Josep Guardiola

May 8, 2009

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“Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola i Sala (born 18 January 1971 in Santpedor, Barcelona, Catalonia) is a former Spanish football midfielder and current FC Barcelona manager.” Wikipedia, ESPN, Josep Guardiola – The Boy from Santpedor

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Uefa confident of safe Euro final

May 8, 2009

“Uefa has played down fears of fan violence at this month’s Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona in Rome, a location dubbed ‘Stab City’ by some critics because of the level of knife-related crime in the Italian capital.” (BBC)

Swine flu plays havoc with Copa Libertadores (BBC – Tim Vickery)
“The group phase of the Copa Libertadores has come to an end – and two of the results have left the South American Federation with a problem to solve. By the skin of their teeth, two Mexican sides made it through to the knockout stages. Chivas Guadalajara needed a draw away to Everton of Chile. They were hanging on grimly at the end, but got the 1-1 they needed.”

Olsen: Pride and glory (FIFA)
“In football terms, Morten Olsen is Mr. Denmark. Nineteen years’ service as player and nine as coach have left the 59-year-old’s name synonymous with his national team, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Joe Strummer’s Team (in Song) in UEFA Cup Final (GOAL)
“John Graham Mellor, who took the self-conscious name Joe Strummer and helped to change popular music history for the better as a member of the Clash, may be happily looking down from his lofty perch in punk-rock heaven today: one of his teams, Shakhtar Donetsk, has advanced to the final of the UEFA Cup.”

Dropping Benni – it’s just a punishment (iol)
“Let’s hope sincerely that Thursday’s decision to omit Benni McCarthy from the Confederations Cup squad doesn’t come back to haunt Bafana Bafana coach Joel Santana and his puppet-masters at the South African Football Association.”

Doping agency’s ‘whereabouts rule’ irks FIFA (CBC)
“Another bust-up is brewing between the World Anti-Doping Agency and FIFA, soccer’s world governing body. This time it is over WADA’s insistence that players make themselves available for random out-of-competition testing for one hour a day, 365 days a year. FIFA thinks that is asking too much.”

Corinthians’ Party Out of Bounds (GOAL)
“Corinthians captured its 31st São Paulo state championship in Brazil on Sunday. Ronaldo and the club played to a 1-1 draw with Santos (winning the home-and-away series, 4-2 on aggregate). Then the pyrotechnics started … and quickly got out of hand.”