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June 28, 2006

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* World Cup Refereeing Mixes the Good, the Bad and the Ugly | World Cup…
* Rooney confesses World Cup fears
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Portugal | Portugal…
* Fifa reaps what it sowed but worst of the card-happy cavaliers face…
* England must square up to old foe Scolari
* Terry Butcher’s England view
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Channelnewsasia.com – World Cup Germany 2006
* Match Reports | 26.06.2006 Ukraine, Swiss to Clash in Battle of…
* Are there any women here?
* Ferdinand cites key Cole battle
* Lampard believes he can find his form
* Soccer: Bookies expecting England betting bonanza

World Cup Refereeing Mixes the Good, the Bad and the Ugly | World Cup…
Deutsche Welle – Jun 27, 2006
That meant that Simunic was finally only dismissed in stoppage time. It was a terrible howler for a World Cup referee and Andreas Werz, a spokesman for the referees’ committee, had little comfort for the Englishman. “Under normal circumstances, he would not take charge of any other matches at this World Cup,” Werz said. Card not-so-sharp Poll has his bags packed… A World cup referee who becomes a laughing stock is unlikely to be given any more games, and will surely not be in contention for the final. Poll’s bags are rumored to be already packed. German official Markus Merk impressed when he took charge of the Euro 2004 final between Greece and Portugal. But his stock dropped at the World Cup after the US criticized his officiating in their tournament-ending 2-1 defeat to Ghana. US coach Bruce Arena said Ghana’s match-winning penalty in first-half stoppage time should never have been given. Respected German ref blows more than his whistle

When American defender Oguchi Onyewu appeared to cleanly win a header against Ghana forward Razak Pimpong, Merk adjudged there was a push and Stephen Appiah converted the spot kick which sent the Africans into the last 16.

Rooney confesses World Cup fears
BBC News – Jun 28, 2006
Rooney has figured in England’s last three games after a rapid recovery and will lead the line in the quarter-final with Portugal on Saturday. He said: “There was a time when I thought I wouldn’t be here. It was a bad time to get an injury. “I just wanted to get myself fit and I’ve managed to do that… ”

Rooney played the full 90 minutes against Ecuador, less than two months after breaking a bone in his foot. Manchester United’s 20-year-old striker warned England’s World Cup opponents his best is yet to come as he moves back towards full fitness. Rooney was outstanding at Euro 2004 before breaking his metatarsal in the quarter-final against Portugal in Lisbon. He said: “I believe I can recapture the form I showed in Portugal, there’s still more to come from me in this tournament. “In every game, in every training session, I’m getting better. Hopefully I’ll get better in the games.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jun 27, 2006
?FIFA always talks about fairplay but tonight we saw several gestures that were anything but,? added the 57-year-old Brazilian. As for missing Deco and Costinha in the match with England, Scolari was defiant. ?They are vital players for us but we will have others that can fill in for them, even if England is a tough opponent,? said Scolari, who coached Portugal to victory over England in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals. Dutch coach Marco van Basten said the violence was ?very regrettable? but said the referee had to take some of the blame. ?It was a poor match really. It is also regrettable that the refereeing had such influence on a match as important as that. There was little playing time with all the injuries and the players going down all over the place… ?We are a talented squad and we deserved the victory,? he said. However he blamed the referee for overreacting to what he thought was not a violent match. ?The referee did not contribute to the spectacle,? said the 28-year-old. ?I don?t think that it was such a violent match to merit so many sendings off,? added Maniche. Portugal received a double blow when a tearful Ronaldo was subbed off and Costinha received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. Ronaldo had been struggling with a thigh problem since going down under a heavy challenge from Boulahrouz. The Dutch almost got off to a flying start with van Bommel firing just wide in the first minute.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Portugal | Portugal…
BBC News – Jun 26, 2006

Portugal midfielders Deco and Costinha were sent off in the game against Holland and will now miss the England tie. Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side will be out to avenge their loss on penalties to Portugal at the same stage at Euro 2004. But Portugal keeper Ricardo, who scored the winning penalty in the Euro 2004 shoot-out, was not impressed with England’s display against Ecuador on Sunday. He said: “We’re going to meet England again in the quarter-finals and this time, I don’t want to decide it on penalties. “I don’t even think that England deserved to win the game against Ecuador. ”

Portugal right-back Miguel believes it will be a conflict of styles.

Fifa reaps what it sowed but worst of the card-happy cavaliers face…
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 27, 2006
A grumpy semi-final between these sides at Euro 2004 suggested Ivanov was just the disciplinarian for the job. Instead the Russian turned out to be the wrong choice although his father had no doubt yesterday that Fifa had only itself to blame for the debacle. Valentin Sr, a World Cup inside-forward for the Soviet Union in 1958 and 1962, said: “Fifa said it expected referees to get tough on players who used foul tactics, dirty play and their elbows. Valentin just tried to follow his orders. What else did they expect?” Article continues… He also equalled the record of 16 yellows in a single match and set a new mark of four sending-offs. The Fifa president Sepp Blatter was not pleased. “The referee was not at the same level as the participants, the players,” he said. “There could have been a yellow card for the referee. “No doubt a red will be delivered tomorrow by the governing today when Ivanov will not be retained for the closing stages. England’s Graham Poll is also expected to be released from the officials’ plush compound near Frank- furt airport.

