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August 23, 2005

In brief: Carvalho criticises selection

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The News Review:

* Fowler’s vitriolic outpourings on Eriksson pass acid test
* Defoe gets chance to stake claim
* Independent Online Edition > Media
* In brief: Carvalho criticises selection
* European minnows take centre stage
* Zidane lifeline could prove hard to grasp
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Rooney pledges to curb his…
* Stu sticks to Stelios offer
* Edinburgh Evening News – Sport – Football – Vlad’s pledge

Fowler’s vitriolic outpourings on Eriksson pass acid test
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 16, 2005
He parodies the country’s first foreign manager as a long-ball merchant. Though Fowler is a maverick whose body is laden with more weight than a player of his talent ought to be carrying, he touches a nerve when he wonders whether England have positive players and a negative coach. This is a doubt shared by many of us when we review the two quarter-final finishes in the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. This is where Barwick’s declaration of loyalty becomes a problem. All previous England managers felt they were on trial when they took the team to major championships. The England tracksuit is radioactive. Bobby Robson, Graham Taylor, Glenn Hoddle, Terry Venables and Kevin Keegan danced for their supper.

Defoe gets chance to stake claim
CNN International – Aug 16, 2005
"It’s been at the back of my mind," said Defoe, who realized his chance back in March, when Owen picked up a yellow card in England’s 2-0 Group Six win over Azerbaijan in Newcastle. "I just wanted to make sure I had a good pre-season and got off to a good start in the new campaign," added the Spurs striker, who scored twice against Porto in a 2-0 friendly win on August 6 and once in Spurs’ 2-0 season-opening win at Portsmouth on Saturday. Defoe, 22, is also desperate to make the World Cup squad if England qualify for the finals as expected, after missing out on Euro 2004. "I’m going to play the best team which can play against Wales, that means Owen will not start. Defoe will start," said Eriksson in Denmark. "It was not a difficult decision, this friendly game is for preparing for Wales and Northern Ireland so Owen will start on the bench and come on maybe in the second half. "Defoe looks very sharp with good finishing, even in training yesterday he did well… "I’m going to play the best team which can play against Wales, that means Owen will not start. Defoe will start," said Eriksson in Denmark. "It was not a difficult decision, this friendly game is for preparing for Wales and Northern Ireland so Owen will start on the bench and come on maybe in the second half. "Defoe looks very sharp with good finishing, even in training yesterday he did well. "They can play together (Defoe and Wayne Rooney). It’s a very good chance for him to show how he shall play against Wales and he has to show that tomorrow.

Independent Online Edition > Media
Independent – Aug 15, 2005
As if Roman Abramovich’s millions were not enough, Chelsea have signed up with the Korean electronics giant for five years, making it the UK’s biggest ever football shirt sponsorship. Evidence that the club has joined Europe’s élite, only Juventus (£15m) and Bayern Munich (£13. 5m) make more per year. MANCHESTER CITY – THOMAS COOK (TRAVEL):£1MThe effectiveness of shirt sponsorship is notoriously difficult to quantify, leaving companies to rely on spurious claims of its equivalent media value to justify the outlay. Thomas Cook is among a new breed of sponsors looking for more concrete evidence… The drop in exposure caused by relegation means clubs like West Ham find it difficult to build longer term relationships with sponsors and must rely on low value one-year deals. TOTTENHAM HOTSUR – THOMSON HOLIDAYS (TRAVEL): £3M Sports-related tourism is one of the sector’s biggest growth areas. The Lions tour, the Athens Olympics and Euro 2004 in Portugal are all recent examples of sport driving sales in the holiday business. However, given the club’s recent abysmal record in Europe, quite where Spurs fans come into this is less clear. MIDDLESBROUGH – 888. COM: £500,000Cassava Enterprises, the parent company of 888. com, is using the Middlesbrough shirt to generate exposure for its online poker business.

