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Lance Knight2010-05-09 19:23:45 +0000 #1
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Lance Knight2010-05-09 19:30:40 +0000 #2
Forlan swaps United for Villarreal

Diego Forlan has confirmed he left Manchester United in order to find regular first team football.

The Uruguayan was introduced as a Villarreal player on Saturday after passing his medical and agreeing terms on a five-year contract.

Forlan, for whom the Primera Liga club have paid an undisclosed fee, is delighted to have made the move to Spain and admitted a chat with Sir Alex Ferguson helped make up his mind.

He said: 'It was a very swift operation, everything happened very quickly.

'Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to me and said that I would not really get many chances to play (at United) this season and recommended I accept the move.'

Forlan added: 'I'd like to thank him (Ferguson) for allowing me to leave given there were so many players injured.

'I am not going to set myself targets but I am coming here to work hard and do the best I can.

'I know Villarreal well, I follow the Spanish league a lot and there are a lot of South American players here.'

Forlan, who infamously needed 27 games to score his first goal for United, failed to impress at Old Trafford following his £7.5million move from Independiente in January 2002.

And he admits it is nice to feel wanted by Villarreal, who have given him with the number five shirt.

'It was important the club made an effort to sign me and made me a good offer,' said Forlan, who is sure to be included in coach Manuel Pellegrini's squad for the club's opening Primera Liga fixture, away at defending champions Valencia on August 30.
Lance Knight2010-05-09 19:59:00 +0000 #3
Villareal, Schalke, Lille win Intertoto

LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Villarreal qualified for the UEFA Cup first round after edging out Atletico Madrid on penalties in one of the three Intertoto Cup finals on Tuesday.

The match in Madrid went to extra time after Atletico had levelled the aggregate score at 2-2 through Argentine forward Ariel Ibagaza just after half time and defender Jose Antonio Garcia Calvo on 58 minutes.

Midfielder Jorge also missed a penalty in normal time for Atletico and Villarreal, who reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals last season, held their nerve in the shootout to go through.

Schalke 04 will join the Spanish side in Friday's draw in Monaco after winning 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate at Czech side Slovan Liberec. Brazilian Ailton scored the late goal.

Lille beat Uniao Leiria 2-0 after extra time to win 2-0 on aggregate. Matt Moussilou netted after 104 minutes and fellow striker Milenko Acimovic wrapped up the victory four minutes from the end of extra time.
Lance Knight2010-05-09 19:35:35 +0000 #4
Villarreal 0-0 Real Sociedad: FT Report

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VILLARREAL, September 12 (Primera Liga) - Villarreal picked up their first point of the campaign as they held Real Sociedad to a goalless draw.

Defences dominated at El Madrigal stadium, and neither side really deserved to win the game as both outfits approached the encounter with caution.

The game was dour for long spells, and the contest struggled to get going early on as both teams found it difficult to keep possession.

The home side began to dominate possession as the half wore on, and created several good chances. Real played well sporadically, and manufactured a few opportunities, but never produced a concerted spell of pressure.

In the second half neither side was able to seize the initiative, and chances were at a premium as the defences held firm and the forwards did not have the invention to find a way through.

Villarreal had the better of the early play and the home side came the closest to breaking the deadlock after 15 minutes when Juan Roman Riquelme's free-kick found fellow Argentinian Gonzalo Rodriguez in the middle of a crowded penalty area.

Rodriguez Gonzalo rose well but his powerful header was met by a good save from Asier Riesgo.

Moments later the hosts again went close when Marcos Senna's through ball found Diego Forlan running clear of his marker. Forlan took a touch, before hitting a weak shot from the edge of the area that was easily held by the grateful Riesgo.

Real created their best opening of the first half when Javier Garrido's clever pass found Serbo-Montenegrin striker Darko Kovacevic in space on the edge of the penalty box.

Kovacevic chose to shoot early, but he could only fire a rising right-footed drive from 18 yards wide of the left-hand upright.

Four minutes after the re-start to the second half Forlan's lay-off on the edge of the area found Riquelme who hit a fierce volley. The ball swerved and dipped and Riesgo did well to palm the shot away for a corner.

On the hour mark a good piece of play between Santi Calorza and Xisco Nadal released Calorza in space just inside the Sociedad penalty area. Calorza hit a low shot across the face of the goal, but the strike lacked any real power and the ball was easily held by Riesgo.

Six minutes from time Real came close to a late winner when Xabi Prieto found space on the right for a cross. He picked out Nihat Kahveci on the penalty spot, but the Turkish striker could only direct his header wide of the far post.
Lance Knight2010-05-09 19:40:19 +0000 #5
Atlético Madrid 1-0 Villarreal: FT Report

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MADRID, September 25 (Primera Liga) - Atletico Madrid returned to winning ways against the club that denied them a place in Europe this season thanks to a goal from Salva Ballesta.

Since beating Atletico in the final of the Intertoto Cup just over a month ago, Villarreal have yet to win a league game in the Primera Liga.

For much of Saturday night, it looked as if the elusive victory would be theirs.

But despite playing the better football for a large part of the game, they struggled to create clear cut chances.

Atletico, for their part, never really looked convincing and finished the game with 10 men as Luis Perea was sent off five minutes from time for two bookable offences.

Both sides had been forced into unwanted changes due to injuries before the game with Atletico missing Ariel Ibagaza and Jorge Larena, and the visitors without Sonny Anderson, Roman Riquelme, and Rodolfo Arruabuena among others.

Villarreal settled into their rhythm quicker in a strangely subdued opening first period.

