Sunday, May 29, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1502

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There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Bianconeri end season on a high
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
2. PSV sweep to Dutch double
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
3. Lyon turn to Houllier
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
4. Triumphant Trabzonspor seal second
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
5. Beveren call on Dufour
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
6. Zhirkov brings CSKA silverware
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
7. Meyong magic seals Setúbal joy
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
8. Heysel stadium
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
9. Gerets quits Wolfsburg
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
10. Arsenal in for me, says Robinho
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
11. Bayern beat Schalke to seal double
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
12. United in for Given
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
13. Feyenoord name Gullit successor
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
14. Tottenham linked with Johnson
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
15. TNS lifeline to Liverpool spurned by FAW
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
16. Re: United in for Given
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
17. Re: Tottenham linked with Johnson
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
18. Re: Bianconeri end season on a high
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
19. Re: PSV sweep to Dutch double
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
20. Re: Triumphant Trabzonspor seal second
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
21. Re: Beveren call on Dufour
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
22. Re: Heysel stadium
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
23. Re: Arsenal in for me, says Robinho
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
24. Re: Tottenham linked with Johnson
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
25. Re: Feyenoord name Gullit successor
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>

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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 20:35:10 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Bianconeri end season on a high

Udinese will enter the third qualifying round of next season's
Champions League after pipping UC Sampdoria to fourth place on the
final day of the Serie A season.

Draw enough
Champions Juventus, who finished with a 4-2 home win against
Cagliari, had already booked their place in next season's competition
proper along with second-placed AC Milan. So the focus was on the
race to join Internazionale in the qualifying rounds - and a 1-1 draw
against Milan proved enough for Udinese.

Sampdoria held
Luciano Spalletti's side took the lead after eleven minutes at the
Friuli stadium when David Di Michele dribbled past Giuseppe Pancaro
and beat Dida with a precise left-footed shot. Serginho's equaliser
five minutes from time did not prevent Udinese's celebrations,
because Sampdoria could only manage a draw against Bologna at the
Dall'Ara stadium.

Woodwork woes
The Blucerchiati hit the post three times but a goalless draw meant
they were forced to settle for a UEFA Cup berth, while opponents
Bologna will face Parma in a two-legged 'spareggio' play-off to avoid
relegation.

Double dismissal
A fantastic overhead kick by Alberto Gilardino rescued a 3-3 draw for
Parma at US Lecce but victories for Fiorentina and Siena against
Brescia and Atalanta respectively condemned them to the play-off. The
Gialloblú finished the game with nine men after Matteo Contini and
Domenico Morfeo were both sent off.

Safety assured
Fiorentina defeated Brescia 3-0 with Fabrizio Miccoli's penalty
followed by second-half goals from Martin Jorgensen and Christian
Rigono. Siena's win was a tighter affair, Atalanta's Igor Budan
cancelling out Enrico Chiesa's opener before Stefano Argilli's 80th-
minute goal made it 2-1.

Mutu debut
Gianfranco Zola scored twice for Cagliari at the Delle Alpi but it
was not enough to prevent Juventus cruising to victory. Alessandro
Del Piero and Stephen Appiah scored either side of David Trezeguet's
double for the Bianconeri, for whom Adrian Mutu made his debut as a
57th-minute substitute.

Lucarelli capocanonniere
Elsewhere, Inter were held 0-0 by Reggina, a result mirrored by AS
Roma and Chievo Verona in Rome. US Città di Palermo celebrated their
UEFA Cup qualification with a 3-3 draw against S.S. Lazio, while AS
Livorno striker Cristiano Lucarelli finished as Serie A's top scorer
after his 24th goal of the season in his side's 1-1 draw with FC
Messina Peloro.

Final Table:
1.FC Juventus... 38 26 08 04 67-27 86 Champions
2.Milan AC...... 38 23 10 05 63-28 79 Champions League
3.Internazionale 38 18 18 02 65-37 72 CL Qualifying
4.Udinese Calcio 38 17 11 10 56-40 62 CL Qualifying
5.UC Sampdoria.. 38 17 10 11 42-29 61 UEFA Cup
6.Palermo....... 38 12 17 09 48-44 53 UEFA Cup
7.Messina PFC... 38 12 12 14 44-52 48
8.AS Roma....... 38 11 12 15 55-58 45 UEFA Cup (Cup)
8.Livorno Calcio 38 11 12 15 49-60 45
10.SS Lazio..... 38 11 11 16 48-53 44
10.US Lecce..... 38 10 14 14 66-73 44
10.Cagliari..... 38 10 14 14 51-60 44
10.Reggina...... 38 10 14 14 36-45 44
14.AC Siena..... 38 09 16 13 44-55 43
14.Chievo Verona 38 11 10 17 32-49 43
16.AC Fiorentina 38 09 15 14 42-50 42 [4 2 2 0 3-1 8]
17.Bologna FC... 38 09 15 14 33-36 42 [4 2 1 1 5-3 7] Rel. Playoff
17.Parma AC..... 38 10 12 16 48-65 42 [4 0 1 3 3-7 1] Rel. Playoff
19.Brescia...... 38 11 08 19 37-54 41 Relegated
20.Atalanta BC.. 38 08 11 19 34-45 35 Relegated

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Damn, I would have preffered la Samp to qualify!
But I am still happy to see a new name in the CL with Udinese.

At the bottom, Atalanta was already relegated and are followed by
Brescia now. Fiorentina is safe thanks to a better result against the
two other teams with the same amount of points.

So, a final playoff between Bologna and Parma will decide who will be
the last relegated team. Mmmm, two teams with quiet a history in
Italy. But I think I will support Parma as I like that team :)

Finaly... DAMN, AS Roma still has a European ticket for next season :p

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Message: 2
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 20:41:16 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: PSV sweep to Dutch double

PSV Eindhoven cruised to a 4-0 victory against Willem II to win the
Dutch Cup on Sunday and secure their first league and cup double
since 1989.

