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Xavi Hernandez: Nani red card very harsh from Cuneyt Cakir

Barcelona star Xavi condemns Turkish referee Cakir for 'very harsh' Nani red card

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Pete Jenson

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13:57 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:57 GMT, 8 March 2013

Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has added his voice to the condemnation of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir’s sending off of Nani against Real Madrid.

The Spain international told Mundo Deportivo: 'Nani is going for the ball so I think it was very harsh. It changes the game; a red card should be for something much worse. There is so little between the big teams in Europe that a sending off makes so much difference.

'I always say with these incidents that you have to look at the intention of the player. Nani is looking at the ball and not at the defender. For me it is very harsh.'

Controversy: Cakir gives Nani his marching orders on Tuesday night

Controversy: Cakir gives Nani his marching orders on Tuesday night

Barcelona benefited from a similar sending off two years ago at the semi-final stage against Real Madrid. But Xavi said: 'I don’t think it is the same because Pepe goes to make the foul. He can see (Dani) Alves throughout the entire incident.

'Nani, on the other hand, doesn’t. Nani sees the ball and wants to control it. He is ‘playing’, not ‘defending’, he does not set out to foul the opponent so the two incidents are completely different.'

Meanwhile, Cakir defended his decision today, telling newspaper AS: 'I feel good and I do not doubt my decisions. Nani's red was correct. The world will realise the truth over time.'

The official also brandished other high-profile red cards in matches involving English teams, dismissing John Terry in Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona last season, Mario Balotelli in a Europa League game against Dynamo Kiev and, earlier this season, Steven Gerrard during England's World Cup draw with Ukraine and Gary Cahill in the Club World Cup defeat to Corinthians.

'In the previous games with the English teams there was no unfair decision,' Cakir added.

'What decision was incorrect The red to Terry or Balotelli I don't think I made a mistake in showing those cards and sending them off.'

Fury: Sir Alex Ferguson has vented his anger at the official

Fury: Sir Alex Ferguson has vented his anger at the official

Swift exit: Cakir is seen leaving Manchester on Wednesday

Swift exit: Cakir is seen leaving Manchester on Wednesday

Regarding being at the centre of controversy this week, Cakir said: 'It hasn't made me feel sad. I don't think about it.

'I've received more criticism on other occasions, but I've always got up and recovered. I can do it again.'

Backing: Xavi (centre) sympathised with Nani

Backing: Xavi (centre) sympathised with Nani

Sven-Goran Eriksson loses out to Mykhailo Fomenko for Ukraine job

Eriksson misses out on squaring up to England after Ukraine turn to Fomenko for top job

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15:31 GMT, 26 December 2012

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been overlooked for the Ukraine national team job after losing out in a unanimous vote.

The country's football federation instead opted for Mykhailo Fomenko, an experienced 64-year-old former Dynamo Kiev defender and manager of several Ukrainian sides, as the successor to Oleg Blokhin who resigned in late September.

Out of work: Eriksson is available for a return to management

Out of work: Eriksson is available for a return to management

Before Fomenko's appointment at a
meeting today – at which Eriksson was not present having previously
discussed terms regarding a potential contract – new QPR manager Harry
Redknapp had also been under consideration.

It means Eriksson has been denied a reunion with England, who are in the same qualifying group in the race for the 2014 World Cup.

Ukraine to decide if Sven Goran Eriksson is new boss

Ukraine to decide if Eriksson is the man to resurrect World Cup push next week

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20:27 GMT, 19 December 2012

Ukraine's football federation will decide next week whether to hire Sven Goran Eriksson to coach their national team.

Well: Sven Goran Eriksson could be the next coach of Ukraine

Well… Sven Goran Eriksson could be the next coach of Ukraine

After meeting the much-travelled former England coach and his agent in Kiev, officials laid out the terms of a potential contract.

'The Executive Committee meeting will take place next week,' said a federation spokesman, who added that they were also considering hiring local coach Mykhaylo Fomenko.

Both Harry Redknapp and Andriy Shevchenko have turned down the role in recent months.

