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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan's price tag has proven to expensive for Glasgow Celtic, reports Ronnie Cully in an "exclusive."   He writes that Major League Soccer has "placed a price tag of around £2.5m [$3.6 million] on the 23-year-old. It is understood extra payments based on appearances, plus a ... Read the whole story
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday that soccer's world governing body will reject joint bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if there are other single-country bids with "certain guarantees," according to the Spanish news agency Efe, citing comments by Blatter at a press conference in Asuncion, Paraguay.   ... Read the whole story
When Chelsea's Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou celebrated scoring against Middlesbrough on Wednesday, his post-goal choreography in tandem with compatriot Didier Drogba could, it seems, be interpreted in one of two ways. Either he was showing his admiration for WWE wrestler John Cena, or he was making a statement in support ... Read the whole story
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill will be pleased that so many people still underestimate his side's chances of winning the Premier League title this season, writes Kevin McCarra. In fact Villa's ambitions "are so often overlooked that the team are clandestine contenders," he says.   But Villa is only a ... Read the whole story
Well worth reading in full, Kaveh Solhekol's entertaining guide to the worst aspects of the modern game includes a rant about modern squad numbers: "Remember the days when the best player was No 10 and goalkeepers were No 1? Not any more. Thanks to someone at the Premier League watching ... Read the whole story
The Cyprus Football Association says that talks with the breakaway Turkish Cypriots to unify soccer on the ethnically divided island have collapsed. The CFA said Friday it considers the matter "over" after the Cyprus Turkish Football Association turned down a FIFA- and UEFA-brokered deal on ending its decades-old exclusion from ... Read the whole story
"A very rare find. As organized as youth soccer is now, we might not see that again." Houston Dynamo Director of Youth Development James Clarkson on the team's 18-year-old generation adidas signing Felix Garcia, who grew up playing soccer in the streets and parks of Laredo, with the benefit of ... Read the whole story
"It's definitely more relaxed than last year. It helps to have had the kind of season we had last year. That's not being slack, I don't think, but I have no doubt once we get closer to the start of the season, things will be a bit more serious." Columbus ... Read the whole story

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