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Bernard confirms offers from Shakhtar, Porto and Premier League

Bernard confirms offers from Shakhtar, Porto and Premier League

Atletico Mineiro star Bernard says he has offers from Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto as well as from Premier League clubs.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with Arsenal in recent weeks, with his agent hinting that he would depart after helping the Brazilian side to its first Copa Libertadores title on Wednesday.

“I’ll keep working until the board decides something about the transfer,” the youngster told Sportv. “There are offers from English football, Shakhtar and Porto.”

Elated at his role in the Libertadores triumph, Bernard claims that he would remain at his club for the rest of his life if it were feasible but believes a decision is not in his hands.

“If I could, I would stay here the rest of my life,” Bernard said. “I don’t know what can happen with me but, if I leave, I know I will have done my job.

“I have said a thousand times that I want to stay, but it doesn’t depend on me now.

“I made it clear that, if I stay or not, I wanted to leave here with an important title. It’s up to God to decide if I stay or not, up to God, [Atletico Mineiro’s] presidency and the board.

“I am very happy and I want to celebrate this title, which is one of the most important ones I will have in my life.”

Medical tests pass, Higuain-Reina Coming Up Players Napoli

Medical tests pass, Higuain-Reina Coming Up Players Napoli

Naples – Transfer Gonzalo Higuain and Pepe Reina soon completed by Napoli after both players pass the medical tests. To then Higuain and Reina will be introduced to the public next Monday.

This certainty was announced the president of Il Partenopei, Aurelio De Laurentiis, via his twitter account. Higuain himself purchased with a tag of 37 million euros from Real Madrid on loan for a season while Reina of Liverpool.

“Higuain and Reina has passed a medical and will soon be joining this team,” De Laurentiis said as quoted by Football Italia.

Move the top two players that would have lead to enthusiasm in all elements of the club ranging from brass to fans. Moreover Napoli Serie A team so the most active in the transfer market this shop.

Before Higuain and Reina, Napoli are now handled Rafael Benitez had already been bought Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens, Rafael Cabral, Raul Albiol and Pablo Armero.

These six players will then be formally introduced to the public San Paolo earlier this week or next Monday (29/7), coinciding with a friendly counter Galatasaray.

“On Monday we will celebrate tomorrow afternoon massively in San Paolo. You will be able to see the other new players as well,” he continued.

“You’ll get to see the new jersey, new club anthem and cheerleaders met Napoli. Napoli-Galatasaray will be a great night and always remembered in the history of this club.”

“Kam can say that we’ve worked hard, but we will not stop here! Forza Napoli always!”

Fifa disabling boss the South African Football Association

Fifa disabling boss the South African Football Association

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Kirsten Nematandani, Dennis Mumble and three others were suspended from their posts until immediately following the fourth investigation into the alleged involvement in the regulation four games ahead of the 2010 World Cup.
Fifa investigation found that brokers match Safa infiltrated by Wilson Perumal Singapore Football 4U hers and organizations.
Perumal set the referee in the match against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guetamala. The match result is known is set to benefit a betting syndicate Asia.
Safa said the statement on the website of the organization “accept Fifa report is” and adds that “the commission of inquiry will be set up, under the leadership of a retired judge, to fully investigate the matter and the members whose names are mentioned in the report.”
The report also said, “Safa apologized to Fifa and take serious action to address them.”
Safa vice-president Mwelo Nonkonyana who has been asked to act as an officer while replacing Nematandani said, “This is a difficult situation for the association and for those whose names are mentioned in the report.
“We hope there will be no speculation as to whether they are guilty or not. We need to let the investigation take place quickly and fairly, so that they can separate the innocent from the guilty.”
South Africa’s 5-0 victory over Guetamala and 2-1 over Colombia in May 2010, two weeks before the World Cup starts has long been suspected.
Nigerian referee Ibrahim Chaibou gave three penalties for handball in the match with Guetamala and Fifa has tried to interrogate him for more than a year for his handling of a number of matches.
The third goal in a match against Colombia, which is overseen by a Kenyan official, came from a penalty kick.

