by FRANCO PANIZO
Brad Guzan got one of his rare starts for Aston Villa on Tuesday, playing in place of Brad Friedel in the Carling Cup quarterfinals, and he did not disappoint.
Having led Villa to the quarters with a heroic penalty shoot-out performance vs. Sunderland in the last round of the tournament, Guzan delivered again, making seven saves as Aston Villa beat Portsmouth, 4-2.
Aston Villa's win puts the Villains into the Carling Cup semis along with Manchester United, which beat Tottenham on Tuesday. Manchester City faces Arsenal and Blackburn plays Chelsea in today's quarterfinals.
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No Bundesliga return for Klinsmann
Former Bayern Munich coach Juergen Klinsmann has ruled out the possibility of making a return to the Bundesliga.
Klinsmann, who was fired earlier this year after only nine months in charge of Bayern Munich, said he is not interested in coaching in the Bundesliga, but that he is open to coaching opportunities following the 2010 World Cup.
Corinthians signs Roberto Carlos
Brazilian club Corinthians is turning into the Brazilian national team's retirement home.
The club agreed to a two-year deal with Fenerbahce defender and former Brazilian international Roberto Carlos, whose current contract with the Turkish club expires on on Dec. 20. At Corinthians, Roberto Carlos will rejoin former Brazilian national team player Ronaldo, who he played with in Brazil's 2002 World Cup victory. Corinthians is also being linked with Juan Roman Riquelme.
Cannavaro asks veteran duo to return
Italian national team captain Fabio Cannavaro has asked AS Roma attacker Francesco Totti and AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta to come out of international retirement, and help Italy in the 2010 World Cup. The pair of veterans have not played for Italy since its World Cup triumph over France, and only Totti is expected to consider returning.
What did you think of Guzan's performance vs. Portsmouth? Where will Klinsmann wind up? Eager to see Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo play together again? Do you see either Totti or Nesta playing for Italy in 2010?
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