Category: Europe

More foreigners than Belgians in their national leagueMore foreigners than Belgians in their national league

The Belgian Pro League will have more foreign players than Belgians for the first time in their history when they kick off tomorrow, the daily Het Nieuwsblad reported.

The newspaper said 217 foreigners and 216 Belgians will be playing for the Pro League’s 16 teams this season as Anderlecht seek to defend the title they won for a 31st time last season.

The number of foreign players is up 4.5 per cent from last season despite the league’s efforts to keep more Belgian nationals on the rosters. The league requires that eight of every 25 players on contract be homegrown.

Alexander Hleb returns home to Belarus and joins BATEAlexander Hleb returns home to Belarus and joins BATE

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Former Arsenal and Barcelona player Alexander Hleb has returned to the Belarusian club where he made his professional debut, the team, BATE Borisov.

The 31-year-old midfielder said he was especially motivated to revive his career at the club where he made his professional debut.

I’m glad to return to BATE. Here I made my first steps, I left for Europe from here. I want to thank my home club, to do everything possible to fulfill their desired goals.” Hleb said on the club’s website Thursday.

Hleb won the Belarusian title with BATE in his first season in 2000, and later played in the Bundesliga for spending three years at Arsenal from 2005 to 2008.

This was followed by four seasons at Barcelona, where he spent much time on loan and made just 19 appearances in four years.

Since then, a spell in the Russian league this spring with Krylya Sovetov yielded few first-team appearances and did not lead to a permanent deal.

Fabio Capello signs two-year deal with RussiaFabio Capello signs two-year deal with Russia

Former England coach Fabio Capello has signed for Russia, he said Thursday.

Local media has reported that Capello, who has won league titles in Spain and Italy, will earn up to €10million per year.

“It’s a great honor for me to be at the helm of the Russian national team,” the Italian said, adding that this is a team with “huge potential”.

Brazil to face Mexico in the Olympic football tournament finalBrazil to face Mexico in the Olympic football tournament final

Leandro Damiao scored two second-half goals to help Brazil defeat South Korea 3-0 and reach their first Olympic men’s final in 24 years.

Romulo put Brazil ahead at Old Trafford with a first-time strike after a superbly weighted pass from Oscar.

South Korea, who beat Great Britain on penalties in their previous fixture, have the consolation of a bronze medal match against Japan in Cardiff on Friday.

Mexico earned a 3-1 victory over Japan on Tuesday and secure a spot in the final of the men’s Olympic soccer competition.

Harry Redknapp: Portsmouth must be savedHarry Redknapp: Portsmouth must be saved

Former Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has said he will do all he can to save the embattled club from going out of business.

Redknapp plans to speak to Nwankwo Kanu, who has lodged a claim for £3million in pay, to see if he can convince the former Arsenal striker to work something out with the club.

“I will be ringing Kanu today to see if there is anything I can do,” he said.

Center-back  Tal Ben Haim is also owed a similar amount in wages and Redknapp added: “In the case of Tal Ben Haim, if players have a contract and are owed money, you can see why they think they should get it. But if the club closes down they won’t get a penny. They need to think hard about that.”

Redknapp spent five seasons at Fratton Park between 2002 and 2008, guiding the club to a momentous FA Cup win in 2008.

Video|Ludogorets wins Super Cup and seal trembleVideo|Ludogorets wins Super Cup and seal tremble

Ludogorets beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv 3-1 to secure the Bulgarian Supercup and complete a remarkable domestic treble after league and cup success.

Two months on from their Bulgarian Cup triumph over the same opposition, Ludogorets came out on top again thanks to goals from new signing Júnior Caiçara, captain Emil Gargorov and Marcelinho.

Highlights: Ludorets 3-1 Lokomotiv Plovdiv

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