Juve and Fiorentina are targets, even Verratti Request Up Salary

Juve and Fiorentina are targets, even Verratti Request Up Salary

Paris – Marco Verratti now called trying to ask for a raise to Paris Saint-Germain. He assessed deserve it because now claimed being targeted by Juventus and Fiorentina.

Since joining PSG from Pescara on July 18, 2012, Verratti constantly speculated would return to Italy. Also had a number of clubs linked with him.

20-year-old Italian midfielder has since stated that it wanted to return to Italy and play in Serie A on one day, though not state when.

Currently, said Donato Di Campli which is an agency of Verrratti, his client was being so coveted from Fiorentina and Juve. Interest from two Serie A club were he made his capital to ask for a raise for his client.

“We’re asking for a raise because Fiorentina and Juventus are also interested in chasing him,” said Di Campli to Gazzetta.it who told Football Italia.

Assou-Ekotto: It’s Sad to See FECAFOOT Suspended

Assou-Ekotto: It’s Sad to See FECAFOOT Suspended
Indomitable lions defender, Benoit Assou-Ekotto has told Reuters Cameroon’s suspension from international football by FIFA because of alleged government interference in the country’s football federation will be resolved.
“It is sad to see the Cameroon federation in this kind of situation but I’m sure the problem will be solved soon and we will hopefully qualify for the World Cup,” the Tottenham Hotspur left back told the London based international news agency Friday.

The temporal ban imposed by the world’s football governing body came soon after Cameroon learned they would top the qualifying group because Togo fielded an ineligible player against them.

It’s feared that if the ban is not lifted by September 6 Cameroon will not be able to play their final game against Libya and may be expelled from the qualification process for the 2014 finals in Brazil.

Assou-Ekotto, 29, who joined Tottenham in 2006 from Lens, told Reuters he was happy at White Hart Lane despite local media speculation that he might soon leave the club.

Asked about his future, he said: “When you spend seven years somewhere it is obvious you are happy there. I am not a man who likes to swap his team every two or three years and the club is a part of my world. I want to stay at Tottenham.”
Assou-Ekotto, known for his forthright opinions and social conscience, believes there is more to life than football and said it was important to give back to communities.

Assou-Ekotto is expected in Cameroon on Monday July 8, with a charity that is helping to save the sight of millions. “I want to help people to have a better life,” he said, before heading for a remote village to administer the 250 millionth treatment for river blindness for the international development organisation Sightsavers.

“As footballers we have a chance to do things that can save the life of someone and by this treatment we can help someone to enjoy life. I’d never heard of this treatment before and it will be a fantastic experience for me to go and learn about them.”

The World Health Organisation estimates that 37 million people are infected by river blindness – or onchocerciasis – in Africa with over 300,000 people already blinded by the disease. It is transmitted through the bite of a black fly, which breeds in fast-flowing water.

Revisiting the Chris Wondolowski argument, now in a bigger and better context

Revisiting the Chris Wondolowski argument, now in a bigger and better context

The book on Chris Wondolowski has usually read like this: sensational striker in league play who may be stretched to make an impact internationally.

It’s really not an awful thing to pin on someone; nobody is accusing the man of drowning kittens here. Taylor Twellman and Jason Kries were other examples of terrific strikers in Major League Soccer who probably reached their top level in league soccer.

Only, with Wondolowski, a few fans and a selected bunch from the chattering class got caught up in the moment and lost some larger context recently. The Earthquakes’ forward did hit six goals in three matches – but the quality of competition was league level. Given international caliber service and backed by international level teammates, Wondolowski is certainly capable of doing the business against overmatched regional small fries.

But it always looked like typical sports overreaction, this flawed tendency to make big, sweeping judgments from every match. (Or, in this case, the false bottom of a short series of them.)

So a week ago, some people were already handing him a ticket to Brazil. Very prematurely so. I wrote as much six days ago.

