Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 11, 2005

Scotland 0 Belarus 1: Belarus send Smith home to think again

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The News Review:

* Scots look nervously at next qualifying task
* Winning attitude needed by Scotland, Burns says
* Vogts axe came too late
* Scotland 0 Belarus 1: Belarus send Smith home to think again
* Paper View: Sven’s seeing things
* Without a Kerr in the whole world
* McCall targets manager’s job
* UEFA European U-21 C’ship – News & Features – News…
* FIFA WORLD CUP: The very best of Beckham
* Armenian News – PanARMENIAN.Net | Armenian News Agency – Armenia…
* FIFA World Cup – Fixtures & Results – Match specific
* ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – England v Austria Preview
* EVERTON: PER HAPPY TO BE PATIENT
* From tragedy to talent flow-Sport-Football-TimesOnline
* UEFA Futsal Cup – News

Scots look nervously at next qualifying task
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 10, 2005
Not only that, but the result increases the prospect of a tougher qualifying draw for Euro 2008. In terms of a place in Germany, the Scots resembled Colditz escapees who had burrowed for months under the castle wall only to discover that the light at the end of the tunnel is the guardhouse lamp. The Tartan Army will not fan out over Germany next summer and the womenfolk of that country will be spared the lesson that authentic kilt-wearers go commando, as the saying has it. But World Cup withdrawal symptoms are not the greatest of Scotland’s worries now that they are excluded from June’s festivities. Fast forward to January 27 in Montreux and the draw for Euro 2008.

Winning attitude needed by Scotland, Burns says
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 11, 2005
” Burns expects Smith to keep the core of the present squad, even though several are over the age of 30. “Who’s going to come in and take their place?” he asked. “But that is not a reason for being complacent. I am sure someone from the younger age group will pop up but we want this squad to get us to Euro 2008. ” One player eager to make an impact in Slovenia is James McFadden. The Everton player was left on the bench against Belarus, but with Barry Ferguson out through suspension and Lee McCulloch sent back to his club, Wigan Athletic, with an injured toe, there is a window of opportunity for McFadden in midfield. “It was frustrating not to play, because it was a big occasion that I wanted to be part of,” McFadden said.

Vogts axe came too late
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 9, 2005
A resignation letter that blithely blamed the media but thanked Taylor and McBeth for the support was indictment they could probably have done without. This bitter end could have been avoided for both them and Scotland if the SFA had acted more decisively on the evidence of the friendly defeats. While Italy were always going to win the group, second place may not have been beyond Scotland if Smith had been in charge from the outset, bringing the improvements in communication, organisation and spirit that he did in taking eight points from a possible 12 in the two double headers that followed his initial defeat in Italy. To the new manager’s credit, he has been inclined to look forwards rather than backwards since taking over last January. Continuity is liable to be the key as he approaches the Euro 2008 qualifiers next autumn. He will hope to retain the services of experienced defenders such as David Weir and Jackie McNamara for as long as possible so the likes of Andy Webster, Gary Caldwell, Mark Wilson and Steven Whittaker can learn beside these players. The midfield should be safe in the hands of players such as Barry Ferguson, Darren Fletcher and Paul Hartley for the next four years… While Italy were always going to win the group, second place may not have been beyond Scotland if Smith had been in charge from the outset, bringing the improvements in communication, organisation and spirit that he did in taking eight points from a possible 12 in the two double headers that followed his initial defeat in Italy. To the new manager’s credit, he has been inclined to look forwards rather than backwards since taking over last January. Continuity is liable to be the key as he approaches the Euro 2008 qualifiers next autumn. He will hope to retain the services of experienced defenders such as David Weir and Jackie McNamara for as long as possible so the likes of Andy Webster, Gary Caldwell, Mark Wilson and Steven Whittaker can learn beside these players. The midfield should be safe in the hands of players such as Barry Ferguson, Darren Fletcher and Paul Hartley for the next four years. Young strikers will probably go in and out of fashion according to their club form, although Smith may seek to establish an international partnership rather than continuing with a sole striker. Kenny Miller had rightly established himself as that striker with four goals in his last four games for his country but yesterday’s performance was more miss than hit and Scotland need to find goals from other sources as only Moldova have scored fewer in the section.

