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Freddy Adu reaches deal to play for Benfica

Published on July 31, 2007 by in Uncategorized

July 31, 2007 BARRY HATTON LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Freddy Adu, the American phenom who is one of the highest-profile stars of Major League Soccer, has agreed to play for Benfica and trained with the Portuguese club Tuesday. MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis told the Associated Press that Adu’s agent Richard Motzkin had confirmed the

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ASIAN CUP-Iraq defy odds to complete Asian Cup fairytale

Published on July 29, 2007 by in Uncategorized

7/29/2007 Julian Linden JAKARTA, July 29 (Reuters) – Iraq completed one of sport’s great fairytales by beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the Asian Cup final on Sunday to provide a rare moment for celebration in their war-torn homeland. The Saudis had been bidding to become the first four-times winners of the tournament but Iraq, riding

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Classy Barcelona toy with Hearts

Published on July 28, 2007 by in Uncategorized

7/28/2007 BBC Sports A bumper crowd of more than 57,000 watched Barcelona turn on the style to beat Hearts 3-1 at Murrayfield. Ronaldinho tucked away a penalty after Gianluca Zambrotta tumbled but Hearts hit back when Juho Makela poked home a loose ball from close range. A sweet, flowing move ended with Ronaldinho rising to

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ASIAN CUP-South Korea battle odds to beat Japan on penalties

Published on July 28, 2007 by in Uncategorized

July 28, 2007 PELAMBANG, Indonesia (AFP) – South Korea battled a man short and embroiled in their third straight penalty shootout to beat Japan in a marathon play-off for third place at the Asian Cup here Saturday. The hard-working Koreans were involved in their third consecutive scoreless game at the tournament but survived when goalkeeper

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PREVIEW ASIAN CUP-Emotions run high before Asian Cup final

Published on July 28, 2007 by in Uncategorized

7/28/2007 Julian Linden JAKARTA (Reuters) – A tournament which has already thrown up so many surprises could take one last twist when Iraq play Saudi Arabia in Sunday’s Asian Cup final. Saudi Arabia are chasing an unprecedented fourth title and strongly favoured to win but face opponents who have defied incredible odds to reach their

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ASIAN CUP PREVIEW-South Korea face Japan in Asian Cup sideshow

Published on July 27, 2007 by in Uncategorized

7/27/2007 By Peter Rutherford JAKARTA (Reuters) -Games between South Korea and Japan are traditionally fierce, passionate affairs, but Saturday’s clash for third place at the Asian Cup is unlikely to set pulses racing. The two regional soccer powerhouses have been relegated to the role of bit-part players after stunning semi-final defeats, while their conquerors, Iraq

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ASIAN CUP-Indomitable Iraqis one step away from the Asian Cup

Published on July 27, 2007 by in Asia

Friday July 27, 2007 Guardian Unlimited, John Duerden Saudi Arabia will be favourites for Sunday’s final, but most neutrals want to see Iraq secure an unlikely triumph, says John Duerden “No, we can’t have alphabetical seating in the Abbey; you would have Iraq and Iran next to each other,” warned sly civil servant Bernard Woolley

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Henry bounces back with a goal on his debut

Published on July 27, 2007 by in Uncategorized

Friday July 27, 2007 Guardian Unlimited, Ewan Murray at Tannadice Dundee United 0 – 1 Barcelona (Henry 90) Thierry Henry scored on his debut for Barcelona last night when he forced home the rebound from his own 90th-minute penalty. In doing so the France international, signed from Arsenal for £16m, laid a few ghosts to

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