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October 16, 2005

World Cup 2006 | 16.10.2005 Klinsmann to Critics: Tell it to my Face

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* Kerr to get thumbs down on FAI D-Day as balance ends in the red
* Scotland can look forward to bright future with Smith
* Sven prefers a cagey two-step when really it’s time to tango
* World Cup 2006 | 16.10.2005 Klinsmann to Critics: Tell it to my Face
* Liverpool psychology helps bring peace to European football
* NOT BAD FOR A FAT KID
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England seeded for Euro 2008…
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* Argentina lead rivals waiting to ambush Eriksson-Sport-Football…
* Who’ll stop Brazil lifting another Cup?
* Slovakian trip for Spain
* FIFA WORLD CUP: Terim expects tight contest
* The best has yet to come from Luis’s lot
* WORLD CUP 2006: Swiss hope to prove history wrong
* WORLD CUP 2006: Greece fall from grace
* Greeks want German coach “King Otto” to stay

Kerr to get thumbs down on FAI D-Day as balance ends in the red
Irish Independent – Oct 14, 2005
They will look at his performance and his record from every conceiveable angle, weigh up everything and then decide whether to give the 52-year-old the thumbs up or the thumbs down. The first examination will be of Ireland’s results in the 33 games under Kerr’s tenure and with 18 wins, 10 draws, four defeats, 39 goals for and 20 against it looks decent enough. But then they will analyse his 16-game competitive record which shows seven wins, seven draws, and two defeats with 18 goals for and nine goals against with 28 points gained out of a possible 48. They will look at the Euro 2004 campaign where Kerr took over after Ireland lost their opening two fixtures to Russia and Switzerland but managed to turn it around so that Ireland went into their final two games needing two wins to top the group and qualify for Portugal. Disappointingly they drew at home to Russia and lost to Switzerland in Basel to finish out of the top two in a group for the first time since 1985… They will then look at the seedings for Euro 2008 and reflect that Ireland are now fourth seeds having been first seeds for the Euro 2004 qualifying draw. They will also look at the world rankings and note that while Kerr brought Ireland to its highest ranking since September 1995, when the team reached 12th place, the side have dropped nine places since March and at 21st are now out of the top 20 for the first time since November 2001. They will also note that of the players used in the recent campaign only eight – John O’Shea, Andy Reid, Graham Kavanagh, Liam Miller, Alan Maybury, Alan Lee, Gary Doherty and Stephen Elliott – were not part of Mick McCarthy’s World Cup squad. In Brian Kerr’s defence they will note that they had a manager who worked long hours and travelled thousands of miles each month to watch players and assess opponents. They will also consider his tremendous dedication to Irish football and in his interest in not only the senior international team but also his hands-on interest in the well-being of every aspect of the game in this country. Once the football side of the equation has been put through the wringer the directors will turn their attention to the financial implications of not qualifying for the World Cup. Having made €3.

Scotland can look forward to bright future with Smith
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 14, 2005
There will be pangs of hunger at being denied competitive action for so long, especially when the feast of the World Cup finals come around and Scotland has its nose pressed against the window. The country feels as if it is on a starvation diet as it prepares to go without a fourth consecutive championship finals. Only two of those are down to Vogts. Getting to the play-offs for Euro 2004 was laudable, even if the 6-0 defeat in Amsterdam against Holland was not. The blame for the World Cup failure, however, lies with the German and those at the SFA who refused to confront the need to jettison the former national coach last autumn before the qualifying campaign began.

Sven prefers a cagey two-step when really it’s time to tango
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 14, 2005
This in itself is not quite headline news. What he said has implications for all of today’s matches, from the top of the Premiership to those clubs jockeying for play-off positions in League Two. In fact, what he said came close to articulating the issue that is at the heart of football’s recent bout of fevered introspection. Asked why his players were so… So why not, then, challenge current orthodoxy and go for it at the World Cup finals next year? Whether a game matters or not, why not play with the kind of zest, brio and pressing zeal that disposed of Holland, Germany and indeed Poland? Well, in Sven World, there is always a reason not to. “Yes, of course, I liked the tempo today,” Eriksson said when asked if he had enjoyed the pace of the performance on Wednesday night. “But it is impossible to play in Coimbra [the stiflingly hot Portuguese city where one of England’s Euro 2004 matches was staged] at that tempo, it kills you after half an hour. “There we have it from the coach’s mouth. When every match matters in the heat of a summer tournament, then England will not play as they did during a dead rubber game in Manchester in cool, damp October. It suggests that the campaign to win the World Cup will be conducted in defensive, cagey 1-0 installments. The irony is, as was proven against Brazil, France and Portugal, that is the most risky strategy of all.

