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Toronto FC announce signing of Spanish midfielder Alvaro Rey

oronto FC have added a new player, and a new nationality, to their roster during the open transfer window.

The club announced Thursday they have signed Spanish midfielder Álvaro Rey. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, per team and league policy.

Rey, 24, most recently played for Xérez in the Spanish second division, where he scored three goals in 28 appearances. A product of the Real Betis youth system, Rey also played with Spanish second division side Gimnastic de Tarragona before joining Xérez.

“Álvaro trained with the team for several weeks last month, and played in a reserve match with us against Montreal. He’s very technical and quick, and is good at taking on defenders,” Toronto FC president and general manager Kevin Payne told the team’s website. “He offers something different than we typically see in MLS and we think he’ll help our team become more dangerous.”

Rey will be added to the roster and eligible to play once his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) arrives.

Revisiting the Chris Wondolowski argument, now in a bigger and better context

The book on Chris Wondolowski has usually read like this: sensational striker in league play who may be stretched to make an impact internationally.

It’s really not an awful thing to pin on someone; nobody is accusing the man of drowning kittens here. Taylor Twellman and Jason Kries were other examples of terrific strikers in Major League Soccer who probably reached their top level in league soccer.

Only, with Wondolowski, a few fans and a selected bunch from the chattering class got caught up in the moment and lost some larger context recently. The Earthquakes’ forward did hit six goals in three matches – but the quality of competition was league level. Given international caliber service and backed by international level teammates, Wondolowski is certainly capable of doing the business against overmatched regional small fries.

But it always looked like typical sports overreaction, this flawed tendency to make big, sweeping judgments from every match. (Or, in this case, the false bottom of a short series of them.)

So a week ago, some people were already handing him a ticket to Brazil. Very prematurely so. I wrote as much six days ago.

Now here we are today with two more samples to study. Wondolowski went 77 minutes last week against Costa Rica and then 60 on Sunday against El Salvador. Total goals: zero.

(MORE: What we learned about the United States vs. El Salvador)

He wasn’t awful, not by any stretch. “Wondo” is just not the difference maker that Landon Donovan is. He’s not the athlete that Eddie Johnson is. He doesn’t have the ability to create on his own the way some others in the U.S. player pool can. Wondolowski’s game gets somewhat limited at international level.

Here’s what MLSSoccer.com’s player ratings had to say: “One simple assist pass aside, Wondo was often either stranding himself from the offense or slowing it down. It didn’t help his cause that Eddie Johnson replaced him with such a strong display.”

The New York Times was more harsh still in its ratings. “Never seemed to find a place in the quick-moving U.S. attack.”  Jeff Carlisle at ESPN FC did like the striker’s link-up play, offering that is “was miles better than it was against Costa Rica, as he set up Corona’s goal and sprung Donovan with a telling through ball.” But he also noted the struggle “with some of El Salvador’s physical antics.”

It’s not over; two matches remain. The problem is Johnson, the Seattle Sounders’ striker scored immediately upon coming on Sunday. He seems certain to start in Wednesday’s semifinal, which means the San Jose man’s minutes will dwindle fast.

As I also wrote last week, roster spots are always a zero-sum game; for every roster winner there is a roster loser, in other words. Wondolowski may or may not make the final 23 for Brazil, but you have to circle the man you want knocked aside.

Jurgen Klinsmann pattern of player selection says that Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez and Eddie Johnson are all ahead of Wondolowski in the forward depth  pool. (Depending on how you want to count Dempsey, that is.) Landon Donovan is, too; we can probably all agree on that.

Today, Joe Corona looks more likely to make the roster than Wondolowski, even if he is  playing a slightly different position. Either way, it’s a roster spot, and that’s one more obstacle in a very good forward’s path to Brazil.

Agreed, Gareth Bale to Madrid?

Real Madrid’s effort to obtain the signature seems to be Gareth Bale happy ending. According to the report, as quoted by Football Espana, Tuesday (07/23/2013), the Tottenham Hotspur players agreed to a six-year contract duration.

Indeed, since the end of last season Madrid have shown interest in Bale. Wales winger services after the Spanish capital club this fantastic ready poured funds reached 90 million euros ($ 1.213 trillion).

Besides Madrid, Bale also the target of a number of Europe’s elite clubs, like Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. However, according to Marca, Real Madrid odds get bigger combative midfielder was considering a bid because Spurs transfer cash between 80 million euros ($ 1.079 billion) and a 85 million euro (Rp 1.146 trillion) plus full-back Fabio Coentrao.

