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Vasco Roll Red Carpet Out For Romário 1000-Goal Quest

40 year-old striker Romário is back in his native and beloved Rio de Janeiro, training to keep his physical fitness within competitive parameters for a hyped return to club of origin Vasco da Gama. According to his own estimates he’s just 13 goals shy of hitting the mythical 1000 goal mark.


The Baixinho is still trying to cut through the red tape that is delaying his official signing, and Vasco hope he’ll be official in time for two upcoming friendlies programmed specifically for the veteran to get even closer to his dream of scoring 1000 goals before retiring.

Then it’s time for the state championships that open the year in Brazil, specifically the ‘Campeonato Carioca’ (first part of the Rio de Janeiro state trophy). Romário is being helped alonmg by physio Romildo Meneses.

“Romário is following a special diet drawn up by the club nutritionist. From food to training schedules, we’re doing our best to ensure that the player is in the best possible condition for his age”, he explained to ‘Jornal dos Sports’.

By Romário’s count – which is disputed by others who claim the real figure is less – reaches an impressive 987 goals and the Vasco squad are well aware that one of the key club aims for the first part of the year will be top help the veteran home grown Baixinho to end his career where it started and with four figure stats attained.

“We are all conscious of how much reaching that amount means to him and there’s total union in the squad that we’ll help one of the greatest players ever to reach that thousandth goal”, explained wingman Wagner Diniz. With a metaphorical red carpet rolled out in Rio, Romário has all the help he could possibly want as he aims for 1000.

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Wild West Argentina :thmbdown: :undecide:

The days of disappearances and reappearances of bloated corpses along the River Plate estuary may have thankfully been consigned to the dustbin of history, but Argentina is still held thrall to a small minority of thugs.

The end to the recent Apertura highlighted that the ability of ‘Barrabravas’ to dictate the course of football in such a proud nation, so are fans of Argentine football – and Argentina – doomed to be depressed with more of the same in 2007?

Argentina belongs to that select band of countries that are fated to figure in the fight for footballing prominence, but the Albiceleste flag is forced to wave at a frequency dictated by the organised supporters’ groups known as ‘Barrabravas’ .

These are, or see themselves, as the strong arm of the organised supporters’ groups that like to see themselves as a type of self-proclaimed elite shock troop, misled into the delusion that their actions are in defense of their club.

The influence and delusions of grandeur that seep from such ‘Barrabravas’ end up gelling into demands being presented to clubs, other fan groups and even local and central governments. The recent case of Di Zeo, still under police investigation, highlights the extent to which the situation can reach with ‘fan reps’ dictating how a team should play.

In the meantime Argentina is under the constant threat of reaction if the whims of the ‘Barrabravas’ aren’t duly satisfied. Even if they get their ‘demands’ they still terrorise stadiums with the fact that they can turn a football match into a pathetic demonstration of how the game can be destroyed via flares, vandalism, pyromania and random beatings.

This sometimes boils over into real tragedy as in the case of Daniel Hernán García, murdered in Paysandú, Uruguay, in the wake of watching Argentina play Chile in the 1995 Americas Cup. On his way out of the stadium, Daniel was ambushed and stabbed close to the heart, bleeding to death before an ambulance could arrive.

In a sad echo of the mothers of the ‘disappeared’ – those who vanished under the thankfully extinct dictatorship – Lucía Suárez, his bereaved mother, visits the same neighbouring Argentina where various suspects from the ‘Morón’ and ‘Tigre’ still await judgement for the stabbing over a decade after the death.

A crystal cut clear example is Máximo Zurita, ‘El Gordo Cadena’ (The Fat Chain) the boss of the ‘Gallo’ (Rooster) supporters’ group, the ‘Moronense’ enforcer in the Roussellot era. The sins of over ten years ago, dating back in a shameful blood smear almost two decades of reducing Argentinean football stadiums from temples to abattoirs.

Just a month ago the end of the year was subject to yet another demonstration of the power of the ‘Barrabravas’ when groups from ‘Argentino de Quilmes’ and ‘Claypole’ wrecked train stations freely, knowing so well that they would be released Scott free mere hours later thanks to political connections with a hand in police pockets. And, surprise, they were.

A recent article in Argentina referred to this ongoing plague of unpredictable, yet far-reaching, attacks as the latest pathology to hit Argentina with a dirty taste of past horror mixed in. The ‘Barrabravas’ have evolved, have switched up a gear, and are now following the law of all street gangs and entering into the political arena as hired hands to prove points on a stage that captivates the Argentinean public: that hallowed rectangle of turf.

