Scout: Davide Santon

June 1, 2009

Wikipedia – “Davide Santon (born 2 January 1991 in Portomaggiore, province of Ferrara) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie A club Internazionale.” Wikipedia, YouTune

Chelsea’s top 10 summer transfer targets

June 1, 2009

“Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea’s new manager, will reportedly have more than £50 million to spend in the transfer market this summer, so which players could be heading to Stamford Bridge?” (Telegraph)

Few goals in England (WSC)
“It was perhaps fitting that Manchester United concluded the title formalities at Old Trafford with a soporific 0-0 draw against Arsenal. It was the penultimate of 42 goalless fixtures, the joint most common result in a season when Gary Lineker had to drain every last ounce of cheeky schoolboy charm to plug the gaps on action-bereft episodes of Match of the Day. Where have all the goals gone?”

Structural issues in Germany (WSC)
“Germany reintroduced play-offs this season, or rather relegationsspiele (relegation games). This afternoon Energie Cottbus, who finished third from bottom in the Bundesliga, travel to Nuremberg, who finished third in the second division, to try to claw back a 3-0 deficit from Thursday’s first leg.”

Step Up Their Games (Yanks Abroad)
“With the national team headed for a busy summer schedule that will include as many as a dozen matches, lists are beginning to turn up all over the place. Everyone seems to be guessing which fringe players might have a place in one of the squads head coach Bob Bradley will put together for the qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras, the Confederations Cup, and the Gold Cup.”

Prepare for the Worst (Yanks Abroad)
” If you thought Team USA had a tough time in El Salvador, just you wait until they head down to Costa Rica. Oh boy, that’s going to be fun. Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá is one of the most hostile environments for any visiting team to suffer.”

Asian football remains deeply divided after Bin Hammam’s victory, writes Michael Church (World Soccer)
“Two votes were all that stood between Asian football and a major political crisis as the confederation’s president, Mohamed Bin Hammam, retained his seat on FIFA’s executive committee. Hammam, the incumbent, held off the challenge of Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman Al Khalifa to win a hugely divisive election by 23 votes to 21, with two of the 46 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member nations spoiling their ballot papers.”

Lionel Messi Top 10 Goals (YouTube)