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acmilan4ever 05-05-2011 11:11

Rest of the World Leagues
 
As we already have a thread for each of the major leagues, i saw that we dont have one for the other leagues which can be discussed about. I will try and keep this thread running so guide me if i miss out any of the less major leagues in the world.

Also feel free to discuss anything about any of the other European leagues, players, managers, scandals, just about anything related ;)

Here are some current league standings and some interested articles:

Portuguese League

http://gyazo.com/32de67aafdd8e634f534307c4aa22682.png

Ukrainian League

http://gyazo.com/2cc2e56dc97fba7eeab0b987893bb45c.png

Turkish League

http://gyazo.com/87f6baead84194b19dbcb82335a33e9e.png

Russian League

http://gyazo.com/21ee80ee7931a7c18507e452535369ef.png

Edit: I know theres a RPL thread already but no one discusses anything in there so trying it out here.

Some good reads,

Trabzon and Fener fight it out for the title

Dynamo win the battle, but Shakhtar will win the war

acmilan4ever 05-05-2011 11:28

Greek FA facing funding cuts

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AEK Athens ended a nine-year trophy drought by lifting the trophy on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Atromitos but, after the game, riots ensued and some AEK fans invaded the pitch, fought with Atromitos players and abused their fans. Atromitos coach Giorgos Donis even claimed that flare guns were aimed at supporters in the VIP stands.

Greek police saw 22 officers injured - five seriously - as hooligans tossed flares, fireworks, seats and plastic bottles on to the pitch following the final whistle and arrested 13 people on charges including possession of explosives, arson and disturbing the peace.

"We have asked EPO to change the disciplinary law. If this is not done, the state will suspend all funding to Greek football," deputy culture minister George Nikitiadis told reporters. "Penalties must be put in place to stop the throwing of firecrackers and for any fan to entering the field of play. These penalties must include the deduction of points and in cases of repeat offending, relegation."

A new sports bill will be released by the government in June, enabling authorities to hand out stricter penalties to address the problem of stadium violence, with secretary for sport Panagiotis Bitsaxis adding his voice to the issue.

"The events of the Greek Cup final once again underline the position of the state that if professional football wishes to maintain its self-governed model, then it must ensure that regulations are followed and that the necessary measures for the smooth organisation of football matches are introduced," he said in a statement.

Police are also investigating the suspected arson of an AEK Athens fan club which was targeted, extensively damaging the building, as well as two cars parked outside. Although a police statement said nobody was injured and no arrests were reported.

Greek football has been plagued by violence already this season, with Olympiakos Piraeus, Panathinaikos and PAOK Salonika all being handed out supporter bans after pitch invasions.
Villas-Boas: I could be 'The S**t One'

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Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas has distanced himself from claims he is the new Jose Mourinho and warned that he could soon be regarded as 'The S**t One'.

Villas-Boas, 33, has led Porto to the brink of the UEFA Cup final after a 5-1 semi-final first-leg victory over Villarreal last week. Given that Mourinho rose to prominence with Porto's UEFA Cup success in 2003, and that Villas-Boas acted as his assistant at three different clubs, comparisons have been inevitable.

Villas-Boas, though, believes it is important that he is seen as a coach in his own right.

"I'm no rival to someone who will be the best manager of all time," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"I have to distance myself, because I believe I have my own personality and the way I work is completely different, but people associate me with one of the best managers in the world so I just have to live with that.

"People think I am the next one but I am not the next one. I am a normal coach who benefits from having top players and one day I will not benefit from having this type of talent. I am not the Special One. Maybe, then, I will be The S**t One."

Villas-Boas left Mourinho's coaching staff at the start of the 2009-10 season to take charge of Academica.

"I do not speak with Jose," he said. "After I left we spoke a lot when I was at Academica but it's a little different now.

"It was important for me to make the break. I felt I could give much more. That was something I felt inside. I fully understand the position I had then because it's the way things are.

"Everyone has their position and I was fortunate to be involved and be successful and I was always very, very professional, but I had so much more to give and I felt the urge to start managing.

"If I could have been more to Jose then that would have been good but I completely understand that he did not feel the need to get more from me, so I made my choice."

Villas-Boas has been linked with a number of top clubs around Europe.

"Anybody around the world who is successful generates interest. I take it very well. I only don't take it well when we go into lies and this is something that happens in Italy, for example, where I supposedly told a Roma director that I would not go to Roma because I was going to Liverpool and that Jose had told me to go to the Premier League rather than Serie A.

"That is just something that some guy made up and sold as a true story. Speculation is okay, but lies are not."

