viernes, 23 de diciembre de 2011

Simeone the new coach of Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid have hired Diego Pablo Simeone as new coach of the Atletico first team. The Argentinan coach has accepted the offer made to him on Thursday for the remainder of the season and another season. He arrives in the capital of Spain on Monday to begin work at the helm. His official presentation will take place on Tuesday, December 27th at 12:30 hours in the VIP Lounge Calderon.

Simeone is a connoisseur of red and white, to which he belonged as a player in two stinits (1994-97 and 2003-05) as part of the glorious squad that won the league and cup double in the 95-96 season. He debuted in 2006 as a coach on the bench for Racing de Avellaneda and in 2007 won the opening title in front of Estudiantes de la Plata. He later went to River Plate with the former Argentine Clausura champion in 2008, rising in 2009 to lead San Lorenzo de Almagro, who qualified for the Copa Sudamericana, and in January 2011 made ??the leap to Europe, saving the Italian club Catania from relegation from Serie A. In June he signed again for the Racing de Avellaneda, who he took to second place in the opening title and qualified for the Copa Sudamericana eight years after their last participation. Simeone split with Argentine club to becomes available to Atletico Madrid.

lunes, 12 de diciembre de 2011

Nicolas Anelka signs for Shanghai Shenhua

Shanghai Shenhua has reached an agreement with the French striker Nicolas Anelka from Chelsea to sign and incorporate him into its ranks starting January, although the contract is not signed yet, based on the information of the official Chinese press. "We have reached an agreement on all contract details and we are just waiting to sign it," the club spokesman said, Ma Yue, to the local newspaper "Shanghai Daily". The player, 32, will sign for 2 seasons.

lunes, 7 de noviembre de 2011

Club América closes the regular season with an away defeat

Club América closed the season with a defeat by 3 goals to 1 at the home of Cruz Azul. The hosts took the lead with 2 goals from Villa and 1 from Orozco. Montenegro scored the goal for América in the 80th minute. The team closes the season 17th in the standings with 15 points, 11 points behind playoff positions.

Internacional loses at home

International lost by 1 goal to 2 against Fluminense in the 33rd match-day of the Brazilian Championship. Rafael Moura and Sóbis scored for Fluminense, while Oscar did for International. With this defeat, the team from Porto Alegre loses a position in the table and falls down to the 7th place with 51 points, 7 points behind the current leader, Corinthians.

sábado, 5 de noviembre de 2011

A letter from Andrew Hauptman to the Chicago Fire Supporters

 Dear Fire Faithful, 

Despite our strong finish, winning seven of our final ten matches, the Fire fell short of our goals and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season. As a club that prides itself on winning on- and-off-the-field, this is disappointing for all of us. But looking ahead, I believe there are still a lot of reasons for us to be excited. We are a club that is growing stronger and we are poised to continue this trajectory next year.

Leading our Men in Red on the field in 2012 will be Frank Klopas, who will be our permanent head coach. As many of you know, Frank has lived and breathed this organization for years, first as a player and then as part of our technical staff. He is keen to foster a culture that honors our club, he understands the meaning of our badge and will compete tirelessly for our team, our supporters and our city. Frank embodies the qualities we strive for in Chicago – tradition, honor, and passion, which aren’t just words to him, and I believe he is the best person to lead our young men to achieve success on the pitch and beyond.

This year our Technical Staff brought in a strong base of young players and experienced leaders who will serve as the foundation of the club going forward. Twenty new players were added — which in itself was a challenge but necessary in order to build the club into what we all want. In 2011, we also added our second homegrown player, Kellen Gulley. His addition is symbolic of our promise to grow talent through our Fire Player Development system, and our desire to be at the forefront of this endeavor nationwide.

Additionally, we have spent countless hours expanding our worldwide connections, creating meaningful relationships that will impact our team and business. Having just returned from an extended trip overseas meeting with clubs across England, Spain and Italy, I am confident these relationships will foster tremendous opportunities for us. Of course, after experiencing the record sell-out crowd of 61,308 for the Fire versus Manchester United at Soldier Field, we will continue to bring renowned clubs to Chicago as we strive to highlight soccer in our city. From the beginning, it has been our mission to extend our connectivity throughout Chicago and remain a steward for our sport, our city and our club.

This year, the Fire once again competed in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and for an MLS-record sixth time made it to the finals. Since 1998, the Fire has amassed an impressive 28-9-3 record in Open Cup play. I was proud to be on-hand with my family for the Championship match in Seattle, and was happy to see a spirited and sizable contingent of Fire supporters in the stands that night.

