Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 9, 2005

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The News Review:

* 32 nations hoping for an early Christmas
* WORLD CUP 2006: The master motivators
* MLSnet.com – News – 12/09/2005 9:16PM
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* West Brom v Man City: Preview
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* .:: Yanks Abroad ::.
* Republic in pot 4 for Euro 2008 draw
* UEFA EURO 2008: On course for 2008
* WORLD CUP 2006: Player to Watch: The rise of the other Ronaldo
* WORLD CUP 2006: Coaching becomes a young man’s game
* FIFA ranking: 2nd
* ABC Sport – Football – Guus: We’re ready to take on the world

32 nations hoping for an early Christmas
International Herald Tribune – Dec 8, 2005
Under the formula FIFA used to select the seeds, Brazil is way ahead. Then comes a cluster of closely bunched nations: the seven seeds followed by the United States and the Netherlands. The rest of the field contains the Czech Republic, ranked second in the world, South Korea, a semifinalist four years ago, and Portugal, the beaten finalist in Euro 2004. The other 2000 semifinalist, Turkey, did not qualify. That is a sign that while power in club soccer becomes more and more focused on a handful of European teams, so the playing field at the international level grows increasingly level. The two developments are not unrelated. Armed with growing wads of Champions League cash and freed by the European Commission from the obligation of fielding players from their own nations, the biggest Western European clubs scour the globe for talent.

WORLD CUP 2006: The master motivators
noticias.info – Dec 9, 2005
After all he had taken both Gremio and Palmeiras to Brazilian and continental titles prior to his success with the Sele??o and at the latter club was famously captured by a TV microphone delivering a rousing dressing-room speech. It helped that he was not afraid to assert his authority over national heroes like Luis Figo and Rui Costa, stamping his mark on the team by introducing new players like Deco. He may not be Portuguese but Scolari demands absolute commitment to the national cause and warned his players not to miss a friendly against Canada in March with the words: “Players encouraged by their club coaches not to exert themselves on international duty will be dropped from the squad. Only those who really want to defend the Portuguese flag will be called upon to play. ”

Guimaraes stirs players’ pride
A change of coach can bring fresh purpose to a team but the key is to keep players motivated beyond the initial honeymoon period and this appears a trick that Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes has mastered.

MLSnet.com – News – 12/09/2005 9:16PM
mlsnet.com – Dec 9, 2005
It’s a different era. If you asked me about Brazil, maybe I would be a little nervous and can rattle off a few names. “We’ve played against good players. We’re obviously going to respect them. We’re going to go with the experience of trying to win the game. If we’re in awe of their players, we’ll never win… “He’s a good player,” Arena said with a laugh. “He’s got a lot left. ”

Helped by a promising younger generation, veterans Jan Koller and Karel Poborsky still had legs for one of the surprise teams at Euro 2004. “The Czech Republic — they’re good players,” Arena said. “(Peter) Cech is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Koller, if he’s healthy, is a proven goalscorer. The Czech Republic has some outstanding players.

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Dispatch Online – Dec 9, 2005
The Netherlands, runners-up in 1974 and ’78 and ranked third by Fifa, is in a pot with seven more European teams, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and debutant Ukraine. With Manchester United’s
Ruud van Nistelrooy, Bayern Munich’s Roy Makaay and Chelsea’s Arjen Robben in the team, the Dutch have a strong attacking line and a reliable and experienced goalkeeper in Edwin van der Sar. “I really don’t want to play against the Netherlands again,* said Schalke striker Kevin Kuranyi, who was in the German team that drew 1-1 with the Dutch at Euro 2004 and went out in the first round. German great Franz Beckenbauer, who led the national team to a World Cup final victory over the Netherlands in 1974, didn’t see the need to panic, however. “Holland has a strong team again. That has been the case traditionally,* he said. “But it is not a disaster if we meet the Dutch in the preliminary round… “Holland has a strong team again. That has been the case traditionally,* he said. “But it is not a disaster if we meet the Dutch in the preliminary round. After all, two teams will progress. *
The 32 World Cup finalists will be split into eight groups of four in Leipzig, and they have been separated geographically as well as on the basis of how good they are. That sets up the possibility of the Netherlands, who have the talent to beat anyone in the world, playing Brazil or Germany in the group phase. Although two teams will advance from each group, whoever is drawn to play against the Dutch could be in danger if they get some tricky teams from the other two pots.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 8, 2005
In October 2000, Kushner?s company was fined $100,000 by the New York State Athletic Commission which governs boxing in the northeastern US state and a monitor was appointed to oversee him after he testified at a trial that he had paid bribes to advance his boxing promotions in the western state of Nevada. reutersTurk Alpay hit with 4-match ban COLOGNE (Germany): FC Cologne?s Turkish international Alpay Ozalan has received a four-match ban from the German Football Federation (DFB) for an ugly elbow incident in Saturday?s 3-1 defeat at SV Hamburg. Alpay, 32, elbowed Hamburg defender Guy Demel in the 64th minute of the match but referee Jochen Drees did not see it and television footage was required to decide Alpay?s punishment. Alpay is no stranger to controversy and football?s governing body FIFA are currently investigating him over the post-match violence in Turkey?s recent World Cup play-off defeat against Switzerland in Istanbul. Television footage showed Alpay kicking VfB Stuttgarts Swiss striker Marco Streller in the post match brawl as Turkey crashed out on away goals. Turkey defender Alpay is also remembered for taunting England captain David Beckham – sticking a finger in his face – after he missed a penalty in a Euro 2004 qualifier… Alpay is no stranger to controversy and football?s governing body FIFA are currently investigating him over the post-match violence in Turkey?s recent World Cup play-off defeat against Switzerland in Istanbul. Television footage showed Alpay kicking VfB Stuttgarts Swiss striker Marco Streller in the post match brawl as Turkey crashed out on away goals. Turkey defender Alpay is also remembered for taunting England captain David Beckham – sticking a finger in his face – after he missed a penalty in a Euro 2004 qualifier.

