Football

Magath says no comment on Schalke "rumours"

Magath says no comment on Schalke "rumours"Hamburg - Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath is refusing to comment on reports he is set to take over at fellow Bundesliga club Schalke from next season, Kicker sports magazine reported Thursday.

He was quoted by Kicker as telling the magazine Wednesday evening the reports appeared to be an attempt to damage him and Wolfsburg.

"I ask myself who has an interest in publicising this now... I don't at all see why I should comment on such rumours," he said.

O'Shea gives Manchester United slim lead over Arsenal

O'Shea gives Manchester United slim lead over ArsenalManchester - Manchester United will take a narrow advantage into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Arsenal after edging out the London side 1-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The holders dominated the match for long periods but in the end only had an early strike from John O'Shea to show for their superiority.

"We had so many chances in the first half but their goalkeeper played so well," United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar said. "I think our game plan was good.

Manchester United edge out Arsenal in semi-final first leg

Manchester United edge out Arsenal in semi-final first leg Manchester  - Manchester United will take a narrow advantage into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Arsenal after edging out the London side 1-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The holders dominated the match for long periods but in the end only had an early header from John O'Shea to show for their superiority.

The two sides will play the second leg at the Emirates Stadium next Tuesday.

Matthaeus' contract with Maccabi Netanya cancelled

Matthaeus' contract with Maccabi Netanya cancelledHamburg  - German World Cup winner Lothar Matthaeus and Maccabi Netanya have cancelled the coaching contract between the two parties that was to run until 2010, German media reported Wednesday.

Matthaeus is quoted as having said that he was disappointed his coaching stint with the club had come to an end. "The recession forced the club to approach me. I accepted their situation, but am sad as I would have liked to have coached them for longer."

Chelsea''''s Hiddink lauds his boys over `bleeding'' for Barcelona draw

Chelsea''''s Hiddink lauds his boys over `bleeding'' for Barcelona drawBarcelona (Spain), Apr. 29 : Chelsea football club coach Guus Hiddink has hailed his team for successfully forcing a draw against Spanish football champions Barcelona at their Nou Camp home ground, saying "My heroes bleed for me."

The Blues became the first side this season to stop Barcelona scoring at home as this Champions League semi-final.

Liverpool makes "outrageous" demands to play in Hong Kong

Liverpool makes "outrageous" demands to play in Hong Kong Hong Kong - English football premier league team Liverpool was Wednesday accused of pricing itself out of the market making "outrageous" demands to play in Hong Kong.

A Hong Kong Football Association source told the South China Morning Post the team's planned exhibition at the Hong Kong Stadium in July had been scrapped because of the financial demands.

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