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Thursday, June 25, 2009

QPR Interest in Vassell?...Video: 1970 QPR Cup Victory vs Derby....Ex-QPR #2 Oliveira Speaks...Harbin Joining Swansea...Ex-Loan Signing for Malaga

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Mirror Interest in Darius Vassell?
- "QPR are keen to sign former Aston Villa and England Striker from Man City to Boost their Championship promotion push." Mirror
- See Wikipedia Vassell Profile

IMS Scouting Report -[b]Malaga sign Tottenham attacker Adel Taarabt on a year’s loan
- "...Moroccan attacking midfielder Adel Taarabt will move to Spanish side Malaga from Tottenham on a season-long loan for the duration of the 2009/2010 campaign.
- Malaga have an option to sign Taarabt at the end of the season for three million euros, according to reports in the Spanish press[/b]....
- Malaga president Fernando Sanz has pinpointed Taarabt as the natural replacement for Portuguese winger Eliseu who earlier this week joined Lazio.
- Taarabt has long been tipped to make an impact at White Hart Lane since joining from French club Lens in 2007. He made one Premier League appearance for Spurs last season as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
- The 20-year-old trickster also moved on loan to QPR and played seven games, scoring one goal, for the Championship side, during the latter stages of the 2008/2009 campaign. IMS Scouting

Western Mail/Chris Wathan - Bruno Oliveira backing Paulo Sousa to make big Swansea City impact
- SWANSEA CITY’S new No 2 Bruno Oliveira has backed boss Paulo Sousa to emulate the best in the business as he gets down to work in South Wales.
- Oliveira is set to be named as Sousa’s assistant over the next few days, part of a new backroom staff to accompany the Portuguese manager’s appointment.
- And the right-hand man arrives at the Liberty Stadium having worked under some of Europe’s top managers including Sven-Goran Eriksson, Carlos Queiroz and Sir Alex Ferguson.
- But, as he gets set to begin life with the Swans, Oliveira is convinced Sousa has what it takes to add his own name to that list of luminaries.
- “Paulo was a brilliant player,” said Oliveira, who will link up with the former Portugal international for a second time after working with him at QPR following a recommendation.
- “He was a legend in Portugal. When I was a little boy and when I started playing football he was my hero. He was a national hero because he was one of the first Portuguese players to go abroad when he went to Juventus.
- “When he won the Champions League it was a massive thing for the country because we hadn’t had a Luis Figo or Cristiano Ronaldo at that point. He was a member of our golden generation.
- “But he is someone who invested a lot of time at the end of his playing career because he knew he wanted to be a manager.
- “And he has the will and the knowledge to achieve the same level as a manager as he did as a player.”
- Despite being surprisingly young for an assistant manager at just 31, Oliveira has enough first-hand experience of the elite European game to judge.
- Having seen his own playing career wrecked at just 21 after two cruciate knee ligament injuries, the native of Lisbon set out on a coaching path that took in internships at some of the continent’s biggest clubs.
- That included spells at Manchester United and four months at Real Madrid under Queiroz, who would later team up with Sousa in the Portuguese national side.
- “I had a university background so it was important for me to have this experience,” said Oliveira. “I also spent two years at Lazio because they were the top team in Europe then and that time with Sven was important.
- “Other young coaches there have gone on to Real Madrid and another works with (former Inter Milan manager) Roberto Mancini and are very important people in performance and physical training.
- “These times benefited me as a coach.”
- And it has seemed to have paid off with the young training ground tactician being hailed for his work during the pair’s short time at Loftus Road and tipped to be a major player on the coaching scene.
- Yet Oliveira stressed it is Sousa who can really spark the next stage in Swansea’s development from the dugout, adding he won’t be afraid to go to another of Europe’s top men for advice.
- “We have built up a good relationship,” said Oliveira of his partnership with 38-year-old Sousa. “He is someone who works very hard, is very passionate and very demanding and also thinks about football every minute of the day.
- “His network of contacts is incredible with some very important managers, for example he has direct access to Jose Mourinho.
- “So we can look forward to working together again. We did not have very long at QPR, but it was an experience and a good one because I think we did a good job in the conditions.”
- Another member of QPR’s backroom staff is set to join the duo at the Liberty with veteran performance coach John Harbin lined up by Swans officials. The former rugby league coach has made a name as an expert in conditioning and sports psychology since switching codes and is expected to be appointed on Monday alongside a new European scout and goalkeeping coach. Wales onLine

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