Scotland 0 Belarus 1: Belarus send Smith home to think again
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 9, 2005
Walter Smith’s team never recovered from conceding a goal on six minutes, showing a lack of composure as they attempted to retrieve the win required to test Norway’s nerve in the final set of group matches on Wednesday. After creating nothing of note in a desperately disappointing first half, they did at least make chances in the second but could not take them. Kenny Miller, scorer of three goals against Italy and Norway last month, scorned two presentable opportunities to close to within a game of equalling Colin Stein’s 36-year record of netting in five consecutive internationals after the half-time introduction of Shaun Maloney belatedly brought some life to Scotland’s attacks. Scotland have only lost four World Cup qualifiers at home in the past 40 years but two of those reverses have come in the current campaign, this defeat coming exactly a year after the loss by the same score to Norway. Among the many things on Smith’s to-do list before Euro 2008 qualifying starts will be making the stadium to which he used to walk as a boy with his father from the family home in Carmyle, a forbidding one for other countries to visit. Scotland always seemed to be chasing their tails after their bad start, unable to recover the belief and momentum they had previously built since Smith succeeded Berti Vogts as manager… Kenny Miller, scorer of three goals against Italy and Norway last month, scorned two presentable opportunities to close to within a game of equalling Colin Stein’s 36-year record of netting in five consecutive internationals after the half-time introduction of Shaun Maloney belatedly brought some life to Scotland’s attacks. Scotland have only lost four World Cup qualifiers at home in the past 40 years but two of those reverses have come in the current campaign, this defeat coming exactly a year after the loss by the same score to Norway. Among the many things on Smith’s to-do list before Euro 2008 qualifying starts will be making the stadium to which he used to walk as a boy with his father from the family home in Carmyle, a forbidding one for other countries to visit. Scotland always seemed to be chasing their tails after their bad start, unable to recover the belief and momentum they had previously built since Smith succeeded Berti Vogts as manager. Vitaly Kutuzov’s goal was like a pin pricking through the expectation with which Hampden had inflated beforehand. Although Scotland had an early flurry in which Vasily Khomutovsky, the Belarus goalkeeper, had to save a shot from an acute angle on the left by Miller and Ian Murray’ s follow-up was charged down, Denis Kovba’s surge from the right-wing went unchecked until he reached the edge of Scotland’s box. When Darren Fletcher did finally get a tackle in, it ricocheted off Christian Dailly straight into the path of Kutuzov, who took his gift calmly to total silence around the stadium.

Paper View: Sven’s seeing things
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 10, 2005
The paper also reports that according to the FA, England’s clash with Poland could have some influence on their World Cup seeding. The Daily Express repeats Sven’s boasts that the England will have a team to be feared at the World Cup. And Darren Fletcher insists Scotland’s shock defeat to Belarus was nothing more than a blip and they are still on course for their ultimate goal – qualification for Euro 2008. The Daily Mail, meanwhile, reveals that Sven – already the highest paid international coach in world football – has scooped a huge bonus for guiding England to the World Cup finals. It also tells how Eriksson described England’s performance as “brilliant”, not once but twice, before a member of the audience in the Old Trafford press room decided he had heard quite enough. “Really you must be seeing things we don’t,” he said… And Darren Fletcher insists Scotland’s shock defeat to Belarus was nothing more than a blip and they are still on course for their ultimate goal – qualification for Euro 2008. The Daily Mail, meanwhile, reveals that Sven – already the highest paid international coach in world football – has scooped a huge bonus for guiding England to the World Cup finals. It also tells how Eriksson described England’s performance as “brilliant”, not once but twice, before a member of the audience in the Old Trafford press room decided he had heard quite enough. “Really you must be seeing things we don’t,” he said.

Without a Kerr in the whole world
Irish Independent – Oct 9, 2005
” The value of football’s TV rights has come under increased scrutiny in recent months. Europe is likely to break Sky Sports’ monopoly on Premiership broadcasts and thereby reduce the value of the rights. However, Delaney does not believe that the pinch will be felt by international teams. “We’ve increased our revenues. We’re on an upward graph and I think we’ll continue on an upward graph. But the increases won’t be as significant as they were,” he says. FAI insiders suggest that they’ll be seeking increases of 10 per cent when the next deal comes up for negotiation… I think we should sit down in the coming period and discuss it,” he adds. Delaney says that he’s not using the new Lansdowne stadium as a carrot to lure a major sporting championship here. A joint bid with the Scottish FA for the Euro 2008 fell flat on its face. The FAI didn’t even submit a proposal for the Euro 2012 tournament or the U-21 championships in 2007. “While it is a lovely aspiration and admirable, it’s certainly not on the radar at the moment,” he says. Brian Kerr’s troubles are nothing compared to the problems facing the domestic clubs in the Eircom League. A recent Genesis report revealed that the clubs have a combined turnover of €14m but actually spend €17m.

