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September 19, 2005

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The News Review:

* Rooney’s talent obscured by red mist
* William, the footballer prince, to become FA president
* Cautious approach plays into champions’ hands
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* Ronaldinho & Rooney scoop awards
* From The Sunday Times
* ESPNsoccernet – MLS – Wizards sign Finland forward Sumiala
* The player ratings | The Champions League, Uefa Cup, Intertoto Cup |…

Rooney’s talent obscured by red mist
TVNZ – Sep 16, 2005
A weekago, he was booked for elbowing Northern Ireland’s Keith Gillespieand had a verbal spat on the pitch with David Beckham as theEngland captain tried to dispel the red mist in a World Cupqualifier. Thursday’sred card for sarcastically applauding Danish referee Kim MiltonNielsen in their 0-0 draw at Villarreal showed the samerecklessness as the wayward tackle. Unitedmanager Alex Ferguson will not be happy at losing his biggestattacking threat for the Benfica game at Old Trafford, but isunlikely give him the famed ‘hair-dryer treatment’. “You can’tapplaud a referee,” said Ferguson, who went on to make the nowfamiliar argument — also used by England manager Sven-GoranEriksson – that Rooney is just a youngster. “He’s ayoung lad of 19 years of age and we hope that with maturity thesethings will evaporate,” he said. “We hope to retain his strengthsand good points and eradicate the bad ones. So far,Rooney has shown himself to be a much slower learner in terms ofcontrolling his temper than in his footballing technique, which issimply bristling with talent… So far,Rooney has shown himself to be a much slower learner in terms ofcontrolling his temper than in his footballing technique, which issimply bristling with talent. Erikssonand England team mates have often played up Rooney’s complete lackof big-match nerves and a boyish enthusiasm for the game whichenables him to play it as if he were still at school. “It’s likehe’s going out on a school pitch and saying ‘give me the ball and Iwill enjoy myself’,” Eriksson said at Euro 2004. Unfortunately, Rooney sometimes treats opponents and ChampionsLeague match officials as if they really were on a nameless muddypitch with no nets on Merseyside – and not everyone sees a pressingneed for that to change. “It is acliche, but if you took that edge away from Wayne he wouldn’t bethe same player. I’d rather have the Wayne Rooney we have now thanany other,” team mate Rio Ferdinand told the ManchesterEvening News. “He willlearn from positive and negative things that happen to him.

William, the footballer prince, to become FA president
Guardian Unlimited – Sep 17, 2005
This week, he also became patron of one of his late mother’s favourite charities, Centrepoint, which works with homeless youngsters. The second in line to the throne is virtually the only member of the family ever to have evinced any interest in the national game and has played it, in house matches at Eton and for a Sunday league team while at St Andrews. He supports Aston Villa, not one of the game’s most glamorous teams, currently nestling in the lower reaches of the Premiership, but is equally enthusiastic about rugby, and is perhaps better known as a polo player… It is also the national sport and generates extraordinary passion among millions of people. It certainly did last year for me when I followed England with my friends during Euro 2004 and will no doubt do so again during the World Cup in Germany. “The prince will succeed his uncle – who was criticised last year for not turning up often enough to support England – next May, just in time for the World Cup in Germany. The duke, who became the FA president in 2000, said: “I am certain Prince William will be a real asset to the organisation, particularly in his ability to demonstrate the benefits of participation in football to young players. “The FA needs an injection of youthful wholesomeness following weeks during which the game has been eclipsed by cricket. The 142-year-old FA itself has recently been tarnished by revelations of sexual shenanigans.

Cautious approach plays into champions’ hands
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 19, 2005
The new obsession with playing one up, a tactic that brought the modest Greeks such rich reward at Euro 2004, has influenced managerial thinking in England. One manager’s 4-5-1 is another’s 4-3-3 and the set-up of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team was more adventurous than Benitez’s. “Liverpool set their stall out to make it very difficult to break them down, but we had enough quality to do something about it,” Ferguson said. “We lacked a cutting edge. ” Gerrard argued that Liverpool had to beware the breakaway threat contained in the flying feet of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo… An American flag was waved on the Kop, poking fun at the Glazers’ club with the message: “We’ve only got five stars. ” Old Glory met new joy from Istanbul with a long official UEFA banner purloined from the Ataturk stadium. United fans were not to be outdone or outsung. “City of Culture, you’re having a laugh,” they chorused. Culture? The closest yesterday came to art was in the paint-drying department. Frustratingly for a packed house and tens of millions more watching on television around the world, the usual creative springs ran dry.

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Press-Enterprise – Press-Enterprise (subscription) – Sep 17, 2005
Wayne Rooney, the 19-year-old Manchester United star who burst onto the international scene in Euro 2004, was booked in England’s embarrassing 1-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Northern Ireland. He was also sent off after clapping sarcastically in referee Kim Nielsen’s face in Manchester United’s scoreless draw at Villarreal in a Champions League match this week. Because of his recent antics, he won’t be on the pitch at all for England’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria next month. Against Northern Ireland, Rooney was booked for a rough challenge on Keith Gillespie, and when English skipper David Beckham tried to calm the teenager down, Rooney was visibly angry at his teammate. Against Villarreal Rooney was booked for a foul, and when he realized he was booked he angrily clapped mere inches from Nielsen… "If Rooney keeps showing referees such a lack of respect, he’ll find it hard to stay on the pitch. " Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the English Professional Footballers’ Association, said Rooney could use professional help. "There is a great talent there and you just do not want to see it wasted for the sake of poor temperament," Taylor told Agence France Presse. "You hope that with the advice and help from his manager and teammates, Wayne will realize losing his temper like that is counter-productive. " In his short career with Everton and Manchester United as well as with the English national team, Rooney has been yellow-carded 33 times and sent off twice. Borgetti: ¡Viva México! Jared Borgetti celebrated Mexican Independence Day in style. After a summer filled with goals and milestones, the Mexican national team star scored his first European goal Thursday, an injury-time game-winner as Bolton Wanderers beat Bulgarian outfit Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2-1.

