Robert raring to move
Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski wants to leave the Champions League runners-up and join his chosen club in the close season, the Poland striker was quoted as saying on Wednesday.Updated: Jun 05, 2013, 23:32 IST
Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski wants to leave the Champions League runners-up and join his chosen club in the close season, the Poland striker was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
"I have informed the people in charge (at Dortmund) and I assume that all will now be cleared up and I can join the club of my wish this summer," said the 25-year-old, who grabbed headlines by scoring four goals against Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal first leg.
Lewandowski, second-top scorer in the Bundesliga last season and widely expected to join European and German champions Bayern Munich, has refused to sign an extension to his current contract that runs out in 2014.
Ronaldo a know-it-all
London: Jose Mourinho, who has returned to Chelsea, says his problem with Cristiano Ronaldo when he coached him at Real Madrid was he thought the world's most expensive player was a bit of a know-it-all. "I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was when a coach criticises a player from a tactical viewpoint…. He didn't take it very well. Maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop more."
Japan hail WC berth
Tokyo: Keisuke Honda was elevated to national hero Wednesd-ay with banner front pages hailing his last gasp equaliser against Australia that secured Japan's berth to the World Cup.
The midfielder banged home a stoppage time penalty to give the Asian champions the draw they needed to propel them to Brazil as the first team to qualify. The 1-1 result left the Asian champions seven points clear and uncatchable in Group B, putting them through to their fifth straight World Cup.
Zidane not yet ready
Madrid: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says Zinedine Zidane has all the right coaching qualifications needed to replace Jose Mourinho in the dugout at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the Spanish giants believe he needs more experience before being considered for the position.
"He needs to become hardened," Perez said of Zidane, who passed his coaching exams this year but has no experience in the job.