Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 12, 2005

Eriksson drops Campbell as Ferdinand fights his way back

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The News Review:

* WORLD CUP 2006: Head-2-Head: Home form headache for Norway
* Kerr’s job on the line in must-win game for Ireland
* Kashtan poised for Israel position
* Eriksson drops Campbell as Ferdinand fights his way back
* Rooney ready for Finals
* Dailly sets sights on next campaign
* Germany and France grind out draw
* New faces included in Greece squad
* McCann storms back as Smith looks to future
* England fans ‘high risk’
* Better technique should see Spain through, says Aragones
* Kewell tips Australia to be next year’s surprise package
* ABC Sport – Football – Hiddink tight-lipped on starting line-up

WORLD CUP 2006: Head-2-Head: Home form headache for Norway
noticias.info – Nov 12, 2005
And while they travel to Oslo for Saturday’s first leg without their leading scorer, the injured Jan Koller, the return of midfielder Pavel Nedved from 16 months’ self-imposed exile offers a significant boost to a squad looking to make amends for losing to Belgium at this stage four years ago. “I have a good feeling about Pavel’s return,” said coach Karel Bruckner of Juventus star Nedved, whose last appearance came in the semi-final defeat by Greece at UEFA EURO 2004. Nedved himself has said his return is for “only two games” but it is inconceivable to think the 33-year-old would not remain on board if the Czechs secured their first FIFA World Cup? finals place since independence from Slovakia in the early 90s. Norway, meanwhile, who are seeking a third finals appearance, are happy in their role of underdogs according to coach Age Hareide. Speaking from the squad’s training camp in Denmark at the start of the week, he told reporters: “We are underdogs and I think that suits us well. Because if Norway are under pressure, then you can be sure the pressure on the Czechs is even greater. ” Hareide described the differing pressures as a potential “trump card” for his team, although that tag could also apply to his main striker and the newly crowned Norwegian Player of the Year, John Carew… The spotlight will also be on the English-based John Arne Riise and Morten Gamst Pedersen, whose recent contributions have not met their usual high standards according to some observers. Czech Republic breakdown:The absences of target men Koller and Lokvenc means Czech coach Bruckner must rethink his strategy and one suggestion is that Smicer may assume an attacking role in a five-man midfield, with Milan Baros operating alone up front. It could be a testing evening for Baros, the EURO 2004 top scorer, who has struggled with injury this season and managed just one league goal for Aston Villa, the club he joined in the summer. On the plus side, Nedved always brings a goal threat and Bruckner should be able to call on central defender Tomas Galasek, who was missing for his club Ajax last weekend due to a hamstring problem, but is expected to be fit to mark Carew. Poborsky and David Rozehnal, who also have injury concerns, should be ready too by the time the Czechs land in Oslo on Friday. Key battle:Nedved’s experience contrasts markedly with the youth of 21-year-old Kristofer Haestad, a player who has come into the Norway side this year and impressed with his tireless work in the centre of the pitch. The Start midfielder has the energy to match Nedved but trying to read his opponent’s next move will test the youngster to the full.

Kerr’s job on the line in must-win game for Ireland
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2005
In October 2002 Switzerland’s 2-1 win in Dublin led to Mick McCarthy’s resignation and a similar result when the teams meet for the third time since that Euro 2004 qualifier will almost certainly end Brian Kerr’s reign. Kerr is staring down the barrel and it will take the best Ireland display since they beat Holland 1-0 four years ago to qualify for the 2002 World Cup finals, to beat the Swiss and clinch a place in the play-offs. Under Kerr, the highest-ranked team in the Fifa rankings who Ireland have beaten are Albania, who are 86th. In fact, since Ireland qualified for Euro 88, their first major finals, most observers would agree they have beaten only five ‘middle to upper’ class teams in competitive ties – England (at Euro 88), Italy (US 94) plus home wins over Spain, Croatia and Holland… It does not help Ireland’s cause that they will be without Roy Keane and Damien Duff, who are injured, the Chelsea winger facing three weeks on the sidelines after twisting a knee during Saturday’s 1-0 win in Cyprus. Kerr’s press conference yesterday lacked the hostility that marked the pre-Cyprus meeting with the media as he spoke of the remarkable sequence of results in Group Four that has produced one win – France’s victory in Dublin – and 10 draws between the top four teams. “You’d have got good odds on that at the bookmakers,” he said. Tonight’s tie has an added edge because Ireland remember the way Alexander Frei celebrated Switzerland’s second goal in the 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifier in Basle. Frei ran to the Ireland bench and raised his arms, Mark Kinsella responding by throwing a bottle at the striker.

