While [Ilie Dumitrescu] chose England, two of his Romanian World Cup teammates sought out the sunshine in Spain. [Gheorghe Hagi] has joined Barcelona, while Florin Raducioiu left AC Milan in Italy to sign for Barcelona's cross-town rival, Espanol.
A first-half penalty kick by French star [Eric Cantona] and a bicycle-kick goal nine minutes before the final whistle by Paul Ince of England gave Manchester United a 2-0 victory over the Blackburn Rovers on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London in the Charity Shield match, the traditional opener to the English season. . . . Hungary has hired former national team defender Kalman Meszoly as its national coach. Meszoly has held the post twice before, including during the 1982 World Cup in Spain. . . . Stefan Effenberg, the German player who was sent home from the World Cup after making an obscene gesture at fans in Dallas, has been traded from Fiorentina in Italy to Germany's Borussia Moenchengladbach, his former club.
The German Supercup was won by Werder Bremen, which defeated Bayern Munich, 3-1, in overtime in a match pitting the German Cup winner against the league champion. The result meant a losing debut for new Bayern Munich Coach Giovanni Trapattoni. . . . Italian World Cup goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca has been traded from Sampdoria to Inter Milan. . . . In Montreal today, Trinidad & Tobago plays Jamaica and Canada plays Mexico in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for next summer's FIFA Women's World Championship in Sweden. . . . The reelection Saturday of Alan Rothenberg as United States Soccer Federation president also saw the election of Larry Monaco as executive vice president and Bill Goaziou as treasurer, succeeding Hank des Bordes and Richard Groff, respectively.