Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

June 9, 2006

Paper View: Terry’s BBC boycott

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The News Review:

* Three lions. Who’s king?
* Scotland beat Lithuania 2 – 1 in Kaunas
* Round-up: Materazzi lifts lid on Zidane clash
* Paper View: Terry’s BBC boycott
* Smith fears ‘quagmire’ conditions
* Shocked Gallas says Chelsea lack style
* Family team’s key World Cup role

Three lions. Who’s king?
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 9, 2006
It may be equally significant that Cameron’s first instinct was to act as openly English as is possible without committing to a George-and-dragon tattoo on his buttocks. He seems to view the World Cup as a chance to position himself at the head of a non-barmy army, displaying both street credibility and a brand patriotism that is not scarred by either war or border controls. Cameron’s nationalism, though, may not prove to be as low-risk as he clearly hopes. As an old Etonian whose party is almost invisible in Scotland and Wales, the Tory leader is possibly ill-advised to identify himself even further with England. But, just as Blair’s sensitivity to the continuity of the union must be at least partly driven by the extent to which his majorities have been swelled by Scottish seats, Cameron may have been lulled by his party’s rejections north of the border to think too much of Ingerland alone. Brown’s psychology combines the reasoning of his rivals. Like Blair he understands the extent to which this government is Scottish – but he also sees it as a potential obstacle to his prospects of presiding over the whole kingdom… Oddly – and perhaps troublingly for his Scots conscience – Brown is a beneficiary of his nation’s recent uselessness at football. If Scotland had qualified alongside England, his anglification strategy would be impossible without a level of double-speak questionable even in a leadership contender. Even now, Brown’s keenness for the Swedish-led Englishmen risks looking like carpetbagging in pursuit of No 10, while Cameron, conversely, might need for electoral reasons to support Scotland at Euro 2008. As for Blair, his only nightmare is the prospect of becoming the first politician for whom a World Cup triumph would be electorally useless. #comments { font-size:70%; font-family:Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;}#comments div. commentheader p { font-size:1. 2em;}#comments { clear:both; margin-top:25px; width:256px;}#comments h3 { color: #fff; padding:2px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size:1.

Scotland beat Lithuania 2 – 1 in Kaunas
Ireland Online – Jun 9, 2006
The Celtic striker might not have scored for his new club yet but he scored what proved to be the winner ? even after being booked to rule him out of the game with France ? which was his second in two international matches. Scotland started Group B with a 6-0 romp against the Faroe Islands on Saturday and veteran defender Christian Dailly and Miller put the country in strong position. But they had to sweat it out for their second consecutive success after Darius Miceika?s stunning late consolation. David Weir became the latest entrant to the Scottish Football Association Hall of Fame by winning his 50th cap but Kris Boyd, who scored twice against the north Atlantic part-timers, was dropped to the bench as Smith adopted a more cautious approach by calling on Gary Caldwell.

Round-up: Materazzi lifts lid on Zidane clash
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 9, 2006
Both Zidane and Materazzi have been unwilling to reveal what was said in the moments leading up to Zidane’s infamous head-butt. But now Materazzi has decided to lift the lid on his version of events. Former Everton defender Materazzi said that Zidane was frustrated at having his shirt pulled throughout their World Cup contest and offered to give the Inter Milan man his jersey after the match… Materazzi said: “I answered verbally with a provocation to defend myself. “Yes, I was tugging his shirt, but when he said to me scornfully ‘If you want my shirt so much I’ll give it to you afterwards,’ is that not a provocation? I answered that I’d prefer his sister, it’s true. “It’s not a particularly nice thing to say, I recognise that. But loads of players say worse things. I didn’t even know he had a sister before all this happened. “Zidane was sent-off for his headbutt in extra-time having earlier given France the lead from the penalty spot. Randy Lerner has assumed full control at Aston Villa and is fast approaching the 90 per cent of shares required to force all remaining holders to sell their stock.