Having already worked at Chelsea, Villas-Boas has done little to dampen speculation he could return to Stamford Bridge despite having been sacked, along with Mourinho, in 2007.

Asked if Roman Abramovich had made a mistake, he said: "No, no, no. I don't think they made a mistake.

"Jose won the FA Cup the season before, with the Carling Cup and went to the semi-finals of the Champions League and lost on penalties to Liverpool. And that was a season when we had injuries everywhere.

"We played Paulo [Ferreira] as a central defender with [Michael] Essien. We were at the maximum of our abilities with the players we had.

"The season was still successful but the owner had other expectations and maybe he was proved right because they reached the final and had John Terry not slipped with the penalty then they would have won the cup. Again it was a question of luck." He added: "London is a city where I could live perfectly. We had some good times over there and the people in the club are fantastic - from the players, staff and the owner."

ezekiel2517 05-05-2011 11:52

When does the Russian season start?

acmilan4ever 05-05-2011 12:04

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Originally Posted by ezekiel2517 (Post 990842)
When does the Russian season start?

The new season started in mid March 2011, its currently 7 matchdays in. It will end sometime in November i think.

Last season Zenit won the league, CSKA were runners up. Both these qualified automatically for the CL draw. Rubin Kazan, who finished third will contest in the CL playoffs.

Sven 05-05-2011 12:31

I think I read somewhere that the Russian League will use European calendary next season. Don't know how they will do with the gap of 6 months though.

I watch Liga Sagres sometimes, Brazilian TV shows it, but the league is really poor lately. As good as this Porto really is, this campaign is absurd.

Dinar 05-05-2011 20:40

André Villas-Boas: The Genius Behind Porto’s Renaissance
by Rizwan Ahmed

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Far away from the noise of the Clasicos, a delicately poised Premier League finish, the talk of AC Milan wrapping up the title in Italy and the impending Champions League clash between FC Barcelona and Manchester United, there is one team which has been tearing apart opponents in their quest for European glory. Porto FC has taken Portugal and Europe by storm, comfortably winning the domestic league, staying unbeaten, and making their way to the Europa League finals; and this unprecedented success can be attributed to the genius of one man – Andre Villas Boas.
http://www.thehardtackle.com/index.p...s-renaissance/

Dottore Joey 05-05-2011 20:45

I Present the Icelandic League :lol:


acmilan4ever 05-05-2011 20:53

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Originally Posted by Sven (Post 990855)
I think I read somewhere that the Russian League will use European calendary next season. Don't know how they will do with the gap of 6 months though.

I watch Liga Sagres sometimes, Brazilian TV shows it, but the league is really poor lately. As good as this Porto really is, this campaign is absurd.

I agree about the Liga Sagres, only the matches between Sporting, Benfica and Porto are really worth watching but the rest are just :fp:

I had high hopes for Sporting to make it a 3 way for the title but looks like it will be a fight between them and Braga for that final CL playoff spot.

About the RPL, i had read that they might consider it at the end of this season, in any case they will probably have to wait from end of November till the following August to start a new season to have it run the same time as the other European leagues...Its a very difficult case, problems with the fitness and inactivity of the players, revenue loses etc...

I still doubt that they will implement it, might have done it had they won the WC bid ;)

Sven 06-05-2011 12:26

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Originally Posted by acmilan4ever (Post 991070)
I agree about the Liga Sagres, only the matches between Sporting, Benfica and Porto are really worth watching but the rest are just :fp:

I had high hopes for Sporting to make it a 3 way for the title but looks like it will be a fight between them and Braga for that final CL playoff spot.

About the RPL, i had read that they might consider it at the end of this season, in any case they will probably have to wait from end of November till the following August to start a new season to have it run the same time as the other European leagues...Its a very difficult case, problems with the fitness and inactivity of the players, revenue loses etc...

I still doubt that they will implement it, might have done it had they won the WC bid ;)

The solution I think is to make one season 6 months longer, so lasting 1 year and a half, making more league rounds or something, starting the next one in August. I think the problem is that their winter is very hard so it kinda makes no sense playing in December and January while vacation during the better weather to play.

seveners 06-05-2011 13:02

I think the title of the thread should change, so we can also discuss about other non european league, just my opinion though.

acmilan4ever 06-05-2011 13:07

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Originally Posted by seveners (Post 991318)
I think the title of the thread should change, so we can also discuss about other non european league, just my opinion though.

