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June 25, 2006

RTÉ Sport: Past counts for nothing insists Maniche

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* England ready for penalties
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | England | England set…
* Fanzone – Forums
* RTÉ Sport: Past counts for nothing insists Maniche
* World Cup Preview: Monday matches
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Saudi Arabia 0-1 Spain
* Eriksson’s England will feel heat
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Portugal 1-0 Holland
* The Age: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technolog…
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Portugal v Holland statistics
* Canny performance enough to stop Czechs
* England need to dig deep
* England’s second-half struggles
* England vs. Ecuador
* The Age: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technolog…

England ready for penalties
TVNZ – Jun 24, 2006
England have a poor record in shootouts after being knocked out at the 1990 and 1998 World Cups, plus Euro 96 and Euro 2004. Though the team have been practising penalties for weeks, Beckham told reporters on Saturday: “You can prepare on the training pitch but once you’re in the stadium with 60,000 or 70,000 fans watching you, it’s different. “We’ve prepared enough, we’ve been practising. Hopefully it won’t come to that, hopefully we can finish it off after 90 minutes. “But if it comes to that, we’re prepared… “But if it comes to that, we’re prepared. ” Beckham has been replaced by Frank Lampard as England’s main penalty-taker after missing against Turkey in a Euro 2004 qualifier, against France at the finals and in their shootout defeat by hosts Portugal. But his record would not stop him taking another on Monday. “I’d put myself up there,” he said. “I’ve said all along I’d step up for a penalty whether I’m in the first five or not. ” Beckham also paid tribute to the well-behaved England fans who have followed their team at these finals. “That’s what’s been one of the biggest highlights of this tournament so far, there’s hardly been any trouble and hopefully that continues,” Beckham said.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | England | England set…
BBC News – Jun 25, 2006
Portugal beat Holland 1-0 to set up Saturday’s match in Gelsenkirchen. Scolari will now have met England at the quarter-final stage in each of the last three major tournaments. Two years ago at Euro 2004 the Portugal team managed by Scolari drew 1-1 after 90 minutes with Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England, then 2-2 after 120 minutes, before eventually winning on penalties. At the last World Cup, in 2002, Scolari was coach of the Brazilian team that knocked England out at the quarter-final stage – Ronaldinho’s famous long-range free-kick eluding David Seaman for the winner in a 2-1 win… England will feel that their chances of getting past this quarter-final have been improved by the stormy nature of Portugal’s second round win over Holland on Sunday. That game broke the World Cup record for red cards in one match – four – and equalled the record for yellow cards, with 16. Two of those red cards went to Portugal players – which means midfielders Deco and Costinha will not play against England. “They are vital players for us but we will have others that can fill in for them, even if England is a tough opponent,” Scolari said. Captain Luis Figo, who was booked, could yet be ruled out if Fifa chooses to increase his punishment for being caught on camera headbutting Mark van Bommel. Cristiano Ronaldo may be a doubt for the game, after he was forced out of the Holland match through injury, while five Portugal players including Figo will be on a yellow card should they play against England. That means one more caution against Eriksson’s team would rule them out of any semi-final tie.

Fanzone – Forums
UEFA – Jun 23, 2006
I was really impressed with Croatia against Brasil. Brasil weren’t at their best and perhaps this has partially to do with Croatia’s gameplay. I thought they played really well but they did not take at least 1 of their many chances they created. Against Japan, they even had a penalty but still couldn’t score! At least against Australia they were a bit more clinical but still it wasn’t as good as it should be. I think Group F ultimately was decided upon who was more clinical in attack. Brasil were the best at this and then Australia. Japan & Croatia proved to be very poor in finishing created opportunities off… Two years later, in the 1998 WC, they were 3rd placed team, defeating Germany in the quarter finals, who, back then, was the European Champion. Then they couldn’t qualify to Euro 2000, but two years later they qualified to the World Cup. Even though they couldn’t get through the group stage this time, they defeated Italy! Two years ago, they also qualified to Euro 2004 and even though once again they couldn’t get through the group stage, they had a 2-2 draw with France, the European Champions. And now they had a brilliant qualification to the World Cup, defeating Sweden twice! Goalkeepers- Pletikosa, Didulica and Butina, these guys have all played in good European teams. Pletikosa already played for Shakhtar Donetsk, Didulica for Ajax, and Butina plays for Club Brugge. Defenders- Croatia have some experienced defenders. Simunic plays for Hertha Berlin, Robert Kovac plays for Juventus and spent some seasons with Bayern, Tudor played for Juventus and still plays in Serie A, Dario Simic plays for AC Milan… I suppose they will play in a 3 men defense with a 5 men midfield, in a 3-5-2 formation.

