LITESPORT ITALIA 90 is etched in the memories of most England football fans for a variety of reasons -- and that particular World Cup also holds a special place in the heart of Fulham ace Clint Dempsey. The Untied States, for whom Dempsey has represented on 59 occasions, fin- ished that tournament with three defeats from three games. But Dempsey recalls his passion for football being inspired by the magic of The Divine Pony Tail, Roberto Baggio (below), and the wild goal celebrations of Toto Schillaci. The 26-year-old, who has rediscovered his touch in front of goal in recent weeks,hopestoavoidbecomingavictim of Roy Hodgsons squad rotation policy, with the opportunity to perform on the stage which Baggio made his own 19 years ago there for the taking. Dempsey said: You always want to play in big games but youve got to see the bigger picture and be ready to be called upon. Youve got to take the positives and we got a point from the home game. I remember watching the 1990 World Cup with players like Roberto Baggio and Schillaci. Its a good style of football over here and of course they wonthelastWorldCup.Itsgreatforany player to play in a place like this wher- ever youre from. London Lite Thursday, 5 November 2009 45 Inbrief Back to basics for crocked Rio RIO FERDINAND faces six weeks on the sidelines after finally admitting defeat with a back injury. The Manchester United centre half will therefore miss Sundays heavyweight clash against Chelsea and his teammate, Wes Brown, revealed Ferdinand has been playing through the pain barrier for some time. He said: Hes been getting a lot of pain for some time now, so hes going to take this time to sort it out. Things no better for poor Arteta MIKEL ARTETA has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury. Arteta snapped a cruciate ligament against Newcastle in February. He was expected to step up his rehabilitation in the next month but has picked up an infection. Moyes, ahead of tonights Europa League clash against Benfica, said: We had to wash out the knee. It is a setback but I cant say for how long. Live on FIVE, from 7.30pm (KO: 8.05pm) Grim Storrie for Pompeys chief PORTSMOUTH chief executive Peter Storrie was formally charged with tax evasion yesterday. Prosecutors accused him of concealing a signing-on fee for Amdy Faye by paying it into the midfielders bank account. Storrie will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates Court on 16 November. It was alleged that Faye was paid a 250,000 signing-on fee on which tax and national insurance was not paid. Jansen issues Celtic warning MARCELL JANSEN has warned Celtic to expect a different Hamburg team in tonights Europa League Group C clash in the Nordbank. The Bundesliga side went top of the grouo last month with a 1-0 victory at Parkhead but it was not without some nervy moments. I think we can take a lot from the game at Celtic, Jansen said. Now that we are at home, the shoe is on the other foot. Live on ESPN, from 5.30pm (KO: 6pm) NoAngeldelight for Chelsea boss CHELSEA target Angel Di Maria has distanced himself from speculation linking him with a the Premier League. The Benfica winger, 21, who is a regular starter for Argentina, insists he is fully focused on his objectives with the Portuguese club. He said: I am only thinking about Benfica. I want to do my best for the club this season and then we will see what happens. ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME CHANCE TO BE A MASCOT AT WEMBLEY LITESPORT has teamed up with the Football Association to offer six lucky junior fans an exciting opportunity to be Portugal mascots at Englands crucial 2011 Under-21 European Championship qualifier at Wembley Stadium, on Saturday, 14 November (kick off 12.30pm). The winners will have the once-in-a-life-time opportunity to lead out the Portugal Under-21 squad through the famous Wembley tunnel to the roar of Wembley Stadium. The lucky winners will also receive three extra tickets to the game for friends and family so they dont miss out on on this special occasion. Stuart Pearces new-look England side have had a fantastic start to their 2011 UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign, which started back in September of this year. With a nail-biting 1-1 draw against Group Nine leaders Greece and two convincing wins against Macedonia, the young Lions will be hoping to build on these performances and secure a vital win against a strong Portuguese side. For the chance to win, simply answer the following question: Can you name the capital city of Portugal? The competition is open to everyone but winning mascots must be aged between 7 and 12. Text LL SPORT with your answer, name and a number where you can be reached to 65400. (Texts cost 50p plus standard network charges). Or, e-mail us at and leave the same details (please specify Under-21 in the subject field). All entries to be received by 9am tomorrow. Entrants must be over 18 (only one entry per person). Usual rules apply. Winners will be chosen at random. The editors decision is final. To ensure as many fans as possible watch the young lions in action, the FA will be screening the game live and exclusively on-line. Just go to www. from 12.30pm to catch all the action. AS ROMA v FULHAMROMAAS EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP E. LIVE ON ITV4 FROM 5.30PM (KICK-OFF: 6PM) Baggios hair and Totos goals inspire Dempsey Memories ofItalia90 floodback for Clint BY JAMES GOLDMAN GROUP E P W D L F A PTS BASLE 3 2 0 1 4 1 6 FULHAM 3 1 2 0 3 2 5 ROMA 3 1 1 1 3 3 4 CSKA SOFIA 3 0 1 2 1 5 1 KEYMEN JULIOBAPTISTAROMA Afortnightagowehighlighted JeremyMenezasaplayerhighly unlikelytofulfilhisimmensetalent. AndtheFrenchmandidnt disappoint,fluffingapenaltywhich wouldhavedrawnhissidelevel. Tonightwellfocusonanotherplayer whosecareerhastakenanosedive eversince hewashailedasthenext bigthingafterscoringfourgoalsfor ArsenalagainstLiverpoolinaCarling Cuptietwoyearsago. CLINTDEMPSEYFULHAM THEAmericaninternational continuestobeignoredwhenthe debateaboutthebestgoalscoring midfieldersinthecountryrearsits head.Tobefair,the26-year-old enduredaprettyquietstarttothe season,butafterexpertlytaken goalsinthedrawatManchesterCity andwinoverLiverpool,helooksto bebacktohisbest. POSSIBLE LINE-UPS REFEREE KEVIN BLOM (NED) LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Roma 4-6, Fulham 9-2, Draw 11-4. FIRST GOALSCORER Vucinic 9-2, Menez 7-1, Baptista 15-2, Cerci 15-2, Johnson 9-1, Kamara 9-1, Pertotta 9-1, De Rossi 11-1, Nevland 11-1, Dempsey 12-1. AS ROMA 4-4-2 FULHAM 4-4-2FULHAM 4-4-2 DoniCassetti J A Riise AndreolliMexes Doni BaptistaVucinic Baptista Taddei De Rossi Perrotta Pizarro NevlandZamora HughesHangeland Etuhu Konchesky Pantsil Gera Schwarzer Greening Dempsey Fulham are still smart- ing from the last-minute goal which denied them a famous win over the Serie A giants two weeks ago. Those two dropped points could prove costly in the final reckoning and Demp- sey is looking for revenge in the Stadio Olimpico tonight. He said: Obviously we felt we should havegotpointsfromthehomegamebut right now were on a good run of form andwewanttocontinuethatanddowell in the group. Were progressing as a team and getting better. Were confident at the moment and you dont work so hard to get into a competitiontogiveitup--sowellwork hard and see how far we can go. onperformtoopportunitythewith the stage which Baggio made his own 19 years ago there Yousaid:Dempsey always want to play in big games but youve positives and we got a homethefrompoint watchingrememberI withCupWorld1990the BaggioRobertolikeplayers and Schillaci. 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