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January 5, 2006

Fifth striker essential to achieve success in Germany

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The News Review:

* Owen adds to Toon woes
* We are really a second division team, says Mellberg
* Mourinho signs Maniche once again
* Fifth striker essential to achieve success in Germany
* Michael Owen out with broken foot
* Bubbly loses some of its fizz
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* They might as well wear carpet slippers
* Players to air their views

Owen adds to Toon woes
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 1, 2006
As Souness said: “It’s an almighty blow for us. ” To the suggestion that the club might have to shelve their European aspirations, he replied that an analysis of their results bore the theory out. “Even when you are not playing particularly well, you can win games with Michael in the team. Goals change games and lift confidence. ”Not that Newcastle, even when Owen was on the pitch, ever looked likely to win this one. They gave a demonstration of why Tyneside’s natives are restless and at this rate, far from inspiring dreams of a return to the Champions League, will be lucky to scrape into the InterToto again… April 2002: Gary Neville broke his fifth metatarsal against Bayer Leverkusen, forcing him to miss the World Cup. May 2002: Danny Murphy, Neville’s replacement at the World Cup, fractured a metatarsal while training in Japan. June 2004: Wayne Rooney broke his fifth metatarsal in England’s quarter-final clash with Portugal at Euro 2004, Sept 2004: Steven Gerrard broke his fifth metatarsal in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Man Utd. He played again on Nov 11. Dec 2004: Scott Parker fractured his second metatarsal playing for Chelsea. Oct 2005: Ashley Cole broke a metatarsal before England’s World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Poland. He should return later this month.

We are really a second division team, says Mellberg
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 3, 2006
Yet Lagerback believes his team are stronger in attack than when the countries met in the 2002 World Cup, a 1-1 draw in Saitama. “We have developed the offensive part of our game with more speed and technique,” he said. “But maybe we are not as strong defensively. “Sweden are regular World Cup finalists and Germany 2006 will be their 11th appearance. But since 1970, they have tended to go home after the second stage apart from the 1994 finals in the United States when they lost in the semi-finals to eventual winners Brazil. Soderberg stepped down after Euro 2004 where Sweden suffered another second-round defeat, losing on penalties to Holland and since then Lagerback has been in sole charge… But since 1970, they have tended to go home after the second stage apart from the 1994 finals in the United States when they lost in the semi-finals to eventual winners Brazil. Soderberg stepped down after Euro 2004 where Sweden suffered another second-round defeat, losing on penalties to Holland and since then Lagerback has been in sole charge. The countdown to Cologne starts in Dublin tonight with Sweden eager to test themselves against English-style opposition. “Obviously there are similarities with England,” Lagerback said. “The important thing for us is that Ireland are a quality team to play against and they always take their friendlies seriously. “Inevitably the focus moved on to the showdown with England in Cologne.

Mourinho signs Maniche once again
CNN International – Jan 4, 2006
"Chelsea today completed the loan signing of Portugal international midfielder Maniche," said a statement on the club’s official website. "The 28-year-old joins until the end of the season from Dynamo Moscow. He has not played in European competition this season so is eligible for UEFA Champions League action. "Maniche could be called upon to replace Essien in the Champions League after the Ghanaian was suspended for two matches. Maniche, who started his career at Benfica, played under Mourinho during the Chelsea manager’s nine-game spell in charge at the Lisbon club in 2000. Two years later, he followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the UEFA Cup, Champions League and two Portuguese league titles together. Maniche also became a regular in the Portugal side from 2003, scoring the goal of Euro 2004 against the Netherlands in the semifinal and being voted into the all-star squad tournament… Maniche, who started his career at Benfica, played under Mourinho during the Chelsea manager’s nine-game spell in charge at the Lisbon club in 2000. Two years later, he followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the UEFA Cup, Champions League and two Portuguese league titles together. Maniche also became a regular in the Portugal side from 2003, scoring the goal of Euro 2004 against the Netherlands in the semifinal and being voted into the all-star squad tournament. Last summer, he moved to Dynamo Moscow for a Russian record transfer fee of about £10 million along with Porto team-mate Costinha. However, just as Jiri Jarosik joined Chelsea from CSKA Moscow in the January transfer window 12 months ago, Maniche has now also made the switch. With Mourinho having allowed Jarosik to go on loan to Birmingham – while Tiago was sold to Lyon – the Chelsea boss needed extra midfield cover, especially during Essien’s impending absence. Maniche recently revealed: "I have had offers from other big European teams but obviously once Chelsea became interested, there was only one team.