Ukraine are currently fifth out of Group H's six teams, with two points from three games. After a 1-1 draw at Wembley, they are due to host England in September.

Former boss Oleg Blokhin resigned in late September after failing to lead the team out of the group stages in Euro 2012, which Ukraine co-hosted, and accepted the job of head coach at Dynamo Kiev.

The 64-year-old Swede has served as technical director of Thai club BEC Tero Sasana since September.

It"s time to get out orange balls, red paint and shovels as football tackles the cold snap

It's time to get out the orange balls, red paint and shovels as football tackles the cold snap

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15:53 GMT, 5 December 2012

December isn't even a week old and already we have seen Britain's transport infrastructure plead mercy to a thin blanket of snow – especially south of the Watford Gap.

The experts claim it's just the tip of the iceberg for this month (not that we should be surprised at seeing the white apocalypse in December) which may be bad news for commuters but it should at least raise a smile for football fans.

Ice cool: Newcastle train in the snow on Wednesday

Ice cool: Newcastle train in the snow on Wednesday

Ice cool: Newcastle train in the snow on Wednesday

Ice cool: Newcastle train in the snow on Wednesday

Cold front: A groundsman clears snow at Newcastle's training centre

Cold front: A groundsman clears snow at Newcastle's training centre

Dinamo Zagreb's Champions League game with Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night had to be suspended for 10 minutes after very heavy snowfall covered the pitch markings.

But after clearing the lines and painting them red, play was resumed and the novelty factor of a meaningless Champions League tie greatly increased.

Now before we go into the pros, it's worth pointing out that snow in general can just as badly disrupt football as it does anything these days.

Frozen pitches for a start lead to many postponements and fixture congestion, but the era of health and safety has only compounded the problem.

Warm front: Spurs players in shorts despite the cold snap

Warm front: Spurs players in shorts despite the cold snap

Caught out: Dinamo Zagreb's match against and Dynamo Kiev was held up to repaint the lines

Caught out: Dinamo Zagreb's match against and Dynamo Kiev was held up to repaint the lines

Caught out: Dinamo Zagreb's match against and Dynamo Kiev was held up to repaint the lines

Caught out: Dinamo Zagreb's match against and Dynamo Kiev was held up to repaint the lines

Games are called off in case people slip over on ice just outside or inside a stadium, while play is under pressure to be called off if snow starts to set on the pitch – regardless of whether line markings can be seen.

But there is something special about games being played in the snow – even if the passing game suffers a little bit.

These days it can even lead to a sense of nostalgia. We frankly don't see enough of the orange ball anymore or penalty areas marked out by clearing just the snow inside the box.

Only two years ago, Roy Keane’s Ipswich won 3-0 against Leicester despite protests from the Foxes to have the game suspended following a blizzard during the game.

Compare that to Chelsea’s Cup Winners-Cup match at Tromso in 1997 where a blizzard covered the pitch and produced a 3-2 victory in favour of the Norwegian side.

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Hardly anybody batted an eyelid about whether the game should have continued…apart from Blues boss Ruud Gullit.

To see how winter football should be done, just watch highlights of Derby's 4-4 draw with Manchester United from Boxing Day in a First Division match from 1970.

No different colour line markings or
an orange ball but it produced an all-time top flight classic in an era
when football in the snow was expected rather than dreaded. Nobody
questioned whether the match should have been contested or if the
Baseball Ground was a health and safety risk on the day. Just the way it
should be.

Undersoil heating means snow covered
pitches are just as unlikely as ever in the Premier League, which is a
shame as the question of whether Lionel Messi can still produce the
goods on a snowy Tuesday night in Stoke may never be answered.

Football after all is a game traditionally played in the winter – it's up to football to adapt to snow rather than avoid it.

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Jamie Carragher: Champions League needs change

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Jamie Carragher exclusive column: How I would save the Champions League, by the Liverpool defender (who won the competition in 2005)

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11:55 GMT, 5 December 2012

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The Champions League, for the last decade, has been the best tournament in world football. In my opinion, it has been superior to both the World Cup and European Championship.

