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New Barca teen star Krkic lives a dream
by Paul Kennedy, November 30th, 2007 7AM

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PLAYER/BOJAN KRKIC
With the emergence of 17-year-old Bojan Krkic, Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard will face the thorny issue of who to play and who to leave on the bench when Barca meets city rival Espanyol on Saturday for the first time since Espanyol dashed its hopes of winning a third straight Spanish league title last season.

Krkic became the youngest player to ever for Barca at the Nou Camp Stadium when he scored in the 2-0 win over Recreativo Huelva last Sunday. All he did when he made his first start in Barcelona's 2-2 tie with Lyon in the Champions League was set up both goals.

"I'm living a dream," says Krkic, whose father, also Bojan, played for Red Star Belgrade in the 1980s before immigrating to Spain, where he settled in Catalonia. Krkic the younger starred for Spain at the 2007 Under-17 World Cup in Spain and is expected to debut for the full national team within the year.

TV
GOL TV, ESPANYOL-BARCELONA, Saturday, live, 4 pm ET

 

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COACH/ALEX MCLEISH
Alex McLeish will make his English Premier League debut as the new Birmingham City manager on Sunday when the Blues travel to London to face Tottenham.

McLeish stepped down as Scotland national team coach after the end of its Euro '08 qualifying campaign to replace Steve Bruce, who left to fill the Wigan Athletic vacancy. While McLeish's coaching experience has been restricted to Scotland, he is quite familiar with the English game. "If I wasn't at a game," he said, "there was nothing like settling down on a Sunday and watching three or four games in a row."

With one of the youngest teams in the EPL, Birmingham has slumped to six losses in its last seven games and fallen to a tie for 15th place, leaving it one point above the relegation zone. "I know that Birmingham added some young players in the summer as Steve Bruce wanted to take a youthful approach," he said. "It is up to them to show what they can do and to show that they can be Premiership players. There are a lot of young players here who have to realize their potential."

TV
FOX SOCCER CHANNEL, TOTTENHAM-BIRMINGHAM, Sunday, 11 am ET.


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MATCH/AC MILAN-JUVENTUS
AC Milan is still looking for its first Serie A win of the season when it hosts Juventus on Saturday. Milan is ninth in Serie A, 11 points behind leader Inter Milan and nine behind second-place Juve, because of its poor form at home, where it has four ties and two losses in six games.

Juve, which is coming off a 5-0 win over Palermo, is eager to extend Milan's misery. "We must play with humility," French striker David Trezeguet said, "but with the knowledge that we are inferior to no one. We are going to the San Siro to win."

Trezeguet has scored 11 goals this season but faces competition for playing time up front from Alessandro Del Piero, who scored twice off the bench against Palermo, and Italy striker Vincenzo Iaquinta, who has scored six league goals this season.

TV
FOX SOCCER CHANNEL, AC-MILAN-JUVENTUS, Saturday, 2:25 pm ET.

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RACE/LIGA ARGENTINA
Lanus can clinch its first Argentine league championship with win or tie when it travels to Boca Juniors on Sunday.

Lanus moved within a point of the Torneo Apertura title on Wednesday, beating Gimnasia y Esgrima, 4-0. Tigre, which won promotion this year and has never won the title, eliminated Boca with a 2-1 victory. Both games were moved forward because Boca will be in Japan for the Cup World Cup when the final round of the Torneo Apertura is played on Dec. 9.

TV
FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL, BOCA JUNIORS-LANUS, Sunday, live, 3 pm ET
FOX SOCCER CHANNEL, BOCA JUNIORS-LANUS, delay, Monday, Dec. 3, 2 am ET

 

 



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