Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 30, 2005

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The News Review:

* FT.com / Arts & Weekend / Sport – ‘Urchin’ who bears hopes of…
* Eriksson admits World Cup fears
* RTÉ Sport: Kerr applies for South Africa job
* News | Telegraph
* Defence is solid for Tynecastle crunch
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* I feared we would fail to qualify: Eriksson
* Benitez talk helped Gerrard commit
* UEFA: Continuing to drive football forward
* Fanzone – Forums
* TO’s ethnic mosaic represented in tourney
* SCOREBOARD – Turkish Daily News Dec 26, 2005
* UEFA diary: September

FT.com / Arts & Weekend / Sport – ‘Urchin’ who bears hopes of…
Financial Times – Dec 30, 2005
The England squad that travels to Germany for the World Cup in the summer will, by common consent, be the strongest since the one that went to the Mexico World Cup of 1970 as world champions, but once again it is to Rooney that they will look for inspiration. Not merely is he magically gifted, but he has already shown repeatedly his love of the big stage. Others may go missing on the important occasions, but not the Manchester United forward. He bestrode Euro 2004, growing in stature as the adulation grew. Come April and May, England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson will spend United games flinching at every tackle on the 20-year-old. Such is Rooney’s status he recently split God and Jesus in the top three of a poll to discover the most famous person in the world among English children aged under 10 – it is hard to know whether David Beckham or the Holy Ghost should feel the more aggrieved. This inevitably, if unfairly, raises the question of his suitability as a role model.

Eriksson admits World Cup fears
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 25, 2005
“We were worried as well that going on playing like this we would not qualify for the World Cup. “However, Eriksson felt some valuable lessons were learned during the campaign, which included defeat by Northern Ireland… England eventually topped their group – despite the 1-0 defeat in Belfast – and travel to Germany as one of the favourites for the tournament and Eriksson believes he is “very lucky” to be the team’s manager. The 57-year-old will lead England at their third major tournament since his appointment in October 2000 after reaching the quarter-finals at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. “I know I am very lucky with the job I have. I have been extremely lucky in my life,” Eriksson said. “When I was a young guy, football was my hobby. I tried very hard to be a professional without any success at all.

RTÉ Sport: Kerr applies for South Africa job
rte.ie – Dec 28, 2005
He is interested in it and it’s an attractive job. He wants to be involved in professional football. Ideally, although not exclusively, he is attracted to international football. ”
Kerr’s contract as Republic coach was not renewed after they failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in October. He took over as manager of the senior team from Mick McCarthy in January 2003, when their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2004 already looked slim. Kerr had spent six years as a highly-successful coach with the Republic’s youth teams, and previously led side St Patrick’s Athletic to the domestic double on two occasions. Drury added: “They (South Africa) are looking for somebody who has international experience, but also they are keen on the technical development side, which obviously Brian has done very successfully with the FAI, so he ticks a lot of the boxes… Ideally, although not exclusively, he is attracted to international football. ”
Kerr’s contract as Republic coach was not renewed after they failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in October. He took over as manager of the senior team from Mick McCarthy in January 2003, when their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2004 already looked slim. Kerr had spent six years as a highly-successful coach with the Republic’s youth teams, and previously led side St Patrick’s Athletic to the domestic double on two occasions. Drury added: “They (South Africa) are looking for somebody who has international experience, but also they are keen on the technical development side, which obviously Brian has done very successfully with the FAI, so he ticks a lot of the boxes. ”
South Africa also failed to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Germany, prompting English coach Stuart Baxter to step down last month. The South African Football Association (SAFA) is expected to name the new coach in February, after the African Cup of Nations.

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Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 29, 2005
“At least they are trying to turn it into a massive festival of football, which is a fantastic idea. “Kevin Miles, the international co-ordinator for the federation, said that the problem was bound to happen because of the huge support from England. “There is not a stadium big enough to take them all. Hotel prices are also going through the roof. It is understandable but I don’t like it. “They know that they are going to make a lot of money, especially the bar owners. Along with Germany and Brazil they consider England one of the top glamour sides… “They know that they are going to make a lot of money, especially the bar owners. Along with Germany and Brazil they consider England one of the top glamour sides. “About 70,000 England fans went to Portugal for Euro 2004, but many supporters may fly to Germany for each match or stay in the neighbouring Czech Republic to save money. Touting is illegal in Germany. Tickets will carry the name of its purchaser and identity checks will be made at the turnstiles. The FA, which will continue to lobby for a higher allocation, said: “Fans will be taking an awful risk if they buy from touts.