Those high standards would be under threat, though, if it was to expand from 32 teams to 64, as Michel Platini has suggested might happen.

Football is always evolving and I understand that new ideas have to be implemented from time to time but increasing the numbers competing in the Champions League is not the way to go.

Every game should count: Arsenal fielded an understrength side in their defeat to Greek side Olympiacos because they had already qualified

Every
game should count: Arsenal fielded an understrength side in their
defeat by Greek side Olympiacos because they had already qualified,
while Manchester City (below) fell to Borussia Dortmund

End game: Manchester City crashed out of Europe after losing to Dortmund

If you look at the way the group stages have fizzled out over the last couple of years, you will see that more teams won’t raise the quality. Interest in the group stages has been dwindling and it has only been at the quarter-final stages that the competition has come alive.

So how does Platini make the Champions League exciting right from the start

Apart from winning the tournament in 2005, the best experience I had in the competition came during the 2001-2002 season when there were two group stages.

On the brink: Chelsea face an early exit from the Champions League just months after winning the Final in Munich

On the brink: Chelsea face an early exit from the Champions League just months after winning the Final (below)

Drog days are over: Chelsea beat Bayern Munich to win last season's Champions League

After getting through the first phase, when Liverpool were drawn with Boavista, Borussia Dortmund and Dynamo Kiev, we were paired with Barcelona, Galatasary and Roma.

That type of group is what the Champions League is about. Every game meant something, every goal that was scored mattered.

We only ended up getting through to the quarter-finals by beating Roma 2-0 in the last game at Anfield. It was the night Gerard Houllier returned to the dugout after he had suffered a heart attack.

Part of the plan: Carragher's concept for change would see the first knockout round of the draw seeded so the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid would avoid each other early on

Part of the plan: Carragher's concept for change would see the first knockout round of the draw seeded so the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid would avoid each other early on

WHEN THE EUROPEAN CUP WAS A KNOCKOUT…

Brian Clough guided Nottingham Forest to their first European Cup win 1979 as 'Old Big Ead's' men negotiated their way through a tough knockout format en route to glory.

Here's how they did it…

First round: v Liverpool, won 2-0 (1st leg: 2-0; 2nd leg: 0-0)

Second round: v AEK Athens, won 7-2 on agg (1st leg: 2-1; 2nd leg: 5-1)

Quarter-final: v Grasshopper, won 5-2 on agg (1st leg: 4-1; 2nd leg: 1-1)

Semi-final: v Cologne, won 4-3 on agg (1st leg: 3-3; 2nd leg: 1-0)

Final: v Malmo, won 1-0

Euro star: Brian Clough

Of course, the obvious problem with two group stages would be fixture congestion. I read with interest Martin Samuel’s observations in his column on Monday, about returning the competition to pure knockout football all the way through.

My idea would be to strike a balance – keep 32 teams but start things off with a knockout round, with all qualified teams needing a win to get through. So this year, for instance, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea would have to have to win through a high-stakes knockout round first.

The draw for the knockout stage would be seeded, so you would never get a situation where Barcelona faced Real Madrid.

Some people might say that is unfair to the smaller teams and nations that Platini wants to get involved. He should be credited for trying to help them but it is taking things away from the group stage.

Surely the minnows in the competition
should want to prove that they belong in the competition Wouldn’t that
create more excitement But with so much to lose, you could guarantee
that all the seeded teams would be fully committed, regardless of who
they were playing. That, in turn, would lead to better games.

You
would then be left with four groups of four, with the top two going
through to contest the quarter-finals. You could almost guarantee that
every game in the group stage would mean something and be of a high
quality.

Over to you: Jamie Carragher believes UEFA president Michel Platini should change the format of the Champions League

Over to you: Jamie Carragher believes UEFA president Michel Platini should change the format of the Champions League

Wouldn't it be great if all the groups were of the quality of the one this season that contains Real Madrid, Dortmund, Ajax and Manchester City

The problem when you have a 32-team group stage is that a lot of fixture can be monotonous. The World Cup group stage, for instance, doesn’t have the same intensity as the European Championship.

