October 2, 2006

Today’s News: October 2

Posted in Asian Cup, English Premier League, Euro 2008, J-League at 5:25 pm by deadlymusings

The official bung inquiry announced its preliminary findings which amounted to Lord Stevens saying he needed more time. [Eurosport]

Those androgynous Euro 2008 mascots face a legal challenge to their very existence. [Reuters]

Ivica Osim continues to not call up European-based players to his Japan squad. [Goal.com]

Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer’s preparation for international action includes criticizing former managers and backup keepers. [The Australian]

Italy are now relegated to calling up players from Serie B’s bottom club. [FOXSports.com]

September 19, 2006

How to Get Caught Lying to a Team You Want to Leave

Posted in Eredivisie, J-League at 3:11 pm by deadlymusings

Sota HirayamaThis was in the news item last week, but I felt it was worth further examination.

Japanese striker Sota Hirayama wanted to go back to Japan to play in the J-League. There was just one problem, he was a key striker for Dutch Eredivisie side Heracles Almalo. Not the most attractive place to be playing for sure, but that contract was preventing him from leaving.

So he hatched a plan. He told the club that he wanted to go back to Japan to finish his college work. Heracles eventually relented and Hirayama hopped on a plane back to his homeland.

A few days later, he agreed terms on a contract with J-League side FC Tokyo, but he forgot one thing. Heracles had not yet officially terminated his contract. Eventually, Heracles let him join his new club after agreeing a fee, but this should teach any unhappy player a lesson. Make sure your contact has been terminated before you do something like join another club.

September 13, 2006

Today’s News: September 13

Posted in English Premier League, Eredivisie, J-League, La Liga, Russian Premier League, Scottish Premier League, UEFA Cup at 9:21 pm by deadlymusings

Charlton’s defense just got that much better after it was revealed that Djimi Traore broke his leg against Chelsea. [BBC]

Diego Tristan snubs negative football in England to join Mallorca. [Sky Sports]

Sota Hirayama lies to Heracles officials so he can get a free transfer to FC Tokyo. [Sporting Life]

Hearts puppet Valdas Ivanauskas’ job is clearly on the line against Sparta Prague. [TEAMTalk]

Former Russian international and Champions League winner Dmitry Alenichev has retired from the game. {The Moscow Times]