Nedved confirms his retirement from football

Former Juventus and Lazio midfielder Pavel Nedved has announced his retirement from football. The 36-year-old has been mulling over several offers to continue his illustrious career, but has decided to hang up his boots instead. A statement on his official website read: “I have decided not to accept any of the offers I received in recent weeks, and finally end my career. I will now dedicate my time to my family, wife, and children. “I would like to thank the fans for all the support they showed me throughout my career.”

Nedved spent the majority of his career in Italy after joining Lazio from Sparta Prague in 1996. He won the Coppa Italia in 1998 and in 2000. He also lifted the 1999/00 Scudetto, the 1999 Cup Winners Cup, the 1999 Super Cup and the Super Coppa Italiana in 1998 and in 2000. Nedved then joined Juventus in 2001 after Zinedine Zidane made his world record move to Real Madrid. At the Old Lady he won both the Serie A title and the Super Coppa Italiana in 2002 and 2003. He also won the Ballon d’Or in 2003.

Ex-Italian goalkeeper and former Lazio coach Dino Zoff paid tribute to Nedved. He said: “Nedved has always been an example for everyone, from the first moment he arrived at Lazio, until his last at Juventus. I am really sad that someone like Nedved has stopped playing.” “I think that if he made a decision like this, then he would have taken everything into consideration. Nedved leaves nothing to chance, he was also like that on the pitch. He probably thought about leaving on a high in order to leave a great memory of himself.” “The fact that he didn’t win the Champions League doesn’t tarnish an extraordinary career,” added Zoff.

Pavel Nedved – one of my favourite football player. i followed his career since he played with Lazio. his ability to create and too score amazes me back then. he is one of the reason why im a big fan of Czech Republic national team. article from Soccernet.

“Pavel Nedved,
good luck in ur future undertakings..”

Champions League Draw

Samuel Eto’o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be back at their old clubs as Inter and Barcelona were drawn together in the Champions League, along with Dynamo Kiev and Rubin Kazan.

The other big draw is Real Madrid, some people’s favourites for the title, against AC Milan – where Kaka will return – and fellow big spenders Marseille, who could cause an upset in Group C. Manchester Utd face tough trips to CSKA Moscow, Besiktas and Wolfsburg in the English clubs’ hardest draw, with Liverpool also given a tough test in Lyon, Fiorentina and Hungarian side Debreceni. Chelsea will be happy with their draw as it’s Jose Mourinho’s old club FC Porto, Atletico Madrid and Cypriot side APOEL; while Arsenal are also sitting pretty as they face Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar, Olympiakos and Belgian side Standard Liege.

Group A
Bayern Munich, Juventus, Bordeaux, Maccabi Haifa

Group B
Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, Besiktas, VfL Wolfsburg

Group C
AC Milan, Real Madrid, Marseille, FC Zurich

Group D
Chelsea, FC Porto, Atletico Madrid, APOEL

Group E
Liverpool, Lyon, Fiorentina, Debreceni

Group F
Barcelona, Inter Milan, Dynamo Kiev, Rubin Kazan

Group G
FC Sevilla, Rangers, VfB Stuttgart, Unirea Urziceni

Group H
Arsenal, AZ Alkmaar, Olympiakos, Standard Liege

the draw had been made. toughest seems like from Group B. Champions from different countries.

Group A, Bayern and Juve looks too strong for the other two. Bordeaux might gave some threat there. Group B, in no doubt is toughest of all. Man United known for their strenght, CSKA had been in this competition for years and they do have a strong team backed by Russian internationals. Besiktas have Turkish internationals in their team and been known to gave tough matches to their opponent. Wolfsburg surprises everyone by winning the German League last season. i bet they have some firepower in their team. Group C is quite a challenging group apart from Group B. AC Milan and Real the favourites. Marseille might steal a spot if any of the two slips. Zurich might just be the victim in this group. Group D put up Chelsea as clear favourite. but Porto and Atletico won’t give an easy game against them. The easiest might be against APOEL. Group E lines up Liverpool as favourite. Lyon, despite losing Benzema, is still strong to be written off. Fiorentina can just surprise anyone. sometimes they’re good, sometimes not. Debreceni? i don’t know. Group F is somewhat like Group C with two favourites, one strong team that is ready to take opportunity and one victim-to-be. Barceloan and Inter the top two. Kiev the opportunity-taker. Rubin Kazan the bottom one. Group G looks balanced here. Sevilla, Rangers and Stuttgart most probably have the same strenght. Unirea might be too small for the other three. and the last group, Group H, where Arsenal heads as clear favourite. AZ, Olympiakos and Standard will fight to move to next stage.

anyhow this is just my opinion. by February 2010, we’ll see what happens and which team progress to the next stage. source from Soccernet.