Kashtan poised for Israel position
CNN International – Nov 10, 2005
Kashtan, 61, will take over from Avraham Grant, who quit after four years in charge during which he failed to lead Israel to Euro 2004 or the 2006 World Cup. Israel missed out on next year’s finals after coming third in European Group Four behind France and Switzerland despite being unbeaten in 10 matches after four wins and six draws. "I am very happy to have heard the announcement made by the chairman and his deputy and I await the formal decision of the IFA’s secretariat. We will also meet in the coming days to discuss our plans," Kashtan said. Kashtan is the most decorated among Israel’s coaches, winning six championships with four different clubs, five State Cups and three Toto Cups… He won the league and cup double with both Maccabi and Hapoel Tel Aviv. As a player in the 1960s and early 70s for Hapoel Petah Tikva and Hapoel Kfar Sava, Kashtan earned three international caps with Israel. Kashtan is not due to take over until next June when both his contract at Hapoel and Grant’s tenure come to an end. Kashtan had been seen as the leading candidate for the position from the moment Grant announced he would not continue in the job and reaction to the news of his appointment from players was positive. "I want to congratulate Dror on his appointment and wish him luck.

Eriksson drops Campbell as Ferdinand fights his way back
Guardian Unlimited – Nov 11, 2005
Ayala referred to Owen as a “great player” and was even more generous in his assessment of the Manchester United man. “He is the best talent I have seen in a long time,” he said. “He is not a typical English player; he is very special. He has great movement, vision and passing. He scores spectacular goals and has a temperament as well. All of the big players have a temper. You need that to be special; if you take it away you take away the player… You need that to be special; if you take it away you take away the player. “He can do special things at the World Cup next year. I saw him at Euro 2004 and he was so young and yet so talented that he was probably the best player in the tournament. England now have a player who can give them something special, something different and that will make them successful. He is unpredictable. “To win tournaments you need big players. Brazil have many – Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Robinho.

Rooney ready for Finals
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2005
However, he insists he will pass the next test of his fragile temperament, with Nielsen set to referee Wednesday’s tie against Poland and will also not let his team-mates down next summer. “Obviously in the past, sometimes my temperament has let me down a couple of times but I’m a young lad and I’m going to learn from that,” Rooney said. “I don’t think there will be many problems in the future. I go into each game and want to win. I’m 110 per cent committed… Signing for Manchester United has made me a better player, I’ve got a lot more experience at international level now, so I want to go there and try to win the World Cup for England,” he said. “Brazil are the team to beat in my eyes and, if we do manage to beat them, we’ve got a great chance. There’s great expectations to go there and improve on Euro 2004, go further and hopefully bring the trophy back home. “”It should not be a given any longer that Beckham should play when he is available” Michael Perman.