McCall targets manager’s job
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 9, 2005
The Leeds-born former Everton, Rangers and Bradford midfielder, capped 40 times for Scotland because of family connections in Hamilton, still has an accent that owes more to Emmerdale than River City, but he refutes any English birthright. “I always want to see Scotsmen do well when they come down here to manage, and I’ll be no different,” he says. “I’ve not got itchy feet at the moment, but there will come a time soon when I want to branch out on my own. I’ve got the perfect job, I don’t drop the players so I don’t fall out with them and I’m everyone’s friend. I don’t have to deal with the board, I don’t have to face the media before and after games. I thoroughly enjoy the coaching side of the job but it’s getting to the stage where, come the end of the season, I feel I want to strike out on my own, no matter how comfortable I am at the moment. ” He is learning his managerial trade under the unique guidance of Neil Warnock, who has also been linked with a move to the Premiership with Portsmouth… “I played in all nine matches in three finals — Italy, Euro 92 and Euro 96 — and I don’t think any British player bettered that,” he says proudly. Even if Scotland don’t reach the World Cup playoffs he sees a brighter future under his former Ibrox manager, Walter Smith. “There’s a feel-good factor that should be a good base for the Euro 2008 campaign. I’ve driven into the training ground wearing my Scotland shirt twice this season after the draw against Italy and the defeat of Norway. It’s a long time since I was able to do that.

UEFA European U-21 C’ship – News & Features – News…
uefa.comUEFA.com – Oct 11, 2005
At times on Friday, their players looked more a collection of individual talents than a coherent team unit, and the French were able to pick them off almost at will to earn a deserved victory. Challandes is clear in his aim for the visit to Ireland, saying: “I want to see a reaction. ”
Senior exampleThe coach expects much better in Dublin, and does not have far to look for role models. Switzerland’s senior side drew 1-1 against France on Saturday, and Challandes is hoping his players will take heart from that battling display, saying: “I hope we can be inspired by what our A team did against France. ” A similarly courageous showing would give the Swiss a good chance of progressing against their eliminated opponents. Ireland are coached by former Neuchâtel Xamax FC defender Don Givens, and lost the reverse fixture 4-2 as well as being defeated by France twice and Israel. Recent successSwitzerland also have a reputation to defend… A number of the players from that victorious U17 team have since become key figures at senior level, most notably Tranquillo Barnetta and Philippe Senderos, while others, such as Reto Ziegler, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Xavier Margairaz and Alain Rochat, have also been involved and several others are ready to make the step up. Long-term aimTonight’s result could have far-reaching consequences for Challandes’ charges. Senior coach Jakob Kuhn has repeatedly stated his intention to rely on young players in the build-up to UEFA EURO 2008™, saying: “The fact our young players have also experienced success at U17 or U21 level against all the big teams is one of the reasons the old Swiss complex has disappeared. The second-generation Swiss players have brought a great strength to the side and introduced a multicultural aspect that is also an important part of modern Switzerland. ” The incentive is there for Challandes’ team to rise to the challenge.

FIFA WORLD CUP: The very best of Beckham
noticias.info – Oct 7, 2005
The way we have been playing of late, we should be able to string a few wins together. ”

Important momentum
England could certainly do with stringing two wins together against Austria and Poland, but while their first opponents at Old Trafford are without a coach following the dismissal of Hans Krankl, midfielder Markus Weissenberger insists Austria are not about to roll over and die. “It is important to end qualifying on a high so that we have some good momentum going into our [UEFA] EURO 2008? preparations,” he told uefa. Courageous opponents
Stand-in assistant Austria coach Willi Ruttensteiner was equally defiant. “Our players have enormous potential but the English team have world-class players. They are very strong in midfield and in central defence,” he told uefa.

Armenian News – PanARMENIAN.Net | Armenian News Agency – Armenia…
PanARMENIAN.Net – Oct 11, 2005
It was the first defeat of the latter team. Thus, our team did not lose the third position and gave a chance to the Russian team to compete for the gold with the Chinese. The Ukrainian team beat the hosting team ? Israel ? with the same score 2. Russia and China (female) 3:1.

FIFA World Cup – Fixtures & Results – Match specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Oct 8, 2005
From the kick-off, they were on the attack and in the sixth minute Raphael Wicky’s deflected shot was dropped by Grégory Coupet and Alexander Frei turned in, only to be denied by the offside flag. Fervent atmosphereThat seemed to give even more energy to the Swiss. The fervent atmosphere in the venue for the opening match of UEFA EURO 2008™ got even better when the Swiss had two more opportunities shortly afterwards. Tranquillo Barnetta missed the target after combining nicely with Philipp Degen and then Frei sent a free-kick into the Bernese night. Cissé onThe quick Barnetta, relishing an unusually attacking role, went close again and was proving a more than adequate replacement for the unfit Hakan Yakin. France, however, were subdued without David Trezeguet and Thierry Henry, and at the break coach Raymond Domenech introduced striker Cissé. French aheadOften a lively substitute for Liverpool FC, Cissé did not need much time to make his mark as he benefitted from a mix-up between FC Basel 1893 goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler and club-mate Patrick Müller, rounded the custodian and scored… Cissé onThe quick Barnetta, relishing an unusually attacking role, went close again and was proving a more than adequate replacement for the unfit Hakan Yakin. France, however, were subdued without David Trezeguet and Thierry Henry, and at the break coach Raymond Domenech introduced striker Cissé. French aheadOften a lively substitute for Liverpool FC, Cissé did not need much time to make his mark as he benefitted from a mix-up between FC Basel 1893 goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler and club-mate Patrick Müller, rounded the custodian and scored. Points sharedNow France were in control and Switzerland tiring. But just as it seemed Les Bleus were on their way to the finals, the home side had a stroke of luck as Thuram deflected the ball in to delight most of the 31,400 capacity crowd. Both teams pushed hard at the end, and there were chances for Sylvain Wiltord, Zinedine Zidane, still unbeaten in 27 major qualifiers for France, and Magnin, but it finished 1-1 to leave all to play for.

ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – England v Austria Preview
go.com – Oct 7, 2005
Much of the criticism heaped on Eriksson recently has beendown to some unconvincing tactical experiments but having saidhe will probably revert to the 4-4-2 his players prefer, JoeCole should return to the left flank, with Chelsea team mateFrank Lampard and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard in the middle. BECKHAM’S HOMECOMINGAfter trying his luck in central midfield, David Beckhamwill move back in the wide right position where he wasoutstanding for Real Madrid in the Champions League last month. The role will not be the only familiar aspect of Saturday’sgame for the England captain. Beckham always relishes playing at his former ManchesterUnited home and the scene of his memorable last-gasp free kickagainst Greece which sent England to the 2002 World Cup finals. Should they slip again on Saturday they could still secureone of the best runners-up slots by beating Poland, who would bythen be crowned group winners, on Wednesday. Double failure would leave England to take their chances inNovember’s playoffs. For Austria, last week’s sudden removal of coach Hans Kranklhas left Andreas Herzog in caretaker charge of a team with nochance of qualifying and only Euro 2008 – which they willco-host with Switzerland – to look forward to… Should they slip again on Saturday they could still secureone of the best runners-up slots by beating Poland, who would bythen be crowned group winners, on Wednesday. Double failure would leave England to take their chances inNovember’s playoffs. For Austria, last week’s sudden removal of coach Hans Kranklhas left Andreas Herzog in caretaker charge of a team with nochance of qualifying and only Euro 2008 – which they willco-host with Switzerland – to look forward to. Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz is suspended whilefirst choice goalkeeper Helge Payer injured a thigh in trainingand is likely to be replaced by Kaiserslautern’s Juergen Macho. Herzog sees the game as a character test for his players andsays they should look to Northern Ireland’s upset win asinspiration. ‘After these 90 minutes we will know something about thecourage of this team,’ he said. Probable teams:England: Paul Robinson; Luke Young, Sol Campbell, JohnTerry, Jamie Carragher; David Beckham, Frank Lampard, StevenGerrard, Joe Cole; Michael Owen, Peter Crouch.

EVERTON: PER HAPPY TO BE PATIENT
noticias.info – Oct 11, 2005
news – EVERTON: PER HAPPY TO BE PATIENT. The Danish international is now back to full fitness after recovering from a hernia operation that sidelined him in the first two months of the season. The Danish international is now back to full fitness after recovering from a hernia operation that sidelined him in the first two months of the season… Kroldrup’s hernia operation meant he also had to sit out the final stages of Denmark’s World Cup qualifying campaign that ended in bitter disappointment. Morten Olsen’s team missed out on a play-off place by just point to Turkey. Kroldrup is now eager to return to the international fold as the Danes begin their preparations for the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign that begins next autumn. He added: “We had (some hard teams) but at the end of the day it was our own fault, we had some good chances and played some great football but just didn?t get the results and that has been the problem. “We were quite unlucky against Ukraine, both at home and away, and we just missed out by one point so that?s how it is. Now we will see what happens. ”

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From tragedy to talent flow-Sport-Football-TimesOnline
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 10, 2005
“It has turned from a hellhole to a paradise,” Clasford said. “But it’s been a very hard road. I was there as a young man, at the first tenants’ meeting in Dolly Kitchen’s front room in December 1979. The people used to live in fear, with everyone scared to speak out against the criminals who effectively ran the estate.

UEFA Futsal Cup – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Oct 11, 2005
International trioChorzów, who lead the way at home this season, boast three Polish internationals in their ranks, Krystain Brzenk, Andrzej Szlapa and Marcin Stanislawski. “This tournament is all that counts for Clearex at the moment,” Chorzów player Krzysztof Filipczak said. “Our form is an unknown quantity – we are not sure if it will be enough for Charleroi, who seem to be the strongest team. They are not at their best in the Belgian league. But I strongly believe in our chances of progress.

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