Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

April 9, 2006

Henry plays down talk of revenge

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The News Review:

* Lippi poised for an Azzuri return
* Staunton unfazed by possible ban
* German Soccer | 04.09.2006 Ballack Dealing With Culture Shock in New…
* Henry plays down talk of revenge
* Domenech hits back at Mourinho
* Fans keep faith with mismatch
* Sanchez vows to galvanise team
* England’s wide boys do the job
* Scots television showing gives Terry added incentive
* Smith gives Scotland belief

Lippi poised for an Azzuri return
Ireland Online – Apr 9, 2006
The Azzurri suffered a friendly defeat to Croatia in Donadoni?s first game in charge last month, and were held to a 1-1 draw by Lithuania in their opening Euro 2008 qualifier on Saturday. The Italian Football Federation?s (FIGC) interim president Guido Rossi has revealed contact has been made with Lippi, who resigned days after the World Cup success against France in Berlin. ?I have made him an offer and I am sure he will accept,? Rossi told Il Giornale newspaper.

Staunton unfazed by possible ban
Ireland Online – Apr 9, 2006
Staunton faces a potential two-match touchline ban if UEFA decide to clamp down on the 37-year-old after his dismissal in Saturday?s 1-0 Euro 2008 qualifying defeat to Germany in Stuttgart. Staunton was banished to the stands of the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion by referee Luis Medina Cantalejo for kicking a water bottle in frustration at one of the Spaniard?s decisions. After a warning earlier in the game for his behaviour, Staunton pushed Cantalejo?s patience once too often, ending his first competitive match in charge in ignominious fashion. UEFA?s Control and Disciplinary Body will now await Cantalejo?s match report, and if that reflects unfavourably on Staunton, he could find himself away from the dug-out for the Group D games in Cyprus on October 7 and at home to the Czech Republic four days later. The situation could be further clouded if consultant Sir Bobby Robson has still not recovered in time from recent surgery to remove a brain tumour that has resulted in minor complications… But an undaunted Staunton said: ?It?s out of my control as to what happens now, but I?m not fearing anything. I will still be at the games. ?Even if I?m not in the dug-out and Bobby?s not back, then I?m not worried because I have a great backroom staff. ?I picked them and I put full trust in them, and I will be able to relay my thoughts without getting angry in the stands.

German Soccer | 04.09.2006 Ballack Dealing With Culture Shock in New…
Deutsche Welle – Apr 9, 2006
The 29-year-old Ballack, who played in his country’s 1-0 Euro 2008 qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Bayern Munich in the summer and admits it has been a real culture shock. “It really is something new for me,” Ballack said in an interview with Welt am Sonntag. “As a family it changed the day we left Germany and I am still living in a hotel. It is not that easy to find something in London. I know that London is expensive but I am a well paid footballer so I am lucky… “It really is something new for me,” Ballack said in an interview with Welt am Sonntag. “As a family it changed the day we left Germany and I am still living in a hotel. It is not that easy to find something in London. I know that London is expensive but I am a well paid footballer so I am lucky. ”

Ballack, who led Germany to third place at the World Cup, was accused of joining Chelsea, bankrolled by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, for the money but said that was not the major factor. “The main reason to come to England and Chelsea was to play with a great team,” Ballack said. “Money and the chance to live in a city like London are additional factors.

Henry plays down talk of revenge
Ireland Online – Apr 9, 2006
?I want to win Euro 2008 and winning against France is essential,? he told L?Equipe. ?I am certain we can play to win in Paris, even if we aren?t yet at the peak of our form. We dictated the game (against Lithuania) and deserved to win. ?Far from being a revenge mission on Wednesday, Cannavaro believes the France v Italy re-match has already taken place… ?I want to win Euro 2008 and winning against France is essential,? he told L?Equipe. ?I am certain we can play to win in Paris, even if we aren?t yet at the peak of our form. We dictated the game (against Lithuania) and deserved to win. ?Far from being a revenge mission on Wednesday, Cannavaro believes the France v Italy re-match has already taken place. He said: ?At Rotterdam, when we lost the Euro 2000 final, Italy played better than France, but France won.

Domenech hits back at Mourinho
Ireland Online – Apr 9, 2006
Chelsea insist they will not become embroiled in another unsavoury round of verbal sparring with the World Cup finalists even though Domenech and Thuram attacked the Portuguese coach for using the word ?slave? when talking about France?s refusal to accept the player?s retirement wishes. Makelele told the French federation he wanted to quit international duty after their World Cup final defeat to Italy and underlined his decision in a letter to French officials on August 22 ? two days prior to his call-up for France?s Euro 2008 qualifiers. Mourinho accused Domenech of treating Makelele like a ?slave? and his comments sparked a war of words which continues to rumble on. Domenech now claims that Mourinho?s use of the term ?slave? is both ?staggering and insulting? while Thuram insists the Chelsea coach was simply trying to be offensive. Domenech declared: ?To use that term is staggering… Chelsea insist they will not become embroiled in another unsavoury round of verbal sparring with the World Cup finalists even though Domenech and Thuram attacked the Portuguese coach for using the word ?slave? when talking about France?s refusal to accept the player?s retirement wishes. Makelele told the French federation he wanted to quit international duty after their World Cup final defeat to Italy and underlined his decision in a letter to French officials on August 22 ? two days prior to his call-up for France?s Euro 2008 qualifiers. Mourinho accused Domenech of treating Makelele like a ?slave? and his comments sparked a war of words which continues to rumble on. Domenech now claims that Mourinho?s use of the term ?slave? is both ?staggering and insulting? while Thuram insists the Chelsea coach was simply trying to be offensive. Domenech declared: ?To use that term is staggering. There are people who died to free themselves of slavery.

