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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Monday, April 20, 2009
Heavily indebted Premier League clubs Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool were accused of "financial doping" in a British parliamentary report Monday. The report, which came after a year-long inquiry, claims that the worldwide economic meltdown should serve as a warning to clubs operating risky business models. Legislators urged English soccer ... Read the whole story
Fredy Montero, the 21-year-old Colombian striker playing for FC Seattle Sounders on loan from Deportivo Cali, has dazzled defenses early in the season, scoring three goals in his first four appearances. Montero suggests that playing in the MLS will help him grow as a player: "This will be important for ... Read the whole story
The success enjoyed by Premier League clubs in Europe has more to do with imported skill and cash than English superiority, Juventus coach and former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri said on Friday. "There are very few English people in the English teams, what with the (foreign) owners, coaches and players," ... Read the whole story
Carlos Ischia, the coach of Boca Juniors, believes his team "should have won" the Superclasico, for having created "more opportunities" to score than River Plate. Despite dominating their archrival for long stretches in the second half, Boca managed only a 1-1 draw. "I always say that in these types of ... Read the whole story
Asian soccer Confederation chief Mohamed bin Hammam continues to maintain that officials of the Olympic Council of Asia tried to buy votes for his rival, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Khalifa, in a campaign for a seat on one of the key decision-making bodies in soccer. The OCA has threatened legal ... Read the whole story
Filippo Inzaghi's hat trick helped AC Milan thrash lowly Torino 5-1 at the San Siro on Sunday. The win puts Milan in joint-second place with Juventus, which managed a last-minute equalizer against Inter. Inter remains 10 points ahead with just six games left in the season. Beckham, returning to the ... Read the whole story
Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler,  who had been rumored as an MLS candidate, will make his Australian debut for expansion team North Queensland Fury against Sydney FC in Townsville in August. The draw for 2009-10 season was unveiled Monday. With the league now expanded by two, including the ... Read the whole story
"Club America, from urbane Mexico City, is the team of the nation's elite. Owned by billionaire television mogul Emilio Azcarraga Jean, who inherited his fortune from his father, it is arguably the richest soccer team outside Europe, a wealth it flaunts by regularly signing big-name foreign talent.That stands in stark ... Read the whole story

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