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Deportivo FAS
10. jan. 2013 13:01

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SÃ¥ er det Sølvvinderne fra DIM´s tur til at præsentere forstærkningerne forud for den kommende sæson....

Værd at bemærke er erhvervelsen af Junior Barranquilla´s playmaker Giovanni Hernandez og Cleider Alzate.

El DIM presentó sus nueve refuerzos para el 2013

Medellín, 9 de enero de 2013.- El Independiente Medellín presentó a sus nueve refuerzos en un exclusivo hotel en el barrio El Poblado de la capital antioqueña. El subcampeón del fútbol colombiano buscará realizar una gran campaña en el 2013.

El DIM mostró sus caras nuevas a la prensa, Giovanni Hernández, Cleider Álzate, Marco Pérez, Efraín Viáfara, Ayron del Valle, Rafael Pérez, John Hernández, Dayron Mosquera y Cristian Restrepo, estuvieron presentes en el evento.

El décimo refuerzo del ‘poderoso’ será el defensa Hernán Pertúz, quien vuelve al Medellín después de estar durante todo el 2012 en el FC Dallas de la MLS.

“Estoy cumpliendo uno de mis sueños de pequeño, el cual era jugar algún día en el Independiente Medellín”, dijo el exjugador de Itagüí Ditaires, Cleider Álzate.

Otra de las caras nuevas es el atacante Marco Pérez, quien también habló de su llegada al ‘rojo de la montaña’: “Este equipo es una familia, hay excelentes delanteros y vamos a trabajar duro para ganarnos un puesto en el once titular”.

Por su parte, el técnico Hernán Darío Gómez aplaudió la calidad de las contrataciones y le mandó un mensaje a la hinchada del ‘poderoso’: “la hinchada es el jugador número doce, esa hinchada del DIM yo la amo, y ellos nos tienen que demostrar su cariño teniendo grandes asistencias en el Atanasio Girardot”, concluyó Gómez.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

Deportivo FAS
10. jan. 2013 13:44

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Apropos Colombia,....


Behind the Mayan prediction of the apocalypse lies their conception of a world where time is circular. To all appearances the world was not coming to an end in 2012, but in Colombia, Bogotá´s Los Millonarios have come full circle.

On 16 December, immediately prior to the ‘impending´ apocalypse, the blue-whites from the capital restored themselves to the top of Colombian football by winning the championship in front of an ecstatic El Campín crowd. It was their fourteenth title (represented by a star to be added to the team´s crest) which makes them once again the most successful team in league history. But it took a dramatic evening for ´Millos´ to finally find success after twenty-four years without a title.

Their last championship, in 1988, had also come in dramatic fashion. Going into the last match-day of the final round of the tournament (an eight team mini-league), Millonarios, who played Junior in the city of Barranquilla, were tied at the top with Francisco Maturana´s Atlético Nacional, who played away at Santa Fe, in Bogotá. At half time Nacional were winning and Millonarios were losing by the slightest of margins, 0-1. Struggling against the heat of the port city, the would-be winners edged out an equalizer but when their match was over, play was still going on in Bogotá where the score was also 1-1.

Anxious moments followed and remain engraved in fans memories with the image that made the front page of El Tiempo the next day: Omar Franco, the goalkeeper for "Millos," on his knees, with his gloved hands together, in prayer for nothing to change in the other match. When news of the final result arrived, cheers and hugs replaced agony and concern. Back in Bogota, the fans took to the streets to celebrate the team´s thirteenth star.

That front page from the Monday after, December 19, also spoke of a city that was in chaos, crippled by holes in the streets and garbage piles on the sidewalks. Flash forward to 2012, when the very Monday that Los Millonarios graced the cover of El Tiempo as champions, concerns about a new waste management scheme to start on Tuesday abound on the pages of the newspaper.

The garbage problem had been dealt with by 1990. The city´s inefficient public waste management entity, the EDIS, had been liquidated and garbage collection had been placed in the hands of a private company through tender offer. Eventually the city improved its roads and arrived in the new millennium with favourable winds blowing.

However, a run of bad administrations have seen the city relapse into the chaos of yesterday. The road network has grown less than 10% while cars in the city have doubled in number. Streets are in disrepair, riddled with holes and filled with traffic. This week, after a failed transition back to a public garbage collection, the city has seen garbage piles once again take the colour away from the Christmas season. Bogotá has gone back to the dirty 80´s.

Millonarios, having overcome its debt problems and modernized its administrative structure, faced quite a scandal this past September, on the eve of a friendly match against Real Madrid. Felipe Gaitán, their president, admitted that the team would consider giving back their two championships from the late 80´s, as a gesture against the role that drug money from the cartels had played in beefing up the team´s finances at the time. The fans, however, would have none of it. Twenty-four years without a title and now this?

To add insult to injury, Real Madrid played the cruellest of hosts by humiliating Millonarios 8-0. The fixture, the Santiago Bernabéu Trophy played by the ´Merengues´ at the start of every season, harkened to the rivalry that both teams sustained during the early 50´s when Millonarios boasted Alfredo Di Stefano amongst its star-studded squad. Back then, "Millos" outclassed Real Madrid and took three victories out of their five encounters with the remaining matches ending in a tie. After this year´s re-match, the blue-whites felt a long way from the glory days of El Dorado and their nickname of "The Blue Ballet."

Alfonso Senior had been the president at the time. A legendary statesman of Colombian football, who had taken Booby Moore to stay at his house during the ´Bogota Bracelet´ affair, Mr Senior would have turned 100 this year. A "thank-you" banner on the stands after the title win made a clear reference to his significance.

This year, the final league encounter saw Millonarios facing Hernán Dario Gómez´ Medellin after a scoreless draw in the first leg. Gómez had been Maturana´s assistant in 1988 and was now looking for personal redemption after a public disgrace (he allegedly punched his mistress after leaving a bar in Bogotá during the u-20 World Cup) that saw him resign the Colombian national team position in 2011.

