Day: June 24, 2012

Video|Trezeguet wins promotion for River PlateVideo|Trezeguet wins promotion for River Plate

David Trezeguet struck twice as Argentine giants River Plate beat Almirante Brown 2-0 on Saturday to win the Primera B Nacional title and return to the first division.

River Plate has won the Argentine first-division title a record 33 times but was relegated a year ago, sparking riots in Buenos Aires by angry fans.

River’s promotion means the derby against Boca Juniors – one of world football’s most famous rivalries – will resume next season.

This is unforgettable. In less than a year we put River back where they belong,” – River Plate coach Matias Almeyda.

River Plate 2-0 Almirante Brown

River Plate Celebration

Harry Kewell quits Melbourne VictoryHarry Kewell quits Melbourne Victory

Kewell was close to signing a new two-year contract but made the stunning decision to reject Victory’s offer for family reasons.

The footballer, who rushed to England after Australia’s World Cup qualifier against Japan in Brisbane, made the decision in the last few days, blindsiding the club and the star’s management.

Victory confirmed on Sunday the shock announcement that Kewell has played his last game for the A-League club.

“It was one of the toughest decisions we’ve had to make,” Kewell said in a statement issued by his management.

I enjoyed playing for Victory and living in Melbourne, but family comes first and together we made a decision that it was best for us to remain close to our family at this time.”

Permanent deal for Fabio Borini at RomaPermanent deal for Fabio Borini at Roma

AS Roma have bought the remaining 50 percent of former Chelsea striker Fabio Borini’s contract and now own the player outright, the club said on Saturday.

Roma formerly part-owned him with Serie A rivals Parma but an offer of €4.9 millions ($6.14 million) in a sealed envelope bid proved enough to ensure that Borini would stay at the Stadio Olimpico.

There had been media speculation in Italy and England that the ex-Swansea City player could link up again with former coach Brendan Rodgers who is now in charge at Liverpool.

Borini, a member of the Italian squad at the European Championship, spent last season on loan at Roma.

Robert Soldado extends contract at the MestallaRobert Soldado extends contract at the Mestalla

Valencia have agreed a three-year contract extension with Spain striker Roberto Soldado that will keep him at the club until 2017.

The 27-year-old club captain has scored 35 league goals since joining from Getafe two seasons ago. He just missed out on a place in the Euro 2012 squad.

His contribution has been fantastic, everyone has seen it,” said Valencia president Manuel Llorente in a statement on Saturday.

His winning character makes him a key figure for the team and a reference for the fans.”

Soldado’s original contract was due to run out in 2014.

Valencia finished third in La Liga, behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, last month to qualify for the Champions League group stages next season.