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January 14, 2006

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The News Review:

* Strachan: Petrov worth more than cash in bank
* FIFA WORLD CUP: Italy await Lippi’s forward thinking
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | We fear no-one, insists…
* Frank Rijkaard has transferred his playing prowess to the role of…
* SOCCER: ‘No pressure’ on Staunton yet
* ABC Sport – Football – FIFA boots World Cup opening gala off agenda
* ABC Sport – Football – Kosmina urges minor premiership caution

Strachan: Petrov worth more than cash in bank
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 14, 2006
Celtic have already turned down a £3. 2 million bid this month from Fulham for Petrov. That figure is very low for a player who captained his country at Euro 2004 and played in a Uefa Cup final for Celtic, yet, at 26, Petrov is just entering the peak of his career. Other Barclays Premiership clubs, notably Everton, may be feel they can tempt Celtic to grab whatever transfer fee they can for Petrov before his contract expires. However, Strachan quashed all of those English ambitions by explaining that Petrov will only move to an exclusive band of Europe’s top clubs. That points to the Nou Camp, where Petrov’s national coach, Hristo Stoichkov — a former Barcelona player — still wields influence, though Strachan insisted that he has not given up hope of persuading Petrov to remain in the east end of Glasgow… “I think it is worth that (risk). It will not be a hard thing to have to hang on to him, it will be a pleasure to have him here. “However, we feel it is more beneficial for the club to have Stilian Petrov stay. That will allow us to have the use of one of the best midfielders there is for 18 months and, hopefully, that will bring success. ” Strachan met with Petrov several days ago, but rather than pressurising the midfield player about contract talks, preferred to strike an agreement with him that would banish further transfer talk and speculation about the Bugarian’s future. “I do not think he was enjoying the media pressure and speculation about his future,” Strachan said.

FIFA WORLD CUP: Italy await Lippi’s forward thinking
noticias.info – Jan 13, 2006
Myriad optionsSince being appointed as Italy coach, Lippi has tried 17 forwards: Fabio Bazzani, Andrea Caracciolo, Antonio Cassano, Bernardo Corradi, Alessandro Del Piero, David Di Michele, Marco Di Vaio, Mauro Esposito, Alberto Gilardino, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Antonio Langella, Cristiano Lucarelli, Fabrizio Miccoli, Vincenzo Montella, Luca Toni, Francesco Totti and Christian Vieri. Certain placesHowever, only Toni, Gilardino and Totti look certainties for the squad in June. ACF Fiorentina striker Toni has not found the net for over a month after scoring 16 goals in his first 13 Serie A games, but has still been playing well. The same can be said of Gilardino who has continued to score regularly since his summer move from Parma FC to AC Milan. ‘More mature’The 23-year-old has already struck 12 goals for the Rossoneri – none of them penalties – and is on target to better the 23 goals he scored in each of his last two seasons at Parma. Totti, eager to make amends after being banned for spitting at an opponent at UEFA EURO 2004?, is expected to play just behind Gilardino and Toni in the Azzurri attack. “He is much more mature now, especially since becoming a father,” Lippi said… The same can be said of Gilardino who has continued to score regularly since his summer move from Parma FC to AC Milan. ‘More mature’The 23-year-old has already struck 12 goals for the Rossoneri – none of them penalties – and is on target to better the 23 goals he scored in each of his last two seasons at Parma. Totti, eager to make amends after being banned for spitting at an opponent at UEFA EURO 2004?, is expected to play just behind Gilardino and Toni in the Azzurri attack. “He is much more mature now, especially since becoming a father,” Lippi said. Matchwinning substituteThe other attacking places are up for grabs. Lippi may be tempted to deploy the Juventus captain and all-time top scorer Del Piero, 31, in the same way as his club coach Fabio Capello, as a match-winning substitute. “I rate him as a great champion who can be very important for our national team,” Lippi said.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | We fear no-one, insists…
BBC News – Jan 12, 2006
He celebrates five years in charge of the national team on Thursday and says they have learned valuable lessons from the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. “We are much better today than in 2001 and I have much more experience of international football today,” Eriksson told the Football Association website. “The players know we can beat anyone and we are not afraid of anyone. ”

Eriksson has seen England’s rugby and cricket players enjoy stunning success since he took over the fortunes of the country’s football side. The Swede knows that if he can mastermind a World Cup triumph the country will go wild with celebration… He celebrates five years in charge of the national team on Thursday and says they have learned valuable lessons from the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. “We are much better today than in 2001 and I have much more experience of international football today,” Eriksson told the Football Association website. “The players know we can beat anyone and we are not afraid of anyone. ”

Eriksson has seen England’s rugby and cricket players enjoy stunning success since he took over the fortunes of the country’s football side. The Swede knows that if he can mastermind a World Cup triumph the country will go wild with celebration. “All our players saw what happened when England won the 2003 rugby World Cup,” he added. “The team went to Trafalgar Square and hundreds of thousands of people came to cheer them.

