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Jaahas että sellasta uutista lykkäävät että Benni ei olisi viitsinyt saapua Blackburniin ja harkkoihin, melkoisen moni muukin tuota innokkasti uutisoi !

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/b/blackburn_rovers/6265052.stm

 

 

Tokihan Roversin sivuilla uutisoidaan että tuo uutinen on täyttä paskaa ja mies on saapunut siihen aikaan kun on sovittukin ja treenannut joukkueen mukana, tätä toki ei kiinnosta uutisoida oikein kenenkään...

http://www.rovers.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/NewsDetail/0,,10303~1066498,00.html

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Kapteeni vihdoinkin sellainen tyyppi joka sen nauhan on Ansainnut kannettavakseen ! elikkäs Ryan Nelsen teki sitten pidemmän sopparin ja hyvä niin, kuitenkin tuolla tontilla vielä pelivuosia hänellä mukavasti edessä :) ja asenteen puutteesta joukkueensa eteen jätkää ei voi koskaan syyttää. Toivottavasti ei käy kuitenkaan samalla tavalla kuin edellisille kapteeneille on tupannut käymään kun ovat nauhan käsivarteensa saaneet viime vuosina.

 

http://tinyurl.com/ysrt4h

 

Toki sinänsä hupaisaa että mies on kerinnyt olla seurassa 2½ vuotta ja tuona aikana tämä on jo Kolmas hänen kanssaan tehty ”uusi” sopimus.

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Ajattelin harmitella tilannetta täälä teidän sivuillanne, koska viimeksi "meidän palveluksessa" ollut PELIMIES joutuu lopettamaan uransa. CHRIS SUTTONin parhaat vuodet osuivat Rovers-aikaan (ja ihan hyvin pelasi myös Celticissä).

Harmin paikka koko silmävamma. Löytyisiköhän Suttonille vielä käyttöä Balckburnin organisaatiossa?

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CHRIS SUTTONin parhaat vuodet osuivat Rovers-aikaan (ja ihan hyvin pelasi myös Celticissä).

Harmin paikka koko silmävamma. Löytyisiköhän Suttonille vielä käyttöä Balckburnin organisaatiossa?

Jäi jotenkin sellainen kuva että tuo Sutton ei niitä kaikkein suosituimpia ollut persoonana kuitenkaan (fanien tai seurajohdon mielestä) joten en oikein usko että mies palaisi millään tapaa tämän hetkiseen Roversiin, ainakaan nyt Sparkyn taustajoukkoihin.

 

Tokihan jätkän tekoja pelikentillä Roversin puolesta ei kukaan kysenalaista mutta muuten taisi touhuilla kentän ulkopuolella jos jotakin :D

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Myisivät jo tuon inisevän Bellen kun nyt siitä saa vielä todella hyvät rahat.

 

http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=475742&CPID=8&clid=5&lid=&title=BENNI+IN+ROVERS+PLEDGE

 

Eipä näytä pystyvän antamaan yhtään haastattelua jossa ei epäsuorasti ilmoita että haluaa häippästä.

 

Saas nähdä kumpaa jätkä on jo vauvasta lähtien omien sanojensa mukaan kannattanut ManUa vai Chelseaa jos niiltä sattuu tarjous tulemaan, tosin pitää ensin odottaa jotain konkreettista tarjousta ennen kuin sen uskaltaa paljastaa :D

 

Porto aika näytti että jos asenne ei ole töysin mukana niin eipä miehestä juurikaan hyötyä joukkueelleen ole. Tosin tuskinpa Sparky miestä pitkään katselee kentällä jos ei pelaaminen kiinnosta.

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Roque santa cruz roversin tähtäimessä?

 

http://www.lancashireeveningtelegraph.co.uk

Menee jo enempi huhujen puolelle mutta pistellään nyt tälle osastolle.

 

Jep, onhan tuosta tuolla brittipalstoilla enempikin juttua ollut. Siellä Nixon väittää että miehen hinta on £4.5m että tuo kasi on ihan liikaa siirtokorvauksena mutta palkka kait ei olis ihan halvimmasta päästä maksaa.

 

Suurella palkalla niin melkoinen riskihän tuo pelaaja olis. Kotimaassansa lienee melkoinen superstara jo nimensä puolesta varmaan ja nimihän jätkällä on :D Ihan hienoja yksittäisiä väläyksiä mutta tainnut jäädä aika penkkiveikoksi Bayern Munchenissä jo pitkään ja tainnut loukkaantuneenakin olla vähäiseen pelimääräänsä nähden pitkät tovit.

 

Pahimmassa tapauksessa helvetin paljon kalliimmaksi tulee kuin Nonda eikä yhtään sen enempi saada. Tosin onnistuessaan vois olla hyväkin hankinta. Ihan arpapeliä tämän veikon kohdalla.

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Kärkimies vielä hakusessa !?

 

LETin journalistin Andy Neildin mukaan bellers olisi ollut Sparkyn se hankinta kesälle 2007 mutta ei lähtenyt riskeeramaan seuran taloutta pidemmällä tahtäimellä, tiedä sitten olisiko johtoportaastakaan tuollaiselle tempaukselle suopia katseita liiennyt. Tosin netissä liikkuvien huhujen mukaan läheskään kaikki pelaajat eivät olisi olleet hirveän innoissaan bellersin paluusta, mitä nyt miehestä on kommentoitu niin ajoittain melkoinen ruutitynnyri jätkä toki lienee ja vaatii koko ajan erityistä varovaisuutta käsitellä.

 

Seuraavan jutun mukaan kärkimies kuitenkin hankinnassa edelleen joukkoon mukaan, kunhan sopuisaan hintaan sopiva vaihtoehto löytyy tarjolle. Ilmeisesti tuo Santa Cruz on enempi Roversille tarjottu kuin että Rovers siitä kuitenkaan hirmuisen kiinnostunut olisi koskaan ollut ?

