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May 14, 2006

Italy look to end world cup drought

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The News Review:

* World Cup Countdown, 3 Weeks to Go
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Sweden axe Ostlund from cup squad
* Italy look to end world cup drought
* Uefa aim to stamp out foot problems
* Channelnewsasia.com – World Cup Germany 2006
* We all want Wayne to be fit. But he’s got to make sure he’s…
* Bulgaria to keep faith in under-fire Stoichkov
* Group D could be problem for German authorities

World Cup Countdown, 3 Weeks to Go
Arab News – May 12, 2006
?Attack with six players and defend with eight when you lose the ball. That is football at the moment,? Scolari said in an interview with Kicker magazine. ?For that reason I do not think this World Cup will be a goals fest. There will not be as many goals as at previous World Cups. The 57-year-old Scolari, who led Brazil to victory in that tournament, is now in charge of Portugal and believes his side have improved since UEFA Euro 2004 when they reached the final as hosts… The 57-year-old Scolari, who led Brazil to victory in that tournament, is now in charge of Portugal and believes his side have improved since UEFA Euro 2004 when they reached the final as hosts. ?I think our team are better than at Euro 2004,? Scolari said. ?We had to go through qualifying this time and that was an advantage as we coped with the pressure. I would say that we are one of the best eight teams in the world at the moment. ? The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) had also offered the national team players their biggestever bonus if they win the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the president of the federation has said on AFP. Giberto Madail would not specify the exact amount each player would take home, telling daily newspaper Jornal de Noticias that ?all I can tell you is that it will be enough to buy a good car.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – May 12, 2006
The Brazilian-born mentor has had plenty of success all around the world. He turned a Brazilian team, written off before the 2002 soccer World Cup, into world champions. In 2003 he took the Portuguese senior national team to the finals of the Euro 2004 where Portugal were beaten by lowly Greece in the final. He became the first foreign coach to bring any team to the finals of the event. Scolari is a great tactician who believes in allowing the creativity of a player to flow but is a strict disciplinarian. Having coached in Brazil, he will bring Brazilian samba soccer to South Africa. CARLOS ALBERTO PARREIRA
He was born in February, 27, 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil… If a South African coach is chosen, then Igesund should be the man. He is someone who believes in simple football and is very much result-oriented. However, he appears not to be popular with some high profile Safa executive members for some strange reasons, and that could work against him. But given the chance, he knows South African soccer the best of all. CLAUDE LEROY
Another highly-rated French-born coach who guided lowly-placed Democratic Republic of Congo on a majestic campaign in the recent African Cup of Nations in Egypt. Before that, he had a short stint with Senegal and coached the side at the African Cup of Nations in 1990. Though he is not popular in South Africa, he is highly rated in some African countries.

Sweden axe Ostlund from cup squad
CNN International – May 9, 2006
Sweden are in Group B with Paraguay, England and Trinidad and Tobago at the finals starting on June 9. "Henrik Larsson is unique and can play in any position, on the midfield or as a forward," Lagerback said, adding that the 34-year-old was "improving with age. "Lagerback predicted Ibrahomovic would be "better than in Portugal" in Euro 2004, and said Arsenal’s Fredrik Ljungberg has "a great eye for football. "Prolific striker Marcus Allback, who over the weekend won the Danish league with FC Copenhagen, was included as backup to Larsson and Ibrahimovic. Lagerback said it was "easy to select 15, 16 players," and that the choice had been toughest regarding goalkeepers and defenders. "After Sweden qualified, we have studied their performance on the national side and how they have fared in their clubs," 57-year-old Lagerack said, adding that while some of the players were young they were "selected on merits but may be future key players. "Provisional squadGoalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Stade Rennes), John Alvbage (Viborg), Rami Shaaban (Fredrikstad)… Kaviedes’s disciplinary problems have restricted his appearances under Ecuador coach Luis Fernando Suarez. The major absentee in the squad was Franklin Salas. Doctors said last month the striker would not recover from a knee operation in time for the tournament. Ecuador have been drawn in Group A with hosts Germany, Poland and Costa Rica. Goalkeepers: Edwin Villafuerte (Deportivo Quito), Cristian Mora (LDU), Damian Lanza (Aucas)Defenders: Ivan Hurtado (Al Arabi, Qatar), Geovanny Espinoza (LDU), Ulises de la Cruz (Aston Villa), Paul Ambrossi (LDU), Neicer Reasco (LDU), Jorge Guagua (El Nacional), Jose Luis Perlaza (Olmedo)Midfielders: Marlon Ayovi (Deportivo Quito), Edwin Tenorio (Barcelona), Edison Mendez (LDU), Patricio Urrutia (LDU), Cristian Lara (El Nacional), Segundo Castillo (El Nacional), Luis Antonio Valencia (Recreativo Huelva, Spain), Luis Fernando Saritama (Deportivo Quito). Forwards: Cristian Benitez (El Nacional), Felix Borja (El Nacional), Carlos Tenorio (Al Sadd, Qatar), Agustin Delgado (LDU), Ivan Kaviedes (Argentinos Juniors, Argentina).

