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January 29, 2006

New job for Eriksson will save FA millions

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The News Review:

* Soccer: Israel draws England, Russia in Euro 2008 qualifiers
* Israel handed difficult Euro 2008 task
* UEFA EURO 2008: Luque bemoans Magpies’ misfortune
* New job for Eriksson will save FA millions
* Defiant Smith ready to joust with giants
* Sven’s blood boils under the icy exterior
* BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Internationals | Guide to…
* Tough draws for Euro 2008 | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Sanchez delighted with Euro…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Toshack happy with Wales’…
* WORLD CUP 2006: All eyes on Africa
* Red Devils draw well for Euro 2008 championship
* Barwick in crisis ponders choice
* Revealed: How Sven was shown the exit
* Scotland meet French and Italians
* Staunton set to follow the trend
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Italy turn down Belfast…

Soccer: Israel draws England, Russia in Euro 2008 qualifiers
Jerusalem Post – Jan 29, 2006
“It’s never easy, it shouldn’t be at that level but I think the England fans and man coming after me will be happy with this draw. Israel fans will be delighted with the opportunity to watch David Beckham and Wayne Rooney in Ramat Gan and will already be looking forward to following the blue-and-white to the new Wembley Stadium. Croatia, tipped to make an impact at the World Cup this summer, is not the most difficult team Israel could have got from the second level, but is a tough and strong team that is on the rise. Contrary to the Croatians, Russia is at an all-time low. The Russians will hope to rebound from a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign and make a serious run at qualification. Israel will also face Macedonia, Estonia and Andorra for the first time. If Israel is to have any kind of chance of qualifying, it will need to beat all three of the teams home and away… Israel will also face Macedonia, Estonia and Andorra for the first time. If Israel is to have any kind of chance of qualifying, it will need to beat all three of the teams home and away. Also in the Euro 2008 draw, European and world champion France and three-time World Cup winner Italy were placed together in Group B. Scotland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Georgia and the Faroe Islands will join the two European giants. Fifty teams will play in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. Three other World Cup-bound teams – Portugal, Poland and Serbia-Montenegro – were put into Group A, which was almost as difficult as Ukraine’s Group B. Other interesting matchups include Sweden, Spain and Denmark in Group F, and the Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia in Group D.

Israel handed difficult Euro 2008 task
Jerusalem Post – Jan 27, 2006
Photo: AP

The blue-and-white squad, coached for the first time by Dror Kashtan, will also battle Croatia, Russia, Estonia, Macedonia and Andorra for qualification for Euro 2008, which will take place in Switzerland and Austria. The first match of the campaign will take place in August 2006. Representatives of all the teams will meet next month do make up the schedule. Kashtan and Israel Football Association chairman Itche Menahem attended the draw in Switzerland. “England is the strongest team in the group,” said Kashtan after the draw… “It’s never easy, it shouldn’t be at that level but I think the England fans and man coming after me will be happy with this draw. Israel fans will be delighted with the opportunity to watch David Beckham and Wayne Rooney in Ramat Gan and will already be looking forward to following the blue-and-white to the new Wembley Stadium. Croatia, tipped to make an impact at the World Cup this summer, is not the most difficult team Israel could have got from the second level, but is a tough and strong team that is on the rise. Contrary to the Croatians, Russia is at an all-time low. The Russians will hope to rebound from a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign and make a serious run at qualification. Israel will also face Macedonia, Estonia and Andorra for the first time. If Israel is to have any kind of chance of qualifying, it will need to beat all three of the teams home and away.

UEFA EURO 2008: Luque bemoans Magpies’ misfortune
noticias.info – Jan 28, 2006
Graeme is a very good coach to work with. He understands football and the mentality of players very well. Injury epidemicInjuries have not helped Souness’s cause with the treatment room at the club bulging at the seams. England striker Michael Owen will be out until March with a broken foot, while seasoned internationals Kieron Dyer, Emre Bel?zoglu and Stephen Carr have all missed large chunks of the campaign. ‘Bad luck’”This has to be the most injury-jinxed team I have played for in my career,” said Luque. “There is no logical reason other than bad luck. We have to not dwell on it, and move on… ‘Bad luck’”This has to be the most injury-jinxed team I have played for in my career,” said Luque. “There is no logical reason other than bad luck. We have to not dwell on it, and move on. Things will ease up and almost everybody will be back soon, fully fit and playing at their best for the final part of the season. Hamstring troubleLuque whose his opportunities have been limited by a hamstring injury, has not escaped that misfortune and the 27-year-old is adamant that Newcastle fans have yet to see the best of him. “I’ve had a lot of bad luck with injuries since joining Newcastle but I am ready to give more to the team now,” he said. Newcastle target”I can assure everyone that I will give my best to help and hopefully that will produce results for the manager,” he added.

