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* Greece captain to be offered managerial role if he stops, team boss…
* CEO Office & Executive Affairs
* 2008 qualifiers at Old Trafford
* Captain Keane ‘honoured’ | Republic Of Ireland | International…
* UEFA diary: November
* UEFA: Samaras gets Greece going
* Game On-Sport-Football-Scotland-TimesOnline
* Satellite will bring cinema listings to your mobile phone-Sport…
* The odds compiler-Sport-Football-Scotland-TimesOnline
* Is it right to tell manager time is up?-Sport-Football-The Fink Tank…

Greece captain to be offered managerial role if he stops, team boss…
Kathimerini – Dec 28, 2005
The federation?s chief said that, judging by his impressions of national team training sessions, Rehhagel was seriously considering injecting new players into his aging team. ?I?ve noticed that the coach is trying out new players. Let?s not forget that the Euro 2008 qualifiers begin in September, in other words almost a year after the end of the World Cup qualifiers,? said Gagatsis. ?Some of the boys will have aged even more, and Otto appears to also have other players in mind.

CEO Office & Executive Affairs
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 28, 2005
com chief writer Mark Chaplin casts an eye back on what happened within European football’s governing body during 20053 OctoberUEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson says UEFA is playing a key role in strengthening the link between the professional game and the grassroots. In his editorial column in the latest edition of the official UEFA publication, uefadirect, Mr Olsson emphasises that football’s higher echelons cannot exist without extensive and healthy foundations. “Not even the most precociously talented player makes it to the international stage overnight,” he says. “To get that far, he first has to learn his trade and develop his skills along the way – with his club and national teams – with the help of coaches who are often volunteers The top flight cannot exist without the grassroots base, which needs to be as extensive as possible. It is therefore quite fitting that professional football should give back part of its substantial revenue to grassroots football. ” 10 OctoberUEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson says increased dialogue between referees and coaches within the European game will have a beneficial effect on the progress of the continent’s top match officials. “We have very good referees in UEFA,” he tells uefa… “This successful picture underlines the attractiveness of the UEFA Champions League in its current 13-match week format,” UEFA say. “The financial return to UEFA and the participating clubs for the 2006-09 period will comfortably outstrip the previous record of over CHF1bn (€650m) per season, which was achieved when the previous 17-match week format was in place. ” 31 OctoberThe UEFA EURO 2008™ match schedule is confirmed following a meeting of the Euro 2008 SA board of administration in Nyon. Co-hosts Switzerland play in the opening match at Basle’s St. 00CET on Saturday 7 June 2008. Austria, the other co-hosts, will begin their campaign a day later at Vienna’s Ernst-Happel-Stadion.

2008 qualifiers at Old Trafford
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 4, 2006
The matches against Andorra on Sept 2 and Macedonia on Oct 7 will be staged at Manchester United’s ground, where the capacity will have risen to 76,000. The announcement on Friday that the new Wembley Stadium will not open until 2007 left the FA requiring a suitable venue for the early qualifiers and the friendly international against as yet undetermined opponents on Aug 16. That too will be played at Old Trafford while the Community Shield is to be played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Aug 13… The matches against Andorra on Sept 2 and Macedonia on Oct 7 will be staged at Manchester United’s ground, where the capacity will have risen to 76,000. The announcement on Friday that the new Wembley Stadium will not open until 2007 left the FA requiring a suitable venue for the early qualifiers and the friendly international against as yet undetermined opponents on Aug 16. That too will be played at Old Trafford while the Community Shield is to be played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Aug 13. The coach returned to the Brazilian club after being sacked by Real Madrid last December and now Santos are close to clinching their first Sao Paulo state championship for nearly 22 years.

