Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 11, 2005

Scotland enjoy a new dawn

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The News Review:

* UEFA EURO 2008: Thousand days to EURO 2008™
* Eriksson may stay on after World Cup
* Scotland: McNamara set for Scots U-turn
* Scotland enjoy a new dawn
* Thun fail in bid for fat, Bolton reserve
* Jubilant Poles believe they will advance to Germany-Sport-Football…
* WORLD CUP 2006: History smiles on Turkey
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific

UEFA EURO 2008: Thousand days to EURO 2008™ – Sep 9, 2005
news – UEFA EURO 2008: Thousand days to EURO 2008?. 00CET on 7 June 2008, while co-hosts Austria will begin their campaign with a game in Vienna… The qualifying campaign, with 50 teams drawn into seven groups, continues until November 2007. In all, 14 sides ? the winners and runners-up in each group ? will go through to the final round to join the Swiss and Austrian co-hosts. Major event”A thousand days sounds a long way away, but in reality it is not a lot of time,” said Austrian Football Association president Friedrich Stickler and his Swiss Football Association counterpart Ralph Zloczower in a joint statement. “Preparations for this major event are already in full swing. Before we know it, the opening ceremony will be on top of us. Austria and Switzerland are really looking forward to EURO 2008? and to sharing the experience of this festival of football.

Eriksson may stay on after World Cup – Sep 11, 2005
Though Eriksson’s contract at Soho Square ties him to the England position until Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, it had been widely anticipated that the former Lazio coach would seek a return to club management at the end of next summer’s World Cup finals in Germany. With public support for Eriksson seemingly on the wane… ”I think so because he likes his job, that’s for sure. For me, it would be absolutely perfect because I love my job. “While not going so far as to claim that Eriksson will lead England to World Cup glory for the first time in 40 years, Thompson is confident that the present team can emulate the feats of England’s rugby players and cricketers by mounting a serious challenge in Germany. England, who face Argentina in Geneva on Saturday, will travel to Germany with high expectations of improving on their disappointing performances in recent World Cup finals which have seen them return after the second round in France in 1998 and the quarter-finals three years ago. Thompson said: “We do have an opportunity now in the World Cup and it would be a marvellous achievement for the whole of the country if we won. We have seen when we won the rugby World Cup and when we won the Ashes what a difference a national team makes to the country. “I remember us winning the World Cup in 1966 and to do that again in my period of office would be fantastic and almost unbelievable.

Scotland: McNamara set for Scots U-turn
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Sep 11, 2005
MUST BE IN THE HEAD. getTime()); Scotland: McNamara set for Scots U-turn | Football – Times Online… “I had it when we were away and I explained my feeling to him and he said that was fine. When you are talking about another World Cup, that’s a different thing, but we are talking about the European championships. ” McNamara also confirmed that he has not reached a decision. “I was asked if it was my last World Cup and I said, ‘I would think so’. As soon as I said that, that was me retired but that’s not right yet. ” Smith will retain the majority of the eight 30-somethings involved in last week’s squad for his first full campaign as manager. McNamara, David Weir, Graham Alexander, Christian Dailly and Steven Pressley are key components in the solid defensive structure he has built, while Neil McCann, Rab Douglas and Brian O’Neil are squad players.

Scotland enjoy a new dawn – Sep 11, 2005
Pre-Smith, two points from the opening three games in Group Five left the Scots in a parlous position. Most of us had written off an appearance in Germany as a pipedream. Smith’s real test was to come in the qualifying for Euro 2008. Instead, and this is partially due to the shortcomings of Norway, Slovenia and Belarus, Scotland are back in with a reasonable shout. Two wins from their two remaining games at home to the Belarussians and away to Slovenia, coupled with a Norwegian stumble in one of their last two matches, and a play-off place becomes a real possibility. Blind optimism is of course not a particularly Scottish trait. The 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina taught us a lot about getting carried away with ourselves, and there’s no danger of any Scot being deluded into thinking that the corner has been turned once and for all… Instead, and this is partially due to the shortcomings of Norway, Slovenia and Belarus, Scotland are back in with a reasonable shout. Two wins from their two remaining games at home to the Belarussians and away to Slovenia, coupled with a Norwegian stumble in one of their last two matches, and a play-off place becomes a real possibility. Blind optimism is of course not a particularly Scottish trait. The 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina taught us a lot about getting carried away with ourselves, and there’s no danger of any Scot being deluded into thinking that the corner has been turned once and for all. But there can no denying the fact that the garden is a lot rosier than it was five years ago, when finding a promising young Scottish player was about as hard as finding as Conservative Member of Parliament in the central belt. Things have changed since then. SPL clubs from the Old Firm down, have come to see the financial folly of breaking the bank to sign a steady stream of ordinary talent from overseas.