Millonarios had switched coaches at the start of the tournament and replaced Venezuelan coach Richard Paez with Hernán Torres, who quickly gave the team a clear sense of direction. Playing a 4-2-2-2 formation that prioritized possession at home and away matches, the team found its stride early in the season and finished the first round of the tournament in first place. They also managed a semi-final run in the Copa Sudamericana, going out to Tigre from Argentina. For a moment it seemed they had overstretched themselves and would not make it out of their semi-final group of four teams. But, after a last minute goal away at Tolima, followed by a tie in Bogotá, Millonarios had scraped through to the final.

Fans filed into El Campín from the early afternoon and kept chanting that Millonarios where going to be champions at last. Outside, street-vendors offered all sorts of souvenirs to mark the occasion of the 14th star. One could be forgiven to think of this as bad luck and recall Brazil´s debacle in 1950, but there was no preventing it, no stopping the confidence that the capital´s fans had at the start of the match.

It was soon to be replaced by moments of anxiety, as, once the match started at 5.30pm, Millonarios were having trouble turning possession into chances and had seen Medellin dangerously close to scoring on the counter-attack. Just before half-time, Wilberto Cosme, the team´s leading goal scorer despite a tendency to misfire, found the net after meeting a waist-high cross with his right foot and barely sneaking the ball into Medellin´s goal for the lead.

Joy and confidence returned to fans faces. Many had feared going into the second half still goal-less and with twenty-four years of expectation on the players´ backs. For the hard-core supporters, the ´Comandos Azules´, it was time to set some fire-works alight and as they did so, shortly after the re-start of play, the game was halted and the ´Comandos´ whistled for their fiery persistence. It proved too much of a distraction and Medellin, who had come out looking for an equalizer, found it with a goal from a set piece play in the 54th minute. Luis Delgado, Millonarios´ goalkeeper, fumbled what should have been an easy save, and placed the ball right at the feet of an onrushing Medellin player who tapped in for a goal.

Delgado, originally a substitute to Nelson Ramos, had been one of the best players of the season, coming into the starting role after an Achilles tendon injury sidelined Ramos. His first match in goal had been against Real Madrid, but Mourinho´s men were by no means the biggest challenge he´d face during the semester. His wife, Tatiana, was undergoing treatment for breast cancer at the age of 29. As a gesture of support, Luis and his two sons shaved their heads. Delgado spoke publicly about the situation after that and showed character and personal strength throughout the tournament.

After the equalizer, Medellin had their forward Pardo sent off with a second yellow for a defiant celebration in front of the home crowd. As play continued, Millonarios pressed on with determination. Coach Torres tried adding a striker and removing a defensive midfielder with some success in creating chances, but Millonarios remained wasteful in front of goal. Suddenly, a cross trickled through to Wason Renteria who fired in from close range. A roar was heard from a welcoming crowd as Renteria approached the south-stand and started dancing. As he kept on jigging, the crowd realized the goal had been ruled-out for offside. But the striker was still caught in the excitement and danced away while the game resumed.

The atmosphere became tense. People looked around at each other and watched on as a dominant Millonarios came up empty time after time. Was it not to be? Would penalties prove too much pressure for the players? The whistle blew, the tired players stretched-out and the fans struggled to sing as they had done at the beginning. As Renteria took the first spot-kick for "Millos," his team-mates lined up on their knees in midfield. The Medellin players, for their part where standing together with arms over each other shoulders. Millonarios were clearly holding out for something more to take them through the moment. Renteria confidently beat the keeper, 1-0 to Millonarios. Luis Delgado was cheered on as he took his place in goal. He´s was then made to look silly, falling for a start-stop trick by Sebastian Hernandez who, seeing Delgado move to one side, calmly placed the ball in on the other side.

Pedro Franco made it 2-1 without a fuss. Then, when Diego Herner, an Argentinean defender, hit the post for Medellin, the stadium erupted with joy, and it did so again as Ortiz scored the third penalty. The home side were up 3-1 but then Medellin pull one back with Delgado again looking hopeless. It´s 3-2. Omar Vasquez stepped but the moment proved too much for him. His shot was stopped easily and again the crowd felt that destiny was not on the side of Millonarios. Franco is quick to console his team-mate as he walks back in agony. Medellin score, 3-3, then 4-4 after five kicks each. Luis Delgado is to take the 6th penalty.

The ghosts of failures past, the memory of Alfonso Senior, and the dreams of fans of the city´s biggest team, flew around the stadium and placed a spot-light that seemed as big as the sun on the southern goal. Delgado shot down the middle and squeezed the ball just below the cross-bar and into the upper part of the net. He then took his time in going towards goal, talking to the Medellin player as the Referee told him to take his place. The crowd, on its feet, watched the ball fly towards Delgado´s left, not too far... and yes, he stopped it. At last, at long last, the stadium exploded with an energy that had been held back for too long.

Millonarios had finally found a way back to its place in Colombian football. Through good management both on and off the pitch, "Millos" had laid to rest the problems that had haunted them for so long. In what may be the start of a new era, the team hopped on top of a bus like those you see in Europe and fans took to the streets to celebrate as if it was the first time. Days later, the garbage bags piled up in a city tired of the potholes on those very same streets that had run with blue and white all through that glorious December night. It was 1988 all over again.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

Deportivo FAS
10. jan. 2013 13:52

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og lidt retro....


by Eric Batty

During the last two or three years it has become increasingly apparent that sooner or later Santos would wrest the ‘World´s-best’ tag from Real Madrid, and now that it has happened only those who wear blinkers will be surprised.