Ronaldinho & Rooney scoop awards
BBC News – Sep 19, 2005
Ronaldinho was the 2004 Fifa World Player of the Year and was instrumental in Barcelona’s La Liga triumph last season. And the Brazil international said of his FIFPro triumph: “I’m delighted to win this award. ”

The 25-year-old added that he was not surprised three Chelsea players had made the World XI. “The Premiership is one of the best and strongest leagues in the world. “Chelsea, together with Real Madrid, AC Milan, Barcelona and Liverpool, are the best teams in the world. ”

Rooney has endured a difficult week after his red card playing for Manchester United in their Champions League draw at Villarreal last Wednesday. But he was a star performer for England at Euro 2004 and last season for Manchester United after his transfer from Everton… “Chelsea, together with Real Madrid, AC Milan, Barcelona and Liverpool, are the best teams in the world. ”

Rooney has endured a difficult week after his red card playing for Manchester United in their Champions League draw at Villarreal last Wednesday. But he was a star performer for England at Euro 2004 and last season for Manchester United after his transfer from Everton. And after receiving the award the 19-year-old said: “It is a great honour and I would like to thank all the players who voted for me. “My team-mates have been fantastic since I’ve moved to Manchester United and I’m always trying to get better as a player. ”

England colleague Lampard believes Rooney should ignore recent criticism of his aggressive style and continue to play the same way he always does. “He’s got an edge to his game and if you lose it you lose a lot of Wayne,” said Lampard.

From The Sunday Times
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Sep 18, 2005
Inevitably, this has led to conflicts with others within the organisation who believe he is going outside his remit. Last year Kerr was forced to defend himself against allegations that he was refusing to let go fully of his old job as youth manager. “I have ideas about how things should be done, so why not share them?” he said then. “I don’t want to be sitting in an ivory tower in Merrion Square or somewhere else thinking these things, saying it just to a few people and leaving it like that. I want to go out and get busy. I want to be there to get my hands dirty and if people want to bounce things off me. ” It wasn’t the first time that Kerr has been caught up in a row over the power the international manager should have… Kerr became disillusioned and angered by Rooney’s failure to respond to what he considered to be the legitimate demands of the senior international manager and on a number of occasions he turned to Delaney for help. He wasn’t satisfied with the response he received there, either. Such was the drift within the organisation that when Kerr went to Euro 2004 as an observer, he found he had been given seats allocated to fans and had to rely on Sir Alex Ferguson’s good offices to get upgraded. When Rooney eventually resigned last November, it was the signal for Delaney to make his move into the most powerful position in the organisation. Under considerable twisting of arms by the sports minister John O’Donoghue, alarmed at how millions of euros of public funds were being spent by the organisation, Delaney was only appointed on an interim basis and the FAI were forced to advertise the full-time post. There then followed one of the most interesting developments in the saga of the Delaney-Kerr relationship: both men started speaking nicely about each other. In January, reports started circulating that Kerr was seeking the security of a new contract, even though his present one wasn’t due to run out until the end of the present World Cup campaign.

ESPNsoccernet – MLS – Wizards sign Finland forward Sumiala
go.com – Sep 15, 2005
css); Updated: Sep. 15, 2005Wizards add more firepower ESPNsoccernet News Services KANSAS CITY, MO — Kansas City Wizards General Manager Curt Johnson announced Wednesday that the team has signed Finland International forward Antti Sumiala to a multi-year contract. Per team and League policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed… A native of Pori, Finland, Sumiala has also be a contributor to the Finnish National Team where he has earned 38 caps and scored nine goals. He made his international debut in 1992 at the age of 18 and went on to lead his countrymen in scoring during Qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. He was also a part of the Finland team that took part in qualifying for Euro 2004. To make room on the 18-man roster, the Wizards waived midfielder Khari Stephenson. Stephenson joined the Wizards in April of 2004 in a trade with the Chicago Fire. He appeared in nine regular season matches, including one start, and appeared in four postseason matches for the Wizards last season, where he scored his only goal as a professional.

The player ratings | The Champions League, Uefa Cup, Intertoto Cup |…
eleven-a-side.com – Sep 16, 2005
com player ratings. Michael Devine: Man of the Match performance from the eircom League?s top keeper. Will not be accustomed to so much action behind the eircom League?s tightest defence, but a succession of world-class saves kept Cork in the tie. 9
Neal Horgan: Struggled to contain Svento and Pitak down his flank throughout. Nervy in possession, the right back will have better nights. 6
Danny Murphy: Caught in possession for one big chance for Slavia in the first half, but generally sound all night. 7
Alan Bennett: Passed a fitness test to take his place, but like partner Murray, struggled to contain the livewire attack of Pitak and Hrdlicka.

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