Cannavaro

AFP

Cannavaro, Oscar spearhead Chinese Champions League assault

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro and Shanghai SIPG’s record signing Oscar will spearhead a four-pronged Chinese assault when the 2018 AFC Champions League group phase begins this week.

Evergrande, Asian champions in 2013 and 2015, have Cannavaro back at the helm for the second time and open their campaign at home to Thailand’s Buriram United on Wednesday in Group G.

Cannavaro, Oscar spearhead Chinese Champions League assault

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro and Shanghai SIPG’s record signing Oscar will spearhead a four-pronged Chinese assault when the 2018 AFC Champions League group phase begins this week.

Evergrande, Asian champions in 2013 and 2015, have Cannavaro back at the helm for the second time and open their campaign at home to Thailand’s Buriram United on Wednesday in Group G.

Cannavaro quits Tianjin as Evergrande rumours swirl

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Shanghai (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro has resigned as coach of Tianjin Quanjian, the club announced Monday, just days after steering them to an AFC Champions League berth and with rumours swirling he will return to seven-time Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Italian World Cup winner, who engineered the club’s promotion to the Chinese Super League (CSL) last year and a third-place finish this year, will be succeeded by former Portuguese international Paulo Sousa, the club said.

Cannavaro quits Tianjin as Evergrande rumours swirl

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Shanghai (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro has resigned as coach of Tianjin Quanjian, the club announced Monday, just days after steering them to an AFC Champions League berth and with rumours swirling he will return to seven-time Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Italian World Cup winner, who engineered the club’s promotion to the Chinese Super League (CSL) last year and a third-place finish this year, will be succeeded by former Portuguese international Paulo Sousa, the club said.

Zidane

Coming Home: Learning To Be An American Soccer Fan

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By Jordan Brown, writing from Chicago

Watching last Tuesday's United States Men's National Team match against Guatemala, what struck me most—beyond the team's confident performance—was the support in the stands. The stadium was a packed array of red, white, and blue.

Welcome Nuri

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Nuri Sahin: A Fantastic Signing in my opinion
So it's official. Nuri Sahin, formerly of Borussia Dortmund is now officially a Real Madrid player.

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He is now the 3rd Bundesliga player to join Real Madrid in Florentino's 2nd stint at the Madrid presidency following Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil.

Welcome Nuri

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Nuri Sahin: A Fantastic Signing in my opinion
So it's official. Nuri Sahin, formerly of Borussia Dortmund is now officially a Real Madrid player.

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He is now the 3rd Bundesliga player to join Real Madrid in Florentino's 2nd stint at the Madrid presidency following Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil.

Champions League

Venezuela reelige a Hugo Chávez

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08.10.2012 - Hugo Chávez logró 7.444.062 votos (54.42%) contra 6.151.544 (44.97%) de Henrique Capriles para llevar a cabo su cuarto mandato como presidente de Venezuela (hasta 2019).
Así se veían Lionel Messi (12) y Cristiano Ronaldo (14) cuando Chávez asumía el poder (1999) y así se vieron ayer (2012) en el derby Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 2 (foto).

Defensive Errors Cost Chelsea a Defeat Against Napoli

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Another disappointed result earned by English sides on Italian soil as after Arsenal's defeat against Ac Milan not long ago, this time it's Chelsea's turn to suffer a similar outcome although Andre Villas-Boas ' team did put out a better effort than Wenger's boys.

Playing against Napoli at San Paolo, the Blues actually managed to take an early lead but got pummeled 3-1 in the end, leaving Villas-Boas in despair as his team suffered another disappointment.

World Cup

Marek Hamsik let his teammates shave off his ridiculous hair after winning the Coppa Italia

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Napoli beat Juventus 2-0 in the Coppa Italia final to spoil the end of Juve's undefeated season and finish Alessandro Del Piero's Bianconeri career on a sour note. For Napoli's Marek Hamsik, who sealed the win by scoring the second goal in the 83rd minute, it was also an end of sorts as he lived up to a promise he made about his trademark, powerful and robust mohawk.