Sealed with a kiss: Jamie Carragher celebrates Liverpool's 2005 Champions league success with Steven Gerrard in Istanbul

Sealed with a kiss: Jamie Carragher celebrates Liverpool's 2005 Champions league success with Steven Gerrard in Istanbul

Of course, the idea might get opposition from the big clubs, who would be fearful of falling out at the first hurdle and missing out on the subsequent revenue but wouldn’t that make things more interesting and exciting

The aim for the Champions League has to be for every group game to mean something but, at the minute, they do not – just look at some of the matches that were played this week.

When the Champions League was revamped in 1992, nobody would have envisaged teams playing weakened sides. That, however, is now the reality.

Jamie Carragher was talking to Dominic King

Champions League round-up: PSG edge out Porto to top Group A

Champions League round-up: PSG edge out Porto as Zagreb gain first point in the snow

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00:05 GMT, 5 December 2012

Ezequiel Lavezzi struck a 61st minute winner as Paris St Germain edged past Porto to emerge as winners of UEFA Champions League Group A with a 2-1 victory in the French capital.

Knowing only a win would be good enough to claim top spot at the expense of their rivals, Carlo Ancelotti's men started well with Thiago Silva firing them in front just before the half-hour mark.

Jackson Martinez equalised three minutes later for the visitors but Lavezzi's effort guaranteed Paris would top the group on 15 points, with the Portuguese side joining them in the knockout stages two points behind.

Topping the group: Ezequiel Lavezzi of PSG celebrates scoring his teams second goal against Porto

Topping the group: Ezequiel Lavezzi of PSG celebrates scoring his teams second goal against Porto

In a match temporarily suspended due to snow, Dinamo Zagreb claimed their first and only point in the group when Ivan Krstanovic hit an injury time penalty to draw 1-1 at home to Dynamo Kiev, who had taken the lead through Andriy Yarmolenko.

Arsenal failed to capitalise on Schalke's surprise draw at already-eliminated Montpellier, Benedikt Howedes put the visitors in front after 56 minutes but Emanuel Herrera equalised for Montpellier just three minutes later.

Snow joke: Ideye Brown of Dynamo Kyiv challenges Domagoj Vida in the heavy snow

Snow joke: Ideye Brown of Dynamo Kyiv challenges Domagoj Vida in the heavy snow

In Group C, a 35th minute goal by Danny gave Zenit St Petersburg a surprise 1-0 win over runners-up Milan in the San Siro and guaranteed the Russians the consolation prize of a Europa League berth.

Group winners Malaga eased to a 2-2 home draw with Anderlecht with two goals from Duda, with the Belgians – whose hopes of third place were extinguished by Zenit's win – twice equalising through Milan Jovanovic and Dieumerci Mbokani.

On the score sheet: Real Madrid's Kaka celebrates his goal against Ajax

On the score sheet: Real Madrid's Kaka celebrates his goal against Ajax

Real Madrid had to settle for second place despite a 4-1 win over Ajax after Borussia Dortmund beat Manchester City. Jose Callejon scored twice and was joined on the scoresheet by Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, while Derk Boerrigter replied for Ajax, who head for the Europa League.

David Beckham hailed by his peers as LA Galaxy stint ends

Goodbye America, it's been magical! Beckham hailed by his peers after dazzling USA

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23:23 GMT, 2 December 2012

How do you know when you’ve made it in America Public endorsements from national icons certainly do not do any harm.

‘David Beckham, thank you for making pro soccer relevant in the USA,’ tweeted Magic Johnson, the former LA Lakers basketball star in the run-up to his neighbour’s final game in the MLS on Saturday afternoon.

Beckham is not short of famous friends in California. On Friday he told how he recently called up Michael Jordan for a restaurant recommendation during a visit to Chicago. This, over the last six years, has gradually become the life of the former England captain.

