Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 10, 2005

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* Gladiators win and lose battles, not emperors
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* BBC NEWS | UK | The affair that rocked the FA
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* Independent Online Edition > Legal
* Big hopes in small-town Switzerland
* The Peninsula On-line: Qatar’s leading English Daily
* McAllister has no time for a Greek tragedy
* SOCCER: England can be world beaters – Eriksson
* Joyous postscript to tales of goal famine and lost luggage
* Russia Pushes Its Luck With 0-0 Draw Against Portugal
* ABC Sport – Football – Knights shock Mariners in Gosford
* ABC Sport – Football – Adelaide use their Brain to down Victory

Gladiators win and lose battles, not emperors
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 9, 2005
I am no lover of his methods and I have no coaching badges. I don’t know what, if any, instructions he issued to his team, but I do know he didn’t tie their legs together. Rooney started on the left of the attack, not the left of the defence. If anyone was playing out of position, it was marginal. No square pegs in round holes. The best creative players are adaptable and none of the Premiership’s four Champions League giants favour bog-standard 4-4-2 anyway. Whether chiefs outnumber indians to the detriment of the midfield mix is another matter, but it is a question of pruning, not weeding… Eriksson has always supervised rather than managed this squad. He has given them everything they have wanted. When they asked for diamonds at Euro 2004, he gave them their chosen formation there, too. When they got militant about Rio Ferdinand’s exclusion two years ago, he wouldn’t hear a word against them. Like it or not, his regime has accepted and promoted player power and will therefore succeed or fall by the power of the players’ performances. It’s up to the men on the ground now.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 9, 2005
Holland, Portugal, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic have almost certainly earned their berths for Germany 2006 following their exploits but it was Lawrie Sanchez?s Northern Irish team who stole the limelight. By contrast their Irish neighbours, the Republic of Ireland could not emulate them and went down 1-0 at home to France leaving them with an uphill task to qualify for the finals. It was only Northern Ireland?s seventh victory over England in 98 meetings, their first since 1972 and almost certainly the most surprising. Healy?s well-taken 74th-minute goal was enough to give Northern Ireland a memorable victory, only four days after they beat Azerbaijan to claim their first competitive win in four years. It was the first time England had lost a qualifier for a major tournament since Eriksson took over as head coach at the start of 2001. England can still qualify automatically for Germany if they win their two remaining games in Group Six, against Austria and Poland, both of which are at home… Meanwhile Northern Irelands dreams of qualification ended long ago, but that hardly mattered at a jubilant Windsor Park. Steve Davis supplied Healy, who pulled the ball down just inside the box before slotting home his 19th international goal past keeper Paul Robinson. For England?s increasingly embattled manager Sven-Goran Eriksson it was he claimed his worst experience in the job which has seen him take England to the 2000 World Cup quarter-finals and the Euro 2004 last eight. ?It is understandable that England fans spent much of the second-half chanting, ?Sack the Swede?. ?I ?m not going to resign,? he insisted defiantly. ?I?m going to try to make it right, to look forward and try to win the last two games. ? Beckham said the defeat was embarrassing.

BBC NEWS | UK | The affair that rocked the FA
BBC News – Sep 9, 2005
It follows a high profile hearing which re-opened an episode which had rocked English football’s governing body. News of the FA secretary’s affairs with England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and chief executive Mark Palios generated endless yards of newspaper coverage, just months after England’s unfortunate exit from Euro 2004. Ms Alam claimed that she had only resigned from the FA because her position had been made untenable and that she had been unfairly dismissed. She also claimed breach of contract. But it was perhaps her claim at the tribunal that she was sexually harassed by FA executive director David Davies that was most shocking… We had a great rapport and I didn’t find him difficult to work for. ”

Recalled to the tribunal on 28 June this year, shortly after the interview was finally published, Ms Alam said she stood by both sets of words. “I’m not being deceitful. I stand by what I said last year and I stand by what I said this year. ”

The tribunal also heard evidence from Colin Gibson, who had been the FA’s director of communications, on perhaps the thorniest aspect of the scandal. News management