The Future Has Been Written (and not by Nike)

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Remember the cursed 'Write the Future' Nike ad? The one in which Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Ribèry, Cannavaro and so many others had flattering close-ups and epic slow-mos just before they crashed out of the World Cup? The one in which Piqué, Cesc and Iniesta appeared as frustrated losers [read more]

Top 10 World Cup Defenders

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The 2010 World Cup may be over, but that doesn't mean there isn't still a lot to talk about. This World Cup saw a lot of high quality defensive performances from most of the teams even the unlikely ones so it only makes sense that this top ten list is comprised of the best World Cup defenders ever.

Compound Interest

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This whole World Cup was boring, I hear some folks say. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:

Siphiwe Tshabalala's rocketing first goal of the tournament, for the host nation;

Winston Reid's stoppage-time goal for New Zealand to salvage a draw with Slovakia and create general Antipodean delirium;

Maicon's wicked inside-out cut for a goal against North Korea;

A stony-faced Cannavaro consoling the weeping Quagliarella upon Italy's exit;

Messi darting about and creating Higuaín's hat-trick against South Korea;

Michael Bradley's brilliant sliding with-the-studs goal to secure a draw against Slovenia, after a long hard comeback started by Donovan's blast just after the break;

Donovan's shocking winner against Algeria, on a rip-roaring four-man fast break in stoppage time (which I will always associate with Ian Darke's giddy call);

Germany's utterly assured combination-play against Australia, England, and (above all) a befuddled and helpless Argentina plus the joy they evidently took in their own playing;

Dirk Kuyt's brilliant headed flick-along to Sneijder, from Robben's cross, for a crushing goal against Brazil, plus Kuyt's zany, mazy slow-motion run later in the match that didn't yield a goal and therefore hasn't shown up in any of the highlights and that's how I will choose to remember the Dutch from this tournament;

The manifest respect the Spanish and German players had for each other in their semifinal, a match in which there were sixteen total fouls and zero yellow cards;

Diego Forlán's incisive, threatening energy in every Uruguay match, right up to his near-equalizer with the last ball played against Germany in the third-place match;

And finally Spain: not Villa's constant threats, or even his wonderful looping 45-yarder against Chile, so much as Puyol's header, Sergio Ramos's runs up the right, and, above all, the wonderfully contrasting pair of Xavi and Iniesta: the former always vertical, calm, still, the latter zippy, darting, ridiculously clever with the ball on his feet and constantly disrupting defenses.

Italy eliminated as Paraguay and Slovakia go through

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The World Cup champions were eliminated, a strong showing from Slovakia and bad play from the Italians ended up with them finishing bottom of the group. In the other match, New Zealand were able to hold Paraguay to a draw, giving them the third spot of the group after three draws.

Here's how group F stands:

Paraguay (5)
Slovakia (4)
New Zealand (3)
Italy (2)


Quagliarella crying with Cannavaro
consoling himSlovakia - Italy






Robert Vittek gave Slovakia an early lead after some a bad pass by Daniele De Rossi, the Slovakian finished cooly in front of Marchetti.

Italy Eliminated with 3-2 loss

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What should be considered a fair result; Slovakia were better, and Italy were poor, it's just as simple as that. In the end Italy ends up right where they deserve to end up, the bottom of the table, behind New Zealand, Slovakia, and Paraguay. Italy has not played well throughout their three games, only turning it on in the final minutes after they'd gone down a goal.

How Italy Will Beat Slovakia

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Despite Italy's lackluster performance in their first two group stage matches, the Azzurri have the chance to advance into the next round of the World Cup with a win or a tie plus help. Some excellent analyses of the Italian team's weaknesses have been published over the last few days, and the negatives about this Italian team have seemingly come true (too old, not enough play makers, etc.

Italy V New Zealand Live Thoughts

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I was going to do a live blog for the USA game against Slovenia, and in retrospect I wish I had done, because instead I went early to watch England's dire performance against an organised Algeria side. There was also the fact that the USA game was hugely entertaining and I'm expecting their last match with Algeria to be much the same.

Serie A

How the mighty have risen in Italy

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By Max Grieve

Six years ago in Bari, the directors watched on as Juventus celebrated their 29th Scudetto. Celebrations moved from beneath the stadium to the team bus, which Luciano Moggi boarded in tears. The players too, though they appeared to hide it well, must have known what was to come.

Chelsea Lose 3-1 To Napoli

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Once again Chelsea took the lead away from home in a Champions League tie, and just like they did in the group stages, they let that led get away as they 3-1 in Napoli in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie.

