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Makaay vs Kaka (Champions league Quarters)

champstrophy-copy.jpgAC Milan have been paired with fellow European heavyweights FC Bayern Münich in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after today’s draw in Athens, host city of this season’s final.

Milan and Bayern met most recently in the first knockout round of last year’s competition when the Italian side won 5-2 on aggregate.

The other matches see PSV Eindhoven and Liverpool FC pitted together once more following their group-stage games in the autumn, while AS Roma face Manchester United FC, and Chelsea FC take on Valencia CF. The ties will be played on 3/4 April and 10/11 April.

If Chelsea and Liverpool advance, they will take part in a repeat of the 2005 all-English semi-final won by the Reds.

The final will be staged at the Olympic Stadium on 23 May.

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No violence in 2008 says ÖFB

Austrian football officials believe that violent clashes are unlikely to happen at the Euro 2008 football tournament, which is co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland.

Friedrich Stickler, president of the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) said at a parliamentary question hour on Tuesday that the situation at international tournaments was very different than at local games.

“I want to mention that there is a big difference between club football and national teams. What is happening now in club football all over Europe, cannot be directly compared to national teams,” Stickler said.

One reason was that the higher proportion of female fans at international games reduced the potential for violence, he said.

UEFA head Michel Platini expressed concern over hooliganism in Europe’s football stadiums after the unrest, the Austrian press agency reported. His concerns were for football itself, not the Euro 2008 in particular, he said.

“We live in a violent world and that has its effects on football,” the UEFA president told journalists at the headquarters of European football in Nyon,Switzerland.

Admitting that football organizations were struggling to deal with the violence, Platini announced close cooperation with European police forces.

In the recent weeks a number of football-related instances of violence all over Europe caused widespread concern, the most serious of which happened in Italy and resulted in the death of a policeman during clashes between fans during a Serie A match between Catania and Palermo.

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Nedved loses millions

Pavel Nedved, the most well-known Czech football player across the globe and the 2003 best football player of Europe,has been shining on the football field, but he turned out to be lost beyond the field as he failed his investment in his homeland.

According to the reports of Czech media, the 34-year-old former European best player has lost around 1.11 million US dollars in his first investment in his motherland, the Czech Republic.

In 2001, the “iron man” of football field wanted to demonstrated his skill in business and he invested in the flooring industry, a hot sector for the year in the Czech Republic.

To be cautious, Nedved kept a low profile on his investment in Mafloor, a Czech flooring company. However, the company had since been on the downhill path.

Czech media reported that since 2004, Mafloor had run into financial difficulty for it failed in making money on its project of building wooden cabins in France. Such project has led to around 700,000 dollars of loss, making the company on the verge of bankruptcy.

Czech media estimated that Nedved might lost around 1.11 million U.S. dollars on this investment.

Despite it is a small sum compared to an income of 11.57 million U.S. dollars Nedved earns a year in Italian club Juventus, Nedved was still a little bit frustrated and he expressed his dissatisfaction over his investment agent.

“Compared to loss of money, I’m more unhappy with behavior of some people,” Nedved told local television.Czech media said this is Nedved’s first but last investment in his homeland.

The Juventus international is famous for his iron will and he is always on the run when he plays. Nedved has played for the national team for a long time and he was considered the soul for the Czech national team.

In the qualification round for the Germany world cup in 2005, the Czech team was on the cliff and Nedved followed the call the fans cross the country and returned to the national team.Under his leadership, the Czech team defeated Norway on both home and away games, winning the last ticket to Germany.

 

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