Hiddink record
Wilfred Bouma opened the scoring for the Eredivisie champions shortly
before half-time at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, and Guus
Hiddink's side ran away with the match after the interval, adding
further goals through Philip Cocu, Ji-Sung Park and Jan Vennegoor of
Hesselink. It was Hiddink's fourth Dutch Cup triumph as a coach, a
Dutch record.

Penalty appeal
Willem II, cup winners in 1944 and 1963, had a vigorous penalty
appeal turned down on 23 minutes when Martijn Reuser fell under the
challenge of PSV goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. But it was PSV who were
creating the best chances, and moments before the interval they took
the lead.

Bouma scores
PSV captain Mark van Bommel, looking to win the cup for the first
time in his final match for PSV, set up the goal, flighting a free-
kick on to the head of Bouma, who took his chance well. Willem II's
hopes of recovery were dashed six minutes after the break when Cocu
volleyed in the second. PSV underlined their dominance when Park
headed in the third on 75 minutes before Vennegoor completed the
scoring in the final minute.

Vogel swansong
For PSV it was a fitting end to a terrific season that also saw
Hiddink's side come so close to reaching the Champions League final,
bowing out on the away-goals rule against AC Milan after a thrilling
semi-final. It was also the perfect swansong for Van Bommel and Swiss
midfield player Johann Vogel, who was also playing his final game
before joining the Rossoneri.

Willem II consolation
It was PSV's eighth Dutch Cup success, and their first since 1996.
Willem II will find some consolation in the fact that defeat still
brings with it a place in the UEFA Cup next season.

Last finals:
1996 P.S.V. 5-2 Sparta
1997 Roda J.C. 4-2 Heerenveen
1998 Ajax 5-0 P.S.V.
1999 Ajax 2-0 Fortuna Sittard
2000 Roda J.C. 2-0 N.E.C.
2001 F.C. Twente 0-0 P.S.V. [4-3 pen]
2002 Ajax 3-2 F.C. Utrecht (aet)
2003 F.C. Utrecht 4-1 Feyenoord
2004 F.C. Utrecht 1-0 F.C. Twente
2005 P.S.V. 4-0 Willem II

Number of Cups per Club (87 cups)
15 Ajax Amsterdam
10 Feyenoord Rotterdam
08 P.S.V. Eindhoven

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PSV just outclassed Holland this season. They can even be named in
the top 5 of this year's Europe's best teams!

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Message: 3
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 20:49:05 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Lyon turn to Houllier

Gérard Houllier has been appointed coach of Olympique Lyonnais, the
Ligue 1 champions announced on Sunday.

'Big challenge'
The former France and Liverpool manager replaces Paul Le Guen, who
stepped down following yesterday's 0-0 draw with OGC Nice at the
Stade Gerland. "I'm facing a big challenge as finishing second would
be a failure here," Houllier said.

European experience
Houllier's appointment brings to an end three weeks of suspense since
Le Guen announced his intention to resign after Lyon won their fourth
straight French title on 9 May. Houllier never played football
professionally, but has a successful track record as a coach at club
level in France as well as extensive experience of European club
football, in both the Champions League and the UEFA Cup which he won
with Liverpool in 2001.

Liverpool treble
Houllier, 57, was sacked by Liverpool in May 2004 after six seasons
at Anfield. His best season in England came in 2000/01 when he led
Liverpool to the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and English League Cup treble. He
won the League Cup again in 2003, but did not enjoy such success as
coach of France, who he failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup
finals.

Title winner
Houllier was coach of RC Lens from 1982 to 1985 then joined Paris
Saint-Germain from 1985 to 1988, winning the French title in 1986. He
was France coach Michael Platini's assistant from November 1988 to
June 1992 and replaced the French legend in the top job after the
European championships in Sweden in 1992.

Title hat-trick
Le Guen leaves after leading Lyon to a hat-trick of French titles in
his three years at the club. He also guided Lyon to the quarter-
finals of the Champions League for the second season in a row, this
time losing out to PSV Eindhoven on penalties.

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Will be very hard to do better than Le Guen!

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Message: 4
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 21:54:59 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Triumphant Trabzonspor seal second

On a hectic last day in Turkey, Trabzonspor pipped Galatasaray to a
Champions League qualification place by defeating Istanbulspor.

Quickfire four
Meanwhile, newly-crowned champions Fenerbahçe ended their campaign in
defeat at the hands of Konyaspor. Christoph Daum's team led after six
minutes through defender Önder Turaci's header, but Konyaspor hit
back, scoring four times in 22 minutes through former Fenerbahçe
midfield player Erhan Albayrak and Muhammet Hanifi Akagündüz, plus
two goals from Zafer Biryol, to lead 4-1 at the break. Nicolas Anelka
reduced the deficit six minutes from time.

Fatih delight
Trabzonspor will join Fenerbahçe in the Champions League
qualification stages after securing an impressive 5-0 win against
already-relegated Istanbulspor to seal second place. Turkish
international defender Tolga Seyhan's header opened the scoring after
six minutes, before Ibrahima Yattara doubled the Black Sea club's
advantage 22 minutes later. Miroslaw Szymkowiak scored either side of
the penalty which ensured Fatih Tekke finished the season as the
league's top scorer with 31 goals.

Galatasaray gloom
Consequently, Galatasaray were forced to settle for third place and a
UEFA Cup berth despite winning 4-0 against Denizlispor. Hasan Kabze
scored twice, while the Istanbul side's other goals came from
Rigobert Song and Necati Ates. They will be joined in the UEFA Cup
next season by Besiktas, who drew 2-2 with bottom club Akçaabat
Sebatspor, despite leading twice through a Veysel Cihan double.
Sebatspor's equalisers came courtesy of Orhan Kaynak.

Sakaryaspor despair
At the bottom, Sakaryaspor AS became the last team to be relegated
after a 4-2 defeat against Malatyaspor. A Serkan Özsoy own goal had
cancelled out Bilal Kisa's strike for Malatyaspor, but second-half
strikes from Milan Osterc, Murat Erdogan Helman Mkhalele condemned
Sakaryaspor to the drop, despite Serdal Kurt scoring a consolation.