These thugs aren’t political in the sense that they possess an identity that could be defined as solely fascist, racist or nationalist as the creed of the ‘Barrabravas’ is simple: a match is focused on what happens on the terraces and unconcerned with that distracting game on the pitch below. Left-wing red and right-wing blue are subservient to a club’s colours.

Argentine journalist Pablo Arias has written perhaps the best synthesis of where Argentine football, entering a brand new calendar year with an old stink lingering in the background:

“They [the ‘Barrabravas’] have managed to turn a noble tool – as politics can be – and a great party – as football can be – into sinister metaphors, into mere screens for the projection of an impugn army of terror. They have transformed us, almost without us noticing, into a country of ‘Barrabravas’.”

You may love Argentina, you may hate Argentina, but there is a chord here that rings true to any real football fan rather than a club fanatic in any country. A majority just want to live and love a sport as one of the few distractions from a soul-sucking existence soiled by politicians’ dirty acts, and this is thus a sick situation where a minority holds the fans hostage, scare families away from stadiums, shed blood…for nothing.

The ‘Barrabravas’ will feature this coming year, returning like a tumour fed up of remission and spreading to contaminate the tissue around it. There’s always the eternal hope that – like politicians – they’ll all turn out to be far less poisonous than they’re painted. Maybe the best that we can hope for is that we hear the least from them as possible in 2007. Unless they just want to cheer for a game called football.


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River beat Boca in pre-season tournament

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 21 (Reuters) - River Plate enjoyed a 2-0 win over Boca Juniors in a pre-season tournament match between two of Argentina's biggest rivals on Saturday.

River went ahead three minutes after halftime when Colombian forward Radamel Falcao broke clear of the Boca defence and scored with an angled shot.

Midfielder Diego Galvan headed the second after he was left unmarked at a corner in the 63rd minute.

Boca, under new coach Miguel Angel Russo, also lost the first game of the tournament, staged in the resort town of Mar del Plata, when they went down 1-0 to Independiente.

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Ze Roberto gives Santos fifth win in five games

By Brian Homewood

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Former Bayern Munich and Brazil midfielder Ze Roberto headed a second half winner to give Santos their fifth straight victory of the Brazilian season on Sunday.

Ze Roberto popped up unmarked at the far post to head in Kleber's cross in the 75th minute as they beat Guaratingueta 1-0 in the Paulista championship, the largest of the regional tournaments which kick off the Brazilian season.

Santos, under former Real Madrid and Brazil coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo, lead the tournament with 15 points from 5 games, an ideal springboard for their campaign in the South American Libertadores Cup which starts on Wednesday.

Santos, hoping to win the Libertadores for the first time since the Pele-inspired team in 1963, travel to Bolivia to face Blooming in a preliminary round tie.

Corinthians, who began by winning their first three games, crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Ituano.

Veteran striker Sorato pounced on a defensive mix-up to put Ituano ahead in the sixth minute and the same player was also on hand to take advantage of another blunder in first-half injury time.

Christian pulled one back for Emerson Leao's team in the second half.

Palmeiras also lost their 100 percent record as they drew 1-1 at home with lowly Gremio Barueri.

The visitors took a shock lead in the third minute when defender Anderson Marques scored with a long-range free kick and debutant Cristiano scrambled an equaliser in the 19th minute.

Brazilian champions Sao Paulo won 2-0 at Rio Claro with goals in the first half hour from Jadilson and Alex Silva and have 10 points from four games.

Fluminense crashed to a shock 3-2 defeat at Volta Redonda in the Carioca (Rio de Janeiro state) championship while Cruzeiro cruised to a 4-0 win over Guarani de Divinopolis in the Mineiro (Minas Gerais) tournament.

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South America round-up

By Brian Homewood

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The Chilean season got underway after a week of wrangling over a last-minute decision to include provincial club Deportes Concepcion.

The Strongest reached the final of Bolivia's pre-season Copa Aerosur by beating Blooming on penalties in a two-leg semi-final, despite having last week's first leg win over-ruled by a tribunal.

CHILE

Cobreloa hammered Deportes Antofagasta 7-1 as the Apertura championship went ahead with 21 teams following a last-minute decision on Friday.

The championship was thrown into doubt when the Chilean league's tribunal decided last Monday to readmit Deportes Concepcion, who were expelled before the 2006 season over outstanding debts to some of their players.

The decision forced the league to completely re-write the fixture list and led to speculation that the start of the tournament could be delayed.

However, the clubs voted on Friday to go ahead with Deportes Concepcion sitting out the first match day.

Cobreloa were the first team to score as Argentine midfielder Jose Luis Diaz hit the target in less then one minute of their game with Antofagasta.