New job for Eriksson will save FA millions
Guardian Unlimited – Jan 25, 2006
After extended talks between the FA and Eriksson’s advisers on Monday, an agreement was struck in which a pay-off would not be claimed in the event that he is appointed in another managerial post before the start of next season. “I would like to stress that hopefully it will not cost the FA a penny,” said Eriksson. Clearly the Swede’s future employment status will make him a more attractive prospect for potential suitors, whom he urged to make contact immediately. “I am free,” he said… getElementById( ‘frameId168977’ ). 5m-a-year contract, taking him to the Euro 2008 finals, by Mark Palios, Brian Barwick’s predecessor as FA chief executive, in 2004 but will not now be able to use that as leverage against the FA. It emerged yesterday that Eriksson’s route out of the England manager’s job was plotted 12 months ago, Barwick having offered him the opportunity to step down after the 2006 World Cup during their first meeting. “It’s been going on for a year,” said Eriksson. “On the first day for Brian Barwick I went into his office and started talking about what was going to happen after the World Cup 2006. So there’s been discussions about it now and then, not every day.

Defiant Smith ready to joust with giants
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 29, 2006
and the Faroes! A place at Euro 2008 looks lost, but Scotland’s manager will not give up without a fight. Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story.

Sven’s blood boils under the icy exterior
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 28, 2006
But no one, not even those critics who continually point to Eriksson’s lack of passion as the reason only someone built in the image of John Bull should be allowed to manage the England team, could doubt the fires raging inside him. Even in this mood, however, Eriksson does not do anger. Not table-thumping, screeching, red-faced anger, preferring to convey his feelings through pithy remarks dipped in acid. Asked what single piece of advice or wisdom he would pass on to his successor, he said: “If he is not going to the office or a football match, stay at home and lock the door.

BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Internationals | Guide to…
BBC News – Jan 27, 2006
England will probably be the happiest of the home nations following the draw, although qualifying will be tough for all four countries – and the Republic. They will face some tough fixtures as they aim to win a spot for the prestigious event in 2008 which is to be jointly hosted by Austria and Switzerland. THE QUALIFYING GROUPS

There were mixed fortunes for England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the draw for the qualifying groups. Only the top two teams in each group qualify – but seeds England will probably be relatively pleased with being drawn in Group E, where they avoid the likes of Italy, Germany and Spain. Scotland have a tough-looking task, however, with both France and Italy to face in Group B. Wales and the Republic of Ireland face each other in Group D and will also be looking to shock the two group favourites – Germany and the Czech Republic – in another tough qualifying group. Northern Ireland are in Group F where, again, a tough set of opponents lie in wait, including Sweden, Spain and Denmark… Austria had previously tried and failed to host the 2004 finals in a joint bid with Hungary. But their combination with the Swiss was a big favourite to be picked by Uefa’s executive committee – and it was eventually chosen ahead of the Hungarian bid. Since the verdict it has not been plain sailing, though, with Uefa threatening to take action over the failure of the Swiss to build a new stadium in Zurich. It will be just the second time in the competition’s history that two countries have shared the event, following the 2000 finals in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Tough draws for Euro 2008 | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Jan 28, 2006
Portugal, who are also through to the finals in Germany, face agruelling eight-team group. They play fellow World Cup finalists Poland and Serbia &Montenegro as well as Belgium, Finland and long-haul trips toArmenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. All the other groups comprise seven teams, but Portugal coachLuiz Felipe Scolari is not worried by the long qualifyingcompetition. “It is better playing 12 or 14 matches than going into theplayoffs where we can have a bad match and then the preparation oftwo or three years can be totally lost,” the Brazilian toldreporters. The top two teams in each group qualify automatically for thefinals along with the co-hosts Switzerland and Austria. World Cup finalists Sweden face neighbouring Denmark, Europeanchampions in 1992, in Group F which also includes World Cupfinalists Spain, as well as Latvia, Iceland, Northern Ireland andLiechtenstein. Top seeds Netherlands, winners in 1988, face Romania, who theyalso played in the World Cup qualifiers, Bulgaria, Slovenia,Albania, Belarus and Luxembourg in Group G.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Sanchez delighted with Euro…
BBC News – Jan 27, 2006
N Ireland will take on Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Latvia, Iceland and Liechtenstein in Group F. “At first I thought it was not what I wanted but the more you look at the draw you realise that it is very good,” Sanchez told BBC Sport. “If we do things right there are a lot of points to be garnished in this qualifying group. ”

