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October 25, 2005

WORLD CUP 2006: Hareide: We can cause an upset

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Kerr’s balance sheet
* Romanov makes vow not to meddle
* Man U’s Ronaldo questioned over rape
* WORLD CUP 2006: Hareide: We can cause an upset
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* Geneva convention will be a big test of fans’ loyalty
* channel4.com – French Football
* Nedvìd to play, at least for now

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Kerr’s balance sheet
BBC News – Oct 18, 2005
Indeed under Kerr, the Republic lost just four of 33 matches, winning 18 and with 18 clean sheets. However, the bottom line is that Kerr’s Irish side failed to qualify for both Euro 2004 and next year’s World Cup Finals in Germany. Examined further, the important statistics are not impressive… In the eight matches that mattered against Switzerland, Russia, France and Israel, the Irish failed to claim a single victory. In terms of the failure to qualify for Euro 2004, Kerr can justifiably point out that he took charge of a team that had lost their two opening qualifiers against Russia and the Swiss. Without ever looking particularly convincing and minus Roy Keane, the Irish regrouped to claw themselves back into contention for the finals in Portugal.

Romanov makes vow not to meddle
BBC News – Oct 25, 2005
George Burley left the Scottish Premier League leaders after an alleged row with Romanov over such affairs. Sir Bobby Robson is expected to have talks about taking over but he has said he will not tolerate any meddling. “Vladimir Romanov does not pick or select the team,” said Charlie Mann. “He is not involved in that process. ”

He added: “George Burley was the manager and had the final say in the selection of the team. ”

Hearts hope to hold talks with Robson as well as ex-Parma boss Nevio Scala. “The bottom line is the team is selected by the manager and that is the way it should be,” reiterated Hearts chief executive Phil Anderton… “The bottom line is the team is selected by the manager and that is the way it should be,” reiterated Hearts chief executive Phil Anderton. “The reassurances I will be giving are that Mr Romanov is a man who is absolutely committed to the club. “In terms of so-called interference, if interfering is bringing players of the quality of Takis Fyssas – a Euro 2004 winner – to the club, then that is interference a lot of people would welcome. “I will be able to tell them what I see as the position and try to convince them it is appropriate to come to the club.

Man U’s Ronaldo questioned over rape
The Age – Oct 20, 2005
Police did not confirm his identity but said they had arrested aman in his 20s on suspicion of rape in connection with allegationsof a serious sexual assault on October 2, and were holding him forfurther questions. Queiroz confirmed that the man was the 20-year-old winger, butsaid the accusations had no basis and Ronaldo was merely answeringpolice questions. “He went to give explanations, as was planned. Based on theseexplanations, the authorities are going to reach fair and correctconclusions,” Queiroz told Portugal’s SIC TV. “This term ‘arrest’ is disquieting… Manchester United’s director of communications Phil Townsendsaid the club would not comment on the case. Ronaldo has been a big hit at United since he signed fromSporting Lisbon in August 2003, when he was saddled with the taskof replacing England captain David Beckham at Old Trafford. He helped hosts Portugal reach the final of Euro 2004, scoringin the semi-final victory over the Netherlands, and was one ofPortugal’s most consistent performers throughout their successfulbid to reach the 2006 World Cup. English soccer has been plagued by a series of high-profile rapeallegations against players, many of whom are feted by fans andadmirers across the country.

