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Aston Villa 1 Olympiakos 0 – NextGen match report

Aston Villa 1 Olympiakos 0: Burke fires dominant Villans in to NextGen semi-finals

By
Janine Self

PUBLISHED:

21:56 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:41 GMT, 20 March 2013

The present may be somewhat rocky for Aston Villa but the future is looking bright and rosy.

Graham Burke’s first-half goal was enough to see the U19s through to the semi-finals of the NextGen Series at Lake Como over Easter.

But it took a brilliant late save by Brad Watkins from a ridiculously long-range free kick by Leandro Pinto to make sure in a nervy finale.

On target: Graham Burke of Aston Villa (centre) celebrates after firing his side through

On target: Graham Burke of Aston Villa (centre) celebrates after firing his side through

Denied: Jack Grealish has his shot saved by Eleftherids Choutesiotis of Olympiacos

Denied: Jack Grealish has his shot saved by Eleftherids Choutesiotis of Olympiacos

Last year Villa went out at the quarter-final stage and the defeat against Marseille has clearly rankled ever since.

A season on, the side skippered by Sami Carruthers has come on in leaps and bounds. So much so that Sporting Lisbon, PSV Eindhoven and Ajax number among the Villa scalps.

Villa owner Randy Lerner is a big believer in the homegrown system so would have been delighted to see a healthy crowd in the upper tier of the North Stand.

Surprisingly there were also a fair few Olympiakos supporters too, who generated plenty of noise on a freezing night. Hardly Greek weather, though.

The visiting players did not give them much to cheer in the first half as Villa pretty much took control from the first moment.

Carruthers, who has already had a fleeting introduction to the first-team squad, was a steady influence while striker Callum Robinson made quite a nuisance of himself.

The Olympiakos fans even booed when he was in possession, a major compliment to any player.

It was Robinson who fired the first shot in anger, a routine effort which still had Eleftherids Choutesiotis scrambling to block.

A couple of minutes later and Villa were in the lead through Burke, who took advantage of a bouncing ball in the area to poke it past the keeper.

That signalled a spell of superiority when Villa could easily have increased their lead and should have. It would have saved a lot of worry later on.

Tussle: Jordan Lyden and Dimitrios Siopis of Olympiacos compete for the ball

Tussle: Jordan Lyden and Dimitrios Siopis of Olympiacos compete for the ball

Carruthers fed Josh Barton, whose shot was batted away by a less than sure-gloved Choutesiotis.

Robinson also had a couple of openings but had his first shot cleared for a corner and the second one, after a wonderful turn, rolled wide of a post.

Whether it was the temperature, the stadium or just nerves, Olympiakos took an age to get into the tie but, once they did, they caused a few scares.

It meant that an under-worked Watkins in the Villa goal suddenly had something to do. He did it well, too, gathering Dimitrios Siopis’s low shot and pushing the same player’s next attempt wide.

That set the scene for the start of the second half. This time it was Klodian Gino who twice held his head in his hands after clipping woodwork and seeing the ball drift just wide.

Midfield battle: Konstantinos Rougkalas fights for the ball with Burke

Midfield battle: Konstantinos Rougkalas fights for the ball with Burke

Just as the one-goal lead was beginning to look somewhat fragile, Villa’s Republic of Ireland U17 player of the year, Grealish showed what a prospect he could be.

One jinking run sliced through the Olympiakos defence and should have been capped with a goal. Sadly for Grealish, he hit the post instead.

Minutes later the previously uncertain Choutesiostis proved that when it comes to reflex saves he is a master. Somehow he kept out Grealish’s close-range header, which meant his team-mates stayed in the hunt.

With a minute to go Pinto from 40 yards out forced Watkins into a flying save and Villa were on the plane to Italy.

Leap: Villa's Callum Robinson is challenged by Leandro Climacci Pinto

Leap: Villa's Callum Robinson is challenged by Leandro Climacci Pinto

FIFA fine Roy Hodgson"s agent after breaching regulations when bringing Heurelho Gomes to Spurs

Hodgson's agent fined by FIFA after breach of rules to bring Gomes to Spurs

By
Martin Ziegler, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

15:33 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:10 GMT, 8 February 2013

Roy Hodgson's agent has been fined and warned by FIFA for breaking regulations over the transfer of goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to Tottenham.

Leon Angel, who is based in London, was found guilty of two breaches of the regulations and fined 4,800.

Hodgson negotiated his England contract with the Football Association but Angel has carried out accountancy work with him previously.

The deal to take Heurelho Gomes from PSV was under scrutiny

Wrongdoing: The deal to take Heurelho Gomes from PSV was under scrutiny

The violations related to Gomes' move from PSV Eindhoven in July 2008 and was referred by the FA to FIFA in June 2011.