Kayserispor survive
Saban Yildirim's men replaced Diyarbakispor in 16th place after Eser
Yagmur's last-gasp goal saw them overcome Samsunspor and move two
points clear of the drop zone, while Kayserispor preserved their top-
flight status following a goalless draw with BB Ankaraspor.
Elsewhere, Gençlerbirligi and MKE Ankaragücü ended their seasons on a
high with 2-1 victories against Gaziantespor and Rizespor
respectively.

Final Table:
1.Fenerbahçe SK Istanbul.. 34 26 02 06 77-24 80 Champions
2.Trabzonspor............. 34 24 05 05 73-29 77 CL Qualifying
3.Galatasaray SK Istanbul. 34 24 04 06 64-25 76 UEFA Cup
4.Besiktas JK Istanbul.... 34 20 09 05 70-39 69 UEFA Cup
5.Gençlerbirligi SK Ankara 34 14 09 11 52-41 51
6.Denizli SK.............. 34 13 10 11 46-45 49
7.BB Ankaraspor........... 34 13 09 12 52-48 48
8.Konyaspor............... 34 11 12 11 62-62 45
9.Gaziantepspor........... 34 13 05 16 49-55 44
10.Çaykur Rizespor........ 34 11 10 13 36-37 43
11.Malatyaspor............ 34 12 07 15 47-53 43
12.Samsunspor............. 34 10 08 16 40-55 38
13.MKE Ankaragücü SK...... 34 10 08 16 37-61 38
14.Kayserispor............ 34 08 10 16 42-65 34
15.Diyarbakirspor......... 34 09 07 18 31-53 34
16.Sakaryaspor Adapazari.. 34 09 05 20 51-72 32 Relegated
17.Istanbulspor SFTAS..... 34 05 12 17 32-59 27 Relegated
18.Akçaabat Sebatspor..... 34 03 10 21 40-78 19 Relegated

Last titles:
1995/96 Fenerbahçe
1996/97 Galatasaray
1997/98 Galatasaray
1998/99 Galatasaray
1999/00 Galatasaray
2000/01 Fenerbahçe
2001/02 Galatasaray
2002/03 Besiktas
2003/04 Fenerbahçe
2004/05 Fenerbahçe

Number of Titles (47)
16 Fenerbahçe Istanbul
15 Galatasaray Istanbul
10 Besiktas Istanbul
06 Trabzonspor

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I know most of you guys are Galatasaray fans, but still I am happy to
see Trabzonspor qualify for the CL qualifying round :)

With this title, Fenerbahce took over as most successful team in
Turkey!

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Message: 5
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 21:57:13 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Beveren call on Dufour

Vincent Dufour has been appointed as the new coach of Belgian First
Division side KSK Beveren.

Helleputte replacement
The 37-year-old succeeds Herman Helleputte, who had already agreed to
step down as coach of the Ivorian-dominated club at the end of the
current campaign. Dufour worked for French Second Division Niort FC
last season.

Roles shift
The French coach will also take on aspects of technical manager Jean-
Marc Guillou's job, as his compatriot intends to concentrate more of
his time with the club's Ivory Coast Academy. Dufour will hope to
improve on Beveren's 2004/05 finish of 16th place, after avoiding
relegation by just five points.

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Yeah, Beveren was a real deception this season.
Another season like this and they should try Belgian players
instead :p

Never heard of this new coach though...

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Message: 6
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 22:02:24 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Zhirkov brings CSKA silverware

CSKA Moskva have won the Russian Cup for the second time after
defeating first division side FC Khimki 1-0 in the final.

Repeat fails
It was the second year running that a lower division side had
contested the Russian Cup final after Terek Grozny, then of the first
division, overcame Krylya Sovetov to record a momentous victory last
season, but Khimki failed to follow in their footsteps.

Akinfeev acrobatics
UEFA Cup winners CSKA enjoyed the greater share of possession, but
failed to create many clear-cut openings in front of goal. Khimki hit
them on the counterattack with Milan Jovanovic and Aleksandr
Danishevskiy twice going close before CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev
was also forced into fine saves to deny Danishevskiy and Andrei
Proshkin.

Zhirkov strikes
However, CSKA managed to hold on and soon responded when Yuri Zhirkov
repeated his UEFA Cup final exploits by scoring the winning goal in
the 68th minute, as he headed in Ivica Olic's flick-on from a Dani
Carvalho cross to give CSKA their second trophy of the
season. "Khimki are a very organised side, who gave their best
today," said triumphant CSKA coach Valeri Gazzaev. "This victory was
achieved in a very tough way."

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Last finals:
2001/02 CSKA Moskva 2-0 Zenit St. Peterburg
2002/03 Spartak Moskva 1-0 FK Rostov
2003/04 Terek Groznyi 1-0 Krylya Sovetov Samara
2004/05 CSKA Moskva 1-0 FK Khimki

Number of Titles (13) [lost finals between square brackets]
4 [1] Lokomotiv Moskva
3 [1] Spartak Moskva
2 [3] CSKA Moksva

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A great month for CSKA!!

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Message: 7
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 22:08:00 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Meyong magic seals Setúbal joy

Vitória FC recovered from conceding an early goal to defeat holders
and SuperLiga champions Benfica 2-1 on Sunday and win the Portuguese
Cup for the third time.

Benfica strike
Setúbal started strongly, pegging Benfica back with a series of
crosses into their penalty area, but it was the Portuguese champions
who broke the deadlock on their first foray into their opposition's
half.

Simão penalty
Nuno Gomes collected a long pass on the left before picking out
attacking midfielder Nuno Assis, who in turn set Brazilian right-
winger Geovanni free in the box. The Brazilian international went in
alone on his compatriot Moretto, and the goalkeeper brought him down.
Benfica captain Simão Sabrosa converted the penalty with a low shot
to the right that beat Moretto, despite the keeper guessing the right
side.

Rocha own goal
Benfica sat back after the goal and Setúbal took advantage of the
space allowed them, drawing level on 25 minutes when Manuel José's
low shot was deflected by Benfica centre-half Ricardo Rocha beyond
goalkeeper José Moreira.

