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March 9, 2006

France slump to defeat by Slovakia

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The News Review:

* Italy stun Germans, France lose too | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* Soccer: Chilly warm-ups kindle some hope
* Crackdown on World Cup hooligans unveiled
* France slump to defeat by Slovakia
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England hear destiny calling
* Crouch inspires England come-back
* Koller still holds World Cup hopes
* BBC SPORT | Football | Scottish Premier | Strachan targets early…
* News | Telegraph

Italy stun Germans, France lose too | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Mar 2, 2006
Germany, the hosts for this summer’s extravaganza, were not theonly big losers on the first night of important warm-up friendliesexactly 100 days before the finals begin on June 9. Argentina, tipped as potential World Cup winners, fell 3-2 toCroatia who won with an injury-time goal in neutral Basel, whileFrance lost for the first time since July 2004, beaten 2-1 in Parisby visitors Slovakia. World Cup finalists Sweden also had a night to forget, crashing 3-0to Ireland in Dublin, a little consolation for the Irish whonarrowly failed to reach the finals themselves. World champions Brazil braved freezing conditions in Moscow to beatRussia 1-0, while England, also tipped to do well in Germany, camefrom behind to beat Uruguay 2-1 in Liverpool with anotherstoppage-time winner. Italy, looking to win the World Cup for the first time since theirthird triumph in 1982 when they beat West Germany, were too goodfor the Germans in Florence… Germany, the hosts for this summer’s extravaganza, were not theonly big losers on the first night of important warm-up friendliesexactly 100 days before the finals begin on June 9. Argentina, tipped as potential World Cup winners, fell 3-2 toCroatia who won with an injury-time goal in neutral Basel, whileFrance lost for the first time since July 2004, beaten 2-1 in Parisby visitors Slovakia. World Cup finalists Sweden also had a night to forget, crashing 3-0to Ireland in Dublin, a little consolation for the Irish whonarrowly failed to reach the finals themselves. World champions Brazil braved freezing conditions in Moscow to beatRussia 1-0, while England, also tipped to do well in Germany, camefrom behind to beat Uruguay 2-1 in Liverpool with anotherstoppage-time winner. Italy, looking to win the World Cup for the first time since theirthird triumph in 1982 when they beat West Germany, were too goodfor the Germans in Florence. They raced into a 3-0 halftime lead at the Franchi stadium withgoals from Alberto Gilardino, Luca Toni and Daniele DeRossi.

Soccer: Chilly warm-ups kindle some hope
International Herald Tribune – Mar 3, 2006
It was the biggest margin of Italian victory over the Germans since 1939, and the scored did not exaggerate Italian dominance. It could easily have been greater. This was indeed the heaviest message of a night on which the 32 nations heading for the World Cup this summer in Germany all worked out. Brazil, the favorite, braved a bitter chill in Moscow to eke out a 1-0 victory over Russians who, if the speculation is accurate, will soon be coached by the Dutchman Guus Hiddink. Ronaldo came out into the cold to score, with a deflection off his left arm, the only goal of a perishing night on which some Brazilians played with scarves around their necks.

Crackdown on World Cup hooligans unveiled
Guardian Unlimited – Mar 9, 2006
Around 100,000 England fans are expected to travel to the tournament, which starts in June, and Charles Clarke has warned fans not to use the gesture, which is illegal under German law. “It’s not a joke, it is not a comic thing to do. Anyone who thinks it’s entertaining to get involved in this sort of thing, I absolutely urge them not to do so,” he said… The Home Office said the package of measures was the most comprehensive ever put in place to help prevent significant football disorder. More than 3,000 known troublemakers subject to banning orders will also be blocked from travelling to Germany this June. “The measures, which worked extremely well at the World Cup in Japan in 2002 and more recently at Euro 2004 in Portugal, have been expanded, refined and adapted for the World Cup 2006,” Mr Clarke said. “Above all, self-policing is the best policing. It is up to the fans to show that the spectre of English hooliganism has been removed once and for all. We continue to work closely with the police, prosecutors, football authorities and fans’ associations in support of fan-led initiatives. “The culture secretary, Tessa Jowell added: “The close cooperation with the German authorities means we now have in place a comprehensive strategy to prevent the kind of scenes that have dragged the good name of England fans through the mud in the past.

