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Sarachan Glowing Over Shiny Prize

Chicago Fire coach Dave Sarachan was walking on air after his charges scooped up the 2006 U.S. Open Cup with a sound 3-1 defeat of Los Angeles. “I can’t help but smile,” he told MLSNet. “It’s just not very often you get to say you’re a champion and we’ve made it a priority this year…

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Bum Knee Puts Eto’o On Shelf

Barcelona goal monster Samuel Eto’o could miss the rest of the calendar year after injuring his knee in their Champions League draw at Werder Bremen. “He has suffered a tear to the outside of the meniscus in his right knee,” announced club medico Ricard Pruna. “Early indications point to a recovery period of between two…

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Ranieri: I’d Take Leeds Job

Claudio Ranieri says he would have no hesitation about taking over at Leeds United if chairman Ken Bates offered him the job. The Championship club are currently looking for a new manager after parting company with Kevin Blackwell. Bates and Ranieri were together at Chelsea, and the Italian told The Sun: “Ken knows me very…

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Moratti Blasts Inter Attitude

Inter Milan chief Massimo Moratti has urged the team to regain their swagger in order to avoid further displays like their home Champions League loss to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. The Nerazzurri could not crack the visitor’s net, then succumbed on a pair of second half strikes. “We tried to play a match to…

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Keller Wishes He Could Play Up

U.S. National Team netminder Kasey Keller has made the startling revelation that he would become a field player if he had it all to do over again. Despite all of his success, the Borussia Mönchengladbach star admits to wondering how the other 10 players live. “Nobody would want to become a keeper if they knew,”…

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Allback Slams Gravesen: He’s Afraid

FC Copenhagen striker Marcus Allback has taken a swipe at Thomas Gravesen following the Champions League clash with Celtic on Tuesday. Dane Gravesen came up against his fellow countrymen Copenhagen at Parkhead, and although he emerged on the winning side, former Aston Villa striker Allback was left unimpressed. He said: “We did not think too…

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Jans Extends Groningen Contract

FC Groningen have rewarded coach Ron Jans with an improved deal on the eve of their UEFA Cup tie decider against Partizan Belgrade. Gang Green trails 4-2 from the first leg, but the manager has been impressively building a winner over his five years on the job. “I really like it here and we just…

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Pizarro Glad To Break Italy Jinx

Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro was quite proud to have taken part in the team’s slump-buster against Champions League foe Inter Milan on Wednesday night. The Bavarians had not won in Italy over their last seven tries. “We are very happy because we’ve made a piece of history,” Pizarro told uefa.com. “The team hasn’t won…

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Dein: Wenger Has A Job For Life

Arsenal vice-president David Dein says manager Arsene Wenger can stay at the club for as long as he wants. The Frenchman, who has won three league titles with the Gunners, celebrates his 10th anniversary at the club this week. Dein said: “We want him for the rest of his career. If he wanted to give…

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Rijkaard Won’t Take Bremen Lightly

Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard has assured observers that he is instructing his charges to be prepared for a tough Champions League fight at Werder Bremen. The Germans dropped a pair of two-goal decisions to Los Blaugrana in last year’s edition. “Bremen are an excellent side and made life hard for us here last term,” he…

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Mancini: We Are Must Beat Bayern

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini is already feeling the heat and has declared their Wednesday Champions League clash with Bayern Munich a must-win game. “We’ve played one and lost one, so it’s essential for us to get some points on the board,” he reasoned. “We can’t afford to be chasing already at this early stage.”…

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Home Wins The Key – Benitez

Liverpool entertain Galatasaray in the Champions League Group C match tonight aiming to build on the away draw they secured gainst PSV Eindhoven two weeks ago. And manager Rafael Benitez believes if they take full advantage of playing at Anfield they should negotiate the group and reach the knock-out stages. Benitez, who guided Liverpool to…

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Panucci Spooked By Mestalla

AS Roma defender Christian has admitted to feeling uneasy over their Champions League visit to Valencia, but says the club can find a way to win. “I know from personal experience that you need real personality as a team to win here,” he assured. “Not many sides take three points from the Mestalla and you…

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Kaka Unhappy With Ancelotti Tactics

Milan playmaker Kaka was left frustrated by the tactics deployed by coach Carlo Ancelotti during the 0-0 Champions League draw with Lille on Tuesday night. The Brazilian and Clarence Seedorf were fielded in more advanced roles, with Alberto Gilardino up-front on his own, and Filippo Inzaghi left on the bench. “Personally I much prefer the…

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Luisão: We Have Respect For ManU

Benfica defender Luisão admits to having a great admiration for Tuesday Champions League foes Manchester United, but would just assume jump start their campaign with a victory. The Portuguese giants have stumbled out of the league gate, but will look to take control of Group F by repeating last year’s Stadium of Light success against…