Family party: David Beckham shares the glory with his sons Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham and Romeo Beckham

Family party: David Beckham shares the glory with his sons Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham and Romeo Beckham

Paying tribute: Beckham was much loved by the Galaxy fans

Paying tribute: Beckham was much loved by the Galaxy fans

Famous friends: Magic Johnson tweeted about Beckham to thank him

Famous friends: Magic Johnson tweeted about Beckham to thank him

Early on Saturday evening, though,
Beckham received a tribute from his peers that — set against the
background of his time in the States — perhaps meant more to him as he
celebrated LA Galaxy’s 3-1 Cup final victory over Houston Dynamo in the
dressing room of the Home Depot Center.

‘One more year, one more year, one
more year,’ was the spontaneous song from Beckham’s Galaxy team-mates
as he prepared to say his farewells. Quite something, that, from a group
of players who as recently as 2009 were questioning his commitment to
their cause.

Moments later Beckham sat in the press
conference next to Landon Donovan, the colleague who famously said
three years ago: ‘I can’t say he’s a good team-mate. He’s not shown
that. At a minimum you should bust your ass every day. That hasn’t
happened.’ Here, in the aftermath of victory, was Donovan’s latest take.

Fond farewell: Beckham crowned his six year spell with LA Galaxy with another MLS Cup victory, after they beat Houston Dynamo 3-1

Fond farewell: Beckham crowned his six year spell with LA Galaxy with another MLS Cup victory, after they beat Houston Dynamo 3-1

Impact: Beckham is hailed by the adoring Galaxy fans

Impact: Beckham is hailed by the adoring Galaxy fans

‘David’s demeanour earlier this season
was overwhelming,’ Donovan said. ‘All the players were saying it. We
were struggling but he simply influenced people.

‘Players bought in to what he was saying and here, months later, we have our reward.’

Donovan is a complicated character,
one currently contemplating his own future in MLS. His tribute to
Beckham, though, appeared genuine and in tune with much of what has
recently been said here about the league’s most famous player.

There will, of course, not be one more
year for the 37-year-old Beckham. He leaves America as a winner and
that will be important to him. It was the way he left Manchester United
in 2003, and Real Madrid in 2007 too. He will not be back.

Equally pertinent, though, is that he
leaves believing he has ultimately kept his side of the bargain he
struck when he arrived in LA at the relatively young age of 31.

Still got it: Beckham produced a number of superlative, hallmark passes during the final

Still got it: Beckham produced a number of superlative, hallmark passes during the final

Hair-raising: Beckham challenged Houston's Ricardo Clark to the ball

Hair-raising: Beckham challenged Houston's Ricardo Clark to the ball

Questions about his commitment, about
the sincerity of his oft-stated belief in the future of MLS, dogged his
early years in Los Angeles.

On Saturday night, though, he left the field embraced not only as an Englishman abroad but as one of the league’s very own.

This has been a difficult journey at
times. Loan spells in Milan in 2009 and 2010 raised understandable
questions about his priorities, as indeed did his early returns to
England to extend his inter-national career.

To be here on Saturday, though, was to realise that America now loves Beckham just as much as Beckham loves America.

‘If this had been a failed experience
with David then it would really have set us back as a league,’ said MLS
commissioner Don Garber. ‘But it hasn’t been. It has, in the end, been
enormously successful.’

Here's the punchline: Beckham celebrates after Omar Gonzalez had brought the match level at 1-1 early in the second half

Here's the punchline: Beckham celebrates after Omar Gonzalez had brought the match level at 1-1 early in the second half

Once upon a time, Beckham looked up
from the Home Depot field to see banners telling him to ‘go home’. It
wasn’t only Donovan who wondered where his heart and mind really lay.

On Saturday, though, the slogans pleaded: ‘Please take us with you,’ and declared: ‘David we will miss you.’

Garber added: ‘It took time for David
to find his legs here and get used to things. There were some trials and
tribulations with the loans in the early part. They created issues.

‘But we look back now and see that we
had a lot of “full-time David” and that “full-time David” over-delivered
on a lot of levels.