West Brom v Man City: Preview
go.com – Dec 9, 2005
I like to get stuck in and put my foot in. “The opposition don’t like that, but I’m not out to make friends, am I?”Goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is back in contention after being sidelined since late October after suffering a severely bruised kidney against Bolton. But the on-loan Liverpool player admits he is not guaranteed an automatic recall because of the form of Tomasz Kuszczak in his absence. Striker Kanu is hoping he can recover from a hamstring problem which prevented him from training during the early part of the week. Manchester City boss Pearce has ordered his troops not to rest on their laurels following their five-goal thrashing of Charlton. City head to West Brom looking to register back-to-back away Premiership triumphs after their mauling of Alan Curbishley’s men. The win took City into eighth spot and another victory at the Hawthorns would move them into the top four should other results go their way… Claudio Reyna and Trevor Sinclair returned to the Blues line-up after long absences at The Valley and both were instrumental in their side’s impressive success. So too was Darius Vassell, who notched his fifth Premiership goal since moving north from Aston Villa in the summer. Vassell, a veteran of the last World Cup and Euro 2004 campaigns, once again seems to be catching the eye of England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson. With Jermain Defoe currently squeezed out of the Tottenham starting line-up and Charlton’s Darren Bent yet to prove he is international quality, Vassell could yet poach the coveted fourth striker’s berth. And Pearce is quick to champion the international credentials of the 25-year-old, who has not played for his country since the penalty shoot-out defeat to Portugal two years ago. “If Darius plays like he did at Charlton and like he did against Aston Villa a few weeks ago, it would be impossible to keep him out of the squad,” said Pearce. “His pace and strength were major reasons why we earmarked him during the summer and, so far, things have worked out well for him and us.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 9, 2005
The hosts of next year?s soccer extravanganza hope many of the expected one million foreign fans will enjoy their experience so much that they return as tourists. To win them over, authorities believe they must not only lay on a well-organised tournament but also convince visitors that united Germany is a modern, vibrant and friendly place. The marketing job begins this week. Friday?s draw for the month-long World Cup starting on June 9 will attract 1,650 journalists, 500 FIFA officials, the coaches of all but one of the 32 qualified teams and an estimated television audience of 320 million. Host city Leipzig, aware the world is watching, set the tone on Thursday by unrolling what it claimed was the world?s longest red carpet while the federal government and tourism groups have kicked off a campaign to promote service and friendliness. ?I think that people from Asian nations are quicker to smile… 7 million stays next year because of the World Cup alone. Price is a key factor in the battle for visitors, with hotel rates in Berlin and Germany?s other major cities far lower than those in tourist magnets like London or Paris. Kurscheidt argues that Germany has less to lose than countries like Portugal, hosts of soccer?s Euro 2004, or Italy, which staged the 1990 World Cup. There, the flood of football fans is believed to have deterred many regular tourists. ?They are well-established tourist destinations. They don?t need a big football tournament. They have the sun,? Kurscheidt said.