It heard how Mr Gibson was taped by the News of the World attempting to do a deal with them to try to keep Mark Palios’ name out of any stories. Unfortunately, Ms Alam refused to do an interview with the tabloid and it decided printing Mr Gibson’s failed efforts at news management would make an equally entertaining story.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Sep 10, 2005
Following their impressive 1-1 draw at home to France last night, the Swiss can virtually guarantee top spot in European qualifying group four – and an automatic berth at next year’s finals in Germany – by beating Brian Kerr’s side at Lansdowne Road. Unbeaten in 12 games, Kuhn’s men will also be on something of a roll against their hosts on Wednesday. They beat Ireland home and away during their successful qualifying campaign for Euro 2004 before drawing 1-1 in in their September 2004 World Cup qualifier in Basel. “We’ll certainly bear in mind the fact that we beat Ireland the last time we played them in Dublin,” Kuhn said today following the Swiss team’s return to their rural training camp on the outskirts of Zurich.  ”But we will also be aware that we’ll be taking on a team who are not easy to beat, who throw everything they have into their matches and who possess a great fighting spirit. “The atmosphere in Dublin will be like a cauldron but there will be pressure on the Irish too as they have to win to have any chance of reaching the finals.  ”I think it will come down to which team has recovered best from Saturday’s matches, who has the better stamina and who copes best with the situation… They beat Ireland home and away during their successful qualifying campaign for Euro 2004 before drawing 1-1 in in their September 2004 World Cup qualifier in Basel. “We’ll certainly bear in mind the fact that we beat Ireland the last time we played them in Dublin,” Kuhn said today following the Swiss team’s return to their rural training camp on the outskirts of Zurich.  ”But we will also be aware that we’ll be taking on a team who are not easy to beat, who throw everything they have into their matches and who possess a great fighting spirit. “The atmosphere in Dublin will be like a cauldron but there will be pressure on the Irish too as they have to win to have any chance of reaching the finals.  ”I think it will come down to which team has recovered best from Saturday’s matches, who has the better stamina and who copes best with the situation. Unlike Ireland, Switzerland would be guaranteed at least a play-off spot as group runners-up in the event of a draw – although Kuhn is playing down any effect this might have on his tactics. “Our primary aim will of course be to win,” said the coach, who will turn 62 on the day of the match.

Independent Online Edition > Legal
Independent – Sep 10, 2005
The clash between the 39-year-old personal assistant and English football’s “blazerati” give rise to a catalogue of colourful revelations about her liaisons with Mr Eriksson, on the eve of the Euro 2004 tournament, and the then FA chief executive, Mark Palios. In e-mails referring to Mr Eriksson as “Sugar” and Mr Palios as “Pretty Polly”, she gave explicit details of England manager’s sexual prowess. She also said her boss, the FA executive director, David Davies, sexually harassed her throughout her employment. But the employment tribunal yesterday threw out Ms Alam’s claims for constructive dismissal and sexual discrimination after lawyers for the FA claimed she had repeatedly lied to cover up affairs. The claim against Mr Davies, who is a former BBC Sport presenter, was also dismissed… But the employment tribunal yesterday threw out Ms Alam’s claims for constructive dismissal and sexual discrimination after lawyers for the FA claimed she had repeatedly lied to cover up affairs. The claim against Mr Davies, who is a former BBC Sport presenter, was also dismissed. Mr Davies had expressed “astonishment” at the claims against him, which appeared to contradict a newspaper interview in which Ms Alam, who had been claiming compensation of about £30,000, denied her boss behaved inappropriately towards her. In a statement, the FA said: “We have consistently viewed the claims as unsubstantiated and without foundation. We were therefore determined to robustly defend our position. “We are delighted for David and his family. The allegations made against him were both hurtful and unfounded.

Big hopes in small-town Switzerland
SLAM! Sports – Sep 8, 2005
The Champions League – which pits Europe’s best teams against each other – uses a seeding system based on the recent performance of individual teams in the competition, and the countries in which they are based. As a result, England has four teams in this year’s 32-team group stage – three of which qualified automatically – and Thun is Switzerland’s sole participant. National team upsets – like Northern Ireland’s stunning win against England yesterday, or Greece winning Euro 2004 – are one thing, since players are borrowed from clubs, not bought. But a team like FC Thun, which has an annual budget of about $5 million, can’t expect to compete with Arsenal, named by Forbes magazine as the seventh-richest team in the world with annual revenues of $172 million US. They might not win or even tie a single group game. But the whole town – if not the whole country – will be there to watch them try. “It will be sold out,” Stahl said of Arsenal’s visit to Bern in November.