Thun fail in bid for fat, Bolton reserve
The Observer – Sep 11, 2005
Not exactly what the coach Urs Schoenenberger had in mind. Werner Gerber, the club’s director of sport, felt compelled to explain the situation. ‘We have been in negotiations with some of the top clubs in Europe, such as Juventus, Inter and Kaiserslautern,’ he said. ‘But we always ended up missing out on the players because of the same old reason: money. ‘Thun’s situation was exacerbated by the fact that six key players had already left the club, at one stage reducing the squad to 10… But the most important thing is that Thun’s anachronistic approach is working. And a point or a win at Highbury would contribute further to the upbeat feeling pervading Swiss football at the moment. The national team are top of their World Cup qualifying group, with France to visit next month, while the preparations for Euro 2008 are going swimmingly. ‘This is a good moment for Swiss football,’ Schoenenberger said. ‘I just hope it lasts. html> Observer sections _______________________.

Jubilant Poles believe they will advance to Germany-Sport-Football…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Sep 8, 2005
After signing off with a victory in their final home match in the group, the Poland players and supporters enjoyed a love-in while their enthusiastic Tannoy announcer told them: “We could be through. ” Then he urged them to wait for an update while he, presumably, struggled to work out the permutations of the group system. It transpired that qualification was not yet secure, even if they are likely to progress as one of the two best-placed second teams at the very least, but that did not stop the joyous scenes. The travelling Wales fans predictably lent their voices to the celebrations, singing the praises of Northern Ireland while mocking their more immediate neighbours, and, while John Toshack was less willing to gloat at England’s expense, he left little doubt about his belief that Poland were five points clear at the top of the group on merit. “If you look at all the groups in Europe, there’s only Portugal who have scored more goals than Poland,” the Wales manager said. “They’re a very good side. ” England will remain confident of securing first place in the group by beating Poland at Old Trafford on October 12, but, to judge from the two countries’ performances in beating Wales over the past four days, Eriksson’s team will have their work cut out.

WORLD CUP 2006: History smiles on Turkey – Sep 11, 2005
However such statistics are old hat and bear no relevance to the latest match-up. Switzerland: pulling out all the stops before the return legWith their last appearance at a FIFA World Cup back in 1994 now a distant memory, the Swiss set out with high hopes for the 2006 qualification campaign. With only two years to go before they co-host Euro 2008 with neighbours Austria, the stage was set for Switzerland to show just how far they have come. The landlocked nation did just that in Europe?s Group 4 and were only a whisker away from landing top spot, which was secured in the final game by France. Now, with one toe in the door, the last thing Kobi Kuhn’s men want is for it all to go up in smoke. The draw could have been kinder. With the second leg in Turkey, the Swiss will have to do all they can to put as much light between themselves and their opponents this Saturday in Berne… Indeed, the Swiss will be banking on the Rennes man and his young striking partner Johan Vonlanthen of NAC Breda to come up with the goods. Turkey: time to show what they’re made ofIf Turkey?s FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign seems a far cry from the ranking they achieved during their adventures in the Far East in 2002, their saving grace has been their terrific away form which all but secured their play-off place. In a tough Group 2 that included Ukraine, Denmark, Greece, Albania and Kazakhstan, the Turks did not lose a single match on their travels, notching up four victories and two draws. It is this strength that the Turks hope to muster for their final two tests. The Swiss can expect to come up against a well-organised counter-attacking Turkish side in Berne. Although Turkey are renowned for the passionate intimidating atmosphere their fans generate at home, a good performance by their team in the away leg will help put them well on the way to the finals. They have a few trump cards, including top goal scorer Fatih Tekke who has bagged seven goals en route to the play-offs.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific – Sep 7, 2005
It was much easier for the centre defender to pick them up, but when Palotás stopped some 15 metres behind the defender’s line, none of the defenders knew what to do. ‘Technically perfect’”To be a centre striker in this form you must be a really good player,” he added. “Not everyone fits in this style but he was the one for whom it was invented. Péter was strong but he was also technically perfect. I was a right-winger and I know the difference between a good pass and a perfect pass. He did the latter, and with it he had a perfect shot. He also knew how to time his runs, meet a cross and thereby create a chance on his own. – Sep 9, 2005
It is the first time a stadium has been closed as a disciplinary measure for a racist act. Fan misconductThe original fine of €16,500, imposed on Steaua by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Committee, was prompted by supporters making “monkey sounds” at Irish side Shelbourne FC’s substitute Joseph Ndo in the final minutes of the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round second leg. It was acknowledged at the appeals hearing, on the basis of the evidence submitted, that the club did not do enough against this kind of misconduct among its fans. Racist conductIn another case, UEFA’s appeal has been rejected by the Appeals Body in a hearing dealing with the racist conduct of Bulgarian team CSKA Sofia’s supporters at another Champions League qualifier. Fine confirmedEuropean football’s governing body had asked the Appeals Body to reconsider the punishment handed down by the Control and Disciplinary Committee which saw CSKA fined €19,500 for the behaviour of their fans during the home leg of the third qualifying round tie against Liverpool FC. The fine has been confirmed. Racist abuseIt was established that there were various incidences of firecrackers being let off at the stadium, and it was noted that Liverpool striker Djibril Cissé came in for racist abuse during the latter stages of the game.

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