Players quit national team
Peruvian players quit their national team on Saturday, bringing further misery for fans who have already seen their side slump in World Cup qualifying. “We have presented the Peru Football Federation [FPF] a document announcing the players’ resignations because none of the reforms demanded have been carried out,” players’ union president Fernando Revilla said. The petition was signed by more than 600 players based both in Peru and abroad. Manuel Burga, the president of the FPF, said that in the long term “the biggest losers will be the players.” Peru are bottom of the qualifying table for next year’s World Cup.
Bolton sign Knight, Ricketts
Premier League side Bolton Wanderers on Saturday completed the signings of Aston Villa defender Zat Knight and Hull City fullback Sam Ricketts on three-year deals. Centerback Knight, who has won two England caps, has struggled for regular first-team soccer since joining Villa in 2007 from Fulham, starting just 13 Premier League games last season. Wales international Ricketts, who can play on the left or the right, started 27 Premier League games in Hull’s first season in the top flight. They are Gary Megson’s third and fourth signings of the summer, with the club having brought in Sean Davis from Portsmouth and defender Paul Robinson from West Bromwich Albion.
Youngest player’s dad fired
The father of a 12-year-old boy who last week became the world’s youngest professional player has been fired as coach of the Bolivian first division side. Former World Cup star Julio Cesar Baldivieso has been forced out by bosses of his club Aurora for refusing to obey orders from club directors to leave the boy out of the squad. Baldivieso also withdrew his son Mauricio, who turned 13 on Wednesday, from the club. “For internal club reasons, we’ve decided to part company with coach [Julio Cesar] Baldivieso,” Aurora president Jose Luis Montano said. It followed the controversy that surrounded Mauricio’s appearance as a substitute for the final 10 minutes of a 1-0 defeat against La Paz.
Alkmaar win Super Cup
Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar scored three goals in the first half an hour, before settling their first Dutch Super Cup win with a 5-1 thrashing of Heerenveen on Saturday. Australian international Brett Holman opened the scoring for Alkmaar after 15 minutes when he netted a fine cross from Maarten Martens who broke through on the left flank. Last season’s top scorer Mounir El Hamdaoui doubled the lead nine minutes later after a combination by Stijn Schaars and Jeremain Lens, then Martens got the third four minutes later with a 25m shot. Michal Papadopolous pulled one back on the hour, but a Lens brace completed the rout.
Ze Carlos dies aged 47
Former international goalkeeper Ze Carlos, who was understudy to Claudio Taffarell at the 1990 World Cup finals, has died at the age of 47 after a long battle with cancer, it was reported on Saturday. Ze Carlos, who played for Flamengo, died on Friday at a hospital in northwest Rio De Janeiro where he had been admitted in May. The goalkeeper won the Brazilian league title with Flamengo in 1987 and the Brazilian Cup in 1990. He also played for Cruzeiro, Vitoria and America, as well as in Portugal with Vitoria Guimaraes.