Defence is solid for Tynecastle crunch
Edinburgh Evening News – Dec 28, 2005
This latest clean sheet against the Bairns saw the Tynecastle side complete 20 games of the season with their goal being breached on just 13 occasions, five fewer than the Parkhead outfit. With Scotland internationalists Craig Gordon, Steven Pressley and Andy Webster, pictured below, having been complemented by the arrival of Euro 2004 winner Takis Fyssas and Robbie Neilson proving something of an unsung hero at right-back, the Hearts defence is looking as solid as it has ever done at Tynecastle. With the top-scoring Hoops due to arrive in Gorgie for a New Year’s Day showdown, it promises to be an intriguing battle and one which skipper Pressley is clearly relishing with Hearts having conceded just two goals in front of their own fans this season. “We have lost just 13 goals in 20 games this season which is by far the best defensive record in the SPL,” said the Scotland stopper. “It is a record we are proud of and if you don’t lose goals, you don’t lose games. That’s not down to just the back four and the goalkeeper… “We have lost just 13 goals in 20 games this season which is by far the best defensive record in the SPL,” said the Scotland stopper. “It is a record we are proud of and if you don’t lose goals, you don’t lose games. That’s not down to just the back four and the goalkeeper. Strong defensive teams are teams who work as a unit as a whole. “That’s what we have done this season and our pressure on the ball has been first class and that allows the defenders to get tight on people. “We are proud of that and proud of the fact we have lost just two goals at Tynecastle in the league this season.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 25, 2005
afpI?m a poet, not a beast, says new world boxing champion LONDON: Newly crowned world heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev maybe 7ft (2. 13m) tall and weigh 24 stone (147kg) but he insisted on Saturday that he?s a big softy at heart. ?I?m really not a beast,? said the Russian fighter. ?I?m a very calm person. I even used to write poetry. ? Valuev took John Ruiz?s WBA heavyweight world title on points in a controversial fight in Berlin last weekend. But the man dubbed the ?Beast from the East? has shrugged off the row and has been feted as a hero back in his native St Petersburg… CSKA Sofia?s Miodrag Jesic won the coach?s award ahead of Stanimir Stoilov of Levski Sofia and Litex Lovech?s Lupko Petrovich. reutersEngland can win World Cup, says Beckham LONDON: David Beckham is convinced England can lift the World Cup next summer if luck goes their way. England lost to Argentina at the last 16 stage of the 1998 World Cup, to Brazil in the quarter-finals in 2002 and to Portugal in the Euro 2004 last eight. Captain Beckham told the BBC: ?I believe we have got a good chance. ?You need luck, something we didn?t have in recent competitions when we scored goals that weren?t allowed. ? Beckham added England?s rivals are likely to be Argentina, France, Italy and Germany, but singled out Brazil as the biggest threat to Sven-Goran Eriksson?s side. ?Brazil are the best team in the world,? said Beckham, who plays with Brazil internationals Ronaldo, Robinho and Roberto Carlos at Real Madrid.

I feared we would fail to qualify: Eriksson
Calcutta Telegraph – Dec 27, 2005
England lost 1-4 in the friendly in Copenhagen in August and the manager admits he was worried the team might not make the trip to Germany if they did not improve. Eriksson said: “We had too many players out of form and I stuck with them anyhow ? right or wrong I don’t know. We were worried as well that going on playing like this we would not qualify for the World Cup. ”

However, Eriksson felt some valuable lessons were learned during the difficult days of the campaign, which included defeat by Northern Ireland… “We learned that if we don’t stick together, if we don’t show up as a unit, a team, we are not that good,” added Eriksson. England eventually topped their group ? despite the 0-1 defeat in Belfast ? and travel to Germany as one of the favourites for the tournament and Eriksson believes he is “very lucky” to be the team’s manager. The 57-year-old will lead England at their third major tournament since his appointment in October 2000 after reaching the quarter finals at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004 ? before being knocked out by Brazil and Portugal, respectively

Eriksson said: “I know I am very lucky with the job I have. I have been extremely lucky in my life. When I was a young guy, football was my hobby. I tried very hard to be a professional without any success at all. But today, what was once a hobby is now my work.