Meyong goal
Setúbal, who finished tenth in the SuperLiga this season, continued
to look dangerous after the goal, particularly in the second half on
the counterattack. José Rachão's side eventually took the lead in the
72nd minute, when midfielder Ricardo Chaves's fierce shot was parried
by Moreira into the path of Cameroonian striker Albert Meyong, who
fired in the rebound.

Unlikely triumph
Benfica pumped the ball forward to strikers Pedro Mantorras and
Andrija Delibasic in a desperate bid to take the match into extra-
time, but Setúbal held on to secure an unlikely triumph and deny
Benfica their first league and cup double since 1984. "Setubal were
the better team tactically," Benfica coach Giovanni Trapattoni said.

Last finals:
1995/96 SL Benfica 3-1 Sporting CP
1996/97 Boavista FC 3-2 SL Benfica
1997/98 FC Porto 3-1 SC Braga
1998/99 SC Beira-Mar 1-0 SC Campomaiorense
1999/00 FC Porto 1-1 2-0 Sporting CP
2000/01 FC Porto 2-0 CS Marítimo
2001/02 Sporting CP 1-0 Leixões SC
2002/03 FC Porto 1-0 União de Leiria
2003/04 SL Benfica 2-1 FC Porto [aet]
2004/05 Vitória FC Setúbal 2-1 SL Benfica

Number of Wins since 1938/39 (lost finals between [square brackets]):
24 [09] SL Benfica Lisboa
13 [10] Sporting CP Lisboa
12 [11] FC Porto
05 [01] Boavista FC Porto
03 [06] Vitória FC Setúbal
03 [04] CF "Os Belenenses" Lisboa

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Great result for Setubal :)

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Message: 8
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 22:13:08 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Heysel stadium

European football's darkest day came on Wednesday 29 May 1985 at the
Heysel stadium in Brussels when 39 people - 38 Italians and one
Belgian - lost their lives after a concrete wall fell inside the
stadium trapping Juve supporters beneath.

Fans attending the game had been fighting inside one area of the
stadium, but those attempting to avoid the violence found their
escape blocked by a concrete wall which surrounded the enclosure in
which they were situated.

The strain caused by fans attempting to scale the wall, together with
the crush caused by those trying to flee, resulted in the wall
collapsing, trapping those beneath.

The match was intended to be the last held at a stadium built in the
1920s, and it proved to be as Heysel was demolished and rebuilt as an
all-seater venue, with the only reminder of the tragedy being a
gateway near the main entrance; the sole element of the original
stadium that still exists.

As a result of the violence, English clubs were banned from European
club competitions for five seasons - the ban extended a further two
years for Liverpool. Michel Platini scored the only goal of the game
from the penalty spot.

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Today, that was exact 20 years ago...
I live only a kilometer away, and was still in that stadium yesterday
to witness the Belgian cup final.

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Message: 9
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 22:16:40 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Gerets quits Wolfsburg

Erik Gerets has resigned as VfL Wolfsburg coach after a breakdown in
relations between the former Belgian international and general
manager Thomas Strunz.

Gerets, who took the Wolves top of the Bundesliga for a few months
last autumn, said: "It was a difficult decision to make. As I joined
Wolfsburg 14 months ago, they were on the verge of relegation, which
we managed to avoid. Then we played a sensational first half of the
season, during which we topped the Bundesliga for eight rounds. I
have several reasons for resigning, but won't put the blame on anyone
in particular. I would especially like to thank the Wolves fans who
are super!"

Wolfsburg chairman Lothar Sander told the club's official Web
site: "We regret this decision, because we had been hoping to do well
next season with a successful partnership between Erik Gerets and our
sport director Thomas Strunz."

The relationship between Strunz and Gerets has been strained for
quite some time and now seems to have been the major factor in this
weekend's untimely divorce. However, Gerets also had problems with
his squad in the spring when the club's season began to come off the
rails with a series of disappointing defeats. As for successors,
former German midfield legend Bernd Schuster is one name being linked
to the newly-vacated post.

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Gerets is a great man and coach, his new team will be glad to have
signed him.

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Message: 10
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 22:22:49 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Arsenal in for me, says Robinho

Santos starlet Robinho says Arsenal are keen to secure his services
this summer.

"Arsenal have been in touch with my people in the last few days and
they have made me aware of the offer," he was quoted as saying in the
News of the World.

"I am very proud that they are looking at me because a club like
Arsenal doesn't come in for you every day.

"It would be a dream for me to play alongside Thierry Henry, we will
continue to talk."

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Seems like everyone is trying to sign him.
Time to make his mind :p

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Message: 11
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 22:36:40 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Bayern beat Schalke to seal double

Bayern Munich won the DFB Pokal in Berlin on Saturday night with a 2-
1 win over Schalke 04 at the Olympiastadion.

Dutchman Roy Makaay put the Bundesliga champions in front after 42
minutes only for Lincoln to controversially equalise from the penalty
spot three minutes later after Ailton was adjudged to have been
felled by French defender Willy Sagnol. The decision seemed harsh on
Bayern especially as Claudio Pizarro had a goal ruled out earlier on
a dubious offside decision. Fortune turned in the second-half,
however, when Hasan Salihamidzic converted Ze Roberto's woodwork-
bound strike from close range with 14 minutes to go despite standing
in an offside position.

The win completes Bayern's fifth league and cup double and left coach
Felix Magath a happy man. "It was important for me just to get
recognition with Bayern friends, partners, and fans by getting even
one title. The crucial one was certainly the German championship.
After we'd reached that, it was easier for me to work and will be for
next season too. That's the way it is with Bayern. They demand
titles," said the coach at the post-match press conference.

