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Title: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:21:34 AM
this thread will be moved to the "News Items" child forum on Thursday
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:22:35 AM
http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/ps?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+arsenal-news+%28News+Feed%29 (http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/ps?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+arsenal-news+%28News+Feed%29)
Philippe Senderos joins Fulham FC

Arsenal Football Club can confirm that Swiss International, Philippe Senderos has joined Fulham FC.

The 25-year-old defender makes the move across London from Arsenal where he spent seven seasons after joining the Gunners from Swiss side Servette in June 2003.

The defender made 117 appearances for the Gunners. Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes him good luck at his new club.
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:24:16 AM
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11670_6197199,00.html? (http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11670_6197199,00.html?)
Fulham swoop for Senderos
Former Arsenal defender moves to Craven Cottage

Fulham have completed the signing of former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos on a three-year deal.

The Switzerland international moves to Craven Cottage on a free transfer after his deal with the Gunners expired and he was not offered fresh terms.

Senderos spent the second half of last season on loan with Everton and the entire previous campaign in Serie A with AC Milan.

The 25-year-old joined Arsenal from Servette in Switzerland in the summer of 2003 but was unable to establish himself as a regular in Arsene Wenger's first-team plans.

Senderos, who is currently in South Africapreparing for the World Cup with Switzerland, is relishing the chance to work under Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson.
Success

He told the club's official website: "I'm delighted to have finalised my transfer to Fulham earlier today and happy that I am joining the club during the most successful period in its history.

"I will be looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and of course, Roy Hodgson, a manager I respect very much, shortly after the World Cup.

"I very much hope that I can contribute over the next few seasons and that the club goes on to achieve more success."

Hodgson added: "Philippe is a player that I have admired for a very long time since he captained Switzerland to the UEFA Under-17 Championship in 2002.

"He is a strong defender who has great aerial presence at both ends of the field and has a superb work ethic which is a vital component for any team's success. I am very much looking forward to working with Philippe next season."
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:26:53 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/8729252.stm? (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/8729252.stm?)
Fulham sign defender Philippe Senderos from Arsenal

Fulham have announced the signing of central defender Philippe Senderos from Arsenal on a three-year contract.

The Switzerland international, 25, joined the Gunners from Servette in 2003 but has only made 54 league starts for the London club.

He spent the 2008/09 season at AC Milan and was also on loan at Everton for the second half of last season.
"I'm delighted to join the club during the most successful period in its history," he told Fulham's website.

Senderos is preparing to travel to South Africa where Switzerland are in Group H alongside Spain, Chile and Honduras.
"I will be looking forward to meeting up with my new teammates and of course, Roy Hodgson, a manager I respect very much, shortly after the World Cup," added Senderos.

606: DEBATE
Don't see him replacing either Hangeland or Hughes. But good option to rest either of them or used occasionally
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"I very much hope that I can contribute over the next few seasons and that the club goes on to achieve more success."
Senderos is manager Roy Hodgson's first summer signing and he is delighted to welcome the player to Craven Cottage.

"Philippe is a player that I have admired for a very long time since he captained Switzerland to the Uefa Under-17 championship in 2002," said Hodgson.

"He is a strong defender who has great aerial presence at both ends of the field and has a superb work ethic which is a vital component for any team's success. I am very much looking forward to working with him next season."
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:29:42 AM
http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=eng/news/newsid=1496612.html?rss=1496612+Senderos+swaps+Arsenal+for+Fulham (http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=eng/news/newsid=1496612.html?rss=1496612+Senderos+swaps+Arsenal+for+Fulham)
Senderos swaps Arsenal for Fulham

Fulham FC manager Roy Hodgson has made his first signing of the summer, bringing Switzerland and Arsenal FC centre-back Philippe Senderos to the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League runners-up.

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Philippe Senderos has swapped north London for the west of the capital
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UEFA Europa League runners-up Fulham FC have signed Swiss international centre-back Philippe Senderos from Arsenal FC.

Senderos has agreed a three-year deal at Fulham with his contract at Arsenal due to expire this summer. The 25-year-old joined the Gunners from Servette FC in January 2003 having helped Switzerland win the previous year's UEFA European Under-17 Championship, but never established himself as a first-choice defender for Arsène Wenger's team.

He made 117 appearances for Arsenal, winning the 2005 FA Cup and helping them to the following season's UEFA Champions League final. In the last two seasons Senderos has spent time on loan at AC Milan and Everton.

Capped 40 times by Switzerland as he prepares for his second FIFA World Cup, Senderos joins a Fulham club who reached their first major European final in May, losing 2-1 to Club Atlético de Madrid in Hamburg. Senderos said: "I'm delighted to have finalised my transfer and happy that I am joining the club during the most successful period in its history."

The capture represents Roy Hodgson's first signing of the summer and the former Switzerland coach added: "Philippe is a player that I have admired for a very long time since he captained Switzerland to the UEFA U17 Championship in 2002."
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:31:18 AM
http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201168 (http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201168)
Fulham - Hodgson Sweeping All Aside!
There`s a lovely line in a cult move I`m particularly fond of!

Called Awaydays it`s set in Liverpool which is rather apt considering the subject of this article.

The line goes something along the lines of :-

Where will it all end………….(followed by the lead characters name)

And at this moment in time I can`t helping thinking about where all the speculation linking Roy Hodgson with Liverpool will end.

Today, Roy appears to have fought off the apparent challenge of another leading candidate the media have come up with.

The top Italian manager, Marcello Lippi, has ruled himself out of contention and unless a certain Kenny Dalglish can be tempted to take the reigns I fear that it`s now looking more and more likely that Roy Hodgson is seen as the man to revitalise Liverpool Football Club.

I currently feel like a messenger of doom!


Read more: http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201168#ixzz0qKpCmLR9 (http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201168#ixzz0qKpCmLR9)
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:32:36 AM
http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201167 (http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201167)
Fulham - Dikgacoi`s BIg Problem Is?
As one of the few Fulham players t have made it to 2010 to represent their country, our South African midfielder, Dikgacoi, will be one I`ll be following closely.

But, reading a classic quote attributed to him in the press this morning I`ll be paying closer attention.

Apparently, Dikgacoi has latched on to the problems English commentators have pronouncing his name, a fact that irks him prompting the aforementioned classic quote,

"I don`t know what to do to get them to say it correctly. Maybe I have to change my surname."

LOL!


Read more: http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201167#ixzz0qKpXPaoc (http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201167#ixzz0qKpXPaoc)
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:33:53 AM
http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201166 (http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201166)
Fulham - Dempsey on the USA Belief!
The build up to a classic encounter between England and the USA is starting to gather momentum.

The fixture, due to be played on Saturday, should give an early indication of the possible prospects both sides harbour of progressing through the competition.

Obviously, England are the favourites but one of our own, Clint Dempsey, is pretty confident that the USA can spring another shock, although it has to be said that the severity of the shock wouldn`t be as humongous as the 1950 in the Americans achieved over England.

Speaking about the preparations in the USA camp and the belief that they can win, Clint is quoted as having remarked,

"If we didn`t believe that we could, why would we be here? It wouldn`t be right."

"Every time you put on the US jersey you should think you can do a good job. We`re trying to do something special."

"We`re going to watch tapes to know what we have to do to get a result."


After the success the United States had in the Confederations Cup, in South Africa last summer where they reached the final, don`t write them off too easily this Saturday!


Read more: http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201166#ixzz0qKpsJOcu (http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=201166#ixzz0qKpsJOcu)
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:35:55 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/fulham/7811820/Philippe-Senderos-ends-Arsenal-nightmare-with-free-transfer-to-Fulham.html? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/fulham/7811820/Philippe-Senderos-ends-Arsenal-nightmare-with-free-transfer-to-Fulham.html?)
Philippe Senderos ends Arsenal nightmare with free transfer to Fulham
Fulham have announced the signing of central defender Philippe Senderos from Arsenal on a three-year contract.

The Switzerland international, 25, joined the north London club from Servette in 2003 but has had loan spells at AC Milan and then Everton in the last two seasons, after finding first team opportunities at the Emirates stadium limited.

Senderos broke off from preparing for this summer's World Cup to complete his move across the capital and will now rejoin his international team-mates in South Africa.

He said: "I'm delighted that I am joining Fulham during the most successful period in its history.

"I very much hope that I can contribute over the next few seasons and that the club goes on to achieve more success."
The imposing Senderos will add another option for Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson at the heart of a defence already shorn of Chris Smalling this summer, while there is also speculation surrounding Brede Hangeland - who has been linked with a move in the opposite direction, to the Emirates.

Hodgson said: "Philippe is a player that I have admired for a very long time, since he captained Switzerland to the UEFA Under-17 Championship in 2002.

"He is a strong defender who has great aerial presence at both ends of the field and has a superb work ethic, which is a vital component for any team's success. I am very much looking forward to working with Philippe next season."

Those efforts eight years ago formed the start of Senderos' extensive experience of international competitions.

He was also part of the Swiss defence which did not concede a goal in the 2006 World Cup, played every minute of their Euro 2008 campaign on home soil and scored twice against Luxembourg as he helped his country reach this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

He will link up with Fulham after that campaign, having moved on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at the Emirates.
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:38:13 AM
http://www.givemefootball.com/premier-league/fulham-boss-must-make-up-his-own-mind? (http://www.givemefootball.com/premier-league/fulham-boss-must-make-up-his-own-mind?)
Fulham boss must make up his own mind
Clint Dempsey believes Roy Hodgson should be allowed to leave

Clint Dempsey claims Roy Hodgson must be allowed to make up his own mind about whether he should quit Fulham for Liverpool.

Rafael Benitez's eviction from the Anfield hotseat has created an attractive vacancy with the Merseyside giants that Hodgson has been tipped to fill.

"If the coach wants to be there he will be there," said Dempsey. "He has to do the best for him and his family."