Done, you can start discussing any leagues or posting any good info for us :)

zorro10 06-05-2011 13:31

It looks like Vardar is going in second league :(
Vardar is the most successful team in Macedonian football history. The club is based in Skopje -the capital of Macedonia. And plays in our national arena (stadium) „Filip II“
There is one interesting story and connection, about Vardar and AC Milan. Till 1963 this club official colors were blue and white, but the capital city of Macedonia in 1963 hit terrible earthquake. There were donations all over the world, so from Milano came donation football jerseys. They were from AC Milan and from then Vardar changed their colors to black and red!
The situation in macedonian football is very bad. We have maybe the worst league in Europe, average national team and look what the president of our federation is unchangeable. No one can change him. It looks like he have big connections with FIFA UEFA because there were one big scandal about fixed matches from one our club , Pobeda from Prilep.
The situation in Vardar is very bad . The leadership of the club is changed several times but no one did something good for the club they all just stealing!
This year looks like we are going down in second league, but look what we are going in a second league with our biggest opponent Pelister from Bitola ... This are the most successful clubs in macedonian football and that's not good!
Here is the table
http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/t...g?t=1304681325
5 more league matches till the end of this season! But the chances are really low!

Jasper 06-05-2011 13:35

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Originally Posted by zorro10 (Post 991333)
It looks like Vardar is going in second league :(
Vardar is the most successful team in Macedonian football history. The club is based in Skopje -the capital of Macedonia. And plays in our national arena (stadium) „Filip II“
There is one interesting story and connection, about Vardar and AC Milan. Till 1963 this club official colors were blue and white, but the capital city of Macedonia in 1963 hit terrible earthquake. There were donations all over the world, so from Milano came donation football jerseys. They were from AC Milan and from then Vardar changed their colors to black and red!

:thumbsup:
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Originally Posted by zorro10 (Post 991333)
The situation in macedonian football is very bad. We have maybe the worst league in Europe, average national team and look what the president of our federation is unchangeable. No one can change him. It looks like he have big connections with FIFA UEFA because there were one big scandal about fixed matches from one our club , Pobeda from Prilep.

I challenge that :lol:

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So which leagues are not included into the rest of the world? The ones that are stickied?

zorro10 06-05-2011 13:50

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Originally Posted by Jasper (Post 991335)
:thumbsup:

I challenge that :lol:

_____________________________________

So which leagues are not included into the rest of the world? The ones that are stickied?

Oh yes? Then you don't know over who Andora did their first win :)
And for the club football in past years the clubs from our country always fall in first qualifying round!

Jasper 06-05-2011 16:20

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Originally Posted by zorro10 (Post 991342)
Oh yes? Then you don't know over who Andora did their first win :)
And for the club football in past years the clubs from our country always fall in first qualifying round!

Ok, I'lll let you have it, since we are sort of on the rise ATM. :lol:

But not so long ago we lost a game to you and were minutes away to give Faroe Islands their 3-rd qualifiers win(first 2 were vs San Marino).

acmilan4ever 06-05-2011 18:09

This terms Clausura in Argentina looks like a tight race so far, River finally doing better after the Apertura disappointment but Boca still struggling...

http://gyazo.com/0d1d5bd5ea13c4e0e4623649bce7b4a4.png

Jasper 06-05-2011 21:07

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Originally Posted by zorro10 (Post 991342)
Oh yes? Then you don't know over who Andora did their first win :)
And for the club football in past years the clubs from our country always fall in first qualifying round!

Forgot to add we do have the worst supported league - http://soccerlens.com/the-worst-supp...-europe/39181/ :fp:

Liverpool fan from European Football Weekends made the trip to Tallinn - http://europeanfootballweekends.blog...ra-tallin.html :fp:

Do I have the right to facepalm if I don't go to the matches very often myself? :lol:
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Originally Posted by acmilan4ever (Post 991470)
This terms Clausura in Argentina looks like a tight race so far, River finally doing better after the Apertura disappointment but Boca still struggling...

17-th team with the best form? :eek: :thumbsup:

(usual season start hype :o)

acmilan4ever 07-05-2011 19:42

Fun fact:

Falcao, one of the best strikers in the world who recently broke the record for most goals in a European competition has scored 70 goals in 80 games for his club side Porto :eek:

He has a release clause of 30m euros, can i hear a Real Madrid or a Man City :o

acmilan4ever 07-05-2011 22:56

Shakhtar Donetsk clinch sixth Ukrainian championship with derby victory over Metalurh

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Champions League quarter-finalists Shakhtar Donetsk have retained their Ukrainian league title with a 2-0 victory over city-rivals Metalurh on Saturday.

This means that the Miners have won the national championship for the sixth time in their history.