For defeated coach Ralf Rangnick, there were also some positives to
take from a season that saw runners-up spots in both the league and
cup. He said: "It could hardly have been any better. We came second
twice. When I arrived eight months ago, Schalke was 15th in the
Bundesliga and only reached the last 16 of the German Cup on
penalties against Kaiserslautern. Now we have come second in the
league and lost to Bayern in the cup final. We are clearly number two
in Germany at the moment. Whether we keep that position or even
improve it a bit will depend on what players we have on our books
next season. Today I saw a few areas where we have problems, which we
will have to work on."

Schalke general manager Rudi Assauer was composed in defeat,
adding: "The goal was clearly offside but in the first half there
were two decisions in our favour that the referee could have called."

Both clubs will represent the Bundesliga in the Champions' League
next season along with last year's league and cup winners Werder
Bremen.

Last finals:
1997/98 FC Bayern München 2-1 MSV Duisburg
1998/99 SV Werder Bremen 1-1 FC Bayern München [5-4 pen]
1999/00 FC Bayern München 3-0 SV Werder Bremen
2000/01 FC Schalke 04 2-0 1.FC Union Berlin
2001/02 FC Schalke 04 4-2 TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
2002/03 FC Bayern München 3-1 1.FC Kaiserslautern
2003/04 SV Werder Bremen 3-2 TSV Alemannia Aachen
2004/05 FC Bayern München 2-1 FC Schalke 04

Number of wins (lost finals between brackets) [62 finals]
12 (2) FC Bayern München
05 (3) SV Werder Bremen
04 (7) FC Schalke 04
04 (6) 1. FC Köln
04 (1) Eintracht Frankfurt

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Only 3 different clubs managed to win the cup the last 8 years!

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Message: 12
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 22:47:00 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: United in for Given

Manchester United are set to launch a £6 million bid for Newcastle
goalkeeper Shay Given.

The Mirror reports that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has targeted the
Republic of Ireland international after the surprise decision to allow
Roy Carroll to leave the club on a free transfer.

With Tim Howard as the only experienced goalkeeper on the books at
United, it is certain they will sign a big-name shot-stopper this
summer.

Other reports are suggesting that a £35 million bid for Gianluigi
Buffon may be on the cards, although any move for the Juventus keeper
is highly improbable.

********************************

I always liked Given, but I don't know if he is worth that much...

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Message: 13
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 22:48:20 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Feyenoord name Gullit successor

Feyenoord have appointed Erwin Koeman as their new coach following Ruud
Gullit's decision to step down earlier this week.

Koeman, the older brother of former Ajax boss Ronald, has just finished
his first season at RKC Waalwijk.

"I am proud that a club like Feyenoord came to me," he told the club's
official site.

"It is a fantastic challenge to start working in Rotterdam and it feels
good that the management of such a big club has faith in me."

***********************

I wonder if he can do better than his brother :p

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Message: 14
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 22:50:49 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Tottenham linked with Johnson

Tottenham are the latest club to have been linked with Crystal Palace
striker Andy Johnson.

Spurs have reportedly had a £7.5m bid for Johnson and team-mate Wayne
Routledge rejected by the South London club, who were relegated from
the Premiership earlier this month.

Johnson has also been linked with West Brom and his former club
Birmingham, but Palace have stressed that their leading scorer is not
for sale.

However, Routledge will still be making his way to White Hart Lane, but
a tribubal will decide the fee.

************************************

Question is if he can make such a season next year...

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Message: 15
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 23:01:01 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: TNS lifeline to Liverpool spurned by FAW

Total Network Solutions may not be up there with the Milans and
Barcelonas of this world - at least not yet – but the champions of
Wales are willing to help out champions of Europe Liverpool in their
quest to be allowed to defend the trophy they won so thrillingly on
Wednesday.

However, the Football Association of Wales have made it clear that
the proposed TNS solution is a non-starter with them.
TNS are willing to relinquish their place in the Champions League
first round qualifying draw if they lose to Liverpool in a one-off
match.

But the FAW has insisted that TNS must enter the Champions League, or
lose their place to another Welsh club.

The English Football Association has confirmed that the top four
teams will be entered into next season's competition, and Uefa says
it has no plans to give Liverpool special dispensation to defend
their title.

But the FA says it will lobby strongly for Liverpool to be entered
into the qualifying rounds.

FA executive director David Davies said: "If they are admitted at an
early stage they could play one if not two of the smallest sides in
Europe and for those clubs it would be a fantastic prospect in terms
of both football and finances to face the European champions."

TNS chairman Mike Harris told BBC Wales Sport that a `pre-qualifier'
against Liverpool would make far greater financial sense than for his
side to play against another European `minnow.'

"Such a play-off would enjoy huge media coverage," said Harris. "It
would bring the image of our league to the whole of the UK.

"We suffer immensely compared to other nations because we're right
next door to the English Premiership which takes all the media and
all the cash.

"We as a nation and as Welsh Premier clubs are trying to put very
stringent Uefa criteria in place in terms of our grounds which needs
massive investment.

"Such a game would help us achieve some of our ambitions. And with a
bit of luck we might beat them."

But FAW secretary general David Collins said such a proposition was
not feasible and would not be supported.

**************************

I understand TNS, who indeed would have a lot of media cover and big
financial boost with a game in front of a large crowd against
Liverpool.

But I also agree with the Welsh FA that their contender should not
give this place away, and if needed give it to another Welsh team.

Liverpool should be given a CL ticket (Qualifying round or not,
according to their UEFA coefficient and Cup holders without
qualifying round) by the UEFA. Up to them to find a solution.

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Message: 16
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 00:00:52 -0000
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: United in for Given

they can have him. newcastle are on their way down anyway

nick

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Manchester United are set to launch a £6 million bid for Newcastle
> goalkeeper Shay Given.
>
> The Mirror reports that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has targeted the
> Republic of Ireland international after the surprise decision to allow
> Roy Carroll to leave the club on a free transfer.
>
> With Tim Howard as the only experienced goalkeeper on the books at
> United, it is certain they will sign a big-name shot-stopper this
> summer.
>
> Other reports are suggesting that a £35 million bid for Gianluigi
> Buffon may be on the cards, although any move for the Juventus keeper
> is highly improbable.
>
> ********************************
>
> I always liked Given, but I don't know if he is worth that much...

