Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 15, 2005

Eriksson at last made the most of substitutions

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The News Review:

* Owen hails magical Rooney
* Italy back to haunt Van Basten
* Continuity the key to getting best out of remarkable Ferdinand
* Eriksson at last made the most of substitutions
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | N Ireland 1-1 Portugal
* BBC SPORT | Football | Premiership | Cantona voted Premiership’s…
* Ghosts line up to spook Pekerman
* WORLD CUP 2006: Czech commitment pays off, says Smicer
* How England rated
* The friendly versus Argentina in Geneva is David Beckham’s 50th match…
* Crespo shows cutting edge
* Rehhagel stays with Greece
* Jurgen’s hip hop generation
* Gulf Times – Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper – Sport
* Nedved returns to inspirational best
* Committed to PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO KNOW

Owen hails magical Rooney
go.com – Nov 13, 2005
He said: ‘The partnership is developing but even from minute one I was thinking `who couldn’t play with him?’ We dove-tail with each other really well. Every one of his strengths is totally opposite to my strengths. ‘We showed that in Euro 2004. I had a slow start to the tournament but then started picking up. Wayne was on fire from minute one but in general we are opposites – and when you are opposites you seem to gel quite quickly. ‘My game is not Wayne Rooney’s. My strengths aren’t coming off people and linking play up… I had a slow start to the tournament but then started picking up. Wayne was on fire from minute one but in general we are opposites – and when you are opposites you seem to gel quite quickly. ‘My game is not Wayne Rooney’s. My strengths aren’t coming off people and linking play up. My strength is seeing opportunities, knowing where a ball is going to go, sniffing out a chance, and when I get that chance, obviously scoring. ‘No-one in the starting 11 today is like me but other players have different strengths. I am always on my toes for the 90 minutes.

Italy back to haunt Van Basten
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 14, 2005
Holland’s injury-hit team, including four players plucked from the under-21s, were outplayed by Italy in a classic counter-attacking display. The cat devoured the mouse with relish. After returning home early from the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, Italy are showing signs of improvement under Marcello Lippi. “It was important to have personality against Holland, but now we have to stay with our feet on the ground,” Alessandro Del Piero, the forward, said. “It was just a friendly match and the future is more important, not this result. ” With Mark van Bommel and Wesley Sneijder to return in midfield along with the formidable attacking trident of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, Holland should present a different proposition in the World Cup, although the area Van Basten really needs to strengthen is the centre of his callow defence. On his full debut, Ron Vlaar had a nightmare, heading through his own net to give Italy a 2-1 lead and being muscled off the ball by Luca Toni as the imposing centre forward made the game safe… After returning home early from the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, Italy are showing signs of improvement under Marcello Lippi. “It was important to have personality against Holland, but now we have to stay with our feet on the ground,” Alessandro Del Piero, the forward, said. “It was just a friendly match and the future is more important, not this result. ” With Mark van Bommel and Wesley Sneijder to return in midfield along with the formidable attacking trident of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, Holland should present a different proposition in the World Cup, although the area Van Basten really needs to strengthen is the centre of his callow defence. On his full debut, Ron Vlaar had a nightmare, heading through his own net to give Italy a 2-1 lead and being muscled off the ball by Luca Toni as the imposing centre forward made the game safe. The 20-year-old is not even the first choice for AZ Alkmaar, and it shows.

Continuity the key to getting best out of remarkable Ferdinand
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 14, 2005
One of the reasons why Ferdinand attracts so much criticism is that his play is very elegant and casual and sometimes it looks as if he could not care less – which is the opposite of the truth. Terry is completely different; he flings himself around the area in a way Ferdinand does not. In Euro 2004 it seemed his biggest weakness was a lack of pace; he kept getting pushed further and further back. Although pace is still an issue, he is a far better and more confident player now than he was then, especially when it comes to his positional play. You had to have plenty of sympathy for England’s other specialist centre-back in Geneva. When David Beckham was pushed into the role of a holding midfielder in Cardiff in September, I said that it was all very well playing in that position against Wales but what would happen when he came up against a world-class attacking midfielder?In Juan Riquelme, Argentina had precisely that type of performer but the man who had to deal with him was not Beckham but Ledley King.

