Saturday, July 02, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1536

There are 12 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Re: State sponsor of terror has terrorist as President
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
2. Re: Boskamp the new Stoke boss
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
3. Vieri ends Inter association
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
4. St Etienne end European exile
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
5. Aliadière grateful for Celtic chance
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
6. I want more than 38 million euros for Essien - Lyon president
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
7. Robinho fined by Santos
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
8. Olympiacos want Mpenza
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
9. Shandong snatch Serbo-Montenegrin star
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
10. Charlton look to take on Gardner
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
11. Boro reject Spurs bid for Downing
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
12. Roma given transfer embargo
From: "jer_vanlint" <>


Message: 1
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2005 17:19:42 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Re: State sponsor of terror has terrorist as President

I suppose that terrorism isn't that bad after all then.

--- In, ralitsa_z_f <no_reply@y...>
> A terrorist that was democratically elected by popular vote? We can't
> have that, can we? Let us pick one president for them instead. ;)
> --- In, "jer_vanlint"
> <jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> >
> >
> > ---------------
> >
> > Oups :)


Message: 2
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2005 17:22:47 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Re: Boskamp the new Stoke boss

Nah, go Hafnarfjörður!!

Oh, and welcome to the group Marta :)

--- In, marta_grimsdottir
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
> we needed to send pulis out so we could retain the club in icelandic
> owners. it is not just chelsea and manchester that have foreign
> owners. and stoke is more important to us than any other team or the
> national iceland team
> --- In, "jer_vanlint"
> <jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> > English Championship side Stoke City have appointed Dutchman
> > Boskamp as their new manager in succession to Tony Pulis, who was
> > sacked yesterday for not signing enough foreign players.
> >
> > Boskamp, 56, was a member of the 1978 Dutch World Cup squad that
> > reached the final against Argentina. He has extensive coaching
> > experience.
> >
> > As well as coaching Belgian sides Anderlecht and Genk, Boskamp
> > coached the Georgian national team and worked in the Middle East.
> >
> > To the surprise of many Stoke fans, Pulis lost his job on
> > just two months after signing a new two-year deal, ostensibly for
> > failing to implement the board's transfer strategy of signing
> > overseas players.
> >
> > However, an apparent sub-plot might be the real reason for his
> > dismissal: Peter Coates was set to launch a takeover bid for the
> > club, with the condition that Pulis remained in charge.
> >
> > The Potters' Icelandic owners launched pre-emptive strike by
> > rid of Welshman Pulis, who had performed fairly creditably at the
> > Britannia Stadium thus far.
> >
> > **********************************
> >
> > Boskamp is a very nice man who gives the youth players a good
> >
> > The former coach was sacked because he didn't signed enough
> > players?? :D


Message: 3
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 13:36:22 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Vieri ends Inter association

Internazionale Milano have parted company with Italian international
forward Christian Vieri.

Mutual consent
The striker's contract, tying him to the Serie A side until 30 June
2006, was today cancelled by mutual consent. An Inter statement
read: "The negotiations were handled in the most friendly way and
took into consideration the needs of both the player and the club. We
thank Christian Vieri for the six seasons he spent here and for
writing a very good chapter in Inter's history."

Century of goals
Australian-raised Vieri, 32 later this month, joined Inter in 1999
from Lazio, having previously played for Atalanta, Juventus and
Atlético de Madrid. With the Nerazzurri he scored more than 100 goals
in Serie A, including 13 in 27 games last season as Inter finished
third to earn another Champions League campaign and won the Coppa

International ambition
Vieri, who has 22 goals in 45 international appearances, is yet to
announce his new club but has left Inter to ensure regular first-team
football in the hope of securing his place in Italy's side for the
2006 World Cup.


Time to move to Spurs :)


Message: 4
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 13:50:31 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: St Etienne end European exile

It may not be the tournament the fans were hoping for, but on
Saturday one of France's most famous sides, AS Saint-Etienne, will
return to European competition for the first time in two decades as
they take on Switzerland's Neuchâtel Xamax in the first leg of a
Intertoto Cup second-round tie.

Last game
It has been 22 years and eight months since Les Verts (The greens)
went down 4-0 against Czech club Bohemians Praha in the last 32 of
the 1982/83 UEFA Cup to begin their long exile from Europe. However,
supporters will be looking a little further back as they set their
aims for what the team can achieve this season.