Italy look to end world cup drought
???? – May 11, 2006
In Germany next month they will be keen to bring to an end their 24-year drought. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic head to their first World Cup finals, hoping to emulate the success of the forbears. Italy have not won a trophy for 24 years. World champions on three occasions, Italy only made it to the last 16 in the 2002 tournament and two years ago, they were knocked out of Euro 2004 in the group stages. This time Italy need to shake off fatigue to achieve good results. Their squad is powerful. Four strikers are almost certain to be named: Alessandro Del Piero, Alberto Gilardino, Luca Toni and Francesco Totti… Meanwhile, the Czech Republic head to their first World Cup finals, hoping to emulate the success of the forbears. Italy have not won a trophy for 24 years. World champions on three occasions, Italy only made it to the last 16 in the 2002 tournament and two years ago, they were knocked out of Euro 2004 in the group stages. This time Italy need to shake off fatigue to achieve good results. Their squad is powerful. Four strikers are almost certain to be named: Alessandro Del Piero, Alberto Gilardino, Luca Toni and Francesco Totti. Alberto Gilardino of AC Milan and Fiorentina’s Luca Toni are two young rising stars.

Uefa aim to stamp out foot problems
Telegraph.co.uk – May 9, 2006
As well as the Premiership’s big four, Uefa have invited 17 other leading clubs to assist their medical committee in discovering the cause of the increase in metatarsal breaks. Particular attention will be paid to the Beckham bone – the fifth metatarsal and the one that takes longest to heal (from 63 to 116 days). “Currently, we do not know the mechanisms behind this type of injury,” Professor Jan Ekstrand, vice-chairman of Uefa’s medical committee, said when launching a study of the fifth metatarsal. “There are speculations that the injury could be related to shoe wear or surfaces or connected with tissue fatigue in footballers playing many matches. “On learning of Prof Ekstrand’s commendable initiative, the immediate temptation was to write to urge him to concentrate on the new lightweight boots, which offer little protection to sprinting players stopping suddenly or players being trodden on… “On learning of Prof Ekstrand’s commendable initiative, the immediate temptation was to write to urge him to concentrate on the new lightweight boots, which offer little protection to sprinting players stopping suddenly or players being trodden on. The cladding appears minimal, with Rooney’s boot weighing only 10½ oz, although Nike stress that the boot is not to blame. Greater culpability probably lies with the players, who demand their cleated cobblers provide thinner and thinner skins, so giving them greater feel. Some £100-plus boots are like slippers which can be folded in two, with the heel touching the toe. When worn, the protection is minimal.

Channelnewsasia.com – World Cup Germany 2006
Channel News Asia – May 14, 2006
I will do all I can to get the team into the final,” he said. As expected there was no place for Barcelona winger Ludovic Giuly, Arsenal’s Robert Pires or troublesome striker Nicolas Anelka all of whom failed to convince Domenech that they could be valuable assets in Germany. But the ever-cautious coach, who took over after France’s poor performance at Euro 2004 in Portugal, did retain the core of the side he used to qualify for the finals anchored around World Cup winners Barthez, Zinedine Zidane, Lilian Thuram and Thierry Henry. “It wasn’t easy,” said Domenech. “There were nights of doubt, of sleeplessness for everybody, but I am convinced this squad can go as far as possible in Germany. ”

“What matters is the character shown by the players. The character of those that play who have to face up to the pressure of the World Cup… And the character of those who have to fill the roles of being reserves. ”

Thirteen of the 23 are based outside of France with eight playing in England, three in Italy and one each in Spain and Germany. France have been grouped with Switzerland, South Korea and Togo. AFP shall not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions in any AFP content, or for any actions taken in consequence. Copyright ? 2006 Agence France Presse.

