Goals for Yakubu, Barrios and Kanoute but no Drogba in Chinese FA Cup | Australia/Asia News | Tribal Football

Three big names in Chinese football all scored in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday but Didier Drogba was nowhere to be seen.

Three big names in Chinese football all scored in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday but Didier Drogba was nowhere to be seen.

Ex-Blackburn Rovers striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni backed up his goal on debut in the Chinese Super League on the weekend by again scoring but he was unable to help Guangzhou R&F to victory with his new club going down 4-3 to Liaoning Whowin.

Former Borussia Dortmund ace Lucas Barrios was also on target for Guangzhou Evergrande with the equalizing goal as they came from behind to beat Henan Construction 2-1.

Frederic Kanoute, who recently joined Beijing Guoan from Sevilla, scored a double to open his account as his club easily ran out 6-0 winners over Qingdao Jonoon.

However, Shanghai Shenhua could not find a place for star signing Didier Drogba in their line-up with the ex-Chelsea ace still yet to make his debut alongside former Blues teammate Nicolas Anelka. Shanghai were knocked out of the tournament 5-3 on penalties to Changchun Yatai after extra-time ended scoreless.

 
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Wigan boss Martinez excited by Fyvie potential | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has no doubts over the quality of new signing Fraser Fyvie.

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has no doubts over the quality of new signing Fraser Fyvie.

He is confident Fyvie has what it takes to also make the grade in the Premier League – which would further vindicate his decision to talent-spot north of the border.

“Scottish football has always produced promising talent and that will never change,” Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post.

“It’s not the level of talent that has dipped in recent years – it’s more the character that you are talking about. And the way the Scottish league is at the moment, only the strongest will survive.

“Those are the ones that feel they need a new challenge to progress, and Fraser is exactly that type of person.

“To have made such a big impact at such a young age tells you a lot about his character, his determination and the fact that he’s a winner.

“We are all very excited he has chosen to come to Wigan because he had several other options as you can imagine.”

Wigan signing Fyvie: I want to face Man Utd legend Scholes | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Wigan Athletic signing Fraser Fyvie has set himself a target of facing Manchester United ace Paul Scholes.Fyvie signed for the Latics last week from Aberdeen.

Wigan Athletic signing Fraser Fyvie has set himself a target of facing Manchester United ace Paul Scholes.

Fyvie signed for the Latics last week from Aberdeen.

“I can’t wait to play against Manchester United – and Paul Scholes in particular,” Fyvie told the Wigan Evening Post.

“They’re the biggest team going, and he’s still the best central midfielder in the world.

“Hopefully I’ll get the chance to play against him and show I belong at this level.”

Ex-Rayo coach backing Michu for big Swansea success | Transfers | Tribal Football

Swansea City signing Michu has been backed to take the Premier League by storm.

Swansea City signing Michu has been backed to take the Premier League by storm.

Former Rayo Vallecano coach Jose Ramon Sandoval has claimed that his qualities should transfer easily enough to the British game given his natural attributes.

“He’s deadly going forward and sacrifices himself a lot in defence,” said Sandoval, who quit Rayo after the club was engulfed in financial problems. “He has incredible aerial power. He’d be an interesting player for the Premier League.”

Ex-Juventus chief Secco: Ibrahimovic always leaving AC Milan | Transfers | Tribal Football

Former Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco isn’t surprised Zlatan Ibrahimovic left AC Milan for PSG this week.Secco was at Juve while Ibra was there.

Former Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco isn’t surprised Zlatan Ibrahimovic left AC Milan for PSG this week.

Secco was at Juve while Ibra was there.

“History shows us that he leaves all the big clubs,” the current Modena chief told Sport Italia. “He’s evidently not a player who places the emotional issue at the top of his list of priorities.

“Knowing the character of Ibra, knowing that the following year his contract would expire, even knowing what he had in mind for his renegotiation, we were conscious of not being able at that precise moment in history to go along with him.

“As a result, we decided to sell him to the only club that officially made an offer for his services – and that side was Inter.”

AC Milan chief Galliani: Top players not attracted to Serie A | Transfers | Tribal Football

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani admits Serie A has lost it’s top league status.Galliani has overseen the sales of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG.

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani admits Serie A has lost it’s top league status.

Galliani has overseen the sales of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG.

“I agree with Mino Raiola, the agent of Ibrahimovic, who says that top players are no longer coming to Italy,” said Galliani.

With Ibra gone, Galliani is now looking for a new forward and there were rumours of a possible bid for Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic.

“I had lunch with Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade,” Galliani noted. “We are old friends, but we didn’t speak about Jovetic.”

PSG signing Thiago Silva: AC Milan sold me against my will | Transfers | Tribal Football

PSG signing Thiago Silva insists he never wanted to leave AC Milan.

PSG signing Thiago Silva insists he never wanted to leave AC Milan.

The Brazilian has been sold to PSG for €42m and he’ll be joined by Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Swede completed his switch on Wednesday.

“I’m happy with the transfer, but sad that I have had to say goodbye to Milan,” he said from Brazil’s Olympic training camp.

“I experienced some strong emotions there. It is a club which dedicates itself to its players and the squad – I owe them everything.

“My transfer to Paris was not a decision taken by me – that’s 100 per cent certain – after all, I had just extended my contract.

“People who understand about football know how things went and it was a complicated matter for me. It was my desire, and that of my family, to not leave Milan.

“I’m not going to PSG to earn more money. I’m not a mercenary, but I want to say sorry to the Milan fans.”