Football transfer rumours: Peter Crouch to AC Milan?

July 4, 2009

“Cripes. The Mill was going to begin today with that Blackburn and Wolves are competing for the affection of Sol Campbell, but given the widespread gibbering about Michael Owen and Manchester United, we can’t rule out the creaking former England centreback being the subject of a gargantuan offer from Real Madrid.” (Guardian)

Give And Go Special: USA’s Landon Donovan (Goal)
“Los Angeles Galaxy captain – and occasional U.S. captain – Landon Donovan was one of the star players for the Americans in their unexpected run to the final in the Confederations Cup tournament. He scored the goal that temporarily put the USA up 2-0 on Brazil in that match, before the South Americans rallied for three goals and the title.”

Ivory Coast go top in Africa (BBC)
“Ivory Coast have overtaken Cameroon as the top team in Africa, matching their highest ever position in the Fifa world rankings. The Elephants are now 18th in the world, up 20 places on last month.”

Egypt skipper refuses to give up (BBC)
“Captain Ahmed Hassan insists Egypt can put their 2010 World Cup back on track with victory over Rwanda on Sunday. The Pharaohs lie bottom of Group C with just one point after drawing against Zambia and defeat to Algeria.”

On top of the world (Times)
“THE Confederations Cup has never been a big deal in the football world, but the tournament which ended at Ellis Park on Sunday certainly changed international perceptions. Even England took an interest. The chief reason was obvious: despite much evidence to the contrary, there is still some scepticism about South Africa’s ability to stage World Cup 2010. The foreign press corps came in their numbers to see whether we could successfully stage a dress- rehearsal for next year’s big thing.”

Top 10 English football exports to Turkey (Off The Post)
“As Darius Vassell mulls over a move to Turkey, we look at those who have blazed the trail for him.”

2010 World Cup Offers Continent Great Opportunity (allAfrica)
“THE Confederations Cup is the traditional dress rehearsal for the FIFA World Cup. And as far as dress rehearsals go, the 2009 Confederations Cup recently held in South Africa was a splendid advert for this Rainbow nation. On-pitch, the soccer tournament showcased the Beautiful Game in all its glorious unpredictability. Yet, it’s off-pitch that the showpiece had its most desirable impact.”

Chamakh-In The Ade Out With Laporta Bang To Rights (A Cultured Left Foot)
“Ready for your daily dose of high blood pressure? Insert your own rant here as Joan Laporta is accused of tapping up Cesc. It was of course entirely predictable since the, ahem, news that Cesc has apparently agreed to sign if Sandro Rosell wins the Presidential elections next summer. In fact, it would be of no surprise if a formal bid were made by the Catalans on political grounds even if they know that it will not be accepted since it will be easy for Laporta to run around chanting, “Liar, liar, pants on fire“, when Rosell makes his claim again next summer.”

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