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Monday, August 25, 2008

Rivaldo in Bunyodkor?!

After all the rumours concerning Samuel Eto'o and his move to Bunyodkor, formerly known as Kuruvchi, and then signing of Luizao, ASInfo informed that Rivaldo terminated his AEK Athens contract and signed for Bunyodkor. However, the official site of the Uzbek club says nothing about it. Is it real or is it just another marketing game?

Source: pilkanozna.pl

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kedah make history

It's legendary! Malaysian treble winners from last season - Kedah - repeated their success in every area this year. This shows that Kedah is unbeatable in the domestic competitions, including Malaysian Cup, FA Cup and Super League. Kedah are also quarter-finalists of the AFC Cup. However, lately the Malaysian FA banned foreigners from playing in their league. Will Kedah suffer? It's bound to be seen.

Source: the-afc.com

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New international signing joins Uzbek league

After failing to secure Samuel Eto'o's transfer, PFC Bunyodkor continue looking for reinforcements who can at the same time provide media attention. The newest discovery is Luizao, ex-Brazilian youth national team player. The 21-year-old defender will face tough competition in the center of Bunyodkor's defence, with experienced Gochguliev and Ashurmatov as rivals.

Source: pfc-kuruvchi.com

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Great success for Kazakh youth!

In the European Youth Championship qualification round, Kazakhstan crushed Poland 3:0! This is a day of glory for the Kazakh team, as Poland fielded the likes of Rze┼║niczak and Kuklis who have already made their debut in the senior national team. Even though many players were missing in the Polish squad, such a big margin of victory can only cause sheer happiness among the young Kazakh team.

Kazakhstan - Poland 3:0 (Nuserbaev 12' 90', Kenbaev 31')

Kazakhstan are by now third in their qualifying group, behind Spain and Russia and ahead of Poland and Georgia.

Source: 90minut.pl

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Record streak for Pakhtakor!

After the 6:1 win against Sugdiyona in the Oliy Liga, reigning champions Pakhtakor set a new record. This game was the 47th one in a row without a loss for the cotton pickers. The goals were scored by Magdeev (2), Z. Tadzhiev (3), Pinto. Zayniddin Tadzhiev is now the top scorer for Pakhtakor, with 9 goals. Bunyodkor is still 5 points ahead of Pakhtakor but the reigning champions have one game in hand.

Source: pakhtakor.uz/pfc-kuruvchi.com

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Uzbekistan squad called up

Uzbek manager Rauf Inileev called up 18 players for the friendly re-grouping of the national team before the World Cup qualifiers continue. There are many important missings and the squad looks like that:

Goalkeepers: Ignatiy Nesterov (Pakhtakor), Timur Zhuraev (Pakhtakor)

Defenders: Anvar Gofurov (Mash'al), Aleksei Nikolaev (Bunyodkor), Khayrullo Karimov (Bunyodkor), Bakhtiyor Ashurmatov (Bunyodkor), Sakhob Zhuraev (Bunyodkor), Anzur Ismoilov (Pakhtakor), Ilkhom Suyonov (Pakhtakor)

Midfielders: Odil Akhmedov (Pakhtakor), Ildor Magdeev (Pakhtakor), Aziz Khaydarov (Bunyodkor), Viktor Karpenko (Bunyodkor), Zhasur Khasanov (Bunyodkor)

Strikers: Aleksandr Geynrikh (Pakhtakor), Zayniddin Tozhiev (Pakhtakor), Ulugbek Bakaev (Bunyodkor), Pavel Solomin (Navbahor)

Source: the-uff.com

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Underdogs in European Cups

After three days of my laziness, I am coming back with some fresh news from the underdog football arenas. Let's see how the underdogs did in the European Cups:

Big applause should go to Anorthosis Famagusta. The Cypriot team crushed Greek giants Olympiakos 3:0 and have a great chance to progress to the group stage of the UEFA Champions' League. Other underdogs in the CL played either each other or did not perform very well.

It was a great day for Cyprus also in the UEFA Cup, as Omonoia Nicosia managed to defeat AEK Athens in Greece! It's gonna be really hard for the former legendary player and current president Demis Nikolaidis' team to get through Omonoia.

Midtjylland also managed to cause a surprise with their away win in Manchester. Just like Lech Poznan, who crushed Grasshopper Club... 6:0! Let's also keep an eye on Gyor, who lost 1:2 in Stuttgart and can somehow sneak through if they play well at home.

Source: soccerway.com

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