Monday Kickoff: Beckham not in Paris, Herzog to join USMNT staff and more

Monday Kickoff: Beckham not in Paris, Herzog to join USMNT staff and more

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Monday Kickoff: Beckham not in Paris, Herzog to join USMNT staff and more


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David Beckham isn't going anywhere — for now.

Despite rumors that the LA Galaxy's Beckham was present at Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 clash with Lille on Sunday, reports have emerged to squash any notion of that kind.

With a reported move to PSG imminent, Beckham was thought to be in France to finalize an 18-month deal to the newly-rich club.  However, a spokesperson for the English midfielder claims that a deal has not been completed, and Beckham isn't even in France.

With his current contract with the MLS champions set to expire at the end of the month, speculation has been rife that Beckham could look for a high-profile transfer to remain in the fold for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Whether that deal comes to fruition in the future or not, for now, Beckham is still a Galaxy player.

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Speaking of LA Galaxy midfielders, Andreas Herzog is slated to join Jurgen Klinsmann's USMNT staff as an assistant coach, according to the Austrian soccer federation.

The former Galaxy man played with Klinsmann at Bayern Munich in the mid-90's before enjoying a stint with Werder Bremen and eventually finishing his career in Los Angeles.

Herzog stepped down from his post as the Austrian Under-21 coaching position on Friday and told the Austrian soccer federation that he is "facing this new challenge with great confidence."

Herzog will enter the USMNT fold in the January camp.


The collective hearts of Chelsea fans everywhere leapt into mouths as news that John Terry had to be helped off the field from the club's open training session Monday morning.

Terry had picked up a slight knee injury in Chelsea's dour 1-1 draw with Wigan over the weekend but still opted to take part in training.  The English center back had to be assisted from the session by two trainers and was described as in "severe pain."

Despite this, however, Chelsea has eased any concerns over his injury — an achilles strain — and Terry could be available for the club's marquee clash with Tottenham on Thursday.


Cristiano Doni, former captain of Serie A's Atalanta, along with 16 others were arrested after an investigation in regard to match-fixing and illegal betting.

However, this isn't the first time in recent memory that Serie A has been the subject of a match-fixing scandal.  In 2006, Juventus, AC Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina were all investigated, but Juventus — the current champions at the time — was the only club formally punished with a demotion to Serie B.

Roberto Di Martino, a prosecutor, claimed that "One of the suspects has admitted that these operations have been going on for over 10 years."

After having been under investigation for several months, Doni was eventually banned from Italian soccer for three and a half years in August, and newly-promoted Atalanta was docked six points in Serie A as a further punishment.


What do you think of Beckham's situation?  Is bringing Herzog into the USMNT staff a good addition? How much would losing Terry affect Chelsea on Thursday?

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