It was three really poor goals that Chelsea gave up in Italy tonight.

Napoli – Cagliari 2-1: al San Paolo è Cavani show!

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Napoli – Cagliari 2-1: al San Paolo è Cavani show! Di Paolo Esposito Secondo posticipo consecutivo per il Napoli, che tra le mura amiche affronta il Cagliari dell'ex Donadoni. Padroni di casa che si schierano con il classico 3-4-2-1 che vede De Sanctis in porta, Santacroce, Cannavaro e Ruiz in difesa, Zuniga e Dossena ai lati dei centrali di centrocampo Pazienza e Yebda, con in avanti il trio

Probabili Formazioni Matchday 20 Italian Serie A

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Probable Formations Matchday 20 Italian Serie A Napoli vs Fiorentina Napoli (3-4-2-1): DeSanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Maggio, Gargano, Pazienza, Dossena, Sosa, Lavezzi, Cavani Fiorentina (4-3-3): Boruc, DeSilvestri, Gamberlini, Kroldrup, Pasqual, Donadel, Montolivo, D'Agostino, Ljajic, Santana, Gilardino Inter vs Bologna Inter (4-3-1-2): Castellazzi, Maicon, Lucio, Cordoba,.

Kickette Fail Files: Ezequiel Lavezzi, Napoli

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It's unusual for us to be disappointed when we find a man in this position. But there's a first for everything. (Getty Images/Zimbio)

Ok. Because it's Friday we're prepared to take at least part of the blame for this one. We accept that in a previous post we *may* have set unrealistic expectations by alerting you guys to the general manliness that is Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Edinson Cavani

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea need comeback, Madrid return home & more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

If Chelsea are to win their long-sought-after UEFA Champions League title, they must mount a comeback against a high-powered opponent in Wednesday's Round of 16 second leg with Napoli.

Napoli bring a 3-1 advantage into Stamford Bridge to take on a Chelsea side trying to find its way after the firing of Andre Villas-Boas.

UCL Rewind: Napoli push Chelsea to brink, Madrid stunned with draw & more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

England is in danger of having no teams in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1995-96 after Chelsea were defeated by Napoli 3-1 in the first leg of the Round of 16.

Juan Mata's fortuitous goal midway through the first half was cancelled out by Ezequiel Lavezzi's brace and Edinson Cavani's goal just before halftime.

Napoli Out To Wreck English Football

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With the Blues current performances in the league, many are writing them off in tonight's Champions League knockout stage first leg fixture against Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo.

Truth be said, Chelsea have a mountain to climb in Italy tonight and if reports doing the rounds stating that AVB will start Torres are true, i would urge all Chelsea fans to expect another disappointing outcome.

Napoli Out To Wreck English Football

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With the Blues current performances in the league, many are writing them off in tonight's Champions League knockout stage first leg fixture against Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo.

Truth be said, Chelsea have a mountain to climb in Italy tonight and if reports doing the rounds stating that AVB will start Torres are true, i would urge all Chelsea fans to expect another disappointing outcome.

India

... y el futbol llegó por fin a Bollywood

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Por snedecor
Cualquiera que mire los datos de este mercadillo de invierno debe rendirse a la evidencia: para nosotros, sucios PIGS cubiertos de deuda hasta las cejas, parece que se han acabado los tiempos del derroche futbolero, al menos si no tienes unos amiguitos bien situados en el Golfo Pérsico.

Fabio Cannavaro Among Big Names Joining India's PLS

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Last year the Indian Football Association announced it would be launching Premier League Soccer in early 2012, with six franchises. The franchises are located in Kolkata, Howrah, Asansol, Midnapore, and Siliguri. When the league was announced, IFA also stated that each team would have one icon player and a maximum of three overseas players and one overseas player from Asia.

Asamoah Gyan

Money Football

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By Kaushik Lakshman

Last week we saw a bizarre transfer when Al-Ain announced that they will be signing Asamoah Gyan on a one year loan at ridiculous wages. Gyan obviously took the option. Many questioned the move, accusing him of being a money grabber, accusing him of making a terrible move with respect to his career and what not.

