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scored his second hat-
trick of the season, on
Saturday, in a 7--0 win
for Orlando City over
Dayton Dutch Lions to
extend his record
breaking run as USL
Pro leading scorer.
"Maybe in a few
years time, they ll
RES hopes to live up
to the achievements of
former AC Milan
greats, George Weah,
Marco van Basten and
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NEW DELHI---Brazilian great Zico
has been signed to coach Goa in the
new eight-team Indian Super League
Goa said in a statement yesterday
that Zico signed the contract in Rio
de Janeiro, and it was "honoured" to
His most recent manager position
was at Al-Gharafa in Qatar, which he
left in January, six months into a
Alessandro Del Piero, Robert Pires,
David Trezeguet, Fredrik Ljungberg
and Luis Garcia are among the big
names signed for the inaugural ISL
starting on October 12 to December
20.Former India cricket captains
Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav
Ganguly, and a clutch of Indian film
actors, have stakes in different ISL
Zico to coach Goa in Indian Super League
Radamel Falcao is excited to be
working with Louis van Gaal after
completing his last-minute loan move
to Manchester United.
The prolific Colombian striker, one
of the stars of the world game, joined
United in a shock season-long deal
from Monaco on deadline day.
His arrival capped an extraordinary
summer for United in which they
brought in the vastly experienced Van
Gaal as manager and spent more than
£150million on players.
Falcao, who was heavily linked with
Real Madrid last week, is now looking
forward to immersing himself in Dutch
boss Van Gaal's philosophy.
The 28-year-old, whose £6million
loan could be made permanent next
summer, said: "I am very excited for
that. Van Gaal is a very good trainer
with a lot of experience.
"I want to do the best for the team,
for him and for the supporters."
Falcao will join British record signing
Angel di Maria, Wayne Rooney, Robin
van Persie and Juan Mata in a formi-
dable attacking unit.
Former United defender Rio Ferdi-
nand, who left Old Trafford in the sum-
mer, is impressed by the recruitment.
Ferdinand, now at QPR, tweeted:
"@ManUtd have gone huge! Falcao &
di maria & the early signings...i hope
they all fit in & gel. Need carrick fit
too. The Firepower is nuts."
As Falcao arrived, United allowed
homegrown striker Danny Welbeck to
move to Arsenal for a fee thought to
be around £16million.
Former United defender and assistant
manager Mike Phelan believes that is
a shame and signifies a major strategy
change at the club.
Phelan said: "They have probably
lost the way of Manchester United a
"Now, rather than produce, it may
be the case where they are buying in.
"Someone like a Danny Welbeck has
been part of United's identity and that
has been broken."
Manchester City were linked with a
move for Falcao early on deadline day
but that never materialised.
Instead there was a high-profile
attacking departure as striker Alvaro
Negredo joined Valencia in a loan deal
that will be made permanent next sum-
Negredo, 29, impressed in the first
half of his single season at City but lost
form after suffering a shoulder injury
in January and is now out with a broken
Negredo posted a farewell message
on Twitter reading: "About a year ago
Manchester City, a club that for always
will remain in my heart, gave me the
amazing opportunity to play in Eng-
"For me winning the Premier League,
the Capital One Cup and scoring 23
goals in a season is a dream come true...
It has been one of the best years of my
City captain Vincent Kompany
tweeted: "Only one season at £MCFC
but what a season! Wishing @-
AlvaroNegredo---a.k.a. The Beast, a
successful return to @LaLiga and a
QPR had some deadline-day success
as manager Harry Redknapp signed
two players familiar to him in Niko
Kranjcar, on loan, and Sandro, for
He also wanted a third in Jermain
Defoe but Toronto were unwilling to
release the former Tottenham striker.
It may not be the end of the matter
though, with Redknapp saying: "There
is every chance he will come in Jan-
"I'm a big fan of Jermain's. Almost
certainly, I think we will (go back in
for him). I've signed him so many times.
I've taken him everywhere."
Southampton paid £10million for
Red Bull Salzburg's Senegal forward
Saido Mane, an exciting player who
scored 45 goals in 87 games for the
Saints boss Ronald Koeman, who
also completed a loan deal for Belgium
defender Toby Alderweireld from Atleti-
co Madrid, believes he joins the club
at the right stage of his career.
Koeman said: "It is a step forward
to play in Southampton and the Premier
"Maybe for other teams, bigger
teams, it is too fast for him.
"If he plays and shows his quality in
some seasons he will get the possibility
to and move to a bigger one.
"It is a good decision. Sometimes
players need to be more patient."
Hull had a busy day, adding four
players to the squad in Abel Hernan-
dez---for a club record fee of around
£10million---Mohamed Diame, Gaston
Ramirez and Hatem Ben Arfa.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
brought fellow Uruguayan Sebastian
Coates, a defender, to the northeast
club on a season-long loan from Liv-
erpool. Argentine attacking midfielder
Ricardo Alvarez also joined on loan
from Inter Milan.
On the south coast, Southampton
has recruited Atletico Madrid defender
Toby Alderweireld for the season as a
replacement for Dejan Lovren, who
joined Liverpool earlier in the window.
Southampton also terminated the loan
of Inter Milan's Saphir Taider less than
a month into the arrangement, saying
the 22-year-old Algeria midfielder
"failed to live up to the high levels of
commitment expected of Southampton
At Newcastle, Hatem Ben Arfa has
fallen out of favor in the last year and
the playmaker was allowed to join Hull
for the season on loan.
Falcao relishing Van Gaal link up
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao, left, is welcomed by Ryan Giggs.
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