.:: Yanks Abroad ::.
Yanks Abroad – Dec 9, 2005
Open with the Czech Republic, then try to figure out how to beat Italy for the first time, close with wily upstarts Ghana ? probably the most physical group of eight. Of course, it’s not that my powers of telepathy are perfect (I’m still waiting for Ajax to sign another Yank). But if you feel the need to lash out a little, need to find somebody to blame, I can take it. It was bad enough that the ‘Nats must break pattern to match 2002’s quarterfinal run (starting point ’90, improvement in ’94, the step backwards in France and so on? ). We already had a few key injury situations that warranted real concern six months ahead of show time (Gibbs, Johnson, O’Brien). And now, the Red, White & Blue are going to be black and blue by the time they would be able to reach what looms as a round of 16 meeting with Brazil (second place gets the reward of facing the group F winner)… Let’s slow down and think clearly. At first glance, it would seem vital that the US somehow defeat twice runners up Czech Republic, a team they lost to 5-1 at the 1990 World Cup ? otherwise known as the Eastern European name change nation’s last finals appearance. Chelsea man Petr Cech’s in goal, somebody has to take Tomas Ujfalusi beatings in stride, somebody has to slow down jackrabbit playmaker TomZ Rosick? (if not undecided potential participant Pavel Nedvěd) and even if Kareem-esque target man Jan Koller isn’t fit in time, Euro2004 hero Milan Baro? will be up top. But hey? our guys are capable. They, too, will have something to say on June 12th. Who’s next?

Oh yeah. The three-time world champion Azzurri, of the bruising catenaccio and staccato counter attack.

Republic in pot 4 for Euro 2008 draw
rte.ie – Dec 9, 2005
Ireland, who have not qualified for the Euro finals since 1988, will be up against it in their bid to make the ’08 finals tournament which is being co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland. UEFA have ranked the Republic alongside Bosnia-Herzegovina and Latvia, amongst others, in the fourth of seven pots for the draw which takes place in Montreux, Switzerland on January 27 next. Austria and Switzerland are direct qualifiers for the finals as hosts, while the remaining 50 nations will be drawn into one group of eight and six groups of seven teams. The seven group winners and seven runners-up will qualify for the finals. The UEFA system for pot ranking is based on results achieved in the qualifying competitions for Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup… Austria and Switzerland are direct qualifiers for the finals as hosts, while the remaining 50 nations will be drawn into one group of eight and six groups of seven teams. The seven group winners and seven runners-up will qualify for the finals. The UEFA system for pot ranking is based on results achieved in the qualifying competitions for Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. 2008 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING COMPETITION DRAW POTS:
Pot 1: Greece, Holland, Portugal, England, Czech Republic, France, Sweden. Pot 2: Germany, Croatia, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Spain, Romania. Pot 3: Serbia & Montenegro, Russia, Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Slovakia. Pot 4: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Latvia, Israel, Scotland, Slovenia.

UEFA EURO 2008: On course for 2008
noticias.info – Dec 9, 2005
Efficient preparationsPreparations are continuing in efficient fashion. Euro 2008 SA’s office in Nyon, Switzerland is moving into full swing, with 30 people starting to work on a detailed project plan. For Kallen, who was also responsible for the operational side of UEFA EURO 2004? in Portugal, this is a positive development: “In Portugal, we began planning 600 days before the first match,” he reflects. “This means that we are more than one year earlier for the next tournament. Tournament officesCo-ordination is more complicated this time around, with two hosts, so tournament bases have also been set up in Berne and Vienna. “It just requires more telephone conferences, and we are unable to have ad hoc meetings,” Kallen said. The two neighbouring countries have excellent relations and Kallen is satisfied with the progress made: “They are individual countries, but they want to work together and organise a good event… The two neighbouring countries have excellent relations and Kallen is satisfied with the progress made: “They are individual countries, but they want to work together and organise a good event. They co-operate well. ‘Right spirit’In Switzerland, UEFA EURO 2008? is not a major topic of discussion yet – something which presents no problem for Kallen: “Of course, people are not enthusiastic yet, but that isn’t necessary either. You can’t expect that people are thinking every day about an event which will take place in more than three years’ time. However, I’m sure that people in Switzerland and Austria will get into the right spirit pretty soon, especially as the 2006 FIFA World Cup final round is being played in Germany. Zurich boostIn Switzerland, the situation was unclear for some time as to the possibility of the city of Zurich hosting matches. Kallen is happy about the solution that has been found, whereby the Letzigrund stadium will stage games at the final tournament: “We will have a multifunctional stadium, that’s all we could ask for.

