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June 22, 2006

Argentina tread a fine yellow line with Holland

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The News Review:

* Bruckner looking for a miracle from injured strikers
* Baros may play for Czechs against Italy
* Eriksson promises the return of the short ball
* Argentina tread a fine yellow line with Holland
* Italy 2, Czech republic 0: Self-assured Italians impose defensive…
* World Cup: Klose’s hunger for goals gives Germany the edge
* The Age: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technolog…
* Soccer: Legends must call it a day
* Mind Goes Over Matter at the World Cup
* Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
* Having a ball of a time: Both the haves and the nots
* Walcott may get shot at big time
* Rooney set to be England’s savior
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* World Cup big screen blown over

Bruckner looking for a miracle from injured strikers
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 22, 2006
The Italians have the added knowledge that a draw guarantees them second-phase football, though necessarily as group winners. But captain Fabio Cannavaro said they cannot think about “calculations”. The Italians have not forgotten that Denmark and Sweden came up with a 2-2 draw in Oporto at Euro 2004, a result that took both Scandinavian countries through at the expense of the land of Serie A. “We’re going to go out there and try to win,” said Cannavaro. The bonus for winning the group is the avoidance of Brazil in Dortmund next Tuesday, assuming Japan do stage an upset against the Brazilians in the last Group F game today. Marcello Lippi has spent as much time at this tournament deflecting questions about his own future and the domestic scandal raging back in Italy as he has queries over the Azzurri’s progress though, for once, the veneer of good humour behind which he has hidden appeared to be cracking last night. The Italy coach was edgy and distracted as he faced the media ahead of this evening’s decisive tie with the Czech Republic.

Baros may play for Czechs against Italy
rte.ie – Jun 20, 2006
‘There is a chance Milan Baros will be fit for the Italy game,’ coach Karel Brueckner told reporters. The return of Baros would be greatly welcomed by the Czech team, who are much depleted ahead of the match, which they need to win to guarantee a place in the knock-out stage. Baros, top scorer at Euro 2004, had not trained properly since sustaining the injury in a June 3 friendly.

Eriksson promises the return of the short ball
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 20, 2006
Rooney’s wishes must always be respected since the remainder of the squad realise that he has the gifts to improve both results and England’s reputation. His team-mates’ eyes will be drawn to him when he goes into his customary position in front of the midfield. The precise condition of a footballer who has not started a match for so long is, however, a matter of guesswork… The side has not yet conceded a goal in this World Cup and the form of Rio Ferdinand has been one of a modest number of satisfactions. He wins his 50th cap today. Eriksson, perhaps indelicately, brought up the eight-month ban for a missed drugs test that kept the centre-half out of Euro 2004 and conjectured that Ferdinand would otherwise have made 60 appearances or more. After defeat to Northern Ireland, the manager dropped him from the World Cup qualifier with Austria last October. Ferdinand has since come back to the fore. “He woke up,” said Eriksson. “He has everything.

Argentina tread a fine yellow line with Holland
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 21, 2006
getElementById( ‘frameId439965’ ). Andre Ooijer is the only first-choice defender not carrying a booking. The teams will know three hours before kick-off in Frankfurt what lies in wait for the group winners and runners-up because the fate of Portugal, Mexico and Angola will be decided in the afternoon. But Pekerman and Van Basten’s plans will have been set up by then. A Holland game against Portugal would be a repeat of their Euro 2004 semi-final which Portugal won. “We still have something to settle with Portugal,” Arjen Robben said… The teams will know three hours before kick-off in Frankfurt what lies in wait for the group winners and runners-up because the fate of Portugal, Mexico and Angola will be decided in the afternoon. But Pekerman and Van Basten’s plans will have been set up by then. A Holland game against Portugal would be a repeat of their Euro 2004 semi-final which Portugal won. “We still have something to settle with Portugal,” Arjen Robben said. “But it doesn’t matter who we will face. “Argentina need only a draw to top the group because of their superior goal difference but insist they will play to win. As well as most likely leaving out Hernan Crespo, Javier Saviola and Gabriel Heinze to save them from possible second-round bans, they could rest Javier Mascherano to protect his toe injury and give Juan Román Riquelme a breather.

