What The Soccer Guys are Reading – August 26, 2010

Tottenham striker, Peter Crouch, might have made his signing all but worthwhile as the England international tallied a hat trick to guarantee his team's advancement into the group stages of the Champions League. (Photo Courtesy premierleagueinsider)

The Guardian – Spurs cruise into Champions League – Kevin McCarra

Despite falling in the first leg, 3-2, Tottenham roll to a 4-0 trouncing of Swiss team, Young Boys, in the second leg at White Hart Lane. With a new air of confidence surrounding the club, the Spurs believe they have what it takes to make it deep into the tournament.

The Independent – FIFA officials praise England for 2018 bid

Among the topics England proved above expectations were the level of government support and passion for the game in the country. Other such aspects were called “perfect”; giving the country a moral boost ahead of the decision. England faces tough competition in try to host the World Cup in countries as Russia, Belgium and the United States.

ESPNsoccernet – Gunners confirm Squillaci signing

Former Lyon and Sevilla defender, Sebastien Squillaci, joins host of countrymen including manager Arsene Wenger. The 30-year-old is available for Arsenal’s Champions League games after sitting out Sevilla’s games against Portuguese side, FC Braga. Squillaci will join four other compatriots on the Gunners’ back line including recent addition Laurent Koscielny.

Daily Record – Ranger sign Croatia international, Jelavic

Gers add former Rapid Vienna striker, Nikica Jelavic, on a £4 million deal to try and compete with all of Celtic manager’s Neil Lennon’s signings this transfer period. Despite signing James Beattie from Stoke City earlier this month, the Glasgow side are keen to add more firepower especially with the ever-lingering rumors of Kenny Miller’s exit on the horizon.

Irish Independent – Lennon wants his side to imitate previous opponent in ahead fixture

Later today Celtic square off against Dutch side FC Utrecht with a 2-0 advantage, going into Holland following a win at Celtic Park. Despite the two-goal cushion, Lennon wants his squad to press and score an early goal like FC Braga, the Portuguese side that knocked the Hoops out of the Champions League earlier this year.

NY Times – Why Bayern Munich is creating a better Germany – Rob Hughes

With Germany’s best players coming together for the country’s best team, the future looks bright for the country’s international coach Joachim Löw. The World Cup’s most entertaining team looks poised to succeed in the future with growing players like Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira and standbys Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

UEFA.com – Champions League draw set today at noon

The touted Champions League draw takes place today where 32 teams, placed in appropriate pots, will be slotted drawn into eight different groups. Each group will contain a member from each pot, amongst other guidelines. This year there are six teams making their tournament debuts, including Tottenham Hotspur and FC Twente.

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