Although Shakhtar lost to their closest rivals Dynamo Kiev last week, there were to be no such slip-ups this time. Luiz Adriano gave the home side the lead in first-half stoppage time with his 10th goal of the season.

Croatia international and captain Darijo Srna made sure of the title with a second goal four minutes from the end, paving the way for a potential double as Shakhtar are in the semi-finals of the Ukrainian cup.

Although eliminated by Barcelona at the last eight stage of the Champions League this season, it has been a superb campaign for Mircea Lucescu's men, who achieved their best ever performance in Europe's elite competition.

Despite not winning a league championship in the first nine years of their existence following the break up of the Soviet Union, Shakhtar have gone on to finish top of the table in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

zorro10 08-05-2011 20:25

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Originally Posted by Jasper (Post 991612)
Forgot to add we do have the worst supported league - http://soccerlens.com/the-worst-supp...-europe/39181/ :fp:

Liverpool fan from European Football Weekends made the trip to Tallinn - http://europeanfootballweekends.blog...ra-tallin.html :fp:

Sorry I didn't back to you on this message (this forum doesn't have option to receive private message when someone quote you?) I was busy celebrating SCUDETO! :D

So when we talk about attendance ... here in Macedonia good attendance have clubs that have good organized ultras fans... the bad thing is that 70-80% of every fun group is composed with very young funs... Here in Macedonia older funs have wrong thinking and they stop going to matches at age of 24-25. And when there is some important match they all come and tell us how they are biggest funs in the world and how it was in their time :o That't make me sick :uzikill:

There is good news ! Vardar won match with (till then) 6th Sileks and we reduce the difference (Vardar won this match away :D). Now Skopje is 5 points in front of us and we have mutual match next Saturday where Vardar plays at home! We have 4 matches till the and of the season and some easy matches... there is still chance for Vardar to be saved from relegation.
I hope I'll write you more good news next Saturday!

Dinar 09-05-2011 19:38

Russian Football: Ravaged With Troubles
by Kumar Shivam - Sunday, May 8th, 2011

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The world watched in amazement as Andrey Arshavin scored through the legs of veteran Edwin van der Sar to knock home Russia’s 3rd goal of the match in the 116th minute of the quarter finals of the EURO 2008 to put the match beyond the high flying Dutchmen. Their stellar displays had made the likes of Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko the hottest properties in European football. Along with this, CSKA and Zenit’s UEFA Cup victories, within three years of each other led many to believe that, Russia’s golden generation were taking them back to the times when the USSR was a force to be reckoned with. However, two years on, the optimism has disappeared and the right to host 2018 WC remains the only glimmer of hope for football in the country which has been ravaged with problems in every area of the game – whether it is on the pitch, or in the financial or cultural spheres.
http://www.thehardtackle.com/index.p...with-troubles/

Calum1903 09-05-2011 20:11

Major fucking league. :cool:

Take that, Portugal and Russia.

acmilan4ever 10-05-2011 09:40

The King Of Europe… (not in football)
By: manos | May 9th, 2011

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The legendary Panathinaikos Basketball team won yesterday its sixth European Champions Trophy, in the Final-Four which took place in Barcelona.
Panathinaikos is the most successful team in modern European Basketball history as they have won the title, during the last fifteen years, six times while Real Madrid is in the top of the list with eight wins but with the last win in 1995 and four wins during the 1960’s but basketball was so much different back then.
http://panathinaikos.theoffside.com/...-football.html

acmilan4ever 10-05-2011 19:47

Fifa put forward proposals to make changes to offside rule & allow teams to make four substitutions per game
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The Fifa Task Force Football 2014 met for the first time today in order to review the game and discuss what the future of football could hold for football.

The main changes that the task force have proposed are allowing extra substitutions and a discussion of the offside rule, in relation to when a player is active, and to increase the number of female coaches and female referees.

The members agreed to debate allowing a fourth substitution in extra time, particularly in the case of youth competitions.

A discussion into the interpretation of the offside rule when it comes to interfering with an opponent, especially when it is not physical interference, was put forward.

The task force also debated over ‘triple punishment’ – where a red card, penalty and suspension is dished out – and agreed that in the case of denying a goalscoring opportunity, the three sanctions should only be for serious fouls.

They proposed reducing sanctions for simple fouls to deny a goalscoring opportunity, suggesting they would be punished only with a yellow card and a penalty.

The next topic for discussion was a general agreement on the need to professionalise refereeing. The group’s task is to come up with concrete solutions in order to further enhance the level of refereeing, and look into opportunities for how to better support referees for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The task force suggested that for Fifa under-17 competitions and below in both the men’s and women’s game, there should be no extra-time after 90 minutes, with a penalty shootout to determine the winner.