Frank Rijkaard has transferred his playing prowess to the role of…
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 13, 2006
With all respect, it was not a great moment for football when Greece, playing a defensive game, won [UEFA] EURO 2004™. The coach did a wonderful job but it was a defensive way of playing. Playing an attacking game requires more risk, better quality players, a greater game intelligence. I think it is sad that a lot of coaches are choosing a defensive style because we must remember that we are playing for the public. You are part of the Dutch dynasty at Barcelona – what has made this relationship so successful?Rijkaard: Rinus Michels was the first and he had great results.

SOCCER: ‘No pressure’ on Staunton yet
U.TV – Jan 14, 2006
After failing to reach the finals of Euro 2004 in Portugal, and this summer`s World Cup in Germany, Irish football is currently in the middle of a slump. That resulted in the departure of Brian Kerr as manager in October, and a three-month search that yesterday heralded “a new era, a new dawn” according to Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney… That said, let`s see who we get, wait until then and we will take it from there and give our views at that stage. “Delaney believes the timing of the appointment, at least six months prior to the opening game of the qualifying campaign, gives Staunton enough time to impose himself and his ideas on the squad. “With our first competitive game not until August or September, he has time on his side to work with the players before then,” insisted Delaney. “I know people are questioning his lack of managerial inexperience, but we are confident he will be a success. “There are many other recent examples of former players who made a good job of international management – Mark Hughes with Wales, the Holland job with Marco van Basten and Jurgen Klinsmann with Germany. “I am confident he is the man to do this job.

ABC Sport – Football – FIFA boots World Cup opening gala off agenda
abc.net.au – Jan 14, 2006

The gala was scheduled for June 7, with the first match at the stadium to be played six days later when world champions Brazil face Croatia. “Personally, I still think the idea of holding such a high-profile opening event is a good one,” Mr Blatter said. “FIFA has not taken the decision to cancel the event at such a late stage lightly but, as world football’s governing body, we must put sporting considerations first. ”

FIFA expressed concerns about whether a new pitch to replace grass trampled in the gala would be in satisfactory condition to play matches six days later. “It has since become clear there would be considerable risks involved, not only in dismantling the stages and the event’s technical installations in time, but also in laying a new pitch which has to be in perfect playing condition by June 12,” FIFA said in a statement. Artistic differences

Long aware of the turf problem, FIFA last year rescheduled the gala and the first group match in Berlin to give an extra 48 hours to lay down new grass and give the turf time to settle. German newspaper Berliner Zeitung will report this weekend that gala costs kept rising above the budget of 25 million euros ($40 million) and sales of tickets, which cost between 100 and 750 euros, were sluggish… Several German political leaders also raised doubts about the reasons. Peter Danckert, a member of parliament responsible for sport, said differences between FIFA and artistic director Andre Heller were the real cause. “The grass argument is not serious,” Danckert said. “We know the grass can be completely replaced without problem within three or four days. “It is more a row about differing views on artistic expression between FIFA and Andre Heller. ”

Performers were to include British rock musicians Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel, American soprano Jessye Norman, US band Black Eyed Peas and Algerian singer Cheb Khaled. Austrian Heller had used figures involved in planning the opening ceremony for the 2000 Sydney Olympics for his inspiration.

ABC Sport – Football – Kosmina urges minor premiership caution
abc.net.au – Jan 13, 2006
With three matches to go, Adelaide will clinch the minor premiership if Sydney FC lose to the Central Coast Mariners tomorrow night. But despite United’s strong position, Kosmina is not ready to celebrate. “Well it’s not the minor premiership yet, mathematically,” he said. “We’ll remain fairly humble about that until it actually happens, so maybe central coast can do us a favour tomorrow night. ”

Meanwhile, Adelaide midfielder Ross Aloisi believes United can rightfully lay claim to being the A-League’s best if it wins the minor premiership, regardless of its performance in the finals. Aloisi has played down the importance of the finals series.

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