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English champions Manchester United will start the new season without Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who faces an eight-week layoff with a broken finger.

According to the club’s website on Wednesday, Van der Sar underwent surgery on his left hand after injuring it saving a penalty from Danijel Pranjic in United’s shoot-out defeat to Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly.

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“He will be out for up to eight weeks,” the club said. “The prognosis means that Van der Sar won’t be back to full fitness until the end of September.”

Van der Sar was instrumental in United’s 18th league title last season, setting a new English record of 14 consecutive league clean sheets.

The 38-year-old’s injury means Ben Foster, who signed a new contract in July, could get the chance to impress, starting with this weekend’s curtain-raiser against Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley. Tomasz Kuszczak is also in reserve.

Aston Villa have been crowned Peace Cup champions after overcoming Juventus in a penalty shoot-out in the final in Seville.

After neither side were able to make the breakthrough in either normal time or extra-time, Villa took the spoils in the 12-team pre-season tournament after winning 4-3 on penalties against the Italian giants.

Both sides missed twice in the initial five efforts of the shoot out, with Juve duo Vincenzo Iaquinta and Alessandro Del Piero – who would have won the trophy for his side with a successful penalty – seeing poor shots saved by Brad Guzan, and Steve Sidwell blazing over for Villa and Chris Herd being denied by Gianluigi Buffon.

Aston-Villa-Peace-Cup_2343110But it was to be Villa’s night as, after Carlos Cuellar had confidently stroked home his side’s sixth kick, Nicola Legrottaglie smashed his effort over the crossbar to give Martin O’Neill’s side another impressive scalp having also beaten Atlante and Porto after losing their opening match of the tournament to Malaga.

There was little to separate the two sides in an evenly-fought opening period of the final, which saw Juve striker Iaquinta miss one of the best chances when he headed wide from close range after Mauro Camoranesi had nodded Felipe Melo’s deep pass back into the danger area.

Melo also went close with an early 25-yard shot for Juve, while for Villa Ashley Young and John Carew both tested Buffon with efforts from outside the box as the first half finished goalless.

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Bayern Munich 0-0 Manchester United
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Manchester United and Bayern Munich’s participation in the Audi Cup was concluded earlier this evening, but the winner did not emerge until the game’s death as no difference-maker could break the stalemate that dogged the initial 90 minutes. The German powerhouse required nerves of steel to fend off the United threat and eventually triumphed after a protracted penalty shoot-out saga.

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A bout of surprising swordmanship ensued from the off where each team not only eyed the other upm but began striking, in fierce play that belied the friendly status of the tie. Perhaps the manner in which Manchester United fought back in an epic Champions League final in 1999 was still fresh in Die Bayern’s minds, and the Red Devils too wanted to repeat their psychological advantage.

Bayern managed to begin to exert their footballing game onto the Premier League title-winners, though, yet had it not been for some woeful play in the final third, Bayern could have been a goal to good inside ten minutes.

Netherlands international Mark Van Bommel attempted to thread Mario Gomez through, but his pass had too much weight on and Gomez failed to get the connection. Just nine minutes later and Gomez again was in on the action, this time with a shot the struck the frame of Edwin van der Sar’s goal. Van Bommel again acting as the playmaker, who managed to split Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans with his pass.

Bayern were on top of United for much of the opening stages of the first-half, and also indeed the greater of chances. Muller, half-way through the opening 45 minutes, could only tamely shoot at United’s veteran glovesman, after tearing away from the opposition’s midfield and defence.

Just before the break and there was one strong chance per team as creative Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov ensured Bayern were not the only team lamenting the position of the goal-posts as the former Tottenham Hotshot took advantage of some confused box-play that followed a corner-kick, only to be denied an opener by Michael Rensing’s stick.

Just moments later Gomez could have ensured that FC Hollywood went into the break the happier of the sides but again his woeful productivity in front of goal let him down.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s half-time team talk must have proved inspirational as his side came out the blocks with far more effectiveness in the concluding half.

On the hour-mark, free acquisition Michael Owen forced a strong save from Rensing after a good passage of play from ageing midfielder Paul Scholes.

Each manager tried to change the game with a flurry of substitutions, and it was England’s golden boy Wayne Rooney – earmarked this season to occupy more of a central role as he has done in superb fashion under the national tutelage of Fabio Capello – who could have stolen the win, and the Audi Cup on the 86th minute prior to an epic penalty showdown.