Eriksson at last made the most of substitutions
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 15, 2005
I have often thought this saying should be displayed in every professional football club’s dressing room, but it is of even more importance at international level, where the length of time between each game can play tricks with people’s memories. I would be very surprised if Sven-Goran Eriksson did not find the time to sit quietly by himself and watch a recording of the. I would recommend that he switches the volume off… The 2002 tournament was part preparation, where England lost to the eventual winners Brazil at the quarter-final stage. We should remember that it was Eriksson who galvanised an ailing World Cup qualifying campaign with that wonderful 5-1 victory in Munich against Germany. England reached the quarter-finals again in the Euro 2004 Championship, losing to the host country Portugal in a penalty shoot-out. Preparation and experience gained, not only by the players but by the manager as well. After both losses he was heavily criticised for his apparent reluctance to do anything to try to change the games. It can be a lonely job being the England manager, especially in defeat, and if we are going to criticise Eriksson as we did for one defeat against Northern Ireland in the 10-game successful World Cup qualifying campaign, we should be able to find some words of congratulation for him for a fine victory against Argentina – without, of course, going over the top. If he has watched the game again in silence, he will be well aware that it is always best to keep things in balance.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 14, 2005
“Aside from that our objectives were to play well and get a win and we achieved them both. My partnership with Gilardino works well and we’ve shown we’re a strong group of players who can go far. ” Italy’s win was also the clearest indication yet that their coach, Marcello Lippi, is guiding the team back on track after their disappointing early exits from the 2002 World Cup and UEFA EURO 2004™. Since taking over from Giovanni Trapattoni last July, Lippi has not so much revolutionised the team as gradually fine-tuned it. Bold changesGianluigi Buffon remains Italy’s No1 goalkeeper; Fabio Cannavaro and Alessandro Nesta are still the pillars at the centre of defence; and Mauro Camoranesi, Andrea Pirlo and Gennardo Gattuso, all regulars under Trapattoni, remain at the heart of Italy’s midfield. It is in attack that Lippi has made his boldest changes, favouring men who had no previous international experience over the old guard of Christian Vieri, Bernardo Corradi and Alessandro Del Piero, although the latter player impressed in Amsterdam. Already prominentToni, a regular on the scoresheet for ACF Fiorentina, came fresh from a season in Serie B with US Città di Palermo when Lippi handed him his international debut in his first match in charge against Iceland last August.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | N Ireland 1-1 Portugal
BBC News – Nov 15, 2005
Feeney, who had not started for over three years and was a sub for the last seven games, scored with a looping header on 53 minutes. Euro 2004 finalists Portugal had led through an own goal by Motherwell’s Stephen Craigan just before half-time. He diverted Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross past helpless keeper Maik Taylor. Northern Ireland did well to battle back against Luiz Filipe Scolari’s side and the result allowed them to end the year on a positive note. Back-to-back defeats against Wales and Austria in the World Cup qualifiers had taken some of the gloss off the famous victory against England.

BBC SPORT | Football | Premiership | Cantona voted Premiership’s…
BBC News – Nov 15, 2005
“When we won I cried, it meant so much to me. “Of course it is not as big as football but when you are a rich man you are proud to own a Rolls Royce and when you are a poor man you are proud to own a Renault. “I love being at the start of something and watching it grow.

Ghosts line up to spook Pekerman
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 13, 2005
Former captains can be difficult reserves. The third phantom of Geneva is Lionel Messi, a slip of a boy obliged to be a spectator by suspension. The Barcelona youngster is positioning himself for the 2006 World Cup rather as England’s Wayne Rooney lurched into view ahead of Euro 2004, although similarities surrounding their disciplinary records should not be followed too closely. Messi, 18, was sent off in his last friendly for Argentina, also his senior international debut, against Hungary in August. It lasted less than a minute before he was red-carded for tangling with an opponent who had pulled his shirt. The decision was sudden and brutal. He has since appeared in internationals and will be used against Qatar… The assumption is that Hernan Crespo, despite his secondary role for Chelsea, is a cert and that it’s merely a case of establishing the suitability of various contenders to be his partner in attack. Messi joins Sergio Aguero and former Birmingham striker Luciano Figueroa as likely candidates. Others not on the Geneva trip include Valencia’s Pablo Aimar, who is injured but likely to go to Germany. Aimar’s ability to influence a match would be contested by nobody who has watched Valencia win two Spanish league titles in the past four years. He may look fragile and rather dainty, but he has a pickpocket’s touch around the penalty area. Different talents would be provided by Javier Mascherano, a central midfielder who played a significant part in Argentina’s Olympic gold medal at Athens last year. Aldo Duscher, the Deportivo La Coruña anchor who broke David Beckham’s metatarsal bone before the last World Cup, also aspires to a place in the eventual squad.

