Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 24, 2005

McLeish’s fate back in balance

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The News Review:

* Sporting life – Geoff McClure – Opinion – theage.com.au
* WORLD CUP 2006: Unity the key for Ukraine
* Portuguese men at war
* McLeish’s fate back in balance
* FIFA World Cup
* Wenger chasing Deportivo stars
* Olsson doubts on salary caps

Sporting life – Geoff McClure – Opinion – theage.com.au
The Age – Nov 21, 2005
Welearn now that when the Qantas jet arrived in Montivideo to fly theteam to Australia straight after the first leg of their tie eightdays ago, the plane’s captain and his team also played their partin the $650,000 operation. Normally, crew members would go straightto the airport lounge before making their way to their hotels butthis time they waited on the tarmac and personally supervised theplane’s refuelling and made sure all the correct procedures werecarried out so that the specially fitted-out aircraft would beready to leave the moment the players arrived at their airport. Our shootout win was soccer historyTHE Socceroos’ entry into the World Cup finals may not have beengreeted in other countries with the same fanfare that occurred inAustralia last week but we discover now that our name will beetched forever in the international history books regardless of howwe perform in Germany next year. It’s because of a stat that one ofour resident statisticians, Martin Windsor-Black, stumbledacross as he swapped his Australian football hat for that of theround-ball code and sifted through the World Cup history books inthe wake of our great win in Sydney. Put simply, it appears that inbeating Uruguay after scores were locked after extra time,Australia became the first nation to qualify for a World Cup by wayof a penalty shootout. Now as incredible as this may seem, rememberthat penalty shootouts are a relatively recent innovation. Forinstance, in the 1954 qualifiers, Spain and Turkey were locked at2-2 but Turkey eventually went through… Puma 11 Nike 8THE Socceroos qualifying for the World Cup was not only good newsfor Australia but also for Nike, which now will equip eight of the32 teams competing at soccer’s holy grail. It is second only toPuma, which will be associated with 11 of the countries. Adidas isthe third top with six teams, having missed with Euro 2004 championGreece, Nigeria, 2010 host South Africa and China. The good newsfor adidas, though, is that many of the six teams are big names— host Germany, title contender Argentina, France and Spain— and importantly, it is an official World Cup sponsor andalso will provide the World Cup ball. Join the team, SteveFOR a man who pretty much lived and breathed elite-level cricketfor 20 years, Steve Waugh has now pretty much gone from oneextreme to the other. Having already described to us lastThursday’s first day of the second Test as “a bit flat after thesoccer, mate”, the former Australian Test skipper, in fact, saysthat these days he rarely goes out of his way to watch cricket,especially since the launch of his book Out of My ComfortZone. “If it’s on the telly when I am home or in my hotel room,I will switch it on, but these days I am too busy with businessmatters,” Waugh said.

WORLD CUP 2006: Unity the key for Ukraine
noticias.info – Nov 24, 2005
Oleg Blokhin’s men delighted fans during an emphatic qualifying campaign and although the iconic Andriy Shevchenko was characteristically influential, the AC Milan star was no more than an cog in a well-oiled machine that has elevated the country to the highest stage. With an enviable supply of talent at his disposal, Blokhin’s team could well be one of the surprises of the tournament. Shevchenko escapes fate of greats
Being one of the best players in the world is not always enough to unlock the door to the FIFA World Cup. A number of great players have been denied the chance to shine on football’s greatest stage due to the colour of their passport. From Liberia’s George Weah to Finnish forward Jari Litmanen, from Welsh wizard Ryan Giggs to Ghana’s Abedi Pele, not to mention the legendary Northern Irishman George Best. The list of truly unique talents never to have graced football’s supreme event certainly makes impressive reading. Scarcely two years ago, it was looking as though the name Andriy Shevchenko would one day be added to this list… Shevchenko’s personal contribution was complemented by the support and determination of his team-mates. As far as the squad was concerned, talent was not in short supply; all they had been lacking was the right figure to direct their abilities. After Leonid Buryak had failed to steer his side to UEFA EURO 2004, Blokhin stepped in to take on the challenge. And the benefits of the former Soviet international’s experience and ambition were soon evident to all. “We will make it to Germany because the whole squad wants it so badly,” he said after the 1-0 win over Denmark in March. With five matches still to play, Blokhin was already confident enough to declare: “Our time has come at last. ” The European Player of the Year in 1975, Blokhin has adapted quickly to international management and, furthermore, has quickly instilled a whole new mentality into his players.