Media is headquartered in Madrid was also added that Madrid president Florentino Perez and general director Jose Angel Sanchez has sat down with representatives of Bale, Jonathan Barnett. They discussed the possibility of the realization of mega-transfers by Madrid, after the Spanish giants to bring Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in July 2009 at a price of 93 million euros.

If agreed to a six-year contract offered, then Bale will receive a salary of between 9 million euros ($ 121.257 billion) and 10 million euros ($ 134.730 billion) per season. Barnett also indicated that for the smooth process of moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, they will be turned down offers from other clubs, including Manchester United.

So far, Tottenham always dismissed all rumors about Bale. In fact, coach Andre Villas-Boas insists that the status of the 24-year-old player was “not for sale” or not sold.

The latest news suggests that Tottenham are ready to double salaries Bale, who made it in the list of one of the highest paid players in the Premier League. If last season Bale earned only 87,500 euros ($ 1.162 billion) per week, then the next season he will receive 170,000 euros ($ 2,239 billion) per week. All was done to fence Bale of “threat” clubs pursuer.

But with the news that was brought Marca, will be interesting to wait how the realization of mega-transfers during the transfer window, which will last until the end of August.

Blanc: Verratti Not For Sale!

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Laurent Blanc confirmed about the future of young midfielder Marco Verratti he called not for sale.
The Italian young players have been linked with Fiorentina interest, but Blanc insists the former players Pescara remained in Paris.
“Marco is a PSG player,” said Blanc.
“There are a lot of rumors about his future, but he has a contract with us”,
“I hope he stays because I like him as a player, he has great talent and is a young player potential”.

For the 2014 World Cup, Di Natale Reject AC Milan Bids

 

Italian veteran striker Antonio Di Natale turned down an offer to join AC Milan in the transfer market this summer. Di Natale Udinese chose to spend his career with a chance to keep the World Cup 2014.

Demonstrated commitment to continuing to strengthen Udinese after the players agreed to extend his contract with the team based at the Stadio Friulli it alone until 2015 Di Natale Udinese costumed been nine years since imported in 2004 from Empoli after being loaned to a number of clubs.

Udinese, he has appeared in 298 by scoring 158 party big gol.Naluri scored Milan seems to be the main reason for recruiting Di Natale despite the age of the players have stepped 35 years.

“I thank coach (Milan), Massimiliano Allegri and Vice-President, Adriano Galliani over bid (strengthening Milan),” Di Natale said as quoted by the Italian Football.

Di Natale explained, Milan are not the only team that made ​​a bid proposal to his agent. “But I have always insisted, wanted to end my career at Udinese,” he said.

According to Di Natale, Udinese persist in making chances of playing in the 2014 World Cup have always maintained regular play. Through appearances in the 2013-14 season, he wants to prove to the Azzurri coach, Cesare Prandelli, he is still worth a grand event was brought to the World Cup class.

“To be able to play in the Maracana, only once in a lifetime. If unable to do so, it was like adding icing to the cake my gait is very fantastic.”

“However, to convince Prandelli, I have to think about consistency, both in practice and makes a great season for Udinese,” Di Natale said.

Football: AirAsia signs three-year sponsorship deal with FAS

SINGAPORE: Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

The sponsorship, worth S $ 1.8 million, will include flights of for the under-21, under-23 and senior national teams, as well as the National Football Academy’s age-group teams and women’s teams.

The partnership with FAS is set to provide the Necessary support to the association to further gamers footballing success and raise standards for all levels. The Singapore national football team are the recent Victors of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup campaign.

AirAsia will also offer “attractive travel packages” for football fans traveling to away matches, it said in a release.

“I never looked at the commercial aspirations … but to aim high and do something meaningful for Singapore football,” said AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes.

“Having AirAsia on the Singapore jersey is important, we want to put forward the message that we want to do better, that we want to dream. We hope to be part of that success; to help some of those young kids Realise their aspirations. ”

Mr Fernandes added that the sponsorship does not have “a fixed set of rules”.

“Whatever comes up with the FAS and requires our assistance, we are ready to help,” he said.

AirAsia has a track record of sports sponsorship, having backed the English Premiership football team Queens Park Rangers, Lotus Formula 1 outfit, the ASEAN Basketball League and MotoGP.

FAS President Zainudin Nordin said he is “absolutely thrilled to have concluded an agreement with an organization of AirAsia’s caliber and reputation”.

“We are really thankful to Tony Fernandes and AirAsia for their staunch support for football and we are looking forward to working closely with them to further promote the sport in the coming years,” he said.