Only one thing could have prevented the event - the transfer of Pelé to Real - or perhaps a serious injury that would have ended the Brazilian wonder´s connection with the active side of the game. To place so much emphasis on the presence of Pelé is probably unfair, though many international experts have coined a new proverb: "He, who has Pelé, rules the roost,´´

To a very great extent, this is true, for had he been transferred to Real Madrid or Juventus for example, they would surely have won last season´s European Cup, and probably beaten Santos in the World final. While it is true to say that Pelé´s contribution to the success of Santos has been considerable and vital, it would be decidedly unfair to label them a one-man team. At times the club directors have entered the transfer market, and usually bought with discretion; Lula the club coach has shown uncanny sureness in pushing fifteen- and sixteen-year-olds into his first team, and though this is by no means all. It would be grossly unfair to underestimate Zito (a great player by any standard), Jair, now retired, and a host of talented and rapidly developing youngsters´ of which Coutinho, Dorval, Mengalvio and Lima are the pick.

Pelé, however, is the centre piece, and his race to the top of the World soccer social ladder is inextricably interwoven with the progress of Santos F.C. His influence has spread far beyond the touchlines. TV has carried his superb performances into every village in Brazil; no less than seventy-three clubs called Santos are now registered with the Confederacao Brasileiro de Deportes and so completely has Pelé captured the imagination of Brazilian youngsters that every boy in the country wants to play for Santos. In other countries, senior clubs fight amongst themselves for promising teenagers, but because Santos can offer the opportunity to play in the shadow of Brazil´s national gem; they can have their pick, not only from the state of São Paulo, but from the entire country.

Santos is Brazil´s busiest seaport, the outlet for industrial São Paulo, but at the end of last century it was the coffee plantations situated along that part of the Atlantic coast that took the British Merchant Navy there. The ships went there to bring coffee to Europe, and their crews took football to Brazil. In 1902 the São Paulo championship began, with several clubs from the town of Santos taking part, but as yet Santos F.C. did not exist. After a decade of São Paulo football, Santos came into being in 1912, but for more than twenty years they took a back seat. Then in the ´thirties came two factors that were to make a great contribution to their progress; the connection with the present Club President Senhor Jorge Athié Coury, then an amateur player with the club, and the decision to turn professional in 1933 .

Senhor Coury was himself an excellent player with a deep-rooted interest in the game and the conviction that one should play only for satisfaction and enjoyment, and when the club turned pro, he left. The estrangement did not last long, however, and he returned, still an amateur, to help win the São Paulo Championship in 1935. Then, after his retirement, he turned to the administrative side of the game.

A President with a football background is a rare but invaluable exception to the game generally - Real Madrid´s Santiago Bernabéu is another who once played for the club over which he now presides, though the vast majority of bosses come into the game with either authority (from politics) or money (from industry). The success of these two clubs with former footballers at the helm points to a moral but though I cannot go into this aspect here it seems certain that Senhor Coury´s background and the influence he has been able to exert within the club have played a vital part in the progress of Santos.

The third and vital landmark in the progress of Santos came in 1955-56 when the club engaged one of Brazil´s finest inside forwards, Jair, and "discovered" Pelé. Fifteen years old, Pelé was a real child prodigy, and within six months had established himself in the first team and was scoring goals freely. Jair on the other hand was a veteran, thirty four years old, and one of the stars of Brazil’s 1950 World Cup team who had seen service with Vasco da Gama, Flamengo and Palmeiras. His stabilising influence, his experience and calm authority blended perfectly with the mutual talents of Zito - already half established, Pelé, and a host of other youngsters introduced at this time.

The São Paulo championship was won in 1955 and 1956; they were second in 1957 when Dorval and Mengalvio made their first appearance and when the 1958 title was won Jair had stepped down. His task was completed and from then on it was the troupe of teenagers who held the stage. Prior to 1955, the top teams had been Corinthians, fifteen times champions, and São Paulo, with eleven successes to their credit. But in seven years their traditions have been swept aside. In eight seasons Santos have been champions six times and runners-up twice, and in 1962, their fiftieth year, they´ve taken an indisputable grip on the World championship that they should not be forced to relinquish for some time to come.

Santos are not a wealthy club by European standards though they can afford to buy when necessary. They make money enough, and pass most of it on to the forty or fifty professionals on their books. Their stadium, the tiny Villa Belmiro, is far from lavish though certainly comfortable, and plans have been laid to improve the capacity to 30,000 which will be enough for their ordinary needs. Big league games are staged in nearby São Paulo, and the superclass games with an international flavour and therefore even greater drawing power are often put on in Rio de Janeiro´s Maracana. Why, ask Santos with justification, spend half a million pounds on building a new giant stadium of our own? Santos´ attitude is typified by their treatment of one of their young defenders Pioti, who sustained a serious injury that forced him out of the game. The club bought a house, handed him the deeds, and put him on a monthly pension. This kind of thing makes a club "big" in the fullest sense, and combined with their determination to find and develop talented youngsters, it will go a long way to keeping them at the top.

Every year thousands of youngsters write to Santos for a trial. None is ignored, thousands of recommendations are followed up and hundreds are "interviewed" in trial matches every January. All are under fifteen; very many are talented and the club seeks to choose the most intelligent, the most skilled and help them to the top. Pelé was the first to earn a really big reputation but following behind him are a host of others. In the present team are Dorval, Mengalvio, Coutinho, Lima and one who promises to equal them all, seventeen-year-old inside-forward Luis Claudio. Dorval, an outside right with a Matthews like shuffle, a deceptive body swerve and fine technique, has already put in five years with Santos and is still only nineteen. His talents were so obvious that he was capped in a needle match against Argentina in Buenos Aires when only fifteen! Pagao, a centre forward of exceptional quality, could have made a real big impact on the game had he not had brittle bones. Still only twenty-seven, he’s suffered two broken legs and many minor injuries and is now relegated to the reserve ranks filling in anywhere in attack and always successful. Coutinho, capped two years ago when seventeen, hammers goals like a master - a star in his own right, and acts as the perfect foil to Pelé, with whom he has built up a tremendous understanding; Mengalvio, an inside-right, who was Didi´s understudy for the last World Cup and will surely win himself a regular place in the national team, is from a different mould. With Zito he controls the game from midfield but has the same deft touch, and a similar ability to exploit the long pass at the right time, that Didi has. One more who should not be overlooked is twenty-year-old Antonio Lima, who performs with distinction at right-back, right half and inside-right, but there´s a whole string of teenagers all bursting with talent being carefully ´blooded’ in friendly matches and ready to claim a regular place at the earliest opportunity.