 

Toivottavasti tässä ei nyt siihen jouduta taipumaan että tuo kärki on Jeffers jolle ei mitään roolia suunniteltu enää, mitä Sparkykin tuossa kelailee jutun lopuksi...

 

 

No need to panic

By Andy Neild

 

BLACKBURN boss Mark Hughes will not be rushed into making any panic buys after missing out on his top transfer target Craig Bellamy.

 

The Rovers chief had hoped to bring Bellamy back to Ewood Park this summer, but his plans were scuppered by West Ham United, who effectively priced him out of the race last week when they offered the fiery Welshman a bumper pay deal worth a staggering £19.5m over five years.

 

That means Hughes must now focus his search for a new striker elsewhere, and he revealed he is prepared to wait until the final day of the transfer window if necessary if it results in him getting the right man.

 

The ambitious Welshman, who has spent just £350,000 on freshening up his squad so far, which is less than any of his Premiership rivals, said: "We're still in the market for good players if they become available.

 

"There's still a lot of the window left and we've done deals in the last minute of the last day before now.

 

"We brought David Bentley in on that timescale, so there's no need to panic.

"There hasn't been a great deal of business done so far. Things have warmed up slightly in the last four or five days, just because the big guys have started to do a little bit of business, and when they've finished, everyone else can have a look at what else is available.

 

"So you have to wait until the big clubs do what they have to do."

 

Hughes has kept his powder dry so far, mainly because he is fairly happy with the make-up of his squad as it currently stands, particularly now that Robbie Savage, Andre Ooijer and Steven Reid are back in contention again following long injury lay-offs.

 

However, he would still like to add one more striker to the pool of players he already has, even though he recently strengthened that department with the capture of Maceo Rigters from NAC Breda.

 

That leaves a further question mark over the future of Franny Jeffers, who earlier this week turned down a move to Ipswich after failing to agree personal terms with the Championship club.

 

Jeffers' u-turn came as a shock to both clubs because earlier in the summer, he appeared to have set his heart on a move to Portman Road.

 

Instead, he now finds himself fifth choice at Rovers following Rigters' arrival, and he could slip even further down the pecking order if Hughes brings another striker in before the deadline.

 

"It's difficult for Franny and for myself," said the Rovers boss.

 

"We have to prepare for the season and, obviously, over the last few weeks I've had it in my own mind that Franny wouldn't be with us because it looked like it was almost certain he was going to leave us.

 

"But that situation has changed in the last few days so maybe my thinking has to change.

 

"I thought it was a decent move for Franny. There's a lot of competition for places here at the moment, and I thought for all parties it would have been a decent move.

 

"But it seems to have broken down at the moment."

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Roque Santa Cruz

 

Sparkyn komenttia koskien Santa Cruzia...

 

"It is something that I feel we needed, a target man, someone who gives us that threat and presence in the air which maybe our other strikers don't give."

 

"We've got great variation, I've got Matty (Derbyshire) and Maceo (Rigters) with great pace and enthusiasm, Benni (McCarthy) with his goalscoring ability, Jason (Roberts) with his power and his pace, but what we haven't had is probably a real threat in the air and that is what we have addressed."

 

http://tinyurl.com/yrzzqc

 

Elikkä melkoisen "puhdas target" tässä ollut hakusessa, tekniikkaa jaloista pitäis myös pallon pitämiseen jätkältä löytyä. Elikkäs ilmaan kuitenkin lisää pelotetta tässä haetaan, hyvä niin kelvollisiä pääpelaajia on lähinnä puolustuksessa Samba sekä Gamst keskikentällä ja siihen ne pitkälti jääkin ! Toki Benni osaa maalintekotilanteissa myös mukavasti palloa pukkailla. Noh, toivottavasti kuitenkin Bentleyn ja Gamstin laidoilta viuhuville keskityksille ainakin päättäjä olisi seuraan liitttynyt.

 

Jätkällä on omat kotisivut ilmeisesti saksalaisfanien kasaan vääntämät...

http://www.roquesantacruz.com.py/

 

...löytyi näköjään toinenkin sivusto jonka saa myös Englanniksi...

http://www.roque-santa-cruz.de/

 

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Viime kesän MM-kisojen sivuille seuraavanlaista profiilia laitettua Santa Cruzista. Ai niin jossain äänestyksessä jätkä valittiin kyseisten MM-kisojen seksikkäimmäksi pelaajaksi :D

 

FIFA World Cup™ Germany 2006 player's profile

 

At the age of just 24, Roque Santa Cruz is one of world football’s youngest veterans. Quick, mobile, two-footed and a real penalty-box predator, the forward’s footballing CV would be the envy of many an older player.

 

Currently on the road to recovery after a complex series of injuries, Santa Cruz is determined to prove his worth on German soil, the country where he has spent the last seven years. With that particular goal in his sights, Santa Cruz’s speed and power could prove a nightmare for opposition defences at the FIFA World Cup™, with his typically Paraguayan knack of winning aerial battles only adding to the danger.

 

A native of Asuncion, Santa Cruz made his first appearance in an Albirroja shirt during the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship, where his four goals helped Paraguay reach the second round. His fine form did not go unnoticed, and he went on to make his debut for the senior national team soon afterwards in a 2-1 friendly win over Mexico.

 

The next big challenge for Santa Cruz was the 1999 CONMEBOL Copa America in Paraguay. The raw 18-year-old took the tournament by storm, scoring three goals in the first phase, and would surely have added to his tally had his side not lost a penalty shoot-out to Uruguay. Such displays whetted the appetite of the assembled European talent scouts and few were surprised to see German giants Bayern Munich snap him up immediately after the competition ended.

