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Dinamo defender Vida fined 80,000 for opening can of beer

The most expensive beer ever Dinamo defender Vida fined 80,000 for opening can

PUBLISHED:

20:34 GMT, 25 September 2012

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UPDATED:

20:34 GMT, 25 September 2012

Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb have ordered defender Domagoj Vida to pay a €100,000 (80,000) fine for opening a can of beer on the club’s bus en route to a game.

Coach Ante Cacic immediately ordered Vida, 23, to leave the bus, which left on Monday for a cup game against lower flight side NK Vrsar later on Tuesday.

Fined: Domagoj Vida (right) paid a heavy penalty for opening a beer

Fined: Domagoj Vida (right) paid a heavy penalty for opening a beer

'The Dinamo management has decided to punish Vida, a Croatia international with 14 caps, with a financial penalty of €100,000 for his behaviour,' the club, who have won the last seven Croatian championships, said on their website.

In August, Brazilian-born Dinamo midfielder Sammir was fined 270,000 euros for partying in a Zagreb night club on the eve of a Champions League qualifying match against Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol.

Eduardo says Arsenal were wrong to sell Robin van Persie

Arsene was wrong to sell stars, warns former Arsenal striker Eduardo

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 22 August 2012

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Eduardo insists Arsenal should not have sold Robin van Persie and Alex Song this summer and claims his former club have made a ‘big mistake’.

Van Persie was sold to Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester United last week and Song was allowed to leave for Barcelona. The departure of two high-profile names at the Emirates came 12 months after Arsenal let Cesc Fabregas join Barca and Samir Nasri move to Manchester City.

Eduardo, who joined Arsene Wenger’s side from Dinamo Zagreb in 2007 before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010, believes that Arsenal will never challenge for the title if they keep selling their best players at the end of each season.

Wrong move: Former Arsenal striker Eduardo says Arsenal were wrong to sell Robin van Persie

Wrong move: Former Arsenal striker Eduardo says Arsenal were wrong to sell Robin van Persie

He also suggests the sales of Van Persie and Song have jeopardised Arsenal’s chances of a top-four finish.

'It’s a big mistake to sell them — they were the most important players last season. When you lose players like that, your chance of finishing in the top four is less,’ he said.

'Every player comes to Arsenal as a simple player and Arsenal make them into a big player. But they can’t keep everyone together to fight for titles. Every year it’s similar — they lose players, buy players, make them class players and the next year they sell again. They are always in the same place.’

Big move: Van Persie made his debut for Manchester United after making his move for Arsenal

Big move: Van Persie made his debut for Manchester United after making his move for Arsenal

Brazilian Andre Santos has been read the riot act by angry Arsenal officials after he was clocked speeding at 130mph just yards from the club’s London Colney HQ. The Brazil full back was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving last Friday morning and will appear in court on September 12.

The club have been infuriated by Santos’s misdemeanour, with the South American likely to be fined by the club after he appears in court next month.

Real Madrid boost as PSG ditch bid for Luka Modric

Boost for Real in their hunt for Modric as PSG ditch bid for Tottenham star

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08:35 GMT, 9 August 2012

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Real Madrid believe they have been handed a significant boost in their bid to sign Luka Modric.

The Spanish champions think that Tottenham will be forced to lower their 40million asking price after rivals Paris Saint-Germain seemingly ditched their bid for the Croatia midfielder.

The French club have agreed to sign Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo in January for 34m and are unlikely to pursue Modric further.

In demand: Luka Modric in action for Spurs against Blackburn last season

In demand: Luka Modric in action for Spurs against Blackburn last season

Madrid have insisted they will not bid more than 30m for the former Dinamo Zagreb player, but could become more flexible if Spurs show a willingness to negotiate.

Modric is keen to seal a move to the Bernabeu, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is equally determined to strike the best possible deal.

Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk winger Willian reaffirmed his desire to move to England after scoring an impressive goal in a friendly against Spartak Moscow.

Spurs recently enquired about the Brazil international, while Chelsea retain some interest after trying to sign him in January.

The 25-year-old, who had been left out of Shakhtar’s early season plans ahead of an expected move, said: ‘It’s always good to be on the pitch and scoring goals.