Diego Forlan's turn and shot after only five minutes served as a warning to the home side, skimming the outside of Leo Franco's right-hand post, and he spent the rest of the half causing the Rojiblanco defence no end of problems with his trickery.

Manuel Pellegrini's side would end up failing to make the most of Atletico's hesitancy before the break.

Marcos Senna forced Franco into a smart save from a free-kick after 15 minutes, and Hector Font had time and space aplenty when he curled his left-footed shot wide of the far post in the 31st minute.

Growing in confidence, it appeared like only a matter of time before the break-through would come for the visitors.

Instead it was Atletico, who lost at Levante in midweek, who scored.

Lacking the creative guile of Ibagaza and Jorge, Cesar Ferrando's side had looked bereft of ideas up front, with Kizito Musampa's volley over the bar from Carlos Aguilera's deep cross, all they could muster until four minutes before the interval.

The goal, when it came, was simplicity itself.

Peter Luccin played Musampa into space wide on the left. The Dutchman's cross found Salva Ballesta, and he beat his marker to score from 10 yards out with a textbook header.

Villarreal continued to edge the possession after the break without ever really finding a cutting edge, while the home side were forced into a double substitution when Aguilera and Luccin had to leave the pitch after a collision, the latter on a stretcher.

Salva should have doubled the lead for Atletico in the 60th minute, wastefully heading wide at the far post from a deep Musampa free-kick.

It was one way traffic as the game drew to a close but Atletico contrived to make life difficult for themselves as Perea got himself sent off for two bookable offences inside seven minutes, five minutes from time.

Second-half substitute Antonio thumped a shot against Franco's crossbar two minutes from time as Villarreal made a last ditch attempt to salvage a point, but it was too little, too late.
Highway Penguin2010-05-09 20:26:00 +0000 #6
::Team For 2004-2005::
Goalkeeper

Javier Lòpez Vallejo

Jose Reina

Juan Carlos

Defender

Juan Pablo Sorin

Ruben Gonzalez

Eduard Caballer

Gonzalo Rodriguez

Rodolfo Arruabarrena

Quique Ã?lvarez

Javi Venta

Juan Manuel Peña

Miguel Armando Sa

Carlos Alcantara

Midfielder

Miguel Angel Dena

Daisuke Kataoka

David Fuster

Santiago Cazorla

Josico

Marcos Senna

Roger

Sebastian Battaglia

César Arzo

Jose Maria Cases

Verza

Attacking Midfielder

Pereira Jonathan

Juan Roman Riquelme

Hector Font

Striker

Luciano Figueroa

Diego Forlan

Antonio Guayre

Javier Calleja

José Mari

Xisco Nadal
Highway Penguin2010-05-09 20:28:17 +0000 #7
Villarreal Take Down Sociedad, 4-0

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Villarreal's excellent recent form continued as they hammered Real Sociedad 4-0 to move into sixth spot in La Primera.

The Yellow Submarines have now won four league games on the spin since the winter break, and Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan was once again to the fore at the Anoeta.

Forlan, who so notoriously struggled for goals during his spell at Manchester United, bagged two more to take his tally to 12 this season - and move to second in the Pichichi charts.

Forlan opened the scoring on 57 minutes against Sociedad and, after Juan Roman Riquelme had added a second a quarter of an hour from time, he ended the game as a contest with his second on 81 minutes.

Jose Mari put a real gloss on the scoreline in the final minute as Sociedad crashed to their fifth successive loss.

Espanyol and Real Betis shared the points after an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Estadio Olimpico de Montjuic.

After Marcos Assuncao had cancelled out Ivan de la Pena's opener, Espanyol seemed set for the points when Raul Tamudo converted a penalty nine minutes from time.

However, Fernando popped up six minutes later to earn the visitors a share of the spoils.

Deportivo La Coruna were indebted to Sergio whose late strike gave them a point from their trip to Osasuna, Depor defender Pablo Amo will be especially relieved as it was his own-goal that handed Osasuna the lead on 64 minutes.

Mallorca gained a crucial win over fellow strugglers Getafe and breathed renewed life into their bid to beat the drop.

Luis Garcia was the hero for The Islanders, grabbing a brace, and a further effort from Venezuelan Juan Arango ensured that Yordi's goal was no more than a consolation.

Real Zaragoza ground out a narrow victory over Malaga at the Romareda courtesy of Ruben Cani's strike on the quarter hour mark.

Racing Santander and Levante shared the points after a 2-2 draw.

Javi Guerrero edged Racing ahead on the stroke of half-time, but goals from Nacho (53) and Juanma (60) turned the game on its head by the hour mark.

However, Racing snatched an important point when David Aganzo converted from the penalty spot on 75 minutes.
Highway Penguin2010-05-09 21:28:33 +0000 #8
Reina May Leave

Villarreal goalkeeper Jose Reina says that he would like to sign for Liverpool.

The 22-year-old Spaniard had caught the eye of both Liverpool and Manchester United after some impressive displays in La Liga.

Reina says that he has heard of Liverpool's interest, and would be interested in moving to Anfield, despite no further contact being made.

"Everyone would be excited by the chance of playing for a big club, although I would not say I am at a small club," said Reina.

"I think they (Liverpool) are building an important project looking to the long term more than the short term. I hope they have a lot of luck.

"There are comments and rumours. But from there to possible truths, there is a long way."

Reds boss Rafa Benitez has recently strengthened his goalkeeping department with the addition of Scott Carson from Leeds, and another relatively young keeper seems an unlikely target.

However, Benitez has already shown that he is not afraid to bring in players from Spain, with Xabi Alonso, Luis Garcia, Antonio Nunez, Fernando Morientes, Mauricio Pellegrino and Josemi all joining from La Liga.

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