The 63-year-old's star has risen dramatically over the last couple of years, first by keeping Fulham in the Premier League and then steering the Cottagers into Europe and, last term, into the Europa League final.

Little wonder Hodgson's name is near the top of Liverpool's hit-list, which could finally offer the former Switzerland coach a chance to make his mark with a big club in England.

Dempsey has starred in Fulham's attack and realises Hodgson would be a loss to the club, but the United States star has no intention of calling for his manager to stay.

He firmly believes if an offer comes, Hodgson should go with his heart.

Dempsey added: "It is not something I can worry about. I am with Fulham for three more years and I will do my best for them until something happens.

"If he wants to stay, let him stay. If he wants to go, let him go."


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Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:39:58 AM
http://football.uk.reuters.com/leagues/uk/news/2010/06/08/LDE6572CN.php?rpc=401 (http://football.uk.reuters.com/leagues/uk/news/2010/06/08/LDE6572CN.php?rpc=401)
Hodgson bolsters Fulham defence with Senderos signing

LONDON, June 8 (Reuters) - Fulham have signed Arsenal and Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
UK FOOTBALL

"Philippe is a player that I have admired for a very long time since he captained Switzerland to the UEFA Under-17 Championship in 2002," Fulham manager Roy Hodgson told the club website (www.fulhamfc.com (http://www.fulhamfc.com)).

"He is a strong defender who has great aerial presence at both ends of the field and has a superb work ethic which is a vital component for any team's success. I am very much looking forward to working with Philippe next season."

The 25-year-old, who joined Arsenal in 2003 and has had loan spells at AC Milan and Everton, is part of Switzerland's squad for the June 11-July 11 World Cup finals.

Senderos, who has agreed a three-year deal, has won 38 caps for his country and scored five goals.
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:42:01 AM
http://football.uk.reuters.com/leagues/worldcup2010/news/2010/06/08/LDE6572E3.php?rpc=401 (http://football.uk.reuters.com/leagues/worldcup2010/news/2010/06/08/LDE6572E3.php?rpc=401)
Following Fulham can pay off for U.S. - Dempsey

IRENE, South Africa, June 8 (Reuters) - After a season of giant-killing with English club Fulham, United States midfielder Clint Dempsey believes he can help upset the form book again in Saturday's World Cup Group C opener against England.
WORLD CUP 2010

Dempsey, who helped unfancied Fulham to the Europa Cup final with a memorable win over Juventus in the last four, told reporters that he sees a number of similarities between the attitude and tactics used by his club and country.

"We stick to what we are good at...we have been the underdogs with both Fulham and the U.S and the most important thing is to have the kind of players who believe they can win no matter who they are playing against," he said on Tuesday.

"That is the kind of team I want to play in - with that kind of attitude you always have a chance against whoever you play.

"At Fulham we stay compact defensively and we have two solid banks of four and choose our moments when we go forward, the U.S team plays similarly to how we do at Fulham," he said.

Dempsey senses a greater sense of self-belief in the U.S squad, particularly since last year's run to the final of the Confederations Cup final in South Africa.

"We have players who have played in big games, played in big leagues and have had success - you take that confidence with you and it helps you to keep moving forward.

"No-one thought we were going to get to the final of the Confederations Cup but we did that - no-one thought that Fulham were going to get to the final of the Europa League and we did.

"It doesn't matter what anyone thinks of us, it matters what everyone within the group thinks of themselves. If you have belief that is contagious and people think 'why not'?

"You can't live life in fear, you have to go out and take advantage of your opportunities and do something special, I think the guys here have that mentality," he added.

Dempsey is likely to line-up against England's attack-minded right-back Glen Johnson and he thinks the defender's positive approach could hand the Americans a chance on the break.

"He is definitely effective going forward but when he goes forward you get the chance to get them on the counter.

"Any good team has to worry about when there full backs go forward because there are going to be holes in that pocket that he left open.

"We have to make sure that we have players who are aware of that and can move the ball in that direction because there will be a hole," he said.
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:43:14 AM
http://hammyend.com/?p=7231 (http://hammyend.com/?p=7231)
A little look at Senderos
by LYDIA on JUNE 8, 2010

Philippe Senderos is the first signing to what, one can only assume, as being a very busy summer for the club. So lets take a little look of our new centre back-

Senderos was born on 14th Feburary 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland. He was eligible to play for Spain as well as Switzerland through his parents but has played for Switzerland since U15 age. He even captained the U17s to Eiropean success. Philippe joined Arsenal in 2005 but failed to make a massive impact so ha loan spells at both AC Milan and Everton. Injuries have been a barrier to his Arsenal career and soon began in search of a move away.

Senderos has 39 caps for his country and has scored 5 goals. He made his international debut in 2005 at the age of 20. Switzerland drew nil-all with France that night in Paris. He starts for Switzerland and is about to take part in the World Cup.

My opinion? Well he never really got off to a good start at Arsenal with injuries and oter things so a fresh start is what he needs. Roy seems to have been keeping a watchful eye over him since he was very young and who are we to doubt Roy! I think he will be a very handy addition to our squad and he came on a free. We all know the last successful player we gotr on a free- Mark Schwarzer. He also has plenty of International experience so I say “Well played, Roy!”

Another thing I noticed about this signing. Senderos is only 25 so this could be the start of Roy preparing his squad for the future.
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:46:39 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2010/article-1285095/Well-Fulham-World-Cup-claims-USA-forward-Clint-Demspey.html?ITO=1490 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2010/article-1285095/Well-Fulham-World-Cup-claims-USA-forward-Clint-Demspey.html?ITO=1490)
We'll be the Fulham of the World Cup, claims USA forward Clint Demspey

Down on the farm, the US A have been hatching a plan and it revolves around team-work, motivation and getting the ball in gaps behind England’s attacking full backs.

For Clint Dempsey, it feels a lot like Fulham.

Not the cows, free-range chickens and smell of manure, but the spirit of an under-rated team with the quiet confidence to spring a surprise.

The Americans have been well drilled by manager Bob Bradley and encouraged by a successful Confederations Cup campaign in South Africa, last year, when they beat Spain before surrendering a two goal lead to Brazil in the final.

‘We’re used to being the underdog and it suits us,’ said Dempsey.

‘That’s the way it will be until we change a few people’s perceptions.

‘We just stick to what we’re good at. We’re very strong defensively like Fulham and try to pick our moments when we go forward.

'Fulham beat Manchester United by staying compact defensively, with two solid banks of four and choosing our moments to get forward.

‘We both play 4-4-2, our outside midfield players tuck in rather than being wingers and we keep two solid banks of four. We try to frustrate our opponents and make life difficult for them.

‘The USA play in a similar style to Fulham and we’ll try to do the same thing. We have players who believe they can win every game.’

To help secure this belief in his squad, boss Bradley invited motivational speakers to address his players, including Boston Celtics basketball legend Bill Russell and Dan Jollota, a hero of the ‘Blackhawk Down’ battle.

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Underdog: Dempsey and Fulham have beaten the odds this season

‘It was about coming together and putting ego and personal glory aside,’ said Dempsey.

‘No-one thought we’d get to the final of the Confederations Cup but we did. Beating Spain was a complete game for us.

‘No-one thought Fulham would get to the final of the Europa League but we did. Belief is contagious. You can’t live life in fear.

‘England have good players — they play for the best clubs in the world and reach Champions League finals — there’s no excuses if they don’t do well.

'They’re under pressure to go far.’

Some of Bradley’s team play in the Barclays Premier League and know England’s weaknesses.

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All together now: Dempsey reckons USA's team spirit will be a massive bonus

‘Glen Johnson is a good player, effective going forward,’ said Dempsey.

‘But when he gets forward we have a chance to hit them on the counter and give them something to worry about.
'Both their full backs like to get forward and will leave holes.’

For Dempsey, it has already been an incredible season, but the success at Fulham has prompted bigger clubs to seek to lure manager Roy Hodgson.

‘If the coach wants to be there he will be there,’ said Dempsey.

‘He has to do the best for him and his family. If he wants to stay, stay. If he wants to go, go.’


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2010/article-1285095/Well-Fulham-World-Cup-claims-USA-forward-Clint-Demspey.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0qKsg8qm6 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2010/article-1285095/Well-Fulham-World-Cup-claims-USA-forward-Clint-Demspey.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0qKsg8qm6)
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:48:05 AM
http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2010/06/08/1965697/fulham-midfielder-clint-dempsey-should-the-offer-arrive-roy? (http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2010/06/08/1965697/fulham-midfielder-clint-dempsey-should-the-offer-arrive-roy?)
Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey: If offered the job, Roy Hodgson should be allowed to take over at Liverpool
American believes Cottagers' boss deserves huge opportunity

Fulham and USA forward Clint Dempsey believes current Fulham manager Roy Hodgson must be allowed to speak to Liverpool should he be approached to take over at the Merseyside club.

Rafael Benitez left Liverpool on Thursday by mutual consent and will be unveiled as Inter manager in the coming days.

The bookmakers have made Roy Hodgson their favourite to take over at Anfield, while Martin O'Neill has also been touted as a possible replacement.

Liverpool ambassador Kenny Dalglish has been put in charge of finding Benitez’s successor and it is believed that his friendship with Hodgson could prove pivotal to the Fulham boss being approached by the club.

Dempsey, who has thrived at Fulham under Hodgson, believes Hodgson should be allowed to succeed the Spaniard if an offer is tabled.

"Hodgson must be given the chance to succeed Benitez if an offer comes in," Dempsey said, according to Sky Sports News.