Women’s football was discussed, and the group was asked to come up with proposals to increase the number of female coaches and referees.

KujaIX 10-05-2011 20:13

I really don't want them to change the offside rule. Having 3 allows some technical and tactical leniency but is fair. Having 4 would just allow a manager to completely change the team almost at will and although it would entice managers to be more carefree and would probably evoke a new sense of attacking free-flowing football, it shouldn't be allowed. It's similar to why i don't want temporary substitutions. It's just not football and it allows too much tactical leniency and change.

acmilan4ever 11-05-2011 09:11

Familiar scenes as Shakhtar crowned champions of Ukraine again

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You have to go back to 1996, when Chornomorets Odesa were silver medallists, for the last time it wasn't Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk occupying the Premier League’s top two positions in one order or the other - and despite a valiant effort from Metalist Kharkiv, this season won’t buck that trend.

On Saturday, Dynamo confirmed themselves as runners-up with a 2-1 win away at Karpaty Lviv, shortly before in Ukraine’s industrial east Shakhtar wrapped up a sixth league title in the Donetsk derby. It hadn’t really been in any doubt.
http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/nevermi...ine-again.aspx

acmilan4ever 12-05-2011 18:56

Fifa & Uefa confirm progress with Bosnia-Herzegovina Football Federation over suspension

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Uefa have confirmed they have met with Fifa and the normalisation committee of the NFSBiH (Bosnia-Herzegovina Football Federation) at Fifa headquarters in Zurich as they work towards the aim of lifting the ban inflicted on the Bosnian association.

Fifa and Uefa confirmed on April 1 that Bosnia-Herzegovina had been suspended from international competitions until further notice.

The reason for the suspension was that members of the country's federation voted against a proposal to comply with Fifa and Uefa regulations that commanded the NSBiH to switch from a three-man inter-ethnic presidency to a one-man presidential system last year.

On April 12, Fifa's emergecy committee appointed the normalisation committee to ensure progress was made within the Bosnian federation.

Following today's meeting, Uefa confirmed the NFSBiH has until May 26 to accept the statutes, and they are confident an agreement can be reached.

A statement released by Uefa reads:

"The normalisation committee of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation (NFSBiH) met today with representatives of Fifa and Uefa at the home of Fifa in Zurich. This working meeting had been scheduled in order to discuss the process in relation to the statutes of the NFSBiH and the work of the normalisation committee in this regard.

"The members of the normalisation committee, led by chairman Ivica Osim, were greeted by Fifa president Joseph S. Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini, who congratulated the committee for their work and efforts and assured them of the support of the two organisations they head.

"At the conclusion of the meeting, Fifa and Uefa expressed their satisfaction with the work of the normalisation committee, which is making good progress in both the statutes process and the improvement in management of the federation. Fifa and Uefa are confident that the statutes will be approved by the established deadline of May 26."

Bosnia's next scheduled competitive fixture is a trip to Romania in a Euro 2012 qualifier on June 3.

acmilan4ever 15-05-2011 10:02

The most bizarre match of the season: Kadyrov Friends 4 – Brazil Stars 6

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“There were no financial conditions, but it was understood that there would be some funds raised to help the victims of the recent floods in Brazil.” – Bebeto.

“We realised that the people of the Chechen republic have not had a chance yet to see the players who were champions of the world and for us it was a great joy to get together and also give joy to the public.” – Dunga.

“Both our countries have problems. By playing football we are trying to contribute to settling the problems our countries are facing.” – Cafu.

The sight of seeing the Brazil 1994 squad turn up for a match in freezing Chechnya this week was one of the more strange footballing stories over the past seven days. However much those involved may have wished to argue that the match was played for altruistic reasons, and not about oodles of cash, cynics will always be doubting the real reasons why the likes of Bebeto, Cafu, Dunga, Rai, Romario and Zetti would turn up in ice-cold Russia for this exhibition.

So what happened?