FIFA’s Golden Ball Nominees: No Defensive Players At The World Cup

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Her's FIFA's Golden Ball nominees list for this World Cup's best player award, selected by FIFA's "technical study group": Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands, David Villa of Spain, Diego Forlan of Uruguay, Asamoah Gyan of Ghana, Andres Iniesta of Spain, Lionel Messi of Argentina, Mesut Oezil of Germany, Arjen Robben of the Netherlands, Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany and Xavi Hernandez of Spain.

Liverpool

Europa League Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool

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Gone are the days when the great Diego Maradona weaved his magic at the Stadio San Paolo, but Napoli are slowly but surely moving in the right direction towards recreating the glory days.
Mazzarri's men finished 12th in 2008-09, sixth last season, and are currently in fourth position in Serie A.

NAPOLI READY TO FACE LIVERPOOL

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Napoli team captain Paolo Cannavaro is ready for the Europa League showdown with Liverpool on Thursday night.

The Reds, who are sitting on top of Group K, will make their way to Italy with a win and a draw in their pocket. Napoli, on the other hand, are currently in second with two draws.

Italy

GroupC. Northern Ireland v Italy Preview

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Matchup: Northern Ireland v. Italy
Fixture: Windsor Park - Belfast
Time: 20:45CET

Introduction: The last time the Azzurri lined up against Northern Ireland was during the lead up to the 2009 Confederations Cup. It was quite possibly the greatest showing by the Lippi helmed squad since he took over from Donadoni in the summer of 2008.

Italy Captain Fabio Cannavaro Blames Lack of Good Young Players Instead of Himself for World Cup Failure

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Veteran cleverly deflects blame for shocking display.

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Fabio Cannavaro has called on Italy to put their resources in developing younger players as the defender prepares for international retirement.

calcio

Bonucci e Ranocchia suonano la carica: difensori italiani all’attacco

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Molto spesso si parla della carestia di nuovi difensori italiani. Dopo la trilogia dorata: Scirea-Baresi-Cannavaro che ci ha regalato tre finali mondiali di cui due vinte, sembra che l'Italia pallonara abbia smarrito la via dei bravi difensori. La vulgata dice che se gli attaccanti italiani proliferano, per andare a scovare difensori italici, bisogna prendere il lanternino: nel calcio i luoghi comuni abbondano.

Mondiali 2010: Ecco la Flop 11 di Stadio Goal. Paperone Green, Kakà nervoso, Rooney anonimo

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FLOP 11

Dopo una "dura" selezione, ecco un undici formato dai peggiori per ruolo di Sudafrica 2010. A leggere i nomi sarebbe una formazione molto forte con un attacco da sogno, peccato che questo mondiale per tali giocatori si sia presto trasformato in incubo.

Modulo: 4-2-3-1
Green; Otamendi, Cannavaro, Terry, Evra; Felipe Melo, Marchisio; C.

Mondiali 2010: Italia-Slovacchia, le pagelle degli azzurri. Fallimento Lippi, male capitan Cannavaro, si salvano Pirlo e Quagliarella

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Ecco le ultime pagelle, quelle preparate dal nostro esperto, Marco, sulla gara che ha coinciso con la deludente e amarissima eliminazione dell'Italia dal Mondiale Sudafricano. Spazio dunque a Marco e ai suoi voti.

MARCHETTI 5: non ne prende una.

(video) Mondiali 2010: Italia-Nuova Zelanda 1-1. Il cielo è poco azzurro, De Rossi duro: “Così si torna a casa”

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Niente da fare, nemmeno contro una Nuova Zelanda volenterosa ma modesta, l'Italia riesce a centrare il primo successo mondiale. Una brutta nazionale quella vista a Nelspruit, una squadra apparsa tesa e incapace di sviluppare una manovra armoniosa.

The Rest

Bayern’s Run of Clean Sheets Ends With an Own Goal

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This feels like the only fitting way. Put the ball in the back of the net yourself, if no other team is able to. Holger Badstuber put it there under pressure to Napoli's credit. Philipp Lahm failed to deal with Maggio to Badstuber's credit. And so Manuel Neuer's record run across all competitions ended after 1147 minutes.

Lost in Space

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Sometimes your team is just beaten by a better team. Sometimes the opponent is stronger or faster or more technically skilled, and you just have to take your beating with the best grace you can muster. Thus the equanimity with which Alex Ferguson accepted Manchester United's loss to Barcelona in last season's Champions League final: Barça was simply and obviously better.