Now here we are today with two more samples to study. Wondolowski went 77 minutes last week against Costa Rica and then 60 on Sunday against El Salvador. Total goals: zero.

(MORE: What we learned about the United States vs. El Salvador)

He wasn’t awful, not by any stretch. “Wondo” is just not the difference maker that Landon Donovan is. He’s not the athlete that Eddie Johnson is. He doesn’t have the ability to create on his own the way some others in the U.S. player pool can. Wondolowski’s game gets somewhat limited at international level.

Here’s what MLSSoccer.com’s player ratings had to say: “One simple assist pass aside, Wondo was often either stranding himself from the offense or slowing it down. It didn’t help his cause that Eddie Johnson replaced him with such a strong display.”

The New York Times was more harsh still in its ratings. “Never seemed to find a place in the quick-moving U.S. attack.”  Jeff Carlisle at ESPN FC did like the striker’s link-up play, offering that is “was miles better than it was against Costa Rica, as he set up Corona’s goal and sprung Donovan with a telling through ball.” But he also noted the struggle “with some of El Salvador’s physical antics.”

It’s not over; two matches remain. The problem is Johnson, the Seattle Sounders’ striker scored immediately upon coming on Sunday. He seems certain to start in Wednesday’s semifinal, which means the San Jose man’s minutes will dwindle fast.

As I also wrote last week, roster spots are always a zero-sum game; for every roster winner there is a roster loser, in other words. Wondolowski may or may not make the final 23 for Brazil, but you have to circle the man you want knocked aside.

Jurgen Klinsmann pattern of player selection says that Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez and Eddie Johnson are all ahead of Wondolowski in the forward depth  pool. (Depending on how you want to count Dempsey, that is.) Landon Donovan is, too; we can probably all agree on that.

Today, Joe Corona looks more likely to make the roster than Wondolowski, even if he is  playing a slightly different position. Either way, it’s a roster spot, and that’s one more obstacle in a very good forward’s path to Brazil.

6 World Football Trophy displayed in Jakarta Fair 2013

6 World Football Trophy displayed in Jakarta Fair 2013

Uncommon sight in the arena Jakarta Fair 2013, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, Saturday (29/6) morning. Namely, terpampangnya 6 pieces of world football trophy that is, Barclays Premier League, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, the FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Power Championship.
As a result, it immediately attracted visitors since morning menyemuti Jakarta Fair. The plan, the Trophy on display through June 30, tomorrow.
“The ultimate goal that is as representative of the matches that will be broadcast on July 1,” said Elgen Kua, Director of Marketing and Communication MP & Silva Singapore.
It is, hoped, be able to meet consumer expectations and enthusiasm and football lovers in the country. Attendance Trophy is part of the promotion of MP and Silva and bein SPORT which claims to be the home for sports fans.
“We hope that this event is able to attract the number of sport lovers who want to experience worldwide. We will give consumers an unforgettable experience and be able to see up close and even perpetuate themselves by Trophy that we provide,” he said.
Bein SPORT global sports station, launched three new HD channels in Indonesia and is working to become the home for sports fans, which is bein SPORT 1 HD, Bein Bein SPORT and SPORT HD 2 Premier League HD 3.
This new channel will be broadcasting live on July 1, 2013 and offers a new way for fans to watch the sport they love. Also, it will display the full content line-up sports broadcasts, including live premium sports content with more than 3,300 hours of soccer games and magazine show, as well as other major sporting events including the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014.
Bein SPORT 1 HD will broadcast live football matches throughout the year. This includes impressions BPL matches live every week, and the content of the club’s BPL teams such as Arsenal Football Club, Liverpool and Spurs football magazines and TV shows featuring behind the scenes coverage of the BPL and exclusive interviews of the players.
Other exciting football content including live Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), Brazil’s national league (Paulistao and Brasileirão), Power Football League Championship, the major events such as the FA Cup, Coppa Italia and the Coupe de la Ligue, broadcast on national teams including England and Italy friendlies and qualification matches in 2014 FIFA World Cup featuring the top teams from South America and Europe.
Furthermore, Bein SPORT 2 HD will also broadcast live BPL matches, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, also sports a grand event held the Olympic Council of Asia, the 17th Asian Games, Inheon 2014, various tennis match of the ATP 250 Series, games like Baseball International Baseball Federation World Cup, the Italian Volleyball League, RBS Six Nations rugby competition, the Aviva Premiership, RaboDirect Pro12, which displays the Argentine national team, Wales, Ireland and others.

