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Suarez could make
debut vs Real Madrid
MADRID---Luis Suarez could make his Barcelona
debut against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu
Stadium in October.
The Spanish league announced its schedule for the
2014-15 season yesterday, and the first "clasico" is due
to take place on the weekend when Suarez's four-
month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup is
Real Madrid will host Barcelona in the ninth round on
the weekend of October 25--26. Suarez's ban will be
completed on October 25, making him available on the
It will be up to Spain's television broadcasters and
the league to decide which clubs play on each day. The
decision is taken a week before each round.
The return match at the Camp Nou will be on the
weekend of March 21--22.
Roma edges Lazio by
signing defender Astori
ROME---Serie A runner-up Roma has edged city rival
Lazio in the race to sign defender Davide Astori, adding
another signal that it's making a serious title bid this
Roma says it's paying Cagliari two million euros ($2.7
million) for loan rights with the option to purchase As-
tori's full contract for five million euros at the end of
Lazio fans surrounded sporting director Igli Tare out-
side the squad's hotel this week demanding an expla-
Having moved up through AC Milan's youth system,
Astori spent six seasons with Cagliari and has seven
appearances for Italy, although he was not included in
the World Cup squad.
Astori, 27, joins new Roma signees Ashley Cole
(from Chelsea), Juan Iturbe (Verona), Seydou Keita
(Valencia), Urby Emanuelson (Milan) and Salih Ucan
Mexican Aguirre named
as new coach of Japan
TOKYO---Japan has appointed Mexican Javier
Aguirre as the new head coach of the national team.
The Japan Football Association made the appoint-
ment yesterday, with the 55-year-old Aguirre replacing
Alberto Zaccheroni, who coached the team to a disap-
pointing group-stage exit at the World Cup.
Aguirre guided Mexico to the round of 16 at the
World Cup in 2002 and 2010, and most recently was
coach of Spanish club Espanyol last season, with the
Barcelona club finishing 14th.
Aguirre's first task will be to prepare Japan to defend
its title at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia in Janu-
ary, and then qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Guardiola has no
need for new players
MUNICH---Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says
he is happy with what he's got and the only new sign-
ing could be a backup goalkeeper.
Bayern has signed striker Robert Lewandowski from
Borussia Dortmund and defender Juan Bernat from
Valencia, while letting go midfielder Toni Kroos to Real
Madrid and striker Mario Mandzukic to Atletico
Guardiola says he is "very happy with the players."
But other club officials have not ruled out more sign-
Guardiola says he is "very pleased" for the six Bayern
players who won the World Cup title with Germany,
adding, "they are more pleased with their careers, for
Frankfurt signs Piazon on loan
FRANKFURT---Eintracht Frankfurt has signed for-
ward Lucas Piazon on a one-season loan from Chelsea.
The 20-year-old Brazilian spent the past two sea-
sons also playing on loan, first for Malaga in Spain and
then Vitesse Arnheim in the Dutch league.
Frank Lampard has signed for New York
City FC, the Major League Soccer franchise
The 36-year-old left Chelsea at the end
of last season after 13 seasons and a club
record 211 goals.
The midfielder becomes New York City
FC s fourth player and second major summer
signing following the arrival of David Villa
from Atletico Madrid.
Lampard, who has signed a two-year deal
with his new club, made 649 appearances
for Chelsea since signing from West Ham
in 2001. He has played 106 times for Eng-
land, scoring 29 goals.
He signed a one-year contract extension
with the Blues in May 2013 after mulling
over a move to Los Angeles Galaxy, who he
will now play in opposition from next spring.
New York City FC sporting director Clau-
dio Reyna said Lampard was "one of the
greatest players over the last 15 years" and
"ticked all the boxes" in terms of a sign-
The move appealed to Lampard, too.
Lampard said at a media conference in
New York, streamed live on nycfc.com:
"Why not chose New York City? For me
talking about it ticking all the boxes, per-
sonally for me it does exactly the same.
"It s a very exciting challenge for me in
life terms. I ve seen a real long-term plan
and I wanted to be part of that. I want to
test myself, I want to carry on challenging
"It was a good time for myself and Chelsea
that I moved on."