Dempsey is likely to start for America in their opening World Cup 2010 fixture against England on Saturday.
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:50:33 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1285051/Fulham-close-8m-Standard-Liege-striker-Dieumerci-Mbokani.html?ITO=1490 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1285051/Fulham-close-8m-Standard-Liege-striker-Dieumerci-Mbokani.html?ITO=1490)
Fulham grab Philippe Senderos and close on £8m Standard Liege striker Dieumerci Mbokani

Fulham are closing in on the £8million signing of striker Dieumerci Mbokani after finalising the free transfer signing of Philippe Senderos from Arsenal.
Fulham took the opportunity to hold talks with Standard Liege bosses in London on Tuesday over Mbokani.
The 24-year old Congo international is also a target for West Ham and had been watched by Everton but looks bound for Craven Cottage.

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All smiles: Fulham are locked in talks to complete an £8m deal for Standard Liege striker Dieumerci Mbokani

Standard are resigned to losing him, after he made it plain he wanted a move to the Barclays Premier League or Bundesliga, and despatched directors Luciano D’Onofrio and Pierre Francoise to London to discuss terms.

Despite being tipped to replace Rafa Benitez, Fulham manager Roy Hodgson marked his return from holiday by formulating transfer plans with chief executive Alistair Mackintosh.

Done deal: Former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos has signed a three-year contract at Craven Cottage Senderos, 25, agreed a three-year deal after being given a two-day break from international duty with Switzerland.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1285051/Fulham-close-8m-Standard-Liege-striker-Dieumerci-Mbokani.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0qKtzRo4V (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1285051/Fulham-close-8m-Standard-Liege-striker-Dieumerci-Mbokani.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0qKtzRo4V)
Title: Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (09/06/10)...
Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:51:46 AM
http://hammyend.com/?p=7234 (http://hammyend.com/?p=7234)
Liverpool and Hodgson
by LYDIA on JUNE 8, 2010

All over the Liverpool Fan Websites I read that apparently Roy has already signed for them. In truth I think thats a pile of rubbish. However, the story isn’t looking good. Schwarzer and Dempsey are two players that have already come out and given their opinions about the Liverpool job and both have the same opinion- let him go if approched. I suppose they are right about one thing- if he wants to go, we can’t stop him. The fact that both players have come out publically suggests that they know something we don’t.

BUT as Tor has already pointed out, Hodgson said in his interview earlier that he was excited to be working with Senderos next season, indicating that he is going nowhere. Also, the Inter Milan and Juventus Jobs had both been linked wih Hodgson before different managers were signed. This possibly means that Hodgson is on everybodies radar but he is not listed very highly. I certainly read alot of comments by angry Liverpool fans who didn’t like the idea of Hodgson being in charge next season. In fact, only a few people seemed at all happy. Roy himself has always said that we doesn’t think about any of these things unless he is specifically contacted. However, this could mean that he will consider a move if it comes along.

I personally don’t know what to think. I have my fingers crossed that he doesn’t go, it would effect the growth of our squad. Roy definatly hasn’t finish building it yet. I really believe that we can win something under Roy. There seems to have been no contact yet but it is something that we need to keep an eye on. At the end of the  day, it is out of our hands.
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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:53:25 AM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/sport-news/liverpool-fc/2010/06/09/liverpool-fc-ready-to-approach-fulham-for-manager-roy-hodgson-55578-26616087/? (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/sport-news/liverpool-fc/2010/06/09/liverpool-fc-ready-to-approach-fulham-for-manager-roy-hodgson-55578-26616087/?)
Liverpool FC ready to approach Fulham for manager Roy Hodgson

LIVERPOOL FC are ready to make the first moves to install Roy Hodgson as their new manager.

Hodgson has moved to the top of the wanted list as the club’s hierarchy seek a replacement for Rafa Benitez, who departed last Thursday after almost six years at the helm.

 The Liverpool board plan to make an official approach by the end of the week to Fulham, where Hodgson has been in charge since December 2007.

 Hodgson, who is expected to be offered a rolling 12-month contract, is viewed as ideal for the role, with Liverpool seeking someone to help stabilise the club after the tumultuous conclusion to Benitez’s reign.

 Compensation, which could be around the £2m  mark, is unlikely to prove an issue with Liverpool poised to receive settlements of their own when Benitez makes his anticipated raid on the Anfield backroom staff.

 The Spaniard will be confirmed Inter Milan manager today with Liverpool assistant manager Mauricio Pellegrino, fitness coach Paco de Miguel and goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero expected to make the same journey to the San Siro.

 Hodgson meets many of the criteria sought by Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow and club ambassador Kenny Dalglish, who are overseeing the search for a new manager.

 The much-travelled 62-year-old has vast experience having also been in charge at Inter Milan twice, Blackburn Rovers, Udinese and the national teams of Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Finland.

 Hodgson’s stock in England rose considerably during the past 18 months when, having secured European qualification for Fulham last season, he guided the Cottagers to the Europa League final last month where they lost to Liverpool’s conquerors Atletico Madrid.

 That Hodgson’s wife Sheila is from Liverpool will only add to the appeal, with the Anfield board keen to employ a British manager after the spells of Benitez and predecessor Gerard Houllier.

 Hodgson was backed by Houllier earlier this week to take over, while Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer admitted he would not blame his manager for taking up the challenge at Anfield.

 The likes of Louis van Gaal, Guus Hiddink, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Martin O’Neill have all been linked with the job, but Hodgson has emerged as the preferred choice.

 Any new manager’s first job will almost certainly be to address the futures of a number of key Liverpool players.

 And Real Madrid president Florentino Perez yesterday dropped a further hint that Steven Gerrard is a possible target.

 “I think we already have stars in our squad,” said Perez. “What we are certainly going to do is sign two or three great players to complete the team.”

 When asked about Gerrard and Inter Milan full-back Maicon, another rumoured target, Perez added: “We still have not discussed new signings but both are among the best players in their positions.”

 Meanwhile, Martin Skrtel admits he was sad to see Benitez depart, but is determined to regain a regular starting role under a new manager at Anfield.

 “Rafa was the one who had confidence in me and he was also the one who took me to Liverpool, so I can only thank him and wish him all the best no matter where he goes,” said Skrtel.

 “I will train hard to show my new coach my qualities. I want to make sure that I will be a stable member of Liverpool next term.”

 Skrtel is currently recuperating from an ankle injury sustained in Slovakia’s 3-0 friendly win over Costa Rica on Saturday, but expects to be fit for his country’s World Cup opener against New Zealand on Tuesday.
 “It is just a sprained ankle,” said the centre-back. “I guess I can be back to full training in three or four days. It is not a serious injury.”
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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:54:38 AM
http://www.cottagersconfidential.com/2010/6/9/1508168/is-kenny-dalglish-interested-in? (http://www.cottagersconfidential.com/2010/6/9/1508168/is-kenny-dalglish-interested-in?)
Is Kenny Dalglish interested in becoming the new Liverpool manager?

The stories regarding the open managerial job are coming fast and furious. Roy Hodgson has been rumored as a candidate for the Liverpool job by several media outlets. What I found interesting tonight is a story that has Kenny Dalglish possibly being interested in becoming the manager of Liverpool.

According to the Daily Mail,  Kenny Dalglish has withdrawn his name from the Liverpool panel that was in charge of finding a new manager. Based on his withdrawal the story is speculating that he is interested in becoming the next Liverpool manager.  He is a former Liverpool manager and left in 1991.

The Daily Mail article also mentions that even though Dalglish could be interested in the coaching job, Liverpool is expected to ask Fulham permission to speak to Roy Hodgson. The story mentions this discussion between Liverpool and Fulham regarding Hodgson is expected to happen by the end of the week.   

As expected the Liverpool managerial position continues to be a big story. There are a few questions we don't have answers for yet.  If Kenny Dalglish is interested in the position will Liverpool go in that direction? Also, if approached would Roy Hodgson take the job with Liverpool? Fans of both teams are just going to have to wait and see how this story plays out.
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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:56:35 AM
http://www.thisisanfield.com/2010/06/09/dalglish-hodgson-frontrunners-for-anfield-job/? (http://www.thisisanfield.com/2010/06/09/dalglish-hodgson-frontrunners-for-anfield-job/?)
Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey: If offered the job, Roy Hodgson should be allowed to take over at Liverpool
American believes Cottagers' boss deserves huge opportunity

Fulham and USA forward Clint Dempsey believes current Fulham manager Roy Hodgson must be allowed to speak to Liverpool should he be approached to take over at the Merseyside club.

Rafael Benitez left Liverpool on Thursday by mutual consent and will be unveiled as Inter manager in the coming days.

The bookmakers have made Roy Hodgson their favourite to take over at Anfield, while Martin O'Neill has also been touted as a possible replacement.

Liverpool ambassador Kenny Dalglish has been put in charge of finding Benitez’s successor and it is believed that his friendship with Hodgson could prove pivotal to the Fulham boss being approached by the club.

Dempsey, who has thrived at Fulham under Hodgson, believes Hodgson should be allowed to succeed the Spaniard if an offer is tabled.

"Hodgson must be given the chance to succeed Benitez if an offer comes in," Dempsey said, according to Sky Sports News.

Dempsey is likely to start for America in their opening World Cup 2010 fixture against England on Saturday.
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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 07:58:03 AM
http://www.thisisanfield.com/2010/06/09/dalglish-hodgson-frontrunners-for-anfield-job/? (http://www.thisisanfield.com/2010/06/09/dalglish-hodgson-frontrunners-for-anfield-job/?)
Dalglish & Hodgson frontrunners for Anfield job

The vacant manager’s job appears to be a two horse race at present, with current club ambassador Kenny Dalglish and Fulham boss Roy Hodgson the frontunners.

Tony Barrett writes in The Times today that Dalglish is prepared to takeover for a second spell in the Anfield:

Dalglish has told friends that he would like the job, although he is not willing to compromise the club in any way by making his interest in the position known.

This news came on the back of journalist Henry Winter writing on his Twitter feed that he recently worked on a new book with Dalglish and that he believes the Scot would love a crack at returning to the helm at Liverpool.