France slump to defeat by Slovakia
CNN – Mar 1, 2006
It also confirmed that Les Bleus, still struggling for their best form, are more than ever vulnerable after a poor qualifying campaign. Domenech said his side’s 2-1 home defeat by Slovakia on Wednesday would have no bearing on his side’s World Cup chances later this year. "Losing a match is not worrying, especially when it’s a friendly game like tonight. There was nothing at stake," Domenech told a news conference. "For me, it was more important to see that my players had a great will, that they were eager to go forward and to score goals. "I can’t say that I’m pleased with a defeat but it’s no big deal. We created a lot of chances to find the net.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England hear destiny calling
BBC News – Mar 1, 2006
But as Beckham corrected himself and the laughter died down, there was a sense that whoever was managing the side, England sensed their time was coming in Germany in 100 days. England’s World Cup clock has been ticking since the fateful moment in Shizuoka in 2002 when Brazil’s Ronaldinho turned a moment of speculation into the fatal blow to Eriksson’s ambitions. Eriksson’s side would come to full maturity, so we were told, in Germany in 2006 – a message repeated when Wayne Rooney was injured and the Swede suffered tactical paralysis against Portugal in Euro 2004… Now Germany is almost here. This time no excuses will be accepted. No talk of waiting another two years – definitely not for Eriksson and possibly not for Beckham. As Beckham, Eriksson and Steven Gerrard addressed the media surrounded by silverware in Anfield’s trophy room ahead of the match with Uruguay, there was a definite air that the countdown had begun. And for a trio of England’s most influential figures, there is the chance to make the sort of mark on the international stage that has eluded them in the past. Only the faintest of fine-tuning will now be made by Eriksson, and South American opposition has been chose to grace Anfield as a dry run for the World Cup meeting with Paraguay.

Crouch inspires England come-back
Financial Times – Mar 2, 2006
They can perhaps take heart from having got some ill luck out of the way early, for there will not be too many centre-backs looping 30-yard volleys into the top corner as Omar Pouso did after 26 minutes last night. Other misfortune could be more damaging. Injuries seem to blight every England campaign, and the jinx this year has fallen on the left-backs. After Ashley Cole broke down last week, Wayne Bridge was stretchered off having been clattered from behind by goalkeeper Paul Robinson. A scan showed no break, but there was damage to the ankle ligaments… Scotland’s preparations for their Euro 2008 qualifiers suffered a blow when they lost 3-1 to Switzerland at Hampden. Northern Ireland chalked up their first victory in four games beating Estonia 1-0 at Windsor Park, and Wales produced a creditable performance to hold World Cup finalists Paraguay 0-0 at the Millennium Stadium. Among shocks in other friendlies, Croatia hit back from a goal down to beat Argentina 3-2 in Switzerland; Slovakia’s 2-1 win in Paris was France’s first defeat since Euro 2004; and Italy fired a warning to their World Cup rivals, crushing a lacklustre Germany 4-1 in Florence. *England’s cricketers endured a wretched opening day to the Test series in India as intense heat and 55 overs of Indian spinbowling sapped the tourists’ concentration levels, writes Ted Corbett in Nagpur. The one bright spot was the discoveryof a new opening batsman. Alastair Cook of Essex looked as if he might be set to follow in the distinguished footsteps of his county predecessor Graham Gooch after making 60 during three and a half hours and 160 balls of sensible batting as England reached 246 for 7 at close of play. Cook, aged 21, has to fine-tune his technique, learn even more patience and seek advice from his elders.

Koller still holds World Cup hopes
CNN – Mar 9, 2006
Borussia Dortmund striker Koller has been out of action since sustaining the knee injury last September but his recovery is going well and he hopes to be fit when the finals begin on June 9. "Everything is going according to plan and I will be back in action come May," explained Koller. "The World Cup is still my big target. "The 32-year-old is his country’s highest-ever goalscorer after netting 44 times in just 66 internationals… "The World Cup is still my big target. "The 32-year-old is his country’s highest-ever goalscorer after netting 44 times in just 66 internationals. The Czech Republic, semi-finalists at Euro 2004, are pooled with Italy, the United States and Ghana in World Cup Group E. The United States are their first opponents on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen.

BBC SPORT | Football | Scottish Premier | Strachan targets early…
BBC News – Mar 8, 2006
“I hope to have all my business finalised before the World Cup starts, as we have positions we need back up for,” he said. “I don’t want to be in the same position as last season when it was a hectic summer. “At Euro 2004 with the BBC I saw many games due to the good access you get. ”

Strachan has already recruited Gary Caldwell and Kenny Miller on pre-contract agreements from Hibernian and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively. However, he is likely to be on the lookout for a new left-back, a position which has troubled Celtic this season. Celtic may also be searching for extra cover in midfield. While Strachan intends to watch matches in Germany, he feels he is highly unlikely to swoop for any players on show.

News | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 6, 2006
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