Strikers Lucas Barrios and Esteban Paredes then scored a hat-trick apiece as the Desert Foxes went on the rampage.

Palestino came from three goals behind to draw 3-3 away to newly-promoted Lota Schwager. Roberto Silva, from a penalty, Jose Salcedo and Mauricio Cataldo, also from a penalty, put Lota 3-0 ahead in 59 minutes.

But Palestino replied as Ever Cantero, Cristian Basaure and Rodrigo Toloza scored in a 10-minute spell.

Universidad de Chile and Universidad Catolica both made winning starts under new coaches.

Universidad de Chile beat Universidad de Concepion 1-0 in their first game under Argentina Salvador as both teams missed penalties and Catolica beat Wanderers 1-0 as Peru's Jose del Solar made his debut in the hot seat.

Defending champions Colo Colo kicked off with a 2-1 win over newly-promoted Deportes Melipilla.

BOLIVIA

The Strongest put their off-field troubles behind them as they beat Blooming 3-0 in their semi-final second leg and then won 5-4 on penalties to win their Copa Aerosur semi-final.

The Tigers had also won 2-0 away from home in the first leg but on Friday a tribunal awarded the points to Blooming, who complained that The Strongest had fielded Walter Flores when he was ineligible.

The tribunal ruled that Flores still had a contract with his previous club Real Potosi. "A game should be played and won on the field," said The Strongest president Jorge Pacheco.

Oriente Petrolero beat Aurora on penalties in the other semi-final.

VENEZUELA

Caracas FC were knocked off the top of the championship's second stage after crashing to a 4-1 defeat at Trujillanos.

Colombian striker Robinson Renteria scored a hat-trick for Trujillanos and Hermes Palomino helped himself to the fourth.

Cesar Gonzalez replied for Caracas, who won the first stage of the championship held in the first half of last season.

Zamora FC went top by beating Carabobo FC 3-1 with two goals from Colombian Alex Sinisterra and one from Brazilian Bento da Rosa.

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Corinthians lose again, have three sent off

By Brian Homewood

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Corinthians had three players sent off as they lost 1-0 to Sao Caetano in the Paulista championship on Wednesday, their second defeat in five days against lesser-rated opponents.

There was also trouble as Botafogo won 1-0 at Cabofriense in the Carioca championship, where the hosts had a late equaliser disallowed amid ugly scenes.

Beaten 2-1 by modest Ituano on Saturday, Corinthians's troubles began in the 24th minute with a bizarre incident involving midfielder Marcelo Mattos.

With two balls on the field, Mattos kicked the dead ball away and immediately collected a pass with the live one.

The referee stopped play, Mattos hoofed the official ball away in disgust and was given a second yellow card, creating furious protests among his team mates.

Midfielder Roger followed for a second bookable offence in the 83rd minute and central defender Betao followed in injury-time for a wild kick at Luiz Henrique.

Striker Somalia scored the only goal early in the second half.

"The instability was provoked by the referee's mistake," said Corinthians coach Emerson Leao, blaming the first red card for his team's collapse.

"Players who aren't aggressive became aggressive because of him. It was a lamentable episode."

Sao Caetano moved up to second in the Paulista -- the largest of the regional championships which kick off the Brazilian season -- with 12 points from five games, three behind leaders Santos.

Corinthians dropped to seventh on nine points.

Palmeiras lost their unbeaten record as they went down 2-1 at Ponte Preta, who struck with two goals in a three-minute spell before halftime from Anderson Luiz and Finazzi.

Striker Dodo scored to give Botafogo their first win in Rio de Janeiro's Carioca championship after a stormy ending.

Cabofriense had the ball in the net in the 83rd minute, the referee initially signalled the goal and was surrounded by protesting Botafogo players.

However, after consulting with a linesman, the referee disallowed the goal and was surrounded by protesting Cabofriense players.

Police, cameremen and reporters also came onto the field and play was held up for six minutes while the linesman was by objects thrown by from the supporters in the stand behind.

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South America roundup-Coach sacked while players lunch

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Coronel Bolognesi sacked coach Raul Marcovich hours before their opening game in the Peruvian championship at the weekend while titleholders Alianza Lima were held 2-2 by Sport Boys in their first match.

The Strongest won a year's free domestic air travel by winning the pre-season Copa Aerosur tournament in Bolivia and four players were sent off in a stormy Chilean match at Huachipato.


PERU

Bolognesi coach Marcovich was fired as he arrived to have lunch with his team before the game against San Martin.

"At midday the president let me know that I would not be in charge of the side," the Argentine told RPP radio. "The team were having lunch when I told them that I would not be continuing."

