Monday 30 July 2012
Issue No 4
Santon backs Newcastle to land the Champions League
dailymail.co.uk David Santon has ruled out moving away from Newcastle and believes the club has what it takes to gatecrash the Champions League positions this coming season. Santon had to wait until October to make his debut for the Magpies after injury blighted the early stages of his career in the North East. But he became a regular for Alan Pardew as the club made a late charge for the top four, but finished four points outside the qualifying places. And now he’s relishing the forthcoming season.
High hopes: Santon is backing his time to burst into the top four this season ‘I’m really good,’ he told calciomercato. com. ‘I have recovered from a knee injury and now I’m facing the pre-season with Newcastle at my best. ‘I am fine here, now I know what the coach wants and I’m ready to play a great season. ‘I think we can fight for a place in the next Champions League, it’s hard but we can do it. ‘I left Inter Milan because I was not playing and I needed my space to grow
and now I’m delighted to wear the Newcastle shirt. Making a splash: Santon and his teammates went rafting in Germany ‘AS Roma wanted me but Newcastle replied that I was not for sale and I am glad of this.’ Santon did admit, however, that he would relish the chance to play for his boyhood club AC Milan at some stage of his career. ‘When I was a child I was an AC Milan fan and it would certainly be great to wear that shirt even if I should think twice about it, having played for Inter,’ he added.
Barcelona News : Carlos Puyol returns to training
Sport reports. Slowly but surely the injured players are returning. Carlos Puyol was back in training on schedule this morning, returning after a two month lay-off following his knee operation in May. The captain trained apart from the rest of the squad in the group’s
penultimate session before they fly out to Germany on Tuesday for their first pre-season friendly against Hamburg. Barcelona are determined to retain Carlos Puyol’s services beyond the 2012-13 campaign, and are set to open contract talks with the Spain international in the upcoming days,
UAE Football Association feels Maradona needed more time Liverpool linked to Barcelona hotshot
Soccer news Liverpool are considering a bid for Barcelona midfielder Gerard Deulofeu, according to The People. New boss Brendan Rodgers, who is a big fan of possession football, is looking to add few more creative players to the squad, after missing out on Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. Queens Park Rangers are also keen, but they are only interested in loaning the highly rated winger. The 18-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects at Camp Nou and has been even likened to Leo Messi, but he has made just one La Liga appearance for the Catalans so far. Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova would consider sending the player on loan to get some first team experience, while it is hard to expect that the Catalans would be interested in cashing in on the youngster. Deulofeu has scored 9 goals in 34 games for Barcelona B last season, while starting all 7 games for Spain Under-19 side at the European Championship, scoring three goals in the process.
Chelsea confirm Oscar signing
Cyclist Chris Hoy carries the flag of Britain BBC.UK Sir Chris Hoy will carry Britain’s flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday, the fourtime Olympic champion confirmed on Monday. “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to have been voted as the flag bearer for Team GB,” said the 36-year-old cyclist. To lead out your team at a home Olympics is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that that I can’t wait to experience in just a few days time.” Hoy also carried the Union Jack at the closing ceremony in Beijing four years ago. The Scot is one of Britain’s most successful Olympians, having won four gold medals.
Chelsea have announced the signing of Brazil international Oscar after the Blues agreed a transfer fee of 25£ million for the Sport Club International ace,Sky Sports understands. The official statement on Chelsea’s website read:”Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Oscar.” At the moment, Oscar is in England with the rest of Brazil’s Olympic Squad, but he will eventually join the likes of new signings Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, who also
11 July 2012 - The firing of Diego Maradona, as coach of Al Wasl, will be a loss for professional football in the United Arab Emirates, the head of the country’s Football Association said on Wednesday, after the former Argentina great helped put the league on the
global map. Yousuf al-Sarkal, the president of the UAE Football Association, told the Associated Press he was “disappointed” to hear that Al Wasl had fired Maradona and said he should have been given more time to turn around the Dubai club. He said that the club’s failure to win any trophies and its eighthplace finish in the 12-team league cannot be solely blamed on Maradona, adding it was a “collective work involving the coach, players and management.” Maradona was fired, after one season in charge, having signed a two-year deal in May 2011. The club’s board of directors resigned in June following the poor season. The new board initially backed Maradona but on Tuesday announced that he and his technical staff had been relieved of their duties. It gave no reason and made no mention of a replacement. There is speculation that Maradona is returning to Buenos Aires, possibly to take up the post as trainer to Boca Juniors. joined the European champions this summer, at Stamford Bridge. Hazard and Marin have had their moments of brilliance during Chelsea’s pre-season tour in the United States. It’s just a matter of time before Oscar joins in on the fun. Earlier this week, the -20year-old midfield maestro revealed that joining Chelsea would be a dream switch. “If I go to Chelsea it will be a dream come true,” said Oscar. “They are one of the greatest teams in Europe. I am confident I will have
a good Olympics and, if I go to Chelsea, I will arrive feeling good.” With his transfer saga out of the way, Oscar can now turn all of his attention to the Brazil Olympic squad. The Samba Kings will kick-off their London 2012 campaign on 26 July against Egypt at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, with Oscar expected to feature in the starting XI. Will Brazilian ace Oscar be a star at Stamford Bridge?