Lampard did not speak to former England
team-mate and ex-LA Galaxy captain David
Beckham about MLS.
"I know David pretty well, but we re not
on every day speaking terms," Lampard
"I ve spoken to him about his experiences
in the MLS (but) the decision was all mine.
"There s a lot of new challenges here, but
I m coming to a great city and I wanted to
show people that I can play good football."
Lampard is still to determine what the
immediate future holds, given the season
begins in 2015.
He added: "I m going to keep fit, that s
the main thing. How I do that is not clear
yet. I m going to sit round with people at
the club and sort that out."
Lampard was in England s 23-man squad
for the World Cup in Brazil but is still to
decide on his international future, prioritising
his club future.
"In terms of England, I ve had a bit of
time after the WC which was obviously a
huge disappointment," he added.
"I now need to think about England and
think about what I want to do next.
"Now I know where I ll be playing my
football next year I can make that decision."
Lampard in New York switch
AROUND THE CLUBS
Louis van Gaal hailed his
"fantastic" players as he began
his reign as Manchester United
manager with a 7--0 win over
the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young
and debutant Reece James all
scored twice, and Danny Wel-
beck also found the net as Unit-
ed crushed the Galaxy in the
Pasadena Rose Bowl.
Ander Herrera, also turning
out for United for the first time,
showed why the club paid £28
million for his services.
The Spaniard put on a
dynamic and destructive display
in Los Angeles, breaking up play
and spraying killer passes across
Van Gaal, who sent United
out in the 3--5--2 system he used
with Holland at the World Cup,
rejected an offer to play down
the importance of the win,
insisting his new squad should
take great confidence from dish-
ing out such a hiding.
"The result always matters.
With such a result you get con-
fidence," the new United boss
"It is fantastic how they have
"When you see us train, you
can expect something but not
7--0. It was a surprise, but they
were beautiful goals and beau-
Welbeck got United off to the
perfect start with a 25-yard fin-
ish and Wayne Rooney made it
3--0 after a penalty and an easy
tap-in following a glaring error
by Tommy Meyer.
James, who was one of nine
half-time substitutes, tucked
away two tidy finishes from
inside the box and Young then
rounded off the rout with two
Many had suggested Van Gaal
did not have the strength in
depth to send United out in a
3--5--2 formation, but he had no
qualms about doing so in Cal-
The 62-year-old, who used
the formation for most of his
run to the World Cup semi-
finals in Brazil, deployed Luke
Shaw and Antonio Valencia as
wing-backs while Jonny Evans,
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones
started at centre-half.
With Darren Fletcher, captain
for the night ahead of Rooney,
and Herrera protecting the
defence, United looked solid all
It was a surprise, therefore,
to hear the squad had barely
practiced playing in that forma-
"We introduced a new system
that we have only played two
times on the training pitch 11 v
11," the former Barcelona man-
"But the boys are willing
to pick up the information.
It is fantastic how they have
performed. Last week, ten
players who played tonight
were not even in our training
"When you want to change
a system, you must start at once.
We don t have time to prepare
for other things.
"The other system they can
play is 4--3--3 and they have
played it for many years.
"I can change back if the
system doesn t work. With the
quality of the players we have,
I can play 4--3--3 with three
strikers on the bench, but I
want to play with two strik-
Van Gaal s predecessor David
Moyes usually played 4--2--3--1
as his squad was awash with
players who like to play just
behind a main striker.
Van Gaal believes the Scot left
him with an "unbalanced"
He said: "We have four num-
ber 10s, so the selection is not
balanced in my eyes.
"I have decided to play this
system because of the quality
of the players. But if we lose, I
can change back to another sys-
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena
thinks Van Gaal s introduction
has sharpened the United squad
up following their seventh-place
finish last year.
"I have nothing but the great-
est respect for the show that
Manchester United put on," he
"A bunch of guys out there
fighting for jobs and it looked
"It was a real lesson for a lot
of our players."
Van Gaal hails
Manchester United's Ashley Young, centre, collides with Los
Angeles goalkeeper Brian Rowe during the second half of a friendly
soccer match at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, in Pasadena,
California. Manchester United won 7--0. AP PHOTO
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