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AEK Athens signs Costa Rica's Wright

ATHENS, July 5 (AFP)

Costa rica's World Cup defender Mauricio Wright has signed a three-year contract with AEK Athens, the Greek first division club announced Friday.
The 32-year-old Wright played in all three matches for Costa Rica in the World Cup and scored one of the goals in the 2-0 opening win over China.
AEK said it had purchased the rights to Wright from his former club Herediano CS.
He has been capped 44 times and has scored five goals.
Wright last played for the New England Revolution in the Major League Soccer of the United States and before that played for the San Jose Earthquakes in the same circuit.

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Seems like AEK is very interest in Costa Rica, yersterday Costa Rican player Walter Centeno travel to Greece to join AEK and become the second player from Costa Rica who plays with this team.
Reports said that two more Costa Rican players will be sign for AEK also they are : Jose Luis Lopez and Rodrigo Cordero
 

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Seems like AEK is very interest in Costa Rica, yersterday Costa Rican player Walter Centeno travel to Greece to join AEK and become the second player from Costa Rica who plays with this team.
Reports said that two more Costa Rican players will be sign for AEK also they are : Jose Luis Lopez and Rodrigo Cordero
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Defender Martinez to Brescia/Italy

Defensa Gilberto Martínez partió para incorporarse al Brescia de Italia

Agence France-Presse (AFP)
2002-07-09 20:08:00


SAN JOSE, Jul 9 (AFP) - El defensa costarricense Gilberto Martínez partió este martes para incorporarse al Brescia, de la Primera División del fútbol italiano.

El jugador firmó contrato hasta el año 2007 con el Brescia, con el cual iniciará esta semana una gira de pretemporada, informó el propio Martínez.

Hasta ahora integrante del Saprissa, uno de los clubes más populares del fútbol costarricense, Martínez se destacó en la selección nacional que participó en el Mundial de Corea del Sur y Japón, en el que el equipo costarricense no logró pasar de la primera ronda, en un grupo en el que se clasificaron para octavos de final Brasil y Turquía.

If you happen NOT to understand the article .. let me know !!!

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July 20th

Manchester City's C Rican Striker Paulo Cesar Wanchope has to have his knee (Right one) examined this coming week as the pain is getting unbearable.
Hopefully is nothing serious !!

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Alajuelense beats Municipal in Guatemala 3x1 in friendly/exhibition.

For Alajuelense Erick Jimenez (2)Vicente Rossell (1)
For Municipal Juan Carlos Plata.

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The preseason started as early as May 29 for Saprissa, days before the WC even was undeerway...And only on July 1st for Osa, but neither one has more or less advantage due to the date differencials.....
The whole enchilada in Spanish .............

http://www.nacion.co.cr/ln_ee/2002/julio/31/deportes2.html

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Sat Results/Day One

San Carlos 3 - Alajuelense 2 :eek:
Guanacaste 2 - Liberia 1

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Equipos PJ PG PE PP GF GC Ptos

Herediano 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
Cartago 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
San Carlos 1 1 0 0 3 2 3
Guanacaste 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
Santa Bárbara 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Osa 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Pérez Zeledón 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Alajuela 1 0 0 1 2 3 0
Liberia 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
Saprissa 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
Carmelita 1 0 0 1 0 3 0
Santos 1 0 0 1 0 1 0

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LD Alajuelense still chasing continental dreams

05.08.02 - A few short months after winning a 22nd championship in Costa Rica in dominating fashion, then serving as the heart of Costa Rica’s FIFA World Cup aspirations, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense is once again chasing the greatly desired title of continental champion.
It was 1986 when La Liga won their only Champions’ Cup, and since reaching the final three years ago the rojinegros have felt they were ready to again claim the prize, only to fall short. Following the fine performance of Costa Rica in Korea/Japan – where LDA provided eight players on the 23-man squad – the feeling is once again back in the suburban San José city.

Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto, who took over midway through last season’s Torneo Apertura, has seen very little turnover in the squad to this season. But he has lost three very influential performers.

Attacking talent Rolando Fonseca has returned to Guatemala, again to CSD Comunications, while midfielder Mauricio Solis and wingback Harold Wallace have moved on to Greece (OFI Crete) and Mexico (newly-promoted Club San Luis) respectively. All three were regulars in the Costa Rica World Cup side.

