Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Thun Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:37:54 +1100 Tribal Football <![CDATA[New England Revolution's Goncalves named MLS Defender of the Year]]> <p>New England Revolution star Jose Goncalves has been named the 2013 MLS Defender of the Year.<p>The 28-year old Portuguese centre-back was voted in by the media, club officials and players to beat Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler and LA Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez to the defensive gong.<p>The former FC Thun, Heart of Midlothian, FC Nurnberg and St Gallen man admitted his delight at landing the prize for a stellar individual season and was looking to kick on after finding his niche in MLS.<p>"It's very nice to be honored for your work and for other people to realize that you did a good job this year," Goncalves said.<p>"It's an honor for myself to be defender of the year.<p>"I've been traveling a lot in different countries, so it's helped me learn a lot and adapt myself very fast to other leagues<p>"When I came to the US, I knew that I had no time to adapt myself.<p>"At 28, I feel I have the same hunger that I had when I was a child at 12 years old. I wanted to be a professional and you have to have the same hunger. You can do big things if you have the same hunger."<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 01:03:09 +1100 <![CDATA[EUROPA LEAGUE QUALIFIERS: Tottenham, Swansea and Sevilla romp home as Fiorentina win narrowly]]> <p>Below are the scores of the first leg of UEFA Europa League playoff qualifiers which took place around Europe on Thursday night.<p>The return legs are to be played next Thursday, August 29 with the aggregate winners to qualify for the group stage proper of Europe's second tier club competition.<p>2013/14 UEFA Europa League playoff qualifiers<p>Aktobe (KAZ): 2 (Tremoulinas (og) 37', Khairullin 66')Dynamo Kyiv (UKR): 3 (Yarmolenko 16', Brown Ideye 52', Belhanda 57')<p>Kuban Krasnodar (RUS): 1 (Balde 60')Feyenoord (NED): 0<p>Qarabag FK (AZE): 0Eintracht Frankfurt (GER): 2 (Meier 6'/75')<p>Jablonec (CZE): 1 (Kopic 43')Real Betis (SPN): 2 (Jorge Molina 21', Mabwati 86')<p>Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO): 0Tottenham (ENG): 5 (Townsend 12', Paulinho 44', Soldado 58'/68', Rose 65')<p>Atromitos (GRE): 1 (Papadopoulos (p) 75')AZ Alkmaar (NED): 3 (Gudmundsson 51'/90+3', Johannsson 74')<p>Minsk (BLR): 0Standard Liege (BEL): 2 (Batshuayi 56', Bulot 82')<p>Maccabi Haifa (ISR): 2 (Rayos 30', Turgeman 61')Astra Giurgiu (ROM): 0<p>Red Bull Salzburg (AUT): 5 (Soriano 29'/37'/63')Zalgiris Vilnius (LIT): 0<p>St Gallen (SUI): 1 (Mathys 47')Spartak Moscow: 1 (Movsisyan 37')<p>Molde (NOR): 0Rubin Kazan (RUS): 2 (Rondon 21'/90')<p>Esbjerg (DEN): 4 (Ankersen 26'/80', van Buren 64', Andreasen 75')Saint-Etienne (FRA): 3 (Tabanou 22', Hamouma 42', Perrin 70')<p>Nomme Kalju (EST): 1 (Toomet 54')Dnipro (UKR): 3 (Seleznyov (p) 23', Giuliano 36', Zozulya 53')<p>Kukesi (ALB): 0Trabzonspor (TUR): 2 (Mierzejewski (p) 31', Paulo Henrique 68')<p>Pandurii Targu Jiu (ROM): 0Braga (POR): 1 (Yazalde 51')<p>Apollon Limassol (CYP): 2 (Sangoy 54'/63')Nice (FRA): 0<p>FH (ISL): 0Genk (BEL): 2 (Vossen 44', Tillen (og) 79')<p>Elfsborg (SWE): 1 (Larsson 74')Nordsjaelland (DEN): 1 (Nordstrand 34')<p>Swansea City (WAL): 5 (Routledge 14'/25', Michu 22', Bony 59', Pozuelo 70')Petrolul (ROM): 1 (Grozav 87')<p>Rijeka (CRO): 2 (Benko 74', Kvrzic 87')Stuttgart (GER): 1 (Ibisevic 89')<p>Chornomorets Odessa (UKR): 1 (Gai 75')Skenderbeu Korce (ALB): 0<p>Vojvodina (SRB): 1 (Skuletic 54')Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA): 1 (Isla 36')<p>Partizan (SRB): 1 (Jojic 70')Thun (SUI): 0<p>Zulte Waregem (BEL): 1 (Malanda 21')APOEL Nicosia (CYP): 1 (Alexandrou 88')<p>Udinese (ITA): 1 (Gabriel Silva 35')Slovan Liberec (CZE): 3 (Rybalka 16', Delarge 49', Kusnir 83')<p>Grasshopper (SUI): 1 (Ngamukol 64')Fiorentina (ITA): 2 (Cuadrado 13', Gomez 46')<p>Rapid Vienna (AUT): 1 (Schaub 42')Dila Gori (GEO): 0<p>Sevilla (SPN): 4 (Rakitic 36', Marin 67'/89', Gameiro 85')Slask Wroclaw (POL): 1 (Paixao 16')<p>Estoril (POR): 2 (Evandro 10', Carlitos 40')Pasching (AUT): 0<p><p>&nbsp;<a href= target=new>The game is about opinions. 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Join nation on Facebook today:</a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:20:33 +1000 <![CDATA[Perth Glory signs ex-Zurich, Thun, Newcastle Jets defender Milicevic]]> <p>Perth Glory have confirmed the capture of experienced defender Ljubo Milicevic.<p>The 32-year old returns to the Glory after his initial stint there between 1999 and 2001 with his arrival delighting head coach and former teammate Alistair Edwards.