 

In his first season in Bavaria, Santa Cruz hit five goals and helped his new side win the league title. Although he did not feature in the Bayern team that won UEFA Champions League and Toyota Cup in 2001, the youngster’s progress had former Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes purring. “We’re witnessing the next Marco van Basten,” he said.

 

Santa Cruz, who started out at Olimpia, had his first taste of the FIFA World Cup four years ago and scoring the first goal of their campaign in the Far East in a 2-2 draw with South Africa. For all his experience, however, there are those who believe that the tall front man, who has never managed more than five league goals in a season, has yet to fulfil his true potential.

 

Admittedly injuries have hindered his development and he was left facing a race against time to be fit for Germany after suffering a cruciate ligament injury last October. For Paraguay, Santa Cruz’s presence is vital. He weighed in with four goals on the road to Germany 2006, including the winner in the Albirroja’s first ever qualifying win over Argentina and, now fit again, will be desperate to make up for lost time when the FIFA World Cup begins.

 

© 2001-2006 FIFA, All Rights Reserve

 

...tuossapa vielä LETin pientä infoa jätkän menneisyydestä ja saavutuksista toistaiseksi...

 

Nicknamed Chico', Santa Cruz burst onto the scene as a teenager with top Paraguayan side Olimpia Asuncion, and after making his debut at the age of 16, his goals were instrumental in the club winning three domestic titles towards the end of the 1990s, which resulted in him being crowned Paraguay's footballer of the year.

 

At international level he was similarly successful, scoring three goals as a 17-year-old at the Copa America to finish the tournament as his country's leading scorer.

 

And at the Under 20 World Cup in 1999, his goalscoring form was such that the media dubbed him Baby Gol', after the legendary Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta.

 

By then, pundits were starting to talk about Santa Cruz as one of the most promising young strikers on the planet, and it wasn't long before Bayern Munich paid big money to bring him to Europe.

 

In total, the striker, who was voted the sexiest player at the 2006 World Cup by German football magazine Kicker', spent eight years at Bayern, winning 10 trophies, including the Champions League, the Bundesliga title (four times), the German Cup (three times), and the German League Cup (twice).

 

However, a succession of injury problems meant he never truly achieved his full potential in Germany, where he scored 29 goals in 155 appearances.

Nevertheless, the 25-year-old remains a highly respected figure on the world stage, and he recently took the Copa America by storm again, scoring a hat-trick in Paraguay's 5-0 victory over Colombia.

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Santa Cruz viheriön "ulkopuolella"

 

Jaahas, LET tekee varsinaista "syväanalyysiä" Roquesta :lol:

 

Täytyypä toi rock-biisi netistä ainakin kahtella. Aikamoinen yllätys että jätkä ollut PES6:sen kannessa tuolla saksan maalla.

 

 

New Rovers star set to be hit with the ladies

By Ben Briggs

 

SEXY football is coming to Ewood Park in the form of Blackburn Rovers' new striking ace.

 

Roque Santa Cruz, a 25-year-old Paraguayan centre forward, has bolstered Mark Hughes' attack by signing from Bayern Munich this weekend.

 

And while supporters are hoping he can get the goals to keep Rovers flying high in the Premiership, it is female fans who may give him most attention.

Santa Cruz was voted the sexiest player at last year's World Cup by readers of German magazine Kicker.

 

He was also chosen by the German newspaper Die Welt as the sexiest footballer of the 2006 World Cup. As well as being a pin up boy, Santa Cruz has other off-field talents.

 

In 2004 the striker teamed up with German rock band Sportfreunde Stiller to sing the words "Ich, Roque" in the song with the same title - a pun on the phrase "I rock."

 

He has also appeared on the cover of the German version of the cult video game Pro Evolution Soccer 6.

 

Meanwhile, female fans attending Rovers 4-0 Intertoto Cup win against FK Vetra at Ewood Park on Saturday thought they had got their first glimpse of Santa Cruz.

 

He was introduced over the tanoy as the big screen flashed to a picture of a dark-haired man in the directors' area of the Jack Walker Stand.Supporters around the ground applauded to welcome their new star, but the man on the screen was in fact Ryan Beamish, son of former Rovers player, Ken! Santa Cruz was not at the game.

 

He signed for an undisclosed fee. However, it is understood he will cost in the region of £3.8million.

 

Off the pitch the Paraguayan is married with two children. He wed his former national team-mate Ricardo Tavarelli's sister Giselle in 2004. He has one son, Tobias, three, one daughter, Fiorella, 19 months.

 

Santa Cruz got the thumbs up from female Rovers fans were questionned.

 

Sophie Bux, 16, of Lovely Hall Lane, Wilpshire said: "He is quite looking,. He is tall, dark and handsome which is the type of man I go for."

 

Lynne Atkinson, 16 of Longsight Road, Blackburn said: "He is good looking and has got good eyes."

 

Gemma Jonathan, 27, of Peel Street, Haslingden also thought the targetman was good looking but still preferred a former Blackburn player, defender Lucas Neil.

 

She said: "From what I have seen of him he is quite looking.

 

"He has got dark hair and dark eyes, which I like but he is not as nice as Lucas Neil."

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Huhujen puolelle jo laittelin mutta laitellaan nyt tännekin, elikkäs taas mennään mediamylläkässä ja Bennin osalta pohdiskelevat kovasti ollako vai eikö olla ? Roversin pelaaja siis vielä tulevalla kaudellakin.

 

Tälläinen juttu tällä kertaa....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/sport/football.html?in_article_id=471610&in_page_id=1779

 

 

Unsettled Benni set to fight Roque

 

Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy has turned down a new contract in a bid to secure Champions League football.

 

He has rejected improved terms on his current deal, which has three years to run, knowing there is a clause stipulating he can leave for £5million next summer.

