July 2013 : Soccer News Headlines

Michael Dawson: Wants Champions League spot

7/29/2013 Having looked certain to secure a top four berth for much of the previous campaign, Spurs were undone by a combination of Arsenal’s dramatic improvement and a damaging week in March when they were beaten by Liverpool and Fulham, and in between conceded four
Pachuca, Queretaro win in Mexico’s Apertura
7/29/2013 Daniel Luduena scored from inside his own half for the winning goal as Pachuca beat Tigres 2-1, and Queretaro won 3-0 against Pumas in Mexico’s Apertura tournament.
Cruzeiro beats Atletico to lead Brazilian league
7/29/2013 Cruzeiro has the same 18 points as Internacional but is ahead on goal difference.
Transfer news: Pepe Reina tells Liverpool ‘I deserved…
7/29/2013 Goalkeeper claims the move had been agreed before the club consulted him despite his desire to stay and fight for his place Shipped out Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has released an emotionally-fuelled letter to fans of the club after his surprise that
Barzagli: Ogbonna will become a star
7/29/2013 The Italy international has nothing but praise for his new Juventus teammate and is confident that he has a bright future ahead of him.
Barry uncertain over Man City future
7/29/2013 The England international is entering the final year of his contract and, with no talks yet held regarding a new deal, the 32-year-old admits he could leave next season
Buffon: Italian football is improving
7/29/2013 The Juventus shot-stopper feels that Serie A is becoming more competitive again having seen clubs bolster their squads on the transfer market.
Former Club America striker Christian Benitez dies at age 27
7/29/2013 The South American forward, who had enjoyed spells at Birmingham, Santos Laguna and Club America, was confirmed as having passed away on Monday.
Liverpool completes Asian Tour with comfortable 3-0 victory over Thailand in Bangkok
7/28/2013 Liverpool completed its Asian Tour on a high note with a 3-0 victory over the Thailand at the Rajamangala National Stadium on Sunday.
Charlton wants Rooney to stay
7/28/2013 Sir Bobby Charlton still hopes Wayne Rooney eclipses his Manchester United goalscoring record despite the striker again hankering for a move away from Old Trafford.
Kinnear has Champions League goal
7/28/2013 Kinnear, who was brought in at St James’ Park last month by owner Mike Ashley, believes a realistic long-term ambition for Alan Pardew’s side is qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition, despite the Magpies narrowly avoiding relegation last season.
Celtic suffer pre-season loss
7/28/2013 Celtic suffered a 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach at Parkhead despite Anthony Stokes getting on the scoresheet The Irishman came off the bench to pull a goal back but the German visitors were too strong in this outing as the Hoops
Blake Smith lifts Impact past Sporting Kansas City
7/28/2013 Montreal, QC, Canada – Rookie midfielder Blake Smith buried a goal in stoppage time to lift the Montreal Impact to a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City Saturday at Stade Saputo.
Pope to Rio youth: Jesus better than World Cup
7/28/2013 Pope Francis spoke the language of Brazil’s soccer-mad youth Saturday, telling them that being a good Catholic is like training to play soccer.
Pitch not to blame – Pellegrini
7/28/2013 Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has admitted the atrocious conditions were not to blame for the ankle injury that saw Matija Nastasic stretchered off in Hong Kong.
Stoke City beats FC Dallas 1-0 in friendly
7/28/2013 Jonathan Walters scored in the 25th minute to lead Stoke City past FC Dallas 1-0 in a preseason friendly Saturday.
7/27/2013 Madrid said on its website that it wished Higuain “good luck in the new stage” of the 25-year-old Argentina international’s career.
In rematch of Champions League final, Dortmund beats Bayern 4-2 in German Super Cup
7/27/2013 Borussia Dortmund defeated Bayern Munich 4-2 to win the German Sup Cup on Saturday, handing Pep Guardiola his first defeat in charge of the European Champions.
Martino stands firm over Cesc Fabregas
7/27/2013 Barcelona coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has made it clear that Cesc Fabregas will be part of his team next season, despite repeated interest from Manchester United.
Luk out for Romelu, warns Cahill
7/27/2013 The pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has placed Chelsea’s forwards under increased scrutiny and 20-year-old Lukaku has thrived so far in pre-season.

MK Dons-bound: Lee Hodson. Picture: Holly Cant
7/21/2013 The full-back is moving on a free transfer and will sign a one-year deal next week with the option of a further year.

Montreal, FC Dallas play to scoreless MLS draw
7/21/2013 Montreal has gone five games without a victory, while Dallas has not won since May 25 and is winless in seven – eight if a U.S. Open Cup game is counted.