FIFA said in a statement: 'FIFA also informed Mr Angel that a further breach of the players' agents regulations will result in more severe sanctions to be determined by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, which can lead to a suspension or even a withdrawal of the players' agent licence.'

The first regulation breached refers to having a 'relevant written representation contract with that player or club', and the second requires that 'every players' agent shall ensure that his name, signature and the name of his client appear in any contracts resulting from transactions in which he is involved'.

Angel insists however that it was an administrative oversight by a Brazilian agent, and that he was not responsible for the paperwork.

He told Press Association Sport: 'It is a technical breach on an administrative matter and we are appealing against it to CAS.

'It's actually nothing to do with us – the transfer was performed by a Brazilian agent who did not fill in a form.'

Gomes has faced many highs and lows in his time at Tottenham

Happy Gomes has faced many highs and lows in his time at Tottenham

Andy van der Meyde admits to cocaine and alcohol abuse following Everton release

I did cocaine after Everton snub! Van der Meyde bares all about his unhappy life on Merseyside

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UPDATED:

11:13 GMT, 13 December 2012

Former Everton and Holland midfielder Andy van der Meyde has admitted he turned to cocaine and alcohol following the breakdown of his relationship with David Moyes.

The Dutchman spent four years at Goodison Park after joining from Inter Milan in 2005, but quickly fell out of favour and mustered just 20 appearances before being released.

Feeling blue: Andy van der Meyde endured an very difficult time at Everton

Feeling blue: Andy van der Meyde endured an very difficult time at Everton

Van der Meyde's problems on Merseyside began as early as 2006 when he spent a night in hospital amid claims his drink had been spiked. He also had his pet dog 'Mac' stolen by burglars.

But in an interview with The Times, the 33-year-old has opened up about exactly how far his life spiralled out of control.

'When I was at Ajax, I never even drank alcohol,' Van der Meyde told the paper. 'It was the same at Inter. My team-mates would go out to a club, but I didn’t even know they existed. That changed at Everton.

'The biggest mistake I made was cheating on my wife. My relationship with the manager went downhill from that point. Everything did.'

Then when he was left without a club, he turned to drugs.

'I started doing cocaine,' he added, explaining the situation spiralled for a few months.

Seeing red: Van der Meyde admits to using cocaine and alcohol to escape

Seeing red: Van der Meyde admits to using cocaine and alcohol to escape

He added: 'I looked at myself and asked what I was doing. I thought being in Liverpool would kill me. I needed to go home. So I left everything behind and went back to Holland. Within three days, I had signed with PSV Eindhoven.'

Van der Meyde is now plying his trade in the Dutch amateur leagues having written his autobiography, 'Geen Genade' (translated as 'No Mercy').

Guus Hiddink announces retirement

Your job's safe from him, Rafa! Former Chelsea manager Hiddink announces plans to retire at end of Anzhi season

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UPDATED:

18:10 GMT, 27 November 2012

Former Holland and Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink says he plans to retire from management at the end of the season.

The 66-year-old has enjoyed a successful 30-year coaching career – the high point arguably coming when he led PSV Eindhoven to victory in the 1988 European Cup final – and is currently in charge of ambitious Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Dutchman has guided Anzhi into the last 32 of the Europa League while they are also on course to qualify for the Champions League via the Russian Premier League.

Still got it: Guus Hiddink has announced he will retire from football management at the end of the season

Still got it: Guus Hiddink has announced he will retire from football management at the end of the season

Hiddink’s talents appear to be far from waning, but he has revealed he is now keen to move into a supervisory role.

'It was not my intention to stay very long when I joined this club,' he told De Telegraaf.

'I’m basically going to stop at the end of the season. At 66 years old I think I’ve nearly had enough.

'I don’t know what I’ll do. Maybe I’ll be an advisor or supervisor to young players or coaches.

'I want to teach people how to handle certain issues in football or how they can plot their career path. That sounds interesting. I will not disappear into a black hole.'

Hiddink added: 'I get up every day with so much energy, but you have to be careful not to get into a routine.

'You have to be careful that people will think, “here he is again”.

'So Anzhi is basically the last team which I will coach.'

New challenge: Hiddink is in charge of Samuel Eto'o's side Anzhi Makhackhala

New challenge: Hiddink is in charge of Samuel Eto'o's side Anzhi Makhackhala

Hiddink shot to prominence by winning three Eredivisie titles, three Dutch Cups and the European Cup in his first stint as PSV coach between 1987 and 1990, before returning to the club in 2002 to win three further league titles.

