What The Soccer Guys Are Reading – August 19, 2010

Rumors have swirled recently about a possible move to AC Milan depsite being just days away from beginning his second season with Barcelona.

ESPN Soccernet – AC Milan considering bid for Ibra

After only one year at Barcelona, and with La Liga season days from kick-off, Soccernet is reporting striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be moving to AC Milan. Rossoneri director general Ariedo Braida doesn’t think the move is likely, but Milan is trying and a move like this could shift power in Serie A. It should be noted that before his move to the Camp Nou, Ibra called the San Siro home when he played for Milan’s chief rival Inter.

Guardian – Knee injury sidelines Arsenal’s Nasri

Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri will miss the next month following knee surgery to repair an injury he suffered against Liverpool in Sunday’s opener. Nasri performed well as the maestro of the Arsenal offense in place of captain Cesc Fabregas, who was out after his prolonged World Cup run. Many Arsenal fans have already started worrying about the injury flood that has hampered the club’s title hopes in recent years. Nasri will also miss the early stages of qualification for the 2012 European championship for France.

Sky Sports – Forlan reiterates desire to stay at Atletico – Andres Garavaglia

The rumors started years ago, and it was unlikely they’d stop after a great performance in the World Cup. Still, Atletico Madrid ace Diego Forlan has once again claimed he has no desire to leave Madrid, despite reported interest from some of Europe’s largest clubs. Forlan and Madrid are looking forward to rebounding from a difficult 2009-10 campaign in domestic play. Despite winning the Europa League over Premier League side Fulham, Atletico failed to earn an automatic qualification to the competition’s Playoff Round with its ninth-place finish in La Liga.

MLS Talk – MLS viewership falling in August

Citing a report from Sports Business Journal, MLS Talk reported that viewership of Major League Soccer matches broadcast on ESPN2 is down 9.5 percent from July. Many wondered if soccer could maintain the level of popularity it achieved during the World Cup and in the immediate wake of the event. However, with the National Football League season and Major League Baseball’s pennant races beginning to heat up, MLS appears to have taken a backseat to other professional leagues in the United States once again.

Bloomberg – Champions League Roundup – Dan Byrnes

German side Werder Bremen defeated Italian club Sampadoria, 3-1, in the first leg of their Champions League qualification. One day after selling Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid, Bremen received goals from Clemens Fritz, Torsten Frings and Claudio Pizzaro. The clubs travel to Italy next week to finish off their tie. Elsewhere, Hapoel Tel-Aviv defeated Salzburg, 3-2, and both Basel and Braga won their matches, 1-0, at home. All of the ties will resume next Tuesday, while all matches from last Tuesday will continue next Wednesday.

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