Benitez talk helped Gerrard commit
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 25, 2005
“Everything went through my mind at the time. I looked at players who had moved on and been successful and players who had stayed at the one club and been successful. “I was thinking about my future non-stop through Euro 2004 and then it happened again the following summer. “But it wasn’t a case of thinking that I had to move on to be successful. I always knew that, if I was to stay, I could be successful here. It was down to miscommunication. Information appearing on telegraph… Information appearing on telegraph. uk is the copyright of Telegraph MediaGroup Limited and must not be reproduced in any medium without licence. For the full copyright statement see.

UEFA: Continuing to drive football forward
noticias.info – Dec 26, 2005
Keeping paceUnder the Swedish leadership of President Lennart Johansson and Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson, European football’s governing body has sought to keep pace with the ever-changing sporting and commercial environment within football, and can be quietly satisfied at having initiated a number of measures that promise to keep taking the game forward on this continent. Vision EuropeUEFA has set its own course for the future through its Vision Europe strategy, which pinpoints football’s development over the next decade, and which was presented at the Ordinary Congress in Tallinn, Estonia this spring. UEFA’s philosophy is to be proactive not reactive, to deal with causes not symptoms, to act and not react and to always be ahead and lead by example. The ideal way for UEFA to assume a leadership role is by serving all its partners to its utmost, and by seeking solidarity and unity between all stakeholders in the football family. Locally-trained playersThis year has also seen UEFA move forward on the issue of locally-trained players. UEFA has expressed concern that some clubs are not producing enough of their own players. New measures introduced by UEFA have the objective of creating a better balance in domestic competitions, preventing clubs from simply hoarding players in squads and creating a system whereby local trained players would be given a greater opportunity to play regularly… The UEFA Cup’s revised format, featuring a new group stage, looks to have enhanced the competition’s appeal. Women?s football has been given a massive lift through UEFA’s increased attention, as well as a splendid European championship final round in England that attracted big crowds and excellent TV audiences. Looking to 2008This time last year, UEFA was aglow with satisfaction at the resounding success of UEFA EURO 2004? in Portugal. Preparations for the next EURO final round, in Austria and Switzerland in 2008, are far ahead of previous tournaments, and the qualifying competition draw in Montreux on 27 January is eagerly anticipated. Positive dialogueDetermination to pursue positive dialogue now characterises UEFA’s business: dialogue with the European Union, national associations, professional leagues, players’ bodies and clubs. New challenges lie ahead – but UEFA is eager to meet every challenge head-on, make constant progress and resolve problems with clear-sighted fortitude. UEFA will pursue its mission in 2006, faithful to its motto: We Care About Football.

Fanzone – Forums
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 27, 2005
Both of them made mistakes. Both of them are strange caracters and both of them are human beeings. We must not forget that football change year to year. Other conditions of coaching for Rehhagel other conditions of coaching for Mourinho. Football players with low body work for Rehhagel. Football players with hi work bodys cause of maschines for Mourinho. The point is that both of them are great coaches and at the end both of them make football reacher with their exist… that was when he was at Werder Bremen. Otto Rehhagel doesn’t have the economic background of Mourinho. At his Club-Stations he won some other titles, too. And he has the Germen record of being 14 years along at one club. that was when he was at Werder Bremen.