Captain Keane ‘honoured’ | Republic Of Ireland | International…
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 3, 2006
Staunton, who himself captained Ireland 16 times, preferred an outfield player to lead the team and there was no natural successor to the Birmingham defender who retired from international football after Ireland failed to reach Germany 2006. Yet Keane is a surprise choice despite being vice-captain of Tottenham. Although his 25 goals in 65 internationals make him Ireland’s all-time leading scorer, Keane is not an inspirational player like his namesake Roy while his relationship with the media has been prickly. Yesterday Keane said all the right things -he was “honoured and privileged” and was “grateful to Stan [Staunton] for putting his faith in me”. He added: “I always wanted to captain my country but didn’t think it would come at the age of 25… Yesterday Keane said all the right things -he was “honoured and privileged” and was “grateful to Stan [Staunton] for putting his faith in me”. He added: “I always wanted to captain my country but didn’t think it would come at the age of 25. “Staunton has given first caps to Bolton defender Joey O’Brien and Reading striker Kevin Doyle as he begins his preparations for the Euro 2008 qualifiers which start in September. “We’ll be trying different things,” Staunton said. “We know we can play 4-4-2, but can we change to 4-3-3 if necessary?”Sir Bobby Robson, Ireland’s international consultant, will watch the game from the stand rather than the dugout – “but I’ll definitely be in there [the dressing-room] at half-time as there might be things I need to point out to Stan,” said Robson, his enthusiasm as great as ever at 73. Team detailsRepublic of Ireland (4-4-2): Given (Newcastle); J O’Brien (Bolton), Dunne (Man City), O’Brien (Portsmouth), Harte (Levante); Elliott (Sunderland), S Reid (Blackburn), O’Shea (Man Utd), Duff (Chelsea); Keane (Tottenham), Doyle (Reading). Sweden (4-4-2, probable): Isaksson (Rennes); Ostlund (Southampton), Mellberg (Aston Villa), Lukic (BK Hacken), Edman (Rennes); Alexandersson (Gothenburg), Linderoth (FC Copenhagen), Svensson (Elfsborg), Wilhelmsson (Anderlecht); Larsson (Barcelona), Ibrahimovic (Juventus).

UEFA diary: November
noticias.info – Dec 30, 2005
A salary cap would just punish certain players for being good negotiators and reward certain clubs for being bad negotiators. ”

23 November
Middlesbrough FC defender Abel Xavier is suspended by UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Committee, following the positive result of a doping control test undergone by the player at their UEFA Cup match against Skoda Xanthi FC of Greece on 29 September. 24 November
A report commissioned by UEFA and the Swiss Football Association shows that the UEFA EURO 2008? final round will have considerable beneficial effects for Switzerland in financial, social and cultural terms. The document, prepared by the Swiss socio-economic concern R?tter and Partner, in conjunction with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, says the economic impact of the tournament – which will be the biggest sports event ever held in Switzerland – will be massive, in particular for tourism. 25 November
UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson says that the Bosman ruling of ten years ago “shook football”. He said: “The Bosman ruling is certainly not the cause of all the evils afflicting European football, but it did away with safeguards that the game’s leaders had established quite consciously, not to raise football above EU legislation, but to preserve the special nature of the game and to prevent exploitation. Since then, transfers have mushroomed and the masses of money flowing into the game have accentuated this tendency, gradually depriving clubs of their local identity… The document, prepared by the Swiss socio-economic concern R?tter and Partner, in conjunction with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, says the economic impact of the tournament – which will be the biggest sports event ever held in Switzerland – will be massive, in particular for tourism. 25 November
UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson says that the Bosman ruling of ten years ago “shook football”. He said: “The Bosman ruling is certainly not the cause of all the evils afflicting European football, but it did away with safeguards that the game’s leaders had established quite consciously, not to raise football above EU legislation, but to preserve the special nature of the game and to prevent exploitation. Since then, transfers have mushroomed and the masses of money flowing into the game have accentuated this tendency, gradually depriving clubs of their local identity. The gap between the rich and the less well-off has widened, a phenomenon which can be nothing but detrimental on the competitions, making them less interesting. The court case brought by Belgian club R.

