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July 1, 2006

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* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Final whistle sounds for…
* Channelnewsasia.com – World Cup Germany 2006
* Sven sings Rooney’s praises
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | England v Portugal statistics
* ‘The Bigger Guys Are Coming’
* World Cup Preview: Saturday matches
* The Age: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technolog…
* Figo confident of Portugal victory
* World Cup Preview: Friday matches
* Neville declares himself fit for Portugal
* World Cup Knowledge: part four
* Safety experts braced for World Cup toll
* Scolari stokes siege mentality as press angers Portugal
* Portugal ready for difficult match
* World Cup 2006: Spanish officials won’t accept Aragon├ęs’…
* Aragones likely to step down
* Shevchenko goes back to future
* Bid to prevent football violence

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Final whistle sounds for…
BBC News – Jul 1, 2006
The Football Association lapped up the explanation, duly rewarding Eriksson’s “loyalty” with a ?4m-a-year deal until 2008. But huge question marks about England’s future were raised once more with an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Australia – overshadowing Wayne Rooney’s international debut – and a draw with Moldova in a Euro 2004 qualifying game. Still, England made it to Portugal for the Euro 2004 finals, only to come unstuck against the host nation at the quarter-final stage. this time in a penalty shoot-out. Days later, however, the focus was not on Eriksson’s tactical performance but on a second affair – this time with FA secretary Faria Alam… this time in a penalty shoot-out. Days later, however, the focus was not on Eriksson’s tactical performance but on a second affair – this time with FA secretary Faria Alam. But while FA chief executive Mark Palios, who also had an affair with Alam, eventually resigned from his post, Eriksson was told he had “no case to answer”.

Channelnewsasia.com – World Cup Germany 2006
Channel News Asia – Jun 30, 2006
“There is certainly a historical opportunity for us,” admitted the 33-year-old Inter Milan playmaker. “Our last semi-final was in 1966. “We’re very proud to be among the best eight teams in the world but we cannot think about being champions of the world, only the match against England. “It’s a great honour to be in this position right now, but we are going to the game just to win… “We’re showing a great mentality in this competition and we hope to beat England in all ways. They too have a great mentality but we have to show the greater. ”

Figo, who will be hoping for a happier outing for him personally this time round against England after being substituted in the Euro 2004 quarter-final, acknowledged the strength of an England team that has stuttered its way through the group phases (two wins and a draw) and sneaked a 1-0 win over Ecuador in the second round. “I respect England. We know they’re a very good team and have really good players,” he said. But he stressed that games of this magnitude came down to the smallest of errors. “These types of game are decided by small things.

Sven sings Rooney’s praises
rte.ie – Jun 29, 2006
‘The expectations will not be too much for him. He is not the type to be worried about pressure and things like that. He can handle that better than anyone else. ‘
Eriksson is convinced Rooney would be able to play for 120 minutes should England be forced into extra-time by the Portuguese – who had Deco and Costinha sent off in the second-round win over Holland. He said: ‘I think Wayne can last for the two hours if that is what is required. I think he has shown he can do that against Ecuador – when he played his best football in the last 20 minutes… I think he has shown he can do that against Ecuador – when he played his best football in the last 20 minutes. ‘He got better and better as the game went on, which is a good sign. He did so well in Euro 2004, and I think you will see an even better Wayne Rooney on Saturday than in the last game.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | England v Portugal statistics
BBC News – Jul 1, 2006
1545 BST: What about the form? They are both unbeaten in four matches at the tournament. Portugal have a 100% record in Germany, but going further back they are now unbeaten in a national record 18 matches since losing away to the Republic of Ireland in February 2005. They have not lost a comptitive match since the Euro 2004 final. 1542 BST: Two meetings have come in the World Cup, England winning a semi-final 2-1 in 1966 and Portugal a group match 1-0 in 1986. Since that encounter the sides have played twice in the European Championship, Portugal winning 3-2 in 2000 and on penalties two years ago. 1540 BST: What about the head-to-heads? They have met 21 times and England have won nine and lost just three times. On the flip side they have not beaten Portugal since 1998, a run of four matches, and that trio of defeats came in competitive matches.

