Cardiff announce Helguson capture

2 August 2012 22:00

Cardiff City have confirmed the signing of Heidar Helguson from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

The Icelandic forward has penned terms on a one-year deal with the Welsh side after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical on Thursday.

The 34-year-old striker enjoyed an impressive season with QPR in the English Premier League last season, netting eight goals in 16 appearances.

But the opportunity to play regular first-team football has proved too tough to resist for Helguson, who counts Watford, Fulham and Bolton as former clubs.

Ferdinand denies FA Twitter charge

2 August 2012 19:56

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has denied an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter.

The charge is believed to relate to the aftermath of John Terry’s race trial, at which he was acquitted, when Ferdinand quoted a tweet calling Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, who was a witness for the defence, a ‘choc-ice’.

The term was in reference to Cole’s testimony in court, in which he said that he did not hear Terry make a racist comment to Anton Ferdinand, brother of Rio, during the Blues’ match against QPR last October at Loftus Road.

Ferdinand later defended his remark on Twitter, stating: “What I said is not a racist term. It is a type of slang (or) term used by many for someone who is being fake. So there.”

The FA said in a statement: “The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.”

Terry was also charged by the FA with improper conduct last week for the original comments made to Anton Ferdinand, which the Chelsea captain immediately declared that he would contest.

Ferdinand could not have waited any longer to answer his own allegation, with his deadline being Thursday, and he has now elected to deny the charge.

Neymar move to Barcelona ´impossible´

2 August 2012 19:01

Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro says striker Neymar joining Barcelona before 2014 is ‘impossible’.

The Brazilian has scored 83 goals for Santos in just 144 domestic appearances, form that has seen him become a regular for his country.

And the 20-year-old hit the headlines again for his impressive performances at the London Olympics, in which he has netted two goals in three matches for Brazil.

Despite the fact that Barcelona have publicly expressed their desire to lure the prodigy to the Nou Camp, Ribeiro says any pursuit of the contracted star will be fruitless, at least for the time being.

“Neymar is a phenomenon and I’m sure that given his performances at the Olympics, this year he will be ranked among the top three players in the world – and we will not be selling him,” Ribeiro told Mundo Deportivo.

“Sandro Rosell (Barcelona president) is a very intelligent man and has enough information available to him to avoid wasting time trying to talk with Neymar (about moving) now.

“Neymar leaving before 2014 is impossible.”

Ribeiro also says he is happy to risk the striker leaving for free at the end of the contract, insisting that the exposure and potential for success would be worth it.

“What Neymar will generate for Santos in the next few years offsets the prospect of him leaving for nothing,” he said.

“Besides, Neymar is happy here and we still have not lost hope of him continuing with us. Either way, Neymar will be free to decide his future in 2014.”

Italian job ahead for Weiss

2 August 2012 18:56

Manchester City have announced that midfielder Vladimir Weiss has left the club to join Italian side Pescara for an undisclosed fee.

Weiss joined City in 2008 and made his one and only league appearance of his time at the club against Bolton in May 2009.

The Slovakian joined Bolton on loan in January 2010 and spent the rest of that season with Wanderers before spending the 2010-11 campaign at Rangers, helping them to a Scottish Premier League table.

Weiss was again farmed out on loan in 2011-12, linking up with La Liga outfit Espanyol for the season.

For Pescara, the signing of the 22-year-old Weiss is a handy acquisition as they aim to avoid relegation from the Serie A after being promoted last season.

Beckham set for Real Madrid challenge

2 August 2012 18:38

LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is looking forward to taking on the ‘best players in the world’ against Real Madrid on Thursday.

The two sides will play a friendly in California as the La Liga champions prepare for another busy season of domestic and continental football.

And for Beckham – who counts Manchester United and Real Madrid among his former teams – is looking forward to playing a club he describes as one of the two biggest in the world.

“Every time you turn out for Manchester United or Real Madrid it’s full stadiums,” Beckham said.

“Any game, whether it’s a Champions League game, a La Liga game, a Premiership game or an exhibition game like tomorrow night, people want to see the players that play for Real Madrid.

“They’ve always had the best players in the world there, the same as Manchester United, so the expectation levels are always higher with both teams. They are two exceptional teams.”

Beckham’s team-mate Landon Donovan is hoping his side can excite the fans with an attacking display of football.

But he also insists Sunday’s league match against Seattle is more important for the reigning MLS champions.

“It’s a fun game to be a part of,” Donovan said.

“I know it’s important to our fans. It’s important to our club. At the end of the day, as a captain and leader of this team, I’ve got my mind more set on Sunday but it’ll be enjoyable and we want to make sure we play the game the right way and put on a good show.”

Galaxy forward Robbie Keane believes these type of exhibition matches are good for the fringe members of the squad, with the feeling of playing against a big team and in front of a large crowd beneficial to their future development.

“It’s good for the young lads who haven’t experienced playing against players like this and it’s good for those who haven’t played to get some minutes under their belt,” Keane said.

Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back from a 5-2 friendly defeat to Benfica on Friday.