Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Algeria

AS Khroub 1-0 USM El Harrach

CR Belouizdad 1-0 WA Tlemcen

MC El Eulma 1-0 USM Blida

MC Oran 2-1 JSM Bejaia

ASO Chlef 1-0 ES Setif

CA Bordj Bou Arreridj 1-0 USM Annaba

Egypt

Al Ittihad 0-3 Smouha SC

Al Masry 1-0 Misr El-Maqasha

Petrojet 1-0 El Gounah

Wadi Degla FC 0-2 El Zamalek

Morocco

JSK Chabab Kasba Tadla 1-0 MAT Tetouan

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And so, Rafa Benitez has been given the flick at Inter Milan after just six months in charge.

I guess that was president Moratti's Christmas present to the Inter fans.

How Inter could even have appointed Benitez after his Liverpool debacle is beyond me.

I heard one report the other day that he may even return to Liverpool to replace Roy Hodgson.

Surely, such a thing could never happen?

If it did, I think I'd have to find a new team to support.

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Enzo Bearzot, who coached Italy to the 1982 World Cup success, has passed away aged 83.

Bearzot resurrected the career of Paolo Rossi, who scored that amazing hat-trick which enabled Italy to dispose of the much-fancied Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 1982 tournament.

Rossi had been suspended for two years for match fixing, of course, but the ban was lifted just in time for him to participate in the World Cup.

Bearzot's relationship with the media at the time was in crisis and he banned the Italian reporters from training sessions.

The Italian public were also against him after Italy's poor start to the tournament.

He was popular with his players, however, and all of Italy applauded when the Azzuri lifted the trophy.



Photo: King George V Park in Glenorchy, Tasmania [PlessPix]

I wish all readers and followers of this blog a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Thank you all for your support throughout the past year.

A special thanks to all clubs, players, coaches, administrators and officials, as well as all supporters of our great game, for providing me with information for articles. Your input is always most welcome.

Thank you also to Football Federation Tasmania, who have been most helpful in recent months.

This blog will NOT close down during the Christmas break, so keep reading.

It is through your interest and support that the number of hits continues to increase.

The site is getting as many as 1,000 hits a day - and remember, this is the off-season.

The number of hits during the season is as high as 1,700 a day, which is fantastic.

With increased coverage, including the whole of Tasmania, I would expect this number to rise to over 2,000 during the coming season.

The current number of unique visitors to the site is over 4,000, so thank you, one and all.

All the very best to everyone for 2011.



Photos (Top to Bottom): Olympia's new ground at Warrane with an artificial pitch; Olympia Warriors' president George Mamacas has quashed rumours of trouble at the ground [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors president George Mamacas has quashed persistent rumours that his club

South Melbourne Hellas will play South Hobart on Thursday, 13 January during the Victorian club