RTÉ Sport: Past counts for nothing insists Maniche
rte.ie – Jun 23, 2006
But the midfielder was also aware that only a handful of players from that beaten the Netherlands side have been selected for the current competition by new coach Marco van Basten. He said: ‘We have been talking about our record against the Netherlands and it is true that statistics are good for Portugal but it is a totally different team now and it is also the first time we have played them in the World Cup. ‘It is a different Netherlands to the one we played in Euro 2004 but we hope that by the end of the match to have added to those statistics. ‘
If they do come out on top in Nuremberg on Sunday it is likely they will take on another nation they conquered in that tournament – England, who play Ecuador in Stuttgart earlier that day. The Dutch game will also see Maniche, who scored in the 2-1 group-winning victory over Mexico, come up against former Stamford Bridge team-mate Arjen Robben, who has already been on the score-sheet in the competition, against Serbia and Montenegro. He said: ‘I was glad to have played with Robben at Chelsea. He is not only a good player but a good friend… He said: ‘I was glad to have played with Robben at Chelsea. He is not only a good player but a good friend. But the Netherlands are not only Robben. We have to worry about other players as well. Holland have strikers who are better than any we have faced in the competition so far. ‘
Ruud van Nistelrooy is the most famous man to match that description and Maniche was certainly expecting the Manchester United man to play despite hints from Van Basten that he might be dropped for Feyenoord’s Dirk Kuyt. Maniche, who was on loan at Chelsea from Dinamo Moscow, also clarified his own club situation, confirming he would not be returning to Stamford Bridge because Blues boss Jose Mourinho had decided not to take up an option to buy from the Russian club.

World Cup Preview: Monday matches
International Herald Tribune – Jun 25, 2006
He was also taken off by Lippi in the second half of the first two games. The Italian media, which care even more deeply about such things, say his form has caused a schism in the locker room. The one blot on Italy's performances came against the United States, when it drew, 1-1. Italy played the second half with an extra man but struggled to create chances against the U. "Against the U.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Saudi Arabia 0-1 Spain
BBC News – Jun 23, 2006
This is the third time they have started the finals with three straight victories, following 1950 and 2002. Spain are now unbeaten in 25 matches, and have not lost since 22 June 2004, when Portugal beat them 1-0 at Euro 2004. Spain’s longest unbeaten streak is 31 between September 1994 and January 1998 under coach Javier Clemente. They’re unbeaten in 10 World Cup matches, winning seven and drawing three. Together with Brazil, who have won 10 straight, they hold the longest running unbeaten sequence. The all-time record is 13 unbeaten matches by Brazil (1958-1966).

Eriksson’s England will feel heat
CNN International – Jun 24, 2006
"The ideal thing is to keep the same 11 players and play excellent football all the way through. But that hasn’t happened," he said. "However I said before the World Cup that we will need to play different systems, so maybe it will be tomorrow, maybe not. "England have exited three of the last four World Cups they have appeared in to South American teams but Eriksson is convinced Ecuador are not about to make it four out of five in Sunday’s game. "I’m confident that we will go through but you never know in football," Eriksson said. "I have a lot of respect for Ecuador. I’ve seen them on video, day and night and they have a very good team… They have a lot of pace. They will fight tomorrow, I’m sure about that. "The winners of Sunday’s game face a quarterfinal against either Portugal — who knocked England out of Euro 2004 in the quarterfinals — or the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen on July 1.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Portugal 1-0 Holland
BBC News – Jun 25, 2006
Ricardo tipped a Van Bommel drive round the post before the keeper did well to parry a Wesley Sneijder shot from distance, but Holland never seriously looked like forcing extra-time. It was Marco van Basten’s first competitive defeat as Dutch coach and leaves Holland still waiting for their first win against Portugal since 1991. As for Scolari, the Brazilian can look forward to yet another finals meeting with Sven-Goran Eriksson – his teams put England out of the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. Portugal: Ricardo, Nuno Valente, Ricardo Carvalho, Meira, Miguel, Maniche, Deco, Costinha, Figo (Tiago 84), Pauleta (Petit 45), Ronaldo (Simao 34). Subs Not Used: Boa Morte, Caneira, Nuno Gomes, Paulo Ferreira, Paulo Santos, Postiga, Quim, Ricardo Costa, Viana. Sent Off: Costinha (45), Deco (78). Booked: Maniche, Costinha, Petit, Figo, Deco, Ricardo, Nuno Valente… As for Scolari, the Brazilian can look forward to yet another finals meeting with Sven-Goran Eriksson – his teams put England out of the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. Portugal: Ricardo, Nuno Valente, Ricardo Carvalho, Meira, Miguel, Maniche, Deco, Costinha, Figo (Tiago 84), Pauleta (Petit 45), Ronaldo (Simao 34). Subs Not Used: Boa Morte, Caneira, Nuno Gomes, Paulo Ferreira, Paulo Santos, Postiga, Quim, Ricardo Costa, Viana. Sent Off: Costinha (45), Deco (78). Booked: Maniche, Costinha, Petit, Figo, Deco, Ricardo, Nuno Valente. Holland: Van der Sar, Van Bronckhorst, Mathijsen (Van der Vaart 56), Ooijer, Boulahrouz, Cocu (Vennegoor of Hesselink 84), Sneijder, Van Bommel (Heitinga 67), Robben, Kuyt, Van Persie.

