Luiz Gustavo

Short Soccer, September 30, 2012


Clubs and players lashed out after the French government unveiled its 2013 budget, saying new tax plans would have a "disastrous effect" on domestic soccer. Tax hikes include a "temporary" 75 per cent levy on annual earnings in excess of €1 million (HK$10 million) and a new rate of 45 per cent on incomes above €150,000. "The taxes will have a disastrous effect on the competitiveness of French football," the professional clubs association, the association of professional footballers and the French League said in a joint statement. PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will pay more than €6 million in taxes under the new government plans. Reuters


Luiz Gustavo and Mario Mandzukic struck late to earn Bayern Munich a 2-0 win at Werder Bremen to maintain their side's winning start to the Bundesliga yesterday. Gustavo curled an effort inside the left post in the 81st minute, and Mandzukic sealed the result with his league-leading sixth goal of the season two minutes later. "The players tested my patience a little too much, but in the end it was enough against a strong Bremen side," Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said. AP


England manager Roy Hodgson believes the experience of playing in this year's European Championships will help his younger players should they qualify for the 2014 World Cup. "We had a lot of young players with us who had virtually no international experience and came off the back of seasons where they hardly played," he said ahead of naming his latest squad. "The younger ones will gain enormously from that tournament experience." AFP