He added: “It is a positive thing for us, Because Mr Fernandes and AirAsia are supporting youth, and sports in particular.”

Moyes Believe Kagawa Quality

Manchester United’s new coach, David Moyes excited by the skills possessed Shinji Kagawa. Moyes heard many positive things about the Japanese midfielder was straight out of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Sir Alex said many positive things about Shinji and its high quality. I had just met her, so we are still trying to know each other, “said Moyes as reported by Goal International.
“Last season was his first season playing in the Premie League. He’s still young, so we hope to continue to grow. I’m looking forward to be working with him and I hope he has a good season, “said Moyes.
Kagawa appeared last season as much as 26 times for United and scored 6 goals. 24-year-old player is also hoping to establish good cooperation with the new manager.
“We’re still new to each other, but I intend to build mutual understanding between us,” said Kagawa. [bnt]

Manchester United bid Bale with Fantastic Price

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In the transfer market this season Manchester United were very active. After Thiago now failing to get the team made David Moyes wants to bring Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.

As reported by the Daily Mirror, Manchester United Bale daring bid for a price of £ 60 million or around Rp 927 billion to bring the players from Wales.

By bringing Bale is expected to replace the current Manchester United striker who wants to leave Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney.

Bale’s move to Manchester United’s Premier League will finish before rolling on August 17. This is because the amount of bids submitted by Manchester United to the Tottenham Hotspurs.

Tottenham previously always rejected bids submitted by the top clubs and one of them is Real Madrid, to buy Gareth Bale. Bale purchase is also believed to be a request from the New Manager of Manchester United, David Moyes.

2016 Mourinho Promises to Train Inter

Jose Mourinho seemed to be doing his sensational career trail with re-refine the clubs have ever coached.
The Special One is currently back sitting in the Chelsea reserves as steering strategy game Frank Lampard et al, and it turns out that recognition by Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti, Mourinho also promised to return to coaching Inter.
“I contacted Mourinho to congratulate her on her return to Chelsea and he told me that within three years we would meet back at Inter,” Moratti said.
If what is said is true Mou means that 2016 will turn trained Mourinho’s Inter.
Mou did take it apart once admitted Chelsea, Inter is a club he loves. With Inter from 2008 to 2010, he was offered two Portugal Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League trophy.

Questioning Scarcity Left Back

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There is an anecdote that states that if you are a football player who wants a long career, be a left back. Indeed, at the time the striker, midfielder, winger or gain a lot of praise for individual action, a fullback can rarely spotlight.

However, lack of players capable of filling this post makes more fullback provide opportunities for footballers who want to play certainty.

Although only anecdotal, stories about the scarcity of players with a dominant left foot that can last not new anymore. Let’s see Brendan Rodgers who prefer to put Glen Johnson (right defender) or Daniel Agger (center back) when Jose Enrique could not compete. Or, how Philipp Lahm is often used as a left back before David Alaba pulled from midfield by Jupp Heynckes.

So if it is almost 10 years the name Ashley Cole remains so answers to the question who the best left back in the world today, in fact it is not unusual anymore.

So what exactly is causing the scarcity of players left back in the world of football? The answer is simple. Number of left-footed players are much less dominant, so capable, or choose to be left, it would be much more minimal again.

Unmitigated, the comparison between the number of dominant players left leg with the player “legged” right can reach 1 to 4. This is evident from a study of 236 players who competed in the 1998 World Cup. This study states that 79% of footballers in the tournament often using the right foot in receiving and giving feedback. Meanwhile, only 21% are fluent in the left leg.

Similar studies give different figures. However, the average stated that the number of left-footed players less than 30% of the overall total footballers.

The small number of left-footed players, according to Gianluca Vialli, so one of the causes of the paradigm that the right-back will be the worst player on the team is filled.

This analogy: if a footballer has a good ability to survive and height above the average, so it will be positioned as a central defender. While those who have qualified technical control of the ball will be placed as a midfielder.

Then the remaining players, skill players survive and attack him mediocre, often installed as a right-back. Left footed players certainly different. He will be given special treatment because their numbers are small.

Fullback and Modern Football

Regardless of the number of players is minimal problems, left-back role in the evolution of modern football itself can not be separated from nature as a fullback. Also can not drop out of relation to other positions in the team, as well as the development of today’s tactical.

For example, on a game that gets narrowed to the middle of the field along with the popularity of the use of a 4-2-3-1 formation. With this trend, the fullback position so most get room to run, while the other players piled in the middle of the field. Being a fullback duties for “down-up” and so outlets assault, as well as widen the space game.