The Age: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technolog…
The Age – Jun 24, 2006
Yet as England prepares for its last-16 clash against Ecuador inStuttgart tomorrow, Sven-Goran Eriksson and his players have beensubjected to fierce criticism back in London after each of itsgames against Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Sweden. Not only has the team been attacked for relying on long balls,launched to the towering Peter Crouch, but anyone who witnessed itspanic-stricken defence fall apart under Sweden’s aerial assaultfrom set pieces last week will know it also had plenty to work onin that department. Whatever system Eriksson chooses to go with, his men areexpected to beat Ecuador tomorrow, and they have been preparing forthis type of challenge for months. “It’s the classic situation of David and Goliath because we areperceived as one of the biggest nations in the World Cup, whileEcuador have everything to win and nothing to lose,” said Englandmidfielder Frank Lampard. “I’ve been very impressed by the way Ecuador are playing so far. Being honest, they were not one of the teams I would have expectedto face in the knockout stages before the tournament began… We have Peter Crouchwho has shown his worth as a international footballer and there isthe small matter of the return of Wayne Rooney. “In the Sweden game, I think it was there for everyone to seethat Wayne is getting fitter and more sharp every day and no onecan deny how crucial that could be for us in this tournament. “The same as any striker, he just needs a goal to confirm hisfull recovery and there is still time for him to be as important toEngland in this World Cup as he was at Euro 2004.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Portugal v Holland statistics
BBC News – Jun 25, 2006
“Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

“What an amazing game. Four reds, 16 yellows and an outstanding goal from Maniche. It’s not the sort of thing we want to see on a football pitch, but Luiz Felipe Scolari is a master tactician. He took off his lone striker and was spot on. It made it very hard for Holland to get through them. He has now played 11 and won 11, what a fantastic coach. “Matt Holland, BBC Five Live Sport

PLAYER RATER Maniche netted the winning goal, and he topped the player ratings for Portugal with 8… He tries for a second goal and his long-range effort is not too far over the top. 23 mins: GOAL Portugal 1-0 HollandManiche opens the scoring as he picks up the ball from Pauleta, sidesteps to the right and hammers a right-foot shot past Edwin van der Sar. It’s a fine strike and the omens are bad for Holland – it’s the same player whose goal dumped them out of Euro 2004. 18 mins: The signs are looking good for you red card fans out there. Referee Valentin Ivanov books Maniche for a foul on Mark van Bommel, the third player to find his way into his notebook

“Marco van Basten gets up from his dug-out and – as Cristiano Ronaldo is back to the touchline for a second time for treatment to his thigh – Big Phil Scolari gestures to his counterpart making clear his frustration at the challenge which led to the winger’s injury. “Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

16 mins: Arjen Robben unlocks the Portugal offside trap, but is forced a tad wide and cannot find Robin van Persie with his low cross. 13 mins: Edwin van der Sar, now the most capped player in Dutch football history, toys with the idea of making the biggest goalkeeping blunder in Dutch football history as he lets the ball slip under his foot.

Canny performance enough to stop Czechs
Globe and Mail – Jun 23, 2006
He said, "You make a joke. You are not a Czech, I think. "Yesterday was a no-joke day for the Czechs or Italians, or indeed for any country in the intense Group E. There was an undercurrent of maniacal tension surrounding this game… And then — oh yes, there’s always more drama with the Italian team — the governing body of soccer in Italy said it would announce, after the game, the names of any Italian clubs and individuals to be charged following recent investigations of match-fixing and other alleged, assorted shenanigans. As for the Czechs, the bounce they needed never materialized. An immensely talented team, so entertaining and fired-up at Euro 2004, the Czech Republic’s flaw was revealed here when lanky striker Jan Koller was badly injured in the first game, a 3-0 triumph over the United States. Koller’s importance was emphatically revealed when, in his absence, the Czechs promptly lost 2-0 to Ghana. The Czech Republic started strongly and its captain and icon, the blond god of Czech soccer, Pavel Nedved, was emphatically prominent. He played like a lion, driving forward and cutting back to defend. He ran himself into the ground.

