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World Cup USA 94
1. Sweden lose defender, Stefan Schwartz & Brazil can't play Leonardo
2. Italy: Tassotti, Conte & Mussi fit
3. Bulgarian reactions
4. Germans reflect on defeat
5. Seville want 1.5 million pounds from Maradona
6. Stoichkov's mother collapses
7. America for another World Cup?
8. World Cup Fixtures & Quarter-Final summary
14: Fiorentina pay $7m for Portuguese ace
9. Blackburn announce interest in Chris Sutton (5 million plus)
Man Utd & Arsenal consider moves but not Spurs
10. Tommy Burns leaves Kilmarnock (for Celtic job?)
11. Mabbutt's new Tottenham terms
12. Mark Draper in Leicester talks - other Notts County transfer news
13. Blackpool, Stoke, Luton, Notts County, Tranmere, Watford news
=== 1. Sweden v Brazil team news ===
Sweden will again be without a key player when they tackle Brazil in Los
Angeles on Wednesday. They were without striker Martin Dahlin in the 1-1
group stage and this time Stefan Schwarz in absent. The Arsenal defender
picked up a second yellow card against Romania and will be suspended.
Brazil will be without defender Leonardo, who is serving the second of a
four-match ban for elbowing US midfielder Tab Ramos.
=== 2. Italy v Bulgaria team news ===
Italian right-back Mauro Tassotti is nursing a knee strain but should be
fit for Wednesday's semi-final. Antonio Conte will be fit despite
suffering cramp in their 2-1 win over Spain and Roberto Mussi has shaken
off an ankle problem. Team captain Franco Baresi could still play a part
in the tournament despite knee surgery after their first round game with
Norway. He may be available for the final if they get past the Bulgarians.
=== 3. Bulgarian reactions ===
Bulgarians flooded the streets of the nation's capital Sofia after their
shock 2-1 win over Germany. The Bulgarian team had not even reached the
quarter-finals stage before USA '94 and their jubilant fans had every
excuse to celebrate. Hundreds of thousands jammed the streets chanting:
"Hristo Stoichkov for president!" as news filtered through of their
surprise triumph. Bulgaria will now face Italy in New York on Wednesday
with a place in the World Cup Final at stake.
Bulgaria's players says they have nothing to fear now and expect to go all
the way and reach the final.
Goal hero Hristo Stoitchkov said: "We don't have anything to lose.... I'm
sure we will have as big a success against Italy in the semis. "Germany
were scared of us - there was no doubt we were the better team. We have
beaten two World Cup winners and we'll make it three."
Skipper Borislav Mihailov said: "We have a great chance against Italy -
they aren't as good as Germany."
=== 4. German reflections ===
German skipper Lothar Matthaus made no excuses after Bulgaria's shock 2-1
win and said the whole team must shoulder the responsibility. He said: "We
are all guilty, there is no one individual player to be blamed. A lot of
trash might be said but criticism is justified." Team coach Berti Vogts
said: "We in Germany have to start acknowledging the performances of other
Goalkeeper Bodo Illgner announced his decision to quit the national team
immediately after the match.
=== 5. Seville in Maradona compensation claim ===
Spanish club Sevilla are seeking $1.5 million comepnsation from Diego
Maradona for failing to fulfil his contract with them. The Argentine,
banned from the World Cup for failing a *** test, has made a
counter-claim that his contract should be fully paid up.
=== 6. Stoichkov's mother ===
Hristo Stoichkov's mother collapsed after watching her son score in the
2-1 semi-final win over Germany. She was taken to a hospital in Sofia for
=== 7. USA again in 2010? ===
America could stage the World Cup again as early as 2010 according to a
FIFA spokesman. "FIFA won't hesitate to come back to the US," stated Guido
Tognoni. "We're in France in 1996, Asia in 2002 and Germany's said it will
bid in 2006 and then, who knows?"