 

McCarthy, after helping ease Rovers through this InterToto Cup tie and into the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup by leaping to score with an overhead kick against Lithuania's FK Vetra on Saturday, was happy to leave his future up in the air.

 

He immediately warned new team-mate Roque Santa Cruz he will not give up his place without a fight, but how long he will stay at Blackburn to fulfil that promise is another matter altogether.

 

Although manager Mark Hughes insists Santa Cruz has been signed from German club Bayern Munich to complement his four senior strikers, McCarthy continues to express a desire to leave Ewood Park.

 

The prolific South African scored 24 goals in his first season at Blackburn - with a Premiership total of 18 leaving him second only to Chelsea's Didier Drogba - and he has since made no attempt to hide his ambition of joining a Champions League club.

 

A move to Stamford Bridge is a possibility if his old Porto boss Jose Mourinho offloads Andriy Shevchenko back to AC Milan. But if none of the European candidates come calling McCarthy knows Newcastle are another option should Michael Owen or Obafemi Martins leave Tyneside.

 

Asked if he would be staying, the reply was far from convincing. "Well, I'm here now," he said. "I've forgotten about everything that happened. I've a contract at the club and I'll have to sit it out. If anything else happens besides that, it's the club's decision. It was never my decision anyway."

 

While he remains a Blackburn player, McCarthy certainly has no intention of moving aside and letting Santa Cruz take centre stage.

 

He added: "He's probably one of the best aerial players you can get in the game. With the wide players we've got he can score a lot of goals.

 

"But it's not going to be easy for him because Jason Roberts is back and he's really on fire, and I don't think I'm ready to give up my place, so he's going to have to fight hard.

 

"The more competition we get, the better. It's a serious club and we're trying to get into the UEFA Cup and Champions League places. The better quality players you get in, the stronger the team and the more chances we have of ending in the top four.

 

"Roque joining the squad puts a lot more pressure on myself and Jason, and everyone to work harder to keep their places.

 

"I know a little bit about him. I've played against him a few times - he's very tall and got very decent feet."

 

In paying Bayern Munich £3.8m for the 25-year-old Paraguay striker, Hughes believes he has a bargain to match the £2.5m deal that sealed McCarthy from Porto last summer.

 

And he is adamant Santa Cruz has been signed to play alongside McCarthy, Jason Roberts, Matt Derbyshire and Maceo Rigters, not replace them.

 

"The four strikers I had on show today will not be leaving, they are all part of my plans," said Hughes after a comfortable win over a Lithuanian side who were reduced to 10 men for 50 minutes.

 

"Santa Cruz is going to complement the very good strikers I already have here. Competition is always good, and in the attacking department it motivates players more than in other positions.

 

"He brings qualities that perhaps we don't have, maybe a threat in the air that needed to be addressed. I'm very excited he has come to the club.

I know when I played, if there was a guy in possession of the shirt, he had to play really well to keep me out of the team and vice versa."

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Elikkäs tuon Santa Cruzin siirtosummaksi virallisesti miehen medialle PR-tilaisuudessa on varmistunut £3.3m Joten ihan kohtuulliseksi se lopulta jäi eikä miehestä sittenkaan tullut Sparkyn ajan kallein hankinta vaan tuo titteli menee edelleen bellersille.

 

 

Todella mukavia kommentteja itse hyökkääjä antoi noin yleisesti.

 

-Teki selväksi sen että tuli Roversiin koska hänen kanssaan oltiin heti ensi hetkestä lähtien tosissaan ja häneen tullaan todella uskomaan. Kuulemma muitakin vaihtoehtoja oli mm. espanjasta mutta valinta oli lopulta helppo tehdä.

 

-Harkkojen jälkeen kehui että Roversilla pitäisi olla tulevalle kaudelle hyvä joukkue kasassa, eikä näe kuulemma esteitä jotteivat voisi tosissaan tulevaisuudessa taistella tosissaan jopa pääsystä Mestareiden Liigan paikoista.

 

-Kunnon näytönhalut pitäis pojalla olla näyttää kykynsä, eikä ole koskaan tuollainen asenne pahitteeksi.

 

Tuossa uutisessa enempi mietteitä tuolta osin...

http://tinyurl.com/2grm8r

 

 

Sparky tuntuu ainakin heti alkajaisiksi poikkeuksellisen vuolaasti kehuvan uusinta hankintaansa ja miehen olevan viimeisen päälle joukkuepelaaja jolla on loistava peliäly sopeutua uusiin ympyräihin ja pelikavereihin, todella huipputekniikka hallussa ja pääpelivoimaa jne...

 

He said: "He's got a great pedigree and a great stature as well. He's an athlete - a big guy with a big presence - and he's going to have a big impact. I'm sure he is.

 

"I saw a difference in the group yesterday morning because they recognised that he was a quality player.

 

"Players have all got egos and they all test new players when they come into the group. Very quickly, they understood they had a very good, technical footballer in their midst. So very easily, he gets integrated within the group and becomes a part of what we're trying to do.

 

"He needs time to adjust. It's difficult for strikers to come and have the impact that Benni did. It'll be a big ask for him, but he's got the quality and technical abilities that will allow him to be a success in the Premier League.

 

…paljon on myös epäilyjä ilmassa onko Roque oikeasti huippulahjakkuus vai enempikin vain pelkkää legendaa puheissa, Sparky uskoo että poika on todella lahjakas ja puhkeaa oikeassa ympäristössänsä kukkaansa...

 

"Stats in isolation won't paint the picture that you probably want them to," he said.

 

"It doesn't take away from his quality as a football player and the technical ability that he has.

 

"Circumstances sometimes dictate you don't get a run of games when you need them.

 

"You get injuries at crucial times and then that's another season gone.

 

"He comes here with a little bit of a point to prove. People are questioning him before he's even kicked a ball but I think he can prove everybody wrong."