As I look back on our 2011 campaign, so many of the moments that resonate with me involve your steadfast support of the Fire: a boisterous, red-clad crowd as we kicked off our 14th season with a thrilling 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City. The helpful guise of smoke that aided Jalil Anibaba's long distance strike to kick off our run to the U.S. Open Cup Final. The over 400 of you who invaded Columbus and saw Cristian Nazarit tumble the ball over the line as we celebrated at Crew Stadium. The roar of the crowd as Dominic Oduro slotted home Patrick Nyarko's pass to defeat Chivas USA 3-2. The reaction online and outpouring of support immediately after those two incredible stoppage time goals vs. DC United: a reminder that the Fire never give up...and neither do its supporters. The stunning display in Section 8 as Diego Chaves knocked in Oduro's rebound and leapt into the crowd to close out the season.

I could go on and on. But it is truly the incredible spirit of our supporters, personnel, players and coaches that collectively inspires each and every day.

We will take our lessons from this season and our successes, however modest, and build upon them, for we are in this for the long haul. It takes discipline and passion, but it also takes time to build the kind of world class club we are after.

Thanks for the support. We can’t wait to share each and every moment with you again in 2012.


Andrew Hauptman
Owner, Chicago Fire Soccer Club

jueves, 3 de noviembre de 2011

Shanghai Shenhua ends the season with a victory

What better way to end the season with a victory in the chinese derby against your arch-rival. This is excatly what has happened to Shanghai Shenhua after winning by 1 goal to 0 against Beijing Guoan in the final match-day of the 2011 CSL. When it appeared that the match would end 0-0, Jiang Kun scored the winning goal in overtime. With this victory, Shanghai Shenhua finishes the season in 11th position with 37 points.

lunes, 31 de octubre de 2011

Narrow defeat at home by Club América

Club América lost by 2 goals to 3 against Puebla FC in the 16th match-day of the Mexican Championship. América took the lead 2 minutes into the game with a goal by Jiménez, but two goals by Luis Garcia and one by Riascos put Puebla ahead. Vuoso scored for América another goal in the 87th minute, but they could not tie the game. With this defeat, Club América ramins 17th in the standings with 15 points, 8 behind playoff positions.

5th consecutive game without defeat by International

Sport Club Internacional won by 0-1 at the home of Atletico Clube Goianiense in the 32nd match-day of the Brazilian Championship. Kleber scored for the visiting team the only goal of the match on the 59th minute. With this victory, International moves up one position to the 6th place with 51 points, 7 behind the current leader, Corinthians.

domingo, 30 de octubre de 2011

Al Ain remains unbeaten in the league so far this season

Al Ain won by 2 goals to 1 against Dubai Club in the 3rd match-day of the UAE League. Gyan scored both goals for Al Ain, and Daoudi scored the one for Dubai. With this new victory Al Ain remains undefeated so far this season, and is 2nd in the standings with 7 points, only 3 points behind Al Jazira, but with 1 fewer game played.

Raja Casablanca's first win on this season

It has taken Raja Casablanca 6 match-days to win their first game of this new Moroccan Championship season. The team from Casablanca won by 1 goal to 0 against CODM Meknés. With this victory, Raja moves up to the 10th position with 7 points, 6 behind the current leader, Wydad Casablanca.

lunes, 24 de octubre de 2011

Shanghai Shenhua wins at home

Shanghai Shenhua won by 1 goal to 0 against Dalian Shide in the 28th match-day of the CSL. Wu Xi scored the only goal of the match in the 12th minute of the first half. With this score, Shanghai Shenhua remains 11th in the standings with 33 points, with only 2 matches left in the 2011 CSL.

Chicago Fire ends the season with a victory

Chicago Fire won by 3 goals to 2 against Columbus Crew in the last game of the MLS regular season. The host team went ahead with two goals by Anibaba in the first half. But in the second, Renteria and Duka scored to tie the game for Columbus Crew. Cháves scored the winning goal in the 81st minute. Chicago Fire finished the season placing 6th in the East standings with 43 points, only 3 points behind playoff positions.

lunes, 17 de octubre de 2011

Goal feast by Muangthong United

Muangthong United beat Chiangrai United by 4 goals to 1 in the 29th match-day of the Thai Premier League. Robbie Fowler scored his first goal as a Muangthong United player. With this victory, Muangthong United remains 2nd in the standings with 50 points, 9 points behind the leader, Buriram PEA, although with 1 fewer game played.