‘There are very few people in the world who don’t know about MLS now and that’s because David’s been here.’

As is often the case in America,
perspective is required. Off-the-field measures in MLS suggest muted
improvement during the Beckham years.

Average attendances have risen from
15,500 per match to 18,800. There are now 19 franchises in the MLS,
compared to 13 in Beckham’s first season. Television viewing figures,
meanwhile, remain fairly stagnant, with just over a million people
tuning in to watch Beckham on Saturday.

Much loved: Beckham's departure was mourned by LA Galaxy fans, who made a number of tribute banners for his farewell

Much loved: Beckham's departure was mourned by LA Galaxy fans, who made a number of tribute banners for his farewell

The great, sprawling monsters of
American football, basketball and baseball are not under any threat from
what remains a minority sport and an admission from the Galaxy on
Friday that they are targeting the Brazilian Kaka as Beckham’s
replacement in a bid to attract Hispanic TV audiences suggests some
decisions are still being made for reasons not entirely centred on
sport.

Nevertheless, it can be argued that Beckham’s presence in LA has, latterly, helped to inch the game forwards.

‘When David came here people overseas
described it as a retirement league,’ said Garber. ‘Now people can see
it’s much more competitive.’

At Home Depot on Saturday, Beckham was
feted. Win or lose, this was set up to be his day. Playing in his now
familiar deep midfield role, he passed the ball very well.

He may not be able to run like he
once could. As a football technician, though, he remains imperious and
his control over a football — his judgment of weight and distance — is
as exquisite as ever.

Joking with a team-mate last week,
Beckham likened himself to the New England Patriots quarter-back Tom
Brady, only to be told: ‘No, man, you are not that good.’

Memento: This Galaxy fan wanted the shirt of Beckham's back

Memento: This Galaxy fan wanted the shirt of Beckham's back

It’s easy to see his point, though. On
Saturday, given the time and space a 37-year-old needs, he increasingly
dictated the rhythm of the game as Galaxy recovered from a half-time
deficit to win.

When they earned a last-minute
penalty, it looked momentarily as though Beckham might take it. Some
farewell that would have been, but common sense dictated otherwise and,
after Robbie Keane had sealed victory from 12 yards, Beckham departed
the stage to a generous ovation.

Where he goes next is the question. In
all honesty a place in a top European side looks some way beyond him.
For now, though, he will lay that issue to one side.

‘This is a good day,’ Beckham said. ‘I
tell my children every day that if you want something you have to put
in the hard graft. I think I have done that here. It’s been a successful
six years.

‘All I hope is that people have enjoyed watching me play. My impact here will have to be judged by others.’

David Beckham pledges to continue MLS link after bowing out with LA Galaxy in style

Beckham pledges to continue MLS link after bowing out with LA Galaxy in style

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01:46 GMT, 2 December 2012

David Beckham insists his personal involvement with Major League Soccer is not over after ending his five-year stay in the United States in style.

The former England captain bowed out after five years with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Cup final, with his side seeing off the Houston Dynamo 3-1 to take the trophy for the second year in a row.

Fond farewell: David Beckham's American odyssey ended with silverware

Fond farewell: David Beckham's American odyssey ended with silverware

It was a triumphant finale to 37-year-old Beckham's American odyssey, though when he made the move from Real Madrid in 2007 he had claimed he was partly motivated by the chance to promote his sport in the USA.

He has yet to reveal where he will play next, though he has no shortage of lucrative offers awaiting his attention. But regardless of his destination, he claims the MLS will remain important to him.

'This is very special for us. To win at our own home is fantastic,' he said.

Glory boys: Beckham and Robbie Keane lift the MLS Cup

Glory boys: Beckham and Robbie Keane lift the MLS Cup

'I always said I was going to stick by it. When I'm committed to something I'm committed to the end.

'It's sad that it is the end; this has been a special place for me and continues to be special to me.

'I'm happy to have been part of this for nearly six years and to have been successful with this club for four years.

'I'm going to continue my commitment to this league, this country and this sport. My commitment stays the same to growing this league and growing the sport in this country.'