Fonseca’s departure means Pinto will have to find a strike partner for emergent Erick Scott, who led the club with 13 goals last season, his first as a full-time professional after playing in the 2001 World Youth Championship. But all three candidates are familiar faces to Liga supporters: Josef Miso, who led the league with 21 goals three seasons ago; Johnny Cubero, who has returned from a horrific broken leg, and Erick Jimenez, who led LDA with 14 goals in 2000-01 but then lost his place when Pinto took over.

The exit of Solis leaves a hole in the center of midfield, yet veteran Luis Diego Arnaez will almost certainly return to the role that was his until the emergence of Solis last season. Arnaez will slot in alongside Sandro Alfaro, another reclamation project who found a resurgence under Pinto.

The creativity in attack will come from two more members of the World Cup, a smooth playmaker in Wilmer Lopez and a very quick, livewire attacker in Steven Bryce. Argentinian native Pablo Izaguirre will also certainly figure, with vision and skill, especially on the dead ball.

Wallace leaves a hole on the right side of the back four, but the role will almost certainly be filled by Alexander Castro, who has played on the right side of defense at national level numerous times. His brother Carlos is first-choice on the left side for both club and country.

The center of defense is completed by two more national team regulars, steady Luís Marín and hard-tackling left-footed Pablo Chinchilla. Álvaro Mesén, who did not play a minute in Korea/Japan behind Erick Lonnis, returns for his fourth season as first-choice goalkeeper.

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LD Alajuelense 2 Pachuca 1

Will the Ticos be able to hang on to the 1 Goal Difference in Pachuca, Hidalgo ???

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Domingo 11 de agosto - Second Day

Santos Osa (11 a.m.)
Saprissa Cartaginés (11 a.m.)
Herediano Santa Bárbara (11 a.m.)
Liberia Carmelita (11 a.m.)
Alajuelense Guanacaste (11 a.m.)
Pérez Zeledón San Carlos (11 a.m.)

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Rolando Fonseca eyed by Saudis Al-Hilal

RIYADH, August 9, by Mohamed S. Chbaro (DS) -

Transfer news on the Saudi Arabian football scene:

Saudi Arabia giants Al-Hilal look set to bid for World Cup Costa Rica forward Rolando Fonseca, according to daily paper Asharq Al-Awsat today.

"The elusive Fonseca, scorer of 39 goals in 83 international full-appearances for Costa Rica, including 10 during the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, has won the faith of Colombian manager Francesco Maturana," sources close to Al-Hilal told the daily paper on Friday.

"Still, lot will depend on the financial aspect regarding the player's transfer," the editorial went on saying. "The ultimate decision will be taken in two-week time, after the return of club administrators from summer vacancies."

Al-Hilal, now having troubles dealing with renegade international stars Obaid Al-Dossari and Nawaf Al-Temyat, who voiced their intention of changing clubs next season, are trying hard to deal with the lack of strikers up-front. 28-year old Fonseca could well be their ultimate choice in this regard.

"Uruguay's forward Campos is yet another optional outfit the club could move towards should we fail to sign Fonseca," the same sources went on saying.

"Most of all, the manager made it clear he wants to have at his disposal an attacking line-up of high profile."

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Wanchope out for at least six months after knee op

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Aug 9 (AFP) --

Manchester City striker Paulo Wanchope will be sidelined for at least six months following a recent operation on his right knee, the Costa Rican announced here Friday.
The 26-year-old Wanchope went under the knife on August 1 in Cleveland, at the same hospital where he also had an operation on the troublesome knee last October.
Wanchope, who played for Costa Rica in the recent World Cup in Japan and South Korea, said he was happy with the support he had received from his English Premiership club.
However he had less kind words for his national federation, who he claimed had been unconcerned about his state of health.
Wanchope said in future he would only like to be selected for the national team if it concerned qualifying matches for the 2006 World Cup.

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Day Two Results

Saprissa 2 - Cartaginés 1
Alajuelense 8 - Guanacaste 2
Herediano 2 - Santa Bárbara 1
Santos 3 - Osa 1
Pérez Zeledón 0 - San Carlos 0

Liberia- Carmelita result not available :mad:

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Reasults .........

Herediano 5 - Santos 1
Saprissa 1 - Osa 0
Cartago 2 - Liberia 1
Pérez Zeledón 1 - Carmelita 3
Municipal 1 - Cobán Imperial 0

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In the Champions Cup..LD Alajuelense is eleiminated in the semis by Morelia.

Overall score Morelia 3 LDA 2
 
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