K-League Wrap: Ulsan bounce back, Jeonbuk Motors win well

Ulsan closed within two points of K-League table-toppers Pohang Steelers with a 2-0 win over Seoul on Sunday.

Ulsan entered the match on the back of an embarrassing 5-3 defeat at strugglers Daegu but they made amends with a comfortable victory at the Munsu Cup Stadium.

South Korea international Kim Shin-Wook fired Ulsan into the lead after just two minutes with his ninth goal of the campaign.

And their advantage was doubled just after the half-hour mark when Brazilian Rafinha scored for the second successive match.

The 2012 AFC Champions League winners held on after that as they kept the pressure on Pohang, who lost 2-1 at Incheon United on Saturday.

Jeonbuk Motors climbed to fifth after they thrashed Gyeongnam 4-0 thanks to a superb second-half display.

Belgian Kevin Oris opened the scoring for the hosts in first-half injury time to liven up a cagey affair.

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atch and the 28-year-old added a second just 12 minutes into the second half.

And Lee Dong-Gook bagged a late double as Jeonbuk responded to two successive losses in the best possible fashion.

Other results on Sunday saw Gangwon surprise the Suwon Bluewings with a 2-1 home triumph.

Ianis Zicu gave Gangwon the lead from the penalty spot in the 31st minute before substitute Min Park extended their lead in the second half.

Macedonian Stevica Ristic scored with 16 minutes left for the losers, setting up an exciting finish, but Gangwon held on.

Chunnam Dragons also won 2-1, with goals from Jeong Jun-Yeon and Jeon Hyeon-Chul giving them victory at Daejeon Citizen.

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K-League Wrap: Ulsan bounce back, Jeonbuk Motors win well

Ulsan closed within two points of K-League table-toppers Pohang Steelers with a 2-0 win over Seoul on Sunday.

Ulsan entered the match on the back of an embarrassing 5-3 defeat at strugglers Daegu but they made amends with a comfortable victory at the Munsu Cup Stadium.

South Korea international Kim Shin-Wook fired Ulsan into the lead after just two minutes with his ninth goal of the campaign.

And their advantage was doubled just after the half-hour mark when Brazilian Rafinha scored for the second successive match.

The 2012 AFC Champions League winners held on after that as they kept the pressure on Pohang, who lost 2-1 at Incheon United on Saturday.

Jeonbuk Motors climbed to fifth after they thrashed Gyeongnam 4-0 thanks to a superb second-half display.

Belgian Kevin Oris opened the scoring for the hosts in first-half injury time to liven up a cagey affair.

Oris’ strike changed the complexion of the match and the 28-year-old added a second just 12 minutes into the second half.

And Lee Dong-Gook bagged a late double as Jeonbuk responded to two successive losses in the best possible fashion.

Other results on Sunday saw Gangwon surprise the Suwon Bluewings with a 2-1 home triumph.

Ianis Zicu gave Gangwon the lead from the penalty spot in the 31st minute before substitute Min Park extended their lead in the second half.

Macedonian Stevica Ristic scored with 16 minutes left for the losers, setting up an exciting finish, but Gangwon held on.

Chunnam Dragons also won 2-1, with goals from Jeong Jun-Yeon and Jeon Hyeon-Chul giving them victory at Daejeon Citizen.

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No offers for Damiao, insist Internacional

Brazilian side Internacional have insisted they are yet to receive any solid offers for in-demand striker Leandro Damiao.

Southampton are the latest Premier League side believed to be lining up a bid for the 23-year-old, following previous links to Tottenham.

However, their director of football Luis Cesar Souto de Moura insisted that while there has been in interest, he is keen to retain the Brazil international after no firm bids.

“Nothing has come, clubs from everywhere sound him out all the time, but we don’t even consider that anymore, as there are too many enquiries but offers never come,” he told ‘Esporte Interativo.

“I am working with the idea of keeping the player, so that he doesn’t leave.”

Southampton have already proved they are willing to splash the cash following their capture of Croatia international Dejan Lovren from Lyon for £8.5 million earlier this month.

He remains their first signing of the current transfer window after talks with Celtic’s Victor Wanyama, Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan and Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo appeared to have stalled.

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De Guzman keen to continue Swansea progress

Jonathan de Guzman wants to continue putting Swansea on the map after agreeing a one-year loan extension with the club.

The midfielder handed boss Michael Laudrup a major boost on Saturday when he completed a move back to the Liberty Stadium from parent club Villarreal.

