Fridays 29th July Results from around the Globe


 France - League Cup
FT Grenoble 1 - 2 Guingamp
FAP Strasbourg 6 - 7 Evian Thonon Gaillard
FAP Angers 4 - 6 Bastia
FAP Sedan 4 - 5 Nimes
FT Clermont Foot 3 - 1 Metz
OT Dijon 1 - 2 Amiens
OT Le Havre 2 - 1 Le Mans
FT Ajaccio 4 - 0 Istres
FT Tours 1 - 2 Vannes
OT Laval 3 - 2 Chateauroux
FAP Troyes 6 - 7 Reims
 Belgium - Jupiler League
FT Standard Liege 1 - 1 Zulte-Waregem
 International - EURO U-19 Final
FT France U19 2 - 1 Spain U19
 International - Club Friendlies
17:00 Catania - Iraklis
FT Sivasspor 3 - 0 Cambuur
FT Chemnitz 1 - 1 Cottbus
FT St.Pauli 3 - 0 Racing Santander
FT Heerenveen 4 - 0 Mallorca
FT Brentford 1 - 1 Crystal Palace
FT Benfica 4 - 1 Feyenoord
 Finland - Veikkausliga
FT KuPS 3 - 1 AC Oulu
 Ireland - Airtricity League
FT Bohemians 1 - 1 St.Patricks
FT UC Dublin FC 0 - 1 Galway
FT Drogheda 0 - 2 Bray Wanderers
 Romania - Liga I
FT Otelul Galati 2 - 0 Pandurii
FT FC Vaslui 1 - 1 Targu Mures
 Croatia - 1. Division
FT Dragovoljac 1 - 2 NK Lokomotiva
FT Inter Z. 0 - 1 Slaven
 Czech Republic - Gambrinus League
FT Usti nad Labem 0 - 0 Liberec
 Hungary - Soproni Liga
FT Ferencvaros 2 - 1 Paksi SE
 Russia - Premier League
FT Saturn Ramenskoye 1 - 0 Anzhi Makhachkala
FT Spartak Nalchik 2 - 1 Amkar
 Ukraine - Premier League
FT Arsenal Kiev 1 - 3 Shakhtar Donetsk
FT Vorskla 0 - 0 Tavria
 Singapore - S.League
FT Geylang United FC 1 - 1 Albirex Niigata FC

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McGeady looks for fresh challenge

Celtics Aiden McGeady has been liked to various clubs this summer. RICHARD MCFARLAND gives us the lowdown.

A 3-0 defeat away to Braga was not the ideal start to competitive football this season for Neil Lennon’s Celtic and these early on-field problems have been added to with question marks over fans favourite Aiden McGeady regarding whether he will leave the club.

The Republic of Ireland international looks set to command a large transfer fee and has achieved every honour in the SPL and could be willing to try his luck in another European league, with Spartak Moscow one of the definite suitors.

However, those who often watch the Hoops will have noted his appearances have not had the same impact as they once had and recent signings such as Niall McGinn and Pat McCourt can provide pace and a final product that McGeady’s game often lacks. 

Lennon may feel he has enough in his squad to succeed without McGeady but if Celtic continue with poor results such as the Braga one then he might find himself unpopular without a big name player and steady results.  However, £8 million is the fee that has been mentioned and it would be hard to turn it down as the 24 year old player favours a move away from Celtic Park too.

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Sir Alex Ferguson, Master Tactician, Master Mind

With the English Premiership just around the corner, serial champions Manchester United, have had a successfull pre season thus far.

RICHARD MCFARLAND tries to give us a explanation of why Sir Alex is the best in the business.

Many fair-weather Manchester United fans bemoan the lack of activity in the transfer market for their club, they aren't satisfied unless the club are snapping up the latest player to reach their peak. 

They instead, tend to jump on the ‘Love United Hate Glazer’ bandwagon to channel this fury at not having taking a Galacticos approach to forming a squad and by doing so, they are missing out on something very special that is happening on the pitch. 

Sir Alex has a different approach to youngsters compared to Arsene Wenger who regularly gives his more competent youths the chance to play ahead of more experienced players and they quickly develop into world class players.  At United Sir Alex farms his players out, letting them learn their trade until they are ready to hit the big time.  He assembles a collection of youths to get the balance just right and when the time is right, together they become the first choice players for their position and unless you pay careful attention even pundits are confused by this approach.  Just ask Alan Hansen at the start of the 1995-96 campaign he said “you’ll never win anything with kids”.  Choice words that I’m sure he’ll make sure to never repeat.

