Vieira confirms City´s RVP interest

6 August 2012 04:24

Former Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira has confirmed the club’s interest in Arsenal hitman Robin Van Persie.

Vieira, who holds the position of football development executive at Premier League champions City, said Van Persie’s contractual situation has caught the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs.

“When there’s a player like Van Persie, with only one year of contract, all the big clubs try to buy him,” the Frenchman said.

“Juventus, Manchester United and even City because (City manager Roberto) Mancini likes him so much.

“Currently, though, Van Persie is an Arsenal player.”

Meanwhile, Mancini has cooled rumors that have linked City players Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Aleksandar Kolarov to the Serie A.

“I don’t know if Italian teams could buy Dzeko, Tevez or Kolarov. It depends of what our club want to do,” he said.

“What I know is these three players are pivotal for us, they are happy here and we don’t want them to go. Manchester City are playing to win all the trophies and need a strong team.

Mancini has not signed any new players in the off-season, while city rivals United have spent 18 million pounds on new blood.

And the Italian believes United will still be the team to beat next season, even with City being the defending champions.

“We are a work in progress as all the other teams at this moment are, even though we start the season earlier, still we have some players in Manchester,” he said.

“We are not the team to beat. Manchester United are.”

City continued their build-up to the new season with a 2-0 friendly victory at Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg on Saturday, followed by a comfortable 4-0 over Irish side Limerick on Sunday.

Brazil Serie A wrap: Fluminense among winners

6 August 2012 03:15

Fluminense consolidated their grip on third place in the Brazilian Serie A with a 2-0 win over Coritiba on Sunday.

The game was seemingly headed for a goalless draw before Coritiba defender Ayrton was sent off in the 83rd minute.

Fluminese took advantage, scoring two late goals through Pereira and former Lyon striker Fred to seal their second away win in a row.

Gremio also left it late in their hard-fought 3-1 victory at home to Bahia.

An early penalty from Elano was cancelled out by Bahia midfielder Fahel in the 64th minute before the home side scored two goals in the last three minutes through Souza and Moreno.

The win sees Gremio reclaim fourth spot from Internacional.

Nautico recorded a comfortable 3-0 home win over a Santos side missing star forward Neymar.

Second-half goals from Patric, Kim and Kieza saw Nautico to the comfortable win.

Sao Paulo bounced back from their loss to Vasco da Gama with a 1-0 over Sport Recife.

An 80th-minute strike from Anderson allowed the home side to move up to sixth place on the table.

Cruziero were beaten 2-1 at home by Ponte Preta.

Cicinho opened the scoring for the away side in the 17th minute before Borges leveled the scores on the stroke of half-time.

Two minutes after the restart Marcinho put Ponte Preta in front again and that was enough to see them claim the victory.

And Copa Libertadores champions Corinthians were able to hold second-placed Vasco da Gama to a goalless draw at the Sao Januario.

Club friendlies wrap: City round out preparations in style

6 August 2012 01:50

English Premier League champions Manchester City completed their pre-season schedule with a 4-0 win over Limerick on Sunday.

Roberto Mancini’s men comfortably dealt with the Irish side, who were celebrating their 75th anniversary.

After a slow start at Thomond Park, City scored three goals in the first half to take a commanding lead into the break.

Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko opened the scoring before Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata got in on the act shortly after.

And Dzeko’s second just before the break had City cruising.

Italian forward Luca Scapuzzi sealed the win with 12 minutes remaining as the Etihad Stadium outfit wrapped up their friendly action for another year.

City will play Chelsea in the Community Shield at Villa Park on Sunday before opening their title defence in the Premier League against newly promoted Southampton on August 19.

Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund scored three goals in four first-half minutes but lost to Werder Bremen on penalties after the match finished level at 3-3.

Bayern Munich were 1-0 winners at Hamburg thanks to Michael Weiser’s effort, while Jermaine Defoe scored the only goal in Tottenham’s win by the same scoreline at Watford.

Championship outfit Blackpool surprised Premier League side Everton with a 2-0 win at Bloomfield Road, with Alex Baptiste and James Caton getting the goals for Ian Holloway’s side.

And Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic return from an eight-month injury lay-off in his side’s 0-0 draw with Norwegian outfit Valerenga.

Hoffenheim make new Joselu bid

5 August 2012 23:54

Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel has revealed that his club have made a fresh bid for Real Madrid striker Joselu.

The 22-year-old Joselu has been linked throughout the close season with the Bundesliga club, and after a friendly with Real Betis on Sunday, Babbel revealed that an improved offer had been proposed.

“If Real Madrid accepts he will be on his way. I hope we see him here soon,” Babbel said.

Real are believed to have included a buy-back clause in the deal that could see Joselu return to the Spanish capital next season.

The striker was born in Stuttgart and spent four years at school in Germany and now looks set to return after three years at Real.

Joselu will join goalkeeper Tim Wiese and Switzerland international Eren Derdiyok as the main new arrivals at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena this season.

Favre targets Gladbach improvement

5 August 2012 23:34

Borussia Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre says he was disappointed with his team’s performance in Saturday’s friendly with Sevilla.

The Bundesliga outfit laboured to a 0-0 draw against their Spanish opponents, failing to create much in the way of goal scoring opportunities against a squad which included Euro 2012 winner Alvaro Negredo.

After a fantastic league campaign last year, Gladbach will compete in the Champions League qualifying rounds in the coming weeks.

But Favre was insistent that his team must improve against teams of Sevilla’s class if they are to stand a chance of progressing to the group stage.

“We have to move much more quickly,” Favre told Bild. “Otherwise it is clear that against such teams no chances will come.”

Gladbach take on Norwich City next weekend before beginning their domestic campaign with the DFB-Pokal clash against Alemannia Aachen on August 18.