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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Footy News

Bayern Interested In Kuyt
Bayern Munich are considering making a bid for Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt in the summer according to reports emanating from Holland.

The Reds forward has never really hit the form expected of him and has struggled for goals this season, hitting only three in the Premier League thus far.
Rafa Benitez quite often played him out of position wide on the right with Steven Gerrard preferred in the central role.
Kuyt did get amongst the goals against Inter in the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League tie, but Dutch magazine ‘Sportweek’ claims that Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on the player in preparation for a summer bid.
Bayern look set to lose one of their three forwards Luca Toni, Miroslav Klose or Lukas Podolski, and with the Goran Pandev move apparently dead in the water, Kuyt is seen as a suitable replacement by those in the know at the Allianz Arena.
Liverpool paid £9 million to Feyenoord for the 27 year but are unlikely to consider any potential business until they have secured Champions League football next season with a fourth place finish in the Premier League.

Adriano: Call Me Emperor
Adriano's behaviour appears to be growing increasingly unpredictable once again, with the gifted striker now informing local media in Brazil that he must be called The Emperor...

Originally, the on-loan Inter man told the local press that only his form at Sao Paolo could see him regain the Emperor tag.Now, though, he seems to have a change of heart."When I first got here, I said that people wouldn't be right to call me l'Imperatore yet," he blared."However, I've changed my mind now. You have to call me that from now on."I am l'Imperatore. I deserve this nickname because I've worked very hard to achieve what I have so far. I won't have this destroyed."The 25-year-old is in deep trouble at Sao Paolo after first being suspended due to a minor headbutting incident, and then arriving late and leaving early from training on Friday.He has already been fined 40% of his wages, and club officials have told the press that they are considering his future.

Materazzi Wins Libel Action Against Daily Star Over Zidane Head-Butt
Inter defender Marco Materazzi has won a libel action against the Daily Star after the newspaper published a series of false articles relating to Zinedine Zidane’s sending off during the 2006 World Cup final.

Zidane was infamously red-carded during Italy’s victory over France in Berlin after he head-butted Materazzi in the chest in extra time. The next day the Daily Star, printed a series of defamatory articles in which they said that Zidane reacted after Materazzi called the Frenchman’s mum a “terrorist whore”. It was later revealed by 'The Matrix' that Zidane’s sister was the subject of the insult and that no racism or the word "terrorist" was ever used, however the newspaper failed to correct their error or apologise. This left them open to libel, and Materazzi’s lawyers issued a High Court action for damages in July 2007, claiming “enormous damage to the footballer’s reputation”. The 34-year-old’s lawyer, Steven Heffer, has revealed that the Daily Star have agreed to publicly apologise and will now have to pay the Matrix damages plus foot the bill for legal costs. “The Daily Star now accepts that these allegations are wholly untrue and there is no question of Marco having said anything of a racist nature to Zidane whatsoever,” said Heffer. “The Daily Star agreed to apologise publicly to Marco Materazzi, both in the newspaper and by way of statement in court. The Daily Star will also be paying substantial damages and his legal costs.”