With the Brazilians up 2-1 in the 25-minute first half with goals, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov scored an equaliser after he beat Zetti one-on-one after the 46-year-old goalkeeper slipped and fell on the frost-covered pitch. Kadyrov, who missed a penalty shot in the first half, scored his second goal from another penalty shot near the end of the second half. The play was then extended for 13 extra minutes, but Chechnya’s team was unable to add to the score. Cafu, Bebeto (2) and Romario also scored for Brazil, with the two remaining goals knocked in by Savio.

acmilan4ever 15-05-2011 10:03




Jasper 15-05-2011 10:41

:lol:

Kadőrov with another match where superstars 'aren't getting any money'? :lol:

Fun fact I was in the army with a guy called Kadőrov. He should be pretty good snowboarder in Estonian standards and once tried to get a army-hall-pass(dunno the terminology here) for some event in Chechenya saying he's related to Ruslan Kadőrov.

acmilan4ever 16-05-2011 09:02

Final standings for 2010/2011[Portuguese league/Liga Sagres]

http://gyazo.com/412d174d4503d3e0a686e8f9a9da7764.png

Top scorers

http://gyazo.com/168d0aebcc0f6328a4fd5823674f2f6e.png

acmilan4ever 16-05-2011 13:18

OFFICIAL: Al-Wasl, there is an agreement with Maradona

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The news is now on the web portal of Dubai clubs: Diego Armando Maradona is the new coach of Al-Wasl. His engagement was confirmed by Vice President Marwane Ben Bayatt.
Maradona agrees two-year deal to become head coach at Al Wasl - report

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Diego Maradona is believed to have signed a two-year contract to become head coach of Dubai-based club Al Wasl, The National reports.

The Argentine legend is thought to have held talks with chief executive Ashraf Ahmad Mohammed and chairman Marwan Juma Beyat over the weekend, before accepting what has been described as a 'lucrative' agreement to take charge of the team.

Maradona's imminent appointment has come as a surprise, as last month Al Wasl officials announced their decision to replace the outgoing Sergio Farias with a European coach.

However, the 1986 World Cup winner is thought to be on the verge of taking the helm, and the club are expected to confirm his appointment today.

The former Napoli and Barcelona playmaker has been out of the game since stepping down from the Argentine national team post after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

acmilan4ever 16-05-2011 16:00

The six signs Andre Villas-Boas is another 'Special One'

On Saturday evening, Porto triumphed 2-0 in Maritimo to ensure that they ended their title-winning season unbeaten. The Portuguese giants had already celebrated regaining their crown from rivals Benfica with six weeks of the campaign to spare, and their invincibility domestically has been one of Europe's most impressive achievements in 2010-11.

Masterminding this run - which has also taken the Dragons to the Taca de Portugal and Europa League finals - is Andre Villas-Boas, their ambitious, meticulous coach. The 33-year-old is emerging as one of the most respected and coveted tacticians in the game, and his heroics with Porto, driving a team that had finished third in the previous campaign to unprecedented success, have inevitably led to speculation over moves to Chelsea, Juventus and Roma.

Villas-Boas has emerged from under the guidance of Jose Mourinho to become a leader in his own right, and the similarities between pupil and mentor are numerous, and intriguing.

Bobby Robson's pupil

Villas-Boas left an indelible impression on then-Porto coach Robson, who was awestruck at the enthusiasm and knowledge base showcased by the 16-year-old, who lived in the same apartment block as the Englishman when he was manager of the Dragons in the mid-1990's.

He immediately appointed his new companion in an analytical role with the Portuguese club, a position that cultivated his particular approach to management. His rise to prominence is akin to Robson's discovery of an eager interpreter who wished to further himself in the game: Mourinho shadowed Robson at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona, honing his own techniques in the presence of the legendary figure.

When Mourinho became Porto boss in 2002, Villas-Boas' reputation that he had earned under Robson led to his appointment as assistant coach, and he retained the post under 'The Special One' at Chelsea and then Inter.

Failed footballers

The age-old debate continues to rage inside the football world as to whether great players make great managers, but both Villas-Boas and Mourinho did not progress beyond a modest level of competition in their youth. Utilised initially by Robson because of their grasp of English, both made up for their lack of experience by becoming students of the game.

By being attentive to the style firstly of Robson, their humility and willingness to learn have been characteristics that have been noted by each subsequent coach that they have worked alongside.

Rather than being able to compete and collect tactical and training techniques as a player, both have approached the game from the outside looking in, and have not been affected by convention or traditional ideas. Instead, in order to broaden his education, Mourinho immersed himself in statistics and footage of the opposition in order to gain an advantage – ideas that his protege continues to implement and adapt.

Know your enemies

Mourinho requests for an exhaustive dossier to be compiled on the next team he will face, something that began in earnest when working under Louis van Gaal at Barcelona. The Dutchman was impressed by his assistant's attention to detail, and he has carried on these ideals.

Villas-Boas was the man enlisted to scout opposition for Mourinho at Porto, and his gathering of data extended to providing each player in the match squad with a bespoke DVD containing information on the player they would be in direct competition with on matchday.