UEFA: Samaras gets Greece going
noticias.info – Jan 3, 2006
com rounds up the action from the Mediterranean island and from other friendly matches involving European nations as countries begin assessing their strengths and weaknesses ahead of the start of the qualifying competition for UEFA EURO 2008? later this year. Greece 1-0 BelarusGreece edged out Belarus in Limassol with a goal from international debutant Georgios Samaras. Theodoros Zagorakis fed the Manchester City FC striker on the edge of penalty area on 15 minutes and the 21-year-old scored with a powerful shot. Greece were busy in the first half as Dimitrios Salpingidis sent a header just wide eight minutes after the goal and Panagiotis Fyssas raced through to shoot wide seconds later. Zagorakis and Panagiotis Lagos had both gone close to scoring before Belarus revealed their own attacking intent… Central defender Vasily Maftei put Victor Piturca’s side ahead on 70 minutes with a header, and following a superb passing move Razvan Cocis struck the second on 86 minutes. Romania missed several other chances and might have won the game by three or four goals such was their dominance in the second half. Finland 0-0 Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan win 3-1 on penalties)The match was light on chances but not on dismissals as Kazakhstan’s Andriy Karpovich was sent off on 69 minutes for two bookable offences. He was soon followed down the tunnel by Jonatan Johansson, marring the forward’s first match as Finland captain. With neither side able to break the deadlock in normal time, the match went to spot-kicks. Paulus Roiha and Juha Pasoja had both missed for Finland before Toni Kallio saw his effort saved and the match conclude. Japan 2-2 Bosnia-HerzegovinaIn a friendly in Dortmund, Naohiro Takahara headed Japan in front from Shunsuke Nakamura’s corner on the stroke of half-time.

Game On-Sport-Football-Scotland-TimesOnline
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 31, 2005
” In contrast, Inverness are in sixth place and Craig Brewster, the player-manager, has to put personal feelings aside today. “I had a great relationship with Jimmy Calderwood when he was my manager at Dunfermline,” Brewster said. “I am sure Aberdeen will turn the corner, I just hope it is not against us. ” Graham Bayne appears in attack because Craig Dargo suffered concussion on Boxing Day. ABERDEEN (possible 4-4-2): J Langfield — K McNaughton, A Diamond, R Anderson, R Byrne — J Smith, B Nicholson, G Dempsey, C Clark — D Mackie, S Lovell. INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE (possible 4-4-2): M Brown — R Tokely, D Dods, G Munro, R Hastings — B Wilson, R Duncan, I Black, R McBain — G Bayne, C Brewster. Referee: M McCurry.

Satellite will bring cinema listings to your mobile phone-Sport…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 29, 2005
This will transform the consumer applications of satellite positioning technology, allowing mobile phones with a Galileo chip to receive local weather forecasts and entertainment listings. The system will underpin road-pricing and air traffic control networks, and would make it possible to fit cars with control units that prevent drivers from getting too close to other vehicles. “We are aiming to provide one-metre, worldwide accuracy through Galileo’s open service — this is not possible today without regional or local augmentation,” said Javier Benedicto, Galileo project manager at the European Space Agency. “With the use of three signals, we will have access to centimetre accuracies, and with these you will see many more services than you have today, and European industry is working to develop those applications. ” The US was originally opposed to the scheme, fearing that its military potential could be exploited by terrorists and hostile states, though it has since agreed to full compatibility with its GPS network. Galileo is being run by a European consortium that includes the British company Inmarsat and the satellite was built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited. Employees at its Guildford headquarters cheered news of its successful launch yesterday.

The odds compiler-Sport-Football-Scotland-TimesOnline
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 30, 2005
He says the first time he knows how William Hill and Ladbrokes have priced up matches is when their coupons are published or they go up on the websites. “I’d say that 95 per cent of the time our odds are all extremely close to each other,” he says. “But that’s not because we’re following each other: it’s because all the odds compilers are highly experienced people, and we tend to get it right. ” Farley also has one other ace up his sleeve: a sophisticated information network that enables him to track events in Scottish football right down to the minutiae of the third division. If Elgin City are playing Berwick Rangers away on a Wednesday night, Farley will know if Elgin’s key player is in doubt because he’s struggling to get time off from his job in the ball-bearing factory. “All respect to the lower leagues, but there might only be a couple of hundred people at the games, and there’s not the same level of coverage in the press and on television as there is for the Premierleague,” he says. “But you have to make sure you know what’s going on, otherwise you can come unstuck.

Is it right to tell manager time is up?-Sport-Football-The Fink Tank…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 31, 2005
He resisted all talk of negotiating. This time he was right, in the process saving Western civilisation. So is it better to follow the odds or to take the plunge, winning big once in a while? Sometimes, though not often, the clock that is right once a day is the more useful. The Fink Tank’s Dr Henry Stott and Dr Ian Graham have been looking at when clubs sack their managers. And it turns out that the choice between following the odds or taking the plunge is one that directors face all the time. Regular readers will be familiar with the Management Trap Door Model of Cambridge University’s Dr Chris Hope. Hope tries to calculate the best moment for a particular club to sack a manager.

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