<p>"Ljubo made contact about ten days ago and obviously that triggered our interest as he's a quality player and a former champion player of the club," he said.<p>"I discussed it with (coaches) Gareth (Naven) and Scott (Miller) and we were all unanimous in saying that it would be great to have him back here.<p>"I believe it's a good fit for Ljubo and a good fit for the club."<p>During his career, Melbourne-born Milicevic has played for such clubs as FC Zurich, FC Thun, Young Boys and FC Basel in Switzerland, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets and South Melbourne in Australia and Hajduk Split in Croatia.<p>&nbsp;<a href= target=new>The game is about opinions. 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Make yours heard! Join nation on Facebook today:</a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 04:37:00 +1000 <![CDATA[FC Sion hands reins to ex-Rangers, Milan ace Gattuso]]> <p>35-year old Rino Gattuso has taken over as manager of Swiss Super League club FC Sion.<p>The former Rangers and AC Milan star, who was being linked with a 'Gers return last summer, but instead joined Sion from the Rossoneri has replaced Victor Munoz at the Stade Tourbillon.<p>Ex-Barcelona and St Mirren midfielder Munoz met his demise after the weekend's 4-0 loss to FC Thun but will remain with the club in a scouting role.<p>"Following FC Sion's disastrous performance at Thun and considering the obvious lack of commitment from the team, the club's management has decided to hand over responsiblity to the players," the club announced in a statement.<p>"To carry this out, from today and until further notice, they will manage their own affairs. The management gives responsibility for the team to captain Gennaro Gattuso.<p>"Victor Munoz himself is taking a step back."<p>Sion currently sits fourth in the table, five points in arrears of second-placed FC Basel and nine behind league leaders Grasshopper.<p>&nbsp;<a href= target=new>The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join the nation on Facebook today:</a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 01:41:16 +1100 <![CDATA[Ipswich close in on ex-Lokomotiv Moscow keeper Jakupovic]]> <p>Championship club Ipswich Town are believed to be close to signing Swiss goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic on a free transfer.<p>The 27-year old is available after finishing with Greek club Aris Thessaloniki and it is apparent that the Tractor Boys will bring him to Portman Road this summer.<p>Jakupovic, who has been a target for Hull City recently, has previously played for Swiss clubs Grasshopper and FC Thun, Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow and Greek clubs Olympiakos Voulou and Aris.<p>&nbsp;<a href= target=new>The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join the nation on Facebook today:</a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:44:10 +1000 <![CDATA[Pennant convinced Stoke fans can rattle Besiktas players]]> <p>Jermaine Pennant is convinced Stoke City fans will rattle Europa League opponents Besiktas.<p>Stoke go into tomorrow's Europa League clash defending an outstanding home record.<p>In Europe they have beaten Hajduk Split and FC Thun and are unbeaten at home in the league with a win over Liverpool and draws against Chelsea and Manchester United.<p>They also sent Spurs packing in the Carling Cup.<p>Pennant said: "If you had said before the start of the season that we would take five points from Liverpool, Chelsea and United, people would have laughed in your face and said you were crazy.<p>"But nobody likes coming to our place and that includes the champions. I would hate to be an away team coming here now.<p>"Teams don't like it because they know it is a fortress and the noise the crowd make here is another big factor." </p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:13:36 +1000 <![CDATA[RKC Waalwijk trials for Hearts striker Makela]]> <p>Hearts striker Juho Makela has joined Dutch side RKC Waalwijk on trial.<p>ord=Math.random()*10000000000000000;document.write('');<a href=";sz=300x250;ord=123456789?" target="-blank"></a>The Finnish forward has not featured in the Hearts first team since October and could move before the transfer window closes on Thursday.<p>Makela, 24, joined Hearts from HJK Helsinki in a &pound;300,000 deal two years ago but has started just two league matches for the Jambos.<p>He had a loan spell with Swiss side FC Thun last season.<p>RKC are top of the Eerstedivisie and on course for promotion to the Dutch top flight.</p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 01:46:41 +1100