The Peninsula On-line: Qatar’s leading English Daily
Peninsula On-line – Sep 10, 2005
PARIS: European football minnows Northern Ireland caused a sensation on Wednesday as David Healy?s goal earned a 1-0 victory which has seriously dented England?s chances of qualifying for the World Cup finals. Holland, Portugal, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic have almost certainly earned their berths for Germany 2006 following their exploits but it was Lawrie Sanchez?s Northern Irish team who stole the limelight. By contrast their Irish neighbours, the Republic of Ireland could not emulate them and went down 1-0 at home to France leaving them with an uphill task to qualify for the finals. It was only Northern Ireland?s seventh victory over England in 98 meetings, their first since 1972 and almost certainly the most surprising. Healy?s well-taken 74th-minute goal was enough to give Northern Ireland a memorable victory, only four days after they beat Azerbaijan to claim their first competitive win in four years. It was the first time England had lost a qualifier for a major tournament since Eriksson took over as head coach at the start of 2001. England can still qualify automatically for Germany if they win their two remaining games in Group Six, against Austria and Poland, both of which are at home… Meanwhile Northern Irelands dreams of qualification ended long ago, but that hardly mattered at a jubilant Windsor Park. Steve Davis supplied Healy, who pulled the ball down just inside the box before slotting home his 19th international goal past keeper Paul Robinson. For England?s increasingly embattled manager Sven-Goran Eriksson it was he claimed his worst experience in the job which has seen him take England to the 2000 World Cup quarter-finals and the Euro 2004 last eight. ?It is understandable that England fans spent much of the second-half chanting, ?Sack the Swede?. I ?m not going to resign,? he insisted defiantly. I?m going to try to make it right, to look forward and try to win the last two games. ?

Beckham said the defeat was embarrassing.

McAllister has no time for a Greek tragedy
Edinburgh Evening News – Sep 9, 2005
Eager to impress the recently-appointed Gorgie chief, the 27-year-old could not have hoped for a better start to the SPL campaign. Enter Takis Fyssas. While not exactly a Greek tragedy for the former Livingston and Aberdeen star, the arrival of the Euro 2004 winner from Benfica courtesy of Vladimir Romanov’s scouting network has meant bad news for McAllister.

SOCCER: England can be world beaters – Eriksson
U.TV – UTV – Sep 10, 2005
Eriksson admits his side must improve from their faltering displays so far this season, while he accepts they must also avoid injuries to key players to make a major impact in Germany. However, he insisted their narrow 1-0 win against Austria was a “big step forward” after the defeats by Denmark and Northern Ireland, and his belief in his players has not been shaken… “The achievement vindicates all the hard work that has been done by Sven and his squad. I know just how much England fans up and down the country enjoy watching their team playing in major tournaments. “Next summer will be no different and we look forward to a repeat of the incredible, unrivalled support the team received in Euro 2004.

Joyous postscript to tales of goal famine and lost luggage
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Sep 9, 2005
Rumours of it raining goals proved unfounded. In the press box that day, the blood appeared to be draining from Malcolm Brodie, the highly respected Irish journalist who has covered Northern Ireland for more than half a century. The great man’s thermals could not prevent the cold of an Armenian spring afternoon creeping into every joint. To suggest that this was one of the more enjoyable occasions for a Northern Ireland correspondent might be a trifle misleading. Reporting on Northern Ireland requires a specialist survival kit. A thick skin, for climate and criticism; fortitude and a strong constitution for the compulsory drowning of sorrows in Irish bars from Crete to Copenhagen; fake contact lenses with active centres to conceal the glazed look that engulfs the senses during extended periods of boredom, ie, 1,298 minutes without scoring a goal, and, of course, an optimism that might attract a visit from the men in white coats after four years without a victory in meaningful competition… When McIlroy began the Euro 2004 campaign with a game away to Spain in October 2002, the squad, the fans and the press corps went to Valencia. Sadly, the training kit and some football boots headed for Madrid. Then Barcelona, before being reunited with their owners two days later. Even a victory over Malta in October 2001, the last occasion that the side had completed back-to-back wins was disrupted by turbulence, literally, on the return trip. So is it any wonder the green wig mops jigged and drank in the streets of Belfast into the small hours on Wednesday night after their team beat England at Windsor Park for the first time in 78 years? Can you blame the likes of David Healy, the match-winner, for celebrating as if they had won the World Cup rather than secured fourth place in group six? Or the journalists who have witnessed the bad in Baku and the ugly in Ukraine for punching the air when Healy scored? “As a practising Christian I believe in David and Goliath and I was praying to God that that would happen and it did,” Stuart Elliott, the Hull City forward, said.

