What The Soccer Guys Are Reading – August 25, 2010

Claudio Pizzaro (center) celebrates with teammates after he scored in the 105th minute against Sampdoria on Tuesday to send Werder Bremen through to the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League. (Photo Courtesy Deutsche Welle)

Deutsche Well – Werder Bremen completes massive comeback to qualify for Champions League Group Stage

Werder Bremen completed massive come back against Sampdoria on Tuesday to earn a bid to the UEFA Champions League Group Stage. After defeating the Italian club 3-1 in the first leg last week, Bremen fell behind 3-0 on Tuesday, which put them behind 4-3 on aggregate. However, a strike in the 93rd minute from Markus Rosenberg tied the clubs 4-4 and sent the match to extra time. In the 105th minute, Claudio Pizzaro scored for Bremen to seal the its place the 32-team group stage.

The Guardian – Robinho refuses to play in Turkey

Brazilian Robinho has turned down contracts Turkish sides Fenerbahce and Besiktas after deciding life in the country was not for him. The forward spent most of the summer embroiled in a struggle to remain with Brazilian side Santos before Manchester City demanded he return from extended loan spell. However, City’s summer spending spree deemed him expendable. After refusing to sign in Turkey, Robinho claimed he prefers to sign with an Italian or Spanish side, as many of his countrymen have succeeded in both nations.
ESPN Soccernet – Tottenham, England striker Defoe out after groin surgery

Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe will miss between two and four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a groin injury. While he recovers, he will miss a Champions League qualifier for Spurs Wednesday against Young Boys as well as Premier League matchups. He is also expected to miss England’s European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland due to the surgery. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp reports had he not had the surgery, 2010-11 would have been a major struggle for Defoe

BBC Sport – West Ham’s Diamanti signs for Brescia

To this point in 2010-11, West Ham hasn’t experienced much in the way of success. Life has gotten worse for the Hammers with reports that forward Alessandro Diamanti has signed with Italian side Brescia for 2.2 million euros. Diamanti scored eight goals for the London side last season, but new manager Avram Grant hasn’t been his biggest fan. In West Ham’s first two matches, both losses, Diamanti played just 17 minutes in two substitute appearances. With or without Diamanti, though, relegation seems like a certainty for West Ham this season.

The Telegraph – Blackpool falls to League One side in Carling Cup second round

Saturday’s 6-0 loss to Arsenal seemed to make sense for Blackpool, which was overmatched even before going down to 10 men. However, life got worse for the Seasiders on Tuesday with a 4-3 loss to League One side Milton Keynes Dons in the second round of the Carling Cup. After an easy 4-0 win over Wigan in its Premier League debut, many jumped aboard the Blackpool bandwagon, but it appears as though midnight has come for the orange-clad side with fixtures against Fulham, Newcastle and Chelsea.

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