Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

June 25, 2006

Smith sees chink in French armour

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The News Review:

* Klinsmann keen to show Germany’s new identity – on and off the…
* Henry hangs on to the memories
* Croatian media critical of coach
* Smith sees chink in French armour
* Your views on Portugal v Holland
* Sorrow time for parting Serbs
* Swastika fan given 25-month match ban

Klinsmann keen to show Germany’s new identity – on and off the…
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 24, 2006
Berlin’s workforce disembarked at the train station to fill the shops and offices nearby, while tourists pointed at maps and made their way to Checkpoint Charlie. Not so long ago this was a divided street in a divided city in a divided nation. But for the past fortnight Friedrichstrasse station has become the disembarkation point for Germany’s football supporters heading for Berlin’s Fan Mile. The area has become symbolic of something else: joy and unity… Everything else we’ll see after the World Cup. “”Everything else” includes his own future. Perhaps temporarily, the debate has switched from his decision to live in California to whether he will extend his contract to take in Euro 2008. Klinsmann, who said he would not take a club job because there “the coach’s schedule is absolutely out of control and, for me, family comes first”, is deliberately vague on his plans. His broad answer is that the philosophy he is introducing is more important than the philosopher. Events can intrude on a philosophy, though. A German victory today would set up the rousing possibility of a showdown with Argentina in Berlin on Friday – a repeat of the 1990 final which Germany, and Klinsmann, won.

Henry hangs on to the memories
Hindu – Jun 21, 2006
And that summed up an entire camp. Harsh reality

Henry had been complaining moments before departure about the 31st-minute refereeing decision that denied France a goal from Patrick Vieira’s head — and was quite intense about it — but soon slipped into a more philosophical perspective: “We used to have those kind of things going for us when we were on top of the world. When you are not there any more, they seem to go against you. ”

Third in Group G behind Switzerland and the Koreans, France is most definitely not top of the world, nor does it feel like it. France ’98 team

Few would anticipate a French win against Spain. Zinedine Zidane, Fabien Barthez, Lilian Thuram, Vieira and Henry may have been part of la belle ?poque France ’98 team that also captured Euro 2000 but they are also essential to a side that won five games in qualification: two against Cyprus, two against the Faroe Islands and one against the Republic of Ireland. Perhaps only Henry of the handful above will be there when France takes on Italy, Ukraine, Scotland and others in attempting to qualify for Euro 2008… France ’98 team

Few would anticipate a French win against Spain. Zinedine Zidane, Fabien Barthez, Lilian Thuram, Vieira and Henry may have been part of la belle ?poque France ’98 team that also captured Euro 2000 but they are also essential to a side that won five games in qualification: two against Cyprus, two against the Faroe Islands and one against the Republic of Ireland. Perhaps only Henry of the handful above will be there when France takes on Italy, Ukraine, Scotland and others in attempting to qualify for Euro 2008. In the aftermath of Sunday night Henry moaned that this discussion is even on the agenda during a tournament. Unforgettable

Then he added: “Whatever you say, these people touched the World Cup and there is nothing anyone can do to take that away from them. Certainly anything from now will not cloud that memory. The memory of what they did in 1998 will always remain, just like the one from 2002 will.

Croatian media critical of coach
Pakistan Dawn – Jun 24, 2006
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Croatian media critical of coach
ZAGREB, June 23: Croatia’s media criticised their team’s elimination from the World Cup, saying coach Zlatko Kranjcar should be ?ashamed? of his side’s performance. A 2-2 draw with Group F rivals Australia in Stuttgart on Thursday meant Croatia finished with only two points from three games. ?Our coach did not find it appropriate to criticise himself or his players for an early exit,? said the popular daily Vecernji List on Friday. ?Croatian supporters were ashamed on Thursday evening. But Kranjcar should be the most ashamed as his team displayed a shameful performance in Germany and were among the worst teams in the tournament. ?
The Croatians have not reached the second round of a major tournament since finishing third at the 1998 World Cup. ?We did not deserve (to stay),? was the headline on the front page of the popular daily Jutarnji List… ?
?We did not deserve a better result because we scored only twice in three games and we looked confused in a decisive game. If we cannot beat a team of average quality, we cannot pretend
to have a big squad,? said the Jutarnji List. Despite calls for Kranjcar’s resignation, he said he was ready to sign a new contract and lead the team in the qualifiers for Euro 2008. ?I think the contract is ready, you don’t have to be concerned about that,? Kranjcar told the Vecernji List. Kranjcar blamed the team’s elimination on bad luck and cast doubt on Australia’s two goals. com Banner Code ————– –>.