=== 8. Semi-final & final round schedule (British Summer Time) ===
SEMI-FINALS (KO times BST)
Bulgaria v Italy 21.05
in New York
Sweden v Brazil 00.35 (strictly speaking on Jul 14th BST)
in Los Angeles
Third/Fourth place play-off 20.35
in Los Angeles
WORLD CUP FINAL 20.35
in Los Angeles
MATCH A at Boston ATT:
Italy 2-1 Spain 53,644
MATCH B at Dallas
Holland 2-3 Brazil 63,998
MATCH C at New York
Bulgaria 2-1 Germany 72,416
MATCH D at San Francisco
Romania 2-2 Sweden * 81,715
* After extra-time - Sweden won 5-4 on penalties at sudden death stage.
=== 9. Chris Sutton transfer ===
Blackburn have become the first club to formally announce their interest
in Norwich's Chris Sutton. Rovers chairman Robert Coar has confirmed that
his club are in the running and expect the situation to be resolved later
this week. A further statement should be issued in the next few days over
what would be a British record deal for the England under-21 striker.
Norwich chairman Robert Chase has put Sutton on sale for #5million as long
as a deal is completed by the end of this week.
Manchester United are interested in signing Norwich's Chris Sutton but
have baulked at the #5m price tag. United chairman Martin Edwards said: "I
spoke to Norwich chairman Robert Chase last week and he is aware of
interest. "I am not prepared to say what our valuation of the player is,
but it is short of #5m," he added.
Arsenal manager George Graham is also expected to join in the hunt for
Sutton but Tottenham's interest is thought to have waned.
=== 10. Tommy Burns leaves Kilmarnock ===
Tommy Burns has resigned as manager of Kilmarnock after speculation
linking him with the Celtic job. Burns is the main candidate to replace
Lou Macari but Killie have kept his registration and refused Celtic
permission to talk to him. Killie chairman Bobby Fleeting said: "He said
there was nothing the club could do to keep him but he left Rugby Park
crying." Burns commented: "My four years at Kilmarnock have been amongst
the happiest of my life but I have a chance to return to my first love."
=== 11. Mabutt's new terms ===
Gary Mab***has given Tottenham a huge boost by agreeing a new two- year
contract with the club. The 32-year-old was looking for a deal that would
keep him at White Hart Lane for the rest of his career and signed after
talks. Spurs skipper Mab***joined the club from Bristol Rovers in 1982
and is due a testimonial. He bounced back from a smashed cheekbone last
season and will be a key figure as Spurs bid to overcome ther six-point
penalty imposed by the FA for irregular payments.
=== 12. Draper's Leicester talks ===
Notts County's #2.5 million-rated midfielder Mark Draper is having
transfer talks with FA Premiership new boys Leicester City.
Nottingham Forest have paid #50,000 to neighbours County for goalkeeper
Malcolm Rigby. The fee could eventually rise to #120,000 depending on the
number of first-team appearances he makes.
=== 13. Other UK news ===
Blackpool have delayed naming their new manager until Wednesday. Club
director Billy Bingham took charge of pre-season training on Monday.
Stoke centre-back Ian Cranson has agreed a two-year extension to his
contract with boss Joe Jordan.
Luton have made their first summer signing by snapping up Plymouth's
out-of-contract striker Dwight Marshall in a #150,000 deal. Meanwhile The
Hatters' Canadian striker Geoff Aunger has been released by mutual
Notts County winger Paul Devlin has agreed a new two-year contract and
Gary Lund and Michael Johnson are to stay for a further three years.
Youngsters Rob Matthews and Michael Simpson have also accepted new terms
but the club still has 11 players out of contract.
Tranmere manager John King is expected to sign a new four-year contract
later this week. He has been in charge since 1987. The club have meanwhile
been refused permission to bring forward any Saturday games to Friday
Watford have appointed former England defender Kenny Sansom as their new
player-coach while they have also signed Millwall pair Jamie Moralee and
Geoffrey Pitcher in a #450,000 deal.
=== 14. Fiorentina signs Costa ===
Italian club Fiorentina have agreed to pay $7 million for Benfica's Rui
Costa - the largest sum ever paid for a Portuguese player.
Another in an occasional series...
Parallel lines DO meet but only incognito. Ryan Harding, Applied Optics, UKC
"Now no-one's sitting on the fence, whose garden will we end up sitting in?"
- John Wesley Harding, "The Person You Are" from "The Name Above The Title"