At the moment it´s the terrible twins that catch the eye; Pelé and Coultinho. Between them they grab around eighty percent of the Santos goals and many of them they make for each other, with what the French call a fabulous "un-deux". With perfect understanding they give first time, return passes to each other, the ball being pushed into gaps between the defenders for the other to race through and score. Pelé, in midfield, repeatedly pushes the ball up to the feet of Coutinho and immediately runs up alongside him for a return pass. If the centre-half moves to cover Pelé, Coutinho turns to the other flank and goes through alone; if the centre-half challenges him the ball is promptly returned to Pelé as he strides majestically past the king pin of the defence. An exceptional ability with the ball; sheer speed; dazzling shooting and intelligent understanding lie behind their success. In recent years I have seen only one other "tandem" of similar ability - Di Stefano and Puskas as they were for Real Madrid around 1960 when they hammered seven goals between them at Hampden Park. Di Stefano then was thirty-three, and Puskas thirty-two. Pelé now is still only twenty two and Coutinho nineteen! This is the real measure of their success, and opens the way to one of the most intriguing questions in World football. Can these two; Pelé and Coutinho, go on improving? And if the answer to that question is yes, just how good will this pair be ten seasons from now??????

It cannot be stressed too heavily that the successes achieved by Santos have derived from their determined efforts to develop their own stars, yet so far they have been unable to produce enough good class defenders. Even right-half Zito is ninety per cent an attacking player, and to establish their claim to World supremacy they had to buy. The man they wanted in 1960 was Brazil´s 1958 centre-half and captain Luis Bellini but the fee demanded by Vasco da Gama was too high and they finally settled for Mauro, who cost five million cruzeiros from São Paulo F.C. Calvet was also bought, and the club have reinforced still further by laying out a big but undisclosed fee for a promising young defender, Ismael, but the buy that caused most eyebrows to be raised was that of Gilmar, from Corinthians of São Paulo, early in 1961. Thirty two-year-old Gilmar performed with distinction for Brazil in the World Cups of 1958 and 1962 and is clearly the best ´keeper in the country, yet many critics feel that the second best is Laercio, previously first choice for Santos and Laercio is thirty-one.

Two years ago, the forward talents fielded by Santos were formidable enough, though there were times when the defence creaked ominously. Throwing everything into attack, and relying on their ability to score five or six goals and still win, despite the fact that they might concede four, brought in the cash customers and helped them build up a big reputation, but it was certainly a handicap when they met the elite of Europe and South America in competition. Now with the gaps more than adequately filled, the rearguard can withstand a severe mauling without giving way, while at the other end Dorval, Mengalvio, Coutinho, Pelé and Pepé have enough ability to swamp even the most heavily reinforced and best disciplined defences. Benfica learned this to their cost in the final of the 1962 World Clubs Cup. After holding on to a 3-2 defeat in Brazil, Benfica could have been excused for thinking they could reverse the result at home in Lisbon, yet they were shattered and demoralised in a 5-2 defeat! Any other club in Europe - any other club in the World would go exactly the same way, facing Santos at full strength.

While Real Madrid were at the top, they relied very largely on a system. At its base was an extremely capable defence which gave little away, and a very talented inside forward trio of Del Sol (who worked), Di Stefano (who gave all round ability), Puskas (who specialised in scoring), and the combined blended talents of the trio as a unit. One could predict with reasonable accuracy how they would play, who would stand out, and what the result of a match would be, but with Santos this is impossible.

To see Santos is an indescribable experience, and one comes away convinced that they have no equals. Each of the players is an artist, admittedly with his own special talents, but each attempting to outdo his colleagues in individual brilliance, and yet combining perfectly to produce an even flow is a shattering skill. It has been said often that football is a "team-game" yet the Santos brand of soccer is more an exhibition of craft and skill; a soccer circus with ring­master Zito (the captain) cracking his whip now and again to insist that they score goals.

With the game plunging rapidly downhill; with 4-2-4 and 3-3-1-3 dragging us closer and closer to all-out defence and the inevitable goal-less draws that will follow, Santos are blowing a refreshingly clear-sighted breeze over the World game. Significantly they are sending this breeze downwards, for the rest of the field are very, very far beneath them.…er_embedded
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

Deportivo FAS
10. jan. 2013 15:01

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Lidt hollandsk sightseeing i Rio....

Dutch giants Ajax visit favela during Rio de Janeiro training camp

Dutch champions Ajax visited a Rio de Janeiro favela on Wednesday while taking time out of their winter training camp and left surprised by the joy and happiness of the people of Vila Cruzeiro.

Ajax, who entered the winter break in third place in the Eredivisie, have returned to Brazil for the second year running for their winter break, last year they went to São Paulo, and spent the afternoon in Vila Cruzeiro, famous as the birthplace of former Inter striker Adriano.

“In the Netherlands we do not have any of this,” coach Frank de Boer told Globo Esporte.

“It has served to put both feet on the ground again. You have to be happy for what they have and even in these circumstances they are happy with what they have. I hope the sponsors and the governments of the Netherlands and Brazil can help them.”

Defender Daley Blind was also surprised by what they saw in the favela and believed the Dutch could learn from the people of Vila Cruzeiro.

“I thought it would be something like only crimes happening, but it is not true. I only saw people gathering, playing football and having fun.

“Netherlands is rich and only think about money, money, money, but that´s football. Rio is football and football. In each place fields, people playing, it was nice to see.”

And Cameroon midfielder Eyong Enoh was especially touched by the experience, which reminded him of his childhood in Africa.

