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May 23, 2006

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* Sweden’s squad for the World Cup finals in Germany comprises the…
* France enters World Cup as underdog
* Sport | Telegraph
* Germany’s squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following…
* No more excuses for England
* Rejection in 2002 has made Lampard all the more determined to shine
* Italy hopes new attack will change its fortunes
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Switzerland |…
* Aloisi joins Socceroos’ injury list
* Raul confident of top form
* BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams |…
* England bid to banish penalty blues
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Sweden | Sweden team…
* Rosicky set to seal deal with Gunners
* Football fever — just don’t say the S-word
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Portugal | Portugal…
* Sven: we will win World Cup

Sweden’s squad for the World Cup finals in Germany comprises the…
TVNZ – May 23, 2006
DEFENDERS 5-Erik Edman (Stade Rennes, France) Born:11. 78 Caps: 35 Goals: 1 Did not play in the 2002 World Cup but has since establishedhimself as Sweden’s best left back, playing as first choice in Euro2004. With his precise crosses he is also important in attack. After one impressive season with Tottenham Hotspur he surprisinglymoved to French side Stade Rennes last year, hoping to get moretime on the pitch. Has been troubled by a foot injury recently butis expected to be fit for the World Cup. 3-Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa, England) Born:3.

France enters World Cup as underdog
The Age – May 21, 2006
Unlike 2002, when France was favoured to defend its title, theaging Zidane will lead a team of firm underdogs next month. Perhapsthat suits France best. In 1998, the team was not considered among the favourites,despite home advantage, and went on to win the title. But it maytake an even bigger effort to win in Germany, where the team playsin Group G against Switzerland, South Korea and Togo. Zidane and Lilian Thuram – French heroes in ’98 – are at the endof their careers, and doubts persist whether Domenech has the totalbacking of the team as Aime Jacquet did eight years ago. A former soldier in the French-Algerian war, Jacquet was aforthright leader of men. Domenech, a lover of astrology whodabbled in theatre and film before becoming France coach, is a farmore ambiguous character… Both have 31 goals for France and second-place on France’sall-time scorers list behind Michel Platini (41). But since November 2003, when Henry scored one and Trezeguet twoin a stunning 3-0 win over Germany, the pair have rarely clicked -perhaps in part due to Trezeguet’s injuries. He has played only sixtimes since Euro 2004 after a shoulder operation and a leginjury. In qualifying, France mustered only 14 goals in 10 games – 11 ofthose against the Faeroe Islands and Cyprus – with Liverpool’sDjibril Cisse scoring four of them. Domenech hinted that Cisse could be axed in favour of ManchesterUnited’s Louis Saha. “Saha has shown the desire to overcome injury and has taken theplace of Ruud Van Nistelrooy in the (Manchester United) team,”Domenech said.

Sport | Telegraph – May 22, 2006
Ludovic Giuly (France): Another Champions League winner to miss out. The French winger was cruelly injured before Euro 2004 and is devastated again, despite being a key player throughout qualifying. Ruben Baraja (Spain): Bafflement and anger greeted the omission of Valencia’s consistently excellent midfielder. “It leaves a bad taste in the mouth,” said his club-mate David Albelda, who made the cut. Clarence Seedorf (Holland): Has won three Champions League titles, with three different clubs, and is still on top of his game at AC Milan, and Seedorf would walk into any other squad. But Marco van Basten’s revolution has been quick to sweep away old idols… Jermain Defoe (England): Even Arsenal fans would have picked the Spurs striker in their squad. His presence in World Cup adverts must add embarrassment to the shock. As first standby, he will be the only Englishman hoping Rooney does not recover from injury. Bohdan Shust (Ukraine): The son of a history professor at Lviv University, he was 15 before taking football seriously. Five years on, the FC Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper is now at the World Cup. Pascal Chimbonda (France, pictured): There were audible gasps of disbelief by journalists as the name of Wigan’s defender was read out at the Clairefontaine press conference. Karl Svensson (Sweden): “If you’d told me I’d be at the World Cup six months ago, I would have laughed,” admitted the IFK Gothenburg defender, who gets an unlikely chance to add to his solitary cap.

Germany’s squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following…
TVNZ – May 22, 2006
79Caps: 3 Goals: 0 Ten years younger than Kahn and Lehmann, Hildebrand is Germany’sheir apparent. Very solid but does not often show the match-winningtalent of his two rivals at their best. DEFENDERS: 3-Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin) Born: 29. 79Caps: 34 Goals: 0 Made his debut for Germany after playing just two Bundesligagames and has looked a good fit on the right side of defence eversince. Has not been in top form this season but regularly produceshis best form for his country and still has a good case for astarting place… 73 Caps: 61 Goals: 1 An eye-catching passer and crosser, Schneider has plenty oftalent and experience but has too often been quiet in matches whenGermany have needed him most. Has often been used as a right-back under Klinsmann but now thatSebastian Deisler has been ruled out through injury he seems set totake his preferred role on the right side of midfield. Was as poor at Euro 2004 as he had been excellent at the WorldCup in 2002. Klinsmann really needs him at his slick best thistime. 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) Born:1. 84 Caps: 25 Goals: 5 Schweinsteiger is Germany’s most naturally talented midfielder– tricky with the ball at his feet and possessed of a venomousshot.

