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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Uruguay's players and coach
Juan Verzeri, bottom,
celebrate after winning
their Under-20 World Cup
quarter final football match
between Uruguay and Spain
at Atatuerk stadium in
Bursa, Turkey, Saturday.
Uruguay won 1--0. AP PHOTO
ISTANBUL---With Brazil and Argentina
not present and Chile succumbing to
Ghana in the quarterfinals, all South
American hopes of another Under-20
World Cup title are now with Uruguay.
Coach Juan Verzeri s team will take on
Iraq tomorrow, hoping to reach its second
final after finishing runner-up in 1997.
In the other semifinal, France is up
against Ghana, the only team left in the
tournament to have won the title before,
For the first time since the event s inau-
guration in 1977, neither Brazil---which won
the previous edition in Colombia two years
ago---nor Argentina managed to qualify.
Those two nations have shared 11 of the
previous 18 youth world championships,
and Uruguay is eager to become the third
South American nation to lift the trophy.
In its quest for glory, Uruguay will
"always have to combine the technical with
emotional skills that have been hallmarks
of our football," coach Verzeri said after his
team reached its first semifinal since 1999.
Never shy of battling to---and some-
times over---the limit, Uruguay has been
known for its never-give-up mentality.
It helped the team overcome tournament
favourite Spain in Saturday s quarterfi-
The European Under-19 champions
dominated ball possession but couldn t
match their opponents fighting spirit,
which was ultimately rewarded by Felipe
Avenatti s winning goal in extra time.
FIFA statistics are proving the coach
right. In its five matches so far, Uruguay
has committed a total of 57 fouls, far less
than any other team still in the compe-
tition. Iraq conceded 79 free kicks, Ghana
82, and France 85.
Also, Uruguay received fewer yellow
cards---five, compared to France s seven,
Iraq s ten and Ghana s 12.
On the other hand, Uruguay suffered
93 fouls, well ahead of Iraq (75), Ghana
(70) and France (69).
Uruguay drew praise from Spain coach
Julen Lopetegui, calling the South Amer-
icans "a team that collectively moves well
and is very strong in defence."
Uruguay was defeated 1--0 by Croatia
in its opening group match before wrap-
ping up four straight wins and conceding
just one more goal---against Nigeria in
the round of 16.
The Spanish coach might have been
referring to duo Giorgian De Arrascaeta
and Nicolas Lopez, which has been key
to Uruguay s successful run in Turkey.
Attacking midfielder De Arrascaeta
scored twice in the group stage and set
up Avenatti for the winner against Spain,
while Lopez netted two times in the 2--1
defeat of Nigeria.
The 19-year-old striker, who scored his
first Serie A goal for Roma last season,
has found the net four times this event,
equalling France s Yaya Sanogo and
Ghana s Ebenezer Assifuah.
The trio is one short of the two leading
goal scorers, Jese of Spain and Bruma of
Portugal, who are both out of the tour-
Uruguay aims to take U20
title to South America
MANCHESTER---Aeroflot has signed up as Manchester
United s official airline in the first international sports
sponsorship deal for the Russian carrier.
United managing director Richard Arnold says the
deal is the club s "first commercial venture in Russia,
an expanding market we are keen to explore further."
United has 18 million followers in Russia, according
to Arnold, "demonstrating the partnership s potential
audience in the country."
Aeroflot, which is replacing Turkish Airlines as the
club s carrier, said United was "impressed by its attention
to flight safety and security."
The carrier "will also provide charter services whenever
suitable on its newest long-haul Airbus and Boeing air-
planes" in its five-year contract. (AP)
NEWCASTLE---British police say former Newcastle
striker Nile Ranger has been charged with rape.
The 22-year-old Englishman, who has been a free
agent since leaving Newcastle in March, will appear at
Newcastle Magistrates Court on August 21.
Northumbria Police launched an investigation after
Nile was accused of rape in the early hours of January
23 at a hotel in the Newcastle area. (AP)
charged with rape
MADRID---Atletico Madrid has reached a deal with
Barcelona to sign Spain striker David Villa, boosting
its attacking options after losing leading scorer Radamel
Barcelona said on its website yesterday that the deal
is worth up to 5.1 million euros, with 2.1 million euros
due this season.
Villa has scored 48 goals for Barcelona in 119 games
since joining the Spanish giants in 2010, but was likely
to see his playing time diminish with the arrival of Brazil
Falcao helped Atletico win the Copa del Rey and finish
third in the Spanish league last season---clinching a spot
in the Champions League---before being lured away by
big-spending Monaco, and coach Diego Simeone had
complained that club hasn t done enough in the transfer
market to replace him.
Premier League club Tottenham had reportedly also
been trying to sign Villa. (AP)
Villa from Barca
DUBAI---Diego Maradona is set to extend his role as
an ambassador to raise the sporting profile of Dubai.
The Argentine great, who was fired as coach of the
Dubai-based club Al Wasl after only one season, has
spent the past year traveling the globe as an ambassador
for the Dubai Sports Council. The council announced
yesterday that it would extend his contract and plans
to announce further details today.
Maradona has talked of returning to coaching and he
has been linked to clubs in China and the national side
in Iraq during the past year. But with no offers forth-
coming, the star of the 1986 World Cup-winning team
will continue his low-key ambassadorial job for at least
another year. (AP)
remain in Dubai as
ambassador for city
has agreed to sell Germany
striker Mario Gomez to Italian
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz
Rummenigge reached a deal
with Fiorentina president
Andrea Della Valle yesterday,
with contracts to be finalised
and signed in the coming days,
the Bundesliga club announced
on its Web site.
"It was Mario Gomez s wish
to leave Bayern in the direction
of Florence. We ve now granted
his wish," Rummenigge said.
Gomez said he had mixed
feelings over the move.
"This is a fundamental step
for my career," he said. "It s
upsetting to leave so many
friends and a squad like this but
I love football and I love to play.
Fiorentina is a squad that plays
very attacking football."
Gomez joined Bayern from
Stuttgart for a then-Bundesliga
record fee of up to 35 million
euros ($45 million) in 2009.
Bild and Kicker both reported
Fiorentina will pay Bayern 20
million euros ($26 million) for
the 27-year-old forward. Bild
says the Italian side will pay 16
million euros ($20.6 million) up
front, with the rest to follow
Gomez, who scored 112 goals
in 172 games for Bayern.
"With that he made a major
contribution to two German
titles and two German Cup
wins. The highlight, of course,
was the Champions League win
and the treble last season,"
Rummenigge said. "I want to
thank him for his performances
for Bayern. On behalf of the
club I wish him lots of luck and
success in Florence."
Injury ruled Gomez out of
Bayern s opening games to last
season, and he was unable to
reclaim a regular starting place
due to Croatia striker Mario
Mandzukic s good performances
and coach Jupp Heynckes pol-
icy of rotation.
Bayern has made no secret
of its wish to sign Robert
Lewandowski from Bundesliga
rival Borussia Dortmund and
Gomez reportedly felt a move
away from the club was his only
way of ensuring regular action
ahead of the World Cup next
year. Gomez scored 25 goals in
58 appearances for Germany.
Fiorentina is hoping that
Giuseppe Rossi can contribute
in attack, having only played
the final match of last season
after a long injury layoff.
Prized Fiorentina playmaker
Stevan Jovetic is expected to
move to another club. (AP)
Bayern agrees to sell Mario Gomez to Fiorentina
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