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.



Thuram and Zambrotta sign for Barcelona
July 22, 2006, 1:23 am
Filed under: Italian League, Spanish League, Transfer Market

FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Lilian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta. Thuram has signed a two-year contract while Zambrotta has committed himself for the next four years.

Thuram and Zambrotta, together with the rest of the Barca squad who took part in the World Cup, will join up with the team for the tour of Mexico and the United States.



Real Madrid sign Cannavaro & Emerson
July 20, 2006, 2:53 pm
Filed under: Italian League, Spanish League, Transfer Market

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro and Brazilian Emerson. The Spanish club paid £13.7m for Juventus, a bargain in today’s prices.

New Real Madrid president Calderon has also promised to bring in Robben, Kaka and Fabregas. The club is also on the verge of officialy completing the signing of Nistelrooy.



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.



Juve prepare for relegation
July 10, 2006, 8:05 pm
Filed under: Italian League, Transfer Market

Todays reports are claiming that a decision has already been made with both Juventus AND Milan relegated. An official decision is yet to be announced, but is expected today as announced previously.

Relegation of Milan will mean Kaka might be available to move to Real Madrid, as it’s new president Calderon planned. On the other hand, Juventus seem to be preparing for relegation by the sale of 27 year old Romanian striker Mutu for £5.5m to Fiorentina, while 20-year old Bulgarian international Valeri Bojinov is moving to other way as part of the deal.

UPDATE: News just came in that Juventus has signed Didier Deschamps as their new manager, the club had announced. The Frenchman aslo signed a two-year deal, supporting the claims of the inevitable drop of the club to a lower league, and perhaps even to Serie C.



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.