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Message: 17
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 00:02:14 -0000
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Tottenham linked with Johnson

i would have him if we got him for about £2.5million. not worth much
more than that

nick

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Tottenham are the latest club to have been linked with Crystal Palace
> striker Andy Johnson.
>
> Spurs have reportedly had a £7.5m bid for Johnson and team-mate Wayne
> Routledge rejected by the South London club, who were relegated from
> the Premiership earlier this month.
>
> Johnson has also been linked with West Brom and his former club
> Birmingham, but Palace have stressed that their leading scorer is not
> for sale.
>
> However, Routledge will still be making his way to White Hart Lane, but
> a tribubal will decide the fee.
>
> ************************************
>
> Question is if he can make such a season next year...

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Message: 18
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 04:30:42 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Bianconeri end season on a high

Damn AS Roma.

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Udinese will enter the third qualifying round of next season's
> Champions League after pipping UC Sampdoria to fourth place on the
> final day of the Serie A season.
>
> Draw enough
> Champions Juventus, who finished with a 4-2 home win against
> Cagliari, had already booked their place in next season's competition
> proper along with second-placed AC Milan. So the focus was on the
> race to join Internazionale in the qualifying rounds - and a 1-1 draw
> against Milan proved enough for Udinese.
>
> Sampdoria held
> Luciano Spalletti's side took the lead after eleven minutes at the
> Friuli stadium when David Di Michele dribbled past Giuseppe Pancaro
> and beat Dida with a precise left-footed shot. Serginho's equaliser
> five minutes from time did not prevent Udinese's celebrations,
> because Sampdoria could only manage a draw against Bologna at the
> Dall'Ara stadium.
>
> Woodwork woes
> The Blucerchiati hit the post three times but a goalless draw meant
> they were forced to settle for a UEFA Cup berth, while opponents
> Bologna will face Parma in a two-legged 'spareggio' play-off to avoid
> relegation.
>
> Double dismissal
> A fantastic overhead kick by Alberto Gilardino rescued a 3-3 draw for
> Parma at US Lecce but victories for Fiorentina and Siena against
> Brescia and Atalanta respectively condemned them to the play-off. The
> Gialloblú finished the game with nine men after Matteo Contini and
> Domenico Morfeo were both sent off.
>
> Safety assured
> Fiorentina defeated Brescia 3-0 with Fabrizio Miccoli's penalty
> followed by second-half goals from Martin Jorgensen and Christian
> Rigono. Siena's win was a tighter affair, Atalanta's Igor Budan
> cancelling out Enrico Chiesa's opener before Stefano Argilli's 80th-
> minute goal made it 2-1.
>
> Mutu debut
> Gianfranco Zola scored twice for Cagliari at the Delle Alpi but it
> was not enough to prevent Juventus cruising to victory. Alessandro
> Del Piero and Stephen Appiah scored either side of David Trezeguet's
> double for the Bianconeri, for whom Adrian Mutu made his debut as a
> 57th-minute substitute.
>
> Lucarelli capocanonniere
> Elsewhere, Inter were held 0-0 by Reggina, a result mirrored by AS
> Roma and Chievo Verona in Rome. US Città di Palermo celebrated their
> UEFA Cup qualification with a 3-3 draw against S.S. Lazio, while AS
> Livorno striker Cristiano Lucarelli finished as Serie A's top scorer
> after his 24th goal of the season in his side's 1-1 draw with FC
> Messina Peloro.
>
>
> Final Table:
> 1.FC Juventus... 38 26 08 04 67-27 86 Champions
> 2.Milan AC...... 38 23 10 05 63-28 79 Champions League
> 3.Internazionale 38 18 18 02 65-37 72 CL Qualifying
> 4.Udinese Calcio 38 17 11 10 56-40 62 CL Qualifying
> 5.UC Sampdoria.. 38 17 10 11 42-29 61 UEFA Cup
> 6.Palermo....... 38 12 17 09 48-44 53 UEFA Cup
> 7.Messina PFC... 38 12 12 14 44-52 48
> 8.AS Roma....... 38 11 12 15 55-58 45 UEFA Cup (Cup)
> 8.Livorno Calcio 38 11 12 15 49-60 45
> 10.SS Lazio..... 38 11 11 16 48-53 44
> 10.US Lecce..... 38 10 14 14 66-73 44
> 10.Cagliari..... 38 10 14 14 51-60 44
> 10.Reggina...... 38 10 14 14 36-45 44
> 14.AC Siena..... 38 09 16 13 44-55 43
> 14.Chievo Verona 38 11 10 17 32-49 43
> 16.AC Fiorentina 38 09 15 14 42-50 42 [4 2 2 0 3-1 8]
> 17.Bologna FC... 38 09 15 14 33-36 42 [4 2 1 1 5-3 7] Rel. Playoff
> 17.Parma AC..... 38 10 12 16 48-65 42 [4 0 1 3 3-7 1] Rel. Playoff
> 19.Brescia...... 38 11 08 19 37-54 41 Relegated
> 20.Atalanta BC.. 38 08 11 19 34-45 35 Relegated
>
> *******************************
>
> Damn, I would have preffered la Samp to qualify!
> But I am still happy to see a new name in the CL with Udinese.
>
> At the bottom, Atalanta was already relegated and are followed by
> Brescia now. Fiorentina is safe thanks to a better result against the
> two other teams with the same amount of points.
>
> So, a final playoff between Bologna and Parma will decide who will be
> the last relegated team. Mmmm, two teams with quiet a history in
> Italy. But I think I will support Parma as I like that team :)
>
> Finaly... DAMN, AS Roma still has a European ticket for next season :p

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Message: 19
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 04:31:53 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: PSV sweep to Dutch double

Great stuff but I don't think this was ever in doubt.
Good to see Park on the scoresheet once again :)
And congratulations to Hiddink for setting a record. :)