Golden age
To understand why St Etienne mean so much to so many fans, you have
to look back 25 years. Between 1957 and 1981, the club won ten French
titles and six French Cups, boasting great players like Michel
Platini, Dominique Rocheteau, Ivan Curkovic, Christian Lopez,
Dominique Bathenay and Oswaldo Piazza.

National obsession
With France having been in decline since finishing third at the 1958
World Cup - and yet to revive public interest with a brilliant
showing at the 1982 World Cup - St Etienne were regarded by many as
an alternative national team, especially when in continental

European nights
St Etienne qualified for the European Champion Clubs' Cup ten times,
reaching the semi-finals in 1974/75 before losing 1-0 against Bayern
München in the following season's final. None the less, Robert
Herbin's side were still greeted like heroes upon their return home.

Declining fortunes
Subsequent campaigns saw St Etienne's glory eclipsed by 1992/93
Champions League winners Olympique de Marseille and 1995/96 Cup
Winners' Cup winners Paris Saint-Germain, as the club went into a
decline heralded by the struggles of the local coal industry and a
huge financial scandal.

Public excited
During the lean years, fans at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium turned
out to see increasingly anonymous teams. However, the stadium known
as 'Le Chaudron' will be boiling again on Saturday, with 26,600
tickets sold for the game and a large television audience
anticipating a glorious comeback.

Players primed
The players have been sharing in the excitement too, after qualifying
for the tournament with a sixth-place finish in Ligue 1. Goalkeeper
and St Etienne academy graduate Jérémie Janot said: "All my friends
have been geeing me up for this game for days."

Holiday training
However, European football has come at a cost, with players forced to
keep themselves fit for action during the holidays. "When we knew we
were in the Intertoto, we decided to train on our own during our
holidays," said captain Julien Sablé. "I did sprint training at my
hotel with my uncle timing me."

Back together
Coach Elie Baup called his squad together to start formal training on
24 June, but the former Girondins de Bordeaux boss was keen to
underline that he would not be using past glories to inspire his
players. He said: "The players' predecessors have entertained them
with epic tales of European nights at Le Chaudron, but I don't want
any comparisons to put a brake on my players' progress. They must
write their own story."

Former player
Xamax coach Alain Geiger, who played for St Etienne from 1988-90,
added: "To play in Le Chaudron against this mythical team means a
lot." Home fans will hope the chance of beating the mighty Greens
will not bring the best out of Geiger's men on Saturday.


Welcome back to Europe, St Etienne is indeed France biggest team.
Marseille and Lyon were/are catching up, but no way that Paris SG can
be compared to them!


Message: 5
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 14:08:03 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Aliadière grateful for Celtic chance

Celtic have signed Arsenal striker Jérémie Aliadière on loan for next

Second signing
The former French Under-21 international passed a medical yesterday
and becomes Gordon Strachan's second recruit since replacing Martin
O'Neill as manager, following the arrival of Guinea defender Mohamed
Camara on 10 June.

'Big factor'
"The Champions League was a big factor in choosing Celtic," Aliadière
said. "Everybody knows the Champions League is the competition
everybody wants to play in, and it would be good if I could help
Celtic make an impact."

Injury problems
Aliadière has scored one goal in 18 Premiership games with Arsenal,
whom he joined in 2001. The youngster made six substitute appearances
last season after recovering from a knee ligament injury.

Beattie deal
On Friday, Celtic also confirmed that 21-year-old forward Craig
Beattie had put pen to paper on a new three-year deal. Midfield
player Neil Lennon also signed a new one-year contract earlier this
week and will captain the side.

Waiting game
Celtic will enter the Champions League in the second qualifying round
after finishing second in the Scottish Premier League. They will play
the winner of the first qualifying round tie between Kairat Almaty of
Kazakhstan and Slovakia's Artmedia Bratislava on 26/27 July and 2/3


I have my doubts if he is good enough for Celtic as they deserve
great strikers. But time will tell...

Anyway, time for the Scottish and English league to merge, just like
it is necessary for the Belgian and Dutch leagues.


Message: 6
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 15:13:47 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: I want more than 38 million euros for Essien - Lyon president

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has insisted that he wants more than
38 million euros for Michael Essien after reports that Chelsea made a
bid of that amount.

Manchester United and Real Madrid have also been linked with the
Ghanaian international who impressed for the French champions last

"Even at 38 million euros I will not sell Michael Essien. The offer
will have to be considerably higher," Aulas told L'Equipe.

