Vieira takes over Zamalek reins

11 August 2012 06:43

Jorvan Vieira has been named the new coach of Egyptian side Zamalek after flying into Cairo to seal the deal on Friday.

The former Iraq coach will reportedly sign a one-year contract with club president Mamdouh Abbas.

Brazilian Vieira, who left his role at Emirati side Al Sharjah earlier in 2012, is burdened with the task of trying to win Zamalek’s first trophy since 2008.

Fans will be hoping he can turn the club’s fortunes around like he did with Iraq in 2007, when he guided them to a surprise Asian Cup success.

Hassan Shehata resigned as Zamalek coach in July after a CAF Champions League defeat to fierce rivals Al-Ahly, which caused a rift among the squad.

MLS: New York 2 Houston 0

11 August 2012 04:59

New recruit Tim Cahill has played a crucial role in both goals as New York Red Bulls won 2-0 over Houston Dynamo in the MLS.

Playing in just his second match for New York, Cahill was involved in the lead-up for goals to Marcus Holgersson and Jan Gunnar Solli as the Red Bulls won to go top of the MLS Eastern Conference.

After a goalless first half, New York took the lead in the 61st minute with Cahill getting on the end of Roy Miller’s cross to nod the ball down to Holgersson for a simple tap-in.

In a clash involving the top two sides in the Eastern Conference, Dynamo had their chances to take at least a point home to Houston with 12 shots to nine for the Red Bulls.

In the 75th minute, Houston’s Corey Ashe smashed the ball into the bar and then three minutes later Dynamo veteran Brian Ching headed wide from point-blank range.

The visitors were made to pay in the second minute of injury time when Cahill received the ball from Thierry Henry on the left wing.

Cahill held the ball up, dragging Dynamo defenders to him and allowing Henry to run past before he passed down the line to the unmarked French striker.

Henry squared the ball to Solli to score.

New York have moved to 41 points, leapfrogging Houston in the Eastern Conference standings.

Houston are on 40 points, only ahead of Sporting Kansas City on goal difference.

Major League Soccer: New York 2 : Houston 0

11 August 2012 04:59

New recruit Tim Cahill has played a crucial role in both goals as New York Red Bulls won 2-0 over Houston Dynamo in the MLS.

Playing in just his second match for New York, Cahill was involved in the lead-up for goals to Marcus Holgersson and Jan Gunnar Solli as the Red Bulls won to go top of the MLS Eastern Conference.

After a goalless first half, New York took the lead in the 61st minute with Cahill getting on the end of Roy Miller’s cross to nod the ball down to Holgersson for a simple tap-in.

In a clash involving the top two sides in the Eastern Conference, Dynamo had their chances to take at least a point home to Houston with 12 shots to nine for the Red Bulls.

In the 75th minute, Houston’s Corey Ashe smashed the ball into the bar and then three minutes later Dynamo veteran Brian Ching headed wide from point-blank range.

The visitors were made to pay in the second minute of injury time when Cahill received the ball from Thierry Henry on the left wing.

Cahill held the ball up, dragging Dynamo defenders to him and allowing Henry to run past before he passed down the line to the unmarked French striker.

Henry squared the ball to Solli to score.

New York have moved to 41 points, leapfrogging Houston in the Eastern Conference standings.

Houston are on 40 points, only ahead of Sporting Kansas City on goal difference.

We can win Serie A, says Piris

11 August 2012 02:40

Roma’s latest recruit Ivan Piris believes his new club have the quality to challenge for the Serie A title this season.

The right-back secured a loan move to the Stadio Olimpico from Paraguayan outfit Deportivo Maldonado, with a view to a four million Euro permanent transfer at the end of the 2012-13 season.

“Now I am here and ready for a new adventure in a new league. I want to do well,” he said.

“I’m happy to be here and I think that with the great squad we have got, we have a good chance of winning something.”

The Paraguay international has been impressed by the Giallorossi set-up in his short time at the club and hopes to live up to the standards set by his esteemed team-mates.

“(Francesco) Totti is Roma’s talisman – he’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen in action. Then there’s a youngster with enormous promise in (Erik) Lamela and a very experienced player such as (Nicolas) Burdisso, who are both South American like me.

“It’s an honour for me to be training and playing alongside all of them.”

Roma have spent 32.5m Euros in the summer transfer window, bringing in major signings such as Mattia Destro from Genoa and Italian international Federico Balzaretti from Palermo.

Bin Hammam trial begins

11 August 2012 00:28

The FIFA Ethics Committee have opened investigatory proceedings against former Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam.

The world football governing body have begun the trial over a breach of regulations

The Qatari was banned from taking part in ‘any kind of football-related activity’ for 90 days, on July 26, after he was found guilty of bribery in his bid to become FIFA president back in 2010.

He was originally handed a lifetime ban, before that ruling was annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on July 19, on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

Bin Hammam was a former running mate of Sepp Blatter during previous presidential campaigns, and provided his private jet on various campaign trails, but was accused of bribery when he went up against the Swiss in 2010.

Prior to the scandal, the 63-year-old had played a vital role in bringing the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.