Sami Hyypia

EURO 2016

Five things on Albania after their first Euro 2016 win

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Paris (AFP) Five things about Albania who scored their first goal and won their first game in a major tournament against Romania at Euro 2016 on Sunday:

Sadiku demands game time

Albania's goalscoring hero Armando Sadiku was FC Zurich's leading scorer last season when he demanded to go out on loan to get more playing time so he could make it into Albania's Euro 2016 squad.

Five things on Albania after their first Euro 2016 win

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Paris (AFP) Five things about Albania who scored their first goal and won their first game in a major tournament against Romania at Euro 2016 on Sunday:

Sadiku demands game time

Albania's goalscoring hero Armando Sadiku was FC Zurich's leading scorer last season when he demanded to go out on loan to get more playing time so he could make it into Albania's Euro 2016 squad.

English Premier League

Everton icon Duncan Ferguson deserves his testimonial date at Goodison Park

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Testimonials are typically a time to look back and wistfully reminisce. So after it was announced Everton would be hosting a belated one for former striker Duncan Ferguson against Villarreal, it was no surprise to see a poll running on the club's official website recollecting some of the current first team coach's best moments in a blue shirt.

Everton icon Duncan Ferguson deserves his testimonial date at Goodison Park

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Testimonials are typically a time to look back and wistfully reminisce. So after it was announced Everton would be hosting a belated one for former striker Duncan Ferguson against Villarreal, it was no surprise to see a poll running on the club's official website recollecting some of the current first team coach's best moments in a blue shirt.

Suso, Yesil, And Pacheco In Europa League Squad

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Once the international break and its mind-numbing two weeks' worth of action wraps up, Liverpool are faced with taking part in three different competitions in one week. That'll be terrific from a viewing standpoint or just the worst, like everything else but remarkably difficult for the players, who'll have trips to Sunderland and Norwich as bookends of matches in the Europa League, Premier League, and League Cup that take place on September 20th, September 23rd, and September 26th respectively.

Xabi: I Learnt From Carra, Stevie, Didi & Sami

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Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has told how he feels the Spanish national side benefited from players moving to play in the Premier League, including himself.
Alonso moved to Anfield in 2004 and spent five years at the club under Rafa Benitez. He is still held in high regard by Liverpool supporters and always speaks affectionately of his time at the club, where he won the Champions League in 2005.

DAILY POLL: Is it time for Jamie Carragher to step aside at Liverpool FC?

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Jamie Carragher's form seems to be a concern for Liverpool fans at the moment, and questions are being asked over his place in the team. Should he still be an automatic starter, or has the time come for Carra to step back and spend more time on the bench?

Carragher is 33, which is young compared to other legendary Liverpool defenders like Sami Hyypia and Alan Hansen, both of whom were still playing for the club - and doing an outstanding job - at the age of 36.

God Wants a Job, Financial Fair Play, and Other Monday Notes

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Some of us might be able to spend the day watching Raheem Sterling's wonder strike over and over again, but that doesn't mean there aren't other things out there to worry about from a Liverpool point of view. Besides, a quick break to catch up on the Monday news and notes could do you good...

* First off, God wants a job.

Why Gerard Houllier is destined to fail at Villa

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After a week of anticipation, in which papers published pretty much the same story every day, Gérard Houllier has finally been confirmed as Martin O'Neill's successor at Aston Villa.

There is no doubt that Houllier has established himself as a fine manager and gathered experience in the Premier League from his time at Liverpool.

Liverpool

Sami The Seagull: Ex-Liverpool Legend Hyypia Closes In On Brighton Hot-Seat

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Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia is close to taking over the hot-seat at Brighton & Hove Albion in a rather surprising yet logical move for the 40-year-old Finn.

Hyppia, who spent 10 years at Liverpool, where he won the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and a couple of FA Cups amongst other trophies, had initially enjoyed a successful spell as manager of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

Liverpool Set For January Transfer Talks with Barcelona Defender

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Liverpool are believed keen to once again strengthen in the January transfer window with one place of need being at right back.
Although the Reds are believed to be well covered with both England National team right-back Glen Johnson and youngsters Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom, the injury problems Brendan Rodgers has faced since his arrival on the right side of defense keeps him in doubt at many times.

The Day When Chelsea Demolished Rafa Benitez 4-1 [VIDEO]

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Five months after winning the 2005 UEFA Champions League, then manager Rafa Benitez took his Liverpool team to Stamford Bridge to play against Chelsea on October 2, 2005.

Chelsea were in breathtaking form thrashing Liverpool 4-1. Frank Lampard opened the scoring for Chelsea from the spot after Didier Drogba was fouled by Traore.

Video Highlights: Liverpool 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

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Raheem Sterling took just three minutes to net his first senior Liverpool goal...