Dailly sets sights on next campaign
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 12, 2005
Such things are a touch brash for a boy who prefers spending his summer at the Glastonbury festival, but hearing his name read out at Hampden Park today will be the sweetest music of all for the Scotland player. The West Ham United player will make his 60th appearance and will mark it by captaining his country in the friendly encounter. It is a landmark Dailly could not have envisaged seven years ago in Washington DC when put in a tireless shift against the US in a bid to catch Craig Brown’s eye ahead of the 1998 World Cup finals. “What I remember is that it was very hot and that I was dehydrated running up and down the wing all day as a wing-back,” he said. “I also recall getting the Most Valuable Player award, which was nice but a bit embarrassing. We went to the US ahead of France ’98 to play a couple of top-class friendlies, against the Americans themselves, which we drew 0-0, and against Colombia in the Giants Stadium in New York, which is something I will treasure. ” It pains Dailly that he and Scotland are not going to next summer’s finals in Germany, but he has had a month to let that fact seep into his mindset and will be using the memory of missing out on the 2006 World Cup finals to drive him and Scotland on for Euro 2008, the qualifying matches for which begin next September… He wants commitment and I happy to give it. It will be a proud moment making my 60th appearance for my country. I remember my 50th, against Holland in the Euro 2004 play-off. We all feel we can get to the next finals, at Euro 2008, and the team is being built with that in mind. “I felt Walter was a good appointment at the time he took over from Berti Vogts and that has been confirmed by what we have done under him. ” “Friendlies”, of course, became a dirty word in the Vogts era, with 13 defeats in 18 non-competitive matches, but Dailly defends the former Scotland manager. “The younger guys who are now part of Walter’s squad all got their first caps under Berti,” he said.

Germany and France grind out draw
CNN International – Nov 12, 2005
The result means Germany are still chasing their first win over top-class international opposition since beating England 1-0 at Wembley more than five years ago. France remained undefeated after 17 games under Raymond Domenech, who took over as coach following their quarterfinal exit at Euro 2004. The teams were playing their last match of the year and will not be back in action before March as they begin their build up to the World Cup finals in Germany next year. Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger had the best opportunity in a match of few chances when he ran onto Michael Ballack’s fine pass and forced a fine save from home keeper Gregory in the 53rd minute. Substitute striker Nicolas Anelka, who replaced Thierry Henry at halftime, was France’s most lively player in the second half, setting up David Trezeguet only for the Juventus striker to fluff his shot. In the last minute, substitute Djibril Cisse broke down the right but failed to pick out Anelka, who was unmarked in the penalty area.

New faces included in Greece squad
CNN – Nov 10, 2005
Coach Otto Rehhagel also recalled defender Paraskevas Antzas after two years when he announced his squad. Defender Darlas has been impressive with Panathinaikos in the domestic league and the Champions League group stage and midfielder Lagos is one of the most gifted young Greek players. Antzas, who had been on course to play at Euro 2004, has made a remarkable comeback after voluntarily leaving Olympiakos and the national team two years ago citing personal problems. After a spell with a second division club, he is now part of a surprise Skoda Xanthi team who are third in the league. The 32-year-old Vryzas, who had featured in almost every game since Rehhagel took over in 2001, has not played since signing for Fiorentina this year, forcing the coach to drop him. Midfielder Giorgos Karagounis and striker Angelos Haristeas were also left out of the squad due to injuries. Squad:Goalkeepers: Antonis Nikopolidis (Olympiakos), Stefanos Kotsolis (Larisa)Defenders: Takis Fyssas (Hearts), Michalis Kapsis, Giorgos Anatolakis (both Olympiakos), Yourkas Seitaridis (Dynamo Moscow), Yannis Goumas, Loukas Vyntra, Filippos Darlas (all Panathinaikos), Sotiris Kyrgiakos (Rangers), Paraskevas Antzas (Skoda Xanthi)Midfielders: Pantelis Kafes (Olympiakos), Angelos Basinas (no current team), Panagiotis Lagos (Iraklis), Stelios Giannakopoulos (Bolton), Costas Katsouranis (AEK Athens), Theodore Zagorakis (PAOK Salonika)Strikers: Vangelis Mantzios, Fanis Gekas, Dimitris Papadopoulos (all Panathinaikos), Nikos Liberopoulos (AEK Athens), Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK Salonika)… Antzas, who had been on course to play at Euro 2004, has made a remarkable comeback after voluntarily leaving Olympiakos and the national team two years ago citing personal problems. After a spell with a second division club, he is now part of a surprise Skoda Xanthi team who are third in the league. The 32-year-old Vryzas, who had featured in almost every game since Rehhagel took over in 2001, has not played since signing for Fiorentina this year, forcing the coach to drop him. Midfielder Giorgos Karagounis and striker Angelos Haristeas were also left out of the squad due to injuries. Squad:Goalkeepers: Antonis Nikopolidis (Olympiakos), Stefanos Kotsolis (Larisa)Defenders: Takis Fyssas (Hearts), Michalis Kapsis, Giorgos Anatolakis (both Olympiakos), Yourkas Seitaridis (Dynamo Moscow), Yannis Goumas, Loukas Vyntra, Filippos Darlas (all Panathinaikos), Sotiris Kyrgiakos (Rangers), Paraskevas Antzas (Skoda Xanthi)Midfielders: Pantelis Kafes (Olympiakos), Angelos Basinas (no current team), Panagiotis Lagos (Iraklis), Stelios Giannakopoulos (Bolton), Costas Katsouranis (AEK Athens), Theodore Zagorakis (PAOK Salonika)Strikers: Vangelis Mantzios, Fanis Gekas, Dimitris Papadopoulos (all Panathinaikos), Nikos Liberopoulos (AEK Athens), Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK Salonika).