Marcovich and the club had been involved in lengthy talks over a new contract. Bolognesi were held 1-1.

Defending champions Alianza Lima raced to a 2-0 lead in 20 minutes against Sport Boys with goals from Junior Viza and new signing Junior Ross. But Boys were level before halftime as Sergio Ibarra and Roberto Duffo scored in a three-minute spell.

Cienciano, last year's runners-up, began with a 1-0 win at Sport Ancash while promoted Total Clean, who were founded only three years ago, lost 2-1 at home to Universitario on their debut in the top flight.

BOLIVIA

The Strongest beat Oriente Petrolero on penalties to win the pre-season Copa Aerosur and make a dent in their expenses for the 2007 season.

The Tigers won the second leg of the final 2-0 and then won the shootout 5-4.

Julio Hurtado opened the scoring with a 30-metre shot and Jaime Cardozo scored the second three minutes from time.

Oriente won the first leg 3-0 but the tie was decided on points rather than goal aggregate.

Aerosur, the airline who sponsor the tournament, reward the winners with free tickets to away games for the rest of the year. Oriente will get a 50 percent discount.

Many Bolivian teams suffer from chronic financial problems and sometimes undertake marathon bus journeys of up to 15 hours over treacherous mountain roads to get to away games.

CHILE

Huachipato's 1-0 win at home to Cobresal came to an undignified end as referee Julio Bascunan showed four red cards in the last 10 minutes.

The visitors had Patricio Lira, Mauricio Rojas and Diego Silva dismissed while Huachipato's Jaime Gonzalez was also given his marching orders.

Huachipato are one of five teams to have won their opening two matches in the Apertura championship alongside Colo Colo, Audax Italiano, Universidad Catolica and Union Espanola.

Titleholders Colo Colo enjoyed a 4-0 win over Deportes Concepcion, who were readmitted this year after being suspended last season because of financial problems.

Striker Humberto Suazo scored twice for the Chieftains, Moises Villaroel and Juan Gonzalo Lorca sharing the other two.

Universidad de Chile's visit to Antofagasta was postponed after local authorities ruled that the stadium did not meet safety standards.

COLOMBIA

Cucuta began their title defence by thumping Once Caldas 4-1 on the opening day of the Apertura championship.

Victor Torres, Blas Perez, Alex del Castillo and Macnelly Torres shared the goals for Cucuta, playing their first match under coach Jorge Luis Bernal, while Juan Manuel Perillo replied for the former South American champions.

Bernal has replaced Jorge Luis Pinto who has been appointed coach of the Colombian national team.

La Equidad, playing in the top flight for the first time, lost 4-3 at home to Atletico Nacional and Tolima, runners-up to Cucuta last season, won 3-2 at Atletico Huila.

VENEZUELA

Zamora stayed three points clear of Caracas FC at the top of the championship's second stage after both won.

Uruguayan Rodrigo Gomez scored in the 86th minute as Zamora beat Deportivo Tachira.

Jorge Rojas, Edder Perez and an own goal by Yoimer Segovia gave Caracas a 3-1 win over previously unbeaten Mineros de Guayana.

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LIMA, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Six players suffered burns on the soles of their feet after playing on an artificial pitch in blazing sun, Peruvian club Sporting Cristal said on Wednesday.

Cristal said Juan Cominges, Jose Mendoza, Miguel Villalta, Carlos Lobaton, Erick Delgado and Gabriel Garcia had been unable to train properly this week because of burns and blisters on the soles of their feet.

Uruguayan striker Garcia was the worst affected. "You can't imagine how much it burns," he told the newspaper El Comercio.

The team kicked off the season away to Alianza Atletico at the Miguel Grau stadium last Saturday at 1300 local time in searing summer heat.

"Artificial pitches are completely wrong when you have to play in that kind of heat," Sporting Cristal director Jose Osterling told the Andina news agency.

Osterling said he had asked the Peruvian league for all matches on artificial pitches to be played at night.

Several Peruvian grounds, including the National Stadium in Lima, installed artificial pitches for the World Under-17 championship which the country hosted in 2005.

The pitches have been widely criticised by coaches.

"Can you imagine Brazil and Argentina coming here to play and not complaining," said Alianza Lima coach Gerardo Pelusso.

Costa Rica played their home matches in the 2006 World Cup qualifying competition on an artificial pitch at the Saprissa stadium.

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Riquelme set for Boca Juniors return

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BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Villarreal's Argentine international midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme has agreed a move back to Boca Juniors on a loan deal from next June, Boca Juniors president Mauricio Macri said.

