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November 18, 2005

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The News Review:

* Tempers flare as Switzerland beat Turkey
* World Cup lineup complete
* FIFA probes Turkey violence
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* spiked | Offside, 18 November
* FOOTBALL EUROPE: ‘Arsenalistas’ gun for Benfica
* RTÉ Sport: Rosicky sends Czechs to Germany
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features

Tempers flare as Switzerland beat Turkey
Independent Online – Nov 17, 2005
But as the 2002 World Cup semifinalists threw everyone forward, the Swiss counter attacked and Marco Streller calmly slotted home in the 84th minute to restore their overall lead. With a minute left, Tuncay headed another goal to complete his hat-trick but it was little consolation for Turkey as Switzerland reached their first finals since 1994. ‘The Turkey team did not play as I expected’”I think we will learn lessons from this and we will be better in the future,” said Switzerland coach Koebi Kuhn. “The Turkey team did not play as I expected. Turkey have very talented players. They did not show their own football but played in the old English style. ”

Turkey coach Fatih Terim told Turkish television: “You have to congratulate our players after they fell 1-0 behind… “I don’t know any more. ”

The trouble started when Switzerland’s Benjamin Huggel appeared to kick Turkey assistant coach Mehmet Ozdilek from behind as they ran off the pitch. Turkey defender Alpay, mixed up in a similar clash at the end of a Euro 2004 group playoff with England, then seemed to kick Streller as they entered the tunnel and Huggel flew into Alpay from behind, grabbing him around the neck. It was not clear what happened in the subsequent melee but television pictures showed security personnel holding back players as they headed towards the changing rooms. Regarding the missiles thrown by the crowd,” Bicacki said: “It’s possible that we’ll get another fine from Fifa. Asked if anything could be done in future he added: “Yes, but it will take time, Things go slowly, slowly in Turkey.

World Cup lineup complete
The Age – Nov 17, 2005
There was high drama in Istanbul where Switzerland scored asecond minute penalty through Alexander Frei to go 3-0 up onaggregate but then endured 90 minutes of a white-knuckleroller-coaster ride as Turkey clawed the aggregate score back to3-3 with two goals from Tuncay Sanli and a Necati Ates penalty. Switzerland still led at that stage on away goals but afterwasting four clear second-half chances they scored again throughMarco Streller after 84 minutes to go 4-3 up on aggregate. Turkey came fighting back with Tuncay heading home in the 89thminute to complete his hat-trick and take the score to 4-2 on thenight and 4-4 on aggregate but it was not enough. There was even more tension on the other side of the worldearlier on Wednesday when Australia became the first team toqualify for a World Cup on penalties. John Aloisi converted the decisive spot kick after Australiagoalkeeper Mark Schwarzer pulled off two brilliant saves to sendthe capacity crowd of 83,000 wild. Australia’s Dutch coach Guus Hiddink has seen his team squarethe tie at 1-1 on aggregate with a first half goal from MarcoBresciano. Hiddink will be one of four Dutch coaches at the World Cup,presuming none of them lose their jobs by then, being joined bycompatriots Marco Van Basten (Netherlands), Dick Advocaat (SouthKorea) and Leo Beenhakker (Trinidad & Tobago)… 1 million will be thesmallest nation in the competition. There was relatively less passion and tension in Bratislava andPrague where the two halves of the old Czechoslovakia experienceddifferent, but expected outcomes. Slovakia, 5-1 down from the first leg, regained some pride witha 1-1 draw but went out 6-2 on aggregate as Spain stretched theirunbeaten run to 18 matches since they lost at Euro 2004. The Czechs beat Norway 1-0 to sail through 2-0 on aggregate.