TO’s ethnic mosaic represented in tourney
SLAM! Sports – Dec 27, 2005
But only one tune will be heard through three days at the Crown Royal Multicultural Tournament — O Canada. “The big message here is that this is not an international event, it’s Canadians versus Canadians,” tournament founder Stan Papulkas said. “It’s a chance for those different nationalities to experience something that has always been a big part of this country, their new country. ”
The men’s tournament features teams of Italian, Irish, Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Chinese and Finnish heritage, as well as the Nubian Kings, culled from the African and Caribbean community, and the Thunderbirds, a First Nations amalgam. Ex-Maple Leaf Peter Zezel is coaching the Serbian White Eagles. The event takes place at Ted Reeve Arena and Scarborough Gardens with the winners getting $5,000 and the Canadian Cup, already earmarked for the Hockey Hall Of Fame… “Hopefully, we attract some good players to the league and create some good neighbourhood role models,” Papulkas said. Papulkas, a television executive, envisioned such a tournament 20 years ago, when he was isolation director for the old Canadian-Italian League games on Channel 47. His renewed incentive came from watching Greeks and Portuguese celebrate together on the Danforth when Greece won soccer’s Euro 2004
“Even though they lost, the Portuguese came by the busloads and some Greeks went to the West End,” Papulkas said. “We’ve seen the TV clips and it’s not a fable. Based on how well the exhibition games have gone, we think the same spirit can happen at the rink. It’s getting a lot of attention in each community and we’re hoping that 20,000 people come out over the three days. ”
The 38 games are all non-contact and organizers do not anticipate the need to beef up existing arena security for matches with teams who have long-standing political or territorial grudges.

SCOREBOARD – Turkish Daily News Dec 26, 2005
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Dec 26, 2005
Baroti coached Hungary a record 117 times between 1957 and 1978 and played twice on the national team. “Hungary’s best coach has died,” federation president Imre Bozoky said in a statement. “He was a football authority recognized not only at home but everywhere around the world. ” Baroti was born Aug. 19, 1914 and began his soccer career at 14 playing for Szeged AK in southern Hungary. After retiring due to a foot injury in 1948, he began his coaching career at Hungary’s Gyori ETO. As Hungary’s coach, his best performances were a bronze medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome and a sixth-place finish at the 1966 World Cup in England… ” Shearer has made a sizeable impact this campaign, making 20 appearances for Newcastle and scoring eight goals to take him to just one behind Jackie Milburn’s club record of 200. We can win World Cup, says Beckham: David Beckham is convinced England can lift the World Cup next summer if luck goes their way. England lost to Argentina at the last 16 stage of the 1998 World Cup, to Brazil in the quarterfinals in 2002 and to Portugal in the Euro 2004 last eight. Captain Beckham told the BBC: “I believe we have got a good chance. You need luck, something we didn’t have in recent competitions when we scored goals that weren’t allowed. ” Beckham added England’s rivals are likely to be Argentina, France, Italy and Germany, but singled out Brazil as the biggest threat to Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side. BOXING Kenyan wins women’s middleweight WBF title: Kenya’s Conjestina Achieng added the World Boxing Foundation middleweight boxing title to her IBF crown when the corner of Argentine opponent Guillermina Fernandez threw in the towel 1:40 seconds after the opening bell in Nairobi.

UEFA diary: September
noticias.info – Dec 28, 2005
At the seventh UEFA Elite Coaches Forum, an annual gathering in which the European body and the trainers discuss issues affecting the top-level club game, the coaches put forward their worries to UEFA about fixture congestion, for example, when double-headed international matches, the second on a Wednesday, are followed by a domestic match on Saturday and a UEFA Champions League game the following Tuesday. The coaches also promote the idea of nine substitutes on the bench for UEFA club matches, as this would give sides the opportunity to place additional locally-trained players in a 20-man squad. Coaches also suggest that away goals should not count double in extra time in UEFA club matches. 6 September
The European Club Forum (ECF), a consultative body representing 102 first-division clubs, issues a resolution expressing “deep concern” that the European Commission wants to grant third parties a legal right to make short reports of football matches, and to provide a new ‘news access’ right, as part of its Television Without Frontiers directive. The ECF and UEFA say they understand that existing law and practice throughout Europe already permits broadcasters to obtain footage of matches for legitimate news reporting purposes. The concern, they explain, is the impact of the proposal in the area of new media rights, such as the internet and mobile phones, where coverage on these platforms is, of its nature, much shorter. UEFA says that giving third parties a legal right to make short reports delivered via these platforms would effectively destroy the value of any new media rights exploited by the clubs themselves or by other rights-holders… 12 September
There is now 1,000 days to the start of UEFA EURO 2008? in Austria and Switzerland – with the COO of organisers Euro 2008 SA, Martin Kallen, proclaiming: “We are way ahead of schedule. ” 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. ”

16 September
The official UEFA website, uefa. com, kicks off the UEFA Champions League group stage with a record of its own, registering 11. 7 million page views and 682,000 visits.

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