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December 6, 2005

Shearer wins over Shepherd

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | African | 10 things to look out for in Egypt
* Big nations worried by World Cup draw
* Madcap Mourinho’s masterplan
* Shearer wins over Shepherd
* The artisan’s choice
* CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Da Luz D-Day for Rooney’s United
* ABC Sport – Football – Game’s ugly side on show ahead of World…

BBC SPORT | Football | African | 10 things to look out for in Egypt
BBC News – Dec 4, 2005
But talk, as someone once said, is cheap. And there is an awful lot of talking when it comes to next year’s finals in Egypt. Talking a good game does not in itself win matches but many will argue that if you want to be a Nations Cup winner, you have to hype up pre-match predictions boxing style. So instead of saying: “We know it’s going to be a difficult game,” coaches and players alike should snarl: “We’ll thrash them. ” This vocal bravado may just sow seeds of doubt in your opponents’ minds. And as the 25th Nations Cup approaches, it seems appropriate for me to do my own bit of talking and list 10 things you should look out for in Egypt. Most of the things on my list can be traced back to my rather fertile imagination, I know, but stranger things have happened in this game over the years… Their captain Tarek Al Taib to be named player of the tournament, afterwhich he signs for Real Madrid. Wesam Elnaili, Libya

Abedi Pele to make a comeback for Ghana and use use the Nations Cup to prepare for the World Cup. Mohamed Deen, UK

Ball boys to disappear whenever Egypt take the lead in their matches. Victor Nwokocha, USA

Libya to win all their group matches and then going all the way to win the cup.

Big nations worried by World Cup draw
The Age – Dec 6, 2005
Australia will be in the lowest tier, as it is competing in itsfirst World Cup since 1974 and has a relatively low FIFA rankingdue to a sparse schedule. The use of the past three World Cups as a guide has some of thebig names nervous. England did not qualify for USA `94, The Netherlands missed thelast World Cup while Euro 2004 runner-up Portugal did not take partin 1994 or 1998. “With the selection procedure (for seedings), I think thenational teams of Holland and England have reason to be worried. Even Italy might not get a place,” FIFA president Sepp Blatter saidrecently. The Netherlands is most vulnerable of the big teams, with theeight top-seeded teams expected to be defending champion Brazil,host Germany plus Argentina, Italy, England, France, Mexico andSpain.

Madcap Mourinho’s masterplan
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 4, 2005
At right-back, Robert Huth – a centre-half by trade – was in a foreign land without a passport. In the absence of Wayne Bridge, William Gallas has been shunted out of his central position to fill in at left-back. But not even these disruptions to Chelsea’s often impenetrable back four could save Bayern from elimination. They sent a gang all right, but there was no gaping hole in the wall for them to pour through. In these intense final stages of the club’s Champions League campaign, woolly hats have replaced the woolly thinking of last season, when Claudio Ranieri’s tactical aberrations cost them so dearly in the semi-final against Monaco. In Bayern’s apology for a football stadium (running track round the pitch, one side open to the elements), the welcome was suitably gladiatorial, until it dawned on the hosts that there would be no madcap innovations to exploit. If fault can be found, it was there in Chelsea’s excessively defensive posture after the break… In Bayern’s apology for a football stadium (running track round the pitch, one side open to the elements), the welcome was suitably gladiatorial, until it dawned on the hosts that there would be no madcap innovations to exploit. If fault can be found, it was there in Chelsea’s excessively defensive posture after the break. As black shirts flooded the blue enclave in search of the three goals they needed, it was as if Chelsea had mutated into England at Euro 2004. Had Mourinho not concocted a story about Anders Frisk and Frank Rijkaard in Barcelona, and acquired a touchline ban as a result, the chances are that the arms of his grey overcoat would have flapped in the coaching zone, and his players told to carry the fight back upfield. Here, for the first time, was a hint that Mourinho’s truculence was backfiring on his team. One of his most impressive attributes is a talent for making tactical changes on the hoof. Last night this weapon was missing from Chelsea’s armoury.