No more excuses for England
TVNZ – May 22, 2006
England have not won a major trophy since the 1966 World Cup andhad high hopes dashed at the 2002 finals and Euro 2004 in the lasteight. Three of their last five tournament exits have been onpenalties. However, with the likes of David Beckham, Frank Lampard, StevenGerrard and Michael Owen in their prime, Neville has a simplemessage for his team mates. “No excuses for anybody. Injuries, whatever happens to us, noexcuses,” he told reporters at their Portugal training camp.

Rejection in 2002 has made Lampard all the more determined to shine – May 22, 2006
It will be time for Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole. “When I was on the fringes of the squad I used to crave to be a David Beckham or a Michael Owen,” Lampard said. “I am not going to say that I am there yet but I hope to make the same kind of contribution one of those players would make. It brings pressure but a good pressure and in a good way. If you want to make your mark at the top level, you have to handle that. We have a lot of world-class players in our team and this is going to be the stage where they are going to have to show it. “Portugal two years ago was Lampard’s stage… As a kid, you panic and even when you are used to it you still need someone to calm you down. There were many times in my career as a kid when I thought I wouldn’t make it and I was never overly confident I would make it as a footballer just because my dad had. “Euro 2004 was a great memory for me, a big moment in my career. People start to talk about you and you feel more confident in yourself with that behind you. The World Cup will be even more so. You stand on the brink of an opportunity to make history not just for yourself but as a team.

Italy hopes new attack will change its fortunes
USA Today – May 23, 2006
In 2004, Italy became the first team eliminated from the group phase of the competition without losing a match. “You can’t say Italian soccer was of poor quality during these 25 years,” coach Marcello Lippi said. “It’s not like we haven’t done anything. It shouldn’t be a burden. In history, Italy is one of the countries that has won the most. ”
Italy has won the World Cup three times, tied with Germany for second behind Brazil’s five victories. “You have to take into account yesterday, today and tomorrow,” Lippi said… The Italians might need more firepower in Group E, which includes highly ranked opponents from the Czech Republic and the United States, plus newcomer Ghana. Big, physical forwards Alberto Gilardino and Luca Toni provide a new look for Italy’s attack. Trapattoni caused an uproar when he didn’t bring Gilardino to Euro 2004 and Lippi was quick to integrate the player into his team. “Playing my first World Cup at the age of 23 is unbelievable,” said Gilardino, who was born July 5, 1982 — the day Italy beat Brazil en route to its last title. “I want to make a name for myself on the international level. ”
At 29, the 6-foot-4 Toni is a late bloomer who was playing in Serie B with Palermo two seasons ago. He was the leading scorer in Serie A this season with Fiorentina.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Switzerland |…
BBC News – May 22, 2006
Qualifying star: Alexander Frei. His 88th-minute header earned a 1-0 qualifying win against outsiders Cyprus in March. Their group was the tightest in Europe and had Switzerland not won that match they would not have reached the play-offs. Manager: Jakob ‘Kobi’ Kuhn. Took over in summer 2001 to become the first Swiss coach of the national side in 12 years. Has overseen an improvement in fortunes, guiding the side to Euro 2004 before securing their place in Germany… Manager: Jakob ‘Kobi’ Kuhn. Took over in summer 2001 to become the first Swiss coach of the national side in 12 years. Has overseen an improvement in fortunes, guiding the side to Euro 2004 before securing their place in Germany.

Aloisi joins Socceroos’ injury list
The Age – May 22, 2006
“I’m quite positive I won’t be able to play on Thursday. “With striker Harry Kewell undergoing treatment in Europe for a groin strain and Aloisi and Cahill out of the Greece match, the untimely injuries have given coach Guus Hiddink several headaches. Not the least of them is how to best work the trio back into the World Cup frame in the two friendly matches after Greece against Holland on June 4 and Liechtenstein on June 7, or whether to replace them in the 23-man squad should they fail to recover as hoped. Injured players can be replaced up to 24 hours prior to the Socceroos’ opening match of the tournament against Japan on June 12. Aloisi revealed he thought his World Cup dream was over when he originally sustained the injury playing for his Spanish club side Alaves a fortnight ago. “It was about 60 minutes into the game I came off and I was thinking it was all over, but the scans showed it wasn’t a tear, which is good,” he said. “I know that it’s not going to take too long to get back into it… “The Socceroos trained twice on Monday, and in between sessions were feted by thousands of fans at a function at Federation Square in Melbourne’s CBD. Hiddink hinted at some experimentation against the European champion at the MCG on Thursday night. Greece is likely to use its tried and tested lone striker formation with a five-man midfield against the Socceroos, with Euro 2004 final goalscorer Angelos Charisteas shouldering the load up front. That could open the way for Hiddink to use a back-three and structure his midfield slightly differently to the way it was employed against Uruguay. “Maybe we make some little changes, but not many,” Hiddink said.