‘The Bigger Guys Are Coming’
Washington Post – Jun 29, 2006
“It’s getting closer and closer. It’s getting tougher and tougher. You have to put everything you have into it, otherwise you will not reach the semifinals, you will not reach the finals. “Four years ago in South Korea and Japan, the tournament featured first-round upsets and surprising knockout-round pairings (like Senegal-Turkey in the quarterfinals or South Korea-Germany in the semifinals). The quarterfinalists were drawn from five continents (Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa). Half of the teams came from countries with scant World Cup success (Turkey, South Korea, Senegal and the United States). And although the championship game was played between Brazil and Germany, the tournament was hailed as a sign of global growth, an indication that smaller countries were catching up to the traditional powers… Three of the eight coaches already have raised the World Cup trophy as champion; Parreira coached Brazil to the title in 1994, Portugal’s Luiz Felipe Scolari did the same in 2002 (and has won a record 11 consecutive World Cup matches as a coach) and Germany’s Juergen Klinsmann was a striker on West Germany’s 1990 winning side. Portugal and Ukraine, the other two quarterfinalists, don’t rank among soccer’s traditional powerhouses, but neither one is a complete surprise. The Portuguese, who finished third in 1966, were runners-up at Euro 2004. Ukraine is appearing in its first World Cup as an independent nation, but it used to produce players who starred for the Soviet Union. Ukraine may have the shortest history, but it has one of the biggest stars left in the tournament, forward Andriy Shevchenko, who was named Europe’s player of the year in 2004 and scored more than 100 goals in Italy’s Serie A with AC Milan. “It should be easier for us because nobody will expect us to win. We’ve done well to have got this far,” Shevchenko told the Associated Press.

World Cup Preview: Saturday matches
International Herald Tribune – Jun 30, 2006
England's coach, Sven-Goran Eriksson, coached Benfica in Lisbon twice for a total of five years. Portugal's coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, very publicly spurned England when he was approached to take over when Eriksson leaves after the World Cup. Portugal eliminated England in Euro 2004. The last time Portugal advanced to the late stages of a World Cup, way back in 1966, it was eliminated by England in the semifinals. Scolari also coached the Brazilian team that eliminated England at this stage four years ago. The last time Brazil lost a World Cup game was against France in the 1998 final. It also lost to France, on penalties, in a famous quarterfinal in Mexico in 1986… Figo, 33, has summoned the pace of his youth at this World Cup, but he looked the grumpy old man as he went looking for trouble. Perhaps it is a coincidence, but Figo, reviled as a traitor at his former club Barcelona, sought out a current Barça player, Mark van Bommel, for his Glasgow kiss. Eriksson said he does not expect a repeat. "I'm not afraid of the behavior of Portugal's footballers," he said. "Portuguese football is not known as violent or unfair, and I worked in that country for five years. " Both teams have struggled to score. Part of the reason is their coaches' preference for playing five midfielders.

The Age: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technolog…
The Age – Jul 1, 2006
A semi-final against Germany awaits after it overcame Ukraine early yesterday and memories of its first-round exit at Euro 2004 and defeat by South Korea two years earlier are starting to fade. It takes on the host on the back of a 23-game unbeaten run. One of those matches was a 4-1 win over Germany in March, though it will expect a tougher test from Juergen Klinsmann’s team on Tuesday. This victory was unspectacular and the scale of it flattered Marcello Lippi’s team after Ukraine’s rally early in the second half, but good goalkeeping and good fortune helped at key moments. Two sharp saves from Gianluigi Buffon and a goalline clearance from the impressive Gianluca Zambrotta kept Italy ahead before Luca Toni scored the first of his two goals… Toni was among Italy’s scorers in the recent convincing win at home to Germany but Lippi refuses to read much into that result. "I’m not surprised by Germany," he said. "When we won 4-1 in March I said let’s not dwell on this result as it didn’t reflect our skills. I said Germany would pick up and improve. Their players are young, with enthusiasm and are growing. I don’t think Germany are afraid. "Others, besides Buffon, played important parts.

Figo confident of Portugal victory
CNN International – Jun 29, 2006
We know the English team well, we know the players one on one, we know the way they play and we are prepared for the game," the midfielder said. "We hope they don’t surprise us. "Much has been made of the fact that Portugal put England out of Euro 2004, and that their coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari led Brazil when they sent England home from the World Cup in Japan four years ago. Figo, however, dismissed suggestions of a psychological advantage. "There is not a revenge problem for Portugal, the problem is more for England after the last Euro… "Much has been made of the fact that Portugal put England out of Euro 2004, and that their coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari led Brazil when they sent England home from the World Cup in Japan four years ago. Figo, however, dismissed suggestions of a psychological advantage. "There is not a revenge problem for Portugal, the problem is more for England after the last Euro. You should ask the England players about this," he said. "But the past is there for us to remember but it cannot help us in 90 minutes.

World Cup Preview: Friday matches
International Herald Tribune – Jun 29, 2006
The six champions that remain are also the top six in all-time games won at World Cups. All of them started the competition seeded atop their groups. So did Portugal, a semifinalist in 1966 and a finalist in Euro 2004. The only top seeding not to make it this far is Spain, never a winner but seventh in the all-time victory standings. For that, as for so many things, the French are to blame. They finished only second in their group and so faced, and eliminated, the Spaniards in the second round. The beneficiary was Ukraine, in its first World Cup.