Smith sees chink in French armour
BBC News – Jun 14, 2006
The countries meet on 7 October in a Euro 2008 qualifier at Hampden. “We have to hit the ground running if we are to make an impact and I am feeling positive about the France game,” he told the Scottish Sun. “They are a team ready to break up once they go out of the World Cup and that never breeds immediate solidity. ”

Switzerland might have beaten France in the teams’ opening World Cup tie on Tuesday but for some good goalkeeping by Fabien Barthez. “One main reason I wanted to face France early in the group was that they will be a team in transition and might be suffering from a World Cup hangover,” added Smith… “One main reason I wanted to face France early in the group was that they will be a team in transition and might be suffering from a World Cup hangover,” added Smith. “A lot of the guys who are out here will be hanging up their boots once the tournament is over and there is a chance the new players will not have bedded in. “They are not at their best right now, their confidence isn’t that high and, although they still have great individuals like Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet, they might not be as good as before. “It was so hot, you could not expect either side to play at the kind of pace Italy and Ghana did. But it was still a game that left me feeling positive.

Your views on Portugal v Holland
BBC News – Jun 25, 2006
You can’t blame the ref. I feel sorry for the Portuguese who were sent off, especially Deco, who seemed to be booked for being rugby tackled. Holland should have points deducted from their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. This was all their fault. Robben and Kuyt should be banned for a number of matches, and Van Bronckhorst and Ooijer as well. It’s worked out perfectly for England. Ronaldo injured, two suspended… 2120: VTel
Deliberate handball – is a yellow card under the rules. The real question is why Costinha felt he had to do it when there was no imminent danger. Blame the player not the ref, who I think has had a decent match given FIFA’s strictures. 2050: Litmus Test
Costinha was an idiot to get himself sent off. Referee Ivanov is a complete incompetent who makes himself a name by booking about half the players on the pitch.

Sorrow time for parting Serbs
Pakistan Dawn – Jun 23, 2006
There are no more pushovers and even the so-called small teams are hard to beat. ?
Captain Savo Milosevic, who made his final appearance after coming on as a second half substitute, said the defeat to Ivory Coast meant an end of an era as Serbia and Montenegro now will go their separate political and footballing ways. ?It is too early to say what might happen in the future but this is the end of a three-year cycle and unfortunately, we have not provided a fitting ending to what we have accomplished over the past three years,? he said. ?I think our soccer has a bright future because we have plenty of natural talent and no one can take that away from us. ?
Following the political split in May, Serbia will start the Euro 2008 qualifiers on their own while Montenegro is yet to gain international soccer recognition. Milosevic, who scored 35 goals in 101 matches for his country, said he was reasonably happy with his 12-year long international career. ?Perhaps I could have done better but life has taught me to have no regrets over what might have been… ?It is too early to say what might happen in the future but this is the end of a three-year cycle and unfortunately, we have not provided a fitting ending to what we have accomplished over the past three years,? he said. ?I think our soccer has a bright future because we have plenty of natural talent and no one can take that away from us. ?
Following the political split in May, Serbia will start the Euro 2008 qualifiers on their own while Montenegro is yet to gain international soccer recognition. Milosevic, who scored 35 goals in 101 matches for his country, said he was reasonably happy with his 12-year long international career. ?Perhaps I could have done better but life has taught me to have no regrets over what might have been. When I look back, I can hold my head up high and say I have given my all for the national team.

Swastika fan given 25-month match ban
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 14, 2006
Dunn and Thomas were deported by the German authorities after paying a surety but were arrested when they landed at Leeds Bradford airport to appear at Leeds magistrates’ court. Dunn agreed to a banning order which means he is not allowed to attend games in England and Wales or specified games abroad until the end of Euro 2008. He must also surrender his passport when international matches are played outside the UK. District Judge Martin Walker, however, refused an application for a similar order against Thomas. The judge said there was insufficient evidence after he was given a grainy black and white photograph, a statement from a German police officer and another statement from a British police officer in Germany who had seen the original photo. Thomas may now be entitled to compensation.

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