Italy 2, Czech republic 0: Self-assured Italians impose defensive…
International Herald Tribune – Jun 22, 2006
This was indeed a match to the finish. It had what the previous night's encounter in Nuremberg between Argentina and the Netherlands lacked – the imperative that the winner goes through, the loser goes home. The Czechs, especially, had to chase victory because a draw was not enough for their qualification. So for the first half-hour we saw a microcosm of the Czech Republic's tournament – indeed, of the way it sparkled to deceive at Euro 2004 as well… It had what the previous night's encounter in Nuremberg between Argentina and the Netherlands lacked – the imperative that the winner goes through, the loser goes home. The Czechs, especially, had to chase victory because a draw was not enough for their qualification. So for the first half-hour we saw a microcosm of the Czech Republic's tournament – indeed, of the way it sparkled to deceive at Euro 2004 as well.

World Cup: Klose’s hunger for goals gives Germany the edge
Taipei Times – Jun 22, 2006
It will take some time but they are getting there. ”
Klose, who was born in the Polish city of Opole but moved to Germany as a child, topped the Bundesliga scoring charts last season with Bremen and has carried that form on to become top scorer at the finals with four. Although not the most elegant player, Klose possesses a genuine turn of pace and great aerial ability. The headlines have been hailing him as the team’s saviour but the former Kaiserslautern man said that personal glory was not important. “The team is the main thing, not me scoring goals. Of course it is nice for me to score but success for the team means more,” he said. After three wins from three matches, hosts Germany are on the up and Klose — who failed to score in Germany’s disastrous campaign at Euro 2004 — believes his country can lift the trophy in Berlin on July 9… “The team is the main thing, not me scoring goals. Of course it is nice for me to score but success for the team means more,” he said. After three wins from three matches, hosts Germany are on the up and Klose — who failed to score in Germany’s disastrous campaign at Euro 2004 — believes his country can lift the trophy in Berlin on July 9. “We absolutely want to be world champions and I think you saw our intentions today,” he enthused. “We were convincing right from the off. ”
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The Age: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technolog…
The Age – Jun 22, 2006
We have stacked upthree good wins and now we must build on that. It wasn’t all goodtoday,” he said in allusion to a defence which allowed Mexico anumber of chances which the Latin Americans wasted. With Argentina or the Netherlands lying in wait Scolari, whotook Portugal to the Euro 2004 final where they lost to Greece,said he didn’t mind who his men next face. “We have no influence either way and so I can’t speculate. Weneed to keep working hard in training and prepare ourselves,” hesaid. Portugal, already qualified after wins against Angola and Iran,rested five first-team players as a precaution against them pickingup a second yellow card. Mexico needed only a draw to guarantee second place in Group Dbut they went 2-0 down early in the first half through Maniche anda Simao penalty… Mexico have now qualified for the knockout stages in fourconsecutive World Cups while Portugal are in the second phase forthe first time since 1966 under Scolari. Skipper Marquez shrugged off the loss. “Generally we did not defend badly and going forward we made anumber of chances but could not take them,” he said. “Whoever we face next out of Argentina or the Netherlands wemust be able to beat both. Fonseca added: “We didn’t want a defeat but we have qualifiedand that’s the main thing. Now we must forget what has alreadyhappened.

Soccer: Legends must call it a day
Channel News Asia – Jun 20, 2006
At this point, however, the strikers’ stories diverge. An outraged Pele lost weight, got fit and won his third World Cup. After the final, the Brazilian king stormed into the dressing room and declared: “I’m not dead! I’m not dead! I’m not dead!”

Advocates of the Beautiful Game will hope Ronaldo achieves a similar feat on July 9, but it’s looking increasingly unlikely. Ronaldo is only 29, but his battered knees belong to a middle-aged man and he appears out of step, quite literally, in a relentless game played at breakneck speed. The 1970 World Cup finals were played at walking pace in comparison. Pele resisted the temptation to play on at the World Cup finals in 1974, preferring to call it quits at the summit of Azteca in 1970. Ronaldo bravely insists his weak knees and inflated body mass will carry him to one more peak in Germany… In 2004 in Portugal, I watched a trio of European greats ? Portugal’s Luis Figo, the Czech Republic’s Pavel Nedved and France’s Zinedine Zidane ? play their last games for their countries. Based upon their performances at Euro 2004, they all made astute decisions. Nedved guided his golden generation to the semi-finals, a respectable showing, and Figo captained his country to the final on home soil. Zidane, on the other hand, made the right decision for sound football reasons. His dominating presence within the team was increasingly becoming a hindrance. When I watched France’s awful quarter-final showing against Greece in Lisbon, everything went through Zizou.