Portuguese men at war
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 20, 2005
” Adriaanse’s reputation for stylish football has tended to camouflage a lack of success. When he has expressed his opinions on other coaches, something he is often wont to do, it is this fact they have thrown back in his face. He said Holland could not win Euro 2004 with Dick Advocaat in charge, but the Little General snapped back that the criticism had come from a “very, very average coach”. A nemesis from Holland has also followed him to Portugal. Ronald Koeman, who managed Ajax after Adriaanse, packed a record of six wins and two draws over him into his suitcase when he headed to Lisbon to take over at Benfica last summer, and extended that sequence with a 2-0 Dragao win last month. “The difference between us is that I have already won titles, he hasn’t,” bitched Koeman. That was the first time in 14 years that Porto had lost at home to their arch-rivals and the white handkerchiefs were out in the stands.

McLeish’s fate back in balance
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 24, 2005
However, Rangers required a remarkable goal-line clearance to deny Paulo Assunção in the dying moments of this encounter. html”–>Oporto was not an encouraging location for Rangers. They lost here in 1983 when 60,000 people crammed into the old Das Antas stadium, next to the site of the space-age arena that is now home to Porto. The Estádio Dragão was built for Euro 2004 and offers breathtaking architecture while retaining its reputation as a real theatre of football. The 4,000 Rangers fans who had travelled here were in raucous mood but before kick-off the local public, with the aid of a cheerleader, raised their own decibel level. If anyone required a cheerleader, it was McLeish… html”–>Oporto was not an encouraging location for Rangers. They lost here in 1983 when 60,000 people crammed into the old Das Antas stadium, next to the site of the space-age arena that is now home to Porto. The Estádio Dragão was built for Euro 2004 and offers breathtaking architecture while retaining its reputation as a real theatre of football. The 4,000 Rangers fans who had travelled here were in raucous mood but before kick-off the local public, with the aid of a cheerleader, raised their own decibel level. If anyone required a cheerleader, it was McLeish. The Rangers manager’s backers have diminished with each setback in his team’s wretched run over the past three months. McLeish, shorn of key contributors such as Dado Prso, Nacho, Novo, Thomas Buffel, Julien Rodriguez and Olivier Bernard, opted for a 4-1-4-1 formation that had Francis Jeffers in a lone striking role while Alex Rae returned to bolster the midfield for his first start since August.

FIFA World Cup
Daily Star – The Daily Star – Nov 19, 2005
‘The seeded teams won’t just be decided on their FIFA ranking, but also on results obtained in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups,’ FIFA president Sepp Blatter said. ‘With the selection procedures, I think the national teams of Holland and England have reason to be worried. Even Italy may not get a place. ‘ The 2002 World Cup, which was co-hosted by Japan and South Korea, gave the competition a truly global appearance with teams from five confederations making it to the quarterfinals, where the United States lost to Germany 1-0. With the competition back on European soil, the likelihood is that European and South Americans will dominate. Most of the Brazilian and Argentine stars play for European clubs and are used to facing Italian, Spanish, English, Dutch and French players. Brazil have the most impressive strike force, with Ronaldo even unsure of a starting spot in Carlos Alberto Parreira’s line-up… Italy can choose from at least five top strikers, including Christian Vieri and Alessandro Del Piero; the Netherlands has Ruud van Nistelrooy, Roy Makaay and Dirk Kuyt; and veteran Brian McBride will be chasing World Cup goals for the United States at age 33. Sweden have Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Henrik Larsson, while the Ivory Coast — one of four African nations making their debuts — have Chelsea star Didier Drogba. With Spain and the Czech Republic now in the field, Real Madrid’s Raul Gonzalez and Milan Baros, top scorer at Euro 2004, also will be among the leading forwards. Mexico, who have never advanced past the quarterfinals, returns for the 13th time. Costa Rica make their third appearance, and Trinidad and Tobago — with former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke back in the lineup — have reached their first World Cup. South Korea reached the semifinals on home turf in 2002 and appear to be the strongest of the Asian teams. The others — Japan, Iran and Saudi Arabia — would do well to reach the second round.

