Footy In A Week


Quick overview..

Since I have not been able to post new stuff on the blog, here’s a quick overview of what has been happening around:

* Fiorentina and Lazio are back into Serie A, after both clubs appealed against the original ruling. They also had their points deduction reduced. Same goes to Juventus and AC Milan, as both had point deduction reduced as well, but Juventus are still dropping to Seria B, though they have a bettech chance on returning to Seria A next season. While AC Milan are now given back their spot in the Champions League (official declarion awaited). Inter Milan were also handed over last season’s 2005/2006 league title.

* Ruud Van Nistelrooy switched to Real Madrid afterall, after I had initially reported it two weeks ago.

* Valencia striker Mista has signed for Atletico Madrid, while Fernando Torres has declared that he will be staying at Atletico.

* Manchester United have signed Tottenham and English international midfielder Michael Carrick for 18m pounts.

* Chealse sold both Del Horno (to Valencia) and Duff (to Newcastle), while Liverpool gave up on Daniel Alves and signed Jermaine Pennant.



Okocha to be showered with money
July 19, 2006, 1:01 pm
Filed under: Local Football, Premier League

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Jay-Jay Okocha has signed a one-year contract with ‘Qatar’ sports club following his release by Bolton.

The 32-year-old Nigerian midfielder, who also retired from international duty this season, was let go by Bolton in May after four years at the club.

Note: The kid in the pic is the owner of the club.



Benitez hints at Trezeguet move
July 16, 2006, 1:52 pm
Filed under: Italian League, Premier League

Rafael Benitez today hinted at the possibility of bringing Trezeguet to the club on loan.

Trezeguet is a good player, the question is what kind of player do you need,” Benitez told The People.

We will look at what happens in Italy and see what we can do. All the Juventus players are good players – Trezeguet, Zambrotta – a lot of them are good players for us and for other clubs in the world.

They will now be a better price than they would have been three months ago.

There may be possibilities for a loan deal and for me that is not a problem. If he is a good player and he is a professional, it’s not a problem for me.

The French striker had expressed his desire to play for Liverpool in the past when the club was managed by Houllier. Zambrotta could be also be a loan possibility, as Liverpool are still yet to find a right winger, especially since Rafa’s main target Daniel Alves looks less likely to make a switch.



Real Madrid sign Nistelrooy
July 15, 2006, 9:39 pm
Filed under: Premier League, Spanish League, Transfer Market

According to latest reports, Real Madrid’s new manager, Fabio Capello, has signed Manchester United’s Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, after having secured a transfer for a fee in the region of €12-14 million.

UPDATE: so far everything shows that Nistelrooy did not sign for Real Madrid yet, and is also currently in talks with Bayern Munchen.



What’s been going on with Liverpool
July 6, 2006, 1:41 am
Filed under: European Football, Premier League, Spanish League, Transfer Market

Liverpool have confirmed today that they have signed Brazilian Fabio Aurelio. The left full back moved on the bossman ruling from Valencia. Aurelio signed a four year deal.

More good news came to Liverpool’s way, as highly rated Chilean winger, Mark Gonzalez was granted a work permit. Gonzalez was initially denied a permit last season and had to be sent on loan to Real Sociadad where he set the club a light with his pace, trick and memorable longs shots against Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are still in talks with Marseille regarding a loan move for Cisse to the French club. Liverpool are also still looking for a right winger, and negotiations with Sevilla to bring Daniel Alves to Anfield seem to have stalled. So Benitez is looking at other options, with Pennant being the most possible solution. A rumour also suggested that Liverpool may try to bid for Joaquin, with a players plus cash deal. Zenden, Barragan and Dudek, all might be included in the deal.

Another player leaving the club is Hamann, who looks likely to move to Manchester City. Hamann was set to move to Bolton earlier.



Tottenham sign Zokora
July 2, 2006, 2:23 pm
Filed under: Premier League, Transfer Market

Tottenham have completed the signing of Ivory Coast midfielder Didier Zokora. The 25-year-old, who looked impressive for his country in their debut World Cup appearance, joins from French club St Etienne.

Zokora is regarded as one of the best holding midfielders in the world, and his arrival could raise question marks about Michael Carrick’s future at White Hart Lane, with Tottenham having turned down a bid from Manchester United for the England midfielder, and Arsenal also said to be trying to buy the player.

Zokora was wanted by Manchester and Arsenal as well, and a number of other top European clubs.

Spurs later revealed Zokora had signed a five-year contract.



Liverpool sign Bellamy – Official
June 23, 2006, 1:21 am
Filed under: Premier League, Transfer Market

Liverpool have completed the signing of Blackburn Rovers forward Craig Bellamy for 6m pounds. The welshman signed a four year contract believed to be worth 40,000 a week.

On the move, Bellamy commented: "It's a dream come true to sign for the club I supported as a boy and to actually play for Liverpool will be an enormous honour. I'm a very proud person at the moment. The fact that it was Liverpool made it impossible for me to turn down the move. As I'm a fan, it doesn't matter what club I was at – I could never turn Liverpool down. You get the chance to play for Liverpool and it's a lifelong dream come true".