The information not only catalogued tangible data but also strived to provide a psychological profile on each player by assessing their mannerisms in training sessions. This undeniable desire to leave nothing to chance is a notorious trait of Mourinho, and one that Villas-Boas has also embraced.

2003 & 2011 record-breakers

Villas-Boas remains respectful of the opportunities offered to him by Mourinho, but cringes at consistent comparisons with his former boss, despite the obvious similarities. It was his decision to become his own man that led to a breakdown in the relationship of the pairing. But Mourinho did something similar with Robson in 2002, who begged him to become his assistant at Newcastle. He decided he wanted to rise to the challenge of coaching on his own terms – just as Villas-Boas would do to him seven years later.

Both men took steps into the relative unknown, but it is in their debut seasons at Porto that they began to defy statistics and lead their respective players on a series of record breaking runs. Mourinho's incarnation romped to the league title losing only two games in the entire campaign, while Villas-Boas' team haven't lost a single match.
In Europe, Derlei's goals propelled the Dragons through the rounds eight years ago and earned him the top scorer accolade, just as Falcao, whose 16 efforts this season make him the tournament's record holder for goals in a single campaign, has driven the class of 10-11 past every opponent that has lay in their wake.

Mourinho enjoyed just short of a 77 per cent win ratio that year – this season, Villas-Boas has achieved an astonishing 83% - it is easy to see why this Porto team, and the efforts of its coach, are being held in such high esteem.

Young phenomenons

Porto have been fortunate indeed in the past decade that their decisions to appoint two relatively inexperienced coaches have facilitated two of the most successful seasons in the history of the club.

When Mourinho arrived at the Dragons in mid-2002, he had enjoyed relative success at Uniao de Leiria and a brief spell at Benfica, but was taking on a Porto side languishing in mediocrity. He brashly announced that he would make the team champions the following season – a promise he would keep in emphatic fashion.

Similarly, Villas-Boas had led an Academica outfit seemingly doomed to relegation into a respectable league position, and was thrust into the limelight at the Portuguese giants after Jesualdo Ferreira's 2009-10 campaign had ended with the unthinkable – failure to qualify for the Champions League.

His appointment was just as much of a gamble as that of Mourinho; despite his young age and the positive attention he had received, handing over the reigns to Villas-Boas was regarded as a unnecessary risk at an uncertain time. But the determined coach defied his critics by storming to a league title that never looked in doubt, and, just as Mourinho did eight years previously, cemented his reputation of one of Europe's hottest prospects.

Beginner's luck? No chance

Back in 2003, the UEFA Cup was still regarded as a significant European trophy, before the Champions League exercised its vice-like grip on the aspirations of any major club worth their salt. In addition to domestic successes, Mourinho masterminded a semi-final victory over Lazio before beating Celtic in extra-time in Seville.

This season, Porto have rampaged through the revamped version of the same tournament, dismantling quality opposition such as Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Villarreal with ruthless efficiency. Their progression is thanks in no small part to the scoring exploits of explosive duo Hulk and Radamel Falcao. Should Villas-Boas overcome Braga to complete an identical treble to Mourinho, it would represent yet another curious parallel in the careers of both men.

Mourinho famously followed up his UEFA Cup success by lifting the Champions League the following season, with much the same group of players. Porto have been impressive enough in 2010-11 for some to suggest that they could emerge as tournament dark horses next year.

What next?

The 33-year-old is an assured man of considered thought, and has made no secret of his desire to remain a coach at the highest level for no longer than decade. He feels that the extent to which he absorbs himself in his work does not correlate with a healthy lifestyle in such a pressurised environment. In short, he wants to create a legacy and move on.

While he is likely to take on the Champions League challenge with his elite team, there will be no shortage of suitors grappling over his appointment come the summer. With Kenny Dalglish committed to Liverpool, a move to England may have to wait, but Italian heavyweights in the form of Juventus and Roma are both plotting wholesale changes. Given Villas-Boas' propensity for adapting the personnel already available to him into winners, it is little wonder he apppeals to two clubs desperate to rekindle success. Then there is the possibility of a move to Chelsea - which would inevitably lead to even more comparisons with Jose.

Twelve months can make quite a difference, however. If he were indeed to follow Mourinho's precedent and lift the Champions League in Munich in 2012, it may be that Europe's giants will be even more desperate to land their own 'mini-Mourinho'.

acmilan4ever 17-05-2011 18:27

For C4M,

Costa Rica to contest Copa America with U-23 side as Japan confirm absence

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Costa Rica are set to replace Japan in the Copa America after the Samurai Blue confirmed their absence, but the Central American nation would only travel with a team formed from Under 23 and locally-based players due to Gold Cup commitments.