England must square up to old foe Scolari
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 26, 2006
Few, however,were enraptured by Portugal’s successover Holland last night. Eriksson’steam were unimaginative again yesterdaybut it does not follow that they will bebeaten in a wholly different sort ofmatch. The personnel would not have been thatdifferent from the line-ups employed atthe Estadio da Luz in the Euro 2004 quarter-final but after Portugal’s bad-tempered1-0 win over Holland yesterday they willdefinitely be without the suspended Decoand Costinha and may lose CristianoRonaldo through injury. For all the meritedscolding of Eriksson’s substitution twoyears ago England pressed on after losingWayne Rooney to his first metatarsal injuryand got close to a win in normal time, evenif extra-time was their undoing. Rooney dominates the thoughts onceagain after a highly encouraging displayagainst Ecuador. If melodrama actually is inescapable, there is no one more likely toplay a great part in it. Epic deeds would bea solace for those who witnessed Englandtrundle during the victory in Stuttgart.

Terry Butcher’s England view
BBC News – Jun 26, 2006
Argentina and Brazil will look at England and know they have got players capable of performing, but at this moment they are not playing well enough to win it. England are playing winning football, a win-at-all-costs football – contrast that with the free-flowing football we loved watching in the Argentina-Mexico and Germany-Sweden matches. In Euro 2004, Greece triumphed despite not playing particularly great football. Maybe England can do that and we’d happily settle for it, but at this juncture everybody wants more and I think the players will want to play better too.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Jun 27, 2006
Ghana defeated Euro 2004 semi-finalist Czech Republic and 2002 World Cup quarter-finalist United States to book a shock berth in the round of 16, but the Cup debutantes are unfancied against an all-star team with five Cup crowns. ?We must not be complacent as they have plenty of quality players,? Ronaldo said. ?We?ve watched their matches. We will try and prey on their weaknesses. ?
Adriano was reportedly upset with coach Carlos Alberto Parreira benching him for a 4-1 first-round win over Japan… Ghana defeated Euro 2004 semi-finalist Czech Republic and 2002 World Cup quarter-finalist United States to book a shock berth in the round of 16, but the Cup debutantes are unfancied against an all-star team with five Cup crowns. ?We must not be complacent as they have plenty of quality players,? Ronaldo said. ?We?ve watched their matches. We will try and prey on their weaknesses. ?
Adriano was reportedly upset with coach Carlos Alberto Parreira benching him for a 4-1 first-round win over Japan. ?It was no better or worse with Robinho,? Ronaldo said, dismissing the notion he favoured his club partner.

Channelnewsasia.com – World Cup Germany 2006
Channel News Asia – Jun 28, 2006
Spain took the lead with a penalty from David Villa before Frank Ribery levelled, with Patrick Vieira and Zidane finishing off a memorable night for les Bleus. France had promised to show her true face after making heavy weather of her opening group matches and she kept her word as Raymond Domenech’s ageing side produced their prettiest football since arriving in Germany and arguably the best since he took over after Euro 2004. But it was Spain who went ahead in the 26th minute after defender Lilian Thuram tackled Pablo Ibanez from behind, stepping on the Atletico Madrid defender’s ankle. Zidane said that France had been determined to show that their laboured first round showings were not a true indication of their quality. “We’re really happy as we had a great desire after a first round that wasn’t too easy for us to show we had the quality to do something,” Zidane said. Coach Raymond Domenech could afford to joke that things had finally gone well on the night for his side of “oldies,” who some critics have for weeks dubbed too long in the tooth to do well at the tournament… Coach Raymond Domenech could afford to joke that things had finally gone well on the night for his side of “oldies,” who some critics have for weeks dubbed too long in the tooth to do well at the tournament. “We were admirable on all levels, courageous, reactive, solid, intelligent, lucid and patient,” he insisted. “Patrick Vieira was written off, Zizou ought not to be playing. But our little team of oldies are still in there. They may be old but they are patient,” noted Domenech, saying that he couldn’t wait for a match with Brazil.

