Four-goal Del Piero secures record win
Former Italy striker Alessandro Del Piero's four-goal masterclass inspired Sydney FC to a record 7-1 victory over Wellington Phoenix in the A-League yesterday. "I felt free in my mind today, for sure," Del Piero said after being involved in six goals. "It's a day from the heavens when you score four." Reuters
Bayern back with bang after winter break
After the euphoria of Pep Guardiola's appointment as head coach for next season, Bayern Munich returned to Bundesliga action yesterday with a 2-0 win at home to bottom side Greuther Fuerth. Striker Mario Mandzukic scored either side of half-time after Bayern pulled off a coup for the German league on Wednesday by announcing that the 42-year-old Guardiola, who won 14 titles in four years at Spanish giants Barcelona, would take charge from July 1. AFP
Match-fixing 'helps organised crime'
Global soccer corruption helps drive the criminal underworld's domination of prostitution, drug-trafficking and gun-running, an international symposium into match-fixing heard. "We must convince the authorities," said Interpol secretary-general, Ronald Noble. "When a prosecutor tells me, 'I have more important things to do - prostitution, drugs, gun-running. I can't just concentrate on a fixed third division game', I tell him that this is not just a small investment by organised crime. It is also reinvested in prostitution or drugs." AFP
Moyes left stunned by Adkins sacking
Everton boss David Moyes, the third longest-serving English Premier League manager, expressed astonishment yesterday at the sacking of Nigel Adkins by Southampton. "I'm very surprised. I was talking to my staff during the week and complimenting how well Nigel Adkins had done," said Moyes, who will now pit his wits against Saints' new manager, Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino, tomorrow. "It was always going to be difficult after two promotions," said Moyes. "He'd just got himself out of the bottom three and moved up. I don't think there would have been many people looking at him to be sacked." AFP