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> PSV Eindhoven cruised to a 4-0 victory against Willem II to win the
> Dutch Cup on Sunday and secure their first league and cup double
> since 1989.
>
> Hiddink record
> Wilfred Bouma opened the scoring for the Eredivisie champions shortly
> before half-time at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, and Guus
> Hiddink's side ran away with the match after the interval, adding
> further goals through Philip Cocu, Ji-Sung Park and Jan Vennegoor of
> Hesselink. It was Hiddink's fourth Dutch Cup triumph as a coach, a
> Dutch record.
>
> Penalty appeal
> Willem II, cup winners in 1944 and 1963, had a vigorous penalty
> appeal turned down on 23 minutes when Martijn Reuser fell under the
> challenge of PSV goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. But it was PSV who were
> creating the best chances, and moments before the interval they took
> the lead.
>
> Bouma scores
> PSV captain Mark van Bommel, looking to win the cup for the first
> time in his final match for PSV, set up the goal, flighting a free-
> kick on to the head of Bouma, who took his chance well. Willem II's
> hopes of recovery were dashed six minutes after the break when Cocu
> volleyed in the second. PSV underlined their dominance when Park
> headed in the third on 75 minutes before Vennegoor completed the
> scoring in the final minute.
>
> Vogel swansong
> For PSV it was a fitting end to a terrific season that also saw
> Hiddink's side come so close to reaching the Champions League final,
> bowing out on the away-goals rule against AC Milan after a thrilling
> semi-final. It was also the perfect swansong for Van Bommel and Swiss
> midfield player Johann Vogel, who was also playing his final game
> before joining the Rossoneri.
>
> Willem II consolation
> It was PSV's eighth Dutch Cup success, and their first since 1996.
> Willem II will find some consolation in the fact that defeat still
> brings with it a place in the UEFA Cup next season.
>
>
> Last finals:
> 1996 P.S.V. 5-2 Sparta
> 1997 Roda J.C. 4-2 Heerenveen
> 1998 Ajax 5-0 P.S.V.
> 1999 Ajax 2-0 Fortuna Sittard
> 2000 Roda J.C. 2-0 N.E.C.
> 2001 F.C. Twente 0-0 P.S.V. [4-3 pen]
> 2002 Ajax 3-2 F.C. Utrecht (aet)
> 2003 F.C. Utrecht 4-1 Feyenoord
> 2004 F.C. Utrecht 1-0 F.C. Twente
> 2005 P.S.V. 4-0 Willem II
>
>
> Number of Cups per Club (87 cups)
> 15 Ajax Amsterdam
> 10 Feyenoord Rotterdam
> 08 P.S.V. Eindhoven
>
> *****************************
>
> PSV just outclassed Holland this season. They can even be named in
> the top 5 of this year's Europe's best teams!

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Message: 20
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 04:34:47 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Triumphant Trabzonspor seal second

Congratulations to Trabzonspor!! LEE EUL-YONG! LEE EUL-YONG!! :D
Another Korean qualifies for the Champions League.

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> On a hectic last day in Turkey, Trabzonspor pipped Galatasaray to a
> Champions League qualification place by defeating Istanbulspor.
>
> Quickfire four
> Meanwhile, newly-crowned champions Fenerbahçe ended their campaign in
> defeat at the hands of Konyaspor. Christoph Daum's team led after six
> minutes through defender Önder Turaci's header, but Konyaspor hit
> back, scoring four times in 22 minutes through former Fenerbahçe
> midfield player Erhan Albayrak and Muhammet Hanifi Akagündüz, plus
> two goals from Zafer Biryol, to lead 4-1 at the break. Nicolas Anelka
> reduced the deficit six minutes from time.
>
> Fatih delight
> Trabzonspor will join Fenerbahçe in the Champions League
> qualification stages after securing an impressive 5-0 win against
> already-relegated Istanbulspor to seal second place. Turkish
> international defender Tolga Seyhan's header opened the scoring after
> six minutes, before Ibrahima Yattara doubled the Black Sea club's
> advantage 22 minutes later. Miroslaw Szymkowiak scored either side of
> the penalty which ensured Fatih Tekke finished the season as the
> league's top scorer with 31 goals.
>
> Galatasaray gloom
> Consequently, Galatasaray were forced to settle for third place and a
> UEFA Cup berth despite winning 4-0 against Denizlispor. Hasan Kabze
> scored twice, while the Istanbul side's other goals came from
> Rigobert Song and Necati Ates. They will be joined in the UEFA Cup
> next season by Besiktas, who drew 2-2 with bottom club Akçaabat
> Sebatspor, despite leading twice through a Veysel Cihan double.
> Sebatspor's equalisers came courtesy of Orhan Kaynak.
>
> Sakaryaspor despair
> At the bottom, Sakaryaspor AS became the last team to be relegated
> after a 4-2 defeat against Malatyaspor. A Serkan Özsoy own goal had
> cancelled out Bilal Kisa's strike for Malatyaspor, but second-half
> strikes from Milan Osterc, Murat Erdogan Helman Mkhalele condemned
> Sakaryaspor to the drop, despite Serdal Kurt scoring a consolation.
>
> Kayserispor survive
> Saban Yildirim's men replaced Diyarbakispor in 16th place after Eser
> Yagmur's last-gasp goal saw them overcome Samsunspor and move two
> points clear of the drop zone, while Kayserispor preserved their top-
> flight status following a goalless draw with BB Ankaraspor.
> Elsewhere, Gençlerbirligi and MKE Ankaragücü ended their seasons on a
> high with 2-1 victories against Gaziantespor and Rizespor
> respectively.
>
>
> Final Table:
> 1.Fenerbahçe SK Istanbul.. 34 26 02 06 77-24 80 Champions
> 2.Trabzonspor............. 34 24 05 05 73-29 77 CL Qualifying
> 3.Galatasaray SK Istanbul. 34 24 04 06 64-25 76 UEFA Cup
> 4.Besiktas JK Istanbul.... 34 20 09 05 70-39 69 UEFA Cup
> 5.Gençlerbirligi SK Ankara 34 14 09 11 52-41 51
> 6.Denizli SK.............. 34 13 10 11 46-45 49
> 7.BB Ankaraspor........... 34 13 09 12 52-48 48
> 8.Konyaspor............... 34 11 12 11 62-62 45
> 9.Gaziantepspor........... 34 13 05 16 49-55 44
> 10.Çaykur Rizespor........ 34 11 10 13 36-37 43
> 11.Malatyaspor............ 34 12 07 15 47-53 43
> 12.Samsunspor............. 34 10 08 16 40-55 38
> 13.MKE Ankaragücü SK...... 34 10 08 16 37-61 38
> 14.Kayserispor............ 34 08 10 16 42-65 34
> 15.Diyarbakirspor......... 34 09 07 18 31-53 34
> 16.Sakaryaspor Adapazari.. 34 09 05 20 51-72 32 Relegated
> 17.Istanbulspor SFTAS..... 34 05 12 17 32-59 27 Relegated
> 18.Akçaabat Sebatspor..... 34 03 10 21 40-78 19 Relegated
>
> Last titles:
> 1995/96 Fenerbahçe
> 1996/97 Galatasaray
> 1997/98 Galatasaray
> 1998/99 Galatasaray
> 1999/00 Galatasaray
> 2000/01 Fenerbahçe
> 2001/02 Galatasaray
> 2002/03 Besiktas
> 2003/04 Fenerbahçe
> 2004/05 Fenerbahçe
>
> Number of Titles (47)
> 16 Fenerbahçe Istanbul
> 15 Galatasaray Istanbul
> 10 Besiktas Istanbul
> 06 Trabzonspor
>
> ***********************************
>
> I know most of you guys are Galatasaray fans, but still I am happy to
> see Trabzonspor qualify for the CL qualifying round :)
>
> With this title, Fenerbahce took over as most successful team in
> Turkey!