Sami Returns To Anfield

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In the last friendly of the season for Liverpool, Sami Hyypia brought his Bayer Leverkusen side to Anfield on Sunday. It was brilliant to see Sami back at the club he spent most of his career at, I must admit, I've missed that smile of his.

Liverpool scored 3 goals in the game whilst Leverkusen could only find one return.

Sami Returns To Anfield

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In the last friendly of the season for Liverpool, Sami Hyypia brought his Bayer Leverkusen side to Anfield on Sunday. It was brilliant to see Sami back at the club he spent most of his career at, I must admit, I've missed that smile of his.

Liverpool scored 3 goals in the game whilst Leverkusen could only find one return.

Past Players: Volume 6 - Sami Hyypia

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Sami Hyypia was at Liverpool Football Club for a fantastic 10 years. As Houllier's signing in 1999, I grew up with the Finnish defender commanding the Liverpool back four. From a relatively unknown element brought into the Liverpool side he flourished into a fan favourite and a legend in his own right.

Sami Hyypia becomes Bayer Leverkusen's interim coach

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Old Liverpool hand Sami Hyypia becomes Leverkusen's interim coach

A string of poor results including a weekend loss to Freiburg ended Robin Dutt's reign at Bayer Leverkusen. Dutt's team was sitting in seventh in the Bundesliga far removed from its runners up position last season.

Bayer announced Sami Hyypia, coach of the reserve team and Sascha Lewandowski, the U-19 head honcho would manage Leverkusen to the end of the season.

Hyypia Makes Management Move

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Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia has been appointed interim manager of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, following the sacking of Robin Dutt on Sunday.
Dutt's departure comes after less than a season in command at the BayArena and with Leverkusen facing the prospect of missing out on European competition next season.

My Favourite Liverpool Players

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What might have been: No 4 - Houllier robs Liverpool fans of the game of the century

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On the 9th April 2002, a particularly catastrophic tactical decision by Gerard Houllier robbed Liverpool FC of the chance to participate in what would undoubtedly have been the game of the century.

On the night in question, Liverpool faced Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.

What might have been: No 4 - Houllier robs Liverpool fans of the game of the century

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On the 9th April 2002, a particularly catastrophic tactical decision by Gerard Houllier robbed Liverpool FC of the chance to participate in what would undoubtedly have been the game of the century.

On the night in question, Liverpool faced Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.

Liverpool Sign Sebastian Coates

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Liverpool Sign Sebastian Coates

Liverpool have completed the signing of Sebastian Coates after the player was granted a full work permit today. The Uruguayan joins from Club Nacional for around £6m. There had been a delay in confirmation of the Coates deal but it is now understood to have been finalised upon receipt of a work permit, for which he qualified as an international player with outstanding potential.

Liverpool Eye Sebastian Coates

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Liverpool Eye Sebastian Coates

Liverpool are eyeing a move for Club Nacional defender Sebastian Coates, according to several sources including the Telegraph and the Mirror . The Reds require reinforcements at the back having agreed a deal to sell Sotirios Kyrgiakos to Wolfsburg earlier this week.

Rumour Mongering: Lining Up Replacements as Kyrgiakos Heads to Wolfsburg

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One more player leaves Liverpool while rumours swirl about potential replacements. Plus Aquilani's agent doing what he does best, papers rehashing year old stories, and all the rest of the week's fun as the rumour mills hit top gear again with the window heading to its close...

Sotirios Kyrgiakos

The big Greek defender left for Wolfsburg on a free transfer late on Monday, the player eager to get more playing time than seemed likely at Liverpool and the club happy to get his wages off the books.

Sami Hyypia: I'll be red for life

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Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia says he will be a fan of the club for life after announcing his retirement this week.

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Hyypia Calls Time On Career

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Bayer Leverkusen defender Sami Hyypia has confirmed he will retire from playing at the end of the Bundesliga season.
The ex-Liverpool man won a wealth of trophies during his time at Anfield and will take up a coaching role with Leverkusen next term.
Hyypia, who joined the Reds from Willem II, helped the Merseysiders win the UEFA Champions League, Uefa Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two European Super Cups during his time at Anfield.

Former Liverpool Defender Sami Hyypia Hoping For Anfield Return

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Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia is dreaming of a Europa League return to Anfield.
The Finnish centre back became a legend during his time on Merseyside, spending a decade with Liverpool and skippering the side before Steven Gerrard took the armband.
Bayer Leverkusen signed the player on a free transfer in the summer of 2009, and Hyypia has enjoyed a successful spell with the Bundesliga outfit thus far.

RYAN BABEL: Still suffering the negative impact of the 'Benitez Effect'...

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During Rafa Benitez's reign as Liverpool manager I often wrote about a negative phenomenon known as the 'Benitez Effect'. One of the regular victims of that very real issue was Ryan Babel, and judging by his latest comments today, he's still suffering the residual impact of his constant alienation at the hands of Liverpool's former manager.