WORLD CUP 2006: Czech commitment pays off, says Smicer
noticias.info – Nov 13, 2005
The Czechs, who finished second to the Netherlands in European Zone Group 1, will be expected to finish off the Norwegians in Prague on Wednesday and book a place at Germany 2006. “We faced a tough opponent today, the pitch was difficult and it was not easy to play on it,” Smicer said. “But I think we had the game under control thanks to our very committed performance. Norway’s direct football, with John Carew and Steffen Iversen up front, had little impact on a resolute Czech defence and Smicer continued: “The Norwegians had dangerous long balls and long throw-ins. But we managed to achieve a very good result that counts and we are all happy about it. Our chances for the second leg are good now… But it is necessary to have a good rest before Prague and prepare well for the second leg as the Norwegians are awkward opponents. Smicer, who was playing in his 80th match for the Czech Republic, struck the game?s only goal after 31 minutes. Pavel Nedved, returning to the side for the first time since UEFA EURO 2004, slid the ball down the right for Karel Poborsky and his cross found the unmarked Smicer, who had no trouble in planting his header past Norwegian goalkeeper Thomas Myhre. The Bordeaux player said: “I did not see the defender slipping before the cross, I just concentrated on the ball from Karel Poborsky, I knew where he was going to aim the cross. Milan Baros took the attention of the defenders at the near post and the ball came over. I just said to myself that I have to get the ball on target. It was a nice cross and my header was also not bad, I think.

How England rated
The Observer – Nov 13, 2005
Now has two goals in his past 17 England games, having not struck competitively since a brace at Euro 2004. But if he was never to score again he would still be an automatic choice because of his ability to frighten defences and win games. Found space and passes that set up Owen’s disallowed effort after six minutes. Was unlucky to hit the post with a clever chip over Abbondanzieri and then not to get a penalty from a surging run minutes later. 9 – Man of the match Article continues.

The friendly versus Argentina in Geneva is David Beckham’s 50th match…
Calcutta Telegraph – Nov 13, 2005
“It was a case of keeping hold of it and proving I could be a captain, be a leader. People were doubting that I was the right person at the time and still are now. ”

The consensus is that Beckham owes his country a good tournament after disappointments spanning France 98 (sent off against Argentina), the next World Cup in Japan (he rushed back too early from breaking a metatarsal) and finally, and most damning of all, Euro 2004 when he clearly wasn’t match-fit. Yet talk of national debts is missing the point. Beckham owes himself a good tournament more than anything else. No top-class footballer, especially one who has enjoyed so much success at club level, wants to look back on a career, otherwise sensational, marred by underachievement on the biggest stage of all. The World Cup finals have always been the barometer… Something else, too, that falls on the plus side. There used to be a time when the nation wrung its hands if Beckham wasn’t fit, fretting over how the team would get by. Wayne Rooney is the man now regarded as indispensable. At a push, you could also argue that, in terms of importance, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have overtaken their teammate. In reality, that might not be such a bad thing if it allows the playmaker to perform under slightly less pressure.

Crespo shows cutting edge
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 13, 2005
England were buoyed by the job they did on Poland in their last game but beating the Poles is one thing; Argentina are poles apart. They are the kind of team, this is the sort of level that England will have to cope with if they are to win the World Cup. The Fifa rankings often confirm the old saying about lies, damned lies and statistics -—witness the USA’s position of 7th — but, with Greece’s win at Euro 2004 confirming the ordinariness of European nations, it is probably fair to rate Argentina, after Brazil, as the best side in the world. The big man was comfortable against Poland but cumbersome here. It wasn’t all his fault: his presence in the sitting role was supposed to give Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and David Beckham freedom, but not a free pass to do as they pleased and while some of this trio’s attacking was incisive, their inclination to defend was sometimes non existent. This left Sven-Göran Eriksson’s sitting player manning the gates in midfield alone.

Rehhagel stays with Greece
World Soccer – Nov 14, 2005
Rehhagel guided Greece to an unexpected Euro 2004 triumph but he could not repeat the trick in the World Cup qualifying campaign as Greece finished fourth in a tough group containing Ukraine, Turkey and Denmark. Rehhagel, Greece coach for four years, said he would not have made any other decision as "his heart is in Greece". "Now we must defend our European title," he added. Rehhagel’s contract has an option for another six months to June 2008 should Greece qualify for Euro 2008. "It’s a happy day for Greek soccer, we should celebrate," said Bolton midfielder Stelios Yiannakopoulos.

Jurgen’s hip hop generation
The Observer – Nov 13, 2005
After a deplorable European Championship in Portugal, where the team failed to win a game and slunk away looking old and battered, repairing the damage in time to be convincing tournament hosts was a task that made the German coaching establishment dive for cover. Once Ottmar Hitzfeld and Jupp Heynckes (both Champions League winners) and Otto Rehhagel, gold medallist at Euro 2004 with Greece, rejected the invitation, it was gamble time. Klinsmann was a high-risk appointment. Two key boxes on the conventional job description went unchecked: Coaching experience? Nope. Availability? Lives in California and will continue to do so. Sixteen months into his tenure, these two factors remain intensely provocative… The hip-hop generation. A self-styled blueprint for a fresh playing style. The German Football Federation (DFB) not being the most avant-garde of organisations, it is amazing that they went along with it, even if they weren’t spoilt for choice. There was criticism. Some of it from obvious quarters. Lothar Matthaus, former team-mate and captain the last time Germany won the World Cup at Italia 90, has clashed with Klinsmann for as long as anyone can remember. ‘One has to wonder,’ sniped Matthaus in his newspaper column.

