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Thursday, April 26, 2007

One Year Ago: Paladini Spoke...Players Released...Italy Beckoned

As the 2005/06 season came to an end.

QPR World - 26.04.2006 TV News CHAIRMAN'S THOUGHTS - Gianni Paladini thanks you for your support and looks to the future. We also remember Martin Rowlands' Goal of the Season" Chairman Paladini Spoke


Today, following talks with Gary Waddock, several players have been released from Queens Park Rangers.

Those who still have contracts outstanding will be placed on the transfer list and those who have come to the end of their deals will be released.

Georges Santos, Richard Langley, Sammy Youssouf, Marcin Kus, Ryan Johnson and Luke Townsend will not be offered new deals by the club.

Stefan Moore, Tommy Doherty, Ian Evatt, Ugo Ukah, Marcus Bignot, Steve Lomas, Matthew Hislop and Marc Bircham will all be placed on the transfer list.

Waddock said: "Undoubtedly this is the part of management that no one in charge of a football club ever wants to do.

"But these decisions have to be made for the sake of the club as a whole.

"After the summer, I want this to be a new era, not just a new season and I have to start planning for that now.

"I felt that those who I have released don't fit in with my plans for next season, but I would like to thank them for their efforts and hard work throughout their time at QPR." QPR


This summer, QPR will be preparing for the Championship season with a pre-season tour of Italy.

Gary Waddock and his squad will be travelling to the Gulf of Naples on July 23 and will face Sorrento Calcio and SS Cavese in a warm up to the 2006-07 campaign.

This season has been a successful one for both Italian teams. Sorrento finished top of Serie D Girone I and won promotion into Serie C2. Cavese also clinched promotion from Serie C2B and will play in Serie C1 next year.

Rangers will play on the Tuesday and Friday night, before returning to England where the final fine tuning will take place before the season begins.

The club are currently negotiating with Travel Counsellors to agree the best possible deal for fans wishing to travel.

The official trip will consist of accommodation, transfers and match tickets and will be seven days, six night from July 23 to 29.

Flights will have to be booked separately and can be done so via Travel Counsellors.

Any supporters who would like to register their interest can contact Carly Charteris at Travel Counsellors on 0845 058 7681.

A full and complete price package will be in place by next Wednesday May 10.

For all those supporters wishing to travel and pre-register, details will be sent to you no later than Wednesday evening.

Below is a brief outline of the history of Cavese, and for any Italian speaking Rangers, links to the clubs websites.

Cavese were founded in 1919 as Unione Sportiva Cavese, and played its first match ever against Salernitana, ended in a 3-2 win for the Aquilotti. In 1922 the team merged with Libertas Sporting Club, another local team, in order to build a more competitive side. That same year, the team was admitted to the First Division (the equivalent of the nowadays' Serie A).

In 1974, after the relegation of the original team, who was playing the Serie D at the time, Cavese merged with Pro Salerno, another Serie D team, and renamed itself as Pro Cavese. The team returned to Serie C in 1978 and took back its original denomination in 1980.

In 1981, Cavese was able to gain its first (and only) promotion to Serie B. The first Serie B season for Cavese ended in a 15th place which allowed the team to avoid relegation. The 1982/1983 was the top season ever for the Campanian team in its whole history: in fact, Cavese was almost to reach a incredible promotion to Serie A, ending the first half of the season in a third placed, which would allow the promotion, and sixth at the end of the season.

That championship is remembered especially for the crushing 2-1 victory in San Siro against AC Milan. The scorers were Joe Jordan for Milan, and Tivelli and Di Michele for Cavese: after this shocking win, the team was nicknamed Real Cavese by the Italian sports columnists.

However the next season Cavese relegated to Serie C1, and was not able to reach Serie B anymore. The team was even cancelled from Italian football in 1991, and readmitted in the regional Eccellenza league with the current denomination.

Cavese website

Sorrento Calcio website

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