FIFA probes Turkey violence
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Nov 18, 2005
“I can tell you this, not as a Swiss but as the president of FIFA, that we will act here and we will act tough,” Blatter told a news conference in Zurich on Thursday, in announcing an investigation into violence before and after Wednesday’s game in Istanbul. “In the past few days, fair play has been trampled under foot, not just on the pitch but also outside. ” The punishment after the inquiry could range from a warning to the suspension of any soccer association found at fault. The investigation must be finished by Dec… “Let us not forget that the incidents began in Switzerland. ” He was referring to the Turkish national anthem being whistled, the Turkish bench being targeted by defender Ludovic Magnin in the opening minutes, and Swiss striker Alexander Frei allegedly insulting Turkey coach Fatih Terim after the first leg game in Bern. Frei is no stranger to trouble, having been expelled from the Euro 2004 championship for spitting at England’s Stephen Gerrard. “We have complaints against Switzerland as well,” Mosturoglu said. “They are well documented and we will also take them up with FIFA. ” Mosturoglu said two Turkish security agents were hospitalized after being attacked by Swiss players during the tunnel free-for-all at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. “Blatter did not talk about these two security agents,” he said.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 18, 2005
High drama: There was high drama in Istanbul where Switzerland scored a second minute penalty through Alexander Frei to go 3-0 up on aggregate but then endured 90 minutes of a white-knuckle roller-coaster ride as Turkey clawed the aggregate score back to 3-3 with two goals from Tuncay Sanli and a Necati Ates penalty. Switzerland still led at that stage on away goals but after wasting four clear second-half chances they scored again through Marco Streller after 84 minutes to go 4-3 up on aggregate. Turkey came fighting back with Tuncay heading home in the 89th minute to complete his hat-trick and take the score to 4-2 on the night and 4-4 on aggregate but it was not enough. Shootout victory: There was even more tension on the other side of the world earlier on Wednesday when Australia became the first team to qualify for a World Cup on penalties. John Aloisi converted the decisive spot kick after Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer pulled off two brilliant saves to send the capacity crowd of 83,000 wild. Australia?s Dutch coach Guus Hiddink has seen his team square the tie at 1-1 on aggregate with a first half goal from Marco Bresciano. Hiddink will be one of four Dutch coaches at the World Cup, presuming none of them lose their jobs by then, being joined by compatriots Marco Van Basten (Netherlands), Dick Advocaat (South Korea) and Leo Beenhakker (Trinidad & Tobago)… 1 million will be the smallest nation in the competition. There was relatively less passion and tension in Bratislava and Prague where the two halves of the old Czechoslovakia experienced different, but expected outcomes. Slovakia, 5-1 down from the first leg, regained some pride with a 1-1 draw but went out 6-2 on aggregate as Spain stretched their unbeaten run to 18 matches since they lost at Euro 2004. The Czechs beat Norway 1-0 to sail through 2-0 on aggregate.

spiked | Offside, 18 November
Spiked – Nov 18, 2005
After England’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Argentina in Geneva, the ‘Sack the Swede’ campaign has fallen silent. And incredibly, just two months after England’s hapless performance against Northern Ireland, the bookies have installed England as second favourites to win the World Cup. Although the match against Argentina was the most fiercely contested ‘friendly’ I’ve ever seen, it still doesn’t tell us much about England’s chances of winning the World Cup. England’s infuriatingly inconsistent performances make the art of prediction nigh on impossible. The only prediction that can be made with any certainty is that England’s chances of success are completely, utterly, umbilical cord-connectedly dependent on a 21-year old Scouser… ‘He is no Diego Maradona just yet, but he has got everything. Pace, power, strength, creativity, goals. ’ The comparisons with Maradona may seem premature but Euro 2004 gave us a glimpse of Rooney’s ability to lift England above the merely ordinary. And remember how Diego Maradona dragged an otherwise mediocre Argentine team to the 1990 World Cup final? But invariably whenever Rooneymania breaks out it is never a completely joyous and unqualified phenomenon. Rooneymania is always tempered with the deep-rooted fear that our squat, pug-faced national treasure might self-combust – that his short fuse might spectacularly blow under provocation from sly, ankle-biting, shirt-tugging ‘continentals’. Every single indiscretion on Rooney’s part is woven into a fearful narrative of potential Gazza-like self-destruction – or Pa-roo-noia, as the tabloid caption writers might put it. He consorts with PVC-clad granny-prostitutes, he swears at referees (when he isn’t sarcastically applauding them), he appears on stage with bad-boy rapper 50 Cent, he calls David Beckham a ‘flash bastard’…and so on.