Raul confident of top form
TVNZ – May 23, 2006
“I’m going to be in better physical condition than for any othertournament. Raul, 28, sustained a partial tear of the cruciate ligament anddamaged the cartilage in his left knee during Real’s 3-0 defeatagainst Barcelona in November and did not return to action untilmid-February. He struggled to win back his place and did not manage to add tohis modest tally of five league goals, his lowest total sincebreaking into the first team 12 seasons ago. The striker, who is Spain’s all-time leading scorer but hasnever shone at an international tournament, said he was confidentthe goals would come. “I’m improving all the time and when I score the first one,others will follow. Spain coach Luis Aragones has selected just two other naturalstrikers in the squad, with Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres andValencia’s David Villa joining Raul in the 23-strong squad. Aragones decided to leave out Liverpool striker FernandoMorientes after a disappointing season with the Premier Leagueside, and instead strengthen his side’s defensive resources withthe inclusion of Valencia centre-back Carlos Marchena… “There are some people who are just talking about thequarter-finals and we haven’t even won a game yet,” he said. “Theimportant thing is to start off with a win and take it step bystep. “In Portugal (at Euro 2004) we relaxed in the last game and wepaid the price. We hope that we have learned the lesson. Spain have been drawn alongside Ukraine, Tunisia and SaudiArabia in Group H for the World Cup. They will be finalising their preparations for next month’stournament in Germany with warm-up games against Russia, Africanchampions Egypt and fellow World Cup qualifiers Croatia.

BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams |…
BBC News – May 22, 2006
But it was a far from comprehensive campaign, with the 1998 World Cup winners twice drawing against Israel and Switzerland and once against the Republic of Ireland. Qualifying star: Djibril Cisse top scored for France in qualifying with four goals. Manager: Raymond Domenech succeeded Jacques Santini after Euro 2004. The former Under-21 coach is yet to properly stamp his authority on the side as he is caught between two generations of French footballers… The Arsenal striker has yet to really shine in a major tournament and Germany could be his stage. Strengths: Zidane, Lilian Thuram and Claude Makelele all came out of retirement to ensure France qualified for the tournament and Les Bleus seem stronger for their return. Weaknesses: Ageing players from France’s golden generation may not be able to turn it on in a testing competition under sunny skies after a long season. Did you know? Coach Domenech is an amateur dramatics enthusiast and does not try to hide his passion for astrology. The team is too old, young players like Franck Ribery cannot break into the squad. Germany will be the twilight for the dinosaurs of the golden generation,” Xavier Rivoire, French author.

England bid to banish penalty blues
TVNZ – May 23, 2006
England will leave for Germany having known far more agony thanecstasy in a discipline which has come to play a key part in thelatter stages of tournament soccer. Shootout misses have condemned England to exits at World Cups in1990 and 1998, along with Euro 96 on home soil and by hostsPortugal in Euro 2004. “To go out on penalties is the biggest kick in the teeth you canhave in football at this level,” said England midfielder FrankLampard after trudging off the pitch in Lisbon in 2004. “We’re all devastated. Keeper David James took his share of the blame for England’sexit in the nerve-jangling finale, saying: “I’m gutted that I hadseven penalties and I didn’t save one. England will probably have to face their demons to succeed atthe finals where games will be very tight after a group stageagainst Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Sweden… Keeper David James took his share of the blame for England’sexit in the nerve-jangling finale, saying: “I’m gutted that I hadseven penalties and I didn’t save one. England will probably have to face their demons to succeed atthe finals where games will be very tight after a group stageagainst Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Sweden. “If we’re not prepared for them this time, then I don’t think weever will be,” experienced defender Gary Neville told reporters ata training camp in Portugal. “We’ve had so many bad experiences with penalties. “We know what’s going to happen, we know what can happen. Weknow it’s probably going to come to penalties in one of the fourknockout games if we’re going to go far in this tournament. Andwe’ve got to deal with it.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Sweden | Sweden team…
BBC News – May 22, 2006
The Rennes stopper made just one mistake – against Iceland in a game the Swedes comfortably won to seal their spot. Manager: For four years Lars Lagerback was part of an unusual managerial combo with Tommy Soderberg. Lagerback took sole control after Euro 2004 and it is so far so good for the 62-year-old… World Cup high: Sweden scored after four minutes of the 1958 final and had the Jules Rimet trophy in their grasp – but only briefly. A 17-year-old by the name of Pele soon found his form and Brazil ran out 5-2 winners. World Cup low: The Swedes did not exactly cover themselves in glory at the 1990 tournament in Italy – losing to Brazil, Scotland and Costa Rica. World Cup legend: Kurt Hamrin is a major contender. The winger, who starred in Italy for Juventus, Padova and Fiorentina, only played in the 1958 tournament but scored the goals that propelled Sweden to the final.