We all want Wayne to be fit. But he’s got to make sure he’s…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – May 14, 2006
He’s done that with Theo. He’s a surprise for everyone. ” Beckham has not seen Walcott play live, although he has “seen clips” and feels assured by the player’s references. “I’m sure Arsène Wenger wouldn’t have bought him for the amount he did at the age he did if he didn’t have something special about him. ” Beckham took it as an expression of England’s boldness. As the day developed, he began to like the look of Walcott more and more. “I’ve now seen him speak on television and he seemed excited and pleased… Beckham was in the line-up for a re-enactment of the 1956 European Cup final, Madrid versus Stade de Reims, an antique event played between the modern footballers of each club, a reminder of an age when Madrid were fixtures in European Cup finals — they won the first five — and a little bitter-sweet for that. Beckham touched on that aspect of his career when we spoke the next day, principally about his third World Cup, the leadership of England and his many grounds for optimism for June. Among the reasons to be cheerful must be his own form, a level of fitness that he senses is stronger than at the 2002 tournament, when he had recently recovered from a broken metatarsal, and a better state of mind than in the months leading up to Euro 2004. Beckham takes an encouraging momentum to Germany. No regular watcher of Madrid could doubt that. He has made a case for being their best outfield player this season, perhaps the most effective and galvanising. A simple statistic can clarify: Beckham has been responsible, either with the final pass or the actual conversion, for nearly a quarter of Madrid’s goals this season.

Bulgaria to keep faith in under-fire Stoichkov
go.com – May 14, 2006
‘Hristo has all our support,’ said BFU’s vice-presidentLechkov, after returning from the exhibition tournament inJapan. ‘No one doubts that Stoichkov is the right man forBulgarian team. ”The result in the match against Scotland is not the mostimportant thing, it happens so often in football,’ addedStoichkov’s team mate Lechkov. Former European Footballer of the Year Stoichkov succeededPlamen Markov after Bulgaria’s poor performance at the Euro2004. But despite his boundless energy Bulgaria failed toqualify for World Cup finals in Germany. Stoichkov, who as a player inspired Bulgaria to thesemi-finals of the 1994 World Cup in the United States said hehas no plan to resign. ‘I’m not going to make a step back,’ he said… ‘No one doubts that Stoichkov is the right man forBulgarian team. ”The result in the match against Scotland is not the mostimportant thing, it happens so often in football,’ addedStoichkov’s team mate Lechkov. Former European Footballer of the Year Stoichkov succeededPlamen Markov after Bulgaria’s poor performance at the Euro2004. But despite his boundless energy Bulgaria failed toqualify for World Cup finals in Germany. Stoichkov, who as a player inspired Bulgaria to thesemi-finals of the 1994 World Cup in the United States said hehas no plan to resign. ‘I’m not going to make a step back,’ he said. ‘I will notevade responsibility.

Group D could be problem for German authorities
pittsburghlive.com – May 14, 2006
At the World Cup four years ago, Portugal lost to South Korea and the United States and was eliminated in the first round. The Portuguese team rebounded two years later by reaching the final at the European Championship and has another strong squad heading to Germany. Not to mention a Brazilian coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, who is trying to win the World Cup with his second team. “I have a shot at that. Let’s see how things go and whether I deserve it,” said Scolari, who led Brazil to its fifth title in South Korea and Japan. Still, Scolari is wary of being overly optimistic. “There will be more hurdles and difficulties (in Germany) than at Euro 2004… Let’s see how things go and whether I deserve it,” said Scolari, who led Brazil to its fifth title in South Korea and Japan. Still, Scolari is wary of being overly optimistic. “There will be more hurdles and difficulties (in Germany) than at Euro 2004. We have to keep our feet firmly on the ground, especially the players,” Scolari said. Luis Figo, the team’s top player, said Portugal always has had problems when in an “apparently easy group. ” But he seems ready to make amends. “Smart people don’t make the same mistake twice,” the Inter Milan midfielder said.

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