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MADRID, With all the honours decided, attention in the last weekend of the Spanish league will be focused on the fight to avoid relegation to the second divsion.
Ironically each of the three teams threatened with the drop face the three top sides in the league.
Celta Vigo play champions Real Madrid, runners-up Barcelona travel to Rayo Vallecano, and third-placed Deportivo Coruna host Extremadura.
The last of four automatic relegation places is still unfilled, as is the berth for the play-off against second divsion Mallorca.
MILAN, Serie A side Vicenza became Italy’s first foreign-owned soccer club on Friday when it was sold by auction to a British investment company in a bankruptcy court.
The Stellican company’s lone bid, worth 22.75 billion lire ($13.5 million), was accepted by judge Magda Cristiano after two potential rivals, both Italian and one a consortium of local businesses, dropped out of the race.
Only Stellican representatives were in court.
LA PAZ, Colombia coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who brought a new-look experimental side to the Copa America after years of standing by the same players, said Saturday the team was not the same without the veterans.
An emotional Gomez, upset at comments that the older players were past their best, said Colombia’s Copa America’s performances were proof that he had been right to stick with them for so long.
In particular, Gomez said, the team had missed 36-year-old Carlos Valderrama, who was rested for the Copa America but is still a regular international.
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia, Brazil striker Ronaldo scored two goals but missed a penalty as the world champions beat Paraguay 2-0 in their Copa America quarter-final Sunday.
Ronaldo’s two excellently taken first half goals set Brazil on the way to a semi-final meeting with Peru but he had his second-half penalty saved by Jose Luis Chilavert, the self-proclaimed best goalkeeper in the world.
Ronaldo’s killer touch was the difference between the two sides in an even match. Paraguay, who lead the South American World Cup qualifying competition, had long periods of possession, created a number of good chances but could not put the ball in the net.
The match had been billed as a personal duel between Ronaldo, generally regarded as the world’s best player, and the volatile, outspoken Paraguayan captain, who has made his name by regularly scoring from free kicks and penalties.
SANTA CRUZ, Boliva, Brazil coach Mario Zagallo, who is hoping to add the Copa America to his personal list of titles, said Tuesday he was a born winner and reiterated his belief in results above all else.
“Performances and declarations are forgotten with time but what are never wiped out are the results,” he said.
The actual game of football is such a unpredictable creature — as a fan of a team that continues to frustrate and delight in equal measure I know this too well! — so I guess a project about football could never be any different. Especially a project of this size.
In truth development has now been underway for over eighteen months and at times it has been frustrating in its progress. But things have also been very exciting. One principle that should have perhaps been noted from the very beginning: XoFan has been conceived with two basic points in mind (1) celebrating the greatest footballing heroes the game has known and (2) for the fans. It’s both a physical place and a concept that attempts to capture the memories of our global football heritage, memories of being at the stadium or watching flickering images on a TV, memories of a single skilful move or outstanding goal memories that remain with us forever.