Romario officially announces retirement from football

April 15th, 2008 - 7:57 pm ICT by admin  

(Football Snippets)
Brasilia, April 15 (Xinhua) The scorer of more than 1,000 goals in his illustrious football career, Romario officially announced Tuesday his retirement from the sport. He made the announcement during the debut of his DVD titled “Fury of Shorty DVD Romario is goal”.

“My last game was in November against Internacional for the Brasileiro Championship. I don’t have anything left in me. I have already put on two or three kilos,” said the former player/coach of the Vasco football team out of Rio de Janeiro.

The athlete’s contract expired March 31.

The 42-year-old is looking into the possibility of playing one last game to officially say goodbye to his fans and the sport.

As of now, he is studying options of playing for Flamengo, Vasco, or even the Brazilian national team.


Football fan killed in pre-arranged brawl

Belgrade (DPA) One football fan was killed and another seriously injured in a clash of hooligans in Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city, Serbian police said Tuesday.

Police said the victim was fatally wounded in a shooting incident and that further details would be revealed after the investigation.

The mass-brawl broke out late Monday night, in a fight reportedly pre-arranged on the Internet between fans of Vojvodina Novi Sad and Partizan Belgrade.

Vojvodina and Partizan fans already clashed in Novi Sad over the weekend, following the first-division match between the two clubs. Some 30 hooligans were detained then.


AC Milan, Inter Milan in transfer market battle

Milan (DPA) AC Milan appear close to securing Barcelona’s Ronaldinho despite the keen interest shown by Serie A champions Inter Milan in the Brazilian star.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Tuesday that Roberto De Assis, the footballer’s brother and agent, attended a party at the residence of Milan president Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi, the media magnate turned politician, late Monday celebrated his victory in Italy’s general election, which granted him a third mandate as prime minister.

De Assis met Milan market managers last week, reportedly agreeing a transfer deal that could be completed this week.

Milan are believed to have offered Barca a transfer fee of $31.6 million while Ronaldinho, 28, could join the Devils.


Sightseeing tours of Wembley Stadium

Berlin (DPA) If you’re a football fan thinking of visiting London, then why not take in a tour of Wembley Stadium, the home of English soccer.

From the press area and the players’ warm-up section to the royal box, every part of Wembley is open to public scrutiny, according to the British tourist office in Berlin.

Tours are conducted from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and take about 90 minutes.

The stadium is closed for public holidays. Admission to Wembley costs around $31 for adults and children under 16 pay about $10.


Africa urged to invest in local coaches

Lusaka (Xinhua) Raoul Savoy, coach of the Swaziland national football team, has urged African countries to invest in local coaches, The Post reported Tuesday.

In an interview shortly before his departure from Lusaka, Savoy said the idea of engaging a foreign coach was not bad but it was always important for African teams to invest in their local coaches.

Savoy, himself a foreign coach for Swaziland on a two-year contract, said there was no major difference between African and European trainers.

“Africa has to develop its own coaches. It’s time to do it,” he said after his team lost 0-3 to Zambia in the African Nations Championship.

However, Savoy said the notion that foreign coaches only came to Africa to make money was wrong.

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