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Croatian International defender Dario Knezevic has today signed for Juventus officially. The Croatian impressed during the Euro 2008 tournament and the Juve board saw him as a requirement for their next season’s ambitions. Knezevic has had already a taste of Italian football having played for Livorno in the past two seasons.
” I arrived in the best team overall and I must face myself with Champions like Del Piero and Trezegeut. Definitely,each day and each training session will provide me with something new to learn,” were Knezevic first comments when presenting …

After Frank Lampard’s decision to continue his career in Inter, Chelsea was left without their best playmaker. Adequate replacement comes from Barcelona in figure of Deco.

Portuguese midfielder Deco will after four seasons spent at Camp Nou move to Stamford Bridge. Everything is already done, and sign on the contract is expected to be put in next few days.
Josep Guardiola has, right after he was chosen for the coach, announced to the Portuguese that he can start searching for the new club because he won’t be counting on him for next …

Kevin Blackwell’s summer recruitment drive has recieved a boost after it emerged that Lee Martin would welcome a return to Sheffield United.
Manchester United winger Martin, 21, spent a period last season on loan at Bramall Lane which was largely hampered by injury. Despite this, Martin insists that he would welcome a return to Sheffield. “I’m still at (Manchester) United and it’s a matter of going back on the first of July and speaking to the gaffer,” Martin told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Picture perfect: Lee Martin (pic courtesy of Empics limited)
“It’s …

After 44 years of waiting Fernando Torres scored and brought Spaniards on top of Europe. Absolutely deserved! Spaniards were the most effective team of the tournament and they have played a high quality football.
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Germany – Spain 0:1 (0:1)
stadium: Ernst Happel, Vienna
spectators: 51.400
referee: Roberto Rosetti
goalscorer: Torres (33′)
At the start of final duel Germans have set their rhythm, they had more possession of the ball and they lived mostly on Spanish half of the field. Meanwhile, Furia found their game and …

Striker of Arsenal Emmanuel Adebayor announced that there are great chances to continue his career in Barcelona: “When the chance comes up, you must take it.”

“A good financial offer came from Barcelona. Although I still have contract with Arsenal, if my conditions won’t be fulfilled I could leave. Now the leaders of Arsenal are on move.”, said Adebayor for who is also interested Milan.

stadium: Ernst Happel, Vienna
referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
assistant referee: Alessandro Griselli and Paolo Calcagno
fourth official: Peter Frojdfeldt
Germany: 1 Lehmann (gk), 3 Friedrich, 7 Schweinsteiger, 8 Frings, 11 Klose, 13 Ballack (c), 15 Hitzlsperger, 16 Lahm, 17 Mertesacker, 20 Podolski, 21 Metzelder
substitutes:12 Enke (gk), 23 Adler (gk), 2 Jansen, 4 Fritz, 5 Westermann, 6 Rolfes, 9 Gomez, 10 Neuville, 14 Trochowski, 18 Borowski, 19 Odonkor, 22 Kuranyi
coach: Joachim Löw
Spain: 1 Casillas (gk) (c), 4 Marchena, 5 Puyol, 6 Iniesta, 8 Xavi Hernandez, 9 Torres, 10 Fabregas, 11 Capdevila, 15 Sergio Ramos, 19 …

Although controversial manager Raymond Domenech was expected to be sacked or resign after leading his home nation to a disastrous 4th position in Group C of Euro 2008, the French Football Federation has today announced that it will continue to back Domenech for the 2010 World Cup campaign. Jean-Pierre Escalettes, President of the FFF, had already announced his intention to respect the contract of Domenech, which runs until 2010, even before France were eliminated.

After evaluating all possibilities, the FFF seems to have come up with the conclusion that it is …

That Luka Modrić is one of the most talented football players on the world we know for a long time. But after Euro the entire world is aware of him. The confirmation of his talent came from France, from notable L’Equipe which pronounced him the best young football player of Euro.

In their edition French journal L’Equipe has chosen five football players up to 25 years who have signed Euro, and what makes us especially proud is the fact that Luka Modrić has been chosen as the best. except him, on …

UEFA’s spies inserted in the lines of Croatian fans had recorded few individuals among the mass of tens of thousands of people who perked around Austria accenting forbidden symbols of nazi regime. Moral verticals from Nyon took lash in their hands and are aiming to show Croats where they belong.

Serbian sites have been writing that UEFA prepares intensive response on the behavior of Croatian fans who have been glorifying a long time ago deceased hegemonistic regimes. Mentioned were throwing out Croatian clubs from European competitions and matches of national team …

Looks like UEFA has decided on the final confrontation with CFF. After the punishment because of racial excesses of Croatian fans in a match against Turkey, another ‘greeting card’ came to the address of Croatian Football Federation.
Officials from Nyon have punished our football federation with enormously high Є60.000 because of one thrown cannon bump and few lighted torches in the same match, against Turkey.
“We are punished with really tremendous digit. People from UEFA in charge for tracking the behavior of fans calculated14 or 15 torches and one atomic bump, and …