Serie A Players to Strike

10 09 2010

Serie A was plunged into crisis today as a dispute over contracts has lead to players in Italy’s top league to plan a strike on matches falling on the 25th and 26th of September.

A full programme of fixtures is scheduled for this weekend and a strike would cause havoc with remaining fixtures and broadcasters.

The stunning revelation was made by AC Milan captain Massimo Oddo (left) on behalf of the Italian Players’ Association (AIC). Oddo said in a news conference: “The association, in perfect symphony with the players of Serie A, has decided not to go on the field for the fifth round of matches of the Serie A championship on Sept. 25 and 26 in protest against requests to impose new contractual rules”.

This is not the first time the Players’ Association has threatened to strike. According to the BBC, this dispute “centres around a proposal by clubs to limit the rights of players to refuse transfers, as Juventus defender Fabio Grosso recently did following an offer from AC Milan”.

“The clubs want the right to insist that when a player has a year remaining on his contract, he must accept a transfer to another, equally competitive club that guarantees the same financial treatment and status”.

“They propose that if the player does not agree to move he must instead come to a deal over his contract with his current employers”.

Serie A, which broke away from the rest of the Italian league this year, has declared that it will propose a new collective deal by Monday.

It is believed that the AIC’s fear is that without a collective agreement, clubs will continue to force players to move to other teams if they only have one year remaining on their contracts.

Mark Jepson





29/08/2010 – Sunday Transfer Talk

29 08 2010

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will make a last-ditch attempt to sign West Ham striker Carlton Cole. Hodgson is also close to sealing deals for Fulham defender Paul Konchesky, but may drop his interest in PSV Eindhoven forward Ola Toivonen because of the Dutch club’s £13m asking price.

Hodgson is also attempting to arrange a loan deal to bring Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez to Anfield.

Manchester United are ready to test Everton’s resolve to hang on to midfielder Jack Rodwell with a £20m bid.

Scott Parker could leave West Ham to bring in some much-needed funds to Upton Park. Tottenham are in pole position to sign the £8m-rated midfielder.

Tottenham will turn their attentions to Villarreal’s former Manchester United frontman Giuseppe Rossi if their loan move for AC Milan’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar fails to materialise.

 Tottenham have had an enquiry into the availability of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (left) rebuffed by the Old Trafford hierarchy.

Charles N’Zogbia’s proposed move to Birmingham from Wigan has collapsed over the versatile Frenchman’s wage demands.

Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is set for yet another move as Aston Villa and Newcastle look to snap up the Republic of Ireland international before the transfer window shuts.

Wigan have agreed a £2m deal to take Chelsea forward Franco di Santo to the DW Stadium.

Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg will rebuff any approach from Arsenal in favour of staying with the Amsterdam club.

Shay Given may be on the move, however, with the Manchester City goalkeeper determined to switch to Fulham before the transfer window shuts.

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici is being lined up by Fulham as a replacement for Arsenal-bound Mark Schwarzer.

Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas will stay at White Hart Lane after deals to Aston Villa and Inter Milan fell through.

West Ham have made a £1.5m move for Hamburg defender Guy Demel and are competing with Stoke for the signature of Portsmouth defender Marc Wilson.

The Hammers are also poised to sign AFC Valenciennes left-back Siaka Tiene.

Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires could make a surprise return to the Premier League after the 36-year-old turned down a move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. West Ham, Wigan and Bolton are all monitoring the player, who is a free agent after leaving Villarreal.

On-loan striker Craig Bellamy will move to Cardiff permanently from Manchester City if the Bluebirds gain promotion from the Championship.

AC Milan have reached an agreement to take striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on loan from Barcelona for the rest of the season. The Rossoneri will then have the option to buy the Sweden forward for £19.7m.

Former Celtic loan signing Landry N’Guemo has not given up hope of a return to the Glasgow club, who could not agree a fee for the midfielder earlier this summer, now that he has been transfer-listed by Nancy.

Arsenal forward Nacer Barazite says he has not given up hope of joining Rangers on loan before Tuesday’s transfer deadline after his trial at Ibrox.

Francisco Sandaza’s transfer to Swansea City is on the brink of collapse as the Welsh club want him on loan, an arrangement that does not interest the striker or his present club, Dundee United.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has set his heart on a coaching role with boyhood club Oldham Athletic after his playing career ends.

West Ham manager Avram Grant has accused Scholes, who has repeatedly snubbed Fabio Capello’s attempt to lure him out of international retirement, of letting down his country.

England boss Fabio Capello has performed an astonishing U-turn after telling David Beckham he will consider the LA Galaxy midfielder for selection if he is fully fit. “First Beckham has to be playing again but the door is always open,” said Capello, who earlier this month had called time on the former Manchester United man’s international career.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he could one day coach Real Madrid. The Italian, who was managed by Fabio Capello in his final season as a player at AC Milan, has described the England coach as a “grouch” in the latest extracts from his book.

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier could return to English football if Aston Villa decide not to appoint caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald on a permanent basis.

Alternatively former Germany and Bayern Munich manager Jurgen Klinsmann is top of Aston Villa’s wish list.

A trio of Australian investors have joined the running to take control of Blackburn Rovers after lodging a bid of £25m for the Ewood Park club.

Defender Steven Taylor could be excluded from Newcastle’s 25-man Premier League squad as his dispute with the club over a new contract continues.

New Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has denied that he went on strike to force through his move from Liverpool.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is considering calling in a psychologist to cure his club’s poor away record in Europe – which now stands at one win in the last 29 games.

Rangers manager Walter Smith says he “might as well chuck it” if the club sells Kenny Miller or Madjid Bougherra before the closure of the transfer window but insists that it is not going to happen.

Manchester City’s new £24m striker Mario Balotelli emerged unhurt from a collision between his Audi sports car and another vehicle on his way to the club’s Carrington training ground on Friday.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has donated £25,000 from his testimonial to Everton to give to a charity of their choice. Carragher, who supported the Toffees as a boy, will play in a game between a Liverpool XI and Everton XI on Saturday.

A photographic timeline running round the outside of Everton’s Goodison Park has provoked anger amongst some of the club’s fans. Nick Barmby, the midfielder who controversially quit the club for local rivals Liverpool, features alongside legends such as striker Dixie Dean.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





Ronaldinho Dancing His Way To Flamengo

14 07 2010

Sources from inside the San Siro confirm that Ronaldinho is on his way to Brazilian Premier League side Flamengo.

Ronaldinho, who joined AC Milan from Barcelona for £14.5 Million in July 2008, struggled to capture his form for Barcelona and Brazil whilst at the San Siro.

Flamengo are currently the holders of the Brazilian Premier League and are the only Brazilian team to hold a European player in their ranks, Dejan Petkovic of Serbia.

In other news, it has been announced that Senegalese midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has signed for AEK Athens on a two-year deal and it is also rumoured that ex-Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole will be switching allegencies in London, signing for the local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Matthew Wright





Serie A Introduces Foreign Player Cap

4 07 2010

The Italian Football Federation has introduced a new ruling which restricts Serie A teams from signing more than one non-EU player per season. The signing can only happen to replace an outgoing non-EU player.

The decision is said to have been made following Italy’s disastrous World Cup campaign which saw them finish in last place in their group.

The move has enraged many officials of Italian clubs. Lega Calcio, the governing body of Serie A and B, has criticised the decision. President Mario Beretta said: “It won’t solve anything.

AC Milan president Adriano Galliani agreed saying: “This won’t resolve the problems in Italian football. I absolutely share the position put forth by the Lega Calcio and president Beretta.”

Mark Jepson








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