Sunday, July 24, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1555

There are 5 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Proto arrives at Anderlecht
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
2. Sollied wants Ljungberg
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
3. Zenga lands at Red Star
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
4. Class war
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
5. The retreat of the Icemen
From: marta_grimsdottir

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Message: 1
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 17:37:10 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Proto arrives at Anderlecht

RSC Anderlecht have today presented Belgian international goalkeeper
Silvio Proto after his move from La Louviére.

International class
The 22-year-old has signed for a reported €1m and will have a five-
year contract at the Brussels club. Proto, who made his international
debut in November and has started the last five Belgium games,
reached an agreement to sign for Anderlecht last week.

Aiming high
Proto is expected to be the club's No1, although he will face
competition from Daniël Zitka, Tristan Peersman and Jan Van
Steenberghe. He said: "Anderlecht are the only thing I wanted. Coach
Franky Vercauteren told me I will start at the same level as the
other keepers, but I have to show that I am the best."

Opening game
He will be eligible for Anderlecht's opening game of the season on
Tuesday, when PFC Neftchi travel to the Belgian capital for the first
leg of their second qualifying round tie. The return trip to
Azerbaijan will follow on 3 August, with Anderlecht hoping to reach
the group stage as they did last season.

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Ah, finaly we will be able to see how good he realy is this season :)

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Message: 2
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 17:57:36 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Sollied wants Ljungberg

The new Olympiacos coach, Trond Sollied, has reportedly approached
Arsenal's star Fredrik Ljunberg's manager in order to discuss a
transfer to the Greek champions.

The 28-year-old Swedish international, who has recently been targeted
by Milan, is not considered among Arsene Wenger's top choices for next
season and the transfer could be eased by the fact that Ljunberg has
declared that he will not renew his contract with the London-based club.

Ljungberg's contract expires two years from now but even newspapers
from Sweden insist that the Gunners midfielder will be transferred –
possibly to an unexpected club.

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Knowing Sollied's tactic so well (4-3-3), Ljungerg will have the
possibility to play on the right wing or at the upper right corner of
the midfield triangle. Up to him if he wants that.

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Message: 3
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 18:05:43 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Zenga lands at Red Star

Former Italian international goalkeeper Walter Zenga will be named the
new coach of Red Star Belgrade according to club officials. If so, then
Zenga will become the cub's first ever foreign coach.

Zenga most recently coached Steaua Bucharest whom he was fired from in
May. Before that Zenga was at the helm of National Bucharest for one
and a half seasons.

Red Star had a poor season on and off the pitch last season. An early
victim of PSV in the Champions' League third round qualifying phase,
the club went on to lose to Zenit St. Petersburg in the Uefa Cup 1st
round not mention the title to rivals Partizan and the Cup to Zeleznik
Belgrade. Red Star's board of directors all resigned as the season came
to a close and long-time president Dragan Dzajic stepped aside due to
health concerns.

In the six seasons he played for Italy (1986-1992) Zenga won 58 caps
for the Azzurri and was considered amongst the world's best goalkeepers.

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Go Partizan!!

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Message: 4
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 01:54:34 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Class war

I found this very interesting article from the fourfourtwo newspaper
concerning the differences and rivalry between Anderlecht and Club
Brugge.

You should read it, it's very interesting :p

p. 1: http://student.kuleuven.be/~m9800109/rivalryp1.jpg
p. 2: http://student.kuleuven.be/~m9800109/rivalryp2.jpg
p. 3: http://student.kuleuven.be/~m9800109/rivalryp3.jpg
p. 4: http://student.kuleuven.be/~m9800109/rivalryp4.jpg
p. 5: http://student.kuleuven.be/~m9800109/rivalryp5.jpg

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Message: 5
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 02:39:54 -0000
From: marta_grimsdottir
Subject: The retreat of the Icemen

Stoke Holding - the Icelandic group that owns the controlling share of
Stoke City - has decided to put its stake in the football club up for
sale.

The recent uncertainty at Stoke City has been further fuelled with the
news that the football club is being put on the market by its majority
shareholders.

The Icelandic-based consortium Stoke Holding want £12 million from
anyone interested in taking control of the club.

Six years ago they paid £8 million for 60% of the club's shares.

Former Chairmen Peter Coates and Keith Humphreys could be early
candidates to bid for them, along with the American businessman Phil
Rawlings.

It's possible that the sale could take months or even go beyond the
end of next season.

In the meantime, the manager Tony Pulis has been told he has the full
support of the club's directors.

Cooling

The 2004/05 season saw a cooling of the relationship between certain
members of Stoke Holding and the club's manager, Tony Pulis.

The chairman of Stoke Holdings, Magnus Kristinsson said he wouldn't be
giving the club anymore money while Tony Pulis was manager and
criticised his attitude to the club's owners.

He said Tony Pulis had treated the club's owners with no respect and
made a mockery of the Icelandic players.

Tony Pulis responded to criticism saying that: "the manager's role is
to achieve the best possible results for the club.... that means I
must always have the choice about selection."

Background to the Icelandic takeover

In November 1999 the Icelandic national team manager Gudjon Thordarson
got together a group of Icelandic businessmen to buy Stoke City, with
the aim of installing himself as team manager and getting the club
into the Premiership within five years.

Stoke Holding bought 60% of Stoke City with £8m. Its largest
individual shareholder is Magnus Kristinsson who runs a trawler
company on the Westmann Islands. He invested £1m into the original
project and last season alone invested £1.5m.

One of the original aims of Stoke Holding was to use Stoke City as a
training ground for young Icelandic footballers.

On April 27th, Magnus Kristinsson said one of the reasons he is
withdrawing his financial support is because Tony Pulis did not show
the owners any respect - and made a mockery of the Icelandic players
the club had.

One of the jobs of Stoke Holding is to appoint three of its investors
to sit on the board of Stoke City, one as chairman. One of Magnus
Kristinsson's jobs as the boss of Stoke Holding is was to appoint
Gunnar Gislason as the chairman of Stoke City. Gislason runs a fruit
and veg importing business.

Magnus says he was unhappy with Gunnar's decision to give Tony Pulis a
new contract.

Gunnar says, this season alone Tony Pulis has declined to take two
Icelandic players, one of whome is now at Tottenham Hotspur, the other
is at Celtic.
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I just hope the club remains in Icelandic hands or they buy a stake of
some other club. Or football won't be as fun anymore...

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