McCann storms back as Smith looks to future
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 12, 2005
“I know what he can do now. However, we have been in the situation for a while that there have been very few call-offs for friendly games so that has put a bit of pressure on me this time to be fair to the boys who have consistently turned up for squad gatherings and not got a game. ” McCann was something of a regular under Berti Vogts, scoring in the Euro 2004 qualifying match away to Germany, but his last start also came under Smith’s predecessor, in the friendly defeat by Romania at Hampden in March 2003. He has managed to put the recent disappointment aside of seeing a move to Benfica collapse on transfer deadline day and impress Smith. “Injuries kept Neil out and then he had a potential transfer at the start of the season which then fell through. However, we do not have many left-sided players. Neil is not just a winger, he can play striker as well… “Injuries kept Neil out and then he had a potential transfer at the start of the season which then fell through. However, we do not have many left-sided players. Neil is not just a winger, he can play striker as well. He has done that in certain situations for Rangers before. I have always liked his attitude and approach to the game. He came off the bench for us when we won in Norway in September, even though he had not played much for Southampton at that point, and he gives us balance. ” Smith will use all six substitutes today to give almost all of his players “a sample” of the action.

England fans ‘high risk’
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2005
With nine international lands borders on top of the air and sea ports, troublemakers are more likely to travel to the tournament. Groenevelt was in Cardiff for the recent World Cup qualifier between Wales and England and identified a number of problems with the behaviour of some England fans. “They were provoking, in an aggressive way – not only young people but older people too,” he said. “They were drinking without shirts on, they don’t integrate with the local supporters, they refer to the war, and it doesn’t make a nice relaxing atmosphere for the match. “Police and football authorities have already begun to prepare for the estimated 100,000 English fans that will travel to Germany next summer… Groenevelt was in Cardiff for the recent World Cup qualifier between Wales and England and identified a number of problems with the behaviour of some England fans. “They were provoking, in an aggressive way – not only young people but older people too,” he said. “They were drinking without shirts on, they don’t integrate with the local supporters, they refer to the war, and it doesn’t make a nice relaxing atmosphere for the match. “Police and football authorities have already begun to prepare for the estimated 100,000 English fans that will travel to Germany next summer. Banning orders are being put in place against potential troublemakers and British police officers will also travel to the tournament. The officers could be involved in evidence-gathering against hooligans who would then be prosecuted on their return to England.

Better technique should see Spain through, says Aragones
abc.net.au – Nov 12, 2005
All we have to do is make sure that when we create chances we put them away. “The experience I have as a coach makes me feel confident that I’ve given the players the tools they need and now it’s down to them to do the rest. ”

The 67-year-old former Atletico Madrid boss, who has an unbeaten record in the 16 matches since he took charge of the national side after Euro 2004, said it was important that his side dictated the pace of Saturday’s game. “It’s vital that we play at a high tempo in the first 15 minutes,” he said. “The support of the fans is going to be important and it could be a worry if we don’t get an early goal as they might begin to get a bit restless. ”

Aragones said he had considerable respect for Slovakia but was convinced his side would win through and earn themselves a place at their eighth consecutive World Cup. “They are a small country that has been improving their football and they are here with a chance of qualifying for the World Cup,” he said… ”

