Tag: Brazilian Alves

Soccer-Socceroos keeper Ryan signs for Valencia

Soccer-Socceroos keeper Ryan signs for Valencia

SYDNEY, July 23 (Reuters) – Goalkeeper Mat Ryan has completed a switch from Club Brugge to La Liga club Valencia on a six-year deal, the Australia international providing the six-times Spanish champions with cover for the injured Diego Alves.

The 23-year-old, who was a reported target for Liverpool after a string of outstanding displays for the Socceroos in their Asian Cup triumph in January, won the Belgium Pro League goalkeeper of the year award during both his seasons at Brugge.

Named goalkeeper of the tournament at the Asian Cup, the move to Valencia, who finished fourth in La Liga last season, continues the upward trajectory of a career that started at Blacktown City in western Sydney.

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Soccer-Watchdog appeals for heavier Villarreal banana fine

Soccer-Watchdog appeals for heavier Villarreal banana fine

(recasts with appeal)

By Tim Hanlon

May 8 (Reuters) – A Spanish sports watchdog is to appeal against the leniency of a 12,000 euros ($16,700) fine given to Villarreal after a fan threw a banana at Barcelona's Dani Alves.

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Villarreal banana-throw fine too lenient, says minister

Villarreal banana-throw fine too lenient, says minister

Milan – By Tim Hanlon

May 8 (Reuters) – The fine of 12,000 euros ($16,700) given to Villarreal after a fan threw a banana at Barcelona's Dani Alves was too lenient, according to Spanish sports minister Miguel Cardenal who is looking to hand out a stiffer sanction.

Brazilian Alves received widespread support after picking up the banana & biting into the fruit as he prepared to take a corner during the April 27 La Liga match.

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