“I had a good feeling, it was good to feel the energy of the place. Reminded me my childhood, especially the fact that children play without shoes, I did that a lot.

“The way they were smiling and having fun even without boots and a ball only reminded me of my childhood.

“It is very important, especially for European players to have a chance to see different conditions and situations that will make you understand that there are many things they do not know and many players will appreciate more what they have.”

Vasco da Gama looking for ways to fund move for Malaga star Júlio Baptista

Vasco da Gama have confirmed they will look for ways to fund a move for Malaga star Júlio Baptista if technical director Ricardo Gomes approves.

Baptista, 31, has been made available by the Spanish club after struggling with injuries over the past year and is believed to have been offered to Vasco earlier this week.

“If Ricardo likes, Vasco has an interest,” director of football René Simões told Lancenet!

“Let´s see what will happen. It´s something that I said in the beginning: everything that Ricardo finds important, let´s try to find a formula, within our conditions, so as to achieve success.”

Gomes, who suffered a stroke as Vasco coach in 2011, returned to the club in December as a technical director and has recently praised the former Real Madrid player, with whom he has worked with for the Brazil national team.

However, it remains to be seen how Vasco will fund the salary of Baptista with their well-documented financial troubles yet to be resolved.

Udinese defender Danilo sentenced to year in prison for racist abuse

Udinese defender Danilo has been sentenced to a year in prison after being found guilty of racist abuse by a court in Brazil.

The 28-year-old was caught by a television camera spitting in the face of Atlético Paranaense player Manoel and calling him a "macaco", which means monkey in Portuguese, while playing for Palmeiras in the 2010 Copa do Brasil.

The Brazilian centre-back was handed a year´s custodial sentence by the 18th Criminal Court of the State of São Paolo for the offence.

However, it is expected that the punishment will be reduced to a €127,000 fine on appeal, or 500 times the state minimum wage.

Danilo, who is currently earning €400,000 per year, joined the Serie A outfit from Palmeiras in the summer of 2011.

He has made 25 appearances for Udinese this season, both domestically and in Europe, and was being monitored by Scudetto champions Juventus prior to the January transfer window.

Tottenham target Leandro Damião: I am only thinking about Internacional

Internacional striker Leandro Damião insists that no offers has been made for him, despite rumours of renewed interest from Tottenham.

Damião, 23, has constantly been linked with a move away from the Brazilian club over the past 18 months, with Tottenham now being linked with a £15 million bid.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is a keen admirer of the forward, who has 14 caps for his country, and could be tempted into bringing the striker to White Hart Lane this January after striker Emmanuel Adebayor decided to join up with the Togo national team for the African Nations Cup, leaving Jermain Defoe as his only forward option.

"I guarantee that, for now there has been no proposal, no negotiations. I am only thinking about Internacional,” Damião told Zero Hora.

"The president is the one who decides."

Internacional are keen to keep hold of the striker and the president, Giovanni Luigi, revealed that only a ‘spectacular offer’ would see them part with the player.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

Deportivo FAS
10. jan. 2013 16:05

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og så lidt argentinsk forvirring og frustration efter nederlaget til Chile i nat.

¿Cuál es la idea?

Por Gustavo Bruzos

BUENOS AIRES -- El debut del equipo argentino en el Sudamericano Sub 20 fue apenas una mera confirmación de lo que es el fútbol argentino a nivel de selecciones. Hay una sola idea predominante y, alrededor, la nada.

La idea que manda es "rodear bien a Messi". Por eso, los equipos que no tienen a Messi tampoco tienen una idea. No es culpa sólo de los entrenadores. Es más, me animaría a decir que los Dt´s son apenas ejecutores casuales de los planes de otros. Si no, no se entiende que los equipos juveniles argentinos, otrora brillantes y protagonistas, hoy sean sólo una sombra que deambula por las canchas.

No se habla aquí por despecho de un resultado. Al cabo, quien rubrica esta columna cree que los resultados no son más que meros accidentes, que lo realmente importante son las ideas. Que en la defensa de una idea es donde se construye un equipo. En cualquier área laboral que sea.

Porque la falta de ideas, además, genera una no pertenencia, un no compromiso. Y quienes dan la cara, jugadores principalmente, son lapidados públicamente cargando con culpas propias, pero también ajenas.

El 0-1 ante Chile no es menor. Pero no es lo peor. Lo peor es que nadie en el mundo del fútbol en Argentina sabe cuál es la idea alrededor de las selecciones juveniles y menores. O por lo menos desde que se alejara del cargo José Pekerman. ¿Qué se busca? ¿Resultados? ¿Proyección de valores para el equipo superior? Pues analicemos un poco las variantes...

Si de resultados se tratase, el último campeón mundial juvenil fue el equipo que fue a Canadá liderado por el Kun Agüero y Maxi Moralez, bajo la conducción de Hugo Tocalli, en lo que fue el último estertor del brillante ciclo Pekerman. ¿Qué paso después? La nada misma...

Tan la nada, que la anterior camada regresó del Mundial 2011 tras caer con Portugal en cuartos y no logró la clasificación para los Juegos de Londres, donde debía defender el doble oro olímpico conquistado en Atenas (conducido por Marcelo Bielsa) y en Pekín (bajo el mando de Checho Batista).

Pues entonces será que no se buscan resultados, sino más bien proyectar valores. Pero otra vez, ¿cuál es la idea? Si lo único que importa es rodear bien a Messi, entonces no importa cómo ni a qué jueguen estos chicos. Más bien elaboremos un plan de captación de "rodeadores de Messi", y con eso ya tendremos suficiente.

