Agger- the ball is in Liverpool’s court

Liverpool centre back Daniel Agger has admitted that he has “no idea” whether the club want him to sign a new deal. The Danish defender’s contract expires next summer but the club are yet to tie him down to a long term deal.

Agger has attracted attention from both AC Milan and Real Madrid, but manager Rafa Benitez insists that he has a long term future at Anfield. Agger moved to Liverpool in January 2006 on a four and a half year contract from Brondby for £5.8m. Benitez has also hit out at his bosses for their failure to give Agger a new contract.

Agger has also had limited starts at Anfield since the arrival of Slovakian centre half Martin Skrtel. Benitez has four central defenders to choose from- Agger, Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyypia and Skrtel. Injuries have not helped Agger’s cause either. The Dane also reportedly wants a higher salary than what the Reds are prepared to offer him.

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Football Boots trivia

Some interesting trivia I found on the net today.

We all know who Dimitar Berbatov is. But do you know what fee did CSKA Sofia pay FC Pirin to acquire Berbatov in the late 1990’s?

It was not the £30m that United paid for him. Not even £100K.

Sofia paid the pricely sum of 50 footballs and 20 pairs of boots to Pirin.

India qualified for the 1950 World Cup ( The same one in which Uruguay upset Brazil to take home the trophy), but did not compete in it. But they wanted to play barefoot in the tournament, which was unacceptable to FIFA, and therefore they were not allowed to take part in the tournament. Continue reading “Football Boots trivia”

Bradford City sign Rehman on loan

Bradford City have signed QPR defender Zesh Rehman on loan till the end of the season. The central defender is expected to figure in the starting eleven against Bury tomorrow.

Rehman had recently returned from a loan spell at Blackpool. He did not get too many opportunities to impress at Bloomfield Road.

The Pakistan international captain was the first player of Asian origin to play in the Premiership, when he played for Fulham against Liverpool in April 2004.

Stuart McCall has obviously signed Rehman with a view to tightening his defence, which has been leaking goals left and right this season. Rehman will probably replace Matt Clarke, who has made a number of defensive errors this season.

A.C.Milan interested in Simon Rolfes?

According to reports in the press, Italian giants A.C. Milan are reportedly interested in securing the services of Bayer Leverkusen’s German midfielder Simon Rolfes. The 26 year old defensive midfielder is being targetted as a replacement for the injured Gennaro Gattuso.

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John Collins appointed as Charleroi manager

A year after resigning as Hibernian manager, former Scottish midfielder John Collins has returned to management, but as manager of Belgium club Charleroi. The deal is a short term one, with Collins taking charge of the Zebras till the end of the season along with new assistant manager Tommy Craig. Charleroi are currently eleventh in the Jupiler League.

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Jamie Moreno’s hernia surgery successful

DC United forward Jaime Moreno’s recent surgery on his right abdominal wall on Saturday was successfull, his club announced on their official website ( web.mslnet.com/t103). The surgery was performed by Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck in her Munich clinic in Germany. Dr Muschaweck also operated on Marcelo Gallardo and Gonzalo Peralta earlier this week.

Moreno, the first Bolivian to play in the Premiership, is the MLS’ all time record goal scorer, with over 110 goals to his name. He is also DC United’s captain.

Elano likely to be out of action for a fortnight

Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder Elano is likely to be out of action for up to 2 weeks after injuring his groin in City’s goalless 0-0 draw with Paris St.Germain in the UEFA Cup on Wednesday night.

Elano started against PSG, but lasted only forty nine minutes before limping off and being replaced by Zimbabwean Benjani Mwaruwari. He had a forgettable night, with his passes unable to find their intended recipients.

City play Fulham in the Premiership on Saturday.

FA to investigate Scolari outburst

The Football Association has said that it will look into the comments made by Chelsea’s Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari after the Chelsea- Arsenal game on Sunday. Scolari reportedly said that the referee ” killed ” his team and that games at Stamford Bridge needed referees ” who could referee for both teams, and not just one.”

Chelsea slipped up at home against Arsenal on Sunday, losing 1-2 as Robin Van Persie struck twice in the space of three second half minutes. Van Persie’s first goal was clearly offside, but Dean allowed it to stay, and the decision ended up rattling Chelsea, who conceded another a few minutes later and ended up losing the game.

Scolari also demanded that Dean apologise for making a mistake. Had Chelsea won, it would have effectively ended any chances that the Gunners had of winning the Premiership.

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Sam Williamson joins Wrexham on loan

Manchester City’s 21 year old defender Sam Willamson has joined Blue Square Premiership side Wrexham on loan till January. Williamson joins Cypriot midfielder Angelos Tsiaklis at the Racecourse Ground. Tsiaklis, who also plays for City, joined Dean Saunders’ side in October.

Williamson has made just one appearance for Man City, coming on as a substitute for Richard Dunne against Portsmouth in April 2008.

Williamson celebrated his 21st birthday on October 15.

The Robins are currently eighth in the Blue Square Premier table with thirty points from fourteen games, ten behind leaders Histon.

Torres out for another two weeks with hamstring strain

Just as Liverpool thought that their star striker had recovered from his hamstring injury, new scans have reveaed that Fernando Torres will be out of action for another two to three weeks. Torres strained his right hamstring in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Marseille on Wednesday. He played the full ninety minutes in the game, which Liverpool won thanks to Steven Gerrard’s early headed goal.

Torres will now miss Monday’s game against West Ham, as well as the games against Blackburn, PSV Eindhoven and Hull City. He may return for Liverpool’s big game against Arsenal four days before Christmas.