World Cup 2006 | 16.10.2005 Klinsmann to Critics: Tell it to my Face
Deutsche Welle – Oct 16, 2005
“I am in Germany twice a month and can explain things face to face,” Klinsmann told Bild daily. “I do not ask other people about their schedules. I am open to advice but it should be given to me straight not via the media. “I am thinking about the development of the national team twenty four seven whether I am in Germany, the United States or somewhere else,” added Klinsmann. Klinsmann, 41, has made a habit of jetting back to his California home after international matches but rubbished claims he was not making time to see Bundesliga officials. “The meeting with the managers has not been put off because of me but simply because they can not meet on Wednesday or Thursday,” he said… “He is responsible for putting a good team on the pitch and in the main he has done that. ”

Klinsmann succeeded Rudi Völler after the Euro 2004 finals when Germany crashed out of the competition without winning a single match.

Liverpool psychology helps bring peace to European football
Medical News Today – Oct 14, 2005
It found that while preventing known troublemakers from travelling is important, the way to foster incident-free events is a ‘low profile’, friendly-but-firm police presence, and dealing with fans on the basis of their behaviour not their reputation. The study, led by Dr Clifford Stott and Dr Otto Adang of the University of Liverpool School of Psychology, analysed the impact of police tactics on levels of hooliganism at Euro 2004 – the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) championships held in Portugal in June and July of last year. Researchers included a team of observers from the Portuguese Police Academy and the Universities of Coimbra, Oporto and Lisbon. Their report shows that when England supporters are treated from the outset as fans rather than ‘hooligans’, they see themselves as on the same side as the police, sharing the same interest in preventing violence. Faced with this ‘low profile’ policing approach, ordinary fans are more likely to oppose trouble among other supporters through ‘self-policing’, and to regard themselves as friends with fans from other nations… They could, however, be quickly on hand if needed. Extensive use was also made of plainclothes police, deployed wherever fans gathered in large numbers. Dr Stott said: “Importantly, during Euro 2004 there were almost no incidents of disorder recorded during our observations in areas controlled by the PSP. “In spite of a low visible police presence, incidents with the potential to escalate were responded to quickly and appropriately, and clear limits of behaviour were established which ensured that situations quickly calmed. “In most of the rare cases where something did occur, interventions were rapid but with very low impact, and most fans didn’t even notice that an arrest had been made. ” Preventing known troublemakers from travelling to Portugal was another important factor, says the report, along with initiatives developed by visiting police forces, fan organisations and British Embassy staff. Even so, it was clear that individuals known as ‘hooligans’ or acting as such were present.

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Redissue – Oct 14, 2005
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BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England seeded for Euro 2008…
BBC News – Oct 14, 2005
Italy and Germany are in the second group along with Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Spain and Romania. Scotland have been placed in the fourth tier of teams, Wales in the fifth and Northern Ireland in the sixth for the draw on the 27 January 2007. The seedings for each country have been based on qualifying for Euro 2004 and next summer’s World Cup in Germany. If Greece were not the holders they would only just have made it into the second tier with Germany making the top seven. Hosts Switzerland and Austria qualify automatically for the 16-team tournament. The remaining 50 teams will be split into six groups of seven and one of eight with the winners and runners-up qualifying for the tournament. Theoretically, England could be drawn with either Italy or Germany and be in the same group as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Oct 14, 2005
Spain finished second behind Serbia & Montenegro in group seven and will be at home for the first leg, which will be played on November 12th at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid. The return leg will take place in Slovakia on November 16th. Turkey, who finished third in the 2002 World Cup but did not qualify for Euro 2004, will play Switzerland who have home advantage in the first leg. The other tie sees the Czech Republic, runners-up to Holland in group one, meet Norway. The Norwegians will host the first leg. The two other two-legged playoffs to be held on the same dates in November pit Trinidad & Tobago against Bahrain and Uruguay against Australia. Once those ties are completed all 32 finalists for the World Cup will be known.