It mainly occurs in teams using inverted-winger role as one of the strategies in the attack. Moving winger cut into the penalty area he will be more effective when combined with a fullback to create a 2 against 1 situation with fullback opponent.
Illustration that describes this is the first season Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.

By bringing Dani Alves from Sevilla, Pep makes Lionel Messi-Alves combinations as the main pedestal Blaugrana attack. Messi, who ran into the piercing, and Alves who kept vigil near the touchline, often confuse fullback who were escorting them. Following Messi moved into the means providing space for Alves to launch cross.

While still on guard at the edge of the field means letting Messi kicks the strongest leg, the left leg. Nearest central defender did not move too freely to the fore, because it can be used by cutting edge or playmaker pushed up into the penalty box.

In this way, Alves recorded assists 10 times (some of which are key-assist: the creator of the first goal or assists the winning goal), and so one of the best players in the Barca the season.

This method is also used by Del Bosque later when Spain lost her mind to break the opponent’s goal. Jesus Navas is often put into the field to draw the fullback opponent so there is a gap for Iniesta to send feedback breakthrough.

Yes, in contrast to the winger who often get feedback in the opponent’s defense area, often “run” by itself does not lead to full-back control of the ball for himself. Running is not selfish. But the run is important for two things: to create a space for the winger, as well as to be a decoy for the purpose midfielder, winger, or even a keeper though.

Being Fit and Smart

Interesting implications of the development of the fullback role, in addition to left and right are required to have a capable passing ability, is the physical condition of the players.

By becoming an outlet assault, and with having the longest running space, automatic fullback who now assumed the role as player box-to-box. It is they who must now get used to sprinting, both in the short and long distances.

Therefore, the fullback is expected to have a higher fitness level than other players. Physical endurance to sprint to pursue the enemy, often from the opponent’s defense into his own goal line, in the final minutes of the match would be a crucial factor that must be owned by a fullback.

If a striker can still laze around when his physical condition declined in one game, this luxury is not obtained by the fullback. Mainly because there is space left by fullback when he rose to help the attack.

So do not be surprised if in a practice session, fullback get more run portion. Sessions usually run from one end to the other corner flag.

In addition to fitness, one of the other capabilities that are required of both right-and left-back is the ability to recognize how a midfielder or winger in the team wants to play. Listen to Glen Johnson’s narrative about his relationship with the other players at Liverpool in the season 2008/2009:

“If I play with Maxi Rodriguez or Dirk Kuyt, I knew I could run attack anytime.’s Because they will be cutting inside and give me space, while also providing assistance to survive. But Ryan Babel more often dribbling and using wing area field, so the task I prefer to help him, “said Johnson told Four Four Two magazine.

Difficult to replace

Associated with the development of a more attacking role so here’s fullback, left back is more difficult to replace than his right.

Substituting a left-back to center-back can certainly be done. But this by eliminating the risk of potential side attack, because not all the center-back has the instinct to break forward.

Meanwhile, draw a defender midfielder would be more dangerous. This was all due to the midfielder has the ability to endure winger. Especially facing inverted right-footed winger (read: How It Works Inverted Winger).

For example, just look at how the difficulties Javier Mascherano in Barcelona for the counter attack from the left, while Jordi Alba was still in front. Alternatively, the death of an attack from the left wing while Daniel Agger Liverpool plotted to replace Jose Enrique. Dane is more often survive keeping his base rather than up to help Stewart Downing or Raheem Sterling on the left.

Right-defense sector generally do not have any difficulty in this regard. Each team has a reserve right-back relative the quality, not far from the core players.

In Europe alone may only Real Madrid club which finished with two quality left-back Marcelo is similar within and Fabio Coentrao. While still relying on Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, Man. City with Gael Clichy, with Alba Barcelona, ​​and Bayern Munich with David Alaba.

Similarly, with Chelsea also still rely on Ashley Cole. So if the price of Gareth Bale or Leighton Baines then sky-high, is not unusual anymore.

So how do I stop the left-kah are often up to help the attack? The first way you can do is put up a defensive winger who directly confront the attacks. One tactic that gave birth to a new generation of wing players such as James Milner fluent last, Park Ji Sung, or Dirk Kuyt. (Read: Genealogy Winger Part 3: Defensive Winger).

While the second, is to use a winger who is fluent dribbling, has a good acceleration, or who often scored. In this way, the fullback will think twice if they want to leave his post unguarded.