Mind Goes Over Matter at the World Cup
Deutsche Welle – Jun 22, 2006

Some World Cup hopefuls are a little more sophisticated. Germany is using a sports psychologist for the first time. After a disastrous Euro 2004 campaign, when Germany failed to win a match under Rudi Völler, trainer Jürgen Klinsmann recruited Dr. Hans-Dieter Hermann, who has also worked with the German ski team. “We are delighted that he is there for the mental side of things,” Klinsmann said. “He has a lot of experience, having worked with top sportsmen. He can help them deal with stress and maximize their performance… World Cup debutants Angola called in Laurindo Vieira. “The psychologist talked to them about brains and nerves and tried to make them more confident in themselves and in the team,” said a team spokesman. “I’m not really sure what they did in these lectures, but the players came out laughing about who is using the right side of their brain and who is not. ”

But the psychological training was not enough. Angola failed to make it to the next round.

Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
CNN International – Jun 21, 2006
Perhaps not surprisingly, the 20-year-old has yet to hit full speed in an England team that itself has failed to live up to the pre-tournament hype. But Rooney showed flashes of brilliance in England’s labored second round win over Ecuador and, more importantly for England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, came through 90 minutes as a lone striker without aggravating his injury. With Michael Owen ruled out by injury, Rooney is England ‘s only proven international forward. Even two years ago, England were so dependent on Rooney that their Euro 2004 chances were effectively ended when he limped out of their quarterfinal against Portugal — coincidentally also with a broken foot. Another quarterfinal offers a chance to make amends… But Rooney showed flashes of brilliance in England’s labored second round win over Ecuador and, more importantly for England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, came through 90 minutes as a lone striker without aggravating his injury. With Michael Owen ruled out by injury, Rooney is England ‘s only proven international forward. Even two years ago, England were so dependent on Rooney that their Euro 2004 chances were effectively ended when he limped out of their quarterfinal against Portugal — coincidentally also with a broken foot. Another quarterfinal offers a chance to make amends. Rooney had lit up the tournament in a manner reminiscent of Pele at the World Cup of 1958, persuading Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson to break the bank to bring him to Old Trafford. When fit, Rooney’s combination of strength, speed and skill make him almost unstoppable and, although not an out-and-out goalscorer, his influence on a side lacking many attacking options cannot be underestimated.

Having a ball of a time: Both the haves and the nots
Economic Times – Jun 22, 2006
Ghana, 48 in Fifa
rankings, managed to defeat the second-seeded Czech team by two goals to nil in
a match they always dominated. And it was only Ghana’s second match ever
in a World Cup!

That Ghana’s GDP is just a fraction of that of
the Czech Republic underlines how impossible dreams can be translated into
reality through sheer effort. Ghana was written off before the match
against a Czech team boasting seasoned stars like the ace striker Milan Baros
who scored the most goals at Euro 2004, and Jan Koller who has notched up 40
goals in 66 internationals. And yet Ghana’s young and
seemingly inexperienced team made the Czechs look like novices, with striker
Asamoah Gyan scoring one of the fastest goals in World Cup history within two
minutes of the kick-off… Ghana was written off before the match
against a Czech team boasting seasoned stars like the ace striker Milan Baros
who scored the most goals at Euro 2004, and Jan Koller who has notched up 40
goals in 66 internationals. And yet Ghana’s young and
seemingly inexperienced team made the Czechs look like novices, with striker
Asamoah Gyan scoring one of the fastest goals in World Cup history within two
minutes of the kick-off.