He played an integral part in Swansea’s success last season, scoring five times in the Premier League as the club finished ninth and also netting twice in the 5-0 victory over Bradford in the League Cup final.

And after agreeing a new deal with the Welsh outfit, he is keen to help them continue fulfiling their potential.

“I had a great year at Swansea,’’ he told the club’s official website. “The people around the club and the fans treated me well.

“It was not just the results we had; it was more about showing we can also compete with the big teams. We played better against the bigger teams.

“We played well in a lot of games. We played good football and it’s refreshing playing in a team that has a good football mind.

“I’m very satisfied with what happened. We did very well, we were very creative.

“We really put Swansea on the map.”

The deal will initially see an extension of the loan arrangement between Swansea and Villarreal, which first brought the Dutchman to the Liberty Stadium in July 2012.

However, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has not ruled out the possibility of something more permanent.

“Everyone is happy the loan is continuing,” he said. “Then Jonathan will review his long-term future next summer.”

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Monaco agree three-year deal for Martial

Ligue 1 newcomers Monaco have completed the signing of 17-year-old striker Anthony Martial.

Martial, who has been capped at France youth level, made his debut in the top flight last season for Lyon and moves to the Stade Louis II on a three-year deal.

Technical director Riccardo Pecini told the club’s official website that there were high hopes for what Martial can achieve at Monaco.

“We are very happy that Anthony is joining us,” he said.

“He is the big hope of his generation and he will continue to grow at a very high level.”

Since gaining promotion from Ligue 2, Monaco have splashed the cash on a number of established internationals such as Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez and Ricardo Carvalho.

However, the club claim that this signing demonstrates a vision for the future as well as the present.

Their return to the top flight has already been hampered by the decision of the Professional Football League to issue them with a three-point deduction, with one suspended due to crowd trouble.

The club have also been ordered to play one match behind closed doors.

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Guzan backs Villa to bounce back

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan is backing Aston Villa to return stronger for the new Premier League season.

The American and his team-mates suffered a disappointing campaign in 2012-13 and were in danger of being dragged into a relegation scrap at one stage.

A mid-season collapse almost cost Villa dearly and they had to rely on a run of 17 points from their last 10 matches to pull clear of trouble – including a 6-1 win over Sunderland to all but confirm their escape.

But Guzan feels that the pressure they overcame during those struggles will stand them in good stead when they begin the new top-flight campaign.

“We had a tough spell but that was what made us stronger and helped to bring out our character,” he told the Birmingham Mail.

“When you go through those tough times you are able to help each other, pick each other up and dust each other down. You keep fighting.

“If you make mistakes it’s how you respond to the criticism that comes your way, you have to be man enough and move on.

“I think as a group and as a team we did a really good job of that and that will help us now in the future.

“We will all learn from what we did wrong during that tough spell and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Paul Lambert’s side will open the 2013-14 Premier League season with arguably one of the toughest starts, with a trip to Arsenal on August 17 followed by a home clash with Liverpool and a visit to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on August 31.

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Crouch coy on Stoke future

Stoke striker Peter Crouch is excited to work with new manager Mark Hughes but has admitted that he is unsure about his future.

Hughes was appointed as Tony Pulis’ replacement last month, with the former Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and QPR manager tasked with helping his new club achieve a top-10 Premier League finish.

Crouch scored seven goals in 34 league appearances for Stoke last season and he is keen to work with Hughes.

Whether Crouch is as much of a regular under Hughes as he was with Pulis remains to be seen, with Jonathan Walters, Kenwyne Jones and Cameron Jerome set to provide stiff competition.

And for that reason, Crouch did not rule out a move elsewhere if he is not in Hughes’ first-team plans.

“I’ve never really had a lot of contact with Mark Hughes, but I’m really looking forward to it,” Crouch told Absolute Radio.

“Mark was an awesome player and I remember watching him at Chelsea. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

When quizzed about a potential departure, Crouch added: “I’ve got two years on my contract, but you never know. With my history, you just don’t know.”

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Peruzzi poised for Sunderland switch

Velez Sarsfield’s Gino Peruzzi has confirmed that negotiations over a move to Sunderland are at a “very advanced” stage.

The Argentina international has long been linked with a move to The Stadium of Light as manager Paolo Di Canio looks to overhaul his squad after a disappointing 17th-place finish in the Premier League last time out.

