Nicolas Anelka Says He Is Happy at Chelsea

September 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Compiled by Parvez Fatteh, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

ANELKA_N_20020824_NF_LReports surfaced again this week that French Muslim footballer Nicolas Anelka was close to signing with a Major League Soccer (MLS) team in the United States this past summer and is still interested in joining the league. His current club, Chelsea Football Club of the English Premier League, published quotes from the Anelka on its website stating his desire to remain with the Premier League team.
“I am linked everywhere but – when you are linked – it doesn’t mean you want to leave,” Anelka told the website. “I like Chelsea and first of all wanted to stay that’s why I am still here.”

The 32-year-old striker’s contract runs out next summer and current manager Andre Villas-Boas has hinted that this may indeed be Anelka’s last year with the club. “I am happy here, I like the club, everyone here, and, after, I will see what happens. It is not only down to me,” Anelka told the club’s website regarding a possible transfer in either the winter or summer transfer windows. “I have been here almost four years now, and I am pleased with the way it has been. It could have been even better but I am still happy.”

Anelka was reportedly close to signing with an MLS franchise located on the West Coast, according to one of his agents. Although a deal never materialized, Anelka’s camp confirmed to the website Goal.com that their client is still interested in moving to the North American league. “I can confirm that Nicolas is still possibly interested in pursuing an MLS career,” said Michael Wiesenfeld, who is part of European Football Group, an organization which will represent Anelka’s marketing rights should he join MLS. “He got very close to landing a nice contract with a team on the West Coast in August. He also has opportunities elsewhere in the world.”

Anelka originally joined  Chelsea from Bolton inn January of 2008 for 15 million pounds. He has made 344 appearances in the Premier League and scored 123 goals to date for Arsenal, Liverpool, Bolton and Chelsea. But Chelsea’s abundance of scoring forwards, and Anelka’s advancing age, make him more expendable than ever. And with his career with the French national team likely over, a period with MLS would likely be Anelka’s swan song.

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Diouf: College Soccer Player of the Month

September 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

uconn-logoSophomore soccer player Mamadou Doudou Diouf was named the Big East Player of the Week after scoring four goals over the weekend, including a hat trick against Cal.

Diouf led UConn to a 2-0 week with a 2-1 victory over Michigan State on Thursday and a commanding 4-1 defeat of No. 7 California on Sunday. Both games were played at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs. He finished the weekend with four goals, including a hat trick against California.

Diouf opened the week with his first goal of the season against Michigan State. On Sunday, Diouf netted UConn’s first hat trick since current senior Tony Cascio registered three goals against South Florida on September 24, 2010. Diouf calmly buried two penalty kicks in the second half and scored from the run of play in the first half to make it 1-0. Diouf’s second goal of the day was the game-winning goal.

The 6’1” striker originally hails from Dakar, Senagal. After a successful freshman season with the University of Connecticut, Diouf has started his sophomore season with a bang. And all of this has been at the young age of 20, with him turning 21 on September 15th.

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Gambian Striker Joins Vancouver

July 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

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Mustapha Jarju (RAEC Mons) - PUBLICATIONxINxGERxAUTxHUNxONLY; Vdig, hoch Jupiler League 2008/2009, Ligue, 1. Belgische Liga, Präsentation, Pressetermin, Porträttermin Fußball Herren Mannschaft Belgien Porträt Randmotiv Personen

Image number 04293885 date 31 07 2008 Copyright imago Reporters Mustapha Jarju RAEC Mons PUBLICATIONxINxGERxAUTxHUNxONLY Vdig vertical Jupiler League 2008 2009 Ligue 1 Belgian League Presentation Press call Portrait session Football men Team Belgium Portrait Rand motive Human Beings Don’t call him Jar Jar Binks, the regrettable Star Wars character. His name is Mustapha Jarju. He is the newest signing for Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps. Ironically, Jarju goes by the nickname, Toubabo, which is the Mandinka word for “white person.”

“I got it when I was very young,” he told The Province. “I don’t know. I started playing well and they just give me that name. Maybe I played like a white man when I was young.”
Jarju had 25 goals and 13 assists in 41 games last season for Mons in the Belgian second division. He turns 25 years old next week. The six-foot striker helped Mons earn promotion this season but his contract was up and the Whitecaps beat out offers in Europe and the Middle East to secure his services. Jarju is also alternate captain of the Gambian national soccer team, and he has been capped 25 times.

He is also MLS’s first African to be a designated player, referring to players who can sign bigger contracts at ownership’s expense with only a portion counting against the cap. Jarju is now one of five Gambians in MLS. “For me, the most important thing is the players, the team, we are all the same,” Jarju told The Province. “I hope I’m going to have success in MLS and a very good six months in Vancouver, then come back ready for pre-season.”

Toubabo hasn’t played a game since the end of May, so immediate expectations of stamina should probably be tempered. Tuesday’s practice included the dreaded beep test, which involves shuttle runs in progressively shortened intervals and generally ends in a wasteland of weariness. Toubabo was one of the first to drop out. “I hope [Wednesday], not the beep test again,” he said.
Toubabo is well aware of the team’s struggles, and the expectations that will follow him. “I scored a lot of goals in the past season,” he said, “and I hope on Saturday I’ll start scoring again. But we have to do it as a group. One man can’t do it.”

“Being at the age he is, we’re excited where he can get to,” said Caps’ coach and director of soccer operations Tommy Soehn, who first saw the player on DVDs, then live in Belgium. “The thing that drew us to him was his nose for the goal, and his ability to set up goals.”

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