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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009
Some of Landon Donovan's L.A. Galaxy teammates are in no doubt about his wishes to extend his loan period at Bayern Munich into a permanent transfer, writes Andrea Canales. "He's desperate to prove it," Eddie Lewis told her. "I think not only to himself, but perhaps some of his critics ... Read the whole story
Newcastle United's already troubled season hit more problems Wednesday when Michael Owen and Joey Barton both suffered serious injuries in the team's 2-1 defeat at Manchester City, while manager Joe Kinnear said that the club's owner, Mike Ashley, was suffering hard from the economic downturn and might be struggling to ... Read the whole story
The "hunch" that Washington Post reporter Steven Goff nurtured a couple of days ago that Marcelo Gallardo will return to Argentina and be replaced by his compatriot Christian Gomez as D.C. United's playmaker looks a step closer to realization. Gallardo is trying to negotiate a contract settlement that will free ... Read the whole story
English referee Mark Clattenburg, 33, "was widely regarded as the brightest young talent in English football refereeing...who soared through the ranks in record time and looked destined for fame on the greatest stages," writes Nick Harris. But all that came to an end Wednesday when he was sacked as a ... Read the whole story
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Wednesday that it will allow Brazil to stage the 2014 World Cup in 12 cities rather than 10. Soccer's world governing body had initially said it wanted the tournament staged in 10 cities to minimize logistical problems.   "This country is not a country, it's ... Read the whole story
"We think Jeff [Parke] is a tremendous player, and that's why we were willing to risk selecting him in the expansion draft. We will continue to keep in close contact. We continue to hold his MLS rights and we're hopeful that he will some day play for Seattle Sounders FC." ... Read the whole story
"The market is horrendous. The English league is killing everything. Everybody wants to go to England. And you can't get anyone to leave there. I think what will happen eventually is that it will implode and it will get back to reality." Glasgow Celtic manager Gordon Strachan predicts a collapse ... Read the whole story
"Criticism should not be expressed in public. That's why he's getting fined. We've accepted his apology, and that's the end of the matter." Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel on the fine imposed on goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, 39, following a TV interview he gave directly after its 1-5 home defeat to Bayern ... Read the whole story


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