Sports Digest, January 17, 2013
Bayern beat English clubs to sign Guardiola
Bayern Munich have appointed former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to replace Jupp Heynckes from next season, the Bundesliga club said yesterday. Guardiola, 41, will take over from Heynckes in July and has agreed a contract until the end of June 2016, Bayern said in a statement on their website. "We are very pleased that we have succeeded in signing the football expert Pep Guardiola, who was courted by many famous clubs, to win for Bayern," said chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful coaches in the world and we are sure that he can shine not just for Bayern, but for German football." Heynckes told Bayern he wanted to retire when his contract expires at the end of the season. Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness said: "As an adequate replacement for Jupp Heynckes only a coach of the calibre of Pep Guardiola came into discussion." Guardiola had been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after publicly expressing his wish only yesterday to coach in England at some point. Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea had all been linked with a move for the Spaniard. Staff reporter
Merger block puts top Chinese club 'in limbo'
China's most successful football club has been plunged into financial limbo after sporting authorities blocked a merger with their city rivals, Xinhua said yesterday. Eight-times mainland champions Dalian Shide - struggling for cash despite their history on the pitch - had been due to join forces with wealthy neighbours Dalian Aerbin, who have just captured France international Guillaume Hoarau. But the Chinese Football Association (CFA) "negated" the deal, forcing Shide to reapply on Tuesday for their spot in the Chinese Super League (CSL). "Shide may meet the requirements but it's most likely that the club cannot hold it to the end of next season due to insufficient money," said Xinhua. Shide won the Jia A League, China's first professional league, in its inaugural season in 1994. AFP
Hong Kong pair meet in Malaysian 2nd round
Two of Hong Kong's men's badminton team meet in the second round of the Malaysian Super Series Open today after first-round wins. Fifth seed Hu Yun needed three games to beat Tan Chun Seang of the hosts 18-21, 24-22, 21-16, while Wong Wing-ki dispatched Vladimir Ivanov of Russia 21-15, 21-18. In the women's singles, Yip Pui-yin faces a tough challenge in the second round, taking on top seed Saina Nehwal of India for a place in the quarters. Yip defeated Xing Aiying of Singapore 10-21, 21-15, 21-14 yesterday while another Hong Kong player, Chan Tsz-ka, also prevailed over Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in three games to set up a clash against sixth seed Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan. Also reaching the second round was women's doubles pair Poon Lok-yan and Tse Ying-suet, who will meet Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari of Singapore today. Reuters