Penalties

Ryan Giggs 1-1 Alexander Baumjohann
Anderson 2-2 Edson Braafheid
Nani 3-3 Hamit Altintop
Patrice Evra 3-3 Danijel Pranjic
Wayne Rooney 4-4 Jose Ernesto Sosa
Darren Fletcher 5-5 Andreas Ottl
Paul Scholes 6-6 Holger Badstuber
Jonathan Evans 6-7 Daniel Van Buyten

Line Ups

Bayern Munich – Rensing; Lahm, Demichelis, Breno, Braafheid; Tymoschuk; Mark van Bommel, Schweinsteger; Baumjohann; Muller, Gomez.

Manchester United – Van der Sar; Fletcher, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Nani, Scholes, Gibson, Giggs; Berbatov; Owen.

SANDY, Utah — Tim Howard made six saves in regulation and stopped three shots on penalty kicks to lead Everton over the Major League Soccer team in the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday night.

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Howard, the U.S. national team goalkeeper, was voted the most valuable player after stopping Seattle Sounders midfielder Freddie Ljunberg on the final penalty kick.

The Premier League club wrapped up its North American preseason tour by becoming the first international team to win in the MLS All-Star Game.

Louis Saha scored the only regulation goal for Everton in the 12th minute. Brad Davis of the Houston Dynamo scored for the MLS stars, who held a 21-11 shots advantage.

England midfielder David Beckham was involved in another confrontation with a fan during Los Angeles Galaxy’s match on Saturday.

Beckham exchanged words with a man in an England shirt during the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw with the Kansas City Wizards.

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The 34-year-old, who was fined after a clash with a fan last week, claimed the spectator insulted his wife Victoria.

“He shouldn’t actually be wearing that shirt because what he was saying about my wife was a disgrace,” he said.
The former England captain was fined $1,000 (£600) by Major League Soccer last Friday following a confrontation with fans during a recent friendly against AC Milan.

Beckham, who missed part of the Major League Soccer season earlier this year when he joined the Italian giants on loan, was booed by a section of the home crowd during the game.

At half-time, he approached one group of fans and appeared to challenge them to meet him on the pitch.

Security staff intervened, and police arrested a fan who left the stands.

Beckham joined Milan on loan because he was keen to satisfy England boss Fabio Capello’s demand that he play at the highest level to remain in contention for international selection.

He is England’s most capped outfield player, with 112 appearances, and is keen to play on until the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
(BBC SPORT)

BALTIMORE — It was a rare post-game news conference: Both coaches sitting at the same table after a game that both men treated with the utmost importance.
Fortunately, Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti and Leonardo of AC Milan are anything but antagonistic.
Yuri Zhirkov scored the tiebreaking goal in the 69th minute, and Chelsea defeated AC Milan 2-1 Friday night to provide their new coach a satisfying victory over his former team in the World Football Challenge.
“It was a difficult game because Milan played so well,” said Ancelotti, who quit as coach of the Italian team in May and promptly signed a three-year contract with Chelsea. “I’m happy for the victory, but we have to improve.”
Ancelotti won two Champions League titles and one Serie A championship with AC Milan. During that time he coached Leonardo, who is now the team’s coach.
“I lost my voice. I’m not used to being a coach,” Leonardo said. “To play against Carlo is very, very special. We’re still good friends. That’s why it was very special today, this match between two of the best teams in the world.”
With the score 1-all, Chelsea fired two close-range kicks at goaltender Zeljko Kalac before Zhirkov’s low-flying attempt from 19 yards landed in the left corner of the net.
AC Milan had two excellent chances to tie it during stoppage time, but Chelsea goaltender Petr Cech tipped away one attempt before another shot went wide.
The World Football Challenge is a four-team round robin tournament. Chelsea has also beaten Inter Milan, and AC Milan has also lost to Club America.
Didier Drogba also scored for Chelsea, and Clarence Seedorf had the lone goal for AC Milan.
Oguchi Onyewu, who earlier this month became the first American-born player to sign a contract with AC Milan, entered in the 67th minute. The defender (who’s from Olney, Md.) received cheers from many in the sellout crowd of 71,203 at the home stadium of the Baltimore Ravens.
“Guch today showed a different style,” Leonardo said. “He’s a very smart guy.”
Drogba gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, shooting from the right side with his right foot and sending a rising shot into the left corner of the net. The goal was set up by a pass from John Terry.
AC Milan missed a chance to draw even in the 19th minute, when Andrea Pirlo fired a shot that was deflected by Cech to Ronaldinho, who was denied on a bicycle kick.
But the Italian team drew even in the 38th minute on a goal by Seedorf, who broke free at the penalty arc and sent a shot past the outstretched arms of Cech. Ronaldinho received credit for the assist.
Midway through the second half, however, Seedorf left with a leg injury.