Fans keep faith with mismatch
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 9, 2006
Anywhere else represents potentially lost revenue. There were various reasons why people paid money to watch something that could never possibly be a contest. Some would have supported England everywhere and were not going to make an exception for Andorra. ‘Bridgewater Firefighters on Tour’ ran one banner which had been taken from Somerset along the M6 in driving rain. When tickets are handed out for Euro 2008, you hope the Bridgewater Firefighters get theirs… Some would have supported England everywhere and were not going to make an exception for Andorra. ‘Bridgewater Firefighters on Tour’ ran one banner which had been taken from Somerset along the M6 in driving rain. When tickets are handed out for Euro 2008, you hope the Bridgewater Firefighters get theirs. You knew you were not seeing them at their peak, you would not be treated to a rerun of their epic concerts at Altamont or Hyde Park in 1969 and you could guess the songs they would play. But as you sat in the traffic jams, crawling towards the North Circular, at least you had seen them before one of them (most likely Keith Richard) died.

Sanchez vows to galvanise team
Ireland Online – Apr 9, 2006
The squad go into the Euro 2008 qualifier against Spain on Wednesday still stunned by events at the weekend. While the players knew the opening game against Iceland was not going to be a walk in the park there was a mood of cautious optimism in the group. Instead Northern Ireland suffered a 3-0 defeat in front of their own fans. Sanchez, however, insists there is no room for self-pity. He said: ?I will get back on the training field and try to get 11 players motivated against Spain… The squad go into the Euro 2008 qualifier against Spain on Wednesday still stunned by events at the weekend. While the players knew the opening game against Iceland was not going to be a walk in the park there was a mood of cautious optimism in the group. Instead Northern Ireland suffered a 3-0 defeat in front of their own fans. Sanchez, however, insists there is no room for self-pity. He said: ?I will get back on the training field and try to get 11 players motivated against Spain. That is what I am paid to do.

England’s wide boys do the job
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 9, 2006
He’s got a great touch with his back to goal and brings other players into play. He’s also an aerial threat and an outlet for us. Maybe he’s not that quick — but anybody with legs that long would struggle to be really quick. He’s not lightning quick but he’s effective in other ways. I always looked at Teddy Sheringham — he wasn’t quick but he was very, very effective. “In the Greece game he was twice the player who laid the ball off at the start and finished the move with the goal. He’s a loper and he’s effective in his runs into the box.

Scots television showing gives Terry added incentive
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 9, 2006
Having been held to two draws in their six previous meetings it is not unthinkable that Steve McClaren’s players had tuned in in the hope that they would wind down the minutes before kick-off being entertained by another embarrasing upset for their old rivals. As it was the Scots gave them a lesson in how to deal with inferior opposition and after England had seen off the awful Andorrans 5-0 at Old Trafford later in the day, captain John Terry admitted watching their performance had provided an added incentive to win convincingly. “We were watching the Scotland game before against the Faroe Islands and they were 5-0 up at half time, I think, and it was great to see and everbody expected that,” said the Chelsea defender.

Smith gives Scotland belief
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 9, 2006
A team that for many years struggled to find the net consistently have now scored 11 goals in consecutive games. True, the opposition was more car boot sale than top drawer — Bulgaria in the Kirin Cup and the Faroe Islands in Saturday’s Euro 2008 opening qualifier — but small mercies are a comfort to those, like the Scots, who know that miracles will be required further down the line. Smith inherited from Berti Vogts a squad seriously deficient in morale, direction and status, two of which are clearly on the mend – and the third, the Tartan Army trusts, will follow. Lest we forget, the most basic change is that Scotland players, game after game, know what tasks they have to accomplish and why… James McFadden, pining after the lead striker’s role, was like, Miller, asked to play off Boyd and he, too, hit home a snap shot, following the example of tireless playmaker Darren Fletcher — forced off at half-time with a back spasm and ligament tweaks. Garry O’Connor then came off the bench and added his name to the list of scorers. Now the trick for Scotland is not to follow a day in Dr Jekyll’s surgery with a night on the tiles with Mr Hyde. This was the best Scottish qualifying victory since the 8-0 World Cup rampage against Cyprus in 1968. On the other hand, Georgia were 6-0 winners in Toftir last month — but England’s 5-0 result against Andorra also counts towards calculating the goal standard expected in such matches. Italy, the Group B favourites, were held to a draw by Lithuania in Naples and could be five points adrift of Scotland after their next game, against France. But then the Scots, who play in Lithuania on Wednesday, lost there three years ago.

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