.

El 6 de agosto de 2011, durante la gestión de Daniel Passarella, se concretó su transferencia a Roma por 18 millones de euros.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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