May 27, 2004 |
Portuguese champion FC Porto defeated AS Monaco, 3-0, in the European Champions League final Wednesday to become only the second team after Liverpool in 1976 and 1977 to win the UEFA Cup and the European Cup in successive seasons. The victory was built on Brazilian flair, Russian resolve and the tactical genius of Portuguese Coach Jose Mourinho, who was in charge of Porto for the final time before a rumored move to Chelsea.
September 12, 2001 |
Moments of silence in honor of victims of terrorist attacks on U.S. targets were observed Tuesday before first-round soccer matches in the European Champions League. In a statement, Gerhard Aigner, chief executive of the Union of European Football Assn., said, "UEFA wishes to express its profound sadness and horror at the tragic and terrible events which have taken place today in the United States.
March 26, 2004 |
Freddy Adu's anticipated debut in Major League Soccer is eight days away, but there's no guarantee that the 14-year-old striker will start for D.C. United against the San Jose Earthquakes. So how many minutes might Adu play? "A lot," first-year Coach Peter Nowak said. Adu, who spoke to reporters on a conference call Thursday, continued to say the right things leading to the nationally televised April 3 game at RFK Stadium. "I'm anxious to get out there and play," the Ghanian-born Adu said.
May 2, 2012 |
Lionel Messi broke the 39-year-old record for goals scored during a European club season with his hat trick during Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Malaga on Wednesday night. Messi's third goal of the night was his 68th of the season, breaking the previous single-season record of 67 set by Bayern Munich's Gerd Muller in 1972-73. After converting penalty kicks in the 35th and 59th minutes, the 24-year-old Messi chipped goalkeeper Carlos Kameni, knocking the ball into an empty net in the 64th minute for his ninth hat trick of the season.
February 13, 2001 |
Before leaving for England on Saturday to talk to at least one Premier League soccer team, free agent Cobi Jones said he preferred not to identify the club in question. "All I'm going to say is that it's a top-10 team," Jones said. "I'd like to leave it to the team to announce something if it wants to." On Monday, it turned out that Jones is negotiating with Ipswich Town, a 123-year-old club that ranks sixth in England's top flight.
May 8, 2004 |
The head of Morocco's bid to play host to the 2010 World Cup slammed a FIFA evaluation in which the North African nation slipped to third place among five contenders, saying Friday that it may have been intended to undermine his country's chances. Saad Kettani said key areas of a technical report released Tuesday by soccer's world governing body were wrongheaded -- at best.
November 29, 2003 |
Since winning election as Real Madrid president in 2000, Florentino Perez has made like New York Yankee boss George Steinbrenner and brought an embarrassment of riches in high-profile players to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Among his acquisitions: David Beckham, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo. His next target, according to Spanish sports dailies AS and Marca: France and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.
May 23, 1990
San Diego State's Brian Grebeck, Jeff Barry and Eric Christopherson were named to the All-Western Athletic Conference baseball team Tuesday. Grebeck, a senior shortstop, led the Aztecs this season with nine home runs and was second with 53 runs-batted in. Barry, a junior outfielder, batted .311 and led the team with 55 RBIs. Christopherson, a junior, was second on the team with at .349. Christopherson is SDSU's catcher but made the All-WAC team as a designated hitter.
April 11, 1989 |
In a surprise move today, top European soccer officials voted unanimously to readmit English clubs into European competitions for the season beginning 1990-91. Speaking after the Union of European Football Assns.' executive committee meeting in Palmela, 25 miles south of Lisbon, UEFA President Jacques Georges said, "Taking into account the great effort taken by English authorities for assuring security in stadiums, UEFA has decided for the reintegration of English clubs into the inter-European competitions from the season 1990-91."
July 3, 2000 |
Three Portuguese players were suspended by UEFA on Sunday and the federation was fined for attacks on game officials during their Euro 2000 semifinal loss to France. Defender Abel Xavier, whose hand ball led to the winning penalty goal in overtime for France, was suspended for nine months of international play. Top scorer Nuno Gomes, who received a red card for protesting the penalty, was banned for eight months, and Paulo Bento, who verbally accosted the officials, was suspended for six months.