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Inter Milan warmed up for Wednesday’s Champions League blockbuster against Barcelona with a comfortable 2-0 Serie A victory over Parma on Sunday. Inter face the European champions at the San Siro in Group F, with the game given extra spice by the big-money swap between the clubs this summer involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o.
Brazilian-born Liedson kept alive Portugal’s slender World Cup qualifying hopes with a late equalizer against Group 1 leaders Denmark in Copenhagen. Defeat would have all but spelt the end for Portugal, who made the semifinals in the 2006 World Cup and boast the world’s most expensive footballer in Cristiano Ronaldo.
Former Manchester United star David Beckham has surprisingly revealed that he would consider a return to the English Premier League. The 34-year-old had previously insisted that he would never join a domestic rival of his old club, who he left in 2003 to sign for Spanish giants Real Madrid
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has told Kaka that he must decide on his reported $92 million move to Real Madrid on Monday.
Brazilian star Kaka has agreed to join Real Madrid from Italy’s AC Milan in a $92 million deal, the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Tuesday. Cadena Ser claimed that Real president Florentino Perez had thrashed out a deal with AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani and Bosco Leite, Kaka’s father and agent.
English Premer League side Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti as the club’s new manager.
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he will be leaving the Serie A giants after their 2-0 win over Fiorentina in the final match of the Italian season. Ancelotti, widely reported to be heading to Chelsea as a replacement for Guus Hiddink, will be replaced at the San Siro by former Brazilian international Leonardo. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed his appointment after seeing the Rossoneri clinch an automatic qualifying spot for next season’s Champions League.
Paolo Maldini and Luis Figo brought down the curtain on their remarkable careers as their Milan clubs both scored victories on the final day of the Serie A season. The 40-year-old Maldini was playing his 902nd game for Milan who beat Fiorentina 2-0 while Portuguese international Figo helped champions Inter to a 4-3 win over Atalanta. Milan’s victory helped them secure the second Champions League place in Italy and automatic qualification to the group stages
David Beckham was upstaged on the day his AC Milan future was finally resolved as teammate Filippo Inzaghi fired a hat-trick in the 3-0 success over Atalanta at the San Siro on Sunday.