He added: “I know Spain and Sweden are the top seeds but there are plenty of points to be had. “Latvia, Iceland and Liechtenstein – I expect to get points off those teams while Denmark should take points off Sweden. ”

Sanchez also pointed to the off-the-pitch attractions of his group opponents.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Toshack happy with Wales’…
BBC News – Jan 27, 2006
The Wales manager feels he has a chance of leading his country to their first major finals since the 1958 World Cup – if he can get his best team on the park. “The key for us is the availability of our best players,” he said. “If we are able to have our better players there and our commitment is right then we are excited to think we can have a good run at this one. “I made my own debut in Germany, so that is an attractive tie for me, but I think they would accept that they don’t have the great players they used to have.

WORLD CUP 2006: All eyes on Africa
noticias.info – Jan 29, 2006
However, also among their number are the coaches of some of the 2006 FIFA World Cup? finals teams, who are here running their eye over future opponents in Germany. In Port Said, Italy coach Marcello Lippi has taken up residence in a suite at the Sonesta Hotel. Lippi has watched both of the matches Ghana have played at the Nations Cup but says he does not trust what he has seen to date. France’s Raymond Domenech travelled to Egypt after the UEFA EURO 2008 draw to watch Togo’s last game in the tournament against Angola on Sunday. It was the second time he had seen Les Eperviers in action since they were paired with his team in Leipzig last month. The first opportunity came earlier in January when Togo lost to Guinea in a friendly on the outskirts of Paris. Domenech was present in Cairo together with Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, busy checking up on Angola, who meet his side in Cologne in June.

Red Devils draw well for Euro 2008 championship
People's Daily Online – Jan 28, 2006
Group A is the only group with eight nations and therefore Belgium will play two extra matches. Only the top two teams will progress to the European Championship, scheduled for June 7-29, 2008. National coach Rene Vandereycken can now start preparing his team for the qualifying matches with the knowledge he will not have to face top states like the… The remaining 14 qualifiers will be the seven group winners and seven runners-up. The opening match of Euro 2008 will be on 7 June in Bazel in Switzerland. The final will be held in Vienna in Austria on 29 June 2008.

Barwick in crisis ponders choice
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 25, 2006
Only twice has a transfer been premeditated and criticism-free: Bobby Robson’s succession to Ron Greenwood in 1982 and Terry Venables’ replacement of Graham Taylor in 1994. Brian Barwick, the chief executive, finds himself now in crisis mode: needing to replace the present incumbent, in whom both employers and much of the public, not to mention many Premiership managers, have lost faith, and having to do so without the benefit of either blueprint or demonstrably qualified or available candidates. The danger now is that, with Euro 2008 qualifying ties already upon them next autumn, the FA – having expected Eriksson to remain until 2008 and paid him a grotesque salary to do so – will yet again be pressed into a hasty and ill-advised decision. The News of the World sting was a nasty piece of journalistic sharp practice, but Eriksson cannot escape condemnation for his responses, believing as he naively did that the overtures were genuine. Those who protest that England doing well in the World Cup is all that counts – symptomatic, with Eriksson’s venality, of today’s expedient Big Brother morality – do English football a disservice… When Ramsey’s wingless 4-3-3 policy began to go off the rails – eliminated in 1974 World Cup qualifying by Poland – the FA reacted primarily in financial panic. Sir Harold Thompson, the vice-chairman and Oxford professor who had slim knowledge of the professional game and enjoyed mutual antipathy with the taciturn Ramsey, was steered by FA secretary Ted Croker into appointing Don Revie. They had not calculated that, with Leeds, Revie had combined brilliant tactical and coaching acumen with an anxiety neurosis that spread to the players. England continued to underperform and Revie jumped ship overnight. Moving from absconder to academic, the FA summoned the gentlemanly Ron Greenwood of West Ham, an outstanding coach of creative play but a suspect purveyor of clean sheets. England fluctuated until Don Howe helped bring defensive stability, while Bobby Robson waited his chance. Robson’s selection oscillations saw England flounder in two European competitions, but reach respective World Cup quarter and semi-finals in 1986 and 1990.