Dalglish remains the last Liverpool manager to win the League title and is the only contender to have won the Premier League – with Blackburn back in 1995. He has, though, been out of football management for the past decade. He left the club in 1991 for personal and health reasons.

Meanwhile, David Maddock in The Mirror writes that Hodgson is the man Liverpool will look to after Rafa Benitez’s departure last week. He explains:

The club’s directors are certain to give the green light to make Hodgson their official target within the next two days, and approach his London club with an offer of compensation to make him the next Liverpool manager.

Former Inter Milan boss Hodgson has a one-year rolling contract with the Craven Cottage outfit, negotiated at the start of the just completed season. Crucially, it contains a clause which allows him to leave to join a top club for a compensation figure of around £2.5million.

Hodgson guided Fulham to the Europa League Final last season and has previous experience across Europe, including two spells with Inter Milan.
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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 08:01:37 AM
http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Liverpool-to-make-formal-approach-for-Fulham-boss-Roy-Hodgson-in-next-48-hours-Exclusive-article453333.html (http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Liverpool-to-make-formal-approach-for-Fulham-boss-Roy-Hodgson-in-next-48-hours-Exclusive-article453333.html)
Liverpool to make formal approach for Hodgson in next 48 hours - Exclusive

Liverpool will make a formal approach for Roy Hodgson to become their new manager within the next 48 hours.

The Fulham boss is the clear front-runner from a short list drawn up by Kop legend Kenny Dalglish and MD Christian Purslow, to be presented to the Anfield board this week.

The club's directors are certain to give the green light to make Hodgson their official target within the next two days, and approach his London club with an offer of compensation to make him the next Liverpool manager.

Former Inter Milan boss Hodgson has a one-year rolling contract with the Craven Cottage outfit, negotiated at the start of the just completed season. Crucially, it contains a clause which allows him to leave to join a top club for a compensation figure of around £2.5million.

The experienced coach has maintained a diplomatic silence over Liverpool interest in recent days, but he has made clear his desire to have one last opportunity with one of the Premier League's leading clubs.

Dalglish and Purslow have pinpointed six key qualities they require in their choice to succeed Rafa Benitez, and Hodgson is the candidate who ticks all the boxes.

His massive experience in Europe and extensive contacts within UEFA aligned to his winning record and diplomatic skills make him an attractive choice in a time of deep uncertainty at Anfield, as the club's American owners insufferably draw out the plan to sell their holding.

The other leading candidate on the short-list is Bayern Munich's Louis Van Gaal, but both Dalglish and Purslow recognise the difficulty in prising him away from the German champions, and Hodgson will be their first port of call.

No timescale has been set on the process of replacing Benitez, but sources within the club suggest that an appointment is imminent with the new man destined to be in place before the end of the month.

Hodgson has a contract to work for the BBC as pundit during the World Cup in South Africa, but he will be happy to break off from commentating to conclude any negotiations with the Anfield board, and will be in position to identify potential transfer targets.

Fulham want to keep their manager after he steered them to the UEFA Cup final in May, but Liverpool will not try to haggle and will meet the compensation figure in Hodgson's contract, meaning the London club will have no option but to allow him to leave.

The payment to Fulham will not prove too much of a barrier for Liverpool, not least because they are about to receive a similar level of compensation from Inter Milan for the Anfield backroom staff who are set to join Benitez in Italy.

He has negotiated to take several of his trusted lieutenants with him, including his Reds first team coach Mauricio Pellegrino, fitness coach Paco de Miguel and keeper coach Xavi Valero.
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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 08:03:34 AM
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/3005694/Dalglish-Let-me-boss-Liverpool.html (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/3005694/Dalglish-Let-me-boss-Liverpool.html)
Dalglish: Let me boss Liverpool

KENNY DALGLISH has dramatically thrown his hat into the ring to be Liverpool's next manager.

The Kop legend was initially thought to be playing a key role in finding Rafa Benitez's successor after the Spaniard left last week.

But in reality, Dalglish was never part of the process with managing director Christian Purslow the only man earmarked to search for a boss.

Sources close to King Kenny, who managed the club between 1985 and 1991, have confirmed he would jump at the chance of taking the reins again.

And now Purslow is poised to hand the Scot, whose last job in England was with Newcastle 12 years ago, the task of restoring the Reds to their former glories.

Dalglish, 59, returned to Anfield as the club's Academy Ambassador last July and would bring in Ian Rush, another Kop idol, with him should he get the job.

Turning to Dalglish also saves any compensation claim, such as the £2.5million it would need to grab Roy Hodgson from Fulham.

Benitez will be confirmed as Inter Milan's new boss today and is expected to take most of his Liverpool backroom staff with him.


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Post by: The Equalizer on June 09, 2010, 08:26:34 AM
An interesting bit about Dempsey saying that Hodgson should go if offered the job. The particular bit that interested me was this:

Dempsey said, according to Sky Sports News.

So, did Dempsey actually say it, or did Sky Sports News only suggest that Dempsey said it?
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Post by: White Noise on June 09, 2010, 09:20:32 AM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jun/09/liverpool-kenny-dalglish-rafael-benitez

Kenny Dalglish throws hat into ring in surprise bid to manage Liverpool


• Scot believes he can convince Gerrard and Torres to stay

• Benítez finalises £4m-a-year deal with Internazionale

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Andy Hunter The Guardian, Wednesday 9 June 2010


Kenny Dalglish could be set to make a surprise return, 19 years after quitting as Liverpool manager. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
 
Kenny Dalglish has told Liverpool he is prepared to make a sensational return as manager as the previous incumbent, Rafael Benítez, agreed to become the new coach of Internazionale last night.

Dalglish, who quit the Anfield job in 1991, is currently charged with identifying the club's next manager alongside the managing director, Christian Purslow. The Liverpool legend, however, is willing to enter his own name into that process and believes he can revive the club's fortunes on a limited budget and, crucially, convince Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres not to leave this summer.

Dalglish, 59, has admitted that he regrets quitting as Liverpool manager 19 years ago, when the stresses of dealing with the Hillsborough disaster took their toll, and claimed he would have been ready to return after a brief sabbatical.

The Scot's desire for the position may present a problem for Purslow and the Anfield board, who are looking at replacing Benítez with a manager currently in the game. Roy Hodgson emerged as the favourite in the aftermath of the Spaniard's exit last week, although no official approach has been made to Fulham. Any appointment of Dalglish, who has not managed since his acrimonious departure from Celtic in 2000, would appease many Liverpool supporters at a turbulent time. With the club lacking the resources to entice many leading names this summer, he could also offer the emotive pull to convince Gerrard to resist overtures from Real Madrid.

Dalglish first became Liverpool manager in the days after the Heysel disaster in 1985, when he took over from Joe Fagan. The Scot, who had signed from Celtic as a player for £440,000 in 1977 and won seven league titles, three European Cups and five domestic trophies at Anfield, secured the Double in his first season in charge and during his six-year spell won two more titles and the FA Cup in 1989, following the Hillsborough disaster. He returned to the game with Blackburn in late 1991 and took them from the second tier to become Premier League champions in 1995 and also had a short period at Newcastle, steering them to a second-place finish and the 1998 FA Cup final.

While Liverpool ponder this development, the man they parted company with "by mutual consent" last week has completed a dramatic change in fortunes and agreed to coach the European champions. Benítez's unveiling at Internazionale is now a formality, according to the president Massimo Moratti, after he accepted a three-year contract worth in the region of €5m (£4.1m) per season. "We have agreed the final details, which were not important things," Moratti said in a statement on the Inter website last night. "All that is needed now is a counter-signature. Tomorrow we will tell you when he will be presented."

Benítez has been on holiday in Sardinia while his Anfield departure was negotiated and soon began talks over his move to San Siro, where he will replace José Mourinho. He is due to sign this week and after hiring Liverpool's first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino, goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero and fitness coach Paco de Miguel, may also tender a bid for the disillusioned midfielder Javier Mascherano.
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Post by: White Noise on June 09, 2010, 09:48:16 AM
Clint: No man gets left behind

By MARK IRWIN

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CLINT DEMPSEY has revealed the USA have been getting their inspiration from the helicopter pilot behind the film Black Hawk Down.

US Army commander Dan Jollotta has been drafted in by coach Bob Bradley to fire up the squad with tales of his daring rescue mission in war-torn Somalia 11 years ago.

Now the American players are adopting the Delta Force catchphrase 'no man gets left behind' as they look to chop England down to size on Saturday.

Fulham midfielder Dempsey, 27, said: "We have had one of the pilots from Black Hawk Down come in to speak to us about working together as a team and it's been really cool.

"We've watched some documentaries and listened to all his stories about how the Special Operations regiment went into Mogadishu when one of our Black Hawk helicopters went down.

"He brought into reality his experiences of coming together for one team goal, when you have to put your egos and all thoughts of personal glory to one side.

"He's stressed how it is all about the team. To do the best you need everyone on the same page.

"You can't think non-stop about the World Cup because it would just stress us all out. But this is a lesson we will all take into this World Cup."

Jollotta, who won the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star Medal for leading that famous mission, has not been the only motivational speaker addressing the US players this week.

Bill Russell, the ex-Boston Celtics star and most successful player in basketball history, has also visited the squad's HQ on the outskirts of Pretoria ahead of Saturday's Group C opener.

But Dempsey is not just relying on all-American heroes to show him how to upset the odds against England in Rustenburg.

He is also looking a little closer to home and the lessons he has learned from Fulham boss Roy Hodgson during his three years at Craven Cottage.

Dempsey added: "Like Fulham, the US are used to being the underdogs when it comes to soccer - and that's how we like it because it means we stick to what we're good at.

"No one ever thought that Fulham could get to the final of the Europa League.