Party time: Beckham and his tam-mates begin the celebrations

Party time: Beckham and his tam-mates begin the celebrations

Asked where he would be playing next, Beckham responded by playing to the fans in California's Home Deport Center.

'I have no idea, what's more important is that I'm happy I'm wearing this (Galaxy) uniform today.'

Phillipe Mexes scores wonder goal in AC Milan v Anderlecht

Better than Ibrahimovic Mexes scores incredible overhead kick for AC Milan… and he's a DEFENDER!

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09:20 GMT, 22 November 2012

Could this goal be as good as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ingenious propeller-kick against England

Phillipe Mexes scored AC Milan's second goal against Anderlecht as they beat the Belgian side 3-1 in Champions League Group C.

In sensational style, the French defender chested a lofty set-piece on the edge of the area before launching himself in pursuit of the ball and connecting with a sweet overhead kick.

What a goal: Phillippe Mexes fired a wonder goal in for AC Milan

What a goal: Phillippe Mexes fired a wonder goal in for AC Milan

Over it goes: Mexes' goal is similar to the masterful propeller kick scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic some weeks ago

Over it goes: Mexes' goal is similar to the masterful propeller kick scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic some weeks ago

Did you see that Mexes, a centre half, looked in disbelief after he scored the second goal for Milan

Did you see that Mexes, a centre half, looked in disbelief after he scored the second goal for Milan

The centre half's volley looped across the box, over the helpless goalkeeper and into the top corner.

Mexes' wonderful goal comes soon after Ibrahimovic scored four goals for Sweden against England in Stockholm.

The giant Swede latched onto an errant Joe Hart header from 25 yards out for his masterful fourth goal.

BETTER THAN THIS… RE-LIVE IBRAHIMOVIC'S WONDER GOAL

Before the ball could hit the ground Ibrahimovic had thrown himself into the air, swung his boot at the ball and fired it over Hart and into the empty England goal, being dubbed one of the greatest goals ever in the process.

Milan's win at Anderlecht meant
they will join Malaga in the knockout stages. Stephan El Shaarawy put the Italians in front before Bram Nuytinck was sent off for Anderlecht.

After Mexes scored the Ibrahimovic Mark II goal, Tom De Sutter clawed one back for the Belgians before Alexandre Pato fired home the third.

As good as mine Ibrahimovic (centre) and his Paris Saint-Germain side won elsewhere

As good as mine Ibrahimovic (centre) and his Paris Saint-Germain side won elsewhere

In on it: Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring against Dynamo Kiev

In on it: Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring against Dynamo Kiev

Malaga went through as Group C
winners despite blowing an early 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Zenit St
Petersburg in Russia. Diego Buonanotte and Sebastian Fernandez put the
Spaniards in front with just nine minutes gone, before Danny and Viktor
Fayzulin rescued a point.

Manchester City went out of the competition after drawing 1-1 at home to Real Madrid in Group D.

Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund guaranteed progression as group winners with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a 4-1 thrashing of Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Lewandowski put the in-form Germans out of sight by half-time, and after Lewandowski had added his second of the night, Danny Hoesen grabbed a consolation for the home side with four minutes left.

No sweat: Borussia Dortmund progressed as group winners over Manchester City and Real Madrid

No sweat: Borussia Dortmund progressed as group winners over Manchester City and Real Madrid

Battling it out: Porto's Lucho Gonzalez scores against Dinamo Zagreb

Battling it out: Porto's Lucho Gonzalez scores against Dinamo Zagreb

Porto and Paris St Germain will play off in Paris next month to determine the winners of Group A after both sides underlined their progression to the knockout stages with easy wins tonight.

Porto remain a point clear at the top of the group after a 3-0 home win over pointless Dinamo Zagreb, Lucho Gonzalez putting them ahead in the 20th minute before second-half strikes from Joao Moutinho and Silvestre Varela.

And the French side also rubber-stamped their qualification with a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine, with Ezequiel Lavezzi opening the scoring on the stroke of half-time and adding a second soon after the break.

