TURKEY PAIR CONFIDENT IN OZ

Submitted by isport on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 09:34

Galatasaray teammates Lucas Neill and Harry Kewell both feel that Australian football is in a good position despite the weekend’s heartbreaking Asian Cup final loss to Japan.

32-year old skipper Neill says he will continue playing for the national team as long as his body allows him and feels the devastating manner of the loss will urge the players involved to come back with a steely resolve.

"My future is simple - if my body keeps feeling the way it does I keep playing until someone doesn't pick me in the squad," Neill said.

"As long the young guys take the hurt from this day and turn it into a positive, I'm sure the future's bright."

And Kewell, also 32, who returned to his best during the tournament, says that the squad were looking to move on with positivity from the defeat.

"Everyone is keen to keep playing," he said.

BURSASPOR SIGN ALTIDORE

Submitted by isport on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 09:33

Turkish champions Bursaspor have signed USA and Villarreal striker Jozy Altidore on loan until the end of the season.

Bursa snapped up Rangers striker Kenny Miller earlier in the window, and have now added the former Hull City man to their ranks, as they look to win a second consecutive Super Lig title.

Altidore has already gained 32 official caps for the USA at just 21 years old, and has long been regarded as the next big thing for the national side, though he has been less impressive in Spain.

Altidore joins a long list of big names to move to Turkey in the window, along with Simao, Miller and Hugo Almeida to name a few, as the Turkish league appears to be gaining momentum to establish itself as a major power in Europe.

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