In brief: Carvalho criticises selection
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 17, 2005
“Sol is still in my thoughts for sure. Three years ago in Japan, he was selected as the best defender in the world,” Eriksson said. “He is not yet 31 and is just as good. It is just for him to get fit, play some football and he will be selected. “The problem will then come as to who to play but that is my problem. He will have the same opportunity as the others. “Eriksson, who also has Ledley King and Jamie Carragher as potential squad members, along with Wes Brown, Matthew Upson and maybe Jonathan Woodgate, has seen Campbell play in just three of England’s 11 games since Euro 2004… “The problem will then come as to who to play but that is my problem. He will have the same opportunity as the others. “Eriksson, who also has Ledley King and Jamie Carragher as potential squad members, along with Wes Brown, Matthew Upson and maybe Jonathan Woodgate, has seen Campbell play in just three of England’s 11 games since Euro 2004. There are, however, two more qualifiers left after next month’s games, as well as – if England qualify – four friendlies ahead of next summer’s tournament. The Football Association have said the decision to downgrade Jermaine Jenas’s red card against Arsenal will stand despite a review of the disciplinary appeals procedure prompted by FIFA.

European minnows take centre stage
Independent Online – Aug 15, 2005
With most of the strong European countries not scheduled to play, countries like Andorra, Finland and Georgia will take centre stage in World Cup action. One of only three games in which a country with any realistic hope of participating at the World Cup finals next year plays takes place in Constanta, where Romania host Andorra. They are facing an uphill battleThe Romanians though are six points behind the leading Dutch team and five behind the Czech Republic in Group 1 and have played a game more. They are fully aware that they are facing an uphill battle if they want to make it to Germany and anything but a decisive Romanian victory against a team that has conceded 25 goals in the eight games they have played will be a huge upset. In another game in the same group, Macedonia could trade places with Finland if they beat the Scandinavians in Skopje… In Group 3 the matches between Liechtenstein and Slovakia and Latvia and Russia are important as three of the countries are well placed to make the play-offs. Slovakia are presently second three points behind Portugal who have 20 points from their eight games and are looking to strengthen their position with a win in Vaduz against Liechtenstein. Russia, who have played a game less than Portugal and Slovakia are three points adrift of Slovakia but will stay in contention with a victory in Riga against surprise Euro 2004 finalists, Latvia. The final European World Cup qualifier is a Group 4 match between the Faroe Islands and Cyprus. Both team have so far managed one draw from their six games and are not looking to add to their points tally in a group which Ireland heads with 13 points from seven matches, while Switzerland have 12 from six. Israel are third with 11 from seven, while 1998 champions France are fourth with 10points from six games. All four teams are involved in international friendlies on Wednesday.