Walcott may get shot at big time
TVNZ – Jun 22, 2006
Feel good “My fitness has never been a problem and I feel really good,” Rooney told the FA’s website after being clearly frustrated at his substitution. “I felt I could have played longer out there. ” Eriksson, who has expressed no regrets in public about not taking Jermain Defoe as a fifth striker at the expense of a midfielder, has two other options up front. Midfielders Joe Cole, who volleyed a spectacular opener against Sweden, or Steven Gerrard, who headed the second, could play further forward. Cole’s trickery down the left has been one of the few highlights of England’s group phase and his place there would go to the more conventional winger Stewart Downing. Gerrard, who missed the 2002 World Cup due to groin surgery and was mediocre at Euro 2004, has been fizzing in Germany. He scored in the support striker’s role against Hungary and netted in the group game against Trinidad… Midfielders Joe Cole, who volleyed a spectacular opener against Sweden, or Steven Gerrard, who headed the second, could play further forward. Cole’s trickery down the left has been one of the few highlights of England’s group phase and his place there would go to the more conventional winger Stewart Downing. Gerrard, who missed the 2002 World Cup due to groin surgery and was mediocre at Euro 2004, has been fizzing in Germany. He scored in the support striker’s role against Hungary and netted in the group game against Trinidad. Gerrard’s move up the pitch would enable Eriksson to keep Owen Hargreaves as a holding midfielder behind Frank Lampard. The problem Eriksson faces at these finals is arguably less to do with individuals and more to do with getting the team to play with sustained fluency.

Rooney set to be England’s savior
Arizona Republic – Jun 20, 2006
“Great players have the habit of always being able to rise to the big occasions. Like Pele used to, they puff out their chests and show the world who is in charge. ”

In his first international championship as an 18-year-old at Euro 2004, Rooney scored four goals in three games before a broken foot in the quarterfinals against Portugal forced him out. When he returned to action, he made his debut for Manchester United in the Champions League. In his first appearance in European soccer’s biggest club tournament, Rooney had a hat trick in a 6-2 victory over Turkey’s Fenerbahce. He also has the vision to pick out teammates with accurate, well-timed passes that often lead to goals. While Rooney has the ability to become a superstar, he doesn’t have the good looks of David Beckham and is far from articulate… While Rooney has the ability to become a superstar, he doesn’t have the good looks of David Beckham and is far from articulate. Although he already has an autobiography – Wayne Rooney: My Story so Far – Rooney lacks a good education, and it is evident in the few interviews he gives. He is clearly not at ease with the media, so answers are short. He’s also sometimes difficult to understand because of his strong Liverpool accent. He also has a short fuse. Only weeks after becoming the Premier League’s youngest scorer, he set another mark as the youngest to be ejected. In September 2005, when Rooney was called for a series of fouls in England’s 1-0 loss to Northern Ireland in Belfast, Beckham tried to calm him down, but the striker responded with a series of profanities.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jun 20, 2006
First results are due in October. A study in 1998 found the number of heart attacks increased by 25 percent on the day and in the two days after England lost to Argentina in a penalty shoot out at the 1998 World Cup. Researchers in Switzerland also found heart attacks in the country increased by 60 percent during the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea ? even though the Swiss team was not even competing. The findings prompted calls for emergency heart attack equipment to be installed in stadiums during Euro 2004. ?If it really is the case that higher stress levels can increase the chance of a heart attack then attending soccer games may have to carry a health warning,? said Leistner. Doctors advise those soccer fans who may be at greater risk of heart attack anyway due to obesity, high-cholesterol or diabetes, to refrain from drinking excessively during the World Cup tournament.

World Cup big screen blown over
BBC News – Jun 20, 2006
The digital screen made up of LED cubes at Millennium Point’s Fan Park – one of Europe’s largest – tipped over on Tuesday afternoon. It was designed to fall backwards so the LED cubes did not smash. A smaller screen was brought in by organisers for the Sweden v England game, which 3,000 fans saw ending in a 2-2 draw. The larger screen, measuring 6m high by 10m wide (20ft by 30ft) is held up by scaffolding and the area surrounding it had already been cordoned off because of fears about it collapsing in the high winds. ‘Twisted scaffolding’

David Nelson, who was filming for the council at Fan Park, said: “I was setting my camera up and everyone was looking at the screen and thinking ‘that is going to go’. “There were groans around the ground when it fell… ”

Sponsors T-mobile said fans attending the England v Sweden game will be given free tickets for both second round matches on Saturday and Sunday to be screened at the park. The city council decided to limit the screening of England games to the Fan Park site because of fears of violence. Trouble erupted at open air screenings in the city during the Euro 2004 tournament. Last week nearly 3,000 football fans turned up to see England’s match against Trinidad and Tobago. Fans are charged ?3. 50 to watch England games at the park.

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