Christian Fuchs scored the only goal of the game in the 77th minute as Schalke 04 beat Olympiakos to ensure qualification from Group B and give them a one-point advantage over second-placed Arsenal.

Champions League round-up: Phillipe Mexes scores wonder goal

Champions League round-up: Better than Zlat Mexes scores remarkable overhead kick to help AC Milan progress with Malaga

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23:09 GMT, 21 November 2012

Could this goal be as good as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ingenious propeller-kick against England

Phillipe Mexes scored AC Milan's second goal against Anderlecht as they beat the Belgian side 3-1 in Champions League Group C.

In sensational style, the French defender chested a lofty set-piece on the edge of the area before launching himself in pursuit of the ball and connecting with a sweet overhead kick.

What a goal: Phillippe Mexes fired a wonder goal in for AC Milan

What a goal: Phillippe Mexes fired a wonder goal in for AC Milan

Over it goes: Mexes' goal is similar to the masterful propeller kick scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic some weeks ago

Over it goes: Mexes' goal is similar to the masterful propeller kick scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic some weeks ago

Did you see that Mexes, a centre half, looked in disbelief after he scored the second goal for Milan

Did you see that Mexes, a centre half, looked in disbelief after he scored the second goal for Milan

The centre half's volley looped across the box, over the helpless goalkeeper and into the top corner.

Mexes' wonderful goal comes soon after Ibrahimovic scored four goals for Sweden against England in Stockholm.

The giant Swede latched onto an errant Joe Hart header from 25 yards out for his masterful fourth goal.

Before the ball could hit the ground Ibrahimovic had thrown himself into the air, swung his boot at the ball and fired it over Hart and into the empty England goal, being dubbed one of the greatest goals ever in the process.

Milan's win at Anderlecht meant
they will join Malaga in the knockout stages. Stephan El Shaarawy put the Italians in front before Bram Nuytinck was sent off for Anderlecht.

After Mexes scored the Ibrahimovic Mark II goal, Tom De Sutter clawed one back for the Belgians before Alexandre Pato fired home the third.

As good as mine Ibrahimovic (centre) and his Paris Saint-Germain side won elsewhere

As good as mine Ibrahimovic (centre) and his Paris Saint-Germain side won elsewhere

In on it: Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring against Dynamo Kiev

In on it: Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring against Dynamo Kiev

Malaga went through as Group C
winners despite blowing an early 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Zenit St
Petersburg in Russia. Diego Buonanotte and Sebastian Fernandez put the
Spaniards in front with just nine minutes gone, before Danny and Viktor
Fayzulin rescued a point.

Manchester City went out of the competition after drawing 1-1 at home to Real Madrid in Group D.

Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund guaranteed progression as group winners with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a 4-1 thrashing of Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Lewandowski put the in-form Germans out of sight by half-time, and after Lewandowski had added his second of the night, Danny Hoesen grabbed a consolation for the home side with four minutes left.

No sweat: Borussia Dortmund progressed as group winners over Manchester City and Real Madrid

No sweat: Borussia Dortmund progressed as group winners over Manchester City and Real Madrid

Battling it out: Porto's Lucho Gonzalez scores against Dinamo Zagreb

Battling it out: Porto's Lucho Gonzalez scores against Dinamo Zagreb

Porto and Paris St Germain will play off in Paris next month to determine the winners of Group A after both sides underlined their progression to the knockout stages with easy wins tonight.

Porto remain a point clear at the top of the group after a 3-0 home win over pointless Dinamo Zagreb, Lucho Gonzalez putting them ahead in the 20th minute before second-half strikes from Joao Moutinho and Silvestre Varela.

And the French side also rubber-stamped their qualification with a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine, with Ezequiel Lavezzi opening the scoring on the stroke of half-time and adding a second soon after the break.

Christian Fuchs scored the only goal of the game in the 77th minute as Schalke 04 beat Olympiakos to ensure qualification from Group B and give them a one-point advantage over second-placed Arsenal.