Meanwhile, Aulas says he expects Juninho to stay at the club.


Some people are just crazy..


Message: 7
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 15:15:33 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Robinho fined by Santos

Real Madrid target Robinho has been fined by his club Santos after
failing to turn up to training.

The youngster played for Brazil in the Conferations Cup final on
Wednesday, before flying back to his homeland to join up with Santos.

"I spoke to him earlier and he said he would take part in the training
session but he didn't turn up," Santos coach Gallo said on Friday.

"We're counting on him for practice on Saturday morning. If he goes
absent again, we'll hand the matter to the directors."


Sounds like the end of the Santos story...


Message: 8
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 15:17:42 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Olympiacos want Mpenza

Olympiacos want to sign a new star every season and as in the last
season they secured the services of the former Brazilian
international midfielder Rivaldo, now the "Reds and Whites" are
looking for a strong forward like Hamburg's star Emile Mpenza.

The Belgian striker hadn't had a good time at HSV up to now and he is
seeking for a way out of Germany, and the Greek double winners are
more than interested in signing the 26 year old former Schalke star.

As the German club confirmed in their official website, Olympiacos
have made an offer for Mpenza.

"We have an offer from Piraeus' club" said HSV's chief director,
Dietmar Beiersdorfer, adding: "However we can't say any more yet."

From his side, the Belgian star admitted the Olympiacos offer but he
stressed his loyalty to his current club.

"Yes, I've heard of their interest. My agent has spoken to them, that
is his job. Now, I just want to start training with my club and time
will tell what the future holds."


Sollied isn't their official coach yet, but seems like he has some
influence there already ;)


Message: 9
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 15:19:43 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Shandong snatch Serbo-Montenegrin star

One of China's leading clubs, Shandong Luneng, has snapped up Branmir
Petrovic from Partizan Belgrade.

The Serbian-Montenegrin midfielder joins the 2004 Chinese Super League
runners-up on a six-month contract that could be extended to eighteen
months by mutual agreement.

Shandong lie sixth in the league but are very much in the title race,
only five points behind leaders Dalian Shide with a game in hand and
hope that the 23 year-old, who represented his country in the Athens
Olympics, will help in the push for the title.

Petrovic could also prove useful in the club's forthcoming AFC
Champions League quarter-final with reigning champions Al-Ittihad of
Saudi Arabia and may line up alongside compatriot Predrag Pazin.


The Serbian invasion of China :)


Message: 10
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 15:21:38 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Charlton look to take on Gardner

Anthony Gardner looks set to move The Valley after Tottenham Hotspur
accepted a £1.6million bid from Charlton Athletic.

The former Port Vale central defender has become surplus to
requirements at White Hart Lane after failing to live up to the
expectations of him and the management set-up are willing to see him

Spurs have a wealth of centre-halves with Ledley King, Nourredine
Naybet, Michael Dawson, Callum Davenport and the incoming Tom

With Gardner's arrival, the Addicks now have four ex-Tottenham
defenders on their books with Chris Perry, Luke Young and loanee Paul
Konchesky in their ranks.


see Nick, if you want you can start support for Charlton ;)


Message: 11
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 15:24:30 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Boro reject Spurs bid for Downing

Middlesbrough have rejected a bid from Tottenham for winger Stewart

The 20-year-old England international is the latest in a long line of
young English talents that Spurs have set their sights on.

However, Boro are adamant that the player isn't for sale and they don't
expect the North London club to renew their interest.

"We have had an approach from Tottenham regarding Stewart Downing,"
said Boro chief Keith Lamb.

"They did make an unsolicited offer, we rejected the offer immediately
and told Tottenham that Stewart is not for sale, that we are not
interested and that they should not pursue the matter any further."


Time to close the transfer market before Spurs is bankrupt!


Message: 12
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 15:27:02 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <>
Subject: Roma given transfer embargo

Roma have been handed a one-year transfer embargo by FIFA after
Philippe Mexes' controversial move from Auxerre last summer.

The defender joined the club before his Auxerre deal had expired, and
although the transfer was cleared, the giallorossi have still been
severely punished.

They were told late last night that they will be unable to buy anyone
in the next two transfer windows.

The club will now appeal although the good news is that the embargo
shouldn't affect the transfers of Shabani Nonda, Samuel Kuffour and
Rodrigo Taddei which have already been concluded.


This must be one of Roma's most disastrous season all times :p


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