Friday Kickoff: Cahill heading to Chelsea, PSG hires Ancelotti and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

After flirting with Arsenal and Chelsea during the summer transfer window, Gary Cahill will likely be heading to Chelsea in January after a transfer fee was agreed upon with Bolton Wanderers.

The central defender has become an England national team regular and will look to stabilize a defense that will lose Alex in January and could be without John Terry for an extended period following a criminal racism charge.

Chelsea has kept only four clean sheets this season and is in danger of falling out of the top four for the first time since 2002. Cahill, 26, is still on Bolton's team sheet for Saturday's crucial game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, as Bolton looks to climb out of the relegation zone.

Cahill still must negotiate a contract with Chelsea before the deal can be made final.

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ANCELOTTI INTRODUCED BY PSG

Carlo Ancelotti is officially the new coach at Paris-St. Germain, as he was introduced at a press conference by the team on Friday.

The 52-year-old Ancelotti signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club, and he replaces Antoine Kombouare, who was eliminated from his post at the high-spending organization after coming up with disappointing results in European and domestic cup play.

PSG is still in good shape in Ligue 1, though, as it leads the league table by three points halfway through the season.

REAL ZARAGOZA SACKS AGUIRRE

In a move of desperation, Real Zaragoza has fired former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre as the club battles relegation. Zaragoza is currently four points adrift at the bottom of the La Liga table, winning only 10 points from a possible 48.

Aguirre led Mexico to the 2010 World Cup and managed to save Zaragoza from relegation last season, but the club is suffering from severe financial difficulties and could face administration.

CASSANO LIKELY OUT OF EURO 2012

Italy will likely be without Antonio Cassano for the upcoming European championships after the AC Milan forward underwent emergency heart surgery last month.

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli was expected to make Cassano a focal point of the Azzurri attack in the summer, but the striker said he needs at least six months to recover. With Giuseppe Rossi out with a long-term injury, most of the attacking options will likely fall to Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

SWISS FA TAKES ACTION AGAINST SION

The Swiss FA has docked domestic club FC Sion 36 points for fielding ineligible players two weeks after FIFA threatened to suspend Switzerland from international play if no punishment was handed down.

The move clears the way for FC Basel to participate in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds and for the national team to participate in international tournaments.

Sion has filed a civil suit against FIFA's executive committee, saying the actions taken amounted to blackmail.

CAPELLO WANTS TIGHTER RULES ON YOUTH PLAYERS

England manager Fabio Capello wants UEFA to increase efforts on stopping youth players leaving their country of origin to sign with big European clubs.

Currently, Rule 19 of the FIFA statute says players can not transfer to another country until they are 18, but the rule is easily usurped if one of the player's parents moves to that country for reasons unrelated to the sport.

Capello also criticized Germany for fielding players of Turkish origin in Germany's 4-1 dismantling of England in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.

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Excited to see Cahill move to Chelsea?  Now that Ancelotti is in place at PSG, do you think David Beckham will follow? Surprised to see Aguirre get the sack? Think the Swiss FA made the right move? Do you agree with Capello on restricting the movement of youth players?

Share your thoughts below. 

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18 Responses to Friday Kickoff: Cahill heading to Chelsea, PSG hires Ancelotti and more

  1. K Bone says:

    It’s a real pity Holden will be playing in the Championship next season. Cahill’s getting out while he can…

  2. Felix says:

    As a US fan I’m comfortable with saying that Aguirre is a good coach – and if he gets in the right situation, his ability will show.

  3. Jgeeeeer says:

    Carlo Ancelotti is only 52?!

    Probably too much bunga-bunga from his Milan days.

  4. NE Matt says:

    If he’s healthy and they are relegated, someone might snap him up. Usually clubs shed a lot of salary cap when they are relegated

  5. jcl says:

    Those Berlusconi parties mustve really been something

  6. al17 says:

    Capello needs to bitch about clubs in England playing actual young England players. Young players aren’t leaving England because no one wants them. They’re unproven and in alot of cases not so good. There was a time when England did a great job of developing young players by actually playing them. No longer the case nowadays which is a shame because there’s some seriously undeveloped talent there.

  7. RK says:

    Sion already paid the price in European competition; I’m not sure why FIFA felt it needed to blackmail their domestic league.

  8. Steve C says:

    Whenever I see the name “Cesare” I immediately think about Assassin’s Creed.

  9. RK says:

    Holden will be playing next year?

  10. Hincha Tim says:

    I agree with you Felix. If Mexico had given him a chance to stay on, I think Mexico would have really improved. He likes to play an attractive passing style of soccer.

  11. SackofwinE says:

    Does this open the door for a Ream to Bolton move?

  12. gmonsoon43 says:

    So what does Capello want, you have to be 3rd or 4th generation to play for a country? The “Turkish” players they have were all born and raised in Germany.

  13. Edwin in LA says:

    Ummm Mexico did improve and they’re playing way better now that they got rid of the old and slow “Conejo” Perez and they also stopped using Franco.

    He didn’t want to stay on, he even said it before the WC that he would step down as soon as their participation of the WC ended, he wants to manage in Europe, he knows that’s where the highest levels are. He really did struggle with Zaragoza tho, and it will be interesting to see what happens to Juarez and Barrera now that he’s gone

  14. Edwin in LA says:

    Because Sion was suing FIFA, so they wanted the FA to stop and handle Sion on their own to stop taking legal action against FIFA, we all know FIFA doesn’t like to be challenged or questioned about it’s methods

  15. Starla says:

    No more of the Warner / Blatter / FIFA / UEFA / Qatar / Aliens are secretly conspiring to get ManUtd back in the CL theories then?

  16. ben in el cajon says:

    Europeans have a real problem with the concept of citizenship by birth. They still tend to think of ‘nation’ and ‘race’ as similar concepts. I know it’s primitive, but what are ya goin to do?

  17. rato says:

    As a Bolton fan, I’d hope they get a lot more than Tim Ream if (more like, when) they sell Cahill. The midfield has been crap this season. Actually, the whole team has been crap. Sturridge, Elmander, Holden and Lee are sorely missed.

  18. hogatroge says:

    He should be getting healthy (fingers crossed) right about the time the season’s ending.