Bradford City sign two Swedish players

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Bradford City have signed two Swedish players on short-term contracts: Robert Steiner, a forward from Norrkoping, and Magnus Pehrsson, a midfielder from Djurgardens.

Notts County have paid pounds 300,000 to sign the 20-year-old Birmingham winger Steve Finnan, who played 17 League games, scoring twice, for the Meadow Lane club while on loan last season.

The long-serving Australian national team captain, Paul Wade, announced his retirement yesterday, saying he was no longer up to the task. Wade, 34, has captained the "Socceroos" for the past six years and is Australia's most capped player with 118 international appearances.

Guy Scherrer, the chairman of the French First Division club Nantes, resigned yesterday for personal reasons. Some members of the club's board have openly complained recently about Scherrer's methods, accusing him of never consulting them on important issues.

The Saudi Arabian Football Association yesterday sacked its 46-year-old Brazilian-born coach, Jose Ze Mario. Tilo Vingada, who coached the Portuguese Under-23 team during the Atlanta Olympics, takes control for the immediate future.

Werder Bremen are to sign the international defender Raphael Wicky from the Swiss club Sion for pounds 1.3m, but will have to wait until next July before the 19-year-old starts his three-year contract as he has to do military service.

NATIONWIDE FOOTBALL LEAGUE Fixture changes: Sat 9 Nov: Postponed (international call-ups): Barnsley v Norwich (now playing Tue 12 Nov); Birmingham v Bolton (playing Wed 13 Nov); Manchester City v Oxford Utd (playing Wed 13 Nov); Reading v Tranmere (playing Tue 3 Dec); Stoke v Wolves (playing Wed 20 Nov).

BELL'S SCOTTISH LEAGUE Fixture change: Sat 9 Nov: Postponed: East Fife v Greenock Morton (international call-ups).

FA CUP First-round fixture changes: Fri 15 Nov: Woking v Millwall (7.45) (live on Sky Sports). Sun 17 Nov: Newcastle Town v Notts County (2.0) (at Stoke City FC); Northampton v Watford (1.0).

SWEDISH LEAGUE Final standings: 1 IFK Gothenburg 56pts; 2 Malmo 46; 3 Helsingborg 44; 4 AIK Stockholm 43; 5 Orebro 42.

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