 

 

Sparky kehuu myös että käsissä pitäisi alkavalle 2007/2008 kaudella olla vahvin sakki mitä hänen aikanaan hänellä on Roversissa ollessaan ollut käytössä…

 

I think it is really important that people understand what we are trying to do here," said Hughes.

 

"We are trying to move the club forward, team wise I'm always looking to improve the squad and to bring quality into the squad and certainly that is what I feel that I've done with the acquisition of Roque.

……..…

The Rovers manager feels that he now has the strongest squad during his time as Blackburn Rovers manager.

 

"The quality of the group is a lot greater," said Hughes.

 

"The ability that runs through the squad is at a level now that I think will allow us to compete very comfortably in the Premier League. Whereas maybe in the last couple of years that wasn't always the case and it was always somewhat of a struggle.

 

"This year I feel the squad is as strong as it has ever been since I've been here, and with the addition of Roque it only makes it more strong."

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Jaahas, Bentleylle ollaan taas sorvaamassa uutta sopimusta, johan edellisestä allekirjoituksesta (neljän vuoden sopparista) kerkesikin kulumaan HUIKEAT neljä kuukautta !!! Jätkä varmaan vaatimassa release-clausea sopimukseensa :shades:

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/sport/football.html?in_article_id=472501&in_page_id=1779&ito=newsnow

 

Noh ei se mitään Nelsenin kanssa ollaan parin vuoden aikana varmaan jo yhteensä ”50-vuoden verran sopimusta” pukattu aikaiseksi, siihen vielä matkaa mutta eiköhän se vielä kiinni saada jos jätkä vielä parin vuoden päästä seurassa palloilee kun keritty viisi uutta sopimusta taas vähintään vääntämään.

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Mielenkiintoista…

 

In norwegian media (http://www.nettavisen.no) they run a story that says that earlier this summer Liverpool made an offer to buy MGP for Craig Bellamy + cash. It also states that Tottenham have made bids and Man Utd, Bayern München and several others have shown interest. His agent says though there have been a lot of interest, Mark Hughes made it clear that he was not for sale.

The bid from Tottenham was in the region of £8.3 million according to the article.

 

…ilmeisestikin sitten se Tim Sherwoodin kommentti aikoinaan todellakin piti paikkaansa, koskien MGP:tä.

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Tuntuu oleva huumorimiehiä tuo Roque, pelin jälkeen haastattelija kysyi että menikö debyytti Rovesissa täysin unelmien mukaan. Siihenpä mies oli vastannut että ei kun unelmissa mies pamautti kolme maalia heti alkajaiksi, tuon jälkeen haastatteli meni hämilleen ja paraquayn poika alkoi naureskelemaan ja hymyilemään.

 

Asiasta seuraavaan ovat ilmeisesti melkoisen hyviä ystäviä keskenään Owen Hargreavesin kanssa...

 

Although Roque Santa Cruz had been unable to check his phone for messages well over an hour after a glorious debut at the Riverside he knew for certain Owen Hargreaves would have been among the first to offer congratulations to his fellow Premiership newcomer.

 

The pair go back a long way, having become firm friends when Santa Cruz joined Hargreaves at Bayern Munich eight years ago and it transpired that it was the Paraguayan's former English teacher who not only recommended a move to Blackburn but had also ensured he acclimatised quickly to new surroundings.

 

"I've not looked at my phone yet but I'm sure Owen will be in touch with a message or a call," said Santa Cruz, 25, after turning this game on its head in Boy's Own fashion.

 

"We're very close because we've been together for eight years and have a very good relationship. We're great friends and we've seen each other a few times since I arrived. I spoke to him before I came and he told me about Blackburn and players in the Premiership. He also pushed me a little bit to come here and said I would be happy."

 

The way Santa Cruz hit the ground running in England is indirectly due to Manchester United's England midfielder, who also swapped Bavaria for North-West England this summer.

 

"When I first arrived in Germany I started speaking with Owen and English was the first language I learned instead of German," Santa Cruz added. "For six months I only spoke English and then the manager told me to only speak German.

 

Speaking English has really helped me settle at Blackburn and be closer to the players. You understand jokes and generally feel part of things in their company. Owen made it much, much easier for me."

 

It was Santa Cruz who cancelled out Boro's lead - given to them courtesy of Stewart Downing's 30-yard free-kick - when he nodded in David Bentley's cross 2min 30sec after replacing Benni McCarthy, who was taken to hospital for tests after collapsing following a clash of heads with Chris Riggott.

 

"It was really hard to see him go off because he looked in a bad way, so we wanted to win the game for him," said Santa Cruz. McCarthy returned later with a headache and a wide grin.

 

Santa Cruz also helped set up Matt Derbyshire to score an exquisite winner, 23 seconds after entering the fray, when his curling shot eluded Mark Schwarzer.

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Saas nähdä pölähtääkö sitä lähinnä tulevaksi tammikuuksi muutama pennonen lisää pelaajamarkkinoille pisteltäväksi, jos tuolloin joukkuetta vahvistaa tarvitsee kevätkaudeksi, toivottavasti tuonne asti hyvissä asemissa sais taisteltua.

 

Rovers' £45m buy-out plan is born in the USA

Exclusive by Alan Nixon 21/08/2007

 

American-based whiz kid Dan Williams is making a £45million bid to buy Blackburn Rovers - and give Mark Hughes 'big bucks' to push for the Champions League.

 

Williams has slapped in his offer after months of behind-the-scenes haggling over the ownership of Rovers, as revealed by Mirror Sport, but now the final hurdle is in sight.

 

The Lytham-born, New Jersey-based businessman is waiting on an answer from the Jack Walker Trustees and aims to fly in this week to seal the deal.

Williams is keen to hurry through the takeover to give Hughes the option of spending up to £25m on new players before the deadline at the end of this month, or in the January transfer window.