Zidane lifeline could prove hard to grasp
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Aug 22, 2005
Thuram ’s presence in central defence forces William Gallas back in exile on the left flank (and we know how much he enjoys that). Makelele will partner Patrick Vieira, which means there is no room for the gifted Vikash Dhorasoo and Benôit Pedretti. Having flopped out wide in Jacques Santini’s ill-conceived 4-4-2 system at Euro 2004, there is only one place for Zidane: in the hole. The question then becomes how do you fill the remaining three spots around him? Do you play Henry as a lone striker, with some combination of Jerome Rothen, Ludovic Giuly, Florent Malouda and Sylvain Wiltord out wide? If so, what happens to David Trezeguet, France’s only genuine centre forward and a man who, despite his injuries, has an absurdly prolific scoring record for both club (72 goals in 119 Serie A appearances for Juventus) and country (31 in 59 games), without a single free kick or penalty?Or do you restore the Trezeguet-Henry partnership? In which case, you would have to add a third central midfield player and give up on wingers entirely, which is probably not a good idea since it means Gallas would have to cover the whole left flank on his own. The unpleasant truth is that France’s returning heroes are rather like gaudy wedding gifts from a mad aunt: you may not want to keep them around, but you have no choice because she’s coming over for dinner. And it’s somewhat disturbing that of the three, the one who is most exposed is Zidane, who has blown hot and cold, both for Real Madrid and for France in the past few years. Sections of the Spanish press have accused him of not turning up against unglamorous opposition and Real acquired two more attacking midfield players over the summer — Júlio Baptista and Robinho — precisely because they plan to rotate Zidane in and out of the side… The unpleasant truth is that France’s returning heroes are rather like gaudy wedding gifts from a mad aunt: you may not want to keep them around, but you have no choice because she’s coming over for dinner. And it’s somewhat disturbing that of the three, the one who is most exposed is Zidane, who has blown hot and cold, both for Real Madrid and for France in the past few years. Sections of the Spanish press have accused him of not turning up against unglamorous opposition and Real acquired two more attacking midfield players over the summer — Júlio Baptista and Robinho — precisely because they plan to rotate Zidane in and out of the side. Having said all that, you can’t help but commend Zidane and the others for putting themselves on the line. If France do not qualify for the World Cup, it will be a humiliation. And it’s far from an unthinkable possibility. France have four games left, two easy ones against Cyprus and the Faeroe Isles, and two tough trips to Switzerland and Ireland.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Aug 18, 2005
Brian Kerr’s side lead the way in Group Four with 13 from seven, Switzerland have 12 from six while Israel have 11 from seven. France are currently fourth with 10 points from six games. “There was not only Zidane,” Domenech said of last night’s match. “There were three great players making their comeback. Such players are reassuring for the younger players. Before everybody was a bit afraid. “I had two goals when I took over the team,” added Domenech, who took charge  of France following their quarter-final exit at Euro 2004… Such players are reassuring for the younger players. Before everybody was a bit afraid. “I had two goals when I took over the team,” added Domenech, who took charge  of France following their quarter-final exit at Euro 2004.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Rooney pledges to curb his…
BBC News – Aug 17, 2005
“I wanted to stay close to home (in Liverpool). Once I knew United were interested, there was only one place I was going. ”

He is also looking forward to next summer’s World Cup – assuming England qualify – and is keen to repeat the impact he made at Euro 2004. Rooney said: “Hopefully I can go there and have the time of my life.

Stu sticks to Stelios offer
manchesteronline.co.uk – Aug 20, 2005
Pearce will continue to target the Greek international despite having an initial £1m bid rejected out of hand by angry Trotters chief Sam Allardyce, who rates his Greek Euro 2004 winner at around £4m. And he insists that while City are not yet ready to step up their bid, the imminent closure of the transfer window will not put him off his chase for a player whom he clearly admires. Pearce said: “If we have got the players in by the deadline we will be delighted and if not we will keep doing our homework and hopefully go back in when the window reopens. “We have made the offer and if Bolton accept that offer we will be delighted. If it doesn’t happen then maybe somewhere down the line it will do.

Edinburgh Evening News – Sport – Football – Vlad’s pledge
Edinburgh Evening News – Aug 20, 2005
The Lithuanian millionaire was instrumental in bringing former Porto star Edgaras Jankauskas to Gorgie on loan from Kaunas in the summer and is bankrolling his hefty wage packet, believed to be in the region of £10,000 a week. Romanov’s scouting network also recently unearthed Greece’s Euro 2004 winner Takis Fyssas while he recruited Saulius Mikoliunas and David Cesnauskis last season… ” Romanov’s pledge to continue with his “hands-off” approach is good news for Burley, who made it clear he would not tolerate any outside influence on team selection. The day I don’t pick the team will be the day I’m not here,” he said. “Mr Romanov is obviously involved in the players we can bring to Hearts and so far it has worked very well. ” Burley, who steered the Jambos to three successive victories to launch his first SPL campaign in sensational style, has signed seven players since his arrival in the hot seat – and he’s targeted another two before the transfer window slams shut at the end of this month. He was on a spying mission in Scandinavia in midweek to see the Czech Republic take on Sweden and is keen to make more moves to supplement his squad within the next fortnight. “There is a long way to go but we have done phenomenally well so far,” he said.

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