Houllier’s a good manager, but still a concern for Aston Villa fans

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The second the rumours about Gerard Houllier being the next Villa manager went from conjecture to confirmation I was asked by a friend of mine what I as a Villa fan thought about it. Well he's got a great record I said, but still.....and that's the thing about Gerard Houllier, he has got an excellent CV, but there is still a faint whiff of failure (read: ridicule) hanging over his sunken, Gallic head.

Roy Hodgson Tried To Re-Sign Liverpool Legend

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BAYER Leverkusen chief Wolfgang Holzhauser has confirmed that veteran centre-back Sami Hyypia was close to re-signing for Liverpool.

Roy Hodgson admitted earlier this month that he had unsuccessfully attempted to buy the Finn out of the remaining one year of his contract for Bayer.

Bayer Leverkusen

Arsenal Target Pens New Deal Ending Emirates' Hopes

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Arsenal have long been linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. The German international has been a big part of why Sami Hyypia's side have been a major force in the Bundesliga this season thus far.

Although there were rumors of the Gunners being set to make a January approach for the player according to Sky Sports, the 24-year-old inked a new deal with Leverkusen Thursday afternoon.

Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and Referee Felix Brych React After ‘Phantom Goal’ in the Bundesliga

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When Bayer Leverkusen, currently managed by former Liverpool manager Sami Hyypia, kicked off week nine in the Bundesliga versus TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Rhein-Neckar Arena on Friday, little did they know the spotlights would be on a ‘phantom goal' that gave Leverkusen the victory.

A header by Stefan Kießling after a corner in the 70th minute hit the side netting of Hoffenheim goalkeeper, yet referee Felix Brych pointed to the center of the pitch confirming the goal.

Rafael Benitez

Big Finn retires from football

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Fanzone: Daniel Agger – Too Good To Keep?

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TweetAn article by Paul Boyham.

You can follow Paul on Twitter at @paulboyham and also see more of his articles here on his blog.

In the 2006 January transfer window, Daniel Agger moved to Liverpool from Brondby for what was a club record fee for a defender, at £5.8m. Agger made his Liverpool debut that February against Birmingham City, a match which also saw the ‘second coming' of Robbie Fowler.

Fanzone: Daniel Agger – Too Good To Keep?

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An article by Paul Boyham.

You can follow Paul on Twitter at @paulboyham and also see more of his articles here on his blog.

In the 2006 January transfer window, Daniel Agger moved to Liverpool from Brondby for what was a club record fee for a defender, at £5.8m. Agger made his Liverpool debut that February against Birmingham City, a match which also saw the ‘second coming' of Robbie Fowler.

Fanzone: Daniel Agger – Too Good To Keep?

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TweetAn article by Paul Boyham.

You can follow Paul on Twitter at @paulboyham and also see more of his articles here on his blog.

In the 2006 January transfer window, Daniel Agger moved to Liverpool from Brondby for what was a club record fee for a defender, at £5.8m. Agger made his Liverpool debut that February against Birmingham City, a match which also saw the ‘second coming' of Robbie Fowler.

Jamie Redknapp

Soccer-Aid Penalty Shoot-Out Woody Harrelson Scores Winner!

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Robbie Williams hosted his annual soccer-aid match last night for charity at Old Trafford last night and what entertainment it gave us all.

Soccer Aid 2010

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Soccer Aid kicks off today in Manchester. Good luck to TF3 friend Robbie Williams!

England:
Manager Harry Redknapp
Asst. manager James Cordon
Celebs Robbie Williams, Danny Cipriani, Paddy McGuinness, James Cordon, Ben Shephard, Bradley Walsh, Jamie Theakston, Ricky Hatton, Damien Lewis, Olly Murs, Jonathan Wilkes, Ralph Little, Dominic Cooper, Rupert Penry-Jones.

The Rest

Everton: Legendary Hardnut Duncan Ferguson Names Three Toughest Defenders He Played Against

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Having attained legendary status at Everton by pummelling his way to the top, Duncan Ferguson has now settled into a more sedate coachingrole at the club.

During a chat with The Times about his new, mellower professionalpersona, Big Dunc (a self-confessed "big softie" these days) was asked to namethe three toughest opponentshe came up against during his playing days.

To-Nights Champions League Tips and Predictions

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Champions League football proper returns tonight as Group A,B,C & D kick-off their openers with the dream of making it to the grand final in Lisbon on May 24.

All English eyes will be on both Manchester clubs as they kick-off their Champions League campaigns, United host Bayern Leverkusen with former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia making his first return to Old Trafford since retirement from the game as the German's manager which should add a little bit of spice to the already lively looking opener.