Russia Pushes Its Luck With 0-0 Draw Against Portugal
St Petersburg Times, Russia – Sep 9, 2005
?With Slovakia?s game against Latvia finishing 1-1 on Wednesday, Russia will almost certainly have to beat the Slovaks in Bratislava in its last game on Oct. 12 to get one of the playoff spots, which are handed to the second-place finishers in each group. The Russian team?s fate has been entwined with Portugal since a 2-0 defeat at Euro 2004 that knocked it out of the tournament and a humiliating 7-1 defeat in Lisbon last year, which ushered in Syomin as coach after Georgy Yartsev was fired. With Dynamo Moscow more Portuguese than many of Portuguese league sides and Dynamo?s Portuguese midfielder Maniche making less-than-flattering remarks about the Russian Premier League a few days ago, the game had a certain grudge factor. Even before the sending off, Russia had been pushed back after a promising 20 minutes that saw it play the ball around, with strong runs coming from Smertin and Marat Izmailov, until Portugal?s class began to show. With only one attacker, Syomin had picked a defense-minded side, but neither team looked particularly set to score. Alexander Kerzhakov had the best chance after a typical St… His expulsion opened up the game in the second half. Although Portugal dominated, Russia, with Arshavin again to the fore, was able to create more chances on the break than in the whole of the first half. Diniyar Bilyatedinov even pulled off a zig-zag run from midfield that Ronaldo would have been proud of ? although it did not lead to a clear chance, much like many of the Manchester United winger?s runs. With the draw, Russia has 19 points in 10 games, with Portugal five points ahead and almost certain to claim automatic qualification. Russia, its chances for qualification growing slimmer by the game, hosts Luxembourg on Oct. More stories by this section:.

ABC Sport – Football – Knights shock Mariners in Gosford
abc.net.au – Sep 10, 2005
The Kiwis claimed their first win of the new competition on the back of late goals to Simon Yeo and Sean Devine and some heroic goalkeeping by Danny Milosevic in front of 5,231 people at Central Coast Stadium. The Knights had all the early running and were unlucky not to open the scoring inside 10 minutes when Danny Hay struck the post after connecting with a Steve Fitzsimmons cross. Yeo and midfielder Joshua Rose also came close with shots going just wide before former Leeds United player Milosevic made twin reflex saves to deny Mariners captain Noel Spencer and Stewart Petrie at the other end. Petrie missed out again when Milosevic brilliantly parried his header in the 30th minute, and the Knights keeper ensured it was scoreless at the break when he saved an effort from Andre Gumprecht. Central Coast continued to pose questions of the New Zealand defence early in the second half but the Knights conjured a freakish goal out of nowhere. Milosevic could not be kept out of the match with his booming goal kick bouncing over the top of the Mariners defence and into the path of striker Yeo who headed the ball over Mariners keeper John Crawley… Petrie missed out again when Milosevic brilliantly parried his header in the 30th minute, and the Knights keeper ensured it was scoreless at the break when he saved an effort from Andre Gumprecht. Central Coast continued to pose questions of the New Zealand defence early in the second half but the Knights conjured a freakish goal out of nowhere. Milosevic could not be kept out of the match with his booming goal kick bouncing over the top of the Mariners defence and into the path of striker Yeo who headed the ball over Mariners keeper John Crawley. Substitute Devine followed up 11 minutes later, calmly slotting the his shot past Crawley to seal the result. The Mariners won the preseason cup, but now have one win, one draw and one loss from their A-League campaign to date.

ABC Sport – Football – Adelaide use their Brain to down Victory
abc.net.au – Sep 9, 2005
United’s second triumph of the season moved them to the top of the ladder while the Victory are yet to record a win despite playing some impressive football this season. A tight match was always in store for these two sides after their three matches in the preseason were scoreless draws. It did not take Adelaide long to make an impact, with the ball sent out wide from the kick-off to Richie Alagich who delivered the ball into the danger zone. The Victory were unable to cope with the threat, with Travis Dodd feeding the ball to Brain who stabbed it into the back of the net. Alagich soon turned villain though, becoming the first player to be sent off in the competition when he was given a straight red card for a dangerous sliding tackle in the 15th minute. United somehow held on to win though with Victory spurning a host of chances. Michael Ferrante and Kristian Sarkies both had long-range efforts tipped over the bar by Adelaide goalkeeper Daniel Beltrame in the first half, while Vince Lia came close to equalising five minutes after the break but pushed his header wide.

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