Fifth striker essential to achieve success in Germany
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 3, 2006
Shaun Wright-Phillips for Beckham? Who knows how Chelsea’s under-used winger would react? And if Paul Robinson dropped out, would the nation sleep easy with David James in goal? Only in central defence can Eriksson feel confident of fielding a strong pair. Even if Sol Campbell doesn’t make it back from his crisis of confidence, there are still two to choose from Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Jamie Carragher, Ledley King and possibly Jonathan Woodgate. On a slightly different tack, it is not strictly true to say this bunch will reach their zenith in Germany, courtesy of widespread tournament experience forged with unrivalled quality. While the second bit stands up, the first is debatable. Of the 23 players selected for tonight’s run-out at Anfield, only six know what it feels like to take part in a World Cup. For the record, they are Beckham, James, Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Wayne Bridge and Wes Brown. To that list you can almost certainly add Michael Owen, hopefully Ashley Cole, possibly Campbell and perhaps Owen Hargreaves come the final cut… Fortunately, these statistics don’t tell the whole story. Some of our major performers – the likes of Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard and Terry – shouldn’t be fazed at all by their Deutschland demands. Invaluable know-how gainedin Euro 2004, plus countless Champions League chess matches, make the prospect seem familiar for these seasoned internationals. Familiar and thrilling. It is every player’s dream to compete on this stage. Not everyone can make it, of course, and some will have taken their exclusion from this latest squad as final confirmation that the door has slammed shut. Bolton’s Kevin Nolan, NigelReo-Coker at West Ham, Newcastle’s Scott Parker and even Middlesbrough’s Stewart Downing – it is going to take an extraordinary effort now for any to find a way through.

Michael Owen out with broken foot
cbc.ca – Dec 31, 2005
It’s two-and-a-half months or three months, I don’t know what it is but it’s the same for everyone. ” Owen has scored seven goals in nine starts since joining Newcastle from Spanish side Real Madrid in August on a $29-million US transfer. Owen is not the first high-profile player for England to suffer this kind of injury. Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard (in September 2004) and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (at Euro 2004) suffered the same fate, as did David Beckham who recovered just in time to play for England at the 2002 World Cup… ” Owen has scored seven goals in nine starts since joining Newcastle from Spanish side Real Madrid in August on a $29-million US transfer. Owen is not the first high-profile player for England to suffer this kind of injury. Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard (in September 2004) and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (at Euro 2004) suffered the same fate, as did David Beckham who recovered just in time to play for England at the 2002 World Cup.

Bubbly loses some of its fizz
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 5, 2006
And, of course, it had to be the metatarsal, the bone none of us knew we possessed until David Beckham snapped his before the last World Cup. Subsequently it has become almost a status symbol for the England player, a badge of honour to go with the American SUV, the Rolex collection and the diamond ear stud. Gary Neville, Ledley King, Michael Owen, Rooney himself at Euro 2004; they have all joined the met club. In modern boots apparently fashioned from tissue paper, they seem perpetually prone, forever just a mis-timed challenge from breakage point. There are those with a perspective on history who suggest this need not be the end. Ask anyone six weeks before the 1966 World Cup if England had a chance if Jimmy Greaves got injured, and the answer would have been a gloomy no. This time around someone might emerge as Geoff Hurst did; maybe it will be arise Sir Peter Crouch… Gary Neville, Ledley King, Michael Owen, Rooney himself at Euro 2004; they have all joined the met club. In modern boots apparently fashioned from tissue paper, they seem perpetually prone, forever just a mis-timed challenge from breakage point. There are those with a perspective on history who suggest this need not be the end. Ask anyone six weeks before the 1966 World Cup if England had a chance if Jimmy Greaves got injured, and the answer would have been a gloomy no. This time around someone might emerge as Geoff Hurst did; maybe it will be arise Sir Peter Crouch. On second thoughts, let’s all dig out those prayer mats that we used for Beckham in 2002 and get on our knees to the god of speedy recovery.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jan 1, 2006
I?m not sure if I will keep going until 2007. I have six more months with Real Madrid, the World Cup and then we will see,? said Zidane in an interview to be published in the Journal du Dimanche this weekend. Zidane, who scored two of the goals that gave France the World Cup in a 3-0 win against Brazil in the 1998 final, had originally quit the national team after Euro 2004. But he was tempted out of retirement to help his team?s faltering campaign to reach the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. ?I came out of retirement not just to help qualification but also because this team has the players who can do something,? said Zidane. ?Our players are with some of the best clubs in Europe and I am convinced we can go a long way. It?s necesary to get down to work because this could be the last chance for players like me… Zidane, who scored two of the goals that gave France the World Cup in a 3-0 win against Brazil in the 1998 final, had originally quit the national team after Euro 2004. But he was tempted out of retirement to help his team?s faltering campaign to reach the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. ?I came out of retirement not just to help qualification but also because this team has the players who can do something,? said Zidane. ?Our players are with some of the best clubs in Europe and I am convinced we can go a long way. It?s necesary to get down to work because this could be the last chance for players like me.

