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Defoe aims for World Cup after moved to Toronto

March 19, 2014

Ex Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is still hopeful of making England’s World Cup squad despite his moved to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.

The move to Major League Soccer is surely a step down from the Premier League but Defoe who scored twice on his debut for his new club hopes his performances across the pond will get noticed by England manager Roy Hodgson. Check out England’s latest World Cup odds

Defoe who has scored 19 times in 55 appearances for England was included in the squad for England’s last friendly match against Denmark on the 5th of March. England won 1-0 but Defoe never featured in the game.

Defoe said – “On a personal level, I’d like to score as many goals as possible for the club and go to the World Cup,” .

Defoe believes playing regularly for Toronto will give him a much better chance of securing a place in England’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup Finals in Brazil.

But he did acknowledged that with so many great players at Hodgson disposal getting into that final World Cup squad for Brazil may be difficult.

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Former Liverpool starlet leaves Easter Road

January 11, 2012

Former Liverpool youngster Victor Palsson has left Scottish Premier League outfit Hibernian by mutual consent. Palsson, who arrived at Easter Road from Anfield in January 2011, originally signed an eighteen month deal that was due to run till the end of the current season, but both parties decide to terminate the contract six months in advance.

Palsson made 34 appearances for Hibs and scored a single goal for the club. The Icelandic defensive midfielder has also previously had a loan stint at Dagenham and Redbridge.

Of mixed Portuguese-Icelandic descent, Palsson joined Liverpool from Danish outfit AGF in 2009. He has also represented Iceland at youth levels, but is yet to win a cap for the senior team.

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Celtic’s Juarez signs for Zaragoza on loan

July 26, 2011

Celtic’s Mexican international Efrain Juarez has left the Glasgow outfit to join Real Zaragoza on a season long loan deal. The 23 year old, the first ever Mexican player in the Scottish Premier League, joined the Hoops from UNAM last summer after the World Cup, but struggled to hold down a first team spot at Parkhead, making only a total of thirteen appearances for the Hoops in the 10-11 season.

Juarez was close to moving in the winter transfer window to get some regular first team football under his belt but the transfer did not materialise.

Juarez, a member of Mexico’s victorious 2011 Gold Cup side, is a versatile midfielder who can also operate in defence.

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Maradona coached Al-Wasl working towards Forlan signing

May 24, 2011

UAE club Al-Wasl have claimed that they are working towards securing the signature of former Manchester United star Diego Forlan in the summer. Uruguayan hitman Forlan is expected to leave Atletico Madrid this summer after Los Colchoneros missed out on the Champions League and is a reported summer target for many clubs.

Al-Wasl, who recently announced Argentine legend Diego Maradona as their new coach, are looking to bolster their forward line with some marquee signings and Forlan fits the bill perfectly. The lure of big bucks in the Emirates might lure Forlan to the UAE unless the striker feels he wants to have another crack in Europe.

If he signs, Forlan, 32, winner of the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup, will become Maradona’s first signing at Al-Wasl.

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Bayern sign Petersen, lose Altintop to Real Madrid

May 20, 2011

German giants Bayern Munich have bolstered their squad for the 2011/12 season by signing second division top scorer Nils Petersen from Energie Cottbus. Petersen, who has signed a three year contract, has cost Bayern a reported three million euro fee. Petersen is Bayern’s first signing of the summer window as they aim to build a squad capable of challenging for league honours next season.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have announced that Bayern midfielder Hamit Altintop will be arriving at the Bernabeu this summer. Altintop has signed a four year contract with Real and is expected to be cost Los Merengues nothing as his contract with Bayern expires at the end of the 10/11 season.

Altintop is the second Turkish signing from the Bundesliga for Real this summer following the signing of Nuri Sahin from Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.

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Whites release striker Kandol

August 4, 2010

Newly promoted Championship outfit Leeds United have announced that the parting of company with Congolese forward Tresor Kandol. The 28 year old had a year left on his deal at Elland Road, but has left the club following the termination of his contract.

Kandol initially joined Leeds from Barnet in the winter of 2006 and impressed Dennis Wise enough to land a permanent contract with the Whites. Apart from Leeds and Barnet, Kandol has represented several English clubs- Luton Town, Cambridge United, Bournemouth, Thurrock, Dag & Red, Darlington, Millwall and Charlton Athletic in that order.

Kandol is the cousin of former Newcastle striker Lomana Lua Lua.

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Garrido set for Lazio move

July 28, 2010

Manchester City’s left back Javier Garrido has agreed terms with Italian side Lazio and will move to the Serie A in a £2.5 million deal. With the arrival of Aleksandr Kolarov and the presence of Wayne Bridge, Garrido became the third choice left back at Eastlands and in all likelihood would not have made the 25- man squad.

Garrido was one of the seven signings made by Sven-Goran Eriksson during his first transfer window as City boss. Garrido is the last of that bunch to leave City. Bianchi, Elano, Giovanni, Petrov, Corluka and Caicedo also failed to cut it with City. Garrido joined City from Real Sociedad in 2007 and scored twice in 49 games. Both goals came from direct free-kicks – one against Liverpool and the other against Wolves.

Meanwhile, City’s former manager Mark Hughes is ready to return to managerial action as he is tipped to be the favourite to fill the vacant managerial post at Fulham.

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Cavalieri set for Anfield exit

July 12, 2010

Brazilian custodian Diego Cavalieri is looking for a move away from Anfield after failing to make even a single appearance for the Reds in the Barclays Premier League since signing for them in 2008. The 27-year old signed for Liverpool from Palmeiras where he had made only 65 appearances over a period of seven years. He has not been able to dislodge Pepe Reina from the goalkeeper’s slot and is looking for clubs in his native country to offer him an escape route.

Santos and Corinthians have shown interest in him after their efforts to sign the 36-year old Dida from AC Milan bore no fruit. Both clubs want to sign Cavalieri on a free. But with two years still left on his contract; the situation has become sticky. Cash strapped Liverpool could be forced to release him on a free half way through his contract. The alternative of a loan deal can’t be completely ruled out as well.

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Ballack to rejoin Bayer

June 25, 2010

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has re-signed for his former club Bayer Leverkusen on a two-year contract. The German international star was released by Chelsea and has decided to opted for a move back to his former club Leverkusen.

Ballack was linked to a number of top European clubs, but has decided to return to Bayer where he previously spent three years there before leaving for Bayern Munich in 2002.

Ballack joined Chelsea in 2006 and won the FA Cup and League Cup, in his first season. He was Injured for most of the 2007 season but helped Chelsea reach the Champions League Final in the following season.

33 year old Ballack is looking forward to playing for his former club again.

“With my transfer to Bayer Leverkusen a circle is complete,” Ballack told the club’s official website.

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Zoran Tosic leaves Manchester United for CSKA Moscow

June 15, 2010

Russian outfit CSKA Moscow have completed the signing of Serbian winger Zoran Tosic from Manchester United. Tosic, who is currently with the Serbian team at the 2010 World Cup, has signed a five year contract with CSKA. The fee CSKA paid United for Tosic was not disclosed, but rumours have it to be somewhere around the £8m mark.

Tosic joined Manchester United in January 2009 as part of the deal that also brought Adam Ljajić to Old Trafford. However the former Partizan starlet struggled to break through into the first team and made only five appearances for the Red Devils in his eighteen month stay at the Threatre of Dreams. Tosic spent the last half of the 09/10 season on loan with Bundesliga side FC Koln.

Koln were eager to keep Tosic but were unable to afford the fee United had quoted for the young Serbian left winger.

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