Parece gracioso visto así. Pero honestamente no lo es. Como siempre las culpas son mayores, cuanto mayores sean los cargos. Así, arrancando desde la base por jugadores y entrenadores que no se rebelan al orden establecido, a los que su sumisión les sirve para seguir afianzando y/o potenciando sus carreras con destino europeo, hasta llegar a la cúspide donde el subdirector de selecciones nacionales, Humberto Grondona, está en ese cargo por ser el hijo del dueño del negocio y el director de las misma, Carlos Bilardo, no purgó ninguna pena por todos estos últimos descalabros, sumados a los papelones desde el arribo de Diego Maradona a la selección mayor, hasta nuestros días.

En definitiva, entre ineptos y cobardes el califato reinante va terminando con lo poco que queda del fútbol argentino. Mientras el resto asistimos silenciosos a las últimas imágenes del naufragio. Pero no el de los resultados, sino el de las ideas.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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10. jan. 2013 16:44

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Honduras names its Copa Centroamericana team

When Honduras takes on the United States in the first World Cup qualifier in the CONCACAF hexagonal on Feb. 6, it will be a battle-tested team.

Los Catrachos will have played in a minimum of two Copa Centroamericana matches and as many as four prior to the encounter in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Copa runs from Jan. 18-27 in Costa Rica.

Honduran national coach Luis Fernando Suarez named his team for the Central American arm of qualifying for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Honduran squad includes five players who have performed in MLS and Georgie Welcome, who was a thorn in the U.S. side during qualifying for the 2008 Olympics.

The team:

Goalkeepers: Donis Escober (CD Olimpia), Kevin Hernández (Real España), José Mendoza (CD Marathón)

Defenders: Brayan Beckeles (CD Olimpia), Wilmer Crisanto (CD Victoria), Juan Carlos García (CD Olimpia), Arnold Peralta (CDS Vida), Josá David Velasquez (CD Victoria), Víctor Bernárdez (San Jose Earthquakes), Juan Pablo Montes (CD Necaxa)

Midfielders: Oscar Boniek García (Houston Dynamo), Mario Martínez (Seattle Sounders FC), Marvin Chávez (San Jose Earthquakes), Luis Garrido (CD Olimpia), Miguel Castillo (CD Victoria)

Forwards: Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution), Georgie Welcome (CD Motagua), Mitchel Brown (CD Marathón), Junior Lacayo (CD Victoria), Luis Lobo (Real España)

Costa Rica names Copa Centroamericana roster

Costa Rican national coach Jorge Luis Pinto has named a 21-player roster for Copa Centroamericana later this month.

The Costa Ricans will host the tournament from Jan. 17-28.

The team will include forwards Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake) and Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers) from Major League Soccer.

The Ticos will play its three group matches at National Stadium in San Jose — vs. Belize on Jan. 18, vs. Nicaragua on Jan. 20 and Guatemala on Jan. 22.

The semifinals are set for Jan. 25, with the final, third- and fifth-place matches on Jan. 27.

Group A includes Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

The top five teams qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be hosted by the United States this summer.

Copa will serve as a training ground for World Cup qualifying as the Ticos begin their CONCACAF hexagonal run at Panama on Feb. 6.

Goalkeepers: Patrick Pemberton (LDA), Daniel Cambronero (CSH)y Danny Carvajal (SC).

Defenders: Francisco Calvo (Nordsjælland), Geancarlo González (Valerenga, NOR), José Salvatierra (LDA), Michael Umaña (Comunicaciones), Juan Diego Madrigal (PZ) y Cristopher Meneses (LDA).

Midfielders: Luis Miguel Valle (LDA), Celso Borges (AIK, Suecia), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Osvaldor Rodríguez (Santos), Andrey Francis (Limón), Elías Aguilar (CSH), Ariel Rodríguez (PZ).

Forwards: Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers), Randall Brenes (CSC), Cristian Lagos (Saprissa), Delberth Cameron (Limón), Álvaro Saborío (RSL).

Belize names its Copa Centroamerica team

Belize coach Le Roy Sherrier Lewis has announced his 20-player roster for the upcoming Copa Centroamericana in Costa Rica.

After Lewis was named coach in October, National Team committee member Onan McClean told that the coach spent the rest of that month touring the country and scouting talent at regional tryouts. Some 30 players were chosen and began training three times a week in NOvember. The number was sliced to 26 for four-days a week training last month.

Lewis said that when there is a Spanish speaking referee, defender Elroy Smith will be the captain and when the referee is English speaking, defender Dalton Eiley, Jr. will be the skipper.

In Group A, Belize takes on host Costa Rica on Jan. 18, Guatemala on Jan. 20, and Nicaragua on Jan. 22.

The semifinals are set for Jan. 25, with the final, third- and fifth-place matches on Jan. 27.

The top five teams qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be hosted by the United States from July 7-28.

The Belize team:

Goalkeepers – Woodrow West, Frank Lopez

Defenders – Ian Gaynair, Elroy Smith, Tyrone Pandy, Dalton Eiley Jr., Evral Trapp, Shannon Flower.

Midfielders — Devon Makin, Andres Makin, Jr., Ashley Torres, San Leobardo Mendez, Jeromy James, Cristobal Gilharry, Trevor Lennon.

Forwards — Deon McCaulay, Harrison Roches, Russel Cassanova, Evan Mariano.

Nomina oficial de la seleccion de Guatemala para la Copa CA 2013

Guatemala dio a conocer la nomina oficial de jugadores que tendran participacion en la Copa Centroamericana.

El Director Técnico de Selección de Guatemala Ever Hugo Almeida, dio a conocer la nomina oficial de Selección absoluta, que tendrá participación a nivel internacional en la Copa Centroamericana de la UNCAF, que se desarrollará del 18 al 27 de enero de 2013 en San Jose, Costa Rica.