BALTIMORE — It was a rare post-game news conference: Both coaches sitting at the same table after a game that both men treated with the utmost importance.

Zhirkov clincher in Baltimore

Zhirkov clincher in Baltimore

Fortunately, Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti and Leonardo of AC Milan are anything but antagonistic.

Yuri Zhirkov scored the tiebreaking goal in the 69th minute, and Chelsea defeated AC Milan 2-1 Friday night to provide their new coach a satisfying victory over his former team in the World Football Challenge.

“It was a difficult game because Milan played so well,” said Ancelotti, who quit as coach of the Italian team in May and promptly signed a three-year contract with Chelsea. “I’m happy for the victory, but we have to improve.”

Ancelotti won two Champions League titles and one Serie A championship with AC Milan. During that time he coached Leonardo, who is now the team’s coach.

“I lost my voice. I’m not used to being a coach,” Leonardo said. “To play against Carlo is very, very special. We’re still good friends. That’s why it was very special today, this match between two of the best teams in the world.”

With the score 1-all, Chelsea fired two close-range kicks at goaltender Zeljko Kalac before Zhirkov’s low-flying attempt from 19 yards landed in the left corner of the net.

AC Milan had two excellent chances to tie it during stoppage time, but Chelsea goaltender Petr Cech tipped away one attempt before another shot went wide.

The World Football Challenge is a four-team round robin tournament. Chelsea has also beaten Inter Milan, and AC Milan has also lost to Club America.

Didier Drogba also scored for Chelsea, and Clarence Seedorf had the lone goal for AC Milan.

Oguchi Onyewu, who earlier this month became the first American-born player to sign a contract with AC Milan, entered in the 67th minute. The defender (who’s from Olney, Md.) received cheers from many in the sellout crowd of 71,203 at the home stadium of the Baltimore Ravens.

“Guch today showed a different style,” Leonardo said. “He’s a very smart guy.”

Drogba gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, shooting from the right side with his right foot and sending a rising shot into the left corner of the net. The goal was set up by a pass from John Terry.

AC Milan missed a chance to draw even in the 19th minute, when Andrea Pirlo fired a shot that was deflected by Cech to Ronaldinho, who was denied on a bicycle kick.

But the Italian team drew even in the 38th minute on a goal by Seedorf, who broke free at the penalty arc and sent a shot past the outstretched arms of Cech. Ronaldinho received credit for the assist.

Midway through the second half, however, Seedorf left with a leg injury.
(Daily Mail)

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Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri will miss the start of the Premier League season after suffering a broken leg at the club’s pre-season camp in Austria.

The French starlet fractured his right fibula during a training match and now faces a lay-off of up to three months.

“Samir Nasri has sustained a fractured fibula during this morning’s training session at the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria,” a club statement confirmed.

“The midfielder will be out of action for two to three months.”

Nasri joined the Gunners from Marseille last summer and netted six league goals for the club in 2008/09, including both in a 2-1 win against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.

The news comes just days after Emmanuel Adebayor left North London in a big money move to Manchester City, although manager Arsene Wenger was recently boosted by the news that Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky is due back in action in the autumn.
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Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has suffered a setback to his comeback from injury and will miss the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

A cruciate knee ligament injury in January ruled 27-year-old Cole out for the rest of the 2008/2009 season.

He recently returned to training but suffered a small tear to his meniscus in the knee and has undergone surgery.

“We expect Cole to return to full training in approximately one month,” said a statement on Chelsea’s website.

Chelsea called the blow a “minor setback” but it will prove further frustration for Cole and the Stamford Bridge outfit.

The playmaker provides Chelsea with a creative spark while he will also be eager to return to the first-team and force his way back into the England team ahead of the 2010 World Cup finals.

Chelsea will leave for the US on Thursday and will play four matches on the trip, starting with a match against Seattle Sounders on Saturday, 18 July.
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