"And no one thought that we could inflict Manchester United's heaviest defeat of the season. But we did.

"It doesn't matter what anyone outside of the group thinks, only how the people within it feel.

"If you have belief, then it's contagious. You can't live life in fear.

"You have to go out and take advantage of the opportunities you get to do something special.

"The guys in the US squad have that winning mentality and now we have to show that against England and our other group games.

"Fulham beat Man United by staying compact defensively, with two solid banks of four and choosing the right moments to get forward.

"The USA play in a similar style and we'll look to do the same thing against England.

"I see a lot of similarities between Fulham and the US teams. We both like to play 4-4-2, our outside midfield players tuck in rather than being wingers.

"And we work very hard at keeping our shape. We try to frustrate our opponents and whether it's Fulham or the US we have players who are confident and believe they can win every game.

"Every time you play a top team and get a result, you take positives from it whether it be United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spain or England.

"Beating Spain in the Confederations Cup last year was the complete game for us in the sense that we took our chances and made life difficult for them.

"We did the same thing in the first half of the final against Brazil but just couldn't hold on to the lead.

"We've shown a few times that when we're on top of a game then we're tough to beat. But we know we're going to have to bring our A-game to get out of this group."
 
Dempsey has been preparing for Saturday's game by playing chess.

Other members of the squad visited a nearby game reserve and learned how to handle lions.

And Texas-born Dempsey is confident his team-mates will know how to deal with England's Three Lions - and has already identified a possible weakness in Fabio Capello's side.

He said: "Glen Johnson is a very effective player but when he gets forward I will have a chance to hit England on the counter and give them something to worry about.

"Both England's full-backs like to get forward and that will leave holes in the pocket for us to exploit.

"It's a risk involved which could make England vulnerable.

"England have good players in every position. They play for the best clubs in the world, reach Champions League finals and win many trophies.

"That means they are under pressure to go far at this tournament. And there will be no excuses if they don't do well."



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Post by: White Noise on June 09, 2010, 09:50:03 AM
http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/everton-fc/everton-fc-news/2010/06/09/everton-fc-manager-david-moyes-rejects-the-chance-to-sign-philippe-senderos-joins-fulham-92534-26616226/

Everton FC manager David Moyes rejects the chance to sign Philippe Senderos joins Fulham


Jun 9 2010 by Ian Doyle, Liverpool Daily Post


DAVID MOYES has declined the opportunity to sign Philippe Senderos after the defender joined Fulham yesterday.

Senderos arrived at Everton in January with the club taking over the remaining six months of his contract from Arsenal.

The Switzerland international was keen to win a permanent move to Goodison but a combination of injury problems and the return to fitness of Phil Jagielka meant he was restricted to just three appearances.

And that was not enough to convince Moyes, the Everton manager opting not to pursue a free transfer for the player who will now move to Fulham after the World Cup.

Moyes, however, is still eager to bolster his resources having already signed Jermaine Beckford from Leeds United.
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Post by: White Noise on June 09, 2010, 09:54:47 AM
http://www.kickoff.com/news/15958/eagles-move-etuhu-to-tears.php

Eagles move Etuhu to tears

Posted: 2010-06-08 21:47

Midfielder Dickson Etuhu was moved to tears on Tuesday when the whole squad surprised him with a birthday cake and football card signed by all of the squad, including officials and even the Nigerian Sports Minister. 

Luckily for the Fulham star, he escaped a more diabolic surprise, as earlier plans to dunk him in the pool were shelved due to a charity visit the team had to perform later in the afternoon to a children's home.

However, he was forced to make a speech in Pidgin English, a task which he found slightly more difficult than charging down intimidating opponents in the centre of midfield.

But he passed the test, barely, with one short statement "I wan thank all of una for this brithday cake."

Not exactly flowing pidgin, but it did the business, and as it was his birthday, the lads let it slide.


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Post by: White Noise on June 09, 2010, 09:56:45 AM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jun/08/world-cup-2010-clint-dempsey-usa-england

World Cup 2010: USA ready to cast off underdog tag, says Clint Dempsey

• 'We are used to being the underdog and it suits us'

• 'No one thought we'd get to final of Confederations Cup'

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Owen Gibson in Johannesburg guardian.co.uk,

Wednesday 9 June 2010 00.05 BST


Clint Dempsey said USA play in a similar style to Fulham and would try and do the same thing against England. Illustration: Stewart Kendall/Sportsphoto
 
England's first World Cup opponents will take inspiration from Fulham's unexpected European run and a US military hero when they line up on Saturday, according to Clint Dempsey.

The Fulham forward said a series of motivational talks, including one from a US helicopter pilot later immortalised in the film Black Hawk Down, and the example of his own club's domestic success last season would act as driving forces for a relaxed but focused USA team.

Claiming they would not specifically target Wayne Rooney's temperament in the wake of his outburst at the referee during a warm-up match, Dempsey then drew a series of parallels between his club side and his national one.

"Fulham beat Manchester United by staying compact defensively, with two solid banks of four and choosing our moments to get forward," he said, referring to their 3-0 victory over Rooney's club side. "The USA play in a similar style to Fulham and we'll try and do the same thing."

Although expectations have been raised among the USA fans by last year's run to the final of the Confederations Cup, Dempsey said the team would revel in their underdog status against England.

"We're used to being the underdog and it suits us, because we just stick to what we're good at. We're very strong defensively, like Fulham, and try to pick our moments when we go forward," he said.

It is also clear the USA will target England's attacking full-backs as potential weak spots, especially on the right.

"Glen Johnson is a good player, effective going forward, but when he gets forward we have a chance to hit them on the counter and give them something to worry about," Dempsey said. "There will be holes in that pocket he leaves open, so we have to make sure people are aware of that. Both their full-backs like to get forward and will leave holes."

Dempsey, who provided perhaps the most memorable highlight of Fulham's unlikely run to the Europa League final with his goal against Juventus, said there were other similarities beyond the mentality of the two sides. While Rooney would not receive special personal attention, it is the avowed aim of England's first opponents to frustrate them.

"We both play 4-4-2, our outside midfield players tuck in rather than being wingers, and we keep two solid banks of four. We try to frustrate our opponents and make life difficult for them."

The US are preparing at a remote farm an hour from Johannesburg and will move up to a base nearer Rustenburg later this week.

Dempsey, one of six players with more than 60 caps in a squad that blends youth and experience, said no one should mistake the relaxed demeanour of the squad for lack of focus or ambition.

"No one thought we'd get to the final of the Confederations Cup, but we did that. No one thought Fulham would get to the final of the Europa League, but we did that. It doesn't matter what anybody thinks of us, it only matters what people inside the group think of themselves. If you have belief, then it's contagious. You can't live life in fear."

That message had been rammed home by a series of motivational speakers before the squad left the US, he said, including a talk from the US Army helicopter pilot Dan Jollota. The pilot was one of the inspirations for Black Hawk Down, which was turned into a movie by Ridley Scott and told the story of a dangerous search and rescue mission in war torn Mogadishu.

The squad also heard from Bill Russell, the former Boston Celtics player who won the NBA's most valuable player award five times.

"The speakers helped us with team bonding. They brought into reality from their experiences about coming together for one team's goal and putting personal glory aside. It is about the team. To do the best that is what you need – everyone on the same page."
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Post by: White Noise on June 09, 2010, 09:58:06 AM
http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/World-Cup-England-players-want-David-James-to-be-number-one-ahead-of-Robert-Green-and-Joe-Hart-article453189.html

England players want David James to be World Cup number one


Published 23:00 08/06/10


By John Cross

 
David James is the players' choice to be England's World Cup number one.

Veteran James, 39, is sweating on his place to start against the USA on Saturday even though he has been given the number one shirt.

West Ham keeper Rob Green and England rookie Joe Hart appear to have jumped ahead in Fabio Capello's plans.

But the players want James because he is more vocal and has experience. It is believed one player has even told Capello the players want James.

James has been battling with injury this season and missed training one day last week after Capello claimed he had a slight knee injury.

But James insists he is fit and ready to play and clearly has the backing of his England team mates with Capello still refusing to commit himself on who will be number one.

Green finished England's pre-World Cup training programme in goal for the second half in Monday's final friendly with Platinum Stars.

Manchester City keeper Hart started the game but it is believed Capello was not impressed with his distribution.

James has made one start in the last 14 months but his extra presence and experience is the reason why the England players would prefer him.

Ex-Liverpool keeper James - who is a target for Fulham and West Ham following Portsmouth's relegation - is struggling to convince the England medical team that he is 100 per cent fit.

But James himself insists that he is fully fit and is desperate to play and be number one having been in two previous squads in 2002 and 2006 but has never kicked a ball in a World Cup.
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Post by: White Noise on June 09, 2010, 10:01:07 AM
http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/World-Cup-USA-draft-in-Top-Gun-hero-and-Blackhawk-Down-inspiration-Dan-Jollota-to-give-pre-England-game-pep-talk-article453087.html

USA draft in Top Gun hero to give pre-England game pep talk


Published 23:00 08/06/10


By Simon Bird

The USA have drafted in the hero helicopter pilot who inspired the film Blackhawk Down to inspire a victory over England.

Coach Bob Bradley called up legendary military man Commander Dan Jollota, and the veteran Top Gun gave the footballers a lecture in bravery and team work, passing on the US soldier's motto of "no man gets left behind."

USA can emulate Fulham success at World Cup, says Clint Dempsey   

Jollota could be the USA's secret weapon with players, including Fulham's Clint Dempsey, yesterday admitting it has given the squad a special edge in the build up to the clash with Fabio Capello's men in Rustenburg on Saturday.

Recalling lessons from of one of the US's biggest battles since the Vietnam War back in 1993, Jollota has helped mould Bradley's men into a unit who look after each other on the sporting field of battle.

