Wednesday, June 29, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1533

There are 3 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. PSV snare versatile Simons
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
2. Zola calls time on glittering career
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
3. Kezman completes Atlético switch
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>

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Message: 1
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 14:43:36 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: PSV snare versatile Simons

PSV Eindhoven have further bolstered their midfield by paying a
significant fee for the Club Brugge and Belgium captain Timmy Simons.

Belgian influence
The 28-year-old, who can also play in central defence, signed a four-
year deal today after the clubs agreed a fee thought to be between
€4m and €5m for a player who has 37 international caps. "PSV have had
some Belgian players in the past, who have all spoken positively
about their time here and I told Brugge I was eager to make the
move," said Simons, referring to the likes of Erik Gerets, Luc Nilis
and Marc Degryse.

'Step up'
PSV reached the Champions League semi-finals last season and will
enter the 2005/06 edition at the group stage. "The ambition of this
club is the same as mine - to play at the very top in Europe," added
Simons, who was under contract with Brugge until 2008. "Personally, I
feel I have taken a step up coming to PSV." The Dutch double winners
recently signed midfield duo Mika Väyrynen and Osmar Ferreyra to
compensate for the loss of Johann Vogel and Mark van Bommel.

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Damn :(
Well, as a lot are changing this season at Bruges it's maybe better
than it happens now.
We can't blame him, he has been superb for years.
It's a normal situation when he can earn more elsewhere.

Anyway, 4-5 million euro isn't bad neither these days.

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Message: 2
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 14:46:56 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Zola calls time on glittering career

Cagliari Calcio captain Gianfranco Zola has announced his retirement
from professional football, six days before his 39th birthday.

Cup success
The forward played for Napoli and Parma in Italy before moving to
Chelsea in 1996 for €6.5m. Voted the greatest player in Chelsea's
history, Zola scored the winning goal in the 1998 Cup Winners' Cup
final and lifted two FA Cups with the Londoners prior to returning to
his native Sardinia in 2003.

Family first
Zola's first campaign with the Rossoblù was a huge success as
Cagliari ended a four-year exile from Serie A by gaining promotion,
following it up last season by avoiding relegation. "It was not an
easy decision to take but I felt I had to dedicate my time to the
things I could not do during my professional career, like spending
more time with my family," said Zola, who was capped 35 times by
Italy.

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He was indeed great!

Voted the greatest player in Chelsea's history?
Good that this isn't voted in 10 years :p

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Message: 3
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 15:08:37 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Kezman completes Atlético switch

The Chelsea forward Mateja Kezman has joined Atlético Madrid for €9m
after agreeing terms and passing a medical in the Spanish capital
today.

'Best supporters'
The 26-year-old Serbo-Montenegrin international has signed a contract
running until 2008. "I'm delighted to sign as I've always been
attracted to this club because of their philosophy and the fact they
have the best supporters in the land," Kezman said.

Winning goal
Kezman moved to Chelsea for €7.5m last summer after scoring 105 goals
in four seasons with PSV Eindhoven, but never fully settled at
Stamford Bridge. The highlight of his stay in England was scoring the
extra-time winner in the English League Cup final defeat of Liverpool.

Strike partner
"My experience in London was good, although I didn't really get many
opportunities to play," he said. "I've always dreamed about playing
in Spain and now I'm with a club who were once better than Chelsea
and could be again within a few years. I hope my qualities will shine
through and I can help take some of the pressure off Fernando Torres
in Atlético's attack."

New coach
Kezman's new side finished eleventh in the Primera División last term
and earlier this month appointed former Boca Juniors trainer Carlos
Bianchi as coach.

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In two years they will buy him back :)

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