Neville declares himself fit for Portugal
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 29, 2006
It will ultimately come down to the manager and whether he thinks it is too much of a risk but it’s not a risk. It is frustrating sitting on the bench and Michael Owen had to go home injured which is desperately unfortunate. I have been injured the last three matches and I have not enjoyed it and I hope I will be involved on Saturday because you don’t feel part of it when injured. “The Manchester United defender believes the way Portugal are likely to play will help England. “It has been frustrating so far. The teams we have played against have been content to sit back and defend,” he said. “Portugal will attack more, which will hopefully leave more space for us to play… The teams we have played against have been content to sit back and defend,” he said. “Portugal will attack more, which will hopefully leave more space for us to play. “Captain David Beckham, meanwhile, insisted it would mean the world to England if they can reach the semi-finals, but stressed the contest was not being seen as a grudge match, even though Portugal knocked England out of Euro 2004 at this stage and Luiz Felipe Scolari was in charge of the Brazilian side that beat England in 2002. “I think for every one of us, it would mean the world to go further than we [the current players] have in this competition before,” said Beckham. “It’s not a personal battle against Scolari or Portugal. He is a great manager, a good person, but we are very relaxed going into this game and we’re looking forward to it. “Asked about comments from Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who accused England of playing negative football against Ecuador, Beckham was diplomatic.

World Cup Knowledge: part four
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 29, 2006
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE”Who are the best and worst teams in international penalty shoot-outs?” wonders Tom Ayres. “I’m hoping Portugal are up among them, despite Euro 2004. “This is a slightly thorny one, not least because of the vagueness of “best” and “worst”. The team to have lost the most penalty shoot-outs cannot necessarily be regarded as “the worst” because you have to be in it to win it. Nor can teams with a 100% success rate be adjudged superior if – as is the case with Bulgaria, Honduras and Bahrain – they have taken part in only one.

Safety experts braced for World Cup toll
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 1, 2006
We would ask people to plan their journeys ahead, to realise that other people will also be travelling at that time and give themselves a little extra time. ” If they were going to drink they should think in advance about getting home, he said. Kevin Clinton, head of road safety for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: “Some people may be paying too much attention to the football and not enough to their driving. “Mr Clinton also warned about the dangers of listening to the game on the radio while driving. Rospa advises motorists to pull over and listen to the game in a layby or service station. Figures from the insurance company Churchill illustrate the effect international football can have on road safety. The number of claims made after road accidents during Euro 2004 increased steadily during the tournament… Rospa advises motorists to pull over and listen to the game in a layby or service station. Figures from the insurance company Churchill illustrate the effect international football can have on road safety. The number of claims made after road accidents during Euro 2004 increased steadily during the tournament. At the time of the England v Portugal quarter final then, bumps and crashes were up by 50% on the number for England’s opening game. Churchill predicts that if England make it through to the final the number of road accidents will double that day. Hospitals across the country are preparing for a busy day today. During the England-Paraguay game, the Royal Bolton hospital, for example, treated a record 406 people in one 24-hour period, compared with 288 at the same time last year.

Scolari stokes siege mentality as press angers Portugal
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 29, 2006
The Portugal team [had] spent the last four years without seeing a red card and our supporters are well known for their fair play, so if this is the respect that some of the English press is going to show for Portugal and the Portugal team, we are going to show the English press the same respect. “The upshot was English papers were restricted to three questions after a lengthy portion of the conference in Portuguese. That in itself is insignificant but it appeared indicative of Scolari using every avenue to try to get his players in the frame of mind to repeat their Euro 2004 quarter-final win over Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side. He is known to exploit any detail to achieve victory, and was famous at club level in Brazil for gamesmanship such as ordering ballboys to delay returning the ball. “If you know a little bit of Portuguese history you can see that Portugal aren’t afraid of anybody,” Pauleta said. “The only thing we want is to be respected because we respect anybody and we don’t accept the fake and false news about Portugal and the Portuguese team. ” Pauleta had earlier talked of wanting to reach the semi-finals, which would equal Portugal’s best World Cup performance of 1966, “to dignify our country”… Pinpointing the media storm as his reason for rejecting the job may have been a convenient excuse rather than the whole truth but it seems he was horrified by the reaction to his candidacy. “There are 20 reporters camped outside my house and if that is part of another culture it is not part of mine,” he said as he withdrew from the running. He has since said he is not willing to commit to another post until his contract expires next month. It remains possible he will sign an extension. England is his sole focus for now, and Pauleta insisted there was no danger of Portugal suffering a physical hangover from their game against Holland. The striker rejected the idea that England’s form means Portugal have the upper hand. “I don’t agree that England is playing badly,” he said.

