Sports‎ > ‎

Round up of the day's stories that are internet friendly

posted 29 Jan 2011, 14:31 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 29 Jan 2011, 14:37 ]

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he is delighted with the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor.

MADRID, SPAIN (JANUARY 29, 2011) REUTERS - 
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said he was delighted with the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor and put him straight into the squad on Saturday (January 29) for the trip to play Osasuna in La Liga.



Real landed the Togolese frontman on loan from Manchester City on Tuesday (January 25), presented him on Thursday (January 27) and after only one training session with his colleagues opted to take him up to Pamplona for Sunday's clash.

The Portuguese coach described Adebayor as "a player who has a lot of skill, very experienced. He has played in big clubs, he knows what it is like playing in clubs with pressure to win and that's why I see him very calm, very calm, with a very easy group arrival."

Adebayor has been brought in on a temporary basis due to the the back injury suffered by Gonzalo Higuain, though Real have the right to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

The arrival of the former Arsenal player puts the pressure on French striker Karim Benzema, who has been struggling to fulfil expectations in Higuain's absence.

----

Chinese tennis fans were disappointed after Li Na lost the final of Australian Open to Kim Clijsters of Belgium 6-3, 3-6 and 3-6 on Saturday (January 29).

Over one hundred fans gathered at a bar in Beijing to cheer up for Li who has just become the first Chinese player to reach a grand slam singles final following a surprise semi-final victory over top seed Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday (January 27).

The 28-year-old from central China's Hubei Province, is affectionately called "Big Sister Na" and "Golden Flower" and enjoying great popularity in China.

It was estimated that the occupants of some 330 million Chinese homes would have tuned in to the final, making it one of the most watched tennis matches in the history of Australian Open.

Tennis does not have a long history in China, but the sport has gained popularity in recent years as some of its women players have achieved impressive results.

-----

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be jointly hosted by other Gulf nations as requested by UEFA head Michel Platini, AFC president Mohammed Bin Hammam told reporters on Saturday (January 29).

Platini, who has continually called for the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East to be shared and moved to the cooler winter months, will join Bin Hammam at the Asian Cup final between Japan and Australia in Doha later on Saturday (January 29).

Bin Hammam has often appeared frustrated when asked questions about possibly moving the dates of the World Cup or sharing matches and he again looked stern when saying the tiny Gulf emirate would host matches alone.

"It is never actually been discussed within the executive committee or outside the executive committee or with host nation that some of the matches are going to be played outside. So, from this point of view, I don't think any country is going to have part of this competition." he said.

------

Japanese soccer fans in Tokyo were thrilled on Saturday (January 29) with their 1-0 victory against Australia in the Asian Cup final.

Japan's victory in Qatar came in the second period of extra time when substitute Tadanari Lee scored to beat Australia and give the Blue Samurai their fourth Asian Cup title - a record.

Fans groaned as their team missed goals earlier on in the match, then cheered at the only goal of the match.

Comments