'There is still a possibility I will leave Shakhtar in this window – this is my desire, but I’m being professional. So I went on to the pitch and tried my best today.'

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas hails Luka Modric

Luka who's talking! Madrid captain Casillas hails Spurs star as transfer edges closer

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09:20 GMT, 30 July 2012

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Iker Casillas has no fear Luka Modric will be a valuable addition to the Real Madrid ranks IF he completes his move from Tottenham.

The Croatia star is desperate to jump ship from White Hart Lane with Spain his preferred destination. Paris St Germain are also keen.

Madrid are yet to meet Spurs' valuation of more than double the 15million they paid Dinamo Zagreb for Modric in 2008.

However that hasn't stopped Madrid goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas hailing his potential future team-mate.

Waiting for a move: Luka Modric continues to fight to get out of Tottenham

Waiting for a move: Luka Modric continues to fight to get out of Tottenham

Come in, Luka: Iker Casillas is sure Modric would shine at Real Madrid if he joined

Come in, Luka: Iker Casillas is sure Modric would shine at Real Madrid if he joined

'I know him,' the Spain skipper told AS
newspaper. 'He has been a great player ever since he signed for
Tottenham. I faced him in the Euros and he had a very good season.

'If the manager thinks he ought to be then I am sure he will be at the level of this squad. It is not our responsibility to say anything more.

'The club and the manager are those that decide what is best for the team to move a step forward.'

Casillas was discussing Madrid's expectations for the new season, during which they hope to keep ahead of rivals Barcelona, whom they beat into second place for the first time in three years last season.

He added: 'Our goals are similar to those last year. We are hoping to move a step forward like we have in the other seasons since Mourinho has been with us.

'We want to win the league again, the Super Cup and then after two years of arriving at the doors of the Champions League final, we want to reach the final of Europe’s main competition.

'I think we have extraordinary fans, a magnificent stadium and an incredible squad. With all of this it is clear that this team deserves a European Cup, but there are many teams fighting for this title.'

Mario Mandzukic hunted by Everton

Everton in hunt for Croatia 7m bargain-buy striker Mandzukic

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16:46 GMT, 16 June 2012

Everton are trailing Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic – and could land him for a bargain 7million.

The Croatia hitman, one of the stars of Euro 2012 so far with his three goals in two games, could be paired with team mate Nikica Jelavic at Goodison Park.

Super striker: Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic (centre) scores against Italy

Super striker: Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic (centre) scores against Italy

Mandzukic is on the radar of other
Premier League sides too, because he is available at a 'fair' price from
his German club, Wolfsburg.

The 26-year-old was signed by
Wolfsburg's then-coach Steve McClaren – a friend of Everton boss David
Moyes' No2 Steve Round – for 6million and has two years left on his
contract. Everton were also interested in him two years ago, when he
played for Dinamo Zagreb, and have had Mandzukic watched during the
Euros.

His partnership with Jelavic at international level is thriving and could be rekindled on Merseyside.

John Guidetti earns Sweden call to boost Euro 2012 hopes

England beware… Sweden to unleash City wonderkid Guidetti ahead of Euro 2012

Sweden are ready to unleash Manchester City wonderkid John Guidetti on the international scene, hoping the teenage strike sensation can become their secret weapon when they take on England at Euro 2012.

The 19-year-old striker has been in sensational form during his loan spell at Dutch giants Feyenoord, scoring 18 goals in 17 games.

And that form has put Guidetti in contention to make his debut for his country when they play Croatia at the end of the month.

Call-up: Manchester City wonderkid John Guidetti has been in superb form for Feyenoord

Call-up: Manchester City wonderkid John Guidetti has been in superb form for Feyenoord

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Despite his sending off at the weekend for a second bookable offence after removing his shirt as he celebrated scoring, Sweden coach Erik Hamren insists the Bayern Munich target has matured and earned a spot in the squad alongside AC Milan superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the game in Zagreb on February 29.

Hamren said: '18 goals in 17 matches speaks for itself.'

