Wednesday Kickoff: Guardiola agrees to extension, Spurs-LA team up and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Guardiola agrees to extension, Spurs-LA team up and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Guardiola agrees to extension, Spurs-LA team up and more

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Pep Guardiola and FC Barcelona have agreed to a one-year extension that will keep the manager at Camp Nou through the 2011-2012 season. Financial terms of the extension were undisclosed.

According to the Associated Press, the 40-year-old Guardiola has said that he prefers one-year deals as opposed to long-term ones in order to stay motivated, and he has been granted his wish.

Under Guardiola's guidance, the club has reached great heights, including two consecutive crowns in La Liga and a UEFA Champions League title. This season has been no different, as Barca is currently seven points clear of second-place Real Madrid in the league and is in position to make runs at the Champions League and Copa del Rey titles as well.

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AEG chairman Tim Leiweke has announced a strategic alliance between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Tottenham. AEG, which is trying to secure the rights for Tottenham to take over the Olympic Stadium in England after the 2012 Olympics, also owns the Galaxy.

Leiweke said that the partnership between the two clubs could include future friendlies and players from Spurs eventually moving to Los Angeles.

Leiweke also said that he pulled the plug on David Beckham's potential loan to Spurs, because he stressed the importance of Beckham being with the Galaxy from the beginning of the season.

The Galaxy is not the first MLS team that Tottenham has a relationship with, as the club has had a formal partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes since October, 2008.


The European Club Association has spoken out against players participating in both the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 European Championships.

"We have appealed to UEFA to say that if a player is selected for Euro 2012, he should not be selected for the Olympics," ECA vice president Umberto Gandini said.


The Ivory Coast defeated Mali in France, 1-0, on the strength of a Didier Ya Konan goal. Didier Drogba had a hand in setting up the goal, which was scored in the opening minutes.

United States nemesis Ghana also enjoyed a victory on Tuesday, defeating Togo, 4-1, in Belgium.

In other international matches: Sweden downed Cyprus, 2-0; Ukraine defeated Romania 2-2 (4-2 on penalties); and Ireland defeated Wales, 3-0.


What do you think of Guardiola only extending his deal by one year? What do you make of the Spurs-Galaxy partnership? Do you think players should be able to participate in both Euro 2012 and the Olympics?

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