Kayseripor win Turkish Cup
Kayseripor took home the Turkish Cup and gained a berth in the UEFA Cup on Wednesday night after beating Ankara’s Genclerbirligi 11-10 in European soccer’s second longest penalty shootout. A total of 28 shots were taken after a goalless 120 minutes dominated by the luckless Ankara side, who barely escaped relegation last weekend. Genclerbirligi were also involved in the longest European penalty shootout on record, in another Turkish Cup match in November 1996, when they won a shootout against Galatasaray 17-16 after a 1-1 draw.
Cops find cash in suitcase
Five people were arrested on Wednesday after police found a suitcase containing 1 million euros (US$1.5 million) in cash reportedly put up by Steaua Bucharest in a bid to help them win the title. Investigators suspect the cash haul was offered by Steaua to Universitatea Cluj on one condition — that they did not lose to Steaua’s only rivals to the Romanian first division title. In the end Universitatea lost 1-0 to CFR Cluj, a result which saw CFR Cluj clinch the title on the last day of the season by one point from Steaua. Livia Saplacan, a spokeswoman for Romania’s anti-corruption squad said: “We confirm that an inquiry is taking place in Cluj.”
Giner admits cash incentive
Former defender Fernando Giner and his Valencia teammates received a “substantial” cash incentive from Barcelona to perform well against Deportivo La Coruna in a 1994 Spanish league match. “Obviously there was a bonus, and a sizeable one, from Barcelona,” he revealed in an interview with the press service of Spain’s indoor soccer league. “I accepted the money, but this money had a bitter taste,” the 43-year-old said. The May 14, 1994, match between Valencia and Deportivo resulted in a goalless draw. Barcelona ended the season with the same number of points as Deportivo, but won the Spanish league title because they had scored more goals in the matches involving the two teams.
Capello to be tried in Rome
England coach Fabio Capello will be tried for false testimony and obstructing the course of justice by Rome judicial authorities, Italian news agency Ansa reported on Wednesday. Capello and the general manager of Juventus Antonio Giraudo have been charged following testimonies they gave to the court back in March. The former Juventus, AC Milan and Real Madrid coach is accused of wrong-doing in relation to the activities of Gea World, a sports agency that represented several players and their dealings with Juventus during the England manager’s spell at the helm of the Italian giants. On March 31 Capello was questioned in relation to the match-fixing scandal that saw Juventus relegated to Serie B for the 2006-2007 season, alongside ex-Juve directors Luciano Moggi and Giraudo, but all three repeatedly answered: “I can’t remember.”
Shakhtar win Cup final
Shakhtar Donetsk won their sixth Ukraine Cup, beating reigning champions Dynamo Kiev 2-0 in the final on Wednesday. Shakhtar dominated the first half and opened the scoring a minute before the break through striker Alexander Gladky, who fired under the crossbar from 10m. Shakhtar’s second-half substitute midfielder Alexei Gai added a goal with 12 minutes remaining to secure his side’s well-deserved win.