Aragones said he had considerable respect for Slovakia but was convinced his side would win through and earn themselves a place at their eighth consecutive World Cup. “They are a small country that has been improving their football and they are here with a chance of qualifying for the World Cup,” he said. “Physically they are very fit and although they may not be the most attractive side to watch, the few things they do, they do well. They are particularly dangerous on the break. “But I hope and know that we are going to win. Spain have qualified for every World Cup for the last 30 years and it is very important that we do it again. ”

Aragones said he has settled on his starting line-up and hinted he would use Liverpool winger Luis Garcia on the right in an attempt to stretch the Slovak defence rather than use his club colleague Xabi Alonso to add more weight to the centre of midfield.

Kewell tips Australia to be next year’s surprise package
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 12, 2005
A persistent groin injury has restricted him to 13 appearances for Liverpool, most of which he has played in severe pain, and he managed only 23 minutes of the Champions League final in Istanbul in May before his groin gave way and he suffered the indignity of being booed by his team’s supporters as he limped away. “Liverpool haven’t seen the best of me yet, the fans can see that plain and simple,” Kewell said. “I know they get frustrated seeing a player not do all he can on the pitch, but they need to understand my body hasn’t allowed me to be the player I know I should be this year. ” Kewell made his comeback for Liverpool three weeks ago and this evening he has the chance to end his miserable year on a significant high when he plays for Australia in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off against Uruguay in Montevideo before the return in Sydney on Wednesday. Australia have reached the World Cup finals only once, in West Germany in 1974, and this will be Kewell’s third attempt at booking a place among the world’s elite. In 1997, he was part of the team coached by Terry Venables who lost to Iran on away goals in a dramatic play-off and four years later he was in the team who lost 3-1 to Uruguay at the same stage. “We’ve waited long enough, so this should be our time,” Kewell said… “Most countries would want us in their group, probably thinking we would be a pushover, but they would be in for a shock. Make no mistake, we are a good side. “Just look at what Greece did at Euro 2004 (they won the tournament) or South Korea at the last World Cup. I would put us in that category — an unfancied team ready to cause a few shocks. Teams who take us lightly could get punished.

ABC Sport – Football – Hiddink tight-lipped on starting line-up
abc.net.au – Nov 12, 2005
“I can tell you – but I won’t,” he joked when asked about the team details. “I don’t have that many secrets but tomorrow is the last session in the morning and then officially I will announce the line-up to the players as well. “I’m not the type of guy who is first announcing it publicly and then to the guys – although they know already for 90 per cent. ”

Hiddink said the mood in the camp was relaxed following an extended training camp in neighbouring Argentina, but warned that Australia was facing a “very difficult game”. “The mood is good, the players are relaxed, but you must not be too relaxed because tomorrow it’s the real time here,” he said. The Socceroos flew in to Montevideo’s Carrasco airport in the small hours of this morning (AEDT), where there were no repeats of the ugly scenes which greeted their arrival four years ago. Police arranged for a decoy bus, an empty vehicle with the curtains closed identical to the bus used by Australia, to travel to the team hotel in central Montevideo minutes before the real one, which was escorted by police cars and motorbikes… “I’m not the type of guy who is first announcing it publicly and then to the guys – although they know already for 90 per cent. ”

Hiddink said the mood in the camp was relaxed following an extended training camp in neighbouring Argentina, but warned that Australia was facing a “very difficult game”. “The mood is good, the players are relaxed, but you must not be too relaxed because tomorrow it’s the real time here,” he said. The Socceroos flew in to Montevideo’s Carrasco airport in the small hours of this morning (AEDT), where there were no repeats of the ugly scenes which greeted their arrival four years ago. Police arranged for a decoy bus, an empty vehicle with the curtains closed identical to the bus used by Australia, to travel to the team hotel in central Montevideo minutes before the real one, which was escorted by police cars and motorbikes. A group of Uruguyan fans turned out to welcome the team to the hotel, but they were described as friendly and spirited rather than hostile. Kick-off is at 7am AEDT on Sunday with the second leg to be played in Sydney on Wednesday.

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