Riquelme, 28, has fallen out of favour with Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini and club president Fernando Roig, and has made it known that he wants a change before the end of the season.

"I congratulate myself on having sealed the return of Riquelme to the club," said Macri.

Villarreal officials insisted "nothing is official for the moment".

Riquelme played for Boca from 1996 to 2002 before joining Barcelona for a season. He arrived at Villarreal in 2003.

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Fingers crossed as Argentine championship starts

By Luis Ampuero

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Argentina's Clausura championship kicks off at the weekend with players and officials crossing their fingers and hoping that the crowd trouble which plagued the previous tournament does not resurface.

The Apertura championship held in the second half of last year was played amid an atmosphere of threats, intimidation and crowd violence and, at one stage, looked as if it might not finish.

Yet the problems were forgotten in a thrilling finale as Estudiantes caught fading Boca Juniors in the last two games to finish level on points, then won a playoff to bring Diego Simeone a trophy in his first season as coach.

The focus during the Clausura preparations has again switched to the players and coaches, while the issue of violence has been swept aside.

But, with no significant measures having been taken in the meantime, there is no guarantee that it will not come back.

Estudiantes midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron summed up the general attitude when he said recently: "We hope it goes away."

The Apertura championship saw three matches halted by crowd violence and every attempt to stop the trouble seemed to make it worse.

At one stage, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) banned away fans from all matches in response to the trouble. But they revoked the measure one week later.

When they ordered the Racing Club-San Lorenzo game to be played behind closed doors, supporters blocked the respective team buses from leaving their headquarters and forced the game to be called off.

HARDCORE FANS

Racing Club's attempt to ban a group of Boca Juniors hardcore fans from their stadium also failed when a judge overturned the decision and the match was called off at 24 hours notice.

But the biggest controversy surrounded Boca's 4-1 win at Gimnasia-La Plata.

The game was abandoned at halftime on Sept. 10 with Gimnasia 1-0 ahead after referee Daniel Gimenez said he had been threatened in his dressing-room by Gimnasia president Juan Jose Munoz.

The second half was played nearly two months later, Boca scoring four times in 45 minutes amid allegations that Gimnasia players had received death threats from their own supporters who wanted Boca to win to damage the chances of their La Plata city rivals Estudiantes.

The fact that Estudiantes later bounced back to catch up with Boca made them the neutrals' favourite and gave a special touch to the end of the championship.

The club, inspired by Veron in midfield, have kept the team base and will again enjoy the inspired leadership of Simeone, who was Argentine's most capped international until he was overtaken by Roberto Ayala this week. Ayala made his 107th appearance for Argentina in the 1-0 win over France.

Boca coach Ricardo La Volpe resigned following his team's extraordinary lapse and has joined smaller neighbours Velez Sarsfield, where he will find the atmosphere much less demanding.

The two clubs have done a straight coaching swap with Miguel Angel Russo leaving Velez to join Boca, who on Thursday said they had persuaded playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme to return from Villarreal for another stint.

The biggest pressure will be on Daniel Passarella's River Plate, who have not won the title since 2004 -- an eternity for such a big club in a country where two championships are played a year.

Despite selling teenage striker Gonzalo Higuain to Real Madrid, many believe River are well-placed to end their title drought.

"The team has been getting better game by game," said Passarella. "I've a lot of confidence in this group."


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Romario hits 10-minute hat-trick and moves to 990 goals

By Brian Homewood

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Former Brazil striker Romario came off the bench to score a 10-minute hat-trick as Vasco da Gama routed Volta Redonda 6-1 in the Carioca championship on Sunday.

Romario, 41, took his career total to 990 goals according to the tally he has kept himself but which includes goals scored at junior level and in friendly matches.

Typically, all of his goals -- his first since he returned for a fourth stint at the club where he began his career -- were scored from the edge of the six-metre area.

Romario came on in the 65th minute with Vasco already 3-0 ahead and needed four minutes to make his mark as he nonchalantly headed home a cross from the right.

In the 75th minute, he scored again from close range after a one-two and four minutes later rose unmarked to head in another cross from the right.

In the Paulista championship, Sao Paulo extended their unbeaten run over arch-rivals Corinthians to 12 games when they beat their nine-man opponents 3-1 in a stormy match.

Striker Lenilson put Sao Paulo ahead on the half hour with a low shot from the outside of the area and goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni added the second from a penalty one minute before halftime.

Leandro tapped in the third from close range in the 58th minute and Sao Paulo, with their fans in festive mood, began provoking the Corinthians players with some fancy tricks.