He also took charge of Fenerbahce, Valencia, Real Madrid, Real Betis and Chelsea in a varied career, while also guiding the Dutch national team to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1998.

Hiddink led South Korea to fourth place at the 2002 World Cup before further successful stints in international football with Australia and Russia.

Hiddink agreed an 18-month deal to manage Anzhi in February this year.

Hiddink had a short but successful spell with Chelsea after the sacking of Felipe Scolari in 2009, and only lost once while in charge.

He won the FA Cup by beating Everton 2-1 at Wembley, and remains on good terms with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

The new Blues boss Rafa Benitez may be relieved to see the Dutchman retire, because Hiddink proved an immensely popular figure at Stamford Bridge, with both the fans and the players including Didier Drogba and John Terry.

Benitez was appointed last week after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked following a domestic slump and a poor performance in the Champions League, which he won with Chelsea last season.

New man in charge: Rafa Benitez recently took control of Chelsea following Roberto Di Matteo's sacking

New man in charge: Rafa Benitez recently took control of Chelsea following Roberto Di Matteo's sacking

Wolves want PSV Eindhoven striker Tim Matavz

Wolves target PSV hitman Matavz in bid to boost firepower

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 29 October 2012

Wolves are considering a move for PSV Eindhoven striker Tim Matavz.

He has scored six goals in 13 games this season.

Wanted: Tim Matavz (left) is a target for Championship side Wolves

Wanted: Tim Matavz (left) is a target for Championship side Wolves

Meanwhile, West Brom's Scott Allan, 20, has joined Portsmouth on a one-month loan.

The Scotland Under 21 midfielder signed for West Brom in January from Dundee United.

Riechedly Bazoer wanted by Newcastle, Manchester City and Arsenal

Newcastle want Arsenal and Man City target Bazoer as PSV urge youngster to snub England

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UPDATED:

08:50 GMT, 24 October 2012

Newcastle have joined Manchester City and Arsenal in the race to sign Dutch starlet Riechedly Bazoer but PSV have urged the youngster to snub the riches of the Premier League.

Bazoer is one of the hottest prospects in Holland and was offered a three-year deal in Eindhoven after turning 16 last week.

The defender is considering the English rivals as well as offers from Spain and Italy but PSV sporting director Marcel Brands wants him to stay in Holland where he will be guaranteed regular football.

Potential: Newcastle are the latest club to show interest in Riechedly Bazoer

Potential: Newcastle are the latest club to show interest in Riechedly Bazoer

'We have offered him a professional contract now he has turned 16. I speak with the family, the boy and his agents. We hope we will get an answer soon,' Brands told Goal.com.

'What is his intention Is it to develop or go for bigger money in England You have to ask him and his agent which clubs are interested in him. I don't know and it doesn't matter.

'It is his choice and the agent will do their best for the player. The only thing we can do is offer him good possibilities in terms of coaching and prospects.'

Dutch rules prevent clubs offering players under 18 contracts longer than three years and FIFA have capped compensation for academy players at 296,000.

Brands concedes his side cannot compete with the big clubs in England, Spain and Italy.

'Nobody can,' he said. 'It's not a financial thing, anyway. It's important what is possible in a sporting way.

'It's difficult in England to reach the first team of the big clubs after joining out of the youth academy. A lot of young players from Holland went to England and have not yet played in the first team. Many of them ended up being loaned out to other clubs.

'The players who were successful in England came later, like [Edwin] van der Sar, [Jaap] Stam and [Dennis] Bergkamp.

'PSV are delivering a lot of young players for the European market in Spain, England and Italy. It is difficult to compete with those kinds of clubs.

Big hit: Dennis Bergkamp - arguably the Premier League's best Dutch import

Big hit: Dennis Bergkamp – arguably the Premier League's best Dutch import

'The only special thing we have is that a lot of young players play in the league in Holland.

Last year we had an 18-year-old for the national team (Jetro Williams) playing at left-back.'

Bazoer won the Under 17 European Championships with Holland in the summer after making his debut as a 17-year-old.

Liverpool target Jurgen Locadia from PSV Eindhoven

Liverpool plot move for Dutch youngster Locadia after debut hat-trick

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UPDATED:

07:03 GMT, 18 October 2012

Liverpool are monitoring young Dutch striker Jurgen Locadia as a potential solution to their striker crisis.

The 18-year-old announced himself in some style after he scored an 11-minute hat-trick on his Eredivisie debut for PSV Eindhoven in their 6-0 defeat of VVV Venlo last month.

Wanted man: Jurgen Locadia is a target for Liverpool

Wanted man: Jurgen Locadia is a target for Liverpool

Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is currently reduced to just one recognised striker in Luis Suarez after 10.5million summer arrival Fabio Borini was ruled out for three months.