WORLD CUP 2006: Hareide: We can cause an upset
noticias.info – Oct 18, 2005
Do you think the underdog tag could work in your favour? I hope so. The pressure is always on the top sides and it will be enormous on the Czech Republic. They played extremely well in EURO 2004 and people see them as a quality side with quality players. They are expected to be in Germany next year. The same expectation isn?t on Norway?s shoulders. I think we can take advantage of that. What do you see as being their major strength? They are a collectively strong side… We have quality in certain positions now and with hardworking, tactically astute players, we can cause some problems for the Czech Republic. Under Egil Olsen in the 1990s, Norway were seen as a very direct team. Do you think the same still applies to your side? No, not at all. We have tried to add a little bit more flair into the side. Using the long ball system can be good, providing you have players who are suited to that. We like to see ourselves as a counterattacking side. First and foremost, we defend well, we break quickly, we have talented midfield players who can not only win the ball, but play also.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Oct 18, 2005
Some 33 months after his glitzy unveiling in Dublin’s Shelbourne hotel, Brian Kerr’s fate as Republic of Ireland senior manager was sealed behind closed doors at the Airport’s Great Southern Hotel. Paul O’Hehir reportsPublic opinion was divided on whether or not the likeable Dubliner should continue in the role, especially as his predecessor, Mick McCarthy, had three qualifying campaigns from which to work. In fairness to Kerr, the 52-year-old only took over the reigns midway through the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, and it is somewhat unfair to start judging his performances on that campaign. But, nevertheless, the lack-lustre manner in which Ireland scooped just one point from a possible six against Russia and Switzerland in the closing stages of that group, when qualification was still attainable, painted a picture of what was to come. On paper, Kerr boasts a fine record as senior boss – his underage success is untouchable – but although pleasing on the surface, what lies deeper in the folds is not half as boastful as you might expect. In his time in charge, Kerr lost just four of 34 matches, winning 19 and keeping 20 clean sheets… Some 33 months after his glitzy unveiling in Dublin’s Shelbourne hotel, Brian Kerr’s fate as Republic of Ireland senior manager was sealed behind closed doors at the Airport’s Great Southern Hotel. Paul O’Hehir reportsPublic opinion was divided on whether or not the likeable Dubliner should continue in the role, especially as his predecessor, Mick McCarthy, had three qualifying campaigns from which to work. In fairness to Kerr, the 52-year-old only took over the reigns midway through the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, and it is somewhat unfair to start judging his performances on that campaign. But, nevertheless, the lack-lustre manner in which Ireland scooped just one point from a possible six against Russia and Switzerland in the closing stages of that group, when qualification was still attainable, painted a picture of what was to come. On paper, Kerr boasts a fine record as senior boss – his underage success is untouchable – but although pleasing on the surface, what lies deeper in the folds is not half as boastful as you might expect. In his time in charge, Kerr lost just four of 34 matches, winning 19 and keeping 20 clean sheets. But, it was his record in competitive matches that is seen as failure.

Geneva convention will be a big test of fans’ loyalty
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 18, 2005
If Eriksson does a deal with Sir Alex Ferguson and company and limits big-hitters like Wayne Rooney to 45 minutes, England fans will be quick to voice their anger. Sympathy for England’s foot-soldiers has traditionally been minimal. The “Ing-er-land” fraternity are not the prettiest sight in heaving bars in police-filled town centres. Yet, just as Fifa rank countries on performances in past tournaments, so England fans deserve an element of largesse. Look at the Premiership where some supporters have voted with their feet at excessive ticket prices and erratic kick-off times… The “Ing-er-land” fraternity are not the prettiest sight in heaving bars in police-filled town centres. Yet, just as Fifa rank countries on performances in past tournaments, so England fans deserve an element of largesse. Look at the Premiership where some supporters have voted with their feet at excessive ticket prices and erratic kick-off times. Tickets for Geneva are reasonable, £30, and the FA have commendably eschewed an agency for online sales, but the travel and accommodation add-ons for a “home” game far away are considerable. Pre-booking flights and rooms was risky as confirmation of match tickets arrived only via an FA e-mail last Saturday.

channel4.com – French Football
Channel 4 News – Oct 18, 2005
The former Blackburn player, who now plays for the New York Metrostars, said the qualification campaign could have been the ideal chance to rebuild the national team after the disappointment of Euro 2004. “Qualifying [for a major competition] is never easy,” said the 37-year-old World Cup winner. “We could have used this campaign to instil some new blood and confidence in the side. “Better results would have created a new dynamic for the squad to go to the World Cup, but with the return of Zizou, Claude and Thuram it has taken another direction… The former Blackburn player, who now plays for the New York Metrostars, said the qualification campaign could have been the ideal chance to rebuild the national team after the disappointment of Euro 2004. “Qualifying [for a major competition] is never easy,” said the 37-year-old World Cup winner. “We could have used this campaign to instil some new blood and confidence in the side. “Better results would have created a new dynamic for the squad to go to the World Cup, but with the return of Zizou, Claude and Thuram it has taken another direction. “However, I don’t think we would have qualified [without the trios return].

Nedvìd to play, at least for now
Czech Business Weekly – Oct 24, 2005
It?s too early to say if he intends to play in next summer?s World Cup in Germany. ?I?m not thinking that far ahead for now,? Nedv?d said. As the national team captain, Nedv?d guided the Czechs to the semifinals at the Euro 2004 tournament in Portugal, but he seriously injured his left knee. Following a three-month recovery, Nedv?d said he wouldn?t play on the Czech team and would focus only on pursuing his career with Juventus.

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