England need to dig deep
TVNZ – Jun 25, 2006
About 100 England fans were detained. Police have warned that as the tournament progresses tensioncould rise since defeats now mean instant elimination. In Sunday’s other last 16 game Netherlands face Portugal inNuremberg hoping to avenge a 2-1 semi-final defeat at Euro2004. But it will not be easy against a Portuguese side who won allthree first round games, albeit in a fairly easy group. That said, the Dutch have not really been tested so far eithersince their only tough opponents have been Argentina who by thetime they met had also already qualified. The winners of Sunday’s two games will face each other on July 1in the quarter-finals in Gelsenkirchen. Already through to the last eight are hosts Germany, who beatSweden 2-0 on Saturday, and Argentina after their 2-1 extra-timewin over Mexico.

England’s second-half struggles
BBC News – Jun 23, 2006
And so it was again on Tuesday. After playing well and taking a first-half lead against Sweden, England were transformed into a timid and disorganised team after the break and had to cling on for a draw. The pattern was all too familiar to England fans, who had seen second-half capitulations against Portugal at Euro 2004 and, most notably, against Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup. After that match in Shizuoka, Gareth Southgate famously criticised Eriksson’s half-time team talk, saying, “What we needed in there was Churchill, but what we got was Iain Duncan Smith. ”

So, can we expect Eriksson to inspire the players with fire and passion later in the knock-out stages in Germany?… and the manager didn’t say a word Robbie Fowler I cannot be Winston Churchill in the dressing room – that would not be me Sven-Goran Eriksson
Not according to former England defender Danny Mills, who played in that 2-1 defeat in Japan and is in Germany as a summariser for BBC radio. “He’ll be exactly the same in every game,” Mills told Five Live Sport. “The trouble is he’s very, very quiet. He’s a man of very, very few words – you really don’t know what he’s thinking. “Going back to what Gareth said in his book, I don’t even remember what was said during half-time or how it was said.

England vs. Ecuador
St. Petersburg Times – Jun 25, 2006
EcuadorTHE SKINNY: All has not gone as planned for England. There has been the Wayne Rooney injury saga, three mediocre perf romances and the loss of Michael Owen to a knee injury. Ecuador, which has done well to get this far, does not have the same pedigree. Sooner or later, England will find its stride. PortugalTHE SKINNY: The last time these two met, Netherlands won in the semifinals of Euro 2004. Portugal moves the ball well, making full use of the field, while the Dutch can attack down the middle and on both flanks… Sooner or later, England will find its stride. PortugalTHE SKINNY: The last time these two met, Netherlands won in the semifinals of Euro 2004. Portugal moves the ball well, making full use of the field, while the Dutch can attack down the middle and on both flanks. Attacking soccer is in store. COUNTRY OF THE DAYEcuadorCapital: Quito Language: Spanish Motto: God, honor, homeland World ranking: 39 How it qualified: Tied Paraguay for third in South America Previous World Cups: One Best finish: First round in 2002 Noteworthy fact: Among the field, only one non-African nation (Paraguay at 18. 9 per 1,000 citizens), has fewer Internet users than its 42.

The Age: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technolog…
The Age – Jun 25, 2006
Several players were rested in the 3-0 defeat by Germany becausethey had picked up yellow cards. Captain Ivan Hurtado, fellowdefender Neicer Reasco and midfielder Segundo Castillo shouldstart, while Carlos Tenorio is set to resume his strike partnershipwith Agustin Delgado, who was also left out against Germany. Right-back Gary Neville is still recovering from a calf injury andis not likely to be risked, giving Jamie Carragher his third gameas stand-in. Central defender Rio Ferdinand came off in the 2-2draw with Sweden with a groin problem but was given the all-clearafter a scan and should play. The Ecuador squad is fully fit. KEY STATISTICS■England has only been eliminated from the knockout stage ofthe World Cup by other winners of the tournament. ■ England won the World Cup in 1966 and was fourth in1990… Khalid Boulahrouz performed well against Argentinaand should have earned himself a starting spot in place of JohnnyHeitinga, who took a a slight knock. KEY STATISTICS■ Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar will win his 113thcap, a Dutch record. ■ The last time the Netherlands lost in a majorcompetition was against Portugal in Euro 2004. PREVIOUS WORLD CUP MEETINGS: Nine; Portugal leads 5-1,with three drawn. BETTING: (to qualify for quarter-finals) Netherlands$1.

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