The Blackhawk Down mission saw US and UN forces attempt to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid in Mogadishu, Somalia. In the intense battle with local militia a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was downed and the subsequent rescue of its crew inspired the film.

The veteran has 33 years service, winning the Bronze Star Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross and Fulham star Dempsey says his contribution has been invaluable.

Eleven times NBA champion coach Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics has also spoken to the USA team.

Dempsey said: "We have had the opportunity to have some speakers come in and it has been cool. Like we had one of the pilots from Blackhawk Down come in to speak. And we had Bill Russell come in to talk to us.

"We've got to see some documentaries and things that bring the team together. It is good to do things like that.

"The speakers helped us with team bonding. They brought into reality from their experiences about coming together for one team goal. That you have to put egos aside and putting personal glory aside. It is about the team. To do the best that is what you need. Everyone on the same page."

The images of war were in contract to the idyllic scene at the US training base yesterday at Irene Farm - complete with free range chickens and dairy cows.

Dempsey also admitted some squad members visited a Lion Sanctuary this week and handled cubs - hopefully the only time they'll be taming Three Lions this week.

He said: "Some people went lion handling on the day off. I had already done that. This time I played golf and did some fishing too. We have been playing ping pong. You can play chess and plenty to keep us busy. I have played chess to show my team mates how it is done. Most guys are playing FIFA Xbox 360 against each other. I don't play it much. I like storyline games or action games.

"You can't think about being at the World Cup none stop or it would stress you out. I am someone who doesn't like to think about it all too much."
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Post by: White Noise on June 09, 2010, 10:02:45 AM
I skipped school to see USA 94


By GEOFF SWEET

Published: Today
 
JOHN PANTSIL'S World Cup dream began by bunking off school.

The Fulham full-back starred for Ghana at Germany 2006 and should pick up his 56th cap against Serbia on Sunday.

But back in 1994, in Pantsil's home town of Berekum, it was a very different story for a little boy who ought to have been sitting at his desk.

Pantsil, who will be 29 on Tuesday, explained: "I was at school and used to run away to go and watch the World Cup.

"I wasn't allowed but I was in love with football. I wanted to play football in the future, so yeah - that's it.

"I don't remember the exact game that I first watched, but it was in the USA and I saw the big crowds, the big stadiums and the good pitches, and I heard about good players and the good goalkeepers.

"My dream was to come up and become like one of them and to play on the big stage for people to see me. So dreams do come true."

Germany, Serbia and Australia await a Ghana team far better prepared for the big stage this time than they were at Germany 2006.

Then they made it through to the last 16 only to draw Brazil and lose 3-0.

What went wrong? Pantsil said: "Inexperience killed the team. Brazil were a world-class team, they've won the World Cup for so many years and it was our first experience of playing in the World Cup.

"They were relaxed and kept the ball, and one pass beat all our defenders. They got an early goal, then a second...

"But it did mean we gained experience and we know what we're going to do this time.

"We're happy with the performance we put up in the African Nations Cup earlier this year when we reached the final.

"That will lead us to the World Cup in good stead."

Pantsil is also delighted to be playing in Africa.

He is convinced this will help Ghana and is also sure an African team can actually lift the World Cup for the first time.

He said: "Yes, it will help us but still there will be more pressure because we are hosting and Africans are expecting more from us.

"But we are determined to do that and do well - not only Ghana but all the African countries who have qualified.

"In the World Cup anything can happen. But we are hosting it in Africa so I am expecting an African nation to win the cup.

"I don't think any Europeans, or Brazil or Spain have a chance to win. We, the Africans want to win the cup."

That confidence is strengthened by the partisan support for hosts South Africa, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Algeria.

Pantsil said: "The crowds are amazing. When you start playing and the horns start you know what you have to do.

"The noise makes me play better and puts me on my toes. I don't lose concentration, it's like my confidence will boost up.

"It's a big achievement for the African continent and the World Cup is going to bring all the Africans together to support each other.

"It doesn't matter if your country is not going to play - it's in Africa, hosting the World Cup for the first time.

"All African countries are waiting for the D-Day to come up because it's going to bring us together. The unity will bring joy to all Africans."



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Post by: White Noise on June 09, 2010, 10:05:18 AM
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/dempsey-warns-capello-not-to-underestimate-us-underdogs-attacking-bite-1994821.html

Dempsey warns Capello not to underestimate US underdogs' attacking bite


Motivational talk from 'Black Hawk Down' pilot has England's opponents fired up for Saturday

By Steve Tongue in Johannesburg


Wednesday, 9 June 2010


As reward and recognition for a fine season's work, Fulham will be represented at the World Cup in five different squads – three of the African sides plus Mark Schwarzer's Australia and the United States – but their midfielder Clint Dempsey is claiming supporters' loyalties on the basis that his national team are the Cottagers in stars and stripes.

The small problem for patriots on the Hammersmith End, of course, is that the States' first opposition in Group C are none other than England, but after that they should be able to enjoy the similarities with the football they are used to. As Dempsey, who is likely to be in a familiar berth on the flank puts it: "We both play 4-4-2, our outside midfield players tuck in rather than being wingers and we keep two solid banks of four. We're very strong defensively, like Fulham. We try to frustrate our opponents and make life difficult for them. Whether it's Fulham or the US, we have players who are confident and believe they can win every game they play in. You want guys who believe that."

Giving away more than may be advisable, he even spells out how the US will be attempting to emulate the way Roy Hodgson's side overcame teams like Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus last season: "We beat Man United by staying compact defensively, with those two banks of four, choosing our moments to get forward. The US play in a similar style to Fulham and we'll try and do the same thing. Every time you play a top team and get a result you take positives from it, whether it be United, Liverpool or Chelsea."

At international level, make that Spain, the European champions they defeated at the Confederations Cup in South Africa last summer, before leading Brazil 2-0 at half-time in the final, only to lose 3-2. "Beating Spain last summer was a complete game for us, in the sense that we took our chances and made life difficult for them. In the first half against Brazil we did the same thing, but couldn't hold on to it. We've shown a few times that when we're on top of game we're tough to beat, but we're going to have to bring our A-game to get out of the group.

"I'm used to being the underdog whether with Fulham or the US, and it suits us, because we just stick to what we're good at. That's the way it'll be until we change people's perceptions. The most important thing is having players who believe they can win any game they play in."

Dempsey, a Texan, was speaking yesterday at the quaint rural training headquarters of the US squad, all farm smells and clucking hens. It is as far removed as imaginable from the bustle of their Hamburg base at the 2006 World Cup, where defeats by the Czech Republic and Ghana meant an early flight home and unemployment for the coach Bruce Arena. His successor Bob Bradley has brought in a number of younger players, including his son Michael, who should be alongside Dempsey in midfield on Saturday, as well as building up an all-for-one attitude. There have been motivational talks by a number of figures including Dan Jolotta, who won the Distinguished Flying Cross after leading rescue missions into Mogadishu, Somalia, which became the subject of the book and film Black Hawk Down.

"The speakers helped us with team bonding," Dempsey said. "They brought us their experiences about coming together for one team goal, putting egos aside and putting personal glory aside. It is about the team. Everyone on the same page." The page that lists Saturday's squad will naturally have 11 names more prominent than others. Dempsey will expect to be one of those wide players tucking inside, with DaMarcus Beasley, who was briefly at Manchester City and has just left Rangers, on the other side. Unless there is a clever bluff going on, it sounds as if that pair will sit tight, wait for Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole to go forward and then exploit the spaces left: "Glen Johnson is a good player, effective going forward, but when he gets forward we have a chance to hit them on the counter and give them something to worry about. Both their full-backs like to get forward and will leave holes."

Lessons learnt there from the Premier League. So back to Fulham again: "No one thought Fulham would get to the final of the Europa League, but we did that. No one thought we'd get to the final of the Confederations Cup, but we did that. It doesn't matter what anybody thinks of us, it only matters what people inside the group think of themselves. If you have belief then it's contagious. You can't live life in fear. You've got to go out and take advantage of the opportunities you get to do something special. The guys here have that mentality and we have to show that in these games."

Five Americans who can hurt England

Landon Donovan

Americans love their stats and the LA Galaxy forward has given them plenty to tot up from his 10 years and 123 appearances with the national team: 42 goals and 45 assists are both national records. After his spell at Goodison, Everton fans will testify he can be a threat.

Oguchi Onyewu

"Gooch", the big central defender, may hurt England's strikers in a literal sense, which will test Wayne Rooney's powers of self-control. Strong in the air, he has Champions League experience with Milan but was unimpressive during a loan move to Newcastle in 2007.

Carlos Bocanegra

Experienced captain used to European football after four seasons at Fulham – where he was also used at centre-back – and two with Rennes. Will hope to test Aaron Lennon and Glen Johnson with threatening runs and crosses from his left-back position.

Clint Dempsey

Has become a cult figure at Fulham after being signed from New England Patriots by Chris Coleman in 2007. Has flourished under Roy Hodgson and has the happy knack of weighing in with crucial goals – witness his stunning winner against Juventus in the Europa League.

Edson Buddle

The athletic striker, who plays for LA Galaxy, has suddenly emerged as a serious contender to start on Saturday after seven years of being ignored since his first cap. England's spies were impressed as he bagged two fine goals against Australia last weekend.
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Post by: White Noise on June 09, 2010, 10:24:03 AM
http://www.oleole.com/blogs/arseblog/posts/the-official-arsenal-centre-half-exodus-2010-begins-in-earnest


The Official Arsenal Centre-Half Exodus 2010® begins in earnest


Wednesday, 09 June 10, 08:26 AM

What a refreshing change to be able to bring you some actual transfer news this morning. Not gossip, tittle-tattle or tabloid scuttlebutt. A nailed on signing.