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Message: 21
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 04:36:08 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Beveren call on Dufour

The Ivorian guys just ain't doing it eh?
I'm sure the French guy will ring up some changes by including players
from Senegal :))

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Vincent Dufour has been appointed as the new coach of Belgian First
> Division side KSK Beveren.
>
> Helleputte replacement
> The 37-year-old succeeds Herman Helleputte, who had already agreed to
> step down as coach of the Ivorian-dominated club at the end of the
> current campaign. Dufour worked for French Second Division Niort FC
> last season.
>
> Roles shift
> The French coach will also take on aspects of technical manager Jean-
> Marc Guillou's job, as his compatriot intends to concentrate more of
> his time with the club's Ivory Coast Academy. Dufour will hope to
> improve on Beveren's 2004/05 finish of 16th place, after avoiding
> relegation by just five points.
>
> **********************
>
> Yeah, Beveren was a real deception this season.
> Another season like this and they should try Belgian players
> instead :p
>
> Never heard of this new coach though...

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Message: 22
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 04:37:15 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Heysel stadium

How did you guys fare in the final? Silverware I assume.

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> European football's darkest day came on Wednesday 29 May 1985 at the
> Heysel stadium in Brussels when 39 people - 38 Italians and one
> Belgian - lost their lives after a concrete wall fell inside the
> stadium trapping Juve supporters beneath.
>
> Fans attending the game had been fighting inside one area of the
> stadium, but those attempting to avoid the violence found their
> escape blocked by a concrete wall which surrounded the enclosure in
> which they were situated.
>
> The strain caused by fans attempting to scale the wall, together with
> the crush caused by those trying to flee, resulted in the wall
> collapsing, trapping those beneath.
>
> The match was intended to be the last held at a stadium built in the
> 1920s, and it proved to be as Heysel was demolished and rebuilt as an
> all-seater venue, with the only reminder of the tragedy being a
> gateway near the main entrance; the sole element of the original
> stadium that still exists.
>
> As a result of the violence, English clubs were banned from European
> club competitions for five seasons - the ban extended a further two
> years for Liverpool. Michel Platini scored the only goal of the game
> from the penalty spot.
>
> http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Photo/Assocweeks/OnThisDay/176064_
> BIGLANDSCAPE.jpg
>
> ******************************
>
> Today, that was exact 20 years ago...
> I live only a kilometer away, and was still in that stadium yesterday
> to witness the Belgian cup final.

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Message: 23
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 04:38:18 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Arsenal in for me, says Robinho

Another one that Spurs lose out to then

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Santos starlet Robinho says Arsenal are keen to secure his services
> this summer.
>
> "Arsenal have been in touch with my people in the last few days and
> they have made me aware of the offer," he was quoted as saying in the
> News of the World.
>
> "I am very proud that they are looking at me because a club like
> Arsenal doesn't come in for you every day.
>
> "It would be a dream for me to play alongside Thierry Henry, we will
> continue to talk."
>
> *********************************
>
> Seems like everyone is trying to sign him.
> Time to make his mind :p

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Message: 24
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 04:39:29 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Tottenham linked with Johnson

About time the man was linked with Spurs :))

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Tottenham are the latest club to have been linked with Crystal Palace
> striker Andy Johnson.
>
> Spurs have reportedly had a £7.5m bid for Johnson and team-mate Wayne
> Routledge rejected by the South London club, who were relegated from
> the Premiership earlier this month.
>
> Johnson has also been linked with West Brom and his former club
> Birmingham, but Palace have stressed that their leading scorer is not
> for sale.
>
> However, Routledge will still be making his way to White Hart Lane, but
> a tribubal will decide the fee.
>
> ************************************
>
> Question is if he can make such a season next year...

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Message: 25
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 04:39:06 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Feyenoord name Gullit successor

MOre dark days for Feyenoord :))

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Feyenoord have appointed Erwin Koeman as their new coach following Ruud
> Gullit's decision to step down earlier this week.
>
> Koeman, the older brother of former Ajax boss Ronald, has just finished
> his first season at RKC Waalwijk.
>
> "I am proud that a club like Feyenoord came to me," he told the club's
> official site.
>
> "It is a fantastic challenge to start working in Rotterdam and it feels
> good that the management of such a big club has faith in me."
>
> ***********************
>
> I wonder if he can do better than his brother :p

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