Monthly Archives: May 2007

Azzurri Want Nesta To Return

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni is hoping he can persuade AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta not to give up on the national team. The 31-year-old, along with Roma captain Francesco Totti, has opted against playing for the Azzurri since last summer. Nesta was a member of Italy’s World Cup-winning squad, but was injured during the group…

O’Brien: Ireland Call Can Wait

Toronto FC winger Ronnie O’Brien claims international play is not a priority of his, but admits he could answer Ireland boss Steve Staunton’s call at another time. The flank threat begged out of a recent summons to continue regaining full fitness from a knee injury. “I know a lot of players have aspirations to play…

Altidore Pays Midfielder Respect

After working from a foreign midfield spot in their 3-0 victory over Chicago on Thursday night, New York strike phenom Josmer Altidore claims he has a new found awe for regulars inhabitants of the position. The teenager opened less than a minute into the contest and Juan Pablo Angel added a pair of insurance goals….

Ruud Makes Peace With Coach

Ruud van Nistelrooy is available again for selection for Holland after making peace with Oranje coach Marco van Basten. The Real Madrid forward has had tense relations with Van Basten since last year’s World Cup, but is now available for Euro 2008 qualifying although he did not feature in Friday’s squad for friendlies with South…

Bravo Eyes Stuttgart Reunion

CD Guadalajara forward Omar Bravo has revealed that discussions have begun over a move to German champs Stuttgart, where he would be able to suit up alongside Mexico mates Ricardo Osorio and Pavel Pardo. “You always want to improve and, if playing in Europe is going to help me to be better in my career,…

Bradley names US Gold Cup roster

Bob Bradley completed one of his first tasks as official US Head Coach, naming a 23-man roster for June’s CONCACAF Gold Cup Competition. Ten players will be returning from last year’s World Cup team, while 14 will vying for their first Gold Cup cap. ROSTER BY POSITION GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim…

Carra: Reds Must Do Better

Jamie Carragher’s cold assessment of Liverpool’s failure in Athens was brutally clear: “We were just not good enough.” Anfield’s lion-hearted defender saw AC Milan grab their opener from a free-kick deflected past Jose Reina by Filippo Inzaghi’s arm, before a late break through the Reds’ defence by the same striker as Liverpool were pressing desperately…

Kaka: I Never Feared Istanbul Repeat

Brazilian playmaker Kaka believes AC Milan were destined to make amends for their Istanbul nightmare after claiming the Champions League crown on Wednesday night. Milan beat Liverpool 2-1 in Athens to clinch their seventh European title, with Kaka setting up Filippo Inzaghi for his second goal of the night as the Italians avenged their painful…