Rubén Morales Cobán Imperial Defensa
Elías E. Vasquez Comunicaciones Defensa
Wilfred Velásquez Comunicaciones Volante
Jose M. Contreras Comunicaciones Volante
Kendell Herrarte Comunicaciones Delantero
Jairo Arreola Comunicaciones Delantero
David Espinoza Dep. Heredia Volante
Robín Betancourth Dep. Heredia Delantero
Enrique Miranda Dep. Heredia Volante
Edward Santeliz Dep. Malacateco Delantero
Jonathan Lopez Dep. Marquense Volante
Mynor Ignacio Lopez Dep. Marquense Delantero
Paulo C. Motta Mictlán Arquero
Cristian Noriega Municipal Defensa
Sergio Trujillo Municipal Volante
Marco T. Ciani Municipal Volante
Cristian Alvarez Municipal Arquero
Claudio Albizuris Municipal Defensa
Hector Moreira Universidad Defensa
Jaime Carbajal Universidad Arquero
Kevin Arriola Xelaju MC Delantero


Ever Hugo Almeida Director Técnico
Victor H. Monzón Asistente Técnico
Manuel Hashimoto Preparador Físico
Rogelio Flores Preparador de Arqueros
Rafael Robles Médico
Nelson Funes Kínesiolgo
Giovanni Gómez Utilero
Jose O. Arenas Utilero
Sergio Torrado Director Deportivo

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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10. jan. 2013 17:44

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Roma midfielder Marquinho to join Grêmio on loan - report

Roma midfielder Marquinho is reportedly returning to Brazil on loan after a deal was struck with Brasileirão side Grêmio.

According to Sky Sport Italia, negotiations between the two clubs are at an advanced stage for a temporary move worth €2million.

Marquinho had been close to joining league rivals Palermo, however, it has been reported the 26-year-old turned down the loan switch to Sicily.

It is also believed Grêmio would have an option to purchase the Brazilian outright at the end of the season for €2.5million.

Marquinho joined Roma on a six-month loan last January before putting pen to paper on a permanent deal with the Stadio Olimpico outfit in June.

The transfer was the Brazilian’s first permanent move away from his native country, where he previously represented Palmeiras, Botafogo and Figueirense, before joining Fluminense in 2009.

Carlo Ancelotti confirms Lucas will make PSG debut on Friday

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Lucas Moura will make his debut for the club when they face Ajaccio on Friday.

The 20-year-old moved to the Parc des Princes this month after the club agreed a reported €35 million fee with São Paulo in August.

Lucas arrived at the club shortly after the end of the Brazilian season in December and was subsequently spared PSG’s Coupe de France 4-3 win over Arras on Sunday.

However, the former Chelsea coach has confirmed Lucas is now fully fit and ready for their Ligue 1 clash tomorrow.

Ancelotti said:"Lucas Moura will start against Ajaccio.

"He has no problems fitting physically and technically. Even if he still has progress to make, he has no problem communicating with the other Brazilian players who are here."

Ancelotti previously stated that he plans to use Lucas out wide, as this will reduce the pressure on the Seleção star.

He said: "He´s fast, intelligent and plays it simple. This experience in Europe will permit him to become a fantastic player.

"He´s used to playing wide but I think he can play in any of the attacking positions. To start with I will play him wide so as not to put him under too much pressure."

Manchester United and Liverpool among clubs interested in Léo Baptistão - reports

Manchester United and Liverpool are among the Premier League clubs reportedly interested in Rayo Vallecano striker Léo Baptistão.

The 20-year-old Brazilian is attracting plenty of attention having notched six goals and five assists already in his debut Primera Division season.

According to the Daily Mail, United’s Martin Ferguson was among a clutch of scouts, including those from Liverpool, Wigan and QPR, who watched Rayo Vallecano beat Getafe 3-1 on Monday night.

Representatives from Championship sides Leeds and Brighton were also reportedly spotted at the game, in which the attacker impressed with a superb all-round performance and an assist.

However, Leo´s English suitors could be set for disappointment, as Spanish radio station Cadena Cope reported last week that Atlético Madrid had already reached a €6 million agreement to sign the player in the summer.

Baptistão joined Rayo´s youth set-up in 2008, aged just 16, after coming to prominence playing indoor football in Brazil alongside boyhood friend and Santos star Neymar.

However, his development in Madrid was set back by a bout of hepatitis and two serious collarbone injuries that meant his first-team debut only came in August, in which he grabbed a goal and an assist against Real Betis.

The youngster’s form has been a revelation as he attempts to fill the gap left by current Swansea sensation Michu, who scored 17 times for the Vallecas club last term before moving to Wales for just €2.5 million in the summer.

Spanish paper AS suggests the striker could be signed for as little as £1.6million, although Rayo are not keen on letting Baptistão leave for a low fee.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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10. jan. 2013 17:52

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SÃ¥ er det officielt...Burrito er Boca spiller...

Martínez llegó, firmará e irá a Tandil

BUENOS AIRES -- El delantero Juan Manuel "Burrito" Martínez llegó a Buenos Aires, y en las próximas horas firmaría el contrato con Boca, para sumarse este viernes al plantel en Tandil, lugar de la pretemporada xeneize.

Martínez estuvo unos minutos en el Centro Artroscopista del médico Jorge Batista, y se retiró minutos después sin formular declaraciones.

El futbolista habría optado abstenerse de hablar con la prensa hasta firmar el contrato con Boca, entidad que acordó con el Corinthians de Brasil adquirirle el 50 por ciento del pase en unos 3.250.000 de dólares.

Martínez cerraría esta tarde el vínculo con Boca y recién mañana se acoplaría al plantel que dirige Carlos Bianchi en Tandil.

Se convertirá en el segundo refuerzo del plantel, tras la llegada del zaguero central "Chiqui" Pérez (proveniente de Belgrano de Córdoba).

Nu er Bocas nr. 2 i hooligan hirakiet også involveret i den verserende sag mod El Jefe Mauro Martín

El "2" de la barra de Boca, complicado

BUENOS AIRES -- El juez de instrucción Manuel De Campos rechazó un pedido de "exención de prisión" formulado por el número dos de la barra brava de Boca, Maximiliano Mazzaro, en el marco de la causa en la que está imputado junto con el líder de ese grupo, Mauro Martín, por un homicidio ocurrido en agosto de 2011.