 

Hughes has taken Rovers to the brink of a top-four breakthrough.

 

Now the young boss will be given the chance to buy to improve his team and beef up his squad.

 

Financiers Rothschilds, selling the club for late owner Walker's family, have been in constant contact with Williams over his bid.

 

Part of the deal is that the new owners must guarantee money will be spent on players.

 

Williams and his Nuttall Investments group have been gathering those funds for the past few weeks. Hughes has had to spend sensibly this summer - but could have a huge injection of cash before the window shuts.

 

Williams has spent the past few months adding extra investors to ensure he hits the ground running.

 

He will be installed as chairman with a new-look board, but wants supremo John Williams to stay and play a major part in the future.

 

And the young exile is also desperate to keep Hughes, who may find himself head-hunted after a fine start to his career in club management.

 

Williams will pick up the club's current debts, estimated at around £20m, and hopes to bring in further backers to make Rovers one of the richest outfits around.

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No eipä ollut vaikea arvata että Benni tekee paluunsa maajoukkueeseen (enempikin vain ajan kysymys oli), eiköhän syy ole tuohon siintävät tulevat MM-kotikisat.

 

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12010_2693321,00.html

 

Joten jäbikkä sitten puuttuu tammikuussa riveistä kun Afrikassa taas mestaruutta ratkotaan, pelasi tuolloin Roversin riveissä tai ei. Vielä harmittavampi menetys tuolloin tulee olemaan Samba jos mies jatkaa sillä tahdilla millä tämän kauden on aloittanut. Mokoena menee kans, joten toivottavasti tuolloin ei pahempaa loukkaantumissumaa satu tulemaan.

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Voitaneen sanoa että mainion alun perusteella (sinivalkoisissa) onneksi Santa Cruz päättyi valinnassaan Blackburniin... täytynee kuitenkin koko kausi ensin kahtella, että miten pelaaminen talvisilla keleillä maistuu ettei pelihalut tuolloin katoa.

 

Ilmeisesti Real Betis olis myös jätkän tosissaan riveihinä halunnut, tai ainakin seuraa valmentava Hector Cuper tiedä sitten seuran johtoportaasta (ainakin tuon Cuperin epäilyjen mukaan)...

 

http://sport.setanta.com/en/Sport/News/Football/2007/09/11/Premier-League-Betis-claim-Santa-Cruz-interest/

 

 

Mitä pitkään vatvottuun seuran ostamiseen tulee Dan Williamsin puolelta ei tunnuta oikein mitään selvyyttä saavan. Mahdollinen ostotarjous leijuu ilmassa ja päivästä riippuen joko osapuolet ovat kuulemma joko lähentyneet tai erkaantuneet entistä enemmän. Sinänsä tämän hetkiseen ei suurta merkitystä siirtoikkunan ollessa joten aikaa varmaan lähemmäs loppuvuoteen tuolla vatvomisella joka sitten konkretisoituisi selvimmin siihen paljonko tammikuussa siirtomarkkinoille olisi pistettäväksi palamaan, jos tarve vaatisi.

 

 

Hieman menneisyydestä häivähdystä muistelman muodossa kun Graeme LeSaux muistelee taistoaan kentällä seurakaverinsa David Battyn kanssa Moskovan illassa...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/article2426480.ece

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Melkoisen mukava (ja piiiiiitkä) haastattelu jonka kohteena Ryan Nelsen. Näyttää olevan miehen kotimaankin lehdistöllä vaikeuksia saada miehen sukuniemä oikeaan muotoon :D

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4218730a1823.html

 

Nelson living the football dream

The Press | Saturday, 29 September 2007

 

Ryan Nelson is living the footballer's dream: the Christchurch lad who has made it to the top of the English premiership. Tony Smith spent a day with New Zealand's highest-paid athlete.

 

Ryan Nelsen is strapped into a space-age contraption, bucking, jerking and sweating like a death-row inmate striving to defy the electric chair.

 

The Cantabrian indicates there's just seven more minutes of torture as he greets his hometown newspaper.

 

"You could have a heart attack on it, it's horrible " he says later.

 

We've been beckoned into Blackburn Rovers' inner sanctum to watch while Nelsen is put through his paces on a high-tech training machine he calls "a quad burner".

 

Nelsen's Rovers team-mate, Steven Reid, cajoles his Kiwi colleague as he awaits his own turn. "Come on Nellie, halfway there," the Irish international exhorts.

 

Nelsen clings to the machine like a rodeo cowboy riding a bronco.

 

Every sinew strains as he completes close to 300 repetitions.

 

Extending his left leg at a blurringly quick tempo, he works up to 5000 pounds of resistance over five strength-sapping stages.

 

He hits the wall on the fourth level, but he finishes strongly on the fifth to record another good result – which his team-mates will later strive to topple.

 

"Then I'll get all mad and I'll try to beat that."

 

Nelsen puts himself through this agony "a couple of times a week" to boost the strength of the quadricep muscle in his leg.

 

He had major surgery last year to reattach a tendon to his hamstring and every now and then gets reminded of the fact when he stretches out in a match and pulls the scarring off the muscle.

 

While their team-mates are resting at home before the next night's League Cup clash with premiership rival Birmingham City, Nelsen and Reid (due back soon from a long-term leg injury) are slaving away in the weights room of Blackburn Rovers' state-of-the-art multimillion-dollar training centre at Brockhall Village.

 

They may be highly paid pros earning millions a year – Nelsen's new five-year deal has been estimated to be worth $NZ8m a season by some media sources, making him New Zealand's highest-paid sportsman – but today they're sweating like foundry workers.

 

Nelsen calls it the "9 to 5" grind of of the injured premiership player.

