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Published: Monday 22 August 2005, 20.14CET
News round-up: AC Omonia have won the Cypriot Super Cup, while Real Madrid CF new boy Robinho played his last match for Santos FC in Brazil. features

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Published: Monday 22 August 2005, 20.14CET

Robinho ready for Madrid

News round-up: AC Omonia have won the Cypriot Super Cup, while Real Madrid CF new boy Robinho played his last match for Santos FC in Brazil.
Real Madrid CF-bound Robinho celebrated his last home game for Santos FC by converting two penalties in a 4-3 Brazilian championship win against Figueirense FC on Sunday. The 21-year-old Brazilian international was greeted by dozens of children as he took the field for his last match at the Vila Belmiro stadium before completing a €24m move to Madrid.

Cypriot Cup winners AC Omonia have added the Cypriot Super Cup to their haul after beating champions Anorthosis Famagusta FC in a penalty shoot-out. A minute's silence preceded the game in honour of the 121 victims of the recent Helios air disaster and the seven Cypriots killed on Friday in a bus crash in Egypt. The match itself ended 2-2 after extra time with Omonia winning 5-4 on penalties.

NAC Breda must do without striker Pierre van Hooijdonk for at least a month. The 35-year-old was injured in Friday's 1-0 derby victory against Willem II. He suffered bruised ribs in a collision with goalkeeper Oscar Moens and will be sidelined for four to six weeks.

AFC Ajax have handed 18-year-old Belgian midfielder Jan Vertonghen a three-year contract running until 30 June 2008. The left-sided player joined the Ajax youth department from KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen two years ago. Meanwhile Ajax's game against ADO Den Haag, cancelled on the first weekend of the season due to concerns over policing, has been rescheduled for Wednesday 21 September.

Swiss club FC Yverdon-Sports have made Radu Nunweiler, 60, the first coaching casualty of the season. The top-flight newcomers have taken just one point from their first six matches. The final straw was a 1-0 home defeat by FC Schaffhausen on Saturday. Former assistant coach Junior Dos Santos has taken temporary charge.

Serie A newcomers Treviso FC have signed Italy Under-17 forward Andrea Russotto on a season-long loan from Swiss outfit AC Bellinzona with the option of a permanent deal next summer. Russotto, 17, is a product of S.S. Lazio's youth system.

Deportivo Alavés SAD have recruited right-back Gaspar Gálvez from Albacete Balompié. The former Club Atlético de Madrid and Real Valladolid defender, 26, has agreed a four-year deal with the Vitorianos, who begin their Primera División campaign against champions FC Barcelona on Saturday.

Sunderland AFC expect to complete the transfer of RC Strasbourg defender Christian Bassila today. "We're just waiting for international clearance," said Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy of the 27-year-old, who previously played in England for West Ham United FC.

BV Borussia Dortmund have landed Dutch forward Cedric van der Gun on a free transfer. The 25-year-old has been on trial with Dortmund for the last few weeks and has accepted a one-year performance-related contract.

Also in Germany, 1. FC Köln have parted company with 32-year-old Greek defender Kostas Konstantinidis. Club and player agreed to terminate the contract with immediate effect. Former international Konstantinidis was originally tied to Köln until 2006.

Scottish Premier League team Kilmarnock FC have accepted a bid of around €740,000 from Cardiff City FC for striker Kris Boyd. The 22-year-old, who is in the last year of his Kilmarnock contract, will travel to the English second-tier side for talks on Tuesday. Boyd has scored 52 goals in 138 league games for Kilmarnock.

Last updated: 24/08/05 18.16CET

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