Paper View: Terry’s BBC boycott
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 9, 2006
“Meanwhile, former Manchester United favourite Juan Sebastian Veron warned Javier Mascherano against a move to Old Trafford, the Daily Star reports. “I have spoken with Veron and he told me that [manager Sir Alex] Ferguson does not have much belief in Argentinian players, so I was reluctant, ” Mascherano says. Certainly not much belief in Veron at least. Transfer news and Bolton are in talks with Diego Tristan, the Spain striker who has become a free agent after tearing up his contract with Deportivo La Coruna, the Mirror reports. It says Newcastle are also interested in the player, “who has a playboy reputation”. Aston Villa’s Olof Mellberg has been given his marching orders from the Sweden squad by coach Lars Lagerback, the Sun reports. Defender Melberg was out celebrating his 29th birthday with team-mates Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Christian Wilhelmsson in Gothenburg ahead of a Euro 2008 qualifier against Liechtenstein tomorrow… It says Newcastle are also interested in the player, “who has a playboy reputation”. Aston Villa’s Olof Mellberg has been given his marching orders from the Sweden squad by coach Lars Lagerback, the Sun reports. Defender Melberg was out celebrating his 29th birthday with team-mates Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Christian Wilhelmsson in Gothenburg ahead of a Euro 2008 qualifier against Liechtenstein tomorrow. None were drinking but all have been sent home after returning to the team hotel at 1am, the paper says.

Smith fears ‘quagmire’ conditions
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 9, 2006
The pitch they will be playing on at the St Darius and St Gireno Stadium tonight appeared to be partly a quagmire and partly bare earth. Heavy rain had also caused flooding in the room where Walter Smith conducted his press conference and the Scotland manager admitted: “It’s a worry. It was not in great condition the last time Scotland were here but this is poor and we have to keep our fingers crossed that we can avoid injuries on the night. “The treacherous underfoot conditions may well offset the good fortune Smith has enjoyed in being able to field a virtually full-strength team despite injuries elsewhere in the squad. Smith has had to cope with an absentee roster including such experienced players as Barry Ferguson, Jackie McNamara and Andy Webster. He has also lost Garry O’Connor, Lee McCulloch, Graham Murty and Stephen McManus. “On Monday we were down to 19 players, and that included three goalkeepers, which is why we had to call up Scott Brown from Hibs,” Smith said.

Shocked Gallas says Chelsea lack style
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 9, 2006
We don’t have the same job. He defends the interests of his club. Perhaps I would do the same, just not with the same bad feeling. “The France coach then had another dig at the Portuguese in the wake of his “slave” claim about Claude Makelele. While refusing to name his team for the Euro 2008 qualifier against world champions Italy, Domenech said: “There is at least one player who is sure to play,” an obvious reference to the Chelsea midfielder. Defender Gallas followed his denial of Chelsea claims that he threatened to score an own goal or be sent off as part of a campaign to force the English champions to let him move to Arsenal, by adding yesterday: “I was adamant in my will to leave Chelsea, this is true. But I’m surprised and shocked by Chelsea’s comments… Perhaps I would do the same, just not with the same bad feeling. “The France coach then had another dig at the Portuguese in the wake of his “slave” claim about Claude Makelele. While refusing to name his team for the Euro 2008 qualifier against world champions Italy, Domenech said: “There is at least one player who is sure to play,” an obvious reference to the Chelsea midfielder. Defender Gallas followed his denial of Chelsea claims that he threatened to score an own goal or be sent off as part of a campaign to force the English champions to let him move to Arsenal, by adding yesterday: “I was adamant in my will to leave Chelsea, this is true. But I’m surprised and shocked by Chelsea’s comments. Some people are trying to explain my move [to Arsenal] thanks to cranky reproaches instead of assuming their own responsibilities in front of their fans.

Family team’s key World Cup role
BBC News – Jun 9, 2006
“We saw each other during meetings over a couple of days at the beginning,” said Ms Martin. She remains optimistic that their home nation could soon return to football’s centre stage. Wales have not been involved in the World cup since 1958, but Ms Martin believes there is “still hope for Euro 2008.

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