Sadly enough it's Fulham who are making the signing, not us, and the Official Arsenal Centre-Half Exodus 2010 has begun as Philippe Senderos yesterday became a cottager. He signed a three year deal with Fulham who have snapped him up on a free transfer.

Regular readers will know I've long had a soft spot for Senderos and I do feel we could have handled his situation a lot better. He was a bit error prone, as young centre-halves often are, and people always talk about how he wasn't able to cope with Drogba. I think it would be fair to say that when you look at the amount of goals Drogba has scored in the last few years, and against whom he has scored them, Senderos was hardly alone there.

His Arsenal career effectively ended after the Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool and the manager's confidence in him seemed to wane dramatically. He spent a season on loan at AC Milan and came back to us when Vermaelen and Gallas were beginning their goalscoring partnership. He went to Everton on loan in January but played little due to injury. A fresh start was required and that's what he's got - I hope he does well there.

At the same time though I just wonder if we might have handled things a bit better. I remember his Champions League debut against Bayern Munich. Watching in a bar in Barcelona he was thunderously awesome that night and I felt we'd found a real player. I think it was Tony Adams who revealed that Arsene was considering making him captain when Vieira left and in the summer of 2006 he was handed the number 6 shirt. That's how highly he was rated. I'm sure the plan was for himself and Kolo Toure to become the first choice centre-halves.

The arrival of William Gallas put paid to that though and I think that was a big factor in subsequent events. Maybe he did find the pressure a bit difficult to cope with but remember he was a big part of the defence which got us to the CL final, there's plenty of pressure involved there. I might be a bit biased but my overall feeling is that Arsene could have dealt with things more adeptly. And when the manager goes out and signs a player like Silvestre, who at no stage in his Arsenal career ever did anything to suggest he was a better player than Senderos, you do have to wonder what he was thinking. When you see some players defended to the hilt for their calamitous mistakes it raises more questions. Why was Wenger so harsh with Senderos and Lehmann, for example, and so soft on Fabianski and Almunia? Why would he think a Man United cast-off was ever good enough for us? It's weird, really.

Anyway, it's all water under the bridge now, good luck to Big Phil and I hope his career gets back on track. And the Official Arsenal Centre-Half Exodus 2010® continues apace as Phil's great nemesis, William Gallas, looks set to move abroad for a bit of Greek. I saw this first on Arsenal-Analysis and according to radio reports in France he's set to move to Panathinaikos on a 3 year deal. Yesterday it was announced that he has refused to talk to the press for the duration of the World Cup.

Apparently this is a protest at Domenech or a protest at the French press or so as not to muddy the waters regarding his own future. Or something. It might even be something else and I'm sure if it is it's just as tedious as the others. Leaving aside the way he single-handedly ruined My Philippe's Arsenal career he's stained the legacy of a couple of real Arsenal legends. He and Kolo famously fell out and I think the biggest mistake of Arsene Wenger's time at Arsenal was making Gallas captain and the way he did it. Gilberto Silva found out via the press that Gallas had been given the armband and it turned out to be a most uninspired choice.

When things were good he coasted along in the role quite well. When we needed our captain to stand up and be strong he threw a tantrum at St Andrew's and sat down on the pitch crying. We know from various things that have been said that he's not exactly the most popular man in the dressing room either. He made comments which were too caustic and far too public. With hindsight you can see that what he said probably had some merit but he went about it like a madman trying to remove a splinter with a blunderbuss.

He was a good player on his day but he's not going to go down in the annals as a great Arsenal defender, not the way we've defended during his time here. And aside from all that we do love to talk about van Persie and Eduardo and all our other injury prone players, but in every season since he joined Gallas has spent a significant period on the sidelines. I never liked him when he was at Chelsea, I never really warmed to the bloke at all when he wore red and white, and while I'm not going to throw a party at his departure I won't be shedding any tears either. Enjoy the feta and the ouzo, William.

So, assuming that Gallas story is on the money (and even if it's not he's definitely going somewhere), that's two down. Sylvester is, I hope, on the verge of signing for Doncaster or someone like that, leaving Sol Campbell as the other potential departure. As I said before what the manager wants from Sol and what Sol wants from Arsenal might well be different things. At this stage of his career he's looking for a decent amount of football. However, at this stage of his career he really shouldn't be anything other than 4th choice at Arsenal next season. Arsene might want him to stay but he might well choose to go somewhere he can play more than he would with us.

That would mean our centre-half choices are Vermaelen and Djourou. No wonder the manager says on the end of season review DVD:

The basic improvements that have to be made is defensive and with spending the right money. The right money is not necessarily quantity because you never know how much people want for the players you want.

But what I mean by the right money is that we will not be scared to spend if needed.

At this point it's not about being scared. I'd be running around like a drunk dad on Christmas Eve lashing loads of centre-halves into a basket and hoping a couple of them turn out to be ok. To be fair he's got time enough but you would have to hope that our targets are already identified and work on bringing them in has already begun. You don't need me to repeat the names we've been linked with over the last few weeks. We'll probably sign none of them anyway, but it's vital we get ourselves sorted out in this area sooner rather than later.

And we've also signed a goalkeeper. Shame he's a 17 year old Argentine.

You'll notice I've managed to get through this whole blog without mentioning **** ******** and that's the way it's going to stay. Mostly because there's nothing left to talk about this morning.

Only two days till the World Cup though, that should help to pass some time. Till tomorrow, folks.
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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 10:59:18 AM
http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/media-watch/reds-to-make-formal-approach-for-roy (http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/media-watch/reds-to-make-formal-approach-for-roy)
Reds to make formal approach for Roy

The following story has been reproduced from today's media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club:

Liverpool will make a formal approach for Roy Hodgson to become their new manager within the next 48 hours.

The Fulham boss is the clear front-runner from a short list drawn up by Kop legend Kenny Dalglish and MD Christian Purslow, to be presented to the Anfield board this week.

The club's directors are certain to give the green light to make Hodgson their official target within the next two days, and approach his London club with an offer of compensation to make him the next Liverpool manager.

Former Inter Milan boss Hodgson has a one-year rolling contract with the Craven Cottage outfit, negotiated at the start of the just completed season. Crucially, it contains a clause which allows him to leave to join a top club for a compensation figure of around £2.5million.

The experienced coach has maintained a diplomatic silence over Liverpool interest in recent days, but he has made clear his desire to have one last opportunity with one of the Premier League's leading clubs.

Dalglish and Purslow have pinpointed six key qualities they require in their choice to succeed Rafa Benitez, and Hodgson is the candidate who ticks all the boxes.

His massive experience in Europe and extensive contacts within UEFA aligned to his winning record and diplomatic skills make him an attractive choice in a time of deep uncertainty at Anfield, as the club's American owners insufferably draw out the plan to sell their holding.

The other leading candidate on the short-list is Bayern Munich's Louis Van Gaal, but both Dalglish and Purslow recognise the difficulty in prising him away from the German champions, and Hodgson will be their first port of call.

No timescale has been set on the process of replacing Benitez, but sources within the club suggest that an appointment is imminent with the new man destined to be in place before the end of the month.

Hodgson has a contract to work for the BBC as pundit during the World Cup in South Africa, but he will be happy to break off from commentating to conclude any negotiations with the Anfield board, and will be in position to identify potential transfer targets.

Fulham want to keep their manager after he steered them to the UEFA Cup final in May, but Liverpool will not try to haggle and will meet the compensation figure in Hodgson's contract, meaning the London club will have no option but to allow him to leave.

The payment to Fulham will not prove too much of a barrier for Liverpool, not least because they are about to receive a similar level of compensation from Inter Milan for the Anfield backroom staff who are set to join Benitez in Italy.

He has negotiated to take several of his trusted lieutenants with him, including his Reds first team coach Mauricio Pellegrino, fitness coach Paco de Miguel and keeper coach Xavi Valero.

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Author: Daily Mirror

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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 11:01:10 AM
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More on Hodgson
by LYDIA on JUNE 9, 2010

There only seems to be 2 different people regarding the Liverpool job; Dalglish and Hodgson. A read this morning a newspaper that Roy will be approached on the next 48hours while the majority of sources think that Dalglish is ready to take over. Apparently he has stepped off the panel to choose a manager after putting his own name forward. Most Liverpool fans seem happy as well and, as it says in a comment below, the last time they won the league was with him in charge.
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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 11:02:27 AM
http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2010/06/09/1966280/fulham-on-the-verge-of-signing-standard-liege-striker? (http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2010/06/09/1966280/fulham-on-the-verge-of-signing-standard-liege-striker?)
Fulham on the verge of signing Standard Liege striker Dieumerci Mbokani for £8m - report

Fulham are believed to be close to an £8 million swoop for Standard Liege forward Dieumerci Mbokani.

The Cottagers held talks with the Belgian club in London over the possibility of signing the Congolese hitman, according to The Daily Mail.

The former Anderlecht player has in the past made it clear that if he were to make a move away from the Belgian heavyweights, it would be to a club in the Premier League or the Bundesliga.

Mbokani has also been linked with moves to West Ham United and Everton in the past, but it is now believed that he is Craven Cottage-bound.
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Post by: White Noise on June 09, 2010, 11:57:45 AM
Great Expectations
 
Wednesday 9th June 2010


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With eight African Nations Cup final appearances and an impressive record on the youth international stage, many believe now is the time for Ghana to deliver – and on the greatest stage of all.

For, alongside Egypt (who lost a passionate World Cup play-off with Algeria), the country from the West is considered the main footballing force of the continent.

“We are one of Africa’s most successful countries so, naturally, there will be a lot of eyes on us,” believes Fulham favourite John Pantsil. “Ghana reached the final of the African Nations Cup in January, so hopefully that form and desire can drive us through in the World Cup too.”

Ghana were the first African country to qualify for South Africa 2010 and the only one to progress beyond the group stage of the 2006 World Cup, emerging from the so called ‘group of death’, finishing a point behind eventual champions Italy and ahead of the US and the Czech Republic in Group E.