Wenger chasing Deportivo stars
Camden Chronicle – London – Nov 23, 2005
Wenger is looking for an experienced and versatile defender to bolster the Gunners Premiership and Champions League campaign in the new year, and the 27-year-old fits the bill perfectly. Andrade, who has won 33 caps for Portugal, is a firm favourite to lead the exodus out of the Riazor having also fallen out with manager Joaquin Caparros after being axed from the side. The Deportivo players have the massive advantage of not being cup-tied for the Champions League – but that is only likely to increase the interest among Europe’s top clubs. There could well be a bidding war for Andrade’s signature though, with the Gunners Premiership rivals Liverpool and Chelsea are also known to be tracking the player who is best known in this country for breaking Wayne Rooney’s foot in the quarter-final between England and Portugal at Euro 2004. Andrade knows Jose Mourinho well having played under him at Porto, but Chelsea are not thought to be in the market for a defender at the moment. However Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is desperate for defensive cover and is known to be keen on Andrade, who can anywhere in the back four and also in midfield. Wenger is in a similar situation though, and is also set to lose Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue for a month when they head off to the African Nations Cup in January… Andrade, who has won 33 caps for Portugal, is a firm favourite to lead the exodus out of the Riazor having also fallen out with manager Joaquin Caparros after being axed from the side. The Deportivo players have the massive advantage of not being cup-tied for the Champions League – but that is only likely to increase the interest among Europe’s top clubs. There could well be a bidding war for Andrade’s signature though, with the Gunners Premiership rivals Liverpool and Chelsea are also known to be tracking the player who is best known in this country for breaking Wayne Rooney’s foot in the quarter-final between England and Portugal at Euro 2004. Andrade knows Jose Mourinho well having played under him at Porto, but Chelsea are not thought to be in the market for a defender at the moment. However Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is desperate for defensive cover and is known to be keen on Andrade, who can anywhere in the back four and also in midfield. Wenger is in a similar situation though, and is also set to lose Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue for a month when they head off to the African Nations Cup in January. It is likely Andrade would cost in between £10 and £15million – but Gunners chiefs have made it clear to Wenger that he still has the £30million that was available to him in the summer to spend.

Olsson doubts on salary caps
Dansk Boldspil-Union – Nov 23, 2005

Players’ insuranceIn reply to the question of compensation for clubs whose players are injured while playing for their countries, Mr Olsson said: “Players should be insured by the associations when they’re playing for their country. That is fair, but it?s also fair that players should represent their country. Grassroots”Clubs do not develop players by themselves ? they often come through the grassroots that the national associations invest in or in many cases, they’re brought from smaller clubs. Obviously, the big clubs help the players develop further, but if you talk to any youth coach, he’ll tell you the early years are the most critical for a player. To me, representing their country is a way of putting something back into the game. Investment should continue”The big finals ? the [UEFA] European Championship and the [FIFA] World Cup ? generate most of the money to fund the grassroots. To give you just one example, (UEFA) EURO 2004? raised ?250m (?175m) for UEFA’s grassroots programme… To me, representing their country is a way of putting something back into the game. Investment should continue”The big finals ? the [UEFA] European Championship and the [FIFA] World Cup ? generate most of the money to fund the grassroots. To give you just one example, (UEFA) EURO 2004? raised ?250m (?175m) for UEFA’s grassroots programme. It’s in everyone’s interests, including the players and the clubs, that that kind of investment continues. ”
Football as a pyramidMr Olsson said that if clubs took a large slice of the revenue from these tournaments, a big hole would be blown in grassroots funding. “The idea of football as a pyramid is a clich? but there’s some truth in it. The top of the pyramid can’t exist without the bottom.

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