One of them, a cheeky Leandro backheel, sparked a brawl in the 75th minute, leading to a red card for Corinthians midfielder Magrao after he clattered into Leandro.

Corinthians, who pulled a goal back through Wilson, also had Jadilson sent off for a second bookable offence.

Sao Paulo, still unbeaten this year, are third in the table with 18 points from eight games.

Santos, playing their ninth game in 24 days, overcame torrential rain as they won 2-1 at Santo Andre to extend their unbeaten run to 15 games in all competitions.

Midfielder Cleber Santana scored both goals, heading in Rodrigo Tabata's free kick and then firing home a penalty.

The win kept Vanderlei Luxemburgo's team top with 19 points, ahead of Sao Caetano on goal difference and with a game in hand. Santos's last defeat was against Sao Paulo on Nov. 5 in last year's Brazilian championship

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S.America round-up-Colombian coach receives death threats

By Brian Homewood

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The coach of Colombian first division club Quindio claimed following a home defeat to Cucuta that he had received death threats at the weekend.

Controversial striker Ivan Kaviedes scored four times on his debut for Ecuadorean champions El Nacional, the latest stop in his nomadic career.


COLOMBIA

Quindio coach Diego Umana told reporters he would not bow to death threats after his team continued their dismal recent run with a 1-0 home defeat against Cucuta.

"I'm not leaving here because I believe in the team, in my work... and I'm not going to run away," said Umana, who was jeered by home fans during the game.

"This is an orchestrated plan. They want to get me out of here but I'm not going to give them the satisfaction."

Jose Portocarrero scored the only goal to leave titleholders Cucuta with six points from two games.

Atletico Nacional are the only other side on maximum points after beating Santa Fe 2-0 in a game of three red cards.

Argentine-born striker Sergio Galvan Rey scored twice, both from chances created by Jairo Patino.

Nacional's Carlos Diaz and Santa Fe's Leider Preciado were sent off for fighting early in the second half and Santa Fe had defender Emmanuel Acosta dismissed for a second bookable offence.

ECUADOR

Army club El Nacional began their title defence with a 4-2 win over Emelec thanks to four goals from Ecuador striker Kaviedes who was playing against the club where he began his career.

Kaviedes opened his account in less than two minutes with a shot which went through the legs of goalkeeper Marcelo Elizaga.

He added the second with a 21st minute penalty following a foul on Walter Calderon and completed a first-half hat-trick as he converted a chance created by midfielder Wellington Sanchez.

A close range goal in the 69th minute completed his afternoon. The Electrics repliec with second half goals from Jose Luis Quinonez and Jorge Ladines.

Kaviedes has been plagued by disciplinary problems in a career which has already taken him to Emelec, Barcelona and Deportivo Quito in his homeland, Perugia in Italy, Real Valladolid and Celta in Spain, Porto in Portugal, Crystal Palace in England, Puebla in Mexico and Argentinos Juniors in Argentina.

Barcelona, the country's most popular club, began with a 2-1 shock defeat at home to Macara in their first game under new coach Ramon Angel Bernuccio.

Fricson George gave Barcelona a halftime lead but the visitors levelled through Paraguayan Fabio Escobar before Jairo Montano put through his own net.

CHILE

Universidad de Chile had a match postponed for the second weekend running because of security worries.

The Santiago city government called off their match at home to Audax Italiano at 24 hours notice after ruling that the Santa Laura stadium was not safe for the game.

After last week's visit to Antofagasta was also postponed, Universidad de Chile have played only one of their three games.

Their main rivals Colo Colo and Universidad Catolica both won to keep 100 percent records after three games.

Colo Colo, who won both the Apertura and Clausura championships last year, scored three times in the first half hour to beat Coquimbo Unido 3-0.

Eladio Herrera put through his own goal after five minutes, Colombian midfielder Giovanni Hernandez scored his first goal for the club and Gonzalo Fierro added the third.

Esteban Fuertes and Luis Nunez gave Catolica a 2-0 win over Palestino.

Newly-promoted pair Lota Schwager and Nublense produded a dramatic 1-1 draw.

The visitors finished with nine men after Cristian Gomez and Jose Miguel Farias were sent off but held out with the help of an outstanding display by Paraguay goalkeeper Danilo Aceval.

Roberto Silva put Lota ahead in the 70th minute but Juan Francisco Viveros levelled four minutes later and Silva missed another penalty with three minutes to play.

PERU

Sporting Cristal, who complained that their players suffered burned feet after playing on an artificial pitch under the midday sun away to Alianza Atletico one week ago, recoved to beat Deportivo Municipal 3-1.