Shearer wins over Shepherd
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 5, 2005
I am no different from our supporters because I am a supporter as well and it’s what I want. “In an ideal world, which unfortunately football isn’t, I would always want a Geordie to be the manager of this football club. Not only that, but I have always seen Alan Shearer as playing some part in this football club when he finishes playing. “Shepherd, who said “nobody at this club has done a good enough job this season, including me”, confirmed funds would be available to Souness to strengthen his squad. “There’s a lot of things you can accuse us of but nobody can accuse the board of not backing our manager when it comes to buying players,” Shepherd added. “Graeme Souness has a good track record in the transfer market at the likes of Rangers and Blackburn Rovers and will get our full backing. “It is no secret we are expecting a busy close season and I actually spent over three hours with the manager yesterday and there are no prizes for what we were talking about… “I’ve been out for a while so we’ll have to see if I’m included but if I am I’ll definitely go. “It’s a World Cup year and there is no bigger prize on offer to a player than playing in a World Cup finals. Since Euro 2004 it’s been my objective to try to make the World Cup in Germany. “The more you’re involved the more chance you’ve got of being picked so I want to go.

The artisan’s choice
go.com – Dec 5, 2005
In the current campaign, only Ruud van Nistelrooy has scored more Premiership goals. If we exclude Matt Le Tissier, who only paid cursory attention to his defensive duties, David Platt was the last midfielder to get 20 goals in a top-flight season and Lampard is on course to emulate him. And if statistics, unlike extraordinary displays of natural talent, do not take the breath away, they still bear repetition. By the end of Euro 2004 – where, lest we forget, Eriksson had pencilled Nicky Butt into his team ahead of Lampard – he was in his 70th match of the season and still arguably England’s freshest player. Time, then to assess Mourinho’s rationale: ‘He is the best player in the world because he plays well every week. There are other great players, but they play well once a month. ‘ It is an indication that consistency, reliability and stamina are among the criteria for the Portuguese.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Da Luz D-Day for Rooney’s United
noticias.info – Dec 5, 2005
It was the UEFA EURO 2004? quarter-final against Portugal and when Rooney limped off with a broken metatarsal after 27 minutes, England lost their prime weapon and eventually lost the match. It was the UEFA EURO 2004? quarter-final against Portugal and when Rooney limped off with a broken metatarsal after 27 minutes, England lost their prime weapon and eventually lost the match… With his capacity to create something out of nothing, Rooney was involved virtually every time United threatened but, in the words of the Daily Telegraph, “he was a class act in need of a better supporting cast”. Worrying statistics
Although Sir Alex claimed afterwards that United had “just needed a little break but didn’t get it” his argument that the second half brought “some of that typical Manchester United abandonment” in their attacking play is countered by some worrying statistics. Ignoring qualifying matches, United have now not scored in seven of their last eight European outings. Their last two home matches have finished goalless – which is as many stalemates as Old Trafford had witnessed in 34 ties over the previous six seasons since United won the UEFA Champions League. Transitional period
United have sailed through the group stage in campaigns gone by, scoring for fun. Last season they struck 12 times in six matches, the season before 13. Right now the goals for column reads two.

ABC Sport – Football – Game’s ugly side on show ahead of World…
abc.net.au – Dec 5, 2005
Nuremberg’s Stefan Kiessling was also pelted by objects thrown from the crowd in the game against Borussia Moenchengladbach. “We shouldn’t panic,” World Cup organising committee vice-president Wolfgang Niersbach said. “The World Cup is not under threat. The old stadiums with running tracks were obviously safer in this regard but video monitoring means people cannot get away with this. ”

Niersbach said a proposal to remove the netting behind the goals would not now be pursued… The old stadiums with running tracks were obviously safer in this regard but video monitoring means people cannot get away with this. ”

Niersbach said a proposal to remove the netting behind the goals would not now be pursued. Newspapers also reported a man was fatally stabbed on Friday evening after an argument about football. The incident came just a few days after 100 German and Polish fans started a mass brawl on the German side of the border. Hooliganism is one of the worst fears for World Cup organisers as they work with police on the security arrangements for the finals.

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