 

Already today he's had to swim against the tide in a hot pool, with jets firing water out like firefighters' high-pressure hoses.

 

He's had a monster morning session with a strength and conditioning coach.

 

"You pretty much can't hold your arms up or walk afterwards, he hurts you pretty hard.

 

"Then you go have your lunch and you redo it again."

 

It's all a far cry from Nelsen's fledgling football days at Christchurch's Cashmere Wanderers club.

 

The nomadic Nelsen has played in New Zealand, the United States and England, as well as his international outings with the All Whites.

 

As he nears his 30th birthday next month, Nelsen says he's in the best shape of his career.

 

Nelsen towels himself down, catches his breath and then sets out to take The Press on a guided tour behind the scenes at Blackburn.

 

Rovers' Senior Training Centre (there's another up the road for the club's academy juniors) is based in Brockhall Village, a tree-lined hamlet about 20km from Ewood Park, the team's home ground in central Blackburn.

 

It's about 10 years old and is rated, Nelsen says, "as one of the best in the premiership outside the top four (Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool)".

 

Afterwards he will say, "no reporter's ever gone where you've been today.

 

"If you were (from) an English paper you'd have no show."

 

But Ryan Nelsen, captain of Blackburn, can clearly pull strings.

 

Near life-sized images of Blackburn players leap off the walls down the hallway of the administration wing. Each poster of a player bears a motivational mantra, selected by the staff.

 

Nelsen's says: "So much is about attitude. You can't afford any sulkers in the squad. Only people with a winning mentality."

 

Beyond the pool and sauna rooms and the hi-tech gym is the physios' work area.

 

On a wall is a Rugby World Cup rugby tipping chart. It's clear the Blackburn boys are having some fun at their resident Kiwi's expense.

 

Nelsen has taken bets against all comers on "anyone else but New Zealand to win the World Cup".

 

"I've had to cap the bets at 10 each," Nelsen laughs.

 

He stands to win 100 if Richie McCaw's men bring back the Webb Ellis Cup.

 

Nelsen is following the All Blacks' fortunes avidly.

 

He had tickets to the All Blacks-Scotland match and was all set to go to Edinburgh until Blackburn's match with Portsmouth was switched to Sunday.

 

At the heart of the training centre is a massive indoor arena, laid with lush artificial turf.

 

"This is where we train when the Lancashire weather isn't that flash," Nelsen says.

 

At the end is a goalkeeping training area and outside is a speed-testing track which could have been carved out of the home straight at Christchurch's QEII Park.

 

Beyond are a couple of pitches, hidden from public and press view.

 

The Blackburn reserves played Liverpool there that morning.

 

Back inside, we knock on the door of an office housing Blackburn's backroom boffins, who accumulate statistics in a methodical manner.

 

"Everything we eat and drink, every training session, our hydration levels and exertion rates are monitored here," Nelsen says. A weekly chart sets out target levels.

 

But it's not all work, no play at Brockhall.

 

Nelsen takes us into the team lounge, which doubles as a posh-nosh restaurant.

 

Beside the tables and chairs are couches to rest on and a pool table and table-football game for the players to channel their competitive urges.

 

Nelsen introduces a Blackburn chef.

 

"This bloke cooks the best New Zealand lamb in the world," says Nelsen.

 

"I only tell him it's from New Zealand," the chef quips. "It's normally Welsh. But you tell people what they want to hear."

 

Lunch, Nelsen says, consists of "two types of fish, two types of meat, or two chicken dishes and all the pasta and vegetables you want."

 

Single players, he says, get a take-home doggy-bag. "I do, too, if my wife's away."

 

Off the team lounge is the conference room where team meetings are held and where another analyst, manager Mark Hughes' son Alex, downloads match data.

 

"We get all the stats from the games," Nelsen says.

 

"It tells you how far you've run (the top Blackburn player covered 12.2km against Portsmouth), how many high-intensity runs you've made and how many balls you've given away.

 

"You can go to your folder and see how you've done."

 

We head down a passage towards the dressing rooms.

 

The laundry manager, based at the end of the passage, is "the darling of the club", Nelsen says. "She looks after 30-odd smelly boys; she really spoils the younger lads."

 

"I spoil all of you," she says.

 

Opposite the laundry is the Boot Room.

 

The name-tag says the place is run by "Baldy Man".

 

"As we go out the door for a workout he hands every player his boots," Nelsen says.

 

They take off their boots at the door and "when we get them back next day they are all crystal clean".

 

On hooks beside the boot room are heart-rate monitors – mandatory for every player so data can be recorded.

 

Beyond Baldy Man's lair are four to five full-sized pitches, all immaculately groomed by turf-culture experts and marked out to exactly the same specifications as Ewood Park.

 

In the distance, near the entrance, are a restaurant and a hotel where the team assembles before evening matches at Ewood.

 

They sleep all afternoon and then travel to the ground in a luxury coach.

 

"And here's the embarrassing part," Nelsen says, pointing out a parking bay beside the practice fields.

 

"You pull up in your car, leave it there and then a guy comes out and cleans and waxes it. Then they'll drive it back for you. Every player has their own carpark."

 

Nelsen – who has a 45-minute commute from his Cheshire home and drives a Range Rover and an Audi – parks in the same front row as manager Mark Hughes.

 

He's wedged between midfielders David Dunn and the Turkish-born Tugay.

 

Hughes, a former Manchester United and Wales striker, was once one of Britain's best players.

 

Nelsen says the Blackburn boss commands respect straight away.

 

"Once you meet him, you know you're in the presence of the guy – he's got a bit of an aura about him. He's just a born winner, really."

 

An English football manager has a different modus operandi from Kiwi sporting coaches, Nelsen says. The manager oversees the entire operation but the "coaches will run the sessions and the manager will just watch".

 

A degree of distance is essential.