Christian Zuniga scored twice as Melgar beat titleholders Alianza Lima 2-1 in Arequipa to leave his side with six points from their first two games.

Cienciano, runners-up last year, also have maximum points after beating Coronel Bolognesi 3-0 with first-half goals from Francisco Hernandez, Rodrigo Saraz and Edson Uribe.

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Santos extend unbeaten run in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Santos extended their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions when they thrashed America-Sao Jose do Rio Preto 4-1 in the Paulista championship on Wednesday.

America were quickly in trouble as Willians was sent off in the 16th minute and fell behind to a Cleber Santana goal 18 minutes later.

Although the visitors levelled with an Adailton penalty one minute before halftime, two goals from Marcos Vinicius and one from Pedro in the second half gave Vanderlei Luxemburgo's team a comfortable win.

Santos, last beaten on Nov. 5, lead the Paulista championship with 22 points from eight games.

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Argentine match abandoned due to missile-throwing fans

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Argentine football was hit by another bout of football violence on Saturday as missile-throwing fans caused the Newell's Old Boys-River Plate match in Rosario to be abandoned.

River, who received a five-match home ban on Thursday following a fight in the club's social area, were winning 2-1 when Newell's supporters began hurling stones and other objects across the fence separating them from River supporters.

Referee Hector Baldassi stopped the game in the 86th minute.


The match was considered high risk after two Newell's supporters were killed in a clash with River fans four years ago.

Saturday's trouble, on the second weekend of the Clausura championship, raised fears that the tournament could be blighted by the same problems as the Apertura, held in the second half of last year.

That tournament was plagued by unprecendeted crowd violence, threats and initimidation.

There has already been trouble in the week since the Clausura got under way.

Last Sunday, River's match at home to Lanus was preceeded by a vicious fight involving rival factions of the River support in the club's social area, terrorising families who had come to use the swimming pool and barbecue area.

Last week, the directors of Quilmes and Banfield both said they had been threatened for refusing to provide their respective clubs' own supporters with free tickets and money to travel to away games.

On Thursday, 50 fans were injured during clashes before a third division game on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

FARIAS DOUBLE

On the field, both River goals were set up by midfielder Fernando Belluschi and converted by striker Ernesto Farias.

In the 25th minute, Belluschi found Farias with a crossfield ball, the Newell's defence was slow to react and Farias fired past Justo Villar.

Nicolas Spolli popped up at the far post to equalise on the stroke of halftime but River regained the lead in the 70th minute when Farias scored from Belluschi's corner.

Titleholders Estudiantes were held to a goaless draw away to Gimnasia-Jujuy in another game on Saturday and have four points from their opening two games.

Estudiantes extended their unbeaten run to 15 games but were given a let-off in the 18th minute when Hector Silva missed a penalty for Gimnasia, blasting his effort against the post.

Arsenal won their second straight game when they beat Godoy Cruz 2-1 with goals from Jorge Ortiz and Andres San Martin.

Jose Devaca replied for the Mendoza-based team. (Writing by Brian Homewood in Rio de Janeiro)

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Boca held at home on Riquelme's return

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Boca Juniors were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Rosario Central on Sunday as playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme made his return on loan from Spain's Villareal.

A packed crowd gave Riquelme, who left the club in 2002, a rapturous reception at the Bombonera but the game was a let-down as the elegant midfielder looked short of match fitness.

Rosario Central, with former Argentina midfielder Cristian Gonzalez running the show in midfield, took a shock lead through Emilio Zelaya in the 38th minute.

Boca, who began the tournament with a 4-0 win over Banfield last week, pressed desperately for an equaliser after the break and were rewarded when Rodrigo Palacio fired home a loose ball in the 55th minute following a corner.

Riquelme had not played since December after being sidelined by Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini, who was unhappy with his level of commitment despite the player being given privileges not enjoyed by other squad members.

Boca have paid Villareal $2 million to have the 28-year-old in their team for the South American Libertadores Cup and the Clausura championship.

The softly-spoken, introverted Riquelme also quit Argentina last year, saying criticism of his performances had affected his mother's health.

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South America roundup-Montero off again as Penarol held

By Brian Homewood

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Uruguay's uncomprising former defender Paolo Montero added another red card to his collection as Penarol kicked off the second stage of the championship with a 2-2 draw against Defensor Sporting.

Universidad de Chile, whose last two matches were postponed because of security problems, lost 2-0 at Puerto Montt.


URUGUAY

Former Juventus defender Montero, who holds the record for red cards received in Italy's Serie A, was sent off for the second time since returning home to Penarol in August.