WORLD CUP 2006: Player to Watch: The rise of the other Ronaldo
noticias.info – Dec 9, 2005
Curiously, seven is also the number worn by Ronaldo’s idol Luis Figo and, a week after joining United, he made his full debut for Portugal alongside his mentor Figo against Kazakhstan. Ronaldo’s performance in his first game for United against Bolton Wanderers earned him rave reviews and Sir Alex, delighted to see his new signing slot into Beckham’s position so well, proclaimed: “It looks like the fans have a new hero. ” Yet his first season at United was not all plain sailing and after showing initial promise he eventually attracted criticism for what some saw as an over-elaborate step-over dribbling action and a mystifying failure to deliver the final, killer cross. Ronaldo, as he himself always stresses, is quick to learn and he has worked hard on that part of his game, though his manager is keen to protect his investment and has opted to let the player rest in Portugal for the past two winters. As Sir Alex explained during Ronaldo’s first season: “He is only 18 and we have to be careful how we use him. ” The Scot’s wisdom shone through in the 2004 FA Cup Final when a refreshed Ronaldo produced a devastating man-of-the-match performance against Millwall at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, scoring a header as the Red Devils prevailed 3-0 to claim their tenth cup. He took that outstanding form into UEFA EURO 2004 with Portugal, where he was instrumental in his team’s memorable run all the way to the final, although disappointment lay in store as Greece pulled off a fairytale victory… As Sir Alex explained during Ronaldo’s first season: “He is only 18 and we have to be careful how we use him. ” The Scot’s wisdom shone through in the 2004 FA Cup Final when a refreshed Ronaldo produced a devastating man-of-the-match performance against Millwall at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, scoring a header as the Red Devils prevailed 3-0 to claim their tenth cup. He took that outstanding form into UEFA EURO 2004 with Portugal, where he was instrumental in his team’s memorable run all the way to the final, although disappointment lay in store as Greece pulled off a fairytale victory. Ronaldo capped a hectic summer by taking part in the Olympic Games football tournament, but Portugal failed to make an impression in Athens. A return to the FA Cup Final a year later ended in disappointment as United were pipped to the trophy, on penalties, by Arsenal. But the Mancunians were impressed with Ronaldo’s progress over the previous 12 months and offered him an improved contract. In the summer of 2005 he agreed an extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2010.

WORLD CUP 2006: Coaching becomes a young man’s game
noticias.info – Dec 9, 2005
Since taking the reins of the Germany team in July 2004, Klinsmann has proved he is very much his own man, shaking up the squad and the management team with unsentimental vigour after their disastrous EURO 2004 campaign. Despite some mixed results in recent friendlies, Klinsmann, 41, has unshakeable belief in his methods and that single-minded determination will be vindicated if he can get Germany to the semi-finals at least. Having reached the last four on no fewer than ten occasions, Germans will be demanding nothing less on home soil. Van Basten guided the Oranje to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in an impressive undefeated qualifying campaign… Despite some mixed results in recent friendlies, Klinsmann, 41, has unshakeable belief in his methods and that single-minded determination will be vindicated if he can get Germany to the semi-finals at least. Having reached the last four on no fewer than ten occasions, Germans will be demanding nothing less on home soil. Van Basten guided the Oranje to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in an impressive undefeated qualifying campaign. The 41-year-old former Netherlands and AC Milan striker took over from Dick Advocaat in July 2004 and, much like Klinsmann, embarked on a policy of promoting youth and excluding some of the household names of yesteryear. After being forced into early retirement 12 years ago with an ankle injury, Van Basten would have understood more than most how harsh it can be to have an international career halted prematurely, but his selections have been justified by the results they have produced.

FIFA ranking: 2nd
dailymail.co.uk – Dec 9, 2005
How they qualified: With a brace of 1-0 play-off defeats of Norway after finishing second to Holland. Coach: Karel Bruckner. One of international football’s longest-serving managers with four years at the helm, he delivered a smartly-balanced Euro 2004 side. Leading scorer in qualifying: Jan Koller 9. Record: Debut appearance as Czech Republic; eight appearances as Czechoslovakia. Runners-up 1934, 1962. This time: Unfortunate not to be seeded for the tournament despite being ranked second in the world, the Czechs will be capable of winning whatever group they are drawn in… Record: Debut appearance as Czech Republic; eight appearances as Czechoslovakia. Runners-up 1934, 1962. This time: Unfortunate not to be seeded for the tournament despite being ranked second in the world, the Czechs will be capable of winning whatever group they are drawn in. If they were an English team they’d be: Tottenham. Fact: 82 per cent of Czech secondary school teachers are female. Share this article:.

ABC Sport – Football – Guus: We’re ready to take on the world
abc.net.au – Dec 9, 2005
“It is important and I have no doubt that the players will commit themselves and show the world that they are not just there by accident. ”

USA coach Bruce Arena aroused the anger of Australian fans when he labelled the 49th-ranked Socceroos as one of the weakest teams in the Cup earlier this week. But Mr O’Neill promised the Socceroos were not making the trip to “make up the numbers”. “We’ll be very competitive and we’ll be doing our best – no bigger promises than that,” he said. “We haven’t been at this theatre but we’ve shown a lot of courage and a lot of composure and we’ve been coached superbly. “We’re still pinching ourselves that we are here,” he added.

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