Portugal ready for difficult match
TVNZ – Jun 30, 2006
“We will treat them with respect. We know the English team well,we know the players one on one, we know the way they play and weare prepared for the game,” the midfielder told a news conference,adding: “We hope they don’t surprise us. Much has been made of the fact that Portugal put England out ofEuro 2004, and that their coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari led Brazilwhen they sent England home from the World Cup in Japan four yearsago. Figo, however, dismissed suggestions of a psychologicaladvantage. “There is not a revenge problem for Portugal, the problem ismore for England after the last Euro… Much has been made of the fact that Portugal put England out ofEuro 2004, and that their coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari led Brazilwhen they sent England home from the World Cup in Japan four yearsago. Figo, however, dismissed suggestions of a psychologicaladvantage. “There is not a revenge problem for Portugal, the problem ismore for England after the last Euro. You should ask the Englandplayers about this,” he said. “But the past is there for us toremember but it cannot help us in 90 minutes.

World Cup 2006: Spanish officials won’t accept Aragon├ęs’…
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 1, 2006
“The Spanish football federation were pleased with my work and this motivated me to extend my contract,” Aragonés said yesterday. The 67-year-old had hinted that he would step down after his team were beaten 3-1 by France in the second round of the World Cup in Hanover on Tuesday night. Before the competition he said he would resign if Spain did not reach the semi-finals… “I told them I was going to leave but they have convinced me they appreciate what I have done and want me to continue. “The defeat by France was Aragonés’s first in 26 matches since taking over from Iñaki Sáez after Spain were knocked out of Euro 2004 after the first round. On this occasion there were great expectations for a young and vibrant Spanish team who had started the tournament so well by defeating Ukraine 4-0. On Tuesday Spain began brightly and had taken the lead through David Villa’s penalty. However the French winger Franck Ribéry equalised with a fine solo effort before Patrick Vieira and Zinédine Zidane wrapped up France’s win in the last nine minutes. “The fans should know I am continuing because I want to, and because I want to win a major event.

Aragones likely to step down
TVNZ – Jun 29, 2006
But I have a clear conscience,”Aragones told reporters. “I am going to continue coaching but I don’t know where. Itdepends on a lot of things and we’ll have to see how they want todo things but now is not the time to talk about it. The defeat to France was Aragones’s first in 26 matches sincetaking over from Inaki Saez after Spain’s first-round exit at Euro2004… “I am going to continue coaching but I don’t know where. Itdepends on a lot of things and we’ll have to see how they want todo things but now is not the time to talk about it. The defeat to France was Aragones’s first in 26 matches sincetaking over from Inaki Saez after Spain’s first-round exit at Euro2004.

Shevchenko goes back to future
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 30, 2006
The phrase recurs among the present squad, as does the observation that “we thought that was it”. After being denied qualification for three major tournaments in play-offs, Ukraine, once the footballing jewel of the Soviet Union, faced sinking to the level of Georgia, Belarus and Armenia. Even Latvia surpassed them, qualifying for Euro 2004… Fortunately, that was the second match in World Cup qualifying and followed a draw in Denmark. That December, Shevchenko was named European Player of the Year. That the two should share such an obvious bond is only natural, and not just because both backed Viktor Yanukovych, the “wrong” candidate, during the Orange Revolution. Blokhin, like Shevchenko, was a forward brought up at Dynamo Kiev and coached by Valeriy Lobanovskyi. Blokhin, Ballon d’Or winner in 1975, was arguably the first great Lobanovskyi player; Shevchenko is certainly the last. “The Colonel” died four years ago and things are changing. It is hard to imagine Lobanovskyi countenancing the dinked penalty with which the 21-year-old Artem Milevskyi opening the scoring in Monday’s shoot-out with Switzerland.

Bid to prevent football violence
BBC News – Jul 1, 2006
Rioters caused about ?500,000 of damage in the town centre in disturbances during the Euro 2004 tournament. Officers are running a high profile campaign to urge people to report potential troublemakers. The town has a large population of Portuguese nationals, many of whom work in the agriculture industry. Victory fears

Two Portuguese fans were also assaulted after Portugal defeated England in the 2004 tournament. Members of the town’s Portuguese community have said they fear the consequences of another victory for their home nation… Victory fears

Two Portuguese fans were also assaulted after Portugal defeated England in the 2004 tournament. Members of the town’s Portuguese community have said they fear the consequences of another victory for their home nation. Pub landlords have pledged support for the police initiative “In Bars, Not Behind Bars”, which uses stickers and posters to deter violence during the World Cup. A number of shops in Boston were damaged and two police cars were overturned and set on fire after England lost to France on 13 June 2004 in the group stages of the tournament.

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