What The Soccer Guys Are Reading — Sept. 1, 2010

Real Madrid had a disappointing start to the season with a 0-0 draw with Real Mollarca over the weekend, but Mourinho is confident that with time he can make the team into Champions. Courtesy Paul Bence

Sky Sports — Jose – I’m not Harry Potter

New Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has had to answer plenty of critics this week after the team’s season opening 0-0 draw with Real Mallorca last weekend, and his answer is classic a from the “Special One.” Despite winning 17 trophies in the past 8 years with three teams, Los Blancos fans are still a little skeptical of Mourinho’s tactics after the opening draw. Madrid need to win almost every game this season because their closest rivals are the defending champions Barcelona, and Barca doesn’t drop many points in any league it is in.

BBC — Uefa bans vuvuzelas from European matches

Remember that buzzing sound that came from your television while watching the World Cup? Well it won’t be coming from it during any Uefa sanctioned games, including Euro 2012 qualifiers and the Champions League. Breathe a sigh of relief, I know we are. There was no bigger story from this past summer’s World Cup in South Africa than those horns that can cause hearing  loss and sound like a hornets nest.

The Guardian — Rafael van der Vaart completes last-minute £8m move to Tottenham — Jamie Jackson

There was no patience involved in Tottenham’s move for Holland international midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, but there was plenty of haste. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp got word that Real Madrid was willing to sell the midfielder at a cut price on the last day of the transfer window because Madrid manager Jose Mourinho saw the dutch player as surplus to requirements. Redknapp had said earlier in the day that it would be a “quiet” deadline day, well he made some big noise by making a signing like van der Vaart to close out what was a pretty busy day.

Sky Sports — Roma snatch Borriello

AC Milan brought in Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the summer transfer window to play alongside Brazilians Pato and Ronaldhino, making their core of forwards the most feared in Italy. By bringing in the two star players the Rossoneri had to move some of the existing forwards they had out. Klass-Jan Huntelaar read the writing on the wall and moved to Germany to play for Schalke, and it was only a matter of time before 28-year-old Italian striker Marco Borriello found a new jersey to wear. Borriello joins  Roma on loan for the season with an option for the club to buy the striker at the end. Roma finished second last year in the Serie A, pushing champions Inter Milan until the end, and they have been looking to improve their squad to maybe steal the trophy from Inter this season.

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