Mazzaro está técnicamente prófugo pues, según revelaron fuentes judiciales, ni él ni Daniel Wehbe -a quienes el juez ordenó detener- fueron hallados todavía.

El magistrado dispuso el "secreto de sumario" de las actuaciones, una medida habitual cuando en una causa se desencadenan allanamientos y detenciones.

De Campos dispuso ayer la detención del número 2 de la barra brava de Boca y de Wehbe por el crimen ocurrido en agosto de 2011 en el barrio de Mataderos y del que fue víctima Ernesto Cirino.

La pelea se habría originado por una añeja discusión vinculada con los excrementos y los ladridos de un perro.

Wehbe es la persona a la que Martín, en su indagatoria, señaló ayer como quien agredió y mató a Cirino.

Mazzaro y Wehbe están sospechados de haber participado de la golpiza el 29 de agosto de 2011 a Cirino, y que provocó su muerte dos días después cuando estaba internado en el Policlínico Bancario.

En la causa ya están detenidos Martín y su cuñado, Gustavo Petrinelli.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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10. jan. 2013 18:24

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Vangioni y Mercado, "polifuncionales"

TANDIL -- Los jugadores de River Leonel Vangioni y Gabriel Mercado se definieron como "polifuncionales" y afirmaron que están dispuestos a jugar donde el entrenador Ramón Díaz les pida.

"Es una sensación muy linda cuando un director técnico como Ramón Díaz te quiere en su equipo. Es una muestra de confianza grande. Y eso me enorgullece", le confesó Vangioni a Télam en el lobby del hotel Elegance de Tandil.

"No hablé con Ramón del puesto en el que me quiere. Pero yo juego donde me necesite", agregó el hombre nacido en Villa Constitución hace 25 años.

En ese sentido, Vangioni, proveniente de Newell´s, reconoció que le da lo mismo "jugar de lateral o volante por izquierda".

"No lo digo por decir. Siempre jugué en el mediocampo, pero desde hace más de un año lo hago de defensor. Así que jugaré donde me pongan", aclaró.

"Este tipo de cosas las aprendí de jugadores como (Gabriel) Heinze y (Maximiliano) Rodríguez, dos que tienen mucha experiencia. Y ahora los tengo a (Leonardo) Ponzio y (David) Trezeguet, otros dos fenómenos. Todos tenemos que escucharlos mucho", enfatizó el hombre que debutó en Newell´s en 2006.

A su turno, Mercado, de 25 años, se refirió, también en diálogo con Télam, a la llegada de Ramón Díaz: "Nos generó muchísima ilusión", aseguró.

"Pero no sólo a los jugadores, sino también a la gente. Es un DT ganador y con mucha historia en el club. Ahora depende de lo que hagamos nosotros. Tenemos que adaptarnos a su estilo de juego", señaló el jugador oriundo de Puerto Madryn.

"Por eso es fundamental la pretemporada. Debemos empezar a marcar la diferencia acá. Al inicio del torneo tenemos que llegar en la plenitud física, mental y futbolística", aseveró.

Y después habló sobre su posición en la cancha: "Todavía no sé en que posición voy a jugar. En un principio fui central, pero con el tiempo me acostumbré a jugar de lateral o volante derecho. La realidad es que estoy a disposición del técnico para jugar donde él quiera", sentenció.

En otro tramo de la nota, tanto Vangioni como Mercado hablaron de Ramón Díaz. "Es un técnico motivador. Y eso al jugador lo ayuda mucho. Ahora estamos en una etapa en la que se ve más el trabajo del profe (Jorge Pidal, el preparador físico) que nos está matando. Pero el `Pelado´ siempre nos arenga y nos hace sentir importantes", coincidieron.

Para el final los dos dejaron en claro sus sensaciones: "Es un paso muy importante haber llegado a un club como River. Vengo a salir campeón. Eso es lo que queremos todos", disparó Vangioni.

"Me ayudó mucho para entender lo que es River el haber jugado el torneo anterior. Ahora nos estamos mentalizando para ser protagonistas en todas las canchas, no repetir fallas del pasado, ser un poco más regulares. Vamos por el título", remarcó Mercado.

Por último, ambos dijeron que es "muy lindo el grupo que se armó y a la vez es un excelente plantel"; y ya se pusieron el primer objetivo de 2013: "ganarle a Boca el primer superclásico del año", coincidieron Vangioni y Mercado, las armas de Ramón Díaz por las bandas.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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10. jan. 2013 18:38

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Jamaica fires 2 Brazilian coaches in wake of Carib Cup exit

Two Brazilian coaches paid dearly for Jamaica’s debacle at the Caribbean Cup as they were sent packing on Thursday.

Technical director Walter Gama and goalkeeper coach Armando Bracali were fired by the Jamaican Footbal Federation in wake of the Reggae Boyz finishing out of the money at the CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers last month.

The Jamaicans, the only Caribbean team to reach the CONCACAF hexagonal of World Cup qualifying, could not reach the semifinals of the Caribbean Cup and failed to qualify for the biennial competition.

A review by the JFF technical and development committee, investigating Jamaica’s early elimination, claimed that that Gama “lacked proactive leadership”, while Bracali did “not shown enough teeth” in his duties, the Jamaican Observer reported.

“We have decided to terminate the employment of both gentlemen following recommendations of the technical committee arising out of a review of the below-par performance of the team at the Caribbean Cup,” JFF president Captain Horace Burrell told the Observer.

Burrell said the committee review ordered did not find head coach Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore at fault in the tournament.

“If coach Whitmore was found to be responsible, he would be fired,” Burrell was quoted by the newspaper. “But the committee didn’t find him wanting as Gama was the man responsible for the entire technical aspect and it was thought that the team was not properly prepared.”

Neither of the fired coaches would get severance pay due to a clause in their contracts, Burrell said.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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