 

The stakes are so high in professional football – where managers deal in millions – and Hughes has "got to make some awfully important decisions", Nelsen says.

 

"In saying that, if I ever have a problem, there's no problem in going in to talk to him."

 

As if to prove it, Nelsen knocks on the door and requests an interview on our behalf.

 

He's not joking about Hughes's aura, but the 40-something manager rises from his chair behind his big desk and says he's only too happy to talk about Ryan Nelsen.

 

The Kiwi came on a free transfer after captaining American club DC United to the Major League Soccer title.

 

Hughes regards the Kiwi as arguably "the best free transfer" in premier-league history and says he "has been fantastic since he first walked in the door".

 

But Hughes reveals that Nelsen caught the club's eye while playing for the All Whites at the 2003 Confederations Cup finals in France.

 

Watching a DVD compiled by Nelsen's agent, "we saw him playing against France for New Zealand. We just saw a little clip when he was running full pelt with (former Arsenal striker) Thierry Henry.

 

"He kept up with him and took the ball off him and straight away we thought `ooh, hang on, we may have to have a close look at this guy'."

 

Hughes got "a little worried" because Nelsen was first scheduled to trial at Charlton Athletic.

 

"We thought once they'd seen him playing they'd probably take him before we got an opportunity to see him. But I don't think they took a close enough look or paid enough attention to him. After a week, they didn't pursue it, so he came here.

 

"And thankfully so. Because after 10 to 15 minutes of the first training session he had, I knew he was better than what I had here. So he stayed all week and did really well, and I knew we had to get him on board."

 

Hughes believes his captain is "acknowledged as one of the top premiership centre halves, here and now.

 

"I think he's done that because we've been reasonably successful. We don't shout from the rooftops about what we do here. We just go quietly about our business and all of a sudden we appear in cup semi-finals and get into European competitions.

 

"We are quite protective of what we do here, whereas other managers and other clubs are quite prepared to blow their own trumpets.

 

"Ryan, as a consequence, probably doesn't get the press he actually deserves. But we actually like it that way."

 

The audience with Hughes is over and Nelsen is anxious to hit the road home before the evening rush-hour.

 

It's been a hectic week for the New Zealander.

 

He and wife Monica – who is 34 weeks pregnant with the couple's first child – are moving house.

 

Their belongings are in transit and they are staying in a hotel.

 

But Nelsen is still imbued with Kiwi hospitality and insists on driving the reporter back to Ewood Park in central Blackburn.

 

It's unlikely a World Cup All Black would extend the same courtesy.

 

Nelsen – the sports nut – jokes that he's "not in the good books with my wife at the moment" because he's had a heavy diet of television sport.

 

"There's been the Twenty Twenty (cricket), the Rugby World Cup and the Champions League football."

 

While he often socialises with team-mates – Australian international Brett Emerton, Dutch skipper Andre Oijer and new Paraguayan striker Roque Sante Cruz live nearby – he also has a coterie of Kiwi mates.

 

School friends based in London surf up "whenever we play Chelsea down there".

 

A former Canterbury age-group cricket rep, Nelsen still has friends from the summer game.

 

"I catch up with a lot of the cricketers who come over. Michael Papps, Craig McMillan were playing in the local league here. And I hung out with Chris Cairns and Daniel Vettori when they were here last year, they were great company.

 

"I'm really good friends with (Canterbury's ex-test spinner) Paul Wiseman, who's playing for Durham at the moment. I hang out with him quite a bit, to tell the truth. He's had a fantastic season.

 

"Every couple of months in the summer I'll get a phone call from Chris Cairns telling me there's a game on – 'come down and play'. I don't think he realises I haven't picked up a bat in like 10 years. I'd be an embarrassment, probably."

 

Nelsen's resisted the temptation thus far.

 

"Knowing me I'd probably face Cairnsy and he'd bounce me and hit me in the head and I'd get knocked out. I don't think the boss would be too pleased."

 

As a professional footballer, Nelsen's contract precludes him from dabbling in risky sports.

 

Skiing, and driving or riding in motorised vehicles – apart from a car – are banned. Players are clubs' key assets and Nelsen, according to Blackburn's management and fans, is a prized one.

 

Ryan Nelsen is big news in Blackburn.

 

As I step off the train, a Lancashire Evening Telegraph billboard blares: "Nelsen set for return".

 

The back-page lead forecasts his earlier-than-anticipated return from the scar-tissue injury.

 

The cabbie who drives me to Brockhall is a lifelong Blackburn fan, an old mate of the club's late benefactor Jack Walker.

 

So what does he think of Ryan Nelsen? "He's one of the best buys we've ever made."

 

That's a view echoed in the Ewood Park stands.

 

About 9000 fans – half Rovers' regular attendance and far fewer than the Wellington Phoenix drew last week – have fronted for the Wednesday-night League Cup clash against Birmingham City.

 

Nelsen is sidelined but goes down to the dressing room to "wish the boys luck".

 

"It's tough (being injured) because you're not really part of the team, in a way. You're just focusing on getting back. You kind of leave the guys alone. Where they train is completely different to where you train when you're injured, it's horrible."

 

The respect between Nelsen and the fans is mutual.

 

Blackburn, he says, is a proud working-class area.

 

"Blackburn Rovers is their outlet. The players realise how much it means to the fans, and there's a good understanding between them."

 

Nelsen and several team-mates, including midfield hardman Robbie Savage, read poetry to Blackburn school kids this week.

 

"It's a good club, there's no real egos here," Nelsen says, explaining why he signed a five-year deal to see out his premiership career in east Lancashire.

 

Personality factors are taken into account when players and staff are signed. Work ethic is paramount.

 

"It's friendly here. Everyone wants the club to do well. That's what all the players want and what all the staff. When you get down to it, it's all about the club winning. There's no individual successes, it's all about the team."

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