They might as well wear carpet slippers
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 5, 2006
Modern English footballers break their metatarsals more frequently than rugby players break wind. They snap with alarming ease, and every time they do, it seems to precipitate crisis. Beckham, Gary Neville, Ledley King, Michael Owen, Rooney himself at Euro 2004, they have all bust theirs at crucial junctures in the footballing calendar, unleashing as they did so a whirlwind of speculation. How long will it take to heal? Is that six weeks until he is back in training, or six weeks until he can play again? Will my praying with my hand on a picture of his foot on the front page of the Sun aid his recovery?And the strange thing is, all these players seem to snap this crucial part of the physique under the softest of contact. Rooney was not assaulted by his Chelsea rival on Saturday, he merely brushed the top of his boot as he fell; the contact looked of less consequence than stubbing your toe on the desk. It doesn’t take a Grumpy Old Man, marinating in the false memory of nostalgia, to point out that it didn’t used to happen like that. Back in the 1950s, when they played with a bag of cement masquerading as a ball and were obliged to wade through ankle-deep mud in order to kick it, nobody damaged their metatarsal… Beckham, Gary Neville, Ledley King, Michael Owen, Rooney himself at Euro 2004, they have all bust theirs at crucial junctures in the footballing calendar, unleashing as they did so a whirlwind of speculation. How long will it take to heal? Is that six weeks until he is back in training, or six weeks until he can play again? Will my praying with my hand on a picture of his foot on the front page of the Sun aid his recovery?And the strange thing is, all these players seem to snap this crucial part of the physique under the softest of contact. Rooney was not assaulted by his Chelsea rival on Saturday, he merely brushed the top of his boot as he fell; the contact looked of less consequence than stubbing your toe on the desk. It doesn’t take a Grumpy Old Man, marinating in the false memory of nostalgia, to point out that it didn’t used to happen like that. Back in the 1950s, when they played with a bag of cement masquerading as a ball and were obliged to wade through ankle-deep mud in order to kick it, nobody damaged their metatarsal. They still weren’t breaking them in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s. If they were, you can rest assured defenders such as Ron “Chopper” Harris and Norman “Bites Yer Legs” Hunter would have targeted the pesky little bit of ivory, stamping on it during the warm-up.

Players to air their views
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 3, 2006
Following an FA board meeting on Monday, chief executive Brian Barwick has been given the green light to start sounding out possible candidates. A shortlist of six managers has been put together, headed by former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill. The list also includes Charlton’s Alan Curbishley, Bolton’s Sam Allardyce, Stuart Pearce of Manchester City, PSV and Australia coach Guus Hiddink – reports that the Dutchman is set to be the Russia coach have not been confirmed – and Middlesbrough’s Steve McClaren. “The players famously threatened to go on strike in October 2003, before a crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey in Istanbul, after Rio Ferdinand was left out of Eriksson’s squad after forgetting to take a drugs test at Manchester United. That led to a serious breakdown in trust between former chief executive Mark Palios and the senior England squad… “The players famously threatened to go on strike in October 2003, before a crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey in Istanbul, after Rio Ferdinand was left out of Eriksson’s squad after forgetting to take a drugs test at Manchester United. That led to a serious breakdown in trust between former chief executive Mark Palios and the senior England squad. But it is a sign of the improved relations between the players and Palios’ successor, Barwick, that they are prepared to include them in discussions now.

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