This is far from making an early claim that these young boys will have the same impact as the group that could boast Scholes, Butt, Beckham and the Neville brothers, for that is a massive amount of pressure that I’ll allow other sections of the media to delight in doing.  However, you’ll have to admit there are a few shared characteristics both within the squad and with United’s main rivals this season.  This transfer window has seen rivals like Man City and Liverpool strengthen for a tilt at the title by splashing the cash, while United have been confined to securing Chris Smalling, the vastly inexperienced central defender and Mexican international striker Javier Hernandez.  Neither grabbed the headlines when signed but both could go about their job with quiet success that surprises many. 

Within the squad itself, players such as van der Sar, Giggs and Scholes will be used more sparingly than ever before.  The new batch of players such as Darron Gibson, Gabriel Obertan, the da Silva brothers and a choice of exciting strikers to choose from including Federico Macheda, Danny Welbeck and Mame Biram Diouf stepping up to the plate this season.  Before the 1995-96 season Ferguson made few moves in the transfer market, moving only for goalkeepers and loan signing William Prunier (remember him?) 

United will still have star quality and experience for this upcoming season, but it is likely to be interspersed (is that a word?) with youth.  Fans can expect Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to play central roles to the season, but as you can see this experienced group of fit and injury-free players is decreasing and the onus will be on youth to make their mark.

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Thusday 29th July 2010 Results from around the Globe

 International - Europa League Qualification
FT Sibir Novosibirsk 1 - 0 Apollon Limassol
FT FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda 2 - 1 Dnipro
FT MyPa 1 - 2 FC Timisoara
FT Ruch Chorzow 1 - 3 Austria Wien
FT FC Inter Turku 1 - 5 Genk
FT Beroe 1 - 1 Rapid Wien
FT Dnepr Mogilev 1 - 0 Ostrava
FT Karpaty 1 - 0 Zestafoni
FT Elfsborg 5 - 0 Teteks
FT Molde 2 - 3 VfB Stuttgart
FT Utrecht 1 - 0 Luzern
FT Aalesund 1 - 1 Motherwell
FT Randers FC 2 - 3 Lausanne
FT APOEL Nicosia 1 - 0 Jablonec
FT OB 5 - 3 Zrinjski Mostar
FT Kalmar FF 1 - 1 Levski Sofia
FT Maccabi Haifa 1 - 0 Din. Minsk
FT Cercle Bruges 1 - 0 Anorthosis
FT Wisla Krakow 0 - 1 FK Karabakh
FT Dinamo Bucuresti 3 - 1 Hajduk Split
FT Galatasaray 2 - 2 OFK Belgrad
FT FC Nordsjælland 0 - 1 Sporting CP
FT R.S. Belgrad 1 - 2 Slovan Bratislava
FT Gyor 0 - 1 Montpellier
FT Sturm Graz 2 - 0 Din. Tbilisi
FT Plzen 1 - 1 Besiktas
FT Olympiakos 2 - 1 Maccabi Tel Aviv
FT Maribor 3 - 0 Hibernian
FT Shamrock 0 - 2 Juventus
FT AZ Alkmaar 2 - 0 IFK Gothenburg
FT Jagiellonia Bialystok 1 - 2 Aris Thessaloniki FC
FT Maritimo 8 - 2 Bangor City
FT Rabotnicki 0 - 2 Liverpool
FT Buducnost P 1 - 2 Brøndby IF
 International - Copa Libertadores Playoff
FT Internacional 1 - 0 Sao Paulo
 International - Club Friendlies
FAP CF America 2 - 5 Manchester City
FT MLS All-Stars 2 - 5 Manchester United
FT Vålerenga 2 - 4 Barcelona
FT Gillingham 1 - 2 Hearts
FT Wycombe 5 - 1 Chelsea
FT Tottenham 1 - 4 Villarreal
 Faroe Islands - Vodafonedeildin
FT B36 Tórshavn 1 - 3 Vikingur
 Iceland - Cup
FT KR Reykjavik 4 - 0 Fram R
 Singapore - S.League
FT Home United FC 2 - 1 Young Lions
 Brazil - Cup
FT Santos FC 2 - 0 Vitoria

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