A place in the last 16 then pitted them against five-time champions Brazil, a game in which Ronaldo scored a record 15th World Cup goal in a 3-0 triumph.

“This will be our second [World Cup] finals, which makes it a big moment for us,” he says. “In Germany we did very well, but this time our fans will expect even more, and I would love to give them something to celebrate.

“I think we learned a lot in Germany, which should stand us in good stead this time. We were perhaps a little naïve against the Brazilians, but the squad is four years older now. We’re wiser.

“A lot of the 2006 squad will be involved again, plus some very good young players that have shown a lot of promise. As they say, experience counts for a lot, and we have that now.

“When our strongest 11 takes to the field, for me, we are a match for any team. On our day we can beat the best.”

Having faced Clint Dempsey’s USA four years ago, in South Africa Pantsil will go head-to-head with another familiar face six days after their opening Group D game against Serbia – this time the giant form of Mark Schwarzer, with Ghana drawn in another testing group.

“It’s another difficult draw for us,” admits John. “Looking at what lies ahead, Group D is one of the toughest for sure, with ourselves, Serbia, Australia and one of the favourites, Germany.

“But we have to have courage and take from the fact that we overcame a similar challenge four years ago. We have confidence in our ability and fear no one.

“It will be strange coming up against Mark when Ghana and Australia meet in the second game. I’m used to helping him stop goals, rather than trying to put the ball past him.

“Would I like to score in that game? Of course, because you know you have done something special when you beat Mark Schwarzer – he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”

JP was speaking exclusively to Fultime Magazine. To read the full interview and the rest of a World Cup special featuring Clint Dempsey, Mark Schwarzer, Dickson Etuhu, Kagisho Dikgacoi, George Cohen, Paul Parker and Ray Houghton, plus reflection on an unforgettable season at Fulham, see this summer’s publication, delivered to Season Ticket Holders and Members this week, or available from Club stores for just £3.50.


Read more: http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2010/June/pantsilWCpreview.aspx#ixzz0qLuGiHZg (http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2010/June/pantsilWCpreview.aspx#ixzz0qLuGiHZg)
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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 12:26:52 PM
http://www.clickliverpool.com/sport/liverpool-fc/129417-kenny-dalglish-wants-to-be-new-liverpool-fc-manager-despite-roy-hodgson-approach.html? (http://www.clickliverpool.com/sport/liverpool-fc/129417-kenny-dalglish-wants-to-be-new-liverpool-fc-manager-despite-roy-hodgson-approach.html?)
Kenny Dalglish wants to be new Liverpool FC manager despite Hodgson approach

Liverpool are planning to approach Fulham's Roy Hodson despite Kenny Dalglish putting himself forward for the vacant manager's role.

The Kop legend has been involved in the selection process alongside managing director Christian Purslow since the departure of Rafael Benitez, who will be installed as Inter Milan's new manager later today, last week but now wants to be in the running for his old job.

Dalglish, 59, quit the Reds' dugout in February 1991 after spending 14 years at Anfield as both player and manager, before guiding Blackburn Rovers to the Premier League title in 1995 and is keen to become Benitez's interim replacement.

Despite the Scot's wishes, Hodgson still remains the firm favourite to be appointed and Liverpool chiefs will approach Fulham in the next 48 hours for permission to speak with the veteran coach.

Should the 62-year-old reject the offer to take the managerial reins Dalglish, Liverpool's youth ambassador, will be offered the role but is privately understood to be largely unimpressed with the candidates and feels that he may be better suited to steadying his crisis-hit former club.
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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 12:44:51 PM
http://www.bettingpress.com/category/Football/Next-Liverpool-FC-manager--Jurgen-Klinsmann-to-be-new-Liverpool-FC-boss-201006090030/ (http://www.bettingpress.com/category/Football/Next-Liverpool-FC-manager--Jurgen-Klinsmann-to-be-new-Liverpool-FC-boss-201006090030/)
Next Liverpool FC manager - Jurgen Klinsmann to be new Liverpool FC boss?

Ex-Spurs striker set to dive into Liverpool FC hotseat?

The main talking point aside from the World Cup is, who will be the next manager of Liverpool FC?

The Anfield club announced last week that Rafael Benitez would be leaving and bookmakers initially made Reds legend Kenny Dalglish as the favourite to take over.

But as the days and hours have passed Fulham manager Roy Hodgson and Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill have now appeared as the bookies favourites, although Dalglish has since moved back into the favourites race.

One dark horse for the position though is former Germany striker and manager Jurgen Klinsmann. The German is 20/1 with Blue Square.

Klinsmann spent the majority of his career infuriating English football fans with his theatrical antics and awesome scoring ability, but when he joined Tottenham Hotspur for a brief spell he was the darling of the Premier League.

Klinsmann was linked with the Liverpool FC position once before when fans and board members were losing patience with Benitez, but that all came to nothing – so will the Reds be tempted to go back and offer him a contract?

Hodgson is the current favourite at 11/10, with O’Neill available at 5/1. King Kenny can be backed at 9/4

Next Liverpool manager odds at Blue Square:

Roy Hodgson – 11/10
Kenny Dalglish – 9/4
Martin O’Neill – 5/1
Sven-Goran Eriksson – 9/1
Mark Hughes – 20/1
Harry Redknapp – 20/1
Jurgen Klinsmann – 20/1
Guus Hiddink – 20/1
Frank Rijkaard – 20/1
Louis Van Gaal – 33/1
Didier Deschamps – 50/1
Others on request.
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World Cup Competition

With the signing of Philippe Senderos, Fulham will be represented at the 2010 World Cup finals by six members of the First Team squad.

The big kick-off is fast approaching and to add to the excitement we are offering you the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive Training Ground experience with our fantastic World Cup competition!

For a chance to watch the First Team put through their paces during pre-season training at Motspur Park, enjoy lunch in the players' restaurant and receive a signed shirt from your favourite Fulham player, simply guess the total number of minutes that Fulham players will play at this summer’s World Cup.

To enter e-mail your guess to worldcup@fulhamfc.com by 3pm on Friday 11th June, including your name and contact number.

The winner will be contacted on Monday 12th July.

Fulham Players in World Cup Action

Mark Schwarzer - Australia
John Pantsil - Ghana
Kagisho Dikgacoi - South Africa
Dickson Etuhu - Nigeria
Clint Dempsey - USA
Philippe Senderos - Switzerland



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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 04:58:08 PM
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End of Season DVD

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2010 was the year that the football world stood back and applauded the quite remarkable achievements of a team from South West London - Fulham Football Club.

It was a campaign that saw Mohamed Al Fayed's Club defeat the powerhouses of European football: FC Basel, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, Wolfsburg and Hamburg as the Whites stormed their way to the UEFA Europa League Final.

Fulham Manager Roy Hodgson, the 2009/10 League Managers Association Manager of the Year, was the mastermind behind a season that shall never be forgotten. Hodgson's Team delivered glorious domestic and European victories at the Cottage that will live long in the memory of the Fulham faithful.

Re-live all the historic wins and memorable goals from the 2009/10 season - it was a campaign like no other and one that shall live in the hearts and minds of Fulham fans forever.



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Post by: whitejc on June 09, 2010, 05:00:15 PM
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Mbokani keen on Fulham move
Standard ace wants Craven Cottage switch

Standard Liege star Dieumerci Mbokani has confirmed his interest in sealing a move to Fulham.

The DR Congo international striker is set to leave the club this summer after three years with Liege, during which time he has scored over 30 goals.

A number of Premier League sides have shown an interest with Birmingham, West Ham and Everton all making contact with Standard.

Roma are also believed to be keen, but a move to England looks to be Mbokani's preference and Fulham are leading the chase.

Standard director Pierre Francois and CEO Luciano D'Onofrio were in London earlier this week, and it is reported in Belgium that they held talks with Fulham.

Mbokani is now keen for the deal to be finalised, which could be worth up to €10million (£8.2million).

Ideal

"I knew that Fulham are interested, I also know that Lucien D'Onorfio promised to help me get a transfer a year ago and he will respect his word," he told HLN.

"I now hope that Standard will find common ground with Fulham, a club I feel is ideal."

Standard have refused to confirm they are in talks, but the player's agent Fabio Baglio admitted Fulham were keen.

"Fulham is not the only club interested in Dieumerci, but I consider Fulham the best option," he said.

"I assume that the management of Stanard and I will have contact once they have reached agreement and then everything will proceed."

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World Cup 2010: Ghana's John Pantsil targets semi-final

Ghana right-back John Pantsil expects no less than a semi-final appearance for his country at the World Cup in South Africa.

The Fulham defender told BBC World Service's Sportsworld: "An African country can lift the cup.

"In Germany in 2006 we reached the last 16 but now, with Africa hosting and a stronger squad I have full confidence of us being in the semi-finals.

"It is a big chance for Africa to achieve," he added.

Ghana will be looking to build on their 2006 World Cup campaign which saw them notch up impressive wins against Czech Republic and the USA, before being knocked out by Brazil in the next round.

"Our group is very tricky but we have to focus on doing better than before," he said.

The Black Stars line up in Group D alongside Germany, Australia and Serbia. Their first game, against Serbia, takes place on 13 June in Pretoria.

After an impressive African Cup of Nations campaign, which saw Ghana lose 1-0 in the final to Egypt, confidence in the camp is high.

Pantsil missed out on the competition because of a ligament injury, but now has his sights firmly set on an outstanding showing in South Africa.

"We are not lacking in any area. We have a good first 11 and a good bench so that will help the team progress to a better level than 2006," he said.

He is also looking forward to having the full support of not only his home country Ghana, but the rest of the continent, too.
"All the African countries will get great support from South Africa. African fans will not support one country but will support Africa," Pantsil said. "In Africa we love football."