Dan Evans gives Great Britain boost with Davis Cup win over Lukas Lacko

Dan comes good for Britain by defying the world rankings to beat Slovakia's Lacko


All over: Dan Evans (left) and Lukas Lacko (right) shake hands after the British player won their match

All over: Dan Evans (left) and Lukas Lacko (right) shake hands after the British player won their match

Dan Evans gave Great Britain a brilliant and hugely unexpected start to their Davis Cup tie against Slovakia in Glasgow by beating world No 65 Lukas Lacko 6-3 7-5 7-5.

It was by far the biggest win of his career for the 21-year-old, who is ranked more than 200 places lower than his opponent and has never won a match at ATP World Tour level.

The last time Evans played Davis Cup was two years ago when he lost both singles rubbers in the nadir of defeat by Lithuania, but this could not have been more different and gives Britain a great chance of winning a very difficult tie on their return to Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

Evans had lost all four of his previous Davis Cup rubbers, failing to win a set on home soil before, but he has shown encouraging form of late and, perhaps freed by the huge rankings gap, began like a train.

He broke serve at the first opportunity and withstood some strong pressure from Lacko to take the set with a crisp backhand volley, a shot that was a real feature of the match.

The difference between the two players was emphasised last week in Zagreb when Evans earned plaudits simply for qualifying while his opponent went all the way to the final.

Evans, who stands only 5ft 9in, has always been a scrapper but has been heavily criticised in the past for a lack of maturity on and off the court and it is only this year that he has worked his way back onto the top level of Team AEGON funding.

Take that: Evans serves to Lacko at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow

Take that: Evans serves to Lacko at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow

Captain Leon Smith spoke in the build-up of the improvement in Evans' attitude and it really showed in the second set when twice he fought his way back from a break down.

In truth Lacko, who also reached the third round of the Australian Open as a qualifier before losing to Rafael Nadal, gave the Birmingham player a helping hand, double-faulting when he had just broken to go 2-0 up and then playing another poor game as the pattern was repeated at 4-2.

And Evans, whose career-high ranking of 248 came more than two years ago, punished the Slovakian fully by breaking again in the 11th game and then serving out the set to love with an ace.

The pair had met once before, coincidentally in Glasgow at a Futures tournament two years ago, when Lacko won in three sets, but the 24-year-old looked short on answers at the start of the third here.

Giant-killer: Evans is ranked more than 200 places below Lacko

Giant-killer: Evans is ranked more than 200 places below Lacko

He saved three break points in the opening game but not a fourth and was struggling simply to stay in contention against Evans, who was mixing his game up well and showing admirable composure on the big points.

Two break points went begging at 3-1 and this time Lacko did take advantage, levelling at 3-3 when for the first time the occasion appeared to get to Evans.

Regular watchers of British hopefuls may have expected that to be the turning point but Evans quickly put it behind him and was a game away from victory when he broke to lead 6-5, jumping with glee when his return proved too good for Lacko.

Sealing it was not entirely straightforward, Evans netting a simple volley to go break point down, but again he staved off the threat and clinched the decisive point when Lacko hit a return long.

Ajax want probe into Lyon"s 7-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb

Ajax demand probe into Lyon”s incredible 7-1 Champions League victory

Ajax coach Frank de Boer has urged UEFA to investigate Lyon”s improbable 7-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday, which cost the Dutch side a place in the last 16.

Lyon qualified for the knockout stage at Ajax”s expense after they overturned a seven-goal deficit, beat Dinamo away and saw Ajax lose 3-0 at home to Real Madrid after having two goals ruled out.

No laughing matter: Keeper Ivan Kelava is beaten for one of Lyon

No laughing matter: Keeper Ivan Kelava is beaten for one of Lyon”s goals but still smiles at the end

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The French club had scored only two goals in their five previous Group D matches and were 1-0 down to 10-man Dinamo, yet equalised just before half-time and hit six goals in 30 minutes. That included a seven-minute hat-trick for Bafetimbi Gomis, the fastest ever in the competition.

A front-page headline in French newspaper L”Equipe on Thursday called the turnaround miraculous.