Shanghai Shenhua loses against the leader

Shanghai Shenhua lost 3-0 at the home of Guangzhou, the undisputed leader of the 2011 CSL. The hosts went into half-time already winning 3-0 thanks to the goals by Conca and Muriqui twice. With this score, the Shanghai team remains 13th in the table with only 3 matches to be played.

lunes, 10 de octubre de 2011

Great win by Internacional against the leader

Internacional of Porto Alegre won by 3 goals to 0 against the team that up until this game led the standings of the Brazilian league, Vasco de Gama. The match went into halftime with 0-0, but in the 2nd half Alessandro, Índiao and Tinga scored for the home team. With this magnificent score, International remains 7th with 43 points, 8 behind the new leader, Corinthians.

América had a hard time to tie at home

Club America draw 1-1 against Morelia in a game that they were losing from the 11th minute thanks to an early goal by Sabah. Valenzuela tied in the 84th minute. With this score, corresponding to the 12th match-day of the Mexican league, Club América remains 16th with 11 points.

lunes, 3 de octubre de 2011

Defeat by Internacional in the league

Internacional of Porto Alegre lost by 2 goals to 0 at the home of Atlético Paranaense in the 27th match-day of the Brazilian Championship. Nieto scored both goals for the locals. With this score, Sport Club Internacional remains 7th with 40 points, 10 behind the leader, Vasco de Gama.

Zakaria Zerouali, player from Raja Casablanca, passed away today

Zakaria Zerouali died on the morning of October 3, after getting a fulminant hepatitis possibly due to drug intoxication.

The player was sent to the hospital urgently, where he remained in the ICU for 4 days, but despite all resuscitative measures taken, he had a liver-type complications, heart and brain, with multivisceral failures, that prevented his recovery.
Zerouali Zakaria died at 5:00 am on the morning of October 3 after a series of heart attacks. His body was moved to his hometown, Berkane, where it will be buried on Oct. 4.

From the Club Atletico de Madrid, S.A.D. we want to send his family and all members of Raja Casablanca our deepest condolences. Rest in peace.

domingo, 2 de octubre de 2011

Narrow defeat by América at the home of Pumas

Club América lost by 1 goal to 0 at the home of Pumas UNAM in the 11th match-day of the Mexican League. The match was very even until Fuentes scored the only goal of the game in the 55th minute. With this score, Club América remains 16º in the standings, 7 points behind playoff positions.

Muangthong United remains undefeated for the 11th match

Muangthong United won by 1 goal to 3 against Samut Songkhram. This victory is the 11th consecutive game without defeat for the Bangkok team. Muangthong United scales up to the 2nd position with 47 points, 9 behind the undisputed leader of this 2011 TPL, Buriram PEA.

Chicago Fire ties in Houston

Chicago Fire have drawn 1-1 at the home of Houston Dynamo. The host team scored on the 33rd minute with a goal by Clark, but in the 43th Oduro equalized. With this score the Chicago team remains 7th in the East standings with 37 points, 7 behind playoff positions.

viernes, 30 de septiembre de 2011

Easy victory for the Chicago Fire in Salt Lake City

Chicago Fire won by 0 goals to 3 at the home of Real Salt Lake in the 30th match-day of the MLS regular season. Pappa scored the hat-trick (9 ', 36' and 75 ').

jueves, 29 de septiembre de 2011

Muangthong United and Henrique Calisto have decided to terminate the coach's contract

Both parties have agreed to terminate the contract dated 29 September. Consequently, the second team coach, Mr. Sarawut Treephan, will take over the team for next Saturday's game against SCG Samutsongklam.

Sport Club Internacional continues to lead the Olheiros Ranking

Yesterday the new Olheiros Ranking got published, which analyzes the youth academies of all football clubs in Brazil. The study has again shown how Internacional remains as No. 1 in the classification, showing them as the best club in Brazil when it comes to youth. International has 426 points, almost 200 more than Cruzeiro, 2 nd rated.
 This season, the People's Club has added nine new titles to its youth academy trophy gallery: Cup Nostalgia (U-11 and U-13), Germantown Cup (U-12), Votorantim Cup (childREN), Santiago Cup (U-18) Copa Rio Preto 1 (U-18), Punta Cup (junior), Gaucho (junior) and FGF World Under-17 (U-18).

Regarding leadership in the classification, International maintains a quiet advantage with Cruzeiro: lost ten points, from 436.8 to 426.8, but Cruzeiro has also lost points, from 247.9 to 239.1, leaving the difference at 187.7 points. International also reached the semifinals of the Copa BH and the Brazilian Cup U-17, which also count towards the score.