Peruzzi’s Sunderland move set to go ahead despite failed medical

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Sunderland is closing in on the signing of Velez Sarsfield fullbackGino Peruzzi despite the player failing initial medical tests, the Argentine club has confirmed.

Peruzzi has agreed in principle to join the Black Cats, and he travelled with Velez general managers Julio Baldomar and Eduardo Ordonez to England to further the negotiations. He was found to have an issue with his knee ligaments, which were initially damaged during a Copa Argentina defeat to Olimpo in April.

Sunderland insisted on further tests being carried out at the Villa Stuart Sport Clinic in Rome, but exercises of the affected area yielded positive results.

Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio and his squad have travelled to Hong Kong to participate in the Barclays Asia Trophy, but club officials have indicated to Velez that the deal will be finalized later this week.

Di Canio has been busy re-shaping his squad during the offseason, as he looks to build on a 17th-place finish during the previous campaign. Peruzzi would become the Di Canio’s 10th signing of the transfer window, joining the likes of USA striker Jozy Altidore, Modibo Diakite and Emanuele Giaccherini in making the switch to the Stadium of Light.

Arsenal win for Wenger on Japanese return

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Giroud sent the visitors on their way after just three minutes at a packed Toyota Stadium before Japanese midfielder Ryo Miyaichi got his debut Arsenal goal from the penalty spot. England’s Theo Walcott added a third after half-time before Kisho Yano gave Nagoya reason to cheer with a consolation strike 18 minutes from the end.

“Of course it was a special event with almost a full crowd,” Wenger said afterwards. “I think especially in the first half we played with great fluency, created many chances and the game was very interesting.

“In the second half, we were capable of maintaining the pace but we lost a bit of cohesion. Above all it was a very interesting game.”

Arsenal had scored 14 goals in their games against the Indonesian Dream Team and Vietnam and there was no let-up in front of a record 42,919 fans — many of them red-shirted — in Toyota.

With the action barely underway, Tomas Rosicky supplied the cross as Giroud climbed for a header which he buried past Nagoya goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki.

Wenger deployed Miyaichi from the start and when Marcus Tulio Tanaka handled in the box, the promising youngster buried the spot-kick on 26 minutes for his first Arsenal goal and a 2-0 lead.

Walcott was denied by the ‘keeper’s legs as Arsenal pressed for a third, while Yoshizumi Ogawa nearly reduced the arrears but scuffed his shot harmlessly.

Arsenal resumed their assault after the break but Nagoya came close when their Australia striker Josh Kennedy volleyed over an empty goal under pressure from two defenders.

Walcott repeatedly threatened for Arsenal and he stole in for their third goal — after a sumptuous pass from 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem — with a lifted shot over Nagoya ‘keeper Narazaki.

The night was Arsenal’s but Nagoya were rewarded for their efforts when Kisho Yano planted a firm header past Lukasz Fabianski after a high cross from the right. “We didn’t give up, we tried until the end to score a second goal,” said Nagoya coach Dragan Stojkovic, who played under Wenger at the Japanese club.

“It was a memorable day, a memorable game. Of course, they can go home very satisfied.” Arsenal, hoping to end an eight-year trophy drought this season, now travel to Saitama where they will play Japan’s Urawa Reds on Friday.

Wenger had an 18-month stint as Nagoya manager before joining Arsenal in 1996 and embarking on a run which has yielded three Premier League titles and four FA Cup wins.

 

Chelsea’s players Fasting Ramadan in Jakarta!

Wah, Pemain Chelsea Ini Bepuasa Ramadhan di Jakarta!

Chelsea arrivals to Jakarta fanfare greeted by their fans since landing at Halim International Airport, Tuesday (23/7) afternoon. But it turns out, in the middle of frenzied excitement of the arrival of Chelsea, there is one player who chose to remain relaxed while running fast. Who are ya?
He was Demba Ba! As is known, the Chelsea striker back number 9 this is the only Chelsea player who is Muslim and the middle of Ramadan fasting. With his return to Jakarta, Demba Ba was ready to feel the atmosphere of Ramadan in Jakarta.
Several hours before his departure to Jakarta, Ba also had singing in his Twitter account that he will be happy to fly to Jakarta with the atmosphere of Ramadan in different countries.
“Great time at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Off to Jakarta, see you in few hours .. Insha Allah!” Ba chirping.
Some Chelsea fans who know that Ba is also being abstinent was immediately reply to the Ba chirp with various sayings such as, “Congratulations fasting in Jakarta, Ba!”, “Congratulations to feel the atmosphere of Ramadan in Jakarta Demba Ba!” and others.
Previously, Ba was also still running the fast of Ramadan in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, two first city visited by Chelsea in their Asian tour this time.

Mourinho Ask MU To Forget Ronaldo

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has asked Manchester United to forget their desire to bring Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford this summer. According to him, it’s difficult to achieve that desire.

Players are often addressed this on several occasions CR7 often talked about his desire to fierce competition the Premier League and his former club, Manchester United. MU is used to lure Ronaldo is hoping to return.

However, Mourinho believes, desires Red Devils will collide with Los Blancos decisions that retain Ronaldo “tooth and nail”. And Mourinho believes, a bid of any of the other clubs who are interested in Ronaldo, would be countered by Madrid.

“All I know is, Real Madrid is a club rich. They do not need to sell players. I think, they could confront a variety of offers from other clubs who want to have Ronaldo,” Mourinho said as quoted by Tribal Football.

“I know, Ronaldo loves Manchester United and I know he loves the Premier League. But, I think he will stay.’s Just a feeling, I have no communication with Ronaldo, feeling alone,” said the Portuguese coach. (art)

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.

