Soccer City FC Archives for January 2012

Hulk feeling the pressure at Zenit

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Zenit St. Petersburg's management will have breathed a huge sigh of relief on Wednesday evening after the Russian club notched up their first win of this season's Champions League campaign with a fortunate 1-0 result over Anderlecht.

Zenit were expected to challenge for the trophy this campaign after spending huge money in the summer on Hulk and Alex Witsel, but have been unconvincing so far.

Serbia Unlikely to Face Tough Action

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The racial and physical abuse subjected to England's U21 players and staff at the end of their Euro 2013 qualifying playoff against Serbia on Tuesday has rightly outraged the majority in football, who thought those sort of dark days were long gone.
After Connor Wickham tapped into an empty net to earn England a 1-0 victory and propel them into Israel next summer, the team suffered a barrage of abuse and missiles from the Serbian home crowd, while their players stormed to the celebrating England team to verbally and physically express their grievances.

Phoenix defeat not in the script

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For all the pre-season hype of marquee acquisition Alessandro del Piero taking the A-League by storm, the limelight belonged to a couple of fellow new arrivals who can only dream of enjoying the same distinguished career as the Italian maestro.

Phoenix's debutants, Stein Huysegems and teenager Louis Fenton, found themselves on the score-sheet as the home side secured a deserved victory at Westpac Stadium.

Cole Tweet could be Final Straw

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Ashley Cole's tweet criticising the FA in the wake of the John Terry racism trial is the latest example of a footballer being left red-faced using the social media platform.

When used properly, Twitter can be a great link between fans and their heroes, and provides the football-loving public with the chance to get a glimpse into the real lives of players who are usually difficult to communicate with, and often seen as living in their own bubble.