March 19th, 2010

Guess who is back.......for reals

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves finally made his comeback after 18 months out injured, playing for the reserve team on Thursday.
Hargreaves, 29, managed 45 minutes against Burnley reserves, although he was cautions not to over-exert himself.

"It was great today. I'm happy I can be back with an 11 v 11 and a referee," said Hargreaves, who has had surgery to cure tendinitis in both knees.

"I feel good. It's about managing the injury and trying not to do too much."
Hargreaves, who joined Manchester United in 2007 from Bayern Munich in a £17m deal, has suffered long-term problems with tendinitis and played only three games for his club in 2008.
In a bid to solve the problem, he had knee surgery under the guidance of specialist Dr Richard Steadman in America and returned to United's Carrington training base 12 months later.
And now, after so much time on the sidelines, the England international is eager to force his way back into contention at Old Trafford.

"I missed almost two full seasons with Man United," explained Hargreaves.

"I came here with high expectations for myself and from the club's side and the fans and not to be able to play from 27-years-old to 29 is incredibly disappointing.

"Now I will just train with the team and when the sharpness comes back and I start to feel better then I will consider playing a first-team game but that's up to the manager to decide."
Hargreaves could continue to build on his match sharpness by playing for the reserves again at Burnley in next week's return fixture.

And, despite not playing a first-team game since facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in September 2008, the former Bayern Munich star is not ruling out a return to the England team in time for the World Cup.

"It's something that is there, how it will materialise I don't know," said Hargreaves.
"I would love to have the opportunity to play again but I think I'll have to see how I progress and just take it day by day.

"If I'm there, I'm there, I'd love to help, but if I'm not, I'm not."

Please say fit now more knee problems aight.
Scholes goal vs City
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Draw Results for Champions League and Europa League.

First Leg for Quarter Finals of CL.- March 30th and 31st, with the return matches on April 6th and 7th.

First Leg for Semis- April 20-21st, with the second legs on April 27 and 28.
Final in Madrid on May 22th. 

Inter/CSKA Moscow v Arsenal/Barcelona

Bayern/Man United v Lyon/Bordeaux 
Inter Milan v CSKA Moscow

Arsenal v Barcelona

Lyon v Bordeaux
             Bayern Munich v Manchester United

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So far the year 2010 is treating John Terry well...or not

John Terry's dad arrested for allegedly selling cocaine

John Terry faced more shame last night as it emerged his dad has been arrested for allegedly selling cocaine in a bar.

Unemployed Ted Terry, 55, was questioned by police over claims he handed over three grammes of the Class A drug for £120.

He was secretly filmed allegedly passing three wraps of white powder to an undercover reporter in a bar’s lavatories. It was claimed he promised he would get more drugs for the reporter’s “friend” but begged him not to say where they came from.

It is further alleged that he said: “Don’t tell him I’m John Terry’s dad.”

Police launched an investigation into last November’s incident at the Unit 4 winebar in Chafford Hundred, Essex. Detectives have seized and viewed video footage and taken witness statements.

On February 8 Ted Terry – who lives near the bar in a £250,000 house his son bought – attended a police station voluntarily with his solicitor. He was arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs and questioned for several hours before being released on bail.

Ted Terry will learn if he is to be charged next month.

The news piles on the pressure for Chelsea captain John Terry, 29. On Tuesday he failed to stop after running over a security guard’s foot in his 4x4.

This follows revelations last month about an extra-marital affair which led to him losing the England captaincy.

Barca or Real come to Singapore?

National Stadium closed for Barcelona

But organisers will make a last-ditch effort to bring European giants here for a friendly

SINGAPORE - They are two great names in the football world, with players past and present that have lit up stadiums all over the world with their exhilarating style.

Organisers Football Asia have been in contact with both Real Madrid or Barcelona, and are working towards at least bringing the Catalan giants to Singapore.

Both the Spanish giants will tour the continent after the World Cup finals in South Africa, which end on July 11.

The biggest hurdle will be a venue, as the 55,000-capacity National Stadium will be secured next month in preparation for demolition work, as it makes way for the Sports Hub.

Football Asia broker deals with European clubs for Asia and the company's chief, Jon Collins, has been in touch with representatives of both Real and Barcelona since December about pre-season tours ahead of the 2010/11 Primera Liga season.

Earlier this month, representatives of Barcelona, the reigning European and Spanish champions, approached him to plan two pre-season friendlies in the region.

Said the Briton: "Within the next week, we have to find out if we can have the National Stadium or else it will simply be too late to plan this.

"A lot of Asian countries are keen to have them, Vietnam is bidding heavily to have them and is willing to pay ?2.5 million ($4.77 million). We will do everything in our power to see if we can get the venue to make it happen."

While the 27,000-capacity Floating Platform at Marina Bay will make for a spectacular venue for the likes of Barcelona and Real, Collins said it would not make financial sense.

"To have 27,000 people watch a big club like Barcelona does not make financial sense," he said. "You need 40,000 to 50,000 people to make it viable, and only the National Stadium can hold such a crowd."

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I hope this is ok, first post and all. Just thought if this actually happens and any of you guys are in the area, you'd want to know :D

ETA: Soccerex Asia Forum
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Becks to South Africa? + Smithy Video!

England coach Fabio Capello has invited David Beckham
to join the England squad for World Cup in South Africa

"We have asked Beckham to come to South Africa with us," Capello told Gol TV.

"It depends on him and how his tendon injury is," he continued. "It's obvious he won't be able to play because we have to wait six months."

England and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says that Beckham's presence within the World Cup party would be welcomed by the rest of the squad.

"I think the manager has invited him along in some capacity and however he comes along I'm sure for the lads in the squad it will be good to see him," he said.  "It will give the lads a big boost because he's just got that presence, and great players have that. He's got that all-round presence that people respond to."
thanks to xx_rose99  for finding this..