And Peruzzi, 21, revealed that he had been encouraged by Velez general manager and former Newcastle United player Christian Bassedas to give the north east of England a serious look.

“Bassedas told me about the city, the people, that there is a lot of respect, he said something about the team. He told me that he liked to play there,” Peruzzi explained to Ole.

Peruzzi is also relishing the challenge of playing in the Premier League, specifically because of the speed at which the game is played.

“It’s beautiful, especially since in my opinion it’s one of the best leagues because of the tempo played there,” he continued.

“I think English football is the most competitive.”

Velez vice-president Julio Baldomar had previously confirmed that two clubs are interested in signing Peruzzi.

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Tevez: I have learned to behave

New Juventus recruit Carlos Tevez insists that he has put his troubled past behind him as he begins his career in Serie A.

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he Argentina international was officially unveiled by the Italian champions on Wednesday after they agreed a £10 million deal with Premier League outfit Manchester City.

Confirmation of the move brings an end to a controversial seven-year spell in England for Tevez, with the 29-year-old’s refusal to leave the bench during a UEFA Champions League loss to Bayern Munich in the 2011-12 campaign widely considered the nadir.

However, the former Corinthians and Boca Juniors forward is adamant that he has put such episodes firmly behind him.

“I am simply honest,” he told Tuttosport. “At the start of my career in England I used to be a hot-head. If the manager substituted me, I’d swear and insult him. I’m not like that anymore, as I’ve learned how to behave.”

Tevez also discussed his infamous argument with then City boss Roberto Mancini, which took place as the English side suffered a 2-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena.

“On TV it looked much worse than it was. When the manager decided to take off Edin Dzeko and introduce a defender, I was upset and sat back down on the bench,” he added.

“However, at that moment the really angry one was Dzeko, who started insulting Mancini in Bosnian and the manager replied in Italian. It was a surreal scene.

“I was sitting there talking to (Pablo) Zabaleta and when Mancini turned round he saw me sitting down, but was furious because of the row with Dzeko and took it out on me. My rapport with Mancini wasn’t always ideal, but there was always great respect.”

Tevez, who has scored 198 goals in 453 games over the course of his career, was also keen to focus on his role as a team player, rather than just a goal-getter.

“I am not desperate to score goals, as I prefer to work for the team, perfect a move and create an assist for my team-mate,” he continued. “Obviously if the chance arises then I do know how to find the net… I like scoring, but I am not egotistical.

“I do not have a favourite goal, as they are all the same to me. The important thing is that it goes over the line.”

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Tevez: I have learned to behave

New Juventus recruit Carlos Tevez insists that he has put his troubled past behind him as he begins his career in Serie A.

The Argentina international was officially unveiled by the Italian champions on Wednesday after they agreed a £10 million deal with Premier League outfit Manchester City.

Confirmation of the move brings an end to a controversial seven-year spell in England for Tevez, with the 29-year-old’s refusal to leave the bench during a UEFA Champions League loss to Bayern Munich in the 2011-12 campaign widely considered the nadir.

However, the former Corinthians and Boca Juniors forward is adamant that he has put such episodes firmly behind him.

“I am simply honest,” he told Tuttosport. “At the start of my career in England I used to be a hot-head. If the manager substituted me, I’d swear and insult him. I’m not like that anymore, as I’ve learned how to behave.”

Tevez also discussed his infamous argument with then City boss Roberto Mancini, which took place as the English side suffered a 2-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena.

“On TV it looked much worse than it was. When the manager decided to take off Edin Dzeko and introduce a defender, I was upset and sat back down on the bench,” he added.

“However, at that moment the really angry one was Dzeko, who started insulting Mancini in Bosnian and the manager replied in Italian. It was a surreal scene.

“I was sitting there talking to (Pablo) Zabaleta and when Mancini turned round he saw me sitting down, but was furious because of the row with Dzeko and took it out on me. My rapport with Mancini wasn’t always ideal, but there was always great respect.”

Tevez, who has scored 198 goals in 453 games over the course of his career, was also keen to focus on his role as a team player, rather than just a goal-getter.

“I am not desperate to score goals, as I prefer to work for the team, perfect a move and create an assist for my team-mate,” he continued. “Obviously if the chance arises then I do know how to find the net… I like scoring, but I am not egotistical.

“I do not have a favourite goal, as they are all the same to me. The important thing is that it goes over the line.”

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