Argentina lead rivals waiting to ambush Eriksson-Sport-Football…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 14, 2005
First, though, the FA awaits final confirmation that the match against the old foe will go ahead in Geneva on November 12. Switzerland face a play-off that day and there will be nervousness, particularly among the Swiss police, if Turkey are scheduled to visit Berne on the same afternoon that Argentina and England fans are heading into the country. Fifa and the FA are hoping that the problem does not arise when the draw for the World Cup play-offs is made today. The game may also reveal whether Eriksson is set upon deploying a holding midfield player, such as Ledley King, against the best attack-minded opponents at the finals… The game may also reveal whether Eriksson is set upon deploying a holding midfield player, such as Ledley King, against the best attack-minded opponents at the finals. Brazil play with four forwards while Argentina line up 4-3-1-2, with Juan Román Riquelme behind Hernán Crespo and an accomplice. Eriksson was happy to play a conventional 4-4-2 against opponents of the calibre of France and Portugal at Euro 2004, but he is considering deploying King, Alan Smith or Owen Hargreaves to provide extra cover. “I wouldn’t say it’s something we’d do for all seven games in the World Cup, but in certain games, against certain opponents, or if you’re winning the game and need to defend a 2-0 lead and you’re starting to be tired, it’s an option,” he said. “We have lots of options, but you need to look at the opponent first. ” While enjoying his role against Poland, King admitted that he was surprised to be asked to step into midfield. “It is not something that I’m too familiar with, even though I did it a few seasons ago for a little while,” he said.

Who’ll stop Brazil lifting another Cup?
Irish Independent – Oct 14, 2005
“Whenever we have won the World Cup we have gone there with the press and the public on our backs,” the Brazilian coach said. “Whenever we have gone as favourites we have not won. ” Perreira had in mind not just 1994, when his vilified team won in the United States, but 2002, when France and Argentina were favourites and Brazil, following a desperate qualifying campaign, outsiders. In 1982 and 1998, however, when they were highly fancied, they failed. In Brazil the saying is, “We can only beat ourselves,” said Tim Vickery, a Rio de Janeiro-based journalist for the BBC and World Soccer among others. They are not unbeatable… ” Rob Fleur, of Dutch National Radio, explained: “Van Basten says he wants the best squad, not the best players. He has admitted there are better players around than the ones he is selecting but he wants a team in which no one says, ‘I’m the best’. FIGHTING At Euro 2004 Dick Advocaat gave in when Clarence Seedorf said, ‘I should be the No 10. I’ve won the most’. Now Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert are history. Fleur backed Brazil and Germany. “They always do well in tournaments, wherever they are, and this time they are hosts.

Slovakian trip for Spain
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 14, 2005
The return leg will take place in Slovakia on Nov 16. In the other ties, the Czech Republic, runners-up to Holland in group one, meet Norway with the Norwegians hosting the first leg. And Turkey, who finished third in the 2002 World Cup but did not qualify for Euro 2004, will play Switzerland, with the Swiss playing at home in the first leg. The friendly had been scheduled to take place in Geneva, also on Nov 12. Geneva is around 100 miles away from Berne, where the play-off game is likely to take place, and the possibility of both games taking place at the same time could raise security issues.

FIFA WORLD CUP: Terim expects tight contest
noticias.info – Oct 14, 2005
The Swiss, meanwhile, emerged from a Group 4 featuring France unbeaten and stage the first leg before travelling to Istanbul four days later. ‘Every game important’Turkey coach Fatih Terim said: “On the road to the World Cup every game is important. We took every match seriously. Switzerland are a good team who had no defeats in their group… We took every match seriously. Switzerland are a good team who had no defeats in their group. They must not be underestimated. Underestimating a side is the biggest mistake. Swiss-based supportTerim is not displeased with the draw, however. “The first leg in Switzerland cannot be considered an away fixture as we have a huge fan base there. We have complete confidence we can advance from the play-off and go to the World Cup thanks to their strong support.

