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World Soccer Headlines

Turkey's Galatasaray on course for treble

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Posted: Thursday May 04, 2000 03:31 PM

 

(CNN text) -- Cup finalists Galatasaray remain on course for an historic treble after retaining the Turkish Cup with a 5-3 win over Antalyaspor in Diyarbakir.

Antalyaspor threatened a major upset when Kamil Cakir fired them 3-2 ahead five minutes into extra time, but Galatasaray hit back in emphatic style with goals from Hakan Unsal, Mehmet Yozgatli and Hakan Sukur. The Istanbul side hold a six-point lead in the league with three games left and face Arsenal in Copenhagen on 17 May.

GRAMMOZIS JOINS KAISERSLAUTERN Greek midfielder Dimitrios Grammozis will join Kaiserslautern at the end of the season from fellow German Bundesliga side SV Hamburg.

Kaiserslautern announced that the 21-year-old had put his signature to a six-year contract. Hamburg will pick up around $1.1 million for the player.

  • Hansa Rostock's Egyptian midfielder Yasser Radwan will be out of action for up to six months because of damaged ligaments in his left knee.

    BASLER STILL AVAILABLE FOR EURO 2000

    Kaiserslautern midfielder Mario Basler says he is still available to play for Germany at Euro 2000, and promises to behave if a recall does come his way.

    The 31-year-old's, whose career has been marred by indiscipline, last played for Germany in November 1998 and coach Erich Ribbeck has said he is unlikely to pick him again.

    But Basler has not given up hope and said: 'Playing for Germany again would be an honour. You have to take me as I am but I would be careful.'

    BARTHEZ SOFTENS STANCE ON MONACO EXIT

    World Cup-winning goalkeeper Fabien Barthez appears to have backed down from his demand for an immediate transfer from French champions Monaco.

    Barthez demanded a move after claiming coach Claude Puel had questioned his integrity by accusing him of being 'paid off' by Marseille after a recent league match which Monaco lost 4-2.

    But Barthez still trained on Wednesday and said: 'My departure isn't definite. We're going to have a man-to-man discussion. There are things to say.'

    DORTMUND TO WAIT FOR DAUM IN 2001

    Borussia Dortmund will continue with Udo Lattek and Matthias Sammer as their coaching team next season because they aim to hire Christophe Daum when his Bayer Leverkusen contract expires in 2001, according to the Kicker magazine.

    Daum is on the verge of leading Bayer to their first Bundesliga title. He has an offer to extend his deal until 2004 but so far has not signed it.

    Ex-Germany defender Thomas Berthold, 34, will leave Stuttgart at the end of the season on a free transfer.

    REBROV PLEDGES FUTURE TO TOTTENHAM

    Serhiy Rebrov has pledged his future to English side Tottenham Hotspur, who are understood to be finalising a $16m deal for the Dynamo Kyiv striker.

    'I am confident the deal will be signed and sealed in the next two weeks,' said the 26-year-old Ukrainian who has been linked with Tottenham's North London rivals Arsenal in the past.

    'Tottenham managed to find a common language with me. I am looking forward to playing in England, I like it better than Italian football.'

    GREGORY SIGNS NEW VILLA CONTRACT

    Aston Villa coach John Gregory, whose future at the English Premiership club was in doubt earlier in the season, has signed a new contract until 2003.

    Gregory's team have enjoyed a successful second half to the season after making a poor start and will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final on 20 May.

    'The Villa board have shown their faith in me,' said Gregory. 'I am a much better manager now than the guy they gambled on just over two years ago and I hope I can prove that.'

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