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Baldini appointed as Tottenham technical director
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Tottenham have announced that Franco Baldini has joined the club as technical director

 Baldini, who was a member of Fabio Capello's backroom team during his spell as England manager, joins the Premier League outfit following his departure from the role of general director at Roma.

 The Italian will now work with manager Andre Villas-Boas as Spurs aim to improve on their fifth-placed finish last season.

 Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was quick to praise Baldini's abilities and stressed that his presence at White Hart Lane would help the club develop.

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Category: News Views: 622 Added: Sky Date: 19.06.2013 - 15:09

Neill, Schwarzer in the shop window
They are two of the biggest names in Australian football - and 12 months out from a World Cup, they have no home.
 Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and captain Lucas Neill are both on the lookout for new clubs after being cut adrift before Australia sealed qualification for Brazil 2014.
 Schwarzer has been released from English Premier League outfit Fulham after the London club signed Dutchman Maarten Stekelenburg on a four-year deal, while Neill has not played since finishing a short-term stint with Sydney FC in the second half of the 2012/13 A-League season.
 But now, with the Socceroos heading to South America next year, the duo's search for new clubs will be upped.

Category: News Views: 566 Added: Sky Date: 19.06.2013 - 15:08

Confederations Cup: Nigeria v Uruguay
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Dynamo Kiev striker Brown Ideye may start for Nigeria against Uruguay after his team-mates struggled to convert chances against Tahiti.
While Nigeria thumped the French Polynesians 6-1 in the FIFA Confederations Cup on Monday, their head coach Stephen Keshi looked less than impressed after watching his side waste a number of goal-scoring opportunities in Belo Horizonte.

Of the three forwards Keshi selected against Tahiti, only Nnamdi Oduamadi hit the back of the net, with the 22-year-old AC Milan winger, who spent last season on loan at Serie B club Varese, striking a hat-trick.
Category: News Views: 770 Added: Sky Date: 19.06.2013 - 01:32

Brazil-Mexico : Selecao gunning for semi-final berth
confederation cupLuiz Felipe Scolari is spoilt for choice ahead of Brazil’s second Confederations Cup game against Mexico at the Castelao. With the Selecao in fine form during their comprehensive 3-0 victory in Group A’s opener against Japan, and star player Neymar expected to shake off a minor knock picked up in the game, the 64-year-old’s main concern is deciding if to change a winning formula. Atletico Miniero striker Jo, who scored as a second-half substitute against Japan, could start, with Hulk or Fred the most likely to miss out – though Lucas Moura may find it harder to displace Paulinho and Oscar in midfield. But while Brazil could clinch a semi-final berth with victory, Mexico face a win or bust scenario, as such a resu ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 669 Added: Sky Date: 19.06.2013 - 01:31

Rebelo: Protests will not harm Confederations Cup
Brazil's sports minister Aldo Rebelo has stated that the FIFA Confederations Cup and FIFA World Cup will be secure events despite protests.
 The Confederations Cup, which is seen as the warm-up to next year's World Cup, has been overshadowed by anger at the country's expenditure on hosting the two events. A number of demonstrations have taken place in recent days, with violent scenes outside the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and in the capital Brasilia keeping the Confederations Cup in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
But despite the furore Rebelo was keen to stress that the security of the two tournaments will not be jeopardised.
 "Those demonstrations are not being organised by the poorest," he said.
 "Those demonstrations are promo ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 600 Added: Sky Date: 19.06.2013 - 01:28

Maher agent denies Ajax deal
The agent of Adam Maher has refuted suggestions that the AZ Alkmaar attacking midfielder has agreed to join Ajax
 Maher impressed many with his dynamic performances last season and has been linked with a move away from the AFAS Stadion, with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven both credited with an interest.
 It had been rumoured that the 19-year-old has reached a verbal agreement with Eredivisie champions Ajax, but the Netherlands international's representative Sigi Lens has been quick to deny that any deal is in place. 
 ”We know how Frank de Boer is thinking, but there was not a discussion further with Ajax," Lens told Algemeen Dagblad.
 Maher has attracted the attention of a number of foreign clubs but has already stated that he would only join Ajax o ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 693 Added: Sky Date: 19.06.2013 - 01:27

De Gea sets the bar high
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Manchester United's David De Gea has set himself the ambitious aim of becoming the best goalkeeper in the world.
 De Gea, 22, signed for the Premier League champions from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has already cemented himself as the club's first-choice keeper, making 80 appearances in all competitions.
The Spaniard was selected as the goalkeeper in the PFA Team of the Year and he revealed that he feels more confident in his ability as each day passes.
"I am more experienced, I have played a lot of games for United, and I am sure of myself and confident," De Gea told Spanish newspaper AS.
"Of course, I am very grateful for the effort they (United) made to buy m ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 625 Added: Sky Date: 19.06.2013 - 01:25

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