Song: Fabregas Love Barca

Song: Fabregas Love Barca

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Barcelona – The future of Cesc Fabregas speculated after Manchester United are so eager for him up from Barcelona. But the 26-year-old midfielder loves Los Cules mentioned.

The Red Devils turned to a transfer target Fabregas after Thiago Alcantara chose to accept the proposal Bayern Munich.

To realize the ambition to bring in Fabregas, Manchester United have made ​​the offer twice. The first bid of £ 30m rejected Barca. Similarly, the second bid in the amount of 34 million pounds.

About the transfer speculation that Fabregas, Barca teammate, Alex Song, provide a comment. Although the claim has not been doing talks, Song assess that loves Fabregas Barca.

“I have not talked to him, but I know that Cesc (Fabregas) is fully here,” said Song told Sky Sports.

“He loves Barcelona, the club he loves. He will remain here and give 100 per cent capacity, because I know him well and he will fight. He will focus on the club.”

“He just wants to give the best to Barcelona. He is from Barcelona, he loves Barcelona, and he wanted to start the season to show what he can do.”

“Everyone keeps talking, and talking about (his future), but we know he’s focused on the here and ready to start the season,” he added.

The words “football club”, which is eliminated in 1998, the plan will be displayed back to the United badge.

The words “football club”, which is eliminated in 1998, the plan will be displayed back to the United badge.

Manchester United’s executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, is considering to do a little modification to the club’s official emblem.

The words “football club”, which is removed in 1998 because of changes in the image, the plan will be re-listed. The omission of the article and a half decades ago is fairly controversial and invite anger most Red Devils supporters.

Woodward himself admitted he did not like the change and ready to show again “football club” to the United badge.

“I do not like the turn the badge. [Joint-chairman] Joel [Glazer] also did not like the change. We will examine and consider about it,” he told the British media on Sunday (21/7) this.

“We are a football club, not a business.”

“I have explained to our staff that we are a 135-year old club and that is that you must remember. We are a football club, a club [club] with a capital C.”

“And those who are bound in the inside there is a commercial business that will finance the purchase of a lot of players forward and we should be supportive of them.”

“We have to make sure these two elements go together but not mutually affect each other and that’s where we try to balance it.”

Herbalife is New Official Nutrition Partner of 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup

Herbalife is New Official Nutrition Partner of 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup

Global nutrition company, Herbalife (HLF), has announced that it will become the Official Nutrition Partner of the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup. This eight-team tournament, which features some of the world’s best and most prestigious football clubs from Spain, Italy, England and the United States, begins on July 27 and culminates with the championship final in Miami on August 7, 2013.

Herbalife will activate around this sports marketing platform with promotional opportunities in and around participating venues. As the Official Nutrition Partner of the event, Herbalife will also provide teams with a range of nutrition products, including its sports drink, Herbalife24 Hydrate.

The Guinness International Champions Cup, organized by Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, and broadcast by FOX, is the first-of-its-kind football tournament taking place across the globe with contests in Phoenix, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Valencia, Spain.

This agreement is part of Herbalife’s broader sponsorship program aimed at promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Herbalife sponsors more than 150 events, teams and athletes around the world, including international football star, Cristiano Ronaldo; LA Galaxy in the U.S.; FC Pumas in Mexico; Brazilian team, Botafogo; Spartak-Moscow in Russia; and the national teams of Belgium and Venezuela.