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Winking: Domagoj Vida gestures towards Bafetimbi Gomis

Winking: Domagoj Vida gestures towards Bafetimbi Gomis

Further suspicions were raised by an image that appears to show Dinamo defender Domagoj Vida winking at Gomis after Lisandro scored Lyon”s fifth.

De Boer said: “If there was something unusual, UEFA should investigate what happened in Zagreb.

“My assistants have told me that the goals came quick and easy, because you can”t normally score these goals in half an hour.

Heading through: Bafetimbi Gomis(right) celebrates with Mouhamadou Dabo

Heading through: Bafetimbi Gomis(right) celebrates with Mouhamadou Dabo

“At half-time I saw Zagreb were ahead 1-0, then in the dressing room (after the match) I heard it was 7-1. This is what you imagine in your worst dreams.”

Ajax goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer added: “It”s indescribable. Who could have thought this would happen We knew we might lose to Madrid but we didn”timagine Lyon would win by such a margin.”

But UEFA say they have no plans to investigate Lyon”s win and last night insisted any further examination was “not justified”.

The organisation”s betting fraud detection system, which monitors 400 betting companies, did not detect any irregular patterns.

Frank de Boer Remi Garde

Tale of two managers: Frank de Boer and Remi Garde

France”sonline gambling regulator, ARJEL, also found “no particular anomaly” – either in the total amount gambled or the number of bets placed.

Englishreferee Mark Clattenburg was in charge at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb and UEFA could yet act if he or his team mention anything suspicious in their reports.

A Lyon statement said they approved of ARJEL”s probe after an “atypical” result, but regretted “comments are not being limited to the sporting aspect of an incredible exploit”.

Heading out: Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid against Ajax

Heading out: Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid against Ajax

UEFA”s French president Michel Platini said he had “no doubts whatsoever about the integrity of the match or the competition”.

Dinamo, who sacked coach Krunoslav Jurcic straight after the match, described speculation about the result as “shameful, malicious and tendentious”.

“(It”s) a defeat that was hard to imagine,” the club added.

UEFA said in a statement they consider the integrity of their competitions, including the Champions League, as an absolute priority.

“For the time being (the betting fraud detections system) has not shown any irregular betting patterns,” they said.

Real Madrid cruise to knockout stages of Champions League

Champions League round-up: Real Madrid maintain perfect record

Real Madrid coasted through to the knockout stages of the Champions League after becoming only the fifth team in the history of the competition to win all six group matches.

Jose Mourinho”s team last night won 3-0 at Ajax with two goals from Jose Maria Callejon and Gonzalo Higuain,who was captain on the night.

Going through: Gonzalo Higuain (left) celebrates after scoring against Ajax

Going through: Gonzalo Higuain (left) celebrates after scoring against Ajax

With the first of this season”s El Clasico matches against arch rivals Barcelona on Saturday night, Mourinho fielded only two regular first-teamers, Higuain and Xabi Alonso.

In the same Group D Lyon needed a seven-goal swing before the start of Werdnesday night”s games to stand any chance of going through as runners-up.

They pulled off a sensational 7-1 victory at Dinamo Zagreb, which put them ahead of Ajax on goal difference.

Four-star: Lyon

Four-star: Lyon”s Bafetimbi Gomis (right) netted four against Dinamo Zagreb

Their amazing win was built on four goals by Bafetimbi Gomis – and this was after Zagreb, who had a man sent off midway through the first half, had taken the lead through Mateo Kovacic just before half-time.

In Group B Inter Milan, in such poor form in Serie A, made it into the knockout stages despite losing 2-1 at home to CSKA Moscow, who join them in the draw a week on Friday as runners-up.

Delight: CSKA

Delight: CSKA”s Aleksandrs Cauna, Sergei Ignashevich, Georgy Schennikov, Alan Dzagoev, Vladimir Gabulov, Aleksei Berezutski and Evgeny Aldonin celebrate after going through

Seydou Doumbia put the visitors ahead but Esteban Cambiasso hit back for Inter immediately, only for Vasili Berezutsky to snatch a dramatic win with a goal in the 87th minute.

Trabzonspor, who looked to be heading through as runners-up, dropped into the Europa League after being held to a 0-0 draw at Lille, meaning Joe Cole”s French side finished bottom of the group.