Monday, February 26, 2007

The Late Grab: 02.26

Canadian businessman Jack Kachkar looks to tie up a purchase of Olympique Marseille from Robert Louis-Dreyfus, cousin of Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Seinfeld fame. Kachkar, of Syrian-Armenian descent, is the CEO of Inyx Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical firm. After paying one franc for the club just ten years ago, Louis-Dreyfus has spent nearly $225M of his own personal wealth on OM, only to win nothing, unless you count the French Second Division. []

Things aren't looking up for God. That is, the one known as such only at Anfield, of course (would God look like Robbie Fowler anywhere else but Liverpool?). Andriy Voronin will attempt to pull a Sheva, but perhaps with more impact, and in a different shirt. The Ukrainian striker will arrive at Merseyside after the summer on a Bosman. Given his goal tally of 4 goals in 36 international caps, I'd expect him score at least 30 next year. There's an inverse relationship when something comes from the Ukraine, no? [Daily Telegraph]

Juan Roman Riquelme makes his return to the Copa Libertadores for Boca Jrs. against Peru's Cienciano on Thursday. Of course, Boca feel the power of paying the highest salary in Argentina and want to keep the languid playmaker. [Eurosport]

Simao and Nuno Gomes combine to thrash mid-table Pacos Ferreira in a 3-1 win, taking them just four points behind Superliga leaders FC Porto. Besides a quiet two-year spell at Barcelona, the Benfica captain has played his entire career in Portugal, and it should be interesting to see if he will finally leave for a bigger club in the summer. [Guardian Unlimited]


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