The Italy international will undergo surgery on a fractured foot after sustaining the damage on Under 21 duty last week.

Uruguay star Suarez is due to arrive back on Merseyside ahead of this weekend's Barclays Premier League clash against Reading.

Rodgers will be hoping the forward is sufficiently recovered from his long jaunt from South America.

But without Borini, Rodgers is relying on Suarez to provide the goals and stay injury-free for the next 12 weeks.

Lone striker: Luis Suarez is now Liverpool's only recognised forward

Lone striker: Luis Suarez is now Liverpool's only recognised forward

Liverpool's other main striker Andy Carroll was loaned out to West Ham in August on a season-long deal.

The Reds will now continue to keep tabs on PSV starlet Locardia in their search to bolster their options when the January transfer window re-opens.

Kevin Strootman set to leave PSV in January

Man United on alert with 20m-rated Strootman set to leave PSV in January

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UPDATED:

06:20 GMT, 27 September 2012

Dutch of class: Strootman (left) is highly-rated across Europe

Dutch of class: Strootman (left) is highly-rated across Europe

PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman has been given the green light for a 20million January move away Holland.

The 22-year-old Dutch international earned rave reviews in his first campaign with PSV last season, quickly establishing himself as one of the best young midfielders in Europe and attracting interest from Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan.

And now Strootman, who has 11 caps for Holland, has been told he can leave the club in January if his value is met.

'Strootman has had a good time in Eindhoven, but he decided that he wants to prove himself in a better league,' his agent Chiel Dekker told the Dutch media.

'If an agreement is able to be reached with a potentially interested club, PSV will allow Kevin to leave in January.'

United sent scout Martin Ferguson to
watch Strootman on several occasions last season, and they are confident the
former Sparta Rotterdam and Utrecht man has the all-round game to be
able to play in the Premier League.

Fabio Capello confirmed as new Russia boss

Lost in translation… again: Capello confirmed as Russia boss on 15.6m contract

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UPDATED:

12:43 GMT, 26 July 2012

Fabio Capello donned a headset and answered questions in Italian after he was confirmed as Russia's new coach in deal worth over 15million.

Sportsmail revealed last week that the the former England boss was set to sign a 7.8m a year deal up to the 2014 World Cup, and it was announced on Friday that he has signed a two-year deal.

Lost in translation: Capello does not speak Russian

Lost in translation: Capello does not speak Russian

The Italian succeeds Dick Advocaat, who took charge of Eredivisie outfit PSV Eindhoven after Russia were eliminated in the group stages of Euro 2012.

Capello, who resigned as England
manager in February, was earlier this month on a shortlist of 13
candidates for the job, with Harry Redknapp and former Barcelona boss
Pep Guardiola also mentioned by the RFU.

But
speculation has grown since that the 66-year-old was their man and he
is now set to complete the formalities, with a press conference
scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

The
RFU will hope Capello will prosper after Russia started promisingly at
the European Championship, by beating Czech Republic 4-1, before being
eliminated after a draw with co-hosts Poland and a defeat to Greece.

Similarly, Capello will be looking to rebuild his reputation after a less than impressive four years with England.

In the money: Capello will earn 15.6m over two years

In the money: Capello will earn 15.6m over two years

In the money: Capello will earn 15.6m over two years

After taking charge in 2008, he was initially a great success after England comfortably qualified for the 2010 World Cup but matters soon went awry after a disappointing tournament that ended with a crushing 4-1 defeat by rivals Germany in the second round.

The former AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid boss guided England into this year's tournament in Poland and Ukraine but quit his post in acrimonious circumstances after the Football Association stripped John Terry of the captaincy due to the Chelsea defender being charged with making a racist remark to Anton Ferdinand. Terry was subsequently cleared in a magistrates court trial.

Prior to his mixed stint with England, Capello was widely viewed as one of the best coaches in the world.

His record includes seven Serie A titles – although two of these were later revoked after Juventus were implicated in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal – and two Primera Division championships. He also won the Champions League with AC Milan in 1994.

Jeremain Lens is Southampton target

Southampton in for PSV forward Lens as south coast spending set to continue

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UPDATED:

21:51 GMT, 19 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Southampton have made a move for PSV Eindhoven’s Holland forward Jeremain Lens.

The
24-year-old, who has been capped four times, has scored 19 goals in the
last two seasons and can play anywhere across the front line.

The south coast side have already bought Jay Rodriguez and Nathaniel Clyne this transfer window and the spending looks set to continue.

Addition: Jeremain Lens (left) would be a handy extra for the Saints' frontline

Addition: Jeremain Lens (left) would be a handy extra for the Saints' frontline