Rosicky set to seal deal with Gunners
Independent Online – May 23, 2006
The 25-year-old Borussia Dortmund star was already absent from the training camp at Seefeld, Austria, on Monday morning, but squad managers tried to keep quiet about his departure to London. “I am surprised it did not come to light earlier. We have tried to keep our promise to keep quiet but I must now admit that Tomas is undergoing medical tests,” said Czech national manager, Karel Bruckner. Bruckner added that Arsenal would be an ideal choice for Rosicky, who starred in Euro 2004 where the Czechs reached the semifinals… “I am surprised it did not come to light earlier. We have tried to keep our promise to keep quiet but I must now admit that Tomas is undergoing medical tests,” said Czech national manager, Karel Bruckner. Bruckner added that Arsenal would be an ideal choice for Rosicky, who starred in Euro 2004 where the Czechs reached the semifinals. The Czech Republic will face Italy, the US and Ghana in their first round group at football’s showpiece which gets underway in Germany on June 9.

Football fever — just don’t say the S-word
The Age – May 22, 2006
But June and Germany are next month. “On Thursday Australia willagain be united by football,” the SBS chap went on, skippingblithely for the moment over Melbourne’s substantial supporter basefor the national football team of Greece, a group that made itspresence felt in the city’s souvlaki quarter at the weekend. They were on hand again last night at South Melbourne’s Bob JaneStadium, where 1500 or more watching their Euro 2004 heroes gothrough their paces on a sleet and wind-swept pitch that was lit inequal part by floodlights and flares. The Federation Square gathering had been a smaller, moreecumenical group, one that sported a variety of national and teamcolours; from the man in the bright orange cap of Holland toanother in the ripe red of a Liverpool scarf. There was Croatia, Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven; no shortage ofgreen and gold Socceroos, and no sign of Locomotiv Dresden. An inflatable kangaroo bobbed above the heads of the front row,declaring no specific allegiance. To the side there was a man in aCarlton beanie, presumably giving some thought to his futureoptions.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Portugal | Portugal…
BBC News – May 22, 2006
He came top of the scoring charts in the European zone with 11. Manager: Charismatic Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari. Known as “Big Phil” and bearing an uncanny resemblance to Gene Hackman, Scolari guided Portugal to the final of Euro 2004 but has yet to win over the Portuguese public and was hunted by England as a replacement for Sven-Goran Eriksson… With his dazzling feet and blinding skills he has the ability to illuminate the finals. Strengths: Solid in defence, exceptional in midfield and with plenty of options in attack, Portugal are not short of highly-rated personnel. The remaining players from the ‘golden generation’ of Portuguese football are determined to win a major trophy. Weaknesses: Despite the exploits of Pauleta in qualifying he has failed to deliver in major tournaments. The goalkeeping position remains a major problem. Benfica’s Quim and Sporting Lisbon’s Ricardo are competing for the jersey that many want to be seen given to the out-of-favour Vitor Baia.

Sven: we will win World Cup
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – May 21, 2006
” Brazil, who eliminated England at the quarter-final stage four years ago, would again be the main threat. “To win the World Cup we have to beat them,” said Eriksson. The head coach has been greatly encouraged by the results of a series of fitness tests carried out during the trip to the Algarve which showed the England players to be substantially fitter and sharper than they were going into the last World Cup and Euro 2004. Tord Grip, Eriksson’s assistant, said: “It’s looking good. The players are a lot fitter and sharper than they were before the last two tournaments. Already we are seeing the benefits of shortening the Premiership season this year. ” Eriksson lobbied successfully to have a full month after the end of the domestic season to prepare his squad for the tournament… Reminded of that prediction, Eriksson smiled and said: “And I think we will win it. All we need is a little bit of luck, with injuries and referees. The expectation is a motivation, not a burden. Despite tabloid reports yesterday that Wayne Rooney would be fit to start England’s first group game against Paraguay on June 10, the England camp privately think that time is running out for the Manchester United forward’s recovery from the broken metatarsal he sustained three weeks ago against Chelsea.

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