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Soccer Digest, March 5, 2013

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 March, 2013, 4:37am

Hiddink hints that he could stay on in charge at Anzhi

Dutch coach Guus Hiddink said yesterday that he had not ruled out extending his time at Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala - despite saying he would quit at the end of the season. "Yes, I've said indeed that I was set to quit my career at the end of this season," he told the Sport Express daily. "But if Anzhi stay ambitious in their aspirations for the future, everything is possible." He added: "Now, after around a year at the helm, I can say that Anzhi have got the image of a serious club with significant ambitions, not only in Russia but in Europe also. People now take us seriously because we've got a serious attitude about what we're doing. That's what I enjoy most." AFP

 

Atletico coach happy to take point against Malaga

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was content to take away a point from Malaga despite squandering the chance to reduce the gap on leaders Barcelona to single digits after being held to a 0-0 draw. "My team dominated the game," Simeone said. "We just lacked making that final pass to convert our 90 minutes of good play into a goal." Atletico trail Barcelona, who lost 2-1 at Madrid on Saturday, by 11 points in second place with 12 rounds to go. Malaga stayed in fourth place, one point ahead of Valencia and clinging to Spain's final Champions League spot for next season. And Real Sociedad and Real Betis drew 3-3. AP

 

Disappointing comeback for Boca's Riquelme

Juan Roman Riquelme's return for Boca Juniors amid joyous celebrations at La Bombonera turned to disappointment after a shock 3-1 defeat by relegation candidates Union. Union, the team against whom Riquelme, 34, made his Boca debut 17 years ago, ended a run of 26 Argentine league matches without a win. Riquelme made his highly anticipated comeback after taking a seven-month break following their defeat in last year's Libertadores Cup final. The former Argentina playmaker captained a Boca side let down by defensive blunders as coach Carlos Bianchi rested several first-choice players for Thursday's Libertadores group one clash at home to Uruguay champions Nacional. Reuters

 

Rangers, Celtic should join English soccer, Green says

Former Scottish champions Rangers should be integrated into English club soccer in the next few years alongside perennial Glasgow rivals Celtic, said Rangers chief executive Charles Green. He said Wales were likely to have two clubs in the English Premier League next season if Cardiff City were promoted to join Swansea City. Green said he believed that the two big Glasgow clubs should be admitted to the English game - although not straight into the Premier League - and leave their junior sides to play in Scotland. "The parents would play in a different league, I believe that would be England," said Green, when asked where Rangers saw themselves in five years' time. Reuters

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