Gulf Times – Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper – Sport
Gulf Times – Nov 14, 2005
?We are optimistic going into the World Cup year,? Klinsmann said yesterday, a day after his team ended 2005 by holding France to a 0-0 draw at the Stade de France. ?We have Mount Kilimanjaro in front of us. We started climbing it in August 2004,? added the former top striker, who has said winning the 2006 World Cup on home soil was his goal since he took over the coaching duties in the wake of a disastrous Euro 2004 campaign. ?Everybody?s expecting us to go all the way,? he added. ?We are convinced that we can be competitive against the best sides in the world and home advantage will give us a little extra. ?Germany, relying on several young and relatively inexperienced players, have experienced highs and lows in 2005 but Klinsmann said he was pleased with what he saw. ?We can look back on the year with satisfaction,? he told reporters in Paris just before the team flew back to Germany… ? Germany will get another opportunity to beat a top team when they play Italy in their next outing in March. Before that Klinsmann will have to decide who, from Bayern Munich?s Oliver Kahn and Arsenal?s Jens Lehmann, will be his number one goalkeeper at the World Cup. ?That situation is not clear yet,? he said on Sunday. ?We will wait and see how the games in the Bundesliga and in the Premier League and the Champions League go and we will make a decision by mid-February.

Nedved returns to inspirational best
Dansk Boldspil-Union – Nov 13, 2005
Pavel Nedved described his return to the Czech Republic side as “the most difficult match” of his international career after helping inspire a 1-0 victory against Norway in the first leg of their 2006 FIFA World Cup play-off at the Ullev?l stadium in Oslo. ‘Influential role’Nedved was back in the Czech side for the first time since the semi-final defeat to Greece during UEFA Euro 2004? and he played an influential role as Karel Br?ckner’s team took an important step towards qualification. He was involved in Vladimir ?micer’s decisive goal, feeding Karel Poborsk? whose precise cross from the right was headed in by the veteran midfielder, and was generally the instigator of many of his side’s most flowing moves. ‘Most difficult return’But both teams found it difficult to play their passing game on a boggy pitch, and Nedved admitted that it had not made his high-profile return any easier. “It was the most difficult return to the national team for me because the pitch just added to the pressure,” Nedved told reporters after the match. ‘Halfway there’”I am happy about the result but we have done nothing yet – we are still only halfway there… The second match will be very hard. I saw Italy play Norway in qualifying and it was very tough for them. It’s not over because this team is dangerous from every corner and every throw in. “Chorus of approvalNedved twice came close to scoring himself but was denied in each half by the excellent Thomas Myhre, who kept his side in the match with a series of important saves. On each occasion Nedved’s efforts were met with chants of is name from the vociferous away support, and his team-mates were happy to join in the chorus of approval. ‘Great spirit’”We are very happy to see him back in our team and you could see today how important he is to us,” ?micer told uefa.

Committed to PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO KNOW
Daily Star – The Daily Star – Nov 14, 2005
November 14, 2005 Sports Brazil flood UaeReuters, LondonWorld champions Brazil put eight goals past United Arab Emirates and Germany drew 0-0 in France in Saturday’s friendlies for next year’s World Cup hopefuls. Italy were 3-1 winners in the Netherlands, Euro 2004 finalists Portugal beat Croatia 2-0 and Ivory Coast prepared for their World Cup debut with a 2-1 win over Romania in neutral France. Brazil, even bigger favourites to retain their title in Germany after lifting the Confederations Cup there in June, outclassed their opponents in an 8-0 drubbing in Abu Dhabi. Playmaker Kaka gave them a first-half lead but the fireworks came after the break when Olympique Lyon team mates Fred and Juninho Pernambucano scored two apiece, defenders Lucio and Cicinho got one each and striker Adriano converted a penalty. Two other World Cup candidates met in Amsterdam, with Marcello Lippi’s Italy coming out on top of Marco van Basten’s men after going a goal down. Alessandro Del Piero had a hand in Italy’s first two goals, providing the cross for Alberto Gilardino to head an equaliser and sending over a corner which was turned in by Dutch defender Ron Vlaar in first-half stoppage time… Luca Toni put the match beyond the Netherlands’ reach, catching out their hosts on the break. In two other games among qualified nations, Armando Petit and Pedro Pauleta, taking his national record tally to 43 goals, scored for Portugal against Croatia, while South Korea, co-hosts and semi-finalists of the 2002 World Cup, drew 2-2 with Sweden. The United States, appearing in their fifth successive finals next summer, drew 1-1 at Hampden Park against a Scotland side who will not be making the trip to Germany.

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