Revealed: How Sven was shown the exit
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 29, 2006
I have never thought about finishing after the World Cup. Honestly, I have not. ” His employers would now have us believe that there had long been tacit agreement between both parties that Eriksson’s “natural span” would expire in July, but on Friday the lie was given to this mutually convenient account of recent events when the coach confirmed that his embarrassing flirtation with the News of the World’s “fake sheikh” had indeed precipitated his early departure. Speaking in Montreux at the draw for Euro 2008, he said it had been his intention to see out his contract… Honestly, I have not. ” His employers would now have us believe that there had long been tacit agreement between both parties that Eriksson’s “natural span” would expire in July, but on Friday the lie was given to this mutually convenient account of recent events when the coach confirmed that his embarrassing flirtation with the News of the World’s “fake sheikh” had indeed precipitated his early departure. Speaking in Montreux at the draw for Euro 2008, he said it had been his intention to see out his contract.

Scotland meet French and Italians
BBC News – Jan 27, 2006
France, Italy and Ukraine were among the most difficult possible opponents with which Walter Smith’s side could have been paired in Montreux. All three have qualified for next summer’s World Cup finals. The Scots will be facing Georgia for the first time, but Lithuania and the Faroe Islands have caused them problems in previous campaigns. Scotland manager Smith told BBC Sport: “It’s a very difficult group as France, Italy and Ukraine all qualified for the World Cup by topping their groups… Scottish FA chief executive David Taylor said: “It could hardly have been any tougher. “It’s good for TV money, good for the fans, with trips to Paris and Rome, but it’s a tough, tough draw. ”

Ukraine will face facing Scotland for the first time, but the former Soviet republic have emerged as a force and contain one of the world football’s top strikers, Andriy Shevchenko. Scotland were defeated 5-0 by former World and European champions France in Berti Vogts’ first game in charge in March 2002.

Staunton set to follow the trend
U.TV – Jan 28, 2006
Staunton may not have been everyone`s favourite to succeed Brian Kerr due to his lack of experience, but he was quick to point out many of his contemporaries are in the same position. Marco Van Basten of Holland and Germany`s Jurgen Klinsmann spring to mind, especially after the Republic were drawn with Germany, the Czech Republic, Wales, Slovakia, Cyprus and San Marino in the qualifying competition for Euro 2008… Staunton may not have been everyone`s favourite to succeed Brian Kerr due to his lack of experience, but he was quick to point out many of his contemporaries are in the same position. Marco Van Basten of Holland and Germany`s Jurgen Klinsmann spring to mind, especially after the Republic were drawn with Germany, the Czech Republic, Wales, Slovakia, Cyprus and San Marino in the qualifying competition for Euro 2008.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Italy turn down Belfast…
BBC News – Jan 26, 2006
Irish FA president Jimmy Boyce had been hoping to get the Italians to agree to a friendly international at Windsor Park in late May. But NI manager Lawrie Sanchez, in Switzerland for the Euro 2008 draw, revealed the Italians had declined. He said Italian manager Marcello Lippi preferred to play a country which would also be at the World Cup finals. The IFA is still hoping Italy will come to Windsor Park for a friendly sometime after the World Cup. The sides last met in a friendly in Campobasso in June 2003. Italy won 2-0 against a Northern Ireland team then managed by Sammy McIlroy.

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