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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 June 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 JUNE 2015 31 SPORT Former Juventus player now PAOK coach Igor Tudor signs a three-year contract with the Thessaloniki club Former Juventus and Croatia player Igor Tudor has been appointed as the new coach of PAOK, the Greek Super League club announced this week. The 37-year-old, who began his playing career with Hajduk Split, has penned a three-year contract with PAOK, the club said in a statement. Although his playing days were plagued with injury, Tu- dor made over 200 top-level appearances and won 55 caps for his country, playing in the 1998 and 2006 World Cups and the 2004 European Championship finals. He won two Serie A titles and two Italian Super Cups at Juventus. As a coach, Tudor guided Hajduk Split to a Croatian Cup success in his first season in 2012-13. He takes the reigns at a PAOK team that faded badly towards the end of last season after a promising start, with the Thessaloniki club ending the season in third spot behind champions Olympiakos Piraeus and Panathinaikos. Source: Reuters Cahill: more needs to be done Socceroo Tim Cahill admits the team has to improve after just scraping three points from a much lower ranked Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan made things very difficult for the Socceroos this week in their World Cup qualifying match, and it's something Tim Cahill admits is worrying. "It's not going to get any easier," he said after the Socceroos won 2-1. "That's not because of the Igor Tudor comes with lots of Serie A experience. PHOTO: NENAD REBERSAK. Jets hire Scott Miller Scott Miller becomes the youngest coach in A-League history Former Fulham coaching staff member Scott Miller is Newcastle Jets' new head coach. The Australian has returned home after nearly a decade as the former English Premier League outfit's fitness coach and Under-21s manager to coach the beleaguered Jets. Football Federation Australia, which now controls the struggling club, announced the rookie's appointment on Thursday along with its new senior assistant coach, Melbourne Victory assistant JeanPaul de Marigny. Scott Miller takes on the embattled Jets. "It's the right time and the right place for me," Miller said. "I jumped at this wonderful opportunity to take the next step in my coaching career as head coach at a club that's making a new beginning." At 33, Miller (not to be mistaken for the former Perth Glory player of the same name) will become the youngest coach in A-League history. He was a part of the Socceroos' backroom staff in 2013 under Ange Postecoglou, who headed the panel in charge of finding a replacement for Phil Stubbins after he was axed when FFA took over from Nathan Tinkler last month. Miller will have his work cut out for him - there are still 11 available spots on the Jets' roster. crowd or the pitches but these are their biggest games. "Whether you can take this as an example or not but when I was playing at Everton and we used to play Scunthorpe away and struggle to win, it's the biggest game of their lives. "That was their [Kyrgyzstan's] time to shine, yet we stayed professional enough to get the result. "It's mixed feeling but not too negative. It would have been tough if we had lost, we would have reflected in a different way." This is Cahill's fourth World Cup qualifying campaign. He says things have changed this time, and admits the Socceroos' need to adapt to being the hunted, not the hunters after their amazing Asian Cup win. Starting with a win is a good omen, and with a solid break in between their next qualifying match in September against Bangladesh, we will see a much stronger Socceroos. Massimo Luongo, Robbie Kruse and Trent Sainsbury will all be available for selection in the next game and will need some extra talent as they take on Tajikistan five days after their Bangladesh clash. Coach Ange Postecoglou says he's happy with the inital result and sees how far the Socceroos have come. "We probably wouldn't have won this game last year I don't think," he said. "We had to defend desperate- ly at times and we did that. I thought we were great in that regard, although it was of course disappointing to concede that goal right at the end." Cahill struggling in China Cahill's hopes of carving a name in China might be put on hold as his team Shanghai Shenhua looks to loan him out. Cahill has had a stuttering start to the season ever since he signed a $4 million oneyear deal with the Chinese outfit in January. He's played 13 games for the team and only scored one goal. SBS World Game reports club chiefs want to cut ties with the star, and are looking at options to loan him to other Chinese Super League clubs. FIFA bank accounts searched Former FIFA official Chuck Blazer worked undercover to help authorities Swiss prosecutors are investigating 53 cases of possible money laundering as they look into FIFA's handling of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, officials said. Attorney general Michael Lauber said the "suspicious" transactions had been reported by banks and that a "huge and complex" inquiry into football's world body could take months, if not years. "We note positively that banks in Switzerland did fulfil their duties to file suspicious activity reports," he told a press conference. Banks dob in ‘suspicious’ transactions. PHOTO: AAP. "Partly in addition to the 104 banking relations already known to the authorities, banks announced 53 suspicious banking relations via the Anti-Money-Laundering-Framework of Switzerland," he added. The Swiss inquiry into the World Cup bids - which went to Russia for 2018 and Qatar in 2022 - is one of two ma- jor fraud investigations that have rocked FIFA. US authorities last month charged 14 people in a separate bribery investigation. Lauber said he "does not exclude" questioning FIFA boss Joseph Blatter or general secretary Jerome Valcke, although neither is currently under suspicion. Blazer worked undercover Former FIFA official Chuck Blazer has been outed as an undercover informer, helping US authorities build their case against FIFA. Blazer pleaded guilty to 10 charges including racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion in 2013, but the 70-year-old agreed to feed authorities information as part of his plea. This is Tim Cahill’s fourth World Cup qualifying campaign. PHOTO: AAP/FFA.
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