Kansas City tops Salt Lake in match of MLS leaders
7/21/2013 Ike Opara scored in the final minute of stoppage time to secure the victory for Kansas City, which extended its lead in the Eastern Conference to four points over Montreal.

Reds beat Indonesia XI in hard-won…
7/21/2013 Liverpool defeated Indonesia XI in a pre-season friendly Saturday, with the frustrated Reds finally scoring a second goal after struggling to break through a solid wall of defence.

Football: Napoli sign Spain defender Raul Albiol from Real Madrid; deal is for four years
7/21/2013 Napoli have agreed to buy Spain centre-back Raul Albiol from Real Madrid, the Italian Serie A club said on Sunday.

Soccer-Danish championship results and standings
7/21/2013 July 21 (Infostrada Sports) – Results and standings from the Danish championship matches on Sunday Sunday, July 21OB Odense 1 SonderjyskE 1 Saturday, July 20Viborg 2 Randers 2 Friday, July 19AGF Aarhus 0 Midtjylland 2 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Midtjylland

Soccer-Finnish championship results and standings
7/21/2013 July 21 (Infostrada Sports) – Results and standings from the Finnish championship matches on Sunday Sunday, July 21Lahti 2 IFK Mariehamn 1 Saturday, July 20RoPS Rovaniemi 0 HJK Helsinki 0 Friday, July 19VPS 4 MyPa Myllykoski 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1

Soccer-Ludogorets sack coach Petev one game into new season
7/21/2013 SOFIA, July 21 (Reuters) – Bulgarian champions Ludogorets have fired coach Ivaylo Petev after a surprise defeat in the opening round of the domestic league season, the club said on Sunday. Ludogorets, who have won back-to-back league titles, slumped to a

Wanderers hold Villa to hard-fought draw
7/20/2013 WANDERERS pre-season received a massive boost after they held Premier League giants Aston Villa to a 2-2 draw at Adams Park.

Man City loses both games on South African tour
7/19/2013 AmaZulu beat Manchester City 2-1 with an 89th-minute penalty on Thursday and left last season’s Premier League runner-up with two losses from two games on its pre-season tour of South Africa.

Key year for hopefuls – Mourinho
7/19/2013 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes it is imperative for aspiring World Cup players to be first choice for their clubs, as the courtship of Wayne Rooney continued in Kuala Lumpur.

Manchester United’s Gareth Bale transfer attempt is a waste of time, Tottenham warn
7/19/2013 Spurs last night told Manchester United they are wasting their time if they even try to talk about buying Gareth Bale.

Ks boss Dowson praises Tottenham Hotspur – a credit to the Premier League
7/19/2013 Alan Dowson said the way Tottenham behaved and applied themselves during their friendly with Kingstonian last night was a credit to the Premier League club.

Whitecaps FC-Galaxy Preview (The Associated Press)
7/19/2013 The Los Angeles Galaxy’s troubling habit of surrendering late goals continues to cost them.

Wolfsburg confirms Luiz Gustavo interest
7/19/2013 The Brazilian midfielder has fallen out of favor at Bayern Munich over the last year and sporting director Klaus Allofs is hoping to lure him away from the club

FIFA sets 2014 World Cup ticket prices in Brazil (The Associated Press)
7/19/2013 SAO PAULO (AP) — Fans will pay $90 for tickets to see World Cup matches in Brazil next year, $10 more than in 2010 in South Africa.

Former POW and Man City keeper Bert Trautmann dies (The Associated Press)
7/19/2013 FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bert Trautmann, a former German World War II prisoner of war who became Manchester City’s goalkeeper and helped the team win the FA Cup despite a broken neck for the last 17 minutes of the 1956 final, has died, the German soccer

Red Bulls-Toronto FC Preview (The Associated Press)
7/19/2013 The New York Red Bulls have to like their chances of ending a three-game winless run on the road in MLS play Saturday.

Soccer-Equatorial Guinea penalised over ineligible player
7/19/2013 BERNE, July 19 (Reuters) – Equatorial Guinea have been penalised for fielding an ineligible player in two World Cup qualifiers, benefiting Cape Verde who now have an outside chance of topping their qualifying group. FIFA said that Cape Verde had been declared

Soccer-Hull City sign Sunderland striker Graham on loan
7/19/2013 LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Hull City have signed Sunderland striker Danny Graham on a season-long loan deal, the promoted Premier League club said on Friday. Graham made his mark playing for Swansea City after they were promoted to the top flight in 2011,