Chelsea supporters in Malaysia “Disarm” MU supporters

Genesis horrendous coloring duel Chelsea vs Malaysia XI at Shah Alam Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 21, 2013. One of the spectators wore costumes reckless Manchester United in the midst of tens of thousands of fans of The Blues.

Inevitably, the unidentified audience it became the butt of Chelsea supporters. I wonder what’s in the minds of the audience that the Red Devils dressed.

As reported by the Daily Star, aware of the presence of supporters of Manchester United, Chelsea fans who were around him immediately threw scorn. Not only that, fans of The Blues also “disarmed” costume worn MU the reckless spectators. However, it is not known whether the jersey is returned or not.

Suporter The Blues lucuti pakaian MU

Although opponents faced Chelsea is Malaysia XI, the presence of MU fans still angered fans of The Blues. Understandably, United is one of the toughest rivals Chelsea in the Premier League stage.

Compete at the Shah Alam Stadium, Chelsea managed to win the game by a score of 4-1. The Blues were born four goals from Bertrand Traore, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, and Victor Moses. While consolation goal from a header Malaysia XI was born Mohd Fadhli Mohd Shas.

After visiting Malaysia in pramusimnya tour, Chelsea will continue his visit to Indonesia. Chelsea set to have a friendly face of Indonesia All Stars at the Bung Karno Main Stadium (SUGBK), Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (one)

Soon Chelsea Academy Opens in Indonesia

Chelsea has scheduled to open football academy in Indonesia with the name Chelsea Soccer School. The Blues will be sent direct staffers to oversee the club’s coach of the Chelsea Soccer School program in Indonesia.

Preparation Chelsea Soccer School has reached the final stage. As it says the sponsor, Chelsea Soccer School will come soon, stay perfect things to be more mature and ready.

Youth development program is expected to help introduce the way Chelsea play good football and correct. Not only that, Chelsea had opened my eyes to the potential that the seeds have a chance to study at the Chelsea football academy in London, England.

“Chelsea has a staff of coaches that specialized in developing international football. Essence of this program, we will be happy when football across the world can move forward,” said International Development Director Chelsea, David Monk.

For Indonesia, the Chelsea coach sends four staff, including Monk, who was present to give a coaching clinic at Samsung’s event held on Sunday (07/21/2013). They will choose the local trainers who train the task feasible Chelsea Soccer School. However, Monk et al still oversee the performance and development of the Chelsea Soccer School in Indonesia.

“We do a selection of some trainers from Indonesia in Malaysia, some time ago. Process is rigorous. If not feasible with the vision and mission of Chelsea, so we did not choose. Now, we have found three decent coach for Chelsea Soccer School,” light Monk.

Libya Bans Soccer Team Women Competed in Germany

Women’s national team soccer Libya will most likely fail to participate in Discover Football tournament in Germany which starts on Saturday (07/20/2013).

This event will bring together women’s soccer team from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, and Germany. The German government funded the tournament is to be a meeting of Middle East women’s soccer players since 2011.

However, the Libyan Football Federation, the reason the tournament was held in the middle of the month of Ramadan, stating that the country’s women’s team can not go to Germany.

“The federation said we could not go to Germany because he was fasting. We’d love to go, but the federation banned, “said midfielder Hadhoum el-Alabed.

El-Alabed (37), which is the most senior player in the squad Libya and have studied in Liverpool, said the ban was a matter of destroying the dream of social change after the fall of Moammar Khadaffy.

“The other teams could go to Berlin, then why can not we? All players cry when we federated states can not go, “said El-Alabed

Earlier, the Libyan Football Federation has given the green light for her team compete in Germany. However, they later changed their minds.

“We are currently in Ramadan. We are not opposed to women’s soccer, “said Secretary General of the Libyan Football Federation Nasser Ahmad.

Difficulties for women Libya football team is like no end. Before prohibited competed, they also received threats from radical Islamic groups.

This threat makes El-Alabed et al had to practice in secret, always on the move, and not infrequently they have to practice under the protection of the army.

In June, the group Ansar al-Sharia, which is related to the murder of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, issued a fatwa condemning women’s soccer.

“It’s (women’s soccer) is a matter that we can not accept because it is not in accordance with Islamic law,” the group said.

“Football makes women should be open most of his body and wearing a dress that is unacceptable,” added Ansar al-Sharia.

A leading cleric Libya, Salim Jabar, even urged that country women’s soccer team was dissolved.

“This team is made up of tall beautiful women and it’s not necessary this country,” said Jabar.

“Since the first day they join the team, they’ve sold themselves and give a sense of shame to their families,” he added.

In the reign of Khadaffy, women were allowed to play football masiih although in a limited format. They only play indoors away from public sight.

This prohibition also regrettable coach Emmad El-Fadeih. He said all the players have to follow the rules by wearing gym clothes and no socks and covered shorts.

“They also wear the hijab,” said El-Fadeih.

Although Libya is almost certainly not going to go to Germany, the committee said that the place for Libya remains open.

“We’ve heard what happened. We will wait for further developments, “said a spokesman for Discover Football, Johanna Kosters.

Vincent Kompany: New Players Make Man City Stronger

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes recruits players for City would put his side diluting the gap with Manchester United in terms of squad depth.

City failed to repeat last season’s achievement of the previous season after they trailed by 11 points than United, who eventually clinched long before last week.

Early this season, City players bring new kinds of Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, and Fernandinho along with new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Kompany believes a new power will mendatakan title next season. “We played a great part in the transfer market so far,” said Kompany as reported by Soccerway.

“There is a little gap between us and the champions last season and we did everything to attenuate the distance.”

“It will be a good season and I’m sure other teams will also be competitive. We are a team who can look forward and say we will compete on all fronts,” said the Belgian national team players.