Messi wins Onze
French football magazine Onze Mondial has named Leo Messi as the best player of 2009, a press release of Barcelona Football Club informs. The Argentine star has added yet another prestigious award to his growing list of individual honours. And with ten nominations, Barça provided the largest group of nominees. Despite his youth, Messi’s collection of individual awards is impressive. And he is hotly tipped to take this year’s Golden Ball and FIFA World Player in December. Last season, he was chosen as the best player in the Champions League (by UEFA, and by magazines Marca and La Gazzetta dello Sport) and best player in the league.
Steven Seagal to remit ‘coach of the year” award at Romanian Football Gala
The American actor Steven Seagal will grant the “coach of the year” award at the Romanian Football Gala, due next week in Bucharest, Mediafax informs. The Romanian Football Gala, organized by the Sports Club of Journalists and the Romanian Footballers Association, is at the 13th edition. Nineteen awards will be granted on this occasion, among which “best player,” “best coach,” “best referee,” “best club president” and “best sports journalist.”
My goal – winning the Romanian Cup
Andrea Mandorlini, the head coach of CFR Cluj, stated yesterday that the game against Universitatea Craiova, a game counting for the Romanian Cup quarterfinals, is important because winning the Cup is a goal set by the club leadership. ‘After the two days spent here I can say that I have a good team; I have seen the players’ willingness to train at maximum capacity. I don’t want to comment on each player but I can state that I am impressed by the group of players,’ Mandorlini stated for Mediafax. Andrea Mandorlini pointed out that he has nothing to improve at his new team and that he has talked about general issues with Cristiano Bergodi and Maurizio Trombetta, CFR’s former Italian head coaches. The following games are scheduled today in the Romanian Cup: FC Vaslui vs. International Curtea de Arges and Universitatea Craiova vs. CFR Cluj.
If Torres goes then I go, says Liverpool’s Benitez
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez would quit the club if he was ever forced to sell Spain striker Fernando Torres, but he remains confident of keeping his prize forward. The Spaniard, who has come under fire after Liverpool’s shaky start to the season, also defended his transfer dealings and said he had put the club back on the world map since taking over five years ago. “I’m confident it will never happen,” Benitez said in a wide-ranging interview in The Times on Tuesday, when asked whether he would ever sanction the sale of Torres to pay off some of the club’s debts. “If it did, I’d resign.” With Liverpool having lost five of their opening 12 Premier League matches, in danger of going out of the Champions League and already out of the League Cup, a raft of injuries has exposed a squad that appears to be lacking sufficient quality. The sales of Xavi Alonso and Robbie Keane in the past year have also been questioned, while major signing Alberto Aquilani, a 17 million pound acquisition from Roma, has hardly featured after the playmaker arrived with an ankle injury.
Messi wins Onze