As Goal.com revealed on Monday evening, the head of the Japanese FA Junji Ogura sent a letter to his Argentine counterpart Julio Grondona explaining that his side would be unable to attend the tournament. As the missive explained, the Asian side's presence was made impossible by the refusal of many European clubs to release players for the South American tournament.

The original idea was to play with J-League representatives, but due to a six week suspension made necessary by the devastating natural disasters which hit Japan earlier in 2011 the league will continue in July, meaning the Japanese FA could not field a competitive squad in Argentina.

Ole subsequently report that Costa Rica, currently coached by Argentine Ricardo La Volpe, have been chosen to fill the 12th spot in the tournament, and will later today receive an official invitation to join Group A alongside the hosts, Colombia and Bolivia. The local federation, however, according to the newspaper, have already made the decision to leave the nation's biggest stars at home.

The bulk of the side will be youngsters under the age of 23, with five over-age players permitted. These will most likely be from the Costa Rican leagues, unless foreign-based players such as Junior Diaz and Bryan Ruiz can get permission from their clubs to travel.

dev1L 18-05-2011 19:38

Genk - Standard...brutal foul


Dinar 18-05-2011 20:16

Knocking cricket off its perch: The development of football in India
18 May, 2011 | by Simon Godfrey

http://www.just-football.com/soccer-...260&w=600&zc=1

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In a country which is growing at a rapid rate economically and with a population exceeding 1.2 billion (and growing) two questions arise: 1) what chance there is of football replacing cricket as the most popular sport in India? And 2) Are we likely to see the Indian national team being able to compete on the world’s largest stage any time soon?

I have been working in India for 3 weeks now and I can tell you this – football is a popular sport in India. I have a range of 6 sports channels in my hotel room and 3 of them are constantly showing football. I’m able to watch re-runs of all the top games from the EPL and Serie A, I can watch live EPL games throughout the week and I can also watch the Champions League live. But one thing is very obvious: there’s absolutely no coverage of any Indian football.
for the rest of our troubles & plans: http://www.just-football.com/2011/05...ball-in-india/

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acmilan4ever 20-05-2011 16:47

River Plate's Erik Lamela added to local Argentina squad

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River Plate wonderkid Erik Lamela could make his Argentina national team debut on Wednesday after being added to the local Seleccion to take on Paraguay.

The 19-year-old number 10 earned the call from coach Sergio Batista after Gimnasia midfielder Luciano Aued dropped out through injury, as confirmed on Friday morning on the Argentine FA's official website. The Lobo man suffered a pelvic injury and was forced to drop out of the squad.

Lamela's River team-mate Jonathan Maidana will also miss out, after the defender limped out of Sunday's Superclasico with a sprained ankle. Tigre enganche Diego Morales takes his place in the 19-man squad.

The Albiceleste will take on their South American neighbours on May 25 at 16:00 (20:00 BST), in the newly opened Estadio Club Atletico Sarmiento in the northern province of Chaco.

Revised Argentina squad to take on Paraguay:

Goalkeepers: Juan Pablo Carrizo (River Plate):fp:, Adrian Gabbarini (Independiente).

Defenders: Luciano Monzon (Boca Juniors), Ivan Pillud (Racing Club), Federico Fernandez (Estudiantes de La Plata), Lisandro Lopez (Arsenal), Ismael Quilez (Colon de Santa Fe), Ariel Rojas (Godoy Cruz de Mendoza), Julian Velazquez (Independiente).

Midfielders: Cristian Chavez (Boca), Fabian Rinaudo (Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata), Enzo Perez (Estudiantes), Diego Valeri (Lanus), Diego Morales (Tigre), Erik Lamela (River Plate).

Forwards: Lucas Viatri, Pablo Mouche (Boca), Gabriel Hauche (Racing), Mauricio Sperdutti (Newell's Old Boys).

Sage 20-05-2011 17:32

costa rica u23 replacing Japan? wow thats really lame

Serno91 21-05-2011 19:59

Sad news, did anyone saw this, a Belgian player, Mehdi Carcela, was kicked in the head by Chris Mavinga, causing serious injury on him.
Mehdi was knocked unconscious, and was lying on the field with a broken nose and broken jaw. He recovered during halftime and has to undergo facial surgery. Really terrible...


KujaIX 21-05-2011 20:19

I saw. I used to like Mavinga as he was like a funny player who moved to Liverpool... Now i don't feel the same.


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