FOOTBALL EUROPE: ‘Arsenalistas’ gun for Benfica
noticias.info – Nov 18, 2005
“We lost for the first time against Mar?timo and Benfica are favourites to win this game but I believe that we will win,” said coach Ferreira. No big dealBraga will be without Paulo Jorge and Sidney but with midfielder Hugo Leal back from a knee injury, Ferreira was not too concerned. “This is not the most important game of the season for us,” he said. “It’s just another game. It’s very simple: if Benfica want to win here they will have to play better than us. Demanding taskDoing that may not be such an easy task. Ever since Braga bowed out of the UEFA Cup with a first-round defeat against FK Crvena Zvezda, they have been in sparkling form.

RTÉ Sport: Rosicky sends Czechs to Germany
rte.ie – Nov 16, 2005
The Czechs, who had not qualified for the World Cup since becoming an independent nation after their last appearance as Czechoslovakia in Italy in 1990, needed only a draw after winning the first leg in Oslo 1-0. Rosicky gave the Czechs insurance in the 35th minute, however, driving a low shot into the corner of the net after Milan Baros’s effort just inside the penalty area deflected off John Arne Riise. “This is the peak of my career,” Czech coach Karel Brueckner said moments before his players picked him up and carried him on the field to the delight of the crowd. “We showed our character tonight, I’m proud of how they played. ”
Even without injured strikers Jan Koller and Vratislav Lokvenc the Czechs made a fast start and Vladimir Smicer and Baros went close… It bounced across the penalty area to the unmarked Rosicky, who drove a low volley past goalkeeper Thomas Myhre. The Norwegians regrouped, narrowly missing several chances before the interval and pressing for much of the second half. The Euro 2004 semi-finalists never cracked, however, and goalkeeper Petr Cech made several fine saves to record his second successive clean sheet. “In the second half we were better, we had possibilities but we are a young team and we need some experience now,” Norway striker John Carew said. “We have a lot of talent and I hope in the next qualifying campaign we will have the experience we need. ”
Tempers flared near fulltime when Riise fouled Zdenek Grygera as the two tried to head the ball. Riise appeared to come off worse, lying prone on the ground for several minutes and receiving a yellow card.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 17, 2005
Van Basten debutMarco van Basten, who earned 58 caps and scored 24 goals in a glittering international playing career, will lead the Netherlands in his first World Cup as a coach having guided the former European champions through a qualifying group that included the Czech Republic and Romania with an impressive unbeaten record. Advocaat follows HiddinkVan Basten will be joined by three veterans of international coaching, with 58-year-old Dick Advocaat among them. Advocaat has twice managed the Netherlands, leading them to the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup and the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2004™, and has also enjoyed successful spells in club management, most notably with Rangers FC. He was appointed coach of the Korean Republic in September this year and follows in the footsteps of compatriot Guus Hiddink who led them to the World Cup semi-finals as co-hosts in 2002… Van Basten debutMarco van Basten, who earned 58 caps and scored 24 goals in a glittering international playing career, will lead the Netherlands in his first World Cup as a coach having guided the former European champions through a qualifying group that included the Czech Republic and Romania with an impressive unbeaten record. Advocaat follows HiddinkVan Basten will be joined by three veterans of international coaching, with 58-year-old Dick Advocaat among them. Advocaat has twice managed the Netherlands, leading them to the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup and the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2004™, and has also enjoyed successful spells in club management, most notably with Rangers FC. He was appointed coach of the Korean Republic in September this year and follows in the footsteps of compatriot Guus Hiddink who led them to the World Cup semi-finals as co-hosts in 2002. Much-travelled HiddinkGermany 2006 will be Hiddink’s third World Cup as a coach and he will be in charge of his third different nation, Australia. The Socceroos qualified for their first World Cup since 1974 in dramatic style with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win against Uruguay after their two-legged play-off had ended in a 1-1 draw. The coach of PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie, Hiddink became a national hero in the Korean Republic when he guided them to the last four in 2002 and also came close when he led the Netherlands to the semi-finals at France ’98.

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