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Being like David Beckham is not what children aspire to, study finds

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by theguardian.com

The notion that footballers like David Beckham and Wayne Rooney are role models for children is a myth, a survey has found. Their conduct on and off the pitch may sometimes cause parents to fret, but it seems the notion that footballers such as Wayne Rooney and David Beckham are role models for children is a myth. Far from looking to star players as role models, research has suggested that yo...Full Story »

Real Madrid fitness coach: Cristiano Ronaldo can play until he's 38

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by Supersport.com

Real Madrid fitness coach Valter Di Salvo claims the club's top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo can emulate former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs and play into his late 30's. Ronaldo has enjoyed a superb season on a personal level, breaking the La Liga goalscoring record in the process, netting 40 times to overtaking Hugo Sanchez' 38. However, the 26 year old had to settle for a Copa del Re...Full Story »

Out-of-contract Michael Owen wants to stay at Manchester United

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by theguardian.com

• Striker unlikely to be offered contract extension• 'I have loved every minute … hopefully it can continue' Michael Owen is hopeful of extending his stay at Manchester United, despite a summer overhaul being on the cards at Old Trafford. Michael Owen has told Manchester United he has no desire to leave the club despite the chief executive, David Gill, confirming there will ...Full Story »

FERGUSON: Give kids the time to learn

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by The Sun

ON PARADE ... United show off Prem trophy ALEX FERGUSON believes he needs more time with United's kids if his side is ever to challenge the might of Barcelona.The United boss says the FA must change Academy rules which restrict the length of time clubs are allowed to coach kids if an English team is going to produce one like Barca.Ferguson said: "We are only allowed to coach youngsters for an...Full Story »

Pardew to offer Berba New start

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by The Sun

NEWCASTLE are in the hunt to sign Dimitar Berbatov.The Bulgarian striker wants out of Manchester United after his shock Champions League final snub. And Toon boss Alan Pardew is ready to meet United's £7.5million valuation. Pardew is in the market for a big-name striker after Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool for £35m in January. Berbatov, 30, won the golden boot this season alon...Full Story »

This Drog is for life

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by The Sun

DIDIER DROGBA is set to be offered a new, improved deal to finish his career at Chelsea.The striker had been tipped to leave this summer after the £50million club record signing of Fernando Torres.But a Blues insider said: "As soon as the new coach has been appointed one of the first things that will happen is that Didier signs a new extended deal."There's no way the club want him to leav...Full Story »

Coaching rules hinder English clubs: Ferguson

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes English coaches must be allowed to spend more time with young players if Premier League clubs are ever to emulute the sublime skills of European champions Barcelona. Ferguson's side were destroyed by Barca in the Champions League final on Saturday as Lionel Messi, David Villa, Xavi and company romped to a 3-1 victory. The statisti...Full Story »

Berbatov joins United's title parade despite snub

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov was part of the club's Premier League trophy parade on Monday just 48 hours after being left out of his side's Champions League final squad. Berbatov didn't even make the substitutes' bench for Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Barcelona at Wembley and was reported to have stormed away from the stadium before kick-off. United denied those s...Full Story »

China's Zhang takes charge of Asian football body

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - China's Zhang Jilong has temporarily taken charge of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after president Mohamed bin Hammam was suspended over graft claims, a former top official said on Monday. "The deputy president of the AFC, Zhang Jilong of China, takes over with immediate effect," said Peter Velappan, who served as AFC general secretary for 30 years, citing the body...Full Story »

Blatter to speak as FIFA crisis deepens

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

ZURICH (AFP) - Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter was set to speak on Monday on the corruption row that has engulfed football's governing body and threatened his own stranglehold on the top job in the sport. Blatter, who was cleared of involvement in an ongoing bribery probe on Sunday, was due to hold a press conference at FIFA headquarters at 6pm local time (1600 GMT) following an executive...Full Story »

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