The best has yet to come from Luis’s lot
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 16, 2005
The matches generated a nasty atmosphere with Mark Viduka telling how he was spat at on arrival in Montevideo. The Aussies were beaten. European champions Greece will not be in Germany and nor, if they’re not careful, will the teams that finished third at the last European championship, and at the last World Cup. The fine achievements of the Czech Republic over the past decade have been restricted to Europe — second at Euro 96, semi-finalists at Euro 2004 — and their qualifying displays did little to arrest the suspicion that they find themselves between generations. But even without giant Jan Koller, their injured leading goalscorer, they should beat Norway. Meanwhile, Turkey, semi-finalists in South Korea and Japan in 2002, need to overcome Switzerland, whom nobody has managed to defeat in a competitive international for 16 months. Spain’s assignment is Slovakia, World Cup virgins since they formed part of Czechoslovakia and, according to Spanish coach Luis Aragones, the opponents he least desired… The Aussies were beaten. European champions Greece will not be in Germany and nor, if they’re not careful, will the teams that finished third at the last European championship, and at the last World Cup. The fine achievements of the Czech Republic over the past decade have been restricted to Europe — second at Euro 96, semi-finalists at Euro 2004 — and their qualifying displays did little to arrest the suspicion that they find themselves between generations. But even without giant Jan Koller, their injured leading goalscorer, they should beat Norway. Meanwhile, Turkey, semi-finalists in South Korea and Japan in 2002, need to overcome Switzerland, whom nobody has managed to defeat in a competitive international for 16 months. Spain’s assignment is Slovakia, World Cup virgins since they formed part of Czechoslovakia and, according to Spanish coach Luis Aragones, the opponents he least desired. Pressed as to why, Aragones answered obscurely: “My own special reasons.

WORLD CUP 2006: Swiss hope to prove history wrong
noticias.info – Oct 14, 2005
Drawn in Group 4 alongside France, Israel, the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and the Faroe Islands, Switzerland have been a breath of fresh air throughout these qualifiers. Indeed, if Irish keeper Shay Given had not been in such masterful form during last Wednesday’s goalless draw in Dublin, the landlocked nation could quite easily have taken top place instead of France. Having performed creditably at UEFA EURO 2004 despite their first-round exit, the Swiss have demonstrated that they have come on leaps and bounds since then. The same cannot quite be said of their play-off opponents Turkey, whose salad days seducing the watching world in the Far East now seem a lifetime away, rather than just over three years ago. Laborious in this qualifying competition, the Turks kept their supporters on tenterhooks before clinching their play-off place in the campaign’s closing game. But in their defence, they were drawn in what was easily the toughest section (Group 2) containing Ukraine, Denmark, Greece, Albania, Georgia and Kazakhstan… Drawn in Group 4 alongside France, Israel, the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and the Faroe Islands, Switzerland have been a breath of fresh air throughout these qualifiers. Indeed, if Irish keeper Shay Given had not been in such masterful form during last Wednesday’s goalless draw in Dublin, the landlocked nation could quite easily have taken top place instead of France. Having performed creditably at UEFA EURO 2004 despite their first-round exit, the Swiss have demonstrated that they have come on leaps and bounds since then. The same cannot quite be said of their play-off opponents Turkey, whose salad days seducing the watching world in the Far East now seem a lifetime away, rather than just over three years ago. Laborious in this qualifying competition, the Turks kept their supporters on tenterhooks before clinching their play-off place in the campaign’s closing game. But in their defence, they were drawn in what was easily the toughest section (Group 2) containing Ukraine, Denmark, Greece, Albania, Georgia and Kazakhstan. Now, with both nations’ hopes of attending football’s greatest global gathering resting on two more games, the case for Turkish victory is lent further weight by the draw that sees them play the second leg at home on 16 November, four days after the first leg.

WORLD CUP 2006: Greece fall from grace
noticias.info – Oct 14, 2005
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Greeks want German coach “King Otto” to stay
People's Daily Online – Oct 14, 2005
Greek Football Association has already offered Rehhagel an extension until 2008 but the 67-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the year, hasn’t made any clear-cut decision on whether to stay or move on. “As my wife Beate always says ‘never take a decision in the heat of the moment’,” he said. “I will continue coaching, that’s for sure. I just don’t know where,” Rehhagel told German television… Supporters chanted Rehhagel’s name throughout the home game against Georgia. One banner read: “Otto, always first in our hearts. ”
“We don’t mind whether we can go to World Cup or not. We respect him and we love him, because he gave us wonderful moments we have never dreamed of. I hope he will stay with us,” said one Greek football fan. Greece became only the third European champions failing to qualify for the World Cup finals after the 1976 champions.

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