Montero was dismissed in the 67th minute for a second bookable offence with Penarol trailing 2-1 to goals from Carlos Mario Morales and Mauro Vila.

Penarol, who had taken a first-half lead through Nicolas Vigneri, equalised with nine minutes left through Matias Ruiz.

Six of the weekend's eight games ended in draws. Liverpool, who won 2-1 at Rampla Juniors, and Miramar Misiones, who beat Bella Vista 1-0, were the only winners.

Danubio, who won the first stage of the championship, were held 1-1 at home by Tacuarembo despite taking a first-half lead through former Middlesbrough and Colombia striker Hamilton Ricard. Nicolas Nicolay replied for the visitors.

CHILE

Universidad de Chile were back in action after having their last two matches postponed because of security problems but still lost :dielaugh: 2-0 at Puerto Montt.

Four players made their debuts for Universidad, who are in the hands of a receiver after being declared bankrupt last year, but the Blues were sunk by goals from Hector Aguila and Cristian Munoz.

Colo Colo and Universidad Catolica both have maximum points after four games of the Apertura championship.

Colo Colo beat Cobresal 4-2, helped by two goals from striker Humberto Suazo, while Catolica beat Lota Schwager 2-0 with goals from Argentine Esteban Fuertes and Roberto Gutierrez.

Jose Luis Diaz scored a hat-trick as Cobreloa came from behind to beat Deportes La Serena 4-2 away.

PARAGUAY

Defender Carlos Gamarra, who played in three World Cups for Paraguay, and striker Mauro Caballero made their debuts for Olimpia in the 1-1 draw with Nacional as the 2007 championship finally kicked off.

Titleholders Libertad began with a 2-0 win over Sol de America, Fredy Bareiro and Rodrigo Lopez scoring.

The championship began two weeks late after a dispute among directors of the Paraguayan Football Association which ended when Oscar Harrison agreed to step down as president.

COLOMBIA

Uruguayan Roberto Bobadilla and Panamanian Blas Perez gave titleholders Cucuta a 2-0 win over Deportivo Pasto as they maintained their 100 percent record after three games of the Apertura championship.

Quindio, whose coach Diego Umana said last week that he would not step down despite receiving death threats, remain pointless at the bottom after losing 1-0 at Once Caldas.

PERU

Universitario, who parted company with coach Jorge Amado Nunes last week, hammered Coronel Bolognesi 4-0 with two goals from Johan Fano and one each from Dario Caballero and Alex Magallanes.

Leaders Cienciano won for the fourth time in four games as they beat nine-man Deportivo Municipal.

The game was delayed for seven minutes in the first half as Municipal protested the dismissal of goalkeeper Fernando Martinuzzi following an argument with the referee. When play re-started, Paulo De La Haza scored from a free kick.

Carlos Fernandez added a second for the Red Fury in the 68th minnute before the visitors had Giuliano Portilla sent off.

Alianza Lima and Sporting Cristal drew their derby 1-1 while bottom club Total Clean's misery continued, a 4-1 thrashing by Sport Ancash leaving them pointless after four games.

ECUADOR

Promoted Imbabura went top of the championship's first stage by beating defending champions El Nacional 1-0 with a 66th minute goal from striker Edmundo Zura.

Barcelona, the country's most popular club, picked up their first point at the third attempt when Danny Vera scored an injury-time equaliser to give them a 2-2 draw at home to Deportivo Azogues.

The result failed to satisfy the home crowd who threw bottles onto the pitch and jeered in protest.


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San Lorenzo win completes Argentina's 2006 season

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Argentina's troubled 2006 Apertura championship finally ended two months late on Wednesday when San Lorenzo beat Racing Club 1-0 in a meaningless mid-table game.

The match was due to be played on Nov. 19 but was one of several fixtures which fell victim to the violence and intimidation that plagued the tournament.

The game was called off three hours before the start when the two sets of fans blocked the team buses and prevented them from reaching the stadium.

The fans were protesting an order to play the game behind closed doors. The decision was made after a crowd riot forced Racing Club's previous game against neighbours Independiente to be abandoned in the second half.

San Lorenzo finished ninth in the table with 28 points from 19 games, one place above Racing.

Estudiantes won the championship on Dec. 13, beating Boca Juniors 2-1 in a playoff after the teams finished level on 44 points from 19 games.

Although the dramatic finale took attention away from the hooligan problem, the 2007 season has begun with more trouble.

River Plate were given a five-match home ban last week after rival factions of their supporters clashed in the club's social area hours before a league match.

Rioting fans forced River's match away to Newell's Old Boys on Saturday to be abandoned with four minutes to play.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Rio de Janeiro)

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