Match Reports | 26.06.2006 Ukraine, Swiss to Clash in Battle of…
Deutsche Welle – Jun 26, 2006
Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin knows the worth of great strikers having been one himself for Dynamo Kiev and the Soviet Union, scoring 42 times in 112 international games. Swiss field in-form Frei

But while all eyes will be on Shevchenko, Swiss coach Kobi Kuhn has tipped the in-form Alexander Frei to be the goal-scoring surprise of the final stages. Frei, the former bad boy of Swiss football who was sent home in disgrace after spitting at England’s Steven Gerrard at Euro 2004, netted twice in Switzerland’s march into the last 16… “He had two games with Rennes and then joined the national squad which gave him the opportunity to come back into form. ”

“I think he can score more goals in the competition. Whether or not he will be the best of the strikers, I don’t know, but there is a chance. ”

Kuhn also singled out Pascal Zuberbuhler, the only goalkeeper of the first stage to keep three clean sheets. “No goals against us in three matches – I am grateful to the defense and the goalie,” said the silver-haired Kuhn. “A way to express national pride”

One setback for the Swiss is the absence of Arsenal centre-back Philippe Senderos who scored the opening goal against South Korea but later fell and dislocated his shoulder. If they reach the last eight, Switzerland would equal their best ever performance at a World Cup and Kuhn said a country not known for football fever was getting behind its best team for decades.

Are there any women here?
BBC News – Jun 28, 2006
And they’re here for the football, not just the spas and shopping. Sam Forsyth is a forthright barrister and when she says she can hold her own in any conversation with another football fan, you do not argue. A life-long Aston Villa supporter and England follower since the 1980s, she is one of an increasing number of women supporters making up the crowd. As her partner Lee McLaughlan puts it: “She knows the rules, the laws, the players and the tactics. Anyone who tries to patronise her at a match doesn’t do it for very long… But they are still well outnumbered here. There are 4,000 female members of England’s official supporters club, out of 25,000 in total. The figure has risen rapidly – up by 1,000 after Euro 2004. The FA’s Ian Murphy says: “At tournaments there’s always a more diverse support. A lot of people use it as their main summer holiday, rather than travelling to Poland on a Wednesday night for one match. ”

Their support, he says, is one of the main factors to calm and change fans’ behaviour. Commitment

Lots of the women fans have travelled out with their other halves; some student-age supporters are in Germany with friends.

Ferdinand cites key Cole battle
BBC News – Jun 27, 2006
Arsenal defender Cole had a memorable clash with Ronaldo in the Euro 2004 quarter-final, and they will meet again if the winger recovers from injury. Ferdinand said: “Their battle against each other was one of the highlights of Euro 2004 and I expect similar quality. “Cristiano has the ability to be one of the best players in the world. ”

Ferdinand was suspended when Portugal beat England on penalties in Lisbon two years ago, and now they meet at the same stage. And he admits Ronaldo will pose a major threat if he shrugs off a thigh injury… He will be a danger if he plays against us. ”

Ferdinand shrugged off criticism of England performances in the World Cup so far, saying he was satisfied to have reached the last eight. He said: “I don’t care if people say we’re not playing well. “We’re improving slowly and steadily. If you look at Argentina against Mexico they didn’t perform as they did in the last few games. “There are ups and downs in a tournament. We’re at a stage now where we’re improving with every game.

Lampard believes he can find his form
rte.ie – Jun 26, 2006
Lampard scored three goals in four games during Euro 2004 but has failed to find the net in Germany and squandered the type of gilt-edged chances he would normally tuck away. But the Chelsea midfielder is determined to keep taking up the kind of forward positions which helped bring him more than 20 goals for his club last season in the hope his luck will change in the next fortnight. Lampard said: ‘It just won’t go in for me and some of the chances are ones I would normally eat up regularly. ‘You have these type of runs. Unfortunately for me it is happening in the World Cup and I’ve not scored in four games… Lampard said: ‘It just won’t go in for me and some of the chances are ones I would normally eat up regularly. ‘You have these type of runs. Unfortunately for me it is happening in the World Cup and I’ve not scored in four games. With the standards I set, I would have expected to score by now. ‘The consolation is we are winning and it doesn’t matter if my personal goal tally doesn’t get that high if we win games. There is always a feeling I might have a couple of goals to come later in the tournament. ‘I am hoping I am due one.

Soccer: Bookies expecting England betting bonanza
Channel News Asia – Jun 26, 2006
England’s shoot-out record at major tournaments is poor with the team losing in the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy to the then West Germany before a reunited Germany won through in similar style at the same stage of Euro 96 at London’s Wembley Stadium. Another bad omen for England fans is that Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, who turned down the chance to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson as England coach, will be gunning for his third win over the Swede’s men. He masterminded Brazil’s 2002 World Cup semi-final victory over England as well as Portugal’s penalty success two years ago… England are now approaching a 7 million pounds loser in the Ladbrokes field- book alone for the outright tournament winner. “If our field-book is anything to go by the industry will lose over 30 million pounds if the unthinkable happens and England win on